Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ready For Winter Fun? Head On Over To Gattitown Lexington! #Pizza #Fun #Lexington #KY #Gattitown

One of the downfalls of it getting colder outside is the fact that it limits our family in the things that we can do. We love outdoor fun, like hiking, parks and swimming, so in the winter, we have to kind of regroup a little bit and switch things up so that we can still have fun even when it's cold outside! Lucky for us, a great place to enjoy that family fun even in the winter is Gattitown Lexington! 

Gattitown is a 30,000 square foot family entertainment center with over 150 video/redemption games, bumper cars and movies. Enjoy our safe non-smoking, non-drinking family atmoshpere. Along with great food and games, Gattitown offers an excellent place to host your birthday party, field trip, meetings and more! 

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It really is a fun place to go, and another great thing, besides all you can eat pizza (!!!!) is that my whole family can enjoy it, from my (big giant kid) hubby, to my teenager who hates everything, to my crazy tweens, and my sweet little second grader. They can all have fun together and create great family memories and it's not super hard on my budget! I love this place! Definitely a family favorite, and I totally recommend you check them out! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Show Off Your Favorite Photos On Your Amazon Fire TV! #Ad #AskAlexa #Amazon #FireTV

Okay you guys, I'm excited to share a new awesome thing with y'all from our friends at Amazon! Now you can see your photos and play a slideshow of your albums on Amazon Fire TV- just ask Alexa! This is going to be a game changer! Now, Amazon customers are going to be able to view and search for their photos and albums by using their Alexa Voice Remote or the Prime Photos app on Amazon Fire TV. If you are a Prime member, you can even voice search, because you can say things like "show photos of Ohio", "show photos of cats", etc. How cool is that?

 Prime members also receive FREE unlimited photo storage, free with Prime! As if that wasn't enough. ALL Amazon customers receive five free GB of photo, video, or file storage. I love Amazon Fire TV and I feel like there is already a ton of great stuff you can do with it! (Check out some of the cool stuff you can do with Amazon Prime Photos Fire TV app here!) I think this is such a fun idea, and I would love to use my Alexa Voice Remote and my Fire TV/Prime Photos to look through my photos and albums using our living room TV. I think this would be so fun to do when we are having a family get together, or a Christmas dinner, etc. We could scroll through and look at old photos from years past, and that would be a ton of fun! From what I understand, we can say things like "show my photos from December 2016", or "Show my photos from last summer..play a slideshow"... How cool is that? I love technology! You can check out some really cool stuff from Prime Photos and Voice by clicking here! “Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post.”Amazon, Prime Photos, Fire, Amazon Fire TV and the associated logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.”

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Groupon + Coupons: What More Could You Ask For?!?! #Groupon #Coupons #SaveMoney

Okay, guys! Today I'm sharing a post with you that combines two of my very favorite things in life: Groupon and coupons! I love, love, LOVE Groupon, and I am an avid user of the money saving site. I have to say, Groupon is a lifesaver when it comes to saving money and vacationing with four kids in the house. I ALWAYS check Groupon multiple times when I'm planning a trip, and as a result, we are able to save tons of cash and check out cool places that we never would otherwise!

But now, you guys, Groupon has yet another feature that is going to make it quick, easy and simple to save even more cash! Groupon Coupons is AMAZING, and it's going to change the way you shop! The Groupon site has coupons for TONS of retailers, and we are talking HUGE retailers, not obscure ones that you'd never shop at anyways. I'm talking about retailers like Amazon, Walgreens, Victoria's Secret and more! Using Groupon Coupons is SO simple ,you are going to love it! For example, if you are going to be doing some shopping at our favorite shopping destination, Amazon:
Instead of going straight to the Amazon website, head on over to Groupon Coupons first, and you'll find tons of deals, promo codes and savings that you can load up on before you buy! I'm telling you, you won't regret it! Listen to me, RIGHT NOW, there are 164 available coupons JUST for Amazon alone! If you like shopping and you like saving money, go check out Groupon Coupons RIGHT NOW! What are you waiting for!?!?!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Coming Back Home. #Blogger #PRFriendly #MomLife #WAHM

You guyssssss. I can't even believe it has been so long since I have written a blog. Life, man. I tell ya, it gets crazy sometimes. Things have been out of control for so long now, and I'm ready to come back home. I'm ready to get back to blogging, I'm ready to get back to the things that used to bring me so much joy. You know how hard it is, when your life is going full speed ahead and sometimes you feel like you are not even in control of it, you are just along for the ride? That's where I've been at yall, for a long ass time.

