Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to get those Captured Moments in a Photo Album

With kids being young, I find myself taking a barrage of photos. Every moment captured is a memory kept--I feel the need to catalog and treasure! Sometimes...maybe too much. Perhaps it is just how easy it is to point and shoot without fear of wasting film. Do you remember those days? Where you have to wind up your camera and only have 24 exposures? Each shot had to count! I sort of miss those simple days. I sort of miss those days when we actually ran to get these pictures developed and placed in an album. It is always such a hassle for me to sit down a moment and sort through pictures and pictures of moments. Do you ever struggle with that? I do! When I finally got a quiet moment in the middle of the night, I played around with the thousands of photos I did have. And within an hour I had finished getting my photo album ordered!

Amazing right?

So how did I do it?

1. Carve Out the Time.
I know this is a hard one. If you needed to get something done, it is usually because we have had to carve out time. To Make it, we got to plan to do it.
 2. Gather and Load up.
Gather and load up those pictures that have been cluttering up your phone or if you are amazing--get that memory card out from your camera!
 3. Pick a Collection of pictures that you want to put in the album.
This is usually the time that I look at all the pictures that I have, and I decide what I want to do. Maybe it was a day at a park, or a birthday party or a day where you went camera happy...what you want to do is group them up together.
4. Import photos to Collage.com where you can start creating your photo album!
 I personally was surprised at how many hours I can spend arranging and rearranging photos. I have used and ordered from a few websites, but I have found that Collage.com is so truly very user-friendly.  Collage.com is one that I highly recommend.

Importing and Uploading to Collage.com
From the start, importing my photos is simple.  I found that Collage.com quickly and easily located my pictures.  I loved the fact that it gave me options to download from my Facebook and Google accounts. Sometimes I have pictures posted on my social sites that I have forgotten.  I find that having this option to download from other places is a great perk.

Easy Set up
Next, it gives me the quick option of placing the pictures for me. Sometimes it helps not looking at a blank canvas. I click yes usually because it gives me an idea of what this photo album will look like.  It automatically puts it in chronological order too!

Rearranging Pictures
Editing using Collage.com has been simple by far.  If you like to rearrange furniture--you will love how easy it is to move and resize pictures.  I had fun rearranging a page because there's this automatic button you click on that shuffles pictures for you!  Dragging and dropping pictures to the different pages was a breeze.  I liked the way Collage.com has it all laid out for me to see all the pages.  It was not constantly trying to figure out what was on which page.  I was able to see what my photobook would look like on my screen.  I especially loved how easy it was to go back and upload more pictures if I needed to.  Everything went smoothly and no crashing or loss of work done when I needed to upload more photos.  It was rather a pleasant and almost therapeutic experience!

Here's a Screenshot of what it looks like in the editing phase.  Here I have highlighted what I use when I have a collage.  The options to flip a picture, shuffle, change out borders, and more.  I really find it fun to find that perfect look.

Editing Pictures
Can I just say how hard it COULD be to edit pictures?  One feature that I have to say is wonderful is Collage.com's Editing picture tool.  For a person who is not really familiar with all the photo editing lingo--this feature that they have is perfect!  I can click to edit individual pictures--adjusting brightness, adding text, Cropping, and more.  This feature has saved me time.  There were a number of pictures that I have taken that were too dark, and I was able to quickly adjust the brightness.

I love the finished product. Not only did Collage.com capture our memories and finally put it into our hands as a photo album, but they also gave me a quality product that did not waste my time or money.
Collage.com is highly recommended by me.  I am excited to start on my next photo album!

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Disclosure: I did receive a free photobook for the purpose of reviewing and trying out Collage.com. I was not required to write a positive review.  All reviews are my personal own opinion.  

Pumpkin Bash: Woodland Park Zoo

What an amazing time our family had at the Woodland Park Zoo! 

This was our first time going to Woodland's Zoo Pumpkin Bash.  Hands down, it was a really fun experience for the whole family.  My daughter loved seeing other kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes!  It added to the magic of being at the zoo.

We saw squirrels up and close as they got into our carts when we parked to go visit the bird exhibit!  Luckily everything was packed away.  So for those with strollers--pack those goodies away before you park or you might have a cunning squirrel pay your stroller a visit!

I absolutely love this part of the zoo.  Seeing these little otters dart and swim with such ease....
This was probably the kids' favourite!  One will hear all sorts of giggles and squeals of laughter as these swim by.  

There was so much to do!  There were games to play as well as educational and interactive "See and Touch" places.

Pumpkin Bash is definitely one for the books.  We loved being able to play the games and win more than just candy.  They offered prizes such as bananas and clementines!  My little one loved winning a banana to munch on as we visited the animals.  The different tents were a bit spread out as you enter the gates which made it feel less overwhelming with kids.  I advise going early in the day so as to have enough time to play the games once or twice through as well as visit the animals.  We enjoyed spotting the Halloween decoration elements in the animal exhibits.

