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Friday, July 31, 2015

LeapFrog at Blogger Bash #bbnyc


My son is 8 years old and for the entirety of his life we have been a LeapFrog family. We started with a Leap Reader Jr, progressed to a Leap Reader and have just about every version of the Leap Pad and of course we watched many of the learning DVDs. I was thrilled to learn that LeapFrog was a sponsor of Blogger Bash 2015 and made sure to stop by their booth at the Sweet Suite. I am such a fan of their educational tools. The Leap Pad 3 has kept my son busy during our travels, he took his first solo trip this winter and it kept him entertained the entire time. This year a new version of the Leap Pad has been released and during Sweet Suite I learned all about the new Leap Pad Platinum.
The Leap Pad Platinum has a 7 inch screen and is wifi capable. It is safe, like the Leap Pad 3 I am able to access the internet to download games with my passcode and children are able to safely browse the web for kid friendly videos and more. I have no worries or concerns when my son uses his Leap Pad online. In addition, there are over 1000 games for the LeapPad, I’ve found the best array of games for my older son online. I am particularly fond of the math and science games, my son has probably learned more than I know about the human body from using the Leap Pad.

The newest innovation with the Leap Pad platinum are the LeapPad imagicards. By playing with these cards in tandem to the Leap Pad, a child can bring characters to life on the screen and interact with them!  The Leap Pad platinum has everything we loved about the Leap pad 3 and more, I am looking forward to getting one for my son for hours of educational play! The Leap Pad Platinum is available for $129.00 and is available in green and purple(my son’s favorite color!).


Disclosure: I am a Blogger Bash ambassador and was provided with compensation for this post. As usual, all opinions are my own.

Monday, July 27, 2015

S'mores and summer fun in the backyard!


Summer time is fun time. Although my summer is quickly coming to an end (school starts next week), I have had a ball entertaining the kids, family and friends with activities both inside and outside of the home. My favorite thing to do is simply hanging out in the backyard enjoying the weather and catching up with friends and loved ones over food and drinks. I have used the grill this year more than I can ever remember and have become a true grill master! If you like grilling too, you can’t go wrong with the Weber Jumbo Joe charcoal grill ($68.00) available at Walmart.

For the kids, I’ve kept them busy with water balloon fights, water squirters and a sweet treat - s’mores. In the evening we spark the fire pit and illuminate the night with tiki lamps. After a long day we wind down in the backyard and I provide the kids (and adults) with all of the fixings to make s’mores. The firepit doesn’t always cooperate but we make do and enjoy the time together chatting and joking with each other.



I am a purist and for me, s’mores are the best when made with Hershey’s chocolate. You can keep all of the provisions for s’mores at the ready by purchasing them at Walmart and right now a Hershey’s 6 pack is only $3.34.  Of course you’ll also need some graham crackers and marshmallows too. An affordable dessert that the kids can enjoy by assembling themselves, basically a effortless dessert on my part that is sure to please each and every time!



Although I am saddened to see the summer go, there is still time left for me to entertain at my home and I plan to continue until the weather is so cold that it is no longer enjoyable. I have not so fond memories of the freezing winter so I am taking advantage of this warm weather while it lasts!



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Back to School Style!

It might be hard to believe for most people around the country but here in Atlanta, school will begin in less than 2 weeks! It is bittersweet for me, I have enjoyed spending time with my son and being the head counselor for camp mom. With just a few days to go I am getting in a few more fun activities and adventures, today was the Bronx Zoo, tomorrow we are headed to Times Square for The Ride and he will have one final week of Camp Grandma before we depart. Summer is fun time for us but we are counting down the days until school starts. This year is a bit different because my son has always attended private school so this will be the first time he is attending a public school and he will be wearing a uniform for the first time ever. He will be able to express his personal style fully on Friday’s but during the week he will look like the rest of his classmates.

However, I’ve found a way to let him show his personal style even in uniform. We are big fans of licensed merchandise and every year I purchase things from Walmart that he loves. This year I have to be a little more creative to abide the dress code but I’m making it work. I am accessorizing him to the hilt and also getting the best bang for my buck by purchasing uniforms from Walmart.


