Friday, April 11, 2014

Every Cent Counts When Saving Your Hard Earned Money!

Before I had my girls I had absolutely no concept of being smart with my money. I spent every penny I had just as soon as I got it and I didn't think anything of it until it was gone. Then of course I needed it and didn't have it. I spent quite a few years with my terrible money spending habits and then I had my daughters. Boy, did I learn quick that I couldn't simply let my money burn a hole in my pocket anymore. I cut out a lot of the junk I deemed unnecessary and I still had trouble until I actually sat down and made myself a plan.

I cut out all frivolous purchases. Food purchases, unless it was going in the fridge for meals during the week, were also cut out. Basically unless it was for a necessary bill and yes, I do mean necessary, it was cut from my budget. I traded in my regular checking card for a prepaid card that blocked overages or any charges that exceeded what I had in the bank. I made a point to keep close track on what I had coming in each month and listed every last cent I made so I could keep track of it all.

My methods may drastically differ from the next persons but below is a great bundle of information for the money conscious or those who are looking for better ways to manage their money. There are some great tips in there that I myself will greatly benefit from as well. So, if you're looking to save money in today's economy check it out!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Treat Your Feet with TheraFit Review and Giveaway! US 4/23

It seems like the older I get the more picky I become about what I put on my feet. If you've been a fan since the beginning then you know how much I detest shoes to begin with and that I'd much rather be barefoot than anything else but on the rare occasion I do wear shoes I generally stick with the easy option of flip-flops. Unfortunately my preference, in addition to weight gain after my daughters were born, has begun to catch up with me and most days I now suffer from almost unbearable foot pain. Wearing my faithful old flipflops is no longer an option for long-term foot wear and I've had to start the search for shoes that would help support my feet and lessen the pain for me.

Enter Therafit.
"Therafit has created fashionable, comfortable shoes - perfect for all hours of a woman's day. Co-developed by Dr. Lisa Masterson, of the Emmy award-winning series, 'The Doctors', Therafit believes in empowering women to embrace wellness in all aspects of their lives. We know that combining fashion with comfort gives women a solid foundation, both at work and at play.

Endorsed by the National Posture Institute, our patented technology provides cushioning and support helping to reduce the aches and pains that come from the stress of everyday activities. Utilizing the patented Personalized Comfort System (PCS), each shoe lets you adjust the impact protection and cushion level to fit your personal needs. You decide what works best for you."

 I was given the chance recently to "pair" up with Therafit to work on a review of their products and was sent a pair of their Alexa Women's sneakers in Ocean Blue/Yellow to faccilitate my review.

First off, can I just take a second to gush over how absolutely gorgeous this color scheme has translated onto these shoes? What you see is what you get in the case of the Alexa's, they are every bit as beautiful as their picture and I confess I've even caught myself staring at them on more than one occasion.

Okay, so now that we've gotten that part out of the way, on to the good stuff. I am very much in love with these shoes and its not only for their looks, although I do admit that's what lured me in at first but I've come to learn that there's more to these shoes than just their beauty. They also make me feel better good too, well, my feet anyways. It took a few days to properly break them in and we all know that can be a little uncomfortable but after day 3 of wearing them virtually everywhere they felt like a second skin. I found myself looking forward to putting them on and going for a walk with my girls in the mornings again, instead of dreading the 4 mile round trip trek like I had previously while wearing my old sneakers.

My feet and my children have never been happier and we've been loving our walks for weeks now all while being almost completely pain-free. My Alexa's have done exactly as Therafit advertises and that is reduce the stress on my aching feet, give them the cushioned support they've been needing and have greatly reduced the pain I feel each day.

Of course, I have Dr.Lisa Masterson from the hit series, "the Doctors" and founder of Therafit to thank for it all. Dr.Lisa knows what its like for us women to be constantly on our feet and she wanted to develop a shoe that would empower us, that could be worn all over and that would also help relieve pain in the legs, feet, hips and back.

One of my favorite parts about the Therafit system are the Personal Comfort Adapters, talked about by Dr.Lisa, here:

"The Therafit Personal Comfort System (PCS) Technology also utilizes three specially designed dual-density adapters located within the shock-absorbing wedge that can be removed to change the shoe's impact resistance and cushioning. Tired, aching feet? Remove one, two or all three of the Personal Comfort Adapters to change the resistance. Ready for a different feeling on your feet the next day? Pop them back in and get going!"

 I'd say Dr.Lisa has certainly outdone herself! I've personally never felt the need to remove the Personal Comfort adapters but that's just my personal preference. You may find a different fit aka one or two less adapters will fit your needs.

So, one last thing I want to gush over before we get to the deets about a fan giveaway, is the giving aspect of Therafit. They believe that business can serve a higher social purpose and are Certified B Corporation, a prestigious designation that is awarded to companies which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Therafit truly puts their money where their mouth is by donating to programs of interest to children and women across the country.

