Tuesday, January 31, 2012

#giveaway #giftcard 4 reuseit.com - reusables for every part of your life *CLOSED!*


High-quality, innovative reusables - plus facts, news and simple actions you can take to help the cause! 
I love re-purposing things, and doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint. I don't know how you could not be aware, but those little plastic shopping bags the stores use are the devil! :)
I say this because they are made of plastic. It doesn't go back to the earth for thousands of years, it is hazardous to animal life, and just an all around nuisance. If you agree, you should check out Reuseit.com's totes & shopping bags

A lot of people are more aware now, and doing their part to help. So if you haven't jumped on this bandwagon yet, then it is definitely time. 
The problem we have with our reusable shopping bags is we just have too many. People's shopping patterns and habits vary greatly. Perhaps growing up poor(er) than most makes me realize when you have money for groceries go ahead and get them.

 I use coupons and fill UP a buggy (shopping cart to those up north). That being said- I need almost every single one of the bags we use. I have cold bags and thicker bags, and clerks and baggers haven't yet realized how to utilize these properly. My hope is that with more experience as more and more people use them, I won't have to instruct them along the way. This is why I love self-checkout. I just do it myself, you know? If ever I am out without my bags, and I do get one of those dreaded plastic baggies, I always make sure to not put it in the trash, and I save them. Until I have a good bit of them. I recycle them back at the store. In case you didn't know, most stores do have a designated area for returning the plastic bags to be recycled. 

Read the (above) blog post on Reuseit.com's site about using re-usable bags!!

The fact that we have so many bags, is why when I saw this Reisenthal Easybag I loved it right away. I have problems with putting my coupons in the buggy as I use them. Because I am so careless with them, they often fall out of the slots of the shopping cart! The Reisenthal EasyBags are neat because they have a little zippered pouch for coupons to go in, plus the roll up into little slender (folded resembles sort-of umbrella shaped) totes, that makes easier for handling, travel and storage.

I suppose I looked silly snapping pictures of them as I walked around the store, but it was funny because several people did comment and ask me where I had found such neat little bags. I am sure people haven't seen such a neat innovation like this before.
The bags are designed to sit along, with plastic "clips" the edges of the cart just so.

Although the Walmart cart seemed slightly bigger than the bags might be designed for, I was able to fit them, but it was quite snug. 

I did learn one thing, and I can tell you do not put too much weight in them. I don't know if you can tell from my pictures, but in the Wal-Mart cart, they bags didn't quite touch the bottom. The cart is designed so that it goes slightly downhill in depth, the top part closer to the child's seat is taller from rim to bottom, and the back of the buggy is smaller from rim to bottom. The bag closest to the baby (my sweet, sweet baby, Devonny) did not touch the bottom, as more weight went into it, the little plastic "*clips" (although they aren't really clips, as they do not really attach, more sit along the "*rim" of the cart.) started to bend, and looked like the might break if I put too much weight in. This being said, some carts may be different and maybe not a one-size-fits-all.

 "With these bags I simply place my groceries back into the bags hanging in the cart. I sort freezer and refrigerator into one and dry/pantry items into the other. No struggling with shaky hands and plastic bags that won't stand up. I can pack a large order in no time at all and not feel like I\'m holding up the whole line PLUS loading into the car requires only 2 lifts not 10 flimsy bags. PLUS unloading into the house is simply and the groceries are presorted. I LOVE these bags!!!!!!!!"

The bag sells on the Reuseit site for:

OR 2+ price: $14.95 (17% off)

**Please excuse my obvious ignorance of shopping cart terminology. 
(It's the best I can do!)

Overall, I love the idea of this product, and I would definitely recommend it.

Reuseit.com has several other things I would've loved to try such as:
To-Go Ware 2-Tier Stainless Steel Food Carrier ($24.95)

SIGG 0.4L Kids Reusable Water Bottle ($16.95)

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(Dendrology) The study of fast growing trees from personal experience.

