7.28.2014

Review: Ferrum


Having naturally wavy hair has plagued me my whole life. My younger sister was born with straight silky hair while I looked like I had stuck my finger in an electrical socket. It also didn't help that our mother cut our bangs WAY too short--Dumb and Dumber anyone? 
(see photo below for proof)


My super cute sister, Neely on the left...and (awkward) yours truly on the right.

Thankfully in college I found the holy grail--the hair straightener! My hair was finally straight....hallelujah! The only sad thing? My hair lost its volume and bounce--and I thought I guess I just can't have it all. 

That is until I found the Ferrum Iron! The Ferrum Iron took my flat hair and made it look like I had a professional hairstylist living with me 24-7.

So what makes the Ferrum Iron different? 

The Ceramic and Fabric plates! A non-heated specially designed fabric plate allows hair to breathe and results in less damage. The Ceramic plate straightens while the Fabric helps keep the hair retain volume and bounciness. The results are a gorgeous blow-dry like finish. Oh, and an added plus? The Ferrum's cylindrical Shape allows for curls, waves and flips.


The only downside to the Ferrum? It takes quite a while to get all your hair styled. So be prepared to add an extra 20 minutes or so to your hair regime if using it. While I don't use the Ferrum Iron everyday-it is nice to have the option of having a professional "blow-out look" when I want. You can purchase the Ferrum online at FerrumIron.com.


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I received this item free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

7.27.2014

Sweepstakes and Giveaway: Little Caesars Gift Card


What's your favourite Little Caesars commercial? They've had some good ones lately and are running a sweepstakes right now -- vote for your favourite commercial and enter to win a year of Little Caesars lunch combos!


I introduced the lunch combos earlier this year. As a quick reminder the lunch combo features four slices of the Detroit-style DEEP! DEEP! Dish pizza and a 20oz Pepsi product for $5 (plus tax.) Every day between 11am and 2pm this lunch combo is available HOT-N-READY, saving you precious time in your lunch break.


The Lunch & Laugh sweepstakes celebrates this lunch combo as well as their fun commercials.

Some of these commercials available for voting include a few of my faves:













No purchase necessary, and void where prohibited, of course. The Grand Prize winner will received a year of lunch combos! First place will receive a GoPro camera and second place a $50 Little Caesars gift card. Enter online or directly on the Little Caesars facebook page.




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THE GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win a $15 gift card for Little Caesars!

US residents only, please.

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Disclosure:
I received a gift card in exchange for this post.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
Any opinions presented in this post are mine and have been written in my own words.

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7.26.2014

Review: Juggle Bubbles




   When I think back to my childhood I can easily remember long summer evenings blowing bubbles outside with my sisters. I loved the feeling of the light summer breeze flowing through my hair as we each took turns trying to catch the bubbles floating on the breeze. It was magical-to think we could actually touch bubbles and keep them safely enclosed in our small hands. 

That magic that we longed for has now become reality with Juggle Bubbles. Juggle Bubbles let you catch, pass and juggle bubbles by using Juggle Bubbles no-pop solution and magic gloves. Juggle Bubbles can be used indoors or outdoors and are non-toxic.

My Review
  I was sent a container of Juggle Bubbles to review. Juggle Bubbles comes with two magic gloves, a bubble tray, a bubble blower, Juggle Bubble no-pop solution and an instruction booklet. My children counted down the days until their package of Juggle Bubbles arrived. As soon as we received the package we headed outside to try out the magical Juggle Bubbles. Each of my children put a glove on and took turns blowing the no-pop solution downward out of the bubble blower. While their first few tries to catch bubbles didn't turn out too successful I encouraged them to keep trying. When my daughter finally caught a bubble and held it on her glove the excitement in her eyes melted my heart. My son who is only three years old really enjoyed chasing the bubbles while trying to catch them. So can you really pass and juggle the bubbles without popping them as Juggle Bubbles claims? We personally found it a bit difficult to do anything with the bubbles outside of holding them. Maybe we need a bit more practice--thank goodness we have all summer to perfect our Juggle Bubble Juggling! 

