Horseback Riding for Fitness

Horseback Riding for FitnessAs you begin to advance in years it can be helpful in many ways to take up a new hobby. Choosing something physical helps you keep fit and healthy, it adds diversity to your day, and a hobby is often a great way of meeting new people.

Some say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but actually, it is never too late to learn a new skill, especially when you can have a lot of fun doing so. Horseback riding is among one of the most rewarding activities out there, and anyone of any age can learn.

Learning to ride a horse at a later age can seem a little daunting at first. After all, horses are pretty big animals, and not to mention strong, too. Most riding school horses have been well trained in helping beginners learn to ride, from tiny children to octogenarians.

They are naturally docile creatures and are more likely to ignore any inaccurate commands than to run off. Most riding schools offer lessons in stable management as well as riding. This teaches you how to care for your horse so you can develop more of a bond.

Horseback Ride for FitnessStarting a new hobby can be expensive – paying for lessons, purchasing any gear you might need, and travel costs to and from the stables all add up. Luckily, there are many great sites on the Internet to help you get started for less. For example, Ariat rider wear, which was heavily worn by the equestrians during the Olympics, is a lot cheaper from an online outlet, than at a local hobby store.

When you first begin, there’s really no need to spend a fortune on all the best gear. When you initially start out, you may be able to borrow or rent a lot of things from the riding school. All schools will have a selection of helmets for hire, which may be included in the lesson price.

For beginners, however, it is only recommended that you turn up in comfortable trousers that are not too loose and flapping, and boots with a smooth sole and small heel as these help your foot to grip the stirrup.

Anything more than this is just an added expense and not at all necessary at this stage.

The important thing is to stay fit and healthy while enjoying a new hobby.

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How to Ensure Your Pet Dog Feels Loved Despite a New Baby in the House

Tips for showing your dog love when you bring home a new babyMy husband and I partially think of our pet dog as our first child. She came to us as a baby puppy and we trained her to behave, to learn commands, and even to know a fairly extensive vocabulary. She is our companion at home and even on some of our vacations. We love her and think of her as 100% part of our family. Of course, now that our daughter is here, our pup takes a back seat sometimes. Sometimes her wants and needs are satisfied a few minutes later than they did previously. Sometimes she doesn’t get the same amount of attention as she used to get. Regardless, we do everything we can to ensure our dog knows just how much she is loved.

When you bring a new baby home, your life can turn upside-down in more ways than one. Sleep schedules are off, eating may consist of lots of takeout and anything else you can find in the cupboards and freezer…. Your dog may immediately sense that something is different. He or she may make an additional effort to spend more time with you, practically on top of you, even, showering you with more love and affection than ever before.

Training a dog with a new baby in the houseOur dog is a border collie and obviously loves to play, so she always has a toy of some kind in her mouth or nearby. It gets a bit dangerous when get gets underfoot with her ball, especially when I am carrying the baby. It makes me nervous, but I am careful not to scold her, as I know she just wants the attention and wants to be loved as much as she was before the baby came. We are very careful with keeping the ball out of reach when we are not actively playing with it, for our own safety and our daughter’s.

Here are some things you can do to help your dog remain a very important part of the family despite you and your spouse having your attention pulled in new directions:

· Maintain a special routine of playtime with the dog, either in the morning or in the afternoon or early evening after work.

· Give your dog treats and practice his or her tricks on a daily basis. Even for just a moment or two, this kind of attention can go a long way.

· Make the time to sit on the floor and pet your dog or hold him or her in your lap. Our dog is medium sized, about 40 pounds, but she still loves to pretend she is a lap dog.

· Do things together with the dog and the baby. Go for walks around the neighborhood or over to the park.

Tips for showing your dog love when you bring home a new baby· Teach your infant to love the dog, too. Practice gently petting the dog’s head or back. (Be sure your dog is friendly and would never bite your child. Avoid leaving the baby alone with the dog just to be safe.)

