Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's Beginning To Look A lot Like a *Minted* Christmas



Over the past several years, I've tried out many different online photo publishing services. Time and time again, I've ALWAYS come back to Minted to print ALL of my photo needs. Whether it's been birth announcements or Photo Calendars, I've had nothing but great success with Minted's quick and efficient service.

The things I love most about Minted (in addition to the super fabulous discounts they offer) is the convenience and ease of use. The Minted site is much easier to upload and organize your photos then other sites I have tried. They offer a variety of projects to fit all your photo expressive needs.

So call me crazy (don't hate me for already planning Christmas stuff, but I can't help myself... I {heart} Christmas), but I've already perused through the amazing selection of Holiday Photo Cards and have chosen my absolute favorites (take a peek below.... cute, right?)! Now, the challenge begins of selecting my favorite style and favorite kids' photo to use in it. Choices, choices.... ahhhhhh, help....





 What type of cards will you be sending out this holiday season? Minted offers a wide selection of Christmas Holiday Cards, from traditional photo cards to a variety of different Ornament Cards. Ever have a hard time trying to figure out what to get the grandparents for the holidays? Create an amazing Photo Calendar... they will LOVE and cherish them!



So what are you waiting for... check them out... you won't be disappointed! Please tell me,  what's your FAVORITE Minted Holiday Photo Collection card!


Happy Holidays!


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Zact Mobile - Getting Your Child Started Successfully #MC #sponsored

I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Zact. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.





As the parent of a tween, the struggle with the need for her increased amount of freedom is coupled with my worry over safety. Having the ability of to keep in touch quickly comes with some possible smartphone issues including things such as texting issues, data overage, inappropriate internet surfing as well social bullying. As parents, we worry enough... the last thing that I want to worry about are smartphone issues.

Thankfully Zact Mobile offers great solutions that permits parent to easily set designated parental controls. Zact gives parents the ability to set allowances on talk, text and data time. Curfews can also be set easily (such as meal and bed times) along with capability to set access to or block certain contacts as well as control which apps are allowed to be accessed by your child.


About Zact Mobile
 
Zact is a no contract smart mobile service with nationwide coverage that allows you completely customize and save, right from your device. With Zact you save big because you pay only for what you use, and you get money back towards your next month’s bill if you
don’t use all of your service. Zact was recently awarded the seal of approval from The National Parenting Center and their average monthly bill is only $22! 


So, if your kids are asking for a smartphone this holiday season, make sure to check out Zact Mobile and learn how their features help provide parents peace of mind! Pin It

Friday, November 15, 2013

Chance to #Win JayBird Sport State of The Art Headphones {Giveaway}




As a gym enthusiast, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest technical gear to accommodate my workout. Fortunate for me, I came across what looks like an amazing, comfortable and bluetooth enabled headphone. It makes me long for my own personal pair {le sigh}.



About Jaybird Sport


JaybirdSport, founded in 2006 with headquarters based in Utah, the "State of Sport" is in the ideal setting to develop the greatest premium active/sport lifestyle products for our customers. Our products enhance the athletic experience, inspiring you to be active and empowering you to improve your life. Power Your Passion.




JaybirdSport offers a wide selection of various sophisticated and technologically advanced headphones to fit a each sports enthusiast's needs. For example, I am especially intrigued by the BlueBuds X. They are the smallest Bluetooth headphones available, yet they pack an 
incredible 8 hours of play time, double that which has previously been possible 
from a product this small. A user can enjoy a full day of music and calls, or work out an hour 
a day for an entire week on a single charge. Now, that's my kind of headphones!

A feature that I absolutely LOVE, IS THE the ability to
 lift the cord off your neck... talk about GENIUS... and of course, LIBERATING! JayBird’s patent pending X-Fit™
allows for the headphones to be used either in the 
traditional under-ear wearing style for music & calls, 
or over-ear, designed for those wanting a great sports 
music experience, free of anything on your neck. AGAIN... genius!



To further enhance Jaybird’s Lifetime Warranty Against Sweat,
BlueBuds X feature Liquipel Sweat Repellant Nano Technology.
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added protection from exposure to sweat and the elements.

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[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Dog Food {Review UPDATE}



This is a follow-up from my previous post last month for the NEW Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Dog Food.  We are now on our second bag and Bailee still can't get enough...

Patiently waiting...

Getting excited...

Patience is now GONE...

Bailee decided to knock down the bag and help herself...
can't blame a girl for taking what she wants! 


