Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Cleaning with The T-fal FV4495 Black Ultraglide Iron (Giveaway)

Spring. A time for flowers, rain showers and that whole house clean. Last spring I had just given birth and had a newborn on my hands, so this spring cleaning season I’ve vowed to leave no mess ignored – including the pile of laundry that sits on my bedroom floor.

This year getting your clothes back in the closet, pretty, pressed and organized couldn’t be easier with the T-fal FV4495 Black Ultraglide Iron.

Product(s) and information received for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were in no way influenced. Yours may differ.
Ironing doesn’t have to be a pain. With the T-fal Ultraglide iron you can be fast and efficient. Sleek in looks, the new black T-fal Ultraglide Iron provides superior glideability and scratch resistance for easy and fast ironing.

Boasting a non-stick ceramic Ultraglide diffusion stoneplate which is 100% mineral rich with quartz and a powerful steam output, wrinkles disappear with ease and now even the worst iron-er (that’s me!) can create the perfect seams and pleats.



I can’t say ironing is something I typically enjoy, which probably explains the wrinkled pile of clothes in the middle of my bedroom floor that rarely seems to move. But with the new black T-fal Ultraglide I actually had some fun while ironing, testing out the settings and watching how easy the wrinkle were removed. This is one iron I don’t and won’t mind using. And best of all, it doesn’t stick to my clothes like my old iron, it literally just glides across them – hence the name Ultraglide? ;)

Additional Features:


  • #1 Iron in “Glideability” and Fastest Iron (in lab tests vs. top 20 competitors)
  • 64 steam holes for optimal steam diffusion and removal or wrinkles, 37 microholes for ultimate steam diffusion across entire fabric with a concentration at tip, and 27 large steam holes for advanced steam performance
  • Pointed tip works well for pleats, buttons, and seams
  • Easycord system keeps the 12ft long cord (NEW extended length) out of the way when steam ironing and prevents from re-wrinkling already-ironed fabric.
  • Round thermostat dial with precision controls.
  • Anti-drip technology 
  • The NEW anti-scale system helps recollecting calcium from hard water – for long lasting performances
  • Extra large and extended heel provides greater stability and holds the cord securely in place when stored 
  • 3-Way Auto-off with blinking warning light for maximum safety
  • Self cleaning system includes anti-scale valve for extended life and ensures constant flow of steam for better performance
  • Vertical steaming for hanging drapes and delicate garments
  • Large 9 oz. water tank for fewer refills
  • Temperature indicator light goes off when selected temperature is reached
  • Lifetime warranty on soleplate, 1 year warranty for T-fal

But first… Let me take a selfie!


In honor of the season, T-fal is hosting a social media Spring Cleaning “Selfie’ photo contest from April 20th – May 1st, where one Grand Prize winner will receive of $500 towards their 2015 Spring Cleaning (VISA gift card) and a suite T-fal products (FV4495 Black Ultraglide Iron, ActiFry, OptiGrill, Naturale Pan). 5 runner ups will also win the suite of T-fal products to help clean their homes and diets!

Participation is simple! Grab your camera and capture your cleaning woes or successes and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instgram with the hashtag using the hashtag #TfalSpringCleanSelfie. Your photo can include you cleaning or can simply be a “selfie” of a room you need the most help cleaning. 

Remember the entry deadline is May 1st, so let’s see those selfies!

Buy It: The T-FAL FV4495 BLACK ULTRAGLIDE IRON is available at Amazon.com, K-Mart, and Walmart for the SRP of $45.00



Win It: One lucky reader will win a T-fal Black Ultraglide Iron! Thanks T-fal!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Fun and Imagination with Pacific Play Tents (Giveaway)

As a parent, I find some of my more challenging days to be when the kids and I have been stuck in doors for too long. Sometimes, there is just a run of bad weather or an illness has snuck up on one of us; whatever the case may be that indoor boredom sure sets in fast! I am always keeping an eye and ear out for indoor entertainment, especially entertainment that encourages imagination and creativity.

Product(s) received for review purposes. All opinions expressed are solely my own and yours may differ.
With 25 years of making award-winning tunnels, tents and toys, Pacific Play Tents knows just what gets kids motivated and their imaginations going. Whether it’s a potato sack race or turning their bed into a tented imagination zone, you’ll find loads of great products at PacificPlayTents.com that will inspire imagination and pure fun.



While recently browsing the Pacific Play Tents site two products really stood out to me, bringing back a flood of memories. The bed tents and I See U Tunnel. I had a bed tent and tunnel as a girl and loved each of them equally as much. I would spend hours inside my tent, sleeping, reading, coloring etc. And vividly remember chasing my cat through the tunnel. 

The “Peek A Boo I See U” Tunnel is nothing but F.U.N! Perfect for my 12 month old and still tons of fun for my 7 year old. The tunnel is 6’ long, has a sheer top for peek-a-boo fun, and boast sturdy conduction and gently padded coils for safety and comfort. When playtime is over simply fold down and secure with the attached Velcro straps for easy storage.


