Fall Is in the Air with the #FebrezeFall Home Harvest Collection + Giveaway!

This post is brought to you buy Febreze and SheSpeaks.

We still have another week or so before fall officially arrives, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying to ring in the season early!  September always marks the beginning of my favorite time of year.  From now until Christmas, everything is made just a little bit better by all the changes that come with new seasons.

What do you differently at your house as fall approaches?  At mine, one of the biggest changes comes from the scents in my home.  When the days get shorter and the air gets crisper, you can bet I’ll have switched my bright, summery air fresheners to something warmer and more fitting for the season.  Give me pumpkin!  Give me vanilla!  Give me all the Fall scents!  Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things, and I love it when stores put out their seasonal Febreze displays.  It’s so fun to see what new scents they unveil each year, and to pick which ones I’ll have warming up my home’s atmosphere until Christmas is near.

This year, Febreze has really gone above and beyond with their fall scents.  If you haven’t been to Walmart in a while, you need to get there and check out the Febreze Home Harvest Collection as soon as possible (or see them on the Walmart website)!

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This year, Febreze has an awesome lineup for the season!  Toasted Almond, Sugared Cranberry, Spiced Pear, Vanilla Latte, and Autumn Harvest are all waiting to spice up your home for fall.  Delicious!

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I’ve been trying out some of these scents, and they’re fantastic.  I’m currently using two different Febreze Noticeables:  Vanilla Latte (which is a mix of vanilla and sugar) and Autumn Harvest (a mix of sandalwood and chai).  The Vanilla Latte scent is perfect for rooms near the kitchen, because it smells like you’ve got something yummy in the works.  Autumn Harvest is equally nice, but spicier and more reminiscent of a cozy living room with a fireplace, which is why I keep it in our main living area.  And as for my car?  I didn’t leave it out of the fall fun!  I’m using the Toasted Almond Vent Clip, which makes my car smell terrific.

So what do you think?  Are you like me, and change up your home scents with the season?  What about decorations?  That’s another biggie for me: when Fall approaches, I switch out my summery floral arrangements and replace everything with beautiful fall leaves, pumpkins, and all things woodland.

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Febreze sent along a fun activity box with lots of amazing ideas for bringing fall in with a bang.  From décor ideas to recipes, there were so many things to choose from!

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After setting aside some of their ideas for later in the season, I decided to make a fall leaf wreath with a burlap bow using materials I got at Walmart.

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I’ve enjoyed prepping for fall with Febreze and their fun ideas.  Now it’s your turn!  Tell us what scents scream “fall” to you, which ones you might add to your home, and what fun fall craft ideas you have in the works.  We want to know!  Don’t forget to check out Febreze’s Home Harvest Collection at Walmart, either in-store or at Walmart.com.  Also follow Febreze on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all their seasonal releases!

Enter to win a $15 Walmart Gift Card!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 9/29/14.  Good luck!

 

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Going Back to School with Crayola + $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

Thanks to Crayola for providing the materials discussed in this post!

My little girl started kindergarten last week (tears!), and along with a pile of homework for her came a pile of papers for me to go through, one of them being a list of school supplies that we need to keep at home.  (Elementary school is a whole lot fancier now than it was when I went.)  Pencils, erasers, scissors, glue–all the things you’d expect a kindergartner to use for her cute homework assignments.  Also on the list were markers and crayons, and I knew just who to look to for that:  Crayola!

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Crayola has been making the world more colorful for over 100 years, and they’re my go-to brand for creative fun.  They offer a huge selection of arts and crafts tools, which is good, because we needed a lot of stuff.  I couldn’t wait to load up my shopping basket with some multicolored goodies…you know, for the kids.  Yeah.

When I first arrived at the Crayola aisle, I was a bit overwhelmed, but in a good way.  I guess it had been a while since I’d shopped for this sort of thing, and I really had no idea how many options there were.  (I wanted to include a picture, but the store employees were just not into it.)  There was so much color, I didn’t know where to start–until the word “washable” caught my eye.  If you have kids, I don’t need to tell you how important that feature is.

The first thing I grabbed was a 24-pack of Ultra-Clean Washable Crayons, because everyone loves a fresh box of crayons, and I couldn’t resist that this one happens to have four new colors.  Next up were the new Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, featuring all-new washability technology that allows these markers to wash out of skin, clothing, and even painted walls.  I picked up both the broad tip markers, because my daughter likes to color with those, and the fine line markers, because she likes to use those for writing.