· Play fetch with the dog and encourage your child to watch as the dog retrieves the toys and comes running back to you. You’re sure to see your little one break into huge smiles in no time!

Remember, your pet may feel a little out of place or a bit replaced, so it is important to make that extra effort to show your pet you still care very much. Rather than shooing the dog away when he or she wants to play but you feel too busy, take a moment to toss the ball or scratch him behind the ears. Your pup may be feeling a little bit left out right now, but just wait until your son or daughter is big enough to run around and play. You can definitely look forward to those days and how cute they will be, playing together. Of course, your dog probably wouldn’t understand even if you tried to explain it, but the shared joy will be well worth the wait.

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Halloween Cocktails

Samples received for cocktailsHalloween is always a fun, spooky time of year. Get into spirits this season not only with costumes, but also cocktails! I was lucky to receive a number of products to review and sample some recipes. The following cocktails are sure to put you in a hauntingly good mood on Halloween or any other day!

Themed stemware by Designs by Lolita

Themed cocktails are not the only way to get the party going, spice up your party decorations by getting themed stemware. Designs by Lolita offers a variety of decorated glasses for any and every occasion.

These glasses are more than just something to put a drink in, each piece comes with its own signature drink recipe on the bottom. To see more images of the range of glasses that are available visit their website.

RecipeCocktail recipeThemed Cocktail Recipe

To keep your chocolate cravings at bay, treat yourself to Marie Brizard’s Chocolat Royal, the first and only super-premium dark chocolate liqueur. Not only can you add some indulgence to your cocktails or simply enjoy on the rocks, Chocolat Royal is versatile in its use and is able to go with coffee or over dessert as well. Yum!

Chocolat Royal is made with genuine cocoa beans with notes of vanilla and caramel to create a delicate blend of flavors. I received a bottle of Chocolat Royal for the purpose of this review.

Wicked Chocolate Cocktail Recipe

Wicked Chocolat

1.5 oz. Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal

1.5 oz. Sobieski Orange Vodka

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Sprinkle mint leaves on top for added flavor.

Even without mint leaves, this drink is sweet and simple. Enjoy Wicked Chocolat in small sips, rather than large gulps. If this drink is too strong for your or your guests’ tastes, add some club soda to the cocktail.

The Black Widow Cocktail

Chocolat Royal is not the only flavorful liqueur from Marie Brizard. The high-end line also features a range of other flavors including cacao, fruits, and mints.

The Black Widow

.5 oz. Marie Brizard Blackberry

2 oz. Sobieski Vodka

Pour and shake all ingredients together.

Serve on the rocks or straight up in a martini glass or make it extra sweet with a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

Another simple drink is the Southern Scream. This sweet drink doesn’t require many ingredients or a complicated recipe. This Halloween themed alcoholic beverage already adds a kick to classic OJ, so grenadine is not a dealbreaker to enjoy it. If you don’t have grenadine on hand and would prefer a more festive shade of orange, consider dripping red food dye into the cocktails. If you choose to use grenadine, remember only a drizzle is needed!

Southern Scream Recipe

Southern Scream

In a tall glass with ice, add:

1½ ounces Southern Comfort

4 ounces orange juice

Drizzle of Grenadine

Add a black licorice for sipping.

Southern Comfort

I received a bottle of Southern Comfort to sample the above Halloween cocktail. Southern Comfort or SoCo is a mix of fruit, spice, and whiskey flavors. It’s been around since 1874 and was created in New Orleans by a man who’s face is unknown. (There are no known pictures of M. W. Heron.)

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Easy Meals for Moms, in 10 Minutes or Less

Cuisinart Sandwich PressAs a new parent, I can totally relate to anyone who’s ever had a tough time fitting a meal into their busy day of caring for a baby. Sometimes I turn around and it’s pushing three or four o’clock and I still haven’t had lunch! I am trying to make a better habit of eating during normal meal times and ensuring I get a fairly healthy, balanced diet, at least the best diet I can with a little baby in the house. With busy moms (and dads) in mind, here is a list of my favorite simple meals for moms in 10 minutes or less.

