Friday, May 31, 2013

Space Warriors Blu Ray Giveaway

Walden Family Theater is proud to announce Space Warriors and a chance to Win a Family Trip to Space Camp!


• 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!


. • 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! Past films include: "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, "Holes", "Nim's Island", "Charlotte's Web", and "Return to Nim's Island."

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.

One lucky LittleYllwBird reader will win a Space Warriors
Blu-ray Combo Pack Space Warriors (Blu-ray + DVD + VUDU Digital Copy) (Walmart Exclusive)

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

JustFab Fabshionista and Shoe Review



  I'm sure for the most part, most of you out there have heard about Justfab or seen a commercial for their website. Essentially it's like a subscription service for shoes. $39.95 a month and you get a personally chosen pair of shoes shipped to you according to the style profile you fill out. There is a little more control than that to it but that is just the basic idea. What you may not know is that JustFab also has a  social aspect where you can earn points through Social Toaster by people sharing, commenting, liking, tweeting, retweeting and the like of posts you make. And when you earn points you earn raffle entries to win free shoes, store credits and big giveaway prizes!
        These hot pink shoes are the first pair I won through the Just Fab Fabshionistas.
     These particular shoes can be found on their website to purchase as they are identical to the shoe Corina without the logo and they come in Black, Hot Pink, and Blush. I obviously chose hot pink.
     These shoes however are the Julianas. They have the Just Fab logo embroidered on the outside heel of both shoes. They have a quilted look to them from stitching. The toe shape is between an almond and a pointed toe and the bottom have rubber sole to help with grip while walking.
     They do run small and though I ordered a full size up I could have done well with a half size had they carried it as they are too long. The shoe however runs more on the narrow side and with the 5 inch heel and 1 inch hidden platform, even I find it hard to walk in these. They are however a great statement piece and if you're more comfortable in high heels these may be for you.

      The second pair of shoes I received were in the form of a credit win. I was able to choose these shoes all on my own. I searched for days trying to come up with the best shoes for me and I read literally every review. I ended up settling for the Ruff Riders by Iron Fist for Just Fab. Nowhere on the website did it mention that these were Iron Fist, and I am aware that Iron Fist typically runs small but even though these are a little on the tight side I know I can stretch them out to break them in.
     These shoes if I am not mistaken are also a 5 inch heel with a 1 inch hidden platform or something very close to that but even though the heel is similar to the previous shoes, I find these easier to walk in as they are not overly narrow, nor are they a half size too big.
     What I love about these is all the fun detail of the black on black sequined skulls and the dangling skull from the non functioning zipper. I also really love the flap on the toe with the studs. It almost gives them the look of motorcycle shoes gone way wrong.
                                             

      Both shoes came with a dust bag, heavy cardboard box and extra pair of high heel replacement tips. I can honestly say this is the first time I have owned shoes under $50 that gave these because they care about your shoes. It's nice to see that they want you to make sure you are caring for them as they should be cared for regardless of price.
      I am not sure what the Fabshionistas has in store for the future but I am hoping that they continue with this program so others can join in and possibly win some free shoes of their own. I know some changes may be coming soon but if you want to join and see about becoming a part of the Fabshionistas you can sign up here.

FTC: This post does contain referral links, these are not paid referrals. All products shown were prizes sent to me as raffle wins. I am not affiliated with JustFab and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Influenster Spring Fever Vox Box- TastyKake Review

       If you remember my previous Influenster reviews back around October you may recall I posted one big long review. This time I am going to break it down in to several little mini posts so there is less information to overload your brain with all at once as this particular vox box is all over the place.
       If you don't know what Influenster is, it is a website where you can sign up like a subscription service and receive voxboxes that contain mostly full sized items and you can do challenges and reviews to raise your score to earn more chances to get more boxes. The best part? It's all free!
 

