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adidas Stan Smith Now Customizable

Date Fri, August 22 2014

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The best selling adidas shoe of all time, the adidas Stan Smith defines the word ‘icon’. But even after over 40 years of market domination, it has been missing something. You.

Introducing the adidas mi Stan Smith, a legend now available for customization.

Available in styles for men and women, in both leather and suede, you select your favorite color for the shoe base, accents, heel patch print, tongue logo, even sign your name or emblaze your motto on the sockliner. Each adidas mi Stan Smith pair comes with two sets of laces (you choose the colors) to really make your style pop. The foundation is still Stan Smith, but the style is all your own.

Ready to sign your name on this legend? Pick up your pair of adidas mi Stan Smith today at adidas.com

Marvel/Disney Drops the Ball with Guardians of the Galaxy Merch

Date Wed, August 20 2014

I cannot help but feel like Marvel/Disney is making a huge mistake in the way that they’re marketing Guardians of the Universe. I saw the movie 3 times. I loved it. While stories or ragtag crews in space are nothing new when it comes to Sci-Fi, I liked every single one  of those characters. Man, woman, raccoon. It didn’t matter how strange the idea was, and I can only imagine that someone pitching an idea about a sentient raccoon probably got a few looks.

But while the movie might be awesome, the merchandising isn’t. Here’es why.

1. No Gamora

This movie featured interesting female characters who were treated slightly less like meat than I expected. But while you might see the familiar green sheen of Gamora’s skin in packaging and displays, you’re not going to find any dolls or items dedicated specifically for her. There’s nothing saying girls can’t view the other male/animal characters at role models, but why isn’t one of the most important characters in the film getting the same treatment as those with far less expansive scripts?

2. Geared Toward Children

Guardians of the Galaxy is PG-13, so marketing to little kids makes no sense! Comic books are enjoyed by people of all ages. There’s no need to infantalize characters or fans. And GotG is exactly the type of comic book movie that’s going to be enjoyed by people like me who have never read the comic or those who don’t enjoy comics in the least.

3. Rocket Isn’t Fuzzy

Seriously. How card can it be to create a furry rocket stuffed animals? This is all I want from life! Pro tip: it has to look like rocket and not just a generic racoon. Mmkay?

4. No Groot from the End of the Movie

I do not want to spoil this, but if you’ve seen the movie you’ll understand what I am talking about when I say that Groot’s form at the end of the movie is perfect for merchandising. Why wasn’t Marvel on this to begin with? Oh.em.gee!

Not all is lost, however. Here are my favorite GotG swag, collectibles and merchandise.

I found a few action figures. Only one was of Gamora. It was such low quality that her face was indistinguishable. No one’s making that mistake with Starlord toys. In this case, it seems like fanart is a better representation.

Red Bubble, for example, has some awesome fan art, especially of Rocket and Groot in fuzzy/chibi/cute style.

 

RedBubble artists get GotG Swag Right!

RedBubble artists get GotG Swag Right!

 

From top left, clockwise:

Right now, you can also get free shipping from Red Bubble right now through August 21st with code BACKTOSCHOOLFS.

So, do you agree with me about official merch? Have you seen the movie? Bought all the things? Let me know in the comments!

Bugs Are Gross, This Giveaway Is Not

Date Tue, August 19 2014

Enter to win an Orkin prize pack that includes:

  • Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
  • Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
  • Orkin Drawstring Bag
  • Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen
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Orkin Back to Schol Prize PackOrkin Back to Schol Prize Pack

These are some pretty cool things. I’m especially excited over the clip-on lens, which I want to try on my own phone. Since Orkin will also be sending me the same prize pack, I will get to. Maybe I’ll sign up for Instagram. Probably not. But you never know. LOL

So what do all of these items have in common? They’re great for you to investigate and comment on bugs. Perhaps you did something like this as a young kid. I was never really into bugs then. And I’m not now, but no one really wants to have bugs around, do they? Of course, we all know Orkin as one of the leaders in pest removal/prevention.

Orkin also provides information to help you prevent and deal with bugs yourself. Just in time for back to school, the folks over there have come up with a quiz to test your knowledge on those things that have far too many legs and wings!

Check it out here:

Don’t forget to take the quiz because that will help you get entered in this giveaway!

Then use the Gleam widget before to get in all sorts of entries. Some of them are dailies, so come back between now and September 3rd to increase your chances of winning.

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Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Orkin Fact or Fake School Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

I finally did it!

Date Mon, August 18 2014

If you’re expecting some soul searching or a super-revealing post, this isn’t it. This is the one that errs on the side of silly albeit practical.

So what did I finally do? I bought a rechargeable battery charger with batteries. I was prompted with some awesome CVS coupons (do you know how much I love CVS, guys?!).

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Rechargeable batteries: good for my wallet and the environment

I don’t go through AA and AAA batteries are often as I used to. Once upon a time, there were controllers, an MP3 player, a CD player and many remotes that needed these. Now, most of my controllers are rechargeable. But I still do have a couple scattered remotes and, of course, my Toilettree skin brush that use alkaline batteries. I wound up with a bunch of not-quite-used-up batteries that didn’t do any sort of good. I didn’t want to throw them away, but my brush or what-have-you wouldn’t perform well with those barely-alive batteries.

So I got a charger, which came with 2 AAs. I wanted to add AAAs to the list, but I didn’t want to spend almost $20 on a 4-pack when the charger itself cost less than $10. How does that work anyway?

It took me years to consider them. Many people had encouraged me to do so along the way, but I didn’t listen. Perhaps because I so infrequently have to change batteries anymore, and that’s all thanks to USB cables basically.

I’ve heard that rechargeable batteries don’t fit in all battery packs, but I hope I won’t have an issue.

