Join The #USTravelChat Next Week

I’m excited to help moderate the first Wanderlust Moms US travel chat! I hope you will join us next Wednesday night to talk about fun things to do in Florida.

HOSTS: @WanderlustMoms, @Kbunn, @DebThompson

MODERATORS: @SavingUGreenMom, @mommy_GAGA, @funsavingmoney, @aliciamarie112, @karynlocke



WHEN: November 19th, 9pm-10pm EST

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: You must be following the hosts and sponsors on Twitter as well as RSVP via the linky in this post to be eligible to win


  • $50 Amazon Gift Card from @WanderlustMoms
  • 2 tickets to Medieval Times Dinner Theater @MedievalTimes
  • $100 Pilot Travel Center Gift Card @PilotTravel

GRAND PRIZE: 2 night stay at Tuckaway Shores Resort AND 4 tickets to Kennedy Space Center & Lunch w/ an Astronaut

Join The Jesus Calling Twitter Party

I’m so excited to be working with Family Christian to promote the book Jesus Calling.

Family Christian is hosting a Twitter party on November 14th and we will be discussing this best selling devotional. Want to participate in the conversation? Find all the details below!

Where: or follow along with #JesusCalling

When: November 14th 1-2 pm EST

Prizes: 5 participants will win the deluxe edition of Jesus Calling and a $50 appreciation certificate to Family Christian. 5 other readers will win a $50 appreciation certificate to Family Christian.

How: You must follow the host @FamilyChristian and participate in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #JesusCalling

Follow these amazing co-hosts:



Twitter Party Alert: #Manwich #NoPhoneZone 9/18 7pm CST

(Disclosure: I’m being compensated to co-host this Twitter party but thoughts are my own.)

I’m excited to be co-hosting the #Manwich #NoPhoneZone Twitter party promoting phone-free family time around the dinner table. The party is this Thursday, September 19th, at 7pm CST and is hosted by Johanna of Momma Cuisine, along with co-hosts Lisa, Tara, Ben, Trey and I.

We are giving away 5 wonderful Manwich prize packs, each consisting of:

  • Pyrex Saucepan
  • Branded pot holder
  • Electric can opener
  • Branded wooden spoon
  • Branded apron
  • $30 VISA gift card (for grocery purchase)
Check out Johanna’s post to enter to win. Looking forward to chatting with you! :)

What’s Your Morning Win?

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

Some mornings I get so much accomplished, while others I’m just lucky to get the kids ready for the school bus in time. Ever have those days? Of course you all do! This week, join me in celebrating the small wins and tweet them to enter to win some fun swag from BelVita.

Here are the details:

Log on to from 9am ET until 1pm ET between September 15 and September 19, 2014. When you see a piece of swag you would like to win, tweet #MorningWin and that prize’s specific hashtag, which will appear along with the item on; and feel free to include your “Morning Win” in your tweet.

Wondering what you can win? Check out the video below!

I’ll be following along on Twitter to see all your morning wins! Here have been some of mine lately:

1) I didn’t wake anyone up when I tripped over a toy in the upstairs hallway and yelled out in pain

2) I reviewed all of Luke’s practice words before his school bus came

3) I sent the kids off with fresh fruit in their lunchboxes


Creating A World Where No Child Goes Hungry

I am proud to be partnering with Feed the Children, an organization that exists to end childhood hunger. I’ve shared how important this cause is to me numerous times here on the blog and will continue to do so until all children have enough food to eat. It seems like a lofty goal but I truly believe that it’s one that could be seen in my lifetime.

Currently, hunger hurts 1 out of every 7 children. Feed The Children is working on a number of initiatives to end child hunger, one of them being a pilot program in Oklahoma City. The pilot, called Oklahoma Summer Food and Education Program, represents Feed the Children’s new vision and commitment to unite like-minded organizations to defeat the status quo of hunger.

In Oklahoma, the school lunch program that lower-income families depend on shuts down for the summer break, which means roughly 300,000 children may be left without a stable source of nutrition. While the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program helps fill that gap over the summer, there are still children who go hungry. Feed the Children’s Pilot program provides better access to more meals and also educational resources like books and school supplies.

