Monday, March 31, 2014

Pampers Sensitive Wipes Provide the Gift of a Gentle Clean {Spring Cleaning Prize Pack Giveaway!}

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This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

With springtime on the horizon (it matters zero to Mother Nature that spring has technically already arrived, considering we're still getting snow here in the Midwest), I'm on the constant lookout for ways to shake off the winter blues and welcome the changing of the seasons.

I am fortunate in that I have two kids who don't mind getting in on the action when it comes to cleaning (Big Sister E actually stated, Spring Cleaning is pretty fun! the other day after sweeping the bathroom floor), but that wasn't the case around five years ago. Every mom knows that when they have an infant and/or a toddler, cleaning is a task that often feels nearly impossible!

Fortunately, moms also know that when it comes to being clean, even if there are dishes or laundry piled up, at least their little ones can stay clean with Pampers Sensitive Wipes.

Pampers Wipes

We quickly became devoted fans of all things Pampers when my girls were babies and I can attest that their Sensitive Wipes provide the best gentle clean! They are clinically proven mild, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and perfume-free, while also being 20% thicker than their regular wipes.

Combine all that with Pampers Sensitive Wipes' unique Softgrip Texture and you and your baby can enjoy less wiping and more gentle cleaning during changing time. It's a win-win!

So, with spring nearly here, that means that the upcoming warm weather months will be filled with weddings, new babies and all things new (and adventurous). And what better way to celebrate the soon-to-be arrival of a newborn than with Pampers Sensitive Wipes and baby gear for the little one and some practical, cleaning supplies for his/her parents?

When Pampers sent over a great collection of spring cleaning items...

Pampers gentle clean

...I knew that they were the perfect start to a homemade, awesome baby shower gift for a good friend who is due with baby #3 in a few short weeks. After all, as she doesn't need baby clothes or a bouncy seat or more traditional first-time mom items, why not put together a present that could help all over the house?

I love the idea of being able to pass along favorite products to other moms and this is a way to give a wonderful gift that can be customized extremely easily. Bigger, smaller, handmade, store-bought, it's up to you!

In this case, I picked up items at various places when out shopping in the past few weeks, put in an online order or two, and ended up with plenty of items to add to the cleaning caddy. Once I decided to put them all together, I was happy to see the wide variety that resulted!

baby shower gift basket

Pampers Sensitive Wipes, aden + anais wraps, onesies and a plush book for baby, a whole slew of cleaning supplies and household necessities for her husband, and a gift card to her favorite local coffee shop for mom. Seems like Dad and the older kids could do a little spring cleaning while Mom and the newborn take a walk in the spring sunshine to relax with a cup of coffee, doesn't it?

What would you add to a "Gentle Clean" Baby Shower Gift Basket?

Ready to talk even more about ways to help make spring cleaning gentle while using Pampers Wipes to clean babies' toughest messes? And win prizes at the same time? Then join in the #PampersWipes Twitter Party!

When: Tuesday April 8th at 9pm EST (that's 8pm CST and 6pm PST).

Where: #PampersWipes

Hosts: @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca, @AngieKcom, @WhatMommiesNeed, @RamblingChick and party sponsor @Pampers.

Prizes include:
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct)
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $50 Gift Card
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $50 Car Cleaning Service Gift Card
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $100 Merry Maids Gift Card
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + Roomba Pet and Allergy (ARV $450)
Find out more and RSVP here!

I hope that you'll join this great Twitter Chat next Tuesday so that you can exchange ideas and tips on "gentle" spring cleaning (and hopefully take home a handy prize at the same time)!

In the meantime, be sure to visit to find out more about their Sensitive Wipes and all of their high quality products, as well as connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be ready to get some cleaning done quickly, easily and gently as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Spring Cleaning Prize Pack*
from Pampers (ARV $50)!

Pampers Wipes Gentle Clean Prize Pack
*Prize Pack includes a Cleaning Caddy, Hand Lotion, Swiffer Wet Jet, Gloves and Pampers Wipes

Saturday, March 29, 2014


The lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to Bath Soap Express is...

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The lucky winner of (2) 4-packs of Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries is...