For some valuable product information, check out my original review HERE.

Have you tried the new 
Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Dog Food yet?
Tell me what you think!

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Dog Food {Review}




What are the benefits of a Limited Ingredient/Grain Free Recipe?

Some dogs just do better on a diet with Limited Ingredients that is free from grain and gluten. Over time, some dogs will develop food intolerances or allergies to commonly used protein sources, so Rachael Ray along with a team of pet nutrition experts, created a pet food made with simple, natural ingredients that doesn't contain any grains, glutens or fillers. Farm-raised turkey is always the number one ingredient, combined with wholesome vegetables. 

Thanks to celebrity chef Rachael Ray, she offers a dog food line that focuses on grain and filler free ingredients. Her kibble focuses on list of ingredients begin with two healthy turkey ingredients.
Okay, so I wouldn't say that Nutrish is a premium-quality dog food. It does contain chicken meal and animal fat, but in much smaller quantities than you’d normally find in a grocery-store pet food. I’d consider it a “high quality” dog food, which is just perfect for keeping your dog healthy and fit.




Every ingredient in Rachael Ray Nutrish®
Zero Grain™
Turkey & Potato Recipe contributes to the health and well-being of your dog.


Rachael Ray Nutrish®
Zero Grain™
Turkey & Potato Recipe Ingredients
Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Dried Peas, Tapioca Starch, Whole Dry Potatoes, Poultry Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flax Seed, Natural Chicken Flavor, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.



 The REAL {Bailee} Test!


Bailee immediately began eating or shall I say inhaling the Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey & Potato dog food.


Bailee kept EATING... 

and EATING....


Literally THREE minutes late DONE. I guess she LOVED it!
                       
Why did Rachael Ray develop a grain-free recipe?

Like you, Rachael Ray wants the best for furry family members like her Isaboo. That's why she worked with a team of pet nutrition experts to create Nutrish® Zero Grain™, a pet food made with simple, natural ingredients that doesn't contain any grains, glutens or fillers. U.S. farm-raised turkey is always the number one ingredient, as it's easily digestible and may help to avoid an allergic response to food allergies. Carefully selected ingredients like whole potatoes, peas and tapioca are the easily digestible vegetable carbohydrates in Zero Grain. It's a natural and wholesome grain-free food that may be more allergy-friendly for your dog. Plus, Zero Grain is available where you currently shop for your family's groceries, and proceeds benefit Rachael's Rescue™ — an organization that helps animals in need.

Why would I want to feed a grain-free food for my dog?

Dogs' natural diets are low in grains. And while carbohydrates are an important part of their diet, they shouldn't be the staple of a healthy, balanced dog diet. That's why real meat is the number one ingredient in all Rachael Ray Nutrish® foods for dogs. Some dogs also have grain and gluten allergies that can cause skin irritations or other problems. These dogs can benefit from a natural, grain-free and gluten-free diet like Nutrish® Zero Grain™, which removes the grain and gluten allergens. Nutrish® Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Recipe is a natural food that doesn't contain any grains, glutens, by-products, fillers or artificial ingredients, so it may be a more easily digestible and allergy-friendly option for your dog.

How do I know Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain™ is safe?

Rachael Ray Nutrish® foods are made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®. Like Rachael, we only want the best for our furry family members. That's why our commitment to safety surpasses anything in the marketplace today. In fact, we are the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of "Excellent" from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Ainsworth Triple Check System

Because they are so committed to pet food safety, they have instituted The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System™. This system allows them to guarantee the safety of their products from the moment they purchase ingredients to the time they ship their products out the door. The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System is just one of the many fundamental things Nutrish does every day to ensure they meet our customers' expectations of quality and safety.

Check OneCommitment to Ingredient Safety: Check One begins with our long-term relationships with our local and domestic suppliers. Our family's team of sourcing experts have carefully chosen each and every one of these suppliers because, like us, they take pride in ensuring their ingredients are not only of the highest quality, but also safe for your pet's overall health and well-being.

Check TwoEnsuring Product Accuracy: Check Two works across our entire operational system to ensure accuracy. Our team of experienced and dedicated employees continuously monitors and verifies every step of the production process to ensure precise nutrient and ingredient levels. In addition, our internal laboratory scientists test, analyze and monitor the production process to ensure no harmful toxins or contaminates are introduced from unknown or unanticipated sources. They also verify our Guaranteed Analysis to ensure the same consistency, high quality and nutrition levels exists in each and every bag.

