Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ESSIO Shower Aromotherapy Review and Givewaway

Disclosure: I was provided a free ESSIO in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts are my own. 




Some of you know I've been getting more and more in touch with my inner hippie. I call it my granola side. I've been really looking into and learning a lot about essential oils and how they can help us in our daily life. There's a lot of research out there and what I'm finding is that once again, combining some old world medicine with modern treatment is a win-win. (Keep reading and be sure to enter to win an ESSIO for your home as well.)

Essio Kit in the Box -
comes with THREE pods to start you off.



Why aromatherapy and do essential oils matter? The benefits to mind and body are being proven over and over by science. Certain smells can help improve our mood, help our behavior and even help us think better. Essential oils (and I will only consider oils that are all natural with no synthetics in them) are the best way to get the aromas and essential oils are absorbed quickly into your body and bloodstream to carry their healing powers throughout your body. 

So the ESSIO combines the best of both worlds. All of their essential oils are all natural. There are no chemicals or synthetics and the bonus is their oils are also certified organic. You quickly attach the arm onto your existing shower head (no tools required and VERY simple). Takes under a minute. Once the arm is in place, you attach the pod of whatever scent you will use and start your shower. You can even adjust the strength of the scent by raising and lowering the scent pod. Each pod lasts 4-5 showers, but depending on how strong you like your showers, it can last even longer if you are tilting it out of the way. 

Essio installed in my shower. 

A few things I want to touch on about what ESSIO is and is not:

  • IS - a kit made from fully recyclable materials so it's a green product
  • IS - made with 100% natural oils. NO synthetics or chemicals and the oils are Certified Organic.
  • IS NOT - Something that sprays into the shower. The oil is slowly diffused to get a consistent aroma experience throughout your entire shower. 
  • IS NOT - going to leave oily residue on skin, hair or bath. It's aromatherapy (that means scent...not stuff). 


Just turn on the shower, put the pod at your preferred scent release position and take a moment to allow the water to run over your head and body and breathe in the scent you have chosen. The benefits are almost immediate and if you've never tried essential oils, you will be (happily) surprised at how awesome this is. 

Here's a quick video to give you more information:



I'm excited to announce ESSIO is giving away an ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower Kit to a lucky winner. Enter on their website for your chance to win. (Ends 9/25/14)

Make sure you enter to give it a try. Essio is a unique and one of a kind item that transforms the everyday shower into a personal spa. It's an affordable lucury and a great gift. It makes your shower amazing. 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rebekah's Student Council Speech 2014

Rebekah answered five essay questions and from that, was selected to go onto the speech round in Student Council selections. She wrote a speech and gave it to several teachers before school. Four students per class were selected to give a speech. From there, two will be selected to represent their class (and the school) on Student Council. 



Rebekah's Speech:

Hi, I’m Rebekah and this is my speech for Student Council. I think I can make school a better place, and I think I am a good leader. I also think that Citizenship is very important in me and that’s why I should be a leader on Student Council.
I will make school a better place by putting away the books in the library so that the librarians have more time and they can relax instead of having to organize books. I put them away spine out. The librarians really appreciate that because then they don’t have to do it and they can teach their class sooner. I will listen and obey the rules that my teacher asks. I try to never get on yellow or down.
I think I’m a good leader because leaders help out with many things. They help raise money for our school to purchase things the school needs. Leaders are great role models to different people. I want to be a leader because I can help raise money for the school and make it a better place.
I think the most important character trait in a leader is citizenship because that’s what a great leader is. I try to show citizenship by picking up trash, even if it’s not mine. I also help Mr. M with trays in the lunch room. I help out at the children's theater by selling toys at the gift stand and it raises money so schools can go see a show like we got to see “Big Nate” in second grade. You have to obey the rules to be a good leader and if you don’t; that’s not being a good leader. And that’s how you can be a good citizen.
The three most important things about being a leader are Citizenship, making school a better place and being a leader who puts others first. I want to make my school the best it can be. So please elect me for Student Council. Thank you.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

NutriBullet #Review and #Giveaway

NutriBullet-Giveaway
Sponsored By NutriBullet


You can read Tammie's review of the NutriBullet by going HERE to read it. Everyone I know loves making a smoothie and all sorts of healthy drinks but that is just about to get easier as the NutriBullet is a must have product to do it easier, make it easier and drink it easier.

