Keeping It Fresh and Fun – Living Life Without Regrets

 

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After college, I got an editing job in Book Publishing. While it was a great job, I had always had a burning desire to go to Europe, Paris in particular. My Mom said to me, “How can you go. How can you leave your job, your apartment?” I said, truthfully, “How can I not?”

So, my boyfriend and I took some of our savings, bought Eurailpasses, and headed off to Paris with the intention of going wherever the adventure led us. We had an incredible time visiting France, Italy, the Greek Islands, and more.

I have always wanted to live my life without regrets and that has helped keep it fun and fresh.

If there’s some place you have always wanted to visit, whether it’s for a weekend or a month, try to see if you can make it happen. Focusing on the positive rather than finding all the reasons why you can’t is the key.

If you can’t physically visit, you can visit through movies or books! To keep life fresh, keep taking adventures, keep learning. Whether it is a cooking class, a yoga class, or going for a hot air balloon ride. Do you want to jump out of a plane? Do it. Have you always wanted to learn how to make the best Pad Thai or Chocolate Mousse? Now is the time.

 

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Another idea to keep life interesting are T’ai Chi and Qigong classes. You just may find that the life energy you cultivate helps get you more motivated and excited about each day.

I recently did a 3-day juice fast. Changing your routine and giving your digestive system a break can help revitalize your mind, body and spirit. In the future, I may change to one-day juice fasts, however, that is one way to keep myself in balance.

 

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Reading and exapnding our awareness can also help keep life fresh and new.

One of the most pivotal books in my life is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I remember picking up this book for the first time and feeling an almost imperceptible shift in consciousness. Of course, a lot of us have heard that living in the now is the key to happiness and enlightenment, but this book helped me not only understand this but experience it.

Oftentimes when I am working at home, I visit websites that are like mini-vacations. Here are two:

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Buddha Board is based on the Zen concept of living in the moment. Use your mouse or keypad to draw on the screen, then watch it disappear.

Buddha Board also has a free iPhone app which can be found here.

Another favorite of mine is Rainy Mood.

I have always loved listening to the sound of the rain. It’s so peaceful and calming. Often just visiting this site is like a mini-nap for me.

One more site I love which is both beautiful and brilliant is Bored Panda. I always find something fun and fascinating here.

 

So, whether you are exploring the world, the internet or a new style of cooking, there are many ways to keep life fresh and fun.

Try something new and open your heart and mind!

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Another way to keep life fresh all day are Carefree Acti-fresh pantiliners. Superthin and flexible, they also offer great protection, leaving me care free to pursue life’s adventures.

Each day from August 12 – September 10, 2014 that you visit the Carefree Challenge site, you’re entered to win the Grand Prize – $5,000 for a fresh new wardrobe as well as daily prizes! Today’s prize is a $100 Gift Card to a major coffee retailer. Try something new!

 

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Carefree, however all ideas and opinions are expressly my own.

 

 

Why Wait for the Truck? #IceCreamRun at Walgreens

One of my earliest jobs was as a soda jerk. I was just a kid, but my Dad had one of those old-fashioned pharmacies, the ones with the soda fountains. When I wasn’t in school and on weekends, I’d often go to visit him there.

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My Dad taught me to make ice cream sodas, milkshakes, and banana splits. The customers were people I recognized from the neighborhood who would sit on the shiny red stools and I loved talking to them and making their favorite treats. To this day, I can still make a mean Raspberry Lime Rickey.

I don’t know about you, but, we’re having hot summer days and nights here! It’s so satisfying to go to our local Walgreens and grab whatever we’re craving. This is ideal for the entire family, and it’s super convenient so we don’t have to look for a soda fountain, make a long and involved grocery store stop or wait around for the ice cream truck.

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Walgreens carries Unilever ice cream brands such as Magnum, Breyers, Klondike, Fruttare, and Popsicle so you can get delicious ice cream treats and make sweet memories with your family!

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Just this weekend, I picked up the new Magnum Infinity Chocolate.

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These new bars are Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with a Chocolate Swirl Dipped in Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Bean Nibs. In short, they’re Nirvana for Chocoholics like me!

 

What is your favorite ice cream treat? Do you have any special ice cream memories?

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Walgreen’s and Global Influence, however, all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

 

Get Salon-Gorgeous Hair with TRESemmé at Walmart! #AmpUpYourStyle

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VMA season is always exciting for both the videos and the rockstar looks! I remember my college punk days with the short spiky hair.

