Happy Anniversary DD Perks

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I’ve long praised my love of Dunkin Donuts. Earlier this winter I found out about their amazing DD Perks program and have been ah-hem, reaping all of the benefits (I loved that free hot chocolate on Christmas Day when we arrived in Hartford!) Fun fact: DD Perks is celebrating an anniversary!

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Seriously, I couldn’t be happier to celebrate with one of my favorite brands. From the brand I could find every 20 steps when I was at college in Boston. To the Dunkin Donuts on Capitol Hill that knew hubs and I by name and our orders by memory every time we went in (at least once per week but usually multiple…times per week).

I wish, so much, that I had had the DD Perks app back in those days – I can’t imagine all of the perks I would have gotten! Nowadays – I still enjoy the perks though less frequently because Dunkin Donuts isn’t located super close to me (though, there are 3 in town just not in my regular routes like they used to be). Still though, their hot chocolate just warms me and makes me happy like no other beverage can.

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So how do you get to include your family and friends in your Dunkin Donuts DD Perks experience? Easy peasy friends!

Sign up today on your DD Perks phone app. 

You can get a plastic Rewards card or simply use the app on your phone (see, easy!) and for every single dollar you spend on Dunkin Donuts products, you earn 5 points. With an accumulation of 200 points, you get a coupon for a free any size beverage of your choice (doesn’t have to be coffee, it can be juice for the kiddos or, if you’re like me, one of their delicious hot chocolate drinks!) which you can redeem at any participating Dunkin Donuts! Additionally, you can share your rewards through the Dunkin’ Mobile App with friends, family and colleagues (if they’re lucky 😉 ) to help keep them running on Dunkin’. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday. Additionally, throughout the year DD Perks members receive exclusive, personalized, special offers to earn bonus points for specific food and beverage purchases.

Tell your friends too! AND when you enroll in the DD Perks reward program, via plastic or by downloading the app to your phone, you get a FREE COUPON for a free beverage of any size! Winning!

What’s your favorite Dunkins beverage?

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Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks: Who Wants a Free Coffee?

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I have been a Dunkin Donuts fan for as long as I can remember. The only time I ever drank coffee in my life – during college – was from Dunkin’ Donuts in Shillman Hall (or any of the other FIVE locations on campus) at Northeastern University in Boston. Light and sweet. Usually during finals period to get me through some awful 8AM classes my senior year. Always paired with a couple of chocolate munchkins.

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I didn’t stick with coffee – I was more of a soda drinker – but I always, always have loved their hot chocolate. When hubs and I first started hanging out back in 2006, it was in the early weeks of Autumn and a Dunkin’ Donuts had just opened up near Eastern Market. It was a few short blocks from his apartment, and I remember one night when a bunch of us were at trivia, we decided we wanted to hit up Dunkins’ so we asked if anyone else wanted to come along and then just sort of jetted out. We still claim it was our love of Dunkin Donuts that brought us together.

Recently, I was jones-ing for a hot chocolate (with skim milk and whipped cream – try it. i dare you, it’s my favorite) – the Dunkins’ in Annapolis aren’t super convenient to me – so hubs brought me a pick me up. My colleagues chuckled at my giddiness, “you’re such a northerner” they said – as if that’s a bad thing. I have more reason to go to Dunkin’ Donuts as of late though….

…My love of Dunkin’s was recently renewed when I heard they launched their own loyalty program earlier this year. DD Perks rewards customer loyalty with points towards every dollar spent. Currently, guests can earn 5 points for every dollar spent when you pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts card either plastic or via the ever so easy and super convenient app (you can also enroll with a plastic card) which Hubs and I are both huge fans of. Once you accrue 200 points (you get 5 points for every $1 spent) you earn a FREE beverage of choice. I sense a few free hot chocolates in my future.

So to all my pals out there who I’m trying to unabashedly trying to get on the DD bandwagon – check out DD Perks thru December 5th, simply  enroll in Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks using the unique Promo Code BLOG to earn a $5 enrollment bonus on your card! No brainer my friends!  It’s a bonus $5 for your fave DD products. This offer is only valid Dec 1 – Dec 5th so be sure to enroll now to receive this special offer.

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Fueling with Vega Sport

As I’ve decided to start from scratch with my running, I’ve also decided to rethink all my fueling and eating. I think since ZOOMA and my RRCA training I’ve wanted to get my ducks in a row to make sure I’m being the best runner I can be to be the best coach I can be once I get there.

