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

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!!

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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

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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!