Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Best #BackToSchool Tip

There are lots of things that parents can do to make the first day back to school run as smoothly as possible for both them and their kids. There are the obvious things like getting up a littler earlier than you normally would and picking out an outfit and packing a lunch the night before so the first morning back isn't so hectic. Most parents only think about how to make the first morning back to school easier but don't put much thought into how to make the evening of that first day back to school less stressful. What I'm actually referring to is all those mandatory forms that your kids you bring home the first day of school for you to fill out, most of which have to be filled out and sent back in with them the next day or at least by the end of the week (which is usually a short week). I don't know about you but when my son gets home from his first day of school, I don't want to fill out a stack of forms, I want to take a picture in his first day back to school outfit and I want to hear all about his day, what he thought of his new teachers and new classes, did he meet anybody new, what he learned, does he have homework, etc.

What I've been doing for the past couple of years is visiting the school's website a few weeks before school starts and printing out all the necessary forms. This way, I get to fill them out at my own convenience and send them in with my son on the first day of school. And when he gets home from school that first day we don't have to worry about the added stress of all these pesky forms, but we can get right down to business about discussing his day. You may not even realize that this is an option so be sure to visit your schools website and find out. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review of Jif Granola Bars

The Jif brand has been around since 1958, first introducing creamy peanut butter. Since then, Jif has introduced several new varieties and peanut butter and other products, the most recent product being Jif Granola Bars, which come in five different varieties, creamy peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, almond chocolate, hazelnut chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate. Jif Creamy Peanut Butter Granola Bars can be found at Shoplet.com, who sent me some for review. 


Each Jif Creamy Peanut Butter Granola Bar contains 180 calories and 7 g of protein. My teenage son absolutely devours them, no matter what time of the day it is. His favorite time to enjoy them though is right before football practice for a nice pick-me-up. As for me, I like to savor my Jif Creamy Peanut Butter Granola Bars and I think they pair well with my morning coffee at the office. (And don't judge my coffee cup. The stains give it character). They are satisfying. Each granola bar is nicely covered with a liberal amount of creamy Jif peanut butter. The peanut butter on these granola bars isn't quite as delectable as if you were eating Jif Creamy Peanut Butter straight from the jar, however, it is quite good. I think the peanut butter and granola complement each other very well and the peanut butter makes this granola bar more enjoyable and less dry than your average granola bar. 

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**Disclosure: I received a sample of the above products from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review of Deflecto Organizing Products

Deflecto was founded on innovative and problem solving products and over 50 years and hundreds of new products later, Deflecto is a global leader in office workspace accessories, which can be found at Shoplet.com, the number 1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. Shoplet.com sent me two Deflecto products to review, a stackable caddy organizer and a rotating carousel organizer.


I found the Deflecto Caddy Organizers to be perfect for organizing some of my scrap book supplies, surplus office supplies, and extra school supplies for my son. I was quite surprised by how much stuff I was able to fit in these containers. Each organizer includes three clear removable containers, one small, one medium, and one large and I like that the containers are clear so I can easily find what I'm looking for. The hinged, snap-tight lids are easy to open and close and keep the items inside secure. The lids are also completely removable, if needed, for easier access to my supplies. When removed from the frame, these containers stack independently. Each caddy organizer features an integrated handle/locking system, which is great if you're taking them on the go so you only have one caddy to carry instead of multiple ones. Overall, these caddy organizers are made well and I love all the clever features. You can even buy a separate mounting bar, which mounts on the wall with screws and anchors, that these individual containers can attach to. 


