Friday, July 26, 2019

Amanda Topinka: When You're the Victim of Libel, Harassment and Public Humilation

PHOTO CREDIT:  ThinkBigger.com

I’ve pinned this post at the top of my blog for a reason.  A reason that I never thought I’d have to deal with.

I have recently been the victim of libel, harassment and public humiliation.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FREE State Park Day in Kansas is Encouraging Healthy Recreation Outdoors


Photo Credit:  Travel Kansas
The state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to sponsor Healthy Trails Adventure Day on Oct. 1 with free admission to all 26 Kansas State Parks.

Did you know… 
Kansas State Parks include more than 500 miles of trails, 32,200 acres of land, nearly 280 miles of roads, 10,000 campsites that include utility hookups and cabins, and access to more than 130,000 surface-acres of water.

Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, or exploring, there’s a Kansas State Park that you can enjoy!

Take a tech timeout for the day and enjoy a healthy dose of recreation.  Spending time outdoors cannot only make you happier and reduce stress and anxiety, but it also promotes a healthy body and even helps you live longer.  Not to mention the family bonding that you’d experience!

“Our Kansas State Parks offer unique terrain, amazing trails, and scenic landscapes for everyone to enjoy,” said Robin Jennison, secretary, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. “We’re pleased that for a second year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has chosen the Kansas State Parks to serve as the centerpiece of this campaign."

To help kids get out and enjoy the outdoors, BCBS is offering a coloring book at all state park locations, rest stops, local tourism offices, and the Kansas State Fair. It features a map of all 26 state parks, information about the parks and educational tips.

If you’re free on October 1st, there’s really no reason not to get out there and check out some of what Kansas has to offer – for FREE!


When you hit the trail Oct. 1 make to tag all your adventure posts with the hashtag #HealthyAdventure.

Photo Credit:  Travel Kansas


To learn more and pick the perfect state park for your next adventure head over to the Healthy Trails Adventure Day page!

 
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Amanda Topinka: The Kansas State Fair is COMING up soon!!



See the blue-ribbon winning animals, stroll around exhibits from across the state, take a ride down the Midway, listen to live music, and top it all off by indulging in an eclectic menu of fried cuisine.  Where can you do all of this?
The Kansas State Fair! 

The annual Kansas State Fair begins the Friday following Labor Day and lasts for 10 days at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas.

This 10-day event packs non-stop fun for all ages in Hutchinson each September and attracts the largest special event crowd in the state, totaling more than 350,000. For more than 100 years fairgoers have enjoyed seeing the blue-ribbon animals, strolling around exhibits, riding down the Midway, hearing live music, and topping it all off - indulging in an eclectic menu of fried cuisine.

You don't want to miss it!

Photo Credit:  Amanda's Photocreations - 9/8/12 - Thanks, Mandy!
ALSO...
Don’t forget to take a photo at the fair and post it to Instagram, Twitter or on the Kansas Tourism Facebook page and use the hashtag #KSBucketList (one entry per person per location) for a chance to win!


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Amanda Topinka: The Procrastinating Mommy's Target DEALS of the Week!



This post contains affiliate links.


Here are the Target deals that started today8/14/2016

This week, Target is having a {save} $15 OFF a $50 purchase on Household Items In AdCoupon which makes for some great deals on our favorite brands like Gain, Downy, Bounty, Charmin, Tide, Clorox Wipes, Glad Trash Bags, and More!

For a limited time, Target is offering FREE shipping on apparel orders of $25 or more. Click the banner to see how!



Plus, Target has a lot of good deals on Always Pads, Tampax Tampons, Capri Sun, General Mills Cereal, Gillette Deodorant, Oral B Products, Schick Razors & More! Take a minute to print the newest Target Printable Coupons before you shop, and leave a comment if you find any deals I’ve missed. 

Don’t forget:

  • Target accepts one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item.
  • Your Target may limit your store coupons to one store coupon per trip.
  • Target does not double coupons.
  • If you’re able, grab a bunch of these deals for your own family, and one to donate to your local food pantry, church, or school!

HAPPY SHOPPING!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Amanda Topinka: Towne West Square's “ARRIVE IN STYLE” Back-to-School Shopping Event Going on NOW


Back-to-school preparation is around the corner and Towne West Square, Wichita’s family friendly mall to shop and dine, is taking the lead to make sure that students are fully prepared with the latest fashions for the new school year ahead. From now through August 21, Towne West Square will be hosting “Arrive in Style,” its premier back-to-school shopping event series featuring style tips, fashion displays and a sweepstakes for a chance to win a shopping experience with celebrity stylist Lo VonRumpf.

A highlight of Towne West Square’s “Arrive in Style” program is the “Arrive in Style” Sweepstakes open to guests of all WP Glimcher Malls, nationwide. The contest offers a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree with personal recommendations by celebrity stylist to the stars Lo VonRumpf. For a chance to win, shoppers should complete an online entry form at townewestsquare.com/arriveinstyle from now through August 21.

