Archives for November 2016

Shoplet At-A-Glance Vienna Weekly Monthly Appointment Book #BloggingBook

 

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I have to be organized, between running a rental condo and being a blogger I keep an appointment book with me at all times. I use it for organizing my bills, keeping the condo rental schedules and keeping my blog posting schedules. I love this appointment book, it is great, since it has a full monthly calendar, then daily calendar. This would be great for tons of different ideas. You have everything you need at your fingertips.

 

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Appointment Book

This would be a perfect Christmas Gift for that special someone or a good friend that likes to stay organized. I love the Larger Size One but my daughter likes the small personal size one. She uses hers for College scheduling. It works great for her she can throw it in her purse when not in use. She likes to keep up with all of her monthly tests, homework and reports due by having it all in one place.

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I try and make a resolution or two every year and this year staying organized is on top of my priority list. This would be a perfect way to make sure you keep that new year resolution! I love giving gifts that people will actually use, this would be one of those gifts!

They offer tons of variety of items:

Office Supplies, Cleaning Supplies, Medical Supplies, Office Furniture, At-A-Glance

WaterWipes now available at Walmart.com and a Giveaway!!

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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As a mom of course I want only the best for my babies! With so many wet wipes options available on the shelf it is hard to know which one is best. I was so excited to learn about WaterWipes, these amazing wipes are chemical free. I love knowing I am using something so pure on my baby! It is hard to find a product now that is completely chemical free, so this is definitely the only wet wipes we use!!

Not only are they safe to use but they are also convient to purchase. I want to share some great news, WaterWipes are now available at our favorite stores and online at Walmart.com. You can shop with ease for the world’s purest baby wipes right at your fingertips. I love shopping online, it saves so much time for me, so knowing I can order these through Walmart is perfect!

WaterWipes is a chemical free baby wipe that contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Finally a wipe that I am okay with using on my little one. If he grabs it and puts it in his mouth, like he does everything, I know it is safe!! These wipes are strong and sturdy and work amazing!! These wipes work better than the “other name brand” wipes.

These wipes are both durable and effective without containing any of the potential harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes, WaterWipes proves a safer, natural option.  You can be assured that you are using only the best for your little one but not paying the price. These wipes are very competitive in price to all the others on the market!

I love the easy access to them, now at Walmart.com. Since we travel a lot, these are so awesome because the bag seals. The bags are well made and won’t tear open. They are easy to store when traveling or just keeping them in the diaper bag! Since I shop at Walmart online all the time, this is great to me, now I will never run out! 

You can search for where to find them here:

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Now for the fun giveaway information:

Prize: One of five (5) $100 Walmart gift cards

Dates: November 14 – December 9, 2016

I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).

WaterWipes Walmart Giveaway

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Soniclear Elite Beauty Set #michaeltoddbeauty

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Soniclear Elite Beauty Set

 

 

This is absolutely my favorite face scrubber. It is so elaborate and the design is so pretty! I use this daily for deep cleaning my face. Although, this set includes body scrub too, you can use it for feet, body and face with the different brushes available!!  It has 6 speeds and a cashmere brush head!! This design has everything you need to make you feel like you are at a spa without the cost!!

This would make a wonderful Christmas Gift for that special someone or hard to buy someone in your life!

I have a tendency to get acne during “that time of month”, yes, even at my age. This has been amazing, it keeps my oily skin under control. For the first time in a long time I am able to use foundation.

 

