September 2, 2014

The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season {Review}

Are you a fan of the ‘80s?  The hit television series The Goldbergs is the ultimate '80s family and on September 9th, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing THE GOLDBERGS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD!  The DVD contains all 23 episodes of the comedic series which focuses on the Goldberg family.  The series documents the family as they deal with the ups and downs of growing up in a multigenerational family in the 1980s.
I had actually never seen any of the episodes before being able to review a copy of this DVD with the first season.  I was definitely intrigued with watching it and am a big fan of the '80s but just did not end of having the time to watch it when it was broadcast.  That's the great thing about TV on DVD!  You get to enjoy entertaining shows when it's convenient for you!  I was happy to be able to watch the first season of The Goldbergs and to enjoy in all of the laughs that so many people have been raving about with the show.  The DVD included tons of great extras as well like five all-new behind-the-scenes featurettes, including a look at creating the first season in “Blast from the Past: Making Season One.”and “Costumes of the '80s: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” which takes fans on a tour of the wardrobe department where costume designer Keri Smith reveals details on dressing a show set in the ‘80s.
The Goldbergs has a great ensemble of actors in their cast!  Each person brings a great dynamic to the show with their character.  The cast includes Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Sean Giambrone (“Clarence”), Troy Gentile (Good Luck Chuck), Hayley Orrantia (“The X Factor”), George Segal (“Just Shoot Me!”) and Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and is narrated by Patton Oswalt (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”).
So if you haven't been able to catch the show like me, now is your chance to get it on the action and get  “THE GOLDBERGS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” on DVD September 9th!!
A big THANK YOU to Sony for providing me with a free DVD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Get Your Swag On!

If you are a Swagbucks old timer you've earned a lot of free gift cards from them over the years and will remember that it all started with Search and Win. Well, whether you'r ea SB-earning veteran, a brand new member, or you haven't signed up yet, Swagbucks has a GREAT new revamp that everyone will enjoy:

The new & improved Swagbucks Search includes all the features we have become used to with modern search engines & the same SB-earning power we've loved all along. Here are the great new features for SB Search:
  • Maps
  • Local Search results
  • Reviews
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Shopping
Make it your default search engine, and earn SB effortlessly just for searching online! Here's how to do it for Firefox & Chrome: 
Firefox:
  1. Download our browser extension (http://www.swagbucks.com/extension) then click on the Swagbucks icon on the top right.
  2. Click on the Magnifying glass icon on the left hand side.
  3. Click on Change default search engine

Chrome:

  1. Go to the Customize & settings menu on the top right of the browser (3 horizontal lines).
  2. Click on Settings menu item. The 4th option should be Search.
  3. Click on Manage search engines.
  4. Under the Other Search Engines area & scroll down to Swagbucks (alphabetical order).
  5. Click on Make Default (when you hover over Swagbucks.com on the list) and then click Done to close the window.
It's an easy way to get a little extra (and work up to your next gift card!) just for searching like you normally do. If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, you're missing out on an easy way to get more value out of your normal online activities - and you can get free gift cards from it! Sign up here to get started.

September 1, 2014

Kulcar: Solar Powered Car Cooler {Review}

Disclosure: I received a product to review. These are my own opinions, yours may vary.
Almost every time we take a ride in our van, my kids hop in and quickly hop out because the air and seats are just too hot. 

Luckily, Sonray Technology, Inc., has developed a product called the Kulcar that makes cars more enjoyable to be in on hot summer days. The Kulcar is a cooling system for your car that ventilates the hot air out, decreasing the inside of your car's temperature by up to 68ยบ F or more when the system is properly installed.


What is fascinating about the Kulcar is that it uses the Sun to cool your car because it is powered by solar panels. You don't need batteries or any other gadget, just the Sun!



Did you also know that when the Sun heats up the inside of your car, chemicals and fumes from the car's interior floats around in the air that you breath? Chemicals are everywhere, so why not eliminate the ones that we can control? 



The Kulcar comes in a sturdy box and is incredibly easy to install, for the Kulcar system is only one piece, and comes with two rubber strips. Once you have attached the rubber strips onto your window, just slide the Kulcar between them and roll up your window and it's done! There are instructions in the box that are in Chinese (no help!), but there are also pictures in the inside of the box that explains them as well. 

