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Sadly, A New Dishwasher is in our Future

May 16, 2015

I guess no matter how much I try to fight it, it is time for new kitchen appliances.

Boom, Boom, Clack, Boom! What is that sound? Well, I am glad that you asked. It apparently is my dishwasher letting me know that it is just about time to “Let it Go” and break up. I have been seeing this coming for a while now and I have tried long and hard to ignore it, but surely there is still some life left until a suitable replacement is found. Check him out! He has been with us for almost 16 years (had him installed when we built the house) and he’s been good to us.
Now the hard part…. How in the world does will I choose an appropriate dishwasher that will fit our needs and do what we need done a daily basis? I can’t even find a pair of shoes that fit perfectly most days, let alone a dishwasher or any appliance that will be with us for many years to come (hopefully). Or at least until I hit the lottery and buy a huge house with custom appliances.

There are so many different dishwashers to choose from that it is all very confusing and overwhelming. Of course, why be confused about a dishwasher, when I have at least 3-4 dishwashers on the payroll at any given time (my family). There are those with the stainless steel interiors and double spinning blades. Built-in and drawer models. Front or Top Controls. Price range from about $250 to about $1700 (or more) with certain decibels (really? In a dishwasher?). Whew, I am so glad that the higher priced dishwashers are out of my budget, so that makes our decision easier.

I have a budget in mind, but research is key so that I can make the right decision for me and my family. It is truly time for a kitchen makeover, but how do I move on when our appliances have been with us so long (they are a part of the family). No matter what, we will be upgrading the kitchen slowly but surely, because I would love to have some new gadgets to play with while I am in the kitchen (Oh and while I am cooking?). Once it is all said and done maybe JUST maybe I might be able to start cooking more – MAYBE!

If there are any readers out there that have some brand and feature recommendations, please let me know. It would be nice to have some input and give myself a starting point in the research phase.

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Yay, My First Blogger Conference! #SoFabUOTR & #cbias

May 9, 2015

I was offered a discounted ticket in exchange for writing this post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Well folks, I have finally taken the leap and registered for my very FIRST Blogger Conference! How cool is that? I have always wanted to attend one, but it was always something (cost, location, dates) that prevented me from moving forward, but luckily, I found the SoFabU On the Road! The event will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas and will allow myself and others to network and have some great learning opportunities. I am super excited to learn all that I can to make my blog the best it can be. Based on the agenda, I know that this will be a great experience and with national sponsors Johnny RocketsMüllerKraft and iBlog the event is sure to be a winner. After this, I can see many more blogger events and conferences in my future. 

Take a look at what we will experience:

Our Guest Speaker: 
Randi Dukes is the founder and creator of Dukes and Duchesses, a craft and DIY blog that has grown from a hobby into a business over the last few years. Randi loves creating sponsored content for companies and has worked with many large brands including Better Homes and Gardens, Michaels, and The Home Depot. Randi is passionate about using social media to promote and monetize her site and has developed strategies that have brought consistent growth in her social media platforms and steady, increasing traffic to her site. She has over half a million combined followers on her various social media channels. Randi has previously spoken at Haven Conference and loves sharing with and encouraging other bloggers. Regularly featured on sites such as Today, Country Living, and Buzzfeed, Randi enjoys inspiring people with simple seasonal and everyday projects. Randi lives in Dallas with her husband, five kids, and a very dirty dog.

What We Will Learn:
How to Use Social Media to Drive Blog Traffic. Attendees will learn the secrets of using social media platforms {Facebook, twitter, google plus, pinterest, and instagram} to build an audience and drive traffic to their site.  This is important for me, especially because I am wanting to devote even more time to build my brand.



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About SoFabU on the Road
SoFabU on the Road is a unique event that allows influencers to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help set them a part from the rest.
SoFabU on the Road features hands-on, interactive sessions for influencers to implement what they're learning on the spot. The sessions are paired with fun city-specific adventures where attendees get to practice their newly learned skills.
Events are open to all bloggers and influencers!

  • Jan – Los Angeles
  • Feb – Miami
  • March – Phoenix
  • April – Cincinnati
  • April – Seattle
  • May – Dallas
  • June – NYC
  • July – Chicago
  • Aug. – Minneapolis
  • Sept. – Atlanta
  • Oct. – Bentonville

About Collective Bias and Social Fabric
Collective Bias® is the only shopper social media company that solves shopper marketing problems by weaving together organic social content with engaging, real-life stories to generate millions of impressions, increased share of voice, SEO and retail sales for brands and retailers. Top brands such as Tyson, Nestlé and Duane Reade rely on Collective Bias to sell their stories socially. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, with satellite offices in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Cincinnati and London, Collective Bias was named one of America's 25 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a part of the Inc. 5000.
Social Fabric® is Collective Bias’ proprietary community of nearly 3,000 shopping-focused influencers with an aggregate multichannel reach in excess of 130 million.
For more information, please visit Collectivebias.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dial Baby & Dial Kids Product Review / Giveaway

April 30, 2015

The Dial brand provided me with a samples of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.
Anyone who has children will be able to relate to bath time and keeping those little hands, hair and bodies clean and germ free. I have two children and though they are ages 6 and 12, it is still a concern for me, and I suspect that it will be for years to come. Dial has introduced the Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash and the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash.  Both products are truly gentle on the skin and hair and even though the Body and Hair Wash says "baby", it certainly makes a great family body and hair wash.

As you can see, I used the product on my son's hair and it was perfect for him. As I washed it out, some got in his eyes and all was right with the world. And of course, no cleaning regime is complete without the washing of the hands. Once he was done, his hands were not dry feeling (Score!). I absolutely love these products!


I know what you are thinking.... "That looks awesome, how can I get the opportunity to try these products? Well, you are in luck! I am giving away one coupon to two lucky winners. The coupon will entitle you to one (1) Free Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash or One (1) Free Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash.To enter, comment below and share which of the Dial products you are most interested in... See? Easy Peasy! :o)  You will have until Tuesday May 5, 2014.. so hurry!

For more information about the line of Dial for Kids products, visit their website at: http://www.dialsoap.com/line/dial-for-kids

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