The Best Prenatal Vitamins Ever, from Bellybar!

the best prenatal vitaminsAttention pregnant ladies!!  Are you tired of those insanely huge horse pill prenatal vitamins??  You know the ones I’m talking about…those horrible prenatal vitamins that you have to choke down swallow.  Well, listen up because I’m about to tell you about the best prenatal vitamins ever!  No, really!

When I first found out I was pregnant, I thought the huge horse pills were the only kind of prenatal vitamin out there, so I went to the pharmacy and bought a couple of bottles, to the tune of about $25.00 each!  I absolutely hate swallowing any kind of pill or vitamin, but I reluctantly took those nasty vitamins for an entire week.  Then, I became so constipated (and uncomfortable!) that I thought I would die if I didn’t finally get some relief.  I had heard that prenatal vitamins can make you constipated, and wow, did they ever!  I knew I had to figure out an alternative, so off to the grocery store I went to see what else they might have available.

After browsing the vitamin aisle at the grocery store, I found a bottle of gummy prenatal vitamins for about $8.00.  Maybe these would be the best prenatal vitamins, I thought.  I was absolutely delighted to find prenatal vitamins that I wouldn’t have to swallow, and I hoped that they would not make me constipated.

Well, they didn’t make me constipated, and I didn’t have to swallow them, but wow, were they ever nasty tasting!  I had to choke those prenatal vitamins down every night, and often times I would vomit after taking them.  They were bitter tasting, and smelled horrid.  They came in 3 different fruity flavors, and I found myself only able to take the lemon flavored ones, and threw the rest in the trash.  It was really very wasteful.

I was at the end of my rope one night, staring at those disgusting gummy prenatal vitamins, dreading having to take them again.  I did an online search for the best prenatal vitamins, and I found several reviews for Bellybar Chewable Prenatal Vitamins.  I had never heard of these before, but I was very intrigued.  All of the reviews I read were very favorable and highly recommended Bellybar Chewable Prenatal Vitamins.  They definitely sounded like they just might be the best prenatal vitamins on the market.

Bellybar Prenatal Vitamins I contacted Bellybar to see if they might be willing to send me some samples to try out and review, and I am so glad I did!  They sent me a variety of items, including their Chewable Prenatal Vitamins, DHA Soft Chews, Chocolate Prenatal & DHA Vitamins, and Boost Bars.  Don’t they look amazing?!

The Best Prenatal Vitamins

 

I tried the Chocolate Prenatal & DHA Vitamins first.  What girl doesn’t love chocolate, right? These prenatal vitamins look just like Whoppers, but they do not have a malted center.  They are very soft, easy to chew, and taste great!  Who would have ever thought you could get prenatal vitamins in chocolate form?  Take just one chocolate prenatal and one chocolate DHA per day.  Complete heaven.

Bellybar Chocolate Prenatal and DHA Vitamins

Next up, I tried the Chewable Prenatal Vitamins.  They are fruity flavored, very easy to chew as well, and they remind me of the vitamins I used to take when I was a kid.  You know, those Scooby Doo and Flintstones vitamins.  They are really enjoyable.  The DHA Soft Chews come separately, and they look and taste just like an orange Starburst.  I absolutely love taking these every night, and I get to take two of each!  It’s more like eating a treat than it is taking a vitamin.  Since trying Bellybar Prenatal Vitamins, I have ordered a few more bottles of each for myself.  I am so happy with them, and don’t ever dread taking my prenatal vitamins anymore.  I actually look forward to them!

Bellybar Chewable Prenatal Vitamins

Bellybar also has a line of amazing Boost Bars, which include the following flavors: S’More to Love, Baby Needs Chocolate, Berry Nutty Cravings, and Lemony Lovey.  I tried all of them, and they are delicious!  These make a great mid-day snack.

Take a look at the S’More to Love Boost Bar:

Bellybar S'More to Love Boost Bar

Bellybar S'More to Love Boost Bar

A chewy and delicious boost bar, sprinkled with marshmallows and chocolate chips, with a graham cracker layer on the top and a thick layer of chocolate on the bottom.  Who could ask for a better snack?!

