Friday, 31 January 2014

Cater Your Super Bowl Party, With Bottom Dollar Food!

You may have already picked your team for Super Bowl Sunday, but how about your food!?

Time is running out and you want to get the best for your buck, with quality as well as quantity, and what better place to head to than Bottom Dollar Food?

I have spoken to you before about how to afford a meal on a budget, but you can also cater your Super Bowl Party with Bottom Dollar Food and really get the job done with a happy wallet - even when buying national brands and fresh produce!

Whether you are going for wings, burgers, fries, chips, dips, chilli bowls, fruit platters or something more extravagant like home made parfaits, veggie skewers or fruit carved into roses, Bottom Dollar Food has everything you might need [including kabob sticks] and then some more!

I popped into my local store to stock up for our Super Bowl Sunday festivities this week and stocked up with everything from fresh, crispy red apples to fresh chicken legs and anyone at my house for the Super Bowl will not be disappointed!

To list everything I bought would take forever and a day but some of the things included in my shop were: Ball Park franks, Ore-Ida fries, Pringles, Egglands Best eggs [because everybody loves a devilled egg here], Pepsi, Johnsonville sausage, clementines, apples, onions, celery, potatoes and fresh chicken thighs and drumsticks to name a few!

How good are the prices, you ask!? Well, even when compared to one of the wider-known, leading stores in our area, which has some of the best prices around, I found that Bottom Dollar Food actually out-shined them on value, too!

Here are some price comparisons for some of the national brands and fresh produce available at Bottom Dollar Food (prices good as of 01/31/14 and may change at any time in either store).

  • Chicken Legs $4.98 for 14 pieces in our competitors store but just an amazing $2.27 in Bottom Dollar Food for 14 pieces of a similar weight!
  • Ball park franks $3.78 at one of our competitors stores but just $2.48 this week at my local Bottom Dollar Food.
  • Onions were $2.68 for a 3lb bag at our competitors store and only $1.68 for a similar 3lb bag in Bottom Dollar Food!
  • Celery was just $1.28 each in Bottom Dollar Food but $2.48 at the competitors store.
  • A 10lb bag of russet potatoes was $4.57 at the competitors store, but for $1.98 per 5lb bag of russet potatoes in Bottom Dollar Food, you can pick up 10lbs worth of potatoes for just $3.96.
  • Ore-Ida Fries $2.96 with the competitor and $2.83 with Bottom Dollar Food!
  • Pringles - $1.50 with the competitor and just $1.44 at Bottom Dollar Food.
  • EB Eggs 2.78 with the competitor and just $2.68 at Bottom Dollar Food. Their store own brand eggs are also only 99 cents a box, which is an amazing price!
  • Pepsi is just 98c for a 2ltr bottle this week at Bottom Dollar Food but $1.38 with the competitor we shopped with.
  • Johnsonville Brats were $3.98 with the competitor and just $3.78 at Bottom Dollar Food.
  • Juicy clementines were $4.97 per 3lb bag at the competitor but for just an extra dollar you can buy a 5lb box in Bottom Dollar Food at $5.97

If these prices don't take your fancy, then how about a jar of Ragu at just $1.54 this week or a bag of red apples for only $1.98? I even found Welches juice at $2.98 in Bottom Dollar Food but a whole dollar MORE in our competitor store!

All of these savings [and more] spread out across the store on national brands as well as fresh produce and will help you serve up your favorite game-day snack at a reasonable price! Even if you don't want to pick up the name brands then Bottom Dollar Food also has plenty of store brand's own products to throw into the mix and you're sure to cater to all of your guests with an all-knowing happy-little-smile on your face with all of those saved pennies in your wallet!

But WAIT! Also, did you know that Bottom Dollar Food not only has low prices on your national brands but they accept coupons, too!? This means that you can drop your shopping totals for national brands even further and you could walk out with a steal of a shop - you don't even HAVE to use all paper coupons anymore, either as Bottom Dollar Food also has SOME coupons available to load right to your store card from the web once your store card is registered to you!!

So what are you waiting for?! Game day is coming, the snow and ice are clearing and if you have any place to go today then why not take a trip through Bottom Dollar Food first and see just how much you could be saving!

