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Are you someone who loves to share your thoughts and opinions? Tom’s of Maine is looking for some creative women to help inspire their future products. If your care about the ingredients in the products you and your family use daily, here’s your chance to earn Amazon gift codes for sharing your views on Tom’s of Maine as well as other natural products in the industry.

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Tom’s of Maine has created an exclusive, private online community where you can share your opinions directly with brand decision makers. Are you the primary shopper of your household and care about the ingredients of the products you purchase for your family? If so, you’re likely a perfect fit for this opportunity! The community is filled with other like-minded individuals to yourself who you can share stories with, exchange tips and advice, as well as compare and contrast your opinions on Tom’s of Maine with. Each month you’ll have the chance to partake in discussions, answer survey questions, or share what’s happening in your family household via media galleries. All your efforts help influence what comes next when it comes to the brand’s future and how they plan to put the customers’ needs first.

In addition to the opportunity to impact upcoming products and promotions, members will receive $10 Amazon gift codes each month for their participation.

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Win a $50 Gift Card to Outback Steakhouse – Treat Someone You Love!

 

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Prize: $50 Bloomin Brands Gift Card that can be used at Outback, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill or Fleming’s

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Open to: US Residents 18+

Treat a friend or family! Treat yourself!

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Double the Savings on Luvs Diapers! #SharetheLuv

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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If you have children in diapers, it seems you can never have enough of them. Kids go through them so quickly, and, of course, you want the best!  There’s no way around the fact that parenting is expensive, but Luvs, the official diaper of experienced moms, is offering great money-saving opportunities for parents with little ones.

Softer and more absorbent than ever before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee, Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™ provide the high-quality features babies and parents need for less cost than the premium brands.

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HOW TO SAVE

1.Keep an eye out for this Sunday’s newspaper – September 25, 2016 – for a brandSAVER insert from P&G with a Luvs coupon offering $2 off of any one diaper pack.

2.Two weeks later on Sunday, October 9, you can also find another insert inside your newspaper with an additional Luvs coupon offering $2 off any one diaper pack.

3. Use these coupons at any mass, discount or grocery store where Luvs Diapers are sold. Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6 and feature fun designs in every pack.

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All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs. The expiration date for the September 25th coupon is 10/8/16, and the expiration for the October 9 coupon is 10/22/16.

For more information on Luvs diapers, visit Luvs Diapers online or their social media channels on Facebook Twitter, and YouTube.

 

 

Potty Training is Easier with #PampersEasyUps and a Giveaway!

This post and the accompanying giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers Easy Ups. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Although potty training is a wonderful milestone for toddlers and parents, it can also be very stressful! But, fear not! We have some help for you. Often, potty training can seem overwhelming and when minor leaks or accidents occur, it can feel like a a disappointment. Luckily, Pampers Easy Ups help makes this journey a little easier by providing wonderful leak protection!

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We tried everything in the quest for the perfect way to potty train, but, the truth is, there is no perfect way. It’s good to tailor your program to your children and your particular style of parenting. Some tips that worked for us are reading to the kids on the potty to take their mind off focusing too hard on the task at hand as well as putting their books in a basket nearby so they want to stay longer.

We had rewards like their favorite m&m’s, gummy bears, bubbles or stickers as they progressed. Special achievements included a trip to the toy store or an ice cream sundae. We had books specifically about potty training and we limited night time liquids.

While these all worked to some extent, I really feel that the most successful method is support and encouragement as well as minimizing failures. Make the process fun not stressful. Show your children love and they will get there when it’s time for them.

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Training pants support the diaper-to-underwear transition for toddlers and their families as they have a more underwear-like look and feel while still helping to keep messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter where accidents happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight. New and improved Pampers Easy Ups work during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and moms to confidently and completely transition from diapers to underwear. Now, that’s something for kids and moms to get excited about!

Little ones will think it’s underwear, but you’ll know it’s Pampers.

