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September 02, 2014

Giveaway: Party Time with Cascade Platinum

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I love to host get-together's, whether it's at my home, or hosting in someone else's home. I often find myself browsing sites like Pinterest for fun crafty party ideas. Recently I co-hosted my mom's 60th birthday party which was a bit stressful but fun. I was able to come up with some neat party ideas like the "memory jar" which I loved, and my mom did too.

For her party we purchased a cake, but we made all sorts of fun foods like caramel popcorn, chocolate popcorn, chocolate chip cookie bars, bacon wrapped hotdogs, baked beans and more, but the disadvantage of hosting parties would have to be cleaning up the dishes afterwards. Especially dishes like baked beans and mac n cheese (see photos...what a mess!). Thankfully I had some Cascade Platinum to help with this. 

Cascade Platinum is designed to achieve a clean so powerful it helps to keep the dishwasher sparkling, while also delivering immaculately clean dishes each and every time (no-prewash needed!!!). It even powers through 24-hour stuck-on food! Don’t worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes. Few people know that there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers – but there is! That disposal works exactly like the disposal in your sink. This is something I learned recently.

With two little kids at home, we make a LOT of dishes, so it's nice to know I no longer have to pre-wash everything and worry about every little scrap of food making it into the trash or the sink disposal. If it saves me time, that makes me a happy momma!

Now you have a chance to try this for yourself!!!

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August 27, 2014

Buying Gift Cards at Meijer Before You Shop and #SaveX2

This post, information, and giveaway is sponsored by Tatu Digital Media.

If you are like me, you are always looking to make your dollar stretch as far as it can, and I know many of you do this for back to school shopping. Sometimes that means cutting coupons, sometimes it means shopping during sales, other times it means leaving something on the shelf you really really want, but just did not need, or didn't need at that price. Sometimes it means waiting until the SPCA is having a Buy One Get One Free deal on cats....hence the reason we have two!

We currently have an almost 2 yr old son, and a 3 month old daughter, and some people think it's sad that they don't get "new" clothing, but I say when you live within walking distance of a good will store, why buy brand new when you can find great clothing for cheap?!?! Do we buy gifts brand new...yes. Do we buy undergarments brand new....yes. But why do we need to buy pjs and shirts/shorts, or even jackets brand new. Kids grow out of things faster than they can wear them so most clothing looks brand new. 

Another thing we like to do is purchase giftcards when there are deals. Especially around the holidays many restaurants offer bonus giftcards or coupons/vouchers with the purchase of $25/$50/$100 dollars in giftcards. We do this and use them all year long. This is why I was thrilled to learn about these exciting Meijer deals below:

Buying gift cards at your local Meijer BEFORE you shop, dine or hit the town can not only save you money, but also earn you extra credit card rewards. Now through 9/6 (or 9/10 in Chicago, Indiana and Ohio), savvy shoppers can double dip on savings when they purchase gift select gift cards.

Here’s How:
 Promotional Offer: Get a $5 coupon toward your next shopping order when you buy

$50 in gift cards from: Unos, Cold Stone, The Children’s Place, Lane Bryant and Catherine’s, Steak and Shake, Express and Darden Restaurant Card.
 Earn Credit Card Rewards: By using your favorite rewards credit card to purchase, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at grocery.

Let's see how you can save $7.50 when you purchase $50 in participating gift cards:
 $5 off: When you buy two $50 cards (in two SEPARATE transactions). Be sure to use your mPerks card, and make note of the expiration date on your coupons!
 $1.50 back: If you earn 3% back on grocery purchases through your credit card

Enter to win a $50 Giftcard!!!
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August 26, 2014

GIVEAWAY: EnvyDerm Liquid Eyeliner

EnvyDerm liquid eyeliner highlights:

What it is:
An all day wear flake and fade-proof liquid eyeliner to nourish and help repair the look of your eyelashes. 

What it's used for:
EnvyDerm Eyelash Enhancement and Conditioning Liquid Eyeliner delivers long-lasting, rich, black color as it conditions to fortify and enhance the appearance of lashes. Formulated with Hydproplant specialized Peptides, hydrolyzed keratin,works at nourishing and caring for lashes, by boosting lashes thickness and length with extended use. Organic Moroccan Argan oil,  amino acids and Panthenol  nourish and strengthen weak, brittle lashes to help prevent breakage and add shine for a luxe look. 

Formulated without: Prostaglandin, Parabens, Gluten, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrolatum, Sulfates, Phthalates, GMO’s, Triclosan, Mineral Oils, Animal Derived Products, Nanopeptide, Lanolin, DEA, Parafin.

Dermatology safety Tested.  Cruelty Free. Made in USA.

I had previously been using a lash growth serum right before using this, so I can't say I noticed a difference after a few uses, but I did like how thick the liner was. It wasn't a runny consistency, making it easier to apply. It lasted all day, which was a plus. Oftentimes my makeup will last about 6 hours before fading, and my eyes need the extra "enhancement" otherwise I start to look tired very quickly...thanks genetics :-P. I'm looking forward to using this product longer and see how my lashes improve over time.

