Thursday, November 30, 2017

Design Originals Christmas Coloring Books for the Kiddos!


What says cute to kids faster than a little holiday cheer in the form of a puppy or a kitten? Design Originals has taken that concept of cute and put it into these darling coloring books that the kids are going to love.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Wouldn't be the Same without our Annual Oriental Trading Shopping Spree!

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Taking a look at these little, soft, plush sweethearts, you might be asking, "Whatcha' got there?" My reply would be..."4 little (12") Yarn Hair Slumber Party Dolls from Oriental Trading that are going to make the four little girls in my family very happy when they pop up in their Christmas stockings this year!"

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

HASBRO Always has the BEST Christmas Gift Ideas! #PlayLikeHasbro

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We took our annual donations in for the local area kids who aren't lucky enough to have a lot of presents under their tree (or sometimes they don't even have a tree). We don't skimp when we donate either. We want these kids to have at least one (hopefully many, many more than one) Christmas where they remember specifically how they felt on the big day, because they had an awesome surprise waiting for them. We all have at least one childhood memory where a holiday gift caught us by surprise and left us feeling all warm and fuzzy. Mine was a giant stuffed white polar bear. I had no idea I was getting it (which was unusual because I was a present snoop!), so the element of surprise made it a real happy memory-sticker. That's the kind of presents I like to give, and to Hasbro (trusted and true!) is where I always turn.

Monday, November 27, 2017

CYBER Monday Sale (all week long) This is Not Your Ordinary Backpack with #FUL #GIVEAWAY

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I have two grown children in college, one in her first semester and another in his last. Either of them would appreciate the stellar quality of a FUL backpack. It's the 10-year-old, however, who is getting this one. Let me tell you why...

Quantum Health Organic TheraZinc and Cough Relief Lozenges #Giveaway!

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Now that the seasonal chill has begun to settle in, it's definitely important to prepare for winter ailments. On behalf of my client, Quantum Health, here are 5 simple tips to help keep your family going strong all winter long: 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

#LoveOutLoud with Teleflora this Holiday Season!

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Flowers are an easy way to make someone happy, especially this time of year, and Teleflora is one of the best florists we have ever used. Their fresh, fragrant flowers are delivered in perfect condition, and they always come in some kind of vase (or sleigh, as the case may be). This year I'll be using them to #LoveOutLoud and I hope after reading my story, that you'll join in and share a little flower love as well during the holiday season (which is officially here, hurrah!).

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Thanksgiving leftovers are officially put into pre-made recipes for next week, the decorations for Christmas are out and up, and the holiday shopping has officially begun!! Did you head out for Black Friday? I did not, well not intentionally at least (I went for milk, forgetting it was a huge shopping day). I am definitely not a huge supporter of large shopping lines and store crowds, BUT I am an advocate of finding a good deal, and where can you get better deals than Amazon? In addition to that they have fast delivery times and some of the best customer service I have ever come across.

I Like Practical Stocking Stuffers & I Love the BullFrog Brand


Usually when we travel we bring along a bottle of sunscreen and a can of insect repellent. With this DEET-free Bull Frog Mosquito Coast we have both in the same container. That's a concept I really appreciate. The less we have to keep track of, the better. I put this can right up on the countertop in our hotel room so everyone could see it and remember to use it before they went out.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

All 4 Disney World Parks in a Day. Should You?


Disney World has four amazing parks. Usually when we go, we end up visiting Magic Kingdom because it has so many favorites, everyone in our group loves it, and you can spend the entire there basking in it's glory. The other parks though are amazing in their own rights, and we wanted to at least visit the things we knew and loved (or suspected we would love), and since we were only there for one day, we decided to go for it! Our first stop was Animal Kingdom where they have the new thrill ride: Avatar Flight of Passage. My daughter has already been to see it and ride, with a group of friends (on a different day). None of the rest of us had seen it, so that was our first stop.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Customer Success Matters: Engage and Monitor Your Customers to Help Keep them Happy!

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Did you know there is a customer success platform that can help you understand what visitors are  doing while they are on your web application? This not only allows you to alter and tweak as needed, but also gives you the opportunity to help them find what it is they are looking for when they visit.

Controversial Topic: Is Technology Going to Replace Humans?

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I've heard conversations where people are worried about technology replacing humans. Recently I heard a man ranting and raving over the self-check out cash registers at Home Depot (which I love, by the way). He was worried too that technology was replacing human workers. I looked around the store, and there were still registers run by humans, there was a real live person at the end of the four self-pay registers for help, and there were peeps all over the store wearing their bright orange vests to indicate they were employees.

