Don't let the bed bugs bite, Orkin #BedBugFeud giveaway

Chicago has a distinction that it would prefer not to be known for - bed bugs. Just the thought of these small, little critters makes my skin crawl. Look at the information below. It can totally creep anyone out.

More importantly, how do you prevent this little critters from coming into your home?  It's simple. Remember to S.L.E.E.P. tight, Survey, Lift, Elevate, Examine, and Place. Following these simple rules will keep this creatures out of your home.

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparallelled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about the company's pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Now that you know that to look for and might be apprehensive about your next trip, Orkin wants to make you feel a little better. Orkin is giving two CleanRest Pillow Encasements away. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter.

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Disclosure: The writer may receive the same product that the sponsor is giving away. All opinions are the writer's thoughts. Additional information was provided by the sponsor.  

Wash it, don't waste it with Purex PowerShot - review/giveaway

As a mom of two busy, growing boys, laundry is a daily task. From the piles of swim towels from nightly practice to smelly socks from daily wear, laundry doesn't get a day off. While I wish that I could wave my magic wand to make the task be done, the fairy tale isn't a reality. I need to wash, dry and fold all those items. In addition to time, laundry can be a costly task. Measuring laundry detergent can be an un-exact science. Extra detergent doesn't mean cleaner clothes; it means wasting. Get a perfect measurement every time with PurexPower Shot.

Purex PowerShot is the only liquid laundry detergent that does the measuring for the user. Simply open the  cap, flip the bottle and dispense a single, super-concentrated dose of detergent. The built in auto dosing technology in the bottle does all the measuring. There is no over pouring or waste. The result is clean clothes without waste.

Since I believe that my children should have responsibilities, I have them help with the laundry. The common mantra in our house is "clothes not in the laundry room, don't get washed." Since I'm mom, not maid, the laundry requirement has worked to create responsibility in the kids.

With the new Purex PowerShot, I can add to my kids' to-do lists. With other detergents, I would be hesitant to ask my kids to pour laundry detergent. With the Power Shot, my son can wash his own smelly, chlorine tainted swim towels. By starting these responsibilities at a young age, my goal is to send my kids to college being self-sufficient in many tasks. No bags of laundry coming home on the weekends in our house.

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 Don't waste your money by over-pouring your laundry detergent. Wash it, don't waste it with Purex PowerShot.

Disclosure: The writer received this item to review. All opinions are the writers and were not influenced by anyone.  

Longer battery life with #iphone6vaxza Vaxza battery case - review

A moment of panic crashes over me as I stare at the battery life on my phone. With every key stroke, the number drops and drops. With a mere 20% battery life message pop-up, I know that I could be in trouble. Who wants to be left with a battery dead phone?  How will I message, tweet and Instagram till I find a power source. Luckily I have the Vaxza Power and Protection Battery Case to come to my rescue.

The Vaxza Power and Protection Battery Case offers up to 14 extra hours of talk time and 10 hours of browsing time for the iPhone 6. More importantly, the case provides protection for the phone itself. From bumps to scrapes, the battery case keeps the iPhone 6 safe. After all, a damaged phone is worse than a battery dead phone.

Unlike other battery cases, the Vaxza Power and Protection Battery Case is quite streamlined. The case is rather light, basically the same size and weight as other protection cases. Since the case simultaneously charges alongside your phone, I don't have to worry about charging the case separately. Through the provided lightning cable,  the battery case is ready to power up anytime my phone is running out of juice.

Since iPhones are constantly updating the software, the Vaxza Power and Protection Battery Case is MFi Certified. This characterization means that it's certified to be 100% compatible with iOS 8, and all future iOS upgrades and all iPhone 6 functions. No one wants to buy a new case over and over. This purchase should last as long as you own your phone.

The Vaxza Power and Protection Battery Case is available for purchase at It retails for approximately $39.99.

    Disclosure: The writer received this product to review. All opinions, statements are the writer's and have not been influenced by anyone.

    ProBar, convenient healthy real food choice, #loveatfirstbite - review

    Like many other families, our schedules can be busy, hectic and a dozen other adjectives that mean filled to its limits. When it comes to on-the-go, convenient food choices, I want my children to make good, sound nutrition choices even when on the go. Whether the quick bite is in the car on the way to the next activity or a snack after a long swim practice, I prefer that the "convenience" food be full of good for them ingredients. Recently, our family was introduced to PROBAR and we're enjoying this real food choice.

    PROBAR is a convenient, on-the-go bar made from plant based food products. The company strives to provide high quality, sustainable products and fantastic taste. From an energy bar to refuel after a hard workout to a meal replacement, PROBAR offers flavor combinations that everyone will want to eat.

    While PROBAR offers a wide variety of bars, our family enjoys the PROBAR snack bars. These bars come in the following variety of flavors,Chocolate Cherry Cashew, Coconut Almond, Mixed Berry, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Crunch, and Superfruit + Greens bars. The varied flavors appeal to everyone in the family.

