Like Having A Spa In Your Home – HotelSpa® Shower Head

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a luxurious bathroom?  To feel like you have a spa in your own home would make getting out of bed in the morning a lot easier! (For me, anyway.)  Recently I was able to give our shower a quick update, a super-duper quick little “remodel”, and my family is loving the results.  I installed the HotelSpa® European Designer 36-Setting Luxury 3 Way Chrome Face/Shower Combo Shower Head.  (And my family thanks me.)

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You can use the two Showers Heads separately or use the shower head and handheld shower at the same time for a choice of 36 full and combined water flow patterns!  Whee!  We are a tall family, therefore we needed to add an extender rod to increase the height of the shower head.  With this addition I was concerned the water pressure might lessen however, there was no change in the water pressure, and the shower head works great.

The features of the HotelSpa® Designer Collection Ultra-Luxury 36-setting French Designer Combo include:

• Designed in France! Use each shower separately or both together
• Choose from 36 full and combined water flow patterns
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Shower Head
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Hand Shower
• 7 settings include: Rain, Power Spray, Massage, Rain/Spray, Rain/Massage, Eco Rain
• 3-zone Click Lever Dial with Rub-clean Jets
• Soft-Grip Rubber Dial Rim and Handle
• Patented 3-way Water Diverter with Anti-Swivel Lock Nut
• 5′ Super Flexible Stainless Steel Hose with Conical Brass Nuts for easy hand tightening
• Tools-free Installation. Connects in minutes to any standard overhead shower arm, no tools required
• Lifetime Limited Warranty

The mixture of sprays and jets feel great, and I like the fact that it also has a hand-held shower which makes for easier cleaning of the shower walls and tub.You can find the HotelSpa® Designer Shower Combo at Sears.  Recently it was on sale $79.99 29.99 smile for Shopify.

(*Disclosure:  Thank you Giveaway Service for inviting me to participate in the review. I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

Hey! It’s An Apple Watch Giveaway! Thanks Beesavy!

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For my fellow online shoppers, did you know you can save even more money while shopping online? Not only is it easier to shop online – you can save more money and get paid to shop! Yes – shopping online lets you search for the best deal and when you shop through Beesavy you will earn cash back on all your online purchases. (Also, I’m finding shops on Beesavy that I can’t find through other services… just sayin’  wink)

If you have never been paid to shop online, you are going to love this! It’s just 1 simple and easy extra step and you’re ready to shop. Beesavy keeps track of your purchases and gives you cash back on your purchases. Here are a few examples:

  • Walmart – 2%  of your purchase comes back to you
  • 1-800-Pet-Meds – 7.5% of your purchase comes back to you
  • Best Buy – 1.5%  of your purchase comes back to you
  • Uber – up to $50  of your purchase comes back to you
  • Hotels.com – 2% … and so on
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There are over 2,000 of the top online brands where you can earn cash back!

All your purchases will add up and Beesavy will send you money! Use this “free” money to pamper yourself or put it away for a mini getaway.

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BONUS – If you shop online through Beesavy and you win this giveaway, Beesavy will give you an $50 bonus into your account!

 

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Win A $200 T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods Gift Card!

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You know the feeling of entering a space and hearing angels sing?  It could be when you visit a museum, a theater, your favorite restaurant.  Or, if you’re like me, it happens to you when you walk into a HomeGoods! *cue music*  I am so happy to present you with a chance to win a $200 gift card that can be used at HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.  Enter now to win a $200 T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods Gift Card!

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Prize: $200 T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods Gift Card

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If You Want 2017 To Be Your Year…

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What do you think of these ideas?

 

I’m honestly feeling that 2017 requires us all to be fierce and to be brave.  Let’s help each other!  We are ALL human beings.  Thank goodness we’re not all of the same mind.  How boring would that be?  VERY!

Remember… hate is a learned emotion.  With our recent election I discovered those that I assumed were believing along the same lines as my heart and mind, in fact, were not.  Was I shocked?  For the most part, no.  However, it has taught me to take pause, to take a moment, to listen to my heart and go from there.

Lead with your heart!

Please be kind to each other!

 

Let 2017 be a truly Happy New Year

 

Enter To Win! $1200 Thanksgiving Giveaway!

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This is the time of year when access to extra cash is most welcome.  If you’re like me you like to decorate for Halloween, create delicious bites for Thanksgiving and treat those you hold dear to special gifts around the holidays. Wouldn’t it be fun to splurge this season? I bet $400 would help! Enter today for your chance to be one of 3 lucky winners of $400 in the $1200 Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway!

Do you have plans for Thanksgiving yet?  My lovely sister is hosting our family dinner again this year and I can’t wait. Her house is so beautiful and cozy. It rests on a bank of the Columbia River, so there’s plenty of bird watching and gorgeous sunsets.  And the food? Yes! I wear my stretchy-pants and work off the delicious food for weeks.  It’s all good!

While meat seems to take center stage for a Thanksgiving meal, I’ve always gravitated toward the side-dishes, especially the vegetables.  I found a recipe at Country Living I’d like to make this season:  Spicy Lemon Cauliflower

Photo credit:  Brian Woodcock
Photo credit: Brian Woodcock

 

Total Time: Prep: Level: Easy      Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower, sliced 1/2-in. thick
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 red Fresno chiles, sliced
  • 1 Meyer lemon, thinly sliced
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • Parsley, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss together cauliflower, garlic, chiles, lemon, and oil on two rimmed baking sheets. Season with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring vegetables and rotating the pans once, until cauliflower is golden, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with parsley.

Now for the $1200 Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway:

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There will be 3 winners, each receiving $400 Cash.

 

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Enter to win Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Giveaway!

