>U Mom Knows Best: November 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

FREE Forto Coffee Shot

FREE Forto Coffee Shot Receive ONE (1) FREE Forto Coffee Shot (2 fl oz). Available in most stores.

Exp 12/23/2018

This Friday, November 30th, 2018– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for FREE Forto Coffee Shot 
Although 11/30/2018 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 12/16/2018


What is the Free Friday Download?
Every Friday, you can download a digital coupon for a FREE item! This offer is available exclusively to Customers with a Smiths Food and Drug or other Kroger store reward card.

How does it work?
Visit this page on Fridays.
Download the digital coupon for the product between 12am-11:59pm PT. You can view your coupon under the "My Coupons" section of your digital account or the Mobile App.

Redeem your coupon in-store within 2 weeks.
Your coupon will automatically be applied at checkout when you use your Shopper's Card.
Remember to check back the next Friday for a new offer!

Don't forget to save even more money with other great coupons under the Savings & Rewards Tab!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Make Your Apartment Yours With Customized Vinyl Decal

This is a sponsored post with Custom Vinyl Graphics and Dealspotr.

 My daughter and her husband along with my new grandbaby just moved here the other day. I am so glad that my son-in-law was able to convince his employer to let him work from home and move back to Albuquerque. I can now see that cute grandbaby more often. Their new apartment is about ten miles from my home and this grandma is so happy. My husband and I helped them move into their apartment the other day and it brought back memories of my first apartment when we moved here over 20 years ago. The apartment complex that my daughter moved into is the same one my husband and I rented at when we moved to Albuquerque. It also reminded me how boring the walls of an apartment are. Plain white walls just crying out to be decorated. The problem with apartments is not being able to hang things on the walls. Sure, some places allow you to hang pictures on the walls but then you are afraid to make a hole in the wall as you might not get that deposit back if you don't repair the nail holes correctly.

Forget nail holes in the wall

  My daughter and her husband will only be renting for a short time as they want to buy a house so hanging pictures on the walls is more work than they want to do. So I suggested Customized Wall Decals for their plain boring white walls. I love that you can upload a design of your choice to design the wall decal how you want it. These decals are affordable and so easy to apply. These awesome decals can be applied to smooth or textured walls. They can also be made in many different sizes up to 96"X 50". The designs are endless and where you hang them are up to you.

Use code MOMKNOWSBEST15 to save money on your order at Custom Vinyl Graphics

Custom Wall Decals Graphics

Perfect for the new nursery

 The baby will be getting her own room in the new apartment and my daughter will have fun decorating the nursery. The baby will have a new place to sleep so she will need pretty walls to look at when she wakes up from naps. An adorably customized vinyl decal with butterflies on it will match the baby's bedding set. When my daughter and husband get their new house the wall decal is Removeable & Reusable

Make the place yours

   Living in an apartment or dorm can be tough as there are so many rules from the landlord about decorating. With the Vinyl decals, you can make the place feel like your home without having to worry about damaging walls or having to repaint when you move out. The matte finish looks like you painted the design on the wall. The decals are easy to move or reposition without any damage to the walls. No more boring white walls when you have to rent. 

Use code MOMKNOWSBEST15 to save money on your order at Custom Vinyl Graphics

So stop living with boring walls and design a customized Vinyl Wall Decal to make your walls look amazing. Check out how easy it is to order a wall decal for any wall in your home.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

My Journey As A Caregiver

  This post is a sponsored post but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My Journey as a Caregiver began six years ago and it has been tough at times.

  Six years ago my husband's parents moved to be closer to the grandchildren but I think it was more than that. My mother-in-law had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years before and my father-in-law did a great job of hiding how bad it was. I guess he did not want any of us kids to worry or he just was so busy caring for his wife that he did not realize that he needed help. I think his decision to move to Albuquerque was a tough one but I also think it was a cry out for help. My father-in-law had done a great job of making us think that everything was all right with mom but once they arrived we saw things differently. We had last seen mom a year ago at Christmas and her disease had progressed more than we knew and it was taking a toll on my husband's dad.

