Wednesday, November 19, 2014

$200 Target Gift Card Giveaway



 I’ve teamed up with some of my blogger friends to bring you a giveaway with an amazing prize! We are giving away a $200 Target gift card to one lucky winner… and it just might be you. 
 
You can enter daily over the next two weeks and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media. Good luck!

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Prize: $200 Target Gift Card


Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

COVERGIRL #GirlsCan Campaign + Giveaway


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COVERGIRL knows that #GirlsCan follow their dreams and turn any can’t into a can! Whether you’re tackling an obstacle the day has thrown your way or you’re gearing up for a girls’ night out on the town, COVERGIRL can help keep you feeling empowered and beautiful.

For a limited time, look for specially marked packs of COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and Pro Mascara on the #GirlsCan display at your local Walmart. I found plenty of this mascara at my local Walmart for a fantastic price...less than $5!


This November, COVERGIRL is donating $50,000 to Dress for Success®, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing  professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. How awesome is that?

Anytime in my past when I have been told that I can't do something, it just made me strive harder to achieve my goals. I have always had a #GirlsCan attitude. I honestly believe that ANYONE can do anything if they work hard to achieve it. Make your own luck. 

While I was at Walmart, I grabbed a few other COVERGIRL items:


I am crazy about all four of these products! The smooches are so wonderfully hydrating and the colors are vibrant. The liquiline blast eyeliner is so smooth and easy to apply. It shows up wonderfully too. I used these products along with a few other COVERGIRL products in my arsenal (yes, it is an arsenal) to create a bold date look. This is all COVERGIRL:


You can see the mascara better in this picture with my eyes closed. It made my lashes look gorgeous. 


Girls and Women CAN look beautiful for a date without spending a fortune! 

Information about the COVERGIRL #GirlsCan Campaign
· The COVERGIRL #GirlsCan campaign promotes the empowerment of women by encouraging them to break down barriers and turn “can’t” into “can”
· COVERGIRL #GirlsCan mascaras come in 2 varieties at Walmart everyday low prices: COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and COVERGIRL Professional All-in-One Mascara
· COVERGIRL is turning “can’t” into “can” by donating $50,000 to Dress for Success®
· The COVERGIRL #GirlsCan displays can be found in the cosmetics section of your local Walmart
· Visit GirlsCanGiveBack.com  and watch the video below to learn more about #GirlsCan at Walmart.


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One lucky Thrifty and Frugal Living reader will win a $25 Walmart Gift Card courtesy of COVERGIRL!

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*Disclaimer: The Walmart gift cards, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

BOOKSTO.ME Instagram Photo Book #bookstome



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Have you ever wished that you had a physical photo album of your Instagram pictures? Well, guess what? There is a service for that and it is called BOOKSTO.ME

BOOKSTO.ME will send you a monthly or quarterly 8x8 photo book that is automatically created based off of your Instagram feed. All you have to do is sign up. You don't have to login every month and design the book, they do it for you. If there is a picture that you don't want included in your book, you just place the hashtag #noBTM on the picture. This is how it works:
 I use my Instagram for a mixture of personal and business (this blog, social media events, promoting local restaurants). So, I had a lot of pictures to exclude from my book. I went through and placed a hashtag in the comments of a lot of food and product pictures, but I apparently missed quite a few. Here is my current Instagram feed: Latsyrc728


 As you can see, it is a mixture of items. I also post a lot in some months and not much in others. Luckily, I posted a lot in September which is the month my BOOKSTO.ME was created from. When the book arrived, I was excited to see it's contents. 


The 8x8 book comes with a sleeve that has the dates your book contains (Sept 10, 2014- October 10, 2014 for mine) and mini pictures of some of the contents. The cover is black canvas. This book helped me realize that I REALLY need to start posting more personal items on Instagram. I don't have a single picture of my Husband, there are only a few pictures of me (mostly with products to promote them....or as a bloody zombie for Halloween) and a few pictures of my dog. I did have a few beautiful pictures from our recent visit to the Chihuly collection in St. Petersburg, FL (which was a personal visit).

