Always Discreet because #PeeHappens


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


Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved making people laugh, especially my family and friends. I really believe that laughter is good for the soul and that deep belly laughter is the best.

My Mom and I used to crack one another up, whether watching our favorite tv show, taking walks or going out to lunch together. Laughing so hard that our stomachs hurt are some of my favorite memories with her. I remember my Mom telling me that it was good that she was wearing protection for light bladder leaks at those times. My Mom and I shared everything and I appreciated our open discussions. She explained how her bladder had become more sensitive after having her three girls and as she got older.  She noticed it in her exercise classes also. It was no big deal!

Pee happens.

I think when you can have open and honest conversations, everything becomes less weighty. I do not yet have a sensitive bladder or leaks, but, if I do as I age, I’ll just deal with it without stressing.

It’s really nothing to be embarrassed about; bodies change as we age or after life events. In fact, 1 in 3 women have light bladder leakage. This is a normal reality for more than 40 million American women, yet only 1 in 9 are using the right protection – many are using period products which are not designed for bladder leaks.

I’ve been a fan of Always menstrual pads and liners for years, and it’s comforting to know that they are now revamping how women manage their sensitive bladders with their new Always Discreet products. They come in different sizes for the protection you need: liners, pads, and underwear.

I recently had a chance to try them out and they were discreet and comfortable. Always Discreet pads are easy to carry in your purse and have a pretty feminine pattern. They’re up to 40 percent thinner than the leading brand and absorb twice as much fluid as women may need, based on average US consumer usage. Ideal for those on the go!


I tried the underwear also under pants and you would never know I had them on; very comfortable, light and breathable.

I recommended both of these products to my aunt and she thanked me so much and took me out for Cappuccino! She had been struggling with her own bladder issues for a year now and she loved the Always Discreet pads. She said she thought the underwear would be like an adult diaper and was so pleased that their style was feminine, discreet, soft, thin, and comfortable, with protection just where it was needed.

In fact, the disposable Always Discreet underwear has the extra protection of Dual LeakGuard barriers™ to help stop leaks at the leg, where they are most likely to occur. They offer innovative OdorLock™ technology that neutralizes odors instantly, and its Advanced Core Technology absorbs and locks away fluids, offering incredible dryness.

In only six months since their launch, Always Discreet has garnered some of the most trusted consumer product credentials in its category and their liners were granted a Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award.


They were recently given the Good Housekeeping Seal as well as being named Product of the Year in the bladder protection category.


So, go ahead, take that martial arts class, go out with friends to a comedy club without worry! Dance under the stars. Feel confident. Always Discreet has you covered.

After all, it’s just another stage in this wonderful journey of life. Pee happens.

Stay connected and up-to-date with Always on Twitter and Facebook.


Tide Pods Make Laundry Easy and Fun #laundryredefined #ad

I am participating in a VIN campaign for P&G. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with P&G and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.


I don’t enjoy measuring out laundry detergent, having liquid or powder to clean up off the machine or the bottle. Neither do I enjoy pouring detergent from a huge heavy container. In fact, I do so much laundry, that I just want an easier way.

You see, I actually like the second phase, taking out the clothes and blankets while the warmth, softness and fresh smell delight my senses. Filling my family’s dresser drawers with clean laundry and the linen cabinet with bright sheets brings me joy.


Tide has always been my favorite brand and their new Tide Pods soothe my laundry woes and have changed my entire laundry experience for the better. Tide Pods is a multi-dimensional laundry detergent that cleans, fights stains, and brightens all in one. Simple and convenient to use, you just pop the sealed packet in before you add your clothes. It seriously could not be easier. Each convenient Tide Pods is pre-measured so it is a breeze to use and consistently delivers trusted the Tide cleaning performance I know and love.


Tide Pods are ingeniously designed to handle a broad range of challenging conditions in both traditional and high-efficiency machines. Whether you have a large family or live alone; whether you have lots of baby clothes to wash or sports uniforms; Tide Pods are truly ideal. I wouldn’t be without them.

