October 31, 2010

Halloween winner!

Happy Halloween to all my readers!  I hope you and your family have a safe and fun evening!  I'm not very excited about Halloween this year probably because I don't have kids and I'm laying on the couch with the sniffles from a cold.  Can I tell you a secret?  I'm actually hoping no kids knock on the door because I don't have anything to give them! 

Congratulations to the winner of the BOBA 2G Classic Baby Carrier:

#310 - polly


I have sent the winner an email who has 48 hours to respond or I will choose another winner.
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October 30, 2010

Feeling sickly and winners!

I really don't like this time of year because it always seems that I get a cold right about now.  It's probably the change in weather but I just hate it!  Since I'm just sitting here trying to recuperate so that I can go to work on Monday, I decided to choose a winner for the STRIDE Everyday panties giveaway.

Congratulations to #40, Ashley!

The winner has been contacted by email and has 48 hours to respond to that email or another winner will be chosen. 

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October 25, 2010

Pear Tree Greetings Thank You Cards {GIVEAWAY}

Thank you cards were always a requirement in my house when I was growing up.  We had about 1 week from the time we received our gifts (Christmas, birthday, etc.) to get our thank you cards written and mailed.  I even worked on my wedding thank yous while on the plane headed for Mexico on my honeymoon!  That's how important thank you cards were in my house.  I don't remember getting many thank yous in my life, in fact the most memorable ones have been from newlyweds thanking us for celebrating their special day with or from new moms after having received a precious gift for their new addition.  I love to receive those cards because they are both starting something new and are excited and so grateful to be thought of and celebrated!

Here's a cute one!  This would be so great for after a baby shower!  Pear Tree Greetings do not only offer baby shower thank you cards but all sorts of cards for occasions from holidays to graduation to a child's birthday party.


Pear Tree Greetings is offering one of my readers 16 FREE thank you cards of their choosing!  They could be related to whichever occasion the winner would like.

Mandatory Entry

Head over to Pear Tree Greetings and tell me which thank you cards you will choose if you win!  (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

Additional Entries (Make sure you leave separate comments for each entry.  For example, if you post my button on your blog, leave three separate comments letting me know you did.)

3 entries - Become a public follower through Google Friend Connect of Giveaways and More or let me know if you already follow this blog.
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3 entries - Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post and Pear Tree Greetings. Leave the link to your blog post in your comment.
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Thank your loved ones with @PearTreeGrtngs thank you cards! http://goo.gl/fb/3aReV Ends 11/5 #giveaway RT @curlyq776

This giveaway will close on November 5th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of product to review and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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October 24, 2010

Mrs. Cubbison's "No More Naked Salads" {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

When I think of Mrs. Cubbison's, I think of Thanksgiving and stuffing.  I have always been thrilled with my stuffing when I used Mrs. Cubbison's bread cubes because they stay intact throughout the cooking process.  Mrs. Cubbison's also makes croutons and I had the opportunity to review a bag of Classic Seasoned Croutons.  These croutons were crunchy and flavorful even after being drenched in salad dressing!  That's an important trait for croutons in my house because I love salad dressing!  I also like that these croutons were smaller so that I didn't have a whole mouthful of crouton and no other salad ingredients but was able to taste not only the croutons and dressing but also some of the vegetables that were added.  Would you like some new ideas on how to dress up your naked salad?  Head over to Mrs. Cubbison's for some delicious recipes!

Mrs. Cubbison's is right in the middle of an amazing sweepstakes called the "No More Naked Salad Sweepstakes" where the winner will walk away with 1 year of free groceries (up to $5200)!  It's an incredibly easy sweepstakes to enter, too.  All you have to do is share a tip about how you dress up your naked salad!  Mrs. Cubbison's will also be choosing 20 first prize winners who will walk away with a $100 grocery gift certificate.  That's quite a lot of winners!  Click on this link to get to the entry form and good luck!


Mrs. Cubbison's has also offered to send one of my readers the prize package pictured above!


