#Giveaway Fandango $100 Gift Card UnitedHealthcare August Contests

I have partnered with UnitedHealthcare for this sponsored post and giveaway.

Welcome to the Fandango Giveaway 
Prize: $100 Fandango Gift Card 
Whether you are a UnitedHealthcare customer or not, they want to make sure everyone understands there health and about coverage for any of your needs. There are so many universal facts and education anyone can benefit from. So, no matter what carrier you have UHC invites you to complete new tasks to learn from each month at chances for weekly $25 gift cards and monthly $400 gift cards. The best part is you get a sense of UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to keeping the public educated and healthy.
To make the most of the experience and narrow your chances of winning, there are 3 entries you can earn every day of the month. You get 1 entry for each task you do and there are 3 tasks- quiz, puzzle and video to watch. Do each task daily for 3 chances to win a day. The prize schedule is below.
For the month of August, UnitedHealthcare’s contest tasks focus on preventative care. UHC wants to remind you that routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems that allow you and your doctor to help you reach personal health goals and manage your overall health. Visit UHC Preventative Healthcare for more tips.
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The Giveaway
1 lucky reader will win a $100 Fandango Gift Card. Instructions to enter are below. Enter daily!

Just follow these 3 steps to enter:

1. Take the Preventive Care Quiz HERE

2. Play the Basic Coverage Terms Concentration game HERE-just click on ‘Solve a Puzzle’

3. Watch the Using My Benefits Video and answer a poll question HERE

PLEASE NOTE: after completing each task above, you need to submit the name/email form for that contest. If you do task and hit submit and don’t see the entry page, just hit refresh and it will show. Once you get the ‘Thank you, our entry has been received’ page you are done. Now you may win some cash card prizes too!

Now that you completed all 3 tasks, you not only get entries into the UHC gift card prizes, but NOW you can enter below for the $100 Fandango gift card I am giving away on my blog courtesy of UnitedHealthcare. Open to US and ends 8/31/2016. Good luck!


Cilio keeps you cool anywhere you go

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On those hot days anything to cool you down is a blessing from the heat. We have large portable A/C units in our home-one upstairs and one downstairs- but it only keeps a general area cool. The other bedrooms upstairs get so hot and we use fans but sometimes it is still too hot for proper sleep. My son heads off to college next month and I hear the dorm rooms get real muggy so he gets to take Cilio with him.

I like to keep cool towels and we have a lot of water cooled in the fridge but I had not thought about keeping hand fans available even for my youngest son. Mainly because I figured he’d damage a finger touching the spinning blades. Cilio is a fan I can get for everyone, even the 8 year old.
Cilio is a fun personal fan with one speed that has flexible rubber blades that stop immediately with contact to anything including fingers. It comes with the 2AA batteries requited so it is ready to use right away. He spins some serious cool breeze and it makes cilio a great hot day friend. Cilio comes in orange, blue, green and pink colors. At under $9 a fan you can stock up so everyone in the family has a cool breeze whenever they need it. Find your Cilio at Frieling Fresh Solutions.

3 Delicious Ways To Get Protein Into Your Morning Diet #Giveaway

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The plan to survive back to school should include a few factors. I have one boy off to College across state and an 8 year old entering 3rd grade. My youngest is also into sports year round. I also work in his district at the High School and am on the PTA board. Given that, I am off all summer so the transition to back to school is a rough one for us. I’m suddenly off all work and volunteering all summer and my son is out of school. In September it all just starts back up from rest to work.

Orgain has committed to bringing us a very important element into our morning routine-adding protein to the start of our day for the entire family. Orgain even helps further by offering 5 Back to School Survival tips
  1. Include Protein in Your Breakfast Within 30 Minutes of Waking Up– this reduces carb cravings and boosts your metabolism to start your day off right
  2. Consolidate Your Morning Routine– products that multi-task can save us time and money. With Orgain Cold Brew Coffee + Protein you can get the morning caffeine with your protein
  3. Let Kids Drink Their Breakfast– kids lagging some mornings? Hand them a shake for breakfast. The Orgain Healthy Kids shakes are packed with all they need to start their busy day
  4. Don’t Get Hungry– carry protein bars around with you. Protein staves off hunger and gives you lasting energy
  5. Eat One Meal Together– dinner together is an obvious concept but sometimes hard to do. Each day find the best meal to sit down together for and take that time to reflect on the day
Orgain has many protein options and 3 of my favorite are great ways to get delicious and healthy protein into your morning diet. My favorite is the Orgain Cold Brew Coffee + Protein Iced Mocha and Iced Coffee variety. It is so delicious and very filling. You will not feel like you still need that coffee shop mocha due to how full you start your day off after finishing the drink.
Orgain Organic Nutrition Complete Protein Shakes have an16 grams of protein. You have 4 flavor choices-creamy chocolate fudge, sweet vanilla, strawberries & cream and iced cafe mocha. These shakes also start you off with 23 vitamins and minerals in an organic fruit and veggie blend that is naturally delicious. For the kids, the Orgain Healthy Kids Organic Nutritional Shakes come in 3 flavors-chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. They start their day off with 8 grams of organic protein and 23 vitamins and minerals. It’s a great breakfast to hand them when running behind in the morning.
Don’t want to drink your protein? A third way to get that healthy start is with the Orgain Organic Protein Plant Based Bar. They come in 4 flavors- peanut butter, peanut butter and chocolate chunk, chocolate chip cookie dough and s’mores. These bars are great for breakfast, lunch or filling snack and bring you about 10 grams of organic plant-based protein and are 100% vegan, gluten-free and Non-GMO. They are 140 calories and only contain 4 grams of sugar.
So get that healthy start and feel the difference. Find Orgain at a store near you while back to school shopping. And don’t forget to add them to you college care packages for your older student throughout the year.


