Saturday, October 27, 2018

Holiday Prep with BIZ

I am a Biz brand ambassador I was provided free products to form and write a review


If you have been following my blog this past year, you would have seen several posts on BIZ.  What is BIZ you may ask?  It is a laundry boosting, stain-fighting must have item for every laundry room!  If you want to learn more about the product you can check out my first post

But today we are going to go even deeper and explore another way BIZ can make your life easier.  You may have guessed I'm talking about The Holidays.  We all have that one guest that spills a drink or the kid who rubs greasy fingers on the table cloth.  And do not get me started on my kids and their "special clothing" once a year I pull out their little suits. And once a year my boys become the world's greatest klutz and get everything on their little suits.

This year it is going to be okay though, because I have BIZ to help me take on these once impossible to remove stains.
So bring it on you greasy fingers, grape juice spilling, muddy shoe having heathens (and yes hubby this is meant for you lol!!!!)

And last week I found my favorite new way to use BIZ.  I just purchased new furniture.  And of course I needed new pillows to match this furniture.  Well day 3 of having it my son came home from soccer and the pillows just happened to be on the floor.  Yes you most likely guessed it stepped on my new pillows!!!  I could see if he stepped on one, but the little bugger got them all!  
I was devastated, but I remained calm and soaked my pillows in BIZ and then washed them....

leans up to 80% BETTER than detergent alone
MORE STAIN FIGHTERS than other brands
Fights tough stains BETTER THAN OXI CLEAN guaranteed!
Contains a UNIQUE blend of enzymes which quickly dissolves stains and odors
Made with BIODEGRADABLE surfactants

Pre-treat stains directly with BIZ® liquid by wetting the area with warm water and applying Biz. Rub gently and wait 5-10 minutes then wash as usual. Or, add Biz to every load to boost the power of your detergent.


You would have never known they were covered in mud!  Every ounce was removed and my brand new pillows looked, well the looked brand new again lol

 

Gifts for her Braun Silk-épil 5 SensoSmart

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review
The bittersweet part of getting older at the holidays is you realize the things you want can't be purchased.  My hubby and I have such a hard time shopping for each other.  We have resorted to buying stuff that the other person "needs" my hubby now gets socks, jeans and grooming products.
Now if you are a man looking to buy that special lady in your life a practical gift that she will actually use you def need to check out Braun Silk-épil 5 SensoSmart


Braun Silk-épil 5 SensoSmart The Braun Silk-épil 5 SensoSmart™ Wet & Dry Epilator is cordless and can be used on dry skin or in the bath or shower for extra comfort and convenience. SensoSmart™ technology guides you so you use the right amount of pressure, removing even more hairs in one stroke. The starter set comes with 5 extras, including massage rollers, a skin contact cap, a shaver attachment and trimmer attachment for sensitive areas like the bikini line.

The Chicken Runs at Midnight

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


Rich Donnelly was a minor league catcher who never quite got the chance to play in the big leagues. So he became obsessed with reaching the Major Leagues as a coach. While climbing the ladder to his dream job as third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he became mostly an absentee father who was eventually divorced by his wife. Worse yet, he had a falling out with his only daughter, Amy, who was unafraid to tell her father where he fell short and how he could improve.
Then it happened. In March of 1992, seventeen-year-old Amy called her dad to tell him she was going to have brain surgery. A tumor had been found. In October, Rich invited her to Game Five of the 1992 NLCS between the Pirates and the Atlanta Braves. That’s when an unlikely cheer was born. From the stands, Amy observed her dad yelling instructions to the runners on second base and jokingly asked him afterwards if he was telling them, “The chicken runs at midnight.”  The saying stuck. In late January of 1993, Amy died, but not before her dad and her three brothers had let the battle cry be etched into their lives. It stood for never giving in. It stood for challenging your obstacles. It stood for Amy. 
 Rich renewed his life of faith, speaking out for God and what he could do in a person’s life if the person paid attention. Four years later, in 1997, after Coach Donnelly had become third base coach for the Florida Marlins, he and his sons brought the battle cry of the chicken with them. That year, the Marlins reached the World Series against Cleveland, a classic that culminated with a seventh game that went extra innings. And the Marlins won that final game when a player nicknamed “Chicken” crossed home plate at exactly twelve midnight. The chicken had run at midnight.
The Chicken Runs at Midnight will make you thrill to victory, believe in hope, stand up to cheer for what is good in peoples’ lives, and conclude that God can work in the life of any person, even through his mistakes, even when he’s not paying attention, even when he thinks it’s too late to turn around.


