Come Join Me and Others on Twitter for Pay it Forward Chat #PayitFwdDay RSVP

@brandyellenWhat: To Pay it Forward means to perform any act of kindness without asking for or expecting anything in return, only that the person do something nice for someone else. It’s a simple, yet powerful concept that can change the lives of those around us, make us healthier and happier, and even make the world a better place for future generations.

Join us for a Twitter party to celebrate International Pay it Forward Day coming up on April 24, 2014.

Along with Charley Johnson, President of the Pay it Forward Foundation, we will be sharing powerful Pay it Forward stories, ways that you and your family can Pay it Forward, and how to teach our children the importance of spreading kindness.

When: Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. ET (the party will last one hour)

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #PayitFwdDay hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:  http://twtvite.com/payitfwdday

Hashtag: #PayitFwdDay

Prizes: We will be giving away five prizes to randomly selected winners. Five winners who answer trivia questions during the party will receive $50 VISA gift cards, and the Pay it Forward bracelet!

Hosts: @SavingsBankLife and @charleypif

Pay it Forward Foundation Website: http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org/

Pay it Forward Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/payitforwardexperience
SBLI Website: http://www.sbli.com/

SBLI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mySBLI/app_599788450050788

Your fellow co-hosts:

Brandy, Happily Blended – @brandyellen
Chrysa, Thrifty Jinxy – @ThriftyJinxy
Dawn, Homemaking Hacks – @dawnchats
Debra, A Frugal Friend – @AFrugalFriend
Ellen, Thrifty and Chic Mom – @ThriftyChicMom
Emily, Nap Time is My Time – @naptimeismytime
Jenn, The Rebel Chick – @TheRebelChick
Kristen, Mudpies and Tiaras – @MudpiesandTiara
Lolli, Better in Bulk – @1momof5
Shauna, Adventures of 8 – @adventuresof8
Stefani, Mommy Enterprises – @mommye
Tiffany, Broward Saves – @BrowardSaves

Will you be joining us? Head over to the link above to RSVP!! Tweet you then!

{Giveaway} Edible Arrangements in MA, NH, and RI Raises Funds for MS

I have partnered up with Edible Arrangements to offer this fabulous giveaway in conjunction with spreading the news that the National MS Society has joined efforts with Edible Arrangements in MA, NH and RI to raise funds for MS research and raise awareness. 

How does MS touch my life personally? Thirteen months ago my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl after being told for many years she would never have a child. This little miracle baby entered our world and melted our hearts but then my sister started having some issues. Losing feeling on one side of her body, literally from head to toe. I was scared, she was scared and so the tests began. It was mind boggling what would be going on and put a bit of fear in us at the same time, you see my sister is my only sibling and while we had our ups and downs growing up, we are really close adults. Finally, after a few tests were completed it was deemed that my sister has MS. We found out that pregnancy can make MS symptoms flare up, this means my sister has to realize that she may not have any more children for it could really mess up her body with this MS diagnosis. Apparently my sister getting pregnant and having her child made the MS flare up, something she didn’t even know she had, and now she has to test out medications to try to lead a life of some normalcy and raise her beautiful girl. We both are not educated in the area of MS, but sharing this post to help spread the news that Edible Arrangements has partnered up with the National MS Society to raise funding for MS research warms my heart. Maybe it can help more families be aware of what MS is and find more research to assist those living with MS.

This is not the first year that Edible Arrangements has partnered with The National MS Society to raise funds, in the past three years they have donated nearly $33,000 to fund the MS Research and Raise Awareness. Mind you, the locations are in NH, MA and RI that are taking part in this particular cause.

Enter to Win Orange Citrus Blossom from Edible Arranements to Support MS Research

Edible Arrangements stores throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island will donate $5 from every Orange Citrus Blossom arrangement sold during March, which is National MS Society’s MS Awareness Month. Orange is also the official color of the Society. Sharing this giveaway for you all is my way of helping to spread the word, because MS is something that has hit close to home for so may and now it’s hit close to home for me.