1 lucky reader will win an Orgain Back to School Survival Pack pictured above. Enter below. Open to US and ends on 8/10/2016.

After you enter below, hop on over to these blogs and enter their giveaways. We are all supporting each other. Hosts & participating hop bloggers are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations. And visit The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island



Weleda Calendula Body Cream is a Poolside Must Have

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When you have those long hot days in the sun, no amount of sunscreen can keep you or baby’s skin fully protected. Sunscreen does work to alleviate exposure to sun rays, but the humidity and sweat does its own number on your skin. Babies and toddlers have such sensitive skin and that soft skin of theirs gets stressed from the inside out. This is where Calendula comes to the rescue.
If you are not sure what the benefits of a calendula lotion are, consider the benefits in Weleda’s Calendula Body Cream. I have them listed below. Weleda’s products are made with natural ingredients that contain botanical ingredients so it is safe for even the youngest members of your family.

  • Calendula Flower Extract – A gentle and nourishing botanical that possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Sweet Almond Oil – A mild oil that contains essential fatty acids to hydrate skin and improve its natural barrier function.
  • Chamomile Flower Extract – An herb that produces small white flowers that helps to calm and soothe the skin.
  • Lanolin – A hydrous wool wax that has the unique ability to absorb twice its own weight in water. When applied to skin, it protects against moisture loss.

  • Learn more about the Weleda Calendula Body Cream at http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/9652.aspx and while there, see all of the other natural skincare and products for your body.

    Ecos Natural Laundry Products Tackles Your Stains

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    No matter the time of year or age of your children, laundry is a constant. If we could take all the stains we have seen and put them into words we’d have memories and stories to tell. As great as memories are, stains are not wanted and they need to go. As a Mom I only want to use safe ingredients on the clothes my children wear on their bodies everyday and this is why I love Ecos. It is affordable and offers environmentally friendly cleaning products with high quality, plant-derived agents safe for the entire family. Let’s take a look at some….
    The only spray 2 bottles you’ll need! The Ecos Plant Powered All Purpose Cleaner is great for washing down the laundry room, kids toys, counters, table tops, stainless steel, stone, wood and more. This is the Orange Plus scent and you can find Parsley and Ginger scents too. 
    The Eco Breeze Fabric Refresher comes in Lemongrass, Orange Blossom or Mint scents. They smell so good that you’ll want to take them anywhere to freshen any space or fabric.

    My favorite clothes brightener cannot be found in a bottle of detergent. It is the added oxy power to include in your wash. I use this Oxo Brite that has natural Oxygen power and is color-safe with chlorine free ingredients.

    Baby Ecos is a must for infants and toddlers. It is a hypoallergenic detergent free of formaldehyde, petrochemicals and is pH balanced. It has a built-in fabric softener so you don’t need a second product in your load. It is made to protect your baby’s sensitive skin.

    I love the Free & Clear Ecos. Not only is it fragrance free, it does not contain dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, dioxane or other harmful ingredients. It works for hot or cold loads in HE or non HE washers. If I want a scent to a load, I add a drop or 2 of my favorite essential oil.
    You can find Ecos products at most major retailers. Use the best on your family while doing one of the most common chores in your home. Visit http://ecos.com/ to learn more and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

    Organize Your Work Space with 3M Products at Shoplet

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    Throughout the past year I have upgraded some work space equipment from new computer and even a new printer. But what I had not done yet was make my workspace function ergonomically and aesthetically for me. I had to wrist protection at my keyboard and was using some motor oil mouse pad I got at a fair years ago. I was looking down a bit at my computer screen and it was not doing my neck and shoulders any favors. 