Features

  • Power Control Handle. Produces up to 300 sonic movements per second for 6x better cleansing than with hands alone.
  • Antimicrobial Daily Cleanse Brush. Gentle, effective daily cleanse brush. Brush bristles are sized and uniquely rounded at the tip for gentle, effective daily cleansing. Antimicrobial for stain and odor causing bacteria protection.
  • Antimicrobial Body Brush Exfoliating body scrubber for smoother feeling skin skin. Antimicrobial for stain and odor causing bacteria protection.
  • Multiple Speeds with C-Boost™ Technology. 6 sonic speeds for a customizable cleansing experience for your specific skin type and skin concerns. C-Boost provides a pulsating massage designed to rev-up your skincare regimen.
  • Cleansing Timer. Built in automatic timer beeps to remind you to move to next cleansing area.
  • Cordless and Rechargeable. Provides up to an hour of continuous use on a single charge.
  • Waterproof. Fully waterproof for use in the shower and bath.
  • Comfort Grip. Soft, non-slip grips are provided for increased comfort and to prevent slipping, an extra plus when using in the shower.
  • Charging Stand. Upright cradle for storage and charging.
  • Antimicrobial Product Protection. Safe, effective and long lasting LIFE Antimicrobial Product Protection is built into the brush head to protect against stain and odor causing bacteria so brushes stay cleaner, fresher for longer. Won’t wash out or wear off for the life of the brush.
  • Warranty. The Soniclear Elite has an industry leading 5 year limited warranty against defects.
  • Deluxe Accessory Group. With the Deluxe version of the Elite, you also get our antimicrobial PEDI treatment head for smoothing foot care, Extension Handle, convenient Shower Organizer and hard shell Travel Case.Antimicrobial
    protected brush is a
    REAL cleansing
    innovation!The inventors of Soniclear recognized that skin cells and moisture remaining on the brush heads between uses can create conditions for bacteria to grow. So all Soniclear brush bristles, the base to which the bristles are attached and the protective cap are treated during the manufacturing process with proprietary LIFE® antimicrobial product protection – a soniclear exclusive – to help guard against the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. Traditional skin cleansing systems do not provide this protection.The antimicrobial protection in Soniclear is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency to guard against stain and odor causing bacteria on the Brush Heads of your Soniclear. In laboratory tests, surfaces treated with the antimicrobial in Soniclear showed 99.9% inhibition of stain and odor causing bacteria after 24 hours compared with an untreated control. Safe, effective and long lasting, the antimicrobial product protection in Soniclear Brush Heads will not wash out or wear off for the normal life of the brush so the brushes stay cleaner, fresher for longer.

    Antimicrobial product protection is not a substitute for good hygienic practices nor is it intended to protect the user from disease causing microorganisms. We recommend that you clean the Brush Heads with warm soapy water before and after each use and not share Brush Heads for sanitary reasons.

Soniclear Elite Beauty Set

#Michaeltoddbeauty , #Soniclear , #Michaeltoddskincare , #Crueltyfree , #clearskin  @Michaeltoddbeauty

REEBOK Cyber Monday Offer 40% off Link!!

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Children’s Handmade Christmas Decorations #DIY #Christmas

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With three little grandsons running around our house, I have learned the best moments are those making memories. I love to do arts and crafts with them and just trying to take every opportunity to teach them new things. This time of year makes me really realize what is important…. memories!!!  My favorite gifts are their pictures or handmade items. I am sharing the best, easiest and cheapest DIY Christmas gifts for children to make. These would be awesome to do at school, Sunday School or at home.

http://www.joann.com/christmas-bell-ornaments/482608P25.html

 

http://dearcrissy.com/diy-christmas-photo-ornament/

 

http://myclassroomideas.com/christmas-ornament/

 

http://sheaffertoldmeto.com/on-2nd-day-of-christmas-gifts-for-my/

 

http://littleilluminations.blogspot.com/2010/12/holiday-bulletin-boards.html

 

http://3peas-in-a-podprim.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-07-27T05:53:00-07:00&max-results=5

 

http://frommrstomama.blogspot.com/2013/11/20-days-of-christmas-crafts-with-kids.html

 

http://www.thingstoshareandremember.com/sled-craft-ornament/

 

http://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/20-keepsake-ornaments-for-kids-to-make/

 

http://krokotak.com/category/holidays/christmas/

Feel free to add some you like or find this season. I would love to see even more! I can’t wait to share some of these cute ideas!!

 

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe #Thanksgiving

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I love this time of year, the smells of fall, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and pecans make my mouth water! A few years ago we had Thanksgiving at my in-laws and my husband’s sister made a sweet potato casserole. It was the absolute best I have ever had. I begged her for the recipe, since then I have made it every Thanksgiving. It is similar to the Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole and so yummy! I wanted to share it because once you try it you will fall in love. It is really easy to make and people think you are master chef!!

