Shelly's Bits and Pieces: October 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Amazing Music Box & Gift Co.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved music boxes. My great grandma had a jewelry box that played a tune, and I loved to wind it up and just let it play. The tune, although an unfamiliar one, was soothing to me and is one of the greatest memories of my childhood and my great grandma.

I have been looking at different Music Boxes for years, and today I visited Amazing Music Box and Gift Co. They have a huge assortment of music boxes, in a wide range of prices.
 
 
My favorite is the High Gloss Sorrento Hand Made Jewelry Music Box with Two Hearts And Flowers Inlay. It is absolutely beautiful! My favorite part thing about Amazing Music Box & Gifts Co. is that the music boxes are personalized! They will build your music box the way you want it. You get to choose your favorite inlaid music box and select a sentimental melody from their list. Then their artisans from Sorrento, Italy will hand make the music box! These are beautiful, heirloom-quality, and would be cherished for many years!
 
*Sponsored Post*   I was compensated for this post, but all opinions expressed are my own!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy 140th Anniversary Vaseline Petroleum Jelly!

Twittermoms has teamed up with Vaseline to get ideas from bloggers on all the ways we use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is celebrating its 140th Anniversary! Twittermoms is trying to compile a list of 140 things you can do with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Here are a few of the ways my family has used Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is a product I have seen and used all my life. My grandmother always made sure she had a jar around the house, and we used it all the time. Some of the uses are normal ones, but other uses may surprise you.

1. Before we were ever allowed to go outside in the cold, my grandma insisted that we have Vaseline Petroleum Jelly smoothed on our cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. The wind and cold can't get through the Vaseline to chap your face!

2. Use Vaseline to help screws slide in place easier. I simply rub some Vaseline on the ridges of the screw, and when I begin to screw it into something, it generally slides in easier.

3. Vaseline is great for curing a squeaky door hinge. Rub some Vaseline over the hinges and the lubrication will cure the problem! It works great on cabinet doors, tool box hinges, and more.

4. Vaseline also can help with sticking locks. We rub a little Vaseline on the key before we put it in the lock. It keeps the lock area lubricated. The actual part of the lock that closes together can be wiped with Vaseline too!

5. Are your shoes looking dull? Put a little Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on a tissue and rub on your shoes. They will shine more than you can imagine. Remember, a little goes a long way...only use a LITTLE!

6. Is your lipstick looking dull? Apply a little Vaseline over your lipstick to shine it up and keep your lips shiny and moisturized...and your lipstick lasts longer!

7. Apply some Vaseline to your dry heels and put on socks before you go to bed at night. The Vaseline softens your feet and helps return your heels to normal.

8. Does your eye make up seem to disappear during the day. To keep my eyes looking pretty, I lightly rub a little Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on my eyelids before I apply my eye make up. My eye shadow adheres to the Vaseline and stays in place.

9. Get a boo boo and can't find any medicine. Simply clean off the wound and rub a bit of Vaseline over it, then cover with a band-aid. The Vaseline will seal off the wound and keep it from getting dirty.

10. Vaseline is a great make up remover. I'm allergic to lots of things, so I use Vaseline to remove my make up. It is wonderful when you need to remove stubborn mascara! Simply put Vaseline on a cotton ball and wipe off the make up. After you finish, wash your face as usual! It is that simple!

Here is my list!  I hope some of the ideas are helpful to you!  Thanks for reading!
     ~~~~~Shelly~~~~~

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Vaseline blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Be Smart About Your Health

TwitterMoms is at it again and this time they partnered with Be Smart About Your Health for a fun campaign about tips for staying healthy! They have great information for you. You can learn about some easy things you can do that can make a big difference towards your health benefits in just 60 minutes. There are simple steps for getting your health plan in order.


So why not take that 60 minutes and learn how to make the choices that are right for you.



1. Look back at last year! Take a few minutes and figure out where your expenses were. Did you have a large prescription expense? Choose a plan that has great prescription insurance. Have children that will be needing some serious dental work or orthodontics, choose a better dental plan. By taking a look at last year, you can also make a more informed decision about having an FSA account or the amout of money you should designate for that account.





2. Use an FSA account - FSA is a Flexible Savings Account. You can set a designated amount of money aside from your paycheck before it is taxed. This money can be used towards health care expenses such as dental visits, co-pays, and vision exams. It can also be used for medicines and other qualifying expenses! A good thing to keep in mind when thinking about an FSA is that health reform will put a $2,500 annual limit on your FSA by 2013.





3. Make sure the doctor or doctors you are using are on your insurance plan. Out of network physicians cost much more than the ones who are in your network. Make sure to think about all the physicians and hospitals you prefer to use before you make any decisions. Choosing a plan without making sure your medical provider accepts it can be a costly mistake!



