Monday, January 26, 2015

SOL Republic Giveaways Removed - Read Why!

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that the 2 SOL Republic headphone giveaways have been closed early and will be deleted. The reason is because the PR contact that I was working with has now left the company and did not tell SOL Republic about the pending giveaways prizes. I wasn't aware of this until after contacting SOL Republic because my PR contacts email was invalid. After speaking to SOL Republic via their Facebook page, they cannot fulfill anymore giveaway prizes at this time. I have zero choice in this matter and hope you all understand.


As a blogger, it saddens me greatly that a company offers a product for review and giveaway and due to some unforeseen circumstances are now not honoring their end of the bargain. However I do realize this is not SOL Republics fault, it is the result of miscommunication at the hands of one PR rep who left.



I deeply apologize to each and every one of you who entered either giveaway and hope that you understand and continue to read and enter giveaways in the future.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Join the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge + Gorton’s Giveaway Ends 2/5! #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.


January is the perfect time to get healthy or keep on track to keep healthy. It's not too late to join the FREE SparkPeople 30 day Realistic Revolution Challenge.  The challenge will help keep you motivated. Even if you don't join the challenge, SparkPeople.com has tons of meal plans, customized fitness plans, food tracker and much more. They even have an app that can be accessed via iTunes or Google Play.


The information was brought to my attention via Gorton's Seafood. A great seafood company who's products are sure to help keep you healthy and/or on your weight loss journey.


I received a fabulous package from Gorton's/SparkPeople which included:


An insulated tote, the SparkPeople cookbook, the Spark book and the SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD, along with some free product coupons for Gorton's so I could do a review.

In line with keeping healthy, I chose to review the Gorton's Simply Bake Haddock Garlic Herb Butter. I love easy meals and this provided just that. You bake the fish in the provided foil bag which means no prep and no mess! Simply bake and then enjoy! That's my kind of dinner! The flavor of the haddock was amazing and fresh. The garlic herb butter was super flavorful but didn't overpower the fish. On those "I need to make dinner in a flash but have no time" nights, this would be perfect without having to order take out or go through the unhealthy drive thru.


You can download a coupon for Gorton's HERE. Gorton's also is having a sweepstakes. You could win daily prizes or the grand prize of $5,000!


GIVEAWAY - One lucky reader will win a prize pack that includes an insulated tote bag, the SparkPeople Cookbook, the Spark book, the SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD and 2 FREE Product coupons for Gorton's Seafood.




RULES - You must be 18 or older and live in the US. Giveaway ends 2/5/15 at 11:59 pm eastern time. Winner will be picked via random via Giveaway Tools and emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.





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Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.

LongHorn Steakhouse Bold Flavor, Bold Price + #Giveaway Ends 2/5! #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary gift card in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a gift card was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.




One of my favorite restaurants is LongHorn Steakhouse even though the closest one to my house is about 45 miles away. Every now and then, I will make a trip up that way to shop and then eat at LongHorn Steakhouse.


Did you know for a limited time they have a special promotion? The Bold Flavor, Bold Price promotion is about as good as it gets for LongHorn so take advantage while you can!


The Bold Flavor, Bold Price promotion is as follows:


Choose one of three grilled-to-perfections entrees that are packed with flavor, choose one side and enjoy unlimited honey wheat bread for only $12.99!


The three entrees you can choose as part of this special promotional offer are:



·         Triple Bacon Sirloin – A fire-grilled sirloin, wrapped with bacon, topped with bacon and finished with bacon tomato hollandaise.

·         Shiitake Truffle Mushroom Sirloin – Grilled sirloin layered with sautéed shiitake mushrooms and a savory truffle mushroom sauce.

·         Garlic & Provolone Sirloin – Grilled sirloin, topped with roasted garlic and melted provolone cheese.

Don't they sound yummy!!?

Well guess what? One lucky reader will win a $25 e-gift card to LongHorn Steakhouse so you can either try out one of these special promotion items or anything else you would like.

RULES - You must be 18 or older to enter and live in the US. Giveaway ends on 2/5/15 at 11:59 pm eastern time. Winner will be picked via random via Giveaway Tools and emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.




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Disclosure: I received a complementary gift card in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a gift card was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.

SOL Republic Relays In-Ear Headphones #Review #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. 


