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Book Review

Best Books 0f 2016

Best Books of 2016 I love to read and make time to read every day. I almost always have my Kindle with me when I'm out and about, so if I have some free time while waiting in the carpool line or in a waiting room, I can spend it reading. When I'm at home, I read a few chapters a day in one of the hardback books I have in my TBR pile, and at bedtime, I like to use my Kindle. Why? It's backlit so I don't need a lamp on that I have to get up and…
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Lifestyle

My Favorite Vehicles at the 2017 New England Auto Show #ToyotaBoston

This post is sponsored by and partnering with Toyota Boston to attend the 2017 New England International Auto Show. All views expressed are that of our own. My Favorite Vehicles at the 2017 New England Auto Show I am so thankful that I was asked to join She Buys Cars as an ambassador at the 2017 New England Auto Show. As someone who has had Car Buying Anxiety for many years, it wouldn't seem like this would be a good fit for me, but my car buying experiences here in New England with Grappone Automotive Group and their no-haggle pricing…
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Holiday Gift Guide

Valentine’s Gifts for Her

Valentine's Gifts for Her Shopping for women for Valentine's Day can be challenging. We all have things we love and really enjoy receiving, and it may be completely different from another woman. For example, I do not like to receive boxes of chocolate. Many women think it's the greatest gift ever. However, I don't like the chocolates in the boxes AND I'm allergic to many ingredients in them. The only candy I really like is a Kit Kat bar, so if I got one bar I'd appreciate that MILES beyond an expensive box of chocolates, because the person giving it…
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Pets

Winter Pet Care

Winter Pet Care When the weather changes each season, it's important to make sure you make any adjustments in the care of your pet, just like we as humans adjust the type of clothing that we wear. Winter Pet Care, especially in areas where the temperatures plummet, is especially important. Joint Treatment: Cuddles, like me, has joint issues. The cold weather makes her stiff and can cause her pain in her joints. We give her hip & joint "treats" once per day to help alleviate her pain. If it gets too bad, we have a prescription medication from her vet that…
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Health

Advil® Cold & Sinus

“This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.” Please consult the FTC Endorsement and Testimonial Guides for more information. All opinions expressed are my own personal honest thoughts and experiences using this product, your experience may differ. Advil® Cold & Sinus The weather in New England this year has been up and down. One day it's 60 degrees, the next it could be 0 degrees.  It is wreaking havoc on the sinuses in our family. Over Christmas break, 4 out 5 family members were sick. We spent much of the week wrapped up in blankets, eating Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup,…
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Holiday Gift Guide

Valentine’s Gifts for Him

Valentine's Gifts for Him When you're shopping for a Valentine's Day Gift for the man in your life, it can sometimes be challenging to find the right gift. Commercially, most of the gift seem focused on women, but I think it's important to show men that they are appreciated, loved, and that you put some thought and effort into finding a gift that is meaningful to them. There are men's valentine gift baskets out there, many created with a theme in mind, depending on their interests. These are nice because it's several items included. Men's Valentine Gift Baskets: Valentine Gift Set;…
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Budgeting

Spin’n Stor Salad Spinning and Storage Bags

Spin'n Stor Salad Spinning and Storage Bags In our kitchen, I have really limited storage space. We try to eat salads at least once per week in our home as the main meal, and other times as a side dish. I do not have the space to store a large salad spinner, so I've been looking for a space friendly solution. One of the PR companies I work with mentioned that she had some Spin'n Stor Salad Spinning and Storage Bags available if I'd like to give them a try, and she sent me a package. My favorite feature is that…
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10 Tips to Help Organize you for the New Year

Welcome to the New Year, New Cheer Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers. HOSTED BY: Mama Smith's and Women and Their Pretties Many bloggers have come together to bring you some amazing prizes! Each prize is worth a minimum of $15, but some are worth much more. There is no limit to how many you can win – so enter them all! GOOD LUCK! The prize at this stop will be a $25 Visa GC. Entry-Form The Hopping Bloggers and participating bloggers are not responsible for the delivery of prizes. Are you a blogger looking to connect…
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Lifestyle

The gadget all busy parents need

This post is sponsored by Verizon, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The gadget all busy parents need We are longtime Verizon customers. Over the years, they've provided quality products and great service for our family. We've established guidelines for when our kids will each get their own phones, because as they begin competing on middle school sports teams and stay after school for clubs and meetings, we need to make sure they have a reliable phone to communicate with us. Recently, when it was time for Nick and one of the boys to upgrade, they selected Google XL's…
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Giveaway

2017 New England International Auto Show #Giveaway #ToyotaBoston

This post is sponsored by and partnering with Toyota Boston to attend the 2017 New England International Auto Show and offering the giveaway mentioned in this post.  All views expressed are that of our own. We are entering our 5th year living in New England. When we first moved here, we quickly realized that we needed to upgrade one of our vehicles to a 4 wheel drive. The town road crews do an excellent job of quickly clearing and treating the roads when storms hit, but sometimes you get caught out in them, and at other times, the snow is…
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Holiday Gift Guide

Thermos Travel Mug & Thermos Soup Mug

Thermos Soup Mug A few weeks ago, my partners at Thermos sent me a Thermos Soup Mug and Thermos Travel Mug. My kids are all in middle school, and they do not have a microwave in their cafeteria. They are able to bring lunch from home or get a hot lunch. They primarily get the hot lunch, because it's the "cool" thing to do, but they've figured out which items they like, which they can tolerate, and which they'd rather not eat. If it's something they don't want to eat, they've been struggling to come up with ideas for things that…
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Cleaning

Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System

Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System It's been a ROUGH winter for sickness in our home, and it's just officially the start of winter! The germs don't seem to want to leave, even though they really aren't welcome :) When my friends at Shark/Ninja asked if I'd like a Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System to test out in my home, I couldn't say yes fast enough! The day it was delivered, I popped it out of the box, and put it to work! The Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System did a magnificent job of cleaning my hardwood floors…
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Book Review

New Years Resolutions for your Home

    New Years Resolutions for your home Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook: Record all your important information for easy, one-stop reference Last year, I featured some DIY Books in my Holiday Gift Guide. I have thoroughly enjoyed these books throughout the year, and have used & recommended the Black & Decker Home Planner and LogBook countless times. I have several friends in real estate and every time we discuss real estate, I encourage them to keep a few of these on hand to offer to their clients as gifts at closings. A couple have tried it and then called…
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Kids

How to organize and store Legos

Ideas and suggestions on How to Organize and store Legos, so they don't overtake your home! How to organize and store Lego's LEGO STAR WARS Imperial Assault Hovertank 75152 My boys LOVE Lego's and the Lego Sets. Especially those that are themed around their favorite movies. They spend hours putting them together, carefully following the directions - which is awesome to see when they're done. The problem comes soon after though. We don't have space to keep all of the completed creations displayed, so they need to break them down, to build again another day. Then, the pieces get mixed in…
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