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Groovy Single Box

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*This post contains affiliate links. If clicked and a purchase is made a small commission might be made. Sponsored by Groovy Box. All opinions are 100% my own.  It's Electric! is now available as a groovy SINGLE BOX!

Groove on over to the Groovy Lab in a Box website to do the "E" in STEM! Groovy Lab in a Box is hands-on STEM, project based learning made FUN where ?STEMists? do the "E" in ?STEM?! Engineering Design Challenge in every groovy box!

Investigate static electricity, origin and structure of the atom, paper circuits, switches, a groovy door alarm to keep any trespassers out of your room and much, much more! The Engineering Design Challenge: You are a groovy electrical engineer who has been contracted by the latest groovy dance group. Using only the materials from your Groovy Lab in a Box, can you design and build a groovy dance pad with specific criteria and constraints?

Explore various science and engineering practices aligned with the Next Genera…

Heading to College Soon? DON'T Miss this!

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*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Campus Book Rentals. All opinions are 100% my own.
Did you know you could get textbooks at 40-90% off!? At CampusBookRentals.com you CAN! I remember being in college and spending THOUSANDS, yes thousands, in buying my books. It was INSANE! They didn't have things like CampusBookRentals.com back then. To be able to save that much in college would have meant more food money or for things important like gas or (let's be honest) "fun" money. 
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The best thing though you ask? Is that CampusBookRentals is partnered with Operation Smile and with each textbook rented they donate to Operat…

Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks!

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I was very impressed by how great these work! I needed new ones as the ones that came with my shower curtain were getting rusty and find these the perfect replacement. They are easy to move when openeing and closing the curtain, they don't snag each other or fall off the bar like my old ones and best of all are stainless steel so they won't rust.

They are easy to attach and come in a pack of 12, which is generally how many you need for a rstandard shower curtain. I like the choices of colors as well, though I chose black because it was the closest to match my curtain and bathroom decor. They have a lifetime guarantee to which is awesome! I am a huge fan!

I received this product at little to no cost for testing and review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Get yours here

How to Clean with Lemon Oil and Tea Tree Oil

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I am ALL for cleaning my house naturally. The chemicals we run into daily considering pollution, every day household cleaners and even playing on a lawn that has pesticides on it do take a toll on our bodies, whether we see it or not. That being said, I am so happy to have both of these essential oils to help me clean my home!

We have all seen the commercials about having to use bleach to get a home clean. That isn't necessarily true. Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-microbial and can kill off bacteria and germs in the home and Lemon oil is a natural disinfectant, so perfect for cleaning anywhere in your home. Lemon oil also is great for cleaning wood and helps shine tarnished silver and stainless steel.

Here is the solution I used to clean my home yesterday with amazing results:
1/3 bucket full of warm to hot water (I use an ice cream bucket)20 drops tea tree oil20 drops lemon oil1/4 cup of vinegar (optional) Wash surfaces with a wash cloth then if you want wipe with another cloth …

LilGadgets Giveaway!

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Every parent has faced traveling with screaming children at some point, and boy, can it be very stressful! Why not make your commutes easier, and quieter by checking out the amazing products that LilGadgets has to offer?
You can check out the full review of both these fantastic products HERE
Enter here for a chance to win your own CarBuddy, and Connect+ Children's Headphones.
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Guess The Date Sweepstakes

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The new iPhone is coming! The new iPhone is coming! Although, no one is exactly sure when ... 

The release of the new iPhone model is a highly anticipated event among techies. To add to the excitement, Gazelle is running a "Guess The Date Sweepstakes." If you correctly guess when the new iPhone will be released and post it on Gazelle's Facebook page, you'll be entered to win a brand new iPhone 6s courtesy of Gazelle! 

But you better hurry! Gazelle's "Guess The Date Sweepstakes" won't last long, so consult your crystal ball and enter in your prediction today for a chance to win! 


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AdoramaPix - Capture the Moment

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I never in my life thought that I would see such a beautiful picture book with MY families pictures in it. If you've never heard of this great company here is a little more information before I tell you my experience!
AdoramaPix helps people create beautiful keepsakes from photo books to prints on metal, paper and canvas as well as framed art to preserve wonderful memories. They are hand crafted, made of the finest materials and professionally inspected to ensure that your memories last a lifetime.
I have seen companies claim all this and yet fail to deliver while charging massive amounts for products that are only sub-par. AdoramaPix is NOT that company! I was SO impressed with the products I received that I will gladly continue to use the services they give! 


