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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Win It Wednesday #10 {4/22}

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #10!

Who is ready for another awesome giveaway linky? 

Last week I introduced you to Win It Wednesday with my Co-Hosts: Stephanie, Jess and Tessa! We have teamed up to bring you a list of amazing giveaways every week. Feel free to link up with us and/or enter as many giveaways as you please.

Gurin Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser #AromaDiffuser

**I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. This post also contains affiliate links which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase.**

Have you ever heard of an Aroma Diffuser? I can't believe that I did not know about these amazing devices until now! Gurin sent me their Mini Aroma Diffuser to review. Basically, you place water into the center of the diffuser along with a few drops of essential oil, set the timer, change the color if you choose and then you watch the magic happen. It produces a fragrant mist that makes your house smell amazing. With this Gurin diffuser, you currently receive everything that you need (the essential oil is a limited time bonus, so you should buy soon). 

It comes with the diffuser and charging cord, a plastic measuring cup to fill the diffuser and a 10ml bottle of Lavender essential oil. The essential oil that is currently sent with the diffuser has a $19.99 value! The diffuser has a flower design on it and it is pretty enough to leave on your counter.
It has four different time settings: 30, 60, 120 and 180 minutes. It holds 100ml of water which will last for 180 minutes. The top is easy to remove to see how much water you have left (it has measurements on the inside too). However, if you run it without enough water, it has an auto shut-off feature. It also has low energy use and does not heat at all. So, it is safer than most other warming devices, candles, etc.

The diffuser has LED lights with three colors (red, green and blue) plus white and each have a low and high setting. So, it technically has eight different color variations or you could leave the color off. I like the blue or green settings the best.

My Husband actually couldn't wait to try this diffuser when it first arrived. Within 5 minutes of playing with it, he said "We need two more". He was sold quickly. I admit that it got me too. It is so much fun to sit and watch the diffuser in action. The mist that comes out almost looks like smoke, but it is thin and misty when you inhale it (it sounds weird, but trust will do it too). It is also fun to play with the mist and move it around with your fingers. Children would get a kick out of this diffuser.
The Lavender essential oil is AMAZING too. I have another Lavender relaxing oil that is a combination of essentials, but I like the one that came with this Gurin diffuser better. It is so relaxing. We have actually been taking the diffuser back in forth from the living room to our bedroom until we get another one. It really helps you to relax at night, destress and wind down for bed. It also makes your room smell amazing.

I highly recommend this Gurin Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser. It is definitely one of my favorite reviewed products so far this year. We plan on buying two more and placing them throughout the house.

Have you ever used an Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser?


Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom - Donate to Conservation International When You See It This Week!

I am *slightly* obsessed with monkeys. The monkey exhibits are always my favorite at the zoo or Busch Gardens and I could spend hours watching them. I would probably also own one if my Husband would allow me to. He keeps me out of trouble. Anyways, have you heard about Monkey Kingdom? It is narrated by Tina Fey who is one of my favorite celebrities. I miss 30 Rock so much! Here is one of the trailers for Monkey Kingdom:

When you see Monkey Kingdom on opening week (April 17th-23rd) Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International.

Conservation International has programs in Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka and will:

1. Protect monkeys and other endangered species
2. Save and restore forest habitats
3. Partner with and support local communities

So, make sure you see this movie during open week and help support these beautiful creatures!

*Disneynature provided the information and media for this post.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Win It Wednesday

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #9!

I have teamed up with a few amazing bloggers to bring you Win It Wednesday! What is Win It Wednesday? It is a link up that will have a collection of amazing giveaways. It will make it easier for readers to enter a lot of giveaways and it will be a place for Bloggers to share their giveaways.

Now, who's ready for several awesome giveaways? 

Please welcome our lovely Host and Co-Hosts!
Be sure to visit their blogs and social media to show them a little extra love for making this giveaway link-up possible!

Our Host
Stephanie from So Simply Stephanie
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Our Lovely Co-Hosts

Crystal from Thrifty and Frugal Living
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Jess from Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom
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Tessa from Mama Smith's Blog Reviews
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Also, if you have't already, be sure to check out the Grow Your Garden Giveaway #GYG!  Social Exposure PR has partnered with 11 awesome home and garden product sponsors to bring you an AMAZING gardening giveaway worth over $535! One lucky winner will win all 11 prizes- including an SimGar UNO Container Gardening System, gardening tools, gift cards from Zulily and NOVICA to purchase some of their awesome gardening products and, so much more!  

Win it Wednesday starts every Wednesday morning! Be sure to subscribe to the Win it Wednesday Reminder below so that each week you will receive a reminder email! 

Bloggers, by entering your links in the linky below, you will automatically receive emails each week the night before the linky goes live so that you have time to add your links before our readers and newsletter subscribers are invited on Wednesday morning.

Link-Up Rules:

SHARE IT! Please help share the word about the link-up so that others can join in enter the giveaways and share their links as well!   :) 
  • Please include the description of your prize, location and the date it ends. {Example: $500 Amazon Gift Card - US/CAN - 2/29}
  • Link up as many giveaways as you would like but, please no affiliate links, signups, woobox or other non-blog giveaway links.
  • Consider entering some of the other giveaways listed to help out the other bloggers who will also be helping support you!
And most importantly, have fun and good luck!

SPONSORS, if you would like to have your product featured directly on the Win it Wednesday post for readers to see immediately, please contact Stephanie at: .

