Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Joys Of Being A New Homeowner (So Many Roofing Choices!)



As many of you know, I just became a real, live, certified homeowner a few months ago. Finally getting our house and land paid for was a huge step for us, but now, I have to say that I feel a ton of pressure when it comes to taking care of stuff around the house. For example, roofing. Roofing is something that I never even thought about before, but now, I find myself constantly worrying and thinking about whether or not we need a new roof. 


I have been researching roofs and their average life span, trying to figure out whether or not I am going to be needing a replacement or just a repair. According to one San Antonio roofer I spoke to recently, the best way to know if you might be in need of a new roof is simply the number of years it has been since the roof was last replaced. Apparently it only takes around 15 years for a roof to begin nearing the end of it's life. Once it gets around that time frame, it might be time to start exploring new roofing options. 


That's another huge source of stress for me! When it comes to the different types of roofs, there are so many to choose from. I love the look of a metal roof. They are so in style right now, and there are so many colors to choose from, you can really get a truly custom look with a metal roof. Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice, as they are very affordable and have a long life span. Many people choose asphalt shingles when it comes to replacing their roof. Simply put, when it comes to roofing, there are many different choices out there, so you have to really do your research and decide which type of roof is best for you. The best advice is to find a roofing contractor that you trust, and have them guide you through the process. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

#HolidayGiftGuide: Josie Maran Argan Oil Holiday Gift Sets! #HGG




It's time to talk about amazing holiday gifts you guys! Today we are talking about the very best thing to get or give for the holidays, and that is a little bit of luxury! I don't know about you guys, but my favorite thing to receive as a gift is something luxurious, something I can continue to use long after the holiday is over, and something that I wouldn't regularly buy for myself. That's why the Holiday Gift Sets from Josie Maran are the PERFECT gift! 

Josie Maran's whole purpose behind her cosmetics line is products that are healthy for people and the planet. The main ingredient in all of Josie's products is 100% pure, organic Argan oil. The majority of the packaging and products used by this company are recyclable and super earth friendly. If you are not familiar with the benefits of Argan oil, you should really familiarize yourself with this amazing product, which is sometimes called "liquid gold". It's a mulitasking wonder, with benefits for your skin, hair, body, nails,and everything in between! 



The Josie Maran Luxury Holiday Gift Sets are perfect for all of the ladies on your list, and they truly do have something for everyone. If you have someone to shop for that has not tried the miraculous benefits of Argan Oil yet, definitely let them check out these gift sets for themselves. Whether your focus is hair, skin, nails, makeup, face or body, there is a perfect gift set for everyone. My personal favorites are the Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Collection (so amazing for softening crusty winter skin!) and the Warm Apple Cider Argan Oil Body Collection. There are so many different gift sets, truly something for everyone on your list! Go ahead, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,instagram and YouTube too so you can stay up to date with everything they have going on! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Celebrate Halloween With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Gift Set!!


You Guys!!! It's time for Halloween!! We have the coolest product to share with you guys, just in time for the creepiest of holidays! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gift set is perfect for a special Halloween treat for the TMNT fan in your life! First of all, the gift set comes with a BluRay Combo Pack of BOTH TMNT films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows! It also comes with two double sided ninja masks (all four turtle colors!), which are perfect for awesome DIY costumes! It also comes with (my favorite part!) a collectible metal Turtle Lunchbox which can also be used for trick or treating. LOVE this gift set! We have a whole entire house full of TMNT lovers, both guys and girls, big and small, and this gift set has most definitely been well received around our house! 



Love, love love this gift set, and love both of the movies as well! The kids have been huge fans of the first movie, and were very excited to be able to finally check out Out Of The Shadows as well! They loved it too, and being a huge fan of the original series, I was happy to see BeeBop and RockSteady back on the screen too! The boys LOVED seeing the villains that they have come to love from the Nickelodeon series in "real life" as they say. This is an amazing gift set for the TMNT fan on your list, and not only would it make a great Halloween treat, but it would be a great holiday gift as well!If you are interested in buying one of these awesome gift sets of your own, click here!   

