Free sample of Nopalea


Nopalea offers a tasty wellness drink that can help relieve inflammation, a leading cause of pain. If you or someone you love has been looking for a way to reduce inflammation, Nopalea may offer you some respite.   The Nopal cactus fruit is where the juice comes from,  which many cultures have used  for centuries for its healing properties. It contains rare and potent antioxidants that are scientifically proven to help the body reduce inflammation. Nopalea can help reduce the inflammation in: muscles, joints, respiratory, digestive, arterial, or even widespread body cells.

When taken daily, Nopalea can help your body:
– Reduce inflammation
– Cleanse itself of daily toxins
– Promote optimal health

Nopalea is offering a free 32oz bottle of Nopalea free of charge when you call and order through their 1-800 number. You will pay only the shipping and handling charge of $9.95.


American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Walk


ACS Making Strides Walk

A few weeks ago, I shared how breast cancer has affected my life…and how it’s affected just about everyone’s life.  One of the ways it’s affected me, and so many others, is the call to DO SOMETHING to help.  One of the simplest ways that we can DO something to help is to participate in events like American Cancer Socitety’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  Making Strides walks are happening in communities all across the US and I will be walking here at the Hartford, CT location on October 21.  Want to walk? You can find a Making Strides walk and information about it here.  Even if you aren’t able to attend or participate, you can donate to support a truly wonderful cause.  It’s a very moving experience to attend an event like this, with survivors, supporters, and those who are currently fighting breast cancer.  It’s an awe-inspiring experience and very powerful.  It’s a nice way for so many to be able to feel like they are doing something to fight this battle, you know?

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So many of those walking will be walking for their moms, with their moms, in honor of their moms…in memory of their moms.

Participating in events like Making Strides doesn’t have to mean a huge cost, or that you have to do a full 5 mile walk.  There are both 3 and 5 mile walks, and I am sure that more volunteers can always be used.  Even just being there to cheer on participants can make a difference!  This is my “page” for Making Strides so you can see some different options- or make a donation to support the cause.  The atmosphere at Making Strides promises to be full of hope and inspiration.  Monies raised at events like this go towards groundbreaking research, comprehensive support and access to mammograms.  In fact, when you sign up, at least for women, you will be asked if you’d like reminders emailed to you about getting a mammogram- and when you would like that reminder.


Apparently, you can even win an iPad – check this out!


Fall is here and it’s time to focus on fundraising—and possibly win a new iPad! From September 26 – October 6 we’re holding our Fall Fundraising Challenge. Contact everyone you know and ask them to support you with a donation.  The top 3 fundraisers who harvest the most cumulative donations* during the Challenge timeframe will receive a new iPad!  If you are registered for a Making Strides event, you’re automatically eligible to participate. Official Rules.

American Cancer Society (ACS) is working hard to fight breast cancer with their Making Strides initiative. This nationwide breast cancer walk is striving to support those that have been affected, empower others, and cheer on survivors, all while fighting to end this disease.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The Children’s Place Superstar Model Search- have you entered? Have you voted?

childrens place kids model searchCalling all aspiring – and adorable – models. The Children’s Place is launching its second annual model search this fall to discover its next superstar. Does your little star shine for the camera? Submit a photo of your handsome little man or darling little girl, and he or she just might win a starring role in the upcoming photo shoot for The Children’s Place, as well as a $500 shopping spree.

I love The Children’s Place- great style, great quality, and great comfort.  Plus you can’t beat the pricing!

Simply visit The Children’s Place to upload your photo and vote on your favorite little rising star!  Maybe they should call this the 5 superstar model search, since there will be 5

There will be a grand prize winner selected for each of the following categories:

· Newborn (boys and girls, 0-12 months)

· Baby Boy (1-4 years)

· Baby Girl (1-4 years)

· Boy (5-12 years)

· Girl (5-12 years)


Each grand prize winner, along with two designated guardians, will receive round-trip air transportation to the glam set of The Children’s Place photo shoot, as well as a $500 gift card to spend on all the latest styles.

Additionally, one entrant will be randomly selected each day to receive a $50 gift card to The Children’s Place, and one lucky bonus sweeps winner will receive a $500 gift card at the end of the contest.

WHAT: The Children’s Place Model Search

WHEN: Going on now – October 20th, 2012

WHERE: Visit The Children’s Place to enter and vote


FREE Plants vs Zombies Game (Halloween is coming!)

free plants vs zombiesPopcap and the American Dental Association are offering kids of all ages a free download of Plants vs. Zombies this Halloween. Print these Halloween Coupons for a free Plants vs. Zombies game download and hand it out to your Trick or Treaters this year in lieu of candy. This offer is redeemable from October 30 to November 10, 2012.