I also had some random stuff. For example, this sign that I found at a local brewery that amused me:
 I was happy with the quality of the pictures in the book. If you think about it, all of these pictures were taken with a cell phone, uploaded to Instagram and then reprinted from there into a book. There is a lot of potential to loose quality along the way, but that was not an issue. I also loved how this book ended:


Yes, that is my gorgeous pup showing off his belly. I have a lot of money invested into that adorable belly! 

BOOKSTO.ME has a quarterly plan that prints every 3 months if you don't think you will take enough pictures in one month for a book. My book only contained 20 images because that is how many I had, but yours can contain HUNDREDS of photos. They will print all the photos within your time frame and place them in your book for no extra charge. I love that! 

BOOKTO.ME is $24 for the monthly plan or $44 for a quarterly plan. You can also give BOOKTO.ME as a gift for the Instagram junkies in your life. This would be a really easy and neat way to document your child's growth too. Sign up now and your first book will print in 24 hours.


*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#Uncorked Ventures Wine Club


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What is better than a bottle of wine? How about a club that delivers TWO bottles of wine to your doorstep every month! That's right, there is a wine subscription club. Uncorked Ventures is a family owned and operated start-up based just outside of San Francisco. The family spends time in wine country getting to know winemakers, vineyard owners, farmers and others directly involved in the creation of the wine.

Uncorked Ventures has three different subscription plans which can be shipped monthly, every other month, quarterly or just a one time shipment. You can also pay for 3, 6 or 12 months at once. Here are the plans:

Explorations Wine Club ($40 per shipment):
-2 bottles of wine - 1 red and 1 white
-Discounts on re-orders
-The best quality wine club under $100
-Monthly newsletter detailing featured wines, wineries and winemakers 
-10% off all purchases from the Uncorked Ventures online store
-First dibs on all last call wines, before they are offered to the public

Special Collections Wine Club ($95 per shipment):
-2 Bottles of red wine - limited production, high demand boutique wines
-Discounts on re-orders
-The best quality wine club under $100
-Monthly newsletter detailing featured wines, wineries and winemakers

Reserve Collections Wine Club ($195 per shipment): 
-2 Bottles of red wine - limited production, high demand boutique wines
-Discounts on re-orders
-The best quality wine club under $100
-Monthly newsletter detailing featured wines, wineries and winemakers

    
The descriptions of the plans are similar, but the wines are higher quality and harder to obtain with the Reserve Collections Wine Club. All of the plans feature wine that has been rated 90+ point quality. So, you are guaranteed to receive a great wine. 



I was sent one bottle of red wine from the Special Selections Wine Club: 2010 RTW Vintner's Blend from Vin Roc in Napa Valley (14.7% abv). This wine retails for $49. According to the website, it is the wine that Vin Roc serves when friends and family come to visit. How cool is that? I was unable to find exactly what was in this proprietary Vintner's blend. 

My Husband and I enjoyed the wine with a romantic Italian dinner one night. We REALLY enjoyed it. This wine is much better than the wine that we typically buy. It was extremely smooth. It was dry with just a slight aftertaste. Unlike cheap wine, this aftertaste was actually pleasant. It made my tongue tingle slightly. Very, very good wine.

Thanks to Uncorked Ventures for treating me to a bottle of AMAZING wine. This is definitely the type of subscription service I would love to receive as a gift. Make sure that you check them out and sign up the wine lovers in your live. You won't regret it! 

  
*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Key West Organic Unrefined African Shea Butter #sheabutter


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I love the cool weather that comes in October, but I hate what it does to my skin. My heels, ankles, knees and elbows all become dry and cracked. They sometimes even bleed. I need more than just standard lotion. I need something like shea butter.

What is African Shea Butter? It is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Natural shea butter is an excellent moisturizer for the face and body and is widely used for hair treatments. It is also well known for its natural healing properties.