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Thank you to everyone who entered these fun giveaways! Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Things To Do In Florida {Guest Post}

This is a guest post brought to you by Irene, a Florida native with some great ideas on creative ways to enjoy the state!

Florida is known across the globe for its world-class theme parks such as the Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. Bear in mind, however, that the "Sunshine State" has so much to offer than the aforementioned facilities.

They can deliver the same level of fun and excitement that theme parks can bring. The best part? You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy them. This is one of things that make Florida holidays great—you can enjoy—your vacation without spending a lot.

So, without further adieu, here are some of the fun and exciting activities that you can enjoy in your Florida holiday.

Hot air balloon rides

Hot air balloon rides are some of the best ways to see the beautiful attractions of Florida. Flying above the stunning outskirts of the "Sunshine State" about one hour before sunrise is a must if you want to achieve a sightseeing tour that is unlike any other.

While up there, you'll find peace and calmness and forget about the hustle and bustle of work responsibilities.


When you think of hiking trips, Nepal, Switzerland, and Sweden, among other places probably come into mind. Bear in mind, however, that Florida also has world-class terrains that hikers of different skill levels will love. The state's tropical characteristic is a little something that you may not enjoy in other hiking or tourist locations.

Hike beside lakes and enjoy the beautiful pine and palmetto trees that you’ll encounter along the way. All in all, you’ll love the trails in Florida, especially if you’re a nature lover who has a knack for the outdoors.


Kayaking along the lakes as well as the rivers of Central Florida is another exceptional way of checking out the beauty of nature.

While kayaking, you’ll not only see stunning Florida waters, you’ll also be captivated with its rich wildlife. Some of the animals that you’ll encounter during your kayaking tours are wild boars, raccoons, black bears, and deer.

What makes the said activity more exciting is the fact that you’ll see the said animals in their natural habitats and not inside a cage.


Florida is the place to be if you want to take sightseeing to a whole new level. In addition to the abovementioned activities, you can also visit historical attractions in the area that will certainly spice up your holiday break.

All in all, the "Sunshine State" should be included in your travel itinerary if you want to relax and unwind without burning a hole in your pocket.

Spring Essentials from P&G Best For Me {Prize Pack Giveaway!}

Although every spring here in the Midwest feels as though it is the beginning of something magical and new, this year seeing the snow melt and the flower buds start to push through is somehow extra special.

You spend that many days with temperatures below zero and see if you feel any different!

So, while I'm typically ready to try to re-energize by giving the house a good cleaning and brightening myself up with new beauty essentials, this spring it's even easier thanks to the large number of award-winning products available from Procter & Gamble.

From beauty and health to home and beyond, P&G's brands make every day just a little better for billions of consumers around the world. But clearly I'm not the only one to think so, as P&G brands have received awards and recognitions year after year from leading magazines.

With endorsements like those, there's just no doubt that P&G's beauty, grooming and home care brands are just what I need for all occasions this spring... made even more easy with their recently-dubbed collection of P&G Best For Me items.


The award-winning P&G brands being celebrated this spring include Cover Girl, Clairol, Pantene, Secret, Venus (beauty), Crest, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Old Spice (grooming) and Bounty, Febreze, Mr. Clean, Swiffer and Tide (home care). Collectively, these brands have won hundreds of awards over the last several years!

Therefore, the P&G Best For Me collection makes it easy to find the best products for everyday as well as all of your special occasions. No matter if you're trying to get the look that works for you, help the man in your life better himself or blast away the dirt and grime of winter from your home, P&G's products can help, no matter what.

Around here, I love being able to freshen up my springtime beauty essentials and easily prepare for a Girls' Night Out or a Date Night with products such as CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner, CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, CoverGirl FlamedOut Mascara, Crest 3D White Strips and Secret Clinical Strength Light & Fresh Scent.

P&G beauty products

As for my husband, he is typically a non-scented guy, but I'm really liking the light, fresh, not-overpowering aroma of the Old Spice Fiji Body Wash. Nothing wrong with having your man smell nice for Date Night too, right?

Old Spice body wash

Finally, as much as I would like to think that the arrival of spring will mean more nights out with my friends or husband, the truth is that at least my house will (hopefully) end up cleaner.