My favorite find was the washable glue, which I’d never heard of before.  My daughter, who is significantly more creative than I am, goes through glue in all its forms like nothing I’ve ever seen.  She’s always producing artwork that involves multiple layers and lots of glue, plus it was on the list anyway.  So, I got the Washable Glue Sticks and the Washable School Glue.  That should keep her busy for a day or two. 

I really wanted to keep our new tools separate from the broken crayons and the mostly dried up markers that they use for playtime.  This is official school business!  So, I also got a cute box to store the supplies in, which we will keep at my daughter’s desk rather than the play area.

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Cute, right?  I’m hoping this will keep the supplies in good condition and maybe even make homework time a little more exciting.

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It seems to be working so far!  Every day after school, she sits down at her little table, takes out her school supply box, and gets to work. When she’s done, she puts everything back.  She’s such a big girl! (Sniff, sniff.)

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Technically, this whole activity was for my daughter, but I didn’t want my son to feel left out, so I got him the Crayola Dry Erase Board Set and a pack of Dry Erase Crayons.  We’ve already started using this to help him practice his letters while my daughter’s in school and he’s home with me.  I like them for myself too; they’re great to use with my dry erase calendar.  Unfortunately, I was unable to find Crayola’s new Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers, but these are supposed to be more vibrant, making them easier to read and perfect for use in the classroom.

This was my first time shopping for school supplies, and I wasn’t expecting it to be so enjoyable, but who doesn’t love shopping for crayons?  I got everything on our list, but Crayola makes lots of other school necessities, such as Crayola Colored Pencils and Crayola Washable Watercolors.  For more information on all of their amazing products, visit Crayola.com.

Crayola is offering one lucky Game On Mom reader a $25 Visa Gift Card to help you stock up on school supplies!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 9/30/14.  Good luck!

 

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tires Are Taking Us Places

The Goodyear tires, information, and gift card have been provided by Goodyear.

The kids are in school, and I’m sitting here at my desk, reflecting on all the great times we had this summer while visiting family and taking fun weekend trips.  Pretty much everyone drives more in the summer, and my family is no exception, so we made sure our car was road-worthy before we took off on all of those extended drives.  One of the most important things you can do to prepare is make sure you have good tires, and Goodyear had us covered.

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I’m sure you’re familiar with Goodyear (and their blimp), because they’ve been creating innovative products and setting industry standards for over 100 years, and you know you can trust Goodyear when it’s time to get new rubber for your ride.

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Goodyear’s Eagle Sport All-Season tires are perfect for anyone, because their all-season grip means they’re just as good on ice and snow as they are on the dry conditions of a highway on a clear summer day.  This high-performance tire features responsive handling in all weather conditions, and confident all-season traction thanks to their proven asymmetric tread.  These tires also feature a rim protector to help defend against accidental curb damage (and I’ll be the first to admit I have scuffed my fair share of tires and wheels on pesky curbs).  Best of all, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season tires carry a 50,000-mi tread life limited warranty, so you can drive with total peace of mind.

We had these tires installed on our Honda Civic, and just moments after the process was complete, the sky opened up and treated us to a surprise torrential downpour.  (Nothing like a flash flood to spice up your afternoon, right?)  The unfortunate weather was no match for our new tires though.  They maintained a firm grip on the road, so there was no slipping or sliding.  (For someone with a severe fear of hydroplaning, this afforded an enormous amount of relief.)   Another thing I love about these tires is that they are noticeably contributing to a quieter, smoother ride than we were used to.  You can’t beat the combination of safety and comfort.

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Summer might be on its way out, but for us that just means we’ll soon be taking long drives on the weekends to admire the beautiful fall foliage.  With our Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season tires, we’re ready to meet whatever conditions fall decides to throw at us, and we’ll be all set to drive through the snowy and icy winter months too.  Living in NJ where we get all of the seasons and all of the weather, it’s great to have a set of tires that I’m confident will handle whatever we might encounter.  And with all of the driving and exploring we do, we’re sure to encounter all sorts of interesting things!

Visit Goodyear.com to learn more about the Eagle Sport All-Season tires, and make sure you check out the great rebates they’re currently offering!