Robyn's thoughts: I have only had the opportunity to try out a Baby Bullet, but I'd love to have a NutriBullet. Not just for making smoothies and shakes, but also for making homemade salsa and guacamole. I would love to give this a whirl and see how many things I could use it for in my kitchen. I hope you'll enter and that you win!

And Now for the Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win a NutriBullet
  • This sweepstakes will end on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. EST
  • This is open to the U.S. only
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner will be notified by email
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
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Good Luck to you~

  NutriBullet Sweepstakes  

Disclosure- Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Never Forget


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Sounds of Restaurants #SensoryBlogHop


When you think of dining out, what phrases come to mind? For me it's a break, a night off cooking, relaxing, fun, family time. For Nathan, it can mean overwhelming, too loud, confusion, too many colors, smells and sounds.

I'm once again spending a Sensory Bloggers Blog Hop focusing on restaurants. Why? Because it was the #1 place where we would experience a meltdown when Nathan was younger. You could almost set your watch by it. It's also the one thing I hear repeated over and over by families with a special needs (SN) child. "We don't go out to eat as a family--it's just too hard."

That attitude gets me every time. I guess I've learned that as a SN mom, I'm prone to meeting the challenge head on, like a bull in a ring. When we knew Nathan would melt down in restaurants, we made the conscious decision as a husband and wife that we would NOT allow this 'whatever it is' (nobody would give us an autism diagnosis back then) to get in the way of our family tradition. Our tradition has been in place since I was a young girl. We go to church on Sunday morning and go out to eat afterwards. That has been the one thing I could count on to never change in my life. I kept it going on my own throughout college and as a married couple, Sean and I did the same. I'll admit in the early married years there were weeks when we could barely scrape a couple of bucks together, but we'd go to the $0.39 hamburger place and get two burgers and one fries to share and take it home to eat. But we went out. Child number 1 is born and we continue to eat out on Sundays. Then along comes #2 and when he's about 2 years old, he starts this frantic meltdown.

If you read my post last month, you know Sean and I took turns being the 'fast eater' who would take Nathan out at the first sign of meltdown. Now, fast forward 10 years and as a 12 year old, he sits with us in restaurants for the whole meal. Loud places, quiet places, smelly places, places with weird lighting--he handles all of them like a champ. When he agreed to wear earplugs at different times, the meltdowns in places like restaurants immediately slowed down. If we forgot his custom earplugs, we learned that no car and no purse was ever without a box of wax earplugs. We still keep them in all gloveboxes...just in case.

We learned at a birthday party that multiple conversations at tables or many tables of conversation going on around us was overwhelming to Nathan. He hears so well that he couldn't figure out which conversation to follow...so he tried to follow all of them in the room. (This party had about 50 people sitting at 6 tables.) The party happened to be at Dave & Busters in a private room. Nathan asked if he could just go back into the gameroom to relax. What?!?! That place is decibels higher volume than the private room...but we finally realized the number of conversations what overwhelming. In a game room, none of the noise is anything you have to pay attention to.

It took time, and patience, to get Nathan to be able to stay in a restaurant. To this day, he's often done much sooner than the rest of us, but he's learned coping skills. So for all the SN families hiding at home, I urge you to give it a try. Maybe eat early (or late) when you can avoid a rush so the restaurant is emptier. We mainly ate fast food so we could pack it up and go at the drop of a hat. Don't give up!!! The result is worth the challenge.






Monday, September 08, 2014

Dreams do come true -- Rockettes Will Perform in Omaha



Do you have a bucket list? I do...and I've been able to check one item off of my list. Meet the Rockettes. I'm truly blessed to have been a part of a meet and greet with two Rockettes this week. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes will be at Omaha's Orpheum Theater from November 13-30. Tickets are on sale now at TicketOmaha.com and if you want to go, I'd suggest you get your tickets soon. My prediction is that it will be a sold-out show. 