These days, to amp up my long hair and unleash my inner rocker, I love to wear a low ponytail and wrap the base of the ponytail with a long braided strand of my hair. Using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum helps keep away any flyaway frizzies and keeps hair looking healthy. Wisps around my face add a romantic touch. I feel like a bit of a tomboy, yet definitely a woman, with moves like Jagger. I finish it off with the TRESemmé Smooth No Frizz Ultra Light Shine Spray for a bit of shine and light hold.

Now TRESemmé and Walmart invite you to amp up your VMA style with 5 red carpet worthy looks while staying well within your budget.

The pumped up pony, super sleek look, rock ‘n roll waves, or full blown volume will have you shining like a supernova.

You can find great styling videos and more info on TRESemmé products at Walmart right here.

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Amp up your style and party like a rockstar!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Global Influence, however all opinions are strictly my own.

Now is the time to try Toni & Guy at Walgreens!


When I was young, I had Shirley Temple-like curls, which, as I grew up, became wavy hair. I love wearing my hair long in romantic, somewhat messy soft styles.

I’ve always felt that my hair is my favorite accessory. I love when I’m having a good hair day, but, even when I’m not, I’ve found ways around it and love pulling it back into a messy updo.

One of my favorite looks is casual beachy waves. TONI&GUY® has a casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray that helps create that style. You can spray it on your damp hair and then use a diffuser or your fingers to create a tousled look.

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If you haven’t heard of TONI&GUY yet, they are a cutting-edge range of hair care and styling products from one of the most innovative salons in the world. With their years of experience creating trends backstage at international fashion shows, you’ll find a variety of products and ways to express yourself.

Just like in fashion, how you wear your hair speaks volumes about you. Why not let it be an integral part of your personal style.

Now, you can treat your hair to the TONI&GUY styling collections at your neighborhood Walgreens. Whether you’re going for classic long waves, super-straight and sexy or pumped-up volume, you’ll find the right styling products for you to achieve unique style from the head down.

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I love Walgreens. With their Balance Rewards program, I earn with everyday purchases, and, since I’m there so often, it doesn’t take long at all to earn money back rewards.
I’m excited that they have high quality salon products like TONI&GUY at my local drugstore and at a great value.

My favorite line of TONI&GUY is Casual. They also have Classic and Glamour.

Casual fits me best. It’s for the girl who loves to look effortlessly cool but still sexy. The Casual collection offers four styling products to create loose, textured and carefree looks, with a lived-in feeling. Casual hair looks are relaxed but have movement, created but casual, fun and impactful – perfect whether you are hanging out at the local market looking for the latest vintage finds or meeting friends for coffee and gossip. Feel inspired and let your imagination run wild.

What’s your style?

Disclosure: I have been compensated for my post by Global Influence, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Old Spice #Combos4Success – Smell Like a Guy from Head to Toes

Growing up, I remember my Dad using Old Spice. He even used a shaving brush to really get some great lather. When he would come home from work and scoop me up in his arms, that was my favorite time of day and I remember that smell!

Now that I’ve grown older, I still love the smell of Old Spice. I love guys that smell like guys! For me, a guy wearing worn-in jeans and smelling fresh and clean – that’s a perfect combination!

After all, some things just go better together: bacon and eggs, peanut butter and chocolate, swagger with shades. Now, Old Spice, the manliest men’s grooming brand in the universe is letting guys know that when they use the perfect combinations like Old Spice anti-perspirant and deodorant, body wash and 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner layered together, the result is an irresistible freshness from head to toes.

 

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Speaking of “combinations”, Old Spice recently conducted a poll among 18-35 year old men to ask about some of their favorite combinations. Favorite beer accompaniment? Favorite food combo is you were stranded on a desert island? Best combo to relive your childhood?

Here’s an infographic with all of those and more:

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Old Spice has launched some new fun campaign spots featuring the Old Spice Mandroid. This one is my favorite!

In “Stairs,” the Old Spice mandroid suavely strolls up a flight of stairs at an expensive restaurant while professing his love for “human women.” After explaining that he uses Old Spice all over to smell like a “human man,” he takes just one wrong step and plummets over the railing and onto a couple’s table. Unphased, the robot-man continues to talk to the woman at the table, and gets an unlikely response!

This guy may be plastic and metal, he may have emarrassing computer wiring odors, but after showering with Old Spice and using their deodorant, he now smells like a man from head to toe.

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You can also check out these other fun Old Spice mandroid videos:

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And, you can get some awesome coupons good for Old Spice deodorant + body wash, plus other Old Spice products to make sure you’re covered from Head to Toes! The coupons expire on September 30, 2014 so don’t wait too long.

Also, check out the Old Spice website for more fun and information!

Connect with Old Spice:

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What are some of your favorite combos?