We are all guilty of mismanaging our lives.  I am the mom of two little boys and I admit sometimes I put things that don't really matter before them.  For example when my grandmother is going to visit I make everyone's life hell trying to make he house perfect.  Sometimes it is just little things like that and other times it is major things.  Rich made the same mistakes many of us our guilty of making, but it wasn't until he found out his daughter Amy was getting brain surgery that he turned his life around.  Remembered what really matters.
This book is about Rich's life story, but as I was reading I felt it was more about Amy.  Amy is brave and sweet and no matter what life throughs at her she stays the same happy person.  Everyone else may read this story and see it as Rich's redemption story I read it and saw a story of Amy's unwavering courage and strength.  She is a great reminder to all of us about love, forgives and kindness

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp

I was given products in this post for he purpose of review  I was not paid to write this review

Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.
Awesome movie!  As far as super heroes go I always thought Ant-Man was kind of a weak link.  And even though he is no Thor thanks to he Ant Man movie series I now like him so much more!  He is funny and really does have a great story line.  So what if he can't fly lol  All of the characters are likeable, relatable, or funny (or a combo of the three). The underlying plot of repairing a family is still here, as Scott does his best to balance being a father while also trying to be a superhero and help his teammates find their long lost wife and mother. Hank Pym continues to be a blunt, but ingenious mentor.  Hope, was an awesome addition and makes the story line all the better.  She and Scott have an even better chemistry together. Scott's burglar buddies, who are now trying to run a legitimate business, get in on the action, and while they're mostly the comic reliefs, they still add a lot to the movie with out taking away from the main plot.

Hersheypark in the Dark

I was given tickets in exchange for this post.
If you happen to be in PA you so need to check out our HersheyPark!
It is an epic amusement park that is great for the whole family.   A really nice thing about HersheyPark is there is signs every where.  I think it would be almost impossible to get lost.  And there is also a lot of bathrooms.  With 2 little boys that is a must!  Another great thing is all the shade areas.  When my boys are on rides I tend to just watch.  It is nice to have an area to stand where I'm not baking in the sun.  And speaking of kids rides there is so many to choose from!  My oldest is at that odd stage, to big for the real little rides, but not quite ready for the coasters.  I love that HersheyPark has rides perfect for that between age.  

And just when I thought they couldn't get any better I just discovered Hersey Park in the Dark
Hersheypark In The Dark event is open, don't miss the 9 sweetest days of Halloweeeeee! Enjoy more than 50 rides including 13 coasters, 13 candy stops on the Trick Or Treat Trail, and so much more! Open weekends through November 4.  Plus you can also visit Zoo America.  It is included in your park ticket.  The Park is all done up in it cool Halloween glory!  And if you are like me, summer is horrible, I hate the heat.  I love that HersheyPark in the Dark is in the fall!  I can actually enjoy myself without melting!  My boys had a blast and got to go on all their favorite rides

 Here are the boys posing at Zoo America

 They went on the Trick or Treat trail (and yes trick or treating at Hersey Park is epic!!  What can I say they give the best candy lol)



And of course the rides!!!  They have rides for all ages and ones you can even enjoy as a family.  We didn't get a chance to eat yesterday at the park, but have in the past.  I can tell you the food is so good and there is so many choices of places to eat.


And yesterday we discovered a whole new way to enjoy our time in Hershey!  My sister in law got us all tickets to make our own chocolate bar in Chocolate World!  We got to pick our own filling, chocolate type and even got to design our boxes!
This was our first time doing this, but my boys are already begging to do it again!  It was so much fun, the next time you are in Hershey I def. recommend it :)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Year of Happy Living Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World By Alli Worthington

disclaimer:  i was given the book in this post for the purpose of review.  i was not paid to write this review

