Tuesday, June 25, 2019

JW Twist-In Treats Dog Toy - Review and Giveaway


This summer, pool parties are going to the dogs! Start your furry friends’ summer off with a splash, featuring all the summer fun essentials from Petmate.   Encourage safe snacking (and avoid choking hazards from those dangerous bones off the grill) with the new, adjustable, easy-to-grip, tough-to-chew, JW Twist- In Treats.


Designed to stand up to tough play, the Twist-In Treats dog toy is designed to have treats twisted in the top so your dog can work them out. Simply snap the treat in and watch your dog enjoy working the treat out. The treats can be set deeper to make it more difficult for your dog and keep them occupied longer.  The JW Twist-In Treats Dog Toy includes one Chicken Flavored Dog Treat.  Bacon or chicken flavor refills can be purchased separately.   


My dog, Helen, loves treats and toys so this is an ideal product for her.  To use, insert the treat into the grooves of the KPUP, then snap the treat into place.  To make it more challenging, twist the treat deeper into the KPUP.  I automatically went for the more challenging aspect so Helen would work harder to get at her treat.  She seemed to enjoy licking at and gnawing at the treat, while chewing and working her teeth to get at it.  The treat itself is gone now but she still enjoys chewing on the blue KPUP and it is still fully intact.  I will probably purchase refill treats sometime soon so Helen can continue to be challenged to get her treats.  



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The Mall Made Me Do It - #PretzelFam



I haven't been to the mall in a few months.  Seems more stores are closing than not.  But yesterday, I was on a mission to get an Auntie Anne's soft pretzel.  While there, I purchased one of their newest drinks, the Strawberry Lemonade Frost.  It's a sweet, tasty drink concocted with Frozen Lemonade, strawberry flavoring, and whipped cream.  Delish, delish, delish!

After devouring the pretzel and drink, I figured I'd browse around and see what Bath & Body Works had on sale.  Y'all, it's their Semi-Annual Sale and I didn't even know!  The urge to buy was pretty heavy but I walked out the door getting two body mists and three body washes.  Talk about impulse control; I wanted one of everything!  


Even though our mall isn't bustling much anymore, I have to admit I'm happy that Auntie Anne's and Bath & Body Works are still going strong.  

Do you shop at the mall?
What's your favorite thing to order at Auntie Anne's?
Have you gotten any deals from Bath & Body Works' Semi-Annual Sale?

I received products from Auntie Anne's as part of the #PretzelFam.  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.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Simple Addiction Is My Simple Addiction

wearing my "hello gorgeous" graphic tee

Through another blog (wish I could remember which one) I discovered an awesome online shop called Simple Addiction.  That was in January 2018.  I started shopping there so often that I had to make it a personal challenge to stop. 

After a hiatus of a few months, I've relapsed.  Simple Addiction sent me an email for a sale I couldn't resist.  Now I have 7 graphic tees and one pair of leggings on the way!

Simple Addiction sells the cutest apparel and accessories, at great prices.  The graphic tees and leggings are especially priced quite affordably.  Of the kajillion pieces I've ordered from the company, I've been nothing but pleased.


fit*tish
works out but definitely likes donuts
graphic tee

What online or retail stores do you swear by for apparel and accessory purchases?

I received no product or compensation for this post.  I just wanted to share where a ton of my money has went in regards to clothing.  Going to have to put myself on a purchasing restriction from them again!

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 175


I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 175.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
–Acts 4:31

Cinderella: Walt Disney Signature Collection - Review and Giveaway



In honor of its upcoming 70th anniversary, the timeless animated classic, Cinderella, waltzes into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection and the hearts of a whole new generation. The enchanting tale, which showed us that dreams really do come true — and inspired countless fans to reenact the Royal Ball and Cinderella’s infamous midnight dash — arrives home Digitally in HD and Movies Anywhere on June 18, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 25.

Walt Disney's live-action Cinderella will also be released on 4K for the first time on June 25.



The Anniversary Edition of “Cinderella” offers two all-new extras: “Cinderella” trivia and fun facts, hosted by Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel’s “Sydney to the Max,” and “In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition,” a special edition of “Cinderella” featuring fascinating production details, original storyboards, archival photos, thumbnail sketches and transcripts throughout the feature film. Hours of classic bonus material celebrates the masterful animation, memorable music and long-lasting impact of “Cinderella,” showcasing Walt Disney’s core group of animators, the art of Disney Legend Mary Blair, the original demo recording of the film’s title song and Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper.
 
