Thursday, October 30, 2014

Brighton Ankle Booties from Jambu - Style and Function to Fit Your Life PLUS Giveaway!

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

Every woman loves shoes, right? They're sort of like second nature to us and I don't know about you, but I get all giddy for a hot new pair! But not all shoes are equal and we often sacrifice comfort for style. But I'm here to share with you a super sexy pair of booties that are bound to turn some heads! The bonus, you ask? You can actually walk in them, and comfortably to boot!

The Brighton Ankle Booties from Jambu are perfect for Fall. They feature a 3.5 inch heel and 1 inch platform, leather and elastic upper and  memory foam insole. Like all of the shoes at Jambu, the Brighton have a partially recycled rubber outsole.

One of my favorite features of the Brighton is the zippered closure, but they also have a buckle for added style that can be slightly adjusted to fit. The Brighton have such intricate detail in feminine cutouts. They remind me of little flowers and personally, I think the detail is what really makes these booties pop!

I wore them for the first time to a funeral a couple of weeks ago and you would not believe the compliments I got on them. I swear, at least 5 people commented on my shoes and asked where they can get a pair of their own!

But even better than the compliments was the way these booties felt. I sprained my ankle quite severely last winter and it still gives me the occasional problem. Because of that, I haven't work a pair of shoes with a heel for at least 6 months. I was a little skeptical to wear these for such a long time period the first time around, but am happy to report that I didn't not experience any discomfort and I walked just like my normal self. Having been out of heels for so long, my feet were quite comfortable for the 5 plus hours that I wore (and even drove in) them.


You can connect with Jambu on Facebook, Pinterest and/or @JambuFootwear on Twitter!

You can win! How would you like to win your choice of shoes from Jambu? I have one to give away to one lucky contestant!

To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!

LEAF College Savings is an Easy Way for Friends & Family to Gift Money Towards College

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This article was written in partnership with LEAF College Savings. Opinions expressed are my own.

My girls may only be 6 and 3, but the fact that we have not even started saving for college is not smart financially. My husband and I both went to college so we know how important it is and how expensive it can be. Even the state colleges we went to aren't cheap when you add in living expenses multiplied by 4 years. LEAF College Savings makes saving for college simple, secure and social. LEAF’s founders set out to make it vastly easier for friends and family to help parents save for their children’s higher education. LEAF has built a Software-as-a-Service, web-based platform which facilitates one time and recurring gifting and employee contributions to any 529 college savings plan in the U.S.

My extended family knows my girls have plenty of gifts and often want to give us money to save for them for their future. LEAF college savings has just made that better and easier than ever! 

Here is how it all works:
  1. Cards can be purchased at in whole dollar amounts between $25 and $1,000.
  2. Recipients (or their parents) can redeem the cards on the LEAF website and transfer the full face value into any 529 college savings plan in the U.S.
  3. Purchasers can send a LEAF card four ways: by email, Facebook post, physical card (which we mail USPS to the purchaser or recipient), or cards can be printed to a sheet of paper.
  4. Purchasers pay a small issuance fee; recipients pay no fee to redeem.
  5. If the recipient doesn’t redeem the card within 90 days, LEAF automatically refunds the face value back to you, the purchaser.
  6. LEAF cards are issued by CBW Bank, Member FDIC, which means the funds are FDIC-insured throughout the process from purchase, redemption and transfer.

Quick highlights about LEAF College Savings Employee Benefit: LEAF's centralized platform solves the problem of only sponsoring a single state plan or facing the challenge of disbursing payroll deductions to multiple plans in order to support state tax deductions for participating employees. Rather than multiple payroll codes and endless paperwork, LEAF makes it easy to offer education savings as a voluntary benefit, and even to add a match.
Other benefits include:
  1. Employees can enroll and make changes at any time online at LEAF’s portal.
  2. Employer dashboard makes the program easy to administer;
  3. Employers, as an option, can offer to match employee contributions one time or recurring.
  4. Supports all 529 plans so employees looking for the tax incentive in their particular state can take advantage of the service.
  5. All funds are FDIC-insured throughout the process from payroll deduction to 529 plan deposit.

Frequently Asked Questions
What's a LEAF gift card?
LEAF education gift cards can be purchased in any dollar amount from $25 to $1,000. Recipients, or their parents, can redeem cards on the LEAF website and transfer the full face value into any college savings 529 plan in the United States. Recipients can redeem the cards even if they don't have a 529 plan. LEAF will encourage them to open a plan and they can return to the LEAF website to simply transfer the funds later. 
What's a 529 plan?
Enabled by Congress in 1996, college savings 529 plans are created and operated by states or educational institutions. (The number refers to a section of IRS tax code.) 529 plans offer tax advantages and potentially other incentives to make it easier to save for college. There are over a hundred plans sponsored by individual states: some states offer a tax benefit to residents and almost all plans are open to residents of any state.