The pictures are vibrant and made to look so beautiful printed in the book. The hardcover is durable and looks so nice. It is the prettiest picture book I have. This is the 10x10 hardcover with 10 pages. It is absolutely i…

CHOCOLATE Cocozia!

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Cocozia did it again! But this time even better! Who knew that chocolate coconut water could TASTE SO GOOD! Well it does now! It almost tastes like chocolate milk, but lighter and healthier! Our family has fallen in love with it - even my picky 4 year old!
It comes in a case of 12 - 16.9 oz packages (we are already down to 6! Yikes!) The chocolate coconut water comes in Tetra Pak's for better quality and retained freshness. You can drink it right out of the box or pour into your favorite glass to enjoy.



My favorite part about this is that I don't have to add anything; just shake and drink. I don't have to buy fruit or pick herbs to get the desired flavor out of it to mask the actual coconut water taste. Don't get me wrong, I do like plain coconut water, but being able to grab-n-go is much more convenient and my kid actually drinks it; score for me!

The ingredients are as follows:

Organic coconut water, water, organic coconut milk, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa pow…

Cricut Design Space!

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Now that you’re more familiar with Cricut Explore One™Cricut Explore Air™ and Cricut Design Space™, it’s time to chat about some of the really neat things you can create when you put it all together. 

As you’re getting familiar with your Cricut machine, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the freeMake it Now™ projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™. 

For example, check out this adorable 3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile. It’s a fun, easy starter project and makes for the perfect baby shower or toddler’s birthday gift (and can you believe it's made with felt?). And what’s a gift without a card? Cricut has an incredible selection of card examples made with Cricut Explore machines. There’s even a whole selection dedicated to everything baby, which is where I came across this cute baby shower card

Birthday
What better way to tell someone how special the…

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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This pie is one of my mom's recipes and one of my FAVORITE! I just have to share it with you all so here it is.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Pie Crust:
2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cups shortening 6 to 9 Tablespoons cold water
Filling:
4 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 cup sugar, divided 1 cup water (or juice from off of thawed rhubarb) 1 (3 oz) package strawberry flavor Jell-O mix 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the crust:
Combine flour and salt in a bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or two bread knives (that's what I use) until all flour is blended into pea size chunks. Add cold water until it is soft and will form a ball. I usually use all 9 Tablespoons for a softer dough. Divide the dough in half. Roll out first crust and place in pie plate. Fill with pie filling and roll out second half of the dough. Cover the pie and cut excess dough off and crimp the edges. Add some decorative holes to let air out as it cooks so it won'…

LaBelleza Vitamin C Serum Ingredients

Vitamin C SerumVitamin C Serums naturally exfoliate the face, so it is wise to use a moisturizer after applying the serum. After using a toner on your skin, pat your face dry apply a small amount of the Vitamin C serum to your face and neck. Let it dry completely before applying moisturizer. Within a week results should be visible, if not sooner. Here is what is in LaBelleza Vitamin C Serum:

Key Ingredients
Organic Aloe contains Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12. It also contains minerals including magnesium, zinc, copper and potassium. It is high in Amino Acids and Fatty Acids and it helps with detoxification of the body. It is vulnerary, which means it is helpful in the healing process of the skin. It is terrific for hydrating and rejuvinating the skin.
Vitamin C. This antioxidant works by ridding skin of free radicals and protecting it from environmental aggressors like pollution. Vitamin C has been proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, which decreases as our sun exposure…

LaBelleza Hyaluronic Acid Ingredients

Hyaluronic AcidA hyaluronic acid serum will add to the depleting acid in our skin cells to help build it back up again. It works with our skin to hydrate and moisturize. With that in mind is it easy to see why it has been called "The Fountain of Youth". It helps minimize signs of the aging process on the skin by making the skin more elastic. Here are the ingredients in LaBelleza Hyaluronic Acid Serum:
Key Ingredients

Organic Aloe contains Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12. It also contains minerals including magnesium, zinc, copper and potassium. It is high in Amino Acids and Fatty Acids and it helps with detoxification of the body. It is vulnerary, which means it is helpful in the healing process of the skin. It is terrific for hydrating and rejuvinating the skin.

Witch Hazel is a topical astringent and is a popular herbal remedy for a variety of things including sunburn, treat bug bites and the most popular way is to use it as a natural astringent. It removes excess oil fr…

Reebok Fightshop!

