Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter!
My basket was filled with some of my favorite products I have reviewed & will be reviewing soon.

*Poppy Drops Perfume Sticks (Review coming soon!)
*Origami Owl Living Locket (Review coming soon!)
*GMO & Gluten free fine candies from The Lovely Candy Company (Review coming soon!)
 This morning I wanted to make something fun and festive for breakfast but I didn't want to spend a ton of time on it since I'll be in the kitchen making a big ham dinner later today. I found this simple recipe for Cinnabunnies from Pillsbury. I just used what I had on hand so it was quick & easy to throw together.
I probably should have waited for them to cool before icing the ears but I was hungry!
I can't believe I never shared these but last year I made these cute (and easy) bunny muffins on Easter. The muffins are cinnamon strudel with crumb topping but this would work with any muffin or cupcake. I can't remember which site I printed the ears from but if you google 'Printable bunny ears cupcakes' you will find some. We didn't have a color printer so I just colored in the ears then taped the ears to a toothpick.
 You might remember me sharing this easy Easter Egg Resist Technique last year. I was going to do it again this year to get some better photos but I completely forgot until after we had already colored eggs.
 Banana Bread is another quick and easy favorite that is perfect for Easter or any Spring morning.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kernel Season's - Review & Giveaway

Kernel Season’s is the leader in the popcorn-seasoning category. Kernel Season's has been shaking up the flavor in grocery stores, movie theaters, and homes around the globe for years. Kernel Season's offers a wide variety of popcorn seasonings as well as popcorn, oils, gift sets, and more.

All of Kernel Season's products are certified gluten free and Kosher.



 A few weeks ago, Kernel Season's sent me one of their 8 Seasoning Gift Baskets which was such a lovely surprise. It comes all wrapped up in cellophane bag with ribbon ready to gift as is but can also be easily opened and re-closed if you wanted to add a gift card, movie tickets, etc.
Basket Includes:
1 White Cheddar
1 Nacho Cheese
1 Kettle Corn
1 Butter
1 Garlic Parmesan
1 Bacon Cheddar
1 Ranch
1 Caramel
2 Microwave Popcorn Packets
Each flavor has it's own unique taste but don't limit yourself to popcorn. These babies can be sprinkled on potatoes, soups, desserts, and more! You can check out some great recipes using Kernel Season's seasonings (HERE). I love using the Garlic Parmesan on bread sticks and other Italian dishes. So good!
Microwave Popcorn: Generously sprinkle 1 cap-full onto freshly popped popcorn. Close bag and shake well.

Air-Popped Popcorn: Spray popcorn with Kernel Season's Spritzer or another butter/oil spray to help the seasoning stick. Generously sprinkle 1 cap-full of seasoning onto popcorn and shake well.
Depending on which flavor you choose, the seasoning may change the color of your popcorn a bit which just adds to the fun. Every time I make popcorn it's always such a tough choice of which flavor to sprinkle on because there are so many good ones.

The 8 Seasoning Gift Basket sells for $24.99 on their website or you can enter to win one below!
Kernel Season's has been nice enough to offer an 8 Seasoning Gift Pack (a $24.99 value) to one lucky reader. Giveaway is open to US only excluding Alaska & Hawaii, 18+.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Disclosure: The owner of this blog is compensated with free products and services to provide a review of. Even though I receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.Any paid advertising will be identified as such.

Giveaway open to US only excluding Alaska & Hawaii, 18+ or older. Kernel Season's is responsible for shipping prize to winner. Winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be drawn. If you are caught using multiple emails, accounts, or names you will be immediately disqualified and banned from all future giveaways on this blog.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lily Loves her March Bugsy's Box - Review & Giveaway

Bugsy's Box is a monthly box of goodies for dogs. Subscribers receive a box once a month which features 5 to 7 high quality, hand-picked items such as dog treats, toys, care items, essentials and more. Bugsy's Box includes full sized items as well as samples from leading brands and smaller boutique brands.

