Friday, August 22, 2014

Do You Really know the Boogeyman? Jack the Boogey is My Real Name

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An old friend from my junior high school days (hey Philippa Schuyler heads), who is now a father, has added an additional title, author, to his resume.  Davon Washington and his son, Chase Washington recently released the children’s book titled Jack theBoogey is My Real Name

Jack the Boogey is My Real Name is a 32-page, hardcover,  picture book suitable for young children who are afraid to go to bed at night because they’re scared of the “Boogeyman.”  The Boogeyman is notorious for hiding under kid’s beds and inside of their closets, leaving them afraid of the dark, and scared to go to sleep alone.  Shoot! I remember, even, being afraid of the Boogeyman when I was my daughter’s age.  Of course now, I know he is NOT real… or do I?

In Jack the Boogey is My Real Name, Jack, the Boogey Monster takes the reader(s) along on his journey to becoming the Boogey Monster, and reveals that everything he does is not to scare children, but to instead, protect them. In fact, what’s afraid of Jack the Boogey are the “real” monsters who are out to scare innocent children while they’re dreaming.

The illustrations prepared by Ana-Gabriela Stroe mesh well with the theme and focus of the story.  The illustrations are very much kid-friendly, and my daughter loved them.

Jack the Boogey is My Real Name came out just in time since my daughter has begun sleeping in her own bed.  Prior to this, her fear were ghosts.  She’s always voiced “Mommy, I scared. Ghosts are in my room.”  Thank God we've gotten through it, and she’s now sleeping in her own bed, and hasn't mentioned ghosts.  Thanks to Jack the Boogey, she’ll have no fear of the Boogeyman either.  Now, we just have to figure out what to do with the other, “bad” monsters that Jack is trying to keep away.

While I've never read a scary story, or story about monsters to my 3 yr old, it’s refreshing to see Davon and Chase Washington use a “monster” in the alternative way by removing the fear that is usually associated with the Boogey Monster to help children sleep peacefully at night.  Jack the Boogey is My Real Name is a true story of good vs evil, and to figure out what I’m talking about you’d just have to read the book!  

The book can be purchased on for $18.93

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Disclosure: Item purchased by Beauty and the Bump.  All opinions are my own and are honest. Affiliate links. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Going on Vacation! Social Media Safety Tips to Help Prepare for your Vacation

These days, it seems everyone is “Doing it for the ‘gram” - instagram that is, or any social media platform, for the matter.  From tweeting you’re on a plane headed to a specific place, or instagramming a photo of you enjoying time on an out of town or out of country beach,  can be viewed as showing off,  but also, putting every aspect of your daily life can prove to be detrimental.  Who wants to return home from a relaxing, fun-filled vacation to an empty house? Not me!

Anyway, I was prompted to write this post not only because I’ll soon be vacationing, but also because I noticed that a lot of my family and friends, while on vacation, announce to social media AKA the world, that they've gone out of town, and the length of time they're gone.  Don’t get me wrong, I've been guilty of that too; however, after hearing about situations of entire homes being robbed (sometimes by friends/acquaintances), etc. from people I know, it made me more conscious about what I announce on social media, especially when vacationing. 

Below are some tips to help you share your vacation experiences on social media without putting your home at risk for theft and burglary.

1. Don’t post upcoming travel plans
I know it is exciting to finally get a break from work, life, etc., but, posting your travel plans (dates, location etc), is not a good idea. It just lets people know the amount of time they have to rob you clean.

2. Check your social media privacy settings
Facebook, for example can share your posts with ‘Friends’ or “Public’.  You want to make sure your settings are set to ‘Friends’ only. You might want to clean up your friends list while you're at it. :)

3. Turn off location sync capabilities on all of your mobile devices.
Turning off your location sync capabilities or GPS based geotags makes least susceptible to tracking, as well as tagging your location on social media posts.  So, even if you don’t say you’re away, a simple post or picture about anything won’t alert anyone that you’re away.

