Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Old Factory Candles Gift Set Review and Giveaway

I love candles. I am always burning one scent or another to keep my house smelling nice and fabulous. I enjoy a variety of smells and am always keeping my eye out for something new.

 The Old Factory Candles sets allow you to try three different scents for one price. The candles are small so this is a great way to experience new smells without committing to a large sized candle, and it means you don't have to wait forever to finish one scent before starting another. 

I love that they come in sets with related, themed smells too. You can select the one that fits you best, or go for a group you have never tried before. The variety makes these a great gift too!

I received the Happy Holidays set for review. I saw right away that all of the candles were white, even though they have different scents. Personally, I like the colors of my candles almost as much as the scents, but them being white means they can go with any decor, which is a plus when gifting them.

I noticed these do not have a really strong scent to them. Many times a candle will have an overpowering smell that can be bothersome to guests, kids or people with sensitivities. That does not seem to be an issue with these. I burned one in my bedroom for hours and even though I could smell it there, the scent did not travel to other rooms. I thought this was perfect for burning different smells in different places, and also to keep the smell contained to the area in which you want it.

I wanted to see how much burn time I could get from each of these so I lit one and let it go for a few hours before putting it out. The next day I let it go for around 6 hours and it had not even melted to the bottom of the jar. Many times that is a problem, you let a candle go for a long time and then the wick slides and moves in the melted wax. I had no movement with these and was able to burn them at will with no concern.

Fall Harvest
Pumpkin Spice                                       
Autumn Leaves

Happy Holidays
Christmas Tree
Candy Cane

Winter Wonderland
Hot Cocoa
Roasted Chestnut
First Snow

Rose Petals
Dark Chocolate

Fresh & Clean
Olive Blossom
Fresh Linen

Spa Day
Green Tea

Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei

Coffee Shop
Coffee Bean
Chai Tea

Man Cave
Straight Razor

High as a Kite
Bag O' Cookies

New Born Baby
Baby Powder
Baby Shampoo
First Blanket

50 Shades
Vanilla ***
Jasmine Bubbles

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Coffee Dates from Hell- Book Review

I love to read. I always have a book that I am currently working through, sometimes even two or three at a time. I like to read a variety of topics, so when I saw the Coffee Dates From Hell book, it seemed like a perfect fit.

This book is a collection of short stories about random coffee dates between people. It has some historical characters like Lincoln and Einstein and other various random people. Each one tells the story of how the first dates went...with all the crazy details. Of course the stories are fictional, but still hilarious to read.

I loved that these stories were short enough to read in just minutes. Each one had a different reason why the date was going bad, and they were all comical. Some of the stories were obvious as to what the issue was, and others took a minute to express the oddness of the date. The variety was nice and prevented me from becoming bored with the stories.

There are also a few stories about coffee shops that have turned into coffee flops. These short descriptions of the craziest of coffee shop horrors left me shaking my head in wonder. I can't imagine going into them!

This is a great book for times when you just have a few minutes to read or need something funny to laugh at. It would be perfect for bus or subway rides, while sitting in a waiting room or even keeping in the bathroom. I personally enjoyed relaxing in a bubble bath and reading a few dates each time while I soaked.

This would also make a great gift for anyone who enjoys a bit of humor in their life! The stories aren't what I consider inappropriate or raunchy, so there is no concern over who could receive this book. It would be perfect to hand out as a Holiday party favor or to keep on hand for emergency or unexpected gifting needs too.

You can find this book in paperback and ebook version on Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Home Security Matters

The benefits of home security hardware are optimized if someone is monitoring the system. For this reason, many people use alarm Monitoring services, which essentially provide real time evaluation of a home security system and any potential threats. With these services, a home's surveillance cameras are remotely monitored by a dedicated staff. Clients are advised to keep their indoor and outdoor cameras on 24 hours per day. Modern video surveillance cameras can be connected to a home's wireless internet network. A router or access point is the actual piece of hardware that connects security cameras with the control panel of a monitoring company. An alarm system can also be connected to a home's traditional land line. That way, the company can still monitor the alarm system if the internet connection is lost. 

An intercom is also an essential component of a modern alarm system. Occupants of a home that's monitored can directly communicate with the monitoring company representatives and call for help or diffuse any false alarms that don't require attention.

Home security monitoring agents are trained to respond promptly to any alerts. Sensors are used along with video cameras to evaluate any threats to a client's home. For example, an activated smoke alarm usually prompts the monitoring company to call for immediate help from the fire department serving the client's area. Video surveillance is also used to verify the outbreak of a fire in a specific part of a home. 

Handling false alarms is another important aspect of home security monitoring services. Agents are trained to assess alerts and determine the ones that might not necessarily require an immediate response. For example, deer and other animals can sometimes activate outdoor alarm sensors. Infrared technology is used to detect movement within a certain radius of a home. Outdoor video cameras can be utilized to confirm any non-threats such as deer or stray dogs passing through the backyard or front lawn.

For accurate monitoring, such companies encourage homeowners to install special sensors on windows and doors. These devices can easily detect forceful entries into a home that prompt police dispatches to diffuse the situation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Space Scouts - Encourage Your Child to Love Learning!

As a parent, I am always looking for something new to keep the kids entertained. I hate to see them just sitting around watching a screen, so anything interactive is a plus to me!