Why not check out Bottom Dollar Food over at their website, Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date on the next great buy!

Whoever you're rooting for this Sunday; enjoy the game and, of course, the food and savings!!

Go teams!!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift card in order to shop for Super Bowl Sunday and to have fun finding great savings. The provision of the card has not in any way influenced my views and all thoughts are honet and open. Prices correct at time of publication and may be subject to change. Thank you!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Valentines Doesn't Have To Be Expensive With The Entertainment Coupon Book! (Review)

Have you ever wondered how people make all those savings with coupons and where exactly those coupons might come from? Well, wonder no more!

As someone who has been using coupons for a few years now I can say for certain that if there is a coupon for it, i'll use it - every single penny adds up and it adds up FAST!

Not every coupon I have ever used has come to me free and without some kind of attachment but the cost of a paper on a Sunday or a magazine in the month sure does outweigh the value of the coupons and so spending out the money to save a lot more is good enough for me!

The one publication, which I look forward to seeing every year is the Entertainment book, which is not only yearly, but regional and cost affective at just $35 per book, which contains thousands of dollars worth of savings - you could get back the price of the book in one or two coupons and the rest is money in your pocket! There is also an app attached to the books now, which means even more savings - all you have to do is sign up when you get your book!

I think everyone could really do with a few extra bucks these days and the savings are so abundant that you really do not have to waste a penny anymore! Even as Valentines Day comes along you could use the coupons in the Entertainment book to book a meal, event or adventure to your liking and save a few bucks with the available coupons for your area!

In our book we have coupons for buy 1 get 1 free coffee at Turkey hill, which would be a great place to start, or finish a night out with the "better half" and works well with buy 1 get 1 dinner coupons, entree coupons and attraction and bowling coupons plus more!

Should your car run into difficulty during the big date then there are some useful coupons in here for that, too! Maybe you just need a tire rotation to keep things smooth - that's here, too at a reduced cost!

You really can save a bundle with this book and that means more money in your pocket to get something special for the loved one in your life this Valentines Day!!

To check out the books for yourself and to see if they are available in your area head on over to (Philly and South Jersey) - right now you could score a book for $18 plus free shipping but offer may not last and all prices might vary so please check for prices as you go!

What are you waiting for!? Hop on to savings!


Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the entertainment coupon book for my honest opinion. Your views may differ. Thanks!

Friday, 17 January 2014

SodaStream Genesis Review!

 I know that I have shared with you, in the past, a review on a soda machine [which I loved] from:

That particular soda machine was the SodaStream Jet, but check out the GENESIS SodaStream, soda maker, which I have been given the opportunity to try out recently, too!

Slimmer than some of the other soda machines, lighter and a little more compact, the Genesis is an easy-to-put-together, stylish little machine that looks good in my small kitchen with the little space that I have available to me!

The machine is black, but it does come in other colors - I especially love the red, but the black goes with just about anything in a kitchen, unless you have white appliances - in which case, you could pick up a Genesis in white, too!

The assembly of this machine takes a few seconds and you're set to go. Put the pieces together, add the Co2 carbonator bottle and place it wherever you plan to keep it and VOILA! You have the ability to make soda in your own home! Fabulous!

Using one of the SodaStream specific bottles, which are made to be durable and tolerate the blast of gas from the Co2, you can make sparkling water with a couple of presses of the button situated on the top of the machine. Once the water is sparkling, you can add some syrup to the water to create your soda flavor! The addition of the syrup must occur after the fizz and not before and you can add as little or as much as you like dependent on your taste!

There are so many different flavors to choose from and so there really is something for everybody from good old root beer to cola and favorites like Country Time Pink Lemonade or Kool-Aid Fruit Punch to name just a few!

As a machine in its own right, I love the Genesis for bringing me soda that I can observe the contents of,make to taste and which saves on empty cans, bottles and even pennies in the long run on regular sodas purchased at the store, BUT as a machine next to some of the others that I have had the pleasure to come into contact with, it is not my favorite, nor my least favorite either, though and so very much worth a try!

I think the Genesis is a good starter machine, great for any occasion and would make for a great gift, but there are also so many other different styles of SodaStream soda machines to choose from that it is worth shopping around to find the right one best to suit you and your needs!