I try to never tackle too many Spring Cleaning areas at once (overwhelming!) and to put my kids to work as best as I can. They're still at the age where they think it's a treat to vacuum or mop, so I'm going to continue to take full advantage of that while I can!

Plus, while they're occupied with their own chores, I love being able to go around the house with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-A-Size and make all sorts of smudges, smears, marks and more instantly disappear!

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

What P&G products can you not live without? Be sure to check out all of the P&G Best For Me winners and share your thoughts at #PGBestForMe!

Also, connect with all things P&G on their website, Facebook and Twitter, and make a purchase from the P&G eStore quickly and easily. And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be prepared to celebrate spring with these amazing brands as well, because...

One lucky person will win a P&G Best For Me Prize Pack*
of products (ARV $70+)!

PGBestForMe products
*Prize Pack includes CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner, CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, CoverGirl FlamedOut Mascara, Crest 3D White Strips, Secret Clinical Strength Light & Fresh Scent Deodorant, Old Spice Fiji Body Wash and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-A-Size.

A big thank you to P&G and SheSpeaks for sponsoring this post and providing a prize pack for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Make Milk Fun and Flavorful with MilkSplash Milk Flavorings {$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway - 2 winners!}

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Although I might pretend otherwise, if you are one of those people that say that they don't like milk, my subconscious thinks that you're strange.

I grew up with milk — in recipes, in a glass, on my cereal — there was never a time that I wasn't reaching for milk. So people who don't drink milk simply because they don't want to or don't like it? How is it possible that they don't find a tall glass of milk one of the most refreshing things ever?

However, there is even less of an excuse these days to turn away from the endless number of vitamins, minerals and health benefits of milk thanks to the introduction of the must-have milk flavorings from MilkSplash.

MilkSplash milk flavoring

An innovative new milk enhancer that is portable, fun and easy-to-use, MilkSplash has effectively changed the way kids drink milk. Just one squeeze of this zero-calorie milk flavoring makes milk taste awesome and encourages just about anyone to drink and enjoy more milk anytime and anywhere!

Although MilkSplash does contain artificial sweeteners (an all-natural version is currently being developed!), I appreciate the way that it allows kids to enjoy milk on their own terms and was interested in seeing what my kids would think of this new and easy way to turn a regular glass of milk into something more.

MilkSplash samples

Can these little bottles get much cuter?

Available in Chocolate, Strawberry, Orange Cream, Cookies 'n Cream and Banana flavors, each MilkSplash variety has its own adorable character to go with it. Just pop open the bottle, add one squeeze to an 8-ounce glass of milk and stir for a fun and delicious treat!

Banana MilkSplash

My kids were extremely eager to give the Jammin' Banana and Sir Strawberry Swirl MilksSplash flavors a try and, after a slight learning curve by husband in realizing how quickly this squirts out, they were enjoying strawberry and banana milk.

MilkSplash review

Considering how important Calcium and Vitamin D are for healthy bone development, I'm happy to have these MilkSplash milk enhancers on hand whenever we need a boost for milk popularity around here.

Not to mention that we've already found that there is much more that can be done with these than simply drinking them down! Just one squeeze transforms cereal from a boring breakfast into a fun treat, milkshakes are extremely flavorful, flavors can be combined to form new ones, MilkSplash can be used with almond and soy milk, and more!

milk and cookies

Plus, whenever we run out of our own ideas, MilkSplash has a full page on their website listing a variety of tips, uses and recipes to try out — I definitely want to try hot chocolate made with MilkSplash Cocoa Loco and warm milk!

hot cocoa

Whether you have milk lovers in your household or you find yourself having to bargain and deal to get your kids to drink it, MilkSplash just might be the perfect answer! It comes in a variety of great-tasting flavors and characters (there is even a magical village called Splash Landing on their website for kids to get to know the characters even better!) and it's fun and easy to use in only seconds.

Keep an eye out for MilkSplash at Target stores now and at Walmarts in mid-April. You'll also want to head over to and connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to stay on top of more great ideas, store locations and more.

And, thanks to their generosity, two people will soon be able to see just how tasty flavored milk can be, because...

TWO lucky people will win a $25 Target gift card
and (2) bottles of MilkSplash!

