Where Can Your Eye Spy Chuao? Sweepstakes

Last year we had the pleasure of working with Chuao Chocolates (read our review). From now until May 24th, Chuao has a super awesome sweepstakes going on and I’m here to give you the details!!

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Where Can Your Eye Spy Chuao?
Chuao Chocolatier Launches “I Spy Chuao” Instagram Sweepstakes
Offers the Chance to Win a $250 Gift Card

We want to know when your readers spy Chuao on the shelves at their favorite retailer!  Chuao Chocolatier has launched its I Spy Chuao Instagram sweepstakes, which gives you and your readers the chance to win free chocolate and a $250 gift card.

Entering is simple. Follow Chuao’s Instagram feed @chuaochocolatier and follow the 3 steps below.

  1. Post a photograph of a Chuao chocolate bar on the shelf at a local retailer with the hashtag #ispy
  2. Tag @chuaochocolatier
  3. Use hashtags for the name of the #retailer, #city and #street.
  4. For example: #ispy @chuaochocolatier #Target #Chicago #West33rdSt

The I Spy Chuao sweepstakes begins at 3 p.m. PST on May 10, 2013, and ends on May 24, 2013. A winner will be announced every day and awarded a gourmet Chuao Chocolatier chocolate bar. The grand prize winner will win a $250 gift card to the retailer tagged in their entry. Rules and regulations can be found on Chuao’s website at www.chuaochocolatier.com/blog.

To find Chuao Chocolatier closest to you, please visit the retail locator at http://chuaochocolatier.com/locations. Participants may set up an Instagram account for free by visiting www.instagram.com.

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Conscious Box 3 Month Subscription Giveaway

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Subscription boxes are so much fun! Every month you can get goodies delivered to your door and discover new items that you never knew existed! Conscious Box is a subscription service for eco-friendly items.

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Getting a monthly Conscious Box is the best way to discover the most ethical and sustainable products on the planet! Focusing on strict tenets of organic, fair trade, and pure and natural products, each month Conscious Box will introduce you to healthy and honest alternatives for every aspect of your life and for every member of your family. Discover the best natural products, earn points for leaving feedback and reviews, and buy your favorites at incredible discounts!

  • Get a variety of unique pure & natural products every month!
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Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies

When I was a kid we always had Werther’s Original hard candy in the house, it was my parent’s favorite candy, of course my sister and I loved it, too. I can remember curling up on our light blue love seat reading books with my mom with a piece of Werther’s Original candy in my mouth. We all still enjoy it today!

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Several years ago my dad was diagnosed with diabetes, it runs in his family, his father had it and his sister also has it. It’s been a tough transition but he does well with managing the disease and takes better care of himself to lower the risk of complications. One of those things he did was, of course, give up his beloved candies and sweets containing sugar.

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One thing he didn’t have to give up, Werther’s Original. They’ve made their delicious caramel candies in a sugar free version!

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If you are a Werther’s “connoisseur” you may be able to tell the difference between their regular candies and sugar free candies. The difference is very slight and if someone were to hand me Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies and not tell me they were sugar free I wouldn’t guess it. But knowing it was sugar free and having grown up eating the regular Werther’s Original, I noticed just a tinge of a difference in the flavor of the sugar free and the regular. The Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies are really good and I love that Werther’s has made this option for my family members and others who are living with diabetes. Each candy has just 8 calories and they come in 4 different flavors Classic Caramel, Caramel Apple, Caramel Coffee and Caramel Cinnamon. I love classic caramel, but I think my new favorite is the Caramel Coffee, it is delicious and to be honest I’m not even a coffee drinker! All of the flavors are so good.

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Whether you have to avoid sugar for medical reasons or are dieting and trying to lessen your sugar intake Werther’s Orignial Sugar Free candies are a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Head over and “like” the Werther’s Orignal Sugar Free Facebook page for coupons, updates, giveaways and more!

Howard House was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Natural Healing Lympha Rub Review

I’ve been using natural products and remedies for the past 3 or 4 years now. Whenever an illness or ailment arises in myself or a family member I turn to holistic and natural remedies first to heal. I have used TriLight Health products in the past and was eager to try their most popular, best selling product, Lympha Rub.

lympha rub rememdyThe essential oils in this blend provide antiseptic / antimicrobial properties that support tissue healing as well as actually prevent the growth of harmful micro-organisms. The Lympha Rub has personally helped me by soothing my sore muscles and providing me with some relief from my stiff and hurting neck and shoulder area. I’ve recently started a fitness journey and have had some soreness from working out. I’ve mixed a few drops of Lympha Rub with a lotion and applied it to my aching muscles. But that’s not all this product can do. It is also been known to help with infections like tonsillitis, strep throat, mumps, sinus infection, earache and more. This is definitely an all-around product that I want to keep on hand for whatever ailment that may present itself in our household.