WIN IT: One reader will win EnvyDerm Liquid Liner for themselves!!!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer

  • Records steps, distance, speed, calories and time with the world's most advanced Tri-Axis technology.
  • 3 Recording Modes: Today, Split & Total -- with a split screen display for multi-data views.
  • New 3D Tri-Axis Sensor (X, Y, Z plane detection) provides superior accuracy in any position.
  • Counts up to 1 million steps with built-in memory for 30 days of activity. Also features a Clock, Calendar & Sports Timer and Auto Sleep Mode technology.

Unfortunately, I could never get this to work correctly. It came with instructions, but I found them difficult to follow, and thus, it never worked for me. I saw numbers on the screen but didn't know what I was doing, and couldn't figure out how to set it up. I was really hoping to get this working as I walk with my kids a few times a week and wanted to know how far I was walking. Perhaps it was a defective pedometer, or maybe it was user error, I'm not sure. I would still give this a try if you want a small pedometer, but I can't say how it worked.

GIVEAWAY: Bella & Bear Eyelash Curler

t's a shame for you not to have curly, dramatic lashes when this little tool does it so easily!
✓ No pinch no pain curling
✓ Non slip handle
✓ Ergonomic design, to get every lash
✓ The Eye & Mighty eyelash curler lifts and curls like no other eyelash tool. You will know that you have found "the one"
✓ The spring loaded handle means you get a lot more lift with less pressure, say goodbye to straight lashes and hello to sexy curvy eyelashes!

How To Use The Curler
✓ With eyes wide open, position the lash curler at the base of your lashes
✓ Gently squeeze and hold for 10 seconds
✓ For added drama add 1 coat of mascara for a pretty daytime look
✓ 2 coats for a dramatic look

Voila, curly, dramatic lashes!

It is amazing what a little curl and a coat of mascara can do. I've used this a few times now, and it's a bit tougher to close than my previous eyelash curler, but I like the soft feel of the grips on the handles. It curls my lashes nicely, but requires a bit of dexterity to clamp them down. All in all, I am happy with the results!

WIN IT: One reader will win an eyelash curler for themselves!!!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

August 23, 2014

Educational Apps!!!

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Preschool Kids Games & Kid' Puzzles for curious girls and boys: Learn Interactive ABC Alphabet Phonics tracing with educational app based on Montessori match letter quiz and logical math game for toddler, kindergarten children iPad free by Kids Academy.

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While I am not the type of parent to hand my phone over to my son, I do appreciate that there are educational apps out there so that if my child is using my phone for entertainment, he's learning something useful. 

They offer three main screens to show letters and corresponding items (B-Bee, Bridge, Building etc), on another screen it teaches kids to trace letters, and finally a page for numbers.

So while I like what this app has to offer, the ad for more workbooks popped up several times while I was using this app, and I'm not sure kids would know what to do with this. I also saw "over arrows" but couldn't get them to do anything, so that was confusing. Perhaps it's user error, or maybe it's an app issue, I'm not sure.

There are also other educational apps out there like these:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/preschool-kindergarten-learning/id613055203?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kids-puzzles-preschool-math/id712119885?mt=8 (pictured below)

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Download from itunes today!!!

August 19, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Orkin “Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake” - Take the Quiz!!!

You’ve heard the myths about bugs before, now it’s time to debunk them. Take the Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake Quiz to test your knowledge! 

Takes the test and comment with your results to enter to win! 

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Orkin Fact or Fake School Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

August 14, 2014

Baby Shower Guest Book Idea - Dear Baby

A new baby makes everyone feel delighted.

Dear Baby guest book is the perfect way to capture those heartwarming messages of love and words of wisdom when a baby is introduced to the world.

Beautifully illustrated pages with space for messages, photos and gift details, Dear Baby guest book is a wonderful way to create a unique baby keepsake and provides a touching gift - perfect for a baby shower, new baby celebration, christening or naming ceremony.

The journals are hard back, case bound with a coordinated ribbon marker, size 172mm x 242mm x 15mm with 80 full colour pages made from sustainably sourced 140gsm uncoated paper. 

I think it's a really cute idea. People can leave notes for the baby about mom and dad, or just advice for the baby as he or she gets older. I plan to use this at my sister's upcoming baby shower. I think I'll say "Dear baby, remember cranky mommies are no fun, so please let her sleep" :-).

August 13, 2014

Age Defense Eye Cream

  • Do you want your eyes to express everything but your age? Then try this easy on the eye solution for all your eye woes including Dark Circles, Wrinkles and Puffiness.
  • Made up of Natural and Organic components designed to work on All Skin Types. This product is also free from Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.
  • Eclectic blend of 70+ power packed ingredients including: Vitamins C + E + B5, Peptide Complex, Amino Acid Emulsification, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Antioxidants, Aloe, Cucumber, Green Tea and many many more!
  • Proudly made in the USA in an advanced, cruelty-free, FDA registered & GMP compliant facility.

