Phone Ring – Must Have Item

Last weekend, I was hanging out with my in-laws, like we usually do on the weekend, and I noticed that ALL of my cousins had a phone ring. If you don’t know what they are, let me tell you, they are genius! Basically, it’s a 360° ring that sticks on the back of your phone (iPhone or Android…they don’t discriminate) and make your life way better than it already is! I’m not joking! After watching them all weekend long, I hopped on Amazon and ordered my very own. It came this past Monday and let me tell you, I don’t know how I’ve lived without it all these years!

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There are all kinds of different types that you can choose from. I went with a cat head:

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Isn’t it cute?!? If you are a cat lover like me, you can order your’s HERE!phone ring Here’s a better view of the actual ring:

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I especially find this phone ring useful when I’m shopping. There are many times I have my phone out for various reasons while shopping…either I am expecting a call and I don’t want to miss it or I’m using the phone while shopping. The last thing I want to do is set it down and lose it. The nice thing about the phone ring is that it allows me to pick things up without having to set my phone down or dropping my phone!

If cat’s aren’t your thing, check out some of these other cute options:

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They have many different styles! My son wants one for his iPhone and my daughter is begging for one for her iPod! Pick up a few and put them away for the holidays! I am pretty certain everyone will love this! It’s one of those things where you don’t really realize you need it, until you have it!

Camping Tips for Newbies

A couple weeks ago, my husband took our daughter camping, just the two of them! Bella was no interested in going to the daddy/daughter dance at her school this past school year. Instead, she made a deal with her dad to take her camping, just the two of them. This was totally OK with Zack and I. We are NOT campers! Being the great daddy that he is, he was very excited to take her camping and make it a fun trip that the two of them would remember forever and want to repeat every summer! However, we’ve never really camped before. So I’ve put together some great camping tips for newbies! You will want to keep reading. Especially at the end. I have a free camping meal planning printable for you!

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Camping Tips for Newbies

First and foremost, if you do not know what you need to take with you, Google is your friend! We did a Google search for “tent camping” and it immediately pulled up a list from the REI website with a checklist of items you need with you. Now, mind you, that list is VERY thorough and some things are definitely things you would not need, but you will be able to figure that out…it’s pretty obvious! A few items I want to point out that you need to take with you, besides the obvious things like a tent, sleeping bags, food, bug spray, etc are:

  • Tick Removercamping tips for newbies – This was one of the first things I purchased for their camping trip. I also made sure to remind Mr. DGoddess to check her over daily!
  • INFLATABLE LOUNGERcamping tips for newbies – Sounds silly, but my husband said EVERYONE had them and raved about them. Personally, I’d probably camp if I could sleep in one of these! No joke! They are on a super sale right now…
  • Coleman Quad(TM) LED Lanterncamping tips for newbies – This is the lantern they bought and took with them. The nice thing about it is that you can take one of the lights off and use it by itself for trips to the bathroom in the dark, etc.
  • First-Aid Kit – Seems rather obvious, but Mr. DGoddess would not have brought one had I not put one together for him and they needed it the day Bella cut her finger with the fish hook.

One thing Bella and her dad took with them was The Itch Therminator. I was really excited to try this. Bella seems to be a magnet for mosquitoes and when she gets bit, they swell up really big. One thing I always have her do is take a spoon, run it under really hot water and press it on to the mosquito bite. It helps take the itchiness away. However, you know as well as I do, you don’t always have access to hot water when you get bit buy mosquitoes. The Itch Therminator is your solution!

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The Itch Therminator fits in any first-aid kit and it is definitely something you want to have on hand. When you get bit or stung, simply press the end of The Itch Therminator on the bite and press the button. As you are holding the button down, The Itch Therminator will heat up and neutralize the itchiness! As you can imagine, Bella got bit many times on their camping trip and she was very thankful to have this nifty tool in the first-aid kit!

Besides having all the things I mentioned above, you also want to plan out your food. I put together this free meal planning printable for you to make it easier to keep track of what you need and buy at the grocery store!

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Download your FREE Camping Meal Planner HERE

So…I told you the items I felt were important to make sure you took with you camping, whether you are a newbie or a camping pro. What items do you never leave at home when you go camping??

Ozark Trail Insulated Tumbler – You Need One!

You’ve probably heard about or have seen the Yeti cupsozark trail. I’m not going to lie…I wanted one really badly. However, I did not want to pay the price for one. One of the things I like about the Yeti cups or cups like them, is the fact that it keeps your water really cold. I’m really bad about drinking enough water. I’ve tried many different ways to insure I get my water in, but I never seem to do it…mainly because every other cup I’ve ever tried never seemed to keep my water ice cold. Until now! And no, I did not buy a Yeti cup…I bought an Ozark Trail insulated tumblerozark trail.