Many of these meals can be made using ingredients you already have in the house. Sometimes it helps to buy a few groceries to enhance or vary your menu from time to time. Let’s get started!

Sandwiches and Melts

Keeping bread, lunchmeat, and cheese in the house almost seems too simple. If you have five minutes, you probably have enough time to make yourself a sandwich, even if you only get to enjoy it in a few ginormous bites. Here are some other ideas and ingredients for super snappy sandwiches you can enjoy with a little one in tow:

-Grilled Cheese – or grilled cheese with tomato, bacon, ham, turkey, etc. (You can make a pretty wicked grilled sandwich using a sandwich press!)

-Regular sandwiches – ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, or even PB&J…

-Croissant-wich – choose a croissant instead of bread and top with your favorite meat and cheese. Pop in the oven at 350 for 7 minutes or so.

-Pretzel Melt – same concept as croissant melt, but with pretzel rolls instead – yum!

-Tuna Melt – I like to make mine on an English muffin, but I have also made them on the top or bottom of a round roll when desperate. All you need is a can of tuna fish, a slice or two of provolone or your preferred cheese, and a roll, bagel, or English muffin. Bake at about 350 for 7 minutes or so, until warm all the way through.

-Roast Beef Au Jus – Great for a family dinner – buy sliced roast beef lunch meat, provolone cheese, and club rolls, as well as a packet of au jus gravy mix. Prepare as directed and enjoy with salad or fries (these will take more than 10 minutes).

Santa Fe Quesadilla MakerQuesadillas, Wraps, and Soft Tacos

Tortillas make for super simple meal ideas in no time. Make soft tacos by frying up some ground meat – ground beef or turkey – and add your favorite shredded cheese, lettuce, and other toppings. You can also make wraps using lettuce, tomato, and your favorite lunchmeats and cheeses – Italian wrap, turkey wrap, the works.

A quesadilla maker pays for itself in the number of amazing lunches and dinners (or snacks and party food) that you are able to make in just a few short weeks or months. Make chicken, bacon, and cheese quesadillas, or simple cheese quesadillas, or more advanced steak and cheese or salmon and cheese quesadillas. So yummy and it only takes a few minutes to make!

Pizza Spinoffs

Frozen pizzas can be simple food options, but they might not be that healthy for you, and they definitely don’t help you use up leftovers. Consider making your own pizzas in just minutes.

-Pizza bagels – top plain bagels or mini bagels with red sauce, shredded mozzarella, and any toppings you like. Bake in the oven until warm and cheese is melty.

-French bread pizza – same concept as above, but use French bread or a similar long roll. You can also make your own version using leftover hotdog rolls or other breads / rolls.

-White pizza bagels – instead of red sauce, use ricotta cheese and a little bit of garlic. Top with mozzarella and any other toppings you like. (This choice is great for moms wanting pizza but not able to have red sauce due to a sensitivity in their breastfeeding babies.)

Casseroles and Stir Fry Dishes

You can make some pretty awesome stir fry meals and casseroles using leftovers. Try these ideas in 10 minutes or less:

-Macaroni and cheese + frozen corn + canned white meat chicken or leftover chicken breast pieces, cubed

-Baked beans, kidney beans, and ham or hotdog slices baked in a casserole dish

-Hamburger Helper or Tuna Helper

Soup and Stew

Soups and stew, unless purchased in a can, do not take only 10 minutes to make, but once you have them at the ready, you can enjoy soup super fast by just popping it in the microwave. Same with stew. You can enjoy a wide variety of flavors simply by making soup and saving your leftovers. Of course, those Progresso soups aren’t half bad, either!