Pampers Easy Ups have a 360° stretchy waistband for an underwear-like fit that’s easy for your toddler to pull up and down by themselves and they’re super soft, like cotton underwear, to keep your toddler comfortable. They also tear easily at the sides just in case it’s needed and dual leak-guard barriers around the legs prevent any leaks that can happen when your little ones are on the move.

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A collection of Thomas the Engine and Dora the Explorer designs will help make potty training fun! Easy Ups is also now rolling out new Hello Kitty designs.

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To help make the potty training process easy and more affordable, Pampers is offering a coupon that you can print at home for $2 off 1 pack of new Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants.

You can clip the Pampers Easy Ups coupon at http://www.coupons.com/brands/pampers-coupons/.

You will need to open a coupons.com account if you do not already have one. It’s free and easy! Then you can print, shop and save – and keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future.

New Pampers Easy Ups are available nationwide in sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, and 4T and 5T.

LEARN MORE

Visit Pampers online where you can learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and info to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play. For more information, you can also visit Pampers on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.

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ENTER TO WIN

We’ve also got a fantastic giveaway for you to get you started!

Simply enter via Giveaway Tools below to win a #PampersEasyUps prize package, which will include:

  • A $50 AMEX Card
  • Pampers Easy Ups
  • Ilana Wile’s book, “The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting”

Refresh your Home with a Fall Reset and Giveaway

This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management, Febreze and Swiffer. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

 

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After a particularly hot summer, I’m a big fan of the cooler temps and rain we had today. Outside, the world felt clean and refreshed which inspired me to bring that sense of renewal into my home.

Fall is a great time for a reset – taking care of the little things you may have overlooked in the excitement of summer. With jobs and back-to-school, it’s a wonderful time to re-organize. This will also put you on track for the upcoming holiday season which can get chaotic.

Here are some tips!

I love to start in my kitchen. I cook a lot more in the Fall and Winter and a clean kitchen inspires my creativity!

Start with the fridge. It can get cluttered and may even be the source of some unidentifiable stink! Take out all the food and drinks so you can really get in there. Take out shelves and drawers and soak them in dish soap and warm water. Wipe the inside with a similar solution and use baking soda for stains. Replace the food that’s good and toss out the questionable. Remember, fresh start!

Clean out your cabinets. Give them a good wash and replace liners. Get rid of anything old and re-organize!

Clean out your closets. Start with the front hall one and work your way up!

Don’t forget your floors!

Did you know that today’s consumer has more hardwood in their home than ever before? An estimated four billion square feet of hard surface flooring will be installed in American homes this year. Finished wood and laminates give your home a wonderful ambience and they are easy to care for. I like to use Swiffer’s newly reformulated WetJet. It’s simple and really spruces up your rooms since the absorb and lock strip helps trap dirt and grime deep in the pad.

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New season. Time to clear out old smells!

Your home goes through a lot in the summer, whether from the muggy heat or the AC blasting and windows shut tight. Of course your pets and kids’ parties, family movie and pizza nights all contribute. Febreze Fabric Refresher helps gets the inside of your home as crisp as the Fall weather outside. It eliminates musty odors from your closets and pet smells from your couch.  You can also use the new Febreze Air Effects with Big Sur Scent to get rid of any lingering food odors from burnt popcorn or last night’s fish. I found this new scent to be very pleasant,  light and fresh with notes of jasmine and cherry.

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Give Your Car the Once-over. Febreze car clips refresh your vehicle after a summer of baseball practices, camping trips and food grabbed on the go. To avoid clutter and spills, use a collapsible car organizer in the back seat for toys, water, juice boxes and snacks for your munchkins. (PS: There’s one in the giveaway below!)

Renewing your home renews your spirit, motivates and inspires. Your family will love you for it and you’ll fall in love with your home again!

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One lucky reader of Strange Daze Indeed will win their own Fall Reset package including everything I received (pictured above). This includes a beautiful throw, a car organizer, a Swiffer Wet Jet Mop Kit,  Febreze Air Effects and Fabric Refresher in the new Big Sur scent and more. Simply enter via Giveaway Tools below.

