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Are you ready for a Summer Shape Up? (Giveaway ends 8/9/14)

 

BALANCE BAR WELCOMES SUMMER WITH SHAPE UP CHALLENGE

I know that I’m seriously out of shape. Being overweight is a dead giveaway, but not all overweight people are out of shape. I know plenty of overweight men and women who are in awesome shape and can accomplish things that people half their size can’t do.

I realized I was really out of shape when I started back to work. I recently started working part time in a daycare setting. I work with a lot of children from newborns to teens (teenagers rarely, if ever, show up but they are welcome there). I find myself doing a lot of bending over, picking up, crawling on the floor and having to sit on those itty bitty toddler chairs. Almost every day I come home achy.

The parking lot situation is also crazy. Often I have to park far away from the entrance to the building.

I really get a work out at work. LOL!

What I need to do it get in shape. The summer is a great time to do that because the weather is good for walking (except those super hot and humid days) and we have access to our condo complex’s pool. Swimming is an excellent workout. It’s low impact and it cools you off at the same time.

I headed off to Walmart with my family to pick up some essentials to help me shape up this summer. As soon as we walked into Walmart we headed straight to the section that holds exercise equipment and the like.

My kids REALLY wanted me to get a treadmill. I would in a heartbeat if we had the money and the room for one. One day I’d like to get one.

My daughter tried to convince me to get an ab roller. That was not what I had in mind. I was specifically looking for some hand weights to help me tone up and build muscle and something I could use to help me work out while I was walking.

I found a walking DVD which I almost bought, but my husband question why I would need a DVD for walking. I guess he has a point.

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I did want to get some weights so I can tone up my flabby arms and build some muscles. I had thought about a kettle ball, but in the end I opted for a pair of 3 pound hand weights.

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While we were there we checked out some bikes. I REALLY want a bike. I would love for my entire family to have bikes so we can ride around the lake where we live, or even just around the condo complex where we live. Currently my son is the only family member with a bike. Our daughter outgrew hers.

Getting bikes for my whole family is on my “Bucket List”. Bike riding is not only a great workout it’s also fun and a great bonding family experience.

Bikes everywhere!

Bikes everywhere!

We also picked up a new basketball. We had one but we lost it. I think we left it at the park one day. My family enjoys shooting hoops together at our local elementary school. Ever since we lost our basketball we haven’t been able to play. My kids are excited that we have a new ball now. The weather has been “iffy” this weekend so we’ll shoot for next weekend (no pun intended – LOL).

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While we were at Walmart I swung by the health section to pick up some more vitamins. Now that I work around a lot of little children I have a feeling I’m going to be exposed to colds more often. I wanted to pick up something that would help boost my immunity so that I don’t get sick, or bring home anything to give my family a cold.

The health section is where I found some Balance Bars that I tossed into our shopping cart too. Someone must have stocked up on them because there were hardly any available and only in two varieties. I wanted to get an assortment of Balance Bars.

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The reason why I wanted to stock up on Balance Bars is because I want to participate in Balance Bar’s Summer Shape Up Challenge.

Balance Bar® Summer Shape-Up Challenge kicks off to help consumers move more, eat healthier and feel great while enjoying summer. The 40-day Challenge will be filled with 30-minute workouts, healthy eating tips and multiple social media giveaways on FacebookPinterest and Twitter. Holly Del Rosso, an NASM certified personal trainer, created the exercise program which includes 18 different 30-minute workouts focused on different parts of the body such as abs, legs and back.    

I want to participate because I am interested in the 30 minute work outs, especially ones that can help me with my “problem areas” like my legs and arms.

I have blogged about Balance Bars in the past (they are so yummy!).

Balance Bars are made with ingredients and nutrients specifically formulate to keep you in “balance”. Balance Bars are available in 20 different flavors. Each one is based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – 40% calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from dietary fat. This ratio helps to provide your body with long lasting balanced energy, maintain blood sugar levels and helps satisfy your hunger.

Balance Bar is hosting a Twitter chat on July 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EST). The official hashtag is #BalanceShapeUp. I’ll be there and I hope you will be too. I’m excited to see what tips and tricks I can learn to help me with my Summer Shape Up.

For more information about Balance Bars please visit Balance.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The links are above (in the quoted section).

For more information about the Summer Shape Up Challenge please click on this link – Balance Summer Shape Up Challenge.

Be sure to check out the delicious recipe section while you are there.

For a Walmart location near you visit www.Walmart.com.

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Balance Bar would like to give a lucky reader a variety pack of Balance Bars and a $10.00 Walmart gift card to pick up any summer essentials you might need. Thank you Balance Bar.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell what is your favorite way to shape up?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Balance Bar to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Balance Bar will be providing the prize. 

