How to be Happy Calm and Focused #giveaway

I was recently contacted by a company, asking if I’d like to try a supplement called “HCF” (which stands for Happy Calm and Focused). I was skeptical, of course, that a pill full of amino acids could have any of those effects on my brain, but I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.

Since I had my second baby and subsequent Postpartum Depression, my brain chemistry has been a  little “off.” I was on antidepressants for a while, and when I got pregnant again, the PPD came back. Since then, I’ve stopped taking the anti-depressants, but I’m much quicker to lose my temper than I used to be, and I often just feel sad in general.

And as a work-at-home mom, focus is a huge obstacle for me. Some days, I feel like my brain is just fuzzy and trying to get anything done is more work than it’s worth. Do you ever have those days? The days when if you don’t write every single thing down, it just gets lost in the abyss of your overworked brain?

So yes, I was skeptical about taking HCF, but I figured it was worth a shot. Within a few days, I honestly felt a change in myself. I even told some of my friends that I was just…happy. I hadn’t felt content as a state of being in so long that I had forgotten what it was like.

It wasn’t like that every single day. I still had fuzzy brain days and I lost my temper when my kids wouldn’t listen, but it was better. I felt better.

A few days after I finished my 30 day supply, I was back to being short at my kids again, and more of my days are “fuzzy brain days”.

Here’s some of the science behind HCF, from the website: At the core of the renown HCF formula are two key amino-acids called F&Q. Combined with our balanced delivery system of micro neuro-nutrients, HCF naturally supports the increase of “feel good” neurotransmitters in our brain very similar to what you would actually find in whole-food proteins.


It seems to me (because I don’t really understand all of the science behind it), HCF gave me some of what my brain was missing, and it felt good when it was no longer starved for it. (I know, highly technical, right?)

If you’d like to try HCF for free for 14 days, sign up for a free trial here. And better yet, I’m giving away a 30 day supply to one of you lucky readers.

Do what I did and try it out for yourself. What have you got to lose? (besides wasted hours in your day, maybe?)

I received a 30 day supply of HCF to review, and my opinions are 100% my own. I received no compensation for this post.

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Five Safety Features For A Teen’s First Car

Being a parent of a teenage driver can be nerve-wracking, particularly when the National Center for Health Statistics names motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds. If you’re a worried mom, you can implement several safety features that will help keep your child safe on the road. These devices and apps will help prevent most types of vehicle accidents, making them necessary safety features for a teen’s first car: essential safety features for a teen's first car

Virtual Teen Driving Coach

A personal driving coach can be a great way to encourage safe driving, but instructors can be expensive and won’t always be there every time your child gets behind a wheel. MOTOsafety is a virtual driving coach, specifically designed for teens. This small and easy to install GPS tracking device monitors a teen’s driving behavior and offers a score at the end of each session. It can track speeding, acceleration and harsh breaking to give you a better idea of how well your child is driving. You’ll also receive updates on your teen’s location and be alerted when your child safely arrives to his or her destination.

No Texting App

DriveScribe is a free smartphone app that combines safe driving with a points-based rewards program, giving your child a higher sense of responsibility while driving. Automated reminders help keep teens’ eyes on the road and performance is impacted by traffic violations and excess speed. DriveScribe’s message-blocking technology also forbids young drivers from reading or sending text messages. After each trip, a Safe Driver Score will be calculated and redeemed for points. These points can be used for free gift cards or store discounts.

Autonomous Emergency Braking

Forward-collision warnings and auto-brakes are common in newer models. Look for vehicles that come with this important safety feature, which can prevent or lessen the impact of a car crash. This system only activates when it’s too late for your teen to impede a crash by braking forcefully. If you can’t afford a new car with these features, research mid-size used cars on Kelley Blue Book. A vehicle like a 4-door sedan is small enough to maneuver, but large enough to offer protection during a crash.

Reverse Backup Sensors

Some automobiles already come with built-in reverse backup sensors. For vehicle’s that don’t have this safety feature pre-installed, AutoSonar offers reverse backup sensor kits that can help your teen with this tricky driving maneuver. These sensors can prevent many unfortunate accidents when backing up is unavoidable (when backing out of a driveway, while parallel parking, during three point turns, etc.). An LCD, along with an audible alarm, will warn young drivers when they are about to collide with an object.

