SanDisk Memory Cards Availabe at @BestBuy @SanDisk #SanDisk

SanDisk Memory Cards available at BestBuy

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and we are already in back to school mode here.  The kids have just one more week of vacation left and then they are off to school for another year.  While they may still have one week left I know students that are already back in school for the year.  If you’re still preparing for school and have older students then this post should be very helpful for you.  I remember being in high school and using a floppy disk to save my papers and work in Technology class.  That technology has advanced beyond anything I could imagine and now storage options are much more advanced compared to what it was back in the day.  BestBuy has a wide variety of storage options from SanDisk and I wanted to share some I believe would be perfect for students heading back to school.

Disclaimer: 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.

Add a SanDisk microSD™ card to your smart phone or tablet, and you can carry more of the media and apps you love. Thin and light computing devices, tablets, and smartphones demand the compact form factors of SanDisk microSD cards.  Make sure their performance can keep up. SanDisk microSD™ cards give your smart phone or tablet a more responsive camera function and smoother media playback. Whether you want more storage for your phone or a card that makes it easy to shoot high-resolution video on the go, you can choose the way you want to add fast, reliable data storage with capacity options from 4GB to 200GB.  I personally prefer to have a storage card for my phone because when I upgrade or need to switch phones for whatever reason I know all my personal data, photos, music, and any other important information is always at my finger tips.  Nothing ever gets lost.

SanDisk for Digital Imaging: SanDisk products, from professional-grade camera memory to point-and-shoot SD cards to microSD cards, deliver industry-leading performance and reliability. SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices—because your stories span generations and your memory solutions should too.

You will be able to capture more fast action , record more 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video, and transfer speeds up to 60MB/s for smartphones, tablets and action cameras.  This SD card is over 10X faster than ordinary cards and transfer speeds up to 80MB/s for DSLR cameras and camcorders.  I recently upgrade my camera I use to shoot photographs for my blog.  It included an 8GB storage card but I’ve had to erase it several times since I got my camera in April.  My next step will be upgrading storage for sure.

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USB for iPhone and iPad allows for easy transfer between iPhone, iPad, and computers and frees up iPhone and iPad memory with both lightning and USB connectors.  I need to get one of these for my phone.  I hate having to find my photos in iCloud on the computer and it links all the photos together even from my older phones.  This device would make that so much easier.

Dual USB for ANDROID devices allows for easy transfer between Android™ device and computers and frees up space for photos, videos, music and more.  Now Android users have the same convince as iOS users.

Best Buy being the place you can get a memory card to support safe storage for all of your devices.  Visit the site to learn what card is right for you.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Good Humor Washington DC Tour

Good Humor Washington DC Tour

Summer is winding down but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  Good Humor Ice Cream is in the nation’s capital and they are inviting residents to come out and enjoy some free treats during the Welcome to Joyhood Tour.

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Good Humor® is embarking on a mission to bring joy to the mundane moments of everyday life, and transform East Coast cities into capitals of joy, one neighborhood at a time. After making stops of the “Welcome to Joyhood” summer campaign in New York City and Philadelphia, the iconic brand is continuing its tour and traveling to Washington, D.C.  I grew up in Trinidad but I remember when we moved to the US and spending summer waiting for the ice cream truck to pass by with the Good Humor treats.  My favorite has always been the Chocolate Eclair and Strawberry Shortcake Popsicle.

Good Humor® will be engaging with fans on Twitter, and send the Good Humor® Joy Squad through their neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. from August 4 to August 22, surprising and delighting them with frozen treats and other unexpected delights. The Joy Squad will show up in neighborhoods and at events, local retailers and local businesses – as well as some unexpected places – to bring joy to everyday life.  I’ve included the schedule that @GoodHumor posted on Twitter.  Be sure to follow them so you know where the truck will be next.

Good Humor® has also teamed up with the Washington Nationals mascots to surprise and delight Washington D.C. residents on August 11, stopping by Metro Center from 12 – 12:30 p.m. and Dupont Circle from 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. to offer frozen treats, photo opps and other fun surprises.