So, if you’re currently pregnant, nursing, or even just thinking about getting pregnant, I urge you to try Bellybar’s awesome prenatal vitamins and boost bars.  I promise, you won’t regret it!  Their vitamins are OB/GYN recommended, are easy to chew and taste wonderful!  I really believe that they are the best prenatal vitamins on the market right now.

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Disclosure:  I received free product in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  All thoughts and opinions included in this post are 100% mine.

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Take Better Pet Photos with Beautiful Beasties, A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography

 

As we all know, taking photos of pets can be very challenging.  It can be really hard to get them to sit still long enough for you to snap a picture, and getting them to look directly at the camera, is nearly impossible.  I have two very active cats, who I just adore, and I love to take pictures of them.  When they’re long gone, I want to have some nice photos to remember them by.  Sometimes it is just so frustrating to try to get them to cooperate though.  When I finally do get them in the position I want them in, they move just as I snap my camera, and all I’m left with is a blurry image of them.

Want to know how to take better pet photos?

If you have pets that are hard to photograph too, you’ll want to check out Beautiful Beasties, A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography.  This book is jammed packed with tons of helpful tips and information.  Before you know it, you’ll be snapping some pretty awesome pictures of your pets!

Beautiful Beasties

This book not only teaches you how to better work with your animals by watching their body language and communicating with them, but it also gives tips on what equipment and lighting to use in different situations to make your pictures really stand out.  It also has great information to help you get through common challenges that may come up – weather, lighting, location, elderly or sick pets, behavior challenges, etc.  There is also a wonderful section in this book on how to edit and touch up your photos after you have taken them, just like the pros do!

Beautiful Beasties is very easy to read and understand.  I really love how the book is broken up into different sections, so you can easily refer back to it over and over again.  I also love that the author has a section devoted to working with dogs, a section devoted to working with cats, and a section devoted to working with other animals.  Dogs and cats respond to us very differently, so we need to approach them in different ways to get them to react the way we want them to.

Having two cats myself, I find the section on cats extremely helpful.  Beautiful Beasties demonstrates the different behaviors of cats, and helps you learn when to take your shot, or when to back down.  I know I’ve pushed my cat’s limits before, and the outcome was not what I wanted.  Had I just backed off for the time being, and approached them later on when they were in a more relaxed mood, my pictures probably would have been a lot better.  No one wants to see a picture of an angry cat!

Once you’ve mastered the art of pet photography, Beautiful Beasties also has a section on “Going Pro” and a section on “Business Essentials” to help you navigate your way through that path if you choose.

Overall, I think this book is fantastic!  If you own pets and want to know how to take better pet photos, this book is for you!  I have been learning how to better read my cats and get them to cooperate with me more.  Now I just need to work on my camera skills to get the right lighting, etc. With this book, I know I’ll get there some day!

Once you have mastered the art of capturing your pets through your lens, consider visiting picture.com to put your best shots into a calendar or photo book!

Pablo (not bad for a picture taken with my cell phone!)

Pablo

Maggie (I just love her piercing green eyes!)

Maggie

 

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

Personalize Your Holiday Cards this Year with Tiny Prints!

 

If you’re looking for some holiday cards to wow your friends and family this year, look no further than Tiny Prints!  With a huge selection of beautiful cards in a wide variety of colors and designs, you’re sure to find the perfect cards you’ve been dreaming of!

Tiny Prints also offers a new Premium DoubleThick™ Matte Paper, their most luxurious cardstock yet!  Find out more by watching the video below!

I am really excited to order Christmas cards from Tiny Prints this year!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Tiny Prints Christmas Card

Tiny Prints Christmas Card

Tiny Prints Christmas Card

Aren’t they great?!  I sure am going to have a hard time deciding on which ones to order.  There are SO many to choose from!  I just love that no matter which design I end up choosing, I’ll be able to personalize them, and add my own photos.  I can’t wait to wow my friends and family this year!

Check out Tiny Prints Latest Coupons & Deals for some great savings, and have fun designing the perfect holiday cards this year!

