Friday, July 2, 2010
Well, this is a yummy post dealing with one of my favorite brands for baking - Duncan Hines! I recently made some good cupcakes using Duncan Hines with my boyfriend! We bought their Strawberry cake mix and used their Whipped Fluffy White Frosting. We simply baked the cupcakes according to the box’s directions, let them cool, and added the frosting! That was super easy! Here is a picture of some of the yumminess!
Then, my boyfriend had the great idea to add slices of real strawberries to the cupcakes! Granted, it may not look like one of those pretty cupcakes on tv or in a bakery. However, they were really really good! The strawberries on top added some moisture, texture, and color to the cupcake!
I also want to tell my readers about an exciting contest from Duncan Hines! It’s the Red Carpet Cupcake Challenge! Simply submit your best cupcake recipe with a photo and you will have a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles! Your cupcakes maybe presented to stars going to the Emmy Awards and you may get a ticket to the pre-Emmy Fans in the Stands! If you think you have some awesome cupcakes, be sure to enter the contest! You have until July 21st to submit your recipe. There will then be a voting phase until July 28th! So, all of my readers may go and vote for your favorite, even if you don’t submit an entry! This voting narrows the crowd down to the top 10 and then a judging committee will pick the winner! You can find more info about this lovely contest at the link above! If you do enter, please let me know! : )
Also, I know that many people are getting together for the 4th of July this weekend and maybe baking. So, I wanted to point out a great recipe on the Duncan Hines website! How about a great Flag Cake that has some blueberries and strawberries? Doesn’t this look awesome? I didn’t try it, but I think it looks great!
I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!
Disclaimer: I did receive 3 coupons for Duncan Hines products for this post. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thanks to my Lucky Alpha Shopper status, I received some wonderful new products from Aveeno! I got the Positively Nourishing Hydrating Body Wash and the Positively Nourishing 24-hour Ultra Hydrating Whipped Souffle! Both products are of that high quality we have all come to expect from Aveeno with their ultra-moisturizing properties. As part of the Active Naturals of Aveeno, both products contain oats, soy, shiitake, and feverfew! These new products provide 24 hour moisturizing benefits while being refreshing and calming.
The Body Wash is creamy and goes on nicely. It smells really nice and creates a whole shower experience that is truly relaxing and wonderful! It’s nice to take a couple of minutes from my day, apply it and smell it. It has a calming effect that is great for a night shower! It has shea butter and fig in it which makes my skin feel really nice and hydrated. It leaves my skin feeling better and smoother.
The Souffle is like a lotion, but better. You apply it as you would a normal body moisturizer, but it works better. You notice the difference in this souffle when you first touch it. It’s thicker, yet creamier than a regular lotion. It also comes in a container, not a pump bottle. This souffle is packed with natural shea and cocoa butters to give skin a pick me up that is ultra moisturizing! It also has antioxidants that makes skin look younger! The souffle makes skin soft and smooth, not greasy like many lotions or other products like this. It doesn’t feel oily either. I like how the scent is nice and not over-powering. It smells natural and beautiful. It would be nice before bed to get you relaxed.
Both products have made my skin nice and soft. I really like them. Then again, it’s Aveeno. I mean I’ve never tried an Aveeno product that I didn’t like. I use Aveeno regularly on my legs because of it’s moisturizing benefits. Thanks Aveeno and Lucky!
Disclaimer: I received some body wash and souffle for free for review purposes. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
The lucky winner of the Kroger Pound for Pound gift card giveaway is comment...
Congratulations! The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond. Thanks to everyone who entered - I had 238 comments! Yay!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I wanted to share something with my readers that I think will be entertaining and unique. Paula Deen has teamed up with Kraft's Philadelphia Cream Cheese to bring us the Real Women of Philadelphia! This is a contest where women submitted their own dish/recipe for a chance to be 1 of 16 finalists to win a trip to Savannah, GA to bake their dish in front of a live audience. Then, 4 of these lucky ladies will win $25,000 and get to create a cookbook! How awesome is that?
Now, for the interesting part, for you and me. We can watch this final showdown between the 16 women online! Simply go to this site and discover the Real Women of Philadelphia at 8 pm EST tonight! That’s right, tonight, June 30th! I hope to tune-in. Will you be watching it? If you decide to watch it, let me know what you think about it.
Disclaimer: I received nothing for posting this. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
I realize that it’s been sometime since my last quotes post and you've been seeing tons of awesome product reviews and giveaways in the last month. So, I thought it was time to take a breather from all of the products and write a quote post. Since it’s been sooo hot/humid here, I thought it was a great time to dig up some summer quotes! Yay!
James Dent once said, “a perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken” and Erma Bombeck said, “being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.”
Oh, I love lazy summer days, for the most part. I like being able to sleep in as late as I please and stay up all hours of the night. Haha! What about you? What do you enjoy/dislike about summer?
*Please do not read or click through to website if you are easily offended.*
As you may have noticed, I get especially excited when I find a company or website the features sizing for all body types. Well, I’ve come across another one! This one, Playful Threads, carries plus-size lingerie! When I was contacted to do a review I was surprised to see their assortment of sexy lingerie! They carry many things in various styles and colors.
