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Those pesky mosquitoes will be coming out soon  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Mosquito Magnet. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here in Maryland, since we're so close to the Chesapeake Bay, the mosquitoes can be pretty bad - from Spring to Summer - watch out! (I'm not looking forward to it at all!)

One time of year when I really notice them is 4th of July and that's because we're out all day enjoying a carnival that comes in town, and the town where the fireworks are held is right on the water. At night, you get so bit up that it will drive you crazy!

I stumbled on a mosquito magnet review and was thinking that would be the perfect product to have - especially since Lyme disease is also pretty high in our area. I even know a couple of people who have it, so it's not far from my mind in the warm months! We've even had West Nile here and they've sprayed for mosquitoes quite regularly each year for a long time! And since I'm pretty paranoid, I'd rather stay in than risk getting either of those nasty diseases!

Everyone who posted a review on the mosquito magnet sung it's praises so I'm sure it's something I am going to have to look into further. I'm not one who likes to get bitten up by mosquitoes and I must be really sweet because I always have tons of bite marks on me! I would be more likely to hang out outside and go camping and hiking if I had a product like this.

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A Simple Kinda Life Community - looking for members and input  

I created a Community here on the BlogFrog Platform. So far, I have a fair amount of members, but not much interaction. Please think about joining, and while you're here, post to me in the comments what types of things you're looking to discuss. My interests vary - from books to technology - and I'm here to help any of you. You can easily join the BlogFrog Network and participate in the forum with just a Yahoo! ID. It's that simple!

Check it out... (Right sidebar, you'll see the widget)

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Wild animals are sometimes a nuisance  

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Woodstream. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wild animals can be a nuisance, getting in your trash, eating your birdseed, and even sneaking into your garden to eat your fruits and vegetables. I haven't personally had a problems with wild animals in years, mostly because I don't live in a rural area. (Or is it maybe because I just don't notice?) Either way, if I were to have problems with wild animals such as raccoons getting into my trash, first of all I'd have to call my local humane society to see what I should do. I don't know if they would recommend trapping it or if they would send someone to get it. I would definitely want the animal to be treated fairly and humanely, because when I was growing up my parents had neighbors who had two pet raccoons and I used to be around them quite often.

I imagine that if the Humane Society recommended that I should trap the animal and release it later, I would use a Havahart Easy Set Small Animal Trap or a Havahart Easy Set Large Animal Trap, after looking up Animal Trapping Tips, because I honestly have no clue!

To be honest, I don't want anything to happen to any animals so trapping them and relocating them to a more suitable area would be the best course of action. The Easy Set Small and Large Animal Traps are the safest that I've seen - there's a barrier between where I would be and the animal, so that would make me feel more secure. These traps are perfect for first time trappers such as myself, and are easy to use.

Visit my sponsor: Havahart - Yep! A Brand With a Big Heart!

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Twilight Saga: Eclipse (trailer embedded)  

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I started reading the Twilight Saga the week before last. I just started reading Eclipse last night and I happened upon the trailer just a minute ago. I'm PSYCHED for this movie, especially now! Check it out!

Are you ready?!

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FREE 60 day membership to BJ's Wholesale Clubs  

I opened my Kraft Foods email just now and at the very bottom of the email was a link for a FREE 60 day membership to BJ's Wholesale Clubs. This is a great way to try out BJ's before you commit!

That's why I always open just about EVERY email I get - you never know what you'll find in there!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing this with my readers.

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Today is 31 cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins  

Remember, tonight is 31 cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins! What a great (and cheap!) way to get a treat for you and your family! Find your local Baskin Robbins here.  

Bring your friends and your camera to 31 Cent Scoop Night™ tonight at Baskin-Robbins®. Join us as we honor America's firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.™

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing this with my readers.

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Wordless Wednesday - 4/28/10 edition  

About a month or so ago, we had a bit of rain here in Maryland, and I was driving back home, I was in awe of the sky and snapped a few photos of it. I just love how these photos came out!  

Link up your Wordless Wednesday for us all to see!


