Payoff and Simplify Your Life

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Payoff, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #payoffmindset #whatsyourpayoff

The click clack of keyboard keys heard in the middle of the night never results in a delivery for me. And when my bank debit card gets swiped, it’s usually to buy a MetroCard for the subway. I shop the sales at my supermarket for the spread seen on our dinner table and couldn’t tell you the last time I bought something that was advertised in an email blast. See those four smiling faces? They are the recipients of all my purchases.

Anyone who has been divorced will know about the financial issues that can come along with the marriage ending. For me, I have a credit card I have leaned on when unexpected expenses come up. I would love to pay that credit card off and celebrate with some extended time away with my children at one of our favorite places to visit.

I recently learned about — a non credit score affecting way to get a loan to pay off your credit cards and simplify your life! I headed right over there to see what could be done for me. I mean seriously, I couldn’t type fast enough. I wanted to see how close I would be to getting to my goal of my children having an extended stay at the beach.

A little over a year ago, I stopped going to the nail salon for manicures and started doing my own nails. I finally put those bottles of nail polish in my bathroom cabinet to good use and I saved money weekly. I don’t really live a life above my means so the little luxuries I could cut back on were the way to go. I’ve put the money saved towards paying off that credit card, a celebratory trip and then start building a better financial cushion for my family.

Screen shot 2015-01-30 at 9.01.55 AMBut since Payoff could help me faster I wanted to take advantage of the service. I mean who wouldn’t want to achieve their goals sooner if they could, right? With Payoff you have the option to apply for a loan between $5,000 to $25,000.

If you don’t qualify for a loan, Payoff also has a product called Lift that is designed to educate you on ways to get control of your finances. As far as I’m concerned, every little bit of advice helps when it comes to money matters.

I’m thankful to have learned about Payoff. I have a feeling my children and I will have many more days of beachy fun in our future because of it.

Coopers Beach Summer 2014

Payoff is also on Facebook. Check them out to help you get to your financial goals. Beach pictures may be in your future sooner than you think too!

Quick and Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #makemangosalsa

Mangos are part of my DNA. OK, so I can’t confirm that with any scientific research but between growing up seeing baskets of mangos arriving to my grandmother’s kitchen door to my current love of it in anything, I can safely say I have been crazy for mangos for as long as I can remember.

Luckily, each of my four children share that same love. So when planning the big menu for our Super Bowl party, I made sure to take the salsa everyone expects at a party to the next level. I went to Walmart and picked up a can of Del Monte Diced Mangos. You can sample them at select Walmart locations from January 22-25th!

delmonte #makemangosalsa

I have a two minute mango salsa recipe that will be made for our Super Bowl fiesta and if I am short on time (there will be two types of wings being made among other things for our guests!) I can even ask my daughter to make it, it’s that easy!

Here’s what you need:

1 can (15oz.) Del Monte Diced Mangos in light syrup

1 Jar (24oz) Chunky Salsa (your favorite brand)

Here’s how you make the salsa:

Drain the mangoes and stir into salsa. (It makes about 12 servings.)
I also added 2 tbsp cilantro and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice.


Since my children love corn and black beans I knew this would be a kid friendly salsa even adults would enjoy. And the freshness of cilantro — which we regularly put on tacos and in our soups — was an added bonus to this already quick recipe. It gave our mango salsa a bit of extra flavor!



My daughter was in the kitchen with me as I did a test run of the salsa and she couldn’t wait to try it. Something tells me this mango salsa is going to be a hit on Super Bowl Sunday! (By the way, Del Monte has Pinterest board full of game day snack inspiration if you still need ideas.)


I paired my mango salsa with Utz restaurant style tortilla chips. Know what else is a great pairing for chips and salsa? Entertainment! The Book of Life DVD is available at Walmart on January 27th. Just in time for the big game. While my children saw it at the movie theater, I’m thinking the DVD would be a great way for my children to enjoy the day while I’m getting things ready for our party guests.

Time to #GiveAGoal

We all have goals that we create for ourselves and sometimes we share them with others. Either to keep us committed to our plan (“If I share it, I can’t go back!”) or to ask for support while we try to achieve our goal.

Some of us like to run, others prefer to bike around, or head to the gym and get on the treadmill or swim laps. I grew up not being very sporty … let’s just say at camp if there were relay races at field day, I was the last one picked. Not much has changed, I don’t think any one would think of me as being sporty. But the one thing they would say about me is that I am determined.

So in 2015, my fitness goal is to be more active. Sure I walk a few miles every day so I am not exactly stationary but I think next year I should be a bit more active to continue with my goal of living a healthier and happier life. I know how to swim and have made sure each of my children learned so my goals is to swim more in the New Year.

How about you? Any fitness goals for the New Year come to mind?

#GiveAGoal TomTomRunnerCardioWebsite

I partnered with TomTom to give one of you the TomTom Runner Cardio watch with built-in Heart Rate Monitor. It lets you share your fitness goals with friends and family and through its built-in GPS receiver provides real-time running information so you can track distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as you run.

And if you are still shopping for the holidays, the TomTom Runner Cardio watch  makes a great gift because it helps everyone achieve their goals of living a healthier and happier lifestyle.

TomTomRunnerCardio #GiveAGoalWant to win one?

Share one fitness goal with me in a comment on this post to win a healthy lifestyle basket with a TomTom Runner Cardio watch, Good Food Made Simple coupons, a Bobble water bottle and more!

You have until December 24, 2014 at 9PM EST to enter. I’ll choose one U.S. based winner by random shortly after and notify them by email. Winner will receive the healthy lifestyle basket directly from the brand representatives.