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Tips for Teaching your Family Safe Online Behavior

This is a sponsored post in partnership with KidGuard. Any opinions or thoughts are that of MommyBKnowsBest.

Navigating the web as an adult can be tricky, whether you’re faced with security problems, or just overwhelmed by the harsh comments on social media, it always seems like there’s something you have to look out for.

 

 

In an age like today it’s almost impossible to not be online especially for younger generations. For parents, if your child is on a social media platform or website that you’ve never seen that’s a big problem.

Remember when your child was little, you wanted to know a couple of things right?
It was important to:
  • Know where your children were
  • Know what they were doing

The same rules follow suit online.

Yes, your children are older, more responsible, however it’s still important to:

  • Know what sites and platforms they are on
  • Know how they are using social media and the internet

And how do you do this if you’re not online with them?

We have to educate ourselves every step of the way with parenting. Right? Here are some things you’ve probably done as a parent that you can apply to parenting children who are online.

We ask our parents and friends for advice

You may not ask your parents unless they’re super tech savvy but talk to friends, specifically friends who you know have navigated parenting children who are online and done it well.

We read books and articles

There are so many great resources out there. I highly recommend KidGuard, they have recently published a how-to guide to educate parents on the importance of developing their children’s digital citizenship and safe online behavior filled with amazing tips for motoring cell phone use, GPS tracking, facts about Cyber Bullying that you may not have heard, and it’s a free resource. Check it out here: KidGuard Parents’ Survival Guide to Online Safety.

We buy products that help us parent

Whether you look into downloading software or add apps, choose tools that will give you the end result you are looking for, whether it’s security, limited screen time, privacy, or all of the above. Some are available for free, or trial periods, but I have found that the programs that are paid are often well worth the money spent. Consider it an investment into the well being of your family.
So what’s your first step? There’s no “right” way or formula for teaching your family online safety, rather the important step is to start. Pick one of the three ways above and get started, once you realize how helpful resources like KidGuard {kidguard.com} can be a whole new world will open up to you and you’ll be a step closer to parenting at your best in a tech-savvy world.

caseable Phone Cases { Guest Review }

I constantly find myself changing my phone due to the nature of the case. I switch between the case with the best phone protection to the case that looks great.

Are you a cell phone case flip-flopper too?

Those who know me know I am not one for bulky cases. I often opt for slimmer cases because even though bulky cases are great for protection, they are thick and heavy which I find to be an inconvenience. {Not to mention they hurt my hands.}

Despite the reasons I don’t like thick cases, I still find myself not fully content with slimmer cases. While the look of the case is important, there is one common problem with slim cases: protection. If you drop your phone, you want it to be safe from shattering. I’ve dropped my phone because often times slim cases are very slick, to the point where a “death grip” is needed in order to prevent yourself from dropping it. It has been difficult finding a case that meets all the criteria, since one set of pros and cons are often sacrificed for another.

caseable cases have proven me wrong in thinking a case with all these characteristics does not exist.

 

The look of their cases are unique and will appeal to anyone who is looking to buy one. Because of the vast selection, it took me quite a while to narrow my picks down to just two. I found many that I liked and want to buy. Unfortunately, the website did not have a search bar which made it hard to find a specific kind of case. {Hopefully they will add a search option to make shopping on their site easier.}

Protection in slim cases normally fails to protect the entire phone. caseable cases have a unique texture, unlike any cases I have used. They are soft, but provide just enough traction to have a good grip on your phone without being worried it will slip out of your hand.

Usually the case will cover the left and right sides of the phone, but fall short on the top and bottom of the phone. This case covers more of the bottom and top by curving around it, providing additional protection if dropped. The case doesn’t cover the entire top and bottom of the phone, which some people might not like. I personally think it is better that it doesn’t because it’s easier to remove the case.

Another thing, {that my friend brought to my attention} is that the difference in weight of the phone with and without the case is not noticeable. When I pick up my phone I don’t notice right away, but feel comforted when I realize the case is on my phone.

 

 

By buying a caseable case not only are you protecting your phone, but the environment as well. These cases are made out of recycled water bottles, which is a plus in the purchase of one of these cases. While the price is a bit on the higher end, I think the price suits what the case provides. A five-dollar case on Amazon would not come close to the needs I have in a case for my phone as a college student and soon-to-be-teacher.

I would recommend a caseable case if you are looking for a case that will both look great, and give you the protection you are looking for.

caseable is giving MommyB Knows Best readers a discount good for $7 off any purchase when you enter the code  Summer7 at checkout. Head to their website www.caseable.com see their full line of phone cases for iPhones, Samsung, and more .