Mandatory Entry

Visit the Mrs. Cubbison's website and tell me which flavor of croutons you would most like to try!  (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

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1 entry (1x daily) - Tweet this giveaway. Make sure to include the link to your tweet in your comment.  Feel free to use this tweet:  

Win a prize package from @mrscubbisons & enter to win FREE groceries for 1 year!  http://goo.gl/fb/4KTjN Ends 11/7 #giveaway RT @curlyq776

This giveaway will close on November 7th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Mrs. Cubbison's for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with free product to sample in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.  I was not required to write a positive review or host a giveaway.  All opinions are my own.
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October 21, 2010

KT Tunstall's Tiger Suit {REVIEW}

As a fan of KT Tunstall, especially "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree", I was so excited to hear that she has released a new album titled "Tiger Suit".  One of the perks of being a One2One Network member is that you have opportunities to review new releases and I was chosen to review KT's new album!  The minute I received it in the mail, I put it in my cd player.  This album is so upbeat and every song makes me want to get up and dance!  I quickly learned the words to my favorites and am now able to sing along after only three days of listening.  This album definitely lives up to KT's previous hits!

My two favorites are "Difficulty" and "Lost" and you can go to KT's website to preview the album and listen to short snippets of each song.  Which songs do you like?  I don't think you'll be disappointed in any of them!

You can also follow KT on Facebook and Twitter to find out all the newest information about tour dates and new releases!

Disclosure:  I was sent a free copy of the album from One2One Network and asked to give my honest opinion in exchange for a chance to win a gift card.  All opinions that are expressed are my own.
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October 18, 2010

Libman Freedom Spray Mop Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the Libman Freedom Spray Mop!

#93 - allisonsbj3




The winner has been notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose a new winner!

I posted some great new giveaways this weekend so make sure to come check them out before they close!

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The Girlz of Galstanberry by G. S. Wolff {AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY}


The Girlz of Galstanberry by G.S. Wolff
A new book that tells girls that is okay to still play with dolls, laugh at something funny and not someone's misfortune, and that it is okay to be loyal to yourself.  This book will leave its impression on the reader, showing girls all over that we should celebrate our differences. In a world where the media constantly barrages middle-school-aged girls with adult issues, it shares a different prospective: that there is no rush to grow up, enjoy your middle-school years!  

Garen S. Wolff draws from her own experiences growing up as a preppie in Detroit to write a series about five different girls from five different backgrounds who come together at Galstanberry Girlz Academy, an exclusive fictional private boarding school in Connecticut, and form lasting friendships.  I had the opportunity to ask Garen some questions about The Girlz of Galstanberry in an exclusive author interview!

1) What was your inspiration behind the book?
Garen: The diversity of girls around the world! Tall, short, red head, brunette, sassy, shy! Every girl has a story to tell due to their experiences, geographic location, ethnicity, family structure, etc. Therefore, I wanted to create a series that truly reflected the diversity of girls' voices.

2) Why are the girls wearing different shoes?
Garen: The different shoes reflect each girl's personality and most importantly illustrate the theme of the series; girls have unique voices that should be recognized and celebrated. Although the five girls are wearing the same uniform and must follow the rules and traditions of Galstanberry Girls Academy, they never lose their individuality, which is reflected in the different poses, facial expressions, and shoes!

3) Where did the word "Galstanberry" come from? Is it a real word?
Garen: My imagination :-) I wanted the name to sound fancy BUT fun. The first part, "Gal" is pronounced with a long "a", like the exaggerated pronunciation of Ha-a-rvard. The second part of the word came from my sweet tooth; one of my favorite snacks is raspberries. So, when you put the two parts together, you get Galstanberry, pronounced, "Ga-a-lstanberry".

