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Join me for the Splenda Sweet Swaps Twitter Party!

This post (and this Twitter party) is sponsored by SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™.

It’s a SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Twitter Party!

Splenda Sweet Swaps Twitter Party

What: Throughout 2014, SPLENDA® Brand is dishing out 365 ways to reduce sugar by using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products to save calories all year long! I’m teaming up with The Motherhood and SPLENDA® Brand for this fun Twitter party to share some sweet tips and spring recipes ideas from the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative!

To make the party even sweeter, this month the initiative is turning your #SweetSwaps tips into a donation to the American Diabetes Association! Join us to exchange ideas to swap full sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. For each post shared with #SweetSwaps, SPLENDA® Brand will make a $3.65 contribution (up to $25,000) supporting efforts to stop diabetes.

When: Thursday, April 24 at 12 p.m. ET  Continue reading Join me for the Splenda Sweet Swaps Twitter Party!

Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a Zarbee’s Naturals Season Relief  product sample as a thank you for participating.

Do you know what seasonal congestion means to me? Staying indoors and having a dull, throbbing headache. Ugh. It also means keeping my windows closed. And vacuuming every day. And trying to find some type of seasonal relief. That’s why Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief sounded like a good idea. After all, I take about a handful of medications every day, so I’d prefer to limit added remedies.

Zarbee's Naturals Seasonal Relief

Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief contains all-natural ingredients, including Butterbur, to help combat congestion. I like the idea of all-natural ingredients. It makes me feel a lot better about taking it throughout the day. And it promoted easier breathing and a head clear from sinus congestion. I couldn’t be more pleased with this product!

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Cuteness alert: Videos of Dogs

I never get tired of looking at puppies, especially videos of dogs and puppies.

In fact, sometimes when I need a pick-me-up, I visit my local pet shop (yes, one that gets picketed by animal protection groups) just to pet puppies. I don’t buy anything (including puppies that run $1000+) but I do enjoy petting puppies who probably haven’t had the best start in life. Just to be clear, I do not support pet shops that source their puppies from puppy mills.

Here are some funny animals (all kinds of pets):
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From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between

I was not compensated for writing this book review. I received a copy of From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

From Dust To Dust And a Lifetime In Between

From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between ($17.99)

Author: Katherine Ann Lee

Summary of From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between

Growing up in a sheltered dream world in a little English town called Church Stretton, falling in love and getting married. That’s the way it should be, a future life that every little girl dreams of. A constant line, a perfect path to follow. That’s how all began, shortly before the 1920’s.

But that’s not how life is, is it? Life’s not always fair, and takes turns that are not understandable. And so it was that the first plunge into the deepest dark wasn’t far off. An icy cold blizzard hit me, leaving a trail of devastation, only to move on without any explanation. Life didn’t let me go, and getting back to my feet rewarded me with the greatest gift. Rocketing up, I touched the highest mountaintops of love.

But life doesn’t stand still and moments cannot be frozen. It moves on and tells its own tale It moves on and tells its own tale. It wasn’t long before I encountered the next fall.

Our yesterday’s fortune doesn’t belong to us anymore and what’s to come tomorrow isn’t ours yet. It’s only the now that is ours for a short moment.

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We love Monroe and Main Shoes! (Plus a Mother’s Day Basket!)

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly ChicI was not compensated for writing this post. I was provided samples of Monroe and Main shoes to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Monroe and Main Shoes

We had a feeling we were going to like these Monroe and Main shoes — a pair of black Carlos Santana gladiators and a pair of red wedges from Aerosoles. My daughter went for the gladiator sandals, which feature mirrored metal accents and a snake-textured back, with a 1-inch wedge heel. Too cute! My mother opted for the Aerosoles Light Bulb Wedges, which have a 2-inch heel, a brushed hinge accent, and a rubber outsole. They’re also available in white. Very pretty!
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Scott tissue products get EVERY job done!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Scott Brand, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Scottvalue http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV. My opinions about Scott tissue products are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Scott Tissue Products Scott Paper Towels Toilet Paper

Scott tissue products are considered a standard when it comes to paper products. I know that. You know that. But, for some reason, I’ve felt the need to try out different products for a variety of reasons. Because I got a deal…because some “new and improved” product promised some new and improved features…because I had a coupon, you name it. I finally decided those reasons weren’t enough to justify not buying Scott tissue products, so I headed out to Kmart and stocked up.

