Sunday, March 24, 2019

Brooklyn Cloth has Stylish and Comfortable Clothing for Boys (and Men!)

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

This kid right here!! Have I mentioned how amazing he is? In addition to being absolutely chill, kind-hearted, smart and sweet, he's also so easy to entertain. Take him to a park and he's instantly happy, and he's been that way since he was a small boy. Here he is laid back and relaxed in his new outfit from Brooklyn Cloth. This is the Boy's Navy Rose Embroidered Striped Tee paired with their Boy's Black Twill Jogger pants and they are perfect for looking stylish while still being able to run around and play!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

SnapStar Dolls from Yulu with Fun App for Tweens!

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When this is how your Snapstar is presented to any young girl in your family, already you're going to have her instant attention. "What's in the bag?" "Can I see?" "Is it for me?"

Friday, March 22, 2019

Perfect for Mother's Day! Versatile High Quality Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 All-in-One Printer

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Okay, let's talk about the Epson Expression Premium XP-6000, which you can pick up in places for $60 and under. I have been hesitant to get a printer inexpensively priced, but now that I have one, I wish I'd have gotten this one so much sooner. I can't speak for all brands that sell reasonably priced all-in-one printers, but this Epson is amazing. You can see some of the pictures I am printing above (coming out of the printer, on the side of it, and resting on top). The colors are vibrant, and I've saved a whole lot of money having my son take the pictures, and then printing them at home. And let me tell you, we're all so pleased with them. They came out every bit as beautiful as they would have in any portrait studio or store. In fact, I could easily and accurately say that this printer paid for itself the very first time we used it. Now lets talk about what it can do, and then I'll show you how some of those things turn out.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Apollo 11 The IMAX Experience Now Playing

I'm not sure how long this movie is going to be playing in theaters, but I know I want to see it, so we are making plans to get there ASAP. While my generation was very much into space, I'm not seeing that so much with the newer generation of kids, and what better way to pique their interest than through the big screen.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

$25 Gift Card of Choice Giveaway

This post comes to you from HueTrition and Saving You Dinero. I am happy to share the information and giveaway with you.

I am a big fan of HueTrition and enjoy sharing their information and giveaways with you. Below is a post from them and Saving You Dinero. I thought you would enjoy it, and the giveaway. Welcome to our guests!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

California Design Den: Affordable High Quality Sheets You Order Online

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

Well this is the life! I recently got this picture sent to me of my darling little diva enjoying her daddy's new sheets from California Design Den. Everyone knows that the overall aesthetic of the room matters, but if the sheets aren't comfortable and durable, it's not really a win! I know my own daughter had a bed that I absolutely loved and thought she would delight in. It was a canopy bed with curtains and I really paid a small fortune for the bedroom set at the time. She was in Kindergarten. She HATED it. I kept thinking she'd get past it, but she never did, so I gave it away to a family whose little girl was ecstatic to get it. Years later, I found out she just thought the sheets were scratchy. 👀😖 Admittedly, that was a parent fail, I should have gotten to the bottom of her discomfort that confused me so much, but we all have some kind of huge fail in life that leaves us slapping our heads. That is one of mine. Had I known now, what I knew then, I'd have just swapped her sheet set for California Design Den!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Gospel Coffee Table Books Giveaway from Alabaster

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

This set of 4 books from Alabaster Co. goes through each of the four famous gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are soft cover, full-sized books (7.5" x 9.5"), written in the New Living Translations. It is the photography/art inside that makes them a bit different than a traditional gospel book. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter:
$25 Visa GC and Little Bites Free Product Coupons: Barb
Lugz Shoes: Kelly
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Game: Stacy

Saturday, March 2, 2019

19 Days Left but Who is Counting? Oh Wait Everyone Over Here is Counting!

So these 2 recently had a photo shoot to help commemorate being 9-months along (yep, they are in the final countdown days!). 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Google Home Mini Giveaway

This information is brought to you by HomeMembership. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

When I was younger, I didn't pay a lot of attention to warranties. Those days are long gone and now I always consider them, and sometimes buy them. Do you own your home? Or maybe you are a realtor that has thought about adding a home warranty plan to your listings to make the house more desirable to a buyer?

6 Incredible roofing tips for your home

The roof is one of the most neglected areas of the house. As the saying goes “Out of sight, out of mind”, is the best way to explain this phenomenon. Most people don’t pay any attention to it until it’s too late. Then, when the damage is done, they will try to rectify the situation to the best of their ability, but often to no avail. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Moosh-Moosh has the Softiest Moosh Around!

