Win It Wednesday – Butter Bell

3 Nov

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a Butter Bell® Crock.  I often get frustrated with butter that’s too hard to spread.  Many times I resort to using margarine or something similar, but it never tastes the same as real butter.  When I was asked to review a Butter Bell® Crock I was so excited.  Not only would this (hopefully!) end my butter frustrations, but it’s also really cute!  I was able to choose which design I wanted, so I chose the deep red to match my kitchen (since it sits on the counter, I wanted it to look cute!).

Isn’t it cute!  All you do is put 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) into the lid, then put a couple of inches of water into the crock, put the lid on it and you have ready to spread butter whenever you want!  It really works too.  It’s been relatively chilly the last week or so and I haven’t turned on my heater yet so my house has been pretty cold and the butter is still easy to spread whenever!  You just need to change the water every 3 days to keep it fresh.

Butter Bell® Crock is currently running a Christmas Special – But 2 Crocks, Get 1 Free!  So, you can buy 2 for people on your Christmas list and keep the 3rd one for yourself!

In addition to having the Butter Bell® Crocks, they also have other really cute items like vases, salt and pepper shakers, creamer pitchers, etc.

You think this sounds wonderful and you have to have one? Well, Guess what! The nice folks at Butter Bell have given me the opportunity to give a reader a Butter Bell crock also!

Giveaway Entries:

Comment Below with which color crock you would like (1 entry)

Friend Butter Bell on Facebook and comment back here telling me (1 entry)

Blog about this giveaway (3 entries)

Tweet this giveaway (1 entry)

This contest will close on Tuesday November 9 and the winner will be announced on November 10.

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Halloween Costume

2 Nov

Recently I was given the opportunity to review a costume from Costume Supercenter.  Originally they wanted me to review one of their many Thanksgiving Costumes, but the smallest size they come in is 2T, so they agreed to let me review a Halloween costume!  They have lots of infant costumes including many bunting options for really little babies.  Elizabeth is starting to explore more and I knew she would want something that she could easily move around in.  When I saw the Pink Little Lamb costume, I knew that’s what Elizabeth should be for Halloween!

Doesn’t Elizabeth make THE CUTEST little lamb?  (I know, I think I may be a little partial to her cuteness. 🙂 )  The costume was made REALLY well.  The fabric was very soft and felt good on Elizabeth’s skin.  We did put a onsie on under the costume, but Elizabeth loved to play with the hat (I think she thought we got her a new toy).  My mom is an experienced sewer and she was really impressed with the workmanship of the costume.  I really liked that the headpiece is completely separate from the body. When she got too warm (It was 80 degrees on Halloween!! Crazyness!) we were able to completely take off the hood and she was still very cute in the costume.  I also really liked that the arm “hooves” can be folded up so Elizabeth was able to use her hands throughout the evening. The only Con I have (which is really minor) is that her ears wouldn’t stick out like in the picture, but I think her floppy ears are really cute too!

Make sure you check out Costume Supercenter the next time you’re in the market for a costume of any sort!

Getting all dressed up. I wonder if anyone will recognize me...

On my way trick or treating!

Aren't I a cute lamb?

Just chillin' with my pumpkins...

Hmm, which kind of candy do I want...

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Nothing New November – Saving Money!

1 Nov

Nothing New November.  It’s something that our friends Brian and Emily have started.  They are trying to get to their savings goal by the end of the year.  It’s really made me think of how wasteful I’ve been with our money lately.  A majority of my maternity leave was unpaid and during that time I did so good on watching our budget and saving extra money. BUT since then, I have done AWFUL with saving money.  We’ve been going out to eat waaay too much and I’ve been buying Elizabeth every cute thing I find.

John has given me a budget of $300 to spend this month (aside from bills, mortgage, etc.) This $300 is for all Walmart trips, food purchases, “fun” things, EVERYTHING!  I’m anxious to see how well I do, but I think I may go over budget…. Hopefully not though!

Why are we doing this hard core saving?  I am sick and tired of having a car payment (and mortgage payment too, but let’s not get crazy yet! 🙂 ).  I have about $7,500 left on my car loan.  I would really really like to get it paid off before May. I know, that seems kinda crazy, especially if you knew how little money we make.  But that’s okay!  I know it will be hard, but I really want to see if we can do it.  I think it will be “fun”, okay, fun really isn’t the right adjective…. It’ll be and adventure though!!

