Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th of July Sale at MagnetStreet.com. 25% off ALL Wedding Products

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

MagnetStreet Weddings​ is having a 4th of July wedding sale and would like you to help get the word out. MagnetStreet.com is an online, full service stationery store that allows you to create highly personalized magnets, cards and other printed stationery from announcements to invitations and programs to thank you notes. Take a look, make your purchases and be sure to tell a friend! http://www.eacct.us/mgntst

The MagnetStreet 4th of July Sale is offering 25% savings on ALL Wedding products.

Make your wedding unforgetable and save 25% Off All Wedding Products at MagnetStreet.com!
Order Wedding Save the Dates, Wedding Programs, Wedding Invitations or any Wedding products at MagnetStreet.com and Save 25%. Offer valid 6/30/15-7/7/15. Use code: WAFJULY at checkout!
MagnetStreet.com is your Wedding headquarters for all your printed products, helping you capture your moment and share your message. MagnetStreet is an online, full service stationery store that allows you to create highly personalized wedding announcements, invitations and more. MagnetStreet.com offers a variety of wedding products and designs in unlimited color options and designs to help you communicate your message in your own unique way.

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Save the Dates
  • Save the Date Magnets Large, small, square, heart—we offer a variety of magnet shapes and sizes for each design.
  • Save the Date Cards From size and shape to paper stock, find cards to fit your unique style and budget.
  • Save the Date Postcards Style and convenience! Available in two sizes, postcards are easy to address, stamp, and mail.
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Wedding Programs
  • Tea-length Programs With your ceremony printed on both sides, Tea-length Programs offer simplicity and elegance.
  • Half-fold Programs Half-fold Programs open like a greeting card—sweetly narrating your nuptials on each side.
  • Program Fans Available in four unique shapes, Program Fans help guests stay cool during your ceremony.
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Wedding Invitations
  • Rectangle Invitations Widely popular, Rectangle Invites are an easy way to tie your chic wedding look together.
  • Shaped Invitations Add a trendy touch to your wedding with a Shaped Invite. Unique, modern and totally fun!
  • Pocket Invitations Keep your enclosures neat and organized inside a pretty pocket fold. Choose from two layouts.
4th of July Sale at MagnetStreet.com. 25% off ALL Wedding products use code: WAFJULY. Offer Valid: 6/30-7/7

The Peanuts Movie is Coming November 6

THE PEANUTS MOVIE hits theaters everywhere on November 6, 2015!

3D Animation
Release: November 6, 2015
Director: Steve Martino
Based upon the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz
Producers: Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Paul Feig, Michael J. Travers

Do you love The Peanuts? I've been a fan for as long as I can remember, and I was very excited to hear there's a new movie coming out. Albeit, it's not coming out until November...but it's still coming. Woot!

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE Official Socials
Instagram: https://instagram.com/PeanutsMovie/

Do you have a favorite Peanuts Character?  
Will you be seeing this movie?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Community Coffee Company: Recipes Made with Coffee!

Oh my goodness, it is absolutely no secret at all that I'm a coffee girl and just recently I did the unthinkable, something I never thought I would do... I tried iced coffee!! Let me tell you, the outcome. While I liked it (surprise! I really did), it's still the hot I prefer. That's not to say I won't be filling up a mug with ice and enjoying my beloved beverage on some hot summer days though, because I most definitely will be. :)

Community Coffee comes in single-serve cups too!
When it's coffee time, I like to have a medium roast (or a flavored coffee). Others in my family love the dark roast. Fortunately, reputable coffee companies like the ever amazing Community Coffee that we all know and love, offers all of the above, and then some!

Community Coffee Company is the largest family-owned and operated coffee company in the U.S.
Community offers high-quality blends featuring 100% select Arabica coffee beans in a variety of yummy flavors such as Pecan Praline, French Vanilla, and classic Dark Roast. For savory meals, use Community coffee in combination with other herbs and spices to marinate meats. For sweeter treats, try coffee in pudding, cake and brownie recipes to intensify the flavor of chocolate.

Cooking with coffee, you say??? Oh yes, if you haven't tried it, you must, must, must (did I say 'must?' give it a go. 

I took the following from the Community Coffee Pinterest Board, which if you haven't been to yet, I highly recommend. These are just a few of my favorites to show you, but there are others. And so so soooo many of them look absolutely scrumdiliumptious!

