Smackdown moves to TUESDAYS and is now LIVE on USA Network #WWEMoms


Smackdown Live Tuesdays on USA

This Tuesday July 19th SMACKDOWN will be LIVE on air on the USA Network!! It’s not just a one time event either, this is where Smackdown is moving to permanently. Tuesday’s every week beginning July 19 from 8-10pm ET you’ll be able to watch Smackdown LIVE on USA Network.

This means that USA Network will now offer five hours of LIVE WWE programming a week!! This includes WWE Monday Night Raw (Mondays from 8-11pm ET) and now Smackdown (Tuesdays from 8-10pm ET). Each show will feature different superstars and unique storylines with their own dedicated writing team.

Bringing Smackdown to a live format brings a new level of excitement to those watching LIVE on television, but also for those fans attending the shows live themselves.

Sasha Banks Draft Pick Xavier Woods Draft Pick

This coming Tuesday July 19th will be the very FIRST Smackdown LIVE televised show, and this also will include the very first LIVE WWE Draft so we find out which shows some of our favorite superstars will be placed on. Will some tag teams break up and be spread around Raw and Smackdown or will they stay together? Will the champ Dean Ambrose stay on RAW or be moved over to Smackdown? Will any of the champions stay where they are or move to a new show? Will there be a possibility of a new championship belt so there is one on each brand?

Questions as fans we all have! We’ll find out what the future holds for both RAW and SMACKDOWN this Tuesday July 19th at 8pm ET LIVE on USA Network.

I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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July 18, 2016 – 1:53 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »

New to reviewing? Start here!


I started reviewing products as something fun to do on the side. I never thought it would be as addicting as it really is! WARNING!!!! Once you start you won’t be able to stop! ( I’m not kidding). One of the most important steps to becoming an active product reviewer is to have AMAZON PRIME. Most groups require you to have a prime account where you submit all your reviews. The easiest way to start out–if you’re new to all this– is on the Blue Ribbons Review Website.

This website offers many products at greatly discounted prices in exchange for an honest review on Amazon. The best part– no waiting for codes. You sign up with an email or Facebook and can get started reviewing right away. Once you complete the registration process all you do is go to the dashboard and click the product you are interested in, where it says “see details.” Make sure to pay attention to the type of review that is required (some are well-written, while others require photos or videos). Scroll down and click the green “send request” button. Almost instantly it will give you a one-time promotional code and a link to purchase the item on Amazon. Add the item to your cart and go to checkout. Paste your promo code into the promotional code/gift card box during checkout and hit “apply.” Finish the checkout process and Viola! You’ve purchased your first review item!

Typically, you need to wait at least 5 days after receiving the product to review it.  The other great thing about starting out with Blue Ribbons is that when you do write your review it will automatically update to your account. So no messing with permalinks yet.

The products offered on Blue Ribbons range from cooking utensils to handmade instruments to baby items and jewelry. There are always so many products to choose from. In the beginning you can opt into only four products at a time. Once you have done six (if I remember right) successful reviews you can start reviewing more at once.

Here are just some examples of products offered on the website:

Blue Ribbons Amazon Reviews

 

Blue Ribbons Amazon Reviews

Blue Ribbons also has a Facebook page that offers more products, but you have to opt in and hope to be chosen for a code.

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July 3, 2016 – 1:54 PM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »

Kawaii Box Review and Giveaway


Kawaii Box

One thing we love in our family is subscription boxes. It’s fun to get a surprise in the mail every month, you never know what you’re going to be surprised with.

Recently we were sent a Kawaii Box. My girls are big into Japanese culture, anime and candy. So they were pretty excited about checking out the Kawaii Box.

Check out the unboxing below with the help of my girls and their friend….

Kawaii = anything cute! The products in the box were loved by all 3 of the girls, and they’d love to get more each month, they’re hooked!

To get your subscription or to find out more about the Kawaii subscription box, visit their website at kawaiibox.com. Each Kawaii Box runs $19/month with FREE shipping worldwide.

Interested in checking out the Kawaii Box before buying? Check out the giveaway widget below to enter to win your own Kawaii Box.

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June 29, 2016 – 11:53 AM - | Posted in Giveaways, Reviews | No Comments »

Cheat Day – All In or Just a Treat? #WAMJourney


So it’s another week. I’m still hanging in there. I’ve been too tired some days/mornings, but I’ve refused to give up or give in. I haven’t missed a day of my gym training or boot camps, and in fact, this week, I’ll be adding a Saturday boot camp into my routine.

Saturday was my weigh day, and I’m proud to say I lost 3.2lbs since my last weigh in. That means I’m down to 237.3. This Saturday will be a measuring week so we’ll see how the numbers change, it will also be my photo day.

