Friday, April 21, 2017

Help support Fetal Brain Development

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When I was a kid my Mom gave me those gummy vitamins. You remember those that could sometimes reflect a favorite cartoon character. When I was pregnant I knew it was only fitting I also do the same. Have you looked at prenatal these days? Unless you are a great "pill" taker those suckers are HUGE. Not to mention they are jam packed with things I can't pronounce let alone I have any idea what they are used for. Just because ingredients are in a "vitamin" does not necessarily mean you need them or should be taking it! When I found these UpSpring Prenatal+ Gummy I was enamored! Finally a product that caters to those of us who have a hard time swallowing pills and are a formula specific for your baby! Still not convinced? Let's take a look at them a bit closer.....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Peach Dish Review

I had see those ads on Facebook for the grocery boxes and was down right skeptical. Well, unannounced to me this box of goodies was a life send a few weeks back and I have been on a mission to keep trying them out. I love the convenience of ordering the food online and having it sent to my door. I can skip weeks or unsubscribe completely. My family gets to try new meals and I can use the extra time to catch up on work. And NO they are not paying me to say all this! I actually wanted to try Peach Dish out for so many great tasty reasons.
I was given a free box to try out and formulate my review. I was not compensated and all opinions express are my own.
Our first meal was one I did not actually pick out. Like I said one of the main reasons to try these food boxes was to TRY NEW food! SuperFood Fiesta Bowl was way out of our comfortable zone. I have never in my life had Quinoa and I was a bit unsure how my family would react. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Reasons to Explore Put in Bay, Ohio

 We started our adventure on the Jet Express. Since we had stayed on Kelleys  island we have to travel to Put-in Bay by waterway. Looking back we wished we had stay on Put-in-Bay island itself. There was so much to see that we wished we had more than a day to do it all. The Jet Express got us there in no time at all and went by some great sights just exciting us to get on the island and explore. Since we had never been I want to share some things I wish I had known going into this trip. I also want to share why this would be a great Spring/Summer trip for your family! First up if you do want to stay on the island choose from Bed & breakfasts, cottages, hotels, condos or camp! 
 **I received a free tickets to facilitate some of my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
As you come into port you will see the Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. You can do a tour but we just did not have time this visit. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Recipe: Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Have you seen this VIDEO that has been all over the Facebook inter-webs?? I always see these and think I could do that. Unfortunately, I did not have Roast beef I had a Pork tenderloin and thought would it still work? I gave it a go and guess what.... AMAZING!!!
What you will need:
2 TBS Garlic salt
2 Garlic cloves minced
1 TBS. Parsley
1 TBS ginger Salt mix ( we bought this at Wegmans)
3 TBS Soft butter
1 Tenderloin
1 TBS Rosemary 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Easter Shopping at Kmart & Giveaway

While in our local Kmart we saw a selection of Easter supplies. Since little man was not with us I decided to get some ideas for his basket this year. I was very excited to see such a large selection since he can be, at times, picky. I swear he is seven going on 17! 
Can anyone else relate???
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They have a great selection of stuff animals, toys, candies and food!  You can grab Lindt Gold Bunnies, for instance, on sale now for $2.50 until April 8th! They are adorable and make perfect additions to any age Easter basket. If you need a larger quantity Kmart has a great sale on packaged Easter chocolates from 4/9-4/15 as well!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Creating Photos your Family will Love

As a professional Blogger I take photos a LOT! Unfortunately, I have very little of the three of us, together, as a family. Not because I don't want some but we are the three musketeers and usually one of us have to hold the camera. I decided to make an appointment at Portrait Innovations and change that!
Luckily my family is very well versed in photos. Since I take photos rather often but here are a few tips just in case your family isn't so "trained". Make sure to eat beforehand so no one has the hungry grumbles. Bring extra clothes JUST in case of spills, stains or mishaps. Use the restroom before you start because you never know when you "have to go"! The staff was super friendly and our session didn't take long to get some great shots, thankfully. I love photos, don't get me wrong, but there are only so many times you can smile in an hour without a breakdown, especially if you have little one's!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

