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Saturday, October 25, 2014

eos 2014 BCA Collections

In shades of Breast Cancer Awareness’ signature pink, the eos BCA Collection pack contains a flavorful assortment including eos’ Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, Berry Blossom Hand Lotion, and a special Limited Edition Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick Lip Balm (which I love love love!). As always, 100% of net profits from this pack will be donated to breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Additionally, eos has partnered with Nicole by OPI to create the custom Feeling Berry Pink Today shade to match the eos Smooth Sphere Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm. 5% of retail sales from these delightful products will be donated to one great cause: the Young Survivors Coalition.

These are amazing products for a great cause! Check it all out at eos on Facebook, as well as eos on Twitter.
 
 

World Vision - 2014 #HolidayGiftGuide

Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; more than 844,000 people helped someone through the Catalog in the last fiscal year alone. Championing convenience, gift cards topped the list of popular holiday gifts for 2013. Get creative this holiday season by giving your friends and loved ones delicious, poverty-fighting holiday gifts from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog.

More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. When you give where it is needed most, you can receive handcrafted gifts that are perfect for holiday baking or entertaining, like these gorgeous spoons I received:
The set of two hand-carved olive wood serving spoons is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric, hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Each one is unique - just like the children they help.

Check it all out at World Vision on Facebook, as well as World Vision on Twitter.
 
 

Proper Pillow - 2014 #HolidayGiftGuide

Having trouble sleeping? Wake up with a kink in your neck? Well, not anymore! The Proper Pillow is designed specifically to promote alignment of the back, neck, and spine, delivering a more restful and comfortable night’s sleep. Restore and correct your spine while you sleep, leading to a more productive day.
If your neck’s natural curve is not aligned, you may experience:

• Neck pain and stiff neck
• Lower back pain
• Headaches
• Sleep apnea
• Chronic snoring

Avoid the negative consequences of sleepless nights and get ready for the most restful sleep of your life. This pillow is very comfortable, whether I am side-sleeping or sleeping on my back. I love it!

Check it all out at Proper Pillow on Facebook, as well as Proper Pillow on Twitter.



 

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas - 2014 #HolidayGiftGuide

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas by DK Simoneau and David Radman

About The Book:
Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is a whimsical tale of Santa’s journey through a Christmas Eve that doesn’t go as he expects. One small event leads to a series of surprises that change Santa and Christmas as we know it. It’s a story to spark the imagination, make kids giggle, and bring a smile even to a grownup’s face! Here is a story that even grownup will relate to and enjoy. The story was conceived out of an interesting conversation between the two authors of how much of Christmas might change if something as simple as Santa’s suit changed to purple.

My Thoughts:
This is such a fun book! A great twist on the regular Christmas tales! The whole family will enjoy this fun silly book!

About The Authors:
DK Simoneau is the award winning author of We’re Having A Tuesday, a book helping children of divorce cope with shared custody living arrangements. She has offered advice on divorced parenting in numerous publications and on various programs, including the CBS Early Show. She enjoys writing stories that help children express their feelings or inspire them to dream and use their zany, whimsical imaginations. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and sharing time with her own 2 kids in Lakewood, Colorado.
David Radman began writing children’s stories as a single father, when his two daughters were very young. His love of being a dad inspired him to share his creativity through the magic of storytelling. He enjoys playing hockey, spending time with family, and continues to write stories he hopes to be able to share in the future. David lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife, two children, and three stepchildren.

 
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Yu-Gi-Oh GX Season 1

Set several years after the previous Yu-Gi-Oh series, GX follows a new generation of duelists at the prestigious Duel Academy - a highly competitive boarding school where pencils and books have been replaced by Duel Disks and monster cards! Still, it’s not just about making the grade for these up and coming students - it’s about becoming the next King of Games!

Check it out at Yu-Gi-Oh GX.
 
 

Spruce Up Your Walls With 3M

Every home owner knows that tackling spruce up projects, especially those involving painting, can quickly rack up the cost or the stress. It’s very easy to save tons of money by painting your home yourself but most of us don’t know the right tools to use for patching, priming, and painting. As you may know, we are about to be first-time home owners! Very excited! But this is not a new home. It is a previously lived-in home. And that is okay. But there is some work to be done on the walls. And with Jason gone working all the time, the task falls to me. Argh!
Enter 3M Patch Plus Primer; a cost-effective and efficient way to prepare your walls for painting with an all-in-one kit that includes everything you need:
·3M’s revolutionary Patch plus primer
·Four-inch self-adhesive patch
·Putty knife
·Sanding pad. 
After your walls are prepped, painter’s tape is the perfect tool for sharper paint lines. New ScotchBlue Multi-Surface and Delicate Surface tapes now have Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector, making it easy for you to paint your walls without worrying about uneven paint lines! With the help of 3M Patch Plus Primer and Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape, every home owner can feel comfortable preparing and painting their walls for this fall without breaking the bank!

