Monday, July 28, 2014

Don't Turn Up Your Nose to Foul Odors: Febreze #Noseblind Review & Giveaway‏

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.


I can't even begin to imagine how many smells and scents we encounter on a daily basis.  As I sit here, I wonder what my guests smell when they walk through the door.  After all, I'm used to the smells in our home - I'm #Noseblind!
Did you know that noseblindness is a nasal condition where you become accustomed to the odors around you over time?  Perfect (but gross) example:  a couple of weeks ago there was a skunk in our neighborhood, and the odor was very strong.  About 3o minutes later, we no could no longer smell the skunk.  We ran into town to run errands and when we opened the door upon returning, it smelled like the skunk was still in our house!  Yuck!

We live on a dirt road, have two big dogs (mastiffs), a son that wrestles, we bbq on the front deck, and we love to have bonfires in our back yard.  Does our house really smell as good as I think it does?

I have always been a fan of Febreze products.  Not only do they leave every room in my house smelling fresh and clean - these products truly eliminate the odors!  Febreze isn't only for the house - I use them in our camper and all of our vehicles too!

The last thing I want to do is "mask" or cover up odors in our home.  I want to be confident that when others walk through our front door, that they won't be hit in the face with unpleasant odors.  I want my home to feel fresh, clean and inviting - not only for my own family, but for anyone who visits.

To test our theory, I took the Febreze Noseblind Test and invited a couple friends over for a fun, family movie night.  Of course, you can't watch a movie without fresh popcorn! We began our evening by taking individual #noseblind surveys, keeping all of our answers secret.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ways to Stay Stylish Without Sacrificing Comfort

The summer months are upon us, and the heat can be intense. Why sweat it out in discomfort? Shed your winter layers and feel good in your skin. Here are some ways to look fabulous and feel comfortable this summer. 

Be kind to your feet. You may not always think about your feet until you stub a toe, but your posture depends on healthy feet being planted on the ground. In summer the temptation to beat the heat and go barefoot can actually lead to injury; not just from stepping on something dangerous (make sure your tetanus booster is current), but from lack of supportive footwear causing aches and pains. Alternatively, consider sandals that incorporate arch support that will allow your feet to coolly breathe while providing orthotic properties.  

What better time of year than summer to go out on the town with your ladies or man? Instead of wearing those heels that hurt your feet for the next two days, try a pair of stylish flats. DSW has a huge selection for you to choose from with a myriad of patterns and designs. For even more comfort, slide a pair of cushioned insoles into the bottom and enjoy the feeling of walking on clouds. You’ll look great and your feet will have never felt better after a fun night out.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Valpak Back to School Giveaway - Win a $1000 Backpack Prize Pak Just in Time for #Back2School

This post is sponsored by Valpak.


I know it's still July, but I'm already preparing a list of what items my children are going to need for school.  They are going to be headed back to school before I know it, and I want to be able to save on their supplies and clothing!

Whether I'm buying new clothes, backpacks, or basic school supplies, I'm always looking for ways to save. is a great place to find back to school savings as you prepare for the school year ahead.

My best back to school savings tip is to combine coupons and sales or clearance whenever possible! It is the perfect way to see those savings add up.

Our friends at Valpak and have your savings for back to school all in one place; from clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, haircuts, and physicals, and a chance to win great prizes! Plus, top tips for packing lunches and homework help to make a smooth transition back-to-school.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer School Swag Code Extravaganza!

Swagbucks has selected you for summer school, but don't worry, this is one class you won't want to ditch! It's the Summer School Swag Code Extravaganza & it's one day only on Tuesday, July 22nd!!

The fun starts at 8am PT on Tuesday with the first of many Swag Codes throughout the day. Redeem them all and you will get a total of 35 SB in just Swag Codes alone! Swagbucks knows how to make summer school a blast, so there will be multiple opportunities for games, trivia, and ways to be hooked up with more SB. Plus, since the Mighty Mascot Team Challenge is still going on, every Swag Code you redeem will contribute 1 point to your team!!

What Makes YOU Sparkle? #SparkleWithDASANI Contest!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of of Markerly and #SparkleWithDasani. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Do you sweat or do you sparkle?  Dasani has recently launched a new product – DASANI Sparkling (a sparkling water), that is crisp and refreshing! 

What makes each and every one of us happy and sparkle is going to be unique to our life and experiences. Maybe it's your kids that make you sparkle, your favorite place, a favorite outfit, or your favorite hobby.

I have several things that make me sparkle:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Boating Safety with Sea Tow - Get Your Kids Involved!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sea Tow. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.


Growing up, I lived on the river and went floating with family and friends every summer. I've always loved the water, as fun as it is, it can also be very dangerous.  Two summers ago, my husband and I decided to purchase a boat.  We live in an area where we are surrounded by beautiful lakes, and several friends own boats as well.

As excited as we were to get a boat for our family, I'll admit that I was just as scared.  I've heard sad stories of boating accidents, and knew that we had to take the proper steps to keep our family as safe as possible, especially our children.

On a recent trip to the lake this summer to enjoy an afternoon of boating, my husband and I noticed something very cool!  There was a life jacket loaner stand near the restrooms and boat prep lanes.  We were both very impressed and know how helpful it can be.  You never know when you might accidentally leave one behind or lose it along the way.

"Thanks to grant funding from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed close to 15,000 life jackets nationwide to help make recreational boaters safer on the water."