LG OLED is a Great Family Gift from @BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

LG_OLED_Infill_smaller file 2What is OLED TV?

Honestly you have to SEE it to really appreciate it.  Though, I’ll warn you now, that TV you have now that looked just fine to you…it just won’t be good enough after you watch the video here or, better yet go see it in person at your local Best Buy.

But what it boils down to is that this insanely thin screen (about as thick as a pencil) delivers colors and contrast like you’ve never seen before on a TV screen!

Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com


LD OLED brings you:


·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

·         Super thin design

·         Find content faster with webOSLG_UHD_smaller file

#GIVEHAPPY with OshKosh B’gosh’s This Holiday #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

BettertoGive-600This season marks the end of an era for me and OskKosh B’gosh.  You see with young boys, I’ve found that fashion is simple.  Clean and covered, that’s about the jist of it.  Sure they will tend to prefer some things for comfort, have their own favorite colors etc.  But for the most part I’ve spent just over a decade not spending much time or effort in the fashion of my little men.  EXCEPT when it comes to the holiday.  Each year I’ve delighted in finding handsome coordinating outfits for the boys to strut their stuff in for the holidays.  Some have loved this, others have not.  But it was a small part of the joy of the holidays for the boys to look put together and coordinating for any holiday photos opps.
However, this week as I strolled through our local OshKosh B’gosh store, it hit me that this year I would not get to dress up my boys in perfectly coordinated sweaters or button downs and sweater vests.  No, you see not only have they each become very vocal about their day to day styles, heading in opposite directions of tastes.  But my oldest two boys have hit a milestone in the fashion world…they have out grown OshKosh B’gosh sizes (0-12)!  The bitter sweetness of this realization also brought me back to a very similar realization….which occurred in the exact same store but many years ago…the time I realized they were no longer able to fit into OshKosh B’gosh overalls.  Oh how I loved those overalls.  Each of the boys wore them from when they were teeny, then passing them down to the next brother.  It was a sad day when I handed down those last pair of overalls.  While there’s always new adventures in the next phase of their lives it’s sometimes hard to say goodbye to the old.  It’s crazy to think how long ago it was that they wore their first tiny pair of overalls.  I miss their squishy little smiles and drooly kisses.  But for now, I’ll enjoy the moment.
There won’t be OshKosh B’gosh Christmas attire for my two young MEN this season, but there WILL be great memories.  And I’ll enjoy the years left with my lil mini-me.  As he has a few years left to go.  I’ll be taking him back soon with the B’gosh Rewards I earned this trip to pick out his fancy holiday duds.  Check out a few of the great styles they have this season.

oshkosh bgosh christmas holiday season fashion kids boys girls


With OshKogh B’gosh you can give great quality at great prices.  Whether you’re looking for holiday fashions, the perfect Christmas jammies or just comfy, warm winter wear check out your local OshKosh B’gosh (use the Store Locator here).  And be sure to take advantage of this 25% off coupon to get ever better deals!

H14 Mom Blog Coupon(1)


I was on a mission to get my youngest some happiness in the form of some warm comfy pants for this season.  And the Triple Jumper Pant with a soft jersey lining, pull-on waist and ease in the knees were just perfect.  Thanks to OshKosh B’gosh sales and my 25% off coupon I got NINE pairs of pants and three fun long sleeve T’s to go with them for just over $100!  OshKosh B’gosh’s Holiday #GIVEHAPPY #sponsored #MC (2)


#GIVEHAPPY #sponsored #MC 1

How will YOU #GiveHappy from OshKosh B’gosh this season?

For more ideas and inspiration check out OshKosh B’gosh on Twitter and Facebook

Find Holiday Recipe Inspiration with #PastaFits #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


For many the holidays are a time they love to prepare their favorite dishes.  Memories often center around time in the kitchen.   For those of us who enjoy cooking a little less, holiday cooking can actually be a source of stress.  Although I’ve been working to learn more, I still sometimes struggle with coming up with dishes to bring to the many holiday get togethers.  Things always seem to either take too long to fit into the busy holiday schedules, or don’t travel well or reheat well, etc etc

Tortellini-Cesar-Salad-240x300So while it doesn’t exactly scream HOLIDAYS, I was inspired by this  Tortellini Ceasar Salad.  It’s easy but not boring.  And it works great as a cold dish that will travel well when you need to bring a dish.

