Jul 262014
 

**This post is brought to you by Beauty Encounter**

A brightened skin and freshly-scented garment can be done overnight so you don’t have to prepare much for the day. All you need to do is sleep soundly like Sleeping Beauty and you’ll get full beauty potential while your body works its magic at night time. Prepare your perfume spray, hair cream, nail balm and the rest of your beauty essentials before you take your beauty sleep.

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1. When you’re preparing your outfit the night before, spray some scent on a padded hanger. Hang your blouse and place it inside your closet. The scent from your cologne spray will seep through the fabric of your top. Another way you can do this is to put some drops of your perfume to your laundry when you’re about to put them in the dryer. The scent will last longer as compared to your usual spraying.

2. Frequent hand washing can dry up your nails. Before you go to bed, apply nail or cuticle balm on your nails and the surrounding skin area. Put on some gloves and when you wake up in the morning, you’ll notice your nails giving off that shine. Continue reading »

Jul 052014
 

There are many aesthetically pleasing items within a property that serve to accent any room. Curtains are great home accessories because they enhance home ambiance and boost functionality. Unfortunately, these drapes can also be a magnet for dust and dirt over time. This can eventually lead to a drab appearance and if anyone has allergies, the dust produced can be a nightmare on the respiratory system. Cleaning the said home accessories from time to time should be a household chore that is never overlooked. Thankfully, this can be accomplished in a handful of simple steps. Continue reading »

Jul 052014
 

Most people do not take full advantage of the time between their kids going to bed and themselves getting tired and going to bed, though relaxing is very important for your wellbeing. Instead what though often find themselves doing is sitting in front of the TV not really paying attention as it is not exactly exciting. There are so many other things you could be doing and the internet is a great tool in order further used to utilise your time better. Continue reading »

Jun 202014
 

** This post is brought to you by ecoATM.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own**

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Last December, my husband and I both upgraded our phones from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5C.   At the time, we were no longer under contract with our provider, but had an awesome data plan that we didn’t want to lose, so we bought our phones outright.  With our provider, normally when you take the upgrade option with them, you have to turn in your old phone, but since we bought the phones at full price – we got to keep the old ones.  Neither of us really had any use for the old iPhone 4′s, so they were basically just sitting around collecting dust.

Did you know that nearly nine out of 10 American device owners have outdated and unused items at home, but only 10 percent or less have tried to earn money from their old devices?

That is where ecoATM comes in.  You may have seen their kiosks around in shopping malls and select Walmart stores.  ecoATM is a  nationwide network of automated electronic recycling kiosks that provides cash payments for unwanted mobile phones, tablets and MP3 players that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Awesome, right? Continue reading »

May 162014
 

This post was created in partnership with America’s Farmers. All opinions are my own.

America’s Farmers grow a lot more than just crops.

Not only do they grow the crops that feed, clothe, and fuel us but they do it all on less land. In fact, just to equal the amount of food grown today farmers from 50 years ago would need their fields to cover every square inch of the U.S.  

Also, did you know America’s farmers grow 23 million American jobs? That’s right; the American agriculture industry supports 23 million U.S. jobs, making them the largest employer in the nation. America’s farmers also grow the economy with a trade surplus of 34 billion dollars – that’s more than any other U.S. industry.

Oh, and here is a little fun fact for you.  Did you know that about one acre of soybeans can create 82,368 crayons? Continue reading »

May 102014
 

Decorating With Christmas Lights All Year Long
**This post is brought to you by Christmas Lights Etc.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Who doesn’t love the festive glow of Christmas lights? Whether they are on the tree, around the windows or draped over the mantle, Christmas lights add a touch of magic and warmth to any living space. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy Christmas lights. There are plenty of ways to decorate with lights all year round. With just a little imagination, you can create a festive outdoor atmosphere for parties, a cozy bedroom retreat, or a work of art.

