Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last Weekend Before School



Big weekend for us here, with our youngest turning (7). He's starting to notice that his parties always consist of just family and kids who are like family (our friends' kids, not kids from school). He doesn't grouch about it, but he does mention  it... "Why don't my friends from school get to come?"  The timing of his big day, just before school starts, makes inviting school friends a challenge.




My daughter is a sophomore in high school this year. I don't have to ask how that happened (her growing up so fast) because I've already seen it with her brothers. One blink... or so they say, and that's true. She's not a big fan of school these days, but she is smart and very social too, so I think she'll be fine. :)




It rained and stormed all last night. I don't mind the rain, but I got a call at midnight to go pick hubby up from his last Fantasy Football draft (he always joins more than one). It was  pouring so hard I told him he'd have to wait. Finally at 1 am it lightened up enough for me to go out, but driving in bad weather always gets to me. And it reminded me of winter driving (you know, being extra alert and a little nervous at the wheel). They say it's going to be a harsh winter again this year. I hope 'they' are wrong because boy, I hate driving in the snow/ice/cold.




Speaking of winter (gah, why would I do that??!), it's about time to get snow tires on my car. I wish someone would come up with a year round tire...one great for winter cold and traction but not prone to wearing out in the warmer months. Wah, wah, I know. ;)




Last thing, and if there are any a/c experts out there, feel free to chip in advice: Hubby turned on the central air yesterday when he got home from work. He flipped it to auto like we always do and it wouldn't come on. -_-  The fan works fine, but not the auto setting. My big concern is the heat. That's how we run the central heat too, and with that winter I just mentioned too-fast approaching... well, you don't want to be without heat in the middle of winter in the state of Michigan. I also don't want a big a/c fix-it bill. *sigh* If I had to pick one thing to go, the central unit would not be it.




Last weekend here before school. Happy Sunday to ya', and happy long weekend. I fully intend to enjoy mine, and I hope you do too. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

voiceBoks Nominee



I just wanted to send out a big thank you to whomever it was that nominated Mail4Rosey as one of the '50 of the Best Review Blog Nominees Around the Globe' over at VoiceBoks (an awesome place to visit if you have not yet done so).

I really like doing the reviews, so I think it's awesome to have that nod. There are tons of my faves on the list, making it even cooler that I got the include. I don't know whether to vote for them, or vote for myself. ;)

Again, thank you to whomever took the time, and consideration to add me to the list.
Very Much appreciated!

                                                                                     -Rosey


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Congratulations to Kathleen whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the personalized Disney Tote.

Friday, August 29, 2014

MegaFan Sports Megafold Review and Giveaway!

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

This is their insert example. You can write anything you want on it
They've put the child's name, year, & 'undefeated season' on theirs.

MegaFanSports has this really easy to make, custom insert megafold, that we really like! It's a fun way commemorate a special season, cheer on your child (that's how we'll be using ours), or even use as a keepsake.



The process is easy and very flexible. First you pick your sport, and the background you like from it. Then you select the layout pattern you want for your pictures, and you upload your photos (there are arrows to situate and size them).

The example that came in my kit is seen above.
You can have anything written that you like.
Choose your color, font, size, and placement easily with their very user-friendly software.

Then you select what writing you want on the megafold insert, the color you like for the letters, how big you want the writing to be, and where (and what direction) you want the writing to be placed. I didn't select any writing for mine (and you can do that too if you want), but you can see an example of how the writing looks in the example insert they sent me with my kit (above).

You pick your lanyard color. We chose black for ours (so it matches any outfit ;) ).

A lanyard (to conveniently wear it around your neck) is included, and you get to pick the color.

When it arrived, we set right to work on creating ours.
The first thing we did is carefully disengage the insert from its cardboard sheet.

The first thing we did when it arrived was get to work at putting it together (which really was a piece of cake). It was simple and literally took us under ten minutes to complete. Of course your children can help too, but if they're very young you'll want to help them with the perforation so it doesn't rip.

