Sunday, July 20, 2014

Removing America's stains for over 100 years Giveaway

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The Removing America's stains for over 100 years giveaway from Purex has launched!  Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar.  To celebrate, Purex is giving away a year's supply each day from July 14-23.  There are 10 days and there will be 10 winners.  Go here to enter and good luck!

The Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar is pretty awesome.  You can check out my past review of it here.

This giveaway ends July 23rd, 2014 at 3:00pm PST so please enter before then.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to the Purex Insiders program for allowing me to be a part of this campaign and providing information about this Giveaway!  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes!

The Minister's Wife 10,000 Facebook Fan Celebration

My friend Lois is celebrating a blog milestone, 10K facebook fans!  I am so excited for her.  And to celebrate she is having a huge giveaway.  I am sharing the details and her giveaway below.  I hope you enter and end up winning.


I am celebrating 10,000 amazing Facebook fans, and as a thank you, I am having a big giveaway for all of you! It is so exciting to see some of the wonderful prizes below that you can win.  Enjoy the celebration! There will be 10 winners! YAY!!

Grand Prize: ZINK hAppy Smart App Printer™
Second Prize: Sleep Number® CoolFit™ Foam Contour Pillow
Third Prize: MIRA Stainless Steel Kitchen Scale
Fourth Prize: Country Bob's
Fifth Prize: Country Bob's
Sixth Prize: Almondina Brand Cookies
Seventh Prize: Bulu Box One Month Subscription
Eighth Prize: Boogie Wipes Gift Basket
Ninth Prize: Kentucky Made Wood Salad Tongs
Tenth Prize: 4 Exclusive Comics From Rick Jones' Collection

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ZINK hAppy Smart App Printer™  hAppy is the portable, Wi-Fi®, app-accessory that allows you to print directly from smart phones and tablets. Just download the free ZINK Design & Print Studio™ app onto a smartphone or tablet (or use a 3rd party compatible app); load a ZINK zRoll™ (photographic-quality ZINK Paper in roll form), design, and then wirelessly print to the hAppy. It’s compatible with iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®. hAppy is also compatible with Android™ smartphone and tablets and Amazon Kindle Fire™ tablets.

Take a look at this video to see how it works. It's amazing and so much fun!


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Sleep Number® CoolFit™ Foam Contour Pillow




Like memory foam but concerned about its hot reputation? You'll love our CoolFit™ Foam bedding. A breakthrough in sleeping comfort, gel technology enhances memory foam to create a cool, comfortable sleep experience. In addition, an exclusive wave design lets air flow freely through zones that move as you do. Hypoallergenic. 300-thread-count cotton cover. Also available in classic shape. CoolFit Memory Foam Contour Pillows are made in USA of imported materials. 

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Mira Brands

MIRA Stainless Steel Kitchen Scale


The MIRA Kitchen Scale is the ultimate kitchen tool that not only looks great and works like a charm, but also makes your life in the kitchen so much easier! The perfect replacement for measuring cups. Use one container and the TARE feature to measure out all ingredients for a recipe. Sleek looking scale that occupies very little drawer space. Looks great when left on the counter.
  •  Large easy to read display offers three weighing options: grams, pounds or ounces. 
  •  Easy-breezy stainless steel platform on food scale wipes clean with little effort. 
  •  Accurate measurements in 1g/0.1 oz increments. 
  •  Precise and consistent readings make MIRA digital food scale the perfect digital food scale for Weight Watchers members. 
  • TARE function ignores plates and dishes; weighing only the food inside. This makes the Digital kitchen scale versatile. 
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty. 
  •  Measures up to 11 lbs / 5 Kgs. 
  •  Long-lasting lithium battery included for instant use upon arrival.
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Almondina® is the inspiring success story of a man whose great loves include both music and wonderful food. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina’s most secret cookie, which she called Petit Gateau Sec. Yuval Zaliouk, an internationally known symphony conductor and gourmet chef, always had a special place in his heart (and stomach) for this exquisite, crispy wafer with the delicate flavor of roasted almonds and the natural sweetness of plump raisins.

