Friday, August 31, 2018

Did You Know Max Lucado Writes for Kids too? Unshakable Hope: Student Edition

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Max Lucado is well-known to many adults, and he does have some children's books, but I'm not sure my son was familiar with him until now. Suffice it to say, he is now a fan. I gave him the latest and greatest from Lucado, the "Unshakable Hope" student edition, Promise Book.  He's been reading it non-stop from the moment he picked it up. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Gloria whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the MyCharge Wireless charger giveaway.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Sweet Nostalgia of My Hometown with My Child

Swish! There goes the ball, right towards the hoop, and it's the first thing he wanted to show his grandmother he could do when we arrived to Sandusky, Ohio.

Ecolunchbox Wraps and Containers are Practical and Stylish Too!

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The Furoshiki ECOlunchwrap is the perfect way to carry the Ecolunchbox! Why a wrap instead of plastic? ECOlunchbox is a company that prides themselves on offering you better options to carrying your lunch. If you're using cloth and Bentos that are 100% stainless steel, you have nothing to worry about. I know we see the words BPA-free and we assume our dishes are toxic free, but of course, that's not always the case. With materials like these, it doesn't even have to be a thought. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

What Makes the Bosch 100 Series Dishwashers so Amazing?

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As my kids have grown up and moved out, our family has become even bigger, which I love! What that means is our parties and get-togethers involve a lot of dishes, because of course those events always include food, and a lot of it! Because they're not around as much as they were when they lived at home, I want to enjoy every minute with them that I can. That's where the Bosch dishwasher technology in all of its wonderful glory comes into play for us. They do have the world's #1 dishwasher brand, with good reason! 

First and foremost, being the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S., visiting while in the house is still going to happen, with a zero level of stress. If you've ever been in a home that has a dishwasher running with the noise level of a 747 aircraft carrier, you understand my point. My mom has one of those (hers is definitely not a Bosch), and I'm only exaggerating a little (we can't even talk in the kitchen when it's running, no kidding!). With the Bosch 100 series, your dishwasher is going to be running silent. There are 18 sound reducing technologies in place, that make that statement fact! An InfoLight will let you know it's running, instead of a bunch of noise, and in my book that's a sound reason (haha, see what I tried to do there?) to purchase a Bosch. It's not the only reason though...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Feeling Right at Home in Charlotte, North Carolina!

We have taken quite a few road trips from Florida to Ohio and from the north back down, so I'm sure we've passed through North Carolina at some point. I do not remember however, ever taking the time to park and go exploring, so when we stopped for gas we decided to check out the first city closest to us that we liked. Turns out that city was Charlotte and we instantly felt right at home. We knew from a quick online search that we were close to quite a few museums, so we parked on Church Street at the meters (which were free because it was the weekend), and set off for a day of adventure!  

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Finally a Comfortable Mat that Stays Sand Free!

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Today I want to talk about the SandLite Sand-Free Mat from CGEAR. This mat has been a lifesaver to me. I love to go to the beach. The older I get, the more I crave it. I'm not sure why that is, but it is definite fact. My youngest likes the beach but gets very annoyed with the sand. He hates how it follows him everywhere. On his shoes, in his clothes, and even on his mat when we're trying to chill on the sand.

The mat has simple fasteners on it, so it stays nice and tidy in the beach bag, car, or wherever you might store it. It's also easy to fold and unfold it. I love it.  Most mats are a pain in the behind to fold or get back together. This one as I said, is HURRAH not... not even one little bit. Is that what my son loves though? No. He could care less (he'll care about such things when he's older). ;)

Get Some Zak of Your Own! $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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I always take the back-to-school pictures in the morning when his hair's wet. You'd think by now I'd learn to wait until he got home from school that first day, but I'm always scared I'll forget! In any case, my son is now in his very last year of elementary school, and we now have the picture to commemorate it. We also have all new things for school, like his clothes, backpack, supplies, lunchbox, sandwich box and water bottle. The last two items came from Zak, an all-time fave of ours for durability/quality.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Put-in-Bay is a Great Day or Weekend Excursion for the Family!

I want to say, 'What's in your wallet?' but I feel like that would be infringement. ;) Instead, I will say, What's in your hand? In my mom's hand here is a set of tickets that took us on the Jet Express from Sandusky, Ohio to Put-in-Bay with stops along the way at Cedar Point and Kelleys Island. I had been to Put-in-Bay on a school field trip years prior (many years prior), but my mom and youngest had never been, so I was excited to go back, and thrilled that my mom and youngest were on the trip too. There is more than one ferry service that takes you to the island, but I like Jet Express because it docks downtown, which is where we primarily wanted to be.

5 Fun Birthday Gift Ideas for Under $20!

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It is officially birthday party season over here. Why? Because my son is back to school, and when school is in session, the invites come left and right. Of course you want to go to the party with a fun and/or useful gift the birthday child will love, but once you've had a couple invitations under your belt, you realize it can get expensive quick. With a few items on hand, all that ring in under twenty bucks, you can rest easy and know that when the next party invite arrives, you've got the gift covered. All items below can be purchased in a jiffy as well, by using the Amazon Prime app.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Corinth Canal Bungee Jumping

This is the Corinth Canal in
Corinth, Greece. Would you Bungee from it? My son and his girlfriend did!

