8/20/14

Candy Bars - Legit Organics - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Life just wouldn't be worth living without chocolate. It's the sweet treat that celebrates when everything is going right in the world, and it's the comfort food delight when everything seems to be going wrong. Legit Organics creates delectable candy bars that are changing the game!
My favorite of the two candy bar flavors is Word. It's an all-organic candy bar with softly salted caramel sitting atop pillowy malted nougat, surrounded by rich milk chocolate. It's absolutely delicious and a much better choice than the traditional candy bars on the market, because it's non-GMO, with no hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients.
My husband prefers the Shot Caller Candy Bar. It's also a certified organic candy bar, made much like the Word Candy Bar, with the added treat of crunchy peanuts embedded in the salted caramel. Even better, these candy bars are made in the USA. I love being able to enjoy my favorite sweets without the guilt! I highly recommend Legit Organics candy bars, and be sure to check out their other great products too.

Bru Joy Kitchen Tools - Manual Can Opener and Garlic Press


Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
A smart cook knows that manual kitchen tools are just as important as the fancy electrics. My manual kitchen tools actually fill three drawers in my kitchen. I recently received the Bru Joy Manual Can Opener and the Bru Joy Garlic Press for review.
The Bru Joy Deluxe Can Opener is stainless steel and is, by far, the easiest manual can opener I've ever used. It attaches quickly and easily to any size tin can and the opener handle is so easy to twist. It's wonderfully designed so that even seniors with arthritis can use it with minimal effort.
It also features a built-in bottle opener and soda tab lifter. The long handles are easy to hold and very comfortable in my hand. The hooks on the end of the handles allow it to be hung on a pot rack or a kitchen hook. I really like the sleek stainless steel.
The Bru Joy Deluxe Garlic Press is also stainless steel and it even comes with a cleaning brush. If you've ever used a garlic press you know there is no substitute for freshly squeezed garlic in recipes. This garlic press is also very easy to use - just set a peeled garlic bulb in it and close the handles together.
The garlic press is also a beautiful stainless steel, with handy hanging hooks on the handles. I really appreciate the included cleaning brush because cleaning a garlic press can be frustrating without a custom brush. Overall, these tools are among the very best I've ever used! They would make wonderful gifts for newlyweds, college students, and anyone who loves to cook.

Buy the Bru Joy Can Opener HERE on Amazon.
Buy the Bru Joy Garlic Press HERE on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

8/17/14

You're Invited - Free #MasteringMotherhoodSummit

Imagine your days filled with guilt-free mommy time and reconnecting your romantic relationship. How do you get it? It’s all about balance. Mastering Motherhood Summit offers you the solutions you have been yearning for and is the answer to your never ending challenge of managing it ‘all’ on a daily basis without feeling run down, exhausted and overwhelmed. Its FREE and your online resource for conquering motherhood!  Myself, along with leading experts offer solutions to creating balance and harmony in all 3 areas (home, family and business.) Register now for Mastering Motherhood Summit It’s FREE!

 

8/15/14

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Are you struggling to get the right balance in your life? Are you juggling the needs of your kids, relationship, work, friends, family and personal time? You are not alone! Register for: Mastering Motherhood Summit and join other Moms just like you and get actionable tips and advice. Its FREE and your online resource for conquering motherhood! We offer practical solutions on balance and how to juggle major aspects of life that includes “mom” in the priority list. Myself, along with leading experts offer solutions to creating balance and harmony in all 3 areas (home, family and business).