Note: Like any household cleaning products, it’s important to keep laundry pacs Up, Up and Away – seal pacs up; store pacs up; keep pacs away from your kids and pets. Always keep laundry pacs sealed and in their original containers/packaging with the label intact and visible.

Tide pods have re-invented doing laundry and freed me up to spend more time with those I love. Can’t think of anything better!




Church Hills Classics made Graduation Day even more Special #ProudGrad


It was a warm Spring May day when I watched my nephew and his classmates graduate at the Boston College Campus. Chicago Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich delivered an inspiring address at Alumni Stadium. “The world”, he said, “needs the hope of those who know and are inspired by the givenness of life, the grace of life.”

This is truly something we should never lose sight of. As I stood with my family, my heart was filled with pride. I remembered my own graduation with its promises of hope. As I watched my nephew and his classmates receive their diplomas, I flashed back to the day he was born, the explosion of love in my heart which only gets stronger. It’s hard to believe time can pass so very quickly.

After the ceremony, my sister had a celebration at her home. I presented my nephew with the gorgeous Church Hill Classics Presidential Masterpiece Diploma Frame I had picked out for him. This frame is truly stunning and elegant with a handsome flat panel in a gorgeous dark walnut finish.



His face lit up and he told me he had the perfect place to hang it in his new apartment which he couldn’t wait to show me. His Mom and Dad were so impressed and grateful, so glad that he would have a way to showcase and honor his achievements. He was just beaming with pride the entire day it seemed.

Sometimes one of the best gifts isn’t the one you think of first or the one that provides immediate gratification, but one that will be an integral, lasting part of your future.

Church Hill Classics is an outstanding resource for commemorating the milestones in your life or those of your loved ones.

Right now, they would like to extend a free shipping offer exclusively for our readers:

The promo code is: HK55F and will provide Free Domestic Ground Shipping on any of their products on The offer runs through July 13, 2015.

I also wanted to let you know that Church Hill Classics just launched their new “Proudest Moment” photo contest with some fantastic cash prizes. The contest isn’t limited to strictly graduation photos, but to photos that showcase some of the proudest moments for you or a loved one.


You can learn more and enter here.

I truly believe that special moments, some large and some small, pieced together, make up the patchwork quilt of life and love that make it all worthwhile.

Disclosure: This post is part of the blogger program by Church Hill Classics and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Check out the New 3D Robotics Solo Drone at Best Buy #SoloatBestBuy

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If you love the latest tech, you’ll be interested to hear that the new 3D Robotics Solo Drone arrived at over 400 Best Buy stores this month! It’s the first-ever drone powered by two integrated Linux computers, making capturing the perfect shot easy for anyone.


The Solo is able to define its own flight which frees you to focus on getting the best shot. This smart drone is the first to support full control of GoPro® cameras and to deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.
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Two female hikers above the sea of fog on top of a mountain at sunset

How cool is that? If you are an early adopter or know someone who is, now is the perfect time to buy!


Current Special Offer:
Get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (Reg. Price: $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Sku: 5354101). Valid 6/7-7/11 at Best Buy.
Disclaimer: Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035

The Solo retails for $999.

GoPro HERO+ LCD at Best Buy – Perfect for Father’s Day

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.


Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s such a wonderful time to remember those who have had such a positive impact on our lives be they our sons, dads, grandpas or father figures. Best Buy is the perfect destination for the latest cameras and camcorders, including the new GoPro HERO+LCD. The new camera arrives in stores just in time for Father’s Day! Perfect for creatively capturing any adventure, he’ll be able to save incredible moments to relive on the spot with the beautiful LCD display.


The new GoPro HERO+ LCD features:

·         1080p60 video, 8MP photos and built-in Wi-Fi, plus the convenience of a touch display.

