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Monday, March 31, 2014

The Beauty of Nature with Aveeno Active Naturals!

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with AVEENO and Latina Bloggers Connect.

I know it's Spring but here in North Carolina, it still feels like Winter. Sigh. Cold weather always brings out the worst in my skin. I suffer dry, itchy and scratchy skin. I get alligator skin on my legs and my hands are so dry, I need to put lotion on several times a day.

Sometimes, I have to get creative to take care of my dry skin. I think back to when I was a little girl and my mom and grandmother used to use home remedies for problems such as dry skin. I remember when our skin was itchy, my grandmother used to make us take baths in oatmeal to help the itchiness. It worked!

My mom loved using cocoa butter for dry skin. She would buy in these big blocks and leave it in the bathroom cabinet. When her skin was dry, she would go and rub the block and it would release its oils and her hands were soft and silky. I always thought that was the strangest thing ever but it worked.

Did you know you could heat oil and put in fresh rosemary leaves for earaches? Well, that's how they cured our earaches. To refresh their skin, they would put water in a bottle, add rose petals and take a cotton ball and wipe their face. Cucumbers were always used to take down the swelling around their eyes. For them, natural ingredients were the best thing. To this day I use those little tricks that I learned from my mom and grandmother.

Now, I can have natural ingredients without all the work because AVEENO® uses natural ingredients to create their products. Here is a wonderful video narrated by AVEENO® Brand Ambassador, Jennifer Aniston (love her). The video called “The Beauty of Nature,” celebrates the abundance of ingredients found in nature with the vast potential to help enhance our natural beauty. “The Beauty of Nature” highlights the compelling farm to formulation journey of the AVEENO® Brand’s first ACTIVE NATURALS® ingredient, oat.

I love this video. It really shows how nature's ingredients are one of the best kept beauty secrets. Oat for example is comprised of 5 vital elements that are found in healthy skin: proteins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, vitamins and lipids. My mami and abuelita knew this because they learned it from their mamis and abuelas. I am glad they passed it down.

Now, AVEENO® Hispanic Influencer Kika Rocha, joins forces with AVEENO to convey and educate the Latino community, in Spanish, about the significance of oats and the abundance of ingredients that could be used to enhance our natural beauty. I think that is wonderful because I know so many of my Latina friends have a lot of tips passed down to them from their mothers and grandmothers.

So check out the video and see what you think. I have always relied on some form of natural ingredients for my skin and know I will continue doing so. Do you have any beauty tips involving natural ingredients?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jawbone UP! Review #vzwbuzz

Disclosure: As a member of the #VZWBuzz group of influencersI received this product for review purposes. No compensation was provided and opinions are all my own based on my experience.

I promised myself that this year, I would try to get healthier. I need to lose weight but it's not about that but just trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. I turned 50 this year and I need to wake up and do something for myself.

We have already started eating a more plant-based diet. We haven't given up meat but are eating less. I have also started getting on the treadmill and walking. I have given up artificial sweeteners and am trying to give up sugar. Every little bit helps.

I recently had the opportunity to try a new device through the #VZWBuzz group. The device is the Jawbone UP! The Jawbone UP is a fitness tracking device. By downloading the app on your phone, the Jawbone will track your exercise, sleep and food intake.

Downloading the app was easy. I have an Android phone and I went to the PlayStore and got it for free. It took minutes to download. Charging the Jawbone is easy as well. I just plugged it into my laptop for a few hours. I had a few issues because the light would not indicate it was charged but once I hooked it up to my phone, the app told me it was totally charged. And the charge is good up to 10 days!

Once it was connected, it asked me a few questions about my height, weight and my goals. I chose 10 steps a day and 8 hours of sleep per day. Then all I did was put on the bracelet. It was weird at first because I do not wear jewelry. It took a few days for me to get used to it. But once I did, I never through about it.

What I love about the Jawbone is that it really gave me insight about my exercise habits. I work a lot sitting down on the computer and after a few hours the Jawbone reminds me to get up and do something else. I guess it is telling me I am lazy! I have never hit my goal of 10,000 steps yet but once I get back on the treadmill I will.

