Archive for June, 2012

Johnson and Johnson Amazing Nurse Contest–Recognize a Nurse Today

[ 12 ] June 27, 2012 |

Johnson and Johnson Amazing Nurse –Nominate an Amazing Nurse!


The Chief Blonde’s Mother, Myrna Joy B.  RN

My Mother, an Amazing Nurse

The lovely nurse above is the the Chief Blonde’s mom, Myrna. She attended nursing school at Hurley School of Nursing, in Flint, MI and worked her entire career at Hurley Medical Center, a city hospital. Her area of concentration was first, Pediatrics and then Labor and Delivery.  To say she worked hard is an understatement.  Given that her hospital was a city hospital and a Trauma Center with a Neonatal Unit, they not only saw the  worst medical problems but also the underbelly of society regularly passed through the doors populated by drug dealers, addicts, and prostitutes.  Many under-privileged children, fetal alcohol and drug addicted babies, and repeat under-age pregnancies were tended to under her watch and care.  Through it all, she was just what she needed to be …a brilliant caring nurse.

Who can count the endless hours on your feet, of delivering babies yourself when no doctor arrived, or the sensitive counseling that had to be presented when tough medical decisions had to be made?  Who can understand the fascination of  watching young life be born, the joy of parents surrounded by their new creations, and the thrill of row after row of lovely newborns in a nursery?  My mother was fondly called “The Sergeant” by all who knew her because…well,  she was tiny but she was fierce.  Standing a mere 5′ 2″ in her heeled nurses shoes, she regularly had to fight, cajole and plead to gain the proper medical care for her complicated patients.


Myrna, the Sergeant Nurse

The reason I know my mom was a fantastic nurse is varied.  I know 4 nurses who worked with her (2 of my aunts, my sister-in-law, and a family friend)–they all rave about her skills. Any doctor that I ever went to who had worked with her, LOVED her because they knew that she could handle a medical situation and assist them in any trauma…I always noted their respect.  People would stop my mom in church, in malls, at gas stations..they would grab her hand and say “You were my nurse when I had my baby!”  They’d whip out pictures of their kids and tell my mom all about what their “Babies” were now doing now.  It was obvious patients adored her.  Anytime I was ever sick and afraid, even into adulthood, my mom always took care of me…better that anyone could have.  She even attended the birth of my first child and set in during the Cesarean.  It was a beautiful moment, the Pinnacle of having a nurse for a mom.

Acute Nursing Shortage

Did you know that there is a shortage of nurses in the US?  100,000 nurse vacancies currently exist with that number projected to grow to 800,000 by 2020.  The silver lining? The career outlook is excellent for the nursing field.  Over a ten year period, through the Campaign for Nursing’s Future, Johnson & Johnson has maintained a commitment to supporting the recruitment and retention of nurses nationwide.

Do you know an Amazing Nurse?

Johnson & Johnson has created an awesome opportunity to celebrate amazing nurses everywhere via the Johnson and Johnson Amazing Nurses Contest.  Women over 45 (and any of our younger friends), you can learn more about the contest at and nominate your favorite nurse on their facebook tab as well  The winner of the Amazing Nurse Contest will receive a trip to Los Angeles and a feature at the 2012CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute .  (*Eligible Nominees for the Amazing Nurses contest must be a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) who currently administers direct patient care.) Nominations are open until June 29, 2012.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Designer Fendi Spy Bag

[ 0 ] June 26, 2012 |

Fendi Spy Bag Giveaway–Welcome to Week #1 of Win This Bag


Fendi Spy Bag Sponsored by HipSwap hosted by Sidetracked Mom’s Blog


Fendi Spy Bag is the the “Win This Bag” of the week during this  6-week event that will feature 6 weekly giveaways!  One designer bag will be part of the giveaway every week for 6 weeks!  You will see names such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, or Fendi. Watch for week 6 which will feature a highly desirable designer handbag– you will have the option to claim bonus entries for each of the 5 weekly “Win This Bag” giveaways you entered leading up to this grand finale! MAKE SURE TO ENTER EVERY WEEK!

What Make’s this Giveaway Special?

SOME OF THE HANDBAGS will come right from celebrities closets!  Thanks to HipSwap,  you could be carrying a celebrity bag!


