Best Buy Education is Your Education Technology Partner

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I'm a homeschooler but also have years of experience with having children in the public school system.  I appreciate the value of an education more so with seeing the decline of so many skills that were common when I was in school.  I think every person, parents especially, should embrace the need for solid educational programs to ensure the success of our future.  Learning never stops no matter how old you are and what I just learned is something called Best Buy Education.  It is a direct-channel division of Best Buy® making it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed.  The dedicated Account Managers offers consultation to provide knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and budget.  So whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, they can provide the products, support and protection you need.  I love how Best Buy is reaching out to those in the educational field to help advance the teaching options.
Having a single source technology expert for products and services is a brilliant idea especially from such a trusted, reliable brand.  They will even be at the ISTE 2015 Conference & Expo in Pennsylvania from June 28th-July 1st.  They even offer easy ways to purchase from purchase orders, Net30 forms to P-Cards to Tax-exempt.  Even if you aren't involved in the purchasing of technology for your local schools, it's a great way to learn and direct those that are to enhance the programs for learning.
As an extra bonus, Best Buy Education is now offering an exciting sweepstakes that is open to all educators and administrators. The sweepstakes runs now through July 4, 2015 with a grand prize of $25,000 in Best Buy credit, as well as additional prizes of Gift Cards and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets with keyboards.  What a great opportunity to win the technology tools and services your students need to succeed.  Just visit to enter for a chance to win and view complete details.

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Beech-Nut Organic Baby Food Line & Product Giveaway

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I am thankful for social media due to all the attention healthier living is receiving and how important it has become to eat better.  I was just telling my oldest how hard it is to change habits after so many years of eating whatever which is even more of a reason to start out as young as possible in ensuring the healthiest foods are available.  This holds true to our newest young one especially after all the stories one hears about products.  My oldest and I were extremely happy to hear that Beech-Nut has an organic line of baby foods that are readily available at Babies “R” Us, Kroger and Wegmans retailers.  Feeding my children and grandchildren the best is something I strive for.  We even planted an heirloom (organic) garden this year to supplement our natural food selection.  Even though I am participating in this Activation, we were already buying Beech-Nut Organic Baby Food due to the ingredients and of course, a name we trust.

Beech-Nut's organic line of baby food has the freshest and tastiest food without all the artificial ingredients or preservatives which makes feeding baby guilt-free when one doesn't have the time to make their own baby food or just wants to make sure their baby is getting the very best.  As Beech-Nut says, "This is real food for babies™."   Not only are they selecting real, whole fruits and vegetables but they are also using ancient grains and beans in some jars.  If you are an organic follower, you know the important of ancient grains and beans.  They use a gentle cooking process that doesn't cook away the nutrients nor add any artificial preservatives.  I love that they selected organic ingredients like:

  • Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Avocadoes
  • Banana
  • Cinnamon
  • Granola
  • Butternut Squash
  • Black Bean
  • Cumin

To accentuate the organic feel, each jar comes in a transparent honeypot glass jar featuring the USDA-certified organic seal which is an indication of GMO-free food.  I'm really glad there is no plastic being used for the product line either.  Beech-Nut is making great strides in ensuring today's and tomorrow's babies are getting the very best and just this year, they were awarded Product of the Year in the baby category for its 100% naturals and organic lines, as selected by more than 40,000 consumers in a national; representative survey by Taylor Nelson Sofres!

Beech-Nut organic is sold at the following retail stores and to find your closest store, just click the Beech-Nut Store Locator link:

  • Kroger
  • Babies “R” Us
  • Wegmans
  • Price Chopper
  • Wakefern
  • Winn-Dixie
  • BI-LO
  • Stop & Shop
  • Giant Carlisle
  • A&P
  • Pathmark
  • Albertsons
  • Hannaford
  • Raley’s
  • Meijer, 
  • Nugget Market
  • Harris Teeter
  • Shaw's
  • ACME
  • Shoppers Food
  • Cub Foods.

As you can tell, I think it was a hit!  It smelled like real food and not like that weird baby food smell odor other store bought baby foods have.  We couldn't be more pleased that Beech-Nut has this amazing organic line of baby food!  Bravo Beech-Nut!

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Homeschool Flexibility: Field Trips and Gardening

We've been spending tons of time getting in many activities before I finally go back to work.  After going through a major life event, the girls and I are getting settled back in life with myself going to work and becoming a single mom again.  They enjoyed the zoo in South Carolina and will continue to look for more fun things to do on the off time.  We are currently planning a trip to Florida which is one of their all time favorite things to do.  It's one of the best things of homeschooling...flexibility! 

Today, we spent time gardening and created this little flower bed.  The girls enjoyed their time in the sun now that I finally quit raining.  I feel it's a good homeschool opportunity too to learn to plant flowers and vegetables.  We also planted some sweet potatoes in our existing garden along with watermelon.

