Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Perfect Springtime Gift: Fellowes' Powershred M-12C Cross-Cut Shredder {#GiftFellowes}

Fellowes logo
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Fellowes Brands. I received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Although the single digit temperatures and endless snow makes it difficult to believe, spring is actually right around the corner.

Along with the obvious perks that I'm looking forward to enjoying (e.g. warmth, sunshine and flowers), I'm also anticipating my psychological urge to do some spring cleaning. I'm not the only one that sees everything fresh and new outside and feels compelled to clear out and declutter inside too, right?

That's why this season is the perfect time to not only help myself but friends and family as well by gifting the power, versatility, durability and safety of the Powershred M-12C Cross-Cut Shredder from Fellowes.

Fellowes m-12c shredder

As a global manufacturer and marketer of business machines, records storage solutions and technology accessories, Fellowes' goal is to enable people to work with greater security, organization and productivity. And with spring such a popular time of year for people to get married or move into a new home, now is definitely the time for a paper shredder from Fellowes to step in and help.

With everything from credit receipts, old bills, paycheck stubs, bank and investment statements, prescriptions, outdated medical records, and government documents sitting around taking up space, it is tempting to just dump it all in the trash when starting your new life as a married couple or instead of having to pack and transport it to move.

But we all know better, right? We've all heard the horror stories about identity theft and that taking the time to dispose of documents that contain information about our finances and other private details properly can make the difference in protecting ourselves from a huge hassle down the road.

Which is why a Fellowes M-12C shredder is the perfect wedding or housewarming gift!

Fellowes shredder

There really isn't much that Fellowes could have done to make this paper shredder better, as it has features galore to give users the ability to confidently discard all of their sensitive and confidential paperwork with ease.

My favorites include:
  • Arrives fully assembled.
  • Slim, compact design fits in just about any room, office or small space.
  • Cross-Cut blades shred up to 12 sheets of paper — including junk mail, paper clips, staples or even credit cards — quickly.
  • Large, 4-gallon capacity paper bin.
  • SafeSense Technology: an electronic sensor near the paper opening ensures that the machine automatically stops and disables itself if anything, including little hands, come too close.
With its ease of use and the ability to keep pretty much any and all information from falling into the wrong hands, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to gift the Fellowes Powershred M-12C Cross-Cut Shredder to a friend of mine in celebration of her family's new home.

house for sale sign

Being the helpful friend that I am, I was involved in various aspects of the moving process and this paper shredder was the perfect accessory from start to finish...
  • During the initial decluttering and packing stages, it tore up all kinds of old records, credit cards and papers that had been stored for years.
  • During the in-depth packing, it made it easy to decide what needed to stay and what could go. There were stacks of old papers that we unearthed that were quickly turned into tiny shreds!
  • During the unpacking and organization/set up of the new house, we still came across items that were deemed unnecessary. With the Powershred M-12C, there were no worries about whether or not it was okay to throw anything out, as the tiny particles that it turns papers into are extremely tiny.
In the end, after all of the work of packing, lifting, moving and unpacking, their house looks amazing and their identities stayed protected with ease. As a big plus, the SafeSense Technology ensured that we were able to leave this shredder sitting out throughout the entire process and there was never any sort of concern that their young children might possibly get hurt!

house organization

Overall, I have been extremely impressed with the Fellowes Powershred M-12C Cross-Cut Shredder. It does a wonderful job of getting rid of documents of any kind quickly and efficiently and, combined with the way that Fellowes has made safety a priority makes this a must-have for homes everywhere.

Throughout this spring's wedding and moving season, why not surprise your friends and family with an innovative and affordable gift that will help them be productive, organized and secure? The M-12C comes equipped with all of the features necessary to make the newlyweds or new homeowners in your life safe and happy!

The M-12C is available at Target Stores nationwide and with a suggested retail price of $99.99. Find out more about this and all of Fellowes' quality products by visiting and by connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Reebok’s ZigTech Big N Fast EX Running Shoes are Available Now from Finish Line {#Zig}

Reebok logo
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Reebok and Finish Line. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Everywhere I go, it seems that people are in agreement that it is time for winter to end. Go home, winter, we're done.

Can we help that we're dreaming of spring? Warm weather, sunshine and not having to put on 12 layers of clothing before leaving the house? Yes, please!

When the time comes, however, while I will rejoice in being able to pack away all of my girls' snow pants, boots, hats and scarves, I'll also be a bit hesitant about what I might find stored away in terms of spring clothes and shoes. How is it possible that these kids manage to keep growing so much? Weren't some of these items too big when we packed them away last year... and now they're too small?

Although we can usually make do with clothing, one area where I will never compromise is with shoes. Between gym class, recess, sports' practice, walks, playing at the park and more, the last thing I want is for my kids to have to cram their feet into outgrown sneakers!

Which is why right now is perfecting time to find out that Reebok has introduced their newest sneaker in the Kid's ZigTech line, the Big N Fast EX Running Shoes.