I loved the recipe just as it was but I decided to try it with exactly what I had on hand.  I made my tortellini salad with our favorite lettuce, ranch dressing and crouton.  And a super easy to prepare cheese tortellini.  Depending on where I was serving it, I might take it as separate pieces and mix it immediately before serving.

If you could use some inspiration for new pasta based recipes for your holiday entertaining this year visit PastaFits.org for recipes, nutrition information, contest and promotions, as well as general cooking tips and pasta facts.

Pasta Fits is a nutrition and culinary education and resource initiative sponsored by the National Pasta Association.  Learn how pasta can fit into your busy lifestyle with easy, quick, and wholesome meal possibilities for active families.  It is also a budget friendly option that is versatile enough to please every palate during any occasion. Complex carbohydrates like pasta provide the optimum type of “fuel” to power your muscles and brain.  Pair  it with fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed poultry and lean meats for a fabulous meal to gather around with your friends and family this holiday season.


Be sure to check out PastaFits online, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



Honor World Prematurity Day by Learning More about RSV Today #RSVAwareness, #PreemieProtection, #sponsored and #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



Monday is World Prematurity Day.  I think this makes it the perfect time to take a moment a learn about something that greatly impacts MANY premature babies every year, RSV.  RSV is a common virus that almost all babies are affected by, especially in the winter months.  However, in most full term children the virus presents not too unlike a cold.  But in babies with reduced ability to fight the virus, especially premature babies who can often have underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems, RSV can result in symptoms severe enough to necessitate hospitalization and for as many as 200 hundred children a year, can even lead to death.

If you have a premature baby, you have probably been made well aware of the risks of RSV.  So why is it important for the rest of us to be aware?  Because we can HELP too.  All winter long, but especially at the holidays be sure you’re doing all you can to protect your smallest friends and family members.  The best way to help premature babies is to help prevent RSV.  Parents of premature babies, will likely be advised to be extra diligent about hand washing and keeping linens etc clean and even avoiding crowds during RSV season.  Others can help by also being diligent about hand washing and about not exposing premature babies to other young children who may be innocent carriers of the RSV virus.  Also, be mindful of the concern of RSV and don’t add pressure to new parents to get out and put their precious ones at risk.  We all know the worries of being a new parent.  Having been the parent of full term babies born in the peak of cold and flu season it’s already a battle between exposure and cabin fever, parents with infants at high risk don’t need to be made to feel worse for doing what they need to in order to protect their child.

If someone you know will be trying to prevent exposure to RSV this season, consider what you can do to help.

Unbranded Infographic_FINAL for Media-page-0

I am personally aware of a friend who’s daughter is dealing with RSV right now.  You can see the suffering on her usually smiley happy face.  Please do your part this season to help prevent the spread of RSV to those precious little ones around us.

Visit www.RSVprotection.com for more information on RSV.




This Cold and Flu Season, Give Them Everything They Need, Nothing They Don’t with @LittleRemedies #LittleRemedies #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



It’s that time of year.  The snow is already blowing in the frigid Midwest and soon the noses will be too.  In the last year I’ve made serious efforts to handle the things that ail us naturally.  While prevention is a key focus for us, sometimes, despite our best efforts the germies get to us.  And when a little one (or a slightly less little, “little” one) isn’t feeling well it can impact the whole family.  So getting them back up and running is key.  But with also having medical issues that are worsened by artificial ingredients, especially artificial colors it’s important to me to make sure that they are getting everything they need to feel better without the things they don’t need.

This is why I love Little Remedies products. The Little Remedies line of products helps relieve fevers and cold and flu symptoms with the fewest ingredients possible — no artificial flavors, artificial colors or alcohol. Because the last thing you need as a parent is more guilt or worry about what you’re putting in to your little one’s body when they are already miserable.