If you have a small kitchen, little counter space, don't like bulky machines and want simplicity then this machine is PERFECT for you and it works for me, too.

To check out all of the available machines and flavors from SodaStream, head on over to their website, HERE and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and to learn more!

My children absolutely love the SodaStream machines and find the Genesis easy to use - I would advise to keep an eye on what your children are consuming though with a Soda Machine as it can be easy to plough through a LOT of soda when you first get a machine as the idea of making your own can get very exciting for them, and you, too!

I would also recommend placing a towel or a mat underneath the area where you intend to pour your syrup - or pour it in over the sink and then wash out the lids of the bottles if you are using them as measuring cups. The reason I advise this is because I have a cream colored kitchen counter and one of the syrups in particular, which had a lot of red dye in it, stained my kitchen counter quite badly when I had a spillage making soda. I did manage to resolve the issue with a LOT of bleach and elbow grease and it looks just find, now, but it is better to be safe than sorry and to practice caution in the first place if you are a little clutsy like me!- I can't help it, it is in my genes!!

I hope you will all check out SodaStream and see what they have to offer you - pick up their promo codes on their website for free shipping, where available, and check out any rebate forms, too! You never know what you might find! Perhaps the soda lover in your life might love to receive one for Valentines Day this year, or a birthday or for no special occasion what-so-ever, but just because you love the idea!!

Happy fizzing!!


Disclaimer:  I was provided with a soda machine in order to perform this review. All opinions are my honest, open opinions based on my personal experiences with this particular machine. Your views may differ. Thank you!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Gorton's Grilled Products Look-See and Giveaway! Ends 02/01/14

I LOVE to eat fish but I don't eat it as often as I used to and so when I got the chance to try out a variety of Gorton's Seafood products [for free, for this review] this week I jumped at the chance!

I picked up several favorites like fish portions and fish sticks along with fish sandwich portions and GRILLED salmon!

It is the grilled salmon that I would like to focus on this morning as most of you will be aware of the basics, but Gorton's grilled products are something else!

The salmon came in a small box with 2 fillets and I popped them right out and followed the instructions to grill. I do love a good piece of salmon and I honestly wasn't too sure how these were going to taste when I first saw them as they were frozen into a block - once they were cooked, though, they looked delicious and my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Every single bite was light and tasteful, which is just as I expect salmon to be! I don't like my salmon overcooked and so I cook it to warm it all the way through but I never let it burn or get too crispy as this, for me, ruins the taste. Gorton's GRILLED salmon absolutely worked for me and tasted very fresh and looked extremely appealing once it was served up on my plate!

I think anybody who loves their food fresh and grilled will love Gorton's grilled goodies, which come in a range consisting of salmon, tilapia, various grilled, flavored, fillets with garlic butter, lemon pepper and more - the varieties are vast and the taste is oh so good!

To find out more about Gorton's and their range of foods, including the grilled options, take a look HERE! Also, why not enter the Gorton's Real Fabulous Sweepstakes, too!!

If you like what you see, then why not follow Gorton's on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date or just to say hey!


How would you like to try some of Gorton's GRILLED products for yourselves!? Well, here is your chance!

We are giving ONE winner TWO "FREE PRODUCT" coupons for the Gorton's products of their choosing PLUS a spatula, oven mitts AND recipe cards!! All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter, below!

Giveaway ends 02/01/14, must be a U.S resident and over 18. Mom's Gone Bronson is not responsible for prize fulfillment, thank you!

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Disclaimer: I received free product coupons in exchange for my thoughts on Gorton's products. My opinions are my own and honest. Your views may differ. Thank you!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Zipz Shoes Review and Giveaway!

I brought you a review last year on Zipz Shoes and THEY ARE BACK!

 They are now available in a size 13 and so, when Zipz Shoes offered me another review, I jumped at the chance and I picked some out for my 17 year old, who is a size 13 already and who couldn't pick a pair for the last look-see!

We went with a pair of slip-on shoes with a "bandana" print, which is a red show with skills and a pirate-esq feel to them, which is up-to-date, vibrant and on trend!

The shoes arrived in quick fashion and my son opened them up with a huge grin on his face as he was not aware that they were coming - I had kept it a surprise, which is something rare in my household!

