Texting while Driving – Don’t

We have all been informed about the dangers of drunk driving; however, studies have shown that distracted driving can be just as dangerous. While most of us would never get behind the wheel after drinking, all too many teens and adults still text while operating a vehicle.

Sadly, motor vehicle accidents are responsible for over 30,000 deaths every single year.The National Highway Safety Administration released a study that revealed that in 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in car crashes involving a distracted driver. Perhaps we need more focus put on distracted driving as well.

Current laws proclaim texting while driving illegal in most states, but not all; and the penalties vary widely from state to state. You can read about the differing regulations here.

Sometimes it seems tempting to pick up one’s phone and read a message or even send one back; however, it seriously is not worth the consequences. If need be, pull over to a safe place if you must text or read messages. All it takes is that one moment of looking away and, in an instant, someone’s life could be changed forever.

Don’t text and drive. Just don’t do it.

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Only the Coolest Tees for Thee – Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the annual Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC. I’ve joined up with a group of ghoulishly glorious bloggers who want to celebrate our readers with all sorts of treats! Join this festive event and, after you enter here, feel free to hop around to all the other blogs to see what they have in store for you!

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Here at Strange Daze Indeed, it just wouldn’t be Halloween if it wasn’t fun and skeeeery! I’ve partnered with Five Finger Tees to bring you some enjoyment!

I have to confess that I am a t-shirt fanatic. My friend Jill used to tease me about it all the time! I especially love funny, pop culture and artsy tees. Honestly, Five Finger Tees have so many cool shirts that I’d love one for every day of the year! (What do you mean I can’t go to that business dinner in a t-shirt?)

Five Finger Tees were kind enough to let me pick out three tees to sample.

First up, and for all my Hello Kitty/Zombie loving-friends (of which there are more than you’d imagine!), I picked out this Hello Zombie shirt and it’s rapidly become one of my favorites. This kitty’s hungry and not for catnip. helloz

 

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Next up, for all my True Blood  fanatics is this cool Fangtasia tee. Join me for a brew, but watch your neck.

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Third, and because I really love this design, is Veritas Aequitas. Veritas Aaequitas is Latin for truth and justice and is a motto that stands for personal honor and truth in actions and justice, regardless of the circumstances. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the movie, Boondock Saints,  but, to honor the film’s MacManus brothers, the Rosary Cross can be seen at the center of the design. This shirt looks awesome with jeans.

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This company is called Five Finger Tees because their tees really are a steal. They are also completely family owned and operated and their prices are lower than any I’ve found for the quality that you get. I’m very impressed with the shirts as they are comfortable, rugged and hold up to washing well. Each design is screen printed and they use soft preshrunk 100% cotton with double-needle stitching throughout and a seamless rib at the neck. From my selections, I can tell you that they run true to size and fit great!

You can find tees of all colors, styles and sizes, including Funny Shirts, Movie Shirts, Video and Sci-Fi Shirts, Hoodies and more!

And now for the treats! Three of you will each win your favorite tee out of all the shirts on their website! I’m sure you will find just the right one that really “fits”.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Disclosure: I received sample t-shirts to facilitate my review, however, all opinions are strictly my own.

How To Pamper Your Cat

It may often seem that our cats are living in their own world and couldn’t be at all bothered by ours. They like to go their own way. However, if truth be told, they do still need a few things from us so that we can pamper and adore them in the manner to which they are accustomed. If you have a finicky furbaby, you might find some inspiration here! My favorite is the Yoga Cats Calendar, but that Heated Window Sill Bed would make for a very fortunate feline indeed.


