Friday, March 27, 2015

HomeZada Helps You Manage Your Home From Selling through Ownership and Beyond + Giveaway

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I received a compensation for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

Home ownership, including buying and selling, can be a bit daunting. We bought our house 6 years ago, and while we tried to make a schedule for maintenance and upkeep, we ended up forgetting most things. Home improvements can also add up quickly since my husband likes to DIY things around the house and we never quite know if it's adding value or just using up money. Now with HomeZada you can keep track of all home related things, from maintenance to finances, all in one spot.

HomeZada is a digital home platform that manages the information during the entire homeowner lifecycle including owning, selling, and buying a home. The cloud-based solution helps people save money, improve the value and be better organized in managing their largest financial asset. With HomeZada, tracking home inventory, home maintenance, home improvements and home finances is easy.  As a cloud based system, HomeZada can be accessible anywhere for instant access of data and easy organization by using mobile devices, tablets or computers.

HomeZada makes it easy to keep track of everything in your home. You can create an inventory of your items including pictures and can organize by room. You can itemize your items for an insurance claim and to make sure you are properly insured. When you sell your home, you can list all of your homes features and amenities that you have in your inventory.

Having a checklist recommendation is a fantastic tool. When we first moved into our home, we tried to follow a list of routine maintenance, but it was quickly forgotten about. With HomeZada you can see exactly what should be done and how often. You can even set reminders so you never forget to keep your home maintained and up-to-date. There are over 250 maintenance tasks you can add and plenty of helpful how-to videos as well.

You can even track all of your home's financial data like household expenses, inventory values, and project expenses.

My favorite part is the project inspiration section. There are so many ideas for all types of different projects around the home that I could easily spend hours looking on here - and everything is able to be pinned to Pinterest. You can create your own projects and keep track of them as well. HomeZada even helps you track multiple projects at once.

If you're looking for an all inclusive place to manage your home, then HomeZada is the place to do it. From financial tracking to maintenance, projects, and more, HomeZada has you covered from beginning to end in the home owning process. 

Connect: You can connect with HomeZada on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and @HomeZada on Twitter.

Giveaway! How would you like to win a 1-year Premium subscription to HomeZada ($59 value)? I have one to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!

Pacific Play Tents Toys Offer Hideaways For Little Imaginations & Giveaway

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There is just something fun and exciting about playing in a tent. Growing up my brother and I could spend hours in our play tent and we always had the best time. Sometimes we would play games and other times relax and read a technology required! With 25 years of making award-winning tunnels, tents and toys, Pacific Play Tents knows everything is better in a tent!

Kids need time to play, daydream and pretend and Pacific Play Tents offers their top 10 favorites this season.
  • Cotton Canvas Jumping Sacks
  • The Painting Teepee
  • Teacher Chairs
  • Pink or Green Camo Sets
  • Playchute Parachute
  • Peek A Boo I See You Tunnel
  • One Touch Lil Nursery Tent
  • My Pirate Ship Playhouse
  • Ocean Adventures Dome Tent
  • Rad Racer Bed Tent or Cottage Bed Tent

This cute cottage bed tent comes all wrapped up in the purple pouch and with these few pieces. I timed myself and in 9 minutes I had it together and on the bed. If I can do it anyway can!

This tent is absolutely adorable! All the windows, doors and floor can Velcro together or be opened up. In the picture below the chevron print is my daughter's fitted sheet and the green is the part attached to the tent itself. It goes all the way around the mattress but my daughter still lays on her own fitted sheet.

The poles on this one go on the outside of the tent and into "holders" for the end of the poles. Being on the outside made it easier for me to put together than if they were on the inside and it in no way affects the aesthetics of it.

Plenty of mesh ventilation so your child does not get too hot. Super important for us since we live in sunny Florida!

Of course bed tents are for more than just sleep! My girls love to go in it and play house or take coloring books in there for a coloring party. It is all about letting them have a little place of their own to use their imaginations. Pacific Play Tents products can be ordered on their websiteand are sold just about everywhere from big box stores like Walmart and Target to a wide variety of online sites. Check out their many products, I certainly got lost browsing all the cool tents and toys they have! So far we have been beyond thrilled with our tent and it seems like extremely nice quality that will last for years.

