32 GB iPad mini Giveaway (ends 9/30) via @thatbaldchick
Posts May Contain Affiliate Links. See Disclosure. All opinions my own.

Brawny® Renews Partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project® #ToughIs

Being tough means continuing when it would be easy to stop.  When you grow up being different, you learn early on that you can either be tough or you can let life knock you down.   Thanks to my amazing family, I chose the former.  Because I know how easy it would be to give up, I’ve always admired those who don’t.  Like our wounded soldiers.   Which is why I am thrilled to partner with Brawny® to announce that they have renewed their partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project® for the third year running!  To date, the Brawny® brand has donated over $1.9 million to the Wounded Warrior Project®.  Brawny® says that the Wounded Warrior Project® shares the same spirit and values as it does: an inner strength that emboldens and inspires people to be “Tough to the Core.”

Tough Means Continuing When It Would Be Easy to Stop

I love companies that give back, especially one’s that give back to our soldiers!

Brawny Logo WWP Logo

The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).  WWP (founded in 2003) helps wounded servicemen and women adjust to civilian life and persevere through the visible and invisible wounds of war.  The fact is, tough is so much more than physical strength. Being tough, for some, is about learning to put one foot in front of the other again.  For others, it’s about getting back up when life has knocked you down.  For many of our soldiers, it’s about learning to work through the invisible wounds they sustained on the battlefield.

My Dad served three tours in Vietnam, aboard the USS Hooper DE-1026 from 1965 to 1968.  He doesn’t talk much about his time in the Navy.   Back then, a lot soldiers returning from war didn’t talk about their experiences.   Instead, they stuffed it.  Their inability to deal with their invisible wounds would inevitably creep into other areas of their lives.  My Dad is a recovered alcoholic, and has been for years.  While he’s never actually said it, I’ve no doubt that the invisible wounds of war helped drive him toward the bottle.  Perhaps if WWP had been around back then, many of our soldiers could have avoided years of living with festering wounds.
Our soldiers are amazing heroes, and when they come back from war, some of them need a bit of help.  After all they’ve done for us, I think we owe it to them to give them the help they need.  How can you help, you ask?
Simply tell us what “tough” means to you and the Brawny® brand will donate $1 to WWP for every text or photo submission, and for $5 for every video (up to $350,000).  You can share your definition and donate using #ToughIs on Facebook, Instagram or visit www.brawny.com/wounded-warrior-projectYou can connect with  @Brawny on Twitter and Brawny® on Facebook and BrawnyBrand on Instagram and you can connect with @wwpinc on Twitter and Wounded Warrior Project® on Facebook.Learn more about Brawny®’s partnership with Wounded Warrior Project® by visiting www.brawny.com/wounded-warrior-project .  To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project®, and check out some awesome volunteer opportunities, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.com.

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign that I am participating in with Brawny. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the brand.


Posts may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure. All Opinions are My Own
32 GB iPad mini Giveaway (ends 9/30) via @thatbaldchick
Posts May Contain Affiliate Links. See Disclosure. All opinions my own.

Skip the Kennel- Find a Loving Dog Sitter with DogVacay

This post made possible by DogVacay. All opinions are my own.

We always had a dog when I was growing up.  In fact, the number of years that I had a dog far outnumber the number of years that I haven’t.  That said, we haven’t had a pet in over five years.  One of the reasons we don’t have pets is because we like to travel and we don’t know any pet sitters.  As the kids get older, I more often get the question, “Mom, when can we get a dog?”  That seemingly innocent question sent me on a quest to explore our options.  I mean, what would we do with the dog if we wanted to go on vacation?  I recently heard of DogVacay, and it seems like a perfect solution!


Here’s how DogVacay works…

  • DogVacay is an online community that connects dog owners with our 20,000 vetted and insured pet sitters across North America, ready to care for your dog like a member of their family.
  • All reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updated of your pooch enjoying a “Vacay” of his own. You can finally travel with peace of mind — at prices half the price of the local kennel!
  • How it works:
    • Simply type in your zip code and find a PAWesome sitter in your neighborhood.
    • Schedule a meet ‘n greet to meet your Host, then book your pup’s Vacay and pay online.
    • You can now travel knowing your pup is having the time of his life in a loving home with one on one attention!
    • Receive photo “pup”dates showing how much fun your pup is having, and rest assured knowing each Vacay is covered with our free pet insurance and 24/7 customer care.
    • DogVacay is so loved by dog owners that it has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Forbes and The Today Show

I like the “pup”dates part!  Who wants to be away from their best friend and not know how they are doing?  Knowing that we could easily find a loving dog sitter with DogVacay certainly sways the pendulum in the direction of getting a pet again!

Check out this great video about DogVacay…

You can also apply to be a DogVacay host!

How to become a DogVacay Host

What better way is there to make money than watching adorable pups in your own home? DogVacay Hosts from all over have told us hosting pups has helped them spend more time with their families, pay for school, and save up for weddings or travel. Hosting pups on DogVacay is a low stress way to do what you love.

So, who can Host? You can host! Whether you’re a professional dog sitter or just a regular dog lover, DogVacay makes it easy to earn money watching pups. Simply create a free profile, set your own rates, decide which dogs to take and when to take them. DogVacay does the rest!  Each is covered by free pet insurance and 24/7 customer care.

Become a Host DogVacay

How paws-atively exciting!  Now, to talk my husband into a puppy…

Posts may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure. All Opinions are My Own
32 GB iPad mini Giveaway (ends 9/30) via @thatbaldchick
Posts May Contain Affiliate Links. See Disclosure. All opinions my own.

