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Ferrero Rocher 25 Days of Wrapped in Gold Sweepstakes & Giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Ferrero Rocher as part of the 25 Days Wrapped in Gold campaign.

We’ve gotten our first snow here in Boston over the past few days, and I must say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The colder weather has me craving a couple of things: my bed, warm pajamas, tea, and chocolate! It takes all my willpower not to buy all the assorted variety packs of chocolate at the store…I want them all!

Do you love chocolate, fabulous things, and being spoiled absolutely rotten? If your answer is YES then you will want to read on. The folks over at Ferreo Rocher are sure getting in the holiday spirit and have some fabulous chocolate goodies to give away for their 25 Days of Wrapped in Gold Sweepstakes! Every day between December 1 and December 25 head over to their Facebook page for your chance to win some indulgent prizes to make this holiday season unforgettable. Think: Gold Iphones, once-in-a-lifetime luxury trips, swoon-worth designer heels, jewelry fit for royalty, and chocolate. Lots. Of. Chocolate.

Enter to win on Ferrero Rocher’s Facebook Page!

Since we all love chocolate here, I wanted to give one of my readers some chocolate to eat or give as a gift. I suggest you eat it yourself :-) Enter below for a chance to win a 24-count box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Don’t they look delicious?!

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Keeping Your Family Safe this Holiday with @FellowesInc #IDSafetySeason

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With a daughter to shop for, nieces, a new nephew, and various friends to shop for this holiday season I’ve been doing a ton of online shopping and swiping of my credit card. I’ve just been shopping and shopping away assuming my purchases were safe and m privacy was maintained. A startling fact I just learned is that according to Javelin Strategy & Research, there was one incident of ID fraud every three seconds in 2012. Every. Three. Seconds. Let that sink in for a minute. I do a lot of my shopping online and I really just assume these sites are protected – but with identity theft happening so frequently, am I really safe? Who is really getting my information? With so many people shopping around the holiday season it’s no surprise that there is an increase of identity theft during the holidays, as many consumers are distracted and sharing confidential information like credit card numbers and bank information more frequently.

In addition to making purchases online and paying bills virtually I’m also getting and sending confidential information in the mail. It’s extremely scary to know that in an instant my identity of my daughter’s could be kidnapped. At this time of year especially I am highly aware of our privacy and safety in hopes to avid ever having to deal with this kind of violation.


Anyone else freaked to throw out anything with personal information on it? I’ll spend a few minutes ripping up those kinds of paper all in the effort to keep my identity private. Luckily, Fellowes, the leader in shredders, offers an extensive range of products to help keep and you’re your family’s identity safe. Perfect for finance-savvy Moms and paper-ridden college students, the P-12C’s slim profile design and innovative technologies make it a great choice (or gift) for at home and dorm room use.

Features include:

⁃ Cross-Cut blades that destroy 12 sheets of paper into approximately 309 particles per sheet, making it extremely difficult to reassemble

⁃ SafeSense® technology which automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening

⁃ The ability to shred credit cards, paper clips, staples and junk mail for added conveni

 If privacy is a concern for your family, make the investment to purchase one for your home. I’ve heard too many tragic stories of identity theft happening, while banks seem to be more accommodating when these kinds of situations occur – who wants to go through the hassle? At just $99.97, you can purchase the P-12C at Walmart Stores worldwide or online, and continue your efforts to keep your loved ones safe.

How do you keep your family safe from identity theft? 


Get in the Holiday Spirit with Target Men’s Ugly Sweater Gear! #hilariousholiday

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Last year my first year throwing an ugly sweater party. I remember going shopping with a friend of mine to find the ugliest sweaters for the party and it was pure hilarity! Clearly ugly sweaters aren’t just worn in the movies! I ended up rocking a black poncho with snowflakes and reindeer of course. I jazzed it up with some colorful bell earrings and looked super sweet in my ugly sweater!

Luckily ugly sweaters have become a fun opportunity for people to get a little silly around the holidays. With all the stress that envelopes the holidays, people need to get silly! Target Men wants guys to get in the holiday season and have come out with their own ugly sweater line of clothing and accessories.


Not like I needed another reason to love Target, but this line is so fun, what’s not love and appreciate! I headed into my local store to take a look at the items in person and they sure didn’t disappoint.

 PicMonkey Collage

 These are amazing!!!! But, the question is whom would you gift with one of these beauties? A spouse? Coworker? A yankee swap gift? At work we have a yankee swap at work – but it’s all females in our development office. The flasks are pretty cool and they may make a gift for a guy friend of mine this year – who can resist them?

Anyone else love this Target Men’s line as much as me? The line makes me wanna bust out my ugly sweater and have another paaaatayyy!


Get Your Shop On With Kmart and Sears Free In Store Pick Up Program

Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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With just 20 days until Christmas, the pressure is on to go out and shop for your friends and family. It really does feel like the holidays are the busiest time of the year! Between holiday parts, baking, decorating our house and seeing our family December always rushes by in our house. While I usually feel a lot of panic during this time of year rushing to get presents and stocking stuffers I was a bit proactive and purchased many gifts over the past couple of months (go me!) to save me the headache of trekking to the stores this month. My shopping early has proved to be a stress saver around such a generally stressful time of year.

If you are still purchasing presents this December, there is a way to make shopping at this time of year a bit less stressful – and that’s with FREE in store pickup of items. Both Sears and Kmart offer free in store pickup, letting you shop thousands of gifts online in the comfort of your own home before picking up your items in store in 5 minutes guaranteed (or whenever you’re ready). With in store pickup you’ll avoid lines, busy stores and the wasted time of walking down every aisle. The bow on top: You can have a friend or relative pick up your order and pay in store with cash, if you prefer. Which is awesome when your rushing to get kids to and from places!

FREE in store pickup at Sears and Kmart is a win-win during the holidays, and you should indeed try it out over the next few weeks! Now, what to do with all that free time you saved…. :-) Perhaps volunteering at a shelter, making gingerbread house, or maybe it’s as simple as putting your feet up with a warm cup of hot chocolate….yup that sounds nice! Learn more about FREE in store pickup by visiting Sears: and Kmart:


Celebrating Christmas As A Single Mom


With Christmas just 22 days away, I feel an unusual sense of calm this year. This will be my sixth Christmas as a single mom, and I think I’ve finally gotten to a stable place in my life where I can balance the additional bells and whistles of Christmas with everyday life. And I’ve learned not to expect anyone else, even my co-parent to step up and participate during the holiday season.

I look at my life now – a full-time job, a college degree, a nice apartment in a good city, Christmas presents hiding out in my closet…and I get goosebumps. Things but a few years ago weren’t so seemingly put together.

Being a single parent has required me to be extremely creative during the holidays, even to get the most basic of items. I watch every dollar that comes in, and now paying my student loans off there hasn’t always been a lot, if any, extra funds to spend during the holidays.

I didn’t grow up with a lavish Christmas; it was the opposite in our house. With four kids, and often foster kids, a single mom working at times with two jobs, we were happy for what we had at the end of the day – each other. And when I became a mom there was a sense of excitement to have an extravagant Christmas, for her Dad and I to really provide for her what we didn’t have ourselves. And then I struggled being a single mom and that dream seemed further from my grasp.

Read the rest of Celebrating Christmas As A Single Mom over at The Young Mommy Life.