Breath Easy with the Black & Decker HEPAFreshTM Air Cleaner XL 3 Speed HEPA Purifier from BuyDig.com

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Breath Easy with the Black & Decker HEPAFreshTM Air Cleaner from BuyDig.com

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I grew up in South Florida and now I live right on the Minnesota/Iowa border. My family (dad and sisters) are all still in Florida. I am getting pretty excited because my dad and one of my sisters will be coming up to visit me in about a week. My dad suffers from allergies and I know mine had to adjust when I moved.  FL has palm trees and hibiscus bushes.  Iowa has cornfields and other flowers and trees I never had in the south.  I also have a long haired cat.  I wanted to make sure he could breath easy when he visited which is why I was so excited to receive my Black & Decker HEPAFreshTM Air Cleaner from BuyDig.com!

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What is BuyDig.com?

Buydig.com is a pioneering retailer of consumer electronics located in Edison New Jersey. They have been at the forefront of the digital imaging revolution since it first exploded onto the scene in the 1990’s. As the industry evolves they keep adding new and exciting shopping categories to their product offerings.  Buydig.com has been top-rated by THE authority in expert consumer advice as a top shopping destination for consumer electronics products and is a four-time Platinum Winner of the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award.

They have so much to choose from on their website from their Kitchen and Housewares Department to their Luggage Headquarters and everything in between!  Not only do they have a great variety and huge selection, their prices are unbeatable.  The Black & Decker HEPAFreshTM Air Cleaner retails for $159.99 and they had it for only $97..95.  That’s over $60 in savings!

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The Black & Decker HEPAFresh Air Cleaner XL tower is designed to help improve the quality of air in your home by reducing allergens and odors. The tower design is ideal for larger rooms such as living rooms and kitchens.

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The Black & Decker HEPAFreshTM Air Cleaner had no set up. I literally took it out of the box and plugged it in. It doesn’t get any easier than that.  I love that it has such a narrow and sleek design.  I set it up in the living room and it doesn’t take up a lot of space or look obnoxious.  It is also quiet.  The higher you set your fan the louder it is, but you barely notice it when it is on the low setting.

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I love how easy it is to use. It has large buttons that are very easy to read. You can adjust the speed and even set a timer. You also have a manual power switch.

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It has a Pre-Filter to capture the initial dust and allergen particles. It also has a Charcoal Filter that contributes to the control and prevention of the growth of bacteria, germs, and mold.  Then it also has a HEPA Fresh Filter that captures 99% of dust and allergens.  I love it and can totally tell a difference.

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July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month

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Cellphones seem to be everywhere.  They are fantastic. I can call for help, talk to a friend, surf the web, look up information and more all from my cellphone.  I don’t usually leave home without it, unless I forgot. Then depending on how far away I am I have turned around to get it.  There’s no denying that cellphones are very useful.  The problem is that we can sometimes get absorbed in them. Cell phones and technology can totally enable better moments through simplifying and enhancing your life.  I just feel sometimes we (me included) need a reminder on Cell Phone Etiquette.

July is National Cellphone Courtesy month and U.S. Cellular is celebrating by promoting positive cell phone etiquette.

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Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and wondered if they were even listening because they were browsing the web or texting?  I know I’ve been the person ignored and unfortunately the one that has done the ignoring.  I’m not talking about looking up info that pertains to the conversation like looking up places to eat or movie times.  I’m talking about hearing a text come through or seeing new emails or Facebook notifications pop up and checking them immediately.  A Pew Research survey found that 67 percent of cellphone owners find themselves checking their phones for messages, alerts or calls – even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. That means a lot of people are checking devices at any given time or place. While you may be able to listen and check at the same time, it does not change the fact you are being rude to the other person.  Emails, Facebook, and Twitter can wait (really they can).