Whenever things start getting a little hectic, and I see boredom looming in the air, I break out the “Peek A Boo I See U” Tunnel and just sit back and watch the fun and imagination that ensues.


Buy It: Find Pacific Play Tent products at PacificPlayTents.com or at retailers like Walmart and Target nationwide.

Win It: One lucky reader will win a $50 Pacific Play Tents gift code to purchase the product of their choice.

Friday, April 17, 2015

P&G Stock Up (and Save!) at Walmart (Giveaway)

"I was facilitated with a gift card. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were in no way influenced. Your opinion may differ."

Spring. The flowers and blooming, bees are again buzzing, and those temperatures are rising. I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying my outdoor time and no longer look forward to daily errands. So, what better time is there to stock up (and save!) then now?

From March 29th- April 30th, stock up (and save!) on P&G household essentials at Walmart, leaving you more time for family fun and less time running out this spring!



This week I set aside a day to run into my local Walmart and grab some of my favorites from Bounty paper towels to Pampers for my little guy.




I love scoring deals on larger sized items as it not only saves me money, but time. There is nothing worse than realizing there is only one diaper left in the bag and having to pack up baby and head to the store. And of course it always happens at the most inconvenient time. 


Save yourself time and money and head to Walmart to grab your favorites including:


  • Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Tide Simply Clean and Fresh Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Toilet Paper
  • Bounty Mega Roll Select-A-Size Paper Towels
  • Luvs Super Absorbent Diapers
  • Pampers Swaddlers Huge Pack
  • Tampax Pearl Plastic, Super Absorbency
  • Always Ultra Thin Long Super Unscented Pads
  • Always Discreet Maximum Underwear
  • Always Discreet Moderate Regular Length Pads
Win It

Stock up and save even more! Enter for your chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Strawberry Chicken Pockets with Liberté #Recipe #YogurtPerfection ( and Paypal Cash Giveaway) #SP

Things are heating up here in Florida and with the warmer temps comes a change in the way we eat. We’ve officially traded in that lunch time bowl of soup for something a little lighter, with loads of flavor and created with Liberté® Méditerranée yogurt! A refreshing way to get great flavor, without the guilt! 

Our #YogurtPerfection comes from a Strawberry Chicken Pocket recipe, that we often enjoy, using leftover grilled chicken in the spring/summer months.


What you need:
Directions:

Using a butter knife, lightly line your bread with a thin layer of strawberry yogurt. Add chicken strips, lettuce, strawberry, and any additional toppings you enjoy, and serve.

It’s quite simple and surprisingly good. If I am being truthful this was a creation made by my daughter one day that the whole family fell in love with, made extra special with Liberté® Méditerranée yogurt.


Liberté® Méditerranée yogurt begins with a choice of ingredients. The whole milk and cream selected create an indulgently silky texture. The live, active cultures add a layer of deep flavor that is punctuated with bold, real fruit. And as you should expect, they refrain from adding gelatin, sugar substitutes or preservatives.

We consume a fair amount of yogurt in our home, straight from the container and for use in numerous recipes. But one of our favorite things about yogurt is trying all the delicious flavors! 

Liberté® Méditerranée yogurt is now available in the following:

  • New Méditerranée Cappuccino  
Flavors of bold espresso and sweet cream mingle in yogurt harmony.
  • New Méditerranée Caramel
A sensorial delight, with pure melted caramel tamed by rich milk.
  • Méditerranée Blackberry
Sweet, aromatic blackberries harmonize with velvety yogurt
  • Méditerranée Coconut
Milk and cream deepened with the earthy, nutty flavor of coconut.
  • Méditerranée French Vanilla
The exotic, heady perfume of our vanilla is anything but “vanilla.”
  • Méditerranée Lemon
Whole milk yogurt enlivened with the sharpness of lemon. Bracing but silky.
  • Méditerranée Strawberry
A twist on a classic. We used exceptional fruits for this winsome, summery flavor.

If your looking to indulge (without the guilt) this spring, check out some of Liberté® Méditerranée's new flavors like Méditerranée Caramel. This has made its way to my top 5 favorite flavors list...Y.U.M.M.Y! 

Coupons and PayPal Giveaway!

Want to try Liberté® Méditerranée #YogurtPerfection, available at Publix, for yourself? Grab your 0.20 off 1 coupon here.

Want to try all the Méditerranée flavors and maybe a recipe? Enter now to win $15 in PayPal cash. Entry is simple just visit the Liberté® Méditerranée website and tell me what you think. What is your favorite flavor? 

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Have You Filed Yet? Tax Tips and Sweeps from Master Lock


That deadline is almost upon us. Have you filed your taxes yet? As a reminder to do so, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some tips from Master Lock. Master Lock is not only committed to keeping customers safe, but they have some great tax tips and details on a chance to win $1,000!




MASTER LOCK MAKES FILING LESS TAXING WITH SWEEPSTAKES,
TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING RETURNS AT VARIOUS LIFE STAGES

Five Master Lock Vault® users will win $1,000 each in Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March XX, 2015) – Approximately 1 in 5 Americans who file their own tax return leave an average of $450 on the table each year – adding up to more than $5 billion in the U.S. – due largely to unnoticed deductions and credits*. This tax season, Master Lock is offering advice for maximizing returns during key life stages with credit opportunities and organization tips, and is also providing financial relief to consumers via the Master Lock Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes.