Though this program will be focused on Oklahoma this summer, it will benefit those who live in other places as well. Results from the pilot program will be offered to Feed the Children partners to identify ways to better solve summer food insecurity that have impact, are far-reaching and cost-effective. This will hopefully spur programs in other states.

Want to learn more about Feed The Children or The Oklahoma Summer Food and Education Program? Join me at the #HelpKidsBeKids Twitter Party on July 9th from 1-2 PM EST.


Join The #SoFabSpirit Twitter Party!

Four years ago I joined a blogging community called Social Fabric. I had no idea, at the time, how much I’d grow to love the community and how much of an impact it would have on my life. It started as “just another blogging community” I was a part of but, looking back, I feel it’s THE thing that put me on the road to blogging professionally and not just blogging as a hobby. I loved participating in campaigns but even more so, liked connecting with the people that were part of the community. The Social Fabric members are so creative and they inspire me everyday to be a better blogger.

I now work for Collective Bias, the company that runs the community, and this week, we are celebrating our community and showing off our #SoFabSpirit. At the end of the week we are going to have a Twitter Party. It’ll be our 5th birthday soon, so we’re celebrating all things SoFab including our amazing community, the great work that they produce, and getting pumped for a new year of fabulous social media adventures!

Join us for the #SoFabSpirit Party!


DATE: Friday, May 2nd

TIME:  2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – $20 SoFab Store Credits

GRAND PRIZE: 1 – $100 SoFab Store Credit

HOSTS: @aliciamarie112, @BrandiJeter, @RebeccaEParsons and @tsue1136

RULES: #SoFabSpirit Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID: #SoFabSpirit Twitter Party Page

Please help spread the word about this fun party! 

Suggested Tweet:

Show your #SoFabSpirit at the Twitter Party on 5/02 at 2pm ET. SoFab Prizes! RSVP/Rules #shop #cbias

Click to tweet: HERE


Wondering where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend and helpful Twitter Party Tips!

Join The #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party Tomorrow

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Kohl’s Disney Ambassador but all thoughts are my own.)

Twitter is the place to be tomorrow afternoon! Join me at the #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party from 12-1pm CST tomorrow, Thursday, April 17th, to chat about kids fashion trends this season and how Kohl’s new Jumping Beans “Americana” line from @Disney fits all occasions for summer fun. I just received a special box in the mail and let me tell you….these outfits are adorable!

Here are the party details:

What: #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party
When: Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM EST
Hashtag: #MagicAtPlay
Moderator: @MomCentral
Special Guest: @Kohls
Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card.

Find more details here.

How Big Is A Billion? Contest For Teachers

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by H&R Block but all opinions are my own.)

We all know that a Billion dollars is a lot of money but just how much is it in terms that we can easily imagine? H&R Block’s “How Big is a Billion?” contest is a new educational program that asks teachers to turn the idea of a billion dollars into a math assignment for a chance to win a $3,000 grant. Teachers are invited to submit real-life examples that illustrate the concept of a billion dollars. For example:

The contest runs through March 14, 2014 and to participate, teachers must submit a brief explanation and image of the creative concepts. To access the application, “like” the H&R Block Dollars & Sense Facebook page.

Submissions should be:

  • Square image
  • Minimum size 650×650 pixels
  • Include a description of math and research utilized to create the example of the size of $1 billion

There are three prize categories: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School and each level will be awarded a Grand Prize ($3,000 grant), 2nd place ($2,000 grant) and 3rd place ($1,000 grant). The first 50 entering educators will receive a $50 Gift Card just for entering!

H&R Block has teamed up with WeAreTeachers, an online resource for lesson plans, professional development resources, grants and contests for teachers, to select the finalists and help encourage participation. H&R Block will select the grand prize winners. Here are a few more details:

  • Entries will be evaluated based on accuracy and creativity.
  • The contest is open to teachers and homeschool educators.
  • Each participant can submit up to eight entries.

Join us for a Twitter party!