So I got an opportunity to try out some Vega Sport fuel through Sweat Pink, and I’ve gotta say…big fan.

I tried the Vega Sport pre-workout energizer – the taste is kind of m’eh but I really like drinking it before my workouts as I’m getting ready to go out running. You drink it about 20 minutes before your workout and it provides immediate energy, increases your endurance and anaerobic capacity, and enhances mental focus and recovery.

The first time I tried it was before my 8 mile run in May.  I had a banana and a glass of this before I headed out for my run and by the end of my run, when I’m usually famished, I was hungry but felt energized through most of my run, and didn’t ache nearly as much as I usually do after long runs. Who knew fueling properly (and by that i mean fueling at all) could help you get more out of your workout?!

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I really need to start bringing one of these to work with me for the nights I run afterwork – it’ll be a nice end of the day energizer that’ll get me through the last hours of my day.

Find out more about Vega Sport and #fuelyourbetter here.

How do you #fuelyourbetter

FTC Disclosure: I did receive the product for free, however all thoughts here are my own. 

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Restaurant.com and A Mothers Day Celebration

Hubs and I used to be big restaurant go-ers. Of course all that changed when baby came around – the last time we went to eat, he had a complete meltdown in the middle of Franklin’s Brewery when we were dining out with Lexi and Steve. This may or may not have been because he lacked an afternoon nap. It also may or may not have been too loud (holy over-stimulation batman!)

However, over the past few months, we’ve made a point to try to get at least one date night in each month. Whether we snag friends or one of our trusty babysitters (we’re building an arsenal of them), it’s important to take that time for us as a couple.

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Hubs asked me last night what I wanted for Mothers Day – knowing we’re on a budget and may not be able to go out to eat for a date night made me really think hard. Thankfully, Restaurant.com has tons of ideas and deals for date nights and meals on the fly. They’ve been filling tables up since 1999 and are great for getting a deal both on the fly or in advance. All you have to do is present your certificate on a mobile device or printed and savings are off the final bill. Easy peasy right?

In the past we’ve gotten some great deals in DC for some of our most favorite restaurants. So fret not about finding a gift for your mama, this Mother’s Day Restaurant.com will be running Specials by Restaurant.com Dinner & A Movie starting Wednesday, May 7 ! (You’ll have to hurry though as this outstanding deal is only available for a limited amount of time!)

Couple a restaurant.com with a mani/pedi and find me a baby sitter and I’ll be a pretty happy mama on Mothers Day!
Some great ideas (hint hint!)

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Restaurant.com is hosting a “What Does Mom Mean To You?” Pinterest Sweepstakes being held through Sunday, May 11. Five (5) winners will be picked to win $500 Mom’s Night Out Package. You can see the giveaway details here.

I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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Review: Mustela Bebe Products

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mustela. I received product samples to facilitate to my review and to thank me for participating.

Ethan has the most sensitive skin. Seriously, right now we’re battling a flare up of his eczema and a major diaper rash thanks to a stomach bug that he apparently likely picked up from day care. I find that using sensitive skin creams and lotions works best to combat it, and I personally prefer the ones that are paraben-free.

So when I got the opportunity to test out Mustela bebe products I was stoked to try a new lotion out when I noticed our usual favorites were slacking in taking care of his eczema. I’ve heard great things about their products through my moms group – especially when we were first experimenting and trying to find out what would work best for E’s skin.

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Verdict? I’m a big fan. Their facial cleansing cloths are great for me for getting make up off before bed and aren’t drying to my skin. But my favorite is definitely the 2 in 1 hair and body wash for Ethan – it doesn’t have a strong scent, but it does smell very clean. Almost like the old school bar of soap but better. It’s a nice smell without being strong or overly fragrant…very subtle. I also really like the body lotion – it’s super gentle and moisturizing which is great since he has skin that dries out super easily. We’ve had a lot of problems finding lotions that don’t dry him out and this is definitely going to be one of our go-to’s from now on.

For those of you who haven’t tried Mustela Bebe Products – they are well worth giving them a shot especially if you want paraben-free and phlatate-free products. Also, for the wanna-be-Euro in all of us, they’re the number one baby care (and stretch marks!) brand in Europe and are a trusted name in skincare for over 60 years. They recently reformulated the Mustela Bebe line based on 10 years of skin care research and it now features Avocado Perseose (patented!) to help protect skin for even the littlest of littles.

