Pedigree Stackerz VoxBox

Pedigree Stackerz

It is no secret-I am on that Influenster game like no one’s business! I received my third VoxBox before my second one even ended (talk about good fortune)! This one is Pedigree Stackerz to test courtesy of Influenster!

Well, this one didn’t benefit me, but rather my four legged friends in my life! I have two that that occupy heart!

1) Snickers: a rescue/runaway who is a Shar-pei/pit/chocolate lab. He was once a tough guy, but is the biggest softie now! He lives with my parents because I moved off to college, but don’t worry he gladly took over the “golden child” of the family title willingly!

2) Zane: If I could make up a better story of how we got this dog, I would. We met a guy from Craigslist and bought him in a WalMart parking lot. Yes, a WalMart parking lot. I wish I was making this up. I was caught off guard cause I just woke up and everyone else just had to have him. Before any one criticizes me, I know better. Puppies are my weakness. We were told he was Lab/German Shepard mix, but I am convinced he is a German Shepard/Husky mix, and he came from a puppy mill hence why we got him from a parking lot.

Either way, Snicks and Zane are both loved and love treats, so this Pedigree Stackerz VoxBox is all for them!

I am and always have been a fan of Pedigree products, so I was particularly excited when I got my email saying I was chosen for this. Brand loyalty runs strong here.

The dogs tested, the dogs approved! Stackerz are a hit in this household! Paws approved!

Good choice Influenster!

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Paws&Love,

Kate

#BikiniReadyLifeStyle

So, I am so sure you all are just dying to know how to have a #BikiniReadyLifeStyle, am I right?!

Well, look no further! I hold the secrets, and I am about to bestow them upon you!

How to have a #BikiniReadyLifeStyle!

1) Bikini Ready Energy Gummies: Yupp, I got these free to test in my Vitality VoxBox from Influenster (see previous post). Amazing! Try them yourself! Get some energy and hit the beach/pool/body of water of your choice!

2) Rock that swimsuit! Find a banging swimsuit! I am a personal fan of bikinis, but rock whatever makes you feel comfortable because CONFIDENCE is KEY!

3) Sunscreen-MUST!!! Do not forget it! Even a low dose SPF is a MUST! I am serious. You can still get a tan, but no one is trying to get burnt..or worse!

4) Water, Tea, etc: Stay Hydrated! The Sun will make you thirsty, and if you are indulging in a 21+ beverage, you will need some extra hydration! Have some on hand!

5) Fun Towels: Choose a pattern to show off your personality! Get noticed!

6) A camera/phone: we all know we take selfies, so have something to document your #BikiniReadyLifeStyle moments!

So now that you’ve got it down, share any extra tips and tricks with me! I wanna hear how you rock those #BikiniReadyLifeStyle moments friends!

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Livin’ that #BikiniReadyLifeStyle!

Kate

Vitality VoxBox from Influenster!

That’s right blogging world-I got my 2nd VoxBox from Influenster (and only a matter of days after my first VoxBox campaign ended)! I will count that as a major success for Influenster!

So, I am sure you all are just itching at the keys to know what I got complimentary of Influenster in my Vitality VoxBox right? Well, wait now further…

1) First Degree Advanced Burn Cream: When you live with a Chef, this is a must. So, obviously, I was excited about this product because #BurnsHappen

2) Playtex Sport Fresh Balance: Yeah, Tampons. This just means I don’t have to buy any-but I am happy about that because it saves me money, and that makes me happy! But hey, I do like their campaigns for them because it isn’t all crampy. It’s athletic and strong, so #PlayOn Playtex!

3) Elizabeth Arden FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum: My mom tried to snag this as soon as the box was opened. I had to hide it from her. I generally want a better skincare routine, and this could be answer, so we will have to test it and see! It could lead me to a #FlawlessFuture

4) Pure Leaf Iced Tea: Little known fact about me-I recently started loving tea. It’s like Influenster reads my mind! I also, love Pure Leaf’s campaign to donate money! Check them peeps! #LoveOfLeafs

5) Softlips Cube: Obviously, I was really happy about this product!! I love me some good chapstick as that is a commodity in my household, so I am hoarding this one all to myself! #GetCubed

6) Bikini Ready Energy Gummies: I am usually not a fan of supplements, so I have yet to test this because I am sketchy of it. But I do indulge in an energy drink every now and then. I will give it a shot since that is the purpose of this! #BikiniReadyLifestyle

All Products Received Complimentary of Influenster for Testing Purposes!
All Products Received Complimentary of Influenster for Testing Purposes!

