Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Real Way To Give Back This Holiday Season



It's less than two weeks til Christmas, and we all know what that means. The final countdown, the running around, the hustle and bustle, the shopping, the wrapping, the crazy whirlwind of festivities. It can be really hard not to get caught up in all the crazy that is the holiday season, but I really do think it's important to focus on the things that are really important during the holidays, and today I am going to share a really great cause with you guys that I think you will definitely want to have a part in helping out.

The cause I am going to tell you guys about today is a great non profit called TryMunity. TryMunity is a social network of sorts for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injuries and their families. It's a great place for people who often feel overwhelmed and alone to really connect with others who understand what they are going through and help each other with support, advice, suggestions, and friendship.


TryMunity developed from the need for a place where people who have experienced a traumatic and/or life changing event can go for information, advice, and support. There has never been one single website where people experiencing the same traumatic event (like traumatic brain injury, cancer, or paralysis) could consult each other on coping and treatment methods. TryMunity is managed by Tom and Bernadette Coleman of Advice Interactive Group, and is a place where doctors, supporters, and the injured can come together to offer each other love, help, and most importantly, hope.

It's a really great cause, and something that I definitely feel can be a life changer for people suffering from traumatic events and their families. I can only imagine how helpful a social network like this would have been for more after the loss of my parents, when I was still struggling trying to find my way and connecting with other people. This year, Tree Classics is teaming up with TryMunity and are donating $1 for every Christmas tree purchased to TryMunity! This is awesome, and if you are in the market for a new tree this year, definitely check out Tree Classics. They have some really beautiful trees, and you can feel good about a portion of your purchase going to help a great cause!

CampusBookRentals.com Helps College Students Save Money!


If you have a college student in your life, chances are you already know how crazy expensive buying textbooks can be! Luckily, there is now another option available! CampusBookRentals.com is an awesome alternative to buying textbooks. With CampusBookRentals, students can rent their textbooks instead of buying them! They offer flexible renting periods, students can highlight in their books, they offer free shipping both ways, and best of all, students can save more than 40 to 90% off of bookstore prices! What's not to love!?

CampusBookRentals is a great alternative to buying books! They also offer an amazing program called RentBack. RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options! (selling their books back at the end of the semester) Isn't that awesome?!You can watch the video below to learn more about RentBack! Another great thing about CampusBookRentals is the fact that a portion of the proceeds from every textbook rented is donated to Operation Smile! How great is that! All in all, this is a great company doing great things for not only their customers, but the community as a whole as well! I know it's almost time for Christmas break, but make sure to talk with those college students in your life over the break and tell them all about CampusBookRentals!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Great Holiday Gifts From Canon And Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free



There's still time to find that perfect holiday gift, and Best Buy is the perfect place to find it! When it comes to my personal dream gift, I will take full advantage of #HintingSeason and say that I would love to have the Canon EOS Rebel T5i! Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

This camera is super amazing, and features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images. It also offers continuous autofocus while taking HD video, while the 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation. This is a super gift and a super tool to use for capturing all of those very special holiday memories! Plus, right now, you can get $150 off the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy, through December 20! Visit Best Buy to learn more!
This camera is amazing, it's great for a starter camera for someone looking for a great DSLR, but it would also make a great gift for the experienced photographer as well. It has great reviews and everyone seems very satisfied with it! Definitely check out this great deal if you are looking for a camera for someone on your holiday wish list!

Share Your #PregamePride and Win BIG!

This has been a compensated post in partnership with Global Influence. 



Living in Kentucky, we know a thing or two about NCAA sports. We are crazy about our Wildcats here, and that means all through football season and basketball season, we are ready to tailgate, party, celebrate and follow our Cats no matter where they go! No matter where we are, or who we are playing you can always count on tailgate time to be a fun time!

Now, the NCAA, Walmart, Axe, Dove+ Men, and Degree are all teaming up to offer customers a great deal on pregame grooming supplies! For a limited time only, when you buy $15 worth of Unilever Men's Grooming products at Walmart in a single transaction, you will get back a $5 Walmart Gift Card! What an amazing deal! Customers can also enter to win a trip to a college bowl game with a friend! Want to learn about that great contest? Enter here!

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How cool is this!? Make sure to enter to win one of 10 $50 Walmart Gift Cards or the Grand Prize, one $500 Walmart Gift Card! And, if you are sharing your pregame traditions on social media, don't forget to use #PregamePride!! Good luck!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Little Luna, Big Talent: A Hilariously Fun App For Kids!


My kids LOVE getting new apps, it is probably their favorite thing to do, finding a new app and discovering and getting to know it. Well, we recently had the chance to check out a great new app called: Little Luna, Big Talent and it was great! My kids were totally into it, because guess what? Little Luna is a farting bug, a Bombardier Beetle to be exact!



Little Luna’s interactive adventure promotes concentration, musical expression and coordination, while educating children about individuality and encouraging them to embrace their own special talents to help them boost their self-esteem.

Complete with mini games like practicing toot target-shooting with her dad, doing yoga with her mom, matching musical melodies with her brothers, and other interactive activities; children will enjoy engaging with Little Luna’s world as they learn about the unique ways Luna and her family utilize their special talents.