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My experience with glasses  

When I was in the seventh grade, I had to go get eyeglasses. I don't remember if it was because of a test the school had done, headaches, or what, but I remember distinctly that my mother made an appointment for me at a local department store that had affordable eyeglasses, but it was not a memorable experience for me.

The prescription glasses that my mother picked out for me (made me pick) were the most hideous glasses that I had ever seen. Anyone that knows me knows that I have a rosy complexion. Why my mother chose rose-tinted glasses with rose frames for me, I'll never understand. In my previous experiences, I knew it was better to say that I liked something she chose for me rather than deal with the disapproving looks and disappointment. For the whole time that I had those glasses, I hated them. The lenses were HUGE! I always felt like everyone was staring at me, and I got the classic "Four Eyes" putdowns that I think every kid who wears glasses gets.

As I've gotten older, the glasses I've chosen have been less conspicuous and flatter my face rather than make me look like a big dork. I prefer smaller lenses, with wire rims, and I think they work well for me and my face shape. I shy away from tinted lenses but recently have gotten the glasses that get darker when you go outside.

Prescription eyeglasses can be hard to find but if you look hard enough and ask your ophthalmologist for their opinion, I'm sure you can find the type of glasses that match your face, just like I have!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all of the opinions expressed above are my own.


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Seeking Mother's Day Gift Guide sponsors  

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm currently seeking sponsors for a Mother's Day Gift Guide here at A Simple Kinda Life. If you're interested in providing products and/or hosting giveaways for the Moms who read my blog, please email me!

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Rite Aid Launches Free wellness+ Customer Rewards Program Nationwide  

Rite Aid Launches Free wellness+ Customer Rewards Program Nationwide

Offering Health and Wellness Benefits and Member-Only Discounts
Drugstore Industry’s Only Customer Rewards Program Focused Around Pharmacy and Wellness
Offers Immediate Everyday Benefits Including 24/7 Toll-Free Access to a Pharmacist
Customers Accrue Points with Eligible Rite Aid Pharmacy and Store Purchases
To Get Free Health Screenings and Additional Merchandise Discounts
Top Tier Members Earn 20 Percent Off Non-Prescription Regularly Priced Merchandise Every Day
CAMP HILL, PA (April 19, 2010) – Rite Aid customers and patients nationwide now can sign up for Rite Aid’s new wellness+ customer rewards program that provides members with free health and wellness benefits, as well as shopping discounts and special prices. The program will be supported by a national television, radio, circular and digital advertising campaign.
The free Rite Aid wellness+ rewards card offers immediate everyday benefits including 24/7 toll-free access to a pharmacist and 10 percent off Rite Aid brand products. Member-only discounts are listed each week in Rite Aid's weekly newspaper circulars, and there are special member-only temporary price reductions and offers on register receipts, via e-mail and online.
Members accrue points with eligible pharmacy and store purchases to get free health screenings and additional merchandise discounts including 20 percent off non-prescription regularly priced items every day. Members' wellness+ points are tracked automatically, and a tiered benefits structure combines health and wellness rewards with savings rewards.
Customers can sign up for the new Rite Aid wellness+ rewards card, which requires no membership fee, at any of Rite Aid's nearly 4,800 stores and get a card to use immediately. They also can sign up online at and print a temporary card for immediate use. A coupon for $5 off the member's next $25 purchase is available when members set up their wellness+ account online at, which allows them to manage their benefits including how many points they have accrued.
Customers also can call 1-800-RITEAID to apply for the wellness+ program, and the account will be activated in 24 hours. Once the card is activated, members can use their phone number at the store to obtain the immediate 10 percent discount on Rite Aid brand products and other special price reductions until they receive their wellness+ card in the mail.
Members receive both a wallet-sized wellness+ membership card and smaller version for their key chains. They can always use their phone number at any Rite Aid store if they forget their card.
Family members 13 years of age and older can sign up for separate wellness+ accounts if they want to accrue individual points toward the free health screenings.
One of the program’s key benefits is 24/7 toll-free access to a pharmacist, simply by calling 1-800-RITEAID. This toll-free number can be called at any time to ask simple questions about anything – medication interactions, diabetes care or even allergies, which are particularly bad right now for many people and are the focus of Rite Aid's health and wellness program in April and May.
"Our customers told us they wanted a program that offered more than just discounts. The wellness+ program
marries our customers' fiscal and physical well-being, and we reward them with both member-only shopping discounts and health and wellness benefits that increase the more they shop and the more prescriptions they fill at Rite Aid," said John Learish, Rite Aid Senior Vice President, Marketing. "We've tested this program in four markets over the last six months, and results exceeded our expectations. This is the drugstore industry’s only customer rewards program focused around pharmacy and wellness."
Members earn one point for every dollar spent on non-prescription store purchases and 25 points for every eligible prescription they fill at Rite Aid. (Prescriptions paid for in whole or in part by state or federal healthcare programs such as Medicare or Medicaid and prescriptions filled in New York and New Jersey are not eligible by law for accrual of points.)
At 125, 250 and 375 points, members will receive a one-time-use shopping pass via e-mail or mail good for
10 percent off any non-prescription regularly priced purchases.
When customers earn 500 points, they’ll receive 10 percent off all non-prescription regularly priced items every day at Rite Aid. They’ll also get a certificate for free health screenings – blood glucose and total cholesterol screenings at a local lab – and they can pick up their test results at their local Rite Aid.
When members earn 1,000 points, they’ll receive 20 percent off all non-prescription regularly priced Rite Aid purchases every day.
Program rules can be found in-store and at, including purchases that are excluded from point accrual and discounts such as cigarettes, alcohol, gift cards, online purchases, lottery tickets, licenses, money orders and transfers, prepaid cards, stamps, other mail services and items prohibited by law.
Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,800 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia with fiscal 2010 annual sales of more than $25.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through Rite Aid’s Web site at

