Monday, April 27, 2015

Love Saving Money? You'll Love Shopswell #ad @shopswell #shopswell

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Shopswell, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As an avid online shopper, I love getting good deals. Actually I love deals so much that I will not check out online without a coupon that works in my basket. I always want the best deal possible when it comes to shopping because why pay more if you don't have to? 

That's why I've become an ambassador for Shopswell. At Shopswell, you can find new products that others have raved about, track products to see when they go on sale and even watch videos on new products you might like.

And Shopswell is more than just a website. It's a community of people that are all adding new products daily so it will just keep growing. 

So what is is Shopswell all about?
  • Save. Track pricing to save money and time.
  • Shop. Find the right product for you, right now. 
  • Share. Get recommendations, and share yours too. 
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Your time and shopping satisfaction trumps advertising dollars, so rather than serving ads, Shopswell serves up authentic recommendations and reviews from people who understand how to match your unique tastes and needs with products they have real experience with.

If you want to sign up for Shopswell, you can do so here since it's invite only right now. It's a great community to sign up for because it will help you save money and find new products to love and enjoy. And make sure to enter below for a chance to win a year's Amazon Prime membership!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spending Time in the Garden

Spending time in the garden during summer can be both relaxing and stress-relieving; thus, it is only right to have a parasol which shades you adequately and provides protection against the sun. Garden parasols come in a range of styles and colours and vary in price. Importantly, it depends on the actual size of your garden, or how much of shaded area you want.

Some homeowners prefer a larger shaded area because they intend to entertain over the summer months, whilst others prefer a smaller shaded area where the family can sit and eat their lunch whilst watching their children play. Some parasols come with changeable covers, so the colour of the parasol can be changed regularly to suit the mood or preference of the homeowner.

  • Smaller garden parasols: These type of parasols are normally made out of a strong wood or plastic and cover a smaller shaded area. There are normally suitable for small families/couples who have a small outdoor area and have a garden furniture set. Thus, in the summer a parasol can be erected and it will provide shade if the family/couple want to have lunch or tea in the garden. Smaller parasols are normally sold for around $30-$70 dependant on the size, colour and style. 
  • Changeable parasols: Parasols of this nature have tops that can be washed, changed and reused. Therefore, a homeowner can change the top of the parasol dependant on mood or personal preference. Parasols such as this are extremely desirable because the top can be changed to suit the occasion and an also be brought in and washed should bad weather hit. You would expect to pay in the region of £50-£100 for these type of parasols. 
  • Larger parasols: Parasols such as this cover a larger surface area and are used for a range of activities and reasons. If homeowner has a larger outdoor space then a parasol may be needed to provide shade for garden furniture. Moreover, if a homeowner is hosting in a larger space, multiple larger parasols be needed to provide adequate sunscreen. 

Commercial businesses such as public houses or restaurants often have parasols of this nature for their customers so they can dine/drink in the summer sun safely. Dining al fresco is extremely popular, and customers can often decide to dine outside if suitable protection is provided. You would expect to pay in excess of $180 for a larger parasol because of the area it covers.

Ultimately, the size of the parasol purchased depends greatly on the needs of the homeowner and their lifestyle. Parasols bring much-needed shade during the summer months and protect against the blazing sun. The joy of having a parasol is having it out when you want; it can be used to provide simple shade for consuming dinner in your garden or alternatively providing cover for guests at an outdoor party.

Furthermore, parasols deliver much-needed shade for domesticated animals if they are spending time in the sun; shade can be a welcome friend!

Celebrate Moments of Life

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Most people prefer not to think about death in their daily lives. It's understandable of course but it's also inevitable. For most people, all they want is to be physically comfortable, at peace in your own home, enjoying as many moments as possible with loved ones doing the things you love to do up until the very end. And now that is possible with hospice care.

Hospice is a team-oriented approach to providing specialized care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. It includes expert medical care, pain management and emotional support for patients and their families. Hospice care supports living one’s life to the fullest with dignity regardless of how much time remains.

Seven in 10 Americans said they would prefer to die at home according to a Time/CNN Poll. Twenty-five percent actually do according to the Centers for Disease Control. In a recent national survey, respondents agreed that expertise in keeping a terminally-ill patient comfortable is the most important consideration at end of life. This is the essence of hospice care.

Although I've never had a terminally ill family member, I do agree that when my time comes, I would like to be at home with my loved ones up until the end.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Visiting the Cherokee Capital

I am a FabKids Blogger. All opinions are my own.

In our homeschool we take a lot of field trips. Normally 2-3 a week. Today our field trip was to the Cherokee Nation's Capital which is in North Georgia. The Cherokee Nation used to span across a lot of the south and since Mary has Cherokee in her, I wanted her to see what the old capital was like. So decked out in her new Fabkids dress for spring, she was ready to go.

We were able to take a wonderful tour of the town and it's buildings including the printing press where we got a copy of the Cherokee newspaper, a middle class house, and even the supreme court. Did you know that the Cherokee had a government with three branches exactly like ours? They also had a written language as well. It was fascinating and also heartbreaking to learn so much about them.

To end of our field trip, we also checked out the museum and watched a movie about the Cherokee. Then we bought a book on how to learn some Cherokee for beginners. I think it's important that Mary continues her heritage so she'll always remember.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My Duck Wears Diapers...Why Couldn't I? #underwareness

Growing up, there were always taboo subjects in my house. The birds and the bees, personal feelings about things, women problems, etc. If it was embarrassing, it usually wasn't discussed. And that normally meant that it wasn't dealt with correctly. 

One of those subjects was bladder leakage. I remember as a teenager my family went to Universal Studios in Orlando. While we were walking into the front entrance of the theme park, my aunt told a joke and made my mom laugh. For some reason it really hit my mom hard because she laughed so hard that she peed herself right there in the middle of the entrance. Then out of embarrassment she dropped down on the ground and covered her head as she continued to laugh. To this day I remember that but I also remember that my mom never tried to deal with the problem.

After having Mary, I too started to have bladder leakage. I'm not sure if it has something to do with birthing a child but I would wake up in the middle of the night to see that I had completely wet the bed, mattress and all. It was horribly embarrassing especially since my husband and I had only been married for a little over a year. But I dealt with the situation until I finally got control over my body again.

I'm here to tell you that bladder leakage is something that should be discussed. Did you know that more women in their 20's have bladder control problems than women in their 80's? And sometimes it can be an underlying problem causing it.

Depend is for people of all ages and bladder leakage is a condition that affects millions of people. They provide discreet products that help people regain their freedom and get their lives back. And Depend brand has newly introduced Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs, a new moderate-absorbency brief featuring a thin design for complete comfort and the trusted protection of the Depend brand. Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs have a lower rise for an underwear-like look, fit and feel. As a category first, the product is available in black and beige colors.

Although I don't have bladder control problems anymore, I used to and I am not ashamed to say that I used products like this to help. There is no shame in dealing with a problem!

Depend is entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

If you have bladder leakage or if you just want to help support the cause, I highly suggest you check out Underwareness to find out more information and also sign up for a free sample.

I personally believe that no one should be ashamed to wear Depends Briefs if they need to. If my duck can wear diapers, then you can wear Depends briefs too!

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