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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guest Post: 8 Rainy Day Ideas To Cure Boredom Blues

8 Rainy Day Ideas To Cure Boredom Blues

Gloomy weather can ruin even the happiest of moods. Ward off boredom (and insanity) for both you and your kids with fun activities that will keep them from feeling cooped up.

In order to cure children’s boredom, have these stashed in your back pocket for the next rainy day so that the dreary weather will not dampen their spirits:

1. Build A Fort

Not only will children be occupied with the task of building a fort, they will be entertained for hours playing inside of something that is not part of their everyday life. In fact, be prepared that they might want to sleep in it.

And, if created near a TV, have a lazy movie date underneath the fort. Bring out the popcorn and juice, pop on a movie, and relax.

For anyone without TV, prepare ahead of time for the rainy day, and use http://www.saveontvdirect.com/ to find an inexpensive package.

2. Have An Indoor Treasure Hunt

Keep a child’s day lively with a treasure hunt. Create a few clues the children have to solve in order to find the final treasure. Once they find it, have a prize ready they can cash in on. Whether it is actual cash or some chocolate coins, the kids will love it either way.

3. Baking Day

Although this entails a messy kitchen, spending the day making delicious treats will keep even the liveliest of children entertained. Not only family bonding and hands on activity, it also yields a tasty end result that kids will absolutely love.

4. Arts And Crafts

Have special arts and crafts set-aside specifically for rainy days. Fun stamps, glitter pens, stickers, or special markers that are only used during rainy days can provide hours of entertainment especially for those who enjoy art projects. Because these craft tools are special, children will actually look forward to rainy days instead of dreading them.

5. Camp Inside (Or Outside)

For pop-up or small dome tents, it is easy to set up camp for your kids indoors. Do campfire activities such as picnicking inside of the tent, eating s’mores, and telling stories.

For the more adventurous folks, set up a waterproof tent outside where kids can experience the rain without getting wet or muddy.

6. Mad Libs

Spend the afternoon coming up with your best noun, verb, or adjective to create the most hilarious, sidesplitting stories. Easy to find and easy to play, the kids will love competing with each other over whose story was funnier.

7. Contests

With multiple children, providing some sort of contest is generally a good rule of thumb. They will be interested in winning and beating out their sibling that they will have no time to be bored. Whether it is a marshmallow-catching contest or water balloon contest, the kids will put forth their full energy.

8. Host A Tea Party

Boys will not be as into this, but girls will enjoy having grown up tea and dainty sandwiches, bring their make believe tea parties to life.

So, for the next rainy day, be sure to utilize these ideas and curb any boredom your child throws your way.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Capresso A La Carte Coffee Machine & Capresso Cool Grinder Giveaway

Capresso A La Carte & Capresso Cool Grinder Giveaway

Welcome to the Capresso A La Carte & Capresso Cool Grinder Giveaway

Jenns Blah Blah Blog and her blogging buddies have come together to offer you the chance to win a Capresso A La Carte & Capresso Grinder!  HUGE Thank You to our amazing sponsor Capresso.com for making this giveaway possible.

About The Capresso A La Carte & Capresso Cool Grind

Capresso A La CarteOne lucky person will win the Capresso Coffee a la Carte which allows you to brew a full carafe or an individual cup of coffee or tea using the innovative cup to carafe brewing system.  It’s perfect for any home.  The Capresso Coffee a la Carte is valued at $179.99. Capresso Cool GrinderWinner will also receive Capresso Cool Grind is valued at $24.99.  The Capresso Cool Grinder allows you to quickly and easily chop your own coffee beans into find particles. Total value of this prize is 204.98! To learn more about the Capresso Coffee à la Carte and Capresso Cool Grind be sure to head on over to Jenns Blah Blah Blog and read about the Capresso Coffee a la Carte Coffee and Tea Maker.  Giveaway is open to US only, must be over the age of 18, and enter using the giveaway widget.  This giveaway is over at 4/8/2014 at 11:59pm EST.  Good Luck Everyone! JennsBlahBlahBlog.com was compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions, or to have your product featured on Jenns Blah Blah Blog you can Email Jenn at Jenn@JennsBlahBlahBlog.com giveaway tool code

 

Jessica

Giveaway: $100 Visa Gift Card

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CandyConceptsInc.com is celebrating their 25th anniversary. To celebrate 25 amazing years they are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Whether you’re looking for candy or want to open your own candy store, Candy Concepts have it! Check Them Out!

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Stylish Southern Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

-Jessica

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Giveaway: Baby Bullet

Welcome to The Baby Bullet Giveaway

Sponsor:  NutriLiving

Hosted by:  Central Bargains & Giveaways

I do have some wonderful news about Baby Bullet. It does have a lot to offer and here is how I enjoyed it so far. When I received it – I checked all the parts. I washed the parts I needed to use immediately and set them aside and began reading the booklet.

