Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Calling All Small Businesses & Etsy Shop Owners - Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It seems like we were just here last year, giving ourselves anxiety attacks as we start realizing how close the Holiday's are approaching. And here we are again, gearing up for our 2nd annual Holiday Gift Guide. Are you a smaller business, run with a local business mindset? Do you have an Etsy shop? Does your shop feature items that are handmade? Eco-friendly? Sustainable and responsible? Made with natural ingredients? Are you looking for sponsorship opportunities this holiday season? Or maybe you are simply looking for a way to increase your traffic and sales this winter?  Our Holiday Gift Guide of 2014 might be just what you're looking for!

This year Slow Road to Insanity has teamed up with Naturally Frugalicious for a great holiday season. Would you like to your business or Etsy featured? Submit your shop and product information now to be considered for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – which will be viewed by thousands of readers/social media followers and fans! Every inclusion will be promoted on all Naturally Frugalicious and Slow Road to Insanity social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Holiday Gift Guide Features

  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Feature
    • Each Holiday Gift Guide Feature will include:
      • Shop/Company name and location
      • Brief description/bio
      • 1 high res product photo, sponsor provided
      • Link to Dedicated Post
      • Links to website and either Facebook or Twitter page (one additional social media account can be included for $5)
      • Social media promotion of the holiday gift guide through January 1, 2015
      • Additional exposure possibilities through Triberr (3M possible reach)
    • Upgrade to Spotlight Holiday Gift Guide Feature will include:
      • Shop/Company name and location
      • Brief description/bio, including 1-3 favorite items from shop and price range
      • 1 high res product photo, sponsor provided
      • Link to Dedicated Post
      • Links to website and up to 3 products, either Facebook or Twitter page (one additional social media account can be included for $5)
      • Social media promotion of the holiday gift guide through January 1, 2015
      • Additional exposure possibilities through Triberr (3M possible reach)
  • Dedicated Post
    • Each dedicated post will include:
      • Honest product review (if product review is chosen)
      • Company overview
      • 1-3 original photos of the product reviewed
      • Links to website and up to 3 products, Facebook and Twitter pages
      • Promotion on Naturally Frugalicious and Slow Road to Insanity Facebook pages
      • Weekly promotion on Naturally Frugalicious and Slow Road to Insanity Twitter accounts
      • Pinning to the Naturally Frugalicious Group Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Pinterest Board
      • Additional exposure possibilities through Triberr (3M possible reach)
      • Sponsored opportunities for companies who choose not to offer a review or giveaway are available.

Holiday Gift Guide Packages

  • Feature with Product Review - no cost
    • Full sized product or products, shipped to us to review, must be valued at at least $50. Products valued at less than $50 may be considered if they fit within the overall theme of the gift guide and hosting blogs. Multiple products may be submitted to meet the minimum value.
  • Feature with Product Review and Giveaway - no cost
    • Full sized product or products, shipped to us to review, must be valued at at least $75 in order for us to offer a giveaway, too. Products valued at less than $75 may be considered if they fit within the overall theme of the gift guide and hosting blogs. Multiple products may be submitted to meet the minimum value.
    • Length of giveaway is typically 10-14 days, but will be determined by how many giveaways we will be hosting and promoting.
    • Additional promotional efforts of giveaway will be made.
  • Sponsored Feature (no review or giveaway) - $ 45
    • Upgrade to Spotlight Sponsored Feature to your paid inclusion for an additional $25
  • Social Media Add-On - $20
    • Your product and brand promoted across our social media channels 6 times between November 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014
  • Pinterest Add-On - $20
    • 10 pins of your products to Holiday Gift Guide board during peak Pinterest hours.
The Holiday Gift Guide 2014 will launch November 1, 2014 and will run through January 1, 2015. In order to host a fun and successful holiday gift guide we are only accepting a limited number of shops. Sponsorship is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please be sure to secure your spot today!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Categories

  • For Him
  • For Her
  • For Teens
  • For Kids
  • For Tots
  • In the Kitchen/In the Home
  • Stocking Stuffers
  • For Pets
  • For Chanukah

Accepting Submissions From

  • Companies and small businesses with a local mindset
  • Online Shops and Artisans
  • Direct Sales Companies - Limited to 1 consultant per company, first come, first serve
  • Other companies will be taken into consideration if their products fit within the guidelines of our holiday gift guide

Items & Goods We are Looking to Include

  • Accessories, Seasonal/Winter Wear & Jewelry (for mom, women, teens, kids, babies)
  • Handbags, Totes, Camera Bags
  • Home Decor
  • Natural Skin and Body Care (makeup, lotions)
  • Children's items
  • Art (photographs, paintings, illustrations)
  • Journals & Writing items
  • Food items (spices, gourmet mixes, candies, baked goods - vegan goods welcome)
  • Pet Items
Holiday Gift Guide Editorial Calendar Overview
  • November 1, 2014 - Social media marketing of Holiday Gift Guide begins in full swing
  • November 17, 2014 - Holiday Gift Guide 2014 goes live. Feature posts begin publishing.
  • December 1, 2014 - All payments for featured/sponsored spots/posts, as well as any add-on payments must be paid in full via PayPal

Secure Your Spot in the Holiday Gift Guide

Fill out my online form.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Give Your Nails the Royal Treatment with Jamberry Nail Wraps!

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like you've been trapped under a mountain of stress? How about one of those weeks where it seems like everything has gotten away from you and by the time you've realized it you have less than half a day left to get it all done?! School assignments, work projects, homework, you name it and it seems like it's been a part of my week and here I am, finally done with it all, and ready for the weekend so I can just have two minutes to relax and unwind.

