12/31/16

Bring Comfort Home this holiday with Scotties #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with product and a gift card in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Back in early December we loaded up my SUV and drove north for a weekend in the Appalachian mountains of north Georgia. Three of our travel mates had been fighting colds, so I made sure to pack a few boxes of Scotties tissues for the trip. Scotties have always been my go-to product for quick and soothing relief from allergies and colds and I knew my friends would also love these “soft as a kitten” products! 

And boy was I glad I packed these little boxes of comfort, because once we arrived at our mountain cabin, the coughing and sneezing began full force!

Luckily Scotties has unveiled some gorgeous new designs for winter, which made runny noses a bit more bearable…. 😉 Plus they fit in perfectly with our vacation scenery! If we had to be sick, at least we had festive tissues boxes and views like this to comfort us!

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porchKeeping a supply of Scotties tissues to take with you on trips is the perfect way to bring a bit of comfort with you, especially when traveling with a cold. With boxes of every size (including travel packs!) you can always be prepared. It’s the perfect combination of affordable softness and strength that can provide comfort to you and your whole family.

Scotties has everyday comfort that you need, but also the strength and softness for when symptoms are at their worst. Scotties 2-ply tissues keeps it simple without compromising softness or quality and for comfort seekers, 3-ply tissues offer an added layer of softness. This product is perfect for sensitive skin, allergy sufferers, and definitely for cold and flu season.

I especially love the 3-ply aloe tissues as they are the perfect solution for those overworked Rudolph noses. <3logo

Would you like to win your own sampling of the new Scotties boxes? Enter the Scotties Bring Comfort Home Sweepstakesfrom now until December 31 for a chance to win!

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Want to win a $25 gift card to purchase even MORE Scotties tissues (or anything you heart desires?). Leave me a comment below telling me how you bring comfort to your home and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! I’ll draw a random name on January 1, 2017. Good luck! 

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12/27/16

Over the river and through the woods with the Mazda CX-9! #DriveMazda

This adventure was made possible through my blogging partnership with DriveShop and Mazda, who provided me with a vehicle to test drive in December. You can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DriveMazda and #MazdaCX9!

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Meet the gorgeous Mazda CX-9 AWD! 

Last month a group of family and friends rented a cabin in the beautiful town of Blairsville, Georgia in the north Georgia mountains. While we were there, we were able to explore the area with the Mazda CX-9! We had SO much fun climbing steep mountains, traversing streams, and navigating the winding Appalachian roads in the CX-9. 

We picked up the vehicle near Atlanta, then drove the 90 mile drive to Blairsville. We were able to spend that time getting to know the ins and outs of the CX-9 and getting a feel for how it handles on the open highway. What stood out most during our initial drive was how smooth it handled. It was raining on our way up to the mountains, but with the intuitive wipers, crystal clear LED auto-adjusting headlamps, and impeccable control of the steering and all wheel drive, we felt safe and secure the entire time. 

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This 3 row, 7 passenger crossover SUV had SO much to offer. Not only did it seat all of us comfortably, but all of the features made vehicle so much fun to drive. I loved how in control I felt once we got to the mountains. Navigating the twists and turns of mountain roads can be a scary thing, but the CX-9 made for an easy and enjoyable experience. It has the feel of a luxury car- smooth and steady- and we especially appreciated the navigation system, as it is VERY easy to get lost while searching for hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife! 

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roadThe Mazda CX-9 proved to be the PERFECT road trip car. Comfortable, stylish, smooth, good on gas, lots of cargo space, an amazing 12 speaker BOSE sound system (for all of those road trip tunes!), and bells and whistles that help to make traveling easy peasy. We couldn’t have been more impressed with this crossover! 

Other Features:
•Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine
•310 lb-ft torque at 2,000 rpm
•250 horsepower at 5,000 rpm (93 AKI)
•227 horsepower at 5,000 rpm (87 AKI)
•Standard front-wheel drive or available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive
•MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with 7” or 8” color multi-function display with voice command, SMS text message audio delivery and replay, E911 automatic emergency notification and optional navigation system
•Multi-function commander control
•Available windshield-projected Active Driving Display
•Dynamic stability control and traction control system with standard trailer stability assist
•Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Available in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature (Sport model starts at $31,520)
•18” aluminum-alloy wheels standard with option of 20” aluminum-alloy wheels
•LED headlamps with auto off and auto height control 
•LED tail lights
•Variable intermittent windshield wipers
•Three-zone automatic climate control air conditioning
•Second-row 60/40 seat with seat recline, center armrest with cup holders and USB inputs
•Heated driver/passenger door mirrors
•Power liftgate with adjustable height
•Heated front seats 
•Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System
•Available BOSE® premium audio with 12 speakers
•Roll Stability Control
*Hill launch assist
*Rearview camera option
•Blind Spot Monitoring System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
*28 mpg highway 