Side View Assist

With side view assist, your teen can make lane changes more safely. Like reverse backup, this system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect nearby cars while driving. Whenever a turn signal is on, the side view assist will activate and warn teens if a car is in the next lane. Side view assist can be installed onto vehicles through a series of sensors that are placed on the sides of the front and rear bumpers. This new technology could make blind spots a thing of the past.

Tips On How To Keep Your House Clean

I like things to be neat and tidy. Working full-time makes keeping my home in that state a challenge. I would love to hire a housekeeper, but until I get a significant increase in pay or win the lottery, that isn’t possible. In an effort to maintain my sanity I’ve come up with four tips on how to keep your house clean.

Tips on how to keep your house clean

1. Assign tasks to each family member.  Each member of the family is assigned a task that is age appropriate. For example, my daughter (9) can dust the living room and put toys away, while my son (5) gathers up trash and dirty laundry. David runs the vacuum and supervises while I work in a different room.

2. Everyone takes a room and works for thirty minutes. Similar to number one, but this time set a timer for 30 minutes and assign each person a room or specific activity. For example, I will give David the living room, my daughter will gather laundry from all over the house, I will take the kitchen, and my son will float between me and David. This is my favorite because I get a solid hour of adult work and thirty minutes of kid work. David and the kids like it because of the set time limit. They know when the timer goes off that we are finished. Consistency is the key to making this method work.

3. Hire a teenager to help you. Sometimes you need reinforcements. Call in a high school student to come over for a few hours of work. I recommend that you have a list of things you want the helper to work on before he or she arrives. The time she spends doing smaller chores, like folding laundry, dusting and vacuuming, frees you up to work on other, bigger projects.

4. Pay them. I know there are different arguments about paying children to do work around the house, but every family is different and this may work for you. Assign a value to each of the chore for the kids and have them select the items they would like to complete. The more chores completed; the more money earned.  Cash can be a great motivator.

As a working mom with limited time, I know that my house will never be spotless, but these are some tips that I’ve used to help control the beast.

What are some tips you use to keep your house clean?

Jennifer Williams blogs at Jennifer P. Williams. You can find her on Facebook (where she has a free downloadable cookie ebook), Twitter, and Pinterest.


Get Ready to Shop at the Spring EZCraft & Gift Show

EZCraftShowGoShopping1 Got the winter blues? Tired of being stuck inside because it’s too cold outside? I have the perfect solution for you. Shop, from the comfort of your home, starting Feb 5th 2014 at Noon CST at the Online Spring EZCraft & Gift Show. has been around since 2001 and continues to bring amazing and talented crafts and gifts, direct sales products, business services, crafting supplies, and so much more, right to your computer without you having to get all dressed up and leave the house. Shop any of our online vendor booths, purchase the goodies you want, and they are shipped right to your door.

There is such a huge variety of items one might find at any of our Online Shows. Things like handmade foods, candles, jewelry, bath and body products, makeup, house décor, clothing, purses, health and fitness, advertising services, dolls, primwares, craft supplies, and so much more.

Don’t miss it! We hold online shows 4 times a year, so check out our Upcoming Shows, and “Like” our Facebook Fan Page so you don’t miss a thing.

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Relax at Home with a Game of Bingo

Life is busy, winter is coming, and being that I work from home I like to stay in my lounging clothing as much as possible.  Why bother putting on tight fitting jeans, when I sit at my desk all day, clean the house, do laundry, cook meals, run up and down stairs making candles, vacuuming, etc.   Why?   Why bother getting all dressed up to be at home.

Just because I am at home all day some might think that I would like to get out in the evenings.  No, not me.  I am a homebody and enjoy my home so I like to do things here.  Hubby on the other hand likes to go as much as possible.  It is always a battle on his days off.  Him wanting to go, me wanting to stay. LOL!  Tis life, right ?  Well when I win, that means we get to stay home and do what I like to do, play games.   I love many kinds of games, but online games are my favorite, especially online bingo. I grew up helping my Grandparents run the local bingo night and love playing bingo for money.  Nothing better than spending a few bucks for some relaxing fun and walking away with a few more bucks than you started with.   I always seemed to do pretty good back then.

