11/21/14

QVC Design Challenge - Glass Candle Log

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I do love a challenge! Especially the QVC Design Challenges! This month I received the Candle Impressions Fillable Glass Log with 5 Flameless Votives. The glass log is just over 13 inches long and the candle votives are almost 2 inches tall.
The candle votives are all white with a little black faux wick on top. The votives are flameless, which means no worries about fires. Each one comes with a little battery inside and a flip of the switch on the bottom of the votives turns on an inner light, giving the candles a soft, flickering glow. They even have a timer function that shuts off after 5 hours.
The glass log has little feet on the bottom and indentations for the candle votives. On each end of the glass log is an opening, so it can be filled with little decor items. Adding a special touch to the candle log provides instant themed home decor.
Off I went, digging through stuff in my house to find ways to personalize the candle log. With Thanksgiving coming up, I've got all kinds of harvest themed items and these little faux floral arrangements poke right into the ends of both sides of the glass log. An instant centerpiece! Another great Thanksgiving idea is to fill it with cranberries.
A quick look through my sewing basket turned up some fancy red thread. I turned the glass log on its side and dropped one end through to the other end, then bunched it up a bit on both ends. With the red thread, the glass log transforms instantly into Christmas decor. Some other great ideas for winter include fake snow, snowflake glitter, and tiny red and green ornaments.
Hosting a craft night at your house? Make use of your mom's button tin and fill the glass log with all those colorful buttons! Got a bunch of kids coming over for a birthday party? Fill it with little legos or even barbie shoes.
Maybe you're more the type for Mexican dinner parties? I filled my Glass Candle Log with a handful of dried red peppers. There are so many ways to personalize this simple home decor piece that I can use it all year long.
One of my favorite ideas is to fill it with candies. Although the filling tends to disappear when I do that. The Glass Candle Log is the perfect size to set on the windowsill in my front room, so it will even add beauty to my outdoor Christmas decor.
Get your Glass Candle Log at www.qvc.com. You can find item #H282737 HERE. QVC’s Jill Bauer hosts the network’s popular show, You’re Home with Jill® and provides fans with simple solutions for their busy lives through innovative products, a library of stress-free DIY projects, and crowd-pleasing recipes. Connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @jillbauerqvc and check out her page HERE.

Mantry - THE Gift Box for Men

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Still trying to figure out what to get for the guy in your life? Check out Mantry, the Modern Man's Pantry! It's a gift box, rather a wooden crate, that comes filled with all kinds of goodies that any man can appreciate.
This Mantry is called Coffee and a Smoke, and it's filled with delicious smoky treats and coffee treats. His sweet tooth will be satisfied with Lark Shortbread cookies flavored with espresso and chocolate chips, and a Buttermilk White Coffee chocolate bar from Olive and Sinclair.
He can ramp up his morning breakfast with Granola Jones Mocha Haze. This delicious granola features an incredible blend of hazelnuts, cocoa and espresso. Make his day by mixing it with yogurt and a bit of Dave's Coffee Syrup, also included in the Mantry.
About 3 tablespoons of Dave's Mocha Coffee Syrup mixed with 8oz of cold milk makes a delectable coffee milk like the Puritans have enjoyed for over 70 years. The Southern Soul Sweet Georgia Soul Barbecue Sauce is indescribably delicious, whether you smother your rack of ribs or your scrambled eggs with it.
The La Quercia Smoky Boersellino is one of the tastiest cured meats to pass my lips. Mantry can be ordered as a one-time gift, or a 3 or 6 month subscription. Each Mantry contains 6 full-size American artisan foods. Your favorite guy is going to think Mantry is the best gift you've ever given him!
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Broken Bow Lake Cabins - Broken Bow, Oklahoma - The Perfect Place to Get Away From It All

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The world is moving at such a fast pace that sometimes the morning is barely over before it's time to retire for the evening again. Everything seems to be speeding up, as if it were in some cosmic cartoon where everything bounces off of everything nearest to it until nothing exists but complete chaos. Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to stop and just breathe? And to breathe clean, air and hear nothing but the wind blowing back at you?

