Help for My Achy Knees #TryLivRelief

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LivRelief Review - Sorry, you have to see my pasty legs and knees

So, y’all, in about two months, I’ll turn 36.  Although it seems like I *just* turned 30, my body in the last year or so has given me plenty of reminders that I’m no longer in my early twenties.  Namely, my back and knees: years of stomping on the diving board have left my knees with a constant crackle to them.  And my back, ugh, my lower back continuously reminds me that my four-and-a-half year old son is growing up, and getting FAR too big for me to pick up.  **sigh** [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Getting Comfy Out of My Comfort Zone {prAna review}

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Disclosure: I received this product for free for a prAna review from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program , May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. However, my opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.   

As a mother of young kids, sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a rut – whether it be at mealtime, household duties (ugh!), fitness, fashion, or all of the above and then some.  Sometimes we truly just trudge through in survival mode, doing the best we can with what we have, and feel accomplished in getting through the day in a somewhat sane fashion.

(Spit baths count as an actual bath for small children, right???) [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Six Flags discount tickets from Pantech Mobile + Giveaway

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Pantech Mobile is at it again – partnering up to offer you  Six Flags discount tickets on your next visit to the park.  Through August 21, you can get $13 off your Six Flags over Georgia ticket when you stop by any AT&T store and ask for a Six Flags coupon.  If you happen to be over on the west coast,  There’s no purchase necessary, just present the coupon at the gate for discounted admission!  You can find store locations at PantechUSA.

Speaking of Pantech, I was recently given a Pantech Vybe™ to try out.  I was super-excited to try a device that took me out of my comfort zone.  …um, let’s just say I’ve long been a user of a particular -erm- fruity phone brand.  😉    As with any new device, there was a slight learning curve that came with the Vybe, but once I got the hang of it, it was pretty sweet.  I could see the Pantech Vybe being a great device for a teen or tween, as the slide out full Qwerty keyboard makes typing super-easy.  The small design allows it to easily fit in your pocket – even small women’s pants pockets.  (Ladies, ever notice what limited space some of our pants have?!)  The rugged back insures it won’t slip out of even the fumbliest of hands – I will attest to that first-hand!Six-Flags-Discount-Tickets_Pantech-Vybe-Collage

Best of all, it really held its charge well.  Seriously, y’all.  I honestly left this out and on while I was out of town for 8 days, and it barely made a dent in the battery.  Granted, it was sitting idle, but still!

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Would you like to win a Pantech Vybe and a set of four tickets to Six Flags? It’s simple: first, comment below (twice) telling me what you like about the Pantech Vybe. Then leave a seperate comment telling me what you’d like most to do at Six Flags. Then, fill out the form below. You can comment, tweet, and “share” daily for additional entries. Good luck y’all!

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--Barbara

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Keurig Recipe Roundup

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Keurig recipes

I was recently given a Keurig K45 Elite to review, and was excited to share my opinions and findings with y’all.  In full disclosure, I am not a coffee drinker.  There.  The truth is out there.  However, I do LOVE a good cup of tea, and my kids can down a cup of hot chocolate faster than I could even type this sentence – so I thought trying out the Keurig was a good idea.  Also, my mother- and father-in-law were in town, and volunteered to try out the various coffees.

First, the Keurig is a great tool for folks who like variety, convenience, and quick service.  The Keurig system allows you to make a single cup within just a matter of minutes (or, like 90 seconds, give or take), while providing the flexibility of easily making other flavors, or tea, or hot chocolate with a simply snap of the k-cup.  So if you entertain, the Keurig and its k-cup system are a good way to offer your guests a variety of drink options.  And see all these snazzy recipes below, they’re so creative and delicious, they just may blow your mind!

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The drawbacks?  Any Keurig system has a bit of built-in “waste”, with the individual k-cups, and packaging for these – more packaging than, say, a bag of coffee grounds.  However, you can purchase a k-cup reusable filter for under ten bucks, to lessen the environmental impact.

Additionally, the cost of those k-cups add up quickly.  It is, by far, much cheaper to brew a good ol’ fashioned pot of coffee at home.  But, it’s the k-cup is still cheaper than Starbucks.  If you like to drink a wide variety of coffee and teas, and if you only drink a single cup each day, than the Keurig system may be a good option.

