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Is it really possible to safeguard your kids online experiences?

Check out some of these shocking statistics:

  • 38% of kids under 2 years old use smart phones or tablets
  • 70% of teens ages 13 – 17 use smart phones
  • 62% of parents do not think their children can get into serious trouble online
  • 80% of parents have no idea how to monitor their kids online activity
  • 74% of parents say they do not have the time or energy to keep up with their children online

They say that 58% of 10 – 12 year old kids believe they know how to hide their online activities from their parents!

Don’t think your kids would? No one ever does.

46% of kids said they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were paying attention.

I will admit that when my daughter was entering her tween years I was not at all as savvy about technology and the internet as I thought I was.

I never allowed our kids to have the internet in their bedrooms and we had one loacalized computer area in our family room where everyone spent their evenings together.  We also had a great pornography blocker on our router that would work on all devices using Wi-Fi.

Here was a mom who spent several hours a day online, and yet I was unaware of all of the ways our children could easily be online without our knowing it.

First of all let me just say that I have learned if you want to know anything about the internet or technology, just ask a kid.  Chances are fairly good that they will know more than you do.

It’s almost as if this age of technology is in their DNA.  They’ve grown up with it as a large part of their lives.  We see babies that are better able to navigate a smart phone or tablet than some adults.

Technology and the internet are wonderful things that have changed the way we live our lives forever.

And try as we may, there is no getting away from it.

Unfortunately for all the good that comes from it, there are those who have found the worst ways to use it, and they don’t care if your kids are exposed. In fact I believe that it really the ultimate intent.

It reminds me of the cigarette industry when I was a kid.  They marketed to us knowing that if they could get us hooked we would be a customer for life. The same is true for the pornography industry.

Parents, we need to know what is new all the time.

And it is changing all the time!

Before you even get a grasp on some form of technology, something new will come along and take its place.

This is where iParent.TV offers parents the edge they need to stay ahead of their kids.

What is iParent.TV? If kids are awake, they are probably on a smartphone, in front of a smart TV, downloading apps, or posting to social networks. And most likely parents have no idea what they are doing. Founded by author, pastor and father Craig Gross, iParent.TV is a yearly, subscription-based website for teaching and informing parents on all things tech, mobile, devices, websites and apps for kids. The site is currently in development and expected to launch in July 2014.

The Problem. Most parents don’t have an inside track to tech or social media dangers, let alone how to safeguard their kids against them. As I stated earlier, the statistics are shocking!

  • 58 percent of 10- to 12-year-old kids believe they know how to hide their online activities from their parents.
  • 46 percent of kids said they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were paying attention.

Introducing iParent.TV. iParent.TV is designed to keep parents ahead of the tech curve. It will help parents understand, get involved and safeguard their children in the ever-evolving tech world. iParent.TV educates parents with all the latest trends via websites, social media, apps and devices.

The idea. It started with a group of dads who felt like their 9 year olds knew more about tech than they did. They were right. But their idea will help change that forever for all parents. Once launched, iParent.TV will have hundreds of videos and product reviews that are current, cutting edge and trending, keeping parents who subscribe ahead of the tech curve.

How it will work? iParent.TV will be a subscription-based site costing $49 per year for parents to access videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. It will be the largest website on the Internet helping parents understand what’s safe and what’s not in the world of tech.

The founders of iParent.TV are currently raising funds through Indiegogo, offering interested individuals the opportunity to become early adopters with special subscription rates through mid-March. The website is scheduled to officially launch in July 2014.

You can see how far they have already come in their efforts to get this fully funded.

They are offering a special early bird signup for parents for only $29 for the entire year!


By 2015, there’ll be 15 BILLION internet-connected devices in use around the world. That’s more than two for every person on the planet!

Some of the things you’ll get from iParent.TV:

Answers to questions about iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Xbox One, Playstation 4, WiiU, Roku, Apple TV, Smart TVs, Google TV, Mac, PC, and Google Chromebooks.
Questions like:
1. How to secure WiFi?
2. How to check internet history for internet behaviors?
3. How to easily filter/restrict certain sites?
4. How to monitor your child’s email account?
5. How to disable location services on phones to keep kids safe?
6. Why does an app need access/permissions to camera, data and contacts?

