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Join CustomInk to Stamp Out Bullying

Date Wed, September 28 2016

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Over the past few weeks, CustomInk has been promoting its Be Good to Each Other bullying prevention campaign. The campaign extends through the end of October, during which CustomInk will donate profits from the sales of bullying prevention t-shirts to benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

As part of the campaign, celebrities have joined CustomInk to create designs that you can buy to show that you, too, are against bullying. The designs below are just a smattering of those available from CustomInk.
Planning your own bullying prevention event? Check out CustomInk's customizable templates!

Of course, you can create your own t-shirt design to show that you won’t stand for bullying — or any other shirt design for that matter — from CustomInk. You can show how you can “Be” unique, compassionate and more rather than bullying.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own celebrity-designed t-shirt, check out CustomInk’s official Be Good To Each Other campaign page.

Boxiecat Scent Free Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter

Date Mon, September 26 2016

This is a sponsored post courtesy of All opinions are my own.

Boxiecat Scent Free Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter

Boxiecat Scent Free Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter

I received Boxiecat Scent Free Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter to review in unscented; although, you can choose the “gently scented” option. also offers an “extra strength” cat litter, which might work better if you have multiple cats.

Boxiecat litter seems to be in smaller pebbles than other clay litter. I was worried this might make it be dustier, but this wasn’t the case at all.

It seems to clump rather well, and it’s easy to scoop — unlike some of the wood or corn-based pellets that were too large to fit through the slots in my scooper.

My cats had no problem using the Boxiecat litter, but it doesn’t seem to track any less than any other clay cat litter.

Toward the end of the cat litter, it seemed to get really sticky (some other reviews commented how it became “cement” like) and didn’t do as much for eliminating the urine scent. This is pretty typical of clay-based cat litter. For a price that’s more than twice the price of other clay-based cat litter, I would expect Boxiecat Scent Free Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter to work much better than this.

One thing I have to say is that putting 16 pounds of cat litter into a bag isn’t super convenient. It’s much easier to handle a jug or box with a handle when pouring it into the litter box. Unfortunately, Boxiecat is only available in bags from Chewy. There’s a larger 28-pound size, which I can only imagine is harder to pour! It comes in more of a “cube” shape.

You could potentially empty the bag into a box or empty jug from another brand, but that seems like such a hassle. It’s definitely more effort than I’m willing to put into cat litter, heh.

If you’re looking for a dust-free cat litter without a scent, Boxiecat Scent Free Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter is worth considering. But the benefits aren’t enough for me to recommend it.

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$150 Walmart Giveaway

Date Wed, September 21 2016


Welcome to the Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Amazon Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the GUND Animated Peek-A-Boo Bear, it started out at $40.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

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You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!


Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.


Giveaway: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Peek-A-Boo Bear and you will be entered to win a $150 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!


This giveaway ends on 10/2/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

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$50 Paypay Cash Giveaway for Halloween

Date Tue, September 13 2016

Welcome to the $50 of Choice Halloween Giveaway!

Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves

Co-Hosted by: Frugal Finds During Naptime

Halloween is coming, and I’ve partnered with some great bloggers to help one reader decorate and celebrate by giving away $50 in the winner’s choice of Paypal cash or an egift card! Would you like some new holiday decor? Need a major supply of pumpkin spice lattes to keep you going? Want to grab a fabulous new costume? It’s your choice!

One winner will receive $50 via Paypal cash or eGift Card of choice! If an egift card can be purchased and emailed, you can choose that store!

Giveaway begins on 9/13/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 10/13/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open Worldwide (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner’s List here.

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

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Studio Gear Dual Identity Wet/Dry Foundation

Date Mon, September 5 2016

You might recall me working with Studio Gear in the past. I’ve had a chance to try their CC Cream and, now, their unique Dual Identity Mineral makeup. I was intrigued because the advertise four different ways to use it:

1. Mineral Powder: Keep it simple and buff Foundation into skin on it’s own or over primer.

2. Serum Foundation: Mix it Up with Revitalizing Day Serum to create custom, super moisturizing coverage. (Tip, you can also mix with your favorite SPF)

3. Mattifying Finishing Powder: Take it on the go to set your liquid make-up and stay matte all day.

4. Cream Contour: Mix up darker and lighter shades with Protective Day Lotion for creamy, blendable, custom contour.

Check out the following video for a rundown if you’re confused:

Now, most mineral makeup is actually multi-use. You can use it dry as a powder by itself (which I never do because powders simply don’t offer enough coverage) or layer it over liquid or cream foundation, which means any mineral makeup has at least two uses.

Most of it can be used wet, too, so there’s a third use. Studio Gear recommends at least four uses of the Dual Identity Mineral makeup, including all of those. The final suggested use of this mineral makeup is as a bronzer/contouring shade if you get it in a darker shade than normal and mix it with a cream lotion.

I got my Dual Identity Mineral mineral foundation in Linen. I’ve used the Studio Gear CC Cream in Linen, and it was much lighter than the Dual Identity Mineral makeup. You may want to keep this in mind if you’ve used any makeup by Studio Effects because your shade may be different in the mineral foundation than it is in those other products.

The unique aspect of the Dual Identity Mineral mineral foundation by Studio Gear is that you can mix it with their Revitalizing Day Serum to essentially create a liquid foundation. Studio Gear ent me a bottle to use for testing purposes, and here’s a bit of info from the site:

Revitalizing Day Serum is an exclusive formulation containing structural lipids, antioxidants, and natural botanicals that can help to visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and protect the skin from oxidative damage and photo-aging caused by environmental stresses. Skin texture and clarity are significantly improved and makeup application is dramatically enhanced.