Believe it or not, just a little over three hours from Dallas or Oklahoma City, there is a place, hidden back in the woods, perfect for any size group or any amount of time. Broken Bow Lake is nestled in southern Oklahoma, complete with Beaver's Bend Cabins, just minutes from the chaos. Hiding back in the Ouachita and Kiamichi Mountains, Broken Bow Lake is the perfect place to get away from it all and simply relax. Broken Bow Lake offers over 100,000 acre-feet of crystal clear water that is maintained by the Corps of Engineers. The calm and the quiet will rejuvenate any visitor.

BrokenBowLakeCabins.com offers to privately owned family operated cabin management companies. Beavers Bend Log Cabins offers luxury vacation rentals with a little more in the way of amenities and activities, for those who don't want to completely cut off from the outside. There is also Bear Mountain Lodging, offering a various assortment of cabins as well, in different shapes and locations for every customer.

Surrounded by miles of private forests that are thick with pine and other hardwood trees, the area is completely peaceful and serene, but also offers plenty to keep you busy, if you were to get stir crazy - after all, it's a drastic change to go from non-stop hustle and bustle to complete peace and quiet in a day! Some of the Beavers Bend Attractions include fly fishing, either on Broken Bow Lake or Mountain Fork River; hiking trails, biking trails (bike rentals are available), kayaking, canoeing, jet-skiing, boat/paddle boats, tennis, horseback riding, and for the dad who just can't leave his clubs behind, there are several golf clubs near the park.

Broken Bow Lake boasts a crystal, clear shimmering appearance, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Visitors never tire of boating, fishing, jet-skiing, canoeing and even parasailing. And they return year after year - perhaps, it's therapeutic.

Don't be surprised if you're riding a bike or hiking one of the many trails if you run across a deer who might be out enjoying the beautiful weather just as you are. There are plenty of types of wildlife that you may run across as well. Be sure and take a camera!

There's so much to say about this beautiful, excluded piece of heaven, hidden beneath the trees and the chaos but there for the enjoyment, if you choose to go. Broken Bow Lake Cabins are completely modernized and available for your enjoyment - bring your clothes and your favorite pillow and let them provide the rest. To find out more about log cabin vacation rental, click here and browse the website. Enjoy the beautiful views - if the pictures are this amazing, imagine what it must be like in person!

11/20/14

Giveaway! $15 Amazon Gift Card - Holiday HOHOHO #RWMevent

Welcome to the Holiday HOHOHO Hop
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Nov 21-Dec 5

Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you better hurry, the hop ends on December 5! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for the Grand Prize, an Erin Condren Life Planner! Use it as a nutrition/exercise log, newborn sleep and peep record, work meetings and appointments, academic and social planner, keepsake journal or as a scrapbook...the possibilities are endless!

My prize is a
$15 Amazon Gift Card
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Holiday Events at Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville and Aloha Event Center!

Friday Dec. 5
The Daddy/Daughter Dance will be 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Dad and $5 for daughters, including an evening of games and dancing with a dessert table and a visit from Santa. Reservations can be made at https://pflugerville.hfalls.com/daddydaughter-holiday-dance .

Saturday Dec. 6 and Dec. 13
Breakfast with Santa will be 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, including a brunch menu, story time, decorating Christmas cookies and a visit with Santa. Guests are invited to bring their cameras to capture the special moments. Reservations can be made at http://pflugerville.hfalls.com/breakfast-with-Santa .

Guests can visit Santa for FREE, and take their own photos at no charge: 6 – 8 p.m. Fridays 12/5 – 12/19; 2 – 4 p.m. Saturdays 11/29 – 12/20; and 2 – 4 p.m. Sundays 11/30 – 12/21/14 at Aloha Event Center.

Hawaiian Falls is having a Black Friday special 11/24 – 12/1/14 on 2015 water park season passes which will include: FREE Season Drink Pass, a FREE Adventure Park Day Pass and exclusive Hawaiian Falls Season Pass Holder key chain plus over $200 in Season Pass Perks. 2015 water park season passes offer unlimited water park visits + FREE Adventure Park access Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day + unlimited access to all seven Hawaiian Falls parks, plus early entry at 10 am, 20% off food discounts every day, 25% off cabana reservations, 25% off birthday party reservations. 


More information is available at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls.

Parents! Get $50 Amazon for Sesame Street Project

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Sesame Workshop (creator of Sesame Street) is working on a project with Kidaptive (creator of Leo's Pad) to create a new educational app for children. We are interested in gathering information to make sure that the app is fun and interesting and that children learn new skills from it. We are looking for parents/guardians and their 2.5-to 4.5-year old children who are interested in participating in a six week research project.