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8/12/14

Dorm Essentials at Twin XL

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Sending your teenager off to college has many challenges. After all, as the parent you've been in control of most of their decisions and activities, then suddenly you're dropping them off in another city to start their adult life. Driving away is one of the hardest things you'll ever do. Making sure they have some of the comforts of home can be a challenge too, especially if they are moving into a dorm. Those beds just aren't very comfortable.
Did you know most colleges have twin XL beds? The mattresses are about six inches longer than a traditional twin bed, so your college student WILL need new bedding. Until now, it's been a desperate search to find bedding that fits. Twin XL is the place to get the bedding that will help your college student sleep well at night. You'll sleep better, too, knowing you've at least given quality bedding to rest a tired body after a long day of lectures, homework, and exams.
I love the Dorm in a Box Value Bundle because it comes with all the essentials my son needs in his dorm room. This bundle lets you choose the mattress pad, sheet set, and comforter set that matches your needs. We chose the 250TC Cotton Damask Stripe Mattress Pad for Twin XL beds because it adds comfort and protection with 100-percent cotton damask stripe woven top with fitted corners.
The 100% Cotton Jersey Twin XL Sheet sets come in lots of great colors and are so soft. The vibrant crisp colors won't fade and will fit mattresses up to 15 inches deep. The sheet sets are machine wash and dry (and as parents we can only hope they do laundry once in a while). The sheet set includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and a standard pillowcase.
The Twin XL Comforter set includes a big fluffy comforter in many different color choices and also includes a pillow sham if your teens likes an extra pillow on their bed. I love that the comforter has block stitching because it keeps all the filling in place, even through the washer and dryer. We opted for brown jersey sheets and a tan comforter set.
Twin XL has so many choices for bedding in this unique size that your college student will need over the next four (or more) years. In addition to the Dorm in a Box Value Bundle set, Twin XL also offers individual sheets, comforters, blankets, and mattress pads so you can choose what's right for your teen.
Twin XL offers the very best selection of bedding in the twin XL size and very competitive prices, plus you qualify for FREE shipping on all orders over $79. Your college student will wake up refreshed and ready to take on the world! Oh, did I mention the Dorm in a Box Value Bundle SAVES you money? Once you see the price of textbooks, you'll be thrilled you saved money on bedding!
My college student and I both give our stamp of approval on Twin XL bedding! 
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8/9/14

Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville Opens Adventure Park #travel

Visit Pflugerville, Texas, and check out the brand new Hawaiian Falls! Not only do they offer a fabulous water park, they've JUST opened their new Adventure Park too!
The 23-acre, year-round regional entertainment venue now features a water park and family adventure park with the Big Island Adventure Trail, Pineapple Express Zip Tour, three-level Challenge Course, six-story Free Fall, Rock Wall and Cargo Climb. Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville is the first water park & adventure park combination of its kind.

“This Adventure Park is a natural extension of our mission to bring families closer together while helping build self confidence,” said Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch. “Our one-of-a-kind Adventure Park provides safe, fun and compelling activities for guests of all ages to explore unknown strengths, push their own boundaries, climb to thrilling heights and experience rewarding physical and mental achievements.”

Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park also offers a team-building program for businesses and corporations, school districts, churches and other organizations looking to have fun together while improving communications, instilling trust among team members, learning problem-solving skills, and improving overall effectiveness and productivity.
“This is the first time many of these elements in the Adventure Park have ever been built anywhere in the world,” said Russell Moy, Adventure Park designer. “We created this unique assemblage of challenges just for Hawaiian Falls. We spent more than two years in the design process before we ever started manufacturing the first piece of steel.”

With safety as the top priority, Hawaiian Falls carefully selected a full-body harness and Smart Belay System by EDELRID—considered the safest in the world, according to the San Diego Zoo. The Smart Belay System is a set of two lobster-claw lanyards in which one is always connected to the safety line. Unless one claw is locked on the line, the second claw will not open, ensuring the guest is always secured. Hawaiian Falls also has a minimum of two safety check points for each zip line—one on the ground, and a second at the top of each tower.

Adventure Park attractions:
Shirts or swim suit cover-ups and closed-toed shoes are required for all guests using the Adventure Park. The Big Island Adventure Trail features 18 rope bridges and tunnels on three levels. Family members who are at least 42-inches tall may participate solo, while guests under 42-inches must be accompanied by someone 17 years or older. Weight limit is 250 pounds per person.

A helmet, full-body harness and smart belay system are required for all of the following:
The three-level Challenge Course with 15 different ropes activities on each level, ranging from 2-feet to 60-feet off the ground, for a total of 45 distinct challenges. Guests practice using the smart belay system to navigate different challenges and must demonstrate proficiency on one level before advancing to the next level, finishing the third level with the Tiki Zip Line, for a unique challenge-by-choice experience. Guests must be at least 48-inches tall and weigh at least 60 pounds but no more than 250 pounds to participate.

