Friday, May 22, 2015

Mary Square has Such Cute Items! with #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

My mom has a big day coming up and I wanted to get her something special that I knew she would love. Looking around the Mary Square website, I found so many wonderful and very cute ideas!!

So who is Mary Square? They are a faith-based company with a mission to help single moms-to-be learn to come to grips with what is happening and support them in various ways while they learn to do so. Through their mission to Embrace Grace, they are helping a countless number of people in a great many ways. I've seen young girls going through this, and reaching out to help them is a cause worth supporting.

Mary Square also offers a website that sells so many cute things!! They have tumblers, mugs, stationery, totes, personalized gifts, etc. All are designed to stand out in being feminine and pretty. I chose a Bible Cover for my mom. I know she'll be glad to have it, and I'm happy to be able to give it to her. With a rich blue and gold design, and the classy gold M monogram, this item is a real show stopper.

The quality of the Bible cover is top-notch. It has a sturdy no-catch zipper and a gold lining. There is a dangling gold cross on the zipper pull and a handle for easy carrying. It's a snazzy way for her to take care of one of her most prized possessions, and I just love it.

This is just one of many, many things on their website. Poke around some and see what else there is that you might like. This is a great site to find something to spoil yourself with a bit, but it's also a great site if you're looking for a unique gift idea. Be sure to follow Mary Square on Facebook and/or Twitter too.

One lucky winner gets a $25 gift card to do a little Mary Square shopping of their own. US entrants only.
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Have You Packed Your LunchBlox™ Today?

Disclosure: I received a product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Do you pack lunches for yourself or the people in your house? If so, keep reading. If not... keep reading, you might change your mind! Rubbermaid LunchBlox™ can help revamp how you pack your lunch thanks to smart design, sleek style, and ultimate functionality. 

Why bring the LunchBlox™ to work or school? 
- Reusable food storage kit for a more environmentally friendly option 
- Keep food choices chilled and fresh thanks to the Blue Ice™ panel 
- Keep up a healthy lifestyle with well-proportioned containers 
- All LunchBlox™ kits are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe 
- LunchBlox is available in Sandwich, Salad, and Entrée kits for wide variety of meal options

Everyone already knows that Rubbermaid makes high quality items. My favorite thing about these super sturdy containers is that they have lids that stay tight but that the kids can get off with ease. This is especially important for my youngest who is only 7-years old and has a limited amount of time to eat his lunch at school. He gets downright cantankerous if he can't get something open with so little time to eat. And believe me, I hear about it when he gets home. These are kiddo-approved (got that info. from the little boss man himself), which means in this house they're mom-approved too. I like too that they keep things chilled. That opens up a whole lot of options I wouldn't otherwise cheese, yogurt, sliced fruits and veggies.

The individual sections allow me to put items in there with a lid. That saves me from having to use a lot of baggies (I hate wasting, and baggies feel like wasting to me). These are also compact and easy enough to carry too. I'd use them at work, and I'm happy to send them to school with the kids. 

These also go in the microwave, freezer, and/or dishwasher and they are BPA-free.

You can learn more by visiting the Rubbermaid website. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter too.

How would you pack your Rubbermaid Lunchblox?

Zarbee's Supplement (in a Powder!)

Disclosure: I received product samples to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Most people take their supplements in the form of a pill, or perhaps even by gummy. What if you could mix it in a drink and take it? Would you be interested?

Zarbee's has a line of powdered packets that you put right into your liquids, so you can drink your supplements instead of having to take a pill. You can drink them hot, like the Zarbee's Naturals Antioxidant Support with Honey. This goes well with tea, but you can put it in any hot liquid you'd like, including water.

This blend is full of handpicked ingredients, including a special blend of honeys, matcha green tea leaves, and cranberry and apple extracts. It is a vitamin-enhanced blend designed to give you all of the antioxidants you need in a day.

Or you can drink them cold, such as is the case with their Natural Orange Flavor Multivitamin with Prebiotic supplement packets.

The prebiotic is jam-packed with vitamins for your overall health, and it has a Prebiotic digestive aid in it as well. It is a great way to get 100% recommended daily values of vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, folate, B12, and Biotin. And I'm a citrus lover, so to me it tastes great too.

I like the fact that you can get a nice big glass of water, mix this in and fill it to the brim with ice cubes. A refreshing cold drink that's full of good-for-you too? Yeah, that's a win-win.

