Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Episencial All Natural Skincare

I was recently chosen to participate in a MommyParties & Mom Select party with the new Episencial all natural skincare line.

It was a lot of fun learning about this wonderful new product! All of the mommies fell in love with products and were thrilled to be able to take home a full size product to try out at home along with a few samples.

Not only is this product safe but it's natural and as a mom we want nothing but the best for our children and this product is by far the best out on the market and I'm so thankful I got the chance to learn more about it.

If you would like to learn more about Episencial and their all natural products check our their website

Friday, August 27, 2010


I have heard many great things about Shutterfly but haven't had the opportunity to try out any of their products so when I heard they were giving away 40 free personalized stationary cards to review or giveaway I was so excited.

My son's birthday is coming up next month so this will be a great way to see how wonderful Shutterfly really is!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Healthy Smiles

I was asked to share five simple things you can do for your child to help keep their smiles healthy and bright.

As a child the last thing on your mind is your teeth so as adults we have to help encourage a healthy and bright teeth lifestyle such as reminding to brush morning and night. To make sure my son brushes his teeth in the morning I have the toothbrush waiting for him so there is no excuse to not brush his teeth.

Eating habits: my son has already felt the pain of having caps due to cavities so we limit his sugar intake.

Floss: We make it fun we buy the bright colored floss so he can enjoy it.

We make frequent dental visits so we can make sure to prevent anymore cavities.

Chewing Trident sugar free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help fight cavities. My son loves gum and well I love that Trident helps him fight against cavities.

"I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Trident blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”


Fracture is changing photo home decor, and is looking to get the word out about its new one-piece picture and frame made from printed glass that mounts to directly to your wall quickly and easily.

Printing and framing pictures is often a huge hassle and can become really expensive really fast. Between getting your photos printed, finding a suitable frame, and figuring out how to mount them, the frustrations (and dollars) have mounted, and the magic has gone away. However, you now have a contemporary, affordable, and practical way to show off all your favorite family pictures -- Fracture. Fracture is the fastest, easiest, best way to get your pictures from your camera to your wall.

Fracture's introductory product lets you print your digital pictures right onto glass! There's no paper, film or anything involved. Simply ink and glass. We have effectively combined printing, framing, and mounting into one simple process. You upload your photo to, we print it on glass, and send it on it's way with everything you need to mount and display. It's a one-stop, complete photo decor solution.

Fractures are very safe: all sharp edges are removed, and they are completely okay to touch and handle.
Fractures are durable: the prints are shatter proof (unlike traditional glass frames), and the images will not fade for years beyond average prints.
Fractures are very practical and elegant: you can use them for any occasion, from Christmas and graduation gifts, to simple "Thank You's".
Fractures are for everyone: from avid photographers to snap happy point-and-shoot lovers, anyone can get Fractured!

Fracture has offered to let me review a personalized 8x10 for free if I am one of the first 100 bloggers. If I am selected I will post a follow up post about the product.

“I wrote this blog post in response to a TwitterMoms RAMBO alert, making me eligible to get a Fracture picture frame for review. You can learn more about Fracture at”

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Family Time

I was asked to share 5 of my favorite family time ideas.

As a single mom working full time it's hard to find the time out of the day to just sit back and relax and enjoy some family time but I always make sure to do so by doing some of the following:

1. Game night
2. Movie night
3. Go out to dinner as a family
4. Dinner at home at the dinner table
5. Day/Night out with the family

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and LEGO blogging program, making me eligible to get a prize pack. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Back To School Time

Ok so it's back to school season as you know and just like myself I know a lot of parents get really stressed out. Especially when your a single parent like me. But there are many things I do so that I don't get too stressed. Here are some of my back to school tips:

1. Shop Early
There is nothing like waiting till the last minute trying to find what your child needs when there is not much to chose from.

2. Shop supercenters
I don't like to buy from smaller stores just because they like to overprice.

3. Buy more than needed if there is a price you can't beat. You can always use it the following year or throughout the school year!

4. Talk to other moms see what they have more of and need so you can help them find what they need so they can help you find what you need.

