Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Boxed is the New Bottled Giveaway


Prize:


2 Winners


Boxxle Premium Bag in Box Wine Dispenser


ARV $100 each


Hosted by:

A Lucky Ladybug

and
Co-Hosted by:

Oh My Heartsie Girl
Box wine has come a long way since it was originally introduced and you can now find some pretty amazing wine in a box. And it just keeps getting better — each year, more vintners introduce box wines to their collection. Why? Because like us, they appreciate the box’s benefits — it keeps their product fresh, packs some incredible environmental benefits, and lets us all pay for the wine, not the bottle.

Boxxle is a high quality, attractive dispenser designed to solve all of the problems of “boxed wine” and allow you to enjoy your delicious BIB wine with style and ease.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on July 15th, 2015. Good Luck!!



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Zion's Call by Jeremy Maughan $25 Blog Tour Giveaway

Zions Call (1) 


   Zions Call Zion's Call by Jeremy Maughan 1830's LDS Historical Fiction Howard Egan has left his life at sea to try his hand at the new america. A dream of owning land and a better life for himself. More than anything he wants to find a woman to spend this new life together. To his surprise he finds her on his first day on shore. He just didn't expect her to be so beautiful or to be so harsh. Thrown into the middle of a political firestorm between a Mormon missionary and local business men. Tasked with being the Mormon's Bodyguard Howard has to find a way to secure his love, fulfill his duty and keep himself and the Mormon alive.  
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Excerpt Howard spoke up. “Ladies.” The three turned to face him. The woman in the center gave him an exasperated look. “Pardon me?” she asked. “Did you speak to us?” She looked him up and down. She gave a little click of her tongue and looked on unapprovingly. Howard was taken aback by her harsh tone. He struggled to get words out, “Yes. “He stammered, “I wanted to meet you.” he said slowly so he could be understood. He cursed his swollen tongue. The girl on the left giggled a little, the one in the middle gave her a rueful glance before looking back at Howard. She frowned. “Do you always speak like you have a mouth full of marbles? Are boots a foreign concept from where you’re from?” Howard started to turn red. He didn’t expect to be talked down to by this woman or any other. His anger started to rise. “I just wanted to meet you and get your name.” “A little forward aren’t you sir? I don’t think you gave me yours, for starters.” “My apologies ladies. I am Howard.” He said putting one hand to his breast. The girl on the left raised her eyebrows, waiting for more. “Just Howard? Are we to call you Mr. Howard?” she asked. He looked at the other girl. Are all girls of Salem so forked tongued, he thought, or just these? “Sorry, Howard Egan.” He again found his name difficult to pronounce correctly. “Nice to meet you, Mr. Egan” the girl on the right said. “I don’t know about that,” the black haired girl said. “Come, ladies.” The three turned to go. Howard took a step closer. “I didn’t get your names.” He didn’t want them to leave. They turned again. The girl in the middle tapped her toe lightly on the cobble stones. “No, and you didn’t earn the right.” She paused to look him over again. “Clean up. Stop fighting and some day you will get to. But not today.” She looked up at the wagon and saw the man sitting there. She nodded quickly to him and said, “Good day Mr. Chisholm. How is Mrs. Chisholm?” “Good day to you too. She is doing well. You will have to come by sometime for pie. She so does love your company.” Mr. Chisholm replied. “I just might do that.” She turned and looked at Howard. He felt he was being judged, like a pig at the fair. “Do you know this man?” she asked, “I do. I have agreed to take him on as an apprentice.” She inspected him one more time and looked back at Mr. Chisholm. “Well you must see something I don’t then.” “I suspect my wife will feel the same way.” “Good Day, Mr. Chisholm” She inclined her head. Her friends did the same. The curls framing the black haired girl’s face bounced as she nodded. “It was a pleasure seeing you. I will take you up on your wife’s pies.” They turned to leave, leaving Howard standing dumbstruck in the road. Mr. Chisholm looked down and saw Howard was still watching the women walk away. He laughed and called to Howard to climb back on. Once he was back on the wagon, Howard asked, “Who is that girl?” “I don’t know if it is my place to tell you. She made it pretty clear she didn’t want you to know her name. As well as I can remember, she has always been like that.” Mr. Chisholm replied.     Jeremy MaughanAuthor Jeremy Maughan Jeremy Maughan a seventh generation member of the LDS Church, was born February 1978 in Provo Utah. As a young man he had a passion for reading. One of his fondest memories is laying on the back on his parents boat reading for days at Lake Powell. He would spend days reading Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, David Eddings,Terry Pratchett and many of great fantasy writers. He says that the only way he passed English in high school was because his teachers allowed him to turn in book reports as extra credit. After High School Jeremy attended Devry Institute of Technology and studied to become a programmer. After two semesters he dropped out, having already landed a great programming job. He didn't find the need to continue his education to get a job he already had. A few short months after dropping out of school he was convinced by a close friend, who was a recent convert to the LDS church, to serve a mission. In May of 1997 he was called to serve in the Oregon Portland mission. He reported to the MTC just 6 weeks after submitting his mission papers. There he gained a deep testimony of the gospel that has stayed with him throughout his life. Once he returned home from his mission his love of the North West pulled at him and he moved to Seattle to pursue his profession programming career. While attending institute his meet the love of his life and married her for time and all eternity in the Timpanogos Temple. In their 14 years of marriage they have had 5 children. Two boys and three girls. Jeremy’s writing career started with a simple 30 day challenge and the desire to fulfill a item on his bucket list. Wanting to do a challenge to write every day for 30 days he needed something to write about. After days of struggle he was studying the writings C.S. Lewis and was inspired by the story behind The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Jeremy decided to follow in Lewis’s footsteps and write about his own children. A story was hatched and he set out to write a novel for his kids and about his kids. He caught the writing bug and has written many stories for his family and friends. His most recent work, “ZIon’s Call” is a full length historical fiction novel based on one of his ancestors and his conversion to the gospel.
  $25 Blog Tour giveaway $25 Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 7/20/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 29, 2015