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

Do you take your stuffies with you on the go? I know we are getting closer to that time where my son isn't going to want to bring his or play with them any longer, so I am soaking these last minutes up as thoroughly as I possibly can. My son does for now, still like to play with his stuffed animals. Last night he wasn't feeling so great, and he surrounded himself with all of his favorite stuffies, just before he fell asleep. On this day though, we were simply taking our new Moosh-Moosh toys to the water, so they could be properly introduced to their new Florida home. We didn't take the tags off though, because I've got gift plans for each and every one of these little cuties, except one. We had to keep one (my son wanted to keep them ALL, but he likes to share too). Guess which one we kept? 

EatSmart Precision Tracker Crystal Clear Digital Bathroom Scale

The Precision Tracker from Eat Smart is a wonderful digital bathroom scale to have in the house. With many appealing features such as a 12" x 4" by 12" x 4" glass surface, large digital numbers, previous reading memory (it tells you how many lbs. up or down you have gained/lost since your last weigh-in), and backlit panel at night make it perfect for owning or gifting.

PurpleTrail Can Help You Make Any Graduation Celebration a Huge Success!

Do you plan ahead for graduation? If so, there's no time like the present and I cannot believe how fast 2019 is moving along already. I have planned for 3 out of my 4 children's graduations (the youngest isn't to that point, yet), and been present at my granddaughter's graduation ceremony as well (preschool graduations are so cute). Now it's time to help my bff plan for her son's high school graduation, and we are having a ball! Looking through PurpleTrail 2019 Graduation Collection, it's easy to see that the invitations and announcements will be a breeze to make. There are so many great choices!

With styles galore, there's not one person who wouldn't be pleased with this huge array of selections. These are not just the kinds of invitations and announcements you read, put on your refrigerator and then toss away when finished; these are type that you value and will want to hold on to for keepsakes.

All items sold at PurpleTrail can be fully customized to suit and meet your personal needs. You can use them for any graduation, pre-K to higher education. There really is a wide range of items, some you would definitely think of, and others that you might not initially, but once you do you love the idea. For me, the latter would be guestbooks. For some reason, it's just cool to sit down and browse through a guestbook years later, so having one for graduation makes good sense. It is a time where a culmination of people who were and are important to you come together to celebrate. Having a record of that day, would make a wonderful memento to treasure later in life.

Banners for me, can really make the actual decorations pop. There are many choices at PurpleTrail. I can't decide which I like best, the ones that show pictures from baby-to-now, or the ones that have a picture of them today. For my youngest son's birthday, I always put a banner up that has a picture of him when he was one-year-old. It's likely when he graduates high school, I will incorporate that photo onto a banner in one way or another...just because. Production and delivery on these banners, and on everything in fact, is quick and efficient.

Everything is Custom!

Like I noted above, you can customize any of the products you select, in any way you choose. That includes color, text, font, style, photos, etc. If however, you want something even more personalized, there are custom, designer services that are available. 

Made in the USA!

On a final note, let me say that everything at PurpleTrail is carefully crafted in the USA.

Learn more by visiting the PurpleTrail website, where you will find everything you need to make any upcoming graduation party a success.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Tree Hut Sugar Scrubs Smell So Good!!

We went to the store and my daughter stopped at the Tree Hut sugar scrubs. She was oohing and ahhing and sniffing and smelling for a good few minutes and talking about how much she loves them and the different scents, all the way through the store (incidentally, I love them too). She wasn't dropping hints, she was just being gleeful about a product she loves. She's all about sugar scrubs, and other items you use on your face. Since she's grown up, it's just always been her thing. I've been looking to put together a nice little package to take to her in the hospital when it's time for her little one to arrive (25 days!), but up until now, I haven't really found anything that says BINGO! Now, I have, so guess what I've gotten for her? I've gotten her a Marula & Jasmine Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub

Saturday, February 23, 2019

$150 EvgieNev Wall Decals GIveaway

A lot of you know we have a little one due here soon. Quite honestly, I'm getting excited now. Less than a month. Time flies, and it goes so slow, when you're anxious to meet your latest grandbabe. :)

Disclosure: Sharing the giveaway for a blogger friend.
Are you getting a nursery ready for a new baby boy or baby girl? It is so exciting to get the nursery decorated as you wait for the arrival of your sweet baby. One way to create an amazing nursery is with wall decals from EvgieNev. They have been making wall decals since 2010 and they have over 250 wall decals to pick from. You can even customize the colors to make your dream nursery!

