Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson ~ Book Review & Club #HaHaBookClub

Have you ever sat down to read a book and identified with the author so quickly that you thought that they were talking to you? That you were good friends? That maybe you went to the same school? Perhaps they were reading your diary in middle school and recreated portions of your life but changed some of the situations …. Hmmm, I better call mom and see where that diary went. But wait, we are friends, well, okay, so I don’t know the author at all and they may be writing in first person but they totally get me! These are just a few of the many things that went through my head as I sat down and started to read Jacky Ha-Ha from the ever talented, bestselling author James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Jacky Ha-Ha tells the tale of a young … [Read more...]

5 Uses for Essential Oils ~ Do You Diffuse?

Photo credit: Flickr The hubby has never been one for holistic anything. He has always been Mr. “Medical Establishment knows best.” I have always been a little more open-minded, and slowly but surely I have won him over. After having some indigestion issues and some anxiety issues, which I help with aromatherapy, I have come to love essential oils and I have won over the hubby. So here are my five favorite uses for essential oils in my life. Or rather, my top five essential oils and what I use them for. 1) Peppermint oil. This is my go to for indigestion. Peppermint anything has long been known as a curative for an upset stomach. Peppermint is an essential oil that can be taken internally (a few drops in a glass of water) or put into your … [Read more...]

Doctor On Demand ~ Battling Cold & Flu Season from the Comfort of Home #FeelBetterFaster

It is 9 o’clock at night in the middle of winter and it’s snowing. Your child wakes up crying. Her throat hurts and she’s pulling at her ears. Not in the cute “I’m tired and sleepy so I’m rubbing my ears” kind of way, but in the “somethings wrong and I’m in pain” kind of way. Is it a cold, maybe the flu, or is it something else entirely? What do you do? In the past you might give your pediatrician a call, and they would probably say one of two things: bring her in to the office tomorrow or go to the emergency room. You hate both of those options. Well, you may not. You may like the idea of essentially doing nothing for 10 plus hours. Or you may love the idea of bundling your already sick child up to go out in the cold snowy winter to visit … [Read more...]

Cardpool ~ Discounted Gift Cards PLUS Giveaway #Crdpool15

Have you ever gotten the perfect gift card? Just the right amount for just the right person. The only problem is that it’s the perfect gift card for someone else. The closest store or restaurant for that particular card is a long way away. Or you never shop there because you just don’t need a 300 pound jar of pickles? Everyone has received one of these. Or several. I’ve lost track of the gift cards I have received from people that have great intentions yet apparently are a bit clueless as they think I live in New York or Los Angeles. What do you normally do with these gift cards? Nothing? Just let it expire (back when gift cards expired). Find someone who might actually want it and just give it away? Well now you have an option. … [Read more...]

Twitter Party ~ #FannieMay4Holidays {12/08 at 9pm ET}

Pro­mo­tional   ARE YOU READY FOR SWEET TWITTER PARTY? Join Blog­gin Mamas & Fannie May as we host the #FannieMay4Holidays Twit­ter Party on Tuesday, 12–8-15 at 9p EST | 6pm PST! During the party, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season, having some sweet conversation, and giving away some delicious Fannie May CHOCOLATE! Come on, can you think of a better way to celebrate the holidays? I'm sitting here looking at all of the mouth watering selections and trying to figure out if I have a favorite. So far, there are three things in the running. Do you have a favorite Fannie May chocolate? Which one? How did you pick??? Anyway, back to the Twitter Party! Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST | 6:00–7:00pm … [Read more...]

Home and Holiday Shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond ~ iTunesBBB15

Can you believe that it is already November? It feels like time is flying and the holidays will be here before we know it. Now, if you are anything like me, that means you are already planning ahead for coming attractions such as family meals and outings while keeping an eye out for money saving events that hit before the main event … Did I mention that we are serious procrastinators? We’re the people that normally throw together a menu planning session the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then a couple of us are tasked with running around like crazy looking for Turkey and pumpkin when everyone has been sold out for weeks. Hmm, I’m always part of the “couple” that does this running. I have no idea how my name gets picked out of the hat every … [Read more...]

A Visible Difference ~ courtesy of IAMS and a Mommy/Puppy Spa Day

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Lunchbox. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. Spa Day. Just saying the words conjures up images of pampering and relaxation and the removal of stress. Do you know how long it has been since I have had a spa day? Forever. And I don’t mean that in the metaphorical, “oh it’s been so long since I’ve had a spa day. I’m so overdue!” kind of way. I mean literally forever. I’ve never had a spa day. I’ve had a massage here and there. And I’ve gotten a pedicure once or twice. But that’s about it. And now that my daughter is in full time kindergarten I actually have the time to take a spa day. But what about my other kids? The four legged ones. Wouldn’t it be fun … [Read more...]

Rhapsody KIDS ~ A Fun, Safe, and Easy Music Experience for Kids

There are days I feel old. The hubby grew up when personal computers were in their infancy. I grew up when computers were common, but not a household staple. My daughter is growing up in the age of ubiquitous computing. She knows how to use her iPad better than I know how to use anything. To this day she still shows me how to do things on my phone. Things I didn’t even know it could do. When the hubby and I were growing up, there were a few well-regulated TV channels and radio stations got in trouble for saying dirty words. Risqué songs were relegated to late-night. The Internet wasn’t even a concern. Now I’m not a Luddite or a prude by any stretch. But in this day and age of ever present, ever connected media and technology, parents need a … [Read more...]

Freedom Mentor Review

A few years ago, a friend of mine sent me a list of properties and asked me to look them over and give my opinion. After balking at the price point I asked him why he wanted to move out of state when he had just recently purchased a home. He explained he wasn’t planning on moving, he was planning on investing. I then asked him if he was crazy since the housing market had crashed. He said when it comes to real estate, investment properties are purchased when the market is up and down. He also noted that this was the one thing that he has been investing in for years. After our conversation I was ready to buy in. I just knew that we were missing out on a huge opportunity. I explained to my husband that we HAD to get involved. He kind of … [Read more...]

Hurry and Save Big on iTunes at Lowes! #iTunesLowes15

I have to admit something. We do not have a lot of Apple devices in my house. In fact we have only one. That is my daughter’s iPad. Well, and my mom’s iPad. And we might have an iPod or two floating around. Ok, so maybe we have more than one Apple device. And with all those devices, comes the need for iTunes and the App Store. In case you haven’t heard, that’s how you get music and apps onto your Apple devices. Now here’s a little known secret. Apple products never really go on sale. I mean never. Trust me. I know I keep an eye out. Ever notice Black Friday Sales on Apple products. There aren’t any. So when something Apple goes on sale, I pay attention. And now is one of those times. iTunes gift cards are on sale at Lowe’s. I know. … [Read more...]