Coffee Braised Beef Short Ribs

The first recipe I saw that made me giddy was the Coffee Braised Beef Short Ribs. My grown boys love ribs, and if I break out this recipe the next time we're all together, and I may, I'm going to get some serious Mom-Brownie-Points (and who doesn't want those?!?!). :)

Tiramisu Filled Éclairs with Mocha Icing
For those with a sweet tooth, how about Tiramisu Filled Éclairs with Mocha Icing. I can't even imagine how delicious that bad boy would taste some late afternoon, on the back patio, with family, friends and some Community Coffee.

Pretty good looking, right? I told you so. :) And there's more, there's definitely more (would the chili and coffee rubbed steak tip skewers be calling your name? or maybe the Coffee Créme Brûlée?).

You can learn more about Community Coffee by visiting their website. Be sure to check them out too on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Let me know below, do you like cooking with coffee? Have some great recipes to share? Love Community Coffee? Pull up a chair and let's discuss. I'm all ears. :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CarPET Scratch Stopper! Now in More Sizes!

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by AdvertiseWithBloggers.com and CarPET Scratch Stopper.  All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

You may remember me writing about a wonderful product from CarPET Scratch Stopper. It is a genius of a product that easily installs alongside most any door, to easily and effectively prevent cats from scratching up your carpet! You can find my previous post here.

Now due to the wild success of their initial product, CarPet Scratch Stopper has expanded their line to add more sizes!!

Made of a durable plastic, this little beauty can save you a ton of money by keeping your carpets protected from your cat's claws. And it's easy to install and use. Simply place the CarPET Scratch Stopper in front of a doorway, and voila', your cat will no longer be able to tear up the carpet because quite simply, their claws will be unable to grip the mat. There have been many who have reviewed the product, and all have touted it as highly effective, giving it two thumbs up. Two examples can be found here and here.

The CarPET Scratch Stopper comes in five different sizes (see above), and it comes with a limited money back guarantee.

One thing so many cat owners note is that their cats like to scratch up the carpets. I had one reader tell me her cat is relentless at scratching hers. If she shuts a door (intentionally or unintentionally). The CarPET Scratch Stopper products would be a great way for her, and others in the same or similar situation, to take proactive measures to protect their expensive carpet investment. And believe you me, I know first hand how expensive carpets can be.

I like that it's an easy way to keep your carpets protected, that won't be intrusive to your home or potentially hazardous to your cat. It's simple and effective, and that is always a great combination.

Do you have cats, and if so, are they prone to scratching? Would you try this product?

You can learn more about the company and the product by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Pinterest.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beautiful and Affordable Jewelry from NameStylish

Disclosure: This post was compensated. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

When you are looking for something special for a gift, a fast answer to 'happy' is jewelry. Make it personalized, and woot! even better! NameStylish is a company who offers beautiful jewelry, in beautiful packaging, and they do so with a lot of tender loving care!

I know a certain someone special in my life who might really love a piece of jewelry from this line as a special summer vacation treat, and I may or may not have (depending on if she sees this article or not) made a selection for her that I hope she loves. ;)

The variety of pieces that NameStylish offers is amazing. From mongrams, to names, to single letters and more, they offer exactly what it is you want to make, receive, or gift with an item of jewelry. In addition to that, they also have a variety of styles including vertical, horizontal, engraved, and script writing. I love that there are so many styles to pick from, it makes shopping there oh so easy because there is truly something for everyone.

You can choose from gold, silver, or even colored acrylic, and you can have whatever you'd like written or represented on the jewelry piece you select. They do have real gold too, if you're interested in the pricier, lifelong pieces.

NameStylish also has specialty jewelry such as those from their Infinity Line, their Love Line, or their line of beautiful birth stones. It's truly a line of jewelry that would suit any age. I know my teen would like shopping here, and my mom would too...and that's definitely crossing the age generations. :)

The style doesn't stop there. In addition to their necklaces, you can also select from their amazing line of bracelets, earrings, and rings. Mix and Match at your pleasure, or simply pick your favorite piece. No matter which you choose, you're sure to fall in love with NameStylish. I know I did.

All pieces have guaranteed delivery and free shipping.