4) What is your favorite part about the book?
Garen: My favorite part is the integration of cultural nuances, like accents, dialects and native languages. For example, Tabitha's chapter is full of Texan phrases and dialect. Mother is pronounced, "mo-thah", and twenty-five is pronounced, "twenny-fav". In Lillian's chapter, Spanish phrases are used and translated in footnotes. The book has extra flair because of each girl's cultural and geographic differences.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
Garen: It took me several months to write The Girlz of Galstanberry; and I wrote EVERYWHERE! Riding the subway, sitting on a bench at the National Mall, waiting in line at the grocery store, and sipping tea in coffee houses!

6) What is one thing you would like young girls to take away from these books?
Garen: The most important message of The Girlz of Galstanberry series, is that girls should embrace and celebrate their unique voices. What do I mean by "voice"? Girls' voices (aka personalities, opinions) are shaped by their cultural background, socio-economic status, friends, family and even geographic location! Therefore, girls shouldn't feel confined to anyone's standard of beauty or "popular status". We are all different and should be celebrated for our uniqueness!

7) Do you feel closest to any one of the girls and why?
Garen: Honestly, I am close to all of the girls. I definitely have the energy and spunkiness of Lillian, and, as my family and friends attest, the humor of Brandi. On certain occasions (when I'm annoyed), I can be sassy like Tabitha, with clever comebacks like Nisha. When I need to speak at a book singing in front of tons of people, I muster all the confidence and strength of Fei :-)

8)  How can girls become "Galstanberry Ambassadors?"
Garen: Galstanberry Ambassadors are VERY SPECIAL! Their job is to spread the Galstanberry news in their school, city or state! When we travel around the country for author events, they (and of course their parents) are our main contact person! Galstanberry Ambassadors that successfully get an author event in their school or town, will be featured on the Galstanberry website, and be presented with a limited edition, autographed Galstanberry poster, at the event. Interested, just email: GalstanberryGazette@galstanberrygirlz.com

9) Will you be offering any holiday specials on the website?
Garen: Yes! For a limited time, people can buy 2 books at a time for just 18.50! Just click the Holiday Discount option! 

Thanks for sharing those thoughts and insights, Garen!  Garen is offering one of my lucky readers a FREE copy of The Girlz of Galstanberry!  This would make a wonderful Christmas gift for the tween girl in your life!

Mandatory Entry

Visit the Galstanberry Girlz website and tell me which character best reflects the tween girl in your life!  (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

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1 entry (1x daily) - Tweet this giveaway. Make sure to include the link to your tweet in your comment.  Feel free to use this tweet:  

Win a Girlz of Galstanberry book!  Perfect for tween girls! http://goo.gl/fb/j0O6d Ends 11/8 #giveaway @GalstanberryFan RT @curlyq776

This giveaway will close on November 8th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Garen S. Wolff for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with monetary compensation in exchange for posting an author interview and offering a book for giveaway.
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October 17, 2010

Spice it up! EdenFantasys.com {REVIEW}

Let's be honest here, we all go through times where bedroom activities tend to lose some steam.  We don't have to let that get us down, though.  I've found that a little extra "help" can make all the difference in the world.  Adult toys can be a great way to break the monotony and get you back in the groove. Eden Fantasys has all sorts of different types of adult products from sexy lingerie to sensual candles.  It's not all hard core stuff!  Don't get me wrong, there is some stuff on Eden Fantasys that is not for the feint of heart but there are also products that will help you to escape from everyday life and relax and enjoy your partner in a safe, loving environment.

It's been said that pheromones play a very important role in how you feel about yourself and how others feel about you.  Pheromones can be released into the air through candles which can help get you and your partner in the mood and create a romantic setting at the same time!  There are candles out there that, when heated up, can be used as massage oil!  Here's a great example of one of those candles:
This pheromone soy massage candle is soy based so that when it heats up, you can drizzle some of the warm wax (it won't be as hot as paraffin based wax) onto your partner and massage it in like oil.  Not only will it help to relax you, but it's also a great moisturizer and it's only $14.99!  This one is a vanilla scented candle but also comes in other scents like cinnamon, strawberries and champagne as well as berry.  This is just one way to add a little extra spice to the bedroom while staying within your comfort zone.  There are plenty of other products at Eden Fantasys, though.  Take a look around! 