Pineapple Express Zip Tour includes three 500-foot long, 60-to-15-foot high zip lines that traverse the park. The Smart Belay System is also used on this attraction. Guests must be at least 48-inches tall and weigh at least 60 pounds and no more than 250 pounds.

Free Fall offers the adrenaline-pumping thrill of jumping off a seven-story tower and free falling with the security of a full-body harness and auto-belay system to guide the guest safely to the ground. Guests must be at least 48-inches tall and weigh at least 60 pounds and no more than 250 pounds.

The Cargo Climb requires balance, strength and determination to reach the top of this 45-foot rope ladder. An auto-belay system is used for this attraction.

Use upper body strength and secure footwork to navigate a 45-foot tall Rock Wall. An auto-belay system is used for this attraction.

While the Water Park is seasonal, the Adventure Park will be open year-round for team building and group events as well as fun challenges for the general public. Any daily admission ticket or season pass will provide access to both the Water Park and Adventure Park through the end of September 2014. Some attractions, such as the Pineapple Express Zip Tour, will require a separate fee.

About Hawaiian Falls:
Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. The Pflugerville park is Texas’ first Adventure Park – Water Park combination. A similar Water Park and Adventure Park is currently under construction in White Settlement (northwest of Fort Worth) and will open later this year. More information is available at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls.

8/8/14

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Celebrate Labor Day at Lakeway Resort & Spa and La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa‏ #travel

Looking for a fun way to spend Labor Day? Here are some fabulous Texas destinations for you and your sweetie, or take the entire family! 
POOL PARTY AT LAKEWAY RESORT AND SPA

Lakeway Resort and Spa’s Labor Day Weekend Celebration August 29 – September 1 is the perfect way to end the summer! The resort is known for its amazing pools and will host many fun activities poolside and along with kid’s activities at the Kid Zone.

Lakeway Resort and Spa’s Labor Day Weekend Celebration August 29 – September 1 is the perfect way to end the summer! The resort is known for its amazing pools and will host many fun activities poolside and along with kid’s activities at the Kid Zone. Resort activities include:

  • Sunset Pool – 21+ and over, three-tiered infinity edge pool, high energy music and swim up bar
  • Kid’s Pool – waterslide, wading pool, water features and poolside cabanas
  • Activities Pool – water volleyball, water basketball hoop and other games
  • Family Movies by the Pool – hang in the water when the sun goes down and enjoy a family flick
  • Kid Zone – indoor and outdoor kid’s activities including games, arts & crafts and: Three Indoor Bounce Houses, Pool Table, Ping Pong, Foosball, Mini Putt Putt, plus Sunset Pool Guest Shot Video Games, and Arts & Crafts

For more information on the Labor Day weekend festivities, including times and locations, click schedule. Labor Day activities and pool access are for guests only; rooms are limited, so book your stay today at www.lakewayresortandspa.com or email lakeway@lakewayresortandspa.com.

Need a little more room for your family or friends? Ask about beautiful & spacious condominiums with 2- and 3-bedrooms, full kitchen, dining room, living room and balcony. Lakeway Resort and Spa, 101 Lakeway Drive Austin, Texas 78734
Check out this other great offer!
Save Over Labor Day Weekend 2014 With La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa’s “Play More, Save More” Offer

For Labor Day Weekend 2014, the more families play at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe, the more they save. The AAA Four Diamond lakeside Texas resort is wrapping up summer with its money-saving, “Play More, Save More” offer, valid Labor Day Weekend, when guests can save 20 percent on a two-night stay and 30 percent off a stay of three nights or more. To secure the resort’s “Play More, Save More” savings, go to www.latorrettalakeresort.com and enter the promo code PLAY. Or call 936-448-4400.

