Saturday, March 28, 2020

This Award Winning DIY Alphabet Jewelry Kit Rocks!

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One way we're keeping busy while we are choosing to stay home during this time of social distancing is crafts; ready-made-kits or things we are coming up with on our own. One of the best things we have done by far, up to this point, is create jewelry with this kit from Simply Modern Trendy Touch (S.M.T.T.) by DIY Jewelry.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

And in the Blink of an Eye...

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This is my grandbabe's face IMMEDIATELY after waking up.
This beautiful child does not have a grumpy bone in her body. 
It's Wednesday, Spring Break for us, and I have to go into work tomorrow, to pick up items so I can teach online through the middle of April. We'll see what happens then... I gave my resignation awhile ago, and am teaching only through the end of this school year, but with the virus changing everything, now I'm starting to panic a little. One thing I have to have is a job. Those were fairly easy to get two weeks ago, but now? Now things are different. In a blink of an eye, everything changed. Funny how that happens, isn't it? I've seen it before, but it never fails to surprise me when it comes to visit (sudden and thorough change).

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Lucky 7! Top Easter Basket Picks with Hello Kitty Plush Throw Giveaway

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Hard to believe Easter is on its way, but it surely is. We are already a little over a week into March and Spring Break is just around the corner. Easter will hop on in right after that, and I am happy to say this year, I am ready early! Later this week I will put up my favorite 2 non-candy (but edible) Easter Basket picks, as well as one more post for a great gift idea (that will also have a giveaway!). For now though, these are my top 7 picks for filling up the kiddos Easter Baskets this year!

Monday, March 2, 2020

CLEARstem VITAMINscrub for My Son's Acne

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You probably don't see what I see, but I only see it because little man (not so little man) is so stressed out about it. There just about to reach his chinny-chin-chin is a little zit and it is driving him crazy! The funny thing about it (if there is a funny thing about acne) is that he is only 12-years-old!! His body is definitely maturing faster than any of my other children's did. He already needs deodorant, you can see a teeny-tiny mustache forming, and now the acne. I assured him that all of these things are very normal and to be expected, and that every tween/teen boy is going to go through the same issues. That might reassure him a little bit, but it wasn't as welcome as the acne wash was, when I brought it to him in the bathroom the same day this little unexpected friend showed up on his face. We had high hopes that the CLEARstem VITAMINscrub would help clear up this little blemish that was creating his angst.

I chose this brand because I wanted him to have something effective but still gentle, because he honestly is still just a kid. We want to be careful about what he puts on his face. CLEARstem Skincare has an antioxidant VITAMINscrub that works well on acne that gets on your jawline like this, and also removes any dead skin cells that are hanging out on your face, and it does so gently.

It smells pretty great, and it good for all skin types, including sensitive, which is what I consider any tween's skin to still be. It is designed for daily use, and doesn't have the harsh feel that many acne products on the market do today. The environmentally-friendly bamboo particles in the scrub act as a polish to resurface the skin and keep pores clear. 

After my son used it, his skin texture appeared smooth and refined. He has a healthy glow. I attribute that to his youth, but there is a visible healthy looking difference after using the scrub as well. His pores aren't a big problem yet, but I can see where they are starting to be visible on his nose, and using this scrub will also help nip that little problem in the bud. From our use with it so far, and he has been using it for a couple of weeks, I highly recommend. This is exactly what we were looking for, when it comes to taking care of my son's skin. Learn more by visiting the CLEARstem website, and see if it works to help clear up acne for you as well!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Off the Hook: How Forgiving You Frees Me

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It is almost the weekend and for me this time around, that means being able to curl up with a good book and read. That is a luxury I do not often get, since we are usually on the go with basketball. This go around though, since we are in between teams on basketball (one season ended, we made it to the championships and lost) and the new one is about to begin, I may have some free time! I am looking forward to the possibility. If that does in fact happen, knock on wood, I will take out the latest book in my reading collection, and give it a go: Off the Hook.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Spring Break Travel Time: Just Around the Corner

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It will come as no surprise to those of you who visit here from time-to-time, that one thing I value when it comes to life, is travel. I think that visiting foreign places is a very special thing to do. There is something captivating about experiencing states, countries and cultures that are different from our own. My son just spent some time in the Los Angeles area. He is the second of my two grown children to visit, and he says it was absolutely a wonderful trip to take. I plan to head out that way this myself, sooner rather than later, and it won't take a big bite out of my budget (hurrah!) because we will be using Cheapoair.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Wood is Good! Le Toy Van Andes Stacking Toy Gift Set with Giveaway!

