Wednesday, February 28, 2018

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Gharial

The global wild Gharial population is estimated to be under 250. 

4 Cost-Effective Home Improvements to Beautify Your Home

Home improvement projects do not have to be complicated. In fact, there are a number of cost-effective projects that can not only improve your curb appeal but also make your home more livable. To help you get started, here are a few simple home improvement ideas to consider.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Star Movie is now out on DVD #thestarmovie #flyby

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I missed The Star when it was live in theaters! We actually went before Christmas, but it had been taken off at the theater closest to us (which we all thought was crazy, considering it was the perfect accompaniment to the holiday). Bummer! I just found out that it's now out on DVD and blu-ray, hurrah! We will definitely be picking up a copy so we can finally get to see it.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Why go to Tampa? There are Lots of Reasons Including Busch Gardens!

When you head to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida it makes for a nice day mixed between seeing animals and riding thrill rides. There is also a nice area for the younger kids to play, making this an amusement park for truly every age to enjoy.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pet Product Sales and a Chance to Win in the #zulilypetweekcontest

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If you are a pet lover, Zulily is a wonderful place to get items you love for them at a steep discount! In fact, Zulily is one of my most favorite places to shop for most anything, including the pets! Right now they are working hard to help celebrate our pets. Since February 20th was National Love Your Pet Day, they've decided to have a party for the whole week, and you can definitely benefit!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Son & His Sweetheart Got to See Deana Martin Live!

So...I was supposed to go to this incredible Deana Martin show, but circumstances dictated otherwise and I sent one of my grown sons with his sweetheart in my place. I was a little worried it might not be their kind of show (and I really, really wanted to see it!). I asked my son if he liked it...

Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa: 1300 Species on 60 Acres of Natural Habitat

Lowry Park Zoo saw us through our third day in the lovely city of Tampa Bay, Florida. We spent a few hours in the a.m., exploring all it had to offer. If our visit had been longer, I wouldn't have complained one bit. There are a lot of attractions here, that are/would be so wonderful to actually spend some time and see. I'm not a spend-2-seconds-taking--picture and then moving on kind of person. I'd actually like to sit or stand and observe each of the animals that interests me for a bit. We didn't have much time for me to do that on this day, but I was still very glad we got to go. This was one of the attractions on our Tampa CityPASS, a book of free entry coupons that saves you a bundle when you are visiting the Tampa area (more to come on that later), and there's definitely a lot of value in visiting.

We Took a Wild Dolphin Cruise in Tampa Bay!

On our recent visit to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay, Florida, we opted to take the Wild Dolphin Cruise. While some of us had seen dolphins in their natural water homes, I never had. It was not guaranteed that we would come across them, but it was common to see them along this route, so away we went, with our fingers crossed and a flutter of hope in our heart.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Florida Aquarium Makes for an Awesome Day Trip!

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL (buy tickets in person, online or get one with a CityPASS Tampa) was my daughter's idea. We were in town so she could see a concert, but weeks before she'd expressed her interest in visiting an aquarium. I'm always down for an aquatic experience, so after a little research this gem of a spot was found. This was unlike any aquarium I'd been in before. You could definitely see that care was taken to ensure the inhabitants had as natural of a place to live as possible, and they looked happy, all of them...but especially the otters who swam and dove, and played like crazy!! So cool to watch (no pictures though, they were behind glass and very fast). Everyone standing there stayed a good long while. It was truly mesmerizing to watch them having so much fun. I only left when my girl started grouching at me, 'Mom come ooooon!' to leave. Good thing she did...or I might still be there. ;)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What is a Boutique Hotel? We Stayed at The West Wing in Tampa to Find Out!

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I have heard the term 'boutique hotel' before, but had no idea what that meant. Ever the curious traveler, we booked The West Wing Boutique Hotel in Tampa, FL. to see what exactly how the word 'boutique' would add to our experience. Spoiler Alert: Our stay was fabulous!

Buy New Furniture For Your Home

When you want to redecorate an older home, it is important to select the highest quality furniture for each room. Furniture is an important investment, and it should reflect your own personality. Many Phoenix area furniture stores sell flimsy bed frames, couches or dining room tables that will degrade rapidly. If you want to have furniture that is durable, then look for a furniture store that has been in business for many years. By purchasing your home's furniture from an established business, you know that you have a place to go to for assistance when there is a problem with any item that you buy.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jump Start Your Car, Boat or ATV with your Powerbank?! MyCharge #Giveaway

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The MyCharge Adventure Jump Start is unlike any powerbank I've ever seen, simply because it can charge your car if you need it to do so! Crazy, right? And unique, fun and oh so very useful. Use it every day to charge your electronics and should the need ever arise to jump start your car, truck, boat and/or ATV (or someone else's), this little beauty will come in handy then too.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Celebrate Mardis Gras from Home! Limited Edition King Cake Blend by Community Coffee

How are you celebrating Mardi Gras? No matter where you live, or what you are doing, there is a way to celebrate, and that is with Community Coffee Company's limited edition King Cake Blend! I always get so excited about the limited edition flavors. I've never come across one that wasn't absolutely delicious and this blend is no exception!