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store
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DiamondEarrings.org Winner!

I'll bet you're dying to know who won these gorgeous earrings!

Congratulations to:

#74 - manthas24

I've sent an email to the winner who has 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.
Thanks for entering!

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Cornucopia of Blogs Hop!



I haven't participated in a blog hop for awhile and would love to find a few new blogs to follow so I thought I'd start back with this one!  Take a look around and please let me know if you are a new follower of mine so I can head over and return the favor!  Happy Fall!

Hosted by
Mama to 4 Blessings ~ a home school, thrifty, child related crafts, reviews & giveaways blog,
Survey Junkie ~ great reviews & giveaways plus some really great link ups throughout the week!
 Musings of a Stay at Home Mom ~ homeschooling blog
Fun Saving Money ~ Monday menu's - awesome recipes & coupons to print to go with the recipe, reviews & giveaways plus other great saving tips!
This week's Featured Guest Blogger is Thanks Mail Carrier! Thanks Mail Carrier is a blog that consists of  great giveaways Friendly Friday link up and much more - go check it out!
The Rules:

1.Follow ALL 4 of your hostesses. Make sure to leave comments (they do follow back). Link up to this hop by adding your blog to the linky list below. Please remember this is not a "giveaway link up" also keep this clean and family friendly.

2. Please feel free to grab the Cornucopia of Blog Hop button!

3. Please also follow this week's Featured Blogger Thanks Mail Carrier.  Each week a new featured blogger who will be chosen at random, but you must be participate in the weekly link up - that's how we will choose a new featured blogger every week! So please come back every week & link up because you could be our next featured guest blogger!


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CSN Stores $50 Gift Code {GIVEAWAY}

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I love to shop!  I love to shop for everything from a new counter stool to a new sweater to a new pair of heels to a new frying pan to new towels to...well, you name it and I'll shop for it!  That's why I love CSN Stores so much!  They offer so many different products at amazing prices (most include free shipping, too)!  Every time I've ordered a product from them, it arrived quickly and perfectly intact.  They do say that there is a no hassle return policy just in case something does go wrong or gets broken in transit.  I have to believe that this is absolutely the case because I have never been disappointed by CSN Stores!

Not only do they have furniture, clothing, shoes, office supplies, baby gear, kitchen stuff, etc. but they also sell seasonal items!  Check out this cute Halloween door mat!
Or maybe you are going to a friend's home for Thanksgiving dinner and want to bring a pie.  Wouldn't you love to show up with this beautiful pie plate with your favorite pie inside?
Guess what?  You may be able to do just that because CSN Stores is generously giving one of my readers a $50 gift code to use on anything they want at the 200+ stores on CSNStores.com!  Please keep in mind that the code does not cover shipping costs, but as I said above most of the items include free shipping.

Mandatory Entry

You must visit CSN Stores and leave a comment telling me which product(s) you would like to have.  Good luck and make sure you have plenty of time to look around because there are tons of products!  (Please make sure to leave an email address in your comment or have a public email address in your profile.  I can't contact you if I don't have a valid address!)

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Want to win $50 at @CSNStores? Enter here http://goo.gl/fb/bk6om Ends 10/31 #giveaway RT @curlyq77

This giveaway will close on October 31st at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to CSN Stores for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for this post but was provided a product sample in exchange for my honest opinion. I under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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October 16, 2010

