Thursday, March 12, 2015

5 Apps For Addicts


Disclaimer:
 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.

I would like to talk to you about something that hits very close to home for me. Addiction is a disease, it can be managed but not cured. It affects people from all walks of life. Even though children of addicts are more likely to become addicts themselves, there are those who have no family addiction history who become addicts. Addiction destroys families, it is not just a personal battle. 
The good news it that there is help for those who choose to reach out and get it. Because of the use of technology going to a meeting is no longer the main way people are reaching out for the support they need.
Please note, though the following apps are great in being the extra support many count on to help manage their addictions, they are not meant to be your resource for recovery.

5 Apps for Addicts


"Designed for accountability, recoveryBox is an iOS app toolset that facilitates tracking of daily life activities by easily breaking them down into your "lights". Breaking habits requires knowing why we do what we do, when do we do it and coming up with goals to break unhealthy behaviors.recoveryBox has the tools needed to help with addiction recovery.
recoveryBox is designed to work with any addiction: drugs, gambling, pornography, alcohol or customize your own specific to your needs!!"


I love that this app covers all addictions. If you want to further check out this app there are videos that explain all parts of it further. You can find them at THIS LINK.
The recoveryBox app cost $1.99 and can be downloaded at the app store

2. ImQuit

"no matter what type of addiction you are fighting against, ImQuit will give you a powerful weapon. It can trace your process and give you a clear and impressive picture, you can also compare with your history record and share your success with your friends."
This app is great because it lets you track your process or managing more then one addiction. I like that friends and family can see your progress, this is a great thing when you deserve a pat on the back. 
This is a free app that you can download here.


This is a valuable app for those who are involved in the 12 step program and traveling. 

"Meeting Finder is the most comprehensive and easy to use 12-step program meeting search tool!
- Find meetings across the U.S. in seconds.
- Covers the top 12-Step recovery programs
- Use your current location or search by city or zip code.
- Find the meeting you want. E.g. open/closed, men/women only, etc.
- Add meetings to iCal.
- Map meetings and get directions.
- Share meetings with others via text or email.
- Send us updates for out-of-date meetings"


If you turn to your higher power for guidance in recovery then iPromises may be provide the inspiration you need. 

"Features:
- Daily reflections
- Recovery calculator that shows you how many days you have been sober
- A calendar that keeps track of the 12-Step meetings you attend regularly
- A tool that lets users monitor their moods and relapse triggers
- A contact list for all of your 12-Step friends
- Links with descriptions of various 12-Step groups
- A journal where you can describe your mood, challenges, and accomplishments for the day

- A travel guide with information about meetings held throughout the country "


Sometimes you just have to breath in and breath out. Lets face it the road to recovery is stressful. This app can help reduce stress and anxiety by introducing you to breathing exercises. 
"Features: 

• Easy to follow voice instructions.
• Intuitive animated breathing guide.
• Five calming guide sounds. 
• Breathing Analyzer measures your breathing rate.
• Timed sessions from 5 to 60 minutes.
• Weekly Target tracks your therapeutic breathing minutes."

This app can be found here for $3.99

These apps may not be the right solution for your road to recovery. If you feel you have a problem please seek out help for yourself and those you love.



Monday, March 9, 2015

March 15th Udderly Smooth Chat



This Post is written as part of a continuing relationship I have with Udderly Smooth, though I might receive compensation in the form or product or sponsorship all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Can you believe the weather this winter? Has the cold weather left your skin dried out? Perhaps it's time to hang out with Udderly Smooth and learn how to put a SPRING back in your step. 
This is not a formal Twitter Party, but a get together of fun people who like relax, chat and maybe even win a prize. What great prizes the folks at UdderlySmooth have provided. Hope you can join us. 
Here are the details:

March 15th, 9 PM EST
Hashtag:  #UdderlySmooth

Prizes: 
9 winners will receive an Udderly Smooth gift basket: 


Grand Prize:
One lucky winner will receive a Pandora Bracelet with this cute little cow bead.

Early Bird Prize Just for RTing the following:


"Join @UdderlySmooth and @mmc67 for a Twitter Party March 15th 9PM EST. Great fun & prizes. 
RSVP : 
 http://www.theshakerofsalt.com/2015/03/march-15th-udderly-smooth-chat.html "
RSVP:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Your Chance To Attend Marvel's Avengers



Perfect for all my Marvel Avengers fans:

"Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance to live out the best night of their life culminating at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all to support a great cause.  

