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Enjoying a 12 Hour Adventure with Caribou Coffee

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Life is busy, we all lead hectic lives and there are times when I am sure you might think, I need an adventure.  Well, every day of my life is an adventure and thanks to Caribou Coffee for sponsoring me I get to tell you of a fun adventure we do often.  We love to ride motorcycle and in the summer, which isn’t long enough here in Minnesota, we take every chance we get to take off for an adventure on the motorcycle.  Not every ride we take means we will be actually exploring or traveling far, but every ride we take is an adventure on it’s own.

Our 12 hour adventure started out early on Friday, getting all geared up for a day of motorcycle riding.   Even though it’s hot out, we never leave our driveway without our helmets, sunglasses, and jackets.  We ride smart, which is also riding safe.    We took off from our home and headed out to see where the road might take us that day.

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Our first stop was to check out some beautiful scenery on the road.  Cool tunnels, the lake, and a neat bridge.  It was very warm and so we had to pull over and put our jackets in the saddle bags.   I love being on the motorcycle because it gives me some much needed sunshine, and I can sit back and relax and take in the sights.  Living on Lake Superior always offers great views, and we have a couple scenic roads that have beautiful views.  There are many times we take off on a ride with no goal in mind, except to spend time together.  That, can be an adventure all in it’s own.  Being together for 21 years and we can still enjoy each other… now that says adventure.

After being on the motorcycle for some time we both figured it was time to cool off.  We know that in the summer the days are longer and people like us live a more relaxed routine.  Caribou Coffee knows that consumers like us are in summer mode and they offer a wide variety of premium cold drinks to explore, discover and enjoy.   Being that it was hot out, and we were quiet warm, we decided to try a new beverage to us.  I have never had a Crafted Press and Caribou Coffee created them to be the perfect fuel for every day adventures so we thought, perfect!  A bold coffee to keep you awake and a touch of sweetness to keep you refreshed.   Yup.. that is exactly what we need and we each got one.   They were exactly what we needed!  Cold, refreshing, and perfect our 12 Hour Adventure.

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After enjoying our Caribou Coffee Crafted Press drinks, we were back on the road to see what else was out there for us to do or see for the day.  We had a great day, enjoying each other, the open road, the weather, and our crafted press coffee.

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Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Caribou Coffee.


Great Videos from DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo!

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Got Kids?  Love watching fun family shows with your kids?  Check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros’ new Youtube channels – included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don’t forget to subscribe to their channels!  Scooby-Doo has always been a favorite of mine, and my son’s.

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Family Game Night #WowWithTownhouse

Disclosure ~ Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Mode Media.

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As much as I would love to have a fancy dinner party or even a themed party such as a Masquerade, when it comes down to it my favorite kind of party is a game night. I’ve always loved playing card games, board games, even video games. I remember when I was younger I would play Uno or Monopoly with family members. We’d have epic battles too that lasted hours and ended up with IOUs. It was so much fun! To this day, I love breaking out the games for a little healthy competition. Sometimes the family is on board, other times I have to bribe them a little. Fun foods generally go a long way towards getting them pumped for gameplay. Kellogg’s Town House crackers are the perfect accompaniment to all your favorite game night treats.

Game nights have a few essentials. I mentioned food and I’ll get into more detail on that in a bit, but first you need…games! Charades and Pictionary are crowd pleasers, they aren’t overwhelming with rules and get everybody up off their feet. Video games these days are also meant to have the whole group moving around with games like Just Dance or even karaoke games. Ask each guest to bring their favorite board game, that way you have plenty to choose from. Card games are always fun, try Rummy or Spades. Let the kids get in on the action with family friendly card games like Go Fish and Memory. For those wanting a bit of strategy, try Risk. To this day, I’ve never beaten my husband at Risk, he has a head for it. I even tried to change up the classic with a gift of Risk with a Plants Vs. Zombies theme, but he still beats me! On the flipside, I don’t think he’s ever beaten me at Boggle – we all have our strengths!