Rachel (L) and Karilyn (R)
I got to meet two of the Rockettes. Rachel Borgman, a Rockette for 10 years. She is a Nebraska native from Norfolk. I also met Karilyn Surratt who grew up in St. Louis but is from Oklahoma. She has also been a Rockette for 10 years. The requirements to be a Rockette are:
1. You must be a minimum of 18 years of age
2. You must be between 5' 6" and 5' 10.5" in bare feet. 


The Rockettes hold auditions twice each year in a couple cities around the country. It is expected that 500+ women will show up to audition in each city. You learn routines for about 6 hours and if you are called back to the second day, you'd better remember what you learned and look better than the day before because each day you should be better than you were before. If you make it through the entire audition, they take all of your measurements and then you wait to find out if you made the final cut. If you are asked to become a Rockette, your training will be dancing for 6 hours a day, 6 days a week for about 6 weeks. These women are truly top-notch athletes to be able to keep up that pace. Once they hit performances, the girls can dance up to four shows a day, six days a week. And, if you don't see a Rockette on stage dancing, it's only because she's changing costume. All dancers are on deck during the entire show. 
  
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (dates back to 1933)

The Rockettes have been doing their eye-high kicks for over 85 years. Two of the dances in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular are from the original show in 1933. "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" are the two numbers still performed at every performance of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. And do you go looking for the world-famous precision high kicks? You won't be disappointed. There are 300 eye-high kicks per show. If it's a four show day, that's 1,200 kicks in a day.


Rachel & Karilyn's favorite outfit -
over 3,000 crystals sewn into each one.
It is featured in the finale, Shine.
I learned so many fun facts that I could geek out and share with you all day. I'd love to spend another 12 hours talking to and learning from these wonderful women. I will let you know that on the high kicks, they do NOT touch each other. Keep in mind they have been dancing for up to 11 minutes before the high kicks take place. They can't touch because they could pull their neighbor out of sync or weight her down and they are pretty sweaty by then. The dancers all wear a signature French Twist hairstyle. And, at the end of each day, they all take an ice bath to pull the lactic acid from their muscles so they can dance again the next day. 

I have a degree in theatre. I've worked with countless famous (and infamous) performers, musicians and shows. I will tell you I'm fairly jaded and rarely get 'star struck' by anyone. They are all just people. They put on their pants one leg at a time. And yet, I can admit that the Rockettes still leave me star-struck. They truly have such a high quality of precision and excellence that is unparalleled in most of the theatrical world. So this night was one I want to hold close to my heart and cherish forever. I got to meet two Rockettes. It's a lifelong dream of mine that has come true. 

So I hope you'll join me in welcoming the Rockettes to Omaha by attending one of their shows. I've seen this before and I'll be seeing it again. I promise you won't be sorry you bought the tickets. Head over to Ticket Omaha and get your tickets now. 

Bucket List Item Achieved
Let me leave you with my favorite quote from the meet and greet. When asked how the Rockettes can keep the same show year after year and still stay popular, Karilyn said, "Class and grace are always on point--that's the epitome of the Rockettes." She's right. Precision, class, grace, style and elegance will never get old. Make a memory for yourself and be sure to see The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes. 


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City #Review and #Discount

Disclosure: I was provided free tickets to Legoland Discovery Center in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and no other compensation was given.

Work of the Master Builder
Have you heard of the Legoland Discovery Center in Kansas City? It's across the street from the Crown Center Shopping Mall in downtown Kansas City, KS. We recently had the opportunity to go there and spend an afternoon. My quote from the day was, "Wow!" It was a fun and fantastic time in Legoland. You begin by taking an elevator ride to a Lego Factory informational room. You learn how Legos are made, you can watch a Master Builder at work and there are some fun interactive things to do. (Like see how many Lego bricks tall you are.)

From there, you take a ride to enter Legoland (there is a bypass for those who can't/won't ride). It reminds me of some rides from Disney. You shoot laser guns at objects and enemies to earn points. Everyone in your cart participates and you see who racks up the most points. We rode it once to get in, but went back for five more rides before we left. We got one amazing photo that has to be shared.