You can connect further with Therafit by visiting them on Facebook, becoming a follower on Twitter and even becoming their newest pinterest pal.

So, I bet at this point everyone is bouncing in their seats to hear about the giveaway portion of my review. I can't say I blame you cause these shoes are AMAZING! That being said I bet you'd love to have a pair for yourself, right? Well, here's your chance to WIN a pair for yourself! The awesome and all too generous folks at Therafit have offered one of you lucky readers the chance to win a pair of Women's Alexa's!

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Welcome to our 2 year $25 We LOVE our Fans Appreciation Giveaway Giveaway Event! US 3/30-4/30

It truly has been a Slow Road to Insanity these last 2 years since I started up my blog. I never would have guessed that I would make it to this point, that I would be successful in doing what I do or that I would have so many wonderful fans that have kept me going up until this point. Without my fellow bloggers and certainly without the fans who've shared my blog with friends/family and who have faithfully followed me over the last two years I would have fizzled out and stopped blogging long ago.

So, to help celebrate this milestone, the two year mark of my blog and to celebrate all of my AMAZING fans I've decided to host this Fan Appreciation giveaway with the help from my wonderful Co-Hosts LifeintheLostworld and Krazy Coupon Club.

Its not much as far as Fan Appreciation giveaways go but I hope you lovely folks enjoy this little token because I've had a wonderful turnout with a lot of awesome bloggers who have joined up with me to make this giveaway possible!

One of you lucky ducks will be taking home a $25 Gift Card in your choice of Amazon or Paypal.

Our second winner will be receive the lovely 1/4 Carat Diamond Sterling Silver and leather banded LOVE Bracelet.

Winners will be chosen at random using the Rafflecopter Form below so get those entries in, keep those fingers crossed and stay tuned to see if you're picked as one of our lucky winners!

All entries WILL be verified and the winner(s) will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen in their place.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Create a Masterpeice Starring Your Loved Ones with Muvee Reveal 11

*This is a sponsored post. All materials/products were provided by Muvee in compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

I think its safe to admit to everyone that I'm a bit of a picture hoarder. No, really, I hoard pictures. I really do have 2 laptops, a Facebook account and 2 different photo bucket accounts that are bursting at the seams with pictures and video's of my family/children. I've never seen my love of picture memories as a problem but lately as I began going through one of my picture accounts I realized I did indeed have a problem..and not the kind you're thinking of. I found myself discontent with all the raw pictures and video's I had accumulated over the last few years and realized that I wanted to find an alternate method of sharing them. Lets face it, Facebook sharing gets old after awhile and sometimes a picture or video needs a little something extra.

This is where Muvee Reveal 11 comes in. I was given the opportunity to work with Muvee for a review and was sent the program to help facilitate my review.

My first impression of Muvee was that it looked like something I actually use. I've had the occasion to use several different photo editing/video creators and the end result was always a ton of frustration and hitting the uninstall button. Too many bells and whistles, drop down options and a layout crammed with nonsense give me a horrible headache when all I want to do is a few simple edits, polish up a collection of photos and to share with my friends/family. Muvee eliminated that issue for me and although it did have the option of tutorials, they weren't in my face and were completely optional but it was so easy to get started that I didn't even bother with a single tutorial.

No offense to the creators but Muvee is so easy that anyone could use it to put together a wonderful collection of photo's! It was so easy it was almost like magic and that's saying something for a gal who has trouble figuring out how to open a simple paint program!

One of my favorite things about Muvee 11 is that I can save my projects and come back to them at a later time. This comes in handy for a busy Mom who is often called away from the computer to clean up this mess or that one or to attend to a crying little one. Muvee 11 also lets you save your projects in files compatible with just about any device and upload to to sites such as Facebook and YouTube. I'm telling you there's nothing I've used that can compare to the experience I've had with Muvee 11 over the course of these last two weeks. I've had so much fun putting together movies and video clips of my daughters and sending them to family and friends. I've even copied a few onto discs to send out of state to relatives located in Missouri and TN!

So, if you're like me and have a plethora of videos and pictures that are just waiting to be shared then I recommend scooting on over to the Muvee website and grabbing your own copy of the Muvee Reveal software today!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CampBell's Kitchen Heart Healthy Awareness!

**This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company*

Now that I'm a Mom to my 2 daughters I understand, now more than ever, the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The most important way that I've learned to be healthy is in all matters pertaining to the heart and a sobering fact helped me start my road to a healthier heart. Are you ready to hear what it was?

