Get a Grab Bag worth $50 with $150 Purchase at ModCloth!!

ModCloth is having a sale! A grab bag sale! What will be in it? Sunglasses? Shoes? Whoozits and Whatzits? OMG, I’m so excited about this wonderful reason to shop through the cutest clothes on the Internet.

Everyone loves a juicy surprise and ModCloth has put together one of the sweetest! Starting today at 9am PST you can get a $50 grab bag with every $150 purchase! This delicious deal will only be around while supplies last, so don’t wait or you’ll miss out. Be sure to read the fine print – your purchase must total $150 before tax and shipping and the deal does not apply to gift certificates. Need ideas for what to buy? Check out their new swimwear and cover ups they have sizes that are fun and flattering for all body types!

Check out this swimsuit. OMG I need a matching cap. With blue flowers on it.

Bathing Beauty One Piece in Blue Velvet – Plus Size from ModCloth – $89.99It’s ModCloth’s ultimate swimsuit – now in a lush blue velvet! Available in sizes 16-26, this retro swimsuit byEsther Williams boasts features that flatter ever…

So, go! Get thee to Modcloth, grab your wish lists and get your grab bag!!

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Alli product-tampering leads to voluntary recall (UPDATE 4/3/14)

Here’s your comprehensive source for where to get information on the current Alli shortage! I have covered a previous Alli shortage in 2012. I will keep you updated as I get news on Alli’s availability.

4/3/14 UPDATE: Citing product tampering, there is a voluntary recall of Alli products on the market. During this time, do NOT purchase anything called “Alli,” as counterfeiters have been known to take advantage of Alli’s 2012 ingredient shortage that caused a delay in product manufacturing. If you are purchasing Alli, make sure it is from a reputable retailer and NOT from an auction site or independent seller.

Glaxo SmithKline, the manufacturer of Alli in the U.S., issued this press release on 3/27/14: 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling all alli® weight loss products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers as the company believes that some packages of the product were tampered with and may contain product that is not authentic alli®. GSK is conducting an investigation and is working with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this retailer level recall.

GSK received inquiries from consumers in seven states about bottles of alli® that contained tablets and capsules that were not alli®. A range of tablets and capsules of various shapes and colors were reported to be found inside bottles. Additionally, some bottles inside the outer carton were missing labels and had tamper-evident seals that were not authentic. These tampered products were purchased in retail stores.

“Safety is our first priority and we are asking retailers and pharmacies to remove all alli®from their shelves immediately,” said Colin Mackenzie, President Consumer Healthcare North America. “We have posted a Consumer Alert on our website,, and issued a News Release with information and photographs to help consumers determine if their alli® is authentic.”

alli® is a turquoise blue capsule with a dark blue band imprinted with the text “60 Orlistat”. It is packaged in a labeled bottle that has an inner foil seal imprinted with the words: “Sealed for Your Protection.” Consumers should confirm any alli® in their possession matches this description. Pictures of the product are available on our website:

Consumers who have product they are unsure or concerned about should not use it. Instead, they should call GSK promptly at 800-671-2554, and a representative will provide further instructions. If they have consumed questionable product, they should also contact their healthcare providers.

“We are committed to finding out what happened and to doing everything possible to prevent future issues with alli®,” said Mackenzie. “We regret any inconvenience caused by this retailer recall.”

I will keep you posted if anything changes. Alli reached out to me during the 2012 shortage and I plan to reach out to them in hopes that they’ll share news on the recall with me.

6/19/12 UPDATE: This was posted by Alli on its official Facebook page this morning: “Great news, we are excited to share that alli has shipped to store warehouses! We apologize for any inconvenience this supply issue has caused and you can rest assured that alli product is on its way back to your local retailer’s shelf. Our locator tool will be available soon to help you find alli in stores near you – so we can once again fight fat together.” The drug will not be reformulated and again, there was no recall. I will update this page as soon as Alli is available to purchase online. 