Here's my "normal" family. 

There's another ride similar to the Dumbo ride. You pedal bikes to go up and stop to come down. You're helping Merlin the Wizard with a spell. We also enjoyed the Star Wars room and the model of Kansas City's downtown. You have to see it to believe it!



KC skyline daytime

KC skyline at night

There's lots for the kids to do. Build your own creation spots are everywhere. For the little ones, there's even a playplace (be sure to bring or wear socks--or you will purchase to play). Make a racecar and race it on the track. Even a kareoke section in the "My Friends" rooms. And a 4D movie theater showing four movies each hour. New show every 15 minutes. 

Rebekah and Batman
A couple of important pieces of information. It took us about 5 hours before we were done. The kids might have stayed longer, but we had a long drive ahead of us. There is NO readmission to Legoland. When you leave, you are done for the day unless you purchase a new admission ticket. 

They do have a snack bar area with food you can purchase, but be aware that you will pay theme park prices. We ate a large lunch and then went to Legoland. It worked well for our family. The themed sandwich box for kids ($15) has a sandwich, chips or fruit, juicebox and it comes in a Lego brick container that you get to keep as a souvenir. There were other choices--including hot food such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Muffins, cookies, other cold sandwiches, salads and more were available. We were glad we ate across the street at the Crown Center Shopping Mall before going to Legoland Discovery Center. 

Finally - if you park at the Crown Center Shopping Mall (which almost everyone does), DO NOT get your parking validated in the mall. They can only give a max of 3 hours free parking. Legoland Discovery Center validates for 6 hours. That saves you a fortune in parking fees. 

If you are thinking of going to Legoland Discovery Center, make sure you download this discount coupon for $3 off of each admission. It is good through 12/31/14 so you can still take advantage of the savings. Enjoy a fun fall trip with your family!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Go Big Red "N" Hair

Life is not measured
by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments
that take our breath away.


You may have seen this hairstyle before--I know I have. It's a Pinterest thing. But my delightful daughter was absolutely determined to have "N" hair for the first Cornhusker Football game of the season.

Enter Daddy & his mad braiding skills...

I think he did an awesome job. She wanted to use her hair paints to paint it red and white, but we ran out of time this round. 

Everyone please give my husband, Sean, a big round of applause for making this really happen!!!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Junkapolooza in Oakland, Iowa #Giveaway



Oakland Junkapolooza 2014

Grab the phone, the calendar, the master schedule of football games, and SAVE THIS DATE: 
Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, 2014!
Where will you be:  Oakland, Iowa
To be more exact:  Main Street Oakland, Iowa
When:  9am – 7pm Saturday and 9am – 4pm on Sunday
Cost:  $4 for Adults, $2 for kids 12 and under and free for 2 and under
(coupons will be available prior to the weekend for discounted rates)

Are you missing that one little thing that would make your room design better? 
Are you looking for ideas for Christmas gifts for those hard-to-buy types? 
Are you one of those people that doesn’t know what they want till they see it? 
Are you coveting people’s projects on Pinterest? 
Or are you just interested in supporting the town of Oakland and the new West Nishna Heritage Museum agricultural garden? 
If any of those apply, you need to check out Junkapolooza September 13 and 14th.

What is it all about?  Junkapolooza is where Pinterest and supplies meet. Lol.  It is all things retro, vintage, antique, or new and never seen before, crafty, well-crafted, repurposed, unique, or gems ready to be transformed.  Basically, a little of everything from vintage water coolers to gourds to license plate art. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure as they say, and it will all be waiting in Oakland for you to purchase and take home!  

Great news for Omaha area readers - keep reading, I'm giving away tickets to Junkapolooza - but Oakland is only about 30 minutes from Omaha AND they have timed it so you can also attend Antique Days in Walnut. All in one fun filled weekend! 

For me, I hope everyone I know can attend. Oakland was hit with tornadoes and straight line winds and they could use this boost to the town morale. Also, I love the idea of repurposing items instead of filling a landfill. I also think we have all sorts of things that we think are junk or that we are tired of--but it's new to someone else and that might be the one thing they were looking for to.... (fill in that blank for yourself)

Now for the giveaway. 
I made it very simple and easy. I hope you will enter to win and plan to attend the Junkapolooza on September 13 and 14. 

