Decorating Boring Walls- Living Room Remodel

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We have been in the process for remodeling the living room forever. It has been a very long process. Everything in my house seems to be that way.

We started with the floor. We tore up the gross carpet. It was extremely old and so nasty. Then we decided to do something about the dark panel walls. We learned a trick to cover them and make them look like sheet rock a few years ago in the playroom so we decided to implement it in the living room. We spackled each of the lines that are on the panel and painted everything white as primer. After several coats, the walls were ready to be painted a pretty country fog color.

Now it is time to get some life back on the walls and add some decorations. My idea for the walls is to add some beautiful quote about family on the walls, possibly surrounded by pictures since everything in my house revolves around family.

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There are so many different types of wall quotes collection ideas that it can be kind of hard to choose. I only have so much room. Even the kids are having fun picking out the quotes that we plan to use in the house.

 

I love the idea of adding something fun, and not permanent like paint, to the walls to customize a room. Have you ever used wall stickers to decorate? What is your favorite family quote?

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What wine should you use for cooking?

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Choosing the Right Wine to Cook With

 

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Using Fries and this BBQ Ranch Dip Recipe to Connect With Teenagers

Using Fries and this BBQ Ranch Dip Recipe to Connect With Teenagers

This post about How To Connect With Teenagers is sponsored by Ore-Ida® Bold & Crispy #FindYourBOLD. All thoughts are my own.

I swear there are some days that I feel like my teenage boys are from another planet all together. The things that come out of their mouths leave me completely baffled. The things that they are into and the things that they talk about doing with their friends, it just leaves me shaking my head. Who are these strange people and how did they get into the bodies of my little boys. That being said, I am extremely lucky. I have a great relationship with my boys. We are very close and I am lucky that while sometimes they tell me things I kind of wish that they would keep between them and their friends, they tell me just about everything. Well, just about everything. And I truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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How to entertain young children in Las Vegas

How to entertain young children in Las Vegas

I am excited to feature a guest post today, How to entertain young children in Las Vegas,  from Kimberly with Moms Guide to Cheap Travel

Of all the vacations and trips I’ve taken with my cute kids the ONE trip I get the most questions about is bringing them to Las Vegas. Even my own mother thinks I’m crazy for voluntarily bringing them. She may very well be right but I gotta say, I LOVE taking them! I don’t know if its the strange looks as a push a double stroller through the casino floor or the constant admiration of older couples coming up to let me know how much they miss their children at that age. Regardless its a party, a very awkward and exhausting one albeit! But from all these fun experiences I’ve been able to branch out and find the real “hidden gems” of Vegas.

How to entertain young children in Las Vegas

Now first a cautionary tale….Be mindful of those beauties and try not to take them into areas you know they are not welcome. They don’t come out and say it but basically if your stroller is stationary in any area outside the magic carpet walkway a guard will not so politely remind you to keep your kids off the casino floor. Fun fact: Most customer service locations are on the casino floor. This means you cannot speak to customer service while caring for children. Even when your children are older its best to show them where they can and cannot walk. Honestly that may be the ONLY sour note I really have had when bringing kids to Vegas! Now lets get to the good stuff!

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Keeping an Eye on the Baby

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I received a Motorola Video Baby Monitor for review. All thoughts are my own.

Video baby monitors are one of the many wonders of keeping an eye on your children without actually being in the room with them. When I unboxed this video monitor for the first time I was amazed with how many features that it had. The Motorola Wifi Connect Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP854 is amazing as it allows for multiple cameras to be connected. There is even a feature where you can speak to your child if you have to. How awesome is that?! Even more surprising to me was that it could be connected to a smart device so that even when you are on the go, you can still know what your child is up to when you are not around.

Motorola video monitor

The Motorola Video Baby Monitor MBP854 came with the following: 1 camera, quick start guide, user’s guide, a parent unit, 2 cords and a stand for the monitor to rest inside. I thought that the camera was going to be hard to set up, but I quickly found out that it was super easy to do. All you had to do was connect the USB end into the camera and plug the other side into an outlet. The parent unit also connects with a USB and a plug into the outlet. Of course, I was excited when I finally got everything up and running and it was ready for action.

Motorola Wifi Connect Digital Video Baby Monitor MBP854

I got to see what little things went on when I was not around. It’s amazing what kids are capable of, right? No matter if they are a baby, toddler or slowly seeming to outgrow Mommy and Daddy, being able to see what makes them tick when they are on their own is an amazing sight. This monitor ensures that even when you can not always be that “hovering” parent, you can still always keep an eye on your children to make sure that they are safe.

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Let’s talk about the features. The parent unit features were awesome and they were super easy to figure out. You will see that on the left side of the monitor there are 4 buttons. The ‘play’ button turns on the monitor to produce an image or you can choose to have it on power save mode. The ‘microphone’ button lets you speak from the parent unit to the child through the camera that is hooked up in your child’s room. This was amazing to me! The up and down arrows are simply to control the up and down movements of the camera.