LANEIGE is My New Skincare Line of Products of Choice, Special Offer Ending on May 2 & Giveaway - Ends 5/11

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LANEIGE. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I'm always on the hunt for the latest and greatest skincare product that delivers results and especially doesn't cause break outs.  I've tried so many products and devices that I can't recall all of them.  I do know one thing, since I keep moving forward, I hadn't found one that I will stick to for the long term like my CK perfume.  Now, I have found a new product that delivers fast results and I love it along with my oldest daughter who is 26.  The LANEIGE skincare line is available exclusively at Target stores and which I also love because I shop at Target all the time so this is perfect when I pick up my children's prescriptions as they are located right next to the pharmacy.  The LANEIGE skincare line features many products that will help you to streamline your routine while returning the hydration that skin desperately needs.  With working out in the yard under the hot sun, my skin needs this!  

What is nice about the LANEIGE skincare line is that whatever your skin concern might be such as holding off wrinkles, hydration, brightening, wanting that youthful glow or protecting it against the environment, there is a product.  Given I'm 46 and my oldest is 26, it really shows the spectrum on how it can deliver to different needs and ages.  The patented Advanced Water Science™ Technology is the key with LANEIGE.  I've even recommended it to friends since trying it.  It's easy to use and perfect for the mom on the go to prevent the dreaded aging effects that many of us feel.  Best part, it's affordable!

Just yesterday, I had to head out for a day full of activities so I just grabbed my LANEIGE BB Cushion compact as it's my go to foundation, sun block and primer all in one!  It really does help to block shine and lasts for hours.  The compact is very sleek and stylish and easy to use.  It's also different from what I'm used to as I had to dab the cushion into the BB cream that is water based and it goes on smooth without looking caked on and it has no odor like the other products.

My beauty routine starts once a week with the Water Sleeping masks that leaves my skin feeling recharged overnight and I do wake up with more radiant skin.  I remember seeing this youthful glow back in my 30's so it's nice to see it can be achieved again.  Have I mentioned that the products are dermatologist tested?

My next step is the Water Bank Moisture Cream that has been clinically proven to strengthen my skin's ability to retain moisture for a 24-hour intense treatment and protection against the sun's harmful rays as well as pollution and stress.

The Water Bank Serum also delivers an intense 24-hour intense hydration treatment while also protecting against the sun, pollution and stress.

If you travel a lot, you will also love the Hydration Trial Kit that features six of the LANEIGE products to help with deep cleaning to revitalization with an exclusive skin-perfecting mineral water.  The pack includes Multi Cleanser, Power Essential Toner, Balancing Emulsion, Water Bank Serum, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Sleeping Mask.  It's an absolute must have if you travel and perfect for the summer vacations.

Since my daughter and I are spending a lot of time outdoors, we love how LANEIGE is working for us!  Our skin is protected when we want it to be and has such a wonderful radiant glow!

Don't forget that Mother's Day is coming up and this would make a perfect gift and if you purchase LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream, Water Bank Serum or the BB Custion at participating Targets between April 19 and May 2, you will receive a $5 gift card AND if you purchase $35 or more of any LANEIGE product, you will get a free LANEIGE Hydration Trial Kit!  Hurry as you only have until the end of day on May 2!

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Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Natural Baby and Skin Care Products Work

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weleda. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I've been in a learning phase over the last several years relative to products that I use for myself and namely my children. The more I read, the more concerned I am on what I do use for my children which is why I read a lot about natural products.  Finding products that have safer ingredients is important to me.  Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Collection introduces a dermatologically tested product line even for the most sensitive skin.  Since we don't always know how our babies will react to skin products, I feel better applying products that are already suited for sensitive skin.  On top of that benefit, Weleda uses natural ingredients and harnesses the power of organic white mallow, pansy and precious plant oils.

The Weleda line of lotions also provide rich, essential fatty acids that build and improve baby’s skin barrier function from newborn and up.  Weleda’s new line of skincare products, with an average organic content of 93 percent, helps mitigate symptoms of eczema and aid in the treatment of babies’ sensitive skin all year-round.  I wished I had this for my middle one that had eczema bad as a baby.

The Review:

I received Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Baby Lotion, Face Cream and Diaper Creme. Ironically, our little one just started getting a diaper rash upon receipt. It had no odor which I really liked.

The Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Baby Lotion was perfect for offering good coverage without the greasy left over feel.  It's lightweight but isn't skimpy on coverage.  As in the case of the lotion, it had no offensive odor.

The Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Baby Face Cream was also perfect for offering great coverage without it going on thick and greasy and blocking pores.  

The Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Diaper Creme was nice and thick, not thin or greasy and it covered well.  Like the other two, it had no offensive odors.

If you can see from the before and after pictures below, the rash that popped out of nowhere was gone within hours of applying:
Top:  Before  Bottom:  After

The diaper rash improved by the time of the next diaper change and his face improved in a couple of hours with it being completely gone in just a few hours.

An unanticipated benefit was my oldest used the diaper cream on irritation she had between her breasts and it actually worked in reducing the inflammation and soreness!  I am a twice over family so I have children of all ages! 

Overall, the products work great and I would recommend them!

To learn more about Weleda products, click on the Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Natural Baby and Skin Care Products link.

To find Weleda products, visit buybuyBaby or Whole Foods Market as well as select natural health food stores or online at   If you purchase online at Weleda, use promo code WELEDABABY  and get 20% off your purchase.  This code expires on June 30, 2015.

