Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tune in Tonight to Watch the Premiere Episode of the New Reality Show, "The Briefcase" on CBS at 8PM EST #TheBriefcase

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own. 

What would you do if you were given a briefcase filled with $101,000, and you have three options to choose from - keep all the money, split it with others in need, or not take it at all?  With only 72 hours to decide what to do with the money, would you be able to make a decision that both you and your family can agree on, even if you found yourself in hard times and really could use the money?  Well, this is the premise for a new CBS series, "The Briefcase," which premieres tonight, Wednesday, May 27  at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.  If you haven't seen the commercial for this new series, here is a preview...

My husband and I had the opportunity to watch tonight's episode in advance, and I have to stay I really like this show.  It really gets you thinking about what you would do if you were in the position of the two families, who are surprised with a suitcase filled with money at their door.  You may think it is an easy answer, and to keep all the money, but then throughout the 72 hour journey, the show's co-producers share information about another family with their own hardships.  This gets you thinking about how there are others in worse off situations and how by you sharing some or all the money that you can help a family who really needs it.  

I loved being able to watch the families go through the 72 hr. journey and how both spouses are each given an opportunity to visit the bank to put however much they want to keep in their bank account, and leave the money they want to give away in the briefcase.  Then, they meet up with their spouse and let them see how much they are giving away of the $100,000.  Each of these trips to the banks and the hours leading up to the bank visit have so many emotions and discussions going on.  

With this first episode airing tonight, you will meet the Bergin family, who have 3 teenage girls, and another family and live in Matthews, N.C., and the Bronson family who live in Manchester, NH, who have a young son with another baby on the way.  

The Bergin Family

The Bronson Family

As the episode plays out you learn more and more about the families and how this money could really help change their life and help them recover from financial hardships they have been dealing with.  The couple with the 3 teenage girls has debt of over $100,000 (including their mortgage) and only the mom working part time and pulling in $300 a week.  The husband, Joe, suffered a stroke and then hurt himself leaving him unable to work the family ice cream truck business, which was proving more headaches and debt due to trucks being broke and seasonal lulls.  

If that doesn't get you thinking to give the money to this family, then you learn more about the Bronson family.  The husband, Dave, is a veteran who fought in Iraq and lost his leg.  After 33 surgeries and constant pain, he is unable to work and stays home to care for the family's young son.  The wife is an overnight shift nurse who is pregnant and having to carry the worry and burden of finances, while watching her husband deal with daily pain and having to climb three flights of stairs to get to their 1 bedroom apartment, which is bursting at the seams.  There is no elevator in the building and it is not wheelchair accessible, making it a struggle for the family.  They are in the process of building a wheelchair accessible house through a VA grant, but still need funds to buy the house and make the necessary accommodation for the husband, as they expect him to be in a wheelchair in a few years.

Just hearing about each family and watching them struggle to decide what do with the money, really gets you thinking about what you would do.  You wish that they would split the money so that they could each benefit from the briefcases and help relieve them of some of these burdens they are facing.  But, with different personalities and viewpoints it is hard for the couples to agree on what to do.  

Each trip to the bank sees money coming and going, until they have only a few hours left to decide.  With any show like this, there is a twist in the end, and that twist is when the two couples are flown to the other family's home, where they are able to walk through the other family's home and see how they really live.  This is really an eye opening moment for both families and they start double thinking their decision on what they want to do with the money.  

Viewers will find out what the two families decide when they come face to face with each other in Los Angeles.  Don't worry, I will not spoil the ending -- you'll just have to tune in tonight to find out for yourself what the The Bergin and Bronson families decide to do with their briefcases filled with $100,000.  My husband and I are hooked on this show and will definitely be tuning in each week to see what other families decide to do with the money.  Will they realize that money doesn't fix everything and that love is more valuable?  Or, will they struggle to agree and stir up financial debates with their spouse over what to do with the money in such a short time frame?

