How to Raise a Fancy Cat

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Litter Genie® and Fancy Feast®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Catparents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV.

When I used to work in retail, the younger girls made fun of me. They said that because I was near 30, no kids yet, not married, and owned a stray cat I’d adopted, that I’d end up being an old crazy cat lady. This was at The Buckle, where they make a sort of “account” for you when you shop. So that later, when you come back, we can tell you exactly what size and style of jeans you bought last time, that sort of thing. Well, a year after I stopped working there, and was shopping, and my friends weren’t there anymore, the person ringing me up started laughing. He didn’t want to tell me, so I looked at the screen, and under my name, for info, it said, “Crazy cat lady.” Well played my friends, well played <3

At the time, it seemed a likely future for me. But then that stray cat was lost, I moved, I had a baby, and bought a house. Getting out of crazy cat lady territory. And then….  this last Christmas eve, my Mister brought home a surprise kitten for Abby’s Christmas present, and I became a cat lady once again….

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Win a Vtech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor!

This post is brought to you by VTech and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Hey guys! I’m super excited to let you know about an uh-MAY-zing new product, and a chance to win it yourselves at a Twitter party today! It’s the Vtech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor. Many of us think about a monitor like this as a “baby monitor,” that we’d only use for our infants. But this is SO much more than that, and can totally give you peace of mind, all the way through the preschool years, and more. Check it out:

Vtech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor

Vtech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in quite awhile. And after working with Best Buy as a Blogging Ambassador the past few years, you know I’ve seen a LOT of cool technology, right? But this is something that really is life changing, as cheesy as that sounds. I’ll give you some info on it here, let you know how you can WIN one today {WOO HOO!} and then tomorrow I’ll be following up with a post showing you how I use it daily to make my mom life SO much easier, and keep my little one safer – and ideas on how you can use it in your daily life too! :) [Read more…]

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How Does an Induction Range Work?

This post is sponsored by Frigidaire in partnership with Best Buy. I received an awesomesauce Frigidaire Induction Range to try out their new technology, so that I could share my thoughts with you guys. You’ll love it! #InductionStar

I like to cook. I’m just not the best cook. I love to bake. And when it comes to baking, I like to think I’m pretty rad. I was a vegetarian for most of my 20’s {we don’t need to talk about how long ago those were, ok?} so I never really learned to cook meat. Good thing the Mister cooks that stuff. But I’m totally a pasta girl. I can rock some pasta dishes. But, something that is one of those random things that annoys the heck out of me is waiting for water to boil. Seriously. I hate waiting for that water when I make pasta. Silly. I know. But the average time to boil water is about 10 minutes, depending on your range, cookware, and how much water you’re boiling. I’m a busy woman, ok? :) So when I heard about the new Frigidaire Range – that was not only a pretty darn sexy appliance, but could also boil water in less than 2 minutes, I was like…. Hey baby, come on over. Show me how hot you are. {Sorry, is it just me who gets this excited over new appliances?}

Did you even SEE that? Like, seriously. I show every.single.person. who comes to my house how this works. They all think I’m crazy at first, to show them a boiling pot of water. And then within 30 seconds they’re all like, “Whaaaaa? Are you KIDDING me? Where do I get one of these?” And I’m all like, “At Best Buy, dude.” And they realize how rad this is.

Frigidaire Induction Range from Best Buy

How does this work? No clue. Pretty sure it’s magic. Like, Harry Potter style. {The wine helps make more magic.} If you want to learn more about how Induction Technology works, check this out: How Stuff Works: Induction Cooking. But I can tell you from a moms perspective how it works – it boils water in a flash. On Thanksgiving we had no plans, because I was sick. But the Mister went out around 10am, bought a big frozen turkey, and with this range, we cooked it fully – from FROZEN – in about 4 1/2 hours. Crazy. Another benefit too is that since the cooktop only gets hot where the cookware is, nothing can spill over and burn onto the stovetop. Amazing.

See how awesome it is?? And, it’s just…. pretty :) Check it out compared to my old range…

Before and after

My previous range was still really new, and in great shape. But man…. Look at how much nicer this new Frigidaire from Best Buy looks? I’m seriously going to replace all of my other appliances to match, as funds allow. There’s a rockin’ fridge, and an awesome dishwasher. I can’t recommend these enough!