Target gift card
MilkSplash flavors may vary.

A big thank you to MilkSplash for providing samples and a gift card for me as well as samples and gift cards for two lucky giveaway winners. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Fall in Love with Women's Swimsuits from Lime Ricki Swimwear {Review & Coupon Code}

 Lime Ricki logo
When it comes to summer, one item of clothing that we just can't ignore is swimwear.

Unless you happen to be a supermodel, swimsuit shopping most likely isn't on your list of Top 10 Enjoyable Things, as everything from the lighting to the non-flattering options found in stores have the ability to send just about anyone's self esteem plummeting.

Seeing as my body has changed drastically in the years since having children, I'm extremely picky about the swimwear that I choose, as I want it to be just the right combination of quality, style, fit and coverage... and hopefully with at least a small amount of confidence left.

Not to mention that considering I'm going to be in and out of the water, playing in the sand, and in general chasing kids all over, the list of what I'm looking for in the perfect, modest swimsuit has gotten pretty long. Can all of that be found in one place?

For this summer and beyond, now I know it can thanks to Lime Ricki.

Lime Ricki Swimwear made its debut in 2007 with one very colorful and clear mission: to provide women with a conservative swimwear option without compromising great style. Whether you are in love with every inch of your body or there are particular areas that cause concern, Lime Ricki has debuted new additions to their collection each year that have continued to wow fans.

Having always been impressed with the way that Lime Ricki uses the finest materials, techniques and designs to produce bright, eye-catching, modest swimwear, I was happy to hear that they have recently released yet another new line of swimsuits consisting of takini tops, rash guards, and one-pieces.

Yet even more reasons to know that whether you're looking for a classic one-piece or a woman's tankini swimsuit, you can be confident that Lime Ricki's swimwear will not only be modest, but it will look and feel great!

With so many different options in tops, bottoms and one-pieces, the most difficult part of browsing at Lime Ricki is narrowing down your favorites. However, I do love that their website not only has a convenient size chart, but that they offer a great fit guide as well.

No matter if you're concerned about your bust, tummy or hips and thighs, Lime Ricki offers tips as to what to look for in a swimsuit (and what to avoid) and links you to a great selection of their suggestions for your body type.

Armed with that help and my undying love for polka dots, I couldn't wait to see the Shirred Halter Black Dot Tankini Top and Black Board Shorts in person.

Lime Ricki tankini

Right out of the package and I was already in love with this swimwear. The fabric is strong and durable, the tankini top is plenty long, and the board shorts provide just the right amount of coverage. What more could I ask for?

Lime Ricki review

I love the addition of the shirring down the front of this tankini, as the combination of the polka dots and all of the tucks and gathers manages to trick the eye into not seeing any extra bumps or lumps that I want to stay hidden.

At the same time, the underwire provides shape and support, the halter ties ensure an adjustable fit and the soft, full lining on the inside of the suit feels great on my skin (it's even UV 50+ fabric for skin safety)!

Lime Ricki halter top

As for the Board Shorts in Black, they're just as comfortable and covering as I had hoped they would be. Due to the fact that I am constantly in and out of the water with my kids or moving from swimming to playing or standing watching at a water park, pulling on and off a coverup isn't really all that practical.

Yet, I'm someone who feels exposed if I'm in a swimsuit with nothing over it, so these shorts are the perfect solution and relieve my worries over the world seeing my thighs unnecessarily. They don't have a built-in bottom so I did add my own solid black bottom underneath, but the combination of the elastic waistband, handy front pockets and adjustable drawstring really do make these one of my most favorite swim accessories that I have ever owned!

Lime Ricki Board Shorts

Of course, Lime Ricki does have a wide variety of more traditional swim bottoms to choose from, from traditional to boy shorts to swim skirts, so you're truly able to pick the style, color, and size that works best for you. The ability to mix and match so many of their great tankini tops with the various bottoms results in a swimsuit that is pretty much personalized to your taste. It can be just how bright and pattern-filled you would like it to be!