You can learn more about NameStylish by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Amwell Offers 24 Hour Digital Care

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Amwell.  All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Did you know that a good number of doctor's visits could be conducted effectively without the need to ever step foot in the medical office? It's true. I recently used Amwell to experience first-hand how convenient such a service can be. This digital health practice gives you access to board certified doctors, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Whether you're on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you are now just three clicks away to care. Amwell doctors can diagnose, treat, and even prescribe.

For my first visit with Amwell, I simply sat on the couch, picked up the laptop and signed in. To get started they are going to ask you for some basic but very important information. Name, age, a follow-up phone number, medical history, what medicines you are currently taking, etc. They will also ask which pharmacy is closest to you, and what your insurance company/policy number is for the visit. If you want to skip any of the questions, you are allowed to do so.

A greeter will come on to explain a little bit about the process while you wait. The one thing she said that was instantly reassuring to me was that while I may not be familiar with the service, the doctors on the other end were very familiar with it and had used it time and again.

At the top of the screen, until it is time to talk to your physician, you will see a note telling you how many patients are ahead of you.

Once the greeter is finished, information facts pop up on the screen for you to see. I thought those were cool and they definitely made the wait time shorter, though the wait time really wasn't that long at all.

You can see my actual screen shot from the doctor's chat. the big picture is my doctor, and the bottom right hand corner is me. Along the right side you will also see a running dialogue of your question and answer session. There is also audio so you can hear the doctor. If you have a microphone you can speak to her/him as well, if you do not, you can use your keypad to converse.

My question was about swimming, and if too much of it could lead to a mild earache afterwards. The doctor informed me wisely that for an earache, the ear would need to be seen in case it was an infection that required antibiotics. I also asked her about chlorine and how to quickly alleviate its ill affects on the eyes. She told me just over-the-counter Visine would be my best option. Because my particular question was not one she could actually help with, she also offered to reimburse the fee it cost me to call. Amazing, right? That's not happening in the face-to-face doctor's office, let me tell you. ;)

I found my doctor easy to relate to, kind, and informative.

I think the Amwell service would be so wonderful for those times when you don't want/have to wait for an appointment. Of course too, it would also be amazing for not having to work your schedule around doctor's office hours. With the doctors readily available 24/7, why would you even want to?

This service gets two thumbs up from me, and I will definitely be using it again. One visit is typically $49 (you will see the timer counting down in the upper-right hand corner for your call time that is still left available). When the time arises that you find yourself wanting/needing to talk face-to-face with a doctor, you can use the following code to get $20 off of your first visit: LOVEAMWELL20 That makes your first visit comparable to or less than a typical co-pay. Subsequent visits have a flat fee of $49.

You can learn more about them by visiting their website. You can also follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Enter to Win a New Frigidaire Gallery® Refrigerator

In support of City of Hope's mission to conquer diabetes, cancer and other life-threatening diseases, Frigidaire will donate $5 to the organization for every "Like" received on the healthy organization video post about the new Frigidaire Gallery® Refrigerator on the brand's Facebook page (up to $25,000). After viewing the video, fans can enter to win a new Frigidaire Gallery® Refrigerator featuring the exclusive CustomFlex™ door by leaving a comment on the Facebook post about three healthy foods stored in their refrigerators

To enter, fans can visit https://www.facebook.com/Frigidaire/videos/10153255240315091/ now until 11:59 p.m. CT on June 20, 2015.

Terms and Conditions apply: http://on.fb.me/1B6yA17

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Utilizing Basement Space

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

A basement is an area of your home that is likely to see a lot of use if it is either fully or partially finished. Many homeowners benefit from converting basement space into a guest suite or a living area. If you decide to do so, you can use a well-finished basement as a craft room.

A Comfortable Guest Suite
 One of the perks of putting a guest suite in the basement area is having a lot of additional space. In many cases, you'll have the plumbing handy so that a bathroom can be added. Basements with a walkout door also give guests an extra entrance.

Extra Living Space is Good
You can have an expanded living area for entertaining or just relaxing with a finished basement. Many people find this setting good for putting in a home theater area. If you prefer, you can have a contractor add the additional wiring to have a computer workstation in this space, away from the activity in the rest of the house.

A Crafter's Haven
People who are involved in crafts or hobbies that involve a lot of artistry often like to use a basement area for the pursuits. There is not only a lot of additional room, but it is usually detached enough from the rest of your home to allow you to pursue your craft without interruptions. One good feature associated with many finished basement areas is built-in storage space and ability to add extra storage areas very easily.