         I am aware some of you may not even know what TastyKake is as most people used to look at me like I was nuts if I ever mentioned them. I personally seen them sold everywhere growing up when I lived up north but less when I lived down south. They are pretty spectacular if you haven't tried them.
        I have noticed that they have branched out and started selling a lot more and according to their website they now sell throughout the East Coast and the South East. You can check their store locator here.
        I received one of their new Kandy bar Kakes in my Spring Vox Box, and I know I'm going to get some heat for this one but I was praying SO HARD for it to not be the Reeses one. (Not a fan of Peanut butter or PB mixed with chocolate) I lucked out and I received the S'mores Kakes! 
         Typically most of the time in a s'mores flavored anything, all they can really give you is the three main component flavors and not really give you the feeling of eating a real s'mores. This is just like that but a little better. The cake on the inside layered with the marshmallow créme gives it a different, softer texture. The chocolate is Hershey's brand and the top is sprinkled with graham crackers. 
        I think I was actually surprised at how large the size of the kake was! Definitely something for when you want to indulge.  I absolutely loved it though. If you haven't tried it, and it is something you want to look into trying at least once, go for it! S'mores not your thing? They also carry a Reeses and a York Peppermint Patty flavor!
       Check out TastyKake on their website to see what else you can find! They have everything from recipes to a full product list! Also check out their Facebook and be a part of the conversation!

FTC: I received the products shown from Influenster. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dollhouse Fuchsia Leopard Print Kitty Pump Review


       I don't think most of you ladies are ready to hear this, or believe it, but I have found literally the most comfortable stilettos on the planet! I hope you were sitting down.
      While browsing online one day I came across these Dollhouse Kitty Pumps and I was intrigued. The details on the site said they were 4.75 inch heel with a 2.5 inch platform. The photos of the shoes almost looks retro- pinup in shape and the fuchsia leopard was just amazing. I don't think I have ever decided to buy shoes so fast. Mind you, this was at 4am and I probably shouldn't have been shoe shopping online.
           I was pretty thrilled when they showed up on my doorstep two days later and I may or may not have let out an audible squeaking noise upon seeing them for the first time. The box was hot pink, the tissue wrapped around the shoes was leopard print and I pulled out the shoes and the first thing I said was... "If THAT is a 4 inch heel, then I am the Queen of England". I whipped out my trusty measuring tape that I use for sewing and lo and behold, this girl knows her heels. These suckers had a 6 inch stiletto heel! I didn't have very high hopes for ever being able to wear them in public by this point.
          I decided it was all or nothing and put them on anyway. Aside from a little wobbliness on such a tiny heel I was surprised at how incredibly comfortable they were! The toe box was slightly wider than normal and paired with the rounded almond toe shape they weren't uncomfortable at all!
        The bottom of the shoe has a nice 3D leopard print on it as well to help with grip while walking and I adjusted to the heel in no time without a single rolled ankle or any broken bones. I  wore them to the store to go food shopping and I received compliments (and a few very inappropriate cat calls) from everyone that passed! I was able to wear them for hours without any foot pain at all, and trust me, this doesn't happen often for me.
         These were literally the best purchase I have ever made and I can't rave about them enough! If the higher stiletto heel doesn't scare you; I can't honestly think of a reason why you shouldn't own them! I am seriously considering checking out some of the other shoes on the Dollhouse website!


FTC: The products shown were purchased by myself. I am not affiliated with Dollhouse, nor was I payed to post this review. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ozeri Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale with Microban® Review

