Road Trip Planning For Families

September 24, 2015

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Long before I had Gabe I was traveling from Charleston, South Carolina, back to Kentucky to visit my family. I was just 18 years old, and it was the first time (and last time) I ran out of gas. It was in early in the evening, and luckily it was still daylight. I didn’t have a car phone with me, and society was just starting to see cell phones. The nearest gas station was miles away, and a couple of guys stopped in a truck to see if I needed help. A North Carolina State Trooper stopped to see why two vehicles were pulled to the side of the road. The female officer told the men that she would help me and sent them on their way. When they pulled out, she took the opportunity to help, but not before (justifiably) chewing me out. She proceeded to tell me how very unsafe it was for me to run out of gas, and that I could have easily been kidnapped or killed by someone who saw me as vulnerable. It was a humiliating experience, but I deserved it. She told me to sit in my car, lock the doors, and wait on her to return with gas. I did as she instructed. When she returned, I thanked her for the gas and I drove straight home. I’ve never forgotten her, or what she said to me that day. I rarely let my gas tank get below 1/4 full, and I try to make sure my car is packed for an emergency. Today, I’m sharing some family road trip planning tips as we prepare for a fall break road trip to Charleston, SC and on to Orlando, FL (don’t tell Gabe, we’re going to Disney World).

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Keeping Your Child Connected With CloudPets™

September 8, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CloudPetsForever #CollectiveBias

My son has been an Army child his entire life. He’s no stranger to goodbyes, and time away from family and friends. It wasn’t a choice he made; it was a life he was born into and I try to make goodbyes as easy as possible for him. It’s gotten worse since his father and I divorced, and we now live several counties away from him. He goes to visit him every other weekend and holidays, and he’s slowly getting into a routine. Our lives are complicated by the fact that my fiance is a commuting professor who is gone several days a week. I can’t always make a five year old understand why everyone must come and go, but I can help make his transitions a little easier with his new CloudPets™ toy.



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Lennox Energy Savings Superstar Contest

July 30, 2015

This is a compensated post, however all opinions are entirely my own.

Do you have any incredible energy saving tips to help beat the summer heat? Could you use $10,000 in Lennox® heating and air conditioning equipment, a one year supply of ice cream, or tickets to your closest water park? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Lennox® is hosting the Lennox Energy Savings Superstar Contest. Heat indexes this summer have soared about 100F in some U.S. cities, and it has been tough to manage the heat. Lennox® wants to know about your energy savings ideas for a chance to win one of several incredible prizes.
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Traveling Lighter With My Acer Iconia 8

June 11, 2015

It’s expensive to fly, and it’s more expensive to check luggage. In recent years, I try to just pack in my carry-on if at all possible. It isn’t easy and I sometimes have to make difficult decisions about what to take. The last two trips I had to forego taking my beloved DSLR because I took my MacBook, and I just didn’t have room. I’m a bit of a photo geek, so it is really tough to settle for taking pictures that are less than perfect. My iPhone takes good photos, but they aren’t great for a photographer who is picky about her work. I can trim my clothes and makeup down, but with electronics you either take something or you don’t. I was offered the chance to try the Acer Iconia 8 and I never imagined it could replace my laptop when traveling, but could it?

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Pacifier Struggles? Check Out Pica Pacifier

March 10, 2015

Are you struggling to get your baby or toddler to ditch their pacifier? The struggle is real for many parents and children. I read about pacifier problems on my Facebook feed and hear it from my friends. I was introduced to a neat app called Pica Pacifier to help you and your child over come the struggle, and ditch that pacifier for good.

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Simplify Your Life With WayTaskers

February 22, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’m busy. Aren’t we all? There are so many small tasks on my to-do list that I can’t get done. I feel like I have to short-change one task to get to another. I often find myself wishing that I had a helper, but I don’t know where to start looking. When WayTaskers approached me about reviewing the website and app, I was excited. I had a possible solution to my problem, a way I could find someone to help me complete my tasks. WayTaskers is an app/website where individuals can list tasks they need completed and have “runners” place bids on completing them.



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Building My Business With T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™

February 20, 2015

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When filing my taxes this year for the first time as a small business owner (yes, blogging is a business), I struggled with business expense deductions. I hadn’t kept track of my expenses like I should have, and I wasn’t able to claim expenses that I would have qualified to claim. I should have taken a look at seed stage startup accounting to see how I could have got help with these financial needs.

And since blogging is a business (really), I’m always looking for more business-like ways of improving the way I work. I’ve found plenty of leads in that regard, I’ve also been recommended a few as well, like this motivational speaker who consults for small businesses. If I ever get demotivated when it comes to my work I’ll know where I can turn to. For the present time, I’ve been reading over several articles on communications.
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Two regular expenses for most small business owners like me is our phone and internet service. After reading about improving customer service on, I realized that I needed to prioritize communication. It’s really important to stay connected to customers and clients, or they might take their business elsewhere. Many business owners even choose to use a cloud contact centre as their method of keeping in contact with customers, so the call centre element of the business is made much more simple. After seeing how far technology has come in regards to business, and the relationship between customer and business owner, I realized it was time for a change.

I had used my personal cell phone for business calls, and I was unable to use it as a deduction. I realized that I needed to get a dedicated business cell phone with a data plan and budget that into my business expenses for the year. I opted for the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ plan available at Walmart. The service plans begin at for unlimited talk and text, and you choose the high-speed data/plan that fits your needs, up to 8Mbps on T-Mobile’s Nationwide 4LTE Network.
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