Get Your Early Bird Ticket to Social Fabric on the Road Conference in Chicago – 7/11

Disclosure: I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine. #SoFabUOTR #cbias

I will be attending the Social Fabric on the Road conference in Chicago on July 11th and I would love for you to join me there! I’ve been a member of Collective Bias and Social Fabric for many years and have learned so much from them, so I am very excited to attend this conference. In addition to meeting other fellow bloggers, I look forward to listening to the speakers, MJ Tam, Beth Rosen, and Jennifer Evers. Social Fabric on the Road’s national sponsors are Müller, Kraft and iBlog.

They will have sessions on Video, Sponsored posts, networking, and other learning opportunities. The current agenda is (check out the information on the SoFabUOTR website!):
8:30 – 9:00 – Registration, Breakfast (Sponsored by Muller Yogurt)
9:00 Welcome! Learn about Social Fabric University and what Sponsors helped make this event possible.
9:20 – ‘How to excel with Sponsored Posts’ panel discussion
10:00- Photo, Break and Snacks
10:15 – 5 Easy Ways to Building Your Brand Video – Beth Rosen & MJ Tam
11:15 – 12:15 – Keynote: From Blog to Business Owner – part 1 – Jennifer Evers
12:20 – Lunch & Unconference (table discussions)
1:20 – 2:20 Part 2 of keynote
2:20 – Break & divide into groups
2:30 – Afternoon Education Adventure:
5:00 – Gather back together and walk to Happy Hour
5:15 – 7:15 – Happy Hour

About SoFabU on the Road:

SoFabU on the Road is a unique event that allows influencers to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help set them a part from the rest. SoFabU on the Road features hands-on, interactive sessions for influencers to implement what they’re learning on the spot. The sessions are paired with fun city-specific adventures where attendees get to practice their newly learned skills. Events are open to all bloggers and influencers!

July – Chicago
August – Minneapolis
September – Atlanta
October – Bentonville AR

About Collective Bias and Social Fabric:

Collective Bias® is the only shopper social media company that solves shopper marketing problems by weaving together organic social content with engaging, real-life stories to generate millions of impressions, increased share of voice, SEO and retail sales for brands and retailers. Top brands such as Tyson, Nestlé and Duane Reade rely on Collective Bias to sell their stories socially. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, with satellite offices in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Cincinnati and London, Collective Bias was named one of America’s 25 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a part of the Inc. 5000.

Social Fabric® is Collective Bias’ proprietary community of nearly 3,000 shopping-focused influencers with an aggregate multichannel reach in excess of 130 million.

For more information, please visit Collectivebias.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

They are limited to 50 attendees so they expect this to sell out! Please invite your blogger friends (both in SoFab and those who are not – yet!) Early Bird pricing ends on June 12th. Buy your ticket now!

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Watch Chicagonista Live! at Abt Electronics on 11/25/14 at 2 pm CST

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Tune in to the Chicagonista Live! show tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25th, from 2 to 3 pm, where I’ll be a guest sharing ways to save even more money and time while you do your holiday shopping! We’ll be broadcasting live from Abt Electronics. Another guest on tomorrow’s show is Dr. Sapna Mukherjee, who will talking on how to keep your family healthy during the holidays. Tweet along for your chance to win some great prizes!

How to watch the live show:
Tune in on the Chicagonista Live! website from 2 to 3 pm CST on Tuesday, November 25th. You can also follow along with the conversation on Twitter using the #ChicagonistaLIVE hashtag.

Another way to save money is by downloading the Favado app:

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Check Out the Monster High Freaky Fusion Dolls at Walmart.com

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It’s another boo year at Monster High® with a new blend of students! Fusion is all the rage with the Freaky Fusion ghouls, Clawvenus™, Cleolei™, Dracubecca™ and Lagoonafire™.

The Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ ghouls go deep into the catacombs of Monster High to help Frankie look for clues about her past and learn more about her family scaritage. There, they inadvertently set off a time machine that takes them back to the year 1814 where they meet Sparky, a misguided, teen scientist obsessed with the creation of life. Sparky follows Frankie back to modern day Monster High, causing a lab accident in which eight ghouls fuse into four new monsters! VisitWalmart.com to get all the latest Freaky Fusion™ ghouls.

Monster High Freaky Fusion Dolls!

Walmart.com is the destination for all of your Freaky Fusion needs! Check out the Freaky fused dolls Clawnevus™, Cleolei™, Dracubecca™ and Lagoonafire™. Visit Walmart.com to get yours today.

Clawvenus™: Made up of Clawdeen Wolf® and Venus Mc Flytrap® – Clawvenus™ is fiercely “fusionable” and ferociously beautiful, but she may need to change her shampoo to a weed-and-feed formula.

Cleolei™ (Pronounced “Cleo-Lie”): Fusing the Mummy heritage of Cleo de Nile® with the werecat ancestry of Toralei®, Cleolei™ has some ferocious issues, but it’s nothing a quick little cat-nap won’t fix.

