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Month: January 2018

Cirque Italia Water Circus in front of Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto Florida!

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This weekend, I am excited to attend Cirque Italia in front of Riviera Dunes Marina. The Cirque Italia Water Circus now has two traveling shows and for the first time ever, the new Gold Unit is coming to Palmetto, FL! With its state of the art technology, it’s sure to be a show you won’t want to miss! Keep reading through and I will share how you can get your children’s tickets FREE!



Feel in Control When Your Child Gets a Fever

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun Thermometers. The opinions and text are all mine.

When Lilly get’s even the slightest sign of a cold, I begin to worry.  For years, it felt like every time she got a small cough it would turn into pneumonia overnight. 

I have spent more nights than I can count over the years waking up repeatedly throughout the night to check her temperature.  Trying to get an accurate temperature of a sick sleeping child with the wrong thermometer is not easy, actually more like impossible.  Imagine being exhausted at 3 am trying to make sure a thermometer stays under a sleeping child’s armpit, or even worse trying to do a rectal temperature on a toddler without waking them up.  Been there, and you probably have too!  However, thanks to BrAun, the #1 brand recommended by pediatricians, those days or rather nights are finished.  No more guessing and worrying if I got the right temperature, and no more worrying about waking up a sick child.

The Thermometers!

The Braun ThermoScan® 5 Ear thermometer is proven more accurate than
forehead or rectal measurements. The ear canal is the best site to measure a
fever because of its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply
of the brain’s temperature control center.  My kids love that they no longer need to hold a thermometer under their tongue and I love that I no longer have to guess if the temperature reading is accurate because my kids tried to talk the entire time the old oral thermometer was in their mouth.
BrAun’s exclusive pre-warmed tip
technology is designed to minimize the cooling effect of the tip inside the ear canal,
providing accurate measurements time after time.

Product Features:
• Fast reading in just seconds
• Positioning system uses a light and a beep to
confirm proper positioning
• Large, easy to read screen
• Last reading memory recall
• Lens filters for hygiene
• For infants, children and adults
• Includes thermometer, protective case, 21 lens
filters, and 2 AA batteries
• MSRP: $49.99

BrAun No touch + forehead thermometer  is the ultimate thermometer when it comes to taking a sleeping child’s temperature!   The Braun No touch + forehead thermometer is the first thermometer to take
professionally accurate temperatures with a gentle touch of the forehead or no
touch at all, which eliminates the fear of disturbing their much-needed rest.  Plus the large color-coded display makes life for us sleep deprived mothers a lot easier!

Product Features:
• Clinically proven precise and accurate readings
• Innovative BrAun technology captures twice as
much body heat compared to traditional forehead
• Same professional accuracy touching the forehead
or from up to 2 inches away
• Fast two-second reading
• Easy to use – no need to swipe
• Color coded temperature guidance – screen
changes from green to yellow to red, depending on
temperature reading
• Silent mode for sleeping children
• Positioning system guides to the correct distance
and location to ensure accuracy
• Safe and hygienic
• For infants, children and adults
• Includes thermometer, protective cap, and 2 AA
• MSRP: $59.99

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Fevers can be scary for us Mommys, BrAun helps us feel more confident and in control when our children get sick.  So head to your nearest Walgreens and pick up one of these amazing Thermometers! 


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun Thermometers. The opinions and text are all mine.

Stop Worrying When You’re Away from Home

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As a mom of 3, I am constantly on the go.  Between grocery shopping, school events, sports practices, and appointments, I often feel like I’m never home.  Add to that, we frequently travel as a family for events and work, leaving our home unoccupied for days or weeks at a time.  For a long time, I worried about break-ins while we were away, and I worried about emergencies while I was home with my kids alone because my husband works odd hours.  However, I didn’t really know what to do to put my mind at ease, until I got the opportunity to partner with MONI Smart Security.  

MONI has been listening and responding to customers for years, while maintaining a high customer satisfaction ranking.  They know people want options for home and life security, and they provide this with a variety of equipment including the latest smart home technology and set up options.  From professional installation to systems you install yourself like the Nest Secure System, MONI has what works for your family.

I received the Nest Secure System and was able to install it myself in less than 10 minutes, I then activated MONI Professional Monitoring, which was also a simple streamlined process.  Within 30 minutes I made my house was safe and secure whether I was home or away!

To test out the system I was able to trip the system, which not only set off an alarm loud enough to draw attention from neighbors until I entered my password, I also received a phone call from MONI within 3 seconds of pushing the button to ensure that I was safe.  MONI has more than 1,200 team members based in the U.S. to help customers on the phone or through online chat, 24/7!  After hanging up with the MONI Professional Security team member, I knew this service was going to give me the sense of security I was looking for.  If I hadn’t answered the phone or if I was in an emergency, the MONI staff would have been able to call my local emergency dispatch immediately.  
I also noticed my husband was calling in as I was hanging up with the MONI Security.  I had entered him as a family contact when signing up, so he received a text alert that I had triggered the panic alarm.  I immediately thought of the times when my son is home alone, and how easy it is for all of us to use, this system is exactly what my family needed.  After testing MONI, I am definitely one of their over 1 million customers who feel more secure every day!

