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Monday, February 21, 2011

Hello Bondi Band Review & Giveaway!! Ends 3/14 ♥




No girl likes sweat running down her forehead, right? Well, at least I know I don’t! I work out everyday for at LEAST 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer. I also count the Xbox Kinect as exercise, that thing is a serious work out! In the summer, I spend a lot of time outdoors, mountain biking and hiking. Unfortunately, it’s still ice cold here in Maryland so I had to try this cute product inside.

It is called Bondi Band. On their Facebook page they explain “The simple premise of Bondi Bands is to offer comfy, colorful, and creative headbands to fit every lifestyle and personality. By using stretchy and breathable material, we allow Bondi Bands to fit virtually every head size comfortably and fashionably.”

The first step of doing the review, was picking a headband from the site. They have tons of pages of colors/patterns to choose from! It took me forever to decide on just one! The next step, was getting it in the mail. When I took the product out of the bag, I knew I already loved it.  I picked the Ms.Daisy pattern. The headband was made of a swimsuit-like material. It was really soft very stretchy!

Now it was time to try it out. It is a pretty wide head band so it covered the top part of my forehead (to keep sweat out of my face) and it covered my bangs (to keep them out of my face). I did an hour on the elliptical to make sure I was sweating enough…and I was. The Bondiband did just what it claims. It was comfortable, kept the sweat away AND kept my hair out of my face….plus, it’s cute!

The BEST part, aside from all of the awesome colors/patterns to choose from…is the Bondi Band headbands are only $8 a piece!  You can buy them (and other Bondi Band products) at their WESBITE.



OR…You can win one right here on my blog!


Here’s how it works: You MUST be a Public Follower of my blog to enter. Complete the mandatory entry, and as many optional entries as you would like. [[ Leave a comment below for each entry you do. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. ]]


MANDATORY ENTRY: (If you skip this step, or are not a follower of my blog, your entries will not be counted)
* Go to the Bondi Band WEBSITE and tell me which Color/Pattern headband you would like if you win!

Optional Entries:
* Follow me on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Follow BondiBand on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Become BondiBand's Facebook Fan Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Become my Friend on Facebook Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Add my Button to your Blog! Leave a link to your blog (5 entries!!- Leave 5 comments)
* Tweet twice a day about this giveaway! Leave a link to each tweet (Limit 2 tweet entries per day)
“ Enter to win your very own @BondiBand from @MandaPanda429 http://tinyurl.com/BondiBand #contest #giveaway (ends 3/14/11)”


This giveaway will end on 3/14/11 and is open to residents of the US. Winner will be notified via email, they will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!






Disclosure: Thank you to Bondi Band for providing me with the product to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Brilliant Screen Cleaning Wipes Winner!

The Brilliant Screen Cleaning Wipes giveaway ended 3/7/11 with a total of 15 entries! I used Random.org to select the winner and it was....


Entry #6! The winner was Ty, who follows me on Twitter! Congrats Ty! And thanks for reading my blog!

Skoy Cloth Review & Giveaway! Ends 3/13


I don’t know about you…but I love when I can do something to help someone out, or to help out our planet. I love being “eco-friendly” and I am proud of it! A company called Skoy Cloths allowed me to participate in a review, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

My brother recently bought his own first house, and it needed lots of work! Unfortunately, they meant using and wasting lots of paper towels! I received my 4 pack of Skoy Cloths in the mail just in time. I love them. They are 100% biodegradable and re-useable. 

I used them for so many things, and they didn't give up! I was in charge of bathroom and kitchen cleaning, and they worked for everything. Just use, rinse, ring out. I liked that they were in fun colors too! Made my cleaning duty less painful.


 Here are some fun facts about this product!
-Biodegradable, re-useable and earth-friendly
-It can replace your sponge, paper towels or dish rag!
-Skoy Cloths are a chlorine-free product using water-based colors and inks
-It has been test to biodegrade in 5 weeks!
-They can absorb up to 15x their own weight
-Using a SKOY cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home.

 Using this product was great. They are still working just as well, and I feel so good about not wasting paper towels! If everyone could make this change..imagine the impact we could make on the world! You can buy your own 4 pack HERE for $6.99 OR you can....

WIN IT!

Skoy Cloths provided me with a 4 pack of Skoy Cloths for one of my luck readers!

Here’s how it works, complete the mandatory entry, and as many optional entries as you would like. [[ Leave a comment below for each entry you do. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. ]]


MANDATORY ENTRY:
* Leave a comment saying why you would like to win this product!

Optional Entries:
* Follow me on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Follow Skoy on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Become Skoy's Facebook Fan Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Become my Friend on Facebook Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Add my Button to your Blog! Leave a link to your blog (5 entries!!- Leave 5 comments)
* Tweet twice a day about this giveaway! Leave a link to each tweet (Limit 2 tweet entries per day)
“Be eco-friendly! Win a 4 pack of @SkoyCloth! http://tinyurl.com/SKOYGiveaway @MandaPanda429 #contest #giveaway (ends 3/13/11)”


This giveaway will end on 3/13/11 and is open to residents of the US. Winner will be notified via email, they will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!













Disclosure: Thank you to Skoy for providing me with the product to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Click n Cook Review



I was recently given the opportunity to review a very unique kitchen gadget called the Click n Cook. Right away, I knew it was something I could use. The description for the product is “Click n Cook is a modular spatula system that keeps all your essential utensils in one easy place. Just snap the spatula attachment into the handle and release with a click of a button.”

It did just that. The drawer I keep tongs, spatulas and knives in was pretty full. We use spatulas a lot in our household, so it makes more sense to have them on the counter. Touching drawers less while cooking is a bonus as well, ichy germs! It look me a little to get used to the idea of not opening a drawer to get to my spatulas, but I quickly got used to it.

In my first few times of using it, I took some time to put together a pros and con list..

PROS:
Keeps clutter down in drawers.
Keeps from having to touch kitchen knobs while cooking, less washing of hands needed!
Shoots the attachment off the end very easily for cleaning.
Easily color coded so you know which piece you are grabbing.
Includes all of the attachments I could need!

CONS:
The base seems to be a bit light, making it tip when pushing the handle into the attachment.
I had difficulty getting the handle to “click” into place when attaching.
It was on an odd angle for being on a counter, maybe a wall mount would be better.
It would be nice to see a variety of color options; stainless, solid black, etc.

Overall, I liked the product. It may need a few tweaks here and there, but it did its job! I love to have a new “it” products and this is definitely one of them. If you have any other questions about this product, you can email me, or check it out online HERE. This would really make a fun gift for someone!

You can buy it online from Quirky HERE for only $39.99! You can also follow Click N Cook on Twitter!






Disclosure: Thank you to Click n Cook for providing me with the product to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Manda ♥'s Motorcycles!




When I met Steve over 4 years ago, I was also introduced to motorcycles. It was instant love. I love everything about them! Well, along with loving motorcycles, I also love motorcycle shows. I am a HUGE fan of a show on FX called Sons Of Anarchy. It is about a motorcycle club in California. I have watched every episode of the first 3 seasons...and now I am waiting for season 4 to start!

Last weekend, there was a Bike Show in Timonium, MD. Of course, I had to go. When we got there I realized the guys from Sons of Anarchy were there and you could get autographs/pictures with them! I was like a little kid. You had to wait in separate lines for each of the different actors (each line was at least a 2 hour wait). I stood there trying to choose which one I wanted to wait for while my boyfriend wandered around. Little did I know...he was busy getting us VIP passes to meet them ALL and get a GROUP shot with all of them. I was SO excited. No one else was able to get ALL of them in one shot! Here are our pics...

This is was such a cool experience. Needless to say, I am def crushing on the guys now :) Poor Steve had no idea what he was getting himself into by letting me meet them! But hey, if Jessica Alba ever comes to MD, I will do the same for him!

Sometimes small events like this just make your day...week...month, ever your year! So why not blog about it? :) Just a thought!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Huggerz Review & Giveaway! Ends 3/7/11



Everyone has a favorite pair of shoes. Mine, happens to be my Bearpaws. They are a pair of brown Ugg- type boots that I wear everyday during the winter! Because I wear them everyday, I was SO excited to hear of a company called Huggerz.
Here is the main jist of the product…it is a sleeve that fits over the top part of Ugg type boots. They are available in all sorts of patterns and fur styles. You can give your boot a whole new look without having to by a multiple pairs.
I love this product. I think it is SO fun and perfect for any age or style. Posted below is a picture of the Sand Fair Isle from their Bennington Collection that I paired with my chocolate brown Bearpaws. This is such a unique and creative product. I can’t wait to buy more Huggerz to give my boots yet another different look! But for now…
I get to give away a pair of them to one of you!!
Here’s how it works, complete the mandatory entry, and as many optional entries as you would like. [[ Leave a comment below for each entry you do. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. ]]
You MUST be a public follower of my blog to participate in this giveaway.

MANDATORY ENTRY:
* Go to the Huggerz website and tell me which style of Huggerz you would most like to try for yourself.

Optional Entries:
* Follow me on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Follow Huggerz on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Become Huggerz Facebook Fan Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Become my Friend on Facebook Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Add my Button to your Blog! Leave a link to your blog (5 entries!!- Leave 5 comments)
* Tweet twice a day about this giveaway! Leave a link to each tweet (Limit 2 tweet entries per day)
“Win a pair of @UggHuggerz for your boots! http://tinyurl.com/HuggerzGiveaway @MandaPanda429 #contest #giveaway (ends 3/7/11)”


This giveaway will end on 3/7/11 and is open to residents of the US. Winner will be notified via email, they will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Disclosure: Thank you to Huggerz for providing me with the product to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Udderly Smooth Giveaway Winner!

Today is 2/17...which means it is time to draw the winner for the Udderly Smooth giveaway! I use Random.org to draw my winners, but decided to do it a bit differently this time. Tonight, I decided to video tape the drawing of the winner....and here it is...


video



The winner is comment #35, Melanie Baker! Congrats to her! Keep entering my giveaways for more chances to win! :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brilliant Screen Cleaning Wipes Giveaway!- CLOSED





As some of you know, I love my gadgets. I have several iPods, and one if an iTouch. My boss and I also share an iPad for work. For anyone who uses products like these, or any touchscreen, you know about annoying fingerprints. I was happy to be able to review a product called Brilliant Screen Cleaning Wipes.
If you go to their website you will find a product description that reads, “Brilliant screen cleaning wipes with SR-8 provides gentle, superior cleaning to any electronic screen and removes dust, dirt, finger prints and makeup while imparting an invisible, durable barrier that protects screens 50x more form scratching. Helps protect against re-soiling to keep your screen brilliantly clean.”
I was able to use these on both the iTouch and the iPad. I was pleasantly surprised. One wipe down, and it was clean and clear. Before I used these wipes, I was constantly having to wipe and re-wipe the screen down. Not only did it remove the smudges, but I noticed that it prevented them as well.
Each of the packages contains 2 wipes, a wet wipe and a dry wipe. I really loved this product and I am so happy I finally found something to keep my screens clean! …Now if only I could get my own touchscreen phone to use them on!

BUY YOUR OWN at their website HERE or...

WIN YOUR OWN!
Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment telling me what you would use your Brilliant Screen Cleaning Wipes on.
Extra Entries:
Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did so.
Follow my blog and leave a comment saying you did so.


{Please leave your email in each comment so I can notify you if you are the winner}
This giveaway will end February 19th at Midnight (EST)
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to their winning email. This contest is open to the US only.


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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.
Sponsored by Tomoson.com

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Udderly Smooth Review & GIVEAWAY! CLOSED


Udderly Smooth is a company that offers great quality lotions and creams. It is a greaseless, stainless water-based moisturizer with a light fresh fragrance. It can be used all over the body, head to toe! Udderly Smooth is available in 2 oz tubes, 4 oz. tubes, 8 oz jars, 10 oz with pump, 12 oz jars, 16 fl. oz bottles and 32 fl oz bottles. The best part is…none of the products on the site are over $8.75! You don’t have to break the bank to get hydrated skin!
I was a little hesitant to try the product once I learned that the product was originally developed for use on dairy cows, but I love it. I received Foot Cream with Shea Butter, Udder Cream and Moisturizing Lotion. Here is how I used each: When I got out of the shower, I applied the Udder Cream on my problem spots. It is winter so my elbows and shins get really dry. The Udder Cream is a thicker lotion, which I loved. I would then apply the Moisturizing Lotion to the rest of my body. I made sure to cover legs, arms and even my face. The lotions aren’t greasy so I was happy to be able to do that!
Finally, my favorite part…the Udderly Smooth Foot Cream. This is my new best friend. The foot cream is a really nice thick lotion with a slight scent. For this cream I did something a bit different. I loaded my feet up with it before bed, and slept with socks on. Yes, the socks were a tad soggy by morning…but me feet feel awesome!
Overall, I loved this product. I received small packets of the Udder Cream that came with the rest of the products. I have them spread around in my car, at work and over my boyfriends house! If you would like to snag some Udderly Smooth products for yourself you can go to their site HERE.

Or..you can WIN your very own assortment of Udderly Smooth products RIGHT HERE on my blog! It’s easy!
Here’s how it works, complete the mandatory entry, and as many optional entries as you would like. [[ Leave a comment below for each entry you do. Be sure to leave your email address. ]]
You MUST be a public follower of my blog to participate in this giveaway.
MANDATORY ENTRY:
* Go to the Udderly Smooth website and tell me which product you would most like to try for yourself.
Optional Entries:
* Follow me on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Follow Udderly Smooth on Twitter , Leave twitter handle (1 entry)
* Become Udderly Smooth's Facebook Fan Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Become my Friend on Facebook Leave Facebook name (1 entry)
* Add my Button to your Blog! Leave a link to your blog (5 entries!!)
* Tweet once a day about this giveaway! Leave a link to each tweet (1 entry each day)
“Win an Udderly Smooth Assortment package! @MandaPanda429 #contest #giveaway http://tinyurl.com/WinUdderly (ends 2/17/11)”

This giveaway will end on 2/17/11 and is open to residents of the US and Canada. Winner will be notified via email, they will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Disclosure: Thank you to Udderly Smooth for providing me with the product to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.