Leftovers

In almost all cases, it is a little easier to make a little extra dinner the night before so you can simply zap it in the microwave for a really easy and delicious lunch the next day. Meatloaf, lasagna, chicken parm, stir fry, and so many other dishes hold up wonderfully as leftovers.

In some cases, you can also make two of something and freeze one, like a meatloaf. Simply prepare the ingredients but don’t bake the second one – just wrap it tightly, label it, and stick it in the freezer for a very easy meal that requires very little prep work.

And, if you still don’t like any of these ideas, there’s always takeout. If you have any other suggestions for super easy  meals to make at home in 10 minutes or less, please share them below in our comments.

 

Halloween Treats

Halloween GoodiesHolidays are a great opportunity to explore fun and festive snacks, and also a great time to create your own innovative recipes. Use the food you serve at your party as additional decorations. I’ve seen scary “blood” dripped cupcakes that were a fabulous hit at a zombie themed party. Halloween can be so much more than just fun size candy bars and classic candy corn. I took some time to find and create exciting alternatives to the staples of October 31st.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Tastykakes were a hot commodity in the lunchroom as well as my home. Everybody in my family is able to have a his or her own favorite ‘kake’ with the variety this brand offers. My sister especially loves the Ghostly Goodies coconut candykakes, but there are so many flavors to try and love. After moving to the west coast, I was delighted to receive the new flavors of Tastykakes to sample.

Halloween Tastykakes

Kandy Bar Kakes are the perfect combination of Hershey’s candy bars and the Tastykakes we know and love. The three flavors of this new type of kake include Smore’s Kandy Bar Kakes made with Hershey Chocolate, Peppermint Kandy Bar Kakes made with York peppermint flavor, and Peanut Butter Kandy Bar Kake made with Reese’s peanut butter.

Halloween Tastykakes

For fun Halloween treats, check out the following Tastykake recipes.

Coffin Cakes: Take a Peppermint Kandy Bar Kake and transform it into a coffin shape. Frost it with chocolate frosting and use white icing to trace the outline and add ‘R.I.P.’ to your coffin. Add candy skeleton pieces to finish the treat!

Spooky S’more Pops: Insert lollipop sticks into S’more Kandy Bar Kakes. Coat them in marshmallow fluff and roll them around in crumbled graham crackers. Place them in the freezer for around 15 minutes to have the marshmallow and graham cracker coating harden.

Creepy Crawly Cake Bites: Create a spider out of the Peanut Butter Kandy Bar Kake! Cut the kake in half and insert licorice pieces as legs and candy corn as eyes.

Devilish Dirt Cups: Crumble a Kandy Bar Kake and mix with chocolate pudding. Top the mixture with gummy worms!

Use marshmallow fluff as glue to attach lollipop sticks and candy corn. If you notice the fluff is melting too quickly, place your treat in the freezer for a bit and then resume working on your creation. Toothpicks might also help to insert candy pieces into the kakes.

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Baby Teething Accessories – Molar Muncher and Lansinoh MOmma Teether

Basket Baby by Beatricekillam on http://www.stockfreeimages.com/Teething can start almost any time after about three months with most infants. Some babies start teething as early as age three months while others may not get their first teeth until even after their first birthday. Many times babies will start teething around four months or upward of seven months. Regardless of when your child starts teething, it is a great idea to have teething toys and accessories on hand to help soothe your little one’s sore mouth and gums.

No matter what baby store you check, you will find dozens of different baby teethers to help relieve your infant’s discomfort related to the new baby teeth coming in. One of the most important considerations is probably to ensure any teethers you buy or receive as a gift are free from BPA or other chemicals. If you are still in need of a teether for your baby, you can look into those that are meant to be refrigerated and those that aren’t, depending on your preferences.

mOmma Teether (Gino)The mOmma Teether (Gino) is a colorful yellow ducky that is shaped like a ring with a head and two wings. The ducky is filled with water, making it perfect for chilling or freezing to help soothe your little one’s gums. The duck’s head is a somewhat hard plastic, but the body, which makes up the bulk of this teether, is soft and rubbery with a fair amount of give, making this a nice teething aid for your child. The mOmma Teether (Gino) also has some different nubbies, which add to the texture of the teething toy and help to massage sore gums.

