Tuesday, May 5, 2015
If you are sitting at a desk reading this right now, do me a favor please; take a quick inventory of your pens. I’m betting at least one of them is a Pentel. Personally, I have loved Pentel products most of my life because my Mom, a busy account manager, used their pens almost exclusively. That’s why I was happy to work with #Shopletreviews who provided me with complementary Pentel products to share my thoughts with you. All opinions are my own.
Happy 50th Pentel!
Pentel of America sold its first pen in 1965. That’s the same year the Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 space capsules conducted the first Earth orbit rendezvous in history. And, here’s a little known fact, each astronaut carried a Pentel Sign Pen in their sleeve pocket!
The Pentel Sign Pen made another famous appearance in 1965 when then United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed his “Great Society” during his State of the Union Address. He signed the Address with a Pentel.
Admittedly, I’m not signing anything as important as a former President, and I’m certainly never going to be an astronaut – but I still sign and write some pretty important pieces of paper her in my little corner of the world.
My family and I love Pentel’s new Vicuna line of low viscosity fine ballpoint pens. They come in a rainbow of ink colors and write ultra smooth while drying fast on the page. Perfect for quick notes and homework, these pens are already migrating into other parts of our home.
Equally easy to use is the Twist –Erase III fine point automatic pencil with a jumbo eraser. My daughters prefer mechanical pencils for school work and found the ergonomic comfort grip a huge plus.
My personal favorite of all the Pentel products sent to me for review is hands down the Pentel EnerGel Alloy medium point roller ball pen.
It has the style and feel of a much more expensive pen. The quality of ink makes it a superb writing pen that I will keep handy for signing important papers that need a smooth, quick dry- no smear signature.
You can shop and save on these Pentel products and other office supplies by visiting the links found on each product above and by visiting Shoplet.com.
Please share in comments: What color of ink is in the pen you are using today?
Friday, May 1, 2015
I am really happy to work with our sponsor, LifeBankUSA via Robb Digital today to share this information with you! I will receive a thank you gift for my time, however I only share content I feel will benefit my readers. All opinions are my own.
Having a beautiful, healthy baby is one of most joyous occasions for any Mother. I can still remember the moments I found out I was pregnant with both my sweet daughters and the prayer of thanks I immediately sent up, followed quickly by the fervent wish that my babies be healthy. Thankfully, I had easy pregnancies and two beautiful, healthy newborns, who are now beautiful healthy teens.
Had I known more about stem cell collection services from LifeBankUSA back during my pregnancies, I would have given it serious consideration and that’s why I agreed to share their information and contest with my readers.
“Only LifebankUSA offers expectant parents the unique opportunity to bank stem cells from cord blood and placenta blood. Banking placenta blood stem cells makes your cord blood collection even more powerful for the near-term and for the future. It gives you the ability to bank more stem cells which has been shown to increase transplant success and survival rates. And placenta blood contains other types of progenitor stem cells which are expected to play a key role in regenerative medicine.”
LifebankUSA wants to give parents the chance to win one of THREE Graco 4everTM 4-in-1 Car Seats (valued at $330 each) in a random drawing from entrants in their Facebook contest. Entering is easy, just click this link and you’ll be taken to their Facebook page!
Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day! Please consider sharing with any expecting Moms you know!
Please share in comments:
Are you a Mom? If yes, how many children call you Mom?
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The weather calls me outside and into my flower beds who need my attention desperately! Still, I have blooms aplenty in my front flower bed that make me smile and simply ignore the weeding I must do this weekend.
|Light Pink Prim Roses|
| Dark Purple Clematis|
Happy last Wednesday of April! Share in comments: What's blooming in your flowerbeds?
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
I’ve finally started my spring cleaning in earnest, both inside and outside. While I love to make my home sparkling clean, my hands sure do pay the price. Thanks to my sponsor, Dial, who supplied a free bottle of their latest hand soap, not only do my hands feel better, I’m able to host this great giveaway, so you can hydrate your hands as well.
If you are in to health and beauty products like I am, then you have probably heard of Marula oil, which is being praised as the oil to use this year. Found in everything from high end cosmetics to shampoo and conditioners, this miracle oil has been used for years in its homeland of South Africa.
The Marula tree grows in abundance in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The oil from these trees is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants and is highly nourishing and hydrating. I can see why Dial would add it to their newest soap in their Boutique Collection.
The first thing I noticed and admired was the rich color of this hand soap. I took a close up photo so you could see the color as well. It reminds me of beautiful a Tigers’ Eye gemstone.
