Time For A $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Time For A $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! -  Ann Again and again Reviews

Summer vacations are just around the corner and you can find just about any item you’ll need for your days of relaxation, or excitement, on Amazon. Last summer caring for family members took precedence over escaping to the desert, mountain or beach. (All healed now! Yay!!!)  Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a much-needed break and get out and about. Do you have vacation plans for this summer?  If so, enter to win this $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway and indulge more on your vacation. Good luck!

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Prize: $200 Amazon Gift Card

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Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

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Enter To Win A Big Screen TV From Beesavy!

Who is ready for summer? After the cold winter we had – and many are still experiencing – I’m ready for some sunshine, some vacations and some time relaxing in the garden. Summer’s also one of the most expensive times of the year, so I’m always looking for ways to save some money. A favorite way to save money is to shop online for the things my family wants and needs. I’ve found a terrific savings resource – Beesavy.com. (They have an online pet store that other sites don’t have!) Continue reading to learn more – and enter to win a big screen tv below!  Beesavy.com

Shopping online lets you search for the best deals, and when you shop through Beesavy, you will earn cash back on all your online purchases. Yes, there are situations that call for visiting a brick-and-mortar store, but online shopping is a much better way to find the lowest price. Usually, when I am out shopping, I like to keep my phone with me and see if I can get a better deal online versus buying it from the store and nine times out of 10 I can! Continue reading “Enter To Win A Big Screen TV From Beesavy!”

5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend

 

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Ask anyone what their goal is in life and their answer will probably be, “To be happy.” If our dogs could talk, they would share five reasons we can improve our happiness through their example. Here is a brief summary of what they would say. 5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend:

  1. “You can count on me.”

When we ask pet owners what they admire most about their dog, loyalty is usually first on the list.  Loyalty is the confidence that you can count on others to be true to you and do the right thing even if it is difficult and even if you are not present.  Dogs are loyal to their pack and display amazing loyalty to their owners.  So Tip # 1 on the list of things we can do to increase our own happiness is to ensure we are loyal so we strengthen our relationships with others.

  • “Tell me your problems.”

Dogs are among the best listeners ever! You can spend hours talking to your dog and he or she will hang on every word. This is not usually the case for our friends, associates, or even family members.  Tip # 2 then, is to take time to listen to others and make sure you understand what they have to say before you share your point of view.

  1. “Let’s play!”

One of the best things about dogs is their curiosity and desire to play. Tip # 3- step outside of your daily routine, take the dog out for a walk, and pledge to have at least one experience a week that is just plain ‘fun’.

  1. “I forgive you.”

Even if you come home late, skip a walk, run out of their favorite treat, or accidently step on their tail, your dog will not hold a grudge against you. Humans, on the other hand, can hold on to real or imagined insults forever! All this does is create stress and keep us from moving on with our lives.  Tip # 4 – let go of bitterness and resentment toward yourself or others.

  1. “I love you no matter what.”

Our work environment and educational system are based on the carrot and stick; “do this for me and I’ll give you that.” Unfortunately, this approach often carries over to our relationships and we begin to place conditions on our affections with others.  Dogs love you whether you are young, old, rich, poor, fat, skinny, covered with hair or bald as they come.  Tip # 5 – love with an open heart and expect nothing from others in return for giving yours.

 

Shared with permission.  Garry McDaniel and Sharon Massen speak nationally on what individuals and organizations can learn from dogs about leadership, team building, and customer service. Their book is “The Dog’s Guide to Your Happiness: Seven Secrets for a Better Life from Man’s Best Friend.”

 


Garry McDaniel is an award-winning professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in business management. McDaniel has written books on leadership strategy, conflict management, and is a frequent speaker in the United States and internationally on topics such as leadership development, employee engagement, personal and organizational change, life balance, and what humans and businesses can learn from dogs to improve their lives. He is currently available to discuss personal life coaching, training, or speaking engagements.

$1000 Spring Break Giveaway!

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 Heeeerrree we go!  2 lucky winners will receive $500 to spend as they please in this Spring Break Giveaway!  If you were to be so lucky, how would you spend your winning’s?  Is there a Spring Break destination in mind? Or, summer vacation planning in the works?  Two summer’s ago my family drove to Victoria, B.C. and it was fantastic.  We’d LOVE to visit again.  Have you been?  This prize would definitely help you on your way!
Girls Victoria Empress on Double Decker Bus
Top of a double-decker bus, driving around Victoria, B.C.
Enter this giveaway today and, while you’re here, I’d really enjoy it if you’d share your vacation planning tips, packing tricks and/or ideas in the comment section below.  (We all could use all the help we can get to pack lighter, keep kids occupied and make our treasured time together full of fun memories.)

 

 

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Giveaway Info/ Terms & Conditions: This is a group giveaway starts on 3/15  @ 12 PM EST and ends on 4/24. Two (2) lucky readers will win $500 USD through PayPal or Amazon gift card.The winner will be notified via email. The winner has 48 hours to claim prize before the prize is forfeit and a new winner is chosen. Winner must claim prize before they are announced. Giveaway is open worldwide, void where prohibited. All entries are voluntary but must be completed as stated with verification in order to win. All entries will be verified and if it wasn’t completed a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter no later than 4/29/17. Winner must be 18 years or older to win. Void where prohibited.

 

7 Ways To Be More Optimistic

Spring

We set the clocks ahead for daylight savings and many of us woke up to a darker sky, feeling sluggish thanks to a one-hour loss of sleep. If you hit the snooze, pulled the covers up over your head still feeling bummed out about your waistline, bank account, career or love life, you’re not alone. Despite more daylight our worries are still there. So how do we spring into Spring, a season that’s all about new beginnings and rebirth? For practical ways to cultivate optimism in our lives let’s listen to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC-based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services who shares these tips and tools.