The whole sheet before creating the lanyard is in the background.
My megafold is on the left (it's in the plastic casing), their example is on the right.

Here's a picture of my little one with it, so you can get a good feel for the size.
See the lanyard conveniently holding it around his neck?

Now we're ready to cheer!

I think these would be great for individuals, families, or group projects/settings. You can learn more about MegaFan Sports by visiting their website. You can also visit them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

One lucky winner gets a pkg. of two to design and call their own. US entrants only.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Winner Announcement




Congratulations to Cynthia whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Kindle Fire HD with WiFi giveaway.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Okay, here we go! Last week I posted about the Eitech motorcycle we made.
That was the small kit.
It came out nice, so we went ahead and opened the bigger, more complex train.

We started with this...

Got the pieces organized, and started reading the directions.

His fingers were just the right size to tighten those washers.
I love how hard he concentrated on getting things into place.

It took a bit to build. There was some trial and error.
But it came out so great in the end. My son loves it & so do I!
A Note for Those Who Might Like to Have their Own
If you want to see the original review, and/or enter to win one of your own, I have a giveaway going on (winner chooses one of four kits). That link is here. You can also visit Eitech Toys on their website, and follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Rent a Car & Save with NationalTravelDeals.com! $50 Visa GC Giveaway

Disclosure: mail4rosey was not compensated to help promote this post and is not responsible for prize delivery.


Every once in awhile we rent a car. I found it particularly convenient to rent one when the A/C in my SUV went out the day before we were set to drive to DC for my son's wedding. -_-  It turned out that the only thing wrong with it was squirrels had been filling up the a/c box with acorns, but at the time I didn't know it would be that easy of a fix, and with such a big day ahead we didn't to be bothered with the car repair process the day before we left. The rental car was fun, full of USB ports for everyone to charge their stuff (at that time, that was a new thing in cars!), and we had a blast on the ride over!

Often when you rent a car - it's because you are on vacation. You need a vehicle to get you to all the fun places you want to visit. Or maybe you need to rent a car because of the high cost of airline tickets, it can be much more affordable to rent a car for a week and drive to your destination. No matter the case, if you are looking for a great rate on a rental car, visit NationalTravelDeals.com. They have better rates than the likes of Priceline or Expedia most all of the time! You will rent the same car but pay less money! That means more money to spend on your vacation! Plus they search all the major rental car companies so you don't have to (hurrah!). You will see the best price available in just a few seconds!


National Travel Deals is chosen by more and more travelers each year because of their ability to also provide the ultimate option – The NTD Safeguard Plus. Choose this option when booking your next rental car to avoid paying a cancellation fee in the event that your travel plans should change. They will also cover part of your deductible in the unfortunate event of an accident or minor incidents such as windshield or tire damage. It's nice to have that extra piece of mind. They are based in the US but you can rent cars in 125 Countries - 17,000 locations! You also receive an automatic 5% less on pricing than their supplied rates. Plus they support charity!

When you rent a car from NationalTravelDeals.com, you’ll not only be driving around in a great car that you secured for a great rate (in most cases the best rate), but you’ll also be playing your part in giving back. National Travel Deals is donating $1.00 from every single vehicle reservation to Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Florida) in 2014.

I even have a coupon code for you! Until the end of August you can save an additional 5% when you visit their Twitter Page for the code. 

Next time you need to rent a car, make sure you visit NationalTravelDeals.com for an excellent rate! Are you going on a vacation for Labor Day? See how much you could save when you get your next rental car from NationalTravelDeals.com!

 Now for the giveaway! We have 3 - $50 Visa Gift Cards to give away! All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter form below. It is open world wide! This giveaway ends on September 7, 2014. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back in the Wild West Days, it'd be a Ghost Town


There'a a great place in the next town over where my son goes to get his bounce on. It's a big five room area that is filled with all different kinds of bounce houses.



