Made From Earth Products

July 7, 2015

As I've mentioned in several other reviews, I really do not like products that contain ingredients that I can't pronounce, or have no idea what they are.  Made from Earth has a fantastic line of products that contain no toxic ingredients, no synthetic coloring agents or fragrances, and no petroleum products.  Made from Earth products are also 100% farmed and sourced in the USA, and are cruelty free.


7 Projects You Shouldn’t DIY

July 6, 2015

7 Projects You Shouldn’t DIY


A lot of people these days are very much inclined towards getting home projects done on their own without any help from anyone else due to the increased service costs. But, there are a few projects that are best left with the professionals as getting them done can be really tricky. So here’s a list of projects that you shouldn’t DIY.

Affordable Golf Accessories from STIXX

Golf enthusiasts know that golf equipment can get pretty pricey.  My son golfed for his high school and college teams, and I know I spent a fortune on golf accessories!  Here are some quality, affordable, and earth friendly products from STIXX.

STIXX Golf Products.

All the Flavor of Summer with Zero Calories | Cascade Ice

July 4, 2015

I've been desperately searching for a flavorful drink to replace diet sodas containing aspartame.  Cascade Ice has some great new flavors (McIntosh Apple, Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade & Orange Mango) this summer that are aspartame free, while still boasting zero calories!


Five Ways to Avoid (or Reduce, or Manage) Stress in College

July 3, 2015

Five Ways to Avoid (or Reduce, or Manage) Stress in College

While the college years are often called “the best years of one’s life,” it’s also a time of great stress. The constant work, the deadlines, grueling exams, endless research and paper assignments – the list goes on.
But rather than letting stress take over, here’s a list of five great ways to avoid stress in college:

Baby Equipment Rental. Clean, Safe and Delivered!


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Parenting in the DIGITAL Age: There's an App for That! | eKavach




My oldest daughter is almost four - and it's already begun...

She's now using the iPad and my iPhone every chance she gets.  She's obsessed with YouTube videos of people unwrapping My Little Pony toys, feeding the Baby Alive doll, makeup tutorials and a girl with a giant blowup donut.  Thankfully, YouTube came out with the Kid's YouTube app.  This has tremendously made my life easier.  With the app I can limit her time on the app and I can be (mostly) sure that the content she is watching isn't inappropriate.  But that's just one app.

What about the Internet?  It's only a matter of time until she learns that she can browse the Internet for more My Little Pony fun.  Until recently, I had no idea how to protect and limit her usage.

... then I watched this YouTube video from eKavach (below):



There are so many great features of the eKavach app that I love.  My favorite is that it filters the internet and searches to your liking.  It gives you online breach alerts, allows you to manage the amount of time your kids spend on apps, and will be offering social media monitoring.

With the eKavach app, you'll get real time alerts for multiple family members and you can customize each family member's web and app usage.  Since I'm already having to manage my daughter's YouTube app usage, this is another feature that I love.  If only my husband would let me put a time limit on his dirt bike game on the iPad... (sigh).

I encourage all parents with tech-loving kids to check out the free eKavach app.  Visit www.yourekavach.com to learn more and see some of the upcoming features they will be implementing.

Web and social media safety is so important these days and makes parenting in the digital age so much more challenging than when we were kids.  It's only going to get worse so we may as well tackle it now, right?  Good luck, my fellow parents.

Secret Ways To Improve Your Health At Home

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Everybody knows about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Considering home is the place where we spend more time than any other, it makes sense to want a property that promotes healthier habits.

Setting aside some space to complete a home workout while your kid sleeps is a great start. However, it isn’t the only way to encourage a better lifestyle. And we’re not talking about incorporating a strict eating plan either.

Here are four ways to improve your health at home that you may have never considered before. Employ them now and you’ll notice the difference in no time at all.

Quality Furniture
Your home furniture is a major part of the home. They form centrepieces in each room and are a key element of the interior design process. Much more importantly, though, they are there to provide comfort and support.

You spend eight hours a night in your bed while most of us will spend a considerable amount of time on the sofa too. Having quality furniture can actively promote a better posture. This allows you to improve your health and well-being simply by sitting down.

If you want to help your body and your home then investing in quality furniture, like My Ideal lounge suites, is a must.

Invest In Activity Games
Home is a place for leisurely activities. If those activities burn a few calories and get the heart racing then that’s an added bonus.

Garden games like swing ball and trampolines are great garden activities for the whole family to enjoy. Meanwhile, the competitive aspect can inject extra fun into your home life throughout the summer months. Besides, that fresh air won’t do you any harm.

Even if you’re into computer games, drop the controller and get playing the interactive titles. You’ll be surprised how much it can improve your fitness and general health. It’s a great way for the whole family to bond, too.

Clever Cleaning
Every home needs regular cleaning and we certainly wouldn’t advise leaving yours to get dirty. Nonetheless, traditional bleach and products are full of toxic chemicals. Finding an alternative solution is a simple yet effective way of making your house a far friendlier environment.

