Sunday, September 29, 2013

Do you want to be a Nurse Practitioner? How about an online program?

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As a mother of three boys I am always looking for the potential of earning more income.  But being a mother, getting the necessary education can seem link a daunting task.  That is why I think mothers need to look towards online education.

When you are ready to take the next step in your nursing career, taking a look at nurse practitioner programs online is one strong course of action you might consider. Marysville University in St. Louis, Missouri, offers you the chance to take your registered nursing skills to the next level for added knowledge and far great opportunities in the health industry.

The health care field promises to continue to create new jobs as the Baby Boomer generation retires, needing additional and specific medical care. Also, new legislative reform will make it incumbent on the health care industry to attract as many committed nursing professionals as they can to be able to fulfill the upcoming needs in health care.

Another case for the strong potential for future careers in the health care industry come from the unhealthy lifestyles of many of America's citizens. When patients do not exercise enough, eat properly or smoke, they ultimately develop conditions that need more treat as time goes on and their conditions worsen. As the industry changes and grows, it simply needs to continue generating qualified, dedicated professionals in the field of nursing in general.

With a nurse practitioner program, you will essentially become an advanced practice registered nurse, which means you will complete additional clinical training and education that goes beyond that of a registered nurse's training.

As a nurse practitioner, you will ultimately work more closely with physicians and take some of their work load in taking extensive patient histories, performing physical examinations, ordering diagnostic tests while dealing with chronic and acute conditions in patients. With all the circumstances calling for medical professionals, you stand to serve as a "physician extender" in hospitals, clinics and private practice.

Learn to become even more autonomous in your nursing education and practice in Marysville University's online nurse practitioner program. With this program, you will concentrate on research, practice and policy. Find three possible nurse practitioner (NP) degrees in Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Regardless of your ultimate professional goals, you will definitely become a more informed and better practitioner, care giver and nursing leader while studying at a university that cares about the future of the health care industry and your place in it. Complete this program in as little as two years.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Mother's Best Friend. The Shandle (Potty Training) Toilet Seat Handle.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample of this product to review and compensation, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and compensation.

Who knew a potty accessory could cause such a an uproar at our house.

But it has and I love it!  We are busy doing a The Shandle Potty Dance!

Okay, I are sure you are thinking I have officially lost it!  But, trust me I haven't and I am thankful we have sampled the perfect child friendly, Shandle Toilet Seat Handle.

Who ever came up with this concept and put it out on the market needs a super big hug from us mothers of little boys that are potty training or have just successfully completed this very challenging task.

I know my little guy, now looks forward to each and every potty visit.  I wish we would have known about the Shandle sooner.

Okay, now that I have your attention let me tell you about this revolutionary toilet accessory (at least I think so).

The Shandle is a unique toilet seat handle that is very easily applied to the underside of a dry and clean toilet seat.  Just stick your Shandle on the right side of the toilet seat and hold it firmly for 30 seconds.  It is suggested that you wait 24 hours before actually putting the Shandle to use (that was a challenge at our house).

Like I said, it is a unique toilet seat handle as the Shandle comes in so many different collections. 

As you can see as a mom of 3 boys, we selected very fun Shandles for our review; including the Robot and the Dinosaur.  It is a toss up which is the favorite in our household.

I love that looking at the Shandle with the toilet seat down...the creature is just peaking from under the seat.  When the seat is lifted up (Thank you! No more pottying with the seat down and creating a pool for mom to sit in.) the total creature is shown. 

I also have noticed that the toilet seat is no longer slamming down after use.  As my boys slowly lower it to watch the view of the Shandle change. 

I suppose I shouldn't use the descriptive word of creature, but as a mom with boys - it seems like everything revolves around that word.  But the Shandle is also offered in simple patterns, just a single color, and even funny phrases.

I highly recommend the Shandle to any mother who has a boy or boys in their home.  Just be prepared when visitors or friends come over.  One of the first stops will be the bathroom to show off their new Shandle Toilet Seat Handle.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample of this product to review and compensation, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and compensation.

Advance your career and your wages. Make the change today!

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When I find informational and educational articles plus opportunities, I love sharing them with my blog audience.  Enjoy and I hope you will consider a profession as a health care administrator.

In the 21st century, the health care sector will be in high demand for administrators who can effectively lead hospitals, medical centers, and physician offices with excellent foresight with health care technology and management. To meet this demand, students who hold a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) can help answer the call.