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Lily’s expression above is classic.  While they were staged for this photo, Jayden and Lily were instructed to show me how annoyed they get when someone else is talking on their cellphone when they’re trying to talk or read a book.  Logan did a great job of totally ignoring them too.  I feel that I have this one down pretty good.  I will answer my phone and let them know I have to call them back or shoot them a text after the missed call.  I also try to turn my phone on silent when I’m with someone or in a meeting.  It’s very easy to do with the Apple iPhone5S.  You just switch the little button on the side of the phone above the volume buttons.  It’s shows red if it’s on silent. The Galaxy S5 has a similar feature as well.

I found the following chart pretty interesting.

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The above statistics (as well as those posted below) were obtained between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Maritz Research. 

According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 37 percent of users say others get upset with them for phone use, while 63 percent say they get upset at others for phone use. I thought it was very interesting that over half of cell phone users think no one gets upset at them for their phone use yet over half of cell phone users DO get upset at others (at least sometime).

63 percent of people believe that no one gets upset at them for their phone use. This is the same percentage that sometimes gets upset with others for using their phone or tablet.

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Not to mention, it can be dangerous to be too absorbed on your cellphone. I’ve seen plenty of YouTube videos of people walking into others or things because they were not paying attention.

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Where Do People Have the Worst Cellphone Etiquette?

That same poll listed movie theaters and restaurants.

I have heard some people talk about taking a break from cellphones and I will not be doing that. Why? I need mine for work and I like having it on me.  I can look up information, reviews, directions and more in seconds thanks to the reliability of U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE Network.

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As I said before, we did stage the munchkins in these pictures for my post, but the truth is that Jayden (age 11) has his own cell phone.  I like the fact that he can get a hold of us where ever he is and is able to use it in case of emergencies.  There are rules though, he does not just use it whenever he wants. He can only answer calls that are programmed into his phone. He also knows that his texts will be read and his activity monitored. In fact, here is an excellent Parent/Child Agreement that I would highly suggest printing out.

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 As may be expected, smartphone owners who are over the age of 54 have stronger etiquette beliefs than younger users.

  • Among adults 55-64, 82 percent think it is rude to check your phone while talking with someone else, and 80 percent think it is rude to check while dining.
  • 63 percent of users 18-34 think it is rude to be on your phone while talking to someone else, while 57 percent think it is rude to check while dining.

I also thought these  statistics were interesting:

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Women are more likely to prefer texting over men. They are also more likely to have checked or used their phone to avoid conversations.  I definitely prefer texting over talking.

Tips for improving courtesy by busy cellphone users:

Set the ground rules. If you have plans to meet a relative for dinner or spend happy hour with a group of friends, discuss expectations for phone use. By determining technology use before the gathering, everyone is able to enjoy the occasion.

Seek to understand. Focus on similarities instead of differences and set a goal to understand those around you. By understanding other’s wireless device use, you’ll be more courteous of their expectations.

Don’t be a buzz kill. Putting a phone on vibrate during a meeting or event can be a good idea, as vibration mode is meant to alert only you. However, it can distract others if the phone is placed on a table in a meeting or meal. Put the phone in a pocket, where it can alert you to a call but isn’t disturbing others. If you forget to turn off the ringer and get an unexpected call, phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 stop ringing by simply flipping over the device.

Avoid being blinded by the light. Adjust screen brightness prior to entering a dimly lit space, such as a restaurant, recital or school play. This allows you to use the device to take photos or use social media without disturbing those around you.

Print of a Parent/Child Agreement.  This is a great step to teach your children cellphone courtesy.

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Celebrating Summer with Kool-Aid Fruit Drink

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Celebrating Summer with Kool-Aid Fruit Drink

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This summer seems to be flying by.  I remember my mom telling me “time flies the older you get” and thinking she was crazy. Time moved so slowly when I was a kid.  I had no idea how right she would be!  I feel like the days go by faster and faster. When I was in Walmart the other day I saw the Kool-Aid Fruit Drink display and had an idea!

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I grabbed a 96 oz bottle of Kool-Aid Fruit Drink and then found the aisle with the Kool-Aid drink powder packets.

