April 30, 2014

Purex Crystals $500 and Dryer Sheets Giveaway


Go HERE to enter!

Purex and Mom's Night Out

Being a mom is the hardest job of all, but sometimes moms need a break too! That’s why Purex is celebrating Mother’s Day and the release of Sony’s new motion picture, Moms’ Night Out, by giving away a night out for you and up to five friends.

So get your BFFs together for a night out on the town, courtesy of the laundry BFFs from Purex, and enter for your chance to win today!

One Grand Prize Winner

  • Limo service for the evening

  • Dinner at a nice restaurant

  • 6 free movie tickets/passes
  • $100 bucks for movie snacks

10 runners up

  • 4 free movie tickets/passes

Click here to watch an exclusive clip of the movie in theaters May 9, 2014 – Mother’s Day Weekend.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win. Purchases do not increase odds of winning; odds depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the U.S. and DC, age 18 or older at time of entry. Retail value (ARV) of Grand Prize: $1,123; ARV of Second Prizes (10): 1,140; Total ARV: $2,263. For complete details and official rules, visit www.purex.com/moms-night-out-sweepstakes-terms. Enter by May 11, 2014. Sponsor: The Dial Corporation, 7201 E. Henkel Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Movie Artwork © 2014 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

Hartford Comic Con Giveaway!!!

Hartford Comic-Con is coming soon!  

I have not been to a Comic Con but my son and his ex girlfriend have and they have worked at several! They claim its the most fun they have had! I would love to go but my and the kiddos schedules would not allow it!

This year's special guests are:

Chandler Riggs - Walking Dead

Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad, Revolution, Once Upon A Time

Manu Bennett - Arrow, Spartacus, The Hobbit

Katrina Law - Arrow, Spartacus

Brando Eaton - Cabin Fever 3, Dexter, Zoey 101, Secret Life of the American Teenager, CSI, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2

Kaare Andrews - Cabin Fever 3, The ABC’s of Death, Altitude, Spider-Man(comic), X-Men(comic), Wolverine(comic), The Hulk(comic), Iron Fist(Marvel)

Larry Thomas - The Soup Nazi on Seinfeld

Paranormal Xpeditions - Paranormal Xpeditions, Rachel Hoffman and Tina Storer

Dr Chris, Radio of Horror - Dr. Chris, 91.3 FM

CT Ghostbusters


See the list of Featured Artists  , Cosplay Guests , and Kids Cosplay Guests


XL Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Hartford, Connecticut 06120

There will be KidsCon, contests, gaming, films, costume contests, panels and so much more.  Two action packed days of pure fun!

The doors open at 10am on both days - see the event schedule for times throughout the two days for specifics.

General admission tickets 

$25 for single day passes

$45 for two-day passes

VIP packages starting at $125 are available for purchase on  www.hartfordcomiccon.com, by calling 1-877-522-8499, or visiting the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center.

Included with VIP Packages:

1 Photo with Chandler (1 person limit in photo with Chandler). 1 Signature of Chandler. 1 Photo with Giancarlo (1 person limit in photo with Giancarlo). 1 Signature of Giancarlo. 1 Photo with Katrina (1 person limit in photo with Katrina). 1 Signature of Katrina 1 Photo with Manu (1 person limit in photo with Manu) 1 Signature of Manu 

Addtional items for Riggs, Esposito, Bennett and Law Packages only include: 1 photo with Package celebrity (1 person limit in photo with celebrity) and 1 Signature of Package Celebrity.

And there is even a SUPER VIP package available...

$5 off each ticket purchase for Hartford Comic Con with Promo Code HCC2014  

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Epic Conventions is a Boca Raton, Florida privately owned company dedicated to following the mold of the traditional comic con – while providing the perfect mix and experience of current pop culture events. Epic Conventions include features such as: artists/illustrators/ writers from the comic industry, film/television celebrities, science fiction/fantasy, gaming, Cosplay, educational opportunities, and genre related literature.  Since 2013, Epic Conventions has consistently listened to the desires of the “comic con attendee” to create the ultimate atmosphere and experience.   For more information on Epic Conventions, please visit www.hartfordcomiccon.com or e-mail at epic@hartfordcomiccon.com


Epic Conventions has offered to give two lucky TSOS readers a family four pack of general admission tickets to the Hartford Comic Con event.  One set will be for Saturday and one set will be for Sunday.  Entrants must be age 18 or older. 

