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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nest Learning Thermostat #Giveaway - RV $249

One of these days, I would love to have a cool thermostat that actually works for this day and age in techie world.

I've been seeing the ones that really helps you save on energy, like this NEST and I really want one of the kind.

I love that it can save energy by turning itself down, while we are not at home! Not sure how I feel about the Wi-Fi access. Too many things can be hacked these days.


Come enter to win one of these things in the Nest Learning Thermostat #Giveaway - RV $249

Nest Learning Thermostat Giveaway
  • Auto-Schedule - Remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away - Saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you're away
  • Remote control - Connect the Nest thermostat to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install - Most people install the Nest thermostat in 30 minutes or less
Dates: 4/25-5/9
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!


Disclosure: JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

T-Fal Ultraglide Easy Cord Iron #Giveaway - RV $44.99

Every now and then something needs a good ironing and I feel like a complete housewife :) Other times, we just throw that baby in the dryer and spin :)

But it wasn't like that before when I was in my country. I used to have to set aside a day for ironing everything that needed ironing for the work week!

I didn't always like those days, but the clothing were so cute and neat. It takes skills baby!

Now come join the T-Fal Ultraglide Easy Cord Iron #Giveaway - RV $44.99 and win!


T-Fal Ultraglide Iron Giveaway
Sponsor: T-Fal
  • Ultraglide CERAMIC soleplate with lifetime warranty; Scratch resistant and nonstick for better glide, easier ironing and optimal ironing durability
  • 1725 Watts of power for a powerful burst of steam (100-gram/min)
  • Easy cord exit system keeps the cord out of the way when ironing and prevents from re-wrinkling already-ironed fabrics
  • 3-way auto-off feature? will shut off after 30sec of inactivity if left on its soleplate or tipped over on its side and 8min on the heel
  • Dual self-cleaning technology with the calc-recollecting valve and integrated anti-scale system and Anti-drip system; Extra Long Cord of 12 ft.
Dates: 4/25-5/9
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Baby Shower #Giveaway Event - ARV $3332

I can't wait to have another baby. I want to extend my family and just see the joy on my kids face as they become older siblings.

Did you have a baby shower for your first child? How about the second?

I was so blessed to receive one from a group of friends. I can't ever forget it because it's hard not having family close by in those precious times.

  babyshowevent2 Welcome to our 3rd Annual Baby Shower Event! This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and co-hosted by Golden State Mom, Joyful Gifts by Julie, Southern Mom Loves, A Little Bit of Everything, A Man's Take on Things, Michigan Savings & More, Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Mommy on the Money, What U Talking Bout Willis, Goody Bag Mall, Diaper Wrecker, Mama Smith's Review Blog, Imperfect Women, Susie's Reviews & Giveaways, Swanky Point of View and Heartbeats ~Soulstains.

Sponsors as noted. This event will have 12 (TWELVE!) Prizes with one winner per prize, open to the US and Canada only. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Prizes will be shipped directly from the sponsor(s). All entries from all tools will be combined then ran through Random.org to ensure a fair drawing.

There is only one (1) mandatory entry, all others on all tools are optional, however, for each one you complete, you will get extra entries. Not associated with Facebook or any other social media pages. Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond. If no response is received within 24 hours, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen. Not responsible for late or misdirected emails. All winning entries WILL be VERIFIED.   Here are the prizes up for grabs: criblarkin899Larkin Four in One Convertible Crib arv: $899 from We Love Travel Deals chgtbl799A gorgeous, solid wood, Changing Table from We Love Travel Deals Arv: $799 dresser399Beautiful solid wood dresser from We Love Travel Deals ARV: $399 britax179 Infant Car Seat from Britax arv: $179 baby-shower-decorations Large Baby Shower Diaper Cake in your choice of style/color! Arv $100 Visa-gift-cardA $500 Visa Gift Card to help furnish your nursery- We Love Travel Deals. Arv: $500 sassafrass25Pink Lace Bow Dress from Sass N Frass by Tina Gowans Sz 6-9 month- arv: $25 (Isn't this adorable??) feeding baby Feeding Baby- Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby & Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating- by Clancy Cash Harrison- arv: $15.69 (Click on the link to purchase this book if you don't want to wait! :) ) bedding182You'll fall in love with this complete Bedding Set in your choice of colors! arv: $182 We Love Travel Deals diaperbag165Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag- from Petunia Pickle Bottom. arv: $165 wishdecor39 You are a wish come true- Wall decor for babies room arv: $69 We Love Travel Deals   bobaair Boba Air Baby Carrier from Over the Moon Diapers arv: $65 **Please direct any questions to marie@dixielandsdeals.com All winners will be announced on our winners page as they respond to the notification email. By entering this contest, you agree to the terms and conditions. **  



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Monday, April 20, 2015

I Will Be A Soul On Fire! - #Music For The soul

Yesterday was a big day for our church. Most to all the members would gather, worship and then go out into the community for mission possible.