Learn more about Lympha Rub, it’s ingredients and uses here.

Want to try Lympha Rub for Yourself?

Join the TriLight Health Newsletter and get a one time coupon code and instructions for a FREE bottle of the Lympha Rub. Lympha Rub, a $8.95 value! Just pay for the shipping & handling, or get FREE shipping with any order over $25! Note: This promotion is for new Newsletter subscribers only.

Instructions for redeeming your free bottle of Lympha Rub:

 Step 1: Join our Newsletter (click here to sign up) to receive a one time coupon code for a FREE bottle of our best selling product.
Step 2: Add Lympha Rub to your cart.
Step 3: Find the coupon code from your Newsletter confirmation email and enter it during checkout where it says “Coupon Code.” This will bring your order total to zero and you will only need to pay for the shipping. OR better yet … try some more items and place a total order over $25 and get FREE shipping on your order!
Step 4: Complete the checkout process and Enjoy!
Note: If you do not receive the Newsletter confirmation email, be sure to check your “Spam” or “Junk” folder, as sometimes it can get filtered out.
If you have any questions make sure to Contact TLH for help.

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

Live Clean Baby: Natural Baby Skin Care Products

Live Clean Baby Natural Products

When my son was born I knew I only wanted to use all natural products on him. I’d learned a lot about products, ingredients and the chemicals that fill the majority of the products out there and I had stopped using them on myself and my family. So, I’ve searched for and tried out a lot of natural baby products in the past few years. Most recently, I was introduced to Live Clean Baby products.

Live Clean Baby: Natural Baby Skin Care Products
This would make a great baby shower gift, wouldn’t it?!

“Live Clean Baby promises performance with natural, gentle ingredients – caring for baby’s delicate skin using plant based formulations enriched with certified organic botanicals that are safe for baby and safe for the earth.”

Natural Baby Products

Live Clean Baby Product Line Up

>>Tearless Shampoo & Wash
>>Moisturizing Baby Wash
>>Moisturizing Baby Lotion
>>Non-Petroleum Jelly
>>Diaper Ointment
>>Moisturizing Bar Soap

I love that the Live Clean Baby product line has a range of products including both bar and liquid soaps. Both soap types are loaded with natural moisturizers and don’t dry out my son’s skin. My son tends to have dry skink (like his mama) and these products help keep it hydrated. I love the scent of these products. It is such a light, natural, fresh, baby scent, they smell so good! I’m also so happy to have found a petroleum-free “jelly” alternative, before I knew about the possible risks and side affects, I used petroleum jelly all the time on myself and my older daughter. This is a product I’ve been waiting for and wish that I’d had for years!

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These products are sold at Walgreens and Walgreens.com and retail for about 7.99 each. Live Clean also has products for kids, adults, hair care and pets! You can out more about their products on their website.

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Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience #JT2020 #cbias

JT 20 20 Experience

I’ve been a Justin Timberlake fan since the NSYNC days. I remember watching their videos on TRL after school with friends. Chillin’ in my room with NSYNC blasting from my cd player. I was a teenager then and can remember being sorely disappointed when the popular boy band went their separate ways. I was ecstatic when Justin Timberlake came out with his first solo album. It’s been fun to “grow up” with JT. Like I said I’ve followed his music career since his “Bye Bye Bye” days and it’s been interesting to see him change as a person and hear the evolution in his music. Having gone from pop boy band status into his solo act with a more R&B feel of “Justified” then to “Bring Sexy Back” with a more progressive rock feel, his music is never the same (like some artists). I have really enjoyed the variation of his music.

20/20 Experience at Walmart

The 20/20 Experience

I was excited for the March 19 release of The 20/20 Experience, after all it has been a few years since we’ve gotten a new album from JT. I couldn’t wait get my hands on this cd. I’d heard “Suit & Tie” (who hasn’t) and while it is catchy enough I was more interested in seeing what the other songs sounded like. Now, my daughter loves “Suit & Tie” so, I was looking forward to enjoying the music with her, too. I love being able to bond with her over music and artists that we both love. I went to Wal-Mart the very after noon the album dropped to pick up a copy. The best part (aside from me getting to go shopping sans kids – I know you mom’s understand) is that The 20/20 Experience is at Wal-Mart for only $7 until March 24! Or if you can’t get away for a shopping trip without the kids you can get it online.