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I remember getting so excited for the 4th of July and all the festivities when I was a child.  My small town here in Iowa goes big on the 4th too with parades, bean bag tourneys, horse shoe tourneys, live bands, fire works and more.  We would always dress in red, white, and blue growing up.  As I was reflecting I was feeling a bit patriotic and figured why stop with just the red, white, and blue clothing? Why not dye my hair?!

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I totally did dye my hair!  I separated the underneath strands and dyed half red and half blue.  It’s so simple to do too!  Just boil some water.  Mix Kool-Aid powder packets in 3/4 cup of boiling water. For the red I used 2 cherry packets and 2 watermelon packets.  For the blue I used 4 Blue Raspberry Lemonade Packets and 1 Grape Packet.  I held my hair in the mix for 10 minutes then let my hair dry.

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While I was letting my hair dry and getting ready for the night’s festivities, I enjoyed drinking my Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drink. It’s so refreshing and definitely brings back childhood memories. It’s a great way to #KoolOff

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I can hardly wait for the Fireworks show! Here is a shot from this year’s firework show in Northwood.

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And this is how fireworks make me feel.

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I was having so much fun with my Kool-Aid that I decided to make a Kool-Aid Slushie too! Yes, the outside temp has been in the 50’s the last few days, but the sun is shining and it’s summer so a slushie seemed like a good idea and it was really easy to make.

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Doesn’t that look refreshing?!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Kool-Aid powder packet (flavor of choice)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • lots of ice

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Mix the powder, sugar, and club soda in a blender.  Then add the ice.

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Enjoy!

While you are getting ready for your summer fun and grabbing your needed supplies at Walmart, #CollectiveBias let me know that Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart to help promote the new 96oz bottles! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!

Here are the dates and locations to mark on your calendar:

  • Friday August 8th 5-7pm – 360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
  • Saturday August 9th 3-5pm – 1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
  • Saturday August 9th 6-8pm – 2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

Summer has never been so fun!  What are some of your favorite summer memories? Tell me below, because I’d love to know!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Kool-Aid Fruit Drink Hair Dye
 
Ingredients
  • 4 to 5 Kool-Aid Powder Packets
  • ¾ cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Mix Kool-Aid powder packets in bowling water.
  2. Hold hair in the mixture for 10 minutes (longer if you have really dark hair)

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Kool-Aid Fruit Drink Slushie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid powder in choice of flavor
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • lots of ice
Instructions
  1. Mix Kool-Aid powder, sugar, and club soda in a blender.
  2. Add lots of ice and blend.
  3. Enjoy!

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Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper

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Ultimate Attack and Defend Foam Ball Shooter

Gravity-fed auto load, includes six soft foam balls that fire over 40 feet through the shield–that’s right, through the shield! Pull the soft foam hammer back, take aim and let go! Clear shield protects you from in-coming fire!

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The Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper that lets you protect yourself while shooting. The is great when you are in wars in the backyard because you can pop up to shoot someone and protect your face or chest.  It has a sweet rapid fire that I really like.  There is nothing that I do not like about this. I think it is easy for all ages. Even my little sister (age 6) liked it.  I think Moms should buy these for their kids because they are so much fun!

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Save with Coastal Prescription Glasses Online

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Okay, they probably weren’t talking about glasses in this quote but it sure is true.  I had to order prescription glasses online because my prescription had just changed. I had been having terrible headaches  which were definitely putting a halt on my journey to success and after a trip to the eye doctor I knew the source, my eyes.  I needed a stronger lens and they wanted a pretty good chunk of change at the eye doctor’s so I’m really glad I checked online.

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They were so easy to order. I was able to browse through numerous frames, enter my prescription details and order.  You can scan your prescription in and also upload a head shot to virtually try on frames.  They arrived pretty quickly and I was very excited to receive them.

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The package I received included the eyeglasses in a case and a little eyeglass kit.

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I wasn’t even expecting the bonus items. They are awesome. I got eye glass cleaner, a cleaning cloth, and a tool set for my glasses.

