Purina Pro Plan #MenAndCatsContest


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Do you know an extraordinary man with a cat?

Purina Pro Plan is shredding perceptions of both traditional cat food and who typically loves cats by launching the Purina Pro Plan #MenAndCatsContest to celebrate the new Savor Shredded Blend.

Purina Pro Plan is working to change the perception of dry cat food by introducing Savor Shredded Blend, an all-new mealtime experience that combines crunchy kibble and tender meaty shreds to provide both extraordinary nutrition and exceptional taste.

In order to change how people think of who typically loves cats, Purina Pro Plan is partnering with proud cat guy and “Devious Maids” actor Gilles Marini to search for extraordinary men who own and love cats. We are asking that people nominate the cat guys in their lives or that those extraordinary cat guys out there enter themselves by sharing a photo of them with their cat on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MenAndCatsContest and tagging @ProPlanCat from August 31 – September 14. Those men could be featured in the 2016 Purina Pro Plan Extraordinary Men and Cats Calendar and win a year’s supply of Savor Shredded Blend.

The calendars will be used to raise funds for rescue groups nationwide through the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue network.

For entry details and eligibility requirements and to learn more about Savor Shredded Blend, visit www.proplan.com/MenAndCatsContest and let’s not only change the perception of who loves cats, but also help rescue organizations across the country find loving, permanent homes for cats just like theirs.

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August 31, 2015 – 4:49 PM - | Posted in contests, pets | No Comments »

Coping With Back To School


The new school year is on the horizon, or maybe your kids have already started, either way it can be a fun but trying time for parents and kids alike. That can be especially true if you have a child who struggles with school, attention, and focus, amongst other behavioral challenges. It’s never easy getting kids transitioned into a new school setting. Been there, done that! Understanding and advocating for our children is so important.

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One in five children struggle with issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, and organization, yet many children with learning and attention issues do not have a diagnosis. The adults in their lives often have a hard time understanding their issues due to misconceptions and a lack of information and resources. As a result, children with learning and attention issues often face both academic and social challenges. Sometimes returning to school after a long summer break can bring out some pretty tough emotions for kids.

If you are sitting there reading this, stressed out and feeling alone, don’t be. You are definitely not alone. There are so many others who have been sitting right where you are. Understood is an organization that was created by a coalition of 15 nonprofits, and its content and tools were informed by a survey of more than 2,200 parents of children with learning and attention issues. Understood offers free daily access to experts through chats and webinars, a safe online community that encourages parents to reach out to and learn from each other and a suite of specially designed, first-of-their-kind tools that will help you prepare your child for back to school and cope with everything that comes along with it.

Understood provides parents with clear explanations about learning and attention issues. The resources they provide will give you advice on how to help your child cope with those issues when returning to school and throughout the school year. It offers practical advice for parents on everything from how to partner with their child’s teachers, Back to School preparation, and help with homework to how to cope with the anxiety that comes with back to school. Here are some of the tools that you can utilize to discover what Understood has to offer:

  • Back to School Preparedness Countdown – Start the new school year off right! There’s a lot going on—and a lot to keep track of. Download this one-month planner, which has daily tips to get your child with learning and attention issues ready for going back to school.
  • General School and Learning Section – Read through each section to see what we have to offer. Complete your profile and let us show you how we can help.
  • How to Help a Child Cope with School Anxiety – My son is anxious about going back to school, and the closer we get to the first day back, the worse it gets. He’s been acting out and throwing tantrums, saying he refuses to go. What can I do?
  • Working With Your Child’s School – Parents often don’t want to bother teachers in September and October. But talking early in the school year can set the stage for strong communication throughout the year. Here are topics that can get the dialogue going.
  • How to be an Effective Advocate for Your Child – As a parent, you are your child’s best education advocate—until he’s old enough and informed enough to speak up for himself. You know your child’s strengths and challenges, and you can help identify and push for the resources your child needs to succeed. Here are some tips to help you advocate for your child at school.

Maybe you are a parent of a struggling child, or even a friend or family member who is watching the struggle from afar. Understood has resources for everyone to learn how to help these kiddos face these challenges together. The You & Your Family section helps families with practical solutions and advice for social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. This may give you more opportunity to prepare them for the coming school year, as well as engaging in fun family activities.

Children, family and education are such an important part of life. Sometimes you have to take the hard with the easy, the bad with the good. If you know someone who is struggling, be it a parent or a child; encourage them to check out Understood. They may find exactly the help and inspiration that they need!

Disclosure: I am sharing this as part of a Bloggin’ Mamas Social Good Campaign conducted in conjunction with Element Associates. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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August 17, 2015 – 1:16 PM - | Posted in back to school | No Comments »

Air Conditioning, The Key To Keeping Me Sane This Summer!


Yup, that’s me! It’s not crazy hot this summer in Ohio, in fact, it wasn’t until this week that we actually reached summer temperatures, so I’m not complaining, I love the sun, I love the heat….However, my body does NOT! What my body loves is the cool Air Conditioning going on in my house!

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Be it my meds, or be it hot flashes, I don’t know exactly what it is because it could be both, my sweat glands are going nuts. I could be in a fully air conditioned mall, and I’m sweating up a storm. Heck just doing the dishes makes me sweat. I hate being a woman sometimes. So what would I do if my AC went out? I think I would go crazy!

My thermostat is probably set at freezing level, as i freeze out my husband and children who are constantly covered up in blankets because of me, oh and did I mention I also sleep with the fan on me at night too? Yea, I should be Jack Frost! I remember always making fun of my mom for being so HOT all the time, and well, I guess Karma is a you know what…..