With many shows going on summer hiatus, why not add "The Briefcase" to your DVR if you can't tune in and watch when it airs.  I know you will love this show just as much as my husband and I have, and that you will find yourself thinking about what you would do with the money if you heard a knock at the door and saw the briefcase full of money.  I have to say that while we could use the money, this would definitely be a hard decision to make.  Is there a right and wrong decision?  How will it affect your family and your relationship with your spouse?  These and so many other questions will be cross the minds of the family's on their 72-hour $100,000 briefcase journey.

-- "The Briefcase" Premiere Twitter Party Tonight! -- 

If you love twitter parties, I hope you will join me and others tonight during the premiere episode, as we will be talking about the show with viewers, as well as executive director, Dave Broome and Jill Schlesinger, a CBS News Money expert.   Make sure you follow the following twitter handles to participate in this fun twitter chat:

@broome88 (Dave Broom)

During the Twitter event,  $250  in prizes will be given away to twitter attendees in attendance.  Those who win these prizes will have to make a decision similar to the show on what they want to do with the prize won -- keep it, share it or give it all away. What would you do?

Here is more about the Twitter party:

Time: 8-9PM EST
Date:  Tonight, May 27th.
Prizes:  $250 in prizes will be given out throughout the hour so don't miss the show or the excitement on Twitter!  

To join in on the fun, make sure you follow @rolemommy, @CBSTweet and use the hashtags #TheBriefcase.

Don't forget to follow "The Briefcase" on Facebook and Twitter and CBS to keep up to date on all the chatter about this new series, which will have you thinking about how much you would share if you were in a similar situation.

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More about "The Briefcase":


 “The Briefcase” Features Families Experiencing Financial Setbacks 
Who Are Given a Large Sum of Money and
Told to Make a Potentially Life-Altering Decision

"CBS announces the new reality show THE BRIEFCASE, featuring hard-working American families experiencing financial setbacks who are presented with a briefcase containing a large sum of money and a potentially life-altering decision: they can keep all of the money for themselves, or give all or part of it to another family in need. The series premieres Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“THE BRIEFCASE is an eye-opening look into what matters most in people’s lives, taking the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride with a shocking ending each week,” said THE BRIEFCASE Creator and Executive Producer Dave Broome. “I've been incredibly impressed by just how generous Americans are, even with shrinking paychecks and rising debt, when there’s little left to give.”
Each week, two families have 72 hours to learn details about each other’s challenging circumstances and make the weighty decision of what to do with $101,000.  However, what they don’t know is that the family with whom they are considering sharing this financial windfall received an identical briefcase with the same instructions. Throughout their journeys, relationships within both families will be tested and beliefs questioned as they find out what really matters most in their lives, and how much importance they place on values such as love, generosity, compassion and faith.
THE BRIEFCASE is produced by 25/7 Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Dave Broome (Creator and Executive Producer, THE BIGGEST LOSER) and Faye Stapleton are executive producers."

The following families will be participating in tonight's premiere episode of THE BRIEFCASE:

Bergin Family

Joe: Ice Cream Truck Owner     
Kim: Part-Time Event Planner   
Three children, ages 15, 13 and 12
Matthews, N.C.
After Joe was laid off from his corporate job 10 years ago, he and his wife, Kim, started an ice cream truck business which is struggling.     

Bronson Family

Dave: Injured Retired Iraq Vet
Cara: Nurse
One child, age 3, with another on the way
Manchester, N.H.
Dave is an American hero whose Humvee exploded when he was in Iraq and he lost his leg. He and his wife, Cara, are expecting their second child this summer. Living on one income with a growing family has put a significant amount of stress on the Bronson's.


About Dave Broome, the Executive Director of "The Briefcase":

New York native Dave Broome received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from New York’s Hofstra University.  In 1986, the die-hard East Coaster moved West to host a radio sports-talk show on XTRA-FM, broadcast in Los Angeles and San Diego.

He eventually segued into television, producing live music specials and award shows for Clear Channel Communications. These included Ryan Seacrest’s American Top 40 Awards, Fox’s Jingle Ball Rock, and NBC’s Radio Music Awards.

