Monday, July 30, 2012

How I Feel About Tuesdays

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Another Trip to the Zoo!

I LOVE THE ZOO!


There. I've said it. I love going to the zoo! Probably because I grew up in Alaska and although when I was a kid there was much excitement due to Binky the polar bear attempting to eat some woman who jumped the fence, the zoo was never much to yell about.




The Honolulu Zoo, on the other hand, is awesome. I don't care that it isn't the biggest zoo I've ever been to, and they don't have the most animals. However! The parking is fantastic (compared to the rest of the island), the entry fee is peanuts, the membership fee is more than affordable (they even offer a military discount), and the animals never cease to amuse!


Mr. Eight got the day off so we decided to go take a gander at some animals. I'm kind of obsessed with making checklists for Miss M everywhere we go. (I'll be posting about the grocery store soon). So I wanted to share with you the list I made for her. Now, remember, this is specific to the Honolulu Zoo and the animals I knew we would be seeing. (Of course one of them wasn't out today, and another we only saw one of before he disappeared inside, but it still worked.)


I got the clipart from ClassroomClipart.com. I did not make this clipart, and I'm not claiming I made this clipart! I downloaded the pictures and then added them to a Google document. I had to resize a few so they'd fit better on the page, but it was super easy to do! Check it out below or click on the link here to download it!




Zoo Checklist

Blankz Review and Giveaway Opening August 1st! {8/8}


I first saw Blankz a while ago on another blog and I have to say my first impression was how cute! What a great idea!


Blankz are little stuffed animals that your kids can color! Each doll comes with a set of special markers. Afterwards you can wash it and start all over again with a blank "canvas"! I love the concept, and so did Miss M. She was so excited about the little pig when it came in the mail. So excited in fact that when her brother picked it up she had a total meltdown. That is HER pig. Get it straight.



Miss M is all about the markers right now and was so eager to get started. She colored away for a good twenty minutes before deciding she was done. It was a great opportunity to talk to her about colors and body parts on the pig. "Is that his head? Are you coloring it blue? What color are his feet?"







Look at that busy face. I love when an activity captivates her. 


The colors washed out really well and I can't wait to try it again! It's such a cool way for Miss M to have her own personalized toy. 


You can buy one from The Blankz website for only $14.99! There are seven adorable dolls to choose from! I can't wait to get the elephant (Ele-Faint) for Miss M, that's her favorite animal. 


The giveaway opens August 1st! So be sure to come back and enter! 


This is going to be a great giveaway! One Blankz will be given away every day for seven days! SEVEN WINNERS! I love when there's more than one winner ;) 


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Yard Sale Revisited

Well I did another yard sale today. Not nearly as successful as last week! It looked gloomy right off the bat, and then started raining not long after I got set up. I was under a car port so that was ok, but I'm sure a lot of people were turned off and didn't bother coming out. The next neighborhood over doesn't have car ports and I heard that most of them just closed up shop, so people probably assumed everyone was closed up. 


At least I covered the cost of the table I rented! I didn't make much more besides that. Definitely not enough for the time I put in of hanging up signs and waking up at 6AM to get ready. Yuck. Not again. I think I'm done for a while! 


I did notice something though that I wanted to share with all of you! If you read my post last week about the last yard sale we had you know I gave some tips about how to sell more stuff. One of them was hanging up the clothes and having good presentation. At last week's yard sale I had my clothes in piles on a blanket. I sold some, but not as much as I would have liked. 


Today, the same two women that came last week came again. They didn't recognize me though, last week I had been at someone elses house, a friend down the street. They looked through the same clothes they had gone through last week, only this time hanging up nicely with prices already marked. Guess what? They bought a ton more! It worked! I had to laugh after they left. 


Overall it was a good experience but I'm definitely done with yard sales for a while! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Belly Rest Maternity Pillow Stuck In Red Tape

When the government talks about making it easier for small businesses to get started, these are the types of things that need to be considered. 


You know that stupid, annoying tag that comes on the end of your pillow? The one that says "Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law"? Well apparently that obnoxious tag doesn't come cheap. In fact, it's putting back one mom $4,660!! 


Kerri Smith, the inventor of the Belly Rest Maternity Pillow is trying to sell her product online but can't because 14 states require that tag to be attached to the pillow! In order to get that tag and all the fees that go along with it, it's going to cost Kerri $4,660! 







