Sunday, September 30, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 29th and 30th

Good afternoon on Sunday and the end of September! Wow, I can't believe how fast this year has flown by!

Errands... We were in parking lot at Walmart, try to get weekend shopping and supplies for son's Language Arts project yesterday.

You, then... Me and the boy back in 2006 at Epcot. By now, you know how much I enjoy going to WDW!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 27th and 28th


Love---this picture of Steven! I think that he was 4 or 5 in this picture! We were at Sea World, and it was hot outside! (when is it not in FL? Ha!) He's got a blue tongue from the slushy!

 Hate---this picture of me! It was taken at the same time Steven's was, and I have such a dorky expression on my face!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 21st through 26th Oops, got behind!

Got a little behind this week! :O) My son took a few of these pictures that I'm using today.

Sometimes... I get to see a baby lizard outside! I live in Florida, so we pretty much see these all of the time!

Up... above my head at Sea World. The rays!  Steven's picture is of the ceiling and the ceiling fan. He gets amused sometimes by what the photo of the day is!

Before bedtime... I wash my face with my Cetaphil bar. I know, I didn't show the lathered skin, but oh well!

3 Things... I guess that this was the 3 things picture that Steven quickly took yesterday--- 1)my iPad on top of 2)the #photoaday list for this month, and 3) the back of my husband's chair in our family room. Not our best photo!

Frame... I need to get a mat for this picture and the frame. This picture in the frame was taken in 1999, during our son's birthday trip to WDW before dinner at the Contemporary. We look so different!

Near... A bowl of brown rice from dinner last evening! A very close picture of Macy this is! He has some pinfeathers right now. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

No Kid Hungry--- Share Our Strength

This post of mine today is feeling like it could possibly interconnect  or link up with the Second Harvest post from last week!  I would like to share with you some facts from Share Our Strength's 2012 survey of America's teachers reporting on their experiences with hunger. Some of these facts may hit home in your area, but then again they may not. I would still like for you to give this post your undivided attention for at least 5 minutes, and then think about it again after you've read about it. These survey were from public school teachers around the USA, and it had to do with what they saw in their classroom pertaining to the children.

A good amount of the teachers said that most of a lot of their students depend on their school meals as their primary source of nutrition. More than 3/4 of the teachers that that the U.S. should make Childhood hunger a top priority. Quite a few , or should I say, a majority of the teachers said that they have children in their classrooms who come to school hungry at least once a week. (Coming to school in my mind means that they aren't getting the nutrition that they need for their brains to work well. )
Breakfast helps them to concentrate  better, it helps with better academic performance, and the students tend to have fewer headaches or stomachaches.
 I have more information to share with you below about hunger in our schools!

There is a way that you can support No Kid Hungry by visiting  No Kid Hungry , and take the No Kid Hungry pledge, take action, and share the report with others that you know. Words can speak volumes the more that you share them! 

Disclosure: this was a sponsored post in which I was given the information to share with others, and no compensation was received. The opinions expressed were my own!

Photo-A-Day September 19th and 20th

Some new lovely photos that I'm sharing with you all!
Underneath...I've got two photos for this one! I couldn't choose between the two, and they both are unique!  The first one is underneath our Mac's desk in the family room. I think that's our subwoofer.

This one is underneath the steering wheel at a traffic light. There's my feet!

Man-Made... It's a silly little gadget that can be quite helpful with your car! It's a tire pressure gauge! I got it in the Ford Recharge Room at the Orlando Science Center during the #CFLBlogCon!

I hope that you are enjoying the pictures that I've been taking along with the Fat Mum Slim's blog's Photo-a-day!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oral-B Professional Precision 1000 Review

Oral-B Professional Precision 1000 is a product that I received recently to review. I'm usually one of those people who gets a toothbrush at a cleaning at the dentist's office in the cute pack that they give you to use at home, and then I use it for a month or two, totally wearing it out. You would hate to see my toothbrushes at that point! Ha! I usually brush at least twice a day, and sometimes more often, especially on a day off. The manual toothbrushes don't always seem to get around the permanent retainer that I have on the front 6 bottom teeth the best. I was happy to test the Oral-B power toothbrush. I always have problems removing the plaque from the back of the back teeth, the area where my retainer is, and the lower front teeth. According to the box for the Oral-B Professional Precision 1000, it pulsates to break up plaque,  oscillates and rotates to sweep plaque away! WOW! I definitely need that in my day oral routine! For my back teeth (molars), I appreciated that the round brush head would surround each tooth for precision cleaning in hard to reach areas--- another area that my dental hygienist is always getting on to me about cleaning better!

