Chicken Soup For The Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade Review

*I received a copy of this new Chicken Soup for the Soul Book to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Have you ever heard the saying “Turn Lemons Into Lemonade”. Well that’s exactly what 101 inspiring people do in the newest book from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series From Lemons to Lemonade.

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From Lemons to Lemonade; from heartbreak to happiness; from victim to victorious. Have you ever wondered how other people overcome their challenges and move forward with such a positive attitude? You’ll meet 101 inspiring people in these pages, role models who share revealing personal stories about improving their lives despite hardship. These people figured out how to find the positive, no matter their situations, and they share how they did it.

You’ll be struck by the resilience of the human spirit, as men and women successfully fight health, financial, career, or relationship battles. You will feel energized and encouraged every time you pick up this book. There are lessons in these pages for all of us.

If you have never read a Chicken Soup for the Soul Book, you are really missing out. These books are great for anyone whether your a person who loves to read or someone who doesn’t have much time for it. Each story throughout the book is short and normally only a couple of pages so it makes it easy to read a little at a time or you can read it all at once. I love this new book and have been taking it with me in the car riding line each day when I pick my kids up. There is a mixture of emotional stories in this book but all of them have a great outcome. For more information on From Lemons to Lemonade and the other Chicken Soup for the Soul Books you can visit http://www.chickensoup.com/ to learn more.

Keeping My Family and Friends Skin Safe Thanks to Coppertone #CoppertoneWaterMom

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Summer is one of the best times of the year. Many kids are out of school and spending as much time as they can outside having fun. This year we knew it was going to be a hot one so we decided to purchase season passes to our local water park. Needless to say we have spent a lot of time in the water this year and protecting my families skin from sun damage is a number one priority. Last year I was a Coppertone Mom and loved being apart of the program so I was more than happy to continue in the program this year. As welcome gift Coppertone sent me a variety of products for my family to use and for us to pass out to family and friends.

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We have been using our Coppertone Sunscreen every time we go out in the sun and so far we have been a family with no sunburns and I’d like to keep it that way. Below are some sun care tips for you and your family.

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Sun Care Tips:
Apply Sunscreen at least 15 minutes BEFORE going out into the sun. Don’t wait apply before you even leave the house.

Don’t get skimpy with the sunscreen! Apply liberally and evenly all over your body where the skin is exposed.

Reapply every two hours or sooner after swimming, sweating or towel drying.

Pay attention to the SPF and get the highest number you can preferably 50+.

If possible wear a large hat  and sunglasses if you will be out in the sun for a long time.

Have FUN!
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Summertime Fun with Polly Pocket

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Polly Pocket. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Summer is in full swing and after a month of the kids being out of school, boredom has finally started to sink in. It’s been very hot here in Oklahoma so playing outside during the middle of the day isn’t all that appealing to the kids so I have had to come up with some alternative things to do. Last week Mom Central sent us a fun goodie pack that included two Polly Pocket toys for us to review. Aubrey has been in heaven playing with these two toys and it’s great to see her entertaining herself without watching any TV.


Because these Polly Pocket Toys are portable Aubrey can play with them anywhere she wants. One of the sets Aubrey received was the Polly Pocket Zip Line Adventure Playset. She has been taking this one out of the deck where she can fill up the pool that comes with it and let Polly go for a swim. She loves the Zipline adventures set because it sends Polly around and around until she drops in the pool.

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My kids also spend a lot of time at Grandma’s house and they are always begging me to let them take some of their toys with them. Since the Polly Pocket Toys are portable they are really easy to pack up and go with her. The Polly Pocket toys are great for bringing out your child’s imagination and can bring hours of fun and entertainment.

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Polly Pocket has a wide variety of playsets and these are a great way to give your kids something to do throughout the summer. It’s really easy to purchase these toys through Amazon and they often have great sales and prices that are better than in stores. If your interested in looking more at these playsets you can browse through the Amazon Social Store above.

 

Shadora Diamond Accent Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings Review


Earrings are one accessory that I never go without. Even if I have my hair in a pony tail with no makeup I will still always put on a pair of earrings, preferably hoops. Recently Shadora sent me a pair of their Diamond Accent Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings to review. These beautiful earrings are very inexpensive and make the perfect accessory to any outfit.

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I’ve been wearing these earrings daily since I received them a little over two weeks ago. They are lightweight, very sparkly and the best part is that they are only $15! The earrings came in a small jewelry box so if you are giving these away as a gift your all set. Since they are sterling silver with diamond accents they practically go with any outfit. I love wearing them and since they are so lightweight I will often forget that I am wearing any earrings at all.

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Shadora has a lot of great promotions going on right now including a sale on their lipgloss for only $1. I don’t know about you but I can never have enough lip gloss especially when they are only a buck. For more information on Shadora and their awesome prices be sure to visit them online.
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Give Me a Beat! #VZWA

Music plays a very important role in my everyday life. I am one of those people that thrive off of music and listen to it whenever, wherever I can. In fact, being in a room with complete silence is almost a form of torture for me so that’s one of the main reasons I always have my Droid DNA by HTC right by my side. I have had the DNA for a couple of months now and while I love almost all aspects of this phone by favorite part has got to be the Beats Audio.

