Friday, February 27, 2015

4 Best Social Media Sites for Bloggers #BendTheRules

This post was sponsored by HP.
Seasoned bloggers know the power of social media sites. Newer bloggers, maybe not so much. With so many to choose from, finding the best social media sties can be a series of trial and error. Luckily, if you are blogger and looking for the best sites to promote your content on, then you have come to the right place! 
Below are four of the top social media outlets for bloggers; the ones you should be sharing your blog posts on every time you hit the PUBLISH button! Some of them generate more traffic than others but, each have their own benefits and reasons why you should be following the latest social media trends for each site. Best of all, if you don't have time to post to each one, there are dozens of apps, plug-ins and social media post schedulers that you can use to publish all your social posts in one convenient location...  Don't just focus on one or two social media sites! Instead branch out, even if it means less traffic for some and more SEO for another. It's time to #BendTheRules and do what's best for your blog!

So, what are the 4 Best Social Media Sites for Marketing Your Blog Posts
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Step2 Play Up Gym Set™ #Giveaway | Ends 3/13/15

Even though I live in Florida, it's still cold and wet outside! Temperatures are still in the 30's and this cold weather makes me feel like I'm in lost in some northern state; not the Sunshine State! Miss K and I can't wait to get outside and soak up some warmth and sunshine!

With that said, just in time for Spring and warm sunshine, I've got an awesome giveaway for you guys!  Thanks to the generous people at Step2, one lucky family is going to have a brand new Play Up Gym Set to enjoy once all this cold weather is gone and all the snow melts!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Win It Wednesday #Giveaway Link-Up #2

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win it Wednesday!
We've made it to another Hump Day and the rest of the week is all down hill from here!

Get ready for your chance to win some awesome giveaways being hosted by fabulous bloggers! If you are a blogger, feel free to add your own giveaways to the linky!

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#Giveaway: bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad {Ends 3/10/15}

Here's your chance to win a bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad for your baby, toddler or someone else you love! 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad Review

Whether you are looking to add comfort and protection to your baby's crib mattress or to your toddler's toddler bed mattress, you will love the bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad! bebé owl sent me one of their Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pads in exchange for an honest review and I must admit, I was quite surprised at the quality and how soft and fitted it is, in comparison to the price.

Below you will find my bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad  review along with information about the product and where to purchase it.
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Lalaloopsy Ponies: Big Show DVD Giveaway {Ends 3/3/15}

lalaloopsy peonies big show dvd

About Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show DVD
Hold your horses, the Lalaloopsy girls are welcoming some new friends to Lalaloopsy Land: a group of talking ponies! The ponies are eager to put on a show, but there's a hitch- their caravan and carousel need rebuilding. With teamwork, know how, and lots of laughter and fun, the Lalas get the ponies up and running again!
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Bloggers Get Ready for The Hippity Hoppity Easter Hop! Sign Up Now!

Thank you for your interest in "Hippity Hoppity" Giveaway Hop. Please read thoroughly and sign up using the linky below.
  • This Giveaway Hop will run from April 6th, 2015 {12:00 am EST} through April 20th, 2015 {11:59 pm EST}.
  • Each blog in this Event will have at least 1 prize per winner. You may have more than 1 prize but you may have only 1 spot on the linky per blog.
  • Each blogger is responsible for obtaining his/her own prize.  Prizes can be sponsored or self-sponsored.
  • This is an OPEN themed Event – but your prize should be family friendly!
  • To sign up for this FREE Event, please use the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Prize minimum value of $15 please.
  • There will be a #HippityHoppity Twitter Party on Thursday, April 14th, 2015 at 12:30pm EST - feel free to start teasing it! Use the photo below.
  • PAID OPTION: For a $10 fee you can co-host this event. You will receive:
    • Be listed as a "co-host" for this event and be in the first 10 of the giveaway linkup.
    • A link to your blog will be included in the opening paragraph listed on everyone's giveaway.
    • Limited spots available! There are only 8 spots - first come, first served. Once these are full, the Google Form will stop accepting submissions.
    • You will need to be sure to report your link BY April 4th, 2015 to ensure your spot on the linkup.
    • Sign up here:
    • Co-hosts must post the giveaway hop signup announcement on their blog. You can find the announcement HTML by clicking here.

