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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh Scent

Have you tried Purex Crystals, yet? It's an in-wash fragrance booster to keep your laundry smelling fresh and clean. Right now, the current limited edition scent is Fabulously Fresh. I wish I could let you smell it as it is a whiff of spring. And with cold and rainy days like we've had at my house recently, I need a whiff of spring to keep me going.

Many people have asked me how it works, so I went to Purex and found this infographic for you:
You put the crystals in with your laundry at the start of the wash (and yes, it's safe for HE machines, too). Then the scent is infused into the clothes and towels and gives you long lasting scent and freshness. I have to admit that the smell is a little strong for me because I don't like much if any scent on my clothes. I love using for my towels--especially the slightly older ones that don't smell as fresh as they used to. Same goes with swim towels. You know how they just start to smell a little 'funny' over time. Now I keep them smelling fresh--Fabulously Fresh. 
Keep watching my blog - there are going to be some Purex giveaways coming up in May. 

Disclosure: Purex provided me with a free sample to try in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent

Have you ever accidentally washed colors with lights and had less than stellar results? Pink socks? Blue streaked shirts? I know it has happened to me with kids clothes where color bleeding accidents seem to be more the rule than the exception. Good news for those who want to stop sorting laundry....The Rules Have Changed with NEW Purex® No Sort™ for Colors Detergent. Now there's no sorting because Purex No Sort removes any bleeding colors in the wash to keep your clothes looking new. 
Even better? You have a chance to win.  Enter now because the Purex No Sort Sweepstakes has launched! One winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
About the Sweepstakes
NEW Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ helps keep dyes from transferring onto other fabrics in the wash. Enter for your chance to WIN $1,000 & a year’s supply of this game-changing NEW detergent, so you can avoid extra laundry loads.

Disclosure: Purex provided me with a sample in exchange for my review. However, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 Fashionable Pieces You Should Bring in Paris' Tourist Attractions

Anyone who’s been to Paris will be head over heels in love with her beauty. With the city full of colossal and intricate structures, streets brimming with arts, as well as stylish people going out and about the city, you’ll feel enthralled to blend in. While you’re packing, make sure you bring a pair of gladiator heels, oversized sunglasses, designer handbag, a perfectly fitting trench coat, and an A-line dress that will take you from a simple tourist look to a blooming Parisian. 

Stylish Gladiators at the Eiffel 
When visiting the Eiffel Tower, don’t just take photos. Instead, dream of having lunch or dinner with a magnificent view by reserving a seat at one of the most posh restaurants up at the Eiffel Tower. Of course, you need to be extra pretty and sexy so wear a pair of black gladiator heels. Surely, your date can’t resist you from head to toe. 58 Tour Eiffel serves lunch starting at €21 and dinner from €80. Again, make reservations early. You don’t want to be waiting in line for hours in heels. 

Designer Handbag at Avenue des Champs-Élysées 
You know you’re a true blooded fashionista when you’re ready to flaunt your designer handbag in Paris. Make sure they’re original, especially when you’re walking along the most famous street Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Not only is the street one of the most popular ones in the world but it’s also one of the most expensive strips. If you’re after splurging and shopping, skip the mall and head to Champs-Élysées. Shops like Annick Goutal, Salvatorre Ferragamo, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Zara, Guerlain, Mont Blanc and a lot more can be found there. Otherwise, just stroll along the street and flaunt your designer handbag. 

Oversized Sunglasses at the Restaurants 
A lot of locals and tourists like to spend their afternoon drinking coffee, beer or wine in restaurants with tables and seats outside. That’s because people love to see cars and people passing by as well as appreciate the magnificent structures of Paris. Even when spring brings the cold chill, people like staying outdoors because of the sun. While you’re sipping coffee or wine while chatting with a friend, make sure to be fashionably snob in a pair of oversized sunglasses. 

Trench Coat at Pont Des Arts, Pont Neuf and Pont Alexandre III 
There’s something about bridges that make Paris connected altogether. As you enjoy the cold weather Paris brings, don’t forget to bring a stylish and perfectly-fitting trench coat as you stroll along Pont Des Arts, Pont Neuf and Pont Alexandre III which cross along the River Seine. It’s one of the romantic places where you hold hands or have your first kiss. Don’t forget to leave your padlock latched at the metal railings of Pont Des Arts if you can find a place.  