About our Sponsor:

HipSwap is a mobile and web marketplace that connects buyers and sellers locally and nationally. It enables people to discover what’s inside the most fabulous closets, homes, and shops in neighborhoods and cities across America. HipSwap currently offers delivery service in Los Angeles and New York with its iconic pink delivery van.

This week’s prize:

fendi spy bag

Women over 45 (and all our younger fans)  don’t miss out on this one

How to Enter:

1. Create a HipSwap account   Enter your name, email and zip code.If you do not live in the United States, please enter your City and Country in the Zip Code field.
2. Once registered, complete the Rafflecopter form below.  Complete as much as you wish–the more you do, the better your chances of winning! Plus, once you are following all of your hosts, entering each subsequent weekly Win This Bag Giveaway will be even faster & easier!


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Fendi Spy Bag

UPDATE:  See Giveaway Winners

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ARM and HAMMER Sensitive Skin Detergent Review

[ 11 ] June 25, 2012 |

Arm and Hammer Sensitive Skin Detergent addresses Skin Irritation AND Smelly Dirty Clothes
Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin

Arm and Hammer Sensitive Skin Detergent (Liquid Laundry) Plus Skin-Friendly Fresh Scent HE Compatible prepares to tackle the our Socks and Whites!

Stinky Dirty Socks?  Sensitive Skin?  Top of the Line Washing Machine?

ARM and HAMMER Sensitive Skin Detergent seems to be the detergent that can tackle it all. Look at the features in one detergent:

  • Created for sensitive skin: dye free, skin friendly
  • Works in standard and high efficiency washers
  • Specially designed fragrance clinically tested to be gentle
When you have sensitive skin like I do, you must often sacrifice a nice fragrance in order to get a detergent that is gentle on your skin.  In fact, the fragrance itself is often irritating to the skin or to “Smell allergies”.  What a person like me often does is go to a totally scent-free detergent, that is also dye-free and just for sensitive skin!  Or you search in vain for a detergent with a gentle smell that won’t irritate your skin or your allergies.
Believe me,  scent has a real purpose in detergent.  The detergent I tried just prior to using ARM and HAMMER Sensitive Skin Detergent, was indeed scent free.  But guess what? Our clothes did not smell clean once washed.  In the towels (which I don’t bleach), you could especially smell a sourness…even though they had just been washed.
Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin
After using Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin on our whites, they look bright and white, smell clean and fresh, and don’t irritate Mom’s or Dad’s skin!

One Detergent Solves Many Problems

I have struggled for YEARS with my sensitive skin.  Women over 45 have sensitive skin as it is. I have allergies galore and detergents are the WORST.  They can make me break out in a rash  because they are too strong or knock my “fragrance sensitivity” meter into the red zone, with their over-abundant scents.  Yet, when you use less harsh detergents…many of them either don’t clean well or they don’t give the laundry that nice clean smell.  ARM and HAMMER Sensitive Skin Detergent seems to have got the balance just right.  A nice soft non-irritating scent that doesn’t seem to bother my skin or my nose…and the ARM and Hammer detergent power to get clothes clean.  Find Arm & Hammer at their and follow Arm & Hammer Facebook Page:  !

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Arm & Hammer and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Fashionista Events

8 Designer HandBags Giveaway Event Signup…Bloggers Take Note

[ 8 ] June 21, 2012 |

ATTENTION BLOGGERS and Fashionistas!

pile of designer bags

Designer Handbags Giveaway

Would you like to be part of an Event that offers  eight weeks of brand new designer handbags? …How about Handbags from Celebrities wardrobes.  OKAY???  8 Designer Handbags Giveaway?
You Got the concept…now jump on signing up for this  giveaway You get free follows too, for the social media outlet of your choice.  I am choosing Pinterest!  PS. The first week’s prize is a handbag from the closet of a Dancing With the Stars celebrity…here’s all the details:

Each week’s giveaway will offer a different prize…and the grand prize will be awarded in Week 8. For those who have entered the previous seven weeks’ giveaways will get bonus entries in the Week 8 giveaway. Don’t you think your readers will love that?? Fans, isn’t that amazing?   Want to know another thing your readers will LOVE?  It’s WORLDWIDE!

Bloggers lean about this once-in-a-lifetime giveaway and sign up here.

Make sure you let them know that STILL BLONDE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS sent you!!