#Holiday Gift Guide: A Blind Guide To Normal by Beth Vrabel #HGG




Hey guys! Today we have another great book review for you guys, just in time for the holiday season! It's called The Blind Guide To Normal and it's written by Beth Vrabel. It's a great book for middle graders! Here's a little rundown: 

Richie “Ryder” Raymond has a gift. He can find the punchline in any situation, even in his limited vision and prosthetic eye. During the past year at Addison School for the Blind, Ryder’s quick wit earned the respect and friendship of his classmates. Heading to mainstream, or “normal,” school for eighth grade is going to be awesome.

After all, what’s not to like? At Addison, Ryder was everyone’s favorite person. He could make anyone laugh, especially his best friend Alice. So long as he can be first to make all of the one-eyed jokes, Ryder is sure he’ll fit in just as quick at Papuaville Middle School, home of the Fighting Guinea Pigs. But Alice warns him fitting in might not be as easy as he thinks.

Turns out, Alice was right. In just the first hour of “normal” school, Ryder is attacked by General MacCathur II (aka, Gramps’s cat), causes his bio teacher to pass out cold, makes an enemy out town hero Max, and falls for Jocelyn, the fierce girl next door who happens to be Max’s girlfriend. On top of that, Ryder struggles to hold onto his dignity in the face of students’ pity and Gramps’s non-stop practical jokes.

Ryder quickly sees the only thing worse than explaining a joke is being the punchline. But with help from his stuck-in-the-70s Gramps and encouragement from Alice, Ryder finds the strength to not only fight back, but to make peace.

This exciting sequel to A Blind Guide to Stinkville weaves humor, recovery and second chances into an unforgettable story, with characters who will hook you from page one.



As I mentioned before, this is a great book for middle graders. I was a little bit worried about if my kiddos would understand it since it was a sequel and they hand't read the first installment yet. However, that was not an issue, and they followed along with the book just fine! This is such a good book. I loved that the protagonist has some struggles of his own, which really helped my kids to put themselves into someone else's shoes. It was really a great read for both of my middle graders, my boy and girl both, and really helped them both to think outside the box a little bit. Love this book, and always looking forward to new titles from SkyPony Press! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

#Holiday Gift Guide: New Jergen's Oil Infused Moisturizers! #HGG



Well guys, we are getting into the colder months, and that means, crappy skin! But, it doesn't have to be that way! Jergens knows that us girls expect more from our moisturizers, and that is why they have infused wonderful skin friendly oils into two different moisturizing lotions. 

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Nourishing Monoi: Harvested from the Tahitian Garden Flower and known for its intoxicating floral scent, Monoi Oil is a potent skin soother that’s been used by women for centuries. Combined with Jergens® deeply conditioning, protein-packed formula, it locks in moisture, smooths texture and tone, and leaves skin visibly radiant and softly scented.

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil: Fortified with the deeply penetrative, hydrating properties of premium Coconut Oil— along with its invigorating, tropical scent—this enriching body lotion gives your skin instant luminosity, a superbly soft texture, and long-lasting moisture for a gorgeous, all-day glow.

I am absolutely loving these lotions! They are light and refreshing and good enough to wear every day! They are so nourishing, I really do see a difference in my skin! I love these moisturizers, and I am really going to use them a ton this winter, when my skin is incredibly thirsty! Another bonus? This lotion is a Target exclusive product starting this month! Make sure to check out Jergens for all of their great product offerings, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram pinterest and YouTube for the latest news! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Nutritional Swapping For Kids!!


It's almost time! Can you guys believe it? I can't believe that Halloween is already here! This time next week, our littles will be trick or treated out, and it will all be over. We will be quickly moving on to Christmas, right?!?!  For the next few months, it's gonna be all about the junk food! However, we have been checking out some ways to swap out the not so healthy foods for better choices, that are still yummy! 


Coined ‘America’s Green Nutritionist’, Kate Geagan, a frequent guest on morning news and talk shows, has helped millions of Americans fall in love with healthier, greener food choices that powerfully nourish their lives.  An award-winning dietitian and the author of Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet(Rodale), Kate helps families thrive in America’s food landscape. Kate, who is also a mother of two, offers the following strategies to help your family survive the Halloween junk food frenzy and suggests insight to nutritional swapping. 