 

The Table of Contents is pretty extensive and impressive giving the consumer a good idea why this product is a wise purchase.  First of all, homemade food can never be compared to over-processed and over-priced foods. I also like the fact that I don’t need jars to store the food I just prepared. Seriously, I learned that all these jars need to be recycled at one point or another. No thank you!

 

In the food directions, I noticed that most foods are steamed. I did take that approach for certain veggies except for potatoes and squash… those, I baked nicely covered with a little homemade broth. Apples and pears are a great combination – I baked them (skin on) with some added water and covered it. I remembered the Allergy Alerts provided in the booklet. All turned out well.

 

I liked the rice, chicken and peas purée – baby eats what we eat but with less salt and seasonings. Basically, I am in control of added sugars, added salt or any additional ingredient since this preparation becomes a unique blend for my baby whose case is “sensitive”.

 

Baby Bullet has been conceived to grow with your baby. The booklet is full of recipes even some pancakes or scrambled eggs with veggies will be a cinch to make. Just enough for baby or maybe, just enough for the whole family.  I made some salsa with avocado for dinner. The tacos were delicious. It just doesn’t stop there, let your imagination grow with it. Besides, Baby Bullet is awesomely cute.

 

“How to purée and all the assembling is easy as well as the cleaning and that’s always a big bonus..”

 

Each Box contains:

  • 6-date dial storage cups,

  • spatula,

  • 1 short cup,

  • 1 stay fresh resealable lid and tip proof tray,

  • user manual and recipe book, pocket nutritionist

  • Make and store baby food in batches with batch tools and the handy, dated storage system

  • Baby Bullet is a trademark of Homeland Housewares, LLC

Giveaway: One Lucky Winner will received a Baby Bullet in our giveaway which starts on February 19, 12h01am EDT and Ends on March 6 at 11h59pm  - All entries will be checked. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be drawn at random.  CANADA and Continental of USA can enter and must be 18 yrs old +

Disclaimer: Central Bargains and Giveaways was provided with The Baby Bullet for Review purposes and all participant bloggers are not responsible for shipment of said prize.

Get Organized with Built NY! Gramercy Collection Quilted Small Duffle Tote #Review

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Clutter can definitely influence the way we work. I noticed that I was spending more time searching for something I needed than I was spending working. Everything was very disorganized and I got lost in the clutter.

I would rather sit down and spend more time getting something accomplished. I wasn’t though, I was spending most of the time looking, not doing what needed to be done. I was wasting valuable time, and it was frustrating me in the process.

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Between time management skills and getting organized, I figured life would be easier. I was now dealing with 2 (sometimes 3) kids, 4 dogs, a home, 2 blogs, and a hubby. I needed to get organized and work out a schedule.

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The Built NY Gramercy Collection has a Small Duffle Tote that has been my go-to organization essential this last couple of months. I needed a tote, so that wherever I am I know what needs to be done. What posts need to be written, which emails need replied to, and when I have a meeting with a teacher.

It’s just the right size for me. I can put 3-4 1” Binders, a notebook, tablet, pens, & markers.. and go. I love that it holds my essentials but isn’t so large that I’m tempted to carry more than I need. It IS available in small, medium, & large so that no matter what size your “essentials” are, they are with you at all times.

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I started from scratch- new binders, paper, dividers, & folders. I didn’t want to add anything that wasn’t necessary for my daily schedule. It’s My “Schedule” Binder, My “Review/Sponsored” Binder, and my “DIY inspiration” binder. I decorated each one and then added only the necessary tabs for right now. I may add a little as I go, but keeping it simple makes stuff easier to find.

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I just added a little at a time until I had what I really needed. The tote has large compartments and a zip top closure to keep all items secure while also allowing for easy access. With its flat bottom design, this travel essential stays in the upright position when filled and lays flat when not in use.

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I fell in love with the quality of the quilted fabric. Because the tote is made of neoprene material it is both washable and stretchy which makes it expandable. There is two ways to carry this tote, both are comfortable.

The comfort of the shoulder piece actually amazed me. Usually when I carry a bag for a long period of time it starts cutting into my shoulder and hurting. This tote has a extra double padded shoulder piece that makes it comfortable to carry this bag for as long as you need to!

Whatever it might be that you need to organize, do it in style with a Small Duffle Tote from Built NY.

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-Jessica

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Giveaway: Piazza Lucca Satchel #Ebags

Handbag Giveaways

Welcome to The Piazza Lucca Satchel

Giveaway!