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Remember to stock plenty of game accessories. Pens or pencils are a must as well as paper for score keeping. A dry erase board is perfect for Pictionary and remember to have some sort of timer for rounds. If card games are on the agenda, make sure you have several decks in case the game you’re playing requires more than one or a card gets damaged or goes missing. When video games are the night’s source of entertainment, keep extra batteries on hand or charge wireless controllers. It’s even helpful to have guests bring their own controllers so that more people can play multi-player games.

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When it comes to food, keep it simple. Kellogg’s offers a variety of Town House crackers including Flat Bread, Pita, Pretzel Thins, and Original and I think they all pair especially well with cheese. Cut up blocks of cheese, set out cheese spreads, or make a cheese ball. Set out snack mixes with peanuts, cashews and other nuts, toss in a few raisins or even chocolate candy for a sweet addition. Pretzels and popcorn are also fantastic game night snacks. My plan was to keep everything simple and shoot for the least messy options possible. So what does my husband do? He picks up little smokies and who am I to turn those down even if they are messier than I’d like. I think my favorite bite was a little smoky in barbecue sauce with a piece of cheese atop a Town House Pita cracker. It was the right amount of meat, cheese, and crunch! All the crackers are versatile enough to stand up to dips, making them easy to pour and serve. Or you can take the time to top them with a variety of toppings and set them out. Either way, they are sure to be a party favorite. Offer soda and lemonade for beverages or ask adults to BYOB.

From presentably munch-able options, to dipping inspiration, to versatile possibilities, we have the variety that will help her stylishly host any type of gathering – from planned to impromptu.

What’s your favorite type of party?

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See a Doctor from the Comfort of you Home and #FeelBetter

Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Doctor on Demand. All opinions are my own.
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With technology at our fingertips, it isn’t surprising that even talking with a doctor can be done through an app on our smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Doctor On Demand is a heathcare service that provides Video Visits with board certified physicians, physchologists, and lactation consultants. The app is available on iOS and Android. The concept behind this is truly amazing. I’m usually a “wait and see” kind of person. When I develop any cold or flu symptoms, I try my best to fight it off with rest, fluids, and vitamins, but when push comes to shove I make my way into the doctor. We are on-the-go people and when we get sick it can be hard to find the time to get into the doctor.

When you’re under the weather as it is, hauling yourself into the doctor can cause even more of a headache. Plus, who wants to be in a room full of more sick people? Having an app like Doctor on Demand would give me an easy way to chat with a doctor about my symptoms and put my mind at ease. The doctors are even able to prescribe medications for infections, allergies, skin conditions and more. Be aware they do not prescribe any narcotics or pain medications that have been classified as a controlled substance.

Some of the common ailments treated during Video Visits are:

  • Cold & Flu
  • Sore Throat
  • UTIs
  • Travel
  • Sports Injuries
  • Skin Issues/Rashes
  • Pediatric Issues
  • Trauma & Loss
  • Alcohol & Tobacco
  • Many lactation issues such as milk production, plugged ducts and mastitis, and more.
*Doctor On Demand is not intended to replace the care you receive from your primary care physician. They don’t treat cancer, complex or chronic conditions.

Doctor On Demand would be perfect for busy parents for cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries. When you’re juggling work, dinner, errands, checking homework, and everything else taking the kids into the doctor is stressful. Using the camera on your phone or computer to speak directly with an actual doctor can be a lifesaver. The certified doctors are also there to answer any questions you might have, even when you’re not sick. Ask them questions on allergies or the recent measles outbreak. Talk to a physchologist about stress, depression, or other mental health issues. They can offer advice on traveling or how best to quit smoking.  I enjoyed my visit with a Doctor, and asked some questions in regards to my current condition. I wanted more of a second opinion to see if what I am currently doing and have been prescribed was what another Doctor would recommend.  I found it very helpful and my Doctor was friendly and thorough.

The Doctor On Demand app is free to download and free to register. Once you have done both, provide a list of your symptoms, and you’ll be instantly connected to a provider licensed in your state. Right now Doctor On Demand is offering a FREE video visit for first time users. Use the code living15 right away or store it in your account for future use.

Download the app today at Doctor On Demand iOS and Doctor On Demand Android. How would Doctor on Demand benefit you?