Reebok ZigTech

Combining advanced innovation, high quality craftsmanship and fashionable style, the ZigTech Big N Fast EX are lightweight, comfortable and available in a variety of colors. Is there a kid around that wouldn't be drawn to the look of the super cool zigzag-shaped sole?

At the same time, parents will love that the ZigTech technology actively absorbs force and shock while providing flexible cushioning — these are even 40% higher than the original! Not only can kids run, jump, skip, leap and more over a variety of terrains, but Reebok included a unique Pebax Propulsion Plate to actually aid in natural motion. What more could they need to zoom around the playground without a care in the world?

Considering that Big Sister E's feet are showing no signs in letting up their crazy-fast growing anytime soon, I knew that it was time for us to head to our nearest Finish Line to take a look at the Big N Fast EX in person.

Finish Line stores

Inside, we headed straight to the kids' section and had no trouble spotting the two color options that Finish Line had available for the ZigTech Big N Fast EX.

Reebok kids shoes

Big Sister E's eyes lit up immediately at the low profile and overall fun look of the large zig sole and, just as I suspected, she couldn't wait to try on these shoes in blue (her favorite color).

Reebok ZigTech Big N Fast EX

First of all, when did my kid's feet get so big? Can someone please slow life down a little bit for me, please?

Second of all, we were loving the look of the Big N Fast EX right out of the box! I appreciated that the mesh uppers are light and airy, resulting in a breathable comfort, while the extra high ZigTech sole doesn't only look unique but provides plenty of traction.

But as much as I liked what Reebok had done in designing these running shoes, Big Sister E was immediately drawn to the fun pattern and, of course, that signature Zig sole. She was more than happy to move and walk and bend to get the full feel of them...

Reebok Big N Fast EX review

...and was quite happy with the results (kudos to the friendly Finish Line employee that had quickly and efficiently measured her feet so that the first size she tried on was a perfect fit).

I knew that there was no doubt that these were a hit when she kept wanting to check out how fashionable the Big N Fast EX looked in the mirror!

Finish Line kids shoes

As excited as Big Sister E was to take the Big N Fast EX home (and then wear them to school to show them off to all of her friends), it turned out that she wasn't 100% sold on either of the two color options that Finish Line had in store (which shocked me, as I didn't think that girl could ever get enough blue).

Fortunately, I was able to pull up on my phone right there in the store to see the five color options they have available online in big kid sizes.

Reebok ZigTech Big N Fast EX colors

As Big Sister E was more drawn to the violet/pink/white color combo and offers free shipping (love!), we decided to leave the store empty-handed and place our order online instead. We can't wait for these to show up at the door and take my big girl's feet long into spring and summer in stylish comfort!

Want to put the spring into the step of your preschool or grade school age child? Find out more about Reebok's full line of ZigTech shoes by visiting and connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Then head to select Finish Lines nationwide and online at to pick up a pair of ZigTech Big N Fast EX Running Shoes for your household! You can also connect with Finish Line on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Take Freshness on the Go with Febreze CAR Vent Clips {$25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

 Febreze logo
I've dubbed the level of cleanliness that I try to keep my house at as Drop-in Ready (stress on the word TRY). Meaning, if someone was to drop by without prior notice, I would be able to invite them in without being beyond mortified or embarrassed.

The hardwood might not have just been washed, but there wouldn't be crumbs sticking to their socks with every step. They wouldn't wrinkle their nose at the smell wafting from the pile of unwashed dishes and, while my kids' toys wouldn't necessarily be all back exactly where they belong, at least they wouldn't be covering the couch from end to end. Stuff like that.

However, as much as I attempt to keep my home from constantly being an unorganized, stink-filled mess, why does it seem as though my vehicle doesn't get the same treatment? Sweaty kids, dropped food, stale sports and workout gear, family pets... they all end up in my car and, let me tell you, the odors left behind aren't exactly what I want my friends to be sniffing if they take a seat or need a ride.

Which is why it is definitely time to pick up a Febreze CAR Vent Clip from Walmart to always take freshness on the go with me!

Febreze Car Vent Clips

Available in 12 different scents, Febreze CAR Vent Clips eliminate tough vehicle odors for up to 30 days, so you can take freshness along for the ride month after month. Wouldn't you rather be known as the mom who always has a fresh-smelling car rather than the one that has a car that stinks like discarded apple cores or half-eaten sandwiches?

I don't know about you, but no matter if I'm in the car for a short ride or a long drive, I would rather be enjoying the scents of sparkling citrus or sweet blooms instead of being assaulted by odors that make me wrinkle my nose. It's time to take a Febreze CAR Road Trip to Freshness!

Febreze Car Road Trip

When a Febreze car filled with goodies arrived, I'm not sure if I was more excited about the CAR Vent Clips and the fresh scents that they would provide or if my kids were more excited about the fun bumper stickers or adorable road trip game tucked away inside!

