May 31, 2012

Enter to Win 4 Photo-Themed Prizes in the Photo Frenzy Giveaway Event!




Couponing and Reviewing in Texas is teaming up with some great bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway event! Photo Frenzy will run from June 1st through June 30th with many ways to enter, including daily entries! The prizes are all photo themed and I know you will love them all. One winner takes all! Who is ready to win some great photo products for summer?! Here is what you can win:

Photobook from Picbound 
(check out the review HERE)

$35 Gift Certificate to mod. Straps 
(check out the review HERE)

How to Photograph Your Baby DVD 
(check out the review HERE)

Photo Canvas from Easy Canvas Prints 
(check out the review HERE)

Win 1 of 4 Summer Prize Packs in the Life's A Beach Giveaway Event!





Can you believe that summer is almost here? 2012 is going by so quick! As a member of the Mom's Do It Better Community I have an extra special treat for you! Are you ready? We're giving away some amazing prizes to help you get summer started with a splash! Here is what we have lined up for you:


Grand Prize:
  • Step 2 My Clubhouse :: Step 2 offers a huge variety of toys for preschoolers and toddlers. Their toys are designed to build imaginations and enrich the family's celebration of childhood. 
  • Del Sol Goody Pack :: Fun and cute color changing clothes, accessories and make-up 
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan 
Prize Pack 1:
  • Berry Dog Bubble Gum Bikini :: gorgeous swimsuits in a variety of styles 
  • Trukid 3 Sunscreens and Body Lotion :: Enjoy the beach with your family and know they're protected with sunscreens from Trukid 
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan 
Prize Pack 2:
Prize Pack 3:
  • Essential Swimwear $50 GC :: Essential Swimwear offers reasonable prices and options to mix and match tops and bottoms for a custom suit. 
  • OOFOS footwear :: Choice of Thong or Slide ($39.99 Value). These shoes are so comfortable you'll forget you're even wearing them! 
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan 

Win a Dyson TurbineHead Vacuum (RV $279) in The Dyson Housewarming Giveaway Event!



Welcome to the Dyson Housewarming Giveaway Event! Mom To Bed By 8 and the Iowa Mom are proud to bring you a chance to win this fantastic home essential! We would also like to give a big thank you to our lovely co-hosts How to Have It All, Mark Your Savings and GiveAway Bandit.


Delivering 220 airwatts of suction power, this canister vacuum cleaner features advanced Level 3 Root Cyclone technology. This ensures thorough and efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction. It also offers a TurbineHead brush bar that's ideal for cleaning medium and short pile carpets and can be turned off for hard floors. Certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the unit expels air that contains up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than common breathing air thanks to the vacuum's money-saving, lifetime washable HEPA filter. Plus, Dyson's Bactisafe screen traps and kills bacteria, mold and allergens on contact, preventing them from re-entering the air.

The Telescopic Wrap System allows the hose and wand to be compressed, and ensures that the Dyson DC23 can be stored away neatly and compactly. There are no loose components or wires to get tangled. It comes with a stair tool for focusing on dust and dirt from stairs and stair carpets, a brush tool with long bristles to dislodge cobwebs and for delicate cleaning, and a high-velocity airflow crevice tool that's ideal for cleaning base boards, picture frames and in-between furniture. Other fantastic features include a clear bin with 0.44-gallon capacity, 21.6-foot cord length, and easy-to-maneuver fixed wheels. The vacuum measures 13.9 x 19.3 x 11.9 inches (HxWxD) and weighs 19.5 pounds. The Dyson DC23 TurbineHead is backed by a 5-year warranty. Wow! I have always wanted a Dyson and I would love to have this one! Wouldn't you?!



Dr. Scholl's For Her :: I Love My Heels Again!


When the summer comes, I love to wear my cute sandals with heels. Yet any girl will tell you that eventually that means foot pain! I had the opportunity to try Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles. They are fantastic! They are so discreet that you can wear them in strappy sandals and no one would know! 

The High Heel Insoles help prevent foot aches and pain caused by wearing high heels two inches and higher. All you do is slip these specially crafted insoles into your favorite pair of heels and they provide unbelievable comfort. Here is how it works. The ultra-soft FabuSTEP® Gel Arch shifts pressure off ball of foot. Don't worry! The slim design won't make shoes feel tight. You peel back the insole so it "sticks" onto your heel, yet it is easily removable without damaging shoes.


