Thursday, July 26, 2018

Getting Ready For Back To School With Walmart!



Shhh, listen... Do you hear that? Yes, my friends, that is the sound of pencils, notebook paper, book bags and folders being stocked on the shelves at your local Walmart, and you know what that means, it's almost back to school time! I have to say, I am SO excited for back to school! As a mom of four kids, I never appreciate my kids' teachers more than I do in the middle of Summer! I must admit, I am going to hate getting up early, but getting seven or more hours of quiet and a clean house is a great trade off!

I know a lot of people hate on Walmart, but come on, there is a lot to love! I can do my grocery shopping, pick up my prescriptions, get my kids' school supplies, pet food, a birthday gift for my niece, a new pack of socks for me, and anything else I can possibly think of. I am SO busy, all the time, so any time I can cut down on the amount of trips I have to make, the better! Plus, Walmart has actually been upping their game lately, with their new lines of clothing which are actually super cute, and online grocery pickup, which is a LIFE CHANGER, let me tell ya! (You can find more info about online grocery pickup, Walmart's coupon policy, and more online if you are interested!

I'm just saying there is no shame in my game and I love to shop at Walmart, I am a sucker for saving money and a sucker for convenience! I know that sometimes Walmart gets a bad rap, and I do love supporting my local small businesses as well, but you busy moms have to understand that sometimes, it's really great to just knock everything out at once! Another great tip I have for school shopping is to break your kid's lists down. For me, I have four kids, and buying all four of them their back to school supplies at once would literally make my head explode. I take one list at a time, buy the supplies, bring it home and put it in that kid's backpack to have it ready for the first day. Then, another day when I am feeling brave, I move on to the next kid's list. Putting all four lists together, buying everything at once and then trying to sort it when I got home was way too hard on me! What about you guys? Do you have any tips and tricks for back to school shopping? I would love to hear them, so leave them in the comments below!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to Remove Points from a Driving License in Florida



If you want to maintain your driving privileges in Florida state, you should know how the points system works. This helps you keep a clean driving record. It’s also important to know how to remove points from a driving license in Florida. There are options if you do get points.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Florida is responsible for tracking point violations on your Florida driving record.

How the Florida Point System Works

Most common traffic violations in Florida law are assigned a number value that are recorded as points. Those points are given to keep track of infractions. If you get a set amount of infractions within a set amount of time, you can lose some to all of your driving privileges.

How many points you get for an infraction of Florida law depends on the infraction itself, and the length of suspension depends on the number of points. Getting 12 points within 12 months leads to a 30 day suspension, 18 points within 18 months is a 3 month suspension, and 24 points within 36 months is a year-long suspension.

Common Florida Point Infractions

The most common infractions that lead to points against your license in Florida are:
  • Speeding
    • Up to 15 MPH over the limit = 3 points
    • Over 15 MPH above the limit = 4 points
    • Speeding resulting in an accident = 6 points
  • Driving with an open alcohol container = 3 points
  • Child safety restraint violations = 3 points
  • Littering = 3 points
  • Fleeing from the scene of an accident with property damage over $50 = 6 points
  • Reckless driving = 4 points
  • Collision caused by a moving violation = 4 points
  • Passing a stopped school bus = 4 points
How long those points remain on your record depends on the severity of the infraction. They will generally stay on your record for 3 – 5 years. The most serious infractions can remain on your record for ten years or more. If you don’t want to wait that long to clear them up, then one way you can reduce your number of points is through traffic school and defensive driving courses.

Florida Traffic School

Certain traffic violations may require you to attend a state-approved drive improvement course. This course may lead to the points being taken off of your license. The kind of traffic school course you have to take depends on the offense in question. The categories of driver improvement courses for Florida are:

  • Basic driver improvement classes
    • For most infractions, including;
      • Reckless driving
      • Passing a stopped school bus
      • Speed violations
      • Collisions where you are the one at fault
  • 3-in-3 driver change course
    • This is required if you commit 3 violations that cause a crash within 36 months
      • This includes behind-the-wheel training and an assessment to complete the course
  • Advanced driver improvement
    • Required for individuals that have their license suspended or ordered to attend through a court order
    • For non-DUI offenses
Please note that while these defensive driving courses can help you get points taken off of your license, you may need to a separate program if you have a violation related to getting a DUI. There are also restrictions on traffic school programs. You can only attend them five times in your life time, and only one time every 12 months. If you hold a commercial driver’s license, then you are not eligible to remove points through a driver improvement course and must wait for the points to expire over time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Do You Really Need Amazon Prime? (Spoiler Alert: YES you do!)


I get asked quite a bit about Amazon Prime, from readers and friends alike who are wondering if the yearly subscription is really such a good deal, and if they need to get one for their family. I know, we all already have tons of subscriptions, from Netflix and Hulu to Spotify and, if you are anything like me, various random subscription boxes that send things like makeup, clothes, books and even kid's toys once a month to check out. Do you REALLY need an Amazon Prime membership on top of all of that? 

