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Save the Family Walk with Joovy Bumprider

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This is a story.  This is a story of how you can save the family walk with a Joovy Bumprider.

In a suburb in the Midwest, lives a family. The family has a mom, a dad, and three children.  Two of the children in this family are old enough to ride big kid bikes and one is not.  This family likes to go on family walks.  When they do, the two older children either ride their big kid bikes or walk, while either the Mommy or Daddy pushes the little one in a stroller.  All is well on the family walk until this happens…

Daddy Pushing Sister's Bike


The big girl in the family gets tired of riding her bike and the Daddy has to push her bike home.  The Mommy is then left to choose between listening to her big girl whine and shed tears about her legs hurting, or carrying the big girl home on her back while simultaneously pushing the little one in the stroller.  The Mommy finds either option less than pleasant and put the kabosh on family walks for a while.

Then one day, the Mommy received a Joovy Bumprider to review.

Joovy Bumprider

The Mommy excitedly showed the Joovy Bumprider to the Daddy, and then the Daddy installed the Joovy Bumprider onto the back of the family jogging stroller.  The Joovy Bumprider was super simple to install, guaranteed to fit all stroller types due to it’s unique construction, and is the most universal stroller board on the market.  The arms are adjustable in width, length, and height, so it even fits on the back of the jogger with the extra large basket.  The platform has a non-slip surface and the wheel suspension makes for a smooth ride– even on our less than perfect terrain.  It has quick release clams that allow for easy mounting and removal from the stroller and is designed for children ages 2 to 5 and up to 45 pounds.  Oh, and NO tools are required for installation, save maybe a pair of scissors to cut the zip tie that holds the arms together in the package, which means the Mommy could have installed it herself, but someone had to take pictures for the story.

With the Joovy Bumprider installed, the family decided to go on a family walk again.  Before the walk was ended, the big girl tired of riding her bike, and this is what happened…

Save the family walk with the Joovy Bumprider

She did not whine.  She did not cry.  The Mommy did not have to carry her on her back and simultaneously push a stroller with the little one in it.   The big girl was happy.  The mommy was happy.  Everyone was happy… even Daddy, who was pushing the big girl bike home.

This is a story.  This is a story of how you can save the family walk with a Joovy Bumprider.

This family will be taking more family walks.  And this family will be taking the Joovy Bumprider with them on their next vacation!

And while the Mommy in this story did receive a Joovy Bumprider for review as a Joovy Mom, all opinions are her own and this story is true.

If you’d like to save your family walk, you can purchase the Joovy Bumprider at  http://www.joovy.com/

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A Baptism and a Super Heroes Backpack Bible

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My 6yo son recently asked to be baptized.  He asked Jesus into his heart two years ago, and I knew the day would come when he’d want to follow that up with getting baptized.  We reviewed Scripture together, and had several lengthy conversations about baptism and why a Christian would want to be baptized.  After I felt comfortable that he understood fully what it was he wanted to do, I signed him up for the next baptism service at our church.  When the pastor asked him if he had anything he’d like to say, he looked straight into the camera and simply said, “I love Jesus.”  My Momma heart couldn’t have been prouder!

Mister Gets Baptized

We wanted to give him something special to commemorate the special occasion, and thought the Super Heroes Backpack Bible was just perfect for it.

Super Heroes Backpack Bible

You see, he LOVES super heroes.  The Super Heroes Backpack Bible is a compact Bible and is roughly the size of a 5×7 photo, but it’s about an inch thick.  It’s lightweight and weighs less than 13 ounces.  It is in the easy-to-read New International Reader’s Version (NIrV, which is great because we’ve been trying to figure out which translation will be easiest for him to understand.  It is marketed toward boys, ages 6-10, who love super heroes but would be well loved by your super hero loving princess, as well!

Mister loves that the Super Heroes Backpack Bible, NIrV is packed with ordinary, everyday, people that were used by God into super hero ways.  He enjoys the illustrations, says it’s easy to understand, and has been reading it daily since he got it.  He said that right now his favorite story is about Daniel and the Lion’s Den, because it shows how God is faithful when we are.

