Staples where back to school fashion and price meet #MakeMoreHappen giveaway

As the school supply shopping list grows and grows, parents can spend hundreds of dollars on all the pens, notebooks and other items. Every week, another store ad promotes the best deal and the biggest savings. Unfortunately, busy lives make traveling from store to store impossible. Staples wants families to shop confidently at one store for all their back to school needs.

Staples has three ways to save during back to school season. Staples offers 110% Price Match Guarantee, back to school less list and weekly hot buys. Staples will price match items sold and shipped by or any retailers who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand. Customers will received an additional 10% off the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price. The offer is valid at the time of purchase.

The back to school less list offers a variety of must have items at a low price. Items like folders, notebooks and index cards are low priced all season long. So if your kids are the first in school or start later, the prices offer savings all season long.

While the parents focus on the price, kids want the hottest, coolest items to impress on the first day. Two trends for the school year are classroom style and character invasion. For the on trend girls, Teen Vogue, exclusively at Staples, features bold, bright patterns. Styles like Electric Jungle, Punk Prodigy, Rive Gauche, and Festive Floral will put your tween on the in list.

For the cool dudes, the exclusive Nickelodeon patterns will put these boys to the top of the class. Characters like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongBob can make the boring math class full of energy.

Stop by your neighborhood Staples and stock up on all these back to school must haves. To make the shopping experience even more enjoyable, I have a $25 Staples gift card to giveaway.

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Best refreshed, #1 Travel mug got better, Contigo West Loop Travel Mug - review/giveaway

When trying to get out of the door in the morning, one item can make the difference from a good day to a dreary day. My morning beverage, usually coffee, is a constant from the bus stop to my morning workout.Whatever the beverage, it needs the right travel cup. For me, my go to travel mug is the Contigo West Loop Travel Mug.

Contigo has has the number one selling line of travel mugs. The tried and true travel mug has been updated with a lid redesign. This design opens completely for thorough cleaning with no loose parts. The lid is super easy to clean. No more scraping and scrubbing to remove beverage residue. Simply flip the seal and rinse. The lid can be thrown into the dishwasher on the top rack. A quick wash and the West Loop Travel Mug is ready for the next morning.

Even with the redesigned lid, the tried and true characteristics of the Contigo Travel Mug still hold. The mug is 100% leak proof and spill proof. The autoseal technology makes me feel comfortable throwing the travel mug into my purse at the end of the day. From the gym bag to the car cup holder, I don't worry about cleaning spillage from this mug.

The double wall vacuum-insulated body will keep hot drinks hot for up to five hours or cold drinks cold for up to 12. From ice-coffee in the warm months to steaming latte in the winter, the Contigo travel mug works all year and in all weather.

To kick off the fall with a new mug, Contigo has graciously offered a 20% off code on the redesigned travel mug or any product order.  Use code WESTLOOP20 at This savings code expires on October 31, 2014.

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Back to school, organize smart with Post-it - review

Back to school is an exciting yet chaotic time for kids and parents. The transition from summer fun to studying can be cumbersome. Still, study habits are important to academic success.  From the right environment to organization tools, each item can be the foundation for achievement. With just a few suggestions, the kids will be on their way to asking to study more.  Post-it offers a variety of school organization tools that can make studying seem less overwhelming.

As school begins, the flood of paperwork deluges the house. A home command center can keep all the important papers organized and available. Personally, our family like the Post-it Grip Board. The Grip Board mounts almost anywhere with the Command Picture Hanging Strips. The folds can hold a variety of papers, from business cards to mail and even pictures. Now, all the test reviews, party invitations and must pay bills are off the counter top and puts them in plain view.  The Grip Board retails for approximately $19.99.

With ever changing and often busy schedules, a family calendar can keep everyone on track. The Post-it Dry Erase Planner offers a quick glance at family activities. With multiple columns that can be mounted vertically or horizontally, the planner can be used for sports practices, weekly chores or even family dinners. Erasing completed activities brings satisfaction to accomplish the long list of tasks. No more excuses for being unaware of an event or activity when the family can see each item written on the planner. The Post-It Dry Erase Planner retails for approximately $8.99.

Once the family is organized, the kids need to hit the books. While studying may not be the top on their must-do list, it is a requirement. Make the studying time more efficient with Post-it Study tools.

For older kids, preparing for the big tests takes preparation. When it comes to reading textbooks, certain key words or topics are important to remember for the big test. With Post-it Study Tabs and Flags, kids can quickly return to that specific point for reference. In a variety of bright colors, each color can refer to a point to remember. From vocabulary words to important dates, facts are at their fingertips. 

For younger kids reading that 20 minutes a night is a daily activity. Sometimes, the kids don't do the best job remembering where they left off in the book. In our household, bookmarks have been replaced with Post-it notes. The sticky notes make sure that little people can find the exact spot in the book to return to the story. With the new Post-it Brand Colors of the World Collection, the color combinations can denote each child's special pack. For the bold and bright girl, check out the Brazilian inspired Rio De Janeiro collection. For the water enthusiast, the Mykonos cool blues bring the colors of the sea.