 

1. Focus on the good.

“A daily exercise I often have my patients do is keep an appreciation or gratitude journal. When you focus on all the things to be happy for in your life then more great things come. Think generally and use your senses. What do you appreciate seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, listening to? Write it down. Within a few weeks you’ll train the mind to pivot to an appreciate thought when a negative thought comes,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

 

2. Make plans.

Making plans to see relatives, to see a new exhibit a movie or to travel gets our mind moving forward towards something positive that we can be hopeful and optimistic about. Dr. Hafeez suggests making plans to do 3 things per month for the next 3 months. “Choose things that you know will bring you joy and then go do them! Feeling excited about what is coming and talking about how fun it will be keeps us optimistic and forward-moving,” says Dr. Hafeez.

 

3. Control what you can, delegate the rest! 

We get pessimistic and worry about the worst possible outcomes when we realize that we cannot control every detail. This leads to anxiety and an even stronger feeling of having to control conditions, and even others. According to Dr. Hafeez, this is a trap. “Figure out what needs to get done. What actions you can take. Then let go of anything else that is beyond your control with faith that everything will turn out fine. Envision the desired outcome,” advises Dr. Hafeez.

 

4. Limit your news watching and avoid it before bed. 

“There is a very common pattern I see people falling into,” says Hafeez. “People awaken and immediately reach for their smartphone for news headlines. They then turn on the TV news as background noise. They listen to the news in their cars, have news alerts going off on their phones all day, catch the evening news and then the 11 pm news before bed. No wonder they’re less optimistic! What you choose to look at will impact your mood. Remember, good news doesn’t get ratings,” she adds.

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5. Don’t snooze. Instead just breathe.

When the alarm goes off give yourself a few minutes to just lie there, eyes closed focused on your breathing. Breathe in counting to 4 and then breathe out. Do a mental scan of your entire body from head to toe thanking your cells for restoring you as you slept. “Deep breathing is a form of meditation and in the morning, you have a small window of opportunity to decide what kind of day you want it to be,” says Dr. Hafeez.

 

6. Distract yourself with something that requires focus.

The key here is to pick something you truly enjoy doing and do it daily. It can be painting, coloring, yoga, a 20-minute walk or jog, listening to music and dancing around your living room. “When you are fully engaged in something, you can’t ruminate which leads to pessimism,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

 

7. Make feeling good top priority.

When you commit to feeling good you instantly start to think more optimistically. According to Dr. Hafeez, when you’re mindful of your own negativity and shift to a better feeling positive thought you feel powerful. You’ll feel like you can conquer anything when you can master your own mindset.

 

*Shared with permission.  Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com

Win A Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera!

 

I’m so happy to be co-hosting this giveaway!  With Spring Break looming and summer vacations on the horizon wouldn’t it be great to have a waterproof camera to capture memorable moments without the worry of ruining your camera if it falls into the pool, lake, river – where ever your fun times take you. Enter now to win a Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera!

Welcome to the Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera Giveaway!


Sponsored by: Hamswan 
Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves 
Co-Hosted by: Ann Again and Again Reviews & MyStyleSpot
Hi! Holly from Southern Mom Loves recently got the chance to try out the Hamswan F60 HD Action Camera; A wifi-enabled video and still camera with a huge range of accessories, like a waterproof case and a wide range of mounts. She put it through its paces and she wants to give one of our readers the chance to win one for themselves! Check out her review here, then enter below and good luck!

 

One winner will receive a Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera!
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Giveaway begins on 3/6/17 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 4/6/17 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to entrants in the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Japan (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner’s List here.

 

 

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Hamswan will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform. 
Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

 

Spring Fling Family Game Night Giveaway!

Ends 3/31Welcome to the Spring Fling Gift Guide Family Game Night Giveaway!

 

A tried and true way to get your family together and create memories is by having a family game night.  It’s through trial-and-error that I’ve found games that keep the focus of “competition” to a minimum (which creates way toooooo much anxiety and anger for some) and instead focus on games where you’re on your way to victory when you help your team… and laugh as much as possible.  Sounds like a great game night! Good luck in the Spring Fling Gift Guide Family Game Night Giveaway! (Enter below.)

This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

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1 Lucky Winner Receives 4 Fabulous New 2017 Board Games! TRV $88!

Games Of The States

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Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!

5 Ways To Safeguard Kids’ Devices From Predators

5 Easy Ways To Safeguard Kids' Tech Devices From Predators

New apps pop up almost every day, and *bam* every single one of your kid¹s friends and classmates are using this bright and shiny new toy and… you find out, so is your child. The app looks age appropriate and harmless to you, however predators find ways to infiltrate and exploit. Yes, you check your child’s phone, computer or tablet on a regular basis to make sure no inappropriate content is being sent to them. However, there are other steps parents need to take to safeguard their children. See below: 5 ways to safeguard kids’ tech devices from predators.

One common mistake parents make is allowing their children to create a username that incorporates their name, information about their age and location or interests. These small pieces of data are enough for a predator to start piecing together a profile of a child and give predators tools that can be used to find more information to manipulate kids. By following these simple guidelines, parents can help make sure online predators are not targeting their children.

  1. Stop Kids from Duplicating Usernames – Just like recycling a password is a bad idea kids should not use the same username to log into different online accounts. Having one common username across accounts just makes it easier for criminals to search for and find details about a child’s life.
  2. Keep Personal Details Private – If an app or website requires kids to fill out a profile do not let them enter personally identifying details like their full name, birthdate, age or address. If they cannot use a site without supplying these details either supply a false answer to the questions or do not allow your child to use that site/app.
  3. Email Addresses and Usernames Do Not Mix – Linking a username with an email address can simplify a predator’s search for personal information. Using trial and error a criminal can add common email providers to a username, run a search and pull up social media accounts and any other sites where an email address was used to create a profile.
  4. Create Unique Email Addresses for Each App/Site – Some email providers including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo allow users to alter their email address into infinite number of disposable addresses. For example if your child’s email address is shauntips@gmail.com and he/she wants to sign up for a new gaming site you can alter his/her email address just for that site by adding an identifier to it such as shauntips+ABCGamingFun@gmail.com. This keeps your child’s actual email address private and can help stop criminals from being able to track online history simply by searching for an email address.
  5. Stay Vigilant – Regularly checking what apps your child is using and what websites are being visited is the first line of defense. If anything looks suspicious or if you are unsure what something is, ask your child. If he/she cannot explain to your satisfaction what the app is then delete it and block it.

