Friday, July 29, 2011

A Bargain Hunter’s Pick: Brilliance.com

You know those times when you really go out of your way to find that shop that gives the best deals which make all your efforts worth it? Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to squeeze into crowds of hagglers or tread some back alley to find a great bargain, you just need to type in the following letters in your address bar:
http://www.brilliance.com

Diamonds are notoriously expensive, and I think everyone is already well aware of that fact. But for the gentleman who wishes to propose to his woman, for the jewelry aficionado wanting to acquire another potential heirloom, or for the fashionista who is looking to dazzle, backing down is not an option. The only question in their minds would be “How much?”

Everyone wants to get their money’s worth and perhaps more, and this is exactly what you are going to get at Brilliance.com. These guys are somewhat of a well-kept secret; they’ve been around for almost 2 decades now and have amassed a small following of loyal customers, but their prices are definitely at par or lower than most of the big names in online jewelry shopping.


Their Low Price Guarantee is possibly the only thing you’ll need to be convinced. Brilliance specializes in diamond engagement rings, and their Solitaire and Preset rings are very competitively priced, but their Low Price Guarantee effectively assures you that they’ll match the price of the same item found elsewhere.

At this price, you get not only the item you had in mind, you also get additional complementary services for free. Brilliance’s Free Complementary Shipping and their stylish Lacquered Gift Box is a particularly classy touch, while their 30 Day Returns, Lifetime Warranty and Upgrades and Free Ring Resizing are signs that you are buying from an esteemed retailer.


All of their certified loose diamonds are conflict free, as Brilliance’s is a staunch supporter of the Kimberly Process. They only sell diamonds and gems which have been mined in an ethically and environmentally conscious manner. This means that while every item you purchase from Brilliance is definitely a steal, you still get to enjoy it guilt-free!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Medibag Review!


Kids end up getting scrapes and cuts when they play. Short of putting them in a big plastic bubble it will happen. It is really important to have a first aid kit for times like these. I don’t know how many times I have had to search for bandages even though I always seem to put them in a normal place. It is really hard when you need a bandage fast and you can’t find them. I didn’t have a first aid kit. I had most of the items in a first aid kit that I kept in a container but it never seemed to stay in there. So, when I had the opportunity to try out a Medibag from Me4kidz.

I was really excited. I have been looking at first aid kits since I found I was pregnant with Noah and he is almost 5. I couldn’t find one I liked, I am allergic to latex too. A lot of items in first aid kits have latex bandages in them. While Noah isn’t allergic to latex someone has to put the bandage on him and I would prefer not to have those in my home or on my child. I can’t resist hugging and kissing him.

Here is what is in the Medibag First Aid Kit:
(12) Assorted Kid-Friendly bandages
(12) Junior bandages
(12) 3/4" X 3" Sheer bandages
(20) Antiseptic Wipes (sting-free)
(6) 2 X 2 Gauze Pads
(6) 3 X 3 Gauze Pads
(2) Knee & Elbow bandages
(1) Anti-Itch Ointment
(2) Antibiotic Ointments
(1) Burn Gel
(2) Hand Sanitizer packs
(1) Instant Cold Pack
(2) Blue Kid-Friendly Exam Gloves
(2) Fingertip bandages
(1) Plastic Disposable Tweezers
(10) Application Swabs
(1) Sting Relief Pad
(1) Emergency Information Label
(20) Kid-Friendly Fun Stickers
(1) First Aid Guide
(1) Kid-Friendly Organized Doctor's Bag
(1) Coupon for a Free 45 Item Refill Kit




Noah pretends to get hurt so he has an excuse to use the first aid kit. I ended up actually hurting myself by scraping my foot on a spindle of DVDs. It really hurt and my skin was still hanging on to the sides of the DVDs from when I was putting all the videos of Noah when he was a baby. I had Noah pretend to be Doctor Noah and had him help me put a bandage on my foot. He did such a great job fixing me up I gave him one of the stickers from the Medibag. It was so nice not to have to look around the house for a bandage while I am attempting not to bleed on the carpet. We both really like the Medibag because it’s so practical, latex free and fun. I really like the kid friendly bandages enough that I use them too. They stick really well too. The bandage on my foot made it through the shower without falling off. Noah really likes the stickers. If you are in the market for a first aid kit, I hope you check out Medibag. They also have travel sized first aid kits called Medibuddies that would be great for your purse or the car.

For more information and to see the other products Me4kidz has please check out the Me4Kidz website.

Thanks to Me4Kidz for providing my family with a complimentary Medibag to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bargain Jill Helps Save Shoppers Time

It’s no secret that I love shopping online. I also like to get a great deal. I spend quite a bit of time trying to find the best deal when I am buying something that could be available at many different stores. I take the time to look for the best deal, so I can save money. Sometimes it can become a time consuming task. I am sure that there were sites I didn’t even think to look at. The other day I was buying a couple DVD’s that I have wanted for a while. I looked at all the usual suspects and was able to find what I thought was a good deal. I have recently learned about a site called Bargain Jill, it will look across the web for you and find a good deal for the item you want to purchase. You don’t have to check many sites now for a deal. I think that is really a time saver. They also have coupon codes available for even more savings. I hope you all check it all out.