Front view of box

Side view of the box
I don't know about you all, but I forget about the 2 minutes to brush each time that I brush my teeth. It's usually the last thing on my mind as I'm getting ready to go to bed or getting ready to go to work. Well, the Oral-B signals every 30 seconds to guide you  through a quadrant switching. You've got a reminder! It also stops pulsating when brushing is too hard. I did notice this when I've been brushing with it! ( I forgot to mention that as part of my oral hygiene, I also floss and use dental pics at least once a day.) One more special feature about the Oral-B Professional Precision 1000, is that it has indicator bristles, which fade half-way to indicate when to replace brush head for better cleaning! It fits all of the Oral-B brush heads: 1) Floss Action, 2) Pro White, 3) Sensitive Gum Care, and 4) Precision Clean.

Here's a couple of pictures of it, one by itself, and then with me using it for real!

Oral-B Professional Precision 1000

Brushing my front teeth!

Brushing my back teeth, and yes, it's a morning picture with me and my Disney night shirt!

I really feel like the Oral-B Professional Precision 1000  has improved my oral hygiene since I started using it. I has helped me to do each quadrant in a more timed cleaning. It is helping me reach and clean the areas in my mouth that I was having issues with before, and will continue to improve on with it! My teeth feel cleaner! I definitely felt and noticed the special brushing technology that came from all of the oscillating, rotating, and pulsating movements  from their brush.  I really enjoyed using the rechargeable power tooth brush and will continue to do so! This is definitely another one of those products on the Barb's list of recommended products!

I do have a few more things to share with you about the Oral-B Professional Precision 1000 power toothbrush.
There is a mail-in rebate offered by Oral-B for $20 on select power toothbrushes July 1st through September 30, 2012. Please visit for more information.  You can also connect with Oral-B through the usual social media sites, like Twitter and another favorite of mine, Facebook !!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Modern Mom on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review.The opinions expressed were my own!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 14th to 18th

I got a little behind with the photos, due to the conference on Saturday and with one of our drives acting up yesterday and today. I am going to try to do this from my iPad, we'll see if it works out!(NO luck, it had to wait till I was able to use the Mac!)

Favorite... My Stitch pillow pet from Disney Movie Rewards is definitely a favorite of mine! When I am hurting at bedtime ( during the daytime on workdays), I rest my arm on it.

First thing that I see... When I wake up is my alarm clock, my CPAP, sound machine, lamp, and telephone.    

Strange... The clay being used for son's science project. He made the state of West Virginia out of clay and placed in on a wood board.

In my fridge... Now this is an interesting picture!

Price... on an ad!

Winner of the Combat Ant Gel

Jenna Marie was the winner of the Combat Ant Gel! Congrats! You now have 48 hours in which to respond back!

Friday, September 14, 2012

#CFLBlogCon Second Harvest Food Bank---Blogging for Good

I would like to talk with you today about the Second Harvest Food Bank, and what they do.  The Second Harvest Food Bank is private non-for-profit organization that collects and redistributes donated 
food to more than 500 non-for-profit agencies in 6 counties: Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Volusia, Lake, and my county, Brevard.  On the average, there are more 55,000 people that benefit from SHFBCF each week---that is a lot in my opinion! Here's another fact to make you think---approximately 1 in 5 in our population , 732,000 people needed food assistance  in Central Florida last year. Now, do those numbers cut close to home? Considering that quite a few people in Brevard County lost their jobs due to various industries closing, they could be among the many who rely on food from SCHFBCF. 

