Monday, October 20, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
 
 

Since it first came out in December 2010, I've used Purex Crystals in my laundry often. These tiny colored crystals are added to the start of the wash, along with regular laundry detergent. There are a variety of scents, with three new ones from the Aromatherapy line - Energy, Well Being, and Serenity.

New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in-wash scent boosters stimulate your life with soothing aromas. They work by penetrating the fabric and infusing fibers with freshness that lasts. It is also the first major fabric softener that is 100% safe to use on children's sleepwear as it does not impair flame retardant qualities.

Of the three aromatherapy scents, I've tried Well Being. The crystals are pink and smell of fresh blossoms. The lid on top of each bottle has measuring guides for how much Purex Crystals Aromatherapy is to go in each load. Once you've measured the amount needed, the crystals are dumped into the washing machine. They immediately dissolve once water touches them and infuse your clothes with a fresh scent.

I absolutely like this product and the quickening scent of fresh florals. I'm thrilled that I can add it in the beginning of my wash and not have to do anything else with it. There's no need to use dryer sheets; this softener works on keeping my clothes static-free and smelling good. Purex Crystals Aromatherapy - Well Being is somewhat feminine in color and scent so my husband and teen boys prefer not to have it used on their clothes, but me and the girls are big fans of it. Besides, I can purchase the other two scents to use when I'm washing all of our clothes together. 

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SportsChocolates.com - Review and Giveaway

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I know there are some people that are real serious about their sports.  There's also those that are serious about chocolate.  Put the two together, and you've got SportsChocolates.com. 

SportsChocolates.com™, a division of Better World Brands has created the #1 Fan Chocolate Collection™ and Gaming Chocolates Collection™. Both include custom chocolate stadiums and arenas and replica chocolate gaming pieces. Made from premium milk chocolate, many include complimentary chocolate accessories like foil wrapped sports balls and casino chips. Packaging choices include beautiful imprinted tins, glass jars and wood canisters, finished with hand tied ribbon and bows.
I received the Chocolate Soccer Stadium for review and was immediately impressed with the packaging and unique details of the product.  The chocolate itself came in a round silver tin with the words "#1 FAN" on top.  A soccer ribbon was wrapped around the tin.

The soccer stadium is crafted out of chocolate.  And a lot of it!  Over one pound of premium milk chocolate was beautifully designed to resemble a real stadium.   Looking inside the stadium, you are able to view intricately cut details of what a soccer field looks like.  A circular chocolate lid fit perfectly over the stadium, and it shows strong details of different sports.  As if that wasn't enough chocolate, there are several foil wrapped chocolate soccer balls!   

The chocolate itself was quite tasty and we were able to tell that it was made with quality ingredients.  My entire family dug in and enjoyed the chocolaty goodness.  To keep the chocolate from melting when we weren't eating it, I put it back in the tin and set it in the fridge.  I like the whole concept of this chocolate product and think it's perfect for a sports fan and chocolate fan.  The chocolate arenas and stadiums would make fantastic sports party pieces.  I do have to mention, being that I'm a big fan of roller derby, that I'd love to see a chocolate arena offered for roller derby or skating.

Who among us doesn’t have a sports fanatic in their life? You’ve already given them jerseys, baseball caps and maybe even a bobblehead for their favorite team. Do something totally different this holiday season—do something delicious. This year, give them the gift of chocolate with the #1 Fan Collection offering Replica Chocolate Stadiums and Arenas.
 
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Spiderweb Jars - Halloween Craft

I saw this craft floating around Facebook (source unknown) and decided to try my hand at it. 
 
Items Needed:
 
Mason Jar with lid
Cotton Balls
Plastic Spiders
Glow Stick
 
Directions:

Stuff the jar with cotton balls.  Stick the plastic spiders around the outside of the cotton balls so you can visibly see them.  Add a glow stick to the top.  Attach the lid.
 
At night the glow stick will light, and give off the resemblance of eerie spiders and spider webs.


Even More October Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.  The winners have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or new winner(s) will be drawn.

The winner of the G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn giveaway is #35, Rita A.

The winner of the Chuggington giveaway is #61, Shirley.

The winner of the Tickety Toc DVD giveaway is #17, Sacha Schroeder.

The winner of the Chic-a-peas giveaway is #16, Heather!

The winner of The Beatrix Girls giveaway is #7, Esperanza Garcia.

The winner of the Little Scholar Tablet giveaway is #77, Jennifer Zidak.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out my currently active giveaways, all listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lionsgate Horror Society: Earn Points and Win Prizes

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Are you a horror movie fan?  Is Halloween one of your favorite holidays?  If so, you might be interested in joining the Lionsgate Horror Society.  There, you will have access to exclusive content and earn points towards winning prizes.  The top points earner and two random winners will receive amazing horror movie prizes.  Go ahead and join....if you dare!

Beethoven's Treasure Tail - Blu-ray/DVD Review and Giveaway

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BRING HOME THE DVD BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK WITH DVD, DIGITAL HD & ULTRAVIOLET™ ON OCTOBER 28, 2014, FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Get ready to howl with laughter in this all-new family comedy starring America’s favorite St. Bernard, the one and only Beethoven! After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie (Jonathan Silverman, Beethoven’s Big Break), are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy (Bretton Manley, Ted), he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they em-bark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Co-starring Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), it’s a heartwarming “tail” about finding fun wherever your nose leads you.


Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Beethoven’s Treasure Tail debuts on Digital HD on October 14, 2014, and on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet™ on October 28, 2014.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet™.

My Review:

Beethoven has become synonymous with famous movie canines, and for good reason.  Beethoven is a big, loveable, sloppy St. Bernard who, this time, finds himself in the middle of an adventure that involves treasure.  Beethoven makes lots of messes but is always there in time of need.  This movie is great for the entire family.  It involves hunting for treasure and saving a town, while providing lots of good humor, goofiness, and hijinks.

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Crazy is Normal - Book Review and Giveaway

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Book Synopsis:

"Readers who envision eager students lapping up learning led by a Tiger Teacher will be disappointed. Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult. Throughout this journal, though, Lofthouse seems able to keep the hope alive that there’s a future for each student that doesn’t include jail—thanks in large part to his sixth period journalism class and its incredible editor, Amanda." – Bruce Reeves
A memoir told by Lloyd Lofthouse, Crazy is Normal tells of the author's days as a teacher in a school where street gangs and unruly kids were the norm.  Lloyd penned his entries as a teacher and has now compiled them into this book.
 
I personally feel that teachers don't get enough credit or due respect.  Crazy is Normal reiterates that it takes a person of strong character and certain mindset to be a teacher.  The journal entries are absorbing and it's interesting to get in the mindset of a teacher's feelings towards his students and fellow staff.  There are some stages in the book when it seems certain situations are talked about extensively and start to repeat themselves.  Overall, though, I liked the book and the "insider's look" of what some teachers have to go through on a daily basis.
 
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