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About the Ozark Trail Tumbler

I’m not kidding when I say this is the best tumbler ever! Besides coming in both a 20 oz and 30 oz size, here are some of the crazy awesome features:

  • The tumbler is BPA free
  • Can be used for both hot and cold liquids
  • Made of high-grade, double walled stainless steel that is rust proof and sweat free
  • Lifetime warranty

Every night I fill my Ozark Trail tumbler with ice and water. I drink all of the water and go to bed. When I wake up the next morning, the majority of the ice is still there! Even when I use my cup outside or leave it in a hot car and the ice eventually melts, the water stays ice cold for hours and hours.

Right now I am searching Etsy to find the perfect decal to decorate my cup. This name and initial decal is super cute and really inexpensive!

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If you are looking for a coaches gift, this coach decal is super cool! You can pick the sport you need!

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Looking for an adorable wedding gift for the soon to be bride and groom? Why not get them an Ozark Trail tumbler and these super cute Mr. and Mrs. decal?!?

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So what are you waiting for? Pick up your Ozark Trail tumbler and pick up one of these super cute decals!

Dover Ebony and Rosewood Jord Watch

Giving someone a gift is something I really enjoy doing. I love to watch their face as they open something up that I picked out for them. One person I very much enjoy buying gifts for is my husband. He has a few things he really likes and collects and I love finding one of those items for him! For example, he loves watches. Right before our wedding, he told me he wanted a pocket watch. I found him a nice one and bought it for him as a gift. It was very exciting to see him wear it at our wedding. I can’t even begin to tell you how many watches he has. Each and every one of them are different and he has a reason why he chooses the watch he’s wearing that day. So when I can find him a truly unique gift like the Dover Ebony and Rosewood Jord wooden watch, I go for it!

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If you are not familiar with the Jord wood watches, you need to be! These unique watches are made from ebony, Koa, purpleheart, zebrawood, rosewood, sandalwood, maple or bamboo. Jord offers watches for women, as well. In fact, I have my eye on the Dover Ebony and Copper watch. I just love it!

About the Dover Ebony and Rosewood Watch

Besides the exquisite craftsmanship of the Dover Ebony and Rosewood watch, this watch features a sapphire crystal glass. The buckle is a deployment buckle with push buttons. Since my husband has rather large hands, I always check the size of the watch case to make sure it will not get lost on his hands. That will NOT happen with this watch! The case width is 41 mm.

Please note, the watch is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. While it is splash-proof, you should not submerge the watch in water. If you need to clean it, lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood.

Here’s a look at the watch on my husband’s wrist so you can get a general idea of the size

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I really wanted to give this watch to my husband because we have a few weddings coming up in the next few months, and I wanted him to have something nice to wear. I’m always going out and buying new things for weddings and he never says anything to me about what I am buying and he rarely gets himself something nice. Not only will this Dover Ebony and Rosewood Jord watch look nice with anything he chooses to wear, but it is a real conversation starter too!

Check out everything Jord has to offer and please tell me what your favorite watch is!!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I love to read. In fact, I made a goal for myself to read 50 books this year and I hit my goal last night! I’m pretty excited about that. Reading is that one thing I do that can allow me to escape from it all. I could be having the worst day ever and the second I pick up a book (or my Kindleharry potter and the cursed child), I immediately forget what is bothering me and fall into whatever story I am reading. When I heard that there was going to be an eighth Harry Potter bookHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, I pre-ordered it, but I wasn’t sure what it would be like. I couldn’t help, but wonder if J.K. Rowling was trying to hold on to something that has since run it’s course. You know how that goes. But I had all seven other books. Of course I needed to buy the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released on July 31, 2016. Since I pre-ordered mine from Amazon, it took a couple days to get to me. When I tell you I stalked my mailbox, I totally did. It finally arrived two days ago. I immediately opened it up and started reading. Being that it was a script, I was a little unsure of how I would like the book, but I quickly realized I love reading scripts! Since I am a fast reader and, as a result of that, I tend to skim some parts and end up having to go back to see who is talking. It drives me crazy when I do that. However, being in a script form, I never had to go back! I always knew who was talking.

My Thoughts

I just now read some of the reviews on Amazon and I can’t believe some of the things people wrote about this book. I thought it was fantastic. In fact, it was one of my favorite Harry Potter books ever! I actually would really like this if it was made into a movie too. Series books are my favorite to read. I like to feel invested in the characters. One of the things J.K. Rowling does really well with the Harry Potter series is character development. Throughout the seven previous books, you really got to know all of the characters, no matter how major or minor the character was. I don’t know about you, but when book seven ended, I was incredibly sad. More info was needed. What was  life like after **Spoiler Alert** Voldemort dies. I wanted to see Harry’s kids and see what he and the rest of the gang do as adults. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child provides all that and more.

Above all, if you are a Harry Potter fan, then you need to do yourself a favor and pick this book up. If you are like me and you prefer to read the book on a Kindleharry potter and the cursed child (or you would like a copy of the books on your Kindle), you can get all eight books in a setHarry potter and the cursed child for your Kindle! I don’t know if this play is coming to America or not, but I would love to see it on stage!