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Snowbird destinations: Gulf County, Florida

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

Have you ever heard term “Snowbird” as it applies to people? I first heard the term on a winter trip to Florida back in the 80’s. Retirees from the midwest will leave their northern homes for a few months out of the year and flock to warmer destinations. Maybe you, your parents or grandparents are such folk. Personally, I LOVE going to these places in the winter because the people are nice, the weather isn’t insanely hot, and you can still go out for a swim or an outdoor adventure! 

Gulf County, Florida asked me to tell you about their amenities as a destination for the Winter. And lemme tell you, they look pretty enticing.

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Located in northwest Florida, Gulf County has 43 miles of natural shoreline. The place is surrounded by water, perfect for frolicking in for photo ops that turn into “Wish you were here” postcards to send to your jealous friends and relatives.

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It’s pretty laid-back, with no high-rises or busy highways, and white-sand beaches that face westward, so it sound like that could make for some pretty gorgeous sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. More photo ops!

But – what’s this I see?

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The place has bayous. Yes. The place has bayous AND sandy shoreline. So if you’re craving a kayaking or biking adventure or want to check out the wildlife, this seems to be THE place.

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Tons more in this quaint area of Florida: Snorkeling, local flavor, and two time zones! I must note that Gulf County admits the Wi-Fi is spotty, so you’d better be prepared to turn off the devices for a few days and become one with the elements.

For more information, go to Come visit GCFL, browse around, and sign up for the newsletter to get updates! You’ll go to their website and find all there is you need to know about this destination and plenty of Winter Fun Events.

Wherever you end up this winter, may you keep warm and enjoy life.

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This is a compensated post for Global Influence. All opinions are my own.

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As women who have grown up in the face of insecurity, ill-conceived standards of beauty and a world dominated socially and economically by men, it’s up to us to change the way future generations of girls see themselves.

 

Walmart and Dove are partnering together to ask women everywhere, “Who do you #FeelBeautifulFor?” as part of the Dove Self Esteem Project. I thought about who I feel beautiful for – and I can’t really name just one person or a few people. So I choose everyone. Every day I live in a world in which I find my well-referenced, intelligent arguments met with condescending statements like “You’re attractive, but a bit misguided.” (I can almost feel people patting my pretty little head when they say that.) I make no bones about using my brain, speaking my mind, and living on facts instead of fear.

It is so challenging to be a girl who dares in this world. If we show our intelligence or bravery, it’s because we can’t get a date. It seems that everything we do, no matter what, comes down to judgments on our physical appearance. As someone who was strolled as an infant in an ERA rally by her mother, I find it very disturbing. But I also admire those who are working hard to change things, and I’m glad to be one of those people who is working toward that goal.

You can visit the Dove Beauty Page at Walmart to get information on how Dove has worked on self-esteem building projects for 14 million girls. You can also see what other women are saying about their own beauty legacy. I highly recommend watching the short film, “Legacy,” which brought tears to my eyes. It shows how a girl’s self-esteem starts with the legacy passed on by the women in her lives. It is extremely powerful even in two minutes.

The Dove Beauty Page also has deals on Dove products!

You can also enter to win one of eight $25 SpaWeek Gift Cards right here:

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Meanwhile, check the hashtag #FeelBeautifulFor on your social media channels, and use the hashtag yourself to enter the conversation and share your thoughts.

Who do you #FeelBeautifulFor? What do you want your beauty legacy to be? Please share in the comments!

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Low-fat pumpkin muffins with Musselman’s!

I was given product by Musselman’s for this post. 

Oh, ’tis the season for lots and lots of good food that is so tempting to kids and adults alike – good thing Musselman’s is on hand! Now, I’d heard about switching out the oil for apple sauce in baking recipes, but 1) I’d never tried it, and 2) I thought you could only substitute a portion of the oil. Guess what – you can swap out all the oil in a recipe for muffins, cakes, and even brownies for Musselman’s apple sauce and you will STILL get a tasty item that is still just as moist and tastes amazing!

Since it’s fall, I decided just to get a standard Pumpkin muffin mix and swap out the oil for unsweetened Musselman’s apple sauce.

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It’s very easy to mix, even though the consistency of the apple sauce is different. And once you have the batter ready, it looks just like the kind to which you’re accustomed.

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This is a muffin tin that has definitely been loved! I remember my mom using this when I was just a kid.