In 2003, Broome established his own 25/7 Productions, helming projects such as NBC’s Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope, a worldwide benefit held for theTsunami victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which he co-produced with George Clooney. 

In 2004, Broome created NBC’s longstanding hit, The Biggest Loser. Now in its 17th season, the show is an international brand and is seen in over 90 countries worldwide. Broome continues to be active as Executive Producer for the show. 

Over the last 15 years, Broome has created and produced hundreds of hours of primetime network and cable series, including competition formats, docu-series, music specials, award shows and live television events for networks such as NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, CW, MTV, SPIKE, A&E, DISCOVERY, TURNER, LIFETIME, ABC Family, and many more. 

Broome's current show, The Briefcase, which follows American families who are going through financial hardships and given a briefcase of $101,000 but with a life altering decision to make, will be premiering on CBS on May 27. 

He is currently casting for S.T.R.O.N.G. (Start to Realize Our Natural Greatness), a fitness-centric reality competition for NBC which takes a group of people who are looking to go through a mind-blowing physical and mental transformation and team them up with the world’s elite trainers to help them realize their full potential. The series has a 10-episode order and will be airing early next year.

He has also taken 25/7 Productions into the Hispanic marketplace, forming a partnership with Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s production company, Estefan Enterprises, together producing the all-Spanish docu-series Dale Con Ganas for Univision. 

In addition to producing unscripted television, Broome has created scripted projects for HBO, DreamWorks and the USA Network as well as producing for NETFLIX the critically acclaimed sports documentary feature, Two Days In April.  He has also created and produced several web series including AOL’s Jocks & Jills, a co-production with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment company and Startomorrow, an online music competition series with David Foster that aired on   

In 2014, Broome and 25/7 Productions, signed an exclusive overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.  

In a nutshell, Broome is a hands on producer who loves to create & develop projects that he is passionate about and that can make an impact in a profound and thought-provoking way.

Outside of the office, his passion carries over to his love of fitness, fine wine, and music, often composing both for himself and for various 25/7 projects. 

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Disclosure:  I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


It is funny how when you are growing up you find yourself saying that you don't want to be like your parents...but, then when you become a parent yourself, you find yourself doing things that your parent used to do.  :-)  For me, growing up, my mom was all about coming prepared.  The diaper bag or her hand bags would weigh a ton, only because she packed everything except for the kitchen sink -- literary.  If you had a loose button, she had a mini sewing kit to fix it on the go.  If you got a stain on your shirt, she had a stain remover pen handy.  And, when you had a runny nose, she was the tissue lady. Like my mom, my bad weighs a ton, even though I find myself wishing I had packed something when a need arises -- like a mini tape measurer for measuring furniture at a store having a sale, etc.  But, I guess I am still learning, as my girls are still young.  Even to this day, now that the kids have flown the coop, my mom still packs her bag full, so that she is ready for the grandkids, or to help someone needing a tissue, wet wipe, etc.  I guess I have this to look forward to -- have to keep my shoulders strong to carry around my bag (of tricks). :-)

While my mom was big on little tissue packs, I have opted for baby wipes, as they can be used for practically everything.  From diaper changes to cleaning sticky fingers or faces after a Popsicle at the park or dinner at a restaurant, to even removing your makeup or cleaning your windshield or car windows after the kids have left their doodles.  And, when it comes to baby wipes, I have found my go-to brand, which I make a point to stock up on, so that I have some for at home use, as well as in my bag, in the car and even at the grandparents house.  For me, WaterWipes is it!  Known as the world's purest baby wipes, WaterWipes are made up of just two ingredients -- 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.  And, because they are baby wipes and being used by parents, day care center, grandparents, etc., they are suitable for children ages birth through the diaper years.  

Baby WaterWipes

"Unlike many other wipe brands, WaterWipes are not interfolded. This allows for the sterile environment within the package to be maintained. For the same reason, we recommend that you do not relocate the wipes in an alternate container."

