December 15, 2015

He Says, She Says: Is it ok to go against your spouse in disciplining your kids?

This is a personal piece. My opinions are my own. I welcome comments but I reserve the right to delete any that are inappropriate.



He Says, She Says:
 Is it ok to go against your spouse in
disciplining your kids?
My husband and I were raised in totally different environments.
I was raised in Maine. My daddy was a Firefighter and my momma was a teacher, who retired when I was adopted. Yes, I was adopted. I am the youngest of 8. My parents were strict Christians and we
went to the Nazarene Church. I was spanked. I was grounded. I was a rebel!
My husband was raised in Connecticut. His Mom and Dad both worked. His dad was retired military. They are Catholic. His mom, a super great mother in law I have to say, immigrated from Portugal when she was a teen. They were not as strict, but they were strict in their own way. He was a free spirit that rebelled but never got caught.
So when it comes to discipline, we are almost always on a different path. He is ok with spanking, grounding and forcing them to do things. To be brutally honest, I think the younger ones are a bit scared of him. I on the other hand am a yeller and tend to threaten. I give up or cave easier than I should. And that causes friction between my husband and I. He tells me often that I need to be more strict and a lot less lenient. I tell him he needs to lighten up a bit and give them a bit of freedom.
For example:
This past summer one of our daughters was grounded almost the whole the summer vacation. One the next to last weekends of vacation., I let her go to her friends house for the night. I thought that since she had been kept home and "sequestered" almost all summer, she deserved a break before school started. Apparently, my husband disagreed with me and freaked out because I let her go. That was a time I wish to forget.
So we have compromised. I have toughened up, a little. He has loosened up, a little. But we both have very different views on whats ok. We do discuss it when the kids are not around. That is one thing we agree on. Never let the kids see you actively fight or disagree over a punishment. It gives them ammo!

So tell me, readers in your honest opinion,
 Is it ok to go against your spouse in disciplining your kids?

Comments are OPEN!!!!!

December 8, 2015

Win a personalized Hallmark ornament!

I was allowed to choose and personalize my own ornament in exchange for an honest review and to run a giveaway. My opinions are my own and no other compensation was given.


#LoveHallmark

$29.95 

This ornament dimensions are bigger than a normal ornament. They are:
2.68" W x 3.94" H x 1.07" D 


Of course this is perfect for us because I have 8 names to put on it!

Its very sturdy and it goes well with all the other Hallmark ornaments we have on our Blue Christmas Tree! 

If you want to order your own ornament without waiting to see if you win this giveaway, order by Dec.12 with standard shipping to get it by Christmas.



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November 27, 2015

UglySnuglies, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL TO BE LOVED!

I was sent this product in exchange for my fair and honest review.
My opinions are my own and no other compensation was given.


UglySnuglies. They are super fun, super soft, oversized stuffed animals that are so ugly,
 they’re cute and prove YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE LOVED!

What makes them special is that every UglySnuglies has a hidden gift! UglySnuglies are far more than just ordinary stuffed animals; they are Pet’s with a Personality! 

Each UglySnuglies retails for $29.95 and their hidden gifts are geared to teach children a lesson:

• Pouty Pig – includes a bank inside to help kids learn to save their money

• Krazy Kitty – includes a hidden light in his tail to help kids feel safe

• Bizarre Bear – includes 5 secret zipper pockets to help kids clean up after themselves

• Unusual Unicorn – includes an alarm clock to help kids learn the value of time

• Rowdy Rabbit – includes a radio inside to help kids learn to relax

• Porky Panda – includes a hidden blanket inside to keep kids warm



As you can see I chose to review Rowdy Rabbit. Since it has a radio in it, it was perfect for my daughter to sleep with since she needs background sound to sleep.

He was a bit bigger than I thought he would be. I was thinking the size of a regular sized teddy bear but it is about the size of 4 of them combined. Pretty decent size! And yes, he is super fuzzy. The only downside is he tended to "shed" for the first few hours.

The radio signal is better than I expected. Channels come in clear and the radio does turn up pretty loud. Loud enough for me to tell her to turn it down!

