The Importance of Being Reese: March 2017

How to Road Trip with Kids, Without Going Crazy

Simple tips on how to road trip this season without losing your mind in the process

The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. Summer is just around the corner. If you're anything like my family, that means the season of road-trips is rapidly approaching. Which means if you want to survive the summer with your sanity intact, it's time to get started planning your next family road trip now.

Living in North Carolina presents plenty of road-tripping opportunities. Between the beaches and the mountains, there's plenty to see, and we often try. During the summer months, we typically spend at least one weekend a month on the road. Still, no matter how many road trips we take, road-tripping with a kid, is considerably more difficult, than road tripping with adults. Which is why before we leave, I take extra measures to ensure that our road-trip doesn't deprive me of my sanity.

WeMo Mini Smart Plug by Belkin Review and Giveaway

It's week two of my Smart Moms, Smart Homes series, and today, we're talking about the WeMo Mini Smart Plug. Be sure to check out my review on YouTube for more information about this smart plug. This post is sponsored by Belkin, however all thoughts and opinions belong solely to me.

WeMo Mini Smart Plug

You know that feeling of annoyance you get when it's too warm and your A/C just isn't doing the trick, but you know your fan will get the job done. Only your fan is on the other side of the room, and you're in a comfy position on your couch? Turns out, there's a fix for that-- The WeMo Mini Smart Plug by Belkin.

This tiny little plug packs a powerful punch. With one flick of the button, or a simple voice command, you can control electronic devices throughout your home, even if you're on the other side of the world.

Moana Movie Viewing Party + Moana Inspired Snack Ideas

Thank you to Disney for providing us with some awesome Moana swag and a gift card to help make our movie viewing party extra special! 

Tips and treats for hosting a Moana styled party

8 is the number of times my daughter has watched Moana since our movie viewing party last weekend. Not that I'm upset, because Moana is so good we can literally watch it over and over again, and love it every single time.

If you keep up with me on Twitter, you know that last week we celebrated the upcoming release of Disney's Moana with a few pint-sized friends and tons of goodies. Since Mr. A was out of town, it was truly a ladies night, complete with some serious yummies, and a movie that introduces a new kind of Disney Princess. As the mother of a strong-willed daughter, I LOVE the tone that this Moana sets, which is why it was literally the perfect choice for a ladies night in. My family has a rich history of strong, independent women, so watching this movie with my daughter, was especially important.

My Wisdom Tooth Story + A Memo Box Giveaway

I want to start this post with a huge THANK YOU to all of my readers who tweeted and messaged me about their experiences having their wisdom teeth removed! Your advice has helped to make this experience a bit more bearable. So Thank You, Thank You, Thank you! (P.S. my giveaway is sponsored by Memo Box, however, all thoughts, opinions and pictures are mine unless otherwise stated.)

I'm not a fan of the dentist. Any dentist, really. And by not a fan, I mean incredibly terrified. I know, call me weak. But there's something about having a person operating a power drill in my mouth that conjures up enough"what-if"scenarios to keep me awake at night for all of eternity.

I credit my phobia to that one time my dentist told me it wouldn't hurt. He lied. It hurt. A lot.  I was 5 at the time, but that memory is still fresh in my mind. So you can imagine that I wasn't overjoyed when my dentist told me that I would need to have all four of my wisdom teeth removed.

Philips Hue White Ambiance Light Review and Giveaway

It's week one of my Smart Moms, Smart Homes series, and I'm kicking things off with one of my favorite products so far, the Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Lights. Be sure to check out my review on YouTube for more information about these super smart lights. This post is sponsored by Philips Lighting, however all thoughts and opinions belong solely to me.

Question of the Day: How do you make a dumb home smart?
Answer: By installing Philips Hue White Ambiance Lights

By now we all know that lighting has the ability to affect our wallet, moods, productivity and sometimes, even our sleeping patterns. In a sense, investing in smart lighting is not only economical, but it can make your life easier in a number of different ways.

A month ago, I had the opportunity to try out some smart lights for the first time. And now, I'm pretty much addicted. With more than 50,000 shades of white, Philips Hue White Ambiance lights can match your personal preference. However, if you'd prefer something a bit less custom, the Philips Hue App  and the Philips Hue wireless dimmer switch come loaded with 4 preset options to choose from.

Charlotte Happenings: UniverSoul Circus Returns + A Giveaway

A/N: I was given tickets to the UniverSoul Circus performance, however, all thoughts and opinions are mine. 

Charlotte get ready! The UniverSoul Circus is back and better than ever!

On Tuesday, March 14- Saturday, March 19th, the UniverSoul Circus returns to Charlotte. Entering into it's 24th season, The UniverSoul Circus features a wide variety of acts and a diverse selection of talent from every corner of the world. The show is highly energetic, highly engaging, and highly entertaining for both children and adults.

Smart Moms, Smart Homes: Coming Soon

Smart Moms, Smart Homes

20 years ago, the idea of home automation was a bit hard to swallow. Sure we had futuristic shows like The Jettson, and Power Rangers, but truthfully, not many people believed that we would one day have refrigerators that talk to us, or computers that could be activated with our thumbprint. Flash forward 20 years and while we don't have flying cars (yet) home automation is starting to become more common. 

So I started looking for affordable ways to "smarten up" our home. Which is how I came up for the theme for my new series. Smart Moms, Smart Homes offers inexpensive smart home for moms (and dads) to make their lives easier. 

Every Monday in March, be sure to swing by my blog and YouTube channel for help and reviews for some fun, affordable and innovative smart products to get you started with home automation. Plus, enter to win some of this super smart tech as well.

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Until next time!