 

This information from SNDR.com was shared by permission.  

  

About SNDR

SNDR.com gives parents tools to stay up to date on latest threats. For more information about protecting your security and privacy online, visit: www.sndr.com. SNDR™ is a new app that combines all the ways you already communicate into a single platform. You can text, email, share files and use social media all from one app. And, every message is encrypted and completely secure. 

If You Want 2017 To Be Your Year…

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What do you think of these ideas?

 

I’m honestly feeling that 2017 requires us all to be fierce and to be brave.  Let’s help each other!  We are ALL human beings.  Thank goodness we’re not all of the same mind.  How boring would that be?  VERY!

Remember… hate is a learned emotion.  With our recent election I discovered those that I assumed were believing along the same lines as my heart and mind, in fact, were not.  Was I shocked?  For the most part, no.  However, it has taught me to take pause, to take a moment, to listen to my heart and go from there.

Lead with your heart!

Please be kind to each other!

 

Let 2017 be a truly Happy New Year

 

Enter This Thanksgiving Giveaway Today!

 
‘Tis the season to gather friends and family around the table (or t.v. trays – whatever works) and enjoy each others company over delicious food.  Now, this food costs money so wouldn’t it be nice to have a little extra to help your budget? Sure it would!  Enter this Thanksgiving Giveaway today for your chance to win $50 in Paypal cash or an eGift Card of your choice!


Welcome to the $50 of Choice Thanksgiving Giveaway!
Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves
Co-Hosted by: Dorky’s Deals
 
One winner will receive $50 via Paypal cash or eGift Card of choice! If I can purchase an eGift card or code online and email it to you, you can choose that store, or you can choose Paypal cash!

Enter below, and good luck.
Giveaway begins on 10/27/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 11/23/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open Worldwide (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner’s List here.
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.
 
Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

10 Halloween Etiquette Tips And Tricks

10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

It’s time for scary costumes, carving pumpkins, candy and trick or treating.  As Halloween approaches, there are somethings parents and children need to remember.  10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks:

–        Select Appropriate Costumes: Costumes that represent a culture, race, ethnic or religious group or someone with a serious illness, poverty or other hardship, are inappropriate.  Sexually explicit costumes and those mocking LGBT or gender identity encourage negativity. During this election year, our public political figures are certainly on the table; expect to see Clinton and Trump.

 

–        Teach Your Kids Manners: Halloween is a great opportunity to teach your kids manners, such as greeting and thanking each homeowner who gives them candy. Explain to older kids and teenagers that bullying and pushing smaller kids out of the way won’t be tolerated. When they encounter a bowl of candy at the door, make sure they are considerate and only take one or two pieces.  Be sure they respect private property, including homeowner decorations, and don’t leave unwanted candy or wrappers in lawns.

 

–        Age Appropriateness: While many adults enjoy Halloween dress up, remember this is mostly a children’s holiday.  What your teenager might wear, is not a good fit for a first-grade Halloween party.  Gage the costume based on your child’s age, and the age of his or her peers. Even if you think your young child might be able to handle dressing up as Freddy Krueger, it might be too much for his or her friends.

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–         Candy Alternatives: Traditional chocolate or sugar-laced candy are always a hit. With more health conscious parents, consider sealed mini bottled water, pre-packaged popcorn, coloring books, pre-packaged healthy snacks, small inexpensive toys, or pens/pencils.

 

–        Respect Neighbors Who Aren’t Participating: By simply turning off the outside lights, this alerts trick or treaters to skip your house and go on to the next.  As an option, consider leaving a bowl of candy by the front door.  Putting the car in the garage may also remove the question of whether someone is home.

 

–        Knock One Time and One Time Only: If no one answers, move on to the next house.  There’s no need to be excessive and knock 10 times. The homeowner might be on an important call or trying to help a baby to sleep. On a related note: know when it’s appropriate to knock. Trick or treating generally starts just before sunset and ends by 9pm.  10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks - Ann Again and again Reviews

–        No Homemade Treats: While it’s a nice thought to want to bake homemade Halloween treats, don’t do it.  Parents have heightened safety concerns for good reason, and will discard these items.  Buy pre-packaged candy from trusted brands like Hershey, M&M, Skittles, Dove, Reese’s.

 

–        Never Arrive Empty Handed: Anyone invited to a Halloween party, does not arrive empty handed.  Bring a small hostess gift such as tea towels, diffuser, candle, coasters, fresh fruit, wine, packaged sweets, or children’s game.

 

–        Office & School Policies: Office culture varies, so be sure to research your workplace policy. Ask a trusted colleague about the ‘unwritten rules.’ Some offices encourage tasteful costumes, while others frown upon the practice.  Education policies vary, so don’t assume children may wear their costumes to school.  In many school districts across the nation, costumes are prohibited for safety reasons. Double check and don’t assume.

 

–         Stay Safe: Younger children should always be accompanied by parents or a designated chaperone. Older children and teens should trick or treat as part of a group.  Never enter someone’s home you don’t know, no matter how nice they seem.  Carry a flashlight and mobile phone.  Follow your intuition and if you have a bad feeling about something, avoid it.

 

(*These tips were shared, with permission, from Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide.)

