Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-Bumblebee

Dude I have been such a bad Wordless Wednesday participant. I can't remember the last time I participated in one, and for me, the picture holic, that is just crazy.

Since I am in a mad rush to get some things done before I have to head out to pick up the littles I am going to stay true to the Wordless part of todays meme and just share my photo. So here you go, I give you......dun dun dun......bumblebee.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Week in my life: Monday Monday

Mondays are a little dreaded in my house. The song just another manic Monday almost always rings true for me. Thankfully yesterday wasn't nearly as bad as some I've experienced. Monday means it's time for school which is a love hate thing for my kids. Here's how yesterday went down.

My alarm went off at 6:15am and I very slowly dragged myself from bed. First things first, the making of the coffee. I don't do anything until that is done. Then I woke up baby girl. She is not a fan of mornings so she takes a little bit longer. I went in to wake her up, she lays back down so I went into wake the boys up. My oldest woke up immediately with huge tired eyes and literally rolled out of bed. My youngest didn't open his eyes so I picked him up and carried him out. When I sat him down on the couch he then finally opened his eyes. Then I went back to get my daughter and carried her out into the living room.

From there it's on to breakfast time. I sipped gulped my coffee while I got the kiddos some breakfast. Then they/we got dressed. By now it's time to fight brush their teeth. I don't know why at ages four, five and eight that it is still a struggle but the kids do not like to brush their teeth. Sometimes it is so bad that it results in one or two, maybe even three full blown meltdowns. It may be my least favorite part of the day.

By 7:30 were out the door and on our way to school We all walk in together and my oldest goes off to class by himself while I walked the two littles to class. We give our kisses, hugs and goodbyes then I come home to silence! Funny thing as I am drinking my coffee and working all I want to do is climb back into bed. Too bad by this time I am fully awake and couldn't fall back asleep if I was given anesthesia.

One thing I like about being up insanely early (at least by my standards) is getting to see the sunrise

While the kids are in school it's a pretty quite time. My youngest gets out at 10:30 so quiet time doesn't last for long. Pick him up, come home, make lunch. That's our routine. Yesterday I had to work though so instead of doing random miscellaneous things I got ready for work. Oh yeah I forgot to mention I got a job! Happy joy joy...sort of. Mixed emotions there but I wont go into that now.

 Sunset as I walked out to my car when I got off of work. Orange sky with orange leaves, it was beautiful.

So while I worked until 7 the hubs watched the kids. I got home to a bunch of craziness that I wont speak of and bore you all with. Short story....I got home, fed the kids and put them to bed. The end.

So that was my Monday. Not as hectic as most which I will gladly take! Oh yes and tomorrow I should *hopefully* have more then a whopping two pictures.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunset Sunday-Similar yet different

One thing I love about having storms, other then the awesome amounts of lightening, is seeing the cloud formations. That coupled with the sunsets and you have a recipe for a beautiful sight. Last weekend was no exception. While we didn't get the severe storms that were predicted (which I have no complaints on) we did get some really neat clouds.

These two shots were taken within a few minutes of each other. The first right as the sun was setting, and the second was right as the sun had almost sully set. Very similar yet completely different in coloring.

Have a wonderful Sunday! And don't forget to link up one (or a few) of your sunset photos in the linky below.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mobile hotspot setup is as easy as 1.2.3

Have you been wanting to set up your mobile hotspot but aren't sure how? I am here to tell you it's literally as easy as 1.2.3.

This set up example is for a Verizon Samsung Galaxy SIII. The setup is similar on other Android based phones so you can use this as a starting point for other phones.

Step 1:
Open setting

Step 2:
Select Mobile Hotspot & turn it to on

Step 3:
Use it
To connect your device to the mobile hotspot simple open your network preferences and connect to the wifi on your mobile device.

See, I told you. In three short steps you will have successfully turned on your mobile hotspot and you can begin using it on other devices. Now of course there are other options when setting it up but the steps above are the basics. If you want to customize your mobile hotspot, that is another easy process. I am the type that doesn't like to dig really deep because I worry that I will eventually forget what I did and not remember how to change the settings back to their original state, and that I will completely screw everything up. Despite my fears I dove into the advanced settings and played around. And guess what? I didn't mess anything up. I changed the password and added my device to be automatically recognized next time I turn it on and it works like a charm!

I hope these simple step by step instructions help you out if you've been putting off taking advantage of your mobile hotspot.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunset Sunday-Repost of a favorite

A while back I took a photo of a sunset that I knew as soon as I took it I would love it. Sure enough when I put my pictures on the computer and brought it up I ohhhhh'd and awwwww'd at it. Now I may be a bit biased but hey, I am allowed to be right.

I was feeling a little inspirational the other day so I added this amazing quote to the photo. You know just in case any one needs any inspiration or cheering up. I hope this photo inspires you like it has for me.

Have a wonderful Sunday! And don't forget to link up one (or a few) of your sunset photos in the linky below.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Get unjunked with UnReal

A few weeks ago I had a party with a few friends and their kids to introduce them to a new candy line called UnReal. I have been looking forward to this for months because I had tried the candy before and at first bite I new we would make the switch. I have tried many times to give up on sweets but every once in a while I caved and of course I always felt horribly guilty afterwards. But now I don't have to feel half as bad with UnReal candy. No it's not a candy claiming to be fat free, it's even better. UnReal is candy that is unjunked. And by being unjunked it has no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no preservatives AND no GMOs!

And for me (one of) the best tastes amazing. Imagine eating a peanut M&M and biting into the tiny thing in the middle. Yeah it's crunchy but does it taste like a peanut? Eh not really. Now when you have UnReals UN 54 aka Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts the first thing you notice is how big they are, then you bite into them and realize dude those are actual peanuts in there and they really taste like a fresh roasted peanut.

I absolutely love that I can give in every once in a while and let my kids have candy and not have to worry about what is it the candy. How many different words I can't pronounce, how many additives, etc. And I may sneak a bite or a whole candy bar for myself once in a while too. I asked my youngest who is four which one is his favorite and he said "all of them".

Here are a few pictures from our party.

The loot
In each bag UnReal provided a breakdown of ingredients and nutrition information for each candy

The boys all played Wii Fit while the girls hid in the room and played dress up after the party

Here is a fun little video that digs a little deeper into the story of UnReal

If you'd like to try UnReal candy for yourself but haven't seen them in your local store. Don't fret! You can find UnReal candy at CS, Walgreens, RiteAid, Food 4 Less, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Staples and more.

This is a sponsored post in part with Global Influence Network and UnReal. While I was supplied products and compensation to host my party all opinions therein are my own.