Lo VonRumpf is best known for his stand-out looks on numerous high profile Disney channel and Nickelodeon teen stars plus recording artists and A-list actors. From on-screen to red carpets, his expertise in the industry also shines through the pages of the top fashion magazines. He continues to evolve with his L.A. based consulting company, LVR Style, where he thrives consulting, styling, writing and lending his skills as a celebrity stylist and correspondent on the red carpet.

In addition, Towne West Square shoppers will have access to Lo VonRumpf’s exclusive back to school fashion forecast with several style tips to help shop for back to school. These tips will be available at Towne West Square and on the mall’s social media pages.

“Towne West Square is ready to kick-start back-to-school shopping with great store deals and the chance to win a shopping spree with celebrity stylist Lo VonRumpf,” said Caitlin Kozak, marketing director at Towne West Square. “We are in high gear to welcome everyone to Towne West Square to complete all of their back to school shopping with the added benefit of style tips from a highly regarded celebrity stylist so our kids can put their best foot forward."


For more information about Towne West Square, please call (316) 945-1236 or visit www.townewestsquare.com.
Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TowneWestSquare 
and follow along on Twitter @TowneWestSqMall 
and on Instagram @TowneWestSqMall.



Good luck and Happy Shopping!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Amanda Topinka: Towne West Square is Kicking-Off the KidX Club Event with 'X' Marks the Spot!

Towne West Square, Wichita’s family friendly mall to shop and dine, will kick-off its new KidX Club program with its first event “X Marks the Spot” on Saturday, May 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. This exciting children’s event to be held in North Dillard’s Court is one of many to be held throughout the year.

“X Marks the Spot” will challenge attendees with a mall-wide treasure hunt to search for X’s hidden around Towne West Square. The goal is to gather letters and figure out a secret word to redeem a special prize. There will also be live entertainment, face painting and balloon art.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Amanda Topinka shares her recipe for HOMEMADE Hummus in 3 Easy Steps (#HummusMadeEasy)

A note to my readers: I was paid to try to make this amazing hummus and share it with all of you.  This in no way swayed my opinion on this product.  I was not otherwise compensated and I truly, truly love this new product!


Hummus has always been the life of any party I’ve ever thrown.  So when my son had his First Communion last weekend and we were having a BBQ (reception) afterwards, I knew that I wanted some hummus that our guests could snack on before the Burgers and Hot Dogs.  But I wanted to ‘wow’ our guests -- so I didn’t want just any ol’ store bought hummus, I wanted homemade.  And I found just that!

Next to the Bush’s canned beans and chickpeas you will now find a NEW product called Bush’s Hummus Made Easy.  I found a pouch of Bush’s Hummus Made Easy at my local Wal-Mart on the top shelf.

 
And now, after making and serving this Hummus, it’s the only kind I’ll buy!

What makes Bush’s Hummus Made Easy the best Hummus?  It’s just that … THE BEST hummus I’ve ever had!  And I’ve eaten my weight in hummus many, many times {and while a girl never discloses her weight, let’s just say that’s a LOT of garbanzo beans}.

This hummus has been hands-down my favorite snack or appetizer to whip up when I have last-minute company.  It’s the perfect blend of simple ingredients like tahini, olive oil and spices.  And I’ve found with Bush’s Hummus Made Easy, it’s really easy to experiment with and make them yours by adding personal touches like jalapenos, roasted red peppers, blue cheese, or even sour cream!


Making hummus at home is not only fresher and healthier, but finding the time and ingredients can be difficult.  With Bush’s Hummus Made Easy, making homemade hummus is as easy as 1-2-3.  Literally!
 
1.  Drain and rinse beans. Pour into food processor.


2.  Open pouch. Pour into food processor.  It won't look very pretty...


3.  Blend to desired consistency.  {We actually left a few chunks of Garbanzo beans whole}


And then ENJOY!  That’s all that's to it for amazing, creamy, delicious hummus!


Next time you’re in Wal-Mart, grab a pouch of Bush’s Hummus Made Easy and Bush’s Brothers’ beans and just keep them both in your pantry.  That way you’ll always have something ready to whip up that is healthy AND yummus, errr, I mean scrumptious the next time you have guests stopping by.
They’ll never believe it only took you 10 minutes and 3 easy steps to make this homemade hummus.  That is, IF you want to tell them how easy it was :::wink wink:::


Not Pictured:  Classic Version.  Because, well, we ate it before I could take pictures.

Now, for a limited time, you can save $1.00 with this coupon!
 

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Disclosure:  I’d like to thank @KendalKingGroup, #SoapboxInfluence, The Women Bloggers, Bush Brothers’ Beans and #HummusMadeEasy for including me in this new product launch.  I am a customer for life now!

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