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Play a Slideshow on the Amazon Fire TV, Just Ask Alexa (Plus a $500 Giveaway!) #Ad

Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post.

Have you ever had this happen?

“Mom, remember when we went to that place where the water squirted at us?”

“No,” I responded.

“Remember there was a pool and a slide and a little pool and water that squirted up?”

“Oh, yes, that place.”

I searched through pictures on my phone to find that place from last summer. The three of us crowded around my small handheld smartphone, looking at pictures. Then, the fighting ensued.

“I can’t see!”

“Your head’s in the way!”

“Your hair’s in the way!”

“Can you please scoot over?”

Prime Photos

So when I had the opportunity to try out Amazon Fire TV, I was excited. As an Amazon Prime member, I already had Prime Photos which keeps my photos right at my fingertips, across all of my devices. I was able to free up space on my phone when I stored my photos online with the Prime Photos App. Prime Photos includes unlimited photo storage as a  Prime member, and 5 GB digital storage for videos and files for all customers.

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

The Alexa Voice Remote now supports Prime Photos commands on your Amazon Fire TV, just ask Alexa! Amazon customers can view and search for their photos and photo albums with the Alexa Voice Remote and the Prime Photos app on their Amazon Fire TV.  Prime members can also search for people, places, and things, with phrases like, “show photos of flowers,” “show photos of California,” or “show photos of April.”

In Our Home

Now there’s no crowding around a small phone or even our computer, making sure that every person has a good view. Sitting comfortably on the couch, we can play the slideshow of last summer, with the photos of “water squirting up”, and enjoy as a family. We can even include my son and husband! **Smile**. All we have to do is press the microphone button and say, “Show my photos from last summer… Play a slideshow.”

Great Addition to Prime Photos

This is a great addition to what you can already do with Prime Photos on your Amazon Fire TV. Check out more ways to use the Prime Photos Fire TV app, hint: you can even change your screensaver. Prime Photos includes unlimited photo storage as a  Prime member, and 5 GB digital storage for videos and files for all customers. Now, you can relax on your living room couch and flip through your photos and personal videos on the biggest screen in your home using your Alexa Voice Remote.

Enter for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card, or one of five $100 Gift Cards. See terms and conditions here.” 

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Cantu Beauty – #MommyandMe Prize Pack Giveaway #CantuBeauty

One thing that I never expected was to be the mother of one, much less two girls. For those who know me, I am not the girly girl.

Through high school, I wore shorts and sweats, only beat out by the occasional bathing suit, as I was on the swim team. One year, in middle school, I wore shorts and a t-shirt Rain or shine. Fashionable for the times, I sported the loud color blocking style of hip hop 1990s cross colors, not the girls version, it was boys all.the.way.

I didn’t even start to do my own hair until 13, when my mother bluntly told me that I had to figure it out for myself. Until recently, like within the last year, my standard hair style was a ponytail.

But my girls are the girliest of them all. The daily clothing request is “Can I wear a dress please?” My yesses are only mitigated by park play.

Oh, The Hair

With the clothes come the hair. There’s a lot of it between the three of us. I know that natural is the way to go for them. I’ve been “natural” since 2004, but only in the past few years, I’ve noticed products on the market that will protect and help grow my hair. The little that I’ve learned about my hair is that chemicals are the worst thing for them.

Cantu Beauty is available at places I shop normally like Sally’s Beauty Supply, Target and Wal-Mart but they’re free of all the harsh chemicals and parabens that weigh down my hair and just damage it in general. Not to mention, the products smell so good.

This Mother’s Day, take advantage of this amazing #MommyAndMe Cantu Beauty prize pack valued at more than $100 with plenty of hair products to keep you and your little mini-me looking picture perfect. This prize pack has full-size bottles of the new Cantu Care for Kids product line and Cantu for Natural Hair products.

With the Cantu Care for Kids line, each product has a blend of shea butter, coconut oil and honey without mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, gluten, paraffin, PABA or DEA. One of my fellow Mochas told me without asking that she loves the Conditioning Detangler for tenderheaded 4 year old. The prize pack will include the Tear-Free Nourishing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner, Conditioning Detangler, Curling Cream, Styling Custard and Leave-In Conditioner.