Ways to Spice up Your Date Night – and a Novel Erotics Giveaway

This review and giveaway were made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Novel Erotics. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, however, all opinions are 100% my own.


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Remember how exciting those first days of dating were, the rush of adrenaline and sense of adventure? Over time, that feeling can get eclipsed by car payments, mortgages, kids’ homework, making dinners and doing mountains of laundry.

So what’s a couple to do?

There are many ways to spice up your love life whether you are married or have been in a committed relationship for a while.

Set aside date nights that are just for the two of you. Make time. A relationship is a growing entity that needs nurturing and renewal. Sensuality contributes to general wellbeing, feeling attractive and confident.

You can go out for your favorite dinner or order in. Choose something you don’t eat every day, whether it be your favorite Thai soup or steak and crab legs.

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Don’t underestimate the power of darkness. It heightens all your other senses. So, take advantage of that with a blindfold or lights out. Use aromatherapy and oil and really enjoy sharing massages, whether giving or receiving. If you’re giving, feel your partner’s skin on your fingertips. If you’re receiving, really feel their fingertips on your skin. Take your time and just be in the moment.

Certain foods are aphrodisiacs: basil, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, avocados, chili peppers, honey, coconut water, asparagus, chocolate, red wine, pomegranates. Try these alone or combine a few. Spiced chai is a good choice!

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Have some tiramisu or sorbet and lick it off your partner’s warm skin. If you enjoy wine, a glass will help you relax without putting you to sleep.

If your partner is out or working during the day, text them evocative messages that will spark their interest or slip a love note in a pocket or purse.

Another great idea is a gift from Novel Erotics. Novel Erotics was founded in 2015, after observing the fascination with the 50 Shades of Grey Series. Based in the New Orleans metro area, they know about having fun, so they had some great ideas for introducing novices to some interesting products and fantasies. Being parents themselves, they also know it can be hard to hide erotic items from ‘inquisitive eyes’.

With all this in mind, they designed a discreet, book-style storage box, each with a spicy story on the inside cover, and 5-6 items to make the fantasy your own. Themes range from Hotel Affairs to a creative twist on Teatime. There is also “Something Blue” – a box which is a fun, classy gift for the bachelorette.

Novel-Erotics_Stacked (1)Novel Erotics sent me one of their bestsellers, The Rendezvous. The story inside the front cover will get your imagination going, and there are lots of fun treats inside including two sex toys. There is also a soft black and lilac blindfold and an Earthly Body ‘Naked In the Woods’ Massage Candle.candle-nakedwoods_NEW-324e4i5xhqw3uakqrftix6

 Specially formulated to melt at just three degrees above body temperature, this candle with six natural oils is perfect for soft sensual massage.

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I think this is the perfect set to start with, but, you can browse the others here and find the one that’s perfect for you! Not to worry, shipping is always discreet.

 

Now that I’ve piqued your interest (!), Novel Erotics has generously offered my readers a chance to win their own adventure. One of you will win your own Rendezvous set! Just enter via Giveaway Tools Below. Open to US readers, 18+.

Give Your Bedroom A Makeover with Groupon!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love decorating my home, but it’s not so easy when I’m also balancing the budget. Sometimes it feels like a juggling act. I’ve noticed that just one or two strategically placed items can make a world of difference, whether it’s a new blender for the kitchen or a fun clock for the family room. Lately, when I’m browsing for home decor, I explore Groupon Goods.

Groupon is wonderful for events, services, and restaurants, but they also have wonderful deals on products from my favorite retailers. It’s fast, fun, and free.

Since my bedroom is my sanctuary, it’s one of my favorite places to renovate. I was able to find an Ultra Soft Sherpa Throw for Fall to snuggle up in when I find time to relax at night with a good suspense thriller. Best of all, it was half the price I’d seen it at! I’m adding some Banksy Art Decorative Throw Pillows. They have tons to choose from.