1.      Spell out HALLOWEEN and hand out healthy snack packs such as Earth's Best (Sesame Street) Organic Letter of the Day Vanilla Cookies. Candy won’t crowd out the healthy foods if kids are intrigued with the tasty alphabet treat.

2.      Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? KIDSAFE Cookies are a perfect Halloween “treat” in its own little package. 

3.      Fill them up with healthy snacks first!  Foods packed with fiber enriched whole grains like Elmo and Big Bird shapes of Crunchin' Crackers and Grahams in flavors of cinnamon, chedder and veggie digest slowly and provide your child with a steady stream of energy. 

4.   DELICIOUS drinks that are made from real fruit juice purees – perfect treat to go with any snack. 

5.   Hand out non-food treats to the trick-or-treaters that come to your door – fake vampire teeth, glo sticks or other fun Halloween goodies.

These are some great tips to swap out your kids candy for something a little bit better. It's not going to stop the candy train by any means, but maybe it can slow it down just a little bit. I am so ready for the holidays, and I feel even better about what's to come when I know that I can give my kids a treat that I can feel good about! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

#HolidayGiftGuide: PlushCraft Holiday Ornament Kits!

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Today we have an adorable gift idea to share with you guys! Say hello to the new PlushCraft Holiday Ornament Kits from ORB Factory! With PlushCraft activity kits, you take the included stylus and punch colorful fabric into premade products such as pillows, stuffed animals and more. It's sort of like sewing, sort of like hot gluing, but with much less mess and worry for grown ups! I have a whole houseful of crafty kiddos around, and I knew these ornament kits would be absolutely perfect for them to try out!

These ornament kits are so adorable! We got the chance to try out a reindeer and a gingerbread man, and they are so cute! The kids loved making them, even the littlest one,  he had no problems doing this with just a little help from the grown ups! I always try to buy a few new ornaments every year for the kids to hang on the tree, but I really like this even better, since these ornaments are something that they actually made themselves, plus they are going to be adorable on the tree! 
I really can't say enough good things about these ornament kits. They are super affordable, which means they are perfect to give as gifts! I also want to pick some up to have on hand during Christmas break. I love having fun little holiday things around the house for the kids to work on before Christmas to kind of get them in the holiday spirit! These are going to be perfect! 
There are a few different varieties to choose from when it comes to these ornaments. Like I said, we got to review the reindeer and the gingerbread man, but there is also a wreath, a snowman, a stocking and a Christmas tree. My kiddos like them so much, I think I am going to pick up a few of each and have them make some of these for gifts for our extended family. I really think gifts mean a lot more when kids have a hand in creating them, so these are right up my alley! Visit their website to pick up some of your own, and make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram to stay up to date on what's going on with PlushCraft! 








Saturday, October 22, 2016

Feel Good About Halloween Treats with Welch's Fruit Snacks!


Well guys, it's almost Halloween! That means overflowing amounts of sugar and candy everywhere we look! If your house is anything like our house, you will be throwing Halloween candy away when you are filling up Christmas stockings... it just never ends! Well now, thanks to Welch's, you can feel just a tiny bit better about Halloween treats! These limited edition Halloween Welch's Fruit Snacks come in special Halloween packaging, and the fruit snacks are in creepy shapes such as a pumpkin, bat, witch and haunted castle! 

We all know how much all kids LOVE fruit snacks, so give these Halloween fruit snacks from Welch's a chance when you are passing out treats for trick or treaters this year, or when you are picking up a snack for the class Halloween party! (Bonus: you won't be up all night baking cupcakes!) Our kids love these things, and I feel a little bit better giving them these than continuing to help them shove candy in their faces! Make sure to join Welch's on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Instagram and youtube to stay up to date with all of their great promotions and new products! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

#Holiday Gift Guide: Canvas Messenger Bag from Something Strong!


Today's Holiday Gift Guide sponsor is a great new company that hasn't been around too long, but they are here to change the game when it comes to men's clothing and accessories. Something Strong is a men's clothing line that doesn't take itself too seriously. They have a ton of amazing men's clothing and accessories in their lineup, and they are perfect for the guy in your life! 


We recently got the chance to review an awesome canvas messenger bag from something strong! Now, I know, Something Strong is a men's clothing line, but it just so happens, my most photogenic review helper is an 11 year old little girl! So, here she is, modeling this super cool bag! 