The short answer is yes, yes you do. I still recommend an Amazon Prime membership to everyone, even though the price for Prime went up (again!). I mean free two day shipping is enough to draw me in and keep me coming back every year (I honestly get most of my healthy and beauty products, home products like cleaner, and pantry products from my good friends at Amazon these days!), but really, there are so many other great reasons to join Prime as well. Music and video streaming are great perks, and my kids really enjoy these as well. I really enjoy the free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos too. Did you know that you can even create an Amazon Household and share the cost of the annual Prime Subscription with other members of your family? Sharing Amazon Prime really is possible, you just have to know what you are doing! 

As if that wasn't enough reason to convince you to continue your Amazon Prime subscription, let me say three little words to you to help you change your mind: PRIME DAY 2018! Yes, that's right, that beautiful day where the deals are crazzzzzyyyyyyyy! It's a lot like Black Friday online, but it's only for Prime members, and rumor has it that July 16 will be this year's Prime Day! That hasn't been confirmed just yet, but that is the "word on the street". Prime Day is a great way to stock up on needed household supplies, or get a head start on birthday or Christmas presents! Want to know 3 things to do to get ready for Prime Day? Click that link! 

Really, if this has not convinced you that you need to keep up with your Amazon Prime subscription, I really don't know what will! It's super important and I still think that even with the price increase that Amazon Prime is a great deal. So, what do you guys think? Will you continue to purchase Prime, or has the last price increase been the end of it for you? Let me know in the comments below! 

Head To Sam's Club To Stock Up On All Your Prenatal Needs! #NatureMadePrenatalDHA #SamsClub #SoFab #Ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

 As many of you guys know, my hubby and I are trying to have a baby. Well, actually, we have been trying to have a baby for a longgggg time now, as in going on three years. For whatever the reason, it just hasn't happened yet, and as I approach 35, I am well aware of my fertility and doing everything I can in my power to improve my fertility and boost my chances of conceiving is definitely my number one priority right now! I actually just went to see a fertility specialist a few weeks ago, and we are now starting on some new options to help us try to conceive. Needless to say, fertility is one thing that is strong on my mind all the time!

Even though I am super serious about trying to conceive, I am also a mom of four and I never, ever, ever get to stop! I am busy all the time, I am always on the go, and I am always trying to multitask and get as much done as I possibly can. That's why I am here today to tell you guys how Sam's Club helps me take care of all my prenatal needs, and hopefully you guys can get some ideas on how shopping at Sam's Club can help you balance your super busy lives too!

I'm sure that you guys know that prenatal vitamins are incredibly important when you are pregnant, but what many women don't know is that prenatal vitamins are also incredibly important when you are trying to conceive as well. Most doctors agree that women should start taking prenatal vitamins about six months before starting to try to conceive. This gives enough time for women to build up enough vitamins, minerals and nutrients in their bodies in order to set a good stage for conceiving.Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels are the perfect choice for women who are trying to conceive. Plus, if you shop at Sam's Club, Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels are an amazing choice! You can get an entire five month supply in one bottle, cutting down on trips to the store and keeping you from running out at the worst possible time.

The easy to swallow design of Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels makes them easy to take, and they are clinically proven to help absorb the most folic acid and iron possible. These prenatal vitamins provide essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3. All of these are super important to help build a good foundation to make it easier to get pregnant, and to deliver the most important nutrients to your baby in case you do get pregnant. Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels also contain 200mg DHA which may help support fetal brain and eye development. These also contain plenty of folic acid, which is arguably the most important nutrient for women who are trying to conceive. Folic acid can actually help to prevent neural tube defects and and helps with proper development of a baby's nervous system.These prenatal vitamins are also free of gluten, artificial flavors, synthetic dyes, yeast and starch.

All of this is super important, but it's also important to realize that we are all super busy, leading super busy lives and going all the time! That's why I choose Sam's Club as the place to pick up my Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels. Like I already mentioned, you can get an entire five month supply at Sam's Club for less than $20! Then you have plenty on hand and don't have to worry about running out! Plus, what's not to love about Sam's Club? You can literally pick up anything you need while you are there! Stocking up on diapers and wipes for when your baby comes along? They've got 'em! How about super cute baby clothes? Sam's Club really does have some of the cutest clothes I've seen in awhile! How about combating those pregnancy cravings? Sam's Club is the place to stock up on whatever you are craving, whether it's a humongous jar of pickles or a tray of cupcakes!! Not feeling like cooking? Pick up a rotisserie chicken and a big salad, and dinner's already done! Are you already in your nesting stage? My Sam's Club has some super nice furniture, from bookshelves and rocking chairs for baby's room, to crib mattresses and more, plus enough cleaning supplies to get you through any nesting phase!