·         Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect to the GoPro App for shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and more.

Awesome Special Offers:

·         HERO+LCD (Sku 6954009) with free 32GB Extreme Plus memory card (Sku 9387066). Valid 6/14-6/20

·         Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card with purchase of the GoPro HERO4 Silver (Sku 8374096) or GoPro HERO4 Black (Sku 8374078). Valid 6/7-6/20




The new GoPro camera is perfect for Dad’s special day and for capturing precious family moments, long summer breaks and every journey that lies ahead.


Getting A Good Night’s Sleep with Advil® PM

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by the maker of Advil® PM and I received a free sample of Advil® PM caplets. All opinions expressed are my own.

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I have chronic muscle aches and pains which are mostly manageable when I can take the time to rest. However, I find that flare-ups occur for me at different times, often when I am doing more than usual or under more stress.

Recently, a lot of things seemed to come up at the same time, things which one at a time would normally not phase me too much.

My car wouldn’t start, and after waiting hours for Triple A to help and the driver waffling about whether or not it needed a new battery, I decided to have him install it to be on the safe side. I then went grocery shopping and on the way back started to hear this wretched sound which turned out to be a shredded tire. Upon getting the car to the service station, I found out it needed over $1000 dollars in repairs including the ABS sensor.

I got back home and the dishwasher decided to erupt through my sink and tossed all sorts of water and fun bits on my kitchen counter and floor.
It was all starting to feel like a comedy of errors or a really bad movie as I spent hours cleaning the kitchen.

That night I tossed and turned in bed, going over the events of the day in my head and sore from the extra work I’d done.

For me, sleep is truly essential for my mental and physical wellbeing. It is so precious and helps me revitalize and recover from the day’s wear and tear. Without it, I would not be able to do my writing nor my normal daily activities.

A good friend of mine takes Advil® PM to ease pain and help her sleep through the night, and, since I had a sample, I gave it a try that night. I was happy to find myself feeling relief from the day’s pains and relaxed and sleepy not too long afterward.

My pillows beckoned and I found I was able to sleep soundly and without waking up during the night from any pain. Treating the pain and sleplessness together worked really well for me.

Thanks to Advil® PM, I woke up refreshed and not groggy, I actually found myself laughing at the confluence of unpleasant events and thinking that my kitchen never looked so clean.

Visit for a free sample and find out how good a healing night’s sleep can feel.
Advil PM has also created an online library there with resources on how to get a good night’s sleep.



Gummy Drop is now available for PC – Let’s Go Gummy!

This is a partnered post with Big Fish Games. All opinions are my own.


Let’s go GUMMY!

I come bearing great news! The hugely popular mobile game Gummy Drop!™ just released a PC version this month and you can find it here on the Big Fish Games website!

Gummy Drop is currently available on iOS and Android and has achieved the distinction of 8th Top Grossing iPad App and 20th Top Grossing iPhone Game in the App Store.

If you haven’t played it yet, you’re in for a treat, and, if you already play, now you have more options. I mean I’m not saying you should play it on your work computer or anything (cough, cough).Though so many games these days are being released solely for mobile devices, Big Fish knows that casual gamers also love PC and Mac options.

Gummy Drop is an incredibly delightful, addictive Match-3 game with the added bonus of adventure. I love the crisp, clean graphics and the music which is more like an orchestral score. The game is gorgeous!


You begin in Sydney, Australia where the adventure begins. As you solve fun Match-3 puzzles populated with colorful gummies and resources you will need, you globe-hop around the world, rebuilding famous landmarks. Each puzzle is a bit more challenging so you never get bored, and there are always new tasks to complete and exciting boosts to help you. If you get stuck, you can replay levels to get additional resources. 

My favorite part is when the entire board erupts with fireworks and exploding gummies and completing a level is really satisfying.


