Sunday, October 15, 2017

Chewy.com Review!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Chewy.com for the review free of charge.**


I love the huge variety of brands and products that Chewy.com offers for all types of animals, they offer over 200 brands for cats, dogs, horses, reptiles and more. Each month I am lucky enough to get offered a list of products to select from to review with my pets, this month I selected Tiki Cat After Dark Variety Pack Canned Cat Food 2.8-oz & Purina Pro Plan Savor Tender Strips with Lamb & Sweet Potato Dog Treats.





The Tiki cat variety pack comes with six different flavors of two cans each, I like that it has such a wide variety of flavors for a small box of cat food because it will help spice up your cats meal times. The cans are the perfect size for a meal for a single cat without them over eating or being too hungry in between feedings. This pack retails for $19.33 on Chewy.com

The Purina Pro Plan Savor Tender Strips are bigger than I expected them to be which as you can tell my dog Sulley Monster is pretty excited about, the bigger the treat the better. The treats are tender enough you can bend them easily but they don't break in half from it because they have a decent amount of moisture in them to prevent them from being too hard which is perfect for my mom's elderly dog that can't eat treats that are too hard. Giving the dogs these treats once a day will surely excite your dog and it will be something they look forward to. This pack retails for $7.35 on Chewy.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Winc Discount Code!

**This is not a sponsored post, this is a pre-post promotional post to be eligible for a chance to work with this company.**
 
 
 This one is for the wine lovers! Use the link below to save $22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine - Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each. www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide
 
Winc is not your traditional wine club: They are a direct-distribution global wine company that personalizes the entire wine experience - They are perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via our Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes and enjoyed on behalf of a new generation of wine drinkers. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep. They do all this as part of our quest to improve the experience for consumers, create a platform for artisanal winemaking, and build a grape-to-glass supply chain that's sustainable for the planet. No more intimidating language and steep price points, and more joy in the act of sharing a bottle.
 
$22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine - Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each. www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October Beauty & Boook Giveaway!

Ahhh October! What a wonderful month, it means the start of the Holiday season, the start of fall flavors and smells and cooler weather. I love looking at all the fun Halloween decorations, it is always fun trying to think of fun ideas for the house decoration wise. This year October is extra special of course because my wonderful fiance and I are finally getting married, I am so excited. I will also be posting more fun review & giveaway posts, everything is a bit behind at the moment, my grandmother is pretty ill so I've been going with my mom to visit her in the hospital which has taken a lot of free time so please forgive me.

Since it is October I looked through the selection of books I have set aside for the Beauty & Book giveaways and picked one that seemed to fit with the season. I picked out "Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel" Here is a bit about what the book is about: "Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary―and sometimes terrifying―traits."

It is the Beauty & Book giveaway so we can't forget about the beauty products. This months giveaway selection includes a number of product samples, A travel size Tarte "birthday suit" liquid lipstick, A pair of false lashes, a Jack Skeleton round lip balm, an eye brow kit, foundation and two Unicorn horn brushes. Everything can be seen below:

               



 One lucky winner will win everything shown above!

PRIZE ALERT:

One lucky winners are going to win the October beauty & book giveaway.

This is open WORLD WIDE!! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TownleyGirl Nightmare Giveaway & Review!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by TownleyGirl for the review & giveaway free of charge.**


Townleygirl is a brand that creates children's cosmetics and hair accessory items, which feature many of your kids favorite Disney characters and they are constantly adding new products and characters to their line. One of their most recently character lines is their Nightmare Before Christmas line and I think they are pretty spectacular! Read my review of each item below and then enter to win a goodies prize pack (Newsletter sign up required). One of the best thing about all of these products is they all cost under $10.

              



Nightmare 3 pack lip balm - This product is not available on their website yet but it will be coming soon. This lip balm set comes with three round lip balms, two are Jack Skeleton and one is Sally. Each one has it's own scent/flavor which are Bubble Gum, Grape and Cotton Candy, under each head you will find a small tab you can pull on to open the lip balm. I was a bit surprised when I opened the packaging, due to the round heads I thought it would be a screw off with a round lip balm inside like those EOS lip balms, the container they have the lip balm in is kind of small but it does make it to where when it is empty you can take it out and re-use the head for something else. Each lip balm is a 2g container (0.07oz), the lip balm itself isn't bad, the formula isn't greasy or nasty smelling and it spreads easily so you don't need to apply a lot of it.



