Thursday, July 17, 2014

Get Crafting Inspiration with the New #Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection

*The Spellbinders Brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection in exchange for a product review.  However all opinions expressed are my own.

Check it Out!  Crafting is one of my passions! I love finding new products and new ways to craft so when I was recently offered the opportunity to review the new Spellbinders Collection I was so excited!

The Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection by Richard Garay includes dies, stamps, paper, ink and accessories that are all coordinated to work perfectly together.  Everything you need to create one of a kind cards, scrapbook layouts and gifts!  Full of captivating colors and bold, bright cardstock in both solids and printed, there are a ton of options to get you inspired.  You can check out the whole Celebra'tions Collection HERE.  

The package I received contained the supplies needed to complete two projects.  As you can see one is a card and the other is a treat bag.  Perfect to give together these little kits were easy to put together.

The first project is the Celebrate Party Hat Card Kit which contained all the supplies needed to create this cute little card.  All the pieces were pre- cut and the words were pre-stamped so there really wasn't much to do but create the party hat by folding the piece of cardstock and then to layer the pieces together.

Here is the finished Spellbinders Celebra'tions Celebrate Party Hat Card.

The other kit I received contained everything I needed to create a cute Best Day Ever Treat Bag.  Again with pretty much everything ready, all I had to do for this kit is to cut out the tiny tag and the celebrations tag to layer everything up. Then I just filled it up with treats and tied it off with the tag. 

Here is the finished Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection Best Day Ever Treat Bag.

I also received a cute little stamp set in my package that I am sure to use often.  This Many Words Stamp set features cling technology so they adhere effortlessly to clear blocks.  This is a set of 15 clear polymer stamps that are perfect for everyday and special occasions.  

If your looking for some great crafting inspiration, check out this awesome new collection and get your celebration on!

Winner of the Nancy Drew PC Game The Shattered Medallion Giveaway!

Check it Out! The winner of the Check it Out! with Dawn Nancy Drew PC Game The Shattered Medallion Giveaway has been drawn!  


Carly Smith

Winner has been notified via email and has 48 hours to claim prize or forfeit and another winner will be drawn.

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Eco Chic Bags

Check it Out! I am so excited to have my craft featured on The Brand Connection website this week! Head on over and check out my Eco Chic Bags that are made from upcycled containers! See how I took kitty liter containers, clorox bottles and shampoo bottles and turned them into Chic Bags. Using recycled materials and hot glue I was able to create some really great bags that are great for holidays, gift giving or just carrying around!  Head over HERE to check them out.

Book Review & #Giveaway: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

*I received the product in this post compliments of Shelton Interactive for purposes of review, however all opinions are my own.

Notes from a Blue Bike:
The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
by Tsh Oxenreider

About the Book:

"Life is chaotic.
But we can choose to live it differently.

Tsh Oxenreider spent three years raising her young family as a non-profit worker in Turkey, and now she’s revealing that life-changing experience in her much-anticipated new book Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, due for release February 4, 2014.

During her time overseas, Tsh realized first-hand the wisdom many cultures already understand: life should be lived slowly if you want it to have meaning.  That realization led to the creation of her community blog, (formerly, now viewed by more than 800,000 readers every month.

It was a journey that began with prayer.

“I took a deep breath and chose to turn my questions into a conversation with God,” she writes.  “Once I heard the answer to my prayer, it was embarrassingly obvious: to live intentionally, we had to make intentional choices.” 

 What does it mean to live intentionally?  Tsh explains, “To live with intention means to make daily little choices that resonate deeply in our soul—that make sense deep in our being and ring true.

Notes From a Blue Bike is for people who crave a more meaningful life, a life that doesn’t bow down to calendars, and a life that makes margin for relationships and contemplation.  Tsh teaches readers how to slow down in a culture that worships efficiency and believes a checked-off to-do list is the sign of a good day. 

This book chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, car and blue cruiser bike.

Tsh’s personal experiences translate into universal felt needs, covering five core areas of life—food, work, education, travel, and entertainment—each infused with spiritual insights.   

