September 1, 2015

Admissions Revolution

Disclosure: I was given a free months subscription in exchange for posting. My opinions are my own!


From their website: 

"Sara Harberson, Founder of Admissions Revolution, has devoted her career to making college accessible to students from all over the world. Today, Sara’s mission is to transform how students get into college—her “Admissions Revolution” puts students in the driver’s seat, armed with the knowledge they need to gain acceptance to their dream colleges.

Sara founded Admissions Revolution to provide students and their families with the information they need to get into college. Instead of cramming all her knowledge into a book, Sara has embraced the era of technology and multi-tasking, creating a digital library of videos covering every imaginable college admissions topic.

Once a regular speaker to crowds of thousands, Sara now reaches the masses through a single camera lens. Her message is universal. It’s the truth about a process that has been cloaked in mystery for decades. With Admissions Revolution, Sara is changing the landscape of the college admissions process. No more mystery. No more confusion. No more secrets."

For teens and their parents,knowing where to begin the college selection and application process isn’t easy. In fact, every year it becomes more complicated. That’s why Sara Harberson has founded Admissions Revolution. To remove the mystery, confusion, and secrets from the college admissions process,and put college bound students right where they need to be – in the driver’s seat. Because getting into the right college can be life changing.

As a former dean of admissions and a current high school director of college counseling, Sara Harberson has devoted her career to making college accessible to students from all over the world. Using a series of candid videos and insightful guides, all available on the Admissions Revolution website, this energetic and smart mom of three shares real advice and step-by-step guidance to cut through the confusion and help students navigate the journey to their dream colleges. She intimately explores every facet of the college admissions process– from standardized testing and college visits to Early Decision and why colleges use wait lists, from understanding selectivity and the committee process to financial aid and gapping – dispelling myths and exposing truths along the way.
Admissions Revolution also shares checklists, timelines, webinars, digital chats, and more.

The average cost of an independent college counseling package is $4,000. The hourly rate of an independent college counselor is $150 to $500. That’s why Admissions Revolution does not offer one-on-one college counseling.

 Available on any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Admissions Revolution’s videos and guides are designed to make college accessible to students. All monthly and annual subscription plans include a free seven-day trial.

As the mother of a Junior (girl), a graduated Homeschooled Student (boy) and a child already in his lifes work field, I can assure you college planning and admissions is a pain in the tush!

I am all for any and all help in the process and Admissions Revolution is a great place to start.
 They have 2 plans a Standard and a Premium. With each of the plans you get a free weeks trial and you can cancel after that week if its not something you want to continue.

Harry Potter 8-Film Collection (RV $75)

I was not compensated for this post. I was offered enteries on the Rafflecopter 
in exchange for my posting.
Harry Potter 8 film collection DVD set 


  ReelMama.com and friends are delighted to bring you a giveaway of the Harry Potter 8-Film Collection (RV $75)! 
 Would you like to relive the magic of the Harry Potter movies? How fun would a Harry Potter movie marathon be? Or, maybe you enjoyed the books for summer reading and now want to catch up on the cinematic version. Or perhaps you want to introduce your kids to Harry Potter for the first time. 
Whatever the case, we're delighted to bring you a giveaway that will include all eight Harry Potter films to enjoy with your friends and family.
 Use the Rafflecopter below to enter, and best of luck, dear reader! A special thanks to the awesome bloggers who are helping to promote this giveaway. Be sure to check out their social media pages via the Rafflecopter.
You’ll find all the magical films included in this Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection: 
  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Muggles, here is the Rafflecopter to enter:
Giveaway Rules: This giveaway is in no way associated with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform. You must be 18 years old or older to win and be a U.S. or Canadian resident. This giveaway will run from Saturday, August 29, 2015, until Monday, September 21, 2015, at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter. Reel Mama is sponsoring the prize and is solely responsible for prize shipment.




August 31, 2015

Bangor State Fair 2015

I was compensated for this post with two wristbands to attend the Bangor State Fair in Bangor Maine. No other compensation was given and my opinions are my own.
Bangor State Fair is an agricultural and recreational gathering of the population of the Greater Bangor Area and the entire state of Maine that lasts for 10 days at Bass Park – the land encompassing Cross Insurance Center. The Bangor State Fair typically draws between 60,000 and 70,000 people a year and dates at least as far back as 1883!
This year it was $12.00 a person at the gate and that is an all inclusive ticket.
Children under 3 are FREE with a paid adult.
They also have Senior and Military Days where seniors and military 
can get in cheaper.
One rule, the big one, once you are in you cant leave and come back. 
NO READMISSION!

My daughter (right) and a family Friend Kelsey. Yes Kelsey is unique and we
 all know it and she is proud of it!








Can you say MINIONS?!?!






















 You cant really see it but in the way back of the above picture is the animal stuff. Petting Zoo etc. 

Getting Dog Tags!







The Bangor State Fair takes place every year the last week of July and the first week of August. That means the approx. dates for the Fair in 2016 are July 30 to August 8, 2016.


