Giveaway: Get Everything You Need for a Healthy Summer with Balance Bare Bars at Wal-Mart!

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Gotta love Wal-Mart. Do you know how easy it makes it to have a one-stop-store where I can get everything I need to live a healthier summer? I love that I don’t have to spend all day running errands all over town. I can just stop in, pick up fruit, buy that new pair of workout shorts I’ve needed, and of course, check into the Nutritional Supplemental Aisle (usually located by the pharmacy!) to find Balance Bars. One of the newest Balance Bar products is the Balance Bare bars.

Nutritional energy bars, these bars are designed to be delicious energy bars brought back to the basics. Non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, each one of the bars is less than 160 calories to fit into your healthy diet. Like all Balance Bars products, Balance Bare bars are designed to be that perfect balance of macronutrients you need in your life for a healthy body. The flavors I’ve seen in store include Sea Salt Caramel and Mixed Berry Nut – both which sound pretty delicious.

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I decided to limit my adventures for a single day and just try the Sea Salt Caramel, and I’m impressed! It honestly is like a sweet and savory dessert treat. I actually wanted to eat a second one after I was finished with the first. It doesn’t have any sort of “chalky” or “gross” aftertaste like some energy bars can have. Instead, it was honestly like a really healthy granola bar. That definitely wins with me!

The bars are pretty awesome on-the-go, too. They easily unwrap, and while they’re soft, they’re not so soft that they get crushed in my bag. They hold up just fine to being tossed in with other items, so these are perfect for snacks while traveling or while on-the-go.

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I’ve been doing a ton of traveling this summer, and I’m finding that it can be hard to eat healthy while trying to travel. While I make it a point to try and stay in only hotels that offer a gym or a nearby walking trail that keep me healthy on the fitness side, staying healthy when I’m tempted at fast food places or gas stations is pretty hard. The Balance Bare Bars are so simple to just throw in my travel bag. When I get hungry, I find myself able to grab one of my on-hand bars instead of being tempted out of hunger. It’s working out so great for the busy months of summer!

Looking to try these bars for yourself? Wal-mart offers the EXCLUSIVE 4+1 Value Pack that offers an extra bar and a bonus $1 off coupon, so if you’re wanting to try these delicious bars, Wal-Mart is the best place to get them from. Look for them near the Nutritional Supplements aisle in your local Wal-mart which is normally found near the Pharmacy and Medicine area.

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WIN IT:

Balance Bar has generously offered to send a Balance Bare Bars Prize Package (including a $15 Wal-Mart giftcard and a variety of Balance Bare Bars!) to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on August 12th at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Giveaway Tools and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

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Tips to Keep Your Home Clean

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I don’t know about you and your home, but I go through periods where my home looks like it should be an example showroom home – and times where it kinda looks like it might be the aftermath of a horrible tornado. (I’m in Iowa. I can make bad tornado jokes). So how do I go from getting the house looking like a tornado to something that looks like a good place to live?

Everyone has their own way that they’re comfortable cleaning their home, but in case you’re looking for new suggestions, it doesn’t hurt to share some of my suggestions. I try to live by some of these tips to keep my home looking good most of the time – but of course, judging by the fact that it ends up looking a bit cluttered when I’m busy, life does happen, and part of owning a home is sometimes accepting that it’s going to look like busy people live there.

So what do I recommend?

Mark Off No-Clutter Zones: Pick a couple places that clutter tends to accumulate and make a promise to yourself to keep them clean. While it might not always happen, you’ll always want to keep them clean. I recommend avoiding putting anything in those areas in the first place. Make a “clutter” area where that clutter will be much more welcome (mentioned below). I recommend choosing counters, table tops, and desk tops in order to give your home the appearance of being cleaner.

Clean Up As It Happens: I know you’re busy (I am too!), but everything is so much easier to clean if you clean up as it happens. A milk spill sucks to clean up, but it’s mostly just wiping it up with water and towels when it first gets spilled. Let it sit there, and now you have the smell of sour milk, potential bug problems, and a need for a cleanser and more elbow grease. You might be running out the door, but take the minute required to throw some towels down on any mess before you leave. Do a thorough cleaning of the area when you get back if you want. It’s definitely worth buying a hand vacuum to go alongside your current upright vac just for this reason; it makes everything so much easier to clean up.

Take Your Time: Have a really, really cluttered area without much time to tackle it? (I have an entire extra bedroom that looks like this. It’s like an obstacle course to get across the room.) Poke at it piece by piece. It’s really daunting to spend an entire 10 hours cleaning up the room how you want, but if you poke at it slowly, you’ll find that it doesn’t seem so bad. Make small goals. Decide that today you’ll tackle that box that’s sitting in the corner. That’s it. Tomorrow you might want to fold the laundry that’s on the bed. That’s it. Make little goals, and as long as you don’t let the area get worse, those little things will add up to a clean room in the end.

Have Clutter Areas: Just like you have “no clutter areas”, have a couple spots where you can throw your clutter. Don’t know what to do with an item you just bought? Put it in the clutter area. The important part about keeping the clutter area is that you promise yourself that you’ll clean it out on occasion. You don’t want one of those infamous “junk drawers” that literally contains a bunch of stuff no one actually wants. Clean off your clutter area regularly so you can make sure the stuff you have in your home is still stuff you actually want in your home.

Giveaway: Home Clock with Dual Alarm, USB Charger, & Temperature Gauge!

Acurite Atomic Clock with Dual Alarm, USB Charger and Temperature Giveaway

Hosted by: Queen of Reviews, Michigan Saving and More, Deliciously Savvy & Barbara’s Beat

Sponsor:  AcuRite

Prize: AcuRite Atomic Clock with Dual Alarm, USB Charger and Temperature

The AcuRite Atomic Dual Alarm Clock features an illuminated color display with outdoor and indoor temperature, atomic clock and calendar, and two alarms. Offers the convenience of USB charging for compatible smartphones. The dual, programmable alarms can be set for everyday use, weekdays or weekends only. Atomic clock is radio-controlled to synchronize to the correct time broadcast by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Radio Station, WWVB, for split-second precision accuracy. The clock automatically adjusts itself for Daylight Saving Time (DST). The outdoor sensor features powerful wireless technology, weather-resistant construction and an integrated hanger for easy mounting.

Dates: 7/25-8/8

Open to: US Residents 18+

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Giveaway: “Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery!” Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Movie!

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Love keeping up with the adventures of Scooby Doo? Not only does he always seem to get into trouble, but he always seems to get himself out of it! The latest Scooby-Doo adventure is sure to entertain the whole family! Partnering up with the only and only KISS in this new adventure, the whole Scooby-Doo gang has to stop the horrible plan to destroy the Earth!

The official show description states:

Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang’s cunning and Kiss’s power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!

Want to learn more about this neat DVD release? Learn more AND enjoy hearing some of the classic sounds from Scooby Doo with this neat app:

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Warner Home Entertainment has generously offered to send a “Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery!” Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD with UltraViolet copy to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on August 3rd at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Scooby Doo and KISS Rock & Roll Mystery Blu-ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

One winner will be picked randomly through Giveaway Tools and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

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