Here's some links you may find helpful in relation to this subject:

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing this information with my readers.


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She Colors My Day project  

The She Colors My Day project began when a mother named Annette, dying of breast cancer, created a keepsake for the four daughters she was preparing to leave behind. Annette sent a c.d. of she and her daughters singing to her many friends and family. Unbeknown to Annette, her act of love would be the inspiration for her friend, Cristina Carlino, founder of Project Miracle, to ignite the She Colors My Day movement - a celebration of the never-ending bonds of mothers and daughters. The now worldwide She Colors My Day movement embarks upon a global journey to create for a cure. Inspired by a mother's infinite love, this ever widening circle of caring will benefit the Susan G. Komen for a Cure ® Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's /Women's Cancer Research Group biomarker project. Hear the story in Cristina's own words here.
So how can you get involved?
  • Color With Us- We can start by taking the first steps to coloring someone else's day through a platform we all know well- Facebook.  The She Colors My Day pink crayon is a Facebook application created to be shared with those we love. The pink crayon can be virtually passed around on Facebook so we can all help to create for a cure.
  • Sing Along- The "She Colors My Day" song co-written by Cristina Carlino and Stuart Mathis for Cristina's daughter has been recorded by multi-Grammy award winner, Amy Grant. Download the "She Colors My Day Song" and video and help to support this organization. A portion of net proceeds from the song supports the She Colors My Day project, benefiting Susan G. Komen for a Cure ® Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's/Women's Cancer Research Group.
There will be a Twitter party for this on May 10th - more details to come! For now, won't you color with me?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing this information with my readers.


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The Babies are Coming - Celebrate and Nourish with YoBaby!  

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Babies are Coming - Celebrate and Nourish with YoBaby!

YoBaby is celebrating babies everywhere and helping nourish local communities with some very special events and they want us to join them!
On Saturday, May 1 (and Wed. May 5 in some locations), YoBaby will be sharing samples of YoBaby Meals in select Whole Foods Market locations. We’ll also be giving away coupons good for free YoBaby products and FREE TICKETS to an advance screening of BABIES – a new documentary film opening Mother’s Day weekend.
View the trailer here:
YoBaby is helping nourish local communities too. You can join us in the Stonyfield & Whole Foods Market Nourishing Communities Contest by bringing a non-perishable food donation to the sampling. You’ll receive a coupon good for more FREE YoBaby Yogurt to take home, and your food donation will help your local Whole Foods win a grant from Stonyfield Farm to support a local-food based charity of their choosing.

