Thursday, October 31, 2013

Check out Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores for all of your Smartphone, Tablet and Accessory needs!

 (The Jackson Five Family blog has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free!)

Smartphones, tablets and stylish accessories to go along with them are once again a top item on Christmas list's this year and Best Buy makes it easy for you to shop for these items with their Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores

These shops are found conveniently located in malls or in your neighborhood shopping centers, and are focused on mobile devices and accessories from some of your favorite brands like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. 

These stores offer a highly trained staff that is non-commissioned, so they can help you determine the right phone for you or that special someone you are buying for. The staff is also able to help you compare plans across the different carriers, set up and activate new phones, transfer old contacts and data and they can set you up with the complimentary Walk Out Working program. 

If you will be shopping for a smartphone, tablet or accessory this holiday, then check out your nearest Best Buy Mobile Speciality store where the staff is knowledgeable and you will love the convenience of only shopping the items you need!


There are 414 Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores nationwide. Right now you can save $5 off (click here for printable coupon!) of any one in-stock mobile phone case, shield or charger when you visit one of these stores!

To find the store nearest you please click HERE or visit:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Introducing the MIO Alpha --the World's first heart rate monitor sport watch, with no chest strap!

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product to help facilitate this review. However all opinions are honest and our own!)

For fitness enthusiasts of all levels, the ability to monitor the heart rate and provide precision data in a comfortable and easy way is important. That's why I'm excited to introduce you all to the MIO Alpha by MIO Global --the world's first heart rate monitor sport watch, with no chest strap!

The MIO Alpha is the first and only sport watch that provides continuous, accurate heart rate monitoring at performance levels without the need to wear an uncomfortable chest strap. The watch measures your heart rate and is able to alert you with chimes and  light signals (shown below) to help keep you in your targeted heart rate zone to help you determine how hard, how long and much effort you should put into your workout.

This watch is not only capable of monitoring your heart rate, but it also provides Bluetooth Smart technology so that you can connect to apps and devices for easy tracking of information and it allows you to use social training tools which help track and graph your performance over time.


I really like using the MIO Alpha (and so does my husband!!). It really helps you to achieve your fitness goals if you know you are working out in your targeted heart rate area. It allows you to perform at your best while working out so that you are putting your best effort into it and burning the most calories etc... 

The watch has many other functions as well as monitoring your heart rate. It can be worn and used simply as a watch when you don't need to monitor your heart rate and it has an exercise timer on it which is nice. It also allows you to review data like your total exercise time, your average heart rate and your time in the "zone". We love that it has Bluetooth 4 capabilities so that we can use apps on our iPhones that help track all of our data as well. 

You do have to wear the watch pretty tight so that the sensors on the back can determine your heart rate. I'm not used to wearing a watch so tight, but you get used to it after the first couple of times.

If you're looking for a reliable heart rate monitor that is accurate, easy to use and doesn't require a chest strap, then this is the watch for you!

This would make a wonderful gift for that fitness enthusiast in your life this holiday season as well!


You can learn more about the MIO Alpha by visiting:


"LIKING" MIO Global on Facebook 


FOLLOWING MIO Global on Twitter @MIOGlobal

Monday, October 28, 2013

Enter our Great Wolf Lodge Getaway Give-a-way!!

One of our favorite places is the Great Wolf Lodge. As many of you know I'm on the Great Wolf Lodge Ask-A-Mom panel and love helping you and others with questions regarding the GWL! Even if I weren't on the panel I would still tell you  just how much our family loves the resort. It's such a fun getaway for the whole family.
There are so many things to do at Great Wolf Lodge. Of course the waterpark is so much fun. Our boys' absolutely love spending the whole day in the water, but the fun doesn't end there! There are many dry activities at GWL too --arcades, mini-golf, crafts, shopping, spa's, great food and so much more! 