Nightmare coffin nail polish set - This nail polish set comes with three different nail polish colors and a nail file, it sells for $7.99. Some of their nail polish I've tried in the past seems to peel off a little too easily due to how the formula is made but I am happy to report I don't have that issue with this set. The polish formula is the perfect consistency so you will only need one coat to get the color to match the bottle color. The bottles are shaped like little coffins which actually makes it easier to hold the brush when painting your nails because there is more to hold onto. If you are going for a stacked look like I did above on the Sally inspired nails the red and lavender stack easily but the fuchsia kind of absorbs into red so you need a second or third coat to get it to stand out from the red. I know they went with red to go with Sally's hair but I do wish they would have some with a shade of blue instead to go along with the colors of her dress, which leads me to hope that they will come out with more Nightmare polish sets. As is this is the best nail polish set I've tried from their site, both my daughter and I highly enjoy all three polishes.



Nightmare mood changing lip balm set with bonus bag - This set comes with three color changing lip balms and a Jack Skeleton inspired coin purse. The three colors it comes with are pink, yellow and purple which are what color they will be at room temp but each one will change to another shade depending on what temperature they are at. Each color changes to a shade of pink once they change color, I personally had a hard time seeing the color change but I like the lip balm itself. It goes on smoothly and doesn't leave my lips feeling greasy or sticky like some lip balms can do so that was a big plus, and the lip balm tubes are adorable. The coin purse is cute as well, it is perfect for holding the lip balms or change.

          

Nightmare 4 pack lip gloss with coffin carrying case - This set comes with four lip gloss colors that each have their own flavor which are raspberry, watermelon, grape and bubble gum and each has glitter in the formula. They don't really smell like anything which is nice because no one wants a funky smell under their nose, and the formula isn't bad either it will make your lips a little slippery but it isn't too thick or goopy instead it goes on smoothly and you can't tell it has glitter in it. The carrying tin is well made and can be used for a number of things. This set sells for $7.99.

Nightmare Ultimate "Sally" dress up set -  This fun set comes with everything you need to turn yourself into Sally, at least makeup wise. It has fake eye lashes, a black eye liner pencil, blue face paint, a face paint strip, lip balm, two brushes and some stitch tattoos. The face paint is a bit thin so it doesn't get the desired color I would hope for, but the eye liner is on par with a lot of big label makeup brands and actually has a pretty good formula. I like that the back of the packaging has a step by step instruction sheet telling you how to achieve the look you want. This set is a lot of fun for kids to play around with, it sells for $9.99.

PRIZE ALERT:

Three lucky winners are going to win a Lip Gloss with Coffin set, exclusive 3 pack lip balm, and Mood-changing Lip Balm set with Bonus Bag!

This is open to US & Canadian residents!! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email!
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Giveaway entry question: Please leave me a comment letting me know which of the products mentioned above that you like the best. 


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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Bridal Flower Review!


 **This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by The Bridal Flower for the review free of charge.**

We aren't going to be having the most traditional wedding but I knew I still wanted a beautiful bouquet to go with my dress so I set out to find one that matched. Many of you may recognize the name of the sponsor for this review and that is because they are one of the sponsors of my Wedding Prize Pack giveaway which can be found Here, Don't forget to enter! The Bridal Flower recently finished their brand new website and I love how everything turned out, they make it so easy to find exactly what you're looking for. When I spotted the Malibu Calla Lilly bouquet I knew it was the one, it has one of my favorite flowers and it isn't overly large I just wanted something sweet, simple and to the point.



The Malibu Calla Lilly bouquet features twenty real touch calla lilies along with several small matching gem stones and either a satin ribbon handle or a "full bling" handle. For my bouquet she created one in my wedding colors which are red and black, with a matching handle that fits in perfectly with the feel of our wedding. The flowers look and feel like they are real but they aren't so you won't need to worry about the flowers dying or looking off at your wedding and it will last for many years to come.

