Saturday, January 27, 2018


Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
No two people are the same.  So why should they be on the same diet/weight lost plan?  It just doesn't work that way, a few years ago when my hubby and I were working out and dieting what worked for him never worked for me.  Same for my sister and I.  But how do you know what will work for you?  Most of the time it is by trial and error,  but if you are like me after several "errors" I'm ready to give up.  That is why I think HomeDNA collection Kit is genius! 

The HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test is a scientifically-based weight-management test that identifies a person’s genetic makeup and provides diet and exercise strategies uniquely tailored to their specific genotype. The consumer collects DNA at home and, in just 4-6 weeks after samples arrive at the lab, they receive a comprehensive report with personalized nutrition and fitness recommendations that work best for their body. Rather than taking a one-size- fits-all approach to weight management, HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight helps you cook smarter, eat healthier, and exercise more effectively based on DNA data that accelerate positive weight management goals. HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight results include:  Detailed analysis of the genetic markers that most influence your weight 
Personalized recommendations for: 
Foods—The best foods to meet your caloric needs 
Nutrition—Optimal nutrient needs and most effective supplements  Exercise—Ideal workouts to achieve and maintain your healthiest weight

Everyone’s DNA is unique—and so is every DNA fitness profile! Does your body need more cardio or more strength-training? What is the right balance of proteins, fats, and carbs for you? Which vitamins and nutrients are optimal for your healthy weight? DNA fitness testing can unlock the information that takes the guesswork out of which types of training, diet, and supplements one’s body responds to most efficiently. The DNA analysis is provided by the team of scientific experts and PhDs at DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC ® ), one of the world’s largest and most respected DNA testing laboratories. Convenient at-home DNA collection, affordability, and testing by a trusted and highly accredited laboratory make this a great leap forward for consumers who want to look and feel their best. Finally, consumers can advance beyond “one-size- fits-all” weight management and find real solutions based on their DNA.

Yes please!!  This takes the "trial and error" process out of the equation.  Meaning you can start off the right way!  No guess work needed.  
So first off your report gives you a summary.  It tells you in what areas you are below average, normal, enhanced ect.

Next it tells you about your genes and your weight loss ability.  This helps you to understand more what makes you,well you and why certain things may not have worked in the past.
Okay so now you know what your problem areas are and why.  They give you a report on how to fix it.  Which food you should be eating.  And the percentage you should eat.   They type of nutrients you should be trying to get more of.  Also the kind of exercise you should be doing.  

Last but not least they give you a meal plan AND exercise plan.
Because lets admit it, telling me to eat this food is great, but unless you really break it down for me I wont do it!
They give a seven day plan and it is doable!  It doesn't tell me to take a 7 hour hike.  It is something as simple as 60 minutes of walking!  Or 3 sets of dumbbells!  

I am pretty impressed and have to say if you are thinking about getting fit you def. want to check them out!  You already tried it the wrong way, now trying it the HOMEDNA COLLECTION WAY!

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Steven Universe Season one

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

My kids watch shows that teach you about friendship, working together and how to count.  They watch shows that teach them to talk Spanish, tie their shoes and even spell.  But sometimes my kids just want to watch something fun.  Something that isn't trying to teach them a darn thing.  And I'm okay with that!  We all need a guilty pleasure.  For my boys that is Steven Universe.  This show is just silly and fun.  I personally don't like it, lol, but I'm also not a kid!  

Experience the magic of Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems from the very beginning.  Join Steven, a boy so full of enthusiasm that he lights up the world around him, as he discovers his powers and the secrets of his past.  Meet the citizens of Beach City and beyond, like Lapis Lazuli, Peridot and Stevonnie.  Sing along to unforgettable songs with Steven, Pearl, Amethyst and Garnet.  With fun and adventure at every turn, find out why so many in his universe believe in Steven.

My boys think he is just hilarious!  I guess from a kids point of view he is, he just always seems to find himself in awkward situations!  Where the Gems have to help him out.... A LOT!

