Safety Through Every Life Season Twitter Party #MasterLockProtects #spon




My family and community has had a very strong connection with the American Red Cross over the past 10 years. We live in a smaller town surrounded by the comforts and conveniences of all the larger cities around us. That is one of the main reasons why I love where we live so much… every month you can find an activity, family function, or seasonal tradition. During these events you can count on our city to help make a difference and always include the American Red Cross. You will always find their ever comforting red and white bus… That draws you in and makes you feel invited and welcomed to make a difference.


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(This is my son at a local school blood drive event)

If you have ever given blood before, I’m sure you feel warmed by the thank you post card with an update on who and how you helped. We had a family member a few years back that had a condition that required them to get several rounds of blood that saved their life each time. Because of that it has made me appreciate the American Red Cross and donate as often as I can.

I think once you become a parent it becomes more obvious to you how fragile life can be. With all those close calls, ER visits and scary stories on the news. The need to feel SAFE and SECURE is more needed than ever, because not only do you need to think and care for yourself but you are responsible for other life as well. I have spent many nights laying in bed, playing out a scenario of IF someone were to break in to the house of if there was a house fire, what my course of action would be. Even though we have had these discussions as a family you can’t help but worry. My greatest line of defense is, be proactive. I check all the smoke alarms, make safety plans with the family and upgrade my locks to Masterlock – and lock them when ever you leave and before bed ;)

Masterlock is having a sweepstakes and wants to know…. when has safety and security been at the for front of your mind?

 Starting now through January 31, participants who tweet their reply to this question using #MasterLockProtects will generate a $1 donation to the American Red Cross and will be entered for the chance to win one of 20 prize bundles. Each winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and various Master Lock products to help keep consumers safe through different life stages and seasons. 

Master Lock will donate an initial $10,000 to the American Red Cross and will donate up to an additional $10,000 based on consumer participation in the sweepstakes for a total of $20,000 in donations

Join the  #MasterLockCares Twitter Party on Tuesday, January 27 at 8 PM ET with @Resourcefulmom. RSVP HERE

The will discuss safety and security and touch on topics like

  • Senior Safety

    Tax Tips for All Life Stages

    Safe Moving / New Home Safety

    Marriage / Newlyweds

    Back to School

    First Job / New Job

    Fall Family / Home Safety

Join the conversation now using the hashtag #MasterLockProtects, and visit for more information.

Disclosure: This post was made possible through masterlock, ARC, and Global Influence Network

New Gluten Free Products At Walmart Low Prices #gfwalmart


This last Saturday was full of errands…. dance class, food event and squeezing in a bit of shopping. I decided to pop into Walmart because they have everything, of course! While there, they had a few demo tables set up in the freezer section up with food samples. Since it was lunch time… of course we made a straight line for the food! The kids quickly munched some Quaker Popped and I tried an Udi’s Burrito. While eating, we listen to them talk about the product and ingredients,  then my ears perked up when they said… “and everything is gluten free”. I was shocked, many of us think of gluten free being tasteless, dense, flavorless and EXPENSIVE. These items were full of flavor, crunch, lights and surprisingly affordable.



I was surprised by how many name brands are crossing over and offering a  gluten free option. Being gluten intolerant is a REAL problem. I find, even if you don’t have a diagnosed condition, choosing to eat gluten free, can make you feel a little better, less bloated and weighted down. It is wonderful that brands and companies are working together to bring consumers products that will help them live a more comfortable lifestyle.

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My biggest weakness is pizza, all who know me, know that I could have pizza everyday for the rest of my life but I do have mild discomfort from all the traditional gluten pizzas… with a little bit of bloating and cramps. I noticed from their display that Udi’s has a NEW gluten free uncured pepperoni pizza. This sounded so delicious and I picked one of them up to give it a try this week.


I was so impressed with the selection and prices that Walmart has on their gluten free items , they get it and understand that this is important to a lot of people and they want to provide for their customers. Give Walmart a tried and check them out for all your gluten free needs.

To learn more about the gluten free products that Walmart has to offer, visit their specialty gluten free page for more information on products, brands, recipes and coupons.

You can also go directly to this Udi’s Link and get a coupon for $1 off!!!

Want to receive delicious gluten free recipes? TEXT - GFWALMART to 44844

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by, Walmart, amp, and Sverve. All thoughts ideas and images are my own

FLASH GIVEAWAY contest…. WIN a KidFest Family pass


YAY….. KidFest is coming to the Portland Expo Center!!!

I can’t wait for this event, it is a family favorite of ours that we look forward to every year. At Kidfest you will find something or everyone… from activities, education, sports, camps, freebies, and entertainment…oh and did I mention FUN!!! So get ready for an amazing weekend full of family fun.