Now, on to the good stuff: the recipes!  I have the privledge of networking with some amazing bloggers, who shared with me some equally ahhh-mazing recipes with which you can utilize your Keurig brewing system.

 

 Keurig Recipe Roundup

First, I’m going to start with the absolutely scrumptious desserts, because, well, we should always start with a treat, right?

Chai Tea Latte Cupcakes

 

I know, only three dessert recipes.  I’m such a tease!  But I promise, many of these drinks are rich enough to stand in place of a dessert!  #nomnom indeed!  (….or #slurpslurp ??)

Almond Extract Tea (with a surprise twist!)

Baileys Kahlua Iced Coffee Shake

Bourbon Hot Cocoa Recipe

Chai Tea Latte Mix

Copycat Coffeehouse Frappe

Creamy Iced Coffee

Cup o’Co

Homemade Frozen Mocha

Hot Chocolate Martini

Hot Cocoa w/Rum

Instant Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Mocha Eggnog

Nutella Hazelnut Coffee ….because Nutella….

Skinny Mocha Frappe

White Chocolate French Vanilla Latte

Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee

Southern Sweet Tea  (I’m biting my tongue – y’all know my stance on sweet tea!)  😉

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--Barbara

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Caillou Talking Doll – A Big Hit!

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Caillou Talking Doll with accessoriesWe recently were sent a talking Caillou doll to play with and review.  (And by “we”, I mean my five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, of course!)  We’ve seen “regular” (non-talking) Caillou toys in stores before, mostly at Babies R Us and Toys R Us, but the talking doll takes the cake.  Both of my kids (5 and 2) have long been fans of watching Caillou, and were thrilled when I surprised them with the doll.  Imagine they’re delight when they discovered he could TALK, too!  He’s got several cute phrases, including teaching about the seasons, counting to five, colors (and gives examples), naming his friends (and he includes his little sis – bonus points in my book!), naming animals, teachers “thank you” and “hello” in French, and thanks you for playing with him. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Krystal $25 gift card giveaway

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Krystal $25 gift card giveaway collage

Amidst this crazy and surprisingly cold weather these last few weeks, my family and I craved warmth.  But not just any ol’ warmth.  It had to be consumable and delicious!  😉

Enter: Krystals.  I was recently sent a gift card, to try out some of their items, and to share with y’all. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Rhyming with Preschoolers – review

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I recently had the opportunity to review Rhyming Unit Mega Bundle: 17 Rhyming Activities with my 4-year-old daughter.  Boy, did we have fun with this one!
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My 4-year-old daughter and I enjoyed doing a few of the activities this weekend from this bundle – and reinforced her skills with rhyming all at the same time.  First, we did a quick matching game with a set of rhyming cards – she read the words (paired with pictures) and found another word card in the same rhyme family.  As an extension, and completely on her own, she started making rhyming sentences with the word pairs, like “The fox was in the box.” [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Pointing Fingers Can Be FUN! {review + giveaway}

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 Pointing Fingers by Hasbro

If you’re looking for a grown-up, slightly more sophisticated version of the classic “Truth or Dare” of our youth, look no further.  Enter: Pointing Fingers.  I was recently sent a copy of the game for review, and am delighted to share it with y’all, AND offer y’all a chance to win the game for yourself!

Pointing Fingers is one of Hasbro’s newest games, and it’s a fun-filled, hilarious game for anyone over the age of 12-ish.  It’s best played with at least 4-6 players.

When I opened up the box, I was met with six green foam fingers, as well as super-cute game pieces, like truth meters and a stack of thought-provoking cards!

Pointing Fingers truth meters

You see, with this game, you have to figure out who in the group has done which crazy antic – the more accurate your guesses, the more points you earn.  BUT, with all the beans being spilled in such a revealing game, there is one rule to keep in mind: what comes out during Pointing Fingers, stays in Pointing Fingers.  There’s even an honesty oath for all participants to partake before festivities commence.

