Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Talking Tom Gold Run

One day one of the little guys came home excited and asked if we could download the App My Talking Tom. When I checked It out I learned when you download you adopt a baby kitten. You are then in charge of feeding and taking care of him. This app has become a favorite with the boys.
I have exciting news if you love this app as much as we do. Tom and his friends are back:

"Outfit7’s new “go for the gold” game immerses players in a way that goes above and beyond the routine of a runner mechanic game, giving players a reason to run. Stunning graphics and intricately designed worlds, boosters, and incentives let players experience an ongoing story through the eyes of Talking Tom and the gang.
Talking Tom Gold Run begins with a robbery, causing the player to run as fast as possible to retrieve the fallen gold bars, dodge obstacles and collect rewards. Each component of the game allows players to ‘Go for the Gold’ as they help Talking Tom and Friends build their dream homes. The game currently has seven worlds to unlock, including the city, woods, beach and more. As the completion of each character’s house progresses, new building upgrades, characters and running segments become available.
Talking Tom Gold Run is free to download on all major platforms and includes the option for in-app purchases, which range in price.  The app also contains social features, allowing users to connect with friends through Facebook to see high scores."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CF Champions “Navigating The Journey Together” With Walgreens

This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my post.
We have all heard expectant parents say they don't care what the sex is as long as the baby is healthy. Nobody wants to hear their child will face a life long illness that will involve daily medications and treatments. This is what the approximately 30,000 adults and children living with Cystic Fibrosis face. 
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited, chronic disease that causes a thick sticky mucus that interferes with normal function of the respiratory, digest and reproductive systems. The treatments and illnesses caused by CF affect all aspects of the lives of those inflicted with the disease. 
When My daughter was younger she spent many years on a gymnastics team. It was there that we met Katie. It was not long after joining that we learned she lived with CF. It was easy to see why she was such an inspiration to all who met her. 
All the girls worked so hard to achieve their goals, but Katie had to work extra hard. When the girls woke up at 5 AM to head to a meet Katie had already been up an hour and a half doing her morning treatment, add to this the daily meds and frequent illnesses and you could not help but be inspired.
I recently asked her mom what she found the best way to keep someone on tract with treatments. This was her response:
 "To keep someone on track you have to start from the beginning doing them all the time no skipping. You have to teach them the importance to their health and to keep them out of the hospital. A lot of CFers tend to try to skip when they become teenagers and when they go off to college or move out on their own. They really need a important activity or sport that they do not want to miss.Katie used to talk to kids that were trying to skip and encourage them to stay on track. Katie had gymnastics and cheering to keep her on track and you know that sometimes no matter how hard she tried she would end up with an infection and end up in the hospital. There were a few times when her CF DR. wanted her in the hospital, but she told him she had a gym meet in a couple of days and then she would come in. He always let her wait because he knew how important it was to her and we would meet him at the hospital right after the meet."

The girls have grown now. Katie stayed very active in Gymnastics and Cheering. She now coaches Cheering. When preparing to write this post I decided to ask her a few questions, below are her responses:
What is your daily CF treatment regimen and what effect does it have on your day to day life:
" It takes me an hour and a half to do my therapy twice a day, so that is a good 3 hours that is lost in my day because of having to do medication. Plus, you add on the many pills (I currently take 60 some odd a day), the inhalers (I take three), the Miralax drinks (I drink 4 or 5 16 oz drinks a day, could be more if I am having an obstruction), plus the diabetes medication (I currently am on an insulin pump), it can be frankly quite exhausting. It can get frustrating, especially if you want to go do something with family or friends, but you have to do all the medication first. To be to work, I have to get up 3 1/2 hours beforehand. The importance is so huge though. If I don't do all my medications on a daily basis my PFTs (Pulmonary Function Tests) will decrease as time goes on. It will continue to decrease, making it harder to breathe and function on a daily basis.
When you don't do medication, your cough can increase, which increases the chances of getting an infection. Infections can make it so that I am either in the hospital or on home IVs for at least 6-8 weeks, if not longer."
How can friends and Family most help those living with CF:
"The biggest way family and friends can help is by being supportive and always being there for the person."

