Why I’m Falling in Love with the Philips Airfryer

Big thank you to Best Buy for sending me a complimentary Philips Airfryer to test out and share with you guys. It is AWESOME and I know you’ll love it too!

I am a healthy eater, 90% of the time. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the size of my hips, but it’s true. I eat small portions, whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies. But…. I have been known to say that “deep fried” is one of my favorite flavors :) And this would be an area where I splurge once in a while. We have a deep fryer, and ohmanohman can it make some good stuff. But it’s hot, messy, and FATTENING! So when I learned that there was a new super-cool technology that would give me a healthier alternative to frying… I was totally excited to try it out. Skeptical, I admit. But excited.

Philip's Airfryer - multitasker in the kitchen. Fry, bake, roast, AND grill!

Philips Airfryer is a total multitasker in the kitchen. It can fry, bake, roast, AND grill. Which I appreciate… I’m a kitchen gadget addict. But I only have so much room in the kitchen. So anything that has multiple purposes is a win, and a space saver. So – let’s take this as a dating scenario… He looked good in his online ad. And, upon meeting him – he made a good first impression. [Read more...]

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Love DIY? Join the BEHR Online Home Improvement Network!

This is a sponsored post about a new DIY community from BEHR. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Are you a DIY enthusiast? I know I am. We moved into a new house a couple of years ago – but just finally finalized the sale on it a few months ago. Which means I am SO excited to finally carve out some time to start on major DIY projects through every room in this place. We’ll be doing painting, trim, furniture makeovers, organizing projects, new furniture, fixtures, flooring – the works! Which is why I’m excited about this new online community from BEHR, and thought some of you would like to learn more too. Check it out…

BEHR - new online community for DIY types, share opinions, get rewards!

BEHR wants homeowners like you to help advise their brand!

Yep, BEHR wants to hear from you. Because who’s more important than their own customers, right? So – If you’ve completed a painting, staining or exterior floor coating project in the past year or plan to in the future, apply for BEHR’s new super cool exclusive online community where you can learn from others working on home improvement projects and provide your opinions and feedback directly to BEHR decision-makers.

As a member you’ll be part of an exclusive group that provides BEHR with feedback and perspective on their products and how they impact you in your own personal DIY projects. Personally, I truly enjoy sharing my thoughts with brands who want to hear them {part of why I got into online surveys and blogging and writing in the first place!} But to sweeten the deal a bit and make it worth your time, to thank you for your impact on the brand, you’ll receive a $5 Amazon gift code for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month just for participating.

Interested in joining? See if you qualify here: http://mayweask.com/behr2

A fun way to interact with an awesome brand we all love, some free Amazon shopping monthly – sounds good, right? :) If you get approved, leave me a comment and let me know! I’d love to hear about your experience. And be sure to share this with any friends you know who might be interested too….

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New Way to Save Big on Groceries – Without Using Coupons!

I shopped savvy using Walmart Saving Catcher, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SavingsCatcher. Sharing because I love this, and I know you will too!

I used to be a pretty serious couponer. I wasn’t ever one who could pull off the Extreme Coupon style trips, where you pay less than a buck for a cart of groceries {although I have friends who can do that!} But I regularly saved 40% or more on my shopping trip by matching sales and clipping coupons. But, as life has gotten more hectic {kids, my online business, expanding that business, etc} I have less time to devote to things. I still use coupons EVERY time I shop. I’m a big believer in using every avenue available to earn extra money – survey sites, freelance writing, cash back sites, and more. {See my most popular post of all time – Ways to Earn Money From Home – for more tips.} Which is all leading up to me telling you about THE coolest new idea for saving money/earning free money that I’ve found in a LONG time! Check it out…

How to Save Big On Groceries - without using coupons! Sweet trick.