We received product samples from caseable in order to experience the product and provide you with honest thoughts.

 

Hayley is finishing up her sophomore year in college studying to be an elementary school teacher. In her free time Hayley enjoys photography, singing, watching Netflix, spending time with friends, and writing on her personal blog. Find more of Hayley’s work at halestakescollege.blogspot.com

Daddies and Daughters

Growing up not having a father figure in my life I always wondered what it would be like to have a dad. I’m blessed to now have a relationship with my dad, but definitely missed out on all the fun things dads do with their little girls. Maybe that’s why I’ve been blessed with two beautiful little girls and a husband who adores them.

I love watching DaddyB with the girls, seeing how they talk and play and how he makes them feel special. In our house the girls have Daddy-Daughter adventures where they get to spend the day with DaddyB doing some fun things mixed in with errands, it’s quality time that they treasure.

Another annual event that all three of my favorite people love is the Daddy Daughter dance that our school hosts. I love seeing DaddyB and the girls dress up and enjoy hearing all about their night. Last week they were able to participate in this years’ dance.

{Aren’t they awesome!!!}

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They had a great time getting ready. US Angels sent the girls dresses and both of them felt like princesses. The quality of the dresses are outstanding. You can see the details in the stitching and feel it in the material.

 

As Lil’ C twirled around the room, {feeling like a princess}, she made sure to let us know her skirt had 6 layers.

 

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And Miss A, looked grown up in the best way possible. I couldn’t believe how beautiful she is and how she’s turning into a young lady.

 

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If you’re looking for a dress for a special occasion, like formal dances, holiday pictures, fancy parties, weddings, or confirmations, I would highly recommend checking out US Angels, they have great selections for little ones all the way through teenagers. usangels.com


 

At the event DaddyB and a photographer took lots of pictures and I can’t wait to see them all once they’re posted. The best thing is how the girls won’t need pictures to remember these special moments with their daddy.

 

For those of you who have lost your fathers in one way or another, take heart. I pray that you will find someone who will fill that role for you, be able to witness it in your own home as you make your own family, or be able to help others who might be missing out.

 

I received free product from US Angels, my thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fury 325 – World’s Tallest Gigacoaster Coming to Carowinds

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Carowinds Amusement Park (Charlotte, NC) announced that they’ll be building a massive new roller coaster for 2015. Dubbed Fury 325, the ride will be the tallest gigacoaster (roller coasters between 300 and 399 feet tall) and the 5th tallest roller coaster overall. The ride’s theme has a local tie-in with a hornet logo and colors similar to the Charlotte Hornets NBA team colors. The exciting path is said to resemble the daring swoops and dives of a hornet.

Here’s a teaser video for the new ride:

How Big is Fury 325?

Fury 325’s insane height is right there in the name. It will be 325 feet tall. That’s more than 30 stories and nearly 100 feet taller than Carowinds’ Intimidator. Intimidator is already a notable landmark that’s visible from a few miles around. According to the Carowinds, Fury 325 will be so tall that it will be visible from Uptown Charlotte.

Fury 325 will surely draw some long lines, but it should be worth the wait thanks to a lengthy, 3 minute and 25 second ride. It’ll boast 6,602 feet (more than a mile) of teal and yellow track that’ll carry riders from South Carolina into North Carolina, passing above and then below the entrance, and then back to the Palmetto state.

What Can Riders Expect on Fury 325?

Fury 325 Coming to Carowinds - World's Tallest Gigacoaster - CharlotteRiders can expect highs, lows, and lots of speed. For the vast majority of guests, Fury 325 will be the tallest roller coaster they’ve ever encountered. There are only three rides in the U.S. that are taller. And, Fury 325 will have the distinction of the tallest traditional lift hill anywhere. So expect an impressively long climb to the ride’s lofty high peak.

The 81-degree first drop will be nearly straight down and will produce quite an intense free fall feeling. Then, Fury 325 will deliver blistering speed. At the bottom of that first drop, the trains will rocket to 95 mph. Throughout the ride’s course you’ll be treated to exciting climbs and dives. The highlight of the ride looks to be the underground dive beneath a plaza bridge near the park’s entrance.

Thanks the ride’s design the speed, twists, and turns, should be glass smooth. The designers of the new ride also designed the popular and easily ride-able Intimidator. If you enjoy that ride, then you should like Fury 325. Expect more speed and swooping turns instead of the straight-forward ups and downs found on Intimidator.