But, I'm tired. I'm tired of waiting for there to be "time". There's never any "time", and I'm starting to realize that if there are things that I want to do, I'm going to have to be the one to get up, get off my butt, and make the time. So, that's what I'm doing. From now on, I'm really trying to focus on the things that make me happy, and I'm going to try to worry a little less about the things I "have to" do. I hate the feeling that life is passing me by and I'm ready to get it back in control and get back to being me.

Ugh, there are so many things to tell you guys about, I don't even know where to start. I'm probably just going to have to fill you in, just a little bit at a time, and go from there. But, that will come tomorrow or one day soon. I'll probably just start at the beginning and give yall the full update on life. Warning- that might take some time!

Life is great guys. It really is. It's going fast, I'm rushing constantly, every second of every day, and I just want it all to slow down, BUT, life is great. I'm spending it with my best friend, I love him so much and I am so grateful to be living this crazy life. I'm also living it raising up these four crazy kids that I have been ever so blessed to have in my life. I don't know how I got so lucky, but I sure am grateful. I'm excited to be back with yall and to take yall on the ride with me, so I hope you are ready!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge!! #PigeonForge #Gatlinburg #Smokies #Vacay #TravelBlogger

Enormous fun awaits you below the Great Ape of Pigeon Forge! But the 40,000-pound primate isn't the only star you'll see at the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum. In fact, you can pose with the biggest stars, while learning about their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments. Movie buffs, pop culture lovers, and everyone who wants to step into the spotlight with the stars will enjoy the fun, and artistry. Plus, with the All Access Pass, you get to take a ride up into the mouth of Great Ape and see the spectacular Smoky Mountains from the VIP Observation Deck (weather permitting). Are you The Chosen One? In Hannah's Maze of Mirrors, find your way through the mirrored corridors hidden inside the Castle of Savannah to save Princess Hannah. You'll have to make your way through 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways and several sections where you see infinite reflections in every direction. Join the battle against evil at Castle of Chaos, the world's first 5D haunted attraction. Your mission: help the Paranormal Professor find out what supernatural activity is lurking inside. Soon you'll find yourself in an all-out shooting adventure where the highest scorers appear on the screen. Finally, in Outbreak - Dread the Undead, you must stop a worldwide viral outbreak! Chemacorp might mean well with Alpha Strain, but the gene-altering substance turns humans into zombies. The challenge? Rid the world of Alpha Strain and prevent a total zombie apocalypse! 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

#Amazon Prints: It’s time to finally start printing your photos the easy way. $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won! #AmazonPrints #Alexa #Prime

I am so excited to tell you guys about a new service from Amazon called Amazon Prints! Amazon Prints is the easy way to print your memories! It's so simple! Here's the deal! All you do is upload your photos to your Prime Photos account, print the product of your choice, and get free delivery! If you’re not a Prime member, you’ll receive 5 GB of storage free on Prime Photos and be able to print your favorite photos.  Prints start as low as $0.09, so it's super affordable!

I LOVE the idea of this new service! Now, I can get large canvases, photo calendars, cards, photo gifts and more, all with the click of a mouse. Love it! You can check out Amazon Prints for yourself by clicking here! This is going to revolutionize the way that people order photos, cards and more, and I am really excited about that. Plus, Amazon is giving away tons of gift cards to help people get used to their new service! Check out their awesome giveaways below!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

