Friday, July 3, 2020

Independence Day


Even though we can't go out, or celebrate like we are used to doing, it's still a holiday to remember.

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wordless Wednesday: Vintage Stereo

I was in the thrift store, hoping to find a good elliptical and came across this little beauty.
We didn't buy it, but we sure did admire it. The turntable was made of metal! I've never seen a stereo quite like it.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Traffic Secrets: I Have Completed My 30 Day Challenge!

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I have been participating in a 30-day challenge to try to increase traffic to my website. Everything I have tried is from the new book, Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers by Russell Brunson. You can get it free (just pay shipping and handling). Though it is geared towards those who have something to sell, it has strategies in it that are very useful for website owners in general, and that will withstand changes in technology, which we all know come along so quickly. With my blog, people tend to find me when I run giveaways, but with my new schedule and then a family challenge, those have been few and far between lately, so the number of visitors has dropped (big thanks to those of you who come and visit with or without giveaways!). I thought it would be a good idea, with summer off, to go ahead and research some strategies that might better help me get my number back on an incline. Where better to turn than Russell Brunson?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wordless Wednesday: The Mystery of Peddlers' Alley



I make the rounds to my favorite places when I head back to Sandusky, Ohio, where I grew up. The one place I always forget to go, and don't remember until I'm back home again, is Peddlers' Alley. It's an alley that I remember being surrounded by this really awesome, intricately designed red brick. I mean covered in it, from every angle. 

Monday, June 15, 2020

10 Things I Remember that My Kids Will Never Do


It's nice to reflect back on your childhood, visit places that meant a lot to you (like the park where you had family picnics), see old friends, and remember things you used to do, like jumping off of the shed in your friend's back yard for fun (um, why did we do that?). I recently spent a little over 7 weeks at my mom's place, trying to nurse her through an illness so we could bring her back home to live with us (different states). That did not work out the way I planned, my mom lost her battle with her newly diagnosed Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) very quickly (too quickly), but she did have a couple of good weeks where we spent time reminiscing, going through some things together and visiting old haunts (though that was difficult for her sometimes too). Now that I'm home and reflecting on that time (the sadness and missing her comes in waves), I was thinking well, there are some things I did, that I really enjoyed, that my kids will never do. Does that make my time or their time better? Neither. It just makes them different, and that's okay because it makes those memories special now, just to me. I will admit, it was very cool though, to swing in the same park with my youngest (and I have with all of his siblings as well), that I did with my mom. Those kinds of feelings/memories are priceless, as they should be.

The Last Week of my 30 Day Challenge

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The video above is interesting, and it reiterates what I have been learning from"Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks--While Burning Fat Overnight" by Joel Marion. The video debunks some common myths we have heard for much of our adult lives. One of those is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is it? For those of us who often skip it, the good news is that it doesn't have to be.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Week 3 of Always Eat After 7 PM by Joel Marion

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"Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks--While Burning Fat Overnight" by Joel Marion is a book I have been talking about for the last two weeks (week 1 and week 2). Here, on my 3rd week following the plan, I find myself feeling energized and more fit. Getting healthier always feels noticeably good. So my goal, which I shared in Post #1, was to shed a few pounds. I am happy to say that was a goal that was fairly easy to accomplish, and I did, but I said I would stick with it for four weeks, so that is what I intend to do.



Sunday, June 7, 2020

Electric Razor Scooter Giveaway

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My son has a Razor electric skateboard and he loves it. I bet he'd like this electric scooter as well. It goes plenty fast enough for a child his age, as well as for an adult! It's a fun way to get around, and a great way to encourage the kids to get out and play!

Razor Electric Scooter Giveaway

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Author Interview: Always Eat After 7 PM

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If you remember, last week  (found here) I wrote a post (link to first post) about the start of a program I am doing on my own, by using the book "Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks--While Burning Fat Overnight" by Joel Marion. I promised to check back in and let you know how things were going, since this way to lose weight and maintain a healthier me is different than any way I have ever heard of before. Of course that got me interested in the author. Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting. He offers a simple and effective weight loss program done in ways that might surprise you. Below you will find a few excerpts from one of his interviews:

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Joel Marion says you can ALWAYS eat after 7 pm!

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Well, one thing I didn't expect from the social distancing and stay-at-home mandates is that I would gain a pound a day. A pound a day! And while I took instant measures when I discovered it, to help start turning the numbers on the scale right back around in the other direction, it put me in the mindset of wanting to get and keep my weight where it should be. One thing I have found to be totally true, is that since my hysterectomy, it is not as easy to drop pounds as it used to be, or maybe that is because I am getting older ? Whatever the reason, I was happy to agree to receive a copy of "Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks--While Burning Fat Overnight" by Joel Marion. It was perfect timing to get it.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Cobra JumPack CPP15000 Portable Jump Starter




You get in your car, fully expecting it to turn over and go, but no, nothing. We've all been there, and depending on where you are, where you want to go and how fast you want to get there, a dead car battery can be a very big deal. Jump starters are essential when your car battery dies and leaves you hanging.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Flash and Supergirl: Two New Boxed Sets Released Two Days in a Row

Catch Up (If You Can) With The Fastest Man Alive!

