Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop


Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!


A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,
What a day to celebrate! This is the 119th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!


***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.

Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'
Meet this week's co-host:
PicMonkey Collage
Christine @ So-Called Homemaker
Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
...on to the Winner!

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Hi friends! This is Chelsee this week! I can't explain how much my family loves Mexican food. Especially tacos! I knew when I saw this recipe from Winks and Eyerolls I had to pass it along to all of you. Doesn't this look gorgeous! I think this is the perfect time of year to try recipes like this and I plan to be try this asap!

Check out Winks and Eyerolls from Sierra and Faith! They have the cutest blog and I can't wait to see what else they can come up with, because these tacos look amazing!

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Out with the Old and In with the New Way to Read + Giveaway


I LOVE to read. Reading opens up a whole new world of adventures.  But I'll be the first to admit it. Call me old fashioned but I am the kind of person who loves to be able to flip a page and smell the lovely smell of a new book. I also like to feel the ink and bookmark my pages so prior to a few weeks ago if I am totally honest I will admit I was anti e-readers if you had asked me this time last month. However, when Kobo graciously offered to send me an e-reader to try with a promise that they would change my mind I agreed to take them up on their offer. Enter the Kobo Glo HD Reader.

I am shocked to admit that not only do I like it...I love it! Why?
  • For starters it has enhanced my night time reading experience. The 6” HD Carta E Ink touchscreen has a fully adjustable ComfortLight and the convenience of adjustable fonts, sizes and margins for your pages. This allows me to read easily at night in bed without having to turn a lamp on and interfere with my hubby's sleep. 
  • It is lighter than a regular book and stores up to 3,000 books. I am currently in the process of reading 3 books so the fact that I can carry one tiny 'tablet' and not have to lug around 3 books and skip back in forth is awesome!
  • The battery life supposedly lasts up to 2 months which is great because you do have to plug in to a computer to charge your device. I have been reading it for over a week now everyday and have not had to charge my device yet. 
  • Here is my mixed feeling: The good-you have instant access to any book at anytime by accessing all books via a WiFi connection. The bad- you do have to pay a typical full price book price. No more yard sales $0.50 finds. 
  • Kobo has this awesome preview features where you can read a good bit of every book for free. This is awesome because it gives you just enough to know whether the book is actually going to be good or interesting or if its not your style. 
  • I really like the bookmarking featuring that shows you in % how much of the book you had read and takes you to write where you left off. The device also tracks how much you have read daily, weekly, yearly, etc. in stats which is sort of neat. 
  • If you ever don't have your reader with you but want to continue reading where you left off you can download the free Kobo app and pick up from your iphone or whatever device you may have with you which is awesome for doctor's offices and unexpected waits. 

Thanks to this device I have found myself reading more because it is much more convenient than it used to be. I have constant access to the books I am currently reading. Long line in the carpool. No problem. I pull up my app. Waiting for it to stop pouring outside before running in to the grocery store? I no longer mind.

If you were wondering what I am currently reading (promise you won't judge me) here is my list: The Duggars: 20 & Counting (something about this family totally intrigues me), For the Right Reasons (honestly I am reading this book because I am obsessed with Shay, Sean Lowe's sister, a fellow blogger which you should totally check out if you haven't already), and The Husband's Secret (it has gotten raving reviews from my friends and co-workers). 

Want to learn more about the reader? Watch this video: 


Giveaway time: 
200 Readers across the web will win a $10 gift card to start downloading books. 
Be sure to enter below.
Kobo Mom 2 Mom Challenge

Discount time:
All my readers will get 35% off a list of discounted eBooks just use code marriedfilingjointly
Discount code is valid for 35% off select eBook purchases from the link below. Discount will be confirmed at checkout. Offer valid until June 30, 2015 at 11:50 PM  EST. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion and can not be used to adjust amount paid on previous purchases. Discount code must be entered at time of purchase to qualify for this discount. Discounts cannot be applied nor the discount value refunded once a purchase is complete. Rakuten Kobo Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time without notice. 


Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Kobo and I received compensation as part of my ffiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Feed Your Baby Healthy and On-Go + Giveaway

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


As moms we want our babies to eat the healthiest, best tasting, and freshest food possible. We steer clear of all artificial ingredients and preservatives. That is exactly why so many moms today are making their own homemade baby food.  If you are at all like me you are totally intimated by making your own baby food. I live such a busy life style and need my baby's food to be ready when he is hungry and easy to take on the go. That's why my family loves Beech-Nut organic foods. They are delicious (I can say this because, yes I have tried them myself) and just as good for your baby as homemade foods. 