Brave Girl Boots: A Forty-Day Journey to Brave by Tami Walker



In Brave Girl Boots: A Forty-Day Journey to Brave, you'll discover that with God, you are capable of more than you ever thought possible. There isn't a battle you are facing that cannot be conquered with the help of the Lord. Regardless of wherever life has you at this very moment, God has a plan of bravery for you.
During these forty days, women from all walks of life share their stories at Tami Walker's table. They will share stories of enduring some of the hardest hits life has to offer; they may have stumbled but they didn't succumb.
Finding their strength in an extended hand of grace that whispers, “Come on, get up . . . you can do this!” You are invited every morning to join them on this journey!

https://www.facebook.com/bravegirlboots
http://bravegirlboots.org/



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Tami Walker serves on staff at a great church in Canton, Michigan called Connection Church. Tami is the founder and Director of CGgirls (a cross denominational/generational event for women.) She is passionate about encouraging women to be Kingdom builders and a champion of community.  In addition to writing and speaking, Tami loves a hot cup of coffee, listening to her husband sing and traveling.  Tami and her husband Cal live in the Metro Detroit Area.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's review -   A book to inspire and encourage faith to just be.  Not a book to be rushed through as each story is powerful in its own way. I enjoyed taking part in the launch team for this book and hope that it spreads to every faith based woman in the world.


Scentbird monthly subscription service for perfume

Designer fragrances like Versace, Gucci, Prada, Tom Ford in one luxury perfume case.

































limited edition pink atomizer



Scentbird is a new company specializing in a monthly subscription service for perfume. We are sending a new fragrance every month for $14.95. Each month you can choose from 350+ designer perfumes. Some of our designer fragrances include Dolce & Gabbana, Juicy Couture, Marc Jacobs, Dior and many, many more.

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I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  You go to the site, create an account and go through a mini test.  The site has a list of amazing perfumes to choose from and you can try one 30 days supply of the fragrance of your choice.  I was able to try COACH Poppy and is was beyond amazing.   My trial size perfume was placed into an limited edition pink atomizer which allows me to carry for on the go and spray just a lite amount on me per usage.  Although I can not afford to continue with the service myself, this would make an excellent gift!