Well, did you know you can play bingo online and right from your comfy computer chair to boot!   Luckity is an online bingo site where players create a secure account, deposit funds, purchase bingo game packs and play.  Cash bingo game prizes and winners are determined by the outcomes of live horse races taking place worldwide.  So, if you love watching those horse races now you can get in on the action right from home.  All the info is at their site, check it out. Luckity is the only legal website in the US that offers bingo players a chance to win real cash prizes.

Wanna join me in my bingo fun ?  For all my readers who join, and add money to their account and play will receive a $15 credit.  Players must deposit and play a minimum of $10 to receive the $15 FREE.  The FREE $15 must be played.   Players may keep any winnings from the $15.   And, all who register will also receive an entry to a $100 sweepstakes.   Sweet!!   Use this code uii47 when you join to get your FREE $15. ~ need to input the code during registration.

Now, let’s stay home, in our loungwear, and play some BINGO!!! VCB-Cash-4-1[3] VCB-Clover-12-4[3]






Stay in Touch with Your Loved Ones

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Republic Wireless for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Remember back when all we had was land lines?  Or like me, I remember even having a party line where we shared our phone line with our neighbor.  Or how about having to pay a rediculous price to call someone long distance.  Staying in touch with family and friends was hard to do because it would cost a ton of money.

Well, I for one love how times change and love that we now all (for the most part) have cell phones.   I am all about technology, and change for the better.   I know for some they think that it is less personal to be texting or emailing, but in all reality it is faster and can be done whenever.

Finding affordable phone plans can be a challenge.  Just like when we used to have to pay a bunch of money to call someone long distance, some cell phone bills can be outrageous in price.  Well not with Republic Wireless.  Low cost plans of only $19 a month.  What can one get for only $19 a month you say?  You get all the talking, texting and surfing you can handle. And you get those things without a contract, without limits and without overages. Now that’s a smartphone plan that’s just smart!

This is perfect for everyone!!  We are looking at getting my mother in law a phone so she can ditch her land line and this is a perfect phone plan for her.   And my sister has kids and they all want phones, but they can’t afford most cell plans so this is perfect for them too.   So, phones for everyone!!  Yeah!!

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Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis Here We Come

Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis here we come!


BBC is a one day blog and media conference where women like myself can go to get a better understanding of blogging and social media, while also building friendships and joining a community of like minded people.  This will be our first time attending and I am very excited!

The trip is booked, bags packed and tomorrow we venture to Minneapolis, MN for the conference.  There will be several knowledgeable speakers/bloggers, writers workshops and more!

What I’ve read from the testimonials, The tips, tricks and tools we receive this weekend will be plentiful.  Through out the weekend I will be keeping everyone updated, so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.


Credit Cards – Choosing the Best One for You

In this age of relatively easy credit, pretty much anyone can fill in an application form and get their hands on a credit card.

From store cards to high-interest credit cards marketed to people with poor credit ratings, even the least financially solvent among us are usually able to access some amount of credit.

With so much choice it can be rather difficult trying to figure out which is the most suitable credit card for you, so if you’ve decided to lay your hands on some plastic, this article should provide you with a few useful nuggets to make the job of deciding a little easier.

The first question you’ll need to ask yourself is how are you going to be using the card?

If you’re going to pay your balance in full every month then a charge card might be more appropriate, whereas if you’re going to carry balances over from month to month, you might be better off considering a credit card with a low interest rate.

A low interest rate credit card will also be a more suitable choice if you want to use it for balance transfers.

After settling on the variety of card you want, you should begin comparing different credit card lenders to find out what they offer in terms of annual percentage rate or APR, credit limits, grace periods, and so on.

Most credit card companies provide around 28 days for you to pay off your balance in full before interest and other charges are applied; this is what is referred to as the grace period. APR is simply the amount of interest applied to balances you carry over beyond the grace period.

Another quick note on APR – different credit cards and different lenders will sometimes apply different APR to purchases and balance transfers, so again, be sure to opt for a card which has an appropriate APR for your intended uses.

Credit limits can vary greatly from lender to lender and according to your credit score; most first time credit card users will be given a small credit limit initially but this can rapidly be increased by using the card regularly while always being prompt with your repayments.

You should also keep an eye on the fees applied to any instances where you exceed your credit limit; some lenders can apply some fairly hefty charges so unless you are absolutely confident you will never go over your limit, you’ll probably want to avoid any cards with ridiculously high over-limit charges.

