Monday, September 1, 2014

DIY Upcycled Back to School Supply Caddy

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School is back in session which means we've stocked up on school supplies for both at school and at home. When my son is in school, his desire to color and do crafts at home increases because he's used to doing them 3 days a week at school. We've always kept his art supplies in a basket, but we've broken so many crayons and ended up with dried out markers because the lids would come off. I started thinking of better ways to store his supplies and instead of buying a plastic caddy from the store, I decided to make one myself. 

This is so simple to make and only needs a few supplies:
-Empty plastic container cut down to about 2" tall (I used a wipe container)
-Toilet paper roll
-Washi tape
-Hot glue

After cutting down your plastic container to size, you can start covering it and the toilet paper roll in Washi tape. I really wanted some animals on the Washi tape, but my Nugget insisted on the rainbow print one.

Put hot glue around the edge of one side of the toilet paper roll.

Stick it down into the center of the larger plastic container and hold it down for a minute to ensure it stays put.

That's it! Add your supplies and the caddy is finished. This honestly took almost no time to make and it's such a cute way to store school or art supplies.

Happy Back to School!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Riunite Ultimate Chili Challenge Contest

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

I like wine and I like chili and with football season starting there is literally no better time for some serious tailgating to enjoy both. Right now Riunite is holding The Ultimate Chili Challenge Contest where you can win big prizes including tickets to the big game for February 2015. Home cooks around the country are spicing up their recipes and popping open bottles to compete for the best chili creation and Lambrusco pairing. With its fresh raspberry/strawberry notes and refreshing spritz, chilled Riunite is an ideal match for a wide variety of foods and especially spicy dishes like chili.

Check out my Bison Chili that I paired with Riunite Lambrusco. It went so well together! I will not be sharing my recipe as I will be entering it into the contest. Who doesn't want to win great prizes including trips to the regional chili cook-offs at football stadiums across the nation including tickets to the regional game.

The submission deadline is September 20, 2014. Throughout the program, they will also be offering coupons (IRCs) attached to Riunite bottles in retail stores and shoppers can save up to $4 on Riunite, Del Monte Tomatoes, and Louisiana Hot Sauce. I definitely like my chili with a little kick to it and the Riunite Lambrusco chilled is the perfect way to wash it down. Make sure to enter your best recipe because someone will win and it sure is fun to try!

Connect: You can connect with Riunite on Facebook, Instagram and/or @RiuniteOnIce on Twitter.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Perfect Snacks "Just-in" Time for Your Lunchbox Giveaway

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

We eat a lot of nut butters in our house. My son is addicted to peanut butter, I love almond butter, and if it has chocolate mixed in it, my husband wants it. Now that school is back in session, I try to vary what goes in to Nugget's lunches. I get tired of making him the same old thing and I know he does too. I love that Justin's not only has different nut butters in jars, but they also come in these cool little pouches that are perfect to pack in a lunchbox or throw in a purse for an on-the-go snack.

Justin's makes so many different flavors of nut butters. Their brand includes hazelnut butter, peanut butter, and almond butter. The chocolate hazelnut butter is so, so good and I got a little creative to make my son bear toast for breakfast with it. My personal favorite is the maple almond butter. It's so creamy with just a hint of sweetness. All of their products are Non-GMO verified, Kosher, and Gluten-free.

In addition to their nut butters, Justin's makes some pretty delicious chocolate peanut butter cups in both milk and dark chocolate. Hubby devoured the dark chocolate ones. These are great because they're sweet without being overly sweet and they have the perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter.

18 Rabbits also makes some great granola bars that are perfect for lunch boxes and snacks with a line just for kids called 18 Rabbits Jr. I really enjoy their regular granola bars and it makes him feel like a big kid to have his own granola bar that's just like mom's. He really loves the mango strawberry one. These bars have a soft, chewy texture and are bursting with flavor. Most of their products are certified organic and all of them are Non-GMO verified. They also donate 1% of their bars to kids needing nutritious food in their local community.

