Activision Family Game Summit with Korie Robertson #ATVIFamGames ($400 Giveaway)

Do you have gamers on your holiday shopping list? Wondering what the new hit games of this holiday season will be? You totally need to join the fun with me of this Activision Game Summit #ATVIFamGames!!  Actually, I am giving away $400 worth of Activision Games. Scroll on down for the entry options.

For a couple of years now I have attended this event, one year it was in person here in Dallas. This year I will be watching online, and you can too! The hostess this year is mom of five Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty. How awesome is that?I never miss one of their shows. (Our 12 year old actually plays football for Si Robertson’s son-in-law here in our town. Who wants to play seven degrees of Duck Dynasty?)

At the event they will be discussing how and why video games have become such an important part of our entertainment culture. They will also take a look at video games and their journey through time. We will hear from those who are contributing to today’s games. Pretty cool!

Activision Family Game Summit 2013

Activision Family Game Summit Host

I hope you will join us online. Mark your calendar, here are the details:

Ready to win some games to give as gifts this holiday season? I am giving away $400 worth of Activision games.

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Your Morning Routine Just Got Easier #SprayandGo

I have super dry skin on my arms and legs.

As long as I can remember, I have had to use lotion after every shower for years. It does not matter what season it is, my routine has been the same. And it can be a lengthy process.

The kids and I have seen the commercials with the gal spraying the lotion on in seconds, zipping on her clothes and she is out the door. It is catchy and always grabs our attention. You’ve probably seen it too.

When I was asked if I wanted to give the Spray & Go Moisturizer a try I was very excited to get a bottle delivered to my house to try.

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Now remember, moisturizing my body is a daily routine here. It can be something that I dread, busy work that is just one more thing to do.

Day after day I tried the spray on lotion. Each day I timed myself.

The first time it took me 24 seconds to start the watch, spray the fronts and backs of my legs and arms and wipe the lotion in and then stop the watch. I fumbled with starting and stopping the watch. When did these things get so complicated? And Lord help me trying to get the stop watch to start over….

Then, each time after that my time improved. I sprayed I applied the lotion on my legs and arms and rubbed it on within 12 seconds or less time after time. Totally a mommy solution! And it starts absorbing instantly. (Smells great too!)

Twelve seconds.

I pretend I am the cool girl in the video.

A Must Have for Moms

  • ·Fast to apply, quick to absorb
  • ·Convenient 360° spray dispenses lotion quickly and evenly (perfect for hard to reach spots like your back)
  • ·Absorbs in 10 seconds or less (with a few quick rubs)
  • ·To apply, spray up, switch hands, spray down, and then rub in (“Up, Switch, Down, Rub”)
  • ·All over body coverage
  • ·Makes it easier to moisturize every day

Follow their Max The Morning Facebook board to hear what other moms are saying about Vaseline Spray & Go.

To learn more about all three Spray & Go varieties (Total Moisture, Aloe and Cocoa) hop over to the Spray & Go website.

 

Where would you like to shave off time in your morning routine?

Vaseline® Spray & Go Moisturizer is a quick, continuous 360° spray lotion that moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds, so you can put your clothes right on and get on with your day! Available in three formulas – Total Moisture®, Aloe Fresh, and Cocoa Radiant™ – this fast to apply, quick to absorb line of lotions leaves skin instantly soft – not sticky or greasy. Find out more at www.maxthemorning.com!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vaseline. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vaseline.  The opinions and text are all mine.


Plastic Place: Harmonyx® Drawstring Bags (Giveaway)

Trash and garbage bags are a necessity of every home and workplace. And taking out the trash is a necessary, but generally an unpleasant task that happens almost daily in most homes.  If you have ever had a trash bag full of food leftovers or dirty diapers break on the way to the trash, you can appreciate a strong and sturdy plastic bag.

PlasticPlace.net is the perfect place for you to buy all of your trash bags and can liners. Any kind of trash bag you need – any size or thickness – you can find at PlasticPlace.net. You can even find recycling bags or contractor bags. Many miscellaneous bags are also available, some that are hard to find anywhere else.

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Plastic Place Trash Bags

The bags sold by Plastic Place are made with high density of polyetheylene and good quality plastic raw materials. These higher density bags have a high molecular weight so are strong enough to easily resist wear and tear and punctures but are still lightweight. They are made in a way to hold in the wet and odor. The bottom of the bags is specially sealed at only one point making the bag almost 100% leak proof. If you still use diapers in your house, you can even more appreciate the fact that it keeps all the wet and stink inside the bag.