Check out Mustela online or on facebook to learn more about their bebe line as well as their products for mamas!

Also for all you fabulous Life in Pink readers, you can get free facial cleansing cloths and free shipping with the code Mom314 with a $50 purchase on www.mustelausa.com.

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5 Reasons I love my credit union

When hubs worked on the hill, he joined the credit union for hill staffers.

mymm_post_008_mycu I can’t begin to tell you why that single decision was one of the best he ever made. That bank account, was our first joint bank account – just about a week after we got engaged. Probably before we even had the date set to our wedding.

Credit Unions, for those of you not in the know are non profit cooperatives that exist to provide financial benefits to their members. They are member owned and thus any “profits” come back to the members in the form of low interest rates, rebates and dividends.

There are so many reasons why we love our credit union, why we tell all of our friends to find a credit union, I can’t possibly share all of them but I will share the top five.

1. They’re compassionate. Hubs and I haven’t had the easiest of time since we’ve been engaged with our finances, but our Credit Union has worked with us, been more understanding when we call them with hardship requests and more flexible with payment dates. They won’t be tacking on a $35 fee at 12:01a the day after our car loan is due if we miss it by a day or two – they actually have a 5 day grace period!

2. Lower APRs. In comparison to other banks, who feed off high APRs, we’ve never had one – not even for our credit union visa – that was over 10%. How’s that for winning?

3. They’re member focused. Everything they do, has the members best interest at heart. This makes sense since Credit Unions are member owned thus the banks work for the members not for

4. They’re convenient. Even when we lived in CT, we were able to use a credit union that was near by to make deposits. Here in Annapolis, we use a credit union down the road from us so we don’t have to drive into DC every time we need to take money out or make a deposit.

5. They support their communities. I love that credit unions support their communities by not only providing financial literacy education courses for their members to make more informed decisions. Our credit union alone has donated large amounts to the Capital Caring Hospice, and best of all, they’re the hosts of the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler. How cool is that?

 

Are you a member of a credit union? What do you love about your credit union? 

This post is sponsored by Make Your Money Matter, in association with PCSU, though all views expressed are my own.

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Being Local in Business and in Banking

mymm_post_020_smallbizWhen I grew up in Vermont, shopping locally was huge. We were always hearing the slogan “buy Vermont” on the television. Promoting local and small businesses is a big deal up there.

It seems that over the years, everyone is helping out the “little guys.” Farmers markets are all the rave these days. When we lived in DC for instance, Eastern Market was a regular stop for our weekend groceries. Even now, though the farmers markets here in Maryland are nothing like Eastern Market or even the market in downtown Burlington, I still love hitting up the markets when I get a chance.

But shopping locally doesn’t just mean where you buy your groceries, or what you buy on Etsy. Shopping locally is also where you bank, or using the local mechanic rather than a chain car repair shop.

I’ve made it my goal recently to shop with companies and businesses that give back to the community. For instance, hubs and I have long been credit union members. The service we’ve gotten from our credit union has always been top notch and they’ve always been more understanding when we’ve hit times of crisis. This is a trait that credit unions are known for –like when most banks pulled back on lending, more credit unions allowed members to refinance “bad debt.”

We’ve used our credit union not just for banking but also for other financing and their customer service has been above and beyond every time. Not to mention, our credit union is also convenient, though it’s DC based, we can use a network of other credit unions all over the nation! Which is awesome considering the other larger banks we’ve used are usually regional and…not convenient.

It’s important to us to trust, not only our local businesses that we patron, but also our bank. Credit unions, in my experience, are always trustworthy.

How do you support your local small businesses?

Make Your Money Matter”  is a grassroots campaign introduced by eight credit unions from across the country and PSCU that aims to educate a new generation of consumers about the wealth of benefits credit unions provide over big banks. You can get more information and get involved at www.makeyourmoneymatter.org

This post is sponsored by Make Your Money Matter, in association with PSCU, though all views expressed are my own.

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Moms Night In with Barefoot Refresh

The product and promotional item were provided by BarefootWine & Bubbly for this review

I’m a “go with what I know” kind of gal when it comes to wines. Hubs is a bit more daring, but me? I go with my tried and true favorites. So, when I was asked to try some new flavorful and sparkly flavors of Barefoot Wine, I was totally game! I’d seen them before at events like Zooma, so I knew they were a pretty solid wine.

