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Smile360 just sent out an email to let us know about a great opportunity for everybody as part of the Tom's of Maine campaign.  If you didn't read my original review, you can check that out here.  If you click my link below and fill out a quick survey, you are entered to win a $200 gift card!  And if you win using my link, I win too!  It really only takes a minute so let's do this ;) Click here to take the survey.

 By the way the toothpaste is on sale this week at Target for $2.50.  If you have coupons from the paper, you can get it cheaper and if you picked up the free reusable bag w/ coupons as part of their Earth Day promotion last Sunday, there is a store coupon in there that can be stacked.  I plan on using my two $1 off coupons together to get a tube for $.50 :)
 
 
First of all, I told him to be normal.  This is what I got.  But anyway, my husband was excited to try all of the different kinds of soups from the new Campbell's Go line.  I have been buying them combining the $1 off manufacturer's coupons that have been in the papers recently with the $1 off Target coupons that Target has had on their site.  They have them on markdown for $2.36 right now making them $.36 after those coupons (another $.05 using a reusable bag).   The flavors for these soups are very different.  To be honest, even if I was not a vegetarian, they do not sound good to me... coconut curry chicken, spicy chorizo w/ chicken, etc... yeah, no.  But my husband likes strange combinations and was all over the taste testing mission.  He has only tried a couple so far but is on a mission to try them all.  The only one that I can have is the red one which is creamy red pepper with smoked gouda.  The chorizo is the one Smiley360 sent free.  I have yet to receive any feedback on the coupons that I have passed out except for one who is mad at herself for forgetting to use it every time she goes to the store. These  soups have a gourmet feel to them unlike any packaged soup that I have ever tried.  They are easy to take with you (no can opener needed).  Click here for to fill out a funny Mad-lib type story and you'll get a printable $1 off coupon for yourself :)
 
 
Remember how I posted here about that fantastic party kit that Marc Jacobs and Crowdtap sent me to promote the DOTS fragrance? 
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Yes I realize, I broke the plates... the cost of not using good plates ;)
Well, it was so much fun.  I made little lady bug crackers using pepperoni and olives, corn on the cob "dots", and I cut strawberries sideways so that they were circles instead of hearts and paired them with blueberries.  The rest was provided by the other ladies (there was all sorts of food, this was just what was on the table in the beginning).  This is a close up of some (not all) of the favors including some of the ladybug closet/car fresheners that I made out of the blotter cards.  I cut them in half, glued it onto some black construction paper w/ a ribbon, and sprayed it down (in two layers, dried in between) with the perfume.  I think they came out pretty cute and they smell great.  
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Close up of the lady bug fresheners
The response was really positive for the perfume.  I was pretty surprised that everybody liked it.  I like it but everybody has different tastes when it comes to scents so I figured at least a few ladies would turn their noses up at the DOTS.  Everyone really liked the samples and thought the nail decals were cute.  This ended up being one of the most fun things that I have done for Crowdtap.
 

Woolite

04/23/2013

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Another current campaign that I am in right now is a sample share for Woolite.  They sent me 10 sample packs, one for me and 9 to pass out (one person not shown because she grabbed and ran lol).  The response was very positive overall to the samples. I told them that Woolite is good for all of your clothes not just the delicates.  The smell is nice but not overpowering.  It is supposed to keep your clothes looking new longer by preventing fading, stretching, pilling, etc. I have some clothing, especially darker clothing like some dark blue jeans that really could have used something like this as they are noticeably faded.  The one thing that I do have to say is that I haven't used Woolite in the past and one load is not enough for me to be able to tell if it really lives up to it's claims. Even with cheap detergent, I haven't had those problems after just one wash. Since the brand has been known as a premium detergent (for me Woolite and Tide come to mind personally) that has a good reputation for working well (while also being more expensive) the chances of it living up to it's claims were good. My eyes are open for upcoming deals on Woolite so I can try a bottle so let me know if you find a good deal.  Do any of you use Woolite?  Does it live up to the claims and is it worth the extra money?
 
