Friday, September 30, 2011

Moments with Cerra

We all have busy days, going to work, taking care of our families, our homes, and friends.   We are on the go from the time we wake up in  the morning, running kids to and fro, taking care of errands, shopping trips, school activities, and family activities.

I have to remind myself to sit down and relax a minute during the day or I am not a happy camper.

Be Aware~Act~Reflect three words to lead you to a happier, balanced life.  Be aware of your thoughts and feelings, act with thoughtful intention and reflect on your experiences.

CerraMoments have seven Intentions to help you on your journey of happiness and finding balance in your life.

The Seven Intentions from Cerra™ and their key ingredients

  • Grounded: Patchouli and Ylang Ylang
  • Creative Energy: Cardamon and Juniper Berry
  • Gratitude: Bergamot and Balsam Oil
  • Loving Kindness: Lavender and Cinnamon Bark
  • Courage: Basil, Thyme, and Eucalyptus
  • Wisdom: Lavender, Geranium, and Clary Sage
  • Inspiration: Jasmine and Ylang Ylang

  • The Cerra™  Experience offers an interactive web site, supportive web community, and engaging products  that are available Here

    Photos from my sample kit from She Speaks™ Cerra™

    Creative Energy Sensory Oil and cream

    Tea Bags

    Seven Intentions fragrant cards and book

    Dissolving notes and pen

    What I like about Cerra™:
    It's an earthy, outdoorsy type experience
    It's fragrant-pleasantly fragrant
    It's supportive and interactive
    It's an experience to grow with
    It's nicely packaged
    It's has owls, birds, flowers, nature on the logo- I really like the owl
    It's beneficial to my mind and body

    Want to see for yourself?  Head over to, and look around.
    Take a moment. I did.  My dissolving note, guess what I wrote? laundry!

    Cerrea (tm) Glass bowl and Dissolving note

    Cerra (tm) Pebble Candle Set Fragrance of Intentions

    Here is another great way to find out more about Cerra, a Twitter Party. Twitter Parties are a great way to interact with your friends, and learn about new products and activities. Give it a whirl if you have not attended a Twitter Party.
    This is Your Invitation- On October 5, 2011 at 8 PM EST, Follow #SSCerra and @SheSpeaksUp. Hope to see you there!

    Disclosure:  I received a Sample kit from SheSpeaks and Cerra™. The comments and views are my own. Please visit the web sites for specific information.


    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday

    ahh, the simple joy of pumpkin picking

    the leaves are a changing

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Find the just right costume from

    Dressing up for Halloween is fun, choosing the costume, is not always fun.
    I ask my kids well in advance of Halloween what they want to dress up like.
    We shop the party stores, the big department stores, and leave empty handed.
    Tough decisions to make!  There is an easier way!  The Dressing Room App. Up load your child's photo, choose a costume from their web site, and view the costume on your child. Skip the tug of war with changing, the tired kids, and too many I wants.

    From superheros to Disney Princesses, to their favorite character and cute little ladybugs the selection is over 3,000 costumes and accessories age appropriate for young children. You can skip the scary costumes mixed in with the children's costumes you find in stores. Some of those even scare me.

    Visit, view the selection and when you are ready to check out use code BLOGGER10 to get 10% off your order.

    Disclosure: by writing this post I am entered into a contest from MomSelect. The comments and views in this post are my own.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Diversify your dinner with some famous people and Hellmann's tomorrow

    Chicken, chicken, and more chicken! What to make for dinner with chicken?  Find out tomorrow, September 20, 2011 with Hellmann's where they are  launching a first ever Chicken Challenge! Diversify your dinner routine and see what Chef Tim Love, Lifestyle expert Sissy Biggers, and Celebrity Dad and Actor Mark Consuelos have to say about Chicken and dinner routines.

    The live stream can be viewed on on September 20, at 12:10 EST. see you there!

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Gold Medal® White Whole Wheat Flour review and giveaway

     The  long days of Summer have turned to cooler days. We are spending more time inside doing school work, relaxing  and filling the house with the fragrances of Autumn.
    Today I baked a  Carmel Apple Crisp Recipe from Gold Medal ® to take to a Family Reunion. I made two pans of it so we can have one at home. The apples baking with the sweet smell of Carmel on a cool, cloudy day feels like home.

    Starting in September Gold Medal ® White Whole Wheat Flour is now available in stores. The flour is made with hard white spring wheat, a whole grain, but it has a similar taste like white flour. The white whole wheat flour is perfect for baking breads, pizza dough, cookies, muffins and brownies.
    The flour bakes up golden and has a milder flavor than regular whole wheat flours used in baking.
     Now that school bake sales and holiday baking approaching try the new White Whole Wheat Flour from Gold Medal ®.

    Giveaway Details:
    You have the chance to win this:
     The winner will receive a VIP coupon good for a FREE bag of Gold Medal® White Whole Wheat Flour, a set of recipe cards, and this awesome cookie jar.

    To be entered into this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what you would bake with Gold Medal ® White Whole Wheat Flour or what you would keep in the cookie jar. Comments close on September 30,2011 at midnight EST. Please be sure your email is in your profile for contact information. This giveaway is now closed. Comment #1 was chosen by

    Carmel Apple Crisp

    Visit Gold Medal ®  on their Web Site
    Check out what is new on the  Gold Medal ® Facebook page

    Disclosure: The Gold Medal® White Whole Wheat flour product, information, and giveaway have been provided by Gold Medal® through MyBlogSpark™. The comments and views are my own, please visit the sites above for specific information.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

     Twitter Party with @Frito Lay today

    Update to a previous Post, on Frito Lay Regionally Inspired Chips.