THE FLASH:  
THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON

My son started watching Flash awhile ago and I was instantly sucked in. It's entertaining to me and a fun way for us to just sit and spend some time together relaxing. Seems like we're on the move so much with his basketball (or we were before the pandemic) that it is nice to just watch a little TV. We watched on Netflix, so we were able to binge watch here and there when we wanted to as well. Now the Season Six is on DVD and I'm thinking this will be a great gift for his upcoming birthday. SuperGirl is another boxed set that is out, and although we haven't watched that one (yet!) we have seen her appearances in Flash and/or Arrowverse (another show we like) and we've seen the movie. We like SuperGirl, so I'm sure we'll catch up and watch this series at some point too. I think it's exciting that these are on DVD now. They surely would make a great addition to superhero-loving homes!

Razor has got some great energy-burning activity ideas perfect for indoor play!



Kiddos have energy to burn?
Mine does, and Razor has some great ideas to help alleviate his restlessness. We already do the laundry basketball (he's a basketball nut, so everything is a basketball hoop), but the bowling with soda bottles (or water bottles!) sounds great to me! We'll be trying that one.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Things that can Help You Overcome Covid Slide

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We are still staying in. Honestly it doesn't seem like a big deal now, we're getting used to it, but there are times I miss going out at will (especially without a mask!). One thing that I have found that helps, is breaking out the games or toys, or even getting a new one (or two) in the house to keep things fresh. These are good for the kids and for me too!! It's nice to be distracted by something that is just purely for fun.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic teachers, parents and students alike are facing a uniquely challenging time. Most schools have closed their doors and everyone has been adjusting to learning from home and a new way of life. Due to this, parents fear the setbacks their children will face trying to figure out what works best.  

Previously known as Summer Slide, the “Covid Slide” is here and it’s real. According to a survey conducted by Varsity Tutors, about 68% of parents are concerned about their children falling behind grade-level expectations as a result of remote learning from the current COVID-19 outbreak. Which is why products that continue education from home are more important than ever. Such kits and toys can stimulate hands-on learning which can go a long way in keeping students on track, get them through the current crisis and prepare them for the school year ahead. 

These are all STEAM products that can help prevent the “COVID Slide”.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (Ends 6_30)

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Dads and Grads... wow, it's been a strange year, but the one thing that is the same as any other year, is time is surely flying! June will be here before we know it! This giveaway is part of our Dads & Grads Gift Guide. Stop by to see all the great giveaways and products!

Motorola Peekaboo Video Baby Camera Giveaway

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Motorola Peekaboo Video Baby Camera Giveaway

Welcome To The Motorola Peekaboo Video Baby Camera Giveaway!

My daughter is expecting a baby. 2 under 2 will be her household soon. I've never had two little ones so close together in age, but I think in so many ways it will be fun!! I know the little one she has now is going to be the best big sister ever because she is the most chill, sweet, awesome baby girl. One thing my daughter has said she might need now though, is a new baby monitor. The ones she has is nice, really nice (and expensive) but it's not one that monitors on the phone, and since they now live on a farm, that feature is a big deal. 
This one seems to be great and really address the needs she has for being able to monitor her little ones. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Get Outside with the RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard



There are so many things we write about that are sent to my son, and every once in awhile, I think I should write a post about something we have had for years that still brings joy to him. This RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard is definitely one of those things! This is the kind of item that has a cool factor that jumps off of the scales, for him and those who see him on it. I don't think we've ever gone around town without someone telling him it's an amazing ride. And it is!  In his right hand, in the photo above, is a remote control. That controls the speed, and the on/off for the board. It is small and easy to carry in his hand or pocket.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing you all a wonderful day! Extra special love to the mamas today. ❤

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Baby Delight Go With Me Slumber Deluxe Portable Bassinet

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My daughter is expecting her second child in September. That is a big deal because she has a little one at home who is just over a year old, so she will have two little sweethearts at home to take care of soon. Fortunately, since she has a little one already, she doesn't need much in the way of things for the new baby, but one thing that she would like is a small bassinet. This Baby Delight Go With Me Slumber Deluxe Portable Bassinet is absolutely perfect for what she wants/needs.

Friday, April 17, 2020

FREE Printables for Kids! Fun Ways to Entertain at Home



WELCH'S 

It looks like certain areas are going to start reopening on May 1st, if what I saw online today is to be believed. Are we ready? Who can say for sure. I know schools put a LOT of work into the online atmosphere, so I honestly thought kids would be home the rest of the school year. I just read, however, that the governor for our state wants schools opened in the second phase of getting back to 'business as usual' so if that's before school ends, so be it. Even so, kids are still home now, and they like different things to do each day for entertainment. Welch's was kind enough to give me some links to share with you: Free Printables and games for the kids (BINGO, Mazes, Word Searches, Matching Games, Crossword Puzzles and Coloring Pages)! It's always nice to have a few extra tricks up your sleeve for entertainment. I know my kids always liked these kinds of things when they were little. Thank you Welch's!

