Tuesday, December 16, 2014

$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!


It's the most wonderful time of the year! And for most of us, that means lots of get-togethers with friends, family, co-workers and classmates. And it also means food, and lots of it! I'm one of those people who cook with a lot of onions and garlic. I love flavorful food! 

The downside of that, of course, is bad breath. A long time ago, I had a friend that took her toothbrush and travel toothpaste everywhere she went because she was really nervous about ever having bad breath. But when you consider that brushing your teeth actually misses 75% of your mouth, well, you can guess why that's not the best idea out there! Eventually she switched out her toothbrush for a travel sized container of LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash. Now that was a great idea because LISTERINE® Antiseptic reaches nearly 100% of your mouth and kills the germs that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath.


Research also shows that LISTERINE® Antiseptic also kills up to 52% more plaque and 21% more gingivitis than brushing and flossing alone. Why is that a big deal? Because the majority of American adults will develop gingivitis without even knowing it.

The four essential oils that have been protecting your mouth for more than a 100 years are still working together in the LISTERINE® formula:

Eucalyptol – Derived from trees usually found in Australia, this essential oil acts as both an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent.

Menthol – Identical to menthol found in natural corn mint, this essential oil is known for its germ killing properties.

Thymol – Identical to the thymol in natural thyme and ajowan herb, research continues to demonstrate this essential oil’s effectiveness against bacteria

Methyl Salicylate – Identical to the methyl salicylate in natural wintergreen, this essential oil is also often found in chewing gum due to its fresh flavoring properties.

No other branded mouthwash has this unique, fixed combination formula that kills millions of germs on contact, helping keep your mouth healthy and holiday party ready.

For more information on LISTERINE® mouthwash, its unique essential oil-based formula, and how you can improve your oral health, visit http://www.listerine.com/products-essential-oils.

And to enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, leave me a comment (include your email address so that BlogHer has a way to contact you!) naming the four essential oils found in LISTERINE® mouthwash, and telling me what event you will use LISTERINE® Antiseptic to prep for!
Sweepstakes Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#Listerine” and “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification e-mail will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher.com e-mail address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 12/16/14 – 1/15/15.
Be sure to visit the LISTERINE® brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

Monday, December 8, 2014

$100 Macy's Gift Card Giveaway!


One of the fun Christmas traditions we've had since I was a little kid (actually, since before I was even born) is the annual Christmas Eve party.

When I was a little girl, my dad's whole family lived in California. We weren't all in the same town, but we all lived close enough to get together at least once a year, and that gathering always occurred on Christmas Eve.

Different family members would take turns hosting the gathering, and everyone came out dressed to the nines. It was SO much fun.

Now, my parents, brother and I all live in Arkansas, and the rest of the family has also spread out all over the country.

I knew that when we had kids, I would want to recreate that special Christmas get together, even if it only meant 15 people getting together instead of 50!

What we decided to do was start a new tradition. We still have our fun, family get together on Christmas Eve, but now with a bit of a twist! We've added a special element to our parties, in the form of an ugly sweater contest! Here's a picture of Chris, the kids and I from last year! It is so much fun!



Of course, once the contest portion of the evening is over, we are free to switch to more normal looking attire. Many of us do - as you can probably tell from the picture, my sweater was really uncomfortable.

That's where Macy's comes in! I've already gone shopping for my boys this year. I headed on over to their great selection of children's clothing and browsed around for awhile (because everything is cute!) and ended up ordering these outfits!


Aren't they adorable? The sweater is from Tommy Hilfiger and you can find it here. The jeans are Levi's 505 Regular Fit and you can find those here.



Christmas isn't always about red and green or silver and gold, and these sweaters, paired with timeless Levi's are the perfect look for my boys. I have never been big on dressing them in the classic southern way (hey, I'm from California!) but I do love dressing them up like little men!


And now, I've teamed up with BlogHer and Macy's so that you can have a little extra holiday cheer too! How about a $100 Macy's gift card to get you started on your holiday outfit planning?

All you need to do is visit Macy's site and tell me what item you are looking to buy for yourself or your little one. Leave me a comment (and be sure to include your email address so BlogHer has a way to contact you if you win!) telling me about your outfit and you'll be entered for a chance to win!


Sweepstakes Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 12/8/2014 – 12/25/2014.
Be sure to visit the Macy’s Kids Holiday brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Renting a stroller for Disney!

* A free stroller rental was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted on RealMomsDisney.com!

One thing that I recommend to everyone who is traveling with small kids to Disney is this: RENT A STROLLER!

Unless you absolutely need to have a stroller in the airport with you, I highly recommend skipping that fiasco. It's just one more thing that I personally do not want to deal with on top of everything else.

However, if you've got little kids like I do, then you really do need a stroller at Disney. Why? Well, for starters, it's a TON of walking. In fact, I wore my jawbone step counter while I was there and logged 15,000 or more steps every single day. We ended up walking over 50 miles during our trip! I know that my kids couldn't have handled all of that!

This time, I decided to rent from Simple Strollers. We went with the city mini double stroller. We've used this stroller before and really love how easily it pushes through the various park terrains and its simple folding mechanisms. Since we utilized Disney's bus system quite a bit this trip, it was important to have a stroller that folds easily and quickly (strollers must be folded on the bus).




The rental process itself was so easy! Just head over to their website and browse through their list of strollers. In addition to the City Mini's they have BOB's, Baby Trend Snap and Go's and Joovy Sit and Stand's. They are also the only company offering triple strollers! They've got the Joovy Big Caboose Sit and Stand Triple for those of you with three littles!

I added on the optional insurance just for peace of mind. One thing I loved about renting from Simple Strollers is that the include a drink/storage caddy. The company we used last year did not and we had no where to store drinks! You can also rent other goodies like rain covers and car seat adapters from them.


Simple Strollers also delivers to you at your resort. When you make your online purchase, just let them know what time they will need to drop off and pick up the stroller. Simple! Plus you don't have to worry about messing with the bell desk (which can form quite a line!). They hand deliver the strollers to you. Everyone was so nice and accommodating, even for for those coming in on late flights. I highly recommend them!

If you're headed to Disney World and need a stroller, be sure to check out Simple Strollers!
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