Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Knowing What it Feels Like When Someone Has Your Back #GoodNeighbor

Have you ever had the wonderful feeling  that you knew someone had your back? Ever since I met my husband, I have had that feeling and it's only gotten stronger over the years. When we met, I was still a teenager and he was already working as an auditor for a hotel near where I lived. Of course we ended up meeting one day and after talking and telling him about my dreams, we told me he believed in me. Just to hear someone say that to me was special enough to make me want to be someone.

As a teenager, I always wrote stories. I would actually stay up for hours writing because it was relaxing and it was a great way to get my feelings out. And as I got older I dreamed of having a book published, but I never thought I could actually do it myself. But my now husband kept telling me that I could write a wonderful children's book so after months and months of thinking of one, I finally started writing my first children's book. 

And after a year of hard working, editing and formatting, my children's book became a reality and was live on Amazon and in bookstores. I don't think I could have ever done it without knowing my husband had my back. He encouraged me the entire time and even helped me during the long and tedious process. He gave me enough confidence to know I could write a book and now I'm even starting my second one! And I have to give lots of thanks to my husband. He let me know I had the magic inside of me to do it.

So thank you Paul for all the love and support you have given me since day one. I would have never become a children's author if it hadn't have been for you constant encouragement.

Like a good neighbor State Farm is there. 
Compensation was provided by State Farm via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of State Farm.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Enjoying Family Game Time #Qsracetothetop #PMedia #ad @EQtainment

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Qsracetothetop

Ever since we first had Mary, our family has loved sitting down all together and playing games together. Some weeks we will do a puzzle and then some weeks we'll play a board game. It just depends on who wants to pick. But either way, we all love to be together. 

Even though my husband and I work at home and we home-school, that doesn't mean that we all are together all the time. Working at home is just like working in an office in a sense because you still have to make work time away from the family. So usually I am in my office or my husband is in his. So family game night is always special to us.

This past weekend we were able to play a new game called Q's Race to the Top, made by EQtainment. EQtainment helps kids practice emotional intelligence through fun and affordable games, storybooks, and videos which is why we were so interested in Q's Race to the Top. Plus during home-school, we like to teach things other than what's in textbooks and emotional intelligence is one thing that you can't really learn from books alone. Studies have shown that having a high emotional quotient boosts career success, relationship satisfaction, leadership skills, health, humor, and happiness. And that's exactly why we home-school so it just fits perfectly!

When it was time to play, we loaded up the table with some of our favorite snacks including steaming cups on hot apple cider. Since we played on a rainy day, it just helped set the mood! We also had some comfort foods on the table too to much on like waffles. Then we set up the board and started to play!

As we started to play, I was really impressed with the types of questions that were asked on the cards! They really made everyone think, plus we got some funny answers too! And we all had lots of fun with the cards that made us do things like hopping up and down.

Since we home-school, social skills are something that really need to be worked on a lot stronger than with kids that go to school. Since home-schoolers aren't around children on a daily basis, sometimes their social skills aren't as good as other kids. So this game is a great way to get kids thinking and learning about their emotions!

Overall we had a blast on our family night with Q's Race to the Top. It's a wonderful game that has really made us think more about our emotions and how to teach them in our home-school!

Right now Q's Race to the Top is a Kickstarter campaign that is still needing to be funded! Make sure to help back their Kickstarter by September 11th for their game to start being made!

If you want to learn more about Q's Race to the Top, then check out the video below!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fall is in the Air with PS Aeropostale

I am a PS Aeropostale Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

I honestly can't believe that fall is coming up so fast! Already in my backyard the trees are starting to lose their leaves. And some of our trees are already turning their colors too! I do have to say that I can't wait for fall since that's my favorite time of year. I am so ready for the heat to pass and for the crisp cool air of autumn to come!

To help us welcome fall, we were able to get Mary a new dress from PS. Aeropostale that can be used for multiple purposes. The Kid's Crochet Skater Dress can be layered easily underneath or on top depending on the season. Plus it goes right to the knees which is respectable and modest.

I really love how Mary is free to move and run in the dress too. It fits perfectly plus there's no tag inside so she's not itching either. The dress itself is very lightweight so she was able to wear it through summer and now into fall with a light sweater. It's the perfect type of dress for a summer day or even a hayride in the fall.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gorgeous Wedding Dress Trends

I can still remember the day I got married. It was a really special day for me, but especially because I felt like a princess in my wedding dress. My wedding dress was made of beautiful white lace and it had a silk train behind it. And on my head I wore a tiara. It was the outfit I always dreamed of wearing.

I think every woman dreams of her wedding day and what she will wear. So if you're getting married soon, here are some gorgeous wedding dress trends that are big right now!

A-line wedding dresses are the most popular because they display tradition, class and sophistication for the bride. This was actually the type of wedding dress I wore at my wedding! They usually come with a simple design soaked in immaculate white hue to keep the wedding theme conventional. The waist area of the dress is tailored a bit higher to trick the eyes that the wearer has a slender body figure. An A-line wedding dress is a great dress for most body types.

Another fun type of wedding dress is a halter dress. The one pictured above is very elegant and is actually more of an eggshell white. Plus it reminds me of the roaring 20's. If you're thinking of a halter wedding dress, it's best to try a few on before making the decision on which since halter's are more revealing than the A-line. Halter dresses work best for many different body types too.

For a more daring and far from traditional wedding dress, you might want to try wearing a red corset gown. Sure, it is going to be seductive and intimate-looking but the important thing is that you are able to express yourself.. In fact, a red wedding dress is a trend in India and Taiwan. So, do not be surprised when one of these days, you will see models during a bridal fashion show wear red wedding dresses.

Did you know that all of these dresses came from Light in the Box? All of the dresses I pictured above actually retail for under $200 too! Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's Anna Shannon wore a wedding dress that she bought from Light In The Box for only $212. Check out the beautiful picture of her at her wedding!

The episode aired on TLC on Thursday, Aug. 14 and you can see the video below.

I think her dress is gorgeous but the price is even better! There are so many wedding items from Light in the Box so if you're getting married soon, then check out some Light in the Box coupons for even more savings!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Being Energy Efficient in the Fusion Energi

Our family usually takes a car trip once a month or more so when we do, we always love to use a hybrid. Hybrids help save so much gas and they really do help reduce your carbon footprint so when we were asked to review the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi, we had to see what it was all about.

There were many amazing features to the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi that we really fell in love with. One of them was actually the color of the model we got! This color was Ice Storm and it was such a beautiful shade of blue. My husband actually said that he wants his next car to be this color.

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug in hybrid so that means you can plug it into a plug to charge it's battery. The plug for it comes in the trunk near where the battery is. It doesn't take long to charge the battery but it's best to do it overnight unless you're traveling and you can find a charging station near you. The place where you charge the battery is right by the driver's door.

The battery also helps charge itself with the regenerative braking as well which is a huge plus for me. I loved watching how much I charged the battery when I stepped on the brakes.

Another great feature was that the backseat had inflatable seat belts which made it super easy to plug the kids up. And there were also plugins in the backseat for the kids to charge or play their games. The car itself had a great smooth ride to it and it was able to take us over 500 miles on one tank of gas. The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi has a great fuel economy, especially when you have a full battery and a full tank of gas.

Out of all the hybrids that we have tested in the past years, this one is my favorite because you can charge the battery with electricity. That makes it so easy to charge it when you need it the most.

Overall this was an amazing car and I'm actually tempted to buy one myself.

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