Boba Classic Baby 2G Carrier {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Since I began obsessing about thinking about becoming a mother, I have researched and read so many things about how good baby wearing is for bonding between baby and mommy (or daddy!) and I've noticed that more and more companies are coming out with products to support the practice of baby wearing.  One of the companies that I have recently seen around the blogs is BOBA carrierBOBA carriers were born out of necessity because the founders, Robert and Elizabeth Antunovic, were having a very difficult time finding a carrier that was comfortable for both them and their child.  Their son would complain about how his legs hurt and stopped wanting to be in a carrier, yet still wanted to be carried.  I may not be a mother, yet, but I still know how hard it is to carry a toddler around for an extended amount of time!  Here is how they came up with the BOBA carrier in Robert's own words:

We were always brainstorming and trying to figure out how to make our design better and ended up first adding a safety buckle so there would be no spontaneous releases. Then a light bulb went on.   We just had the best idea- foot straps- to get that digging fabric off of little hamstrings, prevent bigger legs from just hanging and just give them a place to rest- just like the rungs we rest our feet on when we sit on a bar stool. After eleven different prototypes and almost one year of going back and forth, we finally got it right.   Our son turned 3 by the time our final prototype was made and although he’s a big guy, he loves it.

We couldn’t compromise; we had to get it right. They had to be butter soft and we even took the extra step of making them with only certified organic cotton. To top it all off, we decided to make them right here in our home town of Boulder, CO with the help of local mountaineering professionals.

And the Boulder Baby carrier- the “BoBa” was born.

The BOBA 2G (the latest version of the carrier) can be worn both on the front and back starting from the time your child hits 15 lbs all the way up to 45 lbs!  There are two types of BOBA 2G carrier, the classic collection and organic collection.  BOBA carrier is working hard to be more green and decided to manufacture an organic carrier that is made with GOTS and OE100 certified 100% organic cotton and organic Texas cotton lining.  Have no fear, though, because the classic collection is made with 100% natural brushed cotton so you really can't go wrong with the classic collection.  Both are buttery soft and made from natural fibers.  Both carriers have high density waist and shoulder strap foam so mom and dad can feel comfortable while carrying their child.  Remember those foot straps that Robert mentioned above?  Those are removable foot straps that help keep your child's legs and hips fully supported.  You can see the foot straps in the picture on the left.  This kid looks pretty comfortable, don't you think?

I was so thrilled when they contacted me and asked if I would review a BOBA 2G Carrier!  They sent me the BOBA 2G Classic - Earth (it's dark brown).  I love the color brown because it goes with everything and it's gender neutral so both mommy and daddy can wear it (no more excuses, men).  The cotton is very soft to the touch so baby's skin will not be irritated by rubbing.  The shoulder straps are not only very padded but also adjustable so just about any size person can use this carrier!  Not only are the shoulder straps padded but the waist strap is as well so the heavier kids can also be carried comfortably.  The BOBA carrier comes with a removable hood for when it's raining and you want to keep baby dry or if baby's sleeping or if mom wants to discreetly nurse (that's right....mom can also nurse baby in the BOBA 2G).  The features just go on and on!  A quick visit to their website will give you a lot more information including photos, videos, instructions and how you can buy one of these carriers for your very own!

One of my Giveaways and More readers will win a FREE BOBA 2G Classic carrier in the color of their choice!

Mandatory Entry

Visit BOBA carrier's website and tell me which color in the classic collection you would choose.  (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

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3 entries - Become a public follower through Google Friend Connect of Giveaways and More or let me know if you already follow this blog.
3 entries - Grab my button and post it on your blog. Don't forget to include your blog address so I can go see it! (You can find my button in the column on the right)
3 entries - Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post and BOBA carrier. Leave the link to your blog post in your comment.
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1 entry - Enter another active giveaway on Giveaways and More! (1 entry per giveaway entered)
1 entry (1x daily) - Tweet this giveaway. Make sure to include the link to your tweet in your comment.  Feel free to use this tweet:  

Win a 2G Classic @BobaCarrier in your choice of color (US & CAN) http://goo.gl/fb/OrJgy Ends 10/30 #giveaway RT @curlyq776

This giveaway will close on October 30th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to BOBA carriers for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product to review I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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October 15, 2010

Giveaways ending this weekend!

