Friday, September 22, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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 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. 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

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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!!

Family Game Night: We are Addicted to CrozzIt!

Disclosure: We received a complimentary game to review. All opinions stated are genuine and our Crozzit-loving own.

We're still on our 12-day "storm vacation" from school and work, though it hasn't really felt like a vacation until today. Everything has been closed down except Publix (who was so good before and after the storm), and a lot of people are still out of electric too. Today though, almost feels like a normal day. Gas stations are open (with long lines), restaurants are starting to turn on their 'Open' signs and boards and shutters are coming off of the windows. One of the things we did during the storm and after while everything was closed down, was play games. A new favorite for us? Crozzit!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Cynthia whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Kinzd Wallet or Makeup Case Giveaway.

Adding Susan who won the OUTXE Bluetooth Speaker today!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Win a Nursery Makeover from EvgieNev Wall Decals!

This information is brought to you by EvgieNev Wall Decals. All opinions are my own.

Having a baby is an amazing and life changing event! There is so much to do to prepare for the arrival and so many things to buy! That's why EvgieNev Wall Decals wants to make it easier for you to get your nursery ready or to just redo your current nursery!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Audio-Technica for Back-to-School (or College)

Audio-Technica Headphones are ALWAYS tops for quality!
I have two kids in college, one in her first semester ever, and the other in his last semester for his degree. It is an exciting time for both! I also have a child in elementary school. All three of these children have the need for high quality Audio-Technica Bluetooth Headphones, and I only have one pair (not to mention, I'd love to keep them for myself, but that's besides the point, mom's rarely do that, right?) so what's a mom to do?

A Full Serving of Veggies in your Pasta? Yes Please and Thank You Birds Eye!

On the left, an ice experiment my son is doing...
on the right, dinner in 3.5 Minutes Flat! That's a welcome addition to meal time!
Most of you know we're knee-deep in hurricane preparations over here. Actually, we're all done now, and just waiting for the storm (which thankfully has pretty much turned away from us at this point, though we still have winds up to 89 mph predicted later today). The thing is, there is NOTHING open, and I do mean nothing. No gas stations, no grocery stores, no convenience stores, no restaurants. It's like a ghost town out there, and I know this because we just drove around looking for someplace to eat, that wouldn't require me having to cook. We're tired, we want to relax, but I do still want the kids to eat right. Enter Birds Eye Vegetable Pastas! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Please Pay Attention to Your Roof!

In most cases, houses are in pristine condition on the day you purchase, but that will always change over time. If you are like most people, you pay attention to the more obvious things affecting the comfort and livability of your home like the HVAC system. One of the most commonly overlooked areas of the home is the roof.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Celebrate National Video Games Day at Chuck E Cheese!

Tomorrow night we'll be prepping my SIL's house for Hurricane Irma and really hoping she (the hurricane, not my SIL) doesn't stop by to visit. Our place is being prepped by the association that runs the apartments. I hope they do a good job. My biggest worry right now is flooding because even if it rains hard, the parking lot doesn't drain well where we live. I hope that stays my biggest worry, if you know what I mean.

Grandparent's Day is September 10!

Why not send grandma and grandpa a GrandBox? It's a perfect, and unusual gift for Grandparent's Day or just to show them how much they are loved, and everyone loves to get a special delivery!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gurunanda: The BEST Essential Oil Diffuser I've Seen!

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My daughter has a long weekend off of college, I'm off work for the holiday, and my youngest son is too. So we're all looking forward to the fun days we're going to get to spend together with absolutely no agenda...and what happens?? S*I*C*K*N*E*S*S. Blah.  I'm not sure who went out first, me or my youngest, but I know we both started feeling down and out on Friday. That was a sure sign of things to come. My daughter had her girlfriend over for the weekend too, and she had a different kind of sick so she fit right in, lol. Two strands of whatever running around the house...and so far my girl is the only one not sick (knock on wood, she's a warrior). :) One of my symptoms has been an alternately stuffed/runny nose. I've had a Gurunanda Honeycomb Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser sitting around the house waiting for the perfect day to be opened, and what better time than when so many of us were sick? I broke it out, and put a few drops from the 'Breath Easy' essential oil bottle, and was amazed at how fast my breathing cleared up. I was instantly in love.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Delicious Snacking and Labor Day Celebrations Go Hand-in-Hand

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Having the right snacks on hand is essential when it comes to entertaining, and so many of us will be entertaining this long Labor Day Weekend! Because it's a traditional holiday that often entails that last big shebang for people ending the summer I let my son pick the party colors. My son has picked out three snacks to help work with the color scheme he selected: primary colors (yellow, red, and blue).

