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Monday, September 15, 2014

Make Your Walls Bright and Colorful With Vinyl Wall Quotes

Disclosure:  This post was compensated

Personalizing the home in a way which will match your personality and taste is very important as people who will be visiting your home will judge you on the basis of your home. You house gives an impression of the family residing in it. Hence keeping your house well maintained and decorating it in a way you like will give a good impression of you to your guests and they will know what type of of person you are seeing the décor of your home.

Keeping the walls vacant and blank suggests boring and dull personality as there is no signs of creativity in it, therefore if you do not want to be portrayed as an un-interesting and monotonous person you must do something funky with the walls of your rooms. How about using vinyl wall lettering and adding some colors on your rooms?

Exciting categories of vinyl wall quotes to do up your house just the way you want it

There are various genres of vinyl wall quotes from which you can choose the ones that appeals to you. If you like a particular genre as in inspirational, romantic, humorous or motivational then you can find a whole collection of wall quotes under each of these categories.

If you want your living room to be brightly done yet you do not want anything too serious projected on the walls of the room then you can go with the humorous wall quotes which will offer the guests something to laugh about and also keep the atmosphere light hearted and easy going. Plus it will also reflect your sense of humor and good taste of interior designing.

Most people do up their kid’s nursery with cartoons and fairy tale creatures. Though the idea to decorate the nursery with things which the kids love but if you stick some of the inspirational and motivational famous words with tree wall sticker then it will help your kids to learn important values of life right from a very young age.

You can mix and match inspirational wall quotes which are easy to understand and in simple language with his favorite cartoon characters and stickers of his favorite animals too. Quotes such as “Honesty is the best policy” or “waste not, want not,” “God help those who help themselves” will help your child know the value of hard work, honesty, courage and trust.

Vinyl wall quotes are easily replaceable and fits the tightest of budgets

One of the most popular advantages of opting for vinyl wall quotes is that after sticking up a wall quote you can change it without any trouble and place a new one in its place. Unlike other ways of home decoration you can change the décor whenever you wish to depending on your mood and taste.
The fact that vinyl wall quotes cost less makes it easily accessible to all the people in the world, irrespective of them being rich or poor. Hence if your budget for decorating your home is limited you can always choose the wall quotes and sayings and make your home pleasant and vibrant in no time.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Get Rewarded for Healthy Choices

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

As I get older, making healthy choices for myself and my family is more important than ever.  I work out regularly and I eat very healthy foods, I also try to get enough sleep, although we all know that one is not so easy!  So why should we not get rewarded for all that hard work?  Walgreens sure thinks we should and they reward their shoppers with Balance Reward points just for being healthy!

I got pretty lucky with one of my jobs (office manager at my taekwondo school) that I actually get to work out at work!  We also just purchased a treadmill and brought our weight bench out of the basement.  Hopefully it will be easier staying on a healthy exercise routine this winter now that I started it way before the cold.  

I took my workout to the next level just by connecting my MyFitnessPal app to my Balance Rewards account and now every time I work out, I earn points toward my Walgreens purchases.  It really is that easy.  If you have one of the compatible devices or apps, you could be on your way to saving money at the checkout.  And why shouldn't you be rewarded for all that hard work!

Compatible Devices Include: 

Fitbit Flex
Fitbit Zip
iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker
iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor
Jawbone Up24

Compatible Apps Include:


I just connected MyFitnessPal app on my phone to my Balance Rewards account, so now I'm ready to take advantage of earning more savings.  You can earn points for things like walking and reaching a weight loss goal,

For as much walking as I do up and down the hallways at the school I work at, I should really wear a fitness tracker, but at least I can still log my steps and earn my points with the Balance Rewards.

If you have not made a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, now is a great time to start because you only live once!

#BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias #shop

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Sims™ 4 are Here and Smarter than Ever!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

The Sims™   is pretty much the only game I can spend hours playing.  My favorite part of the game is designing the characters and the homes.  I remember when my husband bought me The Sims™ 2 and I stayed up for hours playing!  Well The Sims™ 4 is out and it is more awesome than ever.

The new game comes with some pretty great new features,  The new Sims come with big personalities, they are smarter, more relatable, and emotionally aware beings whose every action is affected by what they’re thinking and how they’re feeling.  These Smarter Sims have traits, skills, and aspirations that affect their behavior like never before. You can see right away weather your Sims are sad, happy, or angry.

There are also new creative tools to let you design your little heart out! The Sims™ 4 has completely rebuilt its creative tools to be intuitive, powerful, and lots of fun. You can literally sculpt your Sims by hand and build  homes some amazing homes, room by room, with ease.

This game makes it really easy to share your creations with your friends or bring the world’s creations into your game with a few simple clicks. With the new Gallery function, uploading and downloading creations is easier than ever before.
I went to Walmart to purchase this game just two days after it came out (came out on Sept. 2nd) and I got the last copy, the cashier even said "everyone is buying this!"

