Tight, toned and looking holiday fabulous with Thin Botanicals Body Wrap

With the holiday parties filling up the calendar, everyone wants to look and feel their best. Even though the wine will be flowing and the desserts will temp, a few key decisions can keep anyone looking and feeling holiday fabulous. Even with good food choices and a strong workout routine, everyone can use a little boost to look the best in that red party dress. Thin Botanicals Body Wrap can offer the boost to make anyone look holiday fabulous.

According to the company, Thin Botanicals Body Wrap offer the following:
  • Immediate long term inch loss and body contouring. Customers report seeing weight loss and inch loss in all problem areas.
  • Detoxification process helps improve body metabolism while blocking the absorption of oils, sugars and starches.
  • Dissipates fats and toxins while tightening and toning loose skin.
  • Destroys cellulite and reduces stretch marks, especially after pregnancy. Easy to apply out of the box. NO MESS!
  • Clinically tested-100% natural herbs and plant extracts. 100% money back guarantee. Consider buying a pack for you and a pack for your friend.
Having received this item from the company, I was excited to try this type of wrap. While I enjoy working out, my indulgence in one too many pieces of Halloween candy has left my stomach area not ready for those holiday dresses. I thought that these wraps would help where a pair of spanx could night (no one liked being an encased sausage at a party). 
After wearing the wraps as directed by the instructions, I did some some difference. To be honest, I didn't expect to see radical (ie it looked like I had a tummy tuck) differences in my stomach area. I'm realistic. What I wanted was to have more room in my pants and no obvious bulges in my dress. Overall, my stomach area looked slightly more toned. The skin felt smoother. Most importantly after using them, I felt more confident in my holiday outfits.

If you are looking for a little boost in your confidence and appearance, I think that this product is worth a try. You may not loose 50 pound by wrapping your stomach, but you may get rid of some muffin top.  
The Thin Botanicals Body Wrap is available on Amazon.com. The current price is $39.99 for 5 wraps. 
Disclosure: I received this product from the company for my honest review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any person or entity. 

Satisfying snacking keeps healthy lifestyle on track, Atkins Harvest Trail Bars

When the afternoon drags on, the little nagging voice or rumble in the stomach can take over. When the empty feeling hits the stomach, snacking isn’t an option, it is a requirement. Even though a snack is a good idea, the right type of snack is imperative. No one wants to throw away the morning working or the healthy choices to curb that afternoon hunger. Atkins HarvestTrail Bars are the new snacking solution. 

One of the keys to a satisfying snack is the combination of protein and carbs. The carbs offer the instant gratification to the imminent hunger. The protein maintains satisfaction for a prolonged time. But not all snacks or snack bars are created alike. The important components are the amounts of sugars, carbs and overall calories in the snack itself. 

The Atkins Harvest Trail bars offer a balance of protein and fiber while keeping net carbs and sugars in moderation. The result is a bar that satisfies yet doesn’t overindulge. Each snack bar contains less than seven grams of net carbs, less than four grams of sugar, and no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sugar alcohols.

The Atkins Harvest Trail Bars are available in four flavor options. These flavor combinations balance fruits and nuts with a sweet twist. Whether your flavor preferences lean toward less sweet dark chocolate or sweeter vanilla, one bar will be a perfect fit.

The four bars are as follows:

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Bar: With just four grams of net carbs, this dark chocolate and caramel bar is mixed with nuts and salt. For the sweet and salty palate, this bar will be a hands down favorite. 

Vanilla Fruit and Nut Bar: For a lighter option, this bar features sweet vanilla yogurt sprinkled with fruit and nuts. Your favorite yogurt cup is transformed into a portable version with just seven grams of net carbs. 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar:  The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a perennial favorite. This bar is the guilt-free version of the favorite creamy peanut butter and chocolate combination. 

Dark Chocolate Cherry and Nuts Bar: The decadent combination of chocolate and cherries doesn’t have to lead to calorie overload. This sweet and tart bar has only six grams of net carbs for a perfect way to curb that sweet tooth.