I am sure you can see the importance of everyone working together with the best interest of the person living with CF in mind. I just learned about Walgreen's CD Champions "Navigating The Journey Together" program. This program was set in place to help those living with Cystic Fibrosis, as well as their caregivers. They offer education about everything from administering medications to what the right medications and daily medication regimen will help improve day to day life.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Rock The Vote With The Peanuts

Rock The Vote
One of the highlights of The Blogger Bash event I just attended was the Peanuts Luncheon. As a huge Peanuts fan I was excited to hear from the children who are the new voices for the peanuts. What a fun group of kids they were.
I also love that that the peanuts had partnered with Rock The Vote to help get the country's youngest voters involved in voting.

Peanuts Rocks the Vote!
 "This is one of the most interesting election years ever, isn’t it? There’s a loudmouth candidate who offends almost everyone, a candidate who is all things to all people—even a candidate with some pretty revolutionary ideas...about the Great Pumpkin! Of course we’re talking about Lucy van Pelt, Snoopy, and Linus—just three of the six Peanuts characters (the others are Charlie Brown, Sally, and Franklin) who are running for President in a very special election! And you can cast your vote starting right now at The Peanuts election is part of a special partnership between Peanuts and Rock the Vote, the nonprofit voter education organization that encourages young people to register to vote. When fans go to to vote for their favorite Peanuts candidate, they can also link to Rock the Vote’s custom online voter registration tool. 
The Peanuts–Rock the Vote partnership is also coming to San Diego Comic-Con July 21–24 in the form of  DzPeanuts Campaign HQ: 2016,dz a pop-up store featuring co-branded Peanuts and Rock the Vote merchandise and a host of fun activities for visitors. Fans can Instagram themselves into a campaign button;collect stickers; learn about the Charles Schulz Museum; and purchase colorful Peanuts election-themed tees, stickers, and buttons while interacting with Rock the Vote volunteers. 
 Democracy has never been so much fun! "

Lazy One Review

I was given product in exchange for my 100% honest opinion of said product and company.

I would like to tell you about one of my favorite gifts to give. I have been purchasing product from the Lazy One Company for my family and gifts for many years. If you have not heard of the company you need to check them out. They have the cutest assortment of PJs I have ever seen.
Not only are they cute, they are incredibly comfortable. They are 100% cotton and made to last. With flapjack (one piece with butt flap). two piece styles and nightshirts they really do have pjs for the entire family.
Izak camping in his Lazy Ones PJs
Speaking of PJs for the whole family. We have a Christmas Tradition, Each Christmas Eve we open a present. It is always a pair of new PJ's. I am so excited that this year we have matching ones for the whole family.
Lazy Ones Christmas PJs 

I can't wait to take pictures around the tree in these. This company has many different kinds of PJs. They also carry boxers, little girls dresses and leggings. 
If you are looking for a gift for someone on your Holiday List this company has a little bit of everything. I received this BBQ Apron.
They are Unisex and have an adjusting neck strap. The material is a thick cotton. They would make a great gift for the king of the grill. They also have a wide variety of women's and children's aprons.

There huge assortment of slippers come in many styles so you can find a pair for anyone on your list. they sent me a pair of the Crabby In Ihe Morning Fuzzy Feet Slippers. They are made with a thick fleecy Lining inside and soft fleece on the outside. They Match the Crabby PJ pants I was sent. The combination of the two make me want to stay in the house all day. They even have Toasty Toez Boots. These slipper boots for boys and girls come in a variety of animals, and have a warm fuzzy fleece lining on the inside, faux suede on the outside, and flexible rubber soles.
Need to buy something for someone in the office? Lazy Ones offers a full line of coffee mugs, notepads, note books and tote bags. 
Not sure what to buy? Afraid of getting the wrong size? Don't worry Lazy One also offer a Gift Certificate. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Save Daily With Groupon Coupon

Though this post is sponsored by Groupon Coupons
All opinions expressed are my own 100% unbiased.

