Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Enter to Win A 2-in-1 Laptop #UpgradeWithIntel (Ends 11/1)

Sponsored content: This post is for my participation in the Firestarter Intel Program

While I have two laptops already, I really love the look of the new Acer 11.6 Aspire 2-in-1 laptop. Walmart has it at a super affordable price. With the holidays coming, I'm sure you know someone who could use a laptop like this. The laptop has a variety of features such as:

  • 11.6” HD Widescreen multi-touch display (Zero Air Gap Technology)
  • 360° dual-torque hinge lets you smoothly transitions between four modes:
    • Notebook mode
    • Display mode
    • Tent mode
    • Tablet mode
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass keeps the display tough and beautiful.
  • Intel Celeron dual-core processor
  • Acer BluelightShield™ helps reduce eye-strain
  • 8 hours of battery life 
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Monday, October 26, 2015

AdoramaPix: Turn Your Photos into Keepsakes

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE: 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Gifts for the Sports Fan In Your Life

It’s actually pretty easy to buy gifts for sports fans. There are so many options, and you’ll find some of the best listed below!

Office Basketball

Working alone in your office can be pretty boring, so having office sports games to keep you occupied is always beneficial. You can get an office putting game, but, if you ask me, the best office sports game is office basketball. You can get small hoops that you fix to the wall and then aim a small basketball at the hoop. Alternatively, you can buy hoops that fix to your waste paper bin and then the screwed up pieces of paper become the ball! This gift will be sure to brighten up a boring day at the office.

Portable Table Tennis Set

Table tennis is a lot of fun. But how many of us actually have the room to set up a table tennis table in our home? Well, now that’s not even necessary. Wherever you have a table or a smooth surface, you can play table tennis with a portable table tennis set. They’re pretty simple kits. You just stick the net to the table and then use the table as the surface on which to play. It includes the bats and the balls you’ll need to get started, so it could be one of the best gifts they get given.

Golfing Tech

If the person you’re buying for is an avid golfer, why not buy them something that will improve their game? There are loads of interesting gadgets that can help golfers monitor their game and show them where they need to improve. You could buy them a Swingbyte device, for instance. These are gadgets that are attached to the club and then hooked up to the app. They feed data about the performance of the golfer to the app, allowing them to see what they did right and wrong.

An Air Hockey Table

Nowadays, you can great air hockey tables that fold up and can be stored easily. So, it doesn’t have to be a gift that acts as a nuisance to them. And, let’s face it, they’re a lot of fun to play. They’re one of the classic arcade games, and it’s the kind of game that anyone can play. There’s no real skill involved. Once you start playing it, it’s can be very easy to get addicted to and become unable to give up. That makes them great fun for sports fans who are too lazy to play real hockey!


A Framed Photo

There are lots of types of framed photos you could choose to buy as a gift. You could, for example, find a framed photograph of their favourite team’s sports stadium. Or you could have an image of a famous game from history framed. There are so many options. If you want to spend a little more money, you could buy a sports jersey that had been worn by a famous player and have that framed. They’ll be able to put it up on the wall and improve the appearance of their house of apartment.

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Surprising Your Partner With Awesome Christmas Gifts

I keep hearing how close it is getting to Christmas. I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. But this is no time to get emotional about the fleeting year. We need to start shopping for Christmas gifts as soon as possible!

I have been with my husband for over ten years (married for 7 of those) and it never gets easier finding a gift for my husband. However, I love gift giving and thinking about what will be most appreciated by him. This year is no different and I have been thinking about all the things I can get him. With that in mind, I decided to put together this article to help you gain a little inspiration on what to buy your partners this Christmas. Here is my list of all the great things available.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happiness is...

I saw this photo on Instagram not too long ago. The photo hit me somewhere that I needed. I needed to be reminded of what this says. 

I think sometimes we forget what we have, and we don't appreciate it. We also forget what is really important. 