It’s hard to picture the words “clean” and “trash bags” in the same sentence, but the drawstring bags sold by Plastic Place are designed with Microban built in to the plastic. Microban is an anti-microbial product that can help keep your home clean, healthy and germ-free. It is designed to slow down the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It can also stop the growth of other organisms that may cause plastic to break down. What this means is that your garbage is stored in a fresh and clean bag even if it happens to be there for long periods of time.

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All of the products sold by Plastic Place are environmentally-friendly and made from recycled materials. Their black bags are actually made from over 90% recycled materials. The other bags are made from about 50% recycled materials. Plastic Place cares about the environment and realizes the effect that plastic has on it. As a mom you can appreciate that they are taking care of the environment for both you and your kids.

Plastic Place always offers fast and free shipping on orders over $50. So as a busy mom you can get what you need more quickly for less. Their website makes finding the bags you need quick and easy, the way a mom likes it. Easy to search for what you need, or to browse what they have in case you aren’t quite sure what you need. They have help available online 24 hours a day to help out with any questions you have.

Giveaway

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Homeschool: Including Music into Your Day Can Be Easy

Do your kids struggle with learning notes and with learning how to read music? Trying to memorize all of those notes and the positions of each note can be so hard. Some children seem to pick it up more quickly than others.

For a very long time I have wanted my children to learn to play an instrument- like the piano. It is something I’ve wished all of my life I knew how to do. Now, we can test the waters at home using our electric keyboard and start exploring and learning. (What I love most about the keyboard is that we can put it away when we are not using it and it does not take up tons of space. obviously, you can also use a piano.)

Right Brain Music realizes that every child learns differently. The left brain child likes to work on their own, using workbooks, and can easily store information in their short-term memory. A child who is a right brain learner is more hands on and likes to discuss topics to help them learn and also work on projects in groups. A child who is a right brain learner also works best with more one-on-one time with the teacher or adult, and is stimulated with more interaction.

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At Right Brain Music they know what helps right brain learners learn, and have integrated those techniques into their teaching. Things like color, humor and pictures help the children store these items into their long-term memory. The system they use by incorporating these techniques allows students of all ages to learn quicker and remember what they have learned longer.

Right Brain Music has created various products, such as flash cards and memory games, to help the children learn music in a way that they can process more easily. As a mom, you will love that these products will help to build their musical abilities and will help you teach music to your children in a way that your right brain child can understand.

This entire program really has my children very intrigued and captivates their attention. It is a great shift in activity when we’ve been busy with homeschool books and assignments. This is something my twins, who are 7, and our fifth grader, who is 12, is enjoying and learning from.

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Their clever note names were made with boys in mind, I just know it. For my kids who learn by associating things in their mind, this works great!

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As a mom it can be frustrating trying to teach your child something and seeing the frustration on their faces when they just don’t get it. Right Brain Music products will help remove the frustration from your teaching sessions and allow your child to learn to read music quickly.

The Right Brain Music learning methods have been proven to be more effective for right brain learners than other, more traditional, learning methods. For example, their Music Flash Cards teach the musical notes by associating each one with the character that will help your child remember each note in a way that works better for them. The characters are very memorable and include a description that will help children relate it back to the musical note.

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The system includes 26 characters. They are not designed to be learned all at once. The instructions that come with the learning tools suggest certain notes that should be introduced first, followed by others that you choose. The peel and cling stickers can be applied and removed easily.

The learning activities are easy to read and follow. I have even had fun playing along.

I love the simplicity of first learning the notes that are just used with your right hand, then just your left hand and then the latter activities incorporate both hands used together at the same time.

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Giveaway

Right Brain Music would love to give one lucky Crystal & Co., reader one of their Note Learning Systems that is valued at $54.99! The system includes:

  • Right Brain Music Flash Card Set
  • Right Brain Music Practice Book, Levels 1 & 2
  • Right Brain Music 5 x 7 Laminated Note Card with Pen
  • Right Brain Music Laminated Piano Key Chart
  • Right Brain Music Piano Sticker Set
  • Right Brain Music Note Reference Chart
  • Right Brain Music Memory Game

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Two Day Sale: Get My How to Meal Plan eBook for $0.99 ($50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway)

For some of you Spring Break has come and gone and for others it is right around the corner. This can be such a busy and hectic time of year for moms and families and if we let it,  meal planning can be a challenge.

If you are trying to get back into a dinner at home routine after a Spring vacation, or if you are worried that Spring Break is going to throw dinner time into a hectic rush hour at your house, this eBook is for you.

Let me teach you how to get dinner on the table for your family if 5 simple steps.