Crust

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I like to chop about 1/2 cup  and use whole or cracked for the other 1/2 cup (pecans preferred))
  • 1/3 stick butter, melted
  • Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.

Sweet Potato Mixture

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (boil them until soft enough to mash with a fork)
  • 1 cup sugar (I do 3/4 sugar and 1/4 brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a medium-size casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a large mixing bowl in the order listed. Beat thoroughly with a hand mixer to increase the fluffiness of the sweet potato mixture.

Pour mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. (At this point, dish can be covered and refrigerated.)

Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture and return to oven for 10 minutes. Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving.

The brown sugar and pecan crust should be slightly browned and crunchy.

Let me know if you try it this Thanksgiving and how it turned out!

 

Free Printable #Educational Thanksgiving 2016

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As a retired teacher, I spent most of my time trying to find some entertaining fill in worksheets. With limited time, this was a hard task especially free ones! I have composed over 10+ sites that offer free printable worksheets that you can use. I can’t wait to do them with my grandsons!

  1. http://hubpages.com/holidays/Free-printable-Thanksgiving-Mazes-for-kids
  2. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiQv6nL9q3QAhVJYiYKHU2HCkcQjhwIBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Flbartman.com%2Fworksheet%2Fthanksgiving-activities-for-4th-graders-free.php&psig=AFQjCNFvLi_iUUg74iZR7wLHWGddLSUnvg&ust=1479407659217917
  3. https://www.pinterest.com/explore/thanksgiving-worksheets/
  4. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/thanksgiving/
  5. http://coloring.danninglawyer.com/math-coloring-thanksgiving-worksheets/
  6. http://www.jumpstart.com/common/find-the-words
  7. https://www.lifewire.com/thanksgiving-coloring-pages-2260651
  8. http://simplelivingmama.com/2014/11/color-number-cornucopia/
  9. http://coloring.danninglawyer.com/math-coloring-thanksgiving-worksheets/
  10. http://www.mediastockblog.com/gallery/thanksgiving-worksheets-for-first-grade.html
  11. http://www.free-coloring-pages.com/  (type in what you are looking for like Thanksgiving)

There are over 1000+ worksheets to choose from. These would be great for spending time with your family and helping little ones learn the meaning of Thanksgiving!

Fill free to comment below with any other links you may know of. I look forward to them!

WatchMinder Vibrating Watch and Reminder System #watchminder

My daughter is in high school now and struggles daily with ADD, I love this WatchMinder because it is a discreet vibrating reminder for her when she is having trouble staying focused. I have noticed an improvement in her grades since wearing this.15051978_10154235526723155_626497828_o

The size is perfect, she had small wrist and it usually hard to find something that will fit. It extends for all size wrist! You receive a rechargeable battery charger to charge at night or whenever needed. There is 65 pre-programmed messages to choose from with 30 daily recurring alarms.

What is the WatchMinder?

The WatchMinder is a simple wristwatch that can easily be programmed to set up discreet vibrating reminders throughout one’s day.  Invented by a child psychologist, the WatchMinder was designed to aid children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (AD/HD) and others with special needs in staying focused, managing their time, and modifying their thoughts and behaviors.

NEW MODEL: NOW INCLUDES COUNTDOWN TIMER!

How is the WatchMinder different than other watches or PDA’s?

  • It Vibrates! – Because a beeping reminder can be disruptive in the classroom or workplace, the WatchMinder was designed with a unique vibration system which allows the watch to discreetly cue the user with a light vibration on the wrist.
  • Interval Training Mode! – In addition to allowing the user to program set reminders throughout one’s day, the WatchMinder can be concurrently programmed to discreetly cue the user on set time intervals.
  • It’s Simple and Programmable! – Unlike many high-tech watches and PDA’s which require a computer to program, the WatchMinder features simple on-screen programming.  The WatchMinder is appropriate for all ages and can be worn discreetly in the classroom.

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Check it out today and receive $10.00 off!! So cute and worth it!