This ducky teether helps to soothe pain from teething for babies aged six months and up. It is easy to hold and stays cool long enough to hold your baby’s interests and help your baby ease the pain of teething. This teether retails for about $5.99. The mOmma Teether is BPA free and available as a duck, penguin, or walrus. Distributed by Lansinoh Laboratories and hailing from Italy, mOmma products are designed as a developmental line of items for baby, boasting different colors, shapes, styles, and more. For more information, visit www.mommatechnology.com.

Molar Muncher

The Molar Muncher is an inventive way to help your baby relieve pain caused by teething. While this is not a water-filled teether, the clever design – much like a pacifier, binky, or dummy, whatever your preferred term – makes this teether enticing as well as familiar to most infants. This item is BPA-free and recommended by pediatricians and pediatric dentists. One of the most impressive qualities of the Molar Muncher is that it is designed to soothe the entire gum line simultaneously. This teether is seamless with a single piece construction. It has no cracks for germs to hide, and it is totally dishwasher safe.

The Molar Muncher is made of medical grade nontoxic silicone. It is designed to prevent tooth displacement and it is suitable for all stages of teething. This teether is hands-free and lightweight so your little one can use it while they play, and it won’t cause nipple confusion since it is a totally different shape. Although there is no water inside this teether, you can still chill it in the fridge to give your baby even more relief. The Molar Muncher retails for $12.99. For additional information or to buy this product, check out www.molarmuncher.com.

I received one of each of these baby teething products for the purpose of this review. They both have traits that seem especially valuable in placating a teething infant. If you have other tips on soothing a baby that is teething, please share them in our comments below.

 

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Last-minute Halloween costume ideasIn the teen-comedy Mean Girls, Cady Heron, the character said it best, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” In that case, your friend’s Halloween party is your runway to strut in the sexiest costume possible. Sexy school girl. Sexy Nemo. Sexy Snickers Bar. Sexy hotdog. Whether you’re checking out your slutty – sexy – options at your party store’s Halloween section, shopping sexy lingerie online or looking at pieces that you already have in your own closet, Halloween is the time of year to be sexy, to reveal more leg, to show more skin.

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Gorgeous and Timeless Baby Fashions for Little Girls and Little Boys – Miniclasix and Pediped Review

PedipedBaby clothes can sometimes be so cute you can’t help yourself when it comes to picking out a new outfit, or five. Whether you have a little girl, a little boy, or more than one kid in tow, the fashions for babies and toddlers are getting cuter by the minute. Gorgeous and timeless, classic baby clothes are a great way to show off your own sense of style through your adorable princess or your handsome little man.

Spend even just five minutes online and you are sure to be overwhelmed with the vast array of cute baby clothes, shoes, and accessories. You can easily spend just as much, if not more, on your baby’s wardrobe than your own. You might even spend more time picking out fashions for your little one. The latest clothes and shoes for baby are just too cute to pass up!

In a recent quest to find some of the most beautiful and handsome fashions of the season for little girls and guys, I was introduced to the brand Miniclasix. I received a generous selection of baby and toddler clothes from Miniclasix, an extraordinary brand of baby and kid clothing that is sold in better department stores and specialty shops across the U.S. First off, Miniclasix designs absolutely stunning dresses and outfits for little girls. Take a look through their collections and you may find yourself dreaming up all the special places you can go and things you can do with your little girl all dolled up in their beautiful clothes. I received two dresses from Miniclasix and I am absolutely in love with both.

