Happy 100th Birthday Morton Salt Girl!

In 1914, Morton Salt Company hired advertising agency N.W. Ayer and Company to develop a marketing campaign to promote their salt. An originally disregarded idea was noticed by the son of the founder of Morton Salt Company and the Morton Salt Girl was brought to life. They also adapted a new slogan, “When it rains, it pours.” inspired by a well-known proverb of the time. The ad debuted in Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1914, and the Morton Salt Girl was introduced to the world. She eventually would become one of the most iconic and enduring brand figures of all time.

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This year we celebrate the 100th Birthday of the iconic Morton Salt Girl. With 100 parties being hosted in 100 cities over 100 days, she is celebrating her birthday in grand fashion. Join in on the fun by tweeting your birthday wishes with the hashtag #MortonSaltGirl100 or by visiting MortonSaltGirl100.com for more fun ways to participate. I was lucky enough to receive a celebration party package of fun branded Morton Salt items including party favors, epsom salts, Morton Salt branded M&Ms, an umbrella, some great coupons and more. Here is a photo of the tin full of items that I received and the umbrella that my son hopes he can use for rain soon here in always-sunny San Diego! Our family and friends enjoyed all of the fun promotional items, thank you Morton Salt!

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NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Review and Giveaway!

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto

 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Why NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto?

I love coffee. Let me just get that out of the way. I’ve had a very personal relationship with coffee since my college days when I had to get my first full-time job during the summer and struggled to wake up early like a real working person. Ok, I still struggled even after working full-time for 14 years. Nowadays though, I blame it on my kids. They keep me up late, wake me up during the night and keep me running all day. Coffee is pretty much a necessity! As a busy mom schlepping kids off to school and daycare in the morning, I don’t have time to run to the local coffee shop, nor do I typically even have time to boil water for a french press. I need good coffee and I need it quick. A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to be introduced to an awesome single cup coffee machine by NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I owned their starter version, the Piccolo, for years and have loved every cup of coffee. My standby every morning is their Caffe Americano, but I also love their Cappuccino Ice on warm summer afternoons and their Espresso when I need a quick burst! So, when I was recently offered the opportunity to review their higher level (and most popular) Genio machine, how could I refuse?

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The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio machine

 

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Features

What I love most about the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio machine is definitely the flavor, but the ease and speed of preparing one of their beverages is also top-notch. You can make anything from iced coffee to a caramel macchiato in under a minute, and they look and taste like they’re from a great coffee shop. The espresso even has a wonderful crema that is completely effortless (but doesn’t look like it is!) Here are some of the other features that I love about my NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio and the coffee that I make with it:

  • There are 19 different hot and cold beverage varieties
  • Custom scroll wheel allows user to adjust strength and size of coffee
  • Designed with a 15-bar pressure system, comparable to those used professionally at coffee shops
  • Drinks are made with all natural whole milk that’s hormone and preservative free
  • Available starting this Fall at select California Target locations (and online), and at select California Costco locations!

 

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Demo Video

See how quick and easy it is to make a great coffee drink with the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio:

 

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Giveaway!!

Now for the best part of this whole post! I’m giving away a NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio machine (worth $129.99) to one of my blog readers! Enter below for your chance to win!

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Self-Hosted WordPress Starter Guide

Whether you have been blogging elsewhere for years or are brand new to blogging, you may be wondering where to begin with starting a self-hosted WordPress blog. Nearly all established bloggers utilize this platform as it allows you the most creative freedom possible with your blog. The options for customization are endless and you are not limited by advertising restrictions like you are on WordPress.com. The first thing you need to decide is where you will host your blog. After many great recommendations from other bloggers, I personally chose to host my blog with Bluehost. They have very affordable pricing, great customer service, and their interface is very user-friendly. I’ll walk you through the extremely simple process to set up a new self-hosted WordPress blog with Bluehost.

1. First, go to Bluehost’s home page and click “Get Started Now”.

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2. Now you’ll need to choose a domain name for your blog. Try to think of something catchy and not too lengthy. You can purchase the domain through the Bluehost sign up process, and they will give your domain for free for the first year! Or, you may even own a domain name already, in which case you can enter it here and complete a few extra steps to point your DNS to Bluehost.

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3. Next you will complete your account information.

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4. This is where you chose your hosting package, with several different terms available. Naturally, the longer the term you commit to, the lower the monthly cost. You can also chose from other add-on options here such as domain security, backup and privacy.

self-hosted wordpress5. Next, enter your billing information and confirm you have read the terms of service and other policies. You will then chose your Bluehost password, which must contain both capital and lowercase letters, a number and a special character.

bluehost6. Now you are ready to begin installing WordPress! From your cPanel in Bluehost, navigate down to the “Website Builders” section and click on WordPress.

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7. On the next screen, you will click “Start a brand new install” and you’ll be walked through just a couple more steps to complete the WordPress installation.