I wasn't sure how my kids would feel about Luna, but here we are, and they are still playing it every single day! As a mom, I love that this game has NO in app purchases, so that is one less thing for me to worry about. The game is beautifully illustrated (? animated?) and it is just gorgeous to look at. My kids have really enjoyed this game, and I am sure that yours will too! Little Luna- Big Talent is available for download from the App Store for only $2.99! Check out the trailer below as well:



About Bastei Entertainment:
Founded in 2010, Bastei Entertainment is the digital department of parent company Bastei Lübbe AG, a leading German trade 
publisher home to famed authors David Baldacci, Dan Brown, Jeff Kinney, Ken Follett, Lesley Pearse and many more. Dedicated to 
the development of new innovative products and global digital entertainment, Bastei Entertainment’s in-house development team 
continuously creates unique multi-media content which translates the written world into digital works such as eBooks, mobile 
applications and other digitally enhanced products. 
For additional information about Bastei Entertainment, please visit the company website at http://www.basteientertainment.com/.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Will You Be Celebrating #Giving Tuesday? #GiveForward


Thanksgiving is now past us, and Black Friday is a memory that most of us are recovering from as we speak. Tomorrow is Cyber Monday, the day when we will all hit our computers and get some great deals as we check those names off of our Christmas list. And, while it's nice to get those gifts that we all have to buy, we have to step back and think for a minute.... What are we really doing? Are any of us really practicing any TRUE giving?? That's where Giving Tuesday steps in. It's Black Friday and Cyber Monday's more kindhearted cousin, and it's this Tuesday, December 2. On Giving Tuesday, the whole point is to, well, give. No matter what, just give. Real giving, to another human being.

It doesn't have to be extravagant, you don't have to have a lot of money. Simply give what you can, to someone who deserves it. Bring in your neighbor's trash can, or treat a friend to a cup of coffee. Hold the door for a stranger or donate some cash to your favorite cause. Anything you can do to Give Forward on Giving Tuesday is what you need to be doing. Still don't know where to start? Visit Giving Forward and consider giving to this awesome family.  They could really use our help. It's time, right now. No more standing on the sidelines, no more thinking "I'll help tomorrow". The time is now. Let's all band together and pledge to do our part on #GivingTuesday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Charm It! Charm Jewelry For Girls!




If you have a girlie girl on your Christmas list this year, we have found the perfect gift! Charm IT! is a line of charm jewelry for girls, and they have some adorable products! Charm IT! is the original detachable charm jewelry line, and the combinations are endless! There is literally a charm for every mood, every occasion, and every girl! It's so simple, you just pick your bracelet or your necklace, and then the real fun starts when you get to choose the perfect charms! This is such a fun product for young girls, especially in that it is not just something to wear, it's something girls can actually participate in. Customized jewelry is always fun, and with Charm IT!, the possibilities are truly endless!
We received an adorable charm bracelet for review, and our girl's reviewer absolutely loved it! Isn't it just the cutest thing? Our reviewer was Hannah, who is nine. She really loved all of the charms on this bracelet, even though they were the ones we were sent for review purposes, and not ones that she got to pick out herself. The fact that you can pick out custom charms is really awesome for young girls, and is a great way for them to express their personality. Another big hit of the bracelet was the fact that the charms are detachable, and you can move them around to anywhere you want. This is a really cool feature, since girls like to have options! One day, they could wear the bracelet by itself with no charms, the next day, with 20 charms, and the next day with only one charm if they wanted to. Great idea! Last of all, our reviewer really liked the special touches that some of the charms had. For example the "girls can change the world" bracelet was a big hit, and so was the small heart locket charm that actually opens. 

Charm IT! is sure to be a hot gift this holiday season! Check them out at http://www.shopcharm-it.com/. They even have pre-made gift sets to make gift giving easy and simple, and girls can even create a Charm IT! wish list to give everyone an idea of just what it is they have in mind! Check out Charm IT! today!

Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Recycle


5 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Recycle

When you think of recycling, glass bottles, newspaper, soda cans, or plastic juice containers may come to mind. However, there are a slew of items that you could be recycling that may not have crossed your mind. Here are five items you may not know you can recycle.

Carpet

You’ve re-decorated and installed brand new carpet, so what do you do with the tired looking stuff that you’ve replaced? Do you check the trash schedule for the next large item pick-up day? With a little research there is a good chance you will find a local company who can take the old carpet -- as well as the padding -- off your hands for recycling. If you have unused rolls, a local non-profit may be able use it. Other flooring types are also sometimes accepted.

Bottle Caps and Wine Corks

Typically, bottle caps and wine corks are thrown in the trash as soon as you’ve finished your beverage. Did you know that when you recycle plastic bottle caps, which are made of materials valuable in the import/export industry, you can often leave them on their original bottle to be recycled if your service allows? As for corks, there are some organizations that will re-use them as a replacement for petroleum-based products.

Crayons

It doesn’t take long for that fresh box of 64 crayons to be turned into broken, smudged little micro-versions of their former selves. Instead of tossing the colorful bunch, consider sending them to a recycling program where they can be used to create new crayons. You don’t even have to remove the wrappers before sending.

Bras

Having a good fitting bra is important, which can lead to regular replacement of your lingerie. However, that brassiere with the slightly stretched out band doesn’t have to go to the trash. There are many organizations that will accept it and get it to a woman in need, whether she’s in a local shelter or residing in a country half a planet away.

Trophies

You may no longer feel the need to display that ultimate Frisbee trophy on your mantle, but there is also no need to toss it with Tuesday’s trash. Many manufacturers will accept old trophies for distribution to nonprofit charity organizations. The trophy can also be recycled and utilized in the creation of new trophies and other such items.