Blogger Requirements:

  • Please join our Facebook Groups "Up All Night Blogging" and  "The Hopping Bloggers", which are dedicated to this Event and all upcoming Events. A lot of information will be shared there.
  • Approximately 2-3 days prior to kick-off, an email with HTML code will be sent to each blogger. This HTML must be posted in your Giveaway Post. Giveaway Post must be live by 12:01 am on April 6th, 2015 or you risk removal from the hop linkup.
  • In that email, will also be a Google Doc where you will need to submit your post URL - First Come, First Serve style - meaning the sooner you submit your link, the higher up you are on the Giveaway Hop Linkup (unless you are a paid co-host).
  • Please keep your giveaway at 1 or 2 easy mandatory entries. There is no limit on extra entries.
  • Sign-Ups will close on April 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Posting about this Event, whether by including the button (below) in your sidebar OR by writing a post is not required to join (unless you are a paid co-host), but we’d love it if you did! You can use #HippityHoppity when advertising. You can find the announcement HTML by clicking here.

To sign up for this Event, add your information in the Linky Below!

Please include your Blog Name as the "Name" along with the link to your blog homepage. This is just the sign up. You do not need to know the giveaway you will feature yet, but start thinking about it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fé Fit Women's 90-Day Workout Program Review

Like  many Americans every year, one of my New Year's Resolutions is to lose weight. Yes, I say it every year but, this year I have a few extra tools to help me lose weight. The Fe' Fit Women's Weightloss Fitness Program is going to be one of my main weight-loss resources. Fe' Fit sent me their women's 90-day fitness program, the Fé Fit Women's 90-Day Workout Program, in exchange for an honest review and I am excited to put it to the test!

The great thing about the Fé Fit 90-Day Workout  Program is that this program is designed so that you can do as little as 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week. Who can't find time for that? Plus, with over 28 different workout videos incorporating 7 different styles of workouts, you will never get bored or accustomed to doing the same routine everyday. Each video offers a new workout to keep you motivated and continuously adding new challenges to keep you burning calories, losing weight and toning your body.  With the Fé Fit Women's 90-Day Workout Program, your routine changes daily and progresses bi-weekly so you'll never get tired of doing the same thing over and over! Plus, with all the resources included in this workout program, you are prepared to stay on track by scheduling and charting your workout progress.

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Champions For Kids Launches Snacks for Students to Support Youth in the Local Community

Champions for Kids' #SnacksforStudents Campaign has sponsored this post.

I am so honored to be participating in the Champions for Kids' Snacks For Students Campaign to help support our local youth and provide them with nourishment they need to thrive! I have chosen to work with a local non-profit organization, The Matrix, to help provide snack and breakfast items to children in our area. I hope that you will join me in supporting local children in your area by donating to the Snacks for Students bins found at the front of your local Walmart store. {More details below.}

A special thanks to all the partners who have teamed up to support this great cause including Champions for Kids,Walmart, General Mills, Kellogg's,  Emerald, and Kettle Chips! It's great companies like these who help our communities to grow! 

About Champions for Kids

Champions for Kids is an organization that has helped more than 5.4 million children across all 50 states since 2004. Their contributions have been made possible by in-store donation campaigns, service projects and community events. They make it simple to give kids in your community the resources they need to thrive.

In 2013, Champions for Kids created SIMPLE Giving. The program began in 24 central Arkansas Walmart stores and expanded across 11 states and multiple Walmart stores in 2014. The Snacks for Students program is the first of several campaigns to launch nationally in hopes of providing resources for more than 10 million kids in 2015! You can help us reach that goal by donating to the Snacks for Students Campaign at your local Walmart store! Just look for the purple donation bins at the front of the store! 

Snacks for Students Program

Purple donation bins at Walmart for Champions for Kids
Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg's, Emerald and Kettle Chips have come together to make it simple for communities to provide basic resources for students through in-store donations at your local Walmart. The Snacks for Students Program is part of SIMPLE Giving, a program created by Champions for Kids that makes it easy for shoppers to purchase snacks at their local Walmart store and donate the items to children in need in their local community. 

Starting February 18th, 2015 and going until March 2nd, 2015, more than 3,600 participating Walmart stores will be participating in the Snacks for Students campaign. Customers can purchase snacks and breakfast items for children and place them in the designated donation bins at their local Walmart. 