5. Shop Tax-Free season. This is a great time to stock up and save on the things you have to buy already for school!

6. I like to buy on sale throughout summer so that when it comes time for back to school I am not as pressured by all the purchases I need to make.

7. Second-hand stores are a great way to find some new and gently used clothes as well.

8. Shop ads and keep a lookout for sales there will be plenty right before school starts

9. Recycle- sometimes you can reuse certain items such as backpacks and lunchkits.

10. Online purchasing- I do a lot of this since I cannot shop the stores during the week. You will find a lot of great deals too!!

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Staples blogging program, making me eligible to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Readers I need your help!!!

If you have Facebook I need your help!!

My child Nathan Cruz is in a "Cutest Kiddo Contest" for a chance to win a free session with Ashley Rocha Photography! If you can, please help us out by heading over to the Ashley Rocha Photography fan page, become a fan by clicking "Like", then vote for Nathan Cruz by clicking "Like" under his/her picture! Please remember that comments do not count, you must "Like" the picture! Thank you SO much!"

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Toyota-Follow Up

Wow so after just one day I have gotten quite a bit of positive feedback from my original My Toyota blog on Facebook!

I can't wait to see more responses :)

I'm participating in a Toyota/TwitterMoms campaign, which inspired this post. My opinions, thoughts and feelings are my own. As a TwitterMom, I'm eligible for a courtesy gift of $50.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Toyota

As many of you have heard about the Toyota recalls I'm sure your questioning the quality and dependability of a Toyota...

Well from my personal experience I have to say I would not want to purchase another brand of vehicle after owning a Toyota for so long. I have purchased other vehicles before owning my first Toyota and I have to say I have never been so satisfied as I am with my Toyota!

From purchasing the vehicle to maintaining it, it has been wonderful. The dealership was very fun and friendly and they remain that way after all these years. I love the fact that I know I am making the best investment I can in a vehicle with Toyota with the great re-sell value.

I have not had one problem with my Toyota since purchasing it and that means a lot to me because I am a single mother and I have to have a car I can depend on! I do plan on upgrading my vehicle throughout the years but there is no other place I want to go to other than my Toyota!

Disclosure: I'm participating in a Toyota/TwitterMoms campaign, which inspired this post. My opinions, thoughts and feelings are my own. As a TwitterMom, I'm eligible for a courtesy gift of $50.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Prevent Summer "Brain Drain"

School is out and children are so excited that summer is here, but it won't be long until you hear the infamous, "I'm bored" from your little ones.

Prevent Summer "Brain Drain" by planning ahead!

Primrose Schools, the leader in educational child care, recommends encouraging imaginative play and having a plan in place to keep children's minds engaged during the summer months. Studies show that without stimulation, children can lose up to 60 percent of what they learned during the school year.

That's why Dr. Mary Zurn, Vice President of Education for Primrose, has come up with the list of ideas below as a starting point for summer activities that offer a balance between the freedom of child-initiated play time and more structured activities.

Here are 11 ideas parents can use to keep young minds active during the summer months:

1.Boredom Buster Jar: At the beginning of the summer, sit down with your family and brainstorm a list of activities that can be done alone or that you can enjoy doing together. Encourage your children to share their own ideas and help you decorate and label a simple jar as the family "Boredom Buster Jar." They'll feel more involved in the project and more likely to think this is a "neat" idea, if they participate in the creation and idea generation. Next, write everyone's ideas down on slips of paper and as a group decide which ones should go in the jar. Anyone in the family can pull any idea out of the jar to fight the summertime boredom blues.

2.Stories Alive: It sounds too simple, but reading is one of the most important waysto keep young minds engaged during the summer.Make reading even more fun by finding ways to bring the stories to life. For example, in the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, children create a make-believe town in the desert out of rocks, boxes, and their imaginations. Read the book with your children and then challenge them to create their own town with materials they find in the backyard.