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We stimulate and inspire your body, soul and spirit. In doing so, we encourage you to draw from your own vitality and discover inner balance. This enables your individual health and authentic beauty to unfold.

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JLuxe by JLo a Great Mother's Day Gift or Just Because

"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future," Coco Chanel is a quote that I'm reminded of when I think of perfume.  There is another one that escapes me but it's the reason that I went back to wearing perfume again.  There is something that becomes a person especially if it's a scent that a person decides to wear long term.  It's something that can remind someone long after they passed on of that person.  A scent is something that is memorable but it's also something that has to be worn correctly as there is nothing worse than being choked up when someone walks by and is wearing too much!  I like subtle fragrances and that is what JLuxe by JLo is about.  A floriental fruit fragrance that will leave an impression with luscious medleys of pineapple and sweet raspberry.  It's a brilliant floral bouquet of soft violet and Damascenian Rose upon layers of warm amber, cedarwood and musk.  

If you haven't heard of it, check it out at Kohls as it's coming to Kohls the week of 4/20.  Kohls is one of my favorite stores and I have purchased some clothes from the JLo line of fashion.  Kohls is a really great place for making you feel beautiful from the clothes, shoes, beauty products and more.  As you can see from the picture above, the box is very chic and the bottle matches.  It would make a great Mother's Day gift or a gift to yourself just because!

It's a light fragrance that after time, evens out to a nice aroma that doesn't overpower those around you.  Priced at $49 for a 1.7 ounce bottle, it gives you a chance to offer some pampering in a great looking package with a memorable fragrance.  

Maleficent Birthday Party

When I started this post, I was in the process of moving yet again and my middle one is turning 12 in April.  She chose Maleficent as her party theme so I need to kick it in overdrive.  I normally use Pinterest and Word for my planning but this time, I decided to blog as I go to share what I'm doing.  I started with designing the invitation although I'm not completely sure I like this.  If I use this one, I will use my Cricut to cut out the scalloped outer circle and then my HP Printer for the glitter circled printed area.  I could have used the Silhouette but will opt to just print it and use the Cricut for the largest area.  


I tried another couple of examples by using a movie ticket type design and just a different background and she ended up choosing the movie ticket so here is the "current" final design followed up by the runner up's.  The envelope is actually black along with the circle and paper.


I will also make the banner out of the same files for both the scalloped outer circle and the printer for the inner circle.  See below for an example middle section and the first letter "H" with a picture of the completed banner together.

Cupcake Picks:

The cupcake picks were also created the same way using the same shape to simplify the preparations.  I will hot glue a pick or toothpick to the back and if I don't want the back to be unsightly, I will just place another one on that side to cover it.

Book Prop:

I just ordered the book holder and will recreate the spell book with a real book to look like this.  I used old, online, manuscript paper and printed with the HP Printer after copying and pasting using the Maleficent font and clipart.

Potion Labels and Drink Bottle Labels:

Next step was putting together potion labels and drink bottle labels.  When I create the finished label, I will be using the Cricut again for the scalloped shape so the image on the bottle below is very crude but the finished image will not look like that.

Lotion/Nail Polish Bottles and Labels:

I've been playing with labels again and am probably going with these except I will print them on a light brown paper or on parchment to give it an old time feel.  I purchased the Purple 2 oz Plastic Jar Silver Lid 6 pk with Mini Jar and other bottles from Amazon.

Mini-Candy Bar Wrapper

The mini candy bar wrappers are just colored/patterned paper with purple jewels, lace and I used this horn template.

Wrapper Template

Money Coin Bank Favors:

I really like this idea but finding coin banks that are inexpensive proved to be harder than I thought.  So I'm going with these I found for $1.49 each at Church Supplier.

Wall Decorations:

I'm using this poster Maleficent - Movie Poster / Print (Regular Style 2) (Size: 24" x 36") (Poster & Poster Strip Set) and making a frame.  I also purchased these wings Hee Grand Halloween Sexy Adult Angel Feather Wings.  I'll cut out a template to make the picture outline to save money.  I found these inexpensive curtains too New 2 Pc Sexy Sheer Voile Window Curtain Panel Set Dark Purple.

I am borrowing ideas from Catch My Party.  I already purchased my glitter dust from Etsy seller A Heavenly Touch Cakes to create the cake pops in purple and green.  I will also make Rice Krispie Treats dipped half in chocolate and drizzled with colored white chocolate. 

The ornaments for the food picks were purchased from Etsy seller The Amateur Naturalist.  I also borrowed the idea from Catch My Party.  This is where a hot glue gun comes in handy for placing the ornaments on top and I'll use the HP Printer to print the flags.

I'll have my oldest make these cookies because she's good at hand drawing images and making cookies look and taste magnificent!

For some of the room decor for the set up, I just ordered this through Etsy although I could have made it with my Silhouette.

I'm still trying to decide which picture I will print from the one's I altered as well as making the candle that follows using the HP Printer and Silhouette this time.

We just had the actual party and because I moved recently, I wasn't able to do all that I wanted to do but here is the outcome.