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September 20, 2017
by Nikki
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Family Time with Beachmate

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I live in Ohio near Lake Erie and less than a half hour from Cedar Point. Going fishing and hanging out at the park are our favorite things to do beside vacationing in Florida with our best friends; which we only get to do every other year. When we do get to do the kids spend hours playing in the sand, or as we call it, “the giant sandbox”. But, I hated that we had to wait between visits to visit the beach. We just found out that we can visit the beach at Cedar Point without having passes or paying. It is a nice, big and very clean beach on Lake Erie and are even able to swim in the water, too! We were lugging to the beach probably 4 bags for 2 kids- sand toys, cooler, towels and extras like clothes, sunscreen and such. I was able to review Beachmate which was able to cut all my bags down to only needing to carry one! 

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As this has helped us reduce the carrying of our load, it also has multiple uses. It comes with 2 shovels, 1 large bucket, cooler, 2 medium and 2 small buckets and a tote bag to carry it all. The tote bag has several pouches and pockets for keys, phones, sunglasses, lotions and more. It fits firm around the large bucket and bottomless to keep the sand at the beach. The bag is also able to be personalized. Fitting down at the bottom of the large bucket is the cooler which is large enough to fit a day’s worth of food and drink. The cooler is fully lined which makes it easily wipeable. The buckets are extra thick so they prevent breaking. They have heavy duty nylon straps to hold sturdy when carrying heavy loads. Use the large bucket as a table and the small ones as a seat for a fun day at the beach to keep the sand out of your food. Attached to the side of the large bucket is 2 compact heavy duty shovels. These are the toughest shovels on the market. On the other side of the tote bag is 2 Velcro straps to help carry towels or a thin rolled blanket, or attach to a beach chair, or even cart in your beach umbrella without carrying it! It was so much easier and the kids had a blast playing with the buckets and shovels. I suggest purchasing this for your family!

About (taken from website): “As parents and beach lovers, we knew there had to be a better way to prepare for beach days. The joy of relaxing and playing with our four young children was always balanced against the frustration of lugging multiple bags, toys and gear out onto the sand – only to have flimsy beach shovels and buckets break once we got there. Instead of buying the same toys over and over again, we decided to create Beachmate, a system built to last multiple seasons instead of just a few uses. We wanted to create durable, reusable products that are good for the environment, lightweight and easy to carry, offering exceptional organization. Our goal is, and always has been, simple – to enjoy the beach, happy and hassle-free.” 

 

September 18, 2017
by Nikki
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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not- Shatter Your Senses!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

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My favorite annual book is back! Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses! I have several from years before, and they never fail to awe and amaze our whole family. I’ve even gotten the 2 and 5 year old super interested in them, and held conversations with the 5 year old about what we are seeing in the pages. 245 pages of facts beyond your wildest imagination!

I have chosen a few of my favorite acts or facts from each chapter

Belive It: Did you know that when Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is released on June 18, 2010 it’s the same day that the last execution by firing squad in the United States occurred.

World: Hell’s Bells- Found in the depths of a limestone sinkhole in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. These stalactites (or Hell’s Bells, Elephants Feet or Trumpets) range in size, some as large as an adult. Some Can take hundreds of years to grow just an inch so these are likely formed over thousands of years ago! I would love to go see these in person- I have always wanted to cave dive

Animals: Crystal Lobster- Lobsters are typically dark in color, but genetic mutations can transform them into a variety of colors. Albino lobsters are of the rarest- 1 in 100 million. I love sea life and would love to see on, but I doubt this would happen with how rare they are.

Pop Culture: On April Fools Day 2015, Burger King idn Japan sold a special Limited Edition Burger-scented perfume. The name was Flame-Grilled and for one day only and sold for $41 only and came with a whopper. I love me a whopper… but not that much!!

