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Easter Ideas..

Are you like me and now that your kids are teenagers, you have no idea what to put into their Easter basket? Yes, I could just give them money, but there’s no fun in that. The trick is finding the right stuff to put into the basket! That’s where ChapStick® Duos come into play!

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What are ChapStick® Duos?

ChapStick® Duos are a unique moisturizer that comes in 8 flavors, allowing you to make 28 combinations of flavors! You can mix and match them, however you want. For instance, I combined Pineapple and Peach. You wouldn’t think those two flavors would go together, but they really do! You can just click whatever flavors you want together to make the perfect dual ended ChapStick®. The flavors available are:

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Cool Mint
Refreshing Watermelon
Strawberry Kiwi
Fresh Coconut
Tropical Pineapple
Vanilla Shimmer
Berry Shimmer
Sweet Peach

 

You might notice that two of the flavors, Vanilla and Berry, have “Shimmer” in the name. Well, that’s because they have shimmer in them! Yes, that’s right, shimmer. The two shimmer colors add just a hint of shimmer to your lips, while moisturizing them at the same time.

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What makes them fun?

The reason these are so much fun is because they are interchangeable. You can have fun with them, and make any flavor combination you want! These are the perfect size to hide in a plastic Easter egg in a basket! The price point is great as well, with the two pack costing approximately $4.99, and the single pack coming in at around $2.99, depending on where you purchase them at. You also have the option of ordering directly from the ChapStick® site, where you get free shipping with any $15 order.

 

 

 

My Thoughts…

I have been using these constantly since I received them. They are super soft on my lips, giving me the extra moisture I needed. My lips were horribly dry, which made any lipstick I wore bleed. Nobody wants their lipstick to bleed! I keep different flavors stashed throughout the house and in my pocketbook, so that no matter where I am, I can easily grab one to use. Their size is a definite pro, because they will fit into my pocket easily, without being bulky or getting in the way. The flavors are amazing as well, with the flavors being very well pronounced. There was no skimping on flavors, that’s for sure! Overall, I’m in LOVE with these Duos, and I plan on using them for a very long time!

 

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Go Easier on Yourself this Tax Season

By Christine Hill

 

Tax season. Just the phrase makes most of us cringe. Often the process itself isn’t such a terrible thing, but the mental strain of taking stock of your finances from the entire year can be disheartening. However, the truth is that for the well-prepared mind, tax season is simply the time when Girl Scout cookies are on sale. (Yay Girl Scout cookies!)

 

So, how can you keep your cool this year? Here are some tips to make taxes as painless as possible.

 

Do It Early

 

Most of us don’t even think about taxes until we’re well into the new year. This becomes a problem for several reasons. For one, it makes it harder to distinguish between last year’s events and finances and this year. However, there are many other reasons to get taxes done early.

 

It can give you a better price if you choose to get your taxes done by a pro. Some establishments offer incentives to people who get their taxes done early. You also have the peace of knowing that you’ll have more attention and focus from a professional before things get too busy and hectic in the office. That means you can get things done faster.

 

Most of all, getting taxes done early is wonderful because the rest of the time leading up to tax day, you just get to kick back and watch everyone else stress out.

 

Keep Organized Records

 

Do you have a glove compartment where you keep random receipts? What do you do with invoices and bills? Do you read the yearly reports that are sent to you from investment brokers and your bank?

 

Most of us just don’t know what to do with those random papers. We take a glance, and then toss them in a corner, only to pull them out later during a cleaning frenzy, quickly scan them and then toss. This can cause problems when tax season rolls around and you realize that you have to gather important documents from the four corners of the earth.

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Get ahead of the game by creating a space for financial documents in your home. Create folders for different categories of documents. This link has more tips for how you can get your financial documents in order to help prepare for tax season.

 

 

 

 

Put Yourself in the Right State of Mind

 

One of the worst things about taxes is the mental strain. Thinking about how much we earned and spent over the last year can make us frustrated. Seeing how much of our income is being taken by taxes can be maddening. Handling things that we don’t understand can make us confused and depressed.

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Many of us get turned away from the task at hand because we’re too easily discouraged by little complications that come up as we do taxes. However, you can choose to have a less stressful experience doing your taxes by putting yourself in the right frame of mind when you sit down to fill out the forms.