Because these wipes are made up of mostly water, they are great at helping to avoid diaper rashes, thanks to their being preservative-free.  A major difference between these baby wipes and others on the market is that these are super soft and non greasy.  Did you know that an unopened bag of WaterWipes can last up to 15 months (Once opened WaterWipes should be used within 1 month)?  I can't tell you how many packs of baby wipes I was given at Savannah's baby shower that I had to toss, as they were dried out before I even got a chance to use them. 

Another great thing about these wipes in addition to not being greasy is that you will not find your hands getting soaking wet with dripping baby wipes.  Yes, they are made with 99.9% and retain their moisture, but you will not have to reach for a rag to dry off your baby's delicate skin due to the excess liquid you may find with other baby wipes you use, thanks to these amazing chemical free baby wipes.

Both of my girls have sensitive skin, and my youngest, Bella, has eczema.  So, I have to be extra careful what I use with them. I can't tell you how many times I bought wipes that claimed to be "sensitive," only to find that they came with a fragrance, or irritated my girls' delicate skin due to chemicals or other harsh ingredients contained in the wipes.  As a parent, it is so hard to watch your little in pain due to a diaper rash or skin irritation that is only made worse due to things like baby wipes.  But, through trial and error and finally stumbling upon WaterWipes last year, I can breath easier each and every time I reach for one of these baby wipes to wipe their bottoms, or even their faces, as I know this product will not irritate their skin.

Even though my girls are both potty trained, I still make a point to use these wipes at bedtime to make sure they are wiping probably and to clean their private area, as to prevent infection or a rash from improper wiping.  And, on those occasions when they have an accident at night time, I reach for a package of WaterWipes, which I have in each of the bathrooms, to clean them up, before changing their pajamas and putting them back to bed.  And, like I said above, these baby wipes have multiple uses, which makes having them handy both at home and on the go, a necessity for me, as I find myself reaching for them throughout the day.  Just this weekend, I ran out of all-purpose cleaning wipes and ended up using a package of WaterWipes to clean my counter tops, grease off the stove top, and even wiped down the bathroom mirrors and sinks with them.  Now, how is that for multi-use. :-)  And, when it came time to get the girls ready for bed, I reached for my WaterWipes to clean them. 

I couldn't help but laugh over the weekend, as we were out at a festival and the girls tried a freeze pop for the first time.  While most fell on the ground or their clothes, they did manage to catch a few with their hands.  By the time they were done, their faces and hands were sticky.  Savannah was quick to ask for a WaterWipe, so that she and Bella could clean themselves up.  She directed me to look into my BIG bag, as she knew I always kept a pack or two.  When the girls were done cleaning up, Savannah turned to Bella and said that when she grows up, she will be sure to have WaterWipes on hands for messy spills, sticky fingers and cleaning the car window -- just like mom!  

So, I guess it isn't bad to want to be like mom, and carry a BIG bag.  You never know when you will need to change a diaper, lend baby wipes to a mom with a baby who has run out of wipes, or tackle a freeze pop mess.  And, for me, all these mommy moments are made a breeze thanks to my trusty pack of WaterWipes.

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Baby WaterWipes

As a new mom or mom to a little one with delicate skin, you will love knowing that WaterWipes baby wipes are both durable and effective.  But, the real peace of mind is knowing that these baby wipes contain no harmful chemicals (free of preservatives), that are found in other baby wipes.  You, too, will find yourself raving about and recommending WaterWipes as a safer, natural option for parents with little ones.  They will also become in a staple in baby shower gifts you give, or on your baby registry.

