Check out the new Softcard App from Verizon! #paywithmyphone

If you don’t remember, last year I had the horrible experience of having my wallet stolen out of my bag at the gym.  Seriously, worst feeling ever.  I felt so violated, I couldn’t believe someone would do that; go through my belongings and take something that wasn’t theirs.  After all that, I had to recover from everything and order new cards, get a new ID, and I actually thought I had my son’s social security card in my wallet (thank God I didn’t), not to mention the nice Coach wallet I lost and the cash that was in it.  The time… ugh… the time it took me to cancel cards and get new ones… ya that was super annoying too.


If I had Verizon Softcard at the time it would have saved me SO much hassle.  I wouldn’t have had to deal with any of this because I would have had all my Credit, Debit, and Store Cards stored securely on the Softcard App.  I wouldn’t have needed my wallet at all and I would actually still have my favorite Coach wallet, because I am pretty sad that it got stolen :-(

Softcard from Verizon is a free app that allows you to store your credit cards and loyalty cards all in one place with a unique pin to open your wallet that protects your information!  Now you can pay with your phones at over 200,000 locations nationwide. Data and messaging charges apply.


Make sure to sign up for a Serve account as you will be receiving a $25 Green Dot card to load a little extra spending money on your device PLUS, when you sign up for Serve you will receive a $25 credit! (details on the special Serve offer here).

There are actually a lot of other deals you can snag when you sign up for Softcard from Verizon, here are just a few examples of current promotions:

 Spend $40 and Get $20: Verizon customers with an American Express Serve Account on Softcard from Verizoncan get a $20 credit after you spend $40 or more on one purchase with your Serve Account through September 30, 2014. Terms Apply.

 $1 back on purchases: Tap to pay with an American Express Serve Account in Softcard and get $1 back on each purchase of $1 or more. Up to $50 per month with the Serve credit through December 12, 2014. Terms apply.

 First 3 Coca-Cola drinks are FREE. After the first three free drinks, if you buy 10 more, you get another 1 FREE through December 31, 2014. You must sign up for the “My Coke Rewards” loyalty card within Softcard to take advantage of this offer.

Plus some additional amazing deals to take advantage of for Back to School or anytime shopping:
 White House Black Market – $20 off $80 (ends 10/31)
 Osh Gosh – 20% off $40 or more (ends 9/30)
 Chico’s – $25 off $100 or more (ends 10/31)
 Carter’s – 20% off $40 or more (ends 9/30)

Many phones are already equipped with the technology to have Softcard, like these devices:
o All New HTC One (M8)
o HTC One
o HTC One Max
o Droid DNA
o Droid Incredible

 Kyocerao Hydro Elite

 LG
o G Vista
o G2
o Lucid 3

 Motorola
o Droid MAXX
o Droid Mini
o Droid Ultra
o Droid Razr HD
o Droid Razr M
o Droid Razr Maxx
o Moto X – SIM enabled; need to download app from app store

 Samsung
o Galaxy Note 3
o Galaxy S3 Mini – SIM enabled; need to download app from app store
o Galaxy S4 (with preintsalled SIM)
o Galaxy S4 Mini – SIM enabled; need to download app from app store
o Galaxy S5
o Galaxy Note 2

 Pantech Perception
 Casio G’zOne Commando

To use the Isis Wallet on iPhone® 4, 4s, 5 or 5s models, you’ll need an Isis Ready case containing a Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna. If you don’t have this already, let us know and we will be happy to send you one. Then, you simply download and install the app from the App StoreSM.

Pregnancy Week 5 – The aches of pregnancy set in… right to my boobs

O.M.G. My boobs hurt.  Seriously– I am one of those girls that wears a bra all the time– yes even to bed.  The girls need support and when I am not pregnant my boobs hurt if I don’t wear a bra so I just feel more comfortable wearing one all the time.  Ya- now, at 5 weeks pregnant I am finding myself wearing a sports bra or a bra tank as much as possible because anything tight pretty much kills me.  I also think it’s pretty safe to say I have increased a whole cup size this week because my real bras do not fit at all (which could be why they are so uncomfortable).  Obviously a stop into Victoria Secret to get some new bras is in order– Or maybe I should try to find something that is a little better for pregnancy.