A MHA program is a graduate, business program that trains professionals in the management and problem-solving standards in the health care sector. Because of the unique market realities of health care, conventional business insight is not fully used for a health care administrator's role. Instead, health care administrators are taught to make health care efficient and effective, utilizing new technology and managerial strategies that can help physicians and nurses treat as many patients as possible. At the same time, the quality of the care must be maintained. This leads health care administrators to be listeners to the physicians, researchers, and nurses that may work at a health care facility, so the administrator can apply their insights to the administrative demands.

Several universities with business graduate schools offer MHA programs. In these MHA programs, a student will learn about the scope and the dimensions to the U.S. health care systems. Other classes will include the information management systems for health care facilities, leadership models for health care facilities, and evaluating the quality of health care being provided to patients. More business-centric classes will also be taught, such as human resources management, health care facility finance, and health care marketing. However, other classes will be very specific for the health care market, such as health care law and ethical issues in health care services.

Because of the high demand of these programs, many universities, like Ohio University, are beginning to offer online options for the MHA programs. Online options allow professionals who have other responsibilities, such as family or work requirements, to enroll in the MHA program. This is most often the case anyway, as any applicant applying to the MHA program will need to be currently employed or have 2-years experience working in the health care sector. Hence, a person working in the health care sector can take their MHA courses any time of day across the week. Professors in the online MHA program create and maintain online learning modules for the classes where the student can access and read course material and interact with other students. Professors will interact with students via email and test students with essays or online tests. If a student has an issue, the professor can be reached during his or her office hours via telephone or can be reached 24/7 via email.

Students interested in improving the United States' health care system may be interested in this career in health care administration. An online MHA program may be the best opportunity to actualize that desire to help improve the quality of care being given to all American patients.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gorton's Wicked Good Seafood Giveaway / Review

Disclaimer: Gorton's provided me with a free samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and giveaway.

Hello Maties!  Arrrggg...How many of you are ready to walk the plank after working a long day and then having to prepare a healthy meal for your family?

I know this is a huge issue at our house.  My problem in the past is finding the "hidden treasure".  You know - the the combination of simple, healthier and something the kids will eat.  And if you caught my wording above like a big fish at sea...I said this was a problem in the PAST.

Thanks to Gorton's Wicked Good Seafood my after school, after work and after homework meals plans have calmed down like an ocean on a perfect autumn day.

I have noticed at our local store that Gorton's has recently started offering new products.  Products like the Skillet Crisp and Simply Bake.  We haven't tried these yet as with children to feed; Sometimes the classic fish favorites are the guaranteed choice.

One of our favorites is the classic Gorton's Fish Sticks.  But our other two go-to fish choices are the Potato Crunch Fish Fillets and the Crispy Battered Fish Fillets.

I find as long as you follow the simple instructions on each bag, the fish turns our perfect.  I like that it doesn't taste fishy and it bakes up nicely and is enjoyed by our entire family.

And the great new family sized bags are a great value and can be sealed up to enjoy for many meals to come. 

The Gorton's Fish Sticks I picked up at the store tonight for supper has 115 sticks!  Wow!  What a great way to get an Omega-3 packed meal!

Not only is Gorton's Wicked Good Seafood affordable, but you can visit their website and download a coupon, find recipes and explore their products.

I am so excited to share the chance to win some of the Gorton's Pirates Booty.  Are you asking....arrrgggg how?  Well there is two different ways!  First follow your treasure map and enter the Wicked Good Seafood online sweepstakes

The other treasure that may be found on your map is to enter the great Giveaway below right here on Fishful Thinking...Thanks to Gorton's.  You can enter to win a Gorton's Prize Package including....

Three $2 off coupons, an assortment of postcards and recipe cards, plus a keychain.

Don't forget to check out Gorton's via Social Media:


And good luck and happy Fishing!!!

Disclaimer: Gorton's provided me with a free samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and giveaway. 

#LeapReader Ready, Set, Read & Write Party Time

I received free LeapFrog products in order to host the the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

"Ready, Set, Read & Write Party Time!!

Oh me, Oh my!  I can't believe we were one of the very lucky ones to host such an amazing learning party thanks to LeapFrog and MommyParty!

Look at the amazing Party Pack that came in the mail to help with our party!!

We have always been huge LeapFrog fans at our house.  But we had never tried the LeapReader.  But that now has changed!  And we have changed our friends, families lives too.  And I am so proud;  The power of learning with LeapReader!!

What a great way to incorporate technology with learning.  The party we had this past Saturday was a HUGE Success.  I feel we made a great difference in many families and children's lives.

