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Friday, September 22, 2017

See Your photos On Your Amazon Fire TV, Courtesy of Alexa + Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

               Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post.

  I just love looking at photos from years ago. I have many photos from when the kids were young, vacations, and even my wedding. These photos are in boxes all around the house and some are on an old computer that we no longer use. It can be a pain when I want to see photos from years ago as usually, that means climbing a ladder to get the dusty box down. I discovered an easier way to reminisce through all my photos on my Amazon Fire TV with the help of my Alexa Voice Remote.

  I can now see all those wonderful photos and even videos on my big screen TV while relaxing on my comfy couch. You see my family just got an Amazon Fire Stick for our TV and I am loving the features beyond being able to stream shows on my TV. Amazon just launched their Prime Photos voice-activated program on their Fire TV. For now, the launch is only in the United States but this awesome program allows you to search through your photos by just asking Alexa to find them.

  Amazon customers can view and search for their photos and photo albums with the Alexa Voice Remote and the Prime Photos app on their Fire TV.  Prime members can also search for people, places, and things, with phrases like, “show photos of the beach,” “show photos of California,” or “show photos of Jesse.”

 This is a great addition to what you can already do with Prime Photos on your Fire TV. Check out more ways to use the Prime Photos Fire TV app here, hint: you can even change your screensaver. If that wasn’t enough, all Prime members get unlimited photo storage, as well as 5 GB digital storage for other files and videos. Now, you can relax on your living room couch and flip through your photos and personal videos on the biggest screen in your home using your Alexa Voice Remote.
Prime Photos helps keep your photos right at your fingertips, wherever you are. Keep your photos safe while you free up space on your devices when you store your photos online with the free Prime Photos apps.

 The program is super easy to use too. I am able to search through all those vacation photos with the help of my Alexa Voice Remote and the Prime Photos app on my Fire TV. I love that I just say "Show my Summer Vacation 2017 photo album" and all the photos that I took are on my TV screen. I can even say "play a slideshow" and then view albums of photos from all my vacations.

 This is a great addition to what I can already do with Prime Photos but now I can use it on my Fire TV my just ask Alexa Prime Photos benefit. Check out more ways to use the Prime Photos Fire TV app here, hint: you can even change your screensaver. If that wasn’t enough, all Prime members get unlimited photo storage, as well as 5 GB digital storage for other files and videos.

 Prime Photos helps keep my photos right at my fingertips, wherever I am. My photos are safe and I free up space on my phone so I can take more pictures. I love storing my photos online with the free Prime Photos app.

 Like Amazon Fire TV, you can also use this Prime Photo feature on the Echo Show too. You can showcase all the photos in your Prime Photos account, with voice commands like, “Alexa, show my photos.” In fact, all the same commands work with Echo Show – just add “Alexa” to the beginning of each one.

I think Alexa and I are going to be spending a lot of time together. I just love looking at my photos on my TV while relaxing in my living room.

You must watch this fun video of how the Amazon Fire TV allows you to see your photos on your TV with the help of Alexa. Check out the Prime Photos Voice webpage Here for more information.

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Strawberry Lemon Collagen Beauty Water

Enjoying the warm weather as before long it will be cold.

  I am enjoying the nice weather while it lasts. I love fall weather here in Albuquerque. The weather is cooling down yet still warm enough for shorts. This morning I decided to relax outside for a bit and I am glad that I did. While I was relaxing a hot air balloon floated over my yard. In less than a month the Balloon Fiesta will be here so the pilots are all practicing. It is so cool that many of the balloons are starting to take off near my house so I get to see several balloons during the week when I am out running. My boys are excited about Balloon Fiesta and they can't wait to see all the hot air balloons. If you have never been to a balloon fiesta, I recommend the one here as not only do you see over 500 balloons, you can get very close to them as they take off. There are also several companies that offer a balloon ride.

 My choice of beverage that I had while I was balloon watching was a delicious Strawberry Lemon Collagen Beauty Water. This berry drink keeps my skin and hair healthy. Did you know that collagen is good for us older ladies? This protein helps with my hair, skin, nails, and even my joints. I don't want to age gracefully, I want to look and feel young as long as I can.

Sponsored post: I received a container of Vital Proteins Beauty water to facilitate this post.

 So I am always looking for new ways to incorporate collagen into my diet. When Vital Protein made a flavored beauty water I just had to try it. Their water reminds me of that fancy fruit water that hotels place in their lobby. You know the ones that have fruit slices in it? This strawberry lemon water has a hint of sweetness to it but wonderful fruit flavor. I don't like sugary drinks so this is perfect for this water drinking gal. This delicious water even has probiotics in it. I just love the pink colored container and the great benefits for my body. I want to be that grandma who is still running at 90. Now to wait for a grandchild to come my way.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Healthy After School Snacks

I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided in the form of a gift card.