3.Art Start Box: You'll need to gather basic art supplies-child safe scissors, glue, markers, tape and construction paper. Put them in a special box along with empty oatmeal boxes and paper towel rolls, colorful magazines and bits of aluminum foil. Occasionally add a special surprise like chalk, stickers, or stamp pads so there's always something new for the children to find. Even if you normally have these supplies around the house, it's fun for children to know that the Art Start Box is just for them. They'll probably have some good ideas of other household items that can be recycled to fuel their creative energies.

4.Family Performances: Break out old clothes or costumes and encourage children to make up characters and create a play to act out. They are the directors, actors, and producers. They can also make musical instruments out of pots/pans, wooden spoons, empty canisters and have a parade; or everyone can play along to your family's favorite songs. Record or video the performances, and enjoy the replay. You'll also be capturing a bit of family history everyone will enjoy for years to come.

5.Family Dance Party: Crank up the music and encourage your entire family to boogie down. Dancing gives children a great outlet for self-expression through their own motion and helps build self-esteem. It also enhances motor and coordination development by incorporating skills like jumping, landing and leaping. Dancing is a great activity that can involve the whole family and doesn't take very much preparation.

6.Fort Building: Children love to build all kinds of structures--from small towns to large towers. Constructing forts or tents is an activity that can keep children focused and problem solving for hours. All the items you need can be found around the house- some chairs, cushions, blankets, and of course adult supervision.

7.Cookbook Fun: Have you ever shared your favorite cookbook with your children? Take it out and ask your children to choose a recipe to try. Measuring can be a fun and easy way to keep math skills fresh.

8.Summer Scrapbook: All you need for this project is a spiral notebook. Encourage everyone in the family to draw pictures of favorite activities and collect mementos from special events throughout the summer. Children love to go back through scrapbooks and albums and tell about what happened at each occasion. They will also be building their storytelling skills at the same time.

9.Listening Game: Lie down in the backyard, in the den or at the park and listen. What do you hear? Do you hear what I hear? Can you imitate the sound? This is similar to watching the clouds and naming the shapes, and it encourages everyone to slow down and focus on listening.

10.Camping Out: Pretend to campout in the backyard. Plan a meal, pack a backpack and set up a campsite. You might even decide to spend the night!

11.Scavenger Hunt: Make a list or picture cards of common household items and have your children find the items on the list. Invite friends or neighbors to join in the fun to make it a competition.

To find these and other great tips for parents, check out Dr. Zurn's blog at And don't forget to grab Dr. Z's Widget while you're there!

For more information on Primrose Schools, visit You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

KC Distant Learning Review

Today's students, known as the "iGeneration", are the first to crave and benefit from education "on demand" - or the option to choose where, when and how they want to learn.

To put it in context, the "iGeneration" has never known life without the Internet, being mobile, using avatars, IMing or choosing and watching content whether they are at home, in the car, at a football game or shopping at the mall. To reach them in their high-tech, high-touch world, many parents and educators are looking at how to rewire schools to match how the iGeneration learns.

Taking classes online is one way to give middle and high school students (and their school districts) new options to learn using preferred tools in a familiar environment, and even experience enhanced, one-on-one relationships with educators. Whether they're in need of more assistance, looking for wider range of classes or simply prefer to learn in a medium that they have grown up with, online learning can be a great way to fit your child's needs.

Students are increasingly able to take online classes in partnership with their local school districts. Schools facing budget cuts and a reduction in teachers are turning to online classes to supplement their curriculum, from offering classes for which they have no teachers, Advanced Placement® classes for students who excel, and credit recovery options for students who struggle. In fact, today there are 1 million children learning online, either part time, full time or between school terms. Additionally, more than 20 percent of schools and educational institutions around the country offer online classes today, and that number should grow by another 30 percent within a couple of years, according to industry research. (Simba Information).

KC Distance Learning (KCDL) offers online learning options to fit all types of students and learning situations.

From the home-schooled family, the student brushing up on skills to compete at the next level or the child facing challenges in traditional schools such as bullying, KCDL provides academic solutions to fit your child's needs. We welcome you to look through the website at, and then click on your state to find the KCDL online school serving your area.

Here is a demonstration where you can view the tools and technologies online students use to engage with their teachers and classmates. Click on the following link to experience how students engage with their teachers and classmates online, in a recorded session where students from around the country come together outside of class to discuss the results of the "iGeneration" survey with their teacher and hear their insights.

Also, to experience the robust curriculum offered by online learning, click on the following link - Once there, select the green button that says "view multi-media demo." When the demo loads, select media-rich curriculum to experience how online learning is effectively teaching today's iGeneration.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer with Solo Photo Contest

Solo is back this summer with their second annual Solo Online Photo Contest! And like last year, they are unveiling new must-have product just in time for summer barbecues. Solo Squared™ plates and bowls are the perfect complement to their popular Squared cup. These durable, single-use cups, plates and bowls cut down on clean-up time, which means more time for summer fun!

Speaking of fun, how does winning great prizes sound? The Solo Cup Company has launched their second annual online photo contest with a grand prize of $5,000 for the best photo featuring Solo products. You'll be able to enter your favorite photos at until August 6th. In addition to the grand prize, two $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest. By entering, you'll also have the chance to win daily and weekly prizes of gift certificates and Solo products- a great way to extend the fun of summer well into the fall!

Lilith Fair Summer Tour

Lilith Fair Summer Tour Kicks Off in Two Weeks!!

This summer marks the return of the historic all-female Lilith Fair festival! From 1997 through 1999, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world, with over 2 million fans in attendance and raising over $10 million dollars for national and local women's charities.
Click here to buy tickets.

Artists joining Sarah on the bill to include:
Colbie Caillat, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha, Norah Jones, Sugarland, Heart, Miranda Lambert, Beth Orton, Brandi Carlile, Cat Power, Chantel Kreviazuk, Corinne Bailey Rae, Emmylou Harris, Gossip, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson, Jill Scott, Loretta Lynn, Metric, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara and more!

Jun 27 Calgary, AB McMahon Stadium
Jun 28 Edmonton, AB Northlands Spectrum
Jul 1 Vancouver, BC, Canada Pitt Meadows Airport
Jul 2 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheatre
Jul 3 Seattle/George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
Jul 5 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Jul 7 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 8 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Jul 9 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Jul 10 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 12 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Jul 13 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Jul 15 Kansas City, MO Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
Jul 16 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 18 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Jul 20 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
Jul 21 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul 23 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapaeu
Jul 24 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Jul 27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Jul 28 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 30 Boston, MA Comcast Center
Jul 31 New York, NY PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 1 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
Aug 3 Washington, DC TBA
Aug 4 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug 6 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
Aug 7 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Aug 8 Atlanta, GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug 10 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Aug 11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Aug 12 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug 14 Austin, TX TBA
Aug 15 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 16 Dallas, TX Center

Sarah McLachlan's Laws of Illusion Album In Store

Grammy® award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan's long awaited new album, LAWS OF ILLUSION is in stores today!

This marks Sarah's first studio album of brand new material in 7 years. In a career spanning more than two decades, Sarah has over 20 million career sales to date and, every one of Sarah McLachlan’s studio and live albums has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA

Check out the video for Sarah's new single "Loving You Is Easy".

Buy LAWS of ILLUSION on Amazon for just $9.99.


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Friday, June 11, 2010

RaceTrac Freefill Cup

If you're always on the go with a drink in your hand, you have to check out the new RaceTrac Freefill Cup. Available for only $6.99 at your local RaceTrac location, this cool cup entitles you to FREE refills from their impressive fountain for the entire summer. From now until August 1st, you and your family can be sipping all of the refreshing drinks you love, without any additional charges!

From soft drinks to lemonade and iced tea, there is no shortage of options for mixing up your favorite beverage. If you're in the mood to play fountain drink bartender, make sure you check out the "Kamikaze Missions" promotion on Facebook. And don't forget to "like" RaceTrac on Facebook to get updates on future deals and promotions.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to Have Your Second Child First Book Review & Giveaway

As any parent of more than one child will tell you, things are much easier the second time around. In this warm and reassuring book, scores of real-life second-time parents offer first-timers their stories and lessons learned. One hundred accessible entries guide new parents through pregnancy and the first year of life, covering everything from birth plans and breast-feeding to finding a parental comfort zone. With a dose of patience and a sprinkling of humor, How to Have Your Second Child First helps first-timers navigate parenthood with the savvy and calm of moms and dads who have been there before twice.

