Giveaway: Winner’s Choice of “Candy By The Decades” Box – Enjoy your Childhood Favorites!

Old Time Candy Giveaway

Hosted by: Queen of Savings, Here We Go Again, Ready?, Momsicals, Tyrneathem

Sponsor: Old Time Candy Company

The adventure began in July, 1999 when the founders of Old Time Candy Company walked into a large candy store in Cleveland, Ohio that specializes in old time candy. They had no idea that many of their old time favorites still existed. It was the candy they ate as kids… Necco Wafers, Candy Buttons on paper tape, Wax Lips, Candy Cigarettes. Amazing!

They went on-line in early 2000 with their first candy assortment and began to grow. In 2003 they moved into a larger facility and expanded at the beginning of 2004. They moved into a much larger facility in August of 2006 where they are located today. 2013 began their 13th year in the candy business.

Prize: Winner’s Choice of Candy by Decades 4 lb. box from here

Dates: 7/26-8/9

Open to: US Residents 18+

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Save Insane Amounts of Money on Your Cell Phone Bill by Switching to Scratch Wireless – Only $15 a month!

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What Is It
Have you gotten tired of paying extraordinary amounts just for cell phone service? In this day and age, it’s really hard to go without a cell phone, so it’s becoming more of a requirement than a luxury. After all, many jobs want to be able to reach you all of the time, not all places support home phone lines, and it’s important to have some way to reach others in case of an emergency. I’m sure you can still get around without a cell phone, but honestly, it’s becoming a lot more difficult.

However, lots of cell phone companies charge over $75 a month (easily!) just for a single line of cell phone service. That’s just getting downright insane. That’s where Scratch Wireless comes in. A cell phone service that’s completely and truly affordable, Scratch Wireless harnesses the free data you have all around you – Wi-Fi! By splitting its service between Wi-Fi and cellular towers, they charge much, much less while still providing the same cell service that you’re used to.

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Unlike standard cell phones which only connect to Wi-Fi for data service and if you tell it to, Scratch Wireless will default to Wi-Fi service for everything – including texts, calls, and data. If it can’t find a Wi-Fi connection, it then will seek out a tower to provide the service you need. This leads to much, much cheaper service fees for you – while still receiving the cell phone service that you need! You can use free Wi-Fi anywhere to make free calls and texts anywhere! When you’re outside the range of a Wi-Fi network, the Scratch Wireless allows you to purchase a “data pass” that allows you to use service on the Sprint network to continue doing what you were doing.

Because of this unique service model, Scratch Wireless service only works on specifically programmed phones. I’m sure they’re working on adding more phones, but at the moment, they just offer the Motorola Proton Q. This smartphone features 4G capability, runs Android, features dual cameras, has a large, clear screen, features a pull out keyboard that’s perfect for texting, and of course, allows you to download any extra apps from the Google Play store!

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Worried about coverage or want to see how it works? Scratch Wireless offers a 30-day money back guarantee! Just use the phone for 30 days, and if it doesn’t work out for you, just send it back! Scratch Wireless will even pay the shipping.

You can keep your old number too! Or get a new one. It’s entirely up to you. There also are no contracts, and you get unlimited free voice and data when on Wi-Fi and unlimited free texting on Wi-Fi and cellular. It’s kinda pretty freakin’ amazing.

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My Opinion
I’ve been really impressed with my entire time on Scratch Wireless. Not only does the phone work pretty well, but the service works amazingly as well. It’s actually what I was most worried about – I mean, who wants to worry about whether their cell will work or not? Actually, Scratch Wireless has BETTER coverage than my current phone! What do I mean?