4. Don’t post status updates or pictures while on vacation
Posting these things is a notification that your house is empty, and will be for a good period of time.  Use your time away to snap away, and organize your photo sharing plans for publish upon your return.

5. Don’t tag fellow travelers in photos taken while still on vacation
Fine, you want to expose yourself, but, don’t create drama for your travel mates, too.  Wait until everyone is safely at home and then tag them later if they want to be tagged. 

Other important tips to remember to do to prepare your home for your vacation are as follows:
1.  Hold your mail
When you're leaving for more than a couple of days, call your local post office to stop mail delivery until you get back. They can hold mail from three to 30 days. Visit: 

2. Have someone check on your home
Have someone in the area check your house periodically. Whether it's a neighbor or relative, nothing beats having a person check the premises every day or two while you're gone.

3. Create the illusion of someone being home
To help create the illusion that the residence is still occupied, invest in timers that turn on the interior lights for a few hours every evening. We picked up the Woods 50006 Indoor 24-hour Mechanical Outlet Timers from Amazon, and we also have outdoor lights that automatically come on at night.

4. Make the best of your alarm system
Notify your alarm system company that you’ll be away, and no one will be entering your home during that time (if that's the case). That way, if your alarm goes off, the company will automatically send police.

5. Lock Up
It’s important to double check that all doors and windows are locked.  Just one entry left unlocked can lead to your home being invaded and robbed while you’re away.  If you don't make it easy, there's a better chance that when you get home, your house will be in the same condition as when you left it.

I hope all of these tips are helpful, and you use them the next time you and your family vacation, I know I will.

Please share, what are some things you do to keep your home safe while you’re away on vacation?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Stop Bug Bite Itchies Fast with Zim's Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: Product provided for free to facilitate review. All opinions are my own and are honest. 

Summer time, at least for my family, means more time outdoors.  What else looms around in the summer, especially at night? Bugs! Mostly, what we react to in my family most are mosquitoes.  My bites, as well as our daughter’s mosquito bites turn into large lumps, especially once they become itchy, which leads to scratching.  Normally, our family would use alcohol, and then apply a layer of hydrocortisone, which would do the trick in keeping the itchiness away.  That is, until I was provided with Zim’s Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone to review.

What is Zim’s Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone?
Zim’s Advanced Crack Crème with Hydrocortisone is an organic crème containing ingredients like Arnica, organic aloe, and hydrocortisone to help temporarily relieve itchiness and rashes due to insect bites, dermatitis, poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac.

My thoughts
I was surprised that the Zim’s Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone worked at effectively taking away the itch from me and my daughter’s mosquito bites, and it did this rather quickly.  It only took a small amount of the product rubbed on the affected area to do so, which means more bang for your buck! Don’t you love it when a just a little of a product goes a long way?

Zim’s Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone is described as a cream, but to me, it’s more like a salve, and smells like one, too.  Maybe because I've been using this product during the summer, but the consistency of it is a little runny, which means you have to be careful when removing the product from the tube, or else, it can be all over your floor. Yes, that’s happened to me.  

Now back to the scent.  The scent is very Tiger Balm-ish.  If you’re a fan of that scent, kudos to you, but there is something off-putting about it to me.  Although the scent doesn't linger around too long – I’d say it stays around for about 5 minutes post application – it bothers me.  My daughter doesn't mind though. In fact, I caught her smearing it all over her arms! 

 What do I like about the Zim’s Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone?
- Works fast and effectively
- A little goes a long way
- Can be used on ages 2+ (perfect for my 3 yr old)
- Organic

What I don’t like about the Zim’s Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone?
- Smell
- Consistency

Overall, I am satisfied with the results from using the Zim’s Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone.  I use it as soon as either of us is bitten by a bug, and I pack it in my bag whenever we plan to be outdoors.  If you’re in the market for an anti-itch cream, and do not mind the scent, I’d suggest checking out this one.

Zim’s Advanced Crack Crème with Hydrocortisone can be purchased for $9.99/ # oz from

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Disclosure: Product provided for free to facilitate review. All opinions are my own and are honest.