The Best Gifts for Your Left Handed Friend

Do you need to buy a gift for a left-handed friend? It might seem like a daunting task if you want to find something interesting and unique for them. But it can be done, so here are some great ideas for you to consider.

Kitchen Appliances

If your friend enjoys cooking, but they don’t yet have any left-handed kitchen tools and appliances, you should think about buying them some. They make great gifts, and if they love cooking, they’re the kind of gifts that will definitely get used and appreciated by your friend. There are so many options for you to choose between as well.

Create an Amazing Gift Basket

You can buy gift baskets from lots of different places, but personally, I love gift baskets that have been created from scratch. This way, you can include personal items and make it perfect for the person you plan on giving it to. Take a look through this how to guide and you’ll be making your own awesome gift baskets in no time.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

FREE Learning Apps for Kids and Printable Worksheets

This blog has partnered with Mom Buzz Media to announce this exciting information!
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Kids Academy Releases Preschool Education Center for iOS and Android!

I love Kids Academy apps. They are great for preschoolers and kindergartners. No matter if your kid is homeschooled, in preschool, or just not ready for school yet, these apps are super helpful. My daughter is 3 now, and she loves the apps from Kids Academy. They have their own folder on my phone just for her to play with. It's also super cute to watch my son (11) show my daughter how to do the games. He sounds out the words, makes the letter sounds, and reads her stories. He will also hold her finger and help her trace the words. It's just too cute. The Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app created for children and toddlers by the team at Kids Academy! With already over 10 million downloads worldwide, they have just released a long-awaited update to this amazing app! The app is designed to cover all aspects of early childhood education. Children learn about the alphabet, reading, writing, building vocabulary and even developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method, the Preschool Education Center app offers a number of fun games that help master essential learning skills through play, making learning fun!

Until now, Preschool Education Center has only been available on iTunes but now it is finally available for Android devices on Google Play! This fun and free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada.

iTunes Kids AcademyFor iOS devices:

Kids Academy have also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets.

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Kids Academy Free Worksheets

BONUS! Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids


Kids Academy is also finding a way to expand beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with free printable worksheets. You can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math and the library is updated often! Download, print out and get start practicing with good old fashioned pencil and paper in seconds!

Head over to Kids Academy and get your FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Rethink P.I.N.K.

Photo I shared on my Instagram earlier today
 We all know that October is breast cancer awareness month. But did you know that many women are actually fearful of October and those pink ribbons? These women are fearful of getting a mammogram, they're fearful of what may be found. We continuously hear that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer. And that sounds scary as hell. 

But let's look at it another way. 

7 in 8 women will NOT get breast cancer. Those odds sound a little better, right?

Solis Mammography wants women to reclaim the month of October. They want to help dispel the fear and anxiety created around the pink ribbons. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Great Christmas Present Ideas For The Entire Family

I’m sorry to mention the ‘C’ word so early, but most people have already started to purchase their Christmas presents for this year. That is because they know prices are about to rise, and stock levels are soon to decrease. Leave it too long, and you might have to settle for less than perfect gifts for your loved ones. The ideas on this page come from my Christmas list. You don’t have to buy the same products for your family. I’m just trying to give you some inspiration.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Absolute Truth About Raising Teenagers

Part of the course of having children is that by the time they reach that teenage mark, they will find their parents complete embarrassments. One minute they worship you and whatever you wear is immaterial. Suddenly being seen with you in public and most especially in front of their friends, causes annoyance and humiliation.
Technology hits
Before mobile phones, parents seemed to have a longer chance in the realm of communication. Once they clutch their phones and iPad, kids are on their way, grunting past you at the breakfast table. It almost happens overnight and you could set your watch to it. The hormones start kicking in. The classic behaviour of these pubescent fellows cannot be hidden. Their faces are stuck to a screen. Their ears are plugged with earphones as they are locked into their world that offers them endless choices.
Fierce competition
If we had as many choices at their age, we would have not only have behaved in the same way but probably not have been able to choose which path, if any, to pursue. Wherever they go, they have many options and to make some stance about who they are. The easiest way out is to lash out at who they know best: their parents or guardian.
Family life
Sadly today it is a common occurrence that one in three children will end up in a broken home. Becoming a single parent family causes further problems both financial and emotional. If one of the parents re-marry and they continue to have children, the situation becomes even more complex. Especially if there is another break-up. The impact of separation on young adolescents can be felt throughout their lives unless they have a very strong support system in place.