August 29, 2015

Butter Braid Giveaway

Double Chocolate long crop

So, school has started or maybe going to start this next week and your kids do not want to get out of bed. I have the solution, Butter Braid! This is a fabulous pastry that you can take from your freezer the night before and put it in the pan, wait for it to rise and bake it the next morning. When your family smells this baking they will be running out of their rooms to get their share! Butter Braid was so wonderful and sent me:
  • Strawberry & Cream Cheese
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Double Chocolate
  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry & Cream Cheese
All of them are so good and when school time comes your kids are wide awake and ready to go. I know around here no matter what it is if they smell something baking they are all coming into the kitchen to see what is going on. I like how you can have the Butter Braid in the freezer, and if you get wind someone is coming from dinner, you can take it out and let it thaw and be ready to bake after your dinner. What a treat! 
 I was excited to learn that Butter Braid pastries fundraising has helped schools and other no profit groups raise over $165 million! That is huge, you can have your sweets and help a good cause! The fact that these are hand braided in a small town in Iowa using only quality ingredients gives them a wonderful handmade appearance and taste nobody has to know this was sitting in your freezer, just waiting for you to bake it for them! 
 This is one of those things that just fills a few purposes all at one time. They are convenient they taste great, they help schools and other raise money, can get people moving in the morning with their great home bakes smell, and they are such a high quality product. You can check out all of their product at their website here and here are the instructions for handling and baking the Butter Braid Pastries.
 Now for the best part Butter Braid is giving away a 6 pack to one lucky reader and they will get to try the wonderfulness of these great products! 
 This giveaway is Hosted by Tales From A Southern Mom, Co-hosted by Deliciously Savvy and Michigan Saving and More, and sponsored by Butter Braid Pastries!   
 Just enter below and good luck!  
Julie A Beveridge Tales From A Southern Mom http://talesfromasouthernmom.com/

August 26, 2015

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August 23, 2015

Head Lice: They are getting more resistant, but resistance is futile!

Last week, a finding was presented on head lice at the 250th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society. In the presentation, health scientists detailed how a particular mutated strand of head lice had made its way into 25 states in America.

ICK!!!

With school back in session in alot of places and getting ready to start in others, now is the time to prepare and educate yourself and your kids on this nasty pest!
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My family went 5 rounds with one infestation a few years ago. It was a horrid nightmare! I want to share with you what worked, naturally no pesticides. It was taught to me by one of my kids friends mom who had gone through it as well. 

What you need: 
Head Lice/nit comb 
Olive or Canola Oil 
Plastic Wrap

Use the nit/lice comb, available at almost every drugstore or WalMart, to comb through the hair and remove all the live louse you can. 
Then drench the hair in the oil. COMPLETELY! Scalp to tip. 
Wrap the hair in Plastic Wrap and put a shower cap over that. let the kiddo sleep with it on.
Wait at least 12 hours to remove the cap and wrap. When you take it off, use the nit/lice comb again to thoroughly comb out hair. 
Then as you see the nits, pick them off the hair strand. The oil should have loosened them. 
When you have completely picked over the hair, let your kid shower or bathe. Wash the hair with Dish Soap, we use Dawn. 
It might take a wash or two to get the oil out, but it worked for us. The key is to constantly comb and look. 
You might have to repeat this a few times before the hair is completely free. 

Myths:

Lice can jump.
Lice do not have wings. They cannot fly and they cannot jump. Instead, they move by crawling.


                              You are more likely to get head lice if your hair is dirty.
                       You have bad personal hygiene habits or if your home is untidy. 
                  Getting head lice has absolutely nothing to do with personal hygiene or the 
                                                     cleanliness of a home.

An itchy head means your child most likely has head lice.
Itchy scalp is one of the common symptoms of head lice. But there can be other causes of itchy scalp, such as seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) or dry skin. Moreover, some children who have head lice may not experience itching.

You can get head lice from pets (and vice versa).
Lice cannot be transmitted from pets

Head lice carry and transmit diseases.
The good news is that lice have not been shown to spread disease.

To kill the lice, you must stuff all your child’s belongings in plastic bags, and put them in a freezer or leave them in the bags for several weeks.
This used to be the recommendation years ago, but it is understood today that lice do not survive very long away from a host. The best way to handle a lice infestation in your environment is to simply vacuum any items and areas you think your child may have rested her head on, wash her linens and towels with hot water and put them in a hot dryer to kill any lice or nits.

Kids are most likely to get head lice in school.
This is a common misconception. The fact is, kids tend to get head lice from places and activities where they are more likely to have direct head-to-head contact or share personal items, such as combs, bedding, towels and hair accessories. The most common sources of head lice infestations are, in addition to school, camp, daycare,slumber parties and sports activities, among others.

Head lice are extremely contagious and children who are diagnosed with head lice should be isolated until all the nits are gone.

The truth is that lice are most frequently spread through head-to-head contact, which allows the lice to travel from one person to another. They cannot jump from one person to another, so transmission can be prevented by taking precautions like not sharing personal items and avoiding close contact. Isolation of a child who has head lice, or keeping them out of school, as long as they has begun treatment, is not necessary.

Do you have any tips for fighting the dreaded lice? Have you had a bout with it? Are you dealing with it now? I welcome comments on tip, advise or anything else related to this post.

August 19, 2015

Laser Cut Pink Metal Mask from Costume Supercenter

*I was sent this mask in exchange for a fair review. my opinions are my own.
I have always loved the look of face masks. In Phantom of the Opera, I was more interested in him than her. 
The mystery surrounding the masks, always holds a place in my heart. I was thrilled to get to review this mask!

Laser Cut Pink Metal Mask

Complete your Mardi Gras disguise with this striking Laser Cut Pink Metal Mask. It features an intricate laser cut design along with glitter and rhinestone accents. Wear it with a pink dress to show off your feminine side.

I cant wait until Halloween to wear this with a cape and a dress! The metal is light and its very sparkly. I can see me using it for years!