Can YOU Escape the Room at NC Escape in Durham, NC #travelreview

NC Escape – Will You Be Able to Escape In Time?!

If you were to be locked in a room full of clues with only one hour to escape using ONLY the clues you can find… could YOU escape?! Take on the challenge at NC Escape in Durham, NC. If you don’t escape… well…. at least you will have such great memories to escape with!

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Vomit Varmints Brings “Character” to Burp Cloths #Review

Vomit Varmints – Fun Animal Shaped Burp Cloths

One word that will make just about any parent cringe is…. spit-up. Some babies do it more than others, but if you have ever been a parent to a newborn….. you know that it is all part of the reality of having a baby. The fun colored, animal shaped Vomit Varmints Burp Cloths make dealing with spit-up easier.

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The White Castle Tradition Continues #FoodReview

White Castle Childhood Memories Shared With My Children 

As a child, I can remember eating White Castle Sliders. However, even though I really love the food at White Castle, the tradition comes with more than just eating the food. 

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Chicago’s Shoreline Sightseeing Architectural Tour #TravelReview

Entertaining and Educating

Shoreline Sightseeing Architectural Tour On the Chicago River

Growing up in the Chicagoland area, students are expected to learn a lot about Illinois history including details about the city of Chicago. Regardless of how many books you read, tests you have taken, and even walks through the city, there is nothing more educating than a trip on the Shoreline Sightseeing Architectural River Tour. That is where history meets modern day and all comes to life!

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Joint Support and Skin Hydrator by NeoCell #Review

Take Care of Your Joints and Skin With Neocell

Back in December, I took a pretty nasty fall while Christmas shopping. After months of continued pain, I finally decided to let the doctor repair the tendons surgically. Even though I had the surgery, I have still had a lot of joint pain. I turned to Neocell for extra support during the healing process. 

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The Most Inspiring Speeches That Motivate Students

We thrive on motivation and inspiration as people. As students, we need as much inspiration as we can to get through some of the toughest years of our lives. Succeeding in life is a goal for many and success means different things for us all. The road to success comes with a lot of ups and downs and it is in the moments when things do not go so well, that we look for inspiration. Perhaps you cannot quite figure out your reflective essay format and spend hours researching how to write a reflective essay. You might be in finals week with a load of studying to do and feel like you are going to fail before you even started. There are many reasons we look for inspiration. If you need a little inspiration right now, here are some of the most inspiring speeches you have to listen to.

2005 Stanford Commencement Speech – Steve Jobs

This is probably the speech of all speeches for students looking for inspiration. Steve Jobs was one of the most successful people in the world and to have this speech available to us is a great gift he left behind for generations of students. Steve Jobs encouraged students to go for their dreams and to see opportunities in setbacks. We are afraid to follow our dreams these days because we always are told to rather choose a career that is stable and secure. Perhaps we should take some advice from this speech and just go for what we want.

2008 Harvard Commencement Speech – J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has succeeded in the face of adversity. As a single mother living on welfare, she managed to become one of the best authors of all time. The success she has managed to achieve makes us not only admire her, but also pay close attention to what she has to say or teach. If she could do what she did, you can find those reflective essay tips that you’ve been searching for. She said that we need to both embrace and learn from our failures. By doing that we will truly get to know who we are and also what we want in life. That is the perfect speech to inspire students because we are still trying to figure out who we are and sometimes our failures can make us feel like we are not good enough. She embraced her own failures and never gave up. That is just as important to remember.

2008 Stanford Commencement Speech – Oprah Winfrey

This lady is one of the most powerful women in the world and she has become that by working hard and not giving up when everything seemed to be going against her. We admire her courage and her respect for all individuals, no matter what the situation may be. She spoke about the chance she took by leaving school to become a news anchor. The chance she took paid off well, I’d say. Oprah also mentioned that she finally completed her degree and how important education is. She opened a school in South-Africa, which shows how much she truly values education. The lessons we can learn from her life is immense and inspires students to this day.


2012 Strayer University – Martin Luther King III

The son of Martin Luther King Jr made an ever important speech to the class of 2012 at Strayer University. It was both inspiring and motivating. As a civil rights activist, he knows exactly what hard work is and what it means to stand for what you believe. He mentioned how important education is and how the students of this University is making his father’s dream of higher education for all, come true. He also said that the future belongs to the educated individuals and to those who are ready to meet both the opportunities and the challenges of tomorrow. That is some powerful stuff if you really think about it. We need to know that what we are doing is not in vain and that it sets us up for a better future. This speech gives you the will to continue and the inspiration to never quit.


Look within yourself and take from these speeches what works for you in this moment and going forward. How can the lessons they teach inspire you to do better and become more successful. Standing at this point in your life, you need to want to succeed in order to find inspiration. It may seem like the journey is taking forever, but anything that is great takes time to create. This is your story and you are in charge of how the story ends. What do you want to achieve? Is anything holding you back? Answer those questions, listen to these speeches and soon, you’ll be moving forward.

Be Smart in Your Detox – Do Your Homework

Detoxes and cleanses are a popular trend. Perhaps you’ve even considered trying one. Before beginning any type of detox, do your due diligence and find the best detox for you. As you do your homework, keep in mind what your health goals are and what you want out of your detox.

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Think Twice About Giving Teachers A Gift

Soon, the bell will ring one last time this school year. Your child will sign yearbooks, say goodbye to friends for the summer, and out the door they will go! Teachers will be both relieved they made it through one more school year, yet sad to see the children they have bonded with all year leave their classroom one last time.

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Emerson Creek Large Casserole Dish #Giveaway US Only Ends 5/27

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Brick Fest Coming to Charlotte, NC June 3rd and 4th – Lego Fan’s DREAM!

Charlotte, NC Brick Fest Coming Soon! 

This is truly a LEGO fan’s DREAM! Mounds of LEGOS for a full day of play! Both of my sons and my daughter alike love building whatever their imagination comes up with. LEGOs are a staple toy around my home. I can’t wait to see their reaction when they walk arrive at Brick Fest 2017 in Charlotte. Make sure you check back to see pictures of my kid’s faces!!

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June 3-4 LEGO lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain.


Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 9:00 AM –
Sun, Jun 4, 2017, 6:00 PM EDT

Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Enjoy an amazing LEGO world where you can marvel at giant creations and even build some of your own.

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to celebrate, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free.

Attractions Include:

The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video.

Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks!

Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic.

Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations.

Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head.

Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.

Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!

Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.

Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from one of the many merchants in attendance.

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Go HERE for more info. Hope to see you there!