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Preparing for Back to College

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Every year at this time across the country parents are shipping their kids off to college. And again we are joining the group. Nick has started his senior year at college and you would think that by now we would have this down to a science of what he needs to start the year off. But inevitably after a few days at we will get a message from him that something slipped through the cracks or got forgotten or misplaced during the move in process.

Schick Razor.bag

When that happens it’s off to Walmart to grab some of the essentials; soap, laundry detergent, study snacks, and don’t forget the Schick razors. So we headed to the men’s care aisle to check out the selection.


Wow, there’s a lot to choose from so how do you choose? Between the Schick Hydro 5 with replacable blades which I know Doug likes to the Schick disposable products, Shick Extreme 3 and Schick Hydro 5 disposables that would be perfect for the college kids. I had a decision to make, which one would Nick prefer? He’s always on the go whether he’s going to classes, studying with friends or working out in the gym getting ready for his sports I know he will want to have the convenience of a disposable to throw in his gym bag. And he’s got such a baby face so he’ll appreciate the aloe for his sensitive skin. But I’m still torn between the two so I decided to buy both. You can never have too many Schick razors in a house with four men!


Into the shopping cart they go and now on to get all the other items we forgot. Kleenex, new bath towels to replace the ratty looking ones from last year and a new laundry basket as well.


After loading up the cart it’s check out time and then back home. After unloading all the items I thought how great it would be to put them into a care package and share what we think are the back-to-college essentials. So be looking for that next week.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.


Nutrisystem Product Review

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Let’s be honest, nobody likes to diet. Especially since we live in a world of indulgences and have grown accustomed to living in the land of plenty. When I first took this Nutrisystem reviews on I really didn’t know what to expect but I had some preconceptions like a lot of other people I’m sure of that. But Nutrisystem is not just about dieting, it’s about eating right and getting the nutrients our bodies need through good food choices.


Being a child of the 60’s and growing up when many of what we take for granted today for modern conveniences were just coming into the mainstream of society. I can remember my mom battling with her weight issues most of her adult life. Trying everything she could, the tiny scale on the kitchen counter to measure out her tiny portions. The weekly check-ins in front of everyone else that was trying to lose the weight they had gained over the years. It always seemed to be more demoralizing than helpful standing up in front of everyone, they called it “support”.


Nutrisystem is a better way


Nutrisystem has a different way of looking at things, getting healthy not just losing weight is the goal. And you don’t have to commit to a long-term contract or anything. Try it for 5 days to see for yourself! Nutrisystem now offers a 5 Day Weight Loss Kit so you can see for yourself how easy it can be to change your life, maybe even your lifestyle. There’s even a kit especially for developed for those of you with diabetic issues.

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It’s all laid out for you, breakfast, lunch, dinner,  even a yummy dessert. It’s not just eating frozen food, it is truly a complete system. They provide the major menu choices and you get to add some of your own choices from their recommended grocery food additions; PowerFuels, SmartCarbs, Vegetables, and Extras.



But just because you can purchase these meals at your local Walmart and enroll online doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. You get free counseling through Nutrisystem to help you get over the rough patches.



Indoor Gardening Tips: AeroGarden Indoor Garden

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If there is one thing I miss most during the winter months it would be the green of the plants in the garden. Yes, I know that everything depends on the cycle of life and that I must bear the cold and rejuvenating time of winter but I love digging into the soil and being able to grow flowers and vegetables. Even if I don’t use all of them it just takes me back to times when all I had to do was help my mom and dad in our garden as a kid. Read More

Have kids? Learn all about the Virgin Custom Phone! Special settings for restrictions and amount used.

Make It Yours: Virgin Custom Mobile

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Take it from us, the decision on when your child is ready to have a smartphone is one that should not be taken lightly by either one of you. It’s been several years since we had to wrestle with this question but the problems that can come with giving your kid his own phone are just as relevant now as they were then. High unexpected bills, viewing inappropriate content and just using their new smartphone when they are not suppose to…like during school.

There have been programs from various mobile carriers out there that claim they can help a parent monitor and control when and how their child can use their smartphone but there has not been one that really does allow you to control it to the level that really makes a difference or the phone they pair with the program is low quality.

Until now!

Virgin Mobile Custom…make it yours

Have kids? Learn all about the Virgin Custom Phone! Special settings for restrictions and amount used.

With the Virgin Mobile Custom Program available only at Walmart you get to choose your own phones from a selection of some of the best smartphones available like the LG PUSLE. With plans starting as low as $6.98, perfect for kids just getting started. And it’s simple to build your plan to suit whatever you need and best of all you can change your plan whenever you need to, talk about customizing to suit your family. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Let me show you how easy it is to do it


Once you have gone through the steps to activate your new smartphone from Virgin Mobile you can go into the Custom App on your phone and select the components of your plan which you can choose how many minutes of talk time, the number of texts and the amount of data you want to include in your plan.


We were able to choose 20 minutes of talk time, 500 texts and 500 MB of data for less than $25.00. And payment is easy with either a credit/debit card or a Top-Up Card available from Walmart.

That’s very affordable and you can always adjust it after you see where you may need to increase or decrease what you allow your kid to use.

Now that’s cool and it gets better. You can even customize the plan right down to when and where your child can have access to the different apps and features of their smartphone. Perfect so they don’t get in trouble at school or spend too much time on it and don’t do their homework.


When I first found out about this feature I wasn’t sure how to feel about being able to really take complete control of how and when the phone can be used but after giving it a try I came to the realization that this is invaluable feature and it doesn’t take away the benefit that we want our kids to have with a smartphone. It just gives us a way to help them be responsible with their smartphone use.

As you can see you can customize everything from the days and times you want to restrict the talk, text or data. A common use for this feature would be during school time, you can give them access to certain apps like the calculator for example and specify certain people in their address book that they can contact like mom and dad in case of an emergency.

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