Colgate Talking Toothbrushes: Great for Back to School

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We have definitely had some challenges with my youngest son's teeth. I don't know if it was because we had well water in Michigan or not, but he was the only child out of four to get cavities as a child (and he did brush and floss regularly). In fact, he had to have oral surgery when we moved, and though it was a bit intimidating at the time, it turned out to be a huge blessing. His teeth are now in perfect condition and the challenges he had are no more. That being said, because of the ordeal he went through, he does appreciate the importance of taking extra good care when it comes time to caring for his teeth. Colgate has new Brush Coach toothbrushes that help, and they make oral hygiene fun.

Friday, September 1, 2017

OUTXE Loud Bluetooth Outdoor Speaker Giveaway

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My son is ten now, and music is a big deal for him. He's really starting to take an interest in devices that help him hear his favorite songs, so a wireless speaker that he can take on the go? Yeah, that was a good idea. He recently took his OUTXE Loud Bluetooth Outdoor Speaker to a pre-organized volleyball game for kids at our apartment complex. It ended up being a great idea because the kids were dancing and loved it. The OUTXE stands for 'Outdoor Extreme Energy,' in case you wondered. ;)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

World Coconut Day Saturday Sept 2! 7th Heaven Creamy Coconut Mask

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7th Heaven makes a Creamy Coconut Face Mask that is the perfect way to celebrate World Coconut Day on September 2nd!

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Nicole whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the What on Earth (Bees) Book Giveaway.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Kinzd Wallet or Cosmetic Case #Giveaway

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Real leather makes me happy when it comes to so many things, including wallets. If the wallet is RFID blocking? Even better. Kindz wallets are both, and you can get them in so many styles, colors and varieties.

Back to School: Be Sure to Print those Precious Memories!

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It is that time of year when we're taking those precious back-to-school photos on our digital cameras or smartphones. Are you printing those images, or storing them, most times never to be used again? I know sometimes our digital space gets short and we delete photos in storage so we are able to take new pictures. How often though, do we take steps to print before we hit 'delete' never to see those precious memories again? For those of you who do, hurrah! For those of you who do not, it's not too late to start! Groupon makes it easy with great coupon code savings from places such as Shutterfly!

Tips for Selecting a Garage Door

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One of the jobs my 2nd oldest son has done is installing or fixing garage doors. I loved when he had that job because he would often be in my area, and swing by to visit on his lunch break. ;) He learned a lot about the business, because hands-on experience is always the best experience (in my opinion), and I learned a little just by overhearing his conversations on the phone. The most important piece of information I gleaned from that period of time is that people take their garage doors very seriously, and they should. The garage door is the focal point of so many home exteriors, and in addition to being practical, it can be a great way to up the ante on the curb value of your home. The experts at Haas Door (Wauseon, Ohio) have endless ideas, tips and ways to help you select the garage door(s) that will help enhance your home, and showcase the personality of it in a way that really stands out (or blends in well, depending on your preference).

Label Daddy: Decisions, Decisions... See Which Label Won! Plus 25% Off!

Disclosure: I received a coupon code in exchange for a blog post and social media shares. All opinions are genuine and my own. We have been voluntarily using Label Daddy labels for years, and we love them!

So I'm going through the labels on Label Daddy ('tis the season) and I'm torn between these cute Emoji Labels you see in the picture above for my son...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter as prize winners:

Lemonade Matching Game: Angela
Medieval Times Dinner: Ashley
Birdseye Veggie Giveaway: Annette
All Saints Movie Tickets: Margot
Cameron's Multi-Use Lantern: Lisa

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Our New PlasmaCar by PlaSmart Toys was the HIT of the Park!