How would your life be different if you were just a bit happier every day for a year? What would you do to enjoy life just a little more day by day? Take your first step toward increased happiness with The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World by Alli Worthington.
You do your best to live life well—you work hard to be present in the moment, take care of the people in your life, knock it out of the park at work and home. And yet somehow, you still have days (perhaps more than you'd like to admit) where you're simultaneously stressed and bored, and you wonder if you even know how to be happy. Is happiness a worthy goal? Does happiness matter to God, or does He only care about holier things?
Alli Worthington gets it. As a wife, mother of five boys, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, she knows a thing or two about being busy, stressed, and happy in the midst of a crazy world! Over the years, she's seen how happiness gets a bad rap in Christian circles, and now she is standing up to shout the good news from the roof (or the internet, as the case may be): You are allowed to be happy! Yes, you! You can be happy right now!
Get rid of the common Christian misconception that happiness is somehow not holy, and grasp God’s intention for His children—that happiness and holiness can coexist for a beautiful life.
Join Alli for The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World and find the roots of your happiest life yet! With 100 inspirational devotions, beautiful art, and journaling pages throughout, this gorgeous devotional offers practical ways to make your life happier day by day.
Don’t miss the great big beautiful adventure God has for you right in your own life. Let this be The Year of Living Happy!

I love this book!  A year ago I got a huge wake up call, I was trying too hard to achieve my next goal.  If I could just buy this or do this I had myself convinced I would be happy.  Then I got into a car wreck and had a miscarriage.  In that moment when I hit bottom I realized my life was wonderful already.  I just sad it took something so sad to make me realize it.
  I have a great family and all I needed.  But "living happy" isn't a choice you make one day and than ta-da it is like that forever.  It is a choice you need to make every single day.  I love that this book promotes that in every single page.  Happiness is something we can achieve and this book deliveries a small piece of it in each page.  And the author doesn't just want you to read this book, she challenges you to reflect on it and even write your own notes.  A great book that I suggest for everyone! 

Colorful Holidays by Crayola

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.


There was always 3 things I could count on every Christmas when I was a kid
1) I was getting some type of bath product
2) My brother, sister and I were getting a together gift
3) There was always a Crayola product under the tree for me

I always look forward to these 3 things and as a mom it is something I carried over into my adult life.  My boys always get a together gift, they always get bath stuff and they always get something from Crayola!  This year my boys are going to love the new products being offered by crayola, even I have to admit they out done themselves this time:


Scribble Scrubbie Pets
Scribble Scubbie Pets


Color, Rinse, Re-Pet! Crayola® Scribble Scrubbie™ Pets! are adorable, colorable and washable pet figures that little would-be groomers can customize again and again! Choose a pooch or get smitten with a kitten and color with the 6 included Scribble Scrubbie™ Washable Markers. And when you’re ready for something new, pop ‘em in the Scrub Tub to get cleaned up. Create new colorful coats as often as you like! There are 4 Scribble Scrubbie™ Pets inside and additional expansion packs (sold separately) for a total of 12 adorable pet characters. Collect them all!

Ultimate Light Board


Put your art in Lights! With the Crayola® Ultimate Light Board you can create amazing art and display it in a big, bold way. Just draw your masterpiece directly on to the Light Board surface and turn it on. Watch your designs shine! The bright LEDs built into the frame make the inks from the included Gel FX Markers really glow! The removable back panel makes tracing images a snap. And when you’re ready, just wipe the screen clean for unlimited creativity 





The thing I love most about Crayola is that it gives my boys a chance to be creative.  My oldest loves telling stories and he loves to draw his characters.   My youngest just loves art, sometimes if I take him somewhere (Like the zoo, a show or even something like feeding the ducks at a local pond)  he can't wait to get home and draw what he saw.  Thanks to products that Crayola offers my kids can express themselves in this way.  Crayola offers timeless products that will always be enjoyed!
These are only 2 of the many items being offered this holiday season by Crayola. 

Radz Five Nights at Freddy's

I was given products in this post for the purpose for review.

Halloween is almost here! What better way to celebrate than with your fave characters from the extremely popular survival horror video game Five Night’s at Freddy’s turned into candy dispensers!



Super spooky and scrumptious, each Radz Twistz Five Night’s at Freddy’s character comes with a 0.7oz pack of delicious Radz candy that comes in 4 EXCLUSIVE shocking flavours - Eerie Orange, Spooky Citrus, Shock Berry Blast, and Chilling Cherry! Radz candy is gluten-free, peanut-free, and kosher certified, making it safe for all trick-or-treaters to enjoy! All Radz Twistz character tops are interchangeable so as you collect more Twistz, more options to mix and match become available making it possible to customize and create your own unique characters Who will you create?!? These make for affordable and on-trend gifts for classmates or extra special goodies for the neighbors on your block when they ring your doorbell on Halloween night.  I live in the middle of no where, so if someone ventures out to my house I better make it worth their time lol 

Retail Locations: Walmart and Target

 FOLLOW THEM!! Instagram: @RadzBrands Facebook: @RadzWorld

Bulls i Toy holiday offerings

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.