Get those last minute entries in for the two giveaways ending this weekend!  You can find them over on the right sidebar and they have very low entries!  I've also got a few reviews and/or giveaways that I'll be posting within the next day or two so look for some great stuff coming up.  Have a great weekend!
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STRIDE Everyday Panties {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Have you ever had a time where you wished you had a pantyliner on but didn't?  Me, too!  Most of mine revolve around a certain time of the month.  I have also heard that pregnancy can weaken the bladder muscles so that laughing or sneezing can cause a mom to "leak" a little.  Wouldn't it be great to never have to worry about that by having a built-in pantyliner?  Well, guess what?  There is such a thing and it's called STRIDE Everyday panties!
This is an illustration of how these panties work. There are multiple layers of absorbent fabric as well as one layer of breathable yet leak-proof fabric that will prevent any moisture from seeping through to your clothing.  There is no fear of that embarrassing situation anymore!

STRIDE Everyday panties were the brainchild of Wendy Spencer who has always been up for challenges!  She has run multiple marathons and even continued to run during her pregnancy.  After giving birth to her son, she realized that she suffered from stress incontinence and worried that every time she laughed too hard or sneezed, she may have to deal with some leaking.  Wearing a pantyliner everyday was not something she wanted to do so she started thinking that a panty with a pantyliner built in that could be washed and worn again and again would not only be more convenient for her but also better for the environment and STRIDE Everyday was born!

STRIDE Everyday panties come in 5 different sizes, colors and styles of panty to fit all women's needs and wants; seamless, french cut brief, mid rise brief, lacy thong and sport bikini.  All of these styles are machine washable for up to 100 washes and cost between $19.99 and $24.99!

I received a pair of seamless STRIDE Everyday panties to review and love them!  They are a neutral shade of nude which makes them easy to wear with any color of pants.  I also love that they are seamless because that means no visible panty lines and protection from embarrassing leaks or spotting!  The fabric is silky and soft so it doesn't feel rough against your skin.  I have washed them a couple of times with my other delicates and am very happy with that process.  My only complaint would be that they take a little longer to dry because of the multiple layers for absorbency.  I have been drying them on the normal cycle and then let them hang overnight.  I would recommend STRIDE Everyday panties to any woman, mother or not.  It's a perfect solution on those days before your period where you are spotting a little but don't want to bother with pantyliners.

STRIDE Everyday has offered one of my lucky readers a FREE pair of STRIDE Everyday panties! 

Mandatory Entry

Visit STRIDE Everyday's website and tell me which panties you would choose.  (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

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Win a FREE pair of STRIDE Everyday panties with built-in pantyliner! http://goo.gl/fb/VQcKN Ends 10/29 #giveaway RT @curlyq776

This giveaway will close on October 29th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to STRIDE Everyday for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product to review I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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October 7, 2010

barista bath and body Products {REVIEW}

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned my love of coffee before but if you are a new reader or have a bad memory, I LOVE coffee!  I love the taste and the color and the smell!  Imagine my surprise when I came across barista bath and body products.  Could there really be a company that created bath & body products using actual coffee?  And, could it actually be that these products are manufactured in my state?  The answers are yes and yes!  barista bath and body was founded by a team of women (all family) who just wanted their hair to look and feel good without all those fillers and chemicals.  Might I also add that they love coffee?  Here's the story directly from their website:

our story

We were all having a bad hair day – mother, daughter, and niece. While commiserating over our unanimous beverage of choice, coffee, we realized that how our hair looks on any given day impacts how we feel. After countless trips to cosmetics counters, specialty stores and drug stores, we continued to find ourselves unable to purchase a shampoo which would give our hair volume, shine and bounce.

