Purex Insiders

Hi friends! I know some of you are bloggers or are considering starting a blog of your own. I started HealthyDisneyFamily.com last year and feel like I learn something new every day about how to improve my blog and grow my network. I knew I wanted to have product reviews and giveaways as a feature on my blog and researching brands to partner with was one of the first steps I took.

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Having a great network of both bloggers and brands to work with helps you to feel more connected to people. As a new blogger, it feels lonely sometimes when you’re just starting out. Partnering with brands for products to review also makes picking up your mail and UPS packages a lot more fun too!

One way I have grown my blog is through partnerships with brands I trust. I researched programs for brands I used in my daily life and have found some great corporate blogging partnerships that you might want to apply for too. 

The first one I’d like to share with you is Purex Insiders.

Are you a blogger who loves to try new health, beauty, and home care products? Sign up for the Purex Insiders program! 

When my blog was brand new last year and I was researching who to partner with, I found about Purex Insiders. I saw that many of our favorite brands like Dial and Purex team up with bloggers through this program to get the word out about their new products.

If you’ve been reading Healthy Disney Family, you know I really love to try new products! I liked that they send product for you and your family to try and in addition they also mail you coupons for free products.  

You can either keep the coupons for yourself or use to host a giveaway on your blog like I do. 

Why Become a Purex Insider?

 – Receive exclusive offers
 – Participate in productive collaboration
 – Influence product innovation
 – Have your voice heard

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It’s pretty awesome to receive full size samples of everything from new laundry detergents to Dial soaps to try out. I have also received some bonus Amazon.com gift cards for my participation as well!

Join Purex Insiders - Details and link to sign up at HealthyDisneyFamily.com

If you want to team up and be part of my Purex Insiders network, here’s the link to sign up:


By using this link to apply, you’re letting them know you’re in the same network as me and you’ll be a great blogging partner for them too!

Are you a blogger who is in a blogging network, link up, or partnership with a brand that you love? Feel free to share opportunities in the comments. By sharing opportunities and our connections, we can help support each other and grow our networks together.

– Denise

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Shape Up for Summer Giveaway Hop

Join Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner and I for the fantastic 2nd Annual Shape Up For Summer Giveaway Hop!

If you’re looking for awesome giveaways to enter for gift cards – we’re giving away an electronic Amazon.com gift card starting June 1! Ours will be an international/worldwide giveaway and so will others :)

Check out the 5 reasons why you should join us on her blog here: http://runawaybridalplanner.blogspot.com/2015/05/5-reasons-you-should-join-us.html

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If you’re a blogger, sign up on the linky below now through May 28th. You can giveaway anything fitness or running related or a gift card to Amazon, Target, or another store where you could purchase fitness related items. The value of the prize must be $10 and above and you’re responsible for fulfilling the prize you give away. It’s a great way to grow your blog and your social network!

It’s great to join whether you’re an experienced blogger or a brand new blogger. I participated last year when my blog was just a few months old. I met so many bloggers online (and in real life!) and I’m so glad I joined in :)

Find out more details here: http://healthydisneyfamily.com/2015/05/04/bloggers-blog-hop-sign-ups-open/ 

If you have any questions, you can always ask. We’re happy to help!

Hope you can join us as a blogging partner, giveaway participant or better yet – both! :)

– Denise

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$100 Salonpas Pain Relief Giveaway

Many of us include daily exercise as part of our healthy lifestyle. I do! It’s part of keeping off the 100+ pounds I lost and making sure I keep my weight in a healthy range. 

After I gained so much weight, everything in my body hurt when I moved. Even just lifting myself up off of the couch was a struggle. Seriously. It was awful!

The whole time while I lost weight I was in physical pain too. I took over the counter pain meds to try to deal with it. My doctor recommended using them when necessary and they became necessary for me to use daily. I try to avoid medicines and pills whenever possible so I looked for more natural solutions for relief. I found that gentle stretching along with juniper oil and epsom salt baths helped me a lot.

Even with all of that weight gone, I still have assorted aches and pains but now they are mostly from running, lifting weights, or a stiff back from working at my desk. On any given day for me, it might be my back aching, knee hurting, or some muscles that I overworked at the gym. While exercise is necessary to keep our bodies at a healthy weight, fit, and strong, it sure can result in a lot of discomfort sometimes!

Salonpas has a healthier solution for pain management. With their line of topical analgesic products in the form of creams, gels, sprays and patches, you can feel relief without taking strong medicines. By putting the medicine right at the site of pain and bypassing the stomach and liver, Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose and help you feel better.

“When people self-medicate with over-the-counter oral pain pills, they can ingest inappropriate doses and run the risk of potential drug interactions, which can lead to unintended or unsuspected dangerous side effects, some of which can be as serious as liver failure or heart damage,” says Dr. Sylvia Hesse, a New York based orthopedic medicine specialist. “By relying on topical analgesic gels, sprays and patches for pain relief – without the use of pills – you can be assured of making a safer choice.”

The nice people at Salonpas contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their products for myself and host a giveaway for a suite of their top 4 pain relieving products. Of course I did :)

I just used the Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray right now while working at my desk. It provides an instant cooling sensation and relieves that nagging back pain fast. It smells minty when you spray it and not “mediciney” like some topical pain relievers do. I have sensitive skin and it doesn’t irritate me or leave any kind of sticky residue – it’s great stuff! 