Just because objects in your household don’t show up on traditional recycling containers, don’t take that as a sign they can’t be reused. With a little research you can find all types of items to move out of your trash and to an eco-friendly place.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush With Smart Guide!

We received a sample product in order to conduct this review. All opinions are our own, and no monetary compensation was received. 

The product we are reviewing today is a part of our Healthy Holidays series, and boy is it a good one! We were lucky enough to get the chance to check out the Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush with Smart Guide. This is not your ordinary toothbrush! Check out a little bit about this bad boy: 

It’s what happens when German engineers have a zero tolerance for plaque. It accelerates to top speed faster than a high performance sports car. Seven independent functions. Up to 800 brush movements per second. Designed by Braun, it truly is engineered to perform.
  • Six High-Performance Brushing Modes: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Whitening, Massage, Sensitive and Tongue Cleaning.
  • Sophisticated pressure-sensor technology alerts you if you’re brushing too hard and automatically decelerates the pulsation and oscillation speeds of the brush head.
  • Wireless SmartGuide gives you real-time information about brushing modes, times and areas.
  • Specially designed seals and gaskets keep the Oral-B Black water tolerant to 500 millibars of pressure.
  • Made of different high-tech materials like silicon, the black travel case protects all of its vital technology.
  • Designed by the engineers at Braun, it removes up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual brush.
  • Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide.



Okay, first of all, can we just say, look at this thing? Leave it to the folks at Oral-B to make a toothbrush look sexy! I mean come on, have you ever seen a toothbrush look this good? Let's talk technology. This toothbrush really packs a punch with 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute. It also comes with the Smart Guide wireless display that provides step by step feedback while you brush your teeth. The Black 7000 also has indicator bristles, so that you can be sure to replace your bristles every three months, as dentists recommend. This toothbrush even has pressure sensor technology that tells you if you are brushing too hard, and can slow the toothbrush down for you! 

Our reviewer has been using the Oral-B 7000 for a couple of weeks now, and it really is an amazing product. It does a great job of cleaning and is very thorough. If you have a hard time getting your back teeth or your gum line really clean, this is definitely the toothbrush for you. It will leave your teeth feeling cleaner and your mouth feeling fresher than ever before, and that is huge. The carrying case is awesome, especially if you travel often. It's also a really nice extra that this toothbrush comes with three replacement heads, so you don't have to worry about changing them out for awhile. So far, the battery life has been outstanding, and we have no complaints there. All in all, this toothbrush is top of the line, and a very good deal. If you are looking for a great product that is well worth the money spent, this is the one for you.


The Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush with Smart Guide is available for purchase online or at local retail stores for an MSRP of $219.00. To purchase the Oral-B Black 7000 for yourself or someone on your gift list, or just to learn more, visit http://www.oralb.com/, and make sure to "like" Oral-B on Facebook! For even more, check out the video below!

Holiday Gift Guide: Milwaukee Tools M12™ Cordless Black Heated Jacket Kit!

The product below was provided to us free of charge for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are our own. 


Today's Holiday Gift Guide Feature is the perfect gift for the hard working man on your list! Milwaukee Tools M12 Cordless Heated Jackets are perfect for the guy (or girl!) who spends tons of time outside in the elements! These jackets are simply amazing. Keep reading to find out more!
 About Milwaukee® M12™ Heated Jackets:
 Redesigned for optimal fit and better heat retention, Milwaukee® M12™ Cordless Heated Jackets integrate (5) carbon fiber heating elements and advanced fabric-layering technology to distribute and maintain heat across core body areas. For added versatility, two distinct heat zones (back and chest, lower pockets) can be adjusted independently to provide the right amount of heat for any situation.  A rugged wind and water resistant shell keeps weather out while improved insulation and a thermal fleece lining hold heat in to maximize warmth and reduce the number of layers needed. On and off the jobsite, Milwaukee® M12™ Heated Jackets provide up to 6 hours of continuous heat per battery charge to withstand even the harshest winter conditions.

Utilizing the same M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery technology that powers 60+ tools, the M12™ Battery holder is stored in a sleek back pocket that can expand to fit M12™ XC Batteries and all M18™ Batteries with additional M18™ USB Charger accessory. It also includes a fuel gauge to check your battery life and built-in USB port for charging portable electronic devices. All M12™ Heated Jackets are washer and dryer safe.


We received the M12 Black Heated Jacket Kit to review, and it is simply an amazing product! There really is no question as to why these jackets are so popular, and they are so tough to get your hands on! The M12 has four different heat zones, one in the chest/stomach, and one in the upper back. There is another in the lower back, and the last heat zone is in the pockets. The battery charger goes in a small pocket on the side, and although it is hard to believe, you can barely tell it's even there. It's definitely not something that would aggravate you or get in your way during a long day's work. There is also a USB port that allows you to charge your devices from the battery of your jacket, and there is even a slip to run the cord from the battery to the other pockets. This feature is very helpful and is not aggravating at all.

This jacket is very thick, it could actually keep you warm without the heater even turned on in some conditions. Our reviewer actually wore a hoodie over the jacket for part of the review time, and says that is actually a great way to keep more of the heat inside and stay a little bit warmer. The pockets are really big and roomy, and there is room to keep any needed "stuff" inside as well. Our reviewer was very impressed with the even heat distribution of the jacket. He says that there were no "hot spots" and that all of the heat was evenly distributed. Also, even though the sleeves do not have their own heating elements, they stay warm and toasty too! The jacket also has an LED display that shows the heat settings. That is very helpful that you are able to always see exactly what is going on. There is also a button on the bottom of the battery pack that shows you how much battery life you have left, which is a useful thing as well. The jacket is also really nice, and is fashionable enough to wear out. Simply put, this is not just a work jacket, it is way more than that.  Don't forget that this jacket can be washed and dried at home in your washer and dryer with no issues- how cool is that!?!?!

