Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Check it Out: Luster Premium White's Summer of Smiles Sweepstakes & Giveaway

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Luster Premium White's Summer of Smiles Sweepstakes & Giveaway is currently running now through September 30, 2017.

Sweepstakes:

Win up to $4,000 in prizes!! The Sweepstakes consist of 10 unique drawings to award one  prize in each drawing. Entry in the Sweepstakes does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes.   Enter at www.lustersummersmiles.com.

How to enter:-Once on the site, you will be presented the Sweepstakes calendar of prizes.
-Click on an unlocked prize(s) and complete the entry form with all required information which may include: your full name, complete home address, mobile telephone number, age, and valid email address.-Complete your entry by agreeing to the Official Rules. Once you submit your entry you will receive one (1) entry into the unlocked prize Sweepstakes drawing. NO entry is carried forward to any remaining unlocked prize Sweepstakes drawing (if any remain). To enter all unlocked prize Sweepstakes you must visit the Sweepstakes site and register each time a prize is unlocked from the Sweepstakes calendar.

Giveaway:

Win an additional $500 in prizes! Upload a photo of yourself on Twitter or Instagram with any Luster product using the hashtag #LusterContest, and a caption of why you LOVE Luster!
How to enter:
-You must submit an original photo of you smiling with a Luster product and in the caption telling the Judges “Why you LOVE Luster” along with the hashtag #LusterContest (“Eligible Entry”).
-Your Eligible Photo and caption must comply with these Official Rules and may not contain any of the Prohibited Content set forth below.-Partial or incomplete/piecemeal submissions without the hashtag #LusterContest WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS CONTEST ENTRIES and shall not be eligible for any Prize.-All submitted photos will be reviewed by the Sponsor for compliance prior to being judged.
-Alternate Means of Entry: If you do not have access to the Luster product you may artistically draw a Luster product and in the caption telling the judges “Why you LOVE Luster” along with the hashtag #LusterContest and upload to your Instagram or Twitter social media account.
- Entries will be automatically populated to the Luster’s Summer of Smiles landing page at www.lustersummersmiles.com. All entries will be reviewed by the Sponsor prior to the judging.
-Limit: You may enter one (1) unique photo as often as you like.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Halfpops - Snack 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.


When going through a bag of popcorn, I like to gather the half popped kernels and chew on them.  Halfpops is a company that knows there's others like me and they've invented half-popped popcorn snacks in a variety of flavors.  The snacks are crunchy, healthy, and portable.  Halfpops are bagged in three different sizes, and I received the individual snack sizes for review.

Currently, there are seven flavors of Halfpops available: 

Black Truffle & Sea Salt
Caramel & Sea Salt
Angry Kettle Corn
Brooklyn Dill Pickle
Butter & Pure Ocean Sea Salt
Aged White Cheddar
Simply Sea Salt


To get a mix of opinions, I opened each individual bag and set them on plates to share with my Small Group.  Halfpops aren't a type of snack I'm normally used to, so it took a couple bites to let my mind and my taste buds get acclimated to the crunch, texture, and flavors.  The majority of Small Group really liked Halfpops, with Aged White Cheddar and Angry Kettle Corn being the top two flavors.  A couple of people said that Caramel & Sea Salt had a coffee flavor.  Brooklyn Dill Pickle was the least liked but there were a couple of people who enjoyed the pickle flavoring on their kernels.  I think the individual serving sizes are perfect for on-the-go and I appreciate that the snacks don't crumble and fall apart if they're packed in with other belongings.  

Have you tried Halfpops?
What flavor would you be most interested in trying?

Revolution Foods - #RevolutionFoods 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.

My husband and I like making big meals at home from time to time.  But, that's not always possible.  We may have events to attend or don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

I recently received four Dinner Hero kits from Revolution Foods and they are perfect for when I'm hungry, yet crunched for time.  

Fiesta Taco

The Dinner Hero kits come in four flavors:

Sesame Garlic
Coconut Curry
Smoky Tomato
Fiesta Taco

Dinner Hero kits come with the seasonings, spices, and rice.  It's up to you to add the protein.  Each kit has a suggestion on which protein to use but it's entirely up to you.  It' takes approximately 30 minutes to make a healthy dinner.  Dinner Hero contains no artificial flavors and it contains 42+ grams of whole grains.  The kits are made to feed four people.  Because we are big eaters, we found that it satisfactory feeds and fills up three of us.  I liked all four varieties, with Sesame Garlic being my favorite.  A clever component of the kits is that the cooking instructions are inside the box flap, cookbook style.  It also includes illustrations and tips.

You can find Dinner Hero near the boxed mac and cheese at your local Jewel-Osco store. 


Revolution Foods was founded 10 years ago by two moms who wanted to change the way that kids eat in America. The company is a leading provider of healthy family meals across the nation, serving over 2 million school meals a week.  Revolution Foods donates 1% of their retails sales to schools to help provide fresh meals to students every day.

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One person will win ten free product coupons from Revolution Foods.