Barefoot Refresh is a new take on the wine spritzer but better. It’s lightly bubbly, and much more flavorful than your traditional wine spritzer and comes in at the perfect price point of $8 per bottle.

I enjoyed the Summer Red and the Perfectly Pink.

Hubs and I stayed in last Friday for our anniversary date night attempt #1. We ordered up some sushi and I busted out the Summer Red. I was in love. Not just with the husband for our fourth anniversary but with the wine. It was sweet, but not too sweet. Bubbly without being overly carbonated.

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I really enjoyed both wines – I tend to lean towards sweeter wines anyhow. Sometimes however, moscato based wines tend to almost too sweet. Even though both of these wines were moscato blends – the summer red is a pinot noir rose blended with moscator and the perfectly pink is a granache blended with moscato. Both wines were chilled lightly in the fridge so it didn’t take long to get the bottles ready

We enjoyed the red with sushi, and some dessert for our Friday evening date night in which was really refreshing and a delicious addition to it. Gotta say, there are few wines that bum me out when they’re empty and this was one of them.

The pink was equally as refreshing, enjoyed out on the porch one night after bedtime and it was really enjoyable! Even though it had the sweetness from the moscato it was a little bit dryer from the granache. Think sweetish rose flavors. Yum!

This weekend we’re in South Carolina visiting my dad and since my usual wines couldn’t be found last night, I went for Barefoot and picked up a couple bottles to enjoy over the weekend. Barefoot is a solid, lower price point wine with lots of flavor for your buck. I’d also pick these up if I were to host another JLA event at home again – they’d be perfect to enjoy at home with a bunch of gal pals – especially if you have friends who are just getting into wines, these are easy to enjoy and incredibly flavorful!

You can see more of what Barefoot has to offer by visiting their website, facebook or twitter pages.

What’s your favorite wine to enjoy on a night in? Have you ever tried Barefoot wines? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?

FTC Disclosure: I was provided with compensation and two bottles of Barefoot Refresh to try, however all opinions here are my own.

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{Review} Green Giant Veggie Chips

I often find that as a part time work at home mama, I forget to feed myself a real meal or two during the day. Between entertaining baby, churning out articles and blog posts and getting work done for my job, I struggle to find or make the time. Time flies when you’re having fun, what can I say?

The other day, I actually had lunch, and then, later in the afternoon as I was writing more during nap time, had a snack. Let me tell you about the amazing chips I got to try out from Green Giant.

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Listen up friends, there’s a new chip in town.

I’m usually more of a sweets kind of gal but sweet potato anything has me drooling. Same with Ranch. Nom nom nom. So when I got the opportunity to try out some new chippers, I jumped up – after all, I’m quite familiar with Green Giant veggies – especially their frozen selections which I’m a big fan of.

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Normally, I’m not a huge fan of BBQ chips. My dad used to always get them on car trips and the smell used to really just…irk me. But these? Not too salty, not too BBQ-y, and the sweet potato isn’t greasy like other potato chips. Really it was just a yummy combination. That handful you see there? Is a serving.

I did however, enjoy the sweet potato chips a bit more than the Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – they were still tasty but reminded me a little too much of Cooler Ranch Dorito chips. That being said, these re decidedly much better than my lunch of choice from 1997. The flavor wasn’t over powering and definitely had that distinct tortilla chip texture. Yum.

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{Again, that’s a serving of the Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – a nice sized snack for a mid afternoon salt craving!}

Both types of Green Giant chips are made with real veggies. Neither flavor was overly salty nor were the flavors over powering. If there’s one thing I really don’t like when it comes to chips is greasy-ness and residue. These had neither! Huzzah!

Next time, I’m going to dip these in hummus – perhaps Roasted Red Pepper hummus or Tomato Basil Hummus (from Trader Joes that I eat with EVERYTHING) because it goes with everything and the creaminess would be a delicious compliment to the flavors and textures these have. But really, they’re pretty amazing on their own too.

What’s your favorite afternoon snack? Are you a sweet or salty treat eater?

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Bling It On! With Hpnotiq and Win A Beauty Gift Certificate


Bling It On Glam Hpnotiq I was recently contacted about a pretty awesome campaign/contest going on from a pretty awesome company. And because, every once in a while we all like to glam it up a bit I knew it was one that I had to share with you all. (details after the jump!)Continue Reading

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