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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Give Aladdin This #Holiday2019

The live-action adaptation of the animated classic, Aladdin, landed in homes on Digital and Movies Anywhere August 27th and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD September 10th. Starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud, the release included all new bonus features, such as deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and more! The release of the live-action adventure coincides with the addition of the original animated classic to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, granting Aladdin fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies. In 4K for the first time, the new release features all new bonus content, including alternate endings! In addition, early owners of Aladdin gain access to exclusive bonus features. Aladdin is sure to become an instant classic for viewers of all ages and will be packaged several ways to ensure the entire family gets the most out of its in-home entertainment experience. A Digital bundle, which includes both the Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of the original animated classic Aladdin and the live-action adaptation, is also available for purchase. A physical copy of the film will be released as a 4K Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code) and a single DVD.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Get Fit This Fall With #Ketond

In 2016, Ketond was first to market with an Advanced and Affordable Ketone Blend. Each serving of the original blend contained an industry first 11.7g of goBHB. The bar was set. Maximum Dosage. No Proprietary Blends. 100% Ingredient Transparency. Because of this approach (and one of the best tasting ketone supplements around) Ketond became a huge success. In 2019, they are taking it to a new level and are proud to introduce Ketond BioMAX. Ketond BioMAX uses goBHB-D - the first of its kind all-natural ketone that is biologically identical to the ketones that your body makes! Not only is Ketond BioMAX the first to use goBHB-D, but they have enhanced their blend with a unique blend of natural ingredients to further increase weight loss and appetite suppression.
Ketond Advanced Blend, Ketond BioMAX, and Ketond Meal Replacement all contain patented, clinically proven ingredients to help you get into ketosis faster and enjoy the tremendous health benefits of taking ketones that researchers are just beginning to uncover. What consumers love the most about Ketond is that they are getting a premium supplement that contains patented and therapeutically dosed ingredients at a fraction of the price.

I like the Keto Salts, or Ketostax. If you are looking for an added boost of Ketones to increase strength and endurance, or the ultimate metabolic accelerator, simply mix one or all of the Ketōstax to your glass of Ketond. Take your results to the next level with Ketond and KetoStax. Check it all out one their website with a wide variety of their products!
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Travel Essentials


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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Fall Fashion Deals


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Friday, September 13, 2019

#FallFashionSavings


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Thursday, September 12, 2019

#WinBigAtMacys #Giveaway

Win a $500 Macy's gift card! 
Wednesday, September 11th at 12:00 AM PT to Monday, October 7th at 11:59 PM PT. Five (5) winners will receive a $500 gift card to Macy’s. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Macy's page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday, October 8th (10/8) via the email address they used to enter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, September 9, 2019

4 Reasons Why You Should Learn To Play An Instrument

Almost everyone loves music. It can be very uplifting to listen to if you’re in a bad mood, and it can be uplifting to play, even if you're not a trained musician, as well. Whether you're interested in the guitar, piano, trombone or violin, learning to play an instrument can have some positive effects in your life. Here are some of the top benefits of learning to play a musical instrument.

It Boosts Concentration

One of the more well-known benefits of learning to play an instrument is the effect it can have on your ability to concentrate. Over time, playing an instrument can boost your ability to focus on one task for longer and longer stretches, which can improve your attention span. This is especially true of instruments that require you to read complex sheet music while you play, such as the piano.

It Has Social Benefits

While learning to play an instrument might seem like a solitary endeavor because it involves taking time to practice alone, it can actually have an impact on your social life. Musicians are often able to meet other musicians through bands, things like free pianos NYC and choirs. Meeting others through these kinds of groups can help you to connect with other people who also share a love of music, people who you might not get to meet otherwise.

It's a Stress Buster

Playing an instrument can be a great way to distract yourself when you are feeling down or overwhelmed. Whether you are a beginner or have years of practice under your belt, playing just a few chords or notes can have a relaxing effect on your mind and body. Not only that, but it can help you get deeper, more calming breaths as well, especially if you are a singer or play a wind instrument such as the flute. 

It's Fun

The best reason of all to play an instrument - it's fun! While there are other benefits to learning to play, like boosting your focus and expanding your social circle,  the thing that often inspires many to pick up an instrument in the first place is that it is fun to play. Whether you like to perform popular tunes or write your own songs, there can be many ways to enjoy yourself for years to come.
So, whether you want to pick up a new hobby, find a new way to express yourself or would just like to unwind at the end of the day, learning to play an instrument could be the thing for you.