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When I find a product I like, I want to share with my family and friends.  (Hence the reason I started a review blog!) I’ve found a product that I really like – it’s effective and does what it states it will do. It works to get rid of wrinkles, smells great and is incredibly convenient.  Winner!  Hey, how would you like to check it out for yourself?  Enter to win Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Giveaway!

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The winner will receive the same package as Michigan Saving and More received HERE.

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Peace Of Mind Tips In September

No review this time.  No giveaway to share.  I’m just checking in with you.  How are you?  Really?  It was an  interesting/stressful summer for our family and, with the beginning of the school year, the “interesting” twists keep on comin’!  I try to plan, I try to stay positive however, the anxiety (and annoyance) creeps in and I hate it.  How do you deal with anxiety? How do you create peace of mind?

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While I shared many giveaways in August — Many are still open!  Go check them out!  They are good! (in the ‘Search’ box in the upper right – the magnifying glass – type in Giveaway) — I’m going to switch gears for September and focus on ways to help the family.  I plan on sharing ways to help relieve stress, find freebies/deals so that more money stays in your wallet and tips on how to create a productive, calm homework environment.

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Now, I’m not saying I’ve mastered any of these things!  I’m searching for guidance in these areas and if I find info. that is worthy of exploring and sharing, I will.  I’m sure I’m not alone in looking for peace of mind, right?  I would love it if you would share in the comments below any advice/guidance that has helped you in relation to my posts topics.  It takes a village!

So, on we go!  Let’s help each of find Peace of Mind Tips in September.  On my current list of information to share I have free meals for children at a family-friendly restaurant, an on-line tool that will help kids with their English school work and an innovative anti-bullying app that helps the victim, and the bully, to a peaceful resolution.  It’s very interesting and has me excited!

I’m searching daily for ideas.  Help this list of tips grow!  Your comments will be very much appreciated.

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Welcome To The Labor Day Giveaway!

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Labor Day Giveaway Ends 9/5

Welcome to the Labor Day Giveaway!

When you work hard all year you deserve to honor yourself, and your commitment, at least 1 day out of the year, right?  Right! With the help of some wonderful bloggers, we would like to make the most of Labor Day!

18 Winners will win $580 (retail value) in prizes!

**Prizes awarded in the order listed below.  Click the product name to learn more about each item. Honestly, I’m ve-e-e-ery curious about the “Zombie First Aid Kit” **

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I want to thank all the wonderful bloggers that help promote these contests! Please visit and follow them so we all can have great contests for our followers!

 

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from any of the sponsors in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/5/16. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com.

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Enter To Win A $200 Target Gift Card! Is Today Your Lucky Day?

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Target, oh Target, I enjoy you so!  My youngest daughter did her best to hold me to the list I had made – which was short – but their items are so practical, so inventive, priced so perfectly and, well – this store makes me happy!  As Lily and I are going down a main aisle my attention was directing me to turn down the ‘lotions & potions’ section.  My little budget guardian says “Mom, is that on our list?  Nope!”  Shucks.  Well, I’ve trained her well!  But what if I had extra dough to spend?  Fill up my cart!  You’ll have that chance when you enter to win a $200 Target Gift Card!

And if you find that Target isn’t close by, there’s always the good ol’ .com side of shopping.  This gift card is good for their website as well.  How would you spend your winnings?  Do you have a student going off to college?  This gift card would help with some bedding, or food.  Maybe even give the card as a gift to an expectant mother/father. Wow.  Wouldn’t THIS be a great shower present?!

I wish you luck in this giveaway!

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Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 8/22 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Finding a New Home in a New City

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When you need to find a new home in a new city; trying to figure out where to start can be a daunting task. The good news is this handy list breaks the process down into easy, doable steps.

Start researching as early as possible.

Even if you’re only thinking about moving, the sooner you start researching, the better. A good place to start is familiarizing you with the housing market. For instance, if you’re moving to Seattle you can do an internet search for downtown Seattle condos for sale to get a sense of what homes in various neighborhoods are selling for.

Choose a location.

Once you get an idea of what homes in particular areas cost, you can begin narrowing down your choices. You can start with budget but also consider proximity to work and/or school as well as to any other amenities that may be important to you such as shopping, entertainment, or even medical facilities. As your list of potential neighborhoods gets narrowed down, do a little deeper digging and search for online neighborhood guides that can give you the inside scoop on a particular community.

Get social.

There are two major ways tapping into your social network can help you find a new home. First, friends — or even friends of friends — who live in the area can give you an insider’s perspective on what specific neighborhoods are really like. Second, your social network is a great place to start getting recommendations for real estate agents in your new city.

Contact real estate agents.

No one will know the local real estate market like a local agent. Speak with several realtors and choose the one who best understands both your needs and the market you want to live in.

These steps will help ensure you find a home in an area you’ll love.

8 Of The Most Exciting PLAYFul Trends for 2016

 8 Exciting PLAYFul Trends For 2016 - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

Summer is full of activity. There are ways to spend a bundle on outdoor events and activities but that’s not what I’m about.  I’m “Frugal Ann”, always looking for ways to play and have fun without spending a lot (or any!) dollars and cents. There’s an organization dedicated to reminding us the importance of play, and the lessons learned on the playground – Voice of Play.  And you know what’s so great about playgrounds? They’re free! That fits my summer budget perfectly. How about you?

 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

– Plato

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Badminton in the backyard!
Voice of Play has compiled a list – 8 of the Most PLAYFul Trends of 2016 – which is filled with great ideas on how to play with your family.  It could be building a fort in your yard (or living room), going for a walk in your neighborhood or discovering a new park.  For us, it’s tree climbing and badminton.  (It can get intense – but still fun!)  More and more educators and parents realize that play is crucial for their kids’ — not just for fun, but because it helps them learn!

