Back to School Victory with BOGO + 15% off at Famous Footwear

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FF-BiggestVictory-GIF_300x250(1).jpgEvery mom knows that a back-to-school outfit is not complete without the right pair of shoes. At Famous Footwear, they are having their annual Back to School Buy One Get One 50% off + 15% off. If you have joined their FREE Rewards program, that additional 15% is bumped up to 20% off on top of the BOGO deal. 

With all of the outfits and styles for the kids this year, Famous Footwear is a great place to get a variety of styles in a one-stop shop. This sweet deal makes it even better. One thing I do like about their service is that if they don't have the shoe you want in the store, they will order it for you and ship it to your home! So, you are guaranteed to find the right styles no matter what. And if you prefer to just do all your back-to-school shopping online, at you can have your shoes shipped to the nearest store for free! 

Be sure to print the coupon and redeem it in stores between 8/2-8/18. BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon

What was this about extra savings for joining the free Rewards Program? Well, by joining you get other benefits too, like earning 1 point for every $1 you spend in-store and online. Accumulating points qualifies you for certificates up to $100/year. Plus, you get a discount for signing up and insider information and perks by being a member of the Reward Program. It is worth checking out! Don't forget about 20% off (instead of 15%) for back-to-school.



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Make Something #AstroBright Contest

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I am a sucker for crafts and fun projects with my little ones. I also love creating flyers and handouts for my business and the Parent Board at my kids school. So, bright colored paper at my house doesn't last long. We are always printing something, or cutting it up for the next craft project. 

AstroBrights papers comes in 23 bright colors that make it a perfect supply to keep on hand for our next crafty moment. Or with all the bright color options, I can be sure that my business flyers and parent announcements stand out from the others. Its all about standing out from the crowd and getting noticed.

If you are crafty, check out Astrobrights' fun contest "Make Something Astrobright" challenge. You can win prizes and Astrobrights paper! Share you videos and pictures of your projects to win. Just be sure the use hashtag #GoAstrobrights when you are sharing your crafts on Twitter & Pinterest. That is a fun end of summer project for you and your little ones!

And don't forget about PTA flyers for back-to-school. Astrobright paper will definitely get your events and meetings noticed! And to celebrate back-to-school, Astrobright is supporting local elementary schools in their "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes. You can enter to win your school of choice $30,000 from AstroBrights. Visit AstroBrights papers on Facebook to learn more!

Need inspiration to get started? Check out these 5 Pinboards on Pinterest, dedicated to paper crafts.








What crafts ideas do you like to do with your kids?


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#EclosBeauty for Anti-Aging- Product Overview

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Eclos_StarterKit.jpg There is a new skin care on the market. Its called éclos Skin Care. It is a plant-based beauty system that features Apple Stem Cells extracted from rare Swiss apples which have shown tremendous ability to stimulate skin cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin. Plant extracts, vitamins, and anti-oxidants combine with the Apple Stem Cell technology to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and tired skin. eclos is the only beauty line to bring this active ingredient to mainstream stores at a fraction of the cost of the high end department stores who care costly similar products. 

Each kit from eclos, includes the following items for a full beauty experience:

  • Facial Cleanser Face Prep: Plant Stem Cell technology begins with deep cleansing. This gentle formula lifts away makeup and daily debris while PhytoPlex24™ botanicals balance the skin’s pH level. Skin’s ready to re-energize!
  • Cellular Activator Face SerumPlant Stem Cell technology in this lightweight liquid awakens dormant skin cells, making them behave like young skin cells. Unique PhytoPlex™ plant extracts help visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Skin quickly becomes smoother, softer, more youthful looking.
  • Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream: The latest in Plant Stem Cell technology helps protect skin’s ability to renew itself. The result? Sagging skin tightens. Wrinkles are postponed. Combined with PhytoPlex24™ anti-oxidants for the ultimate in aging defense.
  • Restorative Eye Cream: The eye area shows the first signs of aging. Scientists now believe that Plant Stem Cells can reinvigorate skin stem cells, tightening and dramatically reducing the appearance of fine lines. Potent plant extracts in PhytoPlex24™ quickly hydrate to further smooth and firm.
  • Instant Radiance Facial Scrub: Gentle microdermabrasion refines skin’s surface texture. Plant Stem Cells invigorate skin stem cells to smooth fine lines and help delay signs of aging. Natural nutrients found in PhytoPlex24™ restore and maintain skin’s youthful pH balance.
  • Skin Renewal Clay Mask: Kaolin Clay and plant-based PhytoPlex24™ help detoxify skin. Plant Stem Cell technology helps reverse signs of aging and maintain skin’s natural resilience. Used with the eclos™ regimen, skin can look up to 15 years younger.
  • éclos Terry Cloth Head Band 

Plus, they don't use any parabens, synthetic fragrances or dyes, petro-chemicals, or sulfates, which is a reassuring point in today's world of corporate companies cutting corners with the quality of our personal products. While I didn't get a chance to try eclos myself, it may be worth checking out at your local Ulta store. 

Are you attracted to naturally derived beauty products? What are some of your favorites?

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Chili's #CoronaRita - Perfect for Summer

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How many times per week do you and your family eat out at restaurants? For us, its not very often, especially since having kids. Most restaurants are too pricey or just don't have a kid friendly menu or atmosphere. So, when we do make it to a restaurant for lunch or dinner, its got to be kid friendly, affordable, and have a great atmosphere (for both adults and kids). Very few places offer all of those elements in one location.

Google Image Result for http___www.findthatlogo.com_wp-content_uploads_2011_07_chili-large-logo.jpg.jpgOne of our continued favorites is Chili's. It has something for everyone on the menu. They kids' menu offers healthy choices such as grilled chicken and broccoli in addition to a great variety for my two distinctly different little ones. For my husband their beer selection pairs perfectly with his fajitas or ribs. And I am always torn between the Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadillas or the Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers.

Aside from a great family friendly restaurant, my husband and I like to get away to a low-key place where we can enjoy each other without the kids. The CoronaRita at Chili's are perfect for our date nights out. This is their signature margarita spiked with Corona. I know it is going to taste awesome along with my Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadilla. :) We know we love the atmosphere and the margarita's are always amazing. Who can resist Corona and margarita's. This is the perfect cool down drink for summer, and Chili's is introducing it just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

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Chili's is perfect for any of our family's occassion. Have you eaten at Chili's recently? What is your favorite thing to order? What do you think about the CoronaRita at Chili's?

“You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages and as always, please remember to drink responsibly”

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Organic Gardening with Whitney Farms

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As you can probably tell by a recent post on spring time gardening...I love it! We started our patio herb garden about a month ago. One of the most important parts to any garden is the soil. The type of soil, the nutrients in the soil, and any additives that may effect your crop. Whitney Farms organic soil is just what my herb garden needs to produce heathly bountiful herbs without the worry of chemicals. Growing the safest and healthiest crop from our gardens is important to me and my family.

Whitney-Farms-Logo_Banner_New_C.jpg (6 documents, 6 total pages) Gardening naturally is important. Whitney Farms® has 25+ years of leading gardening experience and has improved their products to have:

-low to no dust
-no manure odor
-easy to apply
-Contains beneficial microbes
-Specially designed protein-based blends provide your plants with both macro and micronutrients they need to grow and thrive.

109103_1.jpg (6 documents, 6 total pages)Along with Whitney Farms® organic soil, they also have organic plant food and organic tomato and vegetable food. What is more perfect going into summer than having an amazing vegetable garden with sweet juicy tomatos that are organic?

Time to get planting. Be sure to check out Whitney Farms® for a $3 coupon!

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Parent & Teacher Communication Made Easier

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of StartSomeGood. All opinions are 100% mine.

Okay, so my background is in education. I actually taught high school in Fayetteville. One thing I could always remember was trying to reach out to the parents of my students so they knew what was going on in class. As an educator, parental involvement is key to have a smooth year with your students. It seems as kids get older more parents stop staying as involved. Often it feels as if you are left alone with the students without the help of the parents to further their children's education.

Now as my daughter approaches her pre-K year, I am actively involved with her class and constantly asking the teachers for feedback about her day, her lessons, progress, etc. I hate being THAT parent, but she is my daughter and I want to make sure they know there is open communication in case there is ever a need from me. I never know how much of a bug I am being when I am always asking. Sometimes though it would be nice to have an effective way to get meaningful feedback from our teachers without bugging them constantly.

So, imagine my intrigue when I read about Dash -- an iPhone app (Android app coming soon) designed for teachers to track meaningful contact with their students' parents. Dash has already raised over $3,000 on StartSomeGood -- a crowdsourcing site where you can go support your favorite cause, product, or campaign to help bring amazing ideas and businesses to reality. Check out Dash's Launch here to learn more about the app and how you can support it.  Launch Dash

Stop by and check out Dash. How easy is it for you to talk to your ked's teachers? Would you benefit from an app like this?



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Spring is in Bloom with Miracle-Gro Expand 'n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix

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I love the spring time! Warm weather. Longer days. And the annual ritual of planting my flowers and herbs. An herb garden is my all time favorite to plan each year. So, this weekend we hit up the local store for some pots, soil, and herbs to get our garden started. Just before this annually anticipated trip, I learned of a new project from Miracle Gro, Its called Expand ‘n Gro™.
EnG Product Shot.pngExpand ‘n Gro™ is a concentrated planting mix that touts 3x more flowers and vegetables than native soil. It is combines both plant food with a coconut coir fiber. Expand ‘n Gro™ works by locking in more moisture than your basic potting soils using absorbent coir fibers to ensure the water is used efficiently. The plant food in Expand ‘n Gro™ helps to feed your plants up to 6 months! When tilling this mix into your native soil, it can help by creating more air space. The result is more workable native soil with better water holding ability. So, it can really be used for your potted plants or in your garden to improve your native soil.
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So for me, I am going to try Expand ‘n Gro™ in my herb garden this year to produce a more bountiful herb crop this year for some of my husband's favorite recipes. And when I get my annual flower potted later this season, I will be sure to use Expand ‘n Gro™ to keep them happy, healthy, beautiful, and watered throughout the spring and summer seasons.

Do you want to try Expand ‘n Gro™? Comment below with your favorite spring time gardening tip and check out their website to learn how you can get a free sample and coupons.

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4-Day Sale from Sprint

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I am coming up on a phone upgrade with my Sprint contract. This is a very tempting time. Over the last 2 years I have come to love my little Palm Pixi phone. It has served well as my very first smartphone. I know I may be a little behind the curve here, but as long as my phone works and can connect me to the outside world, I'm good! So, as I approach this upgrade period, my research begins.

Sure enough, along comes this 4-day sale from Sprint. From now until 2/8/2012 you can choose between the following 2 offers. 

  • Nexus S™ 4G for FREE with a new line of service or add to your account. Facebook_Nexus.JPG


  • HTC EVO™ 3D for only $49.99 when you open a new line or add an account. Facebook_EVO 3D.jpg

**The activation fee for new lines of service and free shipping on

These seem like pretty good deals from what I have seen online doing my research. I definitely haven't seen anything that is legit offering a better deal. Now the question is which one do I choose?

My husband has the HTC EVO 4G and loves it! I have had fun playing on it. But the Nexus S 4G seems intriguing. Of course, I don't plan on opening a new line, so I will compare my resources for purchasing one of these phones as an upgrade.

Which would phone would you choose? Why?