Connect with Good Humor on social media – Facebook & Twitter – and follow the hashtag #JoyhoodDC to see what people are sharing.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Make Special Moments with Smores Brownies #MomentoNescafe

Make Special Moments with S’mores Brownies

Summer just isn’t over unless you make some S’mores.  This year the kids truly discovered the awesomeness that is S’mores.  Before they had tried it a few times but now that they can make it on their own they’ve been super excited about trying it out on their own.  Life is often made of a series of special moments, some bigger than other but all special none the same.  I try to remind myself to embrace some of those small moments because they are so much easier to do.  Like each year our family heads out to state park for Memorial Day/Birthday Celebrations.  Each year we proclaim we are going back at least every other weekend and each year we probably make it back maybe once.  This year was the worst we have only been one time despite saying week after week we plan to return.

S’mores had been on the top of the kids to-do-list this entire summer and so far we had only tried them twice.  It’s not hard at all to make them, even if you are doing it on the stove.  In an effort to make special moments I decided to make a S’mores Brownie for dessert after dinner along with a cup of NESCAFÉ® Clásico ™ for myself.

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Making moments happen in your life doesn’t have to be big or extravagant.  It could be as simple as taking a nice walk after dinner once the temperatures start to cool, visiting a friend you haven’t seen in a while, serving your spouse breakfast in bed with a cup of NESCAFÉ® Clásico ™, taking the kids to the park for some unexpected fun.  Shake things up and try something you’ve always wanted to try like a new restaurant or a new type of food.

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NESCAFÉ® Clásico ™ recently teamed up with Ricky Martin to inspire and encourage people to get out of their comfort zone and experience great moments that they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience.

I love Ricky Martin’s music, it always gets me in a mood to dance and have fun.  Check out this video about how Ricky is making moments happen with NESCAFÉ® Clásico ™.  Many thanks to NESCAFÉ® Clásico ™ for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to Make the Moments Happen!

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How are you going to make moments happen? #MomentoNescafe

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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How To Pick Out Your Best Lingerie

How To Pick Out Your Best Lingerie

If you’re the type of person who gets into your lingerie a bit, chances are you’ve developed some go-to items, stores, and designers. There are just so many options out there that once you find something sexy and comfortable, it can be tempting to stay put and rely on your favorites as the foundation of your lingerie drawer (or, if you’re really into it, entire wardrobe!).

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Fashion art photo of young sensual lady in classical interior

But if you do have some go-to options, you may also be missing out on some of the endless potential that exists in the broader lingerie market! Yes, the selections can be overwhelming, and frankly the shopping process can be a pain. But when you find something great, it’s absolutely worth it. To help you do just that, I want to use this post to share a few handy tips for how to narrow down the selection and find a few new pieces of lingerie you’ll fall in love with.

First off, I’d suggest you use the Internet only in a limited capacity. Use it for inspiration—not for shopping. There are all kinds of incredible pieces of advice and ideas out there online from people who make it their job (or at least chief hobby) to research and reveal lingerie. This list of top lingerie blogs is a good place to start, as it can expose you to a lot of helpful opinions in addition to specific lingerie suggestions for different body types, style preferences, etc. But I wouldn’t recommend actually shopping online. Once you find your inspiration, use it as a starting point for an in-person perusal. Shopping online is just a little complicated when it comes to something for which fit and comfort matter so much.

Next, for more pre-shopping inspiration, I’d recommend you take some time to research a little more about your own body type. I know, that sounds a little bit counterintuitive; after all, it’s your body, you ought to be familiar with the type! But really, many of us are surprisingly unwise when it comes to how to use lingerie to best flatter our own bodies—at least, I know I used to be. If you’re a little uncertain in this regard, this guide to choosing lingerie can be immensely helpful in that it basically defines a few common body types and provides suggestions for which pieces might go best with them. Pear-shaped women might look best in baby dolls and chemises, for example, and someone bustier up top with slimmer hips might do best in a bustier or camisole. It’s by no means an absolute guideline, but figuring out where you fit on this spectrum might help you to narrow your focus effectively.

Finally, I think one of the most important steps is to forget about all the advice out there about “pleasing your man” or finding the right lingerie for him instead of you. Sure, you want to show off, and if you’re in a healthy relationship there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make yourself look ideal for that special someone. But in this lingerie selection tips article, the issue was clarified quite well: if you focus on someone else’s desires, you might not get something you feel comfortable and sexy in, and that might make the effect a bit less impressive. The key is to get lingerie that makes you feel great, and go from there.

Past those tips, my final suggestion is to allow some time to try on a lot of different bits of clothing. This is my main reason for preferring a live shopping experience to the online version. You really get to feel how things fit and see how they look, so why not go nuts and spend a few hours comparing options?

