Postcardly- Review & Giveaway!! :D

If I have not mentioned it before, I LOVE taking pictures! I am always taking pics of our little one (because the oldest won't let me photograph him anymore!) and everything around me. I often email my pics to family and friends…and I often wish I had printed out a pic for them instead. My FIL likes to put photos on his fridge, well, he can't do that with an email! I always intend on getting pics made for him, but it seems I never do get around to doing it.  Imagine my delight when I was contacted by Postcardly! 

 

 

 

Postcardly is a new service that lets you send postcards using your email. When you send an email, Postcardly turn your message and attached photo into a real, hold-in-your-hand postcard, sent by U.S. Mail. You can send postcards from your phone, your computer, or anywhere you have email.



“We wanted to find an easier way to get pictures to our relatives that aren’t on email or Facebook,” says Tom Marshall, co-founder of the Seattle start-up. “People love getting the pictures they can hold in their hands, but printing and mailing pictures is a pain. But email is easy, and using Postcardly is just like using your email.”



While other services can turn digital photos into postcards, Postcardly has simplified the process by letting you send a postcard with a quick email—no app, no uploads. Just email. In fact, the only time you ever have to go to the Postcardly web site is to set up your account.



When people sign up, they create Postcardly email addresses that correspond to physical mailing addresses. It’s a one-time set up. After that, when you email grandma at, for example, grandma@postcardly.com, your grandma gets a postcard mailed to her house. You attach a photo to an email the way you normally would—then we print and mail your postcard with your attached photo on the front, and your words on the back.



The company, which has been beta testing since February, has received rave reviews from Postcardly testers. People have sent postcards of their kid’s first ski lift ride in Vail, their new puppy’s stick-chasing adventures on the Washington coast, and a family’s spring break in Finland. The company even got some unexpected feedback from college students, who love the idea of a "retro" paper postcard delivered by mail—but it's even more fun because the postcard has a personal snapshot.

To learn more about Postcardly or to sign up, go to http://www.postcardly.com

Create and send a postcard from a single email.

Send postcards from your phone, computer, or anywhere you have email.

  • No app, nothing to download.
  • 3-postcard FREE TRIAL available
  • Reasonable rate options to choose from:
    • $19.99 for 20 prepaid postcards
    • 5 postcards a month for $4.99/month, or 15 postcards a month for $9.99/month
    • additional postcards for 99 cents each    
    • price includes postage
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  • I had a couple Postcardly's made for Grandpa & Grandma…they were so happy to receive them! I made one for myself too, just so I could see the finished product. I had one made of a pic I took in NYC this past summer. Hubby liked the finished product so much, he took it to work & has it up on his bulletin board! I think Postcardly is a great idea, and I look forward to using their service…a lot! The postcard arrived very quickly, the card stock is of a very high quality, not flimsy or thin. The colors were true to the original colors in my photo. 5 Stars, Thumbs up, all the way!!!  


GIVEAWAY

Postcardly has been kind enough to offer all my  Mommy Powers readers the chance to win 10 FREE Postcardly's! I will be choosing 2 winners, each will receive a code good for 10 free postcards, compliments of Postcardly! Open to US residents only, must be 18 years old to enter. Thak you, Postcardly, for allowing me to host such an awesome giveaway! 


  • 1. Mandatory entry: Follow my blog & leave me a comment, including your email address,  letting me know you did!  That's it-easy peasy!
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  • 2. Extra entry! Follow me on twitter: @mommypowers & leave me a comment with your twitter name & email address stating so. 

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Winners will be chosen Monday Nov. 7, 2011! You must get your entries in by 11:59 PM -Nov. 6, 2011. Good Luck!

 

 

 

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Disney Sneak!! The Secret World of Arrietty

2012 will bring many great things, one of them is going to be the new Disney movie The Secret World of Arrietty!  Disney was kind enough to give me a sneak to share with y'all! 


http://wdmp-wdsmp.rd.llnw.net/wdsmp/Arrietty/Trailer2/Arrietty_Tlr2_CC_1080.mov


I'm a HUGE Disney fan, I grew up watching Disney movies and now my children are doing the same. I am so excited about this new movie! 


Watch the trailer & then leave me a comment telling me what you think! 


Take care,

MP

TOYconomy Review – Toys Delivered to Your Front Door! “Spend Less, Play More!”

I was recently given the opportunity to review TOYconomy, and I jumped at the chance! TOYconomy (http://www.TOYconomy.com) is an online service that rents toys to families to enjoy, without having to purchase them.  Customers can rent individual toys, games, puzzles, electronics and more for 30, 60, or 90 days. At the end of their rental period, they can return the products or purchase them at a discounted rate (minus their rental fee).  They have tons of toys to choose from. The ordering process is simple: You go to their website, choose toys that are age-appropriate for your child, put them in your cart, pay for them (Prices start at $1.99!) and then sit back and wait for them to be delivered to you…via FedEx! When you are done with the toys, FedEx will pick them up for you! (If you are a TOYconomy member, shipping is FREE!)

I told my little one that a special package was going to be arriving for him. He asked me what would be inside the package. When I told him toys for him to play with, he literally started jumping up and down, he was super excited. On the day the package arrived, he was asleep, so I waited for him to wake up. Once he was up, he tore into the box! Inside was a Melissa & Doug, 48 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle and a Battat Little Mechanic Toy Airplane. 

He had never played with either one of these toys before. At first, the puzzle was a bit too difficult for him, (he's just 4) but I was surprised at how quickly he caught on and before I knew it, he was putting it together all by himself! The airplane was his favorite of the two. He really had a blast taking the airplane apart and then putting it back together again…so much so that Santa will be bringing him one just like it for Christmas! ;)

The toys were in tip-tip shape when they arrived. They were both wrapped in plastic, the puzzle was in sealed plastic wrap. TOYconomy prides itself on their 3-step sanitation process and every toy you receive will be sanitized and safe from germs (100% Hospital Grade Sanitized). You will also receive a Scout Storage Tote, to keep the toys in. If you become a member of TOYconomy (totally optional, you can rent the toys without becoming a member) you get to keep the storage tote, for as long as you are a member.

    You can see from my pic that the storage tote is very deep, lots of room for other toys in there! 

TOYconomy was started by a fellow mommy! Shannon McAfee is a mom of three and the winner of StartupNation's Leading Moms in Business Competition 2011! "The idea for TOYconomy was inspired by my own experience as a mother of three kids. I watched toys accummulate quickly, taking over the majority of rooms in our house. I found that my girls only played with a select few things at a time and the other toys just sat there collecting dust. I wanted a way to test-drive toys to know whether my kids liked them before purchasing them. Thus, TOYconomy was born! In addition to being a more economical alternative to buying toys, it helps keep clutter to a minimum in your house and it's an eco-friendly service!"

I can totally see myself using this awesome service. Just imagine taking a trip to Grandma's house…placing an order from TOYconomy before you leave…and then having a package of toys delivered to your child at Grandma's house! How cool would that be?! My child would love that, and so would his grandparents. Maybe you are going on vacation, some place other than grandma's house…guess what? You can have toys delivered there too! Not sure your child will like that toy they have been asking for non-stop? Go ahead and rent it from TOYconomy and see for yourself, before you spend your hard-earned money on it!  The possibilities are endless!!

I must admit, when it was time to pack the toys away and send them back to TOYconomy, my little one was sad…but I cheered him up by telling him we would definitely be using TOYconomy again! Check TOYconomy out for yourself and let me know what you think!


Thanks & take care,

MP!


Candy Corn Milkshake, perfect for Halloween!

 

Halloween is right around the corner. I enjoy finding recipes and crafts that the whole family can participate in creating. I am also very frugal – let's face it, money's tight these days.

Young and old alike will have fun making this spooky yet delicious Halloween snack.

Enjoy! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CANDY CORN MILKSHAKE


WHAT YOU NEED:

1. Vanilla Ice Cream

2. Red & Yellow Food Coloring

3. Whipped Cream

4. Sprinkles (chocolate & orange)


WHAT YOU DO:

1. Take two scoops of the vanilla ice cream and place it into a mixing bowl. Using a spoon, mash the ice cream around in the bowl until it is soft. Once the ice cream has softened, add a few drops of yellow food coloring to it and mix it up until all the ice cream is yellow. Now put the yellow ice cream into a clear (see-thru) glass. You can also use a clear plastic glass for little ones. Pack all the yellow ice cream down into the bottom of the glass. Place the glass into the freezer.

2. Repeat step one, this time adding red and yellow food coloring to make orange. Once all the ice cream is orange, take the glass out of the freezer and add the orange ice cream on top of the yellow. Pack it down. Return to freezer.

3. Wash out and dry your mixing bowl, and add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the clean bowl. Mash it up until soft. Take the glass out of the freezer and add the vanilla ice cream on top of the orange. Get your whipped cream and add a scoop to the top of the vanilla ice cream. Add the sprinkles to the top of the whipped cream and you are done!

You can either serve immediately, or return to the freezer for later.

Rite Aid & FUJIFILM’s 7th Annual Halloween Picture Perfect Photo Contest!

