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Kickstarter Deals with Finesse Fitness SomaSole Bundle – Giveaway

I have partnered with Finesse Fitness for this giveaway

Kickstarter Deals with Finesse Fitness SomaSole Bundle - Giveaway

Welcome to the Finesse Fitness SomaSole Bundle Giveaway

If your excuse for not getting to the gym has been time or travel or even the kids needs then you officially have no excuse! It’s July and if you are falling behind o that resolution you made to get to the gym more, you only have half a year left and you can still make good on that self goal with Finesse Fitness.

SomaSole gives you the resistance training your body needs with no fear of bands slipping from under your feet or frames coming lose from door jams. These bundles are made with safety as well as gym-like stretching, strength building and dynamic exercises, anywhere, anytime.  It is with bands using your own body and a specific link system as well as other accessories for floor workouts that really get your core in shape.

Whether you need that true at-home gym system (the Duffel) or a go-anywhere travel system such as for hotel rooms (the Backpack) excuses are no more! The best part is that Finesse Fitness is running a Kickstarter campaign and we all know the best bindle deals are on these specific campaigns.

Here is some information about this Finesse Fitness SomaSole Kickstarter campaign:

Finesse Fitness has introduced their line of portable, total body workout bundles housed in either a custom-designed backpack or duffel. Built to fit anyone’s lifestyle or fitness level, the bundles consist of meticulously designed equipment created with high-quality and durable materials.  To provide the full workout experience, Finesse Fitness bundles come with a mobile app platform where users can download or stream workouts, connect with their trainer, plan workouts, and give and receive support from the community.

A Kickstarter launched HERE with super early bird specials of $149 as well as including three (3) 30-minute* shoot-around sessions with NBA legend, Metta World Peace.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a SomaSole Bundle (similar to the one listed in the giveaway image at the beginning of this post. Open to US only and 18+. Enter below and good luck!

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How To Experience Great Wolf Lodge in Under 24 Hours

I was provided Paw Passes in exchange for this feature. I attended GWL on my own and opinions are my own

On the last day of school we hoped into the car and joined friends for a night at the Grand Mound, Wa. Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate the start of summer. It was the best way to celebrate with these new fifth grade boys. We have been before and this time was a bit different and actually the most fun we have had. The difference is that we had Paw Passes and we crushed our stay in less than 24 hours!

When you reserve your stay (or at check in) you have 3 play options to choose from which is a fantastic way to save in more ways than one! I’ll explain…..

For the littles, the Pup Pass is a great start and for the older boys the Paw or Wolf passes are best. Have you ever been to Great Wold Lodge and seen families with these large paws around their necks? These families know how to save and I wish I had discovered or really jumped on board sooner. We checked in and the passes were waiting for us and so was our room at 1:30 – bonus! We were able to go grab all our bags and go upstairs right away to change and head to the water area. After some swim time we changed and grabbed the passes to begin some indoor fun!

Here is the back of the Paw Pass $79.99 (saves over $32 in activities). First we sent the boys to do a quest. They have done this before and even have wands so they chose toppers and played MagiQuest. Because we bought the pass I didn’t have to bring any cash downstairs-it is all pre-paid and off they were running the halls. Us adults went upstairs to get dinner ready.

After dinner they wanted to have some arcade time and they got a game card with 20 points loaded because of the Paw Pass (that’s about $5 free pre-loaded). We added some more cash and off they went. They actually played day 1 and day 2 and were able to save the tickets on their cards from day 1 and combine when we left for their prizes.

After dinner and arcade they wanted to check more off of their Paw Pass list so off to the candy shop where they got to fill an entire cup with any of the bulk candy on the wall. Then next door was Oliver’s Mining Experience where they got to mine for gems. At this point I still have not spent any money besides the extra I put on his arcade card.

One more item to check off for the night…. Creation Station characters! There were many to choose form and Anthony chose Oliver. The game was down you play with after creating your stuffie so they offered us a free backpack and GWL character tee. 

Up to the room to munch on their candy and rest and then at 8pm was a BINGO game downstairs. We played a few games and all 3 boys managed to come away with wins. They pick lots of winners each round so winning is common and they got husky pups.

That was day one! They crashed right away and woke up wanting more water fun. The best time to hit the water park is right when it opens in the morning. A quick run to Starbucks downstairs (Amen to a Starbucks inside), made them waffles and to the waterslides where it is quiet in the morning with no waterslide lines. They had many rounds of slides with little lines. Once it came close to checkout we went upstairs to change but we still have a Paw Pass item and arcade points to spend.

At Great Wolf Lodge you check out at 11 but do not have to leave. Come back in and have some more fun! We completed our last Paw Pass experience in the gift shop where the boys chose a bracelet and got to engrave a name on it. Anthony wanted one for his puppy’s kennel so he chose pink and put Maya’s name on it. He traded in his arcade tickets for a Spiderman character and them homebound! The boys (and us gals) were beat!

