Monday, November 20, 2017

$100 JORD Watch #Giveaway plus get 25% off Handcrafted JORD Watches!

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

Even the box is beautiful! 
The unique quality of this handcrafted wood timepiece from JORD is what I love best; the look of it, intrigues my son. As soon as I handed him the lovely wooden box it comes packaged in (along with a cleaning cloth, oil, and a carrying pouch) he put it on his wrist, and that's where it stayed for the remainder of the day.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Trampoline Savings Just in Time for Holiday Shopping!



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Looking to Quill for 5 Unexpected Ways to Recharge During the Daily Hustle





Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions however, are genuine and entirely my own.

Yesterday, I had a complete breakdown in my classroom. Someone did something completley unthinkable to another student and I just started crying. To my way of thinking, your maturity level does not matter, there are certain things you just do not do. One of those was definitely breached and I raised my voice, reprimanded them and started crying. I is unthinkable, but it was just one day. One day in a sea of many that are not so bad at all. I have perspective.

One thing that helped me, besides talking to the assistant principal and my fellow teachers in my area during our break time, was going to my car and calling my mom. :) Sometimes it just helps to be able to seek out a loved one and I was so happy she was there for me. Quill understands that there are days at work that are more stressful than others, and they've put together a wonderful article that offers 5 unexpected ways to recharge during the daily hustle. One of them is to reconnect with a loved one, I couldn't agree more.

Quill is a wonderful website that offers all kinds of tips, ideas, and unusual findings for every kind of situation you can think of within an office setting. Every single time you head on over to visit, you are going to find an article to learn from and/or enjoy. I definitely do!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

John Jesensky Has Got Me Really Thinking!

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John Jesensky is a huge lover of music. I share that passion, and am interested these days in learning more about it than just how it makes me feel (or dance). There are so many areas of life where music has been credited with enhancing a situation or mood. I've seen it happen time and again in the public school system. If you put on music for kids, they love it and so many of them perform or pay attention better.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Check out the Zulily Interactive Book Fair! Giving Back to those Affected by Recent Hurricanes

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November is National Literacy Month, and Zulily (always a favorite online retailer!) is joining in with its first ever interactive book fair, running now through December 10th, with the ultimate goal being to help those affected by recent major storms (Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria).

Enter to win the ZEBRA line from Popcornopolis!


Popcornopolis has so many wonderful varieties of popcorn that you can't help but fall in love with them. It's their Zebra line that I've fallen for here lately. From White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice, to White Chocolate Macadamia, to my favorite the Chocolate Candy Cane!! I could have a bag of that last one, a limited holiday edition every single week (ahem, day) and be oh so very content.

Bull Dog Skincare for Men! Gift Sets and Stocking Stuffers!

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Have you heard of the Bull Dog line before now? It's a rich, high quality line of products that is sure to be a hit with any of the grown men in your life. I'm definitely placing this brand in the holiday gift guide!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thanksgiving Trivia & $5 SC Johnson Products Rebate

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Sometimes it's fun to participate in a little trivia. For this one, you simply click this link and sign in, or click sign in with Facebook (I did the latter because it took a matter of seconds), then you take the quiz. I thought I knew Thanksgiving, it's history and traditions pretty well. Turns out, I really didn't. I got 4 right!! Just 4. lol  That's okay though, because now I have some knowledge about the holiday that I didn't have before. :)

Unique Practical and Fun Floor Blooms are Awesome for Holiday Gift Giving!

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This 2ft. 7" Peppy Purple Floor Bloom is generously-sized & oh so very comfortable.
You're supposed to use this cute Floor Bloom flower to cushion precious littles while they're on the ground or floor, but my granddaughter loved it so much, when I turned around, she'd also put it on the couch. That face was just before her giggle because she knew she was being silly. Of course, grandmama let her keep it there. Why not? :)  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

FLASH GIVEAWAY!! Personalized Ornaments for You!