Age Appropriate Chores For Kids

 

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It’s wise to start teaching children to help around the house with assigned chores when they’re young.  It doesn’t need to be perceived as a punishment, taking care of the home you live in is a blessing!  Think about it, you have a home.  Show your children that cleaning is taking pride in your surroundings and yourself.  (I’m still working on having my teenager understand this *ahem*  Oh boy! ).  Below you’ll find a chart to help guide you to Age Appropriate Chores For Kids.  Print it out and post it in your home!

Of course, a child’s age doesn’t really define what chores are appropriate, but it can give a starting guideline. The physical, developmental, and emotional age of a child all make a difference. So be prepared to adapt the list.

Make it fun and don’t expect perfection.

 

After all, you want to encourage chore activities, not make your child(ren) frustrated or resentful. The more kids accept doing chores when young, the better the chance they will cooperate when older.

You can find more helpful guidelines and printable charts at Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapathy – ACN Latitudes:  http://latitudes.org/ .

 

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(*Disclosure:  This information/infographic was shared with permission from Latitudes.org.  They provide these printables as a free resource in an effort to help parents motivate their kids, improve self-esteem, and to help raise awareness to their nonprofit’s cause.)

Enter To Win Playful PJs For Chilly Nights!

Let’s have some fun!  Enter to win playful PJs for the soon-to-come chilly nights.  So cute!!!  Good luck!

 
Welcome to the Character Onesie Wardrobe Giveaway Event!
 
Sponsored by: Richard Leeds International
Organized by: Southern Mom Loves

 
With Fall coming, we thought you could use some fun new PJs! These character onesies from Richard Leeds International are warm and soft and come in fun designs to help keep you looking cool all season long, and are available in Olaf, Eeyore, Ariel, MinnieSugar Skull, Shark, & Pollo.
So if you’re looking for some adorable cool-weather PJs, look no further than your local Walmart store, where you can find these cute offerings in the Sleepwear section or online at Walmart.com, and then enter to win a full onesie wardrobe below!

 

  • 1-(One) 1st prize: 7 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 2-(Two) 2nd prizes: 4 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 3-(Three) 3rd prizes: 3 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 7-(Seven) 4th prizes: 1 pair of onesies pajamas
13 total winners will be sent fun Character Onesies in randomly chosen designs from the styles shown above, in their Women’s size as they state it in the Giveaway Tools widget below. (ARV $620!)
 
Enter below, the odds are fantastic!
Giveaway begins on 9/16/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 10/7/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only. Once confirmed, the winners will be added to the Southern Mom Loves Winner’s List.

 

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Richard Leeds International will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.
 
Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

Peace Of Mind Tips In September

No review this time.  No giveaway to share.  I’m just checking in with you.  How are you?  Really?  It was an  interesting/stressful summer for our family and, with the beginning of the school year, the “interesting” twists keep on comin’!  I try to plan, I try to stay positive however, the anxiety (and annoyance) creeps in and I hate it.  How do you deal with anxiety? How do you create peace of mind?

Peace of mind Tips In September - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

While I shared many giveaways in August — Many are still open!  Go check them out!  They are good! (in the ‘Search’ box in the upper right – the magnifying glass – type in Giveaway) — I’m going to switch gears for September and focus on ways to help the family.  I plan on sharing ways to help relieve stress, find freebies/deals so that more money stays in your wallet and tips on how to create a productive, calm homework environment.

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Now, I’m not saying I’ve mastered any of these things!  I’m searching for guidance in these areas and if I find info. that is worthy of exploring and sharing, I will.  I’m sure I’m not alone in looking for peace of mind, right?  I would love it if you would share in the comments below any advice/guidance that has helped you in relation to my posts topics.  It takes a village!

So, on we go!  Let’s help each of find Peace of Mind Tips in September.  On my current list of information to share I have free meals for children at a family-friendly restaurant, an on-line tool that will help kids with their English school work and an innovative anti-bullying app that helps the victim, and the bully, to a peaceful resolution.  It’s very interesting and has me excited!

I’m searching daily for ideas.  Help this list of tips grow!  Your comments will be very much appreciated.

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Yes! $150 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Target Gift Card

Not only would a lovely gift card from Target be great, how about a program that helps you lower prices at Target as well?  Sign me up!  Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower parents to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and parents drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power parents have and how important it is to share with other parents.

Target Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the Children Inspire Design Cards, it started out at $22.00 and for each parent that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each parent that participates.

Target Gift Card

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for parents to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $150 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help parents drop the price of this Counting Cards and you will be entered to win a $150 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 8/22/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

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8 Of The Most Exciting PLAYFul Trends for 2016

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Summer is full of activity. There are ways to spend a bundle on outdoor events and activities but that’s not what I’m about.  I’m “Frugal Ann”, always looking for ways to play and have fun without spending a lot (or any!) dollars and cents. There’s an organization dedicated to reminding us the importance of play, and the lessons learned on the playground – Voice of Play.  And you know what’s so great about playgrounds? They’re free! That fits my summer budget perfectly. How about you?

 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

– Plato

Badminton in the backyard!
Badminton in the backyard!
Voice of Play has compiled a list – 8 of the Most PLAYFul Trends of 2016 – which is filled with great ideas on how to play with your family.  It could be building a fort in your yard (or living room), going for a walk in your neighborhood or discovering a new park.  For us, it’s tree climbing and badminton.  (It can get intense – but still fun!)  More and more educators and parents realize that play is crucial for their kids’ — not just for fun, but because it helps them learn!

 

Katie in her favorite tree

 

I would love for you to share what activities you do with your family!  (And remember, Free is a very good price.)  I live in the Pacific NW – Portland, OR – and that gives our family access to the coast, the mountains and the stunning Columbia Gorge. All we need to do is pack a lunch, pay for gas (unavoidable!) then we’re off!  Are you in an area that’s surrounded by the glory of Mother Nature?  If so, where does your family like to go on day trips?

 

Horseshoes Kathi and Lily Rockaway Beach, OR

 

Do your family a favor and visit the website Voice of Play, and learn more about the 8 PLAYFul Trends of 2016.