The removable sticker are made using Top-Quality Matte Vinyl. They feel like they are smoothly painted on the wall after the application but they are easily removable should you choose to redesign. Perfect to decorate and add your personal touch to any space, switch themes in child’s room. Just peel and stick, it’s so easy! Included FREE test decal!

Check out a few favorites!

Teddy Bears LOVE Wall Decals – Hearts Baby Nursery – Boys & Girls Room Decals

Friday, February 22, 2019

Have You Seen Foot Dart? This Game Looks Like SO Much Fun!

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This customize design velcros dart game is GIANT fun for the whole family. Anyone who has heard of foot darts is not surprised by it's size, but I was left with my mouth hanging wide open and saying, whoa! when I saw it. It's like playing darts only you are using your velcro tipped soccer balls and make the points by using your feet. I have four kids, but three of them are grown, so this is just the kind of outside game that each and everyone of us would like to play. I mean, how could you resist giving it a go, and once you do that, in our family, it's not too long until it gets competitive (in a friendly way, of course). That is especially true with my oldest two boys. They get crazy into going against each other, but they're laughing the whole time they do it. I'll admit it makes my heart happy to see them still playing games with each other at their ripe old ages of 31 and 25. ;)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Not even a teenager and the rebellion begins. 😄

Friday, February 15, 2019

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Sarah L (slehan) who won the Zak/Fandango giveaway and Jennifer who won the Sink Boss giveaway.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Welch's Fruit Snacks Hearts with Emoji Faces: Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Made with REAL fruit
Fruit is the first ingredient
No preservatives
Availability: Welch's Mixed Fruit Valentine's Day Fruit Snacks are available at as well as in-stores at Walmart, Target, Walgreens and other local retailers. 

DIY Safety Tips

Every now and again I accept a guest post. So happy to share this one with you today!

Doing some DIY at home isn’t something that should be done on a whim. Unfortunately though many people when they are working at home will ignore standard safety procedures. You might have done this so often without issue that it just becomes second nature, but trust us sooner or later an accident will happen.

If you are lucky it might just be cuts and bruises you have to show for it, but if you’re unlucky then it could be much worse. DIY accidents are more common than you might think which is why you should always follow proper safety measures. In this article, I’ am going to share some essential safety tips that anyone doing DIY needs to know.

Monday, February 4, 2019

$25 Visa Gift Card and Free Product Coupons Giveaway

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

Well, I have 2 great giveaways to talk about (one on my blog at the bottom of this post, and the big Birthday Bash giveaway from Little Bites), but first let me post an update on my new cam. I did take it out this weekend to try and learn the manual settings. You can see I have done okay on some elements of it, and not so much on the others. This one would have been nice if I'd have gotten my light right. For some reason, it seemed fine to me at the time (I thought it was good!), but it the end, these came out too dark around my son's face. The photos I took of the distance, however, turned out bright as could be (not posted, just noting it). It's a learning process. I'm enjoying it. I just wish I had more free time to learn leisurely, although I'm grateful for my job, even though it takes up so much of my time. Okay, enough said about this for now, let's talk about the giveaways. The one thing you can see I did get just right is that we brought along Entenmann's Little Bites, and coincidentally (wink wink) that is part of what will be in BOTH of the prize packages discussed below.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Clipper Oxford Shoes for Women Lugz Giveaway

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

One thing I found out very quickly with the line of work I started a couple of years ago is that my high heels were useless. Standing on a concrete floor all day, and walking through the building in heels just wasn't going to fly. I'd leave with my feet aching to the point where I would get home, make dinner and just want to go to sleep. That kind of life was not for me, but what to do? Thankfully it was an easy fix, or so I thought...switch to flats, which I did, but still ended up with such achy tootsies. We have to wear dress clothes, it's not optional. Now I had a dilemma. You can't wear athletic shoes with trousers. Enter Lugz and their new Women's Clipper Oxford shoes that are just sporty enough to pass for athletic wear on the weekend, and just dressy enough to pass for 'dress' shoes at my job!! I've been wearing these and no one has said a word about them breaking dress code, and at the end of the day my feet really do feel fine (whew). 

$15 Fandango Gift Card and Zak Resuable Water Bottle Giveaway

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

Let's talk water bottles. Why? Because if you like to make sure your kiddos are hydrated on the go, not all water bottles are created equal. Both my youngest son and my granddaughter carry water quite a bit, and they like to have them in their own bottles. Zak makes a great selection of them, as well as many other items (for kids and adults). Right now we're loving their new reusable water bottles from The Lego Movie 2 collection.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Free Personalization on Valentine's Day Gifts!

