SCJohnson Thanksgiving Trivia Contest #SCJThanks + $5 Mastercard offer #sponsored

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If you’re a trivia junkie, this is your chance to put your skills to the test.   You could even win prizes!  Thanks to Dailybreak, 5 DAILY giveaway winners will snag a year’s worth of SC Johnson products.   While you’re there, watch some funny videos. Plus, if you upload a receipt for participating SC Johnson products, you’ll get a $5 Mastercard®.  I love letting my money and useless trivia facts work for me! [Read more…]

Use a coffee machine to make hot tea #MyAdagio #giveaway ends 11/9 US

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This has been a busy week — one of those weeks that ends with a late night all 7 days.  This morning (Saturday) I went into my classroom for what was meant to be an hour or two, but ended up being there for 6 1/2 hours.  Next, I drove my daughter around town so she could work on her school project….taking photos of herself in front of historical monuments. In the rain.  On these days, I look forward to a steaming cup of hot tea before shuffling off to bed.  I’m so grateful for my coffee maker, which helps me to get the tea just right!  Adagio Tea sent me a glorious package with all kinds of product samples to try, and we’ve really enjoyed the daily treat. [Read more…]

Things that still scare me + #giveaway US – ends 11/6

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You’d think that at the ripe old age of 42, I would have outgrown most of my childhood fears.  There are still a few lingering ghosts in my past, though!  In anticipation of Halloween, I thought we could commiserate over these little quirks.  Share yours for a chance to win this shirt!  [Read more…]

Holiday Cards your life can actually deal with + PayPal #giveaway #ad

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Last year I went through the whole portrait studio process and ordered 100 photo cards. We waited for an hour for them to be printed (which I thought was pretty fast) and I took them home. Since it was just September, the cards went right into the office cabinet….where they still sit to this day. That’s right, I have 100 photo cards from last year that were never mailed. Why? The reasons are many….never got around to stuffing the envelopes, addressing the envelopes, or mailing them.  Why didn’t anyone tell me about Minted?  Don’t worry, friend  I’ve got the details about holiday cards for you!  [Read more…]

Mommy and Me collection from Janie & Jack $5 #giveaway WW #ad

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Our family only gets dolled up for “real” photos once a year — for holiday cards!  My kids are typically the ones in front of the camera.  I love it when family pictures look well-coordinated because of complementing outfits.  The Janie and Jack Mommy and Me holiday collection makes that so simple!   [Read more…]

Beauty Box 5 unboxing + Sample #Giveaway ends 11/2 US

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My mailbox made me happy again!  Beauty Box 5 had a bit of a problem with shipments in July and August due to the terrible weather that kept cropping up, but things seem to be back on track!  We received our July box just a little later than normal.  I wanted to make sure you got to see it because there are some fabulous items in stock right now!  [Read more…]

#WhatWouldYouGive to #EndALS – support the ALS Therapy Development Institute #giveaway


My husband’s dear friend Dr. Josh Wandell was diagnosed with ALS about 4 years ago. He was in his 30’s and at a high point in his career.  He is still fighting strong, and our small community supports him in his battle.  Throughout the town, you’ll see these signs posted all over….in front of businesses and homes alike.  I’m trying to support the fight against ALS with this post.  Click here to find out how YOU can help. [Read more…]

Join me – take the #EncouragementDare #Giveaway

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Life is hard, people.  No matter what circumstances we face daily, whether we’re in a first-world or third-world country, despite our color or gender or religion….life is hard.  Think about the last time someone offered encouragement to help you rise to a challenge.  It’s time to take the Encouragement Dare and pay it forward.  [Read more…]

Why I Broke Up With Birchbox and my Luxury Sample Box from Amazon #Giveaway

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Sadly, I broke up with Birchbox this year after many years of getting the subscription box.  Lately, I just wasn’t feeling the love with my box.  The joy of getting new cosmetics (especially mascara and eyeliner) was muted by all the self tanners and stinky shampoos that kept coming.  Did anyone even look at my profile?!  The final nail in the coffin was the change in points.   [Read more…]

What’s your 9/11 story? #Remember911 @9_11Movie

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It’s always fascinated me that people can so distinctly remember a snapshot of a shared public event.  For example, those who were living when JFK was assassinated can usually tell you specific details about where they were, what they were doing, and even what they wore as the news broke.  I remember seeing the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle when I was in school, and can see our little class sitting on the floor crowded around the big TV cart.   [Read more…]

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