If you are not familiar with LeapReader let me tell you a little bit more about it.  It allows your child to learn to read and write.  It engages your child in fun and imaginative stories with exciting and lively character voices.  These stories help build your child's vocabulary skills and in turn grows reading comprehension skills. 

LeapReader offers interactive handwriting guidance to help your child learn to write on amazing mess free paper.  Not only does it help with handwriting it helps to develop listening comprehension skills with the numerous audio books that are available. 

The party pack we received gave me many party ideas.  But, I kept our party a secret til the big day.  And boy was it a huge surprise.  I couldn't believe the excitement.  The thrill to use a technology based learning system.

We started the party - (which was attended by children ages 4 through 9) with a Read, Write and Listen Lounge.  Our lounge was a nice corner area that I dressed up with big pillows and blankets.  That way the party guests could see and experience the LeapReader for the first time.

For the younger kids we did the Flash Card Mash-up.  It was a fun time for all.  We used the Learn to Read Flash Cards.  This game used the LeapReader Interactive Talking Words Factory Flash Cards.  It didn't take long for the kids to figure out how to use the 40 flash cards.  These 40 flash cards were able to make over 100 words!  Just amazing and I loved how it kept the children excited.

But when they were ready for something new, it was Writing Time with LeapReader.  They adored the magic writing paper.  I did too. What a great way to engage children and help them with their letter recognition.  The older children wanted to be part of this too, as the paper was magic.

To slow everyone back down (kind of) we did the T. Rex's Mighty Roar.  I did not have a small speaker to plug the LeapReader into, so we took turns in small groups.  Which actually was fun as the other children was excited for their turn and could enjoy some snacks.

This audio book experience was great.  I couldn't believe how into the story everyone became and interacted with it.  They answered follow up questions after the story very excitedly.  It was so much fun.  I can't wait to get more of the audio books for Christmas for my boys.

But, I think the highlight of the party was the children's 3-D experience with the LeapReader and Monsters University.  The 3-D glasses that were included brought the story to "real" life.  This fun adventure teached everyone nouns and verbs, deductive reasoning and position words.  Wow, something so exciting and fun - yet educational.

I was able to capture some after the party photos. 

As you can see, I am having problems getting my boys to stop learning with the LeapReader (is that a problem?).  Right now they look forward to interacting with it and even have a hard time putting it down to get some rest. 

You can learn more about the LeapReader system by visiting

Personally I feel this would make the perfect Christmas gift.  I know we will be adding to our LeapReader collection...or should I say Santa will be. 

Learn more about the LeapReader and LeapFrog via social media:

Twitter  - and if you hashtag #LeapReader on Twitter you can see what other great parties LeapReader was featured at.

I received free LeapFrog products in order to host the the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.

MIRA Digital Kitchen Scale with Stainless Steel Bowl - Ready For Holiday Baking!

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

I am so excited that the Holidays are just around the corner.  As anyone that knows me...I am a baking fanatic!  And I am thrilled that this year I will be using a new device in my kitchen.  A device that will help me get the exact measurements that I need for Holiday recipes to turn out perfectly.

Check out my new MIRA Digital Kitchen Scale with a Stainless Steel Bowl (that was included).

I am in love!!!

I can't believe how affordable this kitchen scale is.  I should have purchased one a long time ago.  And if you don't want to wait, like I can purchase your own on

So what do I love about my MIRA digital kitchen scale?

First of all the the stainless steel mixing bowl is HUGE and heavy.  But don't worry because you can zero out the scale (by using the tare function) once you place the bowl on it, so your measurements are exact.

Yes, exact measurements as this food scale is made with 4 high precision sensors. 

Plus you can calculate many different types of weight units.  Units like grams, fluid ounces, pounds, ounces and milliliters.  It does have a weight capacity of 5kg/11pounds.  And how many times with your baking and cooking do you need to measure something weighing over 11 pounds!  So this is the perfect all around kitchen scale.

I adore the large display so show clearly the weight and unit I have selected. 
The blue back light function is my favorite.  It is so easy to read.  And the scale only takes 3 AAA batteries to keep it in working order.  How affordable.

Now I just need to get busy in the kitchen to reap all the benefits for owning such a high tech, yet easy to use Digital Kitchen Scale.  The few times I have used this kitchen scale it has been exactly on with the weight measurement.  It looks like I have a new kitchen best friend.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sponsored: Get a head start on head lice this back-to-school season – Visit

The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

It’s almost that time again! The back to school season is just around the corner, and with that comes preparing for a new teacher, a new classroom and a new year.

