Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Make Your Own Projects With Rockwell Bladerunner X2 and Sonicrafter F30 (Review & Giveaway)

Rockwell is celebrating Halloween with the launch of the new Rockwell BladeRunner X2 
and Sonicrafter F30; a warp speed oscillating tool that's great for tackling all kinds of DIY 
projects, including carving pumpkins and making signs.
I was sent both of these awesome tools to create my own Halloween decor.  There is so much you can do with these!  After much contemplation, I decided to make this fabulous outdoor sign.  
 I started with a board, orange & black wood safe paint, and wood glue.  Then, I free-hand drew the letters on the board.  Stencils probably would have been better but I wanted a spooky look.

 Next, I set up the BladeRunner X2 and was ready to cut out the letters.  It was easy to set up and took very little time.  The letters took a little while to cut because of all the curves.  It was really fun to do though!  I used the bottom half of my board for the sign base and a small strip for a stake.

I laid everything out and painted them.  When they were dry, I painted the insides of the letters and glued everything with wood glue.  I have a decal machine so I made the zombies and skull out of vinyl to set it off.

Then, I placed it in front of my porch to greet all my guests.  I think if I can use power tools to make a sign like this, anyone can!  I would definitely recommend Rockwell tools to anyone who wants to make their own projects.  Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
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Rockwell Sonicrafter F30
Before buying another oscillating tool check out Rockwell's new Sonicrafter F30.  This tool is fast, real fast – up to twice as fast as competing brands -- with an industry-breaking oscillating angle of 4°. 

 The 3.5 amp F30 and 4 amp F50 oscillating tools work harder, too. In fact, they can absorb 30 and 35 lbs. of force, respectively, before stalling out, while competitors drop out at 22 lbs. or less. 

The new Sonicrafter F30 is leaner, with a more tapered body.  Plus, it’s equipped with true Universal Fit to accept other brand's accessories without compromise. Hyperlock locks down accessories with one metric ton of force to eliminate blade slippage during cuts. 

The Rockwell Sonicrafter Sonicrafter F30 (RK5131K, $119) is available at Lowes or other select major retailers.  A hard case is included and features separate bulk storage areas for quick and easy access to the tool’s accessories. 

Rockwell BladeRunner X2

One of the most popular benchtop table saws to ever hit the market was the Rockwell® BladeRunner – the saw that cuts nearly everything, including wood, PVC, plastic, aluminum and ceramic tile, using standard T-shank jigsaw blades.  Now Rockwell has introduced its newest saw, the BladeRunner X2.

BladeRunner X2 accommodates longer and wider workpieces for ripping and crosscutting.  The new blade guard assembly also incorporates a splitter, which helps
keep straight cuts on track.  This saw has a lower profile of 6 ¾ in. high and weighs less than 15 lbs.

What distinguishes BladeRunner X2 from other benchtop saws is its blade.  Instead of a saw blade, it uses standard 4 in., T-shanked jigsaw blades, which are widely available through hardware stores and home centers. 

The innovative 3000 spm saw is powered by a 5.5-amp motor.  The saw’s cutting capacity is 1 ½ in. in wood; 1 ¼ in. in PVC; 3/8 in. in aluminum and ceramic tile, and  1/8 in. in mild steel. 

BladeRunner’s X2 base is impact resistant and constructed for durability.  It’s supported by four, non-marring rubber feet.  The body of the saw features dedicated miter gauge and rip fence storage.  

 One lucky winner will receive their choice of
(1) Rockwell BladeRunner X2 or (1) Rockwell Sonicrafter F30.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to U.S. Only.  Thank you for entering and good luck!

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Disclosure:  I was provided free products for promotional purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Prepare to be Shocked with Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!

 Reality Shock! is the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bestselling annual series. Crystal-clear photography paired with zany stories and amazing facts and figures, which are undeniably true but incredibly hard to believe, will make this book a must-have for every household.
Reality Shock! brings the weird with new stories, amazing photos from around the world, & odd traditions humans have from the North Pole to Antarctica.  It includes fascinating, yet maybe gross, stories about Animals, Sports, Human Bodies, Feats, Art, Food, and more!

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a Reality Shock! book.  I have bought several Ripley's Believe It or Not! books for my kids but this one is by far the most shocking!  We all like to read these books to see how weird and fascinating the world is.  (And we thought we were weird!)  This book brings together the most outrageous things Ripley's could find.  You'll find cute, funny, crazy, scary, wild, and some of the grossest stuff you can imagine!  I read the whole book before I gave it to my kids.  After they looked through it, they kept bringing it to me saying "Oh mom, look at this!"  They both enjoyed it a lot.  I would definitely recommend Reality Shock to anyone who enjoys the strange and shocking things that you don't see every day.  It is available at major bookstores nationwide.  Check out the website for more Ripley's books.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! has launched the Reality Shock! Getaway contest, featuring weekly prizes and an unbelievable grand prize.