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

I tend to go a little overboard when taking photos.  I have so many on my camera and phone.  One of my kiddos favorite things to do on a rainy day is look back at old photos.  I normally make hot chocolate or lemonade in the summer and we sit around the table giggling and remembering fun times.  Every once in awhile I have a photo that just has to be put onto a canvas.  
So I know I talk about my kiddos and I a lot, and many of you may not know this but I also have siblings!  A few years ago my sister got married, my hubby took several photos afterwards and I fell in love with one of them.  It was a photo of my younger brother, sister and I. 

That photo captured my brothers goofy nature and my sisters smart assness (notice the smirk).  It also I think shows just has close we are.  There was not awkward pose with fake smiles, what you see in this photo is love.   They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this one def. is  I love this photo!  And after a birthday gift to my sister I wanted to have it placed on a canvas.  Which is why I turned to
Their quality is top notch.  When I first sent them the photo it wasn't that great of quality.  I sent them a copy a had on my work computer.  The company actually reached out and asked me to try and send them the original.  They could have just sent it as it was, but no!  They took the time to reach out to me and make sure I got a great quality canvas.  Okay for me this got them two HUGE thumbs up!  How many companies do you know that would do that!  After we got that all taken care of my photo arrived within a few days!  Again they solved a problem before it was a problem and then they sent me my item ASAP
Now I could go on and on about how great it looks, but I would rather just show you
It is beautiful!  I don't know what else I could ask for from this company!  The customer service was awesome, the product turned out beautiful and the turn around was super quick!  As I said I take quite a few photos and for now on I know exactly where I am going to turn the best ones into a canvas.
To learn more please see my link below:


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

Get ready to smash the ball & collect ‘em all with Smashers – the hottest new collectables from ZURU! Smashers have over 100 wacky collectable characters, which can only be found in the innovative Smashball that puts the action right in your hand! Smash open the Smashball to reveal your character hidden inside. Smashers Series 1 is all about sports and includes both “good and bad” sports characters, along with limited edition and very rare figures to find and collect!
Battle against the Bad Sports to earn Smash Points and become a Smasher Elite! Just throw, smash, and surprise! The line includes the Smasher 1-Pack
Smasher 3- Pack with 2 Smashers hidden in Smashballs 
and the Smasher 8-Pack with 6 Smashers hidden in Smashballs 

The Smashers Tin comes in two versions, Football and Basketball, and contains a Limited Edition Smasher (SRP $7.99), and the Smashers Team Bus also comes in two versions, Football and Basketball, and contains 2 Limited Edition Smashers.
Okay I have a 7 year old and a 10 year little boys.  When I had them something and tell them to smash it watch out!  Both of their eyes lite up with a naughty glee before they let lose and started to smash those little balls on the floor!  Afterwards they would run forward to see what little surprise awaited them inside.  After they were done smashing I gave them the Basketball court/vehicle so they could take turns launching their new toys into a hoop (It also works as a holder for the smashers)  My boys LOVE them.  Not only was it fun to smash they open, but they also love the surprise aspect and the fact that they could play with them afterwards!

But wait not wasn't the only toy we got to try.  My kids always love "surprise" type toys when you just never know what is going to be inside.  That is why 5 surprise is perfect for them.  
5 Surprise’s 5 Surprise!

This new collectible line from ZURU harnesses the anticipation and excitement of “unboxing” a surprise combined with the addictiveness of collectables. Unwrap, peel, reveal! Kids will love opening their 5 Surprise capsules almost as much as the toys inside. Wave 1 will feature over 300 toys in pink and blue capsules with additional waves introducing 100 new toys every six months. There are five different themed segments with a HUGE range of boys and girls toys, resulting in thousands of combinations of surprise toys, making 5 Surprise the coolest, most unique capsules ever! 
You get a baseball size ball with 5 small toys inside.  When you open your toy there is orange type slices that you need to open and see what treasure lays within.  My only complaint is we pretty much got the same toys :(  I was thinking since we got several balls they would all be different, but most of the little toys were the same.

