Moving My Adobe Photoshop to the Cloud

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Besides the thousands of pictures that I take of the kids I also take tons of pictures of food, groceries and shopping excursions for this blog. I don’t claim to be the best photographer but I’m constantly trying to get better and for years I’ve used Adobe Photoshop to edit my photos and help make them even better. Being a longtime Photoshop fan I have to admit that I was a little nervous about switching from Creative Suite, where I get to hold onto the CDs to reinstall the software if needed, to the Creative Cloud where you get an annual subscription to cloud based software.

I was anxious to give the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan a try so I first tested it out with the above image from my Make Your Own Root Beer Sugar Scrub post. The image needed a little bit of color adjustment before I added layers for the wording and the opaque bar beneath them. Then of course I added the watermark for the site and the image was ready to be posted.

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Although I kept searching for differences in functionality I really couldn’t find any. The subscription version of the software works just like my previous version did except that it has the added benefits of being able to organize, edit and share my photos across my desktop, mobile devices and the web.

I use both a laptop and a desktop computer and the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes both Photoshop CC and Lightroom, makes it easy to access and work on my projects from wherever I am and whichever computer I’m using. The pure convenience of the Creative Cloud has sold me on it, but I’m also thrilled to have a more affordable option for my favorite Photoshop photo editing software.

LACTAID Milk Review & Giveaway

Disclosure – “I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for National Dairy Council and the LACTAID® Brand. I received product coupons from the LACTAID® Brand to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

LACTAID Milk

I’ve always been lactose intolerant, but when I was younger I didn’t realize what my problem was. When I was in high school and started going out with friends and on dates it got to the point where I wouldn’t eat anything while we were out and about. My friends would all want to go out for pizza or something and I’d end up sitting there watching them eat. After I started college I finally realized that it was only certain foods I was having problems with. Anytime I would eat dairy products, like ice cream or pizza – my favorite foods, I’d end up getting gassy and feeling bloated. Those are not issues you want to deal with while out with friends or on a date.

The National Dairy Council says that 30-50 million Americans believe they are lactose intolerant, and at least two of my five children also have issues with processing dairy foods. Since milk provides essential nutrients like calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D, I think it’s very important that the kids have plenty of dairy in their diets but I don’t want them to have the discomfort and embarrassment that I experienced growing up. For that reason I have educated them about lactose intolerance and we always have plenty of LACTAID® pills on hand. We also drink LACTAID® milk and use it when cooking things like macaroni and cheese, brownies, mashed potatoes and pudding, some of the kids’ favorite foods.

LACTAID® milk is a real dairy product, not a dairy substitute or alternative, and it tastes just like “regular” milk but without the lactose that is so hard for some of us to digest. They also have cottage cheese and ice cream products available and the National Dairy Council tells us that hard aged cheeses are naturally lower in lactose, and many yogurts contain live and active cultures that help digest lactose.

If you or any member of your family is lactose intolerant I would highly recommend that you try LACTAID® milk, and to help you with that I am giving away some coupons for free LACTAID® products to one lucky reader. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Wednesday, June 11th.

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Get Smoother Underarms with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for Dove. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

Now that it’s really warming up outside I’ve been breaking out my sleeveless shirts and I always worry about my underarms when I do. Living in the Florida panhandle we get lots of hot humid weather, we had at least two days of spring but it’s already in the 80s here now, so sleeveless shirts are a must. Thankfully sweaty, ugly armpits aren’t!

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant/Deodorant actually moisturizes underarm skin to provide softer, smoother underarms in just three days, plus it offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in a wide variety of signature Dove fragrances. I received a couple different fragrances to try out, Pink Rosa and Nourished Beauty, and I love them both. They are light and not overpowering and I’m especially enjoying the clean refreshing scent of the Nourished Beauty fragrance.