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The prize from the adult line are just as nice. They include the Cantu for Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Cleaning Cream Shampoo, Sulfate-Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner, Coil Calm Detangler, Coconut Curling Cream, Define & Shine Custard and Leave-In Conditioning Cream.

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Winning this prize pack is as easy as Cantu makes doing your own hair. All you need to do is enter the gleam contest below and you’re entered to win! Let me know in the comments who you’d share this prize pack with. Is it all yours or do you have a little princess to share the #Twinning with?

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Baby’s Brilliant App Sizzling Summer $250 Giveaway {2 Winners}

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Technology is moving so quickly and children are learning to use phones and tablets before they can even talk. The more apps that come on the market, it’s hard to tell which ones to try out for baby. There are so many options that include songs, animals, pictures or drawing. With Baby’s Brilliant, you get everything in one!
What’s so different about Baby’s Brilliant?
  • Hearing-impaired children can use Baby’s Brilliant
  • After careful research, Baby’s Brilliant have found the most appealing animations to keep babies engage
  • Videos are not just visual, but interactive, they can click on the videos to listen to their sounds
  • Baby’s Brilliant is bilingual!
  • Baby’s Brilliant has a soft and soothing night light for baby
If you are looking for an app that has bright and engaging images, is bilingual, is engaging for the hearing impaired child, has interactive videos and can let baby click on animals to hear sounds and even one that has a soothing night light then Baby’s Brilliant is the app for you! Classical music and videos that help baby explore the world around them is what makes this app so engaging among the fun images.
Baby’s Brilliant is offering 2 giveaways-a $150 Visa Gift Card and $100 Amazon Gift Card. 2 winners will win one of the gifts above. To thank Baby’s Brilliant, I encourage you download or share this with a mother of a baby or toddler so they can experience all there is and leave a review in respect. It is not mandatory, but we all know the best way to thank such an incredible brand is to leave them reviews!
Visit and learn more, then head to your iOS Apple store and download today! To enter the giveaway, see the below form!

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Last Week ~ May #ChainLinkyCLIMB


God’s Growing Garden

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It’s the month long Networking Blog Hop 

Networking means helping each other grow!! 

If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!

Here’s how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works – the co-hosts from the previous month’s CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB – that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last “Linky”)


Highest CLIMBer Features!!

Each permanent host & cohost will feature their favorite link from the previous month CLIMB!

April Noelle

My Highest CLIMBer from April 2015 is:

April Highest Climber

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Please enter below -one person will win:

– $35 Paypal cash from Eclectic Red Barn,  Sew Crafty Angel,  Cuddlebug Cuties & God’s Growing Garden
– 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise – $30 value
– 2 Month Ad Package on Butterfly In The Attic – $30 value
– 1 Monthly Ad Space on God’s Growing Garden – $15 value
– A lovely Spring Flower Necklace by ShorelineDesigned – $15 value

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Spring Flowers – Two green rare slag glass stones from Lake Michigan with pewter flower charms & silver jump rings, silver fishing swivel connector, on a silver plated 22 inch tiny ball chain


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Total prize value is $125!!




CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:


– this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)




– You must be 18 years or older to enter 




– You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise these will become a second place prizes)


– You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Necklace (otherwise this will become  second place prizes)

– You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prizes)





– This Giveaway is open from May 1st, 2015 until May 31st, 2015


– Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen


– Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however – MAY 2015 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)


– correspondence is done through email and the winner’s email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
– All prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.
– if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:







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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit – instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!


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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be featured &/or promoted on our blogs & social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember – If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie’s blog & Angel’s blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

We are looking for amazing Bloggers like you to cohost the CLIMB! (We are scheduling for the end of May & for June 2015) – please click the purple button below to sign up to cohost or click HERE!

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The Latest on April Noelle {1}

April Noelle started at the beginning of this year, after blogging for several years at I really wanted to change the genre and move to a more community based blog, and less about weight loss.

Weirdly, since the transition, I’ve actually gotten more weight loss offers and as long as I’m on my journey, I will continue to bring those to you.

