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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Moses Bridge #RandomCoolness

Learn about the Moses Bridge HERE.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hey Kids, Did You Hear That? Probably Not!

Mike Prusinski, co-founder of BusyKid, gives tips for getting kids to listen.

Recently I was watching a TV program where a camera crew provided a behind the scenes look into one of the top college football programs in the country. This show does a great job of capturing the demands of being a college athlete, as well as, a college coach, on and off the field. In this episode, the head coach addressed his team after it just barely won a game against a smaller program.“Men, what is it that I say your generation doesn’t do? That’s right, listen! You know why? You all tweet. You all text. You all do four things at once and never focus 100% on one thing. Great teams and great players have the ability to focus and listen.”And there it was! The head coach was saying the same thing parents have touted for decades – will you listen and can you focus.

However, what got me was the room full of 100 young players (18 to 21 years old) who also seemed to be finally hearing it for the very first time. Maybe it was because the coaches demanded their attention, but I think maybe it was because none of them were looking at their cell phones. Last May, a study was done on the human attention span and it revealed that our ability to pay attention has dropped from an average of 12 seconds in the year 2000 to just 8 seconds today. Humans now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish (nine seconds average). That’s right, in a stare-down with a goldfish, the goldfish would win.While every generation has had parents pleading with their kids to listen better or focus more, never before has a generation had to battle a foe the likes of what technology is throwing at families around the world. So what’s a parent to do in order to help their children listen better and focus more, but yet, keep connected to the world around them? Here are some suggestions on trying to find the right balance:

1. Know What Kids Think – A June study by AVG Technologies surveyed more than 6,000 children, ages 8 to 13 and found that 32 percent of children felt unimportant when their moms and dads were distracted by their phones. In addition, 54 percent of the kids think their parents spend too much time on their phones. Hear that mom and dad? Time to lead by example.

2. A No Phones Meal Deal – Whether you eat as a family at home or in a restaurant, make your meals “phone free”. Make it a family rule that no phones are allowed when the family is eating. No calls, no text, no snaps and no tweets. Most families spend about 20 minutes eating dinner, so I think the world can probably wait that long to hear from you.

3. Suggest Limits – Ever have one of those moments when you look up and the entire family is sitting in the same room staring into their phones or tablets? If so, suggest a time period when phones or tablets can be used. Make sure to leave some time before and afterwards so you can connect as a family, even if it’s watching your favorite TV show together.

4. Put It To Bed – There are numerous medical studies that show why having your child go to bed with their phone or tablet is a bad idea, however, let me pile on. One revealed that kids who go to bed with technology send an average of 34 texts and emails a night after going to bed. Kids need sleep and not midnight texting!

5. Earn The Phone – In the US, kids are getting phones around the age of 6. Now I’m sure parents have good reasons for a phone that young, but to me, that seems a bit early. My bigger issue is that kids are usually just given an expensive phone and plenty of data. Why? Does a 9-year old need a $600 phone, unlimited data and no supervision? For safety reasons, I think getting a child a basic phone that calls and texts is perfect. However, if he/she wants something more, they should earn it by helping out around the house, earning allowance and contributing to the monthly bill.

For information about BusyKid, visit http://www.busykid.com.
 

Friday, February 24, 2017

#SuperMacys Giveaway

Macy's $1,000 Gift Card Giveaway
Win $ from Macy's! Good luck!
 

Get Snacking This Spring

This spring there is a new line-up of better for you snacks that are delicious!

Garden of Eatin’ brand has launched two new boldly seasoned corn tortilla chips in Nacho, featuring creamy farmhouse cheddar with paprika and Ranch with hints of buttermilk, garlic, and onion. The new corn tortilla chips are certified USDA organic and contain 25 percent less fat than the leading conventional competitor.Like all Garden of Eatin’® products, these new flavors are made with non-GMO ingredients and gluten-free.
Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips introduce a brand new, fan-favorite flavor to snack on in 2017 - Stacked Veggie Chips. Made from potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin, these chips are gluten-free, non-GMO and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. These stackable chips make snacking stress-free.
 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hans Solo Is In Production!!!

The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London. The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian. Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can't think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.” Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, it will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.

Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Academy Award nominee for his work on “Arrival,” Bradford Young, Chris Dickens, Dominic Tuohy, Rob Bredow, and Brad Allan (Action Designer). They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan, Neil Lamont, Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon, Jamie Wilkinson, Lisa Tomblin, Amanda Knight, and Nina Gold.

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

Punch it!
 

Thinking About New Moms This Coming Mother's Day

It's not too early to start thinking of Mother's Day. With Spring approaching, the arrival of flowers and baby animals and such gets us in the feeling of love and joy. And Boppy has the best gifts for both expecting and new moms! From nursing pillows to pregnancy pillows and even skincare, Boppy has you covered when it comes to getting that new mom a gift.

Treat the new or expecting mom in your life to an amazing Mother’s Day gift from The Boppy Company, an established leader in creating innovative and supportive products for mom and baby. The company's award-winning, Original Nursing Pillow, the Boppy Feeding & Infant Support Pillow, has helped millions of moms provide a comfortable position for nursing their infant. With the success of their iconic pillow, Boppy is proud to offer expecting mothers the same kind of support with the Boppy Prenatal Comfort Collection. Expecting and new mom’s can also nourish their skin with Boppy Bloom Skincare Collection. Choose from one or all of the hypoallergenic, paraben-free and phthalate-free products that will soothe, relieve and relax new mothers’ skin.
Sleeping for two can come with its own unique challenges but with Boppy’s forward-thinking products the expectant mom can achieve the ultimate sleeping experience. Looking for a little extra support and help with side sleeping? The thoughtfully designed Bump & Back Support Pillow provides both back and belly support. No more waking up at night in discomfort, this pillow is the ultimate choice to provide women with top level comfort. You can also use it under your legs or wrapped around your waist in a chair to get support and comfort when sitting. And it’s great for travel - not only are the cushions removable so you can make it more compact for traveling, but it also comes with a removable, machine-washable slipcover for easy cleaning.
Crafted with love, the Boppy Bloom Skincare Collection is created with the highest quality ingredients and without additives, so expecting and new moms get a simple, trusted solution. The collection includes four unique products that are safe and effective in helping moms-to-be and nursing mamas with their pre- and post-natal skincare needs. The collection includes: Boppy Bloom Stretch Mark Cream is a moisture rich blend of coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E. Fight stretch marks with this versatile cream that can be used all over. Boppy Bloom Renewing Body Oil is a non-greasy body oil that absorbs quickly and has a luscious White Citrus Shea scent. Boppy Bloom Whipped Belly Butter has a unique whipped butter formula that can be used for stretch-mark protection and the yummy White Citrus Shea scent. Boppy Bloom Soothing Breast Balm: a 100% natural and lanolin free formula will give you relief from sore or cracked nipples. Use both before and after nursing for moisture rich relief!

This Mother's Day give the gift of comfort and make life easier for moms and babies with Boppy's best-selling Boppy Pillow and their Prenatal Comfort Collection, as well as Boppy Bloom.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hard Candy Lip Artiste Wand

Paint your lips your way with the new Lip Artiste Lip Contouring Wand from Hard Candy! This transformative lip contour and highlighting duo enhances lips in two simple steps. The matte lip contour pencil enhances lip shape and creates a shadow while the highlighter enlarges the appearance of lips. Now, you can create the ultimate pout. Hard Candy Lip Artiste Lip Contouring Wand enhances lips to modify appearance of lip size and shape. Lip pencil revises lip shape and a creates shadow. Available in six shades including Nude to Brown, Plum to Berry, Red, Pink to Mauve, Coral to Peach, and Wine to Burgundy The new Hard Candy Lip Artiste Lip Contouring Wand is available at Walmart and Walmart.com.
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Exclusive Hanes Brand Deal

This deal can be applied to Hanes, OneHanesPlace, Champion, and Just My Size.

Savings.com Exclusive:
Extra $15 Off Orders $80 or More + Free Shipping
Promo Code: SAVINGS1580
Restrictions may apply
Valid through 3/4/17
 

Gifted Custom Art

Photomatic by Gifted Custom Art is the first software in the world that makes it possible to scale custom art on demand at a price you choose (and that your customers can afford). Photomatic automates the conversion of photos (portraits, landscapes, logos, and more) into print-ready images, turning any product into a custom one.
Simply integrate the Photomatic API, and your customers can print their original photo or convert their photo into an outline, sketch, numbered image and more to be printed on any substrate – like wood, canvas, fabrics, ceramics, decals & more. 