If either of these products, or products that are similar, are of interest to you, head on over to the Zarbee's website to learn more. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

I'm just curious, is a powder packet a form of supplement you would be interested in trying?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Going Kobo Glo for 7 Days: My Reading Challenge #KoboGloHD

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Kobo and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on the blog are genuine and my own.

I was recently given a challenge. Rarely one to balk once the gauntlet is thrown, I said I was all-in. What the challenge entailed was reading only on the Kobo Glo HD for 7 entire days. Nothing else. No hard cover books, what-so-ever. I'm a big reader, especially at night, so I knew going in that it would be a real challenge, but I also knew I could do it. Plus, I was curious to see how the Kobo Glo HD would fare in comparison to my real books. And you know what, there were perks! One of the biggest perks was I read more. The Kobo Glo makes it so easy to take books with you on the go. Simply slip the small tablet into your purse and go. Then when you're waiting in the pick-up line at school, at the doctor's office, or even in a long line at the pharmacy or grocery store, you can take out your Kobo Glo HD and read. And read I did...

The app, which can be found at the following link,  is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry 10, Windows 8 Phone, or desk top computer!

Downloading it (the app), is a piece of cake, and once you do, you've got a huge assortment of books available right at your fingertips. No lugging around books that are hard to store, hold, and read while on the go, instead you've got a streamlined device that holds it all for you and is light as a feather to carry too.

With the Kobo Glo HD you're going to find a comfortable to hold, 6" HD Carta E Ink touchscreen that is crystal clear. You're also going to find a fully adjustable ComfortLight and options galore at your fingertips. Adjust your fonts, adjust your margins, and even re-do the sizing to suit your personal tastes. I love the light because that means I can read at night without having to turn the light on! No one has to be bothered and I get to indulge in a book. That's nice!

You can store up to 3,000 ebooks on your reader and the battery lasts up to 2 months. That means you can sit and read, and read, and read without having to worry about plugging in.

The WiFi on the tablet gives you instant access to millions of reading selections in the Kobo online store.

How about you? Are you a traditionalist when it comes to reading? Do you prefer the book to the tablets? If so, I encourage you to try the app. I think you'll find that once you do, like me, you'll see there are a lot of perks to be found in being able to carry your books on the go.

Does this mean I'm one step closer to ditching hard copy books? No, never! But it does mean I've found an equally pleasing way to get my reading done, and more of it.

I like the Kobo Glo HD, and I'm not the only one who likes it either. You can see from the picture above that Mr. Reader has his eyes (and hands ;) ) on my device too. Luckily, I love him and am happy to share. :)

Kobo owners be sure to check out Kobo Welcome, the first ever free concierge service for tips on getting started, eBook recommendations, great deals and more. Available 9AM - 9PM local times, 7 days a week.

Mail4Rosey Readers get a 35% discount on the already price-slashed books by using the code: mail4rosey

Now for the Mom to Mom (or Dad) Challenge! Try your hand at going 7 full days reading only on the Kobo Glo HD. Enter below and you could win a $10 Kobo Gift Card. There will be 200 winners for this one!

Kobo Mom 2 Mom Challenge

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Little Scholar Tablet with #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received samples to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Little Scholar launched in 2014 to rave reviews from media and consumers alike. It is jam-packed with lessons based on each of the “core curriculum” subjects for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders including math, reading, spelling, logic, creativity, and geography.

Think of the fun your child could have with this Little Scholar Tablet for kids! With over 30 years of experience in the educational products industry, Grand Rapids based School Zone, the company that’s brought you those award winning educational workbooks for decades, has taken so much of their wonderful content and created this really nice tablet for kids.

Every Little Scholar Tablet comes with a complimentary
textured rubber bumper.

When you open the package, you're going to get the tablet itself. The Little Scholar dog will greet you on a bright, cheerfully colored (there are several colors available) rubber bumper. The bumper is textured, making it easy for little hands to grip. The tablet has two convenient charging options, so you'll also find a 5-foot DC power cord, and a USB cord. A fully charged battery has an 8-hour life.

The tablet fits in there just right (shown on the right).
The mesh pocket on the left is great for accessories.

If you will be taking the tablet on the go, it is probably a good idea to purchase the case pictured too. The case is molded on the inside for protection. It also has two pockets, one for the tablet itself, and a mesh pocket for things like little the optional books, kid-safe earbuds, a stylus, etc. It zips closed for further protection and comes with sturdy dual handles on the top for easy carrying.

Here you can see the size of the tablet.
The colorful, protective bumper is included with the pad.

