Shower Shimmy Review

Shower Shimmy and cleaning solution

Shower Shimmy and cleaning solution

I received and reviewed the shower shimmy and it’s really cool. I especially like that it’s an all-in- one system!  You do not have to bring cleaning solution, a sponge, a brush, and other accoutrements into the bath tub with you.  I plan to get my mom one who has a hard time cleaning the shower and tub.

The best part of the shower shimmy is that the solution is non-toxic, and all-natural so I can shower and clean at the same time!  You do not take the solution bottle into the shower/tub with you.  You fill the handle of the shimmy, and you squirt (with the blue button) just a little solution, and you are good to go.  The concentrated solution is powerful so you only need a small amount, which is quite awesome.  Then you can rinse with the shower head (if it is detachable) or use a cup and pour water on the area.

Here’s a twist: I also cleaned the sinks and countertops with only a small squirt, and it was shiny and sparkly like new.  I cleaned our standing shower with this and even managed to do the kids’ bathtub while bathing them.  It seems like their bath tub is gross and neverd54b4e93324152143b0c2e56067d1ddb_large2 gets the shine it needs.  The fact that the solution is safe, non-toxic, and made only with all natural ingredients makes me feel better about letting the kids use the bath tub right after use.  No chemicals, no foul!  Check out all the details at this website.

When you finish cleaning, you can hang the shower shimmy with the provided suction/hook.  Mine fell in the shower in the middle of the night, but once it is dry (purpose of the hook), you can always remove it and store it away.

 

Disclaimer:  I was provided with the shower shimmy kit: all products seen here and the cleaning solution to use, so I could provide an honest review.  All opinions expressed and experiences are my own.

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Fat Cat’s Westminster – A great place on a cold, snowy day

LogoFatCatWhen the kids are out of school, and the weather outside is not so delightful, we like taking the kids to Fat Cat’s in Westminster to burn off some steam, and have great family time too!  We went over Thanksgiving break, and plan to go some more as the weather cools down again.  We played mini-golf there which is quite fun for younger kids learning to putt-putt.  It’s glow in the dark, pirate mini-golf.  We played the video games and laser tag game which is very neat and the prices are reasonable for the golf and laser tag games.  1t1a8402fatcatsThe Fat Cat’s Center boasts a snack bar with food, and a full bowling alley!  There is something for everyone, and now, with this deal, you can take the whole family for dinner, bowling, and great fun!   I saw their party packages when we last went, and they are reasonable and have a variety of activities for kids of all ages.

You can sign up at http://www.fatcatsfun.com/free_stuff for your next Birthday party and Fat Cat’s will even send you a free Birthday gift!  Also, go check them out.  Right now, with this coupon from Colorado Kids.Com, you get the following:

Family Special 69.99 per lane – 2 hours of Bowling and shoes for up to 6 people
2 pitchers of soda
1 Large, two topping pizza
Offer good for up to 6 people 11am-8pm

Disclaimer:  Colorado Kids moms-connect provided free family bowling and the package above for our family in exchange for this post and a future review of our experience.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Pick up Service from #Walmarttogo Grocery – It really is quick!

I posted before about Walmart Grocery To Go! delivery, but I have never tried pick-up service. I tried home delivery four times, and you can read about all my experiences on Get Clued In!  So, this time we tried pickup to see if it was really a “game changing time saver.”  It really is.

20150110_123124It worked great! And we did it with our kids in tow!  When the weather is nice like it was today, roll up your sleeves, head out to run errands, and make a quick 5 minute or less stop at Walmart Curbside pick up, and get all your groceries before you head home.  Make sure to register here for Walmart Grocery To Go, so you can set up your account, so when you are ready to order, you are good to go!   Pick your store, the one you will either pass by on the way home from work, or running errands, and you actually give Walmart a 4-hour window for pick up.  They call you at the start of your window to let you know to call them when you are 15 minutes out.  Once you are 15 minutes out, call them, and when you get there, you pull into a special marked area, and voila!  They come out, review your order, and load your car.  We had our items and loaded into the trunk within two minutes of arrival.  No fuss, no muss, no standing in long lines, no trying to find all you need from various Departments.  It is all ready for you and best of all, it’s FREE!  Delivery is approximately $7, and pick up is free.   And, they even gave ua free gift for our loyalty – a little Walmart care package.  Wow!  What a treat!

