Saturday, June 29, 2013

I want to do the Color Run ! Check out all the fun in a city near you ! #sponsored

Disclosure: I will receive a comped entry to a race of my choice in exchange for providing you wonderful information about the below race. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are mine and facts are from the website affiliated with the run.
I think I'm addicted. I was told it would happen. The thrill of the run, and the fun !
The Color Run promises to be no exception!
The Color Run is the single largest event series in the nation. It has been exploding since our debut event in January of 2012 and will grow from over 50 events and 600,000 participants in 2012, to over 100 events and over a million participants in 2013.
[From the About Us section]
This race is about fun, not about winners or "times". The Color Run also gives back to a charity in each city they visit. And with all the races on the schedule, that's a whole lot of charities! Whether you are a first time or seasoned runner, or want to bring your kids along and casually walk the race, it's all about fun and happiness !

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Inches fall, The weight - well .... continuing my journey #shakleeblogger #shaklee180journey #sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
 Stay Active, Get Fit..
That's my new motto!

It's also the challenge for the month.

I've been working hard. Walking/Jogging 3 times a week.
I'm up at 6:15 before my family, or I go to the YMCA in the afternoon.
But I do it, and I have been now for 5 weeks.

My weight loss journey is still in full swing. However, My actual weight loss has stalled.
My inches are coming off, just need to move that scale.

I checked out Sommer's Pinterest and found this quote that I absolutely love !

I'm not disappointed discouraged. I know that it's a journey for a reason.
But I'm sticking with it and I am feeling good !

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hard water is no match for Cascade's #MyPlatinum #Sponsored

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

We have really hard water and our dishes can come out with spots and streaks if we use a sub-par dishwasher detergent. We have one specific brand that we use and tend not to stray from it.

When I saw the Cascade Platinum, I thought "why not"? Cascade is a great brand and has a high standard for quality


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our Christmas Jar is halfway full, halfwaythru the year #RAOK

It's time to update on you on our Giving Jar.

Last year we saved up about $45.00. Our jar was 3/4 of the way full.
Now, 6.5 months into the year, we are more than halfway full.
I'm very excited about this.
We should be able to fill up the jar completely this year and then provide someone with a great Christmas holiday.
The tradition of the Christmas Jar, did not begin with us.
This is our 2nd year doing partaking in this beautiful Random Act of Kindness.
As you can see, this isn't a fad or a trend, but people making a
difference with the change from their pockets and purses.
To read ore about the Christmas Jar, and how it's inspirational in other people's lives, read more on the website.

I love surprises ... #JacktheGiantSlayer #ThankYou @partnershubteam

Update: I found out that a very awesome sponsor I work with frequesntly, sent this to me. Thank you @partnershubteam

I received an email from FedEx telling me I had a package coming From Warner Home Movies.
I had no idea why or what it was.
It arrived this morning and my 10yo son was overjoyed.

I have no idea who requested it sent to me. I have won no giveaways, or provided any information to receive this. I can only think it was a sponsor or vendor who sent it. To thank I say #ThankYou

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Luminence Glowbys Hair Lights ! Enter to win 6 strands end 6/27

I recently purchased a deal for Glowbys, the original fiber optic hair extensions by Luminence.I ordered the Red/Blue flashing ones to wear during my 1st run. It's a Midnight Run, but we are doing the 1 mile which begins at 11pm on July 3rd. I thought it would be fun to show my Spirit and Pride so early on the 4th of July :)

What are Glowbys hair lights ?
Glowbys hair lights are illuminated thin fiberoptic strands attached to the hair to create many brilliant stars of light (~60 fibers per Glowby, with the longest fibers 14" long). A very small, black oval barrette (1.3" x 0.6") houses two small CR1220 batteries (BATTERIES INCLUDED) and a light source, which lights up the ends of the fibers. GLOWBYS ARE REUSABLE - you can wear them again and again. Just change the batteries when Glowbys become too dim, typically +10 hours. Slide lid slightly open to turn on/off.

I purchased and extra deal and want to share it with one of my readers!

One winner will get 6 strands (colors of your choice listed on the website) mailed to you directly from Luminence. [ARV $24.00]
This giveaway ends on June 27, 2013 11:59pm EST

Friday, June 21, 2013

Check out Wendy's Summer Salads @KetchumPR #SmartInTheBag #ad #sponsored

Disclosure: I received a gift card in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of my family and myself.
Do you have a favorite burger? or Fries? Or Salad?
My kids do!
My oldest was thrilled that we were going to our local Wendy's to review food. He loves their fries and proclaims their burgers the best!
While I know my 2 younger boys will always lean towards a kids meal, which i just $1.99 after 4pm. My older son and my husband go for the bigger burgers.
I opted for the new Berry Almond Chicken Salad. I'm not use who usually goes for the fruity type salad and certainly don't do a Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette. But I did. And I liked it !
The strawberries and blueberries ere beautiful and sweet. I was afraid of mushy and soggy fruit, but I didn't find any. I hesitated at the first bite, anxious about how all of this would mesh together. But again, I loved how surprised I was at the taste, the crispness of the lettuce, just everything.

My Berry Almond Chicken Salad
The Berry Almond Chicken Salad boasts 460 calories, 7 grams of Protein, and 38 grams of Protein.
Being that it was Father's Day weekend, we opted for Frosty's. We were thrilled to know a portion of our Frosty purchase was going to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, which benefits Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Our neighbors have been Foster Parents and in May 2013, they adopted their Foster son, who joined their 3 biological daughters. My children have learned alot about Foster children, and adoption through our neighbors and when they learned that part of our purchase went to this foundation, they asked how many Frosty's we could buy.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

#JackTheGiantSlayer Combo Pack giveaway ends 7/4

This giveaway is has been brought to you courtesy of PartnersHub
I have received no product or compensation

Are you tough enough to slay a giant?
Jack the Giant Slayer was released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 18.
Have you seen it yet?
My oldest son is dying to see this movie.