Where does the money go, you ask? They put all donations to work through a variety of programs, including: Collections and distribution of food, food stamp application assistance, Childhood Hunger (Hi-Five Kids Pack ,Kids Cafe), Second Helpings--prepared and perishable food, Fresh Produce, Disaster Relief. For every $1 donated, up to $9 worth of grocery product is provided to those in need, and 96% of every dollar goes straight to feeding people.
  47% of the clients served are children. 20% of the households served have at least one member age 65 or older. (Wow.) 33% of households served have at least one working adult. 

At the CFLBlogCon tomorrow,  there will be a raffle for the basket that SCHFBCF has donated. The basket includes: a 3 day/2 night stay in a 2-bedroom villa at any Westgate Resort (excluding Westgate South Beach), a $25 gift card for Elephant Bar, 2 GA Wine Women  & Shoes Tickets (There isn't a set date for next year yet), a pair of stemless wine glasses (with Second Harvest and Wine Women & Shoes logo), and a Second Harvest Food Bank t-shirt! 
The suggested donation is $10 a raffle ticket. The raffle ends at 5pm tomorrow. Enclosed is a link in which you can donate for a raffle ticket or so.  Donation for raffle tickets

Disclosure: I was given information through#CFLBlogCon
and Second Harvest in which I could post. In posting, I have
a chance in entering  a giveaway . The opinions 
expressed are my own!

Combat Source Kill Max Ant Bait and Ant Gel (Review and Giveaway!)

Have you ever been frustrated with trying to get rid of those pesky ants that always seem to sneak into the house somehow? We have numerous times throughout the years in our house! Especially in FL, during the rainy season and when the ground hasn't had a chance to dry, those ants just want to come in to stay dry! Due to Steven's room being in the front of the house with bushes, the ants like to come in through his windows.  The ants sneak in through the door to our bathroom from the outside, and they're occasional aggravators! Through Purex Insiders, we were given the chance to review the Combat Source Kill Max Ant Gel and the Combat Source Kill Max Ant Bait. Here's a little information for you about the gel: 
* First specially formulated ant get
* Preferred food form for ants
* Fast killing formula
*Works within hours and up to 1 month
* Kills ants and the colony

I placed it near ant activity which is one of the suggestions that they give in the instructions. There is a small dab of amber-colored gel near the baseboard and the tile in this picture.


The Combat Source Kill Max Ant Bait is in little bait stations, and I placed those on Steven's window sills, and in the hall bathroom.  They already have been taking care of a few little ants this week! Yay!
 Here's some information on the bait stations:
* Kills Ants without messy residue and without insecticide odors
* Quick kill formula
* Destroys the queen and the entire colony
* Provides long lasting ant killing power
* Child-resistant!
 The ants enter the bait station and eat the bait. Then they take the bait back to the nest. Ants pass the bait on to the queen and destroy the entire colony.

This is the one on his window sill. So far, I'm quite happy with how they are taking care of our ant problem, and I'm seriously recommending them to you!!

Besides my giveaway of a box of the Combat Ant Gel, Combat is also holding a $1000 sweepstakes, They want to give one lucky winner $1000 to hold their very own Bug Free Backyard Bash! The winner of their Combat giveaway will also receive an assortment of Combat brand product to ensure that ants don't spoil their bash! Click on the following link here How to get rid of ants , and watch the short video and fill out their form! I hope that you win!! 

Now on to the rafflecopter giveaway for the Combat Ant Gel!  

Disclosure: I was given product via Purex Insiders in order to facilitate my review, and the opinions expressed are my own!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Almost Naked Animals (Review)

Hey Moms and Dads (and kids at heart)! Be prepared for the new dvd of Almost Naked Animals! Cartoon Network's top-rated animated series for kids aged 6-11, will be available on dvd, starting September 25th! Along with the new dvd, there will also be an online store being launched with Almost Naked Animal products the same day. How awesome can that be?

