Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

28.12.16

Funny breastfeeding stories? Use a breast pump? Gift Card #Giveaway

Do you remember when you found out you were pregnant?  If you were like me, you were overwhelmed with all the products out there and you started researching to find out the best for you and your baby.  Breast Pumps, diapers, toys, clothes, lotions, baby carriers and so much more. So much to look at and learn about and it is constantly changing.  What is the "best" out there today might not even be in production a year or two down the road!
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You know I like to ramble, so let me move along... The registry is being made and you need to decide what is best for you.  Did you know that there are many different breast pumps out there?  You and I both know you want the best portable breast pump for you to use. Let me go ahead and throw this out there, I am not here to judge you if you breast feed or not.  I know that there are some people out there that give you the stink eye if you don't breast feed. I also know that some people try to breast feed and it doesn't work. (I also know of others that breast feed their children way past an age that I think is appropriate to be breast feeding. I am not here to judge your situation, I am here to tell you that there are options out there.)

Okay, so now that we know I am not here to judge...
Like I said, you have been thinking about breastfeeding and yes, it can be overwhelming too.  If you want more information about breastfeeding, click the link provided and it will take you to a great article over at womens health.  I know that some women try to breastfeed and have a hard time and they end up pumping and giving the baby bottles.  I know some that breastfeed and then have bottles available for others to get to help in feeding.  You need to adjust your situation to what it best for you and your baby, no one else can make that decision for you!  Do not feel overwhelmed when it comes time to think about pumping and storing the milk, there are great resources online to help you figure it out and if you look up online, I am sure you can find places in your town that have people available to help.  Ask your doctor if you need to, they can also help point you in the right direction.

Now that my younger cousin is expecting TWIN baby girls in 2017, it is time to look and see what all has changed since Broxton and Savannah were born. We all know that each year they come out with a newer product, so its time to do more research. I know it can be overwhelming, but the internet is full of great articles to help you make the best decision for you and your family. Hope this article helped let you know that it is okay, whatever you decide to do!

Now, on to the fun part.  Remember how I said no judging and the post title said there was a giveaway???  Well here you go.  Leave me a comment telling me any funny breast feeding stories you might have heard or personally dealt with.  Fill out the rafflecopter form and you are good to go!

Want to hear my "funny story?"
I was having a hard time getting Savannah to latch on at the hospital.  The nurse came in with the breast pump from the hospital to try and get some in a bottle for her.  Still, not much luck.  So, she came over to me and said you just might not have any milk yet.  At that point she lifted my boob up to try and work with it and the breast pump and milk shot ACROSS THE ROOM.  Like, hard hitting ACROSS - THE - WHOLE- ROOM!!!!! (If you can, imagine one of those water gun games at the fair where you shoot it and it makes the guy move and then you are the winner... yeah, it was like that... but with breast milk across the hospital room!)  So, do you have any stories you have heard or experienced?  Again, no judging, just here to share that we all have our own experiences in life that make up the whole picture!  Good luck on the giveaway!

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24.12.16

Larry Gets Lost in Prehistoric Times

I love finding books in a series for Broxton (and Savannah) as I know that I love books by the same author, so I am sure they will too.  We were recently sent Larry Gets Lots in Prehistoric Times and I thought it was super cute.  It is a great way to let the kids read and have fun, but also sneak in a fun bit of education as well!  


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Larry Gets Lost has several books.  I hope we will add more to our collection down the road.  It says that this book is for 3-6 year olds.  Are you familiar with Larry?
In this book, he falls asleep in the lap of his person, Pete.  Pete is having to read and do homework.  Well, seems that Larry hears Pete reading and dreams of him being in the times that Pete is reading about!   It was a super cute book and one that I know kids will love.  If you have a fan of dinosaurs, this is a must have!  