Space Scouts monthly subscription club for kids is a delightful learning adventure aimed at discovering the wonders of the universe! Each month your child will explore a new place in space -- stepping into the worlds of space exploration, space science, and astronomy. Join Roxy and Jett as they scout about the galaxy engaging your child in fun learning activities, hands-on discovery, and exciting challenges. Packages arrive each month filled with fun additions to your collection -- magnets, stickers, toys, and more! 

Space Scouts is a stellar vehicle for launching your child's interest in science & technology! This is not your typical grab-bag subscription box. Space Scouts is a fun, educational experience where each month builds upon the previous. It's a great way to learn! Price is affordable at $11.95 per month + $3.00 shipping. Discounts for multi-month purchase. Space Scouts is designed for kids age 6+. Visit our website to learn more! 20% discount - Use promo code USFAMILY20 at checkout to receive 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan


I will be reviewing this subscription service and letting you know what i think so stay tuned!

JBanZ Unbreakable Sunglasses

Created in Australia, BanZ has a complete protection collection of sun safety products for children ages 0-12. Sunglasses, hats, hearing protection and swimwear are available in multiples styles and sizes as well as sunscreen, swim goggles and more. Free Case & Sunscreen Sample - Use coupon code FREE at checkout to receive a BanZ slip case as well as a sunscreen sample.

I will be reviewing these awesome sunglasses for kids, so check back to see what I think!

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

I love chocolate. I could eat it all day long and probably would if I had nothing better to do. Now I get a chance to review some delicious chocolates from Mrs. Cavanaugh's and tell you all about it!!

Time was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

"It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'"

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

...In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch. 

"It was a difficult decision, especially for George," Mrs. Cavanaugh said. "He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy - and could compete with - those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates."

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence....
Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies. My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily2014

Stay tuned for my review of these!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Flashing Devil Horns for a Complete Halloween Look

Even though Halloween is over for another year, that does not mean you have to stop dressing up. There are so many times when a costume can be fitting, you just have to find them. Charity events, birthday parties and themed socials are only a few times when you can break out the accessories and get to work on a fun, fantastic look.

This season I was so busy I didn't go to any parties for Halloween, but I did find a chance to dress up a time or two at home. After all, costumes can be used for spice all year long. I thought the cute glowing devil horns I was sent for review were the perfect touch for a night of fun.

Before I even got a chance to see them however, my daughter decided she wanted them for herself. She loved how bright the red color was and how cute they were when lit. She though these would go perfect with her dress up collection, and I have to admit, she was right.

The horns are on a black plastic headband, making them simple and easy to put on. The horns are made from a squishy plastic feeling material as well, reminding me of those night lights everyone used to have. The lights in these turn on with the flip of a switch on the back of the center piece, taking you from fierce to flashing in seconds.

She has used these for a combined period of several hours and so far the lights still work fine. The only thing I noticed was they are not good for wearing on rides or anything going upside down, because the horns do detach from the headband. This may be on purpose, as it looks like they could actually work with other toppers too, but I have no idea if it is supposed to be that way or if they just come off easily.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Super Bright Longest Lasting Glow Stick Bracelets

One of the things I remember most from childhood was glow toys. We spent hours playing with them and my kids do the same thing now. When the great people at Tomoson were looking for kids to show off their glow creativity, I knew it was perfect for them!

 I was sent a package of 100 glow sticks in a variety of bright colors for them to have fun with. We received red, purple, green, yellow, blue and white I believe. Each of the sticks had it's own adapter piece too, allowing them to be used as bracelets or to make even more fun creations with them.

We happened to be having a party in that time frame, so I saved these until I had a bunch of kids together to try these glow sticks. I set a bunch of them on the table, they turned out the lights and started snapping and shaking to get them all glowing brightly.

The girls started by making everything from the normal necklaces and bracelets to a jump rope, tiara and even a hula hoop. They had a blast jumping and trying to get the hoop to stay together. Then they started to get creative.

Reagan made a headband for her Babysitting Mama doll, which triggered a design session to make clothes for that and the Build a Bears too.

They ended up making several different styles but this was my favorite.

They created locks for the fridge and decorations for her dresser, and crazy things like handcuff chains too.

They played with these for hours, until the lights started to fade and the kids fell asleep. Then they started again the next day! I loved how bright the colors really were and how long they lasted. There were even a few with some glow left when they all got up the next day.

The boys are 11 and 13 and they had a blast joining in the fun. They made things like glasses and accessories, then started trying to create cool effects for their profile photos and backgrounds. They used a variety of colors like pink, blue, green and yellow to make fun light patterns.

These are a great way to entertain kids for long periods of time. They work wonders for sleepovers, on trips, while camping or anytime they just want to be fun and creative. Having 100 of them in a package allows a variety of color choices and plenty of pieces to go around too.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 3, 2014

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Big Bunch of New Coupons 11-2-14!!!

$0.35 off any Pillsbury Baking Mix or Frosting 
$0.25 off any ONE Crisco Shortening 
$1.00 off Folgers Flavors™ Liquid Coffee Enhancer 
$0.50 off any Folgers Coffee product 
$1.50 off Folgers Gourmet Selections Coffee 
$0.55 off Bridgford Frozen Rolls or Bread 
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$1.00 off any two HORMEL Bacon Toppings products 
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$1.00 off FOUR Progresso™ products 
$1.50 off ONE Pampers UnderJams 
$1.50 off any Triple Cream 
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$0.40 off TWO CANS Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls 
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$0.55 off any one (1) Litehouse Product 
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$0.75 off Betty Crocker Ready to Spread Frosting 
$0.55 off any Hungry Jack Syrup 
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