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Heart-shaped personalized KeychainI recently won a heart-shaped key chain from one of Pat’s giveaways over at her blog Mom’s Best Bets.  

Her blog is amazing!  It’s loaded with awesome giveaways, reviews, and a page called Kids Corner; which is loaded with reviews and ideas for lots of fun for kids and parents with eco-friendly crafts and great recipes. 

She was professional and quick about contacting me and shipping my key chain.  I am a huge fan of Mom’s Best Bets and I make it a habit to return to her blog as often as I can.

Your best bet is if you head on over and visit Pat at Mom’s Best Bets!

This giveaway was sponsored by WholeSale Keychain.    They have a wonderful selection of key chains.  I’ve never seen so many different types of key chains in my life!

They are great little items to give as a gift or to keep for yourself.  You’ll definitely want one for yourself.   They have something for everyone there!  And, the prices are more than reasonable.  You’d end up spending more somewhere else and probably be getting a lower quality item.  You don’t have to worry about quality or price at

  The key chain that I chose was the Metal Heart Keychain ( see pic above).  I was allowed to have it engraved too!  I had the words “Mom of 5” engraved on it.  The engraving is a really nice script and the key chain is very heavy-duty.  You can tell by the weight of it that it’s high quality item.  I love my key chain!

I am definitely going to be shopping at WholeSale Keychain in the future!

Thank you Pat and thank you  WholeSale Keychain.  Please, please, please, go visit both and enjoy yourself!

Disclaimer:  I was not paid to write a review for either site.  This is my honest opinion and I have gained nothing, other than winning the keychain, in return for writing this review.

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Revlon 1" Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron

Revlon 1" Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron

 

             Revlon Product Review

  

I recently bought the Revlon 1″ Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron from Wal-Mart for $10.48.  Great price!  

 I’ve bought a lot of Revlon products before.    So, after using this product, I decided to write my review.  

 I’m going to be totally honest about the pro’s and con’s of this product.  So, please read the whole review. 

Product Features:

Size: 1″ 

  • 1″ ceramic barrel for large curls
  • 30 heat levels
  • 60-second fast heat-up
  • Automatic shut-off
  • World-wide dual voltage

I did like how the curling iron worked for the most part.  It heats up in 30 seconds.  Now, that’s definitely a bonus for those who don’t have a lot of time.  It has 30 different heat settings for different hair types. 

Hair type                                                                               Heat level

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Fine, thin hair                                                                               1 – 6

Wavy to medium hair                                                                7 – 14

Thick hair                                                                                        15 – 22

Coarse, hard-to-curl hair                                                         23 – 30

  

The safety features are a definite plus.  It features automatic shut-off, tangle-free swivel cord, and safety stand.  When used according to directions, it’s a great curling iron.  Compared to a regular curling iron, the Revlon Ceramic curling iron gives a better, long-lasting curl and doesn’t dry out your hair. 

Unfortunately, the first time that I used the Revlon 1″ Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron the handle was very loose and the buttons slipped into the handle.   I was very disappointed with the way that it was put together.  It was difficult to get it put back together.  Once I got the on/off buttons back in place, I tightened up the screw on the bottom of the handle.  So far, it’s working okay.  Other than this technical difficulty, it works wonderfully. 

Thumbs DownHowever, I would definitely recommend spending a little bit more for another ceramic curling iron.  Sorry Revlon, I would have to give this curling iron a thumbs down.  If it falls apart on the first use, it’s not worth the money.

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Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities And Remaining Sane Blog

 Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities And Remaining Sane Blog

Rave Review!!!!!  Two thumbs up! 

5 Stars!   A must read blog!!!!!

 

Last night I found the most wonderfully caring, amazing, intelligent, funny woman on the internet.  Not that she was lost.  I think that, until I found her blog, I was the one that was lost.  I was so inspired by her blog that I just had to share it with all of you, my cherished readers.

Lindsey Petersen is a 50+ mom and author of Raising 5 kids with disabilities and remaining sane blog.  In her blog posts she recalls her memories of growing up in New England with an architect father that was very money conscious and a very loving, upbeat, optimistic mother whom she just recently lost.  She discusses much needed topics such as children with disabilities, adoption, dealing with stress, and so much more.   Her most inspiring blogs are about how she and her husband raise with 5 kids with disabilities.  Reading Lindsey’s blog, I laughed and cried and then laughed all over again.  There are so many things that I can related with.