The resort also offers special events like "Howl-o-Ween" which is going on now until October 31st and soon it will be time for "Snowland" which begins November 30th and runs thru January 4th, 2014. These events offer fun things for the entire family. During Howl-o-Ween guests are able to participate in nightly costume parades, trick-or-treat trails and the Monster Bash family dance party that takes place on the weekends. Snowland kicks off at all properties on November 30th with a tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival that day! Guests will also be able to make reservations to dine inside a life-sized gingerbread house again this year. There is a $20 sitting fee for this, but the money will be donated to a great organization --Big Brothers Big Sisters.

>>>>> GIVE-A-WAY <<<<<

Since we love our readers AND the Great Wolf Lodge so much we want to offer YOU the chance to win an overnight stay at any of the Great Wolf Lodge locations in the U.S (excludes the GWL Niagara Falls, Canada location).

The winner's one-night stay at the resort will include 2 days of waterpark fun, one breakfast for 4 people and a $50 gift certificate to be used on the property at the time of stay!!



New England/Boston, MA
Charlotte/Concord, NC
Cincinnati/Mason, OH
Grand Mound, WA
Grapevine, TX
Kansas City, KS
Pocono Mountains, PA
Sandusky, OH
Traverse City, MI
Williamsburg, VA
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Niagara Falls, Ontario

>>>>> ENTER BELOW <<<<<

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(The fine print: the complimentary stay is for a one-night stay in a Family Suite with one breakfast for 4 people and 2 days of waterpark admission included. Valid at all Great Wolf Lodge properties in the U.S. (excludes Niagara Falls, Canada.) Gift certificate is non-refundable and non-transferable. Reservation is based upon discount availability, valid every day of the week. Blackout dates do apply. Certificate expires December 31st, 2013 and does not carry cash value. Recipient must be at least 21 years old.)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Celebrate Disney On Ice's 100 Years Of Magic this Weekend at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio!!

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received complimentary products to help facilitate this reader feature. However all opinions are honest and our own!)

Are you looking for some family fun this weekend in the Dayton, Ohio area?

If you are you MUST attend Disney On Ice as they celebrate 100 Years of Magic! We attended the Wednesday night show and had an amazing time. It's a performance for all ages! My husband and I took our two boys ages 5 and 8 and my niece who is 4 and we were all entertained and amused the entire time. 

The story line was great and the show featured so many of the Disney characters that boys and girls alike will be thrilled! My boys loved seeing the Incredibles on skates and my niece was so excited about all of the princesses and of course Minnie Mouse!

Craig and I had never attended anything like this and we were amazed at just how much talent the performers had. They were so good and everyone skated with ease. 

If you're looking for some family fun we highly recommend finding a Disney On Ice performance near you! We'll never forget taking the boys' and the memories we made Wednesday night!



There are still several performances going on this weekend at Wright State University's Nutter Center:

Today, Saturday October 26 at 1:00 and 5:00


Tomorrow, Sunday October 27 at 1:00 and 5:00

To find tickets please visit:

Ticket Master or call 1-800-745-3000

If you're not from the Dayton, Ohio area don't worry because Disney On Ice is still touring and might be at a city near you soon! 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My favorite fall trends for kids...

Brrrr it's cold out today! We didn't get snow, several neighboring towns did. My sister said they got quite a bit, I am so not ready for that yet! 

Fall weather does have me browsing for new outfits and I came across some really cute ones for the boys today on Strawberry Children

I love this Catmini boys clothing outfit. The jeans paired with a brightly patterned knit cardigan sweater has fall written all over it.

Another trend that I'm loving for boys is colored denim.  Moschino kids clothing offers some really fun styles like these Boys Clear Blue Jeans. I Love the details on the back pocket. Pair these jeans with a neutral sweater like this cool antler one above and they will be stylin'. Not sure I could get my boys in this outfit, but I adore it!

Of course I don't have a girl, but I have several nieces and I am came across these adorable bow shoes while browsing the site too. I love anything with bows and these are too cute, wish they had my size!