     If you read my previous Ozeri post you may notice some similarities between this one and the last. The last review was on the Microban digital Bathroom scale and I thought it would be fun to do a follow up of a Microban Digital Kitchen Scale!
      Living a healthy lifestyle is something everyone is always trying to achieve, all while looking for ways to simplify. Watching your diet can be difficult if you aren't very good at portion control. Or maybe you just need a little more help in the kitchen for measuring out your ingredients. Either way, a kitchen scale has been one of the best kitchen helpers you could find, but most were large, hard to read or just took up too much counter space in general.
      The Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri utilizes Microban® technology, an antimicrobial product that protects and helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria.
    Some of the features of the scale include multiple weight settings, an LED blue back-lit screen, 2 advanced touch sensitive buttons, and 4 high precision GFX sensors among other things.The precision tare feature automatically subtracts the weight of the container providing the net weight of the ingredients, and the easy unit button instantly converts between lb/oz, kg/g, fl.oz., ml.
      One of the great features of this particular kitchen scale is, not only does it help you manage portion control for dietary needs, but it could also double as a postal scale! The scale comes with a booklet that not only breaks down portion control by ounces and calories of every day food items but it also contains a small section in the back that helps you with calculation pricing of postage by weight. Having the freedom to choose how you want to use the device is amazing and that it provides you with the tools to do so is twice as awesome.
         The weight runs on 2 lithium batteries and includes an easy open battery hatch with no screwdriver needed making it convenient to use. When placed on a flat surface and pressure applied slowly I was able to max it out to about 12 lbs before I got an error and it had no issues whatsoever recovering.
          I love the slim design for easy storage and the sleek look of the 2 touch sensitive buttons on the front. It gives it a beautiful look without being over complicated or too simplified. It's incredibly easy to use and I can't imagine not having it around now as it has become so useful in my everyday life!

You can read the review of the WeightMaster Microban Digital Bathroom Scale HERE, Green Earth Pan HERE , the double wall Serafino Thermo glasses HERE, and the Cardiotech Blood Pressure Monitor HERE, or you can check Ozeri out on Facebook.

FTC: I received the products shown for review purposes, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Wash N Zip Pet Bed Review and Giveaway





   If you have been around a little while, you may already be aware, Dexter is a SMELLY dog that has an aversion to taking a bath. This has become a huge issue for me because he likes to rub his funk all over everything and his previous bed became very gross, very fast. I ended up switching him from a bed to just a blanket and every time I washed it the entire inside of the washing machine would be covered in his hair; which is a nightmare because I use a shared laundry at my apartment and I have to pay to wash clothes. Not to mention this blanket was made out of some weird almost acrylic feeling fabric and it came out of the washing machine completely dry. I'm sure if I had put it in the dryer it would have melted. I imagine this wasn't a comfortable solution for Dex because he would sleep on my bed more than his own.
       I decided it was time to try something new so why not try a washable pet bed? Normally when you try to wash a bed, you remove the cover and the actual base of the bed never gets cleaned. That means the smell stays along with dirt and bugs and eventually you have to replace the bed. Well with the Wash 'N Zip Pet bed you are able to wash the entire bed without having to worry about whether it will fit in your machine or if it will be truly clean.
      The Wash 'N Zip bed actually opens up into a blanket that can be used as a car set cover, or in Dexter's case, a nest he can bury himself in. The bed has a super soft leopard print top, which I find to be absolutely adorable! The zipper is a heavy duty zipper that holds really well. The length folds down twice to make for extra padding and when opened up allows it to fit in the washing machine easily while simultaneously cleaning the entire bed, inside and out.
        The true test for durability has been letting Dex have this bed for a full week before washing it. He tried to dig through it, bite it, rolled on it, pulled it around the room (or tried to), and slept on it. One week later it was pretty nasty. Not an inch of it wasn't covered in his hair. It also was emitting a special kind of odor that only a Dexter could produce. A quick run through the wash and it came out clean and like new. They are designed to take many runs through the wash so I wasn't surprised to find nothing wrong with it. I decided to not zip it back up and just lay it on the floor for Dex and he burrowed inside instantly.

        The best part about the bed is having the option to have it as a padded bed, or as a blanket and I think it was pretty clear how Dexter preferred it. I ended up stuffing the unzipped Wash 'N Zip in his crate and he started dragging toys in there and sleeping. This may not seem like a big deal, but he actually hasn't set foot in his crate in over 6 months because he didn't like the old bed that was in there.
      All in all I am thrilled with Dexter's new bed and he is clearly thrilled with his new bed as well! There is nothing about this that I do not absolutely love!
      Finding the perfect bed for your pet can be a challenge because you have to find a way to balance comfort, price, and how often and how well you can clean it and I really do believe they have hit the mark. This may be one of the only beds I will ever want for Dexter, as this one should last for years and if I ever need to replace it, I know what I will replace it with! 
       If you want to show your pet some love and win one of these beds for yourself enter through the rafflecopter below! One person will have the chance to win a bed in their choice of an X-SMALL (20″ x 14″), SMALL (24″ x 18″), or MEDIUM (32″ x 24″).


