Thursday, June 28, 2012

Julep: Maven Box of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Thanks to Julep, I can now wear nail polish without worrying about nasty chemicals.  All of Julep nail colors are "4 free," which means that they don't contain the carcinogens formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP.  Yep, by the sound of that, I don't want those ingredients on my nails either!

I received their It Girl Maven Box.  Included in the box were three super fab colors:
  • Lily - hot, sizzling fuchsia creme
  • Daisy - fun, bright lemon yellow creme
  • Sasha - hip, fresh cantaloupe melon creme
Changing your nail color is such a fun way to stay hip with the current trends, and what a great way to express your personality!

Now is the time to become a Julep Maven!  This monthly subscription is just $19.99 and contains products that fit your unique style.

Once you receive your introductory box, you will begin receiving a new Julep Maven Box each month which includes:
  • At least $40 worth of customized products packaged in their elegant, exclusive giftable box
  • New, never-before-released colors and treatments sent to you FIRST, before anyone else
  • Past hits and cult favorites - the products their girlfriends cannot live without
Plus, you will also receive free shipping, 20% off all purchases from the Julep Maven Boutique, with never any obligation to buy.

Be sure to check out email on the 20th of each month where you'll find a preview of your upcoming Julep Maven Box.  If you like what you see, do nothing, and your box will be on its way.  If you would like to try a new style, send your box to a friend or skip the month.  All you need to do is log into your account between the 20th and 24th to submit your request.

Giveaway Time:  Julep would like to offer one lucky reader the Maven Box of their choice!  Click here to view.

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified   

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Innovative Tools Inc. ~ Hang your pictures perfectly

Now you can hang your pictures perfectly thanks to Innovative Tools Inc.  This tool would really come in handy at my home.  It's always a monumental task to hang a gallery grouping.  Now it doesn't have to be a hassle any longer.  The Hang It Perfect is the simple to use tool that allows you to perfectly align, position and hang items on your walls in under two minutes.

This tool comes in two sizes 24" and 36".  The Hang It Perfect tool will save you time, frustration and dresses up your walls just the way you've always envisioned.

Here's how it works:  

Use this for shelves, mirrors, racks, towel bars, TVs and more!  Your items will hang perfectly every single time.  Forget crooked pictures!

This clever and helpful tool is sold at Home Depot, Ace, ebay and

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Silpoura: The Clip On Strainer Spout

My life is a lot easier now that I have my Silpoura.  This original patented clip on spout is so clever and handy to have in the kitchen.  This attaches to mixing and serving bowls, pots, pans, skillets, paint cans, and so much more!  It even comes with its own detachable strainer.

And that's not all!  The Silpoura also doubles as a spoon rest.  Made from food grade silicone that will withstand cooking temps of up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

We love to eat tacos 'round these parts, and my Silpoura strains the grease from my meat with ease.

This is also great to use when baking.  I love using it when I make pancakes and cupcakes.

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Peaceable Kingdom: This or That? Original - Game of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

My family loves to play games at night.  It's a great way to spend time together while while my kids are still young.  Any night that's game night ends up being a blast.

We recently had the opportunity to try a new game that had us laughing out loud.  This or That? Original is a real hoot.

This game is recommended for ages 6 and up, can be played with 2-8 players and includes 80 sticks with 160 questions.  This get-to-know-you game is so easy to play.

All you need to do is draw a stick from the box, read the question out loud and choose with of the two options is your favorite.  Shhh, keep your answer a secret until all players have guessed.  You can play this game with or without points for sheer fun.

Kids love the questions on the sticks - Soccer or Baseball?  Smelly or Slimy?  High Tops or Flip Flops?

This game would be great to take with you on the road, too.  All of the sticks are contained in a hard box with lid.  Clean up is a breeze.

It's your turn to see how well you know your friends and family with This or That? Original!

Giveaway Time:  Peaceable Kingdom is offering one lucky reader the game of their choice!

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.

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Otterbox: iPod Touch Commuter Series - Case of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Otterbox is the case of all cases when it comes to protecting your expensive investment.  They're very high in quality, durable and stylish to boot.

I was given the opportunity to try their Commuter Series case for my 4th generation iPod Touch.  This case fulfills all of my expectations for a highly functional, attractive and strong case.

One must-have feature was the case had to be slender enough to slide into my pocket.  It does just that with ease.  There are silicone plugs to keep out dirt and dust from getting inside the ports.  A self-adhering protective film is included to ensure your touch screen stays scratch-free.  

