Jul82013

Disney Music Gift Cards Make Gift Giving and Rewarding Easy! (Sponsored)

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review Disney Music Gift Cards by Child’s Play Communications. I was so excited to participate in this campaign because my daughter is a HUGE lover of music (You’ve probably noticed the drum lesson photos and videos that I post every week!).

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As you can probably guess, buying music online can take quite a bit of time to download, and can become costly. But Disney Music Gift Cards eliminates ALL of those problems! DisneyMusicStore.com is a fantastic family-friendly online store that contains hundreds of songs my daughter loves to listen and play to. And the best part, they’re inexpensive (Most of her favorites are just $.69!) and easy to download! As a reward, I have bought my daughter these gift cards at the end of a good practice week. My daughter (7) can easily upload the gift card and download which songs she wants to, and with little to no supervision. The gift card balance is always listed in the upper left-hand corner of the site, so there’s no checking different pages for the balance! This also teaches my daughter a great lesson about money and using it wisely (She can only download so many songs at a time, and has to decide which ones she can afford.)!

$15 GC

You can find current hit artists (Selena Gomez, Bridgit Mendler, and Zendaya), Disney Channel series and original movie soundtracks (Shake It Up, Austin & Ally, Let It Shine), film soundtracks (Brave, The Muppets, TRON: Legacy), inspired-by compilations (Frankenweenie Unleashed!, Muppets: The Green Album, Almost Alice) plus classic soundtracks (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid), Disney Junior soundtracks (Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates), Disney Princess and Fairies compilations, Radio Disney favorites, Spanish language, Songs & Story, and many more!

The best part? They come in many amounts- from $15-$25 and even custom cards are available! For more information on Disney Music Gift Cards, or to find a retailer near you, visit  www.disneymusicgiftcard.com.

 

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Jul32013

Frisch’s Big Boy FREE Coffee Coupon & $25 Gift Card Giveaway! (Sponsored)

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*A promotional item was received in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As a mom, my life is always SO busy. Between taking care of my family and running them to and from their events and activities, it’s always great when I can grab something on the go that’s not only quick, but also delicious! My family and I already love Frisch’s breakfast, so I am super excited to be announcing their new drive-thru sandwiches! Perfect for a busy family like mine, we can enjoy Frisch’s breakfast sandwiches on the go, no matter what’s on our agenda for the day!

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Frisch’s new breakfast sandwiches are unique- just like you! From the hearty breakfast burritos to the ultra-lite breakfast sandwiches (and my personal favorite the bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches- LOVE me some bacon!) you’ll find one to fit your taste and budget starting at just $2.50. It’s my new favorite thing- now go make it yours! On July 12th, print the above coupon, bring it in to your Frisch’s Big Boy, try one of the NEW sandwiches and get a free coffee! It’s a great deal!

And now for the giveaway:

There are two ways to enter! You can do one, or both: but make sure you leave a comment for each.

  • Head to Frisch’s Website, come back and tell me which sandwich you’re looking forward to trying the most!
  • Follow Frisch’s Big Boy on Pinterest. Come back and comment letting me know you did!

 

 

A winner will be chosen on Friday, July 12th at 10:00am by Random.org. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email, so be on the lookout!

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Jun172013

Cascade Platinum Pacs Save the Day (Sponsored) #MyPlatinum

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I sincerely can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a dishwasher. Which is good, because I haven’t found a dish soap that I’m not allergic to. Sad for me, aren’t you? Luckily, there are dishwashers that do the work for you, and Cascade Platinum Pacs do the scrubbing to save your manicure. We currently live in a condo, that came with a dishwasher that’s a little on the older side. We’ve struggled through years (and our wallets) to find the right dishwasher soap that works the best in our machine. I can’t tell you how many brands we’ve tried. Under my sink is a waste-land of dishwasher detergent that just didn’t make the cut- even when we pre-rinsed and pre-washed. They made so many streaks, and left so much film that I was embarrassed to bring them out when we had guests over. So, most of the time we’d break out the ultra-expensive paper plates.

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So I was really excited for Mom Central to send me samples of Cascade Platinum Pacs. One, they’re small. You don’t need a ton of space under your sink to store them. They have the power of Dawn, so no pre-scrubbing needed. Since using Cascade Platinum Pacs, my dishes come out cleaner, and streak free! We’ve even noticed that we can turn off heat dry (our dishes still come out sparkling) to save on our energy bill. And now that I’m not embarrassed about the way my dishes look, I’m happy to take photos of our meals and invite friends over. It’s a win!