I like to set up neighborhoods with families like our family and then add famous families such as the Addams Family and so on.  I'm not a big gamer but I really enjoy the Sims.  #CollectiveBias #shop #TheSims4

Be sure to enter the SIMify yourself Facebook Contest HERE. There are $8000 in prizes to be won including the grand prize where you could win a trip to Maxis studio in California! No Purchase Necessary See the official rules HERE

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get Minds and Bodies Moving with LeapFrog; LeapTV Pre-Sale Period is Here!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own

The pre-sale is officially here!
Designed from the ground up for children ages three to eight years old, the LeapTV video game system changes the way children learn by combining activity and movement with best-in-class educational curriculum. With a simple and intuitive user interface, a motion-sensing camera that puts a child directly in the game, a transforming controller that is made for classic gameplay and pointer control gameplay, plus audio prompts throughout the experience to help children navigate games and provide curricular tutorials, LeapTV is the best first video game experience for children.

 Three ways to play:
* Body Motion: Children become the star of their own game. The motion-sensing camera captures a child’s moves and instantly puts them into the game as they explore activities like dance and martial arts. Children can run, hop and tip-toe or wave their arms to defend goals, karate-chop fast-moving blocks, scuba dive and more.
 * Pointer Play: Pointer play takes pretend play to new levels of engagement. The controller transforms into a pointer with a simple twist and lets kids snap jungle vines, slice through coconuts, swing from building to building and more.
 * Classic Control: Classic control puts fun at a child’s fingertips. They can press the A and B buttons for fast-paced gaming, or tilt and shake the controller to sled through an enchanted garden or race in a classic kart-racing game.

You can check it out and pre-order yours HERE

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Zoo Run Run at Brookfield Zoo

Registration is now open for Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Animal Care and Conservation Fund, a 5K race that promises to be a wildly fun time on Sunday, September 21. Runners, walkers, adults, and children alike are invited to sprint, scamper, and stride past the animals at Brookfield Zoo during the annual fundraiser, which is dedicated to making a difference for animals across the globe.

Zoo Run Run features a choice between a 5K chip-timed run and a 5K fun run/walk. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Welfare and Conservation Fund, which supports research and education efforts around the world and at Brookfield Zoo, including the Society’s Center for the Science of Animal Welfare and the Center for Conservation Leadership.

“The fund is an important part of the Society’s conservation efforts and we certainly appreciate the efforts of the run’s participants who help raise significant donations,” said Stuart Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.

The chip-timed run begins at 8:00 a.m. in the zoo’s Discovery Center parking lot, with the fun run/walk starting at 8:20 a.m. The course takes participants under a forest canopy of 100-year-old oak trees and continues past the American white pelicans at the Formal Pool,; the bison at Great Bear Wilderness; the giraffes, zebras, and camels along 31st Street; the kangaroos at Australia House; and the endangered black rhinos outside Pachyderm House. The final stretch of the run routes participants past the lions, sloth bears, tigers, and snow leopards.

Runners can register as individuals or maximize their fun by forming a race team. The more funds that participants raise for the Animal Welfare and Conservation Fund, the more prizes they win:

Anyone who raises $100 receives a special long-sleeve commemorative Zoo Run Run shirt.

Anyone who raises $250 receives a $25 Brookfield Zoo gift certificate plus the commemorative shirt

Anyone who raises $500 receives an additional $25 Brookfield Zoo gift certificate, a complimentary upgrade on his/her next purchased membership, plus the previous levels’ premiums

Anyone who raises $750 receives a voucher toward a Backstage Adventure experience at Brookfield Zoo, plus the previous levels’ premiums

Anyone who raises $1,000 receives two tickets to the Chicago Zoological Society’s Wines in the Wild, held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, plus the previous levels’ premiums

The top fundraiser for Zoo Run Run will receive a VIP Red Carpet Day of experiences at Brookfield Zoo, plus the previous levels’ premiums

In addition to individual fundraising prizes, teams are eligible to win prizes. Each team that raises $2,500 or more will receive a private reception for 20 that includes a unique animal experience at Brookfield Zoo. All members of teams are eligible to win the individual prizes listed above as well.

Registration for the chip-timed race is $35, and the fee for the fun run/walk is $30. (Members can enter a promo code to receive $5 off their pricing.) For participants who register on the event day, the fee is $40 for the chip-timed race and $35 for the fun run/walk (there is no member discount on race day). In addition, registered participants may bring family and friends to cheer them on and enjoy the zoo afterwards at no additional charge.