 

One of the ways that you can do this is by setting aside a specific amount of time, when you don’t have any other obligations and distractions, and telling yourself that you get a treat when you have the job completed (it may sound juvenile, but it really works).

 

You can also get a hold of your mental state by practicing some simple meditation. When you feel yourself getting frustrated or anxious, close your eyes and start counting the length of your breaths. It’s an instant way to refresh your mind and lower your blood pressure. Even for those of us who never bother with meditation, you can see immediate results from deep-breathing exercises. This link has great guidelines for people who don’t meditate to still get meditation benefits.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Call in a Pro

 

Some of us wouldn’t do taxes any other way, and others of us refuse to hire a pricey service for something we could do ourselves. However, there are plenty of professional sources for filing taxes that are very affordable, and many of them will only take more money when they find ways to keep you from paying as much money to the government.

 

If your taxes include complicated investments, life changes over the past year, or business accounts, you’re probably best served by a tax professional. Gather together your (very organized) financial records, and set up an appointment… early!

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Snacks From Trixi’s Treasures

About Trixi’s Treasures…

Trixi’s Treasures LLC specializes in making healthy, unique, ONE-of-a-KIND mixtures, called “Shantelyn Treasure Dust” Mixtures, which can turn just about anything edible into delicious, nutritious, healthy, quick and easy to eat snacks, for people of all ages…from one to one-hundred and one. When you bake our Shantelyn Treasure Dust mixtures on to your favorite snack foods, it adds a unique flavor and crunch that our indulgers describe as “unbelievable!”, “addicting,” “so delicious!”, “how could something so yummy, be so healthy?”, “can’t stop eating it until it’s all gone…”, “I ate everything, including the crumbs,” and most importantly, “WHERE CAN I GET SOME MORE?”! So, due to the overwhelming amount of positive feedback…we are proud to let everyone know that our Shantelyn Treasure Dust Mixtures are now available to everyone, anywhere in the world!

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What They Offer…

Trixi’s Treasures has a HUGE variety of items to choose from! Like, seriously, a bajillion (is that even a word?!?) different flavors and mixes! There are snacks to fit every taste imaginable, including different ones for holidays, pretzel mixes, candy, cultural mixes from Japan. They also offer different candy varieties from cordials to milk chocolate candies. There is no shortage of options to choose from. You can find the complete list of offerings on their website. These are the ones that I had the privilege of trying:

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SHANTELYN’S “EXPRESS”-O CAFE TREASURE MIXES LINE IS FOR ALL YOU EARLY MORNING RISERS AND/OR LATE NIGHT PARTIERS…BREAKFAST & COFFEE IN A BAG!!!! SHANTELYN’S “EXPRESS”-O CAFE IS OUR “JAVA” EDITION OF TREASURE MIXES, WHICH ALL CONTAIN DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF THE FINEST HAND PICKED ESTATE ARABICA COFFEE BEANS COVERED IN PREMIUM AWARD WINNING CHOCOLATE!

 

 

 

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SHANTELYN’S “EAT”STER SUR”PRIZES” LINE IS HERE JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER! THERE ARE 33 DIFFERENT FLAVORS/VARIETIES TO CHOOSE FROM, INCLUDING MILK CHOCOLATE EASTER BUNNIES AND TREASURE MIX.

 

 

 

 

 

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THIS LINE WAS CREATED FOR ALL THE “CHOCOHOLICS” OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO LOVE ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLAVORS OF CHOCOLATES! SHANTELYN’S “CHARM”ING CHOCO”LOOT COMPANY LINE, FEATURES OUR SIGNATURE SHANTELYN KRISPS IN 80 DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLAVORED CHOCOLATES! THIS LINE CONTAINS STRICTLY THE SHANTELYN KRISPS CHOCOLATES ONLY…NO TREASURE MIXES ARE INCLUDED IN THE BAG!

 

 

 

 

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Our SHANTELYN’S ICE CREAM BAR TREASURE MIXES are our signature SHANTELYN TREASURE MIX flavored for those who love ice cream! We currently have 29 different flavors! These premium, quality mixes contain all the ingredients used to make “real” ice cream, therefore this line is NOT lowfat or low sugar…SORRY!

