Kohl's Will Get You Back to School - #Kohls101

Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for my honest review.

One of my favorite places to shop is Kohl's! They have great prices, fabulous sales, and quality merchandise. Whether your child is entering kindergarten, high school, or even college, Kohl's is the perfect place to shop for all your back to school needs.
Back to school shopping was always my favorite shopping trip when I was a child and I love to shop with my own kids too. My son Ryan is in college now and I took him school clothes shopping at the Kohl's near his college. He's definitely a jeans and tshirt kind of guy and Kohl's has all the brands he loves. I love Kohl's because of all the great values they offer!
He's fun to shop with because once he knows what size he wants, he can walk through the clothing department and choose an entire wardrobe in about a half an hour. When I shop with my daughter, it can literally take hours.
He did pick out one "nice" outfit with khaki pants and a button up shirt, but the rest of his choices were very casual since he sits in a classroom most of the day. Ryan is so much fun to shop with, because he knows I'm going to take pictures throughout the entire process, and he's a willing and animated model for my blog posts!
Kohl's has so many great fall fashions, including pants, shirts, belts, socks, underwear, and shoes. Ryan got everything he needs for the upcoming year and we saved a bundle with their sale prices. As we walked around the store, we saw all the latest fashion trends for guys, gals, and kids!
Did you know Kohl's is also a great place to pick up the extras for school? We came across the backpacks and although he looked really cool in the Batman backpack, it was a child-sized pack that probably wouldn't hold all the huge textbooks he has to lug across campus.
We did find larger backpacks though, so there's definitely products for everyone of every age! They have all the most popular name brands and tons of color choices. Kohl's also has everything for dorm rooms, including bedding, organization products, rugs, bath products, and kitchen and dining merchandise.
As a special bonus, Kohl's has teamed up with Office Max this year, to offer school supplies in Kohl's stores (not available online). Kohl's is really a one-stop-shop this year for back to school! We found bunches of school supplies in a special section by the children's clothing.
They have all the notebooks, folders, markers, pens, pencils, and glue on your child's school supply list. We found crayons, pencil cases, and scissors, and even those elusive composition booklets that seem to disappear first from the stores.
I think it's such a great idea for Kohl's to team up with Office Max to provide school supplies in Kohl's stores, because when my three children were small, I would have done almost anything to reduce the number of stores I had to visit with the three of them in tow. Children quickly get bored with shopping!
I can't believe how many great values we scored at Kohl's! Ryan walked out with two giant bags of clothes and school supplies. A huge thank you to Kohl's for making our back to school shopping easy! Make sure you visit Kohl's this year for all your school shopping needs and don't forget to grab your school supplies.
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Giveaway! Sol Republic Deck Wireless Speaker #BackToSchool

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Welcome to the
"Back to School Pre-K through College" 
Giveaway Hop Event
where you can win prizes for pre-k to college (or even for mom)
on every participating blog listed below!
Each blogger is hosting their own giveaway with a minimum value of $25.
August 1-17, 2014

My prize is a
a wireless speaker
that is perfect for tween get-togethers,
teen hangouts, and college dorm rooms!
(ARV $199)
The Sol Republic Deck is a wireless speaker with unprecedented range and versatility. I've been using mine for conference calls, listening to my music, and streaming the audio from my nascar races. It's also a great way to listen to audio books. I wonder which one of my three college-aged kids is going to try to get this one away from me!
The case is a hard plastic with a rubber base along the bottom, which allows me to set it just about anywhere without worry over damage. The curved edges also make it easy to carry and it's compact enough to fit into a handbag or backpack pocket. It's got up to 10 times the standard range on wireless and 360 degrees full sound. It's even got outdoor boost at 300 feet! Kids and adults of all ages are going to love the Sol Republic Deck in hot Red, sleek Black, sunny Yellow, or cool Blue. Buy it HERE!
Enter to win the SOL REPUBLIC DECK!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents, ages 18 and up. Only one entry is required to enter, but the more entries you complete, the better your chances of winning! Giveaway ends on 8/17/2014. Good luck and don't forget to enter the other giveaways!
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Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q Freezer Meals - Review

