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I'm a mother of two and a wife of 1 lol. Originally from England,  Right now I am a stay at home mama although I've worked in numerous childcare positions in the past. My passion is books I can read for hours given the chance. In my free time I product test and write reviews for fun, I also write a blog. 
We are big soccer fans at my house, We love outdoor advantages such as hiking, biking and attending sporting events. My daughter is a mini me we share a love for all things country!

My husband and I recently joined the gym so fitness is a big part of our day..

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Snow Storm 2016

Did Y'all make it through the storm ok??

While my kids loved the extra snow day off of school the amount of snow we got was crazy! I can not remember that much snow before! We kept our power, although we where snowed in for a day or so we made out ok.. My thoughts and prayers go out to those at the Jersey Shore who flooded out again! It's just devastating to see the same people who are trying to recover from Sandy be hit again.

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So what does one do with 28" of snow? We went snow sledding!! We found a local hill and we "hit the slopes" It was a totally inexpensive activity since we got our sleds at the local 5Below store! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter is here!

If you live in a state that gets cold then listen up... I can not believe I am writing a post addressing this issue but I felt I had too!
I was visiting my child's school for a meeting with the teacher, I was sitting in the reception area when a young pre k student came through the doors. This child was wearing a zip up hoodie and was crying because his face and body hurt so much. The secretary then rush this child to the school nurse to be warmed up.
I was so angry that a parent would send a small child to school in just a hoodie! The temp is only 19 and with wild chill factor -4 I was seriously outraged.

Now I know that we don't know every child's circumstance, maybe the family is struggling..but in regards to my child's school and community the school links up with the local food bank and we have a clothes drive HELP IS AT HAND!

So I thought of tips to help parents get their child to school during winter:

  1. Bundle up - Layers !! Personally I always do a long sleeve T shirt, hoodie and then coat.
  2. Scarfs, hats, gloves - This doesn't have to be an expensive buy.. places like Walmart and the Dollar store sell such things at an awesome price
  3. Pack extra clothing in your child's back pack - I know in the smaller classes especially they have cubbies in which they can store an extra outfit if needed.
  4. Everybody is getting sick this time of year - Ask your child's teacher if the class needs any hand sanitizer or tissues that way we can limit germs in class.
  5. If you have extra scarfs, gloves etc have your child carry extra maybe his/her classmate is without and would appreciate it.   

If parents need help please speak to your child's school they are there to help you! Please don't bring your child to school in just a hoodie its dangerous for them!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Trystan Scott Novel

A new romance novel by New York Times bestselling author H.M. Ward about sex, soul mates, and deadly secrets. When Celebrity Magazine declares rock star Trystan Scott the sexiest man alive, I'm not surprised. How can anyone claim otherwise about those blazing blue eyes, rock-hard abs, dark hair, and a totally lickable dimple? Before the billionaire playboy rose to stardom, we were friends for a while and lovers for a night. Though that was nearly a decade ago, our connection burns brightly in my memory. We weren't a one night stand, not to me. I can admit it--I got played. To him, I was just another conquest. My beautiful best friend is long gone, and I've moved on. But when fate forces us to meet face to face, everything I felt for him comes rushing back. Trystan is crashing and burning fast. The press flock like vultures, waiting for him to kill himself or worse. Either way, his mistakes earn them millions. One night, one time, one word is all it takes to wash away a decade of reason and regret. One secret threatens to push him six feet under, and, when those beautiful eyes turn to me for help, how can I say no?

Genre: Contemporary, Raw Romance
Type: Novel, 350 pgs
Related Works: The Secret Life of Trystan Scott, The Ferro Stories including Arrangement, Proposition, and Stripped


 My Opinion Broken Promises (A Trystan Scott Novel)Broken Promises by H.M. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got a copy of this book as a ARC in return for an honest opinion.

OMG I feel like I have waited so long for the conclusion to Trystan its so bitter sweet. He is one character that I felt so drawn to, on the outside his world seems so glamorous and yet he is so tortured. He is a guy that when something goes right their is always something else trying to push him back down.