Personalized Ornaments for You has a HUGE variety of high quality ornaments that are sure to become treasures for you, your family and friends. These are the ornaments on the tree that people stop and admire, smile when they see them, and/or ask where you bought them.


They have a lot of traditional favorites, like snowmen, Santa Clause, gingerbreads and more, but they also have a wide array of family ornaments that you can personalize by number (of people in your family), year and name(s). I love so many of these. I think this year the stockings by the fireplaces is my fave.

$50 Best Buy Gift Card #Giveaway! Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!


Best Buy is always a favorite destination for holiday shopping. This year I'll be headed there to get a Keurig for my sister-in-law, a Nintendo Switch for my youngest, and a camera for myself. What? Who shops for themselves on the holidays?! LOL I can't help myself, there's no way I can walk into Best Buy and walk out empty handed. Their prices are reasonable and their selections are always the best (plus I need a new camera ;) ).

The Star Movie due to release November 17th!

Disclosure: I will receive complimentary tickets to see the movie in exchange for this post and social media shares. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


The Star is the story of the 1st Christmas, told through the eyes of the animals! This adorable movie is brought to you from the studio that gave us Miracles from Heaven and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. If the trailer above is indicative of the rest of the movie, this one is sure to have you laughing, and loving (the characters) in an instant.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Diane whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Carpet One giveaway.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oriental Trading Company: Reasonably Priced and Awesome for Thanksgiving Crafts or Decorations

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Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? The beauty of decorating for Fall when Halloween season arrives, is that a lot of those decorations are simply (and often-times beautifully) Fall-related, so they can carry over into the latter season too. Take for example, this trio of Sweet Fall Pumpkin Centerpieces in white and gold that we purchased from The Oriental Trading Company. These little beauties are going to take us from October right into the end of November, for our home decorating scheme. Everyone who walks into the house notices them immediately, and they always have something good to say. I just love them!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sack Pals PERFECT Fun and Practical Christmas Gift for Little Girls!

Disclosure: I received a product to test and keep. All opinions are my Sack Pals-loving own (and what's not to love about a snuggly warm item that incorporates imagination, stuffed animals and play?!?!).


If it just had these movable characters (Sack Bling), the Sack Pals would be a big hit all on its own. What's not to love about a plush, warm sack you can bundle up in and keep warm, that also has childhood faves you can attach and detach, like a butterfly and a lady bug?

Learning a Bit About Nancy Behrman & Her Worldwide PR Business Success

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Today you hear of people trying to start their own business from home quite a bit. In public relations and marketing, probably even more so because there are so many new branches of it now in existence. Years ago, that was definitely not the case, with a sprinkling of exceptions. Nancy Behrman is one of those exceptions. Working hard from her studio apartment to make her vision come to life, she created Behrman Communications in 1985, which to put it into a time perspective, was over 30 years ago. It is a business that has been, and continues to be lauded by customers, clients and other greats in the business. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Brick Loot with Custom and Never Before Seen LEGOs!!


Brick Loot is a box subscription company for LEGO and Brick fanatics! Subscribers will receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items including Custom LEGO Kits, LEGO Minifigures and more.
Brick Loot boxes are filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.

Invented by a 9 yr old, this box is fun for ages 6 - 99!

My readers get to save! Save 12% of Brickloot using code "usfamily12"

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Amy whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Magic Sketch giveaway.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Well, October was Awesome but Let's do Breast Cancer Awareness All Year Long! Carpet One #Giveaway



October was a great month! We did all the things you're supposed to do, and we loved every second of it. We took lots of pictures along the way too with family and friends! I got a picture of the four kiddos we took to the pumpkin patch, inside a classic stand-up photo-opp display, and it makes me laugh every time I see it.

Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own. I have been an Ozeri fan for years!