So, you can only imagine how much my AC runs, and how much energy it uses. Check out some of the recommended tips to save energy and some cash this summer when running your Air Conditioning.

Tips to save you money while using your air conditioning unit this summer:

1.Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable, keep air vents clear of any objects.

2.Tune up and clean/replace your filters monthly

3.Minimize indoor heat. Run things like the dryer, dishwasher and oven at night. Let dishes air dry on hot days. Use the major appliances only between 2 and 8pm to keep that bill lower.

4.Keep your blinds and windows closed during the day, and open at night.

5.Use ceiling fans to keep your house cooler

By using some of these tips, you’ll help get your energy bill down, and keep your home cool! I’m all for both of those things!

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August 15, 2015 – 8:56 AM - | Posted in daily life | 1 Comment »

Back To School With SanDisk and Best Buy! #SanDisk


Ah yes, it’s that time of year again…. Back to school! Some parents are thrilled, me not so much, I love the summer, I love traveling in the summer, and back to school means it’s all over …. But….The kiddos go back to school, so I guess that’s a plus. Besides summer coming to an end, the other bummer is back to school shopping… It’s so expensive these days! The kids need so many more things than we ever did for school, and that includes new technology.

It’s a must have for most kids now, at least in one form or another. Tablets, laptops, headphones, flash drives and memory cards, these are the things you’ll see on some of your class supply lists. Best Buy and SanDisk want to make your shopping easier and affordable by providing you with the products that your kids will need all in one place with the experts who can help you. 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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SanDisk offers a wide range of products including:

– 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.

o   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

o   Over 10X faster than ordinary cards3 AND Transfer speeds up to 80MB/s FOR DSLR CAMERAS AND CAMCORDERS

– SanDisk microSD card: Add one to your smartphone 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.

– Mobile devices: They help you share stories every day, no matter where you go. Make sure their performance can keep up. SanDisk microSD™ cards give your smartphone 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.

o   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

o   Dual USB for ANDROID devices ALLOWS FOR Easy transfer between Android™ device and computers AND Frees up space for photos, videos, music and more

SandiskMicroSDBack to school means the kids taking their own devices, to do their own things. From taking photos, taking notes, and using their calendars on their phones, technology isn’t something we can ignore anymore when it comes to education. The SanDisk microSD card allows them to keep their videos, photos and more in their devices to carry all of their media with them with more space added to their devices. MicroSD cards come with storage capacity from 4GB – 200GB.Sandisk1

If they’re working on a project at school that they want to continue to work on at home, SanDisk memory devices allow that with their easy transfer capabilities using Lightening and USB connectors making it easy to use and transfer your items no matter what device you have.

Best Buy is the one stop shop for all of your back to school techy needs for you and your kids. Visit your local store today, or make your purchase easily online for free pick up or delivery.

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.
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August 10, 2015 – 10:18 AM - | Posted in back to school, technology | No Comments »

Workout With The Right Pair Of Shoes!


Working out and you get that cramp, that shooting pain in your foot… Why? You have a really expensive pair of shoes on that you bought specifically for working out, what the heck is wrong with your feet?

I’ve encountered this more than once. Especially when I was doing Zumba. Some days it was so bad, I could hardly walk the pain was so much. Who knew that those expensive cute workout shoes could be what’s causing foot pain, for me it was. We tend to forget that shoes affect our feet as much as they do, they could be too big or small, worn out and have lost their support, which was the cause in my case. My shoes were worn, they didn’t look worn, but the support was gone.

What I was going through was Plantar fascitis which is inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot, from the heel to the toes and is the common cause of heel pain. Let me tell you, it’s painful! I did stretches, flexed my feet a lot, bought some heel pads and iced it. It was a long time before it healed up.

I had to find another pair of shoes, I wanted a pair that were flexible enough, yet cushioned to keep my feet comfortable, and a pair with support. Honestly I couldn’t just get another pair of ‘cute’ shoes. Thankfully, fitness/workout shoes are so easy to come by, anyone can find what they’re looking for both style and comfort wise. Just remember it’s probably best to buy your workout shoes from stores who have shoe experts! Let’s face it, the shoes I use for Zumba, or the gym probably aren’t the same, the shoes for hiking and crossfit aren’t the same, if we’re serious about working out, we need to be wearing the proper shoes for the different types of exercise we plan to get, our feet are important, if you can’t walk on them because of pain, there goes your workout! Try to find the best shoe for your workout the outdoor sports gear reviews website has an article that’s well worth reading if you’re looking for best shoes for your next crossfit session or anything else.

Tips for buying the right workout shoe…
– Wear Socks, try shoes on with socks, normally your not barefoot when working out
.- Make sure that there is good support in the middle and around the heel with good cushioning under the ball of the foot.
– Try on shoes later in the day rather than early. You’ve been on your feet, and if they swell at all that’s the best time to make sure the shoe fits right.
– Make sure you have enough space in the front of the shoe (usually a thumb’s width) between the shoe and your longest toe.
– Does the shoe have give? You shouldn’t have to break shoes in, make sure it fits and has room to be flexible when you put them on. If they’re not comfortable right away, they’re not for you!

Be kind to your feet, don’t let them be the reason you stop exercising. Buy the right fit and kind of shoe!

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August 10, 2015 – 9:37 AM - | Posted in health, working out | 1 Comment »
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