Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hike Your City with Kamino

Even when you live in a place like I do you still get bored every once in a while. You can only go to the same places so many times.  As much as I love the beach, it can get boring. There are sometimes I don't even want to go to the beach. I am just not in the mood. I guess I am spoiled when I get to go to the beach any time I want. I am always looking for fun things to do in my area. I learned about a new app called Kamino. It is a really neat travel app that creates what they call hikes. A hike is just different things to do in your city or the city you are visiting. I want to explore hidden gems. 
The unique thing about Kamino is you can create your own hike and share it with others. If I were to create a hike for my town I would make it my favorite things hike. I would start off at Johns Pass for shopping and lunch at Hooters. Johns Pass is a neat little fishing village. You can also go on boat rides, go fishing or even parasail. I would then go to Fort Desoto for some time at a gorgeous beach. It is the most beautiful place in Florida. It is a must see. They even have a dog beach. The picture in my header is Fort Desoto. After the beach, I would send you to The Florida Winery for free wine tastings and a tour. The Florida Winery makes their wines on site and they are citrus based so they are delicious. You will probably be hungry again so off to my favorite restaurant Leverocks for dinner. Everything on the menu is delicious. They have an amazing lobster bisque. The Gulf Coast Lobster Tails are always amazing. Save some room for dessert for some Peanut Butter Pie. I think that would be an amazing Fourth of July weekend hike.  
There is also a Fourth of July hike that another member created. It is a food and drinking hike. I am not a big drinker but I really love to eat.  It would be fun to see what other people come up with.  I love to travel. We recently went to Orlando and sometimes going to theme parks are annoying. I want to explore hidden gems.  It would also be fun to plan out a trip for a friend or have them experience your same trip. Who needs travel agents anymore? With Kamino, you can find interesting things to do. It's like you have the local’s opinion of the best things to do without knowing one. 
Here is more information from the developer:
Features of Kamino:
- Hikes on the fly: Find awesome new spots wherever you are.
- Expert recommendations: Get insights from travel experts and local gurus on the best hikes in town.
- Local treasures and hidden gems: Discover what you may have missed in your own backyard.
- GPS-guided hikes: Never get lost! Our built-in GPS system will always get you to your destination.
- Hikes tailored to your interests: Find out if a hike is dog-friendly, good for kids, or great for a night out with friends.
- Recommendations: Add your own as you go or when you get to your final destination.
- Create your own hikes: Share your favorite places with friends, family, and your community!
The best part of this app is it's free! I love Kamino and I look forward to planning new hikes based on other's recommendations and building hikes locally and on vacation. 
For more information please visit the Kamino website
You can find Kamino in iTunes for free.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I Love Online Bingo

I love to play bingo; it was my favorite thing to do in school. It didn’t matter what kind of learning bingo it was it was just a lot of fun. I still enjoy playing bingo. I would love to go to a bingo hall and play with all the people and bring my good luck charms and talk to everyone. Unfortunately, I do not live near any bingo halls so; I have to just play online bingo at sites. I enjoy being in my pajamas and lying in my bed and watching the numbers being called. I don’t have to worry about coming home or what time bingo is. I can just log on whenever I have the time, even in the middle of the night. When I was pregnant with Noah, I played bingo online when I was on bed rest. My dad lives in the UK so he can't play on US sites so he can play your best bingo games at Gamevillage Bingo. That way he doesn't have to worry about the conversion rate of USD to Pounds.

I love the thrill of winning. Sometimes the numbers get called fast and it is an adrenaline rush trying to figure out what number will be called next. Bingo will keep you guessing because you could get 4 of your numbers in a row and be waiting the whole game for your last number to be called. You never really know who will actually win the game but to me it is more fun to play than win because when you play online you don’t always win something tangible like money. Sometimes you just win tokens or points. Some online bingo sites offer a bingo bonus that help you learn to play for free and you can get a feel for the game and maybe even make some new online friends. I think that would be a great way to see which sites you like the best with nothing to lose. I also really like to play the slot machines too. There are many great sites like It's a great alternative when I can't get to a casino.