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The HTC music app that is included with this phone keeps all of my music sources together in one easy accessible place. As if this wasn’t awesome enough the DNA also features Beats Audio integration which gives the phone a rich, authentic sound experience.

The Beats Audio is amazing and gives this phone an edge over other smart phones with it’s crisp and clean sound. There is nothing more annoying than listening to your favorite song only to find yourself straining to hear the words through the phone speakers. This is just not the case with the DNA. In fact the sound is so great, that I often find myself carrying the phone (aka portable music box) around the house with me while I clean, work-out and even work on my blog.

The Beats Audio is not just used for listening to music but it also makes watching movies, YouTube, news clips and more a better experience. The Beats Audio technology is just another reason why I love the Droid DNA so much.

Hallmark Holiday Collections Review and Giveaway

The holidays are now in full swing and that means it’s time to start putting up the tree, wrapping presents and sending out greeting cards to friends and family. Thankfully stores like Hallmark make it easy on shoppers to get all of their holiday needs all in one spot. We shop at Hallmark every year not only for the amazing selection of Keepsake Ornaments but they also have great items that really help our family capture the spirit of Christmas. Below are just a few of my favorites.

The Hallmark Recordable Storybooks are probably one of my favorite products. These storybooks first hit shelves a few years ago and we have been collecting them every since. In fact one of my most cherished possessions is the Recordable Storybook that has my son reading about the birth of Jesus. These books are great because not only are they books that you can read to your children, but you can record your voice to read the book so that your kids can listen to your voice anytime they like. I think these would make excellent gifts for grandparents or even parents who can’t be with their kids this year. New titles include All I Want For Christmas, Jingle’s Magic Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Right after Thanksgiving my kids are constantly asking me “Mom, How many days left till Christmas”? This year I don’t have to worry about this because Hallmark has a variety of  Interactive Greetings. Some of these Greetings countdown not only the days till Christmas but also the hours, minutes and even seconds. We received an adorable Mickey Mouse Greeting Card that features a digital countdown on the front of the card. As I am writing this, it says we only have 26 days left till Christmas. There are also other interactive greetings which feature recordable wish lists.

And of course Hallmark wouldn’t be Hallmark without their greeting cards. Whether you want to send a thank-you, congratulations or a simply Merry Christmas, you can find what you are looking for a Hallmark. For more information on any of these newest Holiday Collections from Hallmark be sure to visit them online at www.Hallmark.com or at your local Hallmark store.

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Halloween Express-Costumes for the Entire Family + $75 GC Giveaway! #HalloweenXperts

We start preparing for Halloween at our house about 2 months before the big night. Halloween Express is one of those stores where I know I can find something for the entire family not to mention there amazing assortment of accessories, decorations, props and much more.

I have been using Halloween Express for my costumes for the past few years. You can check out some of my previous Halloween Express Reviews here. Not only do they have many stores across the US but you can also purchase your favorite costumes right from the comfort of your own home. Aubrey has decided that  this year she wants to be Merida the princess from Brave. I just love the costume and accessories that Halloween Express carries for this character. It’s great because after Halloween she will be able to use her costume for dress up.

 

Jeremy hasn’t quite decided on what he wants to be, all he knows is that it has to be scary. He did manage to narrow it down to his top four picks, so hopefully by this weekend he will decide so we can order it.

In addition to the costumes Halloween Express carries just about everything you could need for your Halloween Party or get together. They have some of the best props and having already visited my local store I can tell you the animated props are my favorite. They are realistic and scary and the perfect decor to give any house that extra special touch. The animated Zombie Clown shown below is new for 2012 and in my opinion one of the scariest props EVER! After seeing Steven King’s IT when I was about 10 years old I will never look at clowns the same way.

There are a few changes this year with Halloween Express that I am absolutely loving! Now you can purchase your items online and pick them up in store. Also if for some reason you need to return you items you can return them to the store within three days of purchase. It’s as easy as that. I have always been extremely happy with all of the products that I have received through Halloween Express, their prices are very competitive to other costume dealers but I have found that they have many more special offers. Be sure to sign up for their email newsletter where you will automatically get $5 off your first purchase.

For more information on the costumes mentioned above and to see all of the other costumes, accessories and more be sure to visit http://www.halloweenexpress.com/.

