Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Designer Handbag Fan Appreciation #Giveaway!

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Monthly Designer Handbag Giveaway

Welcome to the Monthly Designer Handbag Fan Appreciation Giveaway!

Welcome to the Designer Handbag Giveaway hosted by Jenns Blah Blah Blog! We decided to put a little spin on our tradition monthly Coach Handbag giveaway that we have been doing for over a year and add some more designer handbag brands for your to choose from such as Coach, Ivanka Trump, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Gucci, Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, Ralph Lauren and more.

Monday, August 29, 2016

When is the right time for my child to have a cell phone? #KidsFirstPhone #Giveaway

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Dilemmas...dilemmas! Now a days kids are sporting cell phones at a really early age and most are carrying the latest smart phones available. When I was a kid all that we had available to us were land line phones and pay phones, both which are becoming completely obsolete!

The actual dilemma as a parent is not whether or not to get a cell phone for your child, but rather at which age is it appropriate? Honestly, there is always something going on and families are super busy. There are times when I drop my kids off at extra-curricular activities and need to pick them up later or weekends when they are with their father and I'd like to still be in contact with them, so a cell phone only makes sense, right? Not to mention that my kids tend to rely on their devices for a large portion of their entertainment and even for homework research. 

When my daughters were at home they had cell phones as teenagers, but now my 11 year old son is getting social and hanging out with friends (who all have cell phones!) so the fact that he has one at such a young age seems to fit. Did you know that the average child gets their first cell phone at around 10 years old? It's true!

With a smart phone also comes things like social media and according to a recent study, 1 in 2 kids will have a social media account by the age of 12 and 64% of kids already have Internet access via personal tablets or laptops. This makes children susceptible to online predators and other things on social media that aren't appropriate for kids so it's so important for parents to be sure to monitor and customize the phone in addition to checking out the Online Quiz from Sprint that helps parents make informed decisions about their child's online activities. There is even a parent-child mobile contract that allows the user to customize parameters and an agreement about rules and limitations. 

Let's face it...most of our kids have cell phones so it's up to us to protect them and ensure that they are safe and learning to be responsible and independent. So are they ready? 

Questions for Parents:
  • Is there a need for my child to have a cell phone?
  • Will my child have full access to the Internet and social media?
  • Which rules and guidelines will I want to be in place for the cell phone usage?
  • What happens if my child breaks the rules?

If you do decide that the time is right for your child to have their own cell phone, then then next step is to decide which phone is best. You're in luck! We are giving one AWESOME reader a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 from SPRINT! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below...Good Luck!

Giveaway open to US residents ~ 18 years or older ~ Ends September 12, 2016
**This cell phone is not activated and not unlocked with SPRINT as the carrier**

Disclosure: This giveaway was facilitated by Sprint. All opinions are entirely my own.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

End of Summer Lemonade Cocktails

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How are you saying goodbye to the summer season? No whether you are celebrating or giving summer a sad farewell, there's no better way to give a proper send off than with a few boozy treats! Hornitos Tequila has come up with a couple of spike lemonade cocktail recipes that are super easy to make and perfect for a gathering with friends and family. These refreshing cocktails are a mix of sweet and tart flavors that will tantalize the taste buds and have all of your guests wanting more! So don't waste time sitting indoors and mourning the passing of the warm weather...gather a few friends and mix up some lemony, addicting, lip-smacking adult beverages. 

The Perfect Weekend Getaway at Westin At The Woodlands Hotel #WestinTheWoodlands

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There are times when you don't need to travel far from home to experience the perfect weekend getaway. I was recently able to experience one of the best ever staycations with a weekend stay at the Westin Hotel in the Woodlands, Texas. 

If you've never been to this upscale hotel, it's completely worth your time and the short drive from downtown Houston to check it out, whether you simply need to unplug from your daily grind or spend a couple of days reconnecting with someone special...this hotel is ideal! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Season 2 of #DreamWorks Animation’s Dawn of the Croods premieres exclusively on @Netflix

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The world's first family is returning for an all new hilarious Season 2 of 
DreamWorks: Dawn of the Croods!

Watch as Eep, Thunk, Grug, Ugga, Sandy and Gran encounter many new modern day problems for the first time in history as they in history as they navigate life in the prehistoric Croodacious Era! Eep joins the first Scream-Leading team, sets up the first underground dance club, and takes up death guarding at the watering hole: Grug tries to improve his hunting skills through the introduction of math and convinces the family to go on the first vacation...Thunk invents ventriloquism for the first ever stand up comedy show and tries the new fad ~ Skateboarding with Eep.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tips & Etiquette for playing #PokemonGo

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Pokemon Go is on mobile phones everywhere. Teens and young adults can’t get enough of the addicting game. The scavenger hunt inspired design makes it the most popular game of choice for anyone and everyone who wants to “get up and go!”

