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Monday, July 21, 2014

Product Test & Review: Influenster TLC Vox Box

I received the products pictured above complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

As the Influenster TLC VoxBox campaign winds down, I wanted to take a moment and write a quick review of the products that I received. Those of you who follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook may have already seen pictures or posts regarding some of these products.

  • Neosporin Neo To Go!: $4.97-7.50
    Neo To Go! has proven itself as an invaluable product for my purse this summer. I've used it multiple times while out & about.  It provides portable infection protection plus pain relief.  I'm #NeoReady, are you?  
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences: $4.49-5.99
    With four amazing varieties to choose from, I don't think you can go wrong. Breyers and Influenster challenged me to create a perfect at home date night using Breyers Gelato Indulgences.  This concept was amusing to me. The product is priced a bit on the high side, and there is no way my kids would appreciate such a decadent, high quality product.  With that being said, this product did make a nice addition to an at home date night.  By the way, I chose Tiramisu flavor with my free coupon.  My local Woodman's carries all 4 flavors.  #GelatoLove
  • Ivory Bar Soap: $3.99 for a 10-pk
    Ivory bar soap is 99.44% pure and contains no dyes or heavy perfumes. Since this is the soap that my daughters use for their baths & showers, Ivory Bar Soap is not new to me. In fact, I am currently so stocked up on this product, that I decided to have some fun with my free bar of soap.  Check out our Ivory soap science experiment.   #SudLife
  • Puffs To Go: $.49 per single pack
    Like Ivory soap, I'm already a Puffs To Go user.  My free sample reminded me of how easy it is to pop a package in my purse or in my daughter's backpack. #PassThePuffs
  • AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother: $30
    Beauty products are always my favorite to receive for free.  Many (including this one) have higher price points, so it's a welcome treat not having to open my wallet to give one a whirl.  This product is a translucent balm that claims to instantly blur the look of wrinkles on the forehead and around eyes. The cream-to-powder skin perfector delivers a silky smooth virtually line-free look for your skin. Sadly, I was extremely disappointed with this product. I found that rather than smoothing my crow's feet, it made them more noticeable.  While overall this product gets decent reviews on Avon.com, there were several reviewers like myself who were let down. One disappointed reviewer suggested using this product as an eye shadow primer. I think I'm going to take her suggestion and re-purpose it for that. #AvonANEW
  • Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card: (free)
    A Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card was included as part of my #TLCVoxBox as well.  It's a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel.  In my neck of the woods, Road Ranger and Mobil rule the road, and Shell stations are few & far between.  Consequently, I have not had the opportunity to use my card.  However, I will hang onto it for future use. #FuelRewards

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I received my #TLCVoxBox for free as part of the Influenster community.  If this community sounds like the bee's knees to you, and you would like a referral (the easiest path to membership), shoot me an e-mail at RoscoeRamblings(at)gmail.com.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Subscribe to ALL YOU Magazine For Only $5!

Right now you can receive a 1 year subscription to All You Magazine for just $5! Click here to subscribe.

If you're unfamiliar with All You Magazine, I highly recommend it.  Each issue is filled with recipes, home keeping tips, exercise ideas, beauty tips and COUPONS!

Coupons? Yes, coupons! As an All You Reality Checker, I was able to preview their Get Ready For Summer special issue.  Here is a list of coupons that were included in this particular issue:
  1. Save $1 on any (2) Dial Kids Body + Hair Washes
  2. Save $1 on any (1) Tone Body Wash or Bath Bar (6-pk or larger)
  3. Save $1 on any Right Guard Xtreme Clear Product
  4. Save $1 on any Dry Idea StainClear Product
  5. Save $1 on any (2) Dial Bar Soaps
  6. Save $1 on any (2) Dial Body Washes
  7. Save $1 on any (1) Dial For Men Body Wash 
  8. Save $.50 on any (1) Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap
  9. Save $1 on any (2) Dial Body Washes or Dial Lotions
  10. Save $1 on any (3) Dial Liquid Hand Soaps
  11. Save $.50 on any (1) Soft Scrub 4-in-1 Toilet Care Product 
  12. Save $1 on any (1) Purex Crystals or Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets
  13. Save $1.50 on any (1) Dial Lotion 
  14. Buy 2, Get 1 FREE: Renuzit Adjustable Air Freshners
Coupons vary by issue, but as you can see, there were FOURTEEN included this time around!