A-Line Dress at the Louvre 
Think Blair Waldorf and you’ll get inspired to dress like a pristine Parisian at the Louvre. If you understand the values of paintings and sculptures, walk in style and class in an A-Line dress. It’s difficult to finish the entire arts collection in one day so be prepared to dress comfortably. Flats work well with an A-Line dress and that’s comfy, too. No need to buy tickets in advance as there are lots of places to buy tickets when you’re in Paris. There’s a souvenir shop at the Carrousel du Louvre as soon as you exit the Metro. Be fashionably breathtaking when you visit Paris.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beauty Encounter Review

I recently learned of a new site, Beauty Encounter. While I don't wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis, but I enjoy using quality products to get a better look that lasts. I do enjoy making occasions special by using perfume. My problem? I enjoy costly perfumes. 

I was pleased to discover that Beauty Encounter has a Discount Fragrance section to their website. I found every perfume, eau de parfum and body splash I've ever purchased on their site. And all fragrances are offered at a discount, some up to 75% off. Most that I like to purchase were discounted 40-48% off retail. Every fragrance name that I could think of I was able to find on the Beauty Encounter site. I found it to be a comprehensive store for all of your perfume and cologne needs. 

I also checked out the Shopping Rewards plan, called My B-E Perks. It's free to become a My B-E Perks member and when you do, you will earn points on every purchase. One dollar = one point. Save points and redeem for a credit off of your order (free merchandise). I believe that even if you don't plan to spend to a reward level, join the program. It's better to get those points than find out later you could have had a reward. 

Shipping is normally $5.95 per order for the contiguous 48 states. To sweeten the deal, Beauty Encounter offers free shipping on all orders of $60 or more, everyday. No need to wait for a special day to shop, you can have free shipping every day. I also found Beauty Encounter offers a variety of payment options. Credit card, Amazon Payments and PayPal are your online options. You may also send in a cashier's check or money order. 

Before you think Beauty Encounter is a fragrance site, be sure to check out their make up, accessories, hair care, body care and their at home lines of products. With discounts on almost every item, you can save on many of the daily care items you purchase anyway and get free shipping if your order is $60 or more.

I found Beauty Encounter to offer so much more than just makeup or just fragrances. It is a website full of interesting items at discounted prices. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

California Delicious $50 GC #Giveaway

Welcome to our California Delicious Giveaway

Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts is please to promote this giveaway hosted by Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and sponsored by California Delicious.

I don't know about you, but fresh fruit just tastes better than processed or canned. And California Delicious has the highest standards for quality and freshness. It's not just the fruit they have, it's all of their gift baskets. Each one is a quality basket. Their Spring Delight (shown below) is the one that draws my eye every time I look at their site. Isn't it beautiful? 

You can read Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More's review by clicking HERE. I cannot think of anything better than then finding the perfect gift basket for that special person on your list. They can be tailored to the recipients tastes or likes. I like how unique they can be.

Onto the giveaway~
This giveaway will be live from 4/11 and will end on 4/25, starting and ending at 7 p.m.
This is open to US only. No P.O. boxes.
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Winner will be chosen via
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Winner must be 18 of age or older
One winner will receive a $50 gift card to California Delicious.
Enter below using the easy Giveaway Tools widget and Good Luck to you.

Disclosure: We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery nor did I receive compensation. Only 1 prize per household. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. 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.
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Monday, April 07, 2014

War Horse Makes Omaha Premiere with Discounted Family Ticket Night


APRIL 8 - 13

For my friends in Omaha who enjoy theatre. Be sure to check out the information regarding War Horse--which opens tomorrow night. This year, Omaha Performing Arts is trying out a new method to bring families to see live theatre. I applaud their efforts to make live theatre (and Broadway Tours) affordable for families. Please note, if you purchase tickets from other sources besides Ticket Omaha, you might be charged higher fees or not be able to get the family discount. 

The Tuesday, April 8, Omaha premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic WAR HORSE, winner of five Tony Awards®, including best play, will feature a Family Night with specially priced tickets. Omaha Performing Arts will offer a limited number of tickets at 50% off for this Broadway touring production to introduce this”landmark theatrical event” to Omaha area young people.

A limited number of tickets will be available at one-half price for the opening night performance of WAR HORSE, Tuesday, April 8. Tickets will be available to one adult and one child, age 9 to 18 years of age. All other tickets are available for the show which will run Tuesday, April 8, through Sunday, April 13.
The show is being presented by Omaha Performing Arts as part of its Broadway Series.