Key West African Shea Butter is shea butter that is in its raw (or unrefined) state. It is processed by hand using water extraction and screened for impurities, resulting in the highest quality grade A shea butter. The shea butter is 100% natural, certified $A organic and does not have any added dyes or synthetic ingredients. It is sourced from a local women’s co-op in Ghana to ensure fair wages and ethical treatment....which is awesome!   It comes in a large 14oz (that is almost a pound!) BPA free container.


I have only tried processed shea butter in the past. I definitely like this Key West unrefined shea butter a lot more. It is in a hard solid form and you just dip your fingers into the jar and a little bit comes off on your fingers. A small amount of this shea butter goes a long way. It has a faint natural scent that is nice and doesn't seem to linger. Key West Shea Butter is extremely moisturizing and it seeps into your skin, so it moisturizes for a long time. It also warms up if you rub it in between your hands.


 You can see how full this container is and I have used it at least a dozen times. So, this container will last for a long time. You can also use this shea butter in recipes to make lotions, sugar scrubs, hair conditioner, whipped shea butter, lip balms and more. You can even find recipes on the Key West Youtube page (click on the icon at the top right of their website).

Key West also has a sale going on right now. Make sure that you check them out and slather yourself in some African Shea Butter. Your skin will Thank You!

*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Karmick Eye Mask Review and Giveaway #karmickeyemask



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I have a high stress life. I am currently working full time, going to college full time, doing an internship at a local school, running this website and doing a few other social media jobs. I am SUPER busy. I also work nights and sleep during the day which can be difficult to do. Since I have had so much on my plate recently, I have been having a hard time sleeping. I lay awake thinking about deadlines and everything that has to be done. When I heard about the Karmick Hot Cold Eye Mask I knew that it could help me. Plus, it has one of my favorite scents: Lavender.

This Karmick eye mask can be used hot or cold by placing it in the microwave or freezer. I personally like to keep it in the fridge. It can also be used as a hot/cold pack to relieve muscle pain which is also useful to me. Karmick Eye Masks are made individually in the USA and they contain all natural ingredients. The outside is a gorgeous blue silky satin.

Here are some of the great benefits of the Karmick Eye Mask:

- Cool compress relieves stress, puffy eyes, dark circles immediately and promotes tranquility with natural scents of lavender
- Blocks out light completely
- Conforms to face and eyes and induces sleep
- Lavender scent relieves stress and tension
- Relaxes tired eyes from all day technology
- Use it for meditation and yoga
- Great for Men, Women and Children
- Hot pack can be used for sinus pain, dry eyes, allergies
- Cold pack can be used soothe migraines, headaches, aches and pain
- Cooling relief without the ice shocks


I have used this Karmick eye pillow in every way possible at this point and I love it. I have used it as a calming heating pack for my sore neck and back, I have used it warm and cold on my eyes. As I mentioned earlier, I have even discovered that I like keeping it in the fridge. My freezer has some issues and often leaves ice crystals on anything left in there, so I put it in the refrigerator. It stays cool for a really long time and it is SO calming and relaxing on your eyes. When you microwave the mask, you can only microwave it for a short time. As a result, it doesn't stay warm for very long. That is the only complaint I have about this mask. It is much better cold anyhow.

The mask has a very distinctive, but not overpowering lavender smell that is amazing. I have been using the mask for a few weeks and it has not lost potency at all. I believe that there is lavender essential oil mixed inside the mask. I am not sure exactly what the natural ingredients are that are inside the eye mask, but they are very small and fine. It allows the mask to conform perfectly to your face. The outside material is satin and feels amazing on your skin. 

Not only is the lavender scent and cool satin relaxing, but this eye mask truly does block out all of the light in the room too. As someone who sleeps during the day, I love this benefit.

I definitely recommend this Karmick Eye Mask. It is by far the best eye mask that I have owned and it doubles as a small heating pad or cool pack. It would also make a great Christmas gift!

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One lucky Thrifty and Frugal Living reader will win a Karmick Hot Cold Lavender Eye Mask!

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*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.