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One2Try Review – Classroom Friendly Supplies Quiet Pencil Sharpener

December 3, 2015

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I have heard the phrase – build a better mousetrap. What about building a better pencil sharpener? Classroom Friendly Supplies has done just that. Introducing the Classroom Friendly Sharpener.

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I personally used this sharpener with my coloring hobby. I prefer using colored pencils which need frequent sharpening. The Classroom Friendly sharpener makes sharpening easier than ever.

The design is something special. The old fashion looking manual sharpener features a unique pencil holding front plate. To operate: Slide the front silver plate all the way forward until it locks. Pinch the two black knobs on top together and insert the pencil completely. Release the knobs and the sharpener holds the pencil in place. Hold on to the top of the sharpener (or use the provided clamp to secure) then turn the back handle clockwise. When the pencil is fully sharpened, the handle spins freely. Pinch in the two knobs to remove the sharpened pencil.

My impression – It is simple to operate. It is not too complicated and kids could understand how to work it too. The pencil shavings are caught in a slide out clear tray for easy emptying. Turning the handle is not difficult as it moves smoothly. The sound level is quiet. It would not interrupt a class lecture.

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For regular school writing pencils, the full extension of the face plate works perfectly! It sharpens quick, and quietly. My concern for colored pencils – it eats a lot of pencil before auto stopping. Especially my softer colored pencils. The silver face plate pulled all the way out seemed to be too much. Once I had adjusted the distance of the face plate from the sharpener to a lesser amount, then inserted the pencil, it sharpened my pencil perfectly without chewing away too much of it. A simple adjustment worked for me.

I am sharing this pencil sharpener with my sister who teaches a 1st grade class. Her kids will love having the Popular Purple Pencil Sharpener.

Order the Classroom Friendly Sharpener directly online. A single sharpener costs $24.99 and they offer bundles for more savings. Have a teacher you need a gift for? This sharpener would make an excellent gift! It comes in a variety of fun colors and they offer free shipping.

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Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest and unbiased review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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May 6th is Beverage Day

May 6, 2015

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It is Beverage Day. A day to grab a cold one and relax. Try a new beverage!

Strawberry Peanut Butter Shake from A Million Miles

Skinny Confetti Cake Batter Milkshakes at Sprinkle Bakes

Iced Bubble Coffee made by An Edible Mosaic

It is also:

No Homework Day – I bet the kids will love this one. I wonder how many Teachers know about it?

School Nurse Day – oh Nurse!

No Diet Day – kind of goes with Beverage Day. Grab a milkshake with your burger! Salad be gone today.

Then I found this at OMG Chocolate Desserts :

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Enjoy your day!

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Neato Skins – Make your phone your own!

October 19, 2014

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I get so bored with my phone. Not the phone but the case. I like to change things up every now and then. It can be hard finding the exact style of case. Now I can print my own skin designs with the help of Neato Skins.

Neato Skins work with by creating your designs online that you can print at home. The Neato Skins Kit comes with a practice print template, 5 blank Skins, a clear phone case, instructions and the code you need to create your design online. Neato Skins Kits are available for several devices including Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5 plus Apple iPhone 4/4s, 5c and 5/5s. The starter kit comes at a reasonable price of $19.95 which is much less expensive than some cases! If you really enjoy creating the designs, they offer refill packs for just $14.95.

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On to creating. I chose a few photos and poster graphics for my first set of skins. Using the online design software was a little confusing at first ( I could not see where to upload an image) but once I played with it, I navigated through the designing steps in no time.

It takes 3 steps to make your device personalized with Neato Skins.

Create – Use photos and text in the online software

Print – Your printer will print your design creation on the removable self adhesive skin

Apply – Peel the skin and place it on your device then place it in the provided case.

Simple!

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I had a lot of fun creating my skins. I tried a bunch of different photos. I made two with all photo from edge to edge and one I made with a background color. There are lots of ways to design. Background colors, text, use your own photo and more. It is so unique! I know I will be ordering a refill kit because it was so much fun to do! Now I can change my device look whenever I want!

Out of my 3 designs I chose Dear Diamond….for now. That is the beauty of Neato Skins, I can change it or create a new one anytime! Brilliant! Think of the possibilities. You can make one for each holiday. Going to a special event like a concert? Make one with the band name or image. A special date? Happy Birthday or Anniversary or just as special day you want to remember. Moms will love having kids photos on their device. Make something funny! I like to have humorous pictures that make me smile each time.

