Saturday, September 30, 2017

Conture Products now on QVC


Tuesday, October 3rd I will be 34! Although it is not old I still feel oldish, I look worse but because I don't take care of my skin. I do not get enough sleep, I am always stressed thanks to having a busy home so yeah no time for me. 


Thanks to the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System I now can take a little time for myself to look and feel better. The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System was designed to easily be incorporated into your daily skincare routine, helping to tone dull, tired and aging skin without the need for invasive treatments. Which means you save a ton of money! Score! 


The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System, a safe, painless and non-invasive way to quickly and easily improve the appearance of aging skin. The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System utilizes Isometric Compression combined with Low-Frequency Vibrations to gently stimulate and tone skin for a more youthful looking appearance. This technology is similar to those used, and once only available by professionals in med-spas and skin centers. Used daily, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System has been clinically shown to enhance the appearance and absorption of skin. The result? Overall signs of aging, dull and tired looking skin are improved and skin is left feeling and looking radiant and more youthful.


When using The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System, make sure to include their anti-aging skincare formulas. They are clinically shown to deliver younger-looking skin. There are 3 skincare formulas so you can find the perfect one. 

KINETIC TREATMENT SERUM A complete anti-wrinkle serum formulated with the revolutionary peptide SNAP-8, which has been clinically proven to reduce crow's feet alone by up to 63%. This powerhouse anti-aging serum includes Encapsulated Retinal, a highly effective anti-wrinkle ingredient proven to effectively build collagen and reduce wrinkle depth by 15%. Inyline, a peptide which has been clinically shown to reduce wrinkles by 14.9% in 28 days. Antarcticine, an ingredient derived from the Antarctic Sea. which has reconstructing and anti-wrinkle properties and has been shown to reduce the depth of wrinkles by 50% in 30 days.

KINETIC AM IGNITION LOTION A daily use moisturizing, anti-age lotion designed for all skin types.This light-weight, yet intensive moisturizer hydrates skin while helping the skin retain essential moisture. Featuring Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient naturally found in skin, which helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in addition to Indinyl, an ingredient extracted from the seeds of the Indian Senna plant, which provides protecting, moisturizing, and reconstructing benefits to the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate, an ingredient shown to have a plumping, and moisturizing effect on the skin, helping to reduce moisture loss.

KINETIC PM RECOVERY CREME An intensive night cream that helps the skin recover while you sleep. Featuring a unique blend of encapsulated Retinol, Longevicell, and Adaptonyl that together dramatically improve skin barrier function and the skins own ability to remain healthy and at peak performance. The result is beautiful, healthy skin that looks and feels younger: Retinol, Helps restore sun-damaged and aging skin with clinically proven increases in the elasticity of 20% and wrinkle depth reduction up to 17% after 12 weeks. Longevicell Significantly reduces the number, and length of wrinkles while reducing the formation of further signs of aging. Adaptonyl, Helps promote improvements in skin barrier function, allowing the skin to retain its essential moisture.

Discover the difference of this unique system by trying it out for yourself. QVC has a whole page of Conture products to make paying for it as simple as 123. Here is a link to the QVC page http://www.qvc.com/beauty/conture/_/N-rhtyZ1z12r7h/c.html?redirectTerm=conture you can also visit Conture's website here

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Get your Bullfrog on and ward off mosquitos


With all the Hurricanes that have recently hit, there is more water which means more mosquitos which you need to be aware of Zika. 

Zika, the mosquito-borne viral disease, remains a threat, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, for now, at least, the U.S. has experienced a decline in cases thus far this year. Just how big a decline is not clear, although it has been reported that public health officials said they knew all along that Zika cases would decrease. 

Still, three in 10 Americans are worried about the threat of Zika or West Nile viruses from mosquito bites. Yet only one in 10 takes serious precautions, like using insect repellent frequently (2-3 times per week or more), according to a new survey from BullFrog Mosquito Coast Sunscreen + Insect Repellent. 

Use a DEET-free repellent, such as BullFrog Mosquito Coast, which repels mosquitoes for up to eight hours while offering SPF 30 sun protection. One in four surveyed don't use insect repellent at all, while just 22 percent use it occasionally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that anyone traveling to areas with Zika risk take steps to prevent mosquito bites. 