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Since 1968, Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q has been serving Texas some of the most delicious barbecue sauces, rubs and marinades. With their new heat-and-eat lines, Stubb's Bar-B-Q can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your home!
Found in the freezer aisle in select stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas and Missouri, these delicious meats can be warmed up in the microwave in less than ten minutes. Each smokehouse meat even comes with a packet of Stubb's Bar-B-Q Sauce enclosed. We tried out the Chopped Beef, the Pulled Pork, and the Spicy Smoked Sausage with Four Peppers and Cheddar Cheese.
All three meats are delicious, high quality products! Our favorite, by far, is the Spicy Smoked Sausage. It's an affordable way to enjoy Stubb's at home. We also picked up two bottles of Stubb's Bar-B-Q sauce (Original and Smoky Mesquite) and have been adding the sauce to everything from shredded chicken to scrambled eggs. Stubb's also offers several side dishes in the freezer section.
Check out all of the delicious Stubb's products at www.stubbsbbq.com!

Pep Boys New Apparel Line - Review #fashion

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Now your favorite guy (or gal) can grab all their favorite car brand gear at Pep Boys stores nationwide! This new line of apparel and accessories includes caps, belts, tshirts for kids and adults, zip hoodies, pullovers, Mechanic’s shirts, jams, pants, jackets and performance polo shirts.
In addition they are offering key chains, wallets and cell phone cases. I received one of their Ford Motor Co. caps, a Corvette seatbelt-style belt, and a Mustang tshirt and they are very high quality products. Ranging in price from just $9 to $20, these new items will easily fit into your clothing budget.
The Ford Motor Co. cap is a mesh cap, allowing for great air circulation on even the hottest days in the garage. The screen-printed logo on the front will last through many years of wear and the adjustable plastic strap on the back means it will fit all sizes.
The Corvette seatbelt-style belt is really unique. It closes just like a seatbelt and is also adjustable. All the new products are marked "official licensed product" so you can be assured you are getting the real thing and not some cheap knock-off product.
The Ford Mustang tshirt is really sharp, especially because of the classic Mustangs printed on the back of the tshirt. I've always dreamed of owning a classic Mustang, but this tshirt is probably the closest I will ever come to owning one! The line includes familiar brands such as Mopar, Mustang, Camaro, Ford, Chevy, Corvette, Charger, Cobra, Ram, Firebird, Challenger, Honda, and Shelby.
Be the first to grab the new gear at your local Pep Boys store or order yours online at www.pepboys.com. They offer FREE shipping for orders over $75, and right now you can also save 25% on online orders over $100, so don't delay!


