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Monday, October 16, 2017

October is Fire Prevention Month Giveaway

This Fire Prevention Month, ensure your family is super prepared!

October is National Fire Prevention Month and an important time to make sure your home and family are taking key safety steps and know what to do in case of emergency. The Super Prepared family is here to help! Practice fire safety and make your family “super prepared” too!

Every October my boys remind me of the importance of fire safety. They bring home materials from school that they received from the fire department school visit. They also tell me about the homework that they must do for Fire Prevention Month. This year the homework was to plan a fire escape route. So the boys drew a layout of our house and we then discussed the best way to escape if our house was on fire. I also tested the boy's knowledge of feeling for hot doors, what to do if you catch on fire and other important things. I am glad that I had a website to visit to get more information on fire safety. All this fire prevention learning brought back memories of my learning "stop, drop, and roll" along with fire drills at school. The boys thought it would be a great idea to have a practice fire drill at home. 

The boys also reminded their dad to test all the smoke and CO alarms and replace the batteries in them once a year. I am glad we took the time to check the alarms as we realized that our CO alarm was over 10 years old and needed to be replaced. 

We then made a safety checklist which included mom having to buy a new CO alarm along with other important items that would help us be safe in case of a fire. I was amazed at the new technology in smoke and CO alarms when I did my shopping for a new CO alarm. Some of the First Alert alarms include a long life sealed lithium battery to power the alarm for a full 10 years without replacing the battery and they need no electrical connection. This eliminates costly battery replacements and annoying low battery chirps in the middle of the night. An end-of-life alarm signals when it's time to replace the unit in 10 years.
That lithium battery sounded awesome to me as I remember many years ago when we had moved into our home and at 3 AM several of the smoke alarms started to chirp. 

So I decided to replace some of our smoke alarms with new First Alert 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms. I really like that these could detect both smoke and carbon monoxide in my home. Did you know that carbon monoxide is a silent killer? 

Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning deaths in America, yet many people don't know they are suffering from CO poisoning until it's too late. Since symptoms of CO poisoning are like the flu, you might not even know you're in danger at first. 

We also replace the smoke alarm in my son's room with this cool small smoke and fire alarm. I love that it has a 10-year battery and can be placed on the wall.

We also placed this free-standing carbon monoxide detector and this fire extinguisher on top of the fridge. I like that the carbon monoxide detector tells me the temperature and it can be wall mounted also. 

I am glad my boys brought home information about Fire safety as that allowed me to learn more about Fire Prevention and safety. Want to learn more? Then click on the below link to learn more about the "Super Prepared Family".

I have a Fire Prevention Kit (estimated retail value of $220) to giveaway to one lucky reader! To be entered to win this awesome prize, just enter on the giveaway form below!

The Fire Prevention Kit will include:
·         10-Year Atom Smoke & Fire Alarm (MSRP: $39.99)
·         10-Year Dual Sensor Smoke & Fire Alarm (MSRP: $49.95)
·         10-Year Alarm Life Carbon Monoxide Alarm (MSRP: $59.95)
·         10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (MSRP: $49.99)
·         Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray (MSRP: $19.99)

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

SONGMICS Faux Leather Folding Storage Ottoman Giveaway

             I love hidden storage items!

  I hate clutter and mess. I have three boys along with a husband and that adds up to a lot of mess. I try my hardest to get the house clean but they don't understand the importance of a clean house. The one room in the house that looks messy all the time is the family room. I guess since it is the room that we all spend the most time in it tends to always look cluttered. This clutter just drives me crazy. I want the room that I relax in to just look nice. Last year we got new sofas so I got all excited and bought some nice pillows for the sofas. Big mistake, those pillows are always on the floor. My boys don't understand that they are to be used and to make the room look nice. They just complain that the pillows are in their way. So because I have boys and clutter, I look for items that can store things like pillows, blankets and more, yet still look nice in the family room. So I got excited when I saw this folding storage ottoman. I knew it would be perfect for the family room. The green color was so pretty and I knew it would add some wow to my cluttered room. The ottoman would also give me some extra storage for blankets that we only use in the winter. SONGMICS makes this folding storage ottoman in several other colors too. I love that it looks like leather and folds up when not in use.