            

            

The bouquet is light weight yet feels sturdy in your hand, and even if you lay it on it's side you don't need to worry about the flowers being smashed because they will keep their shape due to the material they are made from. The flowers feel like they are made from a cross between a thin foam and leather which leads to it feeling like a real flower and it even looks like a real flower. The materials used have no scent to them so you won't have to worry about any kind of chemical smell from the materials the flowers are made from which is a big bonus. This bouquet fits into your hands perfectly, it can be carried one handed or two handed without any issues and it looks absolutely fantastic. I am very happy with how the bouquet turned out and shipping was not only speedy but packaged well so everything arrived in one piece. This bouquet can be bought for $84.99 with a satin ribbon handle, if you message the store owner I am sure she would be happy to make any bouquet in your wedding colors.

MacDonalds Ranch 4 Pumpkin Patch Tickets Giveaway!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by MacDonalds Ranch for the giveaway free of charge.**


Halloween is almost upon us which means it is Pumpkin Patch season! One of my favorite places to visit this time of year is MacDonalds Ranch located in Scottsdale,AZ at 26540 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343. They not only offer a Pumpkin Patch but a family adventure, they have a cow milking station (fake cow, but it works like a real one), an awesome and clean petting zoo, tons of games and more! 

They are open October 1st, 2017 - October 31st, 2017 Open 6 days a week! CLOSED on TUESDAYS Gates OPEN and Tickets Available from: 9:00AM to 5:00PM Patch closed at 6:00PM Monday-Friday it is $10 per person and $12 on the weekends.

I will be posting my review from visiting the Ranch sometime soon, we are planning our visit within the next two weeks but in the mean time enter to win your own family four pack of tickets:

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

MacDonalds Ranch Horseback Ride Review & Giveaway!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by MacDonalds Ranch for the review & giveaway free of charge.**


One of my favorite places to visit during the month of Halloween every year is MacDonald's Ranch because my family loves their pumpkin patch. Every time we are there my kids go on a short horse ride that they provide for the kids and I always think about how fun it would be to get to go on a horse ride myself. MacDonald's Ranch has now made that a possibility and I loved it! They offer horse back riding for all levels of riders and offer different rides such as group rides, moonlight rides and private rides. I also learned earlier this year when I chatted with their office manager Kelcie at the Phoenix Bridal show that they offer bachelorette horseback rides where some of their cowboys will be your tour guide. Here is a shot of the kids I took the last time we were out there:

              

MacDonalds Ranch is a family owned and operated business that aims to entertain and educate the community on the ranch lifestyle, it is a wonderful place to visit. The family and all of their staff are quite passionate about their jobs and taking care of the ranch and it really shows in all aspects of the ranch. I am lucky and grateful to receive the chance to go on a moonlight horseback ride at their ranch! 

            

During our moonlight ride it was our party of four along with two other groups of two, once we arrived we filled out a riding waiver and gathered in a group near the horses. Our guides Ally & Amy picked out horses for each of us, we all stood inside a small gated area until we were given a horses name then once they brought the horse forward we got onto our horse. My mom, step-dad and I all haven't been on a horse in years, I never officially rode I just went on a few hand lead rides when I was younger and my fiance has never been on a horse so they made it easy for everyone to get up on the horses by putting step stools next to the horses for us to get on. After getting on they put the groups together and snapped a photo for everyone then they lead the horses onto the trail, Amy took the lead and the rest of the horses followed in a line with Ally riding along side our group who was in the back. We started just as the sun was starting to fall so we were able to watch the beautiful sunset over the Arizona desert, then once the sun fell the large and bright full moon and the stars came out. There were no clouds last night so it was a nice clear sky with great weather, it was quite enjoyable.