Disclosure: The Stuff of Success and Debras Random Rambles are not responsible for prize. If you have any question please send an email to thestuffofsuccess@gmail.com.  All entries are optional, if you do any of the tasks you can collect the entries.

April 29, 2014

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Sargento Ultra Thin Cheese

Sargento Ultra Thin Slices bring you all the delicious taste of our natural cheese, with only 40-45 calories per slice.
We added it our omelet and it was the perfect slice size! It didn't leak out and stayed on the egg!
 We also topped it on our garlic and onion burgers.
We half cut the slices to 2 triangles to layer and it was delish!

April 28, 2014

Spring Project

Every year I try to get the kids to do one project in the Spring and one in the Fall. This year I scoured Pintrest and came up with an egg wreath for an idea. Needless to say it didn't come out as well as the one I saw but the kids are ok with it so I am as well!
We did the usual hollow out the eggs with a nail and the mind numbing blow out of the insides. (We used the insides to bake a cake!) We rinsed and dried the eggs and then colored them with 1/2 c. warm water, 2 tblsp vinegar and food coloring. When they dried we used clear gold glittered nail polish for the speckled look then sprayed them with acrylic. We used floral wire to thread them one by one on the wire, twirling the wire between each egg. We twisted the ends together and pulled it to make the circle. We added green ribbon to make a hanger and 2 bows on the top.
As a side note, I think next Spring we are going to do something easier than this. Working with delicate real eggs is a real pain in the tush!

Walls Need Love Review

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

We were sent the 2" Confetti Polka Dot Wall Decals. We added the Confetti Dots to my daughters wall and used her butterfly as inspiration. You can see the review for the butterfly HERE. It is a different company than Walls Need Love.
As you can see she wanted it to look like a butterfly path so I let her take the lead in placing the dots. I think she did good and she's happy with it!
These can be removed, so they are great for renters or people who don't want
to put holes in walls to decorate.

"100% Sourced & Manufactured in Nashville, TN USA, Walls Need Love has been in the adhesive art industry since 2008.  We pride ourselves on creating fresh adhesive decor.  In the simplest terms, we are aficionados in assisting the migration of art from brain to wall.  We are a very nimble team and bust ass to get things done fast, like really fast. Orders ship within 2-3 business days of placement and because of our centrally based location, 75% of the USA receives their order within 2-3 business days. We also ship substantial quantities to Canada, Australia, and Europe.
 The Walls Need Love team may be small but we’re a capable family of individuals that strive to enjoy life at and away from work. We believe that big things come in small packages and we’re thankful to have you as a customer. We promise to do our best in serving you the best adhesive art possible.
At WallsNeedLove.com we believe your life is your canvas. We want you to smile and get creative with it. Do what you love, love what you do, and do it often." From their site.
Walls Need Loves gives 1% of their sales to planting trees to help the environment. They are also believers in Volunteering and supporting communities. This is a company I am glad to say I like!

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.

April 27, 2014

Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent Review and Giveaway

I was sent a bottle of Purex No Sort to do my review. My opinions are, as always, my own.

Im not a sorter. I was a years ago, before 7 kids. But now I guess Im too busy to do it! If hubby separates the clothes it gets done. But I like to throw it all in together and take the risk! I did that a year or so ago and accidently put my daughter karate GI in with a blue tshirt. OOPS! Its still got a blue tint even tho I have bleached it several times.
That's why I was so happy to get this no sort from Purex.
Purex® No Sort™ detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ which traps loose dyes in the wash, and prevents them from settling onto other fabrics—leaving your clothes bright and clean without color bleeding accidents.
"Purex® No Sort™ detergent is packed with innovation, but it can’t perform miracles, so please follow these words of advice: wash strongly colored fabrics or new pieces of clothing, especially jeans, separately at least 5 times before doing a mixed color load with Purex® No Sort™ detergent." From the Purex website.
When washing your colors, dyes can often bleed, or transfer, from your darker colored garments onto the lighter ones in the wash. Purex's new Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™, exclusive to Purex® No Sort™ for Colors, traps loose dyes in the wash, and does not let them settle onto other fabrics. When your wash cycle finishes, the trapped dye is simply washed down the drain along with the water – leaving your clothes bright and clean.
I am giving away 2 coupons for FREE Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent. I was sent these coupons to share with my readers. I will send them to the winners. Once I send the email to the winners they have 48 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen.