Now there is also the right side of the parent unit. This houses the ‘menu’ button which opens everything up so you can see all the features. The ‘OK’ button simply lets you pick out the features that you want. The arrows that point to the left and right are what you will use in order to control the camera itself. There are reset, power and volume controls on the very top of the parent unit. There is also a clip that extends out of the back of the unit so that the camera can support itself or you can choose to use the holder that is provided for you.

It is easy to know when the parent unit is connected to the camera because if there is a slash through the camera, it’s not connected! Simple, right? After you get the camera connected and the parent unit is ready to go, it’s time to do some parental ‘watching’ of the kids. Everything is connected and ready to go, so then what do you do?

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There is a menu button that allows you to zoom in and out. You can choose from either 1x or 2x zoom. Use the arrow buttons to move between the features. When you get to the option that you are looking for, all you have to do is press the ‘OK’ button. Your next feature is the brightness that you will get from the video. This is awesome to have because of the difference between lighting in daytime and of course the darkness of night. Another option if you have tiny ones if the fact that you can choose to play a lullaby. There are FIVE to choose from!I absolutely love this feature.

 

Another feature that you may turn out to love is an alarm feature on the parent unit. There is a setting that you can choose for it to go off ever 2, 4 or even 6 hours. I don’t see where you would need this with toddlers or older children, but a newborn? This is gold!

The temperature feature was pretty awesome as you can set it for Celsius or Fahrenheit. Also the monitor is even sensitive enough that it can pick up lightning. This will be indicated for you with a moon symbol.

So what happens if you have more than one child’s room that you need to monitor? You can add up to 4 cameras to the parent unit and there is an option at the menu that allows you to switch between them.

As if all of these features are not awesome enough, if you have an SD card that you insert, you can capture video of your little one without them knowing about it. You can make sure to be able to save those moments that you otherwise may have missed or never even known about!

Your screen on the parent unit does not have to stay lit all the time either. You can choose for it to go into power save mode after 5 minutes, 30 minutes or even 60 minutes. Everything is still working on the monitor but the video is not playing so you can get that shut eye that you deserve too! It’s easy to switch back to the play mode when you are up and about.

You will always know when the battery needs to be charged because like other electronics these days there is a battery life indicator. There are so many cool features about this monitor that I am sure that every parent will love one more than the other based on what the use of the monitor is for, but nevertheless you will be happy!

 

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Quick and Easy Whipped Cream- Using Pure Via

Quick and Easy whipped cream recipe, using Prue Via- a zero calorie sweetener using Stevia. AD

As the summer is getting closer, and I am coming off another bout of steroids, I am a little worried about my summer clothes fitting me. Every time I have to take a round of steroids for my asthma, I always gain weight. Besides not liking how it looks on me, I always can’t avoid to have the extra weight on me. It makes me ache more, makes it harder to sleep, and is just generally unhealthy. Since I am finally starting to be able to breathe again, I have been able to get moving again and I am working on getting fit enough to do a 5K Color Run with my daughter. Part of getting fit, besides, obviously moving more, is also eating better.

But I have a problem. I have a major sweet tooth. I can’t give it up. Whenever I try, I lose my mind and then eating all the sweets I can get my hands on. Thankfully, this time around, I have partnered with Pure Via. Pure Via is an all natural zero calorie sweetener made from Stevia, and contains no GMO ingredients.  All of which makes Pure Via a perfect addition to a healthy snack and satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Budgeting 101- Easy Budget Tips

Budgeting 101- Easy budget tips

Budgeting. It’s tough. There’s so much to think about, and if you let it, it can overwhelm you. That’s why I’m here with a little budgeting 101 to help you get on track with your paycheck.

Budgeting 101- Easy budget tips

Things to Consider When Budgeting

This will be pretty much the bulk of this budgeting 101 crash course. There are some things you need to think about when you’re budgeting. There are some decisions to be made to help your financial health that just absolutely suck, but you still have to do them. I know this from experience.

Do You Need It

First and foremost, when you approach a budget is asking yourself what you need, what you want, and how badly you want it. Budgeting doesn’t require you to give up everything you love, but it does require you to give up some of what you love.

Budgeting is all about making sure you have enough to live on and to be prepared for the future. Depending on your finances, that may mean a lean budget or a budget that’s a little more lenient. Always remember this when you’re giving up something you really like. It’s not REALLY worth a skimpy retirement or college money for the kids.

So you have to ask yourself, “Do I need this?” If the answer is no, ask yourself, “How badly do I want this?” If it’s something you just can’t live without, then table it for working it into the budget after living expenses and savings have been covered. That’s the name of the budgeting game – rearranging, cutting, and adding. You do that until you’ve got a budget that meets all of your needs and some of your wants.

Pay Yourself First

After your needs are addressed, and before you look at your wants, pay yourself. After you take out what you’ll need for bills in your monthly budget, set aside a percentage – the more the better – for savings. This can go towards a savings account, a 401K, a rainy day fund, or all of those. That’s why I said the more the better. The point is that you don’t want to blow through a paycheck without setting aside something for yourself down the line.

Make Those Cuts

This is the part of budgeting that just sucks. I know because I’ve had to do it. You have to make cuts to get the most out of that paycheck. Do you REALLY need to grab that $5.00 cup of coffee every single day? Probably not. Stop eating out so much. If you have Netflix, why are you paying for cable? These are just some of the tough questions and the tough cuts you’ll have to make. I know. It’s no fun.