He is sweet and adorable and she loves him!

I don't think I would recommend these for kids under 4, or kids that are really rough with toys. The best ages I think would be 5-99.

November 25, 2015

2015 Mom Buzz Media Holiday Gift Guide GIVEAWAY ­ 100 Blog Hop


This event is hosted by Mom Buzz Media and their network of super spectacular bloggers!



Welcome to our very first Annual Holiday Gift Guide :100 Blog Hop Event! Our hard­working bloggers have searched high and they have searched low to find you the BEST and the most UNIQUE gift ideas for 2015.

ATTENTION GIFT GUIDE ADDICTS

CLICK HERE to be taken to the list of blogs. Start with any blog you choose and simply click the picture. It will take you to that blog where you can view their gift guide. When you are done, simply click the next one.
Thank you to our Co­Hosts: Simply Sherryl Rude Mommy and Michelle Unwrapped
We were lucky to snag a few absolutely amazing sponsors along the way! Please take a moment and read about each of them below!
Then scroll to the bottom of this post for the giveaway where you could be one of several lucky winners!

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FAMILOOP

The Familoop team helps parents to protect kids online effectively and focus on actual parenting rather than daily battles over phone time and limits. Parental Control Software by Familoop (Familoop Safeguard) is the best partner for parents to raise thoughtful, digital citizens. Younger and younger children are getting devices nowadays. The real world can be a scary place full of monsters and evil. If you know a parent with children that already have or are getting devices this year, set them up with a Familoop subscription for the holidays and give them the gift of peace of mind! Familoop will officially launch November 27, 2015, but you can opt­in early and get a 60% discount to use when Familoop Safeguard is launched! What an incredible deal on a product parents can use for their kids at any stage in their online lives.

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GLAMULET

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THE DARK KNOT

The Dark Knot provides the market with luxurious, hand made silk ties across 120 designs covering both woven and printed silk. Each of their ties come in an elegant black gift box along with recommendations for matching suits and shirts. Shortly they will be introducing lines of Pocket Squares and Lapel Flowers to further build out their men's accessories offering. Get some shopping done early and take advantage of this exclusive offer!

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November 22, 2015

The Dark Knot. Super nice ties for the man in your life!

*I was sent this tie to facilitate my review. No other compensation was given.


Whats up with the name?   When they were conceptualizing a brand name of the necktie line, they wanted their brand to be a symbolism of masculinity and strength, while still maintaining an aura of chicness.  They feel that the brand name and panther logo embody these concepts and help bring the brand to life.  The panther represents strength and speed, and the black and white theme encompassing the whole name and logo demonstrates a level of chicness that is apparent throughout the product, from final construction of the ties, to the quality and packaging, suit and shirt recommendations and tie clips.


They are constructed using silk of the highest quality, and are interlined with a double layer of wool and cotton, resulting in a rich, thick feel
Each of our ties comes with a card with recommendations for matching suits and shirts, ensuring you look your dapper best every time you step out.
My opinion:
I love this tie! Its soft and masculine at the same time. I am giving this to my husband as his gift from the kids. I will NEVER buy another tie at Wal-Mart again! The extra cost is definitely worth it!

November 19, 2015

Stickeryou.com & a promo code!

