A Smartwatch for my Kids

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Disclosure: I received a product sample for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ. I love getting to try out new toys for my kids. I am of the opinion that electronics can be used to really help teach our kids information, teach them new skills and capture their interest in learning in new ways. I like the Kidizoom Smartwatch by VTECH for many reasons. Take a look at this list of features: Takes Pictures Has fun photo effects Take … [Read more...]

Cleaning with Steam

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Disclosure: I received a free product sample for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ.   I love cleaning with steam. Previously HomeRight has sent me a SteamMachine that I used to clean almost every surface of my house. It was awesome! I cleaned my oven, which was totally gross, but was so easy with the use of steam. I was able to get my brand new curtains wrinkle free. My shower doors became clearer and my faucets beautifully shiny.  Cleaning … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event

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Welcome to the 2014 Back to School Giveaway Event! This event is sponsored by  Just Ideas with Venus Kem  and Our World Travel with help from the participating bloggers!  This event is hosted by Dixieland Mom Product & Travel Reviews and co-hosted by Mom to Grandma, Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Java John Z, Imperfect Women & Swanky Point of View. I know some of you may be groaning about thinking about going Back to School, but with the possibility of winning all the school supplies you … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Use Tissue Paper to Entertain Your Kids

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Do you have a kid (or two, or three) that is just as content to play with a box or empty paper towel roll as they are to play with a top of the line toy? A kid who can invent a million games and make believes inspired by a mound of dirt? (Were you that kid?) Although toy and game makers continually create inventive products to stimulate and captivate our children’s minds and imaginations, there’s something to be said for simple crafts and games you can create at home. Next time it’s … [Read more...]

Avocado and Chickpea Salad

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The theme of The Hundred-Foot Journey is that "every bite takes you home". When I was growing up every Sunday we would have pot roast, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy and rolls. It was so yummy! When I grew up and moved away from home my Mom gave me the recipe but I have never been able to recreate it just like hers when I was growing up. I think it was Mom love sprinkled in that I just can't copy. Do you have recipes or food that "take you home"? Here is another great recipe inspired by The … [Read more...]

Budget Travel to Yellowstone

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There is nothing more breathtaking to observe than the glories of Yellowstone National Park. Bordering Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, this park is one of the most sought after destinations for summer vacations each year. This year follow our tips for Budget Travel To Yellowstone to make your family dream come true. Not only can we help you plan for the park itself, but also for your trip there and back. BUDGET TRAVEL TO YELLOWSTONE   SCRIMP ON TRAVEL, SPLURGE ON THE PARK: Depending on … [Read more...]

Tips for Planning a Frugal Vacation

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Vacations are essential for relaxation time, quality time with your friends and family, and just getting some time to unplug! However, with more people trying to be frugal and the prices of everything rising every day, it can be difficult to plan a frugal vacation and still enjoy yourself! These five tips will help ensure your frugal vacation is great, successful, and enjoyable for all! 1. Plan to visit somewhere relatively close. Although flying to Hawaii sounds awesome in theory, it’s … [Read more...]

4 Easy Steps to Cutting on the Silhouette

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So you've created a wonderful masterpiece in Silhouette Studio but some how you have to make that picture on your computer come out of your Silhouette machine. Here are the 4 easy step to get your project from digital to actual.   1. Set your cut settings 2. Print out your project 3. Load the machine 4. Send your project to the Silhouette   Cut Settings, make sure you have cut lines for everything that needs to be cut out. … [Read more...]

Choosing the Perfect Bedding for your Child + Giveaway

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Disclosure: I received a free product sample for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ. Picking bedding for children can be tricky if you start thinking too much about it. It's hard because you want to get something they like but you also want it to last. Fads, styles, trends and even taste changing quickly so the key is to get something classic. If your children share a room then you have an extra layer of tricky trying to get coordinating … [Read more...]

Vacation Myrtle Beach Giveaway

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As you know I love to travel. I especially love going to new places, exploring and falling in love with a new destination. Are you looking for a great place to vacation? Maybe you want to have one last getaway before the kids go back to school. Or maybe you'd love a sunny escape once winter hits! Either way, a vacation to Myrtle Beach is perfect and you could WIN!! I've never been to Myrtle Beach but I have heard wonderful things about it and it is definitely on my bucket list. Enter to WIN a 3 … [Read more...]

How to make the Perfect Kabobs

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Recently a genius friend of mine explained that when I made kabobs I was doing it all wrong. Normally I would place the meat and vegetables all on the same skewer and grill everything together, and then deal with the burned onions and peppers. Well hold on to your seats folks, because here are some tips I learned to make the perfect kabobs. How to Grill the Perfect Kabobs If you are using wooden skewers soak them in water for about 10 minutes before preparing the kabobs. This will prevent … [Read more...]

Summer BBQ Ideas

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  At our house Summer means time to grill... a LOT! It is too hot to have the over on in the house, so it's helpful to move the cooking outside. Here is a great round up of 12 Summer Grilling Ideas!     Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe ~Little House Living Wickedly Good Steak Chimichurri ~Lori’s Culinary Creations Jalapeno Ranch Colby Burger ~Just Us Four Southwestern Bacon Cheeseburgers with Guacamole ~Mom Endeavors Corn Pudding ~A Virtuous Woman Homemade BBQ … [Read more...]

Back to School with MinuteClinic

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Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic.   For us Back to School is right around the corner. My kids go back in the middle of August. This year is even more exciting for our family because we will have a new Kindergartener. While it is exciting for my son to be growing up and starting school, it also means time for more vaccinations. I am in my early 30's (I hate admitting that!) but even I can still remember the day I had to get all my … [Read more...]

Aquarium of Niagara

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When we pulled into Niagara Falls, NY I kind of wanted to build anticipation up for seeing the falls. Instead of heading right to the falls we first made a stop at the Aquarium of Niagara. I had read several online reviews about this attraction and most said that we should skip it, but I thought my kids would have fun so we pressed on anyways. $33 later, we were visiting a tiny run down Aquarium and I was kind of kicking myself for not listening to the online reviews. Regardless, the kids … [Read more...]

Big Hero 6 Characters

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Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced the voice cast behind the new action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6":   Voiced by RYAN POTTER (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”), robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the … [Read more...]