  Once the ottoman was delivered I quickly discovered another use for it. Since it fits perfectly behind my sofa, I decided it would be a perfect place to stash clean laundry until the boys get a chance to fold it. This would be so much better than our current method of placing the laundry baskets behind the sofa. Who folds laundry the same day it is washed? I certainly don't! I don't even fold it. I hate folding laundry so I just wash it and place it in my new SONGMICS Faux Leather Folding Storage Ottoman. Then I place the lid on the ottoman and it stays hidden until the boys fold it! That is one less clutter/mess for me to look at.

  This storage ottoman could also be used for toys or an emergency "crap company is coming" stash box. It also makes a great place to sit or to rest your legs on. I might just have to get another one of the ottomans to use by the front door. The boys can then stash their backpacks and shoes inside instead of throwing them on the floor. I keep saying when the boys get their own place I am going to mess it up. Then I quickly realize, it will already be messy. My two oldest live on their own and have messy places. Maybe mom needs to buy them a storage ottoman.

Check out all the features of this ottoman

  • HIDDEN STORAGE SPACE: Spacious hidden storage room for sundries such as shoes, blankets, great for de-cluttering your entryway & bedroom
  • STURDY & COMFY FOR SITTING: Thickened CARB P2 MDF construction holds up to 660Lbs (static load capacity), sponge padded seat, sturdy & cozy bench for sitting
  • CLASSIC DECORATIVE APPEARANCE: Faux leather finish w' tufted top, exquisite stitch adds a touch of style to your interior decor
  • SUPER EASY TO SET UP & FOLD FLAT: Collapsible ottoman design enables it to be space-saving, takes seconds to set up, great storage ottoman for dorm rooms & RV
  • EXCELLENT FOR SMALL SPACES: 43 1/4"L x 14 7/8"W x 14 7/8"H (110 x 38 x 38cm), comfortable height for sitting & resting your feet or legs
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 Want to win a  SONGMICS Faux Leather Folding Storage Ottoman like the one pictured? Then enter this awesome giveaway for a chance to win!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Are you looking for a good movie to watch on Halloween? Grab a friend and have a night out without the kids and check out this funny Tyler Perry movie. You will have a great night laughing at this spooky movie. The Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is in theatres October 20th and it makes for a great date night, a night out with the girls/guys, and even teens will enjoy this movie.

Madea and the gang are back for this hilarious sequel. Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the bogeyman are unleashed. PG-13 For sexual references, drug content, language and some horror images.

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                                         Check out the trailer below!

Want to win some Boo!Two A Madea  Swag?

Then enter this giveaway to win a Boo 2! T-shirt (random sizing) and Boo 2! Stencil Kit. Enter on the giveaway form below and good luck!

 If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.
FYI: Shipment may take 4-6 weeks.
Prizing provided by Lionsgate

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

LG Appliances Help Me Prep For The Holidays

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

  I get all excited for the holiday season as to me it means family and time spent together. It also means cookie exchanges. I love cookie exchanges as it means I get to bake lots of cookies and then gather with friends who then give me more cookies. I love eating cookies. I also love baking cookies. When I bake cookies, it is an all-day affair. I have at least seven cookie sheets so I can do a baking marathon of many different kinds of cookies. When I bake, I usually bake at least three different kinds of cookies as cookies also make great gifts. I mean who would turn down a plate of delicious homemade cookies. Sometimes the different cookie recipes will bake at different temperatures so having a double oven with ProBake Convection makes all the difference to me when it comes to holiday baking. I have my eye on an LG Double Oven with ProBake at Best Buy as this oven circulates air evenly throughout the lower oven and the ProBake Convection speeds cooking times for fast and flavorful meals. I told my husband that if we buy this LG Double Oven we can Save up to $600 on an LG Kitchen Appliance Package.