One thing that parents may not prepare for is … head lice! The truth of the matter is, head lice are common and can happen to any child. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S., which means many parents are likely to experience firsthand how lice can impact their children, families or friends.

Unfortunately, head lice are common in elementary schools – about one out of every 100 elementary school children becomes infested. Many parents may not know where to turn for accurate information.

Now here’s the good news: there is a website available to provide you with all the information you need when your child gets that dreaded letter home from school, or if you just want to learn more to be prepared. is driven by experts who are also moms, so they get it. The website features basic information on the little critters, including symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment options:

·         The How to Lose the Lice Guide, with a handy checklist to save time and reduce stress when battling head lice

·        The Headfirst! Lice Experience video allows you to choose your experience, whether it be you’re not sure you have lice, or you just want to get rid of them::

It’s important to remember the most common way to spread head lice is head-to-head contact. Thinking ahead with things like checking with parents before slumber parties to find out if anyone recently had lice, or teaching your child to avoid sharing brushes or hats is a good start.

So if you are trying to get rid of head lice, or a parent who always likes to be prepared, visit Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice  for more information.


Find&Save Just in time for Holiday Shopping

So many people tell me that my Holiday Bargain Shopping is out of control.  And I feel the main reason they share their opinion is they are just jealous.  Jealous because typically I have all my Holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving.

And the best part is, by starting early I can find better deals and spend my money wisely.  Plus, I can keep ahead of all the crazy Holiday store rushes.

So are you curious where I will be finding some of my Holiday bargains already?

Well it is called....


Find&Save offers a easy to navigate online site which is customized specifically for me to a community close by.  It shares amazing deals and lowest price finds so make my bargain shopping simple.  I love that my friends and family all over the county can use Find&Save.  They can easily select their State and Location to receive the deals that are closest to them.

So what have I found so far?  What does Christmas possibly have in store for my boys this year?

My 9 year old son:

The Crayola Marker Maker - 28% off at Micheals (on sale only this week!).  He has been asking for this, every since he saw an ad awhile ago.  I can't wait to see his excited face on Christmas morning.

My 8 year old son:

Minion Monopoly - I didn't even know they made such a thing. 

But, it is certain to become a favorite of my son.  And right now thanks to Find&Save it is only $17 at Toys"R"Us.  I see it even comes with special Minions.  I think I may have to play a game of this.  I love Minions!

My 5 year old son:

And the Lego Duplo sets are 20% at Target I learned.  I am certain I will find the perfect Duplo set my little one doesn't already own.  I can't wait to stop over at this store to pick up this great bargain.

My hubby who is like another child (I am smiling):

He is such a shoe hound!  And has been asking for Sanuk Vagabond Chill Surfer Shoe for over six months.  Well at the Buckle I can finally get him a pair at a great price.

And best of all I can set alerts to help remind me when a sale is going to expire so I can make up my mind and see if I really want or need that bargain.

Thank you Find&Save for making my Holiday Shopping so much easier this year.  So what deals are you going to find?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Let your children play with Backyard Play Systems from Fort Worth, TX

*sponsored by Backyard Fun Factory
I know that Autumn has officially arrived, but that doesn't mean that our outdoor time is gone.  Actually I find Fall one of the best times to spend time outside with my family.  The weather is cooler and the crunch of the leaves under my feet is therapeutic.

The picture below helps me relive a once in a lifetime fall trip with my family a few years ago.  The weather was amazing and the beautiful wild flowers were in full bloom.

I will admit my boys liked the flowers but LOVED the backyard play system that was in the backyard of the cabin we rented for the week.  I think out of all the fun things we did all my boys could do was talk about that backyard play set.

So then my quest begun.  The quest to find the perfect Backyard Play System for our own backyard.  I searched high and low, like swinging on a swing.  But still no luck.  I was about to give up when I stumbled across a business in Fort Worth, TX called Backyard Fun Factory.

Okay with a name like that, how could I go wrong?  Well I couldn't and immediately fell in love with their backyard forts.  So many choices.  Now the difficult decision to make my choice and surprise my boys before the winter snow flies.

I like all the durable options that I can select.  I love the look of Redwood Play Systems.  But, my head is spinning trying to chose what kind of slide or slides?  Or how about a climbing wall or traditional monkey bars. 