Here and now
Teenagers are really very smart when it comes to receiving presents. They instinctively know what they want, where to buy it and how it will affect their social milieu. The cool factor is essential for the best gift for boys aged 13. Bear in mind that this momentary thrill is over in a flash. The next fad is looming around the corner.
Generation gap
Perhaps even your grandparents were put in the same position of being a humiliation to you. They were not conscious of the importance of style as they followed a format without being bothered. Accepting the status quo seemed a lot easier in some ways than today. The discussions about not accepting them for who they are and not being understood are part of the ongoing generational disputes. It will be resolved once adulthood starts up, hopefully.
Meeting them halfway

Instead of sliding into our own peer groups as mature people, we adopt their idiosyncrasies. We send text messages and dare to use their shortcut colloquialisms if possible. This causes more despair! Since they don’t just call, keeping up with them by phone is the only logical way to have some idea of what is happening or not in their lives.

Friday, October 2, 2015

5 Splendid Stocking Filler Ideas

5 Splendid Stocking Filler Ideas
Christmas is fast approaching so you better get ready for all the shopping you’ll be doing! No doubt you’ll ask people what they want as their main gifts this year. That one big present they’ve been dreaming of for months. But, there’s still the stocking fillers for you to think about too. Take a look at some of these great stocking filler ideas: 


I know, this may sound like an awful gift to get someone. For years underwear is used as a joke gift, a gift you get someone when you can’t think of anything else. But, the fact it, people need underwear. And, people like to have cool and funky underwear these days, particularly men! If you’re buying stocking fillers for a guy, why not pick them up some cool underwear. You can get them joke underwear or ones with a cool style and logo on. You can’t go wrong with a nice new pair of Superman undies as a stocking filler! 
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Buying a calendar is a great stocking filler idea for anybody. What’s awesome about calendars is that there are heaps of different ones you could buy. You can get New Zeland Calendars, rugby calendars, puppy calendars. The possibilities are endless! If you have a friend with a particular interest, you can bet there’s a calendar for them. Plus, they’re relatively cheap too! So they won’t put a strain on your purse this Christmas. 

Sweets & Chocolates!

This is a timeless stocking filler classic, sweets and chocolates are always the go-to gifts! Simply because everyone loves them. Everybody has their favourite sweets and chocolate, so why not buy them and stick them in their stocking? Also, you can get Christmas themed chocolates and sweets too. What about getting a chocolate Santa and who can forget a classic candy cane?! You can even go the extra mile and package the sweet treats up nicely. Wrap them up and stick a nice little bow on top to make them extra special!

Phone Cases

Another fantastic idea is to get phone cases! Mobile phone cases are all the rage and come in a multitude of styles. Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and they need to be protected! So, if you have kids, a case is the perfect gift for them. They get a funky new case, and you get to ensure the phone you paid for is protected! There are so many awesome cases to choose from, it all depends on who you’re buying for. You can get super girly cases or ones from a particular movie or show. If you want to go extra protective, you can find ones that are waterproof with shock absorbers


If you want to get something a little different, why not buy some cool puzzles to put in stockings this Christmas? Things like Rubik's Cubes will always go down a treat, as well as the lesser known Sudoku Cube! Then you have all manner of other weird and wacky puzzles that are perfect for people of all ages. They can keep family members entertained and win you the ‘best gift giver’ award at Christmas!

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