The Giveaway

One lucky person will be randomly selected out of those who use the Rafflecopter form to enter to win. The giveaway item is one Orange Citrus Blossom arrangement. The order must be placed in March, as part of this campaign, but may be scheduled to be delivered to anyone in the US during the 2014 calendar year. This is open to US only. This giveaway will end at 12am Eastern on March 22,2014.

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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What makes Nantucket Island So Special?

Nantucket is like no other island in the world. This beautiful whaling village looks just the same as it did 200 years ago with widows walks, grey shingled cottages and cobblestone streets. The historic factories and warehouses now serve as home to world-class galleries and museums. Located just 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Nantucket is the sister island to Martha’s Vineyard, but is a completely unique destination in itself.

Nantucket has a pleasant, mild climate as compared to the rest of New England, with the months of July and August being the warmest times to visit. Its humidity is fairly high in the summer but it stays rather comfortable due to the ocean breezes. The best time to visit this island is preferably September or early October since the weather is warm, most hotel and restaurant rates are cheaper, but shops and attractions are still open.

Who could imagine that such a small island has so much to offer? Explore the Cisco Brewery, pristine beaches, art galleries, picturesque lighthouses, museums, breathtaking views, trails of biking and hiking, unique shops, and stay at the incredible Nantucket rentals that dot the island.

Here are three reasons to consider a visit to Nantucket Island:

Nantucket Lighthouses
Nantucket has three historic lighthouses and each one of them continues to light the way for those visiting the shore. The lighthouses have forever held a place in the island’s history, attracting sailors for centuries and guiding them to safety through dark nights and the unknown waters surrounding Nantucket. Visit them and find out so much about the island’s history from just a simple tour.

Nantucket’s rentals and historic homes
These historic homes draw thousands of tourists to the tiny island each and every year. You will find the most historic and architecturally significant buildings lining the streets, with their actual dates of construction listed in front. The most elegant historic homes are found on the Main and Orange streets where the ship owners, merchants and wealthy sea captains lived. Their owners, adding to the seaside charm of the island, have expertly preserved each one over the years.

Nantucket Restaurants
The restaurants in Nantucket Island are known all over the world for their incredible cuisine, top chefs and (unfortunately) expensive prices. Nantucket has some excellent restaurants as well as charming cafes all around town that serve reasonable lunches and dinners. Nantucket delis and sandwich shops are perfect for picnics on the beach, and another option for a quick meal. You can find plenty of the best ones with a quick Yelp search.

 

Beaches
Nantucket beaches are some of the best and most beautiful in the world. Most of the beaches are private properties but many owners have made theirs public as well. Beach lovers will have to check out the sand, waves, and views that vary from beach to beach depending on the location. Some of the most popular beaches are: Children’s Beach, Brant Point Beach, Cisco Beach, Dionis Beach, Surfside Beach, and Madaket Beach, but there are so many more to explore as well.

Historic Sites
Nantucket Island is designated as a historic island and there are plenty of different types of authentic sites, including preserved homes and churches, an old windmill that still grinds corn, a civil war monument and also an old jail. These sites are easy to find on walking tour maps available in town.

If you haven’t been yet, Nantucket is a great place to visit for a few days or even a few weeks. Be careful though; many people visit for a day or two and then end up moving there for the incredible food, friendly people, and amazing sites!

Edible Arrangements’ Summer Strawberry Clues for Today @DoFruitNE #ILoveFruit

Did you find the Summer Strawberry last Wednesday in Worcester, MA? Well here is a pic of her beautiful self …

In case you missed the first weeks post, I was sick and didn’t post last weeks clues …. Edible Arrangements is having a Summer Strawberry scavenger type hunt with clues where to find their Summer Strawberry. There will be four consecutive Wednesdays, from August 15-September 5, where ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be making an appearance during a pre-selected 2-hour time period.

Ready to Win? You can have fun trying to win free fruit!