My son put them on straight away and they fit PERFECTLY! They are not too big, not too tight, not hard to wear and the kind of shoe he is happy to wear around his friends, which is something of a task with teens these days and which I am glad I am able to achieve through Zipz!

Having had a pair myself a while back, I know just how comfortable these shoes can be and they really are a delight to wear - the main draw being, of course, that you can unzip the top of the shoes, no matter which style you have chosen, and replace them with a different top to create a whole new look without having to pick up an entirely new pair of shoes when you've already become accustomed to the ones you have!

The shoes zip on and off in seconds, without and fuss of hassle and the range of top you could use varies widely from a slip-on to lace-up and high top in many different colors and patterns to achieve your desired look for any occasion! 

To find out more about these shoes, the styles and varieties available, just head on over and check out the Zipz Shoes Website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook to keep up to date with the latest announcement and to pick up a pair of your own, which you can find at Shoe Buy and other stores, online!


Talking of grabbing a pair of your own, here is your chance to WIN a pair of Zipz Shoes!

ONE lucky reader will win ONE pair of Zipz Shoes in the size and style they like (from the list of available styles and sizes) shipped right to their door thanks to Zipz Shoes!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize is to enter via the rafflecopter, below! All entries are voluntary but the more you do, the better your chances of winning! Share via Twitter every day for extra entries and feel free to leave us a comment for another entry, too!

All entrants must be within the U.S and over 18 to be eligible to win and will be chosen within 24 hours of the giveaways end! Please sign up with a valid email address as the winner will have to respond to our winning email to claim their prize! All prizes must be claimed within 48 hours and will be forfeit when that time elapses with a new winner chosen in their place.  We do this in order to keep track of winners, communicate with our sponsors in a timely manner and to conclude our giveaways.

Mom's Gone Bronson, along with any participating bloggers, is not/are not responsible for prize fulfillment, which falls to Zipz Shoes. Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a pair of Zipz Shoes in order to fulfill the requirements for this review. All opinions are honest and not altered based on the provision of the shoes in any way, shape or form. I aim to bring you products that I would be happy to use myself and nothing more. Your opinions may differ! Thank you!

Cash In Your Pocket This Semester With Campus Book Rentals

It is that time of year, again, already, when students are getting back into study after the holiday hiatus and many courses are starting up, starting BACK up or switching modules all together! New books are needed, money isn't always abundant and one of the best options out there to save you a few bucks is...

Why buy, when you can rent!?

Think about it! All of those books that you NEED for your course [but will most likely never look at, ever again, once you get out of school] bought and paid for only to end up housed in a bookcase somewhere, to gather dust, for eternity with all those pennies you've paid going off into the here-after - for practically nothing!

We all know just how costly school might get and so it would be fabulous if we could make it through those years without breaking the bank on text books AND with a little in our pocket for other treats and excursions, which renting text books allows you to do!

Campus Book Rentals have revolutionized the way we might look at our text books as they offer all of your text book needs [where available], at a reasonable cost, along with a free shipping service - BOTH WAYS - for books from one of the biggest selections of texts in the nation with anything from a 40% to a 90% saving on the average cost of the books that you might otherwise have purchased out of pocket for a lot more before the idea of renting had even come mind!

The service is easy to use, and fair! You get 15 day period of grace if you can not return your book on the dates set and you could extend the rental of your book in many cases for the entire semester [or however long you might need - prices might vary] before popping it right back in the mail for somebody else to used for their studies, too! No mess, no shelves full of books, no unnecessary waste in terms of trash OR cash!

With Campus Book Rentals you will also be able to:
* Have access to live customer support
* Be able to highlight within each text book
* Buy your books if you would like to keep them!

By clicking HERE, you can head over to the Campus Book Rental's website and compare prices of rentals to books you need to buy! Check out the difference in cost and see just how much you could be saving, all year around! Fabulous!

Operation Smile!

Every time I talk to you about Campus Book Rentals, I try to make a point to let you know that, when you rent a book, you are not only helping yourselves but also helping put a smile back onto somebody's face as Campus Book Rentals makes donations to Operation Smile every time you rent a textbook!

