***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Here in the Cleveland, Ohio area, it gets cold. And when I say cold, I mean horrifyingly, unbearably cold. I live in a place where, during the winter months, I usually cannot feel my face. Trust me. It's not fun, especially since 20 years in Virginia erased my tolerance for cold.
Anyway, one thing I DO love about the colder months is that I have an excuse to break out my warm, cozy sweaters and hoodies, and of course, my boots! I am definitely a boot gal. There's nothing cuter than some skinny jeans or leggings paired with a sweater and scarf and a pair of killer boots.
Recently, I learned about ABEO Footwear. They are part of The Walking Company, who provides you with the most technically-advanced comfort shoes available. Their product team is constantly on the move, searching every corner of the globe to find footwear featuring the latest breakthroughs in comfort shoe technology.
What does this mean? Well, basically, it means that even if you have foot problems like "flat feet" or "arch problems", ABEO Footwear has the perfect shoe for your needs. They even offer a revolutionary, custom 3D fit that is specific to your unique foot type. Pretty cool, right?
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Are you ready for winter? Maybe you have had snow already, and are shoveling your way out of it. Or perhaps, you've been experiencing unseasonably warm weather, and Old Man Winter hasn't reared his ugly head just yet.
Here in the Cleveland, OH area, we haven't had too much wintery weather....YET. It's coming. I know it's coming. Living near Lake Erie, we get a lot of snow, ice, etc. They may be calling for a milder winter than the past couple of years, but that doesn't mean we won't get slammed by snow. (Sledding, anyone?)
In anticipation of winter, we've been doing a lot to get prepared. We've gotten our cold weather clothing out of storage, we've winter-proofed the house to avoid pipes freezing and frigid drafts. We've also been taking steps to winterize our vehicles so they don't leave us stranded in the cold this season.
You see, winter is hard on our vehicles, too! My husband, Dan, is a "car guy". He was a mechanic for years, and is now a service manager for a national automotive care chain. He sees the consequences of poor winter preparation all the time in his line of work. Preparing your vehicles for winter is super-important, and might just save you time and money, too.
Here are some tips on how you can make sure your vehicles can withstand the cold, wintery weather that's yet to come.
Ice, rain, snow and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your car. To keep your family safe on the slippery roads this winter, it's important to take a few simple winterization steps. According to the International Carwash Association, proper maintenance can also go a long way in helping preserve the investment in your vehicle.
1. Switch engine oil: Oil lubricates the engine so it can function properly, but not all automobile oil is the same. If you live in a cold climate, consider switching to a thinner, less viscous oil. For example, a 10W-30 might be ideal for hot summer weather, but a thicker 5W-30 is better for when temperatures dip below freezing. Ask your auto mechanic what is recommended and refer to the manufacturer's manual for more insight.
2. Maintain a car wash routine: Due to the presence of ice, salt and sand on the roads, washing your vehicle in the winter is even more important than the summer. Getting a car wash and a fresh coat of wax before the temperature begins to drop can be your first line of defense against winter elements. Vehicular corrosion occurs most quickly when the temperature rises and falls below freezing. The International Carwash Association recommends finding a car wash that is part of the WaterSavers® program. There are more than 1,500 environmentally friendly car washes worldwide enrolled in the program that meet water quality and usage standards. These car washes use 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car. Find a participating car wash near you by visiting www.washwithwatersavers.com.
3. Check the battery: Cold weather can take a toll on your car's battery. Before you get stranded, give your battery a once-over to make sure it's in tip-top shape. Check the cables, terminals and fluid and look for anything abnormal. Some battery retailers will conduct a complementary car battery assessment if you'd prefer an expert analysis.
4. Update engine coolant: Just because it's chilly doesn't mean your engine can't overheat. To protect your engine against corrosion and to help ensure it doesn't overheat, ask your car technician to change to a coolant with ethylene glycol which has antifreeze properties. While replacing coolants, ask the technician to make sure all fluids are topped off, including window washer solution.
5. Get a grip on tire safety: If you live in an area where winter means driving in snow and ice, it's critical to check your tires to keep you and your passengers safe. Each tire should have an adequate amount of tread to properly grip the road. You can easily see if new tires are needed with the penny test — hold a penny head down in the center tread. If you see the top of Lincoln's head, you have less than 2/32-inch tread and it's time for new tires. Also be sure to your tires are properly inflated to ensure optimum handling, safety, and fuel efficiency.
Taking the time to properly winterize your car not only ensures the comfort and safety of you and your family but also helps you maintain the value of your car for many winters to come.