 

 

 

 

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TRIXI’S TREASURES PRESENTS OUR SHANTELYN’S COOKIE “BAKE”-RY TEASURE COIN LINE, WHICH ARE READY TO EAT COOKIES THAT ARE MADE WITH OUR SIGNATURE “ORIGINAL” TREASURE MIX PIECES. FIRST, WE START OFF WITH A CRISPY, BUTTERY SHORTBREAD DOUGH AND MX IN OUR “ORIGINAL” MIX PIECES, THEN WE ADD AN EXTRA SOMETHING SPECIAL TO MAKE THEM SUPER DELICIOUS!

 

 

 

 

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WE ARE HAPPY TO INTRODUCE TO YOU, OUR NEW SHANTELYN’S “EAT”STER “EGG” “EXTRA”VAGANZA LINE, FEATURING OUR “SWEET, SALTY, SAVORY, CRUNCHY” SHANTELYN COATED PREZEL BITES THAT ARE COATED IN DIFFERENT FLAVORED CHOCOLATES! SO, YOU GET THE PRETZEL POPPERS AND OUR TREASURE MIX IN EACH BAG! HERE ARE 13 FLAVORS.

 

 

 

 

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THIS LINE WAS CREATED FOR THOSE OF YOU, WHO LOVE ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF COATED PRETZELS! SHANTELYN’S PRETZEL PARLOR TREASURE MIXES ARE OUR “COATED PRETZELS” EDITION OF TREASURE MIXES, WHICH ALL CONTAIN PRETZEL TWISTS THAT ARE COATED WITH EITHER A CREAMY YOGURT OR RICH CHOCOLATE FLAVORED COATING! SO, NOW YOU CAN GET A WONDERFUL MEAL/SNACK AND SATIFY YOUR SWEET FIX CRAVING OF THEM, IN PERFECT PORTION SIZES…WE HAVE 51 FLAVORS! HAPPY EATING!

 

 

 

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SHANTELYN’S CANDY STORE LINE IS PERFECT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THEIR CANDIES! THERE ARE MANY VARIETIES TO CHOOSE FROM WITH THIS LINE, INCLUDING SNICKERS, KIT KAT, M&M’S, ETC. THERE ARE 102 FLAVORS TO CHOOSE FROM!

 

 

 

 

 

Why We Love Them…

Trixi’s Treasures has managed to capture everything we want in a single snack mix! There are Bugles, which we adore! There are pretzels, and cereal bits, and chocolates, etc. Seriously, these are not going to last long around here. It’s a sweet and savory mix, with a unique flavor mixed in. I mean, who would have thought that you could have an orange creamsicle flavor in a snack mix, or that it would taste good? I sure didn’t! The price point is very affordable, and the selection is amazing.

These snack mixes are perfect to slip into Easter baskets, and your kiddos and teens are sure to love them. I love that the flavoring, or “Dust” is all natural, without any preservatives, and is gluten-free! Keep in mind, though, that that snack mix itself does contain gluten,  but the “dust” does not. With these snack mixes, I know that my son is eating a healthier snack than potato chips and candy all day. He is a growing teenager, and at 14 he is already 6 ft tall, and has a hearty appetite. He is constantly snacking, and it’s hard to get him to eat healthy. These snack mixes give me peace of mind in what he is eating.

Who’s Ready For A GIVEAWAY?!?!

Trixi’s Treasures has graciously offered a giveaway! They want to give 5 lucky winners a pack of 6 snacks! All you have to do to enter is follow the giveaway widget below to complete your entries. This giveaway is valid from right now until Sunday, March  26 at NOON EST.

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“Secrets” of a Successful Marriage

By Aurora M.

 

The secrets to having a happy marriage really aren’t secret. Although they may sometimes seem elusive, the only real secret is that all successful marriages require work. Many honeymooners assume that it will be just like when you were dating; lots of fun, and very little responsibility. This is where a lot of couples find themselves in trouble. They feel like they should be able to maintain a dating lifestyle without the responsibilities of married life.

 

No matter how fun that would be, it’s simply not possible to have a marriage that directly mirrors the relationship you had while you were dating. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t date and have fun when you’re married! You absolutely should! You just have to learn how to balance the fun AND the responsibilities.

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Couple hand by hand at Sunset.

 

Luckily, there are easy ways to maximize your relationship, and keep your relationship healthy before you have a chance to find yourself in a rough spot. There are ways to have fun and spend quality time with your spouse every single day, without neglecting other important parts of your life.

