Working with Brands | Using your Social Media Influence

For the past year, I have been dipping my toes into the 'sponsored post' waters. There are several different sites dedicated to connecting bloggers with brands, but I am particularly fond of Influenster.com because you don't have to be a blogger to participate in the campaigns and you don't really even have to put any effort into it if you really don't feel like it.

I am an overachiever when it comes to Influenster, so I try to complete all of the 'task' they give you. It's all simple stuff, like leaving a review (good or bad) and instagraming a product photo. Just another way for brands to get their name or new product out there and create a little social media buzz. You only get paid in products (which is kinda great, in my opinion).

The photo about is from my latest Influenster package. This one has got to be my favorite to date! Seriously, who doesn't want TWO free tubs of Breyers Gelato?!

From the top left (clockwise):

  1. Avon Anew Reversalist Wrinkle smoother: I don't have many wrinkles (yet), but I do like how this cream has made my skin feel. Smooth and silky. Has it reduced wrinkles? Eh. I don't know. I'm not really a makeup person & I honestly don't study my face enough to really know whether this has made a difference.
  2. Breyers Gelato: Does this really need a review? I don't think I've ever met a bad gelato. My favorite was the triple chocolate gelato. Delicious!
  3. Shell Fuel Rewards Card: This was a welcomed surprise. I have been a long time member of a different rewards program for a competing gas station. Not that I want another card to add to my wallet, but I was hoping the more convenient gas stations would jump in the reward card game.
  4. Ivory Soap: Bar soap does not get a lot of use in our house, but I am super eager to try some fun experiments with this soap bar. I'm thinking microwaving our little bar of soap will be the first step and then maybe making soap crayons.
  5. Neosporin Neo To Go: Any parent knows that this is an incredibly useful addition to the diaper bag during skinned knee season. We have already gotten lots of use out of it. It sprays neosporin and dries almost immediately, so there is no greasiness afterwards. My 3 year old can even spray it on her boo-boo all by herself. 
  6. Puffs to Go: No diaper bag is complete without a pack of tissues. I really didn't know the value of always having tissues on hand until I had kids. The summer cold season and the winter cold season and the spring allergies and the fall runny nose weather… point is, a little nose always needs a tissue!

I got all of these product for FREE! You can sign up with or without a blog and wait to get your own free products to try.

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My littlest little girl is about to turn one. It's been said a million times before, but I honestly cannot imagine how we lived without her light in our lives. While I love how much she's growing and showing me what a big girl she is, I just want time to stop for a moment and let my little girls be little.

Football FREEBIE | iPhone Wallpaper

Hey y'all! Will you be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday? Not sure if I'll actually be watching the game, but I will be enjoying the company of new friends and neighbors at a Super Bowl party. That counts, right?

Since my team (Carolina Panthers) didn't quite make the cut, I'm cheering for both teams. Yes, I hear you real football fans cringing. Admittedly, I am a horrible football fan. I don't really enjoy watching it, I haven't taken the time to learn even the basics of the game (maybe I should reread a couple of Sarah's recent posts on Venus Trapped in Mars), and I only show a slight interest when the Panthers are playing.

BUT I do love watching other people get so emotional and passionate over the game. I lived in Alabama for a short time, so I know a thing or two about football and passionate fans. I also love how creative fans get with incorporating team colors into outfits and other everyday design.

So here are a couple of team color backgrounds for your iPhone to help spread a little team love. Enjoy! I really hope your team wins.
Super Bowl iPhone Wallpaper | Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos #Football #SuperBowl2014
Seattle Seahawks: iPhone4 iPhone5                    Denver Broncos: iPhone4 iPhone5

Happy Super Bowl Weekend!

Venus Trapped in Mars

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