Ivory Crochet DressThe Ivory Crochet Dress with Tulle Skirting and matching Crochet Cardigan, both from the Tea Party collection, are really too precious for words. Honestly, if it came in my size, I think I would want to wear it too. This frilly dress is too gorgeous with its delicately crocheted neckline, sleeves, and bodice, and the sweet tulle skirt completes the look. The crochet work is beautiful beyond words on both the dress and the cardigan. It has a delicate beauty all its own, drawing the eye to the pattern of the threads as they come together and move apart.

Our daughter Natalie actually wore this dress the day of her Baptism – it was the dress we changed her into for the reception, since it was about 97 degrees in the church with no air conditioning on such a hot summer day. Everyone adored the dress and asked us where we had ever found it. I was proud to tell them all about Miniclasix. In fact, I would even recommend this lovely ivory crochet dress as a Baptism gown for your little girl if you are in need of one. The set also comes with a panty / diaper cover, and the cardigan comes with a little baby hat. This gown comes in sizes ranging from 3 to 24 months, and the matching cardigan comes in 0 to 24 months.

Netting Tutu Dress & Panty SetI also received a beautiful pink frilly dress, the Netting Tutu Dress & Panty Set from the Calypso collection. This is a bright salmon pink tank dress with a tutu skirt. The cotton bodice is very smooth, soft, and even a bit stretchy. This pretty in pink dress comes with its own bloomers or panty. The skirt of the dress is very well designed – it has a bottom tier of the cotton fabric and two upper tiers of ruffled tulle, giving it so much volume and dimension. Every stitch in the whole dress seems to be precisely in its place. I believe the quality of the Miniclasix products reaches far beyond many other baby clothes you would find in similar styles.

By the way, the perfect complement to such pretty dresses would be adorable little shoes. I would suggest pediped as a fabulous creator of top quality, beautiful shoes for kids. The pediped Originals Abigail Shoe in pink is a perfect example of a girl’s shoe that would suit either of the dresses above. These too-cute pink shoes are made from real, genuine leather and feature impressive stitching around the soles (hand-stitched!) as well as gorgeous flower designs on the uppers. I received a pair of these pink Abigail shoes from pediped for the purpose of review. They are a size x-small, 0-6 months, but my daughter has small feet and it is killing me waiting for her to fit into them!

Regardless, I want to go on about the quality of these cute pink baby shoes. These pink Mary Janes are so sweet with their two-tone pink flowers, one whole and one half shown on the shoe. The little ankle strap has plenty of Velcro so you can adjust the shoes as needed. The pediped Originals line is recommended by podiatrists and pediatricians because these shoes have soft soles that mimic barefoot walking. The shoes also feature a little ankle cushion. The interior of the shoe is very soft and the entire shoe – upper, lining, and sole – is made of leather. The Abigail shoe is available in pink, fuchsia, purple, or white/silver and retails for $35.

Pediped has shoes for boys and girls from birth on up to about age 7 or 8. For more information, check out www.pediped.com.

Top & Pant SetWhen it comes to boys’ fashions, Miniclasix has got the little guys covered, too. I received two cute outfits for boys, one on the casual side and another that is a little dressier. The first outfit is the Top & Pant Set from the Athletic Dept. collection, which is a T-shirt with trompe l’oeil sneaker detailing and khaki pants. The shirt features a cute design where the sneakers look as if they are tied together and dangling across your little one’s shoulders, loosely around the neck. The shirt is made from soft white cotton and the attention to detail is impeccable. The sneaker laces are actually sewn with grey thread in different places for added texture and dimension. The khaki pants are soft and feature a nice hemline with expert stitching. The front has a mock fly and the waistband is elastic. Each side of the pants has a white fatigued-looking stripe down the length of the legs. This would be a fun outfit for your little boy to wear for playtime with friends or anytime you need a look that is cute and casual.