 
  1. Attack Cat Sign – Could be a joke, or could be the truth. Ever had your ankles scratched from under the sofa? Still a great sign you can order now and pick up at Petsmart.
  2. Motorized Cat Mobile Toy – Keep your cat engaged anywhere you can find a door. Get some exercise for that indoor cat with Pioneer Pet Tiger Toy from Kohl’s.
  3. Paw Cleaning Litter Mat – Clean the Litter off those paws as they step out of the litter box. Order it from Wayfair.
  4. Pounce Toy – Natural Bamboo and canvas, natural and durable for lots of fun by Ore Originals from Nordstrom.
  5. Cat Paw Litter Scoop – If you must have that scoop hanging around, then at least make a statement! It’s an Ore Originals paw from Nordstrom.
  6. Catnip Shaker – Wow, a shaker of catnip! Sprinkle it on those special places, like scratching posts, or perches for a special treat. Buy this organic catnip at Abe’s Market.
  7. The Cat Whisperer Book – Secrets on how to talk to your cat, if your cat is willing to listen, right? Give it a go – you never know. Find it at Petsmart.
  8. Heated Window Sill Bed – The perfect window perch for your indoor cat and heated for the winter. Order it from Wayfair and have a happy cat!
  9. Kitty Cave – Easy to clean, more colors available, cat bed and a little cat cave, all in one. Find it at Kohl’s.
  10. 1000 Piece Cat Puzzle – Does your cat sit on your work? Let them walk across this puzzle filled with cats. Pick this up for yourself or the cat lover in your life from Get Organized.
  11. Yoga Cats 18 month Wall Calendar – Really, cats in asana poses? Up Cat, Down Cat, and mostly Corpse pose, right? World Market carries this great calendar you can use right away.
  12. Cat Shelf – Wall Art that doubles as shelves! Wayfair carries this fun series of cat perches.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . This post contains affiliate links.

Trilane Anti-Aging/Moisturizing Kit #Giveaway – Treat Yourself!

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We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind… treats!

Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop are lots of special treats to enter for before Trick or Treating – so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveawayfrom Step2!

Here at Strange Daze Indeed, we realize that everyone needs pampering and one of the best ways is to give your skin some TLC with Dr. Susan Lark’s Trilane Anti-Aging/Moisturizing Kit.

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 The secret to younger-looking skin is not about covering up with layers of makeup, soaking your skin with chemicals, or using expensive, artificial treatments. The key is to create healthy skin that is naturally smoother, firmer, and more luminous, even without a stitch of makeup.

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The Trilane Anti-Aging/Moisturizing Kit combines nature’s moisturizer, squalane which comes from olives, with jojoba esters and botanical extracts to firm and tone skin, visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and soften, deeply nourish and hydrate, reduce dry, rough, flaky skin, fight the signs of aging, and create a healthy, radiant complexion. This kit is worth over $150.00.

 

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Watch for my upcoming review!

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Disclosure: I was sent these products as part of the Boardwalk Savers Blogger Network yet all opinions are 100% my own.

Win a $50 Gift Card to California Pizza Kitchen – #Giveaway

 

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Hosted by: Queen of Savings

Sponsor: California Pizza Kitchen

I remember my first CPK Margherita pizza at the Beverly Center when I lived in L.A. That’s how delicious it was. I’ve been a fan ever since.

The first CPK opened in Beverly Hills in 1985. Former federal prosecutors Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax combined their passion for food with fresh high-quality ingredients to create innovative, hearth-baked pizzas such as The Original BBQ Chicken, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken, cooked in an open kitchen. The restaurant gave California a place in the pizza pantheon alongside Chicago and New York. Their California twist on global flavors resonated with guests, and almost immediately, CPK became a bustling spot for business and family gatherings.

Prize: $50 CPK eGift Card

Dates: 10/16-10/30

Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

 

 

Disclosure: Strange Daze Indeed did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Get into Action and #GoProatBestBuy

Hero_0_21I love photography and find action pics thrilling and fun! How wonderful to have snapshots of those crazy and exciting moments you decided to go skydiving, hot air ballooning, or careening down that monster water slide. What about that terrifying rollercoaster you said you would never ever get on?  A few friends have GoPro cameras and  I was amazed at the shots because they are spontaneous and unplanned.

With all the sports the kids are into and the adventures we get up to, it would be so much fun for the entire family. Whether they’re dashing around on the ice, skiing, snowboarding or rock-climbing, the entire family would love these new cameras providing breathtaking memories. I’ve added these cameras to my holiday wish list.