By helping nourish others in your community, you get free yogurt and the opportunity to get free tickets to this special screening of the movie BABIES before it opens in theatres.

To find a participating Whole Foods Market location near you, visit
Plus, become a Fan of our YoBaby Facebook Page for additional opportunities for screening tickets and the announcement of our Nourishing Communities winners! 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing the above information.


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Pine-Sol "Making A Powerful Difference"™ Facebook application  

Pine-Sol®'s Powerful Difference™ program awards dozens of grants to women leading the charge for change and helps provides tools, resources and inspiration to help and encourage others to start championing and creating change in their own communities.

Pine-Sol® recently launched the Powerful Difference™ Facebook Page at, allowing fans to connect with and get inspired by other difference makers.  There, you'll find an easy-to-use Facebook application which allows you to display on your Wall the five women who have made a powerful difference in your life, helping inspire others to do the same.  Honor someone you know today at  You can also learn more about the program and get ideas on how to take action by visiting

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.


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Giant/Stop & Shop and General Mills promotion: Stock up and win a 2010 eco-friendly Hybrid car (giveaway)  

From April 16-29, buy 5 participating General Mills items with your Stop & Shop/Giant card, use a re-useable shopping bag and you’ll be automatically entered to win a 2010 eco-friendly hybrid car. There are two different sets of participating General Mills items for each week of the promotion. Please see below for the participating brands.

You can also enter without making a purchase by completing an official entry form at your local Stop & Shop/Giant store.

This promotion is open to residents of MA, RI, CT, NH, NJ, NY, MD, DE, VA or DC and individuals at least 18 years old. For details about the sweepstakes, see in-store for complete rules. 

Participating products:

Week 2, April 23-29
Cascadian Farms Cereal
Green Giant Vegetables
Nature Valley Crunchy or Sweet & Salty Granola Bars
Green Giant Boxed Vegetables or Prepared Vegetables, Simple Steam Seasoned Vegetables or Rices
Green Giant Wanchai Ferry Entrees
Yoplait Frozen Smoothies
Totino's Pizza Rolls
Pillsbury Savorings
Fiber One Muffins
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls
Yoplait Greek Style Yogurt
Yoplait Kid Multi Pack
Cheerios 14 Oz
Cocoa Puffs 16.5 Oz
Honey Nut Cheerios 17 Oz
Lucky Charms 16 oz
Multigrain Cheerios 12.8 Oz
Reeses Peanut Butter Puffs 18 Oz 


MyBlogSpark wants to give one of you a $20 Gift Card to Stop & Shop/Giant. To enter, tell me what items you'd stock up on for your entry to win the hybrid car?

For extra entries, please view my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10. 

This giveaway will end on Thursday, 4/29/10.
Disclaimer: General Mills and Giant provided me with a $20 gift card to Giant, information above, and additional gift card to giveaway through MyBlogSparkTM.The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.


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I'm a Buzzmama  

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I've been accepted as a Buzzmama! "What's a Buzzmama?" you say? 
Buzzmama is a new program from Mabel's Labels! Basically, I talk about Mabel's 
Labels to my friends, family, other moms, playgroup members, and whomever else 
I feel like! I have pamphlets and coupons that I can pass out to anyone who 
is interested, and I get free stuff from Mabel's just for talking (buzzing!) 
about them! 
I just received my Welcome Kit a few days ago and I LOVE it! I received the 
following items:

  • Baby-sitter note pads

  • Grocery lists

  • Post-it notes

  • Pens

  • A Reusable cloth grocery bag 

  • A Coupon booklet that I pass along to all of the people I buzz! 
Cool huh?!
Disclaimer: As stated above, I am part of a program through Mabel's Labels called "Buzzmama" and I receive free products in exchange for spreading the word about their products.