Good luck with your next trip to the mall, and here’s to your next great set of lingerie!

Nickida

Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Build Confidence, Stop Nighttime Bedwetting with GoodNites TruFit #ConfidentKids #CBias

Build Confidence, Stop Nighttime Bedwetting with GoodNites TruFit

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When my son was diagnosed with Autism I knew that how we approached many things dealing with him would be different.  Now at four although he’s starting to show signs of being interested in potty training it’s not been an easy road.  Getting him to sit still to use the potty or toilet hasn’t been easy and usually ends up with melt downs.  Since he’s in school for a few hours a day we wanted to get him used to the idea of using the potty.  I know the normal tips and tricks I used with my two older kids wouldn’t get it done so we are trying it in reverse.  Most kids learn and master potty training during the day and have a hard time with it at night.  For us I am going to start with changing his nighttime routine and then work on changing up his daytime routine.

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Our son is non-verbal so our first steps with potty training means we’ll have to teach him signs and make sure he understands the feelings associated with using the bathroom.  This is one of the main reasons why I wanted to try training in reverse.  Building up his confidence during the night while working with him on the other things during the day.  I have heard about GoodNites TruFit Real Underwear before but I never though about trying it.  I know I didn’t want to keep my son in diapers or training pants at night so these seemed like they would do the trick.  TruFit are real cotton underwear that are washable and reusable that comes with disposable inserts.

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I headed out to our local CVS to pick up a starter pack to get our son started over the weekend.  He just finished up with Extended School Year so now is the perfect time to add the change in his routine as we prep for back to school.  Each GoodNites TruFit Starter pack comes with two pairs of underwear and five inserts.  The underwear features prints for both boys and girls.

Getting started is super easy.  Wash the underwear before using for the first time.  When you’re ready to use place one of the disposable inserts into the leak-resistant insert pocket, once it’s secure the underwear is ready to wear.  It looks and feel like real underwear and that’s perfect for helping my son understand he’s getting bigger.  One of the first skills he’ll learn is putting on his own underwear and getting himself dressed.  Either my husband or I usually dress him.  Now instead of me putting on a diaper or training pants on him after his bath, I just make sure the underwear is ready and let him do it himself.  That will encourage him to do the task on his own, learning to be more independent.

The same concept applies when he wakes up in the morning.  Instead of me changing his diaper, our new routine involves him going from the bed to the bathroom to use the potty.  That way he’ll get into the routine of using the potty first thing in the morning and eventually we hope he’ll start to do it on his own.  Our next step is to introduce regular underwear during the day.  The goal is to get our son to first understand the feeling of having to use the potty from the mornings after sleeping with his GoodNites TruFit Underwear.  Once he understands how that feels it will be easier to get him to signal he needs to go to the potty during the day.

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GoodNites TruFit Underwear are the perfect solution to an everyday problem for kids of all different ages.  Parents struggling with bedwetting issues not have a solution that not only works for them but it also makes their child feel confident and brave.  No more missing sleepovers or visiting family for fear of bedwetting.  Your child gets the extra protection of TruFit and you get stress free mornings.  As a mother of a special needs child this is a product that I really love because now my son don’t have to worry about not feeling normal or like his other siblings.  He gets to wear real underwear just like them, he gets to be independent and chance himself and he gets the protection he needs while he’s learning to master potty training.

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Do you have a child that could benefit from GoodNites TruFit Real Underwear?  Grab a coupon to save on your purchase of TruFit.

 

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Juicy Juice Insight Survey Into Parent’s Buying Habits

Juicy Juice Insight Survey Into Parent’s Buying Habits

As a mother of four I have brought my fair share of juice over the years.  When choosing for my kids there are a few things I always make sure their juice has.  I want something that is as natural as possible and with no added sugar.  Apple Juice is usually our first choice and for school Juicy Juice individual juice boxes are the perfect addition to lunch boxes.  I even love their mini juice boxes for our toddler because it’s the right portion size for him.  Recently Juicy Juice did an insight survey into parent’s buying habits.  Here’s the results of the survey.