This all-natural, crispy almond cookie has no cholesterol and no added fat, salt, or preservatives. It is wonderfully crunchy and does not have to be dipped. It is a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and fine light wines. The rush to eliminate fat from gourmet foods too often has also eliminated most of the flavor, a fact which is in sharp contrast to this enticingly delicious cookie.

Since the introduction of the classic Original flavor, eight more distinctive variations have been introduced, all of which continue to be packed with roasted almonds. A recent innovation, Chocolate Cherry, combines the almonds with dark chocolate and plump cherries.

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In 1968 Country Bob perfected the sauce of his dreams. After years of giving the sauce to friends and family he began to sell it in 1977. The reaction was overwhelming just as it is today. Almost everyone who tries Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce becomes a lifelong user. And why not, it is the perfect complement to practically any meal set on your table.

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Monthly subscription vitamin and supplement subscription box



Bulu Box is the best way to discover health, nutrition and weight loss products. Each monthly sample box is filled with 4 to 5 premium products selected to help you feel your best. Look forward to a new mix monthly for both women and men that include: vitamins, weight loss, energy, protein, digestion, sleep support, fitness DVDs, healthy food utensils and more. Earn an easy 50 points ($5) or more each month by reviewing, sharing and completing short surveys. Use your Reward Points to purchase full-size version of the products that work best for you! Subscriptions are 1, 3, 6, and 12 months.

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In this gift basket from Boogie Wipes you will receive 1, 90 ct canister of Fresh Scent Boogie Wipes, Kandoo Wash Your Hands, Kandoo Foaming Hand Sanitizer 8.4 oz and 1.7 oz, Boogie Wipes Gentle Saline Mist, Kandoo Detangler, 30 ct Great Grape Scented Boogie WIpes, and a Boogie Wipes t-shirt all in a fun green storage basket!
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WOOD SALAD TONGS 



Brilliantly designed handmade one handed wood salad tongs. Designed and crafted in Kentucky.The unique design makes it easy to serve pasta, steamed vegetables, hot bread and salads with one hand. Great for buffet lines! Steam heat and pressure have been used for centuries to bend wood into useful shapes like chair backs or musical instruments. Each pair of tongs is hand steamed and bent into shape until cool to create distinctive springs. These springs keep the tongs open for the user, and allow them to fold flat for storage.



 Handcrafted from reclaimed domestic hardwood, each tong is 11" long x 1.5" wide.



 WHO IS KENTUCKY MADE & MORE?
 Kentucky Made & More is an online retailer of high quality, sensibly priced items for gifts or personal use. We specialize in products handcrafted in Kentucky and the surrounding areas. Visit us at www.KentuckyMadeandMore.com or at one of the various events we participate in.

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Rick's Comics


I told my wife that I'd like to be part of the celebration by contributing some of my prized possessions: comic books. Here's my package of four color wonderment:

Power Man and Iron Fist #72 [1981: Months before, Iron Fist's foe, Chaka, was imprisoned. Who has now taken on his identity? The new Chaka is murderous and without honor . . . the original [and repentant] Chaka begs his brother, and Power Man and Iron Fist, to stop the imposter.

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1987]: The magazine sized extra length adaptation of the Disney cartoon film classic, this golden anniversary edition includes a Snow White poster!

Spider-Man #1 [1990]: The hottest new comic of that year, written and drawn by Todd McFarlane, this comic had a total print run of around 6 million . . . which ultimately drove the value down, since it was in no sense rare. Well, a couple of the later printings are valuable, but this is the first printing, pretty common, but still . . . a cool bit of comics history and a nice Spider-Man cover [unless you dislike spiders, as Lois does, because the art includes about 3 dozen of them]. Sealed, bagged newsstand edition.

Mr. T and the T-Force #1 [1993]: Yes, that Mr. T, leading a group of youths determined to tackle "real problems of the streets" with cleverness, courage, and the inimitable awesomeness of Mr. T -- who had a heavy amount of input in the stories, and swore that his character would never use guns. Artwork by Neal Adams. Sealed, bagged edition, includes trading card.

Fun stuff for you. And for Lois, the joy of knowing that 4 more of my 3500+ comics are out of the house. Especially the one with all those spiders. Total estimated value: $10.00

Thanks to all the sponsors of the giveaway and all the bloggers who have helped to promote it!