 

Katie in her favorite tree

 

I would love for you to share what activities you do with your family!  (And remember, Free is a very good price.)  I live in the Pacific NW – Portland, OR – and that gives our family access to the coast, the mountains and the stunning Columbia Gorge. All we need to do is pack a lunch, pay for gas (unavoidable!) then we’re off!  Are you in an area that’s surrounded by the glory of Mother Nature?  If so, where does your family like to go on day trips?

 

Horseshoes Kathi and Lily Rockaway Beach, OR

 

Do your family a favor and visit the website Voice of Play, and learn more about the 8 PLAYFul Trends of 2016.

 

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With Johnsonville Kabobs Summer Meals Are Tastier & Easier

Johnsonville Sweet Chili & Lime Chicken w/ Cayenne Mangos and sauteed peppers

 

When the summer time rolls around, our house grows in size.  How?  We’re away from the Pacific Northwest rainy season and can head out to the backyard to enjoy the sunshine and shade!  Our kitchen takes a bit of a break and our grill comes out from under it’s “rain coat”.  It’s grilling season!  Johnsonville has expanded from their sausage line to include delicious, marinaded chicken kabob’s that are gluten-free and all natural.  Just heat up the grill and cook! With Johnsonville Kabobs our summer meals are tastier and easier.  (It’s Summer time… the livin’ is supposed to be easy, right? wink).  Check out my recipe below.

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Johnsonville Kabobs come in 4 varieties;  Lemon & Herb, Teriyaki, Sweet BBQ and Sweet Chili and Lime. Made with all-natural chicken breast, these kabobs are a smart choice for a healthy, flavorful meal. I’ve chosen to the go with the Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken for my first Johnsonville outing.  Here’s my recipe for Johnsonville Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken w/ Cayenne Mangoes and Sauteed Bell Peppers.

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Johnsonville Sweet Chili & Lime Chicken w/ cayenne mangos and sauteed peppers

 

 

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Give this a try and let me know what you think.  What Johnsonville Kabob flavor interests you?  I think I’ll try the Lemon & Chicken next.  Ooohh, that would be so good in a wrap!  Let’s see – I’ll add chopped basil, quinoa and diced tomatoes!  Perhaps a lemon aioli dipping sauce on the side!  (To make your own aioli – mix garlic and salt in a food processor or in a blender very briefly. Add egg yolk and lemon juice until blended. Begin adding the olive oil (pure olive oil first, then extra-virgin) in a thin stream. If it becomes too thick, thin it out with some room-temperature water and continue adding oil until you’ve used it all. Finish with pepper and sea salt to taste.)

Alright, if I wasn’t hungry before, I sure am now!  Happy grilling!

 

(**Disclosure I received product to conduct my review and financial compensation for my time & effort to create this post for you.  My words, and thoughts, are completely my own.)

 

It’s The Summer Experience $1000 Giveaway!

What began as one $500 giveaway has grown to become…

It's The Summer Experience $1000 Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews

There are so many great ways to enjoy the summer season:

  • Swim Parks
  • Outdoor concerts
  • Carnivals and Fairs
  • Movies Under The Stars
  • Picnics with family & friends

Along with these fun summer time events comes an added stress of trying to afford all of the fun. Summer time is so fleeting. I want to do it all!  But, can I afford it?  Well… do I have a fantastic gift for two very lucky winners of The Summer Experience Giveaway!  I’m joining a wonderful team of bloggers to give away a $500 Paypal cash reward OR $500 Amazon gift card to TWO LUCKY WINNERS!

What would you do with your winnings?

Take a trip?  Purchase items for the beach, or the pool?  Load up on as many hot dogs and potato (or kale) chips as your kitchen can hold? wink  $500 would sure come in handy for some great summer time fun.  Enter today!  Good luck!

 

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5 Tips To Rid Mosquitoes In Your Yard

5 Tips To Rid Mosquitoes In Your Yard - Ann Again and again Reviews

In the Pacific Northwest it’s understood that one day it can be drizzly, the next day 90 degrees.  (It’s not unusual for our closets to have tank tops next to turtlenecks. You just never know!) With the constant change of weather you get busy with yard work in between rain storms. But *smack* these darn *smack* mosquitoes are driving me crazy!  (I’m allergic to them so that makes it even worse.)  And considering mosquitoes also carry the Zika virus, let’s deter these pests the best way we can. After researching natural ways to rid these highly annoying insects here are 5 tips to rid mosquitoes in your yard:

  • Plant Marigolds – The bright marigold not only adds nice splashes of color to your garden borders and potted plants, it also gives off a scent which repels mosquitoes.  Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.
  • Dump Standing Water – mosquito larvae can exist in as little as 2 tablespoons of standing water. Children’s toys are the #1 culprits (here’s looking at you sand pails and water tables!)  These pests can develop in any size puddle that has been around for 4 days.  I know it’s convenient to keep a pail of water near your plants for quicker watering, but know that this also enables the creation and housing for the nasty mosquito.
  • Eliminate Decaying Foliage From Ground – Not only is removing fallen leaves from the yard better for your grass, it will eliminate a breeding ground for mosquitoes.   Fallen leaves, over time, create mold and/or fungus and mosquitoes love that stuff!  Mold/fungus is a sought-after meal for the mosquito so it’s best to remove leaves, branches, any plant from your yard that isn’t living.
  • Fill Your Pond With Mosquito Eating Fish – Stock your ornamental pond with guppies, koi, or goldfish (most healthy, hungry fish will eliminate the majority of mosquito larvae from ponds).
  • Remove Debris (a.k.a. Tires) From Yard– The used tire has become the most important domestic mosquito producer in this country.  If you’ve done a little automotive repair, and have kept the task of “Take tire to recycling center” on your To-Do List too long, now’s the time to take it away and check it off your list.

These are a few tips that I hope will help you rid your yard of the highly annoying mosquito so that you can enjoy your time in the comfort and beauty of your own backyard.

