Hi there. I’m a mom of a ten year old girl (who is strong-willed and feisty and super independent – did I mention we’ve been butting heads since toddlerhood?) and an eight year old autistic son. My husband is disabled and unable to work. We have seven cats, a dog, a hamster, a snake, a tortoise, and several fish. Oh, and did I mention that I work from home full-time? Needless to say, most of my days are GO-GO-GO. In fact, this year I’ve been setting my morning alarm for 5:30am, just so I have enough time to get up and GO-GO-GO for a little while until it’s time to get the kids ready for school. Oh, and one more tidbit: my sleep sucks. I struggle to fall asleep, and struggle even more to stay asleep.
Since even the most rested of mothers (and fathers!) will occasionally need an energy boost during busy days, it should go without saying that overworked and under-rested people such as myself will need them more than occasionally. ;) I recently had the opportunity to try out Body Glove SURGE, and I’m really liking the product!
Body Glove SURGE is indeed an energy booster, but it doesn’t just load you up with outrageous amounts of sugar and caffeine and leave you to crash hard later. Instead, Body Glove SURGE contains fruit and nectar based sources of energy, including:
- coconut water
Additionally, Body Glove SURGE also contains: protein, honey, green tea, and coffee bean. The last two ingredients do contribute 140mg worth of caffeine, but that is a much more reasonable amount than what you’ll find in popular caffeine-based energy drinks. Oh, and Body Glove SURGE is sweetened via enhancement, but that enhancement is Stevia, rather than plain cane sugar.
Flavor-wise, I really like the two flavors that Body Glove SURGE is available in: Tropical Berry and Grape. The flavors are authentic and sweet without being overly cloying. And, the 2.5-ounce size is perfect for taking like a shot as you’re running out the door!
Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest opinion.
SoundBot creates modern technology gadgets for home, office, and on-the-go use for consumers and businesses alike. The California-based company began with a simple enough mission: to meet the need for audio products that are compatible with active lifestyles. Today, SoundBot offers an extensive selection of products, including the SoundBot SB1010 8-in-1 Multi-Function Alarm Clock. Do you remember the alarm clocks of the 90s and even early 00s? The high-tech ones had cassette players, and later CD players. As of several years ago some specialty alarm clocks even offered AUX inputs or iPod Docks; and some more recent alarm clocks even include USB ports for convenient smartphone recharging. Well, the SB1010 8-in-1 Multi-Function Alarm Clock is all about convenience, as well as cool features you might not have even thought would be handy to have in a bedside or desk clock.
SoundBot SB1010 features:
- displays time, date, and temperature
- alarm clock functionality
- Bluetooth connectivity for media devices and even smartphones
- built-in microphone for making and receiving hands-free phone calls
- stereo audio speaker
- AUX audio port
- rear USB port for device charging
- sensory touch buttons on top of clock for managing music playback and phone calls
- easy access rear buttons for setting clock and alarm
The SB1010 8-in-1 Multi-Function Alarm Clock is the feature-packed alarm clock I didn’t know I needed, but now that I have it, I absolutely love it. It’s set up in our living room so that we have a convenient time display (handy on busy school mornings!) as well as a quick temperature check for thermostat adjustment. The Bluetooth connectivity is indeed super-easy, and our kids enjoy pairing their iPads for high quality music playback. The AUX audio port and included AUX cable are handy for connecting older devices that do not have Bluetooth connectivity.
About the only thing we haven’t used this clock for is an actual alarm! We just love having a large, digital LED display of the time and date, a convenient USB port for recharging devices (we keep one of our home theater accessories plugged into the port for continual charging), and a nice little speaker for those times when we want to stream music. The only thing this alarm clock lacks is a battery for remembering time settings, so the few times we’ve had power outages we’ve had to go and reset the time (though for what it’s worth, the clock does remember the last time that it displayed prior to losing power). While this is a minor inconvenience, it could be a huge hassle if you depend upon the SB1010’s alarm feature to wake you up in the morning.