Operation Smile aids children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and/or palette, which can really increase a person's sense of self and raise their self-esteem and can mean the difference of child's happiness and a wonderful smile! You can find out more about Operation Smile, HERE!


As ever, the savings won't stop, when you start renting! If you have already purchased books for this, or previous, semesters then might just be for you, too! allows you to rent out YOUR books to other students in the same way that you would rent books out from Campus Book Rentals if you have a book that is in need, on their list and waiting to be put into the cycle! 

Instead of selling your old books, which gives you a one-time cash payment, you can [instead] put them up for rent and keep them in circulation, while you earn a few pennies renting them to new students. You may even get up to 2 or 4 times more money in your pocket [renting] than from selling your text books alone [actual amounts vary].

To find out more about Rent, take a look at this video and then check them out, online!

What are you waiting for!?


Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post but my views on the service are my own. I only aim to bring services that I would use myself to my readers. My opinions about these services may differ to yours. Thank you!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Tenacious Toys Look-See and Giveaway!! Ends 01/21/14

Check this toy store out! 

They have some of the most entertaining toys that I can NOT bark enough about!

They are called TENACIOUS TOYS and they have everything you need [for kids and adults, alike] and my absolute favourite thing on their website right now is THIS GUY:

He is a Tokidoki and he is so ridiculously awesome, I love it! 

You can find this little guy, or girl, HERE for a handful of dollars and you can gift him, keep him or make "grr" noises with him while running around the house after your toddler, who [if they're anything like mine] will think he's awesome, too!


Tenacious toys has made my day by sending me out a box full of great little nick-nacks and toys and the adults and kids all wanted some of the action, which goes to show that you are never too old!

You can find other Tokidoki goodies at Tenacious Toys, like the 3" Vinyl Porcino and the Cactus Friends Truffle Bunny, which is insanely cute, but Tenacious Toys is much more than that, with designer toys in vinyl, resin, plastic, plush, you name it! You can also pick up artist specific items, custom art toys and hard to find toys that make you want to do a little dance around your living room! 

I especially like the wide range of artists and manufacturers available through Tenacious Toys and I feel confident that there will be something here for almost everyone to enjoy! 

Why not head on over and check out the Tenacious Toys website and then head on over and like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter to stay up-to-date!? You never know when you're going to need a fun, well made, artistic and thought provoking toy that is also fun and fabulous for the whole family for ANY occasion!

BUT WAIT! How would you like to win one of these cute little Tokidoki plushes for yourself?! I love them so much I want ONE of you to have one, too and the good folk [at Tenacious Toys] agree!

To win, simply enter via the rafflecopter below! Please be 18 or older, live in the U.S and have a valid email so that I can contact you if you win. Winners chosen within 24 hours of close and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If no claim is made then a new winner will be chosen until we have a confirmed winner!

I hope you enjoy these toys as much as I do, and I would love to hear what you think! 


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Disclaimer: I was given a few toys free in exchange for this review. My opinions are unbiased, open and my own. Your views may differ. Thank you!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Funny or Die Look-See and Giveaway! Ends 1/16/14

Guest review from Reviews & Newz!

Funny or Die, a fabulous game from Hasbro for ages 13 and up is hilarious and good fun and, with all of this cold weather we've been having recently, a game night is a fun way to spend the evening!

Funny or Die is based on the comedy website.  Players vote on who is funny and who is not .  You match captions with photos and vote on what is funny or what is not.  The person with the most "money" at the end is the most funny and the winner of the game.

Funny or Die is available at Amazon, Walmart, ToysRUs, and Kmart.
I love having family game nights and Funny or Die will fit right in with my crowd.  Hasbro has also offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win this game, Funny Or Die for their very own.
Please enter using the Rafflecopter below and make sure to come back for daily entries. 

 Giveaway begins 1/10/14 and ends 1/16/14.
Reviewz & Newz and participating bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prize and were not compensated in any way.

Reviewz & Newz received this item for review purposes.  Opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Jewelry In Candles By Toni Review and Giveaway

Original review by: Free For All

Close your eyes, breathe deep, and let the wonderful cotton candy aroma take you back to the county fair! With sugary strawberry and sweet vanilla notes, this scent is sure to hit a sweet tooth! Cotton candy candles with jewelry.
Full size 21oz jewelry candle - 100% all natural Soy candle burns for 100 to 150 hours. 