6/6 UPDATE: I’ve gotten reports that Alli is planning to make shipments to all retailers by the end of the month. 

5/13 UPDATE: Alli has NOT been Recalled. Read below for why you can’t find it. The Food and Drug Administration keeps a list of all product recalls in the U.S., and Alli is not in their database. For information on all FDA recalls, visit the searchable FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Database.

5/7 UPDATE: Alli is reporting on its Facebook page that they expect the drug to return in late June. Details below. 

4/4 UPDATE:  Alli contacted me on Twitter and said they expect the product to return to shelves in June 2012. Details below.

3/15: UPDATE with response from Alli, and 4/1 UPDATE with an alert on past and potential counterfeit sales. Details are in bold below.

If you use the over-the-counter drug Alli as part of your diet, exercise and weight-loss plan, you may have recognized that the drug has been missing from store shelves and online retailers for the past few weeks.

Why has it gone missing from the shelves? Simple – ingredient shortage.

Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline issued the following statement on the Alli web site’s Buy Alli section:

GSK, the manufacturer of alli, is experiencing a supply shortage of the active ingredient used in alli. The alli team is working diligently to resolve the issue and apologize for any inconvenience this supply shortage may cause our consumers. Consumers should continue to adhere to the recommended diet and physical activity routine, which are the cornerstone of any weight loss program, and continue using alli once it is available.

FYI: The “active ingredient” in Alli is Orlistat, which is also the active ingredient in Prescription weight-loss drug Xenical. The Xenical manufacturer Roche issued this statement on its Club New You web site:

Our Florence Manufacturing Plant in the United States manufactures certain ingredients used in the products of Roche, including XENICAL® (orlistat). Just lately the Plant has encountered manufacturing problems, causing deficiencies in the supply of our products, including XENICAL®.   This will lead to shortage of supply of this product. lists the product as unavailable at this time, after estimating an April 16 availability date.I initially posted the April date upon Drugstore’s estimate.Alli contacted me on Twitter and said the company cannot confirm an April 16 shipping date:

@bellesouth - Thanks for spreading this info! However, we can’t verify Apr. 16 as a shipping date. Pls call with questions: 1-800-671-2554 

Alli also told me they’d let me know as soon as the drug was available. No word on the availability of Xenical, but it is safe to assume that these products will both be available as soon as the Orlistat ordeal is taken care of.

Meanwhile, diet and exercise still work, and consult with your physician before beginning any weight-loss or exercise program. (Update 4/1: Please be careful before purchasing Alli through auction sites or independent-seller Marketplaces. GSK has had trouble with the sale of counterfeit Alli in the past, so beware of scam artists taking advantage of the shortage.)

Update 4/4: Alli contacted me again on Twitter with this message:

@bellesouth - We thought you may be interested, alli should be returning to shelves in June. More info on FB:

Update 5/7: alli is notifying customers on its Facebook page that the drug is expected to return in late June. Here’s what they’re telling customers on Facebook:

unfortunately GSK, the manufacturer of alli, is experiencing a supply shortage of the active ingredient used in alli. The team has been working diligently to resolve the issue, and alli capsules are expected to be back in stores by the end of June. We apologize for the inconvenience this shortage may have caused you. During this time, we recommend you continue to follow your myalli plan to help you stay on track. If you have any further concerns please call us: 1-800-671-2554, M-F 9am – 4:30pm ET.

I have read a lot of ‘conspiracies’ from those who think GSK is doing this on purpose, but other pharmaceutical companies across the world, including those that sell the drug as prescription Xenical, are experiencing the same shortage. Again, diet and exercise still work.

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Get a year’s subscription to All You for five bucks!

All You 6 issues for $1.66/issue

I’m typically not a fan of women’s magazines, but the best thing about All You is that the magazine pays for itself in SO many ways. It’s filled with coupons for stuff you use EVERY DAY, it has great and CHEAP recipes that you can make for the family, and much of its content and tips on saving money and living an easier life is contributed by its readers. I’ve seen a friend or two make it in All You and it’s so exciting to squeal and see someone you know getting a page because they’re awesome at saving money.