Russo's New York Pizzeria, Pflugerville TX - Review #dining #travel

Disclosure: I was provided dinner at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Tucked into the Stone Hill Town Center in Pflugerville, Texas, you'll find Russo's New York Pizzeria. Don't let the name fool you though because they serve a lot more than just pizza! My husband and I ate at Russo's last week and met with Brad Davis, the managing partner, and his handsome young son.
Walking into Russo's, the first thing we noticed was the incredible pies in the pie case near the door. We were greeted by the smiling faces of the hostess and seated by Brad's son, who often helps out his dad around the restaurant.
Our friendly waiter, Drew, delivered absolutely delicious bread and seasoned oil, along with a menu that contained quite a few pages in a spiral booklet. He jokingly called it an encyclopedia because of the number of meals they have to offer. From pizza to pasta and everything in between, it took us a while to decide what to eat!
For our appetizer, we dined on the Roasted Prosciutto. It's a buffalo mozzarella that is wrapped in thinly sliced ham, battered and fried,  then served with a marinara sauce. It's incredibly delicious. Russo's offers a wide variety of appetizers, soups, and salads, along with their many meals and mouthwatering desserts.
We finally settled on a New York Village Pizza, mostly because it contained the toppings we usually like to eat on pizza - pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, bell peppers, Canadian bacon, hamburger and mozzarella cheese. I am a true pizza addict, but we've never had a pizza like this!
It's absolutely delicious, all the way down to the last bite of the crust. The toppings are all fresh, and the scrumptious crust is seasoned. It's not an overly thick crust that is made to be a filler, but rather it's both soft and crispy, and just enough to contain the mountain of toppings. It's baked to perfection in a brick oven. My husband, who rarely eats more than two pieces of pizza, actually ate four pieces.
Although we told ourselves to save room for dessert, somehow our tastebuds had other ideas. However, we ordered dessert anyway, deciding it was well worth feeling too full later. I ordered the Chocolate Italian Cream Cake and my husband ordered the Italian Cannoli -- both were amazing! He managed to finish his dessert, but I had to ask for a take home box. I stowed away 1/2 my cake, the last piece of pizza, the lettuce and tomatoes from the appetizer, and the leftover bread for lunch the next day (and it was delicious then too).
I can't wait to go back again. Since they offer about 15 different pizzas, plus a build-your-own pizza menu, we definitely must try some more combinations. Russo's even offers a gluten-free menu. I can't wait to try their pastas and calzones. Honestly, I'd have to say that Russo's is my new favorite restaurant! It's a great place for families and they offer a kids' menu too. Their service is fast and friendly. Be sure to ask for Drew -- he's a fabulous waiter!
Visit Russo's at 18816 Limestone Commercial Dr, #500 Pflugerville, TX, 78660
Give them a call at 512-252-7444
Check out their menu and find a Russo's near you at:
You can even order online!

Clearly Filtered Clean Water Pitcher - Review

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Water is the best thing for your body. My kids will tell you that whenever they complained about a headache, a stomach ache, or even muscle ache, I would tell them to drink more water. Water is good for your skin, your hair, your organs, and everything else about you!
Having water on hand that is PURE is very important too and I love the new Clearly Filtered Clean Water Pitcher! It's so easy to use - just fill with water and let it drain through the filter. Put the pitcher in your refrigerator so that it's always nice and cold. The shape of the pitcher makes it easy to pour and easy to store.
The Clean Water Pitcher comes with a handy tool to help you change the filter, after about 300 fillings. This pitcher features a patented anti-flouride technology and is made from 100% BPA free, non-leaching Tritan plastic. The water not only tastes good, it's good for you!
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and keep yourself hydrated the delicious, healthy way!

Modere Repairing Hair Mask - Review

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Modere creates excellent quality products that are safe for the environment and inspired by nature. Their collection of products includes personal care products, household care products, and health and wellness products, and each is designed to exceed your expectations. For more than 25 years, they have been providing customers with an experience that is both modern and artistic.

 For the past few weeks, I've been using the Modere Repairing Hair Mask. My hair is very thick and curly, and tends to frizz terribly in hot, humid climates. I've called Texas home for over 20 years and it seems my hair gets frizzier every year. It may have something to do with aging as well, but I'm always on the lookout for products that will improve my hair. The Repairing Hair Mask is a rich, creamy, hydrating treatment and I've been using it after shampooing. It is similar to a conditioner, but much thicker and I leave it on for five minutes before rinsing. It has a light scent to it and makes my hair feel so soft. It's helped a lot in controlling the frizziness in my hair, especially on very humid days. I really like it! Modere's hair care product line also includes shampoo, conditioner, and hair serum, so you're sure to find what your hair needs too.
Modere offers a personalized customer experience, free shipping, unmatched rewards, and fun incentives for shopping with their company. They are all about safe, affordable, well-designed products that will enhance your life and your home. Visit www.modere.com and use promo code 881393 to receive up to $25 off your first order!
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