Carowinds’ New Park Gate & Entrance Plaza

Entering the park next year, will be an entirely new experience. A new parking gate is already under construction. Also in the works is a more open plaza at the front gates where guests will be greeted by Fury 325 passing above and then below the new entrance. The ride will pass over guests six times encouraging gasps from onlookers.
Fury 325 - New Carowinds Entrance - Underground Dive
The station for Fury 325 will be in the Thrill Zone section near Hurler. Guests will need to be 54 inches or taller in order to ride. The ride is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015.

Learn more at Carowinds.com/Swarm. Or hop in the front seat and take a virtual ride here.

What do you think of Fury 325?

We’re excited that this huge new ride is going to be built in our backyard. What do you think? Are you planning on visiting Carowinds next year so that you can ride it? Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below.

 

As a member of media I received admission to this media event for information regarding Carowind’s newest park features. 

10 Surefire Ways to Get Me To Smile

I don’t know about you, but I’m a naturally smiley person. I proudly wear my “smile wrinkles” as a badge that I have lots to smile about. Though I’m smiling more than half the time, here are 10 Sure Fire Ways to Get Me to Smile {perhaps some of these work for you too}.

  1. Sweet letters from my husband
  2. Hugs from my kids
  3. Hanging out with fun friends
  4. Having deep conversations with family. The ones where I learn more about them or find a connection that we have never had are the best.
  5. Almost any Adam Sandler movie
  6. Thinking about all the exciting adventures we will have in our new home
  7. A delicious icy coffee drink
  8. Thinking about how blessed I am and being able to bless others through giving back
  9. Organizing almost anything {especially closets and drawers}
  10. Knowing my teeth look great and my breath is fresh

Now that my removable dental appliances are correcting my smile my teeth look and feel great but cleaning them isn’t always easy.

I was so excited to hear about Fresh Guard™ products because I’ve been struggling with keeping my removable dental appliances smelling fresh and feeling clean.

NEW Fresh Guard By Efferdent Removable Dental Appliance Cleaner MommyB

Fresh Guard is specially formulated for retainers, mouthguards and removable braces. It delivers a Complete Clean – 1) prevents the build-up of mouth film for a clean feel, 2) removes odor-causing bacteria for a fresh and clean smell, and 3) reduces yellowing and helps remove stains for a clean look.

I was able to try out both Fresh Guard™ products; Fresh Guard™ by Efferdent Soak, and Fresh Guard™​ by Efferdent Wipes.

I have to say I really like both products.

I used the Fresh Guard™​ by Efferdent Wipes when I was on-the-go with my girls and it saved me from having to put my removeable dental appliance in with dirty teeth. I loved the minty taste and the discrete size of the wipe package.

The Fresh Guard™ by Efferdent Soak is GREAT for times when my removable dental appliance needs a deep cleaning. I love that the soak changes color to signify they are clean (after about 5 minutes of soaking). The soak does have a slight chemical smell, but really does the trick of cleaning otherwise filmy and smelly removable dental appliances.

Check out this video to see why Fresh Guard by Efferdent Soak is great for removable dental appliances.

Make sure you get your savings HERE.

Fresh Guard™ is specially formulated to clean mouth guards, retainers, and clear braces. Fresh Guard™ Soak kills 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria in just 5 minutes while Fresh Guard™  Wipes offer a convenient on-the-go cleaning solution with no water needed. Visit Fresh Guard™ for more information, store locator and coupons!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fresh Guard™. I received promotional items and Fresh Guard™ products in exchange for my participation. The opinions and text are mine.

Music and Tech Lovers – NEW Jabra Rox Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds REVIEW + Giveaway

It’s no secret we’re big fans of Jabra products in our house, whether it’s the Revo Headphones, family friendly Solemate Mini Speakers or their awesome bluetooth technology. Hands-free and clear sound are two qualities we look for in our devices and Jabra’s other features are awesome bonuses.

Jabra’s newest technology Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds have some pretty awesome features just like the other products in Jabra’s lineup.

Jabra Rox Wireless Earbud Review and Giveaway

 

{A Few of} Jabra Rox features:

Crisp, clear, Dolby sound.

Bluetooth technology

  • Device can play music from a source, such as a Smartphone, Bluetooth enabled laptop, tablet, or MP3 player.
  • Device can be used as a microphone and speaker system for phone calls.

Durable and no long wires to get tangled and hooked on clothes or other things.

Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds Review MommyB

Small, Medium, and Large eargels to fit most ear sizes and EarWings are provided to give an even more secure fit for the earbuds.