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The study found that nearly one-third of moms who don’t purchase 100 percent juice for their children cite additives as the primary reason, while in fact 100 percent juice products contain no added sugars, other sweeteners, colors or preservatives.  Despite widespread reports in recent years of concerns about sugar content in juice, the Juicy Juice survey found today’s parents making 100 percent juice a big part of their kids’ healthy beverage repertoires.  Among related findings: 

  • Milk (purchased regularly by 94% of moms), 100% juice (82%) and bottled water (72%) rank 1-3 in household beverage purchases.
  • 87% of kids drink 100% juice, almost on par with those who drink milk (90%).
  • 73% of kids drink the same amount or more juice than their parents did when they were kids, likely due to a proliferation in varieties, blends and convenient packaging options for busy, on-the-go families.
  • Over 60% of parents rightfully do not believe that juice and juice drinks are one and the same. Juice drinks do not contain only 100% fruit juice and often include added sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and other additives.

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Toward helping parents make better informed juice purchasing choices, Juicy Juice recently updated its website to highlight nutritional content, educating parents what to look for when reading any juice label and to help cut through the clutter. Juicy Juice is available in 12 fruity flavors including Apple Raspberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Mango and Fruit Punch.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Safeway 4th of July Specials

Safeway 4th of July Specials

New specials are in store at Safeway starting on July 1st, shoppers can stop in store to pick up special deals just in time for the holiday weekend.  I’ll be heading out to the store to shop specials to create a fun Red, White & Blue holiday menu for my family and I’ll be sharing all the recipes on the blog so be sure to check back to see what I made for my family so you can create it for yours.

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$5 Friday items for July 3 include the following:

Signature Café Bone-In or Boneless Chicken Wings

O Organics Salad

Lobster Tails

DiGiorno Pizza (27.5 to 33.3-ounce packages)

Tropicana Orange Juice (89 ounces; selected varieties)

Eight-piece Country Fried Dark Meat Chicken

Off Insect Repellant Aerosol

Safeway SunCare

Fresh Eclairs

Frito Lay Variety Pack

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Other Items: Perfect for your family cookout

Eating Right Boneless Chicken (Breasts and Thighs) – $1.69 per pound

Country Style Pork Ribs – Buy One, Get One Free

80% Lean Ground Beef – $2.99 per pound

Pork Rib Fest – $2.99 per pound

Extra Meaty Pork Backribs, St. Louis Pork Ribs or Pork Spareribs

Shrimp

Large Raw (31/40 count) – $4.99 per pound

Jumbo Raw (21/25 count) – $5.99 per pound

Colossal Raw (16/20 count) – $6.99 per pound

Large Cooked (31/40 count) – $6.99 per pound

Corn on the Cob – .19 each (Club Card)

Choice (Beef) Strip Steaks – $5.99 per pound

Choice Beef Tenderloins – $9.99 per pound

12-piece Chicken – $8.99 each (Club Card)

Safeway Refreshe Water (24-pack) – $1.99 (Club Card)

Lay’s Potato Chips – Buy One, Get One Free

Pepsi Products (12-pack, 12-ounce cans) – 4 for $10

Buy any four (Pepsi/Diet Pepsi), get Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush or Schweppes Ginger Ale free

Specials from July 1 through July 7

Meat Multi-Packs $19.99 per box (four different meats per package)

Berries – $2.99

Two-pound strawberries

18-ounce blueberries

12-ounce raspberries

Deli Counter Salads – 2 to 3-pound containers (selected varieties) – $4.99

Turkey Hill Gallon Drinks – 3 for $5

Breyers/Open Nature (pint)/Klondike (11- to 27-ounce)/Nestle Drumsticks (18.4 ounce) – 2 for $5

Simply Orange Juice – 2 for $5 (selected varieties)

General Mills Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams – $1.77 (must buy 4; Club Card)

Watermelon – $3.99

Safeway Farms Chicken (Thighs/Legs/Drums) – .99 per pound (Club Card)

Johnsonville Family Sale – 305% (Club Card)

Fresh Atlantic Salmon Fillets/Jumbo Snow Crab Clusters – $5.99 per pound (Club Card)

Nathan’s Beef Franks – 2 for $6

Clip or Click Coupons look like the one above and they provide extra savings

45-count Cookies – $4

Minute Maid/Gold Peak Tea – $1.88 (limit 3)

Ocean Spray Light Juice (64 ounces) – $1.88 (selected varieties)

Heinz Ketchup – $1.99

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Walmart and Pampers Support Children’s Miracle Network Plus $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Walmart and Pampers Support Children’s Miracle Network

Walmart and Pampers has teamed up to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this June.  This partnership will result in a donation of two hundred thousand dollars to CMNH to help them further their mission to make miracles.  Purchasing Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals products helps supports the hospitals.  Each purchase helps with making a donation to the network.  This advertorial is sponsored by P&G, thanks for providing gifts cards (one for myself and one to giveaway), the infographic and the information regarding the CMNH.

