Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Package from Santa

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Every child WANTS to believe Santa Claus is real. My son in particular knows the Santa we see in the shopping Malls is the THEE Santa but rather just an adult in costume. I like to thin he has the spirit of Christmas though. We send a letters to Santa every year in hopes he may hear my sons magical wishes for the coming Christmas Holiday. This year I thought I would jingle things up a bit. I headed to PackagefromSanta.com and sent him his very own customized box of Christmas Magic.
This post is in collaboration with  PackagefromSanta.com All opinions are my own.
I truly had no idea if he would believe it came for THE Santa or if he would just think the idea itself was neat! When it arrived I soon realized that the idea of Santa was definitely still in him even at age 7! The package was so authentic and realistic I have to say I am a bit jealous Santa did not send me a package ;).

Friday, November 25, 2016

Luvs NEW Ultra Leakguard Diapers & GIVEAWAY #WhatULuv

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Parenthood is a roller coaster ride, but experienced parents take it all in stride. They value the things that help them get through the day and that make their lives a little bit easier – from a best mom friend who always has their back to great products that get the job done and don’t break the bank (like Luvs). 
  • Luvs recently introduced the new and improved Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™.  Softer and more absorbent than ever before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee, Luvs provide high-quality features for less cost than premium brands.
“This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”
Some Reasons We Love, Luvs Diapers: 
*Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold. 
*With large refastenable stretch tabs, fastening Luvs diapers is super easy, plus you can rest assured knowing that you’re giving baby a secure, snug fit again and again. 
*With Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core, plus our largest absorbency area ever, Luvs makes life easier for busy Moms by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong, so baby stays dry and comfortable. 
*The Luvs Money Back Guarantee: They feel so strongly that our diapers will keep your baby leak-free that we’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they will refund your money. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The #12Stinks of Christmas

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I am not sure if you have noticed but the holidays are almost here! Time for family dinners and opening presents by the Christmas tree! But for you, the hostess-with-the-mostess, it’s also a time for burnt cookies in your kitchen and wet boots stinking up your entryway. The holidays are great, but they really can stink! Having children run around and "help" decorate, create cookies and wrap presents really can add to the mess!  Febreze is here to spread cheer and freshness all season long! Enjoy the holiday hit: “The #12Stinks of Christmas” as we get ready for Chris Kringle and all the Stink that entails!
 “This review was made possible by iConnect and Febreze.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”
12 Musty Stockings The stockings may be hung by the chimney with care, but after a year of being buried in your basement, that musty stink is anything but joyful. Revive your holiday stockings with Febreze Fabric Refresher to eliminate lingering odors and leave behind a light, fresh holiday scent.
11. Burnt Cookies Maybe the day of your party wasn’t the best time to try out that ambitious new cookie recipe. Use a Febreze Candle to eliminate any stinky, smoky odors from your kitchen and ask your cousin to pick up a pie from the bakery on his way over. 
10 Flushes per Minute The endless cycle of guests in your home means your downstairs toilet is getting one of the year’s biggest workouts. Plug a Febreze NOTICEable in the bathroom and let the two alternating scents continuously eliminate those not-so-festive odors. 
9 Casseroles A-Cookin’ Your Aunt Barb had one too many eggnogs, and reminiscing about her sorority days has taken precedence over watching the oven timer. Light a Febreze Candle before everyone starts to notice the overwhelming stench of burnt onions, and eliminate odors to keep your home continuously smelling as fresh as it looks.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Trying to Conceive

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"When are you going to have a baby?" Seems like such an innocent question. It is one I heard every day after I got married! For many it comes with so much pressure and sadness. From the time I was very young I have always wanted to be a mother. Many young girls dream of meeting their soul mate, getting married and starting a family. I was no different. I never realized how hard getting and staying pregnant was! You can read my struggles here.
“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.”
Seeing photos of pregnant women or newborns are everywhere. I can say from personal experience struggling with infertility is so hard. You feel alone, guilty and constantly second guess yourself and body. Emotions run high, low and you can not help but feel discouraged. Keep your chin up! If you really want a family there are so many options out there to help. From someone who tried for a year and a half through miscarry and an ectopic pregnancy I know this path is so VERY difficult!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