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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Giant Microbes Brain Cell Review and Giveaway






   Do you ever have those off days when sometimes you wish you had a little extra brain power to help you remember that thing you forgot? Well, this extra brain cell won't actually boost your memory, but it will give you something to hold on to while also teaching you something in the process.
   Giant Microbes is literally the coolest toy on the planet for nerds, science-fans, anyone in the medical profession, or anyone with a fun sense of humor! Not only do they make some seriously bad diseases seem a little less scary, some of them look downright cuddly! I don't know about you, but I think I would be alright having the Norovirus if it looked this cute and cuddly all the time!
    Not only can you find cuddly versions of the stomach flu but you can find tons of other bacteria, viruses, cells, and bugs. What is really fantastic about it is you learn something while you search. Giant Microbes actually shows you the scientific name while you are searching!
    I had a really hard time deciding what I wanted the most while browsing and I settled on the Brain Cell. Lately I have been feeling a little less on top of things. Remembering simple words has not been my forte so I figured one more brain cell might help me get things firing in the brain again. Twelve hours later Dexter ate it. I can only assume his logic behind doing this was so I would forget if I gave him treats or not so I would give him extra.
     The Brain Cell actually comes with a hang tag that has a lot of really great information inside it like: how your brain actually is made up of 100 billion little grey brain cells (neurons), and research shows that there is enough electric power flickering in your neurons to illuminate a flashlight bulb; among other things.
     What I love about the brain cell is it's made of a super soft material, but stuffed well and sewn together nicely. Apparently it is no match for tiny, razor sharp Dexter teeth, but to be fair they aren't technically dog toys, Dexter was just really sneaky and stole it.
     If you like the Brain Cell but are looking for something a little more personalized, they also carry World's Smartest Dad Brain Cell and World's Smartest Mom Brain Cell. These would make a great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, their birthdays, or Christmas! They also have a Graduation Brain Cell if you have someone in your family finishing school and you want to show them you are proud of their achievements! You can pick up one of those with or without music (Pomp and Circumstance).
      If you haven't fallen in love with Giant Microbes yet, let me give you another chance. Enter through the Rafflecopter below for the chance to choose your own Giant Microbe!
This looks incredibly sad... and yet, I can't stop laughing.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Brushlove Zebra Brush Review










         Did you know you have to clean your hair brush? Hair brushes collect dust and dirt and oils from your head and should be washed regularly or you are depositing all of that right back into your hair. If you have held on to yours for a long time it may be time to replace it. Worn and rough bristles on a brush can actually cause damage to the cuticle of your hair.
        If you are on the market for a new brush why not check out Brush Love?
Brush Love carries a huge range of hair brushes for blow drying, styling, finishing, and more. They also have a customizable drop-down menu search called the Hairologist where you can even search for the perfect brush by how long your hair is!
     I had the opportunity to test the Brush lab zebra paddle brush in pink. This brush is fantastic for detangling, smoothing and
grooming hair of any type or texture. It has nylon bristles that are heat-resistant are are able to withstand high temperatures which helps add shine all while helping massage the scalp.
     The brush itself is made of a hard, smooth plastic and the handle is contoured to allow you a better grip. The pattern is absolutely adorable in two-tone pink with pink on the end of the bristles. I love everything about this brush!
   




     The second brush is the sister to the pink zebra. The Brush Lab Zebra Cushion Paddle Brush. This one doesn't state that it is rated for heat styling but for distribution of mousse and styling gel while conditioning your scalp. The bristles again are nylon and though the pattern is zebra as before; this is more of a standard black and white zebra print. Both brushes look identical otherwise in shape and feel and both are for all hair lengths, styles, and textures as well as detangling, and smoothing.
    I love everything about both of these brushes and they suit my hair and needs very well!
     Brush Love doesn't just carry brushes though! They also carry hair products, cosmetic tools, and a bunch of other fun things! I have literally spent hours looking at everything on their site and I kind of want it all!
      If you like what you see here don't forget to check out their website to check out the awesome deals they have on some amazing products and find the perfect brush for yourself in the process! Also check out their Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Blog to keep up with promotions and new information and check out how you have the chance to win a $200 shopping spree below!

