Welch’s Fruit Cider K-Cup Giveaway Ends 3/4/18

Guys....have seen seen Welch's Fruit Cider K-Cups yet? Who doesn't love hot apple cider during the fall and winter months? I LOVE IT! It is my go to drink whenever we hit a pumpkin patch or a hay ride. Now I don't have to wait to get one, I can make one in my house with my Keurig.

Welch's Fruit Cider is pretty amazing and comes in four flavors:

Grape Apple Cider
Strawberry Apple Cider
Peach Apple Cider
Great Grape Taste
Classic Cinnamon

Made with real apples they are only 80 calories a cup and can be served hot or cold. I prefer hot. It is wonderful aromatic and reminds me of a hard fruit candy I used to eat when I was younger. My daughter thinks it is too sweet when it is hot and prefers hers with ice. So strange from a girl who loves her candy.

The K-Cups are fat free and caffeine free so feel free to share with your kids.

You can purchase from Amazon


Enter the Giveaway below before March 4th

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

Studying As A Mom

Many moms decide to go back to school. It's a great way to take some time for yourself, 
away from family life. To do something that could give you and your family a better future,
 or just a chance to use your brain in an academic way. Learning something new later in 
life can be hugely rewarding. For some women, going back to school is a way back into work, 
or the chance to take on a new career. More women than ever are returning to work once they have had children but when you are going back after a break, your industry may have changed significantly, and there may be a lot to learn. Or, you may find that your previous role fails to offer the flexibility that you now need to work around your family commitments, and that you need to study to gain the qualifications needed to change career.

Whatever your reasons for going back to school it can be tough. If you've ever tried to read a book or watch a TV show while your kids are running around, you'll know how hard it can be to concentrate. Now imagine trying to research a paper or complete an essay, while your kids are at home. It's not going to be easy, but if it's what you really want, it's certainly possible. Here are some great tips to help you study and do well, without sacrificing your family's needs.

Study Online

An online course, like a leadership MBA online, can be the ideal choice for parents. You may need to go into school for exams, or travel for a placement, depending on your course but, the rest of the time, you'll be able to work at home without having to go into school every day for lectures and seminars.

This means that you can study in your own time, around your other commitments. It will be completely up to you. Online study also means that you are free to study at your own pace. You may find that you have days where you can work for hours, but others where you can only do a little. When you study online, that's fine. You work to suit your life.

Study Part-Time

Another excellent option for moms that want to study is taking on a part-time course. This could be ideal if you also need to work. While it will take longer to complete your course, it will mean there's less disruption to your family, and you'll get the same results in the end. Studying an online course part-time could be the perfect combination.

Get into a Routine

A routine is essential for any parent. Even if you stay at home with the kids, a routine can help keep you sane and happy. Try to add study into the mix, and a structured routine will make everything much easier.

However, your routine will depend on you and how you work best. You may enjoy working early in the mornings to keep the rest of your day free. Or, you might prefer reading when the kids are in bed, and you don't need to worry about them. Try a few different things to find what fits best. Then, stick to it as much as you can.

Get Organized

Organization is another critical element. Keep a diary and write everything down. Include the kid's appointments, your deadlines; your husbands work schedule and anything else that comes up. Plan for any changes in advance and write lists every morning so that you know exactly what you need to do every day.


If you've been out of school for a while, you may find studying again a shock to the system. Reading is a brilliant way to adjust. Read as much as you can. Read all of your course materials, and any extra books that you can find on the topic. But also read fiction.

Reading is a beautiful way to learn and understand, but it's also a fantastic way to rest and leave your own worries behind. Get into the habit of reading whenever you can, and you'll be giving yourself a great head start.

Involve the Kids

It's important that you consider your children's feelings. If you've always been home with them, and they've always had all of your attention, they might find it upsetting when you start doing something else. Explain what you are doing and why in as much detail as they can understand, depending on their age. Then, involve them. Tell them what you are doing, study while they do their homework. Find related crafts and books that you can do together and ask them for help with your homework. They'll love being involved and feeling important to your studies.

Get Help

Even if you are working online and don't need childcare to allow you to go into school, it can be a good idea to ask for help. This could be just asking your partner to help with cooking and cleaning more or to do bedtime a few nights a week. Or, it might be finding a babysitter or relative who can take the children a few days a week or take over the school runs to give you some free time to study.

Remember Why You're Doing it

There will be times when it's too much, and it seems too hard. Don't worry, and don't give up. Remind yourself of why you started your studies, of what you hope to get out of it in the end and how this could benefit your family. You are a fantastic role model for your children, and you deserve your success.

Take a Break

Then, take a break when you can. Some weeks, you'll be fine taking a night off to have a bath, read a book and enjoy a glass of wine. Don't go near work, take a little time off for yourself. Other times, you'll need more. Book a vacation or go on a family reunion and take your family away for a few days leaving your laptop at home. Don't feel guilty about this; it will do you all good.

