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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#ReliefIsHere with Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe #sponsored #shespeaks

About a year ago, I woke up feeling like death. I have no clue how that feels, being as though I was completely alive, but I felt drained of all the energy it took to function as a human being. I was lifeless, hot, cold, achy, coughing, sneezing, wiping my runny nose, tired, opposed to eating anything, grouchy, hot, cold, achy...wait, I said that already. To summarize – I was a mess, people! This description is almost as dramatic as my antics during this brief period of suffering. I moaned and groaned when my flu-like symptoms came from out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of Lego bricks. I'm a Mom, so this comparison works better for the visual that I am trying to paint. 

Did I mention that on top of all of this terribleness, I had to care for my toddler as well? 'Cause I did! Just look at this miserable duo below. We shared all kinds of germs that week and quite frankly, I believe we even bonded over thermometers and Kleenex. It wasn't ideal, but we sure did get some much-needed rest.

A photo posted by Keonte "Kea" Smith (@keonte) on

I tried to stick it out and remedy my illness at home. My medicine cabinet looked pathetic at the time and there wasn't much for me choose from. So, I tried sleep...and more sleep...and even more. I found out the hard way that I needed relief to get me to a place of comfort. Remember, I still had to take care of my little guy. If only I knew what I know now, I probably would have stocked up on Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe from my local Walmart in preparation for cold and flu season. Picture that!

Fast forward to a few days ago. I begin to feel those same symptoms just as I did last year. It was crazy to think that it was the exact same time and crept up on me again in the same manner. This time, I played it smart and immediately begin to nurse myself back to help. I headed to
Walmart to pick up some relief. Thanks to and P&G, I was given a Walmart gift card to purchase my items.

  • Walmart has everything you need to get through cold and flu season. In one stop, you can grab Vicks Severe, Puffs tissues, ingredients for chicken soup, and a warm blanket.
  • Savings: Walmart has the best everyday value for all your health care needs.
  • Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe are available at and in stores. Be sure to stock up to prepare for cough, cold and flu season.

Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu
  • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
  • Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
  • The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
  • Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
  • Cough to help you sleep
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
  • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
  • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage

Vicks DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu
  • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
  • Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
  • Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
  • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
  • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
  • Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive

I noticed that there was a tag hanging just under the liquid version of Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil. I opted to get the caplets so that I could easily carry them in my purse at all times without having to measure liquid on a spoon. I am on the go from time to time, so the caplets are more convenient. Besides, I never know when I will have to pop one with all the yucky sickness and drab weather floating around.

I am sure glad that this year did not play out like last year. I was able to keep myself above the weather and avoid having to visit a germ-infested hospital, just to be sent away with some over-priced medicine and another doctor's bill. With over-the-counter medicines like Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil, I am able to make it through my day, get some rest at night and be able to take care of my family. Besides, this little guy could care less if Mommy is feeling sick. Superheros don't get a day off, right?!

Don't be left out in the cold. Here is some information to stay up to date:
Hashtag: #ReliefIsHere
Twitter: @Walmart
Purchase Link at Walmart: 

**I forgot to bring my coupon along, but I did PRICE MATCH at the register and saved $1.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

The 2015 Washington Auto Show with and Chevrolet #sponsored #nextgenvolt #tmom #was2015

This post is part of a compensated opportunity with All opinions expressed are my own.

About two weeks ago, I was invited by to spend the day at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C. to learn about the remarkable new Chevy Volt and other innovative automobiles set to hit the market this year. There were select media outlets visiting on this particular day to get an up-close, first glimpse at these remarkable rides without having to bump shoulders in a large crowd. The intimacy of the day provided the opportunity for in-depth conversations with a few of the prominent players in the automobile industry.

I was far too overwhelmed with the magnitude of cars and trucks that filled two floors at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It was almost like stepping into a walk-in closet filled with prettiest shoes and having to decide which pair would compliment your outfit the most. In typical girl fashion, I wanted them all! But, in reality and much like my life, I was just a window shopper.