I was very excited to try this product. Anyone who knows me, knows I've struggled with dark under eye circles my entire life. It's probably the one thing I'm the most self conscious about concerning my body. I'm always looking for products or techniques to cover them up with makeup, but nothing  works well. If there is a cream out there that will make this go away, I'm all for it. This photo shows the circles after makeup, but they're still present....bring on the cream!!!

After trying this product for a week, I already see a slight difference. I still have the circles but they've lightened. I'm looking forward to seeing the improvement after using this for several weeks. So I love that it's helping with the dark circles, but if you don't like scents you probably won't enjoy this product. It smells like a combination of menthol and bug spray. That was an immediate turn off for me, but the fact that this product works helped me overlook this one aspect of the product.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

August 11, 2014

Costco Huggies DEAL!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. 

I am happy to announce my participation in Huggies Costco Ambassador Program.  We are trying to spread the word about Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, only at Costco.  These exclusive Huggies® products at Costco help you Plus Up your baby care! You can’t get them anywhere else!
Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers have a SnugFit* waistband and unique Grip Tabs for a secure fit. Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers are extra absorbent for day and night protection....that's a plus exclusive to Costco! They also come with the trusted Leak Lock® system. 

Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes come in a new pack with 2 kinds of refillable dispensers, plus 1160 refill wipes to keep you stocked at home or on the go.  One of those refillable dispensers is the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean* pouch, which comes in every pack of Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. They tackle messes stylishly while out and about and it comes with a fun strap making it accessible anywhere.
Costco Members - CLICK HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household. 

As a stay at home mom I am always looking for ways to save money and get great deals. All parents know that baby products are NOT cheap, so get your deals where you can! There are many mom blogs out there for just this purpose, but I'm happy to share a great deal with you here today! Head on over to your local Costco Warehouse and buy Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes and get $6 off diapers and $5 off wipes. Savings valid 8/7-31!!!! Please note that the $6 and $5 savings are available to any Costco member - the savings are not specific to only this promotion.

August 10, 2014

Say Goodbye to Mess with the Black & Decker Pivot!

Over the past month I have been using the Black and Decker Lithium Pivot to pick up all kinds of things like pet hair, litter, pet food, crumbs and dust bunnies.  We have one adopted son, one dog, two cats and a revolving door of foster children coming in and out of our home, so one can only imagine the number of times we are cleaning up messes, from our two-legged and four-legged children. I used the Pivot on a variety of surfaces such as the furniture, carpeted steps, tile, hardwood and our children's bedding. 

I am impressed with the lightweight design, onboard tools and the suction power packed into this Pivot Vac.  The Vac was easy to use and the pictures on the buttons were also very helpful.  In my opinion, one of the best things this Vac has to offer are the onboard tools.  It comes equipped with an onboard crevice tool and brush that are always at hand and the pivoting nose feature enables easy cleaning for all those hard to reach areas.  We have owned other dust busters in the past and always had a hard time keeping track of where we left the attachments.  Hats off to Black and Decker for the onboard tools that will never get lost!  

The sound of the motor is also something that needs to be mentioned.  It is not loud like other Vacs and therefore does not scare our children or animals.  If you are a parent, you get my drift :)  

My one recommendation would be that the crevice tool was a bit longer and sleeker. When using my Vac in the kitchen, I tried cleaning under the stove and refrigerator, but the tool was too big to fit in those areas.  Also, when trying to clean under the entertainment stand, it would have been helpful if the tool was a bit longer.  

Overall, I am highly satisfied with this product and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars!  In a few months many of you will be cleaning up pine needles, tinsel, glitter and all other things associated with Christmas decorations.  Now is the perfect time to think about purchasing this Vac for those nuisance messes that are bound to be here before you know it.  

You can learn more or purchase online here: http://www.blackanddecker.com/power-tools/BDH2000PL.aspx

August 06, 2014

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin & KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY

Don't miss Sarah Sundin's hot-off-the-press novel, In Perfect Time. Publishers Weekly gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up: “Sundin excels at well-researched historical detail . . . with such accurate depictions of culture and setting that we are fully immersed in the times as well as in the story. The strength of relationships forged in war and the apprehension of God in times of trouble infuse this well-crafted novel with substance and light.”


Sarah is celebrating the release of her book with a fun giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Wings of the Nightingale Series (With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. Winner will be announced August 25th at Sarah's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Sarah's blog on the 25th to see if you won! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

About the book: Flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, but C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper is immune to her charms. Throughout Italy and southern France, as she evacuates the wounded and he delivers paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them where they don't want to go.

My Review: While the romance between the main characters was completely predictable, the author always has a way of spinning the plot to make you question it. So did I know how it would end...yes, but did I know all the twists and turns the story would take to end up there? No. Thats is what I love about Sarah Sundin's novels along with the way she brings you back in time. I felt like I was a nightingale fighting to save the men at war or flighting that plane along with Coop. She describes it so well that it takes you there. That is a sign of a great author! 

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