Anyone who correctly deciphers the clues and finds ‘Summer Strawberry’ at the Edible Arrangements location within the designated 2-hour time period will receive free samples of smoothies, dipped fruit or fresh fruit salad. Want to win prizes? Commenting on this blog post with the correct address/ store location where you found ‘Summer Strawberry’ OR emailing a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ to moc.gnitekramrpnotlrac@eyakj will enter you to win the grand prize, a $200 Amazon gift card, or one of four arrangements! Doing both will get you two entries! If you are on Twitter and follow @DoFruitNE, tweeting a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ with a caption that includes the hashtag #ILoveFruit and will get you an additional entry. That is 3 chances to win!

Can’t Make it to the Store? Live too far away?

If you correctly decipher the clues but cannot make it to the selected location, you can still enter the contest by commenting the address/ store location of ‘Summer Strawberry’ on this blog post. Better yet, you can visit YOUR local Edible Arrangements during the pre-selected 2-hour time period and mention that you are there because of scavenger hunt and you will receive a 6-piece box of dipped fruit!

TODAY’S CLUES —

Wednesday, August 29 from 11 A.M.- 1 P.M.
- This week, ‘Summer Strawberry’ is venturing to the state that shares Massachusetts’ northern border with Vermont.

- This city is about 20 miles north of Lowell, MA and is the second largest city in its state, behind Manchester. Nick-named ‘The Gate City,’ it is home to shopping havens such as Pheasant Lane Mall and Amherst Street.

- ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be visiting the Edible Arrangements store located in a large shopping plaza off of Main Street.

- This Edible Arrangements is the healthiest one on the block, as it is neighbors with Colonel Sanders’ major fast food chain and a large coffee and donut retailer founded in Quincy, MA.

A Fun Scavenger Hunt – Find Edible Arrangements Summer Strawberry @DoFruitNE #ILoveFruit

Are you ready to have some fun? Well Edible Arrangements is ready to give you some scavenger hunting fun in select Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire locations.

There will be four consecutive Wednesdays, from August 15-September 5, where ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be making an appearance during a pre-selected 2-hour time period.

Ready to Win? You can have fun trying to win free fruit!

Anyone who correctly deciphers the clues and finds ‘Summer Strawberry’ at the Edible Arrangements location within the designated 2-hour time period will receive free samples of smoothies, dipped fruit or fresh fruit salad. Want to win prizes? Commenting on this blog post with the correct address/ store location where you found ‘Summer Strawberry’  OR emailing a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ to jkaye@carltonprmarketing.com will enter you to win the grand prize, a $200 Amazon gift card, or one of four arrangements!** Doing both will get you two entries! If you are on Twitter and follow @DoFruitNE, tweeting a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ with a caption that includes the hashtag #ILoveFruit and will get you an additional entry. That is 3 chances to win!

Can’t Make it to the Store? Live too far away?

If you correctly decipher the clues but cannot make it to the selected location, you can still enter the contest by commenting the address/ store location of ‘Summer Strawberry’ on this blog post. Better yet, you can visit YOUR local Edible Arrangements during the pre-selected 2-hour time period and mention that you are there because of scavenger hunt and you will receive a 6-piece box of dipped fruit!

Think Hard, here come your clues for August 15th’s Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, August 15 from 11 A.M.- 1 P.M.

- ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be stopping by the easternmost portion of Massachusetts which is a huge New England tourist destination, especially during the summer months!

- This town has the initials ‘SY’ and is located between West Yarmouth and Dennis Port.

- The first traffic rotary in the United States is in this village at the intersection of River Street and Pleasant Street.

- This village is home to the Red Sox, no not the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox that play in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

- ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be at the Edible Arrangements store located in a plaza near a popular pizza chain that shares its name with a classic game (if you get this answer, you’re spot on!) and songs by Van Morrison and most recently, Jessie J. http://www.ediblearrangements.com/Stores.aspx

* The scavenger hunt and its affiliated promotions will only be taking place in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire stores.

**Edible Arrangements and its public relations agency will not retain any email addresses during this promotion, other than to notify winners of the prizes awarded.

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