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If you’re in love too, be sure to follow the #InductionStar hashtag on social media, and follow @BestBuy and @Frigidaire on Twitter. And if you love gadgets, appliances, tech, and cool stuff that makes your mom-life easier, be sure to connect with me on my Best Buy Bloggers Pinterest board!

Have you ever used a Frigidaire appliance? Have you ever used induction technology? What do you love/hate about your current range? Chat with me in the comments below!

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Join the #PinUp Pin Party! {1-30-15}

Welcome to another awesome week of our Pinterest party link up! Be sure to add your links – I repin EVERYONE who adds their links. And hop around and show some love to the other linkers-uppers too :)

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Welcome to the #PinIt Pin Party!

Who is ready to have some fun!?! We had a terrific turn out last week and hope to have you join in the fun this week. Before we begin, check out the MOST CLICKED submissions from last week’s Pin Party! We just LOVE these…

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meet Your Pin Party Hosts

{Be sure to check out the hosts and follow them on Pinterest!}

 

Jen

Jen from Pin-n-Tell

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Dawn

Dawn from Pin-n-Tell

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Meagan

Meagan from Sunshine and Sippycups

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Ashley

Ashley from Embracing Homemaking

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Jessica and Nellie

Jessica & Nellie from Butter with a Side of Bread

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JOIN THE PARTY!

We encourage all bloggers to join our pin party and link up any post from your blog or Pinterest account that you would like to share.

To make the party even more fun, remember…

  • By linking up at our #PinIt: Pin Parties, you are giving us permission to feature your submissions on our social media outlets and be considered to be featured as a Pinner of the Week… with a link back to you of course :)
  • We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites!
  • Be sure to visit and PIN or comment on at least 2 other links. Let’s spread the love.
  • We would love it if you spread the word about the party on social media or by adding our button to your site.
  • Please only link up to your blog posts or pins. No affiliate posts, sponsored posts, ads or products. If you have an Etsy shop, we would LOVE to feature you in our Shopping Saturday posts so please be sure to contact us!

Need more incentive to join in and #PinIt? Every week, some lucky participants will WIN fun prizes and get featured on our site! Whoo hoo!

Here’s how you can be a part of our Pin Party: Simply insert the URL for your PIN or Blog Post, so that we can showcase your creativeness! This party is open to any FAMILY FRIENDLY posts or pins. We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites! So, be sure to #PinIT!

Let’s introduce our fans, and everyone on Pinterest, to your great posts, pins and creativity :) Have FUN… and Enjoy!


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Join the #PinUp Pin Party!

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Welcome to the #PinIt Pin Party!

Who is ready to have some fun!?! We had a terrific turn out last week and hope to have you join in the fun this week. Before we begin, check out the MOST CLICKED submissions from last week’s Pin Party! We just LOVE these…

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
{Simply CLICK the image to #PinIT}

 

Meet Your Pin Party Hosts

{Be sure to check out the hosts and follow them on Pinterest!}

 

JenJen from Pin-n-Tell

Visit Jen’s profile on Pinterest.

DawnDawn from Pin-n-Tell

Visit Dawn’s profile on Pinterest.

MeaganMeagan from Sunshine and Sippycups

Visit Meagan’s profile on Pinterest.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 10.58.12 AMAshley from Embracing Homemaking

Visit Ashley’s profile on Pinterest.

butterJessica & Nellie from Butter with a Side of Bread

Visit their profile on Pinterest.

 

JOIN THE PARTY!

We encourage all bloggers to join our pin party and link up any post from your blog or Pinterest account that you would like to share.

To make the party even more fun, remember…

  • By linking up at our #PinIt: Pin Parties, you are giving us permission to feature your submissions on our social media outlets and be considered to be featured as a Pinner of the Week… with a link back to you of course :)
  • We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites!
  • Be sure to visit and PIN or comment on at least 2 other links. Let’s spread the love.
  • We would love it if you spread the word about the party on social media or by adding our button to your site.
  • Please only link up to your blog posts or pins. No affiliate posts, sponsored posts, ads or products. If you have an Etsy shop, we would LOVE to feature you in our Shopping Saturday posts so please be sure to contact us!

Need more incentive to join in and #PinIt? Every week, some lucky participants will WIN fun prizes and get featured on our site! Whoo hoo!