Entertaining, thoughtful and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic— Notes From a Blue Bike invites you to pay attention to who you are and what your family needs.  Then, it encourages you to make some choices and live the life that reflects your true values.

“This book is about giving ourselves permission to creatively change the little things in our lives,” she writes. “It’s about living life, instead of life living us… It’s about living with intention.”

Notes From a Blue Bike will compel you to climb on your own bike for an adventure you’ll never forget.  It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it. 

Living according to who you really are simply takes a little intention.   It’s never too late to live out your dreams."

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book and reading about how Tsh and her family live a simple life and how she came to figure the formula out for it. Living in Turkey for 3 years where living simply is the norm, this family found a way to acclimate to it. When forced to move back to the states, they found a way to readjust their lives. In a society based on technology, Tsh lets you in on her secrets for balancing it with a more intentional way of life. You will ride along with her as she talks about the adjustments in education, work, eating and even travel. She gives practical tips and ideas on how to make your own adjustments. This is a easy to read, well written book that will be an eye opener and if applied, could be life changing.  

I am so pleased to announce that I get to give a copy of Notes from a Blue Bike away to one lucky Check it Out! with Dawn reader! To enter just leave a comment letting me know one thing in your life you would like to simplify. US residents only. Giveaway ends 7/31/14.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Product Review: Konjac Facial Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

*I received this product for free for purposes of review, however all opinions are my own.

Check it Out! Everyone knows that exfoliating the skin is important but finding just the right products to get the job done can be a challenge.  Sure there are a ton of products out there but finding what works for you is the ultimate goal. I got this all natural facial sponge to try out via PureSol a while back and I have been loving it!
The PureSol Konjac Sponge is a 100% natural and eco-friendly sponge that gently exfoliates while deep cleansing and removing toxins and impurities. It has a unique net like structure that gently massages the skin and breaks down the daily dirt. It also stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells. Konjac is a moisture rich plant fiber that is by nature alkaline and balances the impurities and oils.
When I first received my sponge I wasn't too sure about it, it was as hard as a rock! Then I read the instructions and let it soak in water for a bit. It became super soft and squishy!  

The added Bamboo Charcoal contains activated carbon and minerals that deeply cleanse the skin, leaving it soft and refreshed. It helps pores get smaller, tighter and brighter as well. This sponge is made from 100% pure vegetable fiber and contains no coloring or additives which makes it perfect for hypersensitive skin.
 PureSol's packaging is 90% compostable too.
Each Konjac sponge comes with an easy to hang suction hook that is perfect for hanging right in the shower. I love how convenient that makes finding and using it.  It gets a little hard after it is left unused for a couple of days, but a quick soak under the water loosens it and softens it back up. I like the shape and size of this sponge as well. It isn't too big and contours well to my facial features so every inch of skin gets cleaned. 
You can get more information on the Konjac Sponge on their Facebook page and you can snag yourself a Konjac Sponge on Amazon HERE.     

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: It Ain't Over...Til It's Over by Marlo Thomas

*I received this book via The Book Connection for purposes of review, however all opinions are my own.

Check it Out! I have to admit that getting older is sometimes hard. From looking in the mirror and seeing the changes in my hair and skin to waking up to discover a new ache in my body, it sux sometimes. What is great is that I am a huge believer in that you are only as old as you feel. Some days it's pretty old, some days I feel like I am in my twenties! 
I recently got the chance to read It Ain't Over...Til It's Over by Marlo Thomas. If you are looking for an uplifting motivational read to put you back on the path to reinventing your life, this is a great book for you! It Ain't Over...Til It's Over is all about reinventing your life and realizing your dreams anytime, at any age!
This book isn't at all what I expected, it isn't a story about or even by Marlo Thomas, but a compilation of 60 stories from women who will inspire and encourage you to seize the day no matter your age!  All of the women in this book are over the age of forty and have over come obstacles and become successful in whatever they chose to do.  There is such a wide variety of stories and inspiration in this book.  I would recommend this to any woman who is struggling with where they are and what they want to do with their future.  Thinking you can't do what you want, that you shouldn't try?  Check out all the stories in this book and you will see that anything is possible!

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