Thursday, August 15, 2019

Back To School With TVStore Online

It's that time of year again. Back To School. It's always bittersweet, and it always seems to usher in the "end of year rush", in which we get slammed with a million activities and holidays. But right now, I am trying to ignore all that and just focus on all the Back To School madness.

One of the most important parts of Back To School is new clothes. Supplies are important, too, of course, but those are mostly just following a list, the same as every other student in the school. The clothes are how my kids can really express themselves.

For my daughter, it is more difficult, because she has to wear uniforms. Thankfully, shoes and hoodies can be mostly whatever she wants. So we are sure to do something special for those. Like this adorable Soft Kitty Hoodie from TVStore Online.

It is so cute! It has ears, and a tail, and even detachable "paw" mittens. This style only comes in adult sizes, so it's a little big on her. But that's okay. She can grow into it and use it for longer. She loves cats and everything cat themed, so she is over the moon.

And of course, I couldn't leave my son out. He doesn't have to wear uniforms. He is much less of a "diva" when it comes to style. He doesn't care much at all. I often choose for him. I chose this super cool "Married With Children" Al Bundy Polk High Jersey.

I love "old school" pop culture. You rarely see "Married With Children" merchandise, so I flipped when I saw this. My son likes it and next school year, when he gets new clothes, I'm gonna steal this, because I love it.

TVStore Online has so many other amazing Pop Culture designs, too. It is like the holy grail for a nerd like me. We will definitely be getting more items from them soon. If you have not checked them out, be sure to do so.

And, because they are so epic, they have been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive any (in-stock) hoodie or T-shirt of their choice from TVStore Online. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

*Although I received these at no cost, to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

6 Tips For Your New Home Search

Are you searching for a new home? If so, I have six tips for your new home search! I used these during my home search and they definitely helped me out significantly. Let’s jump right in. Here are the tips that you will want to know before buying a home:

Know Your Price Range

First and foremost, know your price range. If you do not know your price range, then you should not be house hunting and you cannot purchase a home, so it really is just wasting everyone’s time. That’s why before you start house hunting, you absolutely need to get pre-approved so that you can learn your budget and price range. When you decide that it is time to house hunt after becoming pre-approved, let your real estate agent know your price range and make sure to only look at homes under that price range. You definitely do not want to fall in love with something you cannot have! In addition, please make sure that you know what you can truly afford. If you get approved for $550,000, that does not mean that you should buy a home at the top of your budget. Maybe search for homes within the $400-450,000 range instead so that you have enough money for home improvements and fixes as they come up. You definitely do not want to end up becoming “house broke.”

Pay Attention To The Things You Cannot Easily Change

Things such as paint colors, countertop styles, and current decor in the home definitely show off the house in a great or bad way, but try to look past all of it and instead, focus on the things that you cannot easily change such as the layout of the home, or the location. You obviously cannot change where the house is located, so make sure it is convenient to your daily activities. Also, consider the community of the neighborhood that you are looking in. Are you looking for an active community? If so, make sure the neighborhood has it for you because that is something that you cannot change (most likely).


Consider The Size

When it comes to the size of the home, consider your lifestyle and needs right now, but do not forget to think about your future needs, as well. Are you planning to have children of your own? Are you about to become empty nesters? Is it just you and your dog or cat? All of these things come into play and you want to make sure you are buying a home that will not only suit your needs and wants now, but in the future, as well.

Is It A Good Investment?

One thing that you need to consider is if your home will be a good investment, or not. You need to make sure you are looking for a home that will grow in value over time. Research the history of home values and businesses in the area - are the values rising and increasing? If so, those are great signs! Is your potential new neighborhood up and coming? Is there a college nearby? Was it popular back in the day, but now it is worn? These are all things that you should consider when purchasing a home.

Ask Questions

The time you have viewing a home (and before you close on a home) is the perfect time to ask all of the questions - and yes, I mean all of them. Asking a ton of questions while touring a home is a great way to make sure it really is your ideal home and the best fit for yourself and your family. Questions such as: how old is the roof? When were the appliances last updated? What is included in the sale (appliances, light fixtures, etc.), have there ever been any leaks? What about pest infestations? There are many questions that you can ask - and you should.

