Alli Worthington – iPhone Photography: A Visual Guide

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington
I’ve ordered mine!
When I first received my iPhone my sister said, “Don’t you just love it!”  Um.  Well, I’m slow to catch on to electronic things so I kindly said, ‘Nope’.  She said “You will” and she’s right.  After having this phone for 3 months I’m finally catching on to the fun of having an iPhone.  
One thing that I really enjoy is taking photos and videos but I wasn’t having the easiest time making the images look the way I wanted them to or having my images transfer to my blogs with the no-muss/no-fuss of my trusty Kodak.  Well, my Kodak is kaput so all my faith is in my iPhone camera now.  And what do you know?!  Alli Worthington, blogger extraordinaire, has written a comprehensive guide to creating beautiful images with your iPhone, “iPhone Photography:  A Visual Guide”.  
With her encouraging words and clear directions, she guides you through all the tricks and apps that will help you create great pictures.  If you are a blogger she spotlights ways to make your blog posts “Pin-able” (Pinterest for those that haven’t found this fun site) which will drive more traffic your way.  And with the price of $9.97 you just can’t beat it!
You can order by clicking the image above or… what’s this?  There’s another image just below that you can click to order through as well ;->  Let me know if you order and what you think!
iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington

Nature's Sleep Slipper Review and Giveaway!

Nature’s Sleep, the maker of memory foam mattresses and pillows, has included another form of luxury to their line, memory foam slippers. If I’m given the option of walking in slippers with cushy foam that will make each step feel like I’m walking on clouds, or bare feet that touch a cold floor, I choose the comfort of slippers every time.

I’ve been given the opportunity to try Nature’s Sleep Open Toe Terry Slippers and I’ve enjoyed the light comfort it’s given with each step.

My attempt at being an open-toed slipper model

The slipper has a light layer of visco-elastic memory foam inside which gives a delicate layer of softness. The sole is a very durable rubber so, if you need to run to the curb to add something to the recycling bin as the truck approaches, your slippers won’t be frayed from the sidewalk. (And yes, I’ve done this.) Nature’s Sleep Open Toe Terry Slippers retail for $25 and are available in colors Lavender, Pale Blue, and Mocha. You can purchase these at www.naturessleep.com.

Or…

I’m happy that I have a pair of Nature’s Sleep Open Toe Terry Slippers to giveaway to one lucky winner at Ann Again… and again Reviews! Follow the Rafflecopter options to enter. Good Luck!

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Party Planning Quick and Easy

When I get ready for a large party I do the obligatory making of  “The List” and reorganizing of furniture to fit a big group.  I see a design plan in my mind and feel I can transform my little house into cozy spaces and lounge areas like those in a Hotel lobby.  (I have quite the fantasy world, don’t I?!) I’m always surprised how many people can fit in my tiny family room!

While preparing for a party I like to check-out sites for Hotel Supplies and Catering Supplies because they provide classic items for large parties and it’s so convenient.  This is time management at its best.  When I visit PeachSuite Wholesale Supply & Restaurant Supplier I can find everything for a large gathering.  Not only can I find the basics; plates, cups, silverware, they also have a selection of fun additions to your party.  A great way to create a party focal point is to place a Chocolate fountain on your buffet table. They are a hit with all ages (and it makes “playing with your food” necessary ;-> )

It may seem different to visit a site for Hotel Supply to acquire things for your party but when you think about your gathering, and how it’s about hospitality then it makes sense.  Do all your shopping in one place.  My To-Do List gets smaller and smaller!

