Monday, July 18, 2016

Stay Cool, Comfortable and Refreshed in the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair {Review}

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Although I like to think of myself as pretty easygoing, I have to admit that I'm a bit of a weather snob. Here in the Midwest it's too cold for my liking for the majority of the year, and then BAM. Summer. Why can't it just be pleasant, a little sunny, a nice breeze, maybe a cool drink in hand?

Instead, I find myself sitting outside in the scorching heat day after day for all sorts of reasons. Sporting events, visits to the park, parades, BBQs... even if I happen to find shade, it's not like I can set up an air conditioner or a box fan to help keep me cool, right? Not exactly.

Instead, I now bring along something that combines the benefits of a fan with the convenience of lawn chair. I bring the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair!

Traveling Breeze chair

The only sports/camping chair of its kind to take things a step beyond comfort and portability, Traveling Breeze's patented technology integrates efficient fans right into their pop-up chair.

Fans in the chair, you ask? Yes, there are fans right there in the back of the chair to deliver a quiet, powerful airflow up along your back and neck. Simply flip a switch and this handy system keeps your head, back, neck and shoulders cool all while you kick back and relax anytime, anywhere!

Skeptical? I was, too. So when a tall, slim package from Traveling Breeze arrived, it was time to see the Fan-Cooled Chair for myself.

Traveling Breeze portable chair

Right out of the box this unique chair is safely stored in its carrying bag and nearly ready for use.

Simply slide it out of the bag and pop it right open...

Traveling Breeze review

...and the sturdy frame and strong nylon fabric is ready for your relaxation (complete with convenient cup holder).

However, one peek under the left armrest reveals the power source and operating switch. Just install batteries (important note: not all versions of the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chairs use disposable batteries - one comes with a rechargeable battery and charger, so no need to worry about replacements!) and pop the compartment back into place.

fan sports chair

Once you flip that switch, the Traveling Breeze Chair provides hour after hour of refreshing cooling thanks to the two strong fans on the lower back.

fan cooled sports chair

Remember my initial skepticism? It was immediately erased when I sat in this chair and felt the cool air coming through the soft mesh on my neck and neck! Forget standing up 10 minutes later and feeling sweaty while peeling my shirt from my back, instead I happily stayed cool and refreshed from the moment I sat down to the time I stood up.

In fact, every time my family has brought the Traveling Breeze Chair with us this summer the only problem we have had is forcing everyone to take turns beating the heat with it!

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My girls loving the ability to cool off in the Traveling Breeze Chair at a recent swim meet!
Wondering about how long the disposable batteries might last and the continued cost of replacing them? That concern of mine was also dismissed once I put my Traveling Breeze Eco-Adapter to use!

This handy little cord connects right to the power source on the chair but then, by using the USB port on the other end, is able to run the Fan-Cooled Chair directly from the power of a portable cell phone charger. I simply make sure my portable charger is full before we leave the house and then it is ready to run the fans on my chair all day. Genius!

Traveling Breeze Eco-Adapter

Whether you're heading to a neighbor's cookout, spending hours on the sidelines of a soccer tournament, enjoying an afternoon tailgating with your buddies or packing up for a weekend of camping and fishing at the lake, the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair is uniquely perfect for the occasion.

It folds compactly, sets up immediately and keeps you cool without any effort or work. Why sit outside without it?


Available only from Ace Hardware for $49.99, this Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair is only one of Traveling Breeze's innovative cooling products available. They also have fantastic options for the beach, the stadium, and more! A different version of the Fan-Cooled Chair (with a rechargeable 12-V battery) can be purchased directly from TravelingBreeze.com, on Amazon or from a variety of other retail partners for $69.95.

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or simply find yourself spending time outside in the heat, this is one company that knows how to provide cooling comfort with ease. Once you've sat in the Fan-Cooled Chair, you won't ever want to go back!

