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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Anytime Costumes Two Tone Pink Women's Wig Review

With Halloween sneaking up on us, you will likely start seeing all kinds of outfits and costumes. I am a clown and get to dress up all year round! It is a total blast and we get rewarded when we hand a balloon to a child and their eyes are filled with wonder and a grin covers their adorable little face!
My parents both graduated from clown school. My niece was with them through all of it and learned alongside them. My sister-in-law and I began helping out as they started getting hired to paint faces and make balloon animals for events. Mom helped sew costumes and we all gathered to share some of the make up and accessories. One of the accessories I used was a wig that mom had bought while in school. And while it is a fine wig, it is in the same style as the one she wears and I am constantly getting confused for her. We look a lot alike anyway so it isn't terribly surprising, but still....
I was looking for a different style and I found that Anytime Costumes had hundreds of stylish wigs! They graciously allowed me to review one and share my thought with you. 
This wig is totally fun and versatile! The bright and vibrant two toned shades of pink are fun all by themselves, but it also includes some kicky pigtails that add volume and dimension! Adding whimsical hair extensions and other accessories just add to the versatility. You can have so much fun with this! 
The wig is a little heavier than the one I am used to (it is quite a bit longer), especially with the pigtails attached, but the fit is great. It has an elastic band to help tighten for smaller heads. I haven't gotten to wear it for an event yet, but during my "dress up" session, it didn't slip at all. even as I changed accessories, it stayed put. The wig hair is soft and luxurious feeling, not coarse at all. The pigtails attach with claw type clips and they held firm and didn't slip or come loose.
I love the pink because it stand out against my purple and black clown clown costume. I do wish it were available in a few different colors like two-tone green or black with hot pink streaks. Anytime Costumes has so many to choose from, I'll probably order another so I can change up my look once in awhile! 
If you or your kids are still trying to decide what to be for Halloween, I urge you to have a look at Anytime Costumes! They have many, many costume ideas and everything you need to go with them. You'll be able to find everything from costumes and accessories to make up and props. Mix and match to create your own unique character or look! If you're like me, you'll have a hard time choosing because there is so much to choose from!   

Will you be dressing up for Halloween? What are you planning to be? 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cate and Chloe VIP Jewelry Giveaway

Cate and Chloe VIP Box Giveaway September 28 - October 13

Cate and Chloe VIP Jewelry Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Cate & Chloe

Hosted by:  Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Swanky POV


Krista over at Savory Savings LOVES beautiful jewelry – make it affordable and she loves it even more! Some time ago, she had the chance the check out the jewelry subscription box from Cate & Chloe and shared her thoughts in a review. You can get over $200 of designer jewelry for less than $40 a month!

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Being able to have things delivered right to your door is not a new concept, but it still has great appeal! Once it was milk and cheese delivered to a box on your porch and now you can get everything from clothing, jewelry, and shoes delivered right to your door each month. For people that don't have the time to shop or don't have a variety of stores in their area, this can be great service!
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How would you like to win a VIP box from Cate & Chloe that will have two amazing pieces of jewlery valued at $200?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Cate & Chloe giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from September 29 through October 13, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.


Good Luck!




Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Phantom Fit Reflective Ankle Bands


#phantomfit
Do you enjoy walking, running or biking? Then you (hopefully ) know about safety. Especially if you are out in the early morning or evening when it is harder to see. You gotta be seen to stay safe! PhantomFit can help. These reflective ankle bands are a lightweight, portable safety tool. I received a set of PhantomFit Reflective Ankle Bands to review and they are pretty cool!

They are very lightweight. As soon as I put them on, I couldn't feel them. They fasten securely, yet are comfortable. The velcro allows you some room to wear them tighter or more loosely if you prefer. You could also use them higher up on your knees or on the upper arms.. any where that is more than 10 inches in circumference.  


The PhamtonFit Reflective Ankle Bands are made from very strong, durable material so they'll provide you added safety for a long time. They  come with a nylon bag to carry them in so you can keep them handy in bag, in the car or anyplace you keep your workout gear. 

The dual reflective strips mean you'll be seen up to 1,000 feet away and since there are no batteries, you don't have to worry if you happen to get caught in the rain or get wet for any reason. 
#phantomfit

If you run, walk or bike, the PhantomFit Reflective Ankle Bands would be an asset to you and can be an added safety device. You can get your set on Amazon.com. 


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Disclosure: 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. This post contains affiliate links.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Folding Bluetooth Keyboard



This is one of the coolest posts I have written. It is my first post using my Samsung tablet with the Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard from iWerkz! I am beyond excited! Being able to type means I won't have to lug my laptop every where I go. Using a stylus to type on the virtual keyboard on my tablet made much easier than using my fingers, but it has also been one of the things that has prevented me from relying on my tablet when I know I will be away from the house for the whole day. A quick Twitter or Instagram post is fine, but it would be very laborious to try to type out a blog post by poking at letters one at a time!

The Folding Bluetooth Keyboard is very compact and lightweight. Open, it measures a mere 11 1/2 inches x 3 1/4 inches and closed it is only5 3/4 inches x 3 1/4 inches.  It weighs only 9.6 ounces. It is a QWERTY keyboard, so it has all the keys you are used to on regular size keyboard. It literally only took me a few moments to get used to typing on it. It has function keys and shortcuts like full size keyboard as well. 
It is super easy to connect too! I turned on the keyboard, enabled the bluetooth on my tablet, my tablet searched for available devices, and once the keyboard showed on the list of available devices, I selected it. It only took a few seconds for it all to happen. Now when I turn on the keyboard, it automatically links to my tablet.

I am loving it! Returning emails, filling out forms and above all, being able to work on blog posts nearly where ever I am is now a reality instead of a frustration! 
Another really cool touch is that the keyboard has a hardshell case that it slides into and the case itself, serves as a stand for your tablet so you can look at it like you would a computer screen. My Samsung Galaxy is 10.1 inches and it is a little heavy and tall to be in the stand in the vertical position. It works, but since it has to be out of it's usual flip case to be in the stand, it makes me a little nervous to use it in that position. On a very sold and stable surface, it does good though. It works absolutely fabulous in the horizontal and is a little easier for me to see and read when doing tasks like writing blog posts. A 7 or 8 inch tablet would stand in the vertical without any problem. 





There is even a smaller slide out stand so you can use the keyboard with your bluetooth enabled phone! It slides out and you can adjust it for the best viewing angle.

The keyboard operates on a rechargeable lithium battery that will operate for 44 hours! It has a standby time of thirty days. And if you have much better eyesight than me (or a HUGE screen!), It can operate from up to 30 feet away! It comes with a USB charging cable so you can charge it from your laptop or desktop. 
This is a totally awesome accessory for your tablet or phone! iWerks offers this in purple, pink, blue, red, black and white. You can find the Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard from iWerkz on Amazon.
You can also find them on Twitter or at mywerks.com

Would you like one of these? iWerkz very graciously has allowed me to have a giveaway and one of you will win cool keyboard just like the one I received! Just go HERE and enter using the Rafflecopter. 


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Disclosure: The Happy Clown With A Frown received or more of the products mentioned above for the purpose of review. This post contains affiliate links.

iWerkz Bluetooth Keyboard Giveaway


The iWerkz Folding Bluetooth Keyboard makes it easy to type on your bluetooth enabled phone or tablet. If  you're like me, typing on tiny buttons is difficult. I constantly hit more than one button or hit the wrong thing with my fingernails. Even the virtual keyboard on my tablet while a little easier isn't the most comfortable to use. You can read my review of the iWerkz Folding Bluetooth Keyboard.
Would you like to win one of these cool keyboards? iWerkz very generously sent me one to giveaway to my readers! Simply enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on October 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM. Winner will be chosen by Random.org. Entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification. Failure to reply within 48 hours will result in another winner being chosen.


GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclosure: I received one or more of the items listed above to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are 100%  my own. None of the bloggers participating were compensated and are not responsible for delivery of prize. The Happy Clown With A Frown is responsible for shipping the prize to the winner.  



Giveaway ends October 21 at 12:00 AM Central Time. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lifegaurd Mini Portable Charger


#pluslifeguard

I received a Lifeguard Mini Portable Charger
for review and it is wonderful! It proves to be quite convenient when I'm out and about, away from an outlet and my tablet dies. I plug the Lifeguard in and keep going! 


This device could be a true lifesaver for someone with a dead cell phone. Even in this world of massive technology there are many moments when we are vulnerable. Traveling alone (or with the kids in the car!) Car trouble on empty roads. Home alone with no land line.  Walking, jogging or biking. Long commutes. Traveling in unfamiliar territory. There are so many instances where we are alone for a bit and a dead cell phone could be a matter of safety in an emergency. 
The Lifeguard Mini Portable Charger gives you peace of mind as well as convenience. It is 3.8 inches x 1.9 inches and weighs only 3.45 ounces so you can charge it up and easily keep it tucked into your purse or bag so that it is there, ready to use. 

The sleek aluminum shell is impact resistant. The lithium ion battery will have a long life capable of being recharged 800 times! That's a lot of moments you will be able to keep using your phone or device! It comes with a free Apple compatible lightning cable and is compatible with many phones and devices including iPhones 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 and iPods as well as Android devices such as:

HTC: Oce X, S, V/Sensation XE XL/EVO 4G/Radar 4G/Inspire 4G/ThunderBolt

SAMSUNG: Galaxy S5, S4, S3, S2, Note 2 S2, Nexus, Galaxy Note, Focus S, Infuse
Google: Nexus 5, 4, Google Glass
Motorola: Droid Razr, Bionic, Atrix 2, Triumph.
Amazon: Fire Phone
And other cell phones, MP3. MP4, digital camera, and other with DC 5V input.



#pluslifeguard

This is a wonderful addition to your electronic life and you can find the Lifeguard Mini Portable Charger on Amazon.com

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Disclosure: 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. This post contains affiliate links.
 

Moments Of Transformation

I was taking place in an online discussion the other day and the topic was "transformation" in our lives. It had me really thinking of the moments that stand out when I think of the word transformation.

I remember key moments from all parts of my life. Childhood memories, friendships, deaths of loved ones and all the normal things, but there are some moments that are so profound they have the power to totally change you in some way.

One of my first major transformations, was the day I met the Mr. We were in high school, senior year for him and sophmore for me. School had started scarcely a month prior to the night the band found them selves stuck on the bus because it had rained really bad and the band director would not let them take the field and get mud all over their uniforms because we had a band competition the next day. I didn't play in the band.... I was the aide.. yes I was a band aide! :) My job included making sure the "flag girls" dresses were smoothed and no one's skirt was tucked into their pantyhose. Once the band was on the field I, along with another aide, laid out the flags and other props for them and the majorettes, throughout their routines.  So anyway, on that particular night we were stuck on the bus. I was at the very back with the flag girls and we were laughing and having a good time. A friend of mine that played trumpet came back and told me there was someone she wanted me to meet so I followed her to the middle section of the bus.... It sounds corny, but The second I looked at him, it was like lightening hit me. He literally had me from hello!  I didn't even know if he had a girlfriend or anything, but I knew we were meant to be. We have been together since that night and less than two weeks after that meeting, I KNEW he was the one I would marry. I was all of 16 years old! Years later, we were talking and I told him of the impact I felt that night and he told me the same had happened for him. He went on to say that less than two weeks later, he was convinced he was going to marry me one day! I hadn't even told him that part! How's that for cool!

The second time I felt transformed was my wedding day. We had done all the planning ourselves and we were doing it our way. We weren't into lots of tiny details, we just wanted it to be fun, but it took time and planning that kind of kept me distanced from it a little bit. We had been together since that moment we met in high school five years previous and we were getting married on that 5 year anniversary. The months flew by with him working and the wedding planning and decisions we had to make. The next thing I knew, the day had arrived. My bridesmaids were my sister and his sister. They along with my mom, helped into my gown, placed the veil and put on my shoes.... when I turned and saw myself in the mirror it hit me. My reflection looked totally different to me. I felt a change deep inside. It wasn't that I was the bride. It was that I was going to be someone's WIFE. I had always believed that word was FOREVER and in that moment I was looking at my forever self. It was immensely emotional. It changed the way I thought of myself. He chose me. That funny, beautiful boy that had put up with my crazy self for 5 years wanted ME. FOREVER. The thought didn't scare me. It amazed me. It has been one heck of a ride, not always an easy one, but we are still married. We will mark our 22 wedding anniversary (27 years together!) in just a few days. 


The third major time I felt totally transformed was the birth of our son. We had to undergo fertility treatments for several years and it had been an emotional roller coaster. I had miscarried once and the whole process had taken a toll on me physically and emotionally. I had a scare at six weeks and we thought I was miscarrying again. A few days after that incident, the Mr's grandfather died. I can't even imagine how hard that was for him. He was trying to be strong for me, scared we would lose another baby and then his beloved grandfather, who had helped raise him and been a pivotal figure in his life, died. In the midst of it all, he was everything I needed him to be and more. Because I was considered a risky pregnancy, I was seen three times a week by my fertility doctor throughout the first trimester. After that I was allowed to go to a regular OB/GYN and we chose one in the same hospital because he would be able to be in direct contact with our fertility doctor is anything happened. The hospital complex we had to go to is an hour away from where we live. He made sure we never missed an appointment, never had to reschedule, we were never even late to one. We attended birthing classes in the same complex, never missing one. He paid attention took notes asked more questions than I did! We thought we were totally prepared to have our child and we were planning to do things with as little medicine as possible. We had discussed everything with my doctor so he was on board about not giving me pitocin and such. After that initial scare and up to the point that I was actually lying in the hospital bed, our pregnancy story had been a great one and looking back even funny. The contractions got hard enough that all the tricks we learned in birthing class were not helping. But I was also not progressing and was still only a few centimeters dilated. We allowed the nurse to give me some pain medicine in my IV, but warned her that I was super sensitive to all meds because I don't usually take anything. She didn't believe us. I was knocked out before she withdrew the needle from the shunt! I woke up several hours later to find that I had been having super hard and long contractions and still was not much further along. My doctor came and checked on me and found that our little guy had turned away from the birth canal and the contractions were now banging his head into my pelvic bone. While he was still in the room talking about what we could do, the baby's vitals took a dip and the whole game changed. I was going for a C-section that we had not planned on. It scared me. I cried. My Mr was scared. My parents were scared. My in-laws were scared. It was etched on all their faces. They gave me the epidural, gave us a few minutes with family while they prepped an OR for us. I remember prayers, people taking my hands, hugs kisses... and then I was in a room about to be sliced into...I wasn't hysterical, but I wanted to watch the procedure. I didn't want my baby to die without me never having seen him breath. I wanted them to take down the screen that had been put up over my midsection. The wouldn't. When someone reached up and moved the giant light with the shiny metal hood closer so the doctor would have more light, I saw that I could see everything almost perfectly in the reflection. It was surreal to watch all that work being done on my body because I couldn't feel a thing. They got the baby out just fine, but he didn't cry. I waited to hear that cry. They huddled around him. The Mr. was with me and holding my hand. I heard them say they needed to get him to the nursery right away. I thought the worst. Mr wanted to stay with me, but I made him go. I told him not to leave our baby's side! After they left with the baby the doctor began stitching me up and the nurse that was by my head told me the baby was okay, but was jaundiced and they needed to get him under a light. I had done all I could and there was nothing more I could do at that moment. I suddenly felt so unbelievably tired and dozed off. I was awakened by the nurse tapping my cheeks, saying my name and asking if I was okay. I said "Of course I'm okay! I'm just so damn tired!" I woke up in recovery. I asked what time it was and told the nurse I needed my baby. She told me I would see him soon and said no you don't understand. It's been an hour and I need to feed him! 


The moment that beautiful bundle was placed in my arms, everything else vanished because I looked at that tiny little head sticking out from a wad of blanket and it was the most awesome feeling. I hadn't just had a baby, I was someone's MOM. FOREVER. Another FOREVER word added to my resume! I'll be his mom FOREVER. I was transformed in an instant. I knew I had just accepted responsibilities and challenges completely foreign to me, but it didn't matter. He was so beautiful and perfect. Well almost. He did have three little bruises on his forehead where he had whacked into my bone :) 

The major transformations in my life have been the biggest and best moments I could have ever hoped for even if the journey to them was at times a little rocky and uncertain.  

What events have transformed you?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MAG - Magnetic Screen Door Review


#mag

We are starting to get some beautiful Fall weather here and there are days when it is so nice to just prop the doors open and let the cool breezes blow through the house instead of hearing the whir of the air conditioner. While opening the doors is a fine idea, we also have our fair share of bugs and critter and some of them are not very nice or social! 
I wish I could say this screen gave us the protection from the bugs while allowing us to have the door open, but it did not. I received one of the MAG Magnetic Screen Doors to review and while it is a fine screen, it was not wide enough to fasten to both sides of the door. Average exterior doors have a 36 inch opening and at 35.5 inches, this falls a little shy of that. It is made closer to the average size of interior doors. The edges need to be about one inch wider to hold the screen firm in a regular sized opening. However, if you have a smaller door opening, it will work great and you will like this screen. 
We are planning to re-build our deck and I am planning to include a screened area and this will be a very useful addition. I'll just have to be mindful of the opening measurements so it's not too wide.
The screen is very nice looking with the decorative valance across the top. It makes it look almost like a stylish curtain. It is nicely constructed and works great to let the breeze and the sunlight in, while keeping flies and insects out (provided you do have the smaller door opening). 

It opens easily and going in and out through the screen is a breeze. The magnets work great to keep it closed and snap it back together quickly.
While I would recommend this to a friend and think it is a very fine product, I have three things on my "con" list:

The size: A few more inches on the sides would bring it more in line with average sized exterior doors and ensure more people could use them.

The Velcro: This comes with 12 strips. 4 for across the top and four for each side. You have to be very sure to place them so the corners as well as the edges are secure and that the screen is very tight and flush, otherwise you will have gaps where bugs can enter. 

The Tacks: While not a huge deal, the tacks included are cheaply made and do not hold up. One was broken when I took it out of the package and the one shown below broke while I was trying to use it to add strength along the top of the screen. It broke while I was pushing it and poked my thumb.

Again, I like the screen and it is nice. In a smaller door opening, it will work fabulously and allow you to enjoy the outdoors, keep an eye on the kids or to have an easy opening while having guests over.  

It would be great for times when the kids are in and out as they play, carrying things in and out with your hands full, really anytime opening and closing the door repeatedly is more of a hindrance and a pain to deal with. You will just have to be very sure of the measurements of your door so that the velcro will be able to lie flat and be tight to ensure you have the bug barrier.

#mag

You can find the MAG Magnetic Screen Door on Amazon.com
 
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Disclosure: 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. This post contains affiliate links.