Well, I sometimes end up going into the basement of my college campus buildings in order to do work or go into a meeting with someone. At those times, my previous phone would drain its battery insanely trying to find a signal – and no, it could never find one. With the Scratch Wireless phone, it just connects to the Wi-Fi in the basement, and it has perfect service! Along with that, during this review, I went out the country. You know what that does to most cell phone service. Well, my previous phone was pretty much a pretty tablet with no cell access. My Scratch Wireless phone? Well, it could still make calls and text via Wi-Fi signals. (This applies to even going out of state. My previous phone stops having service outside of the state of Iowa, but my Scratch Wireless phone works perfectly with a Wi-Fi connection!)

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I was a bit concerned about the non-Wi-Fi connection, but it works great as well. You just need to go into the app and pay-as-you-go for the cellular access that you need. Once you do that, it activates the cell service pretty shortly, and you can use a non-Wi-Fi connection to make your calls, use data, and text.

On that note, the texting is pretty amazing as well. No matter whether you have Wi-Fi or not, texting is always free and will work. That’s awesome! My only complaint is that, with texting on Wi-Fi and non-cellular connections, you can’t picture message. There are texting applications from the Android App store that will help you get around that, but right now, their texting feature doesn’t allow for picture messaging. That’s slightly frustrating as I enjoy picture messaging my friends, but I’m hoping it’s something they’ll add to their service in the future.

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It’s super easy to tell if you’re on free Wi-Fi or not. The phone has a notification in the upper panel that shows whether you’re on free Wi-Fi or on Scratch Wireless service. No matter which one you’re on, texting is always free, so you can keep up with your conversations with no issues. If you want to use data or call, though, you’ll need to be on either the free Wi-Fi or on the Scratch Wireless service. If you’re outside the free Wi-Fi areas, you just open up the Scratch Wireless App and purchase either a 1-day pass or a 30-day pass. Once you do, it’ll instantly open up the Scratch Wireless service to give you the access that you wanted to do what you need to.

In case you were concerned about the set-up with Scratch Wireless, it turns out that you have no reason to be worried. It sets up just like a standard phone – only once you have everything how you want it, you just need to launch the Scratch Wireless app that comes preloaded onto your cell phone. You’ll put in some basic information, and you’ll be set-up with a phone number and your information within 2 minutes. Contact support, and you can get your old number transferred as well – or if you don’t want to, it’ll give you a new number instead.

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If you’re one of those people that tends to give your children your older cell phones, Scratch Wireless can be for you as well. Contact support, and they can help you transfer the cell phone to a new account. This means that your children can be responsible for the payments and amount of minutes that they use. What an easy and simple way to teach them responsibility and choice as they need to pay for their own minutes and time.

There are plenty of reviews over the phone itself on the internet, but I’ll admit that the Motorola Photon Q works just fine with this service. It provides all of the basic “smartphone” functions with ease. It doesn’t have any issues with lagging, and the keyboard is really easy to type on. I wish the camera was more powerful, but short of that, the cell phone works really well with the service, and you don’t really feel like you’re “missing” anything compared to some of the “just hit the market” cell phone options out there. As far as I’ve seen, it’s a good, quick option for a smartphone.

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Pros
Scratch Wireless is an affordable and smart way to access cell phone service. You don’t have to worry about ridiculous fees anymore. Just pay for access when you need it while using Wi-Fi to access many of your needs for free. The Motorola Photon Q phone works just fine with the service, and Scratch Wireless has made it a seamless and simple experience to access their network. No complaints from me!

Cons
I wish picture messaging was an option on Scratch Wireless Wi-Fi. It’s something they’re working on adding for the future, but right now, you’ll need to use an Android app to do any sort of picture messaging.

Recommended
When you don’t want to be strangled by your cell phone bill, it’s important that you look for alternatives. Scratch Wireless provides everything you need. Using Wi-Fi signal, you can use most of the features of a regular cell phone for free, but for when you need cell service, there’s an affordable pay-as-you-go option. Even if you were to buy the cellular service every day for full price (there’s a discount if you want full cell service all of the time versus paying day-to-day), you’d STILL come WAY ahead of what it costs on a standard cell phone plan. Plus, the phone offerings are good and work great as smartphones. Yay Scratch Wireless!