Really? Isn't there a way around this? If only there were some way to help her get her awesome pillow out there! 


Well, apparently Kerri wasn't one to sit around and cry about her pillow tags. She decided to rap about it instead. She enlisted the help of some other prego moms to make a rap video describing her predicament and asking for your help. It's AMAZING! This girl seriously has some balls and determination!


Watch this hilarious video here at Indiegogo, and then if you're feeling really generous donate a little to help her out. The lowest amount is just $5, definitely manageable for a lot of people! 


I hope she gets all the money she needs! If anyone deserves some pillow tags it's her!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Basic Shepherd's Pie

My neighbor last year introduced me to Shepherd's Pie. It's so yummy! Definitely soul food. My best friend this week was having a really, really rough day and so I decided to make her something to warm her up. I ran to the store and put this together pretty quick, with Mr. C clinging to my knees most of the time too! (Tip: Peeling potatoes is not easy with a one year old in the room. They tend to eat the peels. Bleh.) 


It's a pretty simple, common recipe but I wanted to share it with you just the same :) 






Ingredients: 


Ground Beef (about 1-1.5 lbs)
1 Bag frozen carrots and peas (and corn too if you dig it)
3 large Idaho potatoes
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic
Spices for the beef
Milk and Butter for the potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil



  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Peel and chop potatoes, then put in a large stock pot and cover with water. Put them on high heat and boil until soft enough to mash. 
  • While the potatoes are cooking: in a very large skillet add olive oil, garlic, and onion. Stir frequently on med-high heat until nice and golden brown. 
  • Add the ground beef and cook until it's all brown. Season how you like. I normally go with cumin, salt, pepper, and oregano. 


  • Mix in the frozen carrots and peas, turn the heat down to low-med, stir frequently until the veggies are mostly warm. 
  • Mash the potatoes, add milk, butter, and salt to taste. 
  • Pour the ground beef mixture into a large casserole dish, then spread the mashed potatoes across the top. Fluff them up so you'll get nice golden peaks. 
  • Stick it in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. 



Let it cool and serve!


P.S. This makes a LOT. I had enough for dinner for me and the kids, lunch the next day, a tupperware filled in the freezer for another time, and another tupperware to take to my BFF. That's a LOT! 

How Do You Relax With Your Husband?

It's been really nice at home this week because Mr. Eight has been on a day schedule. Normally his work schedule is all over the place, including random swing and mid shifts, but this week it was nice and normal :) He still has an hour commute, but even so he spent a lot more time at home, awake, when the kids and I were home, and also awake. Sounds weird but that doesn't always happen around here!

In honor of his being home in the evenings he's taken over bath time every night (giving me a little extra time to blog ;) ). Even better though is it's given us a little more time to hang out after the kids go to bed. Normally we're really big on just sitting on the couch watching TV, but this week we wanted to do something special. Besides, I'm obsessed with the Vampire Diaries now and I've been working my way through season 2 this week, so I had control of the TV!

So instead of our usual veg out routine we decided to game together a little bit! Nothing drastic now, no WoW or Battlefield 3, but there are some games I really enjoy playing. Mainly the world domination ones (wonder what that says about me!). When I was in high school I played Civilization a lot. I started off with Civ III and loved it! I was really excited when we were dating and Mr. Eight said he liked to play it too. So, every now and then when we have time we'll play a game together :)

This week we're playing the new Gods and Kings version. I have to say I love it! I think the changes are huge improvements! I'm loving the new faith and espionage settings! It also makes naval warfare much easier.

Now that I've nerded out a little bit I want to know, how do you and your husband relax and have fun at home?? :D

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BuyCostumes.Com Review and Giveaway! {8/6}


I absolutely LOVE having costumes for the kids to play dress up in! No matter what time of year it is they are tons of fun! BuyCostumes.Com is a fantastic website for both children's and adults costumes. They have a huge selection to choose from!

I was so excited to review a costume for my daughter. I picked out the Rapunzel Child Costume. Miss M is a huge fan of Tangled so I knew it would be a big hit! 

This costume cost only $29.99! I couldn't believe the price. I think in a costume supply store at Halloween time this would definitely set you back more than that. 

The quality of the dress is pretty similar to most store bought costumes, but I was surprised at the difference in fabric and the detail in the dress. The sleeves, bodice and skirt are all different fabrics, and there is lace around the sleeves. It's very pretty! the dress velcros in the back with just three small squares but it held together really well while my daughter was playing. 


This costume does not include shoes or a wig, so be sure if you get it that you buy those separately! 


Overall I was really impressed with the quality of the costume, especially at that price. There were only a couple things that I wanted to mention. First, the size I chose is a 2T/4T. Miss M wears a 3T, although some brands are a little baggy, and the dress seemed a little more snug than I would have liked. It definitely fit, but I'm not sure for how much longer. Also, the sleeves have a ring of elastic around the arm that really bothered Miss M. I actually put a long sleeve shirt on her (which you can see in the picture) so that she couldn't feel the elastic. With the shirt on she loved it so I don't think it will be a problem!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Yard Sale Fever!

Check the link at the bottom for some great yard sale tips!


I've got it! I've got the fever! This past Saturday I co-hosted my first yard sale, it was multi-family and we had SO much stuff. It was great! I had tons of fun and made a decent amount of money and got rid of things that were just taking up space in our house. So win/win. 


I spent a lot of time in the week leading up to the yard sale going through the house and deciding what we could get rid of. Turns out we have a lot of crap. Things we just don't need. I've read some blogs that talk about becoming a minimalist, and although that seems a little extreme for me, it's definitely something I feel like I should always work to aspire to. 


On top of any ethical, materialism, reason to get rid of superfluous junk, is the fact that we live in military housing and are low on storage space. I cleared off shelves and emptied out whole cabinets and drawers. I didn't even get a chance to go through everything either. That's how much stuff we have. My house has never been really organized either, so I feel like this is a perfect opportunity to get rid of things we just plain don't need and start organizing the things that we do need. I feel like our lives could be a lot simpler and cleaner at home. 


Well, by the end of the yard sale I'd been bitten by the yard sale bug. I want to do it again! I sold my two biggest items, which was great, and got great prices for both, but there are still tons of toys and clothes that could go. I decided next Saturday I'm going to do it again. We've got a weight bench and a kayak that need selling, maybe even a dryer too! See, I'm just going through the house in my head.. what else could we sell??


I want to share with you what I learned last weekend, it being my first time and all, so I put together a list of tips in another post just for you! Hope it helps! Check it out here!



Tips For Having a Great Yard Sale!



Eight Days a Week Yard Sale Tips!


I had a yard sale last weekend, my very first one! You can read about it here. I wanted to share with you what I learned, so here it is, my best tips for a great yard sale.


1. Hang 'em up! Clothes that are hung up tend to sell more and at a better price than those in stacks on the ground. I had piles of clothes on a blanket and it was so hard to keep it organized! I still sold a lot but I feel if it had been better displayed I would have done better. You can buy clothes line at almost any hardware store. Hang it between trees, beams, whatever is available. You can hang up some clothes in trees too! If it's possible, use a table to display items instead of leaving them on the ground. Try to keep things as organized as possible and easily accessible. 


2. Advertise. If no one knows about it they won't come. Invest in an ad in the local paper, or better yet find yard sale groups on Facebook and advertise there. Put it in your status and let your friends know too. Tweet it! Then go to Craigslist and list it there in the yard sale section, let people know of any big ticket items you might have. Of course, don't forget the good ol' yard sale signs! Use bright colors. Poster board can work just as well as the more expensive pre-made signs. 


3. Got any spare change? Make sure to get some ones, fives and quarters ahead of time. People will bring big bills and need change. You don't want to miss out on a sale because you didn't have change. Also, be sure to check for counterfeits, especially twenty dollar bills and higher. Hold them up to the light and check for the water mark. 


4. Offer more! If it's going to be hot having iced bottled water to sell for cheap can be a big incentive for people to stop and look around. If you have older kids then a lemonade stand is even better! My neighbors daughter had one at our yard sale and it was so great, the kids loved it and they made some money too. 


5. Have bags at the ready! Make sure you have a supply of garbage bags and grocery bags ready for your customers. No one that showed up on Saturday had thought ahead enough to bring their own bag, kind of disappointing. I was at my neighbors house so I had to bum a couple garbage bags off her for bigger items like blankets and pillows. 


6. Keep it visible. Things should look neat and orderly. Imagine walking into a store, if it's a big pile of mess you're probably not going to stay long! Your tables shouldn't look like the back shelves at the Salvation Army. If you have more expensive "big ticket" items, then put them out front where they'll be easily seen by passersby. A lot of people like to just drive by slowly and look, if they can't see it from the road they wont' stop. 


I'll update next week with pictures! I'm so excited to have another yard sale! If you've had a yard sale, successful or unsuccessful this summer let me know!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

5K Fans $50 Flash Givaway! 7/24



I love my fans! I now have 5,000 of you! MUAHAHAHA! 

Anyway. 

Because I love you. Here is $50! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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REUSEIT #LunchBag Giveaway! {8/5}



Welcome to the 
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July 22nd at 12:00am to August 5th at 11:59pm 

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I recently reviewed a sandwich bag from Reuseit! I love this bag, it's perfect for small snacks and sandwiches for the kids when we're on the go!




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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Travalo Elite Refillable Fragrance Atomizer - 50% OFF!

Do you travel often or do you know someone who does? Taking liquids on a plane can be a complete hassle, so when I travel I don't even think about attempting to bring perfume with me. Which is why I'm so happy now to have a Travalo!


Travalo Elite holds 5 mL of any fragrance, up to 65 sprays, and is made of light and strong aluminum. Travalo is great for men and women alike, and like all Travalo products they are TSA approved! They feature a clear window to gauge the level of perfume or cologne. Travalo Elite works with any cologne or perfume bottle with a removable nozzle and because of its spill-free internal refill system, no fragrance will be wasted. Each Travalo Elite comes with a lifetime warranty in addition to the following features

  • 98 percent recyclable, environmentally-friendly, lightweight material
  • Features a clear window to gauge level of perfume
  • Works with removable nozzle bottles
  • Available in perfect pink, hot pink, gold and silver
  • Spill-free internal refill system; no funnels or other parts
  • Holds 65 sprays of perfume or cologne
Right now you can get 50% off a Travalo Fragrance Atomizer by entering the code 8DAYS50!


Look for a full review and giveaway soon! 



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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Baby Babu Cloth Diaper Giveaway - {8/1}

Here's another awesome Baby Babu giveaway! I love these diapers! It's been months since I've received mine and I absolutely love it! If you aren't familiar with Baby Babu you can read my review here.


Special Just For You! We're working on linking up all currently running Baby Babu giveaways!! Use the linky below to hop around and enter at other blogs and increase your chances of winning a fantastic diaper! 


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 7/18


A Blustery Day at the Ballpark. 

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3 Things I Do When I Feel Like Crap

Sometimes I just feel like crap. Normally it's because I've had a hard day with the kids but lately it's been more likely that we've eaten out too many times and my body is hating me. 


Not only do I feel sluggish, but I get moody too. Does feeling like crap make anyone happy? I didn't think so. Today was one of those days. I took the kids to the neighbors for a playdate this morning and didn't even feel like socializing! I let the kids play a little and then just took them home. Bleh. 


As soon as I got home I started thinking about what I needed to do to feel better. I came up with these 3 things that really brighten my day. Now this isn't a list of spa treatments or baked goods, but it works for me. So hang in there. 


1. Workout






Get up, dance, do an exercise DVD, run the kids around the playground, or do like I did this afternoon: get a sitter and go to a kickboxing class. Wow what a workout! I probably burned 800 calories at least. I felt fantastic afterwards. I felt strong, energized, and like I earned the brownie I bought from the little girl at the lemonade stand on the way home ;) (Hey, I said this was a list of things to make you feel better, not make you skinny!)


2. Make a healthy meal choice/Drink water. 




I kind of feel like these go together. Or they should anyway. And yeah, maybe this contradicts my previous note about the brownie, but the thing was like 2 inches square. Fire me. Anyway, I was going to have some crap lunch like Top Ramen but two fortunate things happened: First, I couldn't find the pack of Top Ramen I had bought specifically for this craving, and second my friend talked me out of it (thanks!). So instead the hubster picked me up a 6-inch sub. I even got flatbread!


3. Clean. 






Yeah, when you're feeling all "Blah" and "Meh" you probably want to jump up and clean as much as you want to do jumping jacks, but the payoff is so worth it. Visualize that clean sparkling kitchen the way you should be visualizing those skinny jeans. Now, I'm not saying that a dirty house causes depression, or that a clean house can permanently pull you out of a slump, but when did a clean house ever make you cry? Never! Even just wiping down the kitchen counters made me feel better. And here's a tip, hopefully it works for you like it works for me, I find that just cleaning up the floor will make you feel a million times better. Throw the toys in a box and vacuum your living room, it only takes about 15 minutes and the place will look 15 million times better!  


Well I hope these help someone out there in the ether. Mostly this will serve as a reminder for when I'm down it's too early for a drink (11:30 AM is where I draw the line). 


Cheers!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Enter to Win a Lifetime Supply of Gumballs!!!

A lifetime of gumballs you say?? Yes! Gumball.com is giving away a lifetime supply of gumballs! How cool is that?? I just don't know where you'll keep them all...






Be sure to like them on Facebook and go here to enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter! Hurry! You have until 8/15 to win! :D



Big Decisions - Revisited

A few days ago I posted about decisions I was having to make partly based on the possibility of Mr. Eight being deployed.

I was really leaning towards not attending school this semester. I'm planning on starting an online graduate program through a University in Texas. 



Well, it turns out the deployment was filled, so Mr. Eight won't be leaving. Yay, he'll be here for the holidays! It was so hard not having him here last year. 


On top of that I got some exciting news. Miss M has a place in a little preschool nearby! I put her on the wait list this summer and I wasn't sure if she was going to make it in or not. She turns 3 in December, so she'll be in an "older 2's" class. It's only two days a week and she got Monday/Wednesday just like I requested, which is great because Playgroup is on Thursdays. 


Preschool and daycare in Hawaii is super super expensive. So with this in mind I think I had better go ahead and plan on starting school. I'm going to need that GI Bill money if I'm going to keep her place in preschool!


I'm so nervous about her starting! Obviously I've had to take her to a sitter before, I was in school full time for three semesters here. However, this is just so much different. 


Has your chillins gone through preschool yet? What was the first day like!?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Corset Chicks Giveaway 7/30

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Last month I wrote a review on CorsetChick.Com where I talked about the Green Dryad Corset I was given to review. I absolutely LOVED it and still do! Now YOU have the chance to win! One lucky reader will win $30 towards a corset of their choice from CorsetChick.com! Not only that, but you will have even more chances to win becuse this is a HOP! 20 blogs (including moi) are giving you the chance to win a corset! 



Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter and then move on to the linky and enter on those blogs too! Don't forget to come back for daily entries! 

This is a Pitch List Giveaway! All of this was made possible by the lovely ladies at The Pitch List! <3 you guys! :D

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Easy Hawaiian Kalua Pork in the Slow Cooker

Kalua Pork is a classic Hawaiian dish. If you've ever visited Hawaii then I'm sure you've at least heard of it. "Kalua" is a Hawaiian term that means "to cook underground". So, Kalua Pork refers to pig that has been cooked in an underground imu, using rocks, banana leaves and other ingredients to assist in cooking. 


Unfortunately cooking a pig in an imu for 7 hours in your backyard probably wouldn't go over well with your landlord (although I bet your neighbors would love you if you shared!). So instead you can enjoy a similar flavor using a slow cooker, salt, and a little liquid smoke. Oh. And some pig, of course! 






Pork roast
Coarse salt (sea salt, especially Hawaiian salt if you can find it)
liquid smoke


Pick up your favorite pork roast at the grocery store. Whatever size works best for you. Stab it a few times so the seasonings can soak in. Rub the roast with coarse salt, about 3/4 teaspoons for every pound of meat. 


(I saw variations of this where garlic cloves were inserted in slits in the meat, if you like garlic go for it. I didn't have any cloves on me at the time I'm sorry to say.)


Place it in the slow cooker. If you're a fan of bacon you can try lining the bottom of the slow cooker with bacon, I saw that online too. Mmmm bacon! 


Pour liquid smoke over the roast. I did about 2 Tablespoons over 7 lbs of pork. Remember, a little goes a long way!


Put the lid on and set to low, let it cook for about 16 hours. (Believe me it's worth the wait!)


When it's done spoon the meat out onto a plate or large bowl and separate with a couple forks. It's going to just fall apart! 


Yum! Pair this some rice and mac salad and you have a Hawaiian plate lunch! I'll post my favorite mac salad recipe soon. Mix the leftovers with BBQ sauce and you've got the makings of a great pulled pork sandwich. 


Enjoy! 


P.S. Pork freezes pretty well, so freeze the extras for an easy meal you can take out later! 









Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scentsy Giveaway Warmer and Bar!! 7/15

Who doesn't love Scentsy???

Scentsy is a FLAMELESS candle that is filled with endlessness scents :) Wrap You Skinny With Tonya is offering one LUCKY WINNER a free MELTER and Scent bar Of Wrap You skinny With Tonya CHOICE! Scentsy is a great thing to have if you have children! It is a porcelain plug in unit versus a candle with a flame that can be very dangerous!


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How does it work exactly? *Scentsy Wickless Candles and Warmers use a low watt bulb to warm the specially formulated wax slowly. The wax is only warmed, not burned, which maximizes the strength and life of the fragrance. **Scentsy Candle bars are highly Scented and last up to 80 hours while never letting off harmful chemicals sometimes found in jarred candles. Using Scentsy also means less pollution in your home because it is flameless, so no black soot or smoke! This is because the wax is only "warmed" not burned causing a wonderful scent. *Scentsy * offers me and many other people a very inexpensive way to deliver a quick, long-lasting yummy fragrance to my home and always have a wonderful smelling house all day long without any harm! Anyone walking into your house will want to know what that delicious smell is, and you'll be pleased to tell them that it's Scentsy! 
  • The warmers are super cute and give you long lasting scents that you can enjoy for hours!
  • There is no flame so they are SAFE around your kids and pets! Scentsy makes it affordable to get their products as well! You can get their plug ins for $20 and their melters range in price from $25- $35 in price!    

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Ozeri Giveaway Hop 7/22

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Recently I got the chance to review the Ozeri Pro II Digital Kitchen Scale! My husband just used it this morning and he loves it, it's a fantastic product and now you have a chance to win one for your kitchen!

Not only that but you will have multiple chances to win the kitchen scale, a wok, a fan and a bathroom scale. All amazing products from Ozeri! Use the linky below to hope to the other bloggers from The Pitch List and enter their giveaways!!


Use the Rafflecopter code below to enter, then move on to the linky and enter all those giveaways too! GOOD LUCK! :D



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Reusit Lunch Boxes Sandwich Bag Review and Giveaway (COMING SOON!)

Look for the giveaway July 22nd!!


I absolutely love using reusable bags. I love my reusable shopping bags (I've gotten to where I remember them 90% of the time, and I've even been known to take them to the mall with me!), as well as reusable sandwich and snack bags. My neighbor turned me on to the snack bags. She has adorable ones she made herself out of fun fabric like Thomas the Train Engine, sports themed, and cute flowery ones. I used mine every day during my first two semesters at UH when I was going full time and brought a lunch. I loved saving on ziplock bags and feeling like I was being just that much greener :) (That's the hippy in me talking).


ReUSEit.com is a great store for all things reusable! They feature items in the home and kitchen, including bags, bottles, reusable paper towels, lunch boxes and even Diva Cups! They have great daily deals and tons of products to choose from. 






I was lucky enough to review a sandwich bag from them! I love this thing. The quality is amazing and the color is cute. 


What do I love about it? The outside is water resistant, which makes it a step up from my other bags with a fabric outter. It's also BPA free and get this... 100% MADE IN THE USA! How awesome is that? Plus, their products even come with a Lifetime Guaranatee! I'm pretty sure this bag is going to last forever. 






Things I'd like to see change: The bag is a little small for the bread that I like to buy. I get the Oroweat brand and the slices tend to be a bit wider than normal. I think if the velcro was moved up a bit I could make it work though. The cheaper Love's brand (local to Hawaii) I get for the kids fits really well though. 


Overall this is a nifty little bag that I look forward to getting a lot of use out of. It's going to work great for sandwiches for the kids, as well as other snacks!