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Are you an Amazon Prime member? You’re going to want to be after you read this! Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience with Family Vault. For absolutely zero additional cost, Prime members can share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends! Not only is Prime Photos free, but it makes it easy for family members or friends to safely store and share all of their favorite photos. The Amazon Prime Photos new experience includes Image Search, People view and Places view. You can even order photo prints, cards, photo books and calendars directly from your Amazon Prime Photos account! Simply download the new prime photos app.

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Why Amazon Prime Photos?

Have you ever lost your photos before? I have. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I had all of the pictures of my daughter from birth to age two on my laptop. That laptop got a virus and I lost every single picture. I knew, from that moment on, that I had to change my photo storage habits. Amazon Prime Photos not only allows you free unlimited photo storage (which I totally need), but it gives you that peace of mind that your photos are safe. Using Amazon Prime Photos not only allows you to free up space on your phones, but the family sharing allows families near and far to share pictures of loved ones, fun vacations, etc.

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this app makes me! I love sharing pictures and Amazon Prime Photos makes the ability to share so much easier! Not to mention, with Prime Photos, you can quickly find and rediscover your favorite photos! I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE to look at pictures from when they were younger! So…if you are a Prime Member, make sure you take advantage of the free unlimited photo storage for Prime members. Not a Prime member? The Amazon Prime Photos app is available on computers, iOS and Android phones and tablets. So what are you waiting for? Download the Prime Photos app today at 

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Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas

I absolutely love Christmas. I love Christmas decorations; Christmas cookies; watching cheesy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel (I may or may not have 12 movies saved on my DVR right now…); but most of all, I love Christmas music. Unlike some people, I get super excited when the radio stations start playing Christmas music around Thanksgiving. I also love when I am in a store and I hear the Little Drummer Boy playing on the loud speaker. To me, it’s not officially the holiday season until you are Christmas shopping and that song is playing! Each year I get a new Christmas CD to play. This year I am listening to the Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD and I love!

I received a copy of the Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

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Amy Grant is one of those artists that sounded great in the 90’s (“Baby Baby” was one of the first songs I knew EVERY word to and still do!) and she sounds even better now. The thing I like about all the different Christmas CD’s I have is that while they all have some of the same songs, they also have songs I’ve not heard before and I love that.

Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas Playlist

  • Tennessee Christmas
  • To Be Together
  • Christmas for You and Me
  • Melancholy Christmas
  • December
  • White Christmas
  • Joy to the World
  • I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (feat. Vince Gill)
  • Christmas Don’t Be Late
  • Still Can’t Sleep
  • Another Merry Christmas
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful

If you are looking for something to add to a Christmas gift or maybe you’re going to a Christmas party and you want to give the hostess something, this CD is a great idea! You can pick up your copy HEREAmy Grant.

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What is your favorite Christmas CD?

Hectic Lifestyle Tips

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My family and I live a VERY hectic lifestyle. With a husband that works in a different state most weeks, the daily schedule with the kids school and extracurricular activities falls solely on me. To say I am a crazy person most days would be fairly accurate! I rely heavily on my calendar and the one day that my calendar app was not loading properly, I thought I was going to lose my mind! It is pretty normal for us to be running from one activity to another, most nights of the week. There are some nights that I drop one child off at their activity, run the other child to their activity, and then run back to get the first child before having to turn around and race back to get the second child. All while fitting dinner and/or snacks in there so we don’t end up with hangry kids and a cranky mom! Thankfully there are delicious and very portable RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers options at Kroger for me to pick up each week! And who doesn’t love shopping at Kroger? I know I do! I really appreciate the people that properly bag my groceries. Not only do you save time in the store, but properly bagged groceries saves you time at home when you have to put them away!

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As you can imagine, with as hectic and busy as our lifestyle is, I’ve had to come up with a few ways to make things a little easier for me. So, without further ado, I present to you, My Hectic Lifestyle Tips!

Hectic Lifestyle Tips #1

Find snack options that are quick and easy to grab on the run. Whether you are grabbing it or having your child grab the snack, you want it to be something that literally takes five seconds or less. My favorite (and my daughters), are the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers! You can purchase them in the lunchbox section of your local Kroger store. They are a nice option because they are individually wrapped and they come in both cheese and peanut butter filled cracker options! FYI – the cheese filled are very popular. You may have to ask, like I did, for the cheese filled and have an employee get it from the back!

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #2

I don’t know if you’re like me, but one thing that drives me absolutely crazy is when I see my kids wipe their hands on their clothes. I don’t have time to sit and scrub stains out of clothes that are purposely put there. So I take a few minutes a week to package up my RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers in easy and convenient little snack size grab bags. Each bag has the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers and a wet napkin. I prefer the wet napkins overly regular napkins because while my kids are not allergic to peanut butter, I know others are and I want to try and make sure they thoroughly clean their hands after eating something with peanut butter, especially when they will be coming into contact with other kids at their sports. Plus, lets face it, the wet napkins clean their hands a whole lot better than a regular napkin! I store these little grab bags in a little bin in the pantry.

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #3

Pack your bag (with snacks) the day before. This past weekend my daughter had a basketball tournament. I had our bag packed the day before. It stresses me out, beyond belief, to forget something. I can’t tell you how many times, before we started packing the night before, that something was forgotten at home. Not anymore! Some things I always make sure I have with me are:

  • Snacks (like the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers)
  • Extra wet wipes
  • Headache medication (usually for me!)
  • First Aid kit

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #4

Of course, there are those times when you completely forget to follow tips 1-3. When that happens, you will be very happy that you followed tip #4! The last thing I ever want to deal with is a hangry child. Especially my daughter. She gets evil, like me, when she’s hangry. For that very reason, I keep RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers in the middle console in my car. These little packages of deliciousness helps keep the hangry away when we are on the run and stopping for dinner is not an option at that time! Trust me…if you follow ANY of these hectic lifestyle tips, you will want to do this one!