But, my boys love to play pirates!  And a rope ladder with accessory arm would certainly make my scalawags very happy and they wouldn't make me walk the plank.  I could even add a Ship's Wheel to get my crew safely to the sandy shore.  Speaking of "sandy".... a wooden sandbox could be fun and better yet I can even get a beautiful redwood cover.  A cover is very important when you have a neighborhood full of cats (if you catch my drift). 

Or do I stick with one of the many well built backyard forts?  If I did that it would make all my choices much easier.  I would let them use their creative juices to make the perfect Play Systems for my boys.

I can't believe all the features on their most popular model called Fort Stockton!  No wonder it is popular.  It is huge and can fit children and adults alike.  I love the fact I could be part of my boys fun.  A seven foot playground for life long memories, right in our backyard; I say yes.  I say yes to two outstanding slides, a ladder with hand rails, a climbing wall, swings, an air pogo, a glider, an enclosed upper level cabin, decks.....and more! 

Now I just need winter to hold off so we can make some fun family memories.  I would love to see what you might chose!

I think I am going to be in the running for the Mom of the year award!

*sponsored by Backyard Fun Factory

Saturday, September 21, 2013 Transcription Service Finally an Ap that Listens, Records and Types!

*Sponsored post - but all opinions are my own. Thanks

My current day job comes with a lot of computer work.  And what causes hours and hours of this computer work is interviewing others, then listening to the interview, then transcribing it.  It is such a tedious job.  Many times I feel like I could be getting other needed tasks complete, but I am unable as I am still transcribing.  By the end of many days my ears, fingers and even shoulders ache.

So when I was given the opportunity to do a little research on a new business called; I was thrilled to see what they would have to offer.

I learned I love one of their catch phases!

"Fewer Hassles. Better Results. More Service."

I feel like was reading my mind!

And I believe they can offer this key their services are very simple.  They offer upfront pricing and LIVE (A REAL PERSON) PHONE SUPPORT!  I must share that is a HUGE benefit.  As how many times do you need some assistance, but the number you call leaves you feeling more frustrated that when you started; Like "press one if you need two if your issue three if you want to leave a message!".  Thank you for caring about your customers and support services! also offers secure online ordering, on time delivery and API Intergration.  It is like having a huge support staff at your beckon call. offers one of the world's best human transcription (voice to text) services.  It costs $1 a minute.  But when you look at how much time your own transcription costs, this is really affordable!

They employ highly experienced and trained transcription professionals.  A global team who can work on your projects 24/7! even double checks their work with a quality control team.  This team is made up of senior transcriptionists who's job is to review and edit the work of their teammates.  So what does that mean for you!  It means the product you will receive will be highly accurate! 

In case you are wondering how works, here is a brief description:
Simply record your interviews, memos, lectures, meetings, thoughts or whatever you need transcribed. is able to transcribe many different formats of files (files like WAV, MP3, AVI, QuickTime and DVD...just to name a few).  Just take a look at their site to learn more. 
Then upload your file to via their easy upload or even email them the link to the file!
After the upload make your secure online payment (major credit cards and even paypal).
Once completes the transcriptions is comes back to you in around 48 hours or less via email. must be doing something write, right! I can't believe all the huge companies that have shared about their offerings!  Companies like: Forbes, Yahoo! News, TechCrunch and The Wall Street Journal to list a few.
Thank you for meeting the needs of so many!  Keep up the great customer service.

*Sponsored post - but all opinions are my own. Thanks

Friday, September 20, 2013

Calorease Weight Management Aid Review #momsmeet

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of this product.

Now that I am at a happy, active and healthy weight; I have no intentions of going down that long lonely road to over 55 pounds of weight gain....ever again!

But, just because I love the new me and workout all the time; doesn't mean I don't indulge every now and again.  But, I do my best to make sure my food choices are good and when I do chose to eat something that may not be the best for me - portion control is my friend.

The key to this is portion control and yes I am human.  I do sometimes make poor choices, but now I can help to keep my weight in check and those extra calories, every now and again away from my waist line.

And the way I am going to do this is with Calorease.

As a Moms Meet Blogger I was sent a full size box of Calorease to review.

So I reached Calorease before giving it a try.  I learned it is completely stimulant-free and in turn heart healthy.  The stimulant-free is very important to me as I hate the jittery feeling some product can cause. 

Calorease has been shown to bind and get rid off up to 9 times its weight in dietary fat; reducing up to 500 calories a day from the fat in foods!  Wow! Wow! And Wow!  This product has been researched in clinical trials and studies and has been found to be naturally sourced (from grains an is okay for vegans).