Fastest Growing Trees
The Royal Empress tree as a baby in April 2011

I wanted to share with you guys about our story of our Royal Empress Tree. When we moved in our house, we had little to no trees in our yard. We love in Zone 9, that's to say it's extremely hot most of the year here, and we have very tropical Florida weather that you would expect to find here, as we are near the inland, and 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Our soil is very sandy, and loose, so much so that it washes away very easily. It is not very fertile soil, not rich in color or nutrients at all. Before we even researched fast growing trees.. we wanted to spruce up our yard. Our living room has a 16ft vaulted ceiling, so expensive to heat and cool, especially since there is no shade on the front of the house, and we're pretty sure the house is not properly insulated. I remember hearing that by the laws here, they only have to insulate 80% (or something like that) and so they only did the bare minimum. Now we pay for it, quite literally. I love trees, and there are trees that line the yard, but they are on the side of the house that it's irrelevant if there are trees there. Plus- they are those annoying brown spiky things that fall from them. Oh! They are Sweetgum Trees, right? They grow like annoying weeds. The spiky clusters that fall from them produce like 10-20 sprouts in my yard that we're constantly uprooting. They grow fast too, but I wouldn't recommend them at all. Since there are about 40 of them alongside of our house, and they keep the sandy dirt from sliding even more into the huge miles long ditch/trench/water runoff that runs directly by our house. I cannot really cut them down. It's would be too expensive and frustrating and pointless.

I felt my yard looked naked. Our first purchase was 2 fruit trees.  Two peach trees from Lowes. One male, one female, though neither required the other to produce fruit, but supposedly said that would make them bear larger fruit together than without it's mate. Sadly, one of them died after the first 8 months. It's wasn't getting as much water or was in a bad spot for sunlight, in any case- it didn't thrive. The other did. It is shown in the picture just below to the right. It's twice as old as the Royal Empress in the picture below. The peach tree produced some 20-30 baby peaches it's first spring season. I promptly, upon the urging of my husband, pulled them all off. I almost cried. I left one on. My husband said that they would suck all the water and nutrients and keep the tree from growing larger. He said the he read that you are not supposed to let it's first fruits grow. The one I left on got pretty big. I ate it a few weeks later. Immediately I was incredibly sad I hadn't left the other baby fruits on it. It was wonderfully sweet.  Knowing we had grown it might have made it taste better. I was cussing myself, worried it would pass on like the other tree before I got more fruit from it. Hopefully when we sell this house, the tree's we plant will add some charm and value. Hopefully the new owners will not cut them down. I would be very sad.
Our Royal Empress tree this September 2011, only a few months old.
The leaves on this thing are bigger than my torso.

We still needed more trees though. My husband wanted one that would grow very fast. We needed shade pronto, and as wide as the peach tree was getting 2 years later, it wasn't really doing much in the way of offering shade, being that it was only 10 feet tall, (20 ft wide) and our house is humongous. So, we found that the royal empress tree was probably our best bet. It has beautiful fragrant flowers, and humongous leaves. The leaves were going to help with shade. This tree is said to grow some 12 ft or more in the first year. We planted it front and center where our house suffers from heat strokes in the blistering summers, and waited. It didn't take long for it to sprout up like a weed. I am so impressed with this tree, and I know within another year it will probably offer complete shade on our house.

A Royal Empress in full bloom.
Here's our house , so you can see what I mean. I just walked outside and snapped this picture, so this is what the trees now look like in January. The picture is reversed from the other picture though. In the first picture you see, I took from my front door, looking out into the yard. The picture below- is at the end of my driveway looking now at the house and it's wonky massive roof. So now the peach tree is on the left, although you can barely see it. The peach tree dropped it's leaves super early, and was almost bare by November. Which sounds right, but considering the very very very warm winter we've had, and that all the other trees are still GREEN as all get out, it did worry me. I know little to nothing of trees, although I am extremely enthusiastic about them.. a tree-hugger to the core.

I like this website we ordered from, Fast-growing-trees.com because they ship so quickly and the trees arrive in pristine condition. They have wonderful guarantees, as well as user generated reviews on each item. They make it easy to know if a tree is right for you, with detailed descriptions, and planting zones, and make it easy to find which planting zone you are in. In addition, searching on their website is super easy too, as you can search by tree, growing zone, and even by state. I like this website a lot. If you are looking for a fast growing tree, there is a whole section devoted entirely to that. Help improve your carbon foot-print and plant some trees. Their prices are great on nut trees, I have considered purchasing their American Hazelnut but I am not too sure. I think our next tree purchase will probably be the Eucalyptus or Blood Orange tree. I think though, I have decided on the gorgeously colored, bright red, Autumn Blaze Maple tree.
The Eucalyptus

"I planted our Royal Empress Tree late in the season, so I knew it wouldn’t grow much before going dormant. Still, it reached about 6 feet.

My Father-in-law wasn’t impressed. He said “cut it down and you’ll really see a show”. “But I’ll lose all this growth”, I replied. “No you won’t” he said, “you’ll get it back in a few weeks, just watch”. He took a saw and cut it flat to the ground.

