Wednesday, September 25, 2013

October Instagram Challenge: #Octogram with #Parkesdale

Disclaimer: This Instagram #Octogram #Parkesdale photo challenge is a sponsored collaborative effort between the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Parkesdale Farm Market. Other than prizes to be awarded as giveaways for the Instagram photo challenge. The Tampa Bay Bloggers did not receive any compensation for this campaign.
The Tampa Bay Bloggers are having an October Instagram Challenge.
Follow each of these talented bloggers on Instagram and the hashtag #Octogram #Parkesdale.
The #Octogram Hosts – Blogs and Instagram IDs
Parkedale Farm Market - @parkesdale
Tampa Bay Bloggers - @TBbloggers
Denise of Run DMT - @Run_DMT
Scotty of Dads Who Change Diapers - @diaperdad
Life as Dad - @lifeasdad
Haley of Running with Diapers - @runningwithdiapers
Caroline of My Fascinating Life - @carolinecalcote
Tara of Everyday Ramblings of My Life - @tfunair
Jenny of Metamorfit - @metamorfit
Nanci of This Crazy Life of Mine - @auntnanci
Jina of Behold the Turtle - @behold_turtle
Stacey at Artsnark’s Artifacts - @Artsnark
Crystal of Thrifty and Frugal Living - @Latsyrc728
Beth of Making, Baking and Creating - @anasilan
Lydia of Running Wild(er) - @Wildlyd
Raffi of Running Betty - @rafdarrow
Mindy of Mindy’s Fitness Journey - @mindyartze
Carlee of Frugal and Fun Mom- @frugalandfunmom
Bonnie of Not So Modern Housewife - @notsomodern
April of Pixiedust Savings - @pixiedustsavings
Join in the October Instagram Challenge photo fun by adding your Instagram ID to the linky collection below.
Then each day in October, snap a photo using the suggested photo prompt for that day and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #Octogram #Parkesdale.
Everyone who Instagrams and plays along will be entered for a chance to win a gift fruit basket from Parkesdale Farm Market valued at $65.90.
TWELVE lucky winners** entered in linky tool below will be randomly selected on November 1. **Only eligible to USA and Canada residents.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Home for Good #asoldiersreturn

On 9/11, I finished a 10k for Hope On The Homefront, which raises awareness about Suicide Prevention for our Military Men and Women. Want to read more?  ←
This weekend, I was excited to be able to give the medal I earned to My Soldier.. My baby brother who returned home from his 5th and final deployment.
He has a long road ahead of him and with a great support system,
he'll transition into a normal civilian life!
He's already geared up for school and. It's a step in the right direction !!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Have you had several of "those" days ? #itcomesin3s #lifehappens

It comes in 3's so I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak.

Saturday, hubby and I were out looking for a new outdoor light for our courtyard.
Easy enough, right?
Then he notices it. The screw in my tire. I swear, I am a magnet for running over things.

Win a $35.00 @RoadID GC during One Last Hurrah for Summer #lasthurrah @RoadID #sponsored

Summer is coming to a close, but we're not giving in yet!! No Way !
We are now celebrating One Last Hurrah for Summer with this giveaway hop hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!

For the next two weeks (9/19-10/3), enjoy this last hurrah of the season by hopping around to all the bloggers who have come together to offer some great prizes to give away!
Thank you to RoadID for sponsoring this giveaway.
One winner will receive a $35.00 Gift Code (emailed) for purchases on

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Don't have "Layaway Regret" this holiday season @Kmart #KmartLayaway #ad #sponsored

  “This is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.”  
Have you heard? There’s a new condition going around this season. It’s called ‘Layaway Regret.’ Experts describe it as feeling the opposite of the common condition ‘buyer’s remorse.’ Many have experience symptoms of general discomfort, mental anguish and a longing feeling. The main cause of ‘Layaway Regret’ is excuses. Lucky for you, we’ve debunked every excuse in the book:
Excuse #1: I’ve never done Layaway before, it seems like too much effort. 
Debunked: It’s all in your head. At
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Excuse #2: I don’t have time during the Holiday season to Layaway.
Debunked: Plan now with Layaway, get your holiday shopping done early, pay for it over time and have it just in time for gift giving! Go ahead and ask your family and friends what they want this year and start making your list. The sooner you Layaway, the better chance you have at getting the hottest toys and electronics locked away before everyone else. Bonus: You can relax over the holidays and avoid crazy lines!
Excuse #3: I’m not a ShopYourWay Member.
Debunked: That’s hardly an excuse since signing up for the Sears and Kmart rewards program, ShopYourWay only takes a few minutes (LINK to sign up here). You don’t need to be a ShopYourWay Rewards Member to use
Kmart Layaway, but you will get MORE. Members earn points on every purchase that can be redeemed next time you shop (look for chances to get more points)! Members also have access to secret sales and extra discounts which helps you stay close to your holiday budget.
If you’re opening a Layaway contract as a ShopYourWay Member, we’ll also waive your minimum purchase fee through 9/21.
Now that your excuses have been dismissed, you have no reason to suffer from ‘Layaway Regret’. It’s time to make your list, check it twice and make a Layaway that’s really nice!