Here’s how you can be a part of our Pin Party: Simply insert the URL for your PIN or Blog Post, so that we can showcase your creativeness! This party is open to any FAMILY FRIENDLY posts or pins. We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites! So, be sure to #PinIT!

Let’s introduce our fans, and everyone on Pinterest, to your great posts, pins and creativity :) Have FUN… and Enjoy!


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Weight Watchers at Work

This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #WeightWatchers #WWsponsored….

So. I’ve told you guys about my struggle with my weight over the years. And how I’m working on that. And…. My new plan to get SERIOUS about it all, by using the amazing new personal coaching program from Weight Watchers. I’ve been working with this program for about a month now, and love it.

Skinny Girl Sparklers

One of the first things that my coach asked me, was to learn what food and drinks were my “problem” things. And juice was one of them. I’m like, a juice-a-holic. So, my coach helped me find some other options – like these Skinny Girl sparklers. 5 Calories per serving. Total win!

Weight Watchers yogurt parfait - only 4 points!

One of the other things was to start eating breakfast. I never used to. So, I’ve continued eating my yogurt and fruit breakfast daily. Love it! And it really does give me more energy, versus just having coffee.

Salad

Another thing that my coach told me is that I need to take time in the afternoon for lunch. Last week I was doing really good at eating breakfast, but not so good at remembering to eat lunch. But, having some salad stuff on hand, to make it super easy to throw it all together in a bowl, makes it super easy to eat lunch, even if it’s at my desk.

And…. The other thing my Weight Watchers Personal Coach told me is to make sure I get more activity. So, I’m actually getting out and walking – sometimes RUNNING. Oh my heck. If you know me, you know it’s very rare that I do things like this. But, I’m determined to get this toosh back into shape. So, here I am. With Tennies on. For exercise. Right?

So, I feel like I’m still on track for this week. My coach is available anytime I need her, and even if she wasn’t around, I can grab someone else to chat with or get advice from, 24/7. I’ve always been a big fan of Weight Watchers, since it’s such a solid plan and helps guide you into learning sustainable good choices, that you can continue even when you stop the program. Can’t recommend them enough! Learn more here: Weight Watchers.

 

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Join the #PinIt Pin Party {1-16-15}

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Welcome to the #PinIt Pin Party!

Who is ready to have some fun!?! We had a terrific turn out last week and hope to have even more join in the fun this week. Before we begin, check out our TOP Pins from last week’s Pin Party! We just LOVE these…

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You can PIN them here:

 
 

 

We encourage all bloggers to join our pin party and link up any post from your blog or Pinterest account that you would like to share. Let’s get started!

Meet your hosts

{Be sure to check out the hosts and follow them on Pinterest!}

JenJen from Pin-n-Tell

Visit Jen’s profile on Pinterest.

DawnDawn from Pin-n-Tell

Visit Dawn’s profile on Pinterest.

MeaganMeagan from Sunshine and Sippycups

Visit Meagan’s profile on Pinterest.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 10.58.12 AMAshley from Embracing Homemaking

Visit Ashley’s profile on Pinterest.

butterJessica & Nellie from Butter with a Side of Bread

Visit their profile on Pinterest.

To make the party even more fun, remember…

  • By linking up at our #PinIt: Pin Parties, you are giving us permission to feature your submissions on our social media outlets and be considered to be featured as a Pinner of the Week… with a link back to you of course :)
  • We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites!
  • Be sure to visit and PIN or comment on at least 2 other links. Let’s spread the love.
  • We would love it if you spread the word about the party on social media or by adding our button to your site.
  • Please only link up to your blog posts or pins. No affiliate posts, sponsored posts, ads or products. If you have an Etsy shop, we would LOVE to feature you in our Shopping Saturday posts so please be sure to contact us!

Need more incentive to join in and #PinIt? Every week, some lucky participants will WIN fun prizes and get featured on our site! Whoo hoo!

Here’s how you can be a part of our Pin Party: Simply insert the URL for your PIN or Blog Post, so that we can showcase your creativeness! This party is open to any family friendly posts or pins. We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites! So, be sure to Pin UP!

Let’s introduce our fans, and everyone on Pinterest,to your great posts, pins and creativity :) Have FUN… and Enjoy!


 

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