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11.9.10

Remember Today 9/11 -- we will NEVER forget

I know that today is a day that many remember...
Where were you?
What were you doing?

As for my story...
I was in college.
Woke up.
Got ready...
and was headed to school.
My cell phone rang.
It was my dad, asking if I had seen the news...
No, what is going on?

I never, ever in a million years expected to hear what was about to come out of his mouth.
Do WHAT?
WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK?!
I was in shock.

I went to class...
Hysterical, as was everyone else.

One of my classmates had a pilot for a dad and she had no clue where he was.
We sat there.
We prayed.
We did not have much to say...
I mean, what do you say?


Our teacher got word that they were shutting our school down.
We were in what was considered part of the financial district...
We could "possibly be a target"

We left.
I went home...
Turned on the news.
Friends came over.
We sat.
We watched.
We waited.
We prayed.

Finally, I had to get out...
We went to CVS for me to get a newspaper...
I knew something had to have been printed already.

All of a sudden, we saw it...
A twenty something year old guy...
RUNNING DOWN THE ROAD.
(A main road in our area I may add)
Waving a HUGE AMERICAN FLAG.
I cried.
We cried...

and that is the moment it really hit.
EVERY SINGLE one of us...
We were changed.
Some became more patriotic.
Some became closer to their family.
Some became more depressed.
Some became more isolated..

We changed.
America changed.

And we must NEVER FORGET.

Never


Blogger Challenge Day 11

Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently






Grab Em Snacks- Review


What do you munch on when you are hungry?
Veggies?
Fruits?
Chips?
Cookies?

I will admit, I munch on all of them.
Not the healthiest options, minus fruits and veggies..
But still, you just have to have your fix sometimes...

Luckily for us..
Broxton LOVES fruits and veggies!!!!

Recently, I was able to sample a variety of flavors from Grab Em Snacks.
Seeing that they were featured as a "snack of the day" on Rachael Ray made me want to try them even more... ( I LOVE RR!)

First of all, let me tell you...
Ha! Do not fall out of your seats, please...
I have no clue about Plantains.
I thought they were just bigger bananas!
I know, I know...
I am just being honest!
They look like them though...
Good thing I never bought some and tried to give one to Marc or Broxton!
(They are cooked before serving... unsuitable raw... )
You can read more about Plantains on the Grab Em Snacks site HERE.

Well, let me just tell you about Grab Em Snacks..
Geetha, the founder, wanted a healthier alternative to chips that are so popular here in the states. She spent her childhood growing up in India and Malaysia where the plantain chips were the snack food of choice...
Luckily for all of us, Geetha moved to the USA and as we can see...
She brought Plantain chips over for us to enjoy!

These gourmet plantain chips come in several great flavors...
Sea Salt
Red Chili
Black Pepper Spice
Chili Garlic
JalapeƱo
Cinnamon Spice
Cajun Seasoning



We were able to review several flavors.
I am LOVING me the Sea Salt ones!
They seriously fill the "craving" of plain potato chips.
We also tried the Cinnamon ones...
I really enjoyed those as well, but my mom thought they could have used a little more cinnamon on them... She LOVES cinnamon and honestly, I think she can never have too much! :)
I personally thought they were great... A little bit more cinnamon would have only made them better...
Geetha even says that they are delicious crumbled up over ice cream....
That reminds me, I need to get a thing of ice cream to try this out! :)
(sounds great to me!)
As for the Chili Garlic -
I thought they were really hot and spicy... ( I do not like spicy AT ALL, so it might not be that bad to other people.) I did notice that if you eat them as a snack, they are super hot to me... but if you eat them as a side (like with a sandwich or something) they are not as bad... Maybe it is the added other items that kills the heat?
The Cajun ones were pretty spicy to me as well but not as much so as the chili garlic.
The black pepper was pretty good as well and they would probably be GREAT mixed with the salt ones.
I asked Marc to try them and give me his opinion...
(Especially on the Cajun ones!)
He HATES the thicker crunchier chips, so this was a stretch...
He actually talked about how much he enjoyed the flavor.
He was expecting more heat on the Cajun ones as well and thought that the chili garlic heat should be intensified on the Cajun ones. If you are looking for a Cajun FLAVOR, these are great... but the heat you would expect was not there in his opinion.