I got a portrait of Callan and Mason, but I have not finished it yet. Though it is easy, I am particular and want to take my time on it to make it perfect! What a great gift idea for anyone in your life!

Check it all out at Gifted Custom Art on Facebook.
 

Monday, February 20, 2017

60% Off Custom Blankets – Blankets From $19.19


Use Code: COZY.

Limit 2 Blankets Per Order. Ordered Online. S&H Not Included. Fleece Kid’s Blanket Not Included In Offer. Cannot Combine Coupon Codes. Offer Open To New And Existing Customers. Exp. 03-14-2017. Standard Shipping From: $6.99. If you order more than one 60x80 Blanket, the additional blanket(s) ship at just $3.99. On the other products, if you order more than one of the same product, you pay just $2.99 for each of the additional items.
 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Get Ready For Graduation With Basic Invite

Yes, it's getting to be that time of year again, where our kids are graduating and moving on to bigger and better and things. We want to send them off with style and grace. And Basic Invite can help with that! At BasicInvite.com, they have a large selection of invitations and announcements and an ability to customize to match your unique style and personality.

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company and is one of their biggest draws.
Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as they are with the invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Free Address Collection Service - Use our free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Get your customizable graduation announcements done early and it's one less thing to worry about!

Check it all out at Basic Invite on Facebook, as well as Basic Invite on Twitter.

 

Columbia Probiotics Skincare #ColumbiaSkinCare

Founded in 1871, Columbia SkinCare has become the premium skincare company, with products that are unmatched in quality and efficacy. And every step of the way, they’ve put real scientific results ahead of hollow promises. Columbia Skincare proudly introduces Probiotic Concentrate and Probiotic Complex, the 1st topically applied creams that harness the wellness benefits of probiotics specifically for skincare. Probiotics, also known as “good bacteria”, found in yogurt and other ingestibles, have been keeping people healthier longer for years. But now, scientists and researchers have developed a type of probiotic specifically for topical usage that helps promote the health and wellness of the body’s largest organ, the skin.
These topical-specific probiotics are at the forefront of skincare technology and are about to change the paradigm for skincare. Clinically proven effective and safe, these products enhance and fortify the skin’s ability to do what it does naturally: renew and rejuvenate itself. The result is healthy skin. And guess what? Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Probiotic Concentrate and Complex don’t work like cosmetics. They neither hide nor cover-up anything. Rather, they nourish and renew and beautiful skin is the result. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. And it’s consistent with everything that nature offers us. Healthy everything is much more beautiful than unhealthy anything.

Probiotic Complex: This is the world’s first probiotic formulation created specifically for topical use. Gorgeous and silky, its formulation effectively enhances the most important biological feature in aging skin: it’s ability to renew itself.

Probiotic Concentrate: Enjoy all of the skin rejuvenating efficacy of our Probiotic Complex in a concentrated form. This contains a unique blend of probiotics, plant stem cells,  and peptides which intensify and enhance the skin’s renewal process.

Purchase either probiotic product and receive a FREE moisturizing cream, a $38 value! Use code: ProbioticGift at checkout.

Check it all out at Columbia Skincare on Facebook!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vinrella, The Ultimate Spring Accessory

The vision for Vinrella from the start was to create umbrellas and rain accessories that could become more functional, and fashionable through the use of great design. They’ve given customers a hard carrying case for their bottle umbrellas, so they and all their belongings stay dry. At the same time, the umbrellas have a new, contemporary look. The rain and sun hats keep our customers on trend and looking good, but also provide the function they bring to market, to stay dry! In designing the line of rain accessories, Vinrella also wanted customers to have products they could give as gifts at an affordable price point. Perhaps that’s why the bottle umbrellas have been listed by magazines as a top 100 gift.

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ChapStick DUO - I Am In Love

The new collection, ChapStick DUO has eight irresistible flavors that will leave lips soft and hydrated: Berry Sorbet Shimmer, Vanilla Shimmer, Fresh Coconut, Tropical Pineapple, Strawberry Kiwi, Cool Mint, and Refreshing Watermelon. And I am in love!
At first I was like, gee these are sort of big. But then, when I wanted some ChapStick, I found it right away in my bag, and bingo! I was set. And the flavors! OMG the flavors are to die for! I can not get enough of these!!!