I can feel my body changing and preparing for this pregnancy.  I am definitely still tired, I noticed I walk slower and my energy level is hugely decreased.  My appetite is hit or miss, I am either hungry and want something really specific or not hungry at all.  The nausea is not too bad right now.  I get nauseated if I walk a lot, it is really hot, and especially after I take a shower- and after 7 months of morning sickness with Colton I can handle it if this is the only type of nausea I get.  I do know that morning sickness sets in a little more at the 6/7 week mark, so I will be waiting and hoping that this little bit of nausea is all I get lol.

I noticed an increase in discharge this week.  My doctor says this is normal part of pregnancy and I remember this happening when I was pregnant with Colton- so if this happens to you- it is normal.  :-)

Oh- mood swings.  Yup, Check, I definitely have those too.  In fact I called David crying yesterday when he was on his way home from work.  I think he was shocked because in 30 seconds I went from crying to yelling at him and hung up on him and then when he got home I was fine.  He walked in the door and says “Please tell me that was your hormones that just called me on the phone and not you”.  I am looking back and laughing– but really I am thankful that he is understanding and excited too.  So if you find yourself happy one minute and crying the next- it is the increase of hormones.

Also- I don’t know what is going on but I feel like I have a teeny tiny baby bump already.  I don’t know if it is because I already carried one baby to term, or because I recently had a miscarriage, but my stomach is hard and there is a teeny bulge that I can’t suck in at all.  I also lost 10 pounds over the last month so I can’t say I have gained any weight at all so I can’t blame it on that.  And even David noticed it yesterday, so I know I am not going crazy.  It is just strange because with my last pregnancy I do not recall this with my last pregnancy.  With Colton I do a little bit, but it was October so I just switched over to sweat pants all the time :-)

Pregnancy Week 4- Big Fat Positive… and what really happens to your body

Woo Hoo!  I got the positive pregnancy test on Friday a few days before my missed period, so I was really only 3 1/2 weeks when I found out.  It took a few days for this whole thing to set.  It took us a year of trying to get pregnant… then we finally got pregnant and I miscarried… and now BAM!  Just like that I find out I am pregnant again.

We are VERY excited, but as David says- he is trying to stay reserved until I am a little farther along.  I don’t blame him… but I am getting really excited already.

I was prompted to take the pregnancy test because I was nauseated a lot.  For me- that is a sign of pregnancy.  Right now, other than being extremely tired, and a little nauseated off and on, I feel great.

I had some spotting around 3 weeks- I wasn’t sure why and kind of thought I was getting my period- but it never turned into anything more than spotting.  The spotting was 1 day a teeny bit of red, then nothing for 2 days and then 2 more days of brown (old) blood.  I didn’t know at the time- but this was definitely implantation bleeding.  It is odd to me because the last two pregnancies I had this- and with Colton and my other previous pregnancy I didn’t.

So the little egg is implanted and baby is starting to grow.  It is exciting to think about everything that is happening inside my body.  Little one is splitting cells and getting bigger by the minute!

What they don’t tell you about ‘Morning Sickness’

First- the term ‘Morning Sickness’ was obviously coined by a man.  I don’t know why they call it morning sickness because I will tell you what… there is nothing morning about it.  They need to call it all day and night, your baby does not want you to eat food sickness.

I had the plague with Colton.  I call it the plague because I had morning sickness day and night to the point of I could barely function for 7 months.  I was WELL into my 3rd trimester when things finally settled down.  I lost 20 pounds- and not the way you want to.  Let’s just say I threw up in more places than I care to admit…

Oh- another myth about Morning Sickness… you only have it with your first baby.  <— THIS right here is what they want you to think so you will want to get pregnant again.  I thought this… and BOY WAS I WRONG.  So please do not think that just because this is your second baby that you will not have morning sickness.