May 26, 2016 – 241.5 lbs
June 25, 2016 – 237.3 lbs

#WAMJourney

Not the change I’d like to see, but I’m moving…. It’s just recently that I started using MyFitnessPal and logging and paying attention to my food and nutrition. This is what I need to work on. The exercise is actually the easy part for me.  I also had the challenge from my trainer to do a gallon of water a day last week, and I’m happy to say that it’s officially a week today, and I’ve drank an entire gallon each day!!

I am noticing though that I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to things. Take this past weekend. I allow myself a cheat meal once a week, or treat, whatever you want to call it. I don’t want to stray too far, so I refuse to have a cheat day so to speak, but if there’s something I’ve been craving all week, on the weekend I’ll allow myself to have it. I’ve been craving McDonald’s chocolate shake and fries, so I figured I’d get it for my ‘cheat treat’. I got to the drive thru, and thank goodness for McDonald’s having calorie counts on their menu board now, because a shake was 700 calories. FORGET THAT! I know it was a cheat treat but come on, I really didn’t want to down 700 calories for it. So, I left the drive thru line, pulled over and pulled out MyFitnessPal and took a look at what my options were.

Wendy’s was just a drive over, and I found out that a Jr. Chocolate Frosty was only 200 calories, and a value french fry was 220. 420 calories and I satisfied my sweet / salty craving!! I was pretty proud of myself for not giving in like I normally would and being like oh, it’s a cheat day let’s eat everything in sight.

You can follow my journey #WAMJourney not only on my blog, but also on Twitter and Instagram and you can follow along on MyFitnessPal.

Until next week :).

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June 28, 2016 – 9:40 PM - | Posted in #WAMJourney, daily life | 6 Comments »

No Fireworks near you this 4th of July…Go virtual


3D fireworks and a big screen can bring the tradition indoors

The fourth of July is iconic with fireworks. Yet, for many people they are unable to get out and enjoy the day. Whether it is the location or the fact that you do not want to wrangle 3 kids in 90+ degree weather, the show is missed. However, with modern technology and a good television, you do not have to forgo the fireworks experience. The best part is, you do not even have to leave the comfort of your air conditioned living room.

3D Fireworks

With the ever evolving trends in 3D, it is not surprising that 3D special effects and 3D models would transition to such viewing. There is just something about a video that pops out of the screen which makes the viewing experience that much better. 3D fireworks are designed to be viewed (typically) using the blue and red glasses that are typically associated with the 3D cinema. Since 3D imaging and 3D motion pictures only require some editing software or Photoshop, there are an abundance of options on the internet. Typically, to make a stereoscopic image you will need to:

  • Convert your layers on the image to Separate RGB
  • Offset the R and G to the right and left by dragging

That is the basics of it. Now, there are a few tweaks and modifications which a professional will add to the 3D fireworks. Various particles, directions, and sizes of the flares all add to the realism. Of course, you could find some firework HD video and make it yourself. But, if you do not want to sift through the family videos or YouTube, can get a 3D model of fireworks or PNG sequence and get the same effect.
Getting the glasses

I have had my share of 3D glasses, mostly paper. They are cheap and easy to come by, especially if you look at Amazon or Ebay. If you want something a bit more durable then you can go with plastics and still not be out more than around $7. For someone who has children, the more durable the frame, the better. Plus, from an adult’s perspective, the plastic frames do not irritate the ears as much as the cardboard which has a tendency to take away from the viewing experience through irritation on the lobes.

Some things to consider

There are a few things to consider when you are planning an indoor fireworks display. Primarily, you want the show to be spectacular and not….well, lame. This means that you will need to have the supportive sound (the booms) and that you will need to have some kind of patriotic music as most firework displays do this. Again, you can always find a pre-made show on YouTube which has the video or find a 3D model which comes with the sound clip. Regardless of where you get your source information, ensure that you get HD or HDX quality so that it appears clear on your television (it should go without saying that your television needs to support the format that you choose as well).

Fireworks are loud. Ramp up the volume of your sound system to make it more believable, but don’t go to the point of blowing out your eardrum. Additionally, remember that the fireworks are imitating light. Darker rooms will have better results. Personally, I would also turn out the lights and make the room as dark as possible.

A cautionary note

As you will be dealing with 3D glasses and flashes of light, epileptic individuals should probably stay clear of this alternative. Check the safety warnings of any professional grade glasses that are used. If you experience a headache when wearing your 3D glasses take them off. Better to have a 2D experience than to have a migraine after the show.

Don’t forget the hotdogs

Where this alternative to the traditional fireworks is more oriented to those which do not want to get or cannot get to a fireworks show, it does not mean that the full ambiance of such a location should be avoided. Think about the things which make for a memorable day. Do you want to have a grill out, sparklers before the show, or homemade funnel cakes? Make the day unique. Use the 3D fireworks as the closer to a great day.

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June 28, 2016 – 5:01 AM - | Posted in 4th of July, daily life | No Comments »
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