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Never run out of essentials with #AvoidTheOops

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart

Every one has experienced those moments when you’re taking care of business and you reach for the um…..toilet paper, only to realize It’s. All. Gone!

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We’ve all been there. It’s one of those “noooooooo” moments we don’t like to talk about. Yet, I’m totally talking about it. Yes it’s embarrassing, yes I wish I had stock piled the darn toilet paper, yes I wish I had remembered to look at my shopping list instead of getting distracted by all the shiny things that I don’t need and will never use, yes I have hung my head in shame when I realized what am I going to do now? Alas, we’re all human, and forgetfulness happens.

So where does this leave me? I’d say up a creek without a paddle BUT there’s hope. www.avoidtheoops.com” target=”_blank”>AvoidTheOops.com can save you like it has saved me. I’m sure you’re all wondering how on earth a website can save you. Well it would be my honor to explain. Simply head on over to www.avoidtheoops.com” target=”_blank”>AvoidtheOops.com and you’ll find your essentials such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and more.

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One of the conveniences of shopping online is not having to haul bulk items yourself through the store, up onto the check out stand then into the car. Oh yeah, then in the house to eventually put away. You can sit in the comfort of your own home and have everything delivered to your doorstep. What is better then that. And when you spend $50 or more you get free shipping. 

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So no matter if you run out of essentials or like to keep up so you don’t run out, www.avoidtheoops.com” target=”_blank”>AvoidTheOops.com is a great place to get all of those essentials you never want to run out of. Like say three different types of floor cleaners….I have a confession, I love floor cleaners. I know odd, but dude the floor can never be too clean right!

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Don’t tell me I’m the only one slightly obsessed with floor cleaners. Share, what is essential you would stock up on?

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Bring the Spring in with #FebrezeSpring Scents

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Febreze & Shespeaks.  All opinions are my own.

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I love when Spring finally rolls around the corner. Not only does it mean we finally get a break from the bone chilling cold (now no laughing East coasters) but the flowers start blooming, birds chirping, it’s time for renewal. I know for some spring time brings pollen, allergies, but for me it brings beautiful smells. Ever walk outside with the morning dew still on the grass and just breath a deep breath? A few of my favorite smells this time of year are nectarines, lilies, pineapple, melons and the smell right before it rains. 

Lucky for me I can now bring a few of those smells in the house with me with Frebreze’s new spring line, Spring Scents. With scents such as Sweet Pea Petals, Rain Air, Wildflower, Grapefruit Fizz and Nectar I can constantly be surrounded by a few of my favorite smells, if not all! This new line is not only offered via spray but oils, fabric refresher, wax melts, candles AND my personal favorite, vent clips for your car.

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One of our favorite things to do with the weather being so gorgeous is getting outside and enjoying the air, and the best place to do that is at the park! Not only do the kids get to run outside and have a blast but I get to watch their smiling faces. Nothing makes me happy more than seeing my children happy. This last weekend the kids met up with some friends to enjoy some park time and the cuteness was just too much. Okay not really but man was it cute. My youngest loves the slide and discovered it’s also fun going down it backwards. His giggles were echoing through the slide and I just had to snap a few pictures of it. Just try and tell me this is not adorable!

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You can pick up your own collection of Febreze Spring Scents at your local Walmart. For coupons and other news make sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter pages as well.

 

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Get outside & play with Coca-Cola’s #TakeItToThePark

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by She Speaks and Coca-Cola.


We love the park. And when I say WE I mean all of us, yes that most certainly includes myself. I love watching the kids have fun and seeing their smiling faces brings me joy. Knowing that I can sit for a minute and relax while they go play to their hearts content is an truly awesome thing. And something a park adds extra value to because you’re almost never the only person there. It’s very rare occasion for to be no other families also at the park doing the same exact thing. One of our favorite parks out here is what the kids call “The Wolf Park” but to us adults it is more commonly known as Reeves Park. One part of the playground has a wolf head hence them calling it the Wolf Park. I didn’t snap a photo of it this time but I have in the past. It’s actually pretty neat. Another thing I LOVE about this park is it’s all wood. Well excluding the slides and swing set seats of course.

Prior to moving here and going to this park I had never before seen a park made entirely of wood. Heck I don’t think I had ever seen a park made with any wood before. Everything was all metal or wood. So this park is extra special for that reason. Also it is completely fenced in. There are two main sections to the playground. The older kids and the wee kids. Each of them are fenced in (you can see the fence in the background in the photo above). There are two entries/exits. Both on the same side of the playground so you can’t miss if your child runs out. Having that little added security feature is really important to me since my youngest is still a bit of a runner. One last thing I’ll mention….TREES! A park is not a park if it doesn’t have trees. They provide many functions but most importantly on an extremely hot day they provide shade! For all these reasons and more is why I love taking the kiddos to this local park. Since the first time we went we knew it would become a favorite park of ours and even though we’ve been countless times it’s still awesome each time we go there.

