Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”
 
As an actress, a public health advocate and former journalist, Holly Robinson Peete has seen it all. And as a mother of four, she’s encountered just about every parenting challenge you can imagine. One of her biggest challenges as mom is building and maintaining a close relationship with her teenage daughter, Ryan.


The mother-daughter relationship is a unique one, and that dynamic can be even trickier during the tween years. Yet sometimes, people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.



I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming , a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.


The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools andkee other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.


Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/Uayao5, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The benefits of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder (KissMe Organics)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Warmer weather = healthy habits + healthier food choices.  (In my world I am always striving for perfect..no matter the season)

One way I am incorporating a healthier food ingredient is by using Organic Matcha.

What you have never heard of Matcha?  Boy, you are missing out!  Let me tell you first about the health benefits of Matcha (green tea powder):



ALL DAY ENERGY WITH INCREASED FOCUS without the jitters.  Matcha can give you 4 to 6 hours of steady mild energy.  I say mild because it is like a stimulant but a relaxant.  What a perfect combination!

IMPROVED SKIN HEALTH by protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.  It also can improve blood flow and oxygen levels which increases the overall quality of your skin.
METABOLISM BOOST and who doesn't just love that?  I know I do.  I was surprised to learn that consuming matcha green tea can increase your own body's rate of burning calories.  Typically you burn 8% to 10% of daily expenditure and matcha can increase it to between 35% to 43%!

And last but not least 137X of the Antioxidants of brewed green tea.  Antioxidants are so important as they are essential to boost your body's natural defenses against oxidation..especially as you age.

So are you wondering how you use matcha green tea powder?  I know I was when I first was introduced to this amazing organic tea product. 

Organic matcha can be used in Lattes, Baking and Smoothies. 


It is so quick and simple to add it to many recipes.  As you can see from the photo below the matcha is ground very fine.  It seems like this flour-like texture incorporates very easily.

Here is to your health!  Here is to Matcha!
 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, April 18, 2014

uComfy Shiatsu Foot Massager Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

My feet are in heaven...I am in heaven....ahhhhhh...Focus!  Focus!  I know I need to get my mind into how to explain... this needed relaxation method I was blessed to review.

It is called the uComfy Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat!  AHHHH!  Sorry, I am doing my best but maybe it would help if I take my happy feet out of this foot massager while I am typing. 

Not only does the uComfy Shiatsu Foot Massager treat my feet it also makes my leg muscles feel relaxed and rejuvenated.  After doing some research on this foot massager I learned it can help to improve respiration and better regulate your blood pressure.  That is like a triple bonus!

Check out the sleek design.  It is a little heavy but is easy to move and plug in wherever you are sitting.
It is easy to adjust the level of vibration for your comfort and liking.  All you do in push the buttons..either - or +.  So simple and easy.  And it also has a Kneading feature that can be adjusted.
The heat feature can either be on of off at the touch of a button.
The photo above shows how a number is glowing.  That shows how many minutes you have left of your 15 minutes of heaven.

I love how the inserts were you side your feet in can be unzipped and cleaned.  What a great idea!  I love it!

We have used the UComfy Shiatsu Foot Massager with heat a LOT!!!  And it still is holding up great.  Trust me your feet will love you!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Coobie Seamless Bras - Save 25% - Great Promo Code

*Sponsored by Coobie but all opinions are my own*

I am so excited to share about a deal out their for all you women.  It is for the Coobie Seamless Bras.

If you have never heard of these bras let me share a little (and a little more after mine Coobies arrive in the mail and I share my personal experience).

Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns.

There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more!

Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. This line is truly a fit for all women!

Promotion: Save 25% on any order of $40 or more at www.shopcoobie.com
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Say farewell to Windows XP and Office 2003 Microsoft Support April 8th 2014

I wanted to share a newsletter I read online from Bytes Computer & Network Solutions.  Wow!  It is scary as a blogger to think that Windows XP and Office 2003 Microsoft support is coming to an end!

Are you ready?  Please take a moment to read what Bytes Computer & Network Solutions had to share about this potential risk to your computer for attacks, viruses and exploits.


