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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bridgestone Drive and Learn Event at BlogHer14

One of my favorite events during BlogHer 14 was the Bridgestone Drive and Learn event. A bunch of us went out to a large empty parking lot where we got to ride with professional race car drivers in an auto cross track in BMW 325s and then take part behind the wheel on the same relay course.

Our driver went really fast around the cones and it was more fun than any roller coaster ride I've been on. I was sliding around in the back seat, my seat belt working hard to keep me in place and from falling into my new blog friend Sarah from Thank You Honey Blog who was in the car with me too. She was a little more trepidatious when she got behind the wheel, but me, I had the need for speed! I would have gone faster around the curves too, but didn't want to scare my passengers, lol.
We also had the opportunity to drive on a completely flat DriveGuard tire at 50 MPH and believe it or not I couldn't tell it was a flat tire. With DriveGuard tires from Bridgestone you can drive up to 50 miles at up to 50 miles per hour after a puncture or complete loss of pressure. I've driven on two flat tires in my life and it felt like I was going over speed bumps, thump, thump, thump, but this time it was smooth sailing allowing you to get help safely, thus ideal for riding with families.

We also learned some basic car care tips from the team at Firestone Complete Auto Care. I re-learned how to check the air in my tires and how to jump start a car. Here are some simple tips:
  • * Not only is too little air in your tires bad, but so is too much air. 
  • * Check the air in your tires monthly when it's warm and after driving 5 miles.
  • * The correct tire pressure needed for your vehicle should be listed in the hinge of your car door. 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Brunch with the cast of Chrisley Knows Best

Back in June when I did a press trip to Atlanta to visit the set of Satisfaction, I was also able to have brunch with four members of the Chrisley family (Todd, Julie, Chase, Savannah) from the reality show Chrisley Knows Best. I'm not usually a fan of reality shows, but I had seen an early preview on YouTube last year and got hooked, so I was excited to meet them in-person. They didn't disappoint.
Todd was just as funny and outrageous as he appears on the show. After sitting next to me and hearing I was a reporter, he asked me how old after declaring I looked 12, lol. While talking to him I said something like "you have a lot of kids" and in agreement he said: "retweet," which had me laughing. I never heard someone say "retweet" like that in a conversation. Haha, love it. 
Read more about my conversations with the family and details on the upcoming second season in my Huffington Post article. Also, Todd tweeted me this kind message back:
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Is my new home haunted?

Before we moved in to our new home in Florida, we had the exterior power washed and re-painted. So, my mom's husband Ken kindly took a photo of the house with his cell phone and texted it to me and my mom.

While my mom was busy commenting on how nice the paint looked, I focused on the big center window upstairs and let out a little squeal and cringed. It looked like a family of four in ghostly form, posing for the pic! After I pointed it out to my mom, she started freaking out too.

Take a look and tell me what you see:
Raphael meanwhile just laughed at us and Ken confirmed there was no one else in the house, which made it all the more creepier though. They then suggested it was just a reflection of the clouds, but the silhouette eerily looks like a family unit to me and why aren't there more cloud formations showing in the other windows? The house meanwhile is only eight-years-old, so unlikely it's haunted. However, it felt like the start of every paranormal film, where people in the house deny sightings, saying thinking they are being silly and then ...
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Huggies Plus Coupons at Costco this August

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating 

Deal Alert: This month, head to your local Costco Warehouse and buy Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes and get $6 off diapers and $5 off wipes instantly. These exclusive Huggies products are only sold at Costco and will help you Plus Up your baby care. This savings is valid 8/7-8/31, so check it out and stock up! We did:
Also, Costco Members - Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

Oh, and can I just say thanks to Costco for having shopping carts that hold two children! I'm lucky if I can snag a double wide cart when grocery shopping, etc, and yet all of Costco's carts fit two kids in the front seat. Such a life saver for twins. At Ikea and Stew Leonard's my husband and I have to grab two carts and take a baby each, such a pain. 

For more deals and news follow @Huggies and @CostcoTweets on Twitter.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm moving yet again

We're moving to Naples on the west side of Florida on the gulf coast. I've hinted at a potential move a few times in recent posts and you might have noticed the palm trees are back in my blog header. However, I've been keeping it on the DL not wanting to make a big deal out of it, but now as the moving van is carting away our possessions I need to come clean.

This will be 7 homes in 9 years in 4 states.
Why Florida? A couple of reasons. My mother is no longer a snowbird, but is down there full-time now, so I'll get to be near my best friend and the boys get grandma. The extra help will be amazing too. Also, my husband is from Texas and this last winter was very difficult for him, especially with two toddlers couped up inside. Plus, we can work anywhere, so why not near the beach?

Although I do love the home that I've made here, we're able to get a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house with a pool for 100k less than up North. We'd also be moving to a gated community with other families, which will be great as we don't have many friends with kids. The development also has tennis courts, a gym, soccer field, baseball field and lots of other amenities. Oh, and no state income tax. Overall, I'm hoping it will be a good move for our family.

Will I miss being able to go into Manhattan and the events that I attend there? Yes. I'll also miss my favorite season Fall and going apple picking, seeing the leaves change on Bear Mtn and all my childhood memories. Yet, with my dad and Nanny no longer here and my mom down South it's all bittersweet.

