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May 19, 2015

Beech Nut {Review & Giveaway} #RealFoodForBabies

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Growing up my Dad always had us working in our garden. I can't tell you how many times he would yell inside asking us to come pick weeds. I was always a little mad at first because I was obviously doing something way more important, like playing with toys, but once I got outside I never once resented it. What went from a daunting task turned into an enjoyable time with my family.

I learned a lot from my dad during these nights and enjoyed the time together as a family working in our yard. He taught me at a young age to work hard and to be self reliant. And on top of that, he taught us how to stay healthy because we were always eating organic food straight from our garden.

Now that I am grown and have my own family I try very hard to stay healthy and show my kids how they can stay healthy and happy too through my example. 

One way we try and stay healthy is eating organic food. We try and buy mostly organic food when possible, and feed our 15 month old daughter organic fruits, vegetables and grains as well. 

I was super excited when I heard that Beech-Nut had come out with a new organic line of baby food and couldn't wait for my daughter to try it. It is homemade-inspired and there is nothing but real, whole fruits and vegetables with the occasional ancient grains and beans in each jar.

This new line is awesome because it uses recipes that have been inspired by moms who have come up with unique and delicious ingredient combinations.

The flavors in the organic line include organic apple, raspberry & avocado, organic banana, cinnamon & granola and organic butternut squash, black bean & cumin. 

There are many days (I can see my husband rolling his eyes) that I am running late and need to grab something for my daughter, so these have been perfect. Knowing that she is eating a homemade-inspired food without any artificial ingredients or preservatives makes me happy. Also, the Beech-Nut organic line also uses a unique gentle cooking process that keeps the wholesome vital nutrients allowing the fruits and vegetables to shine through.

When searching for the Beech-Nut organic line, look for the transparent honeypot glass jars, and the USDA-certified organic seal, an indication of GMO-free food.

Check out the Beech-Nut Website: http://www.beechnut.com


Find a Store near you: http://www.beechnut.com/find/

Beech-Nut organic is sold at the following retail stores: Kroger, Babies “R” Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern, Walmart.com, Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons, Hannaford, Raley’s, Meijer, Nugget Market, Diapers.com, Harris Teeter, Shaw's, ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods.

"Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States."

May 14, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 - FREE Movie Ticket (For Everyone!)

Remember my post last week about getting ready for summer using Schick & Skintimate? I am excited to announce that these two amazing brands have partnered with the movie Pitch Perfect 2 to bring you some exciting summer fun! The movie comes out in theaters TOMORROW and I cannot wait to see it!
I watched the first Pitch Perfect and loved the funny and heartwarming storyline that had me smiling and laughing the whole time. Going to see it in theaters gives me a chance to take a break from my favorite job (being a mommy) and gives me some much needed relax and renew time, as well as a good laugh.
Schick Women’s Shave is the sponsor of Pitch Perfect 2 and beginning in April 2015, limited edition Pitch Perfect 2 packaging will be available in stores nationwide for Schick Hydro Silk Razors, Skintimate Shave Gel, Schick Intuition®, Schick Quattro For Women® and Schick Xtreme3®. This is only one of the exciting things this sponsorship means though!

Schick will also be running a promotion for a FREE movie ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2! This promotion will be running in Ahold. Participating is easy, simply purchase 2 Schick products at an Ahold store near you with a minimum $10 value and receive your free movie ticket. You will receive a print out at the register to redeem a code for your FREE movie ticket. This promotion will run from 4/26-5/23.

Get in the Pitch Perfect spirit by watching this darling YouTube music video!
Are you as excited as I am to see the new Pitch Perfect 2? If you haven't yet - be sure to enter the Pitch Perfect sweepstakes sponsored by Schick, just click this link. You could win a ton of fabulous Schick products and other Pitch Perfect themed prizes, including a chance at a trip for two to Hollywood!

All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.

May 13, 2015

Double Ad Wednesday at Fresh Thyme #FreshThyme

If you are a mom you are busy, it's a fact. There are so many things to get done during the day, some days all I am doing is running from one place to another trying to keep our life in some kind of order.

