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Friday, July 25, 2014

What is your 90s theme song? *QUIZ

I love quizzes and was a 90s kid, so I HAD to do this one!! I got "As Long as You Love Me" by the Backstreet Boys!! Haha


Friday, July 11, 2014

$100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

Am I the only one that thinks buying tires is confusing?  There are SO many different options out there, and I don't know enough about cars to understand most of that stuff! I generally make my husband take care of tire maintenance, but I'd love to know more about tires and sizes/options so that I could take charge and deal with that stuff by myself.  

My friend Jesica, over at The Mommy Bunch, shared some GREAT tire buying tips from Goodyear. You can see the post HERE.  While I'm no where near an expert, the tips are great and I feel I understand a little more and could (possibly) go get our tires next time.....with just a little bit of help from my husband! 

In addition to sharing these great tips, she's also got a $100 Visa Gift Card up for grabs!  Enter to win below!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The #Gilbert23 and How You Can Help

Disclosure: I feel very passionate about The #Gilbert23, but am removing my emotions from this post so that I can just share the news that has been broadcasted already.  I was not there and cannot speak for what happened.  At this time that is something for the police to decide.  However, as a dog lover and someone who has had dogs my entire life, I just want these pups not to be forgotten.

Why the #Gilbert23 Matter to ME:

I cannot remember a time in my life where I did not have a dog in my life in some way, shape, or form.  In fact, here's a picture of me, when I was approximately 4 years old, with my Collie, BoBo.
Around 1983/1984
I wouldn't call myself an animal advocate necessarily, but I do have friends on my Facebook that are HUGE animal advocates.  Last month I came across a post about the RRR Rescue Situation in Tennessee (which is a post for another day.  You can visit their Facebook Page to learn more, but know it's quite upsetting) and at some point they shared information about the #Gilbert 23 Tragedy.  I started following the Facebook page and my heart broke for these families.  I think I was drawn in when one of the pups pictures was posted and it reminded me of my Allie-gator.  Many know I rescued my baby, just hours before she was to be put to sleep, two years ago.  She drives me crazy a lot of days but I believe my life is better because she is in it.

My Allie-Gator.  Isn't she beautiful?
Like I stated above, I wasn't there.  I cannot speak for what happened.  However, I want to make sure that these pups are NOT forgotten and want to spread the word so that this NEVER happens again.  So, I want to share some stories with y'all about the events and then share how you can spead the word and honor these pups.

About The #Gilbert23:

When I started following the Facebook Page, The Tragedy at Green Acre Boarding Gilbert, AZ, one of the first articles I read was this one:

MCSO Investigating Deaths of Dogs at Boarding Service  Long story short it states that 17 dogs died at a boarding facility and it was being investigated but at that time no charges were expected. 

On June 23, just days after the pups died, Fox 10 Phoenix posted a 21 minute, uncut, video.  The news that we are used to seeing uses soundbites of longer interviews to tell the story.  Below is the video posted by Fox 10 Phoenix.

There is also the case of the dog, Valor, who went missing at the time of the tragedy.  Valor is a BEAUTIFUL rescue dog who was at Green Acre when the tragedy occurred, along with his doggie siblings.  When Valor was announced as missing a Facebook Page was created to help organize search efforts. On Saturday, July 5th, there was a press conference to announce that the Dog Missing from Gilbert Boarding Facility Found Deceased.

Finally, on July 8th, it was announced that Answers are Expected Soon in Kennel Deaths.  Then, on the morning of July 9th, a search warrant was executed at the kennel.  Since it is happening as I type this, I'll provide a link to My Fox Phoenix who seems to be the best at covering this event.

How Can You Help?

I believe that there are multiple ways you can help, even if you aren't in the area.

Social Media
Spread awareness of the tragedy on your social media profiles using the hashtags:
You can follow Gilbert 23 Memorial on Twitter and retweet their tweets if that's easier for you.  You can also join the group for the Gilbert 23 Memorial on Facebook.

Sign the Petition
There is a petition asking that the tragedy be thoroughly investigated and, if someone is responsible for what happened (i.e. it's NOT an accident), that the ones responsible have appropriate charges brought against them.  You can view the petition HERE.

Perform Random Acts of Kindness in honor of the #Gilbert23
What better way to honor a loved one's memory than by performing a Random Act of Kindness in their memory?  There is a Facebook group for the #Gilbert23RAOK that will give you inspiration!

Spread Awareness
It has been stated that the dogs died of heat exhaustion, due to a chewed AC wire.  Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, this is the perfect time to talk about how dangerous the heat is for dogs.  Dr. Ernie Ward expressed how serious heat can be to people and pets by locking himself in his vehicle for 30 minutes.  This video is powerful.  Children, Pets, and the elderly should NEVER be left inside a vehicle or ANY place with excessive heat.
Please watch this video to learn more:

The Memorials for the #Gilbert23 and #RIPValor
There is a beautiful memorial placed for both the #Gilbert23 and for #RIPValor.  To those that are in the area, that have contributed to the memorials (and especially the family that is hosting the #Gilbert23 memorial in their yard), Thank You.  These pups should be remembered!