Theradome™ and Pink Lotus Breast Center Join Forces to Help Women Recover from Cancer-Related Hair Loss

This post made possible by Theradome™.

You all know that I proudly rock my bald head.  I’ve been bald all of my life, because of my skin disorder, and it’s just part of me.  For some women, though, the loss of hair can be absolutely devastating.  Which is why Theradome™, the manufacturer of the first and only FDA-cleared wearable, over-the-counter hair restoration device, just announced a new partnership with the Pink Lotus Breast Center.  The Pink Lotus Breast Center is hosting an exciting giveaway in which three women recovering from breast cancer will be chosen to receive a free limited edition pink Theradome™ LH80 PRO helmet to help restore their hair.

I had no idea that there was such exciting new technologies for restoring women’s hair after cancer-related hair loss!  Women recovering from breast cancer, along with their friends and family, may enter the Theradome™ giveaway by completing an entry form and providing a recent photograph of the entrant. On October 28, three winners will be selected at random to win.

It’s amazing that this…

pink lotus helmet

can do this!

Before Pink Lotus Helmet…before pink lotus helmet use

After Pink Lotus Helmet use… after pink lotus helmet use

Says, Tamim Hamid, inventor and founder of Theradome™,  “Our FDA-cleared hair restoration device is an incredible solution for the myriad of strong women who are dealing with hair loss as a result of breast cancer treatment.  Partnering with a nationally-recognized brand like Pink Lotus seemed like a natural and obvious choice for raising awareness and enriching these ladies’ lives.”

Breast cancer survivors, their friends and family can enter the giveaway on Pink Lotus’ Facebook page through October 25, 2014: facebook.com/pinklotusbreastcenter


Theradome, a medical device company based in Silicon Valley, Calif., specializes in bringing laser-based hair restoration therapies previously only available in a clinical setting into the home. Theradome Laser Helmet LH80 PRO helps minimize hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair for a fraction of the price of a visit to a clinic. For more information please visit www.theradome.com.

About the Pink Lotus Breast Center

The Pink Lotus Breast Center is an organization exclusively dedicated to the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. At the Pink Lotus Breast Center, women enjoy the unique experience of a comprehensive facility featuring holistic care linked seamlessly to the latest breast cancer screening and diagnostic technologies and state-of-the-art surgery. The organization’s mission conveys one clear purpose: to offer the most comprehensive and integrative breast care available today in a warm environment that provides all women with security and confidence when they need it most. For more information, please visit pinklotusbreastcenter.com.


Posts may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure. All Opinions are My Own
32 GB iPad mini Giveaway (ends 9/30) via @thatbaldchick
Posts May Contain Affiliate Links. See Disclosure. All opinions my own.

Run 2 Sweat Virtual Run @NFED_ORG #Run2Sweat

As many of you know, I recently started training for a 10K (which is 11/8) and a 15K (which is 12/14). You may also know that my son and I are not affected by the Hay Wells Syndrome of Ectodermal Dysplasia, which affects our ability to sweat properly.

Yesterday I registered my family if five to participate in the Huxman Run 2 Sweat Virtual Run, which benefits the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia (NFED). The NFED is near and dear to my heart. They have been a source of information, support, and comfort for as long as I can remember.

I ran my 5K this morning.


Training to run a 10K and a 15K when you don’t sweat properly can be challenging, to say the least.  But, it’s not impossible.  And if I can run 5K, I would think many others could, too!

You can run to support the NFED, as well. Registration is easy, and since its a virtual run, you can run (or walk) wherever and whenever you want. You also get a cool technical shirt when you register.

Register for the Huxman Run 2 Sweat Virtual 5K

Not interested in running (or walking) 5K?  They have a 1 mile option, as well. Or, you can support my family as we complete ours!


Donate to support my family in the Run 2 Sweat Virtual Run.

What do you say?  Can you spare $5 to support us?

Posts may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure. All Opinions are My Own
32 GB iPad mini Giveaway (ends 9/30) via @thatbaldchick
Posts May Contain Affiliate Links. See Disclosure. All opinions my own.

VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet

My kids love VeggieTales.  There are very few VeggieTales DVD’s that we do not own.  When I learned that VeggieTales was releasing a new DVD, BEAUTY AND THE BEET, I just had to add it to our collection.

VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet

About the film:

This brand-new VeggieTales musical stars Kellie Pickler(American Idol, Dancing With the Stars), in the role of Mirabelle, a sweet-potato singer whose family band is on the brink of superstardom.  Her voice as Mirabelle is beautiful.  BEAUTY AND THE BEET blends the irresistible charm of VeggieTales with a heartfelt message about unconditional love. The DVD also includes Mac and Cheese, a giddy new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment in which Larry the Cucumber reveals the surprising and heretofore untold history of his family’s unexpected contributions to Italian cuisine. BEAUTY AND THE BEET is just the start of the fun in store this fall for VeggieTales fans, because the gang will also star in a brand-new Netflix original series, VeggieTales In the House, which premieres Thanksgiving weekend.

VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet Mirabelle and Beet

I really like the message of unconditional love in this one.  Mr. Beet is grumpy, for sure.  He makes it hard to love him, let alone like him (I know several people like that, don’t you?).  Mirabelle wants to show love to Beet simply because she knows that God loves her.  That’s a message I can stand behind, and want my kids to learn!  Of course, my kids absolutely loved the silly song in this one, as evidenced by them dancing around and singing it to me at odd moments.  I also like that VeggieTales has a Beauty and the Beet Discussion Guide on the site now, which helps me reinforce the lesson being shown.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Posts may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure. All Opinions are My Own