IT CAN STRIKE AT ANY TIME.  I actually feel bad for David for having to put up with me and watching me random start heaving.  I can be sitting there, feeling completely fine and all of a sudden I cough, or yawn, or see something kind of gross… and BAM I am heaving and running for the bathroom.  <– NOT FUN

Car rides are THE WORST.  For me- this is what tipped me off to take a pregnancy test… I started getting car sick.  I thought.. .this isn’t normal.. and SURPRISE… I’m Pregnant!  If I drive, it is a little better, but really- it’s still bad.  And David gets really annoyed with me when I drive (CONTROL FREAK LOL).

Eating in the morning helps… I don’t know who made this up but if I eat before I get out of bed it just makes things worse for me.  BUT- I did notice I get sicker if I skip meals or I don’t eat a lot of meat.  So I do try to continuously eat small, healthy meals throughout the day.  This is not good for David because he is not on the same eating schedule as me and he does not like a lot of the foods I have been wanting or able to eat.  I have a feeling he is either going to get really fat from eating premade/fried food or really skinny from not eating.

As someone who was horribly sick for 7 months- I can say it is worth it when you have that baby in your arms and have 0 pounds to loose after delivery.  So- all complaining aside- morning sickness IS a good thing.  It is actually caused by the hormones that your body makes that protect the baby as the placenta forms.  So if you have morning sickness.. it is a GOOD thing and embrace it!  I am trying to- and every time I vomit or just feel so sick I want to die, I just think in a few short months I will have a precious little baby to show for it :-)


Fun Science Experiment to Show How Colors Blend

This is a fun, quick, not that messy, and EASY Science experiment for kids to show color blending.  You can complete this experiment with things you have right in your kitchen and in about 5 minutes.  Kids are impressed, they learn something, and had some fun.  Colton is 5 and in Kindergarten and he LOVES science!

Colton Color Experiment

What you will need:
1 Cup of Milk
2 Tablespoons of CLEAR Dish Soap (I recommend clear, colored will still work, but the color blending might not be as apparent
Red, Yellow, and Blue Food Coloring
Bowl or container

Step 1:
Add the Milk to the Bowl

Step 2:
Add the Dish Soap to the Bowl

Step 3:
Put just a few drop of each around the edge of the bowl.  Space them out so they are not touching at first so you can watch the experiment happen!

Color Experiment 1

Step: 4
Watch and wait!

Color Experiment 2

What is happening:
The Dish Soap will float on the top of the milk, and pick up and pull the colors from the dye.  You use milk because it is white so you can watch the mixing and blending of the colors.  It may take a few minutes for the soap to begin to carry the dyes.  But once it does it is pretty cool!  (We added a few extra drops of food dye to speed it up because 5 year olds are impatient LOL).

Check it Out:
How fast does the dye move?
What colors mix and blend first?
What NEW colors do you see?
Do you see a variation in the colors that are mixed and blended?


Why Your Child Should Be In Touch With Nature

Kids today can seem a little distant. It can be difficult for parents to connect with their children. That’s because technology plays a huge part in the lives of children in today’s world. Six-year-olds can understand digital technology in a way that adults cannot. Kids can use iPads before they can speak. That may sound incredible, but it’s true. I’ve seen it happen myself. It’s a little scary for anyone who came of age in a time when cellphones were the size of houses!

(Flickr, via Google Images)

Children have embraced the digital world more than any other age group. It’s what they see every day of their lives. As soon as they entered the world, technology surrounded them. It’s no surprise that they can use it better than anyone else. It’s familiar to them in a way that it couldn’t be for anyone else. It’s good that kids can use technology. That will help them to get better jobs and to connect with other people. That doesn’t mean technology should be their only source of play. In fact, the opposite is true. You don’t want your kids to become dependent on technology. They should be able to engage with every aspect of the world around them. That’s where nature plays a part.

Every child needs a balanced life. That’s true for technology and nature too. Today’s kids should grow up with an appreciation of nature as well as of technology. There are lots of reasons why being familiar with nature can help your children. For one thing – nature is beautiful. There’s nothing better than taking a walk through the local park. Seeing the wildlife and learning about the plants can be rewarding for your children. That knowledge could also open up new career opportunities for them as they grow up. Not everyone will want to work in technology. What if your child wants to get interested in plants, animals and the natural world? Encouraging an interest in nature from an early age could be vital for that interest.

