Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fashionable Apparel and Accessories at Persunmall

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Persunmall is a global website online shopping store offering fashion-forward clothing, jewelries, accessories, shoes and bags for the high street in the blink of an eye.  They also offer a beautiful selection of prom dresses 2013.  Persunmall endeavors to offer simple and comfort but fashionable clothing at affordable prices and satisfactory services.

I've created a wishlist of pieces that I'd love to own from Persunmall:

I'm going to be a guest at my niece's wedding in September and this cocktail dress would make a simple, yet elegant statement.
I'll be hanging out at the campground pool a lot this summer.  The cut and form of this swimsuit is just my style.

In the colder months, I almost always wear a hoodie.  I love the sassy attitude this one brings forth.

The contrast of the stripes and polka dots on this shirt really stand out and it's the one I'll be receiving for review.  I'm already thinking of where I can first wear it. 

If you could create a wishlist from the pieces at Persunmall, what would you choose?

Molly Sims and Lavanila Healthy Deodorant Boot Camp - Giveaway

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On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 former famed Sports Illustrated “Swimsuit Issue” model and Las Vegas actress Molly Sims and Lavanila Laboratories want to make you sweat. Celebrity Trainer Brooke Marrone will join Sims in leading a one-hour boot camp workout session at Sephora Times Square to put Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant to the test.

To join in this all-star exercise hour and meet the celebrated model and actress, just pick up one of Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant’s in-store on June 5th and get ready to work it. Lavanila is confident that after one hour of wearing The Healthy Deodorant, you’ll boot your harsh chemical deodorant to the curb!

Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant is 100% natural, chemical-free, and packed with skin beneficial vitamins and essential oils that not only protect against odor, but nourish and condition as well. With a velvet soft texture and burst of freshness, it comes in an array of scents to choose from including: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Blackberry, Vanilla Passion Fruit. And new to the collection, Lavanila launches Fresh Vanilla Lemon, just in time for summer!

WHAT:  Lavanila Healthy Deodorant Boot Camp Hosted by Molly Sims

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 5, 2013
10:00am – 11:00am

WHERE:  Sephora -Times Square New York
1500 Broadway (Between 43 & 44th)

WHAT IT COSTS: Must purchase a Lavanila Healthy Deodorant to participate ($14.00 2oz. / $8.00 .9oz)

About Lavanila: Lavanila Laboratories delivers a new generation of 100% Healthy products that are elegant, refined and luxurious in both formulation and design. Every offering—beginning with its breakthrough fragrance collection—features all-natural, vita-rich technology to nurture one’s skin, scents to indulge one’s mood and worry-free formulations to pamper one’s soul.

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Memorial Day Weekend Memories

We've been camping every weekend for a while now and so have several of the other people that stay at the same campground, but Memorial Day weekend was the first big shindig for the place.  Saturday was the busiest with a live band, poker stand, carry-in supper, Bingo, and golf cart parade.  Sunday was a trivia game and trap shoot.

There were close to ten golf carts that participated in the parade.  Each one was decorated.  We traveled throughout the entire campground handing out candy to all the kids.

I had a variety of candy on hand to ensure each kid had a sugar high for the rest of the day.

The carry-in supper had enough food to please everyone's tastebuds.

During breaks at the band, me and Jenny passed our free time by posing for goofy pictures.

The trap shoot is a yearly tradition that's held as a memorial fundraiser.  I've never paid much mind to it except to curse once in a while that all day I'd hear shots firing.  This year, I actually took the time to watch most of the event. 

Logan's never shot a gun before but wanted to participate.  After giving him a lecture that I'm sure he thought would never end, I paired him up with a responsible adult who showed him how to shoot.  Logan only shot five rounds but it certainly made his day.

Jason's shot a gun before but has never been part of a trap shoot.  He wasn't such a straight shot with the clay pigeons but enjoyed the experience nonetheless. 

How did you celebrate Memorial Day weekend?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wordful Wednesday - 8th Grade Graduation

Logan and Adam graduated from 8th grade last Thursday.  Commencement was held to celebrate the transition from junior high to high school.  I cannot wrap my head around the fact that next school year both boys will be Freshmen.  In my mind's eye, they're still my little guys.
Logan and Adam were none too keen that they had to dress up for the occasion.  Somewhere, for some reason, the school had extra ties on hand which was a good thing because both Logan and Adam managed to mangle and tear the ones they had apart trying to get them on.

The graduating class was made up of 39 kids so the graduation wasn't too awful long.  Logan and Adam were the first two to walk in and the last two to walk out.

Technically, Logan should have graduated 8th grade last year but he was held back in kindergarten, making both boys in the same grade.  It worked out for me because all events for both boys were held at the same time. 

Interestingly enough, Adam and Logan never had the same teacher or same classes, so they didn't have to interact with each other much at school.  The boys were quite okay with that arrangement.