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Apr 112014
 

**This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable cleansing cloths is all my own**

Today let’s talk about bums, shall we?

*Giggle*

Sometimes, my boys have issues when it comes to wiping their butts. There I said it.

And that got me to thinking.

I started to think back to when my boys  were babies and how magical baby wipes seemed when it came time to change their messy diapers.  There was nothing left behind and I would say that they cleaned up the mess pretty easily, right? And I think that a clean bum is pretty much all anyone can ask for in life.

That super cute little man pictured below is my six year old when he was a wee little one (about 20 months old) and those were definitely simpler times for him because I was the one doing all the wiping.  Now that he has to do it himself, well – let’s just say it’s an art that he still hasn’t mastered completely.

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I know I said to my husband on more than one occasion back in the day, that I didn’t understand why the littles got those awesome wipes and once we’re potty trained, it’s dry toilet paper for the rest of our lives. Continue reading »

Dec 272013
 

**This is a sponsored post. Masshole Mommy did not write the content for this post. All opinions expressed here are those of the guest post author. Enjoy!

Going on vacations with the whole family and kids can be a tricky thing to plan sometimes, especially if you failed to choose the right hotel, as long as it is a crucial point. In order to have the time of your life and enjoy your getaway, look at the rating of the best hotels for families with kids of any age. Actually, there are lots of places that proclaim to be the best for family resting, but usually they are not as good as they believe themselves to be. Yet, here are five most attractive hotels to choose.

1. KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park, Gurnee, Illinois

In case you or your kids are water-lovers (just like most of children all over the world), KeyLime Cove Resort will be a great place to visit, as long as it actually has an indoor waterpark. This little piece of tropics in the middle of Illinois State is a place you can go instead of over-crowded Florida. The climate-control keeps the temperature on the level of 82 degrees. Two spas –for kids and adults, lazy river and splash zone, and lots of waterslides –there are only few of benefits of the place.

2. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York Continue reading »

Dec 092013
 

**This post is brought to you by LivingSocial.  Although compensation was received, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

A friend of mine asked me about a week ago how my Christmas shopping was going.  My reply?  It’s done.  They were completely horrified because they hadn’t even started shopping.  Truth be told. I am one of those people that likes to be done before December 1st so that I can sit back and enjoy the season.  I actually start shopping the day after Christmas (you know, when everything is on sale) and sock it away all year long.

I am not big on crowds and I truly dislike going into stores with a gift idea in mind only to find that they’re sold out.  By planning and shopping early, I avoid the crowds and I always have more than enough time to get exactly what I want.

My mother is the exact same way with her shopping and that is undoubtedly where I picked up my Christmas shopping habits from.  She always gets her shopping and wrapping done before December so that she can really take in all that the season has to offer.  She loves writing out her Christmas cards, baking and planning the Christmas dinner menu.  She really taught me that shopping is just a small part of what Christmas is all about and I can’t thank her enough for instilling that in me at a young age. Continue reading »

Nov 162013
 

**Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Spiegel.  Although compensation was received, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

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I remember as a little girl, I would spend hours browsing through my mother’s Spiegel catalog.  I distinctly remember looking at all the pretty models in amazing outfits.  My mom would always order herself a fantastic dress from them for her Christmas party at work. Since then, that lovely invention that we call the internet has made it even easier to order from Spiegel. Their clothing is just as lovely and stylish as it was back in the day.  And their prices are amazingly affordable!

Since I have a few Christmas parties to attend myself, I decided to have a look at what Spiegel had to offer.  Today, I am going to show you a few of my favorite holiday party outfits.  These are just a few things that I found to be especially fabulous, but you can see the whole collection at Spiegel.com.