The only item on the Paw Pass we did not do was the glitter tattoo ($8 value) because none of the boys were into it but the little girls in the Creation Station the boys offered it too were so excited. The crew allowed the boys to donate their tattoo item to these little girls we saw inside so it got used.

How the Paw Pass really saves!

When you arrive your room and any passes have been paid for if you chose them at purchase time. What I found is that I would spend so much more at GWL without passes and there are 2 reasons for this. The cost of the Pup, Paw and Wolf Passes save you an average of $30 because you bundled and pre-paid for activities in a package. When we don’t have a pass, we also don’t have a plan. There is so much to do and it all costs money.

With the pass the boys are so focused on getting all they can off their passes they aren’t constantly asking for money here and there. No, they didn’t golf or play both Quest games and they would want to do it all normally but these passes were a way to confine them and they never asked to do above and beyond. They had enough going on to keep them occupied. The passes save right away and give your kids a range to stay within.

So, what did we pay for inside the park? We brought our own food so no meal money was spent. We did pass by a bar where the boys were so excited to see Italian Sodas only I read it better to see they were Red Bull Italian Sodas so the guy at the bar told them he could make them sprite Italian Sodas and charged us $3.10 each. Deal! I gave my son $20 to add to his arcade card. I got coffee at Starbucks that my friend actually bought me, but still an expense for us. That’s it! $80 passes plus an extra $25. Know what I have dropped without a plan or pass inside before? At least twice as much! I am very proud how little after checkin we got away with and it makes it much more enticing to get back again soon. Oh and our stay was a Groupon deal so we still saved a ton on the room.

Our suggestion for Great Wolf Lodge

As we stood in line at the top of the waterslides we can see the Rope’s Course outside. It is a bit pricey but fun. Then my friend asks why GWL doesn’t offer a Teen Pass? There are many teens roaming and that would be fantastic. We figured maybe they can have some rope time. They can trade things like mining, bracelets and stuffed animal creation for more arcade points, slices of pizza, Ice Cream scoop, T-Shirt or water bottle from gift shop. They can maybe redeem for a room dedicated for teens (that would be fun to offer) for a movie or perhaps GWL swim area stays open a half hour longer and uses that as teen time for a small fee or free with a Teen Pass. We thought about our boys getting older and still having a blast but they won’t be into stuffed animals anymore so there is plenty that could be available for a pass for them. Maybe?

Visit Great Wolf Lodge and choose the Pass package that fits each of your family members!

 

 

Apps, College Bound, Healthy Living, Natural Products, Promotions, Reviews

I Fall Asleep Faster Now with the Pzizz Sleep App

I have partnered with Pzizz for this feature. Opinions are my own

When you write and try products for a living to help readers find products to live happier, healthier and more active lives, I sometimes come across something so genius I now have it incorporated into my daily life and don’t know what I did before using it. For me lately, it is the Pzizz App. I have been pitched and even tried many sleep products and this one is my nightly savior. Let me explain more so you can get better sleep just like I do now and save too with a promo code!

The Pzizz app is not only for your nightly sleep. There are 2 other modes, nap and focus. So this is truly meant to relax your mind and allow you to settle down a bit even during the day. If you are like me, you crave to rest then the moment you settle in your mind refuses to shut off. I used to give myself the excuse that I do my best thinking at night, but at what expense? It was a loss of precious sleep. The healthiest thing anyone can do, no matter your age or abilities is get proper sleep.

Sleep is more than counting the hours your eyes are closed. Sleep means deep, non-interruptive and prolonged rest and if you function on naps they need to be short and so effective and deep as well or you just want to keep sleeping through your day. Pzizz uses a combination of music, voiceover and sound effects in a sort of hypnotic way that is in a rhythm allowing your body to use the play as a daily ritual to train for falling asleep fast and allow you to wake up refreshed.

There are 2 ways to use this app. The Classic ‘FREE’ version gives you a simple ‘Dreamscape’ that plays a few variations for you each night in a soothing male voice. It gives you a classic version without options to choose sounds or even allow for the female voice playover. However, if free is all you can do you WILL still benefit from the app.

However, Premium (about $9.99/month or $99.99 a year OR Free for 7 days and I’ll explain below) Pzizz is truly the way to go and don’t worry because I have a savings code below for you and it saves you a whopping 80%!! Paid sleep apps are still a lot cheaper than those artificial sleep aids you take with water and hope for the best each night.

With Pzizz Premium you have over 25 Dreamscapes to choose from. You always have the voiceover and in this version you can switch from male or female voice (I love the female voice myself), but the Dreamscape is the background sounds and music. I love the choices and the Saturn Set and Hills are 2 of my favorites.