Reviews for apps like Badoo, Kik Messenger, Jelly, The Whisper App, App, Tinder, Hot or Not, FB Messenger, Vine, WhatsApp, TextNow, Viber, Wire, Poke, Wickr, MineCraft, Instagram, Glide, Break The Ice, Keek, Miumeet, Facetune, Tango Messenger, WeChat, Line, Wanelo, Oovoo, Shazam, Pulse, Feedly, Foursquare, Lulu.

Sites like,, Stumbleupon,, Medium, Vimeo, Craigslist, Backpage, Deviant Art, Reddit, Hulu, Netflix, Viddlr, MTV, VH1, Funny or Die , Ebay, Skype, WebKinz,, Quora, RuneScape, Arcane Legends, Chatroulette, Zynga, Addictinggames,, Yahoogames, photobucket, Disney, Cartoon Network, Blogger, Statigram + App, TinyChat, PopCap,

Tips for sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Myspace, Flickr, Pheed, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, WordPress, and Blogger.


You can stay up to date by following iParent.TV on Facebook or following iParent.TV on Twitter.

I have thought back to those days when I thought I was doing a good job with keeping our kids safe online and regretted not knowing better than I did. We could have avoided so many things had I just been aware of the ways that technology had changed.

For less than the price of a coffee, you can be well equipped to help guide your kids through what could easily be a treacherous sea of technology and have a safe sailing experience.

Find out more about iParent.TV on their IndiGoGo page here.

*Although I was compensated for this post, I stand behind what this company is doing and all opinions expressed are solely my own.

JORD All Natural Wooden Watch Giveaway

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jord watch giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What better way to celebrate than with a Giveaway?

I was sent a JORD All Natural Wooden Watch a little bit ago which I gave to my teenage son and he LOVES it!!

He had been looking for one that was different than all the other ones he had been looking at.  Plus, since he is sixteen it really needed the right amount of “cool” factor built in.  This one totally passed the test, and I have to admit I was tempted to keep it for myself once I saw it.  It really is that cool!

JORD Watch

I have been noticing a trend lately in fashion with all natural wood and I was excited to see a watch that was made from wood as well. The JORD watches are beautifully hand crafted with sustainable materials from all over the world.

These watches are unique and sure to draw some attention to the wearer.

You can find men’s and women’s styles that anyone would love. I think these watches make really great gifts for anyone.

I am giving away one of these watches to one lucky Saving Dollars and Sense reader today.  This particular style is one that both men or women can wear.

The deep, rich wood looks amazing and will coordinate with just about any outfit.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment telling me who you would like to win this watch for.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on February 21, 2014.

**Although the product for this giveaway was supplied to me free of charge from JORD, all opinions expressed are solely mine.

Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Giveaway

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In case you might not have noticed, I took a pretty long break after the holiday shopping season to enjoy the little moments that life has to offer throughout the holidays with my family.

It was a very refreshing time for me considering that the weeks leading up to my break included days when I would spend up to 18+ hours scouring the web to bring you the best deals.

I love that so many of us were able to enjoy a bountiful Christmas without overspending.

Many of you took out time from your busy schedules to send me sweet and encouraging messages letting me know that I helped you so much and that made the long hours totally worth it to me.

I was planning to take the time between Christmas and The New Year to relax, refresh and reconnect with my family and that is exactly what I did.

Thank you SO much for your patience and understanding while I took this much needed hiatus!

I have so many great memories that I will cherish from the last few weeks being pretty much unplugged.  Can I just say that it wasn’t the fancy moments that I remember most, it is the quiet times sitting on the couch by the tree, sipping on a cup of coffee with Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Creamer and just being with my family.

There is just something that is so soothing about a hot cup of coffee with Sweet Cream and Christmas cookies on a cold winter day that causes me to relax and just be, and that’s the simplest memory I want to take with me into the new Year!