The only thing we would recommend if you are purchasing a Milwaukee Heated Jacket, is that you pick up an extra battery (they are super cheap!) to extend the heat time! The jacket is rated for six hours of heat, but on high settings and at extremely cold temperatures, the jacket only lasted for about four hours. Keep in mind, however, that this was on a 10 degree morning, and that is probably not typical. Once the high of the day reached about 30 degrees, our reviewer switched to low settings, and found that the battery life was much longer, and stayed nice and warm for the rest of the day. Also keep in mind that charging a battery is super fast, and only takes about 20 minutes for a full charge. However, you might find it helpful to always keep a spare battery around, so you never have to feel the cold at all! These are the same batteries that can be used in more than 60 other Milwaukee tools products, so they are interchangeable.

All in all, we were extremely impressed with this jacket. It does everything it needs to do, and more! The price for something like this is incredibly reasonable, and this is one of those times that you definitely get what you pay for! You can consider the Milwaukee Heated Jacket an investment that you will be glad you made. If you want to learn more about Milwaukee Tools and their line of heated gear, check out http://www.milwaukeetool.com/. or watch the video below!

Holiday Gift Guide: Belli Skincare!


Do you have an expecting or nursing mom on your list this year? If so, give her the gift of safe and healthy skincare from Belli, a company whose sole focus is skincare products for women who are expecting, nursing and beyond!

About Belli:
A skin care company that obsesses more than most about the purity and safety of its ingredient.  Belli’s facial and body care products were originally formulated for expecting or nursing mothers, so they undergo intensive screening to make sure no ingredients have any links whatsoever to birth defects or other problems of pregnancy.   Naturally that also makes them great for anyone who prizes peace-of-mind and glowing, healthy skin.  Every ingredient in every Belli product is teratology screened, or studied for even the remotest links to problems of pregnancy or birth defects.  All of the products are also allergy tested, free of parabens, BPA, phthalates and artificial dyes.  And new tubes and airless pumps are also BPA and phthalate-free.   Bellis is the purist’s purist, and that’s great news for anyone who likes to know exactly what ingredients their skin may absorb. 




I absolutely love, love, LOVE the idea behind this company! While my pregnant and nursing days are long behind me now, I remember very well the fear of putting something on (or in!) your body that would potentially hurt your baby. All of Belli's products are completely safe for pregnant and nursing women, so you don't have to worry about any of the ingredients. They are also all OBGYN and dermatologist recommended, which gives a little extra peace of mind.


We got a chance to check out the PREP Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub, as well as the Anti Blemish Facial Wash, and I really loved both products! The scrub contains both green tea and ginseng, as well as peppermint oil, which are all invigorating and energizing for the skin. This product smells great and is very gentle, yet effective on the skin. The facial wash is great as well, and contains no salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide-- common acne fighting ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy. It does however have lemon peel oil, which I absolutely love. I am not pregnant, but I have some acne issues going on lately, and I must say I really liked using this facial wash. I can totally tell a difference in my face, and I am now hooked on Belli! To check them out for yourself, visit: http://www.belliskincare.com/.

Holiday Gift Guide: Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue on Blu-Ray!


Looking for a great gift for the kid in your life? Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand platforms! The follow up to last year's Disney hit "Planes", comes the world famous racer Dusty Crophopper who joins an elite fire and rescue unit and learns what it takes to be a true hero. This is such a cute movie, if you haven't checked it out already, you definitely need to do so! It would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the Cars or Planes fan on your list!

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And, just for fun, here are 10 Things You Didn't Know About Planes: Fire and Rescue!!!

10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE!
Pssst! Want the inside scoop on Dusty’s new adventure, PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE? We quiz the filmmakers and animation team for super fun facts and sizzlin’ insider secrets…

MOVIE SECRET #1… 
THERE ARE HIDDEN MEANINGS BEHIND THE NUMBERS IN THE MOVIE!
“We love to hide fun numbers in the animation,” reveals Planes: Fire & Rescue art director Toby Wilson. “The ‘301’ you see on the side of Blade is actually the number from the CalFire’s air-attack helicopter at Hemet-Ryan air base. We used that as a thank you because we spent so much time there researching the movie. Watch out for national identification numbers on the planes and helicopters, too. They often hide things like birthdays or special dates for the filmmakers. The birthday of Bobs Gannaway, our director, is one of the national identification numbers in the movie!”

MOVIE SECRET #2… 
A SCENE IN THE MOVIE IS BASED ON A FIREFIGHTER’S TRUE ACT OF BRAVERY!
“In the movie, there’s a scene where a new character named Blade takes Dusty Crophopper into a mine to protect him from a fire,” explains Planes: Fire & Rescue director Bobs Gannaway. “Well, that sequence is based on a true story. A firefighter named Pulaski saved his crew by taking them into a mine in Idaho during 1910’s Great Idaho Fire. In honor of the famous firefighter, we named our yellow fire truck in the movie Pulaski. It’s an absolute honor to have him represented in the film.”

