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Saturday, April 23, 2016

See you this summer at Digital Media Academy! #CreateTheNext @DMA_org

Digital Media Academy tech summer camps are filling up faster than ever! Don't miss out on the summer experience of a lifetime.  At DMA, kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 12-17) learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, film-making, and much more! They  get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

Choose from one week DMA Camps, or step it up with two week DMA Academies , all taught by industry experts and tech professionals.

Digital Media Academy also offers STEM camps just for girls, called Made by Girls! Learn from a female role model and tech professional in an environment of creative girls just like you!

Hurry, save $50 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by April 30!

Friday, April 22, 2016

GO GREEN! A Family Guide to a Sustainable lifestyle #EcologicalFootprint @EddaUSA #earthday

GO GREEN! A Family Guide to a Sustainable lifestyle is a must have this Earth Day!! 

This book gives the family opportunities to spend time together and see how they can transform their lifestyle to becoming more healthier & greener.

Calculating your families footprint is determined by four parts

1 Carbon footprint
2 Food footprint
3 House footprint
4 Good & Services footprint

We should have a common goal to make a smaller footprint.  I think making a smaller carbon footprint is where our family does pretty good:
follow the three R's REDUCE REUSE RECYCLY
stop junk mail
walk, bike, or car pool

 While  reading this book I found working on the other three wouldn't take that much effort! Here are a few tips  to help you reduce.


buy at local markets or grow your own food
reducing you use of plastic bags and bottles


clean with all natural cleaners
choose recycled or sustainable furniture
plant a tree in your yard
don't wash your car too often


Don't throw away old books recycle/donate


Don't buy the newest X Box game if you
 know your best friend already has it- 
ask to borrow it or start a game exchange group.
 I really loved this tip-- Instead of buying a friend a new sports 
bag for her Birthday, take her on an outdoor adventure course!

There are many things we NEED but more often we rush into
 things we WANT and don't think about the impact
 it has on our footprint.


Many products make our lives better and increase our status...they also distract us from what's important and cause clutter in our lives!

I hope you are enjoying this look into GO GREEN! YOU CAN FIND 
IT AT BARNES & NOBEL or AMAZON  (Edda USA;$12.95/hardcover)

GO GREEN! A Family Guide to a Sustainable lifestyle #ChoosingChange #earthday @EddaUsa

~RE-POST~ Because it's a great book!

Being mindful of your values is an important part of going green. It involves  a lot of responsible, and often difficult choices every day!
The book DISNEY GO GREEN! (Edda USA  SRP $12.95/hardcover) includes interesting facts and tips on how to make great choices to a more sustainable life. It will develop values so we can live within the limits of the earth resources. NOT everyone has the same ideas of what constitutes sustainability, but we can focus on what we do have in common- HELPING OUR PLANET!

We can choose change in many aspects - while it may take us out of our comfort zone it is whats best for us and best for the environment.For families looking for great advice about sustainability GO GREEN! is the perfect resource.




Turn off the TV and play outside- you may find a new passion in hiking, biking or swimming-all great actives that don't harm the earth.

Visit a local farmers market-local foods require less packaging, you can find a greater verity and your dollars go right into the farmers pockets. Also your family will be enjoying the health benefits of eating fresh!

Making a bird feeder with gelatin powder and birdseed- you can later watch as all your feathery  friends come and feed.

Sustainability is a simple yet HUGE idea. To do it we have to rethink many of our choices and what we consider important in life.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

NEW Line of Eco-Conscious Essentials just in time for #EarthDay

Looking for the next best sustainable product to buy this Earth Day-Check out  urbana sacs 
They are a washable lightweight material made with a variety of virgin pulp fiber blends and recycled polyester felts.

 Like fabric,  it can be washed and reused over and over again. 

It is ideal for a wide range of lifestyle uses: at home, at work and at play.  

There is such a vast array of sizes I'm sure you'll find 1 or 10 that can fit your lifestyle.

Take sustainability wherever you go with the Large Carry Sac with Single Hemp Strap and the Large Carry Sac with Two Hemp Straps. With single or dual strap options, the Large Carry Sac is the perfect accessory for your next picnic, quick trip to the market or as your go-to every day bag. The Large Carry Sac with Single Adjustable Hemp Strap will hold up to whatever you throw at it - or in it.  Wear it across your body for yoga, shopping or a golf outing for optimum style! 