A Few Winning Moves Games Review



Mah Jongg™ The Card Game

MAH JONGG™ THE CARD GAME


Millions of players and fascinated by Mah Jongg, the enchanting game of luck and skill. Now, instead of using heavy and very expensive tiles, you can experience the game with these beautiful custom designed cards!
Ages: 13 and up
Players: 3 to 6
Contents: 152 golden-edged cards, score pad, custom card tray and illustrated rules.

Cassandra's Review- An excellent , faster paced game.  Older children will have fun playing after they learn how. The instructions are a bit harder for my special needs children, but we still have lots of fun trying!

Monopoly®: The Mega Edition


The same classic board we all know and love PLUS 9 new properties including 7 new states! In Monopoly®: The Mega Edition, you'll be able to build skyscrapers AND the game will play faster thanks to the Speed Die - invented by Winning Moves!

Ages: 8 and up
Players: 2 to 8
Contents: Big quad-fold game board, 32 houses, 12 hotels, 8 skyscrapers, 4 depots, tokens, 37 title deed cards, 16 chance cards, 16 community chest cards, 16 bus tickets, 2 dice, 1 speed die, pad of money (including new $1,000 bills), banker's tray, and full-color, illustrated rules

Cassandra's Review- Super cool and nostalgic to a point for me personally. I love to share games with my children that I played growing up, however this has an added amazing amount of game.  My kids were thrilled to investigate and move all of the pieces around.  With the super fast die, this game can be played without leaving it for a few days.  The board is going to have to fit on a little bigger table than you're used to.

Rubik's® Twist


A twisting puzzle challenge that takes the form of thousands of shapes. Solve one shape and move onto another - or devise your own creation to defy your friends. Rubik's Twist - it'll charm you!

Ages: 8 and up
Players: 1 player
Contents: 1 Rubik's Twist

Cassandra's Review- this is not only extremely fun to play with, but play times can last as long as the child has an interest. My kids really took the time to try and the twist is super easy to move.  

I received complimentary product.



Zim’s Max-Freeze Has a new look



All of the current Zim’s products will be available under the Zim’s Max brand, including the popular Zim’s Max-Freeze. The new packaging can be viewed and purchased on the company’s website, http://www.zimsusa.com.
To learn more about Zim’s Max, visit http://www.zimsusa.com or follow the company on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/zimsusa) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/zimsusa).


About Zim’s® Max
Based in North Lima, Ohio, Zim’s Max is a dynamic line of naturally-based consumer products distributed by Perfecta Products, Inc. The Zim’s Max product line features different over-the-counter solutions, formulated with naturally-based herbal ingredients for pain relief, skin care, lip care, elder care and first aid. Zim’s Max was founded over 60 years ago to help cement workers with their dry, cracked hands and feet with its flagship product, Zim’s Crack Creme. Today, Zim’s Max products can be found in nearly every major retailer in North America. For more information, visit http://www.zimsusa.com or call (800) 319-2225.



Now Paraben & Sulfate Free!
May effectively help relieve pain from:
Sore Muscles & Muscle Sprains
Back, Shoulder, Neck Pain
Painful Ankle, Knee, Hip & Elbow Joints
Muscular Strains
I received complimentary product. 

Cassandra's Review- The same great product with a new look! It works and is simple to apply. I can feel relief in the first few treatments  The scent is very strong and will stay on your skin.


bodycology Velvet Plum Fragrance Mist Review



Stay refreshed by embracing this Summer’s plum duo. The fruity and invigorating scent of bodycology Velvet Plum, coupled with your homemade plum sorbet, will brighten your mood, dazzle your senses and keep you cool all summer long.


bodycology Velvet Plum is made with a lush blend of violet leaf, plum blossom and sweet jasmine petals that’s as smooth as velvet.  Fragrance Mist ($3.99 available at Walmart): For a splash of fragrance and energy, spritz lightly on wrists, neck and shoulders - or, for all-over freshness, spray into the air and let the fine mist gently surround you.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The scent is very pleasing and relaxing. It sticks strongly to my skin without me getting any rash or burning feelings. The mist is light and but does not fill a room when sprayed.  