He was right… this tree is indestructible… it shot out of the ground in spring and grew 15 feet that year, then reached 25 feet the next year. It was like watching Jack and the Beanstalk. 

Best of all, this is a flowering tree you don’t have to baby. It grows almost everywhere, from Mexico to Canada, preferring zones 5-11. It has no significant insect or disease problems… tolerates drought…and grows in almost any kind of soil, even toxic ones. It's a hardwood tree that lives to an old age.

You can also feel good that you’re planting one of the most environmentally beneficial trees in the world. Your Empress Tree will have large leaves that act as giant air filters, pulling pollution out of the air at a remarkable rate… turning it into wood, then releasing high amounts of beneficial oxygen."

Read more: Royal Empress Tree | Flowering Trees 

This review is sponsored by Fast-Growing-Trees.com - still the opinions and experiences are entirely my own, and 100% accurate.

Monday, January 30, 2012

"Prove it to Yourself!" campaign - FREE samples of Purex

The new FreeSamplePurex.com promotion is up and running. Today,  
Monday, January 30th, free samples of new Purex Triple Action liquid 
detergent are now available. 

Free Sample Purex

In a few weeks, new Purex UltraPacks samples will also be available 
via the FreeSamplePurex.com website. Please note, that the 
FreeSamplePurex.com promotion only allows one Purex sample per 
household per year, so if people choose to sign up for the liquid 
sample now, they will no longer be eligible to sign up for the 
UltraPacks sample once it is available. And it is also explained 
on the FreeSamplePurex.com page. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tiny prints in time for Saint Valentines

Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day already? Here at Locomotion of Expressions, we have already made valentines and started picking out Valentines day gifts! The kids always get candy. But this year I wanted to get a Lalaloopsy doll as a present for me, to keep as a collectible. I always have liked Bea Spells A Lot and her lil' cute Owl Friend. 

Tiny Prints reached out to me, and they are gearing up for the holiday and I would love to help them and spread the word about some of their uber cute Valentine’s Day Cards.

  You can see all the cute designs they have here: Valentines Day cards for kids

As you can see with the Little Red Riding Hood card (above) and the Wonderpets, Loveable Mane & Wonderland cards, these cards are totally able of being personalized with names and such.  Valentine Cards shopping just got a little easier! You should use the links in these post and get some of these styles now (even if just for next year) and have a look at some more like these:  Valentines Day Greeting Cards

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I have not yet decided which cards we will pick, but I think they will be for Devonny, and I think I'll save them for next year! I'm leaning towards the Wonderpets cards, but which ones of those pictured (above) do you like best?

 ** I received Free Cards for blogging from Tiny Prints in exchange for my post **

Slingshot T-Shirts - THE PUNISHER apparel + giveaway 2/13


$18.99 &  $17.99       
So everyone has that favorite old cult movie favorite. No, not a movie about actual Cults, but a cult movie is more of a phemonema that happens when a crowd of people love it and it is a big hit. Like, May, or Jawbreakers, or Final Destination to name a few. people who are extremely sincere in their love for "insert-movie-name" here. If you have some movies that you just can't get enough of, you should probably look around Slingshot's T-Shirts website. You can probably find a lot of music/movies and cartoon/licensed character apparel there. Noah loves the movie The Punisher, so I thought to get him this awesome Hoodie from them! It is so soft and has very soft fur inside the hoodie. It is so comfortable and he looks so cute in it! I wore it one night too! Find more: Punisher Apparel

But this is not the first review I have done for Slingshottshirts.com! Read my other two reviews
here & there. But enter to win here first!

   Punisher Logo Hoodie. This is a very nice Punisher logo hoodie. The Hoodie is a gray adult fit with a Punisher logo on the front. Licensed by DC Comics.

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Our Hoodie


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One of the shirts from the LoE favorite Categories!!!
You can pick a T-shirt under 28$ in any of the following 3 categories for yourself or someone else.

(1) One Winner will have their choice of One (1) shirt. arv 28$
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*Disclaimer* I was sent a free shirt for review purposes but was not compensated in exchange for this post. The opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Nicki Minaj - Fly ft. Rihanna

painting their own pictures.. trying to crop me in

Go inside Celebrity Kitchens! court. Yahoo! news


The March issue of Architectural Digest gives readers a peek inside a few of these impressive kitchens
Love these two most!!!

