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Month: November 2016

Couchgating Done Right Sponsored by Wayfair!

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This post is sponsored by Wayfair.  All opinions are my own.
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As you all can assume, we are huge Patriots fans.
“You can take the girl out of Boston but you can’t take Boston out of the girl”
With our recent move to Florida, we learned quickly that we were suddenly in the minority.  I even told the kids, they may want to leave the jerseys hanging in the closet until they settled into school and friendships were made.
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In a sea of Buccaneers fans, and the Pats not even playing them this season, we are definitely not getting any tailgating in.
We hardly get any game nights out, now that we are limited to two local “Boston” restaurants.

Luckily, I have become a pro at setting up a good afternoon of Couchgating!
It is pretty simple actually, but my kids think I’m a genius every Sunday during football season.

How to Creat an Amazing Couchgating Experience

1. Get everyone in their team apparel!  Jerseys are on, the football is out, I’ve even turned up the air conditioning a couple times so I can wear my Pop-Pom hat in comfort.

2. Get out some fun games to play during half time like this awesome Patriots Cornhole Set.

3. Pull out all your football themed decor.  Like the football grill tongs and cooler.


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Couchgating Done Right for the Patriots!
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NFL Icon Cutting Cheese Tray

NFL Icon Cutting Cheese Tray
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NFL Graphic Art on Plaque

NFL Graphic Art on Plaque
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45.2" Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill with Metal Side Shelves

45.2″ Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill with Metal Side Shelves
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30 Can Large Insulated Football Picnic Cooler

30 Can Large Insulated Football Picnic Cooler
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2 Piece Football Gameday Stadium Ceramic Chip and Dip Platter Set

2 Piece Football Gameday Stadium Ceramic Chip and Dip Platter Set
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Tailgate Football Mug (Set of 4)

Tailgate Football Mug (Set of 4)
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3 Piece Football BBQ Tool Set

3 Piece Football BBQ Tool Set
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Harvest Football Time Embroidered Throw Pillow

Harvest Football Time Embroidered Throw Pillow
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NFL Football Cornhole Set

NFL Football Cornhole Set
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4. Invite over friends!  For us, that’s my parents.  The only other Patriots fans we’ve met so far.

5. Make yummy game day food and drinks!  My husband’s favorite is this 5-minute Taco Dip.
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5 Minute Taco Dip

Ingredients:
8 oz Whipped Cream Cheese
8 oz Sour Cream
1 packet of Taco Seasoning
1 cup Shredded Cheese
1 cup Chopped Lettuce
Sliced Cherry Tomatoes

Mix together the sour cream, whipped cream cheese, and taco seasoning until everything is smoothly blended.
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Spread mix on the bottom of a serving dish
Next spread a layer of shredded cheese
Top it off with chopped lettuce and sprinkle the sliced cherry tomatoes on top.
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That’s it, 5 minutes till deliciousness!
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This has been a great season so far, and we’ll be couchgating through till the Super Bowl.  How do you Couchgate?

 

Create a Fun Reading Nook with Discovery Kids Foldabel Play Tent

Product sample was submitted for review; all opinions are my own.
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With technology and toys pulling on the kid’s time every day, It can be hard to encourage young kids to sit in a quiet room and read.  However, it is one of the most important activities that can lead to not only a lifelong enjoyment of reading but also it is the most important foundation at school.

As an autism mom my children are language delayed, so learning to read has been a struggle.  So I know firsthand the issues a child will face at school if their reading is not at grade level.  After countless head in palms moments and a few tears (from all of us) the twins are finally on the pathway to loving the adventure a book can take them on.  

Once the kids got a grasp of reading on their own, it was time to create a quiete reading corner that is fun and enticing so that they will want to relax and read.

The Kids Play Tent by Discovery Kids has been the perfect addition!
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The tent is easy to put together, it took me about 5 minutes to build the frame.  It has a screened window so the kids “can breathe inside” and if I want to move it or put it away it folds down flat.
I also love the simple design and neutral colors, which not only goes with most room designs, but it also doesn’t call their attention while reading.