Let's take a look at what my son has in his hand! This is a stacking toy set from Le Toy Van Andes. These are sweet little wooden toys that come with a small cloth bag to store them in, so this cute, little family of animals will never get separated. This is one of many toy sets they have, and all of them are so fantastic. They have a double-decker wooden bus that I have my eye on for my grandbabe who is fortunate enough to fly back and forth to England to see her other grandma from time to time! She has been on one of those buses, and I think it was her favorite thing to do while she was there!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Excellent Joggers and Hoodies from Brooklyn Cloth

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I guess this is our last shipment from Brooklyn Cloth kids because my son is growing like a weed and is about to be in men's sizes now, which is something he has already done for his shoes! That's okay, they have a men's line...we will just have to wait for a little bit of growth for him to get into it. He's at that between stage where he's outgrowing the biggest size for boys but can't quite yet fit in the smallest size for men. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Whatcha Doin' for the Long Weekend?

This weekend, I am home recovering from a nasty head cold, you know, the kind where your nose starts running like a faucet without you even realizing it's about to happen (too much information, I know, but I'm sure you've been there). I figured it was coming because a good number of my students have been sniffling, sneezing and looking generally miserable. There are only so many things you can do to prevent sickness when you are in a room with umpteen-zillion kiddos, and a good number of them are ill. I am just thankful it happened on the long weekend, so I didn't have to miss any work. I do fully hope/expect to be fully recovered when Tuesday rolls around. Until then, however, I am resting, eating soup, sipping on ice cold water and daydreaming about last weekend, when we got out to the boardwalk. Besides the beach, that is one of my favorite places to go.

Those are green parrots!! I was so surprised to see them.
This time around I thought of the wonderful blogger who runs Elephant's Child immediately upon our arrival. She often posts pictures of some of the beautiful birds that come to visit her house, and I think she would have been delighted to see all of the green parrots flying around while we there. I have been to the boardwalk many times and never seen them before, so I was surprised that there were so many!! They would come down, eat, and all fly back together into the trees, where if you hadn't just seen them, you wouldn't even know they were there. It was truly a spectacular sight to behold. I took this picture from far away with a telephoto lens so I wouldn't disturb them.

I told my son to go closer to get a look, but of course they weren't having that, and when he got too close for their comfort, they promptly flew away.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

OurPact Parental Control App also has a Family Locator

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OurPact helps your child make digitally healthy decisions with ease.
So many great features, simple to pair and use, and it can be downloaded to iOS or Android phones and devices.
OurPact is an app we have recently come across that has allowed me to rest easy with my decision to get my 12-year-old son a phone. Quite honestly, I was struggling with the idea of him going from zero to one-hundred when it came to having Internet access, and while I have used parental controls in the home, I did not know if there was such a thing for a phone. Turns out there's an app for that, lol. Of course there is!!! And it works wonderfully well. In fact, it does so much more than I could have ever considered, and in addition to helping my son be safe online, it also helps keep him safe in other ways as well!!

This app truly allows you to feel good about allowing your child to own electronic devices. Everyone seems to have them, and you don't want your child to feel left out, and they really can be quite useful. There is a healthy balance that needs to be maintained, however, and making good choices with something so tempting is not always a given for this age group. My son, for instance, would much rather look up the latest information on a game he is smitten with, or his favorite basketball player than he would sit and focus on academics after the school day is over. Having a phone in hand can prove far too challenging for him to resist the urge to pull up something else when he is supposed to be doing his homework (some of which does require an Internet connection), so having an app that helps him see what healthy technology choices are, matters a lot to me.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Anne Frank: The Collected Works

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You never know what is going to become such a fundamental part of history for the world. Certainly Anne Frank could have had no idea of the impact her journal would have made as she was writing while hiding in a secret room concealed behind a bookshelf during the time when people of her heritage were unjustly being persecuted. I am currently reading Anne Frank: The Collected Works. It reminds me of her story; one that mesmerized me as a youth. It is painful to read, because we now know how awful of a time it was that she lived (beyond awful), but we must be glad that she wrote it.

