Friday, April 18, 2014

My First Experience With BirchBox

As a blogger, it's always been my responsibility to provide honest reviews about products that I, as a mother, use for my family. That's why this blog started in the first place, right? Granted we've moved through the years as Bug has grown from cloth diapers to more parenting-related items, my goal remains the same. While I am sometimes provided with items to review by companies to help their product name reach my readers, I do often times purchase my own items to review for you. As in this instance, where I subscribed to BirchBox.

BirchBox is more of a "lifestyle" box that sends you around 5 samples a month, and when you review those samples you can earn points. You can also earn points by referring new customers to BirchBox with your referral link. These points are as good as cash in the BirchBox store. Neat concept, right?

I subscribed recently with a code that was shared with me, to earn points upon signup. I used code BB100 which was giving people 200 points upon sign up. Anyone not familiar with their points system, this equals out to $20 to use in their store. Heck of a deal! At least if I didn't like their box, I could go ahead and have some extra "cash" to spend on something I did like from them!

Unfortunately, three days after I subscribed, BirchBox removed 100 points from my account, with no explanation. 

Upon personal deduction (since the removal was labeled as an "Upload Error" in my account) I concluded that the code was only supposed to give 100 points. But BirchBox wasn't notifying customers before taking the points back, or offering an explanation, or an apology. Just taking points. 

I have emailed for a concrete explanation, with no response.

I have posted to their Facebook page, with a request for my phone number to help me take care of this. I am however, sad to say, that I am still waiting on that phone call. 

Of course once I decided to share my experience, their customer service did help me. Thank you to Cara, who initially called me back but my phone rejected the call since it came up as UNKNOWN, and to Taylor, who took care of my points issue when I returned Cara's call. BirchBox returned my points without hesitation, but I never did receive an explanation as to why they were removed in the first place. I do feel better about their customer service right now, but it did take a while for them to get back to me when others were getting immediate results. 

I understand when companies make a mistake. Honestly, I do! All companies are ran by people, and people are not perfect, no matter how hard they may try. However, it is my opinion that the way they handled this mistake was wrong. Punishing a new customer without an explanation or apology for your mistake is wrong no matter how you look at it. 

I do look forward to receiving my first box from them, but I also hope that I have a better experience if I ever need to contact their customer service team in the future. 

If you would like to try BirchBox for yourself, you are welcome to use my referral code found by clicking here. Please use code BB100 at checkout for a free 100 points ($10) to use in the BirchBox shop.

Disclaimer: All opinions in this post are 100% my own. I was not paid for this post, nor was I compensated in any way. This post contains a referral link. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Send Mom A Madison Reed Gift Card For Mothers Day!

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What Easter Means To Me

Easter has always been a "family holiday" for me. I grew up in a Christian household, and Easter was sometimes a bigger deal to my family that Christmas. We would wake up early, go to church, then get together with extended family for lunch - the grown-ups would chit-chat and the kids would play all day. It was a fun time.

Now that I'm older, Easter isn't such a big deal. Not that Easter isn't important, but I've realized that Easter isn't as important to some as it is to others. I'm not just part of my own family now, but being part of another family who doesn't do anything special for Easter, it's not such a ruckus, and we're not running about like maniacs all day.

Easter will always hold a special meaning to me in my heart. The day my lord and savior rose from the dead. But now that I'm older and have my own family with the love of my life, Easter has become something I outwardly celebrate for my son, instead of myself. This Easter, we won't be heading out to church at 6 am, but I will sit down with my son and say a little prayer. We won't be rushing around cooking meals for other family, but instead having a light lunch at home and conducting a small Easter egg hunt for Bug with his cute little Elmo Easter basket. Easter has just become more fun, than serious, in a sense, as my life has changed.

What does your Easter mean to you?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make a Book About Your Favorite Person and You Could Win $2,500 from Blurb

(This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.)

Did you know that Blurb might give you $2,500 to read about your favorite person? All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win the grand prize! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the promo code: MYFAVORITE. (And, even if you don't enter, you can still get 30% off on all My Favorite books or save 15% on all printed orders through April 30th!)

Not sure what to write about? Take a look at what some of the people at Blurb say about their favorite people. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pill Terminator #Review & $250 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway #ad

This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and Pill Terminator. All opinions are my own.

Finally, a safe and easy way to dispose of your unused or unwanted pills and medication. Did you know that by flushing medications down the toilet, you are exposing not only your communities drinking water, but also the local lakes and rivers, to unnatural drugs and hormones that are harming or even killing off the eco-system? Throwing unused medications in the trash is also becoming a serious hazard, especially in households with children or pets. A tipped over trash can, or a curious toddler can easily find dangerous or even deadly prescription drugs and ingest them without notice. Pets are usually even more willing to gobble up anything they find on the floor. Why risk your family's, communities, or environments health and safety by irresponsibly tossing medication in the garbage? It's so easy to safely discard pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, or powders with the Pill Terminator.

Properly disposing of your unused medications is as easy as Fill, Shake, and Throw Away! I'll walk you through the whole process right here, today! First, you'll order your Pill Terminator from their website for just $12.95.

You can also buy packs of more, including large bulk packs for nursing/retirement homes, hospitals, or disposing of expired medications at pharmacies. Once you receive your Pill Terminator in the mail, you just follow these easy steps below:

Remove the outer safety seal from the Pill Terminator bottle.

Remove the lid.

Remove the inner safety seal.
*There will be a strong chlorine/bleach smell! If you struggle to remove the seal, cut it with a knife.*

Dump your medication into the bottle. 

*One Pill Terminator will hold up to 300 medium-size pills. There is a green line on the label you can use to guide you as to how much liquid, or how many pill you can fill the bottle with*

Fill up to the red line with warm water.

Replace the cap on the bottle.


Throw away.

Safe - Easy - and Fast! This entire process took me less than 5 minutes. You can find more info by connecting with Pill Terminator on Facebook and Twitter. You can also get 15% off your Pill Terminator order on by using coupon code “dalton’ in the checkout!