We have had our motion detectors and smart devices set up throughout our home for over a month now, and not only leave the house without any worries, I also sleep better at night knowing we are being monitored by a world-class system with award-winning capabilities, including knowing that MONI can connect with consumers up to 10 times faster than other companies!  Now that we’ve experienced the security of MONI, I can’t imagine living without it.

Are you on the go a lot, or home alone?  Maybe you just don’t feel as safe as you could?  I can’t stress enough how great MONI Professional Monitoring is, give it a try!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MONI Smart Security.

New Year, New Financial Goals!

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.

With the New Year comes new goals and decisions, this year one of the biggest areas of change my family is focusing on is our finances.  When I went off to college I didn’t realize the debt I was racking up as I took out loan after loan.

Then after graduation, I was left with a life-altering monthly payment on a debt that seemed insurmountable.  This is a weight I never want my children to have to carry when they graduate from college.

  Living debt free is our ultimate goal for this year, and it is a headstart I want to be able to give my children for their future too.  

Student loan debt has reached $1 trillion of debt among Americans, and I don’t want my children to face crippling debt as a result of getting an education.  Luckily Florida Prepaid makes it easy to start saving for their college education now!

What is Florida Prepaid College?

The Florida Prepaid College Plan is the largest, most successful, longest-running prepaid tuition program in the nation!  Florida Prepaid is helping parents and students prepare for college and making planning for the future a lot easier.  300,000 students have already attended college using Florida Prepaid!


Florida Prepaid offers 5 savings plans, giving you the flexibility to choose one that fits your family’s needs. With plans starting as low as $47 saving for college is now possible.  Here is some more about these great plans:

2-Year Florida College Plan: Covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at a Florida College.

4-Year Florida College Plan: Covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours and 60 upper division credit hours at a Florida College

2 + 2 Florida Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at a Florida College and 60 credit hours at a State University.

1-YearFlorida University Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 30 credit hours

4-Year Florida University Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 120 credit hours
Learn more about which plan is right for your family here!

The Florida Prepaid College Board’s annual Open Enrollment period is Oct. 15, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018.  Enroll now and use promo code: 

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The Perfect Time to Enter the Judgement Free Zone

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Planet Fitness.

The Perfect Time to Enter the Judgement Free Zone

I can’t believe it’s already January, I swear life is flying by before my eyes. The worst part is that I don’t think I’m living that life to its full potential. So, my resolutions for this year are to stop caring what

others think and to become comfortable in my own skin, which means I need to get back to the gym to build up my stamina and increase my energy.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone looked at you like your dog did? What would be more amazing is if we could look at ourselves the way our dogs do! They love us unconditionally and completely judgement free. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or how much you weigh, their tails wagging, and those kisses are coming as soon as you walk in the door. Unfortunately, people aren’t dogs and there is so much judgement in the world today, but you can still find a Judgement Free Zone® while you get your workout done at Planet Fitness!

I had gone through several gym memberships before I joined Planet Fitness. I never liked the feel of the gyms I tried before because I always felt out of place. One time when I was signing into an overpriced gym, the lady at the desk rolled her eyes at me when she noticed I hadn’t been for over a month. I had that mom life going on with toddler twins at home. Another gym I tried was clearly catering to the bodybuilding crowd and as a mom who is often working out in yoga pants and a t-shirt that may or may not have a questionable stain on it, I just didn’t fit in.

I joined Planet Fitness when we moved to Florida last year because I loved that there was a location within a mile from my house and best of all like many of their clubs it was fully staffed 24 hours a day. With both my husband and I being self-employed that 24-hour window is amazing! When I first joined, I didn’t know how it was going to work out, I just knew the sunshine state could be a lot of fun if I was healthy. Well, it was one of the best decisions I made during our transition down here. I feel completely comfortable from the moment I walk in, they truly are a Judgement Free Zone® that is for everyone. I work out beside people of all ages and all sizes, there are athletes who are in amazing shape and people just starting their fitness journey.

Is losing weight, getting healthy, or improving your fitness level on your New Year’s goals list? Are you considering joining a gym and a little intimidated? As an actual member of Planet Fitness, I would definitely recommend joining now and taking advantage of the January New Membership Sale!

New members can join at any location from now until January 10th for just $1 down (enrollment fee) and $10 a month. That’s a great price for a great gym membership! I also recommend discussing the benefits of becoming a black card member during your enrollment. Black Card members have access to several benefits including HydroMassage chairs, tanning, and so much more.

Planet Fitness Features:
· Brand name cardio and strength equipment

· Fully equipped locker rooms
· Flat screen televisions
· Free Small group fitness instruction through the pe @ pf® program · An online community called “Planet of Triumphs” that gives members the opportunity to celebrate, support and encourage each other.
· A hassle-free environment called the Judgement Free Zone®
· And so much more!

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Is 2018 going to be your year? Then head into a Planet Fitness near you and enter the Judgement Free Zone!