As you can see, it doesn't matter if you are just trying to conceive, or if you are already pregnant, Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels are super important, and easy to stock up on at Sam's Club! Just add them to your list the next time you hit up your local Sam's Club, and you can check one more thing off of your "Pregnancy/Trying To Conceive To Do List"! Pick some up today at your local Sam's Club (you can even have them shipped!) Don't forget to follow Sam's Club on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on all their great products and amazing deals!


 †These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hatfield And McCoy Dinner Feud Pigeon Forge TN!! #Smokies #TravelBlogger #PF #PigeonForge #Gatlinburg #Vacay #TravelBlogger


Are you looking for something fun to do with your family in the Smoky Mountains? I'm getting ready to tell y'all about something to do for the WHOLE family that everyone is going to enjoy. I'm serious, so you better pay attention! 

We just got back from our Spring Break trip to Pigeon Forge, TN. As most of you know, the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are about 3 hours away from our house, and are also the most beautiful and wonderful and amazing place on the face of the Earth (look it up, it's true!). It might also just happen to be my favorite place in the whole entire world. So, you can trust me when I tell you I am pretty well versed in things to do in the area. I'm telling you guys, this is my favorite place on Earth, and I have even looked at rentals and checked out long distance moving companies when we are on vacation just to indulge my dream of moving to the area!  

I'm also going to be the first to tell you that I love a dinner show. There's something about getting all dressed up and going out with the whole family at night. The kids love dinner shows too, we have been to several on our various trips to the area. I really like dinner shows because, as the mom, it takes care of both the entertainment, and the dinner. And come on, especially when you are on vacation, the last thing you want to do is worry about dinner! 

Anyways, the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud is located in Seiverville, just north of Pigeon Forge. If you are coming into town, it's right between the "upside down house" (Wonderworks!) and the "giant boat" (Titanic Museum). It is SUCH a fun atmosphere, just look at the outside of the building! The whole thing is fun, it starts right when you pull up! I mean, there is a petting zoo outside for crying out loud! 

I'm going to tell you right now, this show is over the top. Everything, the food, the performers, the music, all of it! That's the fun of it, and there really is nothing better! This is the one dinner show in the area that has been able to hold the attention of my ENTIRE family, small kids to teenagers to husbands! My whole family agreed that this show was definitely the highlight of our trip! 

It's so much fun! You get your pictures taken, you get to hang out and browse around the gift shop, which is full of cool, unique "redneck" items, and then you go in and are seated at your table, where you are served an AMAZING, family style, all you can eat meal! It's sooo good! 

Look At This Food!!
This is the most fun our whole family has had in a long time, especially all of us hanging out and doing things together! Like I mentioned earlier, when I asked the whole family after our trip, this was all agreed to be the most fun part of our trip!




We really did have an amazing time! This was by far the highlight of our trip! I highly highly recommend this show, and I'd love to check out the Christmas show the next time that we are in town! It's such a fun, family friendly atmosphere that's hard to find anywhere else, and it was something that we will all remember forever! Loved it! If you want to find out more about the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud, check out their website here! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Get Ready For Hotel Transylvania 3 With The Ultimate Hotel Transylvania Giveaway! It's Almost Time!

 I don't know about you guys but we are SO excited about the release of Hotel Transylvania 3, coming this Friday, July 13!! (Coincidence, Friday the 13th? I THINK NOT!) The Hotel Transylvania series is one of our very favorites in our home, and we have been looking forward to the third movie for a long, long time! Now, it's almost time, and we are excited to offer up a great giveaway of Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 so that you can binge watch just in time for the new movie!

 


School’s out, summer is here, and we have the perfect giveaway for you! Grab your monster sized popcorn and get ready for the ultimate family night in because we have a double feature giveaway of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA  2 on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Just in time for this summer’s highly anticipated release of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION your readers can catch up on all the fun and laughs in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA  2, before seeing the all-new movie this July! Readers can also revisit their favorite monsters including Drac, Mavis, Frank and more!


About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA:
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything.

DVD Bonus Features Include:
  • “Goodnight Mr. Foot” Mini-Movie: Directed and Animated by Genndy Tartakovsky
  • 3 Deleted Scenes
  • "Problem (Monster Remix)" Music Video by Becky G Featuring will.i.am
  • Behind the Scenes of “Problem (Monster Remix)”
  • Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Producer Michelle Murdocca, and Visual Effects Supervisor Daniel Kramer

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA has a running time of 91 minutes and is rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images.

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2:


In this monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp!

DVD Special Features:
  • Fifth Harmony Music Video: “I’m In Love With A Monster”
  • Character Sketch Gallery
  • Feature Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert
  • Feature Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 has a running time of 89 minutes and is rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor.

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION:
In Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel.   It's smooth sailing for Drac's Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation takes a dangerous turn when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the human captain of the ship, Ericka, who holds a mysterious secret that threatens them all.



If you are as excited about this movie as I am, be sure to enter the giveaway for a copy of the first two movies below! To win, simply leave a comment telling me who you would have a movie night with to watch these two amazing movies! Don't forget to include your email as well so I can contact the winner! 

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