Sunday, September 28, 2014

ThermaCELL mosquito repellent, lantern & torch #product

I received the product written about below for the purposes of this post. Any opinions expressed are my own. Read my complete disclosure policy.

With cooler weather showing itself you may think you missed the opportunity to enjoy mother nature. The truth is there is still enough time left to go camping or enjoy friends and family under the stars for a backyard get together.

You can keep the bugs at bay or light up the area with ThermaCELL the manufacturer of area insect repellent, recently introduced their flameless torch that can also be used as a mosquito repellent and a tabletop lantern. ThermaCELL create a 15 x 15 foot silent and virtually odor-free area of protection, and it looks good too; complimenting outdoor settings.

The backyard torch can be erected and adjusted from 2' to almost 5' and when not mounted on the poles and replaced on the base it turns into a visually appealing and effective table lantern that is about 8" high.

I didn't get the opportunity to test the torch, lantern or repellent as planned because my health issue presented a problem in getting done. I did, however, take a look at the ThermaCELL: It was easy to set up for torch, lantern and/or repellent. It is about the size of a large, reusable coffee bug and costs $39.99, which includes one butane cartridge and three replacement mats. Each mat gives you up to four hours of protection and the cartridge last up to 12 hours.

In Georgia we have quite a few days left to enjoy the outdoors. Are you still enjoying warm weather and outdoors where you live? Share in the comments.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cancer Journal #5: Day-to-day living with Multiple #Myeloma

First things first, I have to get this off of my chest: I am so extremely  uncomfortable right now and I can’t seem to find that spot between reclining and sitting. It’s very annoying. One minute I’m straining my back, the next my stomach and now my neck. What’s the deal here? After a drink and a Godiva treat (that always makes a sister feel better!), I repositioned my area and sat down to a much more comfortable position. Now we can begin.


2014-08-27 10.45.29You just don’t know how much of a task it can be to get comfortable with ailments trying to play havoc within your body. One that presented itself late last week was a fibromyalgia attack. I’ve written about this invisible illness before so if you’ve missed it, please click the link to check it out. You’ll get a better understanding of fibromyalgia and other background on my multiple myeloma history. Back to the attack: I had to do a bit more than I normally do like driving, getting in and out of the car as well as running errands and doing some chores by myself. My sweet daughter Amber normally does these things, but when she walked in the door on Wednesday I immediately knew she needed to go to the emergency room.

And I wasn’t taking no for an answer.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Family fun with Flip2BFit fitness board game - #product review

School is well underway and it won’t be too long before we’ll feel the shift in temperature as summer turns to fall. For a lot of us those cooler temperatures mean more time spent indoors and less time spent on outdoor sports and activities. One thing we don’t need a break from is staying fit; the best way is to stay fit as a family.

Flip2BFit_Fitness_in_a_Box_600x600I received Flip2BFit, the fitness board game, free of charge for the purposes of review and any opinions expressed in this post are my own and honest. There is one Amazon link to my affiliate account, which will garner me a little extra spending change.

My children (ages 7, 9 and 10) and myself finally had a small window of time to test Flip2BFit and we’re all flipping (sorry, couldn’t help myself) over it. It’s perfect for a family of four and definitely ideal for kids, like mine, who appear unable to keep their bodies still and/or love to exercise and try new things.

Flip2BFit is the first, and thus far the only, fitness board game. It gets players off of their butts to twist, stretch and jump (and that’s very entertaining to watch!) by introducing kids and their families to yoga, cardio, strength and stretching activities. According to the company’s website, “Utilizing the aspects of play, this innovative, creative and super entertaining game gets everyone up and moving and inspires a healthy lifestyle while building confidence and a love for activity. Through carefully chosen mental and physical challenges, children make informed choices while developing motor skills, coordination and muscle memory. It’s a simple and fun way to introduce kids to the beginnings of a healthy Lifestyle while incorporating play into gym class, a rainy day, before and after school programs, homeschooling and more. Plus, there is no equipment Necessary. Just open the box and play!”

CAM01393CAM01385And that’s what we did. With a quick perusal of the instructions and a brief explanation to the kiddos we were off and running… uh, actually stretching, jumping and doing strength building activities. My children found it almost impossible to sit still while a sibling took their turn so everyone’s turn normally included everyone playing. Although we comfortably played the game with four people (the maximum individuals), it can still be played if you have a larger family or want to play with a group. You’ll simply have to play using teams.

We haven’t gotten a chance to finish the first game, but it’s definitely still sitting out waiting for us to have the time. The children’s evenings are filled with homework, studying and projects not to mention chores when I can get them to do them without argument. We’re probably going to have to designate a day and/or time to play Flip 2B Fit more often.

We reviewed Flip2BFit fitness board game and we all loved it.


For more information about this awesome game and the mission of Flip2BFit visit their site and/or follow them on their Flip2BFit Facebook page.