What are your favorite fall trends? There are so many fun ones this year and I'm loving then all!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Do you love the holidays and all the jingle comes with it?

Can you believe that Christmas will be here in less than 65 days? It's going to come in a hurry! So our big question is do you love the holidays and all of the jingle that comes with it or will you be ready when it's all over?  

I've already started my Christmas shopping and my husband is already thinking about holiday decorations. His mom used to put up several artificial Christmas trees in her house and he would do the same if I let him! He's already started thinking about outdoor decorative Christmas lights too. The boys recently watched a Halloween video where the homeowners did a huge light show to music and they asked their dad if we could do that for Christmas, I'm happy with a simple tree and am so ready to take it down once it hits January 1st! (Bah! Humbug!)

I don't know about you guys, but the boys are getting bigger and much harder to buy for. I've been asking them what they want this year and they've told me so many things. Grady said that he wants cars, balls and a children's easel for Christmas and Jace on the other hand wants Wii Games, gift cards and his own cell phone (he's not getting the last one for a few more years, sorry!!). They are getting harder to buy for and the things that they want keep getting more expensive. I can't even imagine what it will be like when they are teenagers!

Well I guess we better get through Halloween and Thanksgiving before we start talking about Christmas even though it will be here before we know it. Well I better go and start looking for a Halloween costume for both boys, nothing like waiting until the last minute!! 

Have a great night :-)

Firefly Toothbrushes --Good, Clean, Fun treats for Halloween and a give-a-way...

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample in exchange for this reader feature and giveaway. However all opinions are honest and our own!)
Halloween is next week already. My kids love candy, but with that comes extra sugar consumption, a major culprit in the childhood cavity epidemic that is consuming the country.

I know this oh so well as my oldest has had many cavities filled already and he's only 8! We learned our lesson real fast and have limited him from eating things that get stuck in his teeth like fruit snacks and we practice better oral hygiene even though sometimes it seems like a dreaded chore.

We try to make it a little more pleasant by letting the boys' pick out their own toothpaste and buying them cool toothbrushes, i'm open to anything that will make brushing their teeth more fun.

We were recently sent a few of Firefly's new Ready Go Light Up Timer Toothbrushes to try and the boys couldn't wait to use them.


These new toothbrushes come in a variety of fun characters like Angry Birds, Spiderman and Barbie and each one has a fun flashing traffic signal design that flashes for 60 seconds. The kids can start brushing the top row of teeth first and when the red light comes on they will know it's time to push the button again and start brushing the bottom row of teeth. The lights encourage children to brush for the recommended 2 minutes.
My kids and nieces loved these toothbrushes. They loved the flashing lights and actually brushed until the green lights turned to  yellow and finally to red signaling them to stop and begin brushing the next row. 
These would make fun Halloween treats. I don't mind if my kids eat some candy if they brush their teeth really good after and these make them want to do it! You can find Firefly products at places like Walmart, Target and your local drug stores or you can purchase them online at places like

To learn more about Firefly and to see all of the products they have available, please visit:
One lucky reader is going to win a Firefly Angry Birds Ready Go  Light Up Timer Toothbrush!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Miriam Bracelet --the perfect fall accessory from fibi & clo! Enter to win one!!

I love fall fashion and I love accessorizing my outfits with fun shoes and jewelry. I love mixing patterns, layering my clothing and adding a pop of color with cute flats or stacking jewelry.

I was so excited when fibi and clo recently sent me one of their Miriam Braclets which is the perfect piece for fall. It's adorable worn alone or layered with other arm candy.

I love the chunky chain that is mixed with rhinestones and colored cotton cording. It's available in Mint (the one I received), Navy and Pink.

Here are a few of my fave fall picks from fibi and clo...


Similar to the Miriam Bracelet is this Audrey Headband that can also be worn as a Necklace -- LOVE!


Everyone needs a pair of leopard flats and these Audrey Leopard Flats would be the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe -- Leopard can be worn with anything and these are so classy!