Easy Peasy Patches Review



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http://easypeasypatches.com/



Girls Back-to-School


Easy Peasy Patches Permanent Stick On Fabric Patches These patches are fantastic for mending clothing and personalizing ANYTHING you can think of! Use Easy Peasy Stick On Fabric Patches as custom clothing patches, backpack patches, water bottle patches, iPod patches, bike patches, purse patches and sporting equipment patches… the uses are endless! Easy Peasy patches are fun way to show your creative side and make stuff totally yours. 
I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  Very cool designs. The patch is so easy your child can apply them. You can mix and match for a huge creative piece.



Dermaflage #ad






It's a fact of life-with aging comes wrinkles. They start as tiny lines and before you know it you have frown lines; those common horizontal lines that form above your nose and between your eyebrows. You may still feel 22, but your face is saying differently.

You can regain that youthful look and minimize frown lines without injections or pain with Dermaflage. It's a Silicone filler that conceals frown lines. Clinically and dermatologist tested, Dermaflage was invented by a special effect makeup professional and is used by TV and movie stars. It's non-irritating and hypo-allergenic and guaranteed to match your skin tone.

WHAT IS DERMAFLAGE?
The recessed nature of these imperfections cannot be effectively hidden using makeup, leaving expensive and often ineffective medical procedures as the only viable option. Far superior to traditional cosmetics and concealers, Dermaflage fills and conceals the recessed area. Used improperly, makeup can look cakey and does not effectively fill the sunken areas of the skin. Dermaflage is translucent to let your natural pigment come through, flexible so that it moves with the skin, water proof and lasts all day.
 
 
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·         Invented by a Special Effects makeup pro – used by TV/movie stars
·         3D silicone scar filler that fills and conceals instantly
·         Non-irritating, non-allergenic 3-step application
·         Non-invasive – no injections, no pain
·         Dermatologist & clinically tested
·         Matches your skin tone
·         Can be applied to skin cancer scars on the face and body
·         Lasts up to 36 hours- even while swimming or showering
 
 
 
FROM THE EXPERTS
Kim Greene, veteran beauty and special effects makeup artist with over 50 Department Head Film and Television credits. “I use Dermafage personally to conceal a Mohs scar above my lip from having skin cancer. As a professional makeup artist in film and TV it's a staple in my kit to use on my actors to conceal scars including those caused by skin cancer removal. The Dermaflage is nearly invisible. I also use it to create realistic makeup special effects since it mimics skin so well."
 
Dr. Carl Soderstrom, Illinois Board Certified Dermatologist “Silicone in skin products is amazing. I have been using Dermflage for a couple of years now and the results are unbelievable. Scars can be covered cosmetically and concealed for hours and days-instantly. What I like the most is chicken pox scars, acne scars, and post trauma or surgical scars that are depressed can be filled to perfection. Color matching is easy, and most of all, patients love it. I have seen no adverse reactions in my patients.”
 
 
HOW TO USE DERMAFLAGE
Step 1: Prime
Step 2: Apply
Step 3: Texture
 
GENERAL MAKEUP TIPS WITH DERMAFLAGE
 
·         Don’t ever apply liquid foundation over the top of Dermaflage
·         Always use less Dermaflage than you think you’ll need
·         Mineral based powders work best with Dermaflage
 
Retail Price: $50.00 for a starter kit. Multiple applications. 
 
 
Silicone Arts Labs is a product innovation company in the cosmetics and medical industries. Their largest product, Dermaflage, is a scar and wrinkle concealer that uses silicone to replicate the unique tone and texture of user’s skin — vastly outperforming other solutions on the market today. The company’s innovation engine is based on the combination of the science of facial prosthetics and the art of Hollywood special effects. Their breakthrough cosmetic products empower and inspire their customers to feel more confident.

www.dermaflage.com

I received complimentary product.


Swanling Slumber Sleeper Review

Swanling Innovations Inc.


The Slumber Sleeper

The Slumber Sleeper
The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 3-in-1 safe sleep solution. It is a mattress protector, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one. It is designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered. Although the sheet allows older children to move freely and change sleep positions, the Slumber Sleeper™ unique design helps facilitate back sleeping and helps keep baby centered while in the crib, two important components of safe sleep for babies, and you get the added benefit of easily keeping an eye on them without adjusting your baby monitor frequently.

