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Take Your Rooms from Meh to Marvelous with New Curtains

by Jennifer Wieland
Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse
Thank you to Eclipse™ for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

I have been slowly working my way through rooms in my house. Trying to update them from when we bought the house over fifteen years ago and I had no idea about decorating a house to my now favorite, mid-century modern style. My dining room in particular has been an eyesore made even worse by the fat that it’s the room you walk into when you walk in the front door. They have really made a huge difference in taking my stuck in a rut, meh, 90’s flashback dining room into something more modern and fitting with the look I’m ultimately going for in my home. 

 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Trying to Escape the 90’s

A few years ago I was on a kick, trying to brighten up the look of my house. I knew even then that something as simple as changing out your window coverings could do the trick, and boy, did I need something to do the trick! My dining room has one longer, regular width window and the other wall is almost entirely window. When we bought the house originally, it had come with vertical blinds on both of the windows. After years of use and probably too much abuse from kids they were rather haggard looking. They were also a dull, drab oatmeal color. (I know you are totally envisioning the utter dullness this look gave my dining room.) Pair that with your classes 90’s oak table and chairs and you get the idea, everything just sort of blended into each other. 

How did I cure this oatmeal and oak monstrosity you ask? Oh, I slapped up some yellow curtains. If I want to be precise they were citrine. The color looked beautiful in the package. I put them up one night and I liked them! The next morning? Ugh, not so much! You see, when you have giant windows, whitish walls and golden oak furniture and you put up thinner, yellow curtains it gave everything a yellow tint. I’m not a blackout curtains type of gal. I like to see some light but these were too much. I also was not happy that I could see all of the wood separating the panes in the large window. It cast weird shadows that just did even less for my dining room. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Ding, Ding, We Have a Winner and It’s Blackout Curtains

I recently replaced my dining room chairs after two of my old ones bit the dust. I went with a classic church chair in charcoal grey. I still have my table but stay tuned because I am going to be building my very own dining room table soon. I’ve already ordered the hairpin legs for a total mid-century modern look. In the meantime I’m hiding the 90’s monstrosity with a table-cloth so it doesn’t detract from my gorgeous new curtains! 

I wanted curtains that had some pattern or details to them instead of just a solid color. I also wanted to get a longer curtain. I had 84″ panels up already but I had read that panels that drape the floor give a more dramatic look and I am nothing if not dramatic. I also wanted some teal, turquoise or grey in them. I spent days searching, trying to find the absolutely perfect Eclipse™ curtains. I was down to two styles. I liked both of them but there was just something missing. Then I hit the jackpot! I tried a few more sites online and came across some Eclipse Curtains that I knew were IT! The Benchley Thermaweave Blackout Curtain Panels from Eclipse™ were perfection!

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Once the arrived I knew I had made the right choice just looking at them in the packages. I was still hesitant though because i had thought that before only to have my bubble burst. I wanted to put them up right away but then the kids got sick (Thank you back-to-school cooties!) and then I’ve been battling not one, not two but three medical problems since the beginning of October. (Getting old really stinks sometimes!) A few days ago was the first time I could really move around for more than brief snippets of time, wasn’t at a doctor’s appointment or having tests run. I jumped at the chance to finally get these Eclipse™ curtains up. After everything that’s been going on I needed something to put a smile on my face. 

The New Eclipse™ Curtains Wowed My Crowd

I put the new Eclipse™ curtains up a few days ago and when I did I stood back and looked and smiled like an idiot. They make such a huge difference in the look of my dining room and what you see when you walk in through my front door. Even better, that giant wall of window which is an old, drafty original to the house is now less drafty! 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

As each of the kids and the husband came home that day I heard nothing but exclamations of, “Wow! along with how great the room looked and what a huge difference it made. These beautiful Benchley Eclipse™ curtains have made such a huge difference in the look of my dining room. They have also made an area of my house plagued with drafty, old windows warmer than it was before. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

If you’d like to learn more about Eclipse™ products visit their website. There you’ll be able to learn about the different types of curtains, learn how to measure and find retailers. If you want inspiration to turn your rooms from meh to marvelous then be sure to follow Eclipse™ on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

 

 

 


The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall

by Jennifer Wieland
The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD
Today’s post was sponsored by Best Buy. I was given a CUJO Smart Firewall to use and review.All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
 
The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

Keeping your family’s information safe and secure online is a must in this day and age. Then you add in how this generation of kids who seem to live online and your faced with a whole new set of problems. As a parent your faced with the headache of trying to keep your kids safe online, while making sure they are only going to age appropriate internet sites and wanting a to limit how long they are online. Good news, the CUJO Smart Firewall is the answer to your family’s online security needs.