PlaSmart Toys has this really great PlasmaCar that made for a very fun day in the park for us, most especially for the 9-yr.-old you see holding the box. ;) 

Kid Made Modern #GIVEAWAY!

Winner Chooses (1) of the Above to Call their Own!
I've got three products from Kid Made Modern. One I am going to keep for our house, one I am going to give to my granddaughter, and one I am going to mail to a lucky winner! Which one will you get if you win? They're all fantastic, and I'm giving one lucky winner first choice.

Airtight Infinity Jars Preserve and Protect

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Ultraviolet light filtering technology keeps any and everything you put inside of Infinity Jars safer than if you were using clear or amber glass. In fact, these containers with an airtight seal preserve, rejuvenate and keep the taste and smell of your items intact longer than most any other container. In the photo above you can see three of the four different sizes they have for cooking oil bottles that have a spout. Please note they have many other sizes, shapes and types of glass jars and containers. I just thought these were perfect for storing precious oils you don't want to quickly go bad!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Seaside Beach and Picnic Mat: Perfect for Anywhere Outside!

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We always take a blanket or large towel with us to the beach but until recently we never did when we'd head over to the pool. The problem is, it was always so hot getting out of the pool that it was unpleasant. Our feet would get burnt, there was no place to sit either because there is no shade over the apartment complex pool where we live. The Seaside Beach & Picnic Mat  folds flat, and is easy to carry along anywhere you go, so now in addition to having it along at the beach, we're bringing it to the pool as well.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quarto Knows is Giving Away the What in the World (Bees!) Hard Cover Book!

Bees play a vital role in so many things we may or may not know about. This kind of learning can be fascinating to kids, and Dr. Andrea Quigley and Illustrator Paulina Morgan have done a wonderful job of introducing so many things about the bees to young readers in this book sold at Quarto Knows: What on Earth? Bees! Explore Create and Investigate!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Getting the Classroom Ready: Back to School with Oriental Trading

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School teachers sometimes write up a lists of supplies that make their student's parents' mouths drop when they see them. Why is that? It's because teachers pay for 90% of the supplies that go into their room. Pencils, paper, index cards, staples, and even copy paper if they run out of their quota for the month (and they always run out of their quota for the month). Then you have dry erase markers to use every day (they are not cheap, and they run out fairly quickly), folders, sticky notes, erasers, pencil sharpeners, you  name it. It adds up. One way to help ease the burden is to ask students to bring things in. Another is to shop at Oriental Trading.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

EduShape Toys DO Make Bathtub Time Fun!

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The fastest way to get a child to love bath time is to stick a cool toy in there. Seriously, it's hands down never failed once for me. That's saying a lot, considering I have a family of 4 children of my own, nieces, nephews (in-laws, but still like my very own) and a grandbaby who have all loved bathtime here because I keep great toys on hand!! The newest I've added to my collection, and it is fun for little ones, is a Sensory Hoops set from EduShape.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How We #GetUpandGo with Go Organically Fruit Snacks (plus chance to win $500 gas gift card)!

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Everyone knows that if you have kids and you're going anywhere, you are probably also toting snacks. My son is super energetic and always on the go, usually to someplace outside, and baby it's hot out thar'!  We're running in the high 90's to low 100's as far as temperatures go right now. To help make sure he's running at full speed, I always make sure we bring along water and a snack. Right now he's big on the Go Organically Fruit Snacks, so 9 out of 10 times, that's what you're going to see in our tote bag when we're on the go. What else is in there?

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter:

Bio Kult Probiotic: Margot
Graeter's Ice Cream: Sarah (Slehan), Marilyn, Robert, and Leslie

Monday, August 7, 2017

Want to Win a Family 4 Pk to See the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Orlando?

I did this review and the sponsors have now graciously offered to extend a family 4-pk to one lucky Mail4Rosey reader. 
This is for the Orlando, Florida location only!! 
Good luck to all who enter!

Exclusive Discount Offer for Mail4Rosey Readers!
Discounted price for adults: $36.95 
and kids: $29.95 
Use Code: Rosey (good through 12/30/17).

Looking for dinner with flash? It doesn't get flashier than the Medieval Times in Orlando, Florida. Literally. The sparks fly, the cheers are loud, the food is good and the battle IS on!