Do you shop with coupons? For the last five years or so I have saved thousands of dollars using coupons. I use them for everything. I must confess though, until a couple months ago I had not heard of Groupon Coupons. Having been a huge fan of Groupon for a long time, I decided to check out the coupon section and couldn't believe all the stores listed. They had deals on everything. These are stores you shop at all the time, so why not save money doing it. 
While searching the stores found hundreds listed. I was excited to see I can use Groupon to save by shopping online or by using my mobile device in store. This means I can shop Travelocity for a hotel deal near my favorite mall and then shop til I drop at all my favorite stores. I can hit Macy's and Kohl's for housewares then head to Carter's to find deals for the little guys. 
I was most excited to see my favorite clothing store there. Lane Bryant carries all the clothes I have loved for many years. Now that I am on my weight loss journey I am counting on Groupon Coupons to keep me clothed in style while I go down sizes. 
Go check them out, I bet you can find a deal that's perfect for you.
Check out Groupon on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news on deals.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Week 2 Nutrisystem

The post is written as part of a 3 month agreement with Nutrisystem. They provide all food and I post for them.
The fact that they have provided food in no way influences my thoughts and opinion of products. 

Here it is the end of my second week on the Nutrisystem diet. I have heard many times that the second week is the hardest week as far as weight loss showing on the scales. I am sure hoping that is true because I have worked my butt off all week but I only see .8 pounds lost.
The one thing that I have been doing to keep me on track this week is using the NuMi app. This app is made by Nutrisystem and helps me stay focused.
"NuMi is all about personalizing your online weight loss program experience. Backed by 40 years of Nutrisystem expertise, users are able to manage their progress with greater ease."
After downloading the app you can use this to log in your meals and keep track of calories. This also has over 12,000 recipes and gives you the nutritional info on the menus at over 300 restaurant chains. This helps you tremendously in making informed decisions on what you are putting into your body. 
I took the boys out to eat this week. Instead of bringing my food with me, I figured I would just order something there. With NuMi I was able to pick out a meal that was filling and stayed under the calories in the average Nutrisystem meal.
I also love knowing that with NuMi I have moral support at my fingertips. Nutrisystem has included a live chat feature for when you need to reach out for help.  
NuMi is available to download free from the Apple Store and from Google Play.
I have to admit I was discouraged when I stepped on the scale this week, but I am determined to keep going forward on this journey, These extra pounds did not get here overnight and they will not go away overnight.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Favorite Summer Roadtrip Apps

 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is coming fast. One of my favorite summer activities is taking roadtrips with the family. If you are headed out on the road, be it for a day trip or the whole summer, there are some great apps to help you on the way. I would love to share a few of my favorites with you. 

1: PackPoint
For any trip you're planning it's great to have the right clothes packed. PackPoint will help you organize your suitcase based on trip details. All you do is input the where you are traveling, trip length, and your gender, then the type of trip you are planning. Business or pleasure, formal events or all casual. PackPoint will then make a list of clothes, accessories, toiletries and more that you will want to take along with you. 

2: Along The Way
Most people research their destination to find cool things to do while they are there. With Along the way your adventures don't have to begin when you arrive, you can find fun things to do all along the way. Begin by adding your starting point and destination and the app will search for food, sights and attractions on the way.

3: Field Trip
Ever wish you knew more about the places you visit? Field Trip will tell you all about your surrounding without the cost of a personal guide. 
With Field Trip you will discover interesting things in the world around you. It helps you learn everything from the local history to the best places to hang out and shop. 
Field Trip runs in the background on your phone and pops up when you are close to something interesting. You can either read the card or, if you have bluetooth or a headset, your phone will read it for you. 

4: Free RV Campgrounds & Parking
Did you know that in every state you can find free places to stay for the night? This app shows you the local spots available to you. It is geared toward those traveling in an RV but if you're in your car and looking for a spot to nap there are many listed that will accommodate your needs.  
The places available include campgrounds, truck stops, casinos and chain stores.

5: Waze
Waze is a great app to help find out real time traffic and road info. It is a community based app that alerts you of accidents and other delays in traffic. Save time and money by avoiding situations before you get to them.

These are just a few great apps to help you on your trips this summer. Do you have a favorite? Share it below.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Ovo Bangor Maine Mother's Day Giveaway

Perhaps you remember me telling you about the Cirque du Soleil Ovo performance coming to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Maine
If you are local you will be excited to know that I was given a four pack of tickets to give away for Mother's day. 
Good Luck guys!!!

Cirque du Soleil Ovo Bangor Maine Mother's Day Giveaway

Cirque du Soleil Ovo Mother's Day Ticket Giveaway