They let me pick which item I’d like to review, so I decided to get this plus-size camisole and underwear set:
Doesn’t it look nice? I picked it because it looked like it might be comfy and possibly cover more than most items on the site. lol They have it in only black now, but I thought that would be better. Before I go onto the actual product review, I must comment on their speed of delivery! I got it in a few days time! It was really quick service! Also, the people at Playful Threads are really nice! : )
Now, I’m sure you want to know about the set. Well, I was more or less pleased with the sizing. The fabric is really stretchy so, the fit is not an issue. I was hoping the straps would be adjustable, but they are not. I was slightly surprised by how thin the material of the set was though. The site’s description says it’s lacey, but I consider it to be more of a mesh fabric (maybe it’s just me). I debated taking a picture of it because of the nature of the product. However, I decided that the picture on the site does not fully demonstrate what you receive. So, here is a picture of the cami but I am NOT actually wearing it. It is simply placed on my leg to show you how thin the material is. ; )
Granted the flowers in the fabric are very nice, but overall I think it looks a little different than I expected. The underwear is pretty nice. It is a bit less material than I was expecting, but not bad. The material is pretty comfortable. I suppose it’s an ok deal for $18.94.
So, overall, great website, awesome people, very fast shipment. My advice, just pay attention to the site’s description of things. : )
Also, Playful Threads is giving my readers a special coupon code to use on their site for FREE SHIPPING! Simply use the code “FREELL”. You can find Playful Threads on Twitter, visit the Playful Threads blog, or like the Playful Threads Facebook Page.
Disclaimer: I received this set for free for review purposes. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
If you are easily offended, you may skip this review. However, I see no problem with featuring this website because they offer a great selection of something everyone needs – underwear. That’s right eUndies carries cute panties! I’m a believer that you can never have too many pairs of underwear! So, when I had the chance to work with the newly re-designed/launched eUndies.com, I was happy.
I like eUndies not only for their adorable underwear at great prices, but because they carry sizes that fit more than the average woman. That’s right, they have plus size underwear and cute ones at that! eUndies was generous enough to send me 3 pairs for this review. Wow! One of these pairs was the Darling Diamonds Bikini, pictured below in brown. Mine actually was brown and it’s very nice. The inside is soft and comfy while the outside is cute and sort of shiny. The brown has some diamond print on it with a cute little bow on the top of them. This is a really nice pair of underwear! I have worn them several times now and have enjoyed wearing them each time. They don’t bunch up or give me any wedgie issues. ; ) Also, they are only $2.99 and they come in navy blue as well! How is that for a deal?
The other 2 pairs were of the same style, but in different colors. I can’t find the exact ones on the site and I’m not taking a picture. lol However, they are similar to the ones pictured below. I got a white pair and a black pair. They are sort of lacey and have a pretty design. The fabric is of good quality and not something your finger would accidentally go through (that has had happened to me with some really poorly made underwear) when you put them on. I also liked the elastic waistband on these, they aren’t underwear that falls down through the day. They did however, give me wedgies. Haha! I think that might because I have a big butt! : ) Either way, they are nice and I’ll continue to wear them. This pair is only $2.99, too! Wow! What a great value!
eUndies has recently been re-done to include some awesome new features, which add to the whole experience! For starters, there is a “soft add to cart” feature that allows you to add items to your cart without being redirected away from your current page – how handy! They also have an “Add this” button, so you can share what you want with your family and friends. You can also now review items!
eUndies is a really great site owned by some awesome people. I want to thank Shauna for being so nice through this whole review and re-launch time! Since the date for the launch kept being pushed back, she even provided me with a nice $10 giftcard which I just used to buy 2 more pairs of underwear! Yay! Thanks, Shauna! : )
The next time you need some new and cute underwear, check out eUndies! Also, if you decide to purchase something, you should be able to use the code: PCM3 to get $3 off a $15 purchase! For a $20 purchase, you can save $4 with the code: PCM4. Also, if you plan on stocking up and spending $25, use the code PCM5 for $5 off! Or, if you are in a spending mood and spending $50, use PC10 for $10 off! Wow! Talk about a wonderful site! I hope you check them out!
Disclosure: I received 3 pairs of underwear for review purposes and a gift card. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
I want to introduce to a good-looking company for some labels. It’s called I.D. Me Labels. By visiting their blog you can win some labels (as described above). Here is a video for them.
I think these labels look unique because you get to design the labels! You pick the colors, font, and image! How awesome is that? I think I would put their labels for my stuff for college (binders and such). It would help me differentiate my stuff from my roomie’s.
Disclaimer: I’m receiving some labels for free for posting this. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
Well, I ended up with 84 comments for the Lovable Labels Giveaway, so without further ado, the lucky winner is...
Congratulations! The winner has been emailed! Thank you to everyone who entered!
Didn't win? Be sure to check out Lovable Label's Facebook Page to enter other contests! They have just started a new incentive program for their Facebook page and they are now doing a contest on the last Tuesday of the month (the next one will be July 29th)!