…And when it comes to feeding my family there has to be order or we'll eat cereal for dinner all week.

To keep us moms happy and our kids' tummies full, Fresh Thyme has introduced the Double Ad Wednesday–pure genius! Double Ad Wednesday is that precious day when the previous week's ad and new ad overlap for TWICE the amount of items on sale.

This allows me to visit the store only once a week and snag all the sales instead of trying to figure out when the old ad ends and the new one begins.

Now I have more time to spend with my family and less time running back and forth to the store for each week's sales.

Enjoy Your Wednesday! 

Cordskinz {Review & Giveaway}

There is nothing worse than going to get a pair of headphones and finding something like this...
(yes this was my ACTUAL pile of headphones and cords all jumbled together).  I also hate when you go to grab your headphones and they are tangled in their own web of mess just by themselves.  Well Cordskinz knows your struggles and is here to help!  Say goodbye to tangled messes and hello to cute, colorful, and fun Cordskinz!
Cordskinz are flexible, tangle-free covers that attach to your headphones.  They make it easier for you to find your heaphones and won't leave you untangling a ball of wires and cords.
I had the opportunity to try out the Glitter Pink Cordskinz with my headphones and as you can see from my picture above, I NEEDED them!  It is so much easier to get out and use headphones with Cordskinz.  Plus the colorful pop is very stylish and fun.  I really like them.
The Cordskinz were way easy to apply and there is even helpful videos online to show you how it is done.  I attached mine in no time and was off taking a jog and listening to my favorite music before I knew it.
The Cordskinz come in a variety of fun styles and colors.  Be sure to check Cordskinz out on their website.
Cordskinz is giving away A PAIR OF ICE BLUE CORDSKINZ to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Cordskinz for providing me with a free product to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Parenthood {Review & Giveaway}

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood

About the book: "The 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood will touch your heart, make you laugh, and remind you why there is no better job than being a parent!

Parenting – it’s a tough job, but also the best. Filled with anecdotes and advice from parents raising children of all ages, this book will uplift, inspire, and encourage you. Other parents, just like you, share their personal stories about all the joys, and the trials, of raising children."

You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood on Amazon!!
One lucky readers will win their own copy of Chicken Soup's Parenthood book!

To enter this giveaway simply comment on the post answering this question:

Who is a parent you look up to?

(Include your email so I can notify you if you win. Deadline May 31, 2015.)
A BIG THANKS to Chicken Soup for the Soul for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

May 12, 2015

Fresh Thyme Grand Opening {Review} #FreshThyme

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Fresh Thyme. I received a complimentary gift to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

I was driving down our street a couple of months ago when I saw a sign for a new store. I absolutely love supporting local farmers and I am always purchasing organic food, so I was extremely excited to see Fresh Thyme Farmers Market being built and only minutes from our home in Downers Grove.

If you are not familiar with Fresh Thyme, it is a combination of a cute little farmers market and your friendly neighborhood grocery store. It is quite the unique shopping experience that you will instantly fall in love with.

Why I love Fresh Thyme:

· Natural meat, raised without hormones

· Seafood flown in daily

· Hearty breads and delicious treats from local artisan bakeries and hot out of our ovens

· Healthy meals made in our kitchens which are ready to eat on the run

· Barrels full of natural and organic bulk foods

· Aisles of nutritious and delicious groceries

· Earth-friendly cleaning supplies

· Specialty foods

· Gluten-free and dairy-free options

· Plus a whole department filled with vitamins, supplements and pure body care products.

I really enjoy grocery shopping when I am kid-free, and have been taking full advantage of some late night grocery shopping trips to Fresh Thyme. They have had some killer deals since their Grand Opening and I have been reaping the benefits! 

Last night I snagged some packages of their .88 cent Organic Grape Tomatoes and $2 Organic Romain Lettuce –which we had tonight for our taco salad - YUM, and lots more for such a great price! 

