Sunday, January 25, 2015

A #Sirius disappointment....

This post is not sponsored. Nothing was received for this post. As always- all opinions in this post are my honest opinions and not influenced by any partnerships I may have.


I am a mail carrier.... more specifically a rural mail carrier. I spend a lot of time in my car. Since I purchased my car used, I didn't get to choose what kind of options it had....and I've had to deal with the fact that it's not new so not everything is perfect. My stereo is one of those things. The 6 disc CD player hasn't worked since I purchased the car. I purchased it anyway (there's always the radio...right?). Well, the radio doesn't always come in- so I turned to Sirius.

I heard rave reviews from many people, and I checked with others in my town and was told the reception was great! I was excited, but then saw the price tags on the radios. I decided to wait to see if I could find a deal. Well, I finally found a pretty good deal on a Sirius XM radio, so I purchased it. I was SO excited because I could listen to Pearl Jam Radio whenever I wanted! 

The install wasn't all that bad, even in the winter. However, the account set up seemed like torture. I tried to do it online since I had a great discount code (6 months for $25). But, I couldn't get the deal to work. So, I thought I signed up for a free month trial. Nope, I signed up for INTERNET radio. Well, that isn't what I had intended (they even asked for the radio ID... why would they want your radio ID if you aren't using a Sirius radio with the service? CONFUSING!), so I had to cancel that. 

It took talking to 2 different people before they were able to activate my radio... but I did get the special introduction promo, and I was pretty satisfied at that point. 

Then.... after 3 days of great signal and everything seeming to go well....


and this...


I thought that it might be a one day thing... but then it has happened every. single. day. 

I refreshed the signal sent to my radio.... it didn't help. 

I've checked my antenna and all the wires from it- no problems! Nothing has changed, and it is all still in perfect condition. I've only had it for 10ish days! 

Aside from the signal issues I do enjoy the music, but it is a bit misleading when they say "commercial free". The stations are not commercial free. I have heard actual advertisements on most stations I've been able to listen to, and if it isn't an actual advertisement for a product it is a promo for another Sirius radio station.

The radio I have ( The OnyxPlus) isn't all that special... I wish I would have saved my money more and went with the basic radio. I don't need the color screen or album images, nor do I need all of the presets. It's a pain in the butt to change the station. You have to scroll through different stations one at a time or you can scroll through them by category but it's still a hassle! I had thought you could push the buttons to tune into a specific channel but you can't.

 Another major annoyance for me is that whenever I turn off my car (which is a lot since I have to turn it off each time I deliver a packaged) the whole radio turns off and has to reboot the signal. It would be nice if the radio held a charge so that the interruption didn't happen.

The price you pay for Sirius is NOT cheap... about $20 a month, plus taxes and fees plus royalty fees and a huge activation fee. Honestly, I think that I will likely be returning the radio if these problems can't be resolved and discontinuing my service.

Do you have an experience with Sirius?  I'd love to hear if you like it, love it, or hate it.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

10 Benefits of HUGGING! #NationalHuggingDay





THE MOST ORIGINAL, HUGGABLE HERO OF ALL
SHARES THE 10 BENEFITS OF HUGGING!

1)    Hugs make us feel “happy”! When we hug another person, our bodies release oxytocin, a hormone associated with “happiness,” according to scientific studies. [1]

2)    Hugs alleviate stress! Just as a good hug increases our oxytocin levels, it decreases our cortisol or “stress” levels. [2]

3)    Babies need hugs as much as water and food! According to researchers at Harvard University, hugs help promote normal levels of cortisol necessary for child development. [3]

4)    Hugs make us better students! Students who receive a supportive touch from a teacher are twice as likely to volunteer in class. [4]

5)    Hugs improve our game! Scientists at University of California, Berkley discovered that the more affectionate members of a team are with each other, the more likely they are to win. [4]

6)    A hug a day keeps the doctor away! A hug stimulates the thymus gland, which in turn regulates the production of white blood cells that keep us healthy and disease-free. [5]

7)    A hug stops the bug! Researchers at Carnegie Mellon proved that individuals who were sick and received hugs had less severe symptoms and were able to get better quicker. [6]

8)    A hugging heart is a healthy heart! Research from University of North Carolina showed that a good hug helps ease blood flow and lower cortisol levels, which in turn help lower our heart rates. [7]

9)    A hugging couple is a happy couple! Couples that experience their partners’ love through physical affection share higher oxytocin levels. [8]

10)    Hugs let someone know you care without having to say a word! According to Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, we can identify love from simple human touch – imagine how much love a big hug can communicate! [9]



BURBANK, CA, January 21, 2015 – After much deliberation and even more hugging, Baymax, the lovable personal companion robot and star of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s action-packed comedy adventure and Academy Award® Nominated film “Big Hero 6,” was today named Most Huggable Character of 2015 on National Hugging Day™!

The coveted award was presented by the Ambassador of Hugs, Kevin Zaborney, founder and creator of National Hugging Day.™ Baymax humbly accepted the award from his residence in San Fransokyo where he attributed the honor to his “non-threatening, huggable design” and said he looks forward to spending the upcoming year giving and receiving hugs from all.

The Most Huggable Character Award coincides with this month’s National Hugging Day™ held annually on January 21. National Hugging Day™ was created to encourage people around the world show more affection in public. There is only one way you are supposed to celebrate the holiday: offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want.

Past winners of the Most Huggable Awards have included Joan Rivers who wrote after receiving her award, "I'm tempted to start saying 'Can we hug?' instead of 'Can we talk'" alluding to her participating in a telephone company ad; Jeff Ondash (aka Teddy McHuggins); Tessla Queen (bingtopia.com); and Mata Amritanandamayi (Kerela, India known as the "Hugging Saint").

