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August 31, 2015

Special K® Red Berries - A Perfect Way to Start the Day!

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I am sure I am not the only mom out there who has it hard trying to find time to eat breakfast in the morning. I wake up to my two year old prying my eyes open with her little fingers, screaming at me for 'mummies' (her version of the word food...). The morning always starts out hectic for me which is why I like to start the day with an easy, yet nutritional breakfast that requires little to no preparation. Special K Red Berries are my first choice because not only is it a nutritionally rich option, it is absolutely delicious!
Special K Red Berries is made with whole grains, which means the grains have been minimally processed and are mostly in their original, healthful form. It is also packed with real strawberries which is my favorite part. I guess my babe takes after me because if she gets to my bowl of cereal before I do I will come back to find no strawberries in it! The new boxes come with more strawberries than before which is great because we can never get enough over at my house.
There is a reason Special K Red Berries are so 'special'. A bowl of Special K Red Berries and milk gives women the fiber, folic acid and vitamin D they need for the rest of the day, in the most delicious way possible. When you eat special, you feel special.
Laura Vitale, an amazing chef and outstanding TV personality, will be partnering with Special K to show women how to eat delicious food that is packed with positive nutrition. One of the great ideas they have shared is implementing positive food swaps throughout the day, trade something less healthy for something more. For example rather than eating nothing for breakfast, my goal is to eat a bowl of Special K Red Berries so I can start my day out right. OK I guess that isn't exactly a food swap... But it is a good start! Their goal is to support women on their weight wellness journey and show how a few simple food swaps throughout the day can make a huge difference in your health.
Learn more about why Special K Red Berries are such a great breakfast choice by clicking here. What do you love most about Special K?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K® Red Berries.

August 28, 2015

Take Control and Feel Healthy with thinkThin® {Review}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by thinkThin®. However, these opinions are 100% my own.

Whenever I have a great day, it is always because I had a plan and was focused. For instance, I knew what I was going to have for breakfast, I went to bed at a decent hour, woke up early, and was able to exercise and shower before my kids woke up.

These simple things can make my day extremely successful and my whole outlook on life changes. Things get done, my kids are happy, and I feel great! Being in control of your life and your body is the best feeling in the whole world.

Even when my life is under control, it’s still crazy. I mean, any mom with kids knows what I am talking about! I have four kids and they keep me super busy, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take care of myself. As I am running from one place to another, thinkThin® products are one of my favorite things.

They are a high protein, low sugar bar that have been designed for women who love quality food. They are easy to keep in your purse after a workout or when you are on the run like me! They taste so fantastic that even my kids try and steal them from my purse!

Combining healthy food like thinkThin® with personal meditation time is the perfect combination for a successful day. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity of going to downtown Chicago for some Sunrise Yoga with Andrea Metcalf, Health Editor of Womensforum.com!

I have done yoga before, but not like this. The experience of being downtown looking over the water while the sun was rising, and doing yoga with the ever so talented Andrea was absolutely incredible. She was such a great teacher that I wanted to put her in my pocket and bring her home with me – seriously!

After the yoga session, I felt so refreshed and was ready to enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast from thinkThin®. I had such a great time, and was grateful that I had this experience – EVERY mom needs a day like this!

August 22, 2015

Back To School with Orkin: Get the 411 on Household Pests & Win a Mom's Back-to-School Prize Pack {Blog App & Giveaway}

As most moms know, Back-To-School isn't just about the kids.  Going back to school means lots of running about, taking kids to and from school, activities, sports practices, and more.  Orkin is here to help you by giving you some cool products to get you through your busy days and to give you the inside scoop on household pests that may be making you miserable.  Come #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems around your home!

Take a look at this cool interactive Orkin App. Take the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz so you can find out if you know how to think like a pest, and more.
 To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Orkin is giving away A BACK-TO-SCHOOL PRIZE PACK to one of our lucky readers!!

