*This is a sponsored app review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Have you had that parenting moment yet when you can’t find your child and your heart just drops? Whether it’s for 30 seconds or 15 minutes, at some point it happens to us all, your child will be out of sight and that panic will set in. Mine happened at the mall, I had just two kids then, one in the stroller and one toddler and we were on the third story of one of those malls with the glass walls. I turned around and Hayley was gone. My first heart sinking thought was that she had fallen over or through that glass wall. Just seconds later I saw her down the corridor and relief washed over me, but I will never forget the feeling in that moment, one of the worst I’ve ever felt. The mother who founded AlertID felt the same thing but for almost an hour when she could not find her three children. I cannot imagine the torture, but it led her to create a community alert system that helps protects families and neighborhoods across the country.
The purpose of AlertID is to provide a secure way to receive public safety alerts and share information within your community of neighbors and family. It is a free mobile and online service with an interactive map that displays potential threats to your family, schools or neighborhood. That way you can warn neighbors and they can warn you. There are already more than 1 million members signed up, and as a mom I can understand why. I live in what is considered a very safe neighborhood, yet within the last year we had a rabid fox running loose (I know crazy right!?) and a break in down the street. Those would have been perfect moments for neighbors to engage AlertID and warn the community. Much more efficient than the e-mail blasts that went out but were not always received right away.
Although AlertID began as a safety tool for parents and kids it has become a proven technology to help citizens, federal, state, and local authorities share information about crime, terrorism, natural disasters, sex offenders, missing children, elderly, and severe weather. I hope I never have that feeling again, that moment of terror, but I feel safer knowing that in the case of emergency with AlertID I would be able to immediately get the word out and spring my community into action.
*This is a partnered post with Santé Nuts. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Most days, I am at a total loss for what to make my kids for lunch. I have tried many recipes that I loved, but they plain hated. It is a constant battle getting them to eat lunch, especially my almost 6 year old who is entering Kindergarten in a few short days. I need a delicious recipe that is easy to make, delicious, and has Hayley excited to eat. After all, a girl who has a great lunch, will do well in school and will have the energy to succeed.
This past month, we were sent Santé Nuts to sample for myself, my husband, and Hayley. These are delicious hand roast nuts, that use a secret roasting method that allows for minimal absorption of oil into the nut, resulting in a healthier product with a just-right balance of sweet and spice, and a crispy crunch. All of the nuts are, gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, non-GMO and delicious. They have 9 different flavors, ranging from the spicy chipotle almonds, to sweet candied pistachios to mild, buttery cardamom cashews. You can use these nuts in recipes or they have single serving packages that you use to put into your kid’s school lunches. I can assure you that once they have a bite, they will be asking for more and more! They are truly scrumptious.
In preparation for Back to School, I made a delicious Grilled Pecan Pie Sandwich which can be found on the Santé Nuts website. This recipe definitely sounds as good as it looks!
Grilled Pecan Pie Sandwiches by George Duran:
1 5-oz. bag of Santé Candied Pecans
Thick-cut whole grain bread
Bosc pears, cored
sliced Butter, room temperature
Place Candied Pecans in food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the side of the bowl every so often. Pre-heat a non-stick pan on low. Spread a good amount of pecan butter on one side of bread and fan out slices of pear on top. Cover with a second slice of bread and spread butter on both sides. Place on non-stick pan and cook until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes.
This recipe was very easy to make and took me no longer than 10 minutes to get it ready. It is a perfect sandwich to add to your kid’s lunch boxes or even for a mid afternoon snack for the kids, after they come home from school ravenous. Make sure to try out this delicious recipe and give Santé Nuts a try today! Let me know how you like it!
* I received pillows for review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
I am a huge fan of shopping on Etsy and when Etsy owner, Terri Banks, contacted me to review her Etsy store, Simply French Market, I was honored. She is the ultimate create of “Family Tree Pillows” which are pillows that are created to reflect your family name on pillows that you can put together on your couch, bed, or anywhere to add decor.
She has many different options for personalized family pillows including this family tree pillow that can be personalized to the names you would like to use. These pillows have softened off white cotton canvas fronts with a natural tan burlap envelope closure backing. Terri takes time with each pillow to make sure it is up to your standards and will add beauty to your home.
She sent my family the burlap pillows that were monogramed with Dr., Dr. and our last name. They came in a set of three pillows and below our name, had the year we were married. When I received these pillows, I gushed to my husband just how gorgeous they truly were. They were thick, yet very comfortable pillows, that were beautiful, and comfortable. I proudly display them now on my living room couch and I constantly get remarks on what a unique and personalized gift this would be.
She can create just about any pillow set you like and can incorporate whatever names/dates, you would like on your pillows. Each pillow is handcrafted to meet and exceed the consumer’s wants and needs. If you have a unique order, you can contact her and she will work with you to try to make that happen.