 

(*** Information sources:  Rutgers Dept. of Entomology – EarthEasy.com – Mr. Mister Mosquito Control)

 

Take The Pledge With Me! Take Back Your Drive!

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I wish I could write words to make this the ultimate post to end the action of texting while driving.

I wish I could find the right combination of words to make those drivers that feel their text message is more important then someone’s life – perhaps their own –  a text that just can’t wait that they just have to send it while they’re driving 3000+ lbs. hunk of metal, I wish I could convince them to stop.  I mean, come on!!! Nothing – No Thing – is THAT IMPORTANT to share, or respond to, that you have to text while you drive.  Take the pledge with me – Take Back Your Drive.

 PULL OVER!!!  Then Text!

 

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There.  Easy peasy. Pull over, then text.  Concentrate on the job at hand – you’re in control of 3000+ lbs. of metal that’s moving.  That’s where a drivers attention should be, on driving. Will you please join me in committing to give up cell phone use – both hand held and hands free – while driving for, at the very least, one week.  It won’t hurt, I promise.  Please visit the site: National Safety Council and sign the pledge. Have children that drive? Sign them up too!

A delayed response to a text won’t hurt however, texting while driving can, and will potentially kill.

The other day a dog darted across the street from in between two parked cars.  If I had been distracted at the wheel I would have hit and killed this poor dog! And I know it would be an experience that I couldn’t forget.  I would play it over and over in my mind. (Do you do that to? Go over scenarios over and over and…  Ugh. It’s exhausting.)

So, are you with me? Yes you are!  Put your phone in your purse/bag. Put your phone away from easy reach.  You’re driving a car, let that be your focus.   Click this link to sign the pledge:  National Safety Council  Thank You!!!

#TakeBackMyDrive @NSCsafety

 

(*Disclosure:  I was compensated for my participation in sharing this incredibly important message.  My words are my own.  Let’s be safe out there! smile for Shopify)

Help Save Our Planet – Happy Earth Day!

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In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd (and my sister’s birthday – yay!) I want to share an app that will help reduce our utility bills and our impact on the environment —Homeselfe.  The Homeselfe app is a FREE download which can help us all be a part of a fundamental shift in our culture – to stop taxing our resources which will, in turn, take better care of our planet.  Learn more about this app and check out the tips below. Help Save Our Planet – Happy Earth Day!

Homeselfe is the leading DIY home energy saving app, helping homeowners reduce their utility bills, energy consumption and environmental impact. Homeselfe is a fun, easy, free app that provides a clear path to an energy efficient home with a personalized money saving plan, available rebates, and access to local qualified contractors.

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My Shopping Made Easier #TidyCatsAtCostco

This post is sponsored by Tidy Cats® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help create awareness of Tidy Cats available in Costco Stores located in the Pacific Northwest but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nestle Purina and Tidy Cats is not responsible for the content of this article. #TidyCatsAtCostco

When I shop I choose stores where I can get the most done in fewer stops. Price and convenience play a big part in my shopping choices that’s why I was so happy that our household’s litter of choice, Tidy Cats®, is now in Portland, OR Costco stores. There are items that make sense to buy in bulk because they are items that you’ll always need; paper products, health supplements (does wine count?) and cat litter. That is, of course, if you have a cat.

Another rainy day. Perfect time to shop at Costco!
Another rainy day. Perfect time to shop at Costco!

But, even if you don’t have a feline lounging around your house and giving you attitude, you’ll find that Tidy Cats litter works really well in other areas of your home!

  • Cat litter is a great deodorizer. You can use it to freshen the smell of your refrigerator in place of baking soda.
  • Make a “cat litter sachet” using cheesecloth, or another slightly open weave fabric, and place it in some stinky shoes to absorb the bad odors.
  • Prevent grease fires at your Bar-B-Que by placing a layer of litter in the bottom of your grill.

You don’t need to be a cat owner to need cat litter.

And now, for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, you have one more item to add to your Costco list. (But hurry! It’s only available for a limited time!) It wasn’t hard to locate Tidy Cats cat litter during my recent trip to Costco.

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Ta Da! Here we have a tower of 42 lbs. boxes of Tidy Cats, ready and waiting for you! My back was a little weak so a very helpful Costco employee “helped me” put it in my cart. (They also helped me put it in my van. Nice.)

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I choose to purchase items in larger containers, this way it reduces waste once the product is empty. Tidy Cats comes in a sturdy box that can be easily recycled, or repurposed! Once empty you could place a plastic liner on the inside then decorate the outside with wallpaper, washi tape or thick wrapping paper, and voila! A pretty container that could be used for anything! Use your imagination. How would you repurpose the sturdy Tidy Cats cat litter container once it’s empty? I’m looking for more ideas. Please share in the comments.

To learn more about Tidy Cats product line, please visit:  http://www.tidycats.com/

You can also join them on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/tidycats/

(*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle Purina and Tidy Cats. The opinions and text are all mine.)

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HotelSpa® European 36-Setting Luxury Shower Head Review

Yes, of course, it would be lovely to have a luxurious bathroom.  To feel like you have a spa in your own home would make getting out of bed in the morning a lot easier! (For me, anyway.)  Recently I was able to give our shower a quick update, kind of like a little “remodel”, and my family is loving the results.  I installed the HotelSpa® European Designer 36-Setting Luxury 3 Way Chrome Face/Shower Combo Shower Head.

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You can use the two Showers Heads separately or use the shower head and handheld shower at the same time for a choice of 36 full and combined water flow patterns!  Whee!  We are a tall family, therefore we needed to add an extender rod to increase the height of the shower head.  With this addition I was concerned the water pressure might lessen however, there was no change in the water pressure, and the shower head works great.