Did I tell you that Broxton loves them?
Yes! He does, I did not give him any of the Cajun or Chili Garlic (Marc wanted me to because he did not think they were hot, but I said I didn't want him to get them since I thought they were spicy! LOL) I would let him have a couple and he just ate them up like they were made of toys and crayons! Ha ha!

Would we get these again?
Most definitely!

I think besides a healthier option for a snack...
This would be nice as part of a hostess gift.
(Hello, keep in mind as Christmas parties are not that far in the future!)
Also, if you are the kind that is part of a "Welcome Wagon" for the neighborhood, this would be a nice gift to give as it is truly a "Gourmet" snack.

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10.9.10

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Out Live Your Life - Book Review


I have always seen Max Lucado books at the book store.
I have even bought them as gifts before.
Today, I can actually say that I am reading one!

I have been reading Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado and I am not quite finished.
Working with Book Sneeze, I have been fortunate to be in on the Out Live Your Life book campaign, so although my post is due today, I hate to say I am not finished.
Almost though.
I really like this book, as I feel as though it speaks to each and every one of us.
This book is a challenge to all of us to "Out Live Your Life."
Make a difference.
Even if it is only to one person, that might be the one that needs it the most.

One thing that Max Lucado said, has stuck with me...
" God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called."

If you ever feel intimidated by thinking you do not have what it takes...
This book opens up the knowledge that not everything is about a monetary contribution.
A small act of kindness goes quite a long way...
Especially in today's world where it seems everyone is so busy.

There are many parts of this book that I am sure will make a difference to someone who reads it.
It even tells you how the simplest gesture of hospitality opens the door for so many emotions.

I like how Mr. Lucado uses scripture to tell his story...
So it is not all story, nor is it all scripture.
The balance is nice and makes for a pretty easy read.

Although I did not finish, yet...
I did flip over to the back to see what else was included in this book.

At the end, he has a Discussion and Action Guide.
This is a chapter by chapter outline of discussion questions, followed by Ideas to carry out the actions mentioned.

I think this would be a great read for a Sunday school class...
Or even a book group.

Thanks to booksneeze for allowing me to review this.

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Juice Beauty- Reflecting Gloss


I have mentioned before about how I never wear makeup.
Okay, never say never, right?
Lets change that to how very seldom I wear makeup.
I do enjoy my chapstick/lip balm.

Also, I do not know about most, but I feel like a small dab of color on your lips helps out to brighten your face. You know, add a little color?
I do not really care for most "lipsticks" as they tend to dry my lips out...
but there are a few glosses that I enjoy.

I was sent the Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss to try and it has now been added to the "Yes, I can wear and enjoy this!" list!
Now, remember that I have blogged about Juice Beauty in the past...

The fact that they are a juice based product is great!
This product has a very subtle flavor, but most importantly (to me) it has a great smell!
Besides that...
It is full of antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins to help your skin keep a youthful glow! :)

The reflecting gloss comes in a sleek little tube that has a lid that screws on.
No need to worry about the lid coming off in your purse and making a mess!

The only problem I had was that the silver cover on the lid came off of mine...
(not the lid, the cover over the lid)
I believe that it got too hot sitting out in our mailbox, I mean, hello...
It is a metal BOX, hello heat!
I think that the glue came undone because of the heat, but it is not really a problem, the lid still stays closed until I am ready to use it. I just do not worry about the silver cover... It was for looks in my opinion anyways! :)

The reflecting gloss comes in 4 colors:
Champagne
Pink
Fig
Guava

(I chose the fig color)

Overall, I feel that Juice Beauty has done it again!
Great product... and great for the environment!