I really want to check out the books about Seattle, New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Let's be honest, I want to get them all, but those would be next on my list, since I have been there before!   
From the site: Larry's been lost before, but never like this! In his latest adventure Larry gets lost in time, waking up in the prehistoric era!  Starting with the Jurassic Period, he encounters dinosaurs big (the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Tricerotops), and small (the Iberomesornis). He trudges through the Ice Ages past a Wooly Mammoth, and sits fireside with the early humans of the Stone Age. But will he ever find his way back home?
In an all-new series, Larry will entertain young readers and pre-readers while familiarizing them with early science topics.

Have you gotten lost with Larry before?

Central Park Tales

I know people like to give books for gifts, so here is one I thought I would share about Central Park. I know I loved visiting it when I was there, so I am sure kids would love to read about the adventures!
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One of the most wonderful things about children is the magical lens through which they view the world. Even the simplest of activities or plainest of places can be turned into an enchanted experience in the imagination of a child. Imagine when a child dreams about a location as large and extraordinary as Central Park, nestled in the heart of New York City. What must come to life in their imagination?
Marcus Meesters captures this magic in his newest children’s book, The Central Park Tales. Reminiscent of the classic books of another era and with beautiful illustrations depicting real places throughout the park, Meesters expertly narrates the adventurous tales of the animals who live in Central Park. Containing ten short stories, young readers (and adults, alike!) are introduced to Squirrel, Duck, Frog, Mousekin, and lovable dog brothers, Doctor Beggar and Mister Pup, among others, and follow along as they navigate their marvelous world – a lush, green oasis in the midst of one of the most bustling, famous cities in the world.

Marcus Meesters is the author and illustrator of The Central Park Tales. He was born in the Netherlands and, at the age of 25, he moved to Amsterdam, where he got to know Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s most famous city park. Meesters is a lover of classic children's books, and it was during one of his walks in Vondelpark that he got the idea to write his own children's book about the animals that live there. His first book, The Vondelpark Tales, was born and extremely well received.
Meesters recently released the second book in the trilogy, The Central Park Tales, which beautifully depicts the famous Central Park in New York City.

23.12.16

Kidz Entertainment will be a great place for them to spend that Christmas money!

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Once the presents are all opened, that money they received will start burning a hole in their pocket. Want a cool website to send them to so that they can spend it?  Look at Kidz Entertainment.  They really do have "kidz entertainment" and I know kids will love it.
Savannah will be getting the 3 in 1 cuddly fun brown dog for Christmas this year.


She loves stuffed animals right now, so I know she will like this. Not only is it a cute dog for her to play with, it is also a bag and a hand warmer!   She will love it!   I can't wait to see her face with it. She has decided she likes bags now and Marc even said she needed her a little girl purse.  ha ha ha.  




Broxton was pretty excited about the Kidz T shirt I got him. He did let me know that it was to be a shirt to wear at home, because big boys his age don't wear stuff like that to school.  He is growing up so fast!  This is a white shirt with a print on the front.  I love that it comes with washable markers.  We have been coloring it.  Then you can color it again once you wash it.  I guess you could use permanent markers and use them to never have to color again if you really want to do so.  

Kidz Entertainment has several items for kids you know and love. Make sure they head on over to see what all they want to buy!  

Han's Old Fashioned Crumb Cake for the win!

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Now that things are pretty much set for the holidays, you need to make sure you have a gift covered for the host or hostess for your get togethers.   I am not one to cook and bake things, but I try my best to make a good Christmas meal.  As far as the dessert, I leave that up to buying something at the stores.  I have tried, I really have... but it just isn't meant to be for me to be in charge of making something.

Want to know what I have found that is absolutely AMAZING?  Han's Old Fashioned Crumb Cake.  You order it online and ship it fresh to them. You can set up a date you want and then give them a card telling them that once the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, you have an amazing treat headed there way.  The instructions? 

They need to sit down, have a nice cup of coffee or tea, or milk or juice, or whatever they fancy... enjoy their delicious crumb cake and think about all of the fun memories that were made over the last couple months.

People get so busy and so worked up that once it is all over, it is that... over and in the past. They don't take the time to think about all of the fun memories and what joy it all actually was.  If you send them Han's Old Fashioned Crumb Cake with specific instructions, they will have the time to do so! 