The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, it was designed to bring business-level security to home networks. This simple to use device will secure all of your family’s devices connecting to your WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. It’s like having a whole house, WiFi antivirus. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online all while keeping them safe.

The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

What makes CUJO Smart Firewall a must?

  1. PARENTAL CONTROL FOR ALL DEVICES & INTERNET FILTER- Easily block pesky or inappropriate websites. All devices to connected to your home WiFi will be able to have parental controls. That means you can set age appropriate limits for your children. No more worrying about what they are seeing online. 
  2. SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING – Cyber bullying is real and troublesome thing. As your children get older and get setup on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media outlets. You can feel secure in knowing that you can see what’s going on and keeping them protected.
  3. PAUSE INTERNET & TIME LIMITS – Want the kids to get their homework done right after school? Don’t want the kids sneaking their tablet into bed and not going to sleep? Is it time to do their chores and you don’t want them dallying online? Then the CUJO Smart Firewall pause internet and time limit features are going to be a favorite. You can set it to turn off when it’s bedtime. After school you can pause internet so there’s no funny business while homework is supposed to be being worked on.
  4. REMOTE ADMINISTRATION – With the CUJO Smart Firewall app (available for iOS and Android) even when you’re not at home you can quickly and easily control what’s going on. This makes it great for working parents to still know what’s going on at home.

 

The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

With setup taking only minutes to complete the CUJO Smart Firewall will make your family’s internet experience safer and more secure. Even if you aren’t the most tech savvy person there’s no need to worry. You can call in for setup help or schedule and in-home installation in the U.S.

The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

Curious to learn more or find out how to get your own CUJO Smart Firewall?

You can find the CUJO Smart Firewall online and in store and Best Buy. You can also read reviews to see what others are saying about the CUJO Smart Firewall there and find out even more features.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
 
 
 

5 Products for Women That Will Improve Your Health

by Jennifer Wieland
5 Products for Women That Will Improve Your Health
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

As a wife and mother I know that I more often than not put myself and my health on the back burner to that of my family. It’s always hard to remember that I should be putting myself in a place of priority because if I’m not at my best then it trickles down and neither is my family. It’s always nice to try new health products geared towards women’s health and today I’m going to share five products with you to improve your health.

5 Products for Women That Will Improve Your Health

Spire Wearable Wellness & Activity Tracker

I think it’s safe to say that a lot of us have fitness trackers of some kind and most track your steps, fitness activity and even sleep. What sets the Spire Wearable Wellness & Activity Tracker apart from the rest is that it tracks your breathing pattern. Why do you need to track your breathing patterns? Spire makes mindfulness and mindful living a reality by alerting user right away and suggests breathing and meditation exercises to help get you into a calmer and much more focused state.

As a busy working wife and mom to say that stress and anxiety often get the better of me is an understatement. The Spire is helping me with stress management by having me stop, breath, focus and relax. It’s all about retraining me to achieve a calmer life.

Find out more information about the Spire Wearable Wellness & Activity Tracker by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There is a discount offer right now and you can save $10 off when you purchase the Spire HERE. (Discount applied at checkout.)

5 Products for Women That Will Improve Your Health

Viviscal Extra Strength

Viviscal is a company that has been around for more than two decades and supplying the women of the U.S. with dietary supplements to nourish thinning hair and help improve growth of existing hair. Viviscal does this through their proprietary marine complex called AminoMar™. This supplement is 100% natural and used by celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Karlie Kloss, Reese Witherspoon and Miley Cyrus to name a few.

The results are real with Viviscal! I used it a few years back to help move along my hair growth during the VERY slow process of growing out a pixie haircut. To get the best results you take Viviscal twice daily with food and water for 3-6 months and then after that you can use 1-2 pills daily.

To try Viviscal Extra Strength for yourself head over to their website. If you’d like more information on Viviscal follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

5 Products for Women That Will Improve Your Health

Dermae Firming DMAE Eye Lift & Firming DMAE Moisturizer

Dermae Firming DMAE Eye Lift takes just a pearl sized drop and packs it full of things to make your eyes look younger. DMAE has received numerous acclaims and if that’s not enough Dermae paired it with Instalift® Goji Berry to help smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking eyes. With continued use, this pro-collagen and pro-elastin blend leaves the delicate eye area firmer, smoother and younger-looking.

