Travel Savvy Tips for Families

       Manic:  Traveling with kids, teens and tweens!

Managed:   Here are some helpful tips to prepare your little ones for flight travel and to keep your bigger kids and teens entertained on long flights.  Watch this to see the awesome Monkey Mat for little ones and the Anker charger for the bigger ones plus more tried and true family travel tips.

**Note that I mention that a US Air flight doesn’t offer food…I meant to say “free food” as food is offered for purchase, but is not free in coach on the flight that I mention***

Mother’s Day Gift Guide For All Kinds Of Moms

Family Food Smart Swaps

Manic:  My daily efforts to try to get my family to completely (well not quite 100%…but close) swap out the junky foods for healthy fare in our busy home.

Managed:  Got my goals organized with rules (although I don’t dare tell my family that my new nutrition/shopping guidelines are called rules) and tools to make our family food smart swaps easier.  And some of my ideas are working!  Plus I found a book about discussing food and body image with daughters that I highly recommend.  Take a look and you will also see my salad recipe that my tween and all of her friends really like.  We swapped the bottled salad dressings that were loaded with ingredients that we couldn’t pronounce for our homemade simple salad dressing instead.  Check this out…

My Top Product & Food/Recipe Picks from my 2013 Segments

Here they are….my top picks from all of the things that I tested for my lifestyle morning show segments in 2013.  My favorite family on-the-go snack bar, favorite healthy homemade snack recipe, my favorite fashions, beauty products, get organized tool and more.  Take a look and let me know if you tried any of these products and ideas from  my segments. And stay tuned because I will be showing what’s new in 2014 beauty products, fashions and more the rest of this month.  For now, here are my 2013 top picks from all of the stuff that I get to test, that many of you wrote in to tell me that you liked, too….

Freebie Friday Winner!

Who is our Freebie Friday winner today?

What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Carol Maenner from Chandler, AZ!!  (winner selected through

Carol won….

friday freebie

Several quality products that were featured in my recent KTVK morning show segment about products that give back to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Items like philosophy’s Shower for a Cure Shampoo, Shower and Bath Gel.  This product gives 100% net proceeds back to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.  Carol also gets Bio-Oil that is included in the BFFL Recovery Bag and RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum that s donating 5% of proceeds in October to the American Cancer Society.  Plus yummy KIND bars are also included and KIND is part of the BFFL Recovery Bag and is giving $5 back, for every Recovery Bag sold, to Friends Fighting Breast Cancer.

Congratulations Carol and thank you so much for being a subscriber.  We appreciate it!

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The awesome products were kindly provided for this week’s Freebie Friday prize and to help spread awareness about BCA Month.  No monetary compensation was received. The opinions about how much I love the different products are 100% my own.