Shirt & Short SetIn the Little Guy collection, I also received the Shirt & Short Set, which includes a soft denim button-up with cuffed sleeves and true linen khaki shorts. This outfit is very cute for a little boy and would make the perfect getup to wear to a summer party or other occasion. The denim button-up shirt has a collar that you can pop up, as well as buttons that seem to be made of brass or a similar looking material. This shirt has two mock pockets and a loop and button on each cuffed sleeve. The khaki pants are a whitish color and are made from 100% linen. They also have a mock fly and a single cargo pocket, which actually does open. The elastic waistband makes it easy to dress and undress on the fly, as we all know how messy some little boys can tend to be. The linen fabric is soft and the look is stylish.

Both of these looks make for a handsome wardrobe you and your spouse can truly appreciate, even if your little guy is too busy jumping in puddles to notice. The Miniclasix girls’ looks are honestly too cute for words. I am thrilled to have the chance to get to know this exquisite brand and I look forward to following their future collections as one season welcomes the next.

 

Summer Infant’s Dr. Mom Health & Grooming Kit Review

Dr. Mom Health & Grooming KitBabies require so much more than just their basic survival needs. Once you’ve got the feeding, changing, bathing, and cuddling down, you’ll find so many other things that your baby needs and enjoys. When it comes to healthcare and grooming, some things are obvious and others may catch you by surprise. That’s why it truly helps to have a baby healthcare and grooming kit on hand, like the Summer Infant’s Dr. Mom Health & Grooming Kit.

The Summer Infant Dr. Mom Health & Grooming Kit contains an array of items essential to your baby’s wellbeing, cleanliness, and safety. The kit contains a nasal aspirator, nail clippers, medicine spoon, comb and brush, medicine syringe, emery boards, alcohol swabs, digital thermometer, and an emergency information card. It is likely you will need each of these items at one time or another in caring for your infant. Keeping these items in a case all together helps you to always know where they are when the time comes that you need them.

First, I absolutely love the lime green and white color combination. The kit comes in a plastic case with a handle and the items are nicely organized. Once you remove each item from the plastic packaging inside the case, you will have room for even more baby health and grooming supplies if you wish to add them to this kit. The case itself is clear plastic and it has lime green slider locks that allow you to open and close the case.

I received one Dr. Mom Health & Grooming Kit from Summer Infant for the purpose of this review.

The Summer Infant Dr. Mom Health & Grooming Kit is available for purchase at your favorite baby stores, at Diapers.com, and at Amazon.com. It retails for about $14.99. For more information, check out www.summerinfant.com.

 

Benefits of Using Coupons to Save Money While Shopping Online

Coupon Chief DealsConvenience, cost savings, and time savings – these are three benefits you can enjoy when shopping online. Doing some of your shopping online allows you to compare products and prices across the entire country, and even other countries if you so desire. You can save yourself the time it would take to drive to one or more stores by simply shopping online for (almost) anything you need. Shopping online is also convenient, since you can do it in your pajamas if you like, during the day or even in the middle of the night when most brick-and-mortar stores are closed.

Yet another benefit of shopping online is the availability of online coupon codes, which help you to save money on your purchases or possibly even to score free shipping and other freebies. A savings site like CouponChief.com offers a wide array of online discounts and coupons to use when shopping online everywhere from Apple iTunes and Best Buy to Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and Zales, and everything in between. You can save money on special purchases as well as everyday items you need to buy anyway.

CouponChief.com organizes deals, discounts, and coupon codes by store and by category tags (such as Halloween, Christmas, or jewelry, for example) so shoppers can easily find the deals and promotions that will best benefit their current needs. The tags for the holidays, such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day, offer excellent deals for times of year when you are probably going to be spending money anyway. Be sure to save yourself some cash by always looking for coupon codes before you make your purchases online.

The site’s visitors are also rewarded for sharing deals they find, making CouponChief.com an even more extensive money-saving resource. Shoppers who share deals earn money whenever someone uses the deals they submitted.

Coupon Chief DealsCoupons on the Web and in local stores can save a boatload of money for families and individuals alike. You can almost always find some kind of deal or discount on your purchases, whether you are looking for fashion, beauty, electronics, gift ideas, pet products, toys, or something else entirely. What are your favorite money-saving tips, or the places you look for coupons and deals? Please share your tips and experiences in our comments below.