Does LEAF make recommendations of 529 plans?
No. LEAF does not promote any particular plan or provide any financial advice. From time to time LEAF may engage in co-marketing activities with individual 529 plans, but those activities are clearly presented as offers from the plans themselves. For a list of helpful resources, please click here.
How is my purchase protected?
LEAF College Savings gift cards are issued by CBW Bank, Weir, Kansas. Member FDIC. When you purchase a LEAF gift card, the funds go directly into a custodial account held by the bank in your name (for online purchases). When a recipient, or their parent, creates an account at and redeems the gift, the bank moves the funds into an account held by the bank in the redeemer’s name. Both accounts are insured by the FDIC. Upon instructions from the gift redeemer, the gift funds are transferred into any college savings 529 plan in the U.S.

It is so easy for family and friends to give the "gift of education" and it guarantees the money goes to a college savings plan. It is a great gift idea for Christmas, Bar Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Confirmations, Baptisms, Elementary and Middle School graduations and so much more. All those events add up and in several years you might be surprised how much is saved up. Remember this money is good no matter what school they go to and can be used for computers and supplies too.
Connect: You can connect with LEAF College Savings on their website, Facebook and/or @LeafSavings on Twitter.

Here's your chance to win!  How would you like to win a Card worth $100 for their site! I have one to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win! 

NCircle Entertainment DVD & Wiggles Guitar Giveaway $70 Value

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

My daughter loves watching videos, and now that the weather is getting colder I see a lot of video watching in our future!

The DVDs are:
  • The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas ((NEW!) 
  • Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission (NEW) 
  • Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell! 
  • Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s 
  • Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb

I know my daughter loves the wiggles and who wouldn't love this guitar to go along with NEW Apples and Bananas?!? 

This has been a favorite and my daughter's 4 years old and still really loves watching the Wiggles DVD's! All their songs are catchy and I even catch myself humming along!

Another favorite in our household is Cat in the Hat. This Show in Tell DVD is included in this amazing prize pack along with Animal ABC's!

I know any baby or toddler would flip over these adorable shows!

Finally the NEW Octonauts, which we've been waiting for has been released. Deep Sea Missions! My son loves anything about the sea, so he loves watching this along with Sid the Science Kid, The Ruler of Thumb!

Okay, so now onto the part that you've been waiting for, the Giveaway!

Here's your chance to win! How would you like to win your 5 Pack of DVD's and Wiggles Guitar? I have one to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!

AKC GoodDog! Helpline & Subscription Giveaway

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This article was written in partnership with American Kennel Club. All opinions are of my own.

Back in the early stages of dating, my husband and I moved in together, and not long after, we got a puppy. We are both dog lovers and while we were working crazy, opposite shifts, he wanted to make sure that I didn't get lonely at night. Our puppy is now a terrifically calm nine year old dog, but in those early months, he was a poof of crazy energy and destroyed whatever he could! It really makes me happy to hear that the American Kennel Club has a wonderful service called AKC GoodDog! Helpline available to help answer questions that a dog owner might have! 

That innocent face cost me $200 in damages at our first apartment!
What AKC GoodDog! Helpline is, is a live telephone support service for behavioral and/or training advice from a team of knowledgeable trainers. It is available seven days a week and for the lifetime of your canine companion! I really wish I had this all those years ago, it would have helped me out as a first time puppy owner! Between school and working, poor Charlie got left alone a bit and would often act out, like destroying the base of a wall in a bedroom! If I had only been able to call or even go online and subscribe to training tips, which is offered through the helpline subscription, I could have saved a bit of money and my puppy might have been happier!

And this isn't just for new puppy owners. I can remember when my uncle, who had had dogs before, got a new puppy and his personality and my uncle's just didn't click. Even with patience, he could not figure out why his dog would ask to go outside just to come back in and have an accident on the floor. I bet that the using AKC GoodDog! Helpline could have helped them both out! Sometimes questions arise as dogs get older too, and it wouldn't hurt to have the ability to access knowledgeable trainers who want to help you and your dog, with just a phone call.

Subscriptions are slated at $79.99 for the lifetime of your K9 companion, but we have a special offer for our readers. Use code GDH3TO1 for an exclusive $50 off discount when you shop in the WOOFipedia store!

You can connect with The AKC GoodDog! Helpline on their main page and with AKC on their Facebook, @akcdoglovers on Twitter and @americankennelclub on Instagram

The Giveaway
How would you like the chance to win your own The AKC GoodDog!SM Helpline subscription for your canine? I have one service to giveaway to one lucky winner. Follow the rules and use the Rafflecopter form below. If you do not follow the rules, you cannot win! Good luck!