Orkin Mosquito Scientist Summer Bug Kit Giveaway

April 30, 2016 By · 3 Comments

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Orkin Rollins INC. I will be receiving a pack as a thank you for posting this giveaway.


Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

How many of you get bites every year around this time? How about your kids? It seems that every time my two boys go outside they get bites on their arms or legs, in fact I thought my 9 yr old my be allergic to something that was in the air but turns out we’ve got mosquitoes already.

Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.  Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?

At Orkin, they use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about their pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Take the quiz below to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.  Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

Talking about summer and bugs makes me remember back when I was first married and very pregnant I met a life-long friend and her little 3 year old. Lauren (the 3 yr old at the time) was fascinated with bugs, so much she would catch them and play with them. She’d watch them in little cups but we did learn you must watch them very closely because they may just try to stick a rollie-polly up their nose. haha. Yes, it happened, no at the time it was not funny. So while your little one is bug watching, please make sure to watch them very closely. If something goes missing check places.
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Curious George Exclusively on Hulu

April 11, 2016 By · 84 Comments

Disclosure: Samples are being received for this post. Pictures are courtesy of Hulu, minus the one of my son.  Prizing and samples are courtesy of Hulu.


Curious George adventures are now all on Hulu. Yes, all 9 seasons are up for your viewing pleasure. Let your children watch the little monkey that gets into tons of trouble just like you did at their age. I have always loved that little monkey.  Curious George is an animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. Aimed at preschool viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world’s most curious monkey?

Your favorite monkey is swinging into your home and getting into all types of trouble. He is definitely going to keep your kids guessing what he’ll do next or how much trouble he is about to cause. All 9 seasons of Curious George, as well as the animated film Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, are now streaming only on Hulu. As with all Kids programming on Hulu, Curious George streams commercial-free.

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3 Steps to a Working Garage Door

March 25, 2016 By · 56 Comments

garage_door_not_opening_smallIt’s Spring which means Spring Cleaning so why not start with the garage.  Whether you need to go through your garage to find the things to donate or trash or maybe you just want to make it spacious and clean enough to park your vehicle in it. Chances are you don’t think very often about the garage door itself. Am I right? I didn’t always either, at least not until you heard a funny noise or it got stuck as you tried getting it up. I’ll never forget the one day though that my door would get stuck and when I pulled it shut the top fell off the hinges and came crashing down on my head, making me drop to the ground with my three kids (at the time) worried I was dead. Now, I make sure it is working and you can too.

With GarageDoorCare.com, you’ll find a 3-step program that helps you make sure your garage door is working and running smoothly. Don’t wait until it’s too late and repairs must be done. Not only can those take be expensive, but it can also take time to find a trusted professional to make those repairs. Check out these 3 tips on maintaining your garage door.

1 – Lubricate your garage door twice a year (it isn’t that hard, believe me.) Most homeowners have never lubricated their garage door. ACK! That’s why you may hear squeaks, groans and why it can stick. Over time, that could lead to trouble. But lubricating a garage door is easy. A quick visit to GarageDoorCare.com will show you how to lubricate the door, rollers and hinges. Five minutes of your time and a five dollar spray can of garage door lubricant that you can pick up at your local hardware store are all you need to potentially save a costly service call down the road. That’s it! The site also demonstrates several other easy steps homeowners can take to keep their door in peak operating condition.

2 – Sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder. You don’t want to miss the reminders.

3 – Find a trusted, local garage door pro well in advance of a problem. Following these maintenance tips will extend the life of most of your garage door parts, but sometimes despite your best efforts your garage door will need professional attention. Unfortunately no amount of lubrication can keep a worn out spring from breaking. When your garage door stops working you’ll need a professional. It’s not something a homeowner should try to repair themselves – a garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in a home, and can cause severe injuries or even death if damaged or misused.
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Easter Treats for Your Basket!

March 23, 2016 By · No Comments


(I think we should’ve bought a smaller bunny for that basket. Oh well, someone is sure to love him)

Do you have Easter Treats for Your Basket? Easter Baskets have been appearing on store shelves for the past month, chances are you’ve seen those stuffed bunnies, giant chocolate hollow bunnies, Peeps and Cadbury Eggs. Sure everyone dreams of sinking their jaws into these things but do they think of the dentist bill that follows suit.  Many people start thinking of sugary treats when it comes to their child’s Easter Basket, but what about a healthier alternative? I’ve always liked putting in a stuffed animal, book/hot wheel and a few small plastic eggs filled with something.  Welch’s® Fruit Snacks and Go Organically® Fruit Snacks would make great fillers instead of all that junk food that you are surely thinking of putting in.


Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are America’s favorite fruit snack brand. The Welch’s® Fruit Snacks Easter themed box and pouch have custom Easter-themed graphics with fun shapes which include a Chick, Egg, Flower and Bunny. The snacks are perfect for Easter Baskets and stuffing eggs. Moms and Dads love that every pack is made with REAL Fruit, is Fat Free, Gluten Free, and contains No Preservatives. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks feature fruit as the first ingredient, so they taste delicious! 28 individual packages in the box.

I loved these ones the best, however my oldest daughter loved the Go Organically treats.

Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit purées and real fruit juices. These tasty smart and delicious treats include 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and are an excellent source of Vitamins A and E. Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are GMO-free, gluten-free, preservative-free and made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources.  Not to mention, each individual pack is only 70 calories! 8 individual packages in the box.

Oh the best part if your little ones don’t eat up every one of them before school is back in session they can take them as a snack for their lunch. These would also be great for after school activities or for when your child runs in from outside looking for a bite while waiting for dinner.

Disclosure:  I received free samples for this review.

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5 Ways to Pop a Clogged Ear

March 21, 2016 By · No Comments


As some of you know I’ve been sick since January when I was diagnosed (using a CT Scan) with pneumonia, since then I’ve stayed sick with one thing or another. I came down with bronchitis, strep throat, laryngitis and now apparently I have allergies. To be honest I think I have a sinus infection because my entire face feels swollen and now I can’t hear (literally) out of my right ear. It started with low hearing, kind of like the way things go quiet when you go under water.

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(In the picture you can see my face is red/pink and getting swollen/puffy)

It grew into feeling like the pressure of needing to pop. Most would think I just went on a plane or something or yawned and need to do it again, this does NOT work for me. For those that do not know, as a child my ear drum burst due to an ear infection. In my mid 20s it would happen again. This time my doctor says there is no sign of an ear infection and my ears are clear, no wax. As two weeks has passed since I’ve been to the doctor I have lost all hearing in that ear, minus the buzzing sound that happens every once in a while. The doctor has no concern over the loss of hearing but if you are anything like me you’ll know it is something that bugs a person. I went online to look for ways to pop my ear.

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