Dress Like a Veggie Event at Family Christian Stores

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Family Christian Stores. I was compensated with an appreciation gift card in exchange for my time and honest opinion.

Who doesn’t love Veggie Tales?? I know there have been plenty of times that I’ve walked around singing “Oh Where is My Hairbrush?”  and The Water Buffalo Song, and being silly with my kids to see who can sing the theme song the fastest. That’s why we are so excited to attend the Dress Like a Veggie Event at our local Family Christian Store next Friday October 31st!


Wear your Veggie-like costume to your local Family Christian Store and get a free goodie bag for the kids! (non-edible, so don’t worry. The goodies are allergy free!).
Take a few pictures while you’re there and post them on Twitter and Instagram tagging @Familychristian and use hashtag #FCVeggies and you can be entered to win! The grand prize winner will win a $250 gift card, and 5 runners up will receive a $50 appreciation gift card. You can buy a lot of Veggie fun with that!!

Need some Veggie Costume ideas? Check out Family Christians Pinterest page for some inspiration!

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Don’t forget to download this great high value 40% of coupon before you go!

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Stop Dish-Wasting Your Time & Skip the PreWash with Cascade Platinum

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Dinner parties can be a load of fun – and loads of dishes! When a party can go all night, you don’t want to be up all night washing dishes. That is why I’ve turned over that job to Cascade Platinum.


Anytime I bake I spend days doing it – not only because it takes forever, but because I have to let the pans soak over night so I can use them again. I didn’t realize I was causing more harm than help, so I started just loading all my baking dishes right in the dish washer. I was amazed at the results.



Cascade has given me the ability to concentrate on the fun, instead of the work! Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with their new products and coupons!

  • Nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. When in reality, breaking this habit – and skipping pre-wash – along with using Cascade Platinum, will help them achieve the ultimate clean and sparkle every time.
  • Two-thirds (65%) of survey respondents organize their dishwashers just like their closets – with everything stacked in its rightful spot.
  • Almost half (42%) of respondents have actually gone so far as to re-load the dishwasher after their family goes to bed because they did not think their family member(s) did it right the first time.
  • More than half (56%) of respondents load their dishwashers after each meal.
  • The majority of survey respondents (57%) cringe at the thought of hosting a party because of spotted wine glasses.
  • So if people stop pre-washing, how would they spend all that time they’ve saved? Almost half of those surveyed (46%) said they’d spend it shopping on line.




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Halloween Eye Safety Tips

“I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.”

As Halloween approaches, kids and adults alike are starting to decide on their costumes from wigs to shoes and everything in between. Colored/designer contacts have started to be a tradition among costumer goers,  as a authentic addition to their look. According  to the American Optometric Association’s 2013  American Eye-Q consumer survey  17% of Americans have worn decorative contact lenses that don’t provide vision correction  A lot of people do not realize that contacts – even purely cosmetic ones – require a prescription from an eye care professional.


Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.,manufacturers of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses wants to share with us reminders of how important it is to practice safe contact lens wear and care. From purchasing lenses with a prescription from a licensed eye care professional to good hygiene habits when putting in or taking out your  contacts, practicing these do’s and don’ts will prevent eye damage.


Follow these tips to make sure that you are wearing and caring for your contact lenses safely and effectively.

  • Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.
  • Put in your contact before you put your makeup on or any  costume paint
  • Remove lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort , excessive tearing, vision changes, and redness of the eye or any other problems and promptly contact your eye care professional.
  • Always remove, clean, and disinfect your lenses according to the schedule recommended by your eye doctor


  • Wear another persons lenses
  • Wear lenses longer than the time frame recommended by your eye doctor
  • Rinse your lenses in water from the tap or expose them to any water – such as swimming or showering – while wearing them
  • Use anything aside from recommended solutions by your eye doctor, such as saliva, to lubricate your lenses


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Cricket Giving You Something to Smile About

“I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Cricket Wireless. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”


Some of the most fun and entertaining times I’ve had is at concerts with my friends. Sometimes the other concert attendees are more entertaining than the entertainer themselves. Either way attending a live concert can be quite an experience…and Cricket is doing what they can to make it an experience of a  lifetime!

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Cricket Wireless has partnered with Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias to help their fans experience, create, and share something to smile about during their Fall 2014 Tour! Whether looking for a little VIP access or a chance to headline your own concert by showing off your karaoke skills, Cricket Wireless’ interactive and immersive stage provides fans the opportunity to experience and create special moments before and after the actual show. Using the #STSA (Something To Smile About) hashtag at the show, you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a VIP trip to Miami for the Latin Grammys Street Party. Cricket Wireless has also set up the opportunity for select fans to head backstage for a meet-and-greet with the performers.
Some of the great things they are offering are:

  • Cricket Stage – A 10X20 stage erected at select tour stops where fans can hop up on stage and give their best “headliner” pose. Participants can share their 360 images on their social channels via “share kiosks” around the stage. Photos will be entered into a sweepstakes where a winner and 3 guests will get a trip to the Miami Latin Grammy Street Party.
    • Participants of “The Stage” activation all receive Cricket ear buds
  • VIP Meet & Greet – A backstage VIP area will be set up backstage. Meet&Greet participants will get to meet Pitbull or Enrique and take photos on a Cricket step & repeat.
  • Selfie Station – Mirrors in the ladies room encourage fans to snap selfies and post to their social channels. They can take pictures of all the fun they are having at the concert to share with friends.
  • Ask Enrique – Fans can win a trip to the Pitbull and Enrique tour stop in Atlanta, meet Enrique in person and ask him that burning question they have.
  • Hologram Standee Billboards – Located at high-traffic spots within the activation venues, holograms of Enrique and Pitbull will create completely lifelike images of the musician for concert goes to check out!
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    Follow Cricket on Twitter & Facebook to keep up with all their great promotions!

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Halloween Fortune Cookies

This post is sponsored by Farm Rich and Sverve. #smokehousebbq
My kids love to do crafts and art projects, and I have to admit – I am not that crafty. I search Pinterest for ideas, and than usually am discouraged because the amount of steps and materials are just a bit overwhelming for me.  What I do love is when I’m able to find or come up with a craft that actually is easy. I also love when I can offer a Halloween goodie to my kids class that doesn’t include a ton of sugar and candy (which you can include in this if you wish – but you have options). These Halloween Fortune Cookies are bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike!
Materials Needed:
Glue Dots
White Card stock paper (I used 110lb weight)
Printer (for printable)
1.  Please print the following fortune cookies template (1) (1) . Allow a couple of minutes to dry (approximately 10). We want to make sure that the paper is thorough dry before cutting. This amount of time will ensure that no residual wet ink will smear or adhere to your fingers or clothes.
2.  Cut out the shapes of the fortune cookies & rectangular sayings.
3. Let’s make our fortune cookies! This is a lot more simple than what it looks. To make our “cookies”, to one of your circular cut-outs and fold in half. Do this without making a crease. You just want to make the ends of your circle meet.
4. With your one finger, push the middle of your semi-circle. Once you start doing this, you will see how the fortune cookie will automatically start forming! Before closing the cookie completely, insert one of your Halloween sayings. I use alternate colors, but you can do what you like.
5. As you can see, our ends now meet…and we have our fortune cookie! Now, to keep the cookie in this form, take a glue dot and stick it in the middle of where the cookie ends meet together. You’re done!
This will be sure to add an extra flare of Halloween air at any party! Great to fill with a piece of candy, too!
Watch for my post later this month after I visit Walmart for a Farm Rich Smokehouse taste test and take home some product to come up with an amazing recipe to share. If you are interested in participating in the taste test yourself,
call your local Walmart for details.
Oh and don’t forget to take this $1 off Farm Rich Smokehouse Product Coupon with you!


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