ZINK hAppy
Sleep Number
MIRA Brands
Country Bob's 
Almondina Cookies
Bulu Box
Boogie Wipes
Kentucky Made and More
Rick's Comics

And the following blogs:
ReviewsSheROTE, Cummins Life, CasaMoncada, The Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass, Detroit Mom & Her Views, Here We Go Again, Ready, The Stuff of Success, What The Buzz Is All About, Krazy Kat Freebies, just plane and simple, Java John Z's, Our-Wolves-Den, My Best of Both Worlds, Holiday Contest and Sweeps, Confessions Of A Mommy Of 5, Deliciously Savvy, Peanut Butter and Whine, Gloria's Bits and Pieces, Frugal and Coupon Crazy, Central Bargains & Giveaways, Michigan Saving and More, A Small Village, One Sassy Geek, Simply Sherryl, Mami's 3 Little Monkeys, Cassandra M's Place, Heartbeats~ Soul Stains, My Silly Little Gang, My Devotional Thoughts, and Davids DIY

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Terms and Conditions:
Open to US Residents only. Must be 18 or older to enter. Limit one entry per household/address. All entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification if no response, then another winner will be chosen. Contest ends at 12:01 AM 8/10/14. The Minister's Wife Stamps and Saves is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. The company sponsoring this giveaway is solely responsible for the delivery of the prize to the winner(s). The Minister's Wife Stamps and Saves is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails or physical mail. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, Instagram, or any other social media. Void where prohibited by law. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Give your baby a fresh start with Purex & One Step Ahead Giveaway

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I wanted to tell you about another giveaway, this time from Purex & One Step Ahead.  One grand prize winner will receive a gift certificate valued at $1,000 from One Step Ahead, a year's supply of Purex Baby Detergent, and a year's supply of Purex Crystals for baby, pretty awesome!  Go here to enter now.

This giveaway ends July 31st, 2014 at 3:00pm PST so please enter before then.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to the Purex Insiders program for allowing me to be a part of this campaign and providing information about this Giveaway!  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AdventureCon14

Photo taken by Julie Pippert

Remember when I attended AdventureCon13 last year?  It was my first blogging conference and I wasn't sure what to expect.  It was chock-full of so much information, so many wonderful people and a park that never ceases to amaze me.  Well, this year I was able to attend AdventureCon14 last month and it didn't disappoint.  Unlike last year, my whole family was able to come to the park and enjoy some of the event with me!

 Baby F and I with a very special guest.

The first night was a blogger mingle.   AdventureCon14 was a time to see old friends and make new ones.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to get to know some truly amazing people who just happen to be amazing bloggers as well.

 Introducing infants

Elayna and I were both pregnant at last year's AdventureCon.  It was so fun for our babies to meet!  Elayna - it is always a pleasure to see you and your sweet family.  The list goes on and on of amazing people that are special to me at AdventureCon.


 Those little touches

Returning to AdventureCon14 this year was like going to a family reunion.  I met new people and realized I miss those that I don't see more often.  Everyone is so welcoming, encouraging and the conference is full of little touches.  Like when I checked into my room and found the above note waiting for me.  Things like this just make me smile! 

AdventureCon14 was an amazing mixture of information and experience.  I love that we were able sit down and dive deeper into some blogging improvement and that we had interactions and experiences within the park.  It truly is a great mix.

SeaWorld Highlights

Roa's Aviary is a new attraction within Aquatica


These are some of the birds you will find within the Aviary (there is a back side too).


Roseate Spoonbills

Some of my favorite birds were the Roseate Spoonbills.  Similar to flamingos, their beautiful color is diet derived.  Their pink color combined with their long bills make them quite beautiful to view.

Kookaburra

Another thing that we were able to do was meet some of SeaWorld's Animal Ambassadors.  The Kookaburra was a hoot when it made its loud call which resembles human laughing.  There is something quite amazing when you are able to see animals up close and personal. 

A and B riding Shamu Express

The kids had a lot of fun riding different rides!  A, B, C, D and E all rode the Shamu Express.  It was D and E's first time.  Shamu Express has become our traditional family first roller coaster.  We just need for Baby F to grow so he can join in on the fun.  My oldest three were also able to ride Journey to Atlantis for the first time during this visit.  I was a nervous Momma bird but I am so glad for the opportunity for them to spread their wings while I am still in the picture.