It is amazing how others can see things that you can not

  The one thing that my husband and I noticed right away as we help them settle into their new place was neither of them was taking care of their personal grooming. Mom no longer wanted to bathe and we think she was afraid of the water, scary what Alzheimer's can do. We also think that dad had not brushed her teeth in quite some time. My husband said that his dad never did any of the child caretaking tasks so his dad did not know how to be a caregiver. I think taking care of his wife was an overwhelming responsibility for him. Dad's personal care also was not happening as he no longer had a wife to remind him and he looked tired. My husband and I noticed right away that both mom and dad were having incontinence issues that needed to be addressed. It was then that I had to put my embarrassment aside as we went out for dinner with mom and dad. It was about loving them and not caring about what others thought. My husband had the first tough job of telling his dad about them needing to wear disposable incontinence products. I had the job of buying the disposable products and I had no clue. I quickly learned about the embarrassment that came with buying disposable incontinence products. I realized that I had to not be embarrassed, as I knew dad needed this help.

How do you help someone with bladder leakage?

It was not easy for dad to realize that he had incontinence problems. He did make sure that mom wore the disposable ladies briefs as she no longer could control her bladder. So I purchased some Depend men's guards and left them at his apartment. Once dad realized that the disposable guards were not visible, he started wearing them. Mom's disease progressed even more and I became a part-time caregiver to mom. I babysat her so my husband could take dad to an Alzheimer's support group for a much-needed break. I took mom for long walks to the grocery store, a place that made her so happy as she loved meeting new people. Mom did not know who I was but was happy to see me. Mom's care became more than dad could handle so he placed her in a nursing home. It was tough seeing her fade from the Alzheimer’s and not remember simple things like how old her grandchildren were. My son who was 5 at the time had to tell grandma his age every time we visited her. Mom died nine months from the time they moved to Albuquerque from an infection in her mouth.

Dads health took a turn for the worse four years later 

   Dad went on with life without the one he loved. He took up dancing and was a hit with the ladies at the senior center. I think every week he had a new girlfriend. Dad still had problems taking care of his personal care and needed reminders to bathe and wear leakage control products. Four years after mom died, dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and his health started to decline. He was falling out of bed on a weekly basis and then took a fall when he was outside that landed him in the hospital. We then realized that dad needed full-time care. He also needed incontinence briefs as he was wetting the bed. His mind was declining and he needed help with daily tasks. He needed a walker to get around. Shopping online was a task that he could no longer handle. It was hard when my husband had to take away his dad's car keys. That meant I had to drive my father-in-law to doctor appointments and trips to the store. I made sure that I had plenty of time when I took him places as I had to be patient with his slow walking. Since dad lived 45 minutes away, I could not visit him as often as needed and his care was more than I could handle. So my husband helped his dad with the tough decision of moving into an assistant living facility.

     Sam’s Club Caregiver program makes my life easier

  Dad still needs our help with many things from doctor appointments to stock up on incontinence supplies. Sure the place that he lives at will provide the disposable products but the prices are not affordable. Dad also needs to know that we care so we visit often to visit to take him out for dinner and help with the never-ending computer problems. Since my husband has a full-time job, I handle the doctor visits and shopping. Sam's Club Caregiver program makes it easy to get all the products dad needs. I love that I can buy in bulk quantity so dad does not run out of his disposable briefs. I make sure to stock-up and I am glad that Sam's Club sells products for caregivers in quantities that we need at prices that are affordable. I can always find products like Depend, Poise, Ensure and Glucerna at my local Sam's Club. The products are all located in the same area of the store so I can find what I am looking for without having to wander around the store. If I do need help, the pharmacist at Sam's Club is always ready to answer any questions that I have. I am glad that Sam's Club is right down the street from dad's new place so I grab what I need before I visit him although dad likes it when I take him shopping as he loves the ice cream cone when we are done shopping.

This is a sponsored post by Sam’s Club but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My Favorite Eco Friendly Beauty Gifts

Check out some eco-friendly beauty gifts 

I received samples of the mentioned products to facilitate this post.

   As I am switching my beauty products to eco-friendly and natural products, I am discovering awesome things. I am discovering that my skin is no longer dry and itchy which makes me wonder if the chemicals in my other bath products were the cause of my dry skin. I no longer have to use buckets of lotion on my skin. My hair feels softer and I I love that I am not using chemicals like synthetic fragrance, color, parabens, and sulfates on my skin. Did you know that your skin is like a sponge and products you use can be absorbed into your bloodstream? That's right, those toxic ingredients can enter your body through your skin. So it makes to me to use less chemical crap skincare products on my body. As I am switching out my beauty products, I am having fun discovering products like shampoo, lotions, and scrubs. I rounded up some ones that I just tried and these beauty products with natural ingredients would make great Christmas gifts. Some would be great to put into a Christmas stocking. So check out my holiday picks for eco-friendly beauty products.