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April 26, 2014

Spring Cupcakes from scratch

For the "grass" we colored coconut. 1/2 c. coconut and 5 drops of green food coloring. Mix until coconut is mostly green. 
Because it was Easter time we had Peeps and Jelly Beans on hand. Seemed logical to use them.
The frosting is the standard butter cream recipe that we make at home. But you can use whatever frosting you like best.
My mom was always one for making things from scratch. So was my dad. We hardly ever ate store bought goodies while I was growing up and Im happy to say Im doing the same thing with my kids! I like to be able to pronounce whats on and in our food. Except for the Peeps and Jelly Beans. Im too afraid to know whats in them! They taste too good to want to know!

Brooklyn Beans Roastery Review and Giveaway

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

Brooklyn Bean Roastery's goal is to provide a great cup of coffee that reminds you of the sights and sounds of Brooklyn. Whether you prefer a smooth smooth, mild blend that makes you feel at home, or a rich, dark roast that takes you back to a wild night you spent in the city, Brooklyn Bean Roastery has the perfect blend for you.

I love coffee! I love to review coffee! And when I find a coffee I really like, I love to share the love of it! When I was sent the Brooklyn Bean Roastery to review, I thought it was just another set of flavored coffee. I was so wrong! I have a new appreciation for this blend! I was sent a variety box to review and out of all of the flavors, my favorite has to be Vanilla Skyline! But The Corner Donut Shop was so good too! Ok, they were all good, so its hard to choose just one but I'll stick with the Vanilla Skyline being my favorite!

Now for the best part! Brooklyn Beans is giving one of my reader a 40 count Variety Box just like they sent me! They will ship the prize to the winner. The Variety Pack is K-Cups so the winner should have a K-Cup Brewer, no matter the maker. Debras Random Rambles is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.

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April 25, 2014

Martial Arts for Kids Review and Giveaway

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

My husband is a Certified Karate Instructor and he watched these with me. My daughter is a Blue Belt in Karate and she also viewed them. They both had a positive outlook on them and my husband was actually impressed that the instructors actually took the time to go into full explanations rather than just skim over the information.

My husbands school, Maine Traditional Karate, is based on Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts and they do a large focus on self defense as well as fighting but they do not do the competitions like you see on TV or in movies.

(This clip is just for demo! This is not a version shown in the kids class that I reviewed. This is a clip to explain the Foundation that it is based on.)

This series is perfect for the families that are worried about the dojo experience. Your child can learn at home and still get a good education! Plus if you decide when the series is done to join a dojo, your child will have a superb heads up and head start!

Although the primary benefit of training in the system is self defense children will also gain in other areas. Such as:

Respect- They will learn the protocols and meanings of these protocals. these are designed to teach respect for oneself and others.

Discipline- Our martial arts instruction is inspiring. Children will be inspired to work hard and will thereby naturally develop self discipline.

Physical Fitness - Classes are energetic. Kids will get lots of exercise.

Coordination - Shou' Shu' develops coordination. Especially due to that large amount of cross lateral motions. Cross lateral motions have been shown to enhance learning. Especially helpful for kids with ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia or similar.

Ant-Bullying - Kids will learn to understand how to prevent bullying as well as determining threat level and appropriate responses.
Fun - classes your child is sure to enjoy!

The program includes 13 lessons and a handbook.

They have been teaching the self defense art of Shou' Shu' Kung Fu professionally since 1995. They pioneered the teaching of children in this art. Having perfected the teaching system over the last 19 years they are now bringing the experience online.

The scarcity of martial arts schools teaching a self defense art (in contrast to a sport karate) has prompted them to develop this online curriculum. Making it available in the convenience of your home and on your time!

You can visit Sheng Chi Kung Fu by going to http://www.shengchikungfu.com/.

They even off a FREE Adult class on line! Go HERE to register and learn more!

My readers can use this link: http://www.learnmartialartsathome.com/blogger

to get a 50% off coupon!

Heres the best part! Udemy is allowing me to giveaway

a Free Course of Martial Arts for Kids to 3 lucky readers!
Good luck!!

