Why I Didn’t Give Up on My Dance Dream – and Sweepstakes!

Irish Step dance

This post on was sponsored by Astellas as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Do you have a moment where you absolutely refused to give up no matter what? How did that moment change you? For me, it made me a better person inside and out, and that moment was all about dance. While dance inspires many, it inspired me to beat the odds. An Old Dog Can Be Taught New Tricks, After All Most folks remember the…

Gifts for Him: A Creative 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

What do you get for the man in your life that has everything this holiday season? This is the question I’ve been faced with for Mr. Locke, the man who has basically everything. But no longer, my friends. I sat down with him and asked what his favorite products have been for 2017. You know, the products he’d happily purchase again? Once he started thinking, it was easy to steamroll his loves and favorites. Here’s our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for men and what they want – no socks or…

How I’m Using the DOSH App for Holiday Shopping this Season

DOSH cash back app holiday savings

I love a good deal when it comes to holiday shopping, don’t get me wrong. But here’s the rub: I’m not one of those people that likes to get up on Black Friday at 3am to head out in the cold. Add to the fact that I actually like to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in my home and not the mall, and you can see where this is headed. So this year, online shopping is the way to go. I’ve complied a list of the best deals from the DOSH app…

Pittsburgh Holiday Guide | 2017

Pittsburgh Holiday Guide

  Families all bundled up whirling their way around a giant Christmas tree surrounded by the clippity-clop of horse hooves. Kids staring at the sky, mouths gaped open in awe of the tens of thousands of Christmas lights. A German Market and fireworks lighting up the night. Can you picture it? Every holiday season, Pittsburgh goes all out and sets this picturesque scene for its visitors and residents. Beginning November 17th and spanning from Point State Park to Kennywood Park, Pittsburgh holiday events are not to be missed! Check out our…

Making Mealtime Easy with Ling Ling Fried Rice

Ling Ling Bibimbap Beef Fried Rice

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. #LingLingAsianFood  #IC AD This week I’ve been dealing with the dreaded “vacation hangover”. Do you know that feeling: so many things to do but all you want to be is back on vacation? This week, between cleaning the entire house to putting away the Halloween decorations, I’ve barely had time to sleep let alone think about dinner. So, it’s Ling Ling Frozen Asian Entrees to the rescue! Here’s my latest (and easiest) dinner fave and…

My Favorite Way to Change My Hair Color without Commitment

Affordable way to color hair extensions

Disclosure:This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #FashionColorExpert #sponsored When it comes to hair color, I tend to play it safe these days. Sure, I used to love the platinum blonde look and had it for years, but the older I get, the more I like an easy to maintain color. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it now and again! It’s then I head for my clip-in extensions in fun, colors to liven up my style and compliment my outfit. It’s my perfect blend of fun style with…

Farm to Table and Back: Agricultural Lessons in Cabarrus County, NC

Hickory Ridge High School Cafe 805 Cabarrus County, NC

While there’s plenty of reasons to visit Cabarrus County, NC (hello, Charlotte Motor Speedway!), the reason for my last visit was out of my comfort zone. A confessed indoor girl, I wanted to get down and dirty on the farm – literally. With a farm to table renaissance all over the country, I also was ready to find out more about the new-age farmers popping up and why they’re changing professions. So, curiosity got the best of me at Travel Media Showcase 2017. That curiosity turned into a deeper love…

How to Pace Yourself at Central Florida Theme Parks: Must-Do Tips

Cinderella Castle Fountain

#Advertisement I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #CustomFitRelief #DrScholls Whether my family drove or flew to Central Florida, the second I saw those famous theme park gates I wanted to hit the ground running! After a couple of days, I started to think maybe that wasn’t a good idea. At the end of the vacation, I DEFINITELY knew we should have slowed our pace a bit. It took only a couple of visits to realize that pacing ourselves was the…

Do Banquet Mega Bowls Pass the “Hangry” Test?

Banquet Mega Bowls Buffalo-style Chicken Mac 'N Cheese

Conagra Brands sponsored this post on Banquet Mega Bowls, but the opinions are my own. When I’m in a hurry to make dinner, it’s straight to the freezer I head. Many times, I’m waiting until literally the last minute to try to pull a delicious meal together, especially when we’ve just walked in the door from traveling. It’s times like these that I’ll reach for frozen meals, but not just any. My family wants quick and easy, yes, but they want tasty and filling, too. Last weekend, I put Banquet…

How to Season Your Vehicle: Easy Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Lake Placid, NY road

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WeatherProven #CollectiveBias  I know, we don’t want to think of it, but it’s autumn. That means winter is right around the corner, especially in my neck of the woods. Living in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA, the hilly road conditions, paired with ice and plenty of snow, make for downright treacherous driving conditions sometimes. But, this Northern-born gal has learned a few tips for “seasoning” my vehicles every winter. From tread to wipers…