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New Dove Advanced Care is the only Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant formulated with NutriumMoistureTM to provide ultimate underarm care but the best part in my opinion is that I don’t have to worry about sweat stains, odor or white marks on my clothes. Well, I have to admit that having softer, smoother underarms is pretty awesome too, and there is no more irritation from shaving them everyday.

I walk a mile twice a day at work on my breaks and I can’t stand getting sweaty during the work day in my nice clothes so I’m loving that Dove Advanced Care has really been helping me with that! Come on summer, I’m ready so bring it! I’m no longer worried about breaking out all my sleeveless shirts and dresses, and I’m especially glad that I don’t have to worry about getting all stinky at work.

Review: Herbal Essences Naked Volume

Disclosure – I received a gift card from Walmart and Herbal Essences to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation for this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have very fine limp hair and I spend a lot of time and energy trying to plump it up so I was super excited to be trying out the new Herbal Essences Naked Volume collection. I’ve been using the products for a couple of weeks now and I’ve been very pleased with them. Usually I have to switch my shampoo and conditioner out every few days just to keep my hair from getting weighed down but I haven’t had to do that at all with these. The Naked Volume shampoo and conditionar have no additives like parabens that tend to make my hair limp after just a few days.

The volumizing souffle has a wonderful citrusy scent and has done a great job of plumping up my fine hair. I really like it and look forward to applying it to my wet hair before I blow it dry in the mornings.

I was a little bummed about the smaller size of the dry shampoo, but only because I like it so much that I want it to last awhile. It has the same great scent as the souffle and has been terrific for extending my do another day when I don’t have time to wash and style. Usually I would never consider doing that because my fine hair has even less body the next day, but this Herbal Essences Naked Volume dry shampoo has been working great for me so I don’t have to put my hair up in a ponytail on those emergency hair days.

You can get the whole four piece kit on Walmart.com right now for $12.99. Here’s what you get in the collection and a little info from the brand:

The Naked Collection Volume Kit includes Naked Volume Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumizing Soufflé Styler, and Dry Shampoo.

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Naked Collection Volume Kit Information
– The newest collection from Herbal Essences!
– Herbal Essences just premiered their new Naked Collection; the first commercial aired on December 9th
– What Herbal Essences is saying about the new Naked Collection:
– Bare your softest hair with the new Herbal Essences Naked Collection
– Next time you shower, let your hair get naked too!
– 0% heavy residues, dyes, and parabens

Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
– Restores hair’s natural body.
– Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.
– Shampoo provides a weightless clean.
– Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and full of volume.

Naked Volume Dry Shampoo
– Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
– Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.
– The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.
– Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.
– How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.

Naked Volumizing Souffle
– Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.
– Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.
– How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for touchable, natural volume.

The Volume collection lets you bare your softest hair! It has an invigorating blend of white grapefruit and mint extracts. It contains zero dyes to leave your hair naturally clean and full of irresistible volume.

Go From Drab to Fab with Sears Furniture Collection

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sears Furniture

My quads just turned eight and my oldest is nine and I haven’t had new furniture since long before they were born. Even though the 1990’s called and said they wanted their couch back, it didn’t make sense to replace it when the kids were younger. I think they’re finally old enough to be trusted with new furniture and I’d love to plan for a décor upgrade in 2014. The great news is that I don’t need a pricey interior designer since Sears’ Furniture Collection can help turn our living room from drab into a style that’s magazine-worthy in no time.

From traditional to modern, Sears’ furniture collection has something for everyone. You have the option to mix and match pieces from each collection to suit your taste or shop the entire collection for a matching look. Still need help making a décor decision? Follow these easy tips:

  • Find color inspiration from a favorite wall color or painting. This will be the focus of your design choices
  • When shopping for the living room, don’t overstuff the room. Plan for ample walking room between furniture pieces
  • Tie the room together with matching pillows, a rug and other accessories

Lastly, upgrade your room in small payments using FREE Sears Layaway (no service fee) through 3/24, valid on new Layaway contracts only. After it’s all said & done, your friends will be begging for your designer’s phone number.