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30 - Day Blog Challenge Day 10

Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago





9.9.10

Aloha Friday - 51


Aloha everyone!
It is that time of the week...
ALOHA FRIDAY!

Answer a simple question...
Ask one of your own..
Then RELAX and ENJOY your weekend!

My question this week:

Do you use the toiletry items in your hotel room?
If so, is there any hotel that the items sticks out as a great one?

My answer:

I love love LOVE the LOTION at the HAMPTON INN.
Whenever I go... I am in heaven! (When my mom travels there for her job, she normally brings me a bottle back... It is great!)
After our weekend in Savannah, I have to say that I really liked the shampoo and conditioner at the WESTIN in Savannah... It was Green Tea Aloe! My hair LOVED IT! :)

Al0ha and have a great weekend!

Vaseline Mens - Review



Marc works outside...
I have mentioned that several times before...
I have also mentioned that he shaves his head.

Why am I telling you this again?
I am trying to point out that yep, he has a lot of skin to keep moisturized!

We were able to get a bottle of the NEW
Vaseline Mens Lotion and Marc really likes it.
He said that with it saying "cooling" on the bottle..



It stands up to its word.
He also really likes that it moisturizes his skin without leaving an oily feeling.

This is a lotion that Marc recommends...
No lie, he said "It felt like it refreshed my skin."
So, it must be pretty good!

I am having a hard time trying to explain the scent..
It reminds me of a mens deodorant, or maybe the shower gel?
I can not figure it out..
but I love it!
Wearing this, you really do not need to wear cologne!


Just thought I would share this with you...
According to the Vaseline Men website:

  • Men’s skin is thicker and oiler than women’s skin - that is why you need products that are specifically designed for men’s unique skin needs
  • Your lifestyle may be dehydrating your skin without you even knowing it
    • A day spent outdoors can drain at least ½ pint of water from your skin
    • After a swim or a shower, it can take your skin up to 8 hours to rehydrate


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    Jarritos - Review


    Do you ever notice what people around you are drinking?
    Some are with soda, some waters, some flavored teas...
    You never can tell, because there is such a big diverse amount of product out there these days.

    I was recently sent a sampler pack of Jarritos

    Jarritos is Mexico's "first national soft drink."
    Now, it is considered a cultural icon for Mexico and leads the US in Mexican soft drinks!
    Talk about making an impact over 60 years!

    They have even implemented a "Club Jarritos" where you can collect points (found in the tops of the bottles) for rewards!
    Please head over to their site to see everything that this product does as a "thank you" to its customers!!! With support like this, it is no wonder that the customers are so loyal!

    As for what we thought about the drinks...
    I felt as though several of them were carbonated koolaids.
    They had a good flavor and a wide variety.

    They have several flavors and I think it really is a wide selection.

    My mom was here over the weekend, so we had her try some as well.
    She was not really a fan, but we had her try the grapefruit one.
    (Marc nor I like grapefruit)
    Mom tried it and said it was actually good, it tasted like a lemon-lime soda.
    Of course, saying that... Marc and I had to try it out.
    She was right!
    (Not that I doubted her, but just the thought of grapefruit... ugh!)

    I really liked the Lime, Pineapple and Grapefruit ones.
    Marc liked them all!
    To the point that one morning when I got up, I noticed he had drank another the night before!

    If you are looking for a sweet fruit flavored soda, this is it!
    Just do not forget to keep the tops and earn your points!

    If you want to keep up with what Jarritos is doing...
    You know you do!
    Follow them on facebook
    Like them on twitter.

    FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


    30 - Day Blogger Challenge Day 9

    Day 9 — A photo you took




    8.9.10

    UPrinting - Designer Cards Giveaway


    I am working with UPrinting again in hosting a wonderful giveaway of 250 designer business cards just for one of you lucky readers to win!
    I have worked with UPrinting in the past and they are absolutely wonderful to work with!!!!