#SaveYourNose He's a Baller!

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He plays a lot of basketball. He's on 2 teams: one for school and one that travels. He tries to take a ball with him everywhere we go; he just naturally reaches for it when he gets out of the car, not even considering if it would be appropriate or not. We have 3-5 basketballs in the trunk of our car at any given time. In fact, he likes to go to the basketball court after a game, if he doesn't didn't do as well as he thought he should have, just to get some more practice in. Right now he's being coached by a person who used to coach a college team; which is extremely intense and very beneficial to him. But as a mom, I'm telling you, the first thing I tell him to do after a sweaty practice or game is to put a towel down before he sits in the car, and to keep his armpits down, sealed, closed, lol. I'm not even kidding. Nothing fills the car with a stinky smell faster than a tween boy who has been playing ball for a few hours (unless maybe it's a teen boy who has been doing the same, which I'm sure I will find out soon).

Leap Into Math (and Leap Year) with Casio!

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In just a few weeks we will have Leap Year again. In our family, that is a big deal because I have a child who was born at 2 a.m. on March 1st. Why does that matter, and how is it related? Because I went into labor at 10 p.m. on February 29th!!! As many of you know, 2/29 only happens once every four years. If my son had come 2 hours faster, he would have been a Leap Year baby, meaning he would be turning 8-years-old this year, instead of 32. Imagine the little (and big) issues that could arise! It makes me laugh to think about it, and I'm sure there are many simple ways to deal with things that come up as a result of being born a Leap Year Baby, but I'm still glad he waited just a couple of extra hours and made his debut on the first!

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Teleflora for Valentine's Day with $75 Gift Code Giveaway!


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Teleflora's Pretty in Quartz Bouquet

Teleflora is always a good idea, but during Valentine's Day season they are a GREAT idea. These flowers always come fully bloomed and absolutely gorgeous. Plus, they smell so good!!  I have this huge Premium (because on Valentine's Day, you should go premium) Pretty in Quartz Bouquet on my kitchen table right now, and believe me, it is stunning. It's something people can't walk by without asking, 'ooooh, where'd you get those?!' They are put together so nicely, and then of course you have the vase. Teleflora has this huge array of great containers that you can use year round. The picture of this white and pink quartz vase really doesn't do it enough justice, because in person it is just so lovely. And heavy. It is solid, high quality, and again, heavy. I love it!! These kind of containers will remind your loved ones and friends of you and their pretty blooms, every time they use them.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Toys instead of Candy for Valentine's Day? Oh Yes!

My little baby grand is getting not so little these days!!
One thing that hasn't changed, is she doesn't like junk food (except ice cream, but that's a story for a different day).
That means she will be getting a toy for Valentine's Day from grandma!

If you have been around (my blog) for awhile, you know I have a granddaughter who eats very healthy. She is 6-years-old right now, and an absolute delight, and while her preferences have changed somewhat, since she has started school (and been introduced to junk food), she is still quite content to sit and have a plate full of healthy items in front of her for every meal. She still also only drinks 'ice cold water, grandma.' She makes good choices even at restaurants where she really wouldn't have to, and that makes me so happy and proud. I want her to be in the optimal of health! So when it comes to Valentine's Day, I want to make sure I'm getting her something she will love, but that isn't full of artificial ingredients and sugar. So...we're thinking outside of the box, and these 3 items below are perfect!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Welch's Valentines Day Fruit Snacks are Back!

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There are fruit snacks, and then there are fruit snacks. Welch's knows how to make the latter. Plump and juicy, and made with real fruit, these taste delicious, not gummy and they are hard to resist for children and adults alike. The good news is, you don't have to (resist)!! With Vitamins A, C & E, and no preservatives, this is the kind of snack you want to give your child! Now the seasonal Valentine's Day designs are back, and we couldn't be happier. I pick these up every year for our home and for my job.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Super Mega Gorgeous Wonderful Giveaway for Toddlers and Babies!