The half-price tickets can be purchased at $32.25 each from Ticket Omaha by using the promotion code – FAMILY14. There’s a limit of one ticket per adult and one ticket per child. No more than two tickets per adult or per family. Seating will be available in the Grand Tier and balcony areas of Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. This show is recommended for children ages 9 and up. Additional tickets may be purchased at the regular ticket prices. All tickets are available online at; by phone at 402.345.0606; or at the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Streets,
Omaha, Neb. Ticket Omaha is the official ticket outlet for all performances of WAR HORSE.

Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” WAR HORSE is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The tour of WAR HORSE, which was adapted from the book by Morpurgo and by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony Award®-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and
Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony Awards® for Best Direction of a Play
(Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award® was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

The lead producers of the national tour of WAR HORSE are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

The Broadway touring production of WAR HORSE comes to Omaha Tuesday, April 8, through
Sunday, April 13, 2014. Performances of WAR HORSE will be at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 8, 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 11, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 12, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 13, at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Omaha Performing Arts Announces 2014-2015 Season

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Omaha Performing Arts Season Announcement last night. It was a wonderful Gala event with some sneak peek performances by a couple of the upcoming season shows. 


The first announcement was The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Starring The Rockettes. I always wanted to be a Rockette, but I didn't make the height requirement (and if we can be honest, my talent isn't high enough either). But, it doesn't stop me from loving the Rockettes and I plan to be first in line to see the Christmas Spectacular. It was noted that a full sized Double Decker Bus begins taking the Rockettes and the audience on a journey around New York City at Christmastime. It should be a holiday spectacular event. 

Keep it going with Broadway shows such as Pippin and Motown the Musical. Special engagements of Blue Man Group and Sinbad. Then the other series feature Dinosaur Train Live and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It is a season packed with something for everyone. Be sure to check out the National Geographic Live! series and the Jazz entertainers coming. Below is the full list of the series and shows. 

Sinbad, ranked by Comedy Central as one
of the 100 best comedians of all time,
will be at the Holland Center February 6, 2015.

2014/2015 Broadway Series 
The Omaha Performing Arts 2014/2015 Broadway Series has five productions, opening with the Omaha debut of THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, STARRING THE ROCKETTES, running November 13-30, 2014. This all new production features dazzling scenery and special effects, glamorous Rockettes costumes and choreography and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking imagery, including the amazing “New York at Christmas” scene. The RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR is a beloved family holiday tradition and is the perfect show for all ages.

Performing January 27 through February 1, 2015 is the four-time Tony Award®-winning 
CAMELOT®, which tells the story of the infamous love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. Next in the series is the 2013 Tony®-winning revival PIPPIN, running March 3-8, 2015. 
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence, and features breathtaking acrobatics. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL also opens that month, with performances March 25-29, 2015. MOTOWN recounts the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Eight-time Tony Award®-winner ONCE closes out the Broadway Series May 12-17, 2015. Featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on 
his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his songs. 

There are three special Broadway performances available to Season Ticket holders outside of the Broadway Series package. BLUE MAN GROUP returns to perform its popular multimedia show blending the lines of comedy and music October 24-26. The international sensation, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, is back for a limited engagement December 19- 21. The feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again, MAMMA MIA!, has a repeat engagement in Omaha April 24-26, 2015. 

2014/2015 Dance Series 
The 2014/2015 Dance Series begins with the contemporary dance company Aspen Santa Fe 
Ballet, which returns to the Orpheum on February 19, 2015, with a new production featuring the 
incredible piece, Square None. The Brazilian dance ensemble Compagnie Käfig performs March 18, 2015, entertaining the audience with their hip hop and Latin dance-inspired program. Pilobolus Dance Theatre returns to Omaha April 23, 2015 with a program featuring a Penn & Teller piece described as, "the ultimate in gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography." 

2014/2015 Family Series 
Omaha Performing Arts’ 2014/2015 Family Series starts on January 23, 2015 with the live 
theatrical production of the PBS series Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure. The one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, will be presented February 20, 2015. The Chinese acrobatic touring company Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the Orpheum April 29, 2015. 

Rock Legends with Billy McGuigan will be
May 15, 2015 at the 1200 CLUB inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.

2014/2015 Jazz Series 
The six-time Grammy®-winning saxophonist, David Sanborn, opens the 2014/2015 Jazz Series on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Grammy® winning jazz musician, vocalist and songwriter Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billy Holiday's 100th birthday anniversary in a unique performance on March 7, 2015. Terence Blanchard, a Grammy®-winning jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, rounds out the series with a performance May 7, 2015. 