Here are some things you can do to avoid both burn and bite. Ward off itch, discomfort, and more serious threats by avoiding standing water, and dressing in loose long sleeves and pants. Use a DEET-free repellent, such as BullFrog Mosquito Coast, which repels mosquitoes for up to eight hours. The formula is a particularly good option for outdoor enthusiasts. Unlike DEET formulations, there is no need to wash it off when returning indoors. Different from repellent alone, it also offers SPF 30 sun protection, so you can pack light when you’re on the go. You can find Bullfrog products at your local Walmart and other retailers. Learn more about Bullfrog by visiting http://www.bullfrogsunscreen.com/

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Organic Valley Organic Fuel



We drink a lot of NesQuik chocolate powder mix in this family, but it's not exactly healthy. My oldest son takes after me, where most of his diet is drinking milk. To help him gain weight I wanted to find something better for him that we would all enjoy especially him. 

Organic Valley came out with Organic Fuel. Organic Fuel is a whey protein powder which comes in both vanilla and chocolate flavor. Organic Fuel has no GMOs, no antibiotics, no synthetic hormones, no toxic pesticides, no artificial sweeteners, no gluten and no soy, making for a yummy healthy treat. 

My son was about a lb per inch and he is 13 and almost 5'6" so he looks unhealthy although doctors say otherwise. Since he has been drinking the new Organic Valley Organic Fuel he has put on some weight, so he looks healthier and he is more active which is a huge plus. I am super happy with the results from him drinking Organic Valley Organic Fuel and he is super happy with the taste. He really enjoys the chocolate powder. 

You can find Organic Valley Organic Fuel at your local grocery also check out all the other great products Organic Valley has to offer by visiting https://www.organicvalley.coop/

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Stop picking up your toddlers stuff....use the Tray Haven




When my kids were little we would frequent the local parks and I don't know how many times between the 5 I have bent over to pick up something they dropped or even thrown. The battle between child and parent seemed never-ending, until now. 

The Tray Haven 

Tray Haven reduces the ability for children to throw objects from their highchair or stroller onto the floor. The see-through, wing-like barrier attaches to most highchairs and strollers with a stretchable clasp. The fabric is machine washable and can fold for easy travel. 


Tray Haven is a highly adaptable wing-like barrier which can help make mealtime and outings less stressful for parents and young children. The Tray Haven is easy to setup, take down, and store, thanks to its clever collapsibility and go-anywhere portability. With breathable mesh netting and a sturdy wire construction, Tray Haven is easy to clean in any sink and air dries quickly. After cleaning, Tray Haven can also be folded and put on the top shelf of the dishwasher for extra sanitation. Price: $24.99

Just imagine going to a theme park, or on a long shopping trip and not always having to look behind you to see if your child threw or dropped anything. Too many times would my child loose his bottle or pacifier because of something so simple. Don't lose your mind or stuff with the Tray Haven. Tray Haven comes in both blue or pink. You can purchase the Tray Haven by visiting https://trayhaven.com/ 


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Need Bugs for your Birthday? Check out Oriental Trading


I love Oriental Trading! I have yet to be let down. Their prices are cheap, and their products are many. My son's birthday was coming up and he loves all things animal, but his favorite of all time are bugs and frogs.

Looking

I am always looking for new ways to celebrate my kids birthday's since there is 5 of them I have to get creative. Thankfully Oriental Trading helps by having such a huge selection. I wanted to surprise my son with a theme in which he would enjoy so I started by typing in bugs.

Product Selection

When typing in bugs Oriental Trading gave me pages full of ideas. I ended up with the following items for an unforgettable birthday party.

Goodies



Sea Life Squirt Guns Looking for fun beach party games? Cool off on a hot summer day with these squirt guns in fun sea life designs! Just fill up these plastic guns with water and your children will have a blast at your backyard pool party, beach party or Hawaiian luau! Includes shark, whale and dolphin designs. Plastic. 6" - 8" © OTC These were left-overs from my other sons birthday who is a month before his brother.

DIY Unfinished Wood Lizards Kids love to paint this DIY wood craft project and will spend hours playing with their hand-painted lizards! They’re articulated for fun slithery action! (6 pcs. per unit) 8 3/4" Paint sold separately. My kids have always enjoyed these types of toys, so I though this would be a perfect addition to the party.

