October 27, 2014

Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation

How to Plan for a Walt Disney World Vacation: 
Tips from the family who did it wrong
(and a Few Things We Did Right)

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I was relatively excited when my husband decided that this was the year to take our daughter to Disney World.  She was capable of staying awake later without full-on meltdowns (and often fighting bedtime just because).  Given the circumstances, it seemed like a good opportunity to test our luck and plan a vacation at Walt Disney World.

Unfortunately, the magic of planning the vacation quickly dissipated in the actual planning phase.  I couldn't believe how much planning one had to do, just to wait on the actual vacation.  We ran into a few problems too, and I thought I'd share some advice if you're beginning to think about taking a family vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

October 21, 2014

Tips for Blogging: Beginners

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When I began blogging a couple years ago, I thought I'd just write a few things and give myself a little something to do that didn't completely revolve around my daughter.  I began sharing deals and such that I found, basically to keep it off my personal Facebook news feed because hubby said I was spamming everyone.  Apparently he didn't appreciate sales as much as I did.

Down the line I realized no one was looking at, reading, or commenting on my posts.  Even more so, I started noticing that other bloggers were doing these great reviews and some were even making money from a blog!  Wow ... new territory!  So, I wouldn't say that my blog is successful in a way that I'm earning a paycheck, but I have come a long way since the beginning.  That said, here's a list of things I wish I knew when I started blogging!

October 17, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review and Coupon Giveaway

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I received Purex Crystals Aromatherapy recently for review as a Purex Insider.  Although I've begun using laundry items with fewer chemicals and those that are unscented, I missed smelling fragrances from laundry straight out of the washer and dryer.  So, I was happy to review the new crystals as a laundry enhancer, for a change in pace on laundry days.  I was even more happy to find that the scents were made using essential oils, which I've found to be quite useful in so many applications in health and around the home.

Purex Aromatherapy Crystals Review and Giveaway kit

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review: Well Being Scent

Purex sent me the "Well Being" scented Aromatherapy Crystals.  Quite fitting considering all the health issues surrounding me.  I love the scent of the crystals, but oddly, I can't even begin to explain the fragrance to you.  Here are the names and descriptions of the new Crystals, straight from Purex:

October 16, 2014

Training Your Child to Sleep May Be as Easy as Dream Team Pets

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Dream Team Pets is much more than a bedtime toy-it's an innovative kid's sleep aid that helps end the bedtime battles of trying to keep your child in bed. Developed with the help of a pediatrician, Dream Team Pets bedtime routine empowers kids as they reward their Pet with stickers and a certificate for a good night's sleep. If the child wakes up from a nightmare, there are no hard feelings because the responsibility is on their Pet, but when they successfully sleep in their own bed, the kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they reward their Dream Team Pet. What makes this unique is that the kids think they are training their Pet, but really they are sleep training themselves! 

My Readers receive 30% Off Dream Team Pets with Promo Code: USFGUIDE when you order a Dream Team Pet on Amazon
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I'm hoping to receive a Dream Team Pet for my daughter to provide a full review in the near future.

Do you have issues with your child and sleep?  Which pet would you like for your child?

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Pedigree Stackerz Dog Treat Review: Influenster VoxBox

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You might remember that we adopted a rescue dog right before Christmas last year.  She's a sweet girl and hardly needs more than food and lots of affection, so I take for granted that she could use more treats.  Thankfully, Influenster has provided a sweet reminder by selecting me to receive and review Pedigree Stackerz.
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October 15, 2014

You've Just Been BOO-ed by BuyCostumes

You've Just Been BOO-ed by BuyCostumes

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You've just been "BOO-ed" by BuyCostumes! The latest chain reaction game sweeping this Halloween season has just hit your screen with a super discount - 20% off EVERYTHING at BuyCostumes when you use coupon code: AFCBOO20!

October 14, 2014

The Disgusting & Frustrating Adventures in Potty Training

I've posted previously that we're on a mission to potty train.  Each time we've been on the mission, I have truly believed that my daughter was ready.  She gets it and she's completely understood the concept since just before she turned two.  We have some weeks of success and then she quits and we start all over again later.
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We're in it for the long haul this time.  Just before turning three, we gave her some big girl panties and made it very clear that it was time to use the toilet for everything.  We've continued praise, candy, and treats to keep up the encouragement.  She was excited about wearing big girl panties but we upped the ante by offering a trip to Disney World if she learns to poop in the potty.  Plus, I have a set of Minnie Mouse panties for her that she's not allowed to wear until she learns to do all of her business in the toilet.

October 12, 2014

Get Great Deals for Your Dog at DoggyLoot

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Have you ever tried out DoggyLoot?  It looks like a really fun deal site for your fur babies!

I'm always overwhelmed by the amount of dog toys and treats you find in stores, and it's almost impossible to stay up to date on what's out there for your dogs.  What I like about DoggyLoot's site is that it offers a wide range of toys, treats, Halloween costumes and much more without being overwhelming.

October 09, 2014

Free Offer: Bag of Amora Coffee (Just Pay Shipping)

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With this exclusive FREE Coffee offer, you will receive announcements and information about Exciting FREE Gifts and more valued at $160! Begin with your first bag FREE in the blend of your choosing.

*Just pay $4.95 for Packing & Priority Mail®. 

Receive the FREE stainless steel canister and FREE silver-plated scoop in your second shipment. A $28 value!

Paw Patrol Look-out Playset Toy Review

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Every now and then, when I let my daughter watch television, we stumble onto Paw Patrol, which she really seems to enjoy.  So, I was excited when bzzagent.com selected us to review the Paw Patrol Look-out Playset.

This set comes with the look-out tower, slide, Chase, and his SUV and is rated for use for children 3+.  I received the set from bzzagent.com in exchange for my honest opinions.  I was not provided any further compensation and participation in this program does not sway my opinions of the product.