Coca-Cola recently introduced the America is Your Park campaign. The idea behind the campaign is to help bring people together to improve the health of their communities. And with the start of the campaign the hunt is on to find Americas Favorite Park! Now here’s the special part, the park that wins 1st place will receive the title of Americas Favorite Park AND a $100,000 recreational grant which can be used for improvements to the park. The 2nd  place park will receive $50,000 3rd place $25,000 and the there will be a $15,000 wildcard grant that will be awarded to a randomly chosen park from the remaining 25 spots on the leaderboard! Another thing I love about this campaign is anyone can put together their own park meet-up and make things happen! If you are interested in doing your own meet-up but need a little help they put together a great checklist filled with ideas on how to make your outdoors day a success. You can view the page here.

Here is a brief video explaining more about the campaign.

This is the part where I shamelessly ask a personal favor of you all. The park that is currently in the lead with 147628 of the votes (as of July 4th) is the the Veterans Memorial Park at 1900 SE 4th Street, Moore, OK. During the May 20th tornado it was destroyed. I would love to see the park rebuilt not just for the children but for the city of Moore as a whole. Moore has a long way to go until it’s fully rebuilt and how amazing would it be to start with a place where community comes together to play, interact with each and overall come to have a fun time. Below are a few photos from the Veterans Memorial Park. The first one is a before shot and the second is an after of the same place. Then the following two photos show how the park was completely destroyed.
I received permission from the Veterans Memorial Park to use any photos as I see fit on my post.

To cast your vote in the Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park campaign visit HERE. To vote for Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, OK you will need to search for the park by name & city. It will not bring it up if you search just by name. You will need to log in to vote but it is a very simple process, you can even log in using your Facebook account! 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by She Speaks and Coca-Cola. I was provided with a Coca-Cola Park Kit along with a Subway gift card so my family & I could have a fun park day. All opinions included in this post are my own.
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Find your perfect style with Style United

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I like to think of myself as a stylish person, one who knows the latest fashions and that I keep up with the current trends. The reality though is that I kind of have my own style of fashion. And I fully admit it’s rather boring. I am a jeans and shirt kind of gal and I go for the comfort over the stylish options. Heck I still have some clothes that I wore in high school. Not that I fit into them anymore, yet there they sit in my closet.
I recently heard of a site that will help you find the perfect style, naturally I was instantly intrigued. And when I learned that it’s not just for clothes but for your skin, makeup and hair as well. My first thought “bring it on”.

Here’s what you need to do. Sing up for an account at StyleUnited.
Once you are signed up you can either browse through the site or you can start by taking the Style 360 quiz. These are the four quizzes:
1. Fashion Focus
2. Mad for Makeup
3. Skin Deep
4. Hair Affair
Don’t worry the quizzes only take a few minutes each and some of the basic questions such as you age are remembered so you don’t need to keep inputting it. Once you complete each quiz StyleUnited will you give a result based off your answers with style suggestions complete with fashion approach, color palette, your ideal outfit (that you’ve put together), and of course your wish list. One of the things I really liked about the quiz was each time you receive a new question there is a tip on the right hand corner that applies to which quiz you were taking. For example, did you know that you have approximately 20,000 pores on your face?
After you finish all four of the quizzes you can will be able to view your complete style profile, from head to toe ideas and tips made just for you. I almost forgot to mention that StyleUnited also offers a 1 on 1 consultation. How awesome is that!

My results for the fashion focus quiz was: Casual Cool with a hint of Classic Tailored. I mean tell me these are not some seriously cute styles, especially those boots, swoon.

If you join StyleUnited you are eligible to enter their New View, New You Giveaway sweepstakes. What is the prize you ask? Two winners will receive a $500 gift card for Macy’s or Nordstroms (winner’s choice).

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So make sure you go sign up, take a peek around, do some quizzes and then go enter the fabulous giveaway here.

*I was given the opportunity to use StyleUnited for this review while working with SheSpeaks. I will also receive a beauty gift from P&G. All opinions therein are my own*

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Ghirardelli Milk & Truffles squares

If you are a lover of chocolate I am sure you have heard of Ghirardelli. For many they are know as the finest chocolate makers. A statement I cannot argue with because…well have you tried their chocolates! I was given the opportunity to try out a new line of chocolates they are now offering called Milk & Truffles squares. Now who am I to turn down trying chocolate.

I am no connoisseur but I do enjoy chocolate. Here are my opinions on the Milk & Truffle squares. The outside of the chocolate is made with milk chocolate. Smooth but hard yet not too hard. Only enough to provide a slight crunch when you bite into it. The filling is a chocolate truffle filling that is again, smooth but it is also rich & delicate at the same time. The richness is not overpowering, it’s a perfectly blend of dark and milk chocolate with a hint of truffles.

In other words, absolutely divine.