“The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.” – Benjamin Franklin

So, let me tell you about this cool new app and website. It’s from Walmart, and it’s called Savings Catcher. And here’s why it rocks – it guarantees that you get THE best prices on everything you buy, without having to price match the ads, or run to a million different stores. You simply enter the info from your receipt into your app, or log into the Savings Catcher website when you get home. It takes a couple of days to search all of your local stores – then refunds if any of the products you bought were cheaper at any of those stores! Super cool, right? See it in action here: [Read more...]

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The Elsa Cocktail – Disney’s Frozen Inspired Sangria Recipe

This week I made my Sweet’N Low Sangria recipe, inspired by the Disney movie Frozen, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #SweetNLowStars.

Hi. My name is Meagan. And I like to party. {Anyone else seen Hot Rod? One of the funniest-cheesiest movies ever? :)} Anyway – I do like to party. Whether it’s a great dinner party with friends and family, a girl’s night with my besties, or a playdate party with my favorite-ist little lady – any reason to celebrate life makes me happy. And, since my little girl, like every other girl ages 1-100 in the world, is in love with the movie Frozen, I decided to have a fun Frozen themed night for her and a couple of our friends. Today I’ll share the drinks I made – Sangria for the adults, and a couple of non-alcoholic options for the kiddos. Over the next week I’ll share some treats, foods, and party ideas too. So be sure to subscribe via email to stay updated!

Elsa Cocktail - How to make a Disney's Frozen Themed Sangria Cocktail

How fun is this, right? I call it “The Elsa.” It’s icy blue colored. It has frozen fruit and fun frozen ice cubes – even star-shaped {the closest I could get to a snowflake :)} frozen pineapple slices. It’s also low-cal. Because it’s made with SkinnyGirl wine, and Sweet’N Low instead of sugar in the simple syrup. A delish drink that’s guilt-free, and super fun? That’s a win in my book :) So – here’s how to create your own at home… [Read more...]

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Even Moms Can Party Like a Rockstar….

Disclosure: In exchange for my participation in this program, I am receiving VIP tickets to the Uproar Festival and a bunch of awesome product from Pura Vida Tequila - tequila recipes coming soon! Photos provided by Pura Vida Tequila.

I’ve had a rough week. Like, really rough. I was supposed to travel to Chicago and then Wisconsin, to the Kimberly-Clark HQ, to speak to a panel of other mom bloggers about potty training, and how awesome the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy is. {And honestly, it really is. If you have littles, or know someone in potty training stage – share it with them. They’ll love you forever.} But then we had a major family emergency. Like, life-threatening emergency. And I didn’t feel comfortable traveling across the country when my family was in such an uncertain place. But, we were blessed…. Things have changed dramatically in a few days. It looks like everything will be ok. I can breath again. And – it’s awesome that as that happens, I also get to have an amazing event to cover tomorrow – the Rockstar UPROAR Festival, at the beautiful White River Amphitheater near Seattle, Washington.

Pura Vida Tequila Party Bus - Godsmack - Rockstar UPROAR Festival [Read more...]

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When it Comes to Girl Scouts – Together Counts!

Big thank you to Together Counts and the Girl Scouts of the USA for giving the compensated opportunity to share my thoughts about the new #HealthyHabits campaign!

I think that it’s super important for kids to be active. Not just physically active, but also active in their communities, active in their world. Which is why a new partnership between the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and the Girl Scouts makes perfect sense to me. And, as a former Girl Scout, I might be biased, but I do love the Girl Scouts. {I was a rockstar Girl Scout, and sold the most cookies in our county. Now, I eat the most Girl Scout cookies in our county. But that’s a separate blog post….} I love that it gives little girls a sense of belonging, a role model, in case they don’t have one at home, and a set of goals and adventures to embark on. {The experience stuck with me so much that about a year ago I bought You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, which I can’t wait to finally get started on. I’ll be blogging it, don’t worry :)} And next year when Abby is old enough to start, I’ll be leading our own Daisy troop. I can’t wait! {They can become a Daisy Scout as early as Kindergarten.}

Little girls, scouting, and healthy living tips! [Read more...]