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Every little one should have a teddy bear, even better if their name is on it. 3 of my 4 kids have names that are not common, so they never find items on racks in stores that are personalized for them (we still look sometimes, always to no avail). Now my newest granddaughter will have a name that's not common, so finding items for her with that extra personal touch will not be easy either...if we're shopping in a traditional store. is not your traditional store. They are an online store, with high quality products, fast delivery and a FREE personalization service that allows you to put any name on any and every item you buy from their vast number of product selections. I've selected this adorable Valentine's Day plush. It is one of many selections you can choose from and in addition to snuggly teddy bears of different sizes, colors and styles, you can also find other plush animals such as the Panda, monkey or a gorilla. There are different styles of shirts too, including cute sayings, couples, and this heart with an arrow through it that I've chosen, just to name a few. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Giveaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: 10-Second Challenge

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Deluxe Cage Bingo 

Well, I'm not even alarmed that Bingo makes me happy. I loved it as a child (used to play with my grandfather) and now I love it as a grandma, lolol. I guess it's all come full circle for me now, as I've become the grandparent. I also play BINGO with my students at school once a month, when we host a party day on their half day. I put some pretty good prizes up and my room fills up fast (they get to choose from 1 of 5 rooms, each of us hosting something fun to do). This set from Pressman Toy though, is staying home. I've already got the game for the classroom, and I love this one too much to part with it. 😊

Thursday, January 24, 2019

I got a new camera and IT IS AWESOME!

Family Post. All of my children have contributed in one way or another to the blog. My favorite way is when they publish a guest post. My oldest son has kind of taken a liking to it (hurrah) and has expressed his desire to become a regular on the blog. I'm always happy to do things with the kids, so I'm particularly delighted that he's taken an interest in a hobby of mine that I really like to do. As for this particular post, let me interject that I'm pretty happy he purchased a new camera. I'll take this kind of 'left over' (his previous camera) any day! The only thing I've added to the post is the very first picture, which is of him with his new camera, that I took with his 'old,' which is now my 'new' camera. 😎

Silkberry Baby Organic Cotton Onesie Kimono

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

We all spent the night at my oldest son's house last weekend. There was no special occasion, we were just spending time together. The only person missing (and I missed her so!) was my grandbaby who was with other family members in Orlando having the time of her life! Living in South Florida, it doesn't get very cold, I have to very gladly admit, but come Sunday morning when we woke up, most of us, you'll notice my oldest son is in shorts, were freezing. I'm telling you, with the patio door deliberately left open (he lives higher up than even we do) it felt cooler than air conditioning. His ceilings are 21-ft. or something ridiculously high (and gorgeous) so my first thought was 'heater bill!" but he did graciously turn on the heat. :)  

Prior to that, my 2nd oldest had on a sweater, I had recently been wrapped up in that blanket you see behind my daughter's head (I tossed it down to go to the kitchen but was coming back to get in it since I wasn't smart enough to wear long sleeves) and my youngest (not in the picture because he's enjoying his brother's PS4 just out of lens range) had a sweatshirt to wear too. My daughter is all snuggled up in her guy's clothing because she's not only keeping herself warm, she's keeping her little one in her tummy warm too. 58 days to go!! When it's not naturally chilly though, my daughter likes to have air conditioning running. so while we're shopping for her little sweet baby, we're also thinking of that little fact, and being sure to include some long-sleeved items. Not many are as cute as the organic cotton onesie kimono we recently got for her from Silkberry Baby!

Woombie Blazed the Trail for the Swaddle in 2007 and they are Still Going Strong!

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

What's in the box? A Woombie Convertible One-Step Baby Swaddle that is pink with gray trim, and little white elephants. Is it cute? You betcha'. Is it useful? Mmmhmm. Is it a good way to keep your newborn feeling safe, happy and content when they arrive home after their big day? Oh yes, it is definitely all that and more. I love everything about this 2-in-1 swaddling outfit, and so does my daughter, which is good since she's the one having the baby. 😉

Worry Less About Germs when you Travel with Baby SinkBoss Giveaway

This is not a sponsored post.I just thought this would be a useful item for some of you. I opted not to receive payment or product. Sponsor will mail prize.