 

So far I haven’t spent any money!  Let’s hope it stays that way for a while!! 🙂

hairfree Winner!

28 Oct

Congrats to Comment 3 (I used Random.org, but I’m on a mac and can’t figure out how to post the picture here).  Amanda L please send me your address to ninabeth19 at gmail dot com and I’ll get your free brushes in the mail to you!

Thanks for entering and check back next Wednesday for another giveaway!

Printable Game Fun

26 Oct

Recently I was given the opportunity to review several of Python Printable Games.  I was able to look at the Thanksgiving games and the United States Trivia.

One thing I loved about this company is you have access to the games as soon as you buy them. You don’t have to wait for anything to ship and you don’t have to go to the store to get it.  It’s all from the comfort of your home.  I’m usually a last minute planner, so if it’s midnight the night before your party or event and you need some games, this is perfect!

Thanksgiving Games – “We have over 30 printable items, including scavenger hunts, trivia, party games and craft activities suitable for Fall Harvest and Thanksgiving: even NFL games for the guys to play in the evening!”   My favorite is a Fall Scavenger Hunt.  It even gives clues for younger kids.  Here is a Fall Harvest and Thanksgiving coloring page giveaway .  It  also has a coupon for $5 off $19.95 or higher purchase.

United States Trivia – “All 50 states are represented, with 15 questions per state, totaling 750 questions. Quizzes cover state nicknames, trees, flowers, capitals, history, funny facts, bizarre laws and local customs and more.”  I really like trivia.  I thought I knew all the odd facts about my state, but surprisingly there were several questions I didn’t know the answer to! It’s fun to know little trivia facts, who knows where it may come in handy! (At Freshman Orientation when I was in college, I won a gift for knowing that OSU’s original mascot was the Tiger, but it was so close to Princeton’s mascot and colors, we changed to Pistol Pete for our mascot.)  Here is another free printable with some coloring pages and trivia games.

Let me know if you decide to get either of these items, I loved them and I know you will too!

Product review & giveaway disclosure: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Product review & giveaway disclosure: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Win It Wednesday –

20 Oct


Lately, I’ve been contacted by a few companies to review their products, so for a while I’ll be hosting “Win it Wednesday!”

hairfreé®. They are “the healthier alternative in hair styling”.

From their website:Are you tired of frying your hair just to get a smooth, silky, sexy finish?  Forget those expensive high heat flat/curling irons that damage your hair!  Now there is a viable alternative called hairfreé® the new revolutionary brushes that will give your hair that same smooth, silky finish without the burning damaging effects!  hairfreé® brushes use the latest in ceramic technology to produce straight, soft, manageable results!  What’s more hairfreé® brushes are only fraction of the cost of those expensive flat/curling irons and come with a 30 day money back guarantee! If for any reason you are not satisfied with the results after using hairfreé® brushes simply return them no questions asked for your refund”

I received both the round and flat brush.  I really liked that the back side of the brush was a mirror, very nifty.  The one thing I didn’t like about the brush was that the bristles are very pointy, so when brushing your hair, you need to be really careful not to push too hard.  Other than that, the brush was very easy to use when straightening my hair.  I noticed that my hair was a lot softer than when I use my flat iron.  Also, it rained the morning after I used the hairfreé® brush and my hair got slightly damp, but surprisingly my hair didn’t curl back up!

Do you want to try this product?  Just leave me a comment (with an email address so I can contact you) you have until midnight on October 26 to be entered. I will announce the winner on October 27.
This Product Was a Free Giveaway

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Cookies

19 Oct

This weekend we went to eat at John’s dad and stepmom’s house.  I volunteered to make dessert of course! 🙂 ).  Running to Walmart to get ingredients for recipes isn’t nearly as easy as it was before Elizabeth came along.  So, I had to make a dessert with ingredients I had at the house already.

The cookies in the middle are Iced Pumpkin Cookies and the cookies on either side are Soft Oatmeal Cookies (I used more cinnamon then it calls for).

I’m always looking for easy and delicious recipes, what’s your favorite go-to recipe?