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3.8.12

It's Getting Hot In Here... Well, Everywhere Is Pretty Hot, Right?

What do you do to cool down in this heat?
I am telling you what.. It is hot as anything lately and I am so appreciative of my husband.
The other day, we had a friend call to see if Marc was working, or if he would be able to take Broxton to a ball game, you know.. Father / Son - Guy day...   Marc was working, so he couldn't go.. but we were talking about it being so hot that we didn't know if the game would really be fun anyways... and then it hit me..  My husband goes out and works in this every day to provide for our family...  That just makes me so proud of him!

So, getting to the heat..
We were lucky enough to try a few new frozen treats to help us beat the heat and I will tell you this..
 THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!!!!!!!!!

With the Breyers Blasts, I am holding out until I see the Banana Split in stock.  
Marc loves banana split ice cream, so I am hopeful that he will enjoy it.  Honestly, I think the blasts of other flavors mixed into the ice cream adds to it, I would so rather eat that than just a vanilla or a chocolate...
Then, you have Klondike, they have decided to treat us all and have introduces Choco Taco's... I am sure they are great and I know people love them, but that chocolate on chocolate ice cream sandwich?  Yep.. that is TOTALLY what I am talking about right there... 
Broxton has been enjoying the Popsicle with the yogurt in them. I do not feel bad treating him to one of these... But I will tell you, the lady at the checkout counter acted like I was trying to trick him.  I had to tell him that he LOVES Popsicle and he LOVES yogurt, so this was a treat, not a trick.


All of us are obsessed with the Magnum Ice Cream Bars.. 
I am telling you, they are so great and I love the creaminess.. not to mention the luxurious taste when I am enjoying one. 

Finally, Good Humor is making me smile and I am ready to dive into a York Peppermint Patty! 
Breyers Blasts!, the line known for featuring fun mix-ins from the most loved candy and cookie brands has also added four new flavors including Chocolate REESE’S, Golden OREO, Cookies & Cream, OREO Birthday Blast! and Klondike Krunch. Banana Split and S’mores flavors are also available nationwide.
Klondike is taking their famous Original Choco Taco to the next level as they have introduces the  Chocolate and Peanut Butter varieties, as well as the new Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich.

MAGNUM, the world’s most luxurious ice cream bar, has introduced the Mini line of petite treats in Classic and Almond.  MAGNUM has also added two new varieties to its traditional-sized bars, which include Mint and Mochaccino.
Yosicle, which combines ice pops with combining ice pops and the smoothness of yogurt. Popsicle also partnered with SOUR PATCH KIDS to introduce fruity, candy-inspired pops that replicate the sour then sweet taste of the classic candy.
Good Humor has added to their classic candy treats after last year’s successful introduction of REESE’S Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup.  They now offer Mounds and York Ice Cream Bars.

Yes, we had the honor to try these out... but after having the chance to review them, we have already been back to purchase more!  I know that with hot days still ahead, I want to try more of the Yosicles with Broxton.  My dad has been a die hard Popsicle fan as long as I can remember... EVERY SINGLE DAY, 2 sugar free Popsicle after he eats his lunch.  You can ask my brother and now, you can even ask Broxton.
Broxton's first Popsicle was with my dad and I am so glad to know that he can even enjoy them with the Yogurt in them now!

Head on over and stock up your freezer now!  What better treat after a day at the pool or a long hard day at school than a nice cool delight?!

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Protect Your Kids Health With Culturelle Probiotics


I never noticed the importance of Probiotics until Broxton was sick one time.  We had just started a "play group" of sorts and he was around kids (and yes, germs....)  He got a nasty bug and I did not know what to do.   It was the middle of the night, so I called the on call nurse and tried to figure out what I needed to do to make my little one "all better."  She asked questions to figure out what was going on, gave me advice and then started telling me that I needed to get probiotics in him.
Truth be told, I had no clue what that was, so I had to google to figure it out.
Long story short, I took it to be that probiotics are the good bacteria that helps your immune system.
It can be found in yogurt and other items, but the sure fire way to know if you have them on hand and ready is to just purchase probiotics to keep in your medicine cabinet.
One point when we had the boys, I noticed they were all not feeling well, so I quickly started them on probiotics... Their tummies ended up feeling better and now they normally ask for them when they come to visit.
Recently, I was sent Probitotics for Kids...
They have the packets for 25-50 pound kids...
(With this one, you mix it in their food or drink)
They also have chew tablets that are for kids 50-100 pounds.
After 100 pounds, they have other forms of probiotics, but we just got the kids ones for Broxton.
I will admit, he did take one of the chew tablets because I wanted to see his reaction.
He put it in his mouth and thought about it for a minute, then said, "candy?"  and chewed it up.
I told him it was medicine to make his tummy all better and he was fine with that.  
Culturelle Kids! Chewables support a child's health by fostering the proper balance between good bacteria and the non-benefical bacteria that resides in the gastrointestinal tract