In addition, I wanted to let you know a little about the other things going on here.

The Latest

First, I’m completely revamping my Pinterest boards so that it’s more streamlined. The biggest change for you would be my giveaway board. This board is for giveaways that I think that YOU would be interested in. I update it regularly, either as I come across new giveaways or search them out. I also will remove old giveaways so that you can see the latest and greatest. I’ll admit, there will be a focus on cash, Paypal and Amazon gift cards since those are the most universal.

Follow April’s board Giveaways on Pinterest.
Second, I’m extremely excited about my new podcast: Run Your World. We talk about the entire woman. We cover the difficult topics of finance, and the fun topics of reality television. We look to grow the entire woman, making her stronger, more confident and happier. I would LOVE if you would listen in, let us know how we’re doing and leave us a little love note.

Third, I have also started two new semi-event based series called PBC Pinpoint and PBC Pinpoint Kids. These are things to do around town. I will be looking for things that are not easily come across and/or trying to make this a place where you can get all of your local information, especially on a budget. I will start rating places based on my kids’ attraction to it as well as the basic question of “Is it worth it?”

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We’re making a lot of progress with our book drive. We have hit about the half way mark of my goal ~ 250 books! I’m still on a mission to hit 500 books for low income families who will be attending a Community Baby Shower. I’m still accepting donations of new or gently used books. If you would like to donate, feel free to contact me or you can send books through Amazon. For more information, click the icon below.

My husband has started a great new company, Bahamas Sands Body, which features it’s first product: Exumas Isles Softening Foot Scrub. Sand taken from the exclusive Exumas Islands in the Bahamas help soften your feet. If you’d like to purchase a jar, please do so at our Etsy shop.


Finally, I’d like to say thank you to all of you have been here over the years. I have been working to manage a growing family… my kids are getting older, no I’m not having another, and grow my husband’s business. Keeping this blog, the comments and love have helped me get through some of the tougher times.

Please keep coming back, leaving comments and letting me know what you’d like to see more of.

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Sleep Better, Increase Focus and Get Healthy #Ryte Now {#Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received the product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

My days start pretty typical for a mother… a daughter crying down the hall from her crib, demanding that she needs to be picked up so she can move around. Better yet, the other daughter climbing into your bed over you, of course, because using the opening at the bottom of the bed is just too much to ask for. Then the day gets going because either way, I’m fully awake.

Between housework, child rearing and any other tasks, I spend most days in a daze, a fog, not really knowing what day it is, and going through the motions because you lack clarity from the lack of sleep. No amount of coffee really does the trick, it only allows you to operate and make it through the day.

Why not try a program that will help you sleep well and be fully awake during the day?

Ryte has developed a system that will help you PERK up, FUEL your system, and REJUVENATE your body!

Ryte Perk

I started each day with a single-serve sachet of Ryte Perk and a very small meal. Ryte Perk was effective as a cup of coffee, and lasted twice as long. I felt awake and alert. I looked forward to taking Ryte Perk every morning, but I will also tell you why I found it less and less necessary as I tried the rest of their products, below.

More information about Ryte Perk:

Using a three capsule system, Ryte Perk is formulated to give you a boost of energy, suppress your appetite, enhance your mood, and give you the little extra perk you need to get through the day! These high quality ingredients have been shown to work extremely well alone, but even better when combined together. Throw in some exercise and activity, and they are even more powerful!


Ryte Fuel

No ordinary shake, Ryte Fuel is a potent snack, that’s filling and effective. I tried the shake first with whole milk, since that is the family favorite in our house. Then, I tried it with soy milk which was left over from my cousin’s visit. Finally, I tried it with water.

Not only did the taste hold up well with all three mixers, I decided I could do without the extra calories and drank Ryte Fuel with water alone. They also provide some great recipes so that you can substitute it for your daily smoothie. Since I’m not a banana lover, I opted to try the Mango-Pineapple smoothie.

1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
3/4 cup of water or milk (almond, rice, coconut, etc.)
1 packet of Ryte Fuel

This smoothie was great, sweet and tangy with the creaminess from the Ryte Fuel, it was a great option for a morning meal.