Meet Elijah:

 2014 MD Champion-EliMaryland – Elijah: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Malrotated Upper Bowel & Hirschsprung’s Disease

Age 5 (as of 11/30/14)

Eli’s parents assumed the Hopkins Children’s staff would be attentive to him as a patient, but the overwhelming compassion shown toward their little boy far exceeded expectations. Born with twisted intestines, Eli needed complex surgeries to reconstruct his bowel, remove parts of his colon and 90 percent of his lower intestines. He desperately needed the specialized care only a comprehensive pediatric hospital can provide.

Eli became attached to a stuffed cat named “Kitty,” who has since accompanied him along every step of his recovery. Doctors recognized this special bond and made every effort to incorporate Kitty into Eli’s treatments. That personal touch and attention to detail, coupled with excellent care, helped propel Eli to good health.

With medication and routine check-ups, Eli is now free to enjoy his childhood. Affectionately known as “Mr. Personality” to his family, Eli loves being social and lights up every room he enters.

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About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:

  • Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
  • One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year
  • Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
  • Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
  • U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012

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You can help support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stop by Walmart and purchase Pampers Diapers.  Check out this infographic to see why CMNH needs your support.  Thanks to P&G one lucky reader has the chance to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card.  Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older.  Ends July, 22nd at 11:59 PM.  Enter via the tool below.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Earn Rewards Point & Share with IHG Rewards Share Forever Program

This post brought to you by IHG Rewards Club. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Nicki’s Random Musings.

Summer break is almost upon us and we are in full planning mode.  The kids loves when we travel and they get to stay in a hotel overnight.  They usually have one requirement for any hotel stay and that’s a pool because they love to swim.  No matter when we travel they hope our hotel has a pool for them to get in the water.  If you and your family are fans of Intercontinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn or any of the other Intercontinental Hotels Group you will want to learn more about the IHG® Rewards Club.

IHG is a global company that gives you access to 9 hotel brands, over 4,800 hotels and nearly 674,000 rooms in nearly 100 countries around the world.  Staying at any of these hotels gives you access to IHG® Rewards Club. The “Share Forever” Summer Promotion (shareforever.ihg.comallows members to earn points for their stay as well as share additional points with those that matter most!  So imagine if you’re traveling and earning points, you can also earn point to share with someone else.  Your travel could mean a reward for mom, dad, a sibling or anyone you choose.  Here’s how it works:

  • Earn 500 Points for your next IHG hotel stay from May 1, 2015 – September 2, 2015
  • Earn another 500 points for that same hotel stay to share with another member! (Or keep the points for yourself!)
  • Earn from 68,500 to 115,500 “Share Forever” bonus points plus a maximum 58,500 bonus points to share, or keep.

Members also receive other benefits besides the ability to earn points.  Other benefits to membership includes extended checkout, free internet, free weekday newspaper and the ability to earn points through partnerships with other businesses.  IHG® Rewards Club members don’t have to worry about blackout dates, you can spend as little as 10,000 points, and as much as 50,000 points.

We love spending time together as a family whether it’s visiting the local zoo, our favorite family restaurant or enjoying a staycation.  When traveling we like to make sure we have a nice place to stay.  IHG offers lots of options that are perfect for our family and I’m sure they have great options for your family as well. Register Now for IHG® Rewards Club and start earning points for you and points to share.

We don’t know where our next adventure will take us but I’ve already signed up with IHG® Rewards Club so we can earn points and earn some to share with my parents.  OF course I choose my parents because we love traveling with the entire family and extended family.  It’s some of the best memories we have traveling as a large group.

Who would you share your points with?  Where are you planning your next family adventure to?

Visit shareforever.ihg.com to learn more about the reward program and to sign up.  Connect with IHG® Rewards Club  on Twitter at @ihgrewardsclub and Instagram  at  @ihgrewardsclub.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Check Out the 3D Robotics Solo Drone @BestBuy @3DRobotics #SoloatBestBuy

Check Out the 3D Robotics Solo Drone @BestBuy

Robotics is all the talk on the internet lately.  It seems re-watching old movies constantly reminds us that we still don’t have flying cars, hover boards and automatic drying clothing.  Yes, I blame the ‘Back to the Future’ films.  Needless to say there have been lots of advances in technology and Best Buy has one of the latest up for grabs at their store.  This is a sponsored conversation, 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.

