Friday, November 18, 2011

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Random Packs of Kindness

Cinnabon wants you to share its ooey-gooey awesomeness with friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers, and then share your story online! From November 6th through January 7th, share any act of kindness to qualify for a chance to win prizes! Simply photograph or video the reaction to a random act of kindness and submit it to the Cinnabon Facebook page for a chance to win free weekly Cinnapacks or a cash prize of $2,500 and a $2,500 donation to the charity of your choice.
For more contest rules and information on how you can help Spread the Warmth, visit the Cinnabon Facebook page.

** This information was provided by Cinnabon and General Mills through my membership in Pssst

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and the Epilepsy Foundation is asking everyone to Get Seizure Smart.
Some of you may know that my family has been impacted by epilepsy for several generations. It seems that the severity of Epilepsy has increased with every new family member diagnosed with this disease. This is a silent disease that can be very dibilitating if not treated.
Please help me and the National Epilespy Foundation spread information to help educate the general public.
There is a 30 Days 30 Ways campaign for the month of November. Even if you just pick one of the items below you can help!

November 1

Take the Get Seizure Smart quiz at

November 2

Change your voicemail message to: It’s National Epilepsy Awareness Month, visit

November 3

Send an e-mail to all your contacts telling them it’s National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

November 4

Find a local National Epilepsy Awareness Month event near you at

November 5

Customize our sample letter to the editor at and send it to the editor of your local newspaper.

November 6

Enter a photo in the Get Seizure Smart photo contest at

November 7

Post your Get Seizure Smart quiz certificate on your office door.

November 8

Visit our store at and get your gear!

November 9

Ask a local merchant to host a Get Seizure Smart event and donate proceeds to the Epilepsy Foundation.

November 10

Ask a local business to become a Get Seizure Smart partner at

November 11

For many soldiers with traumatic brain injury, epilepsy will be a long-term consequence. This Veteran’s Day, learn more about seizures at

November 12

Ask your child’s sports team to take the quiz and wear purple at games during November.

November 13

Share the Get Seizure Smart public service announcement (PSA) at on your social media sites.

November 14

E-mail the quiz to everyone on your National Walk for Epilepsy team (Register now at

November 15

Put a link to the quiz on your neighborhood listserv.

November 16

Ask a local merchant to include the quiz in every bag that leaves the store.

November 17

Distribute the quiz to your local fire department and police station.

November 18

Send a text to all of your friends asking them to take the quiz at

November 19

E-mail everyone in your office and ask them to take the quiz at

November 20

Post 10 quizzes on local bulletin boards (e.g., your gym, library, grocery store, etc.)

November 21

Share the PSA with all of your e-mail contacts.

November 22

Ask your local pizza place to put the quiz on every outgoing pizza box.

November 23

Take a photo of yourself with your Get Seizure Smart certificate and post it to the Epilepsy Foundation’s Facebook page (

November 24

Ask your government officials (legislators, mayor, governor, etc.) to take the quiz at

November 25

Post the link on your social media sites telling your friends how you are helping America Get Seizure Smart.

November 26

Ask your child’s teacher to give the Get Seizure Smart quiz in class.

November 27

Distribute the quiz to school nurses and health teachers in your school system.

November 28

Ask your doctor’s office to place copies of the Get Seizure Smart quiz in their waiting room.

November 29

Ask your child’s school to put the quiz in in every student’s backpack.

November 30

Let us know on our Epilepsy Foundation Facebook page how you helped America
Get Seizure Smart!

Torani syrups- not just for coffee any more #SSTorani

As some of you may know, I have a big sweet tooth. I can never seem to get enough. Recently I was chosen to participate in a program for She Speaks to sample and review Torani flavored syrups. I was told that the flavors would be random but one would be a seasonal flavor and the other would be a everyday flavor.

The box arrived at my door and I was beyond excited. I grabbed a knife and cut it open. I received a bottle of sugar free Pumpkin Pie and a bottle of Hazelnut. Sorry Torani, but I loath anything with nutmeg, so the sugar free pumpkin pie was given away. I did however immediately open up the bottle of hazelnut syrup and got to work with my Keurig and frothed milk. With the cold weather already here, a hazelnut latte hit the spot! The hazelnut syrup is not too sweet and has a light woody taste just like a real hazelnut! I was very impressed.

I found Torani flavored syrups in my local store and immediately grabbed a bottle of caramel. After reading some of the recipes on Torani's site, I was a little overwhelmed with the idea of  making so many coffee drinks (not that I do not love my coffee), I thought I would try something new. I added 1/2 T of the Torani caramel syrup to my whipping cream and made a caramel flavored whipped cream for topping ice cream, chocolate cake and hot chocolate. Oh my was that good!! If I keep this up with all of the flavors, I will need to switch to the sugar free varieties fast! 

Torani does makes numerous other flavors. In fact, I believe there is a flavor for everyone. You can see the full line of Torani syrups and buy and flavor online at If you use the promo code shespeaks you can save 10%. If you would prefer, you can also use the store locator function on their website to see if Torani is available at a store near you here.