Recently added to the prestigious National Film Registry, the animated classic centers on kind and hardworking Cinderella, who is ordered around by her cruel stepmother, her awful stepsisters — even the big clock in the church tower tells her when to start another day of drudgery. But they can't stop her from dreaming, and Cinderella has faith that someday her wishes will come true. When an invitation to the royal ball arrives, Cinderella is sure her time has come — until her stepsisters, with the encouragement of Lady Tremaine, tear her gown to shreds. Just when Cinderella believes all is lost, her Fairy Godmother appears, and with a wave of her wand and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, then sends her off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal mice friends and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.

“Cinderella” is the ninth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations.


BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DIGITAL:

NEW BONUS

Try This Trivia on for Size – Join Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel's Sydney to the Max and put your knowledge of Cinderella to the test.
In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition – Watch the movie and gain some insight into its production with storyboards, archival photos, sketches and transcripts.

CLASSIC BONUS

Diane Disney Miller “Cinderella” Film Intro – In this introduction to the animated classic, Diane Disney Miller describes how Cinderella helped launch a studio renaissance.
The Real Fairy Godmother – Learn about the real-life inspiration for the Fairy Godmother: Mary Alice O’Connor, wife of Disney layout artist Ken O’Connor.
Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fairyland – Discover how Imagineers created a Fantasyland at Walt Disney World featuring each of the Disney Princesses.
The Magic of the Glass Slipper – World-famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin creates a very exclusive “Glass Slipper” in honor of a beloved Disney classic.

THE ART OF CINDERELLA

Concept Art – View a gallery of concept art from the feature's production.
Character Model Sheets – View a gallery of character model sheets from the feature's production.
Story Sketches – View a gallery of story sketches from the feature's production.
Live-Action Reference – View a gallery of photos taken from live-action footage shot as a reference for the animated feature.
Pencil Animation – View a gallery of pencil animation from the feature's production.
Behind-the-Scenes Stills – View a gallery of behind-the-scenes stills from the feature's production.
Feature Stills – View a gallery of stills from the feature.

MUSIC AND MORE

“Cinderella” Title Song
"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
"Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale"
"The Work Song"
"So This Is Love"


My Review:

Cinderella is a classic fairytale that has stood the test of time.  Many years later, it is now available as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection.  The bonus features add to the enchantment and are worth viewing.  I've watched Cinderella several times but am happy to now own it and add to my movie collection.  



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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Clear Acrylic Bath Caddy - Review and Giveaway


Jason and I recently purchased our first home and I've gotten lots of enjoyment from decorating the place my way.  We have two bathrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.  For the upstairs one, I've added the Clear Acrylic Bath Caddy from ToiletTree Products to the tub.

ToiletTree Products, a family owned and operated company, began its business in 2009 and has focused solely on the manufacturing and marketing of an assortment of bathroom products featuring its signature product, The Fogless Shower Mirror.  I received a Fogless Shower Mirror in 2011 for review and used it for several years until it was no longer operational.  

the bath caddy placed along my tub

A newer product from ToiletTree, the Clear Acrylic Bath Caddy is designed to allow you to relax in the tub with your e-reader, tablet, cell phone, and other items nearby.  With a strong, clear, see-through acrylic surface the bath caddy features stainless steel and rust-proof handles that add an elegant design accent.  This caddy is 33 inches long and 9 inches wide, and fits most bathtubs.

There is an installation and instruction guide included with the Clear Acrylic Bath Caddy.  The only installation required is screwing the handles on to the caddy.  Simple and easy!  I highly recommend reading the instructions on how to clean and care for the caddy.  The orders are pretty specific, to keep the caddy from becoming scratched.  


the bath caddy set on my floor

Due to the width of my tub, the caddy does stick out a tad bit on one side but it does not interfere with placement or function.  When I take a bath, I use the caddy to place my toiletries for easy access and I've even enjoyed reading a book.  By placing it on the caddy while reading, I don't get the book wet.  The bath caddy has a simple makeup, but is quite convenient.



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Monday, June 17, 2019

Tips for Couponing On the Road - Guest Post



You’ve heard all about the couponing craze. Some shoppers are known to acquire 30 tubes of toothpaste for one cent, others boast about getting their balance to zero, and the lucky few brag about a store owing them money. Then you hear about people selling what they get for free at the local flea market or at a yard sale for just below retail value making other shoppers think they are getting a sweet deal.