Check Out the New ShopYourWay App and Save!

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Admit it, if your smart phone is glued to your body the majority of the time (like mine is), you likely have a favorite app. I’m not talking a boring necessity app like a map guide or weather forecast. I’m talking about apps that you can’t quit and thar perhaps may be slightly addictive. Prepare yourself, because there’s a new app in town that is destined to be your next obsession (and it does more than just crush candies).

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The Shop Your Way mobile app is a member’s dream. The app stores up to 20% in coupons or points on a regular basis that you can redeem directly from your smart phone. Say goodbye to carrying around that coupon pouch! The fun doesn’t end at saving money. You can use the app to go behind the scenes of our celebrity brands like Adam Levine, Nicki Minaj and much more. Download the Shop Your Way app today!

Be a Personal Shopper and Earn Some Holiday Cash

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Personal Shopper

‘Tis the season for wishing you had a bigger budget, right? Lucky for you, they’ve sweetened up the reasons to become a Personal Shopper at Sears and Kmart. In addition to earning commission to put towards your holiday budget on every qualifying purchase your family and friends make, you’ll get that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling after helping others with your shopping expertise.

Since the season for giving is now, Shop Your Way is awarding its Personal Shoppers with more chances for a bigger commission. You can earn up to 5% in commission just by gaining more clients, reaching sales numbers, following new brands on Shop Your Way, sending client invitees and more. If you think you don’t have what it takes to become a Personal Shopper, you’re probably wrong. If you find yourself giving advice often, enjoy making connections and have an entrepreneurial spirit, Personal Shopper would be a great fit for your lifestyle. Your success awaits!

Get Great TV Programs for Kids and a Chance to Win a Tablet!

Disclosure – I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.”

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Even though my five kids are all pretty much the same age, 8 year old quadruplets and a 9 year old big brother, they all want to watch different things on television. With them scattered throughout the house watching different things and arguing about whose turn it is with the remote it can sometimes be difficult to monitor what they’re watching.

I was thrilled to find out about Kidoodle.tv where I have setup themed accounts for all five kiddos. They have different icons, different color schemes and personalized content that they can watch on the computers I have setup for them in the family room. This way they can all watch they want and I know they’re not viewing Miley Cyrus videos on YouTube!

You can try out Kidoodle.tv for free through the end of December and if you sign up for a free account during that period you’ll also be entered to win 1 of 10 tablets or a year long subscription to Kidoodle.tv! You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Try Out Individualized Free Samples from PINCHme

Disclosure – I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for PINCHme. I received complimentary cards and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

PINCHme

I absolutely love trying out product samples so I can test products that I haven’t tried before, and I like to collect trial sizes of different products to carry with me when I travel. If you love free samples you should check out PINCHme, a new sampling site that sends you new products to sample from leading brands for your feedback through quick surveys.

Every other Tuesday starting at noon eastern time you can look through an individualized batch of samples and they will send you your favorites for free. The next batch of samples will be available on Tuesday December 10th so head over and sign up now and check back with them on Tuesday!

Informed Medical Decisions with the Free Healthgrades App

 Disclosure – I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Healthgrades. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating”

Healthgrades app

We just recently moved to another state and I had to find a new doctor for one of my kids who takes a maintenance medication for his ADHD and has to visit the doctor every three months for a new prescription. I had asked a friend whose son has the same issue for a recommendation but the doctor she referred me to had moved so I was stuck and needed a good doctor pretty quick.

I turned to the free Healthgrades iPhone app and was able to search through several local doctors to find the right one at a great location for us. The great thing about the app is that you can also read reviews on doctors and hospitals from other patients, plus you can keep track of your caregivers and appointments all in one spot. We’re very happy with my son’s new doctor and I’m glad to have found Healthgrades for help with the referral!