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Free Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Tote Bag  

Buy any two Scotch-Brite greener clean products and you can get a free Greener Clean tote bag, with rebate form. See the post at Frugal Shopping with Julie for more information.

Thanks Julie!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing this with my readers.

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Links to this post Email this post Mother's Day Contest is running a Mother's Day contest starting today!

Enter to win a fabulous spa weekend getaway on the Facebook Fan Page. Celebrate Mother's Day by sharing the moments that make moms happy--submit your videos and photos and then get your friends to vote for you to win two nights at a spa and other great prizes!

Submissions from 4/26-5/9; Voting period from 5/10-5/16; Winner announced on 5/17.

Good luck!


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing this contest with my readers.


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Latest winners at A Simple Kinda Life  

The latest winners have been chosen for giveaways ending in the last few days. Here's the results:

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Giveaway - two winners:

#10: photoquest
I would love to try the bacon wrapped fish kabobs!!! sounds delish!!!

#1: Anonymous

I would like to try the corned beef cheese ball recipe. The sauce looks really good.

The winner of the DOLE fruit coupons giveaway is:

#21: Sarah

I added your button to my blog.

The Fresh Express Salad contest ended on the 23rd also but is being administered by a Third Party. Winners will be announced soon.

More giveaways and winners to be posted soon! Thanks for coming back!

Thanks to the sponsors for providing items for review and prizes for my readers!


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Vaseline MEN Tweet up TODAY 4/25/10 (7 pm EST)  

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today at 7 pm (EST) until 8 pm (EST), join  Michael Strahan and Vaseline® MEN lotion this Sunday after the NFL Draft for a Vaseline® MEN Tweet Up, to celebrate the launch of the brand’s new cooling hydration body lotion, designed specifically for men. Participants will have a chance to win autographed footballs and product!

On Twitter, Michael will be talking about the draft and give some analysis to what he expects in the upcoming NFL season.  It’s a great opportunity to have a Q&A with Michael. We will also be talking to men about quick and easy ways to work out and stay healthy.  Vaseline® MEN cooling hydration body lotion is a quick and easy way to take care of your skin every day.

Vaseline® MEN lotions are a line of non-greasy, quick-absorbing body and face lotions that fortify men’s skin.   Vaseline® MEN is designed specifically for men and creates stronger skin.  The stronger your skin is, the healthier you are.   And all it takes is 15 seconds a day!

·         Date:  This Sunday, April 25
·         Time:  7 pm – 8 pm EST. 
·         Where:  On Twitter, comment on the #VaselineMEN hashtag
·         Who: The teams at Vaseline® (@VaselineBrand), Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) and RocketXL (@rocket_XL) will be joining the conversation.
·         What:  Tell us about your skin care routine and what you can do in 15 seconds or less
·         Chance to win prizes as a participant in the #VaselineMEN conversation:
o   The first 30 participants in the Tweet Up will receive a bottle of the new Vaseline® MEN lotion (value $5.99)
o   Every 20 minutes we’ll also randomly select a participant to win an autographed football by Michael Strahan (value $100)

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing the details of this TweetUp with my readers.


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Submit it Sunday - 4/25/10 edition  

Welcome to the 4/25/10 Edition of Submit it Sunday!

Link up your giveaways for all of us to enter!

Please remember to include the END DATE so when I update this weekly list, I can easily decipher which ones to delete!

Happy Sunday!


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Giveaway: EcoSMART natural bug spray  

Friday, April 23, 2010

A few days ago, I posted a review on EcoSMART and their natural bug spray and organic weed killer. In conjunction with that review, EcoSMART would like to give away a bundle of your choice to one lucky reader!

To enter to win, head over to EcoSMART and check out their value bundles, then come back here and tell me which bundle you would like to win! (Required entry)

For extra entries, please view my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10. (*Remember, you can easily share this giveaway on Twitter and on Facebook via the "Add This" button below)

This giveaway is open to all continental US residents and will end on  May 7th, 2010.

Thanks for entering, and good luck!

Disclaimer: I was sent the products named in my EcoSMART review to review. The opinions expressed in that review are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.