MOVIE SECRET #3… 
PISTON PEAK NATIONAL PARK IS BASED ON A NUMBER OF NATIONAL PARKS!
“We wanted to take audiences somewhere they’ve never been before,” reveals Bobs Gannaway. “The film has a little bit of Americana woven into a mash-up of Yellowstone, Yosemite and a few other national parks – all with our own distinctive spin.” Keep your eyes peeled when the action of the movie heads to the Grand Fusel Lodge of Piston Peak. The quirky building was directly inspired by Yellowstone’s iconic Old Faithful Inn!


MOVIE SECRET #4… 
JULIE BOWEN SIGNED UP FOR THE SEQUEL BEFORE THE FIRST PLANES  FILM WAS EVEN RELEASED!
“I have no idea how I ended up in an amazing Disney animation like this,” giggles actress Julie Bowen. “Out of the blue, I got a call from Disney offering me the role – but I’ve since discovered that John Lasseter [the head of Walt Disney Animation Studios] is a huge fan of my show, Modern Family. When they offered me the role of Dipper in Planes: Fire & Rescue, the first Planes movie hadn’t been released – but I knew I was in safe hands. My kids love the fact that I’m in a Planes movie. This whole experience has been an absolute blast!”

MOVIE SECRET #5… 
IT TOOK A TEAM OF 900 PEOPLE TO CREATE THE MOVIE!
A lot of time and effort goes into the creation of an epic animation like Planes: Fire & Rescue. “In total, a team of 900 people spent four years creating the ambitious animated movie,” admits producer Ferrell Barron. “That includes everyone from animators and voice artists to writers and musicians.”

MOVIE SECRET #6… 
REAL VEHICLES OFTEN INSPIRE THE CHARACTER DESIGN!
Most of the high-flying vehicles in the movie are fictional, but their design is usually inspired by real aircraft. The look of Dusty Crophopper was inspired by three planes: the Air Tractor 502, the Cessna and the Air Dromader. The design of Windlifter was inspired by three helicopters: the Sikorsky Skycrane, the Kamov KA-26 and the Mil MI-10. Many of the land-based vehicles are also based on real automobiles. The design of Mayday – Propwash Junction’s feisty fire truck – was based on the 1940s Fordson Tender.

MOVIE SECRET #7… 
ACTRESS JULIE BOWEN PANICKED IN THE RECORDING BOOTH!
“I had a lot of fun in the recording booth,” admits Julie Bowen. “You have to repeat the same lines a million times, but it never gets boring. The director and his team sit behind a big glass window. They have to press a button for me to hear what they are saying, but I’d always see them chatting away whenever their fingers left the button. It made me panic. I’d think, ‘Oh no! Am I doing this wrong?’ Eventually, I asked them to keep their finger on the button so that I could hear everything. That’s when I discovered they were talking about the most boring things in the world! They would turn to each other and say things like, “Um… Did anybody change the toner in the fax machine?” They weren’t talking about me at all!”

MOVIE SECRET #8…
AN AEROBATIC HELICOPTER PILOT ASSISTED THE ANIMATION TEAM!
Blade Ranger and Windlifter are two exciting new helicopter characters in the movie. In order to research how they fly, the filmmakers turned to a world-renowned aerobatic helicopter pilot named Chuck Aaron. Aaron has more than 42 years and 20,000 flight hours under his belt! “They asked me if I would watch the movie and look at the storyboards to determine if the helicopter movements were factual and feasible,” says Aaron. “It brings authenticity and realism to the movie.”

MOVIE SECRET #9…
PISTON PEAK’S MECHANIC TUG IS NAMED AFTER A REAL MECHANIC!
“Maru is the name of the friendly mechanic tug at Piston Peak Air Attack base, but his history dates back to the first movie,” explains Toby Wilson. “On one of the research trips for the first movie, the team went to Wisconsin where they met a mechanic with one hand. Outside his garage, it said ‘Maru’s Garage’ written in big letters. Our creative executive, Paul Gerard, went inside and asked him, ‘So, where’s Maru?’ The mechanic replied, ‘The name’s Marv!’ It turns out he had really bad handwriting on his sign. Marv is the real-life inspiration behind Maru in the movie.”

MOVIE SECRET #10!
DANE COOK WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MUSICAL PLANES MOVIE!
“I’ve always been a fan of all Disney movies when I was growing up, especially the musicals,” admits Dane Cook. “I used to love Bedknobs And Broomsticks, which was live action and animation combined. I just loved it, and I always wanted to be a part of it. I’d love to see a Planes musical. After Frozen was released, I said to everyone, ‘We need music in Planes.’ Maybe next time?”

MOVIE SECRET EXTRA!
MORE THAN 2 MILLION TREES POPULATE PISTON PEAK NATIONAL PARK!
One of the many difficult tasks that the filmmakers tackled was the creation of Piston Peak National Park. “It was a huge challenge for the art team,” explains Bobs Gannaway. “And more than 2 million trees were incorporated into its design.” The animation team ensured that just the right trees were incorporated into the scenery – including lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, red woods and giant sequoia!


Great Gifts For The Home Are At Best Buy This Holiday Season! #OGLEDatbestbuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


I don't know about you guys, but I really can not believe that the holiday season is upon us! It's crazy! I am really in the mood for gift giving, and the perfect gift for the entire family is a new TV from Best Buy! They have the most amazing new technology out there, for great prices and coupled with exceptional customer service. The LG OLED TV is one of the most amazing TV's that is on the market today, and the viewing experience is like no other!



Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV



  • ·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

  • ·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • ·         Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

  • ·         Find content faster with webOS 
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So, now that it is #HintingSeason, go ahead and let your family know what it is that you want for Christmas, and make sure they understand that the LG OLED TV from Best Buy would make the perfect gift for the entire family! So, go on, add it to your wish list today! You will be glad you did! 