Shopping For Shape Wear

Time to talk about Girl Stuff.  
You know those items of clothing that you don’t actually enjoy shopping for, but these items are an absolute must so you gather your strength and hit the mall.  I don’t know about you but shopping for bras really isn’t a highlight in my day however, it is something that has just got to get done, so you do it.
I was looking at items on-line and found a line of seamless shape wear that looks pretty interesting, Shapeez.  In my work history arsenal I was once a bra fitter at a department store and that was very educational.  For an item a massive majority of women wear, knowing how to properly measure for your correct size leaves most of us in the dark.  Shapeez provides illustrated guides and video instruction on how to measure for a proper fit.  Nice.
An item that I thought would be a good way to smooth this darn back strap area of mine (that lifting weights and push-ups just don’t seem to hit!) is the Bra and Cami with cleavage cover.  Slip that on and *boom* my efforts would appear to be working!  It’s really pretty and would look great under a blazer or cardigan.  I see fewer trips to the mall in my future.

Affiliate Advertising Through Blue Global Media

If you are a blogger perhaps you are interested in finding ways to earn money from your site. There are various sites that guide you toward ways to earn an income using your writing skills, and there are also ways to collect funds by providing affiliate advertising, either on the side bar of your blog or within the body of a post.
If you have a blog that is focused on finances a perfect match for your affiliate advertising would be through Blue Global Media. The affiliate network of Blue Global Media is one of the top affiliate networks and specializes in financial products like loans and credit reports. There are various affiliate programs, for instance the Payday Loan Affiliate Program, through Blue Global Media.
To provide a blog that is both visually appealing and full of good content, it’s best to choose an advertiser that will be easy for you to promote. Finding affiliate advertising that matches the focus of your site will help you to create a more complete blog, a site that is a “one-stop-shop” which will benefit your readers and your goals.

Keep The Party Going

When you live in the Pacific Northwest you quickly learn that the weather is not something you can count on – other than the fact that it can sprinkle on you at any moment.  Our outdoors are breathtakingly beautiful which lends our green surroundings as natural backdrops for events like Weddings, Birthday celebrations, and elegant garden parties.  But to have a successful outdoor gathering you need to be prepared and that includes a tarpto cover your guests come rain – or shine.
One of the most beautiful ways to use a covering that I have ever seen had white canvas tarps in the shape of sails and they were propped up in such a way that you felt like you were sailing away while sipping your bubbly beverage.  White lights were strung about that added to the illusion of being under a starry sky.  So pretty.
If the weather turns chilly a creative way to continue your party outside is to place portable heaters around your space and use clear tarpsfor your walls.  You still can view your beautiful surroundings all the while tucked into your cozy, warm space.   Adverse weather should never stop a good party!

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop – Mirabella Cosmetics Giveaway!

Christmas in July Giveaway hop is hosted by Matter of Cents, Just Married with Coupons & Sweep Tight. Summer is heating up, but it’s snowing prizes! Enter to win grand prizes AND hop on to all participating blogs to win a prize on each of the blogs! Once you enter here, make sure to visit each blog below for maximum chances to win!

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My offering for the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop are 2 gorgeous shades of Colour Luxe Lip Gloss from the cosmetics line Mirabella.

$52 value from Mirabella cosmetics – the leading line of cosmetics used by salon and spa professionals – will go to one lucky winner from Ann Again… and again Reviews. Please enter through Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter to win 2 shades of your choice from Mirabella cosmetics.

But there’s more!
Christmas in July Giveaway hop is hosted by Matter of Cents, Just Married with Coupons & Sweep Tight. Grand Prize is sponsored by Maggie Bags and is valued at over $600. Maggies Bags takes high-quality recycled material & gives it new life by creating sophisticated handbags that are eco-friendly! Save 25% off the Linear Line with Coupon Code: Christmas-n-July through 9/30. The 2nd Prize is an Ultimate Munchkin Gift Basket, Munchkin offers clever, innovative solutions to help make parenting safer, easier & fun.

Visit Just Married With Coupons to enter to win Maggies Bags. Here’s a complete list of people participating in the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop. Visit my giveaway pals for more winning opportunities. Enter to win my offering through Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!!!

Tummy Tuck Belt Review

Honesty is the best policy, right?

