Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tools4Wisdom Weekly Planner #Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Being a mom means having a busy schedule. Yes, I'm a stay-at-home-mom, but that doesn't mean my head is totally free to remember everything I need to do, or everything our family has planned. Between being a parent, a spouse, a student, a blogger, and having a job - I can use a little help staying organized. I was thrilled when I was chosen by Tools4Wisdom to try their weekly planner, and use it to consolidate my life into one book.

 Beautiful design for the cover! 

 Nice plastic protective cover on the front and back to guard against coffee spills.

 Personal Goals section.

Nice month at-a-glance for every month of the year!

I really like the "reflection" for each month to help you make the most of your time or prioritize better.

Each week is laid out with such detail, down to time slots, priorities, and weekly accomplishments.

In case you have more to write down and remember, the back of the planner includes a "notes & reflections" section to look back on later.

This is a great planner, with a nice thickness, incredible quality, and very well organized. I felt like it helped me organize my everyday life very much, and am happy to have it. 

You can view the complete planner collection from Tools4Wisdom on Amazon. You can find further information on their website, and by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

#MilkBone NEW Brushing Chews: Daily Dental Treats #Review & #Giveaway

Milk-Bone® brand is transforming at home oral care for dogs with new Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™. In March of 2014, Milk-Bone released an amazing new product to reduce tartar buildup on yours dogs teeth, right in your own home. When fed daily, Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing a dog's teeth twice per week based the reduction and of tartar build-up and bad breath.

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are so effective that they have earned the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, the pet industry’s equivalent of the American Dental Association (ADA), for retarding calculus accumulation.

I'd love to tell you all that I'm a perfect pet parent, but the truth is, I'm not. I'm human, and I forget to brush my dogs' teeth. Dental health is a big deal, especially after adopting a senior chihuahua with serious dental issues. I can't be the only one who can remember to my dog a bone every day versus pinning them down to brush their teeth, right? (lol, I hope not!) Milk-Bone has made this daily task so super duper easy, it's crazy! But a good crazy.

This is hook-and-loop closure, not a ziplock type closure. This works so nice! Seals perfectly every time, and keep these chews super fresh!
The chi's received two boxes of these new Milk-Bone Brushing Chews. With their unique 75 degree twist, along with nubs and ridges, they are designed to clean down to the gum line just like the bristles of a toothbrush. They even reach those hard to reach (not to mention crowded) back teeth. We received a box of the size mini (a box of 14 chews for dogs weighing 5-24 pounds) and a box of the size small/medium (a box of 7 chews for dogs weighing 25-74 pounds). Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are packaged in a cute toothpaste-looking box to help associate the thought of your dogs dental hygiene to that of your own.

Both Venus and Ocean loved these chews, and we plan on keeping up with awarding the chi's daily with these chews to not only satisfy their love for treats and chews, but to improve their dental health in the process.

You can find more information about Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, as well as their other products available to your dog by visiting their website. You can also follow Milk-Bone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Milk-Bone wants to offer a Milk-Bone Brushing Chew Dental Pack to 15 different winners. The Giveaway will be open through 11:59pm Eastern Time April 30th. All you need to do to enter is fill out the rafflecopter and make sure you do the mandatory entry of leaving a comment on my Blog Post. One winner per household. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tea Collection's Friends & Family Sale: 20% Off Everything

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

Nothing better than spreading love to friends and family, and that is just what Tea Collection is doing! For just two days only (4/22 and 4/23) you can receive 20% off everything on Tea Collection during their Friends & Family Sale. Take advantage of the sale and pick up twirly dresses, colorful Tees and sweet baby items for summer. Also check out Tea's new sporty selection of swimsuits for your little water bug. Feel free to tell your friends and family, because there is always enough Tea Collection love to go around. 

Recaro Convertible Car Seat #Giveaway {Ends 5/3}

Welcome to the RECARO Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat Giveaway!

With over 100 years of experience in designing seats - award winning child safety begins here!
Photo Credit: RECARO
Sponsored by: RECARO
Co-Hosted by: Mommys Craft Obsession

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.