Studio Gear Revitalizing Day Serum

Studio Gear Revitalizing Day Serum

The bottle says you’d normally use after moisturizer, but you can also mix it with Dual Identity makeup to create a moist makeup. The video above actually indicates that you can use the mineral makeup wet with water, but I think you get a better texture with the Revitalizing serum. It seems thinner than liquid foundation, but the powder mixes well.

You’ll need to pay attention to the bases in your makeup because the Revitalizing Day Serum has a silicone base, so it’ll pair better with other makeups and primers that are also silicone-based. I used a water-based primer and wound up with some terrible patchiness because I forgot to check. And while I don’t mind cosmetics containing silicone, not everyone likes them.

I also didn’t love the process. Nowhere does it say how much powder to serum should you use, so it’s a guessing game. Even if I did know how much to mix, it’d be pretty hard to try to get exact amounts from either container. The Dual Identity Mineral foundation comes in a sifter that you can close up, but you’ve always got to use a little force to get powder out of the basin, and there’s no way to measure how much product is coming out. I’ve used the foundation this way several times, and it’s always trial and error.

Furthermore, there’s no easy way to mix the powder and serum. I’ve taken to squirting a drop of serum into the cap of the foundation container, then sprinkling some makeup on top and mixing it with my foundation brush. The cap is getting quite messy.  I also wonder about how much product I am wasting.

A little dimple in the container for mixing them would be great, and I am considering just mixing the serum with powder in a separate container so I always have some liquid makeup.

When I mix the mineral powder with the serum, I either use a flat foundation brush or my fingers to apply it to my skin. However, Studio Gear actually sent me their #3 brush, which is perfect for buffing on the dry powder by itself or on top of my liquid foundation. It’s super soft and may be my favorite brush to date!

DUAL IDENTITY WET/DRY MINERAL FOUNDATION, Studio Gear Brush and Revitalizing Day Serum

DUAL IDENTITY WET/DRY MINERAL FOUNDATION, Studio Gear Brush and Revitalizing Day Serum

After using the powder on top both the mixed serum/makeup and another liquid makeup, I can say that the Linen shade certainly seems darker when I mix the Dual Identity Mineral foundation wet and dry. In fact, I wondered if this shade was simply too dark for me at first. It’s actually quite flattering but gives a more made up/tan effect, so I prefer to use the powder with my regular foundation when I’m going for a more natural look. It does look nicely matte, however.

During winter, I will definitely stick to using the Dual Identity Mineral powder atop my regular foundation so I don’t look too “fake baked.” For now, I can still use my regular bronzer with the Dual Identity Mineral makeup but I could probably go a shade darker with the bronzer if I wanted.

I opted not to use this as a cream bronzer by mixing it with lotion because I prefer powder bronzer. But I bet this shade would work really well in the winter when I am much paler.

Overall, Dual Identity Wet/Dry mineral makeup has tons of pigment and is super fine. Linen specifically is a warm and flattering shade that mattifies well. I enjoy it over my other makeup and think Studio Gear is onto something by providing so many ways for us to wear our foundation. However, the serum and Dual Identity Mineral powder mixing process isn’t as intuitive as it can be. With some packaging changes, it would become much easier, and this would be a fantastic selling point!

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30 Dresses Under $30 This Labor Day From ModCloth

Date Fri, September 2 2016

With Labor Day on Monday, I have all sorts of questions. Where did the summer go? Will anything I want from Torrid, Rue 21 or Yankee Candle be on amazing sale if I can wait just three days? Or will I wind up missing out? Should I update my wardrobe or should I stick with what I have?

Of course, some of those are related questions, and whether I need new clothing or not, I’ll wind up buying some. So it’s no surprise that I wound up browsing ModCloth (and as an affiliate, I got a heads up about their sale and will earn a small commission if you buy anything after reading this post.

Their sale items are up to 50% off this Labor Day, which means you can get tons of housewares, accessories, shoes and other goodies. But the dresses are among the most unique and coveted of their stock. Prices can be a little on the high end of you’re a bargain shopper, which is why you need to take advantage of their Labor Day sales. In fact, I would be doing that if I hadn’t just bought some new dresses!

I thought I’d wrangle up a good selection for my readers and easily found 30 dresses under $30 dollars. You’ll find solid colors, patterns, mini and maxi dresses, those with a retro or vintage flair, casual and dressy styles in the widget below. Click for more information or to buy. If you do, let me know what you got in the comments!

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$100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Date Mon, August 29 2016

Welcome to the Walmart Gift Card Giveaway Event! A big, fun event, brought to you by a lot of great bloggers!

Hosted by: Lil’ Blog and More, Coupons and Freebies Mom, and Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom.

And an extra thanks, to the great co-hosts: Animal Bliss, Cha Ching Queen, and Deliciously Savvy.This is a great prize, to help with anything you need, from back to school, and more!Good luck everyone!The Giveaway!One lucky winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card! Open to Worldwide entries. Ends 9/20/2016. Enter using the GiveawayTools form, below:

The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are
not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil’ Blog and More will be sending the
prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway.
This giveaway starts August 29th, 2016, and will end on September 20th, 2016 at
11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a
new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the
name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

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