Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum – The Perfect Holiday Gift


The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum is the only vacuum with no filters to wash or replace and has strong suction.  It has a 32-foot cord which provides a long reach for continuous vacuuming of large rooms, and the bin holds plenty of debris and dust, so you don’t have to stop to empty it constantly. Another great feature is that only the Dyson Big Ball cylinder vacuums pick itself up once it topples over.


Included in the box are the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum, a carbon fiber turbine head, a Tangle Free Turbine Tool, a Stiff Bristle brush, a Combination Tool and a Stair Tool.


Some of my other favorite features are the upholstery attachment and the way the wand extends up to 4.1 ft when you need to vacuum in out of reach spaces.


The Carbon fiber turbine head has stiff nylon bristles which remove dirt from carpet, and soft carbon fiber filaments which gently remove dust from hard floors. Because the vacuum head is thin, you can easily glide the wand under shelving units, cabinets and tables.


The handle on the wand makes it easy to maneuver the vacuum around your house.  And because the canister is on wheels, it easily follows behind you with smooth movement.  And as I mentioned before, only the Dyson Big Ball cylinder vacuums pick itself up once it topples over.


The canister comes off easily to empty and it hygienically ejects the dirt. You can drive out trapped dust and debris with just the push of a button. There’s no need to touch the dirt.

You can buy the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball at Best Buy HERE.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME Ticket Giveaway


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME comes to the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida from January 12-16, 2017.   The Greatest Show On Earth® features extreme acts fused with iconic circus traditions for the Ultimate Family Entertainment Experience.

High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide two and a half hours of thrilling entertainment.  With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth® guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros.® show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME also features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women. Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers.

The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with ticket purchase. Families can meet an international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills — like juggling — from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Together with the show, families receive over three hours of extreme family fun not to be missed.

Prepare to be amazed by the unexpected. Do something extreme today, and get tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME. Save $5 off select seats using promo code 5CIRCUS. Offer valid on all shows EXCEPT Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (opening night), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Not valid on Front Row and Premium Seating, nor day of show. Offer valid through January 12.

Tickets are available at Ringling.com or Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740. 

Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts.  To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Performance Schedule:

  • Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

For more information visit Ringling.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Now onto the giveaway…

One reader is going to win 4 tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME.  You can choose between the show on Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 pm or Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 am at the Amway Center.

To enter, leave a comment stating which show you would like to attend.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 12/21 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given 4 free tickets for my participation with Feld Entertainment. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Brentwood Home Pillow Review and Giveaway


I can be a little bit of a pillow snob, mainly because if the pillow isn’t “just right” I wake up with pains in my neck and shoulders. So when Brentwood Home contacted me asking if I wanted to review a couple of their pillows, I was super excited.  Brentwood Home has over 30 years of handcrafting experience.  Their manufacturing experience allows them to control every aspect of production, and a lack of middle-men means affordable, honest prices. All of their mattresses ship free to you both ways, with a 120-night sleep guarantee and a 25-year warranty. If you don’t love your purchase, return it with no questions asked.

What I received for my review was the Sleep Wellness bundle which include 2 of the Latex/Kapok Pillows and 2 of the Molded Latex Pillows.


Helena Latex/Kapok pillow

The Latex/Kapok Pillows are filled with all-natural latex ribbons that have a responsive feel that provides uplifting support, combined with silk-smooth kapok. They are perfect for people who switch between multiple sleeping positions as they easily mold to your neck and head. The cover is made of organic cotton grown without toxic pesticides or fertilizers.


Carmel Latex pillow

The Molded Latex Pillows are bouncy, resilient and molded to perfectly contour your head and neck. They are made with healthy materials for your sleep such as the 100% organic cotton cover. Plus they are certified free of synthetic materials by the Eco-institute.

I preferred the Carmel Latex pillow because it has a firm support whereas my boy friend preferred the Helena Latex/Kapok pillow because it wasn’t quite as firm.  I have been using the pillows for a week now and haven’t had any issues with waking up in pain which makes me SUPER happy !!!

Now is your chance to win this fabulous sleep wellness bundle valued at $276.

To enter, leave a comment stating which pillow you think you will like best.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 12/21 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Lego Star Wars Freemaker Adventures Season One On DVD


Unleash the Lighter Side of the Force With the Action Packed Thrills of LEGO® STAR WARS: The Freemaker Adventures Complete Season One being release for the first time on Blu-ray™ and DVD for the First Time on December 6, 2016.

Join the Freemakers in their spectacular first season of LEGO Star Wars Adventures. Taking place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, these new adventures follow a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from battle debris strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber –he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. The Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters and discover the strength of family. Relive all 13 action-packed episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season One.

Bonus Features:

The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family – Get to know the members of your favorite family of celestial scavengers – and meet the actors who bring them to life – in this fun collection of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews.
Freemaker Salvage and Repair – Visit the shop with the finest salvage in the galaxy as Rowan, Kordi and Zander take you on a tour of the family business.