Frog & Flies Gummy Candy Fun Packs Who said we can’t invite our cold-blooded friends to the Easter party too? These frogs & flies gummy packs will accompany the rest of your Easter candy in your Easter baskets and plastic Easter eggs! Grape and apple flavored gummies. (8 pcs. per pack, 18 packs per unit) fat-free, total wt., 14 oz. © OTC Well, mom was craving something sweet and got into these.... they are so good, thankfully when the party happened I had just enough for each kid to get a pack. Bad me :)


Growing Insects is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 17. Kids love bugs and ours are the best because they grow! Soak these Growing Insects in water overnight to increase their size. Kids like watching these creatures expand! Putting them in jars and watching them expand is a fun activity for a backyard party or camping trip. Foam. (4 dozen per unit) 1" - 1 1/2" For best results, soak overnight in warm water. May take longer than 24 hours to grow. © OTC They have already doubled in size over a 2 day period.



Water Frog Wind-Ups: Wind up your party favor treat bags with these fun frog toys! They're fun for birthday parties or pass them out at your luau or pool party for some water fun. Wind them up and watch them swim! They're a cute way to create your own party game - have a contest and see whose little froggy friend can make it to the finish line first! Plastic. We raced our frogs in the pool. Kids have enjoyed playing with them over and over.

Tableware

Bug Square Dessert Plates Even a bug-themed birthday needs some sweet treats to close out the festivities! Birthday cake, cookies, cupcakes – whatever you serve, make sure you do it on these durable 7 1/4" paper Bug Dessert Plates. Featuring a colorful grasshopper, wasp and fly printed on each one, these plates make an eye-catching addition to all your other Bug party supplies and decorations. (8 pcs. per set) 7 1/4" © OTC Super cute and my son LOVED them.


Bug Plastic Tumblers Make your party guests’ eyes bug out by filling these with fun favors before serving up their favorite party beverage! Printed with silhouettes of ants, a praying mantis, tarantula, dragonfly, centipede and beetle, these 10 ozs. plastic Bug Tumblers make a must-have addition to celebrating any bug-themed birthday. Plastic. 4" 10 oz. © OTC  I really enjoyed getting these because they are the perfect size for kids and if my dogs get them oh well.

I also had bought a tablecloth with bugs along the bottom, and napkins which all matched the Bug Square Dessert Plates. Because of Oriental Trading's large selection, they are always changing out inventory to match supply and demand. I really love Oriental Trading it always has something in which I can use to make my kids birthdays special. You can check out Oriental Trading by visiting http://www.orientaltrading.com

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Bakerly Crepes and Breads.....One Word...........YUM!



Trying new things

Like mentioned in other posts I am always on the hunt for new tasty treats in which my family especially my kids will enjoy. I was offered to try out Bakerly products which I had seen in Publix but I just never had grabbed because of being unsure. 



Opening the box 

When I received my package from Bakerly, it was packed with an assortment of crepes, and bread. Right away I noticed that the bread looked especially good, it had a shine to it, because they bake it and butter it up, I couldn't wait to get in and try the new products ( new to our family ) out. My kids right away must have been thinking the same thing about the bread, because before the end of the day they had finished off a whole package. 



The Breads 

The Brioche Rolls are AMAZING, at least this is what my family told me since I never even got one! LOL. They enjoyed them so much they were begging for more. I honestly thought when I pulled out the Brioche Rolls that they were fancy hot dog buns, my kids though did eat a few with their hotdogs. My husband turned his Brioche Rolls into chili dogs, "best he ever had" he said.  The sweetness of the brioche was perfect making them a nice healthy snack on their own.  My favorite thing about them is that they are: authentic french recipe no preservatives no artificial coloring no artificial flavoring no high fructose corn syrup NON-GMO. 

The Sliced Brioche. This is made a grilled cheese you would kill for, over the top wonderful. I did get to enjoy this which honestly after getting a little taste of what I missed out on I didn't wanna share. I sent my kids to school with PBJ made with the Sliced Brioche which they thanked me when they got home.  



