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As many of you know people get hacked everyday. Just in the last year and a half I have had to have two debit cards replaced due to fraudulent charges. And like most people that can cause stress and fear. Plus it is very time consuming to fix. I am a single Mom, I don’t have hours a day to deal with my bank.
When Best Buy Bloggers approached me to test the Cujo Smart Firewall I was excited. It has business level security. It guards all devices. Which is great since we have laptops, gaming systems, and of course smartphones. Speaking of smartphones, you can control Cujo with an app. Easy Peasy! Also Parental controls for those of us with younger children. What are those controls you may ask?
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Are you a music enthusiast like me? I gotta listen to music all the time, in the car, in the gym, in the shower and while cleaning house. While in Myrtle Beach I was even using a mini bucket that my drink had been in to amplify my songs. Of course the drink was gone and bucket was dry. Haha! But like most of us we have apps like Pandora and Spotify on our phones. What if we could stream those playlists. Yes some new TVs can do it. But what if you don’t have those fancy TVs. Well Google Chromecast has the answer: Google Chromecast Audio.
Google Chromecast Audio allows for hundreds of apps to be played on your home speakers. The best part isthe sound is Crystal clear and powered by the cloud. Since your streaming on Wi-Fi instead of bluetooth the quality is better. And there is a multi room option, you can stream multiple Google chrome devices together. That is great for me when I’m cleaning. I am one of those people who cleans like three rooms at a time. So having music filling the house is great! And it is small enough to toss in a suitcase for vacation. I wish I had this product when I was in Myrtle Beach. I would have been jamming to my favorite tunes.
Unlike some of my past reviews I was not given this box for review. This was just something I had ordered online and originally was going to add to my Holiday Gift Guide. However, I am not putting it in my guide, for the fact that I do not favor this box. I joined the service in about August of 2016. When I originally signed up it stated you will receive two of their Tshirts for $36. I thought this was a fun idea. Surprise Tshirts, you would not know what your getting. When I signed up I put in size 2XL just in case they ran small. And was really excited to see what funny shirts I’d be sent.
These are the promotional photos. When I ordered my box the photo below was the only one listed. Basically it was 2 shirts similar to those I would get. Now it became an accessory box.
Well after over a month without my subscription box I contacted them via Facebook in late September. Somewhere I read that I should write the inquiry there. It was over a month and no one responded to that message. So since August I had not heard from them. About a week ago I got an email on Halloween that my box had shipped. Almost 4 months since I joined.
Yay! Today was the day to finally get my box. I was so excited I stalked my mailman all morning waiting. I opened the box and there is not one Tshirt in the box. WOW!…It was accessories, which I would not have subscribed to. It contained a faded, patchy peach bag. I am not sure if it is supposed to be a clutch or makeup bag. It also had a gold colored compact. And lastly a Fornash bracelet that was leather with a chain attached. According to their website the retail price is $124. Well the bracelet retails for less then $20, the compact for $2, and the clutch I would guess at $10 or less. I am so disappointed in this box. Not only for the extreme delay. But the poor customer service. And lastly since they did not notify me of the change of the box type. As of today they have a $10 monthly Tshirt mystery box. I would rather buy that then spend $36 on some Dollar Store looking accessories.
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my review.
With Thanksgiving about a month away, I am thinking about all the Holiday baking. Personally I grew up in a house were our Sunday dinners were twelve people. Our holidays were even bigger. Baking would start a couple days before and so would the meal prep. We would have dishes from both sides of the family. Even though most our family was Greek at the holidays.
Loving the blue inside for a great pop of color in this photo.
My Mom is in the market for a new oven. This LG is what I would love for her to buy. TheProBake Convection™ is what got my eye. Every meal on every rack baked to perfection is amazing. We have all seen ovens where the bottom cooks the food faster then the top. This oven doe NOT do that. Meaning you can bake cookies on any rack like a professional oven. It is “Inspired by pro-style ranges, this LG range moved the heating element from the bottom of the oven to the back wall for optimal heat distribution. Enjoy consistent browning on top and bottom – with every cookie baked to perfection with LG’s ProBake Convection ranges”. I mean who has not baked cookies and some on the sheet burnt and others were fine. I know I have. I cant wait to show Mom this amazing oven. It even has an easy clean feature that will help a lot.
Great Silver color.
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As some of you know I have gained weight due to medications that I was on for my Fibromyalgia. I am almost 100 pounds heavier then I was about five years ago, at my lightest. As you know I have been with It Works for a year. I have tried the products but have not been consistent especially since I did not have a gym membership. And with the passing of my Grams its been hard…So now with our conference about five months away. And I’m attending it alone I wanna look my best. Plus for health reasons I want to feel better. My Goals are to lose at least 50lbs by conference. You may wonder how I plan to do it.
At least 3 times a week. If I go out or have a cheat day I will workout 5 times a week the following week.
30 minutes on the ARC trainer then weights then 30 minutes on the treadmill. Goal is 500 Calories burned.
IT WORKS Products being used:
*Thermofit- Twice a day
*Greens- Once a day
*Ultimate Body Applicators- Twice a week
*Cleanse- Once a month
*Probiotics- To balance intestinal health
*New You- To help Build Muscle and improve sleep.
Diet: High Protein with lots of salads. At least 80oz of water a day. Goal is 150oz. Total Calories to be 1250 to 1500 a day.
**Wanna learn more about the products or to just be diet buddies. Email me at email@example.com**
This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and Dime Media. However,the opinions are that of my own.