While the game is the antithesis of the typical couch-potato inducing video games that many teens prefer, parents still aren’t 100 percent on-board with the Pokemon phenomenon. The game pulls kids off couches and inspires them to pursue adventures, but Pokemon Go also has encouraged many players to trespass on private property and indulge in some crazy—and risky—moves to capture their prized Pokemon.

Until every Pokemon Trainer (that’s what players are called, FYI) has captured every single cute character in the game, Pokemon Go is here to stay for quite some time. If played responsibly, the game is great for kids of all ages. Everyone needs to get out and move more, and any game that helps promote a degree of physical activity is a friend to all parents.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Denver Broncos Emmanuel Sanders plays #SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS

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To celebrate the announcement of the new Skylanders Imaginators video game, Emmanuel Sanders, who is the wide receiver for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, took a break from training camp to play the awesome new video game with the newly announced playable Dr. Neo Cortex figure and Crash Bandicoot level called Thumpin' Wumpa Island! Awesome!

Photo Credit: Jim Bessette for Activision Publishing Inc.
Crash Bandicoot is the football star's favorite character from childhood, so he was super excited to be one of the very first to check out the Crash characters and level at his home in Colorado.

While playing the game, Emmanuel acted like a big kid, and in between laughs, mentioned that he can't wait to play the game this fall with his son, Princeton. Emmanuel also had a chance to design his own character and chose one with enormous muscles and an orange and blue color pattern. He was really impressed with the new Kaos toy and all of his powers and moves!

Photo Credit:Jim Bessette for Activision Publishing Inc.
Emmanuel said that Skylanders is so much fun and bringing toys and imaginations to life "is one of the coolest things that I've ever seen in video games and I LOVE video games!"

Dark Horse ~ A Dream That Became A Legend! #DVD

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Dark Horse is a story set in a former mining village in Wales and is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite "sport of kings" and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slapheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners, for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope ~ he makes a remarkable recovery and returns to the track for a heart-stopping comeback.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Himalayan Salt Lamps ~ Beauty and Benefits! #himalayansalt

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I've had one Himalayan Salt Lamp in my home for the last few years and absolutely love it. Not only is a gorgeous and a great conversation piece, but the health benefits are unbeatable. My family suffers from seasonal allergies and in Texas, that could mean several times per year that we are sniffling, coughing and just miserable, but since having the salt lamp in my bedroom, I sleep like a baby at night no matter what season comes along.

I was so happy to receive another Himalayan Salt Lamp so that I could also place it in other areas of my home. In case you didn't know, salt lamps are all-natural air purifiers, made with pristine pink Himalayan salt crystals that help to clean and purify the air in any room of the home or office. I keep my lamps on at all times so that the air in my home is consistently purified and we are free of those pesky allergies and it works wonders!

Queen of Katwe ~ In Theaters September 30th #QueenOfKatwe

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"Queen of Katwe" is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende, a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona's natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she's inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

Disney's "Queen of Katwe" will open in theaters on September 23, 2016!

Monday, August 15, 2016

End of Summer Kids' TV on #DVD Roundup & #Giveaway!

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Well, the end of summer is almost here and the first day of school is just around the corner. It's the perfect time to gather a few of your children's favorite DVDs for afterschool or weekend enjoyment. What better way to unwind from the chaos of a busy week than with some fun and adorable characters from a group of Hasbro animated shows! 

My Little Pony ~ Friendship is Magic: Friends and Family: Twilight Sparkles returns with Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Spike to celebrate the magic of friendship and family. Come watch as Apple Bloom, Maud Pie, Bic Mac and others demonstrate that best friends can certainly be family and family can certainly be best friends!

DINOTRUX is having a birthday & we want you to help us celebrate! @Netflix

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Happy Birthday!

DINOTRUX is having its first birthday this weekend, and we want YOU to help us celebrate! Click the picture below for tons of fun printable activities to share with your kids and have a birthday party of your own to help DINOTRUX celebrate the big day.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

PETE’S DRAGON is finally opening in theatres everywhere tomorrow, August 12th! #PetesDragon

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The most magical movie of the year is finally almost here! Pete's Dragon opens in theatres everywhere tomorrow, August 12th!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Live Online Doctor Visits When You Need Them With Amwell #MomsLoveAmwell #ad

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This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and Amwell. 
All opinions are my own.

Let's face it, going to the doctor isn't fun, but then again, neither is getting sick and not feeling well, right? As a mom of four children, I've had more than my share of hours spent in a doctor's office waiting room or exam room not to mention sitting in an Emergency Room in the middle of the night with a sick child for what seems to be hours. But as a parent, those are the things we do when our loved ones are hurt or sick. 