And don’t let the name on the box fool you, we know our big kids turn into big babies when they don’t feel good so remember Little Remedies products for children for kids up to 11 years old.  No matter how big we get we can all use a little love and being taken care of when we don’t feel well.  So even if you can hardly recall that tiny wrinkly bundle of joy you held in your arms and prayed the Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops would bring relief for, the line of Little Remedies can still help your biggest babies feel better.


 Try Little Remedies® Honey Cough Syrup for simple, natural relief for little coughs + throats.

Little Remedies© Honey Cough Syrup


And Little Remedies® Saline Spray/Drops  for dry or stuffy noses.

Little Remedies© Saline Spray/Drops

These, along with lots of other Little Remedies products for fevers, colds and tummies, are a great way to give them everything they need, nothing they don’t this cold and flu season. To get more information about Little Remedies and their products, visit LittleRemedies.com.  And visit Little Remedies on Facebook and Twitter.



Check out the ‘Intel Technology Experience’ Zones Best Buy @BestBuy #IntelatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Last week I had the chance to check out the new ‘Intel Technology Experience’ at my local Best Buy.  As if Best Buy wasn’t alreadyIntel_432x288_Static the go-to place to talk to someone face to face about your technology wants or needs, I truly love the chance to learn in these ‘experience’ zones from brands I already know and love.

If you haven’t experienced any of this sort of Best Buy zone,  the Intel Experience will be a great place to start.  The theory because these zones is allowing users the opportunity to learn about new technologies through first hand access.  With technology constantly hanging and evolving it’s easy to be intimidated by the latest and greatest.   That’s the reason why Intel and Best Buy are now teaming up to bring new Intel Technology Experience zones to 50 Best Buy stores in major markets across the U.S.

The Intel Technology Experience lets customers – from tech enthusiasts to technophobes – play, explore, and be inspired by the power of technology with hands-on activities like 3D printing and virtual reality games. For many, this is the first opportunity to see, touch, and play with exciting new technologies they’ve only heard about.

Averaging 240 square feet, the Intel Technology Experience will show customers the power of Intel: the technology behind these new, innovative activities is the same power behind the devices like tablets and laptops we love and rely on every day. Customers can build and print their own 3D robot, show off their racing skills on Mars in an augmented reality world, master beats and remix tracks by Ne-Yo as a digital DJ, and check out the latest PC and tablet devices powered by Intel processors.

The area will be staffed by specially trained Best Buy Blue Shirts to answer questions and help customers make the most of each area within the experience. Each season, Intel will refresh the venues with a new array of technology experiences.


Right off the bat I was excited by the NE-YO display which was talking to me and drawing me in.  I stopped at Best Buy midday during the week so I had no competition for time checking out the experience so I MAY have played with NE-Yo for quite some time.  As someone who has no real musical talent it was fun to play with the sounds and sites of this mock concert.  I can only imagine that it could be truly inspirational for a true musician and the things they could create with this technology.


In my true form I was less than graceful with the Rover, though it was fun to try.



But I was most intrigued by the 3D printer.  This is a technology that still blows my mind that for all we’ve seen on TV of it, that it can literally be bought and done in your own home.  Simply touching some of these 3D print creations was awe inspiring.  I truly can not wait to see how this technology will change our world.



Stop by one of the 50 participating Best Buy locations to check out the Intel Experience today and see what YOU are inspired by.

For more information about the Intel Technology Experience areas, including a list of stores, visit www.bestbuy.com/intel.



I’m Not Hip

this is what a really cool mom looks likeHip isn’t a word I normally use.  Simply using the word makes me feel un-hip.  But it’s the exact word my 10 year old used when he declared that I am, in fact, “not hip.”
WHAT??  Really!?  Have you not heard the music I jam too?  I mean I’m on ‘the Facebook’ and stay up on all the coolest things.  Hello!!! I am totes a big deal on the interwebs, or at least in my own mind.

But to a 10 year old boy, I am his mother.  A nagging, make him wash him pits and pick up his dirty dishes, MOM!