For a high quality swimsuit that is well made, fashionable and flattering, Lime Ricki has swimwear choices in every style and color and I appreciate that they make it possible to personalize your purchase to ensure the most flattering and comfortable result.

giving backPlus, if you're concerned about ordering a swimsuit that doesn't fit or that doesn't quite match your style, you can buy these products risk-free due to the fact that they offer free shipping on all exchanges and a very reasonable return policy on unworn suits. And be sure to check out how Lime Ricki gives back to know that your purchase will also be helping boost a great cause!

Lime Ricki tankini tops retail between $40.50 and $45.50, one-pieces between $57.50 and $60.50, bottoms from $26.50 to $35.50, and their great rash guards sell for $40.50... and you'll find prices on all of their clearance items at HUGE discounts!

But how about a coupon to make them even more affordable? Enter the coupon code MAILCARRIER15 until April 12th, 2014 and receive 15% off of your entire order! These are pieces that are going to fit well, flatter your shape, and last for summers to come!

Be sure to head over to to check out their full selection today and connect with Lime Ricki on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to stay up-to-date on their latest and greatest in awesome swimwear.

Other than the swimwear that I was provided by Lime Ricki in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about these products and this company.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Spring Express Your #Peepsonality With PEEPS!

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Even though the true meaning of various holidays throughout the year might be celebratory (birthdays, Mother's Day), religious (Christmas, Easter), patriotic (July 4th, Memorial Day) or more, let's admit something: it's really all about the food.

It's not our fault though, it's tradition. There are just some seasonal foods that we wait for all year long and when the occasion is finally drawing near, we can't help but be excited. After all, it just wouldn't be Christmas without candy canes and eggnog, Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie or Valentine's Day without those little candy conversation hearts.

And it most definitely wouldn't be Easter without PEEPS.

If your basket doesn't contain the brightly-colored, iconic, puffy marshmallow candies, then... well, clearly you must have done something to upset the Easter Bunny.  


However, if you only associate PEEPS with the traditional yellow marshmallow chicks, then where have you been? PEEPS offers a seemingly endless number of products in colors, shapes and flavors of all kinds so no matter if you stick with the classic chicks and bunnies or prefer the modern flavors of chocolate mousse or party cake, your basket can still be filled with all sorts of tasty goodies.

This year PEEPS has added even more Easter offerings to their collection and has plenty of suggestions for what you might want to pick up at the store. When it comes time to stock your baskets, you may want to reach for...

Peeps Spring 2014

1. PEEPS Peepsters - A bite-size combination of delectable chocolate and delicious marshmallow flavored crème. Available in creamy milk chocolate or rich dark chocolate varieties.

2. PEEPS Marshmallow Chicks - Fluffy chick-shaped marshmallows that have been a fan favorite for more than 60 years. Available in five, ten and fifteen count packages and in yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue color options.

3. PEEPS Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks - Three delectable chocolate mousse-flavored marshmallow chicks dipped in either creamy milk or dark chocolate.

4. PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies - Hop into spring with eight delectable chocolate mousse-flavored marshmallow bunnies.

5. PEEPS Large Marshmallow Bunnies - One or three large marshmallow bunnies adorned with a bow tie and decorative carrot; the perfect sharable-sized marshmallow treat and adorable addition to any Easter basket.

6. PEEPS Chick in a Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg - One classic yellow marshmallow chick inside of a hollow creamy milk chocolate egg combine two favorite tastes for a special Easter surprise. The egg is wrapped in either decorative blue or pink foil.

7. PEEPS Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks - Individually wrapped marshmallow chicks covered in either milk or dark chocolate.

8. PEEPS Rainbow Pop - Four chicks in yellow, green, pink and blue marshmallow on a stick to form a colorful PEEPS lollipop.

9. PEEPS Marshmallow Bunnies - These sweet and fluffy treats are sure to get your taste buds hopping. Available in four, twelve and sixteen count packages and in yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue color options.

However, that's not all that PEEPS can do.

As well as celebrating the start of spring and completing Easter baskets with PEEPS, these tasty products can serve as colorful additions to baked goods and adorable accents to art projects and decorations.

One quick search on Pinterest provides pages of creative ideas — some simple, some a little more complex — that take these delicious, sweet treats and turn them into something much more. Talk about showing your "peepsonality!"

