Thursday, October 30, 2014

Heli Beast - Radio Control Toy 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.
 

My boys are teens now and don't "play" with a lot of toys these days but they like all things R/C. I think they got that passion from our biggest boy and my husband, Jason. I'm not sure if it's the concept of being in control of the object with a remote control or watching the stunts and tricks they can do, but remote and radio controlled toys can entertain them for hours. All three of my guys have had numerous runs with the Heli Beast from Silverlit and get much amusement from it.

Heli Beast from Silverlit is a 2 channel radio control toy that includes beast gear. It's available at Hammacher and Kohl's.com for the ARV of $39.99

Heli Beast requires six AA batteries so I had to run to the store to purchase some. After we were all set getting it out of the box and ready to go, I practically got run over by the guys to see who'd play with it first. Since having the R/C beast/copter combo, I've seen my husband and boys get it out again and again to play. I won't even lie, I've even taken a gander at it a few times. Yes, it's that fun.

Using the transmitter, Heli Beast walks around like, well, a beast on the ground in all directions. It works best on a flat surface. With the push of a button, it can jump over obstacles. By pushing the throttle on the transmitter, the beast goes in the air and flies like a helicopter. Hence the name "Heli Beast". The only complaint I've heard from the guys is that they wish they could get more use out of it between charging times.  During times of use, it's been a great form of entertainment.

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S.O.S Soap Pads - Review and Giveaway

I received products for review from The Clorox Company.  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.
S.O.S. Soap Pads has been providing solutions for the toughest cleaning jobs since 1917.  My mom used to clean with the steel wool pads, and I've used them many times as well.  It's an iconic brand that's been around for years, and still works.
 
S.O.S. is in the midst of a revitalization, complete with new packaging.  They're updating their look, without losing the essence of the formula. 

In case you're not in the know, S.O.S. Pads are made of shaved steel wire and soap. The soap contains rust inhibitors, preservatives, synthetic detergents, a pH buffer, fragrance and color.

Just as with any other cleaning agent, S.O.S. pads can't be used on every fabric or surface.  But they definitely work for the areas they can be used on.  There are ten steel wool pads to each box.  After wetting an S.O.S. Pad and using it on my stovetop, the grease and food particles are gone.  My husband uses S.O.S. pads to clean some of his vehicle parts.  For instance, he uses them on the rims to get rid of dirt and give them a shine.  Because of how often we grill out, S.O.S. Pads are also great for cleaning grill grates.  And my toilet that seems to see several people a day doesn't look ucky, all due to S.O.S. Pads.  There's a million and one ways (or maybe a little less) to use S.O.S. Pads.
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One person will win a year's supply of S.O.S. Pads (12 x 10-count boxes).
 
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Burt's Bees Holiday Gift Collection - Review

I received products 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.

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection is full of natural, ‘no wrap needed’ personal care gift sets and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list this year. From the busy mom to the selfie obsessed teen, outdoorsy guy to your favorite teacher – they’ve got you covered. The best part, they’re all $5 to $15 and available at leading grocery, drug and mass retailers starting in November, 2014 . Besides, who doesn’t love a little natural beauty?

My two oldest step-daughters swear by Burt's Bees.  Frequently you will find Burt's Bees beauty products in their purses.  It is their preferred brand for health and beauty. 

The ingredients, right down to the packaging, are simple and natural. Each of their products has been carefully formulated to sustain your skin's equilibrium of temperature, moisture, and nutrients. So when you buy Burt's Bees® products for their wonderful natural ingredients —from Clary Sage to Chamomile, Aloe to Pomegranate, Willow Bark to Beeswax —know you're not just getting a slice of nature at its best. You're getting science that works.

I received two of the sets from the Burt's Bees Holiday Gift Collection.  Juliann and Allyson have been using the products daily.  They favor being able to look good and feel great, without unnecessary chemicals or side effects.

The Best of Burt's Bees set is a package of Coconut Foot Cream, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  The Foot Cream comes in a tube, while the Hand Cream and Cuticle Cream come in jars with lids.  All are company classics that leave your skin feeling fresh.

The Beeswax Bounty set contains four buttery lip balms in Pomegranate, Mango, Coconut & Pear, and classic Beeswax formula. A bonus woven paper change purse is perfect for storing the lip balms.

All of the sets from the Burt's Bees Holiday Gift Collection are nicely packaged, and the products themselves are even nicer.

Behind the Scenes of Domino's Pizza - #DPZBloggerDay14

I received travel expenses and products as part of Domino's Pizza Blogger Day.  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.
Did you know that Domino's delivers more than 1 million pizzas a day worldwide or that Domino's is consistently one of the top five companies in terms of online transactions, behind companies such as Amazon and Apple?  I learned that information and so much more during Domino's Pizza Blogger Day 2014. 

I, along with several other bloggers from around the states, were guests for the day at Domino's Pizza headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The day was jam-packed with a tour of the World Resource Center, Supply Chain Center, and other areas of Domino's interest.

Kitty Bradshaw of blog with same name
 
Although I didn't get to spend time with each and every blogger, it was nice meeting with likeminded gals.  It couldn't have been a better group!
Domino's World Resource Center has displays of company merchandise, products, and items of interest.

There were a few interesting upcycled pieces that lined the walls.  They were made of materials used in Domino's facilities.