Me and Logan

Me, my mother, my oldest daughter, Adam

After the graduation, a celebration of food and gifts was held at a hunting lodge.  The place was fit for a king.  The celebration was held for some of the graduating boys.  The girls had their own after-party elsewhere.

Adam wanted nothing to do with the celebration afterwards and opted instead to go home. 

Logan wanted to hang with his classmates one last time before summer break so he stayed for the party.  Card tables were set up for each boy and decorated.  Both boys made bank.

I'm super proud of Logan and Adam.  They've caused me little grief throughout the school years and both have work hard to accomplish their goals. 

Now, to prepare for the graduation party I'll be having in just a couple of weeks.  Have any ideas for favors or decorations?

Teen Wolf: Season Two - DVD Review

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DVD Synopsis:

After an action-packed end to its premiere season, Teen Wolf jumps full force into season two with even more suspenseful drama. Scott McCall, an ordinary teenager with a wild secret, continues to find himself caught in a supernatural war between hunters and werewolves. While navigating the complicated roadways of high school, Scott must keep his forbidden romance with Allison a secret and protect himself from new Alpha wolf Derek. Scott will have to trust his instincts above all else if he hopes to end the war in Beacon Hills and keep his friends and family safe.

My Review:

Being a fan of books and movies on the supernatural, I was intrigued to watch season one of Teen Wolf. I received Season One on DVD for review and became a fan of the series.  The same can be said for Teen Wolf:  Season Two.  Granted, the show is probably aimed more towards older teenagers but I found myself hooked from beginning to end when I watched each episode of the DVD series. Comedy mixed in with cliffhangers and an added bit of eye candy make this a fascinating show. 

Last of May 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 Chick-fil-A FreshMade giveaway is #83, Ashley.

The winner of the Soft Scrub giveaway is #292, Jessamine.

The winner of the Lancome giveaway is #37, Heather!

The winners of the Biore giveaway are #279, Lorna and #367, lmurley2000 and #160, Nicole M.

The winner of the Flattenme Book giveaway is #86, SnowflakeDay.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out my active giveaways, 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.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Wrong Way At The 5K

My 14 yoa boy Logan took part in a 5K run a couple weeks ago.  He's participated in several before but this one was the largest he's been a part of, with over 2200 participants.  Some were walkers, some were 5Kers, and others were 10Kers.  Me, I was a spectator. 

The event was well organized and you could feel the positive energy.  Logan was in top form and was one of the leaders for the longest time.  Until....

At one point, the 10K runners veered off to one direction and the 5K runners were to go another way.  There were no arrows and a map wasn't available beforehand.  Because he was in the front of the pack, he didn't have much guidance.  I was at the finish line waiting, and waiting, and waiting. 

Finally, after what seemed like forever, Logan crosses the finish line.  Rather than go the 5K route, he took the wrong route towards the end and wound up running more than the required three miles.  Halfway through the 10K route, a lightbulb clicked and he noticed he was off track.  He took a U-turn and finally found his way to the 5K route, making his finishing time way off whack. 

While he was all salty and carrying on about how he could've probably won for his age group, I did what any proper mother would do.  I laughed and laughed some more.  Then I laughed when he was mad about me laughing.  He found no humor in it. 

Logan hardly ever gets mad (I'm a lucky mother that way) and watching him spew about how the finisher's medal he received will only remind him of how poorly he did struck my funny chord.  So, I laughed some more.

Later that day, I put on my parental panties and had a talk with him about it.  He concluded that it really wasn't the end of the world and he enjoyed being a part of it.  Next time, I doubt he takes a wrong way at the 5K.

Happy Memorial Day!

I'd like to pause and reflect to remember those who died while serving to protect our freedom.  My gratefulness is extended to all who've served. 

We had a large Memorial Day weekend celebration at the campground and now I'm wore out.  A trap shoot, cookout, band, raffle, trivia game, and golf cart parade kept us all entertained.  It's because of those who fight to protect my rights and freedoms that I'm able to freely spend time with family and friends doing those fun things.  Again, thank you veterans.

TOMY Pokémon Toy Sweepstakes on Facebook - Giveaway

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Participate in the TOMY Spring 2013 Pokémon Toy Sweepstakes now on Facebook.  Simply complete an official entry found at and you may win one of 76 prizes available!
The rules are quite simple: by (1.) submitting an entry and (2.) “liking” the TOMY Facebook Fan Page, you are automatically entered into the contest. One grand-prize winner will receive 14 products from the Spring 2013 TOMY Pokémon product line worth approximately $200!

The first-place prize is a Pokémon Center Play ‘n’ Store Case and twenty (20) 2-inch Pokémon figures to fill the case worth approximately $90.

