Monday, March 30, 2015

AYL LED Emergency Flashlight Giveaway

AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight

Are you looking for stress-free and secure lighting?
You've found it!
AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight
AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight
About the AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight:

  • Weather Resistant Anodized Aluminum Body - Industrial Grade. Features a rugged and high quality military-grade design for durability and versatility. 
  • It is quite versatile and comes with a total of 29 LEDS (18 white LEDs and 11 red LED). Bulbs can last for more than 100,000 hours. Powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included)
  • AYL LED Car Flashlight comes in a user-friendly design. It features a magnetic base that can be stuck on any metallic surface.
  • It comes with 3 light options; Cree, White, and flashing Red LED for improved visibility.
  • Easy operation: 1st click turns the CREE LED, 2nd click lights-up the 18 white LED, while 3rd click turns on RED LED.


How would you like one of these great flashlights of your very own? One lucky reader is going to win so be sure to get your entries in on the widget below.
AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight

My Thoughts:

What a great light for all kinds of emergencies. We keep a flashlight in our glove box or by the front door. This powerful little light only requires AAA batteries and it's 3 in 1 design makes is so much more versatile than our old ones that take those huge c batteries. Forgetting to turn off the radio the other night we had to hook up jumper cables and of course I brought out my new light and attached it to the hood of the truck to see what I was doing. The magnetic base made it stick easily leaving my hands free to clip on the cables. I am very happy with this light and will be getting another one soon to put in my hurricane kit.
AYL LED Emergency Flashlight Giveaway ends 4/7

AYL LED Emergency Flashlight Giveaway

Hosted By:
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Dates: March 31st -  April 7th
Prize: AYL has offered one reader a 3-in-1 Cree LED Flashlight with Magnetized Base of their very own.



Chances of winning depend on entries received.

Open to US residents 18 years and older



Winning entry will be verified





Thank You to all the wonderful blogs helping promote this giveaway.



GOOD LUCK!
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Disclaimer: PaulaMS' Giveaways, Reviews, and Freebies nor any blog hosting this giveaway is not responsible for the awarding of the prize. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.
Disclosure of Material Connection: PaulaMS' Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies received the above metioned product for free to facilitate the writing of the review. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, she only recommend products or services that she uses personally and believes will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Whatever Wanda! Review and Giveaway



Wanda is in serious need of an attitude adjustment! She doesn’t want to accompany her family to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and once there, she won’t participate in any of the events or join in with her friends. Soon Wanda receives some helpful advice and learns that: “Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!”

Whatever Wanda, is the third title in the Shine Bright Kids series! The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with the tools to teach the importance of making good choices. The series explores such topics as: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.

About the author:
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins, and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the illustrator:
Paige Billin-Frye lives with her husband in Washington, D.C., where she gardens and grows food in her city yard. She has illustrated numerous children’s books and works in a studio over a neighborhood hardware store. Coincidentally, Paige has amassed a collection of rubber duckies of all sizes across the years.

You can find the other titles of the Shine Bright Kids series HERE. They also have parenting resources, games, fun activities, and worksheets to help you and your family shine bright!

At the beginning of Whatever Wanda!, there's a note to the "grownups." It gives great advice on how to teach our children how to stay positive even though sometimes it's hard to do in our culture today. It reminds us to lead our children by example and how we should not become frustrated or negative when we face disappointments, instead we should stay positive and flexible. We should always try to look on the bright side and to teach our children that having a positive attitude can make things better. I know I definitely needed to be reminded of that! I often get frustrated and upset and let my children see that, when instead I need to be showing them how to stay positive. This message really hit home.

I read Whatever Wanda! with my 8 year old son at bedtime. We read it in two nights. The first page has this great saying, "If a frown has found your face, put a smile in its place. Change your mind and start to care - you'll see fun is everywhere!" On the same page, it tells the kids to find the star that follows Wanda. It says to try to notice if the star is excited or sad and to try and guess why it feels that way. My son loved looking for that star! As soon as I'd turn the page, he'd say, "There's the star! It looks sad(or happy)." He said, "It was pretty fun finding the stars!" He also said this book would be good for boys or girls.

I enjoyed reading it with him and really enjoyed the beautiful illustrations. They are very eye-catching and colorful. It is very relevant to today, because Wanda's typical response is "Whatever," and I hear this all day long from my 2nd graders at school; especially when they're talking to each other on the playground. It was neat how even though Wanda was always negative, her friends and family didn't give up on her, they just kept trying to encourage her to participate. In the end, the mascot/grand marshall was able to reach out to Wanda and encourage her to think about her attitude and how it would be much better to join in the fun. That's often how it is in real life - parents and friends can encourage someone to do something, but often it takes another adult to reach them. I would definitely like to read the other books in this series with my son.

