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April 19, 2017

Free Goodie Boxes!!!

If you're like me, you enjoy getting free things. I personally love signing up for free samples - tea bags, vitamins, lotions, shampoos, etc. I've also signed up for free sample boxes in the past, but always had to pay for shipping, but I recently learned about a sample program that is COMPLETELY FREE!!! It's called Daily Goodie Box. These boxes are 100% Free to members. No Shipping costs either!

I received my first box this month and it had something for everyone. A sample of cotton candy which the boys loved, powder peanut butter which hubby loved in his protein shakes, macadamia body lotion which is now my personal favorite lotion. It had a great mix of products and something that we all could get use out of, which was nice.

To see what the box looks like and what was inside, watch my video below:

To sign up, visit:

April 05, 2017

Crayola Color Wonder On The Go Sets

Ideal for mess-free coloring wherver you are, Crayola Color Wonder On The Go sets allow kids to fully express themselves without making a mess. With its compact size and ability to snap shut, this kit lets kids get creative no matter where they are! Crayola Color Wonder On The Go titles draw inspiration from popular franchises and characters including Disney Princess, Shimmer and Shine, PJ Masks and Paw Patrol.

  • 15 Mini Coloring Pages 
  • Three Color Wonder Broad Line Markers 

My 4 year old loves to color, draw and decorate things and he especially loves PJ Mask and Paw Patrol, so he was thrilled when he got a package from Crayola. (Yes it said mommy's name on the package, but it was really for him ;-P) The markers were easy to cap and uncap, and were completely MESS FREE which made mommy very happy. They only produced color on these special pieces of paper. My son especially loved the hidden objects on the coloring sheets. He thought he would be coloring an entire section green only to realize there were white bones or white stars embedded in the paper that show up only when colored over. It was like magic for a four year old!


  • Mess Free Coloring: Color Wonder Markers appear only on Color Wonder paper, ensuring that clothes, furniture and walls stay clean 
    • Compact Size: Perfect for small hands and packing light while on-the-go; the unit also snaps shut, storing the contents of the kit and allowing for quick clean-up, a must while traveling 
    • Fuels Imaginative Play: Full of beloved Disney Princesses and characters from Shimmer and Shine, PJ Masks and Paw Patrol, these Color Wonder kits allow kids recreate the worlds of their favorite characters in their own colorful way and explore the power of their own imaginations 
    • Compatible with Color Wonder Products: Compatible with all Color Wonder markers, paints and stamps, so kids can swap in their favorite colors from different sets to complete their next masterpiece


    • Suggested Retail Price: $4.99 
    • Available at retailers nationwide

    These would be PERFECT for road trips, or great additions to Easter baskets or just because gifts!

    March 28, 2017


    SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE comes to theaters April 7, 2017!!!

    I grew up watching the Smurfs. Those blue guys were funny back then and still are! Check out the movie trailer below:

    Visit the official SMURFS site where you have access to:

    • Downloadable content
    • Family discussion guide (available after you join the team)
    • Coloring/ activity pages
    • And more free content!

    WIN IT: Two readers will each 2 FREE tickets to see the new Smurfs movie (thanks to Sony Pictures!)

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    Bright Eye Makeup Tutorial Featuring Smashbox Covershot palette!

    March 16, 2017

    GIVEAWAY: Open Hands CD by Laura Story

    This CD offers a great compilation of artists that coalesce their voices in order to bring honor and glory to our King. Two of my favorite songs include Death Was Arrested and You Came Running. They are faithful reminders that God is always taking our shattered lives and turning them into lives of purpose, lives of beauty. It is very similar to the story of Laura and her husband who have both endured many unforeseen obstacles in life. When everything comes "crashing to the floor," God is always there to meet us. 

    The cadence of the songs have been carefully selected to avoid any loud, rocky music. I have been listening to this CD everyday and always walk away with an appreciation of how music can minister and inspire my soul. Jesus told the Pharisees that if they kept quiet then the stones would cry out. Be sure to purchase the Open Hands CD today! 

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    Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    March 15, 2017

    Tutorial: Duochrome eye makeup, using Makeup geek shadows

    Hi Guys!

    It's been awhile since I posted a makeup tutorial on here, so I wanted to show you how I got today's creation. It's a multi-duochrome shadow look. I used 6 duochrome shadows from Makeup Geek, as well as some of their mattes, along with almay brown liquid liner, loreal feline mascara and ardell fashion lashes. I hope you enjoy, and as usual, please visit my other videos on my YT channel:

    March 12, 2017

    GIVEAWAY: Country Crush Movie

    Shout! Factory is releasing a new musical on DVD in the U.S.  on March 14, starring Jana Kramer, who finished in the final 4 on Dancing With the Stars last season. Here's the synopsis:

    Charlie and his sister-in-law Katherine (Jana Kramer) have recently said goodbye to his older brother Cody, who has shipped out to the Middle East for another tour of duty. Katherine is facing all the love, worry and waiting that accompanies the deployment of a spouse while also being there for Charlie as he faces his own disappointments and loneliness. As Charlie decides to pursue a relationship with Nancy, and Nancy struggles with decisions about her career, Charlie sees with new eyes the importance in staying true to oneself, and begins to question his own choices. While their courtship is in turmoil, his brother’s sacrifices serves as a reminder of the price of love when it is lost.

    With its themes of love, duty and strong family values, woven together with a dynamic soundtrack, this is a film that will appeal to multiple generations, and tug at the heartstrings of all families. Country Crush is sure to run away with many hearts.

    This film is sold exclusively at Walmart and you can enter to win a copy below!!!