Our group of influential women from the DMV had the pleasure of taking a tour of the auto show floors under the guidance of James Bell, head of consumer affairs at General Motors. He somehow managed to keep our attention high by feeding us bits of information about each car, the industry and trends. We all listened closely on our headphones, all while admiring the shiny toys that served as the perfect mirror to catch a glimpse of whatever awesomeness walked by. I vividly remember a lot of "oohs and aahs" as James pointed out a few of the features...and this was just in the first five minutes. The wealth of information continued for hours.

Most of our day was spent on the upper level that housed the General Motors and Chevrolet automobiles. There was plenty of newness as we approached the area. I was impressed with the assortment of colors on display. There were different sizes and types of vehicles to meet the needs of every attendee. There were also a few beauties that caught my eye immediately, like this Chevy Corvette Z06 convertible:

When you hear the words, "zero to sixty {mph} in 2.9 seconds", there is an automatic attraction. I could totally picture myself in this car along the strip at the beach with my favorite jams pumping and my hair flowing in the wind. Maybe a scenic tour along the country roads in my rural town. Perhaps I could even drop my son off at one of his school activities to get him a few cool points. I should probably work on saving up $80,000 first. For now, I'll just salivate while looking at this picture.

Being the mother of two boys, I've had my fair share of big trucks lining the hallway and covering the floor. It was only right that I gravitated towards this big, red Chevy Silverado with awesome black rims. It was the adult version that I'm sure my boys would appreciate.

I could totally see myself tearing up the rugged terrain of an open field in the country. The bed of the truck was the perfect size to tote around possible fabulous finds from a flea market. The inside was also spacious enough to accommodate a family of four pretty comfortably. This isn't your grandpa's truck (although I am sure there is a grandpa who has one and is asked to pick up the grandkids in it because he is super awesome).

If I was going for a cuteness factor, the Chevy Spark EV would be an eleven on a scale of one to ten. I mean, I wanted to put this baby in my purse and carry it around like a cute puppy. It was the perfect size for those parking spaces at the mall where someone driving a Silverdo (ha) takes up two spots unapologetic and you could still squeeze in.

Look how cute! One of these adorable rides can be yours this Spring if you're in Maryland. Priced right under $18,000, this Spark EV is bound to take you all over for a fraction of the price all while provoking smiles and stares along the way.

You know how women get excited over the little things in life? Like your partner taking out the trash without asking or remembering a special date or sharing the remote control? Well, I fell in love with the littlest detail on the Chevy Tahoe – the runner board. It automatically lowers when the door opens and  retracts when the door closes.

A video posted by Holly Zegalia (@ilikeitfrantic) on

It's like rolling out the red carpet every time you get in and out of your vehicle. It makes this girl want to wear cool shades to prepare for all of the paparazzi.

I rekindled an old flame when I spotted the Chevy Traverse at the auto show (I was a Baltimore Chevy Girl). It was purple and sparkly and inviting. I love this particular SUV because I was given an amazing opportunity a few years ago to test-drive one for a week. I love how it combined the function of a mini van without being all mini van-ish. Not every mom is ready to take that step. The Traverse is spacious enough to tote humans and all their stuff.  Also cool enough for Mom and Dad to rock without compromising their roles. 

If I had my own awards to hand out, the Chevy Impala would definitely win BEST SHAPE. As women, we have charts with pictures and definitions of how to classify our bodies. As if! I felt a little hypocritical judging this car for the outward appearance. But, it was a beauty. The older model Impalas are more boxy with straight lines. I love the roundness of the 2015 version. 

I couldn't stop staring at it. Plus, navy blue is such a great color...and is the new black. Look at those curves. Man! Is this what guys deal with?!

While all of the vehicles I mentioned are great in their own right, the show belonged to the 
Chevy Volt. I thought that Michael Jackson fans were dedicated. That was until I had the honor of meeting a few Chevy Volt owners. They are like "ride or die", both literally and figuratively, for their Volt. I can only imagine the excitement they must have felt when the 2016 Chevy Volt made it's debut at the Washington Auto Show. Pamela Fletcher, Executive Chief Engineer of Electrified Cars for General Motors, delivered the reveal.

With some of the freshest lineups and dealerships in the industry, Chevrolet is working hard to delight and excite a new generation of customers. "You told us, and we listen...that really was the goal here. We wanted to give you more of what you loved", said Pam Fletcher.