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I love browsing Best Buy online and feel lucky to also have one of their stores nearby where we can check out all the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full life of new GoPro cameras, plus a comprehensive assortment of mounts and accesories.  In fact, Best Buy currently has the broadest assortment of action cameras from the top brands.

 

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Check out the specs for some of these babies:

·         GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

·         GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

·         GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.

12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates

I’m totally in!

If you’re looking for a unique holiday gift for kids, teens, adults, adventure seekers, sports fanatics, and gadget gurus, GoPro is a great idea! Their new line of cameras with the latest tech let you take authentic and beautiful pics of the experiences that enrich and enliven our lives.

Learn more at www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.

 

Would this be a great gift for someone in your life? What would you do with a GoPro?

 

Disclosure:  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.

Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon GC – Where There Is Love Book Blast #Giveaway

 

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Where There is Love by Mya O’Malley

Mia Dennsi is a very beautiful woman who has experienced a challenging childhood. As an unemployed teacher, Mia accepts a position for home-schooling a troubled, but misunderstood teenager. Mia makes it a priority to help Cassidy overcome her challenges and to reach for her dreams. In the process, Mia experiences some healing of her own as she is faced with issues she must now come to terms with.

Mia finds a rare friendship in Jamie, her caring and attractive neighbor. The relationship starts off as friendship, but will Mia let this healthy friendship bloom into something more or is she destined to a repeat the vicious cycle of making the same mistakes over and over again?

Through the various twists and turns of Mia’s love life, she is forced to make a decision that will affect her entire future. The reader cannot help but root for this character to succumb to true love and happiness.

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I would have done anything for that girl. Anything. I have dreamed of Mia, I have waited for Mia. I have loved Mia.
I can’t trust Mia.
I can’t get my hopes up again, only to be crushed by her. I couldn’t stand it.
She doesn’t allow herself to be happy. What has happened in her life to cause her to reject the people who love her, who care for her?
I remember the first time I ever laid eyes one her. The way she bumped into me, how embarrassed she was. I swear to this day that she is the most beautiful creature I’ve laid eyes on. Her slim build, dark hair and striking eyes. And that smile, that smile still warms my heart.
I went to see my grandma in Maine for the weekend once I realized that I was falling in love with Mia. My grandmother and I have always been close. She has been there for me through thick and thin ever since I was a child. I grew even closer to her as I was growing up, finding my way in life. For some reason, I always found it easiest to share my feelings with Grandma, the two of us like kindred spirits.
My feelings for Mia scared the life out of me. I told my grandmother that I didn’t want to risk getting hurt again and that Mia seemed so unsure of herself. She offered me a piece of advice that I will hold true to my heart forever: She placed her hand over my heart and said, “Go where there is love, surround yourself with love.” So I did, I went to Mia and tried to tell her how I felt, only to be brushed off with news of Josh coming back into the picture.
I’m happy with Danielle, she’s smart and she’s beautiful. Yeah, I’m going to give this a chance, I would be a fool not to.
But…I think…she’s not Mia. My heart can’t take Mia.
She has the power to hurt me, and I can’t survive that again.

 

MyaAuthor Mya O’Malley

Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.
Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her fifth novel.

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Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 11/4/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Saving is Easy and Fun with #WMTSavingsCatcher

I shopped savvy using Walmart Saving Catcher, as part of a sponsored post for Crowdtap #WMTSavingsCatcher.

This used to be me. Sit on the floor surrounded by all the circulars from the Sunday paper and make a note of what was on sale where. Take said list and make several trips to different stores, wasting an entire valuable weekend day, come home exhausted and drop the bags on the kitchen table.

Not fun! Not fun at all. However, a good friend of mine told me how she had been using Walmart® Savings Catcher, so I downloaded the app and read up on it. It almost sounded too good to be true.

Walmart Savings Catcher eliminates the need for price comparisons or asking for price matches. Instead, you do your normal shopping at Walmart, and they will do all the comparison work and refund you the difference if a lower price is found. Walmart Savings Catcher is helping make shopping fun again!

