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Update Your Space with Latest Bedding Home Decor Today!

Latest Bedding was there.  She wanted to completely change her décor on a tiny budget! Look what she did! Update Your Space on even a small budget today!

Update Your Space with Latest Bedding Home Decor

Latest Bedding Home Decor

Latest Bedding Home Decor made such a drastic difference in our bedroom décor! I can’t say enough about how much I love the Cruz 3 Piece Reversible Quilt Set that I got from them! Not only is it the perfect weight (it’s a light comforter), it also is so gorgeous that it completely changed the look and feel of our bedroom!

Beach Bedroom Decor

Our beach themed bedroom needed a pick me up. I searched forever for a comforter I could afford (or was willing to pay) to find a set for our bedroom and ended up giving up and settling. I hate the one I settled for. It didn’t make the statement I wanted.

Enter the Cruz Collection! It completely set the vibe I was going for in our room. The master bedroom is our Oasis. It needed to be a place we could relax and feel at peace. This is the sole reason we chose a beach theme! We even had an outdoor porch light installed to make the feel more realistic. We wanted to feel like we were on a beach, or as close as we could get to it!

Beach Wall Art

The Cruz set really brought the room together. It also brightened it up quite a bit! If you are in the market to fix up your beach bedroom, this is definitely one to consider. They also have a lot of other designs, especially quilt sets! I love their rustic bedding collection as well!

Rustic Bedroom Decor

In addition to bedding, they have a fabulous collection of other home décor! I’m definitely going to be updating my bathroom from their collection of shower curtains and bathroom décor next! Latest Bedding Home Decor has knocked having a great selection out of the park!

When you are ready to liven up your décor, keep Latest Bedding Home Decor on your list. You’ll be glad you pinned this!

 

How Do You Like Your Eggs? Eggtastic #Giveaway Ends 10/19

eggtasticEggs are probably one of the most popular breakfast item in history.  If you are from the country (or somewhere close) you can probably even find fresh eggs locally.  When I was young, my Great Grandfather owned chicken houses and I remember riding through collecting eggs as a child.  Nothing reeks quite as bad as a chicken house, but those eggs fresh are fabulous.

As an adult, having the time to cook eggs for breakfast has taken a distant back seat to needing to get my coffee fix.  Becoming a mother will reduce that even further.  Though as a mother, it is also very important that I maintain begin (let’s just be honest) good nutrition.  I am excited that the Eggtastic is going to help me with that, I can have an omelet in less than 3 minutes!  That is fabulous!Eggtastic Review & GiveawaySo I know there is a fun little infomercial that we are all super excited to see, but we also know that those infomercials don’t often give the results they are intended to.  Let’s face it, they call it TV magic for a reason!  However, after having had the pleasure of trying it out, I’m actually convinced.  While my omelet didn’t turn out as pretty as the ones on the video, it tasted fabulous.  I made mine with homemade salsa and I definitely plan to do so again!  In literally a minute and a half, I had breakfast while my coffee was still brewing!

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Originally posted 2015-09-25 00:01:00.

Vremi Products: #ThisBoxRocks #FantasticFather Hop

Vremi Products have me sold! This coffee grinder helps take our coffee to the next level and the knives are awesome!

Taking Your Kitchen and Your Coffee to the Next Level!

In our house, if coffee is not made we do not socialize, speak, or look at each other for at least a couple of hours.  It’s not that we don’t love each other, we just don’t love mornings and seem to agree that until coffee is had, nothing else happens.

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Vremi Coffee Grinder: Taking Your Coffee to the Next Level!Coffee Grinder

The Vremi Coffee Grinder has taken our coffee to the next level!  It’s amazing the difference freshly ground coffee beans make!  In less than a minute, we can grind fresh beans for perfectly roasted coffee!  It takes a bit of practice to figure out just the right amount of beans, but it’s totally worth it!

Multi-Purpose

We are not big on single purpose items in our house.  There are too many and we do not have enough space for all the silly gadgets I’d be willing to get!  No worries though, you can also use the Vremi Coffee Grinder to grind up herbs!  Coriander gets ground a lot in our house!

Clean Up

Clean up is amazingly easy, after you grind your delicious coffee just wipe the Vremi Coffee Grinder out with a cloth and put the lid back on.  No need to even wet the cloth!  We prefer microfiber as it seems to take less work.

Vremi Knives

Vremi Knives: Sharp as a Knife CollectionThe Vremi Knives had me at colorful.  Not gonna lie.  I love the bright colors, they make me happy!  I understand that’s not at all related to their purpose, however I don’t care.  They are pretty and that’s a bonus for in my book!

Another fantastic aspect of the Vremi Knives are the sheaths that come with them!  The worry of them getting dull by being rubbed against other stuff is eliminated with these fabulous covers.  It also helps to ensure that you don’t accidentally cut yourself when reaching in the drawer!