The Snacks
   
Bakerly Crepes. Okay well, I will admit these sat around for a little, because of being really unsure. I have never been a crepe fan and my kids well they have no clue as to what a crepe is so they weren't gonna try unless I did. I finally got around to trying one, the first package I opened was the newest crepe Crunchy Crepes with a Carmel Filling. Wow! I was seriously kicking my self in the butt for being so stubborn. They were wonderful and took me by surprise. Because of my reaction, (we all watch each other when trying new things so we do not get tricked) my kids were all on board for trying. They also now wanted to try the other flavors which were sent, the strawberry and the chocolate filled ones. Bakerly Crepes make the perfect snack for school because they are a healthier option to other snacks. And also individually wrapped that they can go anywhere. I heated up the Crunchy Carmel one, dipped it into maple syrup, you must go out and try this so good. 

Get your own

You can tell we really enjoyed the Bakerly products which were sent for our family to try, now I am ready to go out and find the other tasty products from Bakerly. I see they have an Apricot Sponge Cake, which I personally have never seen anything with Apricot other than jelly/jam so this is more the reason I wanna find it. You can explore all the yummy goodness of Bakerly by visiting http://bakerly.com/


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sqwincher a whole new way to hydrate!


Between my kids and husband, we go through a lot of sports drinks. I have them on hand for my kids while they are outside playing hard, and for my husband, as he works. Because of them going through sports drinks like water I am always looking for something new. 

I found Sqwincher. Sqwincher is a sports drink which comes in many forms to consume. A few Sqwincher products I use on my husband are:


The Sqwincher Fastpack which are .6oz that you simply add water to and use the pouch as your cup. These are great for him because he can carry many with him while at work. They are great because you can get 50 in a box and they have 10 flavors to choose from. My husband's favorites are the Orange, Tropical, and Cool Citrus. 


Another product I send with my husband to work, and kids to school, and I even keep stashed in my car in case of an emergency are the Sqwincher's Qwik Lite Stick Packets. These are great because they can be carried any place, and all you need is water. They come in 4 flavors, cherry, orange, lime and grape. Sqwincher Lite stick packs are perfect for those looking for fewer calories, no color, and no artificial flavors or additives. Sqwincher Lite contains the perfect electrolyte blend, are naturally flavored and naturally sweetened and contain no added color.

A favorite of ours especially when out in the pool is the Sqwincher Squeeze Pops. The tasty treats cool you off while hydrating the body perfect for a long day in the sun. They come in 5 flavors, cherry, orange, lemon-lime, grape and mixed berry. My kids all really enjoy the mixed berry and cherry. 

Finally, another product which is great for on the go is the is the Sqwincher Qwik Stick 10 Count Tube. This is another one which I keep in my car and forget about. The expiration dates on these last a long while so I know that if I really need them I have the Qwik Stick's ready to go. The Qwik Stick 10 Count Tube comes in 4 flavors, fruit punch, orange, strawberry-lemonade, and orange. I always keep a set of fruit punch with me because who doesn't enjoy fruit punch. 

Sqwincher has a huge variety of other products like already made ready to drink sports drinks, liquid concentrate, zero sugar and more. You can view the whole line of Sqwincher products by visiting http://sqwincher.com


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pistachio + Cranberry Chewy Bites, Yes, Please!


Well if you haven't figured it out already we just went through Hurricane Irma, and well when you go through such a thing, you need to stock up on water and lots of non-perishables. Of course you get a few snacks which will last a little while also which I always look for peanut stuff because it has protein. 


One of the items I was able to enjoy during the storm was the Pistachio + Cranberry Chewy Bites by Setton Farms. I already love Setton Farms pistachios but adding in cranberry yum! My family and I really enjoy trail mixes and this was a great treat for us. The Pistachio + Cranberry Chewy Bites are just that, individually wrapped snack bars and each is the perfect size that your good on one or two for a few hours. It is the perfect combo of sweet and tanging? not sure how to describe a pistachio, but it is a great combo. So good you could even pass them out for Halloween, and give a healthy yummy treat. 


The Setton Farms Pistachio + Cranberry Chewy Bites are great in so many ways, they taste great, they can be carried in kids lunches, purses, pockets, backpacks anything! They are the perfect on the go, or staying at home snack. A healthier option to others. You can see all of Setton Farms products by visiting http://www.settonfarms.com/

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Rise-N-Shine with Wake Up On Time!


My husband has to get up at 4am to be to work at 5:30am every morning, he sets his alarm on his phone and still sometimes misses the alarm because he is so out of it. He also has tried a old school alarm which worked until dogs/kids knocked it off one to many times. He also has done 4 alarms in a row, one at 3am, 3:30am, 4am and finally 4:30am and still that will not always work. 