Disclosure:  I received a promotional code from Tiny Prints in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  This post contains affiliate links.

Save Money on K-Cups with Ekobrew!

 

John and I received a Keurig last Christmas, and it has seen quite a lot of use at our house.  Prior to me getting pregnant, we were both drinking a ton of coffee.  He still drinks a great deal of it, but I have quit cold turkey since finding out I am pregnant.  Once this pregnancy is over though, I’m sure I’ll be right back into my old coffee habit, and we’ll both be drinking it like crazy to wake up from the sleepless nights that come with a new baby.

The Keurig has been absolutely fantastic.  It’s one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received.  It makes a perfect cup of coffee every time.  I love how quick and easy it is to use.  I love that I can have a variety of flavors on hand at any time, so everyone can have just exactly what they want. It is awesome for when company comes over as well.  There is just one thing that bothers me about the Keurig, and that is the price of k-cups!  We go through a lot of them, and at $7.99 for a 12-pack, that gets REALLY EXPENSIVE!

I searched online for a way to save money on k-cups.  I was looking for some coupons, or a great promotion or something, but instead, I found Ekobrew Refillable K-Cups for the Keurig.  I had never heard of these before, but they looked very interesting, and I was desperate to save money on k-cups, so I ordered a two-pack.

Save Money on K-Cups with Ekobrew!

Ekobrew

I received the Ekobrew Refillable K-Cups in the mail, and immediately put one of them to use.  I had already bought a bag of my favorite coffee, and all I had to do was scoop the coffee into the Ekobrew Refillable K-Cup to the fill line, slip it into my Keurig, where you would normally put your k-cup, and voila!  That was it!  I ran my Keurig as normal, and out came a fantastic cup of coffee.

I know I am going to get a lot more than 12 cups out of the bag of coffee I bought, and it cost me about the same as a box of k-cups would have.  What a great way to save money on k-cups!!

My Keurig had come with its own version of a refillable k-cup, but to be honest, it totally sucked.  It was very hard to use, always made a mess, was difficult to clean, and I had to take a part out of my Keurig in order to put it in there.  With the Ekobrew Refillable K-Cups, I don’t have to worry about any of that.  The Ekobrew Refillable K-Cup is not only easy to use, but it’s easy to clean too!

I ended up giving my 2nd Ekobrew Refillable K-Cup to my parents to use in their own Keurig, and they love it too!

So, if you’re looking for a way to save money on k-cups, check out the Ekobrew Refillable K-Cup today!  I can promise, you won’t be disappointed.  I absolutely love mine, and I’m saving a lot of money on k-cups!

Buy a single Ekobrew Refillable K-Cup for only $11.49, or a two-pack for only $21.17!  If you get the two-pack, you will also receive FREE SHIPPING!!

Ekobrew Refillable K-Cup Two-Pack

 

*Please note the Ekobrew Refillable K-Cups don’t work with all Keurig models, so be sure to check yours before purchasing!

Happy saving!!

 

 

Warm Up this Fall with Progresso Light & Creamy Soups! **FLASH GIVEAWAY!!!** #MyBlogSpark

 

Fall is here, and that means it’s time for soup!  I love making homemade soups, but who has the time for that?  Luckily, Progresso is there to help me out!

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I have been a fan of Progresso soups for a long time, and was delighted to recently try out their new light creamy soups, Creamy Potato with Bacon & Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie!  Did you know that Progresso has more than 40 soups that are 100 calories per serving or less?  How awesome is that?!  Not only can I enjoy flavorful soup, but I don’t have to worry about it going right to my waistline!

Progresso Light Creamy Soups

I received this really awesome Progresso package in the mail.  It had a can of Progresso Light Creamy Potato with Bacon & Cheese soup, a can of Progresso Light Chicken Pot Pie Style, a large water bottle, a cute Progresso Light lunch tote, and a really awesome soup mug with spoon!

