L’Oréal Visible Lift Blur Foundation Lets Me Pretend I’m Young #VLBlurfection

I laugh whenever I hear teenagers say “I can’t wait to grow up!” or “I can’t wait to get older!” It makes me want to grab them by the shoulders and shake them, shouting NO YOU DON’T! right into their ignorant little cherub faces.

Getting old is a total drag. I should know, because I’ve recently found myself flirting with the dreaded 4 0. I feel like every time I look into the mirror, there’s more gray hair or a new fine  line to contend with. I’ve always had great skin and never used any moisturizers…I suppose that was the beginning of my undoing! Sometimes I stand in front of the skincare line at the drugstore and feel like an alien. What is this stuff? Which one should I try? What’s the difference between all of these different brands? How the heck do I use them? Can I use a day cream and a night cream in the same day? My mom is in her 50s and still doesn’t use day or night creams, so she’s no help. Dang her and her perfect skin!

Did I mention how getting old sucks?

SheSpeaks and Loreal asked me to give the new L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation a try and write a sponsored blog post about it and quite honestly, it was a relief to have someone suggest a product for me. Re: the aforementioned confusion and lack of any knowledge about skincare products.

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I came home from Alaska feeling dried up and brittle and I swear I had a new wrinkle on the right side of my face. It was like a tiny squiggly line saying HI! I don’t know if it was really a brand new wrinkle or if my husband just replaced the light in the bathroom while I was gone and it had been there all along, making me look old without my knowledge or consent.

Wrinkles are pretty jerky like that.

Andi McDowell is way older than I am, but she always looks completely – and unfairly – amazing in the L’Oréal commercials, so I had high hopes for the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation.

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L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation is L’Oréal Paris’ first makeup with exclusive blur technology formulated to instantly blur lines and wrinkles. While erasing them completely and indefinitely would be preferable, I think that’s a little much to expect of a makeup product. Signs of aging are supposed to disappear as the Visible Lift Blur Foundation hides dark spots, large pores and smooths uneven texture so skin comes out looking smooth and flawless.

I just recently started getting dark spots on my face, so I was a little extra excited when I saw that part about dark spots! It’s such a pain to use a cover up stick on them before I put my makeup on that I usually just skip it…then regret it later. The is super easy to use, you just apply the foundation with a makeup brush or your fingertips, blending it in an outward motion. I use my fingertips because it’s easier to control the coverage that way and…I never learned how to use a foundation brush.

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L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation contains SPF 18 and is available in 12 shades. It retails for approximately $14.99 for 1.4 fl oz. and is available at mass food and drug retailers nationwide!

Find out more about L’Oréal Paris by following their social media channels!

L’Oréal Paris on Twitter @LOrealParisUSA / L’Oréal Paris on Instagram / L’Oréal Paris on Facebook

 

Why go to the Salon When You Can Ready, Set, Glow With Conair? #ConairReadySetGlow

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare Solution and the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 1875 Watt Salon Performance Motor Styling Tool for my own personal use.  All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

 

You would think with my working at home that I have all the time in the world for things like going to the salon for blowouts and spa treatments. Oh, if only that were the case! With my busy schedule, time for appointments at the salon is few and far between…and don’t even get me started on how expensive those salon appointments can get! We took Angeline to get a haircut, highlights and a blow dry in May and it cost upwards of $250! While her hair did come out looking fantastic, we just can’t afford to go around spending money on frivolous things like that. I would much rather spend that money on bills or more enjoyable things, like dinners out and travel!

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can still achieve salon-quality results without breaking the bank – or ever leaving your house! I have been using the new Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare Solution and the new Infiniti Pro by Conair® 1875 Watt Salon Performance Motor Styling Tool for the last few weeks and I am happy to report that they make a world of difference!

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The Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare Solution is an exfoliating tool to use at home for your face and body, delivering really smooth, soft skin. It is a dermatologist-tested sonic skincare solution that can actually deliver professional results! You can skip the spa facials because this tool not only keeps skin clear and prevents clogged pores and blackheads from developing, but it prepares your skin to absorb moisturizers better – and it’s gentle enough for every day use!

Features of the Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare Solution

Brush head operates at 300 oscillations per second, shaking dirt and makeup from pores without irritation
Includes two brush heads for face and body
Operates at 3 speeds
Automatic even-cleanse timer tells you to move to another area of your face every 10 seconds
Fully rechargeable (the charging stand included)
Waterproof and safe for use in the shower

The Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare Solution has undergone independent clinical testing and the results showed that even after just one use, pores were 30% less visible, redness was reduced by 30% and the surface oil was reduced to normalize skin. Now, as I’ve gotten older, the enlarged pores and red splotches on my face are two of my primary concerns. Check out my before and after photos, the difference is pretty clear!

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The beeping while I was using it was a little startling but the device is easy to use and works pretty quickly! My skin instantly felt smoother and soft, and my pores were definitely less noticeable!

You can learn more about the Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare Solution here. The Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare solution can be purchased at the majority of mass retail and drug chain stores for an average retail price $99.99, which is about half the cost of other tools like this. You can found out where to buy it here.

Now you guys know that I love my curly hair. But sometimes it’s just easier to blow my hair out, so it doesn’t end up looking like this when I travel.

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The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 1875 Watt Salon Performance Motor Styling Tool is a blow dryer with some amazing results. When I pulled it out of the package to use it for the first time, I saw that it had all of the normal settings a blow dryer has, but it also came with a little trial of Argon Oil, which I’d never used before. The combination of the styling product and the styling tool was amazing!

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The biggest difference between the Conair® 1875 Watt Salon Performance Motor Styling Tool and my old blow dryer (also a Conair, but a really old model) was that it works FAST! You can cut drying time by as much as 50% with this tool, and it reduces frizz by up to 75%!

Being a curly-haired gal in Miami (which is a very humid place), cutting my drying time in half and reducing frizz – well, it’s a game changer!

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The Infiniti Pro by Conair®  1875 Watt Salon Performance Motor Styling Tool has ceramic technology to safely dry and promote healthy hair while containing argan oil to protect, revitalize and nourish hair.

The AC motor delivers more powerful, fast, airflow for styling ease with rocker switches for heat and airflow control and guarantees up to 3x longer life.

The concentrator attachment allows for versatile, pinpoint styling, which is really important when you have long hair like mine!

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The Infiniti Pro by Conair®  1875 Watt Salon Performance Motor Styling Tool can be purchased at the majority of mass retail and drug chain stores for an average retail price $55.99, you can find out where to buy it near you here.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Conair true glow™ Sonic Skincare Solution and the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 1875 Watt Salon Performance Motor Styling Tool for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Say Goodbye to Wrinkles with Alurent 90 Second Anti-Aging Serum #Alurent90SecondBeauty

I told my friend the other day, “I feel like ever since I hit 35, I’ve had one foot in the grave.” I was only half kidding. I used to think it was crazy, the way women lied about their age and acted like their late 30s were such a big deal…I felt that way until I turned 35 and my body began to revolt against me. It’s almost as if every pore of my existence screamed out I AM GETTING OLD AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!

Drama queen much? You betcha. One look at the billion and twelve gray hairs peeking through my hair dye, slower-than-molasses metabolism and the fine lines forming at the corners of my eyes and you’d see why.

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When I was asked to try out the new skincare product that is said to help you get a smoother complexion in just 90 seconds, I was all “Yes, please!” Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum is a unique formula tightens loose and sagging skin to visibly lift as it smooths creases and tighten wrinkles and fine lines. They say that you may see and feel the difference in literally 90 seconds. Seeing as how it took 35 years for these fine lines – I just can’t wrap my head around the word “wrinkles.” It feels too definite. And depressing – I wasn’t quite sure how that would be possible.

Well, I have been using the sample they sent me for almost two weeks now and I can actually see a difference! While it doesn’t erase my lines completely, it does a good job of filling them in and smoothing them out. And it works FAST – I didn’t expect it to make a visible difference in 90 seconds but it really did!

Alurent is offering a special online shopping discount for new Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum. For a limited time, by entering the code SHOP50 at checkout, you will receive a discounted price of $50 and free shipping at www.Alurent.com!

What exactly is Alurent and How Does it Work?

Alurent Anti-Aging+ Instant Erasure Serum is a patented, new skincare product that tightens skin to visibly lift as it smoothest creases and wrinkles. It re-hydrates skin and has an instant effect, but when you use it daily, it will help your skin regain a more youthful appearance over time. It’s the ultimate in anti-aging technology that is non-surgical – and totally safe (as opposed to any cosmetic surgery, which always includes some risk!). You can also use it under your make up – think of it as the ultimate primer! There’s also a risk-free , 14 day money back guarantee.

You can learn more about the Alurent and the Alurent Anti-Aging+ Instant Erasure Serum on Alurent.com.

For a limited time, use the special shopping code SHOP50 to discount your purchase of new Alurent Anti-Aging + Instant Erasure Serum to $50 plus free shipping at http://www.alurent.com/alurent-anti-aging-instant-erasure-serum.html. This is more than a $30 savings!

I received product to review through partnership with Alurent. All the opinions included in my review are my own.

Save Big at the Friends & Family Sale at Sears #BacktoYou

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I don’t know about you, but it seemed like the summer flew by! It’s August and the back to school season is upon us again. This can be hectic for kids and parents. Parents have a laundry list of things to tackle such as enrolling their children in the proper classes, planning lunches, and making sure physicals are up to date. Kids have to leave their carefree summer days behind and get back into the school routine, making sure they have everything on their list and planning the perfect first day of school look. It’s important to approach this time of year with a gameplan to avoid adding any additional stress.

Sears understands how difficult it can be for families getting back to school and have many fantastic features to help things go smoothly as well as great sales to help us save money! From top to bottom, Sears is my trusted partner for all my back to school needs. If you haven’t done your back to school shopping at Sears yet, take advantage of the Friends and Family Sale happening online at Sears.com starting this Saturday, August 9! Thank goodness I’ll be home this weekend – Angeline and I are already planning our back to school shopping trip!

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Save Time and Money With Sears Back to School Shopping!

Take advantage of online shopping! I love the ease of being able to visit Sears.com and browse through their extensive catalog. I can shop apparel, electronics, and more! Of course, I can snag all the best deals…

Use free store pick-up. This is a feature I’m pretty infatuated with. Rather than waiting on shipping, I shop online and choose the free store pick-up option. All I have to do then is swing by my Sears store to grab my items.

Try drive-thru shopping! There’s a new feature with the Shop Your Way app that I can use to tell the store that I’ve arrived and they’ll bring my purchases right to my car! Drive thru shopping, wow!

Make the most of your rewards points! I’m a huge fan of rewards points. With Shop Your Way, I can earn points with my purchases during back to school (or any other time) and then cash them in for something on my wish list or even save them back for holiday gifts. With all of the expenses of back to school shopping, I really appreciate being able to earn a little something back! This is on top of any regular sales Sears may have, and can be used with various discount codes too!

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ShopYourWay.com allows me to connect with like minded shoppers while I research and browse products. I’ve been a member of Shop Your Way Rewards for years and I absolutely adore it! In addition to it being a fun shopping environment, you can really save a lot of money through the program, both by qualifying for special sales and discounts and earning rewards (who translate to dollars off) on your future purchases. It’s an absolute MUST if you do any shopping at Sears and KMart.

Try super cool style for under $50! for With the Seventeen Fashion Collection available at Sears, Angeline can pick her favorite styles and everything retails for under $50 – if you have teenagers, then you realize how fantastic this collection is! Sometimes I feel like I need a second job just to pay for back to school shopping, so finding an entire line under $50 makes this mom very, very happy! Angeline can choose an amazing first day of school outfit – and the rest of the week – without breaking the bank.

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I saw a Sears commercial the other day and it made me smile and nod. A girl walked through her lunch line and told the cashier to keep the change. She strutted her stuff to the table and knew she was looking good. It’s amazing how the right outfit can help you feel fantastic and more self confident, which is so important for girls during those stressful teenage years! Sears has created a series of fun web videos showcasing the confidence a new look can provide. Check out the Back to School, Back to Wah?! videos for inspiring fun!

What are you waiting for? Go check out the awesome back to school fashions at Sears and take advantage of the awesome Friends and Family sale! Is there anything in particular that your kids are asking for in anticipation of the new school year?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Sears.

Where to Buy Maleficent Toys and Other Merchandise

I attended the press junket of Maleficent as part of an all expenses paid trip with Disney. Please note that there are affiliate links throughout this post and I will earn a small commission should you make a purchase. 

 

While in LA last month for the Maleficent press junket, my group was treated to a first hand look at the official Maleficent merchandise being distributed in the Disney Store and Disney online. It was so exciting – we event got to take home a few Maleficent goodies to share with our kids…or keep all to ourselves! Disney has produced so many wonderful items to celebrate the opening of Maleficent in theaters, so I thought it would be fun to help you find out Where to Buy Maleficent Toys and Other Merchandise!

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See that Disney Maleficent bag from Subway? You can get one for free with the purchase of a kid’s meal at Subway!

There are so many different Maleficent items out, from Maleficent tee shirts for everyone in the family – yes, for mom too – to shoes, dresses and costumes designed by Stella McCartney.

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I love that Disney partenered with Stella McCartney for Maleficent clothing. Her designs are just so pretty and I am totally itching for a Maleficent costume for myself for Halloween this year!

What little girl wouldn’t want to prance around in this real life version of Aurora’s gown?

Stella McCartney Maleficent Collection clothing

Each item in the Stella McCartney line is so exquisitely designed, it’s classic Disney clothing with a couture feel. I am in love with this black dress! I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure that Angelina Jolie was wearing this black dress at our interview!

Maleficent clothing by Stella McCartney

Stella MacCartney’s Maleficent collection is available at StellaMcCartney.com, select boutiques, high-end retailers, and of course, at a few Disney Stores and DisneyStore.com. Your best bet is to look online at StellaMcCartney.com and DisneyStore.com for the best selection of all things Aurora and Maleficent. 

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While the Stella McCartney Maleficent Collection is a bit pricey, there are plenty of average price Maleficent items too! They DisneyStore has clothing for boys and girls, as well as women, toys and other household items, like coffee mugs, journals, etc. I expect the Disney Store to fill up with more Maleficent stuff since the movie is doing so well at the box office!

The toys being released in conjunction with Maleficent are so funl! There are film dolls for both Maleficent and Aurora, and they are so true to the characters in the movie!

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Now, I don’t usually buy character clothing for myself and Angeline but I am a die hard Disney collector when it comes to figurines, snow globes and other trinkets.

Check out this awesome Maleficent figurine, jewelry box and clock!

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I was lucky enough to receive a Maleficent coffee mug in my gift bag, and I am dying to get my hands on that Maleficent figurine and clock. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the Disney Store has a Maleficent snow globe in the works…I would totally buy it if they do!

Do you have any tips on where to buy Maleficent toys and other merchandise?

Father’s Day Gift Guide – It’s All About the Coffee!

Mother’s Day came and went, and I don’t know about you, but I had a fabulous day! I did absolutely nothing, just lazed around the house in my pajamas while Chris and Angeline took care of everything and spoiled me. It was heaven! With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for dad – it’s only fair, ladies! When it comes to my Father’s Day Gift Guide – it’s all about the coffee! Keurig reached out to me and offered to sponsor a fun Father’s Day Gift Guide for you guys, and being the coffee-lover that I am, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to not only introduce you to the Keurig RIVO, which is a great gift option for dads, but the Keurig MINI brewer for graduates too!

The Keurig Rivo brewing system is named after the Italian word for revolutionary, and retails for about $299. The Keurig RIVO allows you to brew espresso and froth any type of fresh milk with the simple touch of a button. Just add Lavazza espresso and you can impress dad with all the cappuccinos and lattes his heart desires on Father’s Day…without making a run to the coffee shop!

Keurig RIVO Brewing System

Of course, I know that not all dads are cappuccino and latte addicts. For the regular coffee connoisseurs, there’s the Keurig Elite brewing system, which sells for about $119. It brews hot or cold beverages in under a minute and is now available in colors like Patriot Blue, Coconut White, Rhubarb Red and Midnight Black!
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Don’t forget to buy dad a starter pack of his favorite coffee while you’re at it! Keurig.com has tons of flavor options, but you can also find plenty at your local grocery store or mass market retailer. 

Both my niece and my best friend’s daughter graduated high school last week. Between the tears over accepting that those sweet little girls are growing up and the sudden realization that Angeline isn’t too far behind them, I realized oh yeah, I need to get them graduation gifts…what does one get a high school graduate – besides cold hard cash? With kids graduation high school and preparing for their first year on their own at college, I can’t think of a better gift than a Keurig Mini Plus Brewer!

Keurig Mini Plus Brewer

The Keurig MINI Plus brewer retails for just $99 and delivers the perfect beverage (hot or cold) in under two minutes at the touch of a button! The Keurig Mini is a great gift for grads because it delivered the same convenience of a regular Keurig without taking up too much space in those notoriously small dorm rooms!

The MINI comes in lots of fun colors like Radiant Orchid (Pantone’s color of the year), Poinciana and Bayberry, as well as select college decals! You know, for those students who really want to show their school spirit!

Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System in School Colors

Do you own a Keurig yet? If not…I’m sure dad won’t mind you using his brand new Father’s Day gift to make yourself a cup of coffee too! I also suggest signing up for the Keurig email list – they always send out great promotions on K-cups so that you can keep your coffee station well-stocked!

Get a Clean Bum & Save Money with a CVS Cottonelle Coupon

 This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their fresh care flushable cleansing cloths is all my own!

Angeline often pokes fun at me because I get grossed out by talk of farting and pooping and don’t even get me started on her burping. Yes, I realize that everyone does it – but that doesn’t mean that we have to do it in public or talk about it! Ew! So to write an entire blog post about our bathroom routines, having a clean bum and all that entails, well, you can imagine that she is never going to let me live this down. But seriously, guys, we have been fans of cleansing cloths ever since we started teaching Angeline to wipe herself way back when they were first invented. We still use them today and I can’t even imagine our lives without them.

While I was growing up, my dad was one of those that liked to hold his kids down and fart on them.

I know. It was incredibly traumatic. And gross. Did I mention the gross part?

I think his boyish behavior was all in good fun, but I never got the joke. It made me extremely sensitive to bathroom humor and I get grossed out very easily. But…I have to tell you guys, Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper are a must have in your bathroom.

And now I will ignore my gag reflex and tell you why:

DIRTY BUMS ARE SO GROSS!

I heard someone say once that you are never too poor to buy good toilet paper. I think it’s true. Sure, the good stuff like Cottonelle® Clean Care toilet paper might cost a little more than the store brand, but it’s worth it. It is SO worth it! Have you ever had a kid come to you crying because they were wiping their bum and the toilet paper fell apart?

This is not a situation you want to live through, believe me. Been there, done that, threw up twice.

I love knowing that when we walk out of the bathroom, we are clean. Clean bums are highly underrated in my opinion. Especially in a tropical climate like Miami, where the heat and humidity are just really setting in…this is as gross as I am going to get here, but let me tell you that you can tell who hasn’t done a good job wiping their bum when you’re standing in line at the fruit and vegetable stand in 95 degree weather.

Don’t be that person.

Head to CVS and use this $1.50 coupon to buy yourself some Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper and get a clean bum. Your entire family – nay, everyone you meet this summer – will thank you for it!

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Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology™, so they are flushable, and they break up after flushing, so they’re completely safe for your septic tank or city sewer systems. They’re also alcohol-free and nice and comfy for the whole family to use!

This awesome $1.50 coupon is exclusive to CVS stores and can only be redeemed at CVS! I suggest signing up for a CVS Rewards card if you don’t already, as once you start shopping at CVS for your Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper, you will realize that CVS offers lots of great products at great prices, and you can take those savings even farther with a CVS Rewards membership!

You can download the coupon by clicking on the “Get Coupon” button on the CVS page here.

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Experience the NEW Oprah Chai Tea with a $250 Teavana GC #Giveaway!

This guest post brought to you by my Mom. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are her own!

I recently went to Teavana store in our local The Falls Shopping Center to taste the new Oprah Chai Tea at Teavana and do a little shopping with a gift card provided to me. I have always enjoyed drinking a cup of hot tea! Truth be told, a whole pot of hot tea would suit me just fine! My mom introduced me to the art of drinking hot tea when I was just a young child. She would put her loose leaf tea in one of those vintage glass carafes and fill it full of hot water. After the leaves settled to the bottom and the water darkened, she would pour us a cup, of course my cup needed about 4 teaspoons of sugar! If you were impatient and poured too soon then you would get a mouthful of tea leaves.

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea

I love to try a variety of tea flavors, so when Oprah’s Chai Tea debuted at our Teavana tea store in The Falls Shopping center last week, I was the first one in line to be able to sample a fresh cup from the brewing station!

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea

I loved the flavors that were contained in the little sample cup! All of the ingredients (including black pepper) blended together so well. The rich, bold and somewhat spicy flavors of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves took me back to those special cups of tea that I enjoyed with my mom over the years since childhood.

I purchased a nice airtight canister along with the Oprah Chai Tea, as the tea specialist explained how the canister would hold in the freshness of the tea for up to a whole year!

I also purchased a lovely Cherry Blossom cast iron tea pot with the trivet, matching saucers, and color coordinated cups.

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea

Teavana is also having an in-store Mother’s Day tea celebration on May 11th. If you are local to Miami, I hope that you will come out and attend from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Falls Mall in Miami.

The event will feature a tea tasting including the new Oprah Chai and attendees will receive a free gift!

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea

Of course, shopping is more fun with a gift card! You can enter to win a $250 Teavana Gift Card to stock up on Oprah Chai Tea right here!

This giveaway is open to US residents and ends at 11:59 PM May 14th. Good luck!

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Join the #AintMomGrand Mother’s Day Twitter Party 5/8 1PM EST

This is part of a sponsored campaign with ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

This weekend is Mother’s Day! It’s a day to celebrate moms and all that they do for their children and families. How will YOU be honoring moms this Sunday? Flowers and sweets are traditionally one of the most popular gifts for Mother’s Day, which is why we love Shari’s Berries and ProFlowers! According to the National Retail Federation Mother’s Day survey, two-thirds of those celebrating Mother’s Day this year will buy mom flowers. Shari’s Berries will dip more than 6 million strawberries for Mother’s Day alone. Both Shari’s Berries and ProFlowers are making it easy to celebrate mom’s this weekend by offering Sunday delivery!

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Join Us for the #AintMomGrand Mother’s Day Twitter Party!

Come join ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, @StacieInAtlanta, and @JollyMom on Thursday, May 8th from 1-2 pm ET to celebrate Mother’s Day. Along with the perfect gift ideas, we’ll be sharing our favorite mom memories and all of the reasons that moms are grand! Of course, there will be lots of beautiful and delicious surprises for those who attend!

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In the meantime, make sure to Tweet a picture of your mom using the #AintMomGrand hashtag. Your picture could be featured on the AintMomGrand.com website!

And, enter the Shari’s Berries and ProFlowers Ain’t Mom Grand Facebook Sweepstakes! Enter to win Shari’s Berries Dozen Mother’s Day Berries and 3 Cake Pops HERE or a Deluxe All the Frills Bouquet from ProFlowers HERE.

Twitter Party Details
What: #AintMomGrand Mother’s Day Twitter Party
When: Thursday, May 8th from 1-2 p.m. EST (12 CT & 10 a.m. PT)
Where: Twitter
Who To Follow:
Brand: @ProFlowers @SharisBerries
Co-Hosts: @JollyMom @StacieInAtlanta
Blogger Panelists: @therebelchick @crissy @LkWhtMomFound @simplystacienet @brettbmartin
Rules: For the Official Rules for ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries.
For additional Mother’s Day inspiration, visit the Celebrating Our Love For Moms Pinterest Board!

Follow ProFlowers’s board Celebrating our Love for Moms on Pinterest.

Join the #Love2Love4Mom Twitter Party 5/7 1PM EST

This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are my own.

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I, along with two other fabulous ladies, want to invite you to chat about gifts for the special women in your life.  Join us for a Twitter Party on May 7th from 1-2 pm ET! We’ll be chatting about how the love 2 love collection available at Walmart makes the perfect affordable gift for every woman in your life! We’ll be giving away (6) Walmart Gift Cards!  We’ll also be chatting about this special Fly-Away Sweepstakes where you can enter to win a date-cation for two to Hawaii!

It can be so difficult to buy the right gift for our moms, can you imagine what our spouses and children go through trying to select the right gift for us? I vote that moms everywhere make Mother’s Day shopping easy and ask for a new scent from the Love2Love collection! 

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Join me at the #Love2Love4Mom Twitter Party!

DATE:  Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TIME:  1 -2 pm ET

HASHTAG: #Love2Love4Mom

PRIZES:   (6) $50 Walmart gift cards

HOST: @DawnChats

CO-HOSTS: @SweepTight & @TheRebelChick

TWEET TO SHARE:

Please help me spread the word about this fun party!

PARTY RULES:

Open to US residents, 18+. You must RSVP and be active during the one hour chat using the hashtag #Love2Love4Mom  to be eligible to win. The winner will be chosen randomly from active participants. Please note that this sweepstakes is not affiliated with Twitter in any way.

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#love2love twitter party 5/7 1 PM EST

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Every Pet Owner Needs a Neato XV Essential #NeatoXVEssential

With three long-haired dogs and now four cats in our home, vacuuming, sweeping and dusting is a daily requirement. You would think that with me working from home, I have all the time in the world to clean the house, but that’s just not the case. There are days when I wake up and have to make the decision; am I going to work today, or clean the house? Lunchbox asked to send me a Neato XV Essential bagless vacuum by Neato Robotics and as I looked around at the dust bunnies gathering in the corners of the living room, I replied with a very excited YES!

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Foxy was also very excited…probably because she’s a little tired of hearing me complain about all of the fur and dander she sheds on a daily basis. Foxy is our ten year old Alaskan Malamute and she’s a total sweetheart, but she requires A LOT of maintenance.

Even when I brush her several times a week, she sheds daily and if I don’t vacuum or sweep up her fur and dander, it spreads all over the house, settling on the furniture, coffee tables and shelves too. Then I have the added task of dusting on top of vacuuming!

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You see, we have all wood laminate flooring in our home, and fur and dander are a lot more obvious on wood laminate flooring than it does on carpet. If I don’t take care of the floors every day, it’s obvious. And embarrassing!

We used to have a robotic vacuum that I used on a daily basis, but during our home remodel a few years ago, parts of it went missing. Life has not been the same without it! One of the reasons I’ve been so excited to try the new Neato XV Essential Robotic Vacuum available at Walmart is that unlike my previous robotic vacuum, the Neato XV Essential is the BEST for picking up pet hair – which is exactly what I need!

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Neato XV Essential Bagless Vacuum Features

Advanced Laser Guided Navigation
This means that your Neato XV Essential moves automatically from room to room, cleaning close to edges, in corners, and carefully around furniture without any assistance from you! It knows exactly where to go so that you can turn it on and let it do its job!
Smart Sensor Technology
The Smart Sensor Technology automatically detects and avoids stairs, and doesn’t bump into furniture like other robots do. As we previously used a different brand of robotic vacuum, I can tell you that this is super helpful – we were pretty tired of scuff marks on our furniture from our old vacuum!
No Other Robot is This Smart!
The Neato XV Essential returns to the charge base and resumes where it left off. The Control Center lets you easily schedule daily cleanings, spot clean, or just push a button for instant cleaning. And since it’s the only robot that you can upgrade as new features become available, your smart robot can get even smarter!
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So what about the actual vacuum capabilities? The Neato XV Essential available at Walmart has the strongest suction available in a robot vacuum, and the blade brush cleans all floor types, but it does offer superior cleaning performance on carpet, so you can rest easy if you do have carpet in your home. It also moves seamlessly from one floor type to another and is smart enough to handle rugs too!

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Neato’s unique square front and low profile design keeps it close to corners and walls for maximum pick-up of dirt, dust, and debris – all without sacrificing suction power. It has a large, bagless dirt bin, making it easy-to-use and environmentally friendly.

The Neato XV Essential has patented Neato BotVision™ that scans and maps the rooms in your home, plans and methodologically cleans instead of just pushing the dirt around. It is a real vacuum, not just a sweeper, so you can be confident that it will actually suction up the dirt, dust and pet hair just like a normal household vacuum. With the one year warranty included, you really can’t go wrong with the Neato XV Essential!

Life – and maintaining a clean home – has never been easier. Now if only Neato would come up with a robotic dog-brusher…

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Even CNET agrees that Neato is the best robotic vacuum for homes with pets!

The Neato XV Essential is available at Walmart and Walmart.com for just $299 right now on RollBack! Walmart is currently even offering free shipping or free ship-to-store service.

Or…you can enter to win your very own Neato XV Essential right here!

Entering is simple, just retweet this Tweet to be entered to win!

Win a $500 Shopping Spree in the Havertys Pin it To Win It Contest

I love daydreaming about redecorating the entire house with new furniture. Especially after moving Angeline into my old office and inheriting her bigger bedroom – I sit down to work in the morning and feel like my office is just so blah. Then I walk into the living room and sit down on the same sofa we have had for six years and it just has that “same old, same old” feeling…It is a shame I don’t have the budget to indulge in all of the stylish and jaw dropping options at Havertys that have caught my eye, but if luck is on my side I might be fortunate enough to win a $500 Shopping Spree in the Havertys Pin it To Win It Contest!

This is a fantastic contest that is as easy as it is fun. Let me tell you a little bit more about how you can enter for your chance to win a $500 Shopping Spree in the Havertys Spring Refresh Pin It To Win It contest so that you can see how easy it really is!
First, follow Havertys on Pinterest, then create a board and title it “Havertys Spring Refresh.”
Add at least 5 pins from the Havertys site. You can add as many pins as you like to your board and you can pin anything that inspires your home decor in addition to your 5 pins from Havertys. Be creative and have fun – I know that I sure did!
As you are pinning, make sure to add #HavertysRefresh to your pins.
Double your chances of winning by simply Tweeting a link with the hashtag #HavertysRefresh from their contest board or one of the pins.

You can check out my Havertys Spring Refresh Pinterest Board to get a feel for the contest. Then hop over to the Havertys site and start browsing and pinning! I am crossing my fingers for you to win, in the event that my board isn’t selected, of course {wink}.

Follow Jennifer’s board Havertys Spring Refresh on Pinterest.

I would love to hear from you! After you create your board, drop back by and leave me a comment with a link to your board, I would love to stop by and scope out the competition and see what inspires your home decor!

Happy Pinning!

Want a chance to win a $500 Havertys Gift Card? Click here to learn how to enter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

Shopping Just Got Easier with Shop Your Way Get Advice

This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger and all opinions are my own.

By now you are all probably members of the Shop Your Way Rewards program at Sears and Kmart. If you aren’t what are you waiting for?! Go sign up ASAP for your free account on ShopYourWay.com. It is a great program that allows you to earn additional discounts at Sears and Kmart, as well as earn rewards on your purchases there. I have been a member for years and I can tell you firsthand that the savings really add up!

In addition to the already fantastic Shop Your Way Rewards program, there is now an added benefit: Get Advice! You can tap into Get Advice on shopyourway.com or your Shop Your Way mobile app to directly connect quickly with your local store or favorite associate right from the palm of your hand! I know that I am always looking for mobile-friendly shopping assistance, and I can’t be the only one who could make use of this great service!

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Get Advice allows you to communicate directly with your favorite expert associate at your nearest Sears store through the Shop Your Way mobile app or on shopyourway.com. You can use the Get Advice feature to ask questions about any product or service; it’s a valuable resource when looking for the best Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts to getting help with that new fridge you just bought!

Get this, you can even share photos and the associate will directly respond with answers to your service or product questions!

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The Shop Your Way Get Advice service is available in more than 400 Sears stores nationwide.

How to Use Shop Your Way Get Advice

Sign in to your Shop Your Way account via shopyourway.com or the mobile app
Choose the Get Advice app
Select your local store
Choose the store department best suited to answer your question
Choose your store associate
Text/Message/Request a call from your store associate
Store associate will respond to your inquiry

Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it?

Find out more about the Shop Your Way Get Advice by following along with Sears and Shop Your Way on Facebook, as well as @Sears and @ShopYourWay on Twitter!

You can also follow Sears and Shop Your Way on YouTube!