I was contacted by Rise-N-Shine to try Wake Up On Time, I couldn't pass this up because it sounded like something that would work for my husband. How it works is you take Wake Up On Time before you go to bed, strange right. Well it Wake Up On Time is made so it is time released, when it is time to wake up, vitamins like B-6 and B-12 are released to help you get more energy. 

My husband is a stubborn person, who wants all kinds of facts before trying anything new, but I forced him to try it and both him and I are in much better moods now that he is on it. The Wake Up On Time has worked wonders and has improved his mood because he is getting more real sleep and waking up in a better mood, which is why it benefits me because I do not have to walk on eggshells around everything when he is up.  If you have a hard time waking up ready for the day I would truly recommend you trying this great product from Rise-N-Shine. 

Rise-N-Shine's patented Wake Up On Time is the first product of its kind, taken BEFORE bed, but doesn't start working until it's time to wake up! Wake Up On Time will never prevent you from falling asleep - thanks to the magic of time release. Wake Up On Time contains the highest quality ingredients, including Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Guarana Seed Extract (100 mg caffeine), L-Tyrosine, Eleuthero Root extract and more! Wake Up On Time is designed to help you wake up in the morning feeling great and full of energy. You can purchase by visiting https://www.wakeupontime.com

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BasicBites a great way to get through the day and help your teeth


Being a mother of 5 I am always on the go, so I often let things slide, sadly one of those things is oral health. I normally find myself snacking at fast food places, or eating a candy bar to keep myself full while on the go. The BasicBites area a great way to give me a little boost along with being a major kick in oral care. 

BasicBites take advantage of your mouth’s natural protective processes to neutralize harmful sugar acids and enrich and fortify tooth enamel. This revolutionary technology was developed by renowned research scientists at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine.

Eating two BasicBites a day is good for: 
 Adults, teens and children*
 Those with dry mouth 
 Anyone interested in extra oral care support



BasicBites are delicious, sugar free, chocolate soft chews that can help maintain healthy teeth and support the acid-base (pH) level on tooth surfaces that are already in the normal range. BasicBites contain the patented AlkaGen Technology. This breakthrough technology was developed at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. BasicBites coat the teeth with a unique blend of vital and natural nutrients. These nutrients were discovered to be present in healthy saliva and mimic saliva's supportive, natural benefits.

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G.H. Cretors Popped Corn Making a Great School Snack

My kids started school August 10th and it seriously came out of nowhere, I was not ready at all. The kids kept complaining because I didn't have any snacks for them and at the school they make things a little more complicated because it has to be a healthy snack. 


With the whole healthy snack thing I started to think out of the box, which one item I thought of is popcorn. G.H. Cretors Popped Corn rises above the competition in its commitment to quality ingredients and artisanal craftsmanship, which is why its popped corn is nothing short of incredible. Obsessively delicious flavors include: - The Mix - Just the Cheese Corn - Organic White Cheddar - Organic Salted Butter Kettle Corn - Organic Salted Butter - Organic Dill Pickle.


Popcorn on its own is already a healthy option because it is just air. But wouldn't adding things to it make it less healthy? No because G.H. Cretors Popped Corn uses only nature ingredients making for the perfect tasty treat. My personal favorite is what G.H. Cretors Popped Corn calls The Mix, which is a fun bag of butter caramel corn and real cheddar cheese corn. The perfect mix of salty and sweet. 

You can never go wrong with the basic of Organic Salted Butter or Organic Salted Butter Kettle Corn, everyone enjoys these flavors. My oldest son really loves the White Cheddar, he can finish off a bag in minutes. The Organic Dill Pickle was one I will not lie I was a little scared to try, although I do love pickles the idea of pickle popcorn didn't seem so ideal. But because I had it in hand, and I am always open to trying new things. WOW I am so glad I did, it was super good perfect amount of flavor to popcorn. Possibly my 2nd favorite of the bunch. 

You can find G.H. Cretors Popped Corn by visiting http://www.ghcretors.com/



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Just in Time for the Holidays Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember!

We just went through Hurricane Irma, thankfully we were able to stay safe and only have yard debris to pick up. But during the storm my kids were frighten especially as the eye went over, we amazingly kept our power and thank god for that. Since my kids were scared we enjoyed watching the all new release of Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember. 