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Buy It
You’ll need to purchase your Scratch Wireless phone directly from their website. Once you get the phone in the mail, you can set-up your phone number and access within 5 minutes of opening the box. Unless you’ll need to transfer your number, you don’t even need to contact customer support. It’s super easy!

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Violife Slim Sonic Traveler Toothbrush Review! (Great for summer trips!)

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What Is It
Summer’s here, and as the warmer weeks progress, I find myself planning lots more awesome vacation trips. While I love going on vacation, I sometimes hate dealing with packing my personal care products.

Violife Slim Sonic Traveler Zipper Case helps solve part of that problem. Packaged together in a slim, travel case, this case includes the Slim Sonic Toothbrush, 2 additional replacement brush heads, a AAA battery, and space for a travel-sized toothpaste. It’s everything you need to take care of your dental hygiene all in one spot!

To allow you to match your perfect toothbrush to your favorite fashion choices, the Slim Sonic TRAVELER Zipper Case is available in four separate color combinations. Each one includes a color-matching Slim Sonic Traveler toothbrush on the inside. For a long way down the road, you also can purchase another Slim Sonic toothbrush that can replace the brush inside of this case. The case easily zippers shut for simple traveling.

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My Opinion
The summer is one of those seasons where I do a ton of traveling – and who doesn’t? The amazing summer weather partnered with all of the great things and time off? This is when most people end up doing a lot of their vacation. For those moments, you really need the Violife Travel Toothbrush. Perfect for traveling, this toothbrush means you don’t have to worry about keeping track of your toothbrush or trying to keep it clean.

I love that the Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush comes in its own case. Brightly colored, these cases zip shut, and it makes it insanely easy to find my toothbrush in my luggage. Previously, I always bought a new toothbrush every time I got back from traveling. I just didn’t trust my toothbrush to stay clean on the journey. An electric toothbrush? Yeah, I never even considered traveling with mine. That just wasn’t an option! With this Violife product, though, I’m happy to report that I can now travel with my electric toothbrush without a second thought!

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The case was designed to be all-encompassing, too. Not only does the case fit the toothbrush, but it also has room (and includes!) two extra brush heads along with a spot for the battery and a small, travel-sized tube of toothpaste. You’ll have everything you need to brush your teeth in a single spot, and you won’t have to worry about your toothbrush touching anything else in your toiletries bag. Plus, no more digging around in my luggage! All I have to do is pull out this Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush case, and I automatically have everything I need to brush my teeth. It’s honestly so much a time and frustration-saver when I’m traveling.

The toothbrush really does seem to do a great job as well. Using the same toothpaste I’ve always used, my teeth felt a bit cleaner than usual after using this toothbrush. It’s definitely different than brushing with a standard toothbrush. I’ve been using this for a couple weeks, and I still haven’t had to replace the battery, so it looks like the battery on this is going to last quite awhile. It has brush heads that are similar-like to standard toothbrushes, so you’ll need to replace those every couple months, but that’s just standard good dental hygiene.

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Pros
The Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush is a great toothbrush that makes it super easy to travel and keep up good dental habits at the same time. Not only does it keep me worry-free about my toothbrush getting dirty, but there’s no frustration having to gather all of my toothbrush items from various parts of my bag. Plus, they offer a nice selection of colors to choose from to make sure your toothbrush set is perfect for your preferences.

Cons
Nothing! If you want to carry a full-sized tube of toothpaste, it might be a tight fit, but depending on your tube, you still might be able to fit it in.

Recommended
If you tend to travel, the Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush could be perfect for you. Not only does it clean teeth well, but it also has a simple, all-encompassing case that allows it to carry all of your toothcase essentials. It could easily carry a small tube of toothpaste and even your floss. If you want to make sure your electric toothbrush stays clean while also keeping all of your dental essentials in one spot, the Violife Slim Sonic Travel Toothbrush could be fantastic for you.

Buy It
You can purchase the Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush directly from Violife’s website. You also may be able to find it with select retailers.

WIN IT:

Violife has generously offered to send a Slim Sonic TRAVELER Zipper Case to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on July 30th at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Rafflecopter and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

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Bel Angelle’s Bra Storage System Review!

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What Is It
As a woman, I’m sure you know exactly how much bras can cost – and how easily they can get disfigured or destroyed if they aren’t stored correctly. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many items on the market that are designed to help you store your bra correctly and extend its lifespan. Luckily, that’s now changed with the introduction of the Bel’Angelle’s Bra Storage Solution.

A simple, durable plastic box with molded inserts, this box allows you to easily hold 6 bras. Specially-sized to fit your bras, this box holds your padded, booster, push-up, and molded bras, and keeps them molded how they should be for regular wear later. The box prevents the bras from being crushed, catching on things, being exposed to elements, and more.

With the durable design, this box can be stacked with other items. This allows you to easily save on space as well as stack multiple Bel’Angelle’s Bra Storage Solution boxes on top of each other.

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My Opinion
I know that I’ve been concerned about the condition of my bras. Not only do I take special care when storing them, but I also take special care while washing them. My bras can easily cost over $60 each, and I really don’t want to have to replace them on a regular basis. Plus, I really fall in love with certain bras, so I don’t want to have to replace those purely because of my carelessness.

Padded bras and molded cup bras are especially prone to damage. If you warp the cups or store them improperly, they can become deformed over time. Bel’Angelle’s Bra Storage System has helped me avoid all of that mess. I love that each individual box can store up to six bras. My bras have larger cups, so I find that only 3 of my bras will fit into a single box. The box system allows me to stack all of my bras, though, without worrying about any problems. It also allows me to organize my bras. I can organize them by the amount of padding, how much I like them, or even by size! (Due to weight loss, I have a variety of bras in different sizes that I still wear.)

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I love that the Bel’Angelle’s Bra Storage System has the specific mold at the base of the container. This actually worked well for my bras. I’m not sure the “circular” rounding is going to work if you have extremely, extremely padded bras (or at least, it won’t lay flat), but it keeps the general shape to help the bras stay in the best shape possible.

The boxes themselves are well made and light. I don’t have to worry about fussing with heavy boxes. Each one is light, yet rigid. This means you can stack them on top of each other without concern that they’ll collapse the box underneath it. Each one holds its own weight with no issue. The lids are extremely simple to lift off, so I’ve never had to fuss or become frustrated by the boxes. It’s pretty much a matter of sliding out the box, taking off the lid, and pulling out the bra I want.

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I’m not sure this is the most efficient way to store bras, though. It takes a lot more time to pull out the box, especially if the boxes are on top of each other, to get a bra than it does to just have them laying around in another system. This is not the most efficient system which is why I only use it for a few select, expensive bras. It’s absolutely perfect for the lingerie bras, but for my everyday bras, it’s easier to just keep them out. For those bras that are super-expensive and aren’t worn too often, though, I really do think the Bel Angelle’s Bra Storage System is going to be absolutely perfect.

Pros
The Bel Angelle’s Bra Storage System is a fantastic system for storing your expensive bras to extend their lifespan. The box is rigid, holds its shape well, easily organizes your bras with its see-through design, and can fit up to 6 bras per box. Plus, they’re super affordable!

Cons
The Bel Angelle’s Bra Storage System does take more time to take out your bras than other methods. It is, however, amazing for storing those expensive bras that require care.

Recommended
To take care of those special bras that you want to last a lifetime, this bra storage solution is absolutely amazing. It has the best circular-padding design to keep your bras looking nice while you can stack as many boxes as you need to fit as many bras as you want. Plus, each box can hold up to six padded bras!

Buy It
You can purchase the Bel Angelle’s Bra Storage Solution directly off of their website. They do ship internationally, but for international orders, you’ll need contact them.

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