    Do you have cards?
    For your blog? Business? Mommy Cards?
    Gift Cards?

    There are so many uses for these!
    I have blog cards from them and I ALWAYS get complimented on them whenever someone looks at it!
    They do a fantastic job and these cards are of a great quality!
    Just look at all of the cool business cards that UPrinting offers!

    It is so easy to order from UPrinting!
    You just go to their site.
    Look at the selection of great business cards.
    Select the one you want.
    Design and order...

    Next thing you know, they are at your house!
    Ready to use!
    They even take extra care in packaging your item so that it arrives with not one crease, wrinkle or fold on it!
    (Can you tell that I love the finished result I get whenever I work with UPrinting?!)

    Don't you want to win some for yourself?
    Just what will you win?
    Here ya go:
    250 Die Cut Business Cards for One (1) Winner
    2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.75 x 3.5” (slim card)
    Die cutting options available: Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded One-Corner, Half-Circle Side, Circle
    Paper Type: 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Matte, or High Gloss; 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
    Color: 4Color Front, Blank Back; 4Color Front, Black Back; 4Color Both Sides
    Limited to US residents only 18 years old and above


    Mandatory Entry-
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    Just head on over and look at all the cool business cards they have...
    Then tell me what you would order.
    Pretty simple!

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    Contest open to US Residents 18 and older.
    Contest will end on October 1st.
    Random.org will select winner.
    Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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    26 BIG Things Small Hands Do - review


    I am always looking for books for Broxton.
    I am also always looking for ways to teach Broxton...
    From his ABC's to his 123's.
    Colors and Shapes...
    and yes, Please and Thanks!

    I want my son to have manners...
    Sometimes with some of the kids (more along teenage line) today, you wonder what happened...
    Where the manners went...

    Well, I am SO LUCKY that I have been able to work with FREE SPIRIT PUBLISHING.
    I will be posting reviews on several of their books in the next couple of weeks.

    Have you ever heard of Free Spirit Publishing?
    I had not until recently... but this is one that I will always remember!
    They have more than just books for little children.
    Free Spirit Publishing is a publishing company that has been working with children in meeting all of their emotional and social needs... for 27 years!
    They have books for little ones teaching manners on up to teens and the stresses they face.



    The first book I want to share with you is:



    This is NOT your typical book teaching the ABC's with animals and what not...
    I LOVE this!!!!
    This book teaches you the ABC's...
    But with GREAT things that you can do!
    Just look:


    U - Small hands Uncover beautiful things.
    V - Small hands Volunteer.

    See how this works?
    I love it!
    Besides teaching your little one about their ABC's, you are also teaching them how to make a difference. Not just today, but everyday!

    I really recommend this book.
    As I said, manners seem to be going out the window, with this book...
    We can show them how they can make a difference!


    Stay tuned to see what other great books I have to tell you about!!!!
    ( I have some geared for teens, so do not think it is just all toddler books!)
    A huge thanks to Free Spirit Publishing for allowing me to review these great books!!!!

    FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

    Headblade - Review and Giveaway


    My dear sweet bloggy buddy, Lorie, told me about Headblade.
    Seems as though her hubby uses it and of course, after visiting their site, I though Marc should try it! I actually emailed and explained that I was a blogger and I would love to review their product. I told them about Marc being in the military and how I thought that this would be great for him to us!
    Now...
    Are you ready for the response I got?!

    Not only did he send the "Starter Kit" for Marc to review...
    (This included the Headblade Sport, HeadSlick Shave Cream, Triple Blades, and a hanging toiletry kit)
    He also sent the same Starter Kit for one of my lucky readers to win!!!!


    Wait...
    It gets better...
    He also sent cards with a discount code, stickers with their logo, and TONS of samples of the lotions (glossy or matte,) as well as the shave gel for me to give out to the Guard Members at that marriage retreat we went to!!!!

    Talk about a company that SUPPORTS THE TROOPS!!!!

