Thursday, May 31, 2012

It Pays to Vacation at Home

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

A portion of my day is spent entering sweepstakes and participating in instant win games!  I love to play the instant win games!  Nothing is more fun than trying to win prizes, well, except for actually winning them!    Since I know a lot of my readers feel the same way, I thought I would share this one with you!! 

This sweepstakes is sponsored by The Clorox Company – a brand I trust!  I have more Clorox products in my home than those of any other brand!!

You can find  all of your favorite Clorox® cleaning products at Dollar General!  Dollar General carries these products at great prices!  You can get them now, just in time to clean up and be ready for all your Summer fun times!  Make sure to check out the Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface cleaners, Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, and Clorox® Liquid-Bleach today!


From May 20 – June 24,2012, contestants can enter the It Pays to Vacation at Home sweepstakes on for a chance to win one of 20 Grand Prizes, 100 First Prizes, or 300 instant win prizes:

  • Grand prize is a $500 “paycheck” to vacation at home
  • First Prize is a $25 Dollar General Gift Card.
  • Instant Win $10 Dollar General Gift Card.

You also have the opportunity to win a $10 Dollar General gift card instantly!!  Unfortunately, I did not win...BUT, I can try again every day until June 24th!  There are lots of prizes to be won!  What are you waiting for?  You can not win if you do not enter!


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Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler Review

Since moving into our new home, I have become insistent on recycling.  We now have the opportunity to recycle with our trash collector!  YAY!  The only problem I was having was where to place the day to day recycling without having to constantly run outside.  I am so happy that problem was handled with the addition of one product, the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler!

About the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler: 
The Hidden Recycler attaches to the inside of a cabinet door to 
collect recyclables out of sight and keeps your counters clear.
The bag is durable, machine washable, and made of recycled 
material. Collect your recyclables and then easily lift the bag
from the lid and cabinet by the handle to take them out to your
recycle bin.
  • Hinged lid attaches to cabinet door with over the door hooks or screws
  • Bag is made from 65% post-consumer resin
  • Bag is machine washable
  • Comfortable handle for transport
  • 5 gallon bag holds 36 uncrushed cans and is large enough to fit 1 gallon milk jugs
  • Great for single stream recyclers
  • Great for apartment living   
I love having the Hidden Recycler attached to the door underneath my sink!  It eliminates clutter on the counter as well as trips outside to my large recycling receptacle.  It is so nice to be able to help the environment without having to add clutter in my house.  Our recycling is picked up every two weeks, and so far I have found that I need to empty my Hidden Recycler every 2-3 days.  I love that I can just throw the bag in the washing machine and it comes out as good as new!  The price is reasonable, and I am planning to purchase one for my office to help with the overflowing amount of paper I recycle!  
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The Hidden Recycler is currently available for purchase online at and in store at Meijer!
Disclosure:  I received a Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler to review at no cost.  All opinions stated are honest and my own!  No monetary compensation was received!

StyleUnited: New View New You

StyleUnited is a beauty website put together by P&G.  It is brought to us by some wonderful brands as Olay, Frederic Fekkai, DDF Skincare and Cover Girl.  StyleUnited offers the opportunity to learn and get advice about fashion and beauty.  If you enjoy taking quizzes, reading interesting articles and watching how-to videos, this is the perfect site for you!  Thanks to the awesomeness of SheSpeaks, I was one of the first people to try StyleUnited for myself! 

With Style 360 - a fully personalized diagnostic quiz that has been designed to understand your individual needs in skin care, hair care, cosmetics and fashion, you can get your personal fashion profile!  Believe me, you would be surprised how accurate everything really is!  You can also invite your friends to be a part of your "inner circle" and share your results with each other! 

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, simply join StyleUnited today!  By joining, you get a chance to win their New View, New You Giveaway.   Two very lucky winners will be chosen at random to take home a $500 gift card for a shopping spree at Macy’s or Nordstrom courtesy of StyleUnited.

What are you waiting for?  Check it out today!!


Disclosure:  For blogging about this program, I will receive a small gift.  All information was provided to me from StyleUnited through  All opinions are honest and my own!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Ideas

From offering a constant source of love and support to always being there when you need her, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the mother figure in your life! With Mother´s Day drawing near, it's the perfect time to start planning how to make your favorite lady feel special.

As a kid, the perfect Mother's Day surprise was breakfast in bed, so why not continue the tradition of cooking breakfast (lunch or dinner) this Mother´s Day? Check out these recipes and ideas from UnitedHealthcare to help make this Mother's Day unforgettable!

A Healthy Twist on Breakfast in Bed Fix her a healthy morning meal that she can enjoy from the comfort of her bed:
Raspberry-Banana Yogurt Salad
Tropical Banana Nut Parfaits
Stuffed French Toast

 Friends and Family Brunch Spice up brunch with these delicious new dishes:

Raspberry Chicken Salad
Edamame-Black Bean Salad
Lemon Meringue Pie Bowl

 Delicious Dinner Give her a break from kitchen duty and end the day with these tasty dinner options:

Bulgur Pilaf with Pea Pods
Honey-glazed Chicken Breasts
Stuffed Pasta Shells
Herbed Fish

Long Distance Grocery Shopping

Live too far away to visit? Send a gift card for a home delivery grocery store. She'll be thrilled to have food delivered to her door, courtesy of you. Now that you're feeling inspired for Mother's Day, visit the Solutions for Caregivers website to download these recipes, find more tips, and learn about providing care for a loved one. It's also important to take charge of your health and look out for your loved ones. Dr. Reed Tuckson explains how to keep yourself and your family healthy in his new book, Dr. In The Mirror.

  Disclosure: I received this information from MyBlogSpark and UnitedHealthcare. By posting this information, my name is entered into a contest to win a book. No monetary compensation was received!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Video Clip For Upcoming Disney Movie BRAVE

I am a huge Disney lover and I am really excited about the upcoming movie BRAVE!
About the movie:
 Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida(voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate. “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. A grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor, “Brave” uncovers a new tale in the mysterious Highlands of Scotland where the headstrong Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery before it’s too late. Opens June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters
Here is a clip that I hope you will enjoy. The clip is entitled "Kilt" and I hope you enjoy it!  My hubby sure does!
Disclosure: The above information was provided to me by Disney and I thought I would share it with my readers! All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family! No compensation of any kind was received for this post!