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Review: EcoSMART Organic Bug Control  

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'm on a quest to reduce my carbon footprint. I have been recycling cans for years, and recently started recycling plastics in the neighborhood where I live, and I've recycled paper and magazines for years also. I've also begun switching to non-toxic cleaners.

EcoSMART contacted me recently to do a review and a giveaway of their organic bug control products. I figured since I'm already making small changes (as stated above), why not go one step further and use organic items for controlling bugs and weeds?

About EcoSMART:

EcoSMART has been issued 40 U.S. patents and 55 foreign patents, with multiple applications pending. The Company has 20 product formulations that are exempt from EPA registration under the rules defined in the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act. Under these rules, EcoSMART’s EPA exempt products can make unique, explicit safety claims not allowed with traditional pesticides. These safety claims enable EcoSMART to clearly distinguish itself from conventional, synthetic products.

EcoSMART’s patented technology is based on the natural defenses that plants and trees use for their self protection against insects and pathogens – essential oils. After over a decade of research, EcoSMART had developed revolutionary and proprietary combinations of efficacious insecticidal plant oils that offer viable botanical-based alternatives to conventional pesticides.

Why EcoSMART’s Patented Botanical Products Are A Better Choice :

  • Unique and Patented Mode-of-Action
  • Unprecedented Margin of Safety
  • Extremely Effective Against a Broad Spectrum of Insect Pests
  • Cost Effective and Easy-To-Use Versus Conventional Products
  • Performance Comparable to Conventional Products
  • Perfect Fit For All IPM and “Green” Programs
  • No Known Pest Resistance Issues
  • Unique Mode-of-Action
  • Targets Insects: Not People or the Environment

The Octopamine Blocker

Octopamine is a key neurotransmitter found in invertebrates (i.e. insects). Octopamine is the insect’s equivalent to adrenaline. It regulates their heart rate, movement, behavior and metabolism. This unique molecular structure in EcoSMART Botanicals™ targets and blocks the Octopamine neurotransmitter receptors in insects. Blocking Octopamine results in a total breakdown of the insect’s central nervous system. Mammals, birds and fish do not have receptors for Octopamine, so EcoSMART Botanical Oils have no adverse effect on them. The molecular structure of the EcoSMART’s Botanical Oils target and block the Octopamine receptor site in insects.

My thoughts:

EcoSMART sent me the Safe Lawn and Outdoor Bundle which includes the following items:

Weed and Grass Killer (24 oz spray bottle)
Wasp and Hornet Killer (14 oz can)
Lawn Insect Killer (32 oz hose end)
Insect Repellent (6 oz bottle)

So far, I've used the Weed and Grass Killer, the Wasp and Hornet Killer, and the Lawn Insect Killer. I haven't gotten to use the all natural insect repellant yet, but with Football season coming up soon, I'm sure I'll be using that in no time flat!

I've use the Weed and Grass Killer in the driveway and the sidewalk to remove weeds from the cracks (you know how they always creep into those spots!), and one day I came home to find an ant infestation! They were hanging out in the kitchen like they ran the joint! I quickly went outside and sprayed the perimeter of the house with the Lawn Insect Killer, and I haven't seen any ants since! Now, the bees - oh the bees - they're the worst! We have this bush right next to the sidewalk that they love! My daughter is TERRIFIED of bees, so I figured I'd try out the spray. One evening I went out and found the nest and sprayed it up. Luckily I followed the directions (only use in early morning or late evening) or I would have gotten stung! I haven't seen those buggers around since either!

I'm impressed with these products - how well they work and the lack of chemical smell! I hope the Insect Repellant works as well as the rest of the products I tried!

Be sure to check out the EcoSMART blog, where they have an Everyday Giveaway that you can win just by commenting on an article!

Disclaimer: I was sent the products named above to review. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.

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BBC Earth offers free Planet Earth Episode download on iTunes  

In celebration of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, the beloved and award-winning BBC Earth series Planet Earth is now available on iTunes with a special, one-time free episode download (“Pole to Pole”) from April 12 – 26, 2010.