We’re almost there, the final piece of advice is to use comparison sites to compare credit cards; this will provide you with a detailed side-by-side comparison of each lender and their cards so that you can clearly see all of the costs and benefits involved with each option.

Websites such as and are a good place to start, and using sites like these will save you a massive amount of time and spare you the task of having to look at each lender individually.

Oliver Harding has written numerous articles on behalf for The Best Discount Codes Blog. Oliver provides useful insights for entrepreneurs, home owners and consumers. The Best Discount Codes contain the best voucher codes on the web, saving you money on the things you love the most.

Fuel A Better You with Nutrisystem #FuelABetterYou

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrisystem, Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you tired of being tired? Tired of carrying around extra weight? Tired of trying diet after diet and nothing works?  Well, I am not trying to sound like an infomercial here but I am trying to guage just where you are at in your life with your weight loss goals.  

I know for my husband he was just sick and tired!  He has struggled for years with his weight. Not saying he was extrememly overweight, but he was a good 25 pounds or more over what he should be and he had tried everything to lose it.  He would lose, and gain it back.  Why?  Well because he needed more than just a diet, he needed to learn how to live… so he needed a life changing program and that is exactly what Nutrisystem is.  You learn how to eat, when to eat and how much to eat.   And, you are not on your own.  They offer online and phone support for you no matter what the question is.

Nutrisystem® delivers perfectly portioned® meals and snacks right to your door.  You have a nice little log book for your daily intake of food and water as well as exercise. You also can keep track online.  Their site is filled with support, ideas, information and more all geared to help you be successful.

My husband started Nutrisystem® on April 1st. Started at 200# and is now down to 175#.  That is great!!   First, he has lost weight, but best of all he has relearned how to eat.  Portion control, proper foods, water, and exercise make him who he is today.

Have you heard about the Nutrisystem Fuel A Better You Sweepstakes?  

Prizes for the Nutrisystem Fuel A Better You Sweepstakes
• Four (4) Winners who will receive one Nutrisystem® Select® program with 28 days of food products delivered to their door
• One (1) Grand Prize Winner who will receive one Nutrisystem® Select® program, with 28 days of food products delivered to their door and five hundred dollars ($500) cash.

Entering is easy.  Click here to learn how to enter.   Start by visiting the Nutrisystem Facebook Page.

Take control of your life now, check out Nutrisystem®  Fuel your goals. Fuel your greatness.

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Stress Free Airport Parking

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Parking Spot. All opinions are 100% mine.

I know that the whole idea of a vacation is to get away from stress.  But, for most of us the getting ready for and the returning home part is very stressful.  Yes, being away sometimes can be relaxing, but I have yet to take a vacation that was totally stress free.  

I remember one vacation where hubby and I flew to Las Vegas.   It was a sorta honeymoon vacation.  Well, we flew out of a big (for us) airport and we decided to park our car there.   Didn't think it was a big deal, till we got back.  First, we did a red-eye flight so were very tired when we landed. Second, we had 2 more suitcases than when we left on vacation (I did a bit of shopping.. LOL), so that made for a bit of a not so fun walk to the parking garage.   We actually tried to find a cart to rent but the one we found, was out of order so we ended up dragging luggage because at that time we had no wheels on our luggage.   Well, we got to the parking garage, and realized we forgot where we parked and I couldn't find the ticket.  So, we walked forever, and then hubby left me sit with the luggage while he searched.  It was horrible!!   Oh how I wish there has been a service like the Parking Spot back then.

The Parking Spot is an awesome service to take the hassle out of your vacation.  With a great list of amenities like ~ Covered, open air and valet parking, always open, fast and easy check in and check out, luggage assistance, complimentary chilled water, friendly shuttles every 5-7 minutes, car care, and more.  There is no reason one should have to stress about where they parked, getting to their car, taking care of their luggage, etc.  Letting the Parking Spot take care of all that is what I call a great beginning and end to a vacation.

Right now they offer a "Spot Easy Savings" promotion available Nationwide at any of the 22 U.S. Airport locations (excluding Newark and Orlando) now thur Labor Day ~ 15% OFF PARKING at The Parking Spot.  Check them out, and tell me what you love about them.   Have you used Parking Spot before ?  I want to hear all about it.



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