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Stop Worrying When You’re Away from Home

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.

The Best Way to Keep Your Home Disinfected and Clean during the Holidays and into the New Year!


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This post was sponsored by GOJO, the makers of PURELL® Multi-Surface Disinfectant, as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

The Best Way to Keep Your Home Disinfected and Clean during the Holidays and into the New Year!

The holidays are here and that means I have a lot of guests at my house.  With friends Christmas exchange parties, Christmas dinner, and family get-togethers, I want to keep my house both disinfected and clean.  I just learned about PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant spray and have been using it every day!

We have always had PURELL® Hand Sanitizer throughout the house, but the PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant is a game changer for my cleaning routine.  It quickly kills germs without the harsh chemicals, so I can use it around the kids, pets and food worry-free!  During our holiday parties, we have a house full of kids, so I like to go through and clean the toy’s before and after the party to keep them germ-free. 

There is also a lot of cooking happening this time of year, so I love that I can use it to clean up my food-prep surfaces!  I pretty much use it everywhere!

We also moved this month, which was a huge task.  I used my PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant on every surface in our new home.

Top Reasons to Try PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant Now:

  • It is worry-free around kids, pets, and food.
  • It is approved for use on food prep surfaces.
  • There is no water rinse required when you use it on your food prep surfaces.
  • There are no harsh fumes, toxic residue, harsh chemicals, or bleach!
  • It contains the same germ-killing power of bleach without all the harsh chemicals.
  • You can use it in places you can not use traditional cleaners.
  • It disinfects and cleans at the same time.
  • It won’t stain clothes or fabrics.
  • It kills 99.99% of germs!
  • It can be used on both hard and soft surfaces.

Are you ready to get your home disinfected and clean for the new year?  PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant Spray is available online at Amazon.com, Jet.com, and Walmart.com.  As well as in-store at H-E-B and Publix.  Plus, it will soon be available in store at Shop Rite and Wakefern Food Corporation!  I bought mine at Walmart.com and took advantage of the great rollback price of $3.65!

 

 

7 Tips for Entertaining with Ease This Holiday Season!

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7 Tips for Entertaining with Ease This Holiday Season!

The best part of the holidays is spending time with family and friends, making amazing memories.  Each year we have a family Christmas party on my mom’s side of the family, A friends Christmas get together, and another big party with my Dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve.  We all take turns hosting these parties, so I know how easy it can be to get bogged down with the cooking and cleaning so that by the end of the night you realize you didn’t get to truly connect with anyone. 
That is such a crummy feeling to have, especially during the holidays.  So, I have a round up of 7 great items that will have your family thinking you’re a hosting superstar with ease so that you can find time to enjoy the festivities yourself!

Simplify the Hors D’oeuvres but keep them delicious with Castello Cheese.  These gourmet cheeses make creating the ultimate cheese board easy and tasty.  I tried the Aged Havarti, Gouda, and Traditional Danish Blue Cheese and every bite was delicious!  A cheese board is a perfect appetizer that can be made up in minutes.  Plus, if you don’t know what to pair together on your board, Castello has an online Custom Cheese Board Builder, that asks you several questions then creates a list of the best variety for your taste.

Keep your appetizers looking festive and stylish with Snowflake Hors D’oeuvres Picks from Cracker Barrel.
I am very impressed by the quality of these holiday picks, the kick the look of your tablescape up a notch, and they would also make perfect holiday gifts if you’re not the one hosting this year!
Use Code: SHOP30 to receive 30% off storewide.

Reduce fat and calories while also making sure the dishes will be easy to wash while cooking your holiday dinner, by using PAM Cooking Spray.  These non-aerosol cooking sprays have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and give you a superior non-stick cooking surface.  I love how these bottles make it easy to control how much I’m using, and not having to soak and scrub my pans after dinner is a huge win!
Download the ibotta app and you can earn cash back on your purchase of PAM Spray Pump.