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They’re including the Salonpas DEEP Relieving Gel, Salonpas Pain Relief Patch, Salonpas Pain Relieving GEL-Patch HOT-L, and Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray in the prize pack. This is $100 worth of Salonpas products! 

I hope their products help you like they are helping me. Enter below and good luck :)


Running update + Giveaway Roundup

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It’s Wednesday and that means another Giveaway Roundup from Running With SD Mom www.runningwithsdmom.com and Erica Finds www.ericafinds.com!

I just posted all of my giveaways on Erica’s blog (whew!) and found some fantastic giveaways to enter! You can too :)

Follow us! For those of you who love to read (and cook!) be sure to follow Healthy Disney Family on Bloglovin https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/healthy-disney-family-11710867 or by e-mail on the sidebar to the right. 

I have several books to review, including cookbooks and many of them offer a giveaway for one (or more!) of you too. 

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Coming up on the blog in June and beyond: I have about 3000 posts I want to write and have them on my calendar. I want to share a lot of recipes, how I’m doing with re-losing the pesky pounds that snuck on over the past year, travel tips and places we love to visit both here in Portland and beyond, and about the runDisney race challenges I did at Walt Disney World – the WDW Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge and the Princess Weekend Glass Slipper Challenge. 

Running: As far as running goes, my plantar fasciitis pain is finally gone now – yay! Now I have to reassess my race calendar to make sure I don’t overdo it again. That’s why it’s looking so empty when you click the My Races tab.

Sunday the 16th was my first attempt at a 4 miler in months. I’m relieved to say I’m now back to run/walking 4 miles now pain free. I’ve been here before though (last time it was PF in my left foot) so I know I will need to build up my strength again slowly to recover fully again. My lungs are nearly recovered from the bronchitis and walking pneumonia so I feel like I can breathe well and run at the same time. I also am thrilled to have my energy back finally. Now I’m working hard to build up my running endurance, eliminating walk breaks, and getting through some calf tightness when I run.

Bloggers and friends thinking about starting a blog: I also want to share more with you what I’ve learned about blogging and social media in the past year. It’s incredibly time consuming and a heck of a lot more work than I thought it would be, but I really do enjoy it. Especially social media and connecting with friends and new followers! I went from 129 Twitter followers to over 5000 in a year. I’d like to share my personal tips for growing your own Twitter followers organically too!

Hope you are all having a great week,

– Denise

Phantom of the Opera Portland

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera is in Portland now as part of a brand new North American Tour.

The show has been hailed by critics as bigger and better than ever before. This production boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography.  

If you’ve heard of The Phantom of the Opera but are unfamiliar with the story like I was, it’s based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux.

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command!

The Behind the Scenes Media Preview for the show was on Thursday, and it was truly amazing.  We talked with Jacquelynne Fontaine who plays Carlotta and Stage Manager Heather Chockley who filled us in on fascinating details about the show.

Phantom of the Opera - Broadway in Portland - May 2015

As you can tell from the photo above (top right), Jacquelynne is in amazing shape! I asked her what she does to stay so fit and healthy, especially while traveling and working on the road as much as she does.

The former Miss California told me she works out before her shows and eats lean proteins, salads and as much whole and natural food as possible.

When she doesn’t watch what she eats and exercise, she  really feels the difference. She wears very ornate, heavy costumes, some weighing as much as 36 pounds! It’s more difficult for her to sing operatically on stage if she eats junk food, especially with so many shows back to back. Her favorite salad ingredients are kale, pine nuts, blueberries, and raspberries. When she wants a treat, she goes for a Caesar Salad.

Since Jacquelynne is from California, I asked her if she visited Disneyland and her whole face lit up :) She loves Disneyland and has had an Annual Pass for the last 10 years, even as an adult (I know a lot of us can relate!). Her favorite rides are Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion.  She also told me the whole Phantom crew are Disney fanatics and went to Walt Disney World as much as possible for their two weeks in Orlando recently!

Phantom of the Opera is one of the largest shows on the road, with 20 semi trucks traveling from city to city. Stage Manager Heather Chockley talked about the grand chandelier. It contains more than 6000 beads and weighs over a ton. The chandelier is so large that it travels in its very own semi truck. In Heather’s own words, sitting under the chandelier during a show is “quite an explosive experience”.

Phantom of the Opera - Portland

I went with my friend Bryn and we had a wonderful time at the show. I won’t give anything away, but it was exciting and made us jump a few times :) The singing and performances were spectacular! 

If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area or can travel here this week, definitely go to this amazing and exciting show – it’s a must see!

– Denise


May 13 – 23, 2015 | Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay

Wednesday, May 13 | 7:30pm
Thursday, May 14 | 1:00pm and 7:30pm (7:30pm is an ASL Interpreted Performance)
Friday, May 15 | 7:30pm
Saturday, May 16 | 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, May 17 | 1:00pm and 6:30pm (6:30pm is an Open Captioned Performance)

Monday, May 18 | 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 19 | 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 20 | 7:30pm
Thursday, May 21 | 1:00pm and 7:30pm
Friday, May 22 | 7:30pm – Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, May 23 | 2:00pm & 7:30pm – (2:00pm is an ASL Interpreted Performance)

For information on ADA seating, please call the Portland Opera Box Office at 503-241-1802 or email boxoffice@portlandopera.org

Ticket can be purchased:
Online www.BroadwayInPortland.com
Portland Opera Box Office: 503- 241-1802 or toll free at 866-739-6737
Portland’5 Box Office: 800-273-1530, All TicketsWest locations

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