Neato Skins Custom Device Labels are easy to use. I am so thrilled to have been introduced to Neato! Order yours today and make a statement with your own personal design. Your device will truly thank you.

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Zangadoo Australian Adventure – Giveaway (closed)

October 2, 2013

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There is new fun from the stories of down under. The cute adventure of Zangadoo Kangaroo and the Mysterious Boomerang is delightful. I had the opportunity to enjoy the adventure through the outback of Australia.

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The characters are adorable. Read along and find a new favorite character. Pippa Platypus, Barnaby Budgie, Wally Wombat, Emily Emu are just a few friends that Zangadoo meets along the way. I really liked Cooper Koala – he is sleepy all the time. Follow Zangadoo as he loses then has to find his dad’s treasured boomerang. He travels the Australian outback meeting danger and fun along the way. Be part of his quest to get back home. The book is lighthearted and easy to follow. I found the animal characters a joy. Another part of the book is the Aussie Glossary – a list of Australian words. I have never had the pleasure of a trip to Australia, but learning about some words made me feel like I could go tomorrow.

Continuing the adventure is easy with the Mobile App available on the App Store.

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Help Zangadoo and his little brother Joey make their way home. They have lost their magic boomerang. They have to find it then get themselves home. Watch the trailer to see the fun in action. It looks like a exciting game for kids and adults. It offers obstacles and five challenging levels.

Zangadoo and Friends has lots more goodies for all fans. Browse the Zangadoo store for t-shirts, lunch bags and more. Let you kids have a trip to the Outback in the comfort of your own home.

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Ready for Adventure?

Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a Zangadoo Prize Pack!

includes: Zangadoo Kangaroo and the Mysterious Boomerang Book, Zangadoo tee, and lunch sack!

Thanks very much Zangadoo!

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Giveaway ends on 10/14/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Zangadoo Entertainment for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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Princess London’s Tutu Boutique – Colorful Cuteness

September 6, 2013

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Caution – be prepared for the cuteness in this post. Everyone say awwwwww at the same time. If you have a little princess, you will want to be part of my Princess London’s Tutu Boutique giveaway. Little girls love playing dress up and who would not want a beautiful bright colored tutu?

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Princess London’s Tutu Boutique makes fabulous Tutus and Bows! The adorable styles include tutu sets and headbands, hats, bloomers, handmade tutus and the cutest tutu dresses, plus more. They are always creating new color combinations.

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These are my favorite color combinations – The Cotton Candy Tutu or the Lollipop tutu. The colors would make any girl feel like a dancing princess! Can you imagine if they were scented?

The tutu’s range in size from 0 – 6 months up to girls size 5/6. If you would like a certain color combination, just contact them to ask. They would love the help you. Can I request an adult size? I am a big princess at heart.

My favorite style from Princess London’s Tutu Boutique is the Tutu dresses. The dresses are just darling. Think about dressing up your special little lady for family photos or a holiday event. You know Halloween is coming and I am sure there are many requests to be a princess. What a perfect costume idea. The tutu dresses start at $25.00 (depending on the style selection), seeing your princess smile….priceless!

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All the items at Princess London’s are handmade with TLC. PayPal is accepted plus free shipping on all orders of $75.00 or more. Custom orders and sizes are available too! Just contact Princess London’s for more information.

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Have a little Princess up to size girls 5/6?

Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a custom, handmade tutu or tutu dress with matching headband!

Thanks very much Princess London’s Tutu Boutique!

Giveaway ends on 09/19/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Princess London’s Tutu Boutique for providing the giveaway product.

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Huffy: Limited Edition Mickey and Minnie Cruiser Sweepstakes

August 15, 2013

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Attention Disney fans, get ready to say Awwww and I want one! Huffy Bicycles has launched a limited edition Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse cruisers. These adorable bikes were on display at the D23 Expo. They were also taking orders for the cruisers and I am quite sure it was a sell out.

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The cruisers feature details unique to Mickey and Minnie. Mickey was classic in lots of black and white details with more custom features. The Minnie is a polka dot dream including the cutest wicker basket. Each cruiser comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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I had the chance to see these incredible bikes up close. The details are stunning. Take a look at the comic strip on the fender! There are also Mickey Mouse faces and ears on several components. Even the valve stems are Mickey!

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Sweepstakes: Although the limited edition Mickey and Minnie cruisers were only available for ordering at D23 Expo, you still have a chance to win one! Fans can enter until September 6, 2013 on the Huffy bicycle facebook page! Enter Here to win!