To create the prefect reading tent I grabbed an old basket and filled it with books that the kids were able to read on their own.

Added some comfy pillows and favorite blankets.

Put it in a quite well-lit corner.

That’s it, a cute area to relax with a book.  
And guess what?  The kids are reading twice as much, because they love their own little reading areas.
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Want to learn more about the Discovery Kids Foldable Tent?
It is available at Kohls and ToysRUs for $69.99.
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My First Mommy Memory with a #WhatULuv Diaper and $25 AMEX Giveaway!

his review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.
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One of my first mommy memories is from the first day after my oldest was born.  My Nana came to visit me in the hospital for the second time that day (if you knew her health, you know how precious that was, and how proud/happy she was).  She was holding Anthony for a little while and my aunt came over to take a turn, when we all noticed a huge wet poop stain on Nana’s sweater… and up Anthony’s back.  I was waddling around from a rough delivery, but still he had just been changed!  This was my first lesson in diapers, when they don’t work, they really don’t work.

For the first year or so, I still through money in the diaper swamp on pricey diapers because I didn’t know any better.  Then one of my best friends who had become a mom a year before me saw me wrestling an on the move little guy into an expensive diaper and well, laughed at me.  She tossed me a Luvs diaper and the rest was history. 
Luvs knows parenthood is a roller coaster ride, but experienced parents value the things that help them get through the day and that make their lives a little bit easier.  My best mom friend and a diaper that got the job done without breaking the bank (like Luvs) were my saving grace.

Thankfully I was on the Luvs train when I had the twins because two times the diapers, wasn’t much fun.  

Luvs have been great from the day my friend gave me one but now they’re even better! Luvs recently introduced the new and improved Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with Night Lock Plus™.
Softer and more absorbent than before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee!
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Luvs shared some really interesting info from a formal poll they conducted of moms across the country.  They take a look at parenting like it really is and uncovered what they truly value most.  I can definitely agree with these!

  • Nearly 2 in 3 moms have never taken a day completely for themselves.
  • 81% of moms would prefer an entire day off from housework than dinner with their celebrity crush.
  • 87% of moms agree that the first time their child slept through the night was one of their best parenting times yet.
  • Even a short spurt of “me” time goes a long way! A quarter of moms surveyed stated that they felt an uninterrupted shower was more relaxing than a day at the spa.
  • Other major moments moms value more now than before they became parents include sleeping past sunrise, watching television and movies that aren’t cartoons, and having an interrupted phone conversation.

Giveaway!
Win a $25 AmEx gift card and a pack of the new Luvs NightLock Diapers
Giveaway ends December 9th 2016

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Twitter Party!

Luvs is on a mission to celebrate and embrace what experienced parents value and “Luv” every single day. Be sure to join the #WhatULuv Twitter party hosted by @iConnect and @Luvs, on November 29th, 9-10pm EST to share what you value as a parent.

Prizes Include:

  • Prize 1: Prize 1: Luvs + $50 Netflix Gift Card
  • Prize 2: Luvs + $100 SpaFinder.com Gift Card
  • Prize 3: Luvs + $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card
  • GRAND PRIZE: $300 AMEX + Luvs product
  • RSVP: Luvs product

RSVP HERE!

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Top Tech Gifts from HP this Year!

This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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HP is one of my favorite Tech brands. I am typing on a HP laptop right now, while listening to music from my HP bluetooth speaker, and I just finished printing my holiday lists on an HP printer. I know this brand and I love this brand. So I want to share with you some of my favorite products that will make perfect holiday gifts this year!

HP 15 Notebook
The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has partnered with QVC to offer two exclusive colors; minty green and soft lilac, and will feature this laptop at the lowest price of the season on Saturday, November 26th. Buy it!

