Monday, July 21, 2014

Sun, Sand & Mudslides

Hurray! The weather finally warmed up enough for our first beach trip this summer. It's been really chilly here this summer, which is very odd. We actually pulled out jackets last week. That's unheard of around here in July! Saturday was warm and sunny, so we packed up our gear, grabbed some friends, and headed to Warren Dunes.

Some of you may remember me talking about taking a trip there last year. My best friend has never been to that beach, so we thought it would be a fun experience for her and her girls.

We did a little bury the kids in the sand...

Took some water selfies...

Rolled down the sand dunes...

But the best part was mud hunting.

The girls wasted no time digging into the natural clay mud and smearing it all over their bodies. Us big girls got in on the action too...

But... this year we went a little further than we did last year and stumbled upon a mudslide! How fun is this!?!?

 A very fun day at the beach. Yay for sun, sand & mudslides!

How often do you go to the beach in the summer?

Scotch Duct Tape The Tape On Back-to-School Contest Has Begun!

Getting crafty is something that I do occasionally, and I like to encourage my girls to join in on projects with me from time to time. I love to see their creativity bloom with each project, and am often awed by the things they come up with all on their own. Summertime is the time we get most of our crafting projects done, so when I was asked if Mariah would like to designs some crafts with Scotch Duct Tape that would help her go back to school in style this fall, I couldn't resist! She was sent 4 rolls of Scotch Duct Tape, and challenged to create a duct tape craft for school.

Duct Tape

She ended having so much fun with the Scotch Duct Tape, she did 3 projects. To get her feet wet, she started with a simple bookmark craft. All that was needed was a strip of duct tape, a few paper clips, and a pair of scissors. 

duct tape craft

Simply pull off your desired length of Scotch Duct Tape, cut a small slit in the center, insert your paper clip, fold the tape in half, cut your snake tongue shapes in the top (I know there is a technical term for that, I just don't know what it is). Voila. Easy, customized bookmarks!

duct tape craft

duct tape craft

She liked those bookmarks so much, she ended up making a few full sized ones for her sister.

She wanted to dress up this boring black phone case too, and made it look fabulous with the snake print duct tape!

 All of these crafts were so fun for her, and now she is looking forward to browsing all of the Scotch Duct Tape patterns the next time we go to the store. 

Do you have a teen who likes to craft? Crafting with duct tape is fun, and with the wide array of patterns, the projects one can make are endless! Scotch Duct Tape wants to challenge crafty teens to design some fun, back-to-school crafts using duct tape, and is currently running a cool promotion called the "Tape On Back-to-School Contest".

Right now, through August 18, teens can submit a photo of their original craft to the Scotch Facebook Page showing how they are going back to school in style, for a chance to win $1,000!

Teen vlogger, Sarai Jones, will be judging the contest, and has created a fun video with locker decorations for inspiration. The contest will include prizes for the top four winners, with prizing of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third and fourth place.

Have your teen enter today for a chance to win!

Have you ever crafted using duct tape?

*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

Beautiful Paper Crafting Made Easy With Spellbinders Celebra'tions

I do love to craft, and paper crafting is something that I have always thought looked interesting, but never really tried. Handmade cards are something that I love to admire on Etsy and Pinterest, but pairing up patterns and shapes is a little intimidating to me. I really don't know where to start! I'm sure there are many others out there that have those same concerns, but did you know that you can make beautiful, handmade paper cards and crafts easily with Spellbinders Paper Arts?

Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the line to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a Celebration not only easy but also fun.
I recently was able to try out some new products from the Spellbinders Celebra'tions line. I was sent everything needed to make a wonderful party card and a goodie sack.

I put the card together first. It was so easy to get everything assembled. Just layer the pieces, stick them together with some sticky backed foam, and all done! I loved the turnout!

Handmade invitation

The goodie bag was just as simple. Just cut the tag and shaped out with scissors, use sticky back foam, and tie on some twine. Done!

I was also sent a set of these fun stamps to help dress up my projects:
paper crafting stamps
I liked how each of the projects took less than 5 minutes to complete. It really makes me want to dive into more paper crafting soon!

Spellbinders has everything you need to make lovely, one of a kind paper crafts:
-Embossing Folders
-Paper Collections
All of these items can be purchased on the Spellbinders website, though I do want to point out, they are a bit pricey. The stamp set runs $12.99, which was a little more than I priced similar items for at the craft store. However, I do like the convenience of online ordering, and how the guesswork was taken out of pairing the shapes and patterns, so I would definitely consider purchasing more paper crafting supplies from Spellbinders in the future.

*Do you like to make your own cards and invitations? 
*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Best For My Pets Bully Sticks Help Dogs Snack Healthy & Happy #bullysticks

Rocky, my male boxer, has many food allergies, so we have to be very careful about the food and treats we give him. Most times, feeding him anything less than all natural food products will result in his skin getting blotchy, red, and puffy. Our vet recommended for us to cut out things like raw hides, and in place give him treats like carrots. Being a little stinker, he will chew them up and spit them out all over the floor, leaving a nasty mess. He's picky, so trying to find something that he does like that won't cause him harm has been somewhat of a challenge.

He used to love chewing on raw hides, but those were the worst for him, causing inflammation and blotchy skin. When I heard about Bully Sticks, a chew stick which is all natural, made from cattle muscle, I was happy to find a long lasting chew that would make Rocky happy again!

bully sticks

Best for my Pets Bully Sticks are the perfect chew treat for my dogs. What makes Best for my Pets Bully Sticks perfect for my dogs? They are made from 100% All Natural, free range cattle, I don't worry about my dogs ingesting harmful chemicals or ingredients. They are odor free, high in protein, low in fat, and are 100% digestible.

bully sticks

Giving your pup a bully stick will help promote good oral health, and will provide your dog with stress relief and a sense of comfort.

boxer dog

Other chews we have tried in the past are usually gobbled up within seconds, but the Best for my Pets Bully Sticks provided over 15 minutes of chew time per stick for my dogs. Each stick is 6 inches long, which is a great size for my boxers.

Boxer chew stick
Adrian likes to eat hers like a lollipop :)
When I read on the package that a portion of each purchase helps support dog rescues throughout the USA, I loved the company even more. Most of you know that we have a rescue pug, so any company that gives back to animals has a special place in my heart. Even though Wrigley doesn't have many teeth left, we still let her gnaw on a bully stick until the boxers finish theirs. *As always, make sure you monitor your pets when they are eating the chews!*

Best for my Pets Bully Sticks come in an 8 ounce package. It is packed per weight, so the number of sticks in each package will vary. You can Buy It Now on Amazon! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, they do offer a 100%, no questions asked, money back guarantee. 

Overall, we are really pleased with our Best for my Pets Bully Sticks and will continue to purchase them in the future.

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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. 

Give your baby a fresh start with Purex & One Step Ahead Giveaway!

All parents want what's best for their baby, and getting them started on the right path as early as possible is the best way to achieve that. Purex and One Step Ahead want to reward one lucky baby with a fresh start by providing him or her with a fabulous prize that will get started in the right direction.

Parents, head over to the Purex website and enter for a chance to win your baby a $1,000 One Step Ahead gift card, as well as a year's supply or Purex Baby Detergent & Purex Crystals!

The giveaway will run until July 31, 2014, and ends at 3:00 PM PST. Open to residents of the U.S.A.

More about Purex and One Step Ahead:

  • Purex Baby detergent is hypoallergenic for sensitive skin.
  • Purex Crystals for Baby infuses a clean gentle scent.
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*Disclosure- I received no compensation to promote this giveaway. All opinions stated my own.

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