               CBD Oil infused haircare line

CBD Oil has become quite popular with its many uses and you can now enjoy it in beauty products. EMERA products contain high quality, naturally-derived, biodegradable ingredients like CBD Oil. Other ingredients in the haircare line are Hemp, Avocado, Sunflower, Lemongrass, and other beneficial botanical extracts. These deliver exceptional performance without harming the environment. These five products will promote healthy hair from the start. The products have an awesome scent and did a great job of making my hair manageable and soft.

                                            Website: https://emerahaircare.com


                                             Organic Charcoal Body Scrub

The perfect detox for your skin! Gently exfoliates to loosen and wash away the skin's lifeless surface layer, exposing and nourishing the fresh new skin beneath. The charcoal works to draw oil and toxins from the skin to improve complexion. This scrub has a great light scent to it and it makes my skin feel so soft.



Plant-Based Skin Care Little Kids

Perfect for moms and babies, this gift set includes essentials to nourish, cleanse and protect baby's delicate skin, while also keeping mom in mind! Curated with Monoi Coconut Oil, Aloe, and a variety of earth's most treasured ingredients. Baby Bum uses ingredients that do not harm kids or the environment. The 5-Piece Baby Gift Set includes the Shampoo & Wash, Everyday Lotion, Natural Monoi Coconut Balm, Hand Sanitizer and a cute knit stuffed animal, Duke, the hero of the brand. 


Bamboo Lemongrass 3-Step Set

I just love lots of scent in my beauty products and the ones with natural scents are the best. My favorite scent has got to be lemongrass and this 3-step set from LATHER is simply the best. I can inhale the citrus scent of lemon as I shower, scrub, and moisturize my body. I love that this gift set comes with a soft bamboo washcloth making it a wonderful me-time pampering bath experience. The gift set comes in a reusable mesh bag and includes 3 full-size Bamboo Lemongrass products that make your skin clean and soft. The wonderfully scented products are Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and synthetic fragrance and colors. Also, the products are never tested on animals

LATHER Holiday gift sets starting at just $15. Shop Now


Smart, simple shaving solution

This shaving kit includes everything you need for a smooth, close shave and healthy skin. No gimmicks, nasty chemicals or stuff you don’t need. I love that this shaving kit uses my husband's favorite refill blades on its reusable, ergonomic handle made with sustainably harvested beech wood. It includes a 3-in-1 Bar and Skin Fuel. The 3-in-1 Bar is loaded with 8 botanical oils, moisturizing glycerin, and nothing else. The bar can replace your body bar and shampoo too. The Skin Fuel is an aftershave, whole body moisturizer and conditioner (including beard and hair) and is a nutrient-rich, light oil with fulvic trace minerals that promotes healthy skin and hair

Website: https://www.akamaibasics.com/


                                         Toothpaste for Coffee Addicts

 Know someone who is a coffee addict? If so, you must them the Luster Power White Pro Sonic. It’s a three-step, at-home system that is clinically proven to remove both deep and surface stains, whitening teeth by up to 6 shades in 3 days and includes a sonic toothbrush! It gently whitens without sulfates. This 3 step system may not be 100% eco-friendly but it is a gentle system when compared to other products like ones at the dentist.

                     Website: https://www.lusterpremiumwhite.com/


Which eco-friendly beauty gift is your favorite?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Best Gifts For The Hard To Shop For Friend

Everyone has a person on their gift list who is hard to shop for

       I received samples of the mentioned products to facilitate this post.

Every year I start my Christmas shopping early and with good intentions to get it completed way before Christmas. As who wants to be shopping the last week of the holidays with all those crowds and the long check out lines. Don't get me started with trying to find a parking spot. Then there is the person on my list who has everything or is super picky so shopping for them is a pain in the you know what. Sure you could resort to the standard gift card present of the food gift but those always look so tacky. So this year I have some great gift ideas for the hard to shop for a friend and the best part is you can buy them online so you don't have to fight the crowds or find a parking spot.