5 Habits to Drop When Pregnant #Health #Pregnancy #Expecting #MomLife

The joys of pregnancy are numerous and there will be plenty of exciting moments as you grow your sweet child within your womb. Naturally, your health comes into play with pregnancy and we often must change our habits once we realize that we are sharing space with another human. 
Here are 5 habits you should drop when you become pregnant:
Cigarettes are highly addictive and cause so much damage to our bodies. Between destroying our lungs, harming our hearts, and increasing our chances of cancer, it’s a fantastic idea to stop smoking before conceiving. Love yourself and your body enough to want to get healthy before bringing in new life. However, if you are already pregnant and still smoking, now is the time to talk with your doctor about options. Smoking while pregnant can cause low birth weight, birth defects, premature birth, and increase the risk of a stillbirth. With your doctor and family there to support you, quitting can happen. We know you want what’s best for your baby and we are ready to cheer you on!
Alcohol and Drugs
We know you may love your after-dinner glass of wine or even a nightly beer, but when trying to get pregnant or are pregnant, it’s all about positive health changes. Alcohol can contribute to fertility issues, so if you aren’t pregnant yet, now is the time to step back and take a break. Drinking while pregnant can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder since what you ingest is passed on to your baby. The sooner you quit drinking, the better your chances for having a healthy child at 40 weeks!
Illegal drugs are also passed through to your child, no matter how you are taking them. If you are trying to conceive, your drug use could cause serious fertility issues. To have a baby, your body needs to be in great shape and ready for the task. Unfortunately, drug use works against that. If you are already pregnant and still using, we highly recommend stopping as soon as possible. No matter where you are in the pregnancy game, we highly recommend seeking out exceptional treatment. Something like a well-regarded facility or substance abuse rehab southern california residents have access to, just in your neck of the woods. A trip away for healing will go a long way!
Avoid Tuna
Eating tuna has been a debate for quite some time. The goal is that you want to lower your mercury intake and yet eating fish is a high priority for pregnant women. Canned tuna is simply higher in mercury than other fish. Some obstetricians say you can limit your intake and be safe. Others say it’s hard to know exactly how much mercury is in each can. We say you should just avoid it all together and substitute salmon, shrimp, tilapia, and even clams. It’s your call, your best bet is to talk to your obstetrician.
Kitty Litter and Pregnancy
Did you know that cleaning your cat’s litter box is a no-no? It is! There is a parasite called toxoplasma present in feline waste that can cause birth defects and mental disabilities in our children, either at birth or later. However, this does not mean you need to get rid of Mr. Cuddles. The ideal situation is that your partner or other family members clean the box for you. It should be cleaned daily to avoid the parasite lingering. If you must take care of it, where rubber gloves and a face mask so that you don’t touch it or breathe it in.
Drop the Dog
Certain meats are a breeding ground for listeria. Hot dogs, salami, and cold cuts top that list and should be avoided or cooked. Cooking the meats will kill the bacteria and make them safer for consumption. Or you can avoid them all together. But a good salami sandwich is hard to pass up, so just be sure you cook it up!

Pregnancy is a fantastic journey into the mysteries of the life cycle and a introduction to motherhood. We hope you are able to change some habits so that you have a happy and healthy baby in the future! And, if you are looking for some healthy pregnancy-friendly recipes to cook, you can check out this helpful post

Saturday, February 11, 2017

7 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home #HomeSelling #Homebuying #Homeowner

Selling your home is probably one of the bigger financial transactions you will ever encounter. Before actually putting it up on the market, consult your local real estate agent to see what you could reasonably sell your home for. She should be able to give you a list of homes that have sold in the area over the past few months. While your agent works on that, here are a few tips you can use to improve the appeal of your home to give it a pop and get you a higher sales price.

  1. Keep it tidy – cleanliness implies that a home has been well taken care of and your prospective buyers will definitely notice these things. Even the small things can make your potential buyer hesitant, such as excessive dust or dirty dishes in the sink. Remember, first impressions are lasting impressions and you want to make sure you come across as though you’ve treated your house like a million bucks (or more).
  2. Choose your colors wisely – putting on a fresh coat of paint can make the difference between night and day. If you have “colder” colors on your walls now consider repainting. Warmer or neutral colors are more inviting, make the rooms appear larger and are more modern. Keep in mind that you always want to know what your buyers are looking for. Something as small as changing the color of your walls can go very far and oftentimes is a great return on your investment.
  3. Get packing – clutter is a huge turnoff for any potential buyer! They don’t want your old worn-out stuff and could be that last, final observation that keeps them from putting in an offer. Not only that but it makes the room looks smaller, it keeps some natural sunlight out, and makes it very hard for your buyer to envision their furniture in that same space. Take the time to throw away or donate any unused items and give your home some breathing room – your buyers will appreciate it.
  4. Get the carpets cleaned – if your carpets are beyond being salvageable then have them replaced, otherwise, it would be In your best interest to hire a professional carpet cleaner to erase some of those stains due to normal wear and tear. Not only that, but if you have pets, they help remove any pet stains or odors that could be buried deep in the roots of the carpet or locked within the fibers. Addressing the high traffic areas in your home is also important as this is where a lot of stains, dirt and debris will collect. In addition, your carpet cleaner will also finish off your carpet with a nice scented fragrance to leave the air smelling pure and deodorized. Doing this one thing gives you a huge bang for your buck and a nice return on your investment.
  5. Keep the plumbing in order – If you live in a rural area or your home is on the older side, you may have a septic tank. Septic tanks are individual systems to hold and rid your home of waste water and matter. You can give your buyer sound peace of mind by letting the know that you just performed a septic tank pumping recently. This will not only give them another 3-5 years without having to pump the septic tank again, but will keep the longevity of the septic system going well into the future. Not taking care of your septic system can cost you well over $15k in replacements if you don’t perform periodic maintenance.
  6. Window treatments – these are important because they can stage the mood of a showing. If your treatments aren’t properly adjusted, they can affect a room’s temperature by not allowing enough sunlight to enter. Make sure to adjust shades or blinds appropriately when showing your home in the morning, afternoon or evenings.
  7. The back side – part of selling your home quickly includes having great curb appeal and backside appeal! Clean up the area in the back as much as possible. Home owners like to see nice green grass that has been freshly cut. Again, it gives the appearance that you have really taken care of the home. If possible, plant some flowers and shrubbery to make the backyard more inviting and so that it encourages you to want to stay.