Who needs an amazing Valentine's Day gift for that special one! Have you checked out Jewelry In Candle's By Toni yet? I am a huge fan of Jewelry In Candle's by Toni she is amazing to her customers. Right now of Jewelry In Candle's by Toni's facebook page she is running a contest where one fan will win a free Love Potion Candle so make sure you are a fan and have entered! The Love Potion Candle is the newest limited edition Jewelry In Candle's scent. 

 Fragrance infused with natural essential oils, including Orange and Grapefruit.
  • Full size limited edition 21oz scented candle.
  • 100% all natural Soy candle.
  • Burns for 100 to 150 hours.
  • Includes a surprise piece of jewelry themed to Valentines Day.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with this classic love spell... A luscious infusion of cherry blossom, citrus, hydrangea, apple and peach. What better way to say "I love you" than to give your "heart" this Valentine's Day! 

My favorite scents are the Cotton Candy, which is what I picked up for my Valentine's Day review/gift! Not only is it pink which screams girly and love but it is packed full of amazing sweet Cotton Candy scent! Every Jewelry In Candle tart and candle comes with a surprise piece of jewelry and you get to choose either a necklace, earrings, ring or random piece of jewelry. 

Look what I found in my last candle!

My ring is marked 925 (which means sterling silver) and I had it appraised and it retails for between $149.00 to $199.00! Wouldn't this be a great surprise I found this ring in my first Jewelry in Candle Pumpkin Spice. 

My hubby is not great at picking gifts but with the help of Jewelry In Candle's he has no problem! He always picks me something I love! For Christmas he got me an amazing set of tarts Strawberry, Watermelon and Birthday Cake! I was amazed! I hope he does this great for Valentine's Day!

Jumbo 5.5oz package of 6 scented wax tarts - 100% all natural soy wax tart. Jewelry hidden in every package of scented wax tarts.
  • Up to 60 hours of fragrance.
  • Great for your tart warmer, candle warmer, potpourri pot or Scentsy warmers.
  • Requires a warmer to melt the wax. Each package of wax tarts contains 1 piece of jewelry
  • Look how big this tart is most tarts are 1 to 3 oz Jewelry In Candles are almost double that size
A giant thank you to Jewelry in Candles by Toni for sending over a Cotton Candy Candle to facilitate my review. To order Jewelry In Candles go to Jewelry In Candle's By Toni's Site  and make sure you like Jewelry In Candle's By Toni's Facebook page to stay up to date on all the newest scents, contests, and giveaways or for any questions? Jewelry In Candle's By Toni wants to make somebody very happy one reader will win a $25 gift card to Jewelry In Candle's By Toni's Page! Enter Below:


Disclaimer: Moms Gone Bronson is not responsible for these opinions or prize fulfillment and was not compensated fir this post. Thank you!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Cover Your Hair - Review and $25 Mystery Giveaway. Ends 01/14/14

I stumbled across this great little shop online, which sells hair accessories and winter wear [like scarves and gloves] and wanted to share it with you to see if there is something you might like to treat yourself to now that you're not running around buying for everybody else!!

COVER YOU HAIR is the place to go for everything from banana clips to bandanas, barrettes to berets and everything in between!

I was sent over a bandana, which you can see pictured, a hair clip, a set of 2 hair slides that look like flowers and a cute hate and glove set for my 2 year old daughter!

I love the little clips and fancies and they really add a pop of color and playfulness to the hair, whether your a child or an adult and keeps the hair back away from your face with a simple sweep and clip, which you can also see pictured.

The little red checked bow style clip is an absolute delight and gem. There is not that much I could usually say about a clip to really make it all that interesting but actually these are so cute and unique looking that I have had to show it to everyone since I got it! It is not very big, but big enough to give a little something to your look and I find it helps to use it to just clip away some stray hairs once a "do" is done and ready!

The bandana is very simple and right to the point, very pretty and soft and easy to tie up into the hair. These are available in various different designs but I do like a classic design and so I opted for the skull and crossbones for my inner pirate! Great for keeping your hair back without the need of a band or a tie!