Dermae Firming DMAE Moisturizer is a clinically proven moisturizer that’s packed with nutrients that is going to improve your skin’s elasticity, firmness and hydration level. Dermae has paired DMAE, Antioxidant-rich Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C-Ester to firm, smooth and revitalize your skin. Dermae Firming DMAE Moisturizer should be applied generously to a clean face and neck in the morning and at night. It can be worn under makeup.

I know since I hit my 40’s that my skin looks a little dull, always seems dry now and those fine lines seem much more noticeable now. To be able to get great results with my skin from a natural skin care product is perfect!

For more information on Dermae natural skin care and anti-aging products check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

5 Products for Women That Will Improve Your Health

Fiera® by Nuelle™

Many women take their sexual health for granted. You just expect things to work like they are supposed to or like they used to but many times after having kids and getting older our sex drive just isn’t what it used to be. Taking care of your sexual health is beneficial to you and to your marriage. That’s where Fiera® by Nuelle™ comes in.

Fiera® by Nuelle™ was created by a group of women healthcare providers and entrepreneurs. Fiera® is a small, discreet device that is also hands free. Simply use it a little bit before sex to help get your mind and body ready for a physical, mental, and emotional connection with your partner.

You can learn even more about Fiera® by Nuelle™ when you visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. For more information on women’s sexual health follow @DrLeahM on Twitter. Right now you can save 10% on your purchase of a Fiera® on their website with code BABBLE. 

5 Products for Women That Will Improve Your Health

 

 

 

 

 


Parents Get Your Sleep Routine Back on Schedule with Natrol Melatonin

by Jennifer Wieland
Parents Get Your Sleep Routine Back on Schedule with Natrol Melatonin


 

August seems to be the month of back-to-school for most students in the United States and after months of the kids being home most parents happily look forward to the start of school. The only problem is that schedules most of the time have gone by the wayside and there are a million and one things to do to get ready for back-to-school all while still keeping the kiddos entertained for the last bit of summer. That’s a whole lot of work for any parent to contend with so you’ll definitely need to get you sleep routine back on schedule with Natrol Melatonin.

Parents Get Your Sleep Routine Back on Schedule with Natrol Melatonin

With all the crazy schedules parents and kids have, daily life can often become overwhelming. Leaving your mind to race and keeping sleep elusive even when you’re exhausted. Luckily, Natrol has two different Melatonin products to help you keep your sleep back on track so you can function as mom or dad to the best of your ability.

Parents Get Your Sleep Routine Back on Schedule with Natrol Melatonin

Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve

Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve is a 100% drug-free sleep aid that promotes healthy sleep patterns and a more relaxed night’s sleep.

Key Benefits of the Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve:
• 5 mg dosage (also available in 10 mg)
• 100% drug-free and non-habit forming
• Supports an overall better sleep
• Helps regulate healthy sleeping patterns 
• Helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep
• Wake up refreshed in the mornings – no more ‘sleep hangovers’
• 100% vegetarian
• Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve tablets allows you to take anytime, anywhere with no water needed

Parents Get Your Sleep Routine Back on Schedule with Natrol Melatonin

Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin

Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin is a 100% drug-free sleep aid that helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep.

Key Benefits of Natrol Advanced Sleep:
• 10 mg dosage
• 2-layer controlled release tablet provides an initial 5mg dosage to help you fall asleep faster, and then releases the remaining 5mg over time to help you sleep through the night.
• 100% drug-free and non-habit forming
• Supports an overall better sleep
• Helps regulate healthy sleeping patterns 
• Wake up refreshed in the mornings – no more ‘sleep hangovers’
• 100% vegetarian

Natrol wants to help you get your sleep back on track and to do that they are offering up a high value coupon to help you save money while sleeping better at night.

 

Do you find as life gets busier that you have a harder time sleeping?

 

 

 


Dancing is the Best Medicine with Just Dance: Disney Party 2

by Jennifer Wieland
Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.

 My daughter loves to dance! You can always find her listening to some new song and making up a dance routine to go along with it. Since she loves to dance so much she is a HUGE fan of the Just Dance video game franchise.She also just so happens to be a lover of all things Disney, so the Just Dance: Disney Party 2 game was something she really wanted.

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.

One day last week my daughter came home from school cranky and in a bad mood. That’s just not like her. She is usually very bubbly and excited to tell me all about her day. Then I noticed her nose was a little runny and I realized that the ups and downs of our weather temps had set off her allergies again.

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.

 

Once I showed her the surprise I had in store for her, the Just Dance: Disney Party 2 game she perked up pretty darn quick! We’re talking jumping up and down and squealing while begging to play immediately.