. a Rafflecopter giveaway 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.

April 24, 2014

Make your own Easy Meringue Cookies

My kids love these They are perfect for the Spring and Summer time when you are looking for a lighter fare to take to an outing or a cookout! You can add food coloring for different colors for different Holidays and Seasons. They also make a cute food gift!

April 23, 2014

CafeViva Review and 7 Day Challenge Giveaway!

I was sent cafeviva to review. I was not compensated in any other way.
My opinions, as always, are my own.

I love coffee. I also eat a lot of food, like yogurt, that has probiotics in it.
I tried this several different ways.
I made it hot and added a few drops of honey. Lets just say, it didn't hit the spot!
I added it to my strawberry yogurt and my plain yogurt. That gave it a hint of coffee flavor and I think it may be my newest favorite yogurt mix up!
I even added it to my Chocolate Protein Shake with an additional tsp of peanut butter. That was like having a thinned chocolate coolatta. It really was delish!

The best part tho is they are allowing me to host a giveaway to give 2 of my readers a 7-Day Challenge package! Good luck!

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April 21, 2014

Label Daddy Special Offer

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Kids going to Summer School? Camp? or traveling?

Remember to label all the clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep your belongings from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant!

 Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! . . . Pick from many colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Our exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.
 Save 10% on Label Daddy labels! Use code USFAMILY10 at checkout.

April 16, 2014

Superior Source Vitamins

What Makes Superior Source UNIQUE: Superior Source Vitamins are MicroLingual - "Under the Tongue Technology" that works fast, as they are quickly absorbed into the body, dissolving in seconds - NO pills to swallow! By swallowing supplements, as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of the stomach. Continental Vitamin Company has provided trusted vitamin tablets and dietary supplements since 1969. Continental Vitamin Company is the manufacturer of the Superior Source product line, recognized as the only source of soft-molded instant release tablets with Under the Tongue Technology™.

Where to Buy: You can purchase all Superior Source Vitamins at major retailers nationwide like Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe and major online retailers like, Vitacost, iHerb, Walgreens, Swansons and Lucky Vitamins.

Named a "Best Supplements" Award-winner by 'Better Nutrition' magazine, Superior Source has over 140 dietary supplement products including MicroLingual (under the tongue) Vitamin B-12 tablets

Their products are not organic.

Look for and wait for a review and giveaway soon!

Get some free!

1. FREE 60-Day Supply of Vitamin B-12 - 1,000 mcg (only pay $3.95 S&H)
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April 15, 2014

Lil’ Gadgets Wireless Bluetooth Kid’s Headphones Giveaway

lilgadgetsgiveawayWelcome to the Lil’ Gadgets Wireless Bluetooth Kid’s Headphones Giveaway!

Hosted by: Tyrneathem
Sponsored by: Lil’ Gadgets
Dates: April 15 to 30, 2014
Products for children shouldn’t mean lesser quality or embellished with cartoonishness. At least that’s what Lil’ Gadgets believes. When they couldn’t find products that met their standards for their children, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
LilGadgets are built to be attractive enough for adults yet are durable and fitted for children. These are products that will make your inner child envious.
See Tyrneathem's full review here.
One lucky entrant will win a pair of Lil’ Gadgets Kid’s Bluetooth Headphones valued at $94.95!
Open to residents of the Continental US only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. If you have won an item from this sponsor (LilGadgets) within the last six (6) months, you are not eligible for a prize. All entries are optional, but completing more entries will increase your chances of winning a prize. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen, so please watch your email! Please read full terms and conditions on the form before entering.

Good Luck!

April 14, 2014

School Resource Officers and the school system. Yes or No?

What is a School Resource Officer? They are law enforcement officers who are assigned to either an elementary, middle, or high school.  The main goal of the SRO is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement. 

The SRO position combines three major components which allow the SRO to achieve this goal: law enforcement, education, and counseling.  These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach to law enforcement.  SRO's are not just "cops" on campus.  SRO's provide all law enforcement duties on their campus.  They educate the students by teaching law related classes and other related subjects in the classroom. They also counsel both students and parents on various topics.  The SRO becomes involved in the students' lives as a positive role model.  The intent is that the positive experiences students have with the SRO will bridge the gap between juveniles and law enforcement, and in doing so, help prevent juvenile, and potentially adult, crime.