 My husband liked that idea as our appliances are over ten years old and will need to be replaced soon. While we were at Best Buy browsing through the appliance section, my husband really liked the LG - InstaView™ Door-in-Door® Refrigerator. Who here has fun looking at appliances and all the new features? I know I do. It is so fun opening refrigerator doors and seeing all the cool things inside and out. I agree with my husband that the LG-InstaView is a cool refrigerator. This refrigerator features a sleek glass panel that illuminates with two quick knocks on the right-hand refrigerator door, letting you see inside the easy-access compartment without ever opening the door. If I had this fridge, I would no longer have to scream at my boys to close the fridge door. Does your family open the refrigerator door and stare inside hoping that the selection has changed? 

  My family thinks the refrigerator is a TV! They sometimes don't have a clue when it comes to the opening the door forever. Why would I buy new food when they won't eat it? My two favorite LG appliances are just two of the many LG appliances that included in this great Best Buy deal: Save up to $600 on an LG Kitchen Appliance Package. The holidays are a perfect reason to get some new LG appliances for your kitchen. Just think of all the wonderful baking that you could be doing. New appliances could help you prep for the holidays. Just think of it as an early Christmas present to yourself. Check out all the LG appliances that are included in this awesome deal at the 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Should You Go Back To Work?

The decision to return to work isn’t always an easy one for moms. Being at home and there for your family is a job in itself, but there might come a time when you consider going back to work - especially when the children have started school, or the right opportunity comes along. The decision of whether or not to go back to work is a personal one that is different for everyone, but there are some questions you can ask yourself to see if it’s the right move for you. Take a look at the following to help you decide if you should go back to work.

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Do you need to go back to work?

Many mothers feel pressure to return to work from friends or former colleagues, when it may not be the best move for them. If your household doesn’t need the money or you don’t feel you’re ready, then don’t feel pressured into returning to work if it doesn’t feel right. However, if you do feel that your household could benefit from the extra income or you want to start saving for your kids to go to college, then returning to work on a part-time basis could help you to have the best of both worlds.

Are you happy in your career?

Taking a break from work could make you realize that you don’t actually like your career that much. If you haven’t been missing it, then maybe you could consider doing something else instead? Thanks to distance learning, there are some great options available to you to help you make a career move, and enrolling on a course like a masters in school counseling could be a good move for you. Look into different career options that you can enjoy while juggling a family and pursue something that makes you happy, rather than return to a job that you hate.

How will you manage childcare?

A lack of childcare is one reason why many mothers choose to stay at home rather than return to work. Childcare is expensive, and unless you’ve got plenty of family on hand to help out - you also have to consider how you feel about leaving them in the care of someone outside of your family. Choosing the right childcare can help you feel more confident in returning to work, so explore all of the available options to help you make the best decision for you.

How will you find the right balance?

Juggling work and family can be stressful for parents, and you should consider how you’ll find the balance before you make your decision. Some of the secrets to balancing work and family involve being organized and planning in advance, so you’ll need to prepare in advance if you’re going to make it work. Asking for flexible working or reducing your hours are just some of the ways you can make returning to work easier while working out a schedule for the family can help you stay on track of everyone’s days.

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding to return to work, and only you will really know what’s right for you. One thing you might want to consider is finding a job that lets you work from home like blogging, as a way to earn some money while being able to work around your family. Whatever you decide, choose the option that works best for you and your family - your decision isn’t set in stone, and you can always change your mind if you wish.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Say Good Bye With These Perfect Leaving Gifts


It can be incredibly sad when a colleague decides to move on and start a different job with another company. If you have become firm friends over the past few years, you won’t see each other as much, and you will both miss each other in your day-to-day life. However, you shouldn't stay sad for too long as this move could be the best thing for them. They might be moving into a better position or increased salary.

So, as you can see, when a co-worker leaves, it’s important that you celebrate your time together and the new chapter in their life. This calls for a leaving gift! Not sure what to get them? Then read on for some of my best ideas.

Gift Basket

Gift baskets are great as you can buy them completely or you can put together your own one. Plus, you can add anything you want to a gift basket, which makes them easy to personalize. One popular leaving present is a wine gift basket, and you can get the details from about how to personalize one. Other nice gift basket ideas include things like fruit, chocolate, and cheese and biscuits.