Geek Fuel - Geek Subscription Boxes


I don't know that I have truly let my geek flag fly on this website. However, I am a geek...and proud of it! My boss mentioned that one of our facilities was "COD" the other day. I literally said "What? Why are they Call of Duty? What does that mean?". Apparently COD means other things like "cash on delivery". Aye. I am also a HUGE Doctor Who fan. I have a Tardis phone case on my phone. I own a Doctor Who clock, jewelry, t-shirts, etc. I have seen EVERY Marvel movie in theaters. Proud geek here indeed. So, when I heard about Geek Fuel it was a match made in HEAVEN. 

Geek Fuel is a box packed full of geeky items that will have you doing a *happy dance*. Every month includes a unique original t-shirt design. So cool. Here is what I received in my March box:

Ohh want better pictures? You can't handle better pictures! Hmm...excuse me...I am in full on geek mode at the moment. Here they are:

-Game of Thrones / video game characters original t-shirt- This tee pays homage to Game of Thrones by imagining what it would look like for different video game characters to be in the seat of power. Featured are Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, Link (Legend of Zelda), Master Chief (Halo) and Cloud (Final Fantasy VII). This t-shirt is SO cool. It is also really soft and fits great. 

-Warmachine Tactics downloadable game code and sticker sheet - What? It includes a $40 video game!! That is so awesome! This is a turn-based tactical game which is one of my Husband's favorite type of games. 

-Game of Thrones Comic Book - There were five different possible comic books you could have received. I think receiving a comic book made my Husband feel like a kid again. He was super happy.

-Dragon Glass - This arrowhead shaped piece of "dragon glass" is pretty to look at. It is supposed to kill the "White Walkers" (Game of Thrones). 

-Commemorated Leonard Nimoy Spock Button - I think this was a late add on to the box because it was not on the card. This is a nice way for Star Trek fans to remember a man that they loved so much. My Husband loved this one too.

-Darryll Jones Poster- This was probably my Husband's favorite item. He promptly claimed it as his and took it to his desk area to flatten out. It arrived rolled up, so the picture above is a little wrinkly and does not show the full size of the poster. This poster has a special nod to Star Wars. Look closely to see the Stormtrooper in the cockpit. 

-Gears of War Imulsion Energy Drink - We are Gears of War fans. However, we weren't really quite sure what to do with this. Do we drink it and see how it tastes or save it as memorabilia? As of now, it is unopened. 

We really loved this Geek Fuel box. I don't know if you can tell based off of this post, but we do not watch Game of Thrones. So, this box wasn't really catered to us. Despite that, we still loved all of the items. The t-shirt alone makes this box worth the price and then to throw in a $40 game code..the rest was just gravy. My favorite item was the tee and my Husband's favorite was the Darryll Jones poster. 

We would definitely recommend Geek Fuel. If you are like us and a "geek couple", then it is fun to divide the items up between you...or better yet, share them!


If you click on my link to subscribe to Geek Fuel, then you will receive a free bonus Retro Magazine with your subscription!!

*This post is sponsored by Geek Fuel and contains my affiliate link (I receive a small commission if you purchase after clicking these links). I would not recommend something that I do not support. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 10, 2015

#TryTheWorld - Marrakesh Gourmet Box


How would you like to try all the flavors of the world? There is a super cool subscription box that will let you do just that! Try The World features a new box from a different city around the world every two months. I was sent the current box which is from Marrakesh (Morocco). 

When the box first arrive I did an un-boxing video. Check it out: 

Since the video quality wasn't as great as I had hoped, I decided to share pictures and more information with you as well. Here is what I received:

-Dari, organic whole wheat couscous- I have only had couscous a few times. The last time it was mixed with a lemon sauce and diced peppers and it was amazing. I am excited to make this with the Tajini cous cous sauce that I will be showing you in a moment.

-Dip&Scoop, culinary argan oil - We tried this with some fresh French bread the other day and it was delicious. What is neat about this company is that the Dip&Scoop is handmade by Berber women in Southwestern Morocco that are paid fair wages and provided a safe work environment.

-Tajini, tajine Cous Cous sauce in Olive and Lemon- I am really excited to try this. I have had Tajini a few times in the past and liked it. I am particularly excited to try this one with the cous cous box I received. I have it planned for dinner this coming weekend with some chicken.

-Orientines, biscuits - I wasn't quite sure what these were. Now that I have had them I would describe them as more of a pastry. They are great with coffee or tea and it is hard to only eat one serving. This bag is now sadly empty.

-Villa Jerada, kefta rub - This was one of the items that I was most excited about in the box. Kefta rubbed meat is amazing and I am so excited to add this to my spice cabinet. This jar also retails for $14.95 on the Try The World website.

-Titus, sardines in oil - Sardines are just not my thing. I gave these to a friend whom loved them. If you can overcome the fish heads but don't want to eat them straight from the can, they can be used to add salt to many dishes. 

The box also came with a really cool "culture guide". It has information about the city and recipes. My culture guide even included a Moroccan poem, a list and description of Moroccan movies and a Marrakesh Playlist. So cool. 

Please note: Try The World works with artisanal producers from around the world, and therefore each box may be a little bit different. All boxes have a curated assortment of delicious and authentic gourmet products of similar value. When opening your Try The World box, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover different local flavors than the ones I have received! The card included in your box will guide you through your culinary adventure.


Subscribe now and receive a Paris Box plus your Marrakesh Box!

Win a trip to Morocco - Try The World

*Disclaimer: I received a free box in exchange for my honest review. This post also contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase via my link.