People: There was a man in Gurdaspur, India who swallowed 40 knives in a course of 2 months. They measure 7 inches when opened. It took surgeons 5 hours to removed the objects from his stomach taking extra care not to cut him as they pulled them out.

Beyond Belief: Animal lovers in Montreal, Quebec, Canada got married in 2016 the only guests they invited were 1,000 cats. They had their wedding at the venue The Cat House in the Kings at 12-acre plot near Fresno, California. Its surrounded by a cat-proof fence.

About (taken from website): The company has a long successful history in book publishing, product licensing, radio and popular TV shows. In addition, we operate more than 100 attractions in 11 countries around the world.

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September 14, 2017
by Nikki
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Evolution Brush

Evolution Brush

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Shaving for women and most men are a big part of their lives, and should be very important. I know some people that don’t use very good razors or shaving cream- or any at all. When I shave I seem to use a lot of cream, but I figure the more I use and the better the later I get it seems to reduce the cuts I get- if I get any at all. Which in turn I go through a lot of cans of shave cream! When you are on a set budget, even a few dollars extra a couple times a month gets to be rough spending. I had to find another way!

Legacy Shave happened to reach out to me recently about a product they were promoting- The Evolution Brush. Its a brush that attaches to any can- any size, gel or cream. The brush reminded me of the old fashioned way that they used to shave with the homemade creams, brushes and straight razors. After doing my research I found out that the brushes purpose is to stimulate the hair follicles to give the user a cleaner and closer shave. What I really liked most about it is, it’s not limited to only men’s use. I enjoyed using it to shave my legs, too! The brush makes for the use of needing less shaving cream- which was a blessing for me! The brush also was super soft and it was like I was massaging my legs as I was lathering for my shave. Not only are they great to have at home, but they make great gifts for dad, grads and even stocking stuffers for Christmas!

About (taken from website): Let’s just say the name of our company is exactly what it means to us, the two founding brothers.   It involves what is closest to our hearts and that is family and legacy.  With that, we want to introduce to you our company LEGACY SHAVE and The Evolution Brush, Legacy Shave Pre Shave Oil, Legacy Shave After Shave Balm, and soon more Legacy Shave products to come.

 

 

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August 14, 2017
by Nikki
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Back to School Goodies

Back to School Goodies

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Twistable Colored pencils perfect for your little artists. But watch out, these pencils will make you hungry! 12 bold scents such as; watermelon, cherry, orange, buttery popcorn, evergreen, stinky cheese, blueberry, grape, cinnamon, black raspberry, sugar cookie, white vanilla icing. Twistable pencils means you will never have to sharpen them, either!

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6 brand new color great for doodles and drawing; Raspberry Fizz, Gummy Green, Salted Caramel, Grape Gumdrop, and Strawberry Lollipop. The tip is a medium point which is great for bold lines. Its ink is quick– drying, water-based and it will also resist smearing. I love that it won’t bleed through the paper, too! I love the beautiful colors!

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12 bold fine tip pens, which are great for detailing. Now in a hard case, it stands up for easy access to your pens and close to store away with out damage to your pens. The ink wont bleed through paper, either. Ink is also smear and fade resistant.

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When I was in elementary school my art teacher used to say “Don’t be a glue monster!!” She hated when we used too much glue. Now I feel like for 30 years that has stuck with me and now I say that to MY kids. The new Elmer’s goes on purples so you see where you are putting the glue and it will dry clear.

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Expo markers are great to use on most non-porous surfaces. The new markers have an ink indicator to show how much ink you actually have left. I learned a cool little trick- when you have something in the washer that shouldn’t be in the dryer, use a dry erase marker to write in on the washer so you don’t forget.

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Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pen the most colorful quick-drying pens around. Available in 14 ink colors and 2 point sizes, this pen will be sure to brighten up your thoughts on paper. With my love (and obsession) with pens these are my favorite!

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This is your typical glue stick but perfect for art projects because you can adjust you work for up to 5 minutes. Non-toxic.