Let’s help prevent kids of all ages from getting Zombie Mouth!

You can pick up Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition from Amazon for $12.99 – or you can wait until Halloween and get it for free!

Thanks Coupons Are Great!

Freesy Squeezy – Free Bingo at Tasty Bingo

freesy squeezy bingoWe all like bargains, and we love freebies. And if ever there was a benefit to come out of these times of austerity, it is bargains and freebies indeed! As we keep our money carefully tucked away, companies seem to be falling over themselves to try to get us to start spending on their brands again. Nowadays you can’t seem to turn a corner or a page without finding offers, vouchers, discounts and freebies jumping out at you. Many of these deals simply want to entice you to spend for things you don’t even want in the first place. At the end of it all, you end up wanting to kick yourself for being such a spend thrift. Here are few handy tips to help make sure you get your fair share of bargain deals and freebies.

Do a careful check for the best price. A great way to save on leisure activities is to play Bingo online at Tasty Bingo. They have some fabulous ongoing online bingo promotions. A brilliant freebie that surely deserves a mention is the ‘Freesy Squeezy Bingo’. Here you can play your favourite ninety ball bingo game for free and win money for free too. Offers themed on scrummy recipes like the Forty Calorie Crunch, Friday Feast, Mint After Eight, Saturday Night Takeaways and Penny for a Pizza are sure to satiate your appetite. Speaking of food a good way to save on grocery trips is to make a list of essential items which would include the things you buy most frequently. Don’t just pop into the supermarket and buy what you need. Find out where you can buy these items for the cheapest possible rate. You shall also find several websites online that will give you a good comparison of various items in several top supermarket giants. Next, go one step further and start actively seeking out coupons and vouchers for the things you buy often. If you just spend a little time to gather good deals, you’ll be surprised at the heaps of money you’ve ended up saving. Next time you travel by trains or coaches, be looking for some good deals available to suit you. The National Express and National Rail always have fabulous discounts coupons. You can take your kids to the zoo, museums and adventure theme parks for less than half the normal price! Be wary of weekly deals and discounts available of all favourite brands. Keep an eye out on the list, to make sure you are saving money on the things you plan to buy.

And when you’ve charted out your saving strategies, pop online to Tasty Bingo to unwind and relax with your best mates in the chat rooms, while you have fun and exciting and win a lot of money in the process. Be looking for the Chef’s Special game where you can win big cash prizes as well as Instant games which you can have your jackpot doubled. Now isn’t that the bee’s knees!

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Love coffee? Come join me today for a virtual coffee chat! Free coffee all week! #McDCoffeeChat

This morning, at 10am, I’m attending McDONALD’S® LIVE VIRTUAL COFFEE TASTING EVENT.  I’ll be sipping on some delicious Newman’s Own Organics coffee brewed in my Keurig while attending and I’d love for you to join in!


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Virtual Coffee Tasting Event: Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. EST

Event Link:— I’m embedding it here, too if you’d like to follow along.

Watch live streaming video from VermontLive at

Follow on Twitter: @McD_CTWMA

Hash tag: #McDCoffeeChat

What Else: The live virtual coffee tasting event will feature Nell Newman, president of Newman’s Own Organics along with local McDonald’s Owner/Operator Wayne LeBrun and Green Mountain Coffee experts, will cover:

The history of Newman’s Own Organics coffee with McDonald’s in New England

Behind-the-scenes info and tour of the Green Mountain roasting plant in Vermont

Roasting process and taste of Newman’s Own Organics McDonald’s blend

As a thank you to our customers, the live webcast coincides with a week of free small Newman’s Own Organics coffee at participating McDonald’s from September 23-29National Coffee Day is September 29.


I will update this post with what I learn after the chat!  Also, head over to A Year with Mom and Dad to enter to win a year of FREE coffee! (New England giveaway)

A call to action…for parents…church members…

volunteer opportunities

Do you ever notice that the same people seem to volunteer and/or pitch in, to do what’s needed, to get things done, time after time?  I am far from superwoman. I don’t have my hand in every cookie jar, and I don’t intend to.  But I do stretch myself.  I’m a mom of three little ones, a wife, daughter to my dad who needs more and more love and attention than ever…I’m also a Brownie Troop Leader, a member of the Board of Christian Ed at church, and a member of the school PTA.  I’m a blogger, as well, which means I’m a small business owner and CEO and office manager for myself.  I spent the first of what will be many mornings helping out in the kids’ classes at school the other day.  It got me thinking. Why don’t more people volunteer?  Why don’t more folks help out?