Image Credit - Hans

I was so surprised how fresh this was when it arrived.  No lie, you would have thought it was made fresh in my kitchen.  It was soft and perfect. I thought for sure you could tell it had been shipped, but not a chance!!!  I was sent the variety pack.  It included: 
Crumb, Chocolate and Raspberry Crumb Cake.  I loved each of them and still can not tell you which is my favorite.  This would be perfect to send a family, or to send someone that you can not decide which one flavor to get.  
While you are ordering, make sure to order the bucket of crumbs (for you) I won't judge! You know the crumbs on top are amazing, well they know this too, so they have created just the crumb toppings available to purchase as well!

I am telling you, this makes a great gift and I know I would be thankful for it to arrive at my house!  

Dress the family with less stress thanks to @nanotex #ExpectationsExceeded

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If you are like me, the gifts are wrapped, the day is planned and then it hits you... What will everyone wear???  I was lucky enough to get a chance to review a couple pair of nice pants for Marc and Broxton, so they are finally covered.  It hit me, I don't know when Marc got new dress pants, so I was so excited to see him wearing them.

Marc has new Nanotex Wool Pants from Banana Republic.  I love when he reviews for me...
He said "They were heavy enough to keep me warm when it got windy, but they were breathable enough to not make me sweat in South Georgia."    He also said he liked the fact that they were lightweight and seemed to be pretty roomy, great for the over 3 hour road trip home.
Nevermind the bare feet and the Vans in the background, I was trying to get a good picture to show you how comfy they are.  I absolutely LOVE the color.  I normally just buy khaki colored ones, so this was a nice change up for us!  

Nanotex Releases Stains allows stains to wash out easily; retains natural absorbency; provides long-lasting protection; looks better longer; retains its natural softness; and allows fabric to breathe naturally.Nanotex utilizes nanotechnology by which molecules permanently attach to fibers without clogging the fabric weave or compromising the look, feel or comfort of the fabric.
 Nanotex Wrinkle Defense delivers high-performance wrinkle resistance with significantly less loss to fabric strength. Its cross-linking structure is longer and more flexible which retains the fiber’s natural flexibility better. The resulting fabric provides a smooth, neat appearance which preserves fabric strength better and provides lasting performance.

Now let me tell you about Broxton's pants...
I don't know how pants survive in your house, but around here, the knees are the first to go. It makes me think that people probably think we make him walk around on his knees at all times. He loves to play and he plays hard!   When I saw the GapShield Reinforced Straight pants were headed our way, I was over the moon excited!  
Nanotex Releases Stains allows stains to wash out easily; retains natural absorbency; provides long-lasting protection; looks better longer; retains its natural softness; and allows fabric to breathe naturally. Nanotex utilizes nanotechnology by which molecules permanently attach to fibers without clogging the fabric weave or compromising the look, feel or comfort of the fabric.

I will be the first to admit that I don't have time to be worrying about treating stains and ironing clothes all the time, so to know that we have Nanotex hanging in the closet to help this mama out, I love it!  

Nanotex, which uses nanotechnology to transform the molecular structure of fibers, creates fabrics with remarkable performance and comfort, is dominating the apparel fabric market with its stain, soil, odor and wrinkle resistance, while preserving the natural breathability, comfort, hand and durability of apparel textiles. A bit more background on Nanotex, the 100+ retailers and brands they work with include Cotton Inc., Macy’s, JC Penney, Gap, Banana Republic, PVH, Hanes, NFL, Nike, QVC etc.

Feel the need for SPEED with @lootcrate

Loot Crate is at it again, rolling out another box of awesomeness just in time for me to put a few gifts under the tree this year!!!  Everyone knows that our house loves speed, so I was beyond thrilled for this box to arrive.  (Not to mention the box transforms into a car!) 

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As soon as I opened the box, I knew it was filled with amazing things.. and look, see the car printed on the box? Yeah, just like a kid with excitement!!!  

Broxton has claimed the box as his and that is fine with me. Savannah likes them too, for stacking, but since this was a car, he has enjoyed playing with it.  You can't say that it doesn't look awesome.

