Wednesday, July 23, 2014
As a Purex Insider, I was sent two Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collections Kits to review. Richard Garay was inspired to design this line by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting and handmade greetings. Everything in the kits are coordinated so they are easy and fun to put together. The kits are a complete collection of dies, stamps, paper, inks and accessories that help you create one-of-a-kind cards, gifts, scrapbook layouts and more. If you want to find out more about these Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collections, you can visit their website.
Celebrate Party Hat Card is the first kit I was sent to make. There are step-by-step instructions to follow to make it easy to make. My 15 year old daughter wanted to make this one. You put all the pieces together with foam squares. There are only enough foam squares to use one for each thing you stick on. The directions were easy to follow, but my daughter did not enjoy making this. The foam squares make everything stick up, which can be a nice effect, but on this card, it just made everything stick up way too much. The foam squares did hold everything together, but my daughter said she wouldn't give this to anyone. There were also supposed to be sequins in this kit, but they weren't in there.
It didn't turn out as nice as the picture on the package, although I don't think anything ever does.
Best Day Ever Treat Bag was the second kit I was sent to make. I made this one. There are also step-by-step instructions to follow so it's easy to make. What I didn't realize until I opened the kit, was the kit pieces were meant to be shared. The sequins we needed for the card were in this kit, and the foam squares from the card kit, were supposed to be shared with this kit. So, I glued the pieces together instead.
This actually worked very well. This treat bag was very easy to make and turned out cute.
I was also sent a Stamp set to give away to 1 of you. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below, fill out one option or as many as you want. The giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. eastern time on 07/31/14.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I was sent the book, Sammy the Centipede Goes to the Market, to review. The book is written by Maria Luchsinger and illustrated by Joe Palmisano. Maria is a teacher with a passion to write educational and engaging books for children. She is writing the Sammy the Centipede book series for children on wellness topics.
Sammy the Centipede Goes to the Market is a book about a centipede who notices he's growing a little large, so he goes to the doctor. The doctor sends him to a dietitian. The dietitian finds out Sammy has been eating sugary foods that aren't good for him. She tells him he can eat sugary foods sometimes, but it's much better to eat healthy foods. Sammy then heads to the market, looking for a rainbow of healthy foods to eat. The following pages go through each color of the rainbow and show lots of great, healthy foods to eat for each color. It also talks about eating berries, beans, nuts, whole grains, and proteins and gives examples of each. Sammy also talks about how important it is to drink water. The end sums it all up and asks you to tell your friends about how to eat a rainbow too. The last pages are recipes of healthy foods to eat, that are easy to make.
My 7 year old son, who just completed first grade, and I read the book together. He was able to read almost all of it himself, and only needed help with a couple of food words that he wasn't sure how to pronounce. It took him about 15 minutes to read. He said he liked the book, especially that it mentioned some of the fruits and vegetables he likes to eat. I had fun sitting with him while he read the book. It was neat to see him laugh at some of the illustrations and to get excited when he saw a fruit or vegetable that he likes to eat. The page about drinking water, made him thirsty, so he got up to get some water. That was cute! About half way through, he realized about the rainbow, and how each color of fruits/vegetables the book mentioned, was following the order of the colors of the rainbow. It was neat to see that "light bulb" moment. I really liked the book too. I liked how it's easy for a child to understand and how it keeps their attention with the colorful illustrations. The book gets the point across about eating healthy, in an easy way to remember, by eating foods from different colors of the rainbow. I also like the recipes at the end because they're easy and quick to prepare.
If you would like to get Sammy the Centipede Goes to the Market for your own child, grandchild, classroom, etc. you can go here to find out more about it. If you want to find out more about the author, Maria Luchsinger, and her other Sammy the Centipede books, you can go here.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. To celebrate they’ll be giving away a year’s supply each day from July 14 – 23. If you would like to enter the sweepstakes, you can go here. Good luck!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Did you know that you can go online to get salon-quality hair color at a fraction of the price? Probably, considering you can get almost anything online -- BUT did you know that Swagbucks will give you 1,100 SB to do so, PLUS a half-off discount??
