Top Ten Tuesday- Elmer’s Trip

My trip to Florida a couple weeks ago with Collective Bias and Elmer’s has been one of my favorite opportunities I’ve had in my blogging career to date. I wanted to share my favorite things about this trip in Top Ten Tuesday fashion.

1. WARM WEATHER! Currently here in Chicago we are bracing for a blizzard so I’m really missing that t-shirt weather and sun in Florida!

Photo taken by: Monica Johnson

2. MEETING OTHER BLOGGERS. I loved meeting Keonte’ from Mommy 2K, Kim from Crafty Mama of 4, Naomi from Superdumb Supervillain, and Mel from Mama Bzz. It was also great to see Tonya from Create-Celebrate-Explore again (we met at BlogHer this past summer). I was honored that I got to join this group of wonderful, crafty women on this trip!

3. MEETING REPRESENTATIVES OF ELMER’S (including the CEO!). Not only meeting them but talking with them. I found the people from Elmer’s really cared about us as people. They started our two day conversation by asking “why do you do what you do?”. Most companies start the conversation out with “learn about our company and our products” so it meant a lot to me that Elmer’s wanted to know about me.

4. MEETING PEOPLE FROM COLLECTIVE BIAS. Have you heard of Collective Bias? It is the most awesome community that I have been privileged to be a part of as a blogger (and now I’m on the advisory committee *yay!*). The people I had the chance to meet including John, Monica, and Courtney were wonderful. It was great to put people to the little avatars I see online.

5. SHARING ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA. Most people in my life don’t *get* Social Media (other than Facebook of course) so it was fantastic to be with others who don’t look at me funny when I call someone a “friend” who I have never had the chance to meet in real life. I also loved talking to people from Elmer’s about Twitter and Whrrl , why I loved using those sites, and the benefit to companies and me as a blogger that each platform offers.

6. CRAFTING. We had an “iron chef” type crafting contest. It was fun seeing what each team could make using a common household item… a toilet scrubber!

7. BEAUTIFUL HOTEL. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six. Beautiful hotel. Here’s the view from my window:

8. TALKING ABOUT ELMER’S PRODUCTS. I loved learning about the assortment of products that Elmer’s has. I enjoyed trying out a not-yet released product and giving my input on it. I also loved spending time brainstorming about products we’d like to see created (who knows… one day our ideas may be on the shelves of your local Walmart, Target, or Michaels!)

9. DELICIOUS FOOD. We went to some wonderful restaurants at night time.  One night we even took a water taxi to the restaurant. My favorite meal of all was the Lobster Pie at Mango’s. I don’t cook but one day I’m going to figure out how to recreate that because I have dreams about that dinner!

10. IT WAS FREE! I don’t know how I managed to end up traveling to Florida on an all expenses paid trip but I am so thankful I was invited on this trip by Elmer’s and Collective Bias! (That was my disclosure!)

I had a wonderful trip and look forward to seeing everyone from Collective Bias and Elmer’s again!

Throwing A Game Time Party For Less Than $5 Per Person

Collective Bias recently challenged me to throw a game time party on a budget. I had a great time putting this together. I knew I wanted to have the party during a Bears game because they are my favorite football team.

I had football plates and napkins that I knew would be perfect for this so I was set on tableware. All I needed was the food so I headed to Walmart. I bought snacks like Chex Mix, Doritos, chips and salsa, and my very favorite fudge covered popcorn. I bought soda for everyone to drink. For lunch I decided to buy pizza. I chose DiGiorno Rising Crust pizza. I bought two to feed our group, one pepperoni and one cheese. I really liked the pizza and loved how DiGiorno didn’t skimp on the cheese or pepperoni. I also thought it was great that the DiGiorno box directed me to their website where it gave me the directions for cooking two pizzas at once so I didn’t have to guess and risk burning one (or both!) pizzas.

All together I spent less than $5 per person on food. Considering this was the price for drinks, snacks, and a meal I think that was a great deal. I think knowing that I can have celebrations with food involved and it not cost an arm and a leg will push me to have more gatherings in the future.

To read more about my party (and see more pictures) you can view my whrrl here.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Collective Bias but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)

O Cedar ProMist Dry Or Wet Cleaning System

I bought a new mop yesterday! I love it. It’s the O Cedar ProMist Dry or Wet Cleaning System.

Look at how dirty that thing is! Cleaned all the muddy footprints by the door!

What I love about this mop: it doesn’t need to be “charged”, I can use my own floor cleaner solution, and the pads can be removed for easy washing. I could even buy one of the super cute crochet mop covers my friend Jen makes :)

If you want to find out more you can view my Whrrl story here.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this purchase by Collective Bias but I chose whatever brand mop I wanted and was asked to give my honest opinion about it. As always, all thoughts are my own.)

Making A Goal Board with Elmer’s #canyoutopthis

At the beginning of this year I created goals for myself. I really want to succeed so I made a goal board to display my goals so I can look at them everyday.

To make this board I used:

-Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board

-Elmer’s Construction Paper

-Elmer’s Borders

-Elmer’s Letters

-Elmer’s Glue Stick

-Shape stencil

-Marker

-Scissors

-My list of goals for 2011

I currently have this display board in my office. Every day I choose one goal from the board and spend 30 minutes working towards that particular goal. With my goals in place and my goal board in my sight daily I know I will succeed!

To find out more about Elmer’s Can You Top This Campaign you can visit http://canyoutopthis.net/createit/

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post but it does enter me to win a Walmart gift card!)

Peace of Mind with Pedialyte

A couple of Saturday’s ago I stopped by Walgreens to pick up some Pedialyte to have on hand *just in case* my children got sick again this winter. Afterward, my family and I went to a Christmas party for one of my mom’s groups. We had a great time with all of our friends. There was good food, crafts for the children and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

After the party we went home and later in the evening I started seeing friend’s status updates on Facebook that children who had been at the party were vomiting. My heart dropped.

I was reminded of the Pedialyte I had just bought and put it in the fridge in case I needed to use it. Thankfully, my boys did not end up getting sick this time around but I knew when they did I would have Pedialyte to give them to keep them hydrated.

You can see more in my Whrrl story below:

Find a coupon for $1.50 off Pedialyte here.

Learn more about how Pedialyte Singles in the Tetra packaging helps with dehydration due to cold and flu and download fun activities to keep on hand for those times when your child is at home sick. Please talk to your doctor before using Pedialyte. Pedialyte is to be used under medical supervision. I was selected for this product review by Collective Bias. All opinions are mine and were not influenced by any third party.

(Disclosure: As stated above this is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own and the story above is, coincidentally, true!)