6 Things to Excite you about Spring

 After months and months of snow I am starting to see the end of the dark dreary tunnel. I think we have all been here! When is the sun going to shine and the weather going to warm up? I have a few things getting be into the Spring time mind set and the weather seems to be looking up! If you are still in the winter blue rut these just might brighten your day. 
I received some of these items to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
On March 28th, 2017 Fantastic Beasts and where to find them came out on DVD! You may not be a avid wizarding fan like us but this was pretty awesome in our books! Now we can watch from the comforts of our home on repeat! Even more exciting? They released the knowledge of more Fantastic Beast movies to come on Twitter. Talk about MAGICAL!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Good Food Made Simple Review & Giveaway

 Target can be a black hole for my family. I am pretty sure anyone that steps in their agrees. They are everything you can think of. Every time we promise ourselves we will just run in quick and grab a few items. Hour later our cart is full, we are famished and still browsing the isles. 
I received a compensation for products to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
On our last trip we were frequenting the organic frozen section and came across these. Good Food Made Simple #1 brand of natural and organic breakfast burritos created a new line of restaurant inspired EntrΓ©e Meals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hello Fresh Review

 You mean this tired worn out Mom does not have to go Grocery Shopping this week??? Those are the words I seriously uttered when a knock at my door produced the Hello Fresh Box pictured above. The last few weeks have been a wind tunnel at home. My family has been in and out of doctor appointments, sent for Blood panels, X-Rays all to try and find out what has been making my son so sick. We truly take health for granted once something is wrong and they can't fix it immediately. My house chores have suffered, heck my everything has! That's life as an adult right? Just when you think things have settled down something else lands you for a complete 180 twist. Let's just say when this box came to my door I was not only thankful I was down right Grateful! I had see those ads on Facebook for the grocery boxes and thought who could be so lazy? Well, unannounced to me this box of goodies was a Life send and now I have completely chanced my ever loving closed mind-ed-ness since! 
I was given a free box to try out and formulate my review. I was not compensated and all opinions express are my own.
With Hello Fresh you select three meals for a given week and they send you neatly packaged ingredients. I selected the family portions and WOW was I surprised at what we got.
 First up I selected a recipe that was similar to our tastes but different. Meet the Melty Monterey burger pictured above!  I wanted to try new things disguised as the "normal" meals we have come accustomed! I needed to spice things up in the kitchen I am sick of making the same thing every night. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

10 Shows for the Man Cave

I don't know about you but I enjoy TV. Do not get me wrong I also enjoy a lot of other things too! I have been married for five years come July and I have to say my spouse does not always agree with my choice in TV shows. Since we do a great job of compromising I decided to share a list of Netflix TV shows perfect for the "Man Cave". I am just going to state a disclaimer here these are not JUST for the Man Cave or men for that matter. I watch a lot of these shows myself. I just thought it would be fun to have a "Chick Flicks list" and "Man Cave list"! 
**I received a free service to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
1. Iron Fist- This just came out and I hear all sorts of great things about it.
2. Keeping Up with the Jones- This Show is about an Australian family and it's addicting!
3. Filthy Riches- You might have seen this on National Geographic channel. Great show for those who enjoy outdoors.
4. them Idiots World I may LOVE these comedians...
5. RoadKill- Enjoy cars, hot rods and well junk???

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Bangers & Mash Recipe

Every St. Patrick's Day we have a little dinner tradition. It started a few years back when I was introduced to "Bangers & Mash" at a friends house. At first I was a bit skeptical my family would eat it but years later it is still one of our all time favorite meals to have! In fact I stock up on Bangers and freeze them so we can eat this dish year round! If you are wondering what it taste like I would compare it to a sausage but a zillion times BETTER (in my opinion)! 
What you will need:
Potatoes ( m family LOVES red but any will work)
Butter (for the Mashed potatoes)
Splash of milk ( again for the mashed potatoes)
Package of Bangers ( Usually found with Sausage and or in the deli around St. Patrick's Day)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Help Reduce a Baby's Upset tummy