Once I smelled Dial Miracle Oil hand soap, I had to give it a try right away. I loved the light scent so much; I decided to put it in our mudroom bathroom so that my husband and family could have a moisturizing soap to use after working in the yard.
Like me, my girls loved using this soap and remarked on how well it worked yet didn’t dry out their hands.
My husband doesn’t like highly scented soaps, especially if they smell feminine, so I awaited his reaction. While he did like how well the soap worked and made his hands feel, he didn’t care for the smell as I feared.
There was an easy fix for that; I just put this lovely soap at the kitchen sink, where it can be used by family and guests alike.
My girls and I agree that our hands really do feel softer and more moisturized when using this soap, so we'll be keeping it in stock.
I invite you to add a personal touch of style to your home by trying one of Dial’s new Boutique Collection hand soaps. You can learn more about this collection and other Dial products by visiting their website here.
Thanks to the generosity of Dial, one lucky reader will receive 3 coupons for Free Dial hand soap products with a maximum retail value of $4.00 each! Entering is easy using the Raffle copter form below.
No purchase necessary to win. Open to U.S. residents 18+ years. My WAHM Plan will mail coupons to winner. This contest is not associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social channel.
Additional Entry Terms:
If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.
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Friday, April 24, 2015
A special thank you to Royal Canin and PetSmart for sponsoring today’s conversation. All opinions and love of my fur babies are my own.
Earlier this month our fur princess Dottie turned 8. Like all princesses, she deserved a special birthday gift. If my non-fur children would have gotten their way, Dottie would have received a birthday party fit for a true princess.
I convinced them that a trip to PetSmart for a new toy and some special cat food would suffice.
We love going to PetSmart! Their staff is always so friendly and knowledgeable about all types of pets, not just our fur babies. We always look at the beautiful birds and fish before heading to our main department: Cats.
On this special occasion, I wanted to give Dottie a special treat that would also be good for her changing needs. No longer a kitten or young adult, we were noticing a subtle change in how Dottie ate and enjoyed her food. She was showing signs of discomfort after eating; I was looking for a food just for digestive health and nutritional needs for an adult indoor cat.
The Cat food section at PetSmart offers a variety of products for all ages, stages and nutritional needs. As we walked down the aisle, we were drawn to the Royal Canin food section because it was one of the largest there.
Royal Canin is a global leader in pet health nutrition and they strive to bring the most precise nutritional solution for cats and dogs. Through extensive research, Royal Canin has identified the needs of our cats and dogs.
They live by the conviction that, no matter how much we love our fur babies and treat them like family- our pets are not people and they require unique nutritional needs.
We decided to gift Dottie some Royal Canin for made just for the digestive health of a mature cat. Thankfully, Dottie loved her special gift and will buy her more on our next PetSmart trip.
Royal Canin and the PetSmart staff are here to help you make the best possible food choices for your cats and dogs as well. No matter if they are large or small, pure bred or mixed breed, there is a specially formulated food made just for them. I invite you to visit PetSmart’s store locator to find a store near you.
If you would like to learn more about all of the Royal Canin cat foods available prior to going to PetSmart, please visit their cat food page.
Please share in comments: Do you and your family celebrate your pets birthdays? If so, how?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I wrote about our Earth Day movement here, so to honor our beautiful Earth, I thought it only fitting I share a few photos of the beauty in my yard. I hope you enjoy them and will join us in our efforts to make our world a better place.
|Purple Bearded Iris|
|Bug on Peony Bud|
|Purple Lilac Buds|
|Apple Tree Blossoms|
Please share in comments: What's blooming in your yard this Earth Day? 6 Comments »
Saturday, April 18, 2015
If you would have asked me just one year ago what I was going to give my Mom for Mother’s Day, I would have said flowers, or a new outfit. Or maybe the whole family would surprise her with a special brunch because she just loves it when all her kids and grand kids are together. But we won’t suggest a brunch this year, or try to pick out a nice outfit, because for the last year or so, Mom has been struggling with bladder leakage.
It is nothing to be ashamed of we say- but she is ashamed just the same. So this year, I’m giving her a box of Depend Silhouette Active fit briefs and I’m hoping they will give her the bladder leakage protection she needs so she’ll regain her confidence and independence.
I don’t want my Mom to feel she is alone anymore in her struggle to find a product that offers her discreet protection. Gone are the days where she needs to feel ashamed by a bulky pad, which may or may not protect her as she moves. She’s moving less and less these days, when she should be out there enjoying her retirement! Bladder leakage isn’t about your age or stage in life and it’s time we all tried to help break down the stigma associated with this condition.
Here are some truths on Bladder Leakage according to Depend you may not be aware of:
- More people with bladder leakage are in their 20’s than their 80’s
- The average age of someone with bladder leakage is only 52
These truths mean my Mom needs to stop thinking this is a curse of getting old and try these Depend briefs so she can get busy living the life she always dreamed of after retiring!
About Depend Silhouette Active Briefs:
Depend is a trusted name in bladder leakage products so you can expect the same level of quality in their new Active Silhouette briefs. Made to fit smooth under clothes and sit just below the waist, these briefs offer moderate absorbency to trap and lock in odor.
Active Silhouette thin design briefs come in beige and black and are made of a cotton like fabric that looks and feels more like regular briefs than any other I’ve researched for my Mom. She’ll be able to wear her Capri’s and dresses with confidence now.
Join the Movement:
I’m glad I joined the #Underwareness social movement and charitable cause on behalf of my Mom and all women who suffer with bladder leakage. You can join too.
The Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for this important cause by going to Underwareness.com and joining the Underwareness movement by sharing a photo or video using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products. Depend will donate $1, up to $3 million through 2016 to fun charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.
While visiting Underwareness.com, you can request free samples of Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs.
It is my sincere hope that this Mother’s Day gift, while unique, may help my Mom regain her confidence and be able to get back out there and by this time next year, we won’t have to wonder if a brunch date would be ill advised.
Please share in comments: Do you or someone you know need help getting back to their more active lifestyles?
Friday, April 17, 2015
I’ve been enjoying lots of yogurts lately after re-discovering how much I like having them with breakfast; so when Linqia asked if I’d like to try Liberté® Méditerranée #YogurtPerfection and make a recipe to share here, I quickly said yes!
The first order of business was to visit Liberté® Méditerranée #YogurtPerfection to learn more about this brand. The delightful sounding names on their yogurts had my mouth watering! Their new flavors include:
- Méditerranée Cappuccino
- Méditerranée Caramel
- Méditerranée Blackberry
- Méditerranée Coconut
- Méditerranée French Vanilla
- Méditerranée Lemon
- Méditerranée Strawberry
Liberté® Méditerranée says their #YogurtPefection is a luscious whole milk yogurt, with live active cultures, real fruit and no gelatin, sugar substitutes or preservatives. That really does sound like yogurt perfection so I can see why they use that hashtag.
Once at Publix, I found the hardest part of the trip was picking a flavor for my dessert recipe. I stood there in the yogurt isle for quite some time while different recipe ideas popped into my mind with each new flavor I picked up. I finally chose the Méditerranée Lemon!
All that lemon goodness i could see at the bottom of the container and their description- Whole milk yogurt enlivened with the sharpness of lemon. Bracing but silky , had me longing to try it and dreaming of a warm weather treats, like Orange Crème bars! Armed with my yogurt and a perfect dessert idea, I completed my shopping at Publix, easily finding all the ingredients I needed since there are only 4!
This recipe is super quick and easy to make, you’ll have dessert ready in no time. Here’s what you’ll need to make Lemon Yogurt Mandarin Orange Shortcake Dessert.
- 1- container Liberté® Méditerranée Lemon yogurt
- 1- container of shortcake dessert shells
- 1- container Lite whipped topping
- 1- 15 oz. can Mandarin Orange Segments in light syrup
- Spoon stirred container Liberté® Méditerranée Lemon yogurt into large mixing bowl
- Drain the can of Mandarin Orange Segments reserving syrup and 4-6 Mandarin Orange Segments, pour in mixing bowl
- Add two heaping tablespoons of Lite whipped topping
- Gently stir all ingredients until well mixed
- Place 1 shortcake dessert shell on a dessert plate and fill with Lemon Yogurt Orange filling
- Top with a small dollop of Lite whipped topping
- Add one Mandarin Orange Segment to top of dessert and drizzle a teaspoon of Mandarin Orange syrup on dessert
- Serve chilled
This dessert really is a tasty way to kick off the warmer days that have finally arrived! Why not make this treat for your family this weekend? Just head on over to Publix readyplansave.com to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.
It’s Friday, it’s spring and we are talking desserts, so let’s celebrate all that by having a giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a $15.00 PayPal transfer, sponsored by Liberté®Méditerranée #YogurtPerfection!