    Two of the favorite flavors in our house are Chocolate Cherry Cashew and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. I think that the kids enjoyed these flavors because these bars fall on the sweeter side. Both bars had good texture, which is often a big concern for kids. The size is perfect for a snack. Plus, each bar balances protein, fiber and sugar.

    We've been enjoying these snack bars right after school on the way to swim practice. With another piece of fruit and a bottle of water, the kids have plenty of energy to make it through an hour long swim practice. Also, it serves as a great quick bite at swim meets. The fruit based bars give sustained energy without a big spike in sugar.

    PROBARS can be purchased online at In addition to the snack bars, PROBAR offers several types of bars. A perfect way to try the entire line is to order a best seller variety pack. Packs start at around $23.95.

    Try a PROBAR and it could be love at first bite.

    Disclosure: I have received this item to review. All opinions are my own.

    EcoFFICIENT Paper by HP, working smarter - review

    While homes and offices are trying to move towards less printing, white copy paper will always be a necessity. From printing the school homework to forms for work, printing and printer paper will never go away. Since copy paper is a requirement, efficient paper to lower the carbon footprint. HP EcoFFICIENT Paper is the solution to the printing situation.

    The HP paper is ideal for everyday printing. From homework to form, this paper is reliable and durable for everyday printing needs. The bright white shade allows for brighter, sharper text and colors.

    The biggest difference between this paper and other printer paper is the lighter weight. The HP paper is 20% lighter than standard copy paper. The reduced weight means that more sheets can fit in a printer tray, which means less refilling. Plus, the paper occupies less storage space and weighs less.

    From home printers to office copies, the HP EcoFFICIENT Paper is a smart choice. This  paper retails for approximately $32 for a case at Shoplet.

    Shoplet is one stop shopping for all office supply needs. From promotional products to office stationary, one click can complete all your shopping.

    Help save a tree or two and still print all the necessary documents. Turn to HP EcoFFICIENT Paper for high performance and lower impact.

    Disclosure: The reviewer was given this paper to review. All opinions are her own.

    Pin it to win it - $100 Amazon Cash giveaway


    With Super Bowl Parties around the corner and Valentine's Day creeping up on us, Pinterest is a perfect place to look for inspiration. From recipes to craft ideas, Pinterest has it all. Just be care of all those travel photos. You might start planning that summer vacation.

     Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

    Spark a change in lifestyle with Gorton's Realistic Resolution Challenge #RealisticResolution

    Gorton's Blogger GiveawayWhen a new year begins, everyone is ready to make big, noticeable changes to her life. As the days pass, those lofty resolution goals can fall apart. The key to keeping a resolution is making the goal realistic. Going from a 7-day a week meat eater to a raw, vegan lifestyle is a radical change. A more realistic, achievable goal is adding a fish day and more vegetables to the current diet. If you are ready to make realistic changes, you are ready for the 30 Day Realistic Resolution Challenge.

    Gorton's Seafood has partnered with SparkPeople to help everyone make and keep realistic resolutions. The idea is to make small, simple changes that are achievable. Once each small goal is met and kept, more substantial lifestyle changes can be added.

    For those people who want to reduce calories, Gorton's Grilled Filets are a perfect option for a quick, easy dinner. The Gorton's Grilled Filets are just 100 calories or less per serving. Plus, the easy to cook microwave option gets dinner on the table in minutes. Pairing one of these filets with salad or vegetables creates a flavorful meal in with a reduced calorie count.

    Sometimes at home cooks avoid fish because it can be difficult to cook. The Gorton's Grilled Fillets takes all the difficulty out of eating fish at home. Each grilled fish is perfectly seasoned. With 11 varieties, there is an option for every flavor profile. Plus, these dishes go from freezer to microwave to dinner table in just minutes. There is no mess to clean up.

    A personal favorite from the line is the Lemon Butter Grilled Salmon. The salmon is highlighted with the bright flavors of the lemon. I like to serve it on top of a spinach salad for a light dinner. Another good option is to use this salmon in a lettuce wrap with the salmon, Asian coleslaw, and a light Asian

    vinaigrette. Both dishes leave me satisfied without over-eating. Plus, I have maintained my realistic resolution of adding more seafood to my diet and reducing my overall calorie intake.

    To try Gorton's Grilled Filets at home, Gorton's has provided a coupon.

    If you are ready to make realistic resolution commitment, the 30-Day Resolution Challenge could be for you. This challenge offers simple, easy to achieve daily goals to make better choices for better living. From increasing water intake to eating on the go, the 30 days can make simple changes become permanent.

    To encourage everyone to make realistic resolutions, Gorton's has a huge prize package to giveaway. The prize package includes:
    • Two (2) full-value Gorton's coupons
    • An insulated tote bag
    • The SparkPeople Cookbook
    • The Spark book
    • The SparkPeople 28 Day Boot Camp Workout DVD

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