Ryte Fuel, is the ultimate clean protein shake, only contains the highest quality ingredients. Blended with fruit, greens, or your other favorite healthy mix, Ryte Fuel is great as a meal replacement, or by itself as either a nicely timed healthy snack, or post-workout recovery drink.

Ryte Rejuv

Ryte Rejuv made me fall in love with sleep again. Having two toddlers in the house, neither who sleeps through the night, I may be in bed for 6-8 hours but would be willing to bet that I only sleep about 4. When Butterfly cries, even if I don’t get her and she falls back to sleep within minutes, I’m fully awake, with my thoughts racing through my mind as they had done hours before when I laid down. As I mentioned before, Bee climbs over me… every single night, and if I bother to put her back in her bed, she’ll be back in ours within the hour. Again, each extra movement wakes me up fully, having to put myself back to sleep.

I have tried using Tylenol PM thinking that if my muscles were more relaxed after a CrossFit class, I would be able to sleep better. I’ve tried over the counter sleep medications, yet I may sleep through the cries, I don’t sleep through the climbs. I also spend my mornings dragging, lagging until the coffee kicks in.

I was most excited to try Ryte Rejuv. I need real sleep, and I’m tired of being just tired.

I have to say “Oh My Goodness”! This is everything I need in a sleep aid. Not only did it help me go to sleep easily, I could hear Butterfly crying, assess her cry, then fall gently back to sleep myself. Waking up was a breeze too. No drowsiness, or lull, no dragging. I had the standard immediate fogginess, but once I was out of my bed, I was good to go, no rush to get coffee or quite frankly food. On multiple days, I realized it was nearly 10 a.m (when I’m out of bed by 7, and had not eaten).

Ryte Rejuv is just the best ~ hands down my favorite product to review.

Ryte Rejuv is the perfect way to complete your day. As the name suggests, take your three Ryte Rejuv capsules in the evening to rejuvenate yourself and prepare for tomorrow! Designed to give your body the chance to rest, relax, recharge and rejuv!

Used together these three products helped get me through this week. My whirlwind week of hosting a luncheon for 200, recording a podcast and hosting an alumni happy hour all in the same week, had me wiped. Every night this week, I not only got home after 10 p.m., I didn’t go to sleep after midnight! I also managed to make it to CrossFit FOUR times this week too! I can pretty much say that if it were not for these products, I would’ve been in a daze. Instead I was not only awake, but ready for each of the events.

These three products: Ryte Perk, Ryte Fuel and Ryte Rejuv comes in a wonderful pack called the Ryte Mojo Pack to get your mojo back! So get yours today, get one two or all three!

Ryte MoJo Pack #health #wellness #sleep #shake

Enter to win a sample Ryte Mojo Pack!


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Want to find out more about Ryte and their products? Do you have any follow up questions to ask?

Feel free to contact Natalie:

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Celebrate this Mother’s Day with @Theralight #giveaway #giftcard

At the beginning of the year, I promised to treat myself better, including taking better care of myself.

I also want to look better, not just fit my clothing better (with my CrossFit adventure) but my face as well.

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I have three steps to clearer skin:

1. Eat Right.

No matter how much I want to deny it, when I eat more vegetables and starchy food, my skin just looks better. I get less pimples (which only came about as an adult) and I have less discoloration.

2. Wash regularly.

I am what people would consider a low-maintenance gal. I only do what I absolutely have to do, including wash my face. I only did it in the shower and I thought it was working for me.

Until I tried doing it every day, at least once a day, normally at night. This one change made a major difference, mainly because of number three.

3. Moisturize.

I love the idea of applying moisturizer in the morning, except my routine is so quick, the moisturizer doesn’t settle into my skin before applying my makeup. When I apply it the night before, my face is nice and soft in the morning. Depending on how my face feels, I may rinse with cool water.

*4. Sleep.

This point is starred because I wish I got extra sleep and I know when I do, I look better. Unfortunately at this time in my life, I don’t get nearly enough sleep. So, a girl can dream, right?