Check ThreeThere 48-Hour Hold Before Release: Check Three is the final step we take before allowing any food to leave our facilities. Every product is held in our warehouse for 48 hours until safety testing is complete. This step confirms that there is no salmonella present and that nutritional values are accurate in accordance to regulatory and formula standards.


How do I switch my dog from his regular food to Zero Grain™?

It's easy to switch your pet to Nutrish® Zero Grain™! Slowly mix Zero Grain with his other food over a 5- to 10-day period until your dog is solely eating Nutrish Zero Grain. Once your dog is only eating Nutrish Zero Grain, keep in mind that feeding guidelines on the bag are a guide. Your dog's individual needs will vary based upon his size, his activity level and even his age. And overfeeding is a common source of digestive upset. Be sure to check your dog's weight and adjust feeding levels to maintain a healthy weight. And don't forget to see your vet regularly.

Bailee's Barks In

Bailee gave it her Bark Of Approval! She easily transitioned from her previous food to Zero Grain and is now enjoying her Turkey and Potato Recipe dog food.

As a pet parent, the ingredients are well balanced, healthy and a good fit for my dog. As a young doggy, she is very active and has a ton of energy, so we wanted to find a dog food that was suitable for her growing need and we found it with this new dog food. In addition, we have noticed that her coat of fur look shiny and feels extra soft. I can definitely see the benefit of this newly introduced dog food. Overall, we are completely satisfied with Rachael Ray's Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey and & Potato recipe dog food.  Bailee final bark... four PAWS UP! 

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Green Giant Make a Difference {Giveaway} #MyBlogSpark





No longer do you need to sustain a life of less. We know that feeling unsatisfied drives you to cheat on your diet, and cheating makes you feel guilty!

Instead with Green Giant®, you can eat lots more vegetables and feel good about the GIANT difference it makes in managing your weight. 


Because for the same amount of calories, Green Giant® gives you more.

  • More flavor: from steamed, crunchy, fresh veggies that are seasoned with delicious low fat sauces and spices
  • More portion size: A Size that is actually bigger than you think
  • 27 variety's under 100 calories


We love the convenience of using Green Giant frozen vegetable along with our meals. It offers an easy way to incorporate a healthy serving that is also low in calorie and taste delicious. Find additional Healthy Tips HERE.


Thanks to MyBlogSpark on behalf of Green Giant, ONE LUCKY *ace and friends* reader will win a "Green Giant Make A Difference" prize pack (see above) which includes:
  • 5 Coupons for a FREE Box of Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables (up to $2.25 each)
  • 1 $10 Target Gift Card
  • 1 Duffel Bag
  • 1 Water Diffuser Bottle
  • 1 Health & Fitness Journal
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Pacific Rim is available on Blu-ray and DVD October 15th {Giveaway}



About Pacific Rim

Go BIG or go EXTINCT!

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim is an epic science fiction film set in the 2020s. Earth is at war with Kaijus; colossal monsters from an inter-dimensional gateway on the Pacific Ocean floor. Humanity unites to fight these huge monsters by creating the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid robots that are controlled by two pilots whose minds and memories are linked. The story takes place in the later days of the war, following Raleigh Becket, a former Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and paired up with newbie pilot Mako Mori in a final effort to defeat the Kaijus!
 

Pacific Rim is available on Blu-ray & DVD Oct.15th!



In celebration of the with the release of Pacific Rim, check out the fun interactive App above to see if you are the truly are a SUPERFAN!
  • Pacific Rim: CONTROLLABLE GIFs - Move & click your mouse across the GIFs to control the Giant Kaiju and Massive Jaegers! 
  • Pacific Rim SUPERFAN QUIZ - How do your movie smarts stack up? Do you consider yourself to be a movie superfan? Take the quiz to find out! 
  • Pacific Rim SOUNDBOARD - Pacific Rim features epic battles between the Jaegers and Kaiju! Play with SFX from the movie, create your own battle clashes, and save mankind from the apocalypse!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Love and Lists by Tara Sivec Available TODAY! {& Giveaway}





Love and Lists
{Chocoholics}
by Tara Sivec


Now Available


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Love and Lists is the first book in the Chocolate Lovers spinoff ­ Chocoholics: The foul­mouthed offspring tell their stories.