The insoles are so soft and squishy! It actually feels good to walk on them! It is true that you can't see the insole, even in strappy sandals. See for yourself! This summer you can have the comfort you want and deserve without sacrificing comfort. Thank you Dr. Scholl's For Her! Visit them on Facebook to receive exclusive news and coupons!



Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. I received this product because I am a BzzAgent. This item was received as a part of a campaign. See my full disclosure.

Unique Home Decor Options


I love finding unique items to decorate my home with. Why not choose something that is different and unique? Then you won't end up with a home that looks like The Smith Family down the street. You would probably not expect to see rope or crumpled up pages from an old book as home decor, yet I think it looks fantastic! Think outside of the box and see what you can come up with. As always, you can look for great deals when you shop for your unique home decor. Make decorating that much easier with a Home Decorators Coupon Code. Who wouldn't want to spend less and still end up with a great looking home?


Stars + Moss = Cool Home Decor! See what I mean by thinking outside of the box?! I love the whimsical look of these stars. The fact that they are made of wood makes them look more modern. Then you add the moss and they start to look a bit shabby chic! You can also consider what you already have and modify it to make it new again. For example, in the first photo, maybe you had flowers on display to begin with. Then you thought about how you could modify the look and you changed it over to rope and pages from a book. I think both of these designs would look great in a home that we decorated in a western theme. Want something alternative for your home why not try Rod's Western Palace? That is just one example of a place where you can find these unique looks for your home decor. What represents you and what represents your family? I suggest finding a few pieces you love to add to what you already have. It will update your decor and give it a unique twist at the same time!


Disclosure: This post was brought to you by CouponCodes. All opinions expressed in this post are mine. See my full disclosure.

May 29, 2012

Design Spotting at My Favorite Home Furnishings Store



I have always been someone who is on top of the latest trends in home design. I love to watch design shows on TV and I love to browse through design magazines. One of my favorite ways to go "design spotting" is to visit my favorite home furnishings store! They go out of their way to set up beautiful displays so you can really imagine what their furniture would look like in your home.

The first photo above shows a wall I discovered painted in teal and accented with peacock feathers! I love it! The hanging vases are the perfect touch for an accent wall.


Next, I found this fantastically unusual chandelier. How brilliant to use vintage flatware in a chandelier? It is just beautiful! It seems so obvious yet this is the first one I have seen!


I am someone who is NOT afraid of some color. I don't know why so many people think they have to stick to neutral colors in their home. Think outside the box and you will get dramatic and fabulous results like this teal/green combination. I love the stripes too. Adding the fabric panels really mutes it a bit if you are a little color shy.


Finally, if you can afford it, buy great furniture. I fell in love with this tall chair on the left. It just looks so grand. I can see it in an entryway or in a long hallway. The photo on the right shows a grey scheme that I thought looked great together.

You can do your own design spotting just about anywhere! Inspiration can be found where you least expect it. If you need some home design inspiration, check out the great boutiques in your hometown. 

Are you as passionate about design as I am?  Join us in a discussion on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 pm EST. Participants in the discussion will be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Join us HERE (where you'll join with your Twitter account) on Wednesday to participate in the conversation and for a chance to win! The topic of the discussion will be Design Love. From home décor to fashion trends, what are some of your favorite inspiring designs?


Isn't it great when you find home necessities that provide not only function, but care about great design as well? The Dyson Air Multiplier is a perfect example.


The Dyson Air Multiplier is available in table, tower and pedestal sizes.  With no fast-spinning blades, it’s safe, easy to clean, and generates smooth air with no buffeting. Keep cool with Dyson Air Multiplier.  Learn more at www.dyson.com/cooling.

Don't forget to join me in the Design Love Discussion on May 30 for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Looking forward to hearing what kinds of designs inspire you! See you then!


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dyson via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dyson. See my full disclosure.

#MissionGiveaway :: Enter to Win $100 in Amazon Gift Cards!



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May 28, 2012

Eclos Plant-Based Skin Care :: Review and Giveaway #EclosBeauty

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This post brought to you by éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.


The éclos Skin Care line is plant-based. Its anti-aging elements come from Plant Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple. These cells have been found to stimulate skin stem cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin. What a breakthrough!