Progresso Light Creme Prize Pack

The weather here in Maine has been very cold and rainy lately, so it was a perfect time to curl up on the couch and enjoy a bowl of soup.  I really enjoyed both of the flavors, but the Potato with Bacon & Cheese was my favorite.  It was really creamy, and full of yummy potatoes, and had a great bacon and cheese flavor.  Who knew you could make something light out of potatoes, bacon & cheese??  If I were to make something like that home for myself, it would be loaded with fat and calories.  This, however, was only 100 calories per serving!  The Chicken Pot Pie Style, full of chicken and vegetables, was good, but I felt it was lacking a little something (pie crust!), so I ate a biscuit with it.

PROGRESSO LIGHT & CREAMY SOUPS GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to get the same prize package I received above!  All you have to do to enter, is complete as many entries on the Rafflecopter application as you wish.  This giveaway is in no way associated with or sponsored by Facebook.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 4, 2012.  Winner must contact me at moneysavingmindy@gmx.com within 48 hours to claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen.

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Check Out My Beautiful Handbag from Oasap!

 

I recently had the opportunity to review an absolutely adorable handbag from Oasap.  This handbag is a beautiful shade of pink.  On their website, they state it is a rose color, and the handbag in their picture looks darker colored than what I actually received.  Even though the color is different than I was expecting, I still love this handbag!

The picture on their website:

rose handbag

What it actually looks like:

Quite a difference, right?  Oh well, I really do still love it!

This bag is the perfect size for me.  I like bags that are big enough to carry a lot of stuff in, but not so big and bulky that they weigh me down.  I found this one to be just right.

The handbag has a great, sturdy zipper, which opens and closes easily.  There’s nothing I hate more than a handbag that’s hard to get into!

The inside of the handbag is lined in black, and there are some great pockets inside, with pink accents that match the outside of the handbag.

I love this zippered pocket on the inside.  That’s a great place to stash my feminine products!

 

Here is a good view of the inside to show you just how much room is inside.  I can fit lots of stuff in here, and that makes me very happy!

On the sides of the handbag, there are buttons you can snap to give the purse this folded up look.

Or, you can unsnap them, to open it up more.  I thought this was a pretty neat feature, and I had never seen this on another handbag before.

I love that this handbag has the short shoulder straps on the front and back, but it also has a longer shoulder strap coming out from the top.  I prefer using a longer shoulder strap.  It was a little bunched up by the time I received it, but I think over a little time, it will straighten itself out more.

The detailing on this handbag is so beautiful.  I love this metal clip on the front.

There are little knobs on the bottom of the handbag, which is great for keeping your handbag standing upright when you set it down on a flat surface.

This is the inside of the pocket on the front of the handbag.  Again, lots of room in there!

Overall, I am very pleased with this handbag.  I love the color, the size, the quality and the style of it.  This handbag is priced at $48.00, which is a bit more than I would normally pay for a handbag, but this one seems to be very high quality, so I think it’s definitely a great investment.  This would make a lovely Christmas gift for a special lady in your life too!

Want this handbag?  Get it at Oasap today!

Arbor Mist Introduces Frozen Wine Cocktails! Quick & Easy – No Blender Required!!

 

I absolutely love Arbor Mist wines.  I’m not really too big on normal wines usually, but these ones are very fruity and flavorful, and go down nice and smooth.  They are the perfect “girly drink”, but I know men who enjoy them too!

I love all of the different flavors they have to choose from.  Did you know they have 14??  With so many available, you’re sure to find a few that you’ll love too!  I have been drinking Arbor Mist wines for years, and was excited to hear that they recently came out with a collection of frozen wines!  I love frozen cocktails, and I bet these are really delicious!

Arbor Mist Frozen Wines come in three different flavors – White Pear Pinot Grigio, Blackberry Merlot, and Strawberry White Zinfandel.  How great do those sound??

ARBOR MIST FROZEN WINE COCKTAILS

arbor mist frozen wines

What I think is really great about these frozen wines, is that they come in ready-made pouches.  The fruity drinks are already mixed up in the pouch, so you don’t have to buy ice, or clean up a big mess in your blender!  You simply pop these pouches in the freezer, and after they’ve had time to freeze, squeeze them out into your wine glass!  How easy is that?!