From decking the halls, to wrapping presents the holiday season is the perfect time to get creative and festive. Have you ever used wall decals to decorate your walls? How about using custom labels for all your gifts? Maybe you run a business and want to customize the packaging of your products with festive labels. Whether it be for business or personal use, StickerYou has the sticky product you need!
StickerYou is your one-stop shop for creating custom stickers, labels, decals, temporary tattoos and more. These durable products are perfect for business use or to use around your home and with holiday gifting. Your friends and family will be impressed! 
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- StickerYou's custom die-cut algorithm allows them to die-cut around the edge of your sticker or label design creating a unique shape. You are not limited to standard shapes.
- The company began in 2008 and has since expanded operations twice. They are located in Toronto, ON, Canada but ship products all over the world, right to your door step.
About Label/Sticker Products:
- Bottle labels are one of our most popular products. Use them to label your homemade goods such as jams, honey, cookies bags and more.
- Our premium vinyl material has great color reproduction, which means it is easy to match the color of the labels to a specific theme or color scheme. 
- Customers have the choice between white vinyl material or clear vinyl material. We typically recommend white vinyl for bright colors or busy designs. But the clear labels also look beautiful if going for a more simplistic or modern design.
- The labels have a high quality shine which gives them a very professional look.
- The labels are photo quality so customers can even upload photos and use them on their products.
- The material will apply bubble free and has a strong but removable adhesive. If an error is made during application, the labels can be peeled up and replaced. The label will remove clean with no adhesive left behind.
- Labels will arrive in 8.5x11" pages. Depending on how large/small your labels, you may be able to fit as many as 100 labels on a page. Delivering in page sizes makes the labels easier to handle, especially if they need to be transported around before they are actually applied.
- The material is waterproof, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, heat resistant, fade resistant and will stand up to mild abrasion.
- Our online platform has tons of templates. This is perfect for people who want to DIY their labels but do not have strong design skills. They can still get a great look which they created themselves. All templates have customizable color, text, images and fonts.
- Some of our templates were inspired by or taken directly from some beautiful designs our customers created. We like to think we inspire our customers, but often they inspire new ideas for us as well.

About Temporary Tattoo Products:
- Temporary tattoos make great party favors. Like our labels, temporary tattoos are simple to create. Simply upload a design, choose the size, and then quantity. They are shipped right to your door in days.
- StickerYou's temporary tattoos apply like most temporary tattoos. Simply peel the plastic film up, apply ink side down on skin, then hold in place on skin with a damp cloth. After a few seconds, peel up the paper backing and blow gently until dry.
- Temporary tattoos will last for 2-3 days but can be removed easily with soap and a cloth, baby oil or rubbing alcohol.
- StickerYou's temporary tattoos are non-toxic and FDA approved.

About Large Format Decals:
(Also known as wall decals, floor decals, window decals and street decals)
- Large format decals are our latest product and have proven very popular with small businesses, however they are also great for seasonal decorating, room decor or use during parties or special events (like weddings). They will stick great but remove clean afterwards.
- They can be ordered in any size up to 4 feet by 6 feet. Will apply smooth and can be removed without causing any damage. 
- Street decals are made of a special material which allows them to mold to rough outdoor surfaces, such as brick, cement, concrete or asphalt. They have non-slip surfaces and are waterproof and UV resistant. They will also remove easily, and damage free. The material is durable enough to be walked (or danced) on.

November 16, 2015

Art Therapy, Coloring for Adults

I was sent an Art Therapy Set in exchange for my fair and honest review. 
My opinions are my own and no other compensation was given.




If you are in the United States click HERE to go to the main website of artherapycollection.com.

Get issues 1 and 2 plus your FREE pencil case for just $4.95 and no S&H . 
Get issues 2 and 3 plus your FREE magazine tidy box and FREE coloring board for the special price of $9.90 and just $1 S&H per issue. 
Each issue thereafter is $4.95 each + $1 S&H per issue. 

Every month, Art therapy brings you indispensable, artist-quality supplies that build up into a complete coloring set to create sensational pieces.

Each issue is complemented by pencils or markers specially selected in a full spectrum of colors to add your own creative touch to the designs. Immerse yourself in coloring and be inspired to experiment and achieve stunning results.

Not only can you create colorful pictures, coloring can help reduce stress and anxiety according to psychologists and psychiatrists. 

I color with the kids in their coloring books. This book however has smaller lines and areas that adults can appreciate. I do about 10-15 minutes a day in my room and I actually enjoy it. I have found that I like the time alone and I think the coloring is relaxing.

The designs are simple enough to be easy to color and the designs keep my attention. 

You must be careful though. My girls were super excited to see these books and I had to hide them for a few days so they wouldn't color in them before I did! 

I definitely think every adult should have a few of these in their home, even if they are 99! 


November 13, 2015

Why I wear my wedding ring.

This is an opinion piece. My opinion. You are entitled to your own.