This case features layers of protection.  I've dropped this a couple of times, and there are no scratches or damage.  The white portion of the case is made from durable silicone while the hot pink portion is high quality polycarbonate.  The silicone sides and front are very comfortable to touch and hold, and the hard polycarbonate allows me to slide this into my pockets with ease.

Installation was a breeze.  I had this on my iPod in no time.

I highly recommend the Commuter Series for your iPhone or iPod Touch if you're looking for a slender design with a ton of protection.

Get this in a variety of colors from solid black to hip color combinations.

Giveaway Time:  Otterbox is generously giving one lucky reader the case of their choice!

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.

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Saffron Marigold: Table Runner or Cushion Covers of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

You will absolutely fall in love with the luxury bedding and linens from Saffron Marigold.  Each design you see is hand printed one breathtaking inch at a time.  

If you've been dreaming of adding some Indian flair to your decor, look no further.  Saffron Marigold offers a gorgeous assortment of brightly hued Indian bedspreads, duvet covers, shower curtains, sheer curtains, decorative pillow covers and table linens.

Just look at this bestseller - the Sultans Palace Purple Blue Moroccan Medallion Print Queen Duvet.  What a regal, stunning, vintage print.  This duvet cover reverses to a lovely coordinating print.  Wow, two duvets in one!  

This cover is printed on preshrunk superior soft cotton and is handprinted using intricate carved wooden blocks.  This exquisitely finished duvet cover is neatly finished with interlocked seams and features eight coconut hidden shell buttons.  Measures 90 inches wide and 90 inches long.

This Decorative Red Orange Moroccan Tab Top Curtain will definitely spice up any space.  These hand printed curtains on cotton voile come in a variety of sizes.  This soft, light, gossamer cotton weave features beautiful light filtering properties while providing the privacy you need.  This curtain will come with a color-matched tieback.

Giveaway Time:  Saffron Marigold is generously offering one lucky reader their choice between these two items in the print of their choice!
  • 1 Table Runner 18x90 
  • 2 Cushion Covers 17x17

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Toy State: D-JAYZ Lights & Sounds Car {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

It's time to start your engine and start jammin' out to the sounds of Dub Garage D-JAYZ from Toy State.

This lights and sounds car features two buttons.  One button plays traditional car noises while the other button plays different DJ sounds, beats and mixes.  You set the tone and music!

This hot red car not only looks cool, it's fun to play with!  What youngster wouldn't love the lights, sounds and music?!

Available for ages 6 and up.  Requires 3 AA batteries (included).

Find Dub Garage toys at Target, Walmart, Kmart and ToysRUs.

Giveaway Time:  Toy State is generously giving away one D-JAYZ car to one lucky reader!

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ECCO USA: Minsk - Versatile Peep Toe

The Minsk from ECCO USA are some of the most comfortable shoes I own.  Actually, they are without question the most comfortable heels I have in my wardrobe.  

These leather peep toe heels are beyond amazing and exude quality.  I really can't say enough positive things about them.  Right off the bat, they're super comfortable.  I mean, really, truly comfortable.  They felt broken in right out of the box.  I've never, ever experienced that in a heel before.  My toes had room to breathe and spread out.  There is nothing I hate more than cramped toes in heels. 

These shoes feel butter soft with their full leather lining and moisture absorbing leather sock lining on comfort foam.  The high quality leather is highly breathable, and the sole is flexible, supportive and feels great.  

The Minsk style is sexy, yet practical and works with a variety of outfits.  I have paired these with jeans, slacks and dresses, and they look great with everything.  

Get these shoes in Coffee - a deep, versatile rich brown.

ECCO USA shoes for men and women feature clean lines, top quality materials and craftsmanship.  They're absolutely worth every single penny.  You always get what you pay for when you purchase shoes from ECCO USA.  

Complimentary product provided to me from ECCO USA The lowest burlap prices on the web's everywhere on Pinterest.  Use it to create beautiful, crafty projects, recover old seat cushions, use it for gift wrapping, the list goes on and on. offers the lowest burlap prices on the web.  You will find a wide selection of burlap fabrics in many colors as well as twine, cheesecloth fabrics and more!

This company takes great pride in their products and customer service.  Each order usually ships within 1-2 business days, and you can be sure your shopping experience will be enjoyable.

