Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Back to Nature PLAYFul Trends 2016 #PlayfulTrends

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Since our family is very involved in the scouting movement  we spend lots of time at our local parks. We are very blessed to have a few different parks in our area and get to spend lots of time there with our family and other children in our community.  Our parks have lots of nature trails that are a fun away to get out, get moving
and discover new things. Since they are natural nature trails they are always changing. These trails allow us to explore by hiking or biking. There are short trails that can be completed in less then 30 minutes and others that take a few hours. 
We also enjoy camping at these parks also. The kids just enjoy being out doors just playing. It's amazing the things they can come up with to do when electronic are removed from the equation. 


The back to nature PLAYful trend is a great way to get children and adults involved in the outdoor and out from in front of the TV. The best thing about these back to nature Playful trends cost little to nothing. Our local park also sponsors events to get the community involved and to bring the kids out and play and learn more about nature. So, how will your children spend their summer? Will it be inside playing video games, on the computer, a tablet or a phone? Or will they get out and play? The benefits of play are physical, social, emotional and cognitive.


The National Park Service has enjoyed historic success with its ad campaign, “Find Your Park”—so
much success, in fact, that 2015 saw a record number (305 million) of visitors. There’s even a new IMAX film, National Parks Adventure, featuring Robert Redford narrating a coast-to-coast tour of the parks system. Imagine that—the star of The Natural is promoting the country’s natural beauty.

But for times when a national park isn’t on the agenda and staying closer to home is a necessity, local playgrounds and parks are trying to bring nature to the neighborhood. Butterfly gardens, vegetable gardens, climbing walls and climbing ropes are all popular ways to help kids and adults play in a natural setting.



Summertime is finally here and with your children out of school, they need to take advantage of their free time with opportunities to play! Adults can also benefit from playtime, which is good for physical and mental health. Summer is a great time to be active and go outside to try new recreational activities—we all have a favorite way to play!

Earlier this year, the Voice of Play identified eight of the most exciting PLAYFul trends this year, which include outdoor fitness activities, rough-and-tumble play, play for adults, nature play and several others.



Monday, June 27, 2016

iCoffee Opus single serve brewer




iCoffee has been on my list of companies to work with for some time. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when they said YES! We all know there are many single-serve brewers on the market but the iCoffee brewer has always stood out in a crowd. Unlike others, the iCoffee Opus single serve brewer does not limit you to the brand of k-cup you are able to use. iCoffee Opus single serve brewer thinks you should be able to enjoy any brand of coffee you want in your brewer and even include a refillable k-cup. 

The brew-spinner has to be the best invention since sliced bread. The brew-spinner needle punctures the top of the coffee pod actually turns so as to get the water/steam to all parts of the coffee grounds in the pod. This makes sure you get every ounce of smooth, rich flavor out of the coffee of your choice. 

Another feature of the iCoffee Opus is the ability to dial the liquid amount for your brew. The easy to control dial lets you pick from 4 oz to 12 oz and also half ounces. The drip tray is easy to remove and allows the bewer to accommodate larger cups. The Opus has a large 75 oz water reservoir water that glows a brilliant blue that also shines down from the spout into your cup. This stays on during the brewing process and shuts off when done. 

My children have really enjoyed the brew of ice K-Cups like the Snapple brand and the hot chocolate flavors. I love to use this brewer to make iced coffee and other flavors brews. My husband loves the fact that he's able to save money and use any brand with the refillable k-cup. We as a family have really enjoyed our new brewer and being able to customize our drinks. It's like having a coffee house in our home.
iCoffee Opus single serve brewer has a small footprint and does not take up any more space than a regular coffee maker. It's stylish and beautiful, it would make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life. 
 


Opus™
Item# RSS600-OPS
UPC: 857016004146

The SpinBrew™ Technology in every iCoffee® single serve brewer spins, steams and stirs right inside any K-compatible cup to brew coffee that always tastes Impossibly Smooth™.

All iCoffee® single serve brewers are compatible with every K-Cup®, OneCup™, RealCup™ capsule, and all private label cups**.

Our exclusive SafetyLock™ locks the single-serve brew head during the brewing process, protecting consumers.


