Show your support with an Armed Forces Flag

Many people make sacrifices for others but usually they do so for a family member or a friend. There’s a huge group of people that make sacrifices every single day for people they don’t know and never will know. This group would be the Armed Forces of the United States. Many Continue reading

of us would like to let them know how much we appreciate what they do but it’s hard to do this when you don’t know who they all are.

One way to support our military personnel is by displaying Armed Forces flags. You can find these flags at stores like Flag Store USA. Every branch – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and National Guard – is represented. There’s even a flag for the Merchant Marine. And, if you know someone that served in the Vietnam War, the Korean War, or World War II, you can remember them with a flag that commemorates their time in the service. Current military personnel and veterans will appreciate seeing their flag and they will know that you appreciate their service and their sacrifice.

If you purchase a flag from a store like Flag Store USA, you’ll receive high quality, American made products. To show their support, Flag Store USA only buys American made flags. It’s just another way to say thanks to our military and our veterans. You’ll be able to purchase your flag at a great price and you’ll receive excellent customer service. These practices have resulted in unparalleled customer satisfaction and given us a great reputation with our customers.

Displaying an Armed Forces flag doesn’t seem like much when you are trying to think of ways to show our military how much you appreciate what they do for you and everyone else on a daily basis. However, you’d be surprised how much they appreciate knowing that people have not forgotten about them. It’s such a little thing but it means so very much to them. To show your appreciation today, order your flags at a store like Flag Store USA and let an Armed Forces member or veteran know that you haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they have made.

A Road Unknown book review

A Road Unknown is the first book that I have read by Barbara Cameron. If you’ve been following my book reviews you know this isn’t the first Amish Romance novel I’ve reviewed. The author does a good job of grabbing the readers attention and hanging on to it for Continue reading

the entire novel.

Elizabeth Bontrager, the oldest of eight children, lives a life where she works during the day and spends all of her other time helping around the home. Because she is never allowed to attend of the youth gatherings, she is concerned that she will never have the chance to date or marry.

Elizabeth jumps at the chance to experience life outside of her community when her English pen pal, Paula, to let her be her roommate. Despite her parents not wanting her to go, she boards the bus for the trip to Paradise, Pennsylvania to start her new life. Will she find what she is looking for, or will she bow to the pressure from her family to return home?

**A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Del Real Foods Review

del real 8 Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and sometimes you want traditional flavor without all of the wait. When that’s the case here I turn to Del Real Foods. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in California, Del Real Foods is a family business committed to preserving the rich gastronomy and Continue reading

traditions of Central Mexico.

“Designed to satisfy all palates and promote healthy eating, Del Real Foods refrigerated products offer authentic taste, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and cooked with traditional methods for an enhanced dining experience among family and friends.”

Their refrigerated products include Carnitas, Barbacoa, Tamales, Seasoned Shredded Beef, Shredded Chicken and much more.

We had the Carnitas, Seasoned Shredded Beef, Tamales and the Arroz.  It was all very good, and I would definitely recommend keeping one or two of these one hand in the freezer for a quick meal on night when you just don’t want to cook or as an easy way to pull off Taco Tuesday.


The Carnitas were our favorite. They paired nicely with the rice.  We grabbed a bag of shredded lettuce, a bag of shredded cheese and a pack of tortillas and it was a quick and easy, but very tasteful meal.  The tamales were saved for lunch the next day.  They heated up quickly in the microwave and made for a yummy lunch.


Want to try these excellent products for yourself?  Del Real is letting me giveaway a “Party Box”. The “Party Box” features Del Real highlights like carnitas, tamales and the newest delicious addition: pork al pastor pupusas. The Party Box also includes a fantastic Del Real Picnic package (mailed out separately).  It comes with a basket and a really nice blanket for you picnic needs. It’ll make for a great fiesta!

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Rock and Learn DVDs Review Alphabet and Colors, Shapes & Counting

Alphabet rock n learn “Alphabet Al leads kids on an exciting journey to master the alphabet, build word/letter associations, and develop a richer vocabulary. With catchy songs Alphabet Al holds the interest of even highly energetic kids. Fun games and a colorful environment for each letter will have kids out of their seats and dancing Continue reading

along. Includes bonus chapter on printing letters and numbers. All new animation and graphics.”

This DVD was fun. The kids enjoyed the songs for each letter. As the songs for each letter have about 6 words words that start with that letter so the kids can start to recognize the letter sound. For example; some of the words for A are – Apricot and Astronaut. The songs can be a little repetitive for adults, but that’s what most kids at this stage need. After all 26 letters have had a song there is a section on writing the letters. Not sure how the kids are to interact with this part, but as each letter came up we described how to draw each one. Like, a line and then the little circle is the lower case B. The kids seem to respond to this approach.