We donned hard hats and white coats to tour the Supply Chain Center.  It's there that all supplies are housed and fresh dough is made daily.  It was quite obvious that the company takes meticulous measures to ensure quality ingredients for their pizza and safety for their workers.

The dough goes through quite the process.  I can't remember the exact number, but lots and lots of dough is made every day.  At one point, it goes through a conveyer belt line and is picked off by workers.

We were able to get a view of the future of Domino's restaurants.  It is a prototype for what most all Domino's restaurants will soon look like.  It's meant to be more interactive and give customers the chance to see the pizza being made.


My favorite part of the day was visiting the Test Kitchen.  It's there that new food ideas come to life.  Eighty-five percent of the items on Domino's menu are new since 2008. 

Each blogger was given the opportunity to make, bake, and cut their own pizza.  We learned how pizzas are made and how ingredients are measured.

I loaded up with pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, sausage, and bacon.

A Q&A session took place with President and CEO, Patrick Doyle as well as other top-level executives.  We discussed the menu, technology and online ordering, community outreach, and more. 
 
It was a whirlwind of a trip but well worth it.  After going behind-the-scenes, I was given a broader view on the company, how they're moving forward in the pizza market, and how they seem to care for their customers.
 
What's your favorite Domino's menu item? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Limited-Edition Nonni's Biscotti - Review and Giveaway

I received products 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.
 

Nonni's, the leading premium biscotti baker, has introduced two new limited-edition holiday flavors to its most popular treat. Nonni’s Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Biscotti are available at grocery stores for a limited time this holiday season.

The warmth of the holidays is baked into these gourmet dunking cookies, which are only 110 calories a piece. Each light and crunchy cookie is made with the highest-quality, real ingredients and individually wrapped for freshness.

Nonni’s Pumpkin Spice Biscotti made with real pumpkin, a blend of robust spices and delicately dipped in gourmet cinnamon icing. Nonni’s Gingerbread Biscotti made with crunchy California almonds, real molasses and premium spices with a white icing coating.


I had no idea what a biscotti was until last year.  Nonni's introduced me to them, and I've been a fan since.  Biscotti are crisp, rectangular cookies and have a dry, crunchy taste and texture. The added ingredients of almonds, icing, berries, and other ingredients give extra tasty flavor in each bite. There are approximately ten Biscotti cookies in each package. They are individually wrapped for freshness.  Although people tend to dip their biscotti in coffee or hot tea, I tend to eat them alone. The limited-edition flavors of Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread are heavenly.  Both taste great but, if I had to choose, I like Pumpkin Spice better.  It has a prominent pumpkin flavor.  I like the addition of icing on top of each biscotti, adding a sweetness.  My favorite time to eat Nonni's Biscotti is when I'm at work and craving a snack. Because they're not high in calories, I don't feel guilty about eating them and they satisfy my cravings.

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Celebrate #Yelloween 2014 with Lemonhead

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Carving pumpkins and making pumpkin pie for Halloween are a thing of the past. The future is bright and this year it’s YELLOW TOO! I’m painting my pumpkin yellow this year to celebrate #Yelloween 2014 with Lemonhead.

Lemonhead and the world famous Ferrara Candy Company love Halloween and everything it stands for, except for one thing… the color orange! Everyone talks about it this time of year, and they’re jealous! Well, that’s going to change in 2014. Lemonhead is on a mission to make “Yellow the new orange”, and has created a new hashtag #Yelloween and Pinterest page providing you with different ways to paint your pumpkin YELLOW.  Celebrate and commiserate with Lemonhead as we band together to rename the holiday YELLOWeen.

Lemonhead candies are round and lemony-good, with a hard candy core inside a soft shell. First they're sweet, then they're sour. It's classic candy goodness.

For all those trick-or-treaters stopping by my house this Friday, I'll be declaring the holiday as #Yelloween and passing out boxes of Lemonhead candies.

Are you a fan of Lemonhead candy?  What's your take on #Yelloween?

Wordful Wednesday - Adult Prom

Last Friday the church I attend hosted an adult prom aptly titled "Dancing Through the Decades".  Simply put, attendees could dress up any ole' way they chose. (with discretion). 
 
I went with borderline 80s/90s prep grunge.  My black dress was dazzled with diamond embellishments and would have looked elegant, if not for the fact that I topped it off with Harley boots and jacket, and fishnet type tights.


Because any good prom date needs a dinner outing first, me and Jason met up with our friend, Becky, and got our grub on at a Mexican restaurant.

Stevie and Leann.  She went with the 20s flapper girl look.

My nephew, Justin and his wife

Billy and Amber, two members of our small group

Beth and Chris, our small group leaders
 
Notice how almost all the guys look like Twinkie Twins?!  There were a lot of black pants, white shirts and suspenders running around.


A huge attraction for many of the partygoers was a photo booth with props.  We did the vogue, put on our best duck faces, and threw out some hand signals.

Becky danced to her own beat of "Papa Don't Preach" in the parking lot.  She went all out with the 80s look.

Me and Jason didn't dance a whole lot (not that I don't like to, cuz I do) but I was able to get in a few slow songs.

These amazing people are part of my small group that I meet with on Thursday nights for Bible study.


The decorations included pieces spanning several decades.  Eight tracks, disco balls, roller skates, bell bottoms and more were seen everywhere. 

Each couple was able to get their prom photo taken in front of a backdrop and was given a copy at the end of the night. 
 
I had a blast during Adult Prom.  It certainly beat the one from my high school years!