This 8-pc. BPA food storage set from Ozeri is everything! I pack my lunch daily, so I'm always on the lookout for containers that will travel well and keep my food fresh. This Instavac food storage container set works well for that task. It also works great when it comes to keeping my fruit and/or produce fresh, as well as helping to make sure my leftovers last more than a day. The Instavac system has a patented valve that removes excess air and pressure. That means naturally occurring bacteria is less likely to cause the food to spoil quickly, because air can't get in! It also means foods are less likely to spill when you open or microwave them in the container, because there is no pressure to relieve.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Big News for the Kiddos Tonight courtesy of Hasbro

Kids can grab their favorite Hasbro 'Forces of Destiny' Adventure Figure and see them come to life on their television screen on Sunday, 10/29 at 8pm!


 Star Wars Forces of Destiny is airing on Disney Channel this weekend! 

Holiday #Giveaway! These 4 Books Sold at Quarto Knows are Going Right on the Christmas List!

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1. Happy Mail by Eunice & Sabrina Moyle

Some people still love to get mail. My mom is definitely one of those people. She has never owned a computer, nor does she care to...so to her the 'old fashioned' way of communicating with those who live long distance is via 'snail mail.' My kids all get letters from her, as do I, and every single holiday and birthday we all get greeting cards with notes in them too (and the kids get money, lol, who doesn't love a card from grandma with a few dollars tucked inside??). I save every single one she sends in our 'keepsakes' or the kids' 'baby boxes.' She would LOVE to get this Happy Mail book that is full of fun ways to send out notes to her friends and loved ones. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween and Hotels.com_Are You Ready to Stay in a Hotel that is Haunted?


It's that time of the year when people go out of their way to be scared, on purpose. Yep, it's Halloween. What better way to celebrate than to stay in a hotel that is haunted? Hotels.com is the most rewarding Online Travel Agency, and with this holiday, as with all holidays and opportunities for travel, they do not disappoint. To help you find unique ways to celebrate this spooky season, they have put together a collection of some of the world's most famous haunted hotels, and give you specs, pictures and a bit of haunted history on each of them. Take a look below to see which hotel you might want to frequent this Halloween Holiday...that is of course, if you dare!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Travel Ideas to Celebrate a Special Date with Your Special Someone

A Big Welcome to Guest Writer: Camille Herrera

Are you looking to surprise your significant other on your anniversary, birthday or even for no occasion at all? What’s a better way to celebrate than to travel? Travelling makes you feel more bonded. You’ll get to experience new things together, spend time away from your regular busy schedule at work and just have quality time with each another.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Foundation Fighting Blindness: Slow Down Age Related Macular Degeneration


Age-related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55. But with treatment it can be slowed down, stopped, and in some cases reversed. That is a big deal. If there is any way at all, that is safe of course, to help prevent blindness, isn't it definitely worth looking into? I think definitely, yes!

Blindness played in a role in my childhood, with my grandfather having sight in only one eye during his latter years. It affected so many things, but he was a real champ about it, and honestly if he complained, I never heard him. I know he missed being able to see us grow like he had been able to before. With limited or diminished vision so many things are affected. Make sure you see your grandchildren grow! Protect your vision by requesting information about diagnosing and treating AMD.



Call the FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS TODAY AT 1-800-BLINDNESS for a free packet on reversing or managing AMD. Or, go to the website fightblindness.org, where I found so much helpful information, or again, call 1-800-BLINDNESS today!

15% off Colortime Color-and-Glow Trick or Treat Bag!

Disclosure: We received a complimentary bag. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Every little bit of illumination helps when the kids are out Trick-or-Treating at night. This bag from Colortime is awesome because not only do the spider web and letters glow in the dark (practically the whole front side of this generously-sized bag lights up) but the kids get to decorate it too!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrate National Pizza Month with T-fal!


T-fal makes so many great products, but this month the reason I'm celebrating them is because it's National Pizza Month (as if I needed an excuse to love and make a pizza), and they literally have all the tools you need to make a fabulous pizza pie at home.

Monday, October 16, 2017

DaVinci Roofscapes Add Gorgeous Curb Appeal to Your Home!