Nature can also help kids to get the right amount of exercise. We all know that children struggle to exercise enough. That’s because it’s difficult to exercise indoors. You should try and let your kids enjoy natural spaces. They’ll run around, play games and have a great time. It’s a good idea to have a family home with a big garden. Country estates in Tetbury have lots of outdoor space. If you can’t do that, try and take your kids to the park instead.

Last of all, an appreciation of the natural world can make children happier. Nature is simpler than the world of technology. It’s easy to understand and appreciate. It can help to calm down hyperactive children. The serenity of nature could do a world of good for your child’s mood.

(Google Images)

You can’t overlook the importance of the natural world in your child’s education. Nature should be a fundamental building block in your child’s life experience. A love of nature could stay with your child forever. Make sure you give them the chance to make that connection.


Don’t Buy A Family Home Without These Elements

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect family home, you might be finding it very difficult. Some homes seem perfect until you look a little closer. Others need a lot of work done before they can be considered perfect. So what are you supposed to do? As a general rule, I wouldn’t consider buying a family home without the following elements:


A Great School Nearby
If you’re looking for a family home, then it only makes sense to make sure there’s a great school nearby for your kids to attend. How do you know if a school is great? Well, first off you can speak to people in the area to see what they think. You can then read all kinds of things online. Lastly, you can go to view the school yourself along with your children to see what the staff and pupils are like.

A Huge Garden
Kids love to play in the garden. The great thing about it is that it’s much better for them than being on the computer or their tablet 24/7. If you make sure you have a big garden, you can create all kinds of play areas for them and help them to stay fit and healthy.

Good Parks
Good parks nearby will mean you have places to walk as a family and spend the day when the weather’s nice. It’s always nice to make sure you have beautiful areas like this near your home!

A Gym Nearby
Gyms are great for getting fit and getting rid of stress. If you ever feel stressed at home, you can simply pop to the gym for a run or a swim and get rid of all those stresses. It’s even a great place you can take your kids to teach them how to swim.

Plenty of Storage
Kids might only be small, but they grow quickly. Plus, as they grow, they accumulate loads of stuff. This calls for as much storage as possible. However much storage you have in a house, you’ll always fill it. Trust me on this! Family homes for sale in East Kilbride have plenty of storage.

Room for Multiple Cars
Your kids will grow up, and one day they’ll be old enough to drive. You might not want to think about it right now, but it makes sense to have room for multiple cars.

Good Public Transport Links
On the other hand, your kids probably won’t be driving for a while. They may never want to drive. You may not drive either! If this is the case, it’s essential to have good transport links. No matter where you live, whether it’s in a busy town or the middle of nowhere, a bus or a train can get you to where you want to be.

You shouldn’t put an offer in on a family home if it’s missing many of these elements. Remember, circumstances change all the time and you should be prepared. Enjoy choosing your new house!

Image Author: Flickr

Life. Cancer. Death.

I will not lie.  I do not deal well with things like illness, injury, and death.  Death- probably the one thing I tend to emotionally avoid the most.  My family has been through so much this year, and as if things for me personally couldn’t get any worse cancer hit our family.

My step-dad, who is a stubborn old man, has been having some health issues and took way to long to go get checked out (don’t all men do this?).  FINALLY he listened to my mom, took the day off work and went to the ER.  They admitted him and found a mass on his lung… more tests and more tests and they tell him and my mom the cancer is spread and he is terminal.

SHOCK. TEARS. EMOTIONS. THOUGHTS. REGRETS. SADNESS. all at once came over our family.

They had plans.  He wanted to cut back at work so he and my mom could travel.  They are still fixing up their house.  My mom relies on him.  He handles all the important stuff- and she has no idea what to do with any of that.  This was not the plan, this is not supposed to be the end for him.

My mom is crying all the time.  For the first time in the 12 years he has been in my life, I saw him share emotions.  I am crying.  My sister is crying.  I came home Tuesday and tried talking to my mom and she was so distraught she wasn’t making any sense.  She is so lost.  I hate watching this.  He is in so much pain.  They are preparing for the inevitable and all I can do is watch and cry.