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Bedford Slims Vapourette-Premium Electronic Cigarettes

A few months ago we family and I were fishing at one of our favorite fishing spots. It was a beautiful day and we were having such a fantastic time, and then I received a phone call that no one ever wants to get. My mom was on the other end of the phone and I could barely make out what she was saying because she was hysterical but then I heard the dreaded words…get to the hospital now, it’s your dad. That must bave been the longest drive of my life with horrible thoughts rushing through my head and wondering if I would make it in time. At the hospital I learned my dad had suffered a major heart attack and had to be resuscitated back to the life twice. The next 48 hours were brutal, we didn’t know if he would make it or if he would be the same person. Luckily the story has a very happy ending, my dad not only survived but he has no permanent damage from the attack. My dad has been a heavy smoker for 40+ years, he’s tried to quit in the past but this time he doesn’t really have a choice. It’s been hard on him, and although he’s cut back he hasn’t been able to stop completely. So on my search for alternative ways to help him quit I found Bedford Slims Vapourette Electronic Cigarettes.

Bedford Slims has improved upon the conventional cigarette as we know it. Stripping away all the toxins, odors, and tar, and eliminating the need for a lighter – The Bedford Slims Vapourette delivers all the enjoyment of a smoke without actually being one. Mini-Kit comes with one battery and one cartridge.

The electronic cigarettes have no smell, they are easy to use and it would be the ideal product for someone who wants to stop smoking cigarettes. While I won’t say that they will be able to completely help you to stop cold turkey, these help because it still gives you the sensation of puffing in and out, which in itself is a habit. I gave my dad the Bedform Slims above and he really likes them! He said the taste is comparable to what he normally smokes. I hope that someday my dad will be able to completely stop smoking one day and hopefully this is just the product to help him break the habit.

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Cox Digital Telephone Special Promotion plus Giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about my experiences with Cox Communications. I have been a long time subscriber to their services as well as many of my close family and friends so it’s easy for all of us to stay connected. Over the past couple of years Cox has continued to improve their digital telephone service providing many features that are included with your service plan.


Cox’s service plans are designed to give you the most savings, the most flexibility in service options and the calling features you use to keep in touch. Some of the Cox Digital Telephone features include:

TV Caller ID (requires Cox Digital Telephone and Cox Advanced TV): This one has got to be my FAVORTITE of the features. Yes, I am guilty of screening my phone calls! With TV Caller ID when a call comes in the person’s number shows up at the bottom of the TV screen allowing me to decide whether I want to talk or not. If I’m in the middle of my favorite show and I don’t want to answer the phone right away I can hit the remove button on my COX remote and the number is taken off the screen. Sounds great doesn’t it?!

Cox Mobile Connect App (Requires Cox Digital Telephone and Cox Advanced TV): I just recently became aware of this new app and it has become somewhat of my best friend. How many times have you been out shopping or running errands to realize your favorite show is coming on or you are expecting a call and need to check your messages? With the Cox Mobile Connect App you can do all of this and more right from your smartphone.

Enhanced 911 Services: With this serice when you dial 911, Cox automatically sends your home address to local emergency responders so that help is on the way, right away! For anyone with small children or elderly loved ones this could potentially become a lifesaving service if they are even in need of help but don’t know their address or can’t speak. This service gives me peace of mind if I ever need help to get her quick.

Phone Tools(Requires Cox Digital Phone Telephone): Phone Tools is an online connection for managing your Cox Digital Phone Service. You can access your account online, check your voice mail as well as have the ability to chec your call history and manage your phone features such as call forwarding.

Through the month of February Cox is running a special promotion where you can get the Cox Digital Telephone service for only $9.99 a month! This is an amazing offer and well worth the price for all of the included services and features. My family and I have been extremely happy with Cox Communications, especially their Digital Telephone Service. To give them a try or to find out more about Cox be sure to visit Cox Communications online for more information. You can also stay up to date on the latest features and specials by Liking Cox on Facebook and Following Cox on Twitter.

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K’NEX Review

I think I have mentioned before just how much my son Jeremy LOVES to build things. He could honestly sit in his room for hours coming up with the neatest creations and scenarios for playtime. Now that Aubrey is getting older she is equally as enthusiastic about building and playing with her toys, and its really fun as a mom to watch them create and play together. Last year we got the chance to review a few K’NEX products and my kids instantly fell in love with these toys. K’NEX has such a variety of products for kids (or kids at heart) of all ages.

A few weeks ago Aubrey and Jeremy got a few surprise products from K’NEX to play with and review. They were sent:

Lincoln Logs Cedar Creek Homestead

(4) Packs of Mario Kart Wii Figurines

My kids have always been huge fans of Lincoln Logs so I knew they were going to love this new set. Lincoln Logs are made from real wood making them the perfect building toy. My 3 year old especially loves Lincoln Logs because they are easy to build with and since they have the slots at the ends it makes connecting them together alot easier than regular blocks.

The Mario Kart Figurines were a HUGE hit at our house. We were sent 4 packages, so I let each of my kids pick out two. These are really made for older kids but Aubrey (who is 3) played with these figurines for the whole day. It was very cute to watch her and Jeremy battle it out.

K’NEX is one of my favorite products for kids because they not only a variety of toys for both boys and girls but their prices are very affordable for any budget.

 

Buy It: You can purchase K’NEX products online or in stores such as Walmart, Target, and Toys R US.

Disclosure: I received products at no charge in order to give a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are based on my own experience and may differ from others. No other compensation was received.