No more excuses for lack of organization in any household. From family command centers to good study habits, Post-it and its line of products can make any job easy to tackle.

Disclosure: I received some products from Post-it to facilitate this article. All opinions are my own.

Pay it forward, Walgreens Get a Shot, Give a Shot #shop #cbias

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As the kids head back to the classroom, kids and parents differ on the priorities of back to school preparations. Kids seek out the perfect backpack and the special pencils. Parents want to make sure that the kids stay healthy for the duration of the school year and beyond. With Walgreens Get a Shot, Give a Shot program, #GiveAShot, every member of the family enters the school year happy and healthy. 

The Walgreens Get a Shot, Give a Shot program promotes children of all walks of life receiving life saving immunizations. When a child gets a back to school immunization at Walgreens, the company will help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign. The pay it forward concept promotes working together children around the world can be protected from preventable diseases. 

As many parents understand, the back to school doctor's appointment can be a dreaded affair. Many times, I have been on the phone waiting and begging for any available appointment. But, immunizations and health checks can't be put off to a more convenient time. Luckily local Walgreens clinics offer clinics where immunizations in the stores. The chart to the right shows a child's immunizations by age. For more infomation on health topics, please visit Now, when we are doing our back to school shopping, the family can stay on top of our health and fill the backpacks with all our supplies in one stop.  

The Give a Shot Get a Shot signs around our local Walgreens was a great conversation starter for the family. My kids saw the signs by the entrance and asked if the sign meant they were going to give a shot to a friend. Since my kids are familiar with giving to charity and the pay it forward concept, I explained that the program was to help kids in need. Just like we give away toys and school supplies to those in need, Walgreens is giving immunizations to children who need assistance to keep them healthy. It is another way to pay forward our good fortune to others in need. 

While we want to help others, the school year isn't the time to spread germs and unhealthy habits. At our local Walgreens, I helped the kids stock up on some back to school essentials that can keep them energized for the upcoming school days. Back to school shopping isn't just binders and notebooks, snacks and supplies can keep the kids prepared and energized for the classroom. Personally, our family keeps some boxes of raisins in the backpack for the quick pick me up before homework begins. Pairing these sweet treats with a bottle of water can refocus for the twenty minute of reading and math problems. 

Another backpack staple is tissues. While back to school time is a great way to reconnect with old friends, it can also be a way to spread germs. A tissue packs can keep those sneeze germs from spreading to friends. With the kids protected with their immunizations and good health habits, everyone is on their way to a successful school year. 

Be an informed parent this school year. Think beyond the paper and pencils and focus on healthy habits for your kids and the kids of the world.Check out Walgreens Give a Shot, Get a Shot program today. 

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Be confident from day to night, Poise handles LBL

Girlfriends can talk about a variety of subjects. From the trials of pregnancy to the grind of parenting, no topic is off limits around friends. Still, a few conversations may not roll off the tongue. Light Bladder Leakage isn't usually brought up over a glass of wine. But, LBL is a reality for many women. 

It could be a sneeze or a hiccup that causes a little piddle. No one wants to have an embarrassing moment. Women have worked hard to be strong and confident.  The key to confidence is being prepared for every and any situation. Poise Microliners help women with light bladder leakage to maintain their confidence.

Poise Microliners are shockingly thin and surprisingly absorbent liners. They feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material) to provide discreet Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) protection that helps keep you dry and comfortable all day long. All of life's little tasks take the lead and you don't worry about LBL. Poise Microliners are the thinnest liners in the light incontinence category and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners.

Carry one in your make-up bag, gym bag or even in the car glove compartment. There is no need to feel embarrassed when you can be prepared with a solution. Keep a few Poise Microliners in your household and be confident.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Poise. All opinions are my own.

Yoga for a better you with Youphoria Yoga Mat #youphoriayoga review

Practicing yoga can have wonderful health and wellness benefits. While yoga looks relaxing, the practice can be quite strenuous. Holding poses takes strength and produces a lot of sweat. In turn, the yoga mat must stand up to the wear and tear. The Youphoria Yoga Mat is perfect for the yoga enthusiast.

The Youphoria Yoga Mat is a microfiber towel that made from moisture wicking material. This mat can be used over a traditional yoga mat to help grip to the mat. Additionally, the mat can be used alone in a hot yoga setting. The non-slip texture helps the user hold poses longer, which can improve the yoga experience.

Since washing a yoga mat after each session can be time consuming, the Youphoria Mat is easily machine washable. When a mat collects sweat and other bacteria, it can be harmful to the user. No one wants their down dog into a smelling mess. The ability to quick clean is extends the usefulness and is good for the user.

In addition to being used as a yoga mat, the Youphoria can be used as a towel. For the impromptu workout, the Youphoria can be used as a workout towel.  Keeping one in the car for kids sports events, playdates and variety of other uses.

Youphoria can be purchased on It $24.99. It comes in a variety of colors.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.