If you qualify, we will send you a link to the app which you can download onto your tablet device. We ask that your child use the app several times over the course of six weeks. Halfway through you would receive a survey on your child's experience with the app. Upon completion of the six weeks and a second survey about your child's experience with the app, you would receive a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

If you and your child would be interested in taking part in this project, please fill out the survey at the link below and someone will get back to you if you qualify.

We do not foresee any risks associated with participating in any of our research. Your name, your child's name, and any information you provide will never be provided to anyone outside of this research project. You and your child are free to discontinue this or any other Sesame Street project at any time.

Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SesameKidaptiveproject

Fabulous Fashion Finds at The GO Exchange #fashion

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Check out these gorgeous batiked scarves I found at The GO Exchange! I will be wearing these over and over. They are fabulous! They have a wonderful selection of apparel, accessories, jewelry, footwear, and even home decor like pillows and matching mom-and-child aprons. The GO Exchange is a one-stop-shop when it comes to finding the perfect present for everyone.

Lux Hand-Batik Lt. Gray Graduated Stripe

But it’s how these items are crafted that makes them worthy of being placed under the Christmas tree. All of the unique products on The GO Exchange website are handmade, providing men and women in Haiti and East Africa with living-wage jobs that help them provide for their children. Also, 100% of profits from this global boutique go toward the care of orphaned and abandoned children.
Here's the story behind these beautiful scarves, as told by IV Whitman. He and his wife are two of the founders of The GO Exchange.
"Located in Jinja, Uganda, at the source of the Nile River is Fount of Mercy. Founded by Tara Hawks Nyanga, who worked as a costume designer for television, film and Broadway, Fount of Mercy helps local communities care for their own orphaned and vulnerable children. One way they do this is by crafting beautiful hand-batiked scarves for The GO Exchange.

Lux Hand-Batik Dark Grey Leaves

The process for making these scarves is simple, yet ancient, going all the way back to fourth century BC Egypt. The process at Fount of Mercy has not changed too much. The pattern of each scarf is hand-painted with a wax resist using templates made from sheets of cut-out x-ray film. Then the material is placed in a dye bath and set aside to cool so the wax resist can be chipped away. The final step after the scarf has dried in the sun is ironing out the wrinkles and folding the scarf into a small package for shipment to the US.

Polished 100% Hand-Carved Cow-Horn Buckle For Scarves

One woman in particular stood out to me. Her name is Gladys. Each day, Gladys’ job is to iron every scarf to perfection. As I walked up and said hello, she looked at me, smiled, and began to express her gratitude. She was so thankful and happy to be working, earning a living and providing for her family. All because she was ironing scarves. Something we may think isn’t a big deal in the States. But in Uganda it can make all the difference."
Now GO to The GO Exchange and find some wonderful gifts to bless your family and to bless another family. Want to see how much hope you can spread? Check out this video made in Haiti last month!
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Giveaway! Sing the Bible with Slugs and Bugs

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I've always believed that music is one of the best ways for children to learn. Sing The Bible with Slugs and Bugs is an upbeat collection of Christian songs that will teach children about God and His great love through Jesus Christ. As I listened to the songs on this CD, I was reminded of the fun songs I learned in vacation bible school and Sunday school. All the songs are original and feature many scripture verses, making them easy for children to remember. Even as an adult, I found joy listening to these songs. My favorite song on the CD is Two Shirts and the line that plays over and over in my mind is "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none." Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing to hear your children singing?
There are 18 full-length songs on the CD - Freedom, To You O Lord, Two Shirts, Deuteronomy 6.5, Rejoice, Trust in the Lord, Be Dressed, Alien, Old Testament Song, New Testament Song, Romans 8, Love One Another, For Us, What is the Book, You are the Christ, He Will Rejoice, Love, and The Lord's Prayer. Sing the Bible also comes with a booklet that contains all the words to the songs. It's a wonderful holiday gift idea!
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One winner will receive a Sing the Bible with Slugs and Bugs CD. Giveaway ends at midnight EST on December 3, 2014. Open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Good luck!