I like that Calorease doesn't pretend that you can just sit on your couch all day eating and eating and their product will help you.  Calorease is meant to be part of a reduced calorie diet with a regular exercise program.  With those two life adjustments and Calorease you will have the edge to reach your goals!

Calorease is simple to use.  Just take two tablets with a fat containing meal three times a day.

The tablets come in a blister pouch.  Each pouch contains a serving (2 tablets) so you can easily take them on the go.

If you take it as recommended you can see results in around two to three weeks.  So like I said before Calorease isn't the quick fix.  It is meant to help you with your health goals as long as you are making healthier food choices and working out. 

A 90 tablet pack of Calorease retails for $29.99.  But if you head on over to and enter the code 4MOMS a 50% discount code will be added as a Thank you for learning about Calorease.  That means you will only have to pay $14.99 for a 90 tablet pack!  What a great value and affordable way to try out this great product.

And since I am talking about saving; why not Like Calorease on Facebook so you are up to date of their latest offers and promotions.

Calorease is also on:

So what did I think of Calorease?  What was my personal experience with this weight management product?

I was amazing I didn't notice any side effects.  I was concerned how it would affect my lower half (if you know what I mean) while it was getting rid of all the extra fat.  But, I feel great and so far I am down 2 pounds in about 2 weeks.  I am happy how Calorease has worked up to this point.  Great experience and I would recommend this product to others.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of this product.

Kernel Season's Pop-to-school Giveaway Prize pack! / Review Customize your Popcorn $45 Value

Disclaimer: Kernel Season's provided me with a free samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and giveaway.
Guess what time it is???

It is Kernel Season's Pop-to-school Popcorn Kit Giveaway Time!!!

And My Delicious Review of the Pop-o-licous Prize Pack (that someone is going to win!).

So Class what do you think?  Oh, sorry I got too Popped up with my Kernel Season's Experience. 

What I meant to say is...So Fans what do you think?

Can I hear a Hip, Hip, Poperrayyyy!!!

Look at our Amazing and HUGE Pop-to-school kit we received at our house (and one lucky person is going to win the same thing!).

I wish I could somehow package up the excited in our house the moment I opened up the delicious Gourmet Kit from Kernel Season's. It was just magical.

I couldn't believe the 8 very different Gourmet Popcorn Seasoning from Kernel Season's in this Pop-to-school kit.  And they even over more than 8 varieties of seasonings - they make 12!  And all of them are Gluten Free, MSG Free and Kosher Certified! 
Here is a list of the sweet flavors:
Milk Chocolate Caramel
Kettle Corn

Here is a list of the savory flavors:
Garlic Parmesan
Nacho Cheddar
White Cheddar
Bacon Cheddar (My Favorite!!)

And guess what? Each seasoning contains "Nothing Artificial"!

You know how I introduced the flavors as Popcorn Seasonings?  Well Kernel Season's can be used for so much more than just Popcorn.

Check out Kernel Season's lid tops for even more ideas like...
Veggies, Potatoes, Salads, Soups, Cereal, Toast, Oatmeal, Coffee, Pizza, Pasta....I could go on forever.

I love using a sprinkle or two (or a LOT more) of the Bacon Cheddar on my pizza.  It is delicious without all the guilt. Each serving is only 5 calories!

My boys love, love, love using the Kernel Season's Popcorn Spritzer Butter and one of the seasonings on popcorn.  I was able to sneak a few photos of how it works.

Make your favorite popcorn!  How about some Kernel Season's Popcorn (Microwave or Traditional kernels).

Lightly spritz the Kernel Season's Popcorn Spritzer Butter on the fresh popcorn.  It makes it a little damp and flavorful - without any calories!!  Plus this Spritzer is 100% Natural with no diacetyl added.

Next sprinkle your favorite Kernel Season's on the popcorn.  The Seasoning will stick to the kernels and make for a tasty treat.  My boys love the Nacho Cheddar seasoning on popcorn for an after school snack.  And as a parent I like that popcorn is a healthy snack that is full of antioxidants, fiber and protein.  Plus all 3 of my boys can customize their own popcorn easily and healthy with a shake or two of Kernel Season's flavors.

And if you love Movie Theater Popcorn because of the Buttery flavor you can use Kernel Season's Movie Theatre Butter - Naturally Flavored Oil Blend.