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This weekend I took it for a test run and headed out to my local Walmart. I didn’t need to buy too much, but I wanted to check it out for the future. I did pick up some small storage drawers which were a total bargain, Blue Fig and Orange Blossom Dove bodywash I’d been wanting to try, my new favorite K-cups: Gevalia Mocha Latte, and a few other miscellaneous items. I realized I didn’thave to worry about what was going on pricewise at all the other stores. My mind was at peace. It was zenlike.

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After the cashier rang me up, I stopped to scan my receipt. If you have the app on your phone, you just scan the QR code on the bottom of your sales slip. Super simple! You can also type in your receipt online.

 

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After I scanned my receipt, the app told me there were 96 competitors found and proceeded to get to work. I was notified I would have the results within 72 hours.

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If the Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price at another store in your area, you’ll get back the difference on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or a Bluebird by AmEx Card. Right now you can get 2x the Savings Catcher Reward Dollars when you redeem them to your Bluebird Account. There’s no minimum purchase required and you can submit up to 7 receipts per week. You can still use coupons as well!

So, yes, I’ll be spending more time with my friends and family, and less time running myself ragged from store to store.  In fact, when I got home from Walmart, I made myself a nice cup of Mocha Latte, sat back on the couch and relaxed. Cheers!

 

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If I do my regular shopping at Walmart, I’ll save time and save the money I get back for Holiday shopping.If you’re like me and you want some more time for yourself, let Walmart do the work and save some money at the same time. Those dollars do add up!

Also, if you try out Walmart Savings Catcher and spread the word, you’ll be entered to win a $2,000 shopping spree at Walmart – and so will your friends! Enter here.

Burt’s Bees Brings Out the Natural Beauty Within

“These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.”

Anton Chekhov
 

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My favorite type of company is one that cares about both the consumer and the planet. One that is in harmony with nature. And, that is the definition of Burt’s Bees. In fact, they began in a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine. Yes, there really is a Burt!

 

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As we approach cooler weather and the holidays, I am geared up for lip balms, glosses and skin creams. These help to gently ease us through fall and winter with its often unforgiving weather. Burt’s Bees products are full of natural ingredients such as beeswax, clary sage, chamomile aloe, pomegranate and willow bark.  You will find their ingredients, as well as their packaging, to be simple, natural and responsible. They truly feel that what you put on your body should be made from the very best nature has to offer.

This means that your skin revels in natural simple nutrients with no nasty and complicated chemicals.

This weekend, I took a trip to my local Walmart to check out their Burt’s Bees selection. I love using natural products on my skin whenever possible. Just as it’s important to me to breathe clean air, drink pure water and eat fresh fruits and veggies; it is just as important to me to use natural skincare products. After all, our skin is our body’s largest organ and is a large part of our overall health. What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it.

 

On this 30th anniversary,

Burt’s Bees sweet simplicity

surrounds me with joy.

A palette of lip glosses, shimmers and balms,

Brings nature to my mind, my body, my spirit.

At one with the beauty of the earth,

each day is a meditation. 

           – debra

 

 

Here are some of the products I bought. They are all 100% natural.

 

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I was really excited to find two lip balms I hadn’t tried yet. Both are exceptional!

The first is Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear. It smells delicious, glides on smoothly and protects my lips with a buttery softness.

 

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Next I picked up a tube of Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter. It smells heavenly! These two will be staples and I’ll carry them with me throughout the colder months. You can also use them under your lipstick!

 

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I also found two lip shimmers I really wanted to try. I’m really into the deeper tones for fall and winter, but, they have every shade you could want.

I bought watermelon and plum. I love the translucent shimmer but they also have enough deep rich color to brighten up my look.

 

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And to top things off, I bought their new Ruby Moon Lip Gloss with soothing sunflower oil and nourishing beeswax. This goes on like a gloss, but also moisturizes and conditions my lips. It’s the perfect lush color for Fall.

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Do you like to use natural products? Come celebrate Burt’s Bees 30th Anniversary!

 

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with DataRank, however all opinions are strictly my own.