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I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will receive a WaterSavers Prize Pack, including a very nice duffle bag, a mini flashlight/compass/whistle, and a $30 VISA Gift Card.
This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ until 12:00AM EST on December 24, 2015. No PO Boxes. Winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram in any way. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact Brandy at email@example.com Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Carwash Association. The opinions and text are all mine.
***Disclosure:As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items, and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.***
My kiddos love video games. No, I mean REALLY, REALLY love them. If they could play video games 24/7, they would happily do so. Of course, I am a party pooper and won't allow that. After all, everything in moderation, right? Things like eating, sleeping, cleaning their rooms, and engaging in real life activities matter just as much as gaming. I'm sure the kids would disagree, but my house, my rules.
Anyway, Sophie and Xander's passion for gaming came in very handy when we received the LeapTV and a nice assortment of educational games to check out. LeapTV, made my LeapFrog, is a wonderful beginner's gaming console. This system has around 20 educational games, with more than can be purchased for around $19.99. (I have seen them at lower prices on Amazon!) All games are educational, and can help with everything to letter and number recognition to reading and math, and even science!
Oh, since the LeapTV uses a motion sensor that interacts with the controller, kids get a chance to get off of the couch and MOVE! This is fantastic, since during the cold months, we don't get as much outdoor play time. It gets downright frigid here in the Cleveland, OH area! I love the fact that when my kids play the LeapTV, they also get to use up some of their excess energy!
***Disclosure: As an official Peppa Pig Parent, I receive product and information to share with you all. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
The Holidays are here, the Holidays are here! Many of my Jewish friends are celebrating Hanukkah, some are gearing up for the Winter Solstice and Festivus, and here in my home, the kids are not-so-patiently waiting for Christmas morning.
No matter which of the many December Holidays you celebrate, I have a great way to add some fun for your little ones. Peppa Pig, everyone's favorite, sassy swine, offers loads of fun, imaginative play this season with toys, playmats, and more!
We received a great package of Peppa Pig goodies to check out, and Sophie and Xander were absolutely elated! They adore Peppa Pig, and love incorporating her into their playtime quite often.
***Disclosure: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.***
My baby making days are over, since I decided to get "spayed" after Xander was born. Back to back high-risk pregnancies that resulted in back to back cesareans was a little more than I could handle. Plus, 3 kids is enough for our family. I'm not going to lie, though. When I see friends post photos of their cuddly new babies, I feel a tug in my heart and in my uterus. I don't second guess my decision, but I may need to offer free babysitting services to get my "Baby Fix"!
One thing I learned a lot about during pregnancy is nutrition. Getting enough nutrients is important during all stages of life, but during pregnancy, it's even more crucial. After all, baby takes everything it needs to grow and thrive from it's mother, so women need to focus on maintaining a healthy diet, as well as take supplements to make up for anything that may be lacking.
Did you know that Calcium plays a very important role during pregnancy? Our bodies need calcium, and so does a developing baby. Calcium helps baby build healthy teeth, bones, muscles and hearts, and your body will take calcium from your bones if necessary, which can contribute to the risk of osteoporosis. (Learn more about Calcium & Pregnancy here.)
Many prenatal and multivitamins only provide 20-30% of the 1000 mg of calcium recommended for pregnant women. Not much, right? Well, thankfully, you can take doctor recommended Viactiv to make up the difference, ensuring you and your baby are getting all the Calcium needed.
Each tasty, Viactiv calcium chew contains 500 mg of calcium and 500 IU of vitamin D, to meet your daily need when taken twice daily. Even though I'm not expecting, I take Viactiv twice daily. I usually take the Caramel or Milk Chocolate flavors, and they are an unexpected treat! They are creamy, flavorful, and don't feel like a chore. In fact, taking my Viactiv is something I look forward to each day! I'm not only treating my body to the Calcium it needs, I am treating my taste buds, too! In my experience, Viactiv is definitely the best Calcium supplement on the market!
So if you're expecting a new bundle of joy, definitely check out what Viactiv can do for you and your growing baby. Calcium is so important, and I promise you, adding Viactiv to your daily routine is painless. No horse pills. No nasty aftertaste. Just delicious Chocolate or Caramel with loads of Calcium in each chew! Your body will thank you!
Even if you're not expecting, Viactiv is a good idea, too. I want to make sure that my bones stay in good shape as I get older, since Osteoporosis isn't something I want to have to deal with, if it can be avoided. Getting enough Calcium is one way to safeguard against this disease.
Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available in milk chocolate and caramel flavors at major retailers including CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as supermarkets nationwide. Save $2 on your next in-store purchase with the Viactiv printable coupon.Learn more about Viactiv at www.Viactiv.com and enter their current #BeActiv with Baby giveaway.