Natural Bliss Gift Pack

I am happy to announce that I am hosting a giveaway here courtesy of Coffee-Mate #NaturalBliss for one lucky Saving Dollars and Sense Reader!

The Natural Bliss Prize Pack features simple ingredients for life’s happy moments:

  • Reduced value coupon for Natural Bliss
  • $5 Target Gift Card
  • Coffee Tumbler
  • Vanilla Bean Scented Candle
  • Italian Biscotti Cookies

Here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment telling one of your simple moments memories from the holiday season.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on 1/13/14.

**Although the product for this giveaway was supplied to me free of charge from Coffee-Mate, all opinions expressed are solely mine.

Sonic 1/2 Price Shakes Summer Giveaway!

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CaptureI know for many of us, summer is winding down.

But you can still take advantage of half price shakes at Sonic!

Now through the end of summer, Sonic is offering all 25 varieties of shake for half price after 8 pm.

Who doesn’t love a cold, sweet, blended shake made with Real Ice Cream in these hot summer months? We know we do! At SONIC Drive-In, it’s the Summer of Shakes — we’re cooling off all summer long with 25 unique shake flavors, and we’d like to offer you a fun review and giveaway package so you and your readers can experience the Summer of Shakes, too!


You may have heard of some of these wacky shake combinations – Peanut Butter & Bacon? OREO Cheesecake? Don’t knock ‘em ‘til you try ‘em. If that makes you a little nervous, classic flavors with a twist like Chocolate-Covered Strawberry and Banana Cream Pie are sure to satisfy any summertime craving.

And MY favorite is…


There is definitely the perfect flavor for every taste!

Hot Fudge
Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter Cookie
Peanut Butter Banana
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Peanut Butter & Bacon
Strawberry Banana
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Banana
Chocolate Covered Banana
Chocolate Cream pie
Coconut Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Strawberry Cream Pie
Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Cheesecake
Cherry Cheesecake
Oreo Cheesecake
Fresh Banana

One lucky Saving Dollars and Sense reader will win a giveaway package that will include a $15 SONIC gift card so you can try out a few different flavors, along with summertime essentials, including a beach tote, beach ball, sunglasses and a beach towel. The total package is valued at about $65.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite flavor milkshake is.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on August 26th.

**Although the product for this giveaway was supplied to me free of charge from Sonic, all opinions expressed are solely mine.

DDP Yoga Review + Giveaway!

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I was asked to review DDP Yoga a little while back.  I am always up for trying out a new Yoga program, but it was actually this video that had me literally in tears that convinced me I needed to see the program for myself!

They say It Ain’t Your Mama’s Yoga, but it is a great yoga program for anyone including this mom!

Diamond Dallas, a former 3-time WCW World Champion Professional Wrestler, created this yoga program after he was hurt with what they said was a career ending injury at the age of 42.

I did DDP Yoga every day and it allowed me to achieve what everyone else believed was impossible.In less than three months I worked my way back to the ring. At 42 years old the doctors said my wrestling career was over, but because of DDP Yoga, at 43 I achieved my ultimate goal in professional wrestling and was awarded the World Heavyweight Championship Title — an honor I went on to hold on three separate occasions.

This is more than a workout program, it is a way of life for those who follow it because you’ll learn how to set goals, track your progress, and eat healthy which are the ingredients to an overall healthy living lifestyle!

As you can tell from the video above, there really is no excuses for not starting this program.

You can read more personal testimonies here.

The first time I put in one of the DVD’s from the program, I admit I was a bit skeptical. I sat with my husband and watched it for a while before I had to get off my butt and see if the exercises really worked.

I mean how can a workout really work if you aren’t exerting yourself to the point of exhaustion?

But after moving through some of the exercises I was surprised that I could actually feel it working! What I love the most about this program is that it makes a way for those who have gotten to the point of not really being able to move to start!

DDPYOGA is not traditional yoga, it’s a hybrid workout that incorporates some traditional yoga movements and adds dynamic resistance, active breathing techniques and power movements to make for a more challenging and results oriented workout.