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #5

If you are like me, you rely heavily on your phone calendar. However, with that being said, while I like being able to pull up my calendar at a moments notice, I am also pretty old school and keep a handwritten calendar on the fridge with the weeks schedule. I like it on the fridge because it’s right in front of my face every time I pass through the kitchen. Like my phone calendar, each person has their own color and when I write something on the calendar, I make sure to highlight it in that person’s color. Trust me…the highlighting is key! I prefer this this calendarhectic lifestyle tips.

So what do you think? Would these hectic lifestyle tips help you? What would you add to the list?

Leave a comment below with your tip and be sure to head out and pick up the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers that are now available at your local Kroger store! There’s no need to be rushing around this busy holiday season with hangry kids! And who are we kidding, moms like the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers too! You know you do!

Best Gift Ever – Kindle Unlimited

If there is one thing I look forward to each and every single day (besides a hot shower) it’s the time I set aside to read. I still remember the day my mom took me to the public library and I got my very own library card. Going to the library and checking out books was my absolute favorite thing to do. Even now, as an adult, I love just sitting in a library. I often wish I would have gone to school to be a librarian. Working at the library and helping people find what they are looking for sounds like the perfect job for me. It really does! While I still love going to the library, I do prefer to read on my Kindle Paperwhitebest gift. My husband bought me one for my birthday last year and I have used it every single day since! The best thing I ever did was get a membership to Kindle Unlimited! It really is the best gift ever!

About Amazon Kindle Unlimited

The program offers:

  • Unlimited reading from over 1 million ebooks
  • Unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks
  • Read on any device

For me, deciding to get a membership to Kindle Unlimited has really allowed me to branch out and read different genres and different authors. Right now I am starting my 68th book for the year. 68! I don’t know that I would have read that many if it weren’t for Kindle Unlimited or my Kindle Paperwhite.

You get all of this for just $9.99 per month!! Just fill up your Kindle Paperwhitebest gift and pop it in your purse. So while you are waiting in the pick up line at school, at your child’s sports practice…basically anywhere, you can be reading without having to worry about needing light or carrying a heavy book around. My favorite is to sit in my car during my daughters basketball practice and enjoy whatever I’m currently reading while also enjoying the heated seats!

Amazon Kindle for Kids Bundle

It wouldn’t be Amazon if they didn’t have an amazing Kindle bundle for kids! My son is in middle school and they have to carry a book with them every single day for silent reading during homeroom. Kids have to carry enough heavy stuff around as it is, so lighten the load a bit and Shop Amazon Devices – All-New Kindle for Kids Bundlebest gift. The kids bundle includes:

  • The latest Kindle without sponsored screensavers
  • Free cover (you choose the color)
  • 2 year worry free guarantee (if they break it, Amazon replaces it for free…no questions asked!)

Unlike tablets, the Kindle for kids offers ZERO distractions. They just read! You can set reading goals and track their progress with Kindle FreeTime. Also, and this part is important, this Kindle does not come with a backlight. So bedtime is still bedtime. Note: Kindle Paperwhite has a backlight.

So while you are thinking about trying to find the best gift ever for those on your holiday gift giving list, consider giving a gift that keeps on giving day after day! Here is the one I got. He even bought me a beautiful Coach purse too. I was so spoiled last year!

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See…now you really want a Kindle Paperwhite and the awesome Kindle Unlimited membership, don’t you? Be sure to sign up for the FREE 30 day trial below to see if you like it as much as I do!

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Tips for Preventing and Healing Cold Sores

Have you ever had a cold sore? I haven’t, but several people in my family do get cold sores from time to time. At one time I was told that cold sores are hereditary, but that’s not true at all! Some people get them, while others don’t. I still don’t really know why I’ve been so lucky to never have one (knock on wood), but I’m not complaining! They look painful and definitely something I don’t want to have. However, if you are one of the millions upon millions of people that do suffer from occasional cold sores, I’ve put together some tips for preventing cold sores as well as what you can do to heal them!

What are Cold Sores?

A cold sore is an inflamed blister in or near the mouth, caused by the herpes simplex virus. Now, as I mentioned, I’ve never experienced a cold sore, but I have experienced blisters, either caused by shoes rubbing against my heels or burning myself taking things out of the oven. I know how badly those bother me. I can’t even imagine having that in or near my mouth. Symptoms of cold sores range from a burning or tingling sensation around the mouth; they can cause redness and swelling; and, often times, the blister will pop and a liquid will ooze out, causing the area to scab over.

What Causes Cold Sores?

Like many things, cold sores can be caused by a number of different factors. One of those factors, and the one I’ve heard about most often, is stress. Basically, when we become overly stressed out, our immune system weakens and it allows the cold sore to attack. Cold sores are highly contagious. If you don’t get a cold sore from a bout of stress, you could also get one from kissing an infected person or sharing lip balm, straws or eating utensils with an infected person.

Tips for Preventing Cold Sores

  1. Protect those lips – use a lip balm that has an SPF 21. Not only will this help protect your lips from damaging sun rays, but also infections that attack chapped lips.
  2. Keep stress low – since stress is a well-known cause of cold sores, finding ways to reduce your daily stress is important. You can do things like meditating, exercising, reading a book, etc. to reduce your stress level.
  3. Avoid touching lips – be sure to avoid kissing, sharing drinks and kitchen utensils and lip balms with someone who has a cold sore.

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Healing a Cold Sore

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If you suffer from cold sores, have you ever used Lip Clear Lysine+?