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Swanling on Facebook.” Link to: https://www.facebook.com/swanlinginnovations

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The product is soft and easy to wash. It did not shrink and keeps your baby secure not restricted.  I can easily fold it up and take it on the go.  It is made of excellent quality.  i am not a huge fan of the zipper as for littler ones it can be a problem with them wanting to unzip and get out of it.  The arm holes are made a great size.  

Super Genius Games Review


Say "Goodbye" to dull flash card learning! Super Genius is a new educational collection that brings the power of play to the learning process of reading and math. Designed for kids ages 5 and up, Super Genius is a matching game that was developed hand-in-hand with learning professionals. Match words to their images, addition equations to their sums, and multiplication equations to their products. There is always 1 and only 1 match between any two cards. The challenge of discovering this first keeps kids engaged and having fun while they inadvertently practice problem-solving and linguistic skills.


Super Genius won a coveted spot in FamilyFun Magazine's Toy Fair Favorites.
http://www.parents.com/fun/ toys/kid-toys/familyfun-toy- fair-favorites/#page=15

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The game is bright and very easy for my special needs kids to pick up and learn. We can even modify the rules to make it a great time for every age.  The color is brilliant and the words are simple, very easy to read and the whole concept is excellent. 
 

Spot the Tick..... in Barbados: Globetrotting Children’s Book Explores Beauty of Barbados, Raising Vital Awareness for Lyme Disease Review



Spot the Tick..... in Barbados: Globetrotting Children’s Book Explores Beauty of Barbados, Raising Vital Awareness for Lyme Disease

Lorraine Damonte’s ‘Spot the Tick..... in Barbados’ whisks children off to Barbados, exploring the wondrous island to discover its culture, food and climate by spotting the tick on every page. But the book also has a serious educational element – helping children recognize the dangers of ticks and avoid being bitten. This bold mandate was inspired by the author’s own debilitating battle with Lyme disease.

Each year millions of people flood to Barbados for its delectable food, passion for living in harmony with ocean and – a good thing for Brits – it’s obsession with cricket. However, with hundreds of millions of ticks calling the island home, this playground for the soul is also rife with the potential for Lyme disease.

In an unlikely fusion, Lorraine Damonte uses her latest children’s book to invite children on a fascinating tour of Barbados, while also educating them about the dangers of tick bites.

‘Spot the Tick..... in Barbados’ is fun, engrossing and highly-educational.

Synopsis:

Spot the Tick ...in Barbados, is a picture book about Nicole's exciting plans to visit the island of Barbados. It contains colourful, vibrant hand painted pictures that have been described as innocent, simplistic and naive, which are perfect for young children. It explores tradition, food and climate, with some added fun to spot the tick in each page. Pages have been dedicated to the prevention of Lyme Disease to bring awareness to young children that they should take precautions to avoid being bitten. The recommended age for the book is between 4 and 9 years.

“This book is perfect for any child with a thirst for travel,” explains the author, “Whether they will travel to Barbados itself, or any other of the thousands of exotic islands around the world. I hope that the story broadens their horizons and instils a thirst for adventure that will carry itself throughout their lives.”

Continuing, “The narrative is vitally important in the recognition and prevention of Lyme disease; something nobody is immune to. It’s a disease that is misunderstood, misdiagnosed and often poorly treated. I know – I have been disabled by it at times. Ticks carry many, many diseases and – if we can make children aware of the dangers of being bitten – we can save thousands of lives in the process.”

Readers have greatly enjoyed the book. For example, Lynne Hollens comments, “I bought the book spot the tick for the children, it had pages full of vibrant colours the children enjoyed the story of Nicole's holiday in Barbados they also enjoyed the little game of spot the tick. To round the excitement off I loved the pages dedicated to the Lyme disease and that the author will donate 50% of profits to a Lyme disease charity.”

‘Spot the Tick..... in Barbados’, from Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd, is available now: http://amzn.to/1K2ZpFp.



About the Author:

The creator of this book worked as a bank clerk for five years before moving onto a London casino.Life was lively and the pace was fast… “No more bets please…NO MORE BETS!”.Roulette was her best game, followed by Poker, Black Jack then Punto Banco.She then moved onto the reception and cash desk, learning a new set of skills.

In a busy nightclub in Bromley, she met her husband of almost 14 years Paul.When Nicole arrived she left work on maternity leave, never to return. Next to arrive was baby Madeleine.