You can use the Movie Theatre Butter to both pop your raw popcorn kernels and to top the fresh popcorn, just live using melted butter.

So many choices.  My head is spinning and my boys are smiling!  Thank you Kernel Season's for making after school snacking healthier, tastier and just plan fun!

So who wants to win this Amazing Prize Pack valued at $45?

Enter below for your chance to win and don't forget to check out Kernel Season's on Social Media:

Disclaimer: Kernel Season's provided me with a free samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and giveaway.

Safe Email for your Kids at Review

Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample of this product to review and compensation, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and compensation.

As a blogger, it seems like I am a social media guru.  I am always online...sending emails, checking out Facebook and Twitter to just list a few.

But, the thought of my boys getting online scares the heck out of me!  I know, something that is part of my daily routine, yet I fear it for my kids.  How does that work?

Well, the problem doesn't work.  The world now revolves around being online and in touch.  So as a concerned parent I have searched high and low to see what resources are out there to help protect my kids online.

And then I was given the opportunity to try out  Or should I say my oldest son and I were given the opportunity. 

We created an online email account which was so simple.  And I love as I parent I have control over the account and can log in as the parent at anytime to see what my son  is up to.  I can help protect him from potential predators thanks to

I love having the control over my child's email settings.  It allows me to decide what I feel is going to be best for his welfare.  And I can check on his anytime via his email.

My son can communicate to his friends and even grandparents..safely.  I can control is contact list and even read the communications he sends.  Finally a system that helps me feel safer and allows my kid access to email, safe email.
I even can limit the amount of time my son uses his email.  And get this!  I can even use a setting called "ground" so he can't access it.  Love it!!! offers very affordable prices so you can afford to help keep your children more safe online!  Thank you

And before I forget to mention, is sponsoring a Young Author Competition.  It is happening right now! You can learn more about it here.  But, here is the cliffs notes verison.  Get your child signed up with a account.  Have them write a short story and submit it.  If they are a winner, their story will be published.  How great and creative.

And like I was talking about our online society.  Don't forget that is on:


Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample of this product to review and compensation, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and compensation.

Green School Supply Kit - Made in USA - Non Toxic Review

Are your children in need of school supplies?

Are you a Green Parent?  How about a parent who wants to teach your children to respect the earth and make better product choices.

Are you looking for something unique to send your child to school with.

Well, how about Green School Supplies from Guided Products.

These products are sold exclusively at

And the Back to School Green Kit from Guided is currently on sale for only $14.99!  What a value!  It is suppose to be $29.99.  So what are you waiting for? 

You could get everything above including:

The 1.5" ReBinder Select  (Capacity 300 pages)  Made from super thick, 100pt chipboard and single piece construction.  It is a D-ring binder is made to hold up!  You can draw on it, slam it in a locker, drop it. It will still protect your work and papers. It may looked roughed up after a bit, but will hold up great under stress.

*Each binder comes with tab dividers and RePouch insert for key stuff to be highlighted.

The RePocket recycled pocket presentation folder. Holds 20 pages on each side, and is perfect for class presentations or for keepings notes from class!

The ReWrite recycled Journal 8x10 Graph: an 8"x10" Notebook with graph paper. Notebook has 48 pages (24 sheets).

The ReWrite recycled Journal 5x8 Ruled: an 5"x8" Notebook with ruled paper. Notebook has 48 pages (24 sheets).

The ReWrite recycled Journal 3.5x5.5 Blank: an 3.5"x5.5" Notebook with blank paper. Notebook has 48 pages (24 sheets).

 The iPad Case for Students: This innovative iPad case is designed to be personalized!  Can also choose for Kindle Fire, or Kindle Fire HD!

I love how durable and eco-friendly all these school essentials are.  And they are MADE IN THE USA!  Made in the USA of recycled material.  And better yet these products are all 100% recyclable!!  What is there not to like?

And don't worry about the solid brown color of the products.  It just makes for a perfect canvas for your children to get creative and make each Guided school item, there own!

Learn more via social media about ApplePieUSA - who sells these great Green Guided Products.


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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Matcha DNA Certified Organic Matcha Gree Tea Review 100% Organic

Disclaimer: Matcha DNA provided me with a freesamples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.
I love my Green Tea and all the health benefits that go along with it.  So when I heard about an amazing product called....

Matcha DNA Certified Organic Matcha Tea

I couldn't wait to learn more and give it a try.  So when I was sent a full size sample to review.  I was thrilled and looked forward to see what all the hype was about. 

First of all...

