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Staying Safe This Holiday Season

by Nicole on December 7, 2015

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It’s that time of year again! The weather gets cooler and the crowds go shopping! I think the odds are high that this time of year you will be out and about shopping at least once! I know I will! And with these crowds and people spending money comes the chance to be taken advantage of or have our personal information compromised.

Never fear – Master Lock is here! No really, they have some great new technology that will blow your socks off!

Here are a few tips for staying safe this holiday season:

1. Know your Surroundings. It’s important to always know your surroundings, know who is in front of you and behind you and stay smart especially when out alone. I always carry my keys in my hand as I leave stores so I don’t spend time fumbling in my purse.

2. Protect your Personal Information. Your name, social security number and birthdate are data that hackers want! Protect your info by not carrying your social security card in your wallet and by shredding all important documents instead of just throwing them away.

3. Shop securely. Only use websites that are trusted. Make sure to not click over from your email to websites as the email could be a scam. I have a designated credit card that I only use online, it makes it easier to monitor my purchases and make sure my number hasn’t been stolen.

4. Get a Bluetooth Smart Padlock. When you need a padlock get the Bluetooth Smart Padlock! Once registered, the Bluetooth Smart Padlocks will unlock upon touch when an authorized Bluetooth-enabled device is within range. With the new Master Lock Vault eLocks app, owners have access to multiple padlock features, including the ability to add/delete locks, add/remove guests, schedule guest access, view the padlock’s activity history and personalize settings for relock time and unlock mode. For added peace of mind, owners also receive notifications for low battery and tamper alerts. How cool is this padlock! The future for sure!

Happy Holidays!

I am a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad and receive compensation for my participation.  All opinions are my own. 

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Staying Safe Over the Holidays with Master Lock

by Nicole on November 9, 2015

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The American Defender No. AD101D Red Pepper Spray canister includes a protective molded cover with key ring; allowing for safe storage with car or house keys. The pepper spray offers immediate impact, blinding attackers temporarily; causes coughing, gagging, and tearing. The easy to use point and press button offers immediate impact. The Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

The holidays are coming and with that comes shopping! But be careful because as you shop someone could be watching.  They could be waiting for you to go to your car and rob you.  It’s just a fact and crime like this increases during the holidays.  Stores open earlier and close later and you could find yourself in this situation rather easily!

I started carrying American Defender Red Pepper Spray recently.  It goes right on my keychain and isn’t heavy at all.  I love having it there to give me peace of mind and I am not afraid to use it! It’s legal in 50 states and is easy to use with a warranty.

This pepper spray is also a great gift for anyone on your list – your niece leaving for college, your best friend who works late all the time or your aunt who lives alone! Stay safe this holiday season!

I am a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad and receive compensation for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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Celebrating Peanuts: 65 Years and Giveaway!

by Pennie on October 28, 2015

peanutsOn October 2, 1950, a small phenomenon was launched in just seven newspapers: It was the birth of Charles Schulz’s comic strip, “Peanuts.” Now, 65 years later, we can’t even imagine a world without Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and the gang. And to celebrate 65 years of Lucy pulling the football out from under Charlie Brown…Lucy tormenting Schroeder with her love…Linus and his security blanket…and Snoopy and his innumerable personas, I have a treat for you: this gorgeous 65th anniversary collection of the greatest daily and weekly strips from every decade that Charles Schulz created “Peanuts.”

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CELEBRATING PEANUTS: 65 YEARS is just out from Andrews McMeel publishing and retails for $45. But you can have your own copy for free by entering my giveaway. One reader will be selected to receive this truly timeless collection of the very best of Peanuts. Relive your youth, when you ran straight to the Sunday comics to see Peanuts in full color, and when the annual airing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” became a beloved tradition.

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Good luck—and good grief, Charlie Brown!

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I love Peanuts year-round, of course (who doesn’t!)—but when October rolls around, I get especially excited, because we’re officially kicking off PEANUTS HOLIDAY SEASON! There’s nothing better than Halloween with Linus and the Great Pumpkin, Thanksgiving with Charlie Brown’s disastrous dinner, and of course, the classic Charlie Brown Christmas.