FEATURES
SpinBrew™ Technology

– Spins, steams & stirs inside the cup
Dial-a-Brew™

– From 4 to 12 ounces in ½ ounce increments
Large 75-ounce water reservoir
Energy Saver mode and automatic shut-off
Removable drip tray allows for larger mugs, including most travel mugs


BREWER SIZE & WEIGHT
Size: 13 1/8″ (H) x 10″ (W) x 13 1/8″ (D)
Weight: 10.75 lbs


A disclaimer and disclosure: * We received this product in exchange for a review. We were compensated with product or payment for our reviews, however, all our opinions are our own, based on our personal experience with the product. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

DEEP SIX by DP Lyle #DeepSix #ad




BUY THE DEEP SIX EBOOK FOR JUST 99 cents 7/5- 7/11/16 (regularly retails for $14.95)
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ABOUT DEEP SIX:

Ex-professional baseball player Jake Longly adamantly refuses to work for his father, wanting no part
of Ray’s PI world. He prefers to hang out at his beachfront bar and chase bikinis along the sugary beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. But Ray could be persuasive, so Jake finds himself staking out the home of wealthy Barbara Plummer, a suspected adulteress. The mission seems simple enough—hang around, take a few pictures, sip a little bourbon. Except Barbara gets herself murdered right under Jake’s nose.

When Jake launches into an investigation of his target’s homicide, he quickly runs afoul of Ukrainian mobster Victor Borkov. Aided by his new girlfriend Nicole Jemison and Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers, his behemoth employee with crazy computer skills, Jake tries to peel away the layers of the crime. The deeper the intrepid trio delves, the more murders start to pile up, leading them to Borkov’s massive yacht—where they just might be deep-sixed.

ABOUT DP LYLE
D. P. Lyle, MD is the Macavity Award winning and Edgar Award nominated author of many fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, and essays. He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women's Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars. For the past 35 years, he has practiced Cardiology in Orange County, California.

RAVE REVIEWS:
“We all know Lyle’s erudition and expertise - but who knew he was this funny?”
―Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author of Make Me
"Lyle debuts a new series starring Jake Longly, former baseball player, now reluctant PI working for his father. Assigned to watch a wealthy woman believed to be having an affair, he quickly learns that her paramour is Jake’s own ex-wife’s new husband. Then the woman is murdered, and Jake, who has a mouth that speaks before his brain has time to think, finds himself in deep trouble. Readers who enjoy smart-mouthed PIs like Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole will want to watch this series develop."
―Booklist

“Corruption, vendettas, cartel killers, oh my! Deep Six puts the fun back into late night reading with this fast-paced romp through murder and mayhem. Prepare to flip the pages.”
―Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author of Crash & Burn

“D.P. Lyle returns in superb form in Deep Six. Smart, wickedly funny, expertly constructed and deftly executed, Lyle is at the top of his game as he takes his readers on a romp on the Gulf Coast that goes down as smoothly as a cold beer on a hot day at a bar next to the beach. Jake Longly is a character worth rooting for, and Lyle's fans will be cheering for an encore. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late to enjoy the ride. Highly recommended. “
―Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez novels

“Readers will love Jake Longly―ex-big league ballplayer, beach bar owner, and reluctant PI, and the sharply defined ensemble of characters in Deep Six is just as outstanding. Page turning action and knock out dialogue from a master craftsman and story teller. I devoured this one!”
―Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and New York Times best-selling author of Her Final Breath

“In Deep Six, gifted storyteller D.P. Lyle has crafted yet another winner. A comedic thriller that weaves through the Gulf Coast with wild abandon. This book has it all, memorable characters, a stunning plot, and as always, Lyle's impeccable sense of place. Bravo!”
―Philip Donlay, best-selling author of the Donovan Nash series


* I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. All my opinions are my own. One may or may not have the same results as myself when using this product. I was, however, compensated for this review but it had no effect, good or bad, on the opinion I had for the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. *

Culinary Corner Bamboo Cutting Board #culinarycorner #ad


Use code VYUU-KYL42B-YQXC28 for $5 off your purchase.

If you have been following me for any amount of time on social media you will know I have developed a fondness for homemade sugar cookies. The first thing that stood out to me was that is board had a pastry side for measuring. I really like the fact that it is a larger cutting board so it is easy for me to roll out wide dough.
Also this time of the year we are in full garden mode with vegetables. This makes chopping vegetables a breeze with easy cleanup. The surface is extra smooth and sleek.

Plus there is no doubt of the beauty and style of the Culinary Corner Bamboo Cutting Board. This would make a great gift for the foodie in your life or the perfect wedding present.