If you’re in the market for a family friendly Crossover SUV that is not only a head-turner but functional, comfortable and safe, definitely look into test driving the Mazda CX-9 and see for yourself just how amazing this vehicle is!car33

For more details on the entire Mazda fleet, be sure to follow Mazda on social media:
Twitter: @MazdaUSA
Facebook: @Mazda
Instagram: @MazdaUSA

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12/1/16

The Wine Shoppe in Blairsville, GA

A few months ago a group of my nearest and dearest got together and planned a week long trip up in the North Georgia mountains. Back in 2004 my mom and I were looking for a place to go camping during our winter school break. I can vividly remember sitting at the kitchen counter at my parent’s house scanning a map of the southeastern United States looking for a place that would be a) A day’s worth of driving distance and b) A change of scenery from our regular beachy Florida views.  Continue reading

11/21/16

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with #OutOfTheWeeds Vinaigrettes!

I was lucky enough to connect with Robin, the creator of the scrumptious, all-natural artisanal Out of the Weeds dressings and marinades a few weeks ago on Facebook. I had heard of both her amazing creations and Three Birds Tavern restaurant in St. Pete, but had never met in person nor had I had the chance to sample her products.

After learning that she would be participating in upcoming Winn Dixie Hyde Park events, including sampling some of her dressings at the most recent event promoting Thanksgiving day deals and Curtis Stone’s visit, I was excited that this would finally be my chance to taste and chat with this local foodie celebrity!  Continue reading

11/20/16

Friendsgiving brunch with my favorite chicas

As you know, I have a sweet love and appreciation for Thanksgiving- a time that is strictly about family and friends, traditions, togetherness, and of course, the star of the show… food.

On Thursday, a big group of my family and friends will be coming together share our Thanksgiving meal. But I wanted to carve out some time with my nearest and dearest girlfriends before the big day to share a meal, and give thanks for the deep friendships and bonds we have formed through the years. 15181257_10154803736137474_2165906126094205104_n Continue reading

11/18/16

(#Giveaway) Thanksgiving with #WinnDixieHydePark!

Disclosure: As part of my relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I have been compensated for this post, however, all (delicious) opinions are my own. 😉

When the temperature changes and the days grow shorter, my entire world becomes a little brighter. 
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11/12/16

Traveling made easy with Pro Packing Cubes! #Giveaway

When I first got this new job I knew 50% of my time would be spent traveling. A good friend of mine told me to invest in a set of packing cubes to help make packing for these trips easier. Her wife travels quite a bit for work and swore by them. 

This conversation happened back in June. With the whirlwind of busy from the new position, I completely forgot about them- until just recently, when they popped into another conversation while waiting for an Orangetheory class with another friend. She asked me if I had visited any other OTF locations while on the road. I told her I hadn’t figured out how to efficiently pack 2-3 work outfits, a workout outfit, pajamas and underwear, and shoes (including my bulky Brooks running shoes) all in a carry-on sized luggage (my trips are usually just 2-3 days at a time so I typically don’t check a bag).  Continue reading

11/2/16

Happy Birthday Mom!

When I think about my mother, what I remember most was her love of celebrating.

She would celebrate anything and everything. 
Life itself was a celebration.

Birthdays, promotions, anniversaries, daylight savings time. She’d find ANY reason to cook a meal, bake a cake and have people over. It’s just who she was. 10511352_10152651390667474_3098322061653697010_nWhat I remember most about all of those get togethers was how they made us feel. My mother always made sure everyone was well fed and having a good time. And if it was your birthday, you were sure to feel special.  Continue reading

10/20/16

Winn Dixie Hyde Park- A foodie’s dream! (And a Giftcard GIVEAWAY!)

Disclosure: As part of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I have partnered with Winn-Dixie to help promote the Re-Grand Opening of the Hyde Park location in exchange for a gift card. All opinions are my own.

I’m a self-proclaimed grocery store fangirl.

There is nothing quite as satisfying as moseying around a market, coffee cup in hand, taking in the sights, sounds and scents of a good store. 

It makes my heart go pitter-patter.  Continue reading