These pillows are absolutely wonderful and would make a great gift for a shower or a wedding. Or if you are like me, you can gift yourself these pillows to add some beautiful decor to your home. Be sure to check out Simply French Market today for your premiere etsy store for personalized pillows today!
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*I received this DVD from Disney. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
While we did not get a chance to see Disneynature’s Bears in the movie theatre, we were more than excited to watch it this past week when it came out on DVD. I was hesitant if my kids would like it or if it would hold their interest, since the premise was about bears. However, it absolutely exceeded my expectations and the kids were drawn to it, from the moment is started. They liked it so much so, that they asked to watch it over and over again all week, and invited their friends over to join in on the fun.
The visual effects are simply amazing in this movie. You actually feel like you are up and personal with the bears and the cinematography was stunning. The way they filmed this movie, you feel like you are in the actual outdoors and gave me a new appreciation of these treasured animals. Disneynature’s Bears is available now on DVD and it should definitely be added to your Disney movie collections.
Here is more information about the movie:
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth” and “Chimpanzee,” comes the must-own true life adventure “Bears,” available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), and On-Demand, Aug. 12, 2014. An epic story of breathtaking scale, this heartwarming and visually spectacular film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Families everywhere can now travel to a majestic Alaskan wilderness teeming with life without leaving home as “Bears” arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and Digital HD featuring stunning high definition picture, transporting sound, and exciting bonus features both parents and their children will love.
Bonus features on the “Bears” Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and Digital HD include the music video for “Carry On,” featuring Olivia Holt, and four making-of featurettes, including “Welcome To Alaska,” which tracks the filmmakers as they set forth on an epic journey to film Sky and her cubs out in the wilds of the Alaskan frontier; “The Future For The Bears,” which spotlights a special visit to the film’s production from legendary primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall; “A Guide to Living With Bears,” which introduces viewers to the guides who instructed the filmmakers on how to work with these magnificent creatures; and “How Did They Film That?,” which provides an inside look on some of the extreme filmmaking that went into getting shots high in the mountains and under frigid cold water.
“Bears” was directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”). It features narration by John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Chicago” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”).
This must-own Disneynature true life adventure can be experienced in the following formats with bonus features as listed:
Bonus Materials for This Product:
Blu-ray, Digital HD & DMA
- Welcome To Alaska - Journey with the filmmakers into the Alaskan wilds to film Sky and her cubs.
- The Future For The Bears – Experience the thrill of living with the bears during production, and the importance of protecting the wilderness to ensure their survival…and our own.
- A Guide To Living With Bears - Learn how the team interacts safely with these magnificent creatures.
- How Did They Film That? - Get an inside look on some of the extreme filmmaking that went into getting shots high in the mountains and under frigid cold water.
- “Carry On” Music Video By Olivia Holt
*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer
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*I work with Summer Infant on promotions. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Newborn Taylor loves to sleep! I kid you not that girl is sleeping at least 7-8 hour stretches a night, at a time. She has been doing this for about 2 weeks now, so let’s hope it stays! One of the great baby product to help get her to sleep is the Summer Infant Bentwood Bassinet with Motion. We have had bassinets before but none as great as the one we received from Summer Infant! It has all the features of a traditional bassinet but with some awesome extras.
When we received the Bentwood Bassinet, I had my husband put it together. It was quite easy to put together, following the instructions that were given in the manual. Once it was all put together, I remarked how beautiful the bassinet truly is. It features a natural hardwood construction as the frame of the bassinet. Under the bassinet, you have an extra large storage basket where you can put diapers, wipes, and other nighttime feeding essentials. On top of the bassinet, you have an adjustable canopy which you can close or open, depending on how much light you want in the room.
The bassinet features music, nature, and womb sounds via the press of buttons on the side of the bassinet. You can set up your sounds for 15 minute intervals to help your baby transition to sleep. Once the 15 minutes are up, Taylor is usually sound asleep. In terms of the motion, it features a silent sway motion that soothes the baby to sleep. The adjustable sway speed allows Taylor to enjoy the motion and lets her fall into a tranquil sleep. Best of all, I do not have to be woken up as she is headed to sleep. It can naturally soothe Taylor to sleep without making a peep! As a mom, this is a huge plus!
With its European inspired design and modern aesthetic, the Bentwood Bassinet with Motion is a beautiful addition to any nursery or home. We are HUGE fans of Summer Infant and their amazing products, and the Bentwood Bassinet did not fail to disappoint. If you are a new mom, you want to check out this bassinet for your new baby. It takes up little space in your room, is beautiful, and helps your baby sleep. How much more could you want out of a bassinet?!
The Summer Infant Bentwood Bassinet is available for $179 on the Summer Infant website and at Buy Buy Baby!