; Life is like champagne......: 2008-11-16

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Clorox 2 For Color gets a boost

As a mom, I am constantly fighting the battle of the stain on clothing. Laundry seems to be more involved when you have a child since stains seems to occur more frequently and soaking is almost always a given. I know I find myself cringing when my Bugaboo Girl is eating something that has potential to permanently stain her clothes or Art Class happens to have the lovely blue goop that all kids love to play with and you know the blue will most likely be a new color in that wardrobe. If I have my favorite purple shirt on, I want it to stay that purple color as long as possible and not have a red tomato stain added to it!
Recently I had the opportunity to try Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster, a little different than the original Clorox Bleach that I use for all of my whites and cleaning. I was able to put it to the test right away. It was Friday night, pizza night, something my Bugaboo Girl loves to eat. Unless you put an art smock on your child, the bibs are just not big enough to protect them from food stains. Bugaboo Girl managed to get some tomato sauce on her sleeves and on the neck line of her green and pink flower shirt. Got to try out the Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster, poured some on the stains, rubbed them in and started a load of laundry. Normally I would have to soak them overnight but when I took it out of the wash, I was surprised! The stains were gone and the color was still bright. The true test would be to wash these clothes several to see if the colors will stay. I am going to continue the use and hopefully this will save me from having to buy new clothes and using that money toward another art class! Check out the some of the stains they have on the http://www.daretobecolorful.com/ and you can also submit your best stain pictures!


WIN IT!!!


Want to try a free bottle of Clorox 2 Stain Fighter and Color Booster? Here is your chance, I have 4 coupons for four winners! See rules below.

1. Post a comment on this post what stains seem to give you the biggest headache when doing laundry.
2. US Addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. Giveaway ends 12/2/08 with the random winners announced 12/3/08.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Cork & Cotton Pouch Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this unique one. And the random winner is..............


Marybeth I. who stated "Vertical Stripes Cork Tote - OMG - I love this tote! My co-worker has cork flooring and it looks INCREDIBLE. I am amazed at all the different uses for cork"


Congratulations and please email me your choice and mailing address asap!

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It's Aloha Friday


Wow, another week put away in this year, another week closer to the holidays and less than a week away from Thanksgiving! Here is the question this week.


Will you be going out shopping on Black Friday or using the Internet to make your purchases for the holiday?


I will be doing most of my purchases by the Internet, rather than heading to the malls. Don't have to spend money on gas and fight the crowds.


Aloha Friday is brought to you by An Island Life.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Last Call for Sudstress Soap Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Sudstress Soap Giveaway. Give yourself a little pampering for the holiday season!

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Last Call for Homemade by Hoyt Candle Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Homemade by Hoyt Candle Giveaway. Add a little spice to your life with some wonderful scents.

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Refresh'n Dryer Towels

I know I am not out of the norm stating that it seems like all I do is laundry. My routine is every morning I go around and pick up all of the cloths in my daughter's room, my room, the bathroom and pile them up on my dryer. What makes it worse is that my laundry area is actually located in my kitchen, not very visually appealing. So anyway I can do less laundry is a good thing. I often will wear my pants more than once before washing them, especially if I was not wearing them to work outside in the garden! I had the opportunity to try out Refreshn' Dryer Towels, a new way to cut down on the use of washing clothes and bring them back to life by using your dryer to steam them. What a great idea, and I was pleasantly surprised!



The Refreshn' Dryer Towel is a non-toxic chemical free way to clean your clothes and does help reduce the amount of water you use washing your clothes. Each towel can be used up to 25 times, what a savings! And.....laundry generally takes 45 minutes to wash and another 50 minutes to dry where as the Refreshn' Dryer Towel takes about 10 minutes! What a time saver, energy saver and a little extra coin for you to spend for the holiday! Let's face it, during this time of year, any extra time spent not doing the laundry is a good thing.




So enough of the facts, I suppose you are wondering if this really works? Well I put it to the test on each member of my family. First up was my corduroy pants and a few cotton shirts. I found myself surprised that they were softer and fresh, enough to wear easily for two more times! The tougher trial was my husbands jeans and dress shirts. The reason I say this is because he likes his jeans hung dry, you know, they can stand alone without any help. I can say that even he was surprised by the end result, and did not mind that they were soft. Last but not least, the Bugaboo Girl's jammies, so soft she did not want to take them off, which was a challenge since we had to go to music class and get ready!

The end result is the Refreshn' Dryer Towel is an amazing product for saving time, money and being green with daily chores!

This review was done for the Family Review Network.

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Banner your walls

My mother-in-law had a great idea for my daughter to learn how the letters of her name. She suggested to write each letter on a piece of paper and hang it in her room so she can see it every day and you can spell it with her. Why not take this suggestion to the next step by hanging it as a banner. I found an Etsy shop, The Sweet Unfolding, that does just this, in a sweet way.