    So, let me tell you how this worked...
    There were tables set up with information about schools and employers that support the military. There was also a table set up with information about welcoming home the troops...
    I asked if I could add this to their YELLOW RIBBON table and they said sure...
    So, we set up a little display on the corner and you should have seen the guys coming by to check it out!!!!


    Marc and I stood with it and explained to them how this company was very supportive of them...
    How they sent these to allow them to try their product and then supplied a discount code if they wanted to order the products when they got home.

    I got to talking to the First Sergeant about it and get this...
    His daughter had seen it and told him he needed to get it!
    So, Marc was telling him about how he had used it...
    (Just that morning, so you could see the result!)

    Then, we got to talking to the Colonel.
    ( He was the one that went and got Marc from training to send him home for the birth of Broxton, so we were chatting about that... and getting an updated picture of him with Broxton)
    Anyways, we were telling him about this company and how much Marc liked it...
    and COME TO FIND OUT...
    HE ALREADY USES IT!!!!
    Ha!!!!
    So, we gave him the samples of the lotion so he could try both out...
    and of course a discount code so he could order more!!!!

    Marc (and the Colonel) both really like it...
    But, they said it does take a bit of getting used to ...
    Think about it, going from a straight razor to this that just "runs" over your head...
    I would think so...

    Now, you want to win one for your honey, don't you?!

    Mandatory entry-
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    Just tell me who this headblade would be for...

    Pretty simple!!!!!

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    This contest will end on October 1st.
    Contest is open to US residents only.
    Random.org will select the winner.
    Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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    30 - Day Blogger Challenge Day 8

    Day 8 — A thank you letter to someone who's changed your life

    Wow~
    Okay, I am not going to get toooo personal here...

    Dad-
    Thank you.
    For being MY DADDY.
    As the quote goes, " Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone SPECIAL to be a DADDY."
    That is you...
    For always being there for me...
    For loving me.
    For protecting me.
    For SPOILING me...
    For letting me grow into the woman I am now...

    Thanks for being the best Papa in the world...
    And yes, thanks for loving me, even though I fell in love with an LSU fan! :)
    Of course, thanks for loving Marc (even though he loves LSU) he can not help it...

    Love always,
    Your sweet daughter!

    Eco Mom - Review and Giveaway


    I have seen ECOMOM on several blogs, so I had to head on over to their site to see what all they offered!

    If you are looking for Eco-friendly Baby Products - EcoMom is it!!!!

    Just look at the "categories" they cover:
    Mom and Baby
    Organic Food
    Feeding and Nursing
    Bath and Body
    Health and Wellness
    Toys and Books
    Healthy Home
    Eco Chic Clothing
    Green Gifts


    Jody was nice enough to send over a few of the organic snacks for Broxton to try out...
    He usually is not a big fan, but I am determined to find healthy snack options...
    :)

    We were sent the red plum organic mashups for review.
    I know Broxton, so I would not let him hold the pouch...
    My luck, it would have been squirted all over the place!
    He really seemed to enjoy it at first, but I think he is going to be a texture person like me...
    After a bit, he wanted something more...
    (Yes, I tried them... and they are very good! Okay, I did not just "try" them, I finished off what he did not eat!)
    I personally liked the tropical ones more than the berry... Broxton was the opposite!



    We were also sent the Jammy Sammys.
    Now I love these...
    The IDEA... Come on y'all, follow me!!!
    Yes, I liked the flavor too, but I am referring to the small snacks right now!
    Broxton really enjoyed these, more so than the pouches!


    I know as a mom on the go, the packaging and sizes of both of these products are a major plus to us!
    I can just throw it in the diaper bag, or my purse and it is there if/when we need it!!!!
    Great idea!!!!

    Now, let me tell you about a great pass they offer...
    (Then, I will get to the giveaway... I promise, it is soon!)
    For an annual membership fee of $99...
    You can have the EcoPass.
    What is that, you may ask?
    Well, for $99 ( or $8.25 a month)
    You can have this pass that gives you a 15% discount on EVERY ORDER YOU PLACE.
    Add that up with FREE SHIPPING on all of your orders...
    It can not really get any better, can it?!