This bag is really nice! It's a great quality, and has room for everything. The bag is really nicely constructed, and I really love that it has an adjustable strap, which can adjust up to 58 inches. The closure is a magnetic snap closure, and it has a side cell phone pocket along with an inside laptop pocket.


The folks at Something Strong have something for every guy on your list (and as you can see, girls can enjoy them too!), whether you are looking for cool shirts, pants, wallets, bracelets, earbuds or something else! Make sure to check out their great collection of gifts on their website, and like them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with their latest offerings! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

#NEW #Giveaway: $10 Walmart Gift Card! Easy Entry!


Hey Guys!!! We have a brand new giveaway!!! Who wants to win a $10 Walmart gift card?? Enter via the Rafflecopter below, and make sure to share with your friends! If we get enough entries, we are going to start more giveaways with bigger prizes!!! 


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Do You Know The Five Signs Of Pet Wellness? #WellnessPet #PetSmart


This post is sponsored by Wellness and the BlogPawsTM Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share the availability of Wellness Products at PetSmart, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Wellness nor PetSmart is responsible for the content of this article.





You guys. YOU. GUYS. Lucy is a year old!!! Can you believe it?!?! I seriously cannot even comprehend that my little tiny puppy baby is one year old! It's so crazy to me! This past year has flown by. She has grown so much, and in some ways, it feels like we just brought her home, but in other ways, I can't imagine a time in our lives when we didn't have her here with us. She has changed so much in the past year! 

I've changed in the past year too. I mean, I have had pets before, you know, random dogs and cats that had somehow found their way into my life, who I cleaned up after and stepped over. But now, I am a REAL doggy mom. She is my baby, and I have become a REAL pet owner this time around. I find myself worrying about her just like one of the kids. I spent countless hours teaching her to use the bathroom outside, and I have researched just about anything you can think of, from the best pet beds, to hip problems in German Shepherds, to "I think my dog hates me". (Not even kidding guys.)


When it comes to my babies (furry or not), wellness is the most important thing. That's why we are so excited to be feeding Lucy  Wellness® Complete Health™ dog food for the next three months. I'm so excited to really be able to focus on her health needs, and in my opinion, that starts with better nutrition. I feel like now that we are out of that "let's survive until tomorrow" puppy stage, that now we can really get down to making sure that she is the healthiest doggy that she can be! 


It was so much fun to check out all the great Wellness products that PetSmart has to choose from! According to Wellness, there are five important signs of wellness to pay attention to when it comes to your pet. Those signs are: 

Skin + Coat

Digestive Health

Eyes, Teeth + Gums

Energy

Immunity


When you have a young dog like Lucy, I think it's really important to pay close attention to the five signs of wellness, because we are really setting the stage for the rest of her life, and starting her on a good path to keep her strong and healthy for as long as possible. That's why I love feeding her Wellness Complete dog food. Wellness Complete features high quality ingredients that are a great source of protein, to provide all dogs with better nutrition. Here's what Wellness Complete does to provide the five signs of wellness to all of their furry customers!

Skin & Coat: Essential vitamins and minerals as well as guaranteed levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, support your dog’s skin, coat and health.
Energy: A balanced blend of high-quality proteins, grain-free carbohydrates and select fats provide the energy your dog needs to thrive.
Digestive Health: A combination of healthy fiber, chicory root extract and probiotics help support healthy digestion.
Eyes, Teeth & Gums: Guaranteed levels of Vitamin A help support healthy eyes while calcium and phosphorous help support healthy teeth and gums.
Immunity: Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and nutritional supplements such as Vitamin E help support a healthy immune system.

When it comes to skin and coat, I feel like this is an especially important area for a German Shepherd. She is really prone to shedding and dry skin, so having a food with a good supply of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is especially important.Digestive Health is also really important when it comes to wellness in your pet. While Lucy is still a very young dog, that doesn't meant that I am not concerned about her digestive health. I feel really lucky that we haven't had any digestive issues so far with her, even though she has (and continues to!) eat anything and everything in sight! (Most recently, her attention has turned to any and all remote controls... more on that later!) Healthy eyes, teeth and gums? Come on, those are some of the most important things when it comes to animals, so I'm glad that Wellness takes this into consideration. As far as energy goes, we have a definite high energy pup on our hands! Keeping her energy levels high is a very important thing to me. Finally, when it comes to immunity, I don't think there is really anything more important for your pet. They have to have a healthy immune system so that they can combat whatever life throws at them!

