Monday, March 16, 2015

Home #DreamWorksHOME


This is a very cute, hilarious looking film coming to theaters March 27, 2015. 


Check out this trailer... the kids thought it was HILARIOUS. 



About the film
When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
Directed by: Tim Johnson

Official websites - #DreamWorksHOME
Follow DreamWorks Animation on Twitter
Like ‘HOME’ on Facebook
Visit the Official Website
Get to know The Boov’s at Meet the Boov!
#DreamWorksHOME
 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Their first cry...

This is a sponsored post made possible by Pampers. All opinions are my own.



Oh those sweet baby firsts. The milestones your child reaches, those magnificent firsts that you experience as a parent are truly bittersweet. 

I remember when I was in labor with my first child. I was so terrified of labor, I thought it would be the most excruciating thing I could ever experience. I was pleasantly surprised when I handled it well, without medication and without much complaining. Those first seconds after my son was born, they were so brief but felt so long. Those very scary seconds that it took before I heard his cry, before the relief came and I was able to take it all in. That was an amazing moment. 

My life was filled with amazing moments from that day. With the birth of each child, I am lucky enough to experience these wonderful firsts again... but they are never quite the same and always just as magical and still as bittersweet. To see your child grow and learn in front of your eyes is a delight and blessing.



About the Pampers “Firsts” Program

As the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and the first diaper worn by millions of babies, Pampers Swaddlers comforts and protects babies through their entire journey of amazing firsts. Pampers understands there is nothing more joyful or rewarding than the precious first-time moments shared by little ones and their families. In honor of this special journey, Pampers has released a compilation video entitled “Firsts” that highlights those wondrous “first” experiences together.
 
From the first time parents see their little one on a sonogram to the first evening home from the hospital, the Pampers “Firsts” video showcases precious, heart-felt moments babies and parents share together. Pampers recognizes that all first moments, no matter how big or small, are moments to be cherished and celebrated. Pampers is honored to be a part of the journey of firsts for millions of families around the world every day.

Pampers wants to celebrate those firsts... and you can remember those wonderful feelings again by watching this short and heartwarming video.


Pampers sponsored a wonderful get together with some of my friends, and we all got to enjoy each others company while we talked about some of those wonderful "firsts". 

Happy smiles while viewing the Pampers Firsts video.
   

We all agreed that the feeling of relief when you finally give birth, and then hear that sweet cry (which you won't find so sweet in the middle of the night for the next... oh, two years or so), was a magical time.

The first diaper I changed after becoming a mother was a Pampers Swaddler. The hospital supplied them for me (Pampers is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America!), and I hadn't yet thought about what brand of diapers I would use, but for my first, and all future babies we have used Pampers Swaddlers for our newborns.

I had always been sad when our babies grew out of Pampers Swaddlers, but now babies are lucky! Pampers Swaddlers are available through size 6! 

We've only had one child who has needed a size 6, and it is our 2 year old, Luke. We are working on potty training with him, but he is very specific about the diapers he wears at night. He demands Pampers Swaddlers (preferably with Elmo).  If only he was able to create a review on Pampers Swaddlers, I'm sure it'd be stellar! Good thing I've done one for him, and you can post your review too, here.

Pampers Swaddlers offer up to 12 hours of dryness... and that's a big deal. Our little ones need sleep, and heck... so do parents!

We had a very nice time gathering together to reminisce about some of the first we've experienced and talk about some that we have yet to see. 

Would you like to create your own baby's "firsts" video? You can upload 5-15 videos to create a wonderful little trip through your baby's first at Pamper's microsite here. You can then share the video via Facebook and/or Twitter (use #PampersFirst, too!).

Leave a comment below telling me your most heartwarming first....



Friday, February 27, 2015

It's a Zooper!


We received the Zooper Waltz Smart for review. All opinions are my own.

A what?! A Zooper!

Zooper has a line of strollers that go from economical and simple, to luxurious. Whatever your need, Zooper has a stroller for you.

We received the Waltz Smart stroller for review. There are some great color choices for the stroller... but with my love of green, I knew there was only tealberry for me!




We finally were able to get a picture of the Waltz Smart in the sun! It's pretty dreary here in Michigan... and SO gold. We've been having -25°F days! This would have been a great time to have a Zooper accessory... the foot muff- but alas, they're sold out!

 Brr. So... no little one in the photos or video because it was just too cold. You can see in the photo above that the Zooper Waltz Smart has a triangle frame. Zooper chose this design for the frame because it is strong and reliable. 


My favorite feature, hands down, is the canopy. Not only can you extend it fully while the child is upright, you can also unzip part of the canopy to allow the canopy to unfold completely while the child is fully reclined. It's AMAZING. 




Here's a photo our little guy, enjoying the ride during our little adventure to the mall. He seemed to like the ride! The Zooper Waltz Smart has a removable snack tray (which we chose to use here), and a nice padded headrest.


The huge pocket on the back of the canopy is also amazing. It has a magnetic closure, and is super convenient! While we were at the mall I placed my wallet, receipts, and my phone in it. It's probably my second favorite feature of the Waltz Smart!

Here is a quick video I did giving an overview of the Zooper Waltz Smart.

It FINALLY was sunny out today... but it is still freeezing!





Here's a little quick review.

Pros:
One foot brake.
AMAZING canopy.
Huge Pocket for stuff.
Great basket.
Independent swivel front wheels.
Easy maneuverability.
Slim folding.
Full recline.
Beautiful fabric.


Cons:
Takes two hands to fold up.
Handle is a little too low for me as I am taller.
Difficult to adjust harness.
The instruction manual is NOT easy to follow.

Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons (I really had to think to get some cons on the list... they really were minor), and we have really enjoyed using the Waltz Smart. I can't wait to try it out on the walking trails this Spring and Summer! 

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 package) 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.



 
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