My Daddy Smiles Book Review & Giveaway

My Daddy Smiles

I was sent another book to review from Daddy & Co. called “My Daddy Smiles“. You can read my other reviews for Daddy & Co. here and here. I love the products from Daddy & Co. and this new book is no exception. This is a really cute board book for young children to share with their Daddy’s.

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“My Daddy Smiles” is written by Paige Nickell and tells the story of what makes Daddy smile. He does all kinds of activities with his little girl like going to the zoo, flying a kite, hiking and much more. The story is really sweet and the pictures are bright and adorable. My little girl loves that she can grab the pages and easily turn them.

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The book is made of great quality and can easily stand up to being thrown around by a little one. At $10.99, the book is affordable and will make a great gift, especially for a new Daddy. There are many other Daddy books written by Paige Nickell that you can find on the Daddy & Co. website as well. I highly recommend them. They are great for spending quality time with your little one.

Daddy & Co. is offering one of my readers the chance to win their very own copy of “My Daddy Smiles”. This is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a book for review purposes only. All opinions are my own. 

Cascade Platinum Review & Giveaway #Cascadeshiningreviews

 “This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

Cascade Platinum

I was asked to host a Cascade Platinum Shining Reviews Party to introduce people to Cascade‘s premium product, Cascade Platinum. I had a few of my friends and family over to my mom’s house and we had a BIG lunch with lots of dirty dishes to try out the new product for ourselves. I’m talking roast beef, rice & gravy, mac & cheese, green beans, brownies, and strawberry shortcake! Is your mouth watering yet? It was delicious!

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I was really interested to see how Cascade Platinum would do on these dishes, we had a huge mess to clean up. We were told not to pre-wash or soak any of the dishes, just scrape out the food and stick them straight in the dishwasher. According to Cascade, it works best when food soil is left on the dishes because special enzymes latch onto the food breaking it down so it can wash away. If there is no food soil, then there’s nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn’t working it’s hardest for you.  I always pre-wash my dishes so this was hard for me to do. I wasn’t sure if they would really get all of the stuck on food off.Plus, I made the brownies the night before so we had 24 hour stuck on food to deal with too. The brownie pan wasn’t too bad to begin with since I greased it real well and the brownies came right out.

Before Washing

Before Washing

 

After Washing

After Washing

I was worried about all of the food damaging the dishwasher but there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works just like the disposal in the sink, I didn’t know that! We had several loads of dishes to do so we really put the Cascade Platinum to the test. I used both the detergent and rinse aid with each load and the dishes came out sparkling clean! All the stuck on food was gone. I love that the Cascade Platinum even works to keep your dishwasher sparkling clean as well as your dishes.

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This will save me a ton of time pre-washing. I will probably still soak the really hard to clean dishes just because habits are hard to break. Everyone at the party really enjoyed all the food and seeing how clean all the dishes got at the end of the party. They were also sent home with their very own Cascade Platinum to try out for themselves and write their own reviews. I hope this helps make doing the dishes less daunting for everyone.

Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review) including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!

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Cascade wants you to try out Cascade Platinum for yourself and see how well it works on your dirty dishes. They are offering one of my readers their very own prize pack that includes:

  • Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid
  • Cascade Platinum
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven mitts

To enter just fill out the form below. This is open to US residents only. Also, make sure to come back for the second party post where I will put Cascade Platinum to the test again… and maybe have another giveaway!

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Smile Brilliant! Review & Giveaway

There are so many ways to get whiter teeth these days: whitening strips, pens, dentist visits, and the list goes on. I need something that will work but won’t cost a small fortune. I think I have found the answer with Smile Brilliant! This is a great service that offers customizable trays and whitening gel to give you a whiter and brighter smile without breaking the bank.

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I was sent a Smile Brilliant! kit to try for myself. It included: 3 sets of catalyst and base paste, 3 desensitizing syringes, 3 whitening syringes, and 2 trays. I just followed the directions to make my own teeth molds, one for the upper set and one for the lower set. It even came with an extra set of molding paste in case you mess up. It was really easy to make my molds and took no time at all. I then put my molds in a prepaid envelope that was included in the kit and sent it to their dental labs so they could make my very own whitening trays to fit me perfectly.

The Smile Brilliant! system is really fast! I received my finished trays in only a few days. They also kept me updated every step of the way via email so I knew when they should arrive. Once I got them, I tried them on and they fit great. Now for the fun part, trying out the gel. Each syringe contains enough gel to do three applications. I used the desensitizing gel first for about 30-40 minutes and then put in the whitening gel for about an hour each time. It says you can leave the gel on for up to 3 hours or more but that was way too long for me and my teeth starting getting sensitive.

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I used 2 full syringes, which is 6 applications, over about a week and a half. I skipped some days when I just didn’t have time to whiten. So far so good! I can really tell a difference in my teeth. It does seem like the bottom of my teeth got whiter then the rest in the picture but it really isn’t that bad when you are looking at them at a normal distance. I will keep whitening maybe once a week with the last syringe.

I like that the Smile Brilliant! system is easy to use and you can do it whenever you want, no dentist appointments! Prices start around $120 so it is affordable too. But most importantly, you see results with this system! I can’t say that about the whitening strips I have used in the past. Check out Smile Brilliant! for more info and testimonials to see if this might work for you.

Smile Brilliant! is being kind enough to offer one of my readers their very own kit to try out themselves. Just fill out the form below. This is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a kit for review purposes only. All opinions are my own. 

21 Bundles Review & Coupon Code

21 Bundles is another monthly subscription box just for babies and expectant mothers. They offer boxes tailored to your stage of pregnancy or baby’s age month. Each box contains only natural and organic products so you know everything will be safe for you and your little one. Each box is $39.99 per month and it is a great way to try out new products.

It was very easy to sign up and I entered my baby’s birth date. I was a little disappointed when I was sent a 6 month box instead of a 7 month box. I know I entered her birthday correctly but they sent the wrong month box. Inside my box were full sized products along with a few samples of sunscreen and baby lotion to try out as well.

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Here is the list of what I received:

  • Babo SPF Stick
  • Dapple Toy and Surface Area wipes
  • Mambino Calming Baby Oil
  • Under the Nile burp cloth
  • Under the Nile bear lovey
  • Weleda Diaper Care
  • 6 month sticker

My favorites are the burp cloth and SPF stick. I love that the SPF stick is easy to apply on her face and ears and it isn’t slippery at all. The burp cloth is very soft and I love the size. It seems like a lot of burp clothes are rather small; she does make a lot of messes! My baby doesn’t really care for the lovey that much, she is much more interested in the tag on the side. I love the toy wipes, they come in handy when she drops her teethers and toys on the floor.

I like the products and the fact that they are all full sized. I also like that they are all organic and natural for my baby. I think this is a really neat way to try out new things and see what you love and what works out for your baby. I’m not sure if it is worth $39.99 every month but it is a neat gift idea. You can get a box from the time you are pregnant, all the way up until your baby turns 1, hence 21 months. Check out 21 Bundles and see if this is something that will work for you or someone you know that is expecting. Plus, you  use the code ‘FRUGALGINGER‘ to receive 20% off your first bundle when ordering the month to month plan.

Disclosure: I received a box for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

CafePress Review & $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I love CafePress! I have ordered a couple T-shirts from them in the past and they are always great quality, not to mention hilarious. CafePress is more then just T-shirts though. They have everything you could ever want personalized: drinkware, apparel, baby gear, stationary, shower curtains, laptop skins, and the list goes on. This is a great place to get unique gifts that anyone would love.

I decided to pick out a really cute beach towel for a review. I only have one beach towel so I really needed this. I was surprised out how many designs there were to choose from so it took a while to narrow it down. I finally decided to go with the Purple Blue Damask Chevron Personalized Beach Towel. I love the colors; they are so pretty and vibrant.

Cafe Press personalized beach towel

When I received the towel and showed it to my fiance, the first thing he said was “That is so you”. It is perfect. I’m tall and I love the length of the towel; it is 30″ x 62″. The towel isn’t very thick and plush but it is the softest towel I have ever felt in my life. It is very absorbent and dries very quickly. It is perfect to take to the beach or the pool because it is light weight and easily folds into a bag.

I am very happy with my adorable beach towel and the price wasn’t too bad either, it is $29.99. I highly recommend ordering from CafePress, I haven’t been disappointed yet. I look forward to ordering many more things from them in the future. Now, one of  my readers will get the chance to order whatever their heart desires when they win a $25 gift card to CafePress! This is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: I received a product for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

The Beachin’ Event Giveaway!

Summer Is HERE And So Is The Beachin’ Event!!