If you are not certain that your dog food is providing your dog with the five signs of wellness, you might want to consider making the switch just like we did. When you feed your dog Wellness Complete, you can see the signs of true pet health and well being for yourself! To find a PetSmart location near you, click here! And, make sure to follow PetSmart on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and keep up with Wellness on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness. The opinions and text are all mine.

Corazona's HeartBar Oatmeal Squares Review!





Hey guys! Today we have a perfect stocking stuffer that is not only good, it's good for you! Corazona's HEARTBAR is a delicious snack made with heart healthy ingredients that are perfect for lowering cholesterol and are also delish! HEARTBAR contains no GMO's, and plant sterols, which are great for lowering bad cholesterol. They are also an excellent source of whole grains! 
I love that the HEARTBAR comes in a small snack size, and they are perfect for throwing in lunchboxes or even your purse for a quick, on the go snack! Even the kids loved these, which is saying a lot because they are super picky eaters! HEARTBARS come in several different great flavors! My favorite was the Cranberry Flax, as it is perfect for a fall treat! You can buy in packs of 12 or 72 bars, depending on how hungry you are for these yummy treats! Visit their website to order some of your own, and make sure to join them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can be in the loop! 







Wednesday, October 19, 2016

#HolidayGiftGuide: Fiskars PowerGear2 Lopper!



You guys, I am about to share a product with y'all that has been LIFE CHANGING for us in our home improvement journey! As some of you know, we recently paid off our little fixer upper house out in the sticks, and while we are pretty sure we are going to be upgrading houses in the future, we are for sure going to be on this little spot of land for the rest of forever. That being said, we have SO much work to do around here. Probably the biggest hurdle that we have to tackle is our overgrown fence line. There are random overgrown trees EVERYWHERE, taking over our property and just making things look super gross. We have probably 100 feet of fence line to tackle and get ahold of, so we were very nervous as to whether or not we could handle the job! 

We recently got the chance to review the Fiskars PowerGear2 Lopper, and I am in love. This one little product has made our yard work SO much easier. I am a lopping pro at this point, and I am going to tell you guys everything I love about this product! First of all, these products from Fiskars have revolutionary PowerGear technology, which helps to maximize leverage and more than 3x the cutting power with every single cut. We have several pair of old junky loppers around the house that we had been trying to use to clear out our fence line, but after I got my hands on these bad boys from Fiskars, I really can tell the difference. These loppers can cut through things that our other ones can't even touch! 


I'm telling you guys, I have cut through probably hundreds of branches with these loppers so far, and our blades are still sharp, and everything is working just as well as it did on day one! We have a ton of pine trees as well that we are cutting down, and the protective coating on these loppers have helped to repel the yucky sap and keep them from gumming up. 
I'm telling you guys, these are just a super cool product, and I know that we are going to get years and years of use out of them. I'm a girl, and not a very strong one, and I am really able to kick ass with these! I am not getting tired, I'm not wearing myself out, and I don't even have any blisters! 
Seriously, you guys, look at this branch. It's like 2 and a half inches thick, and I am cutting ones just like this all day long with no issues. I love these things, and I am so impressed with the job they have been doing. Some reviews that I have read have had some complaints about having to have the handles pulled all the way apart in order to chop big branches, but we haven't run into this problem at all. These loppers have done an amazing job with any task that we have challenged them with! 

As you can see, the loppers make a very smooth cut, every time, which is great! I am really impressed with their ability to stand up to any test that we have put them through. I am sure that there are bigger products like this on the market, but for what we are doing around the house, these are completely perfect for us, and at $48.99, the price is right! 
We still have so much work to do around the house, but these loppers from Fiskars are really making it a much easier task than we originally thought it would be. Make sure to follow Fiskars on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube to stay updated with their latest products, tips and tools to help you with any job! If you want to order a pair of the Fiskars PowerGear2 Loppers for yourself, click here to do that! 





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