This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Win a prize package worth over $400 (including a Kindle and $100 Target gc) – Back To School Giveaway

Welcome to the

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights

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Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! It’s time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers – and their kids – we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway!

One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students.

Here is what is included:

  • Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet, Wifi, 16 GB  & $100 Target Gift Card from Failing Perfect (Retail Value: $269.00)
  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
  • Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Math Vocabulary Cards for grades 1-3, Hot Dots Reading Informational Text for grades 4-6, Hot Dots Pen, & GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for ages 3+ from Educational Insights(Retail Value: $79.95)
  • The winner’s choice of one activity kit:  I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace!, I Can Pound!, I Can Build Uppercase! or I Can Build Lowercase! from Fundanoodle (Retail Value: $32.99)

Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway: The Details

  • Giveaway will begin on August 18th, 2014 and will end at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (US) on September 2nd, 2014.
  • Open to residents in the continental US, 18 years or older.
  • One entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • Winner will have 24 Hours to respond to winner notification email, or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org.
  • The winning entry will be verified.
  • Sponsors will be individually responsible for prize fulfillment.

If you agree to the above terms, then enter using the Giveaway Form below. Good Luck!!

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Good Luck!

Disclosure:  This blog did not receive compensation and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This post may contain affiliate links. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these rules and the decisions of Failing Perfect (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Failing Perfect is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, andor any other social media. Please contact michelle@failingperfect.com with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. 

Simple Tips to Feeling Sexier – #CarefreeChallenge

Sexiness is not about being able to fit into a tiny bikini or having modelesque features. Sexiness is all about how you feel and how you think. It’s a whole being experience.

Here are some simple tips to help you feel sexier:

Wear your guy’s shirt.

guyshirt “I think there’s something incredibly sexy about a woman wearing underwear and her boyfriend’s shirt” - Calvin Klein

I agree.

 

 

 

Take some completely alone time! Whether it means shutting off the phones, computers, tvs and not answering the door or trading babysitting time with another Mom. Do what makes you feel free and pampered!

restDance naked! My favorite thing is to go out naked in the rain (this requires privacy of course and isn’t easily done!) But, you can still dance inside. Choose your favorite music or enjoy the silence.

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Take a hot bubble bath with your favorite bath bombs and scents. Revel in the aromatherapy, the quiet and the peace. It’s a great chance to restore and revive.

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Create an environment that stimulates the senses. Use candles, flowers, whatever gives you joy and uplifts your spirit.

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Get a massage! Either from your significant other or save up for one at the spa. You deserve it! A foot massage also will help with what ails you and give you an overall sense of well-being.

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After a warm shower or bath, get out your favorite moisturizer. Slowly massage your arms, legs, feet, neck, hands. Enjoy the moment.

Try acupuncture or acupressure. Getting the energy flowing again can give you a renewed sense of vitality.

Take a yoga or pilates class. If you can’t find one,  there are lots of websites and dvds that can help. This will help put you in touch with your body and your entire being, which feels incredibly sexy. Exercise can do this as well!

Try out living in the moment! Stress can really take a toll on feeling sexy as we struggle through our daily routine and our mind is not at peace. By eliminating worrying about the past and anticipating problems in the future, we can enjoy the present and simply be. As all the great spiritual teachers have said, “Be here now.” It’s not always easy, but, it truly works! Ask yourself, “Is there anything wrong right in this present moment?”

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Do it for yourself! Pamper yourself for you, not for anyone else. Get a manicure, paint your toenails, get a new hairstyle or add highlights. A small change can do wonders!

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Wear sexy lingerie under your clothes, whether you’re in jeans and a t-shirt or a business suit!

Emulate your cat! Cats lounge, stretch, purr, do what they want, don’t care what others think, and are just naturally sensual beings!

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Eat sexy food! Chocolate not only tastes amazing and feels silky on the tongue, but it also contains phenylethylamine  and serotonin, two natural feel-good substances which can provide the same reaction in the body as falling in love. Other sexy foods: Chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, asparagus, and chiles. The capsaicin found in spicy foods can stimulate nerve endings and trigger endorphins.

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Play with textures like  the creaminess of avocados and the lush softness of raspberries. raspberriesavocado

Slowly peel the leaves off of artichokes and dip in a creamy mixture of dijon and mayo till you get to the delicious heart.

Globe artichokeFocus on your best feature and enhance it. It’s not about what you don’t have, but what you do have. Do you love your feet? Paint your toes and buy a new pair of sandals.

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Confidence is sexy! Learn a new language. Take a roadtrip on your own. Accomplish one of your goals that you’ve been putting off or afraid to try.