With the powder, it says to make sure you mix it in cool food or drinks... 
It says it is flavorless, Broxton hasn't said anything, so I am guessing either it is, or the flavor is so small that he really has not noticed.  With school starting, I am glad that we have these on hand...
Culturelle Kids! Packets contain Lactobacillus GG, one of the most widely studied probiotic strains. It is demonstrated to survive harsh stomach acids to get where it's needed most in the intestines and is recognized as safe for regular use.* Research has shown that Lactobacillus GG alleviates occasional digestive distress while supporting a child's natural defenses.
 Head on over to the Culturelle website to grab a coupon for purchasing .

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Smart Packing - For Today's Traveler

Whenever I travel, I tend to over pack.  I have always done so and I think I always will....
Marc on the other hand has to be the person that knows how to pack the best.  From packing the car full but still managing to get the doors to all close (and nope, we do not even have to ride with luggage in our laps!) To packing bags to make everything fit.
You see, I count the number of days I am going some place..
Then, I must have an outfit for each day... plus extras. You know plenty of extra shirts( you never know when something might spill) to plenty of panties and bra's.  (Not really sure what I am expecting here, but hey... I am prepared!)
OH MY GOODNESS... When Broxton was born...
Do NOT even get me started, I packed a huge suitcase for me... and then like 4 other bags for him... you know, diaper bag, extra diaper bag, enough clothes to outfit him for a month, bottles, formula, toys and if you name it, we might have packed it...  
Had I read the book, Smart Packing for Today's Traveler, I might have been a bit more prepared... and for sure would have made Marc a LOT happier when he saw all the luggage that we would be taking.  
I will tell you one piece of advice that has stuck out.. 
When we go anywhere, we roll our shirts...
Marc did that with the ARMY and we just roll things now.. Remember when I showed my towels in our linen closet?)  Well, the book shows how you can do "interfolding"  I thought it was neat and I want to try it next time we go somewhere...
See if I can explain it to you :
Get your suitcase... lay your pants in (waist on side, legs hanging out)  
Then, flip flop your next pair of pants... (Waist on opposite side, legs hanging out opposite) 
Then, lay your dress/jacket whatever opposite of that... and then place your rolled clothes inside, once done, you pull the pants legs back OVER the rolled clothes so that they are in the suitcase.
Hope that makes sense... sort of like weaving, but it seems like it might work and equal more room and less wrinkles.
This book even gives you items NOT to pack and also HOW to pack for airport security... 
I really have been impressed with all of the information in this little book.
Truth be told, it makes me want to travel more so now than before, since they give so many different scenarios.   Pack for business, a cruise, sports travel and they even have for kids!
If you travel, or want to start... I think this would be a great book to look into! 



Smart Packing shows you how to:
  • Pack like a pro – what to take and how to pack efficiently and effectively for every kind of trip from business to vacation, from cruise to golf to adventure
  • Pack light to sail through security, meet changing airline and TSA baggage weight and size rules, and still have everything you need for your trip
  • Cruise smartly and comfortably by selecting the best clothing
  • Know when to check your bags and when to carry on
  • Use timesaving, helpful packing tools. Select the best in travel gadgets
  • Pack for different trips: family travel, adventure trips, business travel, cruises, and golfing and other sports trips
  • Pack wisely to stay healthy and safe
  • Choose the best bag and packing method for each trip, and
  • Pack toiletries, cosmetics, and electrical appliances easy as 1-2-3.

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Stargate Atlantis Complete Seasons Available August 28

If you are a fan of Stargate Atlantis, you will love to know that Seasons One through Five are being released as Complete Seasons on BluRay August 28th.
I have never watched, but I know how excited I get when I hear about my shows coming out on disc, so I thought I might make someone happy!  

