Wednesday, November 19, 2014
My teenage son loves music and he's an aspiring songwriter. He has stacks of notebooks full of songs he has written, quotes, and ideas. He's also a Beatles fan. With this in mind, I wanted to give him something unique this Christmas, something that would inspire him, something that he could cherish. To make a long story short, I took my search to Etsy where I found It's Our Earth, Inc., which makes original handmade music and movie memorabilia gifts. They upcycle/recycle vintage vinyl records, CDs, and album covers into unique and cool gifts. When I found the recycled record album cover notebooks/journals, I knew what I'd be getting my son for Christmas. These notebooks are made from vintage recycled record album jacket covers, which are artistically cut so that the best of the jacket appears as the front and back of the notebook. They measure 8-1/2" x 11" in size. Each notebook is filled with 50 plain sheets of 100% recycled and acid free paper and are spiral bound (or you can request to have lined pages). I went with The Beatles Love Song Album Cover Notebooks
but there were so many great ones to choose from, including Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Duran Duran, Journey, U2, Michael Jackson, The Doors, and more. I know my son will absolutely love them.
|Picture taken from https://www.etsy.com/shop/ItsOurEarth|
In addition to these notebooks, It's Our Earth, Inc. also makes record bowls, record coasters, record clocks, CD clocks, album cover planners, and more. Their prices are pretty decent as well and they arrived quickly. In addition to purchasing from Etsy, you can also purchase It's Our Earth, Inc. products from Amazon and eBay as well. In my opinion, It's Our Earth, Inc. is where you want to shop this Christmas when looking for that unique item for the music lover in your life. You can also find It's Our Earth, Inc. on Facebook and Twitter.
What's your favorite item from It's Our Earth, Inc. or who on your shopping list this year would love one of the unique items they carry?
at 8:38 AM
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
If you've been a part of Precisely Mine for a while now, you've probably heard me talk about Influenster many times. I've been a part of the Influenster Nation now for a little over 2 years and what you probably recall most is seeing me write about all the wonderful VoxBoxes filled full of free full-sized products that Influenster has sent me. Most recently Influenster sent me a free Keurig 2.0, which despite it's downfalls has been a welcome addition to my office. As an Influenster, I like to share the products that Influenster sends me with my friends, family, and co-workers and I spread the word about them to my social media following on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. as well. Influenster rewards their Influensters for being active too. Just yesterday I received a box from Influenster that contained an Ivory 24 oz Aloe Body Wash, a 10-pack of Ivory Original Bar Soap, a 7.5 oz Ivory Liquid Hand Soap, and an Ivory 24 oz Refreshing 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash. I received this lovely box for being a top badge holder for the TLC VoxBox that I received this summer. And in case you're wondering, you do not have to be a blogger to be an Influenster. One of my friends/co-workers who is not a blogger recently joined Influenster and has already been sent two VoxBoxes.
Influenster simply connects brands with consumers in a fun way. They give you as much information as possible about the products they send you and the brands behind them. They even have Twitter parties where you can learn more about the products and connect with other Influensters who have tried the products as well. Twitter parties are always a lot of fun and I've connected with a lot of other great Influensters who are a part of Influenster Nation as well. Influenster also serves as an outlet where you can give your opinion on a wide array of products, not just products featured in VoxBoxes. For instance, while recently shopping at Kroger I found a buggy full of Boulder Canyon brand chips that were on clearance. Never having tried them before, I picked up a couple of bags. My boyfriend and I happened to love them so I wanted to share what I thought about them on Influenster. I simply typed Boulder Canyon in the search bar on Influenster's home page and it brought up a whole list of Boulder Canyon products, including the Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper flavor chips that we tried, and I was able to leave a short review. In this section you can also ask and answer questions about the product as well. Everyone has an opinion and Influenster is a great place to share it.
But if you are a blogger, Influenster also has The Hub where you can submit your blog posts to be published here as well. I recently had an article published on The Hub which you can check out here. There is an InfluensterApp because Influenster knows how much we enjoy apps.
There is so much more to Influenster than what I can tell you in a blog post. Basically you just have to join and become a part of the Influenster Nation and find out for yourself, definitely if you consider yourself a trendsetter, social media hotshot, or an educated consumer who lives to give your opinion. There are a million reasons to join Influenster but you'll only need one so check them out and become a part of Influenster Nation today. It's free to join.
Friday, November 14, 2014
I recently made some ranch deviled eggs for a carry-in at work and I had to share the recipe with you because they were absolutely amazing. Enjoy!
- 18 eggs
- 1 packet Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dips Mix
- 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing
- Boil eggs on high for about 25 minutes, drain water, and allow to cool. To speed up the cooling process, I like to place my eggs in a colander and spray with cold water for a few minutes.
- Once eggs have cooled, peel, and rinse.
- Cut eggs in half and place the yolks in a separate bowl.
- After you have all your yolks in a bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed. You can use a blender if you want or do it by hand.
- Fill your egg halves with the mixture and cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
*Note: I made my recipe using 18 eggs but if you are using more or less eggs, you might want to adjust the remainder of your ingredients to your liking.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Disclosure: I received the below products from Hot Dog Collars for free in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.
Hot Dog Collars was generous enough to send my two dogs, Tyson and Crook, some of their products for review, including a collar, dog tag (with tag silencer/protector), and leash, which they were both super excited about. Since they are so good about taking turns, they both had a chance to enjoy these products.
Always looking for the perfect leash for Tyson and Crook, I chose to review the chrome plate chain dog leash from their huge selection of dog leashes. It is 4 feet long and 4 mm thick. It is made from strong stainless steel chain link and is argon welded, chrome plated, and power coated. It is guaranteed to not chip or crack. It's available in nine different colors. I went with the midnight black. It's not too heavy of a heavy leash but it's also not cheaply made and in fact it seems to be made very well. It easily attaches to their collar. The handle is pretty comfortable and a tad bit flexible, which is nice because my dogs pull a lot when I'm walking them (we're still working on that). The handle seems to be made well but my dogs are so strong that I'm afraid they'll eventually pull so hard that it will break but so far so good, it can handle either one of my strong boys. I'll keep my fingers crossed on that one. It's also made in the USA!
|Here's Crook out for a walk with Mama. Do you notice how hard he is pulling me?|
|Here's Tyson getting ready for his walk.|
|Here's Tyson modeling the "Too Hot To Handle" red flames dog collar.|
And want to know the best part about Hot Dog Collars? Their products are super affordable, in addition to being stylish and well made. The Cincinnati Bengals NFL Dog Tags With Custom Engraving that I reviewed can be purchased for $9.94. The Chrome Plated Chain Dog Leash is only $19.95 and the Personalized Red Flames Dog Collar can be purchased for as low as $13.95. These prices include the customization as well.
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