Friday, May 31, 2013

An Important Reminder...


A $50 @ShabbyApple #GIVEAWAY - Start Your Summer Out With Some Stunning Vintage Clothes!

An online clothing store that I "adore" (literally drool over) is:
They have such beautiful & tasteful things, and some of them are "VINTAGE CLOTHING" inspired!  

Their dresses & even their swimwear is modest and sophisticated!  I would describe their clothing line as "SIMPLY STUNNING"!
And wearing some of their vintage clothing will definitely make you an eye turner at any party or event this summer.


“Shabby Apple is an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses. 
Click Here: vintage dresses to see their selection!” 
I am so excited that Shabby Apple has extended a $50 Gift Certificate GIVEAWAY to (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader (living in the USA only).  

Are you excited to shop in one of my favorite online clothing stores, when you win this giveaway?  I have to admit, I'm a little jealous!  

ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY BELOW:

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SAVE 10% off with the code: polkadot10off I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated by posting about this review/feature!  The giveaway will be sent to the winner directly.

Almost FREE Water Fun...As Simple As Playing With The Water Hose!

Kids are easily entertained!  
At least most kids are!  
In the hot summer months ahead, you may be looking for some simple, easy and cost effective ways to have "OUTDOOR" fun with your kids and not let the HEAT bother you!
My kids love playing with the water hose!  
  • You can play jump rope with the water (they love it)!
  • You can make a rainbow!
  • You can play tag! 
  • You can just hose each other till you're soaked!

Even our dog loves playing in the hose!

The only cost with this activity is time & water (if you're metered it could cost a bit).  But the amount of fun you can have is endless!  Don't forget to sunscreen your kids up and let them "GET WET" and "COOL OFF" this summer!  You'll be thanking me!
An added bonus, if you want to EARN EXTRA POINTS with the kids...  
Buy some cheap Popsicles at the store and let them enjoy a refreshing treat while they are drying off!

I was not paid to post this feature!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about these fun "water hose" activities!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

FINALLY...The Bubble Guppies Toy Line Arrives - AND IT TOTALLY ROCKS!!

We know you've been waiting!  I am so excited to share with you that the Bubble Guppies Toy Line has not only arrived in retailers near you...but your kids are going to have so much fun playing with their Bubble Guppies Friends!
We received a sample of the Bubble Guppies Toy Line...
and my little guy couldn't wait to get his hands on it all!
(These products were sent free of charge for this review/feature and I was not paid to offer my honest opinion about the products sent for review!)
How great are all these toys?

We had the Rock N Roll Stage put together in only a few short minutes, batteries installed and it was ready for playtime!  He loved it!  Not only is it fun to send the Bubble Guppies down the slide, but the musical interaction is so much fun too!  Your kids will be giggling, dancing and playing with this for hours!
The Fin-Tastic Guitar is so much fun too!  Even our four year old was excited to "ROCK N' ROLL" with his Bubble Guppies friends!  It has over 40 interactive sounds, songs and comments!  TRUST ME!!  This is one fun "Fin-tastic Guitar"!

All of the products we received were so much fun and I know that since you've been waiting so long for these toys to finally arrive...your children will be just as STOKED about it as mine were!


I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OUR SNEAK PEEK: "American Girl - Saige Paints The Sky" DVD

My girls are gaga for all things AMERICAN GIRL!  
If you remember last year, we hosted a party, with all things AMERICAN GIRL and watched the movie for 2012 "McKenna - Shoot For the Stars" 
(CLICK HERE to see our post).
And my girls were "THROUGH THE ROOF" excited to have the chance to help me "review" this movie before it's released to the public!!  
TALK ABOUT EXCITING!
(This "screening" DVD was sent free of charge for this review/feature and I was not paid to offer my honest opinion about this new movie)
We popped popcorn, they snuggled in a blanket and the movie got started!!  
As with all American Girl movies, there are always positive things in the movie that inspire our "AMERICAN GIRLS" to be courageous, overcome their fears and "Paint The Sky" with their talents and gifts!
Jane Seymour stars as "Grandma Mimi" and Saige, who is nine years old (just like my oldest daughter).  In fact, our oldest daughter could relate to the character, because she, herself, loves to draw as well.  She could also relate with her about her "friend" issues, as Saige she feels her friendship with Tessa is not the same, when she starts spending more time with a new friend (who likes to sing) instead of with her.  
When Saige finds out that the art program is being cut (her favorite class), she has to find the courage inside herself to save the art program (in a very creative way) and also her friendship with Tessa.  
She also makes a couple new friends along the way!
As a mommy, watching the movies with my girls, one of the things I noticed and love, was the music!  They cast some truly talented young ladies to play these roles!  I love that they teach the girls, through the stories, how to work through HARD THINGS in life and come out on the POSITIVE SIDE!!  Your girls will get emotional with the characters of the movie and excited with them too!
It definitely got my girl's THUMBS UP approval!

