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CoSchedule Ramped Up My Interaction

October 30, 2014 By · 9 Comments

Disclosure:  This post does have affiliate links in it, however I love the program and thought you might like it too.

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In the last few months I would log in here and check out my dashboard only to scowl. Why could I no longer write? How could I let my blog go from what was once a PR6 to nothing. I loved blogging, I loved telling my readers about myself, the kids and all our experiences. What had changed? Scrolling for comments in the spam section of wordpress in hopes that there was one or two that slid through into spam because it would mean at least one person was reading.  Basically I was ready to give up. I saw in the MomDot forums that everyone was using a new program so I decided to give blogging one last chance. For the past few weeks I have been using CoSchedule to share my links with my social media sites. I intended only for it to be used for social media sharing but the funny thing is it also got me to blog more. I believe (almost) every single day of October I actually put up a blog post.

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The beauty is you get to use the program for two weeks to really test it out. Make sure to fully test all the features while you can to see how much use you can get out of it. You are able to hook up just about every social media function you are in to it so it will automatically send them out for you even if you aren’t home, once you have programmed it. The first day I sat down and decided to check out the schedule just to see what it was. The editorial calendar was great, in fact I planned out every day and saved them all in draft mode. When I logged into wordpress later I would discuss everything I had done on the application (Coschedule) was now there, all I had to do was go in and write everything up and save. When I logged back into the application I was now able to pick a time I wanted them all to publish. Each day that I had something scheduled I posted most for 7 am, I did try a few 5 am ones too.

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NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Review & Giveaway

October 28, 2014 By · 32 Comments

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received products to review, and will receive a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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I was recently asked if I’d like to review The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Machine with a few cups to use with it. Now I won’t lie I had seen a machine similar to this which I had wanted to review for a while, I may not be a heavy coffee drinker, but I love a cup of coffee at least once a day and I love other hot drinks. So, as you can see, I said yes. I mean this is the perfect little machine for those that don’t plan on making an entire pot. I hate wasting money and dumping coffee down the drain because I made too much. Are you kidding me I have two daughters that would’ve been very upset if I had said no. I want to add that I am prone to loving all things cute, which includes the movie Wall-E which for some reason this tiny little machine reminds me a lot of.

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For the review, I want to state that at first I had a little trouble with it. Sometimes there are twerks that need fixed and some reason I had a bubble in my line so it wouldn’t pump out the water at first. I’m guessing it was from when you put the water cartridge back on the machine, if you don’t see bubbles come up you need to redo it until you do. Once I got that part figured out (by the way make sure ALL the tape is off, they make sure that baby is in the box securely so nothing gets broken) everything else is a piece of cake. I love their customer service.

Pick out the capsule (cups) you want to drink, read how it is suppose to be prepared. If you want to make something like hot cocoa you will need to use 2 different capsules…they explain everything which makes it easy. You’ll feel like there is never a need to go to a coffee shop again because hey, you can do it all right at home now. Place the capsule in it’s little home and slide it shut. Pull the silver level back down until it clicks into place (you’ll know the sound as it punctures the capsule). Pick your hot or cold and wait for it to pour. It really is that simple.10419401_10152467155398404_3015922777195658695_n

Some fun things I liked about this: You can set the little stand for a small cup, medium or large. You are able to desire how much you want in your cup with the little knob up above the machine. It heats up milk capsules too, which is great if you like hot cocoa (I have 4 kids that love it). There are 15 different coffeehouse flavors to choose from, which includes things like iced tea, cappuccino, hot cocoa, coffee. It is really quick. My daughters make this every morning and love that it is faster than the coffee pot I did have.

The sleek and stylish NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto machine brings the “coffee house” into your own home by delivering up to 15 bars of professional pressure to make the perfect cup of coffee and frothy milk every time. With the compact, no-mess capsules, you just pop them into the machine, and with the press of a button, out comes a great cup of specialty (or coffee house quality) coffee in under a minute! What is great about theDolce Gusto is that it can also brew a variety of specialty coffee beverages including creamy layered lattes, sweet caramel macchiatos, bold espressos, even a frosty iced cappuccino. For the non-coffee drinkers in your house Dolce Gusto also brews a deliciously indulgent Chococino.

I will be adding a video here later today to show you just how easy it is. But in the meantime I wanted to get my giveaway kicked off. Comment below for a chance to win one of your own. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Machine would make a great Christmas item. Oh and if you forget to shut it off as you were running out the door, don’t worry it shuts itself off after 5 minutes.