Continuing the journey of “Stargate: SG-1,” television’s longest running sci-fi series,“Stargate: Atlantis” explores the great city of Atlantis built thousands of years ago by the Ancients and the new home base for an elite expedition team from earth.  Overflowing with exciting quests and surprises, fans will experience every captivating, and spine-tingling mission of the Intrepid Team from their first hostile encounter to their last rescue mission.  Available as individual season sets for the first time ever on Blu-ray beginning August 28 exclusively at Best Buy, the compelling ensemble cast includes Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, “Game of Thrones”), David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes),  Joe Flanigan (Ferocious Planet), Rachel Luttrel (Imposter) and Torri Higginson (The English Patient). 

Special Features:

   ●   Commentary by cast and crew on individual episodes 
   ●   Mission Directive Featurettes spotlighting individual episodes 
   ●   Actor Profiles 
   ●   Deleted Scenes 
   ●   Blooper Reel 
   ●   Multiple Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes on the Making Of “Stargate: Atlantis” 




Have you ever watched Stargate Atlantis?

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2.8.12

Sprout Introduces New Shows and A New LineUp

Just as Broxton is preparing for a great school year ahead, Sprout is planning their new TV lineup.  
August 27 kicks off their new lineup and I am able to share the new to US shows and what current shows have new episodes...




On Monday, August 27, Sprout will debut three new series exclusive to U.S. television audiencesOlive the Ostrich,Wibbly Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, as well as all-new episodes of Sprout originals Pajanimals and The Good Night Show



SPROUT’S 2012-13 NEW FALL SHOWS:

Olive the Ostrich         
Olive is an ostrich with a big imagination, huge heart and a gigantic appetite for adventure! She lives in the outback with her family, but Olive is different…while her family is running, pecking and laying eggs, Olive can be found imagining herself going on exciting adventures when she buries her head, down, deep down into the sand. Written in a story book style, Olive the Ostrich is a CGI animated series where animators bring to life real pictures drawn by children. The children's artwork is used to create all the guest characters, places and objects that Olive encounters. Inquisitive and enthusiastic, Olive loves to solve problems and help people whenever she can. She'll try anything once, which can get her into trouble, but she always finds fun and inventive ways to get out of it. The show will air as part of The Sunny Side Up Show and during The Good Night Show bedtime block.
Wibbly Pig 
                  Wibbly Pig is a new animated preschool comedy series that takes the daily routine of a young child and finds humor and fun in every part of it. Wibbly simply does what children do. From day-to-day activities like getting into bed, wrapping a present or climbing a tree, to fantasy play like meeting a giant or going to the moon, Wibbly moves seamlessly in and out of fantasy play echoing the way children really interact and play. Wibbly turns the simplest tasks into a comedy routine, sharing it with his very best friend - the viewer.
64 Zoo Lane 
               64 Zoo Lane features a 7-year-old girl named Lucy who lives next door to a zoo at 64 Zoo Lane.  Each night, she is told a story by the animals. Characters include: Georgina the Giraffe, Nelson the Elephant, Tickles and Giggles the Monkeys, Boris the Bear and Molly the Hippopotamus. The cartoon emphasizes friendship and responsibility.  Each episode concludes at bedtime, when Georgina delivers Lucy into bed via the bedroom window.
Pajanimals    
              Through their imaginary journeys, thePajanimals model the skills preschoolers need to move through their days and nights successfully.  Along the way, the Pajanimals discover how cozy and safe nighttime can really be when accompanied by friendship and songs.Pajanimals characters – Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo – were designed and built by the world famous Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop from original concepts by Los Angeles-based toy and clothing designer, artist Jeff Muncy (Pet Alien).  This inseparable quartet forms a nighttime community in the comfort of their magical, shared bedroom. 
 The Good Night Show 
Sprout’s signature bedtime block,The Good Night Show, helps parents wind down their preschoolers after a busy day.  Hosts Nina and Star, along with Lucy the firefly and Hush the fish, mirror the healthy nighttime routines of preschoolers with activities to help them wind down at the end of the day.  This season features 26 new episodes including new themes, sand art stories, songs and stretches in addition to new age-appropriate games such as puzzles, matching and memory.  Viewers can also go to SproutOnline.com and visit The Good Night Show microsite to see videos and hear songs from the program.


We love the Pajanimals (Broxton has to have me sing the Lullaby song AFTER they do....)  and of course, he gets a kick out of watching The Good Night Show and seeing all of his favorite characters sleeping!

I am excited to see the new shows as well, I am curious as to the Olive the Ostrich one the most to see how they incorporate drawings from kids... 

DO YOU WATCH SPROUT?
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A Thank You To ALL Teachers - Because You Are My Teacher

Having a great teacher can really make a difference in the life of a child.  If you think about it, they spend so much time with your kids... and (we hope) that they are positive role models for them to look up to.  I know when I was younger, we would play school from time to time... and we would teach the lesson, grade their work and so forth... If you don't have a teacher that you like, why would you even play a game like that?  I mean, you wouldn't enjoy it, would you?   
I am also not just talking about teachers in elementary school... 
Nursery school teachers teach about socialization and many other aspects that are ideal for a great learning environment, then you have your school teachers, from Kindergarten to your Senior year... But you then go off to college and you have your "professors" there... They are still teaching you ... 
Let's not forget all the homeschooling parents out there... 
To me, that is someone special!  I mean, not only are you parenting them, but you also are their "principal, teacher, lunch person, friend, the list goes on and on... "  I have so MUCH respect to ALL that home-school.  

We just received a new book for review and I was eager to see what was in there... 
Because You Are My Teacher is not available to order yet, but I did provide the pre-order link to where I found it on amazon.  
As soon as I noticed the dedication page from the author, I knew I was in for a treat:
" For my parents, who taught me to reach for the stars, and for the teachers who showed me how."
Wow... Yep, grabs you, doesn't it? 

The book opens with just how the kid sees the world, with a great teacher like they have... 
"If we had a schooner, we would have our class at sea
And study the Atlantic, where the great blue whales roam free"


From Antarctica to Outer Space, they would travel the world...
With colorful illustrations and short sentences that would be great for a child learning to read to work on to present to their teacher, it is sure to be a great gift to give to a teacher in your life... 



The book ends with....
"Our classroom is our vessel, 

always headed someplace new
Because you are our teacher
We'll explore the world with you"

I am thinking that this would be great to give to Broxton's Kindergarten teacher when he starts... Just a great gift for a wonderful year ahead...

Tell me now, isn't that just awesome?  


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Change The Way You Sit With @backjoy

 Now that school is starting back up, there are so many places you will have to be.  Did you know that we all could use a bit of help in sitting to help out backs out?  Yep!  I have had the chance to review a product from BackJoy and I am going to try and tell you a bit about it now... 
As a blogger, you know that I am in front of a computer, but I also do other things that puts me sitting down as well... (Driving here there and everywhere... not to mention watching television and / or reading)  With others, you could use it from a desk job to a student... from studying to driving...  So that is an extra plus with the BackJoy... Not only does it help with your back and your posture, it is easy to carry wherever you need it... 

I think that a student would enjoy using it when they are doing their homework and studying...
It is lightweight and easy to carry, so you can use it while driving to the library, carry it in to use while studying and then use it again at home or a friends house to relax, unwind and watch TV.   
(Have you ever crammed for an exam in college sitting in those oh so NOT comfortable library chairs?)  



FROM THE BACKJOY WEBSITE: 



Maintain your vitality by sitting with BackJoy Posture+. 

Its patented design encourages optimal posture and engages core muscles so you can sit more comfortably, and correctly, to get more out of life.


Posture+ is not a simple cushion.  It contains APS™ Technology and Advanced Core Materials™.  It was designed so you can automatically sit with optimal sitting posture, anytime, anywhere.  And with the impact absorbing, all-conditions skin you can sit from the office chair to a rock hard surface with greater comfort, longer.  Here is how it works:
1) Our patented Applied Postural Science (APS™) corrects your posture
You know that you are supposed to sit better, but it's hard. Our APS Technology automatically tilts, cups, and floats your pelvis upright so you can find your most balanced and comfortable posture.   
2) Posture+ naturally maintains your posture while you sit
You move when you sit – so Posture+ moves with you - freeing your pelvis to actively stabilize your spine.  It automatically adapts to your movements to provide constant strain free comfort andoptimal posture; and you won’t have to even think about it.
3) BackJoy engages your core muscles
You know how important your core is, but when you sit your core is not engaged. Posture+ dynamically supports your pelvic floor to engage your core. With natural balance and support, you will feel comfortable, stronger and less fatigued after sitting for long periods of time.




I will tell you , when I first tried to use it, I think I was making it a bit difficult than it needed to be.
When my BackJoy arrived, it first reminded me of a turtle shell.  You know, a rounded cup/bowl of sorts...   It is plastic and soft, yet hard...  I know, hard to imagine... It was hard as in that is would supply support for you to use it when sitting... But it was soft enough to provide comfort.  No.. Stop right there!  It isn't a donut or anything, but rather a way to sit IN it to provide the proper way to sit.
Let's just be honest here... (as the video says) when you sit... your butt flattens out (and spreads)  when you sit with the BackJoy, you immediately notice that your butt is sort of puckered up.  I know, sounds funny, but it's like its tight.. .as thought you are squeezing your butt together.  (Sorry for the very detailed information, just really could not think of a better way to describe it.)  
I notice that I do sit a bit straighter with this, as it sort of lifts me that way while sitting... Not that I am doing it on purpose or anything...

Honestly, I think if you (or someone you know) has back issues...
Or if you want to take the preventative measure to NOT have back pain down the road,  I think you need to give BackJoy a look.  At the prices they offer and the different options they have, I think it is a great investment.  
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1.8.12

Jim Longworth and The Glades - Season Two on DVD NOW #giveaway

Last year, I had the chance to review The Glades Season One on DVD... I am so glad that I did, as I was immediately hooked on that show!  I was able to get Marc into watching it... and even my parents are now fans!  The great thing about last year was that we watched Season One RIGHT before Season Two started, so we did not have to wait like we do with other shows...
I HATED when Season Two was over, as it seemed like AGES for season Three to come around...
(We are currently in Season Three now and yes, I am still loving it!)



Launch Highlights:

A&E’s highest rated original series, THE GLADES follows Jim Longworth, a Chicago homicide detective with an attitude, who relocates to a sleepy town outside the Florida Everglades where people keep turning up murdered. The drama and mystery of THE GLADES Season 2 continues on DVD July 10th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Loaded with exclusive extras including extended episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes, and commentary, THE GLADES Season 2 on DVD is a must-have for any fan!

Season two of the hit drama stars Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Carlos Gomez and Michelle Hurd.


I am so happy to announce that I am going to be giving one lucky winner 
Season Two of the Glades on DVD...

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Broxton Has His Own Waterbottle @LibertyBottles #madeinUSA

 Whooo Hoooo... 

Broxton now has a water bottle of his own, make that a water bottle of his own for when he starts school.  
Yes, we have several different water bottles, but I wanted one that was perfect for him to take to school.  I really want him to drink more water, so I am hopeful that this cute thing might work in helping... 
We were sent the green one with the owl, isn't it cute?!  I think it could be used with both boys and girls, so that works great for us!  
Let me tell you why I like Liberty Bottle Works so much.


First of all, they are MADE IN THE USA.  With so many people looking for jobs, it makes me happy to see USA made products, opposed to the products we import from other countries.  
Second of all, they are just adorable and come in different styles and sizes.

Third reason, they are easy for Broxton to open to drink, but not to spill!
Finally, (and could be the most important one)  is the way you can drink out of it.
When you receive your water bottle, you open it to clean it and learn there are 3 main ways...

One, is to unscrew the lid and just chug it.  (I do that from time to time)  
Second, you can use the straw and attach it to the sport top (from the inside) and sip your drink.

Lastly, you can place the straw in safe keeping and just sip your drink from the sports top lid. 




Right now, Liberty Bottleworks is having a facebook "back to school art" contest. 
They are down to the final voting.
You can head over to their facebook page and vote for the back to school artwork you like best (all you do is click like under the one you like.... pretty simple)  It ends August 3rd, so vote now!  
The winner will get their design printed on the bottles and $7 of the sales of each bottle will go to the art department of their school!  Isn't that awesome?
Side note, you know me being an ARMY wife.. I was happy to know that in the earlier part of the summer, they did a THANK A SOLDIER promotion with $8 of each bottle going to Special Operations Warrior Foundation.... Glad to see companies that are not only MADE in the USA, but also companies that support those that defend us!  