Smashers will be available at Target and Toys R Us on March 1. And 5 Surprise will be available at Walmart and Toys R Us on March 1, as well.


Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review  All opinions are my own
I love having a girls day with my sister and mom!  It normally involves a funny movie, good food, lots of laughs and talking.  We don't get to do it often, so when we do get together we make it count!  When I called them yesterday and told them I had the new movie A Bad Moms Christmas they demanded I have a girls day ASAP!  That is why I was running around today getting pizza, wings and all the other essentials for a girls day!
Now the three of us watched the first one together so we already knew to be ready to laugh.... We just didn't realize how much we would laugh!  I had to rewind a few times, because my mom was laughing so hard we ended up not being able to hear some parts!

Three overwhelmed and overworked mothers are ambushed during the holidays by their own moms in the hilarious and heartfelt comedy, A Bad Moms Christmas, arriving on Digital on January 23, 2018 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 6, 2018
A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.   BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL Gag Reel Additional Scenes Crew Music Video Theatrical Trailers A Bad Moms Christmas will be available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital.  Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Okay so fair warning this movie is not for kids!!  It def. has some, and by some I mean a lot, of raunchy humor that just isn't suitable for young viewers.  But it is a fun escape for moms.  And even though it is exaggerated I can so relate.  So after watching the first movie I know you are wondering how could they possible make it better.... Add 3 more moms mix them up and toss them into every moms personal hell... CHRISTMAS!  I really could not stop laughing.  If you are expecting to watch this movie and walk away a changed person you wont lol this movie really is just for fun!  It was a good get away and honestly my life is just as hectic as it was before the movie.  But every once in awhile I have a small giggle wondering what people would do if I pulled a bad mom and started to act like these ladies!!

Winter Skin blah! MANGIACOTTI

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review
My skin is not very happy right now!  My hands are dry, my feet are dry, my elbows and knee are dry....  OKAY EVERYTHING IS JUST DRY!  I am one of those people that have all intention of using lotion!  I but several each year and convince myself this is the year I am going to keep up on my skin.  And like always I wait until my skin is horrible and start to do damage control.  Thanks to the whipped lotion and body wash from MANGIACOTTI
   my skin isn't only smelling good, it is also feeling pretty good too.
I was able to review both in the pomegranted scent.

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is not only the season of love, but also the season of the Pomegranate?  The “Pom” is understood to be the fruit that grew in the Garden of Eden and which biblical scouts brought to Moses to show the fertility of the promised land and perhaps most significantly the Bard of love, Shakespeare, used the symbolism of a pomegranate tree to represent true love, forbidden love, and sweet innocence between Romeo and Juliet.   Personal Care brand MANGIACOTTI loves Pomegranates and celebrates the sweet and tart fruit for both its medicinal powers and its distinct fragrance profile.   Introducing the Pomegranate Whipped Body Wash and Whipped Body Lotion Gift Set created with an aromatic blend of essential oils to heighten the olfactory and aroma-therapeutic experience (what better way to send your Valentine a message).   Delicately scented with top notes of pomegranate, sparkling citrus, juicy papaya, with hints of blackberry, iris, jasmine and a base note of red cassis this tantalizing duo is like “dessert” for the skin and its proprietary formula dispenses just like whipped cream for some extra V-Day fun! 

  Mangiacotti’s new Whipped Body Wash and Whipped Body Lotion are both lightweight yet incredibly luxurious, providing hydration and intensive moisturizing along with other key features and benefits as they clean and moisten the skin.  
·      Powerful skin and body care with a light as air finish
·      Applications that transform from whipped cream to instantly absorbed moisturizer
·      Weightless formulations to leave skin feeling nourished, silky-soft to the touch, with a smooth finish and healthy glow ·      Thoughtful formulations infused with moisturizing plant-derived ingredients and essential oils
·      Potent moisturizing properties to allow skin to retain more moisture ·      Immediate “breathable”, non-greasy, feel without compromising product  potency
·      Six unique fragrance profiles (made with essential oils) developed to heighten the olfactory and aroma-          therapeutic experience; Pomegranate, Ginger Lime, Clementine, Lavender,        Ocean and Lemon Verbena
·      Paraben-free, never tested on animals, made in the USA and finished by citizens        with disabilities.
·      A little goes a long way!– It doesn’t take much of these whipped formulas to cover skin, providing a great value because they last longer.

