Friday, August 30, 2013

The Gift of Fairytale Brownies



Have you ever tried a decadent brownie from Fairytale Brownies?  I was very surprised to receive a gift box shipped directly from them the other day.  It was marked as a gift so I'm not sure if it was just sent from Fairytale Brownies so that I would give them a shout-out or if someone surprised me with a gift of yummy goodness.  Either way it was awesome to receive a box of bite size samples of all of their flavors.  This chocolate freak had a hard time not hogging them all and not sharing them with her family, haha!

The flavors I received were:
  • Cream Cheese Chocolate
  • Walnut
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Caramel
  • Original
The Fairytale box was packed full of these flavors and I must say they are beyond awesome.  I am tempted to order a batch of standard size brownies in their caramel and cream cheese.  Those were so divine.  The other ones were awesome too, but I must say the other two were my favorites.

Have you ever tried Fairytale Brownies? You can order their products for pretty much every occasion.  Would make a nice gift for business partners, clients, etc.









Thursday, August 29, 2013

Deals and Steals for Michigan Home Mommies

 
 
 
Use these coupons from BeFrugal to save at nearby stores on items you need:
  • Get your whole family looking great using this Target coupon: 20% off a purchase of $75 or more on apparel, shoes and accessories, expires 9/7. Plus get 4% cash back with BeFrugal.
  • Treat yourself with this Panera Bread coupon for half off frozen drinks from 3-5pm, expires 8/31.
  • See what’s on sale and match up your grocery coupons with the Kroger weekly ad.

Cash back rates can change from day to day. These rates were valid 8/27/13. Join now for free and earn cash back when you shop!
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

REVIEW: TIME for Kids Dinosaurs 3D an Incredible Journey Through Time



I received a copy of this book to review with my girls.  All opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Okay, moms.  I have an awesome book that I recently got to review with my own kids and just have to share it with you.

The book I received is by TIME for Kids titled: Dinosaurs 3D an Incredible Journey Through Time by Dougal Dixon!  It is considered an "Incredible Adventure."  And get this, it comes with two pairs of 3D glasses!

What do you get to do with this 3D book on Dinosaurs?
  • "Time-travel back more than 65 million years to when dinosaurs ruled the world!"
  • "Get up close to some of the most fearsome creatures ever to have walked the Earth.  And yes, in 3D!"
All of the illustrations were created to work with the 3D glasses and let me tell you, it's more amazing than I thought it would be.  The pictures really stand out and even move with you, some of them kind of creepy, haha!

The book is about 11x11 inches and is full of exciting prehistoric adventures for kids of all ages!  If my girls loved the book, I can pretty much bet that the boys will think it rocks!

You can probably tell by now that my review of this book is two thumbs up!  Not only does the book contain awesome 3D pics, it also has very educational information such as the types, size, etc.

Contents

Meet the Dinosaurs
  • Incredible Creatures
  • Types of Dinosaurs
  • Meet a Meat-Eater
  • How They Lived
Dinosaur Times
  • Geological Time
  • The Dinosaurs Arrive
  • Dinosaurs Rule
  • The Age of Change
  • The Last Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaur Extinction
  • After the Dinosaurs
Meat-Eaters
  • Tyrannosaurus
  • Carnotaurus
  • Spinosaurus
  • Giganotosaurus
  • Deinonychus
You can get Dinosaurs 3D book for $19.95, but you can currently get it on Amazon for $14.36.  Possibly cheaper if it's used. Nice deal.



If you would like for me to review your book here on the blog, contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.  I review children's books, recipe books, business related topics, etc. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Speed up your Social Media with HootSuite



HootSuite Social Media Management for Business.

I recently came across an awesome social media management system that has actually helped my home business.  Have you ever heard of Hootsuite?

HootSuite is beyond awesome and it's all I use to manage my social networks.  It also makes life so much easier. 

What is HootSuite?

It is the "#1 Social Relationship Platform!"  So this means whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, google+, and YouTube, HooteSuite is here to help you manage them all in one place. Up to 100 social profiles can be managed.  Basically you get to schedule hundreds of messages and even launch multiple campaigns, and yes, all at once.  Let's just say that I have saved literally hours a week doing it this way.  HootSuite has been my best friend when it comes to social media management. 

Why is social media management so important this day and age?  Well it's definitely signs of the times.  Practically every business uses the social media to market themselves. Without it, competition could potentially bury a business. This I have experienced first hand.  Don't let that happen!

HooteSuite is currently offering 50% off HootSuite Pro for 90 days!  Hurry, this offer expires September 30, 2013.  Just use this code: HOOTXA90 to get your offer.

What have you used to speed up your Social Media?  Would you consider HootSuite?



GIVEAWAY: Surprise 3 Bar Pack by Scentsy



Who here is a fan of Scentsy?  Independent Scentsy Consultant Rachael Justin, is giving away a 3 bar pack (3 scents, $14 value) to one of our readers.

If you are not familiar with Scentsy, it is:

"Scentsy Inc. is a candle warmer company founded in 2004, and based in Meridian, Idaho. The company offers various types of candle warmers, or wick-less candles. By eliminating the flame, Scentsy claims that they are safer than regular candles. The intent of these candle warmers is to release highly-scented fragrances that are mixed into bars of wax, without creating the obvious fire risk associated with the use of normal candles."

I can personally say that I have tried a few of their products and absolutely love them.  The scents are amazing and the fact that they are safer than regular candles is a definite plus!

If you would like to learn more about these amazing products by Scentsy, contact Independent Consultant Rachael Justin at:
 sweetandscenty@gmail.com or visit her website. Also, feel free to ask her about joining her team.  Scentsy makes a great potential extra income opportunity!

If you would like to become a preferred customer and receive discounts on products, etc. just join Rachael's Facebook group

"I am going to giveaway a Mid-Size Warmer of your choice.  Place an order with me or book a party with me between now and September 30th, and I will enter you in to win a free warmer.  Please order under the tab Win Warmer. 1 entry for an order under $20.00 and 1 for every $20.00 after that, book a party with me in September and receive 3 entries!" Join Win Warmer Party Now! ~Rachael Justin: Independent Scentsy Consultant

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Custom Branded Email Signature Service





eSig Online - Interactive Email Signatures

Are you ready to take your business up a notch?  How about custom branded signatures in every email you send to customers, clients, etc.?

It is currently only $59 for the entire year to utilize the service.  They also have a variety of themes you can choose from that best fits your business needs. Get 50% OFF on All Email Signature Designs. Use Coupon Code: customesig

Check out examples below:

eSig Online - Interactive Email Signatures



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Have you ever received an email from a company and noticed their fancy signatures at the bottom of the email?  Now you can get one too.  They definitely grab attention and could potentially bring you more business.  Email marketing now just became easier!







And the Winner of the Brianna Sophia Bows Giveaway is.......................

 
 
Natosha Irwin
 

Congratulations, Natosha!  She will be receiving a bow of her choice from Brianna Sophia Bows.  Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway!

Stay tuned for future giveaways here on the blog!

If you would like for me to run a giveaway here on the blog for your business, contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for details.  It's currently $20 for me to run the giveaway and promote your product.  If you provide me with a product to review, it's only $10 for me to do the giveaway.  I look forward to working with you.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

15 Dollars off Accessories from Andrea's Beau

 
Andrea's Beau Sale

It's a great time to accessorize with Andrea's Beau. Whether you're shopping for everyday hair accessories or special occasion hair accessories, you can save $15 on your purchase of $50 or more, through 8/31/13. Just enter coupon bowsforsale at checkout.
  

Women's Hair Accessories
 
Remember, Andrea's Beau has products for women and girls, as well as special occasion items including coordinating ring bearer pillows, flower girl baskets, and hair accessories!  Don't miss out on this awesome deal!










20 Percent off Tees at Tea Collection-Ends 8/25/2013






Michigan moms, are you still looking for back to school deals? Get 20% Off Tees at Tea Collection!   It starts today, August 22nd and ends Sunday, August 25th!  Don't miss out on this awesome sale.  Now is the time to stock up while the getting is good!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

REVIEW: Cow Wow Cereal Milk-Organic

 


As a mom, are you looking to better the health of your family even if it means going organic in some areas?  These days certain foods contain GMO's, preservatives, etc.  It's getting to the point where we wonder if anything we consume is healthy anymore.

I was ecstatic when a company Cow Wow Cereal Milk contacted me to review two of their organic milk products to share with you all.

Cow Wow Cereal Milk (organic milk) tastes like a bowl of cereal.  I am happy to say that they achieved their goal.  Cow Wow cereal milk does taste like a bowl of cereal.  It's delicious!

They have two flavors:
  • Fruity Trudy
  • Chocolate Chip Cathy
 
They supplied me with a cute little white lunch pale with a Cow Wow sticker label on the front with four 8.5 oz milk cartons. (2 Chocolate Chip Cathy and 2 Fruity Trudy).  My girls seemed to like both flavors.  Fruity Trudy was the hit though.  I personally think it tastes like Trix cereal and Chocolate Chip Cathy tastes like Cocoa Puffs or something similar.  This one was my favorite for sure. 

It's great to know that the Cow Wow Cereal Milk is organic, naturally flavored and only contains 6 grams of added sugar.  It's lowfat and delicious!  A definite not so sweet treat that kids love and moms approve of!

What's the Story?
"Cowifornia Farms had fallen on hard times.  There was no hay left in the barn so Farmer Fred fed his cows the only food left in his cupboards.  Cereal.  They loved it so much they finished every last box and the next time Farmer Fred milked his cows he discovered something udderly amazing.  Their milk tasted sweet just like the cereals they loved to eat."

Cute story!  Your kids will get a kick out of that I bet! Haha.

Do I recommend Cow Wow Cereal Milk for your children?  Yes I do!  It's a cute idea and treat that won't rot their teeth.  It's actually good for them.


Where can you purchase Cow Wow Cereal Milk?  At these locations:
  • Albertsons
  • Bristol Farms
  • Rainbow Acres
  • Vicente Foods
  • am pm
  • Chevron
  • Mobile
  • 76
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • LEGOLAND California 
Since the product is new, it may be available in other places soon such as Target, etc.  At least I hope.  Right now they have a website marketing the milk, but will be updating a new website very soon.

I want to thank the folks over at Cow Wow Cereal Milk for allowing me to review their milk products here on my blog!  The milk is truly delicious!

If you are a company looking to spread the word about your product and would like for me to do a review here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, please contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for more details.

Images courtesy of Cow Wow Cereal Milk (Google Images)

Craftsy Photography Courses





If your business is photography and would like to brush up and/or learn some new skills, Craftsy is offering a variety of classes just for you.

Craftsy's goal is to revolution online education by allowing photography enthusiasts to go on location with world-class instructors, learn professional techniques and engage with instructors and fellow students.  Craftsy courses are highly interactive, allowing students to ask questions, make digital video notes, and learn using the latest tools.  Check out the great course offerings currently available:
  • Shoot It: Product Photography Class - You don't need expensive software or a super-fancy camera to take great photos - just the knowledge you'll get in this essential class.
  • Kirk Tuck: Studio Portrait Lighting - Let photographer Kirk Tuck show you the equipment, setup and lighting techniques you’ll need to create alluring, professional-quality studio portraits.
  • Portraits With an On-Camera Speedlight - Use light to bring your portraits to life! Harness available light and learn advanced on-camera flash techniques with Neil van Niekerk.
  • Landscape Photography: Great Sand Dunes - Journey through stunning sand dune vistas with photo guru Rick Sammon & elevate your landscape photos from bland to breathtaking in this online class.
  • Shooting Intimate Landscapes - Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! See beauty on a small scale and find intimate landscapes anywhere with photographer Rob Sheppard.
  • Off-Camera Flash Photography with Neil van Niekerk - Put your subjects in their best light no matter what the setting by taking your speedlight off-camera and creating fantastic portraits with Neil van Niekerk’s expert flash techniques.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stella & Dot Jewelry Sale!





Going, Going, Gone!
Stella & Dot is offering a beautiful assortment of jewelry and accessories that are now on sale! Don't miss your chance to shop these great pieces because as soon as they sell out they are gone forever!

Look at some of these amazing pieces on sale now!  Business moms deserve a piece of new jewelry once in a while.  It's definitely worth taking a look before they are gone!


 
 

My Plexus Slim Journey



How many moms here are determined to lose some weight?  As a mom of 3 girls and four full term pregnancies, my body is definitely not like it used to be.  I work out every day and eat right, but now in my 30's it has been harder to loose all that desired weight.  I have become frustrated and discouraged.  It's disheartening.  My desire is to lose up to 30 pounds if possible.

I have always been leery of diet supplements because of side effects, etc.  I was the victim of heart palpitations from a diet supplement years ago and have never taken any since.  I have just been trying the natural route of healthy eating and exercise.  What if that is just not enough?

I recently met a wonderful mom; Leslie Smith.  She introduced me to Plexus Slim.  You probably haven't heard of it because it hasn't been fully introduced here in our state of Michigan.  Plexus Slim is a natural way to lose weight without worrying about side effects.  Lesli assured me that this stuff is amazing and that I wouldn't have to worry about negative side effects.  Only positive effects like more energy!  I most definitely could use that, how about you?

The products she sent me were the Plexus Slim Packets and the Accelerator.  You just empty 1 pack into a bottle of water and shake. (12-17 oz) and drink with one Accelerator capsule. The powder in the packets has a nice fruity flavor which is a plus. I take one of each twice daily.  One after breakfast and one after lunch. What exactly do these products contain to actually make them "Natural?"

The Plexus Slim packets contains:
  • Proprietary Health Blend
  • Polydextrose-is an indigestible synthetic polymer of glucose
  • Citric Acid-Citric acid is a weak organic acid with the formula C6H8O7. It is a natural preservative/conservative and is also used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and soft drinks
  • Natural Flavors
  • Beet Root Extract
  • Stevia Extract-Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America
  • Lo Han Extract
It claims to have:
  • No Caffeine
  • No Stimulus
  • No Replacements
  • No Shakes
but helps you to:
  • Lose weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle.
  • Helps keep blood sugar, cholesterol, and lipids at healthy levels.
  • Helps increase your will-power over food.
  • Reduces binge eating.
They also have a 60 day Money-Back Guarantee!

The Accelerator Capsules contain:
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Natural Caffeine
  • Green Tea Extract
  • GeranaX
  • B6 Pyridoxine HCI
  • Chromium (Amino Nicotinate)
  • Vanadium Chelate
So far I feel great and have noticed a slight difference. I do have more energy and noticed I am losing inches in specific areas.  This is day number 6!  I am hoping to post a before and after pic of myself in my results post in a few weeks.  So exciting!

If you would like more information regarding Plexus Slim whether it's to lose weight or for a possible business opportunity, contact Lesli Smith at lesli.smith@hotmail.com.  Visit the Plexus Slim website for more details about the products.

Monday, August 19, 2013

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BOOK REVIEW: Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers


 

 I received a copy of this book for review.  All opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Just recently, I received a cute children's book to review called Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers by Marilynn Halas.

First off, what are Fuzzwippers?  "They are friendly creatures that reach out to anyone who needs to be assured that they are wanted and needed."

This book is a great way to teach great traveler tips for your kids.  For example:
  • "Being a great traveler means being a good listener and a good helper too.  Listen to your friends and family so you will learn all about the new place you are visiting and remember that when we all help each other, any trip is easier and more fun."
  • "Different places many have different food, games, and sights to see, so take your time and discover each new place and make new friends.  Remember that every place has something special to share with you, if you are willing to smile, try, and trust."
These tips can be found at the back of the book with other great tips for your kids.  There is also a great parents' pointer in there as well that parents can utilize before traveling.

The adventures in this particular book takes children and the fuzzwippers on a trip to Hawaii where they learn the importance of perseverance.  A little girl  named Alexandra wanted to try surfing on her trip and realizes it is harder than she thought.  Her pal fuzzwipper was right there to encourage her to keep trying and never give up.  Her new friends and fuzzwipper friends were right there to cheer them on.  Alexandra was successful and was able to ride the waves all the way to the shore with her fuzzwipper by her side.

It's a cute lesson that I think you and your children will enjoy with make believe furry pals.

Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers can be purchased on Amazon.com for $4.99.


Start Your Own Blurb Cookbook



 

Since Michigan Home Mommy Works also covers recipes (Recipe Exchange) I had to share this with you....How to Start your Own Blurb Cookbook!  Wouldn't that be so much fun?

If you haven't heard of Blurb, it's an awesome site where you can make your own book from ebooks and yearbooks to blog books and wedding books.  It definitely does not stop there.  It's a fun site to utilize and their prices are very affordable as well.

Cookbooks are definitely an ideal place to get creative.  You can make something amazing by taking some pictures and then showing it off in a book.   To get started making your own Blurb cookbook is free to just use the tools to put it together.  You only have to pay when you are ready to order a copy of your book.  You can currently save 15%. Nice!


"Fill-in-the-Blank recipes, just add ideas and stir."  Your cookbook will hold up to 440 pages of any recipe you desire.  You will be able to customize your book with BookSmart with "illustrations,  backgrounds, photos, and colors."  These would make great gifts or even make an awesome business. Blurb: Start your Cookbook today!




Friday, August 16, 2013

15 Percent off Select Upholstery for Your Home Office






Ahh.. finally you can relax in style and comfort with contemporary furniture at Zinc Door. Perhaps you're searching for a new sofa/sectional, or maybe you simply need the perfect ottoman to complement your existing furniture or even your home office. If that's the case, don't miss out on Zinc Door's 15% off select upholstery sale with promo code SOFTSEAT valid through 9/15! Browse eye-catching chaises/daybeds, bar stools, benches, and other upholstered pieces to tie your room together! Happy shopping! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Zulily 72hr Back to School Sale



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Michigan moms! You don't want to miss this awesome back to school sale by Zulily!

zulily 72hr Back to School Sale Date: Begins at 6am PST August 15th and ends at 6am PST August 18th Discount: up to 55% off Coupon Code: additional 10% off with exclusive code SCRTSALE54 *This code can only be used for this event, with product only from this event, and a minimum purchase of $60 is required. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School Savings at Tea Collection



 

Michigan moms! Get it while it's discounted! From Thursday, August 15th through Sunday, August 18th, Tea Collection is rewarding you with more savings when you buy more during the Back to School Savings event. Save 10% off your purchase of 3 items with promo code BACKPACK3. Get 15% off if you buy 4 pieces with promo code PENCIL4. Keep a whopping 20% from your purchase of 5 items with promo code RULER5! Get your kids ready with shirts, pants, dresses, or entire outfits. The sale only applies to full-priced items, and excludes Patagonia. When it comes to Back-to-School shopping, this is your chance to get a lot for a little!  I am always excited when I find deals like this.  Just had to share it with you! Happy shopping =) !

GIVEAWAY! Brianna Sophia Bows




I would like to introduce you to an awesome mom business; Brianna Sophia Bows by Kim Bonikowski. 

"I am a mommy of a little girl (8/1/12) who I love to pieces and enjoy making her hair clips and headbands." ~Kim Bonikowski



Brianna Sophia Bows offers newborn to adult headbands and hair clips.  Perfect for newborn and baby photo props, gifts, baptisms, holidays, and every day wear.  Flowers are backed with soft felt for no skin irritation.  All flowers can be attached to a lined alligator clip and/or shiny interchangeable headband color of client's choice.  Custom orders are also available.


  • Newborn: 13"
  • 3-6 Months: 14"
  • 6-12 Months: 16"
  • 12 Months-Teen: 17"
  • Adult: 18"
*Upon ordering, be sure to measure head for accurate fit.  Some items contain small objects that can pose a choking hazard.  Please don't leave child unattended while wearing these items.


To learn more about Brianna Sophia Bows, visit her Facebook and Etsy pages.



Brianna Sophia Bows is having a giveaway!  One business mom reader will receive one of the bows of their choice. My oldest daughter received one for me to review, and they are absolutely adorable as you can see in the pictures throughout the post. (The photos posted are just a few of the many styles Brianna Sophia Bows has to offer)  I was hoping to post a pic of her wearing it, but my camera is acting up.  As soon as and if the problem is resolved, I will post the pic ASAP! I love how versatile the bows are with any outfit.  I'm thinking of getting myself an adult headband.  So cute!



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If you would like for me to run a giveaway here on the blog for your business, please contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.   It is currently $20 for me to run your giveaway.  If you provide me with a product to review, the fee is only $10 for me to run the giveaway.  I look forward to working with you.

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