4. Check out their prescription plans. Some insurance plans offer discount prices on mail order prescriptions. It can be much cheaper to get a 90 day mail order supply than purchasing a 30 day supply at a pharmacy. Check out their generic prices. Most generic prescriptions are less expensive than their name brand counterparts and offer the same result. Also read your formulary! Find out what price tier your needed prescriptions are under before it is too late!



5. Make sure you can afford the premium! Some plans can hidden charges you might not initially see. If you have problems understanding the policy or pricing, call the insurance company or the agent. Do not make yourself insurance poor by choosing insurance that is too costly for your family. If you think you will struggle paying the premium, consider a cheaper alternative.



I hope some of my ideas will help you make a more informed decision!





I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Aetna blogging program, making me eligible to get a $30 Target gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ebeanstalk.com

      I have to admit that I love shopping for toys and games more than anything else I buy.  I love to buy quality items and they have to be age appropriate.  I really lucked out when I found ebeanstalk.com.  They have an awesome index where you can search for toys by the age and sex of the child.  I found the cutest wooden car carrier for Little Man by using the index.  I simply clicked on the Toys for 2 year olds, boys section.  Little Man loves his cars and the idea of the car carrier is wonderful.  The fact that the car carrier is wooden makes me even happier.  I'm not a huge fan of the metal cars.  They seem to cause more injuries in my house than they are worth.  When searching for something for Little Princess, I scanned the baby toys and found the Spin Tacular Play Center, which would be ideal for keeping her occupied and stimulating her mind at the same time!  If you don't have a need for baby toys, ebeanstalk.com offers some of the cutest and highest quality kids toys and toddler toys!  Finding the right toy is easy!  You can even search by brand name! 
p>Sometimes it's hard to pick out the best toys for your children. Ebeanstalk helps you find the perfect one. You can search for baby toys and kids toys for all ages. You can go to toddler toys and sort by the specific needs of your toddler. You can even arrange their toys by gender or category to make sure you find just what you are looking for! They have a team of moms around the country that test out all the toys with their kids, so you will always know you are getting the very best. Check it out for yourself!

Coupon Savings

Save some money with these new coupon links!  I know I will be printing them!

$0.50 off Minute Ready to Serve Rice Product

$1.00 off Cocoa Powder WYB Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies


$1.00 off Peanut Butter WYB Kellogg's Rice Krispies


$1.00 off Flour WYB Kellogg's Corn Flakes Cereal


$1.00 off Silvered Almonds WYB Kellogg's Crispix


$1.00 off Chicken Broth WYB Kellogg's All-Bran


$3.00 off Any TWO (2) HUGGIES Snug & Dry Diapers


$2.00 off bag of Purina Dog Chow

Enjoy!!
     ~~~~~Shelly~~~~~

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ToiletTree Products: Fogless Shower Mirror Review

I was offered the opportunity to review the Fogless Shower Mirror by ToiletTree Products.  Here is what the company has to say about it. 

    ~COMPANY INFORMATION~
Finally a fogless mirror that actually remains clear in the shower – and sticks to the wall!
Our patent-pending design is simple yet most effective. Fill the mirror’s reservoir with hot water from your shower head and you’re done.
It's ideal for close shaves, cleansing and exfoliating, removing make-up, tweezing and more.
No chemicals or special coatings required. Our shower mirror is designed to remain fogless and maintenance-free for a lifetime.
No more cleaning up messy, hair-filled sinks.
No more standing over your sink dripping wet while you shave, tweeze, or remove your make-up. Get it all done in the shower and be done!
Truly Fogless:
Using an easy fill reservoir, the water neutralizes the mirror and air temperature to eliminate fogging.
Easy Fill Reservoir:

Mirror conveniently detaches so reservoir is easy to fill.
Adheres To Virtually Any Wall Surface:
Soft silicone adheres to many wall surfaces. It is strong, easy to remove, and will not damage tiles or other surfaces!
Adjustable Frame:
Frame pivot allows the mirror to be adjusted, accommodating multiple users and angles.
Convenient Shelf:

Place your razor, sponge or tweezers so they are always accessible.
Squeegee Included:

Self-stored squeegee included to wipe away water drops
Shatter Proof And Rust Proof:

Durable, acrylic mirror will not rust, discolor or damage bathroom tiles
Dimensions:

Measures 6.5in x 8.5in x 1.5in and weighs less than 1lb.

    ~My Review~
I'll be the first to admit, I was beyond skeptical about this mirror when I first received it.  I thought it was way too light to be worth anything, and I figured it was not going to be worth my time.  I am very happy to report, I was WRONG. 

I was worried about the quality because it is not real glass...no worrying was needed, because the reflection is crystal clear.  Mounting the mirror to the wall was simple, because the silicone sticks so easily!  When I first tried it out, I almost forgot to fill it with hot water, but, that was easily handled and we were off!  I love being able to wash my face  and make sure I got all the facial cleanser off.  What I liked even more was the
fact that when my hubby showered, he used it to save by and my sink was left clean!!  After the shower, I just pour out the water from the reservoir and replace the mirror.