The all-suite resort on Lake Conroe offers families an amazing water park with multiple pools, Lay-Z River Rapids and twisting water slides, miniature golf, 18 holes of championship golf, and new this year, paddleboats and kayaks on Lake Conroe. Its all-new lake experiences includes stand-up paddle boards and kayaks on Lake Conroe, available for rent by the hour, just steps from the resort’s Aqua Park Breeze Buster pool, Splash Scape pool with in-water playground and the Pollywogs pool for small children. When out of the water, families can enjoy La Torretta’s miniature golf course, beautifully landscaped, lighted for night play; five lighted, hard-surface tennis courts, indoor racquetball courts and a spacious fitness center. Clubs, racquets and balls are provided at no charge. Or, relax on the resort’s private white, sandy beach where kids can build sandcastles and enjoy the lakeside view. A number of free resort activities especially for Labor Day Weekend also are planned including the official naming of the resort’s new mascot, temporarily known as Lay-Z Duck. The naming ceremony follows a summer-long campaign and online public vote to determine the furry mascot’s permanent name. At the Spa at La Torretta, guests enjoy a spacious retreat where private bathhouses, Shiatsu massage chairs and a soothing Relaxation Lounge surround a Zen-inspired garden provide the ultimate in relaxation. Treatment options include the Spa’s new bamboo treatment where a bamboo cane is used to provide a deeper, firmer massage.
The resort’s on-property 18-hole championship golf course is a fun, yet challenging layout winding through the East Texas piney woods. The course was re-designed in 2007 by renowned golf course architect Jeffrey Blume. La Torretta’s luxurious guestrooms offer the finest amenities including deluxe linens, 42” flat-screen TV’s, a private balcony and sweeping view of Lake Conroe. Lake Villas and Golf Cottages also are available for an additional charge. La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa is located at 600 La Torretta Blvd., 12 miles west of i-45 off Highway 105. The resort is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (www.interstatehotels.com), the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

8/6/14

Covered Perfectly Clothing - Review and Giveaway #TopsFor40

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.
One of my favorite clothing companies is Covered Perfectly. I have about eight of their fantastic tops and I reach for them again and again. Covered Perfectly is a company whose sole purpose is designing cute, flattering clothing for women over 40. Founder and president Pauline Durbin has a great eye for style and fashion, that also provides appropriate coverage and fit.
I'm so excited about the new Cascading Vest! It's a very versatile fashion accessory that comes in four amazing prints - a Multi-Brown (the one I chose), a Brown-Leopard, a Black-White, and a Zebra print. It's a long, flowy design made of 100% polyester chiffon.
I absolutely love the way it drapes, both across my front and my back. Since it's a longer design, it looks great with jeans, skirts, and capris. I can also wear it tied in the front for a different look. I paired it up with the Covered Perfectly Mandy top in Black and a pair of brown boots for a fabulous fall look!
The Mandy top is my favorite Covered Perfectly top. It's an amazingly soft top and I think I have four different colors of this style. The front gathers at the bustline and the slightly flared hemline are both very slimming on my body.
The fabric is MicroModal (a natural European beechwood made in Austria) with a touch of Spandex. It comes in six different colors - Black, Coral, Malt, Royal Blue, Teal and Violet. It's truly the most comfortable fabric and cutest shirt style in my closet. I'm so excited to pair up with a bunch of fabulous bloggers to offer YOU a Covered Perfectly giveaway!
Covered Perfectly Giveaway!
Enter below!! TWO will win TWO Covered Perfectly tops, an Overall Value of $240! Be sure to also visit all the other bloggers on the linky below to see how they styled their Covered Perfectly tops!
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Moms: Discover Proven Steps to Creating Balance In YOUR Life Today!

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My friend and colleague Janet Barsotti is on a mission to help moms around the globe by creating a movement she calls “Sisterhood for Mommies”. She is passionate about helping moms navigate through everyday chaos, fall in love with life, re-discover themselves and LOVE every minute of Motherhood. This is why she created Mastering Motherhood Summit FREE interview series.

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8/4/14

Giveaway! $100 Kohl's Gift Card - Back To School

Kohl's is your one stop back to school shop, with clothing for the entire family, plus this year they've teamed up with Office Max to offer school supplies in Kohl's stores! Read my post HERE to check out our back to school shopping trip at Kohl's!

Thanks to Kohl's, I'm giving away a $100 Kohl's Gift Card to help you with your back to school shopping! Just enter below!
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