Have something special on hand for the little guests, like these adorable Reindeer and Santa Glass Milk Bottles from Cracker Barrel.  These Christmas milk bottles will definitely bring lots of little smiles to your dinner table, and after dinner, they would make an adorable Christmas decoration too.
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Keep the four-legged guests happy too with Wellness CORE Natural Pet Food.  This 100% grain free dog food contains dried raw bites of 100% meat with no fillers.  The recipe is high in protein for lean body mass and muscle tone but best of all, it must be yummy because our Brady ate up his whole bowl before I had time to put the bag away.

After the pups have a nutritious meal of their own treat them to a WHIMZEES Daily Dental Chew.  These great treats contain all-natural ingredients, freshen your dog’s breath, promote gum health, and clean their teeth.  Plus, they look adorable, and the kids love that Brady is brushing his teeth with us now!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a perfect holiday party without some beautiful decorations.  Luckily Christmas Central has everything you could possibly need to make your home into a magical Christmas setting.  From lights and trees to table linens and candle holders, Christmas Central is your one-stop shop for holiday decor and you don’t even have to leave your house.


I am in love with their Snowy Pine Flocked Tree and Trim, it is stunning!  I can imagine curling up on the couch with some hot cocoa and just watching the lights twinkle.

Are you hosting over the holidays?  I hope these products help make your festivities exciting and let you host with ease.

 

Make Two Times the Difference, While Decluttering Your Home

This post is sponsored by T-Mobile on behalf of Momtrends Media. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Did you know 42 million people are fighting hunger today in America?  That number is astonishing and heartbreaking to me!  Plus, adding to the need of citizens in our country, we have had a rough year for so many due to natural disasters.  Between Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires in California, there are a lot of people displaced and in need.  We all need to step up and help our neighbors, and T-Mobile is making it easy to do this holiday season!

On the heels of #GivingTuesday, when the un-carrier T-Mobile put customers, employees, and fans in charge of giving away up to $2 million to charity, they have announced the T-Mobile #GivingTwogether Phone Drive.

T-Mobile #GivingTwogether Phone Drive.

Did you know that old phone or tablet that is at the bottom of your junk drawer or under your child’s bed can do a lot of good this holiday season?

Recycle it at a T-Mobile store, and the Un-carrier will double your impact by matching the recycled value of your devices and donating it evenly to both Feeding America and Team Rubicon!

According to recent EPA estimates, more than 135 million cell phones are trashed each year.  Think about it, with the New Year and Spring Cleaning coming up are your old devices likely to be part of this statistic? 

My family’s old devices might have, but now I get to do something good with them!   Instead of letting your old phones and tablets sit in a drawer, or worse a landfill hand that phone in at a T-Mobile #GivingTwogether Phone Drive location!

Gather up as many unused devices as you can find, even your old flip phone could net more than 600 meals to people in need or help buy critical equipment for a disaster relief strike team member.  Here’s your chance to make two times the difference, while decluttering your home!

Where the Funds are Getting Donated

Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs that collectively provide food to more than 46 million people across the country.

Team Rubicon offers veterans a chance to continue their service by uniting their skills and experience with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to areas affected by natural disasters.

How It Works

From December 1st to 31st, recycle any old phones or tablets you have at your local T-Mobile store, and T-Mobile will match the recycled value of your devices, after costs, and will donate it all to Feeding America and Team Rubicon

It is easy, just stop by any participating T-Mobile store and drop off any mobile phone or tablet, all phones and tablets are eligible for the program, even old or broken devices are worth roughly $30 on average, and there are no limits to the number of devices you can recycle.

Plus anyone can participate, you don’t have to be a T-Mobile customer.  So make sure you spread the word on social media using the hashtag #GivingTwogether and let everyone know how they easy it is to donate to an amazing cause this holiday season!