Sharpening

While this is not related to the knives, I felt it important to say that a good knife sharpener is essential.  We have a Rada Knife Sharpener that my Momma bought us years ago.  My husband loves it so much he takes it with us when we plan to cook somewhere (along with his favorite knife, lol).  He is very into cooking and gets rather frustrated if a knife is dull.

Clean-Up

Never, EVER put knives in the dishwasher!  The debris flying around while they are washing can and will dull the blades.  Wiping the blades down with a wet wash rag will generally do it, but if you are cutting meat make sure you sanitize it!  It’s always best to dry them immediately and put away.

Vremi has generously provided not only the products for the review, but also a set for one lucky winner!  What a perfect gift for Father’s Day or anyone really!  My niece is planning to get married next year and this is on the list of gifts I’m looking into getting her.  She is my very first niece so I have to make sure whatever I get her has been well tried out!  She’s not special at all…..  lol.  Of course, all of my nieces are crazy special to me, she just happens to have been the first.

Win the Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set #15

I’d love to hear about how you grind beans, especially which ones you’ve found to be the best!  I’m on an exploration mission!

#Naturepedic Organic Pillow

pillows_reviewA good night’s sleep can leave one feeling better than anything else.  So many people today are complaining that they either can’t sleep, are always tired, or don’t wake feeling rested.  While the environment one sleeps in plays a huge role in that, the tools one utilizes makes an even bigger difference.  Sleeping in a position that allows one’s body to rest in a natural manner is so essential that there are literally millions of combinations one can create with thread counts, mattress types, pillows and even pajamas!  The key is finding the right combination for you!

Finding that perfect combination can take years.  One thing that I have learned in my quest for the most comfortable night’s sleep ever is that one cannot *gulp* fully depend on sales and clearance to get that combination right…  I know, that one is hard to swallow for all you deal seekers like me out there!  That isn’t to say that you can’t find great deals, just a realization that the pillows I get at Christmas sales for $3 aren’t the most effective pillows for my quest of the perfect night’s slumber!  They will, however, work just fine for the guest bedrooms and kids to sleep on.  LOL.  So, don’t despair, there is no need to put that off of your list of things that you ‘need’ to go out on Black Friday for!

I mentioned I found my perfect pillow, I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to get to the details so here goes!  My husband and I sleep in very different positions.  He likes his pillows to be flat so that he can sleep with his arm under the pillow.  I however like to have my pillows thick so that I can prop myself up on them as I sleep.  There is a good chance that is weird, but then if you’ve been around the Zoo long, you know I’m a pretty weird cat!  LOL.

We each got a pillow from Naturepedic that fit our sleeping habits, my husband’s first reaction to his new pillow was “Sweet, I don’t have to break it in, it’s perfect!” After a few months of using it, it is still the same as it was when we first got it.  I had feared that it would flatten more and become uncomfortable, as pillows so often do, but I was happily proven wrong!

Now on to the comfortable one…  Um…  I mean mine.  LOL.  One thing I hate about pillows is that they so quickly become smashed down (at which point I’m ready to give them to the hubby and get another!)  Surprisingly, after three months of use my pillow is just as plump as when I got it.  If you think three months isn’t en0ugh to smash a pillow, remember that I have narcolepsy so I sleep way more than one’s average 6-8 hours.  I sleep about 14-18 hours.  Lame, I know.  It is plenty of time to get a pillow broke in though!

If you are in the market for some good sleep, I highly suggest getting yourself one or two of these fabulous pillows!  You will NOT be sorry!  I assure you!

Organic Kapok/Cotton Pillow

  • OUTER FABRIC
    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
  • FILLING
    50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton
  • GOTS Certified organic
  • Spot clean only
  • Available Options:
    LS54: Standard Size (20″ x 26″)
    LQ54: Queen Size (20″ x 30″)
    LK54: King Size (20″ x 36″)

Organic Cotton/PLA Pillow

  • OUTER FABRIC
    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
  • FILLING
    100% plant based PLA fiber
  • Machine Wash & Dry (only if necessary)

Pillow Of Choice Giveaway

One lucky winner will have the choice of pillow type and size!

Good Luck!

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Originally posted 2014-01-20 11:50:32.

King Beany: Great For Anyone!!!

King Beany

At the Zoo, I’m not sure which is better: super comfort or that our guests are loving this chair!  I can’t say enough good things about them!   Whether we are laying down vegged out or have the chair sitting up to read, it is always comfortable!

Here’s Why You Have to Have One

10 Year Warranty

Versatile Seating Options

Over 100 Design Choices

Super Comfortable!

Kids & Adults Love them!

Way Better Than a Couch

Can Double as a Bed

Discount Code

Smart enough to know that even if you win, one isn’t enough, that’s my kind of thinking!  Use this discount code and save 10%.