    The boys are back in school and we all are so happy! The boys were getting bored and mom needed some quiet time. It is amazing how much noise two boys can make. I do love my boys but those hours that they are at school keeps me sane and also allow time to get some work done. When the boys get home from school, I am happy to see them. The boys always talk to me about their day as they are washing their hands so they can have a snack. It seems like they don't get enough to eat at school as they are so hungry when they get home. I always try to give my boys a healthy snack so it does not spoil their appetite for dinner. The 10-year-old ( in the white shirt) is also a picky eater and on the small side. His 9-year-old brother ( in the blue shirt) is 3 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier.  So my motto with the picky eater is "make every calorie count." 

   So when it comes to snack food, I buy healthy snacks that taste good. As this mom knows if it does not taste good, they won't eat it. So when my boys saw me taking pictures of the Lundberg Family Farms Grounded Snacks Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips, they were excited to try them as they don't get tortilla chips that often. I don't buy chips so the only time they get them is at parties or at a friends house. I think the colored bags and the picture of the chips on the bag are what enticed them. It seems like they always want to eat when I am taking pictures.

This mom was happy that they wanted to try the chips. I was even amazed that the picky child wanted to try them. So I gave them both a chip to sample and waited for their reaction. I tasted one too and they had a great taste. I knew that the 9-year-old would like them as he is my healthy eater. I never have to remind him to eat fruit. The other boy may like something one day and the next day he says it tastes different. Both boys ate their chip and wanted more. In fact, I had to stop them from eating the chips long enough to get a picture. Once I got the picture those two ate the whole bag of   Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips. I managed to grab a few for myself before those two started fighting over the crumbs. The 10-year-old said, "I love the taste of Pink Himalaya Salt!" The next thing that I knew, those two boys were trying to decide which bag to try next. The one thing that I love about these chips is how flavorful they are without having a lot of sodium in them.

I love that my boys are enjoying a snack that is made with whole grains. The USDA Certified Organic ingredients are awesome too! When the older son started reading the ingredients, he said: " mom they put organic in front of every word." I told that is because every ingredient is organic and they are also GMO-free. I just love that my boys are excited to learn about nutrition. I am trying to teach them how each food helps their body. So they know that these chips have iron in them that is good for their blood, protein for their muscles, and whole grains for energy. These chips are also gluten free and vegan.

The next day the boys decided to try the Cinnamon Sugar flavor. They did share with me this time and I think the picky eater ate the most chips. I am glad they don't care for spicy food so I will get the Ancho Chile bag all to myself. The boys proved me wrong on that assumption of spicy food. When I opened up the Ancho Chile flavor, they wanted to try one and they loved the mild spicy sweet flavor. Even my husband loved this flavor and he usually won't try food made with quinoa. Now I have to buy more of these. Maybe then I will get more than a couple of chips.

These delicious chips also come in French
Onion and Aged White Cheddar too. I am glad they sell these chips at the Sprouts near me and on Amazon as the boys want me to buy more.  To find a store near you that sells, Lundberg Family Farms Grounded Snacks Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips visit:

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Workout Tips For Stay At Home Moms

Enjoying a workout at the park while the boys play.

 My kids go to school so I have no excuse when it comes to working out. I have the time to go to the gym or go running. I have many friends with little kids who always complain that they wish they had time to work out.  I remember when my kids were little and how tough getting some exercise was. I knew that exercise was important not only for my health but also my mind. So I always made sure to workout at least three times a week and some days I had to be creative in order to get that exercise as it was not always easy exercising with little kids. I want to share some of my ways stay at home moms can get that healthy exercise and stop making excuses. The best part is you don't need a gym membership or have to work around your husband's schedule.

Stroller Walking
   My favorite and easiest way to exercise when my kids were little was walking. I would put my child in the stroller and we would go for a fast walk. To make my walk easier, I would park my open stroller by the front door so it was always ready to go. I would always try to walk right after my kids ate so they would not get hungry during the walk as it was a pain to find somewhere to nurse the baby. As my kids got older, they still rode in the stroller until they were 5 years old. My kids learned that mom was walking and they were riding. To make my kids enjoy our walks we would walk to the park for playtime. I always choose a park that was far away from the house so I got my exercise. The park would be great for ensuring the kids took a nap on the walk home. I also had a twin stroller for the youngest two boys as they were 16 months apart. The twin stroller gave me a great workout. If you have a store nearby, then walk to the store for exercise when you need just a couple items.