Sponsors for the Chiari Run are awesome #sponsor #virtualrun #5k #10k #chiari

Please check out the amazing Sponsors for the
Breaking Down the Walls - Chiari Malformation
Virtual Run - 1 Mile/5k/10k


Monday, September 16, 2013

Madison Wood Gym Set Giveaway ends 10/7

Thank you to out host:
And to our co-hosts:

One lucky winner will win an awesome


ARV  $329.98 + Insurance for 2 years $52.99
(if is not available, winner can pick any Gym set up to $390.00 with insurance include)

Giveaway Dates: September 16 to October 7

US residents only, All entries are optional

Good Luck to All

Disclosure:  NYSavingSpecials is responsible for prize.  If you have any question about this giveaway please send an email to  All entries are optional, if you do any of the tasks with multiples entries, even if you do one entry you can get the extra entries,. but if the winner tasks is a tasks you did not complete, a second winner will be chosen. If the winner tasks is the one you did you will be the winner.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Are you a registered runner of the #Chiari Malformation Virtual 5k? #sponsored @Sprigsville

Are you a registered participant of the Breaking Down the Walls - Chiari Virtual Run?
Want to earn a MineCraft Medal?

I will be giving away an awesome Sprigs Banjee on Sunday 9/15/13 at 9pm EST
Check out the Band here

Don't forget about the referral giveaway .. Refer a new participant and get a $10.00 iTunes GC

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Completed my 1st Virtual Run ! #10k #VirtualRun Hope on the Homefront

Today I completed my first Virtual Run. I have several going on, but this one is my "Official" first completion. It's also a poignant one.
The charity is Hope on the Homefront.
Our Goal: To promote suicide awareness within our military, for every branch, and all statuses. Active duty, reservists, civilian employees, dependents, and veterans are all included in this mission. Statistics are numbers but they are also people, and those numbers are too high!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Crafty Me in progress !!!

I've taken my running to a crafty level.

I wanted a place to motivate me, to be able to acknowledge my achievements and look forward to the next event on the horizon.

I have seen other display photos of the medal hangers or bib boards.

So I decided to make one of my own.
Here is my version of the run board. Just a plain piece of plywood all dressed up for medals, bibs, and a small chalkboard so I can write [and rewrite] my coming events!
I'm pretty proud of the board, and of the running/jogging/walking progress.
I have a ton of Virtual Runs coming up and almost as many 5k's locally! My board should be half full by the end of the year :)

Time to print some great Glade coupons ! #ad

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links

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$1.00 off any TWO Glade Wax Melts

$1.00 off any Glade Automatic Spray refill

$0.55 off any Glade Premium Room Spray

$1.00 off any Glade Scented Oil Candle holder

Monday, September 9, 2013

Here it comes ! The Tween Years, and a "First" Cell Phone! Let's find a service with Unlimited Plans

As a member of Social Fabric #cbias, I am privileged to be able to special things for my family. This occasion was one my oldest will not soon forget!

Luke has been asking for a cell phone for some time. Not that he needs on necessarily because I am a SAHM so I take my children to school and pick them up. The extracurricular activities always include our family so he is never alone.

But we do want him to have a phone with a cheap wireless plan for middle school, and we thought that it was time he have a trial run.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Kre-O Cityville Invasion Dr. Mayhem Jewel Heist Figure giveaway #GotItFree #ImABzzAgent

Recently we received a Kre-O Cityville Invasion set from BzzAgent to review.

Within the set were some single figures to build. We sent 3 home with friends to assemble and play with. We've received great reviews back from them.

Now, we are giving the remaining 2 packages away.

There is a catch! You have to watch the video Anthony made for the code word !!!
Yes, he came up with this all himself because he wanted to give these away...
The set contains 36 pieces and specifies ages 6-12
This giveaway ends on 9/16/136 at 11:59pm EST. 2 US winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter/ The products were included with our review and will be shipped directly from EDROML.

Oh Yes, It's beginning to smell like autumn

My boys have been practically begging for my to bake it.
It makes the house smell so good.
They'll eat it for breakfast or dessert...

And I finally caved !

That's right, It's Pumpkin Bread Time !!

I printed the recipe from Food Network 11 years ago and it's never failed me.
The recipe makes great muffins and mini loaves.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Kre-O CityVille Invasion Marina Madness is a HUGE hit ! #GotItFree #imabzzagent

Disclosure: Our household received the following product to review. The opinions stated are that of myself and/or my family. I am a member of BzzAgent.
Recently, a box arrived...
I knew it was coming, but I didn't tell a soul. Not yet!
I knew exactly who this review was going to be for.
And when I showed it to him, his reaction did not disappoint me.
I am going to preface this video by saying if you watch it, DO NOT turn your speakers up loud!
The Kre-O Cityville Invasion, Marina Madness building set arrived at my house, much to the delight of my son. He built the set in just about an hour, all on his own.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Breaking Down the Walls - Chiari Malformation Virtual Run

I'm running like a mad woman lately.
I've run more in the past few months than ever in my life.

Since I am still far from running a 3.1 without stopping, I'm still in the run/walk mode, but I'm moving and that's what counts.

I've told you all about Chiari Malformation. Well, I've decided to create a Virtual Run.
You pay a registration fee, run or walk at your own pace over a given period, and earn a cool medal.Out of the registration fee of 75% goes directly to Conquer Chiari. The other $25% goes to purchasing the medal and shipping.

The Charity
My best friend's 7yo daughter was diagnosed with this brain malformation at 4 months old. She underwent surgery on August 2013. We are trying to bring awareness.
Chiari Malformation (Arnold-Chiari) is a serious neurological disorder where the bottom part of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine and causing many symptoms.

The Medal
We are going with a MineCraft Theme. I will get the medal proof during the week of September 22nd but here is my rough draft:

If you choose not to participate in the run, but wish to donate,
you may also do so via the registration form.
You will receive an certificate from me for your donation.
Thank you to RoadID who is sponsoring this event !
I am excited to host my 1st event. I Promise to hold myself to the standard I expect from every Virtual Host. Honesty !!!