It's an amazingly wonderful day to give love and service to our community! And to walk under the banner of Jesus Christ.

I always sign the kids and myself up for this mission possible each year. We work hard, eat and sleep.

This time around we stayed inside with the other parents of younger children. We packed birthday in a bag for kids who can't afford birthday parties and the likes.  It wasn't what I would have chosen to do, but it's a blessing o serve wherever I'm called.

Welcome to Music today. Our THEME: Freebie. Play whatever music you want.



God, I'm running for Your heart
I'm running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire
Lord, I'm longing for Your ways
I'm waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire

Lord, restore the joy I had
And I have one to bring me back
In this darkness, lead me through
Until all I see is You

Lord, let me burn for You again
Let me return to You again
And Lord, let me burn for You again
Let me return to You again

God, I'm running for Your heart
I'm running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire
I want to be
Till I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire



Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer!
Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know
Cathy Kennedy Is taking a hiatus as co-host, but will still be dancing with us.
And welcoming our New Co-host Becca! Yay!

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 


Aloha!

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Happy Mother’s Day #Giveaway

What would your "perfect" Mother's Day look like? 

I have no idea as yet, because I haven't had a chance throughout my mothering days to figure it out. I just think it's a nice day to just not cook. hahaha. 

Anyways come join us in the Happy Mother's Day #Giveaway event! Tell your friends! 


Happy Mother's Day Giveaway
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 8" Chef Knife Crimson Straight Handle
 The New Crimson SH (Straight Handle) 8" Chef knife is designed with a comfort handle and tapered bolster. Ergo Chef designed this for the tradition knife lover while sticking to our precision blades and heat treat process for longer edge life. The blade steel is made in Germany for unmatched quality and precision ground and finely honed to perfection. The handle is crafted with G10 (Fiberglass Resin) which is deemed the worlds strongest handle material by many. The beautiful look is created to mimic wood grain without the maintenance of wood. Lifetime Warranty. Order yours today & discover the Ergo Chef difference!  6" Crimson Santoku Straight Handle
The 6" Santoku SH features Tapered bolster for more comfort and a polished German Carbon Stainless Steel blades (X50CrMoV15) crafted to our high quality standards. The oval Hollow grounds in blade helps food glide off blade. The Santoku's precision 18 degree edge heat treated for long edge life will keep you cutting more than sharpening. The 6" CRIMSON Santoku boasts the World's strongest handle material G10 for a lifetime of use and beauty. See why so many rely on the quality of Ergo Chef knives in there kitchen. Buy yours today!
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Smart Touch opens cans of all sizes and shapes without leaving sharp edges like ordinary can openers. The uniquely designed blade clamps down on the lid from the side, leaving behind a smooth, dull surface. And with its strong magnetic contact point, the lid never falls into the can. Smart Touch fits easily in any drawer, saving counter space. Plus, it’s easy to clean with its detachable, dishwasher safe blade. 1 - Smart Touch Wine Opener
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of these amazing food savers.
Grow your own flowers & herbs in style with a new redwood planter from QMT.  Our embossed redwood deck planters are built from sturdy redwood boards and embossed with an attractive floral border. Naturally rot resistant, redwood planters will maintain their beauty through several seasons. The winner will receive two of the beautiful boxes.
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From your deck, patio, porch or even your window deck. Each comes with craftsmanship
that will last for years to come.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Friday, April 17, 2015

The #RoyalCanin Nutrition For Your Pets + Tips On Taming The Kitty Wars - #Ad

This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping to spread the word about Royal Canin Pet Health Nutrition, however, JamericanSpice only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.


I still remember the day we decided to get our kitties. My children still love them soo much! They entertain us! They are definitely part of the family now. I'd worry if something happens to them.


At one point my silly love was about to make them unhealthy and I found this out just in time! They were FAT. I realized I was over feeding them. I had done all this research, but not how much to feed them. I just figured, I'd feed them when the dish was empty :)

Cat Health is very important, so I had to put them on a diet.  I really wish I had known of the right cat food to use at that time to help with lowering the portions and the exercises.