Made of the highest quality bamboo, these cutting boards are naturally antibacterial/antimicrobial, FDA grade, BPA and toxin free.

This 18" x 12" multipurpose bamboo board is perfectly sized for cutting meat, bread, cheese, fruit and vegetables, and using as a serving platter.
Each cutting board is made with unique branding on one full side. There are 7.5", 8.5" and 9.5 inch circles for easy pie making, and 5" circle for making tarts. Also branded on the same side is a 16" ruler along the top, and a 10" ruler along the
side for easy ingredient measuring.

The reverse side of the cutting board is smooth and perfect for dicing, slicing and cutting. This smoother side also has a drip groove on all 4 sides to prevent any liquid from dripping off the board and damaging expensive counter tops.
These natural bamboo cutting boards are easy to use, maintain and keep at its natural sanitary surface. These boards are long lasting and more durable than any other wooden kitchen items on the market. Two toned wood with a beautiful fine grain, these necessary kitchen additions are crafted to leave on countertops all year round.


Culinary Corner bamboo cutting boards should be in every kitchen. We offer the finest bamboo cutting boards that are eco-friendly and a natural renewable resource. People who have never used bamboo products before might not know that bamboo is not a tree, it is actually a fast growing form of grass which can attain at least several inches of height in a day and can be ready to harvest within 3 years. This makes our bamboo cutting boards very "green friendly" and a very renewable resource which helps our planet stay beautiful for future generations. Culinary Corner uses only the finest durable bamboo that you can feel confident about using in your family's kitchen. Those who love to cook and create in the kitchen have often chosen cutting boards made from traditional dense woods in the past such as maple, cherry or walnut.

Bamboo cutting boards are also naturally dense making them resistant to scratches, nicks and accidental scarring, which can lead to microscopic pockets where bacteria can form and grow. Our
cutting boards also resist staining from acidic foods such as fruits and vegetables. This is why those who are passionate about their food and what they present to their families are turning to bamboo products. We recommend that before your first use and every use after, washing your cutting board with hot soapy water, rinse well and wipe dry immediately, or to sanitize after cutting raw meats like poultry, beef etc., we recommend using 1 tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of hot water. We want your cutting board to withstand the test of time and ask that you please do not put our cutting boards in the dishwasher. Should your cutting board ever start to dull just wipe it down with mineral oil or beeswax. Our natural bamboo cutting boards are two toned wood with a beautiful fine grain, in fact our cutting boards are so beautiful you will want to proudly display them in your kitchen.

* I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. All my opinions are my own. One may or may not have the same results as myself when using this product. I was, however, compensated for this review but it had no effect, good or bad, on the opinion I had for the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. *

Friday, June 17, 2016

Himalayan Salt Shop




The Himalayan Salt Shop proudly offers a truly unique health and wellness product. Himalayan Salt Lamps have been popular in Europe for decades, but have only recently become known in the United States. These all-natural air purifiers, made of pristine pink Himalayan salt crystal, help clean the air in your home while also serving as a stunning, glowing home decor piece surely to strike up conversation. Visit www.HimalayanSaltshop.com to learn more.

Check out these unique and natural products! Go to www.HimalayanSaltShop.com and use code USFAMILY for 20% off. #himalayansalt

"I will receive a complimentary Himalayan Salt Lamp for review. All opinions are my own."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Escape to Paradise with NEW Softsoap Limited Edition Body Washes #ad


This is a sponsored post by Colgate-Palmolive, my family was sent these products for review purposes. 


Indulge in your favorite summertime scent with the new limited edition Softsoap body washes. 

Your escape to paradise is just a shower or bath away!

The Softsoap Limited Edition Summer Breeze Moisturizing Body Wash -The refreshing scents of cucumber and melon will delight your senses, while the moisturizing formula will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

The Softsoap Limited Edition Coconut Splash Moisturizing Body Wash - The moisture rich formula will keep your skin radiant and smooth, while the invigorating scent of coconut milk will transport you to the beaches of Brazil.