Gummy Drop is accessible to all ages, yet not simplistic like some Match-3 games I’ve found to be repetitive. This one keeps me on my toes, excited to discover the next leg of the adventure. There is an increased level of strategy as you balance squishing all the tasty gummies with playing architect, gathering bricks and workers to rebuild famous landmarks.

There are daily events to spice things up even further and you can visit Sydney, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin, New Orleans, Barcelona, and Shanghai, with new cities added every month. Each city has colorful landmarks to explore and its own unique flavor.

I have to warn you though, this game is incredibly addicting. I’ve been enjoying it on my iPad since it was first released and it’s one I enjoy daily without fail. This game is such an ideal way to unwind. I honestly have a hard time putting it down.

Note: The PC version is not cross platform, meaning that it is a standalone gameplay experience that will require players to start in Sydney.  Players progress on iOS or Android versions will not translate to PC, and vice versa.

Download Gummy Drop for PC free now!

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See you in Paris! À bientôt!

I’m Addicted to Slime-Fighting! Join Me! #LoveBestFiends


Welcome to the world of Minutia! Ever since the meteor hit, the slugs have taken over, voraciously gobbling everything in their path. It’s not so much that they are evil as that they are greedy and insatiable!


This is where the Best Fiends come in. Feisty, fiendish and fearless, they have taken on the mission of saving their families. Join them in their battle against the Slugs of mount Boom.

Who are the Best Fiends? A motley but marvelous crew of bugs including Temper, a tough Termite, Tantrum, a no-nonsense battle beetle and Howie, a young but learned lizard. And that’s just the beginning. As you progress in the game you will meet lots more and be able to create your ideal team for each level.howie-big1-395x3501-300x265

It’s a desperate race as you build your crew to demolish the supercilious slugs. Work through puzzles, feed your bug army and level them up quickly to unlock cool new powers to fight before the entire world of Minutia is slimed.

Best Fiends is a totally fun and addictive game by Seriously and they are serious about creating an awesomely produced world that provides a fusion of a wildly fun puzzle game with RPG-like character development. There are gorgeous graphics to delight your eye along with stunning music created by Brazilian composer Heitor Pereira who also wrote the score to the animated feature Despicable Me 2 with writer-producer Pharrell. He based it on insects. How cool is that?



I found the game to be intuitive and to get more interesting and challenging as I leveled up. I love discovering each new character, growing them, and watching their special powers in action. The game is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. I love picking it up on my iPad or iPhone while waiting in the doctor’s office, and though it relaxes me at night, I have spent many late hours knowing I can crack a challenging level! You won’t want to put it down.

Best of all, it’s free and will keep kids and adults entertained. It’s very user-friendly. The excitement grows as you progress and discover new worlds. In fact, Seriously just added new challenges and levels on June 4, 2015. You’ve got to love game developers that are so responsive to their players and dedicated to making their game the best experience possible.


Although there are in-app purchases, I haven’t had to use any yet; and if you are stuck, you can keep playing as each time you do you get rewards to help level up your characters and power through.

Additionally altogether awesome: Best Fiends offers in-app donations to help Malaria No More 

Best Fiends is available at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, and did I mention it’s COMPLETELY FREE!

So, what are you waiting for? Download now!

Come back and tell me how you’re doing and let’s compare scores and strategies. Though if I don’t hear from you in a while, I’ll know you’re just totally immersed and addicted like me. Speaking of which, I’ll be back, I just figured out how to beat the level that kept me up last night till the wee hours!

Best Fiends Website
Best Fiends on Facebook
Best Fiends on Twitter

For phone or tablet!

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3 Great Reasons to Clean Your Car This Spring + Win an Auto Care Prize Pack



Often when we think of Spring cleaning, we think of our homes, but Spring cleaning is a smart thing to do for your vehicles, too. A few simple steps can help boost your vehicle’s integrity and beauty while maintaining its value, plus you might even regain that new-car smell.