My review:
I love it!  The whipped formally is thick but also fluffy!  Given me full coverage!  I love that I just need to use a little bit and it goes a long way.  The scent is there, but subtle.  There isn't an overpowering perfume smell.  Which is perfect for my family, I don't have my own body wash of lotions....  I wish I did, but my boys don't know how to leave my stuff alone lol!
My skin feels pretty good just after a few uses.
The best part is this is only 2 of the many product offered by Magiacotti!  And pomegranate is only one of the many scents 

In 1998 when President and Creative Director Michele Mangiacotti
introduced her first collection of eco-friendly fragranced soaps, lotions, and
candles she wanted a Company she could be proud of. The products
needed to be made in America, the ingredients good for both the user and
the planet, and the packaging utilizing “green” practices and principles. But
unlike other home and personal care brands top on her mission list was a
way to honor her aunt with Down Syndrome by helping others with
disabilities gain employment, independence and self-confidence and
incorporating that goal into the foundation of the brand.
“I remember the pride my Aunt Priscilla felt when she received her first
paycheck,” recalls Mangiacotti. “She was so happy and confident, and that
really stuck with me and I wanted to start my business with that intention.”
For the past 10 years Mangiacotti has built her staff to include people with
disabilities by partnering with Pride, a non-profit organization that
provides work and enrichment programs to people with developmental and
intellectual disabilities. “I am so impressed with all the opportunities people
with special needs receive through programs like Pride which help build self
confidence and encourage independence. Their workers are conscientious,
committed and caring. They are dependable, cheerful and desire to do well
everyday as they hand finish and package our product collections. This
partnership is one way, as a Company, we demonstrate our commitment to
our local communities, working to build a society where everyone has the
freedom to contribute in a valuable and fulfilling way.”
Spending time with these workers provided an unexpected gift that is today
evident in every one of the brand’s product SKU’s and part of the
Company’s overall visual branding message. Mangiacotti continues, “I just
love the art classes offered at Pride and seeing the creativity and self

expression shown through art and the art classes offered at Pride. The art
has really moved me. We have been supporting and working “paint brush”
in hand with this program and have commissioned watercolors from
participants in the classes to exhibit at tradeshows which inspired our new
package design.”
As a businesswoman Mangiacotti feels it’s her responsibility to be a good
example for the community and her employees as well as the retail
partners and the consumers who buy and use Mangiacotti products. And
while “being and seeing” the good” feels good, it also makes great business
sense, and nothing feels as good as building a successful Company and
brand awareness while you are doing something good. “That I have been
able to create a joyful “giving back” work culture and environment and be
as passionate and excited about the success of each new product launch is
a dream come true.” And an inspirational message that retailers and
consumers what to be a part of. “For me, Mangiacotti is not just a
(product) line; it’s a commitment for what you decide your business is going
to stand for and the good that you bring to the world.”
Mangiacotti supports many ongoing initiatives yearlong including a recent
donation of soaps to victims of the Hurricanes through The American Red
Cross and ongoing product proceeds and donations to local food pantries in
Foxborough, Massachusetts near where the Company corporate
headquarters are located. But beyond the operations of her own Company,
Michele Mangiacotti has set a much bigger goal in getting people to get
involved and spread goodness throughout the world. The brand recently
launched the See The Good Project and hash tag with a goal to coordinate
worldwide community service events, fundraisers, goods deeds and
inspiring events through social conversation on social media. The See The
Good Project is about recognizing the good in people in hopes their acts of
kindness will inspire others to do the same. The program offers those who
want to do good in their community a free package of See the Good pins
and tee shirts to use at their events. None of the items include the
company name or information, so the focus is purely focused on the “act of