A lot of people are totally unaware of the long-term damage that can be caused. Most of us just think consumption is the only threat, but it isn’t. Therefore, seeking a non-toxic alternative could be very rewarding to you and your family.

Get Some Plants
Flowers and houseplants are a fantastic way to brighten up any room. However, their benefits don’t stop there and they can spark a noticeable difference in your general well-being around the home.

This can be achieved simply by cleaning the air. Better air leads to better bodily functions and there is a long list of plants that can actively improve the quality of air in your home. For a simple investment, it’s something that will benefit the whole family.

Additionally, being one with nature can improve your happiness and state of mind too. What more incentive could you need?

High Functionality, Great Low Price | Rebelite Talk & Walk Bluetooth Headphones

July 2, 2015


Looking for a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones, but don't want to spend a fortune?  These Rebelite Xtreme Walk 'N Talk Pro headphones are affordable at under $25, and have all the features of a more expensive set.

Rebelite Talk & Walk Bluetooth Headphones in Lime Green (also come in Aqua Blue, Hot Pink and Red).

Pros:  Lightweight - easy to use control buttons - adjustable head band - comfortable ear cushions - good Bluetooth range (up to 33 feet) - low price (currently $23.99) - easy sync to tablets and smartphones - cordless - rechargeable - bright color - easy to answer phone calls.

Cons:  Head band not collapsible for more compact storage - bass sound quality is just average and volume does not go super loud (but would be good for younger teenagers or older kids) - cannot use headphones while charging.

All in all, I would say for the price the Rebelite Walk 'N Talk Pro headphones are worth the money.  They would be perfect for kids to use in the car or on a plane, and you don't have to worry about expensive headphones getting broken or lost.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.   Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

What Are the Best Note-Taking Strategies?

What Are the Best Note-Taking Strategies?


Much of a student’s academic career is spent listening, absorbing, and recording information to be recalled at a later date. It is challenging, often tedious work – but work that pays off. Work that later makes for an easier study session, resulting in a high grade on an exam – and, if they’ve taken fantastic notes, an even higher grade at the end of a semester. It involves the student keenly paying attention in class, that is, to their professor’s lecture, picking up on their most important themes, points and principles, and simply writing them down in a way that they can, one, remember them and, two, refer back to for studying purposes.

What Little Girl Doesn't Love Tea Parties?

Every little girl loves to have a tea party!  As a little girl, I remember putting on a pretty dress, then dressing up all my dolls and serving them tea (aka Kool-Aid!).  Now my granddaughter is having the same pretend tea parties with her vintage inspired Flower Springtime Metal Pretend Toy Tea Set.

Flower Springtime Children's Pretend Toy Tea Set
This petite (tray is 9.5" x 6") little tea set is very similar to what I used as a child!  It brought back a lot of memories...  The Flower Springtime Tea Set has 13 metal pieces and is great for indoor or outdoor use, with no worries about breakage since it's made of metal.   The pieces in this set are perfect for toddler to preschool sized hands, and the cute tray can be used anytime for serving lunch or snacks!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.   Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Summertime Snacking with Milton's Gluten Free Crackers

It's hot outside, and who wants to eat foods that are heavy, overly spicy or greasy?  Milton's Craft Bakers Gluten Free Baked Crackers are perfect for a light afternoon snack, or as a healthy alternative to chips or sweet snacks.

Milton's Gluten Free Baked Crackers
Lately I've seen so many gluten free products in stores, and those that I've tried seem to be really lacking in the flavor department.  With only 130 calories per serving, Milton's Gluten Free Baked Crackers are packed with crunch and flavor!  

Milton's Gluten Free Everything Baked Crackers
Milton's Gluten Free Crispy Sea Salt Crackers
As you can see, these crackers are light and crispy, almost as thin as a potato or tortilla chip.  They are perfect to pair with cheese, or to use as with dips.  I crave salty chips, and although not overly salty, the Sea Salt variety is my favorite.  Whether you are following a gluten free food program for problems with Celiac disease or other illnesses, or just love great snack foods, these crackers are the perfect summer snack!

Many of you have seen Milton's Gourmet crackers in the long narrow boxes, but did you know they also carry bread, organic snack crackers, and gluten free cookies?

Check out the Milton's "blog" page for some great paring suggestions for their gluten free crackers.  Here's a dip recipe that's been very popular all over Pinterest.  It's simple to make and would be awesome with Milton's crackers!

Crack Dip

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sour cream, regular or light
  • 1 package hidden valley ranch dip mix
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 scallion, sliced

Directions

  1. Mix the sour cream, ranch dip mix, bacon bits and cheese together in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.
  2. Top with scallions and extra bacon. 
  3. Serve with Milton's Gluten Free Crispy Sea Salt or Multigrain Crackers!
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