A reusable eco-friendly notebook

A gift that is endlessly reusable and eco-friendly is basically giving the planet a gift too. It’s a win-win for both you and Mother Nature.
  The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook feels like a traditional notebook but wipes clean for endless pages, notes, and doodles. This cool notebook works with any pen from the Pilot Frixion line and is connected to all of your favorite cloud services. So you can write on the special paper-send it to your email, Cloud,etc-then erase! I love this non-typing way of taking notes or pictures and it is so much easier than using that small keyboard on my smartphone. This reusable notebook would be great for meetings and more!


A monthly gift for grandma or grandpa

 It's hard to buy gifts for grandma and grandpa. What do you buy for someone who has everything or limited space? GrandBox is the original monthly subscription box customized and curated specifically for seniors 65 and up. Every month, the GrandBox team creates a new theme to build each box around. Every theme and product is meant to bring joy to your loved one. From Route 66 to Back-to-School to A Day at the Spa, they make sure that each box will be a delightful surprise. Their team has the experience and knowledge to know what grandparents will love. It's the perfect gift to bring a smile to the older loved ones in your life and have them talking about their GrandBox for days.


A gift for life's messes

  Most everyone has messes that need cleaning up so the gift of a 3in 1 Stick Vacuum is always a great gift. Think that bachelor guy, the mom with messy kids, the pet lover, or someone who loves to bake. This compact cordless vacuum from Black and Decker can make clean up time so fast and easy.
 This sleek vacuum delivers multiple cleaning solutions and runs up to 30 minutes on a single charge so you can grab it and get the cleaning done in no time. Detach the hand vacuum to tackle smaller messes, or use it in combination with the pole to reach up high. Attach the head directly to the hand vacuum to thoroughly clean small spaces like steps. The 180° swivel steering and compact head provide easy maneuverability in tight spaces and easy storage. I love using my 3in 1 for messes in my kitchen like all those crumbs that the boys leave behind and the ones that I make from holiday baking. I love the rotating brush that picks up everything including my long hair that is all over the house. Check out my complete review with video HERE.

Features + Benefits
Powerful cleaning for everyday messes
Ideal for hardwood floors, rugs, and tile
Maneuverable in and around tight spaces
Washable bowl and filter for thorough cleaning
Indicates state of charge
Easy to empty dust bin
Low profile design for cleaning under furniture
Hook for self-standing and compact storage

Website: https://www.blackanddecker.com/


Hands-free comfortable entertainment stand

This unique tablet stand allows you to relax in comfort while you watch your favorite movie or catch up on work. This stand has wheels so you can use it anywhere you like and you will be able to have your hands-free and no longer strain your neck while trying to watch the screen on your tablet. The tablet stand accommodates many sizes of tablets and holds them tight with its locking feature. The flexible arm moves in many positions so you can sit, recline, or lie in bed with the LEVO. This stand has so many uses around the house. You can use it while on the treadmill or it can help you in the kitchen to hold the recipe on your tablet in the perfect height. It extends from 30 inches to 56 inches high. I am thinking it will help me to get that perfect selfie or video for my website.
Check out my complete review with video HERE.

LEVO G2 Tablet Floor Stand features:
quick-lock height adjustments
heavy-duty structure
lustrous anodized aluminum finish
read tablets and books (book platform sold separately)
available with the power to charge your devices

 Website: https://levostore.com/


Unique 3in 1Thermal Cooking Bag 

 This awesome 3in1 Thermal Cooking Bag can slow cook food and keep food hot for hours. So you can put your crock/pot of milk with the active cultures in this and it will maintain the temperature for 12 hours. The result will be homemade yogurt. This thermal bag is also great for transporting food to parties as it keeps food or drinks hot or cold for hours. The bag can also act like a slow cooker that uses no electricity making it perfect for tailgating. Simply bring food to temperature, place pot/dutch oven in the thermal bag, and your dish will continue to cook. Check how you can use it to make homemade yogurt HERE. Use my code MOM10 to save 10% off your purchase of a 3in1 Thermal Cooking Bag. 