good.” The brand will also sell the tee shirts on their website with 100% of
the proceeds going to programs that support citizens with disabilities.
“There is so much negativity in the world today. It seems bad news is
making the top headlines,” Mangiacotti said. “But I think we can each be
individual agents of change. Our See the Good Project campaign is all about
recognizing the good in people…good that can become contagious.
I hope to encourage other brands, retailers and consumers, to do the
same,” she added.

Rugrats: season 3 and season 4

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own
If you grew up in the 90's you know who the Rugrats are!  I watched this and several other shows with my brother and sister as a kid.  I even remember when the movie came out.  My mom and aunt loaded my siblings, my cousins and I and we went to see it in theaters!  The birth of baby Dil I will have you know was a pretty big deal!!  Now years later I still love this show, but in a much different way.  I love sharing it with my kids.  I love that Tommy and his friends are all about team work and friendship.  I love that they teach my boys how important it is to use their imagination and play.
We of course have season 1 and 2... AND NOW SEASON 3 AND 4 ARE BEING REALEASED TOO

Rugrats: Season Three contains all 52 episodes from the show's third season and features classic episodes like "Naked Tommy" and "Angelica Breaks a Leg." Viewers will have a blast as they join Tommy, Chuckie and the gang as they grab a screwdriver, break out of the playpen and embark on over ten hours of grand adventures to the moon, north pole and even to Chuckie's first haircut! 
Rugrats: Season Four picks up right where season three leaves off and contains over six hours and two discs of adorable adventures from season four. Fans won't want to miss the chance to relive the classic Rugrats family vacation, meet Spike's babies or laugh along as Phil and Chuckie discover the joys of dresses!
Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Rugrats: Season Three and Rugrats: Season Four will be available on DVD February 6, 2018
Rugrats: Season Three contains the following episodes:


  • Dummi Bear Dinner Disaster/Twins' Pique                  
  • Chuckie's First Haircut/Cool Hand Angelica                
  • Tricycle Thief/Rhinoceritis!                
  • Grandpa Moves Out/ The Legend of Satchmo            
  • Circus Angelicus/The Stork                 
  • The Baby Vanishes/Farewell, My Friend                     
  • When Wishes Come True/Angelica Breaks a Leg               
  • The Last Babysitter/Sour Pickles                     
  • Reptar 2010/Stu Gets a Job                 
  • Give & Take/ The Gold Rush              
  • Home Movies/The Mysterious Mr. Friend                   
  • Cuffed/The Blizzard                
  • Destination Moon/Angelica's Birthday            
  • Princess Angelica/The Odd Couple                                        
  • Naked Tommy/Tommy And The Secret Club             
  • Under Chuckie's Bed/Chuckie is Rich              
  • Mommy's Little Assets/Chuckie's Wonderful Life                    
  • In The Dreamtime/The Unfair Pair                  
  • Chuckie's Red Hair/Spike Runs Away             
  • The Alien/Mr. Clean                                
  • Angelica's Worst Nightmare/The Mega Diaper Babies            
  • New Kid in Town/Pickles vs. Pickles               
  • Passover                      
  • Kid TV/The Sky is Falling                  
  • I Remember Melville/No More Cookies                      
  • Cradle Attraction/Moving Away                     
Rugrats: Season Four contains the following episodes:

  • Vacation                     
  • Mother's Day              
  • Chanukah                   
  • Spike's Babies/Chicken Pops               
  • Radio Daze/Psycho Angelica               
  • America's Wackiest Home Movies/The 'Lympics                     
  • The CarWash/Heat Wave                     
  • Angelica's Last Stand/Clan of the Duck                             
  • Faire Play/The Smell of Success                      
  • The Turkey Who Came to Dinner                   
  • Potty Training Spike/The Art Fair                   
  • Send in the Clouds/In the Naval                      
  • The Mattress/Looking for Jack            
  • Hiccups/Autumn Leaves                     
  • Dust Bunnies/Educating Angelica                   
  • Ransom of Cynthia/Turtle Recall                     
  • Angelica Orders Out/Let It Snow                    
Rugrats: Season Three Fast Facts
Street Date: February 6, 2018
Catalog: 59195090000 (US); 59195092000 (CAN)
Running Time: 10 hours and 39 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
S.R.P.: $16.99
Rugrats: Season Four Fast Facts
Street Date: February 6, 2018
Catalog: 59195091000 (US); 59195093000 (CAN)
Running Time: 6 hours and 53 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
S.R.P.: $10.99

Woody Woodpecker

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

My oldest son is quite the character.  He likes to impersonate cartoons and even people.  One of my favorite impersonations is his Woody Woodpecker laugh!  He is actually pretty good at it to!

Woody Woodpecker is one of my childhood shows I introduced my kiddos to.  When we saw Woody was being turned into a full length movie we just knew we had to have it!

Woody Woodpecker, coming to DVD, Digital and On Demand on February 6, 2018, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film blends live action and CGI animation to tell the crazy and humorous story of an all-out turf war between the mischievous prankster and a big city lawyer who wants to build his dream home in Woody’s backyard. Directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2, The Little Rascals Save the Day), Woody Woodpecker stars Timothy Omundson (“Psych”), Thaila Ayala (“Rio Heat”), Graham Verchere (“Fargo”) Jordana Largy (Monster Trucks) and Eric Bauza (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water), as the voice of Woody. The Woody Woodpecker  DVD and digital features deleted scenes and an exclusive inside look at the making of the film as well as the evolution of Woody’s iconic cartoon character.   Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy (Verchere), and fiancée, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpecker!   Woody Woodpecker is a legendary icon created by Walter Lantz in 1940. Woody Woodpecker & Friends have entertained kids for more than 75 years! Woody Woodpecker cartoons appeared in theaters until they debuted on television in 1957. Woody’s popularity resulted in new shows airing across several decades. “The Woody Woodpecker Show” has been broadcast in over 155 territories and 105 languages worldwide. He is one of the most memorable cartoon characters in animation history, featuring the little red –headed bird with the unforgettable laugh, who’s forever pecking his way out of trouble. Woody has evolved from a cartoon TV character to a Pop Culture Icon with his fearlessness, crazy antics and smarts.

My review:
We loved it!  Right off the back the movie starts with Woody going head to head with the poachers.  In a true Woody fashion he chases them away.  Sadly the poachers realize that Woody would fetch them quite a bit of money on the black market.  They spend the rest of the movie trying to catch Woody with the intent of killing and stuffing him!!!  Thankfully Tommy shows up with his dad.  He instantly befriends Woody, his dad doesn't really like Woody.  Well at least not at first, Woody does cost him quite a bit of money and even causes trouble between Lance and his fiancé. 
Woody needs to learn to let people in.  For the longest time it has just been him.
Lance and Tommy need to work on their personal relationship.
Lance also needs to realize what really matters in life.
In this cute family film all the charters have person growth and learn to live together peacefully....  Well as peacefully as you can live with Woody Woodpecker!
The characters are likable, the story line is cute and of course the movie is filled with laughs.  When Woody poops on people my kids lose it!!  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Celebrate National Today with the Simply Me Blog

My life sometimes feels like an endless list of to-do items.  Laundry, work, dishes, cooking, cleaning, shopping and on and on it goes.  Rinse, dry and repeat day in and day out.  It can get rather depressing!  But here is the thing, it doesn't have to!  You can find fun everyday.  Dance when you do your dishes, sing as you fold your clothing.  After a long day at work plan to have a huge ice cream sundae at home! 
Don't sit around waiting for life to happen, make it happen.  And if you don't have any ideas you need to check out National Today

 Where every single day is a holiday

 I love celebrating at National Today because, not only do they clue me into each month’s holiday—they also give some fun holiday history, facts that will blow my mind, and helpful deals that help me celebrate in style.