Holiday Gift Guide: Panasonic Kids Battery Powered Toothbrush!



I received a sample product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer to help promote healthy habits in your home, we have the perfect gift idea for you! We recently got a chance to check out the Panasonic Kids Battery Operated Toothbrush. 

First of all, isn't this the cutest thing you have ever seen? This toothbrush (thePanasonic EW-DS32-A)  is designed to help teach kid healthy habits from a very young age. It's super lightweight and portable, so you can take it with you on the go. This toothbrush features super soft bristles for little mouths, and the speed is very soft and gentle, so teeth can get super clean without any pain or irritation. The toothbrush takes a single AAA battery, and the cute teddy bear cap is a cute touch. Another great thing is that this toothbrush comes with a built in LED light, which makes brushing teeth fun. Believe it or not, this tiny toothbrush packs a punch with 12,000 brush strokes per second! 


Our Thoughts: 

This is a great choice for a toothbrush if you have younger kids. The $39.99 price tag might seem a little steep to some, but if you are looking for an upgrade from a traditional toothbrush, this is a great option. The ergonomic design makes it easy for anyone to brush a child's teeth with this brush: mom, dad, or kids themselves. If you are looking for a first sonic toothbrush for your little one, this is a great choice. For my four year old, this toothbrush has been working out perfectly. However, my eight year old seems like he might be a little too big for it. I would like to see a bigger size for older kids/tweens. I think that would be a great choice. I really like the LED light on the brush, it makes it a little bit easier to see inside those tiny mouths.


This toothbrush has been perfect for my four year old. I think if I were to get him a "traditional" sonic toothbrush, he would be way too scared to brush his teeth with it. I am very happy with this more gentle option for him. I love, love, LOVE that the toothbrush head can be removed and replaced. Also, the fact that it takes a simple AAA battery is great, since we always have those laying around. All in all, the Panasonic Kid's Battery Powered toothbrush would make a great gift! If you would like to check it out, click here to visit Panasonic's website.

Thanks so much to the great folks at Panasonic, we have an additional toothbrush to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us who this toothbrush would be for if you were the winner! We will draw a winner on 11/30/14 at approx. 10pm EST. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will be contacted via email for details on how to claim their prize. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Need Ideas To Decorate Outdoors?


Look at your house. This is what others see when you invite them to your place for get-togethers. There are a number of ways you can beautify your house. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some ideas for outdoor decors.

1.    Outdoor Fireplace, history style: Revamping your backyard, you can amuse yourself by placing some bricks from an old patio in shape and creating a terrace out of a mixture of sand and granite. Add to it a candlelit chandelier and wooden furniture. Now, burn some sticks and sit there. It looks like an ideal place to be at on special occasions.

2.    Mirror Effect: If you have a decent fireplace in the outdoor, add mirrors on either side of it. It looks good and, at the same time, the space looks bigger. However, make sure that the frames for the mirrors match your outdoors. It should not look odd.

3.    Porch, not just porch: If you’d like to opt for an affordable setup, you can use the same porch in your house to be a comfortable sitting area outside. For outdoor furniture, comfort is very important. Porch will give you a comfy feeling you need to sit outdoors and appreciate the nature.

4.    Plants Plants all around: Having plants around you, you can be away from your tensed environment and sit on a chair in peace. If the area is worked out properly, the courtyard garden will smell like an ocean of fragrance. Putting little lights on the trees, you can have a magical candlelight dinner, every night.

5.    Paint and match: The color and texture of the paint on the walls, the smoothness of the tiles, and the surroundings should match. You should not have a terrible mis-match. That will be a disaster. So, mix and match, but don’t overdo it. Remember, overdoing is as bad as underdoing.

6.    TV: This is not necessary. But if you like to experience lazy times after work, this can be a good option. However, for this you need space, connections and the perfect spot. If any one of the three factors is missing, you might end up spoiling your mood with the hard work you have done to install it.

7.    Beautify the Small Space: Often people do not care for outdoor décor because they have a limited space and feel it is not worth spending time on beautifying it. However, small spaces make for a small little paradise. Set up a table, have some lovely flowers around and make it a place for lunch, dinner or drinks. It will serve the purpose good.

8.    Table Dressing: Sometimes the furniture is so good that you don’t feel like covering it. If your furniture is just average, drape it with beautifully designed linen. It will look simple, yet refine luxuries.


These simple outdoor décor ideas should help you decorate with ease. If you are looking for accessories to further beautify it, here is a sears promo codes appliances so that you save more, while you are buying even more.

Open Secrets of Lip Gloss


Applying lip gloss is an art. Yes, it is! Not many women can apply it with perfection. Rather, some don’t know the secrets of applying it. This is because they use a lip gloss to make an impression, but do not care if there are better options available to suit their needs. If you are one of them, read on.

1.    Which color suits you the best?
Your favorite color is pink, but is it the best for you? Ask for yourself by trying them. Go to a departmental store and try a few shades for yourself. Check for yourself and buy lip gloss on the basis of how good it looks. Don’t scrap the colorless lip gloss. Try it too. Experts say that some colors of the lip gloss look good on the basis of the women’s skin. Reds, chocolates and deep plums work best for dark-skinned; while beige and pink look good on the fair-skinned. If you are if medium tone, berry and rose with brown shades would look good.