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I was so amazed that these muffins were SO TASTY when they came out of the oven! My mom really loved them – which I think is great, since she is diabetic, is on dialysis, and needs to have healthier options that are easier for the body to process. Applesauce is also just a great thing to have around, especially at snacktime for diabetics, as it doesn’t have much of an impact on blood sugar levels and is also extremely filling.

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These muffins are great – whether for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or to put in your kid’s lunchbox. You can also add muffins, or even swap the egg for milled flax.

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Think about all the fat that has been replaced with the goodness of apple sauce! I substituted 1/3 cup of oil! Wow!

Need some more great ideas? Check the Musselman’s Apple Sauce Swap page for a guide and recipes for making the swap this season!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

My enjoyment of CRYSTAL LIGHT can now be rewarded with Miranda Lambert goodies through their Platinum Points reward program!

So, y’all remember how Miranda Lambert and I became totes bffs for like five seconds on the CRYSTAL LIGHT Miranda Lambert Platinum tour,  right?

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Well, now those memories can live on! Here’s how it works: Purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT at Walmart. Keep your receipt!  Sign up at Platinum Points (use the promo code mirandaic to start off with 30 points), submit a receipt with qualifying Crystal Light products, and earn points to eventually redeem for Miranda Lambert stuff.Even by redeeming your first CRYSTAL LIGHT item, you get 100 points – and that’s enough for a Miranda Lambert song download!

Did you know the Strawberry Lemonade CRYSTAL LIGHT liquid is Miranda Lambert's favorite flavor?

Did you know the Strawberry Lemonade CRYSTAL LIGHT liquid is Miranda Lambert’s favorite flavor?

Here is a partial list of participating products. It looks like most CRYSTAL LIGHT products qualify for the program, with the exception of SodaStream syrups.

  • CRYSTAL LIGHT Sugar Free On The Go – 100 Points
  • CRYSTAL LIGHT On The Go Multipacks – 100 Points
  • CRYSTAL LIGHT Canisters – 100 Points CRYSTAL LIGHT Liquid – 100 Points

I found the easiest way to submit a receipt was through my mobile device. Open the Platinum Points website in your mobile browser, log in to your account, and you’ll immediately see an app-like page with a menu for the list of products, rewards, and a way to snap a photo. Screenshot_2014-10-29-13-38-05 You can snap, upload (it usually takes a couple of minutes), and your receipt will be verified to see that you purchased qualifying items. You will receive an email with a link to check on your reward status. Screenshot_2014-10-29-13-38-11 After the verification process is complete, your points will be added to your account! You can save up for a Miranda Lambert CD,  a tumbler, even a signed guitar if you earn 8,000 points! I would love to see the person who purchases 80 CRYSTAL LIGHT products to win this one!

I will say a couple of things: The site is difficult to navigate on a desktop, so I again encourage just using the mobile version. You can also invite your friends via Facebook, and for each friend who signs up, you get 25 points! So go, get your drink on, enjoy and earn. Have a good one!

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nightmareonelmstreetrunGet ready to run for your lives – the second annual Nightmare On Elm Street Run will be held in Downtown Rogers Nov. 1, 2014!

Activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Frisco Park Stage on Second Street in Downtown Rogers.

Runners will be darting past zombies during the Zombie 5K at 4:30 p.m. All runners will be “alive” at the beginning of the race. If you make it to the finish line without being touched by a zombie and becoming one of the Running Dead, you get a prize!

All 5K runners will receive a goody bag and t-shirt if signed up by the race day; additional shirts can be purchased at the event.

Now, if you want to play it safe, there is a one-mile fun run at 4 p.m. Also, there will be zombie makeovers between 1:30-4:30 p.m.

And wear your costumes! Because there will be a costume contest! Prizes will be awarded for best runner costume and best team!

You can register and get info on prices here. Proceeds from the run will go to benefit the Rogers Optimist Club.

Since 1979, Optimists have been serving the youth of Rogers, AR. The Optimist Club of Rogers is a member of Optimist International www.optimist.org. The club conducts service projects for the kids in our community, such as an essay and oratorical contest, an annual fishing derby, and Respect for Law Day. The club also donates to other youth organizations like American Legion Baseball, Crossroads School, Nothing in Return, and Shop with a Cop. The club provides scholarships to a graduating senior from each high school and also sponsors the Player of the Week and Player of the Month at each middle school and high school.

Be sure to visit and like Nightmare On Elm Street Run on Facebook for updates!

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