You also get an alarm option where it will properly wake you up without loud alarm sounds. You can even set a sleep reminder if you need motivation to stay on a schedule. I recommend buying some sleep headphones unless your partner is OK with listening but there is something about hearing it right up to your ear versus full volume to reach around the room that is most soothing.

Remember! I promised you a code to save off of the paid version and it is below! First, here is the official pitch I was sent that really sparked my interest and then you can head over to the Pzizz blog for more sleep topics:

Over two billion people (yes, with a “b”) in the world are affected by insomnia, but Pzizz has helped over 1 million people get the sleep they need, including some of the world’s most influential people. J.K. Rowling called Pzizz the best thing she’s used for sleep by a mile. Former Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert told Sports Illustrated Pzizz helped cure his insomnia and Ambien addiction. Even The Duke of York is a Pzizzer!

Pzizz Savings Code Instructions

Here is how to use your Pzizz code: GRADGIFT that will expire on June 30, 2018! You have to redeem the code on the Pzizz website at https://pzizz.com/buy/ Once you redeem the code, you can use it on iOS, Android or both with the same email at app registration as you used on the site to redeem your code. This code saves you 80% off the yearly price option so that makes it only $19.99 a year or about $1.66 a month! How much do you spend a month on sleep aids that aren’t always cutting it? It makes a great gift for a grad heading off to college!

Still unsure about the Preferred version? If you download the Pzizz app right now on Apple or Android you can get Pzizz Preferred for 7 days free and no credit card is required. It will ask if you want it and you confirm and after 7 days it just reverts back to classic. I did this at first and it was very easy to try it for 7 days. However, I missed the features once it went back to free so I now am a Preferred user. I can tell you that I settle in each night and turn on my app and after a week I am not even 5 -10 minutes into the play and I am out! I used to have this 7pm drag everyday (or so I called it) and that is gone! You want to try this. You have nothing to lose! Start now— Pzizz on iOS and Android

Beauty, Giveaways, Promotions

L’BRI Pure ‘n Natural Skincare Samples and Giveaway

This is a promotional pot for L’Bri

L’BRI Rejuvenating Facial Peel 
Sponsor: L’BRI Pure ‘n Natural
With so many ‘healthy’ skin care products on the market today it can become overwhelming when you need to know what products to use and when. It is hard to find your exact skin type matches and sometimes we even need help knowing if we are using too many or not enough products in our daily regimen. What intrigued me about L’BRI is that their skin care is pure and natural and it is a direct sales company (sort of like an Avon in terms of catalogs and shopping). Because it is a direct sales company, you get more detailed information such as help with skin tome and types and having access to help in making sure you get the products that are right for you! My favorite is the article:
What is Your Skin Type that can be found on the L’BRI website.
About L’BRI Rejuvenating Facial Peel
 
This is a little bottle of orange awesome! This is not your typical apply and peel off. First you clean and dry your face. You apply a layer all over face (avoiding eyes) and let sit 30 seconds. Then start gently rubbing! You will feel your dead skin cells bead up with the peel. Keep rubbing until the beading stops and rinse. L’BRI Rejuvenating Facial Peel is made with natural fruit enzymes of papaya, pineapple and aloe vera gel. I follow with the L’Bri Gentle Freshener and then the L’BRI moisturizer for the freshest feel.  These products smell great and leave my skin so soft!
 
Free Samples
 
Besides articles and sales help, another great way to shop for skin care products is to try them before you buy them! L’BRI sends you a nice sample pouch full of sample sized products. You only pay the $6.75 S&H. Even for the $6.75 price you pay, the sample kit is well worth it! Below is the sample kit L’BRI sends out
Learn more and shop the entire line of L’BRI Pure ‘n Natural skincare at https://lbri.com/
The Giveaway
1 lucky reader will win the L’BRI Rejuvenating Skin Peel. Enter below. Open to US and ends on 3/25. Good luck!
 

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Food, Promotions, Travel

The Cooking Channel- Vinny and Ma Eat America Q & A with the Stars

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Next Tuesday you can catch Vinny Guadagnino, most well known for his hit reality show, “The Jersey Shore” and his mom, Paola in a fun show, Vinny & Ma Eat America.

Vinny Guadagnino’s mom, Paola, is the best cook in their big Italian family, but the problem is she only cooks and eats Italian. Now, Vinny is taking his Ma across the country on a culinary road trip of a lifetime, to taste and discover delicious food she’s never tried before. No passport is needed on this trip — this mother and son adventure is all about eating America!

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I was given the opportunity to do a Q & A with Vinny and Paola. Here are my questions for them and their responses:

1) Growing up with a Sicilian Grandfather I know that the Italian tradition is food that mimics grandmothers kitchen. Are there any restaurants your family will eat at that is considered close to real Italian cuisine?