Finding a Professional
When you need to remodel your home, choosing the right professional will help ensure success. If you find a contractor today, you will be on your way to enjoying your new space in no time. No matter how you decide to use your new space, you'll be assured of always having a great time

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Get Your Stubb's On! with #Giveaway

Take a walk outside this weekend. I'm guessing you'll smell some good eats cooking, right? And how amazing that smell really is too. It just feels like summer when people are out and about cooking and eating with family and friends.

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, it’s prime time to get out and barbecue. Rocky Stubblefield, Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q brand ambassador and grandson of founder C.B. “Stubb” Stubblefield, offers a few tips and recipes he’s picked up over the years to make you the grilling hero of any barbecue, family gathering or even weeknight dinner. Stubb’s is the maker of authentic, premium, BBQ sauces, rubs and marinades and was founded by C.B. “Stubb” Stubblefield in 1968.
Stubb didn’t just make barbecue, he made friends, serving up his slow-smoked brisket, cole slaw and beans, all with his wide, trademark smile at his restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. It was during this time that Stubb first began bottling his now famous sauces at the request of his friends.

Rocky’s Grilling Tips

Today, Stubb’s heritage lives on in his legendary sauces, marinades and rubs, continuing to make people feel good all over the world.
  • Use indirect cooking for larger meats (indirect is cooking away from the fire), and direct cooking for smaller meats (direct is cooking over the fire).
  • When marinating, beef chicken and pork can be marinated up to two days in a refrigerator. You should only marinate seafood for a few hours.
  • When using charcoal, allow coals to ash over before adding meat to the grill.
  • When cooking burgers, make a thumbprint in the middle of the patty before putting it on the grill. This will help the patty come out nice and flat (not puffy in the middle) and the meat will be cooked evenly throughout.

  • Soak vegetables in cold water before grilling – it keeps them from burning or drying out too fast.
  • For a juicier steak, let your meat rest for at least 10 minutes after it is done to allow the juices that were forced into the center of the meat when cooking to distribute throughout the steak.

  • Don’t cook ribs ‘til they are falling off the bone – ribs should be grilled until they begin to pull away from the bone, but you should be able to bite into and leave a bite mark as you eat it off the bone. Overcooked ribs become dried out and less flavorful – even a little bit mushy.

Clean grill after every use. You can use a ball of foil or an onion – just cut the onion in half, and while the grill is heating up, rubs the onion across it. The juices from the onion clean the grill and get it ready for use.

Now for the fun part! Head below for your chance to enter the giveaway below to win a personalized grilling set, Stubb’s branded spatula Stubb’s heavy duty, hand-carved cedar wood cutting board, Stubb’s hat, bag, T-shirt and $30 in Stubb’s coupons this fantastic set is worth $150! Perfect for making your Fourth of July celebration Legendary!! Giveaway is open to US Resident only and ends on 6/26 at 11:59pm EST.  

Disclosure:All opinions are 100% mine. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.. Open US only must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The GoPro HERO with LCD has Launched at Best Buy!

All posts must include the following disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Seriously, this camera holds so much appeal to me!! There are so many ways I could think of to 
use it, and I think this kind of camera would encourage me also to get out and try action things 
that were new.  

Action Shots like this one are just very cool. 
The GoPro HERO with LCD is perfect for capturing sweet family memories, all the fun of summer, and all of the journeys too, that you will have in your future. Imagine capturing your kids in the waves, your scenery on the mountains (while you're climbing them), or even your family barbeque/picnic fun. This is the kind of camera that will up your whole game when it comes to taking pictures. The possibilities are endless, and they are more than a little exciting!

Make it an all-in-one awesome Father's Day

Best Buy is THE destination for the latest cameras and camcorders, including the new 

GoPro HERO + LCD. AND it's arriving just in time for Father's Day.

Watch dad smile as he captures incredible moments on his new camera, and then relives

them on the spot with the LCD display.

This camera features 1080p60 video, 8MP photos and built-in Wi-Fi, plus it has the 

convenience of a touch display.