The features of the HotelSpa® Designer Collection Ultra-Luxury 36-setting French Designer Combo include:

• Designed in France! Use each shower separately or both together
• Choose from 36 full and combined water flow patterns
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Shower Head
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Hand Shower
• 7 settings include: Rain, Power Spray, Massage, Rain/Spray, Rain/Massage, Eco Rain
• 3-zone Click Lever Dial with Rub-clean Jets
• Soft-Grip Rubber Dial Rim and Handle
• Patented 3-way Water Diverter with Anti-Swivel Lock Nut
• 5′ Super Flexible Stainless Steel Hose with Conical Brass Nuts for easy hand tightening
• Tools-free Installation. Connects in minutes to any standard overhead shower arm, no tools required
• Lifetime Limited Warranty

The mixture of sprays and jets feel great, and I like the fact that it also has a hand-held shower which makes for easier cleaning of the shower walls and tub.You can find the HotelSpa® Designer Shower Combo at Sears.  Recently it was on sale $79.99 29.99 smile for Shopify.

(*Disclosure:  Thank you Giveaway Service for inviting me to participate in the review. I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

 

Enter Today To Win A $200 Pottery Barn Gift Card!

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Spring is in the air!!!  Bring a fresh look to your home by entering to win a $200 Pottery Barn Gift Card today!

Oh my, I could lose a few hours while perusing in Pottery Barn.  I love the vibe, and look, of this store.  I’ve seen quite a few treats I’d like to add to our home and I know that $200 would help me grab some of these items.  What about you?

My wish list begins with this clever rolling basket.  Time to declutter!  This should inspire me to keep only what fits in this great looking carrier (yeah Ann, good luck with that!)

Jacquelyne Recycling Bin Basket

 

Next, I’d like to add a dash of Spring to our rooms with a sweet pillow.  Pillows and throws are the easiest way to update a room:

Hummingbird print embroidered pillow cover

 

With these items I’m only half-way to spending this gift card.  (That is, if I we’re to be able to win smile for Shopify  )  Start your wish list now and enter to win a $200 Pottery Barn Gift Card! (Enter below) Good luck!

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Prize: $200 Pottery Barn Gift Card

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Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/1 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

 

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Win $150 To Spend At Evgie Wall Decals!

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When a  New Year begins a wave of “Do Over” washes over me.  I look at my (incredibly) unorganized garage and have images of bins and labels. Ah, organization bliss! For my girls rooms I envision great design… and clothes not being thrown all over the place!  Different wall colors come to mind as well.  Painting a house is a huge job – especially if you want to change a really big room. It’s easy to redecorate any room when you use wall decals from Evgie. Enter now for your chance to Win $150 To Spend At Evgie Wall Decals!

Evgie is a great place to find wall decals. Their vinyl decals are made from high quality matte vinyl which looks like it is painted on the wall. It is removable, so it’s simple to transform any room over and over again. Just peel and stick, it’s so easy! They will apply to most smooth surfaces. It’s also removable and won’t damage walls!

Here are some examples of how you can change up a room and make it beautiful!

Safari Wall Decals

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Custom Flag Name Outer Space Wall Decals

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Ocean Friends Wall Decals

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Bears Wall Decals

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Forest Animal Friends Wall Decals

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They are also customizable. For example the Ocean Friends Wall decals is available in different colors! Color changes are available at no additional charge and you can choose up to 7 colors from their color chart. You must choose ONE single color FOR ONE another single color. For example, all elements in ORANGE to the same elements in TEAL.

If you need to decorate a nursery, Evgie should be your first stop for wall decals. They create a beautiful and relaxing scenes in your baby’s room. Check out their Etsy Store for more beautiful designs.

More Reasons to Shop at Evgie.com

  • 100% SATISFACTION – If it turns you don’t love your decal you may ship it back and they will refund your money!
  • FREE test decal for you to practice on and EASY Step-by-step detailed instructions!
  • They can adjust the decal size larger or smaller and add additional colors. Contact them for pricing!
  • They offer custom designs. If you have an idea in mind of a custom design, let them know!

Now for the giveaway! One winner will receive a credit to spend $150 on Wall Decals at Evgie.

Details:

  • Dates – December 18 – January 4, 2016 1159pm EST
  • Open Worldwide – but if the winner resides outside the US they will need to pay the difference in shipping.
  • Prize – $150 To spend on Wall Decals at Evgie

How To Fight Off The Rainy Day Gloom

 

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The gorgeous blooms of our roses are beginning to fade now that September has arrived.  Portland is known as The City of Roses and when our flowers make their seasonal transition I’m looking for ways to keep blossoms in our home year around to fight off the rainy day gloom.  Recently I had the opportunity to check out flowers from The Bouqs Company.  With easy 3-step ordering a gorgeous bouquet arrived at my door and the feeling of lightness returned to my spirit.  Check out how pretty they are! And they come from the side of an active volcano. Cool! This should be your new flower delivery service.

 

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How do you bring lightness and life into your home during the darker Fall and Winter days?  Visit TheBouqs.com and you’ll see some of the most beautiful bouquets, created with unique flowers in gorgeous shades that will fit every style and season.  I am so impressed with the selections!  Truly beautiful.  And the ordering process is so clean – so easy.  A flat fee of $40 (shipping included) provides a gorgeous selection of various blossoms that will fit any occasion.  Find what you like *click* Enter your information *click* and there you are, ready to send and/or receive your selection.  The hard part is choosing between these stunning bouquets!

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com - Ann Again and again Reviews.com

 

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com - Ann Again and again Reviews.com

Securely packed in a recyclable-friendly cardboard wrap.  No styrofoam!

