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Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom - Donate to Conservation International When You See It This Week!

I am *slightly* obsessed with monkeys. The monkey exhibits are always my favorite at the zoo or Busch Gardens and I could spend hours watching them. I would probably also own one if my Husband would allow me to. He keeps me out of trouble. Anyways, have you heard about Monkey Kingdom? It is narrated by Tina Fey who is one of my favorite celebrities. I miss 30 Rock so much! Here is one of the trailers for Monkey Kingdom:

When you see Monkey Kingdom on opening week (April 17th-23rd) Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International.

Conservation International has programs in Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka and will:

1. Protect monkeys and other endangered species
2. Save and restore forest habitats
3. Partner with and support local communities

So, make sure you see this movie during open week and help support these beautiful creatures!

*Disneynature provided the information and media for this post.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Win It Wednesday

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #9!

I have teamed up with a few amazing bloggers to bring you Win It Wednesday! What is Win It Wednesday? It is a link up that will have a collection of amazing giveaways. It will make it easier for readers to enter a lot of giveaways and it will be a place for Bloggers to share their giveaways.

Now, who's ready for several awesome giveaways? 

Please welcome our lovely Host and Co-Hosts!
Be sure to visit their blogs and social media to show them a little extra love for making this giveaway link-up possible!

Our Host
Stephanie from So Simply Stephanie
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Our Lovely Co-Hosts

Crystal from Thrifty and Frugal Living
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Jess from Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom
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Tessa from Mama Smith's Blog Reviews
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Also, if you have't already, be sure to check out the Grow Your Garden Giveaway #GYG!  Social Exposure PR has partnered with 11 awesome home and garden product sponsors to bring you an AMAZING gardening giveaway worth over $535! One lucky winner will win all 11 prizes- including an SimGar UNO Container Gardening System, gardening tools, gift cards from Zulily and NOVICA to purchase some of their awesome gardening products and, so much more!  

Win it Wednesday starts every Wednesday morning! Be sure to subscribe to the Win it Wednesday Reminder below so that each week you will receive a reminder email! 

Bloggers, by entering your links in the linky below, you will automatically receive emails each week the night before the linky goes live so that you have time to add your links before our readers and newsletter subscribers are invited on Wednesday morning.

Link-Up Rules:

SHARE IT! Please help share the word about the link-up so that others can join in enter the giveaways and share their links as well!   :) 
  • Please include the description of your prize, location and the date it ends. {Example: $500 Amazon Gift Card - US/CAN - 2/29}
  • Link up as many giveaways as you would like but, please no affiliate links, signups, woobox or other non-blog giveaway links.
  • Consider entering some of the other giveaways listed to help out the other bloggers who will also be helping support you!
And most importantly, have fun and good luck!

SPONSORS, if you would like to have your product featured directly on the Win it Wednesday post for readers to see immediately, please contact Stephanie at: .

Geek Fuel - Geek Subscription Boxes


I don't know that I have truly let my geek flag fly on this website. However, I am a geek...and proud of it! My boss mentioned that one of our facilities was "COD" the other day. I literally said "What? Why are they Call of Duty? What does that mean?". Apparently COD means other things like "cash on delivery". Aye. I am also a HUGE Doctor Who fan. I have a Tardis phone case on my phone. I own a Doctor Who clock, jewelry, t-shirts, etc. I have seen EVERY Marvel movie in theaters. Proud geek here indeed. So, when I heard about Geek Fuel it was a match made in HEAVEN. 

Geek Fuel is a box packed full of geeky items that will have you doing a *happy dance*. Every month includes a unique original t-shirt design. So cool. Here is what I received in my March box:

Ohh want better pictures? You can't handle better pictures! Hmm...excuse me...I am in full on geek mode at the moment. Here they are:

-Game of Thrones / video game characters original t-shirt- This tee pays homage to Game of Thrones by imagining what it would look like for different video game characters to be in the seat of power. Featured are Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, Link (Legend of Zelda), Master Chief (Halo) and Cloud (Final Fantasy VII). This t-shirt is SO cool. It is also really soft and fits great. 

-Warmachine Tactics downloadable game code and sticker sheet - What? It includes a $40 video game!! That is so awesome! This is a turn-based tactical game which is one of my Husband's favorite type of games. 

-Game of Thrones Comic Book - There were five different possible comic books you could have received. I think receiving a comic book made my Husband feel like a kid again. He was super happy.

-Dragon Glass - This arrowhead shaped piece of "dragon glass" is pretty to look at. It is supposed to kill the "White Walkers" (Game of Thrones). 

-Commemorated Leonard Nimoy Spock Button - I think this was a late add on to the box because it was not on the card. This is a nice way for Star Trek fans to remember a man that they loved so much. My Husband loved this one too.

-Darryll Jones Poster- This was probably my Husband's favorite item. He promptly claimed it as his and took it to his desk area to flatten out. It arrived rolled up, so the picture above is a little wrinkly and does not show the full size of the poster. This poster has a special nod to Star Wars. Look closely to see the Stormtrooper in the cockpit. 

-Gears of War Imulsion Energy Drink - We are Gears of War fans. However, we weren't really quite sure what to do with this. Do we drink it and see how it tastes or save it as memorabilia? As of now, it is unopened. 

We really loved this Geek Fuel box. I don't know if you can tell based off of this post, but we do not watch Game of Thrones. So, this box wasn't really catered to us. Despite that, we still loved all of the items. The t-shirt alone makes this box worth the price and then to throw in a $40 game code..the rest was just gravy. My favorite item was the tee and my Husband's favorite was the Darryll Jones poster. 

We would definitely recommend Geek Fuel. If you are like us and a "geek couple", then it is fun to divide the items up between you...or better yet, share them!


If you click on my link to subscribe to Geek Fuel, then you will receive a free bonus Retro Magazine with your subscription!!

*This post is sponsored by Geek Fuel and contains my affiliate link (I receive a small commission if you purchase after clicking these links). I would not recommend something that I do not support. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 10, 2015

#TryTheWorld - Marrakesh Gourmet Box


How would you like to try all the flavors of the world? There is a super cool subscription box that will let you do just that! Try The World features a new box from a different city around the world every two months. I was sent the current box which is from Marrakesh (Morocco). 

When the box first arrive I did an un-boxing video. Check it out: 

Since the video quality wasn't as great as I had hoped, I decided to share pictures and more information with you as well. Here is what I received:

-Dari, organic whole wheat couscous- I have only had couscous a few times. The last time it was mixed with a lemon sauce and diced peppers and it was amazing. I am excited to make this with the Tajini cous cous sauce that I will be showing you in a moment.

-Dip&Scoop, culinary argan oil - We tried this with some fresh French bread the other day and it was delicious. What is neat about this company is that the Dip&Scoop is handmade by Berber women in Southwestern Morocco that are paid fair wages and provided a safe work environment.

-Tajini, tajine Cous Cous sauce in Olive and Lemon- I am really excited to try this. I have had Tajini a few times in the past and liked it. I am particularly excited to try this one with the cous cous box I received. I have it planned for dinner this coming weekend with some chicken.

-Orientines, biscuits - I wasn't quite sure what these were. Now that I have had them I would describe them as more of a pastry. They are great with coffee or tea and it is hard to only eat one serving. This bag is now sadly empty.

-Villa Jerada, kefta rub - This was one of the items that I was most excited about in the box. Kefta rubbed meat is amazing and I am so excited to add this to my spice cabinet. This jar also retails for $14.95 on the Try The World website.

-Titus, sardines in oil - Sardines are just not my thing. I gave these to a friend whom loved them. If you can overcome the fish heads but don't want to eat them straight from the can, they can be used to add salt to many dishes. 

The box also came with a really cool "culture guide". It has information about the city and recipes. My culture guide even included a Moroccan poem, a list and description of Moroccan movies and a Marrakesh Playlist. So cool. 

Please note: Try The World works with artisanal producers from around the world, and therefore each box may be a little bit different. All boxes have a curated assortment of delicious and authentic gourmet products of similar value. When opening your Try The World box, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover different local flavors than the ones I have received! The card included in your box will guide you through your culinary adventure.


Subscribe now and receive a Paris Box plus your Marrakesh Box!

Win a trip to Morocco - Try The World

*Disclaimer: I received a free box in exchange for my honest review. This post also contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase via my link.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

#MeasuPro Blood Pressure Monitor


I have high blood pressure. It is a condition that I have been dealing with for a few years now due to a high stress job, busy life and the fact that my parents are ill and live in a different state. It is hard to receive phone calls about your Mother or Father being sent to the hospital / having surgery / falling and breaking a hip / etc and not being able to be there. I was recently told that my blood pressure was high enough that I could have a stroke. A stroke. At 31? The circumstances were BAD that day (it was the day the hip was broken and I forgot to take my medication), but it still was an eye opener. I realized that I really need to start monitoring my blood pressure. Luckily, I also learned about MeasuPro Blood Pressure Monitors that same day! 

I was sent the MeasuPro BPM-80A Blood Pressure Monitor to review. Here are the features of this monitor: 
  • Uses Measure and Inflate advanced technology to automatically measure blood pressure and pulse rate. Stay informed with accurate readings.
  • Has a Two User mode with easy one-button operation and a large backlit LCD display for increased visibility. Using a BPM has never been easier!
  • Wireless, compact and portable. Transport this lightweight monitor on-the-go and conveniently store this monitor anywhere. Easy and efficient!
  • Averages the three previous measurements and stores up to 120 measurements with 60 records per user. Seamlessly keep track of your pressure.
  • Features a graphical bar display of your blood pressure and heart rate readings. The Built-in Smart IHB indicator alerts of irregular heartbeat.

I love that the monitor has a two user mode and records up to 60 measurements per user! This allows my Husband to use it also without interfering with my data. For the record...his blood pressure is great despite the fact that he says I make it high. Haha. The monitor also keeps track of the date and time so that you can easily track your blood pressure at different times of the day, different days of the week, etc. I know mine is much higher on my work days and now I have proof of that. 

The Monitor is super easy to use. All you do is make sure the cuff is connected via the air connector plug, place the cuff around your upper arm 2-3 cm above the elbow, rest your arm on a flat surface and press the "user 1" or "user 2" button to activate the monitor. The cuff will inflate and your results will be displayed on the screen. So easy. This is what the results look like:

The above picture has one of my better recent measurements. I like how the little bar at the bottom tells me that my blood pressure is "High Normal". My Husband's results always say "Normal". There is also some very helpful information located in the user manual. For instance, according to the American Heart Association a normal Systolic Blood Pressure (the higher number) would be less than 120 and Diastolic BP less than 80.

Also, did you know that your blood pressure varies throughout the day? It can be affected by the position you are sitting in when taking your blood pressure, caffeine, the temperature of your environment, smoking, food, taking a bath, talking and moving your fingers, etc. The user guide comes with a lot of great tips to obtain an accurate measurement. 

I definitely recommend buying a MeasuPro Blood Pressure Monitor. It has helped me to have peace of mind that my blood pressure really isn't as bad as it was on that one day. It is also helping me to ensure that it doesn't get that high again. While you really should see a Doctor to monitor your blood pressure, that is unrealistic for many of us with the current health care situation. 

Do you monitor your blood pressure at home?


*Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own honest thoughts. I would never recommend a product that I do not support.

The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-Ray #Giveaway

This post is Sponsored by Warner Home Video.*

Have you had the chance to see the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy yet? We saw The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies in the theater on opening day. It was a great (although very emotional) end to an amazing trilogy. We are huge fans of all of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Well, guess what? I have a super cool The Hobbit Blog App that you can check out. You can see an interactive map of Middle Earth and you can take a quiz to see if you are brave like Bilbo.

About The Hobbit : The Battle of The Five Armies:
 From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

I also have some special features to share with you: 


One lucky winner will receive a Blu-Ray copy of The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies! Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-ray The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

This Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Ends 4/21/15 at midnight.

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*Disclosure: I am working with Warner Home Video on this promotion. Warner Home Video provided the media / materials within this post and are providing the giveaway prize. All opinions stated are my own.