Gift Guide: Aquasana Powered Water Filtration System


This past summer, you may have heard about Toledo Ohio being in the news because of our water situation. Lake Erie had an abundance of algae bloom which got into our water system, and for 3 days made the water unusable. Meaning it wasn’t safe to wash with, wasn’t safe to ingest and boiling it only made it worse. This opened my eyes to what’s going into our water, how they’re treating it, and how we can keep ourselves and our families safer.

You see, in order to get the algae down, they have to put more chlorine and chemicals in the water. Now how safe can that be for our bodies? This made me want to look into other things I could do for our family to make our water safe.

Aquasana send me their Powered Water Filtration System to help me out, I couldn’t wait to try the unit and see what the difference was between having it filtered at home, and the stuff coming from the tap. Because of the abundance of chlorine in the water, for a while you could see a film on top of any of the tap water….I was NOT drinking that! I wouldn’t even let my animals drink that, there shouldn’t be a film on top of your water, this could not be healthy!


This counter-top pitcher filtration system is streamlined and modern design, so sitting on our counter-top doesn’t make it look out of place, and it’s slim enough to fit in a smaller spot not taking up a whole heck of a lot of room. The unit also comes with two pitchers. Once that should be filled and kept in the fridge for cold water, and the other is a counter-top unit that stays put, and can be used daily at room temperature. My kids love this option because they can easily get their own water directly from the system, just adding ice cubes to their cups for cold.

My only real complaint is that the system is noisy, it makes a loud noise when filling the pitchers, and it does tend to leak a little, but it’s nothing that stops us from using it on a daily basis.

I did notice as well that the film on top of the tap water was non existent once it came out of the Aquasana unit as well.

The Aquasana powered water filtration system is the world’s first pitcher filter system to use power in order to provide clean, fresh water-fast. It reduces contaminants 10x more than the leading drip pitcher filter, it filters in seconds! No more waiting for that slow drip filter to trickle through, it also retains beneficial minerals for health and taste.

Aquasana using a patent-pending ClaryumTM filtration technology that quickly forces unfiltered water through a dense filter block which gives you ultra-pure filtered water in just seconds. The water tastes great!

The Aquasana Powered Water Filtration System is tested by NSF International, the gold standard for water filtration, to reduce 60 harmful contaminants from drinking water including lead, mercury, asbestos, giardia, cryptosporidium, herbicides, pesticides and over 96% of chlorine and chloramines, in just seconds.

The Claryum filter in the Aquasana system lasts about 6 months or about 320 gallons of water.

We love our Aquasana system, it’s helped me feel better about the water we’re drinking in our home, and keeps the plastic bottles out of our household which in turn saves us some money too!

For more information about Aquasana or to purchase one yourself (it would make a great holiday gift for someone) visit

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December 4, 2014 – 8:23 AM - | Posted in 2014 Gift Guide, Reviews | No Comments »

Walmart Helps Out With Your NCAA #PreGamePride


‘Tis the season to get together with family and friends and ….. WATCH SOME FOOTBALL! Whether you stay indoors and watch it on the big screen, or head outdoors and get into some tailgating fun it’s that time of year when some of us wives loose our hubby’s to the game. Do you happen to partake in the football festivities? What are some of your #PregamePride rituals? Head over to Twitter and let us know!

Walmart and the NCAA want to keep our men fresh and clean while they’re enjoying their game with Dove Men+, Axe and Degree. Let’s face it after a day of rough housing, drinking beer, eating chicken wings our men might not make it home fresh and clean, so why not help them out with their pregame ritual?  The next time you visit your local Walmart think about your man and purchase him some products for the pregame.  When you purchase $15 or more of Dove Men+, Axe, or Degree products in a single transaction you’ll receive a $15 Walmart gift card, (see here for more details) plus you could enter to win a trip for you and a friend (or your hubby and a friend) to a bowl game!  Want more info on how to enter? Simply click here.


And because you’re here, check out the widget below where you can register to win 1 of 10 $50 Walmart gift cards or the grand prize of a $500 Walmart gift card.

Walmart NCAA

I have been compensated by Global Influence for this post – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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December 3, 2014 – 11:25 PM - | Posted in promotions | No Comments »

Gift Guide: Tipsy Elves make Ugly Sweaters


Holidays are coming! That means those Christmas parties both for work and friends/family are coming up, and we all know those ugly sweater parties will come up at some point. Instead of wearing just a typical ugly sweater, why not kick it up a notch and give people some laughs at the same time.

Tipsy Elves not only has ugly Christmas sweaters, but they’re hilarious as well! These are not your typical ugly sweaters, there a little more ‘unique’, Tipsy Elves prides themselves on being the #1 place in the country to sell ugly Christmas sweaters and accessories.


This year, for hubby’s ugly sweater day at work, he’ll be sporting the Yellow Snow Sweater! There’s a few other’s I would have liked to see him wear, but in a customer based business, they might not have been totally appropriate, but I think they’re GREAT!

