Tuesday, July 17, 2018

$40 PayPal Cash Giveaway

Celebrate Summer With a PayPal Cash Giveaway

Who can use a little summer cash? I know I can! I love being able to do things with my family and $40 Paypal cash would help me do just that!

 Regardless of what your summer plans involved, we know that it means spending money on gas, food, and maybe a few trinkets to remember your adventures. One of our favorite thing to do is explore the areas around our home and take mini staycation road trips. I always make sure to take plenty of photos because it is fun to look at them during the winter months while we wait for the sunshine to return. 

To help you and your family take advantage of the last days of summer, I have teamed up with my fellow bloggers to bring you a PayPal Cash Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive $40 to use towards their own summer adventures. Enter to win via the giveaway form below and let us know in the comments how you plan to spend the rest of summer.

The Giveaway

July 17, 2018 – July 31, 2018, at 11:59 PM, 18+, WW

The Prize

$40 PayPal Cash (Winner must be able to accept payment via PayPal in order to be eligible to win. PayPal is not affiliated with this email in any form.)
Participating blogs and bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Backyard Pool Safety

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are my own.
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Backyard pool safety is so important. Between 2005-2014 there were 3,536 accidental non-boating related drownings in the United States. One out of five were children under the age of fourteen. In fact, we all probably know someone that has lost a child due to accidental drowning. My husband's cousin lost a daughter in her own backyard due to drowning.

Backyard Pool Safety

As mom's most of us have played on our phone or glanced at a book while our children splashed about in the pool. This is a big no-no. When our kids are in the pool, we need to keep our eyes glued on them and nothing else. It's kind of like driving, we don't look away even for a moment, or we can end up in a ditch somewhere. 

Even if you're an adult and the best swimmer on the planet you should never ever swim alone. Right now, I want to be floating on my raft and sipping a cocktail but I can't because no one else is here. There are so many possible scenarios of things that can potentially happen. Always, have someone else nearby.

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Make sure you always put pool toys away! The pool area should be clean and clear of anything that could potentially make you fall in. Also, when the kids are done remove all toys, so kids aren't tempted to reach for them and possibly fall in.

Yes, I said no playing on your phone, but it's a good idea to have a phone handy in case of emergency.

At our old home, we had our pool deck deadbolted so the kids couldn't randomly decide to go for a swim. Securing the pool with a gate with a lock or a pool alarm are excellent ideas. You can never be too safe when it comes to water.

Make sure to have pool rules and that everyone that visits is aware of them. I was so thankful I had a locked gate on my pool so I didn't have to worry about neighbor kids showing up and diving in when I wasn't home.

Do you kids know how to swim or float? These are lifesaving skills. Make sure to sign up at your local Aqua-Tots Swim School below!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Gryphon Home Internet Protection

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We live in a scary time. A time where kids have access to adult things that are way over their heads. Nowadays kids have lives that we don't know about all thanks to social media. That all can change thanks to Gryphon Home Internet Protection.

I have parental controls on my children's phone just like most people. I also do a random check of my teenager's phone so she won't have time to go into let's delete all of this as fast as I can so mom can't see it.

Let's just say over her first year of high school I learned some pretty shocking things and she didn't have her phone most of the school year.

Gryphon Home Internet Protection

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The Gryphon is a hack-proof secure router that will change your life. You will have control over what your children view, and anyone else in the household for that matter!

The installation is easy. Okay, I had my husband set it up. Basically, it plugged into our Xfinity router and into the wall. You download a nifty little app, and the setup begins.

You set up each person's user account when you connect to the wifi. After you set up this system, I highly recommend changing your passcode on your old wi-fi or better yet change the password and then set up the new system. Kids are smart if you don't change the password on the old wifi your kid will just switch back over to your old network and we don't want that to happen.

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As you can see I have 4 managed devices which means if my kids don't listen I can pause their internet. Woot, score a win for team mom. This works for computers, tablets and all the electronics that you can connect to the internet!

I'm not going to show the user accounts to protect our privacy, but when you set up the kids phones it allows you to mark what school they're in meaning middle school, etc. and the list of what you allow is completely customizable!

You can even block your child from apps like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook.

Also, you can see every website your child visits. I just wish they made this clickable instead of just giving a snapshot.

My favorite part is you can setup bedtimes and homework times, so you don't have to worry about what I call phone abuse.

Do you have spotty internet in your home? Well, Gryphon also fixes that. It covers up to 3,000 square feet, and you don't have to worry about dead zones in your house.

So, what's stopping you? You need Gryphon home internet protection today! 

5 Things on Friday

Welcome back! It's good to see you here again, and it's Friday! Woot! So, grab a chair and let's chit-chat! Make sure to fill me in on your week in the comments.

1. Saturday, we came back from almost a week at our beach house. It was a fabulously relaxing week. We spent plenty of time doing my most favorite activities of all, laying on the beach, eating at restaurants, napping, oh and enjoying my occasional cocktail. We did get some chores done. We (hubby) installed three ceiling fans. 

2. I was so glad to go back to teaching this week. It made it even better I had zero phonics classes this week. I love having the kids that are about 10-12 years old. I can have regular conversations with them because they understand what I'm saying.

3. I started doing Door Dash at lunchtime this week. I could work a few extra hours teaching that pays really well, but I would have to either stay up late or get up early 6 or 7 days in a row, and I say no thank you to that nonsense. I had fun doing Door Dash this week and also discovered some crazy busy restaurants that I need to visit.

4. I've been still spending time weeding my jungle of a backyard. Matt and I spent a whole day out there working and we're progressing. I want to get to the point where I can sit out there and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I'm happy with my cute little front yard we just gotta keep battling in the backyard. LOL!

5. My girls are little sporty spices. They only want Nike, Adidas, or UnderArmour which all can be pricey if you don't catch it on sale. We all know I love my name brand clothing, but I also enjoy going on treasure hunts at the Salvation Army. So, the girls and I went on a treasure hunt and my oldest found tons of treasure. She found tons of equestrian shirts along with her sporty spice shorts. I guess that must be in style. I will complain about it and then catch myself in the same type of getup! Oh, well!

I hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Disney's Christopher Robin

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Most of us grew up reading or watching Winnie the Pooh. The chubby little fuzzy bear is back in a new live-action adventure that will truly move your heart and bring out your inner child. Also, who doesn't love Ewan McGregor!

Disney's Christopher Robin

In Disney’s heartwarming live-action adventure, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his stuffed animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood has grown up and lost sight of what’s important in life. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasure in life once again.

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CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr, with RenĂ©e Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Mark Gatiss as Keith Winslow, Robin’s boss. The film also features the voices of: Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger; Brad Garrett as Eeyore; Toby Jones as Owl; Nick Mohammed as Piglet; Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; and Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.

Doesn't this movie look adorable? I know I will be taking my family on opening weekend to see this timeless classic!

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN arrives in theatres everywhere on August 3rd!

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