The Super Heroes Backpack Bible does have the super thin pages, which is the only thing I would change.  We do have to be extra careful to keep it out of Little Miss’ reach, so she can’t tear the pages (oops, lesson learned the hard way).

Overall, Mister is well pleased with his Super Heroes Backpack Bible.

***Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): As a member of the Z Blog Squad, I received the aforementioned product from Zondervan to facilitate this review.***

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Brawny® Renews Partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project® #ToughIs

Being tough means continuing when it would be easy to stop.  When you grow up being different, you learn early on that you can either be tough or you can let life knock you down.   Thanks to my amazing family, I chose the former.  Because I know how easy it would be to give up, I’ve always admired those who don’t.  Like our wounded soldiers.   Which is why I am thrilled to partner with Brawny® to announce that they have renewed their partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project® for the third year running!  To date, the Brawny® brand has donated over $1.9 million to the Wounded Warrior Project®.  Brawny® says that the Wounded Warrior Project® shares the same spirit and values as it does: an inner strength that emboldens and inspires people to be “Tough to the Core.”

Tough Means Continuing When It Would Be Easy to Stop

I love companies that give back, especially one’s that give back to our soldiers!

Brawny Logo WWP Logo

The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).  WWP (founded in 2003) helps wounded servicemen and women adjust to civilian life and persevere through the visible and invisible wounds of war.  The fact is, tough is so much more than physical strength. Being tough, for some, is about learning to put one foot in front of the other again.  For others, it’s about getting back up when life has knocked you down.  For many of our soldiers, it’s about learning to work through the invisible wounds they sustained on the battlefield.

My Dad served three tours in Vietnam, aboard the USS Hooper DE-1026 from 1965 to 1968.  He doesn’t talk much about his time in the Navy.   Back then, a lot soldiers returning from war didn’t talk about their experiences.   Instead, they stuffed it.  Their inability to deal with their invisible wounds would inevitably creep into other areas of their lives.  My Dad is a recovered alcoholic, and has been for years.  While he’s never actually said it, I’ve no doubt that the invisible wounds of war helped drive him toward the bottle.  Perhaps if WWP had been around back then, many of our soldiers could have avoided years of living with festering wounds.
Our soldiers are amazing heroes, and when they come back from war, some of them need a bit of help.  After all they’ve done for us, I think we owe it to them to give them the help they need.  How can you help, you ask?
Simply tell us what “tough” means to you and the Brawny® brand will donate $1 to WWP for every text or photo submission, and for $5 for every video (up to $350,000).  You can share your definition and donate using #ToughIs on Facebook, Instagram or visit www.brawny.com/wounded-warrior-projectYou can connect with  @Brawny on Twitter and Brawny® on Facebook and BrawnyBrand on Instagram and you can connect with @wwpinc on Twitter and Wounded Warrior Project® on Facebook.Learn more about Brawny®’s partnership with Wounded Warrior Project® by visiting www.brawny.com/wounded-warrior-project .  To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project®, and check out some awesome volunteer opportunities, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.com.

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign that I am participating in with Brawny. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the brand.


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Skip the Kennel- Find a Loving Dog Sitter with DogVacay

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We always had a dog when I was growing up.  In fact, the number of years that I had a dog far outnumber the number of years that I haven’t.  That said, we haven’t had a pet in over five years.  One of the reasons we don’t have pets is because we like to travel and we don’t know any pet sitters.  As the kids get older, I more often get the question, “Mom, when can we get a dog?”  That seemingly innocent question sent me on a quest to explore our options.  I mean, what would we do with the dog if we wanted to go on vacation?  I recently heard of DogVacay, and it seems like a perfect solution!