Steven and I reviewed the dvd this Tuesday afternoon. I started watching it before he got home from school, and I can be honest in saying that I've never seen Almost Naked Animals before! I was definitely laughing and humored by the antics of the underwear- clad animals! Howie, the hotel manager of the Banana Cabana, and his sister, Poodle, who runs the Chateau Chattoo, along with their workers/friends and sidekicks, kept us amused and wondering what was going to happen next. We both enjoyed each one of the shows on the dvd, along with the bonus videos on the dvd.
Here's the episode list on the dvd: It's My Party, Saliva Drive, One Star Hotel (my favorite!), What Would Batty Do, Employee of the Month, and Duck Vinci Code.



On September 25, 2012, will be featuring an online community for ANA fans, including the awesome ANA game, Cabana Craze, in which players run the Banana Cabana as Howie, Duck, Octo, Narwhal, Bunny, and Piggy!! Check out their online super game! The really neat thing about the Cabana Craze is that it will allow the players to accrue points and stars while running their own hotels. Select consumer retail items will include codes to unlock extra play areas and exclusive videos. Once they've collected all of the codes, they can unlock an additional mini- game!!   Did I mention their new e-store? Also, the 3rd season will be kicking off this fall on the Cartoon Network! Wait till you hear more... this month Almost Naked Animals will join the line-up on Jabbersmack, the popular and new social networking site for kids and tweens.

For more information, please check out:  Almost Naked Animals . Do we recommend the Almost Naked Animals dvd and merchandise? Yes! Even at 13 and 50, Steven and I both enjoyed the antics of the characters!

Disclosure: I was given information and products in order to facilitate the review from Cartoon Network via Childs Play Communications. The opinions that were expressed were mine and my son's!

Photo-A-Day September 13, 2012

Table... what a hot mess our dining room table is! (We have a little kitchen table that we can eat at!) My sewing machine is there waiting for me to use it! We're also using it to store items for the rummage sale at church for son in the next month. I can't wait till it's cleaned off! Oops, that's my bike helmet!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 10th through 12th

Right, so I'm clumping a few days together! I had two days off, and was busy with laundry and running errands (and 1 doctor appointment!) I just sent Steven off to the school bus about 30 minutes ago.

Hero... Steve, of course! He's been my hero for over 30 years! This is one of the few pictures that I have of him laughing!

Black and white... I decided to take another picture of Macy. He's a beautiful shade of green, and it was interesting to see him in a black and white picture this time. He's very photogenic, like Doc!

Together... these are two glasses that were given to me in a set of 6 from Mom and Dad many years ago. We use them every day now, just the perfect size for iced tea or a glass of orange juice! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 9th "Something You Do Most Weekends"

Something you do most weekends... I really wasn't going to post any pictures of me at work (not allowed!) or me sleeping, so I took a picture of one of my favorite Brit shows on tv on Saturday nights on the PBS station out of Daytona Beach. "Outnumbered"!!! Love, love, love that show! The whole family is such a hot mess! Saturday evenings, if I'm at home, you'll catch me relaxing watching the PBS channel Brit shows!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 6th through 8th

Well, working and busy with family are my excuses for being late with the photo-a-day! I worked Thursday night, and napped while Steven was at school and Steve was at work yesterday. We went to scope out and have some food from the food trucks that came over from Orlando to Wickham Park in Melbourne last night!

Everyday... The FL Today newspaper greets me in the driveway or on the table every morning!

Natural... A picture of a crepe myrtle tree! I think that it's in my favorite color watermelon pink!

At night... since I'm usually inside at night (unless I'm at a theme park or heading to work), I'm using a picture of Illuminations at Epcot that we took awhile back! It's so pretty!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"After The Wizard" DVD (Review)

After The Wizard, is a dvd that was released on August 7th. It was based on our favorite characters from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is the story of a 12-year old Kansas orphan who turns to the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman for help during a difficult time. She imagines that things have not gone well in Oz since the Wizard left, and the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman must travel to Kansas to enlist in  Dorothy's aid.  The movie starts with a truck driving down a dirt road, dropping  a lighter-toned version of Toto out of the door. Your heart begins to melt at that point, wondering what's going to happen next! We see Elizabeth, aka Dorothy, at an orphanage, having to line up with a buddy and she's trying to tell someone that her name's Dorothy. We see Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and the Lion talking about Dorothy, with industry-type buildings in the background. They talk of going to see Dorothy in Kansas, but they must leave at night, due to the Winged Monkeys. Lion ends up being left behind, and the Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman set off on a journey in a hot air balloon  to find Dorothy.

