Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Spotlight and Print Book Giveaway: "Stop Giving It Away," by Cherilynn Veland

Being caring and compassionate is important, but too many women allow the weight of others’ needs to press so hard on them that they find they often fail to speak up for what they want and need. And women do this all the time. It’s time for these women to stop worrying quite so much about everyone else—and start taking care of themselves.

In Stop Giving It Away, therapist Cherilynn Veland utilizes her twenty-plus years of counseling experience to untangle what binds so many women to other people’s needs, wants, and expectations, and to build a case for what these women can do to make changes that will help them live more fulfilling personal and professional lives. Stop Giving It Away is a personal toolkit to help readers recognize unhealthy behaviors, develop healthy relationship strategies, and set good personal boundaries.

About the Author:
Cherilynn Veland has worked extensively in psychiatric settings, child welfare agencies, domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse treatment programs, and has consulted for corporate and employee assistance programs. A clinical social worker licensed through the State of Illinois to provide counseling for individuals, couples, and families, Veland holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She currently runs a successful therapy and counseling practice in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. Connect with Cherilynn at,, and @cherilynnveland on Twitter.


One lucky winner will receive a print copy of Stop Giving It Away, by Cherilynn Veland. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 31, 2015.

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Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book as a thank-you for featuring it on my blog. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (June 27, 2015)

It's the last linky of June! I know we say this every year, but this summer is passing way too quickly! We actually received an email from our boys' middle school today ... just a reminder that the new school year is just around the corner. But for now, let's dwell on the present and enjoy the summer by entering to win some great prizes! Check out the giveaways listed on my right sidebar and in the linky below, and bookmark this page so you can come back throughout the week to see what's been added. If you're featuring a giveaway on your website, be sure to share it in the linky and let your social media friends/fans know about this page. Let's celebrate summer!

Enjoy High-Quality Coffee Delivered to Your Doorstep from Green Label Roasters

There is nothing better than a smooth cup of coffee in the morning, and Green Label Roasters can make sure that you never run out! With their subscription service, they’ll ship fresh, hand-picked coffees to your home or office so you’ll never run out of that much-needed and -appreciated cup of coffee. When you sign up, just let them know if you prefer a medium or dark roast, whole or ground, and they take care of the rest! And this is not mass-produced coffee. The quality is superb! Check out their selection process:

“Our expert roasters perform rigorous cuppings to sample the beans we source and ensure they are of the highest quality. Cupping is a coffee tasting technique used by roasters to evaluate the flavor profile and aroma of a coffee.

“Every aspect of the bean is measured and evaluated using a methodical, almost scientific, approach to ensure that all batches are graded in the same way for consistency. Both green and roasted beans are sampled side by side from the different regions we buy from. Samples are measured and tested using a highly controlled set of processes to determine taste, acidity, aftertaste and body of the roast.

“Our extensive selection process allows us to be confident that the coffee we send to you is the freshest and best tasting around.”

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sample some coffee from Green Label Roasters, and my husband and I both agreed that it was superior. It was smooth and smelled as wonderful as it tasted. We look forward to our morning coffee even more when we know it’s from Green Label Roasters.

For a limited time, you can receive an air-tight, vacuum-sealed container (shown at left) that is guaranteed to keep your coffee fresh. It even includes two free 2 oz. coffee bags! Valued at $25, you pay just $5.99 for packing and priority mail. We have one of these containers, and it really is ideal for keeping coffee fresh. You can literally hear the vacuum-seal when you close it up.

If you appreciate good coffee and want the convenience and reliability of having it delivered right to your home or office, head to and sign up for their subscription service. They have free returns after a week of order, free shipping for orders over $20, and even a gift service to send their delicious coffee to another coffee drinker in your life. Drink up!

P.S. Visit Green Label Roasters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

SOPHi Nail Polish: Eco-Friendly, Natural, and Non-Toxic! (GIVEAWAY)

One thing that really bothers me about giving myself a manicure is the awful smell of the nail polish! It smells toxic to me, and it lingers in the house long after I’ve finished doing my nails. That’s why I was excited to learn about SOPHi nail polish. This eco-friendly nail polish is non-toxic, odorless, hypoallergenic, vegan and cruelty-free, as well as made in the USA. Best of all, it doesn’t stink! And the nail polish remover is just as odorless. SOPHi products are even safe to use during pregnancy.

I recently used SOPHi’s PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System, which means that it comes with a primer and a sealer for extra durability. I followed the directions to a T and used both the primer and sealer with several coats of polish, while drying each coat with a hair dryer. The color I used is called It’s a Girl Thing (shown at right). Here is the result! (My photography skills aren't great. These look even better in person!)