It's a lot of fun seeing what surprises are in store for your dog each month. It's also a great way to try new products that might not be available in your local stores for a fraction of the cost.
 Bugsy's Box sent us their March box to review which included 5 full sized items. Bugsy's Box ships on the 15th of each month so when you subscribe you know exactly when to expect your dog's box.

Subscribing is easy! You start by choosing your dog's size so they can fill your box with products that are best suited for your dog. Lily is right in between small and medium since she is about 20 pounds. Our first box we reviewed in December (HERE) was a Medium so we decided to try the Small this time. After selecting your dog's size you can choose to subscribe for one month at $29/month, 3 months at $23/month, or 6 months at $19/month.
 When we opened up our box we were greeted with an insert welcoming us to Bugsy's Box and providing a list of each item in the box as well as a short description. This may seem simple to most but as someone who has received several dog subscription boxes, this is invaluable. I don't like guessing what things are or having to look them up online before giving them to Lily so this was great to have.

All of the treats included in Bugsy's Box are made in the USA. With all the recent concern over dog treats that were made in China, I am so happy to know these products all came from and support our country. Lily's health is always my #1 priority.
Both Lily and Karma couldn't wait to see what was inside. Somehow, Lily always knows the Bugsy's Boxes are for her before I even open them. I love seeing how excited she gets to open them up.
 Our March box included: 

1. Lucky Dog - Cheesy Cheddar and Smokehouse Bacon flavored Treats

2. Lucky Dog - 7" Bully Spring

3. Fruitables - Grilled Bison Treats

4. H2O - Neon Toy Hook

5. PetHead - Oatmeal Paw Butter
Typically, Lily goes right for the toys when we get a box so I thought she'd go right for the H2O Neon Toy Hook but she wasn't too interested in it. It is lighter and more size appropriate for her than the toy in our Medium box so we'll definitely stick with the Small size boxes in the future.

The H2O Neon Hook Toy is bright orange which makes it easy to find. The soft material makes it safe and easy for your pet to grab and catch. It also retains scents so it can be used for training. I have a feeling we'll be getting more use out of it this summer because not only is it waterproof but it also floats!
Lily was most interested in trying the Lucky Dog 7" Bully Spring which I could tell by her excited sniffing when I held it up. I think this must be what she smelled through the box. I couldn't get the plastic off fast enough for her to chow down on it. I had to laugh because it looks like a giant curly fry!
The bully spring is made of all natural beef from right here in the USA. It contains no artificial colors or preservatives. Lily had a blast chewing it up. So much that she sat for almost an hour chewing the bully spring until every bit of it was gone. I will definitely have to get her some more of these in the future.
The PetHead Oatmeal Paw Butter smells so good! High quality ingredients like shea butter, oatmeal, mango, and aloe vera are combined to soothe and relieve dry cracked paws. Just gently massage into your pet's paws like you would put lotion on your own skin. This smells so good you might just want to put it on yourself. Since it is made of all natural products, you could!
Bugsy's Box always includes some yummy treats and this time we got a chewy one and a crunchy one. Lucky Dog's Cheesy Cheddar and Smokehouse Bacon flavored treats are baked with high quality flaxseed, oatmeal, and dried cheese. Not only do they taste great but they also promote healthy skin, cardiovascular health, and maintain energy levels. No added sugar, salt, or gluten and on top of that, they are corn, wheat, and soy free as well. Lily doesn't usually like many crunchy treats but she loves these. I think it's the cheddar and bacon which are two of her favorite things.