I really like how the app breaks down how many calories you burned. It also tracks how many times I wake up during the night and when. It lets me know when I was sleeping deeply or lightly. I was surprised at how little I really sleep and I know I need to work on that.

I can also track my food and drink intake if I want. I am not sure I want to do that, yet. It seems like a lot of work. I also receive emails from Jawbone telling me if I reached my goals or not. It is a great little device to have. I think it will definitely keep me on track. I am already feeling guilty if I do not have at least 5,000 steps a day.

The Jawbone UP retails for $129.00. It is a great price for a device that can help you keep track of your movement and remind you that you need to do more.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Neutrogena Pore Refining Product Giveaway!

As I get older, I have noticed that my skin is not getting better. In fact, it is getting a little more ruddy and I can see my pores. It is also not as smooth and healthy as it once was. I have really started taking care of my skin. I have never really done that before.

Some of the best products I have found are Neutrogena products. I swear by the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Acne Wash. I don't have acne but it is the best exfoliator I have found. It really works to get the dead skin off my face and then I can use a moisturizer and get my skin looking halfway decent.

I recently received some Neutrogena products to review. I received the Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser, Daily Cleanser and the Toner. After a week of trying them. I can say that I found these to be great for my face!

I like the Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleaner better that the Acne Wash, I use. I think it is more appropriate for my age and my skin. I t left my skin clean and smooth. The Daily Cleanser is wonderful for those days when my skin needs a pick me up. And the Toner is great to keep my skin firm, although, I have to say that is getting harder and harder to do! Plus, my pores are getting smaller and I love that.

You can purchase Neutrogena Pore refining products at the big box stores, online and your local retailers. If you have skin that needs help like me, this might be the ticket!

I have a Neutrogena prize pack for one lucky winner. the prize includes:
(1) Pore Refining® Exfoliating Cleanser
(1) Pore Refining® Daily Cleanser
(1) Pore Refining® Toner

To win, just enter on the Rafflecopter below!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Download And Do Good!

It’s getting to that time of year again. Marathon season is kicking off. The TV events have seen every celebrity this side of the X Factor doing something to raise money. But yet we all know raising money should be a year round effort. And it could be easier than you think.

Almost everyone nowadays owns a smartphone nowadays. Take a look down any street or on any bus and you’re likely to see a handful of people tapping away on the latest device. Yet few people know you can have fun, do good, and raise money for very little, no cost at all.

Charity Miles

Need to get fit and want something to run for? Charity Miles could be the app for you. Simply choose a charity and hit the streets. For every mile you run, you can earn 25 cents, whilst on the bike you can earn 10 cents per mile.

It’s the extra boost you need knowing you’re running to help people’s lives, so lace up those trainers, and hit the road.

My Life As A Refugee

Developed by the UN refugee agency, this app helps to raise awareness of those fleeing from conflict or persecution by dropping you into a virtual world where you experience the exact same thing. Based on three real-life situations, you must live the life of a refugee, making tough decisions on your future to try and survive.

Another incredibly innovative app is Play To Cure: Genes In Space. Brought to you by the Rational Group and Cancer Research UK, you must follow a route through space that follows real genetic patterns of cancer patients.

These routes are then relayed back to scientists for analysis to determine connections between particular genes and one of the world’s biggest killers.


With Feedie not only do you get to dine in some incredible restaurants, but you also feed some of the poorest children in South Africa at the very same time. Teaming up with The Lunchbox Fund, all you have to do is take a photo in a participating eatery, upload it to Feedie, and that restaurant will donate a meal to a child living in poverty.

Continuing the photography theme, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 for every photo uploaded to their app. Whether that be food, landscapes, or even a hideous selfie. So far the family company have seen over 190,000 photos uploaded via the app, and has been shared across all social media platforms, meaning even more are getting involved. The photo revolution has well and truly begun. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Catch it All now at @BestBuy #CatchItAll @BestBuyWOLF

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

There is always something going on and I am one of those people who likes to be connected all the time. I am always wondering what I am missing out on if I am not watching the big games, the breaking news or TV shows. I guess I have a bad case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Right now, I am worried I am missing some of the Big Games going on this March! With 68 basketball teams vying for a title, I need to stay connected at all times.

