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  <center><a href=""><img src="" /></a></center> Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Eco Baby Mama Drama! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscriptions. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

Fruti all natural fruit bars save the day as a mom-approved healthy snack #FreshNFruti #cbias


Due to new regulations, I am obligated to let you know up front that this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Fruti & CBias Actions speak louder than words is how we teach our kids about healthy living! Showing our kids to make healthy choices should be something that we are able to make fun and help them to make these decisions on their own as they get older. My boys are now 3, 5, & 8. They have come to expect that mommy wants to keep them healthy with physical activity and healthy eating. During nice days, we walk the 1/2 mile to and from  school. As well as on the weekends, we make a point to always find ways to keep them active. This past weekend we participated in our first 5k as a family in the Color Run event! With media constantly promoting everything from sugary treats and drinks to fast food, children don't always get the right message. Seriously as I am writing this, there is a McDonald's commercial in the background that has my kids mesmerized. These … [Read more...]

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle naturally that happens to save money #GELighting


April 22 is Earth Day! While I like to think that Earth Day is everyday, Earth Day is a wonderful day to start doing something green!  It's easy to say that going green is expensive. However, you will be amazed at how easy and fun it can be! Due to new regulations, I am obligated to let you know that as part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own. So... What Can you do to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to do your part in protecting the environment while saving money? ~~~~ Reduce your energy use  ~~~~ turn off lights when you leave a room. We rarely turn on the lights during the daytime hours until they are needed. Our household makes use of the natural lighting! Use the sunlight to help warm the home during colder months by opening blinds during the daytime. Then, at night close the blinds to help keep the warmth inside. In the summer, keep the blinds closed to help keep it from … [Read more...]

Upcycle Broken Crayons: Use Solar Oven (or oven) to make crayons #sustainability


If you have kids, odds are likely you have some broken crayons... You can easily turn them into fun shapes with the help from the sun on warm days (or oven to speed up the process)! ~Peel off wrappers~ This is a great job for all ages. See my 3 year old helping me! ~Place crayons in selected molds~ We are making these are party favors for a birthday, so we selected lego brick & minifigure molds. There really is no right or wrong way to do this. You can break the pieces smaller to melt quicker as well as you can do solid or go for a tie dye effect. ~~~~~ If using a solar oven, see my how-to so that you can make your own by clicking here! Place the solar oven out for a few hours before you start cooking, so it can warm up. Depending on the temperature, this could take all day. You can also cook part of the time in the solar oven then switch to the oven if the temperature starts cooling down before the crayons are melted. For next to nothing, we made are broken … [Read more...]

Steps With Walgreens: Earning Balance Reward Points with quality family time! #BalanceRewards #cbias


Have you heard of Walgreens Balance Reward Program ?  I am a huge fan of it! Every Sunday I look through the weekly ad (usually on my walgreens app) to see how we can save money on our everyday purchases. If you haven't already joined, you can use your smartphone to scan the code on the sign above in your local store, online, by app, or let the cashier help you get started at checkout. It is easy and worth it to save more money. Not a fan of carrying around loyalty cards? Me either, which is why I love that I can just type in my phone number at the checkout for them to look up my card. Walgreens is now taking their Balance Reward program one step further by offering us motivation to exercise it's called Steps with Balance Rewards. To see my complete Walk with Walgreens shop on Google+ to get an inside view of the Steps with Walgreens program & more click here. If you have a Walgreens account, you can link both your balance rewards and Steps for easy access.  Healthy Living … [Read more...]

Join us for Feed Me Friday Email Subscription Blog Hop

<center><a href=""><img src="" /></a></center>   Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Just Us Four and Eco Baby Mama Drama! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscriptions. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

Don’t You Look Marvelous Giveaway Hop #ImSoPretty


Welcome to the Don't You Look Marvelous Blog Hop This event is hosted by The Review Wire. Each blog participating has a prize that is at least $25 and related to products that make you feel beautiful. Make sure to stop by The Review Wire, they are sponsoring The Grand Prize! Two winners will each receive the COOLA ER+ Line a Retail Value of $148! After you enter my giveaway, stop by the other blogs to see the other Marvelous Giveaways! Not sure about you, but a day getting a massage or facial at the spa always makes me feel beautiful on the inside and out! I decided that the Great Contradictions readers would probably appreciate some pampering as well, so I'm giving away $50 in SpaFinder credit to use at a location near you! SpaFinder gift certificates can be redeemed at over 20,000 Spas, Yoga, Pilates, & Fitness Studios Worldwide. Not too mention they never expire, so what are you waiting on? Enter Now! Then, check out the other 40+ blogs participating as well! Click here … [Read more...]

GPS Your Best Life Giveaway {5 Autographed copies}

 This giveaway has been brought to you by authors Charmaine Hammond and Debra Kasowski along with Beck Valley Books Open to US/CA Ending on 28th April 2013 at 11.59pm EST GPS Your Best Life (Success Strategies): Charting Your Destination and Getting There in Style gives you simple, practical strategies, accompanied by down to earth assessment tools. This book will put you behind the wheel to guide you from figuring out what revs your engine and what’s blocking your view, and following your unique road map to your desired destination while learning to navigate the obstacles and road blocks along the way. The book helps you determine where you are now, and, through practical strategies and assessments, helps you clarify what you want in your personal and career life, and shows you how to expertly navigate through hidden fears and procrastination so as to get on the road to success now!International Best-selling author and transformational speaker, Charmaine Hammond and … [Read more...]

Allergy Season with Fram Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter #FresherCar #cbias


Since we moved to Oklahoma, I have had issues with allergies for the first time in my life. I was not expecting the way my body literally rejects the great outdoors in the Spring and hoped that my body would adjust yet with 3 years there's no end in sight.  I love that weather apps now let you know days that it will be bad for people who deal with allergies. Anyways, this is what I have been dealing with great weather and high pollen levels. I come from a family of handy people who like to diy like my uncle who rebuilds cars. When I was in high school my brother even taught me how to change my own oil, so Fram is a brand I am familiar with. During Spring time, I can't let the fresh in by opening the windows in our house or car. I really miss being able to let the fresh in, so when I found out about FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters made with Arm and Hammer baking soda I was excited! It helps to trap particles and road dust to keep the car fresh on the inside. Living a … [Read more...]

Cherished Family Moments & Values: Bigelow Tea family-owned company passed down generations #cbias


Family traditions and values are priceless. Carrying on traditions that my mom and grandma started like drinking Bigelow Tea is important for many reasons. It's not just about drinking tea, but it's about the memories and calming effects that I love from a company that values the same things that I do. It's about all those Sunday dinners at grandma's. It's about even as a adult coming home and enjoying a cup of Bigelow Tea with my mom before the boys wake up. My mom and I have a close relationship no matter where my husband's job relocates us too! Girl Talk with my mom drinking a cup of Bigelow Tea   is definitely a cherished moment. Since my dad died last year, I think I have come to cherish these moments even more! We are 3 generations of strong women that can be high strung  I mean intense that are nurturing and hardworking as well! Bigelow Tea is my moment of zen. When I am drinking my tea, it's like everything slows down for a moment. Being a work-at-home mom of … [Read more...]