The family relocated to Luxembourg for six years, Paul had an exciting new job opportunity.

It was there the idea of a book was born, whilst looking through a family photo album of Barbados.

Lorraine set out to make her own children’s book.

Painting the pictures became a struggle as Lorraine became very ill.

Lorraine’s wish now is to help stop the suffering and make the public aware that Lyme disease is real, and that you can take measures to prevent it.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review-  I hate to start a review like this but the book as far as the story has nothing to do with tick spotting , or a tick named spot.  It is a side story that should not even have been made to relate at all to the cause.  The very last few pages of the book have common knowledge about ticks and lyme disease which is helpful.  Really this is one of those books that absolutely did not make sense as far as relation to the topic.  It is like the author should have written two different books and one only for her daughter as a special family read only. 

CHARLIE’S CREAM TEA By Victoria Hart Review

Colourful New Book Introduces Exciting & Fun Character ‘Charlie’ the Crocodile to Children.



CHARLIE’S CREAM TEA By Victoria Hart

“A fun packed full colour illustrated book by a first time children's author”


About the book

Charlie is a very happy-go-lucky crocodile. He decides he would like a cream tea and goes shopping, only to discover the scones come in packs of 10. He buys them along with the cream and jam. On his journey home he meets some of his friends and invites them to join him for tea. A couple of his friends invite a friend of theirs too, which doesn’t go down very well with Charlie...This is a happy story that reinforces positive behaviour, numbers, kindness, and sharing with groups of friends


Cassandra's Review- The book is colorful and a pretty basic story.  My older children had a great discussion after reading it.  They felt it to be rude of the other animals to invite more without letting the host make the choice and put him in a situation he might not have enjoyed.   In sharing with everyone you might end up with nothing, so it is not always ok to say yes to everything.  So while the story  is a bit dragged on and simple with a message that at least starts up a grand conversation.

About the Author:

Victoria Hart is a qualified Child Behaviour Specialist with 18 years' experience in Early Years Education. She feels passionate and enthusiastic about promoting positive behaviour in children and the behaviour patterns that they have to cope with. Victoria Hart likes to be thought of as a helping hand to give parents the confidence to understand and deal with challenging behaviour, acknowledging it is a very sensitive subject. She has a real attachment to the characters in her book and feels that every child will have their favourite.

This book is published by Victoria Hart in conjunction with WRITERSWORLD, and is produced entirely in the UK. It is available to order from most bookshops in the United Kingdom, and is also globally available via UK based Internet book retailers.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlies-Cream-Tea-Victoria-Hart/dp/0993257011

Nikwax


Nikwax
Nikwax. Laundering with Nikwax in place of detergent is a gentle, green, and effective way to clean, protect, and prolong the life of most athletic wear, outdoor clothing, and footwear. Nikwax is 100% waterbased and biodegradable and does not contain fluorocarbons/VOCs, which means it is safe for your family, your washer and the environment.

Heidi Allen, Marketing Director at Nikwax, recently wrote this blog post about outdoor adventures with her baby and the many benefits of Nikwax being a mom.


Test out Nikwax's Cotton Proof, Polar Proof, or Down Proof, or the leading Tech Wash and TX.Direct for your family's rain jackets. The best part is the proofers require no heating or waiting, just wash some in or spread some on and go!


Nikwax even has a Nubuck & Suede Proof, which will waterproof almost any sneaker keeping your kiddo's feet warm and dry in his favorite kicks.

America's Got Talent Winner Michael Grimm's New Album Grimm Giveaway

Michael Grimm
Recommended for fans of Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Healey; the Soul/Rock artist recently released his latest music video and single “Generation Next” from his upcoming album Grimm.