2014/2015 Showcase Series 
The Showcase Series for 2014/2015 begins with football great Terry Bradshaw in Terry 
Bradshaw: America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde … a life in four squares. The program features 
Bradshaw in a funny night of storytelling, comedy and singing on November 20, 2014. January 21, 2015 heats up when stars from American Idol pair up with professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars for Ballroom with a Twist at the Orpheum Theater. The Texas Tenors – the highest scoring vocal group ever on America's Got Talent – will bring cowboy charm and breath-taking vocals to the Holland Center on March 19, 2015. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie will be at the Holland Center April 28, 2015 with a performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant. 

Brian Skerry, a photojournalist, presents Ocean’s Soul on March 10, 2015, which is a speaking engagement featuring stunning images from his vast career as an underwater photographer.

2014/2015 National Geographic Live Series 
The 2014/2015 National Geographic Live Series features three exciting speakers and many 
stunning images. On February 10, 2015, Extreme Planet with Carsten Peter, extreme weather 
photographer, will feature tales of adrenaline and danger. Photojournalist Brian Skerry will present Ocean Soul on March 10, 2015, featuring stories and spectacular images from his vast career as an underwater photographer. Presenting Pink Boots and a Machete on April 7, 2015 is a wildlife expert, primatologist and television personality Mireya Mayor, dubbed by some as a female Indiana Jones. 

2014/2015 1200 CLUB Series 
The intimate performances in the 1200 CLUB Series begin January 15, 2015 with 
singer/songwriter José James, who is regarded as an underground sensation in both the modern jazz and DJ culture scenes. The gypsy jazz band Hot Sardines celebrates Mardi Gras in the club on February 17, 2015 with their unique sound that’s akin to wartime Paris via New Orleans. Later that month, jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker plays on February 27, 2015. The six-time Grammy®-nominated vocalist and Omaha native, Tierney Sutton, performs two shows on March 27, 2015 featuring material from her recent album “After Blue,” a re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. The classically-trained musicians in Black Violin will perform a show blending hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass April 12, 2015. 
An Omaha favorite closes out 1200 CLUB Season: Rock Legends with Billy McGuigan will be May 15, 2015. 

2014/2015 Special Performances 
Omaha Performing Arts’ 2014/2015 Special performances can be added to any Season Ticket package with most performances offering a savings of at least 15%. The first of the Special performances is Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, July 17-20, 2014. In partnership with the River City Theatre Organ Society and just in time for Halloween, the classic silent film “Phantom of the Opera” will be screened October 22, 2014 at the Orpheum Theater with music played by organist Clark Wilson. David Sedaris returns to the Holland Center for more wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre on October 30, 2014. Christmas with The King’s Singers, featuring one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, will be December 3, 2014. Sinbad, ranked by Comedy Central as one of the 
100 best comedians of all time, will be at the Holland Center February 6, 2015. The Grammy®-winning South African a capella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, returns to the Holland Center on February 19, 2015. Food Network star Chef Robert Irvine will be at the Holland Center March 6, 2015 for an interactive theatrical event that takes cooking to new places. The Irish-American Celtic ensemble, Cherish the Ladies, performs March 11, 2015 just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. 

For more information about Omaha Performing Arts’ Season Tickets, visit or call 402.345.0606 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. Groups of 10 or more may also purchase tickets to the 2014/2015 season; groups can save up to 25% on select shows. For more information on Group Sales, visit or call 402.661.8516. Single tickets for the 2014/2015 Omaha Performing Arts season will go on sale at a later date. Due to the nature of live entertainment, all programs, performers, prices, dates and times are subject to change. 

New Purex Fresh Pet Laundry Detergent

If you are like us, you have some pet clothes for your pets. And when they get a little dirty or smelly or gross, wouldn't it be nice to wash them in a specially formulated detergent that is meant for pets only? Now you can with new Purex Fresh Pet Laundry Detergent. I really like how it is formulated for your pet's skin and is better for them than regular human laundry products. With odor control and the cleaning power of Purex, it is sure to delight you. 

From the manufacturer:
Introducing NEW Purex Fresh Pet-Cuddly clean clothes for your furry family.
Purex Fresh Pet keeps your furry friends clothing bright and clean just like yours! NEW Purex Fresh Pet Liquid detergent with Odor Control Action is a premium pet clothing formula that is specifically formulated to condition and moisturize your pet's coat and eliminate odor while they wear their favorite outfits. Whether lounging around on the living room rug or strutting their stuff on a neighborhood walk, your pet's outfits will surely be noticed. 
Check it out in the laundry aisle at your favorite retailer.  

Disclosure: Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Fresh Pet detergent for Pet Clothing in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.
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