FTC: The products shown were provided for review purposes only, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Alight.com Monthly Giveaway

      If you remember my previous post about plus sized clothing at alight.com, you will remember I reviewed a skirt from Mlle Gabrielle. Not only did I post a review but I also held a giveaway and the wonderful people at alight asked me to if I wanted to hold another month long giveaway for my readers; of course I said yes!
     If this is your first time joining me for this giveaway and you want to check out the original review post, you can read that HERE. I reviewed this flowy blue skirt that is perfect for spring.
      If you haven't heard of alight.com you should check them out! They carry some of the most gorgeous plus sized dresses, pants, tops, and trends in sizes 12-34!
        All you need to do is enter through the rafflecopter below and alight will send you one random item in your size! Don't forget to come back daily to get your daily entries in because the more you enter the better chance you have of winning!


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*Giveaway open to US and Canada. Giveaway will run for 30 days and the winner will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen. Must complete the mandatory task or a new winner will be drawn.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ProBar Meal Review and Giveaway

      Sometimes you are on the go and can't eat a healthy meal, and you opt to choose the breakfast cereal bar over real food. Maybe you are working through lunch and don't have time to get something so you decide to just skip it for now and have a big dinner later.   All these scenarios spell disaster for your health because you are missing out on the nutrition your body needs. Instead of reaching for that sugar laden cereal bar or a single piece of toast as you head out the door why not try something like a meal replacement bar?
    The Meal bar by ProBar is an excellent option because it is jam packed with with 3 ounces of fruits, nuts and seeds, and is rich in raw ingredients with the right nutrient-dense calories for lasting energy and nourishment. Everything they make is 100% vegan, certified organic, certified non-GMO, and mostly raw (or as they refer to it: Simply Real).
     I had the opportunity to try out the Meal bar in the Variety 12 pack. What is especially great about having a meal replacement bar for me is I am on a medication for my eyes that suppresses my appetite but must be taken with food, so having to force myself to eat when I don't want to is hard enough without it being something unhealthy that I reach for.
     The Meal bar comes in 12 flavors and you can purchase them in a variety of different combinations such as the Chocolate lovers, the Peanut butter lovers, or the Best Sellers. The Variety 12 pack comes with one of each of 12 flavors in it so you have the chance to try them all and see what you favorite is!
      The very first one I pulled out of the box was the Double Chocolate and it is easily one of my top favorites of the ones I have tried so far. Of all the 12 flavors, this one is one of the top two that have the highest sodium content (second only to the Peanut Butter flavor), but none of the bars have more than 390 calories per serving.
     You can hop on over to their website to view the entire ingredients list and nutrition facts for each bar as well which really comes in handy if you are worried about allergies or whether they will fit well into your daily diet.
     What I love about them is not only are they jam packed with stuff that is good for me, they have a great chewy consistency. They may only be 3 ounces but I felt full after having one, and of the ones I have tasted so far I have loved the flavors!
     If you like what you see then you can enter below through the rafflecopter to win! If you don't win, or don't want to wait they are running a special promotion. Just go to their website and use the code BLOGGER to receive 40% off your first order!