After reading this book I wish I would have had it when I had my first child! This book is the perfect guide for any first time parent. It gave me so many laughs because it is so true!! I used to have the mentality of the first time parent and now I agree with the experienced parents tips they have in this book.

Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen are second-time parents who have learned a lot from their two energetic young daughters, Piper and Molly. A former publishing executive, Kerry is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant. Rob is an author and software developer. They are the authors of Mommy Lotto; Daddy Lotto; So, You Want to Be Canadian; and The U.S. of Eh? (all from Chronicle Books). They currently work, parent, and drink plenty of coffee in Seattle.

Thanks to Momselect for providing me with the book to review and one to give away however I would love to share my copy with a first time parent so there will be 2 books to win!!

How to enter:

1) Follow me on blogger. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
3) Tweet: How to Have Your Second Child First Book Giveaway @JoAnnaEmma #giveaway entry per tweet, unlimited)

This giveaway ends on June 29, 2010 at midnight. 2 winners will be picked by Please leave an email address. Winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good Luck!

Friday, June 4, 2010

all® Free Clear Review & Giveaway

With experience comes wisdom-ask any second-time mom. Yet, first-time moms can't help but make decisions based on what they think they should do, purchasing the latest and greatest in baby books, baby gadgets and for-baby-only products. So, how can new moms ensure they aren't overwhelmed by all of the advice on what they should and shouldn't do?

To help new moms manage, all® Free Clear is teaming up with Kerry Colburn, author of How to Have Your Second Child First, to create a forum at for first-time moms to share tips and seek out advice from other moms who have been there before. There, both first time and experienced moms can help each other save time and money, while still showering their newborn with all that it needs. The all® Facebook page will also provide money saving advice and a downloadable coupon.

all® Free Clear is the number one free clear detergent and is pediatrician and dermatologist recommended for sensitive skin. It is free of perfumes and clear of dyes, and gently lifts away tough baby stains. Importantly for new moms on a budget, all® Free Clear costs fifty percent less than Dreft®!

With all® Free Clear, mom never needs to separate baby's laundry from the rest of the family's and can still feel good about doing the best for her newborn. With all® Free Clear, mom gets the whole family's wash clean, while still caring for newborn's sensitive skin.

I personally love this detergent cause I know I am not harming my family's sensitive skin as well as remove stains.

Thanks to MomSelect and all® for sending me a full size bottle of all Free Clear to review.

MomSelect and all® want to give 2 of my readers a free bottle of all® Free Clear™

How to enter:

1) Follow me on blogger. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
3) Tweet: Win a bottle of all Free Clear ends 6/22 @JoAnnaEmma #giveaway 2 winners entry per tweet, unlimited)

This giveaway ends on June 22, 2010 at midnight. 2 winners will be picked by Please leave an email address. Winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good Luck!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hampton Hotels Chain of Friends Sweepstakes

Summer is almost here! If you haven't started planning a family Summer getaway, then now is the time to start. We know that it can be hard for a mom to plan a family getaway, especially when all of your friends and family are begging you to come and visit. This summer, Hampton Hotels is making it easier than ever to connect with your friends and family with their Chain of Friends Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will win an entire hotel for a weekend (100 rooms for two nights). 100 other lucky folks will win a free weekend stay for them and three friends. Visit for more details and your chance to enter.

If you're ready to make your travel plans now, then you should know that Hampton Hotels is launching the Great Getaway Advance Purchase promotion so you can maximize your stay and play. They're offering guests 20% off the best available rate at participating hotels when you book at least seven days in advance for stays until July 15, 2010. Visit to take advantage of this great offer.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sarah McLachlan Laws Of Illusion New Album

So excited to hear that one of my favorite artist Sarah McLachlan is finally coming out with a new album!!

Sarah will be hosting a listening party on her Facebook page the week before her album release, so become a fan on Facebook to be the first to hear her awesome new album.


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5 Must-have Fashionable Pieces to Pack for Every Weekend Trip

It's that time of year again...vacation!!! Although I won't be able to take a long vacay this year since starting my new job I know I will be taking as many mini-vacays on the weekends. As any normal woman I can't ever seem to take just one bag! But no matter how much or how little I pack I always include the 5 following pieces:


Twittermoms has a discussion page where you can find more great blogs like mine =)

Disclosure-I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Gap Outlet blogging program to be eligible to win a $20 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

One eskimO Review And Giveaway

One eskimO is a critically-acclaimed English band fronted by singer-songwriter Kristian Leontiou and includes musicians Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Jamie Sefton (bass, horns) and Adam Falkner (drums).

Simple Day
Givin Up
All Balloons
Chosen One

One eskimO will be opening for Michael Franti & Spearhead in May & June (all shows except Mountain Jam & Mile High Festival).

Tour Dates-
May 18 Orlando, FL House of Blues
May 19 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
May 22 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
May 24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
May 25 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Jun 01 Toronto, ON The Guvernment
Jun 04 Boston, MA House of Blues
Jun 05 Essex Junction, VT Camplain Valley Expo
Jun 06 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam Festival
Jun 08 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Thtr
Jun 09 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Jun 12 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
Jun 13 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
Aug 14 Denver, CO Mile High Festival

JoAnnaEmma Review- This CD was very relaxing. I popped it into the CD player at home while I destressed after a long day at work. Also put it in the car on my way home from a long day at the office no matter where you are at this will calm the nerves and help you relax!

Want to win a copy of this cd? Here is how to enter:
1) Follow my blog. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on facebook. (1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry)

Please leave your email in your comment. Winner will have 24 hrs to claim prize. Winner will be picked at Giveaway ends 6/02. Good luck

Disclosure-I received this cd to review as part of my membership in One2One. By posting a review I will be eligible to win 1 of 6 gc.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Huggies MomInspired

For those of you who haven't heard about this fantastic initiative, I am so excited to announce Huggies® MomInspired™ Grant Program. This program allows inventive moms to submit original, innovative and viable new business and product ideas designed to help make life easier for parents so that they can better enjoy everyday moments with their little ones. Until June 11th, you can visit to apply.

This program is open to moms who have an idea or already have a product/business and need additional funding to take it to the next level. Please note that the business or idea does not have to be one that fits within the Kimberly-Clark portfolio of products.This is all about helping moms nurture their business ideas and help them grow.

Disclosure: By posting this information, I am entered into a contest to win a $250 American Express gift card from MomSelect. I did not receive any compensation for this post and thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Playtex Bra Makeover

Do slipping straps, riding up backs, or not enough support have you ready to write a Dear John letter to your old bras? Apply for a Bra Makeover from Playtex! Seven out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra, which can result in an ill fit for the rest of their outfit, back and shoulder pain, as well as bruising and digging.

We know that busy moms don't always have time to update their bras or even check to make sure they are wearing the correct size. That's why we wanted to let you know about this contest from Playtex! Playtex recently launched a site where women can go to apply for a bra makeover or nominate a friend. If chosen, the winner will be flown to New York to receive a Bra Makeover with style expert Alison Deyette. Deyette is a fashion and trend lifestyle expert who has been featured on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker and TLC's Ten Years Younger, as well as in print publications including Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, and O Magazine. Apply for your chance to win a Playtex Bra Makeover today. The last day to apply is Friday, May 21st, 2010.

The 10 winners selected for a Bra Makeover will also star in their very own webisode wherein a makeover candidate will receive a fitting with Deyette and walk away with the perfect Playtex products. A new webisode will premier on every two weeks.

Disclosure:By posting this information, I am entered into a contest to win a free bra from Playtex. I did not receive any compensation for this post and thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

100 Push Up Challenge

I am excited to take the 100 Push Up Challenge! I have been in the gym for about 10 weeks now and have lost 19lbs total. My goal weightloss is to lose 50lbs so I am always looking for new ideas, routines etc to change it up so I won't hit a plateau. We are having a challenge here at work and I gotta say it is great motivation!! So far I am in the lead now I just have to keep it! I have no idea how many pushups I can do because I don't do any in any of my work outs so this will be interesting!
I hope to get the infamous Jenifer Aniston "roller coaster" arms by the time summer is here and this is a great way to achieve it!!