 

The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.
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5 Easy Ways to Safeguard Kids’ Tech Devices from Predators

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New apps pop up almost every day, and instantly every single one of your kid¹s friends and classmates are using this bright and shiny new toy and, you find out, so is your kid. The app looks age appropriate and harmless, but predators find ways to infiltrate and exploit. Yes, you check your child’s phone, computer or tablet on a regular basis to make sure no inappropriate content is being sent to them. However, there are other steps parents need to take to safeguard their children. See below: 5 easy ways to safeguard kids’ tech devices from predators.

One common mistake parents make is allowing their children to create a username that incorporates their name, information about their age and location or interests. These small pieces of data are enough for a predator to start piecing together a profile of a child and give predators tools that can be used to find more information to manipulate kids. By following these simple guidelines, parents can help make sure online predators are not targeting their children.

  1. Stop Kids from Duplicating Usernames – Just like recycling a password is a bad idea kids should not use the same username to log into different online accounts. Having one common username across accounts just makes it easier for criminals to search for and find details about a child’s life.
  2. Keep Personal Details Private – If an app or website requires kids to fill out a profile do not let them enter personally identifying details like their full name, birthdate, age or address. If they cannot use a site without supplying these details either supply a false answer to the questions or do not allow your child to use that site/app.
  3. Email Addresses and Usernames Do Not Mix – Linking a username with an email address can simplify a predator’s search for personal information. Using trial and error a criminal can add common email providers to a username, run a search and pull up social media accounts and any other sites where an email address was used to create a profile.
  4. Create Unique Email Addresses for Each App/Site – Some email providers including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo allow users to alter their email address into infinite number of disposable addresses. For example if your child’s email address is shauntips@gmail.com and he/she wants to sign up for a new gaming site you can alter his/her email address just for that site by adding an identifier to it such as shauntips+ABCGamingFun@gmail.com. This keeps your child’s actual email address private and can help stop criminals from being able to track online history simply by searching for an email address.
  5. Stay Vigilant – Regularly checking what apps your child is using and what websites are being visited is the first line of defense. If anything looks suspicious or if you are unsure what something is, ask your child. If he/she cannot explain to your satisfaction what the app is then delete it and block it.

 

This information from SNDR.com was shared by permission.  

  

About SNDR

SNDR.com gives parents tools to stay up to date on latest threats. For more information about protecting your security and privacy online, visit: www.sndr.com. SNDR™ is a new app that combines all the ways you already communicate into a single platform. You can text, email, share files and use social media all from one app. And, every message is encrypted and completely secure. 

Take The Pledge With Me! Take Back Your Drive!

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I wish I could write words to make this the ultimate post to end the action of texting while driving.

I wish I could find the right combination of words to make those drivers that feel their text message is more important then someone’s life – perhaps their own –  a text that just can’t wait that they just have to send it while they’re driving 3000+ lbs. hunk of metal, I wish I could convince them to stop.  I mean, come on!!! Nothing – No Thing – is THAT IMPORTANT to share, or respond to, that you have to text while you drive.  Take the pledge with me – Take Back Your Drive.

 PULL OVER!!!  Then Text!

 

The-Great-Multitasking-Lie
Click this graphic and see the reality

 

 

There.  Easy peasy. Pull over, then text.  Concentrate on the job at hand – you’re in control of 3000+ lbs. of metal that’s moving.  That’s where a drivers attention should be, on driving. Will you please join me in committing to give up cell phone use – both hand held and hands free – while driving for, at the very least, one week.  It won’t hurt, I promise.  Please visit the site: National Safety Council and sign the pledge. Have children that drive? Sign them up too!

A delayed response to a text won’t hurt however, texting while driving can, and will potentially kill.

The other day a dog darted across the street from in between two parked cars.  If I had been distracted at the wheel I would have hit and killed this poor dog! And I know it would be an experience that I couldn’t forget.  I would play it over and over in my mind. (Do you do that to? Go over scenarios over and over and…  Ugh. It’s exhausting.)

So, are you with me? Yes you are!  Put your phone in your purse/bag. Put your phone away from easy reach.  You’re driving a car, let that be your focus.   Click this link to sign the pledge:  National Safety Council  Thank You!!!

#TakeBackMyDrive @NSCsafety

 

(*Disclosure:  I was compensated for my participation in sharing this incredibly important message.  My words are my own.  Let’s be safe out there! smile for Shopify)

Sam The Cat Decorates His Christmas Tree – Video

We had a cat adopt US over the Summer. I went out to the patio, sat down for breakfast and *boom* there are two green eyes staring at me from the end of the table.  I saw how incredibly thin he was and couldn’t resist feeding him. (Ms. Tender Heart here!) This little guy was so hungry that he ate 2 cans of food at a time. This eating habit brought about his name (courtesy of my husband) Two-can Sam. Get it? Toucan Sam?  From the Froot Loops cereal? 

After a visit to the vet we found no chip and no neighbors claimed him from “Lost Cat” postings.  Sam chose to stay on our patio, in our yard, and would never leave.  Sam wanted to be a part of our family and we accept.  (It’s taken a while with our oldest daughter but our youngest is SO happy!)  When the weather turned cold Sam decided to move from our patio to the inside of our house.

We discover more about his personality as the days go by. He keeps to himself, yet also likes to know that we’re around.  So far he’s very, very quiet. While we were decorating the Christmas Tree, he observed from the recliner, resting on his cozy blanket.  The next day I brought a little tree next to his food dish.  Below you’ll see how he chose to decorate his little tree, with a toy mouse.  Sweet Sam.

Trick or Treating Safety Tips!

 

For those of us who have quite a few All Hallows’ Eve spooky nights under our parent/guardian belt the following tips will seem obvious.  But, for those just starting out, or those that need reminders, the following should help you on your way to a safe – and fun! – night of Trick or Treating.