This movie is available for purchase on July 2nd...and if you have an AMERICAN GIRL in your house, this is definitely a MUST HAVE for your collection!  Your girls will love this movie!  

CLICK HERE to save a few dollars and pre-order your copy today!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the "SCREENING" DVD that was sent for review/feature!

FUN, ALMOST FREE, Fabulous Things To Do With The Kids This Summer!!

Summer will be arriving very, very soon!  Can you believe it?  Where did the school year go?  With the kids out of school all day long, you may be grasping for ideas of things you can do, that don't break your piggy bank, that will keep them safely entertained during the hot summer days!

I'll tell you this much...stores like $.99 only and DollarTree are going to be your best friend financially this summer!  Why?  They have all sorts of fun SUMMER items and it's SUPER CHEAP to buy everything your kids might want to play with!  
Go fly a kite!  Most of the DollarTree & $.99 Only stores have quick and easy to assemble plastic kites!  They may not be top of the line, but trust me...it can be a lot of fun to try to get them to catch some air.  Even if it's only for a second or two!
Trust me, listening to their giggles as they TRY to get their kite to take flight, will be worth it!
Go for a HIKE!!  You may have to pay for parking or maybe not), but the time you spend outside, exploring all the amazing plants, insects, animals and breathing in all the fresh air will be worth any $$ it might cost!  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day outdoors!  Your kids will love it!  The last HIKE we went on, the kid's and I saw a HUGE rattlesnake!  INSTANT JELLO LEGS, but the story will live on forever!
Take a DAY TRIP to the BEACH (ok...this does involve gas and parking)!!  Enjoy the salty water, crashing waves, warm sand and the smiles that will be all over your kids faces!  Don't forget the sunscreen!  You can purchase items like beach buckets (for sand castle building), shovels and other beach toys at those discount stores!  You can pick up a boogie board (if you're feeling like riding the waves) for under $15 at stores like Ross or Marshalls!  You'll spend the whole day and your children will be worn out from all the fun...TRUST ME!
Just Blow Some Bubbles...this is something that even mommies like to do!!  Even our dogs like the bubbles!!  There is something relaxing and soothing about watching these beautiful iridescent bubbles, floating in the wind!  You can purchase containers of bubbles for super cheap, or you can make your own (and even make your own bubble blower wands) at home!  CLICK HERE to see more ideas about this!
Be creative with Pool Noodles (which means you can do an endless assortment of fun outdoor activities with these)!  You don't have to have a swimming pool to have fun with Pool Noodles!  Your kids won't get bored with this huge list of ideas!!
CLICK HERE to see all sorts of ideas on Pinterest!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about these fun, almost free, fabulous things to do with the kids this summer!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rembrandt - Brightening Your Smile ALL SUMMER Long!!

As you know, I am an avid coffee drinker!  Because of that, my teeth are prone to stains, as are all coffee drinkers!  I HATE THAT!  Almost makes me not want to drink it anymore...but then again, it's something that can be remedied pretty easy when there are products like Rembrandt around!
I love Rembrandt Products because they are for daily use and then for extreme uses too!  
(I was sent these products free of charge for this review/feature and I was not paid to offer my honest opinion on the products sent!
I love their toothpastes, because twice daily, I can be fighting those difficult coffee stains.  There is even "Deeply White" mouthwash, to use after your done brushing!  It has the same enamel-safe whitening ingredients that dentists use!
And for more extreme cases, I can do the "DEEPLY WHITE" 2 Hour Whitening Kit!  
I only did 2 (20 minute) applications...because my teeth started to get a little sensitive...but I was already super impressed by the LIGHTENING effects I am already seeing!  Maybe you don't see it...but I definitely do!  Don't worry, I'll finish up the last couple applications in a day or so...but as you can tell, the stains between my teeth have already lightened substantially...LOVE IT!

All of Rembrandt Products work wonderfully and are what I use only  teeth on a daily basis!  They help me feel confident in my smile!  No one wants to hide teeth!  At least, I don't!  I love to smile and I am proud that when I do, my smile is brighter than ever when I use Rembrandt products!

CLICK HERE to check out their entire product line!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

Monday, May 27, 2013

@Playdinllc Toys - Quirky And Unique Toys = TOO CUTE!

