Friday, October 24, 2014

Love is a Gift

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual.

I'm not really sure how or why I got blessed with such a wonderful and loving family. I still can't believe my daughter is already seven years old! It seems like just yesterday I was holding her in my arms; trying to give her a bottle. And now she's homeschooled and learning so much so quickly! Everyday I am completely impressed by her and her abilities so much. 

When I was a teenager, I personally never thought I would  become a mom. But after I met my husband, the urge to have children grew like crazy! And finally we were able to have Mary. Now I can't imagine my life without her smiling face everyday.

Do you have someone that you feel like this about? Maybe a child of your own or a mother or brother? Then I encourage you to participate in the Love is a Gift initiative with MassMutual. Love Is A Gift encourages people to make a statement about the transformative power of love by sharing a picture of themselves with those who matter most to them, along with a brief explanation of their relationship. For every photo story uploaded to or on public Instagram accounts using #LoveIsAGift, MassMutual will donate $1 to Easter Seals, up to $50,000.  Here's how it works:

  • Find or take a picture of you and the people you love on your computer or mobile device. 
  • Upload it to your personal Instagram account with #LoveIsAGift or to, adding a few words about your loved ones and why they matter most. 
  • Note your Instagram account must be public for your #LoveIsAGift entry to be recognized and trigger a donation. 
  • Once the photo is uploaded, participants can share their photo and details of the initiative with their friends on Facebook or Twitter. 
  • Each upload will trigger a $1 donation from MassMutual to Easter Seals, up to $50,000.

I also encourage you to join me at the #Loveisagift Twitter Party on November 5 from 11am - 12pm EST. NOTE: The #LoveIsAGift Twitter party is separate from the Easter Seals social initiative. Please be clear that participants cannot upload a story to for a chance to win a Twitter Party prize.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual.

Warm Chowders for the Cold Night @Foodie

This post has been sponsored by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

When it starts getting cold out, I pretty much live on soups and chowders. As a matter of fact, I had soup today for lunch! There's nothing quite like a good bowl of chowder to warm your belly when it's cold outside. So I've made a delicious collection of chowders that are perfect to warm you on a cold night. 

Check out Warm Chowders for a Cold Night

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pearls are Some of my Favorite Things @shanecompany

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved pearls. Maybe it's because they make you look sophisticated and elegant. Or maybe it's because they are so feminine and classy to wear. Whatever the reason, I have always adored them. So when I got older, I finally got a gorgeous freshwater pearl necklace and a pair of earrings from Shane Co. Of course I do wear them almost everyday but they are something I plan on passing down to Mary when she gets older.

Something that I love about pearls is that you can wear them with pretty much anything. And you can do almost anything in them too, like holding an American alligator!

I know where ever my adventures take me, I'll be wearing my Shane Co. pearls. Do you love your Shane Co. jewelry as much as I do? Then you need to come and enter their photo contest for a chance to win a $1,000 Shane Co. gift card!

From now until October 27, all you need to do is complete the entry form on Facebook and upload a "selfie" photo of yourself with your Shane Co. jewelry. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and only one entry per person. One winner will be randomly selected around November 3 for the gift card!

Enter the Contest on Facebook here:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shane Co.. The opinions and text are all mine.

Where There's a Whisk, There's a Way

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever had a baking disaster when you were cooking for guests? Do you ever wish you had someone that could have helped you out before it got out of hand? This year, the Crisco Pie & Baking Hotline (1-877-367-7438) is back to help home bakers master their desserts and restore baking confidence everywhere!

Now in its ninth year, the Crisco Pie & Baking Hotline is expanding its repertoire to include all baking categories and ensure no cake, cookie or pie gets left behind. From how to keep meringues from weeping to salvaging epic cookie fails – live baking experts can be reached year-round Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET by calling 1-877-367-7438.

During the hectic holiday season, extended hours are offered Monday through Friday during the following dates and times:
  • November 10 – 26, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET 
  • December 15 – 23, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET 
  • December 24, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET 

So if you want your recipes to come out as delicious as the ones above, then make sure to check out the Crisco Baking Hotline this holiday season!

10 Must See Attraction in Daytona #LoveDaytonaBeach

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. All opinions are 100% mine.

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The east coast of Florida holds one of the greatest and most popular beaches you can visit, Daytona Beach. The perfect destination for your next family vacation, Daytona Beach offers a wide variety of activities, Kid friendly options, dining options and gorgeous beach shores.

Growing up in Florida myself, I spent a lot of time touring different cities and towns to find fun and inviting places to be. Daytona has so many options! The beaches are covered in gorgeous white sand that sits densely on the shore allowing for visitors to drive their cars right along the water’s edge. The sand is lined with great options for a family's stay including hotels, motels, condo rentals, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals and camping grounds too. And if want more activity to your day than just lounging on the beach, there are tons of Outdoor Fun options all close by. You can go deep-sea fishing where some of the best bass fishing in Florida is offered, rent equipment for endless water sports or visit one of Daytona’s historical sites. Then at night, you can chose from a number of Daytona’s fine dinning and restaurants.


Here are my personal top 10 must see attractions in Daytona:
  1. The Ponce De Leon Lighthouse
  2. The Daytona Beach
  3. The Marine Science Center
  4. The Boardwalk
  5. The Daytona Lagoon
  6. Lighthouse Point Park
  7. Congo River Adventure Golf
  8. The Museum of Arts & Sciences
  9. Lilian Place Historic House
  10. Tuscawilla Park

Whether you are looking for a place to bring the whole family, or the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, Daytona Beach has lots of great options for your perfect vacation. And there are a lot of Free Things to Do in Daytona Beach too.

And did you know Daytona is the Festival Capital of Florida? Fall festivals make this one of the best times of the year to visit Daytona Beach so that you can join in experiencing them. Attend the Daytona Beach Blues Festival or find daily live music at Bruce Rossmeyer’s. If you love art, you can attend the Halifax art festival or Daytona Beach’s film festival. And there is always the Wings and Waves air show where over 40 different Air Force aircrafts give an astonishing aerial performance over the Atlantic Ocean. I think my personal favorite would be the Blues Festival. My husband and I would both love to attend that one day!

If you're looking for a great vacation, then look no further than Daytona! The beach awaits 

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