If you are traveling and you have a little one, you know that one thing you don't want to use to wash out baby bottles or toddler food dishes, is the bathroom sink. I mean just thinking of the germs is enough to send one packing up and running home. What can help? SinkBoss is a portable dish washing area that stands alone to dry, or can be suspended from a rack (such as shower curtain, towel rack, etc.). It helps keep baby items away from icky sinks with who knows what germs in them, and helps give parents peace of mind. It is also extremely portable, as it was designed with travel in mind.

Meet Your New Year Credit Repair Goals with Lexington Law

A lot of people are starting their new year out with financial goals. Whether it's saving, buying or repairing, we all have good intentions but many of us begin to wane as the year progresses (and some of us have good intentions, but never really begin). I heard someone say once that if you have a goal but don't write it down, it is really nothing more than a wish. I took heed to that advice last year and wrote down my credit goals, and the steps I would take each month to help me meet them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Winner Announcement

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

Singsation All-in-One Karaoke: Michelle
$100 Visa Gift Card: Amy
$75 Visa Gift Card: Rebecca
Tock the Learning Clock: Amy D.
Sposie Booster Pads: Jennifer

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Clean House, Happy Life

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is come home and clean. From washing dishes to folding clothes to making up beds, there are so many household chores and they take so much of your time. Instead of having to tackle one project at a time and never feeling like your house is completely clean, give yourself the gift of a clean house by calling a local cleaning company in Houston.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Polaroid POP is my Favorite Digital and Instant Camera Combo

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

Instant cameras have made a huge comeback. I see them at school events, and two of my grown kids have them too. I love them, but the size of the pictures had got smaller for awhile...until now!! Back to the generous size that's similar to days of old, this brand new Polaroid Pop offers up 3.5 x 4.25" prints instantly, or you can use the digital option with the SD card to save and print later. In addition to that, it's sleek looking and I can't get enough of it. I just love to look at it! The features make it fun to play with, and the touchscreen makes it very easy to learn and maneuver. In the photo above, the print is just finishing up...completing it's roll out of the camera. You can watch the picture forming, as it moves towards the top, which is a new feature I've never seen before. Both me and cutie patootie up there liked that one.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baby's Book: Teddy Bear from Peter Pauper Press

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

There are so many varieties of products and places that sell them that you can usually find a good substitute for something, if you can't find the original, for what it is you are trying to buy. Every once in awhile though, there is an item that you want to find, and no substitute takes its place very well at all. That's how I feel about this particular baby book sold by Peter Pauper Press. I wrote about it way back in 2012 (you can access that article here if you would like) and now that my daughter is expecting it's the only one I want for her because a). it was adorable b). it was sturdy c). it was thorough, allowing for so many entries to take place between pre-birth and the age of (5). 

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:
Tamra: Gurunanada Essential Oil roll-ons
Heather: Lego Super Villains Deluxe XBox One Game

Saturday, January 12, 2019

I Finally Met THAT Baksetball Mom

He's always got a basketball in his hand. ;)
Just so you know, for the most part, I am not a confrontational person. I tend to address things quietly if they need attention, go directly to the source, and do it when no one is around, hoping to get a better understanding of what is going on, or find a peaceful remedy. So when I found myself ready to argue publicly with a woman, at my son's basketball game, I had to find the strength to be the better person, and not be 'that parent.'

Thursday, January 10, 2019

HueTrition is Wishing You a Very Healthy New Year: $25 Paypal Giveaway

This information is brought to you by HueTrition. 

Nutritionist Lisa Underwood is going to have a Live Webinar, and if you're looking for a healthier new year, you don't want to miss it! Have you made a resolution to eat better as your New Year's Resolution? One of the hottest diet fads right now is the Keto diet. You may have started to follow it and use recipes you have found around the internet. Or maybe you have thought about it and done some research but you aren't sure if it's right for you. I honestly haven't tried it but am looking forward to learning more about it, right alongside those of you who do that here as well.

HueTrition is here to help you understand it better!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

One Puzzle Piece at a Time

...that's my new mantra, or maybe my old mantra, but I've just recognized it, because in practicality it doesn't seem all that foreign of a concept to applications I've been doing for years.

As I was putting together a jigsaw puzzle, a luxury I don't often get to do because of time constraints, it kept coming to my mind that life is like a puzzle and you just have to work at it, one piece at a time. How?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sposie Booster Pads for Diapers Giveaway

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

What we spent some time doing over here just before Christmas was getting a surprise baby shower ready for my daughter. I know you're supposed to do it closer to the due date (she's due later in March) but she mentioned that she wished it could be earlier, so I thought a great holiday gift idea would be to surprise her on Christmas Eve with a baby shower she had no idea was coming.