Ghirardelli Milk & Truffle squares are currently sold at Target, Walmart, Walgreen & at other major retail stores. You can search for a store near you here. They come in in 4.63 ounce bag and while some may say that’s too small you have to remember these aren’t the type of chocolates you are supposed to chow down & devour in a matter of minutes. These are to be savored. On the bottom of the bag it says “Moment of timeless pleasure” and that is exactly how these should be enjoyed. As a little timeless escape, savored and enjoyed.

You can find Ghirardelli online via Facebook right here or directly at their site here.


*I wrote this post while participating in the SheSpeaks Ghirardelli campaign in which I received a sample of chocolates to try. All opinions expressed therein are solely my own. I received no monetary compensation.*

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Macy’s Classroom Makeover Sweepstakes

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We all know that Macy’s is known as being one of the most amazing department stores out there but did you also know they are very involved in giving back to the community. 
“A big part of Macy’s unique heritage includes our special events – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Fourth of July Fireworks, flower shows, fashion extravaganzas, celebrity appearances and holiday traditions that range from the arrival of Santa Claus to tree lightings and festive window displays. But beyond our signature events, Macy’s delivers magical moments every day through our shopping environment, service and merchandise – a great deal of which is sold exclusively through our stores. It’s all part of the excitement we’ve been creating for 151 years…and it’s all part of the magic of Macy’s!”
In fact in 2010 they helped raise approximately $60 million dollars to different causes around the country and they donated more than 122,000 hours of their personal time for community service. I’m sorry but for a big corporation to have such a big heart like that is simply amazing and something I wish other big corporations would take a hint from them.
Right now Macy’s is holding Classroom Makeover Sweepstakes, the prize, $25,000 to the school of your choice for an ultimate makeover. Schools are struggling more and more financially each year. Budgets are being cut left and right and who suffers from all these cutbacks? The students. Our children. 
 
The Classroom Makeover Sweepstakes is being held on their Facebook page until September 15, 2011. Anyone is free to enter, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Head to www.facebook.com/macys & like the page
  2. Click the Classroom Makeover Sweeps tab
  3. Fill out the entry form & submit
  4. Share the contest via Facebook & Twitter
SheSpeaks has teamed with Macy’s to help spread the news of this amazing sweepstakes. SheSpeaks will be hosting a twitter party on September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm EST where they will be discussing kids’ back-to-school stories and of course about the Macy’s Classroom Makeover. They will also be giving away Macy’s gift cards so be sure to set your calendars so you don’t miss it! Make sure you follow @shespeaksup and @macys and don’t forget to use the #MacysB2S hashtag while at the party.
*I wrote this post while participating in the SheSpeaks Macy’s Classroom Makeover Sweepstakes campaign.*
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Aetna Healthy Food Fight


Eating healthy is not always easy to do. With the cost of organic foods, finding time to cook healthy meals. getting picky eaters to eat said meals. Yeah it can be a struggle sometimes but it is still something may strive for. And for me personally I feel that it’s worth the extra time, effort and money just to feed my family food that is good for them and not cave and order the occasional fast food. While it may be tasty and an “easy way out” it is not healthy for you.
Aetna has teamed up with She Speaks to help spread the word about the Healthy Food Fight campaign. The entire site is dedicated to making healthy food choices. There is even a recipe section and tips on how to get you to achieve a healthy lifestyle. To kick off the second year of the campaign they are hosting a Food Fight Challenge. 
Have a healthy recipe that you’ve created? Want to share that recipes with like minded people while entering a contest that may end you in the semi finals and have a cook off? I thought you might like the sound of that. You can either submit a healthy recipe and/or vote for a recipe here.  And if you are one of the four lucky finalists this will be an opportunity of a lifetime. You will get to compete in front of world renowned chef Bobby Flay and a few VIP judges. What’s the prize you ask, the winner of the Final Cook-off will receive a grand prize of $10,000 worth of groceries (donated by Recipe.com). It just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it.
So what are you waiting for? Go enter! It’s pretty simple really. Just select the region you would like to compete in, register at Healthy Food Fight and submit your recipe. There will be a Healthy Recipe Analyzer just to confirm that the recipe is in fact healthy (pretty neat if you ask my). After it’s approved share your heart out about your submission! Submitting opened on August 22nd for the Pomona, CA region. The Dallas, TX region opened today, September 1st. Atlanta, GA submissions open on September 9th and the Philadelphia, PA submissions open on September 23rd.
I submitted Unstuffed Bell Peppers. A favorite of mine and since the kids aren’t always gungho about a big bell pepper sitting in front of them I improvised and came up with this dish. If you want to try it out here’s my submission http://bit.ly/poPl05 . If you like it I would love if you would vote for me. Also if you submit a recipe please share so I can go vote for you!

To help spread even more awareness about this awesome campaign there will be a twitter party hosted by She Speaks on September 15th @ 8:00pm EST. They will be doing a recipe swap. Now I don’t know about you but a twitter party involving recipes is a win win.  Be sure to follow @shespeaksup and the #SSFoodFight hashtag.  
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*I wrote this post while participating in the SheSpeaks Aetna Healthy Food Fight campaign*
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