Drone technology can bring so much good change to our lives.  We can discover places we wouldn’t normally have access to due to space.  Due to their size these tiny air crafts can get into smaller spaces, making it easier to explore.  The same applies to search and rescue efforts.  Instead of have to use a helicopter or small plane rescuers can use a drone to get into wooded area, small spaces, remote area and be able to cover large areas in less amount of time.  I can’t wait to see the many different ways this technology is used to help improve our lives.

About the 3D Robotics Solo Drone:

Best Buy is the destination for drones, including the new Solo™ by 3DR.  Now is the time to explore for Father’s Day.  Solo, the Smart Drone, arrived in over 400 Best Buy stores on June 8, just in time for Father’s Day. It’s the first-ever drone powered by two integrated Linux computers, making capturing the perfect shot easy for anyone. The Solo retails for $999.

Solo can define its own flight, freeing users to focus on getting the shot. This intelligent drone is also the first to support full control of GoPro® cameras and deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.

Solo can define its own flight, freeing users to focus on getting the shot. This intelligent drone is also the first to support full control of GoPro® cameras and deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.

Current Offers at Best Buy:

Get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (Reg. Price: $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Sku: 5354101). Valid 6/7-7/11 at Best Buy.  Disclaimer: Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Celebrating Our Proud Grad #EarnItFrameIt #ProudGrad

Celebrating Our Proud Grad

A few months ago I shared a post about a grad in our family.  I had the opportunity to shop for a beautiful diploma frame for her as a gift for graduation.  We had to wait for her to graduate to gift her the frame and the kids couldn’t wait to surprise their aunt with her new frame and congratulate her on her accomplishments.  This post is part of the blogger program by Church Hill Classics and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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It’s graduation season and grads all over the country are walking across the stage, shaking hands and picking up their “diplomas”.  After the ceremony you celebrate with parties and family dinners and shortly after graduates pick up their official diplomas and then they put them in the cases they sometimes get at graduation.  Thats what I did when I graduated from both high school and college.  Framing it was never something I thought of and according to a recent survey conducted by The Motherhood 56 percent of respondents never framed their own diploma, so you see I am not alone in this.  We didn’t want our proud grad putting her hard earned degree in a case and not displaying it up where it belonged.  Church Hill Classics (www.diplomaframe.com) is a professional framing company that helps graduates preserve and showcase those hard-earned diplomas with officially licensed frames.  Church Hill Classics offers an extensive selection of custom frame styles for more than 1,500 colleges and universities and I was super excited that our grad’s school was represented.

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Church Hill Classics, #EarnItFrameIt, #ProudGrad

Church Hill Classics, #EarnItFrameIt, #ProudGrad

It was hard keeping this secret until the kids aunt graduated but we were able to keep it a secret and surprise her with an amazing gift.  She of course didn’t purchase a frame for her diploma and no one else had brought her one either.  She absolutely loved it.  Everytime she looked at it she found something new they loved about it even more.  She liked that the frame was engraved with her college and the school she received her degree from.  It was really a great gift idea and one we knew she’ll cherish for years to come.  In ten years when she looks back there may be lots of things she forgets about graduation but she’ll always have her new diploma frame, it’s a very memorable gift.

Do you have a proud moment?  Church Hill Classics is hosting a Frame My Proudest Moments contest through August 5th, be sure to check it out to learn more and enter your own photos.  If you haven’t purchased a diploma frame for your graduate yet Church Hill Classics is offering a special free shipping offer to my readers.  Use promo code HK55F and receive Free Domestic Ground Shipping on any of their products on www.diplomaframe.com. The offer runs through July 13, 2015.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Free to Be Nature Lovers and Explorers

Free to Be Nature Lovers and Explorers

 

Summer break is right around the corner for us.  I’m always looking forward to summer break.  I love it because I think I get to sleep in, but the reality is that I am still usually us early.  Summer also means finding activities for four kids to do so they aren’t bored all summer long.  This year thanks to all free clear my kids are free to be nature lovers and explorers.

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I use to worry about my kids clothing before I used all free clear products for their laundry.  The love being explorers and having fun, especially during the summer months.  They seem to attract a lot of grass stains and dirt.  Now I don’t have to worry when they are off being kids and having fun.  Not only is all free clear perfect for washing kids clothing it’s also great for kids with sensitive skin like mines.

