Thursday, December 11, 2014

Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy (Pachelbel's Canon is good too!)

 I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my DLSR camera!  It's so fun to take pictures.  I take our family pictures each spring and fall.  Most recently, I have taken engagement and wedding pictures for 2 of my brother-in-law's.  Choosing the location for pictures is half the fun.  But probably the worst part of all is trying to find a location that is shady enough for everyone to have their eyes open, but not too shady that the picture won't turn out (will be dull, or have shadows).

Taking pictures of my husband (and his brothers) is a challenge because they just can't keep their eyes open.  Unfortunately my kids inherited this lovely trait.  As such, I have become quite proficient in finding semi shady spots for pictures. 

I love my camera, and  I haven't even scratched the surface of its potential either!  (I have the
Canon EOS Rebel T2i.)

If your looking to get a new camera for Christmas (and a good deal...keep reading to the end), Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

Some of the fabulous features are:
•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
•      The 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.
Here is the deal I promised to tell you about earlier in the post:

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more.
*offer valid 12/7-12/20

@BestBuy #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason @CanonUSAimaging

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mrs. Cavanaugh's is SO YUMMY!

Today was one of those days!  Seriously!  I think my kids were attempting to see how many buttons they could push....without pushing me over the edge..  It was a "she hit me"..."Shes tapping her feet"..."She's looking at me"...."She said 'I't's not the end of the world' and I hate it when people tell me that"...."She's breathing my air"...KIND OF DAY!

Imagine my thankfulness when I got a wonderful package of deliciousness in the mail today!  It couldn't have been better timing!  I considered running into my closet and gobbling down the whole box before it was discovered, but then I thought that I ought to share (READ: TEMPT) with you, the wonderfulness that is Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

So do you remember the other day when I first told you about them!?  They are doing a wonderful, generous sale!  Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates (use promo code: usfamily2014)

 Let me just put in a plug for the MINDY MINTS!  They are SERIOUSLY the best thing in the world of chocolate!  Do yourself the favor and get these!  (And I'm not just saying that because my name happens to be Mindy! ;o)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Traveling =LAUNDRY Good thing I have Aromatherapy by Purex

I LOVE to do laundry....said NO ONE. EVER.

We have taken some fun vacations the last couple of months.  It was quite crazy for a little while....we were gone about 2 weeks...home for a week....gone for a week...home for a week...gone for a week...NOW, we are home for quite a while.  BUT, with all that traveling, we amassed a TON of laundry in our travels...and I seemed to not be able to ever get to catch up.  Now that we are home, I have been whittling away at it.

But luckily, with all the laundry, I had a fun surprise.  I was able to try out the purex aromatherapy crystals!  Thankfully, I was sent the "Energy" fragrance to try and review.  First, I must say that I am a fan of the Purex crystals in general.  I love the way they keep the laundry smelling fresh.  The aromatherapy is the latest installment in the line.
There are 3 scents...Energy, Well Being, and Serenity.

The best part is that you will get to try it too!

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to try it free!

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Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, November 10, 2014

LG OLED is a great family gift from Best Buy


I just love winter!  It is my most favorite season!  I love to cuddle on the couch with hot chocolate and warm cookies!  I love to watch family movies!  Ahhh winter!  I love it!

What would make our family movie nights even a new LG OLED TV!  I have been wishing for one of these since last Christmas!  ( #HintingSeason)

I first saw them last year.  FABULOUS!  I told my DH that I "needed" this tv...because I thought ours looked blurry and not as sharp.....He told me to go get my eyes checked.  GUESS what!!!  I got my eyes checked last month and now I REALLY, REALLY want the new TV! 

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?
The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:
Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV
·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
·         Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
·         Find content faster with webOS

If your looking for a new TV, and its in your budget, Best Buy’s everyday price is $3499.99 (save $500). 

HAPPY HINTING!  *Hint, Hint, DH....if your reading this!  ;-)

@BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

MINDY MINTS!!!  Maybe its just because it was named after me....(Just kidding!) or because they are so smooth and delicious....but they are my favorite.  If you haven't tried them, you are very much missing out!

"It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'"

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

...In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch.

"It was a difficult decision, especially for George," Mrs. Cavanaugh said. "He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy - and could compete with - those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates."

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence....

Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies.  
         Its your LUCKY DAY!!!
My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily14

If you live by Salt Lake City, UT, you may have had the wonderful experience of tasting Mrs. Cavanaugh chocolates!  They offer a free tour if your in town too!  If you don't live close, don't fret!  THEY SHIP!!!  My girls and I have gone down town a couple of times to the tour.  It is such a fun experience!

What would be more fun than getting THIS in the mail!?!

Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily14


Friday, April 25, 2014

Purex No Sort for Colors detergent Review & giveaway

I love that my kids like to help with laundry....but sometimes they are not the best sorters.  Most of the time it hasn't mattered, but when I had the chance to review this NEW Purex No Sort for Colors detergent, I was really excited!  It is the latest laundry innovation from the Purex® brand designed to simplify your laundry routine. Purex® No Sort® for Colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ which traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads leaving your clothes bright and clean.  

We gave it a try...with denim, and colors.  Usually I would have thrown one of those color catcher sheets in with it......We crossed our fingers and hoped our colors wouldn't be blue.  When it came out, I was very pleasantly surprised....No bleeding!  

I feel like this is a great invention for all the moms that are trying to teach their kids how to do laundry....and the kids might miss that ONE DARK SOCK......(or worse....a RED one!).  AMAZING!!!  Less sorting!!!

Purex is doing a great giveaway HERE.  
I am also doing a giveaway for a free bottle!