As always, if you would like to join Influenster or have any questions, feel free to ask!

Peace, Love, and Blogging!

Kate

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Ignorance is the Misuse of Words.

So up until this point, I have kept everything fairly light. I have had a few things on my mind lately that have been bothering me, so my apologies but I need to vent.

I absolutely hate when people something is retarded or gay. Then, they follow it up with calling someone ignorant.

Example: Someone told me a company policy was retarded, and I was ignorant for not going against it.

Correction: You, sir (or ma’am), are ignorant for your misuse of the retarded (or gay).

People are retarded or gay because they disagree with you. It makes you ignorant for misusing these words in this way. It is offensive. It is wrong. I won’t go all Merriam-Webster up in here to prove my point, but if you don’t believe me, check the definitions. Nowhere in a thesaurus will you find stupid or dumb as as a synonym for either.

If you are over the age of 14, you should know better than to do this. If you are over the age of 18, you have absolutely no excuse. Don’t try to come up with one because one does not exist. Ignorance is not an excuse. Sure, when I was younger and IGNORANT, I said these things because I did not know better, but then guess what? I grew up. I learned that they were offensive and wrong. I learned that there was a world beyond myself and even if these words did not apply to me, they applied to someone, and that person could be offended. So, I stopped misusing them. I chose better words in their place. You sound like a grown-up; there is no place for the misuse of these words in academia or the business world. It is to your benefit to just stop. It is to the benefit of parents to nicely correct their children.

I am not trying to change anyone’s life or say you are in the wrong and I am right. It just bothers me. I understand that there are multiple meanings for each word, but stupid or dumb is not one. It will not be one no matter how many people say it.

My main point is this: take a step back. think before you speak. why spread ignorance? find a better way to say how you feel or think, and in the long run, you will be better off and so will the world.

ELE,

Kate

Fear the Funk!

Call me crazy, but when you get out of the shower and your towel smells funkier than you did when you stepped in-you’ve got a serious issue. And it’s something more serious than one of your Puff’s Tissues can solve this time. Trust me I tried it.

Next thing I tried was washing my towels…multiple times with multiple brands of laundry soap. Nope, they still smelled funkier than the 80’s. And, let it be known, I am not a funky person. I regularly use my Ivory Soap and Secret Deodorant. I am anything but funky fresh. These towels have a serious funk though.

So naturally, I scoured Pinterest and Google for where to turn next cause I wasn’t about to shell out for a whole new set out of towels-I happened to like my original Disney Princess set I already owned! I kept coming across vinegar as the save-all for the funk. I thought it was absolutely crazy. Mask one funk with another? Could it work? I don’t happen to think that white vinegar is the best smell of all smells. Actually, I really do not enjoy it at all. I kind of try to avoid it.

After another of week of funky towels, I gave in. I drove to the store, bought the biggest bottle of white vinegar that had, and went home to wash my towels. Here’s exactly how I did it:

1: Turn on the hottest water setting.
2: Start the water. Put in 1/3 cup of the white vinegar.
3: Put in some of the towels.
4: Put in another 1/3 cup of the vinegar.
5: Put in more towels.
6: Put in the last 1/3 cup of the vinegar.
7: Put in the last of the towels. NO LAUNDRY soap.
8: Close the lid.
9: Remove towels immediately, and put in dryer on hottest setting to dry with a dryer sheet.

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I use this method every time for all of towels. Another tip: make sure to keep like colors together because you are using the hottest setting of water. Color may bleed. I know tie-dye is in the fashion world, but if you have expensive towels, I don’t want you to come back to me and say you have some tie-dye towels now! On the bright side, they would be tie-dye de-funked towels!

Stay fresh, blogging world, stay fresh!

Kate

#TLCVoxBox from #Influenster

HAPPY DAY Blogging World!

My #TLCVoxBox courtesy of @Influenster #Influester came into the mail today! Yes, I am like a child Christmas when it comes to testing products!!

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So here it is-my #TLCVoxBox!