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Monday, June 30, 2014
As a member of Bzzagent, I was sent several bottles and sprays of Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen to try, for free. This new sunscreen absorbs in seconds for a clean and light feel. It has moisturizing formulas that leave your skin soft and smooth. Another great benefit is it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts , and it was clinically tested on acne-prone skin. The matte finish of the sunscreen is perfect for use under makeup. This sunscreen is perfect to use everyday for protection from the sun.
I used this bottle of Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen a couple of weeks ago before my hour long walk to the post office. I was afraid the sunscreen would smell so bad and give me a huge headache, like sunscreen normally does, but it didn't! It only has a very light scent and it didn't bother me at all. I didn't need to use very much; a little bit went a long way. That's great for someone like me that likes to save money and get the most out of what I buy. The sunscreen didn't leave a greasy, sticky feel like my normal sunscreen does. That was a huge plus, because I'm already hot enough after my long walk, and I don't want to feel yucky and sticky before I even start.
I used this bottle of Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen last Friday when we went to the fair. This small travel size was perfect to carry in my fanny pack. We arrived at the fair at lunch, so as soon as we were done eating, I put on the sunscreen. Again, it was very easy to apply and didn't smell. I even applied it on my face, and it didn't cause an allergic reaction! While we were standing, waiting for my son to ride the merry go round, I could really feel the sun beating down on the back of my legs. My husband even asked if I had applied sunscreen there. I had, and amazingly, it kept me from getting a sunburn. All I got was a little bit tanner, as my daughter pointed out this morning. :0
I haven't had a chance to use this spray on bottle of Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen yet. I've never used a spray on sunscreen before, so I wasn't sure about using it. However, I saw some people next to us at the fair, applying a spray on sunscreen and it looks fairly easy to use. I will definitely try it soon.
I really like this sunscreen and am very pleased that it doesn't give me a headache, doesn't take much to spread around, and that it's effective. I will definitely keep using Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen in the future. After trying at least 20 different sunscreens over my lifetime and never finding one that has all of the above benefits, it's nice to finally find one and be able to end my search.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I've talked about lots of great programs where I get free things and earn points before. Well, here's another one. Swagbucks is a great place to get free gift cards and pay for gifts, big purchases and anything else with them instead of paying out of pocket. Well now I have exciting news and a great opportunity for all of you to earn bonus SB -- enough to get a free $5 gift card!
Any of my readers who signs up for Swagbucks.com through my link here between now and June 30th is eligible to get a 500 SB bonus! Think of it as a free gift card just for signing up through me. In order to get the bonus automatically*, you must also earn 1500 SB by July 14th. Note that since this is an exclusive offer, you must sign up through this link and earn 1500 SB in order to get your 500 SB bonus. If you sign up elsewhere, or only do one of the two steps, the bonus unfortunately will not be available to you.
So how do you get that 500 SB bonus? Simple: you can earn SB from any of the earning activities found on the homepage or top bar of Swagbucks.com (Shop, Search, Watch, Play, Answer, Discover, Daily Crave, NOSO & Daily Poll). I'll be posting periodically ways to help you earn more Swag Bucks so you can hit that 1500 SB mark before July 14th. In the meantime, if you haven't started earning with Swagbucks yet, now is a great time to sign up and check out all the different ways to earn Bucks -- all so you can get a bunch of free gift cards.
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Monday, June 23, 2014
I love being a member of the Nielsen Consumer Panel! You earn points for scanning your purchases and transmitting them every week. So far I've earned enough points to get 2 sets of silverware, a nice set of pots and pans, and my latest - a Keurig: all for free! If you would like to join too, here's the link. Just click on it and you could be on your way to earning great things too!