I don't know how long it's going to be open though because there are rarely any other children in there when we go (crazy, right?).


It's been there for over a year now, so it's not that people don't know it's there. It's not expensive to get into. It isn't in a remote or bad location. So, I don't know why it's visited so infrequently.


On the day we were there, we had the place to ourselves for awhile, and then a family with three kids came in, but it still felt pretty empty.


It may be a bounce house place with little to no visitors...


but as long as it's stays open, we'll keep going.


My son has so much fun in there. It's one of the few places he gives me an 'aw man' to, when it's time to leave. I'm sure other children would love to play there too, so I don't know what the deal is... I guess all we can do is enjoy it while we can.

Is there a great place close to you that it baffles you because no one goes to visit?

There's Still Time to Get Your Thrill on at Cedar Point!


SANDUSKY, Ohio (August 25, 2014) – There is still time to get your thrill on at Cedar Point! This weekend, Cedar Point will be celebrating Labor Day with its first-ever Dollar Days, two nights of fireworks, money-saving offers on admission and exclusive deals and benefits just for season passholders.


Dollar Days
The highlight of this weekend’s events are Dollar Days! For only $1, hungry thrill-seekers can enjoy hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, popcorn and more at select locations while supplies last. Also, several games of skill will be just $1. Guests of all ages can enjoy learning more about the mammoth creatures that once roamed around the planet at Cedar Point’s Dinosaurs Alive!, also for just $1! Dollar Days will be held Friday through Monday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.


Fireworks
Also this weekend, Cedar Point will be hosting two fabulous fireworks displays. On Saturday and Sunday night, Aug. 30-31, the sky above the park will come to life with a fireworks extravaganza that is sure to thrill. The fireworks display will take place each night at 10 p.m.


Money-Saving Offer
Park-goers can save money on admission all this week with the new Summer Send-Off ticket, available exclusively online. Guests can purchase a ticket for only $44.99, that’s a savings of $15! Ticket valid for a one-day visit now through Sept. 1. Please use promo code SUMMER to take advantage of this great offer.


Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend
Cedar Point will be honoring all current passholders during Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, all 2014 passholders can purchase a special bring-a-friend ticket for only $19.99! Passholders can also enjoy exclusive ride time on some of the park’s most popular roller coasters, including Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and GateKeeper.


2015 Season Passes
The absolute best way to save time and money is with a Cedar Point Season Pass. 2015 passes are on sale now at their lowest price of the year! And with the installment plan, payments have never been easier and more budget-friendly. For a limited time, new passholders will receive a free admission ticket to Cedar Point, valid on any operating day in 2014 – including HalloWeekends!


For more information on these special offers and events, 
please visit cedarpoint.com.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Car Seat Giveaway

Disclosure: Mail4Rosey was not compensated to help promote this post and is not responsible for prize delivery.

My almost-7-yr. old is about to enter 1st Grade, and even though that means he's a 'big boy,' in the state of Michigan he still has to ride in a car seat (I am not adverse to that at all). We have boring car seats...and not that he minds, but if he saw the one Confessions of a Messy Mama is giving away, he might mind then, lolol!! I'm grown and I think that seat is awesome. Lucky for you, if you enter below, you get a chance to win it!


Back to School Giveaway

Hosted by:  Confessions of a Messy Mama

Sponsor:  Kids Embrace



Enter below to win this car seat!

Read Messy Mama's synopsis below, or click over to read her entire REVIEW.


Her little girl in the seat. Looks like she likes it!!
Prior to having the TMNT Car Seat she would hymn and haul about getting into her seat. Once or twice there were a few tears. Now, once she is in her seat she stays but it is a hassle trying to get her there with a handful of grocery bags or other items in tow. Since we’ve installed the TMNT car seat she races to the seat even calling out to her sisters “I get the Turtle Car Seat!”


One lucky reader will win a TMNT Car Seat from Kids Embrace!