Conference Sessions

Learning about Pinterest

This is what it is like to be in a session.  The speakers this year were so insightful and down to earth.  I loved that they were approachable and willing to share their insight.  We learned how to think like a reporter, how to be a great media source, what community storytelling is all about,  tips and tricks for pinterest, Google+ and much more.  Colleen, one of the Sea World Wildside bloggers, created this awesome post of tips from the conference.  If you are a blogger and thinking about going to a conference I cannot say enough good things about AdventureCon.  Take the plunge!  Go here and sign up for more information about AdventureCon15.  I hope to see you there.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nuby Children's Hangers Review


Nuby Children's Hangers

How do you organize your children's clothes?  Because I have six children of various ages (0-10) I realize that I may do things different than some people; however, I can always benefit from organizational tips and tricks.  Our house is a bit short on storage space so sometimes creativity is in order.

My open hangers

I have started using Nuby Children's Hangers in the kids' closet.  They are designed to hang clothes that are too small for an adult hanger.  These hangers work well for all of my kiddos sizes.  Now, I do not hang Baby F's clothes up right now.  He has a storage drawer system in my bedroom that I use for his wardrobe.  However, I went ahead and hung up a few of his clothes so that you can see that these hangers will work on babies clothes.

 Baby F's clothes sizes 6-9 months

 Another view

I currently have a similar set-up for E as well with a storage drawer system.  We are in the process of moving the kids into another bedroom so I am hoping that very soon I will be able to start hanging up a few more of her clothes!

Girls shirts size 3T and 4T

 Here is a combo of one of D's shirts, a B shirt and a C shirt

Most of the kids current closet space is occupied by A and B.  And that is mainly their shirts and dresses.  These hangers work great for their clothing which currently ranges from size 7-12 in girls depending on the individual item.

A and B clothes including a few dresses.

 Here is a view of the clothing above hanging together so you get a feel for the various sizing.

 Another view

 Close up of an individual hanger

These hangers are sturdy and work well for multiple sizes.  These hangers have the slits on the tops making it easy to hang items with straps like my older daughters' dresses.  We don't currently hang our kid's pants (we use their dresser) but these hangers would work well for that as the bottom bar has a sturdy design.

Another thing we like to do as A and B are close in age and wear similar sizes is to use different color hangers for each of them.  A has white hangers and B has pink hangers.  This system doesn't work perfectly (as sometime they just hang their clothes on the first hanger they grab) but it does help.  A can quickly identify her clothing from the white hangers and B from the pink.  I am definitely going to have to pick up some of the Nuby Children's Hangers in pink now!

Read more about the Nuby Children's Hangers below.

According to Nuby
 - Perfectly sized for small clothes
 - 10 pack
 - BPA FREE

The Nuby Children's Hangers are available in various colors and can be purchased at the Baby Depot at Burlington, Meijer, and www.babyearth.com.

Thanks Nuby for another awesome product!  Remember you can connect with Nuby on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest as well. 

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Family, Community, and a Free Episode of Adventures in Odyssey