Do you like to play bingo? Do you prefer playing online or in a bingo hall? Have you ever won a big prize?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time to buy a New Blanket

I have something to tell you guys. I am 32 and I have a blanket.  I sleep with this blanket every night since I was pregnant with Noah. I don’t sleep well without it. If I am going on vacation for more than a week, I bring it with me. It is not a small blanket by any means, It’s a queen sized quilt. It is just the most comfortable thing in the world to me.  This blanket is 10 years old. It has been falling apart for the last couple years. A few months ago, it ripped. It didn’t rip on the sides but down the middle. I had to get up really quick and I guess I kicked up my legs and then it happened. I was so sad. I know it was just a blanket.  I am 32 years old, suck it up and move on. I couldn’t, I tried to sew it back together. I can’t sew so that didn’t work. I was heartbroken. I was trying to figure out how on earth to save my blanket. I thought, maybe I could find one exactly like it. I was unsuccessful. I then went shopping at Target. I didn’t find anything I liked. I decided that I would just staple it back together. So I made my precious blanket in to Frankenblankey. It is green after all. Even possibly the color of Frankenstein himself. 

Even though I stapled my blanket, I don’t think it is working too well. For the first few weeks I had to sleep like I was in a cocoon and it was weird. The staples are falling out, and I have to be careful where they are at all times. I think it is probably time that I retire my beloved blanket and buy a new one. I would want something similar, in color and thickness because I want to be warm enough but not sweating every morning.  I would like a soft and comfortable quilt to sleep under. I am looking in to allergy free down bedding. I like the feel of down but not all the feathers and sneezing it brings.  I am sure I will love this blanket as much as the old one, if I take the time to find the right one. I will probably also keep my old blanket in a closet and remember all the times I held baby Noah wrapped in it, all the shows we watched together with it and how we would go in our cave with the spiders, scurrying along as we played pretend.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Remove the Smell of Smoke

If you have ever lived in an apartment you have possibly dealt with getting an apartment where someone had smoked or had a smoker next door who smokes inside or out.  The smell of smoke is a nasty smell. It can cause asthma and other breathing problems. What do you do? I have lived with people who smoke indoors and it was miserable. Especially when they do it all the time. I had a neighbor who chain smoked in her apartment didn't even open a window. I never brought Noah over there. I felt bad but I didn't want to say hey you can't smoke. It also drove me crazy when people would light up at the pool when Noah was there. There are people that smoke right outside the gate of his school. Smoking around kids is really annoying.  I think that if someone smokes they should do it outside. The smell of smoke is hard to remove from your home or from your clothes.

Even if you don't smoke and live with an indoor smoker you stink. Sure you can light an odor eating candle or spray an air spray but it really doesn't get rid of the smell. It just masks it for a while. You are still smelling it and breathing in the toxins. You can buy an air purifier. There are many different types of air purifiers. How do you know which is the best one to get for smoke? I would make sure it says that it is specifically for smoke odors. I would definitely research the best air purifiers for smoke. It would be awful to buy one and not have it help you.  It can be a pain to get rid of the smell and smoke in your home. If you smoke in your home, you can start smoking outside. If you smoke outside, you will probably smoke less because you have to make an effort to go smoke. You won’t just light up. It is better not to constantly breathe smoke. If you continue to smoke inside an air purifier is a must have.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is Coming to IMAX

Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation's beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation's official website.

For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here

This information was provided by IMAX

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Never Lose a Photo again with Everalbum

I love taking pictures of Noah all the time. I usually use my phone because it's always with me. I take a lot of them at Noah's request. He will make something cool and say take a picture and post it. I also have a habit of taking multiple photos of the same thing. I have met the unfortunate fate of the dreaded memory is full warning a few times on my phone. So I would have two choices because it never happens when I have my computer. I could either upload a bunch of photos to Facebook even though I don't want to share all the photos I have taken or I can delete them. Both are time consuming and annoying. By the time I am done doing it, the moment has passed, the dolphins have swam away, the parade is gone and it's too late.  Also it's annoying to stop what you are doing to fix this problem. Thankfully I learned about an app called Everalbum with this app you no longer have to worry about running out of memory on your phone again. I love to take video of Noah's performances and awards ceremonies too. They eat up a lot of memory, add a bunch of apps and forget about it.

