What Are the Best Aquariums in the Country?

When it comes to our gift list this Christmas, we always try to do one “experience” gift for the whole family! So far we’ve done season passes to the zoo, to Busch Gardens and to our local aquarium. And for some reason, the girls REALLY took to the aquarium. Our passes have been expired for a few months now, and they ask almost weekly to go back!

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For many people, particularly families traveling, aquariums can, in and of themselves be a reason to visit a particular location. And aquariums are great for parents and children alike. When you take your children to an aquarium, it allows them to see first-hand different animals and habitats. It expands their minds beyond what they see in their everyday world. 

Aquariums can also be a good place to learn about protecting the environment and the effects our behaviors have on the world around us, plus many aquariums provide opportunities for interactive and hands-on learning. 

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6 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Free Time

If there’s one problem that us humans never fail to solve, it’s being bored. These days, most people who find themselves with nothing to do end up binging Netflix, browsing Instagram, or playing Xbox. While you are obviously free to do with your spare time as you please, it’s worth considering how excessive media consumption can affect your life.

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In a 25-year study of over 3,200 people, participants who watched television for more than three hours per day performed worse on cognitive tests than those who spent less time behind the screen. Another study of 11,000 teenagers found that girls who use social media were more likely to suffer from poor sleep quality and depression. 

But let’s not get too morbid here. You’ve come this far, which means that you’re interested in finding fun and frugal ways to spend your free time. Fortunately, your options are wide in variety and plenty in number. And if you’re anything like me, and sometimes need a break from all things domestic, here are six ideas to help you get started.

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Advantages of Hiring a Professional Cleaning Company

Cleaning the house is worse than a tedious chore; it’s a LARGE NUMBER of tedious chores — vacuuming, dusting, mopping, scrubbing, and everything else that needs to be done to keep your home clean. However, even though it’s tedious, someone has to do it. Where it gets difficult is when you’re too busy at work or with your family, and by the time you can get around to cleaning your home it’s a complete mess. If you find yourself in this kind of situation more often than not, you might be thinking of hiring a cleaning service sometimes to do it for you when you can’t.

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From a homeowner’s perspective, hiring one person to do the job is cheaper. However, there’s only so much an independent cleaner could do. Especially if you want things to settle quickly, you will need the help of a cleaning service that gives you all the benefits you are looking for.

Sure enough, homeowners are putting their trust in professional home cleaning companies. The reasons are obvious, but let’s take a gander at why these businesses have become so sought-after.

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New Product Review: Gifts for You Now

Life has a way of surprising the heck out of you, doesn’t it? I mean, I guess there MAY be those people out there who always have everything buttoned up perfectly, but I don’t know any of them! Do you?!

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Two of our very dear friends are godparents to our two-and-a-half-year-old twins. And they got the surprise of their lives not long after the girls were born when they discovered…THEY were pregnant! That little surprise just turned a year old a couple months ago – isn’t he the cutest?!

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We all absolutely adore him!

Yes, life can be very surprising, but, along those lines, one thing I love to do is surprise people who mean the world to us with thoughtful gifts. And for me, if I can get a personalized gift? Even better! And it really is the icing on the cake if I can find that gift online, because I just don’t have a lot of time to go store to store looking for the perfect item these days.

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So when Kate from Gifts for You Now asked if I’d like to review one of their Easter products, there was one item that jumped off the screen at me: this Embroidered Personalized Easter Basket! I KNEW our favorite baby boy would LOVE it!

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Is that not the cutest?! I fell in love it with as soon as I saw it!

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New Product Review: Velvet Caviar

Despite the title of this post, no, I most certainly have not discovered the best caviar that money can buy! I honestly don’t care for that nasty mess myself – no offense meant to any connoisseurs out there. But I think I HAVE found something special that at least redeems the name for me!

If your life is anything like mine, your life is tied to your PHONE. Like it or not, it’s how I take pictures, it’s how I do my tasks and to-do lists, it’s how I learn and even how I teach my kids sometimes! It’s an important bit of life these days, and I want to make sure I keep it protected. Ya feel me?

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But it’s HARD to keep it protected! When I’m chasing 2 2-year-olds around the park and I stop to grab it to take the CUTEST pic of them coming down the slide, I’m apt to drop it on the pavement in my rush, which is never good..OR cute. And sometimes I’ve even forgotten to charge it, so it does no good for me to even pull it out – it’s dead, no pictures for me.

So when Sam from Velvet Caviar contacted me about reviewing some products, I was intrigued. First by the name, and then by my options! WOW!

Here’s what Sam sent my way:

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Let’s start with the Phone Grip & Stand. I’ve seen lots of folks use these, but I didn’t really understand the “grip” part, I guess. I mean, can’t I just hold my phone? (Apparently, there are times when no, I can NOT! HA!) So I added this sweet little piece onto my current cover and decided to take it for a test drive!

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