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I hope you're ready for an awesome giveaway!  Who doesn't love amazing handbags, or at least know someone who loves them!  Join me in saying thank you to eBags.com for sponsoring this giveaway, and to our amazing co-hosts: Just Free Stuff, Everything Mommyhood, Thrifty 4 NSIC Gal, Bay Area Mommy, Mamas Mission, Budget Earth, Barefoot In Blue Jeans, Rude Mom, and Coupon Hauls.  Super thanks to our amazing sponsors over at eBags.com, who have the hippest collection of bags online! If you have not heard about eBags than you are REALLY missing out.  Jenns Blah Blah Blog recently had the opportunity to review one of their amazing handbags.  You can learn more about eBags by reading Jenns Blah Blah Blogs eBags Handbag ReviewebagsAbout the Piazza Lucca Satchel (125.09 value) You’ll love the Piazza Lucca Satchel!  It not only looks amazing, but it’s comfortable and stylish.  This luxurious leather bag features top-stitched accents, tasselled zipper pulls, and it’s spacious enough for those must have items.  The Piazza comes in variety of colors, it’s dimensions are 11” x 9.75” x 5.5”, and lightweight at only 1 pound 15 ounces. Features:
  • Top Zip Closure
  • Tassel Zipper Pull
  • Two interior slide pockets
  • Back Wall Zipper Pocket
  • Double Handles
  • Option shoulder strap (adjustable)
  • Two from exterior slide pockets
Now it's time to talk giveaway!  One very lucky person will win the Piazza Lucca Satchel from eBags.com.  Giveaway is open to US and Canada, must be over the age of 18 and use the Giveaway Widget below to enter.  Good Luck! JennsBlahBlahBlog.com was compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US & Canada, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions, or to have your product featured on Jenns Blah Blah Blog you can Email Jenn at Jenn@JennsBlahBlahBlog.com

 

Jessica

 

Sol Republic Relay Headphones Review - #VZWBuzz #TechReview

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The Sol Republic Relay Headphones are designed for both work & play. In ear earphones have always bugged me before because they would slip out when I’d lean too far one way or bend over to pick something up. Music is a big part of my life and I love listening on the go—I’m glad I found these.. they’ve helped in SO many ways.

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I strap my phone in it’s case, choose a playlist, and listen to music while I clean. Before, I didn’t have much choice in movement. One sudden movement and there wouldn’t be any music, the earphone down by my side. It would fall out and leave me scrambling for it.

Now I don’t have to worry about that. I love the fact that I can put these in and sweep up a pile of dirt, mop the floor, or fold clothes. I can wear these while I’m walking/exercising which was also always a chore. I’d run a little too fast and the earphones would slip out.

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These earphones are true to their word. I love the snug fit and comfortable design. Even after wearing these for long periods of time, they are still comfy. Usually my ear would have started hurting or at least a little irritated from other in-ear buds. These are designed to fit inside the ear at the angle the canal is shaped. These were still as comfortable as when I put them on.

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They truly amazed me and have changed my opinion about in-ear earphones. I can’t even wear the left ear bud on most in-ear earphones because I have my tragus pierced. The earphones would get stopped by the tragus bar and not let sound into my ear. Or it would just fall completely out of my ear. These stay snugly in place on both sides, even with my tragus bar.. Smile Yay!

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They are designed to flex so that they fit inside any ear without irritation or coming undone. They come with four sizes of ear buds, so that you can choose which size is best fitted for you. These are designed for people who wear headphones while on the move, whether at work, the gym, or cleaning (like I do).

The inside sounds just as amazing as the outside feels with these earphones. They bring with them full sound with amazing quality and a base that booms. This is always a plus with music lovers or those who watch movies on the go. They also have a mic attached and in-line control which allows switching over to a phone call.

This would be the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for your sweetie.. and Verizon Wireless has a Free Overnight shipping on orders over $49.. woohoo.. JUST in time!

The Sol Republic Relay Headphones  $79.99

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, the #VZWBuzz Team, I received the Sol Republic Relay Headphones from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

 

*Jessica

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#SuperJeweler Emerald Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring #Review

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SuperJeweler is the premier online retail destination for jewelry at discount prices. Whether you’re on the hunt for a pair of classic studded earrings or a sparkling diamond necklace, SuperJeweler has something in everyone’s taste. The brand also offers free shipping worldwide – a huge plus for those who waited until the last minute.

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I was given the opportunity to check out their 1ct Emerald Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver. I fell in love with it as soon as I opened it. It’s even more spectacular in person than it is on the website. There’s no capturing the clarity and beauty of the color of blue.. it’s beautiful.

Gemstones will never go out of style, and I love colored stones. This has a classic Emerald cut which will always look elegant and stunning. It’s surrounded on each side by a small diamond square.. the light hits them just right and makes them tranquilizing. I love the ring, and you can’t beat the price of $39.99 for a ring like this.