I was so grateful to receive this before the Hurricane hit, we used the DVD as a way to discuss what my kids want to dress up as for Halloween, and what they would like for Christmas. It also made for great storytelling of what their favorite holiday is and why. We really enjoyed watching the all new film and look forward to the next new release. 


Join Elena and her friends and family as they celebrate holidays that honor the past, cherish the present and look forward towards a magical future! In these new adventures Avalor celebrates Navidad, Dia de los Muertos and Carnaval! There’s something special to look forward to with each holiday! This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart. Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember is a must-own for the entire family! Includes Four Celebration Themed Episodes, Plus Two Bonus Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Elena Locket! Now on Disney DVD September 12th! 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Breathe Better with the Oreck Air Response Air Purifier System


I have allergies and they have been okay but every since I got dogs I realize that they are far worse. Each morning I wake up and I am puffy-eyed and sneezing up a storm, until about a hour later when everything finally breaks up enough I can go on about my day. 

Oreck has saved my life with its Oreck Air Response Air Purifier. It reminds me of a paper shredder which is great because it is small enough that it doesn't take up space that we are bumping into it over and over. The great thing is for as small as it is it cleans the air so great!

I have stopped waking up with puffy-eyes and sneezing along with feeling a whole lot more rested each morning which makes for a happier me! Not only does the Oreck Air Response Air Purifier help with my allergies but it keeps dust down, and traps odors. 

The Oreck Air Response Air Purifier is so cool, it lights up so you know how dirty your house is and as it cleans the color changes so you can see the difference on top of breathing the difference. It does blue, purple and red. I was playing with it by putting it through different spots in my house, my living room and bedroom were red because they are the most traffic areas. Then I had a purple like color for the girls room, it is rarely used. 



My sister in law took on some water through her door area (from Hurricane Irma that just hit), so now her house has a musky smell, so last night when they got power I offered her to try out the Oreck Air Response Air Purifier, I went by today because they have milk down that way, so she grabbed me some, anyhow I could already and she could already breathe the difference. The Oreck Air Response Air Purifier comes in 3 different sizes, small the size I have which is great for the home, medium for a bigger home, and large great for offices and such. 

You can purchase the Oreck Air Response Air Purifier by visiting http://www.oreck.com 




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After Hurricane Irma in Osceola

We made it through, we even kept our power the whole time, thanks to an amazing group of people who are out in this mess trying to stay ahead of the storm. What sucks about going through these types of things is it is really REALLY hard not to come off as a incentive asshole. Because others have it worse. Some lost family, friends, pets, homes, cars etc. Which it is like my biggest issue is I have no milk......yeah sounds like I am a ass right.


It is a bittersweet thing because yeah I have power and thankfully as of last night they were able to get all my families both in Polk and Kissimmee, up and running. Our local Walmart in Poinciana is out along with Publix and they are not expected to have power until Wed, possibly Thursday. The gas stations are slowly opening and the lines are insane not for gas but for cold food and drinks. Milk was sold out within minutes of places opening.


My house did well through the storm, the neighbors tree came over during and we kept thinking it would take out our power because it was on the pole, so yesterday was clean up of that. Then my in-laws are here with me they still have no power, and they have a bunch of trees down but none took out their place. So they do at least have a home to go to once they have power, but they lost all their cold food.

I will have a video together soon to post of the before and after, and during. More during LOL. Again though a HUGE THANK YOU to those who were out in the storm and continue to be busting their asses to get our homes and communities back online.

A huge Oak blocking the street to get to my in-laws place. Goes complete over the entire road.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane BS that we deal with in FL.......my experience.

I was born here in Kissimmee, FL and have never left I have never been through a snowstorm but have for sure gone through my share of hurricanes. The thing is they suck and can be scary but they are just big long storms which we have had way worse just in a normal storm. 


I am now shy of my 34th birthday, I remember going through one when I was 13? Which was Hurricane Erin when it hit us though in Kissimmee, it was only a tropical storm. I don't remember to much of where we went or if we even left, we lived in newer double wide/manufactured home on a 1/2 acre. I am not sure why I don't remember probably because I was going through my rebel years LOL but I do remember my dad had a canoe which was filled with water and leafs and then the trees looked bare and lots of branches but like twigs were all over but it never was anything major.