I also wish this clock had AM/FM, because sometimes it’s nice to give the MP3 player a break and see what’s playing on local stations. But these two issues aside, the SB1010 is an awesome multi-function clock that would be right at home in any bedroom or office.
You can purchase the SoundBot SB1010 8-in-1 Multi-Function Alarm Clock for about $40 from Amazon. Be sure to check out all of SoundBot’s products, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links.
Colgate is a dental hygiene brand I trust when it comes to toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, and toothbrushes, and it’s often my preferred brand for toothpaste in particular. I recently had a chance to try Colgate’s new Colgate Optic White PLATINUM Express White Toothpaste, and I can say without a doubt that this toothpaste lives up to its advertised promises. But first, a little more about the toothpaste:
- contains 2x more hydrogen peroxide for faster, more intense whitening
- will provide a noticeably whiter smile in just three days (with twice-daily brushing)
- also contains protective anti-cavity fluoride
- gentle enough for daily use
- fresh minty flavor
I switched out my existing toothpaste for Colgate Optic White PLATINUM Express White Toothpaste, and even with being lazy and only brushing once daily for that particular week (though for what it’s worth, I always use mouthwash at night!) I noticed my smile looking whiter and brighter after just two days. The toothpaste doesn’t feel or taste abrasive of overly strong, and in conjunction with Colgate’s 360° Optic White Platinum Toothbrush every nook, cranny, and crevice of my mouth felt incredibly clean and refreshed.
You can purchase Colgate Optic White PLATINUM Express White Toothpaste for a suggested MSRP of $1.00-$6.99 wherever other Colgate products are sold. Follow Colgate on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Disclosure: Colgate provided me with a free product in exchange for my honest opinion.
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We live in a small, rural neighborhood that is quiet and safe. We can leave our vehicle doors unlocked, and the kids can leave their stuff outside (though I always make them put their things away because who wants to look at a yard with kid shrapnel thrown all over it?). But that doesn’t mean I feel comfortable leaving a door unlocked while we’re away – especially since our house is full of expensive appliances and electronics. It goes without saying that we always lock up and double check those locks before we head out. But what about times when we might need a neighbor or a friend to stop in to check on our pets? Or what if there is some type of family emergency that requires a family member or friend to bring our children to our house (or meet them there after school)? How can I make sure there is a way for trusted people to enter our home without having a bunch of spare keys floating about, or having to meet up with them to give them a key?
Master Lock has the answer: the Master Lock Portable Key Safe. Master Lock sort of reinvented the wheel when they came up with this baby. And by reinvent the wheel, I mean they took the concept of hiding a spare house key under a door mat or strategically-placed rock and gave it a secure upgrade. The Portable Key Safe enables you to securely lock up keys and access cards, while leaving the safe itself visible for access. You choose the combination (4 to 12 characters of your choosing, using letters, numbers, or both), and simply give that combination to trusted individuals. The combination gives them access to your key or access card, which in turn gives them access to your home (or storage unit or shed, etc.).
Setting up Master Lock’s Portable Key Safe was a breeze: simply remove from packaging, then follow the instructions to set the combination. Then we simply had to find the right place to put it outside – somewhere accessible, yet tucked away enough that it’s a bit inconspicuous, as well as out of the way of everyday paths and routines. We ended up hanging it on our back door’s doorknob; in fact, the design of the shackle allowed us to lock the Portable Key Safe around the doorknob, so we don’t have to worry about it getting knocked off or even removed by a prankster child.
While I work from home and my husband is disabled and thus is always home, there are times we go out of town, and there have been times where urgent issues have arose and we needed to get home in order to let someone in, or check on a pet. It’s nice to know that with the Master Lock Portable Key Safe, we can simply give the combination to a family member, friend, or neighbor, and rest assured that they’ll be able to enter our home and take care of whatever need there may be, and then they can simply lock the doors and re-lock the key inside the Portable Key Safe once they’re done.
You can purchase the Master Lock Portable Key Safe for a suggested MSRP of $40.48 wherever other Master Lock products are sold. However, Amazon sells the Master Lock Portable Key Safe for just $32.85 (free shipping for Amazon Prime members)!
Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links.