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November 29, 2018

R/C MECH Robo Cannon Review

 Have a person on your holiday shopping list that would LOVE a remote control toy car?? As a kid my brother and I spent hours outside with our remote controlled vehicles. I remember my parents investing in these over the years. I have to say the devices on the mark far surpass what we played with back then. Take this R/C MECH Robo Cannon for examples. One of the great Gift ideas I suggest in my Holiday Gift Guide
 This post is sponsored by New Bright. All opinions expressed in this post are all mine. #NewBrightHoliday
When this was delivered to my door the teenage hockey players could not wait to dig right in! I have to say I was equally excited.
 Simply charge the device's battery pack, load blasting rounds of foam projectiles, adjustable the barrel and "FIRE". 
    With this particular model you can battle one another or set up an ambush.
R/C MECH Robo Cannon Features: 
Full Function Radio Control 
12.8v Rechargeable Lithium Battery 
2.4GHz Frequency 
Laser Sight Aim assist 
Adjustable Barrel 
Hi-Traction Treads with Pivot Control 
Blast rounds at 100 ft per second 
All Batteries Included
Includes 60 Foam Projectiles 
Multi Player sync capabilities 
ThR/C MECH Robo Cannon would make a great gift for anyone 14 & older on your list. Just check it our at your local Walmart.
Have you started Christmas shopping yet?
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November 27, 2018

Stock your Fridge for the Holiday Feasting

 We are in the Holiday Season, finally! Now is the time family and friends starts to come home or take time off from work. We love getting together over meals and catching up. Before we get those surprise visits I like to stock my pantry and fridge! Let's talk about the main breakfast essential, BACON!! The North Country Smokehouse just launched a new sugar-free bacon line! If you have followed my family for any amount of time you know our little one can't digest sugar so this is AMAZING!! 
 This is a sponsored post on behalf of North Country Smokehouse. All opinions expressed are my own.
The new North Country Smokehouse line offers two bacon varieties, 12oz Natural, Certified Humane Fruitwood Smoked Bacon and 8oz. Organic Applewood Smoked Bacon. You can find some at your local Hannaford’s Supermarket, Whole Foods Market, Big Y, and Stop & Shop. Search locations on their store locator hereWe sampled both and my personal favorite was the Applewood flavor but you go right ahead and judge for yourself!  
 Now we have used them in several recipes from breakfast deliciousness to bacon sandwiches! If you are interested in the recipes for any of the dishes we made check out my "Recipe Tab" located at the top bar of my website!
I also want to say these bacon products are perfect for anyone keeping a Paleo, Keto, or Whole 30 lifestyle. It can be so hard to stick to a diet during the holidays so I encourage anyone on that path!
We are so excited for Christmas this year. I feel like the Christmas spirit just hit us hardcore early this year. We wanted to decorate after Halloween. My pantry and fridge are stocked, I cant wait!!
Are you ready for the Holiday feasting? 
What groceries do you personally stock up on??
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November 25, 2018

Expand your Financial Freedom with PayPal

Thank you PayPal and Walmart for sponsoring this post. Introducing PayPal cash in and cash out money services, the financial services alternative which allows you to manage your PayPal account and cash flow needs on your own terms!
The Holiday shopping season have started and as usual, I’ve been incessantly browsing stores for the best deals. We have a rather large Christmas list to buy for this year. After adding hockey players to our home my list has doubled. I would be remiss if I didn't also send a little something home to their families. I should take a moment to say I know we do not HAVE to buy anyone anything. I enjoy giving to others and finding the perfect gifts that put a smile on their faces.  
My budget is always in the back of mind. I need the ability to purchase luxury gifts while exercising financial freedom. In October, I paid to have a new roof put on our house. At that time, I really thought Christmas would be a bit stressful. It was a huge purchase. Luckily, with PayPal "cash in and cash out"(exclusively at Walmart stores) services, I have been able to scour deals and pick up items at a fraction of the price. Just last night we walked into Walmart, a literal treasure trove of affordable gifts at your fingertips, and finished off our stocking filler list. I was not expecting to shop but price wise, they had basically everything we needed in one location. 
I just transferred money via the PayPal "cash in" option and VOILA my stocking purchases are done for the Season. I no longer worry whether if I have enough cash on me. PayPal users can access the money in their PayPal account, easily load & withdraw money, at any US Walmart store (just pay the flat $3 fee). I can now have the freedom to spend my money when and where I want or need too. 
My other secret weapon I have when I am shopping at other stores or online... This PayPal Cash Mastercard, which allows me to make purchases or pay bills (anywhere Mastercard is accepted). You can also keep track of your spending by using the Walmart Service Desks or ATMs. 
Having the financial freedom to access my money anytime, anywhere, I need it, has revolutionized the way I shop for gifts this year. I no longer wait the last minute or have felt the Holiday pressure. Try out the PayPal Cash in and Out feature by clicking here.
Could you use some financial freedom this Holiday season?