Dracubecca™: Mixing the Vampire heritage of Draculaura® with the Mad Scientist ancestry of Robecca Steam®, Dracubecca™ is scary sweet but still attached to rocket-powered boots.

Lagoonafire™: Fusing the Sea Monster heritage of Lagoona Blue® with the Chinese Dragon ancestry of Jinafire Long™ Lagoonafire™ loves to surf and swim like she’s on fire — literally!

Dual Ghoul Personality Test

Which ghoulfriend are you more like? Cleo de Nile® or Toralei®? Draculaura® or Robecca Steam®? Lagoona Blue® or Jinafire Long™? Clawdeen Wolf ®or Venus Mc Flytrap®?

Find out by taking the fun quiz on the Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ page. By choosing between “this” or “that” picture, you and your little ghoul can find out your Freaky Fusion™ percentage.

Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Catacombs

Explore the creepy cool and spooky surroundings of the Monster High® Catacombs! Fang out with all your fave ghouls in this monstrous 3’ x 4’ play set packed with clawesome transformative features and secret surprises.

Images provided by The Lunchbox Network.

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Watch Chicagonista Live at Floor and Decor on 9/16/14 at 2 pm CST

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What are you doing on Tuesday at 2 pm CST? You’ll be watching the Chicagonista Live! show, right? They’ll be talking about “Creating an Atmosphere of Ease and Comfort in your Home” and sharing tips live from Floor & Decor’s new Skokie, IL location.

One thing I’m doing at my house is trying to get it ready for all of the holiday celebrations. However, I’m working with a budget, so any tips and tricks on how to do some “remodeling” or decorating without breaking the bank will be very helpful. Let me know if there are any questions you would like me to ask while I’m visiting Floor & Decor by leaving a comment below.

How to watch the live show:
Tune in on the Chicagonista website from 2 to 3 pm CST on Tuesday, September 16th. You can also follow along with the conversation on Twitter using the #ChicagonistaLIVE hashtag.

About Floor & Decor:
Floor & Decor is focused on the residential remodeling segment. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Floor & Decor offers the broadest selection of ceramic, stone, tile, wood, and laminate flooring available in the industry. Floor & Decor sources directly from manufacturers around the globe to bring the world’s best and most innovative flooring to customers at the lowest price in the marketplace. In addition, Floor & Decor stocks the necessary tools, decorative, and related accessories for flooring projects. In the Chicago-area, there are 3 other stores in Aurora, Arlington Heights, and Lombard. The company operates 44 stores in 22 metropolitan markets across the country.

Another way to save money is by downloading the Favado app:

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5 Easy Cleaning Tips for Your New Year’s Cleaning Resolution

This New Year cleaning resolution tips post is brought to you by Mr. Clean as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post.

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One main goal for our household in 2014 is to somehow keep our house clean with all of our busy schedules. We know that for some of you, this may also be a resolution for the new year, so we’d love to share with you 5 easy cleaning tips to make it more of a reality:

1. Take just 15 minutes of your day and pick one area to do a quick clean. Set the timer and see how much you can accomplish. You can either create a schedule for which area you will cover on which days or have some fun with it. With our kids, we are going to have them pick out slips of paper from a jar that will be their responsibility to clean for the day.

2. We like to use cleaning products that are portable and versatile. For example, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser comes in a variety of sizes, including a select-a-size version and you can use it on various surfaces. It’s even easy enough for our children to use.

3. Use a cleaner that has a refreshing scent to it, like Febreze, so that you can kill two birds with one stone. You’ll have a clean space, and it will smell nice and fresh!

4. You can use a big vacuum for intensive cleaning when needed. We love our Dyson, especially when we do a deep clean. However, for everyday cleaning and maintenance, using a portable or handheld vacuum makes it easier to accomplish. Our 6-year old daughter is even able to help us out because it’s not too heavy for her to use.

5. If you have multiple levels to clean, keep a set of cleaning products, like Mr. Clean’s Liquid Muscle Liquid Gel. You can use it on a variety of surfaces and depending on what you are cleaning, you can either dilute it or use the full strength directly on a sponge. Here’s me cleaning our bathroom sink with it:

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We’d like to hear from you – what are some of your favorite cleaning tips?

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Black Friday Shopping Tips

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Here are just a few tips as you prepare to shop this Black Friday:

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The apps Maria mentioned in the segment are:

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  • RedLaser – You are able to compare online and offline prices for products by scanning the barcode. You can also find more ways to save with the app. It’s free and available in Google Play and iTunes.
  • Shop Your Way App

    Shop Your Way – Before you install this app, make sure you have signed up for your free Shop Your Way Rewards account. You can choose to have me as your personal shopper. After you install this app, sign into your account, and you’ll be able to earn rewards when you shop at Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End, and mygofer. You’ll also be able to find deals and coupons as you shop. Use the Shop’in feature to find deals and coupons to use while you are at the store.