The Kulcar works best on vehicles with straight windows. For our mini van, the only windows that roll down are our front windows and they are slanted. The rubber strips do not bend enough to create a perfect seal and our windows were actually too long for the strip, so you'll see a four inch gap in the photo above.


If you have a larger vehicle such as a SUV or a mini-van like myself, it is recommended that you have additional units to get a better cooling effect. Overall, I feel that this is a very great idea and works well in direct sunlight. 


The Kulcar Solar Powered Car Ventilator is now $89 on Amazon.

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ONDiGO Mobile CRM {Review}

Are you looking for an easy way to manage and organize your customer relationships and interactions for your business? ONDiGO Mobile CRM is much more than a traditional CRM program. This beautifully designed app focuses on simplicity, automation and is designed to be user-friendly just for you.
It the very first CRM app designed for use on smart phones that really works for you. As you use it it tracks all the relevant information for you and creates a smart contact book that will help you manage and access all the information you need about your business contacts on the go.
Here are some of my favorite KEY COMPONENTS:
  • Forget about forgetting! Notes and pertinent data are presented to you in real time.
  • Say goodbye to data entry! A customer database is created for you, automatically logging calls, emails, texts, and cliff notes to each business contact card.
  • Boost your sales on-the-go! Have all your customer information in one place, available right when you need it, keeping you one step ahead - always.
I love this app because it is perfect for small business owners and is easy to implement at whatever point you are in your business (just download the app and you are ready to go). This is the perfect app for working while on-the-go so you don't have to spend as much time in the office. Learn more about it on their website here. You can download the app here.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

Trumoo Flavored Milk {Recipe, Review & GIVEAWAY}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Who doesn't like the delicious creamy taste of flavored milk? I know I do, I will admit though it is something I usually avoid because despite its scrumptious flavor, the high sugar content it something I generally try to avoid. I was SO excited when I started researching Trumoo flavored milk and found that this tasty beverage is not only delicious it is also NUTRITIOUS!
Let me explain - most flavored milk companies add high fructose corn syrup (yuck!!) to their milk and loads of sugar, ingredients that moms want to avoid giving their kids. Trumoo on the other hand NEVER puts high fructose corn syrup in their flavored milks AND uses only the small amount of sugar necessary to give it that extra delicious sweetness. With only 6 grams (about 1.5tsp) of sugar, Trumoo uses less than the leading flavored milk brand in their drinks.
Now if that isn't enough to convince you that Trumoo is a great choice for you and your child, just listen to all the nutrients that are packed into a bottle of Trumoo! Trumoo milk has more calcium than five cups of broccoli, as much potassium as a small banana, as much vitamin D as 3.5 ounces of cooked salmon and as much vitamin A as two baby carrots!
I had the opportunity to try Strawberry Trumoo milk this weekend and not only does it taste great all by itself, it also is a delicious ingredient to add to recipes like smoothies, muffins, waffles and more! I decided to use my Strawberry Trumoo milk to make a delicious strawberry pudding and LOVED how it turned out. It was super easy to make and only used two other ingredients besides the Trumoo milk (keep scrolling for the recipe).
Visit the website for TruMoo for more information. And don't forget to like TruMoo on Facebook so you can stay updated on new products and deals. Enter the giveaway below to earn a special 75 cent off coupon for any Trumoo product (FIVE winners will be chosen!). Visit this page to See more great ways to enjoy TruMoo!
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August 30, 2014

TRESemme from Walmart {How to look like a rockstar this VMA season}

On a normal day I don't do much to my hair besides wash and blow-dry it, but whenever I want to do something extra special I pump my hair full of mousse and blow-dry it while hanging my hair upside down. This gives my hair a ton of body and just the right amount of pizazz. It is super easy to do but makes my hair look just a step above the average.
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I was super excited to learn that this VMA  season Walmart and TRESemme have partnered to help get you (and me!) salon-gorgeous hair. Just go to your nearest Walmart to get your own TRESemme VMA products to make your hair look like a rockstar.
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Walmart even has posted a variety of videos to help you amp up your style, you can watch them here. This promotion is the perfect way to get into the VMA festivities and the videos will give you useful tips to use all year round! What do you to make your hair look like a rockstar?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

August 29, 2014

Ozeri Weightmaster II Bathroom scale {Review}



I had been searching for a good scale and had no idea what brand or even where to look for one. Since then, I have been able to review a couple of products from Ozeri and have found their products to be extremely high quality and very innovative. 

