A Chance to Win a $300 Amazon Gift Card

I've been a member of Snagshout for a while now. Snagshout's mission is to help shoppers save money on everyday products. Snagshout partners with thousands of merchants to bring shoppers exclusive deals not found on other deal sites. For merchants, Snagshout is a great site to help them get their products discovered. My favorite snag from Snagshout has probably been a charming decorative lantern that adds a nice touch to my living room. 



Anyway, Snagshout recently shared some exciting news that they are officially becoming their own company, Snagit LLC (to read the full release see http://www.prnewswire.com). They plan on adding some great improvements to Snagshout to help you snag even more incredible deals. Most notably, they will be rolling out new places to snag deals besides Amazon. 

To celebrate, Snagshout wants to give you a chance to win an Amazon gift card. The week of June 26th to July 1st, they will be be holding a contest on YouTube to see who can generate the most views for a product they snagged on Snagshout. Whoever has the most views and the best review video will get featured in Snagshout's email and they will win a $300 Amazon gift card. Second and third places will also receive a $50 Amazon gift card and one random lucky uploader will get a prize too. 

Here are the rules

  • You have to title your video “Snagshout Review of ‘Product Name’ by ‘Manufacturer’”.
  • The item you review must be something that you have purchased from your own Snagshout account (could be something you got yesterday or have had since the beginning of Snagshout).
  • The video must be uploaded between the dates of June 26th - July 1st (any videos uploaded before or after those days won’t be eligible, but we’ll still appreciate it!)
  • Don’t mention anywhere the dollar amount you got the deal for from Snagshout (we don’t want to make anyone jealous that you got such a steal).
  • Be willing to edit or remove the video at the request of the product owner. (We don’t think they will want this but just in case). 

If you have any questions about the contest reach out to support@snagshout.com. And if you're not a member of Snagshout yet, you can sign up here:  https://www.snagshout.com/. And please let me know if you upload a video because I'd love to check it out. 

Check Out My New Office Supplies Featuring Expo, Paper Mate, and Sharpie Products

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an insatiable love for office supplies, and that's why I love Shoplet.com so much, because they understand my obsession, carrying over 1,000,000 products. I also can't believe that I've been a part of Shoplet.com's product review program since 2011. With every package I receive from Shoplet.com, I get just as excited as I did receiving my very first one back in 2011. Okay, that's enough reminiscing for now because I want to tell you about the latest products I received from Shoplet.com.

I received some Expo Dual Ended Dry Erase Markers and Expo Magnetic Dry Erase Markers. Both are chisel tipped and contain low odor ink and are for use on white boards, glass, and most non-porous surfaces. 

I have a white board/dry erase calendar at home and I usually add everything I need to remember for that month with a black marker but occasionally I want to add some color when I want a specific date or event to pop for whatever reason. With these Expo Dual Ended Dry Erase Markers,  I can do so without ever having to sit my marker down.  They come in four vibrant colors, red, green, blue, and purple. The Expo Magnetic Dry Erase Markers are pretty great as well. Each marker has a built in eraser and an integrated magnet. Since my white board has a metal back, I'm able to conveniently store these markers directly onto my board. The built in eraser, which works very well, makes it easier for me to fix my mistakes and move on with my task at hand. 



My new favorite pen is the Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pen. It features a premium ink system and delivers super smooth ink in bright, bold, eye catching colors. It delivers crisp and clean lines. In some circumstances, you will need to give the ink a few seconds to dry or else it might smudge.  It features a full body length grip making it comfortable to write with. It is also aesthetically pleasing as well, featuring metallic accents throughout and a uniquely designed clip, which is very sturdy, made to look like it's floating. Overall, this pen allows for a great writing experience. 


Sharpie Clear View Highlighters feature a unique see-through tip that eliminates blind spots while highlighting so you know right where to stop. The see-through tip allows me to only highlight specific information in our new workplace policies and procedures and nothing more.  They come in four fluorescent colors, yellow, pink, orange, and green. They feature chisel tips so you can highlight in either thin or thick lines. They are certified AP nontoxic and feature SmearGuard ink technology that resists smearing of many pen and marker inks. 


Shoplet.com is more than just a place to shop for office supplies though. At Shoplet.com, you'll also find a wide variety of cleaning suppliesmedical supplies, as well as discount office furniture for your home and business needs. 

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**Disclosure: I received a sample of the above products from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

Review of Cardboard Car Food Box Centerpieces from Nostalgiaville USA



At Nostalgiaville USA, you will find 1950's party decorations, costumes, tin signs, other retro memorabilia, and the largest collection of classic cardboard car food box centerpieces (they even have a few modern styles too), which I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to review, which I was pretty excited about actually, especially since I knew a venue they'd be perfect for. 

Every year from May to October, once a month, the local McDonald's in my small little town  is host to a car show put on by a very respected area car club. It draws in quite a crowd, both young and old, and everyone has lots of fun all evening long making lasting memories with their friends and family while checking out the vehicles on display...and eating. The cardboard car food box centerpieces at Nostalgiaville USA just happen to be the perfect companions for any of the food items sold at McDonald's.