Arbor Mist Frozen Wines would be a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the night, and they’d be a huge hit at parties too!  Dig out your cooler, throw a bunch of Arbor Mist Frozen Wines in there, and your guests can enjoy frozen beverages all night, without you having to lift a finger!  I can’t wait to get together with some of my best girl friends and kick back some of these tasty drinks!

Are you a fan of Arbor Mist wines too?  Which flavor of these new frozen wines are you most interested in trying?  I think I’d have to say the Strawberry White Zinfandel!

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Disclosure:  I was provided with free product in exchange for my honest review and opinion as part of SheSpeaks.

Make Your Taste Buds Dance with Wholly Guacamole’s Awesome Line of Products!

 

Several months ago, I received a huge package of Wholly Guacamole products to try out.  I knew the package was coming, but I was overwhelmed by all of the awesome products inside! Wholly Guacamole is obviously, a very generous company that stands behind their products.

Wholly Guacamole Products

wholly guacamole

All of the products came in a Styrofoam cooler, and were still cold upon arrival at my doorstep.  As I unloaded the cooler, I took inventory of everything that was in there – 100 Calorie Guacamole Snack Pack, 100 Calorie Spicy Guacamole Snack Pack, Chunky Avocado, Red Pepper Mango Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mild Salsa, Medium Salsa, Guacamole & Spicy Pico Salsa, Roasted Tomato Salsa, Avocado Verde Salsa, and Hot Salsa.  They also included an avocado stress ball, and a handy dandy potato chip bag clip, to keep my chips nice and crispy!

All of the products looked amazing, and I didn’t even know where to start!  Before I dug into any of the packages, I headed out to the grocery store, and picked up a couple bags of Tostitos tortilla chips.  Tostitos go GREAT with Wholly Guacamole products, and I knew I would certainly be needing a lot of them to help me eat all of this stuff!

When I got back home, I opened up the Roasted Tomato and Medium salsas.  I love anything roasted tomato flavored, but my boyfriend isn’t quite as adventurous as I am, so I knew he would love the medium salsa.  The Roasted Tomato Salsa was absolutely wonderful.  It had that perfect balance of roasted tomato flavor that I love so much.  I gave the Medium Salsa a try, and enjoyed that as well, but that Roasted Tomato Salsa just kept calling me back!  It was so good, I devoured half the container before I realized it!  My boyfriend tried both, and while he agreed that the Roasted Tomato flavor was “pretty good”, the Medium Salsa was more his style.  That was fine with me.  More Roasted Tomato Salsa for yours truly!

Wholly Guacamole Salsas

Later that night, I also tried the 100 Calorie Guacamole Snack Packs with Tostitos.  I am a HUGE avocado/guacamole fan, so I was very anxious to try this out.  It was superb.  I was completely addicted to it.  It was so smooth and creamy and flavorful.  And at only 100 calories per serving, it’s a snack you can feel good about!  Each package came with 3 snack packs, and I took the other 2 to work with me later in the week, as an afternoon snack.  It was perfect!

wholly guacamole 100 calorie snack pack

After the regular 100 Calorie Guacamole Snack Packs were gone, I tried out the 100 Calorie Spicy Guacamole Snack Packs, and they were even more delicious!  I loved the extra spicy kick in them!

Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Pack - Spicy

Next up, I tried the Guacamole and Spicy Pico Salsa.  If you love guacamole and pico de gallo, then this is the product for you!  It combines both of them in the same container, and wow, is it ever amazing!  The flavors went so well together, and I found myself indulging in this one quite often!   I love that both products are together in the same container, so you don’t have to worry about cross contamination from one container to the other if you want the best of both worlds.

Wholly Guacamole Guacamole & Spicy Pico

Soon after, I tried the Chunky Avocado.  As I said before, I am a huge fan of avocados.  They are so healthy and good for you, and they are so fresh and delicious tasting.  This avocado was very delicious.  I loved the little chunks in it, as it gave it a bit of texture.  If you buy this product, make sure you plan to use it all up quickly, because it does go bad very fast if you don’t.