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Reebok, the official athletic footwear and apparel partner of the UFC, will also be partnering with DraftKings to run a fantasy UFC game for UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor on the night of July 11th.

This highly anticipated fight will debut Reebok's UFC Fight Kit from their new Fight Shop.

DraftKings is a major online fantasy gaming site with brand partnerships including UFC, MLB, and other US pro sports leagues and teams. Prize for the game will include: Cash prize contributed by Draft KingsShopping spree or gear pack from Reebok's online Fight Shop

Groovy Single Box Duo

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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer! Groovy Single Box Duo is here - bring on roadtrips and beat summer boredom! The Duo includes 2 of the grooviest boxes for the summer: It's Electric and Fly With Me. Enter the code GROOVYDUO and save an additional $5.00 on the Single Box Duo with free shipping!
* Emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
* Extended learning through an exclusive online portal
* For groovy kids ages 8 and up

Shop here: Groovy Lab In A Box

Mommy & Me Giveaway Blog Hop

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Mommy & Me Giveaway Blog Hop 

The Baby and Kids tend to get spoiled and it's time to add mom into the mix. We are bringing you a great group of bloggers to bring you a Mommy & Me blog hop.

July 5th- July 30th


This prize has an ARV of $45 and includes:
Strand Bands Designer SetMatching Necklace and Earrings setButterfly NecklaceBoots JewelryEnter to win! Giveaway Ends on July 30th.
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Enter to Win A Grand Prize from Mom Talk Reviews,

Enter to Win  A 2nd Grand Prize from Bloggin' With Bubby's Mommy



Enter to win more prizes using the links below.



*The Glam It On Prize is the sole responsibility of Beautifully Poor. All other giveaways are the responsibility of those stated. The Glam It On Prize Giveaway begins July 5th at 1am CT and ends July 30th at 10pm CT. Subject to rules and regulations. 


Happy Independence Day!

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As we look forward to this day at the beginning of summer, it is easy to get lost in the vacation plans and the picnics and family and friends before we stop and realize what this day actually means. Over the course of our Country's history, there have been multiple battles over our freedom, neigh wars, that have torn brothers and sister's from each other's arms and damaged families ultimately leaving a heavy weight on those affected; which is all of us. We take for granted the fact that we can walk to the store unharmed, that we can weild guns freely in this wonderful country of ours and that we can work where we will to. We take for granted the ability to marry who we want and what school we attend. We take our freedom for granted.
So as I sit here awaiting tomorrow morning and our long awaited vacation, I can't help but ponder this mystery. Why do we take for granted so much in our lives that is such a blessing? The fact that I can be a Christian without being ston…

What You Left Behind - A Book Review

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I am a huge thriller buff when it comes to books and have great ones from Stephen King and Dean Koontz in my collection. Before this, I had never read any of Samantha Hayes works and am very happy that I ran into this gem.
The book starts off very fast and ends in death; yes death right off the bat. This town has experienced patterns of suicides that devestate the community and without further investigation they appear to be just that: suicides. 
It then delves into the lives of  Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher, her husband, who is also a detective, and their daughter. Lorraine and her daughter go to visit Lorraine's sister in her hometown where all these suicides have taken place. Given a background of the community and what has been going on by Jo, Lorraine's sister, the town seems like a boring kind of place that kids just can't stand hence the suicide; or is it?
I couldn't help but be captivated by the depth of the book.. It takes on the point of view of diffe…

Visible Interest "Made in America" Celebration

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This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate all the USA stands for. So while we are celebrating the red, white and blue, it’s important to me to highlight products that are made in America. I like to showcase the works of diverse American artisans, which helps fuel this country’s economy.
According to ABC World News Tonight, there is a significant positive impact – both economic and social - of buying goods made in America. On the flipside, there is often a negative impact on third-world workers when Americans purchase goods made in those countries. In many cases, buying goods produced off-shore fuels extremely low wages, oppressive working conditions and even worse.
That’s why there is a renewed movement in the US to be conscientious in our buying decisions. Made in America has gained amazing support from those that create products in the US and shoppers – like you.
So, show your support for small US businesse…

Cricut - Creative Freedom

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If you read last week’s post, you now know why Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter. 

But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is the Cricut Design Space™

Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get for free with your Cricut machine of choice. 

Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life. 

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home d├ęcor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety o…