Where will your tires be taking you this fall?


Pure Crafted $150 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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Welcome to the $150 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Event

Sponsored by Pure Crafted Beds

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Pure Crafted Beds is a company that knows beds.  Their factory was started in 1946, and is still owned by the third generation of the original family!  They began by renovating porch furniture and mattresses in the 1940s and have grown into a modern manufacturing facility located in Lansing, Michigan.  They’ve been in business close to 70 years and have brought forth an amazing selection of products that will give you a great night’s sleep.  Your comfort is their business!

Each bed is “hand-crafted”, and they always strive to provide the best value for each customer, whether at $299 or $2,999.  They carry two basic mattresses:  TruEssence and TruSlumber.  The only difference between the two beds is the core foam layer, and the TruSlumber bed does not have a base layer of foam.  This helps reduce the overall height of the bed, which makes it perfect for children, bunk beds, and other situations where a thinner mattress is required.  The unsurpassed quality remains the same in both!

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One of the most fantastic features of Pure Crafted Beds is their use of an innovative product called the Eco Shield Cover, and it’s included in every Pure Crafted Bed.  This amazing cover is resistant to bed bugs, dust mites, mosquitoes, and moths–all without any artificial chemicals!

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The proprietary EcoShield fabric is infused with Geraniol, a natural plant extract that provides all natural protection.  Many anti-bed bug and dust mite products on the market today use synthetic chemicals.  EcoShield® is the first product that is truly 100% natural.  It does not contain any artificial chemical additives, and it uses a unique micro-capsule delivery system for long-lasting effects!  Through a special process, the Geraniol is infused into our EcoSheild® cover and is slowly released over time as movement occurs on the mattress.

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EcoShield® is Scientifically Proven!

To find out more on how these beds are made, head over to the video below.

 

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Thanks to Pure Crafted Beds, one winner will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card!  Giveaway ends September 26 at 11:59 PM; open to US, ages 18+.  Only one entrant per household, per address.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Enter using the giveaway form below.  Good luck! [Read more...]


Celebrating 50 Years on TV of A Charlie Brown Christmas! Jill Schulz Interview & a Giveaway

I am so happy to bring some exciting news to you today:  I am serving as a 50 Years on Television for A Charlie Brown Christmas Brand Ambassador!  Each month we’ll be sharing inside stories about “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and hosting some great giveaways to go along with them.

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I bet many of you are like me: you grew up watching Charlie Brown on television during the holidays, and not just Christmas – there are Halloween and Thanksgiving specials as well, to name a few!  (Anyone else remember Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown?  One of my very favorites!) But nothing can compete with A Charlie Brown Christmas, can it?  The joy I felt every time I sat down to watch the show hasn’t faded as an adult, and I still look forward to its airing every year.

Speaking of its airing, did you know that this is its 50th year on television?!  That’s incredible, isn’t it?  There aren’t too many other specials aired frequently, let alone every year for a full 50 years, which really speaks to the timeless and classic appeal of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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As part of my exciting ambassadorship, I’ll be taking part in interviews from people very close to Charlie Brown, starting this month with Jill Schulz, daughter of Charlie Brown creator Charles Schulz!  Jill kindly took the time to share her personal memories of her father, the Schulz family Christmas traditions, and how A Charlie Brown Christmas has touched her life.

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A little information about Jill Schulz before we begin:

As the daughter of PEANUTS creator Charles Schulz, Jill Schulz grew up with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and Snoopy as much as with her own four brothers and sisters! Jill’s professional path also involved entertaining audiences: She spent more than 20 years competing and performing as a figure skater, including touring nationally and internationally in shows such as Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice, as well as in performances at Radio City Music Hall. While training and working in Los Angeles, Jill spent several years working in film, stage, television, and dance. During this time she was recruited by Rollerblade, Inc., to perform as the premiere national Rollerblade spokesperson, as well as the lead performer and choreographer for Team Rollerblade.

I was absolutely thrilled to speak with someone so close to Peanuts and who has been involved in so many interesting things.  The conversation between Jill and the Charlie Brown Ambassadors was lively and fun, and I’m happy to share some of the great topics we discussed.

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What was it like to celebrate Christmas in the Schulz family?