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It looks so dainty and delicate, and captures the eye. I have had a ton of compliments on the ring, the paleness of the gemstone is magnificent. I am SUPER impressed with the ring, the quality of the ring, and how fast it came after the order was taken.

It fits perfectly and looks amazing. It feels comfortable on my hand, and has an elegant simplicity. I couldn’t be happier. High quality workmanship, real sterling silver, and looks beautiful. There isn’t a reason to pay higher prices if you don’t have to, so why do it?

Jewelry has been my thing since I can remember, and I love the fact that SuperJeweler offers such a large selection for such great prices. I loved looking around the website, all the pieces were beautiful. No matter what price range you’re looking for, they have it.

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1/4ct Platinum Diamond Stud Earrings; $299.99

1/4ct Blue Diamond Pendant in 14k White Gold; $199.99

2 3/4ct Cushion Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver; $79.99

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Promise, Engagement, and Wedding Rings. Gemstone Rings, earrings, bracelets, & necklaces. Fashion Jewelry and even a variety of Men’s Jewelry!

Additionally, throughout the month of February, SuperJeweler will be giving away a different heart themed piece of jewelry via their Facebook page each day with each entrant automatically entered into a Valentine's Day drawing where one lucky winner will receive a stunning 1 Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring in 14 Karat White Gold!

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-Jessica

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tech Review: Beats By Dr. Dre Studio Over-Ear Headphone @Staples #TechReview #Beats

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The Beats by Dr. Dre Over-Ear Headphones are absolutely amazing. Music is a big part of my daily life as a writer. When I sit down to write, I turn the music up and drown the rest of the world out. I have my tragus pierced and it keeps in-ear earphones from going into my left ear because of the barbell. I was excited to find a stylish pair of over the head earphones that deliver amazing quality. Staples carry them and they are on sale. This would be an amazing Valentines Day Gift!!

After 25 years, Dr. Dre was tired of spending months on a track only to have his fans hear it on weak, distorting ear buds. Two years and hundreds of prototypes later, Beats Studio headphones are the icons that bring you sound the way it was originally intended.

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These headphones deliver professional quality sound for those who want to ‘hear” the music. The sound depth is absolutely stunning. We all know laptop and phone speakers are dull and can’t produce the “beats” of the music. These headphones changes everything. It’s like adding surround sound to your TV, rather than just using your TV speakers. Or the difference between regular car speakers and having a system. I love it.

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The bass is nicely detailed and deep, which makes listening to any song so surreal. Whether it’s the bass and drums in a rock song, the beat of a rap song, or the melody of a country song.. each song is delivered to your ears unlike any laptop, phone, or MP3 player speaker can give you!

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As a music lover, this is a really great gift to give and receive. I would do cartwheels to get these as a gift. I love being able to sit down after my kids go to sleep and put these on, and write as long as I want without my music disturbing anybody.

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The headphones do require two AAA batteries to work. If you don’t have them inserted or you don’t have the switch on the right side of the ear piece turned on—you can’t hear anything. The batteries go inside the left ear piece, and snap right to lock the batteries in.

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What hooked me was the unique look. The fact that they come in different colors and there’s such a variety for us to customize their headphones. That just adds to their awesomeness. I got the pink pair and absolutely adore them. They’ve added amazingness to my day!

Even when I’m watching movies or Youtube videos- it’s like having surround sound <<FOR YOUR EARS>>! It’s like an addiction,.. once you’ve put a pair of these headphones on, BAM.. you’ll never want to go back to the original speakers!

Regular speakers and headphones produce a flat, boring sound. Add some Dr. Dre beats and you can sit back and feel the music. You feel like you’re sitting right there with the artist as they’re making it. No more boring, dull beats—spice up YOUR music life!

I love the fact that I can use these with all of my electronics. Whether it’s my laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. They are the most comfortable and best sounding headphones I’ve ever used. I am deeply infatuated with them, and you will be too when you try them.

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The ear cuffs are super comfortable for long periods of time. They aren’t too bulky or heavy, yet are cushioned. They keep my ears from getting irritated or producing sweat when long for longer periods. I couldn’t be happier with the way they fit! I love them!

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The folding design and carrying case make life ten times easier. My older headphones ended up getting worn out very quickly because they were big and didn’t have a carrying case. This hard plastic carrying case comes with a clip on the outside.. I can attach it to the inside of my laptop bag or backpack and not worry that the headphones are going to get broken.

What is inside the box?

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Beats Studio on ear Headphones, Two (2) AAA batteries, 3.5mm audio cable, 1/4" audio adapter, In-line remote & mic cable (features may vary), Hard Shell carrying case, Beats cleaning cloth

Get Yours! –> $164.90 with quick 2 day shipping at Staples

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-Jessica

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