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Photo Source: DaVinci Roofscapes

Curb appeal matters, and the roof of your home plays a big part in the overall scheme of things. The fastest way to see how important a roof is to the appearance of a home is to drive around after a hurricane, which we recently did. Even though the storm didn't touch us (hurray!), it did blow by us, and what a blow it gave. Weeks later, there are many roofs that still look raggedy and unkempt from the impact that little visit had on our neighborhoods and in our community.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cutco Knives are Perfect for You or for a Gift!



Cutco has long been known as a high quality product, that means they do cost a bit more than other knives, scissors and the like, but...they last forever. That's not a new concept. We pay for quality. I know a student who has her first job selling them. If she makes $300 more by Tuesday, she gets her first bonus. She asked me if I'd post on the blog for her, in case any of you are looking to buy for yourselves, or for Christmas gift ideas. Of course, I said yes.


Things to know:

The knives last forever.
The scissors can cut through a penny (they're that strong).
They have more than just knives and scissors (so much more).
Items are sent to you via mail or delivery truck (no in-person purchases available).

You can view an online presentation of these and if you decide to buy, she'll get credit towards meeting her monthly goal. I highly recommend the knives. They make light work of anything at all you want to chop, dice, peel or cut in or out of the kitchen (we have the scissors too and you can use them for everything!). E-mail Katelynmarie99@aol.com to learn more. This is a purchase that will never dissapoint.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Most Favorite Wordless Wednesday Yet!!

Have I mentioned lately how much I love this little sweetie pie?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Magic Sketch: Designed with Kids in Mind! #Giveaway



Any weekend that baby grand is in the house is a good great one. This weekend we did lots of fun things, with more to continue today, but when she woke up at 6 a.m. (that's my girl) I wanted to find something quiet for us to do. Enter the Magic Sketch.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Stay & Go Storage Bag and Playmat Makes Clean Up a Cinch (literally)

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We brought these to the hotel on our latest weekend adventure and they worked great!
Clean up in seconds and store virtually anything with the Play & Go!
So, we recently went to a hotel for the weekend, and my youngest spent some of his birthday money on some things that we would need to take back home, but that really weren't going to fit in his duffle bag all that well. Our solution?  His Play&Go Storage Bag and Play Mat. We knew ahead of time that he was going to go shopping, so I brought the bags just in case. We have a large one and a small one.

Welch's Fruit Roll Ups are Perfect for Halloween!!

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


Unroll the fun with the NEW Welch's® Fruit RollsI have to admit that never did it occur to me I would be one of those moms who ditched the fun and entire purpose of Trick-or-Treating (which I thought was to collect humongous and awesome amounts of candy), by passing out healthier treats. As I've gotten older though, and a teensy bit (I hope) wiser, my opinion has changed and I wish that almost everyone would pass out better snack options for the upcoming holiday.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Decorating: Students and Oriental Trading Come Together to Brighten Up a Classroom!

Disclosure: I received complimentary products in exchange for this post, but all opinions stated are genuine and my own. We have been happy customers of Oriental Trading for years!



Well, this is what the bulletin board looked like before. Pretty sad to have an entire space in your classroom that you have not utilized this far along in the school year, but despite all of my other spaces being occupied and/or prettied up, this one sat at the back of the room empty. Yes, sadly, it was stark, cold and gray until a group of students and Oriental Trading entered the picture and brightened that space right up for me!

October is National Apple Month!

Monday is National Apple Month! To help you celebrate here are some recipes and apple snacks, sips and tools I think you might enjoy, courtesy of 5WPR.

Apple Melon Juice
Apple Melon Juice

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hy-Lite® Offers Home Designer CollectionTM of Eclectic Privacy Windows

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


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Having lived in a single family home for many years, I knew that was my preference for where to live. Enter a big life change, and I ended up in a condo, with a lot of other apartments...and it reiterated to me, that owning my own home is definitely a preference. While I do love certain things about where we're living (security guard, gated entry, swimming pools we don't have to keep up ourselves, etc.), there are others I don't, like privacy, being able to play loud music, and not having to worry about the rent going up constantly (and it does). I'm also dreaming of a cozy bathroom nook, with beautiful windows, where I can go sit and relax in a bath full of bubbles or jet water, and read a good book (versus sitting in my stock tub now, which doesn't feel very oasis-y at all). Seeing the options on Hy-Lite® has definitely got me day dreaming!

