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The Perfect Military Shave with Gillette SkinGuard

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Gillette’s new SkinGuard razor – new at Walmart today.

Once upon a time I met a man who was enlisted in the Navy. That was 22 years and three kids ago a lot has changed but his razor brand hasn’t. He is still a Gillette user and I am still in love with his kissable face. Read his review below.

In September 1996 I joined the United States Navy as a young 20 year old.  I shipped off to Great Lakes IL – and became indoctrinated into Naval Service.  Uniformity and regiment were key components of the “boot camp” process. As newly minted sailors, we wore the same clothes, attended the same classes, and ensured we upheld the highest hygiene standards.  My memory of our boot camp morning hygiene routines is still vivid to this day, and shaving was unequivocally paramount to being “inspection ready”.

On arrival to Great Lakes, IL we had young men enlisting from all cultures and backgrounds – city, country, suburbs….Long hair, short hair…Military family heritage, or first timers.  The goal of boot camp is to break down barriers and impediments to conducting the mission. For Naval boot camp, on the second day onsite we were brought to the military issue exchange to receive our first razor and shaving cream. We were all issued a Gillette razor and Gillette foamy shaving cream. There were no other shaving options allowed, the Navy had to get hundreds of sailors processed through boot camp and to ensure uniformity and cadence.

23 years later, when I smell Gillette foamy shaving cream, my senses bring me back to fall of 1996 boot camp. I recall all the men in my division lining up at the sink for a chance to get five minutes to foam up, shave, rinse and get ready for daily inspection.  For some of my shipmates, they were shaving for the first time in their lives. For others in my squad, shaving presented immense challenges such as nicks, burns, bumps, and irritation.

After morning reveille, we were to line up at our posts for inspection. Our Chief Petty Officer at the time would approach each newly minted sailor and check uniform, shoes, hygiene to include hair and shaving within regulations. I had experience with shaving before boot camp, but with a condensed schedule, chafing, razor bumps, burn and nicks presented challenges.  I vividly recall some of my shipmates struggling during inspection with irritation and grief on their faces due to shaving complications. Our inspection Chief would make a mockery out of the situation by imploring these sailors to “shave properly” the next time. Root cause for these razor bumps and nicks is that every man has different skin which can mean sensitive skin reacts differently to shaving and shaving quickly!


When I recently tried shaving with Gillette SkinGuard and Gillette’s Pure shaving cream – I experienced a level of comfort unparalleled in my prior service years.  The SkinGuard razor glided over the contours of my face and throat – no razor burn or irritation on the first try! It’s hard to have a negative experience with a great razor.

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10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation

What do you get when you have 17 items on a list and someone asks to fit something else on? What happens when three people ask you to drive them three different locations all at the same time?

Eventually you burn out, get angry, or you take control and cancel everything so you can make room for you. That is why the new trend of mom vacations is taking off. I decided to take one with my friend Dana at www.DanaVento.com.

What is a mom vacation and why do you need one?

Mom Vacation – (noun) It is a trip where you plan nothing except who you are going on the trip with and the dates. You may want to plan lodging and you may not. You just go to a location and relax, eat when your hungry, wake up and go to bed when you want. Get this you do not have to worry about anyone.

10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation
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What to do in Duck, North Carolina

Check out my experience and list of What to do in Duck, North Carolina

It wasn’t until my eyes began to twitch that I realized my stress was manifesting itself in a physical way. It was that moment  that I knew I needed a break. I needed a mom vacation.

I grabbed a friend and we headed to Outer Banks for a relaxing weekend filled with everything we liked aside from the trip to urgent care. I will explain that later.

We were hosted at the Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina. The rooms were “beachful” elegance and the location is gently nestled between the sound and the ocean. The property offers many amenities so you do not need to leave. You can enjoy the pool, spa, hot tub, water sports, biking or reading a book on one of the many lovely decks complete with rocking chairs.

On the premise the Sanderling resort features a charming dining establishment. The Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5 resort guests and visitors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant asks that you refrain from wearing bathing suits with covers. I suggest you take the opportunity to get a little dressed up. You can sit by the fire and warm up as the coastal breeze increases your appetite.