What I would love to add to this regime is light therapy, since it’s simple in its use and I don’t have to do it every day. Spas use Theralight machines in conjunction with their products because it helps the result of treatments work faster, and better! You can also check out their Facebook page for fantastic beauty secrets, tips, tricks, news, etc.


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 About Theralight

Theralight is a manufacturer of light therapy machines and supply day spas and dermatologists with their very sophisticated machines. What makes their machines so great? Well, they provide a variety of color options, which help do different things. For example, red light is good for anti-aging, green light is good for restoring skin discolorations and acne treatments, yellow light is great for toning and strengthening your facial muscles and more!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Theralight is offering two great prizes:

$100 Sephora Gift Card
$100 Visa Gift Card

What is your favorite beauty or skin care regime?

Tweet: What is your favorite beauty or skin care regime? @Theralight #giveaway #giftcard via @theaprilnoelle

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#Win $1,450 with this Romantic Cash #Giveaway!

Holidays seem to come faster and faster as I get older. New Years is already over, now we’re on to Valentine’s Day. Whether you have a special someone or not, who wouldn’t want a little extra cash for the day.  So ENTER NOW! Romantic Paypal Cash Giveaway | #giveaway #blogger #paypal #cash #valentinesday


Show your valentine you love them with a

pocketful of cash to make your loves wishes come true!

Spoil em’ good! xoxo

Thanks to 66 amazing friends and supporters of

A Peek Into My Paradise we are spreadin’ the love with a

*CASH PRIZE of $1,450!

*Two winners of $500 each

AND One winner of $450!

Meet your lovely co-hosts!

Romantic Cash Giveaway | #giveaway #cash

♥ Cathy | A Peek Into My Paradise ♥ Natasha | Epic Mommy Adventures ♥ Angel | Sew Crafty Angel ♥ Katherine | Katherine’s Corner ♥ Elena | Cropped Stories ♥ Kimberly | Lou Lou Girls ♥ Angie | God’s Growing Garden ♥ Linda | Crafts a la Mode ♥ Censie | Building Our Story ♥ Ce Ce | A Chicago Mom ♥ Laura | Not A Trophy Wife ♥ Rhonda | Mother 2 Mother ♥ Jillian | Baby Doodah ♥ Shana | Technotini

Romantic Cash Giveaway | #giveaway #cash #paypal♥ Roberta | Mommy Like Whoa ♥ Rose | What Rose Knows ♥ Ashlynn | A Beauty Moment ♥ Heather | Mommy Only Has 2 Hands ♥ Jennifer | Brome Fields ♥ Sandy | Sandy’s POV ♥ Janine | Sugarkissed ♥ Kelly | Trial and Eater ♥ Dee | Meatloaf and Melodrama ♥ Roxanne | The Honeycomb Home ♥ Paula | Thrifty Mommas Tips ♥ Andrea | Tabler Party of Two ♥ Laura | Pies & Plots ♥ Logan | Logan Can

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Please be sure and thank the amazing bloggers who helped me put together this phenomenal cash prize! I encourage you to hop over and take a peek into their paradise!

And a big round of applause to our sponsors!

♥ Joy | Yesterfoods ♥ Erika | MakeUp Fun ♥ Melissa | NY Saving Specials ♥ Shane | Whispering Sweet Nothings ♥ Michelle | Ya Gotta Have A Hobby ♥ Edna | Thoughts of Happiness ♥ Rebecca | Futures ♥ Madison | Wetherills Say I Do ♥ Kimberly | Life Is A Lullaby ♥ Marti | Sewlicious Home Decor ♥ Katriza | Everything Home Life ♥ Stephanie | Year-Round Giving

Roses are red, violets are blue,

who will be the lucky winner? Maybe YOU!

Tell us…..Who will you love to spoil this Valentines Day?

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First and second entry drawn will win $500 PayPal Cash each. Three entry drawn will win $450 PayPal Cash.
All entries will be verified. In the event an entry can not be verified participant chooses to forfeit that entry and another winner will be chosen.
Winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email.
Giveaway will run from January 1st, 12AM Pacific Daylight Savings Time to January 31st, 11:59PM Pacific Daylight Savings Time.
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