Another Shout Out to Cafe Quill!! 3 Ways to Collaborate in the Office

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Just sending out another shout out to remind you of the awesome Cafe Quill website. I hope if you get a chance, you'll head on over to visit!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Winner Announcement


Congratulations to Colette whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter 
as the winner of the Matthew West CD.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Batman Plays Basketball! Oriental Trading for Halloween!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions stated are genuine and my Oriental Trading own. This is a company I have loved for years, long before I started to blog. :)


Halloween Headquarters at Oriental Trading is open for business, and in our house, they've helped create a super hero!!

Masonry Panels: Nu-Wood has a Knack for Improving Home Exteriors!

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My sister-in-law purchased a house that was reasonably priced. It is in a wonderful neighborhood, and the house itself has awesome 'bones.' It's really cute on the outside too, but could def. use some TLC and an update to make it stand out (in a good way). She has considered shutters, but ultimately decided she would like something with a little more 'pop.' 

Nu-WoodTM, a leading industry synthetic millwork manufacturer, now offers faux polyurethane brick and stone masonry panel options in eight different styles and 15 different hand glazed and finished colors, and they are just the thing my SIL could use to make the exterior improvements she is longing for with her new'ish' place. A variety of profile molds are used for each of these panel designs to eliminate repeat patterns, making the installation of multiple panels more realistic, and thus more appealing!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Getting Ready for Halloween with ColorTime



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Thursday, September 28, 2017

3 Ways to Get Everyone Collaborating Perfectly

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There are three ways you can get everyone in the office collaborating with ease, and Cafe Quill is happy to share them with you in one of their latest blog posts, "3 Ways to Get Everyone Collaborating Perfectly."

I am a big fan of this career and lifestyle website, and this article is one of the reasons why. The writers have a knack for taking practical everyday situations and putting a spin on them that brings clarity and new understanding. We have all had our days where collaboration in the office has proven to be a challenge. With these three tips, it is now so easy to adjust things and get everyone together on the same page a little faster. I like all three of these tips, but the second one is definitely my favorite, and while it isn't always possible, there are ways we can make this happen, and it's definitely fun and motivating when we do!

I don't really want to give away too much about the article, in hopes that you will click over and give it a read for yourself. I think you might like Cafe Quill where things are always fresh and interesting.  It's definitely one of my go-to websites for career and office advice (among other things!). Learn more by visiting here.

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Comments for this post are turned off in hopes you will visit Cafe Quill and comment there, should you have the time. Please feel free to share on social media (and thank you!!).

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Matthew West CD #Giveaway #FlyBy #ALLIN

Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



I like to listen to inspirational things on the way to work. It is a good way for me to relax and release just before my day begins. Sometimes I listen to my favorite radio preachers, and sometimes I listen to music. Though late to the game on Matthew West (he's got a huge fan base and this is my first time hearing him...that I know of, anyway), I can now say I am a fan of his music too. It is very easy to listen to, and has a great message.

Friday, September 22, 2017

World Tourism Day is September 27th! $25 Off Travel with Hotels.com

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


Finding ways to travel year round, even when the kids are in school is a must for us. Though we shorten our trips this time of year to being fairly local, and only on weekends or holiday breaks, we still ensure that we carve out to time to go. For those of you who aren't tied to a school calendar, traveling during the off-season months like September and October can really pay off! If you are traveling now, you will generally have fewer people to contend with, and shorter (or no!) lines to stand in which will allow you to have more time to experience new people, places and things at your leisure. That can be far better than being rushed, I know. We used to travel in the off-season to Europe and though we hear stories of people who said they had to wait in line forever to see the popular tourist attractions, we can't relate because during the off-season, that was rarely if ever the case (hurrah!).