Bonus Inside Each Blu-ray and DVD – 6 Exclusive Magnets

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Disney Elena of Avalor Ready to Rule Arrives on DVD on December 6


Disney’s newest princess comes to DVD with the release of Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule just in time for the Holidays!  Join Elena as she learns about being a princess who will one day become a queen and rule her kingdom. She’s saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress who was trying to destroy Avalor, but that was the easy part!  Elena’s journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart, Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule is a must-own for the entire family! Includes Four Full Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Projecting Scepter – A Great Holiday Gift! Bring home this charming series on Disney DVD December 6th!

You can watch a couple clips at the links below….

And you can download activity sheets by clicking the banner below….

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#DoleRose Dole Spirit of Hawai Sweepstakes + Free Coupon Reader Giveaway


Dole Packaged Foods has launched the Spirit of Hawaii sweepstakes where entrants have the chance to win a free trip for two to Hawaii. Open now through Dec. 31, you can enter to win this grand prize trip, or several weekly prizes, at DoleSunshine.com/Paradise.

The sweepstakes kicks off Dole’s road to the Rose Parade, where its 2017 float, Spirit of Hawaii, celebrates the company’s Hawaiian heritage and commitment to providing healthy, non-GMO fruits and snacks, as well as its commitment to preserving paradises across the globe through sustainable and environmentally-friendly operating practices.

For more information about the sweepstakes, and to enter, visit Facebook.com/DoleSunshine or DoleSunshine.com/paradise.



Now onto the reader giveaway…

One reader is going to win 5 coupons for free Dole products.

To enter, leave a comment stating which Dole product you like best.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 12/14 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Metallic Edition Waist Trainers from HourglassAngel.com


Simply jaw-dropping. Now available on HourglassAngel.com, Ann Chery’s bestselling Deportiva latex waist trainer is now brighter and bolder than ever. Designed with a metallic exterior, this high-compression latex waist trainer reflects light for a sleek, shimmering appearance.

The Metallic Edition Waist Trainer literally shines at the gym, where you’ll love showing off your new curves and flaunting your hot new waist trainer. While you exercise, the latex core stimulates thermal activity in your midsection, so you sweat more with minimal effort. Flexi-boning helps correct your posture, giving you a taller, more confident stance. The waist trainer visibly slims inches from your waistline while you wear it, while also making your bust and buttocks look more prominent. Three rows of hook-and-eye closures give you greater control over fit, while also allowing you to size down as your body changes.

Don’t want to work out? You don’t have to. A smooth, flat-seam construction lets you hide this waist trainer under almost any other clothes to enhance your silhouette. An inner cotton lining ensures the garment always feels soft and comfortable against your skin.


  • Slimmed midsection
  • Stimulates perspiration to maximize your workouts
  • Visibly reduced waistline: Look 1, 2, even 3 sizes thinner
  • Flattened tummy
  • Smooth hips
  • Improved, more confident posture
  • Increased thermal activity


  • Sleek metallic exterior
  • High compression latex core smooths and sculpts your figure
  • Cotton lining for added comfort
  • Flexi-boning
  • Flat seams remain hidden under clothes
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Using Technology to Strengthen Your Family: 3 Essential Tips



This new term represents just what you think it does: the sneaky, constant interference that technology has on our family lives and relationships.

Everyone has experienced some sort of technoference, but for parents, the divide can be especially noticeable. Kids love their devices, and testing their limits.

So how can parents take the reins back and ensure technology stops getting in the way of moments that matter?

Better yet, how can parents flip the script, and use technology to strengthen their family, as opposed to strain it? Here are 3 essentials tips to do just that:

  1. Find a Shared (Tech) Activity

Whether it’s playing a fun game as a family (like Words With Friends), Geocaching (if you haven’t heard of it, check it out), or enjoying a weekly family movie night, there are tons of ways you can use technology to bond and create memories together.

  1. Use Apps to Stay Connected When You’re Apart

There are tons of apps you can enjoy together as a family. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

  • Find a messaging app for your whole family to use, like WhatsApp, and use it to stay in touch.
  • Download a family calendar like Cozi to make sure everyone’s on the same page.
  • ‘Friend’ each other on social media (if your kids say it’s OK!).
  • Opt for FaceTime or Skype instead of phone calls, when possible.

Just be sure that before you establish a new modus communicado, your whole family is clear on expectations and rules (such as check-in texts only when your kids are hanging with friends, or that you can ‘like’ social media posts, but not comment).

  1. Stay Accountable with OurPact

Chances are, you already have expectations in place about device use. The reality is, enforcing those expectations is no easy feat

OurPact is an awesome free parental control app that can help stay everyone in the family accountable to agreements, through at-a-touch or scheduled internet and app blocking.

Using OurPact, you won’t need to ask your kids more than once to power their tablets off for dinner – if your first request is ignored, you can block devices with a touch for however long you please. Don’t want screens used past bedtime? (You shouldn’t, btw.) Set a bedtime schedule with the app to automatically block access every night after a certain time.

Sign up here today to get started with OurPact for free!

Any other tips for using technology to connect with your family? Share in the comments below!

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