Tide-To-Go Giveaway Winners!

Two lucky ladies will be finding 10 Tide-To-Go pens in their mailboxes!

And the winners are . . .

CC Almon



Please send me an email at anewkindofnormal at gmail dot com with your address & I will get your prizes out to you!

Thanks everyone for joining in!

Disclaimer: Winners were chosen via Thank you to Tide-to-Go and Bloggy Bootcamp that made this giveaway possible!

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WIWW: Blog Conference Edition

I haven’t linked up for What I Wore Wednesday with The Pleated Poppy since my surgery and I have noticed that I just wasn’t putting nearly the effort into putting my outfits together. I’ve been feeling blah since my surgery so I’ve allowed my wardrobe to resort back to blah and I don’t like it.


Over the weekend, I attended Bloggy Bootcamp and since I would be meeting 100 other women I took some time to really put my outfit together because you know with that many women in one room somebody is going to be checking out your shoes! So I planned out what I wanted to wear from my head to my toes. I took time to add accessories. Of course I wanted to be comfortable but I wanted to feel put together as well. The result – I felt put together! I’m a pretty introverted individual so I was pretty nervous going to a conference where I didn’t know a soul but I really surprised myself. I actually felt really confident both in myself and in my blog. While I’m not going to say that it was all based on what I was wearing, I think it was a part of it. I not only felt put together but I actually felt pretty which I think helped me become more confident in my ability to approach others and start a conversation!


Another reason why I wanted to pick back up What I Wore Wednesdays was because of a comment I received yesterday. I wore the same outfit to work yesterday as I wore to the conference. I had someone stop by my office to pick up something and she complimented me on my outfit and added “you must really be feeling better.”  I’ve been battling the “you don’t look sick” comments for years and I wish people would come to the understanding that appearance doesn’t necessarily equal health. If I wanted to look how I felt I would have two black eyes, crazy hair, and be wearing a garbage bag. But I don’t want to look that way or feel that way. I know for myself and some other spoonies I have talked with that taking the time to put yourself together provides some relief. Not relief from physical pain necessarily but I think it helps with emotional and mental wellness. I may not feel good physically when I’m dressed up but I feel better about myself when I’m dressed up which goes along way.


With all that said, I’m going to try to really stick to joining in the What I Wore Wednesday linkups. I will still be doing weigh-ins and challenge check-ins on Wednesdays but that information will be posted on my Weight Loss tab instead of the home page.


So without further ado, here is my conference look:

bloggy bootcamp conference outfit

Blazer: Maurices

Tank: Walmart

Jeans: Old Navy

Headband: Goody’s – one of the awesome conference sponsors

Necklace: The Beadin’ Beagle

Bracelet: Walmart

Earrings: Claires

Nail polish: I Brake For Manicures by OPI

If you need you need some style inspiration or need that extra motivation to take some time for yourself, be sure to check out the link up at The Pleated Poppy!

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BBC Tide-to-Go Giveaway!! *Closed*

As you know this past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Bloggy Bootcamp which was hosted by the SITS Girls! It was absolutely amazing! My brain is overflowing with knowledge given by the wonderful presenters! I am still trying to process it all! All I can say is that I can see wonderful things in the future for A New Kind of Normal!


There will be a separate post coming on the information gained at the conference but not in this post!


One of the perks of a blog conference is the swag! Our bags were full of gifts from the conference sponsors which included Tide to Go, Mirassou Wines, Sony, Arm & Hammer, and Invisalign! When we peeked in our bags we found this cute box:

bloggy bootcamp giveaway kit

And inside we found this:

tide to go pens giveaway

A whole box of Tide to Go goodness! If you are anything like me, then you realize the wonderful invention that is the Tide to Go pen! I am clumsy enough on my own but with a 2 1/2 year old, stains are inevitable so these pens, along with other Tide products, make life a little easier!


So I am not about to keep all this goodness to myself! Starting today, you can enter to win some Tide to Go of your own! I will be drawing TWO winners who will each when a gift-pack of 10 Tide to Go pens! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment telling me something positive from the past week! Easy as pie!


The winner will be drawn Friday morning (October 28th) using  When leaving a comment, please include an email address so I can contact you if you are a lucky winner! If you are drawn as a winner but I do not hear from you within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn.


Disclosure: Tide to Go sponsored Bloggy Bootcamp where I received this free product for this giveaway.