The #Gilbert23 Memorial.  Photo courtesy of Megan Stanek
Valor's Memorial  Photo courtesy of Kathy Juhl

The #Gilbert23 are Buick, Carmen, Carson, Cash, Cloe, Daisy, Ellie, Francis, Happy, Koda, Maci Lane, Parker, Patrick, Remy, Rosie, Roxy, Sandy, Sherman, Snickers, Sonny, Tonka, Valor, and Zed.

Please help spread awareness of the #GreenAcreTragedy and the #Gilbert23!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Back to School with Campus Book Rentals: Save Money on those Textbooks!

I know, I know, it's still the middle of summer and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it won't be long until school is back in session.  Colleges start back for the fall semester in August/September.  That means getting back in those CRAZY lines at the campus book store to pay CRAZY HIGH prices for the textbooks you need to complete your college education!

What if I told you that you could save money on your textbooks AND avoid the campus book store??

Campus Book Rentals is a great way to get those books you need, from the comfort of your home, at a fraction of the cost!
How does it work?

Besides avoiding the campus book store, and saving money, there are MORE perks to using Campus Book Rentals:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile with every textbook rented.
PLUS, Campus Book Rentals has a *NEW* program....RentBack!  If you've previously purchased your books at the campus book store, you're going to LOVE this program!
RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options!
Going back to school can me so stressful!  Let ease some of the stress!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I have received compensation for posting about Campus Book Rentals.  Regardless of compensation, all thoughts/opinions are mine and mine alone.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Swagbucks: Great opportunity for NEW members!!!

I've talked about Swagbucks for awhile now, so you may know how great it is to get free gift cards and pay for gifts, big purchases and anything else with them instead of paying out of pocket. Well now I have exciting news and a great opportunity for all of you to earn bonus SB -- enough to get a free $5 gift card!     Any of my readers who signs up for through my link here between now and June 30th is eligible to get a 500 SB bonus! Think of it as a free gift card just for signing up through me. In order to get the bonus automatically*, you must also earn 1500 SB by July 14th. Note that since this is an exclusive offer, you must sign up through this link and earn 1500 SB in order to get your 500 SB bonus. If you sign up elsewhere, or only do one of the two steps, the bonus unfortunately will not be available to you.     So how do you get that 500 SB bonus? Simple: you can earn SB from any of the earning activities found on the homepage or top bar of (Shop, Search, Watch, Play, Answer, Discover, Daily Crave, NOSO & Daily Poll). I'll be posting periodically ways to help you earn more Swag Bucks so you can hit that 1500 SB mark before July 14th. In the meantime, if you haven't started earning with Swagbucks yet, now is a great time to sign up and check out all the different ways to earn Bucks -- all so you can get a bunch of free gift cards.     * Please note that it may take up to 14 business days to credit your account once you have earned 1500 SB. 
Disclosure: As a Swagbucks Influencer I am provided these referral opportunities. The link provided is my referral link and I will receive bonus Swagbucks when you sign up & earn.  I only promote items/services I believe in and have promoted Swagbucks since I started blogging, well before I became an influencer! This is one of my favorite sites on the internet and I have earned more gift cards than I can count through Swagbucks. 


Friday, June 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win The LEGO Movie on Blu-Ray Ends July 1, 2014

I spent at least a dozen years dealing with LEGOS.  Truth be told it was probably more between all three of my kids.  In that time there was a good year or two where LEGOS (and the creations) filled my house.  I may even have a permanent bruise from stepping on them repeatedly! haha Even though their LEGO days are long gone, my kids really excited to see The LEGO Movie!

About The LEGO® Movie:
The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet's fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC's Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.

Check out The LEGO Movie App Below!

• Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the action and play "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME" at the same time to really get crazy with it!
• Press the "record" button and make a mini 6 second LEGO GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy! You can view the videos on YouTube HERE!

Enter to win The LEGO Movie on Blu-Ray!
Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Disclosure: I have received nothing in return for hosting this giveaway. All information was provided to me via the sponsor. All thoughts/opinions are mine and mine alone. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Run or Dye is Coming to Birmingham's Barber Motorsports Park, July 19

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

What happens when you combine thousands of runners and walkers with more than five tons of color dye powder, music, and dancing? Say hello to Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5k! We’ve partnered together and we’re excited to bring Run or Dye to Birmingham. To celebrate, we are offering an exclusive $10 discount with the code: “MUMSWORD”. Sign up at, and let’s see you there!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am receiving monetary compensation in return for promoting the Run or Dye 5k in Birmingham. Information regarding the event was provided to me to share with my readers.  Please review our disclosures for more information. 


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