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My Perfect End of Summer Treat

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. School starts this week and Labor Day is less than a week away. Both of these events signal the end of summer and the beginning of fall, well at least in theory. In reality, the temperatures are hitting near 90 degrees and the humidity is weighing heavy in the air. While I do love the crisp cool fall weather when it hits, I have to admit that I'm loving having a few more weeks to enjoy my favorite summer treats: shorts and tank tops, ice cream, sitting on the patio reading a book, and one of my absolute favorite treats - iced coffee. One of the ... read more

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A Freedome Subscription Can Save You Money

I switched cell phone carriers way back when the iPhone first came out and you could only be on one network if you wanted an iPhone. At the time, the plan I chose had unlimited data and I got into the habit of using it. A lot. As more and more places started offering free wi-fi, I initially had set my phone to connect with them automatically. Then I began to hear all about the danger of those unsecured networks and quickly changed the settings back to using my data. Because, you know, it was unlimited. Not too long ago, I started having this message pop up... Wait, what? Seems like unlimited suddenly has some limits. Of course I called and inquired and was told that I wouldn't be charged if I went over my new limit, my service would just be slowed down to the equivalent of 1995 ... read more

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Shut Eye Strategies

I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Remember a while back when I was talking about how many people in the US aren't getting enough sleep? It's definitely a problem that lots of Americans are battling. And while insomnia is not always the result of the actions we take during our awake hours, there are things we can do to help support falling and staying asleep. They are called "Shut-Eye Strategies" and I need to be implementing a few of them myself! 1. GET ACTIVE EARLY Start setting yourself up for sleep success right from the start of the day. Make sure that you get your daily activity in early - not only are you less likely to skip, the activity will ... read more

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LACTAID® Ice Cream is a Little Dish of Heaven

Living in Wisconsin, food around here is all about dairy (as I'm sure you can imagine). There are cheese curds (both fried and regular), every kind of yummy cheese you can imagine, and the overwhelming favorites - ice cream and frozen custard. If you're not from around here, frozen custard is a particularly rich ice-cream-like frozen treat. I had never heard of it until I moved here, but now that a local burger and frozen custard chain is expanding across the country, more and more people are being introduced to it. For anyone who is lactose intolerant, living in Wisconsin is rough. Especially in the summer. Lactose intolerance can show itself in many ways. For some people it is just gas and some mild bloating. For others, it can be severe enough to cause painful stomach cramps, ... read more

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If I Could Turn Back Time

Are you hearing Cher in your head now too? Well, if you're anything like me, you look in the mirror sometimes and wish that just maybe you could turn back time even if it was just a little bit. You love your kids to death, but wish you could magically get back that firmer tummy. You are glad that your life has been filled with moments that made you smile, but you aren't loving the lines those smiles have etched into your face. And that saggy jaw? You're not even sure where the heck that came from! If you've been a long time reader, you might remember back when I shared about Baby Preview and how cool it was that 4D Ultrasounds had finally come to Milwaukee. (It was new back then!!) Well, the former owner of Baby Preview has done it again. She is always on the prowl for the newest and ... read more

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Blast Those Summer Tunes!

Summer is all about being outside and having a great time! For my family - and so may others - music is a big part of those great times. But being outside can pose a special sort of hazard to the electronics we store our music on. Sand, water, and direct sun do not usually play well with phones, iPods, and tablets! Having a durable Bluetooth speaker can help save your electronic devices from meeting an untimely death due to exposure to summer elements like sand and water. No one wants their phone doused by pool water when the life of the pool party does a giant cannonball into the deep end. With Insignia Bluetooth Speakers, your phone or other device can sit safely in your bag (or even in the house) while streaming your summer tunes to your splash-proof and fully portable Insignia ... read more

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SanDisk Saves the Day (and the pictures…)

I like to blame my constantly full phone on the fact that I am a blogger. I'm always taking tons of photos and videos of, well, everything. The truth is that I'd be taking just as many photos and videos even if I wasn't blogging. But either way, it seems like my phone is always full and there's nothing worse than being in the middle of a moment you don't want to miss and getting the dreaded "not enough memory" message. I know, it's happened to me. Now that my kiddo is becoming as much of an electronics addict as I am, he is starting to experience the same thing.  Like me, he loves taking pictures and has run into the dreaded "out of memory" message on phones, cameras, and even his iPod Touch.  I was thrilled to be able to point him toward an easy and totally affordable solution to this ... read more

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Join Me for the Poise Impressa Twitter Party

Who's up for a fun Twitter party??? I thought you might be! I'm teaming up with Poise, and their newest addition to the family - Impressa, to bring you a super fun Twitter party on August 20th at 8 pm Central. (That's 9 pm Eastern and 6 pm for those of you on the West Coast!) Impressa is a whole new way to deal with bladder leakage. Instead of just absorbing leakage, Impressa actually works to eliminate it!  You can learn more about Impressa here. The Twitter party will have a bunch of fun prizes: ONE winner will receive a trampoline ($272) - let loose and jump on that trampoline again for fun or with your kids and don’t worry about peeing JUST a little! :) ONE winner will receive an elliptical machine ($277) - bladder leakage occurs more often when you are being active or ... read more

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The 5 Times a Bluesmart Suitcase Could Save Your Trip

As a frequent traveler, I have come to really appreciate how having the right accessories and tools can help make a trip successful. I'm always on the hunt for anything that will make my trip more comfortable, more efficient, or safer. When I first learned about the Bluesmart suitcase and all of its unique features, I could think of so many times it would have gotten me out of different travel challenges! I'm excited to share these five times the Bluesmart suitcase would have made a big difference in this post that is sponsored by Bluesmart. The features the Bluesmart suitcase offers could easily save your trip in any number of different situations: 1) When your child sets down his carry-on in a busy airport and walks away from it. I wish this was a hypothetical situation! We were on ... read more

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Win an iPad Mini AND Apple Watch Sport

You know I am always in love with all things Apple? Then you can imagine how excited I was to join with the other F-Secure Freedome Ambassadors to offer you this awesome giveaway! I'm already a huge Freedome fan just because of the awesome job it does keeping my devices safe and secure no matter where I am surfing from, but this? This makes me love them even more! But wait - there's more!! Since you will most likely be using these devices to surf the web, we want to make sure you do it safely. So there is also a FREE YEAR of Freedome thrown in the prize pile as well! SO what are you waiting for? Go enter!     Entry-Form ... read more

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LACTAID® Ice Cream is a Little Dish of Heaven

Living in Wisconsin, food around here is all about dairy (as I'm sure you can imagine). There are cheese curds (both fried and regular), every kind of yummy cheese you can imagine, and the overwhelming favorites - ice cream and frozen custard. If you're not from around here, frozen custard is a particularly rich ice-cream-like frozen treat. I had never heard of it until I moved here, but now that a local burger and frozen custard chain is expanding across the country, more and more people are ... read more

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If I Could Turn Back Time

Are you hearing Cher in your head now too? Well, if you're anything like me, you look in the mirror sometimes and wish that just maybe you could turn back time even if it was just a little bit. You love your kids to death, but wish you could magically get back that firmer tummy. You are glad that your life has been filled with moments that made you smile, but you aren't loving the lines those smiles have etched into your face. And that saggy jaw? You're not even sure where the heck that came ... read more

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