Tuesday, April 15, 2014

$20 Amazon and Heroes of the City Giveaway! #mbmhotc

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Welcome to the Heroes of the City Prize Pack Giveaway

((Your Blog Name)) has teamed up with several amazing bloggers and Heroes of the City to bring you this fantastic Giveaway! Let's learn a little about the sponsor!
Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everybody gets to be a hero! Emphasizing friendship, Heroes of the City contains a great deal of warmth and what may be accomplished by helping each other. The cartoon is primarily targeted at children age 3 – 7. Follow the fantastically exciting adventures along with friends in town. Meet Pauli Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most misunderstood bird in town.

You can download Heroes of the City now at the iTunesAppStore or for Android on GooglePlay!

★ Now for the Giveaway! ★

Heroes of the City is sponsoring an awesome giveaway! Prize Pack includes:
$20 Amazon eGift Code  
Heroes of the City Children's Book  
Heroes of the City DVD  
Heroes of the City toy cars Full Version app
Simply enter the Rafflecopter below! You do not have to complete all entries to win, but the more you do complete, the better your chances are of being chosen! Support the sponsor and the awesome bloggers that have brought you this giveaway by liking their Facebook pages and following them on Twitter! Giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on April 30th. One winner will receive al the prizes listed above.

 Disclaimer: Thrifty and Frugal Living is not responsible for prize shipment and was not monetarily compensated for this post. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and contacted by Xtreme Qpon. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email. If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen. U.S. residents only.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Glossybox March Review + Promotions


If you have missed my last few posts, Glossybox is a sample beauty box that delivers 5 luxury beauty products that include niche, high-end and emerging brands to your doorstep monthly.
Guess what? I not only have another Glossybox review for you, but I have two amazing promotions to share.  Glossybox arrives towards the end of the month, so I will most likely be reviewing them at the beginning of the following month since I am trying the products out before posting. For March I received the following:

I remembered to take a picture of the pretty packaging this time!

Keep in mind that this box is LARGE. It isn't tiny like my other sample boxes.

*Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar (FULL SIZE $14) – I LOVE this soap bar. My entire Glossybox smelled amazing when I opened it because of this soap. It is funny because my Husband was standing beside me as I opened the box. He said “Eww…that stinks”. I told him I loved it. The following day when he was in the shower I smelled the soap. I peeked in and he was using it. I called him out on it and he said “I like it”. A few days later he asked me how much this soap cost. When I told him he about had a heart attack (we have never paid $14 for a bar of soap). He then said “Well maybe we can buy another one and just not use it. It makes the bathroom smell so nice.” Needless to say, this soap was a grand slam in our household (yes, I am happy baseball is back!). 

*Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand ($22 for 4oz, 0.85oz= $4.68) – I have mentioned this so many times on this blog…I adore anything Alterna. This product was no different. It definitely added volume to my hair without making it feel gross or weighed down. It also makes my hair smell amazing (all Alterna products do). Loved it! 
*Estre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel (FULL SIZE $17.80) – This product is really neat. It is an extremely gentle lip exfoliator. You massage it onto your lips for about a minute and then rinse it off. I really needed this product earlier in the year when it was cooler out. Even though I live in Florida, my lips get extremely dry and cracked. You can feel the tiny exfoliating beads when you are messaging it into your lips. I love this product too!
*Nails INC Brook Street Nail Polish ($9.50 for 0.33oz, 0.13oz= $3.74) – This was the only product that I didn’t love in this box. It isn’t the company or the nail polish itself…it is the color. I am not a fan of bright pink nail polish. I am pale and I just don’t think that it looks good on me. I will be passing this on to one of my younger cousins. 
*Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask ($158.00 for 2.1oz, 0.38oz= $28.59) – I have been hearing SO much about Black Rose recently. It is supposed to be amazing for your skin. I am also always happy to get anything Sisley Paris because it is a brand that I can’t afford that I admire. It was weird for me having a “cream mask”. I have used it twice now and the concept still doesn’t really make sense. You apply the cream which is very moisturizing and seeps into your skin. You are then supposed to remove excess after 10-15 minutes. I honestly don’t think I have had any excess at that point. The cream feels amazing. It makes my skin tingle slightly and it feels wonderful afterwards. I wish I could afford this one, but I am happy Glossybox sent me a decent sized sample. 
*Bonus: Alex and Ani Charm Bangle ($28) – How amazing is this? They sent us bonus jewelry that cost more than the Glossybox does itself! I love this bangle. Weird fact about me: I am big boned and my wrists are HUGE. I can’t wear standard size bangles because they are too small for me. I LOVE that this one is adjustable and I can wear it. What a great bonus!

Total value: $96.81

Wow! Glossybox costs $21 for a one month subscription (it is even cheaper if you order multiple months). This box had a value of more than quadruple the cost! That is pretty impressive. Do you want to sign up? You should! I have some promotions for you. You can use ONE of these codes to get a freebie when you sign up.