10 Ways to Ignite a Romantic Spark

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I love going out on date nights with my spouse! Not to often do we get the chance but it is something we enjoy. You learn a lot about your spouse and other relationships around you! I have personally watched couples spend an entire meal looking at their phones, not talking to one another? Not talking to your spouse does not necessarily mean you’re in a bad relationship. It might mean the spark has gone dim! Let's change that and ignite that spark!!
This post is in collaboration with Adam&Eve. All opinions are my own.
1. Reinstate date night! This is such a wonderful way to separate "Parent" life and life with your spouse!!
I have a list of great ways to do this so take a peek here.
2.Initiate flirting. I am not saying flirt with an end game in mind. Let's be honest if the spark has dimmed pressuring an end game is NOT going to get you that said end game. Flirt! It is easy to do and so much fun!
2. Share dessert! I am a firm believer in dessert. It is something you can choose together. It can be so intimate because most desserts are not large in size. Plus, it is sweet and worth every flirting bite! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

5 Netflix Shows to Watch While Traveling

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Travel has really consumed the month of November for me! I set out on a flight early on in the month to help judge the World Food Championships. I had all these great ideas for fun Thanksgiving posts but when you travel and write things get put on the back burner pretty quickly. I am not going to lie but things start to pile up and find myself playing "catch up" these days.  I had limited access to my work (being 600 miles from home) I decided to catch up on my Netflix shows I have been neglecting.
Who knew a work trip would be such a great time to binge watch shows? I never really jumped on the bandwagon of Netflix travel until this past trip to Orange Beach, Alabama. I had a drive to the airport, two hour flight and then another 5 hour car ride. That is a lot of waiting around. I normally would bring a book but on this trip I brought my new Mac Pro tablet! It was so easy to download the Netflix App, I had all my favorite shows at a touch of a button.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Let's embrace "Babies are Messy" Together #Giveaway #MessiestBabyContest

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Have you ever had baby fever? That sweet feeling you get when you look at an adorable little one that makes you want one of your own? They are so cute and seriously smell wonderful! I remember that feeling and then I had my son. Babies are cute and look picture perfect just long enough to snap a photo. Sometimes not even THAT long! Messes have been a large part of my parenting routine. We wake up change diapers, clean up a mess, feed, clean up a mess, toss dirty laundry in hamper and continue the cycle all over again. 
Luckily, I have been ustilizing Dreft and all it's wonders! We can all agree that babies are messy, but did you know that studies show that smashing, throwing and playing with food actually helps babies learn? And science has confirmed what kids seem to instinctively know – that playing in the dirt and mud is fun! But did you know that it actually helps soothe, calm and relax children! In short, playing with mud can make kids happier! Dreft is excited to launch the Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest, more details below! 

Drink your Way through the Finger Lakes

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View from Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
The Fall season has officially moved into the Western New York areas. The leaves have started to turn colors and brighten hillsides creating a picturesque landscape. What a great time to enjoy some Wine trails throughout the Finger Lakes! There are many ways to enjoy the trails, such as bus tours, water taxi and more. I had the pleasure of doing just this with some lovely and talented ladies recently. Enjoy how we drank our way through the Finger Lakes.
Pleasant Valley Wine Cellar (Historic Tour)
I happen to be one of several people who enjoy wine. I love to entertain with wine, cook with it and just overall enjoy finding new one’s to consume! While visiting the Finger Lakes many wineries, breweries, distilling companies offer tours. What a great way to learn some Historic information while enjoying new beverages. I truly think experiencing from vine to wines help ed the overall tasting experience. Not to mention I learn a lot about what I personally enjoy (semi-sweet, no preference on color).

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How to: Harry Potter Wands

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How to: Harry Potter Wands
What you will need:
Wooden spoils
Corks
String
Hot glue gun
Paint
Wrap and glue corks, sting onto the wooden spoils.
I laid them out to dry and then turned them over so the glue would not stick.
Paint each wand to the desired coloring. 
I used about 2-3 coats and sealed with a polyurethane spray.
 Once they are sealed and dried you can use them. I sealed them in case they got wet they would not be damaged!
Cast your magical spells away and enjoy!