The second-place prize is a Pokédex Trainer Kit with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada.  Facebook giveaway ends June 3, 2013.
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The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season - DVD Giveaway

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Delivering rip-roaring laughter in honor of Cartoon Network’s season two television premiere on May 16, the obnoxiously funny series, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season, peels out on DVD May 28, 2013 from The Collective and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. Starring the hugely popular YouTube comedian Toby Turner and featuring an array of guest stars, including Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Leah Remini (“The King of Queens”), Bret Michaels (“Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”), Alice Cooper (Wayne’s World). With more than 1.3 billion views Annoying Orange has expanded from a viral video to Web series, to Cartoon Network primetime and has become a true pop culture phenomenon.

Approved for all ages by the Dove Foundation, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season is packed with exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes, a storyboard animatic and the very first Annoying Orange webisode. The DVD set includes all 30 episodes from the debut season.

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One person will win The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: The Complete First Season on DVD and an Annoying Orange key chain.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Thompson's Water Seal - Review and Giveaway

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Almost every weekend, for seven months out of the year, my family goes camping.  Rather than "rough it" we have our own camper parked at a campsite and it sits there all year long.  It's our home away from home.  Because we are there so often, I want my camper and the site it's on to have a reflection of cleanliness and proper maintenance.

A couple years ago, during the move from one campsite to another, we acquired a deck and steps left by previous owners.  This was exciting to us because we didn't have to purchase or build our own.  The only downfall is that the deck and steps needed either painted or stained to look good.  Finally, that time came when Thompson's Water Seal sent us waterproofing stain and deck stripper to do the overdue project.

The steps were natural and didn't have previous stain or paint on them so the only thing I needed to do was stain them.  I first wiped them down with a rag to remove dirt and debris, then I prepped the waterproofing stain.  There are several cautions and instructions on the can that need to be read before diving in, for safety purposes. 

The steps were painted over with one coat of waterproofing stain.  The color gave them a nice brown wooden polished look, while still showing the actual grain of the wood.

The picnic table was next.  Again, I went over it with just one coat.  There was a dramatic improvement from how it looked before and how it looked after staining the table.

The biggest project was our deck.  It required first using the Deck Stripper.  It contains corrosives so it's important not to let it come in contact with skin.  As it shows in the picture above, the deck was two-toned with different paint colors and it was showing signs of paint chipping.  After carefully applying the deck stripper and letting it sit for a bit, I chipped off the excess paint and proceeded to stain my deck.

As you can see from this picture, the bottom of the deck is now all one color and has a nice, cohesive look.  I used two coats of stain for the deck to get a darker brown tint.  Temperatures need to be above 50 degrees and during daylight hours to apply the stain.  The deck stripper can be applied at any time.  Staining the deck twice, the steps once, and the picnic table once used a gallon and a half of waterproofing stain. 

Because all of these items are outdoors in all kinds of conditions, I'm glad to know that I've not only added a much nicer color, I'm also preventing water damage and the coating resists mildew & UV damage.  Using Thompson's Water Seal deck stripper and waterproofing stain, the area around my campsite has an updated, fresh look.

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HairUWear Extension Bar - Giveaway

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The hottest starlets in Hollywood came out to celebrate the launch of the HairUWear® Extension Bar at Nine Zero One Salon. Co-owned by celebrity stylists Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri, Nine Zero One is the expert destination for extensions, and Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Jennifer Morrison were just a few of A-listers who flocked to the salon to experience the Extension Bar firsthand on opening night.
· Vanessa Hudgens and her little sister Stella each received matching braid styles enhanced with POP by HairUWear Color Strips.

· Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish arrived with friends and got a headband braid using the POP by HairUWear Faux Fur Braid.

· Later in the evening Julianne Hough popped by, and was spotted chatting with Audrina Patridge as stylists enhanced her bob with a bright pink POP by HairUWear Color Strip.

The HairUWear® Extension Bar offers a full line of HairUWear products and extension services for flawless styles from Great Lengths, Raquel Welch, Hairdo and POP Extension collection options.

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One person will win POP Strips hair extensions in choice of hair color and style. ($69 - $125 ARV)

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Rockin' the Moustache Movement

Get a few girls together with some time on their hands and they'll find creative ways to beat boredom.

She went for the crooked beard look.

Deep In Thought

Supa Star!

Supa Star getting the stern stare.

Space Warriors Premiering Exclusively On the Hallmark Channel - #SpaceWarriors Giveaway

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Walden Family Theater is proud to announce the Space Warriors Blog App & a chance to Win a Family Trip to Space Camp.  Watch Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31st at 8/7C for your chance to win a trip for the whole family to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Camp! Keep an eye out for the secret keyword for a chance to go on location where Space Warriors was filmed and train like a real astronaut!