For more information please visit Bargain Jill.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Del Webb joins KitchenAid for Cook for the Cure® and Kitchenaid Mixer Giveaway


Breast Cancer is an illness that affects everyone’s lives. It is a very sad and unfortunate disease that plagues many women and their families. I have been lucky to where no one in my family has had breast cancer, but we have had family members with other cancers. Cancer is a horrible thing. My favorite teacher had breast cancer. She is a survivor. I remember when she told me, I was so heartbroken. I am so glad that she is ok now. It’s crazy because she was always in great shape and took care of herself. I know that doesn’t have to do with anything but, it is just something that you can’t really prevent. It is really important to get a mammogram and do self breast exams. Have a set date every month and check yourself in the shower. If you notice anything please get it checked out. A yearly mammogram is a great idea too. I know some people get one the day after their birthday so they won’t forget. We get so busy with life and this is something we really have to remember to do. Everyone usually remembers their birthday so, pick a day or close to a day that you won’t forget.


I wanted to tell you guys about an event where you can help raise money for breast cancer. Del Webb, an active adult community builder, is sponsoring a series of Cook for the Cure® events across the nation to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. These events are an easy and fun way for people to support the fight against breast cancer- by simply attending. You are able to attend for free, there is a suggested donation of $2 to help fight breast cancer. It looks like a lot of fun. There is one close to my house so hopefully I will be able to attend.

From July 15- 24, 45 Del Webb communities across the nation will be hosting the events.

They are free, open to the public and will feature:
• Cooking demonstrations
• Food samplings
• Live entertainment
• Silent auctions
• Raffles, prizes and more
Attendees are invited to come eat, enjoy the Del Webb lifestyle and enter to win KitchenAid® small appliances. Those interested in attending can find a community nearby and RSVP on Del Webb’s website.

In addition to the public events hosted by Del Webb communities, many Del Webb residents are also hosting private dinner parties to benefit the cause. Proceeds go toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for breast cancer research.

Del Webb is sponsoring Cooks for the Cure as part of the event’s 10th anniversary, which challenges America to host 1,000 dinner parties to raise money for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. The annual event has raised nearly $8 million since 2001 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

I have a giveaway for you guys. I am so excited because I love KitchenAid products.




One (1) lucky winner will win a Cook for the Cure® edition, pink KitchenAid® Mixer.

Thank you to Del Webb for providing the Cook for the Cure® edition, pink KitchenAid® Mixer for giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mandatory Entry: share your favorite "pink" recipe ideas for summer goodies that could be baked and shared at these events. (The recipes do not have to be pink in color, just something that would be great for the event)

You must do the mandatory entry for the bonus entries to receive the bonus entries.

Extra Entries:

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Follow @sheilacakes7 on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway including a link. This can be done once a day.

Tell me how breast cancer has affected your life. – 1 entry

This giveaway is open to US Residents only.

This giveaway will end at July 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm ET.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kids Do The Darnest Things


Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about fun kid photos and the stories behind them. Enter Plum's "Babies for Yum Caption Contest" on Facebook and you could win a $100 gift card or Plum goodies.


I absolutely love this picture of Noah and his dog Gordon. He received him from his Aunt Julie for his first Christmas. He had a matching outfit and everything. He used to chew on him until he was soaking wet. I mean so wet you could wring it out. He did that to a lot of his special toys though. This picture was taken on his first trip to Florida in our hotel room. Noah is just so cute. You can see how even at 8 months old he was full of personality and was always smiling. I love his facial expression in this picture. This is definitely one of those priceless moments I happened to get on camera.

I often wondered if his stuffed toys were sprinkled with something that tasted good because he was always chewing on them. I wasn’t going to find out though. It gives me creeps even thinking about it. I literally just got the chills as I thought about biting down on stuffing and toy material. I am sure it was just because he was a baby and he loved chewing on things. He would chew on them so much that they would fur would get hard from being wet from his drool. Man, Noah was a drooler. I would end up covered in it. It’s ok though because just sometimes when we were laughing and playing really hard I would kind of drool on him back. I didn’t drool anywhere near as much as he did. I didn’t have a bib that said world’s best mommy. I like to think that drool is the way a baby kisses you, they can’t really kiss yet so it is the same basic principle. I spent a lot of time looking at many baby pictures of Noah today and this was one of my favorites.

I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

We Went to The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social




We had the opportunity to take a part in The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social yesterday. We were really excited to be able to sample the Lil Drums Drumsticks from Nestlé. They had two kinds of treats, Cookie Dough and Chocolate Brownie. I am a huge cookie dough fan so I went with Cookie Dough, I brought my mom with us and she tried the Chocolate Brownie. Noah had trouble deciding which one he wanted. So I told him to pick yellow or purple, however he would have preferred both, but we didn’t want to be little piggies. The man giving out the samples was really nice too. After a few minutes of deciding, he chose cookie dough or yellow as he called it. I had to wait a couple minutes to eat mine, I had to take some pictures of Noah enjoying his treat. It was pure torture. As soon as I tasted the cookie dough Lil’ Drum, I was so happy. It has chunks of cookie dough on the top and I walked around Walmart saying yum and oh yum. I know what I am buying when we go to Walmart again.