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There ARE Still "Good People Everywhere"

With so much negative everywhere, it is nice to be reminded of the good people out there... 
I mean, you hear these horrible stories of mass shootings and it makes you scared to leave, but then you hear the story of the good Samaritan (that we heard tonight that stopped to help a stranger out, yet ended up dying in the process...)
I do not want Broxton to think that the world is all chocolate milk and candy canes, but I do not want him to think it is full of nothing but bad and evil either... 
I want him to know what is around him and to appreciate everything...  
I was excited to get a surprise book in the mail, Good People Everywhere... 
It starts with " Today, in neighborhoods all over the world, millions and millions of people are doing very good things... "

It might not be next door, but there IS good going on... This book tells us that we need to remember that... 
From the parents that are working to provide a cooked meal for their family to the truck drivers that make sure the delivery is on time for the things we need from the store.  I liked that it wasn't just a book saying "there are good people, cops, parents and so forth" but rather " there are good people, from teenagers helping sad kids to cooks working in the soup kitchen." 
I thought it was a nice change and a great way to not only look at your local surrounding, but around the world too... 

At the end of the book, there is a "Good Person" award that you can copy and make to give to someone you know.. It also comes with a circle for you to remember all the good people in your life!  

With so much NEGATIVE these days, it was nice to read such a positive book.

I think this is great for Broxton starting school to know that not only his teachers are good, but those that keep the school clean, the director and all the others are also good people!  

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31.7.12

W/W - On a Mission With @harleydavidson

Marc has a Harley and loves it... 
Broxton WISHES he had a Harley, so we pretend... 
(Yeah, one day... he will have a little Harley... Wish they made hotwheel sized ones that he could have a couple of them until then.. but anyways)  
So... Marc washes his Harley... and Broxton has to wash his too... 
We have now decided to collect Harley Davidson Poker Chips..
 They are around $1 or $2  each... Each dealership has one with their logo on it...
I am collecting any and all colors (and Broxton has a mini collection with red and black ones...)
I told Marc to grab me a purple one from the Cartersville location (he was working there)  and I said, if they have pink to grab one of those as well...  Well, he came home with each of the colors that they had!
Ha! Ha!  Ha!!!
So far, my "collection" includes:
Cartersville, Ga - from Marc
Lithia Springs, Ga - first we collected
Newnan, Ga - I bought it in hopes that they had a zombie on it, since Walking Dead is filmed there.. Nope
Tennessee -  from my friend Dean
Dallas TX - from my sister
Pensacola, FL - my parents
Biloxi, MS - my parents
I am hoping to add more, since there are so many dealerships...
 but I think my collection isn't too bad, so far!      

My Charmed Life

Do you ever read a book and immediately think of people you think would like to borrow the book when you are done?  I do from time to time and with the book, My Charmed Life, I had two people in mind... For starters, my mom... and then my friend Himee.  

In the book, you are told stories of the memories that come with different pieces of jewelry.  
As I read the story and saw the memories, I knew my mom would enjoy the book... for the memories as well as the jewelry...  As for my friend, Himee, we both love reading  and she is always on the lookout for that special someone... as I turned the pages, I was immediately thinking that this was one that Himee and I could read and discuss... Not to mention, we all love jewelry, so this would be fun.  

Long story short, this book takes us from a watch being given as an "engagement ring" to her mom all the way through the authors teens/twenties and so on.. up to age 50.  We not only learn of her love of jewelry, but also the struggles she has in finding a man that loves her the way she wants to be loved and for her to love in return... 

I admit, I was turning the pages to see what happened and what the next piece of jewelry was going to be...  This was a great (and easy) read that one can enjoy snuggled up on the couch, laying out on the beach or relaxing while taking a nice hot bubble bath.



SYNOPSIS:

As a young girl, I learned that not all engagements came with a ring. From the unconventional watch my father used to propose marriage to my mother to my own rocky romances–the too many rings I fell in love with and the too few men that could commit to a lasting bond, this the story of my life from age five to fifty, as told through the jewelry that I inherited, purchased for myself, and received (or didn’t receive) as gifts. Each chapter reveals a gem that brings forth an intimate memory– my mom’s post-divorce transformation from Jackie O pearls to donning love beads to my grandmother’s dime store fantasy gems and the sparkle of promising new relationships and the meltdowns of many breakups.
Then when my mother unexpectedly passed away, my life was forever changed. I not only lost my best friend, but also a big part of myself–the woman who taught me how to love, overcome obstacles and how to accessorize. In “My Charmed Life”, I connect my past and present by linking the jewelry in my life, conjuring up lost keepsakes and fiery moments—until I realize that the brightest gems are the ones you give yourself, and find freedom I never thought possible.
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Books for Parents and Kids to Enjoy Together. @FreeSpiritBooks

I really enjoy working with Free Spirit Publishing.
I have been able to review all sorts of books that are not the typical ones you find at the local store.
We have had the opportunity to review their latest series, ParentSmart / KidHappy .