Meal Planning Success

  • you do not have to be the most organized person to meal plan
  • your kids do not want gourmet meals for dinner, they want family time at the table
  • you must determine a recipe criteria (super easy!)
  • you must start using a grocery list when you shop
  • tools for making you accountable will increase your success
  • solutions that make preparation easier are readily available
  • executing your plan can be the hardest- I help you jump over the roadblocks

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Here is what others are saying about my eBook:

Crystal Paine from MoneySavingMom.com said:

It was a quick read and it was full of lots of helpful ideas and information.

If you’re new to menu-planning, feel overwhelmed by menu-planning, or just need some inspiration to begin menu-planning again, I think you’ll find this ebook to be a great starting point. The author (also named Crystal!) makes menu-planning seem doable, simple, and possible. The ebook is full of step-by-step advice plus there are quite a few free printables, many helpful links to other sites and resources, and 14 easy recipes.

I especially loved the beginning advice on creating criteria for what recipes you like to make so that you can quickly and easily know if a recipe is a good fit for you, just by glancing at it. I’ve never heard of someone recommending doing this, but I realized that I do have recipe criteria \”” even if it’s not written down officially somewhere.

 

Stacie from SimplyStacie.net said:

I like how she broke it down into simple tasks that do not take much time to do at all. I was wrong to think that meal planning was some crazy complicated process. It’s really not that hard at all the way Crystal has it set out in her book. She even teaches you how to make a grocery list and how to shop so you always have on hand what you need to make your meals.

I love all the printables she includes like the shopping list, recipe list and more. It’s nice to have something visual to go off when you are learning how to do something. The printables really help bring the whole process together.

 

Laura from Org Junkie said:
I’ve got a fantastic new resource to tell you about today.   This How to Meal Plan, A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms ebook is written by Crystal VanTassel, a long time Menu Plan Monday participant, and is a great ebook to help you get dinner on the table every night.   Of course it won’t actually prepare your meals for you but it does provide tips, recipes and printables to get you going. I honestly think menu planning is one of the first places to start on your organizational journey but I know it’s not easy for everyone to implement.   Whether you are a menu planner newbie or simply need a menu plan refresher, this ebook can help!

 

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Today and tomorrow (4/3 and 4/4) you can get my eBook for $0.99.

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When Was The Last Time You Backed Up Your Computer #nortonbackup (1 Year Subscription to Norton Online Backup Giveaway)

I am going to share something with you that makes me cringe.

My hard-drive has crashed twice in the last year and a half.

And the first time it crashed my computer was less than 6 months old.

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I lost everything that was on it, including having to re-purchase programs and applications and I had no other online backup.

Luckily my photos and some documents were saved on an external hard-drive, so the damage was not as bad as it could have been… until a few months later.

We had the hard-drive replaced and kept plugging along. Then right before Christmas this past year I unknowingly downloaded a virus and it not only crashed my hard-drive for a second time, but also my external hard-drive. Talk about devastating. I lost over 1,000 images and photographs, original documents for my blog, photos of upcoming recipes I wanted to share, original eBook content and info.,  family pictures and more. Ugh!

To put it lightly, the second crash was gut wrenching!

Nonetheless, I think I have found something that will resolve this issue going forward and is a great solution for mom bloggers like myself.

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I’m sure you have heard of Norton. Have you heard of their online backup? It is a  personal cloud service that automatically and securely backs up your irreplaceable digital photos and videos, music, financial information, and other important Stuff from up to five family Windows® or Macintosh® computers.

Norton Online Backup

  • Keeps all of your irreplaceable digital photos, videos, music, financial documents, and other important
  • Stuff safe from loss
  • Automatically backs up your important files to our secured online data centers.
  • Lets you quickly and easily restore your files\””and your precious memories\””in case of computer hard
    drive crashes, accidental deletion, theft of your computer, natural disasters, or other mishaps.
  • Backs up files from up to five Windows® or Macintosh® computers with a single subscription.
  • Grows with your backup needs \”” you can easily add secured storage space as you need it.

Retrieving Files is a Breeze

It is also easy to search for and find the files you store using the Keyword Search functionality. You quickly locate the exact file or files you want to restore or transfer to your other computers.

Rest easy, knowing your memories and important files are safe and highly secure

  •  Lets you retrieve your files, whenever you need them, from any computer connected to the Internet.
  • Lets you transfer your secured backup files between both Macintosh® and Windows® computers, so you
  • can easily copy your files to new computers.
  • Automatically saves the previous versions of files backed up in the past 90 days, so you can restore older files if necessary.

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  • Protects your important and irreplaceable files with high-level encryption, both during backup and
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  • Gives you complete control\””you can manage and restore your backed up files through a secured, password-protected Web page, so they’re always available when you need them.