Growing up my parents did not plan for the future. I did not want to be in the same boat. That is why I was so excited to attend Prudential’s event. When I was in grade school my father owned a restaurant. I remember going into Toy stores and getting whatever I wanted. We were not very rich but we were definitely upper middle class. My Dad at any time had a couple Cadillac cars. I do not remember them having much of a savings. When I was in 8th grade the business failed. I remember being on food stamps. I was so embarrassed when we had to go shopping. But Hey! we needed to eat. Now that I am older I realized that they were not prepared for this situation. I made it my mission to not have that happen to me.
As a single Mom I knew that I needed to save as much as I could to prevent a similar situation. When my son was two I found what I’d call a good job. I had an amazing health insurance, 401k and they matched some of my donations to the 401k. During some hard times I had to take loans against my 401K which I did not see as a problem. But then I got sick. Even though I had put extra money into disability my company would not pay the extra percentage. They only offered about $300 a week but after insurance, taxes and other charges . I was supposed to live on $140 a week. At the time I was also helping my Mother by feeding her. So groceries were about $100 a week. The savings I did have was gone in about 6 months. The worst part was I was still on leave and with my severe Fibromyalgia and would not be able to go back to my past job. I was not as prepared as I could be.
The Beautiful Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, along with Jenny the voice and Dr Renee at #WomenInspired
I was lucky enough to be invited by Dime Media to Prudential’s #WomenInspired event at the Gwen Hotel in Chicago. I met many small business women. Plus the special Guest Host Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. She has now started an amazing bedding line called Believe. So she knows what it is like for us new business women.
After attending the #WomenInspired event I learned quite a bit about having a legacy. For example if something happened to me what would happen to my blog? My business? And of course my son. I was not prepared but I will be now. I also did not realize that I needed a financial planner. I thought only “rich people” needed them, ones with hundreds of thousands in the bank. This is not true, everyone needs one. If I had gotten one years back I may have not lost my savings. The best part is Prudential does not charge you to meet with a planner and set up a plan. I feel most people my age don’t realize they need help planning for the future. My parents were not ready to retire and now both are having financial issues. That is why I am seeing a planner next month.I want to have a legacy for my son and with Prudential I will. Are you still unsure if you are ready? Watch this vide0..
When I was chosen for this blog post, I found it ironic that the Greek Mommy blogger was selected for WINDEX® . Yes we have all seen that movie where the Greek family say they put Windex ® on everything. Well that is partially true. No I don’t put Windex ® on aches and pains, nor has my family. But we do use it to clean everything else. Did you know that Windex ® is not just for Windows? You can us it on mirrors, sealed granite and marble, glass shower doors, chrome bathroom fixtures, lucite, tile, plastic, vinyl, aluminum and more. Oh My! Did you know that Windex® Original Glass Cleaner is America’s #1 glass cleaner? I can see why.
I love having clean windows even on a gloomy Chicago day.
With Spring Cleaning season upon us I headed out to my local Walmart. Got to love how easy it is to find my favorite products there. At Walmart I picked up Windex ® for all my cleaning needs. Being a Mom I clean all year around. But in the Spring I always do an extra deep cleaning. The Salt and grime on the windows is a particular mess for us Chicagoans. By the time Spring comes around I need a strong window cleaner. And ever since I can remember it was Windex ®. That familiar blue bottle that my family used. Even as a young girl I remember my Yaiyai, Greek Grandmother using Windex ®.
YAY! Not only did Walmart have my Windex but a Bonus bottle with 23% more Free!
Now as a Mom and a Pet Mom dirt and smudges are an everyday item. So when I start cleaning I always do the windows and dust first. For the windows I tackled our Living room windows that are stained glass. They are actual two windows in each frame. Yay! Double the work. But if the glass is not clean what good is having pretty windows? Even though Spring weather has not hit us officially I am ready to start cleaning. How about you?
I have not written a blog in a long time. My goal is to have one written about my Tampa trip. Earlier this month I attended One 2016 conference for It Works. I plan to write my first travel related blog entry. After 6 days I got to know the city and experience some great places. From ocean front seafood restaurant to what I would call a shack with some of the best crab legs ever. If your wondering why I haven’t been blogging I had put more time and effort into my It Works business? My paid blogs had stopped and I honestly was not sure what to talk about. But I am back and look forward to adding more content this week. Talk to you soon.
As some of you know I started a business, I am an It Works distributor now. But that was not the reason I slowed down blogging. And I also stopped doing Twitter parties. I mainly only attend Dime Media and Latina Bloggers Connect’s parties lately. Nothing against other companies but I try to support the companies that support myself and this blog. Plus I love the idea of supporting a Latina based company. As women we should support each other
The main reason I stopped blogging as much as I use to. I did not have much to say. WOW! Really? Me, not have much to say. Well I have been busy building my business. But also have been busy with family issues. Nothing serious just a lot going on. I will be writing a longer and better blog this week. Stay Tuned. Stay Blessed!
This has become a family favorite. The best part if you like it spicy or hot you can make it easily, by substituting mild ingredients for their hot versions.
4 uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (15oz) can of un-drained crushed or petite tomatoes
1 (10oz) can of mild or medium red enchilada sauce
1 (15oz) can of black beans, Drained and rinsed
1 medium onion, chopped. I omit this because my son hates them and its just as good.
1 (4oz) can of chopped green chile peppers
2 minced cloves of garlic
1 (15oz) can of corn, drained
2 (14.5oz) can of chicken broth
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp Pepper
1 bay leaf
Instructions: Place all ingrediants in Crockpot. Cook on High for about 3 to 4 hours. When chicken is done. Pull out the chicken and shred with a fork. Caution they are hot! Add the chicken back in and let sit for about 5 minutes then serve. Top with cheese and tortilla strips or broken chips.