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Win with United Health Care

Have you ever heard the saying, nothing in life stays the same except change.  Well, it is so true.   There is always change and change is the only thing we can count on.  Things like the change of seasons, the change of jobs, change of places we live, change of vehicles and more.  And, the one thing I know I hate the most about change is the fact that we all age and with age comes changes I can live without.. like health issues.

Now for most people health issues don’t concern them, as they have non at the present time.  But, things can come out of the dark and all of a sudden your non concern about your health and health coverage all of a sudden can be a huge burden on your, your life, your pocket book and your family.   Take it from me, I have seen it happen many times to those around me.  For instance, my husband was all fine and dandy one day, then had a slight pain in his guts another, and then found out he had kidney cancer! BAM!!  It happens.  And if we didn’t have good health coverage we would have been dealing with more on our minds than just the fact he had cancer.  Which by the way he is all 100% now thanks to great doctors and treatments.   But, what we would have done if we had no insurance.. I just don’t even want to think about it.

Do you have health insurance?   If you are young and think you don’t need it, or even middle age and think you don’t, please think again.  Life changes at the drop of a dime and you could be left with tons of bills if you don’t protect yourself now.  I totally get it, all this insurance stuff is as confusing to us as trying to understand why bad things like Cancer happen to good people like my husband.   There are some things in life we will never have answers for, but one thing you can find answers for is what is the best health care option for you.  Check out United Health Care and explore all they have to offer you and your loved ones.

Health care can be overwhelming for many people to understand, especially with the new rules of the Affordable Care Act. Check out this video which may help you learn how to find the best plan for you during open enrollment. Also, by simply watching the video you will be entered for a chance to win a grand prize of $500 and weekly prizes of $25. Sharing the video will also get you a bonus entry. Check it out ~  Click Here

I am so glad not only that my hubby is all Cancer free, but that we weren’t not burdened with the piles of bills we could have been if we hadn’t had insurance.   We have now been together a little over 20 years and I just can’t imagine life without him by my side.  Please, don’t wait any longer, make sure you have the health care coverage that works for you.

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Disclosure ~  Post brought to you by UHC and Living Smart Girl.   All opinions are 100% Living Smart Girl’s.

Happy Anniversary

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To my husband of 17 years.

Married on September 20th, 1997 in front of our big old maple tree in the back yard with all our family and friends to celebrate in our special day.  Now, 17 years later, here we sit in a new house and it feels like it was just yesterday we said our “I Do’s” ~  Wow time flies!!  We sure have had a lot of fun together and made many memories :)

I love you Tony ~  Thanks for being my husband.

 

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5 Beach Essentials For The Baby

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5 Beach Essentials For The Baby

The idea to spending a day at the beach with the family and baby fills you with excitement. It is a wonderful chance to create happy memories. But when heading to beach with the baby, it is not only about sand and sunshine; it is also about the safety. Before leaving home with the baby it is best to grab extra supplies to nourish, entertain and protect the little one. With little planning and preparations you will be able to have fun and not worry and scramble around looking out for the forgotten beach essentials for the baby. The following beach essentials must be packed:

  1. Umbrella: Babies skin is too sensitive to bear harsh sunrays. Therefore, it is a good idea to buy a wide beach umbrella. In case you just love being on the beach on weekends, it is best to buy beach tent. This will protect the little’s one skin.
  2. Baby-safe sunblock: If your kid is older than 6 months then it best to slather the baby skin with baby-friendly sunblock before you leave your home. Yes, before you leave the home as skin takes time to absorb the sunscreen. And re-apply after a while to mitigate the chances of errors.
  3. Swim shirts: It is important to add another layer of skin protection by making the kids wear quality swim shirts. When buying swim wear ensure that it is loose and light in wear to avoid the chances of overheating. The more covered swim suits you buy for the babies, the better it is.
  4. Hat: You might feel that this is no-brainer. But, don’t you often forget the most obvious thing that you need at beach most of the time. It is best to buy the legionnaire-style hat as it covers the baby’s back of the neck and even the ears. To avoid the inconvenience of picking up the hat time and again, buy the hat with chin strap.
  5. Swim diapers: Yes, when you go to beach with the kids it is best to make them wear swim diapers and not the regular ones. The regular ones will fill up with the ocean water and will weigh down the little one. Look online for the disposable or reusable swim diapers. There are many websites that feature them. TO make this purchase affordable it is best to look for promotion codes at http://www.frugaa.com/.