“We had a pretty typical Christmas, except that we opened our gifts on Christmas Eve. Typically, we’d have neighborhood friends and kids coming over and my mom cooked a great big dinner. Then we’d wait for Santa Claus, I’d always sneak back down and open a window because I thought there was no way he could fit down the chimney.”

“In the morning, we’d get a special present. One year I got a puppy, but it was a little disconcerting because I thought I was getting an Old English Sheepdog like the one from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, but my puppy wasn’t furry and didn’t have a tail.”

“Once the TV show came out, that became a tradition: both Christmas and Halloween, they became something we’d gather around TV to watch. But to me, it just seemed like a normal family Christmas.”

Why do you suppose after 50 years, it’s still resonating with people?

“Because the characters, the experiences they have, in the strip and the TV show are things that every generation has, does, and will continue to experience in life. Football with Charlie Brown. Everyone experiences losing. Everyone comments on commercialism. It’s been happening for years, will continue to happen. Siblings teasing each other, fighting, even if they love each other.”

“All of these things are extensions of his own personality or things he would observe in others. He was always observing everybody, whether in the coffee shop at the ice rink, or on trips. He was a great observer of human nature. Like many of us, he hung onto and had a clear vision of his feelings as a child. That comes across in the strip and the special.”

Who’s your favorite Peanuts character and why?

“My absolute favorite is Snoopy because I like his imagination and his free spirit, how he imagines whatever he wants to be. I had a pretend friend as a kid that everyone teased me about. And because he’s a dog and I love rescue animals. Then it would be Linus, because I like how calm he remains, how philosophical he is.”

Was there anything in the special that was similar to your childhood?

“There are elements that are supposed to come from my family. Like Lucy’s crabbiness came from Meredith. I’m told that Linus has a blanket because I always had a blanket.” But I can’t say there’s anything specific in the special.”

“Dad was active in Sunday school when we were much younger, he taught there on Sundays for many years. So the Linus speech was something very important to him.”

“Lee Mendelson tells the story of meeting with the top guys at CBS—they said they loved the special, ‘But you need to take the Linus’ speech out.’ When Lee told Dad that he said, ‘Tell them to just forget it then.’ Now it’s become the most iconic part of the entire TV special. It’s one of my favorite parts because I know how important it was to my father.”

When producing the Christmas ice show at Knott’s Berry Farm, Jill suggested building a show around the special, and having the Linus character come to the center of ice, putting a spotlight on him and having him give the speech.

“The people at the theme park were kind of nervous, just like long ago. ‘Maybe we need to edit it.’ Because it was so important to my dad, I said, ‘We need to do it exactly as it happened in the TV special.’ Now the ice performance has a huge following, and one of guests’ favorite parts is seeing that performed live by the Linus character.”

 

Tell me about ice skating and Snoopy.

“Way back when I was 9 or 10 and ice skating, they decided to build a Snoopy costume to have him in the ice show. My mom made the first Snoopy costume. Someone else was supposed to be in it, and he didn’t show up. So I was the first skating Snoopy, skating to Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. It was hard to see—I remember falling over on the ice, but I got up and waved. I’m too claustrophobic now, so can’t do it anymore.”

For about 20 years, Charles Schulz used to produce big ice shows – with Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton – in Santa Rosa at Christmastime. Jill would skate in the show.

“We’d do an entire month of dinner theater-style productions that my dad produced. He’d invite his cartoonist friends, have a special table by the ice, invite friends to be at his table. That was a special memory and you can’t repeat it.”

“The TV special is the one thing that continues to stay with us, which makes it even more amazing. People say, ‘I want my kids to know it.’ Even with all the other media out there for kids, parents are surprised how much it means to them.”

Listening to Jill Schulz was fascinating, and I’m so glad to have been a part of the conversation.  We also have upcoming interviews with Sally Dryer (voice of Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas), musician David Benoit, who was greatly influenced by Peanuts composer Vince Guarldi, as well as Lee Mendelson, the Emmy-award-winning producer of A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Make sure to check back for those in the coming months!

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And finally, before you go:  I know it’s only September, but you can launch the holiday joy early as you anticipate the 50th airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas in December.  Enter our giveaway to win this fabulous Peanuts prize pack:  a soft and huggable Snoopy plush to bring cheer both day and night, and the charming Be Joyful book to keep you in a Peanuts spirt year round.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.   Ends 9/18/14.  Good luck! [Read more...]