To get the mood going, I recently got this package of Peanuts holiday goodies from Oriental Trading Company, which offer a variety of ways to bring the spirit of Peanuts into Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities:

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  • Colorfully decorated laminated bags—perfect for trick-or-treating
  • Halloween crayons and a sign craft kit—fun for creating spooky decorations
  • Finger puppets with the characters in their Halloween costumes—adorable party favors
  • Halloween and Thanksgiving plates, napkins, cups, popcorn boxes—for hosting the greatest Peanuts-themed parties and dinners ever!

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Prices range from $2.20 to $21.99, and the items are available at Entry And the happy memories will last all the way until next year’s holiday season!

Nicole’s take:  I love Peanuts and Snoopy! These Oriental Trading items are awesome for the fall! I love the Halloween and Thanksgiving items, we will be using these for sure for Thanksgiving this year! And the party favors are so cute! The CELEBRATING PEANUTS: 65 YEARS book is a great coffee table book full of awesome information about our favorite Peanuts!!

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1 reader will win a copy of Celebrating Peanuts: 65 Years! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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You may recall last year when Philips Avent asked fans to help select a new pacifier design through a  Facebook contest, with the winning design now available at Babies R US! Well, good news – the brand will once again be sourcing creative ideas from parents, through a microsite that allows fans to choose pacifier shield colors, designs and more – submitting a final design for consideration that could then appear in select retailers nationwide!
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Simple and stylish or edgy and bold? Let your creativity run wild! Enter our pacifier design contest before November 15th for your chance to win a Philips Avent gift basket worth over $500 and bragging rights when your pacifier hits store shelves

The winning design will join the Philips Avent family of pacifiers. Not only that, but the winner will receive a Philips Avent gift basket valued over $500!  The contest runs until November 15, 2015.

Pennie’s take:  How cool would it be to have your very own design on a pacifier for your baby!  I went over to design one to see what it was like and it is so easy and so fun!  You don’t have to be able to draw, you just pick color combinations and icons to put on the face of the pacifier!  See if you can guess which one I did!

Here’s one of the ways Philips Avent makes pacifiers perfect for your little one:

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Philips AVENT Classic Bottle and Giveaway!

by Pennie on September 29, 2015

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Our trusted Classic range has been improved to provide an even more enjoyable feeding experience. The clinically proven, anti-colic system is now integrated into the nipple, making the bottle extra easy to clean and assemble.

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Anti-colic system proven to reduce colic*

Anti-colic system proven to reduce colic*

Unlike other bottles, the clinically proven anti-colic system is now integrated into the nipple, making it easier to assemble the bottle correctly. As your baby feeds, the unique valve on the nipple opens to allow air into the bottle instead of your baby’s tummy.

Charlotte’s take: Hi to my mommy’s readers! My name is Charlotte and I had a lot of feeding problems when I was younger. It took me forever to drink and I had bad reflux! Now I drink from these Philips Avent bottles and I am happy again! See me drinking and holding the bottle myself like a big girl!

Nicole’s take: Charlotte is right! Philips Avent has helped her become a happier little girl with her bottles. She can hold them herself now and seems to really enjoy them! I trust Philips Avent and feel good giving her their products!

For more information: Visit Philips.US/Avent, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.com.

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25 readers will win a Philips AVENT Classic Bottle! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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Snoopy and Belle In Fashion and Giveaway!

by Pennie on September 24, 2015

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Snoopy has always been known for his unique sense of style (think Joe Cool, the World War I Flying Ace, and the Easter Beagle), but even Snoopy can learn a thing or two from his fashionista sister, Belle! That’s why the new fashion line, Snoopy and Belle in Fashion, has proved to be such an international phenomenon. Young fashion trendsetters from Paris to Milan to Tokyo are going crazy for the tees, dresses, leggings, and accessories that capture the wit, style, and magic of the world’s most beloved beagles.

30 years of Snoopy & Belle in Fashion was celebrated with an interactive event during NY Fashion Week 2014. The event took place in the Sky Room at the New Museum in New York City. For three days, fashion designers, celebrities, and the press came to view 30 years of fashion for Snoopy and Belle.snoopy2

The project originated in the ’80s with [the late] Connie Boucher, who was the first person to reach out to the fashion community and engage them with Snoopy and Belle. That resulted in amazing designs from designers including Chanel, Hermès, Karl Lagerfeld, Issey Miyake. That exhibition started in Italy and included a wonderful host of products—everything from furniture to lamps to household products to cars. But the core was the Snoopy and Belle in Fashion exhibition, featuring plush dolls that were 14 to 18 inches tall. For this exhibition, we’re using high-end vinyl dolls that are 9 inches tall, and we engaged contemporary designers to reimagine Snoopy and Belle. That’s the exhibit that’s currently traveling the world.

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Are there any plans for the exhibition to tour in the U.S.?

Melissa Menta, Iconix: Next year it will remain abroad. It’s in Japan in January, then we go to Asia, and we end up in Latin America and Mexico toward the end of year. Then it may come to the U.S.

Matt Murphy, designer of the SBIF exhibition: You can see everything online at www.SnoopyandBelleinFashion.com.

It’s so great to see high end fashion designers being thrilled to work with one of my childhood favorites, Snoopy!  And that there is world wide interest is amazing.  I know Snoopy and Belle are iconic in the U.S., but now I know there is global appeal.  That makes me so happy, because there could not be a better ambassador of good will than Snoopy!

Snoopy & Belle Fashion Prize Package:

  • Medium-sized t-shirt
  • Tote
  • Make-up bag

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1 reader will win a Snoopy & Belle Prize Package! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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#ParentOn Moments….

by Nicole on September 9, 2015

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#ParentOn encourages parents to ignore the unsolicited advice they may receive, trust their instincts and embrace all of the perfectly imperfect parenting moments as their children grow!

I love this campaign and if you think the unsolicited advice you or people you know have received you haven’t heard anything until you have has triplets. “Oh, my friend’s niece’s husband’s babysitter has triplets. You should XXX”. Everyone seems to be the expert on multiples.

I have had too many #ParentOn moments to list A few of my favorites include never waking a baby to eat, you shouldn’t have a schedule and feed a baby every time they cry. None of these pieces of advice work with triplets. If I had a singleton I know I would have done things differently and it sometimes makes me sad that I won’t ever get that opportunity. But I love my babies and this crazy triplet life is the life we know. We live by our schedule. A schedule is sacred when you have triplets. So many people can’t understand this, and fight and fight me on it.

Parents do the best job they know how. And this job is hard enough without having second guessers and critiquers in our lives. So #ParentOn. You’re doing a great job.

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Staying Safe At Work With Master Lock

by Nicole on September 8, 2015

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It’s so important when making any changes in your employment situation to do a safety review and check! When we moved offices we all took it as a time to go over our safety plan and make sure that each individual employee felt as though their work and belongings were safe while at work!

I worked on confidential cases, so my file cabinets needed to be locked. Our furniture was old with broken locks so we made sure to get padlocks with keys to keep that confidential information secure!

Here are my top 3 tips for safety at a new job (or an evaluation of your current situation):

1. Keep your belongings safe. A pproximately 50 percent of people who bring valuables to work do not have a secure place to store them! Try something like the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace – you can wrap it around a fixed object in your office and remove it if you need to travel.

2.  Stay safe online.  Use Master Lock Vault to manage passwords and online information.  It’s so easy to use and very safe!

3.  Keep your office safe from intruders.  Make sure you have working locks on all doors and consider installing extra locks for office doors.  Because my office handled very sensitive cases we had multi user locks installed so that we knew who was coming and going.

Let Master Lock help keep you safe while at work!

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Philips AVENT Toddler Cups and Giveaway!

August 24, 2015

No matter what activities you and your tot are enjoying during these warm months – family vacations, road trips or even just errands – we know that both mom AND toddler’s best friend – a leak-proof, easy to use sippy cup – is essential. We also know that finding this perfect companion can be a […]

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Peanuts Greatest Hits and Giveaway!