I was given the opportunity to try the Tummy Tuck Belt as a review and I’ve given it my best shot, I really have, but this just isn’t a good product for me.  (Check out the comments below for community questions and answers)

This “miracle slimming system” takes 10 minutes two times a day and the instructions are easy to remember:

  • Apply the Thermal Accelerator Cream to your stomach
  • Put the belt on (over your head, or step into it) and do 2 minutes of abdominal exercises from the instructional DVD
  • For the remaining 8 minutes keep the belt on and do whatever you want, read a book, take the dog for a walk, blog ;->

Included in the Tummy Tuck Miracle Slimming System is a very helpful ‘Quick Start Guide’.  It is full of quality information on guiding you toward understanding food and how certain choices pertain to a healthier lifestyle.  It contains meal plans for men and women, education on foods and how they react to the body and motivation to keep you on a positive, healthier path.  The Quick Start Guide is the best part of this package.

I did the Tummy Tuck Belt regime for a week and a half.  Yes, only a week and a half.  Now, I wasn’t expecting a “miracle” in that time frame but my stomach muscles did benefit from the standing contracting exercises. (Exercise!  Get it?)  Here’s the thing, putting on the belt.  Ugh!  If this belt was easier to put on I would have continued with this program and I’m sure my stomach would have become some what flatter.  But I just couldn’t take it any more!  I prefaced I was going to be honest.  Just do crunches already.

Two times a day of struggling to pull this belt over my shoulders, over my boobs, and then unroll it from its struggles to get it to lay flat was beyond a pain!  And there was absolutely no way I could put it on by stepping into it and pulling it over my thighs.  (Which are in much better shape thanks to another program which I began a month ago and talk about in this post.)  Velcro!  What this product needs, in order for me to use it, is Velcro.  And the Thermal Accelerator Cream?  The directions say to leave this on for at least two hours, then wash off.  So, lets say you exercise with the belt on, there is no way I’m going to wait two hours to take a shower.  Or, if you wear it for the 10 minute TTB exercise video, you get to set your timer – twice a day – to wash it off.  Ugh.  It doesn’t sting, there is a faint scent, it didn’t stain my clothes.  But as I’ve said – Just do crunches already!

So, there you have it.  I’m sure this item will help those that are willing to put it on.  All it truly is good for is a compression garment.  It isn’t easily detectible under a t-shirt, so if you choose to wear it for a quick slimming effect, it will do the trick. Compare with the actual tummy tuck cost.

Name It and Win Cottonelle!

My husband has a knack for quick thinking and silly sayings. I think I can keep up with his humor but more often than not I’m left with a blank expression trying viciously to figure out his joke. (I get it eventually, with his help ;-> ).

Are you talented and gifted in this way as well? If so, even if you’re not!, you should visit the Cottonelle Facebook page and use your clever mind to come up with a name for their “clean routine”. You could win a years supply of Cottonelle! Good luck!

(*Disclaimer: I am sharing this opportunity with you by being a member of the Clever Girls Collective. Prize is distributed by Cottonelle.)

Protect Your Computer From "Malware Monday"

Have you heard about the computer virus threat “Malware Monday”?   You can view a quick report on this subject by clicking this link.  You can protect your computer from this virus by visiting this site:  http://DNS-OK.US.

Also, if you are conducting on-line business tomorrow be ready for some slower service.  And a good rule is… if an e-mail looks suspicious, it IS!  Don’t open it!

Mrs. Meyers Laundry Soap Review & Giveaway!

Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Detergent has the distinction of being the soap my daughter’s learned how to do laundry with.  This is due to two things:  1) I have recently discovered how wonderful this laundry soap is.  And 2.) I declared this season ‘The Summer of Learning How To Do Laundry’ when my 14 year old tried to wash some of her clothes without me and used, can you guess?, Clorox bleach as laundry soap.  Ah… that hoodie will never be the same.