If you store important information on your computer at home, run a business or just want that sense of security that your documents and files can be retrieved if there is a computer crash, Norton Online Backup is certainly a mommy solution you’ll want to check into.

Giveaway 

Norton is giving one lucky Crystal & Co., reader a free 1-year subscription of the 25GB NOBU!

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How to Meal Plan eBook $0.99 on Amazon for 2 Days Only (And a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway)

For the next 48 hours (until Friday evening)  my eBook, How to Meal Plan: A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms, is on sale over on Amazon for $0.99. This is the eReader version. (My eBook is exclusively available on Amazon at this time.)

After this sale is over it will go back to full price- you will not want to pass this offer by.

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If you struggle with the ins and outs of meal planning, this is a must read. It is the method that works for me and my large(r) family as I prepare easy recipes that are perfect for our busy lives and I include over 50 resources to help you implement your plan!

How To Meal Plan eBook

This eBook includes:

    • how to meal plan in 5 easy steps
    • a list of 20 sites to find recipes on
    • how to create a grocery list (with 10 resources and tools)
    • 12 ideas for displaying your menu
    • pointers for implementing your plan
    • tips to follow when road blocks arrive
    • 5 free printable worksheets that have been custom-made for this eBook
    • 14 easy recipes for two weeks of dinner ideas
    • an awesome list of 10+  mommy resources for other potential problem areas in your life

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Origami Owl: What’s Your Story (Giveaway $75 Value) #OrigamiOwl

I have been bitten by the locket bug! Have you heard of Origami Owl? Oh my word!!

What better way to tell your story than with a locket full of charms? So cute.

I was given a complimentary necklace of my choice to share with you guys. My custom locket arrived on Saturday. I have worn it for three days and everywhere I go people want to see it. “Where did you get that? How adorable. I love it! What’s the website?”

I love this True Love locket. Simple. Classy. It tells my story. This particular locket for everything involved retails for like $50. The cool thing is you can change out the charms to meet your mood or whatever you are celebrating.

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Right now with Valentine’s Day coming up there are ton of charms that help you celebrate love.

Wouldn’t you love to get one of these for yourself for Valentine’s Day?

The Love Locket (with chain) featured below goes for $75 (including tax and shipping).

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There are so many things you can celebrate with these lockets.   Love, faith, dreams, family, inspiration, you name it.

Do you love to travel? Let your locket tell your journey.

Is there a cause you support? Your locket can say that too.

Hobbies, sports, sororities- tell us who you are!

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Origami Owl: What is Your Story

What is the story your locket would tell? Check out this video to see how women of all ages are telling their story.

Discount Offer:

Sherri is our Origami Owl rep and she is offering all Crystal & Co., readers a discount. Email her to get the details.

Email her at jrsgoodwin@att.net to get the offer and place your order. (The discounted order will have to be placed through her it will not reflect on the website.)

Giveaway:

One lucky Crystal & Co., reader will win an Origami Owl locket valued up to $75 total. You can celebrate True Love like me, create a Love Locket like the one above with the heart lock and key, or create your very own. The $75 needs to include shipping costs and tax. Use the Rafflecopter form before to enter. It may take a second for the widget to load.

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Kidz Can Design: Convert Artwork to Jewelry (Giveaway)

Wouldn’t it be awesome to turn your kids artwork into jewelry? My kids have made some pretty amazing things I would love to hang onto it forever as something I can wear and showoff to everyone.

I am exited to join forces with Meaningful Mama and Cheerios and Lattes to bring you a giveaway from Kidz can Design. Kids Can Design has created a really great concept where you send in your child’s artwork, and they turn it into a Sterling Silver pendant that your child can cherish forever.

This is a great gift idea and an exciting giveaway. Here are a couple examples from their website:

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Little Frugalista: Online Thrift Stores ($25 Gift Card Giveaway)

I have shared with you ways to save money on your household budget. One way we do this is by shopping at resale shops.

We are a frugal family and not too proud to wear things that are new to us and in good condition. It just seem practical, frankly.

I love this online thrift store that is full of childrens clothes! What is better than shopping for deals in the comfort of your own home.

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Childrens Clothes

Our kids grow through their clothes so quickly. We save the clothes that are in good condition and hand them down at our house to the younger siblings. I regularly purge and save the items in  containers with names on them so I know who these saved clothes are in line for next.

I do buy some clothes new, generally on the clearance racks, and I purchase even more from thrift stores and resale shops. Little Frugalista is an awesome online resale shop resource!

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Get free shipping on all US orders that are $40 or more! That is even better on the pocket-book!

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