These simple steps are the key to getting started on your budgeting journey. It isn’t nearly everything you’ll need to think about, but hey, this is budgeting 101, no a week long course. Just following these budgeting guidelines, and you’ll be well on your way!

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Freezer Cooking Recipes

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I can not be happier that the nice weather is finally here. We are having another 80 degree day around my area. When the weather is nice all we want to do is get outside and enjoy it. We spend time at the play ground, at the park, hiking on trails, riding bike and skating, fishing, pretty much anything to do with getting outside and enjoying the day. The problem with that comes in when it leaves me little time for cooking. I don’t wan to start depending on boxes or take out so freezer cooking is a great option. Basically that means, stocking the freezer with home cooked meals that I can just take out and put right in the oven. Most of the time, this is as simple as making a double batch of something and then freezing half. Here are some great tasting recipes that will work great from your freezer.

Freezer meals to make dinner easier. Enjoy these recipes that go from the freezer to the table in no time.

Quick & Easy 30 Minute Taco Soup Recipe
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Easy Freezer Lasagna Recipe
Braised Chicken for Dinner and Freezer
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Freezer Friendly Homemade Meatballs
Apple Crisp Freezer Friendly Recipe

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Easy Skin Care Routine to Prevent Acne in Adults

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Acnevir for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was a lucky teenager. I don’t remember having too many break outs. Of course, I had those “Oh my god, I’m horrified” pimples that came at exactly the wrong time. But over all I didn’t have too many issues with it. It was a good thing too. I have never been much for fussing with my skin. I would wash my face in the shower, and that was about it, since I never wore makeup.

As I have gotten older, much older than a teen now, I am surprised at how much my skin has changed. It needs much more attention now than it did when I was a kid. Who even knew adults got acne. I always thought that once you were past being a teen that went away. So not true.

These days, while I still don’t get full fledged break outs, I get this awful redness and bumps on my face. Since I am still not a make up user, not much, it makes me extremely self conscious. I feel like my red face is drawing everyone’s attention.

Recently I found a new product that is designed just for adults. Acnevir Gel, available at Walmart and other leading retailers, is made adults who suffer from redness and acne. It is a three-in-one medicated gel that clears acne, reduces redness but it also clears up future breakouts.

I am loving what it is doing for my skin. As an added bonus, it does not have benzoyl peroxide. That is the stuff that tends to dry my skin out whenever I use one of those teen brands. It also has aloe in it, which means it is designed to be gentler on adult skin, which tends to be drier in the first place.

Acnevir Gel is a water based gel that goes on without much effort and it is easily absorbed. That means, there is no worries about it getting all over everything like your clothes or a pillow case, if you use it at night. If it does happen to get on something, because if you are like me, you tend to spill everything and make a mess all the time, it is ok, because it does not tint, stain or bleach.

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Monster Jam is Back- Met Life Stadium June 13

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I have a partnership with Monster Jam and Feld. I have received tickets to the event in exchange for sharing this information with you. My love for Monster Jam is my own.

If you have been around here for a few years, you might know how much we love Monster Jam. Growing up in the Outer Banks, Grave Digger is just part of the deal. My kids all love the trucks and always beg to stop off and see which trucks are hanging out at the garage. They even get to take a ride every now and again. So of course, when Monster Jam comes to town, so do we. (See last year’s even here, and the year before) This year, on June 13th, we will be there again.

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It starts by filling the area with more than 4000 tons of dirt, 50 crush cars, vans and buses to make the awesome Monster Jam racing tack and obstacle course. The Monster Jam Path of Destruction is one of the most elite fields of Monster Jam trucks ever assembled, second only to Monster Jam World FinalsSM held in Las Vegas, NV.

Monster Trucks up close Monster Jam Path of Destruction

Competing Monster Jam trucks include El Toro Loco®, Metal Mulisha, Zombie℠, Mohawk Warrior®, Monster Mutt℠ Dalmatian, Team Hot Wheels® Firestorm®, Madusa®, Lucas Oil Crusader®, Monster Energy, Scooby Doo™, Captain’s Curse®, Doomsday, Son-Uva Digger®, Grave Digger The Legend®, Max-D® and Grave Digger®, along with those making their MetLife Stadium debut – Stone Crusher, Xtermigator, Ice Cream Man® and brand new Soldier Fortune.

I love that Monster Jam makes the event so affordable for the whole family to attend, with kids tickets starting at $10. Also, when you join the Win Monster Jam Tickets Social Toaster campaign, you have the chance to win, just by sharing your love of Monster Jam.

Four pack of tickets to Monster Jam Path of Destruction at MetLife Stadium (includes Pit Passes)

·         One (1) Radio controlled car

·         One (1) Signed Tom Meents jersey

·         One (1) Monster Jam Battleground video game

·         One (1) Monster Jam program book

So be sure to join the program and start sharing.

Tickets are available at the MetLife Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000. For more information on Monster Jam, log on to www.MonsterJam.com.

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