I am also running a giveaway for you. You have a chance to win a free copy of Whatever Wanda! to read in your own home. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada. 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 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 04/05/15.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blogger Opp: Couture Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit ($99ARV) Giveaway. US 4/8-4/22 Sign-ups CLOSE 4/6


Join me in promoting the Couture Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit Giveaway! 

Kit Includes: 
  • Your Choice of 1 Couture Gel Nail Polish Color
  • Base Coat
  • Super Shine Top Coat
  • LED Espree Salon Lamp with 30 second dry time
  • Instructional DVD and brochure
  • Exclusive Cleanse and Remove Products
  • And a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit
  • Zippered Cosmetic Case
Total ARV $99

FREE LINKS!
Two FREE links for all bloggers who post this announcement post OR you may pay the $3 fee for non-posting of announcement post. You can choose from Facebook Page visit, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. 

PAID OPTIONS!
Additional links are available at $1/link. More details available on sign-up form.

CO-HOST! 
We need at least 1 co-host! Co-host cost is $10. 
You will receive a total of 7 links, a secret color page and/or follow page. 

**Blogger with the most referrals will get a free secret color/follow page!**

PLEASE SAY BRENDASHANDMADE REFERRED YOU. THANKS!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Stories Review and Giveaway



Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

The book is a soft-cover book and is 383 pages. There are 27 different stories in this book. Some of the stories are just a few pages long and some of them are several pages.

All of the stories in this book tie into the Easter story. I really enjoyed reading each story and trying to figure out how it tied in. In some of the stories, it was obvious from the beginning, and some it wasn't obvious until the end. Every time, I was excited when I figured it out correctly before it was revealed. I love stories that make you think. I also like how each story is from a different culture. I enjoy learning about other cultures, and reading stories from them is a great way to learn.

The first story in this book is about a white lily offered from a stranger to a grumpy uncle and his quiet nephew. They live in a broken down, old house, and the house and both of them are filthy. The stranger gives him the flower but asks him to keep it white. So, he and his nephew work hard to clean themselves and the house so that they and the house are worthy of the flower. They also change their attitudes and go from being loners to inviting the neighbors over. On the 7th day, the lily disappears, but they realize that it really still lives inside of them. This story really warmed my heart.

It says these are stories that parents and grandparents can read to their kids, but I think several of them are suited for adults and teenagers. I don't think the younger kids will get the meaning in all of these stories. However, some of them are great for younger kids. I read "The Coming of the King" with my 8 year old for a bedtime story. It was about children playing in a playground, and making it all clean and decorating it for the coming of the king. They waited all day for the king, but the only man that came along was weary from travel, so they gave him a place to sit. They told him all about the changes to their playground. Before he left, he laid his hand on their heads, and as he was walking away they noticed that when the sun shone on his hair that it looked like he had a crown of gold. My son and I loved this story. As we got closer to the end, my son said he thinks that man was the king, and he was right!

If you want to find out more about the Easter Stories, you can go to Plough.com. You can also look at their Pinterest page or Twitter.

I am also running a giveaway for you. You have a chance to win a free copy of the Easter Stories to read in your own home. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada. 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 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 03/30/15.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


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My Week

Last week was pretty eventful every day. Monday was the start of finals week for my oldest son, so there was some stress in our house. It was also a pretty rough school day for me at work too.

Tuesday was a nice evening because my youngest son went out with me to take out the trash and recycle, and to water the plants. Most of the time he wants to stay inside, so it was nice having him come out with me and keep me company.

Wednesday, a second grade sub called in sick at the last minute, so they asked me to sub in the class. It's the class with the toughest bunch of kids in the second grade. They didn't have time to find a sub for me, so my high school daughter was my sub! The 9th and 10th graders at her school were taking the exit exam, so the 11th and 12th graders didn't have to go to school until noon, so she stayed at school with me until then. It worked out that she was there and already knows my student(she comes in our class every day for the last 45 min.), and knows all his routines.

Thursday night my youngest son was pretty rude. My husband had to work late, so I had to help my son make a "garage" for his derby car for Scouts. I told him I could help after dishes, and kept giving him a count down of when that would be(he was playing, so I gave him the count down so he would know when it would be time to stop playing). Well, when time was up and I could help him, he gave me a rude reply; so I didn't help him make his garage.

On Friday, I started hosting a giveaway from another blog for the first time. I always wanted to try doing this, because you can give them two social links and that will be part of the possible entries on the giveaway form. It works, because I have a lot of new Twitter and Pinterest followers! I wouldn't have been able to do it without help from Barbara from Barbara's Beat. She really guided me through the process step-by-step.