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  • Favado – Whether you are shopping for the ingredients to make your holiday meal or for gift items at your local retail store, the Favado app will make it easier for you to save money! With the ability to search for products from up to 10 stores that you select, you’ll also be able to see if there are coupons you can use on your purchase. You can even make your shopping list on the app.
  • Valpak.com

    Valpak – You can search for local businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday, on the Valpak app. You’ll also find coupons to use. You can even look up businesses that are near your current location.

    Besides using these apps, the best way to get prepared for Black Friday is by checking out ads and deals available for the stores you plan to shop. Here’s a list of just some of the Black Friday deals:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Bealls Florida
  • Best Buy
  • Cabela’s
  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dollar General
  • Game Stop
  • Gander Mountain
  • Harbor Freight
  • hhgregg
  • Home Depot
  • JCPenney
  • Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • Kmart
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Meijer
  • Menards
  • Michaels
  • Office Depot
  • Office Max
  • Old Navy
  • Pep Boys
  • Pet Smart
  • Petco
  • Radio Shack
  • Rite Aid
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sears
  • Shopko
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Target
  • Toys R Us
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Black Friday

    View some of the hottest online deals below!

    Deals courtesy of Savings.com an online coupon code resource.

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    We Used the Walmart Family Mobile Plan to Cut Our Cell Phone Bills

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    [tweetherder]We used the Walmart Family Mobile Plan to save money! #FamilyMobileSaves #shop #cbias[/tweetherder]

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    This past month, Jim and I have been trying out the Walmart Family Mobile program with its unlimited text, talk, and web plan to see if it would be a good option to use with our kids as they are now getting to the age of wanting a cell phone. We also wanted to compare it with how it stacks up against our traditional cell phone plan, since they are both powered by T-Mobile.

    In our post, “Looking for Ways to Cut Your Cell Phone Costs with Unlimited Plans?,” we shared how we went about purchasing and getting set up on the Walmart Family Mobile program. It was a very easy process to get started. After a month of using this program, here’s what we’ve found:

    - The cost of the Walmart Family Mobile program with unlimited text, talk, and web is $39.88 versus the approximately $65.00 per line contract plan that we have now. Over the year, it would add up to big savings for our family.

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    - We have had no problems with getting service using Walmart Family Mobile program. It’s worked well for us in our home, visiting friends/family, in restaurants, and on the road.

    - Jim was able to use the SIM card on his Samsung Galaxy SIII with no problem. He ran a Speed Test with the SIM card in his SIII and compared the results to my Samsung Galaxy SIII, which is on a traditional T-Mobile contract plan of unlimited text, talk, and web. I was surprised to find that the Walmart Family Mobile plan actually had some better results than our traditional T-Mobile plan when we used Wi-Fi. As you can see in the photo below, the results showed the Walmart program had 21094 kbps vs 16604 kbps on the T-Mobile program for download speeds and the Walmart program had 11909 kbps vs 12286 kbps on the T-Mobile program for upload speeds.

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    - We did see a bit of a bigger difference in speeds when the connection was over the air versus Wi-Fi. As you can see in the photo below, the results showed the Walmart program had 914 kbps vs 4112 kbps on the T-Mobile program for download speeds and the Walmart program had 772 kbps vs 511 kbps on the T-Mobile program for upload speeds.

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    It just depends on what you are looking for as far as features of a cell phone program whether this one is right for you. We have been pleased with our experience with the Walmart Family Mobile program so far. One of the biggest conveniences is having online account management and information. It can be a true budget saver for families because you know upfront what the monthly cost will be and if you decide it is not for you, you have the ability to stop the plan when you are done, instead of waiting for a contract to end or having to pay a huge penalty to end a contract.

    We think it’s definitely a good way when having your kids start off with their own cell phone to be able to manage their cell phone costs by having a plan such as the Walmart Family Mobile program.

    What other ways have you cut your cell phone bills? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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    Looking for Ways to Cut Your Cell Phone Costs with Unlimited Plans?

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    Because it’s essential for us to stay on top of things due to the nature of our business, we are constantly tied to our cell phones. That being said, we want to be able to have as much functionality with our cell phones without having the costs bust our budget every month. On top of that, two of our children are “tweens” now, so they are starting to ask for their own cell phones. We would like to provide them with some, but still be able to know what the costs will be and to be able to control how much they use their phones.

    Especially with our children’s phones, we don’t want to be locked into a long-term contract. We visited Walmart to find out more information about their Walmart Family Mobile program powered by T-Mobile. The thing that attracted us most to the program is that there is one set price – $39.88 monthly for unlimited plans – unlimited talk, text, and web. It’s only $24.88 monthly for each additional line, up to 5 lines. That would definitely take care of most of our family.

    We decided to purchase the Standard & Micro SIM Starter Kit because we have an HTC smartphone that neither one of us is using. We will try out the service to see if it meets the needs of our family. If we didn’t have a phone already, the prices to purchase one and use it with the Walmart Family Mobile plan were very reasonable.

    Check back with us next month when we tell you how it’s going with the Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited Plans. Let us know how you’ve been cutting down on your cell phone bills by leaving a comment below!

    Be sure to check out our Google+ album for more photos of our shopping trip at Walmart.

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