Suggested Retail Price: $2.99(18 fl oz)
Hurry they are only available for a limited time at Walmart until September 2016 

11pcs Camping Cookware Stove Folding Spork Set #ad #pcsCampingCookwareStoveFoldingSporkSetBisgear(TM)O






Buy it NOW on Amazon

I am ALWAYS happy to get camping items to review. I currently have a Boy scout and a Cub Scout
in my family so this is right up our alley. My husband, my son and my other scout boys will be going to summer camp in a few weeks. This set has all you need for a camping trip where you are cooking for 1. The set is compact so it would be easy to pack in and pack out on a camping/hiking trip. It easily fits together and has it's own mesh bag for easy storage and clean up. The pots are lightweight so they do not add lots of weight to your bag and you would so understand that if you have ever had to pack in and pack out. It's easy to clean and pretty much comes with everything you need but the food. This would make a great gift for the scouter or seasoned camper in your life. and at this price, it's a great deal because I have paid more for sets that were not as nice and did not have as much in them! Very happy with this set!




Product Description

HIGHEST QUALITY/EASY CLEAN-FDA approved anodized aluminum pot and frying pan make it
non-stick ,easy to clean.
BEST PRICE/SAVE MONEY-Bisgear(TM) camping cookware set includes FOLDING STAINLESS STEEL SPORK + MINI STOVE WITH PIEZO IGNITION +Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Pot+ Nonstick Frying Pan + Pan Cover + 2 BPA Free Bowls + BPA Free Soup Spoon+ Rice Ladle+ Loofah Sponge+ Mesh Bag
SPACE SAVING/EASY TO CARRY- All the objects in this cooking set can be stored together in a mesh bag for space saving and convenient carry.
PERFECT GIFT FOR YOURSELF/ FAMILY- It is suitable for camping, hiking, backpacking, picnic and other outdoor activities. Lightweight and extremely durable anodized aluminum perfect for camping backpacking, buy 1 Bisgear(TM) camping cookware set, you get everything that you or your family need.
100% GUARANTEE: Your purchase will be backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.

11pcs Camping Cookware Stove Folding Spork Set Bisgear(TM) Outdoor Camping Hiking Backpacking Non-stick Cooking Non-stick Picnic Bowl Pot Pan , Folding Spork,Mini Stove with Piezo Ignition.



A disclaimer and disclosure: * We received this product in exchange for a review. We were compensated with product or payment for our reviews, however, all our opinions are our own, based on our personal experience with the product. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertisi
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gosh Parallel iPhone 6/6S Battery Case #gosh




Never worry about running out of battery life again with this super sleek Gosh Parallel iPhone 6/6S Battery Case. I was thrilled to get this for my son's phone because his phone is forever dying on him. I as a mother can not stand not being able to get in contact with him. I have purchased other packs for him that seem to get left at home but he never has an issue with using this one. He told me he likes the fact that this one is easy to use and he does not have to drag around an extra charging cord.
I highly approve of this because my son does! 

Doubles your iPhone 6/6S battery life - more than 10 hours of additional talk time and 14 hours of web browsing.
Removable 2,900mah battery that can be swapped out on the fly or removed when not needed.
Fully protective slim hardshell case that provides comprehensive protection without compromising
utility.
The detachable battery allows full access to your headphone and lightning port when needed and has been MFI approved by Apple.
Featuring a MicroUSB input port and lighting output port, the case has data and power pass-through enabled. Your iPhone 6/6S can be charged and synced while encased via the included MicroUSB cable.

Never worry about a dead battery and get the extra power you need for your iPhone 6/6S with the Parallel iPhone 6/6S Battery Case from Gosh. In addition to extra juice, the Parallel provides the security your Apple iPhone 6/6S needs with
premium protection against the wear and tear of everyday living, all while being slim enough to fit easily in your pocket. With its light-weight, slim design, the Parallel is fantastic at keeping your iPhone 6/6S charged up and ready to go. The Parallel iPhone 6/6S portable charger houses a removable 2900mAh battery that slides off and can be swapped out on the fly. Each portable and powerful battery can more than double the usage time of your iPhone 6/6S. The Parallel was designed with utility in mind, maintaining access to all ports, switches, and buttons. Best of all, the Parallel's battery is removable and plugs in only when you need it so you can decide when to charge your iPhone. Power level indicators allow you to check the power remaining at any time. Gosh Parallel Protective Charger Battery Case is designed for your Apple iPhone 6S (2015) / 6 (4.7 inches ONLY) (2014)

* I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. All my opinions are my own. One may or may not have the same results as myself when using this product. I was, however, compensated for this review but it had no effect, good or bad, on the opinion I had for the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. *