Having Fresh Thyme so close to our house has been a huge blessing for our family because I am able to feed my family fresh organic foods while saving time and money because the deals are great and it is so close to our house.

If you are in the Downers Grove area you should stop by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and grab some yummy treats! Plus, follow them on Facebook and sign up for their email newsletter for some great deals and coupons.

Putting a little "Spring" in Your Step with Kushyfoot's Spring 2015 lineup {Review & Giveaway}

Kushyfoot has been providing my feet with comfort and style for the last few years.  Their great selection and styles are hard to beat and right now they've got a great Spring 2015 lineup available for everyone to enjoy.
The lineup includes some of my favorites like the lace top toe covers which are perfect for giving you some extra padding and comfort while wearing high heels or even flats.  Same with the cotton foot covers.  They have some with extra padding in the heel and sole, some cute stripe and dot ones, and various other styles of cotton foot covers.  I wear these with practically everything including my workout sneakers.  In fact, Kushyfoot actually has an athletic style foot cover that give you a little more support and that have a little nicer stay-put technology in the heel so they stay put.  They are great!
Something new I like is the Kushyfoot Peep Toe Foot Covers.  You can wear them with your open-toed shoes and no one would ever guess you are wearing nice comfy, supportive footwear.  Also great for those dressy occasions are the Kushyfoot tights!  They have tons to choose from and various styles.
I've also just started getting in to yoga and found out they have some cool Yoga Socks I can wear.  Maybe these will help keep me balanced as I try to perfect all of the difficult moves I've been learning.
As you can see, Kushyfoot offers some great items and their new Spring additions have made for one great collection of footwear!  Visit their website to check out all of the various goodies!
Kushyfoot is giving one of our lucky readers A $50 KUSHYFOOT PRIZE PACK FULL OF GOODIES FROM THEIR COLLECTION!!
A big THANK YOU to Kushyfoot and liptonpublicity for providing me with free test samples to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Weather getting harsh on your skin? Try Lindi Skin care {Review & Coupon Code}

All of this bi-polar and changing weather has sure done a number on my skin!  From dry skin to random breakouts, cracked lips, and more--it was time for some relief!  Thankfully I was recently given the opportunity to try out some great products from Lindi Skin.
Lindi Skin products are gentle, yet highly effective.  Originally designed for the needs of people undergoing cancer treatment, the Lindi Skin brand realize that anything applied to the skin is absorbed into the body so they aim to use the most safe and healthy ingredients to heal, protect, and restore skin. "All of the ingredients they use have been carefully researched and sourced ensuring optimal results and the highest quality products. The products also have effective preservatives by design, in order to combat bacterial and microbial growth which is critical when immune systems are compromised."
I thought the whole concept behind Lindi Skin products was amazing.  And if they are meant to be safe on the most delicate skin, I felt confident that it was going to be great for my skin.  I began using the products right away.  Some things that I really liked was that they don't have any strong smells (I hate face wash that has harsh smells or chemicals which sometimes burn and irritate my eyes) and I also liked how gentle and nice the products made my skin feel.  The face wash gives me such a clean nice feel when I use it.  I follow it up with some moisturizing serum from Lindi Skin and then apply a little eye hydrator as well.  I am constantly using the lip balm.  I've had really cracked lips and it seems to work so well.  The balm heals up the cracks in no time and give a little shine and shimmer to my newly hydated lips.
Lindi Skin products are great for pretty much any and everyone.  They make great gifts or smart self-purchases.  Some of their most popular items include the Lindi Lavender Face Serum ($40) which is also available in a Citrus version, preferred by men, Lindy Face Wash ($22), Lindi Lip Balm ($10) and the Lindi Eye Hydrator ($30).  I tried all of these (I had the citrus serum) and really enjoyed them all.
Pick up a variety of Lindi Skin products at lindiskin.com. Right now you can grab FREE SHIPPING and 25% OFF all products using the code is BLOG25  through May 31st. They are also going make a donation to the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program for every purchase through this date!
A big THANK YOU to Lindi Skin and liptonpublicity for providing me with free test samples to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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