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New Movie Trailer – Turtle Tale Releases on DVD, OD and Digital June 26

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New Movie Trailer - Turtle Tale Releases on DVD, OD and Digital June 26

Turtle Tale (Live Action Feature)

Available on DVD, On Demand and Digital June 26, 2018

Official Movie Synopsis

Ever met a talking turtle? Follow the adventures of sassy, outspoken box turtles Rafi and Hank and their friend, a gruff snapping turtle named Goliath. After vandals break into a nature park and kidnap Hank, it’s up to Rafi and Goliath to track down their missing friend. Meanwhile, animal handler and skateboarder Calvin races to find a playful owl that escaped during the break-in. Come out of your shell and enjoy real-life laughter, romance, and fun in the Florida sunshine.

Turtle Tale is Dove Family Approved! Features the voices of Tom Arnold, Mikey Bolts, Ambyr Childers and Lydia Hull.

Turtle Tale Movie Trailer

Father's Day, Food, Food/Beverage, Gift Guides, Mother's Day

Fresh Coffee Delivered Weekly from Swell Coffee Co.

I have partnered with Swell Coffee Co. for feature

Fresh Coffee Delivered Weekly from Swell Coffee Co.

How about fresh coffee beans delivered weekly to your doorstep? How about if those coffee beans are packaged only upon order and arrive from San Diego, Ca? Would Mom (or Dad) love this for Mother’s and Father’s Day? My Mom and husband would be all over this service! And if you don’t want an ongoing order, but would love to gift some bags of fresh-tasting coffee you can do that too!

The best way to try Swell is the Sample pack and it ships for free for only $10! This is a fantastic way to try their popular blends. I have tried a few and I only wish I could give you all a virtual taste because words don’t do justice to describe the difference of fresh roast versus that ground coffee I pick up at the grocery store. The sample pack comes with 6 different 2oz. bags of Swell coffee varieties.

The first bag we tried was the Beach Goth blend. So good!! You get the taste and aroma of deep coca, molasses and raspberry. It smells so good in my kitchen grinding and brewing these coffees. Giving coffee like this as a gift is so well received.

Just look at those beans. I think they are pretty! Can you describe a coffee bean as ‘pretty’? It just fits.

Typically I take creamer with my coffee like some almond milk and stevia, but that is not needed with these delicious blends. I have a classic and a rich setting on my coffee maker and I brewed this on classic and the flavor was bold and perfect.

Here are my personal suggestions if you want to gift Swell Coffee and don’t have time to try them all first.

  • Beach Goth: I think this has a very bold taste. If you like rich or even a dessert coffee, this one is the best for that
  • The Tide is High: When I taste this blend I think of that stay home sick day. It is just very comforting and the right mix of flavors.
  • Chire Natural – Ethipoia: If you like flavors in your coffee from a smooth bean, the fruit taste behind every sip will definitely have you skipping creamer, it is not needed.
  • Santa Luzia Natural – Brazil: If you like the lighter or medium roast that just has the perfect cup of black coffee then this is the best choice. No fruitiness, just a natural cup of coffee that is so fresh.
  • Hexeloti Honeyed – Honduras: If you like a buttery, nutty cup of sweet coffee this is a great choice. When I sip it I crave a slice of cheesecake or biscuits and butter. I would serve this to end an evening meal with dessert
  • El Mirador – Columbia: This is another medium to dark-type roast. Like the Brazil blend, it is another great choice for that plain cup of black coffee you crave.

See all of the gifts and coffee available at Swell Coffee Co.

Beauty, Gift Guides, Mother's Day

Classic Spa Gift Basket for Mom

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Classic Spa Gift Basket for Mom

Mom’s are busy. We can’t always get to the spa so sometimes we can only dream of a spa coming to us. Fat Chance! Well, perhaps has the next best solution. With products including bath soaps and wash from the San Francisco Soap Company Mom can indulge, well if the kids give her some alone time behind her bedroom and bathroom door.