As a busy mom, I rarely get the “true” opportunity to enjoy a daytime meal. From carpool to meetings to life, there isn’t down time. My biggest problem is that I enjoy good food. There is nothing better for me to linger over an luxurious meal. Flavor is king in my world. So those boring snack cakes or bags of goodies just won’t cut it. I like the Atkins Harvest Trail Bars because the flavor combinations have depth. There are layers of flavor that unveil with each bite. From sweet to salty to subtly fruit, these snack bars curb my cravings. Plus, I can throw a couple in my purse for those moments when my stomach is rumbling beyond control. 

An additionally plus is that my kids enjoy them as well. I am on a mission to develop my kids palates. Kids can enjoy all types of food, cuisines and flavors. Nothing needs to be dumbed down for kids. As important, kids need good nutritionally choices. Pumping them full of sugar isn’t beneficial. The Atkins Harvest Bars are enjoyed by everyone (especially after those long swim practices). 

Atkins Harvest Bars fit within the Aktins plans, which focus on a person’s carb totals. Whether your goal is to lose weight or to live a balanced lifestyle, Atkins’ products can help support your needs. The new Harvest Trail Bars are available now and retail for approximately $6.48 a box. 

Are you ready for better snacking options? Check out Atkins Harvest Trail Bars and keep hunger at bay.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.

HP Printer cartridge sale, stock up for the season’s abundant printing

With kids fully entrenched in school and holidays quickly approaching, the family’s home printer is set to go into overdrive. Whether the kids have a big school report to print or mom has a list a to-do list for the football homecoming, the printer is constantly going. When the light flashes and the alert appears on the screen, no more ink can cause an instant uproar. Where’s another cartridge? 

HP is currently offering a huge sale on its printer cartridges. Now through October HP printer cartridges will be sold buy 1 get 1 40% off. This massive saving is available on the HP website as well as Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Office Max. 

By buying original HP Ink, consumers know that they are receiving the superior products. Original HP products provide exceptional quality that comes from 20 years of experience. From reducing reprints to always working out of the box, original HP ink gives consumers what they need. 

With the HP buy one get one 40% off sale, a family can have one or more extra HP original cartridges o hand. From Halloween invitations to Thanksgivings menu cards, everything can be printed in bold, vibrant colors. Plus, with holiday cards quickly approaching, the HP printer cartridge sale is the perfect time to stock up for all those cards. More importantly, no one will be crying at 11 p.m. that the printer is out of ink and her paper is due in the morning. 

Don’t miss this big stock up sale from HP. Your family will thank you for keeping those pages printing. 

Disclosure: This post was written in conjunction with HP and MomSelect. The writer may be compensated for her time.

Avengers' Hawkeye costume sets his sight on Halloween, Costume SuperCenter review

For months leading up to the October 31st Halloween deadline, kids think, plan, contemplate, and vacillate over the perfect Halloween costume.  Influences over the idea are many. Could it be the summer's favorite movie? Will the costume match his teammates? Will the costume be acceptable for school? Whether kids browse Halloween catalogs or search Costume SuperCenter, the perfect Halloween costume awaits.

In our house, the Avengers and its cast of superheroes are the must have costumes for this Halloween. Avengers costumes have many options. From the mighty Thor to the snarky Iron Man, Avengers offer the variety to fit many children's personalities and likes. For this year's costume, my son has chosen to be Hawkeye.

If you are not familiar with the Hawkeye character, he is the sharp shooter with the bow and arrow. Having trained with Captain America, Hawkeye (aka Clint Barton) is a formidable combatant in hand to hand battles. This founding member of the Avengers is ready to battle any foe.

For Halloween, Costume SuperCenter has a perfect Avengers 2 Deluxe Hawkeye Costume that my son has marked as his must have. With Hawkeye's signature coat, the costume announces his character without being too childish. Combined with pants and shoe covers, this costume is easy to put on and adaptable for changes in weather.

Since many schools have strict requirements for school sponsored Halloween events, this Hawkeye costume is a great option. The costume is easy for kids to put on and take off on their own. More importantly, the costume doesn't have any "scary" aspects (bow and arrow is sold separately - if desired). Overall, my son looks like the character and feels good about his costume. (Plus I don't have to buy two costumes for the Halloween season).

Costume SuperCenter has a wide variety of Avengers Costumes and accessories for those costumes. Whether you want to smash like Hulk or soar like Falcon, there is a perfect Avenger costume waiting for your little superhero. Plus, there are a variety of price points that can fit any budget.