I received a pair of SOL Republic Relays In-Ear Headphones to review. 







Obviously the concept of in-ear headphones isn't a new concept but I have never been able to find a pair that I found to be comfortable or that stayed in my ears without having to keep putting them back in. Until now...

FEATURES OF THE SOL REPUBLIC RELAYS IN-EAR HEADPHONES

-i5 Sound Engines

-Sweat and Water Resistant

-Lightweight and Low Profile

-Mic and Music Control via on wire buttons

-Ear Tips for Life

-Free Flex Technology allows for easy to put in and will not fall out.


In the box, there are 4 different set of ear tips which allow you to choose which size fits you the best. Most other companies that I am aware of only include one. After figuring out which ear tip fit me the best, it was time to test these puppies out. I was impressed by the sound quality considering they were in-ear. While I don't feel that they compare in sound quality as to say other SOL Republic over the ear headphones, they still provided a rich sound that I could appreciate. When they say that they won't fall out, there were not kidding. You could easily workout with these in and they will not come falling out. I shook my head like a crazy person and the did not budge. The fact that they are water and sweat resistant is appealing as you could easily take these to the beach or pool with no worries. Along with the 3 button mic and music control on the cord, there is also a small clip so you could clip these to your shirt etc for workouts or just so you didn't lose them.

The ear tips for life is a fantastic idea. If you ever need a new set of ear tips, you contact SOL Republic and they will send out another set for free.

Overall, I would recommend these to anyone who either prefers in-ear headphones or who travels a lot or who works out.

The MSRP of the SOL Republic Relays In-Ear Headphones are $79.99.





Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. 

SOL Republic Tracks Air Wireless Bluetooth Headphones #Review #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. 


I received a pair of SOL Republic Tracks Air Wireless Bluetooth Headphones to review and couldn't have been more excited for them to arrive.


When I am on the computer (which is many hours per day) I listen to music via headphones. Those headphones are plugged into the computer jack however, due to my desk setup, there isn't much room for me to really move without pulling the cord out. If I move to far away from the desk in my chair, the headphones unplug. It happens a lot and is quite frankly, annoying. So the idea of wireless headphones sounded wonderful.


FEATURES OF THE SOL REPUBLIC TRACKS AIR HEADPHONES

-A2 Sound Engines provide for a clean but powerful sound.


-Interchangeable Powertracks allow you to swap out the color of your headbands.


-Up to 150 FEET of Wireless Range.


-Dual-Mic Crystaltalk allows for clear phone calls anytime, anywhere.


-15 hours of playtime.

-You can use these as wired headphones as well.

-SonicSoft noise isolating cushions.

-Sync two devices at once via bluetooth

These wireless headphones are packed with great features. I found the ear cushions super comfortable and they definitely isolated noise. When listening to music, it's nearly impossible to hear what is going on in the room with the Tracks Air headphones on.

The sound quality is superior to other brands of headphones that I have personally tried before. There is just a richness about the quality and the music isn't flat. You can hear every note and the bass comes out super nice. Even at loud volumes, these do not distort the music in any way. I have not tested the 150 feet of wireless range so I can't speak about that but just doing this and that within my own apartment, these never missed a beat. I love having the 15 hours of playtime before having to recharge. That is about 2 days worth of use for me personally.

I would recommend these to anyone but especially those who travel a lot or who just hate to be tied down with a cord!

The MSRP for these is $199 but I feel that these are worth every penny.

GUESS WHAT THOUGH? If you purchase these directly from the SOL Republic website, you can test these out for 100 days and if they don't live up to your standards, you may return them for a full refund. 

FINE PRINT: The Guarantee applies only to Tracks Air wireless headphones purchased on or after October 15, 2014 directly from SOL REPUBLIC via the official Web Site atwww.solrepublic.com. Tracks Air headphones must be returned within 100 days following purchase to be eligible for a refund.

You have nothing to lose with trying these out.



Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

World Vision Gift Catalog and #Giveaway Ends 12/24! #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.


The World Vision Gift Catalog is filled with tons of gorgeous items that you can order for yourself or give as a gift. What's even better? With every order, you are helping those in need!