My conclusion:  My oldest was super excited at the chance to do some trick or treating for candy before Halloween night.  Children in costumes get a great discount.  Stopping points to offer me a few treats for parents is a win!  Fresh fruit as prizes--such a great idea!  Our family had a blast and will plan to go again next year.

Disclosure: USFAMILY GUIDE and Woodland Park Zoo--Thank you so much for providing our family with free tickets to attend the Pumpkin Bash!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ending! Pick your price for 280 holiday recipes

Hey Ladies and Gents,

This is your last call for the Food Allergy Freedom Collection, which disappears at Midnight Eastern Time!

These 280 delicious, deprivation-free recipes have been perfected by fabulous cooks who know what it’s like to struggle with a restricted diet — so you can eat meals that are right for your body without compromising flavor.

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Food Allergy Freedom Bundle
With over 280 tried-and-true recipes in this collection, you’ll find:
  • Cakes, cookies, pies and candies that follow a Top 8 Allergen-Free diet
  • 30 deliciously decadent yet healthy desserts free of grains, dairy and eggs
  • A guide for preparing home-made candy with unrefined sweeteners (and not a drop of corn syrup)
  • 32 gluten-free holiday recipes your crockpot can cook for you
  • Classic recipes like pumpkin pie, turkey gravy, and even dinner rolls focusing on GAPS diet, primal, and paleo foods
  • A 4-week meal plan, including desserts and snacks, free of (or with alternatives for) egg, dairy, wheat, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish
  • 13 recipes for fresh-baked, grain-free bread made with coconut flour
  • And much more!
Normally, the 9 ebooks in this bundle would cost over $110, but with Ultimate Bundles’ pay-what-you-want pricing, you’re in control. There’s literally no reason not to pick this up for yourself!

With a price of only $3 for the 280 recipes without the glitter and icing---I simply have to say this is a great offer!  It saves time that I would spend on researching a recipe that maybe might work.  These are tried and true recipes--and the work of finding it all is conveniently all in one place!

But remember, at Midnight Eastern Time, this special deal is expiring, and you’ll have to pay the full $110 to get your oven mitts on the tasty recipes.
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Wishing you a holiday season stuffed with fun, friends, family, and food…

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Candy Making Without Corn Syrup by Cara Comini

Mmmm... have you ever made Salted Caramels?
With the holidays literally just around the corner...I am happy to say I'll be making these to give away as gifts.  I'm hoping to dig down deep and make it a homemade kind of holiday this year.

Check out how to make out these delectable Salted Caramels from Cara Comini!

Get more recipes like these in the Ultimate Bundle where you can get her book Candy Making Without Corn Syrup as well as 280 Allergy Friendly Recipes!

Get your copy today!  Time is running out to get your copy!

Food Allergy Freedom Super Bundle 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday meals your whole family can enjoy even with Allergies

Hey Friend,

I deal with my husband's milk allergies as well as his family who deal with many other food sensitivities.  Many family get togethers involve cooking one type of food with all the goodies and one without.  It can make preparation in the kitchen very wearisome indeed.  I know I get tired and worry if I have missed an allergy that my in-laws have.  On top of the stress of figuring out a great recipe that is allergy friendly--I worry if it will taste good!

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about the Food Allergy Freedom Collection.
Put together by my friends at Ultimate Bundles, it includes 280 tried-and-true holiday recipes, including:
  • Cakes, cookies, pies and candies that follow a Top 8 Allergen-Free diet
  • 30 deliciously decadent yet healthy desserts free of grains, dairy and eggs
  • A guide for preparing home-made candy with unrefined sweeteners (and not a drop of corn syrup)
  • 32 gluten-free holiday recipes your crockpot can cook for you
  • Classic recipes like pumpkin pie, turkey gravy, and even dinner rolls focusing on GAPS diet, primal, and paleo foods
  • A 4-week meal plan, including desserts and snacks, free of (or with alternatives for) egg, dairy, wheat, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish
  • 13 recipes for fresh-baked, grain-freebread made with coconut flour
  • And much more!
Click here to get your Food Allergy Freedom Collection.


Whether you need to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, grains, refined sugars, OR you eat paleo, GAPS, vegan or even AIP, you’ll find something to chow down on with these delicious, deprivation-free recipes.

Normally, you would have to spend over $110 to get the 9 eCookbooks in this collection.
But until tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:59pm Eastern Time, you can get it on a pay-what-you-want basis.

Seriously — it’s a chance to save big while making sure you won’t be scrambling for recipes that work this holiday season!