3 Things You Should Know About Fad Diets And Bad Breath

Fad diets gain popularity because they let you shed pounds quickly, but health professionals warn they often come with side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, headaches, constipation and dehydration.

One additional side effect that doesn’t get as much attention, though, is this: They can cause bad breath.

“Dehydration is the key symptom related to fad diets that can result in halitosis,” says Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist, bacteriologist and developer of TheraBreath Dry Mouth Oral Rinse and Lozenges (www.therabreath.com). 

“When you’re dehydrated, your body doesn’t produce as much saliva. When you have less saliva, bacteria growth increases and causes bad breath.”

Katz suggests a few things worth knowing about fad diets and their effect on your breath:

•    Fasting. When you fast – or follow a similar fad diet that focuses on consuming a single food or beverage – you’re more likely to become dehydrated, Katz says. “If you’re determined to continue fasting, just make sure you’re still drinking enough water to stay hydrated every day,” he says. “This will not only contribute to fresh breath, but will also contribute to your overall wellness.”

•    Ketosis. Ketosis is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet that promises quick weight loss if you eat less than 20 grams of carbs in a single day, according to Environmental Nutrition. “It’s true that you can lose weight quickly through ketosis – which is the state your body going into when it doesn’t have enough carbs to feed off of – but you’re not improving your health,” Katz says. “Plus, halitosis can occur as a result of the chemicals released in the body to burn fat.”

•    Protein shakes. Some people attempt to lose weight by replacing meals with protein shakes. The Mayo Clinic reports that indeed can help reduce calories, which can lead to weight loss. But if you replace too many regular meals with the shake, you end up missing on the nutritional benefits of whole foods. “That’s not all,” Katz says. “Protein and dairy can cause your breath to smell. You should brush your teeth and use an oral rinse right after you drink a protein shake, or at the very least drink some water afterward to rinse out your mouth.”
Instead of relying on a fad diet to lose excess pounds, Katz says, focus on changing your lifestyle habits as a whole. 

“If you exercise regularly and follow a well-balanced diet that’s loaded with nutrients from fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, you can give your body the fuel it needs to thrive and maintain a healthy weight,” he says. “And your breath won’t be as likely to go rancid.”

About Dr. Harold Katz
Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com)developer of TheraBreath Dry Mouth Oral Rinse and Lozenges, received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of The Bad Breath Bible. He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breath test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.,

House of Evil Rolls Onto Shelves May 8th


Chilling Haunted House Horror’s North American
DVD & VOD Roll-Out Begins May 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Philadelphia, PA, February 16, 2018--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired US rights to the retro, haunted house horror feature HOUSE OF EVIL. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in October in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Frederic Demy of The Story Forge, LTD.

Described as a film that brings “a perfect blend of old school and modern horror” (Horrorscreams Videovault) which “builds to a satisfying climax that wraps itself contentedly in its Italian roots.” (The Schlock Pit), HOUSE OF EVIL was an official selection at the Ferrara Film Festival and the Italian New Horror Film Festival. The film stars Andrew Harwood Mills (Retribution, Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead), Lucy Drive (Dead End, Cassette, Outside Bet), and Désirée Giorgetti (Alaska).

Based on true events, HOUSE OF EVIL follows a young couple who, in the 1970s, move into a large, remote house in the countryside with hopes of starting a family. However, it's not long before they are menaced by ghosts and a darker demonic presence.

“House of Evil is a true homage to classic Italian horror cinema”, said Wolff. “The film is a welcome addition to our genre library.”

HOUSE OF EVIL will arrive on May 8 on DVD and VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Xbox, PlayStation, Vudu, Fandango, and through local cable/satellite providers.

House of Evil
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 85 min., Rating: NR, Language: English, Audio: Dolby 5.1
SRP: $24.99; UPC: 855184007297

Andrew Harwood Mills
Lucy Drive
Désirée Giorgetti
David White
Eleonora Marianelli

Director: Luca Boni, Marco Ristori
Written by: Lorenzo Paviano, Raffaele Picchio
Producer: Uwe Boll

Photo Challenge Feb 11 - Feb 17

February 11 - My kids love volunteering at the animal shelter especially when we get to hold kittens. This kitten was thankfully adopted after being at the shelter for only about 2 weeks. Isn't she sweet? This is truly my daughter's and my son's HAPPY PLACE.

February 12th - We were waiting for some Chinese food after placing an order. I took 25 photos of my kids outside but when I started playing with editing I was floored with how much older my kids look. My son and his peach fuzz is going to be 15 so it is inevitable that he looks older but man....

February 13th - I love my job because not only do I get to play mommy to (10) 2 year old kids during the day but I get adorable gifts like this one.