 

1) Cook together

Especially when you first get married, it can be tempting to get takeout rather than cook a meal together. Cooking takes longer, and requires so much more effort. But cooking together creates a whole new way to spend quality time together. You’ll bond as you work together, and create something delicious together. Bonus: This also gives you both a chance to understand each other’s tastes and avoid having just one person define the menu.

 

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Senior couple having fun in kitchen with healthy food – Retired people cooking meal at home with man and woman preparing lunch with bio vegetables – Happy elderly concept with mature funny pensioner

It helps if you create a space in your kitchen that makes it enjoyable to spend time there, whether that’s because you love working on your granite countertops, you just got a new french door fridge that you adore, or because your new Kitchenaid is the perfect shade of eggshell and you want every excuse to use it. Even if your meal-making turns out to be a disaster, at least you experienced it together! Spend that time in the kitchen talking about your days, giving each other tastes of your creations, and enjoying serving your spouse.

 

 

 

 

 

2) Spend time being grateful

It can be so easy to get wrapped up in your own business, and begin neglecting your spouse. Whether it’s work, school, or some other project that’s consuming a lot of your time, don’t let it take over your life. The last thing you want is for your spouse to think that they come second to your work. Your spouse, and your relationship with them, should come first.

 

Many relationship specialists say that a successful marriage is made of tiny moments of attention. So make sure you spend part of every single day listening to your spouse and how they’re feeling. Don’t just wait for them to offer up information; make them feel validated by asking them how their day was, how a certain project they’re working on is going, or simply telling them that you appreciate them. Never assume that they know; telling them will remind you both! Practicing gratitude strengthens relationships, and it also helps you feel more positive and proactive.

 

3) Keep dating

As mentioned before, getting married isn’t the death of your dating life. You should continue to date your spouse. Plan a night every week to dedicate to each other. Even if you can’t afford to go out every week, make sure that it’s a special night. Instead of just sitting on the couch flicking through your Netflix queue, plan ahead for a movie night with a pre-decided movie and popcorn. By putting effort into making a date night special, you’re showing your spouse that they’re special and you’re putting effort into your relationship with them.

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Lovely couple hugging each other in the city

 

4) Work together

I don’t mean professionally (although that’s bound to be interesting). There will be other areas of your life that need work, and you should both be part of the projects that directly affect your home and family. Maybe the walls in your bedroom have always been an ugly green color and you’ve been wanting to repaint them, maybe you need to tackle a big remodeling project, maybe your child needs help with a school presentation. Instead of waiting for your spouse to be busy to tackle this project, take it as an opportunity to spend quality time together. Hard work will create a bond, and whenever you’re in that room, you’ll remember painting it together. Put on some music, and view it as an activity, rather than as a chore.

 

Any marriage can be successful. You have to consistently invest in your spouse and your relationship. But if you do, you’ll find your relationship better than ever, and both you and your spouse will be happier.

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About The Author

Aurora McCausland is a professional writer and blogger enjoying life in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although she spends the majority of her time writing, when she’s not, you can find her cuddling her dog, hiking with her husband, or trying to find the perfect coffee shop. You can see more of her writing on her website www.auroramccausland.com or check her out on instagram, @auroramccausland.

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Buying Online From Musician’s Friend

Buying musical instruments can be daunting, especially if you are buying online. Musician’s Friend is a great place to get those instruments. They have a great selection, and great pricing. They offer a “Backstage Pass” program, which gives you reward points on all of your purchases. Those points can be redeemed towards new gear!  They have a lot of deals on their site, from hot deals to open box deals. If you are looking to buy any musical gear, I suggest checking out Musician’s Friend!

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about St. Patrick’s Day

By Christine H.

 

St. Patrick’s Day has always seemed like a strange holiday to me. You don’t give gifts, there isn’t really a traditional feast, and customs to mark the season are all over the map – no one seems to have a consistent tradition, except for drinking, perhaps. However, St. Patrick’s day can be really fun when you get into it. It’s a day to celebrate cultural heritage. It’s a day to wish that you were planning a trip to Ireland (I sure do). And it’s a day to start venturing outside, feeling the early stirrings of spring and all the enchantment that that holds. This post has some great ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day–without having to go down to the pub.

 

Here are some facts that most people don’t know about St. Patrick’s Day. Some might help you while you’re planning out your holiday festivities. Others might just be fun to know!