I saw a post from another blogger a few days ago that kind of irritated me a bit. It was titled "Why I don't wear my wedding ring". Honestly, I didn't think much of the post. And here is my opinion why.

I wear my wedding ring, not my diamond (Loose prong and scared of the diamond falling out but will be fixed soon!) my choice.  My husband does not, his choice. It does bother me, a bit but we are still married, in a trouble time, but still married. I love him and he loves me. 

I can understand not wearing your ring if you are in a job that wearing such a thing could put you at risk of injury such as a burn or actually loosing the finger. I can understand if you lost weight and it no longer fits, or you gained weight and your finger got too big. A ring can be re-sized so its not a long term thing. 

The post I read had petty reasons. 

She didn't like the way her ring would turn and catch on things. So don't wear the diamond or engagement ring. Only wear the band. That's what I do. It doesn't other me, at all.

She didn't care if "Joe Schmo" at the grocery store knew if she was taken or not. I'm the opposite. I'm proud of being married to my best friend and I want the world to know that I'm happy to wear the gift of rings he gave me. I want to "warn away" other men. I am taken and have no interest in your flirting and come on lines. Yes, I know some still do that and it has happened to me. I just show my hand smile as I walk away!

She said "Its just a ring". Not its not. Its a symbol of love and commitment that is between you and your spouse. They are a symbol of your love and affection. Not wearing it does show to others, weather you mean it to or not, that there is something missing.

Its expensive. Like I said before I wear my gold band. I don't wear my diamond. That I wear if we go out together or its a special occasion. I like to show it off. It has a special place in my jewelry box. I don't wear it around the house as I don't have a need to. The kids know we are married, they don't need to see the flashy. Just the plain gold band. 

From the article: The meaning of the naked finger:  I have a friend who has had affairs with a lot of married men, and she says the reason she even talked to them in the first place was because not one wore a wedding ring. Later, after she’d slept with them, they’d tell her they were married, and when she asked why they didn’t wear rings, they all gave the same explanation: “I just don’t like jewelry.” When she told me this, she shook her head wryly and said, “All those married women out there whose husbands aren’t wearing rings should be worried. It’s never an innocent choice.”

That, bothers me to no end. It does scream available when the ring isn't there. The ring is the symbol of TAKEN. 

Even when a marriage is in jeopardy or trouble the wedding ring should remain. In my opinion unless you are in a high risk job and cant wear the ring at work, it should be on your finger!

I know it sounds petty and small but it is my personal opinion and I am entitled to it!

I welcome any and all comments! Please be polite and remember, 
I will delete the comment if its is offensive.

Here are what some others have to say about the wearing of the ring(s):

KiKi B.: I wear my wedding ring because it is a symbol of our eternal love and commitment.








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November 11, 2015

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Faith of Our Fathers, DVD Review & Giveaway, A Pure Flix Movie


Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers.  Problem is...their fathers have been dead for 25 years.  Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons...whom they've never met.  In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades.  They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born.  In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers' names.  Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died.  Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys.  The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam.  Ultimately, in parallel stories - 25 years apart - the fathers and sons are bound together forever.  


  #FAITHOFOURFATHERS and #FLYBY




Runtime: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13 (for brief war violence)

Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, Si Robertson, Candace Cameron Bure, Scott Whyte, and Sean McGowan.

Special Features of the DVD:
-The Heart of Faith of Our Fathers
-Honoring Father's Day
-Commemorating Memorial Day
-Si Robertson Interview
-Stephen Baldwin Interview

I love Pure Flix movies. And this one is no different!

My biological dad was a Vietnam Vet. I would love to be able to have the experiences these men had with reading letters and traveling together.

This is one touching story that I am glad to introduce you to today of all days, Veteran's Day.

Faith of Our Fathers, Official Movie Site


Giveaway!
Runs: 11/11 to 11/27
1 Winner, 1 DVD
Leave me a comment and tell me if you or someone you love is a Veteran and from what branch. Dont forget your email address so I can email you if you win!

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November 10, 2015

Cricut has significantly discounted their Cricut Explore Air™ Machine and bundles!

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