I thought that these would be great to work with Broxton since we do need to get  more of a stricter schedule with him getting ready to start school.  So, this was the perfect time to read these.
Up first:  Ready for the Day.
In this book, you have a daddy getting his little girl up to start her day.  As with some kids, she is not eager to get ready for school.  Instead of daddy snapping at her, he kindly tells her that he too wishes he could stay home with her, but that they will have time to play that night and for her to pick out a game for them to look forward to.  He also picks out a couple outfits and has her choose the one that she will wear.  No, he is not giving her complete control, but by giving her a say in the decision, it seems as though a "crisis" has been averted!
The other great thing is that the words are color coded:
Green words validate feelings.
Blue words offer choices.
Red words encourage. 
This is a gentle reminder to parents on putting a positive spin on things, and it is a great way for kids to see that no one gets their way all the time, but you can always compromise and everyone wins!  
Getting a preschooler out the door in the morning can be a frustrating battle of wills complete with crying and complaining—by parents and kids alike. Ready for the Day!offers healthy, lasting solutions for a stress-free morning routine.
 Now that the day has started... It is time to PLAY!  In the next book, you have two kids that are having a play date.  The little girl feels since the play date is at her house, she can make the decisions... and of course, the little boy has other games he wants to play!  Mommy comes along and helps them realize that they can play one now... and then another later.  When mommy offers a snack, she praises them on using good manners... (LOVE THAT, as I feel some adults should acknowledge when a child is using good manners and not treat them all nasty and rude since they are kids..)  Later on, they have a problem sharing and once again, it is discussed ways to make both happy...  I loved that this book also uses the color coded words to help remind the adult how to handle situations and for kids to enjoy how to handle things as well.
Purple - invites solutions and outcomes.
Green - validate feelings.

Red - encourage.  
( I also liked that they used the some colors with the same ways in all the books.)

Trouble sharing. Haggles over what to play. Jealousy, hurt feelings—and of course tears when playtime ends. For kids just learning to get along, playtime can be riddled with conflict. Ready to Play! offers healthy, lasting ways to help kids cooperate, develop social skills, and have fun.
 The final book we were able to review:  Ready for Bed.  

In this book, we have the mom getting her son ready for bed.  They are going through their bedtime routine... But instead of yelling or getting mad at the kid putting things off, they work on solutions to make everyone happy!  First up, Instead of just "BATH TIME" they pretended they were an airplane on the way to take a bath!  Then, he wanted bubbles in the tub... and remembered to ask politely... which in turn made his mommy proud.  Throughout the book, mommy gave him options, so that he could feel he was being a big kid getting to make his own decisions...   Of course, he wasn't ready to get out of the tub, so they made a compromise with 5 more minutes... After he was bathed, he got ready for bed and since he did such a good job, they had extra time which meant an extra story!  
As with the other books, they also had the color coded words.  


“I don’t want to go to bed!” If you’re a parent of a preschool-age child, you’ve probably heard this before. And you probably know about the crying, fits, and complaining—by both of you—that can follow. Ready for Bed!offers healthy, lasting solutions for a stress-free bedtime routine.

With all of the books, there is a BONUS section in the back for parents.  It helps to explain positive parenting.  I think these are great for all libraries, but I think they would be great at places where young adults could read them to help explain how this would be great.  Kids need positive influences...
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Stick A Note To Show You Care With @postitproducts

I love school supplies.  I get it from my mom... My mother loves pens...   I remember going to her office and she would have these big cups FULL of pens.  I did as well, until I started waiting tables and if you have ever waited tables, you know how fast your pen can grow legs and vanish!  

Well, although I am no longer in school... I still love walking through the stationary section... and once the school supply sales start, I have to look and check everything out!  
That being said, I can tell you a guilty pleasure of mine these days...  Post-It-Notes.


I love them and I have them all over. I get that from my dad.  You see, his office has a nice little supply closet and I would always ask for paper... and then I spotted it... The post it dispenser... It was awesome... It had different colors, not just the classic yellow.. and from that point, I was hooked!  
So yeah, my post it obsession... 