 Website: https://shop.hungryfan.com/


Coffee for the coffee lover

 The coffee lover friend will love all the different delicious coffee flavors that are in the Cafe Joe USA 10 flavor variety pack. The colorful boxes and capsules just make me smile every time I brew my flavorful cup of coffee. I like that I can have a different coffee flavor experience every day of the week. The boxes have great descriptions of the coffee types and a number rating scale that tells me how bold and dark each coffee grind has. It is simply perfect coffee grounded into colorful capsules that make an awesome cup of coffee. 

Use coupon code MOMKNOWSBEST and save 15% off your order.

 Website: https://cafejoeusa.com/


 The perfect gift for the traveler

  Do you have a friend who loves to travel? The Sleeper Scarf would be the perfect gift so they do not have to lug around a bulky travel neck pillow. They instead can look fashionable with a fancy scarf that has a built-in inflatable neck pillow. This scarf comes in many colors so that even guys can look awesome while traveling. The scarf is so easy to wear and once you sit down in the airplane all you have to do is unzip the back of the scarf and blow up the enclosed inflatable neck pillow. You can then relax in comfort. Check out the video to see how the Sleep Scarf works.

 Website: http://www.sleeperscarf.com/


                         Chef-prepared meals 

      Life can get crazy and busy for most everyone so give the gift of chef-prepared meals so they can take the night off from cooking. Hen in a Hurry has an awesome selection of healthy meals to choose from that are made with clean, sustainably sourced, responsibly raised ingredients from trusted farmers and purveyors. Hen in a Hurry has so many delicious meals that will please almost any diet from the meat-eater to the vegan person. They also carry meals that are Paleo, gluten-free, and Keto based. 

Chef Prepared Meal Subscription up to 45% OFF

 Website: https://heninahurry.com/


Coffee that helps employ the homeless

 This delicious coffee is created by Central City Concern  - a nonprofit organization founded to meet the increasingly complex needs of homeless and very low-income individuals, Concern now provides safe and affordable housing and outreach programs connecting at-risk clients with a network of peers who support a safe and sober lifestyle. In addition, CCC embraces an entrepreneurial spirit and has pursued unique revenue-generating opportunities over the years, including Central City Coffee founded in 2013.  

Central City Coffee may arguably make the most important coffee you can purchase - all revenue from coffee sales goes back to supporting Central City Concern’s employment services, helping formerly homeless individuals find and retain employment. This coffee is rich with wonderful flavor 

Their new roast selection includes:
Solstice Sister Holiday Brew 
Punk Princess Dark Roast
Magic Mama Light Roast
Warrior Woman Medium Roast
Gutsy Goddess French Roast
Serene Sorceress Decaf 

So give the gift of coffee and help the homeless!


 A toasty warm blanket for sharing

The Footsac blanket makes the perfect holiday gift!  Along the bottom of the blanket is an 18" pocket to tuck your feet in, which means that you will never again struggle to keep your whole body warm, cozy and covered. These super soft blankets are small and lightweight enough to toss in your carry-on, but also big enough to cover two snuggling love bugs! 

These comfortable blankets are perfect for those chilly nights so you can get that toasty-warm feeling with the one you love. They are also sized so there is plenty of blanket to share or wrap around yourself.

                                               Website: https://www.lovesac.com/

             Toothpaste for Coffee Addicts

Know someone who is a coffee addict? If so, you must them the Luster Power White Pro Sonic. It’s a three-step, at-home system that is clinically proven to remove both deep and surface stains, whitening teeth by up to 6 shades in 3 days and includes a sonic toothbrush! It gently whitens without sulfates. This 3 step system may not be 100% eco-friendly but it is a gentle system when compared to other products like ones at the dentist.

                     Website: https://www.lusterpremiumwhite.com/


Flowers always make a great gift

 Fresh flowers always make a great gift and they brighten up a day. I know I always get excited when I get fresh flowers and I just love the way they make the house smell so good. My holiday table looks amazing when I place a beautiful flower arrangement on it. Teleflora has so many holiday flowers centerpieces to choose from and they come in reusable vases or this hand-painted, oven-to-table stoneware serving dish that my flowers arrived in. I just love the White roses, red miniature carnations, and white button spray chrysanthemums which are accented with flat cedar, variegated holly, and white pine. These flower centerpieces make great Christmas gifts or are the perfect host gift.



Which gift do you like the best?
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