This past week I was introduced to a new brand of pet food. I was able to visit my local PetSmart store and see the wide variety of pet foods offered by Royal Canin!
I was really amazed at the variety of pet food under one brand.


I remember when my kitties were spayed and neutered; it would have been great to have the right food for their stomach at the time. Especially that they were so young. Royal Canin would have been perfect for them!



You can be sure that whether your pet is indoor, outdoor, baby, kittens, adult cats, or by breed, Royal Canin will provide individualized nutrition for them. For our family, the Adult Fit from Royal Canin would be perfect for my kitties.


While I was shopping at PetSmart, I saw the coupon ad below about spending $50 and get a coupon worth $10. I love that they have coupons for us pet owners! It really helps with the budget, because for some of us, we need all the help we can get for our fur babies.


It was a good learning trip to PetSmart with my mother. We were even able to visit with the kitties who were waiting for adoption! They have all your pet needs!

What kind of foods do you feed your pets? 
Do you visit your local PetSmarts for your pets needs? 




Tips On Taming The Kitty Wars: 

Now that you know where to find really good Pet Health Nutrition, here are some tips on how to Tame The Kitty Wars at your home.

When my kitties who are siblings were younger, they were so cute and loved playing together. As they've gotten older, I've seen where sometimes the brother bullies the sister.

I've had to make a few changes to make life easier for my heart and my baby girl bullied.

Cats, I learned, will fight turf wars over the available resources. So as an owner of a multi-cat home, I want to share these tips on how to tame kitty wars in the home.

1. Separate their food dishes
Their bowls were mouthfuls away from each other. They sometimes even shared water! There was no problem before, until I notice one cat began to growl and slash at the other. This in turn made the other cat watch at the perimeter, but never get to have any food. I was appalled.
Then the kids also noticed other things going on!

2. Separate their water bowls
It might seem an easy thing to share a water bowl, or take turns, but that doesn't work for cats. Save yourself the heartbreak and your kitty being hurt by the other cat and separate the bowls.

3. Double the Litter Boxes
It might be more work, but it beats having a cat going on your floor right? And if you have kids, they can always help with the litter box cleaning as a chore.

It turns out that the male cat had found another friend outside. He'd go out daily and have gaggles of fun/war with this other cat.
Come home and fight with his sister. So mean eh.


Cats are semi-domesticated animals that revert to their wild instincts, including aggression, in times of play, social interaction and stress. Aggression should be dealt with early on, long before it escalates or becomes unmanageable.

Kitty aggression can be caused by a number of things:

Play aggression - This is where the kitten was weaned too early and the mother didn't get enough time to teach how to play with the proper targets.

Mis-guided aggression - This happens when a cat becomes highly agitated by another cat or animal who has invaded their territory, and they do not know how to defend it.

Which explains why my cat became so aggressive with his sister after meeting that other cat.

If you can remove your cat or yourself from the occurring incident, that will be helpful.

If the aggression continues, the cats may need to be kept in separate rooms with closed doors and then slowly reintroduced to each other.

I noticed that if one of my cats stay away too long, they are met and walk around each other smelling each other until one walks away.

Switch the cats’ bedding, food bowls, and rooms, so that each cat can become acclimated to the other’s scent.
This can be tried consistently until it works, or try  something else.

If you have used any other tips to tame aggression please share with me in the comments below.


Learn more about Royal Canin and PetSmart: 



Royal Canin® is a global leader in pet health nutrition. In an industry that continues to
adapt to popular trends in cat and dog food, our mission will remain the same; to
constantly bring, through Health Nutrition and shared knowledge, the most precise
nutritional solution for cats’ and dogs’ health nutrition needs, by building on
constantly deepened scientific knowledge and Royal Canin’s roots in the feline and
canine professional networks.

Veterinarian Jean Cathary founded Royal Canin in France in 1968. Dr. Cathary had
the vision of a pet food company grounded in science; a company based on the
principles of acquiring knowledge about pets, maintaining respect for them at all
times and, most importantly, creating advanced cat and dog food made to satisfy
the needs of the pet – not the desires of the pet owner.

 At all times and in all ways, pets are at the center of everything we do.





To provide Total Lifetime CareSM for every pet, every parent, every time—which we
do by offering superior products, unmatched services and superb customer service
to pet parents and their pets.


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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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