I think I am still loving the pins and we have quite the collection now!  I just wish it had the theme and date on them... but hey, I can't be that picky, can I?

On to the goodies that was in our box... 
Inside the September SPEED box: 
The ARROW Hood Ornament Style Figure.  I know Broxton's favorite is The Flash, but he likes the Arrow too.  Hey, it's where we were introduced to The Flash, so its awesome! 
Battlestar Galactica "Scar" Vinyl replica - Not a clue, but will admit it looks pretty neat.
Stark Industries Racing Tee- now I was THRILLED for this and Broxton has already worn it... Look to instagram for me to post a pic soon!
Batwing Keychain- I am thinking my brother needs this... he did have the Batman logo dyed into his head when he was a child!
Gone in 60 seconds diecast car - I am still torn.. give it to Marc or Broxton?
The mustang is a BIG DEAL around here.

So, what is your favorite in this box? I told you ... they just keep getting better and better!!!!

22.12.16

The perfect gift for a smartphone photographer

You know how you see something and you want it really, REALLY bad?  You get it and you are so excited...   then BOOM-- things happen?  Yeah, that is totally what happened with me.  I have been seeing people posting awesome pictures from their phone using Limelens smartphone lenses and I knew I just had to have it.  I was so lucky to get to review one for you guys...  Then, my phone lens cracked and I could not use my camera... so I had to postpone it.  Finally got a new (refurbished) phone and was all excited, boom... it broke... got a new (refurbished) phone and again... BROKE. Can you tell I am not having much luck?  Anyways, I wanted to tell you about Limelens, so I am sharing, but I don't have photos to show from my experience.  Stay tuned...  on instagram... I am NOT giving up!  
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Limelens offers superior quality smartphone lenses with a greater choice of photo angles, framing and composition. The Thinker, a dual macro/wide lens, and The Captain, a 190 fisheye lens, are the must have tools for any novice to expert photographer snapping away on their smartphone. 

  • Versatile attachment compatible with 40+ devices whilst ensuring the lens is stable and is easily attached and removed.
  • Ability to take photographs with wider angles, in order to capture all elements of their photograph.
  • Capture incredible details of their subject, of which a smartphone camera alone could never accomplish.
  • Provides smartphone photographers with a sense of community, encouragement and inspiration for their projects, no matter their distance, experience level or ability.

The Limelens introductory Set includes both lenses as well the Limeclip attachment that fits over 40 devices, including leading smartphones and tablet brands. Available for $49.  Checking compatibility can be done here
I can not wait to actually get to use this on my phone.  The fact that it works with so many different phones makes it so much better, since they had to change that up on me as well!
Do you have a Limelens?  Did you know they made lenses like this for smartphones?

Isabella, Girl in Charge is a MUST HAVE #JBGiftGuide

Do you have a little girl in your life that you know and love?  Daughter, granddaughter, niece, family friend?  I mean ANY little girl that is important to you??  If you do then you need to stop what you are doing and go to the store (after you read this!) to purchase the most amazing thing. A book, but not just any book!  Isabella, Girl In Charge.  

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I was totally not familiar with the Isabella line of books, but as soon as I read the first one, I was totally in love.  The author, Jennifer Fosberry and the artist, Mike Litwin , know exactly what they are doing. It is amazing and I hope you fall in love as fast as I did.  This seriously is a MUST HAVE.  

Seriously, you know how I love books?  Well this is going to be my go to gift for anyone that has a girl from here on out.  Want to know why???  Because there is NO ONE out there that is going to set limits on what my daughter can do if she tries and this book just helps to prove it.

