As adults, Christmas time can be stressful, the preparations, the shopping, the finances, and then you have to wrap all those gifts you just bought too… UGH! When does it end?!?! Christmas is so exciting in the beginning, but the last few days, I’m ready for it to be done and over with! I need some fun too, and mom never seems to get it. So, this year, I signed up for an online secret Santa. At least I can get an unexpected gift from someone and get some happiness in the mail, unexpected surprise gifts are always a fun thing to find!
PlaySwell is offering a Swell Santa Program for everyone right now and it’s easy to join in the fun. All you have to do is head over to PlaySwell and recommend a product that you love and then enter it into the Swell Santa program. Once the holidays are over you’ll be sent a product within the same value bracket that you recommended. Sounds fun right?
How it works:
– Visit playswell.com/swell-santa
– Login/register and then add a product that you love or think someone might love (product must be available on amazon.com and be priced between $7 and $100)
– You purchase your product which will be sent to someone else in the community.
– Based on the price of your product, you will be entered into a specific tier, at the end of the Swell Santa program, you will receive a gift from your tier that was entered by another community member. (The price that will be used is the list price of the product via Amazon.com.)
The tiers are as follows:
– $15 Tier: products priced between $7 and $15
– $25 Tier: products priced between $15.01 and $25
– $50 Tier: products priced between $25.01 and $50
– $100 Tier: products priced between $50.01 and $100
It sounds so fun, and if you need a ‘surprise’ in your life right about now, this could put that smile on your face! Visit PlaySwell.com for more information.
December 20, 2014 – 11:19 PM - | Posted in promotions, Reviews | No Comments »
Looking for some last minute gifts for your family or friends? Or maybe you just need a little something for yourself! Hey there’s nothing wrong with getting yourself a Christmas gift, especially if you’re a blogger! What I know is that my family and friends have no idea how much photography plays into my daily life, and my work, and they really don’t have a clue what kind of camera I’d need, so purchasing a gift for myself, such as a camera from Best Buy isn’t a bad decision at all!
Best Buy can steer anyone in the right direction when it comes to choosing a camera. Myself, I have a Samsung, and by far is my favorite to the ones I’ve tried and tested myself. The employees at Best Buy are there to help you find the perfect camera or camcorder to capture your favorite memories. Nikon, Sony and Samsung cameras all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so sharing photos to your family and friends on social media is easy as pie!
My favorite, and personal camera….
Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera
A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps. This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.
A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly. This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity. Also available in red or gray.
A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus. This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices. Also available in White or silver.
All three are great picks, visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to check out these and other great cameras or head to your local Best Buy to get your hands on them and find out which is best for you, or the person your gifting to.
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
December 20, 2014 – 9:29 PM - | Posted in 2014 Gift Guide, Reviews | No Comments »
My girls love to paint their nails, and of course they love to try and do all the cool designs they see as well. Normally, it’s a pain, and something that can’t be done with normal nail polish brushes. So in their stockings this year, they’ll find Hot Designs nail art pens.
With the Hot Designs Nail Art Pens we will be able to create fun festive nails ourselves. These nail art pens are dual-sided and have polish on one side, and a fine-tipped pen on the other for precision drawing. Each Hot Designs Nail Art Pens come in 6 different colors and are available in retailers like Walmart, Kmart or via gethotlooks.com.
Check out this easy simple design you can do yourself with your Hot Designs Nail Art Pens:
December 11, 2014 – 9:11 PM - | Posted in 2014 Gift Guide, Reviews | No Comments »
This time of year is always a fun one for WWE Fans. Its when we get a fun and special look at the WWE Superstars and this year it’s with a full week of surprises!
Starting next Monday December 15th not only will you get to watch Monday Night RAW but you’ll also get a live Smackdown as well as Tribute to the Troops.
Wednesday December 17th from 8-10pm ET on USA Network, the Two-Hour Holiday Special will include multi-platinum recording artists and two time CMA Vocal Duo of the year Florida Georgia Line will join WWE Superstars and Divas as they honor the US Armed Forces. Can’t see it Wednesday night? Turn into NBC on Saturday December 27th from 8-9pm ET for a special one-hour re-air of the program.
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances for our servicemen and women to celebrate their dedication and commitment to our country with a holiday program that is considered one of television’s most patriotic and heartwarming shows. NBCUniversal joins WWE in saluting our troops with special messages from some of their networks’ biggest names such as TODAY anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker, Seth Meyers, The Kardashians, Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Katherine Heigl, Lester Holt, Padma Lakshmi, Mark Feuerstein, Debra Messing, Tom Brokaw, Rachel Maddow and Carson Daly, as well as the coaches of The Voice, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“For 12 consecutive years, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and domestically as a way to thank them for their commitment to our country,” said WWE Chairman & CEO, Vince McMahon. “Our servicemen and women work tirelessly for our freedom and we are proud to continue our Tribute to the Troops tradition.”
WWE Tribute to the Troops will chronicle WWE’s visit to United States Army post Fort Benning, where WWE Superstars and Divas will spend two days giving back to those who serve and their families with hospital visits and Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees and has been the home of the Infantry division since 1918.
The television special will also highlight WWE’s annual goodwill visit to our troops who are fighting for our freedom overseas. WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show® and R-Truth® and WWE Divas Summer Rae™ and Alicia Fox™ will travel abroad to spread some holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.
WWE has always been dedicated to showing our military respect and honor all year long. They try to boos morale to the soldiers who are fans by offering free tickets to any of their shows to active servicemen and women as well as providing work assistance to veterans through their partnership with Hire Heroes USA.
When: Thursday, December 11, 2014
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December 11, 2014 – 3:30 AM - | Posted in #WWEMoms | No Comments »
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 Aquasana.com.
December 4, 2014 – 8:23 AM - | Posted in 2014 Gift Guide, Reviews | No Comments »