Michael Grimm


The rising success of America’s Got Talent winner, Michael Grimm, continues to grow ever since his invigorating, winning performance in 2010. Soon after he was touring with legendary Stevie Nicks and opening for Heart nationally and internationally. Following that he debuted his first major label album that reached #13 on the Billboard Charts. Grimm’s style has matured into a unique, soulful sound which will be showcased through his upcoming album, Grimm due out June 15th. Excitingly enough, Michael Grimm’s latest single “Generation Next” gives us a little preview of his sixth album; displaying his soulful vocals that blend together southern tones and a lively kick of rock. Be sure to catch him live in Vegas as he recently just accepted a summer residency in the Vinyl Room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

"I couldn't think of a more complimentary venue for the new look, style and sound of the new album,” says Michael Grimm.

http://www.michaelgrimmmusic.com/




Coolibar Sun Protection Tips for traveling families this Summer


6' Titanium Beach Umbrella
Item #04105

Sun Protection Tips for traveling families

· Teach kids that being safe in the sun is as important as wearing a bike helmet! Preventing sun exposure now helps prevent skin cancer in the future.
· Make sure to wear lightweight clothing that is tightly woven (t-shirts do NOT block UV rays!), and contains a UV protection factor of 50. At Coolibar, all clothing has a UPF of at least 50 and is guaranteed to never wash out or fade. Sun-protective clothing is the BEST way to ensure skin is protected from UV when out in the sun.
· Pack your own sunscreen whenever possible to ensure it will be readily available, and to save some money. Popular vacation destinations often double or triple the price of sunscreen on-site.
· Make sure to reapply sunscreen to areas not covered with clothing EVERY two hours, when done swimming, and after lots of sweating. You can minimize the amount of sunscreen needed (and avoid the chasing and tears when applying) by covering kids as much as possible with sun-protective clothing.
· Make sun protection fun! Choose clothing that kids get excited about so they will love wearing it. 
Cooilbar¹s monster tee line features fun and silly graphics with the same wash and wear-resistant 50 + UPF.

· Adults need protection too, and more coverage is better. Pack long-sleeve sun-protective shirts and wraps for long days in the sun, or for when it¹s a chilly day.

· Make sure the kids take regular breaks from the sun especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when UV rays are strongest, and make sure they are drinking lots of water. Set your phone¹s alarm for reminders to get your family in the shade, apply sunscreen and get some water.
Shapeable Boating Hat
Item #02577

· Hats are a huge defense against UV exposure! Longer brims add protection to the neck, shoulders and torso, as well as the face and top of the head. For every inch of brim, you reduce your lifetime risk of skin cancer by 10%.

· Choose sun-protective clothing that folds easily and dries quickly, so you take up less room in your suitcase! Moisture-wicking clothing allows for a quick rinse at the end of the day and will often be dry and ready to wear the next morning.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The site is awesome and I found a lot of great items to help my family stay safe this summer.  The beach umbrella works great and can be easily folded back up after use and stored in the provided carry case.  

MagnetStreet com Wedding Sale


Make your wedding unforgettable and save 25% Off All Wedding Products at MagnetStreet.com!

Order Wedding Save the Dates, Wedding Programs, Wedding Invitations or any Wedding products at MagnetStreet.com and Save 25%. Offer valid 6/30/15-7/7/15. Use code: WAFJULY at checkout!

MagnetStreet.com is your Wedding headquarters for all your printed products, helping you capture your moment and share your message. MagnetStreet is an online, full service stationery store that allows you to create highly personalized wedding announcements, invitations and more. MagnetStreet.com offers a variety of wedding products and designs in unlimited color options and designs to help you communicate your message in your own unique way.

Save the Dates
Save the Date Magnets Large, small, square, heart—we offer a variety of magnet shapes and sizes for each design.
Save the Date Cards From size and shape to paper stock, find cards to fit your unique style and budget.

Save the Date Postcards Style and convenience! Available in two sizes, postcards are easy to address, stamp, and mail.

Wedding Programs
Tea-length Programs With your ceremony printed on both sides, Tea-length Programs offer simplicity and elegance.
Half-fold Programs Half-fold Programs open like a greeting card—sweetly narrating your nuptials on each side.
Program Fans Available in four unique shapes, Program Fans help guests stay cool during your ceremony.

Wedding Invitations
Rectangle Invitations Widely popular, Rectangle Invites are an easy way to tie your chic wedding look together.
Shaped Invitations Add a trendy touch to your wedding with a Shaped Invite. Unique, modern and totally fun!
Pocket Invitations Keep your enclosures neat and organized inside a pretty pocket fold. Choose from two layouts.