This holiday season my boys and I got to do something really special.  Through our church we got to go shopping for kids whoms family don't have a lot of money.  At first I thought my kiddos were going to be upset and want to keep the toys for themselves.  To my delight they really got into it and I had to give them a spending cap!  They really loved it, and as a mom it felt good to see my boys more interested in given than in getting.  So I started to look for other places where my boys could shop for those less fortunate.  The thing is, I'm not rich!  So I have been trying to steer my kids in a more affordable direction when we been shopping.   Thanks to Bulls i Toys we have been able to do just that.  The have super cute, affordable toys that are really in right now.  Bulls i Toy’s hot holiday line-up of goodies is affordable and on-trend. Bulls i Toy’s goal is is to pack huge amounts of fun into these small items this holiday season.  I want to highlight just a few of them below:


Cub3D BLOCK2BOT
Twist and lock from BLOCK2BOT to create your very own figure or design! Join the BLOCK party and collect all 3!



SKELE-TUBE 

Through our Brainstem products, Bulls-i-Toy aims to inspire children to think creatively, indulge in curiosity and acquire knowledge through play. Skele-Tubes contain one of six different dinosaur skeletons, each from a different extinct animal. Have a blast building your skeleton and be sure to check out your creature’s fun fact sheet included inside the tube! Collect all 6!
Unicorn Poo



Ooey gooey Unicorn Poo that feels like liquid but plays like goo! Collect all 4 magical glitter goo combos! 100% Unicorn Poo!

SQUEE-ZOO-BALLS 

Take an adorable animal and pair it with a super soft plush that is shaped in a round ball, and you get Squee-Zoo-Balls! There are eight slow rise plush squishy animals to collect and love!  

These toys are affordable, fun and sure to ensure hours of fun! And can all be found at Target

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Jesus Calling for Christmas

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

Are your holidays too hectic? Take a few minutes to savor the season with this beautiful Christmas edition of Jesus Calling devotions, a perfect gift that includes 50 short selections along with festive and breathtaking imagery.

Jesus Calling® for Christmas is a compilation of 50 seasonally appropriate devotions from Sarah Young's bestselling brand. In addition to the heartwarming devotions, enjoy the Christmas story from the Bible, Old Testament prophecies about the birth of Jesus, and exquisite images.
Whether a self-purchase to enhance your observation of Advent and the birth of the Christ child or a natural gift for friends and loved ones, Jesus Calling® for Christmas will prove an annual treasure for celebrating the season

I dare you to read this book and not fall in love!  Each story put me more into the true spirit of Christmas.  They stories are short enough that I have been reading one before bed each night.  The book is also small enough that I can tuck it into my purse.  I hate when I go to the doctors and spend 20 minutes in the waiting room, now I don't mind so much seeing as it gives me time to read.
And the photos in this book are stunning!  It is truly a book that will leave you in awe.

Radz

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

I don't want to brag, but my boys have a great group of friends.  Living in a small town has its advantages and knowing most of their friends and their friends family is one of those advantages.  In a big school my boys would be easily overshadowed, but in their small school they are one of the popular kids!  They love setting trends and sharing things with their friends :)
Their newest thing is Radz candy dispensers.  Now there is several lines of Radz, some of them are Christmas themed, unicorn, DC ect.
I personally chose to review the Jurassic World collection of Radz roaring new dinosaur dispensers based on the main characters from Universal Studios new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie - Blue, T-Rex, Dilophosaurus, and Triceratops! Pull the top of the dinosaurs’ head back and the characters jaw will open giving you a roaringly delicious piece of candy! Each Radz Jurassic World.  Each Radz Jurassic Word
dinosaur character comes with a roaring pack of 0.7oz Radz candy
and a mini character poster featuring graphics from the movie. To
operate, pull the character’s hair or hat back and the tongue pops
out with candy! All Radz hair and hats are interchangeable so as
fans collect more Radz, they can mix and match to create their
own unique characters.

