Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Corinth Canal Bungee Jumping

This is the Corinth Canal in
Corinth, Greece. Would you Bungee from it? My son and his girlfriend did!

Phyter for Back-to-School Nutrition!

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I hate that so many things your kids want to buy, or my kids want me to buy, are filled with junk. It seems to me that items filled with ingredients that are good for them, appeal very little. Sooo...when I got the Phyter Plant-based food bars, I was hoping for the best. These are plant-based food bars that provide quality nutrition, in a form the kids are supposed to like. What kid doesn't reach for a fruit (or veggie, if you're a wizard mom) bar if they see them in the kitchen? They look like snacks that could be filled with sugar and gunk, but they're not. Okay, you might be thinking that's all well and good, but what about the flavor

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Lonely Planet Kids: Inspire a Love of Travel!

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One thing that definitely makes a trip better is when you have a book that helps you specifically navigate the city you are in, and no one does those types of books better than Lonely Planet. I can't think of one big trip we've taken (overseas) where we didn't have one of their guides with us, BUT did you know they have kids' versions of travel books as well? Check out the Lonely Planet Kids website to see the huge array of books they have available to inspire of love of travel in your kids, and keep reading to see the ones I selected for both me (from the traditional Lonely Planet selections) and my son (from Lonely Planet Kids).

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Gloria whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Goliath/Pressman Toy game giveaway.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Break Out the A&W_It's National Root Beer Float Day!

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"Whatcha' got there?" you might be asking! Why, it's all the fixins' we need to make an A&W Root Beer Float. "Why?" you might be asking...well, because it's 


National Root Beer Float Day (woohoo!), and what better way to celebrate than with A&W?! Whether you like it in a small cup with nothing but ice cream and A&W,


in a big color-changing mug, topped with lots of whipped cream while you're making faces at your mom,


or with silly straws and a silly brother who puts whipped cream on your nose, any time is a good time to have an A&W Root Beer Float, but today, August the 6th, is the perfect time because it's the official root beer float holiday!! Hey, I'm all for these types of holidays if it means we get to break out the ice cream fun.


A&W Root beer has a long history of creating family memories, and whether it's just me and the boy, or the bigger kids (who are all grown up and moved out) are home for a visit, I can see why. It's fun to whip up a tasty treat together as a family. The unique, creamy taste of A&W lends itself well for an ice cream drink that is simple to make but can take any family night from great to greater in an instant. If you're looking for float 'how-tos' and/or recipe inspiration so you can join in on the tasty fun, visit their website HERE.

Me? I'm headed over to get the Campfire RB Float recipe I just saw. That one looks delicious! In the meantime, cheers from us to you, and Happy Root Beer Float Day!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Ladies Do I Have a Giveaway for You! Choice of Emeril Lagasse Women's Shoes

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Comfort in a box? You betcha'
These Emeril Lagasse Shoes have revived my achy, tired feet!

Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I worked in a place where business attire was required. I didn't mind at all. My fashion sense was keen and dropping a few hundred dollars on a pair of high heels didn't phase me in the least. Quality was needed for my heels because I lived in them. I remember trekking around Europe and even Las Vegas (where there is a lot of walking) in high heels without even being phased. Fast forward to my new life, and things have changed. A lot. Not only am I older (high heels and older age don't seem to go so well together for me), but I also now have a job where the pay is not enough to drop a few hundred $$ on shoes (are you kidding me? Not happening) and I stand on my feet 95% of the day (ahh to that 5% when I get to sit at my desk), primarily on a concrete floor. By the end of the day, my feet hurt! Heels for this job were never considered, and I quickly learned cute flats weren't going to do the trick, nor were cute flats with any of the batrillion types of insoles I purchased in an attempt to find comfort. So...what's a gal to do? Research!! 

Choosing the Right Funeral Home


Have you recently experienced a death in your family? If this is the case, it can be a very difficult experience to go through. The pain of the loss can be tremendous. However, there are also things that you need to deal with. A funeral for the person must be arranged.

You most likely have a lot on your mind. Therefore, the process of arranging a funeral might not be something that you want to deal with. That is why you need to find a good funeral home. They will arrange everything for you so you will not need to do it.

Here are a few tips that will allow you to find a funeral home that will help you through one of the toughest times of your life.

Friday, August 3, 2018

End Your Summer with a Battle Monster Water Blast!

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So, this dual-function, pressurized Battle Monster has really taken us by storm, a Tidal Storm that is... Prime Time Toys has this great line of Tidal Storm blasters that really hit the spot when it comes to a good water fight. This one is amazing because in addition to the pump action shooting, there is also an option to hook up your water hose. What?? Why would anyone want to do that? Well, to win the water fight, of course!  

Calico Critters: Make the Most of What's Left of Summer

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What are Calico Critters? Just the best toy in the whole wide world if you are a 5-year-old grandbaby of mine!! This is the toy that is going to end our summer off with a bang over here. My granddaughter will be coming to spend one last woohoo! with her gran before she starts KINDERGARTEN and to celebrate I've gotten her one of her most favorite things to play with in the world: Calico Critters!