Marty Stallone Talks About 'Smart' Development

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Business Management seems to be more cognizant of how they can help with sustainability in all ways, shapes and forms. That interest has stretched beyond simple recycling and trickled all the way down to the most basic, yet complex area: development. Of course this was bound to happen. As bad as we are to our world, we always seem to find a way to recover and help bring about positive change. What better way to initiate change, than from development on up? According to Marty Stallone this does not come without it's challenges, the primary one at this point in time being that it is extremely difficult to incorporate 'smart city' principals into existing infrastructure.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm always thankful. There's so much to be grateful for, every single day.
Today we remember those things out loud together. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!!

Cyber Week Sales Event 50% off for New Kaskpersky Customers!

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If you're out shopping for electronics this holiday season, don't forget to pick up the Kaspersky Antivirus & Internet Security Software to go along with them. Protecting homes and businesses alike for years, this is the one I always get when I buy a new computer. In fact, I was offered free software at a retailer not long ago when I made a computer purchase, and I declined it because it wasn't Kaspersky. I've lost precious information to viruses, so now I'll only go with the best. This is the one I've been using for years and it's never failed me to this point. I won't chance losing items I need again, I only go with this software. Period.

Blendy Pens #Giveaway_Great Christmas Gift Idea!

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Blendy Pens are for sure not your typical writing utensils...nope, these are far cooler, and exactly the kind of gift you want to give on the holidays. They are enough out of the ordinary to be awesome, but still familiar enough that kids are going to be able to use them every day.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Just Visited Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando!

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The building looks crooked, because it is crooked!!! Actually, it was meant to be your typical straight building, but a sinkhole decided to alter those plans. Fortunately, the architect and builder were talented enough to make it work anyway, and it ended up being just perfect for this type of museum, don't you think?

That's just the beginning of the weird, the awesome, and the oh my gosh! Three of us recently took a trip to the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, and we're still shaking our heads in amusement/amazement when we think about it. With an awesome collection of items to really be appreciated, whether you like them or not (some you will, some you definitely won't), this museum is a must-see.

#penwizard 15% off Personalized Children's Books!


Each and every book Penwizard prints is unique, just like your child! Founded from a love of children and children's books, Penwizard set up a company that took children's publishing to the next level. For more than 10 years, they've used their skills and expertise to push the boundaries and create inspirational books where children actually appear in the illustrations. 



There's a Discount!
You can get 15% off* your entire order or personalized books at Penwizard, just in time for the holidays! Use code HOLIDAY15 at checkout. *Valid until 12/25/2017. #penwizard http://bit.ly/2hygW08

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Monday, November 20, 2017

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

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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!



JumpSport Inc. has been a champion of quality and safety in the trampoline industry for over 20 years. Our products offer superior bounce performance with long lasting warranties and safety ratings surpassing even the top competitors. Invest in a 14ft SkyBounce ES trampoline system today using Code: JumpUp20 on http://bit.ly/2rwBbhe (cannot be combined with any other coupons.) Spend less time worrying and more time enjoying jumping as a family! 

For additional savings and to see more product offerings, visit the trampoline sales page: http://www.jumpsport.com/Trampoline-Sale

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





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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!

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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!

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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

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Olba's Natural Herbal Remedy Products
Essential Oils, Massage Oils, Lozenges, Inhalants and more
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These scented surprises come with a slow-rise smooshie and mini-chain (for easy carrying). So cute, and all the rage with the school kids these days.

Smashy Mashy surprise.
Smoosy Mooshy surprises.
Smooshy Mooshy Snackie Surprises.







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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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Holiday Gift Guide: Books

Buying for the holidays can sometimes be challenging. We all at some point in time want to find a gift that's just right. That's why I've put together a list of books I think would be great for holiday gift giving, and I hope it helps someone (or many someones) to find the perfect present for the readers on their shopping lists. Happy holiday shopping season to you!

 Books for Adults







The Legacy Letters by Carew Papritz










Lonely Planet Travel Guides!!
Lonely Planet makes wonderful guides when
you are traveling both domestically and abroad!








Cuba Then Revised and Expanded
by Ramiro A. Fernandez








National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World
(416 pages, 350+ color photographs, 200 maps. 







Books for Kids



Lonely Planet Kids: Ancient Wonders
Then & Now






Lonely Planet Kids City Trails







Lonely Planet Kids Amazing World Atlas
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The latest of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been released.
Our is on the way! Kids love these books!
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God Bless You & Good Night
board book for kids
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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Home/Family



Caprista 2.0 Espresso Machine
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Carpet One Welcome Mats
that support Breast Cancer Research
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Cobra Family Safety Radios (hands-free unit for kids/lanyard)
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LG Black Matte Kitchen Appliances
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Holiday Gift Guide: Pets

Cuz Pets are People too. 😊


Jackson Galaxy Convertible Cat Scratcher
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