The main benefits are body fat loss, lean muscle growth, and improved cardio levels all without placing undue stress on the joints. A valid comparison to yoga is they both provide increased flexibility and core strengthening.

It is currently used by professional football players, professional as well as amateur wrestlers, MMA fighters, and regular everyday people who want to perform at optimum levels and want to place themselves in the best position to see career and life changing results and improve their quality of life.

Since using the DDP Yoga program and running regularly with my husband I can tell you that I am definitely noticing a difference.  I shared a while back that I have been dealing with chronic pain for several years now.  I never in a million years could see myself being able to walk very fast let alone run.

I believe that it is because of DDP Yoga that I have the ability to run.  One of the very first things the program teaches is how to control your breathing.  I am using the same technique when running to help me not feel like my heart is going to burst out of my chest.

I know that my body feels much, much better these days.  That doesn’t mean I no longer deal with any pain, in fact I am coming out of a terrible flare up from last week.  But I notice that I am able to deal with the pain easier than before and I am not spending any days in bed.

I look forward to the workouts because I know they are making things less tense and that in turns makes the pain dull if not go away completely for days at a time.  I am looking forward to the day that I am able to get through the entire program like a pro.  But in the mean time I am learning that I am capable of doing so much more than I ever thought I could and I can’t wait to see where I end up!



I am giving one lucky Saving Dollars and Sense reader the opportunity to win this complete program for themselves. The Combo Pack has 4 DVD’s which includes 11 workouts, poster, and program guide filled with tips, recipes, and more!

Here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment telling me why you would like to win.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on July 28th.

**Although the product for this review/giveaway was supplied to me free of charge from DDP Yoga, all opinions expressed are solely mine.

Free Country Review + Why Buy In The Off Season?

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CaptureI was recently sent a beautiful coat from Free Country to review and share my thoughts about it with you.

securedownload (60)Let me just say that my cats, Jasper and Luna, approved right away ;) In fact I had a hard time getting them to leave the coat alone.  Guess they know a warm and comfy coat when they spot one too!

I know it is the end of the season and you probably don’t want to think about winter coats at all.  But can I just say this is THE time to be thinking about winter gear! I always try to replenish our wardrobes in the off seasons for a couple of reasons:

  • You can save up to 90% off when you do so.
  • The styles don’t vary much from one season to the next.
  • I always bought large when it comes to winter wear so I had no problems with choosing sizes for the following year.

Free Country has pretty much everything on sale right now too, so you will have no problems finding something you love for a deeply discounted price.

CaptureThis is the coat I received.  As you can see it is currently marked down from $170 to just $95. What a steal!

The Tahoe coat from Free Country’s Power Down Series features unique, small box quilting in an Airtouch down shell that cuts a slim profile. One of the longer Power Downs, Tahoe is amply warm even during winter in its namesake mountain town, and goes a fashion step further with a plaid fleece collar and back linings, as well as storm cuffs. Down filled with detachable, faux fur trim hood, and storm placket main closure, the interior also boasts useful cell phone, and music pockets.

32632_10200365393130830_171691971_nI can’t accurately describe to you just how nice this coat feels when I am wearing it.  And it is warm.  My favorite part is the fleece that they put just inside the arm holes and around the neck.  When I have it zipped up I am snug and warm, but not restricted feeling.


  • Detachable Faux Fur Trim Hood
  • Music Pocket
  • Water Resistant
  • Machine Washable
  • Phone Pocket
  • Wind Resistant
  • Filled with Natural Down Feathers for Lightweight Warmth and Comfort
  • Fleece Lining & Trims
  • Length from Center Back (Size M): 32.5″
  • Detachable Faux Fur Trim Hood (TIP: If fur starts to look a little rumpled, give it a good shake and it’ll spring right back up!)
  • Storm Cuff

Plus they also carry some great swim suits if you are looking for a high quality suit for summer time swimming fun! And you can get them for 40% off now through Monday.


Shop Free Country here.

*Although I received a coat from Free Country as compensation for this post, all opinions expressed are solely my own.