I decided to go a different route when it came to how I would use the Deflecto 9 Canister Carousel Organizer. It's versatile so instead of using it to organize office supplies, I decided to use it to organize our redundant amount of condiments. And before you pass judgement my way, just know that I live in a household with three teenagers, all of whom can drive, and you can bet on at least one of them bringing home fast food at some point during each day. One of their favorite places to eat is Taco Bell and if you've ever been to Taco Bell then you know that when you ask for sauce, sometimes that means a huge handful. I'm not one to waste these things but they can accumulate quickly so I had them in several different places in my kitchen and dining room. This carousel includes six 3 inch containers and three 6 inch containers, which are clear, making it easy to find what I'm looking for quicker. The lids snap tight. The rotating mechanism works very well and this carousel rotates  in either direction. It fits perfectly on my dining room table or my hutch.  

I've loved recently organizing my home with these Deflecto products from Shoplet.com. How would you use them?

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**Disclosure: I received a sample of the above products from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

Monday, July 18, 2016

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Review: A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages: How to Understand Yourself and Improve All Your Relationships




A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages, written by New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman, Ph.D., guides emerging adults in discovering and understanding their own love languages, as well as how to best express love in all relationships, whether it be to their parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches, or significant others. The author outlines the general characteristics of each of the five love language (words, time, gifts, service, and touch) and explains the various dialects with each language and offers practical examples of how to communicate the love languages in the daily ups-and-downs of relationships.  He also shares how to handle anger and apologies. 

Having been a teenager myself at one point and now raising teenagers, I know how very complicated relationships can be. A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages is a book written just for teens with a teen's world in mind but in my opinion it's a must for parents and caregivers of teens as well. It explains each of the five love languages well and includes illustrations, quotes, and more. I read this book before handing it over to my 16-year-old son and I have to say that I learned a lot, not only about myself but about each person I have a close relationship with. 

I learned that even though I like showing my love using (written) words, such as through writing someone a letter, a poem, or a simple note, this doesn't work with all relationships. For instance, my boyfriend's love language is service and while he likes when I express my love to him using words, he would rather I do something nice for him, such as doing one of his daily chores so he doesn't have to be burdened with it. I understand this completely because I like when people do nice things for me as well, such as doing the dishes or laundry so I don't have to. Basically, I learned that I like showing love in one way (words) and receiving it another (service). 

If after reading A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages you're still not quite sure what your love language is, there is a helpful quiz in the back of the book to help you figure it out. You can purchase a copy for you and/or the teen in your life on Amazon here.  

About the Author
Gary Chapman, Ph.D., is not only an author but a speaker and counselor who has a passion for people and helping them form lasting relationships. He's the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages and since it's success he has expanded his 5 Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is also the author of numerous other books, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and One More Try, as well as When Sorry Isn't Enough, which he co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Thomas. Chapman is also the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. He travels the world presenting seminars and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Review of Marvel Foot Rest

**Disclosure: I received a sample of the below product from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**


Shoplet.com is the number 1 e-tailer of business and office supplies and at Shoplet.com you'll find a huge selection of Marvel products, including the foot rest which I was recently sent for review.  
This all steel footrest features 18 gauge steel and offers a 15 tilt of the platform for improved comfort, posture, and ergonomics. It measures 16W x 13.25D x5.75H inches and it fits under my desk well and is not overly bulky if it has to be transported. As a medical transcriptionist, I spend a lot of time at my desk and I use a foot pedal in order to perform my job duties. I'm able to place my pedal on this foot rest's non-slip textured mat and the pedal, as well as my feet, stay in place perfectly allowing me to perform my job without interruption. The four rubber feet keep the foot rest stable and also protect the floor. The steel frame is strong and well made. This Marvel Foot Rest is big enough that it fits both my feet and my foot pedal with some additional room leftover. It allows me to elevate my legs to my preferred height while sitting at my desk working, which helps increase the circulation in my legs and improves my posture. I normally have terrible posture but this Marvel Foot Rest has helped me out tremendously and because I now have better posture I have less neck, back, and shoulder pain to deal with, which means I will be spending less money on over-the-counter pain medications, NSAIDs, and rubs. I highly recommend this foot rest for anybody who sits at a desk for long periods of time like myself. You won't be disappointed.   



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