As far as recipes go, I am looking forward to checking out this recipe for Tex-Mex Chicken Club Wraps in the near future.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Giveaway: (4) Coupons Redeemable For FREE Purex Products

I wanted to do a little something to thank my long time e-mail subscribers....I eluded to doing a giveaway specifically for my e-mail subscribers a few months ago, and I'm thrilled to be be launching that giveaway today!

This giveaway is simple.  In order to enter, all you have to do is follow me via Mail Chimp or Bloglovin'.  No comments, no Pinning on Pinterest, Facebook likes, etc.

One winner will the following coupons:

(2) Coupons each redeemable for a FREE bottle of Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent
(2) Coupons each redeemable for a FREE box of Purex Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets

All coupons expire 12/31/2014
US Only.

Enter below using Giveaway Tools.

GOOD LUCK! And thanks for subscribing to e-mail updates from Roscoe Ramblings!

Organic, Natural, & Better-For-You Coupon Roundup

Here are the current printable coupons for organic, natural, gluten free & better-for-you items:

$0.55 off Horizon Snack Crackers or Grahams

$0.55 off off any One (1) Horizon™ Mac & Cheese

$1.00 off any Schar Gluten-Free Product

$2.00 off on one (1) 4 pack of Svelte organic

$1.00 off any TWO Kashi GOLEAN Cereals

$.50 Park's Finest Frankfurters From Ball Park

I scored a great deal on some Park's Finest Frankfurters from Ball Park over the weekend that I wanted to share with you.  Note that I was not able to find these at my local Target, but my local Walmart had all of the flavors in stock.

Regular Price: $3.50

  • Buy 1, receive a $1.50 rebate from Ibotta
  • Buy 1, receive a $1.50 rebate from Shopmium (Register with code GYHCUFQN)
Final price after both rebate are received: $.50 + tax. 

Ibotta and Shopmium are both apps that allow you to earn money back after buying specified products and snapping a photo of your receipt showing said product.  Although the number of offers with Shopmium is limited, you can use it at any store, and there is no minimum you have to have in your account before cashing out.  I receive my Shopmium rebate payments via Paypal and payment usually happens within a few days.

Helpful hint: Does your spouse have his/her own smartphone? My husband does and he is now a proud Ibotta and Shopmium user.  If there's a can't miss offer that we both have on our accounts, we are both able to scoop it up.  I always do two separate transactions to keep things straight.  Sometimes he even receives better offers than what I have!  We each have our own Paypal accounts, so payments are kept separate as well. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday's Mention: L.L. Bean

Mondays tend to have a negative connotation...It's the beginning of a new work week for many, and it tends to be hectic and crazy for others.  The Bangles even wrote a song about it - Manic Monday.

I had an outstanding customer service experience earlier today (Monday), that I feel compelled to write about. I'm even going to attempt to turn it into a regular blog series.  I want this series to be off the cuff. None of the content will be sponsored in any way.  Just my honest thoughts. It will be like you and I having a conversation over a cup of coffee. I'm a fan of alliteration, so I'm calling this series Monday's Mention.

Here's my story....

While I consider myself to be a frugal individual, I have no qualms about paying a little extra for a high quality product.  If I know I can spend a few more dollars for a higher quality item and get a longer life out of it, I'm going to do so.  When my 9-year old started preschool as a 3-year old, she needed a backpack. Obviously she wasn't going to be lugging books around, but she needed it for daily projects, notes to go home, etc.  I decided to splurge on a Junior Original Book Pack from L.L. Bean.  The current price is just under $25, and I would say that I paid a similar price all the way back in 2008.

I'm pleased to say that not only did the backpack last through two years of preschool and a year of Kindergarten for my oldest daughter, but it also lasted through two years of preschool and a year of Kindergarten for my youngest daughter!  That's six years of school.  The only reason I 'retired' it was because each of my daughters had outgrown it size-wise. Wondering what kind of shape it's in after 6 years? Take a look:

It's in great condition!

With my youngest daughter heading to 1st grade in the fall, I've been on the lookout this summer for a deal on the next size up backpack.  My older daughter transitioned into an L.L. Bean Deluxe Book Pack, (that has survived 3 grades & counting) so in order to keep things fair, my goal was to find the best price on one for my youngest.

I received an e-mail that the Deluxe Book Packs were on sale for 25% off, making them $29.96. In addition, I had a code for free shipping.  I didn't think I was going to find a better price, so I pulled the trigger and ordered.

