Not that long ago I participated in a blog promotion for The American Bible Challenge TV show that airs on GSN and hosted by Jeff Foxworthy!
For my participation I received a t-shirt in the mail (same as the winner of the giveaway received) and I wanted to pass it along to you all in a giveaway!
Here is a "terrible" shot of the t-shirt. It is brand new, never worn and comes from a smoke free home (actually just received it by FedEx a couple of days ago.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Not that long ago I participated in a blog promotion for The American Bible Challenge TV show that airs on GSN and hosted by Jeff Foxworthy!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Though I have been in my place for well over a dozen year, I still don't have much hanging on the walls. A photograph here, a photograph there of the kiddo and other family members. Not even in the bedroom do I have anything (at all) hanging on the walls.
I decided a couple of months ago, I wanted to make the bedroom, a calming oasis of goodness. I wanted things in there that would make me happy, make me relaxed and make me daydream. So, when I was contacted by Cassidy at FulcrumGallery.com, I knew that this could be my starting point.
I wanted to pick out a picture that would be relaxing to look at, something to make you smile, something to make you wish you were "there." So, I went with the contemporary realism art section and I chose a piece that sort of spoke to me and made me wish I was right there, in that moment, on that beach.
My choice was the: Paradise Sunset by Diane Romanello. which is a Fine Art Print on Paper and it also came with a beautiful Mahogany Petite Frame.
I knew right where it was going as soon as I received it.
Disclaimer: I received a product, free of charge, for my honest review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
I was given the opportunity to do a product review for Soap Nuts from Green Virgin Products. I have to admit they my opinion beforehand was "organic laundry soap? yeah, lets see how well this works."
Soap Nuts are USDA Certified Organic.
The bottle that I was sent is good for 120 HE washes, which is two squirts (pumps) per load. I don't have an HE washer so, as instructed, I used three squirts for the load of laundry. You can also get the Soap Nuts Liquid with Pre-Spotter for an extra $6.85.
Because this product is made with the extract of a fruit, it has a very short life span, only a couple of weeks, so a couple of preservatives had to be added to make it last longer. With these two preservatives (which are almost completely non-toxic) it gives the product a shelf life of about two years. Hypoallergenic and negative carbon footprint.
Soap Nuts Liquid is very easy to use. Super easy. Two squirts or three squirts the choice is yours. Non messy. It squirts out the right amount of liquid each time.
My one issue is that when I look inside the washer, I like to see suds/soap. I like to know that the product is working or appears to be working. With Soap Nuts Liquid, I saw no suds.
As for the final conclusion, it did do an okay job on the kiddo's and my clothes. I had small stain/spot on this shirt and as you can see from the close-up pic, it is gone, or at least I can't see it there.
As for my hubby's clothes? It didn't do to well. But he is dirty. He comes home covered in agricultural stuff, like tractor grease and grime. So, it didn't really clean his work shirts or his jeans very well.
As you can see, he still has a couple spots, they were faded, but I did have to rewash his shirts.
If you are looking for a Organic Laundry Detergent for your HE Washer, I do believe you should check them out. Maybe get the Pre-spotter with it, that would probably help if you have stubborn dirt and grime on your clothes. For normal washing, it did a fine job. Better than what I anticipated, especially when I opened up the lid and saw no suds.
Out of a rating of 1 (worse) to 5 (best) I would definitely give them a 4. Was a good effort on hubby's clothes, but it fell short by just a tad.
Many thanks to Soap Nuts for allowing us to do this product review.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Truth be told I am not overly crafty. I had fiddled around with things years back. Building little bird houses and painting them, finding little things in the craft store and painting them, but really, I wasn't much good. Seems like the things never turned out like they should and I really didn't have the patience to do them (except for those hook-latch rug kits).
Then I got the chance to check out the Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection by Richard Garay.
Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the line to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a Celebration not only easy but also fun.I was sent two Spellbiders Celebra'tions Collections Kits to have fun with and put together.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
You can win a $1,000 One Step Ahead gift certificate
A Year's Supply Of Purex Baby Detergent and Purex Crystals.
The Giveaway ends on July 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. PT
Do you want to enter??
If so, you can click right here and it'll take you to the entry form:
Give Your Baby A Fresh Start
Good luck and enter enter enter.
Disclaimer: Lollipops n' Ladybugs received no compensation for this posting. It is for informational purposes for our readers to give them a heads up on a giveaway that Purex is conducting. Winner is selected by Purex and Purex will be the distributor of the prize, not Lollipops n' Ladybugs.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes!At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place winners to take home Back To School Prize Packages. So what are you waiting for? Let's get BTS ready, tech-style!
Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Monica's Rants, Raves & Reviews, The Jenny Evolution, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life, My Daylights, Barbara's Beat, Saving You Dinero, Shaping Up To Be A Mom, Robyn's View, Coupons and Freebies Mom, A Hen's Nest, Budget Savvy Diva, Mutterings Of A Mindless Mommy, Your Sassy Self and Nest Full of New.
