Monday, October 20, 2014

Beautiful Bouqs of Fresh Cut Flowers From The Bouqs Company - Review

I never get flowers.  My husband is NOT one of those men that brings home flowers for his wife.  Or gets me flowers when I'm mad at him.   I actually can't remember the last time I got flowers., it was when our daughter was born a year and a half ago.  But before that I think it was our 6 year anniversary because I was still in college and I made sure to mention that he hadn't gotten me flowers since our FIRST DATE 6 years prior.  Anywho....that 6 year anniversary was 6 years ago now so my point is, I don't get showered with flowers too often.  But I was thinking recently that its about time.  I saw this new company on TV called The Bouqs.  I was intrigued by these folks because they grow these beautiful flowers on the slopes of a volcano and the bouquets or bouqs I should say, looked absolutely stunning.  I wanted some!

So I picked out the most beautiful bouq I could find and The Bouqs folks sent them to me to make our family dinning table a little more festive for Fall.  They were delivered by my friendly FedEx man in a thick sturdy protective box.  

The first thing I noticed was the lack of a little water container.  You know, that little water bottle that the ends of the stems are stuck into.  I've never seen flower bouquets without them.  Well....I was surprised at first but keep reading.  These flowers did not need it!  I literally think that someone was out in a field of flowers with some sheers and my box.  And just fresh cut my flowers and boxed them up right there.  They were that fresh and beautiful that they didnt need that water during shipment!

Take a look!  Here's my bouq in the box!

Here's my bouq on day 1!

After here's my bouq one whole week later!

They just kept getting more and more beautiful as time went on!  The blossoms opened up and all of those teeny tiny little blossoms were starting to open up too.  My bouq was still beautiful after almost 2 weeks!  They are amazing and so gorgeous.  There are so many beautiful arrangements to choose from too.   I had a really hard time choosing one for myself.  And I loved so many of them that I sent my mom a bouq of roses for her birthday.

These are definitely the best flowers I've ever gotten and I sure as heck won't be ordering flowers from anywhere else from now on.  If you have a special occasion coming up and need to send some flowers to someone special, you definitely need to check out The Bouqs website!

I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review but this post does contain affiliate links.  If you purchase a bouq through my links, I will make a small commission.  All opinions are my own!

WIN an AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper in the Bear Bums Halloween Hunt!

Halloween is almost here, 
and online cloth diaper retailer Bear Bums wants to have some fun! 

To celebrate the spooky holiday, they're having a different kind of giveaway - a Halloween treasure hunt! Every day from October 20-31, there will be a new letter hidden somewhere on the Bear Bums website. Visit Bear Bums' Facebook page every day to get your clue for where to find that day's letter. By the end of the hunt, you'll be able to unscramble all 12 letters to find the secret phrase for bonus points! Starting late? No worries! All the clues will stay up on Facebook so you can still find the letters and the secret phrase! The winner will receive an AppleCheeks cover in Boo (black with orange inside) or Trick or Cheeks (orange with black inside). Of course if you really don't like either of those, you can get another colour, but we think you'll love one of these spooky limited edition AppleCheeks! 

Enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter widget below. 
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+. All entries will be verified. 

Disclosure: This West Coast Mommy and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Contact Olivia at olivia(at)thiswestcoastmommy(dot)com with any questions.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set Review

One thing that kinda drives me nuts, is peeling and chopping garlic.  Don't get me wrong, I do love garlic.  But I don't like my hands smelling like garlic for the rest of the day.  Seems like no matter how much I wash my hands after, I just cant get that strong overwhelming garlic stench off my skin.  I've never had a garlic press before but I've seen people using them and thought they looked pretty handy.

I was sent an Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set to try and man does this thing take all of the pain outta prepping garlic.  The peeler is weird.  I honestly thought this thing was not going to work but did.  Super slick!

And not having to peel the garlic before mashing it was awesome!  The press peels it for you.  All you have to do is just put the cloves right in the press and it does it all for you.  

My husband is a Chef and loves kitchen gadgets like this so he was pretty excited to use it.  If you do any cooking and ever use fresh garlic, I would highly recommend you get one of these.  The price is great too!  You can order it on Amazon.

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Dehydrating And Storing Carrots

Didn't realize you could dehydrate carrots?  Well believe it or not, lots and lots of vegetables and fruits can be dried for easy storage.  Carrots for me, are a great veggie to dry and store because the dried carrots are great during winter months to toss into soups and stews!  One of the things I make a lot of during cold winter months is homemade vegetable beef soup.  I throw in some dehydrated carrots while my soup is cooking in the crock pot and they are just as good as fresh.  You can also use them for delicious homemade carrot cakes and other dishes.  These are Danvers Carrots I grew at home in my garden.   This is a great way to enjoy delicious homegrown carrots all year round!