I have my TV on while I work on my laptop but I prefer having my laptop because if I want to do multiple projects or watch various things, I can do so on the laptop. I always have multiple windows open. I am blogging, facebooking, tweeting, streaming video and sometime even skyping.

I am lucky that I have this great Sony Vaio laptop because it gives me all the connectivity I want and need. I can stream videos and TV shows. I love that I can do that. Recently, we missed a few episodes of "Justified" and we were able to see the episodes we missed on my laptop. The laptop is the perfect size to watch streaming video. I cannot watch on a smartphone or tablet. I like my screen a little bigger.

Plus the laptop is portable and I can take it to the kitchen, bedroom or even watch while I am on the treadmill. Plus, as I am "catching it all" I can still be connected to any social media I want. And I can also be working on projects as well. A smartphone is too small. A tablet is also too small and I cannot drag my 60 inch TV around the house. So I will stick with my laptop.

Remember, Best Buy helps keep you connected to the excitement with the devices and connectivity that make it possible. Whether you are like me and prefer a laptop or you like to stay connected through your smartphone, tablet or Smart TV, you can find the perfect device for your lifestyle at Best Buy. They are brought to life by the brand promise of the latest devices and services, all in one place. You will also find great prices on any type of device.

What is your favorite way to stay connected?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mighty Leaf Tea Giveaway!

There is one thing I love during winter and that is a cup of hot tea! And Mighty Leaf Tea is one of my favorite brands. Besides having a great flavor, I love Mighty Leaf Tea is a leaf tea but comes in a handy bag.

I love leaf tea but it is a pain to make if you do not have the right instruments. With Mighty Leaf Tea, you can have the flavor of leaf tea without having to buy a tea steeper. The tea is handcrafted with globally sourced ingredients that include the finest leaf tea, blossoms, herbs, fruits and spices. Even the tea pouches are handcrafted and are hand stitched with unbleached cotton.

I have a tea ritual. I always have tea in the afternoons or in the evening. I love heating the water on the stove and then steeping the bag into the water. Then I take out my favorite mug and pour in the tea. Then I either curl up on the sofa and have my tea while I listen to some music or I take my tea to our back room and sit and read a while while I have my tea. If I drink tea in the evening, I like having my tea with a cookie as dessert for my evening meal.

Mighty Leaf Tea wants to know your tea ritual. You can head over to the Mighty Leaf Tea Pinterest page and see how other people celebrate their tea rituals. It's amazing how people take their tea and how cool some of the rituals are.

Also, make sure to check out this great Sweepstakes: The “Ultimate Artisan Tea and Taste Experience Giveaway." One lucky winner will win a two night stay at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, a chef’s tasting menu experience, two rooftop spa treatments, one year’s worth of Mighty Leaf Tea, and an Alessi Michael Graves Tea Kettle. I have already entered! This would be such a great price to win! Enter soon because the sweepstakes ends April 30, 2014!!

If you want to win a World Flavors Sampler that includes Ginger Twist, White Orchard and Organic Detox Infusion flavors, then just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kohl’s Spring Fashion! #springatkohls

“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating”

Winter is finally ending and I am glad. I am tired of layering and wearing giant sweaters, jackets, hats and gloves just to keep warm. With Spring here, it is time to put away the winter clothes and go buy some new Spring fashions!

Since I am not that fashion forward, I need help and that's why I go and watch the Kohl’s Spring Fashion Hangout. The Kohl's Spring Fashion Hangout give me great tips on how to look good this Spring. I get information on new trends. I just discovered that PINK is the it color right now. I love that because I love Pink!

This Spring I am going to give my wardrobe a pop of color by taking the advice of the Kohl's Spring Fashion Hangout! A little pink, not only in my clothes but accessories will give me a great look this Spring! Check out Pinterest as well. There are some cute outfits. Look at the ensemble I found. I want this.