Maybe if I figured out this eye straining world of Minecraft or knew how to Ollie, things would be different.  But I can’t and I won’t, so I’m just learning to accept that at least for a few years now, I will be completely and embarrassingly ‘not hip” as far as my kids are concerned.

Mind you this statement was not made disrespectfully or out of meanness.  It was simply a factual statement, meant to save me from myself.  And I’m really ok with it.  I think there was a time when I would have felt the need to fight this statement, to do something to PROVE my hipness.  Because apparently taking him to a Maroon 5 concert last year was simply not enough to demonstrate this.  But somehow I’ve come to this point where I’m really ok with where I am and knowing that I’m not going to be the “cool mom” to my kids because NO mom is ever considered cool by their own child during these crazy tween and teen years.  So I’ll own it.  Heck I may have even rocked out to some Justin Beiber with a car full of tween boys this week much to their disgust.  But I know that they’ll come back around someday, just like I did with my own “lawn mower dancing in my front yard oh my  gawd I am going to die” mom and learned to absolutely love the part of her that was fun and didn’t care what anyone else thought. And when it’s all said and done, hopefully they’ll learn a little about loving and being exactly who you are, no matter how ‘un-hip’ it may seem.



Honor OUR VETERAN HEROES™ with BAND-AID® Brand #RunWithGlory #MC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BAND-AID® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


As the daughter of a veteran and a retired police officer, I have a serious appreciation of all those who serve our country.  I have an especially soft place in my heart for the homecomings of parents in the military like the one in  this OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand YouTube Video.  I could literally spend hours with a box of facial tissues and watch these types of beautiful reunions.

All our veterans deserve an amazing hero’s welcome!  That’s why BAND-AID® Brand has partnered with Team Red, White & Blue to help enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting returning veterans to their communities, so that coming back feels more like coming home. BAND-AID® Brand is the presenting sponsor of the Team Red, White & Blue Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay.  And now through November 9, runners will carry an American flag 3,800 miles across the country to raise awareness and funds in support of veteran communities in America.Honor OUR VETERAN HEROES 3

We can’t all carry the flag but we CAN all help.  BAND-AID® Brand recently launched OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, featuring patriotic and military-inspired designs  and are donating 5% of the sale price of each box sold to Team Red, White & Blue, available at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.  And · BAND-AID® Brand will further support Team Red, White & Blue during the Relay by donating $1.00 for each consumer message encouraging Relay runners and thanking veterans, up to $25,000.  Visit bandaid.com/heroes to share these messages or use #RunWithGlory on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Honor OUR VETERAN HEROES 1

This is a great way to get your family talking and thinking about Veteran’s Day.  While I don’t think that this should ever be the only day of the year that we are thinking about and sincerely appreciating our veterans, it is a good place to start.  Living very close to a military base our family has been focused on showing appreciate for active and retired military for a long time.  Our boys have been encouraged to stop and simply say thank you to the men and woman in uniform that frequent our local malls.  My boys are still young, they lead a very comfortable life and don’t always fully appreciate that but I think it is very important to instill in them the gratitude for those who help make it possible for them to do so.  They don’t know the real fear or hunger that so many kids in the world live with on a daily basis and that comes at a cost.  Regardless of your political opinions or beliefs, the men and woman who serve in our military give you the freedom to live a life you would not otherwise be given.  Take a moment to support Team Red, White & Blue with a #RunwithGlory message, consider purchasing the OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, but don’t let it stop there.  Make it a family project to find a way to thank a veteran this Veteran’s Day!Honor OUR VETERAN HEROES 2

Celebrate Lunar New Year with @BestBuy #bbylunarnewyear

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Gift cards are a fabulous gift for any occasion, Whether you’re in need of something for a video gamer, movie buff, music lover or gourmet baker they will be thrilled to get a Best buy gift card.  And I love that Best Buy is once again celebrating Lunar New Year with special designed cards.

145431_ChineseNewYearIn the spirit of diversity and our company values, Best Buy supports events which we believe are of importance to our employees, customers, and communities.  The upcoming Lunar New Year is one of those important celebrations.