 

  1. St. Patrick’s Day became such a big deal because it was a social and cultural statement.

    Sure, St. Patrick is pretty cool, but there are hundreds of saints, all with special feast days. How did St. Patrick’s Day become something the whole world marks on their calendars? Well, during Ireland’s great diaspora of the 1800’s, Irish immigrants to new countries were often discriminated against. In America, it was often a combination of their loyal Catholicism (frowned upon in a mostly Protestant nation) and their poverty, as people would come to the new country with little more than the clothes on their backs. In response, the Irish population in various countries banded together, knit by their culture and national pride. St. Patrick’s Day became a day to represent your country and heritage. New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade actually started clear back in 1762, before America was even a country! Today, there are more people of Irish descent in America than in Ireland itself, which illustrates how this nationalist movement became a worldwide phenomenon instead of just a few pockets of a little-known culture.

  2. Blue is actually the appropriate color for St. Patrick.

    The color we most associate with St. Patrick’s Day is green. Most of this is because St. Patrick’s Day has become more about Ireland itself than about St. Patrick, its patron saint. Known worldwide as the Emerald Isle because of its green countryside, Ireland’s public image is green. However, its traditional color is blue. The country is represented on sports jerseys and coats-of-arms more often as blue. In religious depictions of the Saint, he’s usually wearing blue vestments. I think one of the reasons we favor green at St. Patrick’s Day is because it just suits the season. In the middle of capricious March weather, we like to remember the greenness that the early spring rains herald.

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    Green background with three-leaved shamrocks. St.Patrick’s day holiday symbol. Shallow depth of field, focus on biggest leaf.
  3. You’ve often seen the shamrock used as a symbol of the holiday.

    Some legends say that finding a four-leaf clover (instead of the three leaves of a normal shamrock) is good luck. The shamrock is a symbol for St. Patrick because he used it as a teaching tool. To him, the three leaves represented the Holy Trinity of Catholic teachings (the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost). To be honest, that really makes me wonder what the four leaf in a lucky four-leaf clover would represent… what do you think?

  4. St. Patrick’s Day was originally a holy day.

    It was a day to focus on spiritual things and worship. St. Patrick is famous for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Up until 1970, St. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday, because it was a religious observance. Pubs and bars were closed for the day. When it was changed to a national holiday instead, the pubs’ taps started flowing. Today, 13 million pints of Guinness beer is consumed on St. Patrick’s Day!

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    View of sheep grazing along the Irish Coast in the Dingle Peninsula
  5. St. Patrick was not Irish.

    Whaaaat?! Yeah, it’s true. His story is actually really interesting. He was born around 432 as Maewyn Succat in what is either modern day Wales or Scotland. He was kidnapped by raiders when he was a teenager, traded as a slave in Ireland, and made to serve as a shepherd. A few years later, he escaped, returned home, and joined the priesthood, where he changed his name to Patrick. Later, he was charged to return to the land where he’d lived in his youth, with a holy calling to bring Christianity to Ireland. During the time of his ministry, he was said to perform miracles which blessed the lives of the Irish and opened their eyes to his faith. Because Catholicism is such a powerful part of Irish culture and values, even today, he became the patron saint of Ireland.

  6. We pinch in honor of snake bites.

    Among those miracles that St. Patrick performed is casting all of the snakes out of Ireland. According to the story, snakes set upon St. Patrick one day while he was fasting. In response, he chased every snake in Ireland into the ocean. The fossil record actually indicates that there have never been snakes in Ireland, not since the glacial period, anyway. However, it’s quite possible that these “snakes” were actually a symbol of devils or demons, since that’s common in Christian symbolism. In any case, the fact that you get pinched at St. Patrick’s Day if you’re not wearing green is a custom that sprang from the idea of snake bites.

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Young tourist having fun during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue in New York City

 

What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Do you do anything fun with your family to mark the season? Share your ideas below!

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I am a blogger, obviously, and recording video can really be a chore. This DVR 988HD action camera from Vivitar has made recording fun again!

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About Vivitar…

Vivitar was founded in 1938 as ‘Ponder and Best’ by Max Ponder and John Best in Santa Monica, California. Max Ponder headed the sales department, while John Best ran the operations side of the company. Ponder and Best began by importing German-made photo equipment.