20150110_123117Holiday rush at the store? Fret not, order everything you need on-line. Oh, and be sure to indicate which items you are okay to substitute out because if they do not have the one you ordered, are you okay with generic or another brand?  Make sure to put that in, and check out. You pay on-line when you check out, but you are not charged until pick up because they might not have all your items.  Worked like a charm for us!

20140316-231926.jpgWhether you choose home delivery (a truck like the one pictured to the left will deliver all your goods to your home), or pick up service, save time, money, and hassles of traffic and lines of holiday grocery shopping, and order from Walmart Grocery To Go. Reduce stress of the new year and spend time on things that matter.

Disclaimer: As a participant in the Walmart Grocery to Go program, I’ve received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.  Don’t forget to CLICK HERE so we both get a $15 credit at WALMART To Go! 

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Get Clued In’s Year in Review – 2014

Last year’s review paints 2013 as a great year, both personally and professionally. This year has been both busy and ended with a lot of random illness sweeping through the house, and apparently our extended family’s homes.  Hopefully, 2015 sees the end of the bad juju of illness sweeping through all our homes.  We didn’t travel as much as last year, but we did our share of trips and had a great time.  I took a life-changing journey of taking a 100-day course, and it has been eye-opening.  I did a lot of promotions and even a big tech switch.

Here are my top posts for 2014, not necessarily because of traffic to the site, but because I enjoyed writing them and sharing with you:

10.  A Review of Samsung Galaxy s5 Active with Gear Fit –  In the area of technology and some changes, I went from an iphone 4S to a Samsung.  What a fun and different journey.  The iphone is great for some things, and the android is better in some areas.  They are both great, but I enjoyed writing this review, and I have enjoyed my free Samsung Galaxy s5 active and Gear Fit that I won at a AT&T blogger event.  What fun it’s been.  I passed down the 4S to hubby and he loves having a modern data phone, and shhhh, I still use my old iphone for some tricks I still can’t figure out how to do properly on my droid.

9.  Things I am still learning – You@TheCenter (R) $100 offer- I did a lot of fun promotions, attended some great blog events, but this was by far the most life-changing, beneficial perk I received as a blogger.  I took a course which has been life-altering, and as the New Year begins, one which I can take to greater heights through the amazing things I have learned and put into practice.  Here’s to 2015, and possibly better focus on things that matter: Me, and the things which are top priority for us.

8.  Magical fun showing our #DisneySide @Home Celebration - Another cool and exciting opportunity as a blogger centered on doing something fun with my kids, and yet another punch card list, action item met from the 100-day course.  We had a great time showing our #DisneySide and hosting a fun party, and it was also right around my birthday and my younger daughter’s birthday.  Can’t beat that!

7.  City Girls Visit a Farm - Right in line with spending quality time with the kiddos, I had the rare opportunity to attend a fun and educational field trip with my daughter’s Kindergarten class.  Not only was the cuteness factor completely exceeded, we brought home bags and bags of organic fruits and vegetables to share with friends, and cook up into great, healthy meals.  What a fun time, and I know memories we will cherish for a long time to come!

6.  From Philly to Washington, D.C.  – Independence Day in our Nation’s Capitol –  Our trips were fun too and always eventful.   Our trip in summer took us to the east coast for a wedding, and seeing family and friends from all over the world.  Visiting our nation’s capitol meant a lot to the girls, and the birthplace of Independence.   And, it was Independence weekend to boot!  How can you not love that.  From the Pandas at the National Zoo, to the liberty bell, and everything in between, we had a great time, and saw fireworks from a rooftop condo where we stayed.

