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3.5.14

Welcome Home - Air Wick National Parks Collection

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Hopefully if you come to our house, you will notice the smell that greets you and you will comment on how welcoming it is!    As I have mentioned a few times, I have a slight obsession with Air Wick and they just keep drawing me in!  Last year, I was able to review their National Parks collection and our house had a delightful aroma that would greet you when you entered... Then, we had the familiar favorites that would randomly spray fresh scents throughout the day... 
Now, we have the plug in scents down stairs.  


I will tell you this, I am not always so observant , so I am not sure if this is new or not ... 
but, we noticed that they had a "scratch and sniff" sticker on some of the scents this time around... 
We were sent 3 of their scents and I loved all three...  No, I did not use them at the same time, but right now, if you come to visit, you will be welcomed with the BISCAYNE smell.  (YOU WILL LOVE IT!  Broxton chose this as the current scent!)


Another feature I like?  The top of the oil holder has a dial on it, so you can adjust the strength of the aroma that is released.  I was very pleased with that, especially since I like it really strong some times (lots of sports and many boys here.. need it stronger... but if its a low key time, it can be on the smaller scale!)  



The holders are simple and plain, meaning it will not mess up any of your decor if you are worried about that.  They also have the automatic misters that offer the same choice of scents.  


The National Parks scents available:

New Channel Islands: Inspired by the pristine coastal waters and rare silver lotus blossom of the Channel Islands, Air Wick crafted a fresh clean fragrance, accented by soft touches of cedar wood, green moss and floral notes for a light, captivating scent.

New Yosemite: Inspired by the untouched beauty of the Yosemite waterfalls, notes of wild strawberries fused with soothing mists of mountain rain for a wonderfully sweet and unique scent.

New Gulf Islands: Bask in the fragrant scents that take you to the Gulf Islands, rich in white sand beaches and seashores that evoke sun-drenched sweet notes of a summertime paradise.

New Biscayne: The tropical scents of Florida’s Biscayne inspired a warm, refreshing fragrance with notes of juicy, sun-kissed citrus paired with wild orchids blossom to create a bright, smooth scent.

Great Smoky Mountains: Inspired by the view of a spectacular fall sunset, warm spice and twilight captures notes of amber, clove, and anise to transport you to the majestic ridges of the Smoky Mountains.

Virgin Islands: Find yourself in the idyllic paradise of Virgin Islands National Park and uncover the delightful notes of tropical plumeria and sweet honeysuckle.

American Samoa: Explore the lush paradise of American Samoa National Park to experience the sweet refreshing notes of native coconut and island palms.

Hawai’i: Escape to a tropical island sunset at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and savor the unspoiled notes of exotic papaya and hibiscus flower.

This would make a great addition to any gift basket... 
(Graduation is coming up soon... as is Mothers Day!) 

You know me, I love "just because" gifts too!!!
Remember, these scents are limited edition, so make sure to stock up now!!!

2.5.14

Eat Healthier and Cook Faster with George Foreman Grill (Removable Plates are AWESOME!)

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Talk about an awesome Mothers Day or Fathers Day gift... 
Yep, I have one for you right here : The George Foreman Grill.  
Marc and I had been talking about getting one for quite some time, but was not really sure what one we wanted to get...  My brother has had one for years now and he was proud to discuss how much he enjoyed it, so I knew it was going to be a great decision.
Luckily for us, we were sent a George Foreman 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill for review.


No lie, I was so excited to try it out that I went to the store and bought hamburgers for us to check it out... 
It was super fast in heating up and next thing you knew, it was time to start grilling!!!!

One thing that I was really excited about?  The REMOVABLE PLATES!
Talk about making cleanup a breeze!  
You just let it cool down and then pop the plates off, you can handwash them, or throw them in the dishwasher!  Talk about cutting down on clean up time!!!!

The George Foreman comes with a small little catch cup area that you place beneath the grill, then, as the grill is cooking the meat, the grease just drains into that area versus being in/ on your food!!!  
I will say that I did not think it would be able to hold 4 burgers though.  I bought the burgers that were already portioned out, so I am not sure if 4 would fit if you made them at home... but if you are one to buy frozen burgers (what we did that day so I could try it out) the 4 patties would not fit, without part of them hanging out.  
No matter what, I was very impressed with the cook time.
It comes with a little pamphlet to let you know cooking times and it worked great for us.
They even have a non stick coating, so you don't have to worry about spraying it down before hand and being that the plates cook from both sides, you have a more even cooking with eliminating cook time!

For us, this is great because with Marc's work schedule, he will not always be home to grill out, but we can still do it inside without him!!!  Also, with faster cooking times and removable plates, we can spend more time as a family and less time in the kitchen!!!
If you are looking for a great Mothers Day/Fathers Day gift - look no further!!!
Also, if you have a college kid that is moving into their own place, plenty of apartments do not allow for grills, now they can do it safer and without breaking any of the apartment rules! 