You can enter to win a free bottle to try for yourself!
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I was given a free sample to test in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Purex Fresh Pet detergent for Pet Clothing

I am so excited to tell you about the latest 

purex product!  

A few weeks ago, I told you about my little dog that is litter box trained.  She is such a sweet dog and puts up with a lot (including, but not limited to dressing her up) from my daughters.  For Halloween, we used koolaid and dyed her PINK!  It was super fun!  

We all know how pet laundry can pile up.  There are collars, bedding, clothes, etc that need to be washed.  ENTER..........The latest fabulous Purex product that has just come out:  NEW Purex Fresh Pet. 

About the Product (from Purex):
Introducing NEW Purex Fresh Pet-Cuddly clean clothes for your furry family
Purex Fresh Pet keeps your furry friends clothing bright and clean just like yours! NEW Purex Fresh Pet liquid detergent with Odor Control Action is a premium pet clothing formula that is specially formulated to condition and moisturize your pet's coat and eliminate odor while they wear their favorite outfits. Whether lounging around on the living room rug or strutting their stuff on a neighborhood walk, your pet's outfits will surely be noticed!

 Go check it out out!

Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Fresh Pet detergent for Pet Clothing in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Limited Edition excitement & a giveaway

Have you ever noticed that lately everything is "limited edition"?  I have such a LOVE/HATE relationship with all things "limited edition."  Take the latest Oreo cookies for example:  Rice Krispy treat flavor Oreos  and Cookie Dough Oreos.....(They are AH-MAZ-ING...btw).  I get so excited that they are having a new flavor....I buy it...try it!.....Then I can't ever find it again.  Hence my LOVE/HATE relationship.  Then I get the "I.GOTTA.STOCKPILE.IT.SO.I.CAN.HAVE.IT.AGAIN" mentality.  I am sure that is what marketing teams are going for.  I wish that when companies make great new products, that they keep them around for a while. 

The latest "LIMITED EDITION" product that I had the lovely opportunity to try is the Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh laundry fragrance booster that will be in stores this month.
Have you ever had a scent take you back to another time.  This one reminded me of a friend that I had when I was a teenager.  It was an unexpected trip down memory lane!  I guess they must have used an air freshener or something in their house that had a similar smell as this does.  It is very pleasant. 

I really like to add the Purex Crystals in all my loads of laundry!  It keeps your clothes smelling fresh for over a week (sometimes longer), its safe for all loads (kids clothes, Pj's, exercise clothes, etc) and even towels (It won't reduce the absorbancy of towels!)

Purex Crystals Limited Edition freshens my sheets and towels!

If you feel the same "limited edition" excitement as I do, you will want to go snag a bottle of this lovely freshener before its gone.  It should be out THIS MONTH!

If your feeling LUCKY, (or even if your not....enter anyway)  enter the giveaway!

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I was given a free sample from Purex to try and review.  However all opinions are my own.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Litter box trained DOG!

Yep..she's PINK!  We dyed her for Halloween!
We have a cat....and a DOG that use litter boxes.  YES!  You read that right!  Our DOG uses a litter box too.  We have a little "grate" that goes over the litter box (its just a cookie cooling rack with a couple bolts to make it tall).

Princess Puppy!

We tried this new litter and we really liked it.  It has a lot finer texture than regular litter (more like sand) and it doesn't have a strong fragrance.  It was great when cleaning out the box because it sifts so much better!

Such a patient dog!  She was being "wheeled" around in the hamper with R's other animals!

They guarantee an odor free home for 7 Days. The way it works:  No other litter forms a tight seal around odor and destroys it with unique odor eliminators and ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda.

Visit for special offers & product information.

Visit the ARM & HAMMER™ Savings Center for a $3 off coupon for NEW ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL cat litter.

We were given a free sample of the new Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal cat litter to try.  However, all opinions are my own.   Check out my review.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dial it up: Giveaway & Review

Some days I feel like life gets dialed up a notch....Like a "let's see how much you can REALLY handle."  Have you had one of those days?  I sometimes feel like I've been running so hard & fast that there is hardly time to breath.  Unfortunately, most of it is my own doing.  I love all the things that I do...but sometimes it just gets to be a bit....much.  Thankfully, I got a surprise package from Dial with a sample of the Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash to review.  (However, all the opinions expressed are my own). 
 I don't think I had ever tried Dial before, but when I opened the bottle to smell it, I was pleasantly surprised.  It smells fresh and fruity.  What a breath of fresh SPRING!

That wasn't where the surprises ended, though.  It is a wonderful body wash that is infused with lotion and vitamin B.  So it helps you to have healthy, soft skin. 
I really liked this and I think it helped me to "Dial" it back a bit....even if it was just for the lovely time in the shower with this amazing fragrance!

You can have a chance to Dial in your own life....You can win a free bottle!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Purex Crystals review

My newest favorite laundry additive is the Purex Crystals.  The flavors (Smells) are great!  We really like the tropical flavors and the lavender and the baby smell....I guess the baby one is my way of hanging onto my "babies".....but thats another story....

The latest fragrance that we have tried is the Mountain breeze.  It smells very clean and crisp without being over powering.

What I love about the crystals is that it keeps my clothes and towels smelling dryer fresh for over a week!....maybe you noticed I said towels ......AND fabric softener.....YES!  This is totally safe for towels absorbancy!  It doesn't reduce it at all!  It's also environmentally friendly.

You can also have the chance to win a wonderful bottle of SPRING.....A.K.A....Purex crystals.

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The Purex brand provided me with a a sample of Purex Crystals fresh Mountain Breeze in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.