Key Value:
- Never worry about running out of space on your phone EVER again. Once your photos from your phone are backed up, you can delete your camera roll and any future photo you take will automatically be added and backed up to your Everalbum. 
- Never worry about losing family photos again. No matter if your computer breaks, or you lose your phone, once in Everalbum they are backed up and safe forever.
- Never worry about privacy or having your photos public. Privacy is very important to us and we’ve done everything possible to guarantee all of your photos are private to you and only you by default, except when you want to share your photos privately with family and friends.
- Very affordable pricing for families - $7.99/month or save 20% by buying yearly at $79/year and have up to 50,000 photos backed up in full resolution - Never worry about GBs, or MBs storage, we don’t care about that.

You can sign up for Everalbum Premium 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sheila's Strawberry Cake Recipe

One of my favorite fruits, probably my favorite fruit is strawberries. When they aren't in season they can be really expensive or not very sweet. I am also a really busy mom and I don't always have time to devote in the kitchen to make a dessert. I had to come up with something easy and delicious. Something my super picky kiddo would also enjoy. He gets sick of the same old desserts. So I thought about things we used to make growing up and I remembered what I called Strawberry Cake.  Now you can put strawberries on shortcakes, which I am not really a fan of. You can put strawberries on Angel Food Cake, while I love Angel Food Cake, I think it is perfect as is. I wanted to share with you my two ingredient Strawberry Cake Recipe.

Sheila's Strawberry Cake Recipe:

1 pound cake or slices of pound cake.  I think it's brilliant they sell it sliced. Coming from someone who never would finish a loaf.

1 container of frozen strawberries in the juice.

Defrost both the strawberries and the pound cake. Cut a slice or two of pound cake and top with a few spoonfuls of strawberries. Don't forget the extra juice.

You can top with whipped cream if you would like and enjoy.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Noah was Sick and Child Health Tips

This past weekend Noah hit two milestones. I am not happy about these milestones but I knew it was going to happen at some point. The first milestone that makes you a worried parent was his very first ear infection. He also had Pink Eye.  It’s common to get an ear infection and Pink eye at the same time because everything is so close together. He was miserable. His eyes were so red and he screamed about his ears hurting. I had to take him to the doctor after keeping him home two days from school. Sure enough he was sick. The doctor basically looked at him and said he has pink eye and looked in his ears and he had an ear infection. That was that. She handed me a prescription for Augmentin aka the super expensive antibiotic, that no store includes in free antibiotics.  So this is milestone number two, he had his very first prescription. Any other illness he has had was treatable with over the counter stuff. He is extremely healthy. *Knocks on wood twice*. The two different places I went the pharmacists were impressed when I said it was his very first prescription when they asked me if he had been there before. 

I thought I would share some tips on keeping your children healthy.

Wash hands after going to the bathroom and before you eat. You can also wash your hands when you come home from the grocery store.

 Parents you are the example, if you start a routine your child will follow

If you are eating something with nuts wash your hands after, so you don’t accidently make someone else sick.

Take multivitamins every day

Eat healthy and drink a lot of milk and water

Keep your hands to yourself, don’t share hairbrushes, lip balms etc, with your friends. They may be sick.

Be aware of what sicknesses are going around where your child goes to school

Keep doctor’s appointments and well checkups.

If you choose to vaccinate, keep up to date on their shots

Don’t share drinks or share food with others

If your child gets sick, remind them to:

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and throw away used tissues.

Stay home from school or daycare until you don’t have a fever or at least a day or two with a cold.

Sometimes when you are sick you miss out on fun things like field day or a trip to the playground but you don’t want to make your friends sick too.

Rest as much as possible, even if you think you feel better, you still need rest.

Even if your mom pays extra for them to flavor your meds and it tastes bad, you still need to take it.

Parents don’t stress, sickness happens. It’s usually just a germ they picked up. Remember the more
children your child is in contact with, the more likely they will get sick.

For more health tips and great information about health check out Molina Healthcare.

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.