So pretty! There are 12 great colors available, including shades of red, pink, blue and purple! And if you’re the mom of a little girl and you love to do your nails together, be sure to pick up some Piggy Paint nail polish that is especially made for kids.

To learn more about the new SOPHi line (and Piggy Paint), locate a local retailer or make a purchase, visit You can also visit SOPHi on Twitter and Instagram and support this mom-invention by LIKING SOPHI on Facebook!


One lucky winner will receive a package of SOPHi and Piggy Paint products! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Moms Share Tips to Keep Your Marriage Strong After Baby

Post Wedding Life recently asked 17 moms (including me) to share their best tips and advice for a strong marriage after baby. I think you'll find their advice to be invaluable if you're expecting or have a new baby. Read the full article HERE!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hip Hip Hooray Woombie-a-Day Giveaway

June is Hip Dysplasia/Healthy Hips Awareness Month and using the right swaddle is crucial for healthy hip development in babies. With the Woombie, babies are securely swaddled without being totally restricted. The patented 4-way stretch fabric allows for baby to move naturally just like in the womb to prevent against hip dysplasia.

There is still a need to educate parents on what hip dysplasia is, what causes it and how to prevent it, so to raise awareness, we are sponsoring a Hip Hip Hooray Woombie-a-Day Giveaway, and 20 winners will each receive a Woombie baby swaddle!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Paper Towns: In Theaters on July 24 ~ Check Out the Movie Trailer! #PaperTowns

Paper Towns
20th Century Fox
In theaters July 24, 2015

About the Film

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears -- leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship -- and true love.

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith
Directed by: Jake Schreier
Screenplay By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based upon the book by John Green

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Stay tuned for my upcoming Paper Towns giveaway!

Disclaimer: I will receive compensation and a gift as a thank-you for sharing this information with my readers. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to our favorite fishing, camping, sports-loving, car-pooling, tool-wielding, barbecuing dad!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GoMacro MacroBars: Delicious Natural, Organic Snacks ~ Giveaway + 40% Off Promo Code!

I’m always looking for healthy snacks to take to work to tide me over to the next meal, and one of my favorite choices is GoMacro MacroBars! Available in 11 scrumptious flavors, they are USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, kosher, gluten-free and vegan-certified. Best of all, though, they are delicious! Flavors include:

Peanut butter chocolate chip
Cashew butter
Peanut butter
Banana + almond butter
Sunflower butter + chocolate
Almond butter + carob
Granola + coconut
Sesame butter + dates
Cherries + berries
Cashew caramel
Apples + walnuts

I received a variety of MacroBars for review, so I got to taste all of the flavors, and honestly I loved every one of them! They taste amazing, and even my husband was fighting me over them because he loves them, too. And they’re just the right size to tide us over until lunch or dinner.

At, you can purchase MacroBars singly or in trays. You can also enroll in their Subscribe to Save auto-ship program, which gets you free shipping and a 5% savings on two or more trays per month. You can cancel at any time. Or use the store locator online to find a local place to purchase GoMacro MacroBars, such as Whole Foods.

Use the following code to save 40% on your first order at GoMacro! Just visit and use the code BLOGGER when you check out.

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that tastes fantastic, you’ll definitely want to check out GoMacro MacroBars. Visit GoMacro through the following sites:



One lucky winner will receive an assortment of GoMacro MacroBars! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Hit the Road Comfortably This Summer with Cushie Pillows!

Summer is prime time for family travel, and this year we’ll be taking Cushie Pillows on our family vacation! Cushie Pillows are perfect for travel because they’re filled with microbeads, which make them form-fitting and comfortable. It’s often difficult to sleep on long car or plane trips, but Cushie Pillows allow for much more comfortable sleeping.

My sons have both a roll pillow and a micro mini roll pillow. The roll pillows are only $13.99 each and come in 10 kid-friendly colors like hot pink, lime and blue. Get a different color for each member of the family!

The micro mini roll pillows come in six fun colors. They’re really small, making them perfect for neck or wrist support. They’re super easy to stuff into your luggage. And they’re only $7.99 each!

At Cushie Pillows, they also have mini roll pillows (which are between the size of roll pillows and micro mini roll pillows), body pillows, and U-shaped neck pillows, so you have a wide variety of options to fit your needs. Check out the fun pillow above to show your patriotic spirit!

They’re great for home use, too, and look cool in children’s bedrooms as decorative accessories. I love the polka dot pillows!

I hope you’ll check out all of the fun and comfortable pillows at, especially if you’re going to be traveling this summer. And here’s another great reason to check them out: You get free shipping in the continental U.S.!

Visit today!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.