This is how it works: Plant extracts, vitamins and anti-oxidants work in synergy with the Plant Stem Cell technology to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin. It used to be that you could only find similar products in department stores which meant you paid top dollar. Not anymore! Eclos is making this active ingredient available at a fraction of the cost. This means that beautiful skin is available to anyone!

I had the chance to try the Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit. It included generous samples of six products. It even included a Terry Cloth Headband. The whole kit has a retail value of $19.99. It included:
  • Facial Cleanser Skin Prep (Extends Skin Cell Longevity, Gently Purifies Pores, Primes For Treatment) 
  • Cellular Activator Face Serum (Regenerates Skin Cells, Rehabilitates Aging Skin, Resists Further Damage) 
  • Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream (Awakens Cell Renewal, Brightens Dull Skin, Reduces Line And Wrinkles) 
  • Restorative Eye Cream (Slow Signs of Aging, Firms Delicate Skin, Reduces Fine Lines) 
  • Instant Radiance Facial Scrub (Activates Cell Renewal, Removes Dull, Dry Skin Cells, Improves Texture and Tones) 
  • Skin Renewal Clay Mask (Restores Youthful Texture, Absorbs Dirt and Impurities, Tightens and Reduces Pores) 
  • Eclos Terry Cloth Headband 
I have been using this system for about two weeks now. My favorite product is the Facial Cleanser Skin Prep. It gets the skin ready to re-energize! It feels so great after washing with it. This along with the other products smell and feel fantastic. I have tried similar products from specialty brands and they smell awful. Who wants an awful smelling cream or serum sitting on your face? Not me. They also go on so smooth and light. None of the products felt sticky or heavy. I also love the Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream. It is smooth and light, yet you feel it working almost immediately.


As far as results go, I don't think it has been long enough to show much of a difference. But you can see a before and after photo here. My skin does feel tighter and renewed. It just feels healthier overall.

One lucky reader is going to get to try Eclos for themselves! You will see and feel the difference of Plant Stem Cell technology!

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will win an Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit (RV $19.99)!

How To Enter :: Just use the simple entry form below. This giveaway is open to US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on June 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good Luck!
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Disclosure: All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or Twitter. See my full disclosure.



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One Kings Lane :: Memorial Day Blowout SALE


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With tinted glass, cut-out iron and ornate texturing, this lantern imbues the surroundings with a chic Eastern aesthetic.

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Check out the ENTIRE Sale at One Kings Lane.

Happy Memorial Day!




Mozaik :: Entertain With Style


Take a look at the photo above. It was taken at a recent get together my husband and I had. Our party guests were impressed by how real and stylish our Mozaik partyware looked! They could not believe what a great alternative it was to typical paper plates and plastic flatware that you would expect to see at a party. 

If you want to party in style then Mozaik is a great choice! It looks great and we found it to be quite durable. Plus the best part was we did not have any dishes to clean after the party! My husband was debating whether they were too nice to throw away. I assured him that they were indeed disposable!

Mozaïk partyware is designed to give you an elegant step up from the disposable dinnerware you've become accustomed to. The stylish designs are constructed from durable plastic that is no joke; especially not the kind your mother-in-law likes to make under her breath.

It is so easy to find too! Mozaik is available in the party aisle at grocery stores nationwide, including Kroger. So when you are getting everything you need for your summer party, don't forget the Mozaik! You can make things very easy on yourself with the service for 8 kit which brings together the 40 must-have items needed for a great dinner party. You can even find bowls, appetizer forks and more! 


Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. I received this product because I am a BzzAgent. This item was received as a part of a campaign. See my full disclosure.

Tostitos Thins :: Perfect For Summer Snacking!


Don't plan your summer party without the new Tostitos Thins! These light and thin tortilla chips are perfect for summer dips and recipes! They come in two flavors: TexMex and Lime & Salt. I love the Lime & Salt. They have just the perfect amount of flavor and they are so light and crispy! My husband loves the TexMex. He is a nachos kind of guy so he thinks they are great in queso. I found this fantastic Citrus Guacamole recipe on the Frito-Lay Facebook page. It is perfectly paired with the Lime & Salt Tostitos Thins! 