2.    Is it necessary?
Some women avoid lip gloss and give priority to other products. Lip gloss is important and should not be ignored. It makes your gorgeous lips look even better. So, don’t ignore it.

3.    How should you apply it?
There are many ways you can apply lip gloss.
·         Liquid Lip Gloss: With this, you need to take the applicator stick and gently rub it on your lips. Remember, while rubbing it, use a circular motion. Doing it randomly, will not serve the purpose.
·         Tube Lip Gloss: With this, put some on the lip brush and spread it around the lips. This lip brush should be specifically used for lip gloss and no other purpose. TIP: In case you don’t have a lip brush by your side, use your little finger and apply lip gloss.
·         Roll-on Lip Gloss: The easiest option of all, apply it on the bottom and then on the top. Again, do it in a circular motion.

.    Lip Gloss after Lipstick?
Apply even amount of lipstick and then a small amount of lip gloss. It will give a good impact.

5.    How can you make it last longer?
To make it last longer, you need to use it with Vaseline. Vaseline helps it stay for a longer time. So, apply some Vaseline on your lips and then an even amount of lip gloss.

6.    Age limit?
Practically and logically, there is no age limit to apply lip gloss. Some limit themselves on crossing the age of 50. In fact, after crossing 50, you should not stop applying it. Many complain that they have lost the fullness because of their age. This is true but lip gloss will only help you make those lips look better. So, don’t stop using it. It is one product that looks good on every woman; may she be 18 or 80.


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Halloween Hazards: Coming Soon!



Halloween is just around the corner, and this is the time kids go crazy for special Halloween candies. But it is a risky affair. There are a number of concerns that is not understood by the kids, but the after effects are terrible. Here is a list of safety measures you need to take so that you and your loved ones continue living in a safe environment. 
  • 1.    Don’t open the candy till you are home: Children go to a number of parties, and there is a possibility that some poor quality candy bar falls in the share. Tell them not to open the candy till they reach home. This way, even if there is a negative effect of that candy, you will be around to take care of the issue.
  • 2.    Buy quality candies for them: You cannot stop them from having candies at Halloween. So, buy good quality candies beforehand and let them have it. There are a number of online portals offering candies for Halloween. If you are planning to buy some for them, simply google discount coupons. They offer exclusive coupons to help you get amazing discounts at such discount portals.
  • 3.    Unwrapped candy? Don’t eat it: This is a golden rule. Tell your children to throw away any candy which is not properly wrapped. Also, avoid tampered candies. Many candies are tampered such as loose or torn packages or small pinholes in wrappers. Tell them to check it before having such candies.
  • 4.    Eat some, avoid some: Normal Halloween candies are not an issue. However, tell your kids not to have hard candies, peanuts and gums. This will avoid any choking hazard. Again, tell them to check the big candies before having them. Some of the biggie candies have small toys in them as gifts. Checking them in advance will avoid choking.
  • 5.    Know your child’s temptation: You can solve a couple of problems by knowing your child’s temptations. As a parent, you might know what types of candies are preferred by your children. This will help you list down the candies they can have at parties.
  • 6.    Control the count: Kids love candies and keep stuffing them in their tummy till they can. It is important for them to limit themselves on the count. Having too many candies is not good for their health.
  • 7.    Control Center: Keep the number of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Regional Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) handy. In case you find anything suspicious about a candy, make sure you report it to the control center. Many a times, people find such candies but care less about it. This keeps them and their children safe but if someone else does not notice it, it can be hazardous.

Concluding, there are a number of candy stores you can rely on. Moreover, online portals offer good quality candies at cheaper rates. Chameleonjohn offers coupons that can help you get an additional discount on your total bill. Opt for a verified source and be safe during Halloween.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Have A Care Conversation With Your Parent Today

This post has been sponsored by Global Influence, however, all opinions are my own. 



Having a conversation with your parents about long term care is never easy. When I was 14, my mom passed away and left just my dad and I at home. He had lots of health issues, and before long his health had deteriorated to the point that a 14 year old girl just couldn't take care of him on her own. My brothers and sisters (all older than me, with families of their own) and I all knew it was time to sit our dad down and have an initial talk about long term care. We were not for sure what the outcome would be, whether our dad would want to move to an assisted living facility or move in with one of us, but it was getting pretty obvious that he needed a little help with day to day routines. We began to notice some early signs, but tried to ignore them for awhile, since we knew how independent our dad liked to be. But, more and more, as he would begin to fall more often, or forget his medication, we knew it was something we had to do.




The above video is a great resource in figuring out whether or not your loved one might need to start thinking about long term care. It's really sometimes an uncomfortable conversation to start at first, but the truth is, if you really do need to have the conversation, it will feel much better once you get it done, and things can begin to fall into place. If this is something that you can connect with, feel free to join us for the  #CareConvo Twitter party with @Resourcefulmom on 11/12 at 8 PM ET. (RSVP link: http://resourcefulmommy.com/14363/care-conversations-twitter-party). We would love to have you there to talk about all things #CareConvo related and have a little bit of fun too! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

More Kid Friendly Trips In Central Kentucky. (Part 2)


A few days ago, I told you guys about a couple of kid-friendly day trips in and around the Central Kentucky area. If you didn't get a chance to check out that post, you can see it here.

Well, after looking around researching destinations for that post, I realized that there were tons of places that we have never been, and tons of places that I was leaving out! I just had to follow up with another post with more kid friendly trips in Central Kentucky. 