 The Pack includes: 
One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle! 
 One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach. 
 One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests. 
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*Each household is only eligible to win Back to School Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
A big THANK YOU to Orkin for providing this giveaway. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

August 20, 2015

Earn Money for Sharing Your Opinions With Focus Pointe Global!

These last few years have been tough for me as far as trying to make a little extra money while my husband is in school. Working while doing housework and raising kids can be quite the crazy life, but somehow we make it work. Blogging and participating in focus groups has been my "me" time and I absolutely love it. The fact that I can share my thoughts and opinions with others and make a little money too has been perfect! Have you ever thought about participating in focus groups or other market research opportunities?

Did you know the products and services you and your family use every day come to market as a result of marketing research? Companies rely on the opinions of consumers like you to test their products, evaluate TV programming, weigh in on social issues, conduct mystery shops, and participate in mock juries, to name a few. If you see a product on the store shelf or a commercial for a political candidate, chances are the final result came about based on the feedback offered in focus groups.

In the U.S., there are 75 million mothers, all of whom influence 85 percent of their household purchases. With all that buying power, it stands to reason that companies turn to marketing researchers to make sure that their products are meeting your needs and expectations. What's more, Atlanta is a hub for researchers due to the cross section of demographics represented in the population.

Registering to participate in focus groups is super easy. One of the top companies conducting opinion research is Focus Pointe Global, a national company with a location in Atlanta. They have an interactive website for their panel members at http://bit.ly/fpgmom, where you can register and fill out your profile. Once that is done, you will almost immediately receive an email invitation to take a screener survey to see if you qualify for a particular research study. The studies are on a wide variety of topics, including baby products, social issues, taste tests, appliances, beverages, cell phones...just about anything you can think of. Participating in a focus group or product tests is a fun and easy way to earn some extra spending money - from $75 to $100 for only a couple of hours of your time.

Another way you can participate in marketing research is online or by phone. Focus Pointe Global conducts webcam focus groups, telephone interviews, online surveys, online communities, and a lot of other methods as well. They even have an online product review program, where you are sent a product to use (and keep!) and you write an objective review on the company's website.
Whether you are able to participate in marketing research in person at the Atlanta research facility or by going online, there are a lot of opportunities to make some extra money and have fun while doing so! Go to http://bit.ly/fpgmom to register.

August 10, 2015

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School {Review} #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

This time of year is always bitter sweet. I absolutely love when the kids are home for the summer because we have so much fun together! Our family camping trips, swimming in the pool, playing with friends, barbecues and staying up late are without a doubt the best times together as a family. But, as we all know summer has to end and school needs to start. I am going to miss my kids so much, but also can't wait for them to go back-to-school.

As a kid I always loved back-to-school shopping. Like all kids, I didn't really want to go back to school, I just wanted to go shopping! Any excuse to pick out fun new outfits, new shoes and fresh new school supplies, I was there!

Just last weekend, we had the chance to do some shopping at OshKosh B'gosh and had so much fun picking out new clothes for my kids. 

I just love OshKosh B'gosh because I can literally find everything I need for all my kids at one store–it's amazing!

If you haven't stepped foot into OshKosh B'gosh this month, you need to because their Fall essentials are super adorable and if they would have had it in my size I would have bought it–no joke! From their B'gosh Blue Jeans, to their new trendy Black, White and Indigo Collection, they have everything your kids will need to feel confident this school year.

My kids really enjoyed picking out their own clothes and I liked that they had so much for my active kids. My daughter picked some cute

- - B’gosh Jeanius Campaign - -

To make sure all kids have what they need for school, from jeans to books, OshKosh B'gosh has launched their "B'gosh Jeans Campaign". OshKosh B’gosh, in partnership with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and DonorsChoose.org will give customers the opportunity to donate a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation to a students in need this school year.

Give kids a leg up! Donate a new pair of blue jeans or make a cash donation at the register.
For more information visit: www.oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius

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