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Groupon is also a convenient place to shop for the perfect gift, all from the comfort of home!

What would you love to save on with Groupon?

PEPPERMINT EUCALYPTUS SOOTHING BATH SALTS: Soak Your Cares Away

This post has been sponsored by  Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. I have been provided the products discussed for free to review.

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If you’re anything like me, you strive to live life to the fullest. Whether we completely understand all its inherent mystery, life is a thrilling adventure.

So many of us work hard, whether it is taking care of our families, in our jobs, doing charity work, athletic pursuits and so much more. With our New England winters, I find that I am outdoors more in summer and more active and that sometimes means sore muscles and a bit of general overwhelm.

My sanctuary lately has been my bathtub! Part of it is just setting aside ‘me time’ and knowing that everyone else is taken care of so I can truly relax and unplug – and then there are the oils!

Essential oils have truly transformed my bath into a spalike experience at home. Making my own bath salts is so economical and I get to experiment and choose the combination that best fits my needs and desires in the moment.

Last holiday season, I made scrubs and bath salts for my friends as gifts and I’d love to show you my recipe because it’s really quite easy and fun!

Bath salts soothe the mind, body and spirit and are wonderful for pampering. I remember when I was younger, my Dad would advise going swimming in salt water for small scrapes. Truth be told, it really did make my cuts heal faster!

I’m going to show you the recipe for one jar of salts, but, you can easily multiply the ingredients depending on your needs or wishes. I use Epsom salts (rich in Magnesium), Pink Himalayan Salts and Essential Oils. Feel free to use Dead Sea Salts instead of Pink Himalayan. Since I don’t like any artificial colors, fragrances or ingredients,  I love the color that the Pink adds naturally!

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PEPPERMINT EUCALYPTUS SOOTHING SALTS

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Salts

8-10 drops Earth Elements Peppermint Essential Oil

8-10 drops Earth Elements Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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I start by combining the salts in a bowl and adding my oils. You can then use a whisk, spoon or even fork to make sure the ingredients are all mixed in.

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airtight glass jar with a hand-made label or tie and voila! Perfect for your sink or tub or as a gift!

PS: Your guy will love these too as a bath or foot soak after a long day!

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Customize your mixture according to your preferences.

For a soothing bath use chamomile and lavender.

Peppermint is invigorating while rosemary and eucalyptus can help tonify and balance.

Grapefruit is rejuvenating and uplifting.

Mix and match to your heart’s desire! Add some dried mint if you have any around!

You can also layer the salts with different colors or make different colored jars. I recommend only using natural coloring though because whatever you put on your skin goes into your body.

Here are some natural ideas for colors. You simply blend or juice them (or with the red cabbage boil it,) then reduce the juice in a pan. Add just a hint of color when you mix or whisk your salts.

Color Ideas

For Red: Beet or Pomegranate juice, Fresh or frozen raspberry juice

For Yellow: ground turmeric or saffron, mango juice

For Green: matcha powder or parsley juice

For Orange: carrot juice, paprika 

For Purple/Blue: red cabbage juice, frozen blueberry juice, blackberries

For Brown: coffee powder, cocoa

Feel free to add dried flowers or herbs to your blends, but, make sure they are organic, pure or from your own garden. Also, you want the flowers/herbs to be fully dried adding no moisture.

Consult your physician before using essential oils if you have high blood pressure, are pregnant, or have other medical concerns. Not for use for babies or young children.

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Enhance Your Life with Aromatherapy

This post has been sponsored by  Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. I have been compensated by Nature’s Bounty and been provided the products discussed for review.

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It’s summer and I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors in nature, enjoying all the wonderful sights and smells. I also love bringing the experience indoors with aromatherapy.

The sense of smell is evocative, considered to be one of our most primal and fascinating senses. With its subtle complexities, it plays a significant role in our well-being from energizing to relaxing. It is also closely linked with memory. I know that certain scents take me immediately back to my grandmother’s house, others to hiking with friends in the mountains and, some, like warm bread immediately make me feel calm and at ease.