Remember to mark these holidays on your calendar, and cheers to a 2018 full of celebration!


Here are my favorite January holidays. The careful observer might notice they’re all about food!

National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19)

Raise your hand if you’ve eaten an entire bag of popcorn in one sitting (we have).

National Pie Day (Jan. 23)

Did you know pecan is America’s favorite flavor of pie?

National Peanut Butter Day (Jan. 24)

Which do you prefer: chunky or smooth?

National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27)

Devil’s (food) advocates of the world, rejoice!

Chinese New Year (Jan. 28)

Enjoy double the New Year’s celebrations.


Here are a couple classic February holidays. Galentine’s Day, anyone?

Groundhog Day (Feb. 2)

Will he see his shadow?

National Pizza Day (Feb. 9)

Pineapples on pizza, yes or no? The debate rages on.

Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13)

This classic holiday was made famous by Parks and Recreation.

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)

Let’s be real, isn’t all of February pretty much Valentine’s Day?

National Margarita Day (Feb. 22)

More like marga-need-a.


Get ready to celebrate these 5 holidays … but remember to beware the Ides of March!

National Pancake Day (Mar. 7)

‘Pan’ I have a whole plate of these?

International Women’s Day (Mar. 8)

In my book, every day should be Women’s Day.

Ides of March (Mar. 15)

Did you know “ides” actually means “15”?

National Puppy Day (Mar. 23)

We all deserve a puppy (or five).

Red Nose Day (Mar. 24)

This holiday is huge in the U.K. — it’s comedy relief for charity!


These are the worst days in April (April Fool’s, they’re the best).

National Beer Day (Apr. 7)

Really not my thing, but I could always sip a root beer on this day!

National Sibling Day (Apr. 10)

Love or hate them, you’re stuck with them!  Oh no a day to celebrate my younger brats day lol!!

Tax Day (Apr. 18)

Tax Day might be one of the most dreaded days of the year … but it still deserves some love!

Earth Day (Apr. 22)

I’m going to be hugging plenty of trees today.

Arbor Day (Apr. 28)

If you missed Earth Day, here’s another opportunity to connect with Mother Nature!


This month is all about the classic occasions, with the exception of Star Wars Day (but who could leave that one out?!)

May Day (May 1)

In this case, not a phrase of doom, but a joyous celebration!

Star Wars Day (May 4)

May the 4th be with you.  Okay Star Wars marathon at my house! 

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)

Enchiladas or tacos...  hmmm how about both!

Mother’s Day (May 14)

Consider this your official reminder to call your mother.

Memorial Day (May 29)


This month, we celebrate some of the most important relationships in our lives—fathers, best friends, and donuts.

National Donut Day (Jun. 2)/
Do-nut mess with me before I get my donuts today.

National Best Friends Day (Jun. 8)

Now that “bestie-moons” are a thing, I know exactly what I’m doing to celebrate.

Father’s Day (Jun. 18)

I’m looking forward to all the dad jokes today.

Summer Solstice (Jun. 20 and 21)

Spend a long day outside with friends!

National Kissing Day (Jun. 24)

Who will you be kissing today?


Two of my favorite foods are celebrated in this month—ice cream and cheesecake.

Independence Day (Jul. 4)

If you didn’t get a barbecue on Memorial Day, here’s your chance.

National Ice Cream Day (Jul. 16)

We all scream for ice cream!

National Cousin’s Day (Jul. 24)

They’re just like siblings … except we love them more (shh).

National Cheesecake Day (Jul. 30)

Do it for the grahm.

National Dance Day (Jul. 30)

Just don’t dance right after you eat cheesecake.


This month is the season of celebrating summer drinks — have a beer or lemonade on me!

National Girlfriend Day (Aug. 1)

Don’t worry, boyfriends also have their day — it’s in October.