 As a parent you go through all sorts of things when you frist bring your baby home. My family members always warned be early on learn your baby's cry. Because they have different cries for different wants or needs. I thought a cry is a cry what the heck are they talking about? After I brought my bundle of joy home I realized VERY quickly learning your little one's cry REALLY is a life saver! This is HOW they communicate to you and let you know when something is wrong for instance. My son was lucky he never cried through the night and I enjoy sleep for most of his baby stages.
“This review was made possible by iConnect and UpSpring.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”
I know many are not so lucky and I can sympathize with you! I have seen the tired look of new parents in the beginning months of the baby stage. My nephew was one of them. He was so finicky that he literally cried all the time. Nothing would help and he has gas like you would NOT believe. We tried bouncing, soothing, feeding, changing you name it but he still would cry non-stop. The doctors would say "That's normal" and we basically were left with no answers. Then I was introduced to UpSpring's Probiotic + Colostrum packets.
Finally I could give him something to help easy the pain he was having and relieve the painful gas filled baby tummy. 
Helps keep baby healthy* 
Helps reduce occasional digestive upset including diarrhea and other tummy troubles* 
5 billion active cultures per dose 6 probiotic strains including Lactobacilillus and Bifidobacterium plus prebiotics Colostrum provides complete range of antibodies for immune support* 
Flavorless powder is easily mixed with cool liquids or food Easy to use single, serve packets No artificial anything! 
Gluten free, sugar free, free of hormones and non GMO Made in USA

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Streaming with Google Chromecast Audio

Best Buy has been really coming out with amazing ways to help my home become more technologically advanced. The new Google Chromecast Audio is here! Finally going to get the house into this century with new 🎧 tech gadgets πŸŽ§!! We have cords running from this system to the next. Other music streaming devices out there use Bluetooth to connect, while the Chromecast Audio uses WiFi. Now, my family can stream crystal clear high resolution sound anywhere. I set up my devices in just a few minutes using my phone, but you can set up the Chrome Audio from a tablet, computer or even your car. 
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Corn Beef & Cabbage Recipe

 Corn Beef & Cabbage
What you will need:
Red potatoes
Corn beef
Add all of the ingredients into the crock pot. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Ready for a New Wardrobe

As a mother one of the hardest things to do is manage our time. We are usually responsibly for our children, continue to work, clean and cook. When my son became ill these things happened to fall behind. It was a stressful month of doctor appointments and testing to try and figure out what was wrong with him. Finally after almost 5 weeks the weather warmed up and my son felt a bit better. 
I received a free product to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
What is a Mom to do then but take him outside so he could enjoy some sunshine. Secretly, I have made a few purchases online for some new clothing and it was the perfect time to break them out. Every year I find it harder and harder to find pieces that fit "just right". Not to mention hard to find the quality in clothing I desperately needed desire. 
I want to be comfortable in my clothing instead of fidgeting.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Forever Connected Memory Books

I am excited to tell you about a KickStarter campaign for Forever Connected Memory Books. A interactive photo memory book on your phone or tablet that allows you to celebrate memories with the people. The best part? You can personalize it as well as choose who you share it with.

This is a sponsored post. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Using this allows memories from your next family event or get-together to last forever. Just take the photos and let Forever Connected build your personalized memory book! After the event, you can sign and send personal messages to each person right in the book! Which completely helps me because I love "thank you" cards but have little time to send them out these days. You can also decorate it!! Send fun stickers to each other: Place a fun sticker anywhere in your book and even place them in others’ book (don’t worry, they can hide it if they like).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

10 Baby Hacks to Save Money

 1. Try Amazon, hand me downs. It is fast shipping with Amazon Prime they have great deals on baby related items and you can order from your home in your PJs with Free shipping right to your door! No getting the baby in and out of your car or walking isles during nap time! 
 2. Shop Clearance sales! Buy a year in advance during sales and holiday clearances. My friend has her daughters winter clothes for next year...including boots for $3 and $1!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mclachlan's Birth Story