My daughter loves that she can remove the mirror and take it with her while she primps and makes sure she is "perfect" before she heads out to school.  She really likes the fact that it is so light weight, and if it falls on the floor the mirror won't break. 

Want to see a You Tube video about the mirror? Click HERE!  You can follow them on Twitter by clicking HERE, or on Facebook HERE.
 
Shelly's Bits & Pieces is happy to report that this fogless mirror is truly fogless!  It received a thumbs up vote from us!

Disclosure: TolietTree Products provided the mirror to me at no charge so I could review it.  I was not required to post a positive review and NO money changed hands.  All opinions are HONEST and my own, or those of my family members. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Libman Freedom Spray Mop Review and Giveaway

Everyone who knows me knows I HATE mopping the floor.  Dragging out that old stinky mop and bucket can be a pain in the butt (and my back), or pulling out one of the "all-in-one" mops with the disposable pads can be a pain in the wallet.  I've often wondered why someone had not created an "all-in-one" mop that had reusable pads, and one would allow me to use the cleaner I wanted.  Well, Libman has answered that question.  They have created the Libman Freedom Spray Mop! 

With this mop, I have the freedom to choose any cleaning solution I want to put in!  I can use my favorite cleaner, plain water, an environmentally friendly solution etc. The solution bottle is removable for easy filling.  This mop also offers me the freedom from costly and wasteful disposable pads, by supplying a reusable microfiber pad can be machine washed up to 50 times. This pad is safe on all flooring surfaces.  The Libman Freedom Spray Mop also saves me in other ways.  I have the freedom from batteries!  The trigger sprayer allows me to control how much liquid is coming out. No waste!  It also saves my back!  I can just grab and go, no heavy messy buckets to lug around!  This mop was very easy to use.  My 12 year old daughter has now claimed the chore as one of her own! 



The Libman Freedom Spray Mop is quality manufactured in the USA (Arcola, IL) by a 4th generation family owned company.  It is sold fully assembled in the mop and broom section of your favorite store and has a suggested retail price of $19.99 to $24.99.  I have seen the mops at both Target and Walmart.   To see a full list of local retailers, please see the Libman Locator.  Make sure you LIKE the Libman Company on Facebook so you can keep up on new products, cleaning tips, and sweepstakes!
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                          Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a Libman Freedom Spray Mop of their very own!

Main Entry:  Tell me what Libman Freedom Spray Mop feature you are most excited about.

Want some more entries?  Come on...you know you do!!  After you have done the main entry, you can do any of the following.  All are valid for one extra entry, unless noted!  Make sure you leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win!  Post the appropriate number of comments for each extra item.  If it says 3 entries, post 3 times!

~Like Libman on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall about what you think of this mop and include
  a link to this post ( 3entries)
~Follow Shelly's Bits & Pieces on Google Friend Connect
~Subscribe to my RSS feed
~Post my button on your blog and provide me the link. (5 entries)
~Blog about this contest (at least 50 words) with a link back here & Libman (5 entries)
~Browse the other products that Libman makes and post another product you would like to try.
~Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. (can tweet twice daily for 2 extra entries each)
Enter to win a Libman Freedom Spray Mop at Shelly's Bits and Pieces @ Ends 10/25/10   (tweet this or create your own)

This contest will end on 10/25/10 at 11:59 pm EST!  Giveaway open to U.S. residents 18+ only. The winner will be drawn via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification email before I draw another winner!

Research Randomizer Results

1 Set of 1 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 131 -- Unsorted
Set #1:
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Disclaimer: This Libman Freedom Mop Review was made possible by a product provided by the company and made possible through the The Mom Bloggers Club.   All opinions stated are honest and my own.  Others may have a different experience.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

CSN Stores Upcoming Review

I love shopping online with the CSN Stores, because I can find pretty much anything I am looking for. I have purchased Tervis Tumblers from them, and have spent hours (literally) going through their stores looking at beds and other items, like nightstands and even food savers.  I love being able to find so many different types of products in one location. 

I have had great luck with my purchases.  The sight was easy to navigate, the purchasing process was simple, and check out was a breeze.  My purchases were shipped quickly and my orders were accurate! 

I can hardly wait to make my next order with them.  I'll be reviewing a new item from CSN soon. What will it be?  In the mean time, why don't you visit csnstores.com and look over their product line.  With over 200 stores, it could take a while!  When you're finished, come back and let me know what you would buy from them!

Have a blessed week!
         Shelly

Monday, October 4, 2010

Uprinting Business Card Winner!

The winner of the Uprinting.com Business cards was #11 Liz!  Congratulations!  Thanks to all who entered!