Lindsey uses her positive, upbeat outlook on life to keep herself sane.  Much like, I imagine, her mother did.  Let’s face it, being a parent in this day and age is no picnic in the park.  Being a parent of children with disabilities is like being on a roller coaster ride.  We have our ups and downs but, by the end of the day, we’re satisfied with the ride.  On a daily basis Lindsey and her husband deal with such disabilities as ADHD, anxieties, Autism, blindness, OCD,  deafness, Dissociative Identity Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  I’m sure that I’ve missed a few diagnoses somewhere.  For that, I apologize. 

I related with her because, I too, grew up in New England.  I recall my Nana’s house being so hot that I couldn’t breathe.   The downstairs was sweltering hot and as my sister and I ascended the stairs for bed, the temperature drastically changed.  We would slip into an ice cold bed and shiver for hours until we finally fell asleep.  Mornings were the worst.  It seemed that the woodstove had slept while we did and, come morning time, required someone to re-stoke the fire.  My sister and I lived with my mom and stepfather.  My mom was a cook at our elementary school for over 20 years.  My stepfather was a landscaper/carpenter/painter. 

 I’m a mom of 5 kids.  I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, OCD, and anxieties.  I’m also a mom of children with disabilities.  My youngest son has ADHD, OCD, and anxieties.  My oldest daughter, now 19, has shown signs of Bi-polar disorder since she was a child.   That was one very long roller coaster ride.  My last baby girl, Sierra Cheyenne, was born in January of 2001.  She died six hours and five minutes after she was born.  Had she survived, she would have been severely developmentally delayed.  I would give anything to have her back even though I know how difficult it would be to care for her.

I will never get enough of Lindsey’s blog.  I visit it on a daily basis.  I beg you, my dear sweet readers, to head on over to Lindsey’s blog,  Raising 5 kids with disabilities and remaining sane blog and enjoy the words that  I so very much cherish.  There is no way that you can leave her blog without being inspired and/or comforted.  Her blog has become a part of my daily dose of reality, sanity, and comfort.  I now feel that life is going to be okay no matter how hard that it seems.  Lindsey has become my sanity and peace of mind.

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Have you ever felt like there’s just not enough of you to go around?  Are you always on the go?  Are you Super Mom or Wonder Woman?  Do you do everything for everyone and leave your needs on the back burner?

I’m a mom of four very busy, demanding , yet wonderful kids. Even though my oldest daughter no longer lives at home, life can still be overwhelming with the three kids left at home. It’s not always a picnic in the park. But, then again, whose life is? Sometimes, I wish that there was three more of ME to go around. However, I wouldn’t change anything about my life as a mom! I’ve learned that life is too precious to complain and wish for things to be different.

Since I became a mom I’ve taken on a plethora of jobs. Not only am I a mom and wife, I’ve become a taxi driver, maid, chef, baker, referee, coach, troop leader, college adviser, social director, and hostess; to name a FEW! Trying to accomplish these tasks with or without a chronic illness is very taxing. Finding a balance between all of these tasks is the key.

Today, was no different. I was in the middle of folding laundry, searching for lost school books, and e-mailing teachers when I decided to take time for myself. I plopped down on the couch and grabbed the remote. I decided to check the free On Demand movies. Hey, why shouldn’t I take that much time for myself? I deserve it!

I found a wonderful movie called “More of Me” starring Molly Shannon. It’s a funny, light-hearted comedy about juggling a family and a career. Molly Shannon portrays “Alice” a wife, business woman, and mom to two young children. Alice never seems to have enough time for all the things that she needs to get done, let alone time for herself. One day, she becomes so overwhelmed that she wishes that there was more of her to go around.

When three of her different personalities step out of the mirror, she finds that it wasn’t such a great wish. The real “Alice” becomes invisible to everyone. She enjoys time to herself at first. But then her other personalities start having a bad affect on the family. Alice must now struggle with each personality to get her life back.

This movie made me realize that nobody is perfect and that when we try to do too much we lose out on what’s most important. “Slow down, enjoy life, and only do what you can!” That’s my new motto!

I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did!

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