There is something always fun about hanging a banner on your wall, especially if it is decorative and special. The Sweet Unfolding makes handmade paper banners for all occasions. This is not like the paper banners you buy for 'Happy Birthday' with all sorts of colors. These banners are incredibly detailed using quality card stock layered with three layers, cut into a pattern and finished off with a matching ribbon for hanging. I was so impressed with the feel, look and design that I could see this as a wonderful gift for a baby room or a play room. The Sweet Unfolding offers custom banners with choice of colors, shapes and sizes to match your needs. I guarantee you that this gift will not be duplicated at a baby shower! Check out their web site here for other wonderful products.



WIN IT!!!



The Sweet Unfolding has offered up your choice of a baby girl or baby boy banner to one winner, a great edition to a baby room! See rules below.



1. Stop by The Sweet Unfolding and check out their wonderful products. Post a comment on this post what you would like a banner to say.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW email subscriber to my blog and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking The Sweet Unfolding and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 11/26/08 with the random winner announced 11/27/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the PJ Lacasse's Shop Earring Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is.........



Dee who stated "I love how unique her jewelry is! I really love the Fracture glass and sterling silver earrings!"


Congratulations! Please email me your choice along with mailing address asap!

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And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Flying Rhymes Tea Towel Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holiday featuring wonderful small businesses like this one. And the random winner is...........

Kathleen who stated "I like the Elements pack of tea towels, but all of them are gorgeous. I like her eclectic mix of items, and they all go together in a perfect way!"

Congratulations! Email me your choice and mailing address asap!

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Wordless Wednesday


That crazy Border Collie Hana!
Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Wall appeal

I am not a "white wall" type of person. My house is 1930's and I love the fact that each room is a bright color. Murals are a great way to add interest to a room. Not all of us are crafty enough to paint or cannot afford to hire someone to do the work. The solution is vinyl decals from Lewa's Designs.



Vinyl decals are an amazing way to add a personal touch to a room and the great aspect about them is you do not have to paint over it to change the theme. Lewa's Designs have fun, clean and creative decals such as the Swirly Bird family, free spirited and sweet . This would be great in a bedroom or even a baby room. I love the fact you can choose the colors for parts of the designs and the ability to add extra pieces for some fill. Looking for a specific design or want a theme you do not see? Lewa's Designs do custom orders where you designate what you need and they would love to work with you. Start your new year off with a new room for a minimal cost.

WIN IT!!!

Here is your chance to do a mini room makeover. Lewa's Design is offering up to one winner the Swirly Bird Family Decal Set in your color choice. See rules below.

1. Stop by and check out Lewa's Designs and post a comment on this post what your favorite design is.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Lewa's Designs and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
4. Giveaway ends midnight 11/25/08, with the winner announced 11/26/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for the Cork & Cotton Pouch Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Cork & Cotton Pouch Giveaway. A very unique gift you can give for the holiday!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Sittercity Membership Giveaway. This can only help you get through the holiday with a little extra time for your self. And the random winner is.....


Lynette who stated "5,320 - Now that's a lot of sitters! Being that we just recently moved to this area and we don't know too many people, I have yet to find a babysitter. And with 3 boys I NEED ONE! It would be so wonderful to find someone we can trust. I would be able to volunteer at my son's schools, go on a date with hubby, schedule a salon appointment. Endless possibilities! I really REALLY hope I win this. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!"


Congratulations! Please email me for confirmation along with mailing address.

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And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Boutique Girl Gifts Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this wonderful one. And the random winner is...........

Nicole Feliciano who stated "I like the apple pickin' print!"

Congratulations! Please email me your choice with your mailing address asap!

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Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle it Tuesday is a plethora of tackles. Got a list of stuff to do, seems to be growing, and I have to make a dent in it. So here it is.

  • Truck for emissions testing
  • Empty kitchen cabinets to prep for painting the kitchen
  • Make streamers to Bugaboo Girl's B'Day party in less than tow weeks
  • Take Christmas picture of Bugaboo Girl for card
  • Order Christmas pictures
  • Research for a new vacuum because mine sucks(not really on the working point of it!)
  • Get a new cable box since ours blew out during the storm Saturday night
  • Make banana bread
  • Fix my car to get an alignment
  • Mop kitchen floor
  • Take some time to finish at least ONE of my knitting projects!!!!!!!!!

And there you have it. I know I have more but just don't want to deal with them right now, too much on my plate and battling a cold along with my daughter.

Tackle it Tuesday is brought to you by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Last Call for PJ Lacasse's earings giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the PJ Lacasse's Shop Earring Giveaway. Sport yourself a new pair of earrings for the holiday!

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Greeting Cards that make you smile

I love cards and look for any occasion to send them. I always find myself looking for something different, unique, fun and colorful. I found Glad Dog Card Shop that has all of these qualities, plus you cannot help but smile looking at every card!