My favorite thing about it, besides that you can use it for amazing action shots that you just 

can't get with most any other camera, is that it has the Wi-Fi Bluetooth® combo, so you 
can get total shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, 
Facebook and more. Just perfect for a blogger, I mean father, right? :)

Great Offers

If you're interested, and I'm guessing you might well be (and with good reason!)...right now at Best Buy, you can get the HERO+LCD (Sku 6954009) with a free 32GB Extreme Plus memory card (Sku 9387066). Valid 6/14-6/20

You can also get a $50 Best Buy Gift Card with purchase of the GoPro HERO4 Silver (Sku 8374096) or GoPro HERO4 Black (Sku 8374078). Valid 6/7-6/20.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Take Care of Those Eyes! #NationalSunglassesDay

The Vision Council wants you to know that it is important for you to protect your eyes. Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans rarely or never wear sunglasses, leaving their eyes at risk. 2 in 3 Americans leave eyes unguarded on cloudy or rainy days. 3 in 10 don't protect their eyes in the winter, even though UV Rays are still present. Are you guilty of any of those? I know I am.

I recently attended a seminar where these and other eye protection/safety tips were discussed, along with the reasons why. Some surprising facts, in addition to the ones above, are below.

  • Activity determines use. When walking, driving, or going to the beach, people are more likely to grab their sunglasses than not. When gardening, running, biking, or engaging in team sports, they are not.
  • People choose sunglasses for comfort over protection, affordability, or style
  • Children receive three times the annual adult dose of UV radiation
  • There are both short and long-term implications for not protecting your eyes

Attendees also learned some very helpful tips about sunglasses. The first and far most important was that not all sunglasses are created equal. Since UV protection is crucial, it is very important to look for sunglasses that have a sticker on them showing the amount of UV protection that is provided in the glasses.

Another helpful hint that I didn't know is color means nothing. Many are under the assumption that the darker the tint, the more protective the shades. That is simply not true. In fact, dark glasses without UV protection can be worse for you because they cause your pupil to dilate which can increase retinal exposure to the unfiltered UV.

How to Protection Your Eyes

  • Wear UV protective eyewear (UVA & UVB) as often as possible.
  • Find comfortable, protective eyewear for your children
  • Lead by example: Let your children see you wearing protective eyewear consistently
  • Purchase non-hinge sunglasses for children so they don't pinch (comfort wins over many other factors for adults and children when it comes to eyewear)

Of course there are many other facts that you should learn and practice when it comes to protective eyewear, for you and everyone in your family, and I think it's definitely worth taking the time to do so.

Learn more by visiting thevisioncouncil.org 

You can also follow them on Twitter and/or Facebook where you can share your #SunglassesSelfie
More about that on www.nationalsunglassesday.com I look forward to seeing your pictures. :)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Best Buy Education Your Education Technology Partner

Disclaimer:  All posts must include the following disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy has always been a great resource for technology. As a consumer, I have never felt pressured to buy, have always felt informed after asking questions, and have always been very pleased with the selections I have opted to take home. Take that kind of care and add it to education, and it's an easy sell for Best Buy Education to be your selection for an Education Technology Partner.

Seeing You Through the Process Every Step of the Way

The Account Managers and Education Specialists there are eager to listen and understand your technology needs, and then use that knowledge to provide you with their professional and unbiased advice. They assist with product purchasing, installation, service and support.

The Right Products for Your School or District

Best Buy is the right place to go for all of your educational technology needs. From the latest tablets, laptops and chrome devices for students to office equipment to classroom white boards and carts, Best Buy has the reliable educational technology you need to outfit your schools.

Complete Technology Solutions, from Simple to Complex

Best Buy Education has the experience you need to assist with commercial service plans, pre-sales engineering, project management, installation, complex  logistics and multi-location delivery. Volume purchasing, including imaging and asset tagging is also available.

Technology Support and Services

Geek Squad® can keep your school's or district's technology running smoothly with IT support provided by phone, online, remotely or on site. Geek Squad Agents can install and upgrade hardware and software, troubleshoot problems that arise and repair devices right in your offices or classrooms.

Flexible Payment Options

Best Buy honors your tax-exempt status and offers education customers a variety of payment options including leasing, purchase orders, wire transfers and checks. They also offer their Business Advantage Account with Net-30 terms and 24/7 access to your account through a customized Website. 

ISTE Conference and Expo

Best Buy Education will be in booth #2262 at the ISTE Conference and Expo on June 28 - July 1. If you will be attending, be sure to check out the daily demonstrations that will be held all throughout the conference.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

#FitTea 14 Day Detox Can Get You Into Swimsuit Shape Fast!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

The FitTea 14-Day Detox is going to be my saving grace for summer. That few extra pounds I've put on over the winter need to come off and I know from past experience that  the quickest way to do that is with #FitTea.

