Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Ideas For The Mother Who Did It All PLUS A $300 Gift Card Giveaway To MyGiftStop

This post is in collaboration with MyGiftStop, but all opinions are my own

Did you know that I got to live in New Jersey, Italy, Germany, California, Belgium, and Massachusetts because of my mother?


Well, she was in the military.

She retired as a Colonel.

I was always in awe of my mother and yes, it was different for me growing up because it was my father who stayed at home with me.

She taught me plenty, and I know sometimes she feels guilty because she wasn't always home. But you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. She taught me to never give up because I know she battled sexism. She's part of the #MeToo movement.

Mother's Day is coming, and I want to give her some fabulous gifts as a thank you for all she did for me growing up, and all she does for me now. I can find wonderful ideas over at MyGiftStop, which has a plethora of luxury goods. Plus they donate 5% of all sales to the global relief non profit, Direct Relief.

On the site I found watches, purses, sunglasses, shoes, and so much more at fair prices. Plus, if I don't like an item, I can easily return it.

Some that stood out?

These Oakley sunglasses:

My mother is in her garden a lot, so she needs a durable pair of sunglasses which she's outside tending to her plants. Unfortunately I did not inherit her ability to garden. I have a black thumb. But her backyard is gorgeous and green:

My daughter feels like my mom would look cool in these Ray-Ban RB sunglasses:

My mother also works with horses, because she absolutely loves them, and this Casio G-shock watch would help keep her in schedule:

We like to go to musicals with my mother, and I could see her taking this Michael Kors Women's Shoulder Hobo Bag during a performance:

There are so many things that I found that would be perfect for Mother's Day. Perfect for my fabulous mother, who is also a wonderful Nona to my kids. I mean, she allows my kids to put stickers all over her face for their amusement.

There's more good news! You can enter to win a $300 gift card over at MyGiftStop!

You can enter here.

Giveaway Rules:

• No purchase necessary.
• One participant will win a $300 Gift Card to All other
participants will receive a 10% off coupon via email good towards any products.
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• Prize unclaimed after 48 hours of notification is forfeited and My Gift Stop reserves
the right to select another winner.
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What are you planning on getting your mother for Mother's Day? Or, if unfortunately she is no longer around or you don't have a relationship, who do you celebrate on that day?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.

Hey, It's Okay.... be so glad that the food poisoning has passed. I went to my daughter's school carnival and had something from a food truck. The next day, it was terrible. I practically lived in the bathroom for hours on end. Have you ever gotten food poisoning? be tempted to take the kids to see A Quiet Place this weekend. My daughter especially loves movies like that. I tend to jump more. have bought The Greatest Showman, because the songs and the story are fabulous! You must see it. be taking Natalie to Target on Friday since she has it off thanks to Fiesta. It's a Texas thing. You can go downtown and see parades, but it's too crowded, so we'll be at Target. be bummed to hear that R. Lee Ermey died. My husband made me watch Full Metal Jacket a number of times. He used R. Lee Ermey as inspiration when he became a MTI. I'm joking. You aren't allowed to talk to the trainees like that these days.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

How To Get Kids To Stop Playing Fortnite

This post is sponsored by BSM Media, but all opinions are my own. 

I admit, I don't get most of the games my daughter is playing. In my day, it was Mario. And Contra. Racing on the Power Pad.

Now it's Minecraft. Five Night's At Freddy's.

And something called Fortnite. Do your kids play Fortnite? Because mine do. Sometimes I worry my daughter is staring at the screen entirely too much, so I like to find things to get her to set it down.

Enter Circuit Cubes, a wonderful invention to show kids how circuits work.

My daughter is 11, and she's in the stage where she can be moody. But when she saw this, she immediately wanted to try it out. She's actually in a dress, because we found it by our door when we came home from her violin recital. She didn't even want to change.

It is easy to set up. You basically have a bunch of parts that you can hook up, and yes, you can build a little car and watch it go! It's a cool Stem/Steam toy, so this is also perfect for those who homeschool.

It comes with a booklet with instructions on how to build various things.

It comes with bricks to build everything but yes, you can use your own too if you prefer another color or want to build something else. The possibilities are truly endless.

As you see, Natalie got her creation to immediately light up, which thrilled her.

Look! She got the flashlight to work!

If you're curious on how bright the light is, well:

Yes, she reminds me of a possessed child in a horror flick. (But the Circuit Cube toy that we received is called Bright Lights, so it's telling the truth..)

Natalie didn't follow the book when she did this creation. She just hooked a bunch of things up, turned it on, and watched it spin around the room:

Ruby the Cat was all, "What is this?"

If your child wants to learn more, check out the Circuit Cube Club. Natalie says she's going to do that:

Oh, and it's super easy to keep the battery cube charged. It comes with a USB cord.

It charges quickly, so your child can get to creating again!

Want your kids to step away from a screen? Well, you can buy your own Circuit Cubes on Amazon here. It's under $40!

You can also get a wheels version on Amazon here as well as as a Smart Art one here. These would be perfect as a gift for kids. Sometimes it can be difficult trying to figure out what to buy tweens, so I highly recommend these.

My daughter was truly transfixed whenever her creation "came alive."

To learn more about Circuit Cubes, you can check them out at the following:

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