Monday, November 3, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy ~ Giveaway

Disclosure:   The Purex Brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.



With the seasons changing again from hot to cold for me it is time to transition all of the blankets and do some bi-annual cleaning.  From bedding to curtains everything gets a wash.  Whether I am putting blankets away into storage or pulling them out I love the fresh scent of laundry scent boosters.

I was inspired not only by the weather but the opportunity to try the new scents from the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy line.  Their are 3 new scents available, energy, well being, and Serenity.  I tested out the well being scent and it was wonderful.


My husband actually asked me if I had been burning candles when he came home due to the pleasant scent in the air.  Even as I write this a week later when I cam home from a long day at work it is very peaceful to come home to the new well being scent in our home.  Way better then smelling our dingy dog.


I would love to give one of you the chance to try out on of Purex's new scents from their Aromatherapy line of crystals.  Just enter in the rafflecopter below.  Just let me know which scent you would love to try:

Well Being ~ brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms

Energy  ~ helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus

Serenity  keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water-lilies


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Collage.com One-Click Photo Book ~ Review


If you are like me then I am assuming you have a ton of pictures-not printed but sitting in your phone, camera, or computer.  You always say you will do something with them but they are probably accumulating, by the hundreds.  If you have kids you know I am not even joking.

With my first child I think I printed 200 photos or more and put them in albums that first year and I love them.  By the second child I wanted to do this but it is definitely not a priority, just a wish.  I am very, very good though about uploading them to Facebook and putting them into albums on a regular basis.  This came in super handy when given the opportunity to make a couple of photo books at collage.com.



I loved how easy it was to just upload directly from Facebook.  I was able to select an album and then upload all the pics from that album.  I chose the easy route and had it place them all and then sorted from there.  Within 20 minutes I had my perfect photo book of our most recent vacation.



I love how they take all of the photos and make a collage on the cover.  I added a background to all the pages, a title, and voila!  My kids LOVE looking at it and it is perfect to take and show family.



I love how easily it fits on our bookshelf and they make even better gifts.  Grandma lives out of state and doesn't have a Facebook so sending her picture books of the kids is the perfect gift.



Right now you can make a large hardcover 20 page photo book for only $25 which is a steal.  Think about it.  By the time you pay to print photos, purchase a photo album and actually put those pictures in the album you have spent as much or more.  This is simple and you have a book that lasts forever.  I love the quality and had my book in my hands in about a week!

Create a professional photo book with a single click using Collage.com's One-Click Photo Book. Select photos of any size from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer and they will instantly suggest a clean, professional layout that you can further customize.

Deal: Use this link for 51% off a 20-page 11.5"x8" Hardcover Photo Book From Collage.com: http://bit.ly/collagepbdeal

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Join Children's Claritin and KaBOOM! Bringing Imagination Playground™ to Communities in Need!

Parents! Vote Now to Help Kids Have More Fun - One Playspace at a Time
As parents, we spend a lot of time discovering creative ways to nurture our children's curiosity. Luckily, being outdoors provides the perfect landscape, fueling young imaginations and creating endless possibilities for exploration, discovery and creativity. Children's Claritin hopes to inspire parents to create innovative play spaces in their backyards, and communities.
Children's Claritin also believes in the benefits of outdoor activity for children, and wants to help children get the most out of every day! They're teaming up with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit, to help bring innovative playspaces to communities in need and you can help! By voting, you can help them pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. What's Imagination Playground™? See imagination at play - watch last year's winner enjoying Imagination Playground™.
Be sure to visit ClaritinVoteforPlayspaces.com where you can place your vote and gather playspace inspirations for creating your own backyard playspace.  
While visiting the Children's Claritin & KaBOOM! Facebook page, you can also:
  • Learn more about the twelve organizations you can vote for receiving Imagination Playground™
  • Download coupon offers
  • Locate a playspace near you
Vote now and help us pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. You can vote one time per day through 9/26/14. Click here for voting rules.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Collage.com One-Click Photo Book ~ Deal


Create a professional photo book with a single click using Collage.com's One-Click Photo Book. Select photos of any size from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer and they will instantly suggest a clean, professional layout that you can further customize.


You can get one for just $25!
Deal: Use this link for 51% off a 20-page 11.5"x8" Hardcover Photo Book From Collage.com: http://bit.ly/collagepbdeal



Since we will be headed to Florida this fall I think this will be perfect for all the pictures I plan on taking!  Can't wait to see how it turns out and share it with everyone.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Fun in Chicago!

With the summer winding down and everyone heading back to school I just wanted to reflect on all the great activities my boys and I had this summer.  It was honestly one of the best summers ever and I had so much fun exploring our great city with awesome friends.  Here is a list of all the great places we visited and I plan on visiting all of them again!

These were our 10 main activities this summer and it was a blast!  I hope to highlight one place each week during the fall with tons of pics.  I hope that wherever you live whether it is Chicago or a small town you take the time to explore your city.  I never took the time before and realized these are only a few of the many awesome places this city has to offer.



Have fun and explore!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dial's Coconut Water Body Wash ~ Giveaway

Disclosure:  "The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own."


I love how Dial consistently comes out with new great products.  I am addicted to "new" so if my favorite brand has a new product I have to try it.  Dial has impressed me yet again with their brand new Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash.  I am a morning shower person so the fresh citrus like fruity scents alone are awesome for waking me up in the morning.


You can see I have already used half the bottle and I am in love!  I like how clear it is and I can honestly say my skin feels softer and more hydrated.  I have been spending a lot of time outside since it is summer and my skin is in need of the extra hydration.  

"Coconut water is a leading trend known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration.  Mango is known for being nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness."

After several weeks of using the Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash I have to agree!  I would love to offer you the chance to try it out for yourself.  Enter below and I will choose one of my readers to receive a coupon for a FREE bottle of Dial's new body wash.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

MCC Genworth Let's Talk Tour ~ #LetsTalk

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Genworth. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”


One of the hardest things to talk about, or something we tend to put off is choices for later on in life.  From planning for retirement to long term care options I know I personally have so many questions and not a clue!  I tend to have the thought I'll deal with it when it happens but I know that is definitely not smart the smart choice.  More people actually plan for their death then they do for long term care.

One of my main questions would probably be with my parents.  What are their thoughts and wishes?  If they were to get ill would my siblings and I know what to do?  How much would care cost and where would the money come from?  Any situation that were to arise I'm sure it would be stressful enough so knowing their wishes and our choices would make the entire situation much easier.  



From New York to California Genworth is getting people talking about all aspects of their future through the Let's Talk Tour.  We never want to think about things such as long term care for our parents but its a reality and a difficult time.  Most of all it can be expensive to care for a parent or even a grandparent.  Childcare is costly and caring for a parent around the clock is even more costly with a nursing home costing around $80,000 a year!  Even with my brother and sister helping that is not a cost we could afford so a backup plan is a must for us.



Check out the videos above to check in on the fun at the Genworth Let's Talk Tour.  Don't wait and have the talk today with you parents and grandparents about what long term care options they are interested in and set up a plan!  Genworth is there to help with any questions you may have along the way.  Check out their tour dates here and stop on by if you are in the area.  You never know if someone famous like Frank Thomas may be there to help you jump start that conversation!  #LetsTalk