What: Every year, Americans leave a billion dollars on the table when they do their own taxes. That number is so huge it can be hard to visualize. To help people understand just how much money a billion dollars really is, H&R Block has introduced its “How Big is a Billion?” contest, asking teachers to turn the idea of a billion dollars into a math assignment for their students for a chance to win a $3,000 grant. The contest runs through March 14. Join us at the party to learn more!When: Tuesday, March 11, at 12p ET / 11a CT / 9a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #HowBigIsABillion hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: #HowBigIsABillionPrizes: Five prizes will be randomly awarded throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses to trivia questions. Each consists of a $200 gift card. (No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older.)Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @HRBlock


  • Alicia, Making Time for Mommy – @aliciamarie112 (that’s me!)
  • Caroline, Smarty Pants Mama – @SmartyPantsMama
  • Chelsea, Someday I’ll Learn – @somedayilllearn
  • Elaina, A Time Out for Mommy – @atimeoutformommy
  • Erin, Making Memories with Your Kids – @EMakingMemories
  • Jennifer, My Boys and Their Toys – @Lovesmytwoboys
  • Julie, Julieverse – @JulieMPron
  • Maegen, Sounds Fun Mom – @SoundsFunMom
  • Sara, Mom Endeavors – @momendeavors
  • Vicky, Mess for Less – @MessForLess
Hope to tweet with you at the party!!

#MCBuickTour Twitter Party 7/17 8pm {$100 Visa Gift Card Prize}

(Disclosure: I received a Buick to drive for a week in exchange for co-hosting this party but thoughts are my own.)

Like Twitter parties? Join the Momma Cuisine Twitter party sponsored by Buick this Wednesday night, July 17th, at 8pm Central time to talk about Buick, food and family travel. If you join in on the conversation during the Twitter party you have a chance to win some great prizes as well!

Prizes to be given out during the party:

$100 Visa gift card
Buick cheese board/knife set
2 copies of “The Woodford Reserve Culinary Cocktail Tour: A Journey with Bourbon”
1 copy of “Simply Ming One-Pot Meals”
1 copy of “How to Roast a Lamb”

To enter to win them just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below and then join in on the conversation the 17th using the hashtag #MCBuickTour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

It’s All About Relationships In Business

You may have heard the term “ROI” or “Return On Investment” which has been used a lot in business over the years but today I’m going to talk about another return- “ROR” and the new book out about it called Return on Relationship.

Here’s a little more about the book from the back cover:

Social Media drives engagement, engagement drives loyalty, and loyalty correlates directly to increased sales. Is your company currently focused on gaining brand advocates and building its social media credibility? Do you question whether or not using Facebook, Twitter, or blogs is a worthwhile investment of your time and resources? In Return on Relationship, Ted Rubin and Kathryn Rose present real world, practical ideas that will help businesses maximize their potential through using community-focused tools on the Internet. You’ll discover why ‘That’s the way it’s always been done’ will leave you without any customers. In this book you will also discover:

  • How to Maximize your potential by using the right  community- focused tools on the Internet
  • The importance of moving from convince and convert to converse and convert
  • What main problems will keep you from seeing dramatic results
  • How building engaged and responsive communities around your brand will significantly impact your bottom line

Whether your business is just starting out or if you’ve been a leader in your field for years, in Return on Relationship, Ted Rubin and Kathryn Rose give you a guided tour to taking your company to the next level.


The book is available for sale on Amazon {find it here}. I am excited to read the book because Ted, one of the authors, is one of my bosses at Collective Bias. I’m so blessed to learn from him and watch him develop relationships using Social Media. It’s amazing to me that he has 100,000+ followers and has built relationships with so many of them. He truly practices ROR in his daily life and knows what he is talking about when it comes to marketing and social media.

About the Authors:

Ted Rubin knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Marketing and Social Media. He has been the Chief Marketing Officer of ELF cosmetics and Open Sky and is currently the Chief Social Marketing Officer of Collective Bias. Collective Bias is a content marketing company that weaves organic social content into real-life stories for brands and retailers. Ted is the #1 followed Chief Marketing Officer on Twitter. Follow him at @TedRubin and follow his hashtag #RonR.

Kathryn Rose is an award-winning, best-selling author, speaker and social media strategist and trainer with clients ranging from multi-million dollar corporations, to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Kathryn has a 20+ year career in sales and marketing that includes successful track record of using a collaborative mindset to increase sales. Follow Kathryn on Twitter at @katkrose.