If it’s a female co-worker who is leaving work, then you might want to consider getting them a piece of jewelry. Every woman loves receiving items of jewelry as a present, and it can be a nice token of your time working together. Whenever she wears the item she will always be able to remember the great times you had together at work. Not only that, though, but she will also look great wearing it!

Has your colleague got a very important role in their new company? If so, I’m sure that they will really appreciate a professional gift, such as a brand new briefcase. There are lots of companies that specialize in briefcases, including, and they will even be able to personalize them with an inscription or monogram if you like. Other nice professional gifts that would be great with a new briefcase could be things like a fancy diary and personalized pen.

Photo Frames

Photo frames are a fantastic gift whatever the occasion. And this is also the case when one of your colleagues is leaving. It’s a nice idea to get them some small photo frames so that they can display their family pictures on their new desk in their next job. If you got on really well and socialized outside of work, you might want to add a picture of the two of you together in the frame, so that your leaving co-worker can remember all the excellent memories you share together.

Don’t be upset and disheartened when a colleague announces that they are leaving. Instead, celebrate their new position with one of the above fabulous gifts. And remember that you will always be able to stay in touch outside of work so that your friendship can continue to blossom.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Glorybrew Is The Best Eco-Friendly Coffee Pod

 I used to have a love/hate relationship with my Keurig machine. I love that it brews a cup of coffee quickly but I hate what it does to the environment. All those plastic k-cups sitting in the landfill just so I can enjoy a quick cup of coffee is just so wrong. Sure I could take those cups apart and maybe recycle them. I am really not sure and who has time for that! Yes, I did try those reusable k-cup things but I always get coffee grounds in my cup of coffee. So, for the most part, my Keurig has been collecting dust as I feel so guilty drinking a cup of coffee, especially when I toss that k-cup into the trash.

Sponsored post: I received compensation for this post in the form of samples or money.

  I no longer have to feel guilty about using my Keurig machine as I discovered a new guilt-free line of coffee pods for Keurig®* machines. Glorybrew is a unique coffee pod that is made for every day, every budget, and everybody. These Rainforest Alliance™ pods are 100% compostable and are made from bio-based materials that offer an environment-friendly alternative to your morning routine. So now I can enjoy a great cup of coffee and do good for the environment at the same time! Instead of tossing that plastic k-cup into the trash, I toss the Glorybrew pod into my compost pile. The whole pod breaks down in the soil! Did you know that coffee adds wonderful nutrients to the soil? So you enjoy a great cup of coffee and your plants get a treat too.

    This coffee is also gourmet coffee! I tried the dark roast and it had a nice strong flavor. The smell of this full-bodied coffee was so good. Arabica beans sourced from premium selections in Indonesia give this blend a subtle spice, while Latin American Arabica beans round-out a smooth finish. As I was brewing my cup of coffee, my husband could smell it in the next room. So being the good wife, I made him a cup of coffee as it was so simple to do with just a touch of a button. 

Glorybrew comes in three different varieties.

  Medium Roast flavor – The Duke: “This medium-roast blend has a bright, pleasant aroma with medium acidity and mellow toasted notes. Arabica beans sourced from premium selections in Indonesia give this blend its earthy notes, while Latin American Arabica beans round-out a smooth finish.”

Dark Roast flavor – The Knight: “This dark-roast blend is a strong, full-bodied coffee, rich in roasted notes. Arabica beans sourced from premium selections in Indonesia give this blend a subtle spice, while Latin American Arabica beans round-out a smooth finish.”

Extra Dark Roast flavor – The Noble: “This extra dark-roast blend is an intense, full-bodied coffee balanced with low acidity and subtle hints of chocolate. Arabica beans sourced from premium selections in Indonesia give this blend an earthy cocoa note, while Latin American Arabica beans round-out a velvety finish.”

I am glad that I dusted off my Keurig machine and gave it another chance. Thanks to Glorybrew, I can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee anytime I desire. Check out my recipe for delicious healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Mocha Protein Brownies.

These 100% compostable pods work in K-Cup®* brewers and Keurig®* machines, even 2.0s!

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