Inside the Classic Spa Gift Basket for Mom you get:

  • Body Wash in Pomegranate & Passion Fruit by San Francisco Soap Company
  • Terry Cloth Slippers
  • Wooden Soap Dish
  • Triple Milled Bath Soap in Pomegranate & Passion Fruit by San Francisco Soap Company
  • Wooden Foot Brush
  • Foam Sea Sponge
  • Bath Pouf
  • Loofah Disc
  • Wooden Pumice Brush has many Mother’s Day gift baskets you can order and gift or ship directly to Mom or that special other figure in your life!

Earth Friendly, Gift Guides, Mother's Day

The Antisana Arrow Blanket by Ecuadane and Giving Back to Ecuador Natives

I have partnered with Ecuadane for this feature. Any opinions are my own

This Mother’s Day give a gift she will love that also gives back to natives in Ecuador. This Antisana Arrow Blanket by Ecuadane is by far one of the best gift ideas I have held in my hands. Not just because it is so soft, but because the quality cannot be unseen. It is not a bulky blanket by any means. It is very thin and lightweight for its size, but so warm. I don’t know how they do it! Plus they are made with eco friendly wools. Sustainable products are great to buy!

To sum up the features of this blanket and others like it (see more designs here from Ecuadane) I listed them below:

  • Ultra soft texture, lightweight and breathable, perfect for every season. It does not itch.
  • Versatile, great for the home, beach, camping, picnic, yoga bolster, decorative throw, or for all around comfort.
  • Beautiful vibrant color combinations and geometric patterns add the finishing touch to any space.
  • Carefully constructed with a high quality, durable blend of alpaca and synthetic materials.
  • Extra large: Approximately 93” x 82”.
  • Manufactured in the heart of Ecuador by native Otavaleños living amidst the Andes Mountains and volcanoes.
  • Wash by hand or machine on gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Tumble-dry at low temperatures or air dry. New Blankets tend to shed, after a couple of washings it will subside. Give the blanket a brush after long use or after washing.
  • Great gift for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more.

Have you ever ordered something and when you open the package you just can’t stop ‘awe’ing over it and feeling it? You see it and immediately are proud of the quality in the look, feel and design all at once. That is what you get with these blankets from Ecuadane and I am proof because I experienced just that with my Antisana Arrow blanket. What is neat is that this blanket is named after a stratovolcano of the Northern Andes, Ecuador. So not only is it hand made in Ecuador by the native Otavaleños but its very name holds the same culture.

The blanket retails for $129.99 and the quality totally justifies the price! Shipping is always free at Ecuadane too. Make sure you head to and scroll to the bottom where you can join their newsletter that way you can be made aware of any specials they are offering! They are on Facebook as well so you can follow there too.


Safety First: Tips to Teach Your Teenagers When They are Learning How to Drive

Most teenagers look forward with excited anticipation to the time when they learn how to drive. Their parents, on the other hand, spend too much time worrying about their safety while they are on the road. The fact that the Center of Disease Control (CDC) found in 2015, 2,333 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 235,845 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes isn’t helpful to assuage a parent’s fear. The only thing you can do as a parent is to teach your children how to drive safely. The last thing any parent wants to get is a phone call that their child has been involved in an accident.

There are four main areas of concern when you find yourself dealing with a car accident: safety, medical treatment, the law, and insurance. The right approach to each can save you headaches and hassle in the long run.

Safety First: Tips to Teach Your Teenagers When They are Learning How to Drive
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Don’t Text and Drive

Did you know that If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash? We have all heard the horror stories of people having tragic car accidents because they are texting while driving. Texting is considered to be the number one driving distraction that should be avoided at all costs. Hearing real stories from people who have lost loved ones or watching videos of horrible accidents can be a very powerful deterrent.

Make sure your message to your child is loud and clear. Don’t text and drive. If they are lucky enough to survive an accident without serious injury, what about the driver and passengers in the other car? Were they as lucky? If not, your child could not only be in legal trouble, they will have to carry that burden around with them for the rest of their life.