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My Man is a Loser “Movie Night In” Giveaway (ends 8/1/14)

 

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Opening in select theaters today (July 25, 2014) is the comedy film My Man is a Loser. That is certainly an interesting title.

My Man is a Loser stars John Stamos, Michael Rapaport and Bryan Callen. I could be wrong but I think this is the first time John Stamos has been on the big screen.

I had such a crush on him back when he appeared on General Hospital. He’s still just as handsome as ever.

My Man is a Loser is a film about two married men – Marty (Rapaport) and Paul (Callen) – who hire their single playboy friend Mike (Stamos) to help them get their “mojo” back with their wives in order to save their marriages. Their plan backfires on them when their wives are unimpressed with their new personalities. Mike also finds out that he has a thing or two to learn about relationships.

Check out the trailer. You can also find the trailer on the film’s official website.

 

The movie looks like it’s a lot of laughs which makes it the perfect “date night” movie or something to see with your friends.

In addition to being in select theaters the film is also available for download on iTunes and on demand services. You can check out where the film is available here – Where to see My Man is a Loser.

I like that the film is available for download and on demand. I love hosting “movie night” in my home. Usually it’s for my entire family, but I also enjoy having a movie night with just me and my husband.

When I put together a movie night I find out what movie the family (or my hubby) want to see. Then I order pizza and pop some popcorn or other snack. Occasionally I pick up movie theater candy too. If it happens to be in the winter (or cold weather months) a few snugly blankets are also nice to have on hand.

We like to watch the movies at night and turn out the lights, just like we were in a real movie theater.

How do you create the perfect movie night for your significant other or family? I would love to hear some tips from readers.

My Man is a Loser is all about relationships. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows that it takes work. Whenever there is a “bump in the road” people love to offer their advice or great words of wisdom. Some advice is great but other advice is totally off the wall.

To learn more about this fun film please visit MyManisaLoser.com. You can also check out the film on Twitter and YouTube.

Prize Package

In honor of the movie’s release I’m giving away a special “My Man is a Loser Movie Night In” essentials. The prize package includes;

  • iTunes Download Code for My Man is a Loser
  • $50 Amex Gift Card
  • His & Hers cocktail glasses
  • Movie Snack Pack

The prize package value is $150.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

This giveaway originally ended on the 8th but the sponsored had it changed to the 1st. Sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused. 

To enter please comment on this post and share with me some relationship advice you’ve received over the years – it can either be great advice or totally off the wall (horrible!) advice.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I will receive the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Amazing Visual Math – Calculator Giveaway Opportunity (giveaway ends 7/31/14)

 

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I hate to say this but it will be time to shift our thoughts from lounging by the beach, hanging out at the pool and enjoying the lazy days of summer to prepping for back to school.

My kids are ready to go back. They are pretty bored this summer because we haven’t been able to go anywhere or do anything except on the weekends. I hate to say that but it’s true.

My daughter is excited to go back to school because she’s a senior this year. My son on the other hand is dreading it. He’s always hated school, especially when it comes to subjects he doesn’t like – math and science. Math is especially hard for him. He has a hard time “getting” certain concepts.

We’ve always had to go the “extra mile” to help our son with math, including getting him extra help at school.

One thing we have found over the years is that he’s a visual learner. He tends to understand more when he can “see” the problem. I still remember when he was little my husband would use Lego bricks to help him understand some math concepts.

There is an awesome book by DK publishing that I wish we had when he was younger. It’s called Amazing Visual Math.

What sets this book apart from others is that throughout the book you can peel out pieces, assemble some of them and interact with them.

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Here is more about the book from the DK Publishing website.

Covering the essential math concepts learned in the first years of school, Amazing Visual Math brings a whole new dimension to learning.

Amazing Visual Math is an interactive hands-on experience that makes math fun. Key curriculum subjects including shapes, patterns, telling time, lines of symmetry, addition, subtraction, measurement and more are explained through over 50 interactive elements throughout the book including pop-ups, flaps, and pull the tab elements, making an otherwise tedious subject entertaining.

Ideal for developing manual dexterity skills and sharpening visual learning skills,Amazing Visual Math is a hands-on experience kids won’t want to put down.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Each page has colorful images and elements and you can interact with the pages by pulling on flaps or assembling cubes. It’s pretty cool.

I showed the book to my son. Even though he’s older then the books age demographic, he said that something like this would have been helpful for him years ago.