Having good options is important to creating a well-balanced and fun lunch for yourself or your child. With so many different choices in products, both Justin's and 18 Rabbits have a wide variety of flavors and items that anyone would enjoy as part of their lunch or snack. Be sure to check for them at a store near you and happy snacking.

Connect: You can connect with Justin's on their websiteFacebook, PinterestInstagram, and/or @Justins on Twitter!

You can connect with 18 Rabbits on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and/or @18Rabbits on Twitter!

Don't Miss this Fantastic Giveaway! How would you like to win free product coupons from Justin's? I have coupons to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tech Armor is Everything Your Smartphone Needs plus Giveaway

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I received samples for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

Like most people now, I can't seem to function without the use of my smartphone. It's become a second child to me, and just like when I'm without my son, I feel like something is lost or missing if my phone is MIA. A sad truth, but I really do rely on my iPhone 5 for numerous reasons. I can keep in check with the sitter when I work, text my husband if we need more milk or medicine, stay connected with friends who are hundred miles away in an instant, and have great clothes sent to my door. Okay, so it's a toss up of whether I'm using my smartphone for good or evil at times, but regardless, it's a part of me and deserves the best protection around. That's why I'm really excited to tell you about Tech Armor.
Tech Armor is a leading mobile device accessories company with awesome products to protect, enhance, and more your smartphone or tablet. The company was started by two dads, so they had a pretty good idea what fellow parents were looking for in their smartphone products.
So let's talk about those cases first. We got to test drive seven of the SlimProtect Thinnest iPhone cases for our iPhone 5. They are so thin, it barely feels like their is a case on my phone, which. I love. I hate bulky cases. I like to slip my phone in and out of my back pocket and those scary padded cases just don't allow that. But these lightweight polycarbonate cases are amazing. I've dropped mine a few times and nothing is cracked or splintered. And none of my ports or buttons are blocked.
My husband, who works around concrete, tools, and the like each day opted to take the UltraClear Ballistic Glass protector as above. He wiped the screen down with the included cloth and alcohol wipes, then slowly secured the ballistic glass cover over the face of his phone. It went on smoothly, no air bubbles and hugs the screen so wonderfully, you can't tell there is anything on it. And now, if he drops his phone, the glass with absorb the impact and keep his smartphone safe. It would cost more to fix this screen that the trade-in value of the phone and now, I'm not worried about him near all that concrete! Also included are dust removal tape strips and these cute button stickers that match the phone cases we got Trivial, but I just adore the turquoise button and turquoise case wrapped around my white iPhone, it makes it unique to me!

We also received a couple of the TechPower Dual Port RAPID USB Wall Chargers, one in white and one in black. The Dual Port allows you to charge your tablet and smartphone at the same time. This will come in handy on road trips, as we normally bring two chargers and always leave or lose one of them! Working from home or out at the coffee shop will be easier too, allowing you to charge both phone and iPad at once with the use of one outlet! My favorite part, the charger knows when your phone is done juicing up, preventing your device from overcharging, which actually is bad for your phone. Ever wonder why your phone never seems to hold a charge for too long after awhile, it's because you've degraded the battery by overcharging it! Now, you can plug it in and not worry. Travel abroad? Just remove the prongs to expose international adapters. See? These guys thought of everything! Check out their website to see if your tablets/smartphones are compatible.

Always on the go? Tech Armor has you covered as well with their Dual USB Car Charger. Just like the wall charger, you can charge two devices in the car while on your way to school, a meeting, or stuck on that nine hour drive to grandma's house around the holidays. It also stops the overcharging of batteries and might even charge a certain type of e-reader, just check the website for compatibly!
Tech Armor is also an online only site, you won't find their amazing products in stores. Instead, simply shop online and reap the benefits of low cost and high quality products. Plus, they aren't just for iPhones, that's just what we happen to drool over in our home. Just about every smartphone and most tablets are covered, but please check for your device before ordering!
You can connect with Tech Armor on their website, Facebook, and @TA_TechArmor
How would you like to win your own Tech Armor bundle just like mine above? (Note: cases are for iPhone 5/5c/5s) I have one bundle to giveaway to one lucky winner! To enter the giveaway, follow the rules below. If you don't follow the rules, you cannot win! Good luck!