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- Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor 1.40GHz
- 2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
- 16GB solid state drive
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
- Intel HD GMA Graphics
- SD memory card reader
- 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port
- 3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time
- 2.76 lbs, 0.8" x 11.3" x 8"
- Genuine Google Chrome OS Software
One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or comments.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Another giveaway for our readers to celebrate our 6 years of blogging.
No long posting. No jibber-jabbering, just going to get to the giveaway.
Prize: Jewelry In Candles Apple Harvest Candle (what piece of jewelry is inside? not sure, but it can be valued anywhere from $10 on up). If you win, please let me know what you got for your jewelry surprise. :-)
Please burn your candle responsibly, never leave a candle unattended. These ones tend to burn high, so make sure you clip the wick.
It is our 6th year "blogiversary!" Wow. 6 years. I am really surprised by that. I started blogging shortly after our kiddo was born. Mainly it was just to chat about what life as "older/mature" first time parents were. Or me being an AMA (advanced maternal age momma). From there it has grown.
I love sharing things with our readers. Obviously, I don't get to personal as I like to keep our personal lives, well personal. But I do love chatting away with you all. Whether it be here on the blog or on facebook and twitter. You can always find me on one of them.
We have now grown a little bit into the path that I want the blog to take. Officially we are starting our homeschool journey, so I'll be talking about that (and hosting giveaways that revolve around homeschooling). I am also hoping to grow our giveaways by getting more sponsors and hopefully some bigger prizes. I am like you all, I love entering sweeps (do it daily) and having the opportunity to win awesome prizes that I can't just go out and buy. That makes it all fun.
I know that a lot of our prizes are small, but I'm working on getting sponsors. Of course to get bigger sponsors you have to have more readers and more site hits with high rankings and at this point we are pretty small compared to some of the blogs out there (with every one sponsor/company that is willing to give us a try, I get one hundred nos). But rest assured, I am working on it and hope to continue to grow the blog.
We always welcome suggestions, so please feel free to share if you have any. Just remember, this is a family blog, please keep it clean.
So, how are we celebrating our 6 years Blog Anniversary? I am glad that you asked!! We are giving things away. Some small, some a little bigger. Hopefully a little something for everyone and we will be doing it all month long. I am hoping to come up with enough to spread it out a bit.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
So, how does it work?
We've been taking our time with it and only doing about 3 pages a day. It tells you that if you are starting with a child that is under age 5 you should do one page daily, five to six years old is 2-3 pages per day and over six years of ages 3 or more pages a day.
Each lesson begins with three or four sounds and introduces sight words and key words as you go along. Starts out pretty basic and works its way up to longer words with more sounds and longer stories for them to read. The program also comes with a CD which brings the lesson to life. There is really no better learning tool then a child hearing the sounds of the words.
Lesson One starts out with the sounds: c, o, s, a and t. I know you think that you child already knows these, but do them anyway. It is a great starting point. It finishes up on Lesson 20 with the sounds: c, g and ph. We aren't quite there yet, but we are working on it.
What I have loved about the program so far is the way that it works. It tells you the new sounds for each lesson and even explains in details what it sounds like. Plus it underlines the letters that the sounds would be blended together: such as with st as well as new letters/sounds that they are just learning.
Example in Lesson One: "Read s as the first sound in the word snake. This is a hissing sound [ss], not [sah] or [es]." It does this for each new sound that the program introduces.
Lesson one starts out with simple sentences, two words, three words and is such a confidence builder for your child. There are also little activities (draw lines to matching words) in each lesson for your child to do.
Each lesson introduces your child to new words and at the end of each lesson there is a review of the key words from that said lesson.
Took me a while to realize that this isn't a sprint, its a marathon. Your child (and mine) will need assistance on words, you need to want to help them out with the longer words. But if they just aren't getting it then maybe they just aren't quite ready for it yet, put it away and start again at a later date.
Please feel free to check out The Reading Lesson.
You can also find them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TheReadingLesson
Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this blog post. I did, however, receive this program free of charge so that we could do a proper review on it. But, all thoughts/opinions are our own and were not influenced by any outside source.
Nina at The Reading Lesson has graciously offered one of our readers this same product that I reviewed. How awesome is that of them? If you are like me and looking for a program to get your child reading or something for some refresher in reading, then this is the program for you. Please enter in the rafflecopter form below.
Giveaway will end on: July 29th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. est and is open to residents of the US.
We offer our sincere thanks to Nina and the folks at The Reading Lesson for the opportunity to do a review of this program. We have almost finished up with it and you have saved us (both her and I) a lot of tears and frustrations.
I have a picky pup! He loves human food (all we have to say is "give it to the dog" and no matter where he is in here, he hears it and is right there waiting).
We are always looking for a dog food that he will be happy with and will eat with no issues and is also healthy for him, because he is such an active boy, he needs good food with all the nutrients he can get. So, I was very happy when we were selected to do a product review for Petbrosia Dog Food and also we are able to host a giveaway for our readers to win their very own 3# bag as well.
And of him chowing down.