5.  Florida- ahh - We also made two trips to Florida, one late in 2013 into New Year 2014, and then another one to shower my sister-in-law to welcome a baby in hot July and August of 2014.  Florida is far away, but it is full of family, and friends for us, and so many exciting things to do.  How can we not love Florida – ahhhh!  And if we time it just right, we can avoid those nasty Colorado winter sub-zero, arctic temps.

4.  Frozen at Hollywood Studios- “All good things” on a 110-degree day – The second time we went to Florida, we were all dripping and soaking wet from the sweat and heat – it was summer in Florida, but we were there for a good cause, and so we did what most tourists do, visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios and cooled off with the gang from FROZEN.  It felt great on a hot, humid, 100-degree PLUS day in Central Florida.  And we met the whole cast, and then some, and we sucked it up, ate a lot of ice cream and snow cones, sprayed water bottles on each other (with fans built-in) and made it all work.

3.  Milestones and Memories- Her First Sleepover-  Then begin the memories and milestones posts.  What an eventful year for our children, and so many firsts.  My eldest daughter went on her first sleepover.  May not seem like a big deal, but it so is!   Not just for her, but for all of us.  They just grow up so fast, so happy we have this blog, and so many other captured memories to help us remember how I felt, what we saw, and what we captured and remembered.

2. Perfect Moment Monday – Where does the time go?  My friend Lori hosted her last Perfect Moment Monday, and this was the final installment on Get Clued In!  Not only that, but it captured the weekend in February perfectly.  We had family in town, and celebrated by daughter’s milestone 5th birthday, and then enjoyed a date night – how exciting! Noticing is important, and capturing these moments is even more important.   Time just flies!

1.  Milestones & Memories — They are both in School!  Finally, our favorite milestone moment from 2014 – they both are in school!  Our youngest started Kindergarten, and now we have one drop, one pick up, and in August, a lot of anxiety from all especially mommy. How can she be in Kinderrgarten already? Letting go is hard, but they teach us, one small step at a time.  Our eldest is in 2nd and youngest in K, and now we struggle with camps during their breaks, and what to do during those random in-service days.  It is hard indeed, but with any milestone, we will overcome yet again and focus on the positives and blessings in our lives.

Here is to 2015 and many, many more amazing milestones and memories, and wishing you and your loved ones a Happy 2015 filled with goodness, happiness, love, success, and most of all – HEALTH!  Thanks, as always, for taking this amazing journey with me, with us.

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Things I am still learning – You@TheCenter (R) $100 offer

logo-drop-shadowI posted twice before along my 100-day journey on the YOU@The Center course which has taught me so much.  I thought this time, as I write this, at day 83, it would be nice to share the things I have learned and some, I am still learning to perfect.  The inspiration for this post is the 100-day course, because frankly, this course has opened my eyes.  Every day, no matter what I am doing, I notice all I do, and how I spend my time. For example, at work earlier this week, I caught myself multi-tasking and not doing any one of the tasks right.  I stopped and immediately focused on one thing.  It makes a difference!

The course has benefitted me, and now you can benefit too!   I want to share this opportunity with you, so you can make space in your life for the things that matter the most to YOU!  Below is a coupon for $100 off Rachel Davis’ next session (expires Jan 6, 2015), so don’t delay. Make your New Year’s resolution to do something positive and meaningful for you.   If you have questions about the 100-Day Course, you can go to the Course Description page or to the Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more. If you still have questions, you can contact Rachel at: GetCentered@YouAtTheCenter.com.  By the way, Rachel is an amazing listener. If you are unsure if this course is right for you, she can talk with you about why that may or may not be the case.

 I knew some of this already, but the course is an inspiration for the top 10 things I want to share with you:

1.  Control is but an illusion – I can’t control it all, nor can I expect to.  If I think I can control things, I am just disappointed when things do not go my way.  So, in the words of the movie my kiddos love, “let it go!”