Not only will he have the best and funniest ugly Christmas sweater at work, but he’ll also be warm as the sweater itself is pretty heavy, and great quality!

With sizes from XS – XXL for both men and women, there’s something at Tipsy Elves for everyone, even kids!

Tipsy Elves are also a charitable company. They participate in a Sweaters 4 Sweaters campaign.

“Tipsy Elves plans to bring some holiday warmth to as many children as we can, and you can help! Each sweater you purchase on our website will help Tipsy Elves donate brand new warm hoodies to children in need. Shop knowing that each sweater you buy will not only make you an all star at the upcoming holiday party, but will also help less fortunate children stay warm this holiday season. We are a United States company, and since there is a tremendous need right here at home, all donations will stay right here in the United States.”

If you would be interested in hearing more or know of an organization or charity that could benefit from the Tipsy Elves Sweaters 4 Sweaters program you can contact them via email at

For ugly sweaters and accessories for your holiday season, please visit

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November 25, 2014 – 11:28 AM - | Posted in 2014 Gift Guide, Reviews | No Comments »

Gift Guide: Go homemade for the holidays with handmade gifts – Gouged Frames

The holidays are near, and what’s more special than receiving a thoughtful, special, handmade gift from a loved one. Shopping is easy, but the hard part is coming up with something unique. Country Woman – the #1 Country Lifestyle Magazine has a rang of fun, handmade gifts that you can easily do this holiday season.

Gouged frames

With just a needle and a few crayons, you can turn a basic wooden craft frame into a sentimental keepsake that will stand out on anyone’s desk or mantelpiece.


Wood craft frame
Large metal knitting needle

– Gouge design into wood with knitting needle. Use firm pressure.
– Color the frame with a crayon using vertical strokes. Then draw horizontally across the frame.
– Dust off any residue with a paintbrush.
– Use a second and third color as desired. Set colors with a hair dryer.

This gorgeous frame was designed by Camilla Fabbri. Find more of her fun craft ideas at Family Chic.


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November 25, 2014 – 9:46 AM - | Posted in 2014 Gift Guide | No Comments »


2014 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s officially the holiday season in the world of Skylands! To celebrate, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is spreading cheer by debuting a special holiday Skylanders® Trap Team character, Winterfest Lob-Star, on December 7 to Portal Masters in North America. Also, Skylanders® players in North America can get their hands on the fourth Eon’s Elite character, Whirlwind, another fan-favorite character that made her debut in Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. Winterfest Lob-Star and Eon’s Elite Whirlwind are examples of a variety of Skylanders-themed holiday offerings perfect for Skylanders fans looking for the best stocking stuffers this gift giving season.


On Thanksgiving Day, Skylanders fans can look to the skies as Eruptor makes his first flight in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Eruptor will join the prestigious ranks of balloons soaring above the streets of New York City for the landmark cultural holiday event. Portal Masters can check out behind-the-scenes footage of Eruptor prepping for the parade on the Skylanders YouTube channel, SkylandersGame.

Lastly, Skylanders merchandise from Activision’s network of licensing partners offers something for everyone this holiday season, including:

FunPlay HideAway Play Sets – This holiday, the popular FunPlay HideAway play sets from PowerA, which enable fans to store and play with their favorite toys, now includes Dr. Krankcase’s Lair. A range of FunPlay HideAway sets are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $9.99-$99.99.

Construction Sets – Fans can look forward to Skylanders-themed construction sets from MEGA Brands, which let players build and battle in their favorite levels from the Skylanders franchise. The all-new Cut Throat Carnival construction set will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 at Toys”R”Us, WalMart and Amazon.

Micro Comic Fun Packs – Skylanders Micro Comic Fun Packs from IDW Publishing feature three distinctive Legendary storylines and three exclusively-designed Legendary Traps that can be used to capture the most notorious villains in Skylanders Trap Team. The Legendary Skylanders Micro Comic Fun Packs and Trap are available exclusively at Toys”R”Us for a suggested retail price of $9.99. Additional Micro Comic Fun Packs are available at Gamestop and Amazon for a suggested retail price of $4.99.

A-Z Box Set – The Skylanders A-Z box set from Penguin includes two never-before-published books: the full-color, 192-page A to Z of Skylands, and Pick Your Portal: The Trouble with Doubles. A sheet of stickers and a build-your-own Skylander paper model are also included. The Skylanders A-Z box set is available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $16.99.


Skylanders Trap Team is playable with more than 175 unique toys from all previous games, and every character is able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium™ Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections. The game is available on the following platforms: Nintendo’s Wii™ system and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system; a variety of iPads®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems from Sony; all for the suggested retail price of $74.99. A different adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system for the suggested retail price of $64.99.

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November 25, 2014 – 9:25 AM - | Posted in 2014 Gift Guide, Reviews | No Comments »
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