I love that the 3oz bag of Matcha DNA Tea is resealable, so it keeps the 34 individually packed pouches safe inside the main packing unit.  What a great idea. 

And each of the 34 individually packed pouches of Matcha DNA come with an easy to tear notch so you can quickly get to the health and goodness.

A little about Matcha DNA; and what this tea is....

Matcha DNA is a certified 100% Organic powdered green tea.  It is sustainable grown with maximum potency.  It is of premium rare Chinese origin and never radiated. 

Nothing is added to this Powdered Green Matcha Tea!

I was surprised to hear about powdered green Matcha tea.  But, to my delight I learned that it dates backs to over 1,000 years ago.  Yes, the Song Dynasty in China practiced drinking powdered tea. 

Did you know one glass of Matcha DNA may be the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.

Matcha is 1200 units/g of ORAC Antioxidant Value.  And to but that figure in terms that one may understand...Pomegranates only have 105 units/g and Blueberries 91 units/g.

So what did I think of Matcha DNA?

First I had to see how to prepare it correctly.

I pre-warmed my mug with hot water.

Then I dumped the water out and added the contents of one of the individually packed pouches of Matcha DNA.

I added hot water slowly over the powdered Matcha DNA (I like to add a little more water that the instructions recommend).

I mixed it up and enjoyed my Matcha DNA, all-natural.  You can add something extra for sweetness.  But I chose not too.  I must share that I am looking forward to keeping a few packages of Matcha DNA with me at work. 

I love the earthiness of the Matcha DNA.  It was very hearty and had a nice clean green tea flavor.  I enjoyed that it did not have any bitterness with each drink.  It is great knowing this Superfood Tea is full of antioxidants.

You can purchase your own direct from Matcha or even through

Disclaimer: Matcha DNA provided me with a free samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.


Casey Caterpillar Feels Left Out Book Review and $25 Amazon Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was provided a digital free sample of this story to review and compensation, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and giveaway.
Casey Caterpillar Feels Left Out

Thanks to for the photo.
I have been honored to have the opportunity to review the great children's book above called Casey Caterpillar feels left out.  And the best part is this children's book hasn't been released yet - but don't worry!  You can pre-order you copy via Amazon or Ruby's Studio.  Hence this Review - also offering a $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!  If you win you can use your gift card to pre-order your Casey Caterpillar Feels Left Out Book.

This book is perfect for my 5 year old, especially where he just started school a few weeks ago.  I still can't believe how time flies - he is already in school and having to learn life lessons.  Lessons like feeling left out.

I must say the illustrations are so bright and draw you right into this life lessons storybook.  This brilliant book is about...

"Sweet little Casey Caterpillar feels left out when Lucy Ladybug and Bette Bumblebee play "Air Acrobatics" because Casey doesn’t yet have wings!  When Mentor Bailey Butterfly encourages Casey to share how she feels, the whole gang learns an important lesson about empathy."

The words are easy to see and read.  I feel there is a perfect amount of words to a page to keep your child interested throughout this educational story.
Thank you Ruby's Studio for the photo.

I love the info that is shared on the back cover including:

"When Bette Bumblebee and Lucy Ladybug suggest playing their favorite flying game, Casey Caterpillar (who doesn't yet have wings) feels terribly left out by her friends. Upset, Casey scoots off and is met on the path by wise Bailey Butterfly, who helps Casey build the courage to tell her friends how she feels.   With lush, colorful illustrations, this thoughtful exploration of friendship encourages young readers to solve their conflicts through compassion, consideration and kindness.

·      Teaches empathy through relatable characters and situations

·      Offers children the words to express when they feel excluded

·      Gorgeous images and memorable characters

·      First in a series of children’s books featuring this charming garden universe"


Casey Caterpillar Feels Left Out is meant for ages 3 to 6 years old; with a grade level from Preschool to 2nd Grade.  It is a hard cover book with 30 wonderful pages.  The publisher is Ruby's Studio.

And if you are wondering about the Author of this life lessons book...her name is Samantha Kurtzman-Counter.  She is a children's book author, children's show producer/director and President of The Mother Company.  And I think the best fact of all about this author is, "She is a Mother"!  A mother of a boy named Jack who just entered Kindergarten.  So she understands what is important to us parents.

So who is ready to enter to win their own $25 Amazon Gift Card?

Is that a yes, I hear??

Don't forget to show some love on the sponsors social media pages.

Disclaimer: I was provided a digital free sample of this story to review and compensation, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product and giveaway.