JT The 20 20 Experience

He still looks good…

Justin Timberlake New Album

The Music

This album is actually very different from what I was expecting after hearing the first single “Suit & Tie”. Like Futeresex/Lovesounds, JT’s previous album, The 20/20 Experience was produced by Timbaland, but this album is different in that it not only incorporates the hip hop/dance sounds of Futeresex/Lovesounds but also some of the jazz fusion sounds of the 1970’s. Many of the tracks on the album reminded me of such artists as Barry White or Quincy Jones because of the horn and string arrangements used in their music. Another thing I also liked was the songs aren’t your typical 4 min pop songs. A lot of the songs were 6 and 7 minutes long and the song structure is more like a progressive rock song than pop, hip hop, or soul. Abrupt key changes and various different types of rhythms and harmonies fused together with lush string and horn arrangements make this a very different album for JT. I really enjoy the entire album. It still definitely has the JT and Timbaland feel of the previous album so fans of Futeresex/Lovesounds will not be disappointed with this one.

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You can find Justin Timberlake Twitter and on Facebook.

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and #JT2020 #cbias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own.

Passing on Positive Money Habits to the Kids

5 tips for passing on postive money habits to kids

Raising children is an extremely rewarding experience, but it requires a great deal of patience and teaching. While many parents teach their kids the basics of life, many of them leave out financial lessons. If you want to make sure that your kids learn how to handle money appropriately when they become adults, you have to teach them about budgeting and financial responsibility at a young age. 

Passing on Positive Money Habits to the Kids

Here are a few strategies that you might want to try when it comes to teaching kids about positive financial habits:

1. Teach Kids About Money Early

While you may be inclined to not bother your kids about money when they are young, it’s generally a good idea to at least introduce them to it early on in life. When they are very young, just a basic introduction of what money is and how it works will suffice. When kids become familiar with money early on, they will be much more likely to understand more complex financial topics later on.

2. Teach Them About Goal Setting

Once your kids are a little older than just learning about what money is, start teaching them about the importance of goal setting. While this applies to every area of life, it is especially important in regards to finances. Show your kids that they need to have some kind of financial goals to shoot for or they will most likely end up being disappointed in some way. Show them how to think about what they really want financially and then write it down. Written goals typically have higher success rates than those that are not specified in some way.

3. Give Them an Allowance

Perhaps one of the best ways to teach kids about money is to give them an allowance. They should have to do something around the house in order to earn their allowance, but you should give them something on a weekly basis. This way, they’ll have some money that they can use as they see fit. This will teach them early on that if they blow it all at the candy store one day, they won’t have any left over to buy things with the next day. Their allowance should also increase over time so that they can earn more as they get older.

4. Show Them How to Save Money

Showing a kid how to earn money is one thing, but showing them how to save it is another. If you can develop a certain level of frugality in your children, they’ll most likely understand how to save more money over time. Show them how to look for coupons and how to redeem them.

Teach them how to find coupon codes for Nordstrom (or any other store) online and then how to redeem them in the online store. Show kids how to join a shopper’s club at the grocery store and save money on all of your purchases. Teach them about the weekly specials at the super market and any other tricks that you know about saving money. With this information, they’ll be much smarter shoppers when they use their own money in the future.

5. Open an Account

When you feel that they are old enough to handle it, consider opening some type of a savings account for them. You might even want to get them a Roth IRA if they are interested in saving for the long-term. This way, they can learn the power of compound interest as well.

With these strategies in mind, your kids will be much more knowledgeable about financial matters when they get older. You’ll be able to help them in a big way with these simple lessons.

Will Video Games Be the Demise of Guys?

A short while ago I read an interesting article regarding males and video games entitled “The Demise of Guys? Over My Dead Body” which I have placed below so that you can read it, too. It really got me thinking, seeing as I have a son of my own. My son is only 2 years old so he’s never played a video game and after reading the following article I’m determined to not let him become a video game junkie. I found the average amount of hours spent playing video games to be quite a lot, so statistics in the article actually did surprise me. I agree that technology can be used for good and educational purposes but like everything it needs to used in moderation… or we get “braid drain”. I will let you read the article and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

The Demise of Guys? Over My Dead Body
by Gregg Murset

I recently read the book entitled, “The Demise of Guys” and was totally shocked at the
statistics reinforcing what I instinctively already knew in my head. As the author put it,
“guys are flaming out”. Crashing and burning. Biting the dust.

Well, I for one, am not letting my guys ages 15, 10, 8 and almost 6 “flame out”. Nope…
over my dead body is that going to happen.

These guys are growing up in a world that would have no problem if they just completely
wasted all the potential they have wrapped up inside of them. Just chewed them up and
spit them out. These guys need a man that has been down the road a little further than
they have been, to help lead the way and educate them about all the pitfalls out there.
That is what a real man does right?