    Join Frito Lay tonight for a Twitter Party and a chance to win prizes.

    Topic:  Tastes from Home, regionally inspired chips from Frito Lay

    When:  5-6 PM CT  6-7PM ET

    Follow @Soc_MediaJunkie  and Frito Lay on twitter.(make sure you are following the official Frito Lay account, there are non-official accounts that look similar.)

    Hashtag #FritoFlavors

    You can also follow along Frito Lay on facebook during the party as well as Twitter.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Food Fight!

    Could you use new recipes or better ways to cook and eat healthy?
    Join the food fight and Twitter Party Thursday September 15, 2011.

    Tomorrow is a Twitter party and you can join the party.
    8 PM September 15, 2011
    Follow @shespeaksup on Twitter
    Use #SSFoodFight to follow the part
    TweetGrid Link                                                       
    More Details and to RSVP click Here

    Calling all cooks, chefs, Moms, Dads, and those that play in the kitchen.  Submit your delicious, healthy recipe on for a chance to win $10.000 worth of groceries donated by 


    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    A review of my kitchen table.

    In the midst of cleaning off the pile of papers and other "stuff" on the kitchen table, I made a list of sites for freebies. So go ahead and claim your own free loot!

    Score a free book from Scholastic with the purchase of 2 participating Kellogg's products;
    visit for details.

    PopSecret now has Labels For Education, save them and get free stuff for your school.

    Remember the Zest Song?  You can get a Free Towel, go to for details.

    get a stylish roll cover for your TP, visit Respect The Roll

    TinTin And Snowy have a hidden treasure game with Purina.
     visit Purina for details. Look inside specially marked bags for dog food for instant win.

    get a free sample of Tena Here.

    Target Sample Spot, free samples are offered here by first come first serve, so get there early.

    Proctor and Gamble offers free samples at  P&G Brand Sampler.

    Kashi brand offers samples here Kashi.

    Splenda has some new offerings: Splenda Essentials for a free sample.

    get a free recess kit from Keen footwear here:  recess kit.

    now go get some free stuff!  Check your favorite brand web sites too for coupons and samples.

    Have fun looking in your mailbox.

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Got a question? Bounce® it off Millions for an answer.


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    Fans of Bounce® can also enter a special sweepstakes for the chance to win two Bounce® Dryer Bars. One for you and one to give away to a friend. Another question: what friend to give the Bounce Dryer Bar to!

    This contest ends September 17, 2011 so head over there today with your question and while you are there enter the sweepstakes to win two dryer bars from Bounce® .(contest rules)

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     Disclosure: I wrote this for a campaign as a member of One2One network and am eligible for a prize drawing. The comments and views are my own.

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    The first day of school, the last day of Summer Decorations

    On the first day of school, I have a tradition of putting away the Summer decorations and start getting out the Fall loot. I keep the decorations to Fall things, not Halloween just yet. Owls, acorns, and Autumn scented candles are residing on the tables and  leaf garland on the mantel. A Leaf patterned table runner is put in the middle of the dinning room table with a leaf pattern bowl waiting for some Halloween candy.   

    summer decorations packed away
    silver sea shells put away

    Fall leaves on the mantel

    owl candle holders

    candy corn and candles

    an empty bowl waiting for some apples

    dinning room table

    dinning room punched tin light

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Fundraising questions answered by Mabel's Labels today

    This week was our first week back to school. On day one my daughter brought home the pile of papers parents need to fill out and return by the end of the week. Emergency infomation cards, school policies, and teacher's expectations were filled out and returned the next day. On day two, after turning in all those other shcool papers, she handed over the fundraiser book.
    From candles, candy, pizza, and magazines the kids sell to help the school out, I participate.
    I am always wishful some great new product will be the fundraiser this year! Clilck Here for a guide to fundraising.

    Today at 1 PM join Mabel's Labels where they are talking about this very thing, Fundraising in a live Facebook Chat.  You will be able to ask your question and learn tips and tricks in fundraising with an expert. Jump on over to their Facebook Page and post your question.

    Mabel's Labels offers durable and  neat designs in labels. Send your kids back to school this year with all their gear labeled and keep it out of the lost and found box. Anything that they take to school put a Mable's Label on it!

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Wegmans Halloween Reusable Shopping bag

    Last night while I was checking out at Wegmans Market I spotted their newest reusable shopping bag.  This Halloween bag will make a terrific trick or treat bag! Loading up your groceries is the idea, but you can also use the bags for gift giving bags, storage, taking food to the food pantry, and sending your kids back to college with treats from home. Remember to wipe or wash your reusable grocery bags often with an antibacterial cleaner to keep germs at bay.
    The Halloween bag is only 99 cents when you present your shoppers card. One year Wegmans offered a Christmas bag, keep your eye out for other holiday bags they might surprise us with.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    You are invited to Macy's Twitter Party

    It is a Twitter Party and You are invited!

    When: 9/8/2011  8PM

    Where: follow hashtag #MacysB2S

    Sponsor: @Macys


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    Wordless Wednesday

    Today I am guest posting over at DIY Frugal . Head over there for some great tips and ideas on Fall decorating and more.

    home grown pumpkins

    all sizes and shapes of Fall

    ARM&HAMMER™ has a new Foot Care collection. It's cool mist of relief.

    It's the season of hot and humid weather. Hot weather and I are just not friends. Arm and Hammer has two new invisible sprays, one for...