I was so frustrated with my old paper towels, which I purchased because they were a “bargain.” What a mistake. I had to double them up any time I wanted to wipe anything up and, even then, they were performing sub-par. So I was anxious to see how the Scott Towels managed my everyday messes in the bathroom and kitchen. In my opinion, if your paper towel is just pushing around hair and dirt, you’re not really getting the job done. I took these pictures after making lunch one afternoon:

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Febreze Allergen Reducer eliminates up to 95% of allergens!

This post is sponsored by Febreze. Product samples and a promotional item were provided to facilitate my review. Nevertheless, my opinions about Febreze Allergen Reducer are 100% honest and 100% mine.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), approximately 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies and experts agree that seasonal allergies are starting earlier, and pollen count is on the rise each year. I am one of those 50 million Americans. And while I look forward to spring each year I also dread its arrival, because I know it means stuffiness and sneezing and headaches and all that fun stuff. I also have a cat and, at times, I have an allergic reaction to her hair. (You’re probably wondering why I have a cat then and I have one simple answer: Mice. Oh, and crickets.) That’s why I am so psyched about Febreze Allergen Reducer.

I’ve been using Febreze products pretty much since Day 1. In fact, I once lived in a house with four cats and a dog. We had a housekeeper who seemed to go through a bottle of Febreze Fabric Refresher every time she cleaned the house. So I’m no stranger to the very pleasing scent of Febreze…in fact, I find it quite comforting.

When Febreze Air Effects hit the shelves, I was there. Then Febreze Sleep Serenity appeared. I jumped on that, since we have significant issues with falling asleep and staying asleep. Sleep Serenity products are meant to be used each night to help calm your senses and leave the day’s stresses behind, helping you wake up rested, refreshed, and ready to greet the day. Sounds good to me!

I also use Febreze NOTICEables, Febreze Car Vent Clips, and Febreze Set&Refresh. I have a lot of confidence in Febreze, as you can tell.
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Emilie M Bags: My new go-to bag!

I was not compensated for writing this post. I received one of the Emilie M bags featured in this post to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

I have a “problem” with bags. I had to face this reality when I recently moved, since I had to use two lawn and leaf bags to hold all my bags. I finally unpacked them and put them on display, so I could see what I have. This is the result:

Emilie M Bags

And this is the bottom rack…

Emilie M Bags

See what I mean? And that’s after I thinned out my collection (admittedly only a little). If you have a keen eye, you might notice that I tend to lean toward one main brand. I do add to my collection with other bags, of course, but not often. I’m kinda picky about my bags.

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Blog Pop Spring Fling: Petit Jean Meats

I was not financially compensated for writing this post. Petit Jean Meats provided a spiral smoked ham for this giveaway. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Orb Factory Kids Activities

Welcome to Day 4 of the Blog Pop Spring Fling event, hosted by Momma Told Me!

Let me tell you about the mouthwatering spiral smoked ham that you can find at Petit Jean Meats. Holy. Moly.

Petit Jean Meats Spiral Smoked Ham

One thing I really appreciated about this ham (besides the convenience of only having to heat it up) was that it contained no added water. You know what I’m talking about. I hate it when you get a ham like that. It’s like cheating! Anywho, that’s SO not the case with this spiral smoked ham. It’s melt-in-your-mouth good. The flavor is absolutely delightful. It’s as though angels are dancing on your tongue. Throw in some deviled eggs, some mashed potatoes, some warm dinner rolls — maybe a veggie (just kidding, always a veggie or two!) — and, wow. You have got yourself a meal that will have you going back for seconds. And maybe a few more bites of ham after that.

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Blog Pop Spring Fling: Orb Factory Kids Activities

I was not financially compensated for writing this post. Orb Factory provided a prize pack of kids activities for this giveaway. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Orb Factory Kids Activities

Welcome to Day 3 of the Blog Pop Spring Fling event, hosted by Momma Told Me!

We were very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Orb Factory as well as offer one of my readers the chance to win a fun prize pack of kids activities!

Orb Factory Kids Activities

We tackled this activity — the Sticky Mosaics Fairies — first, and my niece just went to town with all these colorful sticky foam pieces and shiny jewel pieces, creating her bedazzled fairy. Or, should I say, four fairies, because she was so enthralled by all the pinks and purples and sparkly gems, she didn’t want to stop at just one. It was great seeing her engaging in a craft that was age-appropriate and so much fun for her. These come with adhesive hang tags, so she can hang them in her room, or from a hook on the fridge, you name it. They’re everywhere!

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