Implement these 7 tips when trying to sell your home and you are sure to realize the upside potential you were hoping for. Remember, staging your home is vitally important for a quick, top-dollar sale. Don’t skimp on the smaller ticket items, and P.S., great smelling candles also help.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

15 Ways to Warm Up Without Cranking Up the Heat #Frugal #Winter #KeepWarm #Cheap

So many people plan ahead for winter, but it’s easy to forget how long the season can be in certain areas of the country. The shortened days, icy road conditions and cold temperatures can really take their toll once the holidays are over.
After a long winter with larger utility bills, the last thing you want to do is crank up the heater. Space heating is one of the biggest energy uses in the home, taking up nearly a tenth of the annual cost of electricity. While the weather is finally warming up outside you can use a few hot tricks to stay comfortable indoors without adjusting the thermometer.

Throw on a Beanie
A lot of heat is lost through our heads. Even though it only takes up 7-9% of our body surface, our heads account for about 10% of heat loss. Pulling on a fleece beanie can feel almost the same as bumping the temperature up a few degrees inside.

Throw on Some Socks
Another part of the body that can get chilly quick is the feet. The University of San Diego has conducted studies that found when people had cold feet they felt colder overall. Parents can pull on a pair of wool socks for warmth, but kids can be a little trickier. Seamless socks for kids are a great option for layering since they’re warm, comfortable, and less bulky. Just be sure the little ones are careful when they walk around on hard surfaces.

Throw on a Sweater or Two
Layering your clothes can help you keep warm outside or inside. In the late stages of winter an extra sweater is usually all it takes to get comfortable indoors. But it’s sometimes hard to stop kids from shedding their clothes. Like their socks, you’ll want to make sure sweaters are extra comfy so they keep them on.

Throw on Some Blankets
While you’re vegging out in front of the TV or asleep in bed layer on an extra blanket or throw. It may get a little cold when you get up but you’ll be toasty while you’re sitting or lying down.

Sip on Hot Beverages and Soups
Sipping on hot liquids can warm you up from the inside. Plus, they’re a delicious way to enjoy colder weather before the spring sets in.

Move Furniture Away From the Walls
Cold can seep in through the windows and walls. If your furniture sits right up against the wall you’re more likely to feel it.

Use Your Curtains Strategically
If you’re at home throughout the day use your curtain to let heat in and keep it inside. During the warmest part of the day open the curtains to allow heat and light in. Once it starts to cool off close them again.

Stay Physically Active
If you start to feel cold and want to warm up then get on your feet. A few sets of squats or a quick kitchen clean up is enough physical activity to warm up the body naturally.

Plug in the Humidifier
A lot of things contribute to the temperature of the air, including humidity. The more humid it is inside the warmer the air will be. Don’t have a humidifier? Then keep the bathroom door ajar when you take a shower to add more moisture to the air. Also, don’t use the vent when you shower or it will suck the humid air out.

Reverse the Turn on Your Fan
At the start and end of winter, you can actually benefit from keeping ceiling fans on the lowest setting as long as the circulation is reversed. Fans have a switch that allows you to control the direction that they turn. During the winter set the fan so that it turns clockwise to draw cool air up to the ceiling and push the warm air down.

Weatherize Around the Doors and Windows
If you haven’t already, weatherize around the doors and windows. This means sealing all the cracks and crevices around the edge where air leaks in. For about $10-15 you can make the temperature inside more comfortable year round with caulk and weather stripping.

Use Your Fireplace
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace this is a great way to warm up the immediate area without a heater. Just make sure to close the flue when a fire isn’t going.

Change the Sheets on Your Bed
Staying warm while you’re asleep largely comes down to your bedding. Instead of cotton sheets use fleece or flannel materials.

Warm Up Your Bed
Before crawling into bed you can make it warm and snuggly with a hot water bottle or hot soapstone.

Close the Doors of Unused Rooms
To help direct the heat into the living spaces keep doors to other rooms closed. If you have a guest bedroom or office that’s rarely used shut the vents to the room as well.


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