Above all, sexiness is really not for any one else. It’s feeling comfortable in your own skin.

Make some new habits that enhance your life.

Conventional knowledge says that it takes about 30 days to form a habit.

Giving yourself a challenge for a minimum of 30 days is a great way to improve all aspects of your life. Carefree®  believes there’s no time like the present to begin a fresh, healthy habit and encourages you to try out the Carefree® Freshness Challenge and be rewarded with 30 days of fresh tips. You’ll learn about beauty and style, try out new ideas and get the chance to win awesome daily prizes. carefree

Each day from August 12 – September 10, 2014 that you visit the #CarefreeChallenge site,you’re entered to win the Grand Prize – $5,000 for a fresh new wardrobe as well as daily prizes! Kick off the challenge today, August 12, and check out wearing Carefree® Acti-Fresh Liners to help keep you feeling fresh, confident and carefree.

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Visit the #CarefreeChallenge Sweeps! Keep it fresh and enter to win today’s daily prize – a $100 gift card for new lingerie to help you feel sexy and beautiful.

Enjoy!

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Carefree®, however all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Dove Advanced Care Sleeveless Summer Sweeps

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central  for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

 

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It’s August and, where I am, it’s still super hot. That means tank top weather and shorts and lots of skin showing! My favorite deodorant is Dove, so I’m really excited to try Dove Advanced Care with Nutrium Moisture. It not only can help you stay dry and odor-free for 48 hours, but, at the same time, it reduces irritation from shaving and gives you softer, smoother skin in just 3 days.

I also want to share The Sleeveless Summer Challenge with you!

Dove is challenging all women across the country to go sleeveless for a chance to win an amazing trip to New York City for Fashion Week and a VIP styling session with Hollywood stylist, Erin Walsh.

There are other wonderful prizes to be won as well, so check out Dove Advanced Care Deodorant and try it for yourself. Then, strike a pose and enter!

Win a Wild Oats Back to School box of Organic Goodness #Giveaway (3 winners!)

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Sponsored by Wild Oats and Hosted by Mom Does Reviews and a great group of bloggers!

 

Wild Oats= Affordable Organics!

I always look for organic food and snacks for my family, but it’s hard to find healthy lunches that are also affordable. It’s great when you find the perfect combination!

It’s also hard to believe that it’s already time to get the kids ready for back-to-school. Time to get this year off to a wonderful start with healthy back-to-school strategies featuring natural and eco-friendly essentials!

Did you know that Organic food DOESN’T have to be expensive?  It’s true!  Wild Oats products are affordable and you can find them at Walmart and Fresh and Easy.  Organic food isn’t just for an exclusive bunch of people; it’s for everyone!  You can make this school year the best ever by feeding your family Organic foods even in their lunchboxes!

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Wild Oats offers a variety of products to make back-to-school easier and more affordable. One quick idea is to make a delicious peanut butter, honey and banana quesadilla for lunch. Simply take about three tablespoons of your favorite Wild Oats Marketplace Peanut Butter, spoon in a tablespoon of local honey, add some banana slices, spread on the inside of a whole wheat tortilla and fold in half. Your kids will love it!

The Giveaway:

THREE lucky winners will get a Wild Oats Back to School box of Organic Goodness! ($40+ arv each)

The giveaway is open to US only, 18+

The giveaway ends 8/18 at 1159p est

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Beauty Buzz! Save $1.50 on Clear products at Walmart!

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I love wearing my hair long except for one year in college when I went the punk route! That was fun but short-lived.

Because it is so long, my hair has a tendency to tangle. It also can get very dry in the wintertime and really needs a lot of moisturizing to keep it wavy and flowing, instead of ending up frizzy with split-ends. I take very good care of my hair and love to use my favorite shampoos and condiioners. However, the expensive ones really don’t fit my budget and that’s why I’m always on the lookout for reasonably priced products that also do a great job.

I’ve found that Clear is one of my favorites. I shampoo and condition often and it keeps my hair clean and volumized while moisturizing my scalp as well as my locks.

This is a great time to stock up because Clear is now on sale and you can save $1.50 when you buy any Clear product now at Walmart. Clear gently cleanses and nourishes your scalp leaving you with hair that’s 10x more resilient, strong and beautiful. Clear is the first and only hair care range with Nutrium 10 and it’s currently on rollback exclusively at Walmart for only $4.48.

Great shampoo and a great price! Get your click-to-print coupon for $1.50 off all Clear Scalp and Hair products at Walmart right here.

Here’s to beautiful healthy hair!

Disclosure: This is a partnered post sponsored by Global Influcence.