And if you choose to pay $20 or more, you’ll also get a bonus eCourse full of tips for cooking around major food allergens, so you can transform your favorite family recipes to make them allergy-friendly (worth $40 by itself!).

Plus the bundle is backed 100% with a 30-Day Happiness Guarantee.
So why wait?
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I cannot wait to utilize this Ultimate Bundle for the great meals together as a family without the added stress of finding recipes that will appease every allergy and food sensitivity!

P.S. Remember, this 48-hour package is only available until tomorrow, at 11:59pm Eastern Time. So if you want it, you need to get it soon.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Don’t miss it!

With just a few hours left before The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle disappears, I wanted to send a quick reminder!
If you don’t have time to find a bunch of online resources or a lot of extra money to spend, you’ll appreciate how the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will make your homemaking less stressful.

If you agree, now is the time to act.
At 11:59 P.M. tonight, the bundle will come off sale for good!

Let’s make the next 12 months your most relaxed homemaking year ever. Click here to get started: https://us154.isrefer.com/go/homebundle/a2830/

P.S. Also included in the bundle are bonus offers worth over $200! Get a free subscription box with kids’ books and craft projects, art prints, or reusable glass straws – just to name a few!

Grab your bonuses before the sale ends tonight at midnight: https://us154.isrefer.com/go/homebundle/a2830/

Friday, October 20, 2017



Sat. & Sun., Oct. 28-29, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pumpkin Bash features:
1. Trick-or-treating for kids
2. Family-friendly Boomazium fun including not-so-scary storytelling and puppet shows
3. Pumpkins for the animals

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: One kid (12 years and under) in costume is admitted FREE with a full-price paid adult admission (cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion)
All activities are free with zoo admission or membership

Avoid lines and buy your general admission tickets in advance, or become a member for unlimited admission all year long! Please note: discounts and coupons are not applicable for online ticket purchases. For More Information and to Purchase Tickets Please visit: https://www.zoo.org/halloween

Get into the Halloween spirit with these Facebook Cover Photos inspired by the howling good time our animals have at Pumpkin Bash. They are sized to fit perfectly into the Cover Photo spot on your Facebook profile - just save your favorite and upload to your profile to share the fun!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Seventh Generation Baby Products Review

I love getting goodies to try out.  Today we tried out the following:

NEW Seventh Generation Coconut Care™ moisture lotion
Free & Clear Diapers - Two Size 2 diapers
Free & Clear Wipes - Two trial wipes

Seventh Generation Coconut Care moisture lotion
This lotion is really nice.  It is Sulfate-free, paraben-free, dye-free.   I tried the sample size and packed it in my bag for on the go.   I was not let down by Seventh Generation at all.  Sure enough while running errands--my hands felt dry.  The first thing I noticed was the nice light scent.  Not overpowering at all.  As I squeezed a bit on my hands and bit on my legs, I noticed how it did not leave a weird greasy film.  To me this lotion absorbed into my skin quickly.  Refreshed, I went about my day.  I am hoping to get to the store to purchase a regular size!  It is a lotion I would definitely purchase for myself and my kids.

Free & Clear Diapers - Two Size 2 diapers
We also got the opportunity to try Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers for my six month old.  First impression---Adorable woodland prints! The fit was really nice for him.  It held as much as my other diapers and did not leak.  I am quite impressed with this Free & Clear Diaper.
Our day out of town resulted in my husband running out to the store and purchasing a pack because we liked it.  We usually use cloth diapers, but we felt this was a good purchase since we would be out of town for the day.

Here is a little bit of information from their website regarding their diapers:

Seventh Generation diapers have an ultra-absorbent core that prevents leaks and is made with 0% chlorine bleaching, fragrances or lotions. We design our diapers to care for your baby as well as the health of the next seven generations.

·       As always, Seventh Generation Free & Clear baby diapers are made for your baby’s sensitive skin; the same great diapers you love now have a new look!
·       The ultra-absorbent, high capacity core of our baby diapers provides premium leak protection to keep your baby’s skin protected and dry.
·       Our diapers are hypoallergenic, free from lotions and fragrances, and the core of our diaper is free from chlorine bleaching.
·       The wood pulp in the core of our diapers is sustainably sourced and FSC® certified, helping to protect the world’s forests and the animals who depend on them. FSC® C115279
·       Seventh Generation diapers are made right here in the U.S.A. and are available in both original without designs and with NEW animal designs.

Free & Clear Wipes
These Wipes are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, no fragrance added, ethyl alcohol-free which are great for the sensitive baby bottoms.  The two wipes I used held up and did not fall apart or anything.  If your baby has sensitive skin--Seventh Generation is a great option.

Learn more about our complete baby care line here!