(A tip to add to this list:  Make sure your child’s costume is bathroom friendly.  If the costume takes a while to put on you can only imagine how much longer it feel when they have to go!)

Do you have some Trick or Treating Safety Tips to add? Please share in the comments!

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Let's Stay Healthy At The Beach! Water, Sunscreen and Proper Cover

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The Harrison Clan enjoys the Oregon Coast

 

Every summer, millions of people will make their way to the beach. There is no denying the fact that the beach is one of the country’s favorite vacation destinations. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions while enjoying the warm water and abundance of sunshine. Here are some tips for staying healthy at the beach.

Drink plenty of water.
Some people tend to forget the importance of staying properly hydrated. The hot environment of the beach can cause a person to expel a substantial amount of moisture. In order to prevent dehydration, the body needs to have a steady supply of fresh water. If a person’s urine exhibits a darkened appearance, this is a tell-tale sign that they are experiencing mild dehydration.

Wear sunscreen.
Before heading out for the day, be sure to apply an adequate amount of sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, individuals with darker skin tones still need to use sunscreen. An SPF of at least 15 will be suitable for most people. However, the people who have very fair skin may need to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 40.

 

Ann beach hat
Of course I have my hat! Channeling ’50’s Glamor

 

 

Wear comfortable clothing.
Most beach-goers tend to do a lot of walking. This means that it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing at all times. Both adults and children need to select beachwear that does not restrict their movement.

Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cold alcoholic beverage. However, avoid consuming entirely too much alcohol, especially in extreme hot weather.  Not only does being intoxicated impact a person’s judgment, but it could also lead to becoming ill.

 

What ways do you keep yourself healthy while enjoying the surf and sand?

 

Hilary Swank Joins Duracell And USO To Honor Children Of U.S. Military Families

Hilary Swank, Mackenzie Nilson and the "star" of the movie The Teddy Bear
Hilary Swank, Mackenzie Nilson and the “star” of the movie The Teddy Bear

In honor of Independence Day, Duracell has launched a new short film to shine a light on the children of military families and announced a partnership with the United Service Organization (USO). The film, The Teddy Bear, inspired by a real military family, tells the story of a young girl and her beloved battery-powered teddy bear that has the ability to record voices. Her teddy bear is her way of staying always connected to her father during his deployment through the comfort of hearing his voice. Two-time Academy Award-winner, Hilary Swank, shared her support of the program as the daughter of a service member herself; her father is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant.

Hilary Swank, left. Navy Air Traffic Controller First Class Robert Nilson, wife Denise, daughter Mackenzie, 3, and their son. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)
Hilary Swank, left. Navy Air Traffic Controller First Class Robert Nilson, wife Denise, daughter Mackenzie, 3, and their son.
(Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)

You can view the very touching short movie, The Teddy Bear here:

Since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a deployed parent, according to the “Military Children and Families” report conducted by Princeton University/Brookings (Fall 2013). Many of them have seen multiple deployments, 3, 4, or even 5 family separations, making the USO’s “Comfort Crew for Military Kids” program important and something Duracell is proud to support.

For those that serve, and for their families that await their return – Thank You!  Happy Independence Day!

 

(*Disclosure:  Video/Images shared with permission by CitizensRelations.com)

9 Easy and Affordable Mother's Day Ideas

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Not only can money not buy happiness it also isn’t needed for the perfect gift.  Really!  With the following clever ideas I’m sure you can create a lovely gift for Mother’s Day that will bring a smile to her face and joy to her heart.

  1. Gift chore coupons*. Create a handmade coupon book for your mom to use when she needs a break. Each voucher is good for a different chore. You could offer to do the dishes, vacuum, take the dog for a walk, wash her car, or make dinner. (*Ahem, children of mine?  I really like this idea.  I like it a lot.)

 

  1. Schedule time together. Give your mom the gift of time. The activity is less important than spending quality time together to talk and reconnect.  Go for a nature walk, check out a neighborhood garden or park.  Treat her to dinner, a cultural event like a ballet or play, or take her to the spa.  Just time for you and your mom, make memories.

 

  1. Call her via Skype. You can still connect even if you aren’t able to visit your mom on Mother’s Day. Use FaceTime or Skype to get some one-on-one time from far away. She’d love to catch up and see your smiling face.

 

  1. Make it a party. If your mom loves to socialize, throw a Mother’s Day party. Coordinate with friends or neighbors to celebrate their moms too. Your mom will be able to spend time with friends and enjoy her special day.  (You do all the clean-up too.)

 

  1. Handwrite a Mother’s Day card. Store-bought cards lack the personalized emotion of a handwritten note. Write a letter to your mom and share a picture and a special memory. Let her know how much you care and how much you love her.

 

  1. Make a family photo book. Gather photos of your entire family. If possible, reach out to extended family for their pictures. Then create a photo album or scrapbook filled with memories. Add your favorite quotes or family sayings for a personal touch.

 

  1. Make her breakfast. Whip up your favorite recipes and invite the entire family to spend a meal together. If you’re cooking skills are not up to par, host a potluck dinner or brunch or order takeout.

These next two ideas do require kicking it up a notch in the “spending” department, it’s up to you what amount:

 

  1. Create a custom gift basket. You know what your mother loves. Think of all the things she’d never buy for herself. Create a goodie basket filled with gourmet coffees, teas and assorted snacks.

 

  1. Gift personalized jewelry. Instead of generic earrings, have the names of all your mother’s children inscribed on a necklace or pendant. Or, create a charm bracelet. Handpick charms that represent memories from your childhood or your mom’s favorite hobbies. One year my siblings and I gave my mom a ring adorned with five sapphire stones. Each stone represented each of her five children.

 

With these ideas I’m sure you’ll create a lovely day for your Mother and the other special women in your life.  Cheers!