11/19/14

Giveaway! Style Setter Firenze Champagne Flutes

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Setting your table for the holidays means using all your best dishes and glasses. You certainly cannot serve champagne in a sippy cup! These beautiful Style Setter Firenze Champagne Flutes from Jay Companies are the perfect way to toast. This glassware set is lightweight and durable, with an air of sophistication that will impress even your most discerning of guests. This set would also make a lovely hostess gift!
This beautiful set of four features a sleek, contemporary design and each glass has a capacity of 7.75oz. The Firenze Flutes are dishwasher safe. Jay Companies also offers the Firenze style in Goblets, Old Fashions, and Highballs so you can serve a variety of holiday drinks in style. There is even a Firenze 16-Piece Mixed Glassware Set. Jay Companies can help you furnish your holiday table with drinkware, dinnerware, serveware, and even home decor. Check out their entire collection at www.jaycompanies.com and take advantage of FREE shipping on orders over $99.
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Karina Dresses for the Holidays #fashion

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It's time to buy your holiday dress! You're going to need a dress that's comfortable and classy. You'll need one that fits even after you indulge in Thanksgiving dinner. You'll need one that won't wrinkle in your suitcase as you travel over the Christmas holidays. You should check out Karina Dresses!

Karina Dresses are made to fit any body. They choose only the best fabrics -- all are machine-washable and never need ironing. I keep all my Karina Dresses in a dresser drawer! I've been wearing Karina Dresses for years and they all still look brand new. With dozens of styles in prints and solids, you're sure to find some favorites. I love my Karina Dresses!

My newest find is the floor-length Adele in Black and White Paisley. This maxi-dress features a v-neck and v-back. The straight skirt and waistband hugs me in all the right places. It's the first maxi-dress I've ever owned and it's perfect for the holidays. These sophisticated dresses are all made in the USA. Karina Dresses is also a Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Finalist!

Find your holiday dress at www.karinadresses.com. Sign up for their newsletter to get access to exclusive sales and discounts. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

PSST...I also found info about a Karina Dresses $1000 Dress Giveaway HERE.

11/18/14

Manicure Tips From The Pros At Trind

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I'm loving my new Trind Nail Care Kit! Here are some great manicure tips from the pros at Trind!
  • Even if your nails do not have nail polish to be removed before doing your nails, use Trind’s acetone free Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover to better prepare the nail plate. This will remove any grease and/or residue so your polish will adhere better and last much longer.
  • To push back the cuticles, first soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes. Pushing back your cuticles should never be painful.
  • Never ever cut your cuticles with scissors! Hang nails, on the other hand, can be snipped away.
  • While filing your nails, you can check your progress by running them down a pair of old nylons. If your nails snag on the nylons, you have some additional buffing to do.
  • Use the patented Trind Professional Glass Nail File to give you fast, professional results. The laser grit files and seals the nail at the same time, for a smooth and healthy finish.
  • Start with the Trind Moisturizing Nail Balsam for moisture and then use base coat to properly prepare the nail plate as your canvas before applying your favorite shade of polish. A base coat also helps protect and maintain the strength of your nails.
  • Give your nail polish at least 1 to 3 minutes drying time between coats when doing your nails at home. This will give you a nice even sheen and lasting finish.
  • Apply many thin coats of your polish rather than one thick coat. It will dry quicker and last longer.
  • Apply your polish like a professional in three strokes. Take a small amount of polish on your brush and apply one stroke down the center of your nail. Then apply strokes on the left and right. Do not use more nail polish. One brush dip should equal three strokes of application. Allow at least 1 minute for the polish to set before applying the next coat. Or better yet, wait 3 minutes for best results.
  • Remember, 2 to 3 thin coats are better than one thick coat.
  • Always apply a clear top coat to your polish to finish off your nails. It’s worth the extra step to give your nails that nice glossy look. Top coats add longevity to your manicure and also help protect your nails.
  • Apply the top coat only after your polish is completely dry to the touch. It may be a pain to wait out the drying time but you’ll thank yourself later.
  • Want the next best thing to the perfect French Manicure without the hassle of getting the white tips neat and free of imperfections? Use Trind Nail Brightener (aka. French Manicure in a bottle) and Trind Nail White Pencil underneath the nail tips instead of white polish. You’ll love the results!
Trind is Europe's most trusted and respected line of hand and nail care. It is found in the finest perfumeries from St. Tropez to the Champs ElyseƩ in Paris, and from Stockholm to Milano. Trind is now fast achieving the same status in the United States and Canada. News of Trind is spreading like wild fire as women everywhere share their stories about the incredible results Trind achieves! Trind has been an expert in nail care for over 25 years.