Dreft Messiest Baby Contest Giveaway #messiestbabycontest

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Having 3 grandsons, messy is our middle name.  We love to play outside and get dirty. Thank goodness getting all that dirt out is not a problem. We love Dreft and use it all the time. It is gentle for our little ones, yet tough enough to remove all of the dirt. I love how wonderful it smells and how awesome it works.

If you love prizes then you do not want to miss this Twitter party Monday, November 14th from 9PM-10Pm EST RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2f1Djbj!! Tons of awesome prizes! Also this awesome contest #MessiestBabyContest hosted by Dreft and Parent’s Magazine here parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest

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*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!**

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*A Dreft survey with Wakefield found that 87 percent of moms frequently encourage their children to pick
activities that are unlikely to get them messy over ones that are, even though 81 percent agree that their child
learns more when they make a mess and 89 percent agree that children are happier when they make a mess!

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*The survey also showed that 88 percent of moms have let their children play in only a diaper specifically so they
don’t get their clothes messy! And 80 percent of moms have thrown out clothes specifically because they felt
the mess wasn’t worth washing out.

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Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics, was recently named a 2013 top doctor by NEW YORK magazine, is the Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City, and sits on the board of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Hes is double boarded in both pediatrics and obesity medicine. With all this in mind, it’s important that parents seek out products that are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin but tough on stains. Dreft is a great solution for gentle, worry-free clean-up so families can embrace the mess and enjoy making memories with their little ones.

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Dr. Dyan Hes has the following tips to bring out your baby’s messy side and embrace that being messy has its developmental benefits:

* Count the fun and use your fingers: Use your little one’s food as a fantastic way to learn how to begin
counting. When snacking, start counting with your little one and encourage them to use their fingers. Also,
this is a great time to use food to help them learn how to properly grasp things. It will take time and practice
so let them get a little dirty with their food and practice, practice, practice!

* Throwing practice: Throwing food can definitely be messy, but did you know it helps with their
development? Little ones are also still developing object permanence, which means that they don’t know
that when they throw things, they won’t come back to them. So throwing food or dropping in on the floor
can actually help them learn this basic lesson in physics! Maybe just lay a mat on the floor to protect carpet
or allow for easy clean.

Check out the upcoming event: Dreft event in New York City on October 25th with Molly Sims.

Model and actress Molly Sims hosts Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Play Date to help Dreft launch its nationwide search for America’s Messiest Baby, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in New York. For more information, visit www.dreft.com or the brand's social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dreft), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Dreft) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dreft/). Parents can enter to win Dreft’sAmerica’s Messiest Baby Contest for a chance to have their little one featured on the cover of Parent’s Magazine by submitting a photo of their favorite messy baby moment at www.parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest or posting their photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #messiestbabycontest. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)

Model and actress Molly Sims hosts Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Play Date to help Dreft launch its nationwide search for America’s Messiest Baby, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in New York. For more information, visit www.dreft.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dreft), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Dreft) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dreft/). Parents can enter to win Dreft’sAmerica’s Messiest Baby Contest for a chance to have their little one featured on the cover of Parent’s Magazine by submitting a photo of their favorite messy baby moment at www.parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest or posting their photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #messiestbabycontest. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)

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What Conversation is the Election Forcing You To Have?

Blood is thicker than water, right? Well this election year that has been put to the test. How can two sisters who grew up in the same house, same schools and same church have such different opinions on this presidential election?

About a month ago my sister shared with me her political choice and I was dumbfounded as to how she could have that opinion, which is completely opposite of mine. At first I wanted to argue my point and scream why I am so right about my choice, but she was persistent on her reasons for who she chose.

I was having to look at both point of views and look up and debate more than I have ever before. Usually I decide early on and don’t listen to the negative or positive of either candidate. This year was completely different. For days, we went back and forth as to why we chose who we did.

I have realized that it wasn’t just my sister, people at church are openly sharing their opinion and views on their candidate. This was never something I would discuss ESPECIALLY between family and church. This election is forcing me to discuss uncomfortable political views.

I do not agree with abortion, but my sister does because her daughter had to have one to save her life. We have argued about that, about which candidate is religious, or even who bowed their head during prayer. It is shocking to me how different we view the same individual. I am usually a quiet voter so this year has been a challenge.

What I have come to realize is we have just agreed to disagree.