Here are a few of the details that I learned from Pam about the Chevy Volt:

  • Sleek and sporty, didn't want to stand out
  • Front of the car has a little attitude
  • Generation one grill, Technical pattern, Also the back of the car
  • All new led lighting. Efficient.
  • Volt badging in same location
  • Premium look
  • Rocker panels, no more gray plastic
  • Seamless spoiler
  • Beautiful lamps, lots of elements to make
  • Lighting signature, Daytime running
  • Simplified and contemp interior
  • Soft colors, warm feeling
  • Knobs switches on steering wheel
  • Accommodations for 5 passengers. Fold flat seats, can be used like a truck
  • Antenna is sleek
  • Comfortable seats
  • Front heated seats, steering wheel and rear

This was just a fraction of what she mentioned. I learned so much about the world of electric cars that I almost wanted to break out in the infamous Electric Slide line dance just to stay within the theme. It's electric! Boogie woogie woogie.  Hey, Chevy! This may not be such a bad idea for your next marketing campaign.

It's clear to see why in 2014, Chevrolet has won more industry awards in the US than any other car company. They obviously know their stuff and value the opinion of their consumers. This is what resonated with me the most – they listen.

Being able to experience the auto show in this format far exceeded my expectations. Between the keynote speakers, panel discussions, tours and interviews, I am honored to have been a part of such a spectacular event. It didn't hurt that I was able to see old friends, meet new ones and re-connect with others.

Women are amazing, as if this needed to be said. Gone are the days where cars and trucks are subjects only to be touched and talked about by men. We can hang, if not better. When we're toting the children to school, practice, activities, grocery shopping, hanging with the girls or just going for a breather, we want the space that we're in to be one as inviting as the one at home. Research on car-buying doesn't have to be so one-sided. Trust us. After all, we have been shopping for "new wheels" for years. Just walk in any one of our closets. Move over fellas, She Buys Cars.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Outback Steakhouse Hosts Charity Event to Celebrate Laurel, MD Grand Opening on January 21 #sponsored

By now, you would think that someone in my family would have picked up an Australian accent from the amount of visits we have made to Outback Steakhouse over the last couple of weeks. We love to visit this restaurant because there are a variety of items to choose from that everyone can enjoy. But, let's not forget the real reason everyone wants to visit Outback Steakhouse – the blooming onion. I could eat one of these every day and never grow tired of them.

I love that Outback Steakhouse has several locations near home. In just about every city that we venture to, there is a restaurant nearby, making it easy to enjoy our favorites no matter where we are. Of course there are those times when we don't always feel like dining in (mainly because of a cranky toddler), so we choose to order through and the Curbside Take-Away feature.

I never know what I want to order when I go. In fact, I think I order something different each time. Want to know something else? I rarely order a the steakhouse. I don't know why that is. It could have to do with how fast I fill up while eating at a restaurant. After ordering an appetizer, eating a salad or a bowl of soup, drinking my water and feasting on the bread, there is hardly any room left for the main meal (which is why I always have a take-home container).

But, I get to enjoy my food eventually. Lately, I've been munching on these new steak tacos:

I've also feasted on the these dishes:

Enough about me and my indulgences. Let me tell you about a few wonderful things happening at Outback Steakhouse.

To celebrate Outback Steakhouse’s grand opening in Laurel, MD (14718 Baltimore Avenue Laurel, MD 20707)  the restaurant is hosting a Charity Give Back event in support of Childhood Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins. A portion of the sales for the day will go directly to the charity. This event will take place on Wednesday, January, 21, 2015. The new location will be open for lunch daily and dinner daily from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. It will be the first in the Laurel area to feature a new “Modern Australia” building design both inside and out.
Be sure you stop by the new location to fill your belly and someone else's heart.

About Outback Steakhouse®
Outback Steakhouse® starts fresh every day to create the flavors that our mates crave. Best known for grilled steaks, chicken and seafood, Outback also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. New creations and grilled classics are made from scratch daily using only the highest quality ingredients sourced from around the world. For more information, please visit or

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