Plus they look pretty great on my husband who LOVES wearing them while he works around the house, and took them to a blogger conference this week too.

Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds Technology Review and Giveaway MommyB

 

If you’re a music lover or a lover of technology and want to be hands-free when you are working or doing chores around the house or maybe even running errands the Jabra Rox is a great choice, DaddyB has tried many an earbud and gives these a big thumbs up.

Purchase yours at Apple and check out more details on Jabra’s website: jabra.com

Interested in winning a pair of your own Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds??? Enter here:

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I am a brand ambassador for Jabra products and receive review products and am not compensated for my opinions. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own words {and DaddyB’s opinions}, yours may vary.

Shop maurices and Support the American Cancer Society

I received compensation in the form of product and gift cards in return for spreading the word about this great cause and administering and hosting a giveaway on my site.

 

Are you a conscientious shopper? Are you mindful of where your money is going and do you seek out purchases that have a “greater good” behind them?

Several great brands have programs where profits from sales are donated to a charitable cause, which makes the purchase that much more meaningful. It’s rare, however that you see a retail store donate more than 50% of a product sale going directly to help support as well-known, a non-profit organization as the American Cancer Society. However, that is exactly exactly how women’s fashion retailer, maurices is getting involved this holiday season.

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This 2013 maurices Holiday Necklace includes three fashionable necklaces packaged together and comes in both silver and gold. Retailing for $12, the company will contribute a minimum of $6.00 from the sale price of every necklace to the American Cancer Society to support its mission to finish the fight against cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

This year, through sales of the new Holiday Necklace, the company hopes to raise more than $400,000 helping to make a difference in the lives of those families impacted by cancer.

We all know someone who has been directly affected by cancer and it’s a cause that is extremely important to the maurices family,” said Brad Hartmann SVP, Chief Creative Officer. “Holidays are a time for giving and we are excited to introduce the latest addition to our accessories collection and offer consumers a gift that gives back in a big way.”

For the last nine years, maurices partnership with the American Cancer Society has raised more than $8 million for the organization from combined fundraising efforts within their retail stores through the sales of custom designed jewelry, in-store fundraisers and corporate financial contributions.  Now through January 5, 2014 (or while supplies last), maurices invites consumers to join in the fight against cancer by purchasing the necklace set at one of the more than 875 stores nationwide or online.

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maurices is donating one of their beautiful holiday necklaces to a lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader. {This would be a great win because wearing the necklace and telling others about the necklace and the donations to American Cancer Society would only increase their efforts to fight cancer.}

Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also be sure to enter my maurices gift card giveaway that’s going on right now as well, if you win, you can buy a few necklaces for friends and family!

This holiday season the goal is to raise $400,000 in addition to their annual $8 million. Please consider purchasing a few of these gorgeous necklaces so you can shop and do some social good at the same time. For more information on maurices charitable efforts or to shop, check out their social channels here:

https://www.facebook.com/maurices

https://twitter.com/maurices

http://instagram.com/maurices#

http://www.pinterest.com/maurices/

Although I received compensation for my promotions of this program, all of the opinions stated in the above post are my own honest words and thoughts. All-in-all I think this is a great charitable cause and am thankful to be able to bring this to you.

Back to School with Peelstar

This post is brought to you by Peelstar.com

School is almost in session and that means sports sign ups and tryouts are in the works too. If you’re a parent who loves finding ways to support the athletes in your home, you’ll want to keep reading about Peelstar products.

Using Peelstar.com you can create removable stickers and magnets that look just like your child’s sports jersey. Peelstar gives several options when it comes to designing your look-alike jersey, from which sport they participate in, the color of the shirt and lettering, your child’s name, sports number and more.

 

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The process of designing your Peelstar products is made simple by their user-friendly computer program that leads you every step of the way, and if you need to make changes during the design process, it’s easy to go back to any setting to do so.

Not only can you design Peelstar jerseys for your children, but you can also design an entire team’s worth of products using the “roster feature”, great if you are a coach or parent helper and a unique, personal gift for the each team member.

Check out this video to see how easy it is to recreate your child’s sports jersey and turn it into a removable sticker or magnet to show your school spirit.

 

 

Like what you see??? Get 25% off any order now through September 15, 2013 using the code “MommyBKnowsBest”

Show off your team spirit, commitment, and pride by creating one-of-a-kind jerseys with Peelstar.

 

 

This product post is brought to you by Peelstar. I believe it’s a great product for back to school and any thoughts or opinions expressed in this post are my own.