Huffy is planning on releasing a special edition version of the Mickey and Minnie cruisers to the public in the Spring of 2014. Connect with Huffy to be updated.

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The Color Run – Colorific Fun! #Happiest5k

July 1, 2013

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This past Saturday I participated in the most fun 5K event ever! The Color Run. It was a total blast! From the crazy outrageous participants to the even crazier hosts – The Color Run was one of the best things I have done this year!the_color_run_logoRoll

It was a bit of a struggle due to the super high heat wave we are having in the West. The temperature was expected to be near 100 at the race event. It was a good thing the races were earlier in the morning. The Color Run adapted by adding water elements….aahhhhh.

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My day started by wearing all white as did everyone else. Wearing white is a must so you can get colorfied by the end of the 5K. The starting line was filled with all types of people. Young, old, non athletes, super pumped athletes, kids in strollers and lots of newbies. My group was the 8:30 AM group, and off we went. The route had us traveling through the inside of the Pomona Fairgrounds. That was pretty cool. We went through the midway and then through the animal barns, finishing up on the horse racing track. The finish line was the center of the horse track. That is where the color party really happened!

 

The fun of the color run is getting colored at each 1k. Because of the excess heat, the organizers added elements of water to the color. The first color was WET orange. I was doused with a bright orange jet stream. Beautiful! Moving on down the course, came pink, yellow and glorious blue. The blue crew….they had it going on! There was a blue cloud hovering over the stable area. They really knew how to dose with color. I looked like a bright blueberry! A big thumbs up to the Blue!

I had no trouble walking the 5k and I did it rather quickly. I always walk fast anyway. I told my hubby, who was waiting at various segments, if I had known how fun it was getting colored, I would have walked a little slower so I could experience more fun. I was ready to walk the course a second time!

The Color Run is more than a sporting event. During the race staging, the excitement started with a Zumba instructor really getting the runners warmed up. Boy could she move those hips. The emcee’s were tossing out lots of swag to the crowd. There were frisbees flying everywhere, plus socks, headbands, fanny packs and more. Bummer I did not catch anything, oh well. It really had the crowd pumped up and ready to go.

Yes it gives you a workout but even the slowest walker can participate. Most everyone was walking. The real fun is turning a kaleidoscope of colors by the end of the race. The party was at the finish line. Everyone gathered at the center stage for some pounding music and color throwing amazement. Each participant was provided with a color packet. A count down at the stage then everyone tossed the color into the air. OMG it was the most beautiful color cloud ever! I was in the middle of the color with the biggest smile on my face – although it was hard to see with all the blue covering me. Gotta love those blue sprayers!

When it was all done, I was covered in color and filled with pride that I had finished The Color Run. It was a goal of mine to participate and I did it! I would recommend to anyone to join the fun at your local Color Run. Even my hubby wants to participate in the next one. Families can walk or run together! Check the Color Run page for events coming to your area, there are many nationwide and new cities added all the time. Definitely take advantage of the early registration prices as it can get a little pricey if you wait. You do get a race packet including a tshirt, headband and your pack of color. Even picking up the race packet is a little party. Overall the entire experience was pure colorific fun!

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I will be back for next years events in my area. I can’t wait.

Watch the Color Run page for upcoming events. Get out there and walk or run! Enjoy the Color Run Fun!

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Thank you to all The Color Run administrators. Everyone I met was very friendly and helpful. You certainly are the happiest! I would love to be a Color Run Ambassador!

Many thanks to The Color Run for providing the registration.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis registration was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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Modify Watches: Interchangeable statement–Giveaway (closed)

June 24, 2013

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Does anyone really know what time it is? I am thrilled to see watches are making a comeback. I literally have a collection of 200+ watches (from many years ago). I have not worn a watch in at least 8 years since I always check the time on my smartphone. Watches are now more than just for telling time – they are fashion statements! The fresh idea of a swappable watch is the brain child of Modify Watches.

Modify Watches color and design possibilities are endless. You can create your own combination. How does it all work? Simple – Build From Scratch! While you are browsing- you can save your pieces in the Visualizer to see the combos you can make. How cool is that! Give it a try!

Choose your Watch Face:

Classic size or Mini Size

By Color

or browse the entire face collection – there are many!

Watch for the sale prices too. You can get some pretty good deals.

Choose your Strap:

Match the watch face color or do something bolder with a contrasting color.