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Seriously, it’s a super-cute game, and you’re guaranteed to have gobs of fun – and perhaps learn things you didn’t know (and maybe didn’t WANT to know!) about your friends and family.  I’d tell you about my experience in playing the game, but -well- remember that whole oath thing?  😉  Let’s just say, lots of laughs ensued, as well as a good time had by all!

Pointing-Fingers-cards_bannersWant a chance to win your own copy of Pointing Fingers?  It’s super easy: just follow the steps below:

  1. First, leave a comment below, sharing who you’d likely play Pointing Fingers with;
  2. Then fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.
  3. There is no #3.  See?  Super simple, right?  😉

GOOD LUCK, y’all!!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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LeapFrog LeapReader™ “Ready, Set, Read & Write!

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Disclosure: I received free LeapFrog LeapReader™ products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty.  The opinions expressed here, as well as (some of) the cute kids are all mine.

When a big ol’ box of LeapFrog LeapReader™ products showed up at my door recently, I literally did the happy dance.  (…and just be glad no one was around to see that sad mess…)  I had the distinct pleasure of being chosen to host a LeapReader™ party, a privilege given to only select bloggers, as I later learned!  Included in my party kit were:

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--Barbara

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Dirty Secrets: My Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Review + giveaway

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I was recently given a complimentary use of the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine, in exchange for this review.  All opinions, and nasty carpet pictures, are completely mine.

I have a terrible confession to make: in over six years living in our home, we’ve never cleaned our carpets.  For over four years, they’ve been riddled with little kid grime; yet, we somehow just never got around to getting the carpets cleaned, even though it was always on our long list of things to do.  *sigh*

I digress.

When I was approached with an opportunity to try out the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine in my home for a trial period, my husband and I both eagerly jumped at the chance!  Tanya from Fizz Word of Mouth Marketing dropped it off, and that very weekend, we got to cleaning!

Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine princess husband collage

Well, actually, I was putting the kids down for their naps, and my husband took over the carpet cleaning duties.  To be honest, I never got to even TOUCH the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine during the entire trial period — my husband was in.  the.  zone.  So, to be perfectly clear, this review is really a second-hand account of HIS use of the machine.  But I assure you, it was an incredible experience.  😉

The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine proved to be light weight, even when full of the sloshy water and cleaning fluid.  I’m not sure if you were supposed to vacuum the carpets before hand -remember, my husband took control and you know men and directions….  In any case, we didn’t, but the dirt was just effortlessly pulled away from our carpets, rugs, stairs (all three flights!), and couches.

Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine in action

The day we did this, it was overcast outside (imagine that, during this summer in Atlanta!), so it was difficult to get great pictures contrasting the clean and dirty carpets.  But I managed to capture a few, mainly the rugs in our den.  First, my husband did the big one, so I put the runner OVER it afterwards, for comparison purposes.  You can clearly see the difference!  This is in a super-high traffic area, but those filthy rugs didn’t stand a chance against the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine!

Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine - before after

With enthusiasm -and the “help” of our daughter, dressed as Princess Merida- we tackled the whole house: all the carpet upstairs (including four bedrooms and a super long hallway), all the downstairs rugs, our carpeted dining room and formal living room, the finished basement (half carpeted), as well as front stair case, back stair case, and the basement stairs.

Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine - water pouring collage

All in all, each time we poured that nasty water tank in to the laundry room sink, we were assured that we were successfully lifting the grime out of our house.  Okay, and we were equally disgusted with the level of filth we’ve been walking upon, and our KIDS had been playing in!  With each dumping of the water tank, we felt a little -um- relief knowing that the grimy layer of disgust was literally going down the drain and OUT OF OUR HOUSE!

Enter for a chance to win a rental of the
Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine!

Would you like a chance to try out this bad boy?  I’m offering five vouchers each good for a 24-hour rental period (a $24.99 value) of the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine.  It’s super simple, just comment below on which room(s) you’d most love to tackle with the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine, then fill out the entry form here.

Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine vouchers

And even if you’d don’t win, grab this coupon, good for $5 off your rental.  Your local Lowes Home Improvement store offers rental of this machine, as well as the Bissell Pawsitivity Clean Machine, which is designed for pet owners.  …..now, go enter to win a free rental trial!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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