Now through April 16, any registered user of the Master Lock Vault is eligible to enter for a chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes. The Master Lock Vault is a free, digital safe deposit box that provides a safe and secure solution for storing copies of important tax documents for easy access from any smart phone or computer.

“Each new stage of life brings with it new considerations during tax time,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Whether it’s your first year doing your own taxes, or first year with a dependent on your tax forms, we’re here to help you feel more confident about the process and your results, and maybe even take home some extra cash.”

No matter which life stage you are in this tax season, pay close attention to possible deductions and credits you may qualify for as you reach each new milestone**:

1. Recent College Graduates: Graduating from college is a great accomplishment, but many graduates face a mountain of debt owed on their student loans. Luckily, there are credits that could provide a tax break for young professionals this season:

Graduates who begin repaying their student loans may qualify for the Student Loan Interest Deduction, which would deduct up to $2,500 of qualified student loan interest. If you plan to continue your education, you may qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit which can provide eligible students with a tax credit toward undergraduate, graduate or professional degree courses at an eligible educational institution.


2. Newlyweds: After exchanging rings and tossing the bouquet, newlyweds’ lives – and taxes – merge into one. Filing jointly with your spouse offers many advantages, and the IRS gives joint filers one of the largest deductions each year.


With a new marital status comes significant changes that could affect your taxes. It’s imperative for the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return to reflect your Social Security Administration (SSA) records. If you made changes to your name (Form SS-5) or address (Form 8822), you need to file the proper forms to notify the SSA and IRS. You should also notify your workplace to ensure your receive your W-2.

3. Parents: Raising a child to the age of 18 costs approximately $245,000 in today’s economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parents can ease their burden by taking advantage of the Child Tax Credit, which offers a tax credit up to $1,000 per qualifying child. Additionally, parents who paid for child care in order to work may qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which reduces federal income tax.

4. Seniors (65+): As we age, it’s even more important to correctly prepare tax returns in order to receive the proper deductions and credits. Storing personal expenses and documentation in a secure location, such as the Master Lock Vault, will keep seniors’ personal information organized and eliminate the worry of lost or stolen paper documents that contain confidential information. If you want or need to store physical copies, keep them protected in a locking fire- and water-resistant Sentry Safe storage chest or safe.


Based on filing status, seniors may qualify for the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled (Forms 1040 or 1040A), and seniors who do not itemize their deductions receive a higher deduction amount. Seniors should also take advantage of free tax services, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides income tax preparation and electronic filing services, and Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, which focuses on pensions and retirement-related concerns.

Master Lock Tax Relief Rewards Sweepstakes

An added bonus of utilizing the Master Lock Vault to organize the variety of forms and online passwords needed for your tax-filing process this year is the chance to win $1,000, which can be used to supplement your tax refund, or help ease the burden of additional taxes owed. To enter, new users can register for a Master Lock Vault account at www.MasterLockVault.com. Once the account has been activated, users will receive an email containing the sweepstakes entry form. Existing Master Lock Vault users who have opted in for brand communications will receive an email with the sweepstakes entry form once the sweepstakes kicks off March 16. One entry will be accepted per person through April 16.


Master Lock Vault

Benefits of the Master Lock Vault extend well beyond the tax season. Use the system year-round, via the website or by installing one of the free mobile apps for your Apple®, Android®, Kindle® or Nook® devices. Securely store and organize lock combinations, digital copies of your passport and social security card and other confidential data such as debit or PIN card numbers or online credit card account log-in information. Offering a high level of online security, the Master Lock Vault serves as a digital safe deposit box for quick and easy access to valuable information anytime, anywhere.


For more safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website at www.masterlock.com or the Master Lock Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masterlock.


About Master Lock

Master Lock is the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and related security products providing innovative security solutions for home, automotive, campus, power sports, bike and storage security needs for consumers and industry alike. Master Lock Company LLC is an operating unit of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS) is included in the S&P MidCap 400 Index. For more information about Master Lock, visit www.masterlock.com.


About the Sweepstakes

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Entry into the Master Lock “Tax Relief Rewards” Sweepstakes is open to permanent lawful residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) and Canada, excluding Quebec, who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Limit one (1) entry per person. Sweepstakes begins at 07:00:01 a.m. CDT on March 16, 2015 and ends on April 16, 2015 at 6:59:59 a.m. CDT. Entrants can access www.masterlockvault.com and follow the on-screen instructions to create a Master Lock Vault account, which will generate a confirmation message containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form. Existing, opt-in subscribers will receive an email containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form.

Sponsor: Master Lock Company LLC, 137 W. Forest Hill Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154.

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**Master Lock is not a legal, tax or accounting advisor, and the information in this press release should not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. Master Lock recommends that consumers consult a professional advisor for advice concerning specific tax or other matters.