You can find all of these item's and more by visiting:


- It's Give-a-way Time -

One lucky reader is going to win the Navy Miriam Bracelet from fibi and clo valued at $29.50!!

- Enter Below -

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Oriental Trading Company has 1000's of items up to 75% off in their Halloween Sale...

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from the company to help facilitate this feature. However all opinion are honest and our own!)

Halloween is only a few short weeks away. Are you ready? My kids absolutely love Halloween. They love driving around looking at Halloween decor, get so excited about picking out their costumes and look forward to Halloween crafts and school parties.

This year I am the head room parent for Jace's classroom and we have a fun party planned for the kids. We have so many great parents that are willing to help out and bring things in. I recently teamed up with the Oriental Trading Company and decided that Halloween treat boxes would be a neat idea for the kids so that's what I'm bringing. The boys and I got busy looking at all of the neat item's that the Oriental Trading Company has to offer and here's what we came up with...

These super cute Halloween Treat Boxes that are filled with all kinds of goodies!

The boys had so much fun sorting all of the products and then filling the boxes up. 

It was like an assembly line. They loved passing each item and putting them in the boxes one by one, making sure every box got one of each treat...

The boys chose several Halloween item's from the Oriental Trading Company to put in the boxes. Things like pencil's, bookmark's, playing cards, slinky's, Peep's, candy suckers and stickers. 

They were so excited to finalize the boxes and Jace can't wait to take them to the school party on Halloween! He was trying to make a spooky face and of course mom made him smile for at least one picture! :-)

We really enjoyed shopping the Oriental Trading Company! If you're looking for Halloween item's then you MUST check out all of their items. Their Halloween Costumes are on sale and you can find 1000's of other Halloween item's up to 75% off!

Click HERE to shop the sale where you will find Halloween Candy, Games, Crafts, Toys, School Party Favors and so much more! Order as late as October 23rd to receive ground shipping or October 28th for express delivery.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Never be caught in a 'Wireless Dead Zone' again! Introducing the D-Link Wireless Range Extender...

The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product to help facilitate this reader review. However all opinions are honest and our own!

Having a good I mean great network connection is so important to me. As a blogger, social media guru who needs to stay up to date with the latest and greatest, and a girl who loves to shop online and get the best deals before they're gone means that I must have Wi-Fi connection at all times. Whether I'm in my living room, out back on the deck, in our basement or outside with the kids, no matter where I am at I want to have a great connection. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to send that e-mail or refresh that Facebook feed and it's just not happening --yep you've reached the dreaded 'wireless dead zone' when this happens.

Wireless dead zones are the areas where your Wi-Fi devices can not connect to a wireless network, spots inside or outside your home where you just can't get any bars. In today's day and age everything is ran off of a wireless network. Whether it's a cellphone or a laptop, maybe a kids gaming device or even a hi-tech appliance so many things require it.

That's why today I am excited to share the perfect solution to that problem with you. It's a product from D-Link called the Wireless Range Extender DAP-1320 and it does exactly that. It extends your existing wireless network coverage so that you get the performance you need where you need it most!

Now you're probably thinking gosh I'm not that techy when it comes to this kind of stuff, how hard is it going to be to setup and use. (Okay those were my exact thoughts anyways!) Well I'm happy to tell you that it's easy peasy with this Wi-Fi Booster. Simply plug it into an outlet somewhere between your wireless router and your wireless devices to create wall-to-wall coverage that will bring you fast and reliable Wi-Fi coverage to your homes wireless dead zones with the push of a button.

Yep it's that easy, even a non-techy like me can handle it! You simply press the WP button (the only button on the extender) on the extender and press the WP button on your router and you are ready to go. You don't even need to have a D-Link router to put this product to good use! 

PCMag was so impressed with this little gadget that they recently awarded it with the PCMag Editor's Choice award! They said not only is it one of the smallest you will find on the market, but it's incredibly easy to set up and provides terrific coverage.

