Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Capture Those Special Holiday Memories ~ Canon is a Great Family Gift from Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free!


My camera is the first thing I grab when the kids wake me up on Christmas morning!  I want to make sure that I don't miss a single moment, and I want to make sure I capture their expressions when they open their gifts.  It is special family memories like this that I want to be able to preserve and remember forever.

Having a high quality camera that takes great pictures is a must-have for any family.  I remember as a kid, my first camera was a 110 camera and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  Times sure have changed, and I can't imagine what life would be like without my digital camera.  It goes almost everywhere with our family because I don't want to risk missing something!  

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

Save $7 Off Select Tickets to ANY Harlem Globetrotter Game

Every year, my family looks forward to enjoying a fun family night with the Globetrotters!


Don't Miss The Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Seattle on Feb. 15. Save $7 Off Select Tickets to any Harlem Globetrotter Game with promo code FAMGUIDE now on sale! 

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year against the Washington Generals who were the last team to beat the Globetrotters in 1971, and are now coached by a former member of that team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money. 

Holiday Swag Code ExtravaDazzle at Swagbucks - Earn 35 SB TODAY! Starting NOW...

It's a Holiday Swag Code ExtravaDazzle at! Starting TODAY, Wed, 12/17 at 7am PT through 6pm PT (10am ET - 9pm ET), you can find multiple Swag Codes all across the Swagbucks realm. 

Try to redeem all 5 codes throughout the day for a total of 35 SB!

Check the schedule for when and where to find the next code -- and remember, if you joined the Ugly Sweater Party Team Challenge, you'll get points every time you redeem a Swag Code: 5 pts for your team if you redeem on the mobile app (US only) or the SwagButton browser extension. 1 pt per Swag Code if you redeem on your desktop!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Smarty Had A Party Helps You Host the Perfect Party

Planning parties has always been one of my favorite things to do, especially my kid's birthday parties.  It is so much fun planning the party theme, and then making sure that everything matches.  That includes the cake, invitations, party invitations, tableware, and decorations.  Everything has to be perfect!

Smarty Had A Party is the nation’s top-rated online party store for entertaining, from back yard pool parties to weddings, bridal showers, holiday dinners and special occasions. Smarty offers the widest selection of budget-friendly, elegant disposable dinnerware, eco-friendly party supplies and table linen on the web, enabling party and event planners to save the expense and hassle of rentals.


The thing I noticed most about my Fancy Cocktail / Hors d'oeuvre Party Set was the quality.  Everything was durable enough to last through any party and be used again at a later date.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Goodbye Nasty Breakouts, Hello Clear Skin with Clearasil

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

About a year ago, my teen started experiencing breakouts.  I know how embarrassing and self-conscious you can feel when you have breakouts on your face, and it is even worse as a teenager.  Kids can be mean and breakouts are too!

I clearly remember how I felt when he woke up on picture day with a zit on his nose my freshman year in high school.  I was freaking out and completely horrified!  YIKES!  Although I'm positive that we have all experienced an embarrassing breakout at one point in our life, I felt like it was the worst day of my life!

My teenage son is active in wrestling, so personal hygiene is always a top priority and concern.  There are way to many skin rashes that are associated with wrestling, so taking proper care of his face (and skin) are part of his daily routine.

My son washes his face in the morning before leaving for school and then again before going to bed.  In the past he has always used blackhead astringent.  Two weeks ago he switched to using Clearasil in the evening and his normal product in the morning. 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nutrisystem’s My Way Plan ~ Surviving the Holidays (Week 10 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.


Thanksgiving is the one day every single year that I always tend to eat way too much!  Everything looks and tastes so good, and by the time the day is over I feel bloated and tired.

The table is filled from one end to the other with temptations.  Turkey, ham, potatoes and gravy, stuffing, homemade rolls, jello dream salad, crackers and dip, and lets not forget my "go to" this year... a veggie tray.  Then, lets not forget dessert!

I made the decision to eat Thanksgiving dinner with everyone else, and do my best to practice portion control and making smart choices!  Instead of piling my plate high with everything - I ate a little bit of everything instead.  I enjoyed only one plate of dinner and didn't go back for seconds.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hoodsbee ~ Pillow, Hoodie and Best Friend!

As much as I love my children, nieces, and nephews - there are often times that I refer to them as my little monsters.  As a result, I jumped at the chance to receive an adorable hoodie that turns into a stuffed monster - or a stuffed animal that turns into a warm hoodie, for my two-year-old nephew.

With his birthday less than a week away, I knew that this functional hooded jacket would make the perfect gift.  As an added bonus, the Hoodsbee also makes the perfect companion for my "little monster!"


Not only are they absolutely adorable, but the are super soft and warm.  Perfect for those cool mornings or evenings all year round.  Hoodsbee also folds up into a compact little critter that makes it easy for your little one to carry.

Old Factory Scented Candle Gift Set (Holiday Gift Guide ~ Review & Giveaway)

I love burning scented candles all year long, but even more so during the holidays.  I love burning scented candles that are holiday related because they bring the holiday to life and bring back childhood memories!


I was recently given the opportunity to sample an Old Factory Candles gift set in time for the holidays.  I knew that I wanted to choose candles with Christmas in mind, but I had no idea that it would be such a difficult decision.

I chose the Happy Holidays gift set which includes: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread scented candles.  I must say that these candles didn't let me down - they smell exactly how they are suppose to smell... just like Christmas!