Thursday, October 30, 2014

Personalized Christmas Ornaments - A Treasured Family Tradition! - (Holiday Gift Guide ~ Review & Giveaway)

I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. 


There are two holiday traditions that I look forward to every Christmas, a new pair of Christmas pajamas and a Christmas tree ornament for the kids!  Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.  Spending time with family, family traditions and memories are what the holidays are all about.

In order to make our family ornament tradition extra special and more memorable, we like to get one for each of our kids to reflect their current hobby or  interest. Ornaments with Love has a memorable selection of over 2000 personalized Christmas ornaments for every member of the family!

This year, I decided to get a personalized Christmas ornament to represent our entire family.  Our perfect family of four, tucked in bed together under the mistletoe on Christmas Eve.  The striped stocking hats are simply adorable!

Can Using a New POS System Modernize Your Business?

All small businesses know the problem of having a customer wanting to pay with a card when you don't have the ability to process it. There are many reasons why your business make have not invested in the equipment as yet. Maybe your business isn't in the same area for very long, or you may be new and not wanting to invest heavily. But there are cheaper alternatives.


On the go POS systems have become much more popular over the past few years. With smart phones and tablets becoming the norm, it's not uncommon to find sellers at markets having a card reader synced up to their own phone and offering the capability to make card sales. These systems have the ability to take the payment safely and securely. They can email a receipt to the customer, and in the case of the ones you can get at Shopify, they're relatively cheap. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas Memories ~ Best Gift Received as a Child!

This is a sponsored post as part of the Walmart Holiday Toyland campaign through Sverve. All views and opinions expressed are my own.


Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.  There is something about the magic of Christmas that makes me happy inside and out.  As a child, my parents didn't have a lot of extra money, but we always received that special gift on Christmas morning that we were hoping for.  My parents and Santa always made sure that Christmas was memorable.

Now that I'm a parent, I make a special point to make Christmas special and memorable for my children as well.  My kids have never asked for much, but Santa always brings them that one gift they were wishing for.

My sister, brother, and I always got one "big" gift on Christmas morning and several smaller, less expensive presents from my parents.  Santa always brought us a new sled of some sort.  Some years they were plastic, other years they were runner sleds, but one year we got a long, wooden toboggan!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Zipz Shoes: New Shoes in a ZIP! (Holiday Gift Guide ~ Review & Giveaway)

A girl can never have too many pair of shoes!  Am I right?  What would you say if I told you that you can change your shoes with a simple zip...  Zip open your mind to one of the most unique items that I've seen in ages...  Zipz Shoes!  

If you love shoes, you are going to FLIP over Zipz Shoes! Zipz Shoes are the world’s first and only interchangeable shoes!  That's right!  Simply ZIP off (and on) the COVERS (shoe tops) and SOULS (shoe bottoms) of your shoes to create an entirely new and stylish look.  Making them the perfect fashion accessory for any outfit!  

Each and every single time my daughter wears her Zipz Shoes she gets so many questions and compliments.  Her friends at school always want to see how they work, know where she got them, and ask to try them on!  Lets face it, it's not very often that you see a zipper on a pair of shoes, so they are sure to draw attention.

My daughter is 10 1/2 years old and says that they are super cute and very comfortable!  She also has stated on numerous occasions that if she had enough money in her wallet that she would buy one of each design/color!  If only...

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.