Celebrate National Reading Month + Sweepstakes

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Did you know that March is National Reading Month? I didn’t until the other day! Emma Kate can’t read quite yet, but we are still participating by using our Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet and the plethora of Audible books she can listen to! (Read on to enter to win one (1) of 10 Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablets!)

The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet can help aid your children in cultivating their love for reading with so many fun titles to explore! You can also access educational games that will help teach your kids how to read.

Here are some of Emma Kate’s favorite books available in Amazon FreeTime Unlimited:

  • A Day with Caillou – FreeTime Unlimited Edition
  • Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty – Freetime Unlimited Version
  • Disney Buddies: ABCs
  • Elmo Loves 123s – FreeTime Unlimited Edition
  • PINKFONG Dino World – FreeTime Unlimited Edition
  • Teach Your Monster to Read – FreeTime Unlimited Edition
  • Toca Lab – FreeTime Unlimited Edition
  • Wonster Words ABC Phonics – FreeTime Unlimited Edition

The Fire Kids Edition Tablets are the #1 kids’ tablets in the U.S. and come with a kid-proof case and a 2-year guarantee. You can get a replacement no questions asked. Each one comes with a one year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which gives you and your child access to over 30,000 books, videos, audible books, apps, and games. There are also Spanish language books, plus thousands of kid-friendly websites and web videos.

You can have peace of mind using the Parental Control settings in FreeTime Unlimited, where parents can set time limits, change age filters, enable/disable web browser access, and you can even choose whether to allow in-app purchasing. Parents can also use Parent Dashboard to review the digital content their kids are using in FreeTime, determine how to manage time limits and educational goals, and remotely adjust their child’s FreeTime settings. I love helping Emma Kate set educational goals on her tablet. You can also see how much time your child is spending reading each day and see what books they are reading and listening to!

Discussion Cards offer parents a “family book club” approach with summaries and sample questions based on the books, videos, Audible books, educational apps and websites that are viewed within Amazon FreeTime. This could be a fun time to have a “game” where your child answers questions about the books they are reading.

You can also set up “Learn First” settings to encourage learning before play. These can be set up in the FreeTime settings on your child’s tablet, or remotely via Parent Dashboard. This way your kids can still have fun playing games, but after they have done their educational time with books or audible stories.

Also, please note parents don’t have to have a Fire Kids Edition tablet in order to access Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. The FreeTime Unlimited app is also available for download on iOS and Android! Also, once parents sign-up for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, that very same subscription can be used on any compatible device including Fire tablets, Fire Kids Edition tablets, compatible Android and iOS phones and tablets, and compatible Echo devices, including Echo Dot for Kids. There are so many options!

Now, I would like to challenge you to participate in National Reading Month by completing a social activation below, and those readers who pledge their participation will be entered in to win one (1) of 10 Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablets! There will be ten winners in total! Just check out the link below.

I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and Amazon will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes of 10 Winners.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition Sweepstakes


Get to reading!

Pure Bliss

When I was asked to try out Neuro BLISS, I will admit I was a bit skeptical. Typically when drinks claim to do anything other than satisfy your thirst, they tend to taste well….Nasty. I was so pleasantly surprised when I opened my first bottle of Neuro BLISS. It has an amazing taste (lemon lime maybe?)! Only 35 calories a bottle! And it’s supposed to elevate my mood, help me feel stress free AND help me concentrate? I can handle that!

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Check out this infographic. 1,200 consumers were surveyed, and findings found that nearly 50% of Americans spend at least half of their daily lives stressed out (wow!) Most people agreed that a vacation would help them be less stressed (more on THAT later, keep reading!)


Ah, vacation. I truly love it. Check out one of my favorite BLISSful moments:



Ah, yes. Being out in the middle of the Caribbean on a cruise is DEFINITELY my BLISSful, stress-free moment. Whenever I “think happy thoughts” it’s definitely of this beach vacation! As a Disney lover and beach lover, a Disney cruise makes sense to me, and going to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, is my favorite stop. A full day of sitting in the sun reading a book on the ADULTS ONLY beach is PURE BLISS!

Since we unfortunately can’t all take vacations every day, what CAN we do? Drinking Neuro BLISS is a great start. It has a blend of minerals and antioxidants as well as chamomile and an amino acid found in green tea that helps improve focus and relieve stress.  I could definitely tell after drinking this that I had better concentration on my work and didn’t seem as distracted.