Today I am going to do something a little different. I am going to talk about something very personal to me. My son's birth story. First, I need to give you some background leading up to it. I will go into some details not meant for every viewer! At the age of 23 I was faced with, what I would consider a horrific decision on where I would ever have a child of my own. I had for years been battling cancers in my "lady parts" and was faced with the reality it just may never happen. I was in such a horrific place in my life because it was my ultimate dream to one day carry and have my own children ( yes, I know I could have adopted). Talk about "GET YOUR CRAP TOGETHER AND GROW UP"!!
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My life just had not taken that road in stead it was a mess of failed relationship attempts, several serious operations and health complications really preventing the right time to have a child. I was in no condition to conceive on my own and was faced with the tough decision to in fact schedule a hysterectomy. As I sat in the Doctors office I remember thinking this was it, I was going to be left with an empty place. After discussing this with my doctor we both felt that at the time insemination would in fact help balance my hormone levels to help with some of the "lady problems" I was having. I would love to say that road was easy and fun and end the story right there. We tried for one and a half years to have a child. I had a miscarry and an ectopic pregnancy which landed myself with serious complications and I almost died! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Organize Kid Artwork & School Papers with Keepy

 I often express how busy I am in my posts. This is not an understatement. I can pretty much guess most parents feel the pressure to fit everything in one day. To me there just is never enough hours to do all the things I want and need to do! I have stacks of my sons artwork, school papers and skating achievements laying around the house in piles and or in shoe boxes. I promise myself I will get to them but it just never seems like I do. I had so many visions of scrap-booking and or displaying them throughout the house and updating them but then life happened.
This post was in collaboration with Keepy. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Guide to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

The first trip to the Las Vegas area, was without my son and more work related. Back then, we spent our time on the Vegas strip and in convention rooms. This trip I had my whole family along and we had more free time to explore. If I could give you some great advice take the 17 mile-ish drive to Red Rock Canyon (that was the distance from our hotel)! I wanted to visit it on our first trip and just did not have the time. 
Once we landed at the airport, we got our Mazda CX-3 rental. It housed all our luggage without any issue. We were super excited to explore and set off after a quick stop at the hotel. I simply typed in "Red Rock Canyon" into the GPS point of interest feature and it immediately had the route we needed to take. 
As we started to get closer I saw this rock and HAD to stop for a photo. We do not live by mountains and seeing them up close is so surreal! I wish I could explain how the views make me feel but words escape me. I can say I would take them over a beach any day. Something about them are simply majestic and make me giddy inside!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Planning ahead for College

 Seems like just yesterday, I was telling my Mom, this was finally it. I was going to have a baby and she would be a grandmother for the first time. I remember her holding my hand and helping me through a rough labor. Just a minute later we were picking out my son's first school backpack and his first day of school outfit. He was ready to go to school although I was a bit concerned. He tested ahead for his age and I remember thinking he was a year younger than most of his classmates. Would he fit in? 
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A second later it seemed, my son entered second grade and already started to plan for his future. What job he wanted as a grown up. A grown up? Where have the years gone? They say as you get older they slip by you but lightening speed just pails in comparison once you start actually living them. Now, is the best time to think ahead for his future. I have always been a very savvy person when it comes to fiances. I wanted to have a nest egg, a "rainy day fund" because in these economic downfalls it is smart business to do so. I am after all not just in-charge of myself but also the little soon-to-be twenty something year old going off to college, second grader! Let's talk College savings plans specifically a 529 College Saving Plan we are setting up for our son.

Monday, February 13, 2017

15 Shows to get you through Winter

 Aside from the dumping of snowfall this Winter, sickness has plagued us. Sickness has taken a very energetic  boy into a couch potato who barely stays away for more then a few hours before drifting off. Usually around this time we are experiencing cabin fever or temperatures that do not allow us to go outside. If any of these things are happening to you here are 15 movies/shows on Netflix to get you through Winter!
**I received a free service to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
1. NCIS- I has been watching re-runs because I just miss Ziva and Anthony's characters!
2. Santa Clarita Diet- So many people have watched this and LOVE it. I am one of them. A great mix of comedy, TV drama and Zombies. If you have a weak stomach not the show for you!
3. The Crown- I seriously binge watched this series! I love this type of historical drama.
4. Reign πŸ’ƒπŸ˜πŸ‘Œ
5. Shameless- is awesomely inappropriate, with social commentary about gentrification weaved through the hilarious story lines.