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why I Continue Educating My Kids Once They’re Home From School

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


School is school, and home is home, right? Well, not really. School is a primary extension of learning for children, but I believe learning starts, continues and ends at home. It is my educated guess that there are approximately 20 students enrolled in the majority of public classrooms in the United States. Ideally, each and every child, in every single class, should receive 100% of the teacher's attention. Realistically, that is of course not true, nor even possible, due to time constraints (among other things). In counting down from 3 to 1, with (1) being the most important, that is the #3 reason why I continue to educate my kids once they are home from school.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

How Can You Turn Your Personal Smartphone Into A Business Phone?

Please welcome a guest blogger today.


In many cases you do want to have more phone numbers, just like you would deal with email addresses. The common approach is to have one for the personal communications and one for business operations. You want to have separate business and work numbers so that the work-related calls are going to go for the voice mail after a specific hour or the personal calls can be deferred as you are during working hours. At the same time, billing and accounting become a lot simpler.

Dock & Bay Microfibre Towel

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


What's in the nifty little Dock & Bay bag that you can easily toss in your car or carry with you wherever you go (and it looks cute too)? It's a microfibre towel that is going to come in handy so many times and ways. We decided to keep this one in our trunk.  There are a lot of times we go to the park, the beach, the pool, what have you, and we have nothing to sit on in the grass or on the hot concrete. Every single similar type of thing we get, ends up with another family member for whatever (good) reason. This one is just too awesome to give up. We put it in our car, and this one is staying with us for keeps. :)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Purple Cow Magnetic Travel Games

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


 Today we're supposed to be on a family trip that includes Disney World. Some of us, including me, got the flu. I'm recovering today, but still know I wouldn't have been able to make that long drive, much less walk around all day long. Big bummer too, because my 2nd oldest changed work days with someone to be able to go (and of course, he's not sick, so he would have been able to go, yikes!). We'll reschedule but this weekend would have been perfect because with the hurricane days (that we're still on) all sports, work and school things have been cancelled (at least in my house). My daughter is out of college for the storm too, and now that she's grown, like her two older brothers, it's even harder to find dates we can all agree on, so being sick right now is not just a drag, it's a BIG drag.

HAD we been in the car for a trip today though, you can bet we'd have some games packed and ready to go. The portable Magnetic Games from The Purple Cow are always a good bet. They're small enough to slip in the back pocket of the car seats, and extremely portable. Everyone likes a good game of Tic Tac Toe or 4 in a Row. Even the grown kids will play if they're in the back seat with little man (who's not really so little anymore).

Smash Pong Family Game #Giveaway from Education Insights


Educational Insights has a game for children ages 7+, but my grandbaby is 5 and I bet she'd love it. It is definitely NOT for children under 3 because the balls are small and could pose a choking hazard. Smash Pong is easy to set up and consists of 1 smash pong launcher, 6 balls, 20 challenge cards, a game guide and the storage bucket.

Quill.com Shares How to Avoid Freezing from Office AC




Sometimes as bloggers we elect to share links to other people's posts because we want to do something nice for the person/sponsor. Cafe Quill has been a sponsor/blog that has been so wonderful to work with that today I have decided to share their blog post about how to avoid freezing in the office!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Top 3 "Most Welcoming" Curb Appeal Colors for Your Home

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


Photo Source

No two ways around it, color matters. We see that in the photos above, and we see it in our every day lives. It has been claimed that colors can evoke feelings too. They are known to make you feel happy, hungry (they say not to paint your kitchen orange!), or calm, among other things! Do I believe it? I most certainly do! Color matters for the exterior of your home too.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Protect ALL of Your Network Devices with the #CUJO Smart Firewall (sold at Best Buy)

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.

Great things do come in small packages!
The Cujo Smart Firewall protects every device on your network!
This is what the box looks like on it's own. This is what you are going to look for in the store. It's a small device, with a whole lotta' punch to it. Have you heard the saying, "Good things come in small packages?" Well the Cujo, sold at Best Buy proves that saying to be true!!