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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The LEGO Movie Blue-Ray Giveaway! US 7/1

You know, when I was sitting in the movie theater with my girls, eagerly anticipating Frozen, I had the thought that I had seen everything and that there was nothing new in the previews that I had never seen before. I was still excited to see what was in the works and I knew I'd end up seeing every movie that was being previewed at some point in the future but like I said, I knew there wasn't anything new or different in store for me.

Well, I can admit when I'm wrong and the moment I saw the LEGO movie preview I silently admitted it to myself. Finally, something new, something different and something everyone my age and older could truly appreciate. I mean, c'mon, who over the age of 30 doesn't remember playing with LEGO's back in the day and daydreamed of action adventures while playing with them?

If you've found yourself geeking out over this awesome LEGO adaption then you're going to love what I have to tell you................I've recently gotten the opportunity via Partnershub to work with them again on a promotion for the LEGO movie and...dun-dun-dun, offer it, on Blu-Ray, to one of you lucky ducks for a giveaway!

For those of you folks who have been living under a rock for the past 6 months or so, here's a little bit about the LEGO movie:

The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Starring as Emmet's fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC's Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret. Also, if that teaser on what to expect in the movie wasn't enough, be sure to check out the fun LEGO movie app below. It's pretty neat!

• Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the action and play “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME” at the same time to really get crazy with it!
• Press the “record” button and make a mini 6 second LEGO GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!
To enter, you must be a US resident who is 18 or older. The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on July 1st. The prize is limited to one per household (so if you win this on another blog that is hosting this giveaway from PartnersHub, you are ineligible to win it here). a Rafflecopter giveaway Slow Road to Insanity received no compensation for this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Textbook Rentals Made Easy with CampusBookRentals.com!

Its that time a year again, folks. If you have a High School senior or at this point, freshly graduated teen then you know what I mean. These past two weeks I have seen a plethora of students graduate from a grueling 4 years of High School. Closest to my heart though has been one of my own nieces who I know has been chomping at the bit to get out of her High School and out into the real world as well as head off to college.

One worry she has expressed since she graduated last week was the probability that she would have to work and cram in school to help pay for her course work which most of you know translates into text books. High Schoolers have it pretty easy when it comes to their materials list but once you make the transition over to College its a whole different story. 

Fortunately for my niece and for the other 2014 graduates as well as for existing college students there's a website/program that is designed to make the college experience a little easier on those precious dollars they're desperately trying to save!

CampusBookRentals.com is an amazing program and should appeal to just about every college-bound or college attending student out there, for many reasons. First and foremost there's the money saving aspect of it. According to a study done back in 2009 the average cost of text books per semester at a 4 year college is an average of $561 dollars. Before your jaw drops to the floor let me also tell you that while using CampusBookRentals as an alternative you can save anywhere from 40-90% on book store prices. Talk about savings! 

One of my personal favorite perks that come with using CampusBookRentals is that you can highlight your text. Yes, you can actually take out your highlighters or pens and highlight text that you find interesting or need to come back to. No more writing notes as you go. Just uncap that handy-dandy highlighter and start marking. I seriously would have loved this program while I was still in school. To this day I still have all of my old notebooks that are filled with nothing but page after page of notes copied from textbooks.

If those two perks aren't a good enough incentive then here's a few more to help you decide: 

  • CampusBookRentals provides free shipping both ways. Renting? Free shipping. Returning? Free shipping. Boom, more money in your pocket. 
  • Renting periods are flexible. No need to sweat over a looming due date. 
  • CampusBookRentals donates to Operation Smile with every rental.  

One more very nifty thing I should mention along with CampusBookRentals is their sister program RentBack. Basically what happens is people get stuck with textbooks they've bought previously. You've heard of it happening or have seen kids advertising their course work books online through their social media, desperate to get rid of it and earn back the cash they paid for it. Rentback is great because it allows you to rent out your textbooks to other people AND get paid each time it's rented!

Seriously, if you aren't sold and on your way to becoming a CampusBookRental user today then you're just crazy! You might as well be throwing your hard earned cash into the garbage disposal. I have heard nothing but good things about this program and recommend it to all my college attendees.