Andersons Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner and The More The Merrier love the Summer Season! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that anyone would need for a great beach trip or beach themed party! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $800! That will really make your summer over the top. Good luck to all of my readers, let me know if you win!
The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:
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Block Island Organics – SPF 15 Lotion and After Sun Gel – $46
Dream Team Pets – Dream Pet of Choice – $20
Blue Rhino – Mr BarBQ Grill Tool Set – $
Frogglez – Frogglez Goggles of Choice – $20
The Orb Factory – Make Your Own Glitter Chalk Set – $15
Wusic – Power Bank Charger – $50
Pint Size Projects – Beach Theme Activity Kit – $28
Kiss My Itch Goodbye – Itch Cream – $9
Boogie Board– Jot 8.5 eWriter– $38
Sand Gone – Sand Gone – $15
Margaritaville – Bali Drink Maker – $400
ezydog – dog life vest – $42
Coleman – puddle jumper – $20
Chichanella Bella – Sunkissed Sweetheart Swim Suit & Bonnett – $98
Beach Road Designs – Beach Sheet – $49
So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!
The Beachin’ Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, July 28, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 11, 2014. Best Of Luck!
DIsclosure: Anderson’s Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products.

Febreze #Noseblind Test & $60 AMEX Giveaway

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas andFebreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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You may have seen the new Febreze commercials on TV that introduce you to being Noseblind. What is Noseblind? It is a real thing that happens to the olfactory system. Basically, you get used to the odors in your home and car and you can’t really smell them anymore. But your guests can. That’s not good when you host a party or have friends over. I decided to host a movie night to try out the Noseblind theory for myself.

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I had a few friends over for a movie night complete with popcorn. We each took a survey once they got here about what was the predominant smell and how strong it was. I had just finished dinner so that was the predominant smell…sausage and potatoes, yum! We then popped some popcorn and took another survey, of course the strong smell was the popcorn. Then we watched The Amazing Spiderman and ate all of that yummy popcorn.

After the movie we took another survey and basically didn’t smell the popcorn anymore. I didn’t smell anything out of the ordinary but they smelled dog and baby smell. I have gotten noseblind to these smells! They said it wasn’t too strong but it was noticeable. Then we put the Febreze products to the test. We used the Febreze Fabric Refresher on the couch and chair, we sprayed the room with Febreze Air Effects, and lit the Febreze Candle. We gave it a few minutes and took the final survey and agreed the room smelled much better. Like a fresh meadow. I noticed after they left that there weren’t any remnants of the popcorn or dinner smell. The Febreze got rid of the odors and didn’t just mask them with a nice smell.

I learned a lot from taking part in the Febreze Noseblind test. One of the things is that I need to use Febreze more often! With a baby and 2 dogs I’m sure my house can get a little smelly but I just don’t notice the smells as much anymore. I don’t want to have a smelly home and turn off my guests so I will make sure to use Febreze products, especially the Fabric Refresher on my couch and beds. I love the scents of Febreze, there is something for every season.

You can check out the Febreze Noseblind site for more info including the science behind it all. You can also find Febreze on Facebook and Twitter. They are even offering one of my readers the same Febreze prize pack I received and a $60 AMEX gift card!! This is exciting! The giveaway is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below.

Winner: Becky P.

Daddy’s Health & Skincare Review and Giveaway

Daddy's Health & Skincare

I have worked with  Daddy&  Co. on several reviews and I am always impressed with their products. They have a brand new Daddy’s Health & Skincare line on their site. These items aren’t just for Daddy’s, they are for Mom and baby too! I had to give them a try with my little helper.

The new Daddy’s Health & Skincare line includes Baby lotion, Baby bubble bath, and Baby shampoo & body wash. They come in 8 oz. bottles for $12.95. The bottles are a nice size and a little goes a long way. They come in two different scents: calming lavender and fragrance free. I will give anything a try that will get her calm before bedtime, so I chose to review the calming lavender.

I gave Aria a bath and used the shampoo & body wash first. I love the fragrance; it smells so clean and fresh. I also like that it lathers up really easily and gets her squeaky clean. It doesn’t dry out her skin either. I then tried the lotion and it also smells divine. It made her skin silky smooth. Do be careful because it takes a while to get absorbed into your skin so your hands are very slick afterwards. I went to clean up the living room and almost dropped a coffee mug all over the floor because my hands were so slippery.

She is a little too young for a bubble bath right now so I will be trying that out for myself….whenever I get the time to actually have a bubble bath. Right now it is quick showers for me :) . I love that the Daddy’s Health & Skincare items are made in the USA. They are also Paraben & Sulfate free, free of dyes, and hypoallergenic so you can feel good about using them on your little baby.

Now, one of my readers will get to win their own set of Daddy’s Health & Skincare items. This is open to US only. Just fill out the form below.

Winner: Theresa Z.

Disclosure: I received product for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.