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Kids shouldn’t have to worry about allergies and harsh chemicals irritating their skins. They should be enjoying life and being free to have fun.  Like my son Mase who loves sliding on the playground and he shows off his excitement by dancing at the end of the slide.  He’s free to be adventurous when playing at the playground.

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Playing catch is one of my favorite childhood games when I was growing up and seeing my kids enjoy the outdoors and play catch as well makes me happy.  They are free to be runners when playing outside.

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The kids have never rode a camel before but they were free to be brave and give it a try.  They ended up loving it so much they can’t wait to do it again.

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Summer doesn’t mean that learning is over, nature offers to many opportunities to learn about their environment and surroundings.  They are free to be learners.

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Summer is the season of family vacations and travel and my kids love traveling.  They are free to be traveling explorers, visiting new places and trying new foods.

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About all free clear:

Did you know that all free clear detergent (liquid and mighty pacs), fabric softener and dryer sheets have received the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™.  Products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that avoid certain chemicals, dyes, perfumes and residues that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or a sensitive skin condition.  They are the only brand with laundry products to receive this seal of acceptance.

all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. It’s tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, it’s safe for use in standard and HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful Clean. Gentle on Skin.  NEW From the #1 Detergent Brand Recommended by Dermatologists Allergists and Pediatricians comes all free clear liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets, OXI mighty pacs and OXI boosters. Use together to make fabrics cleaner, softer, and more comfortable against your family’s sensitive skin. 100% free of dyes and perfumes. Gentle on skin. Safe for all washing machines. Find it in your fabric conditioner aisle!

The NEW OXI mighty pacs give you extra strength cleaning power for 30% less than Tide Free & Gentle pods. Each little mighty pac is full of the concentrated cleaning power of OXI with the gentleness of free clear, providing a powerful clean that’s safe for the whole family.

The NEW OXI booster whitens and brightens clothes. It’s safe on sensitive skin. It costs 15% less than the leading brand AND you can use it to remove stains around the house (it can be used on carpet, upholstery and patio furniture, just to name a few!).

Thanks to all free clear you can save on your next purchase of their products.  Here’s an all free clear coupon for your next shopping trip.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Who are You Sharing A Coke With? #ShareMemories #ad

Who are You Sharing A Coke With?

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

May is a very busy month for my family and I.  We have three birthdays in May.  My husband is first followed by our oldest son and then our middle son.  Every year we usually hold a family picnic at a park to celebrate my sons birthdays.  It’s usually on Memorial day and it’s how we kick off the summer.  This year it was no different from past years.  We made huge plans for heading out to the park for the day.  Our planning started with a trip to Giant Eagle to stock up on Coke for the day.

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Our adventure filled day started with us having to find another park for our family outing because the one we would usually visit was already at capacity.  Thankfully we had a short drive to another park and we were ready to start the day.  I was quite surprised with how the new park turned out.  I actually like it better than the other park we usually visited.

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My husband was on the grill but my dad was trying to take the credit.  They were cooking up burgers, hot dogs and ribs for the family.

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While waiting for the food, these guys grabbed an early snack.

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While waiting for the food, JB was spraying on some sunscreen to protect his skin out in the sun.

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Everyone set up their chairs and blankets in a cool spot so they could relax and enjoy the day.

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The kids loved running around with all the space in the park they really enjoyed the nice cool day.  We were so close to the water than even though it was a very hot day we stayed pretty cool.

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We don’t get together and not play football.  It’s mandatory for us.  Of course we got the ball out and threw it around.

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We had such a great time I totally forgot to get picture of the food before.  It was all good, because the family ate it all up.  My hubby the grillmaster is always worried that I’ll forget to save him a drink.  I made sure this time I did.  I kept a nice cold beverage for him once we got home.

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While we were shopping for I found some cool bottles of #ShareACoke with Class of 2015 bottles that I just loved.  We have a family member graduating with her masters and we had to grab her a bottle for celebrating her special day.

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If you had the opportunity who would you Share A Coke with?  Since Coke is my soda of choice, I share a Coke with anyone visiting my house.  Anyone that knows me knows how much I love Coke.

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These mini can are the cutest things I’ve ever seen.  They are the prefect party size drink.  I love having them for road trips in the car.

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Glass bottle Coke always reminds me of growing up in Trinidad.  I look getting them to keep for “in case of emergency”.  I rarely run out of soda but if I do I always have a glass bottle somewhere around to hold me over till I get to the store.