I stopped by my local Walmart and purchased a pair of khaki pants that are made for my son -slim with an adjustable waist for $9.97. His polo shirts with scotchguard are only $4.97 and that is in the Walmart store, I plan on ordering his entire uniform wardrobe online because I am able to get 4 shirts for a little over $17 and that is a week’s worth of clothing for him!


For his personal style, my son loves Mario so I purchased a Super Mario backpack for $9.98. And to add to his style, I also found a Star Wars themed pencil case. He is in love with this stuff and is able to express his personality even if he is wearing a uniform 4 out of 5 days a week. I am on the search for a licensed lunch box and I know I will find that on walmart.com since I was unable to find one in my local store.



I think we are both excited about the new school year, my son will be making new friends and attending a magnet school that is focused on his love - technology. He gets it honest, my son has been my sidekick for my entire blogging career and I am looking forward to him really learning an important skill set with technology.

I am beyond happy that I am able to get all of the essentials that we need for the new school year at prices that are affordable. Less than two weeks and counting, this year has big things in store for us!



Friday, July 17, 2015

Update video UltraShape non invasive body contouring treatment #ultrashape #ultrayou



I recently had my 2nd of 3 UltraShape treatments. UltraShape is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that is done in the doctor’s office to treat stubborn fat. I am having my belly fat treated. Before I went in I took my measurements to see how things have progressed. I wasn’t really expecting a major change but I was more than pleasantly surprised to learn that I’ve lost half an inch! Now you may be thinking that is not a lot but other than having the UltraShape treatment I haven’t changing anything about my lifestyle with the exception of avoiding fatty foods the first few days after being treated. I think my progress is remarkable given I took my measurements only 3 weeks after my first treatment. In my opinion this is great! I can only imagine how much better it would be if I’d actually started exercising and really changing my diet!


I am happy so far with my results and I decided that it is important for you to see how an UltraShape treatment looks in action! During my UltraShape session I did a periscope for real time viewing. But don’t worry if you missed it! In this week’s video update, I have a link to the UltraShape body contouring treatment that you can check out! You’ll see that all I have to do is lay down and relax while the treatment is being done.



I actually look forward to having my UltraShape done because it is truly is a time when I am doing nothing but focusing on myself, relaxing and enjoying some me time! And at the same time I am making some improvements that will help me feel better overall and look better on the beach! What could be better?

Check out my video below and if you haven’t already been convinced to try UltraShape for yourself, you just might be after viewing it! I can’t wait to share my final results with you in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and UltraShape blogging program. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Canadian lentils Carnival #BBNYC #ad



Time has flown by because in just a couple of days it is time for Blogger Bash! I am so excited to be an ambassador for this amazing conference for established bloggers and I’m looking forward to seeing friends both old and new! I am especially looking forward to the closing party...not because the conference will be over but because it is being sponsored by the Canadian Lentils Company and it will have a carnival atmosphere! I personally am a lover of lentils and have been known to bring a lentil loaf (kinda like a meatloaf) to a party or two..especially when I was exclusively a pescatarian!

If you are headed to New York and Blogger Bash this week, you cannot miss out on this party! Read this description for our conference organizers...if you aren’t excited about this party, I am just going to believe that you don’t like to PARTY!

You have been to conference closing parties before, but this is the one you’ll need to see to believe! Canadian Lentils will turn evening entertainment on its axis with the Canadian Lentils Carnival Closing Party at Blogger Bash!
Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m., head Under the Big Top to enjoy entertainment from contortion to juggling, have your fortune read, snap pics in the vintage photo booth, and play some old school carnival games. But of course that’s not all—get ready to nosh on all of your favorite classic carnival eats now amped up with delicious lentils. Come hungry and ready to party at a Closing Party like you have never experienced before!
I really hope to see you there and if we haven’t met at another point during the conference, please be sure to come up to me and say hello. I’ll be the lovely lady sporting the purple hued mohawk!

Disclosure: I am a Blogger Bash Rockstar ambassador and have been compensated for my time to complete this post. All opinions are my own.


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