International Beer Day (Aug. 4)

Do you like dark or light beers?

National Friendship Day (Aug. 7)

We’re so lucky to celebrate all types of relationships in August — not just significant others.

National Lemonade Day (Aug. 20)

Not just a classic Beyonce album.

National Dog Day (Aug. 26)

You officially have permission to show your friends 25 dog pics in a row.


This month truly contains the most important day of the year: National Coffee Day. Bless the three cups a day that keep me running!

Labor Day (Sept. 4)

Find out some of the most exciting activities to fill your day off!

Constitution Day (Sept. 17)

This document truly defines America — we think that deserves a celebration.

Fall Equinox (Sept. 22)

Give thanks for the longest day of the year, and get your sweaters ready as the days start getting shorter.

National Pancake Day (Sept. 26)

Do you like your pancakes with butter or syrup best?

National Coffee Day (Sept. 29)

Ah, the nectar of life — the wonderful liquid that keeps America sane.


Trick or treat! These are some of my favorite holidays in the leadup to Halloween.

National Boyfriend Day (Oct. 3)

It’s Bae Dae #2 — did you celebrate National Girlfriend Day?

Columbus Day (Oct. 9)

Also called Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Boss’s Day (Oct. 16)

We spend every day with them, but have you stopped to think about what makes them so special?

Sweetest Day (Oct. 21)

Learn about this little known candy holiday, and spread the celebration beyond the Midwest.

Halloween (Oct. 31)

Trick or treat, smell my feet!


I enjoy all the shopping holidays November brings … so I included all of them below!

Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11)

On Veteran’s Day, we commemorate those brave soldiers who fought for our freedom.

Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)

Do you actually know how this classic holiday started? Its origins might surprise you.

Black Friday (Nov. 24)

Everyone knows about it, but do you know the best deals? National Today does.

Cyber Monday (Nov. 27)/
If shopping in stores stresses you out, shop without pants on with some of National Today’s featured promotions.

Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28)

This little known holiday encourages people to give to their favorite charities.


It might be the end of the year, but you can still fit in lots more holiday celebration before the New Year!

National Ice Cream Day (Dec. 13)

As if you needed a reason to celebrate America’s favorite food!

Winter Solstice (Dec. 21)

Did you know Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year?

Festivus (Dec. 23)

It all started with a Seinfeld quote — “A Festivus for the rest of us!”

Christmas (Dec. 25)

One of America’s most treasured holidays, you’ll find ideas to make the celebration even more special here.

New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)

Which sparkly outfit will you wear to celebrate? 

The days I listed about are only a few days!  You so need to check out National Today where ever day is a celebration :)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Eqyss @EQyss

I was given products in this post for hte purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review,

My little Rufus has skin issues!  It seems his skin is always dry, itchy and loosing hair.  My vet gives his medication, but he can't be on it all the time (It has steroids and it makes him sick if he is on it for long bouts of time)  So my vet and I started to do natural treatments!  Oatmeal baths, coconut oil sprays and so much more.  We are always looking so something new for him and I think I just found a new brand to add to our collection EQyss.  They use raw material, which is what my Rufus needs.  Anything with scents of perfumes makes his skin even worse!

Rufus personally was able to try their Avocado Mist

Wet or dry leave on spray excellent for long hair breeds . A leave on conditioning spray that maintains the moisture balance within the hair shaft and prevents the coat from becoming dry, and damaged. Reduces shedding. Does not contain silicone, wax or synthetic polymers. Shines and conditions the coat with a unique formula that combines extracts of avocado and aloe vera. Detangles without the heaviness common in most conditioners. Anti-static and alcohol free. Weightless Conditioning Spray Enhances Shine Won’t burn eyes Safe to breathe Smells Great Repels Dust and Dirt Non-Toxic 

I have to say I am pretty impressed that my Rufus seems to be itching a little less and this spray is healing up some of the redness!!  The bottle does cost 11:99, but it is huge!!  I can see this one bottle lasting us a long time.  So for us it is totally worth it!

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