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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Victory for store brand baby formula

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently, store brand infant formulas won a victory when a United States Circuit Court upheld a $13.5 million false advertising claim against Enfamil maker Mead Johnson. The store brand infant formula business argued that Enfamil's advertisements claiming superiority to store brand formulas is false and misleading. When, in fact, it was found that the store brand formulas have the same nutrients at the same levels as Enfamil. For some this isn't surprising because of other comparisons between national and store brands.

The Enfamil company had been previously restrained two times because of communicating and releasing misleading advertising, but they continued to do so even after the warning. The store formula company proved that they cannot compete in the marketplace against Mead Johnson unless the negative advertising was discontinued. The court determined that both the national and store brand suppliers should have equal opportunities to compete fairly in the marketplace without tainted marketing and advertisements.

Have you ever seen the Mead Johnson advertisements that are referred to in this case? If so, did they influence your infant formula purchases? Take a moment to share your experiences in the comments.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Keep untrained employees away from customer service

During the course of my marriage (that links to some previous posts I’ve written about marriage – some personal, some not) I allowed certain things to be done in the financial arena that really f-ed me up. And, unfortunately, I’ve found out that this has happened to a lot of women. Majority women, actually – there has only been one man who has said he experienced something similar. Over the past four years I’ve been trying to clean that up and get back to the good financial standing I had about 10 years ago.

I tell you all of that so you’ll understand why I had to go to Walmart to cash a check. Several checks really. This is the first time I’ve used this money service and was pleased when I found out they charge a flat fee instead of a percentage and will cash government or payroll checks up to $5,000. Cool, right?

Not for long.

I shuffle my under-the-weather self (headache, sore throat, body aches and cough) to my local Walmart, stand in line for about 15 minutes and happily hand my check to the employee who begins the transactions. She processes two small checks and proceeds to do the other two, which get rejected.

The system spits out a small sheet that instructs you to call a toll free number for information. It’s the stupidest system I’ve ever heard or seen because the automation doesn’t tell you anymore than what you found out from the sheet of paper and the employee. Below is what happened and exactly what I sent to the store and corporate regarding the situation:

I went to the Money Center at the Walmart in Stockbridge, Georgia for the first time today. I've never used this service and was pleased that I finally found somewhere that would cash my tax return for a flat fee. I approached the counter and gave the employee, Salisha, four government checks. She took all four and began the transactions. The last two, one of which was more than $3,000, did not go through and she gave me the slip to call the automated line and that did not offer any additional information or solution. I walked back up to the counter and asked the other lady what should I do and as soon as she found out I had four checks she told me I can only cash two per week. I said, "Why didn't she tell me that because then I could have told her which ones to cash." Because of the employees lack of training and knowledge I am not able to take care of my financial responsibilities that I have to handle today. I told the manager in front of Salisha that she needs to be better trained because she should have told me I couldn't cash more than two checks. The manager apologized and Salisha's response was that she didn't know the checks were for smaller amounts. That is totally not the point. As soon as I handed her those checks she should have said, 'I'm sorry we can only cash two checks for you today. It's a policy of two per week.’ There would have been no problems with that because I would have just came back next week with the smaller checks. This is a total lack of real customer service and poor training. There shouldn't be anyone at the Money counter that doesn't know all of the rules. Because of her lack of knowledge she has messed up my financial situation and no one is going to take responsibility for that. No one loses out but me. I am extremely disappointed by this and will be passing along this information to others to hopefully save them from being in such a terrible situation. Totally unacceptable.

Can you tell I’m annoyed?

I swear that saying is true about people not using the good sense that God gave them. I guess this is one of the reasons some people have little regard for Walmart. It’s actually one of my favorite stores; however, I can’t wait ‘til my situation improves and I don’t have to deal with anything like that ever again.


Get your kids in on the action

The makers of ZhuZhu Pets® has done it again: They’ve recently released DaGeDar™ launched in Phoenix. Pronounced DAH-geh-DAAR, this game is supercharged battle balls that encourage strategy and skill in a collectible racing game that lets kids set the rules. Whew! Sounds noisy to  me! LOL… Not the game, but the kids as they play the game. I was curious so I checked out the commercial that MomSelect shared. You just have to see it for yourself.


Looks like fun, huh?

Disclosure: I’m sharing this with you for a chance to win the complete DaGeDar™ line before it’s released nationwide. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Peek at the party

This past Saturday I had a party for three of my children. I’d been promising Amareah a tea party since January and Anna was expecting a birthday party (her big 4-year-old day is at the end of the month) and, of course, I couldn’t leave out Andre so he had his two best friends to play with. That was about 14 to 16 kids in and around the house along with a few parents. Although the preparations almost caused me to pull my hair out and the noise was over the top; the kids had a ball. Not one complaint or disappointment among my three. Now I would call that a success.