But then....Later today when I got my mail, I discovered that I had received the latest L.L. Bean catalog. The price on the Deluxe Book Pack was the same, and I also had a code for free shipping.  BUT, in addition, I also had a code for $10 off my order.  Face palm.  If only I had waited an hour to order....I could have saved an additional $10.

I decided to pick up the phone and plead my case to L.L. Bean and see if they would honor the additional $10 off code.  Did you know that when you call L.L. Bean, you don't get any automated recordings? My call was answered on the 2nd or 3rd ring by an actual human!  I didn't have to do much pleading, because he was able to quickly apply my $10 off code.  By the time our call ended, I had already received an updated invoice via e-mail.  Now, that is what I call outstanding customer service.

After tax I ended up paying around $21 for my daughter's backpack.  Could I have purchased one at Target or Walmart for less? Sure.  My past experience with L.L. Bean makes me confident that her new backpack will last her for more than just one school year.  I firmly believe that while it's nice to find a dirt cheap bargain, it's even nicer to find a sale on a high quality, long lasting item.  As an added bonus, I didn't even have to leave my house to shop.

Giveaway: Vera Bradley Campus Backpacks

Enter to win 1 of 95 Vera Bradley Campus Backpacks. These are valued at $109.  Definitely not a backpack you'd let your Kindergartener use for school!  Winners can choose from the following colors: Pink Swirls, Ziggy Zinnia, or African Violet. 

Act quickly - this giveaway closes on 7/9, and the winners will be chosen on 7/10 and notified via e-mail.  I'd love for a Roscoe Ramblings reader to win. 

Enter to win here.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Frozen Is Coming To Zulily!

Heads up Frozen fans! Winter is arriving a little early because Frozen is hitting Zulily tomorrow! The fun starts 7/7 at 6 am PT.  I don't know what sort of merchandise they'll have this time around, but in the past they've had apparel, books, decor, and much more.

Not a Zulily member yet? Get signed up today, and save yourself some time tomorrow!

Shutterfly 4th Of July Sale


In addition to saving 40% on selected items, 

Hurry, 101 free prints is only good through Tuesday, July 8th! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What Happens When You Microwave A Bar Of Ivory Soap?

Both of my daughters are really into the magic of Harry Potter.  I've lost track of the number of times they've tried to cast a spell on me this summer.  Today I decided to show them some magic of my own!

I'm a member of the Influenster community. One of the many goodies I received (for free) in my latest Influentser T.L.C. VoxBox was a bar of Ivory soap.  As part of the campaign, I was encouraged to use the soap in a fun or unique way.  One of the most popular uses I found via Pinterest and Google was to microwave it.  

Microwave it?!? Apparently I've been living under a rock for the past 35 years, because I had no clue that you could safely microwave a bar of Ivory soap.  I decided to give it a shot.  Here's how it played out (in pictures).

Here is the bar of soap I received:

I placed it on a microwave safe plate (one of our dinner plates, to be exact), and microwaved it for 1:30. Here is a shot of my lab assistants keeping a watchful eye on the magic: 

As a side note, the inside of my microwave door is disgusting, huh?  Seeing this picture has made me add 'Clean the Microwave' to my never ending To Do List. 

Here is the result of my Microwave Magic.  My bar of Ivory soap expanded and turned in to a flaky Ivory Cloud.  

My girls took their cloud outside and proceeded to have a 'snowball fight'.  Here is my youngest daughter's portion.  It's pretty windy here today, so their snowball fight did not last long.  They're already asking when we can microwave another bar of Ivory soap.  

Important Info:  

This experiment is super easy to conduct, but there are a few important things worth noting.  My apologies if I sound like Captain Obvious.  
  • Make sure you're using IVORY bar soap.  Any other soap will not have the same result.  
  • Do not leave your microwave unattended when microwaving your soap.
  • Be careful - the plate and the soap stayed hot for about a minute after we removed it from the microwave.  
  • As always, no metal in the microwave. 
Random Notes: 

If you think this experiment sounds like fun, but you don't have any Ivory soap on hand, here is a coupon to save you some money.  Be sure to print it ASAP before it disappears.

$0.25 off ONE Ivory 12 oz Body Wash or 3 Bar

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I received my bar of Ivory soap free as part of the Influenster community.  If this community sounds like the bee's knees to you, and you would like a referral (the easiest path to membership), shoot me an e-mail at RoscoeRamblings(at)gmail.com.