 

~~Thank you to Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally-recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach for allowing me to share these wonderful ideas.  To contact Jacqueline:

http://www.etiquetteexpert.com/

http://jacquelinewhitmore.com/

Holiday Gift For Our Military Families & A Cash Giveaway!

A great thing about the holiday season is the reminder to be grateful for what we have and to do what we can to help those in need.  ‘Tis the season of giving!  And in this theme, I am happy to participate in a giveaway that is not only giving to a very lucky participant, it is giving to men and women in uniform, who are serving our country and protecting our freedom around the world, deployed away from their little ones for long periods of time.

Holiday-Gift military families

Baby’s Brilliant wants to give those military parents an opportunity to connect with their babies and toddlers with their new series READ ALONG BOOKS.  Through this book series you can record your voice reading the book and your child will hear the story read to them by one of the most important people in their lives.  Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for access to their site
  • Their first book will be available to choose from and a script of the story will be sent.
  • Parent will record their voice using the script and the memo feature on their phone (a short video intro and good-bye are also great to include).
  • Email them the recorded script.
  • Baby’s Brilliant will edit reader’s voice into the story and post it on a dedicated page on Baby’s Brilliant.

Once this is all completed, the child will be able to read the story and hear it narrated by their mom or dad who is far away, serving our country.

This will be done at absolutely NO CHARGE to military parents.

This is a way for all at Baby’s Brilliant to express their gratitude to all those serving our country.

Baby’s Brilliant is also happy to announce that they will be donating 10% of all their revenues for the month of December to St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In honor of this new Read Along Series, Baby’s Brilliant is giving away $500 to one lucky winner just before Christmas!

Please remember to login to your Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts to participate below!

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(*Disclaimer:  I am sharing this information through my membership at VoiceBoks.com.  No financial compensation is involved.)

Easy and Efficient Ways To Get Fit

You can make excuses all you like but honestly, there’s no denying it, when you exercise – get the blood flowing and your heart pumping – your mood lifts and your day feels better. I put off exercise for about 3 months, and my mood really took a hit. I’ve stayed committed for 5 months now, and I hope to never return to how I felt, emotionally and physically, when I didn’t get some exercise in my day.  I call exercise my “natural mood elevator”.  I’m sure the following easy and efficient ways to get fit will help you.

A big excuse to not exercise is that there just isn’t enough time in your day. I completely understand. It isn’t just the time given to the actual exercise, it’s the shower after and then putting yourself together to head back to work, where ever that may be. But the thing is you can do a few moves now and a few moves later on and they will all come together to make you stronger and feel better at the end of the day. Check out these quick and easy ways to add fitness in your day:

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Beach Health: Water, Comfortable Clothing and Sunscreen

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Every summer, millions of people will make their way to the beach. There is no denying the fact that the beach is one of the country’s favorite vacation destinations. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions while enjoying the warm water and abundance of sunshine. Here are some tips for staying healthy at the beach.

Drink plenty of water.
Some people tend to forget the importance of staying properly hydrated. The hot environment of the beach can cause a person to expel a substantial amount of moisture. In order to prevent dehydration, the body needs to have a steady supply of fresh water. If a person’s urine exhibits a darkened appearance, this is a tell-tale sign that they are experiencing mild dehydration.

Wear sunscreen.
Before heading out for the day, be sure to apply an adequate amount of sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, individuals with darker skin tones still need to use sunscreen. An SPF of at least 15 will be suitable for most people. However, the people who have very fair skin may need to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30.

Wear comfortable clothing.
Most beach-goers tend to do a lot of walking. This means that it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing at all times. Both adults and children need to select beachwear that does not restrict their movement.

Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cold alcoholic beverage. However, avoid consuming entirely too much alcohol, especially in extreme hot weather.  Not only does being intoxicated impact a person’s judgment, but it could also lead to becoming ill.

 

What ways do you keep yourself healthy while enjoying the surf and sand?

 

Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Lifestyle Resolution – And Giveaway!

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The Blog Forward Challenge - Ann Again and again Reviews We’re 5 months into the year 2014.  Did you make a resolution to get fit, or eat healthier this year?  I was tired of the tummy flab that was taking over my middle due to menopause (yep, I said it) and I was feeling pretty weak.  Enough of that I say!  I’m five months into my healthier lifestyle and feel confident I can keep this up.  Here are ways to stick to your healthier lifestyle resolution – and a giveaway! Ways that help me stick to my resolution:

  • Make a standing appointment to exercise.  Try to keep it the same time every day.
  • If you don’t feel like moving tell yourself ‘Let’s just do a couple of minutes’.  I’m sure your body will encourage your mind to stick around and do a few more reps. and you will find you’ve completed a full workout.
  • Remember to drink a full glass of water before eating.
  • You will always feel better about yourself after you exercise.  Remember that!

With regard to food choices I’m enjoying the taste and long lasting full feeling I get from eating Zone Perfect bars.  The taste selection is vast and my girls like them too.  We’ve finally tried Quinoa (keen-wha) that we’ve been hearing about but weren’t sure how to pronounce.  I really like grains so quinoa works out well for me as a smarter nutritional choice over rice.  And now that grill season is here my-oh-my!  My husband grilled Cauliflower and added dashes of seasoning salt, black pepper and the juice of one lemon to create a flavor I’ve never had from cauliflower.  Absolutely delicious and so much better in the nutrition and calorie category over mashed potatoes.  Check out this chart for side dish swap ideas: Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Life Style - And A Giveaway!  Ann Again and again Reviews With my exercising routine, on one hand I’m bummed about the fact that weight is not coming off.  I’ve been exercising for 4 months now, 5 to 6 days a week – a mix of cardio and area specific movements – and have lost a whopping 5 lbs.   But on the other hand I am so much stronger than I was a month ago, let alone 4 months ago, and that feeling of strength is what I absolutely love about exercising.  If weight doesn’t come off, well that’s a drag and it frustrates me, but I won’t stop my workouts because feeling stronger brings me joy and strength and joy is what I want in my life.  (Oh and love, of course!  and a delightful Pinot Gris ;->)

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New Kitchen Style With Wall Art Decals from DecDecals

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Recently I came across a new site DECDECALS that showcases an easy way to add flair to your walls.  DECDECALS designs vinyl gave me an idea on how to spruce up my kitchen walls quickly with no painting.  Yay!  (See what the designs offerings here.) Vinyl wall art stickers are the latest idea in home decorating that are easy to buy, easy to ship, easy to use and, if you change your mind on the design, easy to remove. Currently they are the most popular trend for modern home improvement giving you easy access to beautiful designs and encouraging affirmations with wall quotes. (See here.) You can choose from many different designs and styles, and they also allow you to create your own quote any way you like.  Nice.