Happy Renting! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summary Sunday

Our week has been pretty darn uneventful. Sophie-bean and Desi Lou have been their usual havoc wreaking selves, I've been trying to keep on top of my Virtual Assistant assignments and as usual I've been somewhat lacking in the sleep department.

I did however manage to get a good chunk of neglected housework done on Friday. It only took me from 9am to 7pm but I got the kitchen spiffed up, the living-room picked up and the dining room looking pretty darn good too. There are still a bunch of tasks just waiting to be checked off the list but I've been feeling pretty accomplished given the fact that it hasn't been done in awhile and I have a 3yr and a 1yr running amok. Heck, I even managed to squeeze in a shower!

For the coming week I hope to keep staying on task like I have and I have a few packets of Sunflower seeds that I've been dying to plant, hopefully with help from my girls. We'll have to see how that one goes. I can envision a wet, muddy, mess in my future.

Stay sane, Mamas.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Get the Lashes of Your Dreams with Younique 3D Fiber Lash: Review

I was given the opportunity recently to review a product that has starred in my dreams since I first laid eyes on it. I've never been an expert when it comes to the more girly side of life but one thing I was taught was to always play up the eyes and with this product I've found its easier than ever to give my blue eyes the bold look that I adore.

Ladies, let me introduce you to my new favorite, game changing, product, Moodstruck Fiber Lashes by Younique.

Now, I know a lot of you like to reserve special products or looks for going out on the town or for an important event but since I'm just starting out and am a SAHM I tend to apply makeup on a whim. Staying home with two girls constantly takes it out of me so there are days after they've gone down for a nap and I've had the chance to add a few extra minutes to my shower routine, that I want to do a little something extra and feel pretty instead of rundown and tired. So, this little duo has been getting tons of use over the last month or two. I can't help it, I LOVE it that much.

I will admit that after reading some of the reviews that I was a little intimidated to try the Moodstruck Fiber lash system. I mean, seriously, I sometimes I have a hard enough time getting my everyday mascara to go on right..having two tubes of the stuff to contend with seemed like certain doom but hey, like I said, I was thrilled and have always wanted beautiful, long, dark lashes. Those covergirls with the sooty eyes all over the television have always had my envy.

So, my first crack at the Moodstruck duo went surprisingly well. Armed with my nifty eyebrow brush ( you may or may not need one but I like to have one handy just in case) and my Maybelline mascara I headed into the bathroom for my test run. Following the instructions closely, so I didn't make a disaster of a first attempt, I applied a coat of my everyday wear mascara first and then opened up my fiber lash duo.

Inside I found two tubes, one containing theTransplanting Gel and the other containing the Fibers.

A nifty trick I learned while using this product was to hold both tubes in one hand with both tops unscrewed so I could move quickly with the fibers while the transplanting gel was still wet. It was so, so, much easier than having to put one down, apply, put that one down and apply again. This little trick helped keep the transplanting gel fresh so the fibers could really stick once I applied them and they didn't just fall off in a mess on my cheeks like I'd read in other reviews. 

One really important step that you absolutely cannot forget, ladies, is to reapply the transplanting gel to your lashes after applying the fibers. If you don't the fibers will just come right off. In my case I forgot briefly on one eye while trying to get the other perfect and had the fibers fall into my eye and irritate it pretty bad. So, you definitely want to remember that crucial step so you can lock in the fibers!

My results?


Don't mind the fuzzy eyebrows. They've been a bit neglected lately. Also, keep in mind, this is just two coats of the Moodstruck Fiber Lash system. Can you imagine how much more length and volume my lashes could have had if I had applied, say, 2 or so more coats? I'd be in lash heaven.

This product is a bit pricey, about $30, for gals like me who are dabbling with cosmetics and still learning the ropes, but for you ladies who are serious about your cosmetics it's worth every penny. Heck, even as frugal as I can sometimes be, I might even put up the cash just to have my lashes look this great ALL the time.