How do I take my coffee? I love to use my own recipe (thanks to pinterest) I take a Mason jar, fill it up with 3/4 sweetened condensed milk, pour in same amount of milk (I use the can to measure), a few tablespoons of vanilla and put the lid back on and shake it well. This lasts me one week. I tend to use this creamer whenever I have my morning coffee, which is the morning blend. Now the kids like to use the Chococino and add their own milk. They said otherwise to them it isn’t sweet enough.

To learn more about this great machine or stay up-to-date with all their stuff follow them at Facebook, Twitter or visit their site. If you want to watch some videos by them they are also on Youtube. Psst, there’s even a cookie recipe there.  Want one of your own but don’t want to purchase it? That’s okay enter my giveaway. You have until Friday, October 30 at 11:59pm. I’ll draw the winner that morning.

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Build-a-Bear Workshop Starts School with a Big Splash!

September 29, 2014 By · 57 Comments

Disclosure: This is a review, the product mentioned was sent to us to review. But I loved it and thought you and/or your children would too.

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Just at the beginning of the school year my kids got a surprise at the front door. Build-a-Bear Workshop wanted to start their education off with a great big splash and had sent us some of their new Summer pals. The kids were definitely excited with their new-found-friends especially Mr.Nicoli once his siblings were at school he decided to help himself to see what was inside this “special package” we’d got that his siblings wanted to open so badly, but since he’d been in tears at the beginning of them going back to school I had told them that he would get the honors of opening it the following day so when they went off to school he’d have something fun to do. Boy did he too. By the way, Build-a-Bear Workshop now has puppets. I’m not sure if they always have or if this was something new but to me it was definitely new and I love it. With a toddler puppets can definitely come in handy as you can instruct them to chat with the little ones and they always talk back to the puppets even if it is toddler talk.
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#SparkleWithDasani Water Review

July 18, 2014 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a paid post, however with the summer heat I thought you’d like to learn a bit about a sparkling water that are hitting the store shelves near you. 


As many of you know we live in the Mojave Desert which means we are constantly needing to drink even more water than before, sometimes the kids hate drinking plain water. Did you know you can sparkle up the taste with Dasani now? That’s right now Dasani is sparkling things up and adding some flavor to their waters but not only that they also come in cans. My kids instantly wanted to try these drinks when they came in the mail because they thought they were new sodas. The apple and berry seemed to be more of a hit, they didn’t really care for the lemon or lime. How do you get your kids to drink water? While I know this isn’t completely water this does add a bit of fizz to their plain waters and is better than coke. Oh the best part is there are NO calories so if you are watching your figure this summer or just trying to count calories this is a great drink for you.

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What makes you sparkle? Answer this and maybe even enter the #SparkleWithDasani giveaway for a chance to win. My kids are what makes me sparkle…that and getting all dressed up. Dressing up is not something I do on a daily/weekly basis so when I do I definitely sparkle. Do you? I’d love to hear what makes you sparkle.

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#MovingMoments with Nicoli

June 13, 2014 By · 17 Comments

This is a paid post for Huggies Little Movers Diapers, now your little man/lady can get around much quicker without worry. All opinions and pictures are mine, your opinions may differ.

Wow I can’t believe how fast a year has flown by and you really get to see that when you have kids graduate and get ready to move on with another school year. This past year my youngest son turned 1 and now he is extremely active, he is always on the go. This little mover will not stop, right now he’s currently crawling all over the place and he refuses to let anyone stop him. While his tiny friends have been walking around for a few months now he is slowly deciding it is time and will go from one piece of furniture to the other.  The other day I was coming out of the restroom when he had decided to stand upright using a dining room chair and then turn to try walking towards the couch, he only made it two steps, saw me and sat down. I really think he could do it but he does not want to be seen or caught in the act.  Course it could also be with a mommy and four older siblings he simply doesn’t care to walk, even when we are all clapping for him. When did your little one begin walking? What did you do to encourage it? For those that are going to ask he turned one at the end of April.

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Here he was in the church with me, he’s figured out he can really move when he climbs up the wall and uses it as a support system. Check that little man out!

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I think this little man will be moving fast in about a month and he won’t be having to hold on to anything. What do you think?

Little Movers are the perfect diaper for on-the go babies – their Double Grip Strips and soft Velcro make for a comfy fit, while their LeakLock™ system provides mom with peace of mind! For a select time, Huggies® is offering coupons to anyone who visits Huggies.com/moments and uploads a photo or video of their baby’s best moves!

It is amazing how quickly your child grows up, from the moment you first start feeling them kick inside you to putting on that very first diaper and watching as they pass those milestones. What is your baby doing lately?

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