The hat and gloves set is a real winner with my daughter, who usually won't wear a hat or anything much on her head, but which she pranced around in happily a few times since it arrived! The gloves match perfectly and the happy animal designs really give any child a sense of fun and play and these would make ideal gifts for any time of the year - especially now during this insane cold snap!

I love the quality of all of the items I received and am not at all disappointed! I love the feel and the boldness of the clips and the dash of reds make my hair that little bit more entertaining than most days and the bandana really just gives me a way to keep the hair out of the way without having to go to great lengths to style it!

The prices for each of these items start at just a few bucks and won't break the bank! My daughter will not take off her hat, she likes to wear it around the house and you can see how happy she is in the photo - perfect pairing for winter and she looks SO cute! This would make a great gift and I'm sure any child would LOVE one of the several animal hat and gloves sets or other hair accessories that Cover Your Hair has to offer, for children, HERE

To find out more about Cover Your Hair, why not visit them on Facebook, Twitter and their website, HERE and see if something takes your fancy! While you're at it, how would you like to own a little treasure from their site, just for you? Well, you can!



I can't get enough of the cute accessories, pins, hats, scarfs, clips - everything for young and old, which is why I want to also, along with the good people over at Cover Your Hair, offer you a chance to win a $25 mystery gift box, right from Cover Your Hair, to you!

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is enter the rafflecopter, below! You can do as many or as few entries as you like - the more you enter, the more chance you have to win! Share, tweet, comment - all optional, but easy entries and waiting!!

Giveaway is open to the U.S, over 18's and will end on 01/14/14 at midnight!!

No participating blogger is responsible for prize fulfilment, this falls with Cover Your Hair.

Good Luck!! 

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Disclaimer: I was provided with products in this review, for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and your views may differ! Thank you! 

Saturday, 4 January 2014

New Year and Hope for 2014

I know this is a little late but it is another New Year and I am now quite a few in... 34 New Years, to be exact and not all of them happy ones, although many were great and others spectacular I was happy to see this one in, in my sleep!

My husband and I completely missed New Years Eve this year and neither of us really missed it a bit. I would have slept all night if it wasn't for the loud fireworks, which woke me up and scared my dog half to death, but at least in my moment of being awake I remembered a silent toast to my dearly departed dad who was Scottish and always loved to see the New Year in with a drink or two and always let us stay up to celebrate it with him!

When I was younger we lived in a house right next to a dockyard and so at midnight you would hear all of the boats that had been docked there at that moment sounding their horns and making a gloriously eerie-but-celebratory noise at midnight to make sure that you knew the clock had turned and a new year was in full swing. I miss those nights and they are now sadly less than the many I have spent without them.

I have no real desire to go and party on New Years Eve - I think it actually is one of those holidays that puts a LOT of pressure onto people to have a good time and it really shouldn't be. I am usually glad to have made it to the end of another year and to be able to start afresh with the new one and humbled by it as I look back at whatever befell us the one before. I am, of course, always very happy to have my family under one roof with me to see it in [or to sleep through it] and to know that what I have here is enough.

This year, as I jumped over to 2014, I gave a little thought in the daytime to how 2013 treated us and I think that "could have been better" is an understatement. I also think that we made our beds and jumped right into them and so whatever went terribly wrong that year was probably due to our lack of foresight as a whole, but everything is always better when hindsight comes into play, I'm sure! 

We went into 2013 with renewed hope after finding my husbands estranged bio dad, who ended up living with us for 7 months, turned out to be a waste of space, wrecked our apartment and pretty much spent every penny we had on things he messed up - like our car. I couldn't take him in our space anymore and he, in short, had to go. It didn't end well and I don't regret that but I do wish things had been different because for sure, my husband deserves better blood. Thankfully, family is a lot more than blood and he only needs the dad he has and not the one he was missing.

A few wonderful things happened in 2013, which evened out a lot of the bad. I saw my mother for the first time in almost 5 years, which thrilled me to no end and it was wonderful to have had that opportunity! I love her dearly and I am hoping not to leave it quite so long next time!

Of course, 2013 was a very busy year for our family as we added a new baby, Bronson, who is now 3.5 months old! We had to see him into the world and straight to the NICU, which was a dampener on the whole thing, but it made me appreciate him a whole lot more, especially seeing him in there with some of those other tiny little babies fighting to get themselves out of there and home where they belonged with their parents.