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#LillysAfterParty #Giveaway

Win a $100 gift card from Lilly Pulitzer! 
Friday, September 6th at 5:00 PM PT to Wednesday, September 11th at 11:59 PM PT. Five (5) winners will receive a $100 gift card from Lilly Pulitzer. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Lilly Pulitzer page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Thursday, September 12th (9/12) via the email address they used to enter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Verizon #ChooseVZW #Giveaway

Win a $100 Gift Card from Verizon Wireless 
 Thursday, September 5th at 12:00 AM to Saturday, September 14th at 11:59 PM. Five (5) winners will receive a $100 gift card from Verizon Wireless. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Verizon Wireless page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday, September 16th (9/16) via the email address they used to enter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

BlankieGram #Holiday2019

BlankieGram grew from a spark of an idea between two old friends: to be able to send a loving and thoughtful gift to somebody when you couldn't be there in person to give them a hug. Their blankies are carefully designed to wrap the recipients in comfort and positive thoughts to remind them that others are thinking of them. When their "Healing Thoughts" blankies became quickly so popular, they realized they would make great gifts for other life events, so they put their heads together and the ideas flowed. BlankieGram now offers blankies that support healing, comfort, bravery, meditation, faith, honor mothers, and that wrap all kinds of soft, warm hugs around the recipients.
Instead of the conventional flowers or greeting cards that will be put aside, send your comforting support to a friend in need with a cozy, snuggly blankie decorated with inspiring messages; the best token of your love for them! BlankieGram continues to make this world a better place as they gift Blankies to those in need, someone who otherwise wouldn’t receive one. They have an ambitious goal to “Cover the World in Hugs”: a goal to warm the hearts of those in need and share their message of caring hugs. The blankets are made from custom fabric, with a high-thread count, and printed with inspirational messages, these 50" x 60" super soft and ultra-comfortable blankets are the perfect company for a cold winter night to warm both for the body and the soul!

We received the Brave, the Faith, and the Healing Thoughts blankies, one for each me, Jason, and Callan. And Callan has not parted with his since he received it. It has been on his bed of course at night, but also on the couch with him at TV time, on his lap at homework time, and even on a long road trip with us. The message resonated with him, and was something he needed! 

Check it all out at BlankieGram on Facebook!
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Belly-Rub Pups

Awarenics today introduced Belly-Rub Pups, adorable plush toys that provide a fun and unique method of stress-relief for users of all ages. Designed to playfully introduce proven stress management techniques through a unique three-step stress-relief approach of rub belly-breathe-laugh, Belly-Rub Pups are available in four unique characters, each standing for their own way of dealing with stress - Frankie (mindfulness), Chica Loca (exercise & fitness), Norman (mental health), and Romeo (pure love). The Indiegogo Campaign launched August 15th with a funding goal of $20,000 featured limited Early Bird specials of $25, as well as several other perks for backers.
For those who do not have a pet to help them relax, Belly-Rub Pups are a tongue-in-cheek alternative. A playful approach to a serious topic - stress, Belly-Rub Pups are designed to integrate proven stress management techniques, and offer users an introduction to mindfulness by letting them focus on belly-rubbing and taking their minds off of stressful thoughts. Belly-Rub Pups, will turn stressful moments and personal fails into “belly-rub” moments, allowing users to relax, have a good laugh, and remember to keep a playful outlook on life. Belly-Rub Pups are intuitive and do not require any lengthy training before positive effects can be felt. Adorable and irresistible with their witty and friendly expression, Belly-Rub Pups add a little lightness to users’ lives and help make them laugh more often, which has been scientifically proven to reduce tension, lower stress, and induce positive physical changes in the body. 

Each of the four Belly-Rub Pups has a very unique character:
FRANKIE - the centered soul-man who is calm in the storm, knows that in order to be stress-free, you have to look after your inner-self.
CHICA LOCA - the exercise freak who is insanely passionate about what she loves, gets easily hyped, and is always ready for action.
NORMAN - the brain who is not only the cutest, but also the smartest friend, is not averse to snuggling while attempting to solve for X, Y, or stress.
ROMEO - the charmer and a sensitive dreamer, he knows that nothing makes you happier and more relaxed than feeling loved.
“Belly-Rub Pups add a little lightness to our lives and make us laugh more often,” said Beat Wyss, CEO, Awarenics. “Turning to a Belly-Rub Pup during stressful moments may just be the most enjoyable method of dealing with stress!” Belly-Rub Pups are made from polyester and acrylic fibers, and each comes with an individually designed, high-wear microfiber bag, making it easy to carry them safely everywhere. Users will be able to share their own ‘belly-rub moments’ on social media, using the hashtags #bellyrubmoments and #bellyrubtime.