If you want some beautiful and trendy Spring fashions, then you need to head over to Kohl's and check out the variety of clothing. Also, check out the Kohl's Spring Fashion Hangout for great tips!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Febreze Fabric Refresher & Air Effects Allergen Reducer Gets You Ready for Spring!

I am not sure if Spring is coming but I did see some daffodils the other day and I was happy. I don't want to get too happy because this winter has been so unpredictable. And, although, I usually dread spring because of my allergies, it cannot come soon enough!!

Spring is also time to get our spring cleaning done. This year, it is serious since we are moving from our current town to Wilmington, NC. This means we have to sell our house and before we do that it has to be spotless. I know that all the cleaning will also affect my allergies so I have to be very careful. When I clean, I try to use cleaning products that do not affect my allergies. Luckily, Febreze has introduced the new Febreze Allergen Reducer Fabric Refresher and Air Effects.

I use Febreze all the time to keep my house smelling clean and fresh. When we have guests coming over, I spray Febreze Air Effects around the house to make it smell fresh. When we had our cats, we used it every week on the furniture to make sure everything smelled good. And now that we don't have cats, we still use it.

The new Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer eliminates odors and reduces allergens from pollen, pet dander and dust mites. Febreze acts like a net that flexes over allergen particales and traps them until you can vacuum them up. Febreze Fabric Refresher is great on any type of fabric.

This is exactly what we need. When you are selling a house, you need to clean everyting and that means dust eveywhere. I tried the Febreze Allergen Fabric Refresher on the furniture before I started moving and packing our items and it kept the dust down. There are certain pieces of furniture and rugs that get dusty because we are never in that room. It really helped keep the dust in check plus it made my house smell fresh and clean.

It will also help when the pollen starts floating around. Last year, we had so much pollen we could not open the windows. If we did, the window sills and surfaces would be covered in pollen. Our cars and outside decks were covered in pollen.

The fact that Febreze Allergen Reducer not only eliminates odors but now reduces allergens makes it my new "go to" type of Febreze. It is a product that is perfect for this house and I will make sure to have some in our new house. Our furniture will need a little refreshing after being in a moving van for days! I will also be using the Febreze Air Effects.

Febreze Allergen Reducer comes in two scents: Unscented and Clean Splash. The Febreze Air Effects comes in: Clean Splash, Freshly Clean and Soft & Light. You can find new Febreze Allrgen Reducer products at major mass market grocery and drug stores nationwaide.

You can follow Febreze on Facebook or on Twitter.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review. I also received a gift card. Opinions are my own and are based on my experience with the product. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Maleficent Video and Trailer!!!!

If you follow my blog, you know I have been excited to see this movie for months! It is almost here! It opens May 30th and I will be there with bells on! I am so excited about this movie. Here is a new video and Trailer from the movie!! Enjoy!

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MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lubriderm Lotion Giveaway!!

I cannot wait for winter to be over. It has been brutal. I have never been so cold in my life as I was this winter. And, my skin is a hot mess! When it gets cold, my skin turns into a scratchy, dried, flaky mess. I get alligator skin and it is not pretty folks.

Luckily, there is Lubriderm to make my skin feel better. I have used Lubriderm for a few years now and I will never go back. Lubriderm is great for dry skin. It really moisturizes and gets it my skin soft and smooth. I use the Lubriderm Daily Moisture for Normal to Dry Skin. Hubby loves the Lubriderm Daily Moisture for Normal to Dry Skin for Sensitive skin.

The lotion goes on smoothly and it does not leave our skin greasy. It also feels good going on especially when my skin is super dry. I also like that it does not irritate my skin. It is also fragrance free and that is a plus for hubby.

This time I tried 2 new products: Daily Moisture Lotion with Shea + Calming lavender Jasmine and the Daily Moisture with Sunscreen. The fragrance of he Lavender Jasmine is amazing but not overpowering. It is a light scent that makes me feel good. I loved having Sunscreen in the lotion. I always forget to put on sunscreen so this helps me stay protected as well.

Overall, what can I say about Lubriderm except that I really like using it. I always have a few in my bathroom cabinet so we never run out. If you haven't tried Lubriderm, you should.It might work for you like it does for our family.