In this videoRobert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark.
 By going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating just $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness, you could win a chance to live out your superhero dreams with RDJ in LA. You’ll kick things off with breakfast at the iconic Randy’s Donuts before launching into an action-packed day including a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, indoor skydiving, and a custom gown or tux fitting before meeting Robert Downey Jr. himself for an epic motorcade arrival at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And yes…there will be caviar.

And did we mention you’ll be one of the first people on this planet to see the newest release from Marvel’s hit franchise? Yeah, that’s happening. But the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience won’t last forever. 

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
You and a friend will be joining Robert Downey Jr. for the best day of your lives at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You will experience indoor skydiving, a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, a custom tux/gown fitting, a pit stop at Randy’s Donuts and caviar tasting with RDJ before riding in his private motorcade to the premiere. Flights, 4-star hotel, and transportation are all included. Best of all, every entry benefits Julia’s House. 

ABOUT JULIA’S HOUSE
Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.

ABOUT OMAZE
Omaze is an online charity platform that raises money and awareness for nonprofits by offering everyone the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite performers, athletes and influencers. That's everything from walking the red carpet on a date with George Clooney, to playing tennis with Serena Williams, to being in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Founded by two best friends, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze connects its community of donors to transformative experiences, remarkable causes and compelling content. For more information, please visit www.omaze.com."

Disney: INSIDE OUT


Looks like Disney is coming out with another great Movie. 
"From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school."

U.S. Release Date: June 19, 2015 Director: Pete Docter Co-Director: Ronnie del Carmen Producer: Jonas Rivera

Cant wait to hear more about it. 

CLARENCE: MYSTERY DVD

CLARENCE: MYSTERY PIÑATA
Recently I was offered the chance to preview the first the DVD Clarence: Mystery PIÑATA. This is a cartoon on Cartoon Network that follows the life of Clarence Wendell and his adventures with his friends, Jeff and Sumo.
After watching this with the little guys, who were already huge fans, I realize the positive messages that are in all of the episodes. 
Clarence is 4th grade boy that sees the good in everyone and wants to make the world a better place. He manages to turn every negative thrown his way into a positive. The DVD teaches to look for the positive while throwing in a great amount of humor that keep kids entertained. 
Mystery Piñata includes 12 first season episodes, with a “bonus feature” of the original 11-minute "Pilot".
  • Fun Dungeon Face Off
  • Pretty Great Day with a Girl
  • Lost in the Supermarket
  • Clarence’s Millions
  • Jeff’s New Toy
  • Zoo
  • Rise ‘n’ Shine
  • Average Jeff
  • Slumber Party
  • Dream Boat
  • Too Gross for Comfort
  • Neighborhood Grill
  • Bonus: Mystery Piñata
If this looks like a movie for a child in your life you can find it for a great price. I located it on Amazon for just $9.79


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Doc McStuffins "Cuddle Me Lambie" on DVD



Disclaimer: Though we were sent this DVD this review, all thoughts are my own

We were recently sent the dvd Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie. The first thing noticed were the cute little Lambie hair clips included, They are a huge hit for your little Lambie fan.

The DVD shows Lambie handing out hugs when needed.

Cuddle Me Lambie contains 5 full episodes of Doc McStuffins Including:
  • My Huggie Valentine / Dusty Bear
  • Awesome Guy’s Awesome Arm / Lamb In A Jam
  • Kirby And The King / Bubbly Monkey, Blow Your Nose!
  • A Day Without Cuddles! / Collide-o-scope
  • Mirror, Mirror On My Penguin / Hide And Eek!
All five of these titles send positive messages to your little one.
Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie is sure to be a hit for your little Doc McStuffins fan. 
Look for this DVD on Amazon or at a retailer near you.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ice Castles

Ice Castles

Disclaimer:
Though I will be compensated with free tickets for this attraction, all thoughts in the below post are my own. 

I was recently told about a magical place not to far from me that I am going to check out. It is called Ice Castles and the one closest to me is located in New Hampshire. There are four spread across the county and if you are close to one it would be worth a visit. 

VERMONT:
WHAT: Acre-sized, all-ice castle in Stratton, Vermont. One of four Ice Castles in America. 
WHERE: Sun Bowl Lodge, Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont 05360
WHEN: Opening day: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, 2-10 p.m.
Open thereafter through March 7, 2015 (weather permitting):
Sunday-Thursday: 2-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 2-10 p.m.
VISUALS: -- Amazing ice features including archways, tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne. 
-- Kids and families squeezing, squishing, sliding, stomping and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display. 
-- Natural frozen ice tones during the day; colorful LED-lit ice set to music at night.