  1. Your car is a reflection of who you are
    There’s no question your car is a reflection of you. Whether it’s all about horsepower, efficient gas mileage or four-wheel drive, your vehicle represents who you are, where you’ve been and where you intend to go. The design, form and function are extensions of your style and personality. So, if you haven’t given it a wash in a while, what does that say about you? You wouldn’t walk out the door without a shower, a shave and a little spruce up. (Would you?) So why shouldn’t you show that same respect for your car?

From dirt and dust to grit and grime, you can give your car its reflective shine at a WaterSavers car wash. WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of fresh water or less per car, according to the International Carwash Association. As a frame of reference, that 10 minute shower you took used 25 gallons of fresh water. WaterSavers washes also recycle and filter the water to prevent harmful chemicals from entering groundwater supplies that feed rivers and streams.

To find a WaterSavers car wash near you, visit

  1. Regular car washes protect your paint job
    That beautiful factory paint job will dull and begin to chip away if you don’t maintain it. Regularly washing your car and waxing it will help keep your vehicle looking as good as it did when you pulled out of the dealer lot.
  1. Professional car washes help maintain the value of the vehicle
    You might be more inclined to spend money on engine issues than on the car’s exterior, but stains and rusting can drastically decrease the value of the vehicle over time. Especially after a long winter, exposure to the elements can cause damage. Professional car washes thoroughly clean the undercarriage of your vehicle, where there may be a buildup of road salt that could cause corrosion to the car’s exhaust and muffler system.

After the awful winter we’ve had in New England, my car really needs a good eco-friendly shower now that we’re finally seeing the sun!


The International Carwash Association (ICA) through its Wash with WaterSavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less water and return clean water back into the environment.

They are also sponsoring an awesome giveaway for my blog readers, so be sure to enter below!


WaterSavers Spring 2015 Prize Package

  • Auto kit with jumper cables, gloves, flash light, reflective cones and other must-have tools ($45 value)
  • Sun-shade for protecting your car from the blazing sun ($25 value)
  • a $30 Visa Gift Card


This is a partnered post with the International Carwash Association (ICA) and I also received an auto kit; all opinions herein are my own.

Healthy Gums, Healthy Body #YourGumsMatter


Summer is almost here and that often means lots of sugary treats and drinks like ice cream and lemonade. Though we often are consistent with brushing our teeth, it’s important to remember that our gums matter too. They matter a lot!

Did you know that about half of Americans 30 and older have gum disease?

Growing up, I watched my Mom suffer through gum disease and frequent visits to the periodontist. She actually was one of the most vigilant people I know regarding oral care, and watching her have to deal with red bleeding gums really made me hyperaware.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums (Latin: gingivae), and inflammation is simply the body’s immune response to an attack. The main cause of inflammation in the gums is an accumulation of dental plaque, which can cause tooth loss, receding gums, tooth sensitivity and pain.

There are factors that increase the risk of gingivitis. These include smoking, diabetes, stress, hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, birth control pills & other medications) as well as genetics (in up to 30%  of Americans).

 Why #YourGumsMatter

    • Healthy gums are important for a healthy mouth and a healthy body
    • Gum disease changes the appearance of the mouth and can weaken the support for your teeth
    • Gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses


Make sure to get the right dental care with Sunstar GUM products and use them daily, schedule regular check-ups, and monitor your oral health. Not only will you have a bright and healthy smile, but, you’ll also be contributing to your overall wellness.

Take just a few minutes each day to brush and floss and you can be rewarded with a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.


Enter To Win Because #YourGumsMatter


To get you started, you can win a prize pack of Sunstar GUM products to help promote gum health including a Technique Deep Clean Toothbrush, a bag of Flossers, a package of Proxabrush Go-between cleaners in Tight, a package of Soft-Picks, and eez-thru floss.

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Here’s to a bright and healthy smile!

This is a partnered post with Sverve and Sunstar GUM, however all opinions are expressly my own.