We always love learning about new and unique products!  Especially toys!!  The girls were super excited when some new "FRIENDS" arrived for us to check out!
Playdin Zip-It's and Cotton Candy Cutesie are bright, colorful and UNIQUE!!!  Unlike any toys that my girls currently have to play with...these became instant hits in our home!
(I was sent these products free of charge for this review/feature and was not paid to offer my honest opinion about the products!!
The Zip-It's have zippers in the most unique places!!  We received "ZACK" and my youngest daughter thought he was pretty cool!  His zippered spots are perfect for hiding treasure, secrets or even spare change she finds!  
The Cotton Candy Cutesies "FROZEN LIMEADE" has the craziest hair!  It was definitely a draw for my oldest daughter!  As soon as she saw it, she had to have it!  It almost reminds me of the trolls I used to play with as a little girl!  It's plush, fuzzy and fun loving!  She even has a tropical drinks UMBRELLA in her hair!  SO CUTE!!
CLICK HERE to learn about Playdin's "Zip-It's" and "Cotton Candy Cutesies", because I'm sure my girls aren't the only ones that will go gaga for these unique new friends!!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cooked Perfect Bites - YUMMY And Simple Lunch Treat!

As a busy mommy, I find that, often times...I neglect myself at lunch time.  Be it that I'm busy with chores, or running errands, or taking care of the kids, sometimes I simply forget to eat!  NOT GOOD, right?  

When I do take the time to eat, I like things that can be quick, simple and tasty too!  
What about you?
I was delighted to try a bag of Cooked Perfect "Buffalo Style Chicken" Bites
New flavors are coming in this Summer too!
(I was sent these products free of charge for this review/feature and I was not paid to offer my honest opinion about this product!
These can be cooked easily in the microwave or oven! 
 Of course, the microwave is quicker, but the oven offers crispier results...which to me, is worth the extra time spent preparing them!  In reality, they really don't take that long cooking them in the oven either!
QUICK, simple, and satisfying!!  I enjoyed these Cooked Perfect "Buffalo Style Chicken" Bites!  They were not "TOO" spicy, had good flavor, were quick to make & clean up after, and they are packed with protein too!  
CLICK HERE to learn about the other flavor options of Cooked Perfect Bites!  Perhaps you'll be having a quick & satisfying lunch too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Staples – Wine Storage That Will Have You Saying “That Was EASY”!

Wine has become a very trendy and popular drink, in homes and social aspects as well!  
People open bottles to celebrate, to enjoy with a hearty meal and even as a way of socializing with friends for an evening out.  Sometimes wine is presented as gifts for holidays, to show appreciation for business and so much more!
My question for you...
Where would you shop for products to store your wine?  
Would you ever think to shop at STAPLES for products like a Haier 16 Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls?  If I was being honest, it probably would not have been the first place I would have thought to look…but I was delighted to learn it’s a great place to purchase one, at a great price & with free shipping!

(I was sent this product free of charge for this review/feature and I was not paid to offer my honest opinion on this product!)
This Haier 16 Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls arrived and I was super impressed from the moment I took it out of the box.  
With three rows of storage space, there is plenty of room to store all your favorites, both red and white wines. 
The electronic controls function easily and this fridge was cooled down to the perfect temperature really quickly!  I was truly impressed!!
I love the light inside, because you can peak in and know exactly which bottle you want to pull out, before you open the door.  The door, when the light is off, is almost mirror like…which makes it perfect for having around the house, because it blends in with your furniture and décor.  The only problem with a door like that is FINGERPRINTS…so you’ll be asking little people not to touch, or constantly touching it up with Windex!   However, it does wipe clean very easily too!

Did you know that the idea temperature for :
White wines is 45ºF
Red wines is 50-55ºF
And did you know that it’s crucial that wines be stored and kept at stable temperatures, or it can cause the wine to age to quickly, causing it to loose flavor and balance?

Did you know that Staples has a vast selection of mini fridges and wine cellars as well?  I had no idea, because I thought they carried only office supplies, but I am glad that I know now!  I also like that these products can be ordered online and delivered right to your door with "FREE SHIPPING"!  It will have you saying “THAT WAS EASY!”  Because ordering from them truly is MADE EASY with products like this that have to be ordered ONLINE ONLY! 

This is perfect for homes & also some companies who need products like this in their office, for storage of “special gifts”, water bottles, sodas for employees, etc.

In our house , we are "alcohol free", but that doesn’t mean that products like this can't come in handy!  In fact, we love sparkling apple ciders, bottles of water, sodas, and so much more, that can be kept at the perfect temperature in this Haier 16-Bottle WineCellar with Electronic Controls too.