Here's how it works:
  1. Fill out the entry form on the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Facebook page 
  2. Take the weekly book quiz and pick the "Believe It" story that comes from the pages of Reality Shock!
Players earn points for taking each weekly quiz and are eligible to win weekly prizes, including Ripley's books, toys and tickets. Players who earn enough points to reach the "Unbelievable" level will be entered into the grand prize drawing.
The Reality Shock! Getaway grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Orlando that includes:
  • Two round trip airline tickets
  • 3 day, 2 night hotel stay
  • Transportation
  • $500 spending money
  • Prize pack of Ripley's merchandise
  • A private tour of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Collection
Disclosure:  I was provided a free product for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Best Buy has the perfect camera for everyone on your gift list!

The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to get your gift idea lists out.  Are you ready?   I have an idea that may help you cross a few people off your list already.  You may even get one for yourself.  I know I want one!

Let me introduce you to the brand new GoPro line of cameras available now at Best Buy.
Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

Here's some details about some of the most popular models...
GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.
·         GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

·         GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.
12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates

Best Buy also offers all of the accessories to go along with GoPro cameras so you can capture every exciting moment.

Make sure your friends and loved ones are prepared to capture all of their picture perfect moments.  You wouldn't want to miss this! 
Learn more at the website or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seeking Sponsors for the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

I have decided to have a gift guide once again this year and will begin posting now through the end of the year.  Please check back often to see what great items we have found and enter some awesome giveaways!
I will post reviews in the order they are received and giveaways will be posted at the same time.
Giveaways will run for 2 weeks.
The gift guide will be continuously updated and promoted!

Sponsors: Contact me today to get your product on the review list. Due to overwhelming requests this year, I am only accepting reviews that are relevant to my family's needs/desires.  I am looking for gift ideas for women, men, kids (aged 11+), & pets. Reviews are done free of charge but you are responsible for shipping costs and prize fulfillment if you wish to offer a giveaway prize.  If you do not wish to offer a review but want to be included in the gift guide, please email me for advertising rates at rebelchick81@embarqmail.com.

I can't wait to put the "Rockin seal of approval" on all of these great new items and hope to see some under your tree!
Feel free to email any questions or ideas you have to Rita at rebelchick81@embarqmail.com.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Straighten Your Hair Professionally at Home at a Fraction of the Cost with a Gurin Flat Iron (Review)

Straighten, flip and curl your hair with the Gurin Professional Salon Model Flat Iron.
It has an adjustable temperature from 240F to 450F (120C - 220C) to suit all hair types.
Ceramic/tourmaline plates create a shinier, silkier finish in less time.
 The1.25 inch plate width is wide enough for any hair length and hair types, yet narrow enough for bangs.
Transform frizzy, dull hair into gorgeous straight, sleek locks.

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a Gurin 1.25" Flat Iron.  For the last few months, I have been wearing my hair straight.  This means I have to blow dry and flat-iron my hair everyday since it is naturally curly.  It gets old but my hair looks better straight.  Since I started using this straightener, it looks and feels even better.  It gives it a silky, smooth finish and it completely takes the frizz away. It is small enough to get into the hard to reach sections behind my ears, which is hard to do with the bigger irons without getting burned.  It heats up quickly and doesn't get too hot for my fingers to touch the outside.

To prove how well it works, the photo below is me this morning after blow-drying my hair.  Yikes!  Frizz city!  Please overlook the hair color.  I am in the process of removing the black from the bottom of my hair and gradually going to blonde.  I am trying to save my hair from the ultimate abuse.  I use the iron on a medium setting to prevent further damage and it works very well.

Here I am halfway done straightening my hair with the Gurin flat iron.  Big difference, huh?

And literally after five minutes, I am done!  No frizz, no dry ends!  I have silky soft hair that I can run my fingers through.  I can flip the iron to make my ends curl under or around my face if I want. 

I love how great this iron works and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality flat iron at low price.  You can purchase it HERE on Amazon. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get Rid of Cellulite With NuElle Triple Action Cellulite Concentrate

NuElle Triple Action Cellulite Concentrate contains a cocktail of 25 well known flub busters that assist in weight loss and cellulite reduction, like caffeine, L'Carnitine, Butcher's Broom, Bladderwrack, Ivy and many others. It is formulated to work both on the surface and in depth.  This revolutionary treatment has multiple performance that can be seen with the naked eye within 2-3 weeks by firming on the surface, detoxifying on the inside, reducing water retention and fat cell clusters, while improving circulation and overall appearance of the skin. 

Directions: Apply in circular motions twice a day, on all affected areas, specially on thighs, buttocks, stomach - to help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. (Preferably two hours after eating or one hour before meal. Your body will only burn fat when it has none in the bloodstream.) This product creates slight "sauna" effect that may cause you to sweat more on the areas where the product was applied. 