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I chose a Kam Dhillon Frame in Satin Maroon.  They look exactly the same in person as they do online and they are quality frames.  The lenses are even scratch resistant and anti glare.  They are awesome!

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I just love the design on my frames! All in all I loved my experience with ordering my prescription glasses online.

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In fact, I’m wearing them now as I tell you about them and they make a huge difference.  I feel like I just hit the express lane on my journey to success!

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Michael Angelo’s Uncompromising Italian Frozen Foods

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My husband is a truck and has a huge appetite. I don’t know that the two go hand in hand, but I do know that when he comes to the house for home time he wants a delicious home cooked meal and Michael Angelo’s Uncompromising Italian Frozen Foods helped me with just that!  Some of you may be thinking I meant to say something else besides frozen foods, but I’m serious they taste like I slaved all day in the kitchen!  My husband ate over half the family size Meat Lasagna by himself!

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Why leave the comfort of your home to enjoy restaurant quality Italian entrées? Instead, head to the local grocer’s frozen food aisle. There you’ll find a variety of Michael Angelo’s gourmet Italian meals you quickly and easily cook up in your own kitchen.

It is easy as 1-2-3 to make!

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Cook.
  3. Enjoy.

My husband had no idea that it was not homemade. I’m pretty sure that’s because all of their meals are made without fillers, dyes or preservatives. They taste like homemade because their made fresh then frozen for a quality meal. Their goal has always been to create dishes that taste like they were made in a home cook’s kitchen. That can’t be done if you add preservatives, fillers or chemicals. In my opinion, they’ve reached that goal.

They have several different Italian Frozen Foods to choose from and they are all just as fresh!

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What will you be having for dinner? We’re having the Chicken Parmesan next!

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Natural Relief for your Pets with Achy Paws Pet Mat

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Natural Relief for your Pets with Achy Paws Pet Mat

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Aging Dogs and Cats are naturally attracted to the Achy Paws™ Pet Mat for its unique Bamboo Charcoal Technology that provides self-warming properties for natural relief. It activates with their body temperature to bring restorative warmth to ease achy joints. Natural warmth helps increase blood circulation, soothe tired muscles, reduce soreness, and melt away discomfort. If your pet overheats, bamboo charcoal can also fluctuate according to your pets temperature to provide cooling relief. Give the gift of wellness today and we know your pets will love you for it!

I’ll be honest, I don’t understand the science behind this completely, but I know that this mat is Tiger’s favorite place to be. He’s not an older cat but still sees it as soothing. The only time he really moves on it is to change positions while sleeping.

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He curls up, stretches out, lays on his back, his belly and twisted into numerous positions.

I love that it is machine washable.  Tiger is a furball and sheds a lot to begin with but even more so in the summer.

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It has some great benefits as well!

Achy Paws™ Benefits

  • Perfect for Older Dogs & Cats
  • Made from Bamboo Charcoal Technology
  • Self-Warming for Natural Relief
  • Soothes Achy Joints due to Aging
  • Reduces Stress & Anxiety
  • Increases Relaxation
  • Calms Restlessness
  • Absorbs Odor, Moisture, & Toxins
  • Soft & Durable
  • Non-Toxic
  • Triple-Layered Fabric
  • Machine Washable
  • Renew in Sunlight
  • Safe for All Season
  • Available in 5 sizes

I would highly recommend one for all cat and dog owners.

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Have fun this summer with Zing Toys

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Summer time is here!  That means the kids will be home all day and they’ll need to be entertained. Don’t get me wrong, they can entertain themselves for about 5 minutes then need specific direction. Once they get going they do great so they were very excited to receive mail.
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Needless to say we had some very excited munchkins.
They couldn’t wait to go outside and use them.
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The Air Hunterz Zano Bow is the perfect indoor Archery Set! The Zano Bow shoots arrows over 30 feet that stick to almost any flat surface. Includes wall target for awesome indoor target practice in the bedroom or the office!