Made with 100% Arabica coffee beans, you can buy it ground or in pods for your single-serve brewer. Made with a blend of cinnamon and vanilla, it is the perfect way to treat yourself during Carnival Season, even if you're silently celebrating from work or at home. Sure, I'd rather be at the festivities myself (who wouldn't?!), but this is the next best thing, and a great way to give the festivities a nod.

The Community Coffee Company always has the best limited edition flavors, and this one could easily become an instant favorite. Enjoy a cuppa on its own, or pair it with a traditional NOLA dessert for an ever sweeter treat. I've been enjoying mine all week, and I have one pod left for the official Mardis Gras day, which is February 13th!

As much as I wish this flavor was being sold year round, I like that it's limited too. It makes it even more special. Get your limited edition Mardis Gras King Cake Coffee now, before it disappears! Buy one for a friend too? What a great way to say, "Happy Mardis Gras to you!"

Learn more by visiting the Community Coffee website. You can also follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Proper Data Management Can Help You Make Money with Your Blog!

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Blogging is one of those things that can have so many different types of value to it. Some people do it as a personal journal of sorts, others do it entirely for fun. I started out doing both of those things, and then began to lean towards writing product reviews and hosting giveaways. Readers liked the latter, a lot. My traffic went up and people who visited often came back. I was thrilled! Fast forward a few years, and my blog began to make a little money. Here and again sponsors would contact me and ask if I would send a tweet out for pay, or mention their product in a blog post in exchange for a little cash. At the time, I was a stay-at-home-mom, so I was so happy to say, 'yes!'  As time moved forward, I got more contacts and sponsored offers came in more regularly, the blog began to be a valid source of side income. Today, I still make a little money from it though I don't have near as much time to blog these days because my 40,000-hour-a-week job (only a slight exaggeration), which I some days love, keeps me very, very busy. That means if I'm looking for a little extra income on the side, I have to be very deliberate in how I post. Master Data Management Companies can help!

SO Many Reasons to Love the EatSmart Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale

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Why do I love our new EatSmart Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale? Let me count the ways (including the price!).

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Deana Martin_Daughter of Dean Martin! THIS is a Great Way to Spend Valentine's Day!

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Give the gift of music for Valentine's Day this year! Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin, will be performing live February 13th - February 17th at the extravagant yet intimate setting of The Colony Palm Beach Hotel! What a wonderful way to celebrate with the one you love for the upcoming holiday.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Beautiful Bouquets for Valentine's Day from #Teleflora #LoveOutLoud

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This Valentine's Day I have ordered a 'Young at Heart' floral bouquet from Teleflora to be delivered to my mom. She lives in another state, and I don't get to see her near enough, so finding a way to Love out Loud through flowers makes me happy. This bouquet in particular I know she will love not only because of the gorgeous flowers, but also because of that vase!!

The vibrant arrangement includes hot pink roses, purple alstroemeria, light pink miniature carnations, pink waxflower, huckleberry and dusty miller.

National Debt Reduction Services: Getting Out of Debt Might be Easier than You Think!

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There was a time when I had complete control of my financial life...and then life happened. What I've learned from that experience is to expect the unexpected.  During that time, my credit took a tailspin that left me reeling. As most of us know, having a healthy financial situation, and I'm not talking about being rich, I'm talking about having your bills paid and your credit score being solid, benefits you in so many ways. Likewise, the reverse is true. If your credit isn't up to par, you're going to have a lot of challenges you otherwise wouldn't have to face. Buying a car will be difficult; you will have to pay higher interest rates on loans or credit cards (if you are able to get them at all); and rent will cost a lot more than mortgage on a home you love ever would. Thankfully, if you are in over your head, Nationwide Debt Reduction Services can help you get back on the right track.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

5 Winners! The ICB Prayer Bible in Blue or Pink

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Up until this point, my 10-year-old has had a children's Bible, albeit a cool one (with illustrations from a Marvel comic illustrator), and while he has loved it and still does, he really is ready to advance. The ICB Prayer Bible has proven to be the perfect choice.