You do know that post-it is no longer just the yellow squares... 

I was recently surprised with a knock at the door...  
When I opened the box, I almost fell out... 


It was FULL of surprises... all for me!  
There was a post it note dispenser....   (with the pop up refill paper)  Just in time for teachers and back to school, did you know they make all sorts of cute dispensers, but they also make APPLE ones?  From yummy green apples (my favorite) to diamonds (a favorite of most women I know)  these dispensers will do more than hold your post it notes, they also grab your attention!  
Post it also sent me Super Sticky Note pads that were lined and ready for me to jot notes down. 
Marc is always grabbing random paper to write notes, but with the wall mount pad, I can put it right by the phone for him and he will not have to run around all crazy next time!!!
They even have Super Sticky FULL ADHESIVE notes now... Talk about making sure to not be able to use the excuse that you did not see the note!  ha ha ha... 

They also have expanded from just the post it note paper... you can also get POCKETS... they stick to hold things in your binders and what not.. I thought that was a great product and I tell you, with a name like POST IT, you know you can trust them...  

From writing a note and sticking it in your child lunch or bag...
No matter if it is to remind them something or to just let them know you love them.. 
There is a post it note for that... 
They also have post its to help with those that want to be organized for note taking...
Marc used them when he was studying for work (as well as ARMY)  training..


My dad uses them for his job and of course, I use them here... Not just for blogging stuff, but to remind me dates, addresses, events.. you name it... I have a post it with something on it...  
I even leave them around the house telling Marc I love him  :)  

So, while you are out stocking up on back to school items, make sure you go ahead and grab a couple packs of post its... They will thank you later, I am sure of it! 
Make sure to sign up for the Post It Perks, they send you emails letting you know of new products and also send out coupons too!  

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30.7.12

Keep Your Snacks Cool With Cool Gear

With Back to School Planning for Broxton, I am also trying to think of things for me...
I mean, as a stay at home mom for these three years, what am I going to do with myself while he is in school?  I know that I want to try and get out more.. Be it going to take pictures or going to the gym.. Making time to enjoy a book in the park, really... I do not know what I will do, but I did find some pretty cool products that I want to tell you about.

Originally, I stopped over at the Cool Gear Website to see what they had as far as idea's to help Broxton with his lunch at school, but the more I started looking, I thought that several of their products would make great teacher gifts... as well as great mommy gifts too!
(Never to early to start thinking about Christmas gifts, that is what I think anyways..)
So, Cool Gear:






Cool Gear has been around since 1986.  As you guessed by the name, it is Gear to keep things COOL.. 

And it looks pretty cool too! 
If you are thinking of something to stay cool... Hydration is a great way!  
They have all sorts of water bottles, from little 12 ounce sizes, up to 64 ounce ones! 
The little 12 ounce ones come with a "sipper top" and get this.. it even has a gel freezer stick to keep your drinks cool and not watered down!    They have somewhat basic ones, as well as the ones that filter your water for you!  Some are made of plastic (BPA FREE) and others are stainless steel... 


We were sent two of their products to review.


The first item for review, their chiller cup.  This is a cup that you place in your freezer.  It has a double wall for insulation and there is gel in the wall lining.  I love that the top screws on and I was also impressed that the straw has this little lip on it that will not let you pull it out of the top.  I know, it is the little things, but with a little one, at times he wants to pull the straw out and I just do not like for that to happen!  I like that although the cup keeps your drink cold, it comes with a rubber "band" around it, so you can hold your drink there and not have your hand cold as well.
I have enjoyed drinking out of this and this is a perfect cup to take to the pool!  


The other item for review was their Snack N' Dip storage container.
I thought this would be great for me, if I wanted to take a snack and go enjoy the outdoors and read...
It would also be great someone taking their lunch.. be it to school or work.  Student, teacher or employee.
The bottom part is just a white bowl... but the top part is the kicker.. 
It has freezer gel built into it..
So, you place the purple part in the freezer to cool...
Load the bowl with snack of your choice..
Then, there is the little cup up top that you can add your dipping sauce of choice...
The freezer gel will keep it cold for you!
How neat is that?!


I think these are great idea's and I really think the prices are fair too!
I mean, as soon as you even start trying to think of health and nutrition, it seems like it starts getting expensive... Well, these are affordable items to help you on your way!
As I said, great for you.. but also great idea's for teachers!  

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