 Now, about this wonderful soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Detergent.  It is in a very economical 34 oz.  plastic bottle where the cap functions as a measuring cup, and also has a flip-top to be used as a spot remover.  Mrs. Meyers is concentrated and can clean 68 loads of laundry.  A little does truly go a long way.  This bottle size is very convenient if you clean your clothes at a Laundromat or if you are a student lugging your clothes to the wash.

This soap is available in 4 lightly scented options, I tried Rosemary.  If you are allergic to fragranced laundry soap this is something to consider, but the scent is so light I can’t detect it when the wash cycle is done and my daughter with sensitive skin had no reaction.  This product contains Anionic Surfactants from plant-derived sources, Cotton Extract, Borax, dirt and stain-fighting enzymes and  all-natural fragrances & essential oils.

One thing that surprised me was it’s pre-stain treating power.  I am a fan of Oxi-Clean and used it to try to remove an oil stain on a white t-shirt.  Well, it didn’t work out so well so I laundered the shirt again using Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent and *poof* the stain was gone.  I used Mrs. Meyers first on another stain and it came out clean.  What a lovely surprise!  Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent retails for $15.99 and can be found at Target, Fred Meyer (Kroger), Safeway and other stores in your area.  Initially the price put me off, but it is so highly concentrated that it has lasted a very long time.  But hey!  I have a bottle to share with one lucky winner!!!  Enter through Rafflecopter below for your chance.  Good Luck!

Giveaway open to US Residents only.  Ends 7/17/2012.


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(*Disclaimer.  I received a bottle of Mrs. Meyers for review.  My opinions are truthfully my own and I do believe the quality makes it a great value for the price.)

Win an Eddie Bauer Fairview Baby Collection!

We proudly welcome you to the Eddie Bauer Baby Collection Giveaway Event hosted by the Iowa-Mom and Bay Area Mommy!
Thank you to our lovely co-hosts Simply Frugal Living and Learning to Limit.   This collection from Eddie Bauer is so classically designed you will make your design mark while strolling down the street and/or fitting in nicely to your homes decor.
Eddie Bauer Travel System
Travel in comfort and style with the Eddie Bauer Trailmaker Travel System. This stroller and infant car seat combination will help make all your journeys more enjoyable. The stroller features a handy parent tray with cup holder and a larger storage basket with easy, spring-down access for all the bigger gear you need to take along for the ride once out of the car. The 1-hand fold and stand with self-locking feature makes it easy to either stow in your vehicle or store at home. The included infant car seat transitions easily from stroller to car and then back again so that your little one will remain comfy on all legs of the trip!
  
Eddie Bauer Classic High Chair
Crafted to complement your home, the Eddie Bauer Classic High Chair features a dishwasher-safe insert tray that helps make cleanup simple. The high chair also has a convenient rear storage compartment that’s perfect for bibs, baby food jars, and utensils! You’ll love both the classic wood style and the convenience this high chair brings to your home. 
Eddie Bauer Playard
Eddie Bauer offers parents a play yard that will take their little adventurer from nap to play and back again. Featuring a canopy with enchanting plush bears and a comforting Baby Module, nap time is sure to be peaceful, no matter what time of day. The Flip Away changer is there when you need it and easy to move out of the way when you don’t. Remove the bassinet to reveal a roomy play yard that makes it easy to keep your baby close by, but not underfoot.

One lucky winner will receive the Eddie Bauer Fairview Baby Collection!

Giveaway ends July 30th at 11:59pm, open to US residents only, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

 (*Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Ann Again… and again Reviews is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.)

iPad3 Giveaway! Open Worldwide


Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa-Mom is proud to present the The New iPad Giveaway Event, sponsored by BeeSavy.

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One lucky winner will receive an iPad 3rd Generation, 16GB Unit from BeeSavy!

Giveaway ends July 15th at 11:59pm, open worldwide, ages 18+. (Non-US residents will receive cash equivalent). Must be a BeeSavy member to enter to win (new and current members qualify). Click here to become a BeeSavy member. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

(*Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Ann Again… and again Reviews is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.)