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The X6 Zoom Rocketz is the first-ever auto-rotating, multi-shooting Zoom Rocketz! Load all six rockets and stomp rapid-fire style to send all six launching over 75 feet one after the other!

Here is what Jayden (age 11) had to say about it:
They were so much fun. They are very easy to configure and it stuck to stuff really easy.  I also like that you can put it in a big pocket so it’s easy to pull out and shoot my little brother and little sister. It’s really fun and it does not leave marks on the wall or take off paint. It also doesn’t hurt when you get hit. Moms should buy this for their kids because it’s really really fun!
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Fruttare Frozen Bars

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Where real fruit and creamy milk come to chill! It’s all good.

These Fruttare Frozen Bars are delicious! My favorite is the Strawberry and Milk.  They’re like strawberry ice cream on a stick but better .  They  are delicious and refreshing; perfect for an afternoon snack or evening dessert.

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Another close second as far as favorites are the Black Cherry Bars. They’re light and refreshing. These are perfect for a treat on hot summer days.

They have several different flavors to choose from. So, what are you waiting for? Pick some up on your next grocery trip. You can find them at your local Walmart.

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BIC Pens and Office Supplies

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BIC Pens and Office Supplies


Are you looking for a good pen?  I know that sounds silly, but I like pens and I like ones that write really well. I had a chance to try out a few different items from Bic.

The BIC Tech 2 in 1 Retractable Ball Pen and Stylus is a great pen for taking notes and all.  I also love that it has a stylus tip for my iPad!  It also comes in pink.

The BIC Intensity Permanent Pen is great for letters and writing checks. It provides smooth, vivid lines that are permanent on paper but won’t bleed through.

The BIC Velocity Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pens are my favorite.  They write so smoothly!

The BIC Atlantis Ballpoint Retractable Pen writes in pink which just so happens to be my favorite color :)

Did you know they even make a Bic Mark-it Grip Permanent Marker Set?!  They’re very similar to sharpies but more awesome!

Visit Shoplet for all of your office supply needs.  They also offer promotional products such as promotional shirts and office stationary

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Nomad Footwear Melrose Wedge

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Nomad Footwear Melrose Wedge

This platform wedge features a slingback with elastic, allowing for perfect fit and comfort. Comfy and sassy – step into a pair of the Melrose and you’ll be sure to turn heads this season!

I love red shoes!  There is something about wearing red shoes when I go out that just puts a smile on my face.  The Nomad Footwear Melrose Wedge is very comfortable too! I love that I can wear them all day and my feet do not hurt.

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The material feels suede like and is very soft. It does have an elastic back  but the elastic is on the inside of the ankle rather than the back of your heel so it didn’t rub or irritate. The shoe fits true to size.  I often order a size up in heels or wedges and I did not.  They also have traction on the bottom! This may seem silly but there’s nothing worse than wearing pretty shoes in the rain and slipping when you get outside. This shoe has not had any issues with that. They’re so comfortable and I get tons of compliments on them!

Nomad Footwear has more than just wedges. They have a great women’s selection including sandals, flats, heels, wedges, and boots.  They also carry sandals and flats for kids.   I have an exclusive coupon code for you to use too! You can save 15% off a purchase on their website by using the following code: NFBLOG05 at checkout.  This code is good June 1st to June 30th, 2014 and can not be combined with any other offers.

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Score Amazing Deals with ScoreBig

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I was able to do a review on the website ScoreBig.com. Its a site for people to get rid of tickets to sporting events (NHL, NFL, NBA, MBA), music events, attractions (Lego Land, Busch Gardens, etc.), theater tickets and more. You get to bid on a price lower than the suggested retail price and ‘score big’ on great tickets!