Math was never my strong point either. I can add, subtract, multiply and divide – and dabble in fractions and decimals – but that is about it. I hate to admit it but I also found this book to be helpful, even as an adult. Like my son I am a visual learner, as well as a tactile learner.

If you child has a hard time grasping math concepts I would recommend picking up a copy of Amazing Math. Now would be a great time too. You child can get a head start on the new school year by learning about math now.

You can purchase Amazing Math on the DK Publishing website. The book sells for $12.99 which is a great prices for such a helpful book.

For more information about DK Publishing visit DK.com.

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To help get your child ready for school, DK would like to give five lucky readers this colorful and handy calculator for your child or grandchild.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d love to win this calculator?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample copy of the book and calculator in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Go See Earth To Echo This Weekend – Special $100 Fandango Gift Code Giveaway (ends 7/11/14)

 

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The fun, family film Earth To Echo has landed in theaters. The movie is receiving a lot of praise from audience and critic alike.

I haven’t seen the film yet but I am planning on taking my family to see the film – possibly this weekend.

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

I have written about this great family film several times on my site. In case you have not seen the trailer yet here it is for your enjoyment.

 

If you would like to learn more about the film please visit the Official Website. You can also check out the film on the various social networking sites – FacebookTwitterInstagram and Tumblr. You can subscribe to the film’s YouTube channel too.

The official hashtag is #EarthtoEcho.

This weekend would be the perfect time to see the film. Going to the theater is not only a great activity for the whole family it’s also a wonderful way to beat the heat. If that sounds like a great idea this weekend would be a perfect time to see the film, Earth To Echo.

I have a special Earth To Echo giveaway too! This is a “flash” giveaway and will end at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 11, 2014. It is open to U.S. residents only.

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The lucky winner will receive a $100 Fandango gift code which can be used to purchase tickets to go see the film with your family (or any other film, but ideally Earth to Echo :-)).

This giveaway is a little different then normal ones.

To enter tweet or post on Instagram the answer to this question – “Who will you bring to see Earth To Echo this weekend?” You MUST include the hashtag #GoSeeEarthToEcho in your tweet and/or Instagram post to be eligible.

Once you tweet and/or shared on Instagram copy/paste the URL of the tweet and/or Instagram post in the comments section of this post. You can get the URL of your Instagram post by visiting www.Instagram.com/YOUR INSTAGRAM NAME and looking for the image. Click on it then copy/paste that URL.

Kimberly

*I have been compensated for my participation however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Enjoy 20% off Teleflora Bouquets plus a giveaway for $75 (ends 7/20/14)

 

Flowers

If there is one thing I love about the spring and summer months it’s all the beautiful flowers people have growing around their homes. We live in a condo and it’s next to impossible for me to keep flowers on our balcony due to direct sunlight all the time. I also worry about plants and flowers that might be harmful for my dog and cats. For the time being I have to appreciate the flowers others have around their home.

Did you know that some flowers and plants repel bugs? Lavender (which I love) and Marigolds are supposed to repel mosquitoes. I haven’t been able to test that out personally, but I have read about that and have seen it mentioned on television.

Flowers and plants are not only beautiful to look at but can also be beneficial too.

I wish I was able to have a garden. I would have a bouquet of beautiful flowers on my dining room table every week. A bouquet of flowers can really light up a room with their color and beauty. The lovely floral scents are also wonderful.

Lilac is my favorite floral scent.

Lilac is my favorite floral scent.

Often people send bouquet of flowers to express their condolences. Just last week I sent an arrangement to my husband’s cousin. Her husband passed away from a heart attack. He was only 56.

I sent her a lovely bouquet of while flowers. I wanted her to know that she was in our thoughts and prayers.

Many people send flowers for condolences, but they are equally as appreciated for occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

I enjoy receiving flowers on my birthday, especially when you don’t expect them. Teleflora, where I purchased the lovely condolence bouquet from, has many pretty arrangements to help loved ones celebrate their special day.

I visited the site’s Birthday Flower Page and found several wonderful arrangements. If my family and friends are readings this post I wouldn’t mind a birthday flower delivery from Teleflora. :-)

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The arrangement that resembles a birthday cake is really cute.

A friend once sent me the bouquet with the smiley face mug. I still have the mug too. I use it more for decoration then as an actual mug, but you can certainly use it to enjoy your morning coffee. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Other occasions people would appreciate flowers for are a job promotion, house warming gift, the birth of a baby, graduation and even anniversary bouquets.

Bouquets and floral arrangements are lovely but don’t forget that plants make great gifts too. Plus plants last a long time and be nurtured and grow.

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I love the idea of giving a plant. Orchids are beautiful choices too.