*Disclosure:  I received Free Seventh Generation products for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own and pictures were taken by me.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Isaiah 25:1

In a world that is just crazy and full of turmoil and unrest---I am reminded of the Lord who is faithful and in control in the midst of all this.  I think of all my friends going through hard marriages and struggles.  I think of Job in the Bible going through major trials--yet never cursing God. 

I will exalt you and praise your name for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things planned long ago.  In spite of everything God we look to you!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rinseworks Aquaus 360 Diaper Sprayer Review

Simply a Great product. The hardware is solid and I have no complaints about the quality. The water stream is strong enough to rinse off poopy diapers, and is easy to adjust the pressure. What is nice about this is that one can adjust the stream of water. With other kitchen spray nozzles you simply can't do that! Another reason why I liked this was that the Install was simple. It took a matter of 5 minutes and I did not have to use any tools. Be sure that the diaper sprayer is "off" before turning on water by the way. It sprayed a good six feet. This sprayer has a lot of poop spray power.

I like the fact that this comes with a diaper sprayer holder that simply hooks over the toilet (you don't have to use tools at all). It's a hook that literally hooks over the toilet. Other diaper sprayers that I have bought did not have that option. It has been about a month and no leaks. I thought that it would be a bummer having to turn off the valve after each use, but it's so simple and I don't mind it at all. I would buy this again for a friend or for our second bathroom. I highly recommend this. I paid full price for this product, I was not asked to write a review. I bought this after reading reviews and after many hours of research. I also felt like their warranty was solid. If I ever had a leak they would stand by their product! This company made me feel like I was making a safe decision, so I jumped on it. I also saw alot of positive reviews and they are certainly not wrong about this diaper sprayer.

One can find this diaper sprayer here on Amazon:  Aquaus 360 Diaper Sprayer

Disclaimer:  I am quite happy with my purchase and am a satisfied customer who wanted to write a review.  I purchased this product with my own money and for the reason of cleaning our dirty poopy diapers.  I was not asked to write this review, but provided this review so that I may help others see how this product worked out. 

Baby-Led Weaning Family Cookbook Review

This book has paved a way for me to confidently feed my nine month old real food without having to make "baby food". I have an older child and for her I had many fears and a lot of questions on how to start solids. This book is very simplistic in its style, but it is not a negative. It actually was perfect for a mom who may be pressed for time and needs to do a quick speed read. I was able to sit down and read this book within an hour and come back to it from time to time when I needed to.

Why do I recommend this book?

It offers bullet points and bright boxes that highlights important information and tidbits of advice. The book is eye catching in its illustrations and offers the right amount of knowledge and information. I quickly get glossy eyed with a book that has way too much information that I can handle.  This is a rather quick, short and sweet reference book when it comes to baby led weaning. Lastly, I enjoyed utilizing this book with my child. It gave me a confidence to "DO". Happily my now 10 month old eats at the table with us. The best thing is that I did not have to put any extra effort into making "baby food". I do like that this book includes recipes. Although I have yet to try them, I do like how this book has recipes on hand to try out.

Find this book for preorder on Amazon: Baby-Led Weaning: Family Cookbook

Disclaimer: I did receive a review copy of this book for the purpose of reading and writing a review. I was obligated to provide my own personal and honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Parenting Super Bundle 2017: Sneek Peak!

When you were a kid, did you try to figure out the contents of your birthday present before you unwrapped it? Were you the “shake and listen” expert?  Or did you employ a little plastic surgery on the wrapping paper (in a less visible location, of course) to see if you could catch a glimpse of what you were getting?  That’s what I thought ;-). Well, it’s time for a sneak peek (and you don’t even have to unwrap or shake or anything!). I've already told you about the Parenting Super Bundle. You already know it’s worth over $1270, but you pay less than $30.

And you already know you’ll get access to 80 resources like eBooks, eCourses, printable, workbooks, and more! That all sounds really good, right? But I know you. You’d like to see the real thing. I get it.  For the first time ever, the Ultimate Bundles team put together a special inside look for curious people, just like you.  Now, you can’t see everything (I mean, there still has to be some element of surprise, right?), but if you’ve been hoping for a sneak peek of the printables, planners and workbooks inside the Parenting Super Bundle,
here’s your chance!

Parenting Super Bundle Sneak Peek

Psst...This is just a small sampling of all the printables that are included!
Whoa! It looks awesome, right? Want to see more? You can click here to see the full list of everything in the bundle: https://us154.isrefer.com/go/PARSB2017/a2830/

P.S. One small request… if this sneak peek piqued your interest (hee hee, pun fully intended), just make sure you don’t wait. I was allowed to give you this inside look, but the one thing I can’t do is extend the sale, which ends in only 6 days! Check it out now: Check Out Ultimate Bundle