Regardless of your “NEED” for this type of Haier 16 BottleWine Cellar with Electronic Controls, I promise you’ll be impressed with the selection Staples offers and I was truly impressed with this product in general!  So far, I have been truly delighted with everything about this product!!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!  Staples provided me with the 

Haier 16-Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls for review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own and no other compensation was received.

Kohl's Cares For Kids - The Pout-Pout Fish

If you've ever shopped at Kohl's before, you've probably noticed the displays of "Kohl's Cares For Kids" products that are $5 each.  
Have you seen them?  
Have you purchased them?  
These make excellent gifts...and also are for an excellent cause!!
We received the newest "Kohl's Cares for Kids" package (which donates 100% of the net profit to children's health and education initiatives nationwide) in the mail to share with you...and you get excited about your next shopping excursion & what you can expect to see and maybe even leave with!!
(This package was sent free of charge for this review/feature and I was not paid to offer my honest opinion on the products sent!)
Not only that, but seriously...only $5 for these adorable plush stuffed animals?  That's a bargain and my kids LOVED THEM!  
And $5 for a super great 32 page book, written by Deborah Diesen that your kids are going to love reading?
My suggestion to you?  Run...to your nearest Kohl's store and buy a few of these "The Pout-Pout Fish" Kohl's Cares For Kids products!  Gift them to your kids, your friends & family, or even your grandkids!  Trust me...the kids will love the story and even more, having their plush pals to read it with them!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this current "Kohl's Cares For Kids" program and find out just how "well spent" your money is, when you purchase these products!  They go right back into the community to help kids!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Keeping "BEAUTY PRODUCTS" Within the Budget - Check These Out For Summer!

Every mommy (or lady in general) has certain things she'll SPLURGE ON.  
Sometimes makeup is one of those things!  
What if, there are products that work just as great, but for a whole lot less money!  
Maybe you could put that extra money towards an even bigger splurge later on?
I was so excited to receive some "BEAUTY" products for Summer...and all of them are under $20 - which makes them totally in the budget for almost any woman to wear!  
In fact, almost all of them are under $5 each.
(These products were sent free of charge for this review/feature and I was not paid to offer my honest opinion on each product!!)
The products from Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase are always a favorite for me!  Not only because they are products that are readily available at Walmart and definitely within my budget...but because they work great for my skin!  The Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase HydraBalance Foaming Cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and fresh!  Honestly, after spending a few hours out in the hot sunshine, that's an awesome feeling at the end of the day! The Dr. LeWinn  by Kinerase Instant Perfecting B.B. Cream SPF 15, not only makes my skin look almost completely flawless, but it has built in SPF 15, so it's protecting my skin when I'm outside playing with the kids!  
These Dr Lewinn by Kinerase products be purchased at Walmart.com!
The Wet N Wild products (all of which were bright and fun for summer) are always a hit in my house, because it's a brand known to be on the "less expensive" end of the budget.  In fact, some would consider it cheap!  However, I am always impressed with the quality of it, despite the discounted price tag.  The MegaLast Liquid Lip Color  (I received two colors that were not really "MY COLORS"), really did MEGALAST!  In fact, it would wipe off, rub off or get off.  I would have been delighted if they were colors I would have typically picked to wear, but it did give me a good chuckle to have to wear HOT PINK lips for an entire day!  The FastDry Nail Color  is bright & cheery...and dries super fast!  I love that!  Especially if I'm using is on the kids!  And finally, the CoverAll Pressed Powder was light weight, covered fairly well and finished off my look for the day!  
All of these products can be purchased at Drugstore.com!

All of these products are fun, frugal and will have you feeling fabulous this summer!  

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Accessories For Your Pencils And Your Hair? @Qoileez Has You Covered!

My girls & I love accessories of any kind!  Things for their nails, their hair, their clothing, their necks & arms and even their pencils, make us giddy with excitement!
When Qoileez arrived at our house, my oldest daughter immediately staked claim on her favorite packet!  She wanted to make sure they were on her pencils and ready to take to school the next day!
So what is a Qoileez?  These squiggly, stretchy, bright colored and fun accessories can be put on pencils as grippers, put in the hair as a hair accessory, and so much more!

I haven't put them in the girl's hair yet...but I will be!  I think they are adorable and so much fun!  Because there is so many different styles, you can match them with any outfit, coordinate with school supplies when they are starting out the school year, etc.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Qoileez and perhaps you'll be buying some of these fun accessories for your little girls!!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!