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Disclosure:  I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes.  I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Caramel Apple Crisp Flavor Added to the Popular Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn Snack Line -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Last year I had the opportunity to review a sampling of Cosmos Creations' flavors.  This premium puffed corn snack was such a hit with my family that we have been stocking up and enjoying ever since.  You read my thoughts on Cosmos Creations' in my post from last year here:

Today, I wanted to share with you a new addition to the Cosmos Creations line -- Caramel Apple Crisp.  This new flavor combines tart, real apple crumbles with sweet caramel, making for the perfect snack to satisfy any sweet tooth. :-)  

I, for one, can't get enough of this gluten-free, trans-fat free, and non-GMO corn premium puffed corn snack, and have been filling the pantry with this new flavor, to enjoy with the family and introduce to family and friends who stop by and are looking for a tasty snack to munch on.
When it comes to sampling snacks, my girls who are picky eaters, are usually reluctant.  But, if the outer bag is appealing to the eye, then, they may try it.  Seeing that both my girls like apples and they saw the apple on the bag, they were up for trying just one...which led to another and then another...until they were asking for a bowl to snack on while they watched television.

Savannah loves this new Cosmos Creations flavor so much, she asked me to pick up a couple extra bags so that she could bring them in for snack time at her preschool.  All the kids as well as the teachers loved this healthy puffed corn snack.  When picking Savannah up that day, I overheard a few of her friends telling their parents about the snack they had and how they want to pick up a bag to snack on at home.  :-)

With school ending and the kids being home for the summer, why not make a point to pick up a couple bags of Cosmos Creations, including the new Caramel Apple Crisp flavor for them to snack on.  They will love this crunchy snack that is full of flavor and good for them. You and your family will have a blast sampling the seven Cosmos Creations premium puffed corn flavored currently available, in order to find your favorite one.  I used to love the Sea Salt & Butter flavor, but that is now in second place below the oh so sweet and decadent Caramel Apple Crisp.  I feel like each time I reach into the bag and start to munch on a handful of this puffed corn treat that I am doing something wrong and that my waistline will hate me. But, then I quickly remember that this a healthier snack alternative made of all-natural ingredients -- and, I don't feel bad anymore. :-)

And, I am not alone in craving this sweet treat.  Whenever I ask the girls what they want for snack time, Bella will run to the pantry and grab a bag of Caramel Apple Crisp from Cosmos Creations.  She always asks to hold the bag and snack from there instead of me putting it in a bowl.  How can I blame her, I, find myself enjoying reaching into the bag and pulling out a handful of this crispy and oh so flavorful sweet snack. :-)  Like mother, like daughter!

I can't wait to hear what you think of the new Caramel Apple Crisp flavor from Cosmos Creations.  So, be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts below.  And, don't forget to enter my giveaway below for a chance to win a Cosmos Creations sampler prize pack, which includes this new flavor. :-)
"Cosmos Creations premium puffed corn is currently available in seven flavors that are all gluten-free, trans-fat free, have no kernels or hulls and are baked with non-GMO corn meal. The Caramel Apple Crisp product will complement the current flavors of Spicy Sriracha, Salted Caramel, Caramel, Coconut Crunch, Sea Salt & Butter, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Aged Cheddar & Cracked Pepper. Along with all its unique benefits, Cosmos Creations also consistently utilizes natural ingredients its consumers can pronounce and trust."


Caramel Apple Crisp is available for purchase online in a 6 oz. bag at an MSRP of $3.99 as well as other select retailers. A 22 oz. version of the new flavor will also be available at Costco locations in the Northwest region.  And, you can find the other six flavors at select local retailers, as well as many online retailers.  Visit the Cosmos Creations website to use their store locator to find a retailer near you who carries this amazing tasting puffed corn snack --


Thanks to the kind folks at Cosmos Creations, one lucky reader will win a fun Cosmos Creations Swag Bag ($20 value) that includes an assortment of flavors, including the new Caramel Apple Crisp flavor.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About Cosmos Creations: Junction City, Oregon based Cosmos Creations is slowing things down, making the commitment and investment to use only all natural ingredients to create a line of premium puffed corn snacks with an indulgent, artisan taste. Our product is gluten-free, trans-fat free, includes no hulls, no kernels and non-GMO corn. Cosmos Creations is just all-natural ingredients you can pronounce, and a taste that’s almost heavenly. For more information visit

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.