Good Luck - winner must be a resident of the Continental U.S.A. and 18+.

#Sponsored #InvisalignTalk : Getting the Straight Talk on Straight Teeth

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

We have four children. They all have beautiful smiles...they do not all have straight teeth. My 15-yr. old daughter has a gap between her Cuspid (canine) and first molar tooth on each side of her mouth. The rest of her teeth are beautifully straight, so you don't even notice it, but she does. And she's mentioned her displeasure with it more than one time. That being said, she is also a Sophomore in high school, and despite what they say, and to her right now, looks really do matter. That means if there is an alternative to traditional braces, that works just as well...she is going to be all-in.

Enter Orthodontic Braces from Invisalign

Traditional Braces on the Left
Invisalign on the Right

Invisalign Teen, is an effective straighter for the teeth of both pre-teen and teen children. It is clear, and it is removable (great for brushing & flossing, and no food restrictions!). My daughter would love that it's clear, I love that it is affordable, and would allow her the freedom to live life as she is right now, without the disruption of metal wires, brackets, and the elastic bands found in traditional braces. These aligners would be great for athletic students too, allowing them to play their sport of choice without the worry of mouth trauma or injury.

Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment 
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Setting the Record Straight (punny, right?)

As with any product, there are some common myths abounding. One is that Invisalign is used only to treat minor or cosmetic issues, but that is so not true. Invisalign Teen effectively treats a wide variety of Orthodontic issues, including severe bite issues. The underbite, crossbite, deepbite, or overbite can all be treated with Invisalign. Wide spaces, and overcrowding can also be corrected with the advancements that have been made within the Invisalign technology.


There is also a myth that the clear braces cost is higher than that of traditional braces. That is not at all true. Just as with braces, Invisalign aligners are covered by most dental insurance policies, and Flexible Spending Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be used for Invisalign as well, meaning you get more bang for your buck.

The Invisalign Teen comes with up to six free replacement aligners too, and each liner has a compliance indicator, or small blue dot, that gradually fades with use. That makes it very easy for you, and for the Orthodontist too, to see when it is time for a replacement aligner to be put into place. That is handy for many reasons, including the fact that it helps eliminate the need for unnecessary, costly, and/or time-consuming Orthodontic visits to have to be scheduled.

The facts are that these clear braces are easy on the eyes (no unsightly appearance), great for self-confidence (they are invisible so tweens and teens won't need to feel self-conscious, and they are working for long-term correction), effective for many different types of Orthodontic challenges, and they are affordable. What's not to love?

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Not all Orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit this list of Invisalign providers, and once you are there, select 'find a doctor' to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area.

Check out these great links to find answers to any questions you might have:



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One lucky winner is going to get a chance to win an Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment of their own (or for an immediate family member to use). Giveaway ends September 30, 2014. US entrants only.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

#Sponsored Loving our Unilever #IceCreamRun at Walgreens

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Global Influence Network. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


There's something celebratory about ice cream. It's just one of those things that makes people happy.

One of my favorite ice cream memories (and I have plenty of them) is of leaving my son in the basement with his dad during a football game. Little man was in the playpen, perfectly content, but when he wanted out, his dad was in the middle of a great part of the game. Hubby walked over to the freezer and came back with an ice cream bar to occupy him...that was our son's first ice cream bar ever.

When Dad is Watching the Little Ones,
There's Sure to Be Ice Cream Involved (& probably not a bib)

I don't remember what I was doing, but I know I wasn't upstairs long. When I got back, I was greeted with this (see picture above). ;)  It was one of those moment where you couldn't do a thing but laugh...and grab the camera. My son fell in love with ice cream that day, and he has been enamored ever since.

No need to wait for the ice cream truck if you've got a Walgreens nearby!

When we lived in Florida, there was an ice cream truck that came by the house. Oh, how my oldest two boys would run to get me when they heard the first strains of music. Today, however, we live in Michigan and there are no ice cream trucks out here in the country. That's okay though, we've got a Walgreens...and they've got all of our ice cream buying needs covered.