Lastly, don’t forget to pack change of clothes as nobody likes to go home in wet swim suit. After you have wiped the little one clean and removed the crevice of sand, make them wear light cotton clothing. It is best to slip the baby in soft cotton lowers as after a tiring day at beach, they will fall asleep while travelling back home.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying Gold Peak Coffee Brings Back Memories #SipofHome

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Life is so busy and most women I know run 24/7.   When a woman (or man) is living the busy life of multi-tasking it is nice to know that we can enjoy the simple things in life, like a good cup of coffee.   Thanks to Gold Peak Coffee I was able to enjoy a cup myself last week while doing my weekly full day of errands and shopping and running from here to there.   Now doesn’t this look like a great cup of coffee?  Oh, it was, read on below ~

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Hubby and I take one day a week to head out fairly early with our list of supplies and groceries and things that need to be done and we head to town.  Now, for us, town is about a 45 min drive, which is why I try to squeeze as much as I can into my once a week run.  I do find I run to town more than once a week, but I do as much as I can when I have hubby’s help.  (he hates that).   While in town last week we had a full list of errands and at about 2pm I was just dog tired.  Lack of sleep, and many things on my mind, we decided to take a break and stop for a late lunch and some coffee.   Boy, the Gold Peak Coffee was just what we needed.  Now, I am not a huge coffee drinker, but do enjoy coffee when we dine out or are away from home.  Hubby, a huge coffee drinker is pretty picky about his coffee.  He wants it strong, bold, hot, and no training wheels (cream or sugar).  Hubby (Tony) has always enjoyed Georgia Coffee which is now Gold Peak Coffee.  Before our meal he and I ordered a cup of coffee and then after our meal we enjoyed every last sip of coffee before heading back out to finish our errands.   Gold Peak Coffee is perfect and embodies warmth; and is a comforting way to start the day, enjoy before or after a meal, and share with others.  Upon finishing our coffee, we headed out to finish our errands and then back home to start home projects (not fun).  It is nice to know that when we are out and about we can always stop and enjoy a great cup of coffee.

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The aroma of Gold Peak Coffee gives us the sense of being home, relaxed and enjoying each others company.  It also brings back memories of time with my Mom, who passed in 2007.   She loved her coffee and so many stories, Mother/Daughter talks, laughs and tears shed were all done over a cup of coffee.   Being able to have those memories and feelings come back to me when I am taking the time to enjoy a cup of coffee always put a smile on my face and a warmness in my soul.    I would recommend Gold Peak Coffee to anyone looking for a great cup of coffee.  Why not let Gold Peak Coffee connect you with the simple comforts of home.  For me, when I think of home I think of family, friends, special moments and making memories.  A warm cup of coffee is comforting for my hubby and I.  Reminds him of his Grandpa who was a very special man, and sometimes I even see a tear in my husbands eyes when we have chats over coffee and memories of those who are no longer with us.  Coffee = togetherness and memories.

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Do you like coffee?  Or should I say, do you Love coffee?  What memories or feelings do you have when you drink coffee? I would love to have you share your thoughts about coffee with me, and my other readers.

 

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl has written this sponsored post on behalf of Gold Peak Coffee.  All opinions and commentary are my own. 

 

5 Best Apps for Busy Moms

5 Best Apps for Busy Moms

 

Busy moms need the help of powerful apps to get through hectic days and events.

There are numerous productivity apps out in the market today. Due to your crazy schedule, you may not have time to screen newly released apps on a regular basis. That’s why we complied the top 5 apps for busy moms. Check them out below.

1. Cozi

Keeping track of your daily schedule doesn’t have to be a daunting chore. With the Cozi app you can juggle multiple tasks throughout the week all on one screen. Switching from weekly views to your daily to-do list is as simple as sliding your finger.