While researching for this post I found this article on Education World. It brings to light a survey by almost 700 SRO's. A majority of them feel that lawmakers and policy makers do not fully understand their job and all it entails. 70% in fact. 71 percent said the same about the media, and 69 percent said other police officers are not clear about their assignment. A quote from one of the survey moderators: "I am particularly concerned that officers so strongly feel that the individuals who shape public awareness and public policy --- elected officials, the media, and school violence researchers -- do not fully understand the role of the SRO. These individuals shape public opinion, set public policy, and make funding decisions about school safety programs, yet the data suggests they do not fully understand what SROs do and how they prevent school violence."

They don't just "police" at the schools. They are also there to teach our kids other aspects of life. This includes:
~Policing as a career
~Alcohol and drug awareness
~Gang and stranger awareness and resistance
~Crime prevention
~Conflict resolution
~Babysitting safety
~Bicycling, pedestrian, and motor vehicle safety
~And areas in which students are especially likely to be offenders or victims, such as vandalism, shoplifting, and sexual assault.

Who pays for the officers in our schools? The school district is usually the primary payer of the funds. But if they cant afford it, it falls to the local police to fund the officer. The Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act Formula Grant allows school districts to spend up to 40 percent of their Title IV money to hire and train school security. Bet you didn't know that! One school district even had a yard sale/bake sale to help pay for their officer when they heard the funding was running out.

 My personal opinion: I am all for schools having Resource Officers. I think that before they are cut or removed, districts should look at cuts in other places. I understand how people feel about sports programs but they are not as important as our children's safety. I love the arts as much as anyone but I would rather my children have the added safety. Granted an officer has a response time, and that things do happen but why take the chance?
I have heard arguments that money doesn't grow on trees and that those without kids shouldn't have to pay for the officers when they could be on the street. On more than one occasion, I have heard on the scanner the local SRO's leave the schools to assist other officers.  So they are not "stuck" on the schools campus. There has also been the argument that those officers should be on the street. Crime wouldn't be so high or there wouldn't be as many robberies and crimes. That's a load of crap! If someone is going to commit a crime, they don't care about how many cops a town or city has on the street. And you would still have those who will say there are too many officers on the street or that there doesn't need to be as many officers on the payroll. There will always be the whiney and the ninnies who are unable to look past their own mindset. There are also the people that say the officer or the teachers. Teachers have contracts and unions and I see it as a scare tactic those in politics like to use to try to intimidate and coerce the rest of us. There are many ways to pay for the officers. The key is to get creative in how to afford them and do what it takes to keep them.]

~~**NOTE: I am not personal friends with any SRO's. Nor am I personal friends with any officers in the town or surrounding towns where I live. My husband is friends with and works closely with officers tho. These are my opinions and thoughts, as the title of my blog says. I have nothing to gain or loose by the sharing of this rambling!**~~

I, as always, welcome comments. 
Those that are threatening or not of a family discussion manner will be deleted!

Restaurant.com's Mobile App!

Find Flavor at your Fingertips with Restaurant.com's Mobile App!
Receive a FREE $10 Restaurant.com eGift Card with Your FIRST Purchase on the Restaurant.com Mobile App!Restaurant.com is offering a FREE $10 Restaurant.com eGift Card with your first purchase on their mobile app! Go

Using location-based technology, the Restaurant.com mobile app allows you to connect to great savings and restaurants on the go! Simply tap the "Deals Near Me" button to find restaurants near your location or type your zip code or city to locate flavor right at your fingertips. Did you know Restaurant.com offers nearly 50,000 online dining deals at thousands of restaurants nationwide? The deals are easy to use, never expire, and are available to use right away. The best part, if you change your mind on the restaurant choice, you can exchange anytime, no questions asked.

Found a restaurant with a great deal? Present the certificate to your server on a mobile device, and voila - the savings will be deducted from your final bill.

Don't miss out on this exclusive offer! Download the app now at Google Play or the iTunes App Store until Wednesday, April 30.