Get ready for your super Halloween celebration. What will be your costume this year?

Disclosure: The writer received this costume for purposes of this post. All opinions are the writer's and were not influenced by any person or entity.

Could You Be A Supernatural Being - Vampire Diaries & The Originals giveaway

As the fall television begins, many viewers catch back up on their favorite television shows. Some people prefer must see TV dramas while others prefer comedies. With all the networks, programming and various outlets, there is a genre and a show for every taste.

In our house, we like super natural themed shows. Shows like The Originals and Vampire Diaries capture our attention from the first season. Now these shows are available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

If you aren't familiar with these shows - here's some background info.

About The Originals The Complete Second Season

As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.
Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.
Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015 .
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel

Thinking all about these amazing shows - could you be a Supernatural Being?  Take this quiz and see.

To give back to all the fans - I have either The Originals DVD/Blu-ray or the Vampire Diaries DVD/Blu-Ray to giveaway (chose randomly). Please use the Rafflecopter to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: The sponsor is providing the prize. The writer was not compensated.  

How to supplement a family's income at home

When children are young, many moms have difficulty finding extra income to supplement the family's expenses.The costs of raising a family can be quite demanding. From diapers to food to clothes, the monthly budget can be spread thin. Still, work outside the home can have its downfalls. The costs of childcare can make some jobs fiscally unattainable. Jobs inside the home are a good compromise.

One way to supplement a family's income is through focus groups. Moms are filled with opinions. From what laundry detergent cleans best to which juice box is a favorite with her kids, moms can provide valuable insight. Some companies will provide compensation for these opinions.

In the U.S., there are 75 million mothers, all of whom influence 85 percent of their household purchases. With all that buying power, it stands to reason that companies turn to marketing researchers to make sure that their products are meeting your needs and expectations.

Focus Pointe Global conducts webcam focus groups, telephone interviews, online surveys, online communities, and a lot of other methods as well. They even have an online product review program, where you are sent a product to use (and keep!) and you write an objective review on the company's website.
Whether you are able to participate in marketing research in person at the Atlanta research facility or by going online, there are a lot of opportunities to make some extra money and have fun while doing so.  Go to http://bit.ly/fpgmom to register.

Have your opinions make money. Join a focus group today.

Disclosure: The writer might be compensated for this post.

School, tailgating and more music goes everywhere Insignia Bluetooth Speakers

When you gather friends together, a party can ensue. But what is a party without good music?  A boring party - of course. Back in the day, the boombox served as the powerful speaker to get the music to the crowds. But, the boombox went the way of the cassette tape. Since today you can't have everyone huddled around a pair of ear buds or a single iphone, portable Bluetooth Speakers are a must. A perfect, portable, smaller option is the Insignia Bluetooth Speaker.

The Insignia Bluetooth Speaker is a compact, portable speaker that is bright, colorful and fun. Before a note is played, the adorable design and bold colors add life to the party. Whether attached to a back pack or resting on a table, these speakers can blast the music as loud as you need. No need to worry about weather or a split drink, this Insignia Bluetooth Speaker is splash proof. With a rechargeable battery, the wireless streaming can go up to 6 hours on a full charge. Plus, the speaker's USB charging port keeps electronic devices powered.  The Insignia Bluetooth Speaker is available at Best Buy for $19.99.

For an at home party, the Insignia Plug In Bluetooth Speaker is a great solution. When it comes to home entertaining, simple and easy are key phrases to success. The Insignia Plug In Bluetooth Speaker exemplifies these adjectives. This speaker allows the home user to wirelessly stream audio to any room in the house. The speaker plugs directly into a wall unit. No wires, shelf space or expensive receiver are required. Plus, the sleek white design helps the speaker to blend into any area.

The Insignia Plug In Bluetooth Speaker is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices or can be used with an auxiliary audio input jack for non-Bluetooth devices. The speaker's USB charging port keeps electronic devices powered so the music keeps going throughout the party. Plus, the speaker can be used away from the wall plug-in because it has a built-in rechargeable battery with two hours of playback. The Insignia Plug In Bluetooth Speaker can be purchased at Best Buy for $29.99.

Don't let the party be boring because the music is pushed to background noise. Make music the star of your gathering, event or your daily outings with an Insignia speaker. Music makes life more energetic.

Disclosure: 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