Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Purex PowerShot #PurexInsiders Giveaway

When you do your laundry and pour into the measuring lid, do you spill sometimes? Get it on your hands? I'll admit it, I do. Doesn't happen often, but at least once week I spill a bit.

Being a member of #PurexInsiders, I get the perk of trying out their new products when they are released and guess what they have come out with? The Purex PowerShot. Purex does the measuring for you. No muss, no fuss.

It is a no-spill detergent bottle, that automatically refills the laundry detergent in the cap. How simple is that? Get a perfect dose each and every time. No measuring with this easy measure liquid detergent, no getting it on your hands, no more spilling it or dropping the cover into the washing machine. Makes doing laundry much more easier.

Our review/test:

What is nice is that after you pour out your measured liquid . . . 

The cap automatically refills itself and is ready for your next laundry load.

Love, love, love it! I'm just hoping you can get it in bigger sizes, because with just 45 loads, it won't last long. But, on the downfall, the more loads, the heavier the container would be, so that might make it extremely difficult for some individuals. 

It does mention to open up the cap "away from you" and I would recommend this as it kind of "burps" a little bit upon opening.  

Have I mentioned lately how much I love being a member of the #PurexInsiders? :-)

Right now, Purex is having a giveaway with a chance to for three winner's to win a washer and dryer set and 300 more winner's will win a bottle of the Purex PowerShot.  

If you are interested in this giveaway, you can enter here: Purex PowerShot Sweepstakes

Plus, with many thanks to Purex, three of our readers are also going to get the chance to win a coupon to get your own FREE bottle of the Purex PowerShot, right here on our blog.

Just check out the rules and rafflecopter entry below!


Open to residents of the US. 
Please only one entrant per household.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email with requested information.
There will be three winners of one coupon each.
Giveaway will end on: February 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. est.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Orkin Bed Bug Feud Game & Giveaway

One thing that really makes my skin crawl is the thought of bed bugs. Ugh. How about you? When we went south in the fall last year, I was tearing apart beds before anyone climbed in to look for those little buggers as we definitely didn't want to bring any back here with us.  Thankfully, we found none. 

Those peeps at Orkin have now brought you the: #BedBugFeud app so that you can test your knowledge to check to make sure you are keeping a bed bug free bed.  

Check out the app, play the game and post your score as a blog comment and you have a chance to win a CleanRest Pillow Encasement with an ARV of $20. 

Do you know what a bed bug looks like? If not, then after you check out the information sheet and the  #BedBugFeud app you will.

Are you ready for the quiz? If you need help, just look up above.  Here we go, let the creepy crawly feeling begin.

Many thanks to Orkin and PartnersHub for allowing Lollipops n' Ladybugs to participate in this promotion. 

Disclaimer: We did not receive any monetary compensation for this posting, however, we will receive one of the CleanRest Pillow Encasements free of charge. All assets and prize will be supplied by Orkin, LLC. 

Rules to giveaway:

Please note: Only one win per household/address across all blogs that are participating in this promotion. Thus, if you win from another blog, you are unable to win from ours. Winner's information will be verified by the sponsor before prize is mailed out. That makes it fair for all who participate.

No PO Boxes as sponsor uses FedEx or UPS to ship your prize. Please allow up to 8 weeks for shipment of prize from sponsor. Lollipops n' Ladybugs is not responsible for the shipment of prize.

Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email, if no response is made then an alternate winner will be chosen. 

Giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18+ and will end on February 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. est.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Spike Seasoning Magics Review & Giveaway

I'm always on the lookout for new spices/flavorings to add to our food. I like to experiment a little bit when I am doing our crock pot cooking, using products that add more flavor to our meal. 

I really believe we have found a winner with Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning

I was sent the following seasonings to try:

The first thing I decided to try the seasoning on was a pork roast.

Decided not to go overboard, as I hadn't tried their seasonings before. So I just used the Tenderizer and the Original Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings.

It cooked all day in the crock pot and came out so tender. Having to smell that all day long in the crock pot cooking was seriously making me hungry, and that says a lot, considering I'm not a huge roast pork fan. 

Cooking with the veggies.

After cooking.

Have I mentioned how juicy it came out? The juices just ran out of it. It almost looks pink, but it really wasn't. It had cooked all day.

Our opinions of the Spike Seasoning?