 

Hot Celebrity Halloween Costumes to Consider

Trick or TreatWhat better inspiration is there for Halloween costumes than Hollywood? Celebrity Halloween costumes are always present in parties. Perhaps the most popular of these are pop culture figures and newsmakers.

Lady Gaga Halloween

What’s Halloween without her little monsters following suit? Lady Gaga has inspired a slew of crazy outfits, and we’re pretty much loving them. The fame monster is perhaps one of those who should take credit for making Hollywood more interesting without the tabloid arrest warrants and mugshots. You can also dress up as Lady Gaga herself, creating a Lady Gaga Halloween costume complete with her crazy outfits and accessories.

Candy CornBaby, baby

A Justin Bieber Halloween costume might poke a little fun at the men out there. The hair, the bling, the blonde frills, the sneakers, and the jackets — they’re popular among pre-teen and teenage boys! If you have one at home, then this costume is perhaps the easiest one to create from scratch since all you need are probably in his closet. Now for the hair…

Katy Perry Halloween Costume

Katy Perry costumes are, next to Lady Gaga’s, one of the most recognizable ones in the current decade. You’ll recognize them from the music videos you see on television. Don’t forget to put on the push-up bras and the cones! If you look at images to help you create your Katy Perry costume, you will find dark hair, mega cleavage, and a retro / vintage style all her own.

Broadway Costumes

Moulin Rouge costumes and Chicago flapper dresses and trench coats are always fancy. Don’t limit yourself to these. There’s Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Cats, and the list goes on and on. You might not win the Tony, but you’ll be one of the more interesting costumes at the party.

Costumes from Movies and Series

Both the silver screen and the boob tube have recognizable characters. There’s the cast from Glee, That 70’s show, Grease, and Mary Poppins. Throw in some Kardashian sisters, Jersey Shore, or maybe the Osbournes while you’re at it.

Old Hollywood Costumes

Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Shirley Temple, Audrey Hepburn… These are celebrities of the golden era of Hollywood, and they’re iconic figures in history. The post-war era will need you to get all dolled up, the 1920’s will have you wearing flapper dresses, and the 60’s will make you don color blocks and sheaths. Every era in Tinseltown has a corresponding trend, so you might just find it fun to search through history and find what pleases you most.

There are plenty of costumes for you to try on this coming Halloween. Make sure to put on your best makeup with all the glitter, or even blood and gore, if you prefer!

 

Pumpkin Inspired Cocktails

Enjoy these Pumpkin Inspired Cocktail Recipes!Pumpkins are a fall staple. They are used for decorations, desserts, and drinks. Why not add a new twist to your fall celebrations by adding pumpkin flavored cocktails?!

Halloween and Thanksgiving are perfect times to add pumpkin to your plate. Some people just can’t get enough of the stuff. Add some festive flavor to your liquor cabinet this season and impress your guests with these pumpkin cocktails.

I was lucky to receive Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka to try out an assortment of these recipes. Pinnacle® offers more than 30 fun flavored vodkas featuring many dessert and fruit flavors. This particular flavor is offered for a limited time only from now through December.

You don’t have to be a fan of pumpkin pie in order to enjoy this spirit. Enjoy on the rocks, a shot, or as a part of one of these lovely cocktails.

Pumpkin Pie Ale

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Ginger Ale

Build over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Thanksgiving Cider

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Apple Cider

Splash Club Soda

Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka

Halloween Brew

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

2 parts Fresh Orange Juice

1 part Cranberry Juice

Serve chilled in a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Fall Berry Pie Infusion

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Cranberry Juice

Splash Club Soda

Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Visit www.pinnaclevodka.com to check out the other great flavors Pinnacle has to offer as well as additional recipes. If you aren’t sure where you can purchase any, use the product locator to find a store near you or order online.

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