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A Gulf Coast Florida Vacation to Unplug + Contest

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you’re looking for a great travel destination for vacation this year where your family can really unplug from their digital lives and get back to nature, it’s time to take a closer look at Gulf County, Florida! You can find lots of travel planning resources here on their website: Come visit GCFL.

#GCFLnofilter Contest

From now until 4/17/14, you can enter the #GCFLnofilter contest on instagram for a chance to win one of five weekend getaways to Gulf County! Find the rules and how to enter here. For every entry in the contest, GCFL will donate $1 to Outdoor Nation (an organization encouraging kids to be more involved in the outdoors).

One of my favorite things to do is explore outside wherever I am. Now that I live in California, I check out the beach at all the places I visit. Here’s a picture of me from instagram at the beach in Southern California. I could easily add to my beach combing adventures in Gulf County since they have 43 miles of shoreline.

Things to Do in Gulf County, Florida

If you want unlimited outdoor activities, Gulf County will be perfect for your family! When I started looking through the Gulf County website with my husband, I immediately saw activities that I couldn’t wait to do.

Of all the activities available, I’m most excited to go on a horseback ride on the beach. I’ve only ever been horseback riding in the woods and I think it would be such a fun way to check out the shore and even enjoy the amazing sunsets over the ocean (another one of my favorite activities: snapping sunset photos over the water).

However, the place that sparked my husband’s interest the most was Wewahitchka (which means “water eyes” in Seminole), because he saw the water filled with giant cypress skeletons at the Dead Lakes! These tree trunks actually look like little huts in the water and I know my kids would absolutely love to see them.

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Of course, I was also excited by the prospect of being able to go scalloping in Gulf County, something I’ve never done before. At Port St. Joe Marina, they have group trips for snorkeling and scalloping if you don’t want to do it alone.

You can either snorkel in shallow water to collect scallops underwater or just wade in (this is the way I would do it) and look into the water to see their glowing blue eyes. Then you take a floating mesh basket with you to put them in after you scoop them out of the water. That sounds like so much fun!

I love eating scallops and I can’t imagine how it would taste to eat fresh scallops that I just caught myself.

Since the internet availability is not reliable along the shoreline of Gulf County, your family will truly be able to focus on nature and everything your family can do together outdoors.

With all of the amazing camping, fishing, and exploring choices, I know my kids would be choosing different favorites from me. I’d love to sit out on the beach and watch the sunset, and I know they’d rather be building sandcastles and looking for shells in all that white sand. The kids would also love the Tupelo Honey Festival (for the honey tasting, of course!).

Would you and your kids have the same favorite activity in Gulf County?

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Private Selection® Gourmet Foods for Frugal Moms + $1,000 Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kroger® Private Selection®. All opinions are 100% mine.

 photo eb2ad693-5d58-4b5a-bd29-3584be3acd60_zpsaaaa0b8a.jpgAttention frugal moms: who wants to win a $1,000 grocery store gift card to your favorite Kroger® store and a new Viking range?! Keep reading to find the details below for how to enter the Culinary Creations sweepstakes from Private Selection®.

What is Private Selection®?

Private Selection® is a quality gourmet food brand offered at value prices at Kroger® grocery stores. Kroger stores vary from town to town, but you surely have one of these near you: Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Pay Less, QFC, JayC, King Soopers, Owen’s, Ralphs and Smith’s.

 photo 48d2515e-009b-4a3d-873d-b43a953fc92b_zps91281ab8.jpgThey have many of the ingredients you already buy, but at a fraction of the price of national name brands. Don’t be fooled, though! Private Selection®’s products are premium quality foods, just without the premium price. Their variety spans all areas of your grocery list, from fresh items in the deli (chees, meat, desserts) to base ingredients for quality home cooking.

Since my cooking is mostly gluten-free and dairy-free these days, I find that my kitchen staples are different than in the past. I always have extra virgin olive oil and seasoning spices handy for dressing up eggs, meats, and veggies. I also keep a sea salt grinder on my stove, as well as fresh mushrooms to add to just about any meal.

Olive oil can be really expensive, but I don’t want to sacrifice being able to give my family healthier foods just because of the price. Private Selection® offers a great Italian extra virgin olive oil that is still affordable in my grocery budget. What four staples do you have to keep on hand for your cooking? Be sure to check your Kroger® store to see if Private Selection® offers them for less than what you’ve been paying!