TLC even made a reality TV series about extreme couponing: 
https://youtu.be/BtPtZDpVMnI

This all begs the question: Is couponing ethical?

Well there is one big difference between you, the frugal wanderer, and them, the economy-crushing hoarders: you are constantly on the go, and you don’t have a lot of time, money, or storage.

In this post, we provide tips for the traveler to save big with coupons on small quantities of products so you can put your dollars towards other valuable travel expenses.


Go Digital

Have you seen someone in a grocery store carrying around a large binder or box and frantically scanning the aisles? If you have, then that is probably your typical couponer. Some couponing how-tos explain that being organized is the most critical function of couponing, and they include a list of bulky, space-hogging items like a laptop, a printer, local newspapers, store flyers, and that binder with the baseball card sorting sleeves. But when traveling, you don’t always have the luxury of these items.

The great thing about the internet and mobile smart phones and tablets is that digital coupons can be downloaded to your device and the barcode can be scanned by a cashier. This cuts out (pun intended) the need for paper, scissors, and the trip to the office supply store.

If you have a tablet, use google photos to store screenshots or download digital coupons. We recommend using an album or folder cataloging system that meets your needs. A popular one is organizing coupons by store department such as hygiene, produce, or pet supplies. Also, consider naming the file based on the expiration date of the coupon. This way you can sort your files by the expiration date and save time by focusing on those coupons that are still valid.  There are also apps you can consider using to search and redeem your coupons such as Ibotta and SnipSnap.

Know Where You Are

Every grocery store chain has its presence in select states. Knowing what state you are in or approaching will help in collecting digital coupons. The site linked above allows you to search by name of store chain as well as by a particular state.

According to supermarketpage.com, it looks like you will have your best chances at Wal-Mart Supercenters, Kroger, Food Lion, Publix, Safeway, Albertsons, ALDI, Stop & Shop, Costco, Winn Dixie, and Piggly Wiggly. All of these chains have a strong presence in 12 or more states with 500 (Piggly Wiggly) to 2,600 (Wal-Mart Supercenters) locations.

Knowing the best chain to target is invaluable when traveling in unfamiliar territory.

Plan to Buy Only What You Need

Unlike some other couponers, you don’t have a lot of storage, so it’s best for you to focus on the coupons that promise savings on purchasing one or two pieces of a product rather than those coupons that say “Save $4 on 5.” Many coupon databases provided by apps and websites have filtering features such as type, value, expiration date, brand, store, category, and product. Many of these databases also have keyword search features. Using keywords such as “one” or “two” will let you find lower quantity coupons for saving money and space.

Search Store Chain Coupons Before Manufacturer Coupons

In some cases, you can use two coupons on one product: the store specific coupon (Kroger) and the manufacturer's coupon (Tide).

Narrowing your search down to the chain based on state will make your searching so much quicker and more efficient. If you make your selections based on store chain, you can then search for additional savings based on a specific manufacturer. This strategy will reduce frustration and save time.

Pay Close Attention to the Fine Print

My cousin was one of those crazy couponers for a while, and her Facebook feed was full of pictures of 40 or more items with the description of “all for $1.” Now, she is a stay-at-home mom and crafter with a successful business, so she probably had the time to clip coupons while the little ones were sleeping. I’ve flipped through her couponing binder - very impressive, and a little overwhelming, to be honest.

I asked my cousin, “if you had to give only three pieces of advice to newbie couponers, what would they be?” Her first response was “read the fine print.” There is always some state that is excluded, a specific purchase that may be necessary, and the one that she said got her all the time: “cannot be combined with any other coupon.”

Following the tips outlined above may not make you eligible for TLC’s Extreme Couponing (if they ever decide to air it again), but, as a wanderer with or without other mouths to feed, we are sure that these strategies will help you save a buck and use it for gas money for your next adventure.

About the Contributor:

Zaneta is a Research Specialist and Writer for carinsurancecomparison.com and autoinsurance.org. Writing and research has been an integral component of her studies in anthropology, instructional technology, technical and professional communication, and adult education. A mountain biker-turned-paddler, she lives in Greenville, SC with her spouse, 12-year-old daughter, three lizards, and two Dachshunds.

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