UTAH:
WHAT: Acre-sized, all-ice castle in Midway, UT. One of four Ice Castles in America.
WHERE: 2002 Soldier Hollow Rd Midway, UT 84049 USA
WHEN: 
Sunday-Thursday: 2-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 2-10 p.m.
VISUALS: -- Amazing ice features including archways, tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne. 
-- Kids and families squeezing, squishing, sliding, stomping and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display. 
-- Natural frozen ice tones during the day; colorful LED-lit ice set to music at night.


NEW HAMPSHIRE:
WHAT: Acre-sized, all-ice castle in Lincoln, NH. One of four Ice Castles in America.
WHERE: 64 Railroad St
Lincoln, NH 03521
WHEN: 
Sunday-Thursday: 2-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 2-10 p.m.
VISUALS: -- Amazing ice features including archways, tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne. 
-- Kids and families squeezing, squishing, sliding, stomping and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display. 
-- Natural frozen ice tones during the day; colorful LED-lit ice set to music at night.


MINNESOTA:
WHAT: Acre-sized, all-ice castle in Eden Prairie, MN. One of four Ice Castles in America.
WHERE: 17970 East Miller Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN 55347 USA
WHEN: Through March 7
Sunday-Thursday: 2-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 2-10 p.m.
VISUALS: -- Amazing ice features including archways, tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne. 
-- Kids and families squeezing, squishing, sliding, stomping and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display. 
-- Natural frozen ice tones during the day; colorful LED-lit ice set to music at night.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Olde Westport Spice & Trading Co.



 Olde Westport Spice
Online specialty Food Company stands the test of time - Spice Company creates custom spice blends, sesonings and dry soups. Olde Westport Spice & Trading Company is a 33-year-old spice manufacturer that is still going strong. This online company operates a small plant in Goodland, Kansas, and knows a thing or two about spices, seasonings and soups. This family owned and operated company was originally founded in the Kansas City area and has stayed true to its mission of making custom spice blends for main meal dishes and appetizers as well as nearly 20 varieties of dry soups. The products are available online at the Olde Westport Spice Company Website ; at food-related craft and trade shows throughout the Midwest; and at gift and gourmet food shops. Olde Westport's spice blends and seasonings include Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more. All of the products use quality ingredients for a balanced flavor that compliments meats, pastas and vegetables. The company also invented dry soup mixes that are simple and easy to make including Antonio's Minestrone, Country-Style Creamy Potato, Chipotle Black Bean, Creamy Broccoli and Cheese, Kansas City Steak & Ale, Gold Coast Garlic Pasta Alfredo, Mesa Flats Chicken Enchilada, New Orleans Red Bean & Rice, Southwestern Tortilla, White Chili Soup and more. Olde Westport Spice and Trading Co. is owned and operated by Bill and Judy Petersen, who along with their daughter, Ann Myers, also own and run a restaurant (Westport Grill) in Goodland featuring the products. Bill first custom created all of the spices and seasonings in the kitchen of his home. Today the company has a manufacturing facility where Bill still researches and develops new recipes and dishes for future products. For more information or to place an order, please visit www.oldewestportspice.com or call 1-800-537-6470. 

CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI SPICE BLEND - This championship spice has helped chili creators win 12 state and national championships throughout the years and all over the US! But what is most important to us about our Olde Westport Chili Spice Blend is that our customers love to use it in their chili whether it's for a national championship cook-off challenge or simply for their own family in their cozy kitchen on a cold winter's night. We've heard from countless customers that our attention to detail and quality is what makes this chili spice blend stand out above the competitors. We know you might put beans in your chili or maybe you add apples and sausage or perhaps you have a special recipe that is top secret but starts with thick-cut bacon... however you concoct your chili we hope you'll try our chili spice blend. 

GOLD COAST GARLIC SHAKE - Gold Coast Garlic Shake spice blend is truly one of those special blends of garlic, herbs and spices that our customers use in sour cream dips, sprinkle over steamed vegetables, fresh vegetables from your garden, garlic mashed potatoes or steak on the grill. There are more than 50 recipes in the Olde Westport Gold Coast Garlic Cookbook that will give you lots of ideas for quick simple meals with that high-end restaurant flavor. A garlic experience you will never forget. Check out the Olde Westport web site for a few recipes and placing orders.

Looking to try out the Olde Westport Spice Company? Click HERE to receive 10% off your order.