I don't know about other ladies but when I need that block of time to myself to destress I like to pamper myself a little, especially when you add in the fact that I have two kiddos under the age of 5 that drive me absolutely bonkers on top of everything else. A new haircut, a new top that I've been eyeing for awhile in the mall, those are things I adore when I need to get the weight of the world off of my shoulders. One of my all time favorite ways to treat for myself though has got to be a mani+pedi but having so much on my plate lately has kind of taken the luxury of being able to go in and have one done away from me.

It's lucky for me that I was recently given the chance to work with a wonderful distributor for a little company I think we've all heard of and coveted, Jamberry!

"The story of Jamberry Nails begins with three sisters who possess distinct personal tastes, but share a love for style. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands looking polished, while still spending time together. 

After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps of Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared. A new era of nail art was born. 

Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of the single colored manicure. Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money."
I was sent the beautiful Vintage Chic design to help facilitate my review.

Goodness, how lovely is that design ladies?

One thing I do want to mention about Jamberry is that if you happen to be unfortunately and miserably uncoordinated like me then you'll definitely want to have someone else on hand when you try to apply these beauties. I've seen women with jamicures that were flawless and even more YouTube video's for application that made it look like a snap but unfortunately for me it wasn't so easy. So, if you're one of those ladies who are a little challenged when it comes to doing your own nails have a girlfriend give you a hand. You'll be thanking me for the advice later! 

With that out of the way on to my review!

I had the hardest time picking out one design out of the pages of fantastic designs on the Jamberry site. There are, literally, designs for all ages and for every type of hobby you can think of. I can't tell you how close I came to going with a Florida Gators design but in the end the Vintage Chic won but if I had my way I'd have a different design for every day of the week.

For those of you ladies who can breeze through a manicure at home then Jamberry is definitely going to win you over. The application is very simple and along with the instructions on the back of each Jamberry package there's about a million YouTube video's to help you through your first time application. Even I'm feeling a little bit more confident after mine, although I'd still want a helping hand the next go-round!

After I compared each Jamberry decal against each finger and selected the one that best fit I set to work. One of the toughest parts, I thought, was shaping up my cuticles because, let's face it, I'm a sissy and that process hurts. In the end though, with the help of a video tutorial or two, I managed quite nicely.

The video I used was incredibly helpful and I'll include it here for my readers so you can benefit from it as well!

I had an absolutely lovely time working on this review and getting the opportunity to work with a wonderful consultant for Jamberry, Lisbeth. So, what are you waiting for? Head over and place your Jamberry order with Lisbeth today. You really won't regret it and I can say from experience that your nails are going to love you for the beautiful treatment they'll receive!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Things First Giveaway!

Slow Road to Insanity has been given the exciting opportunity to partner with the wonderful folks at Partnershub once again to help spread the word about First Things First. 

First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.
FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.
Did you know:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.

The following video is by far one of the sweetest I have seen in awhile. It's all about a man who is excited about an important lunch date with his best client and shows him in the act of preparing for the meeting. Everyone in his office is making it their business to make sure Dave is on time, dressed his best and arrives with style to this very important meeting. It isn't until the end that they show the important client as being Dave's daughter whom he had taken time out of his day to have lunch with.

It's just so sweet and shows how important it is to maintain a close relationship with your children, no matter what is going on in your life. 

If you liked that video here are a few others for you to take a look at! 

They're great to use as reference points for your marriage as well as for your relationships with your children!


The wonderful folks over at Partershub and First Things First are giving one of you lucky readers the chance to win a Family Prize Pack of 2 Large Moon Pie Shirts and 2 boxes of Single Layer Moon Pies. The perfect prize to use for your next date with your bebe's or even for a quiet evening with your spouse! Just fill out the easy rafflecopter entries below! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, July 25, 2014

Au Fait Mama Breast Feeding Apparel Review&Giveaway! US and CAN

If you're an expecting Mama or have just welcomed a new little one into the family then this is a review you're going to absolutely love.

I was given the opportunity to work with a Canada based Breast Feeding apparel company called Au Fait Mama and was sent their Nurture Shirt to review. Ladies, I have to tell you how much I love this shirt. It's been 4+ years since I've seen my pre-pregnancy body and with the constant challenge of finding clothes that fit my new Mama's body, the Nurture Shirt was just perfect.

The fit was perfect. It didn't hug my newly formed love handles or emphasize my post pregnancy pouch, which after having my second was quite pronounced, and it was one of the softest shirts I had ever owned since it was made out of bamboo. I don't know how many of you readers have had the chance to try an article of clothing made out of bamboo but if you haven't I urge you to do so ASAP. It's heavenly and light, perfect for the summer weather.

One of my favorite advantages of the Nurture Shirt is the fact that it's actually a nursing top. I know it doesn't look like it but that's the beauty of it. At a glance it looks like your average, stylish shirt but when your bebe has to nurse you'll be amazed at how easy it is to pull the neckline down, without overexposing yourself, and settle in for a nursing session. I've used this nifty feature a handful of times and never get tired of the convenience it offers me whether I'm out in public or just hanging around the house. 

The Nurture Shirt also comes in 12 different colors to choice from. I went with Eggplant because it was out of my normal comfort zone and I was interested in a change and was very pleased with how vibrant the color was in person. It's even been washed a dozen, it's 100% machine washable, or so times and hasn't faded in the slightest!

There isn't a single thing I don't adore about this shirt. I only wish I had known about Au Fait Mama during both pregnancy and had invested in a handful of the Nurture shirts for my wardrobe. They're perfect for during pregnancy and after.

Want a Nurture shirt for yourself? Well, Au Fait Mama has generously offered to give one away to one of you lucky ducks! Entries are easy. Just fill out the entries on the Rafflecopter form below and you're all set. Stay tuned to see if you're picked as our winner!

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Thursday, June 19, 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!

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! 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!