Find out much more about this and all of Traveling Breeze's cooling options by visiting their website and connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Other than the Fan-Cooled Chair that I was provided by Traveling Breeze in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this product.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Rock Out This Summer with KIDZ BOP 32 {Available Today!}

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While I have long heard the phrase "anthem of the summer" in reference to one particular song that spreads in popularity from coast to coast, in order for it to be accurate in our house it would need to be altered to anthems.

Because it just isn't possible to select a single favorite tune when there are 15 fantastic choices to listen to (nonstop) with today's release of KIDZ BOP 32!

Kidz Bop 32

KIDZ BOP music is known for being a compilation of "today's biggest hits sung by kids for kids" and has been delivering safe and entertaining music for kids for 15 years — that's a whole lot of awesome, age-appropriate music for families everywhere!

By taking the popular songs of the year, removing the suggestive lyrics and having them performed by kids (the current members are Grant, Ashlynn, Matt and Sela), it's no wonder that parents as well as children can appreciate these CDs — and is also why millions and millions of them have been sold to date!

Kidz Bop kids

With today's release of the 32nd KIDZ BOP album, the group has yet again taken this season's hottest songs and made them kid-friendly and fun. My girls have been playing the entire CD over and over (and over) and they and their friends have been absolutely loving the ability to dance and sing along to these popular hits!
  • Cake By The Ocean
  • No
  • My House
  • Love Yourself
  • Don't Let Me Down
  • Work
  • Never Forget You
  • Out Of The Woods
  • Hide Away
  • One Call Away
  • Just Like Fire
  • Stressed Out
  • 7 Years
  • One Dance
  • Life Of The Party (Bonus Track)
As if the music of KIDZ BOP itself wasn't enough, I love that they have recently teamed up with Hostess with the Mostess to put together a huge post on how to create your own KIDZ BOP bash this summer.

Filled with great ideas, activities, and free printables, you've got to head over now to see How to Throw the Ultimate POP STAR Party for yourself so that you can get started planning your own!

pop star party ideas

I have always loved that KIDZ BOP is the perfect way to have the whole family singing, dancing and enjoying just how toe-tappingly fun popular songs can be when they are kid-friendly, and KIDZ BOP 32 is no exception! Say goodbye to questionable lyrics and hello to enjoying familiar tunes that are appropriate for all ages!

Whether you're having a rockin' party or just want something that the whole family can enjoy in the car, KIDZ BOP 32 and the entire line of KIDZ BOP CDs are sure to be a hit. More details and purchase information can be found in the KIDZ BOP Shop (this CD retails for $13.98) as well as on Amazon (for $11.88).

You can also connect with KIDZ BOP at KidzBop.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter so that you don't miss the latest and greatest, new releases, the current tour, upcoming events, and more.

Other than the copy of KIDZ BOP 32 that I received in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this product.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Cravings with Meta Appetite Control {#MetaAppetiteControl}

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This post was sponsored by Meta Appetite Control as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

There is no doubt that summer is in full swing around here, as everything from the nonstop heat (alternating with rain) to the flip flops to the endless pile of swimsuits and towels waiting to be washed are making the days fly by at a rapid rate. How is it mid-July already?

But here's the thing. My kids grab snacks throughout the day to keep them fueled up for their next activity, and I always seem to find myself joining in simply because... well, why not? The problem, however, is that Big Sister E and Little Sister B truly are burning all those calories while I, on the other hand, am sitting. Sitting in the car, sitting in the bleachers, sitting chatting with the other parents, sitting on the pool deck — you get the point.

Therefore, keeping a handle on my hunger cravings is extremely important in an effort to stay on track with my healthy eating and weight loss goals. If I'm not hungry, I'm much less likely to give in to the temptations that surround me morning, noon and night!

Which is why there was no hesitation last month when I said yes to trying out Meta Appetite Control!

Meta appetite control

As I mentioned, Meta Appetite Control is clinically proven to help users feel less hungry between meals (reducing appetite for up to four hours), and is the #1 doctor recommended fiber brand that contains 100% natural psyllium fiber. With every serving, that psyllium fiber in the powder thickens to form a gel, which aids in the sensation of fullness.