One of my baby's favorites from the Beech-Nut organic line is the raspberry and avocado product. This stuff is not 'baby food' but real food for babies inspired by homemade real fruit and veggies. The Beech-Nut organic line uses recipes inspired by real moms who try unique combinations at home. The flavors in the organic line include organic apple, raspberry & avocado, organic banana, cinnamon & granola and organic butternut squash, and black bean & cumin. Here is my little one excited to eat his Beech-Nut dinner (ignore the gash on his forehead...more to come on that story later....we spent a scary night in the ER Saturday night but like I said more to come)!


As I mentioned the Beech-Nut organic line is similar to making your own homemade baby food as it uses a unique just gentle cooking™ process that does not add any excess water or artificial preservatives and won’t cook the nutrients away. Basically this food allows you have your veggies and eat them too if you get my drift ;). The organic line comes in transparent honeypot glass jars, and features the USDA-certified organic seal, an indication of GMO-free food.    This year, Beech-Nut was awarded Product of the Year in the baby category for its 100% naturals and organic lines, as selected by more than 40,000 consumers in a national, representative survey byTaylor Nelson Sofres. If that does not give you piece of mind I'm not sure what will. 

  Beech-Nut organic is sold at the following retail stores: Kroger, Babies “R” Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern, Walmart.com,  Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons, Hannaford, Raley’s, Meijer, Nugget Market, Diapers.com, Harris Teeter, Shaw's, ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods.

Trust me...I know how picky babies can be and you don't know if your baby will eat a product until you try it. That is why I am excited to be giving away a free coupon for a Beech-Nut product. Enter to win below but hurry! Giveaway ends Friday, May 22nd. 

 Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baby's First Swim #Swimways

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



We had the opportunity to take our little guy to the pool for the very first time last week. And he loved every moment of it! Since we are water people I was thrilled. We all know that a smooth transition creates a life long love of water and swimming! Between the lake, pool, and beach we spend a large majority of our summer on the water so the fact that he not only didn't hate it but really seemed to enjoy it made us so glad and excited for this summer! 

We started out in the baby pool and thanks to the I-C #SwimWays baby float quickly made our way to the 'big kid' pool. He loved it. Laid back, relaxed, splashing his hands and enjoying the water. 



The SwimWays baby float can be bought from Toys R Us among other retails. The Baby Spring Float is the the perfect product to introduce baby to the water for the first time like we did. I especially love the SPF sun roof feature so baby does not get burnt. SwimWays has created the Swim Steps line of products like this one to help children become confident swimmers. 



As fun as water can be it can also bring fear as the number of little ones drowning each year is a scary statistic. With how much we are around the water is is EXTREMELY important to me to not only make sure our little guy is comfortable around water but knows how to swim. National Learn to Swim Day is May 16th. This day is designed to remind parents to kick off summer safely by engaging their children in water safety and swim instructions. SwimWays believes that swimming is an important life skill and that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim. This will be the fourth annual National Learn to Swim Day. We are actively working with our little guy to teach him the basics like kicking his feet, blowing bubbles, and jumping in the pool to us. Water safety is no joke and should not be taken lightly. I found this website which has some great tips on what to teach your little one so they are safe and confident in the water. 

What do you you do to ensure water safety with your little ones? Any tips on teaching a baby to swim you have found helpful?

Friday, May 8, 2015

#VACAYEVERYDAY WITH PALM BREEZE SPRITZERS




Happy Thursday everyone! I'm so glad we are FINALLY having some nice weather! This past weekend was gorgeous and my hubby and I took full advantage of the weather to do some much needed yard work. 

After a weekend full of work come Sunday night we were ready for a little wind down and celebrate our work time. The baby was in bed and we decided it would be a great time to get some burritos and enjoy an outdoor picnic.

I ran up to the grocery to pick up some diapers on my way to pick up the food and noticed these Palm Breeze spritzers drinks at the store. They looked delicious and refreshing after a long weekend full of work so I picked up a few to enjoy with our dinner. Plus they were on sale for $0.99 a piece, score!



Palm Breeze sparkling alcohol spritzers comes in two tropical flavors, Pineapple Mandarin Orange and Ruby Red Citrus and are the perfect refreshing summer treat. I picked up a few of each flavor. I would describe the drinks as fruity and a fun alternative to beer with a little more 'tang' than soda. Sweet but not too sweet if you get what I'm saying.  The best part is that these drinks are PERFECT for the pool or beach because unlike many other malt drinks they are in a can and not glass and as we all know so many beaches and pools prohibit glass. Throw a cute koozie on your can and you are good to go! 



With Memorial Day around the corner, I’m getting super excited for all things summer and will definitely be keeping these Palm Breeze spritzers on hand when I need a tasty refreshing drink. For anyone that is not a fan of beer, or just wants to try something refreshing after a hard day's work like us, look for these in the drink aisle at your local grocery store!




Ps. If any of y'all live in the DC area, Palm Breeze and Blo Blow Dry Bar are having a girls night out event next Monday, May 11th and you can RSVP here.





I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.