When Mari comes back into his world everything changes, their is so much talk about Trystan's health and mental state she decides to put the past aside and be a friend to her once lover. Even if it means putting aside her current relationship. This is an emotionally charged read with a lot of twists, turns and wow moments...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

making money doing surveys

First I want to tell you that I personally do not work for any company and results on these sites may vary. Not everybody will have success doing surveys! I have been doing them for a few months now to earn extra cash as a SAHM. 
I have seen many people get mad and call survey sites bogus or a waste of time. OK well lets discuss this... Will surveys get you rich? NO Lets be real this is not a get rich fast type of deal here... Do they work? In my opinion YES they do however you need to remember you don't get nothing for nothing in this life. If you want to make money doing surveys then you have to put in the hours! That's just how it is their is no way around it.

I put in around 3 hours each day and can make sometimes $90 a week.. To me 3hrs isn't a big deal when I would be normally watching TV of a night. Like I said its not a get rich scheme but its an awesome way to pay for Christmas without it hurting your pocket!

It's hard to be successful using just one site, You can make money sure but at a slower rate so in my opinion search for your favorite companies out there. 


SwagBucks HERE! the trick to this site is to do gold surveys and partner surveys to rack up points. You can also watch video's, read content etc to earn points. 

Global Test market HERE! Answer surveys for rewards and gc's 


Toluna Surveys

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Testicular Cancer awareness and Tommy John

Hello readers,

Did you know November is Men's Health month (including testicular cancer awareness)? I will be honest, I did not, until I heard about theTesticular Cancer Foundation through Tommy John! 100% of all donations made to the Testicular Cancer Foundation go to the cause, because angel investors cover their overhead.  This is simply amazing for the men we know and love. Ladies give your men a little kick in the pants and make them aware of TC!

TommyJohn and the Testicular Cancer Foundation are trying to raise awareness of this disease, which is the most common and curable form of cancer in men ages 15-35. One male is diagnosed with this disease every hour, so it is super important to share this message.

How is Tommy John helping?

  • They are giving 5% of all sales coming from our limited edition “Mustache and Ball” collection
  • They are contributing $10 for each purchase made by new customers who were referred by someone else
  • They are donating $1 for each entry in our Instagram contest up to $1,000 (more on that below)

What’s in it for your readers?

  • Instagram contest: they are running a “Share a pair win a pair” contest on Instagram. To enter, simply take a picture of any pair of round objects, and tag them on instagram @TommyJohnWear, @TesticularCancerFoundation & #SupportYourBalls for a chance to win a pair of men’s underwear from Tommy John.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Reading is fun join the book exchange

Ok guys I've heard awesome things about this from others so I wanna try it who will do it with me .... this can be done international too! works the same..
I am doing a book exchange for my kiddo! I need 6 mommies, mommies to be or anyone interested (Grandmas, Grandmas to be, Aunts are welcome too) in this book exchange that will actually participate. This is so much fun for kids of all ages!! Here's how we play: You must purchase and mail ONE book to a child, and then your child receives 36 books in return (if all goes well with participation)!!
Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you the info. You can do this in 10 min or less if you order the book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.. Just think of how fun checking the mail will be for the kids receiving the books! Let me know if you're interested and I'll send further instructions. Reading is Fundamental.

email me at mel91284 AT yahoo dot com and I will send you the instructions to take part!

Smiley360 - Freschetta Pizza

Freschetta® Pizza
Frozen pizza shouldn't simply taste better. It should be better.
That’s why Freschetta® frozen pizzas are made with 100% real cheeses, premium meats and crunchy vegetables, all on flavorful sauces. Whether you love your crust soft and thick like our Naturally Rising pizza, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside like our BRICK OVEN™ pizza, or even light and crunchy like our Thin Crispy pizza, there's a crust made just for you.
No other pizza tastes like a Freschetta® pizza because no other pizza is made like Freschetta® pizzas. - Smiley360

Smiley360 sent me a coupon for a FREE pizza to try, I went to my local Walmart store and got my Freschetta Pizza. Honestly I didn't know what to expect from a home cooked frozen pizza as many claim to be just as good as the next.
I was excited to see that Freschetta offered a variety of styles and toppings! It was easy to prepare in the oven and this pizza really did rise!
The taste was rich and delicious giving us that pizzeria taste right out of our own oven..

I also noticed that Freschetta now offer a Gluten Free pizza option! find out more HERE!

This pizza was a total hit in my house, my kids went as far as to say they wanted to turn Fridays into PIZZA FRIDAYS