    Check out some clips from the film below: 
    Country Crush - Clip 2: My One And Only (HD)
    Country Crush - Clip 3: Come Back (HD) -
    Country Crush - Clip 5: Cody's Promise (HD)
    Country Crush - Clip 6: I Love You (HD) -
    Country Crush - Clip 7: Sing! (HD) -
    Country Crush - Clip 8: Charlie's Date (HD)
    Country Crush - Clip 10: Family (HD) -

    ENTER TO WIN: Win a copy of this film for yourself!!!

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    March 01, 2017

    Upcycled CFA challenge

    I accepted the upcycle challenge from chick-fil-a moms group to turn an empty soup bowl into something new. 

    We often need better ways to store things, and I have more makeup items than I can can't so why not turn it into something useful for holding makeup brushes?

    I turned it into a makeup brush holder to show off my pretty sonia.kashuk Spring 2017 brushes from target. I glued on some pink rhinestones to add a girly touch. the rhinestones were from target dollar bins too. I love how it turned out!
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    February 15, 2017

    NYX Makeup Tutorial

    I love to try new products, and NYX is one that I started using about 6 months ago. It's a brand found at Ulta and CVS (and other locations I'm sure). I had only used a shadow or two of theirs in the past but recently I've tried their color correctors, concealers, palettes and more and I've been really happy with the results. For such an affordable brand they make some really great products. Below is a makeup tutorial using all NYX products. I hope you enjoy!

    Please check out my other tutorials and reviews on my youtube channel:

    February 13, 2017

    GIVEAWAY: My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers DVD's

    This February, celebrate the season of love with adorable family TV shows on DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Three DVDs from the My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Rescue Bots lines are being released this February as the perfect way for kids to spend Valentine’s Day with the characters they love.

    Join Twilight Sparkle, everypony's favorite studious princess, and her very best friends – Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Spike – as they explore the wondrous arctic kingdom, the Crystal Empire! Old enemies return and new friends are made in this collection of episodes that will have you exploring the Crystal Empire with magical adventure!
    Episodes Include:
    ·         The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
    ·         The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
    ·         The Cutie Re-mark, Part 2
    ·         The Crystalling, Part 1
    ·         The Crystalling, Part 2
    ·         The Times They Are A Changeling

    Sinister king cobras! Comedy festivals! Pet hotels! And a monkey on Mars?! It's all here, as Blythe and her best friends – Russell the Hedgehog, Pepper the Skunk, Zoe the Spaniel, Minka the Monkey, Sunil the Mongoose, Penny the Panda and Vinnie the Gecko – share one outrageous adventure after another in The Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars!

    Episodes Include:
    ·         Heart Of Parkness
    ·         Standup Stinker
    ·         The Secret Recipe
    ·         A Night At The Pawza
    ·         Sue Syndrome

    When a mysterious iceberg is spotted off the coast of Griffin Rock, it brings both danger and the interest of an old nemesis. On a nature hike, the Rescue Bots team will have to battle escaped snakes. And when the Burns family is stranded at sea by a swarm of jellyfish, the Bots must control miniature souvenir replicas of themselves. Enjoy these adventures and more in Transformers Rescue Bots: Protect and Explore!

    Episodes Include:
    ·         Tip of the Iceberg
    ·         Buddy System
    ·         No Place Like Dome
    ·         Thieves Like Us
    ·         The New Recruits

    WIN IT: One person will win a copy of ALL THREE DVD's

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    GIVEAWAY: Turbotax Premier Code for 2016 taxes

    Do Your Taxes w/TurboTax® This Year. File Online With Confidence.

    #1 Rated Tax Software · Free State Filing · No Tax Knowledge Required

    ...offers one of the simplest ways to file a tax return

    We've been using TurboTax for the past few years and plan to continue doing so because it makes filing taxes easier. I wouldn't say it makes them "easy" because ours were very complicated, but it was such a huge help. Since we had a failed adoption in 2012 and then a successful finalized adoption in 2013 we had the adoption tax credit to figure out for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Without the help of Turbotax we would be lost.

    We are happy to say we have new adoption expenses in 2016 and 2017 for the adoption of our youngest son!!! 

    What I like about TurboTax is that with just a click you can get explanations of what tax words mean, or in which situations you would quality. It leads you to answers instead of having to scour the web for them. It's a click away. I also appreciated that they cover EVERYTHING. They lead you through income and can even pull up records from employers (not all, but many). They ask about your investments, your loans, your deductions etc. You just keep pressing on until you're done.

    This year TurboTax has a new way to file: Self Employed! TTSE allows small business owners and freelance/ contract workers to uncover deductible expenses like travel and entertainment to lighten the tax bill and file their 1099 as simply as possible. Such a great help to small business owners!

    ...and now 2 of my readers will have a chance to file their taxes with Turbotax this year.  Each Premier code below is good for one free federal + state preparation and e-file. See below...

    WIN IT: 2 readers will each win a Turbotax Premier code to do their 2016 Taxes!!!!

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    February 03, 2017

    GIVEAWAY: OId Orchard Juice Vouchers

    To give consumers a peek into where their favorite juice comes from, Old Orchard has launched a new video following the journey of an Old Orchard juice bottle down the production line, to the grocery store and all the way to your kitchen table. The video offers a unique view of the company who has become a leader and innovator in the juice category over the past two decades.

    By sharing the news of the celebration, sharing our The Journey of an Old Orchard Juice Bottle video and sharing the contest that allows you the chance to win 8,000 prizes in their Bottle Bash Sweepstakes

    Old Orchard will be giving away two FREE truckloads of juice - one truckload to its fans and one truckload donated to local food pantries. WOO HOO!

    WIN IT: One reader will win 5 Vouchers for Old Orchard beverage

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