Zoo Run Run is presented by Walgreens, Aquafina, and Gatorade. Details of race packet pickup will be announced closer to the race date. For further information and to register as an individual or a team, go to CZS.org/ZooRunRun.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit www.CZS.org.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

LeapTV is Coming! The Perfect Educational Video Gaming System

LeapTV is available for pre-sale on September 2nd! We all know and love the LeapFrog brand and this is the biggest thing to come from the company...I am so excited!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, August 22, 2014

If You are a LeapFrog Fan, You Do Not Want to Miss This

We love LeapFrog products and you may have read my reviews of the LeapPad, so I am so excited to let you know that LeapTV is coming!  A brand that has been trusted by parents for so many years is still bringing you new products, ideas and ways for our children to learn while having fun.  LeapTV is available for pre-sale on September 2nd!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, August 18, 2014

LeapPad3 Review: Smart, Safe and Tough

Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect all opinions are my own.

LeapFrog  is a brand we all have heard of and many of us own at least one of their products.  They are a trusted name when it comes to fun, educational and innovative play for kids.  I remember having their product when I was young and now my children enjoy LeapFrog on a whole new level.

I was asked to review the LeapPad3 by LeapFrog and I had a feeling I would not be disappointed!  We had the original LeapPad when it came out and my kids played on it for hours, but when this one came in the mail we were thrilled to see some upgrades!

You might think, well what is the difference between this and any old tablet?  Well there are many differences, first, all the games and apps are educational, fun AND appropriate.  Plus this thing can be dropped and played with and you won't have to worry about it shattering into a million pieces.  Its just the right size (and thickness) for small hands and it has 2 cameras and video recording. I also love that this LeapPad3 (compared to the original we had) is rechargeable!  No more looking for batteries all the time.

The stylus on the LeapPad3 (again comparing to the first one) is much nicer and more durable and I like that it is attached to the LeapPad because my kids lose everything and it has its own little slot to put it into when not in use.  Games are easy to download, just plug it into your computer and follow the instructions.

Learning with the LeapPad3 is also personalized, based on their age and grade so that it appropriately challenges your child.  Their award-winning curriculum goes beyond core skills, drawing from 2,600 skills across subjects that reflect the Common Core State Standards tailored in fun ways.  Not only that but the cameras encourage kids to create and use their imaginations.  My son loves making mini movies with his LeapPad.  Kids can also explore 1000+ games, videos and prescreened web content approved by learning experts and you control App Center access and purchases.

This learning tablet is really a wonderful tool for any child, it is recommended for ages 3-9 and my son who is 7 really enjoys it.  It would make a wonderful gift for a boy or girl and is available for only $99.99 on Amazon.com (with free shipping for Prime members).

Friday, August 8, 2014

Best Buy Presents Audiofest Featuring Samsung @BestBuy #AudioFest

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Everything is better when you're jamming out to music.  I love to put on Pandora when I'm cleaning the house or cooking, but my laptop speakers just can't cut it.  I could not wait to try out the Samsung Shape Wireless Audio System that Best Buy sent me.

Setting these up was super easy and the wireless hub just plugs into your wireless modem.  I dowloaded the Samsung  app and can control my speakers with my phone.  The kids thought it was so cool that I could change the music and volume from the other room.

What I love about this system is that it is expandable and you can control every aspect of your listening experience.  You can set the speakers up to play together, like surround sound, or you can set them up to play different things at the same time.  So you can put the speakers in different rooms and enjoy different tunes in each room.   Samsung makes it easy to enjoy Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, tunein, amazon cloudplayer and more. 

If you have been waiting to get your home equipped with a system that makes listening to music a total experience you have to head to Best Buy for Audiofest to check out their Samsung products.  Beginning 8/3/14 through 8/30/14 Best Buy will feature one month of deals audio specials, events & more.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Getting Our School Vaccines with Get a Shot Give a Shot

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I never thought it would happen so quickly, I swear she was just starting kindergarten and BAM! it's time for middle school.  With this crazy transition comes a lot of school shopping and all the physicals and shots as well.  With Walgreens I can do everything in one place.  Walgreens is also doing their part to give back by offering the Get a Shot Give a Shot program.  How it works is right now through October 14th, when you get  any immunization at Walgreens or Healthcare Clinic, they will help provide a life-saving vaccine through the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life Campaign.

Weather its whooping cough or the meningitis vaccine, for every shot you get they will give a life saving vaccination to a child in need.

One in five kids around the world goes without access to immunizations but now you can do your part by just taking your child to Walgreens for their back to school shots.  My daughter is due for her Tdap vaccine this year and she will be up to date on all of her immunizations.

My Beautiful Middle Schooler
Walgreens is staffed with  immunization-trained pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners that can administer a wide range of CDC-recommended immunizations, no appointments are needed so its super quick and easy and most insurance policies are accepted.

For more information visit Walgreens.com/gobackhealthy  #GiveaShot #CollectiveBias