Twenty-­five-­year-­old Gavin Ellis has always had the love and support of his family ever since he was a little boy and couldn't stop talking about his penis. He's also always had their unsolicited advice and uncanny knack of embarrassing him at all costs. Now that he's an adult and trying to convince the love of his life to love him back, things haven't changed very much from when he was younger.

When Gavin's best friend Tyler suggests he make a to­do list of items that will ensure he wins the girl, Gavin is one­hundred­percent on board: after a few six packs.

After puking in the shrubs, a bad experience with Viagra, a Sex­Ed course gone wrong, and a slew of other mishaps courtesy of his family and friends, Gavin is pretty sure this list will be the death of him.

Sometimes, trying to make someone love you with a list isn't always the best idea. Especially when "Show her your penis" is the first "to­do" item... 





As a Tara Sivec fan, I was thrilled at the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Love and Lists. Tara has an amazing writing talent and this book was certainly an example just that and more. Although this book is a spinoff of her popular Chocolate Lovers series, it was certainly a read that I couldn’t put down. If you are a fan of the Chocolate Lovers series, I have a feeling that you will absolutely enjoy this book. Tara has me literally laughing out loud from the first page up until the very end. This quick read is fun and definitely worth picking up! Make sure to stop back on October 4th to catch ace and friends on our stop of Love and Lists Blog Tour!




About The Author


Tara Sivec is a wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, short­order cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec where she can be serious, suspenseful and not at all funny. 




Connect with Tara







Giveaway



TE is providing a prize pack, which include swag that pertains to the book, as well as signed paperback copy of the book.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Kidz Bop 24 {Review and Giveaway} - THREE Winners!





So, the kids heard that Kidz Bop 24 was released and you know what that means.... they HAD to have it! Each release is a DEFINITE must have in our house! I'm so glad we picked up the new release because there are some REALLY amazing songs in this collection. The kids and I have been singing and dancing along ever since it's arrival. Your kids can also feel like a star while singing along to KIDZ BOP 24 with the latest and greatest pop tunes, sung by kids for kids





You know you can't help but sing along!

Track List: 1. Thrift Shop  2. I Knew You Were Trouble 3. Suit & Tie  4. Beauty & A Beat  5. Ho Hey  6. Come & Get It  7. Feel This Moment  8. Scream & Shout  9. Girl On Fire  10. I Love It  11. Can't Hold Us  12. Heart Attack  13. Mirrors  14. 22 15. Just Give Me A Reason 16. Don't Stop The Party

ace and friends thoughts: Admittedly, Kidz Bop 24, has not disappointed. I was skeptical to see how the lyrics would be changed on certain songs, like Suit & Tie (originated by JT), but Kidz Bop amazed with fun, danceable and most importantly appropriate words. The lyrics are kids friendly and just right for kids of all ages. Each song continues to be recognizable because they are the most current top pop song. The kids had a great time listening to this new CD and have requested it every night before bed. They also love dancing along to it when their friends come over and play. I certainly appreciate that my kids can enjoy today's hit songs without having to worry about inappropriate lyrics! If you are looking for music that you can enjoy together with your kids, make sure to run out and get Kidz Bop 24, you (and your kids) won't be disappointed!




2 for 1 Special at KidzBop. Visit Kidz Bop to get 2 copies for the price of one! (2 for $13.98). One for you, one for someone else. SWEET DEAL!

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[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Readers Save $20 Off One-Day Admission to Six Flags Great America!




Six Flags Great America is pleased to present the premiere of igNIGHT – Grand Finale, a mesmerizing and immersive nighttime spectacle bursting with energy, vivid colors, brilliant visual effects, lively performances, fascinating imagery, and pure imagination.



The groundbreaking new high-tech show — the most advanced show in the park’s 37-year history! — plays on all your senses, taking you on a wonderfully wild journey to a beautiful never-before-seen world. Watch in wonder as igNIGHT illuminates the dark night, magically bringing to life a phenomenal bright and vibrant multimedia universe filled with music, singing, dancing, laser lighting, and pyrotechnics right before your very eyes. Guest interaction along with advanced audio, enhanced video projection, and special effects round out the brand new show that is sure to stun and delight audiences of all ages.

igNIGHT – Grand Finale will premiere in summer 2013 and will take place in the evenings right before the park closes because there’s no better way to end an adrenaline-filled day at Six Flags Great America than with a big bang!



My Readers Save $20 Off One-Day Admission to Six Flags Great America with this special ace and friends COUPON




[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Feld Entertainment is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this promotion.
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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