My husband tells me over and over, and over again that I stretch myself too thin.  Why do you put these things onto yourself? he wonders.  Because someone has to, I reply, often with a bit of sass in my tone.  I can’t bear the thought of kids not being able to experience the fun of being part of a Girl Scout troop, or whatever it is, just because no one was able to commit their time.  He gets frustrated. I get frustrated.  I still add to my plate.  I won’t lie, and I know I should be saying no more than I say yes…but I don’t.  I can’t.

I think that in this day and age, most of us stretch ourselves too thin.  It’s kind of hard not to.  But I think too that a lot of us are hesitant to step forward and volunteer to help because we are concerned about making a huge time commitment.  I just want to do a Call to Action- a little action…kind of like baby steps.

It’s like this.  Today, I helped out at centers in preschool, and got to know some of the kids in my daughters’ class.  Then, I went to Kindergarten, and wasn’t sure how I’d be helping today, but quickly saw a need and offered my services.  What did I do?  I tore lesson sheets out of math books and sorted them into piles for the teacher, stapling them in groups of 16 (number of students) for both morning and afternoon kindergarten.  I did this for 4 lessons.  It took me about 15 minutes.  Anyone could do this….it wasn’t a lot of time, it could easily have been done at home, and it meant that Mrs. R. could then focus all of her attention on the students in the classroom which is what matters most to me.

Stepping up, volunteering, helping out- there are SO many ways to help.  It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment, nor a regular one- it can be as simple as sorting some papers and stapling them for 20 minutes, once a month.  Even helping a local food pantry- and I can’t tell you how many have very, very bare shelves, all over the country- imagine the impact we could make if we each just bought ONE item (even with a coupon or a buy one get one free promotion) to donate.

Can you imagine how much help we could offer if ALL of us decided to give a few minutes a month to a teacher, a church, an organization we support the cause for?  We don’t have to give a lot of time or money- but if we all give a little of our time or money, it’ll go a very, very long way.  


Help Fight Breast Cancer ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

ACS Making Strides Walk

American Cancer Society (ACS) is working hard to fight breast cancer with their Making Strides initiative. This nationwide breast cancer walk is striving to support those that have been affected, empower others, and cheer on survivors, all while fighting to end this disease.

We have all known someone with cancer.  It’s hard to escape the web that cancer weaves, given how intricately our lives are woven together with others’.  With social media, the word is spread fast, and it’s spread wide, with requests for good thoughts, and prayers, and support.  Cancer is ugly.  Cancer is an equal opportunity disease.  It’ll strike anyone, anywhere. It destroys things and devastates families, but at the same time, in an odd way, it can bring communities together, on small scale and on a larger scale.  Look at your Facebook friends- look how many of them “like” pages to support a friend or loved one who lives with cancer.  I bet you’ll find many. Cancer is everywhere.  Breast cancer is everywhere.

Breast cancer is one of the most “visible” and talked about cancers that women (and men) face, in my experience.  I have known several women who have lived and fought a valiant fight against breast cancer.  Some are young, some are old.  Several have described hearing their diagnosis along with a prison cell door slamming shut, with a key tossed away.  You. have. breast. cancer. CLINK. Fear.  Sadness. Grief.  Terror.  Resolution to fight.  Drive.  Strength.  Who do you tell?  What do you say?  How do you say it?  When?

I remember the very first time an old friend confided in me.  I found a lump in my breast, she said.  I remember the cold chill that spread through me as I started to tell her I’m sure it would be fine, that it was nothing… when she whispered to me that breast cancer is in her family. Her grandmother had died of breast cancer.  I didn’t know what to do. I hugged her.  Tightly.  Cried with her.  Drank a lot of vodka mixed with cranberry juice that night.  Waited anxiously while she waited for results.  Not a tumor, not cancer. She was ok.

After that first experience, it wasn’t until well after I graduated college, and had gotten married, that I met G.  I met her through my work.  We  had so much in common, G and me.  Same age, same interests…youngest child of mixed marriages…but she was unbelievably close with her mother and my mother and I…we didn’t get along at all.  Her mom had survived breast cancer when G. was in high school, and the day she walked into my office with tears pouring down her face, I knew.  My heart broke for her.  We hugged, and there wasn’t a lot to say. The cancer was back. It spread.  Her mom passed away about 6 weeks later.  Six weeks.  That’s it.  I suppose that in a way, it was a blessing, for her mom, but for her family?  Devastating.  It seems so unfair.  It is so unfair.  Cancer is unfair.

