Needing to Take Control of Your Finances?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart Share the Word for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi everyone,

I haven’t done a non-DIY paid post in awhile, but I thought this was a worthwhile one. I am passionate about people feeling in control of their finances, and I think that learning how to simply budget is one of the best things a person can do. 

In celebration of Black History Month, Kmart has teamed up with Glinda Bridgforth, author of Girl, Get Your Money Straight!, to create a free downloadable finance e-guide. 

The guide includes family budget and saving advice, useful templates and helpful money saving tips. 

Kmart is promoting Share the Word, which is a program that helps people take control of their finance. 

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Love Asian Food? Try the New Pei Wei Diner!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PeiWei for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s getting cold around here, and nothing sounds better than something warm to eat.

I love Asian food, but it takes quite a bit of time to cook it from scratch, that’s why I’m excited to try Pei Wei Asian Diner.

Pei Wei Asian Diner is owned and operated by P.F. Chang’s (which I love!)

So I’m excited to Explore the full Pei Wei Asian Diner menu.

Pei Wei Diner is a fast and casual dine-in experience. They also have speedy and convenient to-go service!

I LOVE the P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps, so I’m excited to try Pei Wei’s latest item, the Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wrap

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Dreading back to school shopping?…White Cloud can help!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

How can it be time to buy school supplies? Wasn’t it just May? Weren’t we just getting out of school, and now we’re thinking about what to buy to go back!?

Does the thought of sharpened pencils, new back-packs and school clothes shopping excite you, or does this seem like a charging burden that will land you in financial depletion? Either way, White Cloud is here to help! 

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The Gro Project…making gardening fun for all of us!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you love to garden, or is your green thumb….um, not so green?

I love a beautiful garden or yard at the end of the day, but getting myself out there to work on it is another story!

I’m an “inside beautifier”.  After I paint a wall….it stays painted! After I trim hedges, mow a yard and pull weeds, my work seems to be “undone” in 1-5 weeks!

That’s why I’m happy that Miracle-Gro is coming out with things like The Gro Project and fun garden projects. These are fun, “do-able” plant-based projects, and don’t take an entire day, but add some fun plant-life, to your life!

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Otter Pops….the perfect summer treat!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jel Sert for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I think of my childhood days of summer, I think of long afternoons swimming at the pool, followed by movies with cousins and the movies always included an Otter Pop!

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Aruba…a vacation destination!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aruba Tourism Authority for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Where would your dream vacation destination be?

Are you a beach lounger, where white sandy beaches, sun and a good book would fill your day?  Or are you an adventurer, where scuba diving, hiking or a jeep safari would be how you would spend your time?

Either way, I think natural beauty and sunny weather are on everyone’s list of “vacation musts!”

Well today I’m writing a post for Social Spark on Aruba. Keep in mind, I’m in the middle of a move. There are boxes everywhere, cranky kids who are not even close to a normal sleeping schedule, and to just find swimming suits today took 30 minutes as I dug them out of packed boxes (never thought we would need swimsuits in May)!  All this to say Aruba travel sounds pretty darn incredible right now!

I watched this video about the Everly family and was ready to start planning my own Aruba trip! Yup!…sign me up!

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Moms loves Mombo…and Pretty Penny does too!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Comfort and Harmony for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you heard of the new Mombo?

The Mombo, is the new kind of nursing pillow. Remember the days where we all nursed with a semi-circular pillow? Well the Mombo, is the new, upgraded version!

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Do you want a trip to Brasil? Enter the #CB2NovogratzBrasilSweepstakes!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CB2 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Whether it’s snowing or sunny where you are, I bet a trip to Brasil sounds pretty great!

Well, you and three friends could win the trip of a lifetime!

By playing the CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes, you could win a trip to Brasil that includes you and three friends flying to Trancoso Brasil, and staying in the vacation home of CB2 collaborators Bob and Courtney Novogratz for a week!  10 other lucky winners will receive CB2 giftcards worth $100 and a personally signed copy of the book, “Home by Novogratz”.

You can also enter on the CB2 and Novogratz Collection site. The sweepstakes runs from May 2nd to June 3rd.

So let’s talk about the CB2′s Novogratz collection.

I personally love this collection. It’s a punch of great color, with modern pieces that are sophisticated yet fun.  Their pieces show what is hot in design right now with colors are perfect for this time of year!

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Flood Wood Care — staining made simple

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flood® Wood Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Flood® Wood Care staining products are designed to restore, protect, and beautify natural wood and other surfaces. Because of their product’s superior adhesion and penetration, you can use Flood products on a number of different exterior wood surfaces, such as fencing, siding, decks and furniture.

Right now, Flood is running a Flood Better Backyard Sweepstakes, for a chance to win a $1,500 gift card, or one of 12 $10 gift cards given away daily! All you need to do to enter the sweepstakes, is like Flood Wood Care on Facebook, and share the sweepstakes for more entries!

You can also follow Flood on Twitter for great tips about staining and how to make the most of your outdoor living space.

The sweepstakes ends on 5/17/2013, so go and sign up now!

Well, you may have read my post on the house we are in escrow on. It happens to have 3 decks! Two in the front and one in the back.

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Scotts Florida Select Mulch — beautiful and eco-friendly

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you heard of Eucalyptus Mulch before? It’s an eco-friendly and beautiful choice for mulch that’s grown in Florida.  Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch is a wonderful alternative for your lawn because it’s extremely sustainable! I love what people are finding out about sustainable gardening. It’s the way to go for so many reasons! Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch is also considered a renewable resource becuase it grows four times as fast as Cyprus. Areas where it is used also require 30% less water!

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