Its easy and quick!  Dehydrating foods allows you to save foods from going to waste and allows you to store large quantities of vegetables in a small amount of space.  I've found that I'm able to store several pounds of carrots in one quart sized mason jar.

Here's how I dry my carrots in my dehydrator!

The first step is to wash and peel your carrots.  Once the carrots are clean and peeled, slice them into thin slices.  You can chop, grate or shred them but I prefer to slice thin.  I've shredded them as well but I find that they are more versatile in my opinion and dry quickly.

To blanch your carrots, all you have to do is heat a pot of water to boiling and boil your carrots for just a couple of minutes until they just start to get a little bit soft.  Not too long though!  You still want them a bit firm!  You don't have to blanch them but it does speed up the drying process and quicker drying time means less electrical usage so you'll save a little energy too.

Once your carrots are blanched, drain out the water and spread on your dehydrating rack.

Start your dehydrator and check on the carrots every couple of hours.  They will gradually shrivel up and shrink in size.  When your carrots are hard and shriveled like the photo below, they should be dry.   Drying time depends on a number of things and may vary so that's why its good to check them repeatedly.

Let them cool and place in an air tight jar.  Place the lid on the jar and store for a day.  After a day, check the jar to make sure its not fogging over from excess moisture.  If there is fog in the jar, you may need to dehydrate a bit longer.  If your jar is clear of fog, you're good to store these babies in a cool dry place like your pantry, until you need them!

See.....easy as pie!
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Elph Band + $125 Target Gift Card Giveaway - Two Winners!


Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event! 
Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and this fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this giveaway event, just in time for Halloween!

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media Sponsored by: ELPH Band The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you're traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site.  Most of us have had one of those terrifying moments.  You look away for a second and suddenly, your child is out of site.  The Elph Band was designed for those moments!

The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions for use directly on the band. It's easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child's name or phone number where people can see it when it isn't needed. What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home if your child gets separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code on the band to get in touch with you to reunite you with your child! It's that simple! Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up for them to get in touch with you.


 To set up your ELPH band, you simply register on a computer or scan the QR code yourself and set it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered and ready to go! Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active and to verify that the information has been entered correctly. ELPH Bands are available in 3 convenient sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink.  

Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band.  
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And now for the Giveaway!  

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TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, as well as a $125 Target Gift Card. Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited. Must be 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Mom Powered Media, please email

Treat Yourself to Beckie's Jamberry Nails & WIN a $25 Jamberry Gift Certificate #TreatYourself Giveaway Hop

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween
and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind…TREATS!
Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep you entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own - so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveaway - from Step2!

As a participant in the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, 
The Bee Hive Buzz has teamed up with  
Beckie Lifferth, Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nails 
to offer a $25 Jamberry Nails Gift Certificate 
to one lucky reader! 

Now that I'm a mom, I don't always have the time or the funds to actually go out and get a manicure at a salon. But I still love having my nails done, especially with fun colors and designs. I recently discovered Jamberry Nails and my Jamberry Independent Consultant is amazing! Her name is Beckie Lifferth and she will teach you everything you need to know about rocking the perfect Jamberry look! Beckie sent me an awesome set of Jamberry Nails to use and I have never been able to get such a cool design by going to a nail salon. And the prices are awesome! I can get a full set of Jamberry Nails for less than half of what I used to pay by going to a salon and getting a plain color.  And these are so much cooler!

There are endless designs to choose from.  The instructions for applying them are super simple, just peel, heat, stick and trim.  Easy as pie!  Each sheet has plenty of sizes so you can match the right size to each finger nail.  And there are sheet for toes and kids too along with accessories and extra supplies on Beckie's website.  I love these!  And my consultant, Beckie is super helpful and just great to work with.  Not only can you order online from her website but you can host a party with her!

Beckie does Facebook, online and in-home parties!
So be sure to connect with Beckie's Jamberry Nails on Facebook,
through Beckie's website or by email at to book your Jamberry Party!

One lucky The Bee Hive Buzz reader 
will have a chance to WIN a 
$25 Jamberry Gift Certificate from Beckie's Jamberry Nails!

Giveaway ends 10/31/2014.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be selected.  Entries will be verified.  Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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I was provided with a sample product to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review.  I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway.  All opinions expressed in this post are my true and honest opinions.   So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WIN a $50 Gift Card to

Halloween is almost here!
And that means.....its time to shop for the perfect costume! 

Enter to WIN a $50 Gift Card to!

Giveaway ends 10/20/2014.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected.  Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!
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This post contains affiliate links. I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.