 

TheBouqs.com has a selection of flowers grown on a farm that’s on the side of a volcano, 10,000 feet above the Equator.  Yes, a volcano.  Visit TheBouqs.com and click “Our Difference” from their homepage.  This is a great video from their founder John (just John) and it gives you the vibe of the company that’s working for you.  You’ll also see the stunning arrangements created by Chief Floral Designer Eric Buterbaugh.  Once you’re there you’re on your way to choose blossoms to brighten your home, work space or share a bouquet with a friend.  Flowers cut when you order – Always free shipping.  My blossoms were vibrant and perky for weeks!  Everyday’s a good day to send someone flowers!  Enjoy and let me know what you think :->

 

(*Disclosure:  I was presented a particular selection of bouquets to choose from for my review purposes.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

5 Ways To Use Puritan's Pride Essential Oils

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Scent is a big part of my life.  Daily I’m looking for the right candle to burn to set the mood for our home, the lightly scented lotion to use after a shower, or afternoon pick-me-up, and just the right oil to dab behind my ears to help me find calmness or to help energize.  I seem to be driven by fragrance!  How are you with scent?  Are you sensitive and prefer light, natural aromas?  Or, are you bold and go for something that reminds people you are in the room?  Enter my giveaway (below) for your chance to win a Mothers Day gift pack of 5 Essential Oils from Puritan’s Pride!

With so many ways to add fragrance to your life I’ve always been drawn to essential oils.  Recently I was introduced to Puritan’s Pride Essential Oils.  Made with 100% essential oils Puritan’s Pride comes in 33 scents that can help you enhance the feelings of tranquility, create feelings of comfort, relaxation, rejuvenation and energy.  Mix the oils to find just the right aroma that makes your heart happy and brings a smile to your face.  Purchase now and you can save 50% when you buy 3 bottles!  Click – Puritan.com

5 Ways To Use Puritan’s Pride Essential Oils:

  1. Add To Water In Pan:  The easiest way to use essential oils in your home is to add drops of oil into a small saucepan* full of water.   Have the temperature bring a light steam from the water and waft through the house. – (*To be safe, this saucepan should be forever dubbed “For Essential Oil Use Only”.  Do Not Ingest essential oils. Also, this technique has concerns.  Perhaps you’ll forget you have a pan going on the stove and leave without turning off the burner.  Put a timer on to help remind you to turn off the pan.)
  2. With A Diffuser:  I use oils so often that I’ve purchased a small diffuser and place it right at my feet.  If I’m stuffy from allergies I add drops of Eucalyptus and my breathing becomes clearer.  A bit stressed?  Adding Rose or Lavender adds an essence of calm.  (It seems that my husband has discovered how great a diffuser is and has moved it to his home office space.  Hurr-umph.  Time to get another diffuser!)
  3. Add To Unscented Lotion:  When you’re ready to moisturize place your lotion in your hand along with 2 to 3 drops of essential oil.  You have now turned your unscented lotion into any fragrance that suites your fancy that day!  Rosewood to soothe, Tangerine to Uplift or Clary Sage to Refresh.  (We’re all familiar with the classic scents of Lavender, Vanilla and Rose.  I’m highlighting unusual fragrances.) With over 33 individual scents to choose from imagine creating your own combos for your personal scent of the day!
  4. Put on a damp cloth to relief sinus/allergy pain:  The lovely blossoms of Spring and Summer can bring unpleasant allergy annoyances that might have you turning to medicine for relief.  A natural way to relieve sinus pain and pressure is by adding drops of Eucalyptus oil to a damp washcloth or a warmed flax seed heating pad and placing it over your eyes and nose.  Breathe deep.  Ahhhh, much better.
  5. Droplets on porous room decor:  If you have “decorative spheres” made of rattan or rope, or other porous bowl fillers placed around your rooms for a decorative touch add drops of essential oil to these items and let the fragrance waft through out your home.

Do you have a favorite way to scent your home using essential oils?  Please share!  And remember, you can now save 50% when you purchase 3 bottles of Puritan’s essential oils at:  Puritan.com .  Enjoy!

 

 

Simplify Your Life – My Green Fills Laundry Soap – The Last Jug You'll Ever Own!

When it comes to doing laundry you have a plastic jug that holds your choice of liquid, powder or pods.  When it’s empty you buy another jug, then another, etc.  All of those plastic jugs adding to the landfill.  Not good!  So not good!  I’ve recently been introduced to a company that has not only a powerful laundry cleaner but they also have created refills in rice paper pouches.  One jug and done!  And… it can be delivered right to your door!  It’s Selestial’s My Green Fills – The Last Jug You Will Ever Own.

My Green Fills

 

Effectiveness of the product is the first thing I look for then I go for the price.  I feel My Green Fills is a great deal – it works and the price is right.  To begin, you purchase the jug (the last jug you will ever own!) and the soap to clean 50 loads of laundry.  The initial cost is $12.00.  When time comes for more product the refill costs $5.00 – $8.00 (with the convenient auto-ship option) or $9.00 for individual pouches.  There’s no shipping & handling charge either!  And I’m not adding another plastic jug to the landfill!

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Selestial was founded by Ruth Smith – “I was living the ‘green life’ before green was cool.”  She created the My Green Fills product line because some of her children suffered from severe skin allergies. “The only ‘green washed’ off-the-shelf options were expensive and ineffective, so I made my own.”  My Green Fills are 100% naturally non-toxic and hypoallergenic.  Check out the ingredient list:  Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bi-Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Tetra Sodium Salt, Sodium Citrate, and LOTS OF LOVE!

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My Green Fill product line includes:  Laundry Soap, Enzyme Stain Remover, Color-Safe Brightener and Fabric Softner.  I’ve found these product very easy to use, effective against tough stains, safe for sensitive skin and good for our planet.  Win – win all around.  Check out My Green Fills by clicking www.MyGreenFills.com and read more about the company and how you can order your product today.