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8. You will now choose which domain you will be installing to (this will be whatever domain you chose or transferred in Step 2), then click “Check Domain”.

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9. You have reached the last step! Now you can choose a title for your site and a username and password for your WordPress install. You will check the box for “automatically create a new database for this installation” unless you will be importing an existing database (if you are transferring a blog perhaps). You will also need to check the box stating that you’ve read the terms and conditions, then click “Install Now”.

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10. Now the installation will begin! You will be able to see the progress in the installation, and once it’s complete you will see your site url and other pertinent info, which will also be e-mailed to you.

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That’s it! Now you can login to your WordPress dashboard from the admin url for your site which is your site url followed by /admin. I would take some time looking around the dashboard and learning some of the basics. There are a wealth of widgets you can add and other ways to customize your blog. I personally just started basic and googled anything I wasn’t sure about. The more I use WordPress, the more I learn and the more I customize and improve my blog. I would love if you left a comment with your new site once it’s set up, I’d love to check it out! Feel free to ask questions too, I’ll do my best to answer them!

 

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SOBO Skin Care 25% Off Code!

SOBO Skin Care is a new indie line of natural skin care products. SOBO is unique among other brands in how their patented formulas utilize both natural organic ingredients as well as other powerful ingredients to achieve great results for many women. Their propriety blends of Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, HGF, Tetrapeptides and various antioxidants like Resveratrol combine to renew and rejuvenate skin. They also formulated their products to accomplish this without the use of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMO’s, triclosan, synthetic dyes or artificial fragrances. All of this makes SOBO’s products extremely gentle on your skin.

Sobo Skin Care

Now for the good part! SOBO Skin Care is offering 25% off anything on their website to my blog readers! Use coupon code TRYSOBO and receive 25% off your entire first purchase with no expiration date. I was able to try their Age Smoothing Eye Serum and really like it! It has a nice tightening effect around my eyes which helps with fine lines and puffiness. I’ve only used it twice so far, so I’m not able to gauge long-term effects yet, but so far I like what I see. They also offer a great Anti-Aging Cream with Resveratrol, an Ultra HGF Youth Serum, a Natural Face Moisturizer and more in their line.

**I received a product sample in exchange for this post. Powered by Brandbacker**

 

HUGE Michael Todd True Organics Giveaway!

Michael Todd True Organics Giveaway

This is a contest not to be missed! 25 different winners will be chosen and there are 4 amazing prize bundles in this Michael Todd True Organics giveaway that you could possibly win! Among them are a Beauty Tool Bundle worth $640, a Deluxe Sonic Skin Bundle worth $380, a Sonic Discovery Bundle worth $230, and the much-raved about Soniclear Brush worth $150! Good luck to everyone in this awesome Michael Todd True Organics giveaway! What are you most hoping to win? It’s a tough choice!

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AccuWeather MinuteCast – This Season’s Must-Have Fashion Accessory

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AccuWeather for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I obsess with the weather. Even though it’s often sunny and 70 degrees here in San Diego, we can sometimes be caught off guard with a rain storm or a cold foggy evening. I travel a lot too and some of my fave places (like Lake Tahoe in the winter and Las Vegas in the summer) can be pretty unpredictable. Sometimes it’s tough deciding what to wear! On a summer trip to Vegas a couple of years ago, a brief freak thunderstorm wreaked havoc on my sunny weather outfit and shoes, I wish I had known when it was coming, I could’ve just left 20 minutes later and avoided it altogether! Enter AccuWeather MinuteCast, which has become my favorite fashion accessory! It’s been my go-to weather app on my Android phone for a while now as it helps me to know exactly what to wear outside when I’m travelling. Are you perhaps attending Fashion Week 2014 and worried about your fashion ensemble being weather appropriate? Then you need to download AccuWeather MinuteCast so you can have minute-by-minute forecasts telling you exactly when it might rain, localized to your street address!

Here’s a screenshot of the app showing precisely when it will stop raining at the Grand Canyon this morning:

AccuWeather MinuteCast

Here are some of the great features of AccuWeather MinuteCast:

  • Pinpointed, Minute-by-Minute forecasts telling you exactly when it will rain or snow, down to the minute, for the next two hours.
  • Highly localized, geo-targeted to your exact street address.
  • Easy to use and Free! Download the AccuWeather app on your iPhone, Android, Microsoft or Amazon mobile phone and click “Get MinuteCast”. MinuteCast is also available at http://www.accuweather.com from your computer or mobile phone
  • MinuteCast is available now in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Japan and the UK – It is the only global minute-by-minute weather forecasting available.
  • AccuWeather’s proprietary patented MinuteCast technology tracks precipitation for the next two hours to determine if precipitation will fall as rain, snow, ice, or a mix by the minute, available exclusively from AccuWeather.

So, what are you waiting for? Go download AccuWeather and get your best accessory for Fashion Week! MinuteCast is the must-have fashion accessory for Fashion Week 2014 and for every season!

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