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a bottle of NuElle Triple Action Cellulite Concentrate.  I didn't have a ton of cellulite before I started using it but there was enough there to make me self conscious about it.  After using the product for three weeks, I could definitely see results.  My skin was firmer and the cellulite was reduced.  Here are my before and after pictures....

It is hard to see the cellulite in the first picture but it is there.  I didn't even use this every single day or even twice a day as directed.  But I still got results that I was happy with.  Even my skin texture was improved!  I know when spring comes, I will definitely remember this product and order a bottle because I will need it.  I always gain a few extra pounds over the winter and need to work harder to bounce back in the spring.  I would definitely recommend NuElle to anyone looking for a cellulite reducing cream that works quickly.  You can purchase it HERE on Amazon. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paradise Coconut Oil is Great for Cooking, Skin, & Hair (Review)

Paradise is a 100% natural coconut oil that can be used for hair, skin, eating, cooking and smoothies!
  Their coconuts are hand-picked by local farmers in Fiji!  They put an incredible amount of care to ensure that EVERY single coconut remains in its natural state and is derived in its most nutritious form. 

--Pure and Unrefined
--Cold Pressed
--Gluten Free
--Low Carb

It has no gross tastes or smells and, no side effects. 

*USDA Certified Organic*

My Review: 

I recently had the chance to review a jar of Paradise Coconut Oil.  There are so many uses for this stuff, I don't know where to start.  I have always preferred coconut oil like this for my skin because it makes it feel amazing.  It also makes a great tan when I have time to lay out.  It does not leave my skin feeling overly greasy like many oils do.  When my hands and feet get dry and cracked, a tiny bit of coconut oil heels them up quickly!  This stuff is literally unscented so you don't have to walk around smelling like a coconut.  You can have great feeling skin and layer it with your favorite perfume.
You can use it as a cooking or frying oil as well.  I have used it in a few recipes and there is no coconut taste.  The recipes turned out great and I like it because they are healthier.  I would definitely recommend Paradise Coconut Oil to anyone.  You can purchase it HERE on Amazon in two different sizes.    

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Extremely LOW entry giveaway ending soon

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Have your home videos transferred to DVD's!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Have your home videos transferred to DVD with YesVideo! (Review & Giveaway)

YesVideo allows you to preserve and relive your home movies by transferring your videos to DVD's and online.  Simply create a FREE online account, that you can access from anywhere.  Send in your VHS or movie reels and they will ship back your original movies as well as your movies on DVD!  The same copy will be available in your online account for you to order copies, make Hallmark cards with snapshots from your videos, and more!

 I recently had the chance to review the service of YesVideo.  I was so excited when I was asked to send in up to three videos to have made into DVD's.  I have always wanted my high school TV class videos made into a DVD.  Yes, our school has a TV class and we get to make music videos!  I sang "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin and was all decked out in complete hippy attire.  I hadn't seen this video since high school and I graduated in 1999.  I really wanted my kids to see it.  As I was digging through stuff to find it, I found my wedding video that my mom recorded (also back in '99).  I have never even seen it!  Isn't it bad that I have never seen my own own wedding video because I don't have a VCR?  I actually didn't know I had the video until I came across it that day.  It made me happy to find it because I really wanted to see it and show it to my kids as well.  I also found my Senior Memories video that was made right before graduation.  It was a compilation of baby pictures, senior pictures, and just memories that our class of 1999 wanted to share.  It is something to look back at to remember everyone.  I had to send that one too.

When my DVD's arrived, I couldn't wait to watch them.  Each movie had numbered photo frames on the front and back so I could skip to a certain section if I wanted to.  I watched my wedding video first and saw myself walk down the aisle for the first time.  I saw my Godfather cut into our second dance and completely shocked my husband.  It brought tears to my eyes as I relived these memories.  Seeing my Godparents, who are no longer with us, in my wedding video just tore my heart out.  It was difficult to figure out who some people were, especially the kids.  My kids liked watching them to see how much we have changed.  This was fifteen years ago!  My mom had also filmed my son's first Christmas on this same tape, which I had no idea that was on there.  He was only about two weeks old.  As far as I know, this is the only video footage in existence of him when he was a baby.  Nobody I knew had a video camera when he was little except my mom and she lived in Arizona.  She only came to visit once a year.  

Next, I watched my TV videos from my Junior year of 1997/98.  I remember having so much fun in that class.  We learned the basics of TV production but the highlight was getting to make a music video.  It was so hard to choose a song.  I have always been stuck in the 80's but there aren't a lot of girl singers from the era that I like.  I decided to jump back to the 70's and sing Janis.  Here is a clip from our amateur video work...

  It's amazing how much I have changed!  I'm thinner now and don't remember ever making the transition to what I am now.  I don't remember my hair ever being that dark!  