This jaw-dropping, 11-part series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit presents the epic story of life on Earth. Series producer Alastair Fothergill and his team spent four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries to capture the ultimate portrait of our planet. It has garnered legions of fans and universal critical acclaim with Oprah Magazine saying “It is the most beautiful, wondrous and truly majestic series - the best thing I’ve ever seen on TV.” Using a budget of unprecedented proportions and captured on HD cameras, Planet Earth is among the highest rated and best selling HD programs ever made. It offers stunning visuals perfect for any HD television or HD handheld device like the Apple iPad which launched on April 3rd.

The BBC Natural History Unit has been producing extraordinary programming for over 50 years, and continues to take viewers to new and exciting parts of our Earth. Planet Earth, a BBC/Discovery co-production, aired on the Discovery Channel in 2007. It is the must-see precursor to the highly anticipated BBC nature series Life, currently airing on the Discovery Channel and releasing on DVD June 1, 2010 from BBC Video.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for posting this for my readers.

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Review and Giveaway: Smelly Washer  

I'm sure that if you're a mom like me, you've had your fair share of mildewed clothes and towels! It seems that kids just don't get it when you tell them what happens when they leave wet clothes lying around, right?

It really bugs me when I go to use a towel and it smells like mildew! It gets in my hair and seems to stick to my body!

That's why I was glad when Smelly Washer asked me to do a review of their all-natural product. I know that all of my towels are not white, so I can't always bleach my towels to get rid of the smell!

Do you have a Stinky Washing Machine? Not only does Smelly Washer get rid of mildew, odor, and fungus in clothing - it is also a washing machine cleaner that rids your washing machine of the same nasty odors and mildew! You can use Smelly Washer in standard top-load washing machines as well as High Efficiency Washing Machines. Smelly Washer is also safe for use in Septic Systems!

Here's a video that you can view to learn more about Smelly Washer:

My thoughts:

I used Smelly Washer as soon as I got it, on a load of towels. It worked great! The towels came out smelling FRESH and thankfully, didn't have the mildew smell anymore! I used Smelly Washer in my High Efficiency washing machine and had no problems at all! I'll definitely be using this product anytime my kids leave wet clothes somewhere (especially this summer!)


The folks at Smelly Washer want to give you a bottle to try out for yourself!

To enter to win, please visit Smelly Washer's homepage and tell me one thing you learned or one thing you like about the product. (Required entry)

For extra entry options, please view my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10. (*Remember, you can easily share this giveaway on Twitter with the "Share" button at the bottom of this post!)

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada and will end on May 5th, 2010. Winner will be announced here and will be emailed, so please be sure to leave your email address in your comment!

Thanks for entering, and good luck!

Disclaimer: I was sent the product named above to review. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.

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Angie Marion Interview at Murray Newlands  

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I should have posted about this a LONG time ago, but I didn't. Gee, what was I thinking?! As someone who is reading about SEO and studying it, I should have done so! *kicks self!*

Back in December, I was interviewed by Connie Foggles, a product review writer, who works with Murray Newlands. Murray Newlands is a marketing blog, who also helps with Social Media Marketing and Blogger Outreach.

I invite you to read my interview: Angie Marion - A Simple Kinda Life Blogger Interview.


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Giveaway: Tiny Prints Greetings and a Twitter party  

Tiny Prints has a new service - Tiny Prints Greetings - greeting cards that allows you to personalize your favorite card and have sent to you in just a few clicks!

Here's a press release on Tiny Prints' new service:

Tiny Prints Greetings Makes it Easier than Ever to Be Thoughtful

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA —April 12, 2010—Tiny Prints (, a leading online retailer of premium, personalized stationery, announces today that it is expanding its highly successful product and service line with the launch of Tiny Prints Greetings, a new line of stylish printed greeting cards users can personalize, schedule and send online. The new service combines the power of Tiny Prints proprietary web technology with the trendsetting design sensibility the brand has always delivered.