*Your first purchase via the Restaurant.com mobile application may qualify for a free $10 Restaurant.com eGift Card. You can download the Restaurant.com mobile application on iTunes App Store or Google Play. The purchase must be made between Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:00AM PST and Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11:59PM PST to qualify, and must be your first purchase through the Restaurant.com mobile application. Restaurant.com reserves the right to change the promotional period at anytime. Previous purchasers via the Restaurant.com mobile application are not eligible. One free eGift Card per qualified purchase. The $10 Restaurant.com eGift Card will be emailed within 24-72 hours following the purchase. eGift Cards can be redeemed online at www.theidealmeal.com for a restaurant specific certificate. eGift Cards cannot be redeemed at any restaurant. Restaurant.com is not responsible for undelivered, lost or stolen eGift Cards.

The Hurricane Golf Tour

The Hurricane Tour is comprised of four components: the Junior Tour, the Collegiate Tour, the Amateur Tour, and the Tour Shop (online). Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the Hurricane Tour administers over 150 events all across the country. With three different tours, golfers of any age and skill level are provided an opportunity to play the game.

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (#HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour's vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Membership for the HJGT is $89.00 and players receive discounted member pricing at each event. Every Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event is ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard (NJGS) and features a chance for players to earn AJGA stars. The top 3 finishers at each event will earn prizes. For a complete list of Junior Tour tournaments, visit: http://hjgt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/hjgt14/schedule/index.htm.

The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour (#HCGT) was founded in 2011 and is perfect for college-aged golfers looking to perfect their game this summer in competitive tournaments at great venues. Whether you are a collegiate golfer looking to practice during the off-season, a future college golfer looking to prepare for the upcoming season, or a non-college golfer that wants to compete in first-class events, the HCGT is the tour for you! Membership to the tour is absolutely FREE and provides access to all 28 tournaments this summer in 11 different states. Top 3 finishers at each event will earn prizes. For a complete list of Collegiate Tour tournaments, visit: http://collegiate.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx.

The Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour (#HAGT) was founded in 2014 with the intention of providing golfers of any age and skill level an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment, while raising money to benefit the Hurricane Foundation and other charitable organizations alike. In order to play on the Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour, players must become a member for the low rate of $25. Amateurs (men, women and seniors) will compete in one of 10 flights based on their handicap, gender, and age. Senior Flights are for players that have turned 50 years old by May 17, 2014. Every tournament on the 2014 schedule will have a unique "Major Championship" feel to it. A special feature of the Amateur Tour is the "19th Hole Dinner," where players will have the opportunity to win raffles, giveaways, and silent auctions. The top 3 finishers in every flight will compete for the $2,000 total prize purse regardless of field size at the tournament. The payouts will be in form of gift cards to the Hurricane Tour Shop. For a complete list of Amateur Tour tournaments, visit: http://amateur.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx.

Lastly, the online Hurricane Tour Shop was created in 2013 for the purpose of offering golfers of all ages the newest trends in golf apparel, equipment and accessories at PREFERRED PRICING.

Hurricane Tour - http://floridaparentsguide.com/coupon.php?regionid=405&bid=11677&lid=15586&dealid=1676
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Junior Tour: www.hjgt.org
Collegiate Tour: www.hurricanetour.com
Amateur Tour: www.hurricanetour.com
Tour Shop: www.hurricanetourshop.com

2014 #HJGT Schedule: http://hjgt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/hjgt14/schedule/index.htm
2014 #HCGT Schedule: http://collegiate.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx
2014 #HAGT Schedule: http://amateur.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx

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April 12, 2014

Madison Reed Hair Color Review

I have been coloring my hair since I was 15. Even more so after I started having kids and saw my first WHITE hairs after my firstborn at 18!
I have used good and not so good products and some of them stunk so bad, I could still smell them days later. But not Madison Reed Hair Color.
It doesn't reek. It actually smells, dare I say, good! It comes with an after shampoo and conditioner that smells ok too. I was driving with my daughter and she asked what smelled so good. I said maybe my hair and she actually sniffed my hair and said "Yep. That's what I smell!"
The best part tho, was the cream they sent that frames your hairline so you don't bleed onto your face and can color all the roots. I'm always so worried about the color staining and it didn't! They also include 2 sets of gloves so you don't have to reuse the first set you use.
They walk you through the whole process of helping you choose your color so you cant go wrong!
They even send you a re-order reminder when its due to re-color!
 I have a lot of subscriptions but this is by far my favorite!
They say, on their site: "We help you find your perfect color, deliver it to your door, and show you how to apply it to get the best results."