    Jody even sent over a 15% off discount code for you to use:
    Just enter SBBL550 at checkout!!!! This code is valid until September 31, 2010 so go ahead and order today!

    Please click HERE to sign up for their newsletter, that way you can stay up to date on what is going on.

    Now, Jody has said that they would like one of my readers to win a $15 Gift Card so that you can experience all that they offer as well!!!

    How great is that?!

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    This contest if for US and Canada.
    Contest will end on September 21st.
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    Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email, or a new winner will be selected.


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    7.9.10

    Wordless Wednesday -


    Have I ever told you just how much I love my hubby?!
    I love him so much...
    Even when I want to be silly...
    and he doesn't...
    He will..
    FOR ME!!!


    Aroma Home - Review



    When I get hot...
    I get hot!!!!
    It usually takes a while for me to cool down, so I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a solution!
    (Yes, I know... Air Conditioning!)

    Anyways, with Marc working such a weird schedule...
    no telling what time or temperature he will be working in...
    So, we are always trying to find ways to help him sleep when he has the time.

    We were able to review the Cooling Eye Pillow from Aroma Home.
    I asked to review this for a couple reasons:
    One - it was an eye pillow, so it would block the light out if he was trying to nap during the day.
    Two- it was a COOLING pillow, so if he was coming in from being in the heat all day, it should help to cool him down.
    Three- I wanted to see just how good it smelled! :)


    I was very impressed...
    But, I have to tell you I was a bit of a dummy too!
    I was not thinking about it being a "pillow" instead of a "mask" so when I opened it, I was trying to figure out where the strap was that would go around my head!
    Ha ha!!!!
    I think that I like a pillow more, that way it just rests there!!!

    The scent was wonderful to me...
    Not to strong, but enough to notice.
    I did tell Marc that the mix of lavender and menthol was going to be a test for me...
    Lavender puts me in a relaxed state, but menthol has always helped me to wake up...
    The mixture of the two was subtle enough, that I was relaxed and enjoyed it.

    The pillow comes in this little plastic envelope.
    You can either place it in the fridge for an hour, or the freezer for 15 minutes.
    I do not know about you, but I chose the 15 minutes.
    Yes, I am not always a patient person!
    :)
    The pillow is full of these little fragrance beads that actually conform to your face, so you get a great feel, not just a pillow that lays there!

    I can not tell you if Marc has enjoyed it or not, because he has not used it...
    :)
    But I have, and I just hope we do not both need it at the same time, because he just might not get it!!!!!

    Oh, did I mention that Aroma Home also carries the CUTEST fuzzy slippers that I have ever seen?!
    Yes, I just might have to get a pair of these:

    or:

    Is it to early to start my Christmas list?!


    30 - Day Blogger Challenge Day 7

    Day 7 — 5 things you could not possibly live without

    Why?
    LoL...
    Why me?!
    Okay, it says THINGS...
    So that excludes PEOPLE...
    ( I would have cheated and said 1 - family 2- friends)

    Anyways...
    Five... 5

    1. Happiness
    2. Camera
    3. Internet
    4. Fluids (Water, tea, soda... I do not care... just something to drink)
    5. Food... yes, I have to eat! ha ha!

    6.9.10

    ThinkSMART - review


    We have been reviewing the thinkSMART Wii family game and we love it!
    Where was this game when we had the boys here over the summer?
    I can tell you where it wasn't...
    It was not here..
    but I sure wish it would have been.

    Marc and I played it and I was even able to get my mom to try it out while she was here visiting!
    I really enjoy this game because it gets you to thinking...
    I have read everywhere that over the summer, children tend to let their brains go "soft" if you will, meaning that since they are not in school, the stimulation to keep learning tends to go out the window. While we had the boys here, we had them reading, but this would have been great too!!!