I have learned not to take anything for granted, which I rarely do, anyway, but I definitely had that swung home to me the past year as we've struggled as a family through the tough times and laughed through the good.

I do look towards 2014 as a year to rebuilt, gather and progress with our lives without hangers-on, without the weight of the world on our shoulders, with a little more of a relaxed outlook on what life might have in store for us and....with no more babies! Of course, more babies would never be a terrible thing but we are running out of room in the car!

I do not have any resolutions for the year, but that is mostly because I break them before they even begin, but I would like to get a grip on my weight, get my book written and also just learn to let things go a little more. Less drinking would be fabulous and more education would be a plus, and I would like very much to finish a few books and pieces of poetry, which I have been meaning to read for the longest of times!

Just this morning, in fact, I finished "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, which had been out there for over a hundred years and never once crossed my path! Between that and The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, I am 2 for 2 already and we're not even a week in.

I do look forward to 2014 and its ups and downs [of which I am sure there will be many] and will deal with each with a smile and a little less stress than the last!

I hope you all have a wonderful 2014 and that many niceties come your way. Hold your head up and look out for your and yours this year! We're not all done for, yet!

Happy New Year! 

Friday, 3 January 2014

Upcycling, Recycling and Gifting, with Terracycle: Review!

Now that the big spend is over [for gifting to everybody else, at least] it is time to get something for yourself with all of the monies you have made over the festive season from all of those doting, loving relatives!

Here is something I like a lot, which I wanted to share with you this morning, from:

What is it?! 
Well, Terracycle is a place where previously non-recyclable waste, such as drinks and chip bags/pouches, are transformed from rubbish [destined for the landfill] into usable products that will extend their lives and continue to provide a benefit to the next owner via recycling and upcycling!

Terracycle has something called "Brigades", which are groups of like minded people collecting the same one type of item and sending it over in order that it be transformed into something useable. There are several of these brigades and you can join as many as you like - for example, you can elect to collect drinks packets like Capri Sun and Honest Kids drinks, which can be taken and upcycled into various fabulous items such as a tote or a back pack!

I had the chance to check out a tote and a back pack for myself and I just love the idea behind both! Simple, colorful and useable - my daughter adores the honest kids back pack, which she can use to travel around with all of her prized possessions! It looks great, it is well made and is durable.

What is fabulous about the way Terracycle works is that for every piece of "trash" you send in to be re-used, you may be awarded a gift or monies towards a non-profit charity for your efforts. Rewards are based on the amount you send in and the items themselves, but the cherry on the cake is [other than not putting these to waste in the first instance] is that once you are done with a product you buy from Terracycle, you can send that back to be upcycles again, and to be rewarded again on those items! They're gifts that keep on going and giving!

Terracycle doesn't just recycle and upcycle trash, though, they also upcycle things like old postal sacks and turn them into unique items such as this tablet case, which is a one of a kind, lined to cushion your tablet and zips shut. There is also a handy storage pocket on the front, which is also spot on - but could use a button or a clip to make it a little more secure, but which doesn't detract from the item so much at all.
The cost of the tablet case is a little pricey at $55.00 at Uncommon Goods but, when you think about it, these are genuine old mail sacks and they aren't around in great abundance and no two cases are every going to be exactly alike and so not only are you doing a great turn for the environment but you are getting a one-off item, too, which should last you quite the while - just think about how durable a mail sack has to be to protect all that mail in any weather! If you don't fancy an iPad case, you can also get a tote bag made from a mail sack, too! Glorious!

In a day and age where we really do need to start thinking about reusing and conserving instead of producing and wasting, we really could all do well by sending a few bits and bobs to Terracycle! It might seem like a small task but, if everybody joined in, those small tasks add up to big feats, less waste and a happier planet!

To find out more about the kind of products Terracycle has to offer, then why not head on over and have a look for yourself, HERE! You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and to join in!

I will be trying out some cleaning products, also offered at Terracycle, over the next week or so and so look out for that post, too!!


Disclaimer: I was given the items seen in this post in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I was not otherwise monetarily compensated, my views are my own and yours may differ. Thank you!