Find A Great Agent That Knows The Area

Last but not least, if you are a buyer or a home seller, you need to make sure you find a great agent that knows the area well. He or she will help steer you in the right direction when it comes to buying a home. Erin King Jax Historic Realty is your go-to real estate agent in the Jacksonville, Florida area. He specializes in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods and enjoys sharing his deep understanding of buying and selling historic homes with his clients. This Best of Zillow Realtor knows how to accurately price homes (especially in historic districts such as Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, Murray Hill and San Marco), pays close attention to detail, and responds quickly to clients. Erin has also put together a support team of contractors and other professionals who help transactions go smoothly.

“Erin, who was featured as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Jacksonville Real Producers Magazine, lives in a 1924 Avondale home that he restored with his partner, David. When he isn’t enjoying recreational sports, Erin can be seen strolling the streets of Avondale with his dog, Saedi, often chatting with past clients and neighbors seeking advice about their historic home renovations.”

When you have a great agent that knows the area, such as Erin E. King with Jax Historic Realty, you are able to take all of their knowledge and use it to your advantage when purchasing a home.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Nadine West - 2nd Shipment

My 2nd Nadine West Shipment has arrived! I was so excited to dive in and see the items I was matched up with this time. I think I like this one better than the first one. I got a dress, two pairs of pants and several shirts, plus jewelry, of course. Check it out.

These are all great, right? I love how well the olive pants go with the olive floral shirt. And the fabrics even "fit" too. Super cute.

And I didn't even show you my favorite item yet. These awesome jeggings. I mean, they are more like jeans with stretch and no zipper than jeggings, but I could not think of a better description. They fit so well. Super comfortable, but they totally look like real jeans. And, of course, they go with everything!

And last but not least, the jewelry. I got a bracelet and a necklace again this time. (I opted out of too many earrings, because on of my holes is closed.) And again, they are trendy and fun without being too gaudy or cheap looking.

So, obviously, this stiff is cute in flat lays, but what about on? Especially on a woman who is not thin. Well, I'm no prize, but I think they look pretty flattering. Here is on of the looks.

So, I am positively thrilled with my 2nd shipment, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for me next time. If you have not tried Nadine West yet, you really should. There is no styling fees and you only pay for the items you keep. Plus, they are very affordable at about $10-$30 per item.

*Although I received my shipment at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Florida Business Profile: Who is Irvin, Inc.?

Living in Florida, I absolutely love supporting local Florida businesses and I figured that a great way to do so would be highlighting specific businesses around the area. To start off this new segment, I want to introduce you to a company that has made a name for itself servicing the largest and most respected powerhouses in outdoor advertising. Let’s talk all about Irvin, Inc. today!

Who is Irvin, Inc.? Well, Irvin, Inc. (Irvin) has been a trusted leader in billboard supplies for more than two decades. Irvin was founded more than two decades ago and like I mentioned above, they made a name for themselves by servicing the largest and most respected powerhouses in outdoor advertising. Irvin is family-owned and operated and dedicated to the mission of offering quality solutions at fair prices, grounded in integrity and commitment. While Irvin, Inc. continues to grow each day with Denise Irvin Cannon as the president, they always stand by their original mission and promise to work with integrity in all that they do.

Over the years, Irvin has worked extremely hard paving the way for growth that would position Irvin as a top supplier within the outdoor advertising industry. “More recently, Irvin was instrumental in the market introduction of the best-selling billboard light in the United States. This unprecedented success paved the way for more lighting endeavors, as quality manufacturers sought partnerships to continue their ventures in expanded markets. Then, in 2017, Irvin partnered with Lightking to offer the industry’s most revolutionary high resolution digital billboards and displays. These new products are 50% lighter, with LEDs that outperform leading competitors on all major benchmarks.” Now, Irvin, Inc. collaborated with outdoor companies, sign shops, independent electrical contractors, and other related enterprises to take their businesses to the next level. Here are a few services that Irvin, Inc. has to offer:

LED & Solar Lighting

One service that Irvin, Inc. offers is LED and solar lighting options for you and your business. Irvin’s LED and solar lighting is not only green and sustainable, but your investment will pay for itself quickly with the money you will save on lighting. You can feel good using Irvin’s lighting products knowing that your carbon footprint will be low, and you will have very high-quality products. Whether you need lighting for a billboard, sign, sporting event, parking lot, or whatever other lighting needs your business has, Irvin has something to help make your business better and brighter.