In Space Warriors, six highly skilled teenagers are handpicked to be part of a summer space camp competition but they don’t realize that they will be forced to solve a life or death crisis aboard the International Space Station as the world anxiously watches.

Why you'll love the Space Warriors Blog App:

• Win a Family Trip to SPACE CAMP! - Tune in to Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31 at 8/7c for the secret keyword to win a family trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp!

• How Spacey Are You? QUIZ – Are you a Space Warrior? Do you use the stars to navigate your journeys instead of the map function on your smartphone? Take this quiz to find out whether you're destined to orbit the cosmos or whether you're happiest living here on this planet.

• Prepare for Blast-off! Space Warriors Viewing Guide – Mark your calendars for May 31st and check off the boxes as you watch Space Warriors for the most spectacular, spaciest experience!

About Space Warriors:

Six highly skilled teenagers are handpicked to be part of a summer space camp competition at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As the competition heats up, the kids have no idea that their ultimate challenge will be to solve a life or death crisis aboard the International Space Station as the world anxiously watches.

Starring: Thomas Horn, Danny Glover, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and Booboo Stewart.

Space Warriors is the second film in the Walden Family Theater original lineup featuring great family entertainment, airing Friday nights exclusively on Hallmark Channel. Walden Family Theater is creating films for the whole family to enjoy together, so make sure to mark your calendars and gather around the television to watch all the great upcoming films!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Taking Part In the U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade

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Did you know that U.S. Cellular treats their customers like neighbors, not numbers?  How about the fact that U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row?  That's right; In 2013, the company also received their 15th consecutive J.D. Power and Associates' award for "Highest Network Quality Performance Among Wireless Cell Phone Users In The North Central Region."  Were you aware that U.S. Cellular has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier?

Those are all great reasons to be a U.S. Cellular customer but it's not the main reason why I'm one.  I'm a U.S. Cellular customer because I can have a quality phone with an affordable service plan and customer service that answers my needs.  In fact, several of my family members are also U.S. Cellular customers - my mother, my oldest daughter, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my sister. 

At one time, we were all purchasers of a different cell phone plan through a local company.  That particular company ended up going out of business and we were in a crunch, trying to figure out which cellular company to switch to.  I'd go to one place to figure out prices and plans, while my brother would be at another location getting the same numbers.  None appealed to us....until we went to U.S. Cellular. 

U.S. Cellular was a company that we all agreed on as being the best for customer service, affordable plans, and variety of phones.  I wanted one particular phone while my daughter wanted another.  The employees at U.S. Cellular were kind and helped us decide which phone would work for each of our needs.  They also explained the service plans in layman's terms. 

I've been a U.S. Cellular customer for over a year now and have had only one minor problem with my service.  As soon as I went into the store and spoke with an employee, the problem was solved.  I didn't get the run-around. 

At first, when I had to quickly find another cell phone company to switch to, I was worried.  I wasn't ready for change.  Now, in hindsight, it wasn't as big of a hassle because I found all I needed with U.S. Cellular.

Because I'm a happy customer of U.S. Cellular, I'm proud to announce I've been selected to be a part of the U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade.  Each month I'll be posting about my experiences with U.S. Cellular, facts about the company, and what they have to offer.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dermagist - Review and Giveaway

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It wasn't until just a few years ago that I really started taking care of my skin.  As I noticed the fine lines and undereye circles, I became more aware of the importance of using products to moisturize and repair my skin.  As I've tried out and tested different products, I've noticed some are more effective than others.

Dermagist, a company with a commitment to industry scientific advancement, has a product line of anti-aging and daily skin maintenance formulas.  The company takes known, brand name ingredients and combines them into unique and specialized formulas.  In addition, Dermagist has introduced Metahylate®, a one-and-only blend from the scientists at Dermagist. 

I was given the opportunity to try the Instant Effect Lifting Serum from Dermagist, a skin formula that claims to instantly tighten skin comfortably with no film.  Plus, with powerful peptides like Matrixyl, it targets wrinkles long-term.  This instant-effect product undertakes a two-pronged approach. First is the instant effect it provides on wrinkles and lines. The second aspect is that it aims to help the wrinkles on a long term basis by saturating them with replenishing, specially engineered moisture particles.

I've been applying the Instant Effect Lift Serum daily for a couple weeks now onto my face and neck.  Pumping out a couple of dollops, I apply it onto freshly washed skin.  The serum is milky white in color and goes on clear.  It doesn't take a lot for a single application.  After using it for some time now, I've seen noticable changes in my skin.  The fine lines are less visible and there's more softness.  When it's applied, the serum quenches my face and feels like it's been saturated with moisurization.  The bottle itself is rather small and the price for the product is a little pricey.  With that said, I can see an improvement in my skin's texture and a little goes a long way.  

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One person will win Instant Effect Lifting Serum ($79 ARV).

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