 

 (*Disclosure: I was provided with product so that I could share my experience with My Green Fills.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

5 Tips To Rid Mosquitoes In Your Yard

 

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Ah yes, the rain clouds have passed and the sunshine has hung around for a couple of days.  Time for yard work then enjoying the natural beauty of the yard.  But *smack* these darn *smack* mosquitoes are driving me crazy!  (I’m allergic to them so that makes it even worse.)  After researching natural ways to rid these highly annoying pests here are some tips I’ve found the most useful:

  • Plant Marigolds – The bright marigold not only add nice splashes of color to your garden borders or potted plants, it also gives of a scent which repels mosquitoes.  Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.
  • Dump Standing Water – mosquito larvae can exist in as little as 2 tablespoons of standing water. Children’s toys are the #1 culprits (here’s looking at you sand pails and water tables!)  These pests can develop in any size puddle that has been around for 4 days.  I know it’s convenient to keep a pail of water near your plants for quicker watering, but know that this also enables the creation and housing for the nasty mosquito.
  • Eliminate Decaying Foliage From Ground – Not only is removing fallen leaves from the yard better for your grass, it will eliminate a breeding ground for mosquitoes.   Fallen leaves, over time, create mold and/or fungus and mosquitoes love that stuff!  Mold/fungus is sought after meal for the mosquito so it’s best to remove leaves, branches, any plant from your yard that isn’t living.
  • Fill Your Pond With Mosquito Eating Fish – Stock any ornamental ponds with guppies, koi, or goldfish (most healthy, hungry fish will eliminate the majority of mosquito larvae from ponds).
  • Remove Debris (a.k.a. Tires) From Yard– The used tire has become the most important domestic mosquito producer in this country.  If you’ve done a little automotive repair, and have kept “Take tire to recycling center” on your To-Do List too long, now’s the time to take it away and check it off your list.

 

These are a few tips that I hope will help you rid your yard of the highly annoying mosquito so that you can enjoy your time in the comfort and beauty of your own backyard.

 

(*** Information sources:  Rutgers Dept. of Entomology – EarthEasy.com – Mr. Mister Mosquito Control)

 

Protecting Your Home from a Flood

Even a little bit of water can cause extensive damage to your home and your possessions. If you live in an area prone to flooding, you know all too well how devastating a flood can be. There are ways that you can protect your home and your belongings and make it less likely that you will suffer from the effects of a flood.

Elevate Your Home

Many homeowners protect their home by elevating their homes about flood level. National rescue agencies offer base flood elevation maps that will show you at which level your home is likely to flood. Relocate your belongings to a higher floor in your home and level the ground level vacant. This will ensure that even if your home does flood, you will not lose valuable possessions.

Protect Your Utilities from Flood Damage

Most people have their hot water heater, furnace and cooling system on the lowest level of their home. This means that in a flood, these utilities will be rendered useless and can even pose a danger to your family. If you know a flood is imminent, shut off the electricity in your home. If your appliances become submerged, consult an electrician before attempting to restart them.

Invest in Flood-Proof Storage

If you live in a flood plain, store your belongings in waterproof containers. Tools and other implements can easily be destroyed in a garage in a flood. Invest in metal side boxes and toolboxes that will protect your equipment. Rubber totes will keep your clothing and other textiles from being damaged. Reinforce walls to keep them from sustaining water damage.

Purchase Flood Insurance

The time to find out if you have flood insurance is before, not after a flood. Many people think that their homeowner’s insurance policy covers flooding. Unless your policy specifically says that it covers floods, assume that it doesn’t. In some cases, you may be required to carry flood insurance if you live in certain areas. Flood insurance is not limited to traditional floods. It may also cover you in the case of a burst pipe or water main break that causes water damage to your home.

When it comes to protecting your home in the event of a flood, it helps to prepare in advance and be ready for whatever may come your way. From buying waterproof toolboxes for your garage to purchasing flood insurance, you can never be too prepared.

$200 Lush Decor Giveaway – Great Home Fashions!

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I am thrilled to offer one of my lovely Ann Again and again Reviews readers a terrific opportunity – the chance to win a $200 gift card to LUSHDecor.com!  Lush Décor is all about Inspired Living.  LUSH Decor offers a wide range of designs and workmanship to help you create your own look and lifestyle.  You’re sure to find something you’ll want in your home.

 

A huge sale is happening at LUSH Decor now and with this gift card you have all options available!  How about a gorgeous bedroom setting:

 

Lush bedding

 

Beautiful window treatments:
Lush windows
Gorgeous shower curtains are always nice:
Lush shower curtain

I seem to be in a grey mood.  LUSH Decor offers other hues and items as well.

Even if you don’t win this amazing $200 gift card giveaway you need to check out the styles and low sale prices that are happening at LUSH Decor right now! ALSO, my wonderful readers, I have a 10% off coupon code just for you!  At checkout enter: LOVELUSH1 

 

Jenny Zhu founded the company because she aspired to create affordable fashion that can be enjoyed through all the phases of your life.  At LUSH Decor it’s all about you enjoying their creations today, tomorrow and for years to come.

 

Giveaway Time!

 

One lucky winner from AnnAgainandagainReviews.com will win a $200 gift card code from LUSHDecor.com.  Please Note: This will be a one-time use code with no balance kept and must be used in one purchase. 18+ are eligible.  US Only.  LUSHDecor.com is responsible for prize fulfillment.  I am the giveaway host – purely the vessel for this giveaway :->

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 (*Disclaimer:  I was provided with product in exchange for this review/giveaway opportunity.  All opinions are truthfully my own.)

How to Finance a New Home

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A very happy change is coming to a member of my family.  The purchase of a new home!  Not only will there be a new year to welcome, a new address and neighborhood is coming into the mix.  Have you been looking for a new place to call your own?  If you are considering buying a new home, you have several different options for getting a home loan. With a little research you can find the perfect loan for you. Some of the most common home loans are:

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loan

The FHA will insure certain home loans in the event that the borrower cannot repay it. For this type of loan, you’ll give a lower down payment than for a traditional bank mortgage. Your down payment may be only 3.5 percent, which is great compared to the usual 20 percent. Along with this benefit, it is also easier to qualify for an FHA loan than for another type of loan. You can also use an FHA loan for refinancing even if you don’t have a stellar credit rating.