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.

Moving, grooving and twirling to the moves of the game were most definitely a hit with my daughter! Just Dance: Disney Party 2 features more than 20 tracks from the hottest Disney Channel hits, with songs from movies like “Descendants” and “Teen Beach 2” as well as shows like “Girl Meets World” and “Liv and Maddie.”

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.

 

She’s been through all of the songs and dances but her two favorite ones are Better in Stereo from “Liv and Maddie” and Can You Feel It? from “Austin & Ally”. I have to confess that even I have been getting my groove on with her playing this game.

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 


A Quick Lunch on a Busy Day with Restaurant.com

by Jennifer Wieland
A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew
I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew!

 

Yesterday my oldest was off of work and he and I were hanging out, cranking out some much-needed housework. By lunch time though we were ready for a break and some food. We decided to head to this little Mexican spot he goes to pretty regularly and grab a quick bite of food that we could bring back home with us. I checked my Restaurant.com app and realized I could ge a gift certificate so our food would not only be quick but cheap as well. 

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

Burrito Station is a local Mexican, fast food place that is frequented by a lot of the community college students (it’s right across the street from the college) and folks that want a hearty meal that won’t break the bank.

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

Burrito Station has a fairly large menu and there are a handful of tables inside to sit and eat if you want to or if you are in a big hurry you can just go through the drive-thru.

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

The quantity of the food you get is more than enough to fill you up and the taste of everything was pretty good. The ingredients were fresh and the quality was good.

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”

 

 


Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

by Jennifer Wieland
Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates
I am part of the Resurant.com Review Crew.

 

I absolutely love a good breakfast! I am one of those people who can eat breakfast for any meal of the day. There are just so many good options. This week I got to go out and enjoy breakfast with my oldest child and was able to save money doing it with a Restaurant.com gift certificate.

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

With our Restaurant.com gift certificate in hand we headed to the Egg & I, a popular breakfast spot near our house. The staff at the Egg & I was very friendly and nice! We were seated immediately and our drink orders were promptly taken. One of the things i liked best was that when they brought out my iced tea and my son’s soda, we not only got a glass of it but a carafe of each too so we could keep our glasses topped off. 

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

The selection and variety of food was great! After we ordered our food was brought out quickly and came precisely as ordered. 

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

Our waitress stopped by several times to check on us and make sure we were okay. She also brought us a frequent diner card and explained how that program worked. I will definitely be using that card more!

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”

 

 


7 Tips to Save On Christmas Gifts for Kids

by Jennifer Wieland
7 Tips to Save On Christmas Gifts for Kids

 

 

The holidays are rushing up fast and the bill will soon go up even faster. If you haven’t finished shopping yet who are we kidding if you’re reading this you are NOT done. With a few simple tricks you can get save money on Christmas gifts for kids and still enjoy the holiday season without all of the financial stress. This season is not about the gifts. It is about the family.

7 Tips to Save On Christmas Gifts for Kids

Halloween costumes on clearance make great pretend play / dress up outfits for kids. Grab them in the days following Halloween and put them away for Christmas.

Find cute DIY projects that you can make for your kids. From upcycled lamps to cute bath products the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination (and Pinterest.) Clearance and resale craft supplies can make the cost even lower.

Check the clearance section to save money on Christmas gifts for kids. In the months leading up to the holiday season So much goes on clearance to make room for new sales.

Take some time to hit your local thrift and resale shops or your local yard sale page. This is a great way to find new unopened toys, boxes of Legos, and fun items that would normally not be in budget. Bigger items like bikes, furniture, and games systems are more affordable used.

Team up with friends and family for black Friday/cyber Monday. Getting all of the deals at all of the stores is next to impossible but with the help of friends and family you can get more of the deals. Plan out together with someone you are close too. One of you each take a shop and both lists. When doing cyber Monday shopping gather together with your laptops at your dining table. split orders to take advantage of free shipping with minimum orders.

Get your child basics for Christmas like pjs, socks, and warm winter clothes. While these are not the top of your child’s list they are practical and give the feeling of getting more while providing for needs. This is a great one for parents that feel pressured to give kids more.

Go for quality over quantity. So often we feel the need to keep up with the Jones’. The neighbors go on rattling off long lists of items they have gotten for their kids and you wonder how you can keep up with that. Let me let you in on a secret… You don’t have too. Your kids will be perfectly fine without loads of junk falling apart before the new year. Go for quality items made to last. If you really feel they need MORE see above.


VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX a Fashion Hit Plus Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx
The product has been provided by VTech so you could experience it with your family; however, the thoughts and opinions are all your own.

 

My daughter is a little fashionista! Shopping, clothes, shoes and accessories have always drawn her in. Her first word was shoe (pronounced sue while clapping and pointing at a pair of shoes in a store) and she’s been a slave to fashion since. Having a father in I.T. and a mother who used to work in corporate I.T. too has also made her a tech junkie. So when VTech asked if we wanted to test one of their Kidizoom Smartwatch DXs I knew she would love it for both the fashion and function.

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

What is the VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch DX? 

(Ages 4-9 years; MSRP: $64.99)

  • The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is an even smarter watch for kids with better specs including double the internal memory and improved image quality, plus new features such as exciting motion-activated games, eye-catching 3D clock faces and new tools to hone basic math skills
  • Young photographers can take tons of pictures and videos and get creative with fun photo effects, video camera and voice recorder with voice-changing effects
  • In addition to the alarm, timer and stopwatch, the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX has 2 new tools including a calendar feature and a calculator so your child can work out simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems
  • Little fashionistas will love the new design and trendy colors available, including blue, vivid violet, pink, red and camouflage
  • Digital and analog display comes with more than 50 3D clock face designs and is splash proof for everyday play (splash and sweat proof; do not submerge and not suitable for showering or bathing)
  • Features rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and includes micro USB cable to upload photos/videos as well as recharge the battery
  • More than just a watch, it’s the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX!

My daughter received the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX in vivid violet. She loved the color and that it had pink accents because those are her two favorite colors. Once we opened up the package we took out the contents, the smartwatch, micro USB cable and user’s manual. We downloaded the Learning Lodge software from VTech and connected the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX to get it setup.

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

After that my daughter spent hours checking out all of the apps, taking pics, making videos and recording voices. To say that she loved this would be an understatement. For a child who routinely acts like she is on camera talking about her life this was a way to make that into reality for her. It is her absolute favorite fashion accessory!

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

As a parent and a tech junkie I loved it. The pictures and video were surprising better than I would have expected from what is essentially and educational toy. I like that the game apps are educational and that she is learning while she plays. 

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

To learn more about the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX or VTech’s other educational toys checkout their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter

Would you like to win a VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX in vivid violet? Enter below:

 
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Family Fun Time Building a Fort

by Jennifer Wieland
Sofa Fort City with Lush Bamboo Throws from Wayfair.com

 

How do you turn a cold and blustery day with snowflakes dancing on the wind into a fun family time in the house without electronics? Why, you go old school of course and build a sofa fort with the kids of course.

Sofa Fort City with Lush Bamboo Throws from Wayfair.com

Since I am a Wayfair Homemaker they were cool enough to send me this utterly soft and gorgeous bamboo throw from Lush with the instructions to have some fun and build a sofa fort with your kids!

Sofa Fort City with Lush Bamboo Throws from Wayfair.com

With all of that pretty fringe I felt this throw needed to be turned into a regal fort. That’s why I opted to build the King Couch’s Castle for my little princess and prince to play in.

Sofa Fort City with Lush Bamboo Throws from Wayfair.com

To make the King Couch’s Castle I changed a few things from the diagram with what we had on hand and what would work best for my kids’ heights.

Supplies:

1 desk
2 chairs
2 dust mops (or brooms)
1 king size flat sheet
1 lush throw
duct tape
rubber bands
1 plastic milk crate

Sofa Fort City with Lush Bamboo Throws from Wayfair.com

To get this fort build underway I placed a chair with its back facing each end of the desk. I then used a dust mop to create the center of my castle towers on each side by placing them along the backs of the chairs.

Sofa Fort City with Lush Bamboo Throws from Wayfair.com

I used some duct tape to hold the dust mops in place since I was using plastic backed chairs. 

Sofa Fort City with Lush Bamboo Throws from Wayfair.com

Then we placed the sheet over the poles and draped it nicely. After that I used a rubber band around each pole to hold the sheet in place. I then placed the milk crate on top of the desk and sheet. We then draped the Lush throw over the poles. We secured it to the poles with another set of rubber bands and then banded the throw in to other spots to create a fancy, regal drape for our throw. We finished off our interior with big, comfy body pillow and then placed some animals into the castle stable.

The kids are absolutely loving their new fort and spent the morning and evening hanging out in it together.

If you want to spend some time with your kids building your own sofa fort city, then be sure to check out Wayfair for the perfect throw for your own regal fort.


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