You can get these food boxes in 33 different styles of GM and Chevrolet 1950's and 1960's classic cars. They even offer three modern styles (Chevy Camaro, Chevy Corvette, and For Mustang). These cardboard food boxes are made of lightweight but sturdy poster board and are very easy to assemble with easy to follow directions on the bottom of each car. I was able to assemble 10 of them in approximately 15-20 minutes. Each car measures approximately 12 inches long by 5 inches high (including the windshield). The opening in each of the cars is 4 inches by 4 inches. You can also purchase plastic food liner inserts for these cars (sold separately).

 
Each car is very detailed from the interior to the moldings to the wheels and my boyfriend (who is a car enthusiast) was able to recognize the make, model, and year of each car without having to refer to the license plate. 


These cardboard car food box centerpieces are perfect for events such as cruise-ins/car shows and birthday parties and can be used for decorating, party favors, or serving food and snacks. You can even use them to store things such as loose change or keys. I gave away three of these to a trio of young brothers who never miss a car show and they informed me that they were going to use them to store their toys. These are all around great fun for both young and young at heart and are definitely eye catchers. I love that they are so versatile and can be used for many things. 

How would you use one of these cardboard card food box centerpieces from Nostalgiaville USA?

Review of YouCopia Crazy Susan 11-Inch Turntable with Backstop {and Giveaway}


YouCopia was founded in 2006 by father-daughter duo Mark and Lauren Greenwood and they create innovative home organization products to help you simplify and enjoy life. YouCopia all started when Mark, a product designer with 30+ years experience, developed a concept that would challenge the traditional spice rack. His design, the SpiceStack, smartly organizes spices in the kitchen cabinet with unique horizontal drawers that flip down to reveal spice bottle labels for easy selection. By 2010, they had sold more than half a million SpiceStacks, so YouCopia started introducing additional space-saving organization products for the kitchen, including the Crazy Susan 11-inch turntable with backstop, which I was given the opportunity to review. 

The Crazy Susan is made from durable ABS plastic and requires no mounting or installation whatsoever. It fits perfectly into the corner of my pantry and has non-slip feet to hold it securely into place. Impressively (on a wooden surface), it doesn't budge on me at all, whether I'm adding, removing, or rearranging things. It's perfect for organizing my various spices and extracts. It even has a backstop that easily lifts and locks to prevent the bottles from falling off into the dark corner of my pantry.
 

It smoothly rotates 360 degrees on stainless steel ball bearings, making it very easy to find what I'm looking for. Ultimately, I was able to fit approximately 17 spices and extracts (yes 17) onto my Crazy Susan. The Crazy Susan is most definitely the kitchen gadget I never knew I needed. I'll no longer misplace spices and my pantry will stay better organized.  


You can purchase your own Crazy Susan here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G7C16ZW/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_7_w

You can find out more about YouCopia and their products below. 

Website:  http://www.youcopia.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/YouCopiaInc
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/YouCopia
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/YouCopia
Pinterest:  https://www.youtube.com/user/YouCopia

You can also enter this giveaway to enter to win a YouCopia product of your choice (up to a $40 value). This giveaway will end on June 26th. 

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Book Review: Play For Me by Céline Keating


About Play For Me

Play For Me by Céline Keating is "A novel of midlife crisis with music at its core."

Play For Me centers around Lily who becomes distraught after sending her only child, Colby, off to college. To make her feel better, Colby invites his mom for a visit and during that visit he takes her to a James Taylor concert where up-and-coming folk rocker Blaise Raleigh would be opening. During Blaise's performance, Lily becomes captivated by her guitarist, Jackson Johnson (JJ). At the end of one particular song, the last note that JJ played seemed to shoot like an arrow straight to Lily's heart and in that one split second she would never be the same again. 

Overcome with emotion and a desire she couldn't quite understand, Lily used her job as a videographer with MKT Productions as a way to join Blaise and JJ's tour by offering to make them a professional concert film. During the tour, Lily becomes even more enthralled by the music and Blaise and JJ's world and over time she becomes unsure if she wants to return back to her comfortable life and she can't even fathom leaving JJ behind.

In the end, Lily realizes that her obsession with JJ was because right from the start, from the second that she had connected with his music, that she had inexplicably fallen in love with him. But she had to decide to either work on her marriage with Stephen or to carry the love she had for JJ and the pain it brought her, inside her forever. 

My Thoughts

For me, Play For Me was definitely a page turner and the author is a great storyteller.  The author's love and knowledge for music was really evident. I loved Lily's character and in many ways I could relate to her wholeheartedly. The author really puts into perspective just how quickly life can change, which is both scary and exciting at the same time. I really thought Lily was a very well written and resilient character and I liked following her through her journey. Blaise and JJ were very well written and strong characters as well. Right up until the end, I wasn't quite sure who Lily was going to pick. Either way, she was going to have some amount of heartbreak but I'm happy with the choice that she made and I think this path will bring her the most happiness.  


About the Author

Céline Keating is an award-winning writer living in New York. Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including Appearances, Echoes, Emry’s Journal, Mount Hope, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review.

Céline’s short story “Home” received the first-place 2014 Hackney Award for Short Fiction. She is the author of two novels, Layla (2011) and Play for Me (2015), which was a finalist in the International Book Awards, the Indie Excellence Awards, and the USA Book Awards. Céline is also the co-editor of On Montauk, A Literary Celebration.
An avid student of classical guitar, Céline is a regular contributor to Minor7th.com. Her articles and music journalism have also appeared in Acoustic GuitarCoastal LivingGuitar World, and Poets & Writers magazines.