KidFest is January 24th and 25th at the Expo Center in Portland Oregon
Hours: Sat 10-4 and Sun 10-4
Admission is $5 per person and 3 and under is free
*Or you could buy the family pass for $20 good for up to 5 people*

Expo parking: is $8 per car and $7 for carpools of 3 or more people


The wonderful people at Kidfest NW has offered 6 Family Passes ( $20 value) for me to give away to you fabulous readers….. and I bet you are wondering “How do I win??????”

***Form of entry is to leave a comment about what you are most excited about seeing at Kidfest NW this year on my facebook page.

Contest will be open until 1/23 noon pst and the winners will be announced and emailed with further instructions GOOD LUCK !!!!!

Buy Costumes – Great Prices on All Your #MardiGras Needs

MardiGras Get the party started with the BuyCostumes line of Mardi Gras costumes and accessories! We are excited to offer a great line of masks and costumes, for adults and kids alike. Boast your celebratory colors of purple, green and gold. BuyCostumes is also offering 15% off your order, no minimum required, so please be sure to post this as well! 15% off no minimum Coupon Code: bc15cold Starts: 1/21/2015 Ends: 1/25/2015 mg1mg2mg3 Mardi Gras Cape Adult                                                      Mardi Gras Boa                                                  Mardi Gras Sequin Party Masks (6 count) Only $19.99                                                                           Only $9.97                                                           Only $6.97

Stained Glass Heart Cookies



1 1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup crushed jolly ranchers




Roll out dough as you would for regular cookies. Cut out one large size heart and then cut out a smaller size heart in the center. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Bake the cookies for half of the time and then add the crushed jolly ranchers to the center making sure to cover all the space in the middle. Bake for the rest of time and let cool for several minutes to allow for the candy center to harden again. Peel the cookie off of the wax paper and enjoy!


2 Key to My Heart Keychains ONLY $.65 SHIPPED #Valentines #hotdeals


I thought this would be an adorable little Valentines gift, perfect for preteens or teens or as a tie on to a package. These are great because they ship FREE, however shipping time is lengthy, if you want theses in time for Valentines, I would order these ASAP.

Key to My Heart Cute Couple Keychain Love Keychain Key Ring


  • A He & She Combination Item
  • A love messenger to your he/She
  • Perfect Valentines gift for teens
  • Both for personal used and gift purpose

*As always Amazon prices have been known to fluctuate often

This Week’s Top Retail Coupons

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Ace Hardware – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ace Hardware Air Filter (exp: 1/31/2015)
Aeropostale – $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Bloomingdales – 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 1/19/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/21/2015)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Already Reduced Items 50% or More (exp: 1/25/2015)
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 1/21/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/21/2015)
Rue 21 – $10 Off $30, $20 Off $50 or $30 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Ulta – $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 1/24/2015)
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 1/20/2015)


Thanks Surviving The Stores

Brooklyn Bean Extravaganza Review and Giveaway #brooklynbeanroastery


I was super excited to give my Husband a BIG box of Brooklyn Bean Hot Cocoa by Two Rivers Coffee. My Husband love drip but is not a big fan of strong K-cup flavors, but he does like all the “fancy” flavors …. his drink of choice is actually hot chocolate, so I was trilled to find a box of assorted flavored hot chocolates like:

  • Milk Chocolate
  • Midnight (dark chocolate)
  • Mexican (Spice)
  • Peanut butter Cup
  • Campfire (marshmallow)
  • Carnival (Salted Caramel)


These hot chocolates come in a large 40 pack to suit whatever mood you are in. Make sure you check their website Brooklyn Bean for other fun, exciting flavors, like their Tootsie Roll Collection with flavors like Junior mint, Charleson Chew (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla).

I have been lucky enough to offer a giveaway of a Hot Chocolate variety pack, all you need to do is follow the raffelcopter form down below and then hop around to other fellow bloggers and participate in their giveawa

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The Brooklyn Bean Roastery Event Bloggers are not responsible for shipment of the prizes. I was provided with product for this review. All views and opinions with regard to Brooklyn Bean Roastery or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company.
Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.

Stock Up Price – Get Suavitel Fabric Softener for only $1.97 at Walmart


Great stock up price on fabric softener right now at Walmart!

Suavitel Fabric Softener 75oz $2.97 $1.00 off Suavitel Liquid Fabric Softener 50oz = $1.97

$1.00 off Suavitel Liquid Fabric Softener 50oz


Thanks IHearttheMart!

Puritan’s Pride Vitamin C Tablets Only $.82 a Bottle -SHIPPED


Head on over to Puritan’s Pride and get a bottle…or 2 or 3 of Puritan’s Pride C-500mg with Protective Bioflavonoids and Wild Rose Hips for an incredible price of $.82 per bottle SHIPPED!!!! I was able to purchase 5 bottles for only $4.10 all shipped FREE. I am not sure how long the bottles will be available for the $.99 each price but the coupon code GET18PP expires today (1/7)




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