These creative sacs collection provides smart storage options for any item: big, small, or in between.   From succulent planters and paper clips to shoes and toys, the creative sac collection offers stylish answer to all of your catchall needs. Currently available in six shades--White, Stone, Chocolate, Black, Shine and Sand


The Small Sac starts at $10 perfect for a little candy dish, or to hold a small house plant. The larger bags sell $45-85 dollar range so no matter you budget you'll find one that will work for you.

I've got to #Upcycle That! Ideas and Inspiration from Pinterest

Finding new  ways I can do more to GO GREEN is a goal every year for me. As Earth Day (4/22) approaches I look to Pinterest for some creative "UP CYCLES" I could try out this year. 

What Is Upcyling? It is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.

Here are a few that got my attention.

Shared by Jess Abbott > Sewing Rabbit  PIN HERE UP CYCLE BABY  BLANKET TO PJ's!

CUTE in theory but 
Son blanket has felt so much love
this one might not work

UP CYCLING CLOTHES is HUGE in our house...thrift shopping can lead to some great deals on T-Shirts that daughter and I just love but might not fit or have small holes so we see if  they can be given a new life.

Check out this  fun board Shared by: Melissa C. Loving this T-Shirt up cycle.

I know this is a style my daughter
 would try- Check out one she did


Shared by Jody R  - this pin is one I MUST TRY!

Just a few more that look fun!

PIN from wikiHow

PIN from

Do you  up-cycle? Share one of your favorite way to up-cycle. I'd LOVE more ideas. =)

If you don't  after seeing some of these amazing transformations would you give it a try?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#WIN Go Organically Earth Day #Sweepstakes + #GIVEAWAY WINNER

Check out this super sweepstakes Go Organically Fruit Snacks is running.


With Earth Day on the horizon, they are celebrating with their first-ever Earth Day Sweepstakes. Now through Earth Day, April 22nd, Go Organically Fruit Snacks invites participants to enter the sweepstakes by growing a virtual tree (check out the graphic below)  for a chance to win. Participants can increase their chances of winning by sharing a unique link on social media; so the more you share the more you care for your virtual tree! Select winners will receive Go Organically Fruit Snacks.

To enter, participants can visit either the Go Organically Fruit Snacks Website at and click on the Earth Day Sweepstakes Button,
or go directly to the contest at


One RSR reader can WIN 2 BOXES of the Fruit Snacks

Just leave a comment below telling me one way your family Celebrates Earth Day

additional entry if you enter the sweeps -leave me  the FB link so I can see your tree "grow"  =D

GIVEAWAY ENDS 4/18  at  7pm EST  Sweepstakes runs through 4/22!

Donna G

Monday, April 18, 2016

#Review #Stikbot Studio Pro - A Green Screen On-The-Go #BestToyEver #toy

If you are on any form of social media you know Stop Motion storytelling is bigger than ever in today’s conversation. Social sharing is how kids communicate now, by creating pictures and videos and sharing them with their friends. It’s today’s new “traditional play pattern.”

Built on the success of Stikbot, a stop-motion animation super star designed to turn kids into moviemakers, Zing is introducing Stikbot Studio Pro, a new set with the capacity to shape kids imagination into infinite possibilities.  This set is just about $20 and extra  Stikbot figures start around $5 each - it is worth the investment because your children will spend hours playing with it!

First I must say the Stikbot Studio App is LOADS of fun, my Son and Daughter both made some creative still  photos with it. I even enjoyed giving it a try.

The Stop-Motion animation just takes the joy too another level!  This set includes a green screen stage, allowing you to easily upload your  own photos, videos and animated backdrops as the background to their stop-motion movie. It’s the ultimate green screen on-the-go! Have a green Stikbot? Flip the set and use the blue screen. With the included prop boxes, users can easily create a 3-D affect, allowing your film to take place anywhere and everywhere! 

Here's a short my Son created with a Bot having fun in an unusual way at THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH  =D  I think my Son really got a better appreciation for animation films after working on this for a while and only getting about 3 seconds ~LOL

The free Zing StikBot Studio app, available on iOS & Android, snaps individual photos and stitches them together into a film, complete with built in music, sound effect options and now animated backdrops. Stikbot are easy-to-post figures, built with suction cup hands and feet, which can stick to almost any flat surface.  Let me tell you  this toy doesn't take up very much space and the creativity flow  is ENDLESS. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

How to deal with 50 shades of Gray. @GrayAwayEverpro Temporary Root Concealers #Review #Beauty

You've got 50 shades of Gray...and NOT the "good" kind I've got a product that need to be a part of your beauty routine immediately. 