Check out the 12" wide burlap roll (10 yards).  You can do so much with this roll!  The possibilities are endless - wreaths, curtains, bulletin boards, etc.

I love this Black Jute Webbing.  You will receive a total of 10 yards.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Voice Art Gallery: Turn your voice into art

When it comes to decorating your home, there are a lot of choices out there.  However, I've never seen one quite as unique as the concept behind Voice Art Gallery.

Now you can transform your favorite saying into a masterpiece.  Here's how it works:

Step 1:  Record your voice or anything that makes noise - Your pets, a machine, etc.

Step 2:  Customize your artwork - Choose your style, colors, size and frame

Step 3:  Hang, admire and enjoy!  Your friends and family will be amazed.

What a revolutionary way to express yourself creatively and artistically.  This would be such a one-of-a-kind gift.

Your voice.  Your thoughts.  Your art.

Visit their gallery to see more examples of these wonderful creations.

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Clarks Botanicals: Ultra Lip Rich Tint & Lip Balm

I have a ton of different lip balm products, but the Ultra Rich Lip Balm from Clark's Botanicals is my new favorite.  This lip treatment contains all natural moisturizers such as shea butter, aloe leaf extract, jojoba and sweet almond oil. You'll also find marine collagen microspheres that act like mini water reservoirs to deliver long-lasting moisture that leaves your lips feeling their best.

This balm also smells divine with vanilla planifolia and jasmine extracts.  It's like sweet candy.  Wear this on its own or layered under or over color.  When I want an all-natural look, I'll wear it solo.  It leaves my lips looking glossy, but never goopy, and always plump, healthy and moist.

Clark's Botanicals also offers a beautiful selection of Ultra Rich Lip Tints.  Get the same great feeling of their lip balm with a kiss of color.  

Visit Clark's Botanicals to see all of their wonderful skin care and cosmetic products.  

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 One Year Family Dental Plan Membership {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Everyone is looking to save money these days.  A big way to start saving is with your dental care.

Now you can have easy access to savings at the dentist and an easy-to-use alternative to dental insurance through

Here are some of the many benefits offers:
  • 10% - 60% off most dental care procedures
  • Savings to 100,000+ dentists across the country
  • 30+ plans to search, compare and view sample savings by entering your zip code
  • Savings on cosmetic dentistry and orthodontia
  • No annual limits, health restrictions or the hassles of paperwork
  • Most plans activate within 3 business days
  • Plans start at $79.95 per year for individuals and $129.95 per year for families

Giveaway Time: is generously giving a family dental plan (value starts at $129.95) of the winner's choice!  This is for a one year membership, but with their current promotion, you will get three free months for a total of 15 months.  Be sure to use their Savings Genie to search by dental procedure and zip code to find the best plan for you.

Please note:  Plans are not available in South Dakota, and California residents are not eligible for promotion. You must be 18 years or older to win this free family dental savings plan.

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Frito Lay: Tostitos Thins

It's time to start planning your summer fiesta!  I'm pretty picky when it comes to tortilla chips.  They have to have the right texture and flavor.  The Tostitos Thins from Frito-Lay are delish!  

These lighter, thinner tortilla chips are the perfect snack to pair with margaritas this summer.  You can find both flavors of Tostitos Thins - Lime & Salt and TexMex exclusively at Target stores nationwide through mid-July.

Be sure to check out Frito-Lay's Tostitos Fiesta 411 on their Facebook page.  There you'll find party-planning ideas, recipes and more!

Complimentary product provided from Frito-Lay.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Simple Shapes: From modern wall decals to home and office furnishings

Can I get a wow?!  The wall decals from Simple Shapes are to die for.  If you're looking for a fabulous tree wall decal, I would definitely look to Simple Shapes.

This modern and chic company was founded in 2009 by a husband and wife couple with degree's in Architecture and Graphic Design.  All of their wall decals are made on site in Fairview, NJ.  Their office includes a design studio and showroom where they conduct photo shoots and test wall decals.

This company quickly rose to be Etsy's top children's wall decal seller with more than 11,500 sales to date.  As a top seller on Etsy, this couple experienced many expecting mothers who were starting to put together their baby's nursery.  They chose their wall decal designs as a starting point and asked them for recommendations on furniture and accessories.  This is why Simple Shapes has decided to select a few boutique brands of children's furniture and accessories to carry on their website.