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Sunny Day: New Nickelodeon Animated Series

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Show Overview:

Preschoolers will be smiling and styling with Sunny and her friends in Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series, Sunny Day, premiering Monday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. (ET/PT).  The series (40 episodes) centers on Sunny, a 10-year-old master hairstylist and entrepreneur who uses creative problem-solving to tackle any dilemma that arises in her seaside town of Friendly Falls.  The characters in the series celebrate individuality and self-expression, while the show's social-emotional curriculum highlights leadership, innovative thinking and teamwork.  Sunny Day is developed and produced by Silvergate Media (Peter Rabbit), and airs regularly weekdays at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Sunny (Lilla Crawford) is a confident and creative natural leader who runs her own hair salon in the town of Friendly Falls. When adventure calls, Sunny sets out to save the day with her can-do attitude, salon-on-the-go Glam Van, best friends and colleagues, Rox (Elan Luz Rivera) and Blair (Taylor Louderman), and her dog Doodle (Rob Morrison).  Each episode of Sunny Day features a unique digital extension on Nickjr.com and the Nick Jr. App where kids and their parents can watch fun, live-action hairstyle tutorials that are tied directly to the hairstyles featured in each episode and narrated by Sunny.

In Sunny Day’s season premiere, “Stick With Me,” Rox and Blair accidentally get stuck together with sticky hairspray, and it’s up to Sunny to help them work together to get unstuck and save the day.

The first season of Sunny Day will feature celebrity guest stars including: Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town), Lance Bass (NSYNC), Kether Donohue (Grease Live, Pitch Perfect movies), Sutton Foster (Younger, Anything Goes), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos, Entourage) and Shanice Williams (The Wiz Live!).

My Review:

A cute series mainly geared toward preschool girls, Sunny Day is catchy, perky, and appealing.  Each episode is a little over 20 minutes long.  Sunny is the main character of the show, with her friends Rox and Blair by her side.  Blair is always positive and organized.  Rox is full of adventure and is the best hair colorist in town.  Tagging along is Sunny's dog, Doodle, who can talk.

The storylines incorporate friendship, kindness, and helping others.  There's a lot of pink, yellow, purple, and light blue as the color scheme.  I like that you can visit the Style Files clips on Nickjr.com to view different hairstyles shows on real people, with Sunny narrating.  You can learn how to do a friendship braid, a Topi-Hairy, and more.

Be sure to tune in August 21st to see the first episode of Sunny Day!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Barbie Cruisin’ Corvette R/C™ - Review

I received product for review from Toy State.  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.


Barbie is over 55 years old and is still going strong.  It seems that almost every child is familiar with the iconic doll.  I'll admit that I like watching to see what new things come out for Barbie.  One new item is the Barbie Cruisin’ Corvette R/C™  from Toy State, a leader in the manufacture of radio controlled vehicles and construction toys.   

Kids can take Barbie on the road trip of her dreams with the Barbie™ Cruisin’ Corvette R/C. Exclusively designed and styled with chrome paint in the iconic Barbie™ hot pink, this car fits any size Barbie™ doll and features full-function forward and reverse RC action.
This R/C car requires several batteries that are not included.  Two AAA are required for the remote and five AA are required for the car.  That seems like a lot of batteries but it's a lot of fun to play with, so that makes up for it.  

The remote control is pretty easy to handle and maneuver.  There is no on/off switch.  It will turn on automatically when you move the stick.  There are buttons on the undercarriage of the vehicle that will link the controller to the car.  The remote control has a large pink base with two buttons and a steering wheel.  Pressing one button will make the car go forward while pressing the other button makes it go in reverse.  Turning the steering wheel is what makes it move from side to side.  

The details of the car are snazzy and a Barbie doll can fit comfortably in the seat.  In fact, another Barbie can go along for the ride in the passenger seat.  The Barbie Cruisin’ Corvette R/C has become a favorite among the young'uns that come over to visit.  I'm not going to lie, I've even toyed around with it myself!


Lower Your Price at the Pump with Fuel Rewards

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A lot of times when I get gas, I fuel up at Shell or Hy-Vee stations.  That's because I'm a member of Fuel Rewards and I receive a discount.  There's no reason for me to pay full price for gas if I don't have to.

Fuel Rewards is a free loyalty program that rewards members with cents-per-gallon savings at the pump at participating Shell and Hy-Vee stations.  You simply shop and dine with participating retailers, restaurants, grocery stores, Shell convenience stores, and more to earn Fuel Rewards® savings. Once earned, swipe your Fuel Rewards card or enter your ALT ID at the pump to redeem your rewards.

Currently, there are two tiers: Gold and Silver. All new members receive a complimentary Gold status for the first full six months of membership. After that period, members will need to qualify for Gold status by filling up with at least 5 gallons 6 times or more during the qualification period.  Members with Gold status will receive at least 5¢/gal for every fill-up. Members with Silver status will receive at least 3¢/gal on every fill up.

It's free to join and and easy way to save money at the pump.  Can't beat it!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Boss Baby - Blu-ray Review

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.

Movie Overview:

A new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator -- a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim's home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies.

Boss Baby was released to DVD and Blu-ray July 25, 2017.


My Review:

I watched Boss Baby with my teenage kids and thought it was interesting enough.  I'm not sure I'd see it again, but it was a good enough movie to watch once.  Some of the humor was ludicrous at times, while we belly laughed during other times.

The movie starts out with Tim, a child who is not happy to hear another baby is on the way.  When the baby does arrive, Tim imagines (realistically, to him) that the baby is wearing a business suit and has a crude wit about him.  Tim and the baby join forces to stop a conspiracy.  In the end, the siblings bond and decide they can live with, and even love, each other.

Have you seen Boss Baby?  What's your opinion of the film?