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Walgreens Family Membership

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

So, I previously wrote about the situation between Express Scripts and Walgreens. Its the kind of health insurance bureaucratic B.S. that most consumers get frustrated with as corporate giants leverage themselves against each other causing the consumer to ultimately lose out. Perhaps I didn't have much weight in the situation since I hadn't been using Walgreens as my primary pharmacy. Yes, I stopped in to develop pictures or pick up an emergency box of feminine products. But, I hadn't filled a prescription in there in years. The true reason? Well, convenience! There was a pharmacy closer that offered the same stuff. And thankfully me and my family are fairly healthy.

Nonetheless, we chose the closer pharmacy and that became 'our' pharmacy. More interesting is that most American families tend to be loyal to a particular pharmacy whether for convenience, habit, or insurance coverage. Walgreens has figured this loyalty out. Now they are attracting new loyal customers and offering additional incentives to their current loyal customers. Its their Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens

Families can purchase the Savings Club for only $35 a year and get extra discounts and savings on over 8,000 name brand and all generic medications. Saving money-especially on health care related needs-is really important for most families. Additionally you can fill prescriptions for your pet, get a discount on the flu shot, and get a discount on diabetic supplies. Or an individual membership is only $20 per year!

What are your thoughts on a savings club like Walgreens is offering? Will you sign up?

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Walgreens and Express Scripts-Another Shake Up in American Health Coverage

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.



Okay, this is an issue that I recently just heard on NPR the other night while driving to pick up my kids. I found the whole story to be quite interesting as the health care industry continues to put its profits ahead of customer care. So, let’s look at this big shake up in prescription drug coverage. First, we need to define the major players—1. Walgreens, 2. Express Scripts, and 3. Valued consumer with active health insurance coverage. I think 1. & 3. are pretty clear cut. Most of us at least recognize the Walgreens name. They are the largest pharmacy chain in the nation. And YOU are the valued consumer.

But who is Express Scripts? Express Scripts, a middleman pharmaceutical health care service who has partnered with some major health insurance companies to offer discounts on prescription medications through their ‘in-network’ pharmacies. You can find out if Express Scripts handles your prescription drug coverage by looking at the back of your health insurance card. If it says Express Scripts, then this story make affect you.

So, what is the deal? Well on December 31, 2011, the contract between Walgreens & Express Scripts expired with no new contract terms agreed upon between the 2 parties. Effective January 1, 2012, Walgreens is no longer considered an ‘in-network’ pharmacy for consumers with Express Scripts coverage. This means that anyone with Express Scripts coverage that uses Walgreens as their regular pharmacy will be forced to move pharmacies to take advantage of the ‘in-network’ discounts. (To learn the details about why this happened, check out the press release Walgreens and Express Scripts.) Depending on where you fall on this issue will depend on how you feel about switching pharmacies. But there are millions of consumers who rely on their prescriptions every month to live their daily lives. So, this could be a major upset to their lifestyle by forcing them to go further to get their meds and having to start a new relationship with a new pharmacist.

This issue is also affecting our military families. One of Express Scripts clients is Tricare, the health and prescription program for America’s military. During negotiations, Walgreens offered to negotiate a separate contract for the Tricare coverage with additional benefits to the military. Express Scripts refused those negotiations leaving military families in the same boat as consumers in the middle and forced to switch pharmacies.

While change is uncomfortable for most people and many insured consumers are having issue with these types of changes. Walgreens is not giving up the 90million consumers covered by Express Scripts without a fight. Walgreens is launching their own Prescription Savings Club. Individuals can join during their January promotion for only $5 or a family for $10. They will receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications, including 90-day supply of generic when available. To learn more about this program, click here Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens.

For those upset about this health care shake up, Walgreens is encouraging people to speak up and contact their local media. To stay up-to-date on this topic, connect with Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook.

How does this affect your family? What are your thoughts on the bureaucratic contracting disputes that are affecting the lives of Americans nationwide?

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