The ones we have tried, we have loved. We love that they are natural and they have many different ones to choose from. I don't like a lot of salt flavor in my food, but even their Original version wasn't salty. Truthfully, it was darn yummy. Even the kiddo went back for seconds and she isn't a big meat eater. Plus, they  have a No-Salt version of their seasonings.  

I'm trying to work up the nerve to try the Hot & Spicy mix. I'm not a big HOT fan, but part of me knows that this is going to be awesome. I just need to find the right meal to include it with. 

We have tried most of the seasonings and have found all to be flavorful, not to salts and the flavors that they are, are not over bearing in any way. 

I would highly recommend them. I think that you would really enjoy them. We have and I can't wait for the next crock pot meal to give some more a try. This time will be a little more adventurous with our flavorings. 

You can check out Spike Seasonings Magic on facebook!
Also, here is the link to their website: Spike.

Seriously, swing on over and check them out. 

Oh and in closing :-) I have to tell you that this was one of the best smelling packages that I have ever had delivered. You would think that all those seasonings mixed together the smell would be powerful, and it just made the package smell tasty, lol.

How would you like to win your own set of Spike Seasonings? Thanks to the generosity of Spike, they are offering one of our readers a chance to win their own prize pack. To enter, just check out the rafflecopter form below.  

Disclaimer: I received absolutely no monetary compensation for this posting. However, I did receive a product, free of charge, so that we could do a proper product review.

Many thanks to Spike Seasoning Magics for allowing our blog to do a review and a giveaway for our readers.


Giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18+. Please no PO Boxes as they ship via alternate carrier. Only one entrant per household.  Winner will be emailed after giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond with requested info. Info will then be passed on to the sponsor for shipment of prize. Giveaway will end on February 10, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Good luck!

Dunkin Donuts Gift Card Giveaway

It is time to get your Dunkin on!!

I have to admit that Dunkin Donuts is a treat for us. It is expensive (or so I think) so we don't go very often at all. That being said, I have never had one of their sandwiches or things like that as I can't justify the cost of one for the size.

But, I do love their coffee. Absolutely!

Oh and I love the munchkins and my favorite donut is the glazed. 

Especially, right out of the oven. They are so good.

What is your favorite?

Tell me and you can enter to win a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card. Then you can go ahead and treat yourself.

Just check out the rules below and use the rafflecopter form to enter.

Good luck and get your Dunkin on.


Open to residents of the US 18+
Just one entrant per household please.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email
or another winner will be chosen.
Giveaway will end on February 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. est.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Verbal Math Lesson Books 1 - 3 Review and Giveaway

Do you remember when I did the review (and giveaway) for The Reading Lesson? This program was truly a sanity saver with teaching my daughter how to read. Using it, we were no longer butting heads and she was understanding it and reading it. I was proud of her and she was proud of herself.

Now, these same folks have come up with The Verbal Math Lesson, and I am hoping it can be the same sort of sanity saver as The Reading Lesson was. 

The Verbal Math Lesson consist of three books and were written by Michael Levin, M.D. and Charan Langton, M.S.

They are broken down into the following age groups:

Book 1: Ages 5-7
Book 2: Ages 7-8
Book 3: Ages 8-10.

We have been working with Book 1 for a few months now and we are taking it slow for both her benefit and my benefit (as this is our first year homeschooling). 

The book says "It's a fun, step-by-step way to learn math without any writing." "Learn math verbally as a game with quizzes and word problems, no dreary worksheets."

After seeing what common core is all about and how they have raised the difficulty in doing even simple math, I was all about teaching (and probably even learning a bit myself) math verbally to my child. No pressure of worksheets, no stress, all verbal. I was at least hoping for no stress or tears.

Each book explains on who is ready for this course. For book 1 your child should be able to count to 100 and recognize the numbers they see. They should also be able to understand the concepts of things like: same as, more than, less than and equal to. Finally, being able to tell the difference between right and left will also help.

As I have mentioned. We have been taking it slow. After doing many worksheets and such, trying to get her in the frame of mind to do things verbally has been challenging. There are days that she really gets it and other days that we have to put it down and go back to it later. It even advises you to do short periods of practice and it will all depend on your child. Says that most children can easily do 20-30 a day, but if they have problems with the exercises that you should go back the next day and do them again. Good philosophy to have as I think that the more practice they have, the more understanding they get and then the more confident that the child feels.