“Digitals” refers to the awesome digital billboards and signs that you see these days. Using Irvin for your digitals has so many benefits - they offer digital billboards and signs that are significantly (50%!) lighter in weight, have less wind-load, have sharper and brighter lighting, reduce heat and are more eco-friendly, are easy to install, and look like the best digitals out there. These digitals are part of a series that they call their “Air Series,” and are the best and newest technology of digitals out there! If you are in search of a company to help up your digital billboard game, Irvin is the one for you.

Billboard Supplies

Billboard supplies is a cornerstone of Irvin’s business. They say, “Irvin is a full-service outdoor advertising supply house, proudly servicing billboard companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. We also work with a number of on-premise signage companies and electrical contractors. Through strategic alliances with manufacturing partners, we offer quality solutions and products to meet and often exceed the expectations of our clients.”

Irvin, Inc. offers the lightest, brightest, and sharpest LED billboards and displays on the market, but the best thing about their business is the fact that they truly care about their clients. When you work with Irvin, you are not just a number or another customer. They extend their family-owned and operated mindset to you, as well by treating you like family and giving you many perks such as 24/7 technical support that is personalized when you need it the most. Irvin, Inc. has two decades worth of experience when it comes to partnering with respected manufacturers to provide the most reliable, advanced, and innovative solutions on the market and they are proud to be the preferred supplier and one-stop shop for LED lighting, solar lighting, digitals, billboard supplies, and more.

There you have it - all about Irvin, Inc. I hope you loved this segment and love the continued segments to come in this series about Florida Businesses. Do you have a business that you would like for me to showcase on my blog? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Check Out The New Bose Alto & Rondo Frames At Best Buy

*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.*

You all know I love my sunglasses, but I have just discovered the greatest invention known to man. Okay, maybe not the greatest invention, but definitely the greatest fashion accessory. Best Buy has these new Bose Frames. They come in two styles, Alto and Rondo.

They are both very stylish, but the Rondo are totally more my style. They have a more round shape and a more retro, elegant, look. I would wear this style for fashion alone.

The Alto are cool, too. They are more angular than the Rondo. They give me a more casual vibe, which is great for an all occasion frame. I prefer rounded styles, but these are classic.

So, the styles alone are pretty cool, right? That is the least of the features, though. Of course, they block 99% of UVA/UVB rays. What makes them really special, however, is that they have speakers built into the frame. Not just any speakers, Bose speakers. Top of the line sound, that doesn't have to go in your ears.

Unlike existing open-ear products that use bone conduction, Bose Frames use a custom-designed speaker in conjunction with a series of patented acoustic chambers and ports to steer audio into the listener’s ears from the temples of the glasses.

The overall result is unbelievable audio clarity and spaciousness that seems almost impossible given the product’s size. What’s really mind-blowing is how full and rich the audio can sound for the wearer, but how little of that can be heard by anyone else, even if they’re standing next to the wearer.

Now I can listen to my music, without bothering others, while also still being approachable. With headphone you have that "not paying attention, don't bother me" aura, which is not really the impression you usually want to send.

Not only can you hear them, they can hear you. That is, they have an integrated microphone so you can make and take phone calls and access Siri and/or your Google Assistant with ease. Plus they are scratch and shatter resistant, built for life on the go. And, one app gives you complete control. I wish I could control the rest of my life that easily.

Best of all, they are super comfortable, made for all day wear, which is essential for something like sunglasses, that you will be wearing most of the day. While it seems like a given, I still think it's very impressive that Bose was able to achieve this level of comfort, considering the incredible performance.

All in all, these are the greatest sunglasses and the greatest smart speaker I have ever seen. How did we live before this? I am obsessed. And I am so glad that Best Buy has them, with their Guaranteed Lowest Price and their excellent service. Can you tell I love Best Buy, too? If you pick up either of these Bose Frames, drop me a selfie of you rocking them. Until next time, Rock on!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Six Quick Tips to Learn Swimming as an Adult

It can be a little embarrassing to learn how to swim when you’re already an adult. There’s no
need to feel this way, however. There are so many adults who never learned how to swim.

Whether you were scared of the water at a young age or simply didn’t have an opportunity to
learn, it is never too late! Even someone in their sixties can still learn how to swim from
scratch. All it takes is a little effort, time, and the right information.

In this article, we’ll take a look at six quick tips to learn swimming as an adult. These tips are
targeted directly at those who have little to no experience with swimming and are already in
their 20s or higher.