Connect: You can connect with Pacific Play Tents on Facebook and/or @PacPlayTents on Twitter.

Here's your chance to win! How would you like to win a $50 gift card to the Pacific Play Tents website! I have one to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Children Go Face-to-Face with Sea Life in Curious Critters Marine

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My son loves learning about animals. Most of the books we read are now usually non-fiction and are about the various creatures of the world. As a Florida boy that has spent plenty of time around the water, he naturally loves sea animals. We couldn't wait to read and see the amazing pictures in the latest book from David FitzSimmons, Curious Critters: Marine.

Wildlife photographer and environmental educator David FitzSimmons is on a mission to get children to fall in love with animals of the ocean by making reading as engaging and educational as a swim in the sea. His new book, Curious Critters Marine, the third book in his popular Curious Critters series, is being released on April 22, Earth Day 2015. And it’s bound to make a splash!

FitzSimmons has taken amazingly detailed and up-close photographs of creatures in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico. Through his fantastic images, children are able to go face-to-face with a variety of sea life animals including the American lobster, cushion sea star, and more.

There's a playful prose accompanying each critter as well. FitzSimmons imagined he was talking to each animal and what they would say as he wrote about them. Some of the critters have songs, like the cushion sea star while others have poems or just describe their daily life. It made reading and learning more personal and fun.

My son absolutely loved this book. Reading Curious Critters: Marine allowed him to experience nature in a whole new way. It's not often than one can come face-to-face with a Loggerhead sea turtle or a Giant Pacific octopus, but this book allowed him to do that all while learning about each critter of the sea. To continue the learning, there's a glossary, natural history information, and life-size silhouettes. This is a fantastic book for children of all ages and is one that will be in our book collection for many years to come.

Connect: You can connect with Curious Critters on their website and Facebook and is available for purchase through Wild Iris Publishing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sell Unwanted Items Across the US with Gone!

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Over the  years, my husband and I have done our fair share of selling items we no longer use or that we simply want an upgrade for. Usually my husband sells the tech stuff like old cellphones and televisions and I try and sell smaller things like kitchen appliances or household items. It can be quite a process to post an item, wait for someone to email you about it, then you have to arrange the sale or ship things. To be honest, we haven't sold things in a while because it's kind of a hassle. Gone! takes all of the work out of selling, making it easier for both the seller and buyer.

Designed to help sell your things, Gone! is a data-driven concierge service that makes it simple to turn your unwanted items into cash. Gone! uses algorithms to find the best selling price for your item, then offers shipping services once you're ready to sell, and will send payment with your earnings once your item has sold. 

To start selling, you can either take a picture or video of your item or use the Discovery function to list items to sell. You can hook up Gone! with your email so it can track your purchases for when you're ready to sell them as well. Gone! will then price your item and send you an offer. 

When you're ready to sell, just swipe over the item in your inventory. If you live in either San Francisco or Austin, a Gone! concierge will pick up your items in person. If not, Gone! will send you an empty box through UPS with a prepaid shipping label - then all you have to do is package it up and send it back to them. 

Once they receive your items, they'll inspect them and start looking for buyers. When an item is sold, they send you your payment either via check, putting cash into your account, or through an Amazon gift card. 

The Gone! app is incredibly fun and easy to use. I really like the idea of keeping an inventory of my items that I can go through. Some times there are things being unused in closets or cabinets and seeing them in the inventory would just give me that little push I needed to sell it. Using Gone! makes it incredibly easy to sell and feels very safe too. Selling to people I don't know always makes me somewhat nervous, but with Gone! I no longer have to worry about that. I can't wait to get to selling and start making some money with Gone!.

When you use the Gone! app, be sure to tweet your location as well as #GoneNation to get a $10 credit to your account at checkout. Gone! is available through iTunes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.