Febreze car products

While the girls immediately started playing the game and enjoying the cute little "smelly sandwich" car that we created...

Febreze road trip game

...I started basking in the scents of the three CAR Vent Clips. Mmm!

Febreze Car Vent Clip

I'm often hesitant about scented items simply because they can easily become overwhelming, but all three of these CAR Vent Clips smell light and fresh and I love that the scent intensity dial makes it easy to control just how much of the air freshener is released.
  • New Gain Island Fresh treats your senses to a tropical vacation with the fruity freshness of lush island flowers, orange zest, and a touch of woodsy warmth. 
  • Midnight Storm features a deep, dramatic scent that recalls distant thunder as the sky darkens and the rain begins to roll in.
  • Linen & Sky brings the outside in with the fresh, clean scent of breeze-dried laundry touched with hints of sweet honeysuckle.
These really can't be much easier to clip right on to your vent to get your vehicle on its way to smelling fresh! They can also be attached to passenger vents so that your riders in the front or backseat can enjoy the aroma or, as a way to brighten up the remainder of this dreary winter, attach a Febreze Vent Clip to the defroster vents to cycle warmth and freshness throughout!

car vent clip

What odors seem to make your car the smelliest? Kids? Food? Unpleasantness from outside (e.g. skunks or exhaust)? It's time to add a "smell check" to your monthly car checkups and be sure to add a Febreze CAR Vent Clip to your next road trip packing checklist!

eliminate car odors

While you can always find great prices on Febreze Vent Clips at Walmart (in store or online), right now is an even better time to stock up as they just posted an offer in the March 1st brandSAVER that will allow you to buy a single Vent Clip and get a second one FREE!

Are you ready to take the comfort of a fresh-smelling home on the road? Head over to to find out more about the full line of CAR Vent Clips as well as connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be even more prepared to buy their favorite sweet-smelling CAR Vent Clips as well, because...

One lucky person will win a $25 Walmart gift card from Febreze!

Walmart gift card

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

The Fairies Return in Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast!

Disney logo
While we're big fans of most anything fairy-related around here, I have to admit that we've been ready for something new for quite some time. What have you been up to, Tinker Bell? The suspense has been killing us!

Fortunately, the wait is over as Tink and her friends have returned in a legendary new adventure with today's release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand!


Released today, March 3rd, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast brings viewers back to Pixie Hollow for a heartwarming and humorous adventure bringing an ancient myth to life in the way that only Disney can.

The film shares how the myth of a fabled creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin from TV’s Once Upon a Time), an animal fairy who's not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need.

But this creature, massive and wondrous with glowing green eyes...

NeverBeast not welcome in Pixie Hollow and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn, who sees a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior, must convince Tink and her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast.

But will they agree to help her?

Unsurprisingly, both Big Sister E and Little Sister B have been beyond excited to watch this movie ever since they started seeing commercials and have loved every minute of it. Disney's animation is beautiful, the music is catchy and the relationship between Fawn and the NeverBeast makes you root for a happy ending.

We have had no problem watching this time and time again and I have no doubt that it will be a favorite well into the future!

Bonus features included on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere include:
  • 5 Essential Ingredients to Getting Gruff Uncover the 5 Essential Ingredients (story, design, animation, sound, and making Gruff) in making Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
  • My Dad's Movie: The True Story of the NeverBeast Director Steve Loter takes us on a personal journey of how his young daughter taught him life lessons that became the story for Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.
  • Jeff Corwin's Guide to Real-World NeverBeasts From high above the trees to the darkest depths of the ocean, Jeff Corwin takes you on a wild adventure around the world where you will discover some creatures that actually exist in the real world.
  • Deleted Scenes with Intro by Director Steve Loter:
    • Tink'n About Animals From a float of crocodiles to a mob of kangaroos, Fawn breaks down animal groupings by singing her own catchy song.
    • Gruff Love Meet the big, lovable star of the movie with this musical montage featuring KT Tunstall's heartwarming song, "Strange Sight."
    • My Dad's Movie: Hanging Out at the Premiere Now that you know how I helped my Dad come up with the story for his movie, join me as I get to see it for the first time. (DMA Exclusive)
Filled with laughter, heart, magic and thrills, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast has a running time of 76 minutes and is available today. If you have a fairy fan in your household, be sure to keep an eye out for this magical Disney film at your local retailers as well as from Amazon (where the Blu-ray Combo Pack currently retails for $22.92).

Disney NeverBeast

To find out more, visit the Disney website and Pinterest page and connect with Disney Pictures on Twitter and Disney Fairies on Facebook.

To get in on the NeverBeast fun even more, check out these activities and creations that will bring Pixie Hollow to your house as well!

Download Sweet & Crafty Fairy Creations

Other than the copy of The Pirate Fairy that I was provided in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this product.