What's  on your Christmas list?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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November 24, 2018

Technology for the Teenagers on your Christmas List

This post is in collaboration with Verizon . All opinions (and memories!) are my own.
Last year we didn't have a long list of people to buy for. I personally don't have a large family but I married into one. By hosting hockey players in our home this year we doubled our Shopping list. We have 2 teenagers (and their families) on our list now. YAY!! Let me tell you, adding teenagers to the mix really changes your Christmas List up a bit! Where toys seemed to overtake my shopping, now technology does. Verizon has my back with their NEW Family Tech website. Perfect for parents like us who maybe have fallen out of "What's cool" and "hip" yet want to WOW them! I found some great tech resources, product reviews and gift ideas on the website as well. Today, I'm sharing my favorite tech gifts for the teenagers who might be on your list!
1. The Bose Bluetooth speaker. This wireless speaker, with it's 360–degree, delivers superior sound in every direction! I have actually talked once before about it's superb sounds here. Fill up the room with deep, loud, immersive bass, so everyone in the house can enjoy. 

Having the teenagers in the house was an adjustment. Not because they were awful but because they were so....shy. We never imagined hockey players would be shy. Thinking back on it...I guess if you are thousand miles from home and living with a new family you would be a bit timid. They live in our finished basement so we don't really hear much of what goes on down there. Until one evening we heard sounds from their speaker followed by them yelling things like "Welcome to (insert the town we live in) and "hashtag smell this". I laughed until I cried! To this day we still joke with them about it!
Which brings me to my next gift idea, Wireless headphones ðŸ˜‰!
2. Wireless Headphones- My suggestion are the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones. They are on the pricer side BUT what you get is QUALITY!! These particular headphones deliver adaptive noise canceling, which actively blocks outside sounds and distractions. I personally use wireless headphone to listen to music when I am writing. Perfect for listening to music while doing homework or pre-game motivation!
3. The Nest Cam Security Camera. Sending off our teens to college is hard. Their bedrooms that once were full are now empty. Gift them: piece of mind for their dorms or apartments. I will never forget the day I was waiting for my son and another kid was walking down the hall with my son's hockey equipment. He saw my son's expensive stick, wanted it and took it. Luckily I got it back immediately but I take security VERY seriously around here! 

The Nest Cam Security Camera lets them keep an eye on what matters most to them. Even if they are not home. This device has 24/7 live video streaming that goes directly to your mobile device or tablet. You can even set up alerts if something happens and watch footage live in super clear 1080p HD. 
4. Verizon Smart Family - your new partner in parenting. 
The Verizon Smart Family program lets you know where your kids are by tracking their device. It also allows you to limit what they see on their devices by setting content filters. This is perfect for younger teens who are just starting out in the technology world or your veteran teens who have a more freedom.
5. Fitbit Ionic. We house two talented athletes so I have to suggest something that fits their lifestyle. Not just a workout band but so much more!! The Fitbit Ionic automatically records one's sleep patterns and gives suggestions for a better night’s rest! Optimize your routine. Craft your ultimate workout and get step–by–step coaching right from your wrist. Stay motivated with on-screen guidance that adapts based on your input. Monitor your heart rate zones with PurePulse® and use GPS/GLONASS to automatically record distances and new routines.
We could not be more pleased to have this opportunity to host hockey players in our home this year and many more years to come! They truly add something that we never imagined was missing! These gift ideas are just a few that I have found to be useful. I will be sharing what gifts I think are great for kids 12 and under next month!!
Please feel free to give us more suggestions in the comments below! 
I am always looking for great gift ideas for teenagers. 
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November 15, 2018