Nowadays, I feel more and more people are pursuing a quality of life that brings them comfort and nourishes their spirit. They are paying much more attention to the ingredients in their food,  the materials which our clothes are made, and where they’re made, along with daily choices that improve their living environment.  With inspiring DIY projects all over social media, and in print, more efforts are put forth in decorating our homes to become our oasis from the world.  Any steps that can be made to make decorating easier is always welcome in my book and I feel that’s the reason easy to use wall stickers are so popular these days.

After perusing DECDECALS I would like to highlight some of my favorite wall stickers for kitchens.  (Click image to appear larger):

 

The place where savory dishes are made and delicious desserts are created, the kitchen is a good place to add some creative touches to your walls.  I’ve always wanted a window over my kitchen sink but that wouldn’t work for the current design of our house because I’d be looking into the bathroom.  No thank you!  With wall decals you can have just about any view you like, no construction required :-> Visit www.DecDecals.com and get inspired.

 

(*Disclosure:  I was compensated for my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Check Out This Great Deal For Mother's Day From Specials by Restaurant.com

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Check Out This Great Deal For Mother's Day From Specials by Restaurant.com

What a great deal just in time for Mother’s Day! This also makes a great offering for Father’s Day! Restaurant.com, the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide, wants to help kick-start your summer with a blockbuster event. Get two movie tickets to use at one of your favorite movie theaters along with a $50 Restaurant.com eGift Card, all for just $28 with the Specials by Restaurant.com Dinner and a Movie deal!

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Whether you’re celebrating a special mom in your life or just looking for a night out, enjoy this Specials by Restaurant.com Dinner and A Movie deal. With this exclusive offer from Specials by Restaurant.com, you’ll get two movie tickets to use at one of your favorite movie theaters along with a $50 Restaurant.com eGift Card, all for just $28!

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Don’t miss out on this Blockbuster MOVIE event as this offer is only available for a limited time! Specials by Restaurant.com deals make great gift ideas for everyone. You can locate your theater here and you’ll be on your way: http://emoviecash.com/locator/

(*Disclosure: I’m happy to share this information with you as I am a Blogger with USFamilyGuide.com.)

Inexpensive Dinners To Take The Sting Out Of Tax Day

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Fast and Cheap Dinners For Your Family - Woman's Day - Ann Again and again Reviews

Fast and Cheap Dinners For Your Family - Woman's Day - Ann Again and again Reviews

From our friends at Woman’s Day come recipes that will take the hit of Tax Day away from our pocket book and give us more with our money. In the May issue of Woman’s Day, now on newsstands nationwide, you can find the most delicious tostadas to make for your hungry family. I have one picky eater that will have me adapting one of these recipes – but it can be done easily and I’m sure you’ll find ways to add your own spin to these recipes as well. You can’t beat the cost per servings for these high protein, healthy dishes. Happy Tax Day! (ugh, did I just type that?!)

 

Fast and Cheap Dinners For Your Family - Woman's Day - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active: 20 MIN, Total: 20 MIN, Serves: 4, Cost Per Serving: $1.35

Chili Chicken:

§ 2 tbsp olive oil

§ 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

§ 1 tsp hot paprika

§ ½ tsp ground cumin

§ ½ tsp chili powder

§ ¼ salt

§ 3 ½ cups shredded chicken

Directions – Part 1

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil and fresh lime juice.

2. Slowly stir in the hot paprika, ground cumin, chili powder and salt.

3. Add the chicken and toss to combine for the perfect taste!

Pineapple and Red Onion Relish:

§ 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

§ 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

§ ¼ salt

§ ¼ small pineapple (cored and cut into ½-in pieces)

§ ½ small red onion (thinly sliced)

§ ¼ cup small fresh cilantro leaves

§ 8 tostadas

Directions – Part 2

1. Prepare the chili chicken from above.

2. Next, in a medium bowl, whisk together the fresh lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt.

3. Add the pineapple and onion and toss to combine.

4. Fold in the cilantro leaves.

5. Lastly, top the tostadas with the chili chicken, the pineapple and the red onion relish.

Enjoy!

 

Fast and Cheap Dinners For Your Family - Woman's Day - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

Active: 15 MIN, Total: 15 MIN, Serves: 4, Cost Per Serving: 92 cents

Ingredients:

§ 4 plum tomatoes (cut into ¼-in. pieces)

§ 1 small jalapeño (finely chopped)

§ ½ small red onion (finely chopped)

§ 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

§ ¼ tsp salt

§ ¼ tsp pepper

§ ¼ fresh cilantro

§ 8 tostadas

§ 15-oz can refried beans (warmed)

§ Shredded romaine lettuce

Directions:

1. To start, toss together in a medium bowl the plum tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, lime juice, salt and pepper. This will serve as your delicious pico de gallo!

2. Fold in the cilantro to add a little kick.

3. Top the tostadas with the refried beans, lettuce and the fresh pico de gallo.

4. Enjoy!

If you have delicious additions to these recipes please share in the comments. I would LOVE to try your suggestions and, I’m sure, our blog friends would to!

 

(*Disclosure: These recipes were provided by Woman’s Day and are shared with permission.)