So if you're like me and rely on your wi-fi network no matter where you are in or around your home then you will definitely want to check out the D-Link Wireless Range Extender that will provide you with reliable wireless coverage to the dead spots in your home. It's quick, easy to use and will keep you connected and using your devices no matter where you are!


To check out this cool gadget you can visit:


Friday, October 11, 2013

Classy, stylish and oh so comfy swimsuit coverups from Jordan Taylor Resortwear and a giveaway!!

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this product feature and giveaway. However all opinions are honest and our own!)
We are gearing up for an upcoming trip to an indoor waterpark. We always have so much fun there and the boys' can't wait!
One thing that I MUST have when I go to an indoor waterpark/hotel is a great swimsuit coverup and I am so excited to show you my newest one from Jordan Taylor Beachwear.

I am in love with this adorable jade colored Martime V-Neck Caftan coverup. The color is perfect and the design is just too fun!
If you've ever been to an indoor waterpark and hotel then you know that once you leave your room the halls are usually freezing until you get into the actual park and your room is usually a good walk away. Plus you DO NOT want to be the one walking through the halls in just your bikini or one-piece (as least I don't anyways!!)

A cute swimsuit coverup is also essential if you plan on leaving the waterpark to dine at one of the hotel restaurants. You don't want to change completely if you're just grabbing lunch or a coffee and plan on spending the rest of the day in the park so this one is perfect for looking cute in between!

I can't wait to wear this one when we go next month!! I love the color, the material is lightweight and airy, but will give me just the right amount of coverup over my swimsuit. I love the design with the semi ruffled and flowy sides, wavy hem and the belt which gives you a little bit of a tailored feel without it being too clingy anywhere else over your suit.
I just looked at the Jordan Taylor website and they are having a huge sale over the weekend with most item's 40% off!! Jordan Taylor has such pretty resortwear. I love that their item's will take you from the beach, pool, cruise or waterpark straight to lunch or hanging out at the bar. You will feel adorbs, stylish and oh so comfy at the same time!
To view all of the Jordan Taylor Resortwear, please visit:
>>>>>> IT'S GIVE-A-WAY TIME <<<<<<
Now is your chance to win the exact same coverup that I'm wearing above! It's the Martime V-Neck Caftan Coverup that retails for $58!!
>>>>>> ENTER BELOW <<<<<< 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October is Domestic Violence Awarness Month --Start Passing the Purple Purse...


This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I have some important information to share with you as well as a great way for you to help spread the word about it! 

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime-- That's more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.

 Domestic Violence happens more than 145 times each hour in the U.S. and on average, 3 women die every day as a result. 

Lacking financial knowledge and resources is the #1 indicator of whether a domestic violence victim will stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship!

The statistics are staggering, yet only about half of Americans say they would know how to help a victim of domestic violence if they had to!



Today we can help by passing around the Purple Purse -- the Allstate Foundation's symbol for domestic violence which proudly represents a woman's way to escape the cycle of abuse by gaining financial independence. Now in it's 3rd year, the Allstate Foundation's PurplePurse campaign has pledged to donate up to $350,000 to the YWCA for programs designed at assisting survivors of domestic violence and other women in need.

There are 1,300 purple purses filled with domestic violence information and facts being distributed and passed around the U.S. --each purse has a goal of being passed between family, friends, community leaders, celebrities, media and Allstate employees and agents sparking important conversations and raising awareness. The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 each time a purse is passed and checked-in at

If you don't receive a real purple purse, don't worry you can still help out with this great cause and help spread the word about domestic violence awareness by passing on a Virtual Purple Purse...

All you have to do is visit and enter the pass code above to start passing this purse!

It will only take you a minute to pass the purple purse on and by doing so you never know who you might be helping get out of a terrible situation! By sharing the information you might also be educating someone else on the signs of domestic violence abuse and awareness and in return they will be able to help someone they know in need!