Dale Coykendall is the illustrator of these wonderful cards. She was born in my home state of Connecticut and now lives in Vermont, taking her passion and love of drawing to share with others in her cards. All of her illustrations are so appealing, colorful and just automatically give you that warm fuzzy feeling. The cat illustrations especially appeal to me whether it is the cat walking through the flowers or just the simple hug, I feel like I can relate to these cards. Glad Dog Cards would be wonderful to send for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or even just 'thinking about you'. Don't see something you are looking for or want something custom? Drop Dale an email and she will work with you. Right now, if you order a card collection, Glad Dog Cards will give you 2 more cards of your choice as a bonus! Just enter in the check out box Life is like champagne as your code.




WIN IT!!!





Glad Dog Cards has offered up a 6 pack collection of your choice! See rules below.




1. Stop by Glad Dog Cards and peak at her wonderful illustrated designs. Post a comment on this post what is your favorite card.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Glad Dog Cards and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/24/08 with the random winner announced 11/25/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Wow, another award.......


I was honored to receive my second award from a fellow blogger over at Two of a Kind, working on a full house.
Here are the rules for this one:
1. Mention the blog that gave it to you and comment on their blog to let them know you’ve posted your award.
2. Publish these rules.
3. Share 6 values that are important to you and 6 things you do not support.
4. Grant the prize to 6 people.
5. Mention the blog that gave it to you and comment on their blog to let them know you’ve posted your award.
Here goes!
Six important values/beliefs:
1. Positive attitude
2. Kindness
3. Loyalty
4. Share
5. Explore
6. Supportive
Six values/beliefs I do not support:
1. Negative attitudes
2. Rudeness
3. Selfishness
4. Not open to other ideas
5. Ignorance
6. No patience
And here are the Six bloggers I pass it on to.

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Last call for Flying Rhymes Tea Towel Giveaway




Today is the last day to enter the Flying Rhymes Tea Towel Giveaway. Spruce up your kitchen for the holidays.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

SeatSnug make's your child Safer!

As a mother, we all have the same experience with car time. I have an activity planned with my daughter every day whether it is Music Class, Swim Class or Tiny Trotters. I seem to spend a great deal of time in the car, along with my daughter! This of course increases chances of some not so safe experiences, such as having a booster seat never being fully secure. Just the most simple routine turn may cause the seat to rock to the side, of course along with my daughter! Seat belts just don't work the proper way, which really surprises me since the auto industry and the Federal Government seem to be thorough with infant seats, you would think the booster positioning would be the same. The belt may seem to be secure but rocking and tipping can still occur.

The solution is a company that came out with a device called the SeatSnug doing what the seat belts should be performing preventing any life threatening injury. The SeatSnug is so simple to install and makes so much sense, it prevents any seat belt slack from occurring makes their ride more comfortable, hence no rocking or bumping around! What I also love about this added safety piece is that it comes with an on/off feature. You can keep the SeatSnug attached, on the "on" position with use of your child in the seat and if someone else has to use the belt, the "off" position can be used not having to take the device off. Being I do not have a very large car, I often need to take the seat out for other use, this feature makes it easier than having to take it off all of the time.

What to check out more about this, they have a video to view at http://www.seatsnug.com/ which shows you all of the features and why this is such a great device! I know with all of the time I spend in my car with our daughter, this makes so much sense and gives some piece of mind if an accident were to ever happen.

This review was done for Mom Central.

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Last call for Boutique Girl Gifts Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Boutique Girl Gifts Bib/Burp Set Giveaway! A wonderful gift for an expecting mom!

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A bag for a little something extra

I know that all moms carry the world in their handbag and also the diaper bag. We seem to have it ready for any situation that comes up for our child. But what about a little something for our selves? Many times I find myself not wanting to drag the handbag out to just run in and pick up a pizza with my daughter on my hip fumbling trying to find my wallet. Well Sew Artsy has the solution with the drawstring handbag.

So you may be wondering how another handbag makes your life simple? This handbag is 8W"x9H" which makes it perfect to fit inside another bag such as your backpack, diaper bag or your everyday handbag. Throw your cell phone, credit card, cash or pacifier in it, leave the rest in the car and you have something a little easier to work with on those instances where you do not have time to deal with digging! Sew Artsy bags are lined and come in beautiful designs, which is not only good for the pretty factor but also the ability to see it in your black hole of a handbag! For the holidays, Sew Artsy is also offering free shipping up to December 20th, an awesome way to shop for holiday gifts saving you more money!

WIN IT!!!

Sew Artsy has offered up to one winner the choice of a drawstring bag or zip pouch. See rules below.

1. Stop by Sew Artsy to browse around their wonderful shop. Post a comment on this post which design you would pick if you won.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Sew Artsy and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 11/23/08 with the random winner announced 11/24/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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