The chewy treats are the Fruitables Grilled Bison Treats. They are made from... you guessed it; bison! They smell like a big ol' steak which gets Lily excited and the chewy texture is easier on her little teeth. They are free of gluten, corn, wheat, soy, and artificial flavors so I know I'm only feeding her quality ingredients.
Want to get your hands on a Bugsy's Box for your dog? Click the banner above or (HERE) to score an extra $10 off your first subscription plus free shipping!
Bugsy's Box has been nice enough to offer one box in your choice of size (small, medium, or large) to one lucky reader! Winner will receive the May box which will ship May. 15th. Giveaway is open to US & Canada only, 18+. You must be a fan of Bugsy's Box on Facebook to unlock the rest of the optional entries. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Disclosure: The owner of this blog is compensated with free products and services to provide a review of. Even though I receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.Any paid advertising will be identified as such.

Giveaway open to US & Canada only, 18+ or older. Bugsy's Box is responsible for shipping prize to winner. Winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be drawn. If you are caught using multiple emails, accounts, or names you will be immediately disqualified and banned from all future giveaways on this blog.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Couture Gel Nail Polish - Tiffany's Secret with Hand Painted Spring Decals

I'm sure you guys know by now that I love Couture Gel Nail Polish. I'm always raving about them because they are my favorite gel polish I've tried so far. In my opinion, the quality can't be beat.

You can always use my exclusive reader code to score yourself 10% off any Couture order. The code is: IfYouWantItDoneRight and it can always be found on the right side bar under 'Deals I Dig'.

I wanted to share my latest manicure that I did using Couture's Tiffany's Secret as my base. You might remember seeing Tiffany's Secret in my review, HERE. For this mani, I used 4 coats of Tiffany's Secret.
This was only my second time painting decals so they aren't perfect but came out better than I expected they would.

I painted nail sized squares of topcoat (Seche Vite) on a plastic freezer bag, let dry. Stamped images onto the squares, let dry. Then I colored them in and let dry again. Peeled them up with tweezers and applied to my nails with a thick layer of topcoat over each.
 Stamps are BM-H10 from Bundle Monster's Holiday Collection & PUEEN39 from the 2013 Love Elements Collection.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Candle Warmers Etc. & City Creek Candles - Spring Review & Giveaway

Candle Warmers, Etc's commitment to enhancing the home with affordable and safe candle warmer appliances and accessories has contributed to its success with several varied product lines. Among the Candle Warmers, Etc. product categories are: traditional plate candle warmers, candle warmer lamps and lanterns, the City Creek Candles line of wicked/wickless candles, candle warmer lamp accessories.

City Creek Candles are made of high performance soy paraffin, so you can enjoy a clean, even burn and more intense fragrance for the life of the candle, both when the wax is cold and when it is burned or warmed. Their 100% cotton wicks are perfectly placed for optimal burning and are free of toxins.
You might remember them from the review & giveaway I posted in January. I reviewed the Aurora Candle Warmer Lamp & Nutmeg Ginger candle which you can check out, HERE.
Candle Warmers Etc.

City Creek Candles
A few weeks ago Candle Warmers Etc. sent me a new warmer to review. This time I picked the Weave Ceramic Candle Warmer Lantern. This warmer can be purchased on their website for $44.99 and is also available in 3 other ceramic lantern designs.

The Weave lantern stands 10.5" tall and is 6.5" wide. It includes a replaceable 25 watt warmer bulb which stays cool to the touch but melts wax quickly and efficiently. This warmer fits most 22 oz. candles under 6" tall.
As much as I loved my Nutmeg Ginger candle from my previous review, I was ready for some Spring scents. City Creek Candles had a great selection to pick from and they all sound so amazing. I'm not going to lie, I would love to spend a day in their warehouse just smelling all the scents!

The first scent I chose is After The Rain which is the 16 oz. blue one on the left. 16 oz. candles sell for $19.99 on their website and come in these beautiful rounded glass jars. I love how smooth looking they are. After The Rain is a fresh, clean scent reminiscent of the air after a Spring storm. With notes of White Woods, Floral, Citrus, and Musk; this scent is light and fresh. It's a very subtle fragrance which I love and it has become a fast favorite in our home.