You will also see that Simple Shapes caters to home, home office and commercial office spaces with their Chalkboard and Dry Erase designs.

I am smitten with the Birch Tree with Owl and Birds decal.  You can customize the colors to suit your needs.    You will receive three trees, leaves, an owl and four birds.

The overall size is 108"h.  The total width will depend on how you choose to place your trees.  The top or bottom can be trimmed to fit your wall perfectly.  The leaves, owl and birds area separate decals so you arrange them to your liking.

This Cherry Blossom Tree decal would look amazing in a nursery or anywhere else in your home!  You will receive a tree, large cherry blossom flowers, small cherry blossom flowers and six birds.  The flowers and birds come as separate decals so you can arrange them any way you wish.

The overall size measures 148"w x 87"h.  The tree measures 80"w x 84"h.  

With the purchase of this decal, you will receive a free Jellycat Bunny!  Be sure to enter "FREEJELLY" in the coupon code field at checkout - while supplies last.

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Dog IDs: Soft Grip ScruffTag Personalized Dog Collar {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

When I find a good product, I love sharing it with all of you.  When I find a good product that comes from a good company, I want to shout out from the rooftops just how much I adore them.  That's how I feel about Dog IDs.

First of all, this small family-owned company provides exceptional customer service.  I received friendly assistance and lightening fast shipping.  I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Next, their Soft Grip ScruffTag Personalized Dog Collar is everything we've been looking for in a collar for our active golden retrievers.
  • Comfortable - collar is very soft to the touch and won't crack in severe cold conditions
  • Durable - made with Soft Grip poly coated nylon webbing and stainless steel hardware
  • Waterproof - our dogs love to swim 
  • Odor Proof - this collar won't smell or retain odors
  • Quality Engraving - engraving is guaranteed for life!
We love that the tag is built in the collar.  The info is shown at the back of the neck for easy identification and won't rub off.

Get this great-looking collar in a variety of beautiful colors and font styles.  We have the blue and green, and both colors look fabulous on our goldens.

I highly recommend these collars from Dog IDs to all dog owners.  There are many sizes to suit small to large dogs.

Giveaway Time:  Dog IDs is generously giving away one Soft Grip Dog Collar to one lucky reader!

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

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Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day!  We ended up watching the kids swim and had a little BBQ.

My dad got a few gifts including a custom photo book from Shutterfly.  Gosh, I love those!  I've made many of them over the years, and they always turn out beautifully.  If you're looking for a stand out gift, I highly recommend them.

However, the big surprise was a new kitten.  Yes, a sweet little kitten, and he's a doll.  We adopted him from a local rescue.

Completely random, but how many of you remember these books as kids?!  Good ol' Judy Blume!

Anywho, I hope you all had a great day with the dads in your life!  Have a fantastic week everyone!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Murbles Outdoor Sports Game

Here is a great game for your family and friends this summer!  Introducing Murbles - a simple game that kids and adults will love.

What is a murble?  A murble is an over-sized marble used when playing the outdoor game of Murbles.  There are no special skills or set-up equipment required.  You'll learn in minutes.  Just open the bag, get your murbles out and you're ready to go!

Here's how it works:
  1. Pick your Murble ball colors that you would like to play with (choose from 20 popular colors).
  2. Once you dump your Murbles out of the bag, the player whose Murble is closest to the point ball assumes control of the point ball and begins the match.
  3. Now you're ready to play now that the controller has been determined.
  4. Comfortably stand side by side, and the player with control of the point ball decides where they want to toss the point ball.  The ball must be thrown at least three feet away.
  5. Players must remain in their relative positions once the point ball is played.
  6. Players alternate throws towards the point ball now that the controller has started the game.
  7. Now it's time to see who has won!  Walk or run up to see who received the points from the round of play.
Watch the video above to see the game in action.

Play Murbles in the backyard, at the park, or head to the beach.  Don't worry about obstacles such as trees, irregular surfaces, bushes or rocks.  Use them to your advantage to make the game more exciting!  Murbles is terrific for all ages and is a fantastic way to get outside and stay active.

Murbles is built to last, made in the USA and made from recycled plastic.  Head on over to pick up your set today!

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

GU: Recovery Brew & Electrolyte Brew Drinks

GU Recovery Brew Drink - One of my favorites from GU Energy!  This product comes in powder form which you mix with milk or water to recover after exercise.  It comes in 3 delicious flavors: Chocolate Smoothie, Strawberry Watermelon, and Orange Pineapple.

