Pay with Personality from

Having a prepaid Visa card can be a great idea for the traveling family. You can select a card that best fits your personality, choose the amount you'd like to put on the card, check out and they'll send the card to you!

And it's a card that you can reuse! You can have your employer send your payment via direct deposit to the card. So it is not just a fun, fashionable card it is a complete online banking alternative. Your funds are insured 100% with the FDIC. You can even transfer money from card to card and shop online, around the world and use ATM’s, just like you would with your regular bank debit card. Some other benefits that come with your card includes:

  • No overdraft, late or penalty fees
  • No minimum balance
  • Access to ATMs worldwide
  • Free direct deposit

The card that I chose to best describe my life right now was the Autism Awareness card. My son is high functioning and autism impacts our life every single day.

It affects 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 diagnosed are boys, and 1 in 252 are girls). It is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Yet autism only receives less than 5% of the research money that many less common childhood diseases are allocated.

As hard as the facts are to read, those living with autism are plagued by stereotypes and a lack of understanding that makes mainstreaming even more challenging. You can take action by donating your time or money to numerous causes or outreach organizations. You can spread the word virally through grassroots outreach. And you can carry the prepaid debit card that spurs reaction and gets other people involved, too: The Autism Awareness Debit Visa card.

What card would you choose?


Disclosure: I was offered one of the products mentioned above to facilitate this review. All opinions above are 100% my own.

Keeping Your Skin Healthy! Giveaway!

We are a super active outdoor family. Having lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for most of my life (I moved here in 1985) I have spent countless hours slathered in baby oil, tanning my skin at the pool, and the beach. I enjoy all the activities that help me to achieve a sun-kissed look, and now that I'm nearly 42, I have learned my lesson and I do wear a dark tanning oil sunscreen SPF15. Tongue Out  My kids inherited not only my skin tone, but also my love for all things active in the water!!


Our idea of a perfect day is chilling out on the water; beach, or pool, we're really not picky, with some ice cold beverages! Michelob Ultra for me, and some nice juice boxes for them. Don't worry, Haley didn't drink the beer in the above photo...she was just holding it so I could take our photo!

Keeping our skin healthy PRE & POST sun is super important!

Recently our family was sent a Healthy Outdoor Skin Kit from Puritans Pride. Our kit included:

         Puritan’s Pride Aloe Vera Natural Moisturizing Cream


         Puritan’s Pride Aloe Vera 85 percent Natural Moisturizing Lotion


         Tea Tree Oil Cream for Insect Bites


         Little Twig Sun Screen


         Oat Protein Complex Sunscreen


         Vitamin E Cream


         Essential Oil Blend for Relaxation after the sun


         Puritan’s Pride Coconut Oil

We were just about to head out to the pool when the kit arrived, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to try out some of the products!! Ronin slathered himself in the Little Twig Sun Screen and this stuff was thick! He looked like a little vampire at the pool, but he didn't get sunburnt at all! We didn't even need to re-apply any throughout our many hours at the pool!

Later that night we applied the Tea Tree oil to a chlorine rash that Ella developed, and we also rubbed the aloe vera lotion on our sun-kissed skin. It was easy to rub in, smelled good, and didn't leave any sort of greasy residue on our skin!

Puritan's Pride wants to give 2 of my readers the opportunity to win their very own Healthy Outdoor Skin Kits! It's easy to win! Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

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Music Monday: Summertime!

Every summer there seems to be ONE song that becomes my "song of summer."  My trio also seem to pick the same summer songs that I do, and we enjoy jamming out to them at home, in the car, on our bike rides. We turn it up, we sing loudly, and shake our groove thing!

This is our Song of Summer for 2013


This was our Song of Summer 2012


This was our Song of Summer for 2011

This was our Song of Summer for 2010


And kicking it back to the Song of Summer for 1996!!

I Love You Always and Forever  transports me back to a very special time in my life. I was in college and I was home for summer break and had the most amazing group of friends; Nina, Tyke, Pat and Denis. I still have Nina and Denis in my life. Pat I haven't heard from since that summer. and Tyke. Dear Sweet Tyke. He took his own life in 2000. We were the best of friends, always together when I came home from college. We never had a romantic relationship, and I miss him terribly. He was my confidant, my sounding board, my "go-to" wedding date, and so much more.

Do you have a Song of Summer?? What's your 2013 song?