Smells such as smoke or rotten food warn us of danger while others like cinnamon apple pie can make us feel safe and secure.

I have always loved aromatherapy and enjoy experimenting with essential oils. Though I do not enjoy heavy perfumes with synthetic ingredients, I adore essential oils which are plant extracts in their purest forms.

I recently discovered a wonderful new line of 100% pure blended aromatherapy essential oils: Nature’s Bounty Earthly Elements. These oils help me create moods and experiences and each has its own unique aroma and “personality”.

There are 10 essential oils in the collection and one Sweet Almond carrier oil, as well as a Nature’s Bounty Earthly Elements aromatherapy diffuser.

One of my favorites is Grapefruit. I find it uplifting and refreshing. It energizes my mood and gets me focused for the day. Peppermint is also revitalizing and soothing. Lavender is great when I want to unwind and de-stress at the end of the day.

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Other scents in the line include: Chamomile, Patchouli, Jasmine, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus and Thrive.

My favorite ways to use the oils are in a diffuser which gently disperses the oil into my environment, and, by adding a few drops to the almond oil which is a carrier oil, they make massages a spalike experience. Every time I take a bath, I add a few drops depending on what I feel will help balance my mood.

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You can add the oils to your DIY projects and make quality aromatic products. Thrive is perfect for that with its woodsy cleansing aroma. You can use it with warm water in a spray and don’t forget to spray the bottom of the trash can!

I also love spraying Peppermint oil mixed with water to freshen the air naturally! It’s one of my all-time favorite oils. I also use Peppermint Oil with the almond oil for a refreshing post-workout massage. I find it both uplifting and relaxing.

I use a few drops of lemongrass and eucalyptus mixed with the almond oil help repel pesky insects.

When I clean and rinse my fridge, grapefruit oil added to the water really does a great freshening job.

You can create aromatherapy candles, sugar face scrubs and more.  My next post in this series will be sharing some of my own homemade ideas with you.

The full Nature’s Bounty Earthly Elements line can be found in the Vitamin Aisle at Walmart where they are very reasonably priced.

You can also learn more online at Earthlyelements.com.

These oils are not recommended for ingesting, for topical use only when blended with the Sweet Almond carrier oil.

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Shop and Save with Groupon Coupons!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

 

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I’ve always found the concept of Groupon extremely innovative.  You virtually link up with others and the quantity buying allows for major discounts. I’ve bought so many Groupons over the years for local restaurants, hair salons, juice fasts and more.

Recently, I learned about Groupon Coupons. They have verified coupons to my favorite stores which have helped me on many occasions. I mean, who doesn’t love saving money? And, now that it’s back-to-school season, every discount helps.

Groupon Coupons are free and super-convenient:  just go the site, search your favorite store or category, click, and voila, extra money in your pocket.

You’ll be able to find deals from Autozone, Bed Bath & Beyond, Foot Locker, Hotels.com, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, PetSmart, Sephora,  Nordstrom, and more. They have Red Lobster Coupons, Uber Promo Codes, Costco, Ulta, and Alamo coupons! It’s so much fun to browse the site.

Tonight I found:

40% OFF NOW on any regularly priced item at Michaels – I bought the set of gel pens I’ve been craving

Free $25 Target Gift Card and Free Shipping if you stock up on baby items (sent this to a friend)

Walgreens: Buy 1, Get One Free & 50% Off Online Only

Starbucks Store: Up To 50% Off Coffee & Drinkware

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And, since I’m shopping for myself and the kiddos, this one is particularly relevant –

an extra 30% off everything at Aeropostale, my favorite.

 

I love that I don’t have to hop around to different places as Groupon Coupons has all the great deals as well as some that are exclusive to them.

So, before you shop, take a look at Groupon Coupons and see how much you can save! There’s no reason to pay full price when you don’t have to.

Have you tried Groupon Coupons yet?