The Greatest Showman- Reimagined album Review

This post is sponsored by Atlantic Records but all opinions are my own.  
Did you know The Greatest Showman - Re-imagined album comes out TOMORROW, Friday, November 16th? It showcases songs from the film, all written by GRAMMY®, Tony, and Academy Award-winning duo Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) covered by a remarkable cast of artists! The stars include Kesha, Missy Elliott, Panic! At The Disco, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles,Ty Dolla $ign, James Arthur, Zac Brown Band among others. Want to know my personal thoughts on the album as I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview?? 
The Greatest Showman movie was one of the most heartwarming films I have seen in a very long time. From talented vocalists to inspiring themes of humanity this film has it all. I felt so emotionally connected to the characters and what would unfold right up until the very end. This album had some major shoes to fill because after watching the movie it needs to deliver in the same manner. I am happy to report that I feel it has. It is my opinion that these artists truly gave you another reason to sing these theme songs. Each one giving you a little twist in their particular version. In some cases I prefer the artist verison of the song verses the movie! My personal favorite: This Is Me by Kesha. I honestly enjoy this version over the movie song and want it on my play list! 
Here is the complete track listing for the album: 
1.The Greatest Show – Panic! At The Disco A Million Dreams 
2. P!nk -A Million Dreams (Reprise) 
3. Willow Sage Hart -Come Alive  
4. Years & Years and Jess Glynne -The Other Side  
5. MAX and Ty Dolla $ign -Never Enough  
6. Kelly Clarkson This Is Me (The Re imagined Remix) 
7. Keala Settle, Kesha and Missy Elliott Rewrite The Stars  
8. James Arthur and Anne-Marie Tightrope  
9. Sara Bareilles - From Now On  
10. Zac Brown Band 
BONUS: 
The Greatest Show -Pentatonix 
Come Alive - Craig David 
This Is Me - Kesha

Have you seen the movie??
Are you excited to hear the NEW re-imagined album?? 
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November 14, 2018

Celebrate Family Caregiver’s Month this November

Today I want to share a little about my care giving over the past few years. This post is in conjunction with Family Caregivers and AARP, I could not be more thrilled! I hope you find this not only beneficial but insightful! If you are a care giver, know you are NOT alone!
This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own.
When I was 16, I moved out of my Mom's home and rented an apartment. We both needed time to recover from years of abuse. It was hard, I worked a full time job while putting myself through high school. When I graduated I moved around until I officially had a 2 bedroom apartment on my own. Sure I dated but taking care of my younger brother was my priority. At one point I turned down my engagement to my long time relationship because they were deploying and I wasn't ready to leave my brother. You could argue that I have been in the "Care giving" role most of my life and you would be right! 
Luckily as I got older, my Mother and I, mended our fences. I truly can say I would be a complete wreck if I ever loose her!
Can I just take a moment and say though that Care giving is HARD! They defined "caregiving as providing support with basic functional (e.g., help with eating, bathing), household (e.g., meal preparation, help with shopping),  medical/nursing tasks, and arranging and coordinating care.
I remember the first time I was put in the Care giving role with my Mom. She just had a hip replacement which grew a nasty infection following. It was so bad she was emitted to a hospital 2 1/2 hours away. They would not allow me to spend the night and watch over her (in a college town there was no hotels rooms to be had). So, I drove to be with her everyday for 10 days (200 miles round trip). I watched her slip further and further away from me. That day I realized parents aren't the superheros you have made them out to be. She was a fragile human just like the rest of us.
When she finally came home we were her around the clock care. Bathing, feeding, cleaning and emptying her incisions. No one ever prepares you for this. What can I say it's gross, it's embarrassing, it's humbling but it's necessary. Sure I could have shipped her to a facility but she's my Mom. I wanted to care for her. The same women who changed, fed and bathed me as a child needed me. 
Can I give you some advice? TAKE BREAKS! If you are in the situation of caring for another make sure you are also taking care of yourself. This was such a hard lesson. I would joke how one of the major aspects of my life was a mess in order to fill the others. My house was clean, my Mom and family was taken care of, but I was a MESS! 
Finally my spouse gave me the best advice I could honestly pass along. If you are not making sure you take care of yourself you are no good to anyone! Think of yourself as a cup full of water. Each time you give a little water leaves your cup. You need to keep replenishing your cup daily or you will be empty. 
Did you know that Caregiving is one area that touches every generation. Surprisingly, 24% of the 40 million family caregivers in the United States are Millennials (those born between the years 1980 and 1996). The proportion of this group holding full time jobs is higher than any other generation, yet they are the least likely to identify as caregivers or talk about their unpaid family responsibilities in the workplace, minimizing the opportunities for support.