(Disclosure: I am receiving a copy of Return on Relationship but all thoughts in this post are my own.)

#SecureNewYear Twitter Party

This is the time of year to make resolutions. If there’s one resolution you must keep in regards to technology in 2013 it is this: Keep yourself and your family safe and free from security threats via your technology. With holiday spending at its highest in the past three years, Trend Micro is helping consumers start the New Year by protecting all their new tech gear against the latest security threats.

Start the New Year safe and join Trend Micro on January 15, 2013 for a Twitter party to talk about technology safety, keeping your family safe on the Internet, and tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from safety threats through technology.


Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Time: 9 to 10 pm ET

Where: On Twitter following #SecureNewYear

Follow the Hosts: @girlslunchout and @fearlessweb

TweetGrid Link:

RSVP: You must RSVP to win. Click here to RSVP (your name is your @twitterhandle & your link is

The Prizes: THREE winners will each win a Google Nexus 7-inch tablet with 32 GB of memory – a $250 value!!

Please complete the following requirements for a chance to win:

1. FOLLOW @girlslunchout and @fearlessweb on Twitter. Feel free to send us a tweet saying hello!

2. RSVP – You must RSVP to win.

3. PARTICIPATE during the party hour using #SecureNewYear

4. TWEET out a promotional tweet prior to party: “Join @girlslunchout & @fearlessweb to help #SecureNewYear and keep those tech gifts safe!! 1/15 9PM ET RSVP for prizes”


1. COMPLETION of the above requirements.

2. WINNERS participating in the Twitter party with # SecureNewYear will be chosen at random.

3. RESIDENTS from the US are eligible only.

(Disclosure: This post is part of a study sponsored by Trend Micro that I am participating in. As a Digital Joneses family I have received assets from them to complete our challenges but all thoughts are my own.)


5 Tips To Protect Your Online Identity

Think about all of the things you do online. You email, you save and share pictures, you connect with family and friends on social networks, you bookmark recipes and ideas you want to do in the future…now imagine if one day you logged in and everything was GONE. How would you feel? This is what happened to Mat Honan. Within one hour hackers were able to destroy Mat’s digital life, including erasing everything on his iPhone, iPad and Macbook. He shared the whole story, including his mistakes and Apple’s huge security flaws, over at Wired. Mat eventually got 75% of his hard drive back but it cost him over $1600 to do so and he still lost some important documents and emotionally valuable photos.

Trend Micro brought this story to my attention and asked me, as one of their Digital Joneses bloggers, to share Mat’s story with you all and how we can make sure it doesn’t happen to us. They also sent our family tablets and stressed the importance of securing our tablets like we do our laptops. Trend Micro shared 5 things we can do to secure our tablets {and really our digital life in general}:

Tip #1:

Tip #2:

Tip #3:

Tip #4:

Tip #5:

I thought these were great tips. Some I use already, like receiving emails when someone signs into my Facebook account from a location I never have used before and not saving my credit card info on sites. Some were things I had never considered before, like leaving my social media pages open on my computer and linking sites together. Those things that make it easy for me to quickly get things done online also make it easy for hackers to access personal details.

Do you follow all of the tips above? If not, which ones do you struggle with following?

Past Challenges:

Are you {Digitally} Smarter Than a 5th Grader

Talking About Online Safety With My Preschooler

Spring Clean Your Digital Life

Mobile Security

Online Gaming Safety Tips For Children & Teens

The Olympics, Scams & You

(Disclosure: This post is part of a study sponsored by Trend Micro that I am participating in. As a Digital Joneses family we are receiving assets to complete our challenges but all thoughts are my own.)

Webkinz Giveaway {And Info On An Upcoming Twitter Party}

Webkinz, the award winning children’s brand with one of the largest kid’s sites in the world, is turning 7 years old! To celebrate they are throwing a Twitter party on April 29th and giving away 100 virtual Webkinz pets during the party! All you have to do is join in and answer any of their fun party questions.

Find out more details about the Twitter party HERE.



As a GanzWorld Blogger I am giving away 5 virtual Webkinz pets to my readers!