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Gel Memory Foam Mattress and Mattress Toppers

Best Memory Foam Mattress Sale and Mattress Topper Deals

Do you feel like you’re not getting enough sleep and rest every night? Do you want to sleep better? Sleep better and be better you! Having a better sleep can affect your productivity, and it all starts with a good mattress. Investing on the best memory foam mattress can significantly affect the sleep that you get. Make it an investment for yourself. We rounded up the best memory foam mattress sale and mattress topper deals to help you choose and get more value for your money. Also, make sure to check out my 10 Easy Tips For Improving The Amount Of Sleep You Get and my Tips on How to Get a Good Night Sleep.

Black Friday Memory Foam Mattress Sale

Groupon Sitewide Sale: Countdown to Black Friday: 20% Off Local and 10% Off Goods and Getaways
Use Promo code: SAVE
Timing: 11/21-11/22
Fine print: Valid on 1 unit per transaction; max 3 Local deals, 3 Getaways flash deals & 3 Goods items per customer. Max $50 off Local; max $50 off Goods; max $50 off Getaways flash. Ends 11/22. Exclusions apply. Full details at gr.pn/promofaq

ComforPedic Loft 5.5″ Gel Memory Foam and Fiber Reversible Mattress Topper as low as $99.99 for twin (69% Off) $149.99 only for King
– 4” reversible gel memory foam base layer
– 1.5” high-loft polyester fiber top layer
Twin: 38” x 74” x 5.5”
Full : 53” x 74” x 5.5”
Queen: 59” x 79” x 5.5”
King: 75” x 79” x 5.5”
California king: 71” x 83” x 5.5”

ComforPedic Loft from BeautyRest 14″ Premium NRGel Memory Foam Mattress (Made in the USA) only
$349.99 (reg $1,095.99) 68% OFF for twin. $459.99 for full. $549.99 for Queen. $679.99 for King and California King
Triple-layer construction:
– 2” NRGel memory foam
– 3” comfort foam
– 9” base foam
Made in the USA
10-year warranty from Future Foam, Inc.
Certipur certified
Product dimensions:
Twin: 38”x75”x14”
Full: 54”x75”x14”
Queen: 60”x80”x14”
King: 76”x80”x14”
California King: 72”x84”x14”

Lucid 10″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress as low as $148.99 (medium firm) twin (46% off) $159.99 (medium plush) twin
Dual-layer mattress
Regulates temperature for maximum comfort
Provides support
Eases pressure points
Moisture-controlling fabric
2.5” gel-infused memory foam
7.5” high-density foam base
CertiPUR-US certified for safety and performance
Compressed and boxed for convenient shipping and setup
Product dimensions:
Twin: 75”x38”x10”
Twin XL: 80”x38”x10”
Full: 75”x53”x10”
Queen: 80”x60”x10”
King: 80”x76”x10”
California King: 84”x72”x10”

ComforPedic Loft from Beautyrest 8″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress as low as $219.99 (reg $999.99) 78% off for twin
Gel memory foam quickly responds to your movements
Dissipates heat for a cool night of sleep
The Makeup
2” of gel memory foam
2” of comfort layer foam
4” of supportive base foam

AC Pacific 8″ Memory Foam Mattress with Aloe Vera Cover $129.99 (reg price $199.99) for twin or twinxl or $279.99 only for California King
Memory foam upper
Conforms to the contours of your body
Provides even support along the spine and neck
Can help reduce neck and back pain
Stretch knit fabric cover infused with aloe vera extract
Creates a smoother, more comfortable sleeping surface
Helps protect and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep
Naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal

ComforPedic Loft from Beautyrest 14″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress Customized Comfort as low as $299.99 (81% Off) Plush Twin
Designed to quickly respond to movements
Assists to dissipate heat for a cool, comfortable sleep
Multiple layer design for maximum comfort and support
Manufactured with CertiPur certified foam
Made in the USA
3” of gel memory foam, 3” of comfort layer foam, and 8” of supportive base foam
Dimensions
Twin: 75” (L) x 38” (W) x 14” (H); 48 lbs.
Full: 75” (L) x 54” (W) x 14” (H); 68 lbs.
Queen: 80” (L) x 60” (W) x 14” (H); 80 lbs.
King: 80” (L) x 76” (W) x 14” (H); 101 lbs.
California King: 84 ”(L) x 72” (W) x 14”(H)

