Sunday, October 19, 2014

Contact Lenses & Eye Health ~ The Do's and Don'ts of Eye Care Safety

I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.

My son came to me one day towards the end of his 5th grade year and told me that he was having trouble seeing what the teacher was writing on the boardTo be totally honest, I thought he was saying this because his best friend had recently got glasses.  About a week later, he voiced his concerns again.  At that point I decided to make him an appointment with the eye doctor.  After all, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

At his appointment, his concerns were verified, he did indeed need glasses.  After trying on a few pairs of frames - he was begging me for contact lenses.  Saying that he looked stupid in glasses and people would make fun of him.  Another reason he had was the fact that he was active in sports, mostly wrestling, and you can't compete with glasses on.  

While they were valid concerns for a 5th grade boy, I wasn't ready for him to put contact lenses in his eyes.  I didn't think he was old enough.  However, I told him that we would re-visit the idea of contact lenses at a future date, maybe when he began junior high.

The summer before starting junior high, he reminded me of our previous conversation about contact lenses.  I decided that he was responsible enough and that we would talk to the eye doctor at his eye appointment the following month.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cascade Platinum Action Pacs ~ Skip the Pre-Wash

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. 


Growing up, we didn't have an automatic dishwasher to clean our dishes.  My siblings and I took turns washing the daily dishes as one of our chores.  I didn't get a dishwasher until my husband and I purchased our first house together, 14 years ago.  I was so excited and couldn't wait to use it for the very first time.

A couple of my favorite perks of using Cascade Platinum action pacs is that they have the grease fighting power of Dawn, and I don't have to pre-wash my dishes! After all, the whole idea behind using a dishwasher is not having to wash your dishes by hand.  Right?  I love unloading the dishwasher without having to re-wash any of the dishes inside.

In order to get the most optimum clean and shine, it’s important to skip the pre-wash and use Cascade Platinum. This is because the special enzymes in Cascade Platinum latch onto the leftover food particles, breaking them down so they can wash away - even 24-hour stuck on food. With no food particles on the dishes, the enzymes can’t do their job as well and this can lead to dish issues. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nutrisystem’s My Way Plan ~ 10 Positive Weight Loss Tips! (Week 2 & 3 Results)

In exchange for participating in the Nutrisystem #NSNation Blogger Program, I will receive the Nutrisystem My Way program, free of charge, which includes food and support services for three consecutive months.  All opinions are my own.

The past two weeks have been an emotional roller coaster.  It's difficult to put 100% of your heart and soul, dedication, and focus into something and not physically see a result in the process.  The same is true with any venture in life, not just weight loss... but we expect to "see" results instantly, when in reality it rarely works that way.

One positive thought is that I get to have a hot cinnamon roll for breakfast and chocolate cake for dessert!  As with any cinnamon roll, the middle bite is always the best. It doesn't get much sweeter than that.

I have realized and come to terms with several things since starting Nutrisystem.  I know that I am stronger and more determined that I ever thought possible.  I'm proving to myself each day that I can do this and I will reach my goal!

As part of my weight loss and fitness journey, I have decided to toss out some of my negative sentiments, and help hold myself accountable in a positive way.  I also joined a 12 week fitness program at the gym, 2 nights a week for thirty minutes. 

From this moment forward, I am going to...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Learn How to Pan for Gold with Dr. Cool!

Ready to strike it rich?  I think everyone has dreamed of "striking it rich" in one way or another.  I remember as a kid searching for buried treasures and gold on our family outings and camping trips.  Bringing that reality to life through experiments is what sparks the imagination of children.


Learn How to Pan for Gold! This hands-on science kit will teach you how to pan for gold just like a real gold miner! This exciting treasure hunter’s kit includes a 10" prospector’s pan, 2 bags of “pay dirt” with pyrite (also known as fool's gold) nuggets inside, mining tools, and much more. You’ll learn all of the secrets to panning in the full-color adventure guide. Plus there’s an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges to solve. 

Uncorked Ventures Wine Club Review

Although you may think that wine is best for drinking, it is also perfect for cooking.  Sipping on a glass of wine is the perfect way to relax and enjoy a romantic evening, a night with the girls, or just to de-stress from the day.

Wine can also be used as a delicious flavoring in soups and stews, as well as when cooking fish and chicken dishes. Adding an unique and robust flavor that is mouth-watering!

Uncorked Ventures isn't your typical wine club, they do things a bit differently.  First, they a family owned and operated start-up based just outside of San Francisco.  Secondly, instead of buying their wine through middle men and distributors, they spend time in wine country getting to know winemakers, vineyard owners, farmers and others directly involved in the creation of what's in your wine glass!

Uncorked Adventures has three different wine clubs to choose from.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Launches This Week!

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is set to launch this week, right here at Being Frugal and Making it Work, and I plan on providing you with some fabulous holiday gift ideas, reviews and giveaways for everyone on your holiday gift list. This is the 3rd annual holiday gift guide here at Being Frugal and Making it Work, and my goal is to make it even bigger and better than last years holiday gift guide!

Products have already arrived, are in transit, and are ready to ship soon.  Here is a photo of the wonderful holiday gift guide items that that already arrived...  Check it out!

With two kids and several nieces and nephews on my holiday gift list, I shop year-round for holiday gifts (and enter blog giveaways), so that by the time Christmas (and birthdays) roll around, I already have a nice stock-pile of gifts to "shop" from.  Right before Christmas, I gather all the gifts and make the final decision on who gets what.  Then it's time to make a few "extra" gift purchases, mainly those that Santa will bring, since I can't shop for those before hand.

The holiday gift guide will include:

  • Gift ideas for children of all ages (babies, kids & teens)
  • Gift ideas for women
  • Gift ideas for men

Some of the items already in the Holiday Gift Guide line-up include: