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Organize & Store Your Digital Photos with PicJoy!

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media.

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Picjoy is an intelligent photo library that automatically organizes all of your precious photos and helps you locate them instantly. Can you imagine having all of your photos organized? That’s what’s so exciting about PicJoy.

◆ RECORD ◆
Record the details and stories behind each of your photos.
◆ ORGANIZE ◆
Watch Picjoy instantly organize your photos for you – no matter where they are stored!
◆ FIND ◆
Search by category or keyword to retrieve any photo you’ve ever taken right from your mobile phone.

If you have a child, it’s a given you take a lot of pics…wouldn’t you love an easy way to store and organize them? Picjoy is the amazing tool that’s perfect for this! My favorite feature is the one that lets you add notes and details to your pics, so you always recall the specifics of the moment you captured.  The app is sleek and easy to use.  You can even organize the photos you already have on your phone. I recommend this app for all moms!

PICJOY is available now on iTunes FREE for a limited time!
DOWNLOAD on iTUNES NOW!

Picjoy photo app will also be available for the Android
market on Google Play soon so be looking for it!

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And NOW for the GIVEAWAY!!!

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Picjoy is thrilled to finally be able to share their app with the world! In celebration we will be giving away a few gift cards sponsored by Picjoy and hosted by the Mom Buzz Media Bloggers!

4 Winners each get a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Giveaway ends 6/30 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, then a new winner will be chosen. All winning entries will be verified. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. US Residents only please. Good Luck!

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6 Vegetables to Repurpose Instead of Compost

Any vegetable gardener can tell you that a lot of plant matter ends up in the compost pile. Likewise, the majority of home cooks know that much of the produce they buy ends up in the form of trimmings and peels that never get eaten.

There’s an increasing passion for restricting our food waste at home, kindled both by conservation and mindfulness. If you invest the time in getting a food plant to grow, you want to eat as much of it as possible. Following are some interesting ways to consume plant parts before they become compost.

1. Kale, mustard and collard greens stems. Most stems of leafy vegetables are edible even though the recipes instruct you to throw them away. You can trim the bottoms off the stems and slice the rest thinly crosswise, which adds an attractive component to cooked greens. The flesh is somewhat sweeter than their leafy parts.

2. Radish greens. Radish greens are delicious, edible greens that we regularly throw out. Similar to spinach, they cook fast and shrivel down significantly, so make sure to add them to a pan with other greens toward the end of cooking. Radish greens have a very short shelf life, so if you plan to cook them you will need to do so within a day or two of buying the radishes.

3. Carrot tops. Carrot top pesto is becoming increasing popular. Use the green lacy fronds of carrots as you would basil leaves to make perfectly great tasting pesto.

4. Lettuce cores. When you make a salad with head lettuce, such as romaine or Boston, cut out the core, thinly slice it and add those pieces to the salad. The bitter flavor is suggestive of Belgian endive or chicory. The resilient crunch adds an interesting element to traditional tossed salads, perfect for a picnic!

5. Tomato leaves. Though once thought to be toxic, the bitter leaves of tomato plants are edible. They will make your tomato sauces emerge with an unmistakable scent. Just slip a few tomato leaves into your sauce like you would with oregano or basil.

6. Celery leaves. The yellow inner stalks near the center of a bunch of celery have a buttery texture, with an assertive bite that awakens the flavor of chopped and tossed salads. Use them as you would a fresh, leafy herb. You can also add the tiny, leafy inner celery stalks to stocks and soups, but be conservative because they are potent.

If you love looking at familiar ingredients in new ways, discovering different uses for what usually lands in the trash or rubbish heap is a tiny thrill and inspiring challenge—you’ll find unexpected flavors and textures that make you rethink the common, blasé produce we all take for granted.

REVIEW: All Radiant Laundry Detergent

 

I’m going to be honest…laundry very rarely, if ever, gets sorted in my household.  We wear mostly colors, so there’s not really enough to make a full load of white laundry when it’s time to wash.  I haven’t had any MAJOR clothing color transfer accidents (so far)!  It’s hard to find a detergent that works to actually improve your clothing, and on both whites and colors–but I believe I have found the best of both worlds in new All Radiant!

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All Radiant is infused with Patented Fiber Shield™ Technology to restore dingy whites and protect your colors from fading. You can use it in every load to help keep your clothes looking their best. Safe for all colors and for use in all washing machines.

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The scent is fresh without being too overpowering, perfumed, or flowery.  The measurements inside the lid are easy to see, and go all the way up to level 5 for super big loads!  After a few uses, I noticed that my son’s white karate gi, absolutely the hardest garment in the house to keep white, was looking brighter and less dingy.  It’s so amazing that All Radiant can work to reverse even dirt and grime that has been set in clothes for a while!  Once school comes back around, I’ll continue to use All Radiant to keep my son’s school uniforms, which are red and blue, at their newest and prevent fading.

All Radiant can be found in stores now!  Pick some up today to help keep your laundry looking great.

 

3 Ways to Use Personalized Candy in Your Life

When it comes to gifts – or even giveaways – people love the personalized touch. In this digital world, folks still love getting personal paper greeting cards. For weddings, many people give customized and personalized home wares, such as glassware engraved with the family’s last name. It’s no surprise, then, that people are becoming more and more excited about personalised candy. One of the most attractive aspects of personalized candy is that it’s extremely versatile. It can be used in business meetings, for weddings and just because. Here are 3 specific ways you can use personalized candy in your professional and personal life.

1. As marketing giveaways.

Are you a business owner or part of the marketing department at your firm or company? Personalized candy can be a great way to grow your marketing reach. Use personalized candy – such as lollipops – as giveaways at conventions or during your events. Give personalized candy (branded with your company name and/or logo, of course) to prospective clients, new hires and more. In fact, keep a bouquet of lollipop candy as a centerpiece in your conference rooms, so that your clients are welcomed with branded candy each time they meet with you.

2. At a wedding.

Whether you’re throwing the wedding, or simply attending one, there is a place for your personalized treats. Brides can hold a bouquet of personalized candy, or they can be used as giveaway centerpieces at the reception. Rather than flowers, most of your reception hall can be decorated with various types of personalized candy, making this one of the most fun, and memorable weddings, anyone will have ever attended.

3. At birthdays.

Birthdays are a great time to give personalized candy. Birthdays are already tightly woven with cakes. Why not liven things up a bit by thinking outside the cake box? There are almost an infinite amount of ideas you can incorporate into your candy. If your birthday party has a theme or color scheme (typical with children’s parties) then complement it all with the right type and style of candy. Or, does the birthday boy/girl love a specific kind of candy? Chances are you can personalize it for him or her!

Getting personal is what life is all about. How much personal can you get than marrying two things people love: candy and uniqueness. No matter the occasion or event, Designer Candy is sure to have a personalized candy option for you. Learn more about what they have to offer by visiting them at designercandy.com.au/.

DIY Fixes for Wood Surfaces

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Educational Fun with Kids Academy

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It’s summer, and that means road trip season! It’s totally cool to let your kids play with tablets for limited periods of time in the car–and it’s even better if they are learning and having fun while doing it.  Kids Academy offers several apps that are sure to keep your kids occupied on the road.

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Educational Books & Free Songs

EDIT 5/30/15: Now that my child has finished kindergarten, he is able to do the addition worksheets! They are a great supplement for this summer to keep up with what he learned in school this year. This learning app is so fun, even Mommy likes to play it sometimes :) My little boy really liked tracing and collecting the fireflies.  We love anything twinkling so this was a big plus.  This game was easy to play and understand so even younger kids can get right into it.

Download Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game

 

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screen520x924 (4)Bugs, Shapes and Robots
Face Paint for Toddlers

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

My child is on his way to first grade, so this app is a bit on the younger side for him.  Still, tracing the shapes helps him with his fine motor skills–something that’s definitely needed as your child starts school and begins to write with a pencil!  Bugs and robots are also always a fave with boys!

Download Bugs, Shapes, and Robots

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media Blogger Network. All views & opinions expressed below are my own and are not influenced in anyway.

REVIEW: Renuzit Pearl Scents Odor Neutralizer

Sometimes an area needs air freshening, but you don’t have room for anything you have to plug in…and you want to keep the space looking nice as well! That’s why Renuzit has given its’ Pearl Scents a makeover!

Pearl Scents is a space saving, decor accenting odor eliminator that will look great in any room.  Inside the small plastic decanter, gel filled beads hold scents like Blue Sky Breeze, Sparkling Rain, and Seductive Pineapple.

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I placed my Pearl Scents in my laundry room, as the container works best in small spaces.  I like how it’s scented well enough to give you a good whiff of it when you enter the room, but it’s not overpowering while you’re near it.

I think Pearl Scents would be perfect for use in spaces such as bathrooms, walk in closets, and maybe even cars.  They would be great in rooms where you don’t want to have anything electric, like a baby’s room.

Be sure to check out the Renuzit website and Facebook page for more information on Pearl Scents and to keep up with products and promotions!

60 Days to Radiant Skin with Exposed Skincare


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Even though I’m knocking on thirty’s door, I still get occasional hormonal breakouts.  It’s definitely a lot better now than it was as a teenager though! When I was that age where my acne was my worst, I wish I would have had a system like the one offered by Exposed Skincare.

The Exposed 60-Day Basic 5-Piece Kit is a complete acne fighting skin care system that uses a multi step process to help clear your skin over time.  Its’ active ingredients are is salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which are proven acne fighting solutions. The products work in several ways, targeting visible acne, blackheads and whiteheads, and inflammation.  Best of all, it leaves your face’s skin looking and feeling healthier than ever!

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Upon unboxing the 5 piece kit, here is what you will find:

  • a quick start guide
  • a more detailed manual
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Clearing Tonic
  • Acne Treatment Serum
  • Clear Pore Serum
  • Derm-X Cloth

All bottles are a nice size and should last months if used as instructed.  I noted a slight herbal smell when I opened the facial cleanser bottle, so it’s good to note that the products are not overwhelmingly scented, which may scare some users off.

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For the next two months, my younger brother Nick will be using the Exposed 60-Day Basic 5-Piece Kit and reporting back to me with results.  He is 14 years old, nearly 15, and has moderate acne and oily skin.  He has long hair and plays sports so his hair is always in his face–leading to a lot of breakouts and making the ones he has even worse!

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Here are Nick’s before photos.  I will be back with the results of his treatment after both one and two months!

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10 Facts You Need to Know about Lymphedema

The lymphatic system is vital to maintaining the health of your body. As lymph fluids move through the body, they collect viruses, bacteria and other harmful waste products that are then filtered out and flushed from the body. However, if the lymph system cannot properly drain, swelling can occur. Here are some little-known but important facts about lymphedema.

Lymphedema is Very Common

Although it is not as publicized as the widely recognized diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, AIDS, Parkinson’s or Muscular Dystrophy, lymphedema and other diseases of the lymphatic system after more people than these well-known ailments combined.

But It’s Slow to be Diagnosed

It can take years for doctors to properly diagnose and treat lymphatic diseases because the spotlight is not on awareness as it is for other illnesses.

Programs Don’t Cover Treatment

Government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid don’t routinely pay for medical treatments for lymphedema and other lymphatic diseases.

Military Members Susceptible

Because lymphedema can be triggered by trauma, some of the most common sufferers are military men and women who have been injured in the field.

It Can Lead to Cellulitis

Patients with lymphedema usually see it manifested in swollen legs and arms, and a common result is a skin disease called cellulitis. Without treatment, this bacterial infection can quickly become life threatening.

Research is Valuable

What little research that has been done on lymphedema and other lymphatic diseases is helpful in investigating other ailments such as cancer, lupus, heart disease and diabetes. This is because the lymphatic system plays a role in the development of many diseases.

It’s Common in Certain Cancers

Breast cancer patients and survivors are likely to see swelling in their arms and legs. Any person who has had a type of cancer that involves removal of lymph nodes, particularly about the shoulders, is almost guaranteed to experience lymphedema.

Lymph System Transports Cancer

Part of the reason for researchers’ interest in the lymphatic system is because it is involved in the metastasis of cancer. The traveling lymph liquids are ideal transport of cancerous cells. Developing advance treatments for lymphatic diseases may prove instrumental in furthering treatments for cancer.

System Crucial in Fighting Infection

The importance of the healthy operation of the lymphatic system cannot be underestimated. Nearly everyone knows that swollen lymph nodes can be an indication of a pending infection.

Many Sufferers Worldwide

Millions of people worldwide suffer from a condition called elephantiasis, in which parts of the body swell to gigantic proportions as a result of a parasite that lives in the lymphatic system.

 

Five Essentials for a Home Entertainment System

When it comes to putting together a home entertainment system, there are a handful of basics that are essential. Whether you want a system comprised of the latest technology, or simply want to upgrade what you already have, the building blocks are the same. Here’s what you need to put together a great home system.

Entertainment Furniture

Before you decide on your electrical components, take stock of the space you have for both your gear and for the cabinet that will house your system. You’ll want a well-made, attractive cabinet that complements your décor. Choose furniture that’s designed specifically for home entertainment. This will offer you the convenience of shelves for various components, a system to accommodate wires, and plenty of storage.

An HDTV Television

Even though you probably already have a television, if you’re putting together a new system, it’s not a bad idea to upgrade to a new HDTV model. Televisions have changed in the last few years and many of them have convenient features like built in Wi-Fi and Internet streaming to name just two. You don’t need to get a huge television, but if you do want to go bigger, it’s easier than ever because modern televisions are light in weight. In addition, new televisions are often more energy efficient.

A Receiver

A receiver connects the components of your system. Most of your inputs will be plugged into your receiver. The receiver will send the video signal to your television and the audio signal to your speakers. While you could connect your inputs directly to your television, by using a receiver, you’ll have a system that’s organized because everything is plugged into that one device.

Good Speakers

Having decent audio is one of the main motivations for people who decide to set up a home theater. Even high-end televisions can’t give you the same experience as a properly designed audio system. Speakers come in a huge price range, but you can find affordable ones that sound good.

Power Strips and Cables

If you’re adding new components, there’s a good chance you’ll need new cables and a power strip or surge protector. Cables you might need include HDMI, video, Ethernet, and speaker cables. Labeling your cables is a good idea because it’s easy to lose track of what’s connected to what, and this can quickly become frustrating if you need to address a technical difficulty.

Whether you plan to buy everything new, or just add one or two new components,

setting up a home entertainment system is fairly straightforward and can result in a great home theater experience.

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