EVERPRO is a brand whose mission is to offer innovative solutions to unique hair concerns. With its high-performance range of easy-to-use hair care products, They offer professional-grade salon formulas to be used in the privacy of the home. 

 GRAY AWAY, innovative root touch-up products targeted toward quick and easy gray root coverage available in a spray or powder form it is simple to use.The best part (aside from the awesome coverage) is the Unique pinpoint applicator provides targeted coverage.

 For less then $10 a can containing about  40 application = BIG SAVINGS on trips to the salon!  I can look my best anytime anywhere. The current product line is made up of 3 colors (Black/Dark Brown, Light Brown, and Lightest Brown/Medium Blonde) that cover 9 shade levels and is offered in an aerosol spray can form.

My Gray's are slowly creeping in...I try to get creative with hair styles and LOTS of headbands to cover when I don't have the time to dye. Now after my first time using GrayAway I'm hooked!!! 

Check out the results!

RSR readers can get a  20% off the purchase of any GRAY AWAY product(s) using the discount code NOGRAY20 (Available through 5/31/16).

#Review Luxurious Green Tea Face Mask @Ilove7thHeaven #My7thHeaven

There’s something so relaxing and refreshing about teatime! My aim is to have it once a day-even if it's just the first 5 minutes in the morning before the rest of the family is up.

   Now you can treat your skin to a drink of delightful green tea with the newest high performing, all-natural Green Tea Peel Off Mask. I've never been really good at mixing a mask up myself. I like using 7th Heaven a division of Montagne Jeuness a company that has been making natural beauty products for 30 years.

 Channeling  all the goodness of the time honored, antioxidant-rich elixir to purify, tone and brighten complexions.  Great as a weekly  detoxifying treatment . The mask features ginger root  and lemon that are a sublime to the senses and give your skin a boost.

 The peel-away format makes the mask naturally exfoliating and helps remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells in one 15 - 20 minute session!  SRP $1.99...Simple and can't beat the price for a nice  pamper  session. I'd recommend having a bowl of warm water handy also, some of the mask didn't  peel as easy as the rest.

They are also cruelty-free and a member of BUAV/Leaping Bunny and PETA.
 You can find them at Ulta, Bed Bath & Beyond Kroger and Wal-Mart and many places  online.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mother's Day Shopping just got so much easier THANKS to @YogiGuruNanda @Walmart & @Walgreens #GIVEAWAY ends 4/21

Aromatherapy  has had been a luxury for spa-goers for ages. Now it's something busy Moms can enjoy at home. Debuting in April at Walgreens and Walmerts.  GunuNanda has helped create a kit that has everything you need to turn any room in your home into a pampering retreat. 

I like the vast collection of oils













Each features a carefully selected GuruNanda essential oil or essential oil blend, along with a professional caliber ultrasonic diffuser to disperse the healing aromas into the air.  As a bonus, the diffuser also features an LED color-changing light, adding a beautiful visual element to the room. This was a wonderful part of the experience. The scent I tried was RELAXING BLEND it's a mix of Lavender Eucalyptus Basil & Grapefruit.

What Mom would love one of these for Mother's Day? For Under $20 it's a great gift that will not brake the bank, but will leave Mom feeling like you spent a lot.

Well one RSR reader has the opportunity to win one for MOM ...or you =)

To enter must do both:

LIKE GuruNanda FB page , leave me your FB name that how I will contact winner.

Tell me what three scents you'd want to blend and why.


Tweet, Pin, or share the giveaway on social medial-just leave link-one
extra entry per day.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Try a pick-me-up with @sparklingice Tea #GetALift

I swear I was a Southern Belle in my former life because I could live on SWEET TEA's.  A fresh tea with a mix of fruit is so uplifting for my insides it  takes me to another place. Last year when Sparking ICE introduced their  Tea I knew giving up soda (my 2014 resolution that I was still working on) was going to be so much easier- these  deliver just the right amount of fizz to fool my " I need soda monster!" 

 Sparkling Ice,  announced this week a new packaging design for its great tasting, zero calorie, Sparkling Ice Tea product line, which now includes Lemon Tea, Raspberry Tea, Peach Tea and new Half & Half flavors.

 SPARKLING ICE can be found in retailers nationwide. Sparkling Ice is part of the Talking Rain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparkling Ice, visit

So the bottle may have a new look but inside is the same yummy goodness we have come to love from ICE.  What flavor would you like to try first? 

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