Conventional Home Loans

There are two types of conventional mortgages including the fixed-rate and the variable-rate. Each of these options has advantages and disadvantages, and a loan advisor can tell you which the best is for you.

A fixed-rate loan has a fixed rate of interest that does not change even if interest rates for other loans change. This means, if the interest rate goes up, you still pay your lower fixed-rate. You have a predictable payment every month. This is the best option if the loan can be secured at a low interest rate and if you plan to keep your home for more than five years. It is also possible to get refinancing to change a variable-rate loan to a fixed-rate loan if interest rates are lower than when you secured your fixed-rate loan.

The interest rate for a variable-rate loan will go up and down as interest rates change. Also called adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM), they usually start at a low interest rate, often lower than a fixed-rate loan. As the interest rates chance, your monthly payment will also change. This may be a good option of you plan to sell your house within the next five years or expect interest rates to significantly drop.

Loans for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives home loans to veterans with no down payment. They are easy to qualify for and are usually quickly approved. They can also be fixed-rate or ARM loans.

There are several options that make buying a home easier than ever. You can discuss your financial situation with an expert on loans and find the right one for you.  And soon you could hear – Welcome Home! :->

Enter To Win Set of 3 Old Factory Candles! Made In The U.S.A.

Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion - Enter To Win Set of 3 Old Factory Candles! Made In The U.S.A. - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

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There are certain items that are perfect gifts to give because A.) it’s something everybody needs.  For instance – grocery store gift cards, because eating is a necessity. Or B.) it doesn’t require knowing someones size, such as candles.  I love giving and receiving candles as gifts and recently discovered a line of candles by Old Factory – Made in the USA and sold through Amazon.  One lucky winner from Ann Again and again Reviews will win a set of 3 Old Factory candles to enjoy for themselves or give to someone special.  Good luck!

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Each candle is 2 ounces of scented soy wax that will burn for about 20 hours.  The wicks are made of cotton, so no worries of metal burning in your wick.  (Have you seen that in some candles?  If not, look closer the next time you purchase a candle.  Some companies actually have a thin piece of metal in the wicks – burning metal in your house?! Crazy.  Old Factory is clean burning cotton wicks :-> )

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Rdio – Streaming Music For Free With Great Tunes For Halloween!

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There is music playing in our house almost constantly.  When the season’s turn to holiday’s to celebrate we like to get in the spirit by playing tunes that add to the occasion.  Now, since Halloween is literally – right around the corner! – we’re listening to what ever clever, catchy or creepy tunes fit our mood.  With Rdio you can listen – for free – to as many genre’s of music as you like.  Check out the vibes they have for Halloween!

Halloween Rdio

Kids Halloween Station:

Halloween Party Station:

Halloween Spooky Sounds Station:

There’s more to choose from and I’m sure you’ll find tunes that will fit the mood of your party, be it a big extravaganza, or a small gathering (just you, candy and a viewing of “Night Of The Living Dead” ;-> )

No trial, subscription, or payment necessary, Rdio’s free stations feature 15x more music and a wide variety of station types, including artist- and genre-based stations, human-curated stations to fit any mood or activity, personalized stations tuned to you, and stations based on tastemakers, like Blake Shelton, Ellie Goulding, Rolling Stone, and Fox’s Red Band Society.  Check out Rdio’s free Halloween stations below, from Halloween party favorites and creepy sounds to a kid-friendly tunes.  Whether you are having a Halloween party, looking for the perfect soundtrack to wait for your trick or treaters, or simply want to be filled with the spirit of the occasion, there are plenty of options to consider, so check out some of Rdio’s free stations below!  Enjoy!

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(*Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I was asked to share this information and I’m all for sharing information about music!)

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com. 15% off your first order   FREE shipping!

When the weather begins to chill it’s safe to say Fall is on the way.  Some of you are fortunate to have the leaves in your trees change to glorious colors, while others (like me) mostly have grey skies and know that rain is just weeks away.  To fight off  the rainy day gloom I love to bring as much brightness and light as I can into our home.  My favorite way to do this is with flowers and recently I had the opportunity to check out flowers from The Bouqs Company.  A gorgeous bouquet arrived at my door and the feeling of lightness returned to my spirit.  Check out how pretty they are!

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com

 

Visit TheBouqs.com and you’ll see some of the most beautiful bouquets, created with unique flowers in gorgeous shades that will fit every style and season.  I am so impressed with the selections!  Truly beautiful.  And the ordering process is so clean – so easy.  Find what you like *click* Enter your information *click* and there you are, ready to send and/or receive your selection.  The hard part is choosing between these stunning bouquets!   A lovely introduction offer from TheBouqs.com brings you a 15% discount with your first online order.  And your shipping is free!

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com
Securely packed in a recyclable-friendly cardboard wrap.  No styrofoam!

 

TheBouqs.com has a selection of flowers grown on a farm that’s on the side of a volcano, 10,000 feet above the Equator.  Yes, a volcano.  Visit TheBouqs.com and click “How It Works” from their homepage.  This is a great video from their founder John (just John) and it gives you the vibe of the company that’s working for you.  You’ll also see the stunning arrangements created by Chief Floral Designer Eric Buterbaugh.  Once you’re there you’re on your way to choose blossoms to brighten your home, work space or share a bouquet with a friend.  My blossoms were vibrant and perky for weeks!  Everyday’s a good day to send someone flowers!  Enjoy and let me know what you think :->

 

(*Disclosure:  I was presented a particular selection of bouquets to choose from for my review purposes.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)