Ponder and Best created the “Vivitar” brand to compete with major lens manufacturers. The company commissioned experienced lens designers and top-line Japanese optical lens manufacturers such as Kino Precision to produce their lens designs. By carefully positioning their limited product line with key photo retailers, they quickly built a reputation for good quality lenses at modest prices. As their reputation grew, many manufacturer’s deemed them as the go-to brand to carry their products.

Vivitar celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2013.

A little about the Vivitar DVR 988HD…

The Vivitar DVR 988HD 360 Cam features two 12.1MP lenses, one on each side, for an all around 360 capture so you don’t miss a single thing. This action cam includes a 2.0” preview screen for instant viewing and built-in video stitching software to integrate two views seamlessly into one. With built-in Wi-Fi, instant peer-to-peer sharing of photos and videos is an ease – simply connect to your smartphone and tablet and share images and movies from your camera directly with friends, family or social media!

Technical Details:

  • 12.1 MP Photos
  • 4K Resolution
  • 1080P HD Resolution
  • 2.0″ Preview Screen
  • Built In Wifi
  • 360 Degree Recording Angle
  • Wireless Remote Control
  • Various Mounts and Cases Included

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My Thoughts…

Being a blogger, I make YouTube videos quite often. This usually entails me trying to figure out how to get my phone to sit still so I can record. With this Vivitar DVR 988HD camera, I can record using the included tripod, making the process much smoother. There is a remote control on it, so I’m not constantly leaning over to start recording like I do with a phone. This allows for a better intro and exit on my videos. The resolution is amazing, and it even has 4K! With the 360 degree angle, I will be able to take this with me when I’m recording on the go. This will be fun for amusement parks and such. This is very easy to set up and start using, and it didn’t take more than a few minutes.

The camera came with a mount, so that either myself or my boys could anchor it to our bikes to record while riding.  Oh, the possibilities with this! One of the features of this camera is the ability to upload to social media or share with family and friends right away. This is an amazing product and would make a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for teenager or even yourself!

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Campbell’s is always coming out with new soup. The thing is, they are all delicious so it’s hard to choose! They made no exception with their newest line, Slow Kettle Soups.

About Campbell’s

At Campbell we are driven and inspired by our purpose – real food that matters for life’s moments. With annual sales of more than $8 billion, the company makes a range of high-quality soups and simple meals, beverages, snacks and packaged fresh foods.

For generations, people have trusted Campbell to provide food and drinks that are good, honest, authentic and flavorful – made from ingredients that are grown, prepared, cooked or baked with care. People love that our food fits their real lives, fuels their bodies and feeds their souls. And they appreciate knowing what goes into our food and why – so they can feel good about the choices they make, for themselves and their loved ones.

Did you know that Campbell’s harvests more than 4 billion pounds of tomatoes and carrots every year? That’s a lot of tomatoes and carrots!

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Flavors Available…

Angus Beef and Dumpling

Baked Potato Soup with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Braised Beef Stew

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Bisque

Fiesta Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup with White Meat Chicken

Kickin’ Crab & Sweet Corn Chowder

New England Clam Chowder with Thyme

Portobella Mushroom & Madeira Bisque

Texas Style Angus Beef Chili with Black Beans

Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque

Tuscan-Style Chicken & White Bean

Audouille Sausage Jambalaya with Chicken & Ham

Mediterranean Vegetable with Kale & Orzo

Spicy Thai-Style Chicken & Wild Rice with White Meat Chicken

Why I love it…

Well, really, the main reason I love it is because Campbell’s is a trustworthy company. I can trust that they aren’t going to feed me soup that is harmful to me. Their soups are always delicious, and I especially love that the Slow Kettle soups are not concentrated. This means my husband can throw one in his lunch box for work, and heat it and eat it. It means that my son, who is autistic and has learning delays, can be more independent because he can heat his own soup to eat. The best part of it is the big hunks of meat! There is definitely no fake meat in this soup! The soups themselves taste extremely fresh, like they were just cooked. They don’t taste “store bought.”   Overall, I’m very happy with these soups and they will definitely be a staple in my pantry!

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Your cat wants fed….NOW!

Meow, meow, meeeeooooww! Anyone that has a cat knows that sound. It’s the sound of your cat demanding their food. According to their thought process, you are supposed to drop anything and everything to focus on their food. Of course, we, as cat parents, do just that! It’s in our nature to nurture our fur babies. Because we love them, we want to give them the best. That’s where Purrfect Pairings by Solid Gold comes in.

