Shout Wants You to Have More Fun: Partnering with The Color Run {Giveaway}

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Shout® is on a mission for Americans to Shout it Out and have fun this 2014. The mission is simple; get out and have fun with the family and yourself even if that means making mess! You know Shout® will have your back with those messes, no joke! I have been a customer for Shout® products since I became an adult, it works amazingly at getting those tough to clean stains out of my kids clothing. That is why I am never fearful to have some messy fun with these kiddos of mine!

Enter to win Four Great Shout Products

Shout® has partnered with The Color Run at races across the country and launched a Fun Finder that allows users to find new and fun activities in their neighborhood, found at

Spills and stains are bound to happen when having fun, but with the stain-fighting power and versatility of Shout®, stains can be treated wherever and whenever they happen, making it easy for families to get the most out of life while still looking their best.

Today, Americans are overscheduled, overly uptight and under their fun quota with nearly 75 percent citing their responsibilities get in the way of being able to have fun. I am so glad I am in that 25%, I found a good balance of work and life in my world. I really hope that you reading this, will assist you to let go and remember life is no fun if you are coupe up working all of the time – having a solid work/life balance makes people happier, healthier and the world a fun place!

At select races (The Color Run) across the country, runners will have a special experience with the Shout® Color Mister and 360 Color Cam.

Participants will run through the orange color zone, courtesy of Shout®.

Post-race, runners can stop by the Shout® tent where there will be a misting station to lock in their color.

The 360 Color Cam will blast runners with even more color and capture the fun with a camera that will produce a 360 video so they can share their messy moments with their friends.

These special activities will take place in:

  • May 31: Queens, NY
  • June 8: Chicago, IL
  • June 21: Los Angeles, CA
  • July 19: Philadelphia, PA
  • Aug 23: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sept 6: Portland, OR

My daughter and I participated in a color run type 5K walk/run, I do not believe it was called The Color Run though. It was such a blast to experience, it was to raise funds for our local Library Arts Center events. We walked it, and along the way you could stop to color various things. It was such a blast.

ColorSplash 5k For Community Arts

Will any of you be attending one of The Color Run events? They are located all over the United States it seems one must get close to you at some point.

The Chicago Bears Drumline along with the Ray Graham Drumline, a local youth drumline made up of special needs youths from Chicago’s south side, will perform together at the Chicago race on June 8, with a high-energy performace to rally and motivate the runners.

Shout® will be partnering with Mel B, best known as a famed Spice Girl, who will be at the Los Angeles race on June 21 to help motivate and inspire Americans to let loose and find their fun again this year.

I am calling You TO Action:

From May 5-September 30, 2014, Americans can enter to win a fun-filled, dream vacation to experience a Color Run in New Zealand by posting a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShoutItOut #enter

To help Americans find family-friendly, messy fun right in their own neighborhood, Shout® has worked in partnership with Yelp to launch the Shout It Out Fun Finder found on, enabling fun for everyone. Check out Shout® Fun Finder at

Enter for chance to Win
Four (4) Shout® Products (shown in image above)
Giveaway open to US addresses only

 Ends June 19, 2014 at 12am Eastern Time

Winners will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winners shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Ageless Skin Through Science

Sunlight.  Pollution.  Stress.  Worry.  Time.  Whatever the cause, it all takes its toll on our skin, manifesting as wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.

Ageless Derma is the product line developed based on scientific research and effective ingredients coming together to fight the signs of aging.  The products are the brainchildren of Dr. Farid Mostamand, a leading skin care expert.  He is the author of hundreds of articles and a book titled Ageless Skin Obsession, all about providing great skin care and preventing early aging.  He is the founder of the Focus Medical Spa in Anaheim, California, and the website, which provides skin care advice and over 4,000 anti-aging products.

Dr. Mostamand’s team of scientists, biochemists, researchers, and estheticians with over 30 years of combined experience work together to review research done by institutions and universities to determine what ingredients really work and which are just filler.  They also look at concentrations and formulations to be sure the products can work at the cellular level.  These scientifically formulated products are designed for maximum absorption and enhanced effectiveness.

Ageless Derma is made from plant products and extracts, never from animal products. It is also free of artificial perfumes, detergents, alcohols, and mineral oil.  It includes belides, made from daisies.  This extract helps reduce the appearance of age spots, sun damage, and uneven skin tone. Swiss apple stem cells help the skin to heal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Ageless Derma is the only skin care line to use plant stem cells.  Vialox powder is a peptide that reduces the electrical signals in the facial muscles so wrinkles are less likely to form.

Ageless Derma also contains vitamins like vitamin K and a form of vitamin A called retinol.  Retinol is well known as a restorative product that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and vitamin K helps reduce the appearance of dark circles through comforting stressed blood vessels under the eyes.  CoenzymeQ10 is not a vitamin but it is a naturally-produced antioxidant that works to help collagen production in the body.  It is included as an ingredient as amounts in the body tend to decline as we age.

Ageless Derma is packaged to keep the product fresh.  It uses a pump dispenser to keep the product shielded from light and air, and so it can be kept free of artificial preservatives.  The company provides a 30 day money back guarantee for anyone not satisfied with their first purchase.

There are four main products in the Ageless Derma line – Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Ageless Derma Retinol and Vitamin K Eye Cream, Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener, and Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Mineral Makeup.  All of the products are made with healthy peptides, vitamins, plant stem cells, and antioxidants, created to improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of dark circles and age spots, and smooth wrinkles.  The mineral makeup also contains an SPF to help protect the skin while the vitamins help it heal.  For more information on the full line of Ageless Derma products, click the links below.

1. Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream

            2. Ageless Derma Retinol and Vitamin K Eye Cream

            3. Ageless Derma Intensive Skin Brightener

            4. Ageless Derma Mineral Makeup

Here is what clients are saying about Ageless Derma:

“My age spots faded right before my eyes after only three weeks! I couldn’t believe how much younger my skin looked!” Laura Adair, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“I watched wrinkles around my eyes disappear and my skin looked firmer and smoother in such a short time. Ageless Derma has changed the way I look and feel!”Jessica Owens, Los Angeles, CA

As founder of Focus Medical Spa in Orange County, California, Dr. Mostamand is accustomed to hearing glowing feedback from thousands of grateful clients. For the past 10 years, his medical spa has offered non-invasive aesthetic procedures and physician grade skincare solutions to women seeking to rejuvenate and restore their damaged or aging skin.

In an effort to expand his ability to assist clients seeking to restore and maintain their youthful appearances, Dr Mostamand founded a skin care website. Since 2006, has been dedicated to providing complimentary skincare consultations as well as easy access to more than 4,000 of the most effective, physician grade anti-aging skincare products available.

His well-received book, Ageless Skin Obsession, provides valuable insight into the latest skincare research and the assists readers in making educated decisions in their quest to capture the essence of ageless skin.

The Decision to Start Taking on Clients

Last year I was running my 2-3 blogs, writing on other websites, running my virtual assistant business and juggling three kids with my youngest being home full time. This was difficult, but it was what I had to do to survive financially. After evaluation of end of year gross income, I realized that I could “live” off of just my blogs income.  Granted, I wouldn’t have a lot of extra funds for play money and I would have to be much smarter in the area of budgeting my finances, but it was possible to cut out my virtual assistant business from the picture.

Since I felt I needed to take a break from anything I could cut out of my life this 2012 year, I made the business decision to take down my Brandy Ellen’s Business Solutions website and work strictly on blogging and writing for other outlets. I am proud to say that in 2011 I was making less than what I have made thus far in 2012 with ONLY BLOGGING. As of last month, I decided to reopen my virtual assistant business because I miss helping others and of course I could totally use some steady monthly/weekly pay checks.

My mission this end of 2012 and into 2013 and beyond is to not just take on small business clients, or handle social media accounts of firms that wish to utilize my social media marketing skills but to help bloggers out. I have been working with bloggers to help list giveaways for their holiday gift guides, increase traffic to their websites and help gain some page rank increase if possible.

It’s fun for me to help other bloggers, because after all my main income is from blogging and it is truly what I am passionate about. I firmly believe that I am succeeding in juggling three kids { 2 in school full time and 1 part time}, running my Virtual Assistant Business, Writing here on this blog and on MVL because it is what I am passionate about. I have found that there are two benefits to doing what you love as a “job”; 1) You are a happier person and 2) You succeed much faster.

If you could do anything for work; whether out of home or in home, what would you do? Are you already doing this now?

How to Travel to California With Style

California is not just a state of the union, California is a state of mind. California has its own style. California means Disneyland, Hollywood, San Francisco and more. We’re the birthplace of the modern motion picture, aerospace and the personal computer.


As you set out on your journey, it’s important to remember that California is a big state. Plan your trip accordingly. For instance, Hollywood and Anaheim, the home of Disneyland, are almost an hour apart. It’s a several hour drive from LA to San Francisco. You may want to begin at one end and work your way across the state.


To really see all of California, you’ll need a year. You’ll need a couple of weeks minimum. In the LA area, for instance, there’s Hollywood Bowl, all the movie locations, Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood sign and too many other attractions to cite them all. You’ll also want to check out our club and music scene, including lots of great concert venues. Punch up and get some John Legend tickets at the legendary Wiltern Theatre in the heart of Los Angeles. Then grab some grub at one of the great Wilshire area restaurants. Olvera Street is the jewel and center of LA’s historic and modern Mexican culture. It’s not far away.


Orange County has its own culture. At its heart, of course, is Disneyland, but don’t miss all that OC has to offer. There are countless excellent restaurants, cultural attractions and hotels here. It has as much to offer as LA. Before traveling to be sure to check out Orange County Vacation Rentals to enjoy the best vacation possible.


Also in southern California, San Diego and Santa Barbara are wonderful beach communities with gorgeous, golden scenery. The area offers many great restaurants, clubs, sights and watersports. The birth pangs of California are evident in its local history.


Many seem to mistakenly believe there to be a great void between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Much of US western history happened in that space. Don’t forget Highway 49 through gold rush country. You’ll find everything from agriculture to artist colonies in the heart of the state.


San Francisco is the polar opposite of Los Angeles in many ways, yet both great cities are quintessentially California. Whereas LA has Hollywood and Vine, SF has Haight-Ashbury. Both are equally historic for very different reasons, yet both are part of California’s legacy.

For all its history, San Francisco is a modern city with a distinctive culture that is especially vibrant in its night scene. Bay area bistros have a European flavor. There are lots of distinctively Californian venues, too. Picking up some more John Legend tickets at, you can catch him at the local Fox Theater Oakland.

Wherever you go in California, you will find portents of the future. You will also discover a big piece of American history. With all the golden state has given to the world, you may find a piece of your own past as well.


Future Fortified and A Very Awesome Book!

I am going to be sharing with you some information about Future Fortified and A Very Awesome Book because it’s something that I have really enjoyed looking into. The “A Very Awesome Book” written by Dallas Clayton is adorable! I read it and all I could think of was how much this book relates to the mind of my three year old son and it shows a message that I always push on my children – to be who they are and to never, ever stop dreaming! More on this topic later, but for now an infographic to share with you all -

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