Satellite Internet Isn’t All That Bad

Before moving to our new location we found out that we would no longer be able to have Comcast Internet, which was a big bummer as it’s super fast and we were living in a location right off of a main highway before so the speed was even more fast than expected. That was then, this is now. Today I am living with HughesNet Satellite Internet service.

As a family we looked into all of the satellite plans and I also asked around on MomDot Forum, Twitter and Facebook to find out what others thought about using satellite Internet. I work from home, Internet is my income so we must have a reliable source of Internet here!

Some of the feedback I received wasn’t all that great, many were telling me to have a backup provider, others mentioned that the connection was slow and would go down often. Then there was this one person who informed me that she has been using HughesNet for about twelve years now and it has worked pretty good for her! That was a relief to start hearing some positive, I seriously ended up in tears at one point for fear that I would not be able to put in as many hours as I was before.

I love my income, I love my jobs and without them we could financially survive but I would go crazy not working to make some revenue, not to mention writing is my therapy! After living here a month or so now I can say that I am impressed with the service we have through HughesNet. There was one week without Internet due to waiting for money to purchase our dish outright, and the next week was a bit tricky because the satellite went down one night and the network we have here was set up in a weird way that triggered my office computer to not go online.

Overall, I am very pleased! I woke up to an ice storm looking backyard and frontyard, trees, driveaway, cars all covered in ice, but went into the office and voila my internet was still working just fine!

So what do you have for Internet and are you happy with your service provider?

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Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle Car from @toystate

My family was able to test out Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle car from Toy State!

My sons were so excited about getting this car, it was received shortly before our move which is why it was more of a tease than anything to them. We waited until we got into our new home with hardwood floors so they would have room to test this out in a big living room rather than a small kitchen area.

I would have to say that my four year old enjoys racing the car as fast as he can across the floor and my two year old enjoys listening to the old school music found on the remote control for this R/C motor muscle car!

The only downfall to this car I found was that you can’t be too far away from the vehicle with the remote in order for it to work, I think it’s about 3 feet, which is great for the little ones but not so great when the adults are trying to play with it ;-)

About Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle

  • Ages 7 and up is the rating.
  • Price is approximately $35.
  • Line of classic 1960′s and 1970′s muscle cars that offer full-function radio control features.
  • Each classic car includes its own uniquely styled remote controller that incorporates design cues pulled from the actual vehicle.
  • Play features include flashing lights and a popular classic tune from the car’s original era.
  • Motor Muscle models include 1967 Corvette Stingray, 1969 Doge Daytona, 1971 Dodge Super Bee and 1970 GTO Judge.
  • The Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle collection is available at Wal-Mart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Kmart and stores nationwide.

For more information on this product you may visit Toy State’s website, follow @toystate and Like Toy State on Facebook.

Disclosure: I reviewed this product based on my honest, personal experiences with the product. The item was provided for free from Team Mom.

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Cheerios: Quality Time While Nourishing the Body and Mind of my Children

Quality time with my children is very important but also just as important is making sure I am nourishing their mind and body while we enjoy this time together. Here at my house I am not big on offering sweets for snacks but we do enjoy a good healthy treat such as Cheerios or similar for snack.  It’s great that my children are still at the ages of 8, 4 and 2 without knowing too much about sugary treats.

One thing my children and I now like to do together is to go outside and enjoy our new backyard watching the animals, going on treasure hunts and leaving little food behind for the birds so we can watch them come while we sit inside enjoying the view from our windows. Quality time is spent teaching the children about the animals we see in our backyard, investigating how many apples were eaten overnight and counting how many various colored leaves we find laying on the ground.

A nice healthy snack, smiles and education through fun play outdoors is nourishing my child’s minds and bodies. Think about it, they are learning new things which nourishes their minds and getting exercise which is very nourishing to their bodies. If you have children that don’t learn in a normal “book” kind of way, hands on exercise and learning outdoors may work best, but remember to bring along a healthy little treat to ensure they also have full tummies.

Like Cheerios on Facebook and learn more about what other Cheerios Blogger Circle bloggers are doing to nourish the minds and bodies of their children.

Disclosure: I am a member of Cheerios Blogger Circle and this post was written based on a question Cheerios asked me “How do you use quality time with your children to ensure the best nourishment for body and mind?” more articles will come in future months.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Home Packaged Holiday Flavored Coffee

Oh how yummy it is that I was able to review some holiday flavored ground coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts! This was a pleasure for me to complete as I am already a Dunkin’ Donuts fan, familiar with not only their food but their french vanilla ground coffee that you can brew right at home! Can we say delicious? Oh I can for sure!

The holidays are coming for me I have Thanksgiving and then Christmas dinners. This year I was able to test drive the holiday flavors that you can now find at your local grocery store from Dunkin’ Donuts. I received three flavors of ground coffee; Vanilla Nut, Pumpkin Spice, and Mocha Mint.

The Vanilla Nut was taste tested first as I knew it was something both J and I would enjoy together. It was delicious, a mix of maybe Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut and French Vanilla ground coffee choices.

Next choice for me was Pumpkin Spice and well J didn’t like it. Here’s what I did; every night we set up our coffee machine so that in the morning we simply click the on button to start it brewing. I did have it all set up the night before and J happened to get up with the kids this morning & start the coffee, poured himself a nice big cup of hot coffee put his cream and sugar in it then took a big ole sip …. just to find out the coffee was not our regular plain ole bland coffee but a bit spicier! I laughed when he told me that, because well he doesn’t much care for the Pumpkin Spice flavor. I’ll tell you what though, I LOVE IT!

Pumpkin Spice didn’t sound super appetizing to me but I wanted to taste it anyways, and it was delicious! I still have some left, I think I need a second coffee pot so that I can make it one morning for myself to drink.

I also hope to get a chance to taste test the Mocha Mint which my Dad was saying maybe have one evening I believe. Like a sipping coffee cup late night add some Bailey’s Irish Cream to it or something. I will for sure have to test that out!

Overall I am very satisfied with the two flavors I have tried so far and I would highly recommend these as a gift, something to bring to the dinner with family this year or for your own personal use!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Smuckers and received necessary products to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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My Night Time Buddy

Every night it’s a battle to get the kids to sleep, you see when AJ was born he wasn’t always a great sleeper and finally about age four he has started to be a bit better about sleeping. I still for some reason find a little four year old in my bed come morning time but he is getting better about sleeping through the night for the most part. Now we have Baby K to deal with, he has become my night time buddy.

Baby K and Mommy

One night Baby K would not sleep, this was due to a late afternoon nap which is something he can not usually do if you want him to go to sleep at night. The boy was wide awake and since he usually doesn’t eat his dinner he got hungry. The boy wanted candy, treats, snacks, etc but this Mama isn’t letting her little one have candy in the middle of the night. It’s a rare time in this house that the kids get any sweets like that, so I offered Baby K some cereal and I watched as he enjoyed the whole bowl.
Baby K Eating Cereal

The cereal was super yummy, he didn’t want Cheerios on this particular night so I gave him some mini-wheats or something like that, non-frosted ones. Baby K also decided that tossing the bowl up and down was more fun than actually eating the cereal…

Baby Tossing Cereal

After the cereal was all gone Baby K found a remote control for his RC car and decided that was a tad bit more interesting than tossing a cereal bowl around. We had fun, but eventually I had to get the night time buddy to bed, now that was a challenge!

Silly Child

What do you do when your children don’t sleep for you at night due to a longer than normal nap time? Do you force them to sleep or are you like me and just go with the flow?

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