On Saturday, I figured out how to change my Facebook page, all by myself! Usually my husband or my older kids have to help me, but they were all busy doing other things, so I had to figure it out myself. The FB page was for my Etsy shop, but since I don't have that anymore, I wanted to change it for my blog. I'm going to be using it a lot more now. If you want to check it out, here it is: Brendashandmade Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dial Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soap Review and #Giveaway



As a Purex Insider, I was sent a Dial Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soap to try. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own. The bottles come in four different scents: Sugar Cane Husk Scrub, Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar, Water Blossoms, and Coconut Lime Verbena. They have a gentle micro-scrubber formula that cleanses deeply while moisturizing and smoothing skin. The skin conditioners hydrate your skin and visibly improve dryness. The micro-scrubbers gently remove dirt from your hands, leaving them feeling smooth and refreshed. If you would like to find out more about this soap, you can visit the website for Dial Hand Soap.



I was sent the Sugar Cane Husk Scrub to try. This is the newest member of the Dial Boutique Collection Hand Soap line. It brings luxury to your hand washing experience. It has an indulgent scent inspired by freshly cut sugar cane. I put this deep cleansing hand soap in my bathroom because I never know if the scent will bother my son's allergies. The rich color of the design on the bottle, really brightens up my bathroom.





I really like using this soap. It smells really good and you don't have to use very much, so the bottle will last a long time. I really like the feel of the soap. You can definitely feel the texture of the micro-scrubbers in the soap while you wash your hands. I like that feel, especially when I come home from working in the classroom all day. I wash my hands with this deep cleansing hand soap as soon as I walk in the door and it really makes me feel like it scrubbed all the dirt and germs from my hands. The scent stays for quite awhile too, so besides feeling clean, my hands smell nice and clean for awhile too. This soap really does what it says it will; it really visibly improves dryness. My hands are always so dry, but after washing with this conditioning soap, they feel smooth.

I would definitely use this type of Dial soap again. It was gentle on my hands, it smelled nice, and it was fun to use. I will probably use it as the family soap in the kitchen next time so everyone can enjoy using it.

I have been given 3 coupons for a free bottle of Dial Soap to give away to 3 of you in the US. Each coupon is for a different soap: Dial Complete Omega Moisture Foaming Hand Wash, Dial Liquid Hand Soap, and Dial Boutique Collection Sugar Cane Hand Soap. 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 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 03/29/15.



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Friday, March 20, 2015

Baking Wizards Giveaway #bakingwizards

Feel safe using these FDA & LFGB approved professional grade silicone baking mats from Baking Wizards
Feel safe using these FDA & LFGB

approved professional grade silicone baking mats


Feel safe using these FDA & LFGB approved professional grade silicone baking mats from Baking Wizards





Fed up of scrubbing pans? Constantly wasting money buying parchment paper or aluminum foil and then feeling guilty about throwing it out after just one use? Now you can bake like a professional chef...



During Baking Wizards introductory special you will receive not one Premium Quality Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, but TWO! Their mats are a perfect fit for half sized baking (18 by 13 inch) trays. All materials used in their mats are FDA & LFGB Approved. These Non-Stick mats will save you time and money as they are super easy to clean and can be used thousands of times.



These Oven, Microwave and Freezer Friendly mats can be used for Baking, Roasting, Warming as well as for preparing dough. No more cutting parchment paper or greasing the baking tray or buying special oils and sprays. Their mats are HASSLE FREE, just simply place the mat onto your tray and let the magic begin! Rest assured you'll have NO REGRETS with purchasing their mats because they offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE!



Baking Wizards has graciously offered to give two lucky winners a 2 pack set of their professional grade silicone baking mats! For your chance to win just enter on the widget below. Remember the more entries you do the better your chances are of winning.
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Enter to be 1 of 2 Winners of 2 Silicone Mats in the in the #BakingWizards Giveaway before it ends April 5th!



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Hosted By:
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Dates: March 20th -  April 5th

Prize: Baking Wizards has offered two lucky winners a 2 pack set of their professional grade silicone baking mats.



Chances of winning depend on entries received.

Open to US residents 18 years and older



Winning entry will be verified





Thank You to all the wonderful blogs helping promote this giveaway.



GOOD LUCK!




Baking Wizards Giveaway



Disclaimer: PaulaMS' Giveaways, Reviews, and Freebies nor any blog hosting this giveaway is not responsible for the awarding of the prize. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above to facilitate the writing of this review. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may receive an affiliate commission. Which will be used to run this blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.