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation on behalf of Viactiv that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. Please speak with your healthcare provider regarding any medical concerns. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Honeywell has a variety of humidifiers for your home or office of all sizes. From personal humidifiers to large multi-room humidifiers so you can bring those levels to normal and maintain them easily. The Top Fill Moisture Humidifier is a great solution to cover a large area in your home. It is top fill so it is easy to fill and clean. It has a high moisture output which will have you really feeling the difference in the air with skin and sinus health and even the plants in your home will appreciate it.
I love how easy this is to use. I also love that it has an automatic humidistat that is adjustable so it turns itself on and off as needed to maintain air moisture. There are indicators that turn on when your optimal humidity level is reached and also when you need to refill. I can simply leave it alone and glance at it every so often to see if that refill light is on. If you have not used a humidifier before, you will love the difference in air quality you feel.
Visit https://www.honeywellpluggedin.com/ and you will find humidifier options as well as air purifiers and room or personal fans for more room air quality improvements.
1 lucky reader will win a Honeywell Top Fill Cool Moisture Humidifier. Enter below and ends on 12/23. Open to US.
With Christmas and other December Holidays right around the corner, lots of parents are trying to find that one PERFECT outfit for their daughters. After all, we want to wow relatives near and far, and allow the illusion that our girls are sugar and spice and everything nice, right?
Have you checked out what Biscotti and Kate Mack has to offer? We are HUGE fans of this brand because they offer the hottest styles with an upper-end boutique feel. Really, these pieces are beyond stunning. I'm a little sad that some of their offerings don't come in my size, too!
Right now, if you sign up for Biscotti's mailing list at www.biscottiandkatemack.com, you will get 10% off of your first purchase! That's right! 10% off just for signing up!
How cool is that?!
Be sure to sign up right away to enjoy these special savings on the chicest clothing for girls, right in time for all of your Holiday celebrations!
***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
I absolutely LOVE Hallmark Gold Crown stores. I always have. In fact, I was hired as seasonal help about a million years ago when I was a teenager. I loved that job, and absolutely delighted in being surrounded by beautiful cards, stationery, photo albums and frames, and of course, the much-loved Hallmark ornaments!
Well, as of 2015, Hallmark Gold Crown stores are offering something for those of us who enjoy pampering ourselves, or maybe a loved one. Guys, listen up here. These products would be GREAT gift ideas for that special lady in your life!
Anyway, Hallmark Gold Crown stores are now carrying Crafters & Co. products. Haven't heard of this brand? Allow me to introduce you! This company makes a wide variety of luxurious, pampering products including soaps, organic teas, candles, and even confections. They are all made from high quality ingredients, and are absolutely gorgeous to look at. Yes, pretty labels and packaging matters when it comes to this stuff. Just trust me here.
It's A #PEEPSHoliday ANd I Have Some Seasonal PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® Treats to Give Away! #Sponsored 12/16
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The Holiday season is in full swing! For loads of folks, that means stocking stuffers and delicious Holiday treats. I am usually a stickler when it comes to candy, but this time of year, I relax a bit and let my kids indulge. They appreciate it, and I appreciate the lack of complaining. It's a win-win situation. Happy family means a happy Mom, after all!
This year is going to be extra fun for the kids. We received a very generous assortment of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® products in the mail, and they're all Christmas and Holiday themed! There are Chocolate Mousse Reindeer, Christmas Trees, and even some fun PEEPS & COMPANY® Lollipops. There are even some mischievous marshmallow Minions. Banana flavored, too! How cool is that?! Yes, folks. PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® treats are great for more than just Easter celebrations!
***Disclosure: The Robitussin® products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer. All opinions are my own.***
Winter is arriving here in Ohio. We haven't had much inclement weather yet, (knock on wood) but people are definitely starting to come down with what I call "The Winter Sickies". Sore throats, hacking coughs, red, runny noses, and all of the other miserable symptoms this time of year seems to bring. No one in my home has gotten sick yet, thank goodness, but when we do, I am prepared.
It could be a sneeze in the office or a tickle in your throat while waiting for the train; it’s never a good sign when those first symptoms of a cough, cold or flu hit.
You can do what my stubborn self does, and pretend you’re not sick and hope for the best, or you can take the first steps to feeling better.
Luckily, Robitussin® 12 Hour Cough Relief and Robitussin® Maximum Strength Severe Multi-Symptom Cough, Cold & Flu are available to help you tackle whatever this cold and flu season throws your way.
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