HP Sprocket
HP recently launched their newest, incredibly fun 2×3” smartphone printer. Main functions of the Sprocket portable photo printer: 2×3 photo printing on sticky-backed paper, mobile printing – take it anywhere, social media printing – print photos from your social media profiles, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, and more. Buy it!

HP Roar Mini Wireless Speaker
Sleek design, color, and sound, the HP Roar Mini Wireless Speaker is the perfect size with exceptional sound! Streaming music is easy with this compact speaker. Buy it!

HP DeskJet 3755 All-in-One Printer
Compact and wireless! This printer is designed to fit your space and life and save you up to 50% on ink. When we moved into an apartment over the summer this was a lifesaver. It was small, white, and did everything! Buy it!

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Reason why the Nabi ELEV-8 should be on your Christmas List!

Product sample was submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
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Nabi has been a popular brand for several years now and I have always been curious about their products when I would see them on display at stores.  The bright red soft cover seems to just grab your attention no matter how old you are.
However, I always seemed to group android based tablets into two categories.  One being the kind that only allows you to download those $15 a piece games that require you to buy cartridges at the store to play with.  Or secondly being to difficult to use with hard to organize apps.

WELL!  Nabi sent me the Nabi ELEV-8 and within 5 minutes of opening the box, everything I thought I knew about Nabi was proven wrong.  We are now obsessed with this tablet and it is the kids go to system for screen time.
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It is jam packed with features that are perfect for kids and tweens!  With e-books, games, TV shows, drawing studio, and so much more.

Here are just 5 reasons why Nabi is Awesome!

  1.  Educational.  The Nabi ELEV-8 is equipped with the award winning Wings Learning System that offers over 300,000 questions and 16,000 lessons.  Kids have fun learning with games and video tutorials through the Wings Classroom in Math, Reading, and Writing for pre-school through 6th grade.  There is also full parent visibility so that we can check our children’s proficiency and how much time they spending on the learning section.
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  2. Full Parental Control.  Parents can set screen time limits, set time limits for particular apps, set reward game minutes for time spent on educational play, and so much more.  Nabi gives parents’ control like no other tablet I have seen.
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  3. Nabi Pass.  The Nabi Elev-8 comes with 6 months of free Nabi Pass, which gives you all of the wings courses free, instead of purchasing them individually.  It also gives you free access to countless games, movies, tv shows, apps, and e-books.  My kids are currently having fun reading all the e-books which includes titles such as Rise of the Guardians and Ice Age.  Their favorite feature is that if a book is to0 hard for them to read on their own, the Nabi can read it to them!
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  4. Fun.  What really got me about this tablet is how many great apps there are.  All the games that kids are looking for with their favorite characters are available.  TV shows such as Teen Titans Go and National Geographic, and e-books for kids ages 3 to 14.  All the games that my kids loved on the more expensive tablets are available on the Nabi, however only the Nabi gives me this much control!
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  5. Affordability and Design.  Ok that’s two but both are important to us moms.  The Nabi elev-8 retails for $149.99, that is a great price point for a full-featured tablet that offers all the games, shows, and apps that kids want with the full control that parents want.

As far as design goes, the Nabi Elev-8 is a thin and sleek tablet with front and rear cameras.  It also has a crisp and bright visual display and head phone jack which makes this a necessity when traveling with kids.
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Want to learn more about the Nabi Elev-8?
Check here!
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Some other great things from Nabi include the new Hotwheels, American Girl, and Barbie Nabi Tablets.

The Barbie 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi features dozens of Barbie apps, games, and video content, including Barbie comic strips and create your own Barbie Fashion.
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The Hot Wheels 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi comes with several Hot Wheels screens, including “Hot Wheels Labs” where kids can watch videos about the science of hot wheels cars, and, more specifically, the forces propelling the toy resistance, friction, and gravity.
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The American Girl 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi includes 70 videos, apps, and games featuring American Girl characters.
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