Wholly Guacamole Chunky Avocado

My boyfriend and I headed to the coast for a hike/picnic one day, so in my cooler, I packed the Hot and Mild Salsas, and some Tostitos.  When we got to our destination, this was the perfect snack as a “pick-me-up” after our hike.  We sat on the large rocks overlooking the ocean, and munched on the goodness.  What a great day that was!  The hot salsa is not overly spicy, which I really liked.  Sometimes you buy a hot salsa, and it’s just over the top spicy.  I don’t like that.  This is the perfect amount of spicy for me.  The mild salsa doesn’t have too much of a flavor to it, so if you like your salsa on the bland side, this one is for you.

Wholly Guacamole Hot and Mild Salsas

Next, I tried the Avocado Verde Salsa.  This product combines the flavors of tomatillo and salsa verde.  I really enjoyed this one as well.  Not only did I dip Tostitos in this one, but I enjoyed a taco salad (or two!) with this salsa as a dressing.  Delish!

Wholly Guacamole Avocado Verde Salsa

That brings me to the final two products – the Red Pepper Mango, and the Pineapple Salsas.  I admit, I had been putting these two off until last because I was afraid I wasn’t going to like them.  I have a really hard time eating red peppers because they don’t agree with me (extreme heartburn), so I try to avoid them when I can.  I was also unsure how they would taste when combined with mangos.  I’m not a huge fan of mangos either.  I gave it a try, however, and as I feared, I just didn’t like this one.  I have heard several other people say they tried it and loved it, so who knows, it might be for you.  It just wasn’t for me though.

Wholly Guacamole Red Pepper Mango & Pineapple Salsas

I was a little less afraid to try the Pineapple Salsa, but when I did, I didn’t really care for it too much either.  It was extremely sweet tasting.  It could be that I was trying to eat it on Tostitos, and maybe it’s not really meant for that.  I have heard of people enjoying this over ice cream, but I didn’t give that a chance.  I probably should have.

So there you have it!  Wholly Guacamole has a simply fabulous line of products.  What I love most about them is that they are stored in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, not in a jar that’s been sitting there forever.  So, you know they are fresh!

I could certainly tell the difference between the Wholly Guacamole brand and the other brands that come in the jars in the non-refrigerated section.  The Wholly Guacamole products are a much higher quality, taste a lot more flavorful, and are really good for you because they’re not loaded with preservatives or additives like those other brands.

Connect with Wholly Guacamole on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Have you tried any of Wholly Guacamole’s products yet?  Which ones are your family’s favorites?  Click HERE to get a new money saving coupon for your favorite Wholly Guacamole products every month!!

 

 

Disclosure:  I was provided with free products from Wholly Guacamole in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

Say Good-Bye to Ants with Combat Ant Gel & Baits! Review & Giveaway!

 

Last winter, I moved into a huge house out in the country.  This house was built in the 1950′s and sits on 100 acres of land, consisting of mostly woods.  Because we’re now living in the woods, we’ve had to deal with quite a few different insects this year, including earwigs, wasps, stinkbugs, houseflies, ladybugs and ants!  I hate all of those things (well, the ladybugs are OK), but I especially hate ants!  They are so tiny and they multiply like crazy.  Once you find one, you seem to find them non-stop from then on.  They end up EVERYWHERE too!  Around the sink, in the cupboards, on the sideboard, just everywhere!

I was so happy to receive Combat Ant Gel and Ant Baits for review.  It couldn’t have come at a better time really!  The Ant Gel is fast-acting (within hours and up to 1 month!) and formulated to control the ants you are dealing with right now.  I placed the gel at the source of my ant problem, a crack in the foundation in my garage (which is connected to my house).  Within just a few hours, I saw it working to attract the ants.  What’s great about this stuff, is that the foraging ant will return to their colony and feed the gel to larvae and queens so that the entire colony is killed through the Domino Effect.  I could kind of see this happening as I watched the ants work their way through the gel.

combat ant gel

The Ant Bait stations are great for long-term continuous control, so they don’t come back once you get rid of them.  Simply place the ant bait station down around your home (even outside!).  The ants will enter the bait station, eat the bait, and take the bait back to their nest, where they will pass it on to the queen and destroy the entire colony.  Bye bye ants!!

combat ant bait

The Combat Ant Gel worked great to quickly get rid of my ant problem, and the Ant Bait Stations have been working great to prevent more of them from coming into my house.  I have been very pleased with the results!