White Flower is the 10 oz. white one on the right. 10 oz. candles sell for $14.99 on their website and come in shorter, wider glass jars that are equally as appealing to the eye. The 10 oz. candles also have 2 wicks instead of just one. White Flower pairs fresh cut Lily of the Valley and Magnolia then combines them with soft Sandalwood and White Amber. Lilies are my favorite flower and are also the inspiration for our dog, Lily's name. I'm a huge Sandalwood fan as well so this scent was right up my alley. It's also a wonderfully subtle scent that is perfect for Spring.
Again, I was really impressed with how quickly the lamp melts the wax. You start to smell the fragrance almost immediately. Other brands take much longer to warm up and melt wax. Not only can you melt candles with the Candle Warmers Etc. warmers but you can also place a dish of wax cubes, bars, or sprinkles under the bulb.

Your candles will last so much longer by slowly warming them. I have warmed my candles again and again and they still look just as full as they did when I got them. Even the one I got in January is still smelling just as great as it did then! The instructions say that if your candle should start smelling weak, you can just pour out a little of the melted portion to get down to a new layer. City Creek Candles are just so awesome that I haven't had to do that yet.
 The Ceramic Candle Warmer Lantern creates a wonderful atmosphere in the room by releasing the candle's fragrance at just the right pace while also providing a soft glowing light. The evening is one of my favorite times to use my warmer because I love the ambiance of the soft illumination.
The best thing about the lamp is how much safer it is over burning candles. In fact, Candle Warmers Etc. was established on the principle of safe candle use. Founder Bart Kennington brought the first plate-style warmer to market in 2001 after a neighbor's house was destroyed by a candle-sparked fire.
 And though it may seem like a small thing, I love the rocker switch that both of my warmers from Candle Warmers Etc. have. It's so much easier to use than the rotating dial ones.
Once again, I could not be happier with the warmer & candles from Candle Warmers Etc. and City Creek Candles. I will continue to enjoy them for months to come!
Candle Warmers Etc. & City Creek Candles have been nice enough to offer a Weave Ceramic Candle Warmer Lantern & a 16 oz. City Creek Candle in your choice of scent to one lucky reader! Giveaway is open to US only, 18+. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Disclosure: The owner of this blog is compensated with free products and services to provide a review of. Even though I receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.Any paid advertising will be identified as such.

Giveaway open to US only, 18+ or older. Candle Warmers Et. and City Creek Candles are responsible for shipping prize to winner. Winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be drawn. If you are caught using multiple emails, accounts, or names you will be immediately disqualified and banned from all future giveaways on this blog.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Newman's Own Organic Pet Food Giveaway

 Last week, I reviewed a huge sampling of products from Newman's Own Organics. With it, I posted a giveaway for a sampler of their human goodies but we can't forget our furry friends, can we?

You can read my full Newman's Own Organics review and enter to win some tasty snacks for yourself, here.
Above is the sampler for dogs that I received and below is the sampler for cats.
Each food is a unique blend of proteins, whole grains, vitamins and minerals that 
maximize palatability, digestibility and nutrient assimilation. All Newman’s Own 
Organics pet foods are complete and balanced and formulated to exceed the nutrient 
requirements established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials 
(AAFCO) Nutrient Profiles. 

Features: 
• Made with natural, human-grade chicken 
• Contains organic brown rice, peas and carrots 
• Free of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides and chemical additives 
• Naturally preserved with vitamin E 
• No artificial colors or flavor enhancers 
• No wheat or corn 
• Certified organic by Oregon Tilth 
• Complete and balanced nutrition
Newman's Own Organics has been nice enough to offer a sampling of their products for your dog or cat to one lucky reader! Giveaway is open to US only, 18+. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Disclosure: The owner of this blog is compensated with free products and services to provide a review of. Even though I receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.Any paid advertising will be identified as such.

Giveaway open to US only, 18+ or older. Newman's Own Organics is responsible for shipping prize to winner. Winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be drawn. If you are caught using multiple emails, accounts, or names you will be immediately disqualified and banned from all future giveaways on this blog.