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.




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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.

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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Share the Love, Get the Jeans - Get a FREE Pair of Jeans!

Disclosure: I was not compensated by posting this information but the link contained is a referral link.


Lee Jeans is running a promotion where after you sign up and like their Facebook page, you can refer 10 people to like their page and you will get a FREE pair of Lee jeans!


Sounds great, right?


Get started by clicking HERE!


Thank you in advance!



Disclosure: I was not compensated by posting this information but the link contained is a referral link.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Benefits of Online Dating Featuring PlentyOfFish

Disclosure: I received compensation from PlentyOfFish as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community.  All opinions expressed are my own.



Online dating has become the normal way of finding a relationship. With dating websites such as PlentyOfFish, there are many benefits to using them as a way of meeting someone new as compared to the old fashioned way of meeting someone.

The number one benefit in my mind would definitely be the safety factor. With online dating, you can reveal as much or as little information as YOU want to. No more just handing out your phone number to someone who asks for it at the bar or some other public place. Now in the privacy of your own home, you can get to know someone first before ever giving out any revealing information. 


Another benefit to online dating is certainly that many are free of charge to join. You no longer need to spend any money going out to bars and buying prospective mates drinks, only to find out that you're not compatible in some way. This also potentially can save money and your time by being able to get to know someone before ever asking or agreeing to go on a date. Nothing is worse than wasting your time and/or money on a date, only to find out you have nothing in common. The video below is a perfect example of that. 



 




This brings me to the next benefit of online dating. You can find out all about potential dates just by reading a profile. You can typically find out things like height, weight, what they enjoy doing for fun, what they do for work and more. You can easily get a feel for their personality and know a lot about them before even saying hello. This can also reduce the feeling of rejection or embarrassment. It's much easier on the ego to send a quick message to someone you are eyeing on a website and get no response than it is to walk up to someone and start a conversation and be rejected.





With online dating websites such as PlentyOfFish, there are literally millions (3.6 million people use PlentyOfFish every single day!) of people to search for and get to know. Your soul mate could live in the next town over from yours but you would have never had the chance to meet if not for online dating.


One of my favorite benefits to online dating would be how easily accessible it is. Most everyone has a computer so starting the process to online dating is super easy. With a few clicks, you're done and ready to meet someone new. Many websites also have apps for smartphones so you can even browse and chat with new people on the go. We are all busy people who don't always have time to get out and meet someone but with online dating, you don't have to. Unless of course, you meet someone you want to meet up with in person.





More and more relationships are started from online dating and in fact, PlentyOfFish alone creates 1 million relationships each year. There are many websites around the internet that are for dating purposes but PlentyOfFish has readjusted themselves and now focuses on creating more serious relationships. Marriage minded individuals can feel better about using PlentyOfFish from here on out as a result.


The dating world can be a scary place. I know as I've been there in the past but with online dating, it's certainly made the process much easier, less stressful and fun! Join the fun and meet someone new TODAY by clicking HERE!


Disclosure: I received compensation from PlentyOfFish as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Cash Giveaway (Ends 6/30)

Disclosure: Just the Two of Us and Deals was not compensated for posting and is not responsible for prize delivery. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media site.



Welcome to Mama Foster's Summer Cash Giveaway hosted by Mama Foster with Co-Hosts A Madison Mom, Femme Fitale Fit Club Apparel, Barbaras Beat Blog, and The Body Workout. Summer Giveaway   You have until 6/30 to enter! Giveaway runs 6/9 to 6/30 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US and Canada Residents Only. Good luck!


  a Rafflecopter giveaway   Participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. Giveaway is not affiliated wtih Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media sites. All entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via e-mail and have 48 hours to claim prize before new winner is chosen. Mama Foster is responsible for prize fulfillment. Direct any questions to Courtney at mamafosterblog@gmail.com

Disclosure: Just the Two of Us and Deals was not compensated for posting and is not responsible for prize delivery. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media site.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mami KF7 Series Vacuum Cleaner Giveaway (Ends 6/20)

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Sponsored By: Mami

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The Mami KF7 Series is a vacuum cleaner that can do it all. It can brush, vacuum and mop. It has attachable microfiber pads that can wipe away messes while it vacuums. The KF7 Series also has more values that you can take into consideration such as an accessible hand held cleaner. Doesn’t that sound like something you could use in your home to make your life just a little bit easier?
Jennifer at Life of a Southern Mom had the pleasure of working with Mami on a review. Visit her page here and read her full review.
Life of a Southern Mom and Mami has teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring our readers a chance to win their very own Mami KF7 Series in White. See the giveaway details below for more information on how you can enter for a chance to win.
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**Giveaway Details** June 6th - June 20th at 11:59PM EST Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Prize: One winner will receive a Mami KF7 All in One Robot Vacuum in White. (ARV $449)
**How to Enter** By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck and thanks for entering.
Disclosure: Just the Two of Us and Deals was not compensated for posting and is not responsible for prize delivery. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media site.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bloggers Wanted: $100 PayPal Cash #Giveaway Opp!

Summer Giveaway Mama Foster will be hosting a Summer Cash giveaway during the month of June. I will be giving away $100 dollars cash via Paypal. This will be worldwide as long as you have a valid paypal email address! I am looking for Co-hosts and there are other opportunities as well! I will only be accepting a limited number of people/links. Dates: June 9 – June 30 Prize: $100 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card Who Can Enter: Open Worldwide 1st Link: FREE with Announcement Post (anything except Google+ or Personal Facebook Pages) Co-Host: $20 Want to be a co-host for this blogger sponsored event? A co-host gets 4 links, a comment page, and a nofollow backlink. This is a great option for businesses or blogs looking for getting their name out there! 1 125 x 125 button, provided by you, on the post and blog will be shared on all the other co-hosts and link host blog. Only 4 co-host spots will be sold. Host Pages: None. Everything will be on the Rafflecopter. Extra Links: $3 Links can include anything EXCEPT Google+ or Personal Facebook Pages. Comments Pages: $5 for daily comment or $3 for a one time comment. Terms:
  • Promote giveaway with an announcement post
  • Announce giveaway on social networks at least twice during entry period.
  If you are interested in please fill out the form here and send your payment via paypal to courtdfoster@gmail.com. In the notes of the payment, please put weather you are co-host or just paid links. Giveaway html will be emailed to all co-hosts and link participants.