Yeah...that's a good shopping trip.

Walgreens sells a great variety of Unilever Brand Ice Creams!
We recently purchased Klondike Bars and the decadently rich Magnum bars.

Unilever makes some of our most favorite brands of ice cream, including Magnum, Breyers, Klondike, Frutare, and Popsicle. On a recent trip to Walgreens, I let the kids pick out two flavors to bring home. We ended up with Klondike bars and Magnum Double Caramel Ice Cream Bars. I have not had the Magnum Bars, but oh my goodness... let me just say there is something about Vanilla Bean ice cream dipped in caramel and covered in Belgian Chocolate that makes you feel rich! Those ice cream bars were oh so yummy-delicious. It was our first time trying those, it will not be the last.

Yes, we could have waited to get home to break out the Klondike Bars,
but sometimes it's more fun not to (wait). ;)

The kids like the Klondike Bars...we may or may  not have made it to the car before they asked (and I agreed) for them to open and eat one. Yes, we could have waited to get home, but sometimes it's more fun not to...this was one of those times. ;)

When you're craving the ice cold yumminess that can only be satisfied by ice cream, you don't have to wait for the ice cream truck; head on over instead to your local Walgreens. Your tummy...and your kids if you have any and are generous enough to take them along...will thank you. Mine thanked me...profusely. :)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

eitech Makes Building and Learning Fun with #Giveaway

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

I have posted about building things with my kids before. It's something all of us like to do, from us parents to our teen, and right down to our little guy. There's something very satisfying about working hands-on with projects, and that's especially true when you're creating and learning with others.

The eitech Trail Bike Construction Set &
The eitech Train with Rail Car Construction Set

Eitech makes these great stainless steel building kits (there are quite a few to choose from on their website, and several on Amazon) that encourage experimenting, and teach children hands-on motor skills, basic STEM skills, and the importance of following instructions.

All of the pieces in each kit are interchangeable with the other kits, so you once you've created your intended masterpiece, you can move on and create you own ideas from scratch. There is an instruction sheet included with each kit that labels parts by photo, size, and name (so you can mix pieces up and not have to worry about remembering which pieces go to which kit).

We created the eitech Trail Bike kit 

We have two kits, and opted to create the eitech Trail Bike Kit first because it is the smaller of the two.

The pieces of the kit laid out on our work space
and organized by type

These kits are the real deal. There's no putting them together in a few minutes flat and moving on to the next thing you want to do. They vary in size, but even the smallest one, as seen here, has quite a few parts that have to be put together from scratch.

The eitech kits are no joke.
You invest time and energy into these & it's a wonderful thing!

You're investing your time and energy into these, and it can be a little time-consuming. That's okay, we like time-consuming for projects like these.

My son has an itty bitty wrench (all tools included) in his hand in the picture above.
He is securing a handle bar to the bike.

The satisfaction the kids (and parents!) get from watching pieces of stainless steel form into something really cool, is a great transformation to see take place.

The finished product

Once you've worked through the process and your masterpiece is complete, you really get a nice sense of accomplishment.

eitech building mission complete.

The only word of caution I have, is that it's so fun for parents to be involved, that you might temporarily forget your child is loving this project too. Don't overstep and build for your child, but rather be the guide. Allowing them ownership of the process will instill confidence in them, and leave them (and you) smiling ear to ear, once the project is complete.

There are many types and styles of kits to see, and I've linked some of them below:

Eiffel Tower: eitech website and Amazon
Robot: eitech website and Amazon
Trail Bike: eitech website and coming-soon to Amazon
Space Shuttle eitech website and Amazon

There are others too! You can learn more about all of the eitech products by visiting the eitech website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

One lucky winner gets their choice of one of the four kits listed below (US entrants only):

One lucky winner gets to choose one of these four kits to call their own!

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