If you’re ready to give Private Selection® foods a try, use the Store Locator to find your closest Kroger® grocery store.

Keep up with the frugal gourmet brand in social media! Like Private Selection on Facebook or Follow Private Selection on Pinterest.

How to Enter the Culinary Creations Giveaway

I know you’re anxious to enter the Culinary Creations giveaway, but first things first. Here are the official Sweepstakes Rules. Disclaimer: Official Rules NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the 50 United States and D.C., (except FL, NY and RI). Subject to Full Official Rules. Game ends on 11/14/1 3. Full rules available at

How to enter: You can enter here.

Grand prize: Viking range, $1,000 Kroger® grocery gift card, WUSTHOF knife set, and 10 piece Culinary Arts cookware set.

Enter now before the giveaway closes. Good luck, everyone!

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Cascade Instagram Contest to Win a KitchenAid Kitchen Makeover!


There is still time to enter Cascade’s #MyPlatinum Instagram contest for the chance to win a KitchenAid kitchen makeover worth $10,000!  Plus, the grand prize winner gets a year’s supply of Cascade.   Every week they also give away a runner-up prize of a KitchenAid Dishwasher and a 6 month supply of Cascade.

To enter this contest, you’ll need to make sure you have an Instagram account to enter your picture.  They want you to show pictures of how Cascade cleans your dishes.  It’s a pretty fun way to enter, especially for the chance to  get your kitchen overhauled with KitchenAid gadgets!

Enter the Cascade KitchenAid Makeover contest.

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Win a Free Nautical Anchor Summer Tote Bag!

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Windbag Flight & Market Bag Giveaway

I just found this Facebook like contest and had to share in case you love the nautical styles for summer as much as I do!  Enter to win this super cute Windbag flight and market anchor summer tote bag on the Whole Mom page.

Click here to enter the windbag flight & market giveaway.


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Win a Trip to Share the Stage with Brad Paisley!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

Share The Stage!Are you a country music fan? Have you ever dreamed that you could Share the Stage with Brad Paisley?

Dollar General is holding a contest right now to give away an amazing trip for 2 to a Brad Paisley concert. You know I’m a frugal mom who loves to save money, and Dollar General has the best brands at bargain prices which helps moms out with the household budget!

Right now, Dollar General has amazing prices on LAY’S® and Pepsi products. This is important to know because you’ll want to head there immediately and buy your LAY’S® chips and Pepsi-Cola® drinks to get a free song download and the promo code to enter this giveaway.

I think Brad Paisley’s best song is “Remind Me” with Carrie Underwood (although I would have liked it better if his real life wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley was the girl in the video!) because it’s such a good reminder of how people can get caught up in the day-to-day activities and lose track of what’s really important.

What’s your favorite Brad Paisley song? Why would you love to win this prize to be on stage with Brad at one of his concerts?

How to Enter

  1. At Dollar General, buy a 9.5 oz. or larger LAY’S® chips and a Pepsi-Cola® 1.5L or larger or a multipack to get a promo code on your receipt(or get a promotion code without making a purchase. The instructions are in the official rules here.).
  2. Make your purchase in the same transaction before June 23, 2013, only at Dollar General.
  3. Enter the receipt code on the Share the Stage with Brad Paisley page at Dollar General’s website.

Who can enter? You must be a legal USA resident to enter and be 18 or older (unless you live in Alabama or Nebraska, in which case you must be at least 19 years old).

Who can’t enter? You can’t enter the sweepstakes if you’re a resident of AK, DC, HI, ID, ME, MT, ND, OR, RI, WA or WY. For more details, read the official rules here.


Grand prize: Trip for 2 to a Brad Paisley concert, round trip airfare for 2, hotel for 2 nights, transportation between activities, 2 concert tickets, and $200 spending money. On-stage access is only for the winner during the concert.

10 first prizes: Trip for 2 to a Brad Paisley concert (without on-stage access). ARV $2,050.

1000 second prizes: Brad Paisley memorabilia.

2000 third prizes: $10 Dollar General gift card.

That’s it! Now you know how to enter, so don’t waste any time! If you really can’t wait to find out if you’re the winner, you can keep yourself preoccupied by listening to Brad’s new album, “Wheelhouse”, and envisioning yourself on stage. Good luck!

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