The cold hard truth, one that many aren't even aware of, is that Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and every year 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of those 715,000 Americans, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 190,000 happen in people who have already had one. The scariest part(s) about Heart Disease, in my opinion, are a.) Heart Disease can happen to anyone at any time and b.) Heart disease doesn't discriminate.

After learning the facts and pouring over the statistics I just knew I had to shape up and get my act together. Its been a slow road but I'm getting a little closer to my goal everyday. I've begun to go on daily walks with my daughters, have cut back on sodas and other sugary beverages AND get ready for my biggest accomplishment, quit smoking. Cold turkey.

Another way to achieve a healthy heart is to choose healthy foods, cut out the fatty snacks and learn to portion out your meals. My family and I have recently enjoyed a few Heart Healthy recipes from Campbells, which is a great way to enjoy the soups you've always loved while keeping a healthy heart in mind. Take a look at a few of these great recipes. My favorite was the Louisianna-Style Chicken, Sausage&Shrimp Skillet!

The Polenta Turkey Bake was also a big hit with my family as we've always been huge Polenta enthusiasts.

Last but not least there was the Tilapia and Vegetable Casserole. Next to chicken, Fish is second favorite high protein food and Tilapia just so happens to be among my favorite kinds. Salmon is number one but we'll save that for another post!

Visit Campbells Kitchen where you can also find a list of great coupons and special offers for Campbells products!

To learn more heart healthy tips, including 21 Campell's recipes that are certified by the AHA and product coupons, visit

Monday, March 10, 2014

JenJenHouse Review: Your One Stop Destination for All Those Prom Dress Needs this Prom Season!

For those of you who have teenagers or more specifically, High School age teenagers, then I'm sure you've already heard the news: Its Prom season. If your kids are anything like my niece, a senior in HS, then you've already seen first hand those hands outstretched expectantly and have started to feel the strain on your credit card/wallet. Trust me those shoes that have to match just right, the hair appointments, the makeup stylists, the corsages, those things all start to add up. I bet I don't even have to mention the cost of the perfect dress.

Mums and Dads, perk up those ears and let me tell you of a place that will save you hundreds, if not thousands depending on the taste of your little angel, on that dress that your daughter has been coveting. JenJenHouse is the leading global online retailer for all your special event attire needs and their selection of  ( is divine. Their handy selection tool on the left of their website s great for narrowing down the selection while telling the website exactly what specifications you'd like to see in your ideal dress.

Since I'm such a sucker for the A-line style of dresses that was my first pick and I was given page after page of just A-line dresses. For giggles I looked up some empire waist styles as well but my favorite out of all was the A-Line Princess Sweetheart Floor-Length Chiffon with Ruffle Beading and flower(s). Isn't it gorgeous?

At $30 you won't find a better deal! Not a fan of the yellow but to my surprise this dress also comes in a large variety of different colors and even goes up to a size 26W!

With prices like that AND such a large selection, in style, color and size, JenJenHouse should be 1st on your list when searching for Prom Dresses this Prom season! Forget the hassle of climbing in the car with your teenager and having to visit every Prom Dress boutique within a 50 mile radius. Say NO to that $500+ dress bill and let JenJen be your first and last stop for your Prom and other special events needs!

Happy Prom season!

Friday, March 7, 2014

$100 Visa Card Giveaway! 3/19 Open to US and Canada!

Now that we Floridians have winter on its way out the door we're all looking forward to the warmer weather that's headed our way and the springy/summer holidays that come with it. One such holiday that our family especially seems to enjoy is Easter and as you can imagine our younger family members are most fond of the Easter basket part of the holiday. They just LOVE to crowd around the dining room table on Easter morning and find out which basket belongs to who..well, MY favorite part of Easter is actually making the baskets for them!

My Mama and I spend quite a bit of time wandering the candy isles of our local groceries stores looking for the best candies and trinkets to put in our littles Easter Baskets. You can imagine how messy it can get though, all those loose bits of candy, from the countless number of bags we haul home, that end up scattered all over the baskets and later on, all over the floors as the littles begin their candy frenzy.

How lovely would it be to have the materials needed, this Easter, to house all that candy and eliminate half of the mess?

Candy Concepts Inc. has been meeting the needs of retailers across the globe, providing one of the largest selections of candy supplies, novelty items and merchandise display tools in the candy industry and are celebrating their 25th Anniversary in the business by giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card to one lucky winner! Holy moly, that would pay for enough of poly bags and twisty ties from Candy Concepts to make a dozen or more Easter baskets for our clan of littles and would be fantastic for keeping us organized and less messy this Easter! I'd be like a kid in a candy store, literally.

Whatever your needs are or if you'd just like a little extra cash for a personal splurge, entries are as easy as filling out the easy Rafflecopter form below and keeping your fingers crossed!

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Slow Road to Insanity is not responsible for prize fulfillment in regards to this giveaway.