Winters in Michigan are hard and long. One of the ways I cope with those is by hunkering down in the house, hibernating if you will, bundling up in warm clothes, and sometimes eating comfort foods (aka in my house, unhealthy eating). I know, believe me, I know, comfort eating does not lead to great weight results. A piece of pie here, a slice of cake there, a bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, pistachios and cherries...um, not that that's my fave or anything, all add up in places you don't want to see addition taking place.  After a few pounds come on and your clothes get a little tight, if you're like me, you tend to get outraged at first that you let it happen, and then...you fall into the land of comfortable. The extra few pounds of weight becomes the norm, or comfy, and you simply accept it for what it is, and carry on. 

That's all well and good until you find yourself eating unhealthy again and packing on a couple of more pounds. Before you know it, your waistband becomes tight. That's when you step on the scale and audibly say, 'oh no,' whether there's anyone in the room with you or not. That's when you know it's time to action. For me, action means stepping up the game on my exercise, eating right, and drinking my FitTea. The tea gives me the extra energy boost I need, while naturally suppressing my appetite, and that makes me very happy. 

Once I get back in the groove, and my habits have once again been streamlined and are healthy, I scratch my head and wonder how I let the extra pounds happen. When you think about it, there are so many healthy food options that taste great, and leave you feeling way better than junk, that it just doesn't make sense to opt in for the unhealthy selections more than every once in a blue moon. Seriously... when I drink pop (or 'soda' if you're in that part of the country) it wears me down. Potato Chips are delicious, especially with a high quality French Onion Dip, but if I eat them, I instantly get tired. Like...go to sleep for a little bit tired, and I don't like that at all. 

The FitTea experience for me is a). relaxing. b). energizing. How can it be both? Well, it's pleasant to drink it, and it tastes great. That's relaxing. After my cup of FitTea is finished, I notice that I'm not hungry, at all, in fact, I feel pleasantly full. And then when I get up and go about my day, I feel naturally energetic and happy. 

Why do I like FitTea?
I like to use FitTea to help combat the extra few pounds. It not only tastes pleasant, with its nice trace of citrus, but it also all-natural and gives you energy, boosts your metabolism, aids in digestive health and boosts fat-loss naturally in problem areas. Add to that the fact that it has antimicrobial products and I'm happy to be all-in.

I've used FitTea several times and have always loved the results. In addition to being a fast working natural detox, and a product that naturally suppresses the appetite with all-natural antioxidants FitTea is also very relaxing. I really enjoy picking up a book in the early morning, chilling on the couch and sipping my FitTea. 

The ingredients are all things you know and love: Organic Green Tea, Oolong Wu Yi, Organic Rooibos, Ginger, Pomegranate, Guarana, Birch, Stevia, Corn and Honey Powder.

FitTea results have proven themselves to be high quality for me, and I now look forward to a daily cup.

Natural teas like FitTea are not new. They've been used all over the world for years for weight loss and increased energy. That it tastes great too, is clearly a huge bonus. 

I'm a big fan of FitTea, and I think if you try it, chances are high you'll become a big fan too.

Now wish my luck in taking off the winter weight. I've got some summering to do. :)

You can learn more about FitTea by visiting their website. You can also follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter.

FitTea- Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3 Areas Where Teens Need Close Parental Monitoring & How You Can Make It Easier?

There are a lot of parents who are confused about when they should jump in and monitor their kids and when they should allow them to enjoy some privacy. On the other extreme are the helipad parents who are afraid of allowing their teens to explore on their own and learn from their independence. Striking a balance is really important to do effective parenting to today’s reckless teens.

3 Key Areas for Monitoring
To have a balanced approach is vital and there are three key areas where we can’t ignore their activities. We are responsible for all aspects of teens’ lives but today’s rapidly changing and fast moving tech and challenges have made parental monitoring an almost necessity.

Online Activities
Internet usage is quite helpful, fun and entertaining but depends how our teens use it. This useful resource can turn out to be their biggest enemy if they abuse it. They can go for adult content, pornography, dating sites, chat rooms and a lot of other harmful sites. Moreover, abuse of social media and Internet can leave them less focused, depressed, anxious, and lazy and can cause digital eye strain.

