Join Allstate Foundation in the Purple Purse Campaign

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It’s been all over the news for the last week or so.  The Ray Rice incident in which he knocked out his then fiance in an elevator.  Bottom line, what he did was wrong and is domestic abuse.  While this situation was highly publicized there are so many women out there that deal with this on a daily basis.  Domestic violence is not just physical though it can also be financial. Allstate Foundation helps raise funds for national, state, and local domestic violence organizations. Allstate Foundations Purple Purse campaign’s goal is break the cycle of violence one family at a time.

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Some facts about domestic violence in the US:

  • Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.
  • Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence. Yet, financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence  and is one of the most powerful ways to keep a victim trapped.
  • Domestic violence and financial abuse often go hand-in-hand, but nearly 8 in 10 Americans have not heard much about financial abuse as a form of domestic violence.  The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free.
  • Financial abuse is just as effective in controlling an abused victim as a lock and key. If her credit has been ruined, she can’t get an apartment.  If her abuser constantly harasses her at work, she can lose her job. And, crushing debt run up by an abuser means it could take a  survivor and her children years to fully recover from abuse.

Kerry Washington, the Emmy nominated actress, is a domestic violence advocate is serving as a Purple Purse ambassador and has created a limited edition Purple Purse to help raise awareness. So why a purse?  It’s created to represent the center of a woman’s financial domain and inspire women to reclaim their financial independence.  I think that’s a great message and a great symbol.

The Allstate Foundation is distributing purple purse charms so you can turn any purse into a purple purse. The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit gets,  the more it can compete for Allstate Foundation incentive funding. Go to between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3 to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you.                                   When you donate at least $10 to any organization in the Purple Purse Challenge you are entered to win a daily drawing for 1 of 3 exclusive Kerry Washington designed purses. You can help ensure domestic violence survivors – likely someone you know – aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. Open your heart and wallet to stand up for survivors and the organizations that serve them at


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If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224

Ruby Tuesday Has a Revamped Menu and a BOGO Coupon for YOU

I will be receiving a Ruby Tuesday gift card for this post.  Regardless I only post legitimate offer from trusted sites.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

I remember my first experience with Ruby Tuesday.  I ordered their chicken tender platter and I fell in love. I just love my chicken tenders and I think they have some of the best I’ve ever tasted. I also love their salad bar. Seriously, I love salad, what can I say. Since you can get unlimited trips to the Garden Bar for only $7.99 (available Monday through Friday at most locations) this is awesome for me being a salad lover. They have over 30 items for me to mix and match to make the salad I’m craving.

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I’ve long been a fan of Ruby Tuesday not just for their great food but for the affordability factor as a family sit down restaurant.  Now I have a new reason to take my family to Ruby Tuesday, they’ve revamped their menu.  Want to know what’s new on the menu?  Of course you do:

  • Coastal Trio
  • Crispy Fried Shrimp
  • Hickory Bourbon-Glazed Pork Chops
  • Southern Style Chicken Tender Dinner
  • Low Country Shrimp and Grits
  • Baked Ravioli

For just $2 more you can also add to your meal: 2 mini sliders, 2 chicken or fish tacos, or quesadillas

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Need another reason to visit your local Ruby Tuesday? How about a buy one get one half off coupon? Buy one adult entree and get a second one for 50% off.  That makes for an affordable date night.  Add the $3.99 kids meal and it’s an affordable family meal out.  Click the banner below to download your bogo coupon. Coupon only available until September 19, 2014.

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You can only print the BOGO coupon until September 19, 2014 but once you print it, it’s good for two weeks.  Visit Ruby Tuesday website to find a location near you and check out more of their menu items.

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Have a Teen? Check Out Toyota’s FREE Teen Driver Safety Clinics

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My oldest son is only 12 but already talking about looking forward to driving.  If I can be perfectly honest, the idea makes me nervous.  I know it’s a step in growing up and my son gaining his independence but so many things can happen in a car, right?!  I have one cousin that just recently started driving last year and another one that will be driving within the next year or two.  There are several things different from when I started driving.  I mean, texting and driving was pretty much unheard of when I started driving.  Heck, I’m not even sure if I knew what a text was when I was 16.  (I know that dates me but..)

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Toyota dealerships are  offering FREE Teen Driver Safety Clinics.  They are 2.5 hour sessions of non-driving but interactive sessions.  These clinics will go beyond the basics and educate you and your teen on Defensive Driving “universal truths” and best practices, car operations safety features and basic maintenance fundamentals, Dangerous Driving Distractions and How to Avoid Them, and more.  There’s also info for parents on effective driving communication and coaching.

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When I think back on learning to drive….you know what…scratch that…when I think about the last almost 20 years I’ve been driving it wasn’t until last year that someone told me that there is a helpful little sticker on the inside of my drivers door to tell me how many psi’s to inflate my tires too.  I seriously did not know that.  I would go through the drivers manual of my car and get frustrated every time I had to try to find it.  I’d even ask people and they’d say “oh it should be in your drivers manual”.  You know when I found out? Last year I was driving to work on a weekend.  I got about half way to work and lost control of my car.  When I finally got my car to where I could pull over somewhere safely I got out to try to figure out what the heck happened.  I realized my back drivers tire was completely flat.  I was about to pump it up at a gas station and a nice truck driver, obviously seeing the perplexed look on my face as I’m looking through my manual, comes over to me and locates the sticker on my door for me.  Seriously! Why didn’t someone show me that 19 years ago!?  Please show this to your kids.  They’ll need to know for safety and in emergencies like mine.

Check out this short video too of the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinics:



If  you are interested in attending this FREE and valuable session with your teen and are in the New York or New Jersey area you can register at a local Toyota dealership here:

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Tell me one thing you wish you knew before you started driving


Unique FREE Event for Engaged Couples: Pittsburgh Area

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A Magic Moment Engagement Party is throwing a party to celebrate your engagement, pamper you both, and let you have a great night out together making memories at Jergels in Wexford.   Tons of gift baskets & prizes, appetizers, drinks, music, and wedding professionals who can’t wait to hear about your plans.  Tickets online only, so please get them now.  A special just for you from us when you purchase your ticket is to use promo code FREE and receive your couples ticket for FREE ($40 value)!  Go to to get your tickets today!  See you on the dance floor!


It’s going to be one spectacular evening celebrating engagements, hearing about wedding plans & dreams, and making memories.


25% Off Fall Favorites on Tea Collection

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Tea Collection has some super cute clothes for kids. I bought a couple things for my youngest son and my daughter with the last sale they had.  Tea Collections clothing is made well and stylish.  If you’ve been wanting to try out Tea Collection for your kids this is a great time because they’re having the  Tea Collection Fall Favorites Event: 25% Off Select Styles, 9/16 – 9/18
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