February 14th - My daughter and I stopped life to take some fun Snapchat photos. We do this every once in a while. It is fun and if you want to stay in your kids life, do what they do!

February 15 - These flowers were a gift from my husband. He joked in the morning about me picking up some flowers from him to give to me. Me: "CVS has some gorgeous flowers". He poked me in the ribs and laughed, "pick some up for yourself from me!" Sounds good to me. Gave me a chance to get flowers. I love them!

February 16th - The lighting was crap but I headed out Friday to meet an Author and ran into a friend there too.  This is "D.K. O'Doherty" the author of The Good Knight Kiss.  You can order the book here

February 17th - My daughter and I headed out to run some errands (Grocery shopping, shop for eye glasses and pick up guinea pig food). The Pet Store is right next door to a Starbucks. I still  have gift cards from Christmas so we got our favorite Green Tea Creme. It is amazing if you haven't had it.

Three Tips for Getting Ready for a Family Reunion

One of the best ways to keep your family growing together through the years is to plan and organize family reunions each year. This gives everyone an opportunity to get together at least annually, keeping the bonds between family members strong even when they are busy with school, work, and hobbies or live far away from each other. However, hosting a family reunion can be a lot of work, especially if you are inviting some of your family members to stay with you at your home. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the arrival of your family at your next reunion.

1. Make Space for Everyone

Most people simply don't have enough seating for a large party, so make sure that you are able to borrow or buy chairs for the event. If some family members will be staying overnight, look for rollaway bed rentals from a trusted company like Baby Borrow to make it easier for everyone to fit together. Borrow spare linens and towels, buy new ones from a thrift store, or ask your guests to bring their own materials for the trip.

2. Plan Your Meals

It is perfectly acceptable for the host to ask their family members to pitch in financially to cover the cost of feeding everyone who is staying at your house. If you don't want to do that, look for affordable meals that can be made in large enough quantities that you can feed your whole family for a good cost. A perfect example of this is chili, which can be made with inexpensive items like beans, tomatoes, and either a cheap meat or a meat substitute such as tofu or seitan. Host a cook-out if your reunion is in the summer or a pot-luck, which allows all of your family members to contribute to the cause by bringing their own dish or item.

3. Have Fun Together

Don't expect the fun to just naturally happen, especially if you have a group of people from different backgrounds and of all different ages. Instead, plan games and activities that force you to work together and have fun. Board games can be enjoyable when played with teams, especially when they involve physical activities as well. Go on a hike together and explore your local natural areas. Your family reunion can make amazing memories.   

Opening Your Little Ones' Eyes to Connecticut

When we have children, we want to give them the best upbringing possible. We want to educate them, widen their horizons and give them a broad understanding of the world that surrounds them. We don’t want them to be confined to the place they’re born in, remaining oblivious to what lies outside of their state borders. So it’s important that we give them a thorough education regarding what else there is out there. Now, books will get them so far. They can give them a brief to an in-depth understanding of other places’ history and culture. But if you truly want to immerse your child in an educational experience regarding another state, what better way to go about it than to take them there yourself? Different kids learn in different ways, but a trip to a new destination should tick all of the boxes for any child. So, here’s everything you need to know in order to plan an immersive, educational trip to Connecticut, the Constitution State.

Be Organized

The key to a successful trip is organization. Before you set foot out of the house to begin your journey, you need to ensure that all of the basics are in order so that you can use all of your time in Connecticut on fun and eye-opening experiences for your little ones. Make sure that your transport to and from your accommodation is booked (including transfers from flights or trains to your hotel) and ensure that your accommodation itself is booked and paid for in advance. Make sure that it is clean, comfortable, and has plenty of amenities. Somewhere like the Marriott would do perfectly! For many days out, you will be able to arrange tours and tickets in advance. This can help you to organize your days and keep everything running on a tight schedule.

Days Out to Consider

Now, there are plenty of things to do in Connecticut, but let’s focus on the child-friendly and most educational and thought-provoking visits possible for now. Here are some of our favorites for you to consider.

Yale University Art Gallery

Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America, hosting over 200,000 objects that date from ancient times to the present day. The works also represent civilizations from all around the world. This will give your children the opportunity to consider artworks from history as well as the cultures, societal norms, and individual life stories that built up to their creation. Help them to compare pieces, search for deeper meaning in each work, and form their own artistic taste by determining which works appeal to them and which fail to catch their interest.

The Submarine Force Museum

If your kids are interested in Seafaring, Connecticut has plenty to offer them. Take the Submarine Force Museum as an example. Learn about the history of submarines, how they have been used over the years, and take a look at some real-life examples yourself!

These are just a couple of activities to consider while visiting the state of Connecticut. But as you can see, it really can make for a brilliant family trip. So get planning and booking today!
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