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FTC: I received the products shown for review purposes, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

BabyClip $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

The BabyClip community is growing and with so many new users, we want to say Thank You and Welcome! If you're new here, BabyClip is a brand new virtual clipboard where users can discover, collect, and share products and ideas. Moms can get overwhelmed with the never-ending search for the best baby products. BabyClip makes it easier for Moms to get recommendations from other experienced Moms by creating a website where they can collaborate, discuss, discover and share products. Read more about what makes BabyClip unique here. As a way to say Thank You, BabyClip is offering a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway to a very lucky reader, just in time for Mother's Day! The website is similar to Pinterest which makes it easy for most users to navigate. Simply install the BabyClip button to your bookmarks and start clipping!
  To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is sign up at BabyClip and become one of the newest members. There are several extra giveaway entries to take advantage of and increase your chances of winning $50 to Amazon. All entries will be verified so make sure you complete each entry. BabyClip is social so be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned for the MANY Giveaways coming soon! Giveaway Ends May 25th. Good Luck! Enter on the Rafflecopter below or click here to enter directly.

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Fern Giveaway from author Amy Richie

Summer is coming and you need start putting together your reading list.
Young adult paranormal fantasy author Amy Richie hopes you will pick up her Blood Vine series.
She's offering a Prize Pack to one lucky reader, which includes a signed paperback copy of Fern.



Join Amy Richie for a Twitter Party
May 10 at 11 am eastern
Use the hashtag #Fern

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“It’s strange how fast life changes. Just when you think you have it all figured out, a council man hands you six werewolves to take care of.”
Willow and her pack had barely settled into their new town when the council shows up again. Only this time it’s to ask for their help - to save Gage. How can Willow refuse?
Suddenly, Willow is thrust into a world of childhood nightmares. The Ancient City. But it isn’t at all what she thought it would be. In fact, Willow soon realizes that not many things are what she thought they would be and she has to figure out for herself which things are worth fighting for.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mikarose Review and Giveaway

                 Sometimes it can be painfully difficult to find clothes that not only look great, but fit in a way that is appropriate. It can be a challenge to find things that are on trend that aren't made for tiny girls, or show a lot of skin. That's where Mikarose comes in.
                Mikarose is an online clothing website with sizes ranging from XS to plus size.They not only carry cute, modest clothing, but they carry some really great styles that are on trend right now.
               One of my favorite sections of their site to sift through is the dresses! I love how some of the dresses have a sophisticated pin up style, some are fun, some are floral, and some look professional. There is something for everyone. My heart skipped when I seen Bailey!
               Bailey is a knee length t-shirt style dress with an empire waist with a slight scoop neckline. It comes in 5 different colours: Coral, Navy, Mint, Slate and Pink. I chose the mint which is on trend this season.
      The dress came wrapped in an adorable bow which I thought was just the cutest gesture ever! The dress itself, when I pulled it out of the package, is so incredibly soft you wouldn't even believe it! It is made out of 95% Viscose, and 5% Spandex and is literally the softest item of clothing I own. It has a lot of stretch to it but it is a heavy weighted material as well so you don't have to worry about it being see-through.
             One of the really great features that you can't even tell  is there until you get extremely close, is their attention to detail on the waistband. The buttons on the waistband are indeed functional, and open up so you are able to put the dress on easily, but the buttons themselves are incredibly adorable! They have a lot of very subtle, but very beautiful circle detail etched into them and on top of that also have a little glitter to them! What I love most about the waistband though is it gives this dress almost a nautical feel when you have it in the navy, but it looks entirely different in the other colours! This gives you the opportunity to pick them up in different colours and style them in different ways and have two completely different looks!
               I seriously doubt anyone would be disappointed with this dress; it is THAT beautiful! If you happen to think this dress is gorgeous, or any of the items on Mikarose's website fit your style, then enter through the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to choose this or any item you like from their website!
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FTC: I received the products shown for review purposes, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Karma Kiss Washing Machine Hamper Review and Giveaway