 Now, that's where the 12-year old orphan Elizabeth comes in. Like millions of girls her age, she has read the beloved novel. However, she believes that she IS Dorothy, and maybe actually she is! I don't want to give away too much of the movie! I do want to give you some information about the cast, though!

After The Wizard Cast:
Jordan  Van Vranken---Elizabeth, aka Dorothy
Jermel Nakia---the Scarecrow
Orien Richman---the Tin Woodsman
P.David Mitchell---the Lion
Peter Mark Richman---Charles Samuel Williams
Helen Richman---Mrs. Murphy
Loren Lester--- Dr. Edwards
Susan Giosa---Ms. Thomson
Hugh Gross was the writer-director of this heart-warming and very entertaining movie! It's definitely a family friendly movie, one that all ages could enjoy! I loved it, and watched it several times before this review! I give it 5 stars, and highly recommend this movie!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this dvd by PMG in order to facilitate my review, and the opinions expressed are my own!

To answer a question asked...

Kayla, from The Eclectic Element, asked about the hobos that I mentioned in a previous post. Well, this morning, after my son left for his bus, I went outside to take the pictures of our hobos. A "hobo" is what they call in Brevard County our trash receptacles. They all look pretty much the same, uniform in size and color. Green's for trash, and the blue with a yellow lid is for all of our recyclables.
I'm not sure if the numbers on them identify who they belong to, so I tried to avoid taking pictures of the numbers on them! Okay, the blue and yellow had numbers on them that I couldn't avoid taking, so the green one is all you will see!

Photo-A-Day September 5th "Bright"

Bright... I've used the sun in a picture or two before, so bright for today is the CFL in one of our lamps!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ZzzQuil (Review)

Sleep like you don't have a care in Zzz World! There's a new product on the market from the makers of Vicks NyQuil called ZzzQuil. It's a non-habit forming sleep-aid for when you have an occasional sleeplessness.

* Available in ZzzQuil Liquid or Liquicaps (the liquid comes in warming berry flavor)
                                                    *Found in the Sleep-Aid Aisle

( Use as directed for occasional sleeplessness. Read each label. Keep out of the reach of children.)

 Our opinions: I was given the opportunity to review this new medication, however, I'm on a prescribed sleeping pill. My hubby and our son (almost 14years old) tried it, and it worked for them. They both were pleased with the effectiveness from it, and they both would recommend it.

Here are a few helpful tips for a good night's sleep:
1) Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
2) Reserve your bed for sleeping and nothing else, except perhaps for one very specific thing.
3) Have a (relaxing) nightly bedtime routine.
4) Limit daily caffeine intake, as well as nighttime drinks and snacks.
5) Turn off your phone and keep it out of your bedroom.

Disclosure: I was given a coupon towards the purchase of the item and the information about the product for the review from VocalPoint. The opinions expressed were those of mine and my family's.

Photo-A-Day September 4th "In my Mailbox/Postbox"

In my area, we have central mailboxes. I took this picture a few minutes ago before removing our mail. (And while I was at it, I did my son's chore of bringing up the trash and recycle hobos!)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Photo-A-Day September 1, 2, and 3

Oops! I got behind again on the photo-a-day blogs! I worked Friday night, and it was what we call "change over night". That's when we have to check over new med sheets and treatment sheets for the new month, by comparing them to last month's, and making sure that new orders were transcribed. A very busy night  every month! Saturday, I was beat after working Friday night, so I did some relaxing, and tried to rest. Yesterday, we went to Red Lobster for Endless Shrimp. Steven's friend Camren spent the night last night.

The theme for the 1st was "you, now", so I took a picture of me Saturday. No makeup!

The 2nd was "Father"... a picture of my Dad. It wasn't taken on the 2nd but sometime last year, when he was married to my step-mother.

The 3rd was "Far Away"... This was taken by my son Steven when we were driving to Tampa last month. There was a storm brewing in the distance, as we were heading down I-4.