Phyter for Back-to-School Nutrition!

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I hate that so many things your kids want to buy, or my kids want me to buy, are filled with junk. It seems to me that items filled with ingredients that are good for them, appeal very little. Sooo...when I got the Phyter Plant-based food bars, I was hoping for the best. These are plant-based food bars that provide quality nutrition, in a form the kids are supposed to like. What kid doesn't reach for a fruit (or veggie, if you're a wizard mom) bar if they see them in the kitchen? They look like snacks that could be filled with sugar and gunk, but they're not. Okay, you might be thinking that's all well and good, but what about the flavor

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Lonely Planet Kids: Inspire a Love of Travel!

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One thing that definitely makes a trip better is when you have a book that helps you specifically navigate the city you are in, and no one does those types of books better than Lonely Planet. I can't think of one big trip we've taken (overseas) where we didn't have one of their guides with us, BUT did you know they have kids' versions of travel books as well? Check out the Lonely Planet Kids website to see the huge array of books they have available to inspire of love of travel in your kids, and keep reading to see the ones I selected for both me (from the traditional Lonely Planet selections) and my son (from Lonely Planet Kids).

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Gloria whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Goliath/Pressman Toy game giveaway.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Break Out the A&W_It's National Root Beer Float Day!

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"Whatcha' got there?" you might be asking! Why, it's all the fixins' we need to make an A&W Root Beer Float. "Why?" you might be asking...well, because it's 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Ladies Do I Have a Giveaway for You! Choice of Emeril Lagasse Women's Shoes

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Comfort in a box? You betcha'
These Emeril Lagasse Shoes have revived my achy, tired feet!

Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I worked in a place where business attire was required. I didn't mind at all. My fashion sense was keen and dropping a few hundred dollars on a pair of high heels didn't phase me in the least. Quality was needed for my heels because I lived in them. I remember trekking around Europe and even Las Vegas (where there is a lot of walking) in high heels without even being phased. Fast forward to my new life, and things have changed. A lot. Not only am I older (high heels and older age don't seem to go so well together for me), but I also now have a job where the pay is not enough to drop a few hundred $$ on shoes (are you kidding me? Not happening) and I stand on my feet 95% of the day (ahh to that 5% when I get to sit at my desk), primarily on a concrete floor. By the end of the day, my feet hurt! Heels for this job were never considered, and I quickly learned cute flats weren't going to do the trick, nor were cute flats with any of the batrillion types of insoles I purchased in an attempt to find comfort. So...what's a gal to do? Research!! 

Choosing the Right Funeral Home

Have you recently experienced a death in your family? If this is the case, it can be a very difficult experience to go through. The pain of the loss can be tremendous. However, there are also things that you need to deal with. A funeral for the person must be arranged.

You most likely have a lot on your mind. Therefore, the process of arranging a funeral might not be something that you want to deal with. That is why you need to find a good funeral home. They will arrange everything for you so you will not need to do it.

Here are a few tips that will allow you to find a funeral home that will help you through one of the toughest times of your life.

Friday, August 3, 2018

End Your Summer with a Battle Monster Water Blast!

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So, this dual-function, pressurized Battle Monster has really taken us by storm, a Tidal Storm that is... Prime Time Toys has this great line of Tidal Storm blasters that really hit the spot when it comes to a good water fight. This one is amazing because in addition to the pump action shooting, there is also an option to hook up your water hose. What?? Why would anyone want to do that? Well, to win the water fight, of course!  

Calico Critters: Make the Most of What's Left of Summer

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What are Calico Critters? Just the best toy in the whole wide world if you are a 5-year-old grandbaby of mine!! This is the toy that is going to end our summer off with a bang over here. My granddaughter will be coming to spend one last woohoo! with her gran before she starts KINDERGARTEN and to celebrate I've gotten her one of her most favorite things to play with in the world: Calico Critters!

How Serious Are You About What Sunscreen You Use?

How serious are you about the sunscreen you put on your body? Sunblocz is super very serious (as my granddaughter would say), and that's a good thing for you, and for me.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

3 Reasons I Favor Canvas Prints over Traditional Photos

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It is no secret that I love to display photos, especially if they include members of my family and/or places we have traveled that were special to me. Photo Canvas Prints are by far one of my favorite ways to get the best of the best printed and on the wall to display. There are many reasons why I choose to hang canvas over a traditional photo print. I'm going to give you my Top 3.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Giveaway Reminder and More Fun Games to See!

Look at the Pop Rocket!! Isn't he cute? I love Goliath Games and Pressman Toy, companies that have merged together making two greats even better! They offer a variety of games for every age. This adorable example you see here is for ages 4+.

Success 101: Simple Strategies That Can Help You Operate More Effectively

In today's world, many people dream of attaining profound levels of success. Yet in many cases, individuals fail to implement the lifestyle and behavioral changes necessary to see substantive results. Yet when you get sick and tired of your current level of living, your receptivity to change will likely increase substantively. In recognizing this reality, consider the value of using some or all of the following strategies to get yourself on the road to success immediately: