Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is our Freebie Friday winner today?

What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Susan Vlcek from Avondale, Arizona!!!

(winner selected through random.org)

Susan won….

What’s in the prize bag??  All kinds of goodies, some that she can give as holiday gifts and/or keep for herself!  Cosmetics, a beautiful bling head warmer and more!  Congrats to Susan!

Thank you so much for subscribing to managedmoms.com.  We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered into the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered into the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prize every Friday.  It is that easy!

 

 

 

Freebie Friday Winner!

Who is our Freebie Friday winner today?

What did she win?  What is next week’s cool prize?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware, jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!  Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Mechelle Moser from Farmington Hills, Michigan!!!

(winner selected through random.org)

Mechelle won:

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Mechelle! Mechelle wins the awesome Boots No 7 Seven Days of Beauty Advent Calendar beauty kit that I showed in my recent 3TV segment about beauty picks that make great gifts!  This cool kit opens one flap a day to unveil a wonderful beauty product!  Some of the surprise items inside include mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss, primer, brow stuff and more.  Such a fun gift to give and receive or Mechelle can keep it for herself and enjoy a surprise beauty product 12 days in a row!  Just love this! 

 

Congrats to Mechelle for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right-hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered in the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prizes.  Join our free managedmoms.com email subscriber list to stay up to date on healthy family friendly recipes, beauty news, travel tips, parenting talk and more.

 

 

 

 

Why Terra’s Kitchen Is My Favorite Home Meal Delivery Kit

Blue Apron.  Plated.  Purple Carrot. I have tried those and several other home delivery meal kits and I have found my #1 favorite.

It is Terra’s Kitchen.  And I can tell you why with five simple reasons that makes Terra’s stand out from the others, in my opinion.

  1.  They have the largest and most extensive weekly selection of all different types of dinner entrees that also include vegetarian options, Paleo and more.
  2. The food arrives in a mini fridge that is sent back right from your front door the next day.  Brilliant, no waste!
  3. The food is cut up for you already and is very fresh.  This cuts prep time extensively and the meal is still cooked from scratch.
  4. Once the mini fridge is emptied, simply take the label off to expose the new label, place it outside and it is picked up the next day.  No wasteful packaging and ice packs to dispose of, making Terra’s the most environmentally responsible, too.  The mini fridge is recycled and used to send out to the next customer.
  5. The food is good.

This is what the mini fridge looks like when it arrives in the box. Terra’s calls it the vessel and my cat also seems happy that it has arrived.

The inside of the vessel with pre-cut fresh foods ready to turn into a home cooked meal. Love this!

The recipe cards. Come with pictures and are easy to follow. Thank you!

I turned these ingredients into this…

Yum!

And the finished dish is delish!

Yep, I am a fan. Happy cook in the kitchen. Happy fed family. Happy mom!

So far my only complaint is sometimes they send skirt steak, which isn’t the best cut of steak in my opinion.  Other than that, I am very pleased with this service.

The meals are quick to cook since the ingredients are pre-cut, which I love!  I have ordered and enjoyed some of the additional salads, sides and a la carte proteins, which make a nice snack or lunch for me when I home doing my freelance work.  I have also tried some of the Paleo, vegetarian and vegan options and all are  very good.
On average, I spend about $75 a week for three Terra’s Kitchen dinners.  I find that reasonable since that aptly feeds myself, my husband and our daughter.  And not having to go to the grocery store as much is another added bonus for we busy multi-tasking gals!  I also love that I am cooking meals from scratch using whole food ingredients while following Terra’s Kitchen simple recipe cards.
With all of these positives listed above, I give Terra’s Kitchen a hearty and hungry thumbs up!
Have you tried Terra’s Kitchen?  Do you like this service and food as much as I do?  Share in the comments section your kudos (or complaints if you have them) as we love this blog to be a discussion forum to help each other to be a bit more managed in our manic world with helpful tips for all.
Bon appetit!

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is today’s Freebie Friday winner??  What did our winner win? Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Bev Colby!!!

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Bev! Bev wins the awesome Boots No 7 Seven Days of Beauty Advent Calendar beauty kit that I showed in my recent 3TV segment about beauty picks that make great gifts!  This cool kit opens one flap a day to unveil a wonderful beauty product!  Some of the surprise items inside include mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss, primer, brow stuff and more.  Such a fun gift to give and receive or Bev can keep it for herself and enjoy a surprise beauty product 12 days in a row!  Just love this! 

 

Congrats to Bev for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right-hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered in the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prizes.  Join our free managedmoms.com email subscriber list to stay up to date on healthy family friendly recipes, beauty news, travel tips, parenting talk and more.

 

 

 

 

My 3TV Segment Beauty Picks Holiday Gifts

How about a 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar beauty kit?  Or a big pink box of Soap & Glory items for only $40 that would cost over $75 sold individually?  A $2 hanging beauty product tree ornament?  Makeup brushes that compare to the more expensive Tarte line and an Olay item that we think performs as well as the much more expensive Clarisonic?  It is all here in my 3TV segment and it is all sold at Walgreens so the price is right and the shopping location is convenient and easy.  Check out my segment that will make shopping for the beauty product lovers on your list easy and festive since a lot of the beauty product packaging is ready for the tree.  Happy holiday beauty shopping!

Beauty Box Winner!

As promised, it is Wednesday so we did the drawing for our winner for the fun beauty box giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered the drawing this week to win the super cool and fabulous Soap & Glory Flatter Me beauty kit!  With seven beautiful beauty products all included in the fun and festive box, the winner can give this as a great holiday gift or keep for her beautiful self! Such a great giveaway.  The winner was drawn through random.org and the winner is….

 

Nancy Bivens from Gilbert, AZ!!!

Congrats Nancy and thank you so much for following managedmoms.com!

We will have more giveaways and drawings as we make our way through the holiday season, so stay tuned everyone!

Enter Drawing For Fabulous Beauty Product Giveaway

If you caught my 3TV segment this week or read my beauty blog article, then you saw the fabulous beauty products I showed that make great holiday gift ideas!  Want a chance to win the Soap & Glory Flatter Box beauty gift kit that is a $52 value?  Then enter today’s drawing!  Here is what is inside the cool Flatter Box…To enter the drawing, simply email us at [email protected]  Please include your name, email address and mailing address of where you want the beauty kit sent if you are the winner.

We will do the drawing through random.org and announce the winner on Hump Day, this Wednesday…a fun way to check in halfway through the week with the announcement of the winner.  So be sure to get your entry in to us by 10pm (Arizona time) this Tuesday night, October 24th to be in the drawing.  We will post the winner on my blog, so enter, stay tuned and good luck!

Mr Margarita Is The Perfect Party Rental Companion!

Manic: Like everyone else, schedules this time of year! I was honored to take my turn hosting my fellow mothers who are part of our local NCL (National Charity League) chapter for our fall meeting/social.  I wanted to make the event fun, unique and productive all in one with a cool theme.  But how could I accomplish that with a limited budget and not a lot of time on my hands for a full prep?

Managed:  Brainstormed and came up with a Margaritaville event theme complete with Jimmy Buffet music playing in the background, games that included guessing how many limes were in the margarita pitcher with prizes that were about the number 5 since it is “5’o clock somewhere” which included a 5 x 7 gift frame, a $5 Starbucks gift card and more.  My NCL GLA partner set up a Sign Up Genius for margaritaville themed food, so all brought grub that made for a nice buffet style dinner.

And then there was the star of the show…Mr. Margarita!

Meet Mr Margarita, a company that I highly recommend!  Here are two of his top performing companions that looked terrific and produced tasty beverages at my event! 

Yep, nothing says……better than welcoming those friends with yummy and festive frozen margarita machines!

Ray DeLeon with Mr Margarita was top notch to work with from start to finish.  When he arrived with the nice looking machines, we had a power overload problem with my backyard circuits, but he was quick and thorough to fix the issues and didn’t leave until all was working well.  And the flavor…absolutely delish!  I chose to serve two flavors of frozen ritas which included lime and strawberry and both were scrumptious.  Not overly sweet and my guests commented that they tasted refreshing like a nice summertime icy lemonade.  I also tried combining the two in my cup and the flavor combo worked great!                                                                                                                                          So how do you go about having Mr Margarita join your celebration?  It is an easy and economical process.  Here is what you do…

  1. Visit MrMargaritaPhoenix (if you are in Arizona) or MrMargarita if you are out of state as they have locations in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia.  For my local Phoenix readers, the phone number is 602-300-6497.  They rent party rental margarita machines in addition to other items like tents, tables, chairs and more.  All can be rented through the website or phone number above.
  2. Ray (or another Mr Margarita expert) will discuss details with you and suggest what and how much works best for your particular event.  They give you the list of beverage items you need to purchase before they arrive with the rentals.  I rented two machines, one lime and one for strawberry ritas, so I only had to purchase 2 to 3 liters of tequila and one liter of Triple Sec premix.  Ray brought everything else that was needed including cups, straws and salt for the rims with the machines.  I also bought limes for those that wanted a lime wedge in their margarita, which was a nice touch.
  3. Provide your credit card and you aren’t charged until the morning of the rental day. I liked this because receiving the charge notification also confirmed that my anticipated rental rita machines were indeed coming that day.  I paid $249 to rent both machines and another $17.50 for delivery and set-up fees (so worth it since Ray did everything for me).  Sales tax brought the grand total to $291.28.  I could have saved on my budget and just rented the one machine, as that would have been plenty for my guest headcount of 20 women, but I wanted to offer two flavors for fun.  Since the ladies brought all the food and Mr Margarita brought the cups and straws, my total party cost wasn’t bad at all.
  4. On party day, the machines are delivered, set up and the drinks are prepped in the machine and for you.  Then do what I did…and taste test.  My quality control taste was perfect!  Soo good!  And look how cool the machines look in my backyard…The machines arrived very clean, looked super nice and were very easy to operate. Simply pull the lever and out flowed a tasty icy margarita slush that all my guests called refreshing and super tasty. I was very pleased and will definitely use Mr Margarita again!  My only regret is that I forgot to snap pictures at night when the machines lit up my yard and made it a party!  And here is a bonus that Ray told me about.  Put any leftovers in a big plastic bag and freeze for your next margarita night.  I was out of plastic bags so I put some of the leftovers that were still in the machine when my party ended in a pitcher.  I stored it in the fridge overnight and it is still slushy and yummy today! Yay!  I think I may have to have a margarita pool day this weekend.  The company picked up the machines then next day.  I didn’t have to empty, clean or wipe anything down.  My only job was to take the leftovers I wanted, turn the machines off and unplug.  If I had wanted to make more batches, a simple instruction card was left for me and the process is simple.

Call Mr Margarita for your next shindig.  I plan to.  From start to finish, the process was as smooth and wonderful as the drinks were!

Beauty Picks That Make Great Gifts!

As seen on my morning show today, Your Life Arizona, here is more information about the festively packaged terrific beauty picks that make great holiday gifts!  Yep, it is already that time of year to get your shopping done and I make it easy for you because all of these ideas are conveniently sold at Walgreens!  A big thanks to my blog beauty expert, Bianca who is a professional beauty consultant with Walgreens, for sharing these top picks by customers and by our beauty panel experts.  Take a look and get some of your holiday shopping done..

*Soap & Glory Flatter Box – ($30.00 a $52 value!) – This fun Soap & Glory gift pack packs seven impressive beauty products into one pretty pink gift box.  Included is a limited-edition pore perfecting powder, high definition collagen coat mascara, a liquid black eyeliner pen, three eye shadows, lip gloss plus an eye shadow brush and a half moon blusher brush, too.  Also, impressive about this kit is that several of the products are full-sized that include the SuperCat eye liner pen which can be used to create winged liner and other dramatic effects on the eyes and the Thick & Fast High Definition Collagen Coat Mascara.

*Soap & Glory Pink Big – ($40 at Walgreens) – Featuring seven of this line’s head to toe faves, this beauty gift is large and luxurious since the big pink box is filled with a nice shower gel, body butter, body buffer, hydrating hand cream, foot cream and more.  So fun to give and to get.  Plus, the kit includes two bonus items that are not usually sold at all, a big pink loofah and a pretty pink super soft fuzzy head band to keep makeup and products from getting into hair.  Scrub Of Your Life body scrub is also in this kit and it is Soap & Glory’s #1 selling scrub.  Hand cream and foot cream also come in this box and the Heel Genius is an Allure Beauty Awards winner, too!  The price gives you almost 50% off as purchasing each one of these items separately would be around $75 in total for all the items.

*L.A. Colors Strobing ($10 at Walgreens) – This 10-color highlight face palette comes with a large palette of highlighters that can be used as highlighter, but also eye shadows.  The value on this is incredible since all are full sized inside the pretty box. L.A. Colors is sold at high end stores like Nordstrom Rack, so it is super handy to grab this at your corner drug store.

*Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System ($39.99)  — Facial cleansing brushes are working well for anti-aging for women and for teenagers battling hormonal skin.  So, this splurge vs steal item compares to Clarisonic, which sells for $200 vs Olay’s version at a very reasonable $39.99.  This is one new hot beauty item to know about! Bianca’s customers are reporting back to her that they like this one better than the high priced Clarisonic.  One reason is that the replacement cleaning head costs much less with the Olay brand at only $12 (available at Walgreens) versus the $30 price tag for a replacement Clarisonic cleaning head.  The Olay one also includes the batteries, which is a nice touch, especially if given as a gift.

*Boots Prezzie Time Body Care Collection ($12 at Walgreens) – This great gift set is already packaged in a holiday bag so no wrapping is needed.  For only $12, the recipient gets nice Boots body wash, body scrub and a body polisher.  The price is right, the packaging is festive and the products make a perfect gift.  Bianca also pointed out that it doesn’t expire for 24 months, so this is one gift that you buy several of and have on hand for a birthday gift, Valentine’s, New Year’s and more.

*Hello Lovely Makeup Bag – ($10 at Walgreens) – Cute and pretty makeup bag that can be filled with goodies of your choice.  Very festive and fun!

*No7 12 Days of Beauty – ($40 and a $90 value!) – Boots No 7 has the perfect holiday packaging with a beauty gift kit Advent Calendar!  So fun!  Your recipient opens one flap a day to unveil a wonderful beauty product!  Some of the surprise items inside include mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss, primer, brow stuff and more.  Such a fun gift to give and receive!

*Wet n Wild Pro Brush Set – ($30 and a $90 value!) – Bianca is very impressed with Wet n Wilds new makeup brushes that were recently unveiled.  Her customers also like the quality and that they are cruelty free and vegan now.  The pink bunny symbol is now on all Wet n Wild products, which makes us happy. We also think this is a splurge vs steal when compared to the Tarte brushes which cost much more.  These brushes also sport the ergonomic handle.

*Aveeno Active Naturals Indulgent Scents Body Washes & Body Lotion Gift Set – ($10 and a $15 value!) – Years ago, when my kids were little and battled eczema, our pediatrician recommended Aveeno and I have loved the line ever since.  So, this set that saves $5 if you were to purchase it all separately and is one that I would enjoy as a gift.  Plus, the lavender scent is calming and moisturizing.

*A Little Something Hand & Lip Care Gift – ($4 each) – Great price for a great holiday beauty gift kit that is also festively packaged.  The Lovely Things kit contains the All Smiles Hand Cream and Lip Balm. The Fun Fun kit has This Hand Fruit On Hand Cream and Fruit On Lip Balm.  Super cute packaging so no need to wrap if you are in a rush.

*A Little Something Sugared Dreams Hand Cream – ($2 each) – Perfectly named hand cream for the season, nice travel and purse size, good price and the packaging hangs on the Christmas tree.

Finding and showing these gift items lowered my stress level since so many items are so easily accessible at Walgreens and since so many are already packaged in the perfect festive colors, boxes and bags.  What holiday gift kits do you love to give and receive?  Share in the comments section and Happy Holiday season shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s Freebie Friday winner??  What did our winner win? Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Lisa Abrams from Phoenix, AZ! 

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Lisa! Lisa wins this super cool lunch box by PlanetBox that is nice and functional!   Look how cool it is inside of the box, too…

She also wins my #1 recommended homeopathic medicine cream, Boiron Calendula Cream.  My mom and I both swear by this stuff!  For cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns, sunburn and more.  Boiron Calendula Cream is the perfect cream to have on hand! 

Congrats to Lisa for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right-hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered in the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prizes.  Join our free managedmoms.com email subscriber list to stay up to date on healthy family friendly recipes, beauty news, travel tips, parenting talk and more.