I recently received the Ozeri weight master II Bathroom Scale to try out and have really enjoyed it. This scale was designed for weight management and can measure and track your weight easily. It does absolutely everything and helps motivate me to keep fit and exercise daily.


Here are some great features of the Ozeri Weight Master II Bathroom Scale.

1. Instantly displays  your BMI, current weight, and your net weight change since your last weigh-in.
2. Calculates your net weight change from the average weigh-ins.
3. 30 Day Memory.
4. Weight changes from previous day.
5. LCD and change in color, green illumination for weight loss, and red for weight gain.
6. Weighs up to 440 lbs.
7. 8 Unique users at home.
8. Automatically calibrates with StepOn technology and auto-powers off.
9. Slip resistent grip
10. Microban antimicrobial product protection which maintains surface cleanliness.






5 Ways to Take Extra Precautions to Prevent Older Workers from Injury {Guest Post}

Today we have a very important guest post from Oscar King. Oscar King coordinates worker safety for his company in Orlando, and is aware of the special requirements associated with an elderly workforce. To make the most out of his efforts and keep everything organize, he highly recommends the software developed by eCompliance. You can find more examples of Oscar's work by visiting his Google+.


Older workers are critical to the workforce. Their experience and breadth of knowledge cannot be quantified or pushed aside. No matter how technologically savvy millennials might be, they have nothing on the older generation of baby boomers. Therefore, it makes sense that any worker who is considered an older worker – we are talking about employees older than 40 years – be provided for and protected in the workplace.
So, an essential element in promoting peak performance among older workers is matching the job description to their skillset. Usually, many older workers already have years of experience working at that particular task. Make sure that they are appropriately matched to their job skills and learn from them in the process. However, with old age comes increased fragility. Therefore, every company that has a considerable number of older worker employees must have safety measures and precautions in place. These precautions include the following:

Attention to Wet Floors
ALWAYS make sure that there are no wet floors particularly in the factory or in a highly frequented area in the office. Older people are more likely to slip on the wet floors and get injured in the process because they are usually in supervisory roles, which means they might be engrossed with more important things. This concentrated focus may not allow them spot the spills in time to avoid it.
A younger worker might take a big fall and just get up with little or no injuries whatsoever. An older worker? Not so much. Also, you need to take into consideration the fact that the recovery time following an injury for an older worker is usually longer than for younger workers. So, as much as possible, eliminate all sources of slippery and wet floors. If the spillage cannot be attended to immediately for whatever reasons, there should be a bold sign placed a few meters away from the scene indicating that there’s some wetness ahead.

Minimize Workplace Hazards
It is important to give some consideration to the fact that what minimally affects younger workers, may affect the older works exponentially. For instance, younger workers can tolerate certain noise levels that older folks cannot. Same goes for climbing high altitudes. An older worker may not be able to climb a ladder while a younger worker will be able to. This brings us to the point of assigning matching tasks. Such hard or rigorous routines and job descriptions might not be ideal for them. Instead, assign them to supervisory roles where their job knowledge and experience will be more useful.

Encourage Inter-Level Interactions
The fact is that both younger and older workers can have a mutually beneficial interaction and knowledge sharing. For instance, older workers can bring all their years of knowledge and experience on the job to the table and teach that to the younger workers while the younger workers can guide and help them get familiar with modern day technology. Promoting and encouraging this will ultimately result in a more dynamic, knowledgeable and balanced workforce, which ultimately leads to better productions and service delivery.

Have Supervisors Trained for Older Workforce Risks
A well-trained supervisor will know that there's an enormous difference between tasks that can be successfully handled by an older worker and that which can be handled by a younger worker. So, if your supervisors have not had training, get them some safety training that's particularly concentrated on older workers. That way, they'll be in a much better position to address older worker issues and promptly resolve them.

Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Older and Younger Workers
As a rule, you should always provide personal protective equipment for all your workers – both older and younger. This is a general safety practice that can make the difference between high injury and fatality rate and a lower or even non-existent one. Equip them with boots, ear mufflers, eye goggles, gloves, protective coveralls and every protection option that's available to you.
Disclosure: I did not write this post it was written by a guest blogger, I only post about products and topics I support and believe in. Your experience may be different than mine.

Kids Academy Educational Apps {Review & FREE downloads}

These days kids are exposed to so much technology. Studies have shown that kids spend 2-4 hours in front of the TV a day and sometimes even more. I think it is really important to help channel this natural interest children have in technology into something beneficial and productive, rather than allowing it to be a time for your kids to tune out mentally.
That is why I love Kids Academy, Kids Academy is an educational application for your iPhone or iPad that is meant to entertain and teach preschool age kids. I just downloaded it on my iPad to give it a test and was extremely impressed by this free application.
They have a variety of apps for preschool and kindergarten age children that will help them grow and progress mentally. The upbeat music and sound effects, fun graphics and bright colors will help entertain your child and keep there attention while teaching them new things.
Kids Academy apps are designed for both child and parent directed learning and so they are each equipped with a special child lock. This will make it so your child can play unsupervised without accidentally exiting the app or opening a new one. When I have allowed my daughter to play with my phone in the past she has posted to social media for me, taken pictures and deleted my apps so being able to lock the phone on one app is very useful.
You can download the free app on your smart phone or tablet. Check out their Tracing Numbers, Brain Kids' Puzzles & Learn To Read apps. Search "kids academy" in your app store on your phone to find it!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary. 

RC21 Bracelet {Review}

Have you ever wondered why there isn't a product a little more advanced then pepper spray to help protect women when they are most vulnerable -- situations like lounges, business travel, nightclubs and first dates. You may be thinking, what about a cellphone, but did you know in over 95% of assault cases the victims cellphone was out of reach or inaccessible.
The answer is so simple -- the RC21 Bracelet. This device is a discrete, yet fashionable piece of jewelry that is GPS and 911 emergency ready! It is the perfect device to keep people safe in otherwise risky situations. All it takes is one click of a hidden button to activate the GPS and two clicks to call 911 and indicate to them their is an emergency at your GPS location.

This device is invented and ready for market but it is vital that we get your help in spreading the word and supporting the RC21 Bracelet indiegogo campaign! Read more about that HERE and don't forget to check out their website to learn more about this amazing piece of jewelry.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

August 26, 2014

Too Too Cute Tutu {Review & Giveaway}


Last December I had the opportunity to partner with Marie from Too Too Cute Tutu and absolutely fell in love with her work. Check out my review here

She designs such fabulous outfits, so I was ecstatic when I found out she wanted to partner with us again and giveaway another adorable outfit!


My husband just turned to me the other night in excitement and said, "Do you know what starts up soon? Football!" He can't wait for this season to begin, and I can't wait to dress up our little girl in adorable outfits like this one above!

Too Too Cute Tutu has NFL Inspired YOU pick the team: Personalized Football Jersey Style Shirt, Hair Bow, Tutu and Leg Warmer Set, so your little one can be part of the excitement!



I am constantly behind when it comes to being ready for the holiday, but perhaps this year will be different! I always wanted to have some cute Christmas baby photos, and this outfit is adorable, right?

This 99% Nice, 1% Naughty 4 Piece Tutu Set is available in NB to 5T, so you can get more than one for your kids can match!


I received another outfit from Too Too Cute Tutu, my kids are way too spoiled. Marie generously sent me this cute Whooo Me? 4 Piece Set. This set included an adorable owl onesie, a white polka dot tutu, pink and white chevron leggings, and the most adorable little chevron hair bow. 

When the package arrived, I was again very impressed. Each piece was made with such love and care and the packaging was super cute, like always. Marie did an exceptional job putting this cute 4 piece set together, my little girl LOVES it!


I adore each piece to this set and just can't get enough. I have used all four pieces together and have also paired them with other pieces of my own as well. I love that I can get so many different looks with this set.


Purchase an outfit from Too Too Cute Tutu and use coupon code: SUMMERSAVE14 for 35% off. (ends soon, so don't miss out on this coupon!)


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