"We just wanted to remind you that support is ending for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 on April 8th, 2014. Microsoft is no longer extending support for these products. This will be a very serious security vulnerability if you continue using these products after April 8th. Some of you may have questions about this, so allow us to answer some of the general ones.
WHY?
In 2002, based on customer feedback, Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle Policy to create more transparency and a predictability of support for Microsoft products. Per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level. Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014.
What does this mean for me?
It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.
Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company or computers to potential risks, such as:
  • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result more virus infections, vulnerabilities and leaving your operating systems more open to cyber criminals. Also you are more likely to have compatibility issues with new software or third party support from these software companies.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests "many independent software vendors are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in the future, it will become common." And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in the future, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.
Get current with Windows and Office. This option has upside well beyond keeping you supported. It offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive and increases operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. It also enables you to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.
How can I avoid a problem?
We at Bytes are stocking extra Refurbished computers and Office Installations in preparation for this event. We also, as always, offer new computers. We encourage you as our customers to contact us if you have outdated versions of Windows or Office so that we can support your needs in upgrading. Just give us a call and we can assist you with your installations and you can continue to have guaranteed support.
If you decide not to upgrade immediately, we understand. However, we encourage our partners that this is something everyone should do if you have either of the outdated products. We cannot continue to guarantee our support on Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 after April 8th, 2014.
Please feel free to give us a call with any questions or concerns you may have. We will be more than happy to assist you further. We just want to keep our partners in the know concerning your support needs."
I have personally used Bytes Computer & Network Solutions and have been very happy with their service.
Their contact information is:
Bytes Computer & Network Solutions
1712 Ave. B
Scottsbluff,NE 69361
I can't wait to share a little bit about Bytes Computer & Network Solutions PC Complete Care on a different post.
Good Luck everyone with this technology transition.

Monday, March 17, 2014

CLICK Espresso Protein Fitness Drink - Caramel, Vanilla Latte and Mocha flavors

There are a few products that I have featured and reviewed over the years that have become a staple of my daily routine.

I wanted to share about one of these products as they have just came out with an amazing new flavor.

 It is CLICK which is an Espresso Protein Drink. 

And let me tell you this is like no other protein you have ever drank.  This is a protein you will LOVE and crave to drink. You can enjoy it cold, hot or even blended with fruits and ice.

CLICK comes in three different flavors...Mocha...Vanilla Latte and now Caramel! 

And if you are not big into caffeine...they offer Decaf Mocha.


Every morning I start my day early so I can get my workout in before the busy family and work routine begins.  I grab an can of Celsius (another fitness product I reviewed and now use daily.) and then get my workout in.  After my workout as I get my boys ready for school I mix up a serving of CLICK in my blender bottle and enjoy every drink of it.

It mixes up so smooth and creamy...all by adding in cold water.  It has a delicious feel in your mouth and even tastes better.  One serving of CLICK provides 15 grams of premium protein, 2 shots of Espresso and 23 Essential Vitamins with only 110 calories.  I feel like I am enjoying a coffee shop product with out all the calories and expense.

CLICK also helps to stop sweet cravings with their new Caramel variety.  It is so rich but not over the top sweet.  I love it and haven't tried it yet mixed with anything..as I don't know if I want to change how it tastes...as it is just perfect!!!

Don't forget when you check out CLICK to sign up for their newsletter and receive $5 off your next qualifying purchase.  I love their newsletter as I get all the great info as to what specials they might be having on their website.  Right now I am amazing at the deals they are offering on CLICK

So hope you give CLICK a chance and become a fan like I am.  I am such a faithful CLICK-tastic fan I have become an affiliate too. 

One more think CLICK has helped keep me on the path to wellness by helping keep my weight on target and my physical activity increasing.

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Finding the perfect Prom Dress without breaking your budget

*sponsored post but all opinions are mine.

Yes it is possible to find the perfect prom dress without having to put a second mortgage on your home!  Years ago the expense of prom dress shopping included everything from traveling way too many miles, meals, snacks, drinks, fuel and still not finding the dress of your dreams.

And as the years have passed and technology has taken hold; so has the ability to find whatever your heart desires from the comfort of your own home.  Prom dresses can also be shopped for online and send directly to your home.

When I first heard about this, many questions crossed my mind.  I think the top questions were how can you get the perfect fit for the prom dress of your dreams online?  How could a dress be bought and shipped while still looking like it was crafted just for you?  And then the most important question for a parent...How much is it going to cost and can we afford it?  Well let me answers this questions below.

I have done a lot of looking online to see what the prom styles for 2014 are going to be. And let me tell you I am personally in love with so many of the dresses.  One of my favorites that I found on the JJsHouse website is called the A-Line/Princess Scoop Neck Floor-Length Chiffon Prom Dress With Ruffle Beading.


It is so elegant and the attention to deal is out of this world.  And to answer a question from above...this dress is very affordable.  It currently costs under $165 and is ready to be shipping right to your house.

Okay, yes I love this prom dress but how could I order it and hope it would fit.  Well JJ's House has you covered or should I say will cover you with the perfectly size prom dress.  They offer the option called custom sized.  This beautiful and affordable dress can be Made-To-Order just for you if you like.  The website makes customizing a dress very simple to do with easy to follow instructions.

Finally a way to have the perfect prom and stand out above all the other dresses and still have money in your pocket.

Everyone have a safe and special prom! 