Entry-Form

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts an opinions are my own. 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker #Giveaway

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Sponsored By LuguLake

Having the perfect Bluetooth Speaker can make or break your viewing or listening experience. You can read Tammie's review of the product by going HERE. Having a high quality Bluetooth Speaker is a product that is perfect for your home, car, college dorm rooms and just about everywhere you could think of where a speaker is warranted.

Robyn's thoughts--I know how important it is to be able to have a working speaker system. These days, nobody has a CD Player or Boombox (remember those?) or any portable stereo device--other than their phone. All you need is a speaker and your phone and off you go. With this Bluetooth Speaker, you won't need wires or cords. Just sync to your smart device and off you go. Even to stream videos or watch TV on your tablet/phone/etc--this would be an amazing speaker set.

Almost every device I can think of requires a Bluetooth Speaker to help you maximize the sound quality that just makes it so much better. There are a ton of Bluetooth Speakers on the market but the quality varies a great deal among them. LuguLake is a company that specializes in high quality products. I am sure you are going to want to enter to win this so.....

And Now ForThe Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win a LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • This will end on 9/12 at 7 p.m. est
  • Void where prohibited By Law
  • Terms and Conditions are on the Giveaway form below
  • This is open to U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany and Japan
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • All entries will be verified and winner will be notified by email
Enter below and Good Luck to you~
 

Disclosure- Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts  was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at PubRel@live.com.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School savings from #Purex and #Cartwheel #Coupon

Disclosure: As a Purex Insider, I am given the opportunity to win a gift card in exchange for my post. No other compensation is given and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Are you back to school yet? We are in my neck of the woods. Would you like to get a little extra savings during back to school season? Purex and Target have teamed up to help give you some extra savings.

Now through the end of August, get 10% off any Purex detergent at Target stores with a #Cartwheel coupon! You can download your coupon and be on your way to big savings!

I know I've been stocking up - I hope you'll join me for the savings!




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy Birthday #BlogOmaha - Hiro88 Celebration with Omaha Cupcakes

Disclosure: I was provided with food in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 




  

Is there anything in the world that beats a really good birthday celebration? Not in my mind.

Blog Omaha Birthday Bash Friends
Now let's look back in time. I've been blessed to be a part of the Omaha Bloggers Network for the past year. These gals and guys are amazing people with vast and varied blogs. And--they are totally willing to share their experiences and expertise. I'm so happy to have made some awesome blogging friends and I believe I've been making my blog even better because of their influence and help.

Beautiful place settings at Hiro88 Old Market
Cupcakes from Cupcake Omaha waiting for us to open.

I was thoroughly impressed by the party coordinated by one of our own. She worked with Hiro88 in the Old Market for us to meet and they provided our group with three giant boats of sushi, plus other happy hour appetizers such as the crab rangoon, edamame, and fried gyoza (similar to a pot sticker).

Crab Rangoon

One of our sushi boats

Another Sushi Boat


Happy Hour Drink Special


She also got cupcakes from Cupcake Omaha for dessert. Can I be the first to tell you that I've never had such a moist cupcake in recent history. So much better than the others I've had. Yum!

We didn't have formal plans for our event, it was a time for us to get together, celebrate a year of better blogging and just be social. Don't worry, we still had lots of 'shop talk' and I've noticed other bloggers putting their shop talk to good use. I was able to get some questions answered and learned of some new conferences I want to check out. In today's world, it's sometimes hard to connect with others in similar pursuits. So I'm thankful for the Omaha Bloggers and our network.