So why are guys going down in flames? Well, there are a number of contributing factors
but the two biggest reasons fit into the same category: technology. Specifically, video
games and online pornography.

The average young person will spend 10,000 hours gaming by age 21. What? With so
many boys running around now with a gaming device in their front pocket, I’m not really
that surprised. Every time there is a spare minute, out comes the video game and the
time wasting begins. The author put this in context when he stated that it takes the
average college student only half that time – 4,800 hours – to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Let’s see here… a college degree or hours of mind numbing gaming? Unfortunately,
many guys are choosing the latter to their own demise. I’m not bashing the occasional
virtual adventure on a winter day, but 10,000 hours? Come on.

The pornography business is picking up speed at a staggering rate and destroying guys
left and right as it barrels down the tracks. One in three boys is now considered a
“heavy” porn user, viewing nearly two hours of porn every week. Really? Seriously?
Worldwide, pornography is almost a 100 billion dollar industry. This filth is peddled to
anyone that will take a look, with the hope that they will take another look and yet
another until they are stuck in an addictive cycle that destroys their ability to have
normal interactions with others, especially those of the opposite sex.

Well, as disheartening as these statistics may be… take courage, I have a few simple
solutions to consider:
First, boys need more to do. They need to be given more responsibility earlier on in life.
How about some jobs around the house for heavens sake? It’s hard to game or get in
trouble on the internet while you have a lawn mower or a paintbrush in your hand! Have
them get off the couch or come out of their room, where they are more than likely
gaming in seclusion, and do something productive. They might cuss you under their breath when they are younger but I believe they will praise your name later in life.

Shoot, maybe even sincerely thank you face to face! Wouldn’t that be nice? The men
that have my respect are real men that know how to work hard.

Secondly, boys need some goals. A clear vision of what they could or should be doing
with their time. If they aren’t gaming so much or looking at porn, that leaves a lot of time
to do something worthwhile. So sit down with your son, nephew, friend, whoever, and
help open their eyes to the many other meaningful things that they could be doing with
their time. Read good books, learn how to play an instrument or take on a new
language. Get interested in a hobby like hunting or fishing or enroll them in some other
organized sport. Maybe it’s weight lifting or running or mountain biking. Help them set
some financial goals and teach them how to make good financial decisions. Help them
understand that good things come to those that wait. Maybe it’s saving up for the car
they might be dreaming of when they get into High School. As they set some goals and
then make the effort to achieve those goals they will have an increased sense of self
worth. Not some lame, fake, and fleeting self worth that comes from achieving another
level on a video game or being momentarily aroused by yet another pornographic
image.

You know what’s going to happen if we can keep them out of this technology trap?
They are going to do better in school, have better social skills, be more self-motivated,
learn how to work and make good money decisions. All in all, they are going to be more
pleasant to be around. Bonus!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying to go on complete and total technology lock
down. Don’t freak out and pile up the iPhones and start a bon-fire or anything. These
little gadgets are totally amazing if used for the right purposes. We just need to make
sure that these guys that we are raising are given some guidance so they aren’t the
ones that get run over by this technological train barreling down the tracks.
The demise of guys? Well, for my 4 guys it’s going to have to be over my dead body.

Gregg Murset is the Founder of www.myjobchart.com and father of 4 boys and 2 girls.

WikiLeaks Movie “The Fifth Estate”

DreamWorks Studios has announced today that principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks movie “The Fifth Estate”.  The film about the controversial website, WikiLeaks, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van
Houten. “The Fifth Estate” is set to open in U.S. theaters on November 15, 2013.

THE FIFTH ESTATE

Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague
of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), “The Fifth Estate” traces the heady, early days of
WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing
information leaks.  The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal
architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

Bill Condon (“Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct
“The Fifth Estate” from a screenplay by Josh Singer (TV’s “Fringe,” “The West
Wing”), based on “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s
Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian
Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding.

“It may be decades before we understand the full impact of
WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.”
                                                                 -Bill Condon, director of “The Fifth Estate”

How to Remove Grass, Dirt and Clay Stains from Clothing

My daughter is always coming home with some type of stain on her clothing be it food, markers or paint from school it’s always something. She loves the outdoors, she is a true country girl so I’ve had to become an expert on how to remove grass, dirt and clay stains from clothing. If you have kids, especially kids that play sports this is some handy information to have. I can across this infographic with step by step stain removal process from some of the most common and toughest stains like grass and dirt and stains. They seem like great tips, a few of them are even knew to me, like Murphy’s Oil Soap for red clay, for instance. If she ever gets red clay stains on her clothes I will know what to try.

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