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I looked up the Miami Dolphins first because I have never been to a pro football game before. I was able to choose from any of the home games; some were already sold out, but there were plenty with a bunch of available tickets/seats. I chose the last game of the season against the NY Jets, clicked on the seating area that I wanted, put in my bid and information…10 seconds later my bid was accepted!!! I saved a bunch and am going to a great game!!! I received an email within a minute confirming my purchase and to let me know when and how my tickets will be arriving! And there were no extra charges for processing or for ticket delivery!! I will definitely be using ScoreBig.com before buying any tickets to anything! You can’t beat the ease of the site, how fast the process went, how many things to choose from, the money I saved and no hidden charges or fees! Thank you ScoreBig.com!
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I ran the Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. 

 I shared with you not too long ago I would be running in the Kaleidoscope Tour. You can sign up for The Color Run here.

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

Well, I got to run in this year’s Fort Lauderdale Color Run and I got to do it with my 11 year old son, Jayden. It was so simple to sign up online; then it was so easy to pre register a few days before! They did a pre register/celebration event at Sports Authority which was set up beautifully, was well organized and a lot of fun! There was music blasting and everyone who was on staff was cheerful, smiling, and even dancing! We got an awesome gift package with included a reusable tote, head band, color run tshirt, happy tattoos, and shout to help out with washing the colors out after the run!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

The morning of the race was a breeze. Color Run had a detailed map of the race location and all suitable areas to park, which was super helpful! We arrived at the race to music blaring and people dancing. To say this is the happiest 5k in the world is hitting the nail on the head! They had an MC which kept the crowds pumped, and were throwing out a ton of swag to everyone.

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

The race itself was great. I have run several races before, but this was my first fun run…and boy was it fun! Jayden and I loved hearing the music, seeing all the different color stations and of course getting colored!!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

 

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

By the end of the race we looked like we had just run through a rainbow! We couldn’t stop laughing! After we crossed the finish line it was like a huge party with more color and swag for everyone!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

I would recommend this run for anyone, young or old…especially for family groups and friends. I will definitely do this again with the rest of my family…and when I do I will know to bring a bandana to cover my nose and mouth when running through the color and sunglasses for my eyes! Also be prepared to really scrub down after the race, the color didn’t just rinse off.

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

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The Greatest Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

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The Greatest Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

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My husband is great and he’s such a fun Dad.  He’s an “entertainer” and loves to have fun!

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It’s often hard to get gifts for him because he just purchases things he wants. I was able to come up with an awesome list for gift ideas thought thanks to Best Buy!  I found gifts to fit any budget (the list ranges in price from $29 on up)

Not only does Best Buy have some amazing choices for gifts, here are a few more reasons I love buying from them:

Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting TWO Father’s Day Twitter Parties on Thursday June 5th at 7:00pm CST and Wednesday June 11th at 11:00am CST. Feel free to join one or both of these parties for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great products. Tweet #GreatestDad with your favorite Father’s Day Gift ideas from Best Buy.

Here is a list of  Gifts for the Dad who aspires to set up the ultimate man cave complete with gaming, sports, movies, listing to music, or just hanging out. This Dad loves to share so it also has everything at the ready for entertaining a crowd.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

1. Bose SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi Music System – This music system allows you to enjoy wireless access to Internet radio, Pandora and your music library with the Bose® SoundTouch™ 20 Wi-Fi music system, which features the free SoundTouch™ app, an Ethernet port and 3.5mm auxiliary input.  You are able to stream different music in different rooms, the same music in every room or customize zones to play what you want, where you want.

2. Apple TV – With the Apple TV you can get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.

3. Samsung 48″ Class LED 1080p 120Hz Smart HDTV – With built-in Wi-Fi, this Samsung UN48H6350AFXZA LED HDTV lets you connect to your existing wireless network, so you can browse the Web, access Samsung Apps and more. The quad-core processor reduces lag times for smooth, fast navigation.

4. Krups Beertender – Enjoy frosty, pub-style draft beer without sacrificing the comforts of home. This gadget frees up space in your fridge while allowing you to entertain family and friends in style. Serve Heineken, Heineken Light or NewCastle Brown Ale with just the right amount of froth.

5. Stone bake pizza oven – Cook a frozen or fresh pizza quickly with this NW Kitchen Appliances Stone Bake LD-901F pizza oven that features broil and bake cooking options for customized cooking. The stone construction offers durability.