Ally was great to chat with along the ride, she was more than happy to answer questions about the ranch, the horses and even the dessert around us and was just over all very pleasant to be around making jokes and helping you feel comfortable during your ride. It had been a long while since I had been on a horse (I was a a pre-teen) and it was the first time someone wasn't walking along side the horse so I was pretty nervous the first ten minutes or so but between being on the trail for several minutes and Ally helped put me at ease. The only thing I'd change next time is I would make sure I was on the saddle better, I am not super short but I felt like my legs were a little small for the saddle I had a hard time keeping my feet in the stirrups so in the morning I had a slight sore spot under my backside where it sat on the saddle at an angle but during the ride itself I didn't feel uncomfortable at all it was actually pretty peaceful. Have you ever seen a photo of a cowboy wearing a bandana around their face? It is for a reason and that reason is they come in helpful when it comes to dust, Arizona is dry and dusty so the horses in the front kicked up a bit of dust from time to time so a bandana would be helpful but not necessarily needed.

Once we got back some of the other guides came over and helped us off our horses. We all really enjoyed the experience and I'd love to go back and do another ride in the future. Daytime group horseback rides are $48 per adult and $45 for kids ages 5-17, moonlight rides are $85 per adult and $60 per child ages 5-17 for an hour long ride. They are located at 26540 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343. I wish I had taken more photos but my camera didn't want to focus due to moving around too much but I can tell you it was a beautiful ride.

PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky Arizona reader is going to win a horseback ride for two (you'll be part of a day group ride), this is a great gift for a bride and groom, already married couples, best friends, etc. it has no expiration date so you can decide when you would like to go. 

This is open to US residents!! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email!
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Giveaway entry question: Please leave me a comment letting me know if you've ever been on a horseride.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Silver Dolphin Book Review!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Silver Dolphin for the review free of charge.**

Reading has always been a big passion of mine, I remember being curled up on the sofa or in my bed reading a book for hours when I was younger. Now that I am older and I work full time I don't have as much time to read as I use to but I always try to put time aside to read with my kids who are eight and four. I was recently sent a few books for review from the publisher Silver Dolphin which can be viewed below.



Woodworks Nursery Rhymes: Wheels on the Bus & Woodworks Nursery Rhymes: Old MacDonald Had a Farm; These fun sets not only come with a chunky board book, but they come with either a wooden rolling school bus or a wooden tractor depending on which nursery rhyme they are for and a play mat to go along with the book all packaged inside of a carrying case. The book has eight pages which are printed front and back and each page has a different verse of the song along with a matching illustration. The book measures 4"x3" which is perfect for small hands, because it is easy to hold and the pages won't tear easily because they aren't made from paper. The mat is made from a thin plastic and it looks similar to one of those town rugs you can get for playrooms and measures about 22"x17". Each set retails for $13.99 and can be bought through Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

My son has been having fun playing with the Wheels on the bus set and thinks the play mat is a great addition. The Old MacDonald set I sent to my godson who lives in another state and he has been having a ton of fun with the little wooden bus that comes with the set. Both sets make great birthday or holiday gift for the toddler in your life.


           

Dig,Dig,Digger! This is such a fun book, it combines cute illustrations with six different sounds sure to entertain your kiddo. Each page has one sound on it that goes with the illustration for that page and each page has 1-2 sentences on it that are easy for toddlers to read along with. I love the bright colors and all the different animals each page has in store, I can see this being a book that will quickly become a favorite of the child who owns it. This book retails for $14.99 and can be bought through Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Wedding Prize Pack Giveaway!

Wedding Prize Pack Giveaway! 

Planning a wedding can be a bit stressful so I've teamed up with a fellow blogger and several shops to bring you a Wedding Prize Pack to help provide you with a few of the items you will need for your wedding. Prizes and the stores sponsoring those prizes are listed below. One lucky winner is going to win all the prizes listed below, this giveaway is open to all US Residents.

Prizes:



Olivia Jane Couture has offered the lucky winner their choice of any bridal sash up to a $100 value. Olivia Jane Couture offers a number of gorgeous bridal sashes and belts that range in size, shape and style. You can go with a traditional white for your sash or you can custom request a color like the red sash shown above.



Silver Sun Paper Co creates an assortment of creative and beautiful hand drawn save the dates, house illustrations and more. They are offering a custom Save the date valued at $75, you will receive a beautiful digital copy of this to print out you can turn them into cards, magnets, and more. If you are looking for a wonderful wedding gift they also sell wedding illustrations of the happy couple on their wedding day.