Camerons Multi-Use LED Lantern with #Giveaway

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I know the typical use for something like the Cameron's Multi-Use LED Lantern would be camping. In the state of Florida though, we keep things like this around for the storms. A lot of times our lights will be out for days when a big one goes through, such as Tropical Storm Emily threatened to do to us recently. Thankfully she passed us by, but if she'd have come, I had this lantern all batteried up and ready to go. ;)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Welch's is Full of Surprises! Contest FYI!

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Welch's Fruit Rolls are unlike any other fruit roll up you have ever tried. These actually taste so fruity, and tangy and g.o.o.d. Usually I leave this kind of snack to the kids, but I've been taking one to work every day too.

The Brand for a Fresh Makeup Look: ModelsOwn

Sculpt & Glow Liquid Highlighter
Those of you who go way back (and thank you for being so consistent with your visits, I definitely appreciate it!) may remember my post about my daughter always changing up her hair. It's not something she outgrew, and now that she is a freshman in college, and no longer a kid, she's still one to always change her look. It's just something she enjoys doing. For now, it's orange (hair). How long that will last? I wouldn't hold my breath! Now, I'll admit when I hear the word 'orange,' it instantly alarms me (I'm far more conventional than she is), but I really like it! The thing is, even though she is now a young adult her skin hasn't quite outgrown blemishes, so she needs a good coverage with her make-up (even if highlighter...and eyebrows, which she also loves doing right now...are the only make-up she is wearing).

Divaderme Mascara: The Look of False Eyelashes in a Bottle

What?!?! Those lashes are real? You betcha, and with this mascara it's easy for you to get long lashes in an instant too. The dual mascaras that she is wearing from Divaderme Professional Cosmetics serve well to extend and coat. They make extreme lashes absolutely effortless.

BewellConnect MyThermo: Innovative Technology for Getting ALL Kinds of Temperatures Taken Fast

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

This box, with it's pretty blue color, and reputable brand name (BewellConect, My Thermo) is very important to me, and I'll tell you why.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

#AllSaintsFlyBy #FlyBy Fandango Movie Tickets Giveaway

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 (the trailer you see below and the tickets to view the movie, in exchange for this review and post.

25% OFF Label Daddy Labels: Just in Time for #BacktoSchool

Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set

Instant vacuum freshness without pumps, motors or confusing parts; Simply press down on the lid and air is forced out via the one-way valve.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer's Not Over Yet!! Enjoy the Beach While You Can!

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You know it's beach time when mama breaks out the toys. For one of our latest happy ocean days I took along Hydro Storm water guns from Adventure Force, and the big ol' mac daddy Super Storm from the same line. I also took along they fancy new sea creature shovels from American Plastic Toys.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Buddy Phones are Headphones that Protect Your Children's Ears

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Buddy Phones from Onanoff enable sharing and cap the decibels at 85 for child safety!
My granddaughter just got home from a nice little vacation. She has been on an airplane before, but never one taking her overseas. No one was particularly worried how she would do, she's a champ when it comes to traveling, but we did want her to have things to help her be comfortable and occupied.

Expanded Line of Delectable Lickable Treats from Hartz (plus a chance to score free treats)

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Delectables now has a new line of Lickable Treats for kittens!!! We love and use Hartz products for our cat, and we were happy to share of them with our guest kitty too, when he was here. Said cat belongs to my granddaughter and while she was on vacation, we got to watch him. What fun that was, and how different her feline was from ours. We love them both!!

Stinky Boy Sydrome? You Need Hero Clean!

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I love these Hero Clean  laundry detergent pods (they have a liquid detergent too) for my three boys!! It's just so awesome to me that a product line has been made specifically with the fellas in mind. It works great, and leaves your clothes smelling so good. I think the fresh juniper scent smells like Axe, to be honest (but that could just be me). It's made with a six-enzyme cleaning formula (most detergents have four) and is designed to get your brights brighter, your whites whiter, and keep your laundry cleaner and odor free. This is not the only man-friendly cleaning item from this line either, there's more, a lot more!

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Lisa V. whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Entenmann's Giveaway.