2.  Health is more important than anything else.  If you don’t have good health, you can’t have anything else.  Staying healthy is even harder than before, and it requires more effort.  See #1 above.  I plan things, but will likely have to cancel because I will get sick and I have no control over the illness, or worse, cannot predict how long it will last.

3.  Some things are just way more than important than other things.  For example, work is what I do, and does not define who I am.  With this knowledge, I am able to separate myself from work.   I do not get emotional or take things personally when a substantive issue comes up at work.  When I separate myself from work, I am a happier, more productive, and better mom, wife, and a better employee!  Yes, because when I am a better at all the above, I excel at all I do, including work.  Imagine that!

4.  Taking a lesson from No. 3 above, this is what is important to me:  kids, spouse, parents, and family, and the health of my loved ones.  These are matters worth taking personally.  All else pales in comparison to these relationships.   If you invest in these relationships, you will rarely have regret, and will be better at all you undertake.  In the 100-day course I took, chapter 12 focuses on relationships.  Not just the relationship with you, but with others.  It’s eye-opening.

5.  Be positive in all you do.  Finding the positive in all is contagious, and ultimately leads to happiness.  I have found, over the years, that positive people are the best leaders too! Those who are pessimistic, negative, who speak negative things, and those who speak ill of others, or gossip are toxic. But these people are also unhappy to the core.  The secret to success, whether personal, business, or career, is being positive, even in the roughest moments.  This life lesson was re-affirmed through the course, and I was happy to learn new skills and techniques to distance myself from the negative and the worthless.

6. Be proactive!  Stop always being in reactive mode.  I find that I used to be reactive and was always responding to worthless things.  Completely useless emails/facebook posts/comments by others.  Sometimes, it is better to disengage from things that don’t add value to your life (all aspects of your life), and you will be happier if you stop reacting.   Another aspect to this is, don’t respond to unnecessary drama created by others.  Be proactive- no one can change the people or their actions around you, but you can control and change how you respond to it.  I liked that aspect of this course when it came to relationships too. Chapter 12 was about relationships, and was super helpful.

7.  Use your vacation days, and turn off technology.  This one is tough for me because I am still learning how to perfect this.  It is hard for me to turn it off.  The truth is, as kids get older, they watch our every move.  If you are multitasking, and not paying attention to them because your head is buried in a phone, they will mimic your behaviors.  More than that, you are not present in anything.  When you can’t focus on one thing at a time, you are doing all of it wrong.  Walking and texting, for example?  You are not doing either of them properly.  It leads to mistakes.  Multitasking also leads to mistakes.  If you turn it all off, and focus on one thing, you will do that one thing right, and quickly and efficiently, freeing up your time and your mind to focus on other things that follow.  I love that the 100-day course has taught me to catch myself when I am mutlitasking.  I catch myself, and I stop. I focus, I bring that before me in focus, and I am more efficient, and more accurate.

8.  Do what you love and engage your passion.  I love the 100-day course because I still love the question posed, “what you would be doing if time and money were not an issue?” Write down the answer.  Now, ask yourself, “what is stopping you?”

9.  Material possessions are not more important than the relationships you build, and the people in your life.  You have material possessions and wealth today, but tomorrow, you could lose it all.  All that matters is the people you surround yourself with.  When you are not attached to material things, you are happier because you truly focus on that which is important.  This, in turn may help you improve health, your mental and emotional state, and your relationships with others and yourself.

10.  Love with all your heart, like you have never experienced a broken heart, dance like you have never fallen, and give like you have all the riches in the world and expect nothing in return.  Only then, can you experience true happiness.

What a great way to start the New Year off right – the 100 Day Course and $100 off!

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Disclaimer:  I was compensated with a free course with Rachel Davis in exchange for four sponsored posts.  The opinions and life lessons expressed here in are my own.  

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