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How to Travel Fashionably Light

I’m super excited to have received a complimentary item from Karina Dresses – I know you’ll fall in love with them as much as I have!

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”… Albert Einstein. I love this quote, and I think it’s perfect for the post I’m writing here today. Until a few years ago, I hadn’t led an especially exciting life. I started working in retail at 15, moved up the ladder into management and fashion merchandising – then into some other sales positions. I worked hard, played hard, and was content enough. But things felt so….. Ordinary. Then – things changed dramatically in just a few short months. Suddenly I found myself with a new baby, a full time college course load, unemployed, then jumping into the world of working for myself, online. But all that craziness was worth it – I now have so much more independence. I get to travel all over the country, see new places, meet new people. Before blogging, I’d only flown on a plane twice. Now it’s surprising to fly only twice in a month sometimes.

Karina Dresses - Be a Frockstar!

So – I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling light. And, along the way, I’ve also learned a thing or two about confidence. And Karina Dresses is totally related to both of those! Karina Dresses believes that everyone woman is a Frockstar – meaning that, we should all own our life. Be confident in our body, no matter what shape – while also finding the beauty in everyone else too. That life is about celebrating all of our different roles, connecting with others and the world, and valuing quality – whether that’s in a relationship, experience, or product that we purchase. Read the Frockstar Manifesto to learn more about their mission. And as you can see above – Karina Dresses definitely make ME feel confident!

Karina Penelope Dress with Pockets

The dress I’m wearing is the Penelope, in Coral Dots {although it’s more pink than coral in person.} This was my first Karina Dress, and I really wasn’t sure about ordering it… If you look at my closet, it’s organized my “color” – black, gray, dark gray, denim, white, then a tiny section with a few colorful cardigans and tops. So wearing such a bright dress made me a little nervous. I wear black for a reason – what I used to call baby weight has just turned into permanent new curves that I’d rather hide. But Karina dresses are brilliant in the way they’re made, to flatter everyone’s figure. Check it out:

Finding your perfect fit in a dress

Karina Dresses has a dress for every-body! Check out their “Best Fit” section online for more detailed info, but here’s a basic idea:

Triangle ~ fuller hips, smaller top
Inverted Triangle ~ broader shoulders or fuller bust with smaller hips
Rectangle ~ hips, bust and waist are similar size
Oval ~ waist and bust are same size with smaller hips
Hourglass ~ curvaceous , full hips and bust

All dresses are made in the US too. And let me tell ya – these dresses are like magic. For reals. They’re made from a special microfiber fabric that you can machine wash, then just hang up to dry. And they never – never, ever, ever – need to be ironed. Which is why they’re perfect for travel. You could literally squish ‘em up in a ball and throw one in your bag, and when you pull it out later to wear it is going to look like it’s brand new. And it holds up amazing to being worn and washed a million times. {I know this, because I wear this baby constantly.}

Plus, when I travel, especially to a blogging conference, I’m so crazy-busy I often am in the same outfit from 6am to 2am. I need something that’s comfy that let’s me move freely all day {and ohmyheck, the Penelope style has POCKETS. I’ve never had a dress with pockets.} Something that gets me through hours walking around in a crowded expo hall meeting brands….

Then more walking in the super humid heat in San Jose, for silly party photo opps. The fabric is super light and stretches with you, which was awesome. The easy cut and light pleats in the front hide everything you want hidden, while the neckline and waistband flatter the good parts. And yes, that’s another Karina Dresses that you see in the middle there too :)

And here’s the same dress, still going strong at midnight, while visiting all of the hotel suite parties with some bloggy best buddies. After 12 hours in the same dress, it’s still wrinkle-free, still feels comfy and fresh, and I got more compliments on this dress than any other that I’ve worn in years. I am now addicted, and must have more of these.

Karina Dresses DRESSES FOR EVERY BODY

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