For more information, please visit http://www.nationalhuggingday.com/home, like us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Hugging-Day-tm-January-21st, Tweet us at  @hugambassador.


Disney’s “Big Hero 6” will be available nationwide on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere February 3 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack February 24. For more information, visit http://movies.disney.com/big-hero-6.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Baby, it Takes Two!



When you are thinking of trying to conceive, you have to think about preparing your body to hold that precious little one. Getting your body prepared often means taking prenatal supplements and making changes to your diet. But what about your partner? Well, finally there is a prenatal supplement for men.  Proxeed Plus is a patented prenatal male fertility supplement that can help support reproductive system and sperm health prior to trying to conceive. 

You can see the whole video series here!

So many women feel that preparing for pregnancy relies completely on them, but it just isn't true. Men play a huge role, too! Although they may not be carrying the baby, their sperm needs to be healthy and strong to ensure a healthy child. After all, half of the child's DNA will be coming from that single sperm that wins and fertilizes that egg!

We have been very blessed to not have any issues conceiving, but we do want the healthiest child we can have, so a male supplement is something that even we can benefit from.

Did you know that a man's sperm health starts to decline around age 25?

Proxeed Plus is a twice daily supplement in powder form that you add to a drink. It has a light lemon flavor, and I was told it was best in a sports drink rather than water. For maximum benefit, Proxeed Plus should be taken for about six months before trying to conceive.
You can purchase Proxeed Plus online, from the comfort and privacy of your own home, without the need for a prescription.






Proxeed Plus is a patented prenatal male fertility supplement product specifically designed for sperm health.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Proxeed Plus. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#GIVEHAPPY with OshKosh! #MC sponsored #Coupon


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation.

Tis the season to be merry and bright... and the season to give. I think most parents know how wonderful it is to GIVE during the holidays, to see the joy on another's face when they open up that special gift. 

I always like to do something with my family, some way to give to others during the holiday season. We've donated toys, baked cookies, and made pictures and cards for others- it's great to involve the kids in giving. We also focus less on getting. 

This year we are doing a toy-free Christmas. None of our children are allowed to ask for toys. It has been really interesting to see what they have asked for! Clothing was a big chunk of their requests... and one that I find easy to fulfill with the help of OshKosh B'gosh!

We love OshKosh B'gosh, but the the nearest store is still hours away... so I usually shop online unless we are making a trip somewhere for another reason. I recently shopped online with the gift card I received to help me write this review. I found it very easy to find exactly what I was looking for. The kids asked for pajamas, and there was a wide selection for them all!

I was able to find pajamas for nearly all the kids... OshKosh has clothing up to size 12! 

I love the quality of OshKosh's MicroFleece PJ's! We bought the one piece jammies for the babies, and some of the two piece jammies for the older kids. Annabelle got a DARLING owl jersey shirttail nightgown that she absolutely adores!


We also purchased some super cute long-sleeved shirts. It's getting pretty chilly, and the T-Shirts just aren't cutting it... but these adorable shirts will help them stay a bit warmer. 


I LOVE the "Have you seen my imaginary friend" shirt that Orrin is wearing, and Annabelle's "Pretty Princess" shirt fits her princess attitude perfectly.                                   




 There were some seriously cute outfits this holiday season, but they aren't just for this season. OshKosh B'gosh clothing really has a timeless look and the quality of their clothing means that they are some of our favorite hand-me-downs!

With so many adorable styles, you can find everything you need... from holiday jammies, to great selections for family photos! 

So, are you ready to #GIVEHAPPY? If so, I'd like to give YOU a great coupon! 

Print this coupon or use the promo-code GIVE25 online to get 25% off your purchase of $30 or more!



   



Monday, December 1, 2014

Don't get stuck... sponsored #TweetFromTheSeat #MC


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Ah, the holidays. It's a time for family, for food... and big get togethers. I love the holiday parties, and we really enjoy having family together. But, there's one thing that can make a holiday party a bit uncomfortable- when the toilet clogs. Having many people in a home and using the bathroom can sometimes be a little unnerving. Charmin hopes to take some of the pressure off, though, with their Roto-Rooter approved toilet tissue.

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With Charmin's Roto-Rooter stamp of approval to be clog-free
and septic-safe, you can rest a little easier knowing that those clogs won't interrupt your holiday bash! Charmin is also used by plumbers more than any other brand, so you know that it's a good choice for your bathroom needs (Roto-Rooter plumbers recommend Charmin more than any other brand).  And it's no wonder why. The clog-free and septic-safe guarantee only comes with Charmin. 


We've been a Charmin family for several years. We used to buy the cheap stuff... store-brand whatever- since we felt like we were just flushing money down the toilet (literally), so why bother getting the expensive stuff? We figured we needed to go cheap with the large family we have and the amount of toilet tissue we use. We thought we were saving money. Then, one day we bought Charmin Ultra Strong and we've never gone back. Not only do we have to use LESS of it, there's more to the roll. We have actually saved money by switching to a "more expensive" brand. I should also mention that there is a significant "comfort" improvement aspect as well! We prefer the Ultra Strong, since it holds up well and is still soft, but the Ultra Soft is nice, too. 

We're not the only family who loves Charmin, it's been a trusted brand for over 70 years. When you think of Charmin, you probably think of their cute commercials featuring the Charmin Bears. Those cute bears sure know their stuff and I hope that the next time you are in the toilet tissue aisle you'll take a chance on Charmin... I don't think you'll regret it!


Check out Charmin on Twitter and Facebook, too!
 
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