Most bachelor pad kitchens don't have a medieval style or a crystal chandelier, but most of them don't belong to actor Gerard Butler. The actor describes his loft in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood as "bohemian old-world rustic château with a taste of baroque," and in keeping with the "old-world" theme, the kitchen's cabinetry and backsplash were created from leftover flooring materials.
Gerard Bulter's kitchen in New York City. Durston Saylor/AD

Diane Keaton's kitchen in the Los Angeles enclave of Bel Air. Tim Street-Porter/AD

Diane Keaton doesn't have to worry about the kitchen inside her Spanish Colonial Revival home located in the posh L.A. enclave of Bel Air looking anything like her neighbors'. Designers turned three small rooms into a spacious family room and kitchen, which features a Robert Frost quote written over an archway and a breakfast bar covered in colorful tiles the actress picked up at a swap meet. "I bought up every tile in town," she told the magazine.

source: http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/aline/inside-celebrity-kitchens-232158486.html

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Promgirl- allowing complete freedom of movement is an expression of fashion

On Promgirl you can find  from the most popular intricate dressmakers, like Clarisse,  Scala, Badgley Mischka, Tony Bowls, and Jovani! The articles of fashion and glamour found at Promgirl.net are far reaching! In fact- they will even be sponsoring Miss Galaxy UK and Miss Teen Galaxy UK in 2012. In addition, they were also chosen to supply long cocktail dresses, formal dresses, short dresses and accessories to contestants on ABC Family’s new reality TV series America’s Queen!
Win a free dress!!!

Theire gowns can be found in magazines such as Seventeen and Elle Girl.
On this site you will find strapless dresses, formal black gowns, party and ball gowns, short prom dresses, homecoming dressings, things so classic and trendy you could wear to wedding, Quinceañera gowns, and even funky dresses! Many of their gowns are under $200 and $100 !!!

When you select any of their party or evening gowns, you can be sure that you are getting a high quality design.
Coolest thing I learned while researching their site is; they only ship one of each gown to each zip code. That saves you from wearing the same dress your friends are wearing! You will have one of their unique gowns that is all yours.
Helping someone find the perfect dress can be a challenge. It really depends on a number of things, at Promgirl there are so many to choose from, affordable dresses, expensive dresses, strapless, asymmetrical dresses, long gowns.... By narrowing down all the options for evening attire to find the perfect one is something that may take some time. Once you’ve found a dress, you need accessories to go with it.

 Promgirl has a section of their site devoted entirely to that single need. I found some really special pieces there, so go have it a look and see for yourself.  At Promgirl you can also buy your shoes there too. A great pair of shoes can make or break a dress. At this years 2012 Golden Globes,  The Descendants star Shailene Woodley couldn't take the pressure at last night's Golden Globes after party, resorting to desperate measures to soothe her aching feet. Vibram FiveFingers are a "barefoot" shoe. That is they try to mimic going barefoot while providing the protection of a shoe sole. Basically they have "toes" on them. Don't do what she did and ruin your lovely gown with a pair of shoes that will make people gasp with shock when you walk buy. A classic pump or strappy heel is your best bet for any shoe paired with prom dresses or formal wear.

Photo: Getty
On that note, I want to add that it is a hot trend now to wear a shoe that is a different color than your dress. A bright red pump can perfectly be paired with a black (or other colored) dress. But use your best judgement. Also sparkly glitter shoes are trendy as well, and can liven up a solid colored dress. Be careful not to over-accessorize, especially if your dress is loud. If it is- stick to one or two smaller pieces. Aside from shoes, find a great handbag that matches the outfit so that you have something you can carry everything in. Just like shopping for your evening wear, there are all kinds of available options for these that you’ll want to take a look at and see what matches your personality and the dress the best.

Its very smart to d a  "trial run" a few days before the event with your hair & makeup! Flip & browse through top celebrity style magazines to get an idea of what you might like, and have a few friends that you know will give you their honest opinion. Find the perfect shades of makeup for the colors and hairstyle you will be sporting, and don't be afraid to try things you normally wouldn't. You might just hit it out of the ballpark.It does help to have everything planned out ahead of time. A lot of work goes into getting ready for your event and having a great night.
For more advice on formal events check out Promgirl!!!

Please be sure to visit the Prom Girl Facebook page which runs a Free Dress Giveaway once a month and register for the free giveaway.  Also, be sure to check out my last review I wrote for Promgirl <- at that link!

DisclaimerI received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Your experience with the product may differ from mine.