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Combat is generously offering one lucky reader a box of Combat Ant Gel!  If you’ve been dealing with ants this Summer, you don’t want to miss out on this great giveaway!  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  To enter to win, simply complete as many entries as you wish using the Rafflecopter application below.  This giveaway is in no way associated with or sponsored by Facebook.  Winner must contact me at moneysavingmindy@gmx.com within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

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Don’t forget to enter to win $1,000 in the Combat Bug Free Backyard Bash!!

Disclosure:  Combat provided a free sample of their Ant Bait and Gel so I could review them.  However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Kelly Kits Review & 48 Hour FLASH Giveaway!!

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I recently received a Kelly Kit in the mail for review.  A Kelly Kit contains various creative supplies to encourage art play in children.  My Kelly Kit arrived in a small cardboard box, like this:

Kelly Kit

We all know how exciting it  can be for a child to receive something in the mail.  They haven’t had the pleasure of receiving bills yet!  ;)

I opened the box up, and laid out all of its contents.Kelly Kit

My Kelly Kit included the following supplies for a “Sponge & Stamp” activity:

  • Dry paint mix
  • White paper
  • Purple paper
  • Blue paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft stick
  • Scissors
  • Paint container
  • Sponge paper

I followed the easy to read instructions that were included in my Kelly Kit.  The first step was to draw a shape on the sponge paper.  I drew a heart.

Kelly Kit

I then cut my heart out from the paper with the provided scissors, and quickly ran it under water.  I was absolutely surprised to see how quickly this paper blew up into a sponge while under the water.  I have never used this product before, and didn’t quite know what to expect.  I think kids would be really amazed by this stuff.  I know I was!

heart

Next, I put half of the dry paint mix into the paint container, added a bit of warm water to it, and mixed it up with the craft stick.  I don’t think my water was quite warm enough, as it turned out just a bit lumpy.

paint

Then, I poured a bit of the paint out onto a paper plate, and dipped my heart shaped sponge in it.

paint heart

I stamped my paper with the heart.

paper heart

The first heart came out pretty well, but I found that the paint needed to be reapplied quite often, unless you’re really going for that “sponge painted look”.

Next, I tried it on the purple and blue paper.  I was skeptical that the yellow paint would show up well on this dark paper, but I was surprised that it actually showed up very nicely.

paint paper

Overall, I like the idea of the Kelly Kit.  I think it is a great way for kids to express their creativity, and learn about art at the same time.  I wish there had been a few more paint colors included in this kit, to kind of mix it up a bit though.

For $9.99/month and $19.99/month for Canadian Customers, you could receive one Kelly Kit art play activity once per month, in one of five art disciplines: painting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, or collage.  Annual subscriptions are available for a one-time fee of $99.90, plus applicable taxes.  You can also buy a Sensory Gift Pack for $29.99, and which includes 5 Kelly Kits, for 2 children, and includes painting: Sticky Fingers, sculpting: Kelly Klay – Gluten Free, drawing: Walkie Chalkie, printmaking: Poppin’ Prints, collage: Rough Stuff.

Sign up for a Kelly Kit membership HERE.  Connect with Kelly Kits on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kelly Kits is giving away a full year’s subscription to one of my readers!  One winner will receive an Annual Subscription of Monthly Kelly Kits (a $99.90 value), but everyone who enters receives one FREE Kelly Kit just for entering!  How awesome is that?!

There is a one-time shipping fee of $2.49 for the FREE Kit if you choose to redeem it. There is no charge for the winner of the annual subscription. The FREE kit is just Kelly Kits’ way of thanking you for your entry. It is up to you whether you want to redeem it or not.

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Disclosure:  I was provided with a free product in exchange for my honest review and opinion.