         Picture Perfect Photo Contest!   

                               

 

Rite Aid & FUJIFILM are having a spooktacular photo contest that I just have to share with all of you! The prizes are hauntingly terrific!  I found all this info on the contest website! (Approx retail value of Grand Prize is $3,900) From now through November 8, 2011, you can submit Halloween-themed photos and vote for your favorites in seven categories: Best Pumpkin, Cutest Baby Costume, Best Kids Costumes, Best Teens and Adults Costumes, Best Pets, Spooktacular Decorations and Best Make-up. I know we all have tons of photos  of our goblins we can enter in this contest, I'd love it if one of my readers won! 

To enter,  go to www.HalloweenPhotoContest.com to register and to upload photos from any personal computer; you do not need to be a Fujifilm or Rite Aid customer to enter. You can enter as many as 70 pictures per household among the seven categories.

 
You can also enter the Daily Giveaway to win thousands of prizes: picture frames and personalized photo t-shirts, puzzles, mugs, stickers, mouse pads, free photo prints, Freaky Monsters buttons and wet n wild Make-up items including, tattoos, Bewitching Eyes false lashes, Ghoulish Glam liquid eyeliner, Mystifying Night Sparkling Lip Gloss, Kiss of Death Black Lipstick, Ghostly Nails Wild Shine Nail Color,  & Pretty Wicked Glitter Palettes.
 
HalloweenPhotoContest.com is also a destination for fang-tastic ideas to create a spooktacular Halloween. It is a one-stop shop for decorating ideas and party planning guides, printable jack-o-lantern stencils, makeup tips from wet n wild Make-up, crafts and recipes by Kraft Food and Hershey’s Candy, fiendishly clever party game suggestions, expert photo tips, digital scrapbooking kits, and more!
 
How does a trip to Hershey Park in the Dark sound? That's where the Grand Prize Winner will be going! 
Other prizes will be awarded in each category:
 
• First prize: Fundamentals of Digital Photography course from the New York Institute of Photography, Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR Camera, $250 Rite Aid gift certificate,
Hershey’s chocolate gift basket and Rite Aid photo book (retail value $1,217)
 
• Second prize: Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera, $150 Rite Aid gift certificate, HERSHEY’S chocolate gift basket and Rite Aid photo book (retail value $649)
 
• Third prize: Fujifilm FinePix AV100 Camera, Pinnacle 16×20” frame, $100 Rite Aid gift card, HERSHEY’S chocolate basket and Rite Aid photo book (retail value $354)
 
These prizes are amazing! Start looking for all those Halloween pics & enter this contest today! 

Full details regarding contest rules, prizes and giveaways are available at HalloweenPhotoContest.com. To keep up with the Halloween Photo Contest via social media, follow @MyWayPhoto and become a fan on Facebook.
 
Good luck everyone! 

 
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written as part of a Bloggin' Mamas blogger campaign with Rite Aid and FUJIFILM. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Natural Household Cleaner Recipes e-book by Jenny Deramo, Review & Give-Away!

I have been wanting to switch over to more natural cleaning products for quite some time now. Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by "The Peaceful Housewife", Jenny Deramo, about reviewing her new e-book. The title of the e-book? Natural Household Cleaner Recipes! Woo-Hoo!  The Lord does work in mysterious ways! ;)

The one thing that kept stopping me from transitioning to natural cleaners was that I did not know where to start. Jenny has made switching to natural cleaners a breeze, because every natural cleaner recipe you will need is all in one convenient place…her e-book! 

The author has included a plethora of easy to make recipes for everything from mop refills to dish soap to carpet cleaner! I feel better about the products I use to clean with now, because I know they are natural and environmentally friendly. I tried the recipe for the scouring powder and it worked like a charm on my stove! This is one small thing I can do for my family, that will make a big impact on our lives and the environment, it's simple and easy. 

Jenny Deramo's e-book, Natural Household Cleaner Recipes is available online for just $3 at www.thepeacefulhousewife.com.  Pick up your copy today!

Jenny has been gracious enough to allow me to GIVE AWAY 2 copies of this e-book! That's right, 2 lucky folks will win this great book! Thanks Jenny! 

 

 

 

GIVE-AWAY RULES: You must be 18 yrs old to enter.


MANDATORY ENTRY

1. Follow my blog, via Networked Blogs, over there on the right hand side of my page. Leave me a msg letting me know you did, please include your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner! 


That's it! Easy Peasy! You have until Oct. 11, 2011 at 11:59pm to enter. Winner will be chosen via Random Number.org on Oct 12, 2011.