Accompanying the DVD is a companion book that reinforces what the DVD and songs were showing the kids. Together they can be a great tool in helping kids learn their letters.

I also received the DVD and companion book for Colors, Shapes and Counting.

colors shapes and counting “Here is the perfect way to get your child ready for starting school. Young learners will enjoy all of the kindergarten readiness activities, including learning to count objects by color, shape, or a combination of both. Even gifted children will be challenged by the advanced colors (maroon, turquoise) and shapes (polygons, ellipses).”

While this movie was cute and educational it did not hold the kids attention as well. That could be because of our previous Homeschool efforts. The majority of the information on this DVD was review at best for my little ones. They were naming shapes and counting right along still, but they definitely were not as interested in this one over the other. Having said all that, I can see how this could be a great way to introduce or reinforce the concepts of shapes, colors and counting up to 20. They even briefly cover zero, which can be a hard concept for kids to grasp. Overall, both movies would be fine additions to anyone’s educational DVD library.

Rock N Learn is offering a 25% off coupon code on your entire purchase at their site In addition, they are offering a chance for one lucky reader to win an Early Childhood Collection which is the Alphabet DVD and Board Book plus the Colors, Shapes & Counting DVD and Board book.

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Taking Care of Your Water Heater Repair Job

Taking Care of Your Water Heater Repair Job

Your water heater is an appliance that most people take for granted. You expect it to do its job. When you turn on the tap in the sink or the tub, hot water should come out. It’s as simple as that. Unfortunately, when you Continue reading

run into trouble, there’s nothing simple about it. If you’re like so many others, you’ll end up with a minor flood in your basement or garage, depending on where your water heater is. When a water heater calls it quits, you don’t usually have any warning. You wake up one day and it simply doesn’t work any more. That’s when you need the team at Action Air Plumbing to take care of you.

We’ll Do the Worrying for You
If your water heater malfunctions or is long overdue for a replacement, contact us at Action Air Plumbing. We have a wide variety of top notch models that will fit the bill in your home. Our technicians will arrive as soon as possible to assess the situation and take the next step to helping you get your hot water up and running again. We’ll be able to tell you if you have a minor repair issue or if it’s time to bring in a new model.

Finding the Right Fit for You
While the team at Action Air Plumbing is assisting you, we’ll be looking for solutions. We’ll consider your needs, the size of your home, and how many people are in your family as we determine the best water heater model for you. We’ll help you to find out what will be the most economical choice, such as a water heater without a tank and energy saving models. Not only will you have a quality appliance, it will save you money down the line.

Water Heaters are Our Business
When it comes to heating and cooling, we know water heaters. We have the answers to your questions. Whether you are being proactive and want a replacement, need to install a water heater in a new home, or it’s time for a repair job, you can count on us at Action Air Plumbing. We’ll be on the job when your water heater decides to quit. Let us ease your mind and get your water heater issues resolved so that you’ll have hot water when you need it.

Mother’s Day Deals from Groupon 2015

Mother's Day 2015

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’re all looking for special ways to honor the Mom’s in our lives. To me Mother has never just meant a woman that gave birth. Adoptive Mother’s, Foster Mothers, Women who dedicate their lives working with the people around them unconditionally. So think Continue reading

about all the special women in your life and figure out something that you think would be the perfect way to say “Thank You” and “I Love You”.

The banner above will take you to Groupon’s dedicated Mother’s Day Special’s Page. I know there are a few things I have my eye on. Hopefully DH sees this and takes the hint…

Campus Book Rentals – Great way to save on college textbooks

I am always about sharing a great way to be frugal.  This came across my desk, and I had to share.  Campus Book Rentals is an awesome way for college students to save on books.  Campus Book Rentals has been around since 2007 and was a pioneer in the book rental arena. Continue reading

 They offer a 21 day risk free return policy.  They are partnered with an amazing charity, Operation Smile. There is a video below with more about Operation Smile.

On a personal note, my MIL just recently decided to go back to school. She’s a retiree and on a fixed income.  To help her stretch her Grants and Student Loans, I sent her this site.  She loved the helpful customer service and the speed her books arrived, not to mention all the money she saved over buying new.  Her experience alone was enough to convince me to post about this service.

Some of the benefits of choosing this service over a traditional campus bookstore are:

– Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
– Free shipping both ways
– Can highlight in the textbooks
– Flexible renting periods
– There is an option to buy the book instead of returning it
– They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

Want to know more about Operation Smile, then check out the video below.