Here is my take on it...
As you open the book, you see a little girl trying to wake her mom up it is 6:00 on the clock and I am thinking she wants to go on a playdate or something.  Mom says its not time yet, Isabella.... and the little girl says "My name is not Isabella."  I was thinking, oh.. this girl has a creative mind already at so early in the morning, this will be cute.
I turned the page and learned that "Isabella" is actually "Susanna, mayor of this here town"and I will admit I was a bit lost.  Then I saw the image - FIRST FEMALE MAYOR and the mom says something about not being in Kansas anymore.
Each page has the little girl changing her name to another female political figure through the year and the conversation that goes with it hints as to what she was known for.  You can also look at "Isabella" to see what her position was.  
I (sadly) admit I am not politically savvy, so I was learning as I went... Lucky for me, at the end of the book, there are a couple pages with pictures of the women Isabella portrayed.  This also includes paragraphs giving biographies of each woman. There is also a time line for you to follow along for key dates.  

Isabella: Girl in Charge follows the purple-haired title character as she imagines herself as five powerful females who broke barriers in American politics in a bid to get her mom and dad out the door for a big event.
The book features some of the amazing women who have made political history, including:
·         Sandra Day O’Connor—first woman appointed to the Supreme Court
·         Frances Perkins—first female Cabinet member (Secretary of Labor)
·         Jeanette Rankin—first woman elected to Congress (Montana)
·         Nellie Tayloe Ross—first female governor (Wyoming)
·         Susanna Madora Salter—first female mayor (Argonia, KS)
At the end of the story, readers will find extended biographies and a timeline of women in U.S. politics.


Stay tuned...   I have more Isabella headed your way!

Make it mean something with @Shutterfly Gifts this year! #JBGiftGuide

I know that we love Shutterfly for our Christmas Cards, but did you know that they are SO MUCH more than just stationery?  Yes!  They have tons and tons of gifts and so many ways to make the gift extra special for that loved one!




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Did you know that Shutterfly has a wide selection of photo gifts for everyone on your list?   I actually had my eye on a mug filled with chocolate to give to Broxton's teacher, but ran out of time trying to get pictures of all the students!!!   

I did actually get several gifts marked off of my list with the options at shutterfly!  
One is for Broxton.  When he entered the PTA competition this past year, he ended up going all the way and winning first place in photography for the state.  I was SO PROUD of him.  Well, I took a picture of him, taking his picture for the contest.... I am surprising him with that photo as a puzzle.  I like that it is a puzzle, since he is getting into that these days... but it is of a special event.  Talk about a keepsake!   
Another gift?  Well, lets just say I gifted myself a beautiful ornament. It is of the boys, with Savannah on her first birthday.  It is made on glass and is gorgeous. I will try and post a picture of it on Instagram for you all to see!  

I know many people get engaged during the holidays, so what better place to look for statement gifts for the wedding party?  (Never too early to start planning their gifts, am I right?)  Did you know that Shutterfly has flasks, wine bags, decanters and even cheese boards that you can customize???

Well, I can go on and on about how awesome Shutterfly is, but the longer I ramble, the less time you get to explore the Shutterfly site to see all the cool stuff they have!  Head on over.  Let me know what you use Shutterfly for!

Christmas All Over Again #MovieNight



The boys are here for the holidays.  Savannah seems to be getting over being sick. Broxton is finally out of school. Know what that means??  Time for a MOVIE NIGHT!!!!
Look at the cute movie I have found for the family to enjoy:




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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sleigh bells will ring year-round when Christmas All Over Again arrives on DVD, On Demand, and Digital HD on December 13 from Lionsgate. Waking up to Christmas every morning may sound like a wonderful life, but what happens when there are no presents to wake up to? Earning the Dove Family Seal of approval, this heartwarming story brings new meaning to holiday cheer. Starring Sean Ryan Fox (TV’s “Henry Danger”)Amber Montana (TV’s “Haunted Hathaways”), Sean Ryan Fox (TV’s “Henry Danger”)Christy Carlson Romano (TV’s “Kim Possible”), and with Joey Lawrence (TV’s “Melissa & Joey”)the Christmas All Over Again DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98. 
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
It’s Christmas Eve, and teen Eddie (Sean Ryan Fox) hopes a sweet new pair of Breezy 3000 sneakers will catch the eye of neighbor girl Cindy (Amber Montana). But the next morning, the tree is empty — and every new day brings another Christmas without presents. To escape from this loop, Eddie turns to a mysterious shoe store owner (Joey Lawrence), who helps him understand that true joy doesn’t come tied up in a bow.