In addition to flowers and plants Teleflora also has several gift baskets to choose from too including one that combines two of my favorite things – chocolate and coffee.

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If you are considering sending flowers to family or friends you can get 20% off flowers with a special discount code: JULYJL.

The discount code is valid until October 15, 2014 so you have plenty of enjoy the 20% off. Simply enter in the code during check out. Or you can click on the link above (20% off flowers) to also receive the special discount.

The discount cannot be applied towards gift cards, service fees or taxes and cannot be combined with any other offers.

Visit www.Teleflora.com to check out all the delightful floral gifts. You can also check them out on the various social sites – Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

Teleflora has generously offered to give a lucky reader a $75.00 Teleflora gift code (service fees waived too). Thank you Teleflora.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what you think you might purchase if you were the lucky winner? Would you use it to buy yourself a special bouquet or plant or would you save it and use it as a gift for someone else?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

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Help stop the “Shoe Meanies” with Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk (giveaway ends 7/19/14)

 

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Let’s take a moment to talk about your shoes.

Are your shoes comfortable? Are you able to walk or stand for long periods of time in them without feeling discomfort? Do your feet feel tired and sore at the end of the day?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then maybe it’s time to look into shoe inserts.

I have a few pairs of shoes that are super comfortable on me feet, and several others that I can only wear for a short amount of time. They often make my feet feel very uncomfortable.

Shoe inserts are nothing new. They have been around for as long as I can remember. My dad used to wear them in his shoes.

When I think of shoe inserts I think of Dr. Scholl’s. I honestly don’t know if there is even another brand out there that makes inserts for shoes.

Inserts have come a long way over the years. These days they have inserts available for different shoe types, from flats to boots and from casual shoe to heels. Yes, I said heels. I wouldn’t think it was possible to make an insert for a heel. I would think it would move around too much when you walked because of the way it would need to bend.

I don’t wear heels. They look uncomfortable. The highest heel I’ll wear is a pump.

Have you seen the supermodel and fashion expert Heidi Klum and “Shoe Meanies” commercials on TV? The shoes monsters crack me up.

Here is a brief video that showcases some of the “Shoe Meanies”.

 

Thanks to Dr. Scholl’s you no longer have to sacrifice your personal style for the sake of comfort.

Dr. Scholl’s has teamed up with Heidi for the relaunch of the DreamWalk line of insoles, a refresh of their popular For Her line.

The DreamWalk™ line of insoles were designed to instantly transform uncomfortable shoes into comfortable, all-day wearable ones.  Drawing insights from women and their unique foot care needs, Dr. Scholl’s developed new product innovation and refreshed its look so women can quickly find the right product for them.   From heels to flats to boots and casual shoes, DreamWalk products add renewed comfort to feminine footwear, and help with common complaints such as rubbing, slipping, pressure, aches and pains.  When your feet look beautiful and feel comfortable, you can completely transform your look!

Dr. Scholl’s sent me some DreamWalk samples to try out in my “mean” shoes. I’ve only tried a few of them so far. I haven’t tried the one for boots yet (it’s way to hot and humid to think about boots) or the ones for heels since I don’t “do” heels.

I put the 16 Hour Insoles in my sneakers and the Sole Expressions in a pair of flats that I like to slip on my feet when I want to dash out and do a few errands. Both inserts make my shoes feel soft and “cushy”. Even in my already comfy sneakers the inserts make my sneakers feel even better. My feet don’t feel as tired as they normally would after being on my feet for a long time.

I’m overweight which can really hurt your feet. The DreamWalk inserts provide my feet with some relief, for lack of a better description. I think they are a must have if you are on your feet a lot or do a lot of walking or standing.

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One of my favorite Dr.Scholl’s DreamWalk product is the Sole Expressions Heel Liners. I have a few pairs of shoes that either give me blisters on my heels or slid off my heel. The liners provide extra cushioning which helps prevent blisters AND keeps your heels from sliding around. They make lose shoes feel a bit more snug.

I purchased something similar to this several months ago and they were no better then putting a band aid on you heel. The Dr. Scholl’s Heel Liner are thicker and soft and make a noticeable difference in your shoe.

I really think that the Dr.Scholl’s products help and do make a big difference in your shoes – a positive difference.

Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk products are available at many retail locations. They are available in women’s sizes 6-10.

There is a coupon for $2.00 off on the Dr. Scholl’s website too.

Dr.Scholl’s wants to help a lucky reader help tame those “Shoe Meanies”. One winner will receive an assortment of DreamWalk insoles. Thanks Dr. Scholl’s.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about your experiences with “Shoe Meanies” and why you would like to win DreamWalks for your shoes?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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