I am looking forward to the overall savings I’ll see. Even with subscription options on Amazon, you wind up tossing/recycling alkaline batteries. That $7 to $12 really adds up over time. According to the package, these batteries should last me around 5 years, which would be pretty awesome.

Plus, most people just toss theirs in the trash (I have been guilty of this — oops), which is terrible for the environment. Another thing I know I’m going to love is the ability to charge both AAs and AAAs and batteries from different makers simultaneously.

So, do you use rechargeable batteries?

Is there anything else you put off buying for months or even years even though it made sense to buy it right now?

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Family Feud 2 vs Family Feud and Friends

Date Fri, August 15 2014

I’ve recently added a few new games to my phone, so why not review those apps? One of them is Family Feud 2, the followup to the original, which made the list of the top 5 apps I use. I decided to give it a try because a friend of mine uses it and we could play together. Additionally, I’ve played the first game so much so that I’ve gotten many of the same questions, so answering isn’t a challenge when I just have to remember answers I’ve seen before.

Family Feud 2 also works better on Facebook. The game I play on there is exactly the same as the one I play on my phone. Family Feud and Friends on Facebook is different than the one on your mobile device. They don’t integrate, which is a bummer. And weird. No doubt the developers took this into consideration when developing the new game.

For the most part, game play remains the same. There are three rounds during which you try to guess up to 6 of the most-popular answers to a particular question. Each round has a three strikes rule. Then, there’s a lightning round you get to move on to if you’ve been the winner. You get points worth the value of answers and bonuses for doing things like coming up with all the answers. If you beat your friends, you get bragging rights and can share to Facebook. If you don’t quite beat the quick money round, you can ask for your friends to play to help you. This earns both you and them points.

You can directly play rounds against your friends in Family Feud 2. In the first, you play a round then issue a daily challenge for your friends to beat your high score.

I’ve only been playing Family Feud for a couple days, but it seems slightly less.. fun than the original. Perhaps it’s because my friends aren’t as active in this game. I also feel that while the creators tried to update graphics, they sort of just wound up making them cheesier. For the most part, the look of the original game is more appealing to my eyes. However, the animations take less time with Family Feud 2, so you can finish a round in less time. I like this.

Family Feud vs Family Feud 2 Design

Family Feud vs Family Feud 2 Design

 

Family Feud 2 also  MPoints integration. Yyou can earn these points when you help friends, issue challenges and perform the fast money rounds. After every 100 points, you an enter into a sweepstakes for various prizes. I typically opt for the Amazon gift card. Once you enter 20 times and earn 20 “punches,” you get a $1 Amazon gift card. Essentially, if I play and earn 100 points every day, I’ll earn $1 in less than a month just for having fun. I earned 100 points just for playing Family Feud 2.

MPoints looks the same

MPoints looks the same

Both games use coins. In Family Feud and Friends, you’ll get at least 3 free coins with the spin every day. You can use coins to advance to the Fast Money round even if you weren’t the winner to get extra points. In Family Feud 2, the coins are in multiples of ten — 10, 20, 30. You need 30 coins to start a game rather than the 2 coins per the original. You cannot move on to Fast Money with coins. Family Feud 2 stresses in-app purchases with real money, and why wouldn’t it? That’s the way the world works now.

In-app purchases are more heavily featured

In-app purchases are more heavily featured

Family Feud 2 does enable you to earn more free coins after waiting a while. So I’m able to play at least 3 games per day. I can also play tournaments, which cost 50 each. Tournaments use a bracket setup, and you can win up to 150 coins if you’re the best out of 6 players. However, you have to advance to at least level 5 to open up tournaments. You can do this by playing your friends or random matches in the game. When you level up, it obnoxiously makes your phone vibrate and shows up in the status bar even if you’re already in the game because of course you are!

Family Feud 2 Versus and Tournament Gameplay

Family Feud 2 Versus and Tournament Gameplay

The thing is, Family Feud 2 has better questions and generally more interesting options with the tournament, but points and rewards are rewarded more frequently in Family Feud and Friends, which has the better design in my opinion. Try them both. Maybe you’ll beat me!

Check out Family Feud 2 on Amazon, Facebook and  Google Play.

Enter to Win the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack

Date Fri, August 15 2014

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Something wicked could be coming back to school! Five lucky winners will receive the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack: the limited edition Maleficent Top Down Sneaker, a Disney Maleficent Backpack & Beanie, and a $100 Reebok.com gift card! Bring a little of the dark side to the first day of school! Contest ends 8/20, so get your entry in today!

While you’re back-to-school shopping, don’t forget to check out all of the Disney-themed Reebok shoes to find this year’s new favorite pair for your little ones!

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Save $5 At Target When You Buy AVEENO ACTIVE NATURALS Targeted Tone Corrector

Date Thu, August 14 2014
AVEENO ACTIVE NATURALS Targeted Tone Corrector

AVEENO ACTIVE NATURALS Targeted Tone Corrector

I will very shortly be writing a review of AVEENO ACTIVE NATURALS Targeted Tone Corrector, which I received from Influenster to review. I’m excited to see if my tone evens out because I suffer from a lot of redness. It can also help fade dark spots, which I don’t have issues with but many people do. If you don’t mind scented products, the Targeted Tone Corrector might be great for you!

In the mean time, you can purchase it from Target for $14.99, and you’ll even get a $5 gift card when you purchase at least 3 items from Aveeno, including moisturizers and lotions. This gift card can be used for  any item from Target, and you’ll get it when shopping online and in person. You can also save 5% if you subscribe so Target sends you replacements when you need them.

If you’re interested in AVEENO ACTIVE NATURALS Targeted Tone Corrector  specifically, follow the hashtag #RadiantWithAVEENO  on social media.