CAST
Sean Ryan Fox                                  TV’s “Henry Danger”
Amber Montana                                 TV’s “Haunted Hathaways”
Armani Jackson                                 The Last Witch Hunter, Cooties
Christy Carlson Romano                    TV’s “Kim Possible” and “Even Stevens”
with Joey Lawrence                           TV’s “Melissa & Joey” and “Blossom”

Future so bright you have to wear @sunstaches @jbgiftguide16

Want to know how to score major mom points?  Give out just the coolest sunglasses and you will be pretty awesome!  Let me just tell you now, Broxton knows how to push my buttons and he can drive me bonkers on some days, but at the end of it all, he has a heart of gold and is a great kid.  I love the pure enjoyment and excitement in his eyes and voice when he get a treat and that was my excitement when he was able to open up the new Sun-Staches we received for review.
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In the beginning, I was overwhelmed by all the different styles of Sun-Staches that they had.  I was going to see about ordering him Pokemon ,since we know all the kids love them... but then I thought about some cool ones for the holidays.  Want to know what I went with?
I went with the Five Nights at Freddy's Foxy Glasses. I am not here for you to judge me, as I know not everyone is a fan .... I personally don't like the game, and he is not allowed to play it... but he does like the characters and it is REALLY POPULAR right now, so I figured we could meet in the middle, no game for him, but he could have something from the game.  Win - Win for us both. His excitement (and surprise) when he opened it was worth it all.   

For the little miss, we went with super hero glasses for her!  Isn't she just too cute as SuperGirl?  The glasses say 3+, but I knew if big brother had cool glasses, she was going to want his. This way, she has her own and all is okay.  She is a big girl you know, not a baby these days!!!!

I think the glasses are cute and stylish.  If it is cool and popular, tend to bet that Sun Staches has glasses for them, or are more than likely working on obtaining a license to do so!
They have Santa and reindeer for the holidays.  They have peppa pig and super heroes for my little princess.  They have Five Nights at Freddy's and Pokemon for my little boy that is growing up too fast.  These glasses are great for kids and adults that love to have fun!  I think they would be fun to buy for Christmas gifts or just because you are awesome! Thanks SunStaches for such an awesome product!  You helped me earn cool points!

Heads up! @PercyVites now has #Shopkins!!!!

Are you familiar with Shopkins?  I guess they are really popular these days, but they are totally new on my radar.  Over Halloween, I saw kids getting all excited over these costumes, I had to look at the tags to see it was Shopkins related!

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Now, did you know that Shopkins is available on PercyVites?  
PercyVites offers quick, convenient and efficient party planning all with a click of a button and is now offering the popular Shopkins™ license to their roster of personalized invites and thank yous.
Nobody loves a party more than PercyVites and in honour of this celebratory time of year, Cakes.com, PercyVites and Shopkins have come together to make party planning easier than ever all while getting your little one excited about party shopping and wanting to help.

I guess I should ask...
Are you familiar with PercyVites?  That was another new one for me as well.
It is sort of like a one stop shop for all your party needs!
With PercyVites you make cool personalized video invitations for the party.  Then, since you need to make sure to thank your guests, you can also make personalized thank you ecards!  
Since I was talking about Shopkins at the beginning, you know that they have kid favorites, but just so you know, they also have adult themes as well! 

More about PercyVites: 
Percyvites Makes Party Management ENJOYABLE
It's EASY with the PercyVites guest management dashboard.
See who has accepted your invitation
Communicate with guests via Percy's Party Dashboard
Map your party & guests can add it to their calendars

Please click over to the PercyVites Shopkins link to see just how cute the invites are!
Where was this cool technology when I was a kid?????