#SummerSolstice Giveaway $25.00 Walgreens Photo GC - Print your Summer Memories ends 6/30

Welcome to the 2nd annual Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC!
We’re going to kickoff our summer with a bang, so break out those boogie boards and beach balls.. It’s time to celebrate summer with a giveaway hop!
Each participating blog is giving away something special for you.
This event begins on June 21st and will run until June 30th at 11:59PM (EST). Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post and hop down the linky list for many more chances to win. Good luck and have an amazing summer full of great memories!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Help our Soldiers Protect their skin

Our Military who are stationed overseas are seeing some hot weather.
They are in full uniform/gear, plus having to deal with 100+ temperatures.
Their hands and face are left exposed to the elements.
My brother told me in May, the temperature was 117 degrees..
That was just the feel like temp outside, factor in all the gear these men and women wear also!
I hear about a great program Mary Kay does for Soldier's Angels called Operation Sunscreen.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013. For my hubby

I met a long haired skater boy in High School in early 1990.
I married a short haired young man in late 1995.
We have been through so much.
Deaths and Births. Obstacles and Victories.
We make a great team, he and I.
When nothing else makes sense, we do.
I love that long haired skater boy..
I love that he became my best friend.
I love that he is my husband.
I love that he is the father of our 3 sons.
Happy Father's Day sweetheart.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Week 3 Day 3 on C25K #ad #Shakleeblogger #Shaklee180

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

My June 7th morning

I'm working hard trying to ready my body for my 1st ever 5k in August. Being terribly out of shape, I've started super early (in my eyes). I'm on week 3 Day 3 of the C25K program (Couch 2 5K).
I running the Flavor Run in August and want to make it to the finish line without dragging terribly.
I want to see my #Shakleeblogger work, my C25K work pay off.
It isn't easy by any means.
I don't get up super early, except on my C25K days.
I don't have excessive energy, except on my C25K days.

I think in some capacity, I need to make everyday a C25K.
I love being up at 6:15a before my family.
Getting out, even in the Florida Pre-Summer heat and making the morning mine!

I talked my hubby into doing a 1 mile Midnight run with me on July 3rd. I'm excited !!!

I haven't measured since last month. I haven't stepped on the scale.
I am trying to do my best and feel my best.

I can do this. I can be amazing.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Target Gift Card giveaway [x2] with ends 6/25

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

54 days and counting

Vacation Time !!
Our flight has been booked !!

My hubby loves roller coasters. No exaggerating..
He LOVES coasters !!
Last year after our Orlando Staycation, we started thinking about this years vacation.
And so I said it, Let's do Cedar Point.
I have no idea what came over me. I don't do coasters, heck, I get queasy in the back seat of the car.
But he has always wanted to go and the 2 older boys love coasters.
We're still looking at hotels, need to get our rental car, and we have to buy our actual theme park tickets, but otherwise, you know.. We're set
Another added bonus to the theme park itself is the fact that all of us love The Peanuts.
I'm looking forward to meeting them

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Love this article from Adrian's Crazy Life

I was reading an blog post on Adrian's Crazy Life and loved it so much, I wanted to make sure you read it too.
The basis is about de-cluttering your life. Some of it is geared towards material possessions, some towards behaviours, but really, can be applied to anything in your life.
The post is called: Clutterbugs: My Top 5 Motivational Ideas
They say it takes 30 days to change a habit and begin a new one.
I'm working on my change!
If I don't get into shape, I am going to highly embarrass myself during my 1st 5k in August!!!
I'm loving Couch to 5K !!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Renew Your Vows with the Tampa Bay Rays - Win a Pair Tickets & Wristbands - #RaysRenewYourVows @RaysBaseball

Disclosure: I will be receiving 2 tickets to an upcoming TB Rays game in exchange for my blog post.  100% of the opinions posted belong to myself or my family. No Monetary compensation was exchanged or provided for this post.

Giveaway is located at the bottom of this blog post

We're a Rays Family !

Monday, June 3, 2013

A few more days to claim this great gift !

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate or sponsor links.
Still looking for a Father's Day gift idea?
Expires June 8th. Use the code: HOTDRINK and receive this Travel Mug is only $4.00 (plus applicable shipping and handling)

A delicious Healthy Dinner with Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil #GotItFree

Disclosure: I received this product for free, as a part of a BzzAgent review. All opinions are expressly that of my family and I.

Being Italian, my husband loves to use Olive Oil when he cooks. Thanks to a recent product we received to review, we were able to add Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to every dish we made for dinner on Sunday.
Now, I'm usually the one who makes dinner 'round here, but he decided to take the reins and I let him !

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Super Dad Giveaway Hop - 2nd Annual Father’s Day Event ends 6/9

Back for anotherSuper Dad Giveaway Hop, MamaNYC is hosting the 2nd Annual Father’s Day Event. Great Blogs are participating and bring you wonderful things for Dear Ol' Dad.
 One US Winner will have their choice of a Home Depot or Lowe's Gift Card worth $25.00, mailed directly to them.
This event begins on June 1st at 12:01 EST and ends June 9th at 11:5pm EST

Enter great giveaways from the blogs listed below