necessity is the mother of invention

As three businesswomen with more than 50 years of combined experience in engineering, business development and consulting, we decided to take a purely business-like approach to a very personal issue. 
From this endeavor barista bath and body sprang to life – a line of natural beauty products that are safe, effective and designed to complement the body’s natural capacities. 
We researched hair – its basic chemistry and the factors that impact the health and appearance of hair – and defined a list of beneficial ingredients. One of the ingredients that met all our criteria was coffee.
Equipped with a list of attributes, performance criteria and preferred ingredients, we met with chemists, estheticians, and cosmetic laboratories to help us develop our product line. We tested countless formulations before we found the shampoo we all adored.
Instead of relying on harsh chemicals that strip your hair and skin of its inherent beauty, barista bath and body products contain brewed coffee, ground coffee, coffee seed oil, essential oils and natural ingredients that support the body’s ability to rejuvenate. Our formulations are free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates that disrupt the body’s natural capacities.
We believe in our products – we formulated them to make a difference. Great thought has also gone into our production footprint. We care about the world now and in the future – our products are manufactured in the U.S., all of our bottles are recyclable, our bags and boxes are made of natural materials, and our fill is bio-degradable.
Our “coffee in the raw” products – designed for both women and men – are performance-driven to bring the delight and bliss of coffee to the bath.

I love this amazing story of ingenuity and thought!  You can also find some incredible information about why they chose coffee on the website.  They have obviously done extensive research about coffee and it's properties when it comes to cleansing skin and hair.

I received an i'll take that to go gift set from barista and I've been thrilled with all the products that are included!  The kit contains 2 oz. sizes of perk it up, soothe those jitters, triple shot and room for cream in a natural burlap envelope.  The first morning I used the products, I noticed that just the smell of coffee helps wake me up!  The shampoo and body wash are the most fragrant of the four products so they were naturally my favorite.  In fact, I almost had to stop myself from just tipping the bottle up and taking a sip!  It smells exactly like a hot brewed cup of coffee!  I also love how the shampoo cleanses my hair but doesn't leave it feeling stripped of oils.  With my naturally curly hair, I can't use shampoo with all the chemicals because it ends up leaving my hair frizzy and uncontrollable.  barista products didn't do this at all!  In fact, I really like how the products made my hair and skin feel soft and smooth without drying either one.

If you are looking for products without all the chemicals that also smell divine and can help you absorb more antioxidants through your skin, barista products are for you!  Check out the website and the science behind coffee as bath & body products!

Disclosure:  I received sample products in exchange for my honest opinion of the products.  I did not receive any other form of compensation nor was I required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

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October 4, 2010

Pear Tree Winner!

Congratulations to 

#28 - janetfaye 

for winning the Halloween personalized stickers from Pear Tree Greetings!  An email has been sent out and she has 48 hours to respond or I will choose another winner.  Look for more giveaways from Pear Tree Greetings in the future!
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Chex Mix Party!

Have you ever tried Chex Mix?  It's a great snack to eat while you're sitting in front of the television watching a game or movie.  I belong to General Mills Pssst...Network and was sent some different kinds of Chex Mix to share with my family and friends along with a cute bowl and some paper plates and napkins!  We got to try out three flavors of Chex Mix; Turtle, Honey Nut and Traditional.  I also ended up buying a couple more flavors to add to the variety which included Bold Party Mix and Cheddar Cheese.  They were all so tasty and everyone had a great time!  The next time you're hosting an event and need some snacks, check out the Chex Mix in the chip aisle!  There are 13 varieties in total including a few dessert options and I promise that all of your guests will find at least one flavor to enjoy!


Disclosure:  I was sent free products in the mail in exchange for my honest opinion.  i was asked to hold a party and hand out coupons for the product.  I was not required to write a positive review.
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October 3, 2010

Libman Freedom Spray Mop {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Mopping floors is not my favorite house cleaning task only because it is so cumbersome to have to pull out a mop bucket and fill it with water and then empty the dirty water when I'm done.  When you live in a small apartment like I do, it's even less worth it to get all that out for a small area that needs to be mopped.  I have always liked the all-in-one mops that don't take up much space and are easy to use.  That's why I was thrilled to be chosen to review a Libman Freedom Spray Mop!  It's the newest product from Libman and has so many amazing features that I can't wait to tell you about. You can also find Libman on Facebook where their fans talk about cleaning tips and they occasionally give products away!

