Sunday, July 24, 2016

Back to School FIVE STAR style

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review all opinions are my own.
This will be Quinn's first year of big kid school.  He is all pumped and can't wait for recess, art class, music and eating in a cafe with all his buddies.
Brandon Jr on the other hand is going to 3rd grade and whenever I bring up school he all but screams "I aint ever going back!! NOT EVER!!"  Yes we have entered that dreaded school is not cool stage :(
This mama isn't liking it!!

The one thing though he is still excited about is the bag to school shopping.  I mean come on who doesn't like getting cool new things?!?!?!
One thing we have to get right each year is the backpack!  I will never forget last year when I tried to give him one with character on it.  I was informed that in 2nd grade only cool backpacks will do...... Umm yeah I carried a I Love Barbie bag until 4th grade the only reason I got rid of it was because my dog chewed it!

Anyway enough about me in my cool days lol.
So this year we are going for "cool", but as mom I also want something durable and functional. That is why I adore the all new Five Star® Expandable Backpack
Carry and manage all your textbooks, notebooks and other school supplies with a Five Star® Big Mouth Backpack
It opens extra wide to make it easier to stuff more in and find what you need quickly.

I mean really I couldn't get over all the stuff we could get inside.  3rd grade is when the start to bring home more then 1 book at a time so we need the extra room!

Not to mention it was such a pain last year trying to get science products and stuff inside his old small bag.  I have a feeling this year we wont have that issue!  These bags are HUGE!  

Here are some of the other great features

Dual zippers for easy open and close. 
Handle on the top to hang backpack in locker. 
Patent-pending main compartment opens wide to quickly and easily find supplies
 Padded front panel provides extra protection for tablets or other digital devices 
Super big main compartment can hold textbooks, binders, notebooks and more 
Interior pockets provide convenient storage for smaller items to keep pens, pencils and more easily accessible 
Side, exterior pocket is perfect for holding a water bottle 
Padded backpack back and straps provide better support when carrying heavy loads. 
Adjustable for comfort Backpack overall dimensions: 13" x 18" x 8"

Okay I know pretty impressive!  It looks cool, gets the job done and will last for years to come!  

Five Star wasn't done yet they also have Five Star Flex® 1" NOTE BINDER and yes you read that right Hybrid.  Think of you favorite old binder and make it even better with features you actually want!

 Flex is a useful product with unique features, providing the flexibility to act like a notebook and work like a binder. The Style cover with a geometric design folds back and the 3 rings keep your papers securely in place. With coated plastic covers and TechLock® rings, Five Star Flex is durable. 

I can't be the only one who had a binder spine snap and loose all my papers!  Do you know how much of pain that was to try and organize all my notes!  Plus the stiff binder never fit into my locker right.  I was always turning them trying to find room for all of them.  This one is flexible.  Never stiff and it moves natural the way you need it too.  The pull tab rings will never pinch you the way those horrible metal ones use too! 
Plus I don't know if you ever seen Five Stars paper (I swear by it) instead of "round" holes theirs are triangle!!  So much harder to tear, our little one never needs to worry about a stray wayward paper again

These are only 2 of the amazing products being offered by Five Star this year.  If you want to be like me and send your kiddos back to school with products they love and products that will last you so need to check out what Five Star is offering!

Brandon Jr may still dread going back to school, but his cool new binder and hip back pack are at least making it a bit better

Going from Stay at home mom to working mom

Disclaimer:  Some products in this post were given to me for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions mentioned are my own.
In 2006 I graduated high school, got a job, quit my job and got engaged.  By November 2007 I had my first baby and have been a stay at home mama for all those years.  In 2010 baby number 2 came along and just made our lives all the better.  Now Quinn is going to school and this mama decided to get a job.  One reason is I would like to be more financial secure and also I would be bored all day home alone with out my boys.  So after lets are crying and getting use to the idea of change I got a job.  Thankfully it is the same place my hubby works.  I went from being a stay at home mom to a working mom.
I wont lie the tradition was hard.  First off my kiddos had to get use to the idea of not having mom around all day.  And the go to my parents and my parent in-laws house during the day.  They do things a lot differently then I do.  It took my boys quite awhile to get use to that.  And we had an incident where one of my boy got hit as a punishment :(  This mama does not believe in hitting so that was a very rough situation  
My best advice for anyone making this change is you are going to hit bumps.  Be prepared to smooth somethings out and for lots of tears.  I cried, my boys cried and my pup is turning into a little terror!  He keeps ripping up pillows when I am gone.  Stay positive and get through it, change is tough on all parties!!!

