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…

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…

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…

Why I Make Time to Take Autumn Walks with My Teen

Autumn walk in the park

This post on why I take time to take autumn walks with my teen is sponsored by Acorn Influence  for Nature Valley Biscuits. All opinions are my own! #NatureValley #ad  As soon as autumn hits, The Kid and I have a longstanding tradition to get out and take in the cooler air. And, while she won’t be a kid for much longer, I treasure our autumn walks in the park. Not only do we get exercise, I get so much more than that. Here’s why leaf peeping is one of my…

How GE Appliances Are Helping to Prep You for the Holidays

GE Profile Gas Range SKU 4300934

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a kitchen with brand new appliances? It makes my heart skip a happy beat compliments of the cooking and baking potential! This year, GE Profile Series and Best Buy are helping you prep for the holiday season by featuring appliances that fit your kitchen’s look and feel – at an unbeatable price. GE Profile Series – Its Got the Look Here’s the scoop on GE appliances: they’ve got a unified appearance to cater to your style and your kitchen’s feel.…

Nectar Mattress Review: Honest Opinions and Full Review

Nectar Mattress review

For me and my husband, it was easy for us to forget the fact that our mattress wasn’t working out for us anymore. I mean, road tripping and traveling as much as we do, we put our own king mattress and box spring set on the back burner and kept telling ourselves we’d invest in a new one soon. Well, soon turned out to be sooner than we thought and, this month, we’ve been sleeping better, felt more rested when we woke, and have been feeling less stiff when getting…

My Favorite Five Minute Updos for Long Hair

Super easy and under two minutes to get The Knot - an easy updo.

This shop and tutorial on my favorite five minute updos for long hair has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #CareWithKeratin #sponsored When it comes to my hair, I generally get the same curious questions. “Do you have hair extensions?” “How did your hair grow so fast?” “What do you use to keep your hair so shiny?” While these are just a few of the beauty questions I get, I think folks are generally very inquisitive as to my hair. That’s a good thing. And, although, these questions are super easy to…

Preparing for Back to School: How Do You Relax?

relaxing with Tradewinds tea

Disclosure: I’m part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network and was asked to write about #MomentsToSavor and Tradewinds Tea. Yes, I’ve been compensated for this post but all opinions are my own! #AD Whew, I can’t even believe that it’s back-to-school time. And, while I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a burden, I know one thing: this time of year is CRAZY for my family! Before I know it, autumn will be happily sneaking up on me (bring on Halloween!), and I’ll be spying autumn decorations on the…