I also love that in every issue, there is a special page on how to wear a certain item of clothing no matter WHAT your body shape is. Whether you have broad shoulders, a bit more tummy than you want to show, or areas you want to take away from, they have great ideas on what types of cuts and styles to look for.

If you’ve never subscribed to All You before, they have an amazing introductory offer that they’ve extended into March 31, 2014: Get 1 year of ALL You for just $5! Their lowest price ever!I’m tellin’ you, that’s dirt cheap.

Easily drop 5, 10, 15 pounds... right after you eat this cake.

Easily drop 5, 10, 15 pounds… right after you eat this cake.

One slight problem I do have with All You is that it does have the awful guilt-complex cover that so many women’s magazines have. Usually there will be this GINORMOUS photo of a dessert that looks so incredibly awesome, right next to something that talks about how to get rid of those pounds. All I’m thinking of is how much walking or Wii Fit I’m going to have to do to burn off those cupcakes. But usually I don’t eat those cupcakes; I just look and drool just like I do on Pinterest!

So, hey – five bucks – why not? Check out this All You offer here.

Have a great day!

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Spin Into Action for the Children’s Advocacy Center #spinbrush4kids #cbias #shop


Earlier this year I found out that here in Benton County, Arkansas, there were 432 reported cases of child abuse in 2012. It’s a heartbreaking number for me to read and write, because these children are at a vulnerable place in their life and need all the support they can get. I have this crazy notion that every child who is born deserves to be loved, educated and supported – if not by the family, by the community. So I was happy to take a trip to Walmart and purchase goods for a SIMPLE Service project for Champions for Kids.


Located down a country road in Little Flock, Arkansas, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County serves sexually and physically abused children who have called the Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-482-5964) in a supportive, child-friendly environment.


The CAC provides counseling, examinations, advocacy, forensic interviews and an array of other services to these children and non-offending family members. These services are provided free of charge, so the CAC counts on funding and charitable donations to continue to provide these services.


As part of the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Spin Into Action campaign for Champions for Kids, I went and purchased Spinbrush For Kids toothbrushes and children’s books.

In-kind donations are accepted and distributed based on need to those who seek services from the CAC. I contacted them to make sure these items would be accepted, as many organizations often have enough or too much of some items and not enough of other items.

Even with a $50 budget, I was able to make a bit of a difference. I headed to the Spinbrush web site, where I was able to find a $2 coupon off any Spinbrush product. This includes their new item, Tooth Tunes, which do not have the spinbrush function but play two minutes of your favorite music as your child brushes his teeth. They have Tooth Tunes with songs by Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez and a ton of other popular artists.Two minutes is the recommended time to brush your teeth, so it’s a great way to get your kids started on a good habit. You can find a lot of information on Tooth Tunes on the website as well.


I chose to purchase the Spinbrush My Way! toothbrushes, which allow kids to personalize their toothbrush with 141 stickers to choose from. I figure that children who come to the CAC need the opportunity to express themselves, and I thought this was a great way. If you visit, you can test out the My Way! toothbrushes and create a virtual My Way! toothbrush and toothpaste tube. Here’s my creation. As you can see, I refused to follow gender stereotypes, since I played with dolls AND action figures as a kid.


I also purchased a selection of children’s books, because I never realized how valuable a book was to a child until I taught a 14-year-old how to read four years ago. This was someone who had been through a very tough life and had never been read to as a child. So there was no doubt in my mind that children’s books would be part of my donation.


When I brought my donations to the CAC this week, I said to the front desk person, “I hope you all can use these.” “Oh, yeah,” she replied.


To find a Children’s Advocacy Center near you, visit and click “Find a CAC Near You” in the menu bar.

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