6. Xbox One Console – Get ready to experience an all-new world of entertainment that keeps pace with your need to stay connected thanks to Xbox One. Go head-to-head in your favorite games, stream blockbuster movies, catch up on live TV and interact with your favorite apps — all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it. You can even view content side-by-side. The powerful Xbox One includes a spacious 500GB hard drive, wireless controller and a chat headset.

7. Xbox One Wireless Controller – On the virtual battlefield, there’s no time to second guess yourself. The hours you’ve put into honing your skills have sharpened your instincts, and when you hear an enemy’s footsteps behind you, you react in the blink of an eye. This isn’t the time for mistakes — one wrong move means certain death. Ensure that every move you make is executed with precision with this Wireless Controller for Xbox One.

8. Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player – Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and music on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, or laptop. No remotes required. Cast your favorites from Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Crackle, Rdio, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome* to your TV with the press of a button.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

9. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2D/3D 1080p 3LCD Projector – Immerse yourself in 2D/3D full high-definition 1080p cinematic adventures with this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 HC2030 – V11H561020 projector. Enjoy brilliant images with 2000 lumens color brightness and 2000 lumens white brightness.

10. Samsung 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer – Bring movies, music and games to life with this Samsung HWF450 2.1-channel soundbar that features three 2-way speakers and 3D Sound Plus technology for vibrant audio. The wireless active subwoofer offers powerful bass for dynamic home theater audio.

11. Sony Blu-ray Player – Experience stunning high-definition visuals with this Sony BDPS1100 Blu-ray player that features DVD upconversion, so you can view your DVDs and Blu-ray Discs in 1080p resolution. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders provide rich surround sound.

12. Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray – Star Wars: The Complete Saga [9 Discs / Blu-ray] (Blu-ray Disc)

13. Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray – Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (3 Disc) (Blu-ray Disc)

14. True Detective TV Show Blu-ray – True Detective (3 Disc) (Ultraviolet Digital Copy) (Blu-ray Disc)

15. Slingbox 500 – Enjoy on-the-go high-definition programming with this Sling Media SB500-100 Slingbox 500 that features wireless connectivity, so you can watch your favorite TV shows on a tablet, mobile phone and more.

16. Logitech Harmony Wireless Smart Keyboard – Easily control your home theater equipment using this Logitech Harmony 915-000225 smart wireless keyboard that features an integrated touchpad for regulation of up to 8 devices.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

17. Beats Pill XL – Take your tunes on the go with this Beats by Dr. Dre Pill XL 900-00092-01 speaker that features a lightweight design with a handle for simple portability. Pairing lets you sync with another Pill XL (not included) to create stereo or reinforced sound.

18. 8 bottle wine chiller – Keep up to 8 bottles of wine at the optimal temperature with this Nostalgia Electrics Living by Nostalgia EWC008BLK wine chiller, which features an adjustable thermostat for temperature control. The LED display features touch keys for ease of use.

19. Breville Smart oven – Easily bake a 13″ pizza in this Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL toaster oven that features Element IQ technology that suggests the ideal cooking temperature and time for each of the 9 menu functions.

20. LG Microwave + Pizza Oven – Make easy meals to welcome your family home. Hassle-free cooking buttons let you cook and warm food with the touch of a button, while the energy-saving setting turns off the display after 5 minutes of non-use, dropping power consumption to less than 0.1 watts.

21. PlayStation 4 console – The PS4 is a graphical powerhouse, able to deliver massive game worlds with impressive clarity and detail. 8GB of RAM allows for serious multitasking potential, complementing the great apps and features that make up the PS4 experience.

22. Beats Studio Headphones – Rock out with these Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio 900-00059-01 headphones that feature adaptive noise canceling to filter out ambient sound. Leatherette ear cushions and a flexible design ensure a comfortable fit.

23. Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker – Listen to your tunes with this Marshall Stanmore 4090107 speaker, which features Bluetooth with aptX technology that enables simple wireless pairing with compatible devices. The vintage-inspired look adds a touch of style to your entertainment setup.

24. Anki Drive – Introduce this Anki DRIVE RHO 000-00002 expansion car to your collection to let a friend or family member race with you. Competitive abilities, including a low-energy shield, provide the tenacity and staying power to help it withstand enemy attacks.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

25. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – Keep in touch on the go with this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 SM-T520NZKAXAR tablet, which features built-in Wi-Fi for easy wireless Web connectivity. The 10.1″ TFT touch screen simplifies navigation and provides striking visuals.

26. iPhone 5s Space Grey – The highly advanced iPhone® 5s features the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, the Touch ID™ fingerprint sensor, a new 8MP iSight® camera, a new FaceTime® HD camera, ultrafast LTE wireless, iOS 7, and iCloud®. Yet it’s as thin and light as ever.

27. HP ENVY TouchSmart Sleekbook Touch-screen Laptop – View your media in striking clarity on this HP ENVY TouchSmart 23se-d494 all-in-one computer’s 23″ high-definition display, which features a 10-finger touch-enabled interface for intuitive navigation. The wireless mini card allows Web access.

28. Powerstation mini Black – Keep your Samsung Galaxy S 5 cell phone or mini USB device fully charged with this mophie Juice Pack Powerstation 38675BBR battery that features a slim, compact design for easy portability and a 2500 mAh capacity to deliver reliable, long-lasting power.

29. $50 iTunes Card – iTunes Cards are perfect for anyone who enjoys one-stop entertainment. Each card features an iTunes Store code redeemable for music, movies, TV shows, games, apps, and more. Recipients can access content on an iPod, iPad or iPhone, Mac, or PC.

30. iPad Air Lifeproof Nuud Case – Black – This LifeProof nüüd 1103-01 case features a waterproof design that allows you to use your device in water up to 6.6′ deep. The play-through design offers access to controls, while the cover/stand allows hands-free viewing.

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Shooting Off — Taking the Kids on a Last Minute Holiday

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Shooting Off — Taking the Kids on a Last Minute Holiday
 
Many people book their annual holiday during January or February pretty religiously each year. Some are just in the habit of doing it because they don’t want the hassle of doing it at the last minute. These days, though, more and more people who are planning a holiday at home or abroad are making the most of late deal holidays, including families with young children.

If you’re in the lucky position of being able to remove the kids from school for the annual holiday without penalty, then a last minute holiday may well be the way to go. Your family oriented destination choices are likely to be greater, and a bit of searching should pull up some good money saving offers.


All inclusive holidays are becoming increasingly popular, especially if kids are involved. All 
those money gobbling extras like ice cream, soft drinks and endless snacks throughout the day are all included in the package. An all-inclusive venue makes its money from full hotel rooms. Looking into last minute bookings of all inclusive packages for the family can produce some extremely attractive savings.

Late booking over vacation 
If you want to book your holiday during the spring or summer school vacation period and you have to leave booking till the week before your departure date, this could be problematic. No doubt, thousands of other families with kids will be doing the same thing at the same time. Seeking late deals during these peak school vacation times can be problematic and the chances of finding cheaper deals tend to be significantly lower. 


If you’re booking late on, you need to be adaptable, open to alternative destinations and, if possible, have some inbuilt flexibility on departure dates. Even if you have just a few days free ‘n’ easy at either the beginning or the end of your intended holiday can make the difference. The length of your proposed vacation can also have a bearing on your available choices; a few days longer or a few days shorter can change the price for the better.


Off-season options
Finally, if price is the foremost consideration when you’re seeking a late deal for you and the kids, look at the out-of-season venues. Many winter ski resorts remain open through the ski closed season, offering different outdoor activities such as trekking, horse trails or cycle routes. Check the less popular destinations with similar attractions and always, always check the all Inclusive last minute deals.
 
Have a safe journey, now. Oh, and don’t forget to lock all the doors and windows before you leave!
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