Designed to quickly replenish energy stores and rebuild muscles, it contains just the right ratio of protein, amino acids, carbohydrates, and antioxidants.  High quality whey protein isolate speeds muscle recovery.  Amino acids (arginine and glutamine) promotes speedy recovery while supporting a strong immune system.  Carbohydrates, both simple and complex, is optimally balanced to refuel your body.  Antioxidants (100% DV of vitamins C and E) removes harmful free radicals.

GU Electrolyte Brew Drink - Another great innovation from GU Energy!  This product comes in powder form which you mix with 20 ounces of water to drink during exercise.  It comes in 4 delicious flavors: Orange, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate, and Raspberry.  

Designed to optimize the balance in your system to perform at your peak, it contains just the right ratio of sodium, potassium, and carbohydrates.  Electrolytes (sodium and potassium) facilitate the neuromuscular system's ability to work effectively for endurance which also prevents cramping.  Carbohydrate Blend (maltodextrin and fructose) supplies working muscles with fuel and speeds up rehydration.  The 2:1 ratio of complex to simple carbohydrates improves endurance performance.  

If you're not drinking GU products, you're not performing at your peak!

Complimentary product provided from GU for this review. All opinions are my own.

OOFOS: OOriginal Thong

OOFOS - I LOVE these sandals!  I started appreciating these after a full day of walking, and my feet were aching.  When I put these sandals on it felt like my feet were on pillows specifically made for feet.  I now wear them after I go for a run or riding my bicycle.  It definitely helps my feet recover quickly.  Made from 100% proprietary OOfoam that has 37% more impact absorption than any other existing EVA sandal, OOFOS delivers unparalleled cushioning to recharge and rejuvenate your feet.

OOFOS Functions and Features:
  • Provides Instant Soft-Luxurious Comfort
  • Solid Support for the entire foot from heel, arch, and toes
  • Reduces Body Impact
  • Lightweight with Incredible Shock Absorption
  • Ideal for joint alignments & recovery from athletic activities
  • Water Resistant and Machine Washable
Available for men and women.

Bottom Line:  Want to pamper your feet while walking?  Treat your feet to a pair of OOFOS sandals!

Complimentary product provided from OOFOS for this review. All opinions are my own.

fodada: The Perfect Polo for Dads

fodada Papa Polo - Father's Day is June 17th!  I'm fortunate enough to receive an early Father's Day present from fodada, a Papa Polo.  This is the most comfortable and stylish polo I have in my wardrobe!  This is unusual; usually polos that are stylish are not the most comfortable and comfortable polos are not the most stylish.

With the Papa Polo, you have the best of both worlds!  Made from 50% polyester, 25% combed/ring spun cotton, and 24% rayon, this combination allows for terrific feel, shape retention, and a unique look.  Also the semi-structured collar keeps its shape adding to the shirt's style.

fodada also has the best return policy.  If you are not happy with your purchase, they allow a full year to return the product!  This company does really stand behind their clothing.  How many companies do you know has this kind of return policy?

Furthermore, with each purchase of a fodada product, fodada contributes a portion of the proceed to Giving Children Hope and Autism Speaks.  What a great company!  Great products with a Big Heart - not only do I love their product, I love this company!

Check out fodada to see all the other cool products for the dada in your life.

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Complimentary product provided from fodada for this review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Gelarti: Sticker Kit of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

My daughter and I recently had the opportunity to try the Forest Creatures Scene Pack from Gelarti.  This paint and decorate your own sticker kit is so much fun!

The Forest Creatures kit comes with four sheets of stickers (20 total) and three colors of paint pens - green, yellow and sparkly red.  Just squeeze the paint onto the clear stickers.  Wait to dry (overnight is recommended) and peel and stick to smooth surfaces.  The great thing about these stickers is that they're reusable.

It was easy to stay within the thick black lines of the stickers for my 8 year old daughter. You can see her work above.  The only thing I wish this kit came with was more paint colors, but we were creative and painted one color over the other for different effects.

My daughter wanted me to join in on the fun with her.  I'll admit, it's fun to paint these cute stickers.  She insisted that I paint more than one sheet, and I happily agreed!

Get these cool stickers in a variety of designs at ToysRUs.

Giveaway Time:  One lucky reader will win the Gelarti Sticker Scene Pack of their choice!

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