Quotes to Inspire Your 2014

With the turning of the calendar, we have a chance to create a new beginning.  Here are a few quotes to inspire your journey:

1.  To begin, take that first step.

2.  Surround yourself with the right people.

 

3.  Put the past behind you.

4.  Let go of your fears.

5.  Just do it.

See more inspirational quotes on my Pinterest Board!  Happy New Year!

Join the #PampersPinParty and Win a Year of Free Diapers!

If you read this blog at all, you now that I am a Pampers fanatic!  When my first daughter was born, I was given a pack of Pampers Swaddlers at my baby shower and I haven’t looked back.  Since then, I was honored to be selected for the Pampers Baby Board where I get behind the scenes access to new products and initiatives to share with my readers….and today is no different!

I am co-hosting the first ever Pampers Pin Party where you can win a years worth of free Pampers diapers or a goodie basket filled with diapers and wipes for participating.  Have you heard of a Pin Party?  Tell me you are on Pinterest.  If not, go now and sign up.  You can thank me later.

So, how do you win?  It’s simple!  Follow these easy steps and join in the fun:

  1. Sign in to your Pinterest account and create a Board entitled “Baby Shower Ideas #PampersPinParty“.
  2. Start pinning!  Pin at least 10 ideas to your virtual bulletin board such as cute baby shower party themes, party favors, baby shower gifts, shower games, etc.
  3. One of your pins must be THIS POST.  Please pin the yellow STAR GRAPHIC to your board.
  4. One pin must be a product from Pampers.com.
  5. All of your pins must have #PampersPinParty in the description.
  6. Link your board URL to the linky below so we can follow your participation!

Why should you play?

The participant with the “Most Creative” board will receive a YEAR OF FREE PAMPERS DIAPERS.  And the participant with the most re-pins will win a goodie basket filled with Pampers diapers and wipes!

Still confused?  Need some inspiration?  Follow me on Pinterest and check out the board I created!  Want more ways to win?  Visit my co-hosts Double Duty Divas and What Mommies Need to find out how to increase your chances of winning!

 

 

 

The Pin Party begins Friday, August 10th and closes at 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 24th.  Experimental Mommy, What Mommies Need and Double Duty Divas are administering this contest and will be selecting winners.  We have been compensated for our time and effort.

 

 

The Perfect Baked Potato Soup {Recipe}

Confession:  I am addicted to Pinterest.  I have found so many great recipes to try (and I am by no means as great cook).  Last night, I made Baked Potato Soup from scratch!  For those of you who know me, you should be quite impressed.  My whole family loved it, so I wanted to share it with you for those cold winter nights.  Enjoy!

Baked Potato Soup {Recipe}

Serves 6
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Meal type Soup
Misc Serve Hot
Website Three Chickadees
Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 Russet Potatoes (medium)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour (divided)
  • 1 can Chicken Broth
  • 1 1/4 cup Milk (1%)
  • 3/4 cups Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream (light)

Optional

  • Bacon pieces (topping)

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 400° F. Prick potatoes with a fork and bake for 1 hour. Remove skin and cut potatoes into small cubes.
Step 2 Melt butter in a 2 1/2 QT pot. Wisk in half of flour for about 2 minutes. Wisk in chicken broth, milk and the remainder of the flour. Cook until thick and bubbling.
Step 3 Stir in the potato chunks. Add cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
Step 4 Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. When ready to serve, add a sprinkle of cheese, dollop of sour cream and a few bacon pieces to garnish.

New Look, New You with Rayovac

Have you heard of the phenomenon known as Pinterest?  Think of it is as your playground, a huge bulletin board to “pin” your favorite recipes, organizational ideas, decor, blog posts and fashion tips.  As I become even more addicted to this social medium, I have found my favorite things to pin are hair, makeup and outfit ideas.  As I stare at my pins, I wonder why my own closet doesn’t even remotely resemble the outfits that I love?  The answer: accessories.

I think I just don’t ever complete the look.  I have the basics: a nice pair of jeans, a tailored jacket, a little black dress and a stylish handbag.  But, I don’t have the things that pull an outfit together and make it pop.  Pinterest has shown me some great ways to makeover my wardrobe with some easy pieces like earrings, ballet flats, and scarves.  In fact, I found this awesome hat when I was perusing the Rayovac Pinterest boards.

Source: facebook.com via Rayovac on Pinterest

 

So, why is Rayovac, a company specializing in batteries, pinning fashion ideas?  After a recent makeover of their battery packaging, they are powered up and want to share the good news.  From now through February 28th, you can enter for a chance to amp up your wardrobe (and buy some of those fashion ideas that inspired you on Pinterest) with a $500 Kohl’s Shopping Spree, Rayovac batteries or a Remington Hair Straightener!  All you have to do is “like” Rayovac’s Facebook page and enter on the New Look tab.

Help celebrate Rayovac’s new look by getting one of your own!  Head over to enter the contest and then of course, follow me on Pinterest!

This post is the opinion of Experimental Mommy.  As a Rayovac Power blogger, I was compensated for this post.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

 

My Top 5 Inspirational Quotes Found on Pinterest

After 17 years in Federal Service as a biological lab technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, my project lost it’s funding due to government cutbacks and I was “involuntarily separated.”  I am faced now with a huge decision….look for employment within my field or try to take a totally different career path.  I have the power to write a brand new chapter in my life.  What an amazing opportunity.

The next few days/weeks will consist of much soul (and job) searching, but I turned to my new addiction, Pinterest, for some consoling and inspirational advice.  This is what I found…hope it helps you, too.