About Chewy.com…

Being a pet parent is one of the best things in life. And we understand because we’re pet parents too. In fact, Chewy.com was founded by people with a serious passion for helping pets. They wanted to make the process of finding food, treats and all that good stuff easy to find–and deliver it straight to your doorstep.

Headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida (yes, we wear sandals all the time), Chewy.com’s dedicated staff–furry and non-furry alike–are committed to providing the kind of service that makes you go “wow.” Our warehouses all over the country can ship the freshest, highest quality products–and fast. And our amazing gals and guys in customer service are here day and night to help. Bottom line is, we’re here to make pet happiness happen.

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  • Salmon and Goat Milk
  • Chicken Liver and Goat Milk
  • Chicken and Goat Milk
  • Tuna and Goat Milk
  • Shrimp and Goat Milk
  • Whitefish and Goat Milk

These are priced around $8.00 for a pack of 6 on Chewy.com

 

 

 

Why do we like it?

That’s easy. It’s good for our kitties and they love it! It is grain and gluten free, which is very important to us because a couple of our cats have grain and gluten sensitivities. These little cups are the perfect size for a feeding, as well. We don’t give our kitties the entire container, but rather we divide the container among them twice a day, in addition to their dry food. They always know what time feeding time is, and they will go to the counter and meow and dance around until we get their Purrfect Pairings dished out for them!

They don’t necessarily love the mousse texture, but the flavor more than makes up for that, so they gobble it right up. We love that this brand is natural and holistic, because we know we can trust it to be a healthy option for our kitties, without all of the fillers. If you want the best for your cat, I definitely recommend Purrfect Pairings!

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Litter boxes. Anyone with cats knows the drill. You get cat litter, your cats use the litter box, and then the whole house stinks. Not to mention when you scoop, the dust is everywhere, aggravating your allergies. That isn’t the case with Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Litter.

About Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Litter…

Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter is made of all-natural clay that forms hard clumps for easy scooping. The granules create a powerful bond to lock in moisture and prevent any liquid from getting to the bottom of the litter box. This litter is especially formulated to neutralize odors quickly and is low-tracking, so there’s less mess and no scattered litter trails. It’s hypo-allergenic to common allergens such as dust, plant proteins and fragrances. Frisco Multi-Cat is a heavy-duty litter that’s ideal for sifting and mechanical boxes and is highly effective in multiple cat households.

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What it offers…

  • A proprietary de-dusting system is used to reduce dust, but since this is a natural product, some dust may still be present.
  • Specifically formulated to neutralize odors immediately, including ammonia odors, and is low-tracking to minimize messes in multiple-cat households
  • Hypo-allergenic: contains no plant protein, dyes, perfumes or added fragrances
  • All-natural clay forms hard clumps for easy scooping and removal, ideal for sifting and mechanical boxes as well as multi-cat households
  • Excellent odor control with a unique deodorizing system

Why we love it…

We are fur parents to 5 cats. This means we have 4 litter boxes, which means a ton of cat litter! We are always on the lookout for a good litter that has minimal dust, and gets the job done. Frisco has proven worthy of our babies! My husband is super picky about the cat litter he uses. He has only used 1 brand for years…until now. So, let’s look at a few reasons we love it:

  • Cost effective: it comes in a 40 lb bag, for around $12, OR if you subscribe and get it delivered on a schedule you can get it for around $11.50 or so.  The litter we were getting was costing us around $11-12 for only 26 lbs. Frisco is definitely the better value!
  • Minimal dust: I’m allergic to cats and cat litter. Ironically, I love cats..haha! So, we need a litter that isn’t going to throw a ton of dust in the air. Frisco isn’t 100% dust free, as it’s a natural product, but it comes close. We have very little dust flying around after scooping and/or changing litter completely.
  • My babies LOVE it! The kitties took to the litter right away. Their seal of approval is the best approval we could get.
  • It gets delivered right to our door, meaning we don’t have to do unnecessary shopping, saving gas money!

My kitties are just like my kids: extremely important and first priority! Look at these faces and you will see why I want the best for them 🙂

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Midnight, 13 years old
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Stella, 7 years old
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Josie, 2 years old

 

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Snowflake, 2 years old
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Cali, 1 year old

 

 

These are my babies, and I want only the best! Frisco is the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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