Triple Play from OxiClean: THREE Products to Help Keep Your Laundry AND Dishes Sparkling! #MC

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for OxiClean. I received three product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Spring is coming.  It really is!  We had a bit of 40 degree weather here in Chicago and it felt like spring after our crazy below-zero temperatures.  I got into the spring cleaning mode!  It felt good to have some energy and want to … [Read more...]

What’s New At The International Home + Housewares Show #IHHS2014

I love going to the International Home + Housewares Show.  It is incredible to see all the new, fun, creative, beautiful, amazing products for your home. I am committed to juicing and having healthy smoothies.  The forces (my friend at Healthy Heyday, No Boundaries,  New Balance, runDisney, and my friend Giselle) have come together to convince me that it's time!  There were two juicers/blenders that stood out for me.  The first is the … [Read more...]

Take your home from winter to spring with the @Kmart Semi Annual Home Sale! #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own. Spring is around the corner... it must be!  Spring always makes me feel like redecorating.  Switching out the dark, heavy colors for softer, brighter warm-weather color.  It can liven up your household (and your spirit) to have a newly, decorated refreshed home. This spring the trends include "light wood finishes coming back" "blue is an … [Read more...]

Color vs Clear: The Great Christmas Tree Light Debate – Review of Balsam Hill Trees

We made the BIG switch this year from a natural Christmas tree to an artificial.  Every year when we would take out the tree and spend hours cleaning up needles and mess, we would say, "Next year, it's time!"  But then a year would pass and the memory would fade, we'd get a "real" tree again.  Well, this year we have new flooring in our family room and I didn't want to christen it with pine sap.  It's time. Although we were moving to an … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Khombu Waterproof, Warm AND Stylish Boots (US, Ends 12/30)

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST SATURDAY... * TIMING... SNOW BEGINNING THIS EARLY THIS EVENING AND LASTING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. * ACCUMULATION... TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 6 INCHES BY LATE SATURDAY MORNING. When there is a weather report like that, you need warm boots, you need Khombu.  Launched in 1969 as a waterproof brand designed for outdoor enthusiasts, the name Khombu originated from the Khombu Valley … [Read more...]

Be Ready for Holiday Guests with a Fresh, Clean Home – Arm & Hammer Ultra Power! #HolidayFresh #MC

Have you ever avoided having someone come to your house because of how clean it was?  *blush* I have to admit that I would say, "yes" to that question.  The holidays are coming up and I would like to have guests visit but I also want to make sure that my house isn't something to be embarrassed about. True Confessions:  There are times when I need to take a photo for KLY and I can't find a place that doesn't have piles o'stuff in the background … [Read more...]

Time for Planting Fall Bulbs! A Bit of Time Now and A Bounty of Blooms in the Spring!

Just a bit of time now and you can have beautiful flowers in the spring!  I've always loved seeing tulips and other spring flowers blooming, but didn't know what it involved to plant them.  When Longfield Gardens emailed me about doing a blog review, I was excited, knowing they would help me through the process.  Planting bulbs was so easy!  I'm sorry I didn't do it years ago.  I made a fun project with my daughter, so we spent an hour or two, … [Read more...]

Style and Value at OshKosh B’Gosh – Look at What I Picked Up for $100 – SEVEN Outfits! #OshKoshBgosh

OshKosh B'gosh I like getting a good bargain. And I sure did today at OshKosh B'gosh! Other people in the OshKosh B'gosh store were sharing their stories of the great deals they found.  I was truly amazed at what I was able to buy for $100.  I picked up SEVEN outfits and an extra pair of leggings!  Seriously, wow! Long Sleeve Embellished Shirt (Ballerina) and Pin Dot Skirt Striped, Sequined Tunic and Pink Dot Leggings Purple … [Read more...]

Reminder of Kindness and Understanding for Halloween

  I posted a review of the book, "What Color is Monday?" today.  It's an insightful and inspirational look at a family that includes a child diagnosed with autism.  Enthusiastic 5 stars! Thumbs Up!  Must read! … [Read more...]

Book Review: “What Color is Monday?” by Carrie Cariello

“What color do you see for Monday?” my son Jack asked as I heaved a chicken into the oven.  “What?” I said distractedly, turning from the oven to slice some potatoes at the counter.  It was late afternoon one day last fall, and I was preparing dinner and managing the demands of homework and tired toddlers.(One was in a tiara.) "What color is Monday?” he asked again, his robotic voice rising ever so slightly in irritation.  “I don’t see Monday … [Read more...]

Best Fashion Tip – FRAAS Scarf Brings Color Near Your Face, Perfect for Fall!

My favorite fashion tip is to make sure that you have color near your face.  It makes such a difference, making you look more vibrant, awake and bright.  A good way to do this in the fall is by wearing a scarf.  Scarves add a warmth and a sophistication.  It's a way to communicate that you care about how you look but at the same time you care about how you feel. This coat has a beautiful collar/neckline, but doesn't it look better with a … [Read more...]

Group Giveaway: 3 Winners $400 Total Value $200 Gift Certificate and 2 $100 Gift Certificates (US and Canada) #9thandElmIntro

It's like finding a boutique store in a seaside town, where the owner has the exact same taste as you and you love everything and anything in it. was founded by Clay and Elly Bethune in the spring of 2013 with a mission to bring it's members fabulous fashion from the best handmade and independent designers. They realized it is extremely difficult to sort through and discover handmade fashion geared towards the "fashionista". Search … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Battery – Win a Family Safety Kit from Energizer (Ends 11/2, US)

I know several people who have been impacted by a home fire.  My husband had a rental property when we first got married that burned down.  I remember getting the phone call in the middle of the night.  Thankfully, no one was home or injured in the fire.  We drove over and I was shocked by the sight.  It was the first time I had seen an active house fire and it was emotional.  I can't imagine the feelings and devastation of seeing your own home … [Read more...]

Twitter Party Alert! #ThisisStyle 10/22 8PM ET – Prizes $500 in Sears GCs! RSVP Here!

Join me at the #ThisisStyle Twitter Party!   I love looking through Fashion Blogs to find out the 2013 Fashion Trends.  I'm excited about Fall Fashion!  It's always fun when the seasons change.  Whether you are just adding a few pieces to refresh last year's wardrobe or starting from scratch, Sears can make you feel like a fashionista without breaking your budget. About six years ago, I started going regularly to Sears for my daughter's … [Read more...]

VIP: VERY IMPORTANT POST – Take Precautions with Coin Lithium Batteries (US Giveaway Ends 10/26)

I'm amazed that I have never heard a peep about this dangerous issue!  If a child swallows a Coin Lithium Battery (and they are in so many things these days!), the child can incur tissue damage in as little time as two hours.  Most things children swallow will pass without problem, through their system.  Coin Lithium batteries however, can become lodged in their esophagus and cause severe chemical burns.  When a battery gets stuck in a child's … [Read more...]

Giveaway and Review: Room Recipes – A Creative & Stylish Guide to Interior Design by Tonya Olsen (US, Ends 10/19)

About the Book: From exciting entryways to DIY dining rooms, professional interior designer Tonya Olsen has just the right recipes to make every room in your home a show stopper. Room Recipes: A Creative and Stylish Guide to Interior Design is the ultimate resource for homeowners looking to spice things up or decorate a space from scratch. Inside this guide you’ll find: eye-catching examples of beautiful, budget-friendly … [Read more...]