Have you found your name on a Coke bottle yet?  Visit the Share A Coke site to find your name.  Be sure to connect with Giant Eagle and Coke on social media below:

  • Twitter: @CocaCola @DietCoke @CokeZero @GiantEagle
  • Instagram: @CocaCola @DietCoke @CokeZero @GiantEagle

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Research First with Best Nursing Homes

Research First with Best Nursing Homes

“Mom just got a hip replacement. She has to be out of the hospital, but she’s too sick to go home. What should we do?”
“Dad has dementia, and his health has declined to the point that it’s unsafe for him to be at home. Help!”
“I need somewhere to recover from heart surgery. I don’t want to be a burden to my kids and wish there were somewhere I could go with advanced medical care. Do I have any options?”

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Sometimes you need medical care that can’t be taken care of at home … or in a hospital. We all know that home health companies can come in and take care of the basics. But if you need more advanced medical care, help is available in what is called a “post-acute” care center, also known as a “nursing home.”  Nursing homes have gotten a bad rap over the years. But what most people don’t know is that there are really good ones out there—rehabilitative centers that look and feel more like hotels than hospitals and give you more personalized therapy and attention than if you were in a hospital.  “Where can I find this heaven on earth?” You may ask. Welcome BestNursingHomes.com. This is an online site, provided free to the public by the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, that lists five-star nursing homes and rehabilitation centers rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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English: Nursing Home in Goldthorn Hill. This area of Wolverhampton has a cluster of nursing homes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s different about this site than others?

  1. BestNursingHomes.com lists ONLY the best sites. Anything on the list has been pre approved by Medicare as one of the top in the country.
  2. There’s no annoying sales center. Best Nursing Homes is run by a nonprofit organization whose public mission is to make people aware of the good places to go. It’s a free list.
  3. You don’t have to enter any personal information. No one is going to contact you when you search the site.
  4. You can contact the nursing homes directly. If you see an option that you like, simply call the facility or send an email using the contact form.
  5. You can see what the center looks like. For the facilities that have chosen upgraded listings, you can take a virtual tour of the building with slideshow photos and videos.
  6. You can review what others’ experiences were like. Best Nursing Homes uses proprietary software to get real reviews from real residents and family members. And they’re authentic—there’s no gaming from competitors or advertisers.

Best Nursing Homes has been made possible by the generous donation of North American Health Care and its CEO, John Sorensen. John has made it his life’s work to serve the elderly population and has sponsored the development of BNH and donated it to the ASNP for use. “We are very grateful for the leadership of John Sorensen in the post-acute care industry,” said Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association for Skilled Nursing Providers. “John is a leader in his field, a generous philanthropist, and a great example of someone who places serving the patient above anything else. We are proud to be associated with John and North American Health Care and grateful for his support to promote best practices in skilled nursing.”
For more information about Best Nursing Homes or the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, please contact Dr. Cook at amyc@bestnursinghomes.com or 949-813-0182.

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Decorate Baby’s Room with Baby Wall Stickers

Decorate Baby’s Room with Baby Wall Stickers

There are lots of ways you can get ready for the arrival of your baby.  One is getting the room ready for your new bundle of joy.  When thinking of room decor I like things that are easy to put together.  Projects that only require one person is even better.  One method of decorating that I enjoy and love using is Wall Stickers or Wall Decals.  They are a fun and creative way to add a personal touch to any room including the new baby room.  I’ve teamed up with My Wall Decals to share with you some of my favorite stickers.

I love the Chalkboard sticker because of all the possibilities it leaves parents.  You can choose to decorate it any way you choose.  Pick the color chalk you want, draw pictures, write quotes or just a name.  It’s up to you and you get to make changes as much as possible.  My Wall Decals has lots of baby room stickers on their site to help you add that special touch to any room.

Encourage learning early with these animal alphabet wall stickers.  I love that it’s not just letters but it also features the animals as well.  What a great way to motivate your child to want to learn.

Build a love for exploring with this Leaning Tower of Pisa wall sticker.  I love this piece because I think it would encourage children to ask questions about the place once they are old enough.

Another option is creating a personalized name sticker for your baby’s new room.  My Wall Decals has several different options for creating personalized name stickers for any room, they even allow customers to create one of a kind quotes to match any decor or room they are decorating.  That’s another great way for customers to get exactly what they are looking for.  Stickers range in prices and there’s something for all kinds of occasions and decorating projects.

 

 

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Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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