Here are a few pictures I took before my camera died. (Yup, really died!) I’ll share some more at a later date when I get them from my friend/neighbor.

Here’s Amareah (in the back on the right) with her classmate from school and Anna. There were only princesses at the tea party and the hostess and guest of honor wore crowns adorned with features. They all looked so cute.


Although I didn’t get to put up all the decorations I wanted to, I did get a chance to hang up paper lanterns (Are they considered lanterns if they aren’t any lights? LOL) and “crystals.”



My young princess, and the baby of the family, is almost 4 years old. You see the noise maker she’s holding? Well, when all the children got their hands on one, the first thing my neighbor said was, “What were we thinking?”



Don’t forget to check back for more pictures from this fun – and loud! – day. :-)


Fashionable with a fabulous fit #review

Women, for the most part, are particular about what they wear. They are concerned about all aspects of their accessories and clothing including the style, color and fit. Sometimes when they (ahem, we) gain a little weight or our body changes we need to think about finding clothes that are fashionably fit. And, along the same lines, if we’re apart of the voluptuous set it’s often difficult to find pieces that fit right.

That’s where Fashion to Figure comes in - “Bringing fashion to the figure 12 to 26.” They’re an online retailer that sells plus-sized and trendy clothing for women. I had the chance to try a couple of pieces from and I was pleased with the choices available. The only “problem” I had while shopping was the majority of the pieces I like did not come in the smallest size. I did learn that a size 14 can equate to a 1X, but the fit is different and fuller.

fashion to figure

When it comes to the khaki Basic Stretch Camisole that I chose, the fit is almost perfect. It’s a little long for jeans, but it’s easy to adjust so that I’m not flashing anyone when I wear low jeans. The nylon and spandex (92 percent and 8 percent, respectively) material are soft and durable. If “regular” sized camisoles ride up on your or are too short then I would definitely recommend getting one from FTF.

Because I needed to stay in a specific price range for the items that I chose and the smaller sizes were limited, I chose a top that I wasn’t sure I would like. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the way it fit on me although the waistband and length were ideal. The print and the dolman-styled sleeves didn’t flatter my figure at all. Since I shopped on FTF there are quite a few new items added as well as bunches I’d love to try that I believe will look fabulous on me.

Since I’ve gained back the weight I loss (yes, I’m finally admitting it), Fashion to Figure is an online store that I will definitely visit for items for my more rounded curves. Whether you’re on the smaller scale of the plus size or the larger, has a fashionable piece – tops, bottoms, denim, accessories, intimates, jewelry, dresses, jackets – that you’re sure to adore.

Disclosure: I received two items from Fashion to Figure  for free for the purpose of this review. That arrangement did not effect my opinion; any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.

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Getting back on track…

If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook then you know that for the majority of last week I didn’t have cable or Internet access. Why? Because the brilliant folks at Comcast somehow figured out how to fix all of the outages, which were a result of the storm, by cutting off those who weren’t affected by the outages. (Yea, you figure that one out!)

An-t-way, last Monday, I was so on target for getting my work completed and accomplishing personal tasks. Things were scheduled and flowing nicely. I left my home office to do the afternoon carpooling then when I made it home and settled in to complete my work everything came to a sudden halt.

As the week progressed I got further and further behind on everything and totally lost my mojo flow (I’m sure you know what that is)… then when I finally tried to get to work over the weekend (when the Internet was FINALLY restore!), I stared at my laptop screen as if I had no idea what it was. I almost feel like I’ve just come off of an hiatus or something, and I’m waiting for my brain to kick in.

So… this post is my attempt to get the brain into gear. I better work fast because it won’t be long now before my next door neighbor comes back from taking all of the kids to school and we need to catch up on a few things. Then I have to go to a meeting. … But, to update you, I’m back to having three young children – instead of four – to take care of. So things are relatively back to normal.

How is your week going so far?


Sunday, May 8, 2011

What a wonderful day…

Today is turning out to be better than I expected. Why? Because my oldest daughter showed up yesterday to surprise me for Mother’s Day. What a wonderful surprise. I thought today was going to be a regular day of me caring for the three youngest children and going about my regular treat and I’m so happy to have received such a wonderful treat of her visiting.

I hope that each of you are having a wonderful day of relaxation, love, peace, happiness and fun!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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