Our family has been to a few of these places, but not in the last few years. We really just haven't had the extra money to do much fun stuff. Hopefully soon we will be back on track and be able to take the boys to a few of these places! 
I have come up with a few little "mini trips" that I would like to take this year, and I will share them with you guys! 


 My first little "mini trip" would be in Louisville. It's not too far away to drive with two screaming kids, and there is enough to do to be able to stay the night there in a hotel, maybe even two nights. 

The Louisville Zoo is probably my favorite place in the whole world! I love this place! The Louisville Zoo is not as big as the Cincinatti Zoo, but I really like it much better. The layout is just much more sensible and easier to navigate, and the habitats of the animals are cleaner and more spacious. The newest exhibit at The Louisville Zoo is Glacier Run, opening this Spring! 

"Glacier Run will be a truly unique experience where one can visit the animals, talk to the keepers about conservation and become temporarily immersed in life on the tundra. The exhibit will recreate the natural habitat for some of the Zoo’s most popular residents including polar bears, seals and sea lions. The addition of sea otters and bird species like the Steller’s sea eagles and magpies will add to the feeling of being surrounded by wildlife. The town of Glacier Run will include a schoolhouse, climatology lab and general store. A spacious amphitheatre will make viewing the seal and sea lion enrichment demonstrations more enjoyable."
 
I can't wait to see Glacier Run, it looks awesome! 
   
The next place on my list is the Louisville Science Center. This is where I went on my 8th grade trip, and I really enjoyed it! The Science Center is a hands-on museum-type place where kids and learn and have fun at the same time! They have an awesome Imax theater, and even a KidZone especially for children 7 and under! 
 We would have dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Louisville, and then the next day we would be raring to go visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, and mommy's personal favorite place, Churchill Downs. Ahh, it sounds lovely, in my mind, anyways.. 
My next "mini vacation" that I would like to take the boys on is a little further away for us, it requires a trip to Cave City, Kentucky.Here's what it would include: 


Dinosaur World is an outdoor museum that features life sized dinosaur models. Kids can get up close and personal with them, and even dig for "fossils" and "bones"! This sounds like something that would be right up Tater's alley! 

Kentucky Down Under:  a unique experience for kids to explore and visit with Kangaroos and other animals from down under, as well as explore the amazing Kentucky Caverns cave system. This sounds like a lot of fun and I really think Tater would like this one too! 

Beech Bend Park: This one would probably take a whole day itself! It's outside of Cave City, in Bowling Green, but Beech Bend Park looks like a great place! Beech Bend is an amusement park, water park, drag strip and campground all in one! The best part? FREE soft drinks, FREE sunscreen, FREE parking, and FREE tubes! I think this one would probably be the highlight of our trip!

I am sure I will have more trip ideas in the next few days, but this should keep me busy for awhile! 

disclosure: I was in no way compensated for any of these posts. These are just great places that I would genuinely like for my family to visit! 

(while you're saving money for your staycation, check out these coupons and deals!)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kid Friendly Day Trips In Central Kentucky. (Part 1)




This is so sad to admit, but we have never been on a family vacation. EVER.

We took Tater camping for ONE night when he was two.

That was almost three years ago!

We never have any extra money, and we work separate shifts in order to keep the boys out of daycare, so we are hardly ever home at the same time as it is.

But I feel so guilty that we have never even stayed the night in a hotel.

So, I have been trying to think of things nearby that we could do as a family, kind of like a "staycation", or a day trip at the very least.

So, I have been researching, and I found a few kid friendly things in the Central Kentucky area that we might try to do soon:

Day Trips:

Explorium of Lexington- This is an awesome children's museum in Lexington. We have been a few times when Tater was younger, but I think we need to go back!There are tons of interactive exhibits for kids, and it is a really fun place!

Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort- This is one of my favorite places ever. I remember it from when I was a child. It is sponsored by the Dept of Fish and Wildlife, and is kind of like a "zoo", all with animals that are native to Kentucky. There are bears, buffalo, snakes, deer, etc. Tons and tons of great educational stuff about fish and wildlife in Kentucky, including a giant fishing area! This place also includes tons of great hiking!  And the best part of all, it's FREE!

Kentucky Horse Park- We go here every year at Christmas for Southern Lights, but we have never been any other time. I really want to take the boys here, there is so much great stuff! They have so much educational stuff about horses, and even a campground. This would be an awesome staycation just a few minutes from our house!

Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge
in Nicholasville- I am ashamed to say that we have never been here, and it is literally less than five minutes away from our house. It's a fabulous no-kill animal sanctuary that houses tons of animals that have been neglected, abused, abandoned, etc. These people have some of the biggest hearts in the world. And, my boys can get to see some awesome animals like this one: 

Old Fort Harrod State Park
- One of the fondest memories of my childhood. My parents brought me here when I was a kid, and we went on TONS of field trips there when I was in school. I really think Tater would enjoy this, since it is kind of "cowboyish".
Fort Boonesborough State Park- Kentucky's second settlement, settled by Daniel Boone in 1775.  I really liked this one when I was a kid because it has a sand beach. I thought I was at the ocean LOL! This is probably one of my favorite things about living in Kentucky, is the fact that we have all of these wonderful state parks and things to do that are free or cheap!

These things will at least be a start, and we won't even have to stay in a hotel for them! We can just leave in the morning, and visit them, and then come back home.

I have a few more places that I would like to go, but they will all require at least a one night hotel stay, so I am going to save those for another post!

Anybody in the Lexington, Kentucky area, can you think of any place I forgot?

Anybody have tips for a great staycation? Leave them for us in the comments! 


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