All donations made to the Snacks for Kids Campaign will be donated to a specific non-profit organization that supports children in that community. Each organization was chosen by a  local blogger who volunteered to participate in this campaign and was paired up with their local Walmart. I have teamed up my blog, So Simply Stephanie, with our local Walmart in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, to help support The Matrix Outreach organization. The Matrix helps support citizens of all ages, especially homeless children. In order to help support our local organization, each of us bloggers were provided a $100 Walmart gift card as a micro-grant to use to purchase snacks and breakfast foods to add to the donation bins to help kick-start the campaign! I can't wait to see how well it goes!

An Additional $45,000 Will Be Awarded!

In addition to the food items donated by local citizens, Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg's, Emerald and Kettle Chips will be awarding a total of $45,000! Awards will be provided to 13 of the participating school districts and youth-based organizations based on the total number of items collected in each store. So, by donating the items you are not only giving the few items you purchased but, also increasing your local organization's chance of being one of the 13 groups to receive an additional award! 

How to Support Your Local Organization

If you would like to join me in helping support local children in your community simply visit your local participating Walmart and purchase snack and breakfast food items. After you checkout, look for the purple bins located near the front of your store. If you aren't sure where they are located ask the cashier and they will point you into the right direction! You can find out if your local Walmart is participating in the Snacks for Students campaign by checking to see if they are on this list of the 3,600 participating Walmart stores.

The Snacks for Students donation bins will look similar to these. 

Whether it's one box or one hundred boxes, every little bit adds up! Imagine how quickly the donations would add up if every customer that walked into your local Walmart over the next few days took $2 to purchase a single box of snacks to add to the bin...  We would end up needing semis to deliver all those snacks! But hey, that's okay, too! We would find a way to get them delivered!

Again, a special thanks to all the companies who joined together to make this campaign possible! 

Will you be supporting your local Snacks for Students organization? 
If so, I would love to know! Please leave a comment below letting me know you participated (or why you chose not to) or, if you just want to share your thoughts on the Champions for Kids Program and Snacks for Students campaign! 

Please help spread the word!

Please help spread the word by Tweeting, Sharing on Facebook or through any of your other social media outlets! 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Champions for Kids in order to spread the word about Snacks for Students. I was provided a promotional gift to share this post. All opinions are my own. General program information, photos and resources were provided by the coordinator for this campaign. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Win it Wednesday #Giveaway Link-Up #1

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to my first edition of Win it Wednesday for 2015!
Here's your chance to check out some awesome giveaways being hosted by bloggers from around the globe. 
Win it Wednesday starts every Wednesday morning so be sure to subscribe to our Win it Wednesday Reminder to come back each week for a list of new giveaways! Each week you will receive an email with a reminder! 

Bloggers, by entering your links in the linky below, you will automatically receive emails each week the night before the linky goes live in order to add your links before it goes live on So Simply Stephanie.

Link-Up Rules:

  • Please include the description of your prize, location and the date it ends. {Example: $500 Amazon Gift Card - US/CAN - 2/29}
  • Link up a many giveaways as you would like but please, no affiliate links, signups or other non-blog giveaway links.
  • Consider entering some of the other giveaways listed to help out the other bloggers who will also be helping support you!
And most importantly, have fun & good luck

SPONSORS, if you would like to have your product featured on Win it Wednesday with a giveaway, please contact Stephanie at: .
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Astor Propane Tank Pressure Gauge Review

propane tank gauge review
Summertime is coming and you know what that means! We’ll finally be able go out back and fire up the ol’ grill and enjoy my favorite time of the year! The one thing I dislike about grilling is the fear of running out of propane while I’m in the middle of cooking an awesome dinner. Not only does it leave me scrambling trying to find an alternative to my original recipe, but the change in temperature and method of cooking both alter the taste, quality and texture of the food. With that said, when I was given the opportunity to review the Astor Propane Tank Pressure Gauge, I hopped right on it!