If you fit the above category or know someone else who does, take a look at our six tips

#1 – Start in Shallow Waters

The water can be quite intimidating to those who haven’t yet learned how to survive in it.
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to start in the deep end. In fact, we
strongly recommend that you stay far away from any level of water that is taller than you until
you’ve learned how to keep your head above the water. For more in-depth guidance about
learning to swim, check out

Starting in the shallow end of the pool gives you a chance to learn some basic strokes and
how to float. Floating is one of the easier steps to swimming and should be learned first,
when possible. At least if you’ve learned how to float face-up in the water, you will have the
means to survive if you find yourself in deeper water.

#2 – Use Goggles

Using goggles makes your experience in the water easier and more interesting. Some
swimming pools have lines drawn on the bottom of them to let you know if you’re swimming
in a straight line or not. On top of that, people who are still a bit frightened of being
underwater will find it easier to handle when they can see something.

Finally, goggles are useful because they keep the water out of your eyes. Getting water in
your eyes is one of the things that stops many people from continuing to swim. The logical
reaction is to get up and rub your eyes, which stops you from practicing further. Use some
goggles and practice staying underwater for as long as you can. (Please remain in shallow
water when doing this)

#3 – Swim at Least Three or Four Times Each Week

Practice makes perfect! You can’t just pop into the swimming pool once a week and expect
to learn how to swim after a few goes at it. It takes many hours of practice for even the best
of us to learn the basics of swimming.

To ensure that your lessons go into your brain and you start to develop instinctive swimming
patterns, you should aim to swim at least three or four times a week. Try to remain in the
water for at least one hour for each of these visits. It may seem like a lot of time, but this will
allow you to master the basics of swimming much faster!

#4 – Master Freestyle

Freestyle looks easy when you watch the experienced swimmer. However, it isn’t as simple
as it may look. You need to account for all of the following factors when you master it:
· Arm movement
· Wrist, elbow, and arm positions
· Leg flutter kick
· Turning your body
· Breathing out as you face downward
· Breathing in as you face up
Without mastering each individual form of movement, your body won’t be able to keep up.

Obviously, you can’t continually process each of these things consciously as you go. You
need to practice them one-by-one for long enough to commit them to automatic memory.
Once you have, you’ll find it extremely easy to swim using freestyle.

#5 – Try Using Fins

When you first start practicing freestyle, you may notice that you aren’t moving much if at all!
Using fins while practicing is a great way to get some forward momentum as you learn.

Once you’ve mastered all the freestyle movements and positions, you can try utilizing them
without the fins until you’re confident that you have enough natural power to do so.

#6 – Take Swimming Lessons

At the end of the day, the easiest way to learn something is to ask someone who has already
mastered it for help! Swimming instructors are taught how to teach swimming to
inexperienced people. In fact, you might be surprised by how many adult-focused swimming
classes there are out there.

Make sure that you find a swimming instructor that has professional training, such as Red
Cross instructor training. Once you’ve found somewhere that offers instructors with that level
of skill, they will enroll you into an adult class with similar experience to yours. This truly is
the best and fastest way to learn how to swim!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Summer Style Special - Velvet Eyewear

Hello, lovelies. It's summer! We all know what that means. Sunnies! As much as I hate summer, I love summer fashions, and especially getting to rock gorgeous new sunglasses. If you know me at all, you know I have an obsession with sunglasses. I especially love the ones from Velvet. I have so many pairs, but I can't get enough.

They are always coming out with fabulous new styles, so I can keep my addiction fed, and always be on trend. They just dropped some new summer Style Boxes. They are all stunning. I had the toughest time even choosing one.

I ended up getting the Glam Collection. I chose this one mostly because I love oversized sunnies and this had a great variety. the Gina in Dark Tortoise are so bold while still being very glamorous. I love the round shape and lighter color palette of the Candice style. The timeless elegance of the black Chelsea cateye makes it the perfect staple pair. The "little black dress" of sunglasses.

The styles are all so different, but all completely glamorous. While the style aspect is very important, it would mean nothing without the quality and performance to back it up. But, being Velvet, that is absolutely nothing to worry about. The quality is outstanding! They are very well made, especially for being so affordable. They are every bit as good as the designer sunnies I own.

They are also very comfortable and the tint is perfect. They are not too dark and they still block all the death rays we get here in Florida. Plus, they each come with the darling pink cleaning bag, all in a super pretty gift/storage box.

If you are a sunnies junkie like me, or you just need affordable (but not cheap), high quality sunglasses, Velvet is absolutely the right choice. I'm already planning my next styles. Until then, stay gorgeous.

*Although I received these at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*