Tiny Prints Greetings seeks to preserve and enhance the delight of sending and receiving greeting cards in the mail by revolutionizing the age-old practice with modern technology. Key benefits of the new service include:

§  Personalized Greeting Cards: Users will find the vast selection of stylish and creative designs that they have come to expect from Tiny Prints, only now they can also match their favorite designs with one of the thousands of verses from a library of options. Plus, since every aspect of a card can be personalized, users have the option to easily include a recipient’s name, edit the verse and upload photos to truly personalize their cards to express their exact sentiments. As a result, no two Tiny Prints cards will ever look exactly the same.

§  A Better Way to Shop:  Not only can users easily personalize their cards online, they can address the envelope, add a stamp and pay for the card with just a few clicks. Customers have the option of sending cards to themselves to sign or save even more time by having Tiny Prints mail their cards directly to recipients. The end-to-end process can be completed in minutes, and all cards can ship within 24 hours.

§  Enhanced Convenience: For those who wish to avoid a mad dash to the store right before a special occasion, the service even allows users to set up automatic event reminders for birthdays, Mother’s Day, anniversaries and other occasions. Users can even schedule a queue of personalized greeting cards to be sent automatically up to a year in advance.

“The innovation made possible by Tiny Prints Greetings will help us further realize our vision of enhancing intimate human connections through the tradition of sending paper greetings,” said Ed Han, CEO of Tiny Prints. “By combining our design strength with user-friendly web technology, we hope to make sending greeting cards much more thoughtful and less time consuming for the next generation.”

For this convenient service with a personalized touch, users can pay per greeting card or sign up for a membership plan to enjoy special pricing on every card they send, starting as low as $1.99 each. As an added bonus for the launch, the company is waiving the first year's membership fee and offering the first three greeting cards absolutely free of charge when customers sign up.

Six years ago, Tiny Prints set out to create a more thoughtful world by enhancing the tradition of receiving high quality stationery in the mail. With the introduction of Tiny Prints Greetings, the company is making it easier than ever to reach out on special birthdays, holidays or even just to say hello. Combining the convenience of online shopping and advance scheduling, Tiny Prints Greetings will help you never miss an important occasion again. Visit for more information.

About Tiny Prints
Tiny Prints, Inc. is a web-based company comprised of two brands offering premium, personalized stationery, Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas. Tiny Prints provides simple, modern and unique stationery from photo cards to personalized greeting cards to thank you cards and business cards. Offering exclusive designs from the nation's top designers, easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality, their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities.

Join Tiny Prints and get THREE FREE cards just for signing up for one of their membership plans! Also note that the first year's membership fee is WAIVED!

Be sure to also join us for a Tiny Prints Twitter party this Friday, April 23rd, at 9 pm. The RSVP will be up soon at (When I have this information, I will update this post with the exact URL!) 


Tiny Prints would like to give one of my readers 25 FREE greeting cards! 

To enter, visit Tiny Prints and pick out your favorite card, then come back here and tell me which one you would choose!

For extra entries, in addition to the ones stated in my giveaway rules (URL below), you can follow TinyPrints on Twitter and fan Tiny Prints on Facebook.

The rest of my extra entries can be found in my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10.

This giveaway will end on May 2, 2010. Winner will be announced here and will be emailed, so please be sure to leave your email address in your comment!

Thanks for stopping by, and Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I am being given 15 cards from Tiny Prints to facilitate in this review. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.

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The Twilight Series  

Awhile back, when I was shopping at TJ Maxx with the boyfriend, I stumbled on a great find. (as I always do!) I'd say this was about a year ago.

The Twilight Saga Collection

The whole The Twilight Saga Collection (hardcover!!) for $60! Back then, I don't know how much it cost for real but I see that it's around $45 at Either way, I've had it for almost a year, seen two of the movies, but never cracked open any of the books!

Shame! Shame!!

I did finally start reading Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) this week and am almost through it, then I'll move on to New Moon, and on down the line.

I've always been a reader, and I love to read the books before I see the movie, because the movies just leave out so much! I'm loving Twilight but I'm also glad that I had an image in my head to work with already, since I have seen the movies - ya know?

How about you? Have you read any of the Twilight books, and if so, how many?

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