I actually can't wait to get started! Am I nuts? Hee hee. Check it all out at 3M DIY on Facebook, as well as 3M DIY on Twitter.
 
 

5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores

5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores
By: Gregg Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com

1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology
Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to deliver results when it comes to chores? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see jobs that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow and positive notes from mom and dad.

2. Let Kids Work To Support A Special Charity They Select
Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing their chores, part of the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.

3. Parents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation
Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.

4. Connect Chores with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time
Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.

5. Allow Overtime
Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could do beyond regular chores, if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.

About MyJobChart.com
MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere. For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com.

About Gregg
As the Chief Executive Officer of My Job Chart, Murset has committed the last four years to building the largest online community and fastest growing website teaching kids about work ethic and making smart money decisions. MJC was born from real life experience. Murset is a father of six children (ages 6 to 16) and needed a way to teach them about earning, saving and spending money. With no system available for a family with a large range in ages, Murset came up with the idea to combine modern technology with the traditional allowance system to teach responsibility, accountability and the fundamentals of financial literacy.
 

Yu-Gi-Oh Classic Complete Series

Based on the hit manga series, Yu-Gi-Oh follows the adventures of a boy named Yugi and his friends who love the newest card game that is sweeping the nation! In this game, players pit monster against monster in high intensity duels. Yugi and his friends are obsessed with the game, which is packed with awesome monsters and powerful spell cards. But there's more to this game than meets the eye. Yugi solves an old Egyptian puzzle that infuses him with the energy of an ancient spirit. Their forces unite to form a stronger, more confident duelist, for Yugi needs all the help he can get - the fate of the world is in the balance!

Follow Yugi and his friends through five seasons, from the streets of Domino City, through epic duelist tournaments, and even into ancient Egypt! The Yu-Gi-Oh Classic: The Complete Set includes all five seasons of the show, as well as the movie Bonds Beyond Time and comes in a special slipcase box containing 32 discs, and a collectible booklet.

 
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

musicBleeper App #Giveaway

musicBleeper is a censorship app that allows you to personally control the words you feel are inappropriate in your music. Now you can relax and listen to music with your children without being embarrassed or worried about profanity or inappropriate language. I don't know how many times I have had to explain to Callan a word, or "lie" to him about a word. Even non-swear words! "Mama, what's a booty. Hoochie. Hoe?" Really??
musicBleeper contains 91 words in PG-13, R, and Religious-rated categories that you can eliminate based on your children's ages, or even your own religious affiliations, personal morals, or family values. You choose the words you want to skip or silence. musicBleeper is password protected, so you can set the words you want eliminated, and no one can change them. The app can also be turned on and off, so you can listen to the regular version when you'd like. Best of all, musicBleeper is free. This works for the iPhone or iPad, and I love that, since Callan uses the iPad when he is playing just to listen to some music. Now I don't have to worry about what he is listening to! Because even Nick Radio has some words I don't approve of for my 6 year old.

Get the app HERE, and check it all out at musicBleeper on Facebook, as well as musicBleeper on Twitter.

 

5-Hour Energy Shots #5hourGoesPink

The makers of 5-hour Energy products team up with the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization this breast cancer awareness month. LBBC helps to support and educate people about breast cancer. Now through December 31st, 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked bottle of Pink Lemonade flavored 5-hour Energy to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

LBBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. The minimum guaranteed donation is $200,000.00. Just look for the white 5-hour Energy bottle with the pink ribbon and you can help make a difference today!

When you need a boost you don't want to wait. You want to feel more energetic now. A 5-hour Energy shot takes just seconds to take. 5-hour Energy shots come in original, decaf, and extra strength.

For more product information, click here.

 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 #Giveaway With #DragonsInsiders

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre. The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.
The next chapter to the Academy Award nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore and certified 92% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family! Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases Dragons: Dawn Of The Dragon Racers, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk!
Dragons: Dawn Of The Dragon Racers will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD. The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel, two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig. The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington. The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois.
 
 

Get Well Sooner with Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy #Giveaway

Winter is just around the corner which will bring the gray and gloomy weather. Soon we will all be suffering from those pesky coughs and sniffles and there is nothing worse than cold symptoms keeping you from your favorite fall activities. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy is an all-natural cold remedy that when taken at the first sign, or anytime, is clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold by almost half.
Available in Lozenges, Oral Spray, Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts , Plus Natural Immune Support + Natural Energy QuickMelts and the new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Multi Symptom Relief Cold and Flu QuickMelts, the effective proprietary combination of Zinc Gluconate along with elderberry, boneset, peppermint, myrrah and licorice to relieve cold and flu symptoms including cough, chest congestion and sore throat.