The tablet has an 8" screen and it comes ready to play with, right out of the box. You can use WiFi or skip it. It runs on the Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. Though it's already loaded with carefully selected learning apps, you can also purchase additional apps if you'd like through either the School Zone Market or the Amazon App Store. 

This tablet has more ports than MINE! 

The tablet has both a front and rear facing camera, and a built-in mono speaker. You can see in the picture above that there are various ports to be used. They include a 3.5mm earphone jack, charging ports, and a slot for the Micro SD card (compatible up to 32 GB). The tablet also comes with 8GB of internal storage. This tablet is designed for children aged pre-K through 1st grade.

After a hugely successful run last year with Little Scholar at ToysRUs, the new and improved tablet features the below:

•  Ready to play – with or without Wi-Fi 

•  Over 200 apps including 98 songs and 54 “Start to Read” Books – WORTH OVER $400 in free        content!

•  All Start to Read!® Books will have read-along audio tracks 

•  8-inch screen, textured easy-grip protective bumper 

•  Runs on Google AndroidTM 4.4.4 operating system 

•  2 convenient charging options: USB interface and 5-foot DC power cord 

•  Download additional apps from the School Zone Market or the Amazon App Store may be installed

You can purchase this in the online store. Keep your eyes open too because very soon, Little Scholar will be coming to a Meijer store near you!

One of several new plush friends added to the store.
This is Socrates.

There are other items you can get on the School Zone website too. They have a new line of plush animals, including Socrates the Owl (seen above). Our youngest son is a big fan of stuffed animals, no scratch that...he's a huge fan of stuffed animals, so he was more than happy to introduce Socrates to his new (stuffed animal) family.

They also have the large variety of workbooks for different age groups, that you already know and love,

These interactive flash cards come with a flashlight.
Project the stencils on the wall for extra learning fun.
and some great flashcards, including an interactive set. Inside of the box with these stencil cards is a flashlight.

We were having a little fun, playing with the shadow stencils.
The distance you hold the flashlight from the card determines the size of the image.

Turn the lights off and project the stencil images on the wall. Talk about fun learning! What kid isn't going to love to play with this set?

There are other items to see too, and I hope you'll check out the Little Scholar website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

One lucky winner is going to get a Little Scholar Tablet!! US entrants only.

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Pacifica Beauty for Summer!

Pacifica Beauty Eyeshadow Palette
100% Vegan Cruelty-Free

Pacifica Beauty is at it again! They've sent out some fabulous samples to write about, and this month it's Power of Love and Coco Pure.

Power of Love is a coconut-infused mineral eye shadow palette with some nice Earthy colors for summer. If you're like I am and prefer a subtle look to your make-up, this could be a great item for you. They've also put a pop of green in there, if you feel like going a little more bold.

The Coco Pure makeup removing wipes are the perfect accompaniment, as they too are using the coconut...this time the coconut water. They are sulfate-free, paraben free and they remove every drop of your makeup without an ounce of water. They're perfect for home or travel.

Pacifica believes you should do what you love, and love what you do, and they think you can be beautiful when you do it too...naturally. All items are always vegan and cruelty-free.

Learn more about them and their vast assortment of amazing beauty products by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy 10th Anniversary to

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Happy Anniversary to

MagnetStreet is an online, full-service stationery store that allows you to create highly personalized magnets, cards and other printed stationery items.

The company started their line with the still-popular Save-the-Date magnets, we all know and love. One of the first to produce these, MagnetStreet has now bloomed into a full-blown industry leader in all things stationery. Their top-of-the-line design and print capabilities are two of the many things that keep them a cut above the rest.

For the customer, their user-friendly and innovation design features allow you to custom create everything from thank-you cards to baby announcements, to stationery and more. You can use photos, or not... find or create most any color you desire, and if you're not quite sure about a color design, you can even request a free sample of it before you commit to an order.

I'm thinking this would be a great service to use for upcoming graduation/Open House parties, or for the many summer weddings that are being planned as we speak, but really the options for using MagnetStreet are unlimited. Unleash your creative side and see what you can create, won't you?

Check out their website here. Fun Note: Giveaways are sometimes offered to subscribers. While you're on the site, be sure to check out the MagnetStreet Diamond Anniversary Celebration Sale: Save 30% on Wedding and Life Moments stationery. The designs are really lovely, and I can see why the company has been popular for so long.

I hope you'll join me in wishing MagnetStreet a big Happy 10-year Anniversary!
I appreciate them, their services, and all that they do.