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Ok, BACK to vacations. How would you like to go on a $10,000 one? You can enter the BLISS and tell contest and weekly giveaway by sharing about your BLISSful moment. It’s super easy to enter, and you can enter on Instagram, too! So go take some time to relax and enter the contest!

Also, here is a special coupon code for $1 any Neuro drink. You can find them at Target, Walgreens, Safeway, 7-11, among other stores.

QOTD: When you think of a blissful moment in life, what comes to mind?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Moisturize on the Go and Sweepstakes!

I don’t know about you, but in the summer I get a lot of sun, which leaves my skin feeling very dry and damaged. I know I need to moisturize more often, but sometimes I just don’t feel like there is enough time in the day. Vaseline® Spray & Go Moisturizer is a great new product you have to try out! It’s a continuous spray lotion that moisturizes (and absorbs) in a matter of seconds.

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Most women like myself are always on the go and very busy. A lot of lotions are so heavy and take forever to put on and soak in or dry. Then we waste time waiting so we can get dressed. Who has time for that? I have to get on with the day and go go go. Thankfully, with this new product I don’t have to have a break in my routine or waste time. You simply hold it about four inches away from your skin, and spray over your body in a continuous motion. Then, follow it up with a quick rub and it’s dry in seconds. photo (3)  

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture® is the product I received from Vaseline, and I absolutely love it. Here’s why: it leaves my skin feeling soft and it isn’t sticky and doesn’t leave my hands greasy. It’s a great moisturizer, with multiple layers of moisture. There are three variants: 1) the one I received (Total Moisture) with pure oat extract 2) Aloe Fresh which contains pure aloe and leaves skin feeling fresh and 3) Cocoa Radiant, which  contains pure cocoa butter and leaves skin glowing.  For more information, you can head on over to their Facebook page


These Spray & Go moisturizers have a convenient 360° spray that dispenses lotion quickly and evenly, and they absorb in 10 seconds or less (with a few quick rubs).  It also smells amazing! Not too strong, but a very clean scent.

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Sweepstakes time! Would you like to enter for a chance to win a $1,000 SpaFinder giftcard? Simply leave a comment here answering the question: How would Vaseline Spray & GoMoisturizer Total Moisture max your morning?   Each comment will automatically be entered into the sweepstakes! Entries will be pooled from participating blogs and one winner chosen.

Sweepstakes Rules:
No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner  will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.


The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 7/1/13 – 7/31/13.

Be sure to visit the Vaseline® Spray & Go page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Dove Conditioner Review and Sweepstakes


In case you haven’t noticed, I have very long and thick hair. I am actually considering cutting it because it is getting so bad it breaks all of my ponytail holders! Not to mention, as a runner who is out in the sun and the very hot and humid temperatures of the south all the time, I struggle with frizzy rough looking hair.

Did you know that roughness and frizz are early signs of hair damage? Eeek! I didn’t know this until recently, and I also didn’t know it can be hereditary as well. (Thanks mom and dad! I kid.)

So when I was given the change to try Dove’s intensive repair conditioner, I jumped at the chance.


When I opened the bottle I immediately loved the smell. Some products are too chemically and overpowering to me but this one was great. It also lathers really really well and rinsed out very smoothly. It truly did make my hair feel very soft an smooth after, and it took about two weeks but I noticed my hair was all around more smooth (less frizzy) and easier to manage. I hope I am doing it a favor by helping to keep it healthy in the summer heat!

Would you like a chance to win a $1000 spa finder gift card? All you have to do is follow the link below and answer the question:

What is your favorite thing about your hair?

We are way to hard on ourselves and need to celebrate the things we love about ourselves and not constantly be tearing down our own bodies. My favorite thing about my hair is how the color changes with the seasons. In the winter it’s a dark brown and in the summer pieces of it are almost blonde. I think that’s fun. Smile

Enter to win a $1,000 Spafinder gift certificate!



You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Follow this link, and provide your email address and your response to the Promotion prompt

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and then visit this link to provide your email address and the URL to that Tweet.

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and then visit this link to provide your email address and the URL to that post.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. Winners will have 72 hours to claim the prize, or an alternative winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 9/4/2012 – 9/30/2012

Be sure to visit Dove®Hair.com to get a coupon for $1.50 off Dove Hair Therapy products.