21.12.16

4 Tips to Keeping Your Home Safe During Holiday Travel

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Do you go out of town for the holidays, or do you stay home? If you travel, I bet you are like me and are a bit concerned with the safety of your house while you are gone.  I know I worry and I can not be the only one!!!  Lucky for us all, I was contacted by Ooma—a leading internet home communications hub—with the opportunity to deliver 4 tips for keeping your home safe and secure when you're on the road this holiday. Before you lock your doors and hop in the car, make sure you follow these steps to ensure your home is safe.
 
TIP #1: DON'T TURN YOUR THERMOSTAT OFF
Before leaving for an extended trip, it's important to lock in a safe temperature in your central heating system. If you live somewhere with cold winters, don't turn your thermostat off! To prevent your pipes from freezing, set the temperature lower than usual—ideally between 40 and 55 Fahrenheit. Live in a warmer climate? Leave the thermostat at about 69 Fahrenheit. Alternatively, you can completely avoid worry by controlling your thermostat remotely. Ooma detects when your thermostat is on "Away" mode and will automatically forward any home calls to your mobile device.
 
TIP #2: SHUT OFF THE GAS AND UNPLUG ALL APPLIANCES
Always turn off gas-powered devices such as stoves, ovens, and fireplaces, and unplug all appliances. This can prevent any accidental fires and potentially hazardous carbon monoxide leaks into your home, as well as save energy. This is especially important if you have pets at home who can't defend themselves against unforeseen hazards. For an added layer of protection, be in the know—Ooma can warn you via text and direct you to call 911 when your Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector has been triggered.
 
TIP #3: DON'T KEEP YOUR TRAVEL A SECRET
When leaving home for several days, tell someone you trust where you'll be in case of emergency, such as a fire, burglary, or carbon monoxide leak. Friends staying in town or a thoughtful neighbor could be options. They can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and notify you of any out-of-the-ordinary occurrences. Ooma allows you to be notified immediately when 911 is dialed and you can call them or call police to investigate.
 
TIP #4: LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR YOUR HOME
Thanks to technology, our homes are getting smarter and smarter. Did you know there are countless apps that can connect to systems in our homes—from central temperature to security systems, light bulbs to the Amazon Echo? The Ooma Telo seamlessly interacts with your favorite smart home products and services to make your home safer and more convenient than ever before. Whether it be increased levels of carbon monoxide or a home break-in, Ooma can be the first to alert you of any danger. 
  
You can learn more about Ooma's home monitoring system and buy an Ooma Telo at http://www.ooma.com
 
Has an emergency ever happened at your home while you were away? Tell me about it in the comments below! 

Stay Charged with @mychargepower #JBGiftGuide

Tablets, Phones and more... Oh My!!!
It seems like everything we do these days needs to be charged at some point or another. Know what you need to look into??  No?  Well,  let me tell you...  Just head over to the myCharge site and take a look around.  That is what you need to look into!  They are "the ultimate in portable power solutions!"  I know they will have something to finish off your list!  

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Maybe you bought a tablet or a phone for a couple people this year.  Well, think about making everyone happier and adding a portable charger to the gift basket!  Broxton has a tablet that we take on road trips... for some reason it WILL NOT charge in the car, so if we don't have it charged, it dies on us and then we are left like oops!!! My phone charger also stopped working in the car, so again... 

Not long ago we were on an adventure... I use my phone for my GPS...
Well, it was almost dead by the time we got there (thanks Atlanta traffic) and then by the time we left it was dead.dead.DEAD.  I had no phone charger in the car, so we were screwed. Luckily for us, my friend had a portable one, so she saved the day and got us home. Now, thanks to myCharge, we don't have to worry about that anymore! 
Marc being military, you know that is the one he tends to gravitate towards!
The All Terrain series offers all around protection for any environment. The rugged, IP 68 military grade chargers are water-proof, temperature-proof, dirt-proof and shock-proof and are engineered to handle the unexpected.  

