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School Zone Little Scholar Tablet Giveaway Hosted by Top Notch Material

Sponsor: School Zone

Thanks so much to our fabulous sponsor who is providing this awesome $169.99 prize for one lucky winner! This fabulous tablet comes pre-loaded with 150+ apps that are education based and appropriate for preschool-1st grade. You can read our full review on Top Notch Material

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Sales (4) Today Sep 8, 2014

The Children’s Place is having a fab sale!
Save up to 75% off online today!
PLUS there’s a 15% off savings pass!! Code: ONLINE3 is having a great sale of 40% off all new lines of products PLUS get free shipping with code: SHIPMAGIC

Gecko Monitor Software Review & Giveaway


~~ Giveaway Ends 09/18/14 @ 10 pm EST ~~

Do you feel the need to monitor the activity on your home computer(s), whether other users know about it or not? Well now you can with Gecko Monitor Software which runs in “stealth mode”.

Maybe you are the parent of a tween or teenager who has been surfing the net more than usual or simply exhibits odd behaviors before, during, or after using the computer. Maybe you have a spouse that you think is doing something (cheating, gambling, etc) but you want to be sure you’re right before possibly putting your foot in your mouth. Maybe you run your own business and need to monitor employee production or activity; Or maybe you are just an over protective mother or a “control freak” who has to know EVERYTHING that happens in your house…then this is definitely the product for you.

This is by far the easiest software I have ever installed. It also gives you a 2 hour free trial. In order not to give away the program in my home, I waited till I knew I would need to be on the computer doing various activities for 2 hours, give or take, then I used the free trial to monitor myself…WOW, I was able to see everything I had done!

***Yes, I was compensated with a Software License Key of my own from Gecko Monitor in exchange for this review/giveaway  BUT I used the free trial as so I could give you my honest opinion based on what my readers would have to sample ***

Now my oldest son is only 9 but this program makes me feel so much better about him being online with his home school program without me standing “Guard” over him the entire time. Not saying anything negative about his home school program because it is nothing but wonderful but my son has ADHD, ODD, & Dyslexia so he could click on anything at any given moment and God only knows what that could be…

So if this sounds like software your family could use then why not visit Gecko Monitor and start your free 2 hour trial NOW…then head back here & Enter to Win a Free Software License Key.

During the 2 hour trial you will learn that the software does the following:

~Takes screenshots of all windows & websites.
~Logs every application used and tells you when it was used.
~Logs every website visited and tells you when it was visited.
~Reports what was typed into every application & website.
~Monitors all printed documents, including times printed.
~Emails reports to you remotely & secretly, at times set by you.
~Innovative timeline feature – an easy to understand timeline of events.
~Monitors all file activity, including saved, opened & deleted files.
~Does all of this completely hidden, un-hides with a secret key combo


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Check out the Panel App

I’ve been using this app called The Panel App. It’s super easy to earn gift cards & cash by walking around with your phone! Check it out:

$10 off your first purchase on Wish

Use my invite link for Wish and get $10 off your first purchase! Sign up now at:

Rhyme to Read Review & Giveaway from Pea of Sweetness 08/16 to 08/29/14

Giveaway Sponsored by Rhyme to Read

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Rhyme to Read - Reading App Giveaway

Rhyme to Read is an effective program for beginning readers available on iOS (Apple). The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns. It’s a great way to learn to read.

Are you homeschooling and have beginning readers that need additional encouragement? Or are you a teacher with a classroom of beginning readers? Whether you are a homeschooler, teacher, or a parent that wants to encourage reading, you can appreciate Rhyme to Read!

Emilee from Pea of Sweetness uses the Rhyme to Read app with their three children. Their preschooler just recently showed interest in reading and their 6 and 8 year old are are both homeschooled in the 2nd grade level except in reading. Both have had struggles with reading due to their special needs. See how Rhyme to Read has helped them in her Rhyme to Read reading app review.

Three winners will receive each receive the full version of Rhyme to Read for iOS (Apple devices). This giveaway begins on 8/16 at and ends on 8/29 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Emilee from both Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received free product in exchange for an honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Deliciously Savvy Anniversary Giveaway #3 ~ Willamy Collection Giveaway ~ Ends 8/26


Deliciously Savvy Anniversary Giveaway #3 ~ Willamy Collection Giveaway ~ Ends 8/26

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And to all of the other fabulous blogs that are a part of this giveaway! Thanks You!