The 2014 Christmas Season marks the 19th annual edition of the World Vision Gift Catalog. There are more than 100 gifts available ranging in price from $16 to $39,000 so there's definitely something for everyone on your list. Here are some fun facts about World Vision gifts:

- In 2014, donations for over 400,000 animals were given to World Vision with goats being the most popular.

- In 2014, more than 140,000 donors purchased more than 417,000 items from the Gift Catalog that helped more than 822,000 people around the world, raising $33 million!



I was contacted by World Vision to see if I wanted to review one of the gift catalog items and help spread awareness about the catalog. Of course I accepted. I love helping spread awareness about wonderful things like this.

I chose to review their Silver Vines Cuff bracelet. 





About the Silver Vines Cuff 


Help where it's needed most — AND receive a gift for yourself or someone you care about! Your gift to help where most needed will address specific, urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family, or community. As a memento of this gift, you'll receive this gorgeous, adjustable silver cuff bracelet with an intricately laced vine pattern, designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. This stunning piece is the result of once-mistreated jewelry makers banding together to support their families through fair trade practices.
Approximate size: 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" (adjustable x 1 1/2"W)

Upon receiving the cuff, I was just stunned. It's beautiful! The quality of the intricate pattern is just amazing and I love that it was made in India. It's adjustable so if you have a smaller wrist, it would fit or if you have a little larger wrist it would fit as well. It came in a cute little gift bag complete with a sticker that says made in India. This would make a fabulous gift for yourself, a wife or girlfriend or any other woman who loves silver jewelry.
For the recommended donation of $85, it could be yours and because it's a donation to a great company that helps others in need, your donation is tax deductible.

Connect with World Vision on Facebook, Twitter or on their Website.
GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a Silver Vines Cuff of their own from World Vision.

RULES
You must be 18 or older to enter and live in the US. Enter via the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Giveaway ends on 12/24/14 at 11:59 pm eastern time. One winner will be chosen at random via the Giveaway Tools Widget and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.

Holiday Gift Guide: SOL Republic PUNK Speaker #Review and #Giveaway (Ends 12/31/14) #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.


With the Holidays upon us, it's time to get into gear and take care of those last minute gifts! The PUNK speaker from SOL Republic is the perfect gift.


Beware of PUNK. Smaller, tougher and louder than you would expect. Play it everywhere and take it anywhere. PUNK is fearless. Not afraid of water, dirt, or getting kicked around and gutsy enough to play music loud. If you won’t break the rules, PUNK will.

I received the black PUNK speaker and was excited to check it out. I was a bit shocked at first at the size. I have seen other wireless speakers in various stores but none were this small. I had to wonder if the sound quality would be just as good as a larger speaker.






FEATURES

*Water and Dust Proof as well as Shock Resistant

*8 Hour Battery Life

*Bluetooth pairing

*Stereo Out

*60 Foot Wireless Range

*Available in 7 colors

*One Year Warranty

Set up was a breeze. After just a few minutes to connect the speaker via bluetooth to my iPhone, I was ready to listen to some music. The PUNK has a nice grippy surface the entire way around and is sleek in design. You can also connect the PUNK via 3.5mm jack so you can connect to your home or car stereo as well.

Every single song I have listened to on the PUNK has been amazing. Definitely rich sound quality and you can almost feel the bass. You can control the volume as well and as someone who enjoys loud music, the PUNK didn't disappoint. It can get pretty loud but even when at loud volumes, the music doesn't get distorted at all.

I was impressed with the long battery life. 8 hours is much longer than other brands. I cannot vouch as to whether or not it would play for 8 hours on a full charge but I can definitely say that it was still going strong after 4 hours. The 60' wireless range is also a massive plus. No worries if you happen to walk away from the speaker with your phone and go into another room. The PUNK will continue to play with no issues. I only tested this in my own home but did leave my home with my phone to grab something in my car and the PUNK continued to play during that time.

This would make a fabulous gift for anyone who enjoys listening to music in and away from home. Perfect for that college student, avid traveler or that friend that enjoys entertaining in their home or backyard. With the PUNK speaker, it can go anywhere. It's water proof and dust proof so taking this to the pool or beach is no problem at all.

The price is great with a MSRP of $69.99, but I have seen it cheaper in a few places due to Holiday sales. Best Buy is one such store. It's on sale right now for $49.99.


GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win a SOL Republic PUNK speaker of their own! Winner will receive a PUNK wireless speaker in sponsors choice of color.


RULES

You must be 18 or older and live in the US or Canada in order to enter. Enter via the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Giveaway ends on 12/31/14 at 11:59 pm eastern time. One winner will be picked at random via the Giveaway Tools Entry Widget and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.




Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media site.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Get Your Home Holiday Ready with the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum (#Review) #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #Sponsored

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine.


Here is a confession that I have mentioned before on the blog: I hate to clean. I know it has to be done and love the results but hate to do it. This includes vacuuming! Lugging a heavy vacuum all around the house and having to push it around just isn't fun. With that being said, I was recently sent a new vacuum and LOVE it!

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum is quite frankly the best vacuum I have ever used! Let me explain why.






*It's rather lightweight and not bulky. It's super easy to carry it around the house and has a rather small footprint when not in use.

*It practically vacuums for you. Ok well not really but it makes vacuuming so easy now. It maneuvers effortlessly. With the advances swivel steering, it definitely allows you to reach each and every nook, cranny and even under furniture.

*The suction is amazing. I thought my floors were pretty clean since having vacuumed the day before the Shark arrived. WRONG! The amount of dirt that the Shark picked up was honestly shocking.

*The hand controls. No more bending over to turn on the vacuum! The on/off switch is on the handle along with the 3 controls for vacuuming. Speaking of the hand controls: There are 2 for carpets: Area rugs or thicker carpets and thinner carpets. There is also one for bare floors. This comes in so handy as I have bare floors in my kitchen and in my bathrooms. 




*I love love love that this vacuum comes with Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology! Did you know that most vacuums that have HEPA filters are unsealed and allow the dust and allergens that you just vacuumed up to be put back into the air? Not with the Shark! The Shark has a Sealed HEPA System Captures & Holds over 99.99% of dust & allergens inside the vacuum, NOT back into the air you breathe.

* 3 Vacuums in 1 is a fabulous idea. I don't want to have to purchase 3 different vacuums to get the job done. The Shark is a standard upright, lift-away pod and canister with caddy. This has made my cleaning so much easier. I have a set of stairs in my home and vacuuming them has always been a huge hassle but not anymore. The lift-away pod has been a total life saver. The Shark also has a 30 foot cord that has helped with cleaning larger areas at once before unplugging to move to another area.

Vacuuming for the company that came for Thanksgiving was a total cinch. Honestly I now don't mind having to vacuum. It's easy and my carpets look much nicer than they have in a long time.

With Christmas and other holidays coming up, I know my home and carpets will be amazingly clean with the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum as my secret weapon.

This made it into my Holiday Gift Guide because I truly believe every household needs one. While it may not be a traditional gift, I believe anyone that receives this will wonder how they lived without it.

I barely touched on the features of this fantastic vacuum but you can read more about it HERE.

Price - Now here is where my frugal side kicks in a tad. The retail is $299 - $349 depending on where you purchase. While that is a lot of money, the Shark does have a lifetime warranty when purchased direct from Shark. I also believe it's worth every penny after having used it for a couple weeks now.




Connect with Shark on Facebook and Twitter




Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. While a sample was received, any and all opinions remain my own. Your experiences and opinion may vary from mine.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Puzzling Fun with the Light in the Dark App #Review and #Giveaway - Ends 11/20/14

Disclosure: I received a complementary code in order to download the app free of charge. Additionally, I will be compensated for sharing my thoughts. Any and all opinions are honest and my own but may vary from yours.




I love my iPhone! From being able to keep in touch on the go, to reading emails to playing games, I must have it on me at all times. One of my favorite things to do on my iPhone is for sure playing games. I love being able to play a game while waiting in line somewhere or at an appointment or even just lounging around the house.


I was recently asked to review a new app called Light in the Dark. From Dreamgate Studios, Light in the Dark is a brain teasing, light bending and color bending puzzle game.






About Light in the Dark

The game begins with the discovery that the cute babies of Totems, a colorful undiscovered species, have lost their way in an ancient labyrinth tomb. Gamers must help the children reunite with the parents.


Players must solve perplexing puzzles and avoid dangerous but equally adorable enemies including mummies and sandmen.  Villains force players to make moves quickly as these treacherous opponents can end a level after a certain amount of time has passed or tackle parent Totems.