Despite all these hazards, few parents lack the motivation to keep the Internet safe for their teens. And yes, being on their shoulder all the time to know what they are doing online and what they are searching is also not a good idea. The best approach is to monitor their Internet activities using a parental monitoring app and letting them explore on their own. This way, you can give them the freedom they want and at the same time prevent any adverse incident online.

Alcohol or Substance Abuse
Clubbing, partying late night and hanging out with friends after school can all tempt teens to indulge in substance abuse and extensive drinking. You have to keep tabs on their activities so that you can identify the warning signs and stay aware. The teen’s behavior, attitude, and whereabouts could let you know if they try to abuse. The easiest way to stay in the know is tracking their whereabouts so that if they visit any bar, club or skip the school you could get to know instantly. For this the best monitoring app is FamilyTime as its GPS tracking spec is quite wholesome. It can let you track all the places your teen visit and you can also geo-fence their location to get alerts instantly.

FamilyTime Parental Monitoring is an easy yet effective option for parents who want to monitor their kids smartly. This app is available on Google Play and iTunes app store and can be downloaded by clicking on these buttons:    


Bad Peer Influences
Peer pressure could affect your child more than your expectations. Teens could enter into reckless activities like drunk driving, over speeding, dating, clubbing, late night partying, sex, violence and bullying just to look cool. It’s important to stay in the know about who they are in contact with and who they hang out with, who are their friends and which places they visit often. These all things could reflect their social influences and you can make right decisions in time.

With the parental monitoring app like FamilyTime, you can make it possible very easily. 

It can allow you keep tabs on all of teen’s contacts along with the details and you can also Watchlist the contacts and stay aware whenever they interact with them.  

These three areas are very important and need close attention. Few wrong decisions can ruin the teens’ lives so be very careful and keep on monitoring smartly! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Responsible Picnicking with Repurpose

Products created from plants? That's amazing, and it's awesome, and it's exactly what Repurpose does with every single product they make for your table.

With summer about to be in full swing, and families everywhere taking to parks, picnic zones, and even backyards for group dining and fun, the Repurpose line is one that is sure to please. From cups to plates to eating utensils, this company really does offer it all.

Repurpose makes their products exclusively from plants, not petroleum, and they are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment, offering high quality, durable, and guilt-free renewable alternatives. It gets better...unlike traditional plastic or even paper items, all Repurpose products are 100% compostable in an industrial composter.

All Repurpose products are BPA-free, chlorine-free, petroleum-free, and use only soy-based inks. Now that I know about them, I can't imagine using anything else. You can purchase them at Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, and online at RepurposeCompostables.com
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Home Security Is A Serious Issue

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You're in bed with your wife in the wee small hours of the morning. Suddenly, you hear a loud thud against the door, as if someone with a crowbar was forcing it open. Or, perhaps you hear what sounds suspiciously like someone pawing at the window, attempting to jimmy it. 

Some maniac may even have simply thrown a brick through your downstairs window, for no other reason than to get their kicks through random vandalism. Whatever the source of the noise may be, it's no fun to be on the receiving end of such an unpleasant jolt. 

Millions of dollars are spent on securing homes all across the nation, each and every year. As crime statistics grow worse, security is increasingly becoming a matter for each individual home owner to secure as best they can. 

Even in an area where the average response time of law enforcement authorities is reasonably swift, it is still an excellent idea to equip your home with a fully modern security system. However, even the world's most advanced alarm system can only do so much without the assistance of a monitoring service that can immediately notify the authorities during the event of a home invasion or other emergency.

Professional Alarm Monitoring Services

When an emergency occurs, such as a break in or burglary, you will want to not only rely on your home alarm system, but also your alarm monitoring service, for help in your time of greatest need. A full home monitoring service will respond to your alarm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter the time of day. 

There is a precious sensation of safety and security that arises from knowing that your home and family are fully protected against criminals and other dangers, such as natural disasters. No matter what the cause may be, if your alarm goes off, a fully professional monitoring service will immediately check in to make sure you're safe and well.

Alarm Relay: Monitoring Service You Can Rely On

When it comes to your home security system monitoring needs, there is one company that you can trust in your hour of greatest need. Alarm Relay has been in the business long enough to build a reputation for world class quality and expert customer service. Please feel free to contact Alarm Relay today to learn more.