The Astor Propane Tank Pressure Gauge easily attaches to the tank (where the normal gas line would attach) and the other end attaches to the gas line itself. The gauge then allows you to see the level of propane left in the tank to insure that you never run out in the middle of grilling! It also works great for other propane cooking equipment such as camp stoves and gas smokers, and works great for RV’s, campers and other propane-operated appliances, equipment, etc.
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#Review of the Ozeri WeightMaster 400lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI and Weight Differential Detection

Ozeri WeightMaster Scale Review with BMI
One of my New Year’s Resolutions for this year was to lose weight! (I know right…) With that said, one of the best tools I have incorporated into my plan for losing weight is the Ozeri WeightMaster 400lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI and Weight Differential Detection. (I’m ashamed to say that I received this product a few months ago in exchange for a honest review and I’m just now getting to it due to the recent events and medical issues.) I am excited to share this review with you guys simply because I know that the Ozeri WeightMaster bath scale will be a valuable asset for anyone who is looking to lose or maintain their weight and also, keep up with their current weight-loss goals and progress. Keep in mind; this is not your typical bathroom scale! This is the grand-supreme of bathroom scales that will help you stay on target, track your progress and give you the motivation you need to get fit and stay healthy!

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Best-Ever Sweet Baby Back Ribs Recipe Slow-Cooked in the Oven

recipe for baby back ribs in the oven
 Looking for one of the best baby back ribs recipes to cook in the oven? Then you will love this one! It’s sweet, tender and finger licking good! This recipe similar to a BBQ flavor without all the spices. Think sweet and succulent

The first time I did add a little BBQ to half of the rack on the last step but, in a 2-to-0 vote, hubby and I both agreed they were just fine without the BBQ! And so far, everyone who has tried them has agreed they are awesome just as they are. Keep in mind, this is one of those recipes that you can really do just about anything with, the key making these baby back ribs in the oven- is how low and slow you cook them and then letting them set for an hour on the counter, still wrapped, to absorb all the juices back inside the meat. MMmmMMmm!

If for any reason you do not like the idea of the sweat-smoky taste ribs, you can still use this oven baked ribs recipe and add your own favorite spices. The method used to cook them works with any flavor combo but, this particular one is just OH-MY! Try it! You won’t regret it!
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Link-Up | #Crafts, #DIY, #Recipes, Kids Activities & More! | #ValentinesDay

Welcome to the Valentine's Day Crafts, DIY, Recipes & Activities Link-Up! Here you will find a ton of great Valentine's Day themed blog posts including fun crafts, DIY projects, kids activities, recipes and just about anything else that could be deemed romantic, sweet, red or covered in hearts!

Feel free to add your links of your favorite posts related to Valentine's Day! 
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Body Merry’s Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream #Review #bodymerry

stretch mark cream to get rid of stretch marks
One of the most common questions after pregnancy is "how to get rid of stretch marks?" 

Ahh, the infamous stretch marks after pregnancy... Not to mention the ones you get from weight gain!

And, the stomach isn't the only place they show up! Both pregnancy and weight gain can cause stretch marks on breasts, thighs, hips, arms, buttocks and just about anywhere else you have skin...

Many of us get them no matter how hard we try to prevent them! My mom, who is a rather fit woman and the typical "skinny" gal with the perfect body, delivered three children and never had a stretch mark. I, on the other hand,  have Miss K, and my stomach ends up looking like a purple and pink mosaic vase that was shattered and glued back together thanks to all the lines on my stomach! Next thing you know, I'm one of the millions of women wanting to know how to get rid of stretch marks!

Luckily, I was given the chance to review Body Merry’s Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream. Like millions of other women, I have stretch marks from pregnancy on my stomach and also very thin stretch marks on my thighs and on the backside of my arms. *Shhh,, that stays between us...*
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Sunday, February 1, 2015

#Giveaway Step2 Sit & Play Picnic Table with Umbrella

step2 sit & play picnic table with umbrella

Spring is just around the corner! 

After a long winter with the kids stuck inside, moms and kids everywhere are anxiously waiting to get outside! What better way to get ready for some fun in the sun than with an awesome Step2 Sit & Play Picnic Table with Umbrella Giveaway

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February 1st- 18th, 2015 11:59 pm CST

By entering the giveaway below you agree to the Terms & Conditions listed in the Giveaway Tool. Step2, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media websites are not affiliated with this giveaway in anyway. No blogger was compensated for participating in this giveaway. Just fun giveaway brought to you by several great bloggers! 

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