4th of July Sale at MagnetStreet.com. 25% off ALL Wedding products use code: WAFJULY. Offer Valid: 6/30-7/7

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Summer is About Pops of Color



Sometimes changing things up and giving a new fresh look to your space is as easy as adding a pop of color.

Spending time entertaining or relaxing in your outdoor area should be a huge part of your summer days and nights. And nothing enlivens that outside living space like pillows. You can change the entire look with fun, modern, graphic, bold pillows that also add that touch of flair and comfort. Mix, match, play with color. You can’t go wrong – especially once you add family and friends.

You can also add some beach-inspired towels to help perk up your bathroom. They’re also a beautiful addition poolside. Wrap yourself in luxurious comfort with soft, beautiful, absorbent towels that add subtle nautical flair with stripes in muted colors.

But it’s not just about your outdoor space. A simple, breezy tablecloth with an unexpected dip dye look adds an unexpected splash of whimsy to your dining experience. Casual, yet elegant, this modern tablecloth is perfect whether you’re dining indoors or entertaining alfresco.

These easy updates from ShopNineSpace.com have bold impact and give you that fresh, updated stylish feel that come with summer.

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

Sprout Pencil Review #Sprout




 
Product Description

At Sprout they wanted to face the whole throw-away culture, starting with the most basic of our everyday utensils: What if instead of throwing your pencil stubs away you could plant them and have them grow into something delicious, beautiful, and fun?
So they  asked themselves this question, gave it a shot and Sprout was born.
They are  really happy to present the world’s first pencil that grows!

http://sproutworld.com/



I received a complimentary pencil.

Cassandra's review- While I would have liked to have received more than one pencil, it is a very basic pencil.  I have read that not everyone will grow.  The concept is great and this is a fun gift for the older kids. 





bow tie review #TiecoonNation

Woven men's Bowtie in solid color Deep Sky Periwinkle blue. #J2125BT
Woven men's Bowtie in solid color Deep Sky Periwinkle blue. #J2125BT

$5.95

Details

***These Are Pre-Tied Bowties -Bow Ties - Men's/Boy's Bowties!!!***

Tiecoon welcomes back a new season of Jon vanDyk Bow Ties for men and boys.

These bowties are pre-tied, and have an adjustable strap that adjusts from a 10" neck all the way up to a 20" neck. They are perfect for adults, all the way down to kids that are 5 years old.

The bowtie has a full matching loop on the back as well as the label. 

These bow ties are 100% woven polyester microfiber which most people confuse for silk neckwear to touch or by sight, but are more durable and much less expensive (who wouldn't prefer to buy higher quality at a better deal?). Woven poly neckties also have wider washing and care instructions, without requiring dry cleaning the ties.




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Bow ties were once the tie of choice for formal events and the standard color was black. This is what was normally worn with a tuxedo. Today, however, bowties can be worn at almost any occasion and they no longer come only in black. Bow ties come in an array of different colors and patterns and it seems for some designers the brighter the better. No matter the suit or the occasion the bow tie would make a great choice in men’s neckwear. Rather than wearing the typical long silk tie, the bowtie is a great alternative.

I received a complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- My bow tie did not come packaged, which made me think they might come in bulk and I got one out of a bag.  The clasp is very cheap metal and can bend or break easily if not used with care.  It does adjust well.  I think that for the price, to me it should be sold in packs.  The strap might look a bit little on a larger, neck, but it will not adjust to fit a super large neck anyway.  

Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity $50 Book Blast Giveaway Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

  Stick in the Mud meets spontaneity Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity (Meet Your Match #3) by Rachael Anderson Home from college for the summer, Samantha Kinsey steps into her role as nanny for her two favorite little charges. But when she finds herself playing chauffeur more than playmate, her summer outlook quickly turns from fun to bleak. That is, until she drives the girls to a family-owned ranch and meets Colten McCoy—a genuine, hard-working cowboy, who's as set in his ways as he is handsome. Although he claims he doesn't need any fun in his life, Sam’s determined to help him find it. But she'll soon discover that cowboys are about as easy to train as wild mustangs. Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity is about an adaptable girl and a not so adaptable guy. It’s about learning to accept people for who they are and realizing that sometimes who they are is exactly who they should be.
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RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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