Check it all out at Belly-Rub Pups on Facebook, as well as Belly-Rub Pups on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sex, Teens, And Everything In Between

Sex, Teens, And Everything In Between by Shafia Zaloom

About The Book:
The only book you need to start a conversation with your kids about sexual harassment, consent, #metoo, and more. Many American teens are steeped in a culture that sends unsettling messages about sex, through everything from politics to music to the normalization of porn. In today's environment, it's crucial that teens be able to ask hard questions about how to take care of themselves, make decisions that reflect their values, and stay safe. In Sex, Teens, And Everything In Between, veteran teen sex educator and mother of three Shafia Zaloom helps you discuss a wide variety of sex-related topics with your teens, including: How to get and give consent, What it means to have "good" sex, How to help prevent sexual harassment and assault, How to stay safe in difficult situations, The legal consequences of sexual harassment and assault, and what to do if a teen experiences assault or is accused of it, Stories from survivors of sexual assault. Approachable, engaging, and with real-life scenarios and discussion questions in every chapter, Sex, Teens, And Everything In Between is a must-have resource that gives parents and educators the tools they need to have meaningful conversations with teens about what sex can and should be.

About The Author:
Shafia Zaloom is a health educator and consultant whose work centers on human development, community building, ethics, and social justice. Her approach involves creating opportunities for students and teachers to discuss the complexities of teen culture and decision-making with straightforward, open, and honest dialogue. In her twenty-five-year career, Zaloom has worked with thousands of children and their families in her role as teacher, coach, administrator, board member, and certified outdoor educator. Zaloom is currently the health teacher at the Urban School in San Francisco, and she develops curricula and trainings for schools across the country. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, and PBS. She lives in California with her husband and three children.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Favorites By Show Me Your Mumu Deals List


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Organic Valley

Organic Valley isn’t a giant corporation. They are a cooperative of farmers across the country who share the same commitment to growing food the right way. Organic Valley is not driven by profits; they're driven by principles. There are lots of different kinds of cooperatives, but they’re all built around the idea that the best way to change things is to work together. Organic Valley's cooperative is made up of over 2,000 family farms and 900 employees, all pooling their passion and resources to bring organic food to the tables of people across the country. Since 1960, big corporations have taken over more than 600,000 family-owned farms. And when shareholders of those big companies demand higher profits every year, farmers get squeezed to produce more for less pay. But at Organic Valley, it’s their company, so every farmer earns a fair living.
I like that Organic Valley had products you wouldn't think of such as Ghee, and Protein Shakes, and Lactose-Free Milk, as well as Organic Prairie Meats! I chose to get the Salted Butter, as we use butter every single day. Start with delicious, pasture-raised organic milk. Add in the expertise of the master butter-makers. Toss in just a pinch of dairy salt. Then churn, churn, churn. The result is an airy, tangy and rich butter that’s perfect on everything it touches.

Check it all out at Organic Valley on Facebook, as well as Organic Valley on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Show Me Your Mumu Accessories Deals List


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Wonder Melon by Kayco

What makes watermelon taste so good? I wish I knew, but it does. Watermelon is my favorite fruit. Why does watermelon have more lycopene than tomatoes? Weird, right? Where can you find watermelon all year long? Hint: look at the bottle. How did they get the watermelon into the bottle? They’ll never tell. But it's cool, right?
The Wonder Melon drink by Kayco is pretty neat, and nutritious! There are two flavors - Watermelon Lemon Cayenne and Watermelon Basil Cucumber. Callan liked them both but preferred the Basil Cucumber, which I think was more sweet.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Mason's Angelversary - 8 Years #MasonsMission

Today Mason has been in Heaven for 8 years. Not a day goes by that I have not thought of him. Some days it is hard, some days it is easier. But I miss him with every ounce of my soul.
 

The Grandpa Soap Company

The Grandpa Soap Company has been family owned and operated since 1936. The family and its employees stand behind the quality of the products and believe in traditions. The Grandpa Soap Company takes pride in sourcing high quality ingredients for their products. The famous Pine Tar Soap is manufactured with pine tar oil created in a closed kiln process and always creosote free.
I got the awesome Rosemary and Rose Clay hair care set. I love it! Rosemary Shampoo - Refreshes and restores balance. A rejuvenating combination of stimulating Rosemary Oil and cleansing Lemongrass helps purify and restore balance to leave scalp and hair feeling clean, fresh, and vibrant. Rose Clay Deep Conditioner - A refreshing formula with Rose Clay, Shea Butter and Avocado and Olive Oils gently lifts impurities while nourishing every strand to restore balance and healthy shine. Safe for color-treated hair. Gentle enough for daily use. I like how the bottles are squeeze type and they stand nicely in the shower as well. And are easy for travel too. My hair feels awesome after using this for a week, and I plan to continue using this! Love it! 

Check it all out at Grandpa Soap on Twitter, as well as Grandpa Soap on Facebook.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Off To College Deals List


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