Buy an extra strap for changing the look

Did you try the Visualizer? I feel in love with a stripe face with the glow in the dark band! I need it! The beauty of Modify Watches, besides the cool fashion buzz – is the prices are down to Earth. They also have a Mod of the Month Club! For only $35 per month, YOU choose your own Mod plus they give you a discount on other purchases, just in case you want another band. With over 2000 combinations available – it might be hard for me to choose! One of each please.

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I had the chance to experience the Mod. Modify Watches kindly shared a few of the colors with me. I have to say – these are super fun to wear. I love changing the bands to get new combinations. It is like wearing a new watch for every day of the week! The Classic Size is my choice. I like the bigger watch for more color! The mini size is a bit smaller but still comes in great designs. More designs coming all the time!

Then it was time to play around with the looks. I took the pink face and placed it in the yellow band! Love it! It is actually my favorite! The yellow face is now in the blue band. If I want I can take the green face and put it in the yellow band, green in the blue etc. – you get the idea. One face with a couple of bands will give you many different looks. Same Day – Different Watch!

Modify Watches is always running promotions so be sure to sign up for their email listing. Shop online directly. Bet you can’t buy just one!

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Since Modify was so generous for my review, I am paying it forward and letting one of you win one of these beauties!

Join the Mod movement!

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ONE Lucky Reader will win the Argyle Face in the Red Strap Watch!

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Many thanks to Modify Watches for providing the review and giveaway product.

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The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on the Planet

June 3, 2013

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The Color Run is taking over the 5K circuit in a blaze of color! Never heard about The Color Run? It is a unique experience filled with burst of color. The event is a 5K non-timed race where the participants are showered with colored powder at different intervals of run. Each kilometer is a different color.

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Two rules:

Wear white at the starting line

Finish plastered with color!

There is no stress to finish first. Runners, and walkers are invited to participate. Old, young, experienced or first timers are all welcomed.

I will be running walking my first ever Color Run this month. I have been invited to attend the SoCal Color Run in Pomona California. I am just as happy as the brightest color they can toss at me. It has been a dream health goal of mine to BE a COLOR RUNNER! I can’t wait to be part of the colorific fun!

The Color Run has grown to include cities all over the nation. Look for an event near you.

Want to participate?

Here is a discount code for $5.00 off the registration fee. COLOR5OFF  The code is good for any Color Run that is still open for registration. Many of the events sell out so get your registration in soon! The Summer runs are filling up quickly – Sign up today! You can register as in individual or as a team. For more information visit The Color Run website.

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I will be detailing my experience after the event at the end of the month. Stay tuned for every colorful detail.

Many thanks to The Color Run for providing the information and registration.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

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Happy Boxes from Tatutina – Giveaway (closed)

April 4, 2013

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Happiness is a box full of dog toys. That is if you are a dog. My two fur babies have a lot of toys. Too many – I guess I should stop buying them new ones. What we have here is a storage problem.

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The fun spirited folks at Tatutina have the answers for adorable storage! Tatutina has always been a favorite of mine with all the bright colors and many styles. I still use my recipe box I got a few years ago. I am excited to share with you the newest product: The Happy Boxes!

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The Happy Boxes come in two different sizes, A Square Keepsake Box and an Open Cube Box. You can choose from three color schemes plus add a letter to customize it!

I came up with a W for my two dogs. It is a Woof Box. A box for both my dogs to share (although my little black dog thinks everything is his and does not share). A Woof Box makes me happy! I appreciate the cuteness of the “w”. I love the green polka dots! Plus the size of the box is perfect for sitting on a shelf. They still have too many toys, way too many to fit in the box, but this will allow me to sneak some of the toys out. I will bag them and save them for another day. Two Paws up for the Woof Box! The toys don’t stay in there long, but it makes me smile every time I put them back in.

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The Open Cube Box would be a great addition to a child’s room! I think some crafters would also love having one in the craft room. The uses are endless. The Square Keepsake box comes with a top!

Tatutina boxes are made of durable wood and painted with non-toxic paints! The fun is in the colors! Some of my favorite categories are the Recipe boxes, Jewelry boxes and the newest lineup – Fun Desk Organizers. Tatutina products make great year round gifts at reasonable prices too! Put a little Tatutina whimsy in your life!

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Need an adorable Open Box of your own?

Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win an Open Box with Letter in choice of color!

Thanks very much Tatutina!

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RULES: Giveaway ends on 4/18/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted.

Many thanks to Tatutina for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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