So, if you are a care giver...you are NOT alone! Can I promise you will not get frustrated and the person you are caring for won't get on your nerves? No, I fight weekly with my mother over silly things like taking her to Physical Therapy. Not because we are bad people but this is a HUGE adjustment for both of us. She depends on ME! She is used to coming and going as she pleases and now can't drive. Plus, I am the one in charge, most parents have a hard time taking orders especially from their kids. 
It's hard, but we get through it one appointment at a time. 
Since it is Family Caregiver’s Month this November, we are reflecting on our personal care giving journeys! I hope sharing a little about my journey helps. I also want to share some amazing resources that WILL help you along your way!



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November 11, 2018

Holiday Clean Up with Mean Green

Christmas is fast approaching and I am already overwhelmed. This year we will have not just our family but our hockey players as well. If you have followed some of my past remodeling posts you might remembered we refinished our entire basement. This was to host hockey players down there. They come in from all over the world and play for our local NAHL team. They are a talented bunch of guys who really have devoted their lives to the sport in hope to sign with colleges. It has been such a great experience for our family. 
**I received a free products to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review in any way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
It has also been a gigantic learning experience. I now have teenagers in and out of my home where we once only had our nine year old. Talk about adjustments. With the Holidays coming I needed a game plan because I don't want to be embarrassed by my homes state. The first thing I have control over is the organization and cleanliness of our home. 
 Instead of stressing over the amount of work cleaning up will be. Have a plan and use quality products! I could not stress to you enough that using quality products really do make the difference. Check out the Mean Green line of products I swear by them!!
My next piece of free advice on getting ready for the Holiday Clean up?? Ask for help. I know I am not the only parent who feels overwhelmed. Yet, we rarely ask for help. No one in my house can read my mind. Even if I have asked for help and they managed to wiggle out of dong something this is the time to remind them. I am not suggesting you nag them but Tis the Season of giving. I am sure they do not want their dirty laundry out when company comes over.
My last piece of advice before the Holiday Season is in full swing? Enjoy it! Stop stressing over all the small little things and remember to enjoy it. These years are precious. Try not to waste them.
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November 9, 2018

Give back to Nurses and Doctors this Holiday Season with CharMED

 Who enjoys the Holiday Season coming up? Christmas is fast approaching and I have been busy putting together my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for you all! Gift giving can be so stressful! Anyone else feeling the pressure?? You want to get the right gifts for your family and friends without breaking the bank. Who do you even buy for and where should you cut off your spending? We have a  pretty long list of people we buy for but I shop all year to accommodate it. 
Want to know the people who are usually forgotten.....nurses, doctors and medical personnel. When was the last time you "Thanked a Nurse"?? 
Let CharMED help with that!!
Compensation was provided by charMED via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of charMED or Momtrends. 
I remember studying for the Nursing exam while working full time. It was so incredibly hard. I remember stressing out, using index cards, I was a wreck!! At the end of the day it's worth it because ever day you have the opportunity to literally save a life! If you are not touched by their bedside manner, you are touched by there perseverance or personal life story. 
It's truly a job no one really "wants" but we would be lost if no one did it. 
Since I know many of you have a nurse, doctor or Medical professional on your list I wanted to give you a gift suggestion!! 
Let me introduce you to CharMED charms! They are the perfect yet discreet option for the medical field people on your list! 
These Stethoscope charms will help the medical professionals in your life, personalize their stethoscopes. How cool is that!! Trust me the boring white lab coats and light blue scrubs get old day after day! With these CharMED stethoscope charms you can add a tiny little hint of style and flair, that patients, especially kids, will love!! 
You can select from numerous options: monograms to coffee cups or even tiaras! I personally selected: Breast Cancer ribbon (for my Grandmother who lost her battle and because I am a survivor), The "Mom" charm because being a parent was the greatest gift ever given to us and the "Coffee" charm because without it this walking Mombie in the morning would not be able to function let along help anyone! I can't wait to hear what you think of this gift idea!!
Do you have a Medical professional on your list??
Which CharMED would suit them, Check the styles out here.
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