Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Phillips 66: There is No Place Like Home

This is a sponsored post by Phillips 66

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” These
words are spoken and often repeated by Dorothy Gale in L. Frank Baum’s masterpiece, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” They are essentially the words of someone who wants a homecoming. Dorothy Gale epitomizes the quintessential Midwesterner. She is from Grey, Kansas, and although she goes to the most exotic land imaginable, she wants to go home to Kansas!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Avoid The Oops at Walmart: Prepping For Summer House Guests

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart.

No one likes that sinking feeling when you reach for something only to realize it's gone!  So, what do you do?  You stock up at Walmart to Avoid The Oops and Walmart just made it easier.  When you visit and spend $50 or more, you can have all your essentials shipped to your home for free!

Recently, my younger sister, Elizabeth, and her family came to live with me for an extended period of time while her house is being built.  Her family includes her husband, Shaun, and, her two children.  Her children include Jillian, who is eight and Aiden, who is two. They are “supposedly” staying in my converted basement.  “Downstairs” has plenty room for them.  My children love that their cousins are here.  At any time of the day or night, here they come to visit and play.

Monday, June 27, 2016

How Align Probiotics Brought Me Out Of My Comfort Zone: Align at Sam's Club

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Align at Sam’s Club.

A few weeks ago I started a probiotic healthy-gut program. It is one that I asked readers to join with me. I already have a great follow-up report. Wonderful news. As, I previously complained, I suffer with a condition I call beach-ball-belly bloat. This condition arises from my constant on-the-go lifestyle and eating anything that I can easily grab as I go. Not a very healthy way to live, especially for my digestive tract. So I started on a regimen of Align® Probiotics. I received the three-month Club Pack from Sam’s Club. Good thing I did because right after starting Align® Probiotics, I received an amazing opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Disney's Finding Dory Pool Party Kit & Recipe Roundup

Disney's Finding Dory is NOW playing in theaters across the nation!

It's the time of year for a bit of fun, sun and when party planning is done.  With Fourth of July right around the corner, I'm sure many of you all are looking for creative Pool Party ideas and Summer time recipes!  Well impress your friends, family, and neighbors by hosting a Summer time party based around the hottest movie of the Summer: Finding Dory!  I have some delicious and creative Finding Dory inspired recipes and even fun tips for making your next pool party a splash!


Monday, June 20, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets Sneak Peek Ticket Giveaway: Opens In Theaters July 8th:

Do you ever wonder what your pets do when you leave for work?  Or what are they up to when you have your back turned?  The new movie The Secret Life of Pets, opening in theaters July 8th, gives you a glimpse into this world of pets.  In honor of the movie, I am giving away sneak peek tickets to a couple of my lucky LOCAL readers!  Again, this is for my LOCAL ST. LOUIS audience.  The screening will be held Tuesday, July 5th at 7:00 PM in CHESTERFIELD.  To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below: No Purchase Required!

Friday, June 17, 2016

My Cafe Break Escape With Caramel Brownie Latte Parfait Recipe: WIN $250 Walmart Gift Card

This content has been sponsored in part by Cafe Breaks through Acorn Influence.

As I began to write this, I looked up the definition of escape. In addition to the typical phrases such as “to get away”, “to break free” the dictionary gave an example sentence. The sentence was, “He needed a vacation to escape the routine of daily life”. I had to laugh because for most people daily life is a matter of routine. The kind of routine that can make life mundane and repetitious is also the impetus for making vacations necessary. I laughed because a week of mundane routine in my family would be a vacation for me! No two days in our life hardly ever resemble each other. No, my family life is like a perpetual whirlwind; always busy, full of travel, kid activities, business, mandatory social activities, attending events, etc. We live by what is scheduled on the calendar. Family vacations even incorporate work activities and are planned around media events that I report on.

Finding Dory Opens TODAY: A Movie Review

They say good things come to those who wait.  I believe GREAT things come to those who wait a really, really long time; a 13 year wait to be exact.  It's been 13 years since we have last seen our friends Nemo (Hayden Rolence), Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres).  However in the world of Disney/Pixar, it's been a year since Marlin and Dory was on the quest to "Find Nemo".  Now they are back and this time they are on a new quest in Finding Dory, in theaters TODAY!