Posted on December 9, 2013 by Maria Bailey
The hottest gifts this holiday season are definitely electronics. Moms, Dads, and kids are all asking for things from tablets to Chromebooks to Coin – even credit cards are going electronic!
You’ve most likely heard about the HP Chromebook available at Walmart. With its cute colors, free mobile internet service for 2 years, and built-in virus protection, you can understand why the HP Chromebook is at the top of so many holiday wish lists. It’s the perfect gift for everyone in the family -and with a price tag under $350, it’s one of the most affordable PCs on the market.
I personally love how fast the HP Chromebook is. It was one of the features that really wowed me when I tested it out at Walmart. Of course, the other feature that I loved was that the HP Chromebook comes with 12 free sessions of GoGo Inflight Internet! I travel a lot and use GoGo Inflight internet on most of my domestic flights. That alone is nearly a $300 value – included for free!
As you can tell, I’m pretty excited about the HP Chromebook available at Walmart which is why I’m happy to share the news with my readers that HP will be hosting six live video broadcasts on Walmart.com to answer questions and show off all of the cool features of the HP Chromebooks. To tune in to the live broadcasts simply go to http://www.walmart.com/hpshowandtech at any of the specified times below!
Tune in at www.walmart.com/hpshowandtech:
Tuesday, December 10th: 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm (ET)
Wednesday, December 11th: 11am and 2pm (ET)
I hope to see some of you in the chat rooms during the Show and Tech broadcasts. I’ll be there!
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Posted on November 26, 2013 by Maria Bailey
Are you hosting the big holiday dinner this year? It always seems like the busiest moms take on the most work, and the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah dinner is no exception. Over the years, a few turkeys and many bowls of sweet potatoes, I’ve come up with a few tips that can help make family gatherings run smoothly and hopefully take some work off of your plate (so perhaps you can take a seat, enjoy dinner and conversation).
“This looks like my holiday dinner,” said no mom ever.
- Shop Early and At “Off” Hours: The grocery store will be crowded as Thanksgiving draws near. You’ll be fighting for a parking space, a grocery cart and even the last can of pumpkin if you put off the trip. Make your list now and get to the store asap. If any last-minute items are needed, it’s a quick trip as Turkey Day gets closer. Avoid prime time shopping, if possible. You may not want to go anywhere after the kids are in bed, but you’ll be glad you did when the crowds are thinner at night. (Early morning is a great time, too.)
- Delegate, Delegate, Delegate: Most busy moms should be planning a potluck-type dinner. Make your master menu and assign each guest an item. Or ask if they have a favorite recipe they’d like to bring for the table. In our house, we take care of the main entrée and main side dishes. Our guests bring everything else, and they are more than happy to help. I also ask the older children to set the table, clear dishes and help with other age-appropriate tasks.
- Set up a kid zone for the youngest guests: When my children were young, I made sure there were plenty of crafts and activities to keep them busy. There are so many easy – and free – coloring sheets, crafts and activities you can find online. Take a few minutes to set up supplies in a safe area (hopefully away from the kitchen) to keep little ones entertained.
- For a fun dinnertime activity: One of my favorite activities to offer is conversation cards. After dinner, while everyone is still at the table, hand every guest a conversation card. Each card should have a question that the guest can answer, such as “If you had a superpower, which one would it be and why?” or “What famous person would you like to meet and why?” This is a really fun way to get everyone talking; get ready for some funny and interesting answers.
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Posted on November 22, 2013 by Maria Bailey
Sometimes, no matter what you do, your baby (and older children) will develop dry skin and scaly patches that can cause discomfort. The winter season is also prime time for dry, irritated skin for everyone in the family. I discovered a new, all natural product called CapriClear® Spray. Made with fractionated coconut oil, CapriClear is a patented, colorless, odorless, non-staining, and hypoallergenic moisturizer that works!
Developed by a dermatologist, CapriClear® is ideal for people of all ages, but especially those with sensitive skin. One of my team members talks about her son’s eczema and how many products she’s tried to control the condition. She tried CapriClear on her son’s arms and it has made a huge difference! We’re raving about this product, not only for the personal results, but also for the ingredients – a simple list of a single natural ingredient- Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), the purest form of coconut oil available. CapriClear does not contain emulsifiers, fragrances, dyes, preservatives, additives, parabens or any other toxins that can lead to more skin irritation. It’s amazing how many skin care products have ingredients that actually cause skin irritation, drying and more (so check those labels, mom!).
CapriClear is safe for babies, children and adults of all ages. Three of my older children are in college in very cold climates (which they are not used to), so this product will be added to their care packages this month! For information, go to http://capriclear.com.
I received a sample of CapriClear Spray to try at no charge. Opinions are my own.
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Maria Bailey
Holiday baking is so easy with the new Werther’s Original Baking Caramels. These easy-melting caramels are the perfect ingredient for delicious fall recipes like Caramel Drizzled Pumpkin Cake. Check out this video from the BlueSuitMom test kitchen as Mary and her DDs show how easy it is to use the caramels (and hard not to eat them all).
Visit Werther’s Original on Facebook – and Werther’s Caramel community at http://werthers.werthersecloud.us.
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Posted on November 8, 2013 by Maria Bailey
In case you didn’t know this about me, I LOVE popcorn. It’s one of those snacks that always hits the spot and is easy to grab and go. I own several popcorn machines that I use at home and at the office, and my office is decorated with a vintage sign and light! My recent discovery of Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn makes me very happy. The taste of Werther’s caramel is buttery and creamy, and the resealable bag is fabulous for busy moms. It’s delicious and you’ll love it! Visit Werther’s Original on Facebook – and Werther’s Caramel community at http://werthers.werthersecloud.us.
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Posted on October 31, 2013 by Maria Bailey
Who knew that Halloween was a billion-dollar holiday? $2.392 billion, to be exact. That’s the amount we spend on candy each Halloween, according to the National Confectioners’ Association*. That staggering amount of candy (and money) makes my teeth hurt and my stomach ache. While I won’t deprive my children of this miraculous holiday where neighbors give them “free” candy, I do have ways to manage the consumption and candy overload, you can enjoy trick-or-treating and the little ones aren’t crashing from too much sugar.
Sneaking Candy. No, this is not about skimming off your favorite chocolate bar or candy corns off the top of the pile (although this works just fine in my house with Reese’s). To keep candy consumption under control, bag up an assortment of candy in several bags, marked with each child’s name, and store in the freezer to spread out over a reasonable amount of time.
Baking Supplies on Hand. Many popular candy items double as great baking supplies. Find the M&Ms, Snickers, Heath and Hershey bars and stash them away for a few short weeks. When you start baking for Thanksgiving and the holidays, use the Halloween candy. You’ll save money and time buying on baking supplies.
Donate the Excess. The definition of excess will vary greatly between you and your children, but a great way to get the goodies out of your house is to donate them. There are candy buyback programs, collections for troops and more. Find a local group or ask around to find out how to donate the excess candy. (Some won’t take chocolate—it melts, so be sure to ask.) Older children and their trick-or-treating friends can separate the candy they would like to donate. You’ll be surprised at how generous they can be when they know where it’s going.
Among the numbers in a *Forbes article about Halloween candy consumption, the stats are almost unbelievable. Except for the ranking of the most popular chocolates: “Hershey Company’s Reese’s took the number one spot with sales of just under $510 million in the past year.” That’s so obvious.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween.
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