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Disclosure:
I received this product free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

7.25.2014

Review: Giant Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free

  


  I am always trying to save as much money as I can when I go grocery shopping. The issue is that I am always nervous that if I switch from the name brand to the store brand products I might not be getting the same quality. GIANT was kind enough to give me the opportunity to compare and sample several of Giant's OWN Brand products against name brand products for myself. 
   Some of the items that were sent included; cookies, trail mix, granola, pasta sauce, facial tissues. I was absolutely thrilled when I used the items and they turned out to be just as good as the name brand products or even better. I actually preferred Giant's signature label Fra Diavolo pasta sauce over the pasta sauce I have been using for years. Since trying many of Giant's OWN brand products I will definitely be switching out the products I normally have bought in the past for OWN brand. Did you know that on average, customers can expect to save 10 - 35% by purchasing Giant Food Own Brands instead of the national brand? I am excited to see just how much money I will be saving by purchasing more of Giant's own brand products. So I challenge you to take the Giant Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free Challenge!

Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free: During the weeks of 6/29, 7/6, 7/27 and 8/3, when customers purchase select national brand products, they will receive Giant’s Own Brands equivalent products for free. A complete listing of eligible sale items can be found in the weekly circular available online at www.giantfood.com . On average, customers can expect to save 10 - 35% by purchasing Giant Food Own Brands instead of the national brand.
Week of July 27 – August 2, 2014
Buy this national brand product…
…and receive this Giant Food Own Brands product for free.
Velveeta Shells & Cheese (12oz)
Own Brands Shells &Cheese (12 oz)
Juicy Juice (64oz)
Own Brands 100% Juice (64oz)
Goldfish crackers (6.6oz)
Own Brands Penguin crackers (6.6oz)
Kleenex (80ct)
Own Brands Tissues (80ct)

Week of August 3 - 9, 2014
Buy this national brand product…
…and receive this Giant Food Own Brands product for free.
Tyson Chicken Nuggets (32oz)
Own Brands Frozen Breaded Chicken (32oz)
Cheezits (9.7-13oz)
Own Brands Cheese Squares (11.5013/7oz)
Kelloggs Corn Flakes (18oz)
Own Brands Corn Flakes (18oz)
Listerine mouthwash (33.8oz)
Own Brands Mouthwash (33.8oz)

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7.24.2014

Review & Giveaway: Nohi Kids



About Nohi Kids
    At Nohi Kids they create comfortable, high quality, and eco-friendly clothes that appeal to both kids and their parents. Nohi Kids Clothing are the favorite dress or tee shirt that your child won't take off. Nohi Kids wants to be sure that their clothes are durable enough so that you can pass them down to the next lucky kid.


My Review
   I was sent a Tank Dress Spring Sash Tee from Nohi Kids to review. This darling dress is made of a soft organic cotton, bamboo viscose and lycra blend. This dress has quickly become one of my favorite summer staples for my seven year old daughter. The dress is elegant, sweet and incredibly versatile. The dress can easily be worn to church yet also worn out to play. It is very durable and the fabric breathes well especially during these hot summer days. The neck and sleeves stretch for easy on/off. When the dress becomes to small it can easily be worn with shorts or leggings for a cute tunic.  The dress washes beautifully and is a great addition to any little girls wardrobe.  

The Giveaway
Open to US Residents 

Enter to win a bodysuit or dress of the winner's choice from Nohi Kids

Enter after the jump!

7.23.2014

Review & Giveaway: Petbrosia


Every pet is unique. Their food should be too. 
-Petbrosia

Petbrosia determines the right diet for your dog or cat based on their breed, age, weight, food allergies, activity level, and other needs. Petbrosia only uses high quality, all-natural ingredients that have been grown and raised by farmers across America. No corn, No wheat, No soy, and No by-products EVER. 



My Review
     Petbrosia sent me a 10 pound bag of their new Salmon and Sweet Potato Grain-Free pet food to review. Ordering was super easy, I selected the breed of my dog, birthdate, gender, weight, activity level, body condition score and allergy information. Petbrosia took the information about my dog and created a wholesome diet for my pet's health needs. I took the advice of Petbrosia and followed their 'How to Safely Change your Pet's diet' guidelines. After a few days of mixing his old food with his new food my miniature poodle, Hermes was ready to switch over to Petbrosia for good. I was nervous he would shy away from a new food but he gobbled it down right away. Since starting on his Petbrosia diet I have definitely noticed a change in Hermes coat-it is shinier and softer.  I loved going through the whole Petbrosia website and learning about the different dog breeds and each of their nutritional needs. It really made me realize that every pet is unique, and their food should be just as unique. I am so glad I found Petbrosia and so is my puppy, Hermes!