Finally, I watched my Senior Memories.  It's crazy how much we have all changed!  I only see a few of the people I graduated with.  Most of us are married and have kids now.  Some got married right out of high school like I did.  It's fun to look back and see what we used to be like back then.  I couldn't even remember some of the people and had to get out the old yearbooks.  I can't thank YesVideo enough for bringing my memories back to me.  I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to have their home videos transferred to DVD.  Check out their website or follow them on Facebook & Twitter.


One lucky reader will win a $50 YesVideo Gift Card!  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Thank you for entering & good luck!

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Disclosure: " This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and YesVideo. I received the featured service free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine."

Friday, August 8, 2014

Check out Citrus Lane, the must have monthly subscription box for parents!

Once upon a time, I was a first-time mom. And like many expectant mothers, I spent months planning for every last detail of motherhood. To find the absolute best products for my baby, I emailed all my mom friends and asked which brands they loved the most. Soon my inbox was flooded with advice on everything from breast pumps and strollers to pacifiers and swaddle blankets. Being a parent is an amazing experience! But let's face it, it's not an easy job. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming. How'd I finally make my decisions? I turned to other parents for their sage advice and words of wisdom. And that's why I created Citrus Lane--to help parents discover innovative products, share information, ask questions and find inspiration. I like to think of our monthly boxes as care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journeys. Every product we include has been recommended and reviewed by our advisory board and our community. No marketing gimmicks, no paid placements -- just real recommendations from real parents for products that solve real problems. I hope that you enjoy being here as much as I enjoyed creating it for you. Happy parenting! Mauria Mauria Finley, Founder, CEO and Mother of Two

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prize Candles Have a Surprise Inside Worth Up to $5000!

Prize Candles are an eco-conscious candle line that is sophisticated, elegant, and festive, yet still affordable.  The all natural soy wax candles come in several amazing scents and are beautifully packaged.  The best part is the suspense of the prize inside every candle that is valued up to $5,000!

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a Prize Candle for the first time.  I was sent a Provence Lavender candle.  To be honest, I despise all things floral scented but this was a scent I could tolerate.  It has a nice fresh scent that filled the room quickly but wasn't overpowering.  I let it burn all day and finally I could see the prize packet tucked into the bottom side.

My kids were going crazy wanting to pick at it since it could be worth $5,000.  I finally got the pliers out and pulled it out.

There was a plastic capsule that contained a pretty ring and a piece of paper with a code on it.  I could go online and find out the value of my ring.  There was also a coupon code for my next purchase!

My ring is valued at $10.00 but it is still cute.  I can't wait to order more candles from Prize Candle because they last so long.  The suspense of what's inside is just an extra perk!  I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants an amazing scented candle with a fun surprise inside.  Check out the website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Disclosure:  I was provided a free product for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Save Big Money at The Children's Place With These Deals

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles With Azure Naturals Ultimate C Skin Repair Serum (Review)

Azure Naturals provides high quality facial skincare and anti-aging products using natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. We are committed to delivering the finest skin care system and making sure that our clients are 100% satisfied with the results.
Azure Naturals ULTIMATE VITAMIN C Serum is the fastest acting and most effective vitamin C serum available.   It's loaded with powerful anti-aging ingredients, 20% Vitamin C, 11% Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Organic Aloe, & Amino Complex. It is perfect for sun damaged skin, fades sunspots, improves discoloration, and helps protect against future damage.  It also refines skin texture, by visibly plumping and firming skin, stimulates collagen production, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  It is made with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients available: 98% natural, 72% organic, contains no Alcohol, no parabens, plant based, no GMO's, cruelty and gluten free!
  • ONE YEAR MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: All Azure Naturals products are backed by a 365-day, 100% Hassle-Free, Money Back Guarantee. If you don't absolutely love the ULTIMATE VITAMIN C Serum they will give you a full refund, including shipping, no matter where you buy the product!

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a bottle of Azure Naturals Ultimate C Skin Repair Serum.  I have recently become addicted to Vitamin C serums so I had to try this.  It wasn't was what I was used to.  Other serums I have tried are like pure orange pulp but this is almost white.  It has a fresh scent and absorbs quickly.  It does not feel oily or greasy.  It comes with a dropper and a sprayer.  Since it claims to visibly plump & firm skin, I wanted to see if I would be able to tell if it was working after the first use.  Here is my left eye before and after photos, ten minutes after applying the serum for the first time.


It definitely has a slight instant plumping affect.  I have used it for a couple of weeks now and my fine lines are starting to diminish.  I love the way my whole face feels after applying the serum since it does not leave a residue.  I just have soft, smooth, healthy skin.  I would definitely recommend Azure Naturals to anyone looking for a great skin care product.  You can find it HERE on Amazon or follow Azure Naturals on Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.