Peeps recipes
Sources: PEEPS Sushi, PEEPS Centerpiece, Peek-a-Boo PEEPS Cookies, PEEPS S'mores

How have I never tried PEEPS s'mores before? What have I been doing with my life up until now?

Fortunately for me, PEEPS sent over a great selection of their tasty Easter offerings...

Peeps review

...and the kids and I were more than happy to try whipping up some of the fun, bright recipes that can be found at

While all of the options were mouthwatering, I found myself inexplicably drawn to the PEEPSTERS Stuffed Cookies. I partially wanted to make them because they sounded like a delicious version of chocolate chip cookies... and partially because I found myself addicted to eating the PEEPSTERS one after another, so at least this would cut down on my supply, right?

Peepsters cookies

PEEPSTERS Stuffed Cookies


2¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs


Using a sharp kitchen knife, cut each PEEPS PEEPSTERS candy piece into quarters. NOTE: For best results, freeze the pieces for 2 hours before beginning recipe.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined.

Using a tablespoon, scoop cookie dough and press 4 – 5 pieces of PEEPS PEEPSTERS candies into the dough. Cover the pieces of candy with the dough and roll into a ball.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Oh my.

Serve these up with a PEEPS Straw and there's just nothing better!

Peeps recipes crafts

Available nationwide through grocery, mass and candy retailers, PEEPS & Company retail stores or at, be sure to try out one of all of these seasonal varieties.

And, if you're inspired to show your peepsonality with a creative, tasty recipe or craft, be sure to let me know!

Other than the products I was provided by PEEPS in order to facilitate this post, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This post is solely my honest opinion about these products.

The Best Part of Waking Up is Folgers in Your... K-Cup?

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I am continually amazed at the variety of brands and flavors of coffee that are available in single-serve options these days.

From the new, ultra-hip names to the organic, earth friendly companies to the classics that have been around for decades, it seems that more and more brands have realized that the number of people that love the convenience of Keurig brewers continues to grow.

So, I found myself partially surprised and partially expecting it when I found out that the new way to enjoy the only and only Folgers was in K-cup form.

Folgers K-cups

Available in a wide variety of flavors (such as Classic Roast, Black Silk, Caramel Drizzle, Vanilla Biscotti and more), Folgers K-cups allow coffee-lovers to enjoy all of the mountain grown flavor that they have come to know and love in the ease and convenience of single serve coffee.

No matter which variety you reach for at whatever time of day, it takes less than a minute before you have one perfectly brewed cup of Folgers coffee in your mug.

What more could I ask for?

Folgers K-cups review

If you're already a fan of Folgers, you'll love that this smooth coffee is now available in K-cups. Or, if you haven't tried Folgers in years but are a devoted Keurig user, I recommend picking up a box to give it a try today!

But don't spend more than you have to — head over to Cross Country Cafe! Along with their usual low prices, CCC is running their weekly Wacky Wednesday Sale next Tuesday, April 1st for a play on April Fool's Day! This great sale will include all of their Folgers K-cups at even lower prices than usual!

But, wait! Before you head over to stock up on K-cups, check out Cross Country Cafe's e-book listing all sorts of tips and tricks to use your Keurig to its fullest. Not only is it FREE, but it includes an exclusive coupon that you're not going to want to miss...

The Ultimate Guide to Keurig K-cup Coffee Brewing

Have you had a cup of Folgers coffee lately?

As a Cross Country Cafe Ambassador, I have been provided with products in exchange for my continued work with their company and affiliate links are included in the above post. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Never Lose Your Phone, Keys, Bag and More with Proximo by Kensington {Review & Giveaway}

Kensington logo
Although I risk my children looking at me with shock and horror when I admit it, it doesn't feel like all that long ago that technology began to change into what it is today. There was a time before all the tablets and smartphones and it wasn't centuries ago like they think it was.

Can it really have been that far in the past that it felt "high tech" to play Oregon Trail on the computer at school as compared to now when my entire life is pretty much organized and run right from my phone?

However, with all of the advancements that have occurred in the world of technology, that just means that we're even more dependent on our devices than we ever were in the past. The number of times that I have reached for my phone, found empty space and felt my heart speed up — well, let's just say that it is akin to discovering that your left arm is missing, no?