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How's that for a title full of positive adjectives? I am so excited to start the new year off with an amazing giveaway for toddlers and babies!! It consists of 4 wonderful items that will be mailed to you in two separate boxes. The first box will contain the following:

1. Box of 10 Rattles from iPlay iLearn
2. Randomly selected Longlegs Toy by Saro Baby (one item only)
3. Randomly selected Smart Care Cube character tissue box (one item only)

4. The second box will be the Oribel Cocoon High Chair! Wait until you hear about this chair!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Zak Designs Mickey and Minnie Mouse Drinking Glasses


I was poking around the Valentine's Day items on the shelves of Walmart recently, trying to see if there were some reasonably priced treats to pick up and take to work.  I did find what I was looking for, but I also noticed these and was instantly smitten. They were under $10. Then, I noticed they were from Zak! and that sealed the deal. I love that brand, and have many, many items in my kitchen from them. They make the best designs for holidays, and we were overdue to have Mickey and Minnie inside the kitchen cupboards. :)

Sunday, January 26, 2020

I Love Bath & Body Works Wallflowers

I have an addiction to wallflowers from Bath & Body Works. If you get the right ones, and by the 'right ones' I mean the scents you enjoy, they are ahhhhhmmaaaazing. No kidding. The scent is not too powerful, but you can smell it, and it lasts for quite a few days (often weeks). I love them. They are the best long-lasting fragrance I have found. In fact, they have replaced my love of Scentsy. While I still think Scentsy is a great product (with so many good fragrances that DO last a long time, and great holders!!), the melting wax inevitably gets spilled and I have to scrape it off of things (which is often not easy or fun). Plus, BBW is in the mall, far more convenient than ordering from someone. :)

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A few days ago, I took my son to the mall to see a movie, and then over to Game Stop. He was gifted a couple of gift cards for Christmas, and thought it would be a good time to browse the GS shelves. Of course, we stopped at BBW along the way because why wouldn't we?!?!? I wanted to check out the new scents for the 3-wick candles (the Unicorn Sprinkles had a pleasant scent), and the wallflowers. I love the candles, but rarely buy them. I do enjoy candles. I just prefer the wallflowers. They're easier...just plug them in your outlet and that is it (and you can leave them plugged in while you're gone, in fact, it's awesome to do so because then your house smells so welcoming and good when you return home).

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Our First Trip of 2020: Disney World!

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It's easy to get into a routine when you visit an amusement park, and that's what we seem to have done at Disney World. We start by going down Main Street, take a right towards Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and circle around the park. We tend to stop at our favorite things and skip things we've never really tried. On our most recent trip, we decided to be deliberate about stopping to visit those things we usually walk by on a quest to get to the familiar. It was a good decision; adding an element of fresh to a visit we always anticipate.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. 

We prefer electric toothbrushes to manual, they just make your teeth feel cleaner, and are powerful enough to get to those places manual brushes struggle to reach. That makes me an advocate of the cariPro. I am sharing this post, with a giveaway for an excellent electric toothbrush, for a friend!!! I have a link in the giveaway. Enjoy!

Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you! Do you have a bright smile? Over the years I have learned that having the right toothbrush matters.

I love having an electric toothbrush - but they can be expensive! So I am excited to share with you the cariPRO™ Ultrasonic by Smile Brilliant. It's an electric toothbrush that is half the price!

Introducing the cariPRO™ Ultrasonic by Smile Brilliant. Same quality, better features, and much better value. Considering an electric toothbrush or in the market for a replacement? Know what you're paying for.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Orlando Magic: A Live NBA Game is So Much Fun!

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We spent the last couple of days in Orlando and ended our trip with a visit to the Amway Center to watch our first NBA game in person. The Orlando Magic was playing the Brooklyn Nets, and I'm happy to say our team came out the victors. Bring on the Magic!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Zak Genesis: Heading into the New Year Hydrated!!

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My son plays hard, and in turn he has to drink a lot of water. It's not optional. He cannot play his best if he isn't hydrated properly. He is not the only one. You'll see most every child on the court carrying something to drink. We do see a lot of non-reusable plastic bottles left on the court, but this year, we are doing our part NOT to participate. As a part of the Healthier You & Healthier Planet campaign, we have made the commitment to only carry containers we can reuse. These Genesis bottles from Zak Designs are a great way to help us want to commit. They feel good in the hand, are easy to carry, nice and sturdy and they keep his water ice cold.