                If you pay attention to the photos I update on my blog, this particular one of Dex may look familiar. Dexter has decided that warm fresh laundry makes the best bed. I'm sure just about anyone would agree with him on that; except for the fact that Dexter gets hair on EVERYTHING. Normally that wouldn't bother me, as his hair is always on everything, but somewhere you have to draw the line. 
       Doing laundry is never fun, but it's harder to find it rewarding when your freshly laundered clothes are covered in dog hair. Now that Dexter has claimed the laundry basket as his new bed, foregoing the actual bed he has, I am now reduced to having nowhere to place my laundry between trips to the laundry room. In comes the coolest laundry hamper in the world! 
         The Washing Machine Laundry Hamper by Karma Kiss. This is not only a functional piece, with a transparent window that allows you to see what is in there before you sort, but also a cute reminder of where the laundry actually goes.
The hamper in the package from KarmaKiss and
fully assembled.
         The bag itself is made out of a canvas type material and the top has a flap that covers the opening. The front part of the flap that holds the hamper closed has a rod for weight so it stays shut, and the front of the flap has circles printed on it to appear as if there are knobs. The front window of the hamper is a heavy transparent plastic. The body is held up by four, strong but flexible rods that you put into place for easy assembly. Fully assembled the hamper is 21''H x 12"D x 17"W giving you plenty of room to hold quite a bit of clothing. Also hidden inside the hamper at the top are 2 heavy duty handles that allow you to carry the full hamper which will come in handy for me because my apartments have a shared laundry, and though it's not far away it would be much more awkward to carry without them.
*FYI-I am not condoning sticking your dog in a washing
machine, this hamper wasn't closed and he was in
no distress.*
        I would have to say that this is a complete win for me! I love this laundry hamper. It's collapsible so you can store it, it holds more than the basket I had prior, and Dexter can't jump in this one! I did allow him the opportunity to check it out as he does with everything that passes through my front door and he gave the inside a  thorough sniffing. He actually got a little angry when I took him out because he was having fun and tried to jump back in to no avail.
        This laundry hamper makes a great addition to any laundry room and fits right in. I have it in my bedroom and it's still as adorable as can be! 
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April Nail Art Society Review

    If you are a nail art junkie and looking for something new and fun and you like surprises, then why not a monthly subscription with nail art goodies?
     I was always the person to go to when someone wanted ideas for something weird or fun to do with their nails. In high school I was the go-to for a quick french manicure, and I have amassed quite a collection of nail polishes, rhinestones, nail glues, striping tapes, gems, and all kinds sparkly bits through the years. I am no stranger to nail art so I thought this would be a fun subscription service to share with you!
       Nail Art Society is less than $10 a month and you have the chance to receive anything from Japanese nail art embellishments, to tools, to polishes and more. It is essentially a DIY kit for your nails!
       The package I received was the April Bows & Stripes kit with a bunch of stuff to help you achieve a number of fun designs.
        It came with Aqua String (Striping) Tape, Nail Glue, a hard case filled with assorted bow stones, and a nail striping kit from Kiss complete with guides and rhinestones. I decided to create three different looks using only these items and 2 base items I had on hand (false nails, and top coat).
        The nail polish in the Kiss kit comes in three colours; a lavender, a blue, and a hot pink. The brushes themselves are very thin, which is what you are looking for in a striping polish, but it was not impossible to paint an entire nail with them. I used the blue and the lavender as the base coat colour on two of the nails and kept the third nail clear. The stripes were easy to paint on but had I not been sitting outside on a windy day I may have actually got the lines straighter ( It's okay, I'm laughing too). I love the rhinestones that came with the Kiss kit as they are a flatter plastic, self-adhesive. Though they were a little tricky to remove from the plastic they stuck down on the nail really well. 
          The String tape didn't seem as tacky as what I am used to so it was easier to correct mistakes, and the colour didn't run when I went over it with my Seche Vite like another brand I have does.
          The bows are in a really cute hard plastic hinged case. I wouldn't travel with it if it's not in the original packaging as I would be afraid it would open and they would spill, but it's great for storing them. The bows themselves are a clear glass with a domed appearance. The backing has the colour and white polka dots on it and the stone magnifies the image. They are pretty heavy and are completely flat so unless you are really good at wearing 3D items on your nails you may have a tough time with them. Otherwise they glued on really easily and didn't budge at all once in place.
       All in all I absolutely loved everything in the package and for the price you get a great bargain with a ton of fun options! If you are a beginner or an advanced nail junkie that likes to collect new items, this one is  totally for you! 
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FTC:The products shown were provided for review purposes, no other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.