 
Look at that stack!  My latest Sample Share with Crowdtap was for Cottonelle.  They are promoting their clean routine where they encourage the use of toilet paper AND wet wipes.  Have you seen the funny commercials where they do hidden camera pranks on people showing the importance of water (the waterless car wash, the bus boy wiping down the table with a dry cloth, etc)?  They are funny and they really prove the point.  If a dry cloth doesn't get a car or a dirty table clean, what makes you think that it does better for your behind?  I grew up using wet wipes (before the nice ones from Cottonelle, Scott, and Charmin came out, we used the cheapest baby wipes possible) so this was not new to me but who turns down free toilet paper?!  They sent me an 18 pack of double rolls for myself as well as 2 4packs to hand out AND three tubs of the wet wipes to accompany the toilet paper.

Cottonelle is one of my favorite brands of toilet paper to begin with though I don't use it exclusively.  I like that it is thick but doesn't clog the toilets (like Charmin does).  It is soft without being flaky.  And the ridges get the business done if you know what I mean.  The wet wipes smell fantastic and are flushable.  The tubs come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns.  The ones I already have are plain white and a white with flowers so for my freebie, my son chose a blue one for his bathroom.  We even used them when we went camping last week for our whole body.

For this particular share, I am not going to post the people's photos (yes I did take them to give a good report though).  But one person that I gave them to said she already loves the wipes but uses a different toilet paper.  I haven't asked her yet what she thought of the samples.  The other person was so thrilled with the sample.  She too already uses wipes (but uses the dollar store baby wipes) and hadn't tried Cottonelle yet.  She hasn't used it yet so no feedback.  You wouldn't believe how excited people get 
 
 
A product that we got to sample recently from Smiley360, was a mini tube of the new Wicked Cool! toothpaste from Tom's of Maine.  It is made for kids eight and up.  It has a mint flavor to make them feel more grown up but it is much more mild than adult toothpastes.  As my 9 year old put it, "it is still minty without being spicy".  I tried it as well since my boys aren't know for explaining things correctly and it did indeed have a less "spicy" as he puts it, mint taste.  It made my mouth feel clean but I'll stick with the uber refreshing adult mint toothpaste.  Thing thing I like most about it is that it has NO artificial dyes, flavors, or sweeteners.  While I am not super active on avoiding them, I do try to keep an eye out and avoid them when possible.  It's all junk as far as I am concerned so this is a huge plus for this product. The company itself seems pretty awesome as well.  According to their website, they do not test on animals, use no animal products, they use sustainable practices where possible, volunteer their time, etc.  I'm not sure if I will continue to buy the product because I'm not sure how much it costs.  The store that I do most of my grocery shopping at does not carry it and CVS which is where I do most of my toiletry couponing, I keep forgetting to check. Click here for more info! 
 
 
This past weekend, K and I went to Old Navy to pick up our free Old Navy "Best Tees."  To check out my previous post on this sample share, click here. Right away I noticed that all of the long sleeve tees (and even some of the short sleeve vintage tees) were on clearance already... darn!  But there were soooo many colors available of the vintage v-neck, perfect crew neck, and perfect henley.  Look at the rainbow of colors below.  It reminds me of their flipflop wall that they do in the summer that is just a humongous rainbow.
The vintage tees were longer, thinner material, and not as fitted.  The perfect tees are fitted, a regular length, and had shorter sleeves as well.  I like the perfect fit more so most of what I tried on was from the henley selection.  I do wish they came in a v-neck since I am not a huge fan of crew neck (I do have a few of their crew necks that I mostly wear with scarves though).  I think it is great that they have the two different fits though.  It means that you will most likely be able to rock one or the other.  If you are thinner (or bigger but smoother if that makes any sense), you will be able to rock both. 
Henleys- 
They did the buttons and neckline differently this year than they did last year which I was actually a little bummed about.  Last year, all buttons were functional so if you buttoned it all the way up, it was a scoop neck.  The button section went down lower so if you wanted to layer with a contrasting color tank/cami, it could show more.  This year, all of the buttons are just for show.  It is a pretty deep v and you can not change how much it is opened at all.  I prefer last years version better.  They were still cute though so I got two.
The above left is the only vintage tee that I tried on.  I liked the kind of faded/heathered blue color.  I also liked that the sleeves are a bit longer because I am not a fan of my arms right now (need to start working out again).  This is where it ended.  I look fine in the cropped photo right?  Well there was a reason I cropped it lol.  Because of the longer length on my shorter body and not so flat midsection, it draped awfully right on my belly bulge.  This cut looked great on K who is "smoother" around the midsection.  She actually liked a pink striped version and considered it as her second (that bright blue was a definite for her first).  Her reasoning for choosing something else was actually that the material was somewhat see through so she'd have to watch what color bra she was wearing.  
These are the tees we picked.  We both picked that bright blue henley (it was such a pretty color).  For my other tee, I got the greenish/brownish earthy tone that is the top right one on my preview photo.  It is a little bit lighter than it looks in my photo but as you can see, it looks nice with tan so it will be very versatile.  For K's second, she went with the blue perfect crew that she is holding in her hand.  I thought the color was ok on the shelf but on her it really popped and looked very pretty.  There was a pretty pink that looked nice on both of us that I considered but went for blue in the end. 
Overall opinions of this share:

Selection- Many colors to choose from at my store in both styles.

Cut- I do wish that the sleeves were a bit longer on the perfect fit as I don't like my upper arms.  Also a v-neck in perfect would be amazing.

Material- both were soft but the material on the vintage was so thin that it was see through in several colors.

Fit- I like that there are two very different fits to try to fit more body styles.  Perfect works better for me but I like that there are options

Staff- They were nice as usual.  The cashier asked me "is this a coupon?" when I handed it to her which I found kind of funny.  The coupon didn't scan this time for some reason? But it did go through when the cashiers manually typed in our coupons so we did not have any problems.  The fitting room attendant was very nice and gave us rooms near the big mirror when I requested it and didn't seem annoyed at all that we were taking so long.

Store- While they were not right next to each other, the perfect and vintage tees were in the same general section so easy to find.  We were there soon after opening on a Sunday morning so it was not at all crowded.  The tees were pretty well organized as well. 
 
 
WOW WOW WOW!  This kit is amazing.  I can't wait to share these goodies with the ladies.  That large bottle of perfume costs like $69 alone!  Then there is the cute mini bottle and a bunch of the mini vial samples!  I am wearing the headband right now while cleaning.  And I have to learn how to wear a square scarf.  I am all about scarves but don't own any square ones so we'll see how I do.  And below the the mini bottle is a stack of manicure kits with polka dot nail decals, mini emery board, etc.  SO exciting! 
 
 
Today was so fun.  We took the family to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.  We had never been but had somewhat of an idea of what to expect because of this very thorough review here.  She did a great job of breaking it down.  I am a planner by nature and just having the info from the White House's site was driving me crazy.  What do a I wear?  What do I bring? etc.  She covered it all.  The line was sooooo long to get to the security checkpoint.  We thought that was it.  Nope.  There was another massively long line after that but at least during that line we got free drinks and some cute planter box sets from Home Depot.  My favorite part of the day though?  .... The Wanted!!  Hot!  Looky there.  Because it was a childrens event, I guess a lot of people didn't care about seeing them.  We only showed up to the stage ten minutes early and were able to be really crazy close.  One of my youngest son's songs is Glad You Came which they sang so he was shakin' his booty.  
My husband and I watched Biggest Loser this season so we were pretty excited to see Bingo get on the fitness stage.  When he got off, I walked almost all the way up to him (husband and kids were saving us a spot by the stage for The Wanted) to get a photo with him then felt silly so I chickened out.  My husband was upset because he would have gone up to him no problem (he is a huge fan of the show).  Oh well, at least I got a picture *of* him lol. 
And there is the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten showing some healthy eating recipes/tips.  Below are the cool souvenirs we walked away with.  All of the kids get the wooden Easter egg.  Then the heavy duty canvas bucket tote (we got the one with a bunny face on the back) was from getting a ticket from one of the "scavenger hunt" people which was very lucky.  I have claimed it as my souvenir since the grown ups don't get the eggs lol.  
And finally... no, he is not hurt.  He is just weird and wanted to roll down the hill on the White House lawn.  He was also stuffing "white house grass and leaves" into his pockets.  Yes he is a strange one.  And yes I did check his pockets before leaving so that we would not have a surprise in the washing machine.  Happy Easter all!