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Try out EmbarK12 with a Discount Code

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of K12, the leader in online education for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Where does the time go?  It just seems like I was giving birth to my last son.  And it is already 5 and will be starting Kindergarten after Summer break.  Even though I don’t want him to grow up; I have to face the fact he is.

And as a proud and caring mother, I want to give him the best chance to succeed in Kindergarten.  I want to make sure he has a strong foundation so his education will be a positive experience which will allow him to educationally and socially bloom.

As a parent I feel I have to seek out ways to accomplish these lofty goals.  So when I found out about K¹² - which is a leader in online educations for grades K through 12, now offers a portfolio of preschool programs.  I couldn’t wait to learn more and find out if I could afford this for my son.  Their online programs include EmbarK¹² Comprehensive and EmbarK¹² Online.
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These programs are fun and innovative.  They create an early learning environment that your child will love.  And I am comfortable as these programs are created by Educational Professionals.
EmbarK12 Comprehensive- Online and hands-on preschool program for your early learner.  The K¹², EmbarK¹² Comprehensive preschool program is meant to full prepare your child ages 3 to 5 for Kindergarten.
 
This Comprehensive program is award-winning and offers over 1,200 interactive, age appropriate hands-on and online activities.  Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Art and Music are all covered with this program in 18 thematic units.  It makes me smile seeing how well rounds these studies are.  And to think 288 hours of educational activities is amazing. And all these benefits are only $286/year for a 12-month subscription and all of the upgrade kits including hands-on manipulative.

Don’t worry if you think the Comprehensive programs covers a little too much. The EmbarK¹² Online may meet your child’s educational needs at a more affordable price.  EmbarK12 Online - Over 830 interactive activities to engage your preschooler.  EmbarK¹² Online is for early learners between the ages of 3 and 6.
This program was also developed by educational experts which makes learning dynamic, fun and enriching.  EmbarK¹² Online includes 12 units of activities including Math, Language and Literacy and other topics from the world around them.  This program is a very affordable $59 for a 12 month subscription.  But thanks to IZEA offering an exclusive Discount to my readers…you can save 50% on EmbarK¹² Online for seven days.  Which means this Embark Special will only cost $29.50 for a 12 month subscription to EmbarK¹² Online.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring Break Deals at Glen Eden Resort in Colorado

Spring Break vacationers who want to be off the beaten path but still close to a major ski resort look no further than Glen Eden Resort!


Glen Eden Resort is a small resort just north of Steamboat Springs on the Elk River, in a ranching community where the cows outnumber the people. The resort has two and three bedroom accommodations, with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas. The main lodge hosts a restaurant and tavern, two hot tubs, and wifi. Once you walk out the door there is a wide variety of winter recreational opportunities such as snowmobiling, horseback riding, ice fishing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

 Last minute Spring Break Deals! Good until April 30th! Save 15% on two or three nights and 25% on four plus nights at Glen Eden Resort call 800-882-0854 for personalized service.

Wellness Petfood - Only the best for our dogs! #lovemydog

*Sponsored Post but all opinions are 100% my own.

Do you own a dog or two or more? 

Wait let me re-phrase that....Do you have a dog or two or more in your family?

Yes, I like to think of myself as having a loving family including a husband, three boys and two wonderful dogs.  We are not dog owners as we don't own our children...and our dogs are just like our children...they are part of our family.

And just like we make the best decisions possible when it comes to our boys we try to do the same for our dogs.  And these best decisions for our dogs...Lucky and Radar also include making healthier and balanced food choices.

Not all dog foods are made the same.  And as a family that includes dogs we have to do our research and find the quality dog food that incorporates the health, well-being and longevity of our pets.

So that is why I feel the need to share about a great dog food called Wellness.

This dog food and what it stands for makes me smile.  I finally feel I have found exactly what my dogs need.  A company that understand the importance of just the right balance of protein, fat and carbs.  This Wellness dog food has real meat, whole grains, fruits and veggies. 

And Wellness also realizes there are things that Do Not need to be in dog food like artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.  Thank you Wellness and thank you for making it easy to find your products by using your store locator which also shows online retailers too. 

I must not forget to mention that I like I no longer will have to use some of the pet supplements we incorporate in our dogs daily routines.  Wellness petfood meets those needs by incorporating...


·         Live Active Probiotics – Added after the cooking process to promote a healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive health at guaranteed levels

·         Omega 3 and 6 Mix – Offering guaranteed levels of essential fatty acids for cellular function and healthy skin


·         Essential Vitamins and Minerals – Designed for cellular health, immunity and disease resistance
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Learn more about what Wellness can do for your pet by joining the Wellness Pet Food Club.

By joining you will enjoy exclusive benefits and in turn your pet will too. 

Wellness is also on Facebook so why not head over and show them some love and how you love your pet.