I have a great giveaway as well. I have a set of the following lotions to giveaway to one lucky reader! The prize includes: Daily Moisture Fragrance Free, Daily Moisture Shea + Cocoa and Men's 3-in-1 Fragrance Free. You all know the drill, just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Govind Armstrong Indi Chef Challenge!

If you are a chef or wannabe chef like me then you might be interested in this new cooking challenge. Renowned Chef Govind Armstrong is partnering with talent discovery to put on the Govind Armstrong Indi Chef Challenge from March 14 to April 14!

This online cooking challenge is designed to discover and reward aspiring and professional chefs with the opportunity to showcase their talents and show the world their cooking skills. Chefs will also have the chance to win prizes. One of those prizes include appearing with Chef Armstrong in a culinary event. How cool is that?

All you have to do is make your version of any dish from his restaurants Post & Beam or Willie Jane. Create a video of you making the dish and submit it to win. I am actually considering submitting my own video but I am so bad at making videos! But this is such a great opportunity for any amateur or professional chef to show off their culinary skills and win great prizes!

You can enter online until April 14th. Then from April 15 to April 21 the voting will take place and then the winners will be announced on April 22! Chef Armstrong will hand-select a “Chef’s Pick” and five exceptional Challengers (at his discretion) to be interviewed for a position in one of his restaurants, feature their dish on the Post & Beam menu, or cater a culinary event with him. The “Votes Winners” will receive gift cards valued at $500, $300 and $100.

So what are you waiting for? Start thinking about what recipe you want to cook up for Chef Govind. You better impress him because Chef Armstrong has been featured on the Oprah Show, Food Network’s Iron Chef, Los Angeles Times, and People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. It is great that he is trying to find rising culinary talent through this challenge!

So head over to the Indi site and check out the complete official rules. Then start recording your recipe. Who knows, you might be the next big thing in the culinary world!!


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hipzbag Review and Giveaway!

You all know I travel, a lot. When I travel, I always have to figure out what I have to bring on that certain trip and what I can leave at home. It's a struggle. When we traveled to Europe, I had to pack for 2 weeks. I also had only one bag for the whole 2 weeks. I had to edit, a lot. When we travel by plane, I have to take less. When we travel by car, I can bring everything I want including the kitchen sink!

I also have to consider my tech stuff. So I need a laptop bag for some trips. A smaller bag is I only take my tablet. And then I need space for all the chargers and cords. Then I also have to consider my purse. I cannot be without a purse. I have to always carry my credit cards, cash, ID, lip gloss and, more importantly, my cellphone!

This is why I am writing this post. I found that something smaller that fits my traveling lifestyle, yet gives me enough space to actually have everything I need handy! The Hipzbag is my new traveling companion and I couldn't be happier.

The Hipzbag is a really adorable little bag that lets you keep everything you need handy, yet, it is small enough that you no longer have to lug heavy bags. Or big bags. I know when I have one of my large bags, I have to dig through the whole bag to find my phone or lip gloss or keys. It is a pain. But with Hipzbag, I have everything at my fingertips. No longer do I have to miss a call digging for my phone!

The Hipzbag comes in over 60 different patterns, designs and sizes. There is a style that will fit anyone. I received an adorable little red bag. I loved the color. I always wear bland colors but love to have that little pop when I go out. I can also wear the Hipzbag in three different ways.

I can put it over my shoulder, It comes with a great strap that will adjust to become a crossover bag. The strap also adjusts so it can become a hip bag. And even on my full figured hips, it fit perfectly. I can also take the strap off and clip the bag to my belt loops on my pants. I loved this because sometimes straps get in the way and having the bag attached to the loops, made me feel safer.

I love this little bag. I love it because it is so versatile. It also hold my phone, ID's, money and lip gloss. I still had space left if I wanted to throw in a compact or my keys. The bag is also zippered so nothing gets lost. The quality is fantastic. And it is just darn cute. There are so many colors and patterns to choose from that you can have a few of the Hipzbags. Plus, the price is right. Hipzbags start at $19.95.

