Exercise Your Brain with SmartGames

Exercise Your Brain with SmartGames

Yesterday I had the opportunity to host a fun SmartGames game night through Tryazon. Tryazon sent us samples of three SmartGames: Ghost Hunters, IQ XOXO, and Busy Bugs. We invited some friends over and everyone grabbed a game to try. Since all the games were one player games we timed each round for 10 minutes and then swapped. Everyone had a great time learning the games. Ghost Hunters ended up being the favorite of the night! But we had fun playing them all. About SmartGames SmartGames utilizes skills ranging from spatial insight to pattern recognition, while improving your problem solving abilities and your memory. Each SmartGame is carefully designed and produced using quality materials that last. Challenges are divided into 4 or 5 levels of difficulty. And with so many included challenges, each …

BJ’s Benefits Beyond the Club

BJ’s Benefits Beyond the Club [+$100 gift card giveaway]

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in, and use myself. Did you know that BJ’s Wholesale Club has benefits beyond the club‘s amazing product selection and prices?  BJ’s offers a long list of services to help you save money! (Check it out for yourself! Enter to win a $100 BJ’s Gift Card via the form at the end of this post!) Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, extended warranties, prescription eye wear or health insurance, BJ’s has you covered. BJ’s Services offers a wide range of savings on everyday essentials. Please visit BJs.com/Services for a complete listing.       As you know I am …

Picnics & Popsicles

Picnics & Popsicles

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied an outfit from FabKids in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in.  Well, summer has struck North Carolina with a vengeance (and I know we are not alone)! Two straight weeks of temps in the mid to high 90s, plus a few 100 degree days in there AND almost no rain. Basically the moment the kids got out of school we hit a heat wave that kept them in the house all. day. long. Finally, the high temps fell to a balmy 88 degrees and we took the opportunity to pack up a quick picnic lunch and enjoy some time outside. The kids were so excited to play outdoors. …

Survive the Summer Heat with Bj's Wholesale Club

Survive the Summer Heat with BJ’s Wholesale Club

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in, and use myself. Well, it’s official! Even if the calendar doesn’t quite agree, summer is here. And it has hit North Carolina with a vengeance. We are only on day 6 of summer break and I’m ready for fall. What the heck am I going to do to survive the next 10 weeks of “vacation”?!? It’s too hot to do anything outside. I’m a fair-skinned redhead convinced I will die from spontaneous combustion if I go outside when it’s over 90. Air conditioning and ice pops are my best friends. …

Kick off the Summer Season with FabKids!

The Unofficial Kickoff to Summer – FabKids Review

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied an outfit from FabKids in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in.  Yay!! It’s time for fireflies, outdoor fun, barbecues, and S’Mores! Even though we have two weeks left of school the unofficial kickoff to summer is here! I don’t know about yours, but my kids have pretty much checked out of school already, which is unfortunate since they have EOGs (comprehensive end of the year testing) next week. Hopefully, we can keep it together just a little bit longer! I know I am counting down the days until school’s out –>> did you see the countdown clock in my sidebar, lol?!? We got a little taste of …

New Music from Mary Lambert: Heart On My Sleeve [music review]

If you’ve never heard of Mary Lambert, you will shortly. Her album Heart On My Sleeve dropped on October 14th and it is phenomenal! If you feel like the name is familiar but you can’t quite place it, let me give you a little refresher… she wrote and sang the hook on this 2012 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song… and it transformed her career! After struggling financially and personally for years, the 25 year old singer’s career took off when she sang the hook “She Keeps Me Warm” for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit “Same Love” in 2012. In 2013 Lambert signed with Capitol Records and released the EP Welcome To The Age of My Body which included an extended version of “She Keeps Me Warm”. In January 2014, because of her …