Madison Reed Shampoo & Conditioner

Cane Expressions

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I was sent a Cane cover for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.
My opinions are as always my own.
The Cane Expressions cover would make a great gift for those who live in Assisted Living or in any other setting where people use canes. You can tell who's is whose just by the covering! I think this is super! Snazz up Gram or Gramps for Grandparents Day. Don't get them a gift they cant use or another knick knack! If mom or dad uses one, snazzy them up too! These would make a super Mothers Day or Fathers Day unique gift!
Here is the link to get one for your loved one  http://caneexpressions.com/
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.

Rice Candles, because waste not..

10 pound bag of rice
food coloring
old jars

Just add a bit of coloring to the rice and stir. Then add to jars and add candles. Voila!

April 9, 2014

Green Kids Crafts Giveaway

Welcome to Subscription Spring #3 - Green Kid Crafts

Green Kid Crafts' Award Winning Craft Kit Subscriptions

I have really been looking forward to receiving our Green Kid Crafts box. As a mom who home schools some of her children and likes to live out her ' being a scientist' fantasies vicariously through her kids, Green Kid Crafts ticked a lot of boxes before it even arrived. Green Kid designs and delivers hands-on, award winning, and eco-friendly Discovery Boxes, Creativity Kits, and STEM Kits (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).In a slightly different format to some subscription services they offer more than just the monthly subscription box service:
  • Subscribe to the traditional type of service, where you will receive one box every month with:
    • 3-4 creativity & STEM Science Kits (science, technology, engineering, and math) designed by experts to build confidence, flex creativity muscles, and make kids (and parents!) smarter
    • All materials and instructions, along with some fun extras
    • An exciting new theme. Past themes include - Outer Space, Feathered Friends, Backyard Science, Ocean, and Mad Scientist.
    • Included free for subscribers (a $5.95 monthly value): Green Kid! Activity Guide – a 20+ page collection of additional activities, reading lists, games, puzzles, and more each month, all centered about the monthly theme!
  • "One Off" boxes for purchase called Discovery Boxes. They pack a lot of fun and learning into convenient, eco-friendly packages. Developed by teachers, crafty moms and STEM experts (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to support key developmental skills for kids ages 3-10, each Discovery Box celebrates creativity with craft projects and activates thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation as we guide children through fun science experiments. Each Discovery Box contains 3-4 Creativity and STEM Science Kits, extension activities, and a 20+ page themed Green Kid Activity Guide. Themes currently available include - Dinosaur, World Music, Ocean, Kitchen Scientist & Garden.
  • Eco Friendly party favors. A select number of the kits from the boxes are available for individual purchase as party favors, stocking stuffers or as activities to enjoy at parties. I think they are also good to support specific learning goals in home & school. Each Birthday Activity and Party Favor comes in its own Green Kid Crafts birthday bag! A special discounted rate applies for group orders. Save 20% on orders of over 20 items with coupon code BIRTHDAY! Themes include - My Weather Station, Sailboat, Rocket Launchers, Shooting Stars and Paper Making.
  • STEM kits - STEM Science Kits make science fun and exciting for kids through hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments. The kits facilitate thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation as children are guided through the scientific inquiry and engineering design process. Themes include - Cloud Finder, Weather Station Kit & Sun Prints.

Green Kid Crafts - Review

My intention had been to post an 'opening the box' video here. I was setting up the equipment, with the kids and went off to answer the 'phone. I came back to find that, such was their excitement, they had started without me - but I went with the flow! So here is the slightly badly focused, raw reaction of our 6 & 7 year olds opening the box!
As you can see they were very pleased with what they found in the Kitchen Science Discovery Box and you can read the full review of the box here. Click here to find out more about Fun, creative and earth-friendly craft projects, delivered each month by GreenKidCrafts Or on the button below to take advantage of Aprils special offer - but be quick they won't last long!

20% off Discovery Boxes

Giveaway Time

One of our lucky readers can win a three month subscription, donated by the generous folks at Green Kid Crafts. The giveaway is open to the US residents aged 18+ only. It starts on 04/09/14 at 0001 PST and ends 05/12/14 at 2359 PST. Enter using the form below.