This particular one: 
Rechargeable 5200mAh portable charger
The IP68 military grade All Terrain+ portable charger is water-proof, temperature-proof, dirt-proof and shock-proof. This military grade charger is designed to withstand the toughest environments and most extreme conditions. Featuring 2 built-in USB ports and a 2.4A output the  All Terrain+ is the perfect portable charger for tablets, smartphones or other USB devices. 
Battery Capacity: 5200mAh 
Recharges Via: micro-USB cable 
Compatibility: Smartphones, Tablets & USB Devices
The myCharge Hub Plus: 
Rechargeable 6700mAh portable charger
The newly redesigned myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh portable charger is the quintessential powerbank. With an integrated Apple® Lightning™ cable and an integrated micro-USB cable and the newly added USB port, staying charged on the go has never been easier. Carrying cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but wall prongs are built-in for effortless recharging. Boasting a 30% reduction in size, the HubPlus is more compact and portable than ever before. 
Battery Capacity: 6700mAh 
Recharges Via: Built-in wall prongs
Compatibility: Tablets, Smartphones & USB Devices

If all of that is too much for you.  (My mom would say that...) Just look at the Style Powerbank:
Rechargeable 2200mAh portable charger
Style meets power with the brand new 2200mAh Style Power portable charger. This stylish powerbank is the perfect solution for the fashionista who needs to stay charged on the go. Complete with an integrated USB recharge cable, the Style Power can be used approximately 500 times. A compact charger, the Style Power is perfect for a quick charge anywhere. Use your own cable to charge your smartphone, or other USB device, and use the integrated USB recharge cable to recharge your Style Power via computer, car or wall adapter.
Battery Capacity: 2200mAh 
Recharges Via: Integrated USB cable
Compatibility: Smartphones & USB Devices 

Do you have a powerbank? More than one?  I am so excited I finally have one, seems like I was one of the last to get my own!  

Unlock the weird with Ripley's Believe it or not!

Ripley's Believe It or Not Books are always so much fun for everyone. The things that make you cringe, the things that make you gasp... it is always an adventure to look in one of their books and they have done it again with their latest.  I love that we flip through and check it out, but then we donate it to Broxton's school so they can all enjoy it as well!

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  • Read about one man’s attempt to take a break from reality, spending three days climbing the Swiss Alps on all fours as a goat!
  • Soar on jetpacks above the deserts of Dubai with breathtaking aerial imagery.
  • Meet Birdman Ted Richards who had his ears removed and his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots!
  • Savor the flavor of sheep dung spitting, an Irish event that is just as unappetizing as it sounds!
  • See double with Twin Strangers’s Niamh Geaney, who has found multiple doppelgängers that look exactly like her!

The great thing about Ripley's books?  If you have someone that "doesn't like" to read, they will see the pictures and then the curiosity gets them. They will then start reading because they want to learn more about each thing!!!!

Broxton actually took the book for a road trip because he couldn't put it down, he was so into it! Another great thing? You don't have to read in order... you can flip around and go back and forth!!!!!

ARTIST ERIC MILLIKIN USED OVER 1,000 MINIATURE BAGS OF M&MS TO CREATE THIS POP CULTURE PORTRAIT OF COUNT CHOCULA.

Make sure you grab a book so you and your family can UNLOCK THE WEIRD!!!!


Organic Clothing from @simplychickie #jbgiftguide16

Have you heard of Simply Chickie?  They are an organic baby clothing line that I wish I was familiar with when Savannah was younger.  The clothes are cute and oh so soft. I made the mistake of letting Savannah see the shirt I got her, she carried it around kissing on it and once she finally put it down, I was able to get it put up for the holidays!

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My cousin is having twin girls soon. I am for sure to tell him to check out this site.  As a first time mom, I was worried about what Broxton was eating when I caught a crayon in his mouth once.  The nurse told me that he was fine and I would be surprised what all ended up in there over time and what a "toddler diet" was at times.  Now, with Savannah, I know it to be true. I absolutely LOVE this baby romper that they carry:

Of course, I wanted to get something cute for Savannah and my little chickadee is going to be super cute sporting her new Local Chick shirt.  I can't wait to see her in it, so be looking on Instagram after Christmas!!!!

Make sure you head over to the site to see how Simply Chickie came to be. Gwen seems like a pretty awesome lady that is rocking this motherhood thing!  
 
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