Tip: Make sure you eat a healthy snack before walking so you have the energy.

Sponsored post: I received samples of  Nuzest's Just Fruit & Veggie to facilitate this post.

Working Out Indoors
Walking was my favorite way to exercise but on days it was too cold or windy, I would put on music and just dance. My kids loved this dancing time with mom. My house has stairs so I would also walk up and down the stairs. My boys had such fun chasing mom up and down the stairs. You can also use a workout DVD to help with your exercise.

Tip: Make a game of cleaning up toys during this time. See how fast you and the kids can run the toys upstairs to their bedroom/playroom.

 I know how busy moms are with kids and finding time to eat healthy can be tough. So instead of eating those chicken nuggets, make yourself a smoothie that requires no blender. I really love Nuzest's Just Fruit & Veggie. This delicious smoothie has 5 fruits + 5 veggies in each serving so there is no need for chopping up those fruits, as who has that kind of time. I just place two scoops in a shaker cup of almond milk and I have a meal in a glass with 14 grams of protein, fiber, and all those fruits & veggies. The Wild Berry flavor tastes like a strawberry milkshake (dairy-free of course.) All three flavors are gluten-free, soy-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, and 100% vegan.

Tip: Exercising three days a week for 30 minutes keeps your body healthy. For weight loss do five days for 45 minutes each time.

Park Exercise
Have fun at the park with the kids. Hanging on the monkey bars is great for your stomach muscles and arms. If you are able, try to do some pull-ups. Climb up the slides and play tag with the kids. Swinging is also great exercise. When you kids want you to push them on the swings, get some leg lunges in. I like to also do laps around the park/playground equipment. Bring a jump rope and kettlebell weights with. The key is to keep moving. You can also do this workout in your backyard while the kids play on the swingset. If you are in your own yard, you will feel more comfortable in moving more. Put on the headphones and march in place for on song then do the monkey bars. March in place again and then do the kettlebells and so on.

Home Exercise Equipment
If your children take naps this is a good choice as you can run on a treadmill. My boys were not nappers so I did not use any exercise equipment. I found it impossible to work out on machines when the kids were awake as I had to worry about their safety. My boys wanted to use the machines as I was using them and telling them no and get away made the workout useless.

This is good if your kids are older and good swimmers. When my boys are in the pool, I do arm and leg exercises and also treading water while watching them at the same time. Water has a great resistance to work those muscles. I also run and jump in place in the water. My boys love when I use them as my weights in the water. I lift them up and down in the water for great arm and stomach exercise. They also love having swimming races.

Bike riding
This is also best with older kids who can bike for one or more miles. They ride their bikes and you walk fast trying to keep up with them. You can also get a bike trailer for the kids to ride in while you bike. 

These are just some of the ways that I would exercise when my boys were little. I still do some of them when the boys are home from school. I never used a gym when my boys were little as it cost too much money nor did I rely on my husband to watch the kids. I just made exercise an important part of my life like eating, sleeping, and brushing my teeth. Our bodies need exercise to stay healthy as well as good food. We moms need to take the time to take care of ourselves even are super busy moms. Exercising and eating healthy will not only keep us well but it will make us feel good. You might even lose all the baby weight from many years ago. So stop making excuses and go for a walk today.  Then grab a protein smoothie as extra protein will help tone those muscles. 
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wyndham Albuquerque Hotel VIP Event

A favorite Albuquerque hotel has a new name and a new look!

      Last night the younger boys and I had an opportunity to check out the newly remodeled
 Wyndham Albuquerque Hotel. Most people in Albuquerque know this hotel for its wonderful indoor waterpark. I am excited to tell you that this hotel has new owners and a newly remodeled contemporary look. I am in love with the colors and designs that they selected. I was not able to get a picture of the rooms but they were very fancy. The rooms had new granite vanities and tile floors. Once my family has a chance to stay at the hotel, I will update this post with a video review of the rooms. My boys want to stay the night at this hotel so they can enjoy the indoor waterpark.

     I love that this place serves wonderful coffee.

   The breakfast area has a nice contemporary look. I just love the wall.

  The wall behind the check-in desk changes colors!

   This was my favorite part of the hotel. These are full body massage chairs and are available to Wyndham rewards members to use for free. I just love that you can customize the massage chair to certain body parts.

I sure enjoyed a massage!

The boys and I enjoyed our night at the hotel and will be booking a night or two here so we can enjoy the water park.

        The indoor waterpark is our favorite part of this hotel. The Wyndham Albuquerque has rooms available for Balloon Fiesta and you will like the prices of the rooms.

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