VINNY: Staten island (where we are from), has a very large Italian-American population so there are various little restaurants that do it pretty well. I’m a fan of a restaurant named il Mulino in Manhattan because they serve you a lot of appetizers before you even start your meal as you would in an Italian household. But nothing is like your own family kitchen .

2) I live near Seattle, so I’m curious what type of cuisine you both would associate Seattle with and what foods you would seek out in the Pacific NW?

VINNY: I’ve actually never been to Seattle. I  am a fan of the show Portlandia, so I ignorantly think a lot of that area of the country eat sort of hipsterish (i.e., organic, local, vegan type of cuisine. ) I wouldn’t assume there would be a lot of Italian food there.

3) About making foods! Do you cook all things fresh and homemade or is there a pre-made grocery store must-have you use at all?

VINNY: It depends. My mom makes anything with dough from scratch (i.e. bread, pizza, cookies.) But only special occasions will she make pasta from scratch and we have our go-to brand names that we use on all other occasions. We would never buy pre-made sauce. All of our meats like chicken dishes are from scratch. So mostly fresh, but we have little things we use here in there from the store.

4) If someone wanted to start making fresh pastas (which I really do want to learn)-should one remain as intimidated as making pasta seems to be?

PAOLA: The ingredients aren’t hard but when we make homemade pasta we roll out each piece by hand. So if you want to do it the old fashioned way like us, be prepared to wake up very early to roll all day.

For anyone attempting homemade pasta-what one piece of advice would you give that is a must-know?

PAOLA: Always keep a drop of olive oil on your hands while rolling and handling the dough to prevent it from sticking. In one of the episodes on “Vinny And Ma” this was a very simple but important thing to do while we learned Chinese Noodle Pulling.

5) What does (Italian) food mean to you? What roots does food touch and keep alive about the Italian traditions?

VINNY: Italian food means everything to my family. It brings us together almost every week and on every occasion when we have our feasts. The food is the center of it all. It makes us happy and with each bite we go back in time because every recipe has been passed down from generation to generation.

Best Buy, Home, Promotions

Home: Value and Innovation Appliances at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Best Buy Appliances

This summer we will finally buy a new home together. We sold my husbands home he had before him and I dated and moved 80 miles away 3 years ago. When we moved up here we decided we’d rent while we save and get to know the area. Now that we have saved and I have narrowed down where I want to live in our school district, it is soon time to house hunt. I have some must-haves as I search for a new home and at the top of my list is an updated and large kitchen with value and innovative appliances. We are in a 4 year old rental home now and I have close to zero counter space and older gas appliances. I love having gas and hope I get that in our new home, but it is the space that is my must-have.

I know that perhaps I may find the space I want as we seem to be finding out in this area, but not necessarily the updates so we are OK with doing our own kitchen transformations if need be. I have been scanning appliances so I can have an idea of what we may be choosing for our new home when we find it and have been so impressed with the chef-quality appliances available through Best Buy because the prices are pretty amazing for the features and quality you get.

Best Buy Refrigerators and Ranges
My dream kitchen has white or dark cabinets. In every home I have lived in I have had the same light wood look so I am ready for a change. For this color choice I want, the appliances I choose are very important. With the space and classy look I want I need appliances that function well and blend in style. Best Buy’s Transform Your Kitchen campaign is happening now and their new refrigerators and ranges are a kitchen style dream for me. 
The black stainless steel appliances are stunning and can work great into any kitchen style whether I choose white or dark wood cabinets. They naturally resist fingerprints which is great for my house of boys. I have my eye on some 4-door french door refrigerators they have on sale. I also love the double oven range options in this black stainless steel. How warm and modern is this finish? I have a feeling no matter what home we get, these styles are exactly what I will be choosing.
Black Stainless Steel
When it comes to Best Buy’s innovative ranges, these new slide-in options will fit your traditional cut-out and give a seamless look with Even-Heat™ technology that offers flawless cooking and baking results in the wall ovens and ranges. These newer ranges even have exclusive steam rack and steam bake options for the best results. My inner foodie self is giggling right now! These have the baking drawers we all love for keeping our plates or food warm.
When it comes to Best Buy’s innovative refrigerators, they offer more drawers for more storage and organized space. You will find these new french door configurations as well as a new 36″ french door bottom mount built-in refrigerator that expands these luxurious offerings. You can also find soft closing pantry drawers and under shelf lighting. 
There are 2 buying perks available when you take advantage of Best Buy’s Transform Your Kitchen sales. You may take advantage of their 18 month financing or 5% back in rewards. Also, you get free delivery on purchases $399 or more. Best Buy has always been our go-to for electronics and appliances in my home because I love their financing deals and My Best Buy Rewards program. 
Visit this Best Buy Transform Your Kitchen campaign page and tell me what new and innovative styles that catch your eye? How about the prices?