I'm often traveling though for my blog and work, so hopefully I'll be back up North often enough.

Anyway, on to a new chapter. I hope you all join me for the ride. Stay tuned for pics of my new home, before and after shots, interior design tips, etc.

But first...flying with two toddlers and two cats.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Giveaway: $50 Costco Card for Huggies Plus Diapers & Wipes

I am participating in a sponsored campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. 

Through the Huggies Costco Ambassador Program I'm excited to offer the following Huggies reader giveaway and sampling information.

Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers Size: 3; 210 CtAs mentioned in my previous post, Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes are only available at Costco. The "Plus" version of Huggies Snug & Dry diapers are extra absorbent for day and night protection and the Natural Care "Plus" edition of Huggies wipes are are thicker and more durable for any mess. You can’t get them anywhere else but Costco stores. So, plus up your baby care!

Costco Members - Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

We are overdue for a Costco run ourselves, since we're out of wipes at home (we go through 2 large bags a month) and grandma's supply of diapers is out again. We can never seem to have enough stocked up for our boys, which is why we have to buy in bulk since it at least allows us to make it a monthly shopping trip instead of weekly.

Below enter for a chance to win a $50 Costco cash card to purchase Huggies Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Plus Wipes at Costco. Good luck!
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Monday, August 4, 2014

BlogHer14: Master Your Home with Samsung

I knew Samsung Electronics for its smartphones, but during BlogHer 14 I learned that they are also America’s fastest growing appliance brand giving new shape to the home appliance landscape for moms, inspiring them to "master their home."

I love touring people's homes, which is why I geeked out at the Samsung Home Appliance setup at the conference, which provided a glimpse inside the ideal high-tech, professional kitchen. Their Chef Collection of kitchen appliances -- a suite of premium culinary appliances inspired by renowned chefs from around the world were on display. Who knew a fridge could be down right sexy? Sounds weird, but these babies had my jaw dropping in awe.

The 34 cu. ft. Ultra-High Capacity 4-Door French Door Chef Collection Refrigerator has an automatic built-in sparkling water dispenser! I would love that, since sipping sparkling water with lemon always seems to help me drink more and is so refreshing. As you can see in the following pic, the refrigerator also features a new sleek and seamless temperature display where LED lights shine through micro-pinholes to display temperature settings. How sick is that?
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For those with big families, it is also the largest refrigerator in its class for an extra-large capacity that can hold up to 34 bags of groceries. Wow! My current fridge is so too narrow that once the twins were born we had to get a separate mini fridge for the boys milk and a freezer in our garage for more food storage. Also, the versatile bottom drawer can function as either a freezer or a fridge, maximizing fresh food storage space.
For cloth diaper fans Samsung Home Appliance also makes a Baby Care personal washer that is small, quiet and great for a nursery or upstairs room and perfect for cloth diaper loads. I was really impressed to hear that it was designed especially for baby needs. It features high temperature sanitation and a soft close lid that can be easily open and close without a sound. The dual lid contains a childproof lock for controls and doors. Plus, the heat-proof door helps protect your baby. Very cool to have these child-safety features already built-in. It's available for purchase on Amazon too.

Disclaimer: This is sponsored post through Mom Central/BSM Media. I received compensation in exchange for writing about my booth visit and tour. All opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Wubble Bubble and my Double Trouble

Sounds like out of the pages of Dr. Seuss, but my double trouble loved the Wubble Bubble, which looks like a bubble but plays like a ball.

I first got to see the Wubble Bubble up-close at Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash. Since my duo are crazy about bubbles and balls and are always trying to steal my yoga ball, I knew this would be a great toy for them. Heck, my own mind was blown (no pun intended).

The Wubble Bubble is approved for play indoors and outdoors, but we've only tried it out inside so far. It takes 2 minutes to inflate to 3 feet tall, however, since my boys are still young we only inflated it to about a foot and a half. Here's a helpful video on how to inflate it, which we also watched beforehand. You can also deflate the Wubble, which is great for storage too.

The Wubble Bubble is made from super-thermo-stretch-tacular stuff, not as durable as a yoga ball, but much lighter, thus allowing my boys to catch it, kick it, squeeze it and make it fly. My boys put it through the test too and all are fine. What's also cool about the ball is that it's bounces are unpredictable as sometimes it bounces backwards or to the sides, thus keeping my boys running in all directions. it also makes a fun bouncing sound when you hit it, which is appealing and fun for kids. As a result, my boys spent a good amount of time just drumming on it.
It also comes in several colors including blue and green, which are the colors I use to color code my twinnies. I know that sounds weird, but believe me it helps knowing that the blue sippy cup is Ben's and the green paci is Logan's etc. They also know which color is theirs and it helps prevent any fighting over objects and toys like this.

The Wubble ball is available for only $19.99 at Target stores nationwide and that includes the battery-operated air pump, but after that it's even cheaper when you want another Wubble Bubble and already have a pump.

Disclosure: I received a sample Wubble for review purposes, but because I'm a human and not a robot, all opinions are my own ;) 
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