    Why did I wait? My new 3M desk accessories arrived from Shoplet and it not only transformed the look of my workspace but I look at my screen, not down and my wrist is supported whether using my mouse or typing.

    Shoplet offers products from office furniture to cleaning supplies. You can also find restaurant products and medical supplies as well. Starting with a simple and common product for any business-let’s look at the assortment of 3M products at great prices from Shoplet. 

    My 3M mouse pad with gel wrist rest is so sleek looking. I love the wipeable mouse surface and the gel makes the rest so comfortable. I have an optical mouse and it moves fast and with no hesitation on this surface. Underneath is a nonskid surface. It stays put all day long.
    With my mousepad I also have the 3M keyboard with gel wrist rest pad. It is also non skid and stays in place very well, but it gives my wrist the same comfort as the mousepad when I am typing away. I am able to work with good wrist and arm form.

    What is so great for me ergonomically is the 3M adjustable monitor stand. I have 4 height options with simple block fitting at the 4 feet. I also now have more work space because so many items I use fit underneath the stand. My post-it notes, business cards, chargers all fit underneath clearing my worktop.

    If you have been looking to bulk order and save as you schedule future orders, I highly encourage you to visit Shoplet. If you know a business owner, this is worth a share for them. 

    When Disaster Strikes and the Kids are Home Alone #Tips

    If you are like most households, you work and the children are home alone if old enough or with a caretaker all day. With summer here many are home with childcare or an older sibling. Would they know what to do if a disaster struck while you were away form home? It’s a scary thought and a conversation you must have with your family today!

    Would your children call from a cell phone or a landline?  And does it make any difference?  Surprisingly, the answer is yes.  According to the latest data, if you don’t have a landline in your home, it could be putting your children in grave danger. 


    According to an investigation by the USA Today, the chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone’s GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country.  With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies.  The question then becomes not why you should have a landline in the home, but why haven’t you gotten one yet?

    In the spirit of keeping you and your family safe, I recently partnered with Ooma leading Internet home phone service with reliable E911 technology—to deliver three tips for keeping your home safe this summer in addition to owning a landline. 


    Whether it’s for a small scrape or something far worse, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy.  People who call 911 from their cell phone are often surprised at how long emergency workers take to arrive on scene.  According to the recent Ooma.com 911 Emergency Response Study, more than one in five cell phone callers feel it takes too long—that’s seven times higher than for people who call from a landline.  If you’re often in situations when only a cell phone is available, consider keeping a first aid kit nearby.  


    Make sure that no matter where you are, it’s easy for the people around you to call your emergency contacts. Consider posting your own number, as well as first response numbers, on your fridge so your kids know how to reach you and your family, family members who live close by, or the authorities.  Post the name and number of a trusted friend or neighbor, too.  With Ooma’s home phone system, up to three of these contacts can be notified by text message automatically when a 911 call is placed.  In situations when every second counts, this reliable Internet-based technology could save tens of thousands of lives. 


    Educate your kids about the sights, smells, and sounds of danger.  If they hear a smoke alarm or see an appliance overheating, advise your children to get outside as quickly as possible.  Planning an exit strategy is key to getting a safe distance away from the house so you can alert a neighbor and have them call the fire department.  Consider making a detailed fire plan with multiple escape routes and keeping a printed copy of your fire plan on visible walls around your house.

    For many people, money is understandably a legitimate concern—but when it comes down to it, we really can’t put a price on ensuring that the people we love are safe.  Luckily, first aid kits are both lightweight and budget-friendly, while the price of a secure Ooma landline pays for itself in just three months and costs less than a Netflix subscription on a monthly basis.  

    My Natural Disaster story

    I remember being in the Loma Prieta Earthquake in San Francisco bay area as a child. We were home with my Mom and it happened at rush hour. We knew my Dad was do to cross over the Bay Bridge and as we got the radio going as TV was out we heard about its collapse. We were so panicked. We tried calling his office but lines were down. It was 2 hours of panic and even flagging down an officer to say we suspect him on or near the collapsed bridge and how do we know? At about 7pm my Dad pulls into the driveway-I get tears now just thinking of the relief we had. Turns out he decided to leave work a tad early so he can swing by my Grandparents house to check a home fix they needed. In the end it worked out perfect because he easily could have been a victim on the bay bridge, but he actually was able to be present with my Grandparents when the quake hit and got them calmed down and secure before driving home. See, he did not have access to a radio or working TV or phones so he had no idea what we knew and the concern we were having about the bridge. 

    Armed with these tips and a plan for how to stay in contact when disaster strikes, you can feel more secure that the kids are as safe as can be at home without you. For more on Ooma, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

    If you’ve got a story you’d feel comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear about them!  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.