{What’s a virtual Webkinz pet? Click here for a demo. These are HUGE with kids!}


Join me on Sunday, April 29th at 2pm EST for the #WebkinzDay Twitter party! 100 Webkinz pet prizes

{Make sure to leave a comment telling me you’ve done so!}


Giveaway ends Sunday, April 29th at 3pm EST.  There will be 5 winners and each winner will receive one virtual Webkinz. This giveaway is open worldwide.

(Disclosure: I wasn’t compensated for this post. I am one of the bloggers who shares content on the GanzWorld site.)

$100 Paypal Giveaway {Twitter Blast}

Who could use some quick CASH?

Continuing Madame Deal’s 3rd Blog Birthday celebration, we’re giving you 100 Reasons to Tweet!!

That’s right, you can enter to WIN $100 PayPal CASH!

**Powered by Madame Deals and Slop Swap**

Thank you to our Hosts for helping out with this great event:

Go Momma Coupons, Giveaway Bandit, Raking in the Savings, Healthy Life Deals and Celebrate Woman Today

To Enter, all you need to do is follow my friends and I on Twitter. The more you follow the more entries you’ll get!

We’ve made it pretty easy for you to enter so get to it! You can do them all at once or some each day!

Giveaway will run from April 21st 12:01 am EST – April 30th 11:59 pm EST.



*TWITTER PARTY ALERT* #LYMBaby Twitter Party {12/14 9pm CST}

My business partner at Living Your Moment, Abbey, is about to have a baby and we are celebrating with a huge Twitter party! Since Abbey has spent the last two years supporting mom {and dad} owned businesses we have lots of people that want to say thank you to her and we have over 15 amazing businesses joining in. That means over 15 prizes at this Twitter party!

The businesses joining in include:

Pumping Station, LLC {@pumpapair}

Bebe Bottom Skincare {@babyfreshclean}

See Baby Grow, LLC {@seebabygrow}

Square Inches Of Love Project {@SqInchesOfLove}

Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company {@tastyclouds}

Sprinkle Me Pink {@SprinkleMePink}

Busy Mom Boutique {@busymomboutique}

Namely Newborns {@namelynewborns}

Cutie Pa Tutus, LLC {@cutiepatutus}

Chocolate Cake Club {@SueKirchner}

Templeton’s- “Timeless Infant Silver” {@TempletonSilver}

PakNak LLC {@PakNak}

Baby Shower Expo {@babyshowerexpo}

Babee Covee {@babeecovee}

Saige Nicole’s {@SaigeNicoles}

Cute Beltz {@CuteBeltz}


Location: Twitter {Follow #LYMBaby}

Date/Time: Wednesday, 12/14, 9pm CST


@aliciamarie112, @cutiepatutus, @cutebeltz, and @livingyrmoment

How to RSVP

1) Leave a comment below with your Twitter handle

2) After you RSVP, tweet “I RSVP’d for the #LYMBaby Twitter Party {Wed. 9pm CST} Over 15 prizes being given away! RSVP here: “



At the Twitter party our grand prize giveaway will be announced. This giveaway will be hosted via Rafflecopter and will be open for two weeks and open to everyone BUT if you attend the Twitter party you get an extra entry into the grand prize giveaway.


(Disclosure: I am not being compensated for sharing about this Twitter party or giveaway. All prizes will be shipped by the businesses. Please note: Some of these companies only ship to people residing in the US.)

#KidGrade Twitter Party

Come join me for a party! A Twitter party that is! :)

When: TOMORROW, November 29th 7-8pm CT

Hashtag: #kidgrade (Follow the hashtag, KidGrade and us on TweetGrid.)


  • Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card (must RSVP and be present to win)
  • $25 Target Gift Card from Sunshine Rewards
  • $25 Gino’s East Pizza Gift Card
  • Kids Travel Kits
  • Family Travel Guide Books

Plus, get more information on how you can win an iPod just for reviewing your favorite family spots!

Chat Hosts:


Wondering what a Twitter party is and how you can participate? Here is a Twitter party “guide”:
(Disclosure: I have been compensated for hosting this event, through the Inexpensively network, but all opinions are my own.)