Cassidy Dress by Newport News: Continue reading »

Nov 162013
 

**Disclosure: I received a gift code to Minted in exchange for writing this post.  All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  No form of monetary compensation was exchanged**

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Ho ho ho!  If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas cards.  Do you typically send photo cards?  I love, LOVE receiving photo cards because I like to see how how the children have grown since the previous year – which is why I always order photo cards showcasing my own kiddos.  Some years I do a collage card and sometimes I just get a big old picture of the family and go with a single photo on the card.  It all depends on what kind of photos that I capture throughout the year.  You know, with little ones it’s not always easy to get a whole bunch of awesome photos, so I take what I can get.

Last year I sent out cards with six photos on them, so I decided that I wanted to do a card with just one picture this year.  Next weekend, the five of us will be gathering together for a photo session and then my hunt the perfect card to crop my photo into will be on!

At Minted, I found a whole bunch of card designs that I instantly fell in love with.  They have a vast array of stylish cards that range from modern to traditional.  Ordering is easy, too.  Just choose your favorite design, upload you pictures, and personalize your wording.  Easy as pie.

Here are a few of my favorite designs: Continue reading »

Nov 092013
 

**This is a sponsored post. Masshole Mommy did not write the content for this post. All opinions expressed here are those of the guest post author. Enjoy!

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We know that education and learning continues when the school day ends and there are a lot of parents and guardians out there who can use a little help paying for various activities and learning opportunities. Faced with buying food or paying for music lessons or summer camp should not be an either/or decision when it comes to a kid’s education!  That is where Causes4kids.com comes in.

Causes4Kids.com is a new fundraising website which allows families with kids K-12 to raise money from friends, family, colleagues and the public to pay for extra-curricular activities. Continue reading »

Oct 052013
 

**This is a guest post.  Masshole Mommy did not write the content for this post.  All opinions expressed here are those of the guest post author.  Enjoy!

Planning for your parent’s retirement is never the easiest thing in the world. This is especially true when you don’t know about all the options available, as you’ll easily feel left out in the dark.

When it comes to loved ones, you only want the best available for them and the more information you have to hand then the easier it will be to achieve this goal.

Luckily, there are several places online that can provide useful information. McCarthy & Stone, for instance, specialise in this area. Their YouTube channel offers useful videos that break down many topics, including some areas discussed here.

New Home

First of all, a new home is often needed. Your parent’s current house may not be suitable. Perhaps it’s too remote? It might be too far from local services, infrastructure and, in the case of health problems, the right aid and assistance. Continue reading »

Sep 192013
 

**This is a guest post.  Masshole Mommy did not write the content for this post.  All opinions expressed here are those of the guest post author.  Enjoy!

You know the feeling: summer’s barely over and yet already you have to think about Halloween. Maybe you’ve been super-organised and got the kids’ Halloween costumes ready early, but how do you keep them busy after the build-up of getting all dressed up? Well, why not ditch the trick-or-treating for something more original this year and get all their friends round for a Halloween feast and some spooky games? Check out these top party tips:

You’ve heard of apple bobbing, but how about something that doesn’t involve water getting sloshed all over the carpet? Greet your guests with snacks on strings, perhaps hung in a doorway or above a staircase. As with apple bobbing, the challenge is to eat your treat without hands – put these away in pockets to avoid temptation. Martha Stewart suggests doughnuts for this game, but feel free to use something slightly less sugary if you want to avoid a houseful of hyper children.

For kids who like getting their hands messy, Witch’s Cauldron is the perfect way to pass half an hour. The concept is simple: children take turns to be blindfolded and plunge their hands into a ‘cauldron’ – or a large basin or saucepan – to find witchy ingredients such as worms (cooked spaghetti), dragon’s eyeballs (hard boiled eggs) and a giant’s tongue (a damp sponge). Don’t be afraid to get really imaginative and make this game as slimily realistic as you and the kids can bear. Continue reading »

Aug 032013
 

Recently I told you about the awesome Zorbit Math Adventure contest in which they were search of creative way parents can help children (between 3 and 5 years old) learn some math skills.  As I mentioned, I am always on the lookout for new & creative ways to help them learn math skills.  My math skills are, should we say – lacking – and quite honestly, I am terrified of passing on my math failures to my children.  As as mom, I try to make learning fun through play, so that way they’re learning, but still having fun doing it.  Zorbits Math is all about spreading the word on the importance of early childhood learning and even better – they make it fun!