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So yes, THEY WORK! And you can check them out on Facebook and join in the contest #MyPlatinum on Instagram (click the link for details on the contest, but it runs for 4 weeks where you can submit your photos for chances to win Cascade prizes-To win, users have to both register and upload  a  photo  with  the  #MyPlatinum  hashtag  and  tag @MyCascade.  Participants  that  have  not  registered  will  be  disqualified  from  winning.).

They’ve even partnered with Gail Simmons from Top Chef and Food and Wine Magazine, a woman who knows that presentation is just as important as how your food tastes. Gail Simmons loves using Cascade Platinum Pacs to impress her guests, so I’m totally like Gail, right?

 

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Jun102013

Win your very own Tony Awards Red Carpet Look from Mary Kay! CLOSED

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I’m a huge makeup junkie, and rarely go without it. My absolute FAVORITE brand of makeup is Mary Kay. I have very sensitive skin, and Mary Kay makeup doesn’t bother me at all, AND makes me look my best. They literally have something for everyone- whether you want a bold look, or lean more towards neutral. I’ve compared some of the expensive high-end makeup at the department store counter to Mary Kay, and Mary Kay wins out every time!

I don’t know about you, but I was glued to my phone watching the photos come in of celebrities on the red carpet for the Tony Awards last night! But I wasn’t looking for what gown they were wearing, I was looking at their makeup!

What’s great about Mary Kay Makeup is that you can get the same Tony Awards Red Carpet Makeup Looks at home! My friends at Mary Kay have already put together two of their favorite looks from last night’s awards with some tips you can easily recreate.

Pucker up in a bold red lip inspired by Scarlett Johansson:

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  •  Cover the entire eyelid with Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist and dab Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Crystalline onto the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bones
  • Apply Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner in Black along the top lash line and wing outward.
  • Generously coat top and bottom lashes with Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black
  • Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Clear. Apply Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Sizzling Red directly from the tube, using a lip brush if needed. Blot with Mary Kay Beauty Blotters and reapply for intense, long-lasting wear
  • Apply Mary Kay Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation and contour using Mary Kay Mineral Bronzing Powder in Sandstone

 

Turn heads with defined eyes and a neutral lip inspired by Anna Kendrick:
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  • Begin with Mary Kay TimeWise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation then dab Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider on the apples of the cheeks
  • Apply Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in White Lilly to the eyelid and up to the brow bone, then blend Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Silver Satin onto the eyelid up to the crease
  • Apply Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Coal to the outer corner of the eye to create a smoky effect then line top and bottom lashes with Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black and smudge with a Mary Kay smudger brush
  • Generously apply two coats of Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black
  • Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Neutral. Apply Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Natural Beaute to complete the look.

So now for the giveaway!

  • Tell me which look (between Scarlett Johansson or Anna Kendrick) you love the most. You can only pick one in your comment! One winner will win the entire Mary Kay Makeup look they have chosen.

One winner will be chosen on Monday, June 17th at 11:00am by random.org. Giveaway valid for US residents over the age of 18.

 

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May92013

Review of Rod Stewart’s Time Album- a guest post by Andrea

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The official disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

I remember as a little girl sitting listening to my dad’s old Rod Stewart record Footloose and Fancy Free it had Hot Legs on it. I listened to it for YEARS. I loved Rod Stewart.  So I have listened to him over the years. I was thrilled when he finally released a new album after 20 years. Let me tell you it was worth the wait.

I am in love with this album I just can’t get enough of it. I love how heartfelt and raw it is. How honest it is. You can feel him in each of these songs and that is what makes him a true artist. I believe it is his best yet.

It isn’t the typical Rod Stewart music but if you love Rod Stewart you will love this one and if you aren’t a fan you very well could become one with this album.

The play list for Time is as follows.

1. ‘She Makes Me Happy’
2. ‘Can’t Stop Me Now’
3. ‘It’s Over’
4. ‘Brighton Beach’
5. ‘Beautiful Morning’
6. ‘Live the Life’
7. ‘Finest Woman’
8. ‘Time’
9. ‘Picture in a Frame’
10.’Sexual Religion’
11. ‘Make Love to Me Tonight’
12. ‘Pure Love’

My personal favorite is ‘It’s Over’. It is talking about divorce- and how it is affecting him and his kids. Gosh, you can feel it! It gave me chills the first time I heard it, and honestly every time I listen to it I have tears running down my face. I also love She Makes Me Happy.  There isn’t a song on here I don’t like, which is rare for an album. It is just that good of a CD! I am thrilled that Rod Stewart is back at it again and I can’t wait to hear what he is up to next.You can purchase the album from iTunes and Amazon. If you want to join in talking about the album on Twitter, use the #TimeWithRod official hashtag.

*This review was a guest post by Andrea M., a wife and mother of 4 from intheyellowhouse.com.

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