    Let me tell you a little about this fun game!
    With the Wii thinkSMART game, you first "sign in."
    At this point, you make a person for yourself...
    Then you "enter" the building and pick which activity you would like to do...

    They are:
    Language
    Memory
    Mathematics
    Spatial Reasoning
    Logic Skills

    You can chose what level you would like (there are 3 levels so that everyone can play.)
    When you first pick the activity you want, they even include a short demo so that you know exactly how to play it.

    As I said, we really enjoyed playing it...
    Also, I have heard that for adults, you should try and do activities like this all the time, to keep your brain active! Marc and I took turns playing it, including making our own person! (It keeps track of your progress... including allowing you to WIN TROPHIES for a job well done!)

    I just wish we would have had this over the summer...
    The boys LOVE the Wii and this would have been a fun (and shhhhh... educational game) that we could have ALL played!!!!



    I will tell you one thing, this game (pictured above) was kinda hard for me to play...
    With Broxton wanting to "help" me out...
    You REALLY have to have a steady hand on it!
    Do not say I did not warn you...
    So, if you are playing this one with family and friends...
    Get someone to hold the little one... you really do not need their help on this one! :)

    I am so glad that we have this game now, I know that we will be playing it A.L.O.T. when the boys are here...


    FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

    30 - Day Blogger Challenge Day 6

    Day 6 — A moment you wish you could relive

    I am not really sure that there is a moment I wish I could relive.

    Maybe when Marc was finally home?
    The weight of the world felt like it was lifted when Broxton and I were in his arms...

    Or maybe when Broxton was born and I really and truly knew what the love of being a mommy felt like...

    Or maybe the last night I had with my Nana...
    No, I have no regrets, I said "I love you " a million times, but just to have been able to be there... and hug her just a little bit longer... That would be nice...



    5.9.10

    Couple Contest Changes

    I was TOTALLY NOT THINKING when I set the date for a couple of my contests........
    With that in mind, I have changed the date on three of them...
    So, go ahead and enter...
    Tell your friends to enter...
    Share with everyone you know!!!

    Thanks!

    Kimmy Shop Sling Tote - now ends 9/7




    Chloraseptic - Review


    I tend to get sore throats quite often...
    I have had my adenoids removed... as well as my tonsils...
    BUT, I still get sore throats.

    I normally get sick when the weather changes...
    Cold to hot = sick
    Hot to cold = sick again

    With that in mind, I ALWAYS keep lozenges around the house...
    Until last week...
    I did NOT know that Chloraseptic made lozenges!
    Did you know that?!

    Well, lucky for me...
    I was sent some for review.
    Now, when would I need one?
    Sure enough....
    Last night, as we were getting ready for bed...
    My throat started in...
    At first, it was just that itch... then the scratch...
    then, full out hurt...

    I popped a lozenge...
    Ha! I thought I was getting "green apple"
    I did not read, I just saw that it was green...
    It was actually GREEN TEA with real honey in the center!
    Surprisingly, the taste was fine...
    I liked it and it cooled my throat and brought relief.
    (It even opened up my sinuses!)

    This particular box says:
    - Relieves throat pain
    - Cools nasal passages
    - Fast acting

    I liked them, they worked and the flavor was good!
    Oh yeah, it comes with 18 per box!

    I was also sent a box of the Chloraseptic total Multi-Symptom Relief.
    This comes SUGAR FREE (hello!) and in the Wild Cherry Flavor at 15 per box.
    - Relieves throat pain
    - Suppresses cough up to 4 hours
    -Cools nasal passages
    - Fast acting

    The third box I was sent was Chloraseptic MAX for SORE THROAT.
    This was with a soothing liquid center, wild berries flavored and also comes at 15 per box.
    - Maximum throat pain relief
    - Cools nasal passages
    - Fast acting

    With the kids back in school, you know that germs are spreading!
    So, you need to keep these handy!!!

    I remember spraying my throat with the spray for as long as I can remember...
    This to me is SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!

    FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


     
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