Additionally, if your work schedule is on Google calendar you can import the reminders into the app. No more wasting time transferring entries one by one. One of the best features of the app is the family journal. With Cozi, you can upload photos and notes for your entire family to see and comment on. This app is highly recommended for busy moms!

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2. Grocery iQ

Turn your weekly trip to the grocery into a relaxing experience with Grocery iQ. The app allows you to create lists with your smartphone and arrange them according to the aisle configuration of your favorite supermarket. If that’s not impressive enough, the app also has a built-in barcode scanner that can help you budget your groceries without using a calculator. Lastly, Grocery iQ features multiple lists for different stores and coupon integration.

3. Fake-A-Call

Did a conversation with your neighbor prevent you from picking up your kids on time? Now you can put an end to small talk without offending anyone using Fake-A-Call. As the name suggests, you can trigger the app to ring in the middle of a conversation, faking an important phone call. There are several settings to tinker with; including a trusty timer and a voice script to make it sound like someone is on the other line when you answer. The app works extremely well and can pull you out of the most compromising situations. Your only job is not to get caught.

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4. TripCase

A family vacation is far from relaxing for busy moms. In fact, it can be more stressful, depending on how you plan and manage the trip. For situations like these, TripCase app can help. You can literally plan every aspect of your trip using the app. Instead of carrying around a folder filled with your travel information (itinerary, flight details, car rental confirmation and hotel reservations), you can have it all in your mobile device.

Vacations hardly go according to plan. Someone could fall sick or you may want to stopover at another destination before heading home. With TripCase, you can take notes, find driving directions and make new reservations with the push of a button. Sharing your new plans with your friends or other family members can also be done through the app.

5. My Baby Today

New moms have a lot of burning questions about their baby. Not all questions require a trip to the hospital. With the My Baby Today app, you can have a reliable source for everything related to taking care of your little one. All of the information found in the app is approved by The BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board. Therefore, you don’t have to waste precious time cross-checking facts. Apart from general health and safety tips, you can also keep track of your baby’s growth by uploading photos and adding milestones.

There are tips for weekly activities and news updates on the latest baby trends. A unique feature of the app is advice for the personal development of mothers. Late nights and demanding feeding schedules can quickly zap away your energy. The My Baby Today app is filled with articles on how to stay motivated and focused, which can help fuel those tough days and sleepless nights.

To conclude, these useful apps can shave time off your full schedule and turn you into a productive machine. Don’t forget to keep your apps updated for the latest features and bug fixes.

What are some productivity apps you are currently using? Let us know what you think.

 

 

I Dare You to Share a Smile

I Dare You to Share a Smile!

Seems like a funny thing to dare someone to do, right ?  Well United Healthcare doesn’t think so, and neither do I.

A smile, is a simple but yet complex thing we all do, every single day for many reasons.   For me, it can be the simplest thing that make the corners of my mouth turn up and my eyes glisten.   My dog walking in the room, my husband coming home from work, a text from a friend, a funny commercial, a picture of someone on Facebook, the smell of something yummy cooking, a catchy tune on the radio, and even the sun shining.   See, check out my smile today because the sun was shining and my view from my deck is so pretty.

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United Healthcare says ~ We dare you, to take a small step every day to a healthier life.   You can join in their monthly dares by visiting their wedareyoutoshare.com website.

June’s dares ~   Take a picture of someone smiling, test your smarts or take the fitness challenge.  Or, do all 3!  Then come back next month to see the new dares posted on the website.   So, tickle your kids, or tell someone a joke, or cook hubby his favorite meal.. then when they smile snap a picture and share it on wedareyoutoshare.com .   I DARE You!

I would love to see you take these dares.   If not for yourself, then do it for me 😉    Better yet, do it for yourself and then spread the word and get others to do it as well.   Or, do it because you might win something.   Like $400!   Wow… I know I could use that.  Or even a $25 weekly prize.   So, what ya waiting for… I DARE you!

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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl has been compensated for our cooperation in spreading the word about United Healthcare wedareyoutoshare.com .   All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

 

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