Thanks to Amwell, parents now have the option to visit with a board-certified, licensed doctor, dietician or even psychologists online for immediate and live information and treatment ~ day or night. Another awesome feature is that Amwell can be used on a desktop computer or mobile device thanks to the convenient app. The app is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is dedicated to keeping families healthy all from the comforts of home! Awesome!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

#Skylanders Summer Games ~ Kid-Friendly Activities #RIO2016 #TrainingFor2020

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Calling all Skylanders families! Are you inspired for this year's summer games? Skylanders invites you to participate in a global campaign to get kids moving and #TrainFor202! Awesome!

We want you to share photos or short videos of your children training for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Here's the challenge...they have to incorporate a Skylander toy into their training. Easy right? For example, if they are doing a push-up, they have to go low enough for their nose to touch a Skylander stationed on the floor. If they're running a relay with siblings, they can hand off a Skylander instead of a baton. Like Skylanders Imaginators itself, the creative possibilities are endless! 

Spread Joy, Not Smears with Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens #BackToSchool #SpreadJoy

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To celebrate the upcoming back-to-school season, Paper Mate has partnered with Island Records Multi-Platinum selling singer, songwriter and international sensation, Shawn Mendes! "Spread Joy, Not Smears" is what he's excited about and he's spreading the word during his summer World Tour.

Now through December, fans will have the chance to join Shawn in spreading joy with new Paper mate InkJoy Gel Pens, available in 14 brilliant and vibrant colors with vivid gel ink that dries 3X faster for reduced smearing. Awesome! 

"The simple act of sharing a handwritten note can help spread joy and make a positive difference in someone's life. Shawn Mendes believes strongly in the power of the written word so the decision to partner with him for this program was easy," said Victor Misawa, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Writing and Creative Expression. "Shawn is a true advocate for spreading positivity through his lyrics and we are proud that he uses Paper mate InkJoy Gel Pens to inspire his songwriting."

Toast to the Olympics! #RIO2016

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As the first official day of the 2016 Summer Olympics begins, people from around the globe are gearing up to cheer on their favorite athletes or teams and gather for Olympic viewing parties and events. To help celebrate and keep everyone in the spirit of the Summer Games, we have a tasty cocktail from Sauza Tequila ~ Cherry Sage Smash! This easy to make beverage is made with fresh red cherries, sage, and lime juice. Yum! To ensure that this delicious drink is suitable for your "home" team, try making the Cherry Sage Smash cocktail pitcher-style. Serving pitcher-style cocktails allows the host to spend less time prepping in the kitchen and more time cheering on their favorite athletes and friends. 

Cherry Sage Smash
Preparation: Combine all ingredients into a shaker and muddle. Add ice, shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with sage sprigs and enjoy!

The Secret To Making The Next Trip With The Kids A Lot Easier

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Vacations are fantastic fun. Who doesn’t travelling? For any of those who don’t, I would wager it’s a 50/50 that they have kids. It doesn’t seem fair to blame some dismal holidays on the fact that you’re travelling as a family. But it can happen. That’s why you need the right preparation in place to make all the less likely. We’re going to make your next family holiday a lot easier on you.

Pack everything you need in advance
As a parent, it may be hard to find the time to do this. However, it’s important that you get everything researched in advance so you know what to prepare. In particular, keep an eye on weather forecasts before you go. You don’t want to be stuck with a kid who doesn’t have weather appropriate clothing. They’ll let you know about it. Make a list of travel essentials as you get closer to the trip. On the last week, get it all prepared to tick it off as you pack.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cocktails to Drink at Your Summer Games Viewing Party #Olympics

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The torch has been lit and the summer games are finally here! While most of us can't be in Rio for the much anticipated Summer Olympics, we can still stay glued to our televisions, computers and other devices for the next few weeks and keep up with all of the action and events. Another option is to host an Olympics Viewing Party with friends and family. When planning your viewing party, be sure to include Hornitos Tequila's cool spin on Brazil's national drink for your cocktail of choice. The Caipiruila is the front-rummer for the gold and the perfect drink to sip while watching all of the Olympic action. You can also entertain your guests with a bit of Summer Olympic trivia to add to the excitement. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

7 steps to make your love life more eco-friendly & still have FUN!

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These days everyone is concerned about being eco-friendly and using products that are considered "green" but where does that leave your sex life? Most people don't think about the many different ways to incorporate eco-friendly products into their sex life, but it turns out that there are several available and lots of ways that we can have an amazing love life while being GREEN!

Protect Earth with Non-Toxic Materials
You want toys made from non-toxic, non-porous, hypoallergenic, medical grade, pure materials? Opt for toys made from 100% silicone and solid glass. They are longer lasting, easy to care for, and are available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and textures!