The Giveaway
Open to the lower 48 States (Hawaii and Alaska are not included)

Enter to win a 3 lb. box of Petbrosia Dog Food!

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Review & Giveaway: Servane Barrau Designs


Come with me
And you'll be
In a world of
Pure imagination
Take a look
And you'll see
Into your imagination.......



   This month Servane Barrau will be releasing her Fall/Winter Collection named ' Chocolate Factory'. Since I have always been a huge fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory I was eager to see what her collection looked like. 

About Servane Barrau Designs
    Servane Barrau originally from France (but now a Montrealer) was raised by creative parents. Ever since Servane was north she has always embellished doing things differently. None of her prints desires or wishes for her were being attained. Servane works closely with children and each piece of clothing reflects that . Her creations live within each childs imagination and each design corresponds to a childs emotions.

My Review
  I was sent an Apron Top from the 'Chocolate Factory' collection from Servane Barrau Designs. This little Apron Top is very versatile and can be worn with a shirt underneath or without. The top can also be worn with tie in front or in back. It can easily be paired with a skirt, leggings or pants and can be dressed up or dressed down. The three different patterns makes the top fun and whimsical. The criss cross striped bow is absolutely adorable and adds a feminine quality to the Apron top. The top is perfect for school or play and I really appreciate that the top can be worn during any season (versatility is the key with kids clothing!). So when you are shopping this fall for your children's clothing make sure to check out Servane Barrau Designs.
The Giveaway
Open to US and Canadian Readers

Enter to win a Reindeer Dress and a matching 18" doll dress from Servane Barrau Designs


Enter after the jump!

7.22.2014

Review and Giveaway: Raffi's Love Bug

I was very young when I received my first album: Raffi's Baby Beluga. I still remember image on the record sleeve and I can still sing most of the words to many of the songs on that album. Raffi was the soundtrack of my youngest years. Naturally as I aged I pushed back and went elsewhere for music, and I confess for a time I thought of Raffi as silly and embarrassing. It wasn't him, it was me. Everything was embarrassing. Fortunately I have matured and as a mother can appreciate his positive messages and sweet melodies again. Even better, last week Raffi released his first new album in twelve years: Love Bug.


This album presents Raffi as he has always been: happy, optimistic, and curious. He is as in tune with the very young ones around us as ever. I liked 'Mama Loves It', of course, with the good manners and happy family routines, and even my husband agreed that 'On Hockey Days' was good (the whole family agreed this was the best song on the album, but we are a hockey-loving family.) My children did a double-take with 'This Land Is Your Land', because of course Raffi is Canadian and while I didn't notice anything awry I realized after the kids pointed it out that he was talking about Canadian geography. Good, I told my kids. You need to understand my land, too. It's also your heritage land. Raffi is all about inclusion and reprises the American version during the track as well so my silly boys needn't have woried about it.

Reading some of Raffi's notes about this album brought me a deeper appreciation of his music, especially Pete's Banjo. (Pete Seeger helped me work through my angst at moving to the suburbs and he will always be special to me.)

Starting your children in the world with Raffi starts them off with joy and peace. I'm glad I started my musical life with Raffi and I'm glad a whole new generation of littles can do the same.


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THE GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win Raffi Love Bug!

US residents only, please.

~enter after the jump!~
Disclosure:
I received this CD free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

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7.19.2014

Review: CapriClear Moisturizing Spray

Summertime skin makes me crazy. It's so hot in Texas that I'm sweating up a storm and half my face glistens constantly. We spend a lot of time in the pool, however, and the skin around my mouth and nose gets dry, flaky, and irritated. It's an impossible balance for me to treat both parts of the same face.


I was curious to try CapriClear, a moisturizing spray made 100% from fractionated coconut oil. Which part of my face would it benefit? Would something light enough to spray be strong enough for my chin and mouth area? Would I get drops on my clothes, ruining them? Will the rest of my face feel oily and gross? Would I break out? Am I going to smell like a coconut all day?