Although not nearly as tragic as the loss of a life or serious injury, what happens to your car if it is involved in a car accident? Depending on the severity of the accident, your car might sustain minor damage, structural more serious damage, or you might have a totaled car which means it’s no longer roadworthy. You can always find out the value of your car and sell it to companies that buy less than perfect cars. However, the loss of a life or the recovery from serious injuries is much more devastating.

Wear Seatbelts

Seat belt laws vary from state-to-state and are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Whether it is illegal or not to drive without a seat belt in your state, it can literally be a life-saver. Make sure you are setting an example for your teen by wearing your own seatbelt.

Practice What You Preach

You can teach your teenager all the best ways to drive safely, but if you drive like a maniac, you are defeating your purpose. Make sure you model good and safe driving habits and start when your children are young. Don’t forget that even though we might not realize it, our children are watching everything we do and that includes how we drive. If they see you are not wearing your seatbelt or getting a speeding ticket, this will leave them with the impression that bad driving habits can’t be that bad if mom or dad is engaging in such behaviors.

Don’t Drink and Drive

As parents, we might not want to think that our children are drinking alcohol and maybe they aren’t. However, many teens do drink at parties even though they know they shouldn’t. There is no safe amount of alcohol a teenager can drink before driving. The very worst thing they can do is get behind the wheel of a car after consuming any amount of alcohol. It is important for you to make sure your child understands completely that their safety is your number one concern so they are not afraid of repercussions should they call you for a ride home. You might even want to make a deal with them that they will not get in trouble for drinking on a night they might call for a ride. You can discuss the drinking issues with them at a later date. Keep in mind the modeling rule and make sure that you too do not drive while under the influence of alcohol.

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that your teenager will never get into a car accident. The best you can do as a concerned parent is prepare them, teach them, and model safe driving habits for them to follow.

Father's Day, Gift Guides, Healthy Living

Get Massage Therapy at Home With The NEW Sunbeam Heated Massager

I have partnered with Sunbeam for this feature. All opinions are my own

I have had my share of lower back pain and nothing ruins your day or a nights sleep like the aching of a back. My Dad suffers tremendously and is thanfully, a candidate now for laser surgery to help resolve some lower spine issues but it has gotten so bad he has resorted to a cane for assistance. There is no magic cure-all for back pain. However, you can find relieve with massage and even heat treatments. If you cannot get medical coverage for massages then it adds up! Even if you do have coverage they only allow so many visits and then you also have to find one that accepts you plan.

With Sunbeam Heated Back Wrap with Shiatsu Massage there is a next best option. Not only do you get the benefit of shiatsu massage motion but you get fantastic heat coverage and it is clinically proven to relieve pain. The degree of relief may vary depending on the person and issues, but it will be relief of a sort no doubt.

Now that there is massage and heat therapy you can do at home, you only have 2 hands so how will this work? That is easy! There is a waist strap so it stays in place! Here are all of the features of the Sunbeam Heated Back Wrap with Shiatsu Massage

  • 3 heat settings (low to high)
  • 4 Shiatsu Massaging Nodes
  • Hands-free use, stays in place with waist strap
  • Fits up to 54-inch waist (sizes women’s small through men’s XXL)
  • Convenient, long cord – 12 ft.
  • Pocket for easy cord storage
  • 2-hour heat auto-off
  • 20-minute massage auto-off

How much is a massage visit? It is pricey! This runs you $89.99! that’s it. Buy it once and use it as often as you need! With Father’s Day and Mother’s Day approaching I can’t think of a better gift for a parent suffering with lower back pain. Can you? How does it fit and feel? I LOVE it. I am so anxious for my dad to give this a try. The remote works great and you get instant massage and heat is fast! There is a clear difference in hat levels so if you need it high, you get that safe high heat delivered on the spot. The worst part about it is turning it off. Sometimes I wear it for heat only, sometimes for massage only. I get that choice!  You ca find the Sunbeam Heated Back Wrap with Shiatsu Massage on the Sunbeam website or on Amazon too.