Promotion #1- Free Beauty Blender with subscription (excludes limited edition boxes)

Valid through: April 30th 
Voucher Code:  BONUS

Promotion #2- Free Glossybox Blush with subscription (also excludes limited edition boxes)

Valid through: April 30th 
Voucher Code:  PINK

I am super jealous of you new subscriber that are going to get a free Beauty Blender! Make sure you sign up this month to take advantage of these promotions. $21 for a Monthly Subscription, $60 for 3-Month Subscription and more options are available. 

*Disclaimer: I received this box for free in exchange for this post. There are also affiliate links contained within the post. All opinions are completely my own.

Tools4Wisdom 2014 Weekly Planner

Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

I have always had a slight addiction to planners. There is something about writing down and organizing your plans, due dates, pay day and bills that is extremely relaxing. I haven’t used a planner in years and I have certainly missed it. My life is pretty hectic. I work full time overnight four days a week, I attend several Yelp Elite, Blogger and Community events every month, I also write for multiple review websites and for my two blogs (this one and a second local blog that is a work in progress. I admit I haven’t had enough time for it). Needless to say, I can use something to organize my life and keep me focused. 
This Tools4Wisdom 2014 Planner is great for people with a hectic lifestyle. It has not only a monthly and daily calendar, but so much more. The planner is broken down into three sections: Goals, Planner and Notes Journal. The journal itself is spiral bound with a plastic cover on each side to protect the planner. 

The Goals section is fantastic for writing down all the goals you have for yourself and helping you to stay on track. When filling out this section I realized I have even more goals than I thought I did. A lot more. There is a page for Personal goals listed by priority. Another page is for Professional goals. There are pages to list your purpose driven goals with prompts to help you think deeper into those goals (by listing why you have that goal, what the steps are to achieve the goal, etc.). There is even a reflection planner which helps you define your goals and gives you topics to help you realize all of the goals that you may have. 

The Planner section is broken down by month. It contains goal lists for each individual month, a monthly calendar with space to write out main goals, notes and ideas and a daily calendar with even more prompts and goal lists.

The Notes Journal section is simple. It is several pages that have two columns: “Notes and Reflections” and “Actions”. They are large blank sections where you could really write whatever your heart desires. 

I have enjoyed using this planner since it arrived. While I do feel that it overdoes it a bit with the goals, I do not mind it. I have discovered new goals and remembered old goals. Most importantly, it helps me remember what needs to be done. I sometimes get wrapped up in the moment and forget to do important tasks. This planner is helping me to remember what is important to me and how I can get there. It also helps me remember Doctor appointments. :) 
Do you use a planner? How do you stay organized in your life?

*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, April 8, 2014

Mighty Leaf Tea Spa Week Sweepstakes

Spa Week is April 21st- 27th. To celebrate, Mighty Leaf Tea is having an amazing Sweepstakes. Visit Spa Week to enter for a chance to win the grand prize of:

*One Year of Might Leaf Tea 
*Alessi Michael Graves Tea Kettle
*Two nights of luxury accomodations in a deluxe king guest room with city views at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco 
*Chef's tasting menu experience for two at the hotel's restaurant, Americano
*Two rejuvenating bathing rituals on the Rooftop Bamboo Garden of Spa Vitale with Mighty Leaf Tea experience

Good Luck!

The Perfect Snack with Fisher Nut Exactly + Giveaway


If you are anything like me, you are always in search for the perfect snack. Something sweet, salty and satisfying that won't make you gain a ton of weight. I am VERY pleased to introduce you to the new Fisher Nut Exactly. They are Dark Chocolate snack bites that are the perfect combination of roasted almonds, whole grain popcorn and 64% cacao real dark chocolate. Yum. There are also NO artificial ingredients in these snack bites.

Fisher Nut Exactly is available at select Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) Costco locations for $6.99 for a 15 ounce package. There will also be samplings at select Costco's (visit the Fisher Nuts Facebook page to see if your Costco is participating) on the following dates:

*Saturday, April 12th
*Wednesday, April 16th
*Saturday, April 26th

These snack bites would be perfect for munching on while watching a movie, a quick snack on the go or even for hosting a house party.


One lucky reader will win the following Fisher Nut Exactly Prize Pack:
*$50 Costco gift card
*Fisher Nut Exactly

**TO ENTER- Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Note: It may take a moment for the Rafflecopter to load. If you are reading this via RSS or Email, please visit the website to enter** Giveaway is open to US Residents only. Giveaway ends 4/29/14.

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*Disclaimer: I received the same prize pack that I am giving away in exchange for this post. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tampa Bay Bloggers April Instagram Challenge

The Tampa Bay Bloggers are once again hosting an Instagram challenge this month! All you have to do is post your picture for each word to Instagram on the appropriate day with the hashtags #AprilPics and #TBB and tag @tbbloggers . You can also tag me at @Latsyrc728 if you would like. This challenge is just for fun, but there will be a lot of us Tampa Bay Bloggers commenting and liking the photos that are tagged. This is a great way to build your Instagram media exposure! Just remember to have fun with it.