The result is that users like myself can make it through their busy schedule without constantly feeling hungry (or, in my case, hangry) at all points throughout the day. It really is just that easy!

Meta appetite control orange

Including Meta Appetite Control as a part of my everyday routine hasn't been a difficult adjustment in the slightest, as I find myself reaching for it most often after lunch to help ward off the constant afternoon cravings.

Instead of joining my kids in their snacking, a glass of Meta Appetite Control gives me a small boost of energy and a slight full feeling. Plus, as all that is required is to place two rounded teaspoons into an empty glass and mix briskly with eight or more ounces of water, I can simply bring my zesty orange drink right along with me if we're heading out!

Meta Appetite Control on the go

Although I still have more work to do in terms of my overall wellness, I'm happy knowing that Meta Appetite Control has at least helped improve my eating habits. One day at a time is the way to success!

Want to give Meta Appetite Control a try with me? It is available now at your local Walgreens, where you can save $5 on it by filling out the form below (Influence Central will select and handle all product and coupon fulfillment). Who doesn't love to save a few bucks on a great product?


Find out more about Meta Appetite Control (which is available in Sugar-Free Orange Zest, Sugar-Free Pink Lemonade Quench and Unflavored Smoothie Enhancer) and all of the other innovative Meta products by heading over to MetaWellness.com. Be sure to also connect with all things Walgreens at Walgreens.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer Fun with Kemps Craveable Ice Cream Flavors {Giveaway - 5 winners!}

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This post is sponsored by Kemps, but my love for their ice cream is all my own!

While spring was coming to an end and the hot days of summer began to roll in, this year I focused on staying realistic about what the season would entail.

Although I'd like to say that I pictured leisurely, relaxing days — the kids are out of school, so we'll have plenty of time to enjoy the park or go on a picnic or just kick back and play in the yard, right? — I also knew that the various camps, sports, lessons, classes and events that my girls were signed up for would greatly impede on that daydream.

Therefore, I wanted to be sure to carve out plenty of those carefree moments, for myself as well as for my family. After all, when we all look back, the most memorable days are going to be the ones spent together laughing and having fun, right?

Plus, this summer I found my inspiration in a unique location. Instead of spending time planning, organizing and preparing, I simply opened up my freezer and had the answer: Kemps ice cream.

Kemps Ice Cream

There’s nothing more special than spending quality time together in the summer, whether just the family or with a few friends. So why not make it even sweeter by adding in one or more of Kemps' craveable ice cream flavors?

Think it might be difficult to find one that the whole family will enjoy? Not when Kemps has 40 delicious flavors to choose from that are smooth and creamy and loaded with delicious add-ins!

Chocolate lovers will find bliss in delicious flavors like Moose Tracks Double Fudge, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and Old Fashioned Toasted Almond Fudge. Candy lovers will adore unique offerings like Pearson’s Mint Patties, Nut Goodie and Salted Nut Roll. And around the holidays we can all celebrate with our families with tasty bowls of Pumpkin Pie, Candy Cane and Holiday Vanilla!

Kemps #ItsTheCows

We opted to try two new-to-us flavors recently and there is no doubt that the Caramel Cow Tracks and the Double Caramel Cookie Crunch have been a huge hit.

Whether we are hanging out after a long, hot day or are enjoying the company of amazing friends, there is just no comparison to the old-fashioned goodness of Kemps ice cream. The only negative is when you look down at your empty dish or realize in dismay that your cone is quickly disappearing!

Kemps dessert

Ready to kick back with your own scoop of Kemps deliciousness? In celebration of July being National Ice Cream Month, FIVE lucky winners will receive $5 coupons for Kemps ice cream so that they too can kick back and have a summer filled with creamy goodness!

Entry is easy! Simply visit Kemps here and then leave a comment below telling me which of their incredible flavor(s) you would like to try first. This giveaway ends on July 20, 2016 at 11:59pm CST!

Kemps Ice Cream giveaway