Professional Line Natural Lotion #PriMiracle #ad





PriMiracle Professional Line Natural Hand and Body Lotion with shea butter and aloe vera is currently available for purchase on Amazon for the price of $19.94 the 12 oz easy squeeze bottle. I am the first to admit I am just not a fan of lotions in general. So I was pleasantly surprised that I did not mind this lotion at all.
It had no scent at all to me so there was no worry of it being overpowering. It was quick absorbing and not heavy or oily feeling on my skin. It's very soothing and made my skin look and feel great! This would make a great gift and would also work well in a gift basket. 
I would highly recommend it to a reason that is looking for a light feeling skin cream. Make sure to check out the entire line of skin care products offered by PriMiracle. 

Product Description

Lively Essentials is the exclusive vendor of PriMiracle products on Amazon. PriMiracle prides itself on offering high-quality products to its customers. PriMiracle Hand and Body Lotion is a fragrance-free skin care product for the whole family. It contains no harsh chemicals and is safe for daily use for both women and men. Enriched with Shea butter for advanced hydrating therapy to improve skin conditions. Provides intense 24-hour moisture leaving skin feeling and looking radiant. Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene which hydrates dry, flaky skin leaving it feeling healthy and looking revitalized. Aloe Vera hydrates the skin without giving a greasy feel. Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellin in aloe vera stimulates the growth of new cells. Sunflower Oil can be effective against acne, eczema, scarring, redness and irritation. Jojoba Oil seals in moisture and creates a barrier to protect dry skin. Absorbs quickly leaving skin soft and beautiful. No added fragrances. Use as a system with PriMiracle Daily Moisturizing natural body lotion.

* I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. All my opinions are my own. One may or may not have the same results as myself when using this product. I was, however, compensated for this review but it had no effect, good or bad, on the opinion I had for the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. *

Professional Line Natural Body Wash with Aloe Vera #PriMiracle #ad




PriMiracle Professional Line with aloe vera, tea tree oil & lemon for all skin types is currently listed
on Amazon for the price of $19.92 of the 12 oz easy squeeze bottle. The body wash has a very clean herbal smell. It gives a wonderful lather and rinses clean without leaving my skin feeling heavy or oily. I love the fact that it is a natural body wash and I don't have to work bout my family using a product that has added chemicals. This would make a great gift or an add in a gift basket. It left my skin cleaning and looking wonderful.

Product Description
PriMiracle prides itself on offering high-quality products to its customers. PriMiracle Sulfate Free Bath Wash/Shower Wash is developed with superior spa-grade ingredients. It contains no harsh chemicals and is safe for daily use for both women and men.Tea Tree Oil is disinfecting and soothing helping the overall appearance of the skin. Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene which hydrates dry, flaky skin leaving it feeling healthy and looking revitalized. Aloe Vera hydrates the skin without giving a greasy feel. Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellin in aloe vera stimulates the growth of new cells. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production. Lemon Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil are antibacterial and antimicrobial agents, these properties aid in clearing up blemished skin. Lavendin Oil is an anti-inflammatory agent that aids in reducing the appearance of acne scars, pigmentation and acne. The rich lather leaves skin clean and touchably soft. This product is PETA Certified, not tested on animals, cruelty-free and Vegan. Use as a system with PriMiracle Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

* I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. All my opinions are my own. One may or may not have the same results as myself when using this product. I was, however, compensated for this review but it had no effect, good or bad, on the opinion I had for the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. *

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tubular #tubular #ad



Looking for a better way to have more control over your online business? Tubular has the solution for
you!

Simple Sales Pipeline Software
The easiest way to track your sales pipeline, tasks and leads.

Tubular is a new way to manage your sales pipeline. Simple sales pipeline software built with sales teams in mind, Tubular allows you to customise your pipeline and process to fit your business.

It couldn't be easier to use; move the status of a deal in a single click whilst keeping everyone up to date in real time. In a glance, your whole team is up to date and can work together to progress sales leads whilst reducing internal emails.

We are the anti-Sales Force, streamlining your business with online tools should not be time-consuming, expensive or require a steep learning curve. You should just "get it" in a few clicks are forever be grateful of how your productivity have increased.




* I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. All my opinions are my own. One may or may not have the same results as myself when using this product. I was, however, compensated for this review but it had no effect, good or bad, on the opinion I had for the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. *