I didn't smell like a coconut -- this stuff is completely fragrance free. I didn't break out. The spray quickly absorbed into my skin so my face didn't feel greasy. If anything did get on my clothes I didn't know because the product doesn't stain clothing. Most amazingly of all, when considering all these facts, was that I saw improvements on my chin as well. Noticeably fewer flakes and the itchiness was gone. I started using this spray on everything. Dry elbows? Knees? spritz spritz. Scars? spritz spritz. Cut in my nail? spritz spritz. I don't know that long-term spritzing is going to improve these issues but this fragrance free, paraben free, phthalate free, PABA free, sulfate free, (etc.) formula isn't going to hurt me if I keep using it.

This spray is so convenient I started using it whenever and wherever. Now I've said before that I avoid sprays because of inhalant concerns (as I regularly tell friends at the pool, my lungs don't need sunscreen,) this is really more of a spritz; I can easily control where it will go and never found myself breathing in fine particulates The packaging boasts scar-reducing capabilities, even stubborn scars. I haven't been using it long enough to know about that but I can certainly attest to the short-term benefits. I am so happy that it balanced out my face. This is definitely a summer must-have! Look for CapriClear at a retailer near you, or online.


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Disclosure:
I received this product free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

7.18.2014

Review: Three by Three Seattle

Please give a warm welcome to Neely (the newest contributor to Cherry Blossoms {the blog}). This is Neely's very first review for us. To learn more about Neely click here. Neely was sent the Magnetic Stainless Dry-erase Weekly Planner and I was sent the Entry Butler from Three by Three Seattle to review. Please read on to hear our thoughts about the two different items.



The Magnetic Stainless Dry-erase Weekly Planner is exactly what it says it is — a clean, contemporary, paper-saving tool to remind you of important events throughout the week. I'm the kind of girl that has an iPhone but still likes to write my grocery list on a post-it note or a piece of paper. Writing things down helps me commit things to memory. But since my memory is terrible anyway, I usually need to have reminders where I can see them, as opposed to forcing myself to remember to check my phone. That said, I like this item for what it is. If you are at all like I am, and question whether you have early onset Alzheimer's, you will probably like it too.

Included in the package is the dry-erase board, a black dry-erase marker with a sponge eraser on the pen cap (and a magnet to stick it to the board), two disk-shaped stainless magnets, and three small screws with accompanying drywall protecting plastic screw holders. If I have a critique about this item, it has to do with the screws, or rather what they represent — the one-dimensional method for hanging this board. Basically, your only available option is to screw the thing into the wall, thus creating
three holes that will later need to be repaired. Not to mention, your options for what surface you can hang it from are severely limited. As a magnetic board, I expected the option of attaching it to my refrigerator or to a white board with magnets ... no luck. I suppose with a quick trip to the grocery store I could pick up some of those 3M sticky things to attach to the back, but it wouldn't it be more convenient if that option were included in the package? The board itself has rigid, styrofoam strips on the back that help it to stay flush against the wall without swinging back and forth, which is nice but also leaves an awkward gap between the board and the wall that is visible when looking at it from the side.

All of that said, it is what it says it is, and it writes and erases nicely. If you have a naked wall in your kitchen that you don't know what to do with, and don't mind drilling a few holes in it, I would recommend this item.



The Dry-erase Entry Butler from Three by Three Seattle is exactly what I needed to take the endless clutter on my kitchen table and remove it for good. You see, our kitchen table is a collecting place for the mail, car keys, coupons and more. I finally put my foot down and went searching for the perfect solution to my problem. I wanted something that was small, held papers and keys, while it could also double as a notepad if needs be. I found the perfect solution in the Entry Butler by Three by Three Seattle. Three by Three Seattle offers the Dry-erase Entry Butler in  three finishes-Stainless Steel, Real Bamboo and White (both the Stainless Steal and White are magnetic).The Entry Butler is compact (12.5 x 4 x 1 inch) and perfect for homes, offices, etc. The Entry Butler comes with a Dry-erase pen with eraser top and wall mounting hardware. We actually have a magnetic front door so have been able to hang our Entry Butler on the back of our front door. It is great when we are heading out since we can read the notes, grab our keys and go. I love the Dry-erase Entry Butler and how it has helped me become more organized.
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We received these product free of charge.
This has in no way affected our opinions.
This review is our opinion and has been written in our own words.
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