Here’s how DogVacay works…

  • DogVacay is an online community that connects dog owners with our 20,000 vetted and insured pet sitters across North America, ready to care for your dog like a member of their family.
  • All reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updated of your pooch enjoying a “Vacay” of his own. You can finally travel with peace of mind — at prices half the price of the local kennel!
  • How it works:
    • Simply type in your zip code and find a PAWesome sitter in your neighborhood.
    • Schedule a meet ‘n greet to meet your Host, then book your pup’s Vacay and pay online.
    • You can now travel knowing your pup is having the time of his life in a loving home with one on one attention!
    • Receive photo “pup”dates showing how much fun your pup is having, and rest assured knowing each Vacay is covered with our free pet insurance and 24/7 customer care.
    • DogVacay is so loved by dog owners that it has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Forbes and The Today Show

I like the “pup”dates part!  Who wants to be away from their best friend and not know how they are doing?  Knowing that we could easily find a loving dog sitter with DogVacay certainly sways the pendulum in the direction of getting a pet again!

Check out this great video about DogVacay…

You can also apply to be a DogVacay host!

How to become a DogVacay Host

What better way is there to make money than watching adorable pups in your own home? DogVacay Hosts from all over have told us hosting pups has helped them spend more time with their families, pay for school, and save up for weddings or travel. Hosting pups on DogVacay is a low stress way to do what you love.

So, who can Host? You can host! Whether you’re a professional dog sitter or just a regular dog lover, DogVacay makes it easy to earn money watching pups. Simply create a free profile, set your own rates, decide which dogs to take and when to take them. DogVacay does the rest!  Each is covered by free pet insurance and 24/7 customer care.

Become a Host DogVacay

How paws-atively exciting!  Now, to talk my husband into a puppy…

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Theradome™ and Pink Lotus Breast Center Join Forces to Help Women Recover from Cancer-Related Hair Loss

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You all know that I proudly rock my bald head.  I’ve been bald all of my life, because of my skin disorder, and it’s just part of me.  For some women, though, the loss of hair can be absolutely devastating.  Which is why Theradome™, the manufacturer of the first and only FDA-cleared wearable, over-the-counter hair restoration device, just announced a new partnership with the Pink Lotus Breast Center.  The Pink Lotus Breast Center is hosting an exciting giveaway in which three women recovering from breast cancer will be chosen to receive a free limited edition pink Theradome™ LH80 PRO helmet to help restore their hair.

I had no idea that there was such exciting new technologies for restoring women’s hair after cancer-related hair loss!  Women recovering from breast cancer, along with their friends and family, may enter the Theradome™ giveaway by completing an entry form and providing a recent photograph of the entrant. On October 28, three winners will be selected at random to win.

It’s amazing that this…

pink lotus helmet

can do this!

Before Pink Lotus Helmet…before pink lotus helmet use

After Pink Lotus Helmet use… after pink lotus helmet use

Says, Tamim Hamid, inventor and founder of Theradome™,  “Our FDA-cleared hair restoration device is an incredible solution for the myriad of strong women who are dealing with hair loss as a result of breast cancer treatment.  Partnering with a nationally-recognized brand like Pink Lotus seemed like a natural and obvious choice for raising awareness and enriching these ladies’ lives.”

Breast cancer survivors, their friends and family can enter the giveaway on Pink Lotus’ Facebook page through October 25, 2014: facebook.com/pinklotusbreastcenter


Theradome, a medical device company based in Silicon Valley, Calif., specializes in bringing laser-based hair restoration therapies previously only available in a clinical setting into the home. Theradome Laser Helmet LH80 PRO helps minimize hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair for a fraction of the price of a visit to a clinic. For more information please visit www.theradome.com.

About the Pink Lotus Breast Center

The Pink Lotus Breast Center is an organization exclusively dedicated to the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. At the Pink Lotus Breast Center, women enjoy the unique experience of a comprehensive facility featuring holistic care linked seamlessly to the latest breast cancer screening and diagnostic technologies and state-of-the-art surgery. The organization’s mission conveys one clear purpose: to offer the most comprehensive and integrative breast care available today in a warm environment that provides all women with security and confidence when they need it most. For more information, please visit pinklotusbreastcenter.com.


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