1.5.14

Story Maps Make Great Gifts

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No matter what gift giving reason you might have, Story Maps are a great gift to give!!!!
When we bought our house, I knew we had a good amount of wall space and I wanted to officially make it home...  I love my family and wanted pictures of them around, but at the same time, I wanted more than just family photos...  
When I was able to review a Story Map from the MyPlaceInTheWorld Etsy shop-  I was so excited since I had the perfect frame already in mind for it!!!!
I ordered the "and they lived happily ever after" print.
We decided to have the heart placed where our HOUSE is...  since we plan on being here forever.
When it arrived, I was very happy with the color of the print and the fact the brown was a rich brown and not a faded out looking color.
One thing I did notice?  It was an " 8x10" print, but it was a bit larger than our frame.  It was not a big deal for me, as I just trimmed the edges for a great fit.  I have noticed that the 8x10 prints we get sometimes are way smaller, so I was very happy that it was large enough to not have to worry about anything showing in the background!  I placed it in the frame I had already had in mind and had Marc hang it up near our front door.
I love the location of the print and I love that it is so perfect for our family!!!
If you are looking for a great gift idea- head on over to see what all is offered at MyPlaceInTheWorld.  I love the variety of different prints that are available.  
From Mothers Day and Fathers Day to wedding gifts and more... 
You are sure to find something that would be perfect on your wall!!!

30.4.14

Do You Know This Bird?

A couple weeks ago, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye... 
Stopping to look to see what it was, I noticed that someone loves our house as much as we do - a bird had decided to make a nest!!!!  The only bad part?  It is REALLY HIGH up and we don't have a REALLY HIGH ladder...  
So, that meant I had to bust out the other camera lens and hope I could get close enough to see what was going on... 

See our beautiful little nest?  It is up on the drain pipe in the back of our house....
Then, Mama bird came back to her nest... so I tried to snap a picture to see if I could figure out what kind of bird this was... 
This picture is through the window pane, looking out at the nest...


Not really sure, but I am thinking it is a Robin?
When I walked out to try and snap a picture, the bird flew off... 
It did not go far though... I guess watching the nest...
But- it did allow for me to get a picture... 



Do you know what bird this is??

29.4.14

Popped - Not Baked or Fried - and SO TASTY @popchips

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If you know our family... You know we love snacks.  A-Whole-Lot.
The thing is, it is hard to attempt to eat healthy when you have all sorts of delicious foods around you.
Luckily for us, we were recently given the opportunity to "get popped" when we were sent a box full of an assortment of the popchips brand snacks for us to try out.  I told a few friends about this new to me treat and guess what??  They all started chiming in on what flavor they enjoyed the best and how absolutely delicious they were...  At that point, I was excited to give it a try... 



I will be honest, I immediately spied the Sweet Potato Chips and had to try them out as soon as it was possible.  They were awesome, but were quickly picked to be Marc's favorite and he would not seem to share with me.  That was okay with me, as I quickly fell in love with the sea salt and vinegar ones and the bbq flavored ones!  Talk about YUM.  
I will tell you, I was very excited to try out the tortilla chips- but honestly, I was not a fan once I tried them out.. I was not a fan...  I did pass them along for my mom to try them out and she thought they were pretty tasty!  (As in she ate more than one bag during her visit and I actually took the tortilla chips to her house for her to be able to enjoy!)    

The thing about it?  Each bag is only 100 calories... and they taste great!!
Instead of having chips that are baked or fried, we now have the tasty chips that are popped! Y
es, Marc and I BOTH like them and LOVE that they are good for us.  They are loaded with flavor and are NOT greasy!!!!  Broxton also enjoys them,but I can proudly say that he is better about "healthier" options than we are!  

about popchips® 
popchips®, one of the fastest growing snacks brands in north america and the uk, is a naturally 
delicious line of popped chips with all the flavor and half the fat of fried chips. popchips has 
been winning awards and acclaim since its launch in 2007, while garnering a passionate 
following among trendsetters, moms, sports enthusiasts, and celebrities alike. popchips’ fans 
include katy perry, ashton kutcher, jillian michaels, and sean (diddy) combs. 
popchips are now sold at over 30,000 retailers across north america and the uk, including whole 
foods market, safeway, kroger, target, walgreens, wegmans, loblaws, select costco locations, 
and online at store.popchips.com.

28.4.14

Lego KidsFest #Giveaway #Atlanta

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With summer quickly sneaking up on us all, I wanted to remind you that I have a contest going on for Lego KidsFest in Atlanta this June... 
Make sure to head over and enter the Lego KidsFest giveaway.
Who doesn't like to win FREE stuff????


 
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