My thoughts about Hiro88:
I found it to be a trendy, upscale dining spot, but the dress ranged anywhere from dressy to very casual shorts or jeans and a tshirt. I was glad to see that patrons were welcomed and treated as valued guests no matter what attire they were wearing. The food was delicious. The crab rangoon was simply amazing. So light and crunchy and the inside was rich and creamy. I also rarely find good 'pot stickers' so when I tasted the fried gyoza, I knew what I was ordering off of the happy hour menu.
Old Market Location Happy Hours:
Mondays:3pm-6:30pm
Tuesdays:3pm-6:30pm
Wednesdays:3pm-6:30pm / 10pm-12am
Thursdays:3pm-6:30pm / 10pm-12am
Fridays:3pm-6:30pm / 10pm-1am
Saturdays:10pm-1am
Sundays:All Day (11am-10pm)

PB Cup Cupcake -
It was amazing!
My thoughts about Cupcake Omaha:
I tried a few bites of several cupcakes (we played pass them around). My descriptor is moist. They weren't dry and crumbly--which I find disgusting in a cupcake. They were moist and almost all of them have a surprise center. Might be a pudding, might be a creme filling, but whatever it was, delicious was the word I'd use over and over. The salted caramel peanut topping on one was enough to make me a happy girl. I got to eat the PB Cup Cupcake. It was delicious. I meant to save a portion of it for my son who loves PB Cakes...that didn't happen. I ate every last bite.

Chocolate creme center












Oreo Cupcake



Friday, August 22, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash #GetNoticed Giveaway



Disclosure: "The Dial" Brand provided me with a sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 

Look at the very cool box that arrived in my mailbox recently. I love the Dial family of products and my daughter and I were thrilled to get the Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash as a sample to try. When we opened the box and smelled the body wash, she announced, "It smells like summer." Who doesn't want a little bit of summer year round? I like the Dial body wash products because it's truly a family body wash. Even my boys didn't complain that the smell was 'too girly'. I think that's a great success. 


Dial's nourishing body wash helps with skin care. My kids loved this because of the delicious scent. I liked it because they USED the body wash in order to get really clean. I love both the scent and the way my skin feels clean and fresh after I've used it. I don't know about you, but Dial products have been a part of my body care routine since I was a small child. My mother and grandmother both used Dial products in their homes and I continue that tradition.


What is even better than a bottle of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash for my family? How about the chance to win a bottle for yourself. I was given a free coupon to give away to one of you. Please be sure to fill out the entry form below. 







For the giveaway:
  • Limit one set of entries per household.
  • Open to the US only
  • Giveaway ends Friday, September 5


Good luck!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 Hour Energy and $25 Visa GC Sweepstakes

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Hosted By Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and Michigan Savings and More

Sponsored By 5 Hour Energy


You can read Tammie's views on the product by clicking HERE

Have you ever tried a 5 Hour Energy? Sean has used these more than me, but the few times I've tried it, I've ended up only taking half a bottle. It does perk me up and keep me going, but I get jittery if I take a whole bottle. And I do like how they have come out with new flavors--some of them are really quite tasty. I'd love to hear what your favorite flavor is of 5 Hour Energy. Or when do you use it?

 5 Hour Energy is having a video contest called Yummification.


Information about the “Yummification” Drink Creation Video Contest:
  • The makers of 5-hour ENERGY® announced the launch of the “Yummification” video contest, where entrants can win a share of $100,000 for creating a video of their favorite way to mix a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with an everyday beverage. The contest will be judged on the creativity of the video and the taste of the creation
  • Drink creations must follow the approved/non-approved ingredients guidelines (i.e. no caffeinated beverages or alcohol)
  • To enter the contest, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form; “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!)
  • One grand prize winner will receive $50,000, and the following prizes will also be awarded:
o Second Prize (1): Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000)
o Third Prize (1): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)
o Fourth Prizes (10): One Thousand Dollars ($1,000)
  • Entries must be received by August 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to be eligible. No purchase necessary. US residents only. 18 years and up
  • To enter, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form or “Like” the 5-hour ENERGY® page on Facebook and follow the instructions to click the contest tab
Onto the Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win a 5 Hour Energy Prize Pack and  $25 Visa GC
  • This Sweepstakes will end on 8/30
  • This is only open to the U.S. only
  • Void where prohibited
  • Winner will be notified by email
  • All entries will be verified
  • Must be 18 years of age or older


Enter below and Good Luck~



Disclosure- Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at PubRel@live.com.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Zcan+ Scanner Mouse #Giveaway

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The Zcan+ is all the talk in the tech world as this mouse is sure to help even the most nontechnical person. You can read Tammie's review of it by going HERE. The Zcan+ Scanner Mouse can be used on a Mac or a Windows based computer. You can edit the item that you have scanned if need be. It is available on amazon and right now they are having a sale on it. This product usually retails for $99.00.