First and foremost, it's lightweight and very easy to use with no batteries required!  That was a problem with some of the other models I've used because I would always run out of batteries right in the middle of cleaning and then couldn't find any spares around the house.  Second, you can add whatever cleaning solution you want to use whether it is a natural solution or just plain water.  I've recently become more aware of the chemicals we are using around the house and am happy that I can make my own solution for this mop.  Last but not least, the pads are washable and reusable microfiber!  We are, just like everyone else, watching our pennies right now and those disposable pads can get to be so expensive that I am so happy to be able to wash and reuse this one.  It can be washed up to 50 times and reused and it's a safe fabric that can be used on any and all surfaces.

When we received the mop in the mail, we immediately opened it and used it!  We put some Simple Green in the removable cleaning bottle and got started!  The mop worked great and we could see all the dirt and grime that the pad picked up.  It's so nice to be able to pull off the pad and throw it in the washer with other cleaning rags.  You can feel the pad gripping the floor and scouring away the dirt.  The trigger handle puts you in control of how much cleaning solution is discharged so you make sure to get enough but not be over saturating your floor.  The Libman Freedom Spray Mop is a wonderful product that we are thrilled to have and will be sure to use regularly!  If you head over to their website, you can print off a rebate form for $5 off a Libman Freedom Spray Mop!

Libman is also offering a FREE Libman Freedom Spray Mop to one of my lucky readers!

Mandatory Entry

Visit Libman's website and tell me what other product looks interesting to you.  (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

Additional Entries (Make sure you leave separate comments for each entry.  For example, if you post my button on your blog, leave three separate comments letting me know you did.)

3 entries - Become a public follower through Google Friend Connect of Giveaways and More or let me know if you already follow this blog.
3 entries - Grab my button and post it on your blog. Don't forget to include your blog address so I can go see it! (You can find my button in the column on the right)
3 entries - Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post and Libman. Leave the link to your blog post in your comment.
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1 entry (1x daily) - Tweet this giveaway. Make sure to include the link to your tweet in your comment.  Feel free to use this tweet:  

Clean easier with a Libman Freedom Spray Mop! http://goo.gl/fb/B6Vbu Ends 10/17 #giveaway RT @curlyq776

This giveaway will close on October 17th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Libman for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product to review from Mom Bloggers Club and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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October 2, 2010

Christmas cards already?

It just doesn't seem possible that Christmas is right around the corner.  Only 2 1/2 months away?  I feel like we just celebrated Christmas last week!  One of my favorite things about Christmas (now that I'm an adult and don't get many Christmas presents anymore) is reading everyone's Christmas Cards.  I love to see all the cute kiddos that my friends have and read about how everyone is doing throughout the year.  I know once I have cute kids of my own, I'll be displaying their pictures on Christmas Cards for my friends and family to oh and ah over.

Pear Tree Greetings just released their Christmas Card line and there are some great layouts to choose from!  Not only are they stylish and attractive, but they are affordable, too!  You can make your own personalized cards for just about what you would spend in the store for the cards that everyone is choosing from and I think we all can agree that a personalized card is a nice way to show off your family!

I received a few samples of the cards and was very impressed with the weight of the card stock and the bright colors that are used.  I think this is one of my favorites in the collection because of the modern feel and vibrant colors!
This is just one example of the options.  Here's another one that's a little more traditional.
I like both of them and have seen quite a few more on the website that would be perfect for personalizing!  Get over to Pear Tree Greetings and pick out your Christmas Cards.  If you're anything like me, it could take a month or two to choose so make sure you have the time to shop!  Enjoy!

Disclosure:  I received samples for review and was under no obligation to write a review.  I will receive address labels in exchange for my honest opinion of these cards.
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