I've had so much run with this review and can honestly say I would recommend it to any one of my lady friends. Heck, I'd recommend it to strangers on the street given half the chance. It really is that good. It just takes a bit of patience and there's definitely a learning curve but it's worth it when the compliments start rolling in, so, don't keep waiting.

Put your order in with my amazing representative, Karen, on the link above for this amazing lash duo TODAY! She can answer any questions you may have and get you all set up to receive your Moodstruck 3-D Fiber Lash kit today!

Additionally, if you want to help this poor, starving, (well, not really but it sounds good) blogger earn some free or discounted Younique products you can use this nifty link to join my Younique Party. It will ensure 3 things. A.) that you will get the products you've been coveting. B.) I will get free/discounted products AND C.) it will benefit Karen also. Win, win, win!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bear Paw Meat Handling Forks Review and Giveaway! US 5/27

Here in our home we're a huge fan of crock pot dinners. They're easy, they're convenient and while they may not be quick the preparation time sure is and then you can just forget about it for a few hours while the crock pot does all the work. One of our favorite meals to cook in the crock pot is a nice pot roast or pork roast. I love it because all I have to do is season the meat, cut up my ingredients, dump 'em all in, put a little bit of water in the bottom and walk away.

By the time everyone comes home for the night dinner is as easy as unplugging the crock pot and putting it on the table. The only trouble with this process is getting the meat out and serving it. I know I'm not the only one who has burned herself on a steaming Roast as I've tried to cut/serve it. I also happen to know that I'm not the only one who would prefer to skip the greasy fingers and accompanying mess of handling meats. I've always been a little clumsy with a meat fork and regular cutlery just doesn't seem to cut it so when I started surfing around the web to find a utensil that would help with my meat related challenges.

By sheer luck I came across a fellow blogger who has featured Bear Paw Products on their blog and after reading the glowing review of their Bear Paws I found myself reaching out to the company in the hopes to review their products myself and to see if they were the answer I'd been looking for.

Much to my delight they did indeed turn out to be a dream come true.

My crockpot troubles were officially over, I no longer suffered from burned fingers and I was shredding pork roast for barbecue sandwiches with an ease I'd never experienced before. The Turkey we bought for Easter this year? The menfolk had no problem carving that bad boy up with the help of our Bear Paws!

Its been fabulous having such handy little helpers and my favorite part is not that they've solved my meat handling challenges but that they're so easy to use and easy to CLEAN! There's nothing I loathe more than doing all the dirty dishes that accumulate in a day but with Bear Paws all I have to do is wash them with hot soapy water and ta-da, all clean.

So, now that I've rambled on enough I bet you're jonesing to get your hands on a pair yourself, aren't you? Then you're in luck because the wonderful folks over at Bear Paws have generously offered one of you lucky readers the chance to win a pair for yourself. You'll be the envy of your fellow Barbeque mates when you show up with a pair of these wonderful utensils in your choice of either: Pink, Black or White.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Every Cent Counts When Saving Your Hard Earned Money!

Before I had my girls I had absolutely no concept of being smart with my money. I spent every penny I had just as soon as I got it and I didn't think anything of it until it was gone. Then of course I needed it and didn't have it. I spent quite a few years with my terrible money spending habits and then I had my daughters. Boy, did I learn quick that I couldn't simply let my money burn a hole in my pocket anymore. I cut out a lot of the junk I deemed unnecessary and I still had trouble until I actually sat down and made myself a plan.

I cut out all frivolous purchases. Food purchases, unless it was going in the fridge for meals during the week, were also cut out. Basically unless it was for a necessary bill and yes, I do mean necessary, it was cut from my budget. I traded in my regular checking card for a prepaid card that blocked overages or any charges that exceeded what I had in the bank. I made a point to keep close track on what I had coming in each month and listed every last cent I made so I could keep track of it all.

My methods may drastically differ from the next persons but below is a great bundle of information for the money conscious or those who are looking for better ways to manage their money. There are some great tips in there that I myself will greatly benefit from as well. So, if you're looking to save money in today's economy check it out!


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