Linenspa 6″ Innerspring Mattress as low as $79.99 for Twin $89.99 Twin XL, $109.99 Full, $124.99 for Queen, $154.99 for King and California King
Tempered steel coils work to provide durability and support
Quilted fabric cover and foam layer above the coils offers a layer of cushioning
Features a fire-resistant barrier
Rolled, compressed and packaged in an easy-to-maneuver box
Product dimensions;
Twin: 75”x39”x6”
Full: 75”x54”x6”
Twin XL: 80”x39”x6”
Queen: 80”x60”x6”
King: 80”x76”x6”
Cal King: 84”x72”x6”


$50 off any mattress any size at SweetZzz Mattress including the affinity. Code: zzz50

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

$150 Off Eco Terra Beds using code SALE150


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Improving The Amount Of Sleep You Get

10 Easy Tips For Improving The Amount Of Sleep You Get

4 Things You Can Do Right Now To Get Some Sleep

Are you having a hard time sleeping? Read my tips on how to get better sleep.

Tips on How to Get a Good Night Sleep

June 21, 2018

Great Wolf Lodge A Day You Will Remember

Great Wolf Lodge

What do you do when your son says, “I am bored?” You know besides roll your eyes and think to yourself, “again”. You decide you are going to surprise him with a birthday he will not forget.  You know that your number one goal this year and going forward is to fill your children’s lives with memories instead of stuff. You think where can I get the most value for my money? Then it hits you!  Great Wolf Lodge has the best value for your money.

I’m sure you have looked into going and thought that it might be expensive, but really it doesn’t have to be.  The best part is Great Wolf Lodge has so much to offer that you can choose what to do.  You can pack a lot of adventure in a short amount of time! You see if you purchase a room at Great Wolf you can come to the park before your room is ready. That means you can play even before your stay. We checked in and got our wristbands and complimentary wolf ears. They will also give you a schedule of activities that will take place throughout the day. The locker rooms made it easy to change into your swimsuit and get the party started. We did just that. We used the lockers to hold wallets, keys, and cell phones. They vary in sizes and prices start at just $15. At around 4 pm you will be able to get into your room. The best part is you receive a text when your room is ready. We were having such a great time we weren’t in a rush to get to our room. I should also let you know that you can play the next day. You will have to remove all your belongings from your room by 11:00 am. This is where the lockers prove handy once more.  We placed the luggage in our vehicle and took only what we needed.  When it was time to leave we used the locker rooms to take a quick shower and they even have a handy bathing suit dryer so you don’t have to take your swim suits home soaking wet.  I can’t even tell you how reasonable that makes Great Wolf Lodge. You pay for one night of lodging and get two days of play. You will also score points with the kiddos because they will have a blast and definitely not be bored.Continue reading

March 15, 2018

5 Things You Can’t Leave Northern Ireland Without Doing

Things To Do In Northern Ireland

Tap, Tap, Tap, Tap darn I need to put that pencil down. I can’t think of a single thing my mind is filled with dreams. I have to finish my packing list or empty the laundry that has cascaded down the basket. I again pick up my pencil only to start tapping it on my lips. Grr? Why, can’t I concentrate? Focus I tell myself. Who could focus on work when you know in just a few days you will leave for what could be the best trip of your life?

Donegal is the coolest place on the planet according to National Geographic Travellers ‘The Cool List 2017’. It was also voted ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ by Independent Travel readers. It is no wonder I can’t get anything done on my list other than googling things to do in Northern Ireland. It seems the more I try to stay on task the quicker my hands move over the keys. I type things like where to sleep in Donegal?

What are the best hotels in Donegal?

Then I type what are the best restaurants in Ireland?

I practice saying it Donegal DUN-i-gawl in my best Irish voice which is hardly something I would use if I was trying to make friends. I was so excited to travel to Donegal so I put my pencil away since clearly it was impeding my list creation capabilities and I began to type.

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