Sunday, August 28, 2011

Giveaway: Win a Soccer Ball Signed by Brandi Chastain!

This giveaway is now closed. chose comment #3, Lisa Noel. Congrats, Lisa!

You may remember the great session that I was able to attend at BlogHer by Gatorade? I had a great time and learned a great deal.

One of the guest speakers was Brandi Chastain, of US Women's Soccer fame. Yeah, she's the one that did this:

I remember watching that on tv and thinking "What an awesome sports moment!" I'm kinda hokey like that. Yet: still cool.

It was great to hear Brandi speak to our group: as a sportswoman, a wife, and a mom. She's really just like us... except the perfect legs that go to her armpits. Ahem. No, she really is. One story that I remember her telling is of her son trying out for his college soccer team and getting through to the final cuts.... and getting cut. (Sidenote: I wouldn't want to have been the dude that cut Brandi Chastain's son. Just sayin'.) Her heart was broken for him, just like any mom's would have been. I love that her lesson out of that was that soccer was HER path, not his. A lesson that we should all take to heart! He will soon graduate from law school, so I think he's done pretty well for himself.

And that's the thing. Wanting our kids to BECOME, to succeed, in whatever they choose, whether it be on the field, in the classroom, in life in general. Isn't that what every mom wants? GatoradeMoms is sponsoring the BECOME movement where moms, dads, coaches, even grandparents pledge to help the young people in our lives to BECOME the amazing people that they are supposed to be. Every pledge on the BECOME website gives $1 to the Women's Sports Foundation. All it takes is your name, email, and city.

The Giveaway: One of my readers will win a soccer ball signed by women's soccer legend, Brandi Chastain.

How to win:
  • You must sign the pledge to be eligible for one entry, and any subsequent entries. No pledge, no win. Leave me a comment telling me you've done this. Just click on the word BECOME above to go to the pledge page.
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook. (up to 2 entries) You must leave the link to your specific tweet/update in the comments. (Obtained by clicking the date stamp under the entry.)
  •  Like The Adventures of the Headless Family page on Facebook and tell me that you did/do here in the comments.
  • Each person can enter up to 4 times, as listed above.
  • This contest will run from August 29-September 19, 2100. Winner will be chosen by and contacted by me, by email, for shipping information. If the winner does not respond within 3 days a new winner will be selected.
Good luck!

Headless Mom

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I Learned: BlogHer Sponsors

Below are some of the awesome conference and expo sponsors that made the BlogHer Conference possible for so many bloggers like me. Today I'm highlighting those sponsors that gave me some awesome coupons for free/nearly free products. Many of the websites/Facebook pages offer coupons, too, so if you see one that you're interested in, check them out, download the coupons, and go forth and save money!

King's Hawiian
Dannon OIKOS
Pine Sol
Dove Ice Cream
Yankee Candle
Got Milk?

I will be highlighting more of the companies that I met at BlogHer, so stay tuned!

Headless Mom

Friday, August 12, 2011

What I Learned: BillMyParents

Are you a part of the Anti-Green movement?

While at BlogHer last week I was treated to lunch and a session about BillMyParents. BillMyParents is a new tool to help parents teach their teens about budgeting and spending. Similar to a debit card, it allows parents to load a teen's allowance/spending money on a card. Then, when the teen goes shopping or out with friends it will text message the parent where the child was shopping and how much money they spent. It also allows you to turn off the card if you deem necessary or if the card is lost or stolen. The card is free for the first month and $3.95 each month thereafter.

I think that this is a great tool to start teaching teens about our almost-cashless society. (It's hard to get used to the idea that you're spending actual money when it's not in your hands.) Especially great if you have a teenage girl that is a shop-a-holic!

I also have to say that the BillMyParents advertising/public relations campaign is brilliant. And very funny. Please watch the videos. I loved them!

I was treated to a special lunch at the BlogHer conference by BillMyParents to hear about this service. No other compensation was received. My opinions are my own, as was the choice to write about the service.
Headless Mom

Monday, May 30, 2011

Dressing (Literally!) For Summer

Over the last few years I have been buying and wearing dresses more often. I think I quit buying them when I worked for a restaurant and had to wear the 'uniform' of black polyester pants, men's dress shirts, and ties. Not very feminine, but then I lost a few pounds, fashion trends turned, my kids were older so my husband and I got out more, and I was able to find things that looked nice on me.

The biggest occasion that I buy for is the BlogHer conference, but there are also graduation parties, weddings, Girl's Night Out, and nights out alone with my husband that I dress up for now. Nothing makes me feel prettier than a dress and high heels.

I have a confession to make: I don't do much shopping online. There are a variety of reasons but mostly because I'm very picky about how clothing fits, so rather than having to jump through a bunch of hoops to return something I usually just drive around to try things on. When Shabby Apple contacted me to do a review of their dresses I was skeptical, but agreed to do it. Their women's dresses are cute, so "Why not?" right?
Bali Ha'i'

I received the Bali H'ai just in time for... the coldest spring that I can remember in California. While I haven't had occasion to wear  it yet, (have I mentioned how cold it is here?,) the fit is AWESOME. It's cotton, (easy care, FTW!,) with just a little stretch for that perfect fit. I will certainly be taking it to San Diego this summer for the conference, and I'm also thinking of wearing it to my high school reunion in July, not to mention my husband and I usually go out for our birthdays. Subtle yet sexy, don't you think?

I had a difficult time deciding which dress to try. The sherbet colors are amazing.
Cockeyed Optimist
The names of the collections are fun. Think: South Pacific, Oh la la, and The Silk Road. They have several styles for those of you who try to enhance a less-than-full bust-line:

 They also have dresses to balance your figure, like this:

The other thing that I like about Shabby Apple is that you won't find anything hoochie on their site. No micro-mini skirts, no 'how-low-can-you-go' necklines. These dresses are beautiful and celebrate a woman's figure without resorting to trashiness.

Make sure you Like the Shabby Apple Facebook page, and tell them Headless Mom sent you!

Would you like to have a Shabby Apple dress of your own? Use the discount code: headlessfamily10off  at checkout and get 10% off of your total purchase.

Now go!
Headless Mom

Monday, October 25, 2010

Christmas Cards Made Easy With Shutterfly

For years friends have been talking about how easy it is to use Shutterfly for printing pictures, making photo books, and making unique holiday cards. "Yeah," I thought, "but isn't it faster to have them printed locally?" Um, that would be a great big NO!

Finding the best Christmas card for your family, or business Christmas cards, is as easy as a few clicks, and the best part is that your order typically ships within one business day. No more running to the store to place your order, then running back to pick it up, PLUS! no waiting in line! For busy moms like me that is the best part. I don't need one more place to go during the rush of Christmas prep.

Since I've been a slacker for 2 years now, (I know! Totally embarrassing!), I HAVE to get cards made this year. I'm thinking something like this one:

It would be perfect to showcase my 3 gorgeous kids, no? I'm also more than a little in love with these New Year's cards (or maybe it's just the darling little girl? either way,):

Or what about personalized thank you cards? I adore these:

Don't take my word for it, though, go check them out for yourself. There are literally dozens of great designs to choose from. You'll be glad you did!

Do you want 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly? Click here to go to Shutterfly for information on how you can get 50 free cards this holiday season, and make sure to select Clever 1000 as the referral source.

This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Headless Mom