I saw so many people walking around with Lil’ Drums and everyone had smiles on their faces. I could tell that everyone really enjoyed it. It was fun. I think they should have them every time I go to Walmart. It was so incredibly hot yesterday. I felt like I was in a sauna every time I went outside. It was so nice to have a delicious ice cream treat to enjoy while we shopped. We didn’t buy much yesterday, just a couple things. We didn’t end up purchasing any ice cream this time because we going to be very busy the next week. I love looking at all the different types of ice cream and ice cream treats. Every time I see a carton of ice cream I think of the trip my cousins and I took to the Edy’s Factory, my cousin’s ex-wife worked there as an ice cream taster, she had a more professional title but I forgot what exactly it was. It was really cool to see how they test the products and to make sure everything is distributed properly they cut the carton long ways to take a look inside. I felt really cool because I was able to try some ice cream just off the line. If I were to create an ice cream flavor it would probably be some kind of peppermint since peppermint is my current favorite flavor. There used to be Starburst Ice Cream and it was the best ice cream. I wish they would bring it back. I miss it. It was an orange and cherry sherbet with soft chunks of starburst. It was the absolute best.




The highlight of our shopping trip to Walmart was definitely The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social. Sometimes as a mom, shopping can be stressful, especially when you have someone asking for everything he sees. This was really a great trip and I am so glad I was able to participate. Let me know if you were able to attend and what your opinions of the Lil Drums and The Walmart Ice Cream Social are. If you missed it, I am hoping they do it again next year!

This shop/project has been compensated as part of a campaign for Nestlé. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Special Surprise at The Freedom Festival.

We went to our local Freedom Festival, we go every year. This year it was a little different. Sure we went around and collected all the branded freebies we wanted. We went to the Children’s activity tent, where Noah was able to make some really cool crafts, since he wasn’t in a stroller anymore. He doesn’t use a stroller anymore which is such a great thing because his stroller was pretty much a pain in times like this when there are a ton of people in a tent full of booths. It was really nice not to have to try and maneuver it while attempting not to smash people while enjoying the events. Noah was able to make a chain of beads that he strung all by himself. It was supposed to be a necklace but he said necklaces are for girls so I made it just a string and attached a car that he colored on to it. He made a foam picture frame that can be put on the fridge. He had a great time.



We were walking and we saw this thing on a truck. I read the banner and it said something about 9/11. I couldn’t figure out what it was, I thought maybe it was a coffin or something because it had a flag draped over it, but it didn’t really look like one. I asked my mom what it was. She knew. It was a part of The World Trade Center. When my brain registered what she said, I just started crying. My body was covered in goosebumps and my hair was standing straight up. I couldn’t speak. I was so overwhelmed with emotion. It was like wow. I didn’t know what to do or say. I just stared at it and thought about all the lives lost, what a tragedy it was and still is. I thought about all the families that lost loved ones. I was just in awe. I have only been to New York once. It was back in 1997 I believe. So, I wasn’t prepared for this. When you go somewhere like Ground Zero, you are prepared for the emotions. You know you are going to be sad. You understand what is going on. I guess when it totally blindsides you like this you just don’t know it’s there.





I can’t get the image out of my head and the great loss it was and is to our country. It was right there, I was seeing it with my own eyes. It wasn’t on TV, or a picture on my computer or a photograph, I could reach out and touch it. It was real. When something tragic happens, it is no doubt sad, but you don’t fully understand how sad until you see it with your own eyes in real life. It solidifies it, and makes it more real. They are building a monument to 9/11 with two pieces of The World Trade Center in downtown Indianapolis. It will resemble The Twin Towers, it looks like it will be a beautiful and amazing tribute to September 11 th and all the lives that were lost.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social

One of my grandma Rose’s favorite sayings was When the weather’s hot and you sweat a lot and you can’t get ice cream cones it taint no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones. Well, it sure is hot, but don’t take your skin off yet because I have some exciting news to share with you. This Saturday July, 2, 2011 is The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social at Super Walmarts all over the country. The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social is a fun event that Walmart holds every year.

We happened to be at Super Walmart last year when they were doing The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social last year and it was a lot of fun. It is sponsored by Nestlé, Edy’s and Dreyers ice cream brands. This year’s star is the Nestlé Lil Drums, which are small snack sized Drumsticks, which are the perfect size for Noah. I am really excited to take part in it this year. I hope you can make it out to The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social at Walmart and tell me how much fun you have. I will be doing a post about it, so make sure you check back, and I can’t wait to sample some ice cream. It’s the perfect summer treat.

Check out if The Walmart Great Ice Cream Social will be at your local Super Walmart HERE.

This shop/project has been compensated as part of a campaign for Nestlé. All thoughts and opinions are my own.