I am a follower and subcriber of A Wrestling Addicted Mommy. She is challenging herself to do 100 pushups. I read her post and was thinking this could be fun. So I checked out and I am joining her on the challenge. It starts today, so if you want to join hurry.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Giveaways I've Entered

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate from @MamaLungo #giveaway

Enter to win Covergirl makeup


Covergirl Face Giveaway

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Most Triumphant Outlet Shopping Story

One of my most triumphant outlet shopping experience was going to the Coach Outlet store for the very first time!

I was planning on spending at least 400 on a new purse for my Christmas present but found the exact purse I was looking for for less than half!! I was able to get my purse and have some left over for some matching shoes!! =))

This blog got started from Twitter Moms which is a great great website!!

"I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Gap Outlet blogging program to be eligible to get a $20 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Friday, April 30, 2010

Pine-Sol®'s Powerful Difference™

For 80 years, Pine-Sol® Brand Cleaner has been making a powerful difference at home by cleaning America's toughest grease and grime. Now they are encouraging women everywhere to make a powerful difference outside the home as well.

Pine-Sol®'s Powerful Difference™ program awards dozens of grants to women leading the charge for change and helps provides tools, resources and inspiration to help and encourage others to start championing and creating change in their own communities.

Since Facebook is such a powerful social networking community, Pine-Sol® has launched the Powerful Difference™ Facebook Page at, allowing fans to connect with and get inspired by other difference makers. There, you'll find an easy-to-use Facebook application which allows you to display on your Wall the five women who have made a powerful difference in your life, helping inspire others to do the same. Honor someone you know today at You can also learn more about the program and get ideas on how to take action by visiting

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I am back!!

So I know I haven't been on here in awhile since I started working again in January but I am getting back on the wagon! So much in my life has changed and all for the best! I have a great job that I love, a man that I love even more and we are finally gonna start a life together! I am so happy that we are finally taking the next step and moving in together next month! And most importantly my son loves him as well!! We will get OUR keys May 28th. This also means that I will have to watch my spending because we are trying to plan a wedding next year!! And hopefully a pregnancy shortly after =)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

“What are your top 5 New Year's resolutions for getting healthy and fit in 2010?”

Ubisoft Your shape wants to know “What are your top 5 New Year's resolutions for getting healthy and fit in 2010?” Well mine are:

1. Better eating habits.

2. Exercise on a regular basis.

3. Drinking plenty of water.

4. Taking vitamins on a daily basis.

5. Getting more sleep.

As a full time working mom I do not have much time to exercise or the desire to leave home once I am home. So I am planning on purchasing the WII and everything that will help me achieve my goal weight this year. When I found out the Ubisoft Your Shape Game was giving away 5 copies through Twitter Moms I jumped at the opportunity to win it before I was gonna buy it cause as a single mom every little bit helps.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Frigidaire "Spin & Win" Campaign

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are teaming up once again to support Save the Children's U.S. Programs, dedicated to helping children living in poverty in the United States.

Their new Spin & Win game gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your tykes - whether it's curling up with some new books, starting a craft project or taking in a family flick. They're giving away a prize every day. Plus, you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in life.

Best of all, every time you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to make time for CHANGE. Go ahead - take a spin.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cottonelle's Roll Poll

Everyone has an opinion on the right way to roll – over or under – and both points-of-view have been argued in households for ages. This January, Cottonelle brand sets out to settle this Great Debate once and for all. Are you Team Over or Team Under?

I myself am Team Over!!

If you leave a comment on this post you will be entered to win 1 of 10 Cottonelle gift baskets randomly chosen on January 29, 2010 from all entries.

Head over to Cottonelle to cast your vote.

I am writing this post to be entered in the chance to win a month supply of Cottonelle toilet paper thanks to Mom Bloggers Club!