 

How to Involve Your Kids in the Homebuying Process

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How to Involve Your Kids in the Homebuying Process

Over the last couple months, things have been busy for my family and a lot of my extended family and friends have no idea why.  So, I’m letting the cat out of the bag so to speak and share the news with all of you, we are buying a house!
For the last decade we rented and moved several times, we never took buying seriously, because we kept explaining to friends and family that we didn’t know where we really wanted to settle down for the long haul, there were talks about staying in Boston, moving south, and even some contemplating about a move to Brazil. 

Yet something clicked a few months ago, and we realized we loved where we lived, so it was time to think seriously about buying.  However, like most first-time buyers, we had no idea where to start.  We are now in the final leg of our home buying journey, and I’m excited to partner with Bank of America to share some of my experiences and some valuable information they provide in their Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report (HBIR).

According to the HBIR, 4 in 10 first-time buyers plan to move closer to immediate family and one-quarter of buyers plan to move closer to extended family.  I can completely understand this, we moved to Florida last year to be closer to my parents, and I think being closer to them has a huge impact on our decision to buy.

The HBIR has also discovered that children have a major say in the homebuying process.  63% of homebuyers say their children have some input on the type of home they plan to buy. 
I am part of that 63%, my children had some say about the key parts of our move.  For us, we had just made a huge cross-country move a year ago, and that can be a scary transition for children.  So, when we started getting serious about another move to buy a home, I wanted to let the kids feel as involved as possible.

We had several discussions about buying a home with our children, and they each had different wants and worries.  Aidan wanted a big yard, Lilly wanted a big closet, and Anthony worried about having to change schools because he has finally made some close friends.  I didn’t take the kids out to every house we looked at because I think that would have been too chaotic for myself and them.  However, once we found a house we were serious about, I took them out to look at it before we made an offer.  This is a huge step in our life, and I really want everyone in my family to be excited about it.
We ended up finding a house that had a large yard, a big closet for Lilly, and what was most important to both Anthony and me, it is in the same school district as our current apartment.

There are countless reasons to make a move, whether you need a larger home or yard, are looking for a better school system, are locating closer to family, a new career, and so on.  However, these moves can be a more joyous occasion when everyone in the family finds a little something in their new home to be excited about, so I believe keeping kids involved is a great way to make the transition smoother.

Here are a few tips for involving your kids in the homebuying process:

  1. Discuss the process before and during your search. Explain the type of house you are realistically looking for, my youngest wanted to buy a house on the water with a pool, which as you can imagine is completely out of our price range.  We showed them some pictures of houses we planned to look at, to give them an idea of what to expect.  Then we asked them what would make the new house awesome for them, and each had a different answer, however, ironically, they were all answers that were already on my wish list.
    Plus, as the house hunting begins, and some stress settles in, they will have questions, some will have hundreds of questions.  Give each child some special time alone so that they have a chance to open up as often as needed to you about their questions and concerns.
  2. Show them the house once you’ve already looked at the property. Dragging the kids to each showing will just cause unnecessary stress, especially for younger children.  We looked at one amazing house, it had a pool, huge yard, extra bedroom, everything, including termites.  If I had the kids with me at that showing, I know without a doubt they would have fallen in love with the house, and then trying to explain to an 8-year-old we can’t buy because of something you can’t see wouldn’t be fun.
  3. Once you’ve found a house you’re serious about and perhaps have an offer in on, it’s time to include the whole family. Take each child to a spot in the house you know they’ll get excited about, and talk about the house.  Lilly saw her new closet and she was ready to start packing.  Aidan went out back to the yard, and didn’t want to leave “just go pack mom” he said.  Anthony learned we were still in his school zone and on the same bus route, along with being walking distance to his favorite playground, so even the hard to please preteen was smiling.  We left the viewing with all 3 kids happy to move, and now our closing is tomorrow.

Buying a home is an exciting time, but it can also be scary if you don’t know where to start. Are you confused on how to get started with your homebuying journey? I began the process by connecting with a specialist on the Bank of America Home LoansHome Loans website here!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bank of America.

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