Boheme Prints has all of your invitation needs from Baby showers to Weddings invites and more they offer dozens of colorful and fun prints that are eye catching and sure to leave an impression with your guests. For this giveaway they are offering the lucky winner a wedding invitation set of their choice (one sided invite, rsvp and thank you card, with 2 rounds of reviews/edits) valued at $15 and will be delivered digitally.



Hair Swirls offers a wide selection of hair jewelry for all occasions in a large range of colors, shapes and designs. Each hair piece is a rhinestone attached to a swirling base which is gently twisted into the hair anywhere you want it placed, you can mix and match colors and even designs. Hair Swirls has over three hundred listings in their shop so the possibilities are unlimited of how you can mix and match these. Hair Swirls is offering the winner of this giveaway one set of hair swirls of the winners choice from the "Wedding" section of the shop. The hair swirl sets range in price from $9.99-$29.99.




Narley and Chikki create and sell a wide range of rustic wedding goodies and home d├ęcor items that can all be customized. They sell yard signs, welcome signs, flower girl baskets, cupcake/cake stands, tote bags and more! One of the best things about their wood creations is that the wood is all reclaimed and repurposed so they are not only creating beautiful works of art but they are recycling as well. For this giveaway Narley and Chikki would like to offer the winning bride a $75 gift certificate to their store to purchase anything you may need or want.




The Bridal Flower is a great small business to purchase all of your flower needs from, they sell bouquets, boutonnieres, and more not only for weddings but for prom as well. They offer a wide selection of flowers in different colors, combinations and styles many of the bouquets even included gems and ribbons in matching colors. All of the bouquets look like they are made from real flowers but are actually made with artificial flowers so you can keep your bouquet for years to come if you want to hold onto it because unlike a traditional real flower bouquet it won't wither. The Bridal Flower is offering the winning bride of this giveaway the lovely white bouquet above valued at $154, winner has the choice of all matching gems or they have offered to add a few colored pins as well.


This giveaway ends on November 10th,2017 the winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the giveaway ending and will have 72 hours to reply back to the winner notification email before a new winner is selected. Are you an Arizona Resident? Burning Moon's Inside Advice will be hosting a giveaway for a couples moonlit horse back riding session starting on Thursday October 5th,2017. Estimated grand prize total: $450

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Faire Lady Review!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Faire Lady for the review free of charge.**


I've been to several Renaissance festivals and I've always wanted to attend in costume and now I can thanks to a small handmade company called Faire Lady who designs and sells a number of renaissance inspired clothing. You can purchase her products on Ebay or Amazon all at great prices! For my review I received a Pirate witch wench sca peasant dress in black with a skirt bodice Irish overdress in red.



The Pirate witch wench dress is quite comfortable it is made from a Cotton Polyester Blend which is important to me that it doesn't retain too much heat because the Renaissance festival here in Arizona can get pretty hot. You can wear the dress with the top undone or you can tie it into a bow, and the strings will make you jingle when you walk due to having three jingle bells on the end of each string which is a feature that I love. This dress can be worn alone, with an over dress or with a number of other over the dress choices like a corset. The bottom half of the dress is pretty puffy as is the bottom half of the overdress so it is flowy while your walking. The shoulder section can be worn like a regular dress or you can wear it as an off the shoulder depending on if you want the over dress or if you want to wear a bra or not.



The skirt bodice Irish overdress has metal boning at the laces, it ties at the shoulders for easy adjustments, and the entire bodice is lined with a black material and the whole overdress is also made from a Cotton Polyester Blend. The lining next to the laces is very pretty it has a lot of detailed designs on it featuring gold, white, green and red. The skirt portion is large and puffy so it will completely cover the under dress and will move with it as you walk. Looking over both pieces all the stitching looks great it is all secure and I only found one small thread that was trimmed to be a little too long otherwise they did a fantastic job piecing this together. I am pretty happy with this set and look forward to showing it off, my fiance wasn't a one hundred perfect fan of it as he said it hides the figure of the person wearing it and isn't too flattering but he did think it looked nice. Shipping wise it arrived way sooner than I expected it too and the way everything was packaged made it to where a bunch of packing materials were not wasted.