Citrus Guacamole
Yields 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 ripe avocados
3 tablespoons minced onion
3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons diced grapefruit wedges
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sour cream

PREPARATION
Peel avocado and mash until chunky. Stir in minced onion, grapefruit juice, diced grapefruit, garlic powder, salt, and sour cream. Serve or cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve! These are a total match made in heaven for Tostitos Thins Lime & Salt tortilla chips!


Check out Frito-Lay for even more great recipes. Pick up some Tostitos Thins when you are planning your summer party menus this summer. They really are perfect for summer snacking!


Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. See my full disclosure.

May 27, 2012

Grand Prize Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway Event!


Welcome to 7 on a Shoestring's 10K Facebook Fans 
and 1 Year Blogiversary Celebration!

She is celebrating by giving each of you the chance to win some great prizes from some of the gracious sponsors who have joined me in commemorating the event. Not only do you have a chance to win the great prizes below, but you can also enter to win from the 7 Giveaway-A-Day Sweepstakes from over the past week. Our sponsors have been awesome and all deserve much appreciation as well!

Sponsors for the Grand Prize Event

Each of the sponsors below have included a prize in the Grand Prize event. On the Giveaway Tools form you will find each of their Social Media accounts listed in order to support them as well. I will draw 6 winners, 1 for each prize. You MUST tell me your 1st and 2nd choice in prizes and you MUST like the sponsors Faccebook page in order to be eligible for that prize. I believe it is only fair to the brand.

Secondly, a HUGE thank you to the 143 other bloggers that have joined me in promoting this celebration! My blogging community has been amazing and I could do not have gotten where I am without your support. Therefore, other than liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter, please make sure to include the blog's name or URL where you are entering so I can personally thank them for their hard work!


Enter to Win

Are you ready? Here are the prizes up for grabs and the sponsors offering them:
VTech - Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor
Clipa- Polished Silver Handbag Hanger
BabbaCo - The BabbaBox
Bling Bling by Cyndi- $25 Gift Certificate
Rubbermaid - Clean & Dry Plunger
Build a Dream Playhouses - Choice of The Cosmic Cruiser or The Dream Machine

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Make sure to show your support for the sponsors and bloggers in the event. And THANK YOU for making the past year a success. Good luck!
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Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are clearly based on the number of entries received. This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. This giveaway is compliant with Facebook TOS. To qualify to win, you must fill out the entry form and follow all rules above. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. You must be 18 years old to enter and live in the continental US only! Please understand that 7 on a Shoestring and other participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping.



Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or Twitter. See my full disclosure.

May 25, 2012

Flash Foto Friday :: Architecture

Welcome to Flash Foto Friday hosted by Blog It Forward.
This week the topic is Architecture
Grab the button and link up your post below!
Use the hashtag #flashfotofriday for your tweets.

I recently visited the Ohio State Reformatory on a Trip to Mansfield, OH.
The building is just incredible. In fact, so many people agree that it has been in several Hollywood films like The Shawshank Redemption and Air Force One. If you are ever in that area, take the tour! The architect actually studied castles before he built the reformatory. It is clear in these photos.




Next week the theme will be Happiness
See you next week!

Enter To Win (2) Books :: Learn to Read and a Marvels Comic Book




It is now Day 5 of the 1 year Blogiversary Celebration for 7 on a Shoestring! Have you been entering all of the "giveaway-a-day" sweepstakes? They started on Monday and continue through this through Saturday, 5/26. Then, on May 27th, the Grand Prize Giveaway begins. Come back then for more information and your chance at winning the Grand Prize!

Day 5: Learn to Read and Marvels Comic Book


Learn to Read
What Children Need to Learn to Read, “The complete parent’s guide to ensuring literacy, a love of reading, and school readiness -Birth through the Early Grades Edition“, is the ultimate early learning resource. It is packed with age-appropriate tips, techniques, fun activities, checklists, and common-sense suggestions. You can enter to win a copy of the book as well as the accompanying CD.


Marvels Comic Book
Disney Publishing recently unveiled the brand new 36-page comic book for young readers. Available on newsstands and by subscription, kids can now join forces with their favorite Avengers: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk. Inside every issue there are action-packed comics and a never-ending cast of villains ready for battle. Win a 1 year subscription to the magazine from Disney Publishing.

How to Enter
Use the Giveaway Tools entry form below. One winner will win both items listed above. Open to US only. Good luck!
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Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or Twitter. See my full disclosure.


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