Okay so now that family life is getting back to normal and we are getting use to these new roles I as a woman had to get use to my new role in life.  Working in an office!!  I moved the stuff on my desk 10 times and keep finding my way via trial and error.  One thing I found to be huge stress reliever is having the right tools at my desk!!   Nothing is worse then having then midday crunch and have your pens or stapler not work right!
That is why I trust places like Shoplet!  They offer top of the office supplies, cleaning supplies, medical supplies and office furniture!  all the things I need to make my day run a little smoother.
Plus all of the stuff they have is affordable and a must have!
I personally was able to review stuff from their sanford line!

Check out the must have items below that have made this stay at home mama to working mama transition a whole lot easier! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Time is it?!?!?! La Crosse Technology knows :)

Disclaimer:  I was given the products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review all opinions are my own.
Several years ago McDonalds or BK were giving out Spongebob watches.  I remember in the commercial some annoying kid yelled what time is in and then whipped out his watch like some soft of super hero.  I of courser was young and thought this was great and kept doing it to my dad.  Over and over again.....  Needless to say I finally got put on a time out for being a pain in the butt.
 That being said now as an adult I realize just how important time is.  And yes that sorry above has no real relevance to my post.  I just titled it this post WHAT TIME IS IT and it so reminded me of that Spongebob watch.

I need to be on time.  We have church events, work, sports and appointments almost every single day.  If I over sleep or don't plan right it throws off the whole day.  I need a clock I can count on and La Crosse Technology offers just that!

First off their products are top of the line and do so much more then just tell time.
Such as the Atomic Projection Alarm Clock with IN Temperature Moon Phase and USB Charging

This clock tells me the time, date, day of the week, moon phase and even the temperature.  Not only that but it also projects the time onto my ceiling or wall depending on how I have it tilted and I can charge my phone in the back using the ubs plug in!

Be honest how many of you are giving you old fashion alarm clock the stink eye right now!
Wait it gets better.  I can choose just how bright I want the front of the clock, I can have it high low or off.  Meaning the light never keeps me awake.  Also it comes in color so it isn't just dull boring numbers on the front.
 And since I can choose where to project the time I never have to roll over in the dead of night trying to find the front of my clock to see what time it is.  I can even rotate the time just in case I want it displayed at a certain angle.
And because of some cool technology.  That this simple lady is not going to try and explain I only need to set it once!  If ever I loose power there is a single that will reset it to the proper time.  And it will also set it self during daylight saving times.

Yes this clock/alarm really is this cool!  I truly don't think I can ever go back to my old outdated alarm clock after using this one for just a few days :)

ANd this is just one of the many items that they offer

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chuck E. Cheese’s and Payless great must have deals!

Disclaimer:  I was provide coupons to promote this deal.
My family is getting ready to hit the stores and start our back to school shopping.  Anyone can tell you this time can get stressful and expensive.  But don't get to upset!  Chuck E Cheese and Payless are here to help you save and unwind!

From July 17 until September 6, all Chuck E. Cheese’s customers will receive $10 off a $30 purchase at Payless and likewise, all Payless customers will receive two coupons for Chuck E. Cheese’s.

I don't know about you, but this mama is always looking for ways to save!!!

Endless Summer Play

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own. 

We so lost pwoer yesterday for a wicked storm that moved through my area!  The boys were bummed and so was I!  No AC and we were all stuck inside from the store.  To prevent boredom and me from going crazy I busted out some new toys that we have not yet played with!  All I have to say is you would have never guessed we were STUCK inside with all the fun that they had!  Today it is nice and I had to force them out the door, they wanted to stay inside and play with there new toys!