Extreme Oceans by Sylvia A. Earl

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"The crab that I held in my hands could barely move. It wasn't old. It wasn't diseased. It as smothered in black, tarry oil." That is an excerpt from the book I am reading right now, Extreme Oceans from National Geographic Kids. Of course anything running under the National Geographic name is quality material, so it was no surprise to us that this would be too. My favorite thing about it is the information that it is giving, but I also love that it speaks to you conversationally. It is written from the viewpoint of Sylvia A. Earle, the National Geographic Explorer who wrote the book. 

While the book is informative (and it is informative) it is also a call to action. For instance, it helps children see the importance behind things they are told not to do. There is a page about the dangers of plastic bags when they fall into, or are thrown into, the ocean. There is a huge picture of a plastic bag on the water, and how it looks from below. Well, to the fish (and to me when I am looking at that picture) it looks like a jellyfish. If you are a hungry fish that eats jellies, there is no danger warning that is going to go off to let you know what you are about to consume. Seeing the connections and having the visual to go along with them really helps drive the information home. 

The book is 110 pages and is recommended for children ages 8-12, but of course anyone can enjoy this kind of presentation. 

Discover the most outrageous aspects of the deep blue---from record-breaking depths to towering tsunamis, underwater giants to tiny sea creatures--along with ocean conservation challenges and what you can do to help.

Dive into a world of aquatic mystery in this action-packed combination of science and adventure. Famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face-to-face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and--above all--the importance of our ocean.

Extreme Oceans from National Geographic Kids is available in retail stores. It is also available online, including at Amazon. If you are looking for something to do, and reading is on that list, I highly recommend it.

My Little Mascara Subscription Club


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If you heard about an effective budge-proof mascara that also had ingredients that are 90% natural (unheard of in mascara), wouldn't you want to give it a try? I know I surely would, and today I have unboxed a kit that has that mascara, along with some other great goodies as well!! The company I received these items from is My Little Mascara Club, and the kit included mascara, mascara remover, wipes and a free little happy gift (which in our case was a fortune cookie, and those are always fun!).

Friday, April 10, 2020

Playmobil Mermaid Cove with Illuminated Dome Giveaway

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My oldest granddaughter's birthday is in May, and I know this Playmobil Mermaid Cove with an Illuminated Dome is just the kind of toy that sends her over the moon. So, as a grandma who spoils her grandbabe twice a year (her birthday and Christmas, no regrets!) I think it should, of course, be wrapped up for her, and placed alongside her birthday cake (which will also be a mermaid or a unicorn, I suspect). She is at that perfect age where she can take a toy like this and turn it into a whole new world of fun and make-believe, and I know this one will keep us occupied for quite a long time, and on multiple visits.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

We Stocked Up on Food and Snacks for at Least 30 Days

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Hello! As many of you have, so have we (quite a few days ago now), stocked up for at least 30 days on food. Now, while I am the kind of person who always likes to have a backup of each item in the house that we use regularly, for when we run out, I am not the kind of shopper who buys food in bulk! Until now. Since this was new territory for me, I made a mental list of how this kind of shopping would look for me. First and foremost, I wanted to buy items that were healthy, would satisfy my kiddo, and that wouldn't be eaten in 5 minutes flat (middle school boys like to snack/eat)! Items such as these Brainiac Kids pouches were the perfect selection to mark off all checks on that list. I particularly love that you can get them in a variety pack. The ones you see here have apple, strawberry and cinnamon. You can tell the difference easily by the different color of the twist caps.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Welch's Fruit Snacks also Come Inside of Easter Eggs!

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Every year, for quite awhile now, I've talked about Welch's Fruit Snacks with a holiday theme to put in our Easter Baskets. This year, while I am certainly doing the same, I want to talk about the big egg packaging!! I love that it's a lot bigger than a traditional Easter Egg because that means we can use it as the 'prize egg' or the egg the kids turn in to get something bigger (I remember when a handful of pennies was such a huge delight!). Though the prizes have gotten more sophisticated in our house (my middle-schooler doesn't love pennies anymore, but the joy of finding eggs, especially if he is lucky enough to get the prize egg, is still a big deal). In years past, we have used a golden egg. I think it's time to switch things up a bit and use this Welch's Fruit Snack egg instead. Since we will not be socializing this year for the holiday, the egg hunt at home will be even more special because other activities outside of the house will not be happening (and if they were, we certainly wouldn't go because for this pandemic, I believe 'safe is better than sorry' applies in many ways).

Monday, March 30, 2020

Wooden Eggs and a Wonderful Story to Share for Easter

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It is getting closer to Easter now, and though that will definitely look different for us this year than it ever has before, we do still intend to celebrate. One way we will be doing that is with the Easter Story Egg, which is a kit that includes one story book that details the meaning behind the holiday, and a 7-piece, real wood nesting egg set. The eggs are opened one day at a time, starting on Palm Sunday and going through Easter Sunday when the tomb was found empty.

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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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

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This app, however, is one that I fully approve of, support and am happy to share with my readers. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

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!