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I received a Willamy Leather Wrap and I LOVED it! Or, I should say that my daughter LOVED it! It is awesome and so…. now I am hosting a giveaway for this fabulous jewelry line! It is Multifunctional and Fabulous! PLUS there are so many styles and colors to choose from! Visit them Here.

I am hosting a giveaway, sponsored by and 1 LUCKY winner will receive a Leather or Suede Wrap bracelet of their choice. (ARV $108 to $125)

 1 Winner Will Be Able To Choose The Leather or Suede Wrap Bracelet Of Their Choice From

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There are So Many Amazing Styles To Choose From! Which Is Your Favorite?

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Addiction Hurts…

“I am the wife of an addict & this is part of my TRUE story…”

this is a true story of my life…names have been omitted (except my own which shows in the author section) 

Yes, World! I was brave enough to get on the internet and say that I am the wife of an addict. An Opiate addict…

Opiates, yes, but not heroin, “Pain Pills!!!!” Yep, that’s right, a drug that you don’t have to chase down; one you wouldn’t sometimes have to venture into neighborhoods that are so scary the people who live there dare not go outside after dark; yet they hear the addicts feigning outside their homes in the danger for their next fix. No my husband became addicted to pain pills; a drug most doctors can (not saying they do but “can”) prescribe: ironically the person that can heal the sick and make lives better can also give people access to something that can ruin lives, even the lives of people not taking the medicine

The sad thing is, it hasn’t always been this way but I guess it never starts like this…I know I’ve held on longer than most would; thinking the man I exchanged marriage vows with, would return one day instead of the “stranger” inhibiting him that I wake up beside. But when do I realize he’s NOT coming back & let go? Or will I? It’s hard to walk away from someone you truly love knowing you might be their only chance; but then again I know from experience that you can’t help someone if they don’t want help…

Now you might  be wondering where things went wrong and why a “drug” could make a man turn his back on his wife, his best friend for crying out loud!, and his kids…This is the million dollar question I too am awaiting answers for & probably the main reason I am still holding on… Or maybe why he had them to begin with or who he got them from…which is the big shocker

***Stayed tuned for more of “Addiction Hurts”***

Family blueprint?

I am the only girl for my parents, 2 brothers for me. One is 5 years older than me & the other 5 years younger so 10 years between the two of them. My older brother is also my 1/2 brother but my dad is the only one he’s ever wanted to know which in my eyes sometimes makes it easier on kids, especially if the external parent (mom or dad) can’t or don’t care to do their part. I don’t know all of my parents decisions on this matter but I do know my older brother was already 4 or 5 when they married (my mom is several years older than my dad) and my dad never adopted him so my older brother always had a different last name…kinda weird as a kid for everyone not to share the same last name so I remember asking why once & my parents told me they waited till my brother could choose if he wanted to change his last name which would involve my dad adopting him and my brother told them “No” but only because he was used to that last name, as was his friends and school.
Now that I have kids of my own it’s a similar situation…I have two boys that I had 8 years apart who are also 1/2 brothers and my oldest doesn’t know his real dad; however my husband adopted my oldest son when he was 3 before he knew “his other last name”. I don’t plan on telling my son that his real father literally overnighted the termination of parental rights form, which was required for the adoption, back to our attorney. Nor that he and his brother only really share 1 parent in common. (Unless there were some life threatening situation to arise and telling him could save his life.)
But the weird twist to the story is: my older brother married a woman older than him, who like my mom, already had a son. (His wife and my mom even share the same birthday.) My brother, like my dad, let my nephew decide on the name changing ordeal; my nephew also declined. My older brother & his wife also have two other kids & all 3 kids are 5 years apart each…
So my mind wonders: is their some kind of predestined path for us and our choice of family life and offspring? Is it in our genetics? Is it a blueprint unknowingly burnt into our brains because of the way we were raised? Will my nephews, niece, & my own 2 kids live these oddly similar repetitions when they marry & have kids of their own? Is my family the only one with these odd patterns & does the rest of my family notice these similarities?
Maybe my questions will be answered and maybe not, maybe research has already been completed and I just didn’t get the memo!
As for my little brother will he only have 2 kids like my dad? Only time will tell with him though…he only recently left home but still returns to mama & daddy’s on every Friday night and stays until late Sunday evening EVERY weekend; I feel sorry for the woman he does marry, LOL

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