I can not change this.  Nothing I can do, unless I come up with the cure for cancer can change this.  I am sad.  I am sad my mom is losing her husband.  I am sad my son is losing his grandpa.  I am sad to see him in pain and struggling.  I am sad to see them preparing for this.

God has a plan.  My mom told me that she feels this is the reason God brought me back to Ohio.  I was so angry when Colton and I had to come back.  I was so angry to see my family ripped apart.  I was so angry to not be with my husband when I need him the most.  But no one saw this coming and now my mom and my family need me and I am glad that I am here.  I still miss David every day- but I can feel in my heart that this is where I am needed and this is where God put me for this reason.

If you pray, please keep my family in your prayers.  We really need it right now.

Wall Decals, the Perfect way to Make Any Room Unique

Photo frame tree wall stickers: imagination and art

tree wall decals

I have seen a photo frame tree wall sticker in my uncle’s living room. It looks really nice and

my uncle showed me the different family photographs through this sticker and I recognized one

photograph with my father on that wall. I was really surprised and I looked like a kid. After

a while I asked to my uncle about this sticker and he told me that it is available in the online

shopping portals.

Now I have installed a black shaded tree and flowers wall sticker in my dining and I have also

attached some family photo frames and landscape photographs on the various branches. It looks

really awesome and my dining room looks like a star heritage hotel. My dining set and all the

furniture colors are black and the wall color is a light crème. I installed the tree wall sticker by

applying the contrast combination of the color.

Candy look of living room

We can decorate our living room with a candy look. It is very simple and easy process. First

we have to buy some light and vibrant colored furniture for our living room like, yellow sofa

set with white centre table or a green sofa set with a sea blue centre table. We can also arrange

some red color small sitting tools in our living room. Then we have to install a photo frame tree

wall sticker on the back side wall of the sofa set. We can use a tree photo frame wall sticker with

leaves, flower and birds.

family is forever

I have installed a tree wall sticker in my living room and decorate it with photo frames. I have

chosen a dark brown tree which bends toward the right side and the tree spreads its branches

on the right direction. I have pasted some green leaves around the branches and I have even

installed some various color photo frame on the branches of the tree. I have added some extra

creativity with some owl picture stickers on the tree. It looks like a real one and it is a perfect

match with my light color living room furniture. My living room reflects a candy look which is

different from the clichéd decoration system.

Snow white kid’s room

Kids’ room decoration is really very difficult because we have to use some vibrant hues in our

kids’ room but along with that we should arrange some creative elements in our kid’s room. Kids

learn by watching others. This period is the dream-time of their age and they start their learning

process with fairy stories.

princess wall decals

If we decorate the kids’ room with a fairy tale or snow white effect then kids imagine their

room like a castle or a place of the fairy tale. We can easily do this work at a minimum cost. We

can use a snow white tree wall sticker on their room wall. It will represent a snow fall and the

branches of the tree are spread sheets with white snow effects. After that, we can install some

family photograph frames on that three. We have to install these frames in the perfect position

because it should be like a family tree also. Kids’ mind is inquisitive and they ask about these

photo frames repeatedly and then we can explain and help them to identify their family members.

Through this process we can solve the decoration purpose and our kids will learn lot of things.

How to apply the tree wall stickers? Fact and features


It is very simple and easy to install the tree photo frame wall stickers on the wall. These wall

stickers come with a back layer and application tape. We have to remove the back layer and

past in the decided position and then we have to remove the application tape smoothly. It is a

removable and reusable sticker. We can use it for several purposes and easily transfer them from

one wall to another wall.

We can place the mural decals wall tree art in our living and dinning room. For kitchen, we can

apply some quote words. It looks very attractive and elegant. We can use the tree wall sticker

with photo frame in the ceramic tiles wall also. We can build a ceramic wall at the entrance of

our house and stick this three wall sticker on that wall. It decorates our exterior and it represents

our family prestige to the visitors. When our guests come, they will look at the wall first and

know the family heritage from the photographs.