STINKBOMZ!!!

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 are like me and have been blessed to have little boys you know nothing brings them more joy then a good fart!  Yes I said fart, my hubby is 33 years old and still giggles like a little school girl over a fart!

You've heard them...you've smelled them...but have you ever met a fart? Meet the Stink Bomz! All Stink Bomz contain a collectible fart friend known as a Stink. Each Stink has their own silly smell and makes 3 unique fart noises. But best of all, every Stink has their own fun personality. Even though they're all different, they have one important thing in common - they are ready to get the farty started!

My boys wan to collect them all

Shotwell Candy CO

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to the 2018 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!

I am a sucker for caramel!  It is one of those treats that you can never just eat one.  And a good piece of Caramel has the perfect texture and taste to make a scrumptious treat.  
Shotwell Candy offers just that!  Caramel that has the perfect texture and taste.

Oh but they don't stop at a simple piece of caramel that have added flavors to make several different types of caramel each with their own uniqueness
They offer:
original salted
 pumpkin spice
 craft beer
 bourbon & maple pecan
 hand crushed espresso
 old fashioned cocktail
 lemon rosemary
(Some of these are seasonal)

My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw pumpkin spice!  I am a pumpkin junkie and I thought I already already enjoyed pumpkin every way possible.....  Oh has wrong I was!  These are so good
Shotwell Candy Co offers soft, rich in flavor caramel.  They practically melt in your mouth they are that buttery soft.

And each flavor is unique in its own way.

I have eaten lots of caramel in my 31 years of life, but this has to be the smoothest/softest!  I hate when you have to chew a lot of caramel I wont lie it hurts my jaw.  With this caramel I honestly put it into my mouth and suck on it.  Almost instantly it becomes soft and the flavors burst out of it.  They must use a truly unique process to get their caramel so good!

The greatness at Shotwell candy doesn't end there.
As if their candy wasn't good enough to make me keep coming back for more I think the origin story is super sweet.
First off that name "Shotwell" is after the owners great-grandfather!  I don't know about you, but my family is my life.  The fact this man named his business after someone in his family tells me that the company means a lot to him.
Next I was impressed that the company started with him only wanting to make tasty gifts for his friends and family.  These recipes were crafted originally for his loved ones.
And finally I love the fact Shotwell Candy Co is family owned and they do everything!  The recipes, the logos and even the wrapping.  Everything about this company is handled by them.

They want to make sure it is all done right :).


I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind getting some yummy caramel under the tree this Christmas.
I would claim it would be a great treat for holiday parties too, but I have a feeling I wouldn't be willing to share!!
To learn more please see my link below:



Lugz helping you do the holidays in style

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.


My hubby and I don't always agree on products.  He likes margarine I like butter.  He likes deep fried food, I like baked.  He likes sauve I like dove and the list goes on and on.
One thing my hubby and I have in common is we both spend a lots of time of on our feet.  He is a foreman in a large warehouse and spends most of his day walking.  I work as a teaching aide with a special needs little girl who likes to move :).  If we don't wear the right shoes we pay for it, so even though we disagree on most brands the one brand my hubby and I agree on is Lugz.  We both have several pairs of boots and sneakers.  We even got our kiddos footwear from Lugz.  The reason we love them so much is they are comfortable, durable and very stylish.  My hubby works on his feet 10+ hours a day.  He needs something that can keep up with him.   

When I found out I was going to get a new pair everyone wanted it for themselves, but being the good wife that I am I got them for my hubby.

Here is the pair he choose to review
The Mens Fortitude Oxford Sneaker 


Let this fashion forward and athletic oxford sneaker accompany you everywhere. The refined and flattering design of this sneaker provides a constant satisfying cushioned step throughout the day. The Fortitude is the dynamic sneaker to accessorize your outfit, or the crucial part of your daily routine.

I love that it is functional for my hubby to wear to work, but also dressy enough that we can go to dinner right when he gets home.  And I really do think these are versatile enough that anyone could wear them!  My hubby is 33, but I could so see my 10 year old rocking them or even my 55 year old dad!
That is the great thing about Lugz they have a style for everyone

FEATURES:
Padded Insole
Rubber Outsole
Breathable Lining
Padded Collar and Tongue
Synthetic Leather Upper