Supporting events like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer won’t bring G’s mom back.  It won’t cure everyone.  But it CAN give us the power to DO something, to support those we love, to help, to DO something- anything.  Perhaps the monies raised won’t cure cancer today, or tomorrow.  But every little bit helps.  Sooner or later, though, maybe there will be a cure, and women like G’s mom will live long, happy lives, and be able to meet their grandchildren, travel the world, weed their gardens, be cranky old ladies on a front porch, instead of losing the battle to breast cancer.

With or without a cure, events like these, they do something that cancer can’t destroy.  They bring people together, for a common cause.  They give us purpose, a shared experience, that maybe we’d not have had otherwise.  For the millions of us who feel helpless to do something to help, it offers us a way to help, and support, show our love, and fight alongside those we love so dearly.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer. I’ll be walking in Hartford, CT this October 21.  If you are in the area, I hope you’ll join me!

This is what I look like now. Or rather, my “official” headshot.

This is more like what you’ll be seeing on the day of the walk.




















Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the American Cancer Society (ACS).

My nominee for Yahoo’s Women Who Shine…Laura Tellado! #womenwhoshine

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Photo from Laura Tellado, taken by

I have someone I’d like  you to meet.  To be honest, I’d like to meet her too…and I hope that I get the chance one day.  Her name is Laura Tellado, and she’s kind of amazing.  She’s a blogger, like me.  And a woman.  Also like me.  But Laura’s also spoken at many conferences and is an activist for Spina Bifida, promoting education and awareness about living with the condition.

Laura Tellado is a Latina journalist, model, and activist and she chronicles her life with Spina Bifida.  She’s bringing awareness to the condition, and helping to raise funds in many ways.  She’s been featured in various media and has spoken at many conferences about her life journeys.  She’s a beautiful, talented young woman who blogs bilingually and devotes her time to raising awareness.  Laura Tellado is definitely a Woman Who Shines!

Laura’s also a model.  She’s been featured in print and on screen.  She writes three sites, one of which is bilingual.  She’s Latina.  She’s funny and engaging in her writing.  I read her post about some modeling she got to do at BlogHer this year and by the end of the post, I was feeling elation right along with her!

She’s also living with Spina Bifida herself, and Laura chronicles her life with this condition- on Holdin’ Out for a Hero.

Vote for Laura as one of Yahoo’s Women Who Shine!

To celebrate some of the amazing women in our communities, Yahoo! Shine is celebrating these women with the Women Who Shine 2012 contest-a contest that you and I can nominate the women who shine most in our own lives. There are eight categories of Women Who Shine: teacher, healer, mother, entrepreneur, activist, athlete, public service, and survivor. The winner from each category will get a $250 prize plus a feature article on Yahoo! Shine, and the grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 prize!

Here at Shine, we want to celebrate the women out there who are blazing new trails, touching lives or are just being amazing every single day. Help us give these women the recognition they deserve by nominating someone in your community who is doing something extraordinary. The woman who receives the most overall votes will receive a $10,000 cash prize (great prizes are available for runners-up too). Check out our current Women Who Shine nominees and vote for your favorites.
Yahoo! Shine wants to celebrate the women in your social circles who are blazing new trails, changing lives, and doing extraordinary things every day.  Help give these inspiring women the recognition they deserve by nominating them for Women Who Shine.  The woman who receives the most votes by the end of the program will win a $10,000 cash prize* (see terms and conditions) (!

 “I was compensated for this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.” 





Save $2 on Dove Men+Care Products

We all know that skin products are not a one-for-all deal.  Some products are good for my skin, and maybe aren’t great for yours.  What works for me isn’t always what works for my husband.  I’ve been finding more and more lately that my husband has been using the men’s skin care products I’ve gotten for him and not just the soap I use.  With fall and winter coming, it means drier air, and since we heat our home with a woodstove, drier skin.  We both want to find something that works well for him that isn’t “girly” and will keep his skin feeling clean, not dry and, well, manly.  (Ok maybe that last bit was my idea…) Dove Men+Care has a great and affordable line from a brand we’ve used and trusted for years just for men with the ingredients to combat dryness.

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