Here’s a detailed list of the contents for testing purposes:

1) A Single Pack of Puffs to Go- #PassthePuffs much! I can already tell you all that I am obsessed with buggers! Love em! I won’t pass them to anyone; sorry if that sounds selfish but they’re mine so go snag your own! :)

2) Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother- #AvonAnew So, I am intrigued? I don’t really have wrinkles, but I guess I’ll give it a shot and let you know my thoughts, fair? Fair.

3) Ivory Bar Soap- #SudLife In all Truth, I am a liquid soap kind of lady, but I will def give them a fair try. Plus, I noticed all of the fun uses for it on Pinterest. Hint: search Ivory Bar Soap for some much needed fun!

4) Neosporin Neo to Go- #NeoReady Since my man is a cook, and as the saying goes, “Cooks will be cooks,” could this be any more needed? I think not. DEF GOING TO NEED THIS!

5) Breyers Gelato Indugences-  #GelatoLove  I used to be all “I scream, You scream-all Icecream is mine.” But recently, we’ve been on a gelato kick, so this free coupon to try out some of their gelato must be a sign!

6) Shell Fuel Rewards Network- #FuelRewards  I admit it, I usually stick to like two gas stations, but with this rewards programs I may have to venture out. I will give you the results of my testing!

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Remember everyone, all of these products were provided courtesy of Influenster for testing purposes!

Oh, and if you want join, please feel free to leave me a comment with your email, and I’ll get you referred right away!

More later on the results of product testing!!

FreeProductHappiness,

Kate

Influenster!

Hi Blogging World!

I have to let you in on a little secret I recently discovered-Influenster.com! Amazing product review website. I have been part of the product review world for quite some time, and this one is one of my favorites. Frankly, it’s fun and it doesn’t old quick like some of the others!

What you do is:

1) Sign up: Comment on my post with your email address and I will send you an invite to join!

2) Connect any and all social media accounts! Blogs, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.

3) Earn Life Stage Badges by completing the tasks-surveys, product reviews, etc. Way easy and fun.

4) Choose 5 Expert Badges that you want to be an expert in. Pick things you are good in or enjoy! Complete as many tasks as you can for those badges to increase your badge scores.

5) Keep enjoying influenster and inviting other to join!

6) When you pre-qualify for a VoxBox (free products), Influenster will send you a survey to make sure you qualify. If you qualify for it, they send you the VoxBox full of free products!!!

What else is as easy as that?! I’ve been a member since February, and so far, I have qualified for one “Brand Badge” which was an Ebay GiftCard and the other was a VoxBox I am waiting to receive. So, as soon as I receive it-I promise to update with all of my free swag courtesy of Influenster!!

Remember, if you want to join, give me your emails, and I will invite you!

Happy Blogging,

Kate

7 Baby Steps: Dave Ramsey’s Website

7 Baby Steps: Dave Ramsey’s Website

Hello World!

Time to take charge. What am I taking charge of today you ask? Well, I am starting to take charge of my money, a dreaded topic among couples, families, those that do not have it and sometimes, those have it. Money can be your enemy or your friend. I am out to make it my friend.

How am I going to about doing this? I have a few ways, which you will hear about in different posts, but the main is courtesy of Dave Ramsey, my financial idol. I started reading his book, The Total Money Makeover, and I was hooked. 

Basically, there are 7 Baby Steps to get financial freedom. I plan to take charge and take these steps to do so. Others have done it and gained freedom, so I can take charge and get financial freedom as well. No excuses; time to take charge.

Baby Step 1: Save $1,000 Emergency Fund. So, let’s take charge people and get going! If you’re already ahead of the game-sneak ahead and go to Baby Step 2 (The rest of us will catch up with you when the time comes).

 

Love&Happiness,

Kate

Welcome!

Hello World!

It’s me, Kate, and I am taking charge of my life, love and money in 2014. I know-I am like a day or so late for the New Year’s Resolution boat, but you are going to hear about it any way.

In 2014, I vow to take charge.

I vow to take of my life, love and money.

This means that I want to be healthier, happier, less stressed, have a less cluttered home, more time for the things I enjoy and hopefully, if all goes, a little wealthier.

So, world, won’t you take this journey to be in charge in with me?

Love&Happiness,

Kate