Then from there I am sure we had a few scares but nothing really affected us until 2004! Well not really in February 22, 23rd 1998 we had a horrible tornado which started at my husbands place (at the time friend of course) he was in a smaller older trailer which had a room built on and they took a hard hit taking out a huge oak tree which the base is still at their property today, I was down the road and saw the tornado but it was a block away so we didn't get any damage it did take out the shopping center though and then went down Shingle Creek across Lake Tohoe and ended in BVL killing 42! The tornado went by my house at midnight, my mom and I heard the hail and went in to the bathroom of the double wide to stay safe, my husband, his twin brother and mother were all in the built on room of their home and the floor he said was being ripped out below them as they laid flat with their mom on top of them protecting them. I remember calling all friends and making sure everyone was okay it was a long process to build back what all was lost. One other memory of that was the at the time video stores still were around so when it took out our shopping plaza it went right over a Video King and there was VHS tapes all over the place and you still might find some to this day down Shingle Creek. Another story I remember from it was a child was swept away from his mother and later found alive in a tree this has always stuck with me.

2004! I had just given birth to my first child on July 12th. I was 20 and my birthday is in October. I was a new mom, wife and adult :) fun stuff. Well on August 13th Charlie decided it was gonna come through. Me and my husband were married November 15th 2003, so we were still newlyweds and he turned 20 the same day we got married, yup don't get married on someone's birthday sadly it just fell on the weekend we wanted to be married on. Anyhow.......I didn't watch the news so I really had no clue about any of it til like 2 days before it Charley was to make landfall. My parents had just moved to Lake Wales in a solid brick home which no one else in our family at the time had, my in-laws still lived in the trailer which they were in for the tornado and then, my husband and I also were in a newer single wide trailer, but we were in a mobile home park, so we of course left. I went to my parents with my 2 cats and month old child, while my retard husband (again we were young) stayed with his friend and then my in-laws went to my mother in-laws mom's house which was also where my husband was supposed to go!


So basically family is all over the damn place! I was pissed at my husband because we were not together and I felt like I was doing it all on my own. My parents boarded up most of the house except the sliding glass doors because the storm was going to hit worse on the one side. The thing a lot of people don't get is a hurricane is a large tornado with little tornados that can come and hit while dealing with the big one. So back to my story Charley came in at about 9ish got really nasty at around midnight which we watched the neighbor's shed blow away, a tree branch come down and take out a power pole and then a big oak fall and block the street. My parents house was older and they have a wood door which the water was coming through because of the force of the wind. Because of the child being ripped from their parents and flying away I had placed my son in his baby carrier strapped down and in the bath tub. I figured if he went flying better to be in his carrier than free, sad I had to and was thinking that way but yeah it was scary. At one point it got so bad that we all got into the bathroom and prayed to make it safely through the storm.


The next day we were without power, we did however have running water which was odd but we were extremely grateful, especially me because well I just had a newborn so I was starting to smell of sour milk! YUCK. Next thing was after looking around at all the damage I had to get home to my retard husband along with my home. Well this was the first real hurricane I went through so you really don't understand how much you take for granted like a clear road! Getting home was a journey I had a POS car which the way home I would allow for bigger trucks to go around so I could follow because I didn't want to be in a head on since it was a lot of trees and poles and such on ground. I honestly even to today am in shock I was able to make it home. It took way longer but I still made it. When I got to my home, it was still there, others in our mobile home park the really old homes were gone, flat. I lost all the skirting around my home, the shutters, and then half of my screen porch/car port area. Funny thing was that Charley took everyone's heavy plastic stairs and pushed them back so the neighbors in front of me went to my house and mine to the next and then the ones who were on end ended up with theirs in the woods.

OMG trying to find everyone, first I went to where my husband was supposed to be, he was not there! Cell phone service was down! So I had no way to call family and friends to check in and be like I am fine or find out if they were fine. I then went to my mother in-laws mom's house which they were there and everything held up, their home however was messed up it was kinda squished like if you squish a can from top to bottom but lay it on its side? So from my mother in-laws mom's place we went to were my husband's twin brother was with his girlfriend we found them and which they were at his girl friends moms house. She lived by a drain which filled and flooded her house with about 3 inches of water, but that was the worst of it for her was water damage.