Examples of problem in book 1:

Chapter 2:

1. Count up to 5, forwards and backwards.
2. Count forwards and backwards from 4-10.
3. Count fords from 20 to 30.

These are the type of verbal exercises that are early in the book.

Later in book 1:

Chapter 12

1. How much do you add to 9 to make 13?
2. How much do you add to 3 to make 13?

Oh and don't worry, if you need help for any of the exercises the answers are provided.


I love how the books are laid out. Obviously, we are still in Book 1 and will be there for while and will probably continue into the next school year for her before we move on as I want to make sure she can grasp the concepts. 

All the exercises are straight forward and to the point, and as mentioned, the answers are also provided.  Easy to understand what is being asked by both the student and the teacher. 

I'm not ashamed to admit that we have had to repeat lessons and have gotten stuck on some of the exercises as sometimes she has a hard time understanding certain math concepts, but she has come a way since we have started it. She doesn't hate math and she doesn't go and hide in the corner when I break our book 1 out. I would recommend that you stay on a little schedule with doing the exercises. Do a handful a day. Don't just try to whip right through the exercises and repeat repeat repeat if you have to. Do it for your child, there is no shame in repeating lessons. Have fun with it and make it fun for your child. They will enjoy it more. 

If your child is struggling with math (or that lovely new math), I would recommend checking out these books. They are great for refreshers or if you are a homeschooler like we are, great for teaching math without paper and pencil and stress.

You can purchase these books (print form) for $29.99 for the set.

Many thanks to Nina and the wonderful folks at The Reading Lesson for asking us to do this review of The Verbal Math Lesson. 

Please check out these folks on facebook:

The Reading Lesson
The Verbal Math Lesson

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this posting/review. However, I did receive the complete set, free of charge so that we could carry out a proper product review on it for our readers.

Now, the folks at The Reading Lesson have offered our readers a chance to win a complete set of The Verbal Math Lesson. Wouldn't you love to win it?  To enter, just check out the rafflecopter entry below.

Rules: Giveaway will end on: February 3, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. and is open to residents of the US who are 18+. Only one entrant per household please. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email with requested information. Lollipops n' Ladybugs will forward winner's information to the sponsor for shipment of prize.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amazon Gift Code Giveaway

I've joined a group of bloggers that are giving you the opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift code.

Giveaway host: Oh My Gosh Beck!! 

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers.

Giveaway starts on 01/16/2015
Giveaway ends on: 01/30/2015

Giveaway Prize: $50 Amazon gift code.
Please note that Lollipops n' Ladybugs is not responsible for the shipment of the code.

Good luck!!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Purex Washer & Dryer and PowerShot Sweepstakes (ends March 31, 2015)

New giveaway from PUREX

Three Grand Prize Winners will receive a new

Washer and Dryer set.

300 Runner-up Winners will receive a 

Bottle of the Purex PowerShot.

You can enter at the following link:

You can see the PowerShot Video here:


Giveaway is open to residents of the 50 US States and DC

who are 18+

Giveaway ends on March 31, 2015

You may enter 1x daily per person/email address.


Good luck and enter enter enter.

*Please note: This is Purex giving these items away. Lollipops n' Ladybugs is just promoting the giveaway and has received absolutely no compensation of any kind in doing so.

Monday, January 5, 2015

$10 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Happy 2015!

As a thank you for sticking with us and our blog/facebook page we are holding a couple of giveaways.

Prize for this giveaway:

$10 Starbucks gift card (physical card).


Open to residents of the USA 18+.

Only one entrant per household please.

May do free entry and tweet daily.

Giveaway will end on January 18, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Winner will be contacted at the end of the giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond with requested info or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

Happy New Year


Lollipops n' Ladybugs

$10 Applebee's Gift Card Giveaway

Happy New Year!!!!

As a thank you for sticking with us we are going to hold a couple of giveaways.

$10 Applebee's Gift Card (physical card)


Open to residents of the USA who are 18+.

Please only one entrant per household.

May do free entry and tweet daily.

Giveaway will end on:

January 18, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Winner will be contacted at end of giveaway and will have 48 hours to get back to me with requested info so I can get it dropped in the mail.

Good luck!

Happy New Year!