Gamers can swipe the screen of their mobile devices to move mirrors, which bend light. Players can also reposition parent Totems, which illuminates surrounding areas in one of three colors.  Baby Totems are only reunited with their parents when basking in the glow of their own preferred hue.  To create colors which are different from those emitted by adult Totems, players blend the light of the parents with each other.


To unlock all content in Light in the Dark, gamers must also spotlight stars on each level, in addition to the baby totems.  The more stars players highlight, the more levels they reveal.



My Thoughts

I am not new to puzzle type games and in fact prefer them so I was definitely excited to try this game out. The bright colors were what first drew me in. I will admit that it took a few minutes for me to figure out what you are supposed to do in the game. After that though, it was a lot of fun and challenging! As you move on into the levels, they get more difficult. Each level requires you to move the totem in a way that its light is shown directly on the baby but as you move up in levels, you are required to sometimes do more than that. 


There are in-game directions on how to play the game which were helpful but it still took me a few minutes to figure the game out. If you are really stuck, they even have hints available to help.


My 9 year old daughter was easily able to just pick up my iPhone and play. She didn't need me to help her or to even listen to the directions. It was like she had played it before but had not. She enjoyed the graphics and got more and more excited as she passed each level.


We have really enjoyed playing Light in the Dark. Both my daughter and I have played it more than once per day and take turns when one of us can't pass a level. It gives us a chance to have a little bit of fun together each evening.


Light in the Dark runs $1.99 which is a reasonable price for a mobile game app. 


You can purchase Light in the Dark on Android devices, on iPhone/iPad or even on Windows phones!


If you want to check out the trailer before deciding to purchase the game, you can check it out below.







GIVEAWAY

Want to win a code to download Light in the Dark for free? I have 2 codes for use in the Apple store to giveaway.

RULES

You must be 18 or older to enter and live in the US. Giveaway ends on 11/20/14 at 11:59 pm eastern time. 2 winners will be selected via Random.org and emailed. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked.

To Enter, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me: 

Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

Be sure to leave a complete sentence as I will delete your comment otherwise.





Disclosure: I received a complementary code in order to download the app free of charge. Additionally, I will be compensated for sharing my thoughts. Any and all opinions are honest and my own but may vary from yours.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Flips Audio Headphones Review

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and may vary from yours.



Ever since I can remember, music has been an important influence to me. I listen to music nearly all the time when I blog and am on the computer. I use headphones so I can listen as loud as I would like without bothering family members or any neighbors.

When the great people at Flips Audio contacted me to review their Flips Audio headphones, I was happy to oblige. 

What makes Flips Audio headphones different from others?

With a simple flip, you can go from listening to your music solo to letting others around you listen as well!  

Features of Flips Audio Headphones

- HD Sound

-Adjustable Headband

-Vented ear cups with plush memory foam on all contact surfaces

-Light and compact design. Headphones fold up easily and fit into a zippered carrying case that comes with the headphones

-Listen in solo mode or with a flip of the ear cups, they transform into social speakers to share music with others

-40mm neodymium speakers and optimized amplifier 

-Powered by a lithium ion battery, rechargeable through any USB

My Thoughts

I found the headphones very comfortable and love the plush memory foam padding around the ear cups and on the inside of the headband. Even after using them for hours at a time, I never felt like they were uncomfortable and never felt sweaty around my ears. I really liked that they came with a zippered case for on the go.

I received the headphones in the black color and thought they were very sleek looking. I tried plugging them into various devices. Depending on the device used, I found that the quality of the sound from the headphones varied when used in solo mode. There was a big difference between the sound in solo mode when plugged into my iPhone versus my computer. While the sound quality was still good, there was a noticeable difference.

When flipped out and used in social mode, there was no noticeable difference in the sound quality on any devices. I felt that the sound quality was better when these were used in social mode with the speakers flipped out. The sound was richer and you could hear the bass much better.

Overall I think these would make a great gift for just about anyone who enjoys listening to music.

You can purchase these for $120 at the Flips Audio Website. If you're unsure, you can test them out free for 30 days. If you decide to keep them after the 30 days, you will be charged the $120.

You can connect with Flips Audio on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and on YouTube.




Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and may vary from yours.