Pampers Easy Ups Review and Giveaway


Ok so the potty training nightmare. Only happens once right? Not here. Our oldest daughter was completely potty trained, doing better than her older brother and then one day it all went away. We had a couple of stressful things happen, my husband went back to work outside the home and Continue reading

we moved. All around the same time frame. Now stress can cause your little ones to regress, some of the common reasons are stress, attention, sickness and change of schedule. Never fear however because even if things do digress, you can always start it over and retrain. You see Even when the timing is right for child and parents, potty training can still be stressful. Parents want potty training to be a positive journey for their toddlers, but leaks, accidents and switching from training pants to diapers overnight can feel like setbacks.

11118320_10206111551855042_989162376_n Now on our previous attempts to train she didn’t want to wear a ‘diaper’ (pullup) because those are for babies, instead I was washing clothes constantly. We got our amazing Pampers goody pack and by the way you can win one too! I involved her in opening the box from the potty fairy and in it we found a Looster, a seat a pack of pampers pull ups and a cute book about going potty. there was also a giftcard to help buy more training items. We picked up a special soap for her and pampers wipes that were just for big kids.

11165828_10206111551975045_140165205_n We immediately set up the bathroom. Complete with Looster, seat and the easy to hang holder and as the book suggested she got to pick out some books to read 1 for pee and 3 for poop and the first book we read was Against the Pee and Poop book and she laughed and thought it was funny. Then we began the new pull ups. They went on really easy and I explained that these were a gift from the potty fairy because she wanted her to be a big girl and go in the potty instead. Yes I let her also wear wings so she could be like the potty fairy! We started by asking every 15 minutes if she needed to go potty and trying every 30 minutes and day 1 went well. However you know that you cant ask your kids for the rest of your lives lol. That night as she slept we put a little note under her pillow from the potty fairy saying how proud she was of her going in the potty all day.

Day 2 I forgot to ask her and we did have a little accident, so remember parents we have to be involved in this too! Day 3 no accidents. This is going really well. Night time was super easy because Training pants such as Pampers Easy Ups can help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like design that still helps keep accidental messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.

Here are some tips from Pampers

Pampers Easy Ups Potty Training Tips

L. Jana, MD

1. Promote potty learning. Instead of referring to your child’s transition from wearing diapers to using the potty as “potty training,” consider calling it “potty learning.” After all, mastering this eagerly anticipated milestone of childhood takes time, teaching, and plenty of practice and patience!

2. Take a teamwork approach. From the outset, I find it helps to keep in mind that potty training is a team sport. If you simply remind yourself that you are (and always will be) on the same team as your child, it can really help you stay calm in the face of potty accidents and be a much more positive and effective potty training coach.

3. Stock your deck. Part of the secret to your child’s potty success will involve being well equipped and removing any obstacles that stand between your child and potty success. Sure, this typically includes a fun trip out to purchase a brand new first set of coveted “big-boy” or “big-girl” underwear. But it also means having on hand other practical supplies that can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (to improve access to the toilet) or potty seat to training pants. That’s why I’m happy to partner with Pampers, whose Easy Ups training pants are designed to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like look and feel that still helps contain accidental messes no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.

4. Embrace success. As with any learning experience, young children can learn a lot from both their potty successes and their failures. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with (and clean up) any messes and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.

5. Watch for the signs. There are several characteristic signs and developmental abilities you can watch for that suggest children are ready to potty train. These signs of potty training readiness typically include the ability to use their words to express themselves, toddle their own way to the bathroom, pull down their own pants, and to be aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping (characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to pee. Or when they start hiding behind the sofa or standing in a corner to poop. It is also helpful (and increases the likelihood of potty training interest) when children start to be bothered by their poopy and/or wet diapers, as that can serve as a good motivation for using the potty instead!

6. Start making connections. There’s a lot that you can do to help your child be well-prepared to use the potty successfully long before he actually starts to. Reading fun and engaging children’s books about potty training, such as You and Me Against the Pee! (which I co-authored) can go a long way towards making the idea of potty training a family and eagerly anticipated one. You can take this familiarity a step further by letting your toddler accompany you in to the bathroom when you need to go so that he both becomes familiar with the routine and comfortable with the idea of using the toilet, rather than being afraid of or intimidated by it!

Please join @Pampers on April 21st from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! RSVP here:



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Dial Miracle Oil Marula Oil Hand Soap Review

dial soap oil The Dial Miracle Oil Marula Oil Hand Soap claims to “nourish and deeply hydrate your skin”. It is gentler than scrubs, like the Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap. It’s not abrasive and doesn’t dry out your skin like some soaps. The scent is pleasant and if you are already using the Continue reading

body wash in the same scent this would be a nice compliment.

Overall, a it’s a nice soap, but I think I would find myself reaching for something a little more affordable. The benefits don’t seem to outweigh the extra price for this “higher end” hand soap.

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