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They received some fantastic ideas when they asked fans to share a creative way parents can help children 3-5 years old learn any of the following math skills.  Their early childhood education experts have reviewed all the entries and narrowed down the finalists.  Now they need your help to choose the very best! Continue reading »

Jul 282013
 

Finding the balance between letting kids express themselves through what they wear, and making sure that they’re appropriately dressed for school can be tough. Unless your little scholars go to a school with a strict dress code then mum and dad are likely to have a little bit of leeway to give.

Younger Kids

Younger kids might seem like the easier age group to get to ‘conform’ in a school uniform, but there are a couple of snags that you might hit, especially when trying to get little ones into uniform for the first time.

While it might initially be a novelty, you may find that the fact that they can no longer wear their favourite Moshi Monsters t.shirt every day quickly becomes an issue. Get around this by giving them free reign on accessories, such as stationary, rucksacks, gym bags and lunch boxes. You can find wide ranges of character accessories, which should keep them satisfied and happy to wear school uniform for as long as they can take their Avengers backpack or Spiderman water bottle.

Comfort and practicality may also be issues for young children. Make sure that any uniform you buy fits well and look at the school uniform from George at ASDA. You can get great quality, 100 per cent cotton items, at bargain supermarket prices – for example, 2 packs of 100 per cent cotton polo shirts from just £2.50! At that price, they can get as mucky as they like in the sand pit or at the painting table! Another comfort feature to look out for is adjustable waistbands. Continue reading »

Jun 152013
 

If you’re planning family holiday somewhere sunny this year, you can’t go wrong with Benidorm. One of the most popular package holiday destinations in Europe, the capital of the Costa Blanca has plenty to do in terms of family-friendly activities and fun.

Mundomar in Benidorm is a large marine and wildlife theme park in the east of Benidorm and is one of the area’s best attractions for families and children. The park includes a dolphin-arium, flamingos, sea lions, turtles, a bat cave and a children’s play area. Shows including parrot displays regularly take place to keep the little ones entertained and there are plenty of bars and cafes here to stop of at for a drink or a bite to eat. The park stays open throughout summer and until the end of October and ticket prices vary depending on how many of you are going and what you choose to include, but as a rough guide, an online family ticket for the whole day for two adults and one child currently costs 49 euros.

What a lot of families decide to do is to incorporate a ticket for Mundomar with entry to Aqualandia, another of the resort’s best family attractions. Aqualandia is a huge water park with lots of rides and slides to enjoy in the Mediterranean sun, including Adventure Land, Grand Jacuzzi, Niagara and Geyser, ideal for children and anyone who prefers more gentle rides, right up to the exciting and exhilarating Kamikaze, Big Bang and Splash rides, with plenty more in-between.

When it comes to choosing your accommodation, hotels close to family-friendly attractions include the Rosamar Hotel Benidorm, which is half a mile away from Aqualandia and so couldn’t really be nearer. A three star hotel, it’s close to the beach and the centre of Benidorm without being overly nosy, so is ideal for if you want to cut down on travelling time and make the most of your time in Benidorm.

Aqualandia Water Park opens from 10am-6pm every day from May to October and as with Mundomar, tickets vary depending on when you go, what you want to include and how many people there are in your group. A ticket for a full day at Aqualandia and a full day at Mundomar is currently 34 euros per person if bought online, which generally works out as the best value for money.

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May 042013
 

As you probably already know, Mother’s Day is coming up quickly! Have you thought about all the amazing things your mom has done lately? Take a peek at this infographic and prepare to be amazed at all the things moms really do!

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