For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring.  It is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Asian countries.

This upcoming year, Lunar New Year, which is based on the phases of the moon, falls on February 19th, 2015 of our Gregorian calendar.  Best Buy is helping celebrate the event with Asian-inspired Giftcard and eGiftcard, available for purchase or gifting from BestBuy.com through February 22nd, 2015.

For an eGiftcard, scroll to the right of the following link under the “occasions” tab.  To order a hard copy of this gift card click here.


What would YOU buy with your gift card?







CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert Platinum Points Program #CrystalLightWM #MC #Sponsored #RanFan

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Banner Nine
I was excited to hear that CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert are partnering to launch the Platinum Points Program to reward CRYSTAL LIGHT customers with fun Miranda Lambert gear.  I am a big fan of Miranda Lambert and love CRYSTAL LIGHT.  So earning cool rewards (like an exclusive Miranda Lambert song download or an autographed Miranda Lambert guitar) you won’t find any where else for buying a product we already enjoy is WIN-WIN!!

Have you ever tried to sign up for a rewards program or get your points and found it nearly impossible?  Well CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points Program has made it easy!

  1. Visit CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points Program here to sign-up! You can sign up using your email or Facebook account.
  2. Then simply purchase participating CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart and keep your receipt.  This was probably the toughest part for me as I typically toss my grocery receipts as soon as I get home (sometimes even on my way out of the store).
  3. Go to www.earnplatinumpoints.com in your mobile browser and log in, click “Snap,” choose “Walmart,” and then click “Select/Take Photo,” and snap a clear photo of your receipt and click “Upload This Photo.”  When I got home I realized my receipt had pretty bad lines in it like the printer was running out of ink so I was pretty nervous about whether I’d still be able to collect my points but it went through just fine!
  4. Redeem points for Miranda Lambert rewards!

If you just buy one CRYSTAL LIGHT product, you’ll earn an EXCLUSIVE Miranda Lambert song download!

It really is THAT easy.  Here’s a small sample of the CRYSTAL LIGHT options I found at my local Walmart.  I like the canisters for at home, the liquid for my office and the On The Go packs for stashing in our sports bags for when we’re out and about.  I also like that the CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points program allows you to get your points from your reciept as opposed to many which have their codes inside the individual packages so if you use the product away from home you have to keep track of your code until you’re able to enter your points.  With CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points you just snap the receipt and you’re done, so you won’t miss out on the chance for awesome Miranda Lambert rewards.  I only need a few more points to add the Miranda Lambert mug to my mug collection!


CRYSTAL LIGHT is available at Walmart stores nationwide

Points You Can Earn:

CRYSTAL LIGHT Sugar Free On The Go Packs = 100 pts each
CRYSTAL LIGHT On The Go Multipacks = 100 pts each
CRYSTAL LIGHT Canisters = 100 pts each
CRYSTAL LIGHT Jumbo Products = 200 pts each
Miranda Lambert Platinum CD = 300 pts each

Rewards You Can Get with Your Points:

100 pts = Miranda Lambert Automatic (Acoustic) Song Download
800 pts = Miranda Lambert Platinum CD
800 pts = Miranda Lambert Platinum Mug
1000 pts = Miranda Lambert Platinum Tumbler
1200 pts = Platinum Rhinestone Ladies T-Shirt
5000 pts = Miranda Lambert Logo Guitar
8000 pts = Miranda Lambert Signed Guitar

Share With Friends!

Refer your friends! Not only will your friends earn 25 points instantly for signing up, but you will also receive 10 points for each friend you refer who signs up.

And a bonus Promo Code:  “mirandaic” gives yous 30 free Platinum Points when you sign up!


My boys love ALL the CRYSTAL LIGHT flavors but I will always have a soft spot for my original favorite from way back when, pink lemonade.  But the Randarita recipe feature at crystallight.com right now sounds pretty awesome too!


The Platinum Points Program coincides with Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour Presented by CRYSTAL LIGHT.


 So what will YOU use your CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points for?