Now that we knew they were okay we went to my husband's oldest brothers place which was a apartment over by medieval times. This became the ground base, so we all knew everyone was safe, although I still hadn't heard from my asshole husband. From there we went to Publix to try and get a few things, wow Publix, we were all out of power NO ONE HAD POWER, or cell service! I remember pulling up to Publix and they had people stacking all the freezer, deli, cooler items out in a huge hill outside in the parking lot. Most people still had house phones which my parents did and so did my in-laws, there was a huge line of people waiting to use the pay phone. I was able to call my parents and let them know I made it home and was fine. After getting some food which you could only use cash which another thing you don't think of because again no power so no credit no ebt no anything! Cash is the only way you can get anything.

We regrouped once again at my brother in laws, from there we went and checked in at the Holiday Inn Hotel which later became the Nickelodeon Hotel and Now again the Holiday Inn. They had power! What a nightmare this was, we had.....myself, husband, and newborn, my in-laws, my brother in-law, his baby mama and his son, my husband's twin brother and his girlfriend all in one room!!!!!! they are bigger rooms that are technical 3 rooms but with that many people it feels like a sardine box!  To make things worse my son was acting strange he already was acting strange before all of this drama but it was just getting worse he was always hungry. So to get away from all the family I took him to the Celebration ER, which from there we were rushed to the Orlando Hospital in which my son had a liquid placed in him to see what was wrong, they didn't know other than some type of blockage. I was told my son could die 7 times! He lived through it but I spent a week in the hospital dealing with that while my family was in a hotel and we had no power. I went into a shock and was having issues for a month afterward. Great way to deal with the storms.

Memories of Charley is all the blue tarps that became everyone's roofs, if you didn't have a tarp only reason is because you probably no longer had a house, it was crazy. The roads were covered with debris and then once all was gone there was no cars on the road. At one point before ending up in the hospital me and my brother in-laws baby mama went to see if I had power on, I was flying down the road and we went over the railroad tracks and we both were like wow we are here already because it was pitch black you could see stars again after the storm.

Then after Charley came Frances, France took forever to pass it was seriously like 3 days of rain and wind, funny thing with Frances is it came and cleaned up what Charley messed up. We all this round stayed at my brother in-laws place which was a good bad thing because spending that much time indoors closed spaces with family ahhhh LOL. Then the others came, which one I was so over the cabin fever and saw it wasn't gonna be that bad that I left in the middle of the storm and went home! The shitty thing about the hurricanes is they all came on a damn weekend and they all lasted forever, at least with Charley it came and went the rest after just stayed. It was a interesting year.

What we learned after that year is we take so much for granted! You need to be ready for being without power for a long period of time, you need to be ready to do a lot of work afterward which is a lot of manual labor.

We had a really bad storm hit here in Poinciana 3-26-16 and it was so bad that it destroyed many roofs, so we had a company here for like 4 months after Jasper that was doing everyone's roofs which we just had ours done from the storm last year almost to date. It looked like it snowed after all the hail settled and took 2 days in the hot summer sun to melt away completely.




Getting ready for Irma has been a nightmare, it sucks because your never stopping, you have to get sandbags which a lot think that its already NOPE you have to go with shovel and fill them up, tie them up and load them up, then you get to unload them, place them around your home. They weigh about 50-60lbs each! Next you get to board up, standing in the hot summer sun holding boards up and against the house, trying not to bust a window. Then you have to take everything outside and place it inside, fun so basically instead of spring cleaning you have hurricane cleaning but the worst part is you are stuck with all your trash until after the hurricane! This is all outside drama.

Inside you need to get a ton of water, start eating and cooking all your frozen stuff so your not out the money or food afterward because power went out, then you gotta deal with cleaning because once power is out you cannot vacuum anything moping is okay but not if you don't have enough water, dishes all need to be clean all laundry needs to be done, its so much work and then you have to watch and listen so you can run if a damn tornado comes. So yeah its a lot of work and I will update this afterwards because right now I need to turn off shut down so can have later.

Going on while I am typing this today 8-10-17
Just got a tornado warning over by my in-laws, and its going towards Celebration. My kids are freaking out because my husband is always on edge because of the one he went through in 98 so they are all in my closet.

11:18am More Tornado warnings winds are picking up and rain is coming down
11:23am Got dark as shit heavier rain, kids are in closet
11:41 shutting down will be back :)