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Remember when I posted about that amazing $5 special for the Odyssey Adventures Club?  Well, it's back!  For a limited time, you can listen to a new episode of Adventures in Odyssey for FREE! Album 58, The Ties that Bind, will be available this fall for digital download and CD purchase, but if you join the Odyssey Adventures Club, you can listen to the full album now! Guess what? The $5 special held last month was extended through the end of July, too, so you can join in the fun for only $5! Here's what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):
It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.
Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive. One way families can carry out God's design for families is by serving their community—right where God has planted them, being His hands and feet together. Want to serve your community with your family, maybe make a day of out it? Here are some fantastic ideas from some Adventures in Odyssey bloggers and club members:
  • Make scarves through the year and deliver them to your local homeless shelter at the start of winter, or regularly donate food to your local food bank. —Shirley 
  • Our family likes to help with Meals on Wheels. We also do reenactments of the Civil War and WWII to help educate people on history. I like to show my kids that we should be servers and givers by taking meals to people who need them (i.e. baby just born, someone died, someone had surgery, etc.). —Erin 
  • We have been visiting a nursing home with friends once a month. The kids just sing and then we fellowship, but the ladies love it! —Lisa 
  • We make lap blankets for nursing home residents and take the time to visit with them. We also collect food for the local food pantry. —Donna 
  • We make blessing bags to give to the homeless when we encounter them. We also donate clothes and food to a local shelter. —Amy 
  • Our MOPs (Mothers of Prechoolers) group supports our local Pregnancy Support Services with donations, gifts, and notes. We also supports the Durham Rescue Mission, which helps people break free from addictions and restore families. —Melissa 
  • We live in a very rural area. Our church serves two of the poorest zip codes in the state, and about a decade ago, they started operating a food pantry out of a closet. It has expanded since then, so we now use the closet for storage, but the pantry is basically a classroom. The kids and I serve over there a lot. My 17-year-old and I go to Care & Share (50 miles away) to get food to bring back to the pantry. All of us help unload and stock shelves. On pantry days, everyone can get involved with helping people go through the line, playing with the kids, carrying boxes out to cars, etc. There are so many hungry folks, especially in the summer when school breakfasts and lunches aren't available, and helping a bit to put food on some tables is such a blessing for us all. —Debra 
  • We pack food bags each month for the homeless and needy through a thrift store that offers an outreach to the community. We also help clean our church and our Sunday school. —Michele 
  • We work through our AHG troop to do several service activities a year. My girls just recently made bracelets they are selling, which 100% of the profits goes to Hope House in Africa to help young girls. —Sarah 
  • Our church works with a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta. We cook food ahead of time, and when our schedules allow we ride down with the group to serve the food. My son always reminds me when we haven't been for awhile, so it's something he looks forward to. —Maria 
  • We do lots of random acts of kindnesses within our community: pay for others' meals, leave change at a vending machine, hand out Gatorade/granola bars to people on the side of the road asking for food. We also love to support Mobile Loaves and Fishes. —Kathryn
Did that provide some ideas to give your family service activity the kick-start it needs? What other ideas do you have for serving your community? Share in the comments!

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Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Litfuse and Adventures in Odyssey for choosing me to be an Odyssey Club Blogger allowing me unlimited access to Adventures in Odyssey. 

Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection Projects & Giveaway

 My Purex Insiders Kit

Have you heard of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collections by Richard Garay?  This fun collection consists of stamp sets and dyes, paper and inks.  With this collection you can create one-of-a-kind cards, gifts, scrapbook layouts and more.  The stamps are both whimsical and modern.  They are made of photopolymer and feature cling technology allowing them to adhere well.  Paper included are both solid colors as well as captivating prints.  The stamp pads blend the benefits of pigment ink and dye.  The ink dries quickly, doesn't fade, and can be used on all types of materials.

The Celebrate Party Hat Card kit

I was sent two make and take kits in order to create two projects through the Purex Insiders program!  The first kit was a Celebrate Party Hat Card kit.  Everything was already precut and ready for assembly.  A wanted to make this one so I let her.  She did a great job and had a lot of fun.  It was extremely easy to make this card mainly because everything was ready to go.

A assembling this card

A making a bow with the Celebra'tions linen thread.

Layering

 Voila, A and her finished card!

Here it is.  I thought it came out really cute.

 Best Day Ever Treat Bag kit

The second kit was for a Best Day Ever Treat Bag.  Again, everything was included to create this bag.  And again, it was easy to make and took no time at all.  A few cuts, a little adhering, fill up the bag with treats a few ties and complete.

 Again, A helped me with this one.

 Final tie

 Voila, a finished treat bag.

We thought these kits were super easy to make, the end results were cute and A loved making them.  I think these kits are especially good if you are short on time.  

Ready for a giveaway?  I have one 15 piece Many Words polymer stamp set from the Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection to giveaway to one of you. 

 One of you will win this!

The stamps are Thank you, Surprise, Today, Yummy, Thinking of you, Together, Enjoy, Love, Life, Happy Birthday, Celebrate, Explore, Celebrate, 24/7, and Congratulations.  Just enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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 Disclosure:  Thanks so much to the Spellbinders brand for providing me with samples of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection and the giveaway item in exchange for my review!    All opinions expressed are my own.  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes!