Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fear of Intimacy and the Tango Cure - Book review

Before I get started on this review I must tell you, I am still reeling from this book.  While it is not a very long book, it is filled with passion and heart that you don't often get and it transports you to the dance floor right along with the author as he expresses not just the "dos and don'ts" of Tango but also the pain that comes with such a dance and the respect and trust as well as rules that go along with it.

This book was far from boring.  I started reading and instantly wanted to keep going deeper into the book. It brings one to the shoulder of the author as he explains how he overcame being homophobic, learned to respect a woman, how to listen to your partner without her ever saying a word, how he learned the different styles of tango and his preferences and, how its not such a dance where you can just know a step but one in which you must be in sync with your partner to a point you can almost feel the thoughts of them during the dance.

How rejection can bring a man to his knees and the pain that he has that can be allieviated during a set of Tandas.  How it is possible for passion to overcome a tango dancer to a point in which it can be an embarrassment, but how he was able to overcome it by his imagination on something less likable.

He explains how a man becomes an effective leader and a lady a follower for Tango and how once a person gets experienced in the dance a subtle relaxation in stance is enough to show a huge difference in the partner.

How does this make me feel?

I never thought of dance in this manner. I have danced Jazz, Tap, and Ballet, Swing and yes I have done the Tango, but never on such a serious level that I thought much about the emotions behind it.  Tango to me always seemed an angry dance.  Like the dancers are stern and skilled at the same time, but after reading Fear of Intimacy and the Tango Cure, I see now that it really is therapy. A way to lose the anger, or sadness and lonliness, a way to meet new people and learn about them no thru speech, but thru touch, unspoken vibrations that come off the opposite sex in waves that can affect not just a single person but an entire group.  It is a way to seek acceptance in the form of learning without having to drop your baggage on another person but to use your passion for something you love to take you away across the dance floor.

This book brought my attention to Tango to an entirely new level of awareness. I am still reeling. The respect and modesty that is Perri Iezzoni in this dance is very captivating to read about.  I wish men understood what he does in regards to dance.

I have been to many places, mostly to sing but I enjoy dancing and one thing I can not stand is a strange man gawking at me or dancing up against me when I have no idea where he came from, or trying to press against me.  That is so often what is seen now a days on dance floors. In this respect, I wish more clubs would use the Tango rules of respect to how the dancers mingle. How they embrace, how they unspoken let the other know they wish to dance for just a little while, and all that time during the dance, feel the emotions, the passion, the anger or sadness that flow from the other person and know that this little reprieve is a way to reduce these unspoken problems and that the dancers have helped each other without ever exchanging phone numbers or anything. Completely serene, completely discreet and also relaxing.

I give this book a 5/5.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to read and share. It will literally give the reader a new respect for the art of Tango.

I am so very blessed to have been given a chance to review this book. It blew me away!

Thank you so much Perri!!!!

Please check this book out. You can purchase it on Goodreads HERE

You can read more about Perri Iezzoni Here

Disclaimer - I recieved a copy of this book for an 100% true and honest review.  The views expressed above are completely true and 100% my own opinions.

Züpers leggings Giveaway - Ends 11/15

Welcome to the Züpers Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Züpers 


If you have a little girl in your life, you know that in spite of the “sugar and spice and everything nice” label – they are tough on their clothes!  Little boys get the bad rap for being rough on their clothes, but as Krista from Savory Savings tells you in her review of Züpers leggings, little girls can be just as rough and tumble!  If you are looking for girls leggings that are sturdy, fashionable and well fitting – look no further than Züpers girls leggings – these funky and tough as nails leggings are made to hold up to everything that your little lady can dish out!  With padded knees to protect against skinned knees, moisture wicking protection to keep legs cool in the summer and warm in the winter and UV protection – you cannot go wrong with Züpers leggings! 
Right now Züpers is trying to launch a new line of their amazing leggings and they need your help!  Their Kickstarter campaign kicked off November 1, 2013 and they need to raise $5,000 to launch this improved line of leggings!  A contribution of $25 gets you a FREE pair of Züpers leggings!  Want to give something but are unsure of what you can do?  You can contribute as little as $1 and if you go to $5, you start earning rewards!

Doesn't this sound amazing? Well get in and enter the giveaway or feel free to contribute, your little girls will thank you for it when they try a pair.  How easy it this? As simple as clicking on the entry link or checking out the campaign above!

Zupers Kickstart

Would you like to win a pair of Züpers leggings?  One US, 18+ winner will receive a pair of Züpers leggings in the size and pattern of their choice!  This giveaway is run from November 1, 2013 and end on November 15, 2013 at 11 PM CST.
Good luck!

MLP Secret Word Page For Kids

Welcome to the Mommy Lesson Plans All Wrapped Up Secret Word page For Kids portion. Please find the word for today and enter it on the giveaway tools form. Remember you can do this daiy! This is a great way to grab extra entries!! Be sure to check out each of our other giveaways that go along with this event! You won't want to miss out.

Sunday - Smoobee
Monday - Piggy Paint
Tuesday - KidzGear
Wednesday - Piczzle
Thursday - Kidorable
Friday - ZoeysAttic
Saturday - Imagine Greenwear

Remeber you can do this each day!!!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

topic 10/12/13 Items I always have on hand

Items I have on hand at all times!!!

  1. baby wipes
  2. diapers
  3. business cards for Jtcreationz
  4. extra Skinny fiber (curious go to this link)
  5. extra Vitamin D3
  6. lip balm
  7. Small makeup bag
  8. a book
  9. my tablet
  10. my phone
  11. my wallet
  12. purse in car with most of the items above so i dont have to drag them around.
Hehe yeah im boring LOL

Topic - The need to vent some days LOL

Today has been one that makes me want to write in detail how frustrated I truley am at the point. BUT, I will spare you that and tell you about what i was doing today instead.

I reformatted my computer since i hadnt done it in 3 years and low and behold no more jacked up posting, no more lagging.  I am finally able to get things done at the same pace i can work at and not have to wait on the computer to catch up. I am trying to get more orders finished and mailed out, I am trying to get posts up and contests up and more topics caught up, but as I am doing that, I am also reading to finish reviews, and helping others get things done on thier pages on facebook, working on graphics and pictures, trying not to forget what else needs to be done here like laundry, and dishes, and got dinner made. Skipped church cause i have WAY to much to get caught up on.  Ever have days like that where you want to just go to bed and forget it all?

Today has been like that.  Took a walk today and realized that some people truley don't understand how they hurt the other people around them, they blindly follow the path thier signifigant other blazes for them. They dont care that the person went behind thier back to hurt another person or how she has been affected by the rediculous actions of this person.  I see every day the hurt in this persons face and the distress because someone goes thru so much to make thier life miserable and then tells thier signifigant other how shes breaking ties with them. Its completely backwards and horrible.

I am taking a step back in the next month or so from all the things i am doing to get a break and to get it organized where I have some ME time.  I love blogging and reviewing, I love the other stuff I do as well, but am tired of being shortchanged when it comes to people forgetting I have 2 hands.  I have done a lot of free work for people to help them but when I need help it is not there.  This isnt directed at anyone in particular, but I wish people would pay it forward.  This is my need to vent. So here ya go.

On the flip side I have gotten a lot of work done, I helped a friend set her candle site up and that was fun and interesting because now I know how to use a very useful platform that will help me later on when I make JTCreationz a store online instead of just a Facebook page.  I helped a fellow designer get her page a business ID finally, and got some displays drawn up, created, painted and almost finished this week for my showcase with Raw in DEC. Why should i rush? I need as much backup items to show as well as I need to keep up with my orders that still need to be mailed out.  So I have alot to do and not alot of time to do it all in.  But anyhow that was my day so far.

TK InStyle Giveaway ends 11/6

Slippers Giveaway

TK inStyle Slippers Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by TK inStyle

A good pair of slippers can be hard to find! Some are fuzzy and cozy but not very sturdy. Others are sturdy but not very comfortable. Who wants to wear shoes all day? TK inStyle offers a variety of slippers for both men and women in a variety of colors and styles!
Emilee at Pea of Sweetness always has to have something on her feet, so she was excited to find a pair of slippers that were both comfortable AND sturdy! Check out her Gemelli Women's Lucy Slipper Review!
About the prize: One lucky winner will receive a pair of their choice of slippers from TK inStyle's Amazon lineup.

Slippers that are comfortable are just the thing for this seasons chilly evenings. I love a good apir to wear to grab mail, do a fast spurt to the store, or just to have something warm on my feet when the weather is chilly and im not on carpeted floors.

About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 10/30 and ends on 11/6 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. The Joly Life is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Forever Pure Giveway!!!

Logo Forever Pure 

I am so excited to be talking about Forever Pure Beauty to you right now. This has been a long time coming and I need to share this with you about this amazing company of all natural makeup. It came in an adorable bag as you can see, and there was even a travel sized mirror included. How awesome is that?

Monday, October 28, 2013

GIANTMicrobes Giveaway! Ends 11/11

GIANTmicrobes Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by GIANTmicrobes

GIANTmicrobes GIANTmicrobes® are stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes — only a million times actual size! They're humorous, educational, and fun! Each GIANTmicrobes® comes with an image and information about the real microbe it represents. They make great learning tools, as well as amusing gifts for anyone with a sense of humor.
Emilee from Pea of Sweetness loves the educational plus fun value of GIANTmicrobes and chose to review a cancer cell. Since her husband is a 2x cancer survivor they particularly like that the cancer cell can be turned inside out to a healthy cell! Check out her full GIANTmicrobes Review.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Okiedog Snug Bag giveaway - Ends 11/10

Welcome to the Okiedog Snug Bag Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Okiedog

Why is it that when we become moms, so many companies seemingly expect us to drive minivans, wear mom jeans and want accessories that clearly scream “baby on board!”?  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good minivan with a million cupholders and twin DVD players, however, the message purported to the world, is that moms have suddenly lost any style and fashion!  Well, ladies, Okiedog is here to show you otherwise!  Krista over at Savory Savings had the chance to check out the Okiedog Snug bag – which is a diaper bag, cleverly disguised as a beautiful crossbody handbag!  This bag is roomy, plenty of storage pockets and looks great, too!  Whether you are a mom on the go with a baby or a fashionista looking for a great bag to carry your things to the gym – this bag can do it all!
If you are interested in winning the Okiedog Snug Bag in the color of your choice, enter with the Giveaway Tool below!  This giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  The giveaway will run from October 27 through November 10, 2013 at 11 PM CST.
Good luck!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Audrey Bunny Giveaway! Ends 11/9/13

Audrey Bunny 
Kids love to read and in this book your children will find soft and gentle illustrations that will capture thier attention while they read the book along.  This will keep them entertained and they are sure to want to read it again and again.

 From best-selling women’s author Angie Smith (I Will Carry You, Mended) comes this sweet children’s book about a stuffed animal named Audrey Bunny who fears her imperfections make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She'll learn the truth soon enough, and young readers will learn that everyone is special and wonderfully made by God.

Audrey Bunny Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by B&H Publishing

Check out the full Audrey Bunny Children's Book Review on Pea of Sweetness.
About the prize: One lucky winners will receive the Audrey Bunny Children's Book!
About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 10/26 and ends on 11/9 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. The Joly Life is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Good Boy Organics Giveaway! ends 11/2

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Welcome to the Good Boy Organics giveaway hosted by Manic Mama of 2.

Who doesn't love good food and what a bonus since it's organic there is no gmos! They are baked and yummy and Gluten free which is always a bonus in my book.

Here is a snippet of the review:
I was recently given the opportunity to sample Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus Baked Snacks, and they were a HUGE hit in my house. I swear we went through four bags of these with the kids in a matter of two days. They were so good that even the hubs and I couldn’t resist sharing a bag to ourselves (secretly of course!).
To read more please head over here.
A little bit about the Organicasaurus snacks:
Has really good, really healthy food ever been this fun? Every puffed-up prehistoric mouthful of this one-of-a-kind snack is chock full of real cheddar cheese and other organic ingredients, and is non-GMO and gluten-free. In fact, it’s the only cheese corn puff on the market that can say it’s USDA Organic. And you thought the combo of tasty and healthy was extinct.
Baked, Not Fried
Non-GMO Verified
Certified Organic
Certified Gluten-Free
40% Less Fat

Now on to the fun part:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Topic 10-9-13 What I wish i could be great at.

What I wish I could be great at.....

  1. electrical work
  2. wireweaving like a pro
  3. focusing more on one thing at a time.
  4. being patient
I have lot's of things I am good at, but those 4 take the cake.  I have a hard time being patient because my brain runs a mile a minute so I have a hard time focusing. Even when I am doing my Jewelry, i stop and then go back to something else like dishes or cleaning or laundry. You think YAY you can multitask.....No, I get kinda OCD if I see something then it bothers me and it gets worse if I leave it undone. So even when I have something I have to finish....I have to stop and get something else done before it drives me nuts. Is anyone else like that?

Topic 10-11-13 - Favorite Quotes

  1. Never chase after a rainbow that has no end. 
  2. Set goals that you can achieve and then reach farther.
  3. Compete against yourself, then you can hold yourself accountable for mistakes and any failures.
  4. Nothing is Impossible unless you don't try
  5. Let he who has no sin be the first to cast the first stone.
These are a few of them. I can think of lots more, but they have more meaning for me then for most of you all :)

Topic - 10-10-13 People who have influenced me throughout my life.

People who have influenced me throughout my life.

Let's see here.  My mother taught me to always try no matter what even if I felt like I couldn't do it.  
Because of issues in my life, I would say that my uncle influenced me indirectly due to his own issues.  I won't go into detail but seeing his struggles as I grew up and seeing how his life turned out, made me want to make sure I wouldn't have my children behaving the way others have treated him.  People like my best friend since I was super young Sasha, and her mom and family that have stuck by me even though we havent seen each other in about 9 years now, but still talk remind me that family is the people that you hold dear to you even if they aren't always right there next to you. They are definately family but live very far away, and every picture and talk makes me so happy they have been there for me and I always know they are a phonecall away.

People I have watched that struggle to work, or support kids and put them first before themselves show a true appreciation for little things.  It gives me strength to know that anything is possible if you believe it.  I watch people like my friend Jeannie, that will gather items for people that are homeless or older people in the nursing homes to make thier lives a little easier.  Or her husband Gary that has helped me when I was really broke with my vehicle issues.  They make me have hope that there are still people in this world that actually care about others and not just out to make a quick buck. Believe me all these people apprecate what you do! I know I do.

I look at our government heads and I get really sad to see that our country is being ran as if the people don't matter that much. They want to keep taking from the lower class and keep paying off the richer people.  Spend as if where the money goes has no limit.  It saddens me but I hope for a change where things start to come out of the resession and we rely less on the government for things since they show no care for what they have done to so many during this shutdown.  But I alone can't make a change and with as many people fighting one another or blaming others over race or sexual preference, I dont see good changes being made until we all learn to accept people for what they are and thats it. People. Same blood color no matter the skin color, and all of us are a little weird in our own ways. So why pinpoint it. There is no "normal". 

Why are my opinions so off the charts? Its because i have been influenced by the many races, the many heritages of the people in my life. Whether they are family or friends or even people that I have met online from across the world, I find we all seek one commonground. We want friends that are interested in us, or things we do and we reach out no matter what the case is.

Hope I haven't bored you but this kinda explains me a bit in a nutshell too.

JTCreationz - Idea

                                                 JTCREATIONZ on Facebook

So everyone I am thinking of beginning a series of How To vids on making jewelry and different techniques.  Would anyone be interested in that? I would host them on youtube.

I would love some feedback. Here are some of the items I would be showing how to make....

Wire wrapped items, how to mount stones in fancy wire, how to add decoration to beads and gemstones for awesome pendants.  How to make rings in various styles.

These are all my own creations. To see more please follow me on Facebook.

One The Go Planner Giveaway Ends 11/6

Life is busy so the Home Educating Family Association has created a beautifully-designed purse size planner. The On the Go is an organizer, day planner, and home management system designed especially for women. This effective, yet easy-to-use format will ensure that each day at your home is smooth and profitable. Emilee at Pea of Sweetness has been using the On the Go Planner to stay more organized in the midst of a chaotic move! Head over to check out the full On the Go Planner Review!

Planners, chaos.... seem to go hand in hand with each other. Use this planner to get more organized and less stressed about what you need to all while having someting stylish to write it all in :).

On the Go Planner Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Home Educating Family Association

About the prize: One lucky winner will receive an On the Go Planner from the HEDUA
About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 10/23 and ends on 11/6 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. The Joly Life Blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Super Simple Learning Giveaway!!! Ends 11/5


Super Simple Learning Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Super Simple Learning

Super Simple Learning The most popular of Super Simple Songs videos are now on one DVD. From their earliest videos to the hugely popular Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, you’re sure to find many of your favorites in this collection. These are super simple, super fun videos that children will LOVE singing along with at home, in the car, or in the classroom. Smiles and giggles are guaranteed!

Who doesnt just love to hear their kids sing? My kids love it and its hilarious to hear them just sing along to the radio or like my 2 year old catch parts of multiple songs. Now they can learn complete and simple songs!

Check out the full Super Simple Learning DVD Review on Pea of Sweetness.
About the prize: One lucky winner will receive a Super Simple Learning DVD!
About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 10/22 and ends on 11/5 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. The Joly Life is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Little Pim Language Learning DVD Set Giveaway Ends 11/6

Welcome to the Little Pim Language Learning DVD Set Giveaway

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Little Pim

With our ever-changing world and commerce, it is more important than ever to speak more than one language.  The earlier we start a second (or maybe third?) language, the easier it is to grasp, so many people recommend starting with children from birth with hearing two languages to improve the integration of the language and over all comprehension.  Krista over at Savory Savings speaks Spanish fluently, while her husband does not know a perro from pero (dog from “but” – the conjunction people, not the other one!) She shared her thoughts on the Little Pim Language Learning DVD series over on her site and you can see how this DVD series, aimed at the 0-6 crowd can help build vocabulary in both languages and promote language confidence!  By immersing children in language during entertainment, they hardly notice they are learning and suddenly are using phrases in other languages!
Little Pim is currently available in the following languages:
  • Little_Pim_SpanishSpanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
  • English
  • Portuguese
You can pick up a Little Pim language discovery set (4 DVD’s and a Little Pim Panda plush!) right now for under $35!  During the holiday season, Little Pim is offering 20% off with coupon code LPHOLIDAY!  If you can’t wait for online shipping, Little Pim in Spanish, French and Chinese languages can be found at your local Toys R Us!
Would you like to engage your little one in a new language?  Or perhaps you know a child that this would make the perfect gift?  Enter this giveaway to win a 3-pack of Little Pim in the language of your choice now!  This giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  It will run from October 23, 2013 through November 6, 2013. 

This is a great way to show your kids that language can be fun!!!!   So check it out and get your entries in!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Just in Time for Christmas! 7 Inch Tablet Giveaway!!!!! ENDS 11/2

Just in Time for Christmas!!

Sponsored by:

Hosted by: Missi Rose's Views


The holidays will be here before you know it and the shopping frenzy will begin!

One awesome reader will be the lucky winner of this 7-inch Tablet from, and will have a great gift for someone special, to start their holiday shopping.  This Android 4.0 Tablet boasts a 7 inch screen and the super slim external shell will be a gorgeous Azure color.

Tablet Features:
  • CPU Boxchip A13 Cortex A8 1.0GHz
  • GPU Mali 400
  • OS Google Android 4.0.3
  • RAM 512MB DDR3
  • Internal storage capacity 4GB
  • External storage Micro SD card (up to 32GB) - Not included
  • Screen 7 inch 16:9 TFT LCD capacity multi-touch panel 800X480
  • Front camera 0.3 Megapixel
  • Flash Flash 10.3
  • Support Video Calls Online
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wireless Internet
  • External 3G
  • 3G Web Surfing 
  • TF card slot
  • Micro USB slot
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DC jack is a leading global online retail company, operating in the international wholesale market and specializing in electronics. By closely following the very latest trends and developments in Europe and America, has enjoyed years of continuous growth by faithfully serving a worldwide customer base of thousands of satisfied customers from over 200 countries since 2006.

With more than 10K diverse product lines for the international market, encompasses the very latest in top-quality products, such as inexpensive Android cell phones, Android tablets, car DVD players, LED lighting, tons of cool electronic gadgets, affordable apparel, outdoor equipment and more!

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This event is open to readers WORLD-WIDE, 18 years or older.
Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below, and don't forget to come back for daily entries! Good Luck!

Disclosure: Missi Rose's Views, nor any participating blog is responsible for prize fulfillment. The Sponsor will ship the prize to the winner.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kindle Book Review - Fat Loss - All in one Startup Guide for Maximum Fat loss!

An All In One Startup Guide For Maximum Fat LossBy Joseph VarthasVisit his Account herePurchase On Amazon here
Discover how to burn fat fast and how to lose those extra pounds.
In Fat Loss - All In One Startup Guide For Maximum Fat Loss you will learn what is body fat and what your ideal body fat percentage should be. You will also learn how to get a lean body by following some simple fat loss secrets. You are going to find out what foods and drinks you should incorporate in your diet in order to burn even more fat. Furthermore you will learn how to exercise to maximize your body's fat burning capabilities.
Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Learn...

  • Why learning about body fat will get you fit faster
  • What to forget and start fresh - Fat loss myths and common mistakes
  • Do's and Don'ts - Fat burning laws/rules
  • What to eat and drink for fat burning
  • How to exercise for fat loss - Cardio and Strength Training
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding fat loss

What I really like about this book is it isn't like most other fitness books I have read before.  It really goes above and beyond to help you understand not just your BMI, but also how hormones released during exercising can affect how your body loses or stores fat.  There are many explainations throughout the book that really give you something to think about. What are healthier choices; what might be a good type of workout; What foods are best to eat for what you aim to achieve in your weightloss goals?  These are just some of the questions that are answered in this book. Personalized Debit card Review!

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This is a debit card, like the one from your bank, and you can use it EVERYWHERE Visa is accepted -- except it's way cooler and cuter than your crumby old bank card.
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This card is not a gift card, so you can’t give or receive the card as a gift - It's better than a gift card because you don't just use it once and toss it, but instead get to replace your boring bank-issued debit card and show it off over and over.

Free for 30 days - then $5.95 monthly fee, which we waive when you direct deposit over $800 in the previous 30 days.  This fee is the same as the Walmart prepaid card and way less than many of our competitors. It's also much less than overdrafting your bank account, paying for a checking account or using a credit card.

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First and forest I am in LOVE with this card.  Why you might ask? Let's see, I love the design!  No thats not it, I can reload from paypal? Noooooooo, Oh I can add from my bank acct? Nope even that is not the best thing about this card. Let me spell it out to you!

As mentioned above there is 5.95 montly fee but if you are load it with $800 they waive that fee, so for those of you that don't want to deal with a bank account and fees but want full access to your money and need a direct deposit this is the card that will do all that and more!  Use it for online purchases, or link to your paypal to recieve and send money.  Or use it to direct deposit you paycheck and always have your money early and no need to wait in lines to cash your paychecks!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mail Boss Mail Box Giveaway! ends 11/16

Rubyblood here to bring you another awesome giveaway hosted by Life of a Mad Typer as part of our holiday gift guide.

Times are changing and chances are you have been a victim of mail theft. Read my review and story of my own mail theft here

We have partnered with Mail Boss to give one lucky reader a Mail Manager of their own to protect their packages this holiday season and year round!

The Mail Manager is valued at $149 for the mail box itself. This giveaway is for the mailbox and does not include the post used with the mailbox.

This is wonderful if you get gifts and don't want them stolen, or live in a not so great neighborhood and your mail dissapears. This Mailbox will keep your items secure for you to get and not anyone else. So you if you want to win get your entries in now!

18 + only. USA only Entries will be verified Winner will have 48 hours to verify or another winner will be chosen. This blog is not responsible for shipping or lost prizes.

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fun Bites Giveaway Ends 11/30

Welcome to the Fun Bites Giveaway

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Fun Bites

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What a fun way to get kids to eat healthier foods? Check this out today and get your entries in for a chance to win!
Young kids are notoriously difficult to get to eat!  How many times have you negotiated with your kiddos to eat “just one more bite” or have struggled to come up with more ideas to get them to eat?  Some have found that fun shaped food helps their kids eat better and more, but that can be tedious and difficult – multiply that difficulty if you have more than one kiddo.  Krista over at Savory Savings reviewed Fun Bites food cutters and is excited to show you this fun and easy way to cut food into fun shapes and sizes to encourage small kids to eat their food. 
When food is fun – everyone is more likely to enjoy it!  These BPA-free and easy to clean food cutters make a great addition to your kitchen and would make a great gift for anyone with small kids.  Making a kitchen-themed gift basket for your culinary whiz friend?  Why not add a Fun Bites food cutter to the mix for a cheeky and interesting way to dress up the basket? 
You can enter to win a Fun Bites food cutter with this giveaway!  The giveaway is part of The Pitch List Holiday Gift Guide!  It will run from October 15, 2013 through November 30, 2013.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18 and older. 
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Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Giveaway ends 11/30

Welcome to the Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Giveaway

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Lilla Rose Independent Consultant, Erin Slocum

If you are looking for a beautiful and easy way to style your hair, look no further than Lilla Rose!  Erin Slocum is an independent consultant for Lilla Rose, a direct sales company that brings you beautiful and durable hair adornments such as their flagship hair accessory, the Flexi Clip.  This easy to wear clip works on nearly any hair type and comes in nearly 75 styles!  From music notes to bling, owls and ballet slippers – you can find a Flexi Clip for just about every woman on your holiday list!  Lilla Rose also carries other beautiful hair products such as decorated hair chop sticks and headbands!  You can dress up your look with just the simple change of clip!  Krista over at Savory Savings had a chance to review one of these beautiful clips and used it not only on her own hair, but also to make fun hairstyles for her six-year-old daughter!  
You can enter to win a Lilla Rose Flexi Clip with this giveaway!  The giveaway is part of The Pitch List Holiday Gift Guide!  It will run from October 15, 2013 through November 30, 2013.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18 and older. 

Love this clip, looks so pretty and so versitile. Can't win if you don't sign up to get some entries.  Enjoy and Good Luck!
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Go Apes Kids Card Game Giveaway! Ends 11/30

Welcome to the Go Ape Kids Card Game Giveaway

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Patch Products


Family game nights are a fun and engaging way to promote family bonding and sneak in some learning opportunities.  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had the chance to review Go Ape, a fun “go fish” card game alternative from Patch Products.  This game that encourages small children to mimic the actions on the cards to “ask” for pairs from other players.  This game is an affordable, non-tech way to encourage families to spend time together without sitting in front of a television or spending extra money.  It is lighthearted and your little ones will get a kick out of watching you scratch your head or dance around like a monkey to ask for cards.  And you will love watching them learn to make matches and count the number of cards to win!
This card game will make a great addition to your family game night or an excellent gift for the 3 to 7 year olds in your life!
You can enter to win Go Apes Kids Card Game with this giveaway!  The giveaway is part of The Pitch List Holiday Gift Guide!  It will run from October 15, 2013 through November 30, 2013.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18 and older. 

If you are a mommy or watch or have kids this is a fun game you will love to watch. Mom approved and kid friendly and a sure fire win for kids of all ages!

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This giveaway is in no way associated with social media.  Savory Savings and all participating blogs are not are responsible for prize fulfillment.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall Into Polish Giveaway!!! Ends 11/31

Its that time of month again and you know what that means! Another Nail polish giveaway from Life of a Mad Typer.

Lets see what goodies we can giveaway this time!

While trying to pick out the Nail Polish from the giveaway box I was inspired by the season. Everyone is starting to do fall manicures and so I picked shades I believe would be popular this fall.

In this bundle:
~Peroxide whitening gel 
(to help with any staining from darker colors)
~Finger Paints Dont make a scene
~Finger Paints Sketch-y
~China Glaze Cracked Medallion
~Essence Date in the moonlight
~Hard candy show girl in monte carlo

Don't ask me what the glitter is for I just wanted to toss in a little more sparkle into this giveaway.

So good luck all! 


Prize number2!
Accio Lacquer is sponsoring prize pack number 2!
1 winner will get this awesome China Glaze Wicked set.
This set includes:
Roguish Red
Glitter Goblin
Bizarre Blurple
Ghoulish Glow

Check out what Accio lacquer had to say!
I'm offering up these ghoulies because they have been sitting in my giveaway box for an entire year, just waiting for Halloween to roll back around. What better time to give away lovely autumn colors than now!

Oh yes! Fall, halloween, glitter cool colors and more? This is such a great giveaway. Get your entries in today and win!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Smobee Hair Brush Giveaway - Ends 10-26

Sponsored By: Smoobee
Hosted By: All About My Deals

Smoobee Magic No Cry Hairbrush truly is a miracle brush. It goes through your hair with very little effort and you won't see a tear from your youngster when it comes to hair brushing time. No more fights and struggles!!

The Giveaway:
Prize: A Smoobee hair brush with bedazzle gem stickers
Eligibility: Open to U.S Residents who are 18+ years old.
Ends: October 26th at 11:59 pm CST

Brushes like these are amazing for moms too. How often do we not get time for us. Less pain and faster knot free hair. Oh yes. Sounds great to me! Get your entries in today and spread the word!

Note: The winner will be sent an email and the host will need a response within' 48 hours. If she doesn't hear back from the winner, the prize will be forfeited. Watch your emails!

Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any concerns contact the host at: This giveaway is not associated, sponsored nor endorsed by Facebook or Twitter or any other social networking site. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hallmark Giveaway and COUPON!!! Ends 10/22

Hosted By: All About My Deals
Sponsored By: Hallmark

Christmas is coming quick which means it's almost time to send out Christmas Cards. When you order from you can get 30% off by using the coupon code: BLOG30. That's an Awesome Deal!!
Hallmark is challenging people to send a card to someone everyday for a whole week. With this giveaway one lucky winner will receive everything they need to complete this challenge. All you will need is your address book and an ink pen.

You know this is a great giveaway!  So take the challenge and sign up for the giveaway!!!  Have fun and good luck to everyone!


Prize: Challenge package which includes an assortment of 10 Hallmark cards and stamps
Eligibility: U.S Residents who are 18+ years of age.
Ends: 10/22 at 11:59 pm CST

Note: The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email sent to them, If the host doesn't hear back she will have to pull a new winner. So watch your emails so you don't miss out!

Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any concerns contact the host at: This giveaway is not associated, sponsored nor endorsed by Facebook or Twitter or any other social networking site. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Review - My Not So Ordinary Life - Christine Rice

Disclaimer - The Joly Life blog recieved an E-book copy of this to review. Regardless, the opinions expressed below are 100% honest and my true feelings about the book below.

My Not So Ordinary Life talks about the life of the author from early on  until age 28.  I read this book fairly quickly as it goes thru her life struggles and how she overcame obstacle after obstacle.  This includes drug use, and partying, living with friends and in her car, defying authority, and so much more. She did all this while learning from her life experiences and changing her life for the better.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, highly! I rate it 5/5

Would I want to read more? Absolutely!  I would love to see this book in more detail because while I love the book, I would have loved more details about things she went thru. I know just from this book there is more to be read in the future, so it left me wanting more.

If you are looking for a quick read...this is the book for you.  While its not drawn out like most autobiographies are, it definately gets to the point quickly and moves right along in her memories.  This book has hurt, love struggles, emotional demons, addiction issues, a child dealing with divorce and her personal reactions to it, the honest raw feeling a person feels when they do not fit in anywhere and how they could deal with it. She talks of her first love, her addiction, her classes, and meeting the man of her dreams and how she went about getting him. To some this will hit home, to others they may not understand, but in the end they will see that she took bad situations and thru it all struggled to make it right for herself. She should be proud of what she accomplished and I applaud her for writing about it. It is hard for others to understand how people deal with things differently when they, themselves are not in that same situation.

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