So who wouldn't want something as easy as this? I can see all sorts of applications in my own life. I spend a lot of time meeting folks in coffee shops or other places where we don't have access to a scanner or printer. It would be so handy to be able to scan and save documents to print later when back at home--or to save the file and email to everyone in the meeting. Since our scanner has been on the fritz for a couple years, this would be a handy way to solve the scanning problem at my house as well. 

Would you like to win one for yourself? 
  • Giveaway will end August 21
  • This is only open to the U.S., Canada, Australia and Hong Kong only
  • All entries will be verified
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • Winner will be notified by email
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • 1 reader will win a Zcan+ Scanner Mouse
Enter below and Good Luck!

Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at PubRel@live.com.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City #Review and #Discount

Disclosure: I was provided free tickets to Sea Life in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was provided.




Sea Life Aquarium is one of the newest hot spots in Kansas City in the Crown Center area of downtown. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find using our handy GPS. When we arrived, we followed the signs to park at the Crown Center Mall. Take your parking ticket with you as you enter Sea Life and they will validate your parking for 6 hours (which is longer than any of the stores in the mall will validate for). The free parking was terrific so we could relax and really take our time and enjoy all of the rooms and activities.


I was pleased to see this sign when we arrived.
This means animals are well cared for. 

There are about ten different rooms where you can view different species of sea creatures. We couldn't believe how beautiful the school of fish was in the first room. At first, this viewing window was empty, then all of a sudden, a whole school of fish swam through. 



I like the shark tank and the tunnel. While it's shorter and smaller than the Omaha Zoo shark tunnel, it was still fun to be surrounded by sharks on all sides.
Selfie with the sharks.
Family Selfie

The "touching" tide pool was very fun for kids of all ages. Rebekah LOVED petting the starfish. So did I! I didn't realize how hard they are on top when they are in the water. The underside is soft, but the top is definitely a protective skin. We also got to touch some sea cucumbers, there were shrimp--but they were too skittish to touch--and other animals in the pond. The staff member was very knowledgeable and answered our (endless) questions patiently and completely. With five museum buffs in our family, she earned her pay that afternoon. 




One of the things the kids (and their parents) liked the most was the Quiz Trail for kids. This is really meant for the 13 & under crowd, but Andrew was a good sport and did a quiz trail, too. Mostly, he helped his sister find answers without her realizing he was leading her to the answer. Good job! If you find all 10 of the trail markers and answer the questions, you get a prize at the end. The younger kids were thrilled with their prize - a medal from Sea Life Aquarium. 



Here are some pictures of the fish, the viewing tubes/bubbles, etc. There is so much to see and do--we had a great time. And even though we come from a city with a top zoo and aquarium, I was surprised at how much we learned and how fun Sea Life was. We didn't think it would compare to our zoo--but it was different. We had a terrific time and hope to have another Kansas City adventure at Sea Life (and Legoland--watch for that review, too) soon. 







In addition to all the rooms and the bubbles and tunnels, there are several VERY kid friendly areas. There's a movie theatre where you can watch and learn about Gertrude the Turtle (who we saw in a tank--she's doing well) and how they saved her. She was tangled in fishing line and ended up having a leg amputated. She's happy in the Sea Life Aquarium home. 

There's also a play area at the end where the kids had a great time. I didn't get any photos (they were moving too fast). Also a room where they can watch sharks from all sides and even look into the tank from a viewing platform above. That particular room also has Lego tables where you can add to the Lego Sand Castles. The kids had loads of fun.  

Would you like to save $3 per ticket on your visit? Be sure to print the discount coupon and take it with you. It is valid through 12/31/14 so you still have time to go and save. 
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