I think I need the Passport Hipzbag next. It is a little larger and if I am traveling internationally, it will be perfect. If you are like me and want a different option, you need to check out Hipzbag. It really is an accessory that is not only cute but practical!

Thanks to Hipzbag, I have one to giveaway to one of you lucky readers! YAY! This is such a great product that you know you need to enter! Just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kleenex Gives Me Style! #KleenexStyle

This article is sponsored by Kleenex. All opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

I am not the most fashionable person. But when it comes to my home, I always try to make sure it looks good. I use a lot of cool knick-knacks in my living room. In the kitchen I use utensils and other items to make it look fun.

In my bathrooms, I use items like towels, paintings and bathroom accessories to make the bathrooms look cozy and pretty. One thing I love doing is incorporating Kleenex boxes into my design. Kleenex has always had some really nice designs and colors so it is easy to make them blend into any bathroom.

With the first day of Spring right around the corner on March 20th, I decided to switch up my winter look for a bright Spring look. Part of that is using the new Kleenex brand tissue boxes with great designs. I find using Kleenex boxes in my bathrooms, master bedroom and guest room brighten up the space and it is an inexpensive way to make a space look good.

The best thing is Kleenex is bringing you the The Kleenex® Style Studio to celebrate its 90th anniversary! The Kleenex Style Studio is a fun, inspiring way to discover more of the Kleenex® Brand designs and products you love. You need to take a look because Kleenex has so many fun, colorful, beautiful and cool designs to fit any taste. You need to click on this link and take a look at the The Kleenex® Style Studio.

Check out how I made my bland white bathroom look a little better just by adding a few pops of color and a Kleenex box. I also tried to make the master bathroom look a little more refined with the same design. I can't decide where I want to keep my design though. I might have to buy another tray and more accessories and do both bathrooms. I loved this design so much that I know I will be using it again in the new house we just bought! Our new house has a white bathroom and will need a pop of color as well.

Remember, whether you’re decorating at home or adding a pop of color to your clutch, Kleenex has you covered. It is a really inexpensive way to brighten any room. Plus, it is always wonderful to have Kleenex handy especially during winter. And with spring coming up, I always keep several boxes in every room of the house.

Check out this video for more on Kleenex Style!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Citi's Every Step of the Way Program #EveryStep

This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Citi is excited to continue supporting Team USA during the 2014 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Citi’s mission has been to enable progress and support clients on their journey from ambition to achievement. By supporting the athletes of Team USA on their journey, Citi affirms this commitment and complements the USOC’s mission of supporting U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence.

Because Team USA relies on private funds to follow their Olympic and Paralympic dreams, Citi believes it’s important to show our support. That’s why in addition to being a Team USA sponsor, Citi has committed $500K to the U.S. Olympic Committee to help support our nation’s athletes through the Citi Every Step of the Way program. First introduced for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this initiative helps future athletes reach their full potential through U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and Community Programs that inspired Team Citi on their journey. Together, we can nurture the next generation of U.S. athletes on their road from ambition to achievement.

I appreciate when these Olympians take time from their busy training schedules and get involved in the community. I believe they are great role models for kids. Usually these Olympians have worked so hard to make it where they are today. I think when kids see this, they can believe that they can also achieve what the Olympians have done as well.  This will give the kids self esteem and confidence.

Check out this great video that explains the Every step of the Way Program.

Like these Olympians, you can help our future Olympians and make a difference in the life of these kids. So Check out the Citi Every Step of the Way Program page and see how you can help. Just one click will help many!!

* Citi donated the $500,000 to the USOC. It is not donating the funds to the sports programs directly. Instead, at the conclusion of the Every Step of the Way program, the USOC will distribute the funds to the sports programs.

* Consumers can’t award funds directly, rather they are “helping” to award the funds.

* Every sports program has a fundraising goal. Once that goal is met, consumers will not be able to help allocate funds to that program through

* Consumers who are ThankYou® members can redeem their own ThankYou Points for a donation to the sports program of their choice. Any such donation would be in addition to the funds provided by Citi through the Every Step of the Way program.