Fortunately, it is much easier to relieve the stress and anxiety of losing your phone (or your keys, wallet, purse and more) thanks to the genius invention called Proximo by Kensington.

Proximo by Kensington

Focusing on the link between productivity and protection, Kensington is known for engineering security elements into all of their products and technology platforms. The result is that every product they create is made with the user in mind — high quality, safe, risk free, simple, intuitive isn't that the kind of protection you want for you and your mobile devices?

As I have long told my husband that there needs to be some sort of tracking device that I can place on my phone and my keys, I was extremely excited to see that the Proximo Fob and Proximo Tag would provide exactly that.

Proximo Fob and Tag

Giving users the unique ability to find their iPhone, Galaxy S phone or any number of accessories and necessities before they get lost, Proximo safeguards what is most valuable to you in only a few simple steps. Just download the free Proximo app (from iTunes or Google Play), use the Bluetooth connection on your phone to connect and worries that your possessions will get lost just disappear.

As I removed the Fob and Tag from their respective packaging, I was pleased to see that it wasn't going to take longer than a minute or two before either one was ready and working.

Proximo Fob review
Proximo Tag review

After using the miniature screwdriver and inserting the provided batteries into the back of each of the gadgets, all that was left was to pair them with the Bluetooth on my phone, connect the Fob to my keys and place the Tag in the location of my choosing.

As each one is small and unassuming, there is no worry that you're adding something bulky to your keyring, purse, backpack and more.

Kensington Proximo

For me, my keyring is already large, full and bulky by choice, so that wasn't an issue. In fact, my Proximo Fob is one of the smallest things on there!

full key ring

As for the Tag, it could easily be attached to just about anything, so no matter if you're trying to keep track of your purse, backpack, a second set of keys or more, it's no problem.

I'm someone who changes between purses, so I'm forever trying to remember where my wallet ended up. By simply slipping the Proximo Tag in with the coins, now I won't have to wonder anymore!

wallet finder

Now, when I pull up the Proximo app on my phone, it takes only a single tap to put the Fob or the Tag to work.

Kensington really couldn't have made this much easier!

Kensington Proximo review

Pressing "Find" results in the light flashing and alarm sounding, making it a snap to figure out that my keys or wallet is buried under the pile of papers in the kitchen.

Alternatively, pressing the Smartphone Finder Button on the Fob turns on the alarm on my phone, putting a stop to my oncoming panic when I'm ready to go out the door and can't find my phone. It's all controlled quickly and easily right from the dashboard in the app itself!

As for the Alarm option, that's a useful feature when you're out and about and want Proximo to notify you if put too large of a distance between your items. For instance, if you're preparing to leave a store and have left your keys at the cash register, your phone will alert you before you've even gone out the door!

proximo dashboard

I appreciate that Kensington added in the ability to define Quiet Zones within the app, so that you can easily tell your Proximo gadgets to not disturb you while you are at work, in the library or more. At the same time, you can personalize the Proximo Fob and Tag with custom alarm tones, images, names for each one and more.

The result is that you end up with a comprehensive proximity monitoring system that makes it easy to keep track of your phone, keys and up to four other valuable items at all times!

Face it, your smartphone is much more than just an expensive phone. I know that I wouldn't be the only mom that would be extremely distraught without all of my apps, pictures, email, internet, contact information and much more! Not to mention the amount of hassle that we all spend trying to find lost keys, purses, wallets, backpacks and more.

Considering that the Proximo Fob retails for $39.99 and the Proximo Tag sells for $24.99, that seems quite reasonable for the peace of mind... and is a fraction of the cost for replacing your phone!

Still not convinced? Take a look at this one minute video and you just might be!

To find out more or to make a purchase, be sure to visit and connect with Kensington on Facebook and Twitter (the Fob and Tag can also be purchased individually or as a Starter Kit from Amazon).

And, thanks to the generosity of Kensington, one person will be able to rest easier knowing that their phone and valuables will always stay safe and sound as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Proximo Fob and Tag from Kensington!

Phones not included, obviously.

A big thank you to Kensington for providing a Proximo Fob and Proximo Tag for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.