How Serious Are You About What Sunscreen You Use?


How serious are you about the sunscreen you put on your body? Sunblocz is super very serious (as my granddaughter would say), and that's a good thing for you, and for me.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

3 Reasons I Favor Canvas Prints over Traditional Photos

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Photo Courtesy of CanvasDiscount.com
It is no secret that I love to display photos, especially if they include members of my family and/or places we have traveled that were special to me. Photo Canvas Prints are by far one of my favorite ways to get the best of the best printed and on the wall to display. There are many reasons why I choose to hang canvas over a traditional photo print. I'm going to give you my Top 3.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Giveaway Reminder and More Fun Games to See!


Look at the Pop Rocket!! Isn't he cute? I love Goliath Games and Pressman Toy, companies that have merged together making two greats even better! They offer a variety of games for every age. This adorable example you see here is for ages 4+.

Success 101: Simple Strategies That Can Help You Operate More Effectively

In today's world, many people dream of attaining profound levels of success. Yet in many cases, individuals fail to implement the lifestyle and behavioral changes necessary to see substantive results. Yet when you get sick and tired of your current level of living, your receptivity to change will likely increase substantively. In recognizing this reality, consider the value of using some or all of the following strategies to get yourself on the road to success immediately: 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Visiting New York City? Take the Time to go see STOMP!

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Photo Source: STOMP
Here is the last of the 'he said/she said' reviews from my son and his girlfriend who just got back home from a European holiday that they ended with a stay-over in New York City. There were a few thousand things they wanted to do while they were in the Big Apple, though time would only permit a few, all of which turned out to be favorites; strolling Central Park, eating NYC's pizza (it's so good!) and seeing STOMP! the live show where artists invigorate and inspire by creating music out of every day things.

Enter to Win Free Groceries for a Year from Eight O'Clock Coffee & Escape the Room


Eight O’Clock Coffee Introduces The Great Coffee Break: A Digital Escape Room Game People Can Play to Win a Year of Free Groceries

Players can visit GreatCoffeeBreak.com from June 17 through August 11 to solve coffee-themed puzzles in Eight O’Clock’s digital game designed by Escape the Room

Now through August 11th Eight O’Clock Coffee, is running a contest called "The Great Coffee Break." What is it? A digital escape room game that people can play for the chance to win a year of free groceries! Let me say though, there are no losers because you're buying Eight O'Clock coffee to play! This is one of my most favorite brands of coffee. We always have the ground roast or k-cups in the house because it makes a delicious cup of brew.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

MyCharge Unplugged Wireless Charger Giveaway

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Most of us have been in the situation where we needed to charge our phone and there was no outlet around. For me it was many feet up in the air on a sky ride at an amusement park, viewing some of the most gorgeous floral displays I had ever seen. I knew I had taken a lot of pictures that day, so it wasn't surprising to me that my phone battery died, I just wish it would have waited a few minutes more. ;) With the MyCharge Qi-Enabled Wireless Charger, things would have been different, and I would have had some lovely pictures for my scrapbook. 

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Samantha whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Garden Lites free product coupon.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Improve Your Photo Game with the NEW Best Buy Photography Workshops! First One: July 28, 2018!


As a blogger, as a mom and as someone who gets a lot of satisfaction out of taking a picture that turns out great, I am very excited to announce that Best Buy is offering both paid Photography Work Shop Tours and Free In-Store Photography Workshops. The new Best Buy photography workshop tours will take place in Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, New York City, and Minneapolis on July 28, 2018. There will also be tours October 20th, 2018 and January 19, 2019!

$100 Off the HP Envy at Best Buy Now through July 28th!



Some of you might remember that I spilled an ice cold refreshing glass of cranberry juice all over my expensive and wonderful laptop. When that happened, I was disgusted with myself (I always tell the kids not to drink next to my computer, and then I did and ruined it) and in a bit of a panic. I had a lot of deadlines due for school, work and the blog and definitely needed a laptop, and quick. I went out and bought a very inexpensive one thinking, 'I'm sure it will be fine. A computer is a computer." I was so wrong. That laptop, which I am on right now, freezes if you have more than one tab open (and who doesn't open more than one tab at a time?), has a very hard time starting back up if you shut the lid while it's on, and it has other various glitches and mishaps that annoy me on a regular basis. I thought I would get used to the downgrade with time. I never did. Now it's time to upgrade, and I couldn't be more excited to say I am in the market for an HP Envy x360 Laptop, sold at Best Buy.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

One Last Summer Hurrah? Daytona Lagoon is Amazing!!

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If it had been just a water park, it would have been fine; great in fact. BUT it was so much more!! Daytona Lagoon has pulled out all of the stops and in addition to the awesome water park complete with crazy slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, an area for tots and more, they also have things like inside obstacle climbing (with zip lining), an arcade to make even the big kids happy, go-karts, rock climbing, lazer tag and mini-golf. It's truly a great way to spend the day, and a most excellent way to have one last hurrah before school begins again.