July 27, 2015

Peanuts Greatest Hits The album, which hits stores July 31st, features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated Peanuts television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Peanuts Greatest Hits also includes new liner notes by Peanuts historian and Guaraldi biographer Derrick Bang. You can view the cover and track list below.   […]

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Peanuts T-Shirt and Giveaway!

July 19, 2015

Summer’s here and the Snoopy style is hot! Whether Snoopy is “dancin’ in the streets,” chilling on his doghouse, or displaying his doggone unique style, he is definitely the Joe Coolest. And Charlie Brown’s zigzag has never looked more straight-up fashion forward! Peanuts tees are available now at Kohl’s, Target, Sears, and Macy’s in prices […]

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tommee tippee Glass Feeding Bottle and Giveaway

July 16, 2015

With Closer to Nature Feeding Bottles, switching between breast and bottle feeding becomes easier than ever before. We’ve designed the unique, easy-latch-on nipple shape with breastfeeding experts to mimic the natural flex, stretch and movement of mom’s breast. Together with the bottle’s super-sensitive Easi-Vent valve, this encourages your baby’s intuitive feeding action for comfortable, relaxed […]

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Go Back To School Safely With Master Lock

July 6, 2015

  It’s that time of year again! Time to go back to school! Make sure you are as safe as possible with Master Lock! Here are my top 3 safety tips for back to school! 1.  Always have a family safety plan.  If your child is at school and you are in the office and […]

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Happy Dance Snoopy and Giveaway!

June 23, 2015

There’s nothing that demonstrates pure joy like Snoopy doing his famous happy dance! So just try not to dance along with this adorable Dancing Snoopy, which will be available at Target beginning August 1, with a suggested retail price of $29.99. I can guarantee you, it’s going to get everyone around–kids, adults, pets–moving and grooving. Nicole’s […]

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Peanuts & Target & Summer and Giveaway!

May 31, 2015

Summertime = Funtime with Peanuts Products from Target!  What’s better than a gorgeous summer day at the beach or the pool? A gorgeous summer day at the beach or pool with your Peanuts friends — who are celebrating their 65th anniversary this year, AND anticipating the fall release of the first-ever 3D CGI Peanuts feature […]

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Peanuts Crochet and Giveaway!

May 21, 2015

Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and the gang are all ready to come together from a few bundles of yarn! Complete with a paperback book containing step-by-step instructions and photographic inspiration, this kit includes four colors of yarn, a metal crochet hook, stuffing, thread, and a tapestry needle. You’ll have enough materials to complete three […]

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Tommee Tippee Introduces New Pacifier Design!

May 7, 2015

The Newly Designed Tommee Tippee pacifiers – with a nipple shaped more like mom’s breast – are now available in a wider variety of vibrant colors and cute designs, as well as in sizes for babies 0 to 18 months. Our symmetrical orthodontic nipple has been specially designed to encourage baby acceptance. In independent tests […]

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Tommee Tippee Introduces The Tip It Up Collection!

April 21, 2015

The new Tip It Up Collection is available for a limited time in stores at Babies R Us. The Tip It Up cup set is specially designed for baby’s first sips providing a smooth transition from breast or bottle to cup drinking. For babies 3 months and older, the bottle to cup set contains two […]

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Master Lock Tax Tips and Sentry Safe’s Digital Fire Safe

April 1, 2015

Here are some tax tips for this month! Also you can see me using the Sentry Safe Digital Fire Safe. The XX-Large Water/Fire-Resistant Safe provides reliable protection for important documents and valuables. The safe includes backlit dual electronic lock with key, pry-resistant hinge bar and 6 large, 1-inch bolts so you can feel confident your […]

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Making a Passover Seder Plate at Dollar Tree

March 29, 2015

Passover starts the evening of Friday, April 3 this year.  My family is not religious but we are culturally Jewish and celebrate Jewish holidays in a traditional manner.  For Passover we may sing a few songs and read a few passages from the Haggadah but we don’t have a long service.  We do, however, have […]

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