Thursday, October 16, 2014

Discount on Bella-Ween 24K Gold Skin Mask

Discount on Bella-Ween 24K Gold Skin Mask #skincare #save

I am perfectly happy with the wrinkles I have, it means I have lived, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't mind if my face were a bit smoother. 

And I just had to share about this 24K Gold facial mask, did you even know gold was used in skin care? Well, if someone wants to send me gold and offer smoother skin, how can I pass that up?

So here are the details to get your own beauty gold for a deal:

I get to offer my readers:

25% Savings on 24K Gold Collagen Face & Neck Mask 

or any order of $50 or more at Use Code: USFG25
Expires 10/31/14 #mibellareina

The scoop about this gold skin care: 

The Nancy Reagan 24K Gold Collagen Face & Neck Mask brings the luxury of a spa facial. It is specially formulated to bring back the luster and dewy glow of your skin.

The 24K collagen masks can be easily used at home and the results are visible on the face within just 10-20 minutes of application. The mask hydrates and softens the skin thoroughly, while the essential vitamins and gold help reduce the fine lines and wrinkles.

Discount on Bella-Ween 24K Gold Skin Mask #skincare #save

I'll post a full review when I get my mask. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pet Care During Busy School Seasons

I just admitted on my pet blog that I have neglected my dog. 

I am an avid animal lover and constantly promoting causes to make changes to help animals, so how can this be?

It's an important topic and I wanted to share here as well.

We've been so busy with school classes, field trips, work schedules, doctor appointments, etc, etc, that we haven't been paying much attention to our pets.

They are always fed and have their basic needs met, but we were not taking the time to play or show them that they are loved.

The cats are pretty independent and will demand attention, but Max, our dog, does not speak up, it turns out. He became more and more forgotten about as our days grew busier.

I knew we needed to walk him more, but one day he did not bother to come downstairs and greet us when we came home and I knew he was depressed.

Read the full story here and how we handled the problem:

Does Your Dog Get Enough Attention When You're Busy with Work or School?

No matter how busy you are, if you have decided to be a pet owner, care for your pet the same way you would your own child. 

They need playtime, exercise, and as much love and affection as you need.

Make a plan to get your dog out of the house, even if that means amending your schedule to go places your dog is allowed, such as a park or hike your pet is allowed at.

Get your kids involved. They can feed at groom from an early age as well as toss toys and run with your dog. They can help to keep you accountable for daily walks and dog outings.

Get creative and get the whole family involved.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Is Your Attention Ever Undivided, Mom?

Today was a day to just let the kids stay home. 

Some days every interaction with your kids feels like a battle. Is it the kids? Have you stopped to really listen? Is Your Attention Ever Undivided, Mom?

It's hard in our fast paced world not to feel guilty about relaxing. Especially if it's normally a work or school day. 

This morning everything I asked of my kids was a battle or an argument. They argued with each other when they weren't arguing with me. Somehow we managed to get a few things checked off my list, such as some time spent working on reading, cleaning up the living room, and paying some bills. We even managed to be ready on time to get out the door to the kids' classes today, but just as we were all getting our shoes on, grumbling and unhappy an event as that could be, it dawned on me that we don't have to go anywhere today.

Why drag an entire tired, cranky family out today when what we truly need is some down time together. We had a super busy weekend, fun, but busy, and though it's Wednesday, we haven't recovered. We haven't had time to, nor have I spent any real quality time with them when I wasn't distracted or trying to get other tasks done.
So, today, as we laced up our shoes, I looked at my kids and asked, do you want to go? 

They both shook their heads and said no. I asked what they'd like to do and they said "stay home and play a game with you".

We played Take-Off and Memory and then the kids took off to their room and played happily and mostly well together for a few hours. I got some work done during that time and felt better for having it completed.

Sometimes we all need a reminder to do what is best for ourselves, for our kids, not what we feel is "normal" or "expected" of us. Follow your instincts moms. 

What my kids, and myself, truly needed today was quality time together that was not structured, not rushed, and where I was fully present with them. As soon as the pressure and distractions were gone, we all enjoyed each other again. And they didn't even require that much of my undivided attention before they wanted to go play on their own. We were in all in much better spirits the rest of the day.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

McDonald's, an Industry Leader of Health? #McDTour #Sponsored

I went behind the scenes, to the mysterious beyond (behind the counter of McDonald's)

on the McDonald's Field to Restaurant Tour

I am being compensated by McDonald’s for my participation in this campaign as part of the Mom It Forward BloggerNetwork. Regardless, I always give my honest opinions. Full disclosure here.

On Friday Sept 19th I documented my adventure with McDonald's via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 
 with hashtag #McDTour

First I met a group of bloggers and other professionals at a McDonald's restaurant for breakfast. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Easy Steak & Pasta Dinner Recipe FREE Cookware #SaveMartMakeMemories #Sponsored

Easy Steak & Pasta Dinner Recipe FREE Cookware #SaveMartMakeMemories #Sponsored

As a busy mom, I'll only cook easy recipes with a few ingredients, but I still want delicious, well balanced, healthy meals for my family. 

For some, a great steak and pasta dinner may sound daunting, but it's really quick and easy! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Secret World Behind McDonald's #McDTour #sponsored

The Secret World Behind McDonald's #McDTour #sponsored I have never been a fan of fast food. 

I grew up eating pretty healthy and maybe that is why I never acquired a taste for burgers and fried food. In high school I even wrote McDonald's a letter as part of a school debate assignment, telling them all the reasons I thought they did more bad than good and accused them of contributing to America's obesity problem and deforestation. 

I am being compensated by McDonald’s for my participation in this campaign as part of the Mom It Forward BloggerNetwork
. Regardless, I always give my honest opinions. Full disclosure here.

I was surprised when they actually answered

They included a whole packet of information on charities they started and/or support, such as the Ronald McDonald House. There were tons of great things they were doing, even if they still didn't offer the healthiest foods at that time (in 2011 they signed aSustainable Land Management Commitment’ to decrease their impact on forests, fyi). That was a big eye opener for me, not only learning that I need to look into an issue in detail before jumping to conclusions, but to encourage improvement rather than send hate mail. 

I have thus far turned down any blogging offers to promote fast food, but this time I was specifically asked to learn about the nutritional foods that McDonald's has added to their menu and plans to grow their healthy selections in the near future

This is something I definitely want to encourage! 


What persuaded me most to get involved? 

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