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Since adding the bean bag to our family room, we have gotten tons of compliments and it is a daily ‘call the chair’ race.  We really love it!  We’ve slept on it (Thanksgiving our house was packed), we’ve watched movies on it and it has been broke in by all three of our dogs, who participate in the fighting for the chairs event!  It is now the most beloved piece of furniture in our house, and I assure you it is furniture!  The cover is washable so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty and with the amazing warranty, you don’t have to worry about it falling apart (not anytime this decade anyway!)  So, enter below to win and you might as well get your order in now, because you will want another!

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Originally posted 2013-12-03 00:01:30.

Litter Free Lunch Box

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A Review By Monkey

The  ‘Litter Free Lunch Box Kit is an amazing lunch box for a high school student. I took it to school and i got a few comments on the bag. They either said it was ‘cute’ or ‘colorful’.  I was really excited when i got to take it to school and use it for my lunch.(except for the part where i had to write this review:)  It kept my lunch nice and cold (without an ice pack) till lunch time. The bag itself was very easy to
carry around, and on the inside was very neat.   The containers that came with the bag were very helpful with keeping my food separated.
The water bottle was a problem solver, because I didn’t have to carry a separate item to my lunch. I enjoyed carrying around the individual bag. I will love to use it again and get some more compliments. Over all today was a good day to use the ‘litter free lunch box’.
Using the Litter Free Lunch Box for a second time, we decided to change it up a bit.  I put an ice pack in it and it did even better in keeping my food cold.  I suggest to put one in the box itself so you would keep the food inside cold. The little containers helped with the smaller sides (obviously). But if you had a salad planned for lunch you could put some dressing in one and the other one you could put tomatoes in it. For the medium sized container i would put fruit and some walnuts in it too. But hey, that’s just me! I also want to say that the lunch box is big enough to put other things in it. I put a half of a bag of Doritos in it and it still zipped up! Oh my goodness, I just love this bag!  You just can’t tell what I will have next!   Altogether the ‘Litter Free Lunch Box’  was a great product and I love having it to take lunch in.

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The Zoo Keeper’s Thoughts

Let me just say that Monkey has officially made her writing debut!  *Proud Mom moment!*  Okay, now to the lunch box!  Each of the containers inside the lunch box are both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The container itself can be washed in the washing machine!  There is extra room inside even with all of the containers and the water bottle.  Plenty of space for other packaged goodies and such.  There is also a pocket on the inside to place things such as condiment packets or silverware so it won’t get banged around everywhere.

Monkey has been taking her lunch to school for the last 3 1/2 years and I have never seen her more excited to pack and take it!  She told me that the bus driver and her friends complimented it and she was quite proud to have it.  Preparing her lunch in the containers and taking it in the box seems to be something she loves to do now, which is always great!

I used the lunchbox when I went on a take out run to keep the food warm and it did well.  The food stayed hot and we didn’t have to eat lukewarm takeout.  I love that it is so roomy without taking up a lot of space!  No worries about it leaking or the food temperature changing too much.  Fabulous!  Plus, it’s great for the environment to use these types of products!  All in all, it’s a win!  Definitely a must have for anyone who takes their lunch anywhere!

Product Info From the Company

With great colors and fun designs, everyone in your family will want to carry their lunch in our Litter Free Lunch Kit! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”

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Originally posted 2013-11-23 00:01:23.

Cera Wireless Speakers 20% Discount & Review

IMG_4733I’m sitting here writing this post while listening to the Cera Audio Wireless Speaker and I must say, it is now essential to my electronic necessities!  I’m not real certain how I ever listened to any of my devices without it!  I can frequently be seen walking from room to room with it, not because I can’t hear it in different rooms, but because it’s my personal ‘surround sound.’  LOL.  Oddly, my family is so use to my quirkiness that they don’t even say anything about how silly I look when I’m carrying around a tablet and speaker throughout the house.  LOL.

CERA Wireless Speakers come in 3 colors: black, white, and red.  They are compatible with most bluetooth devices and can also be plugged in via usb and line in jacks.  We’ve been using it with my tablet and our Android smart phones (both are Samsung, not that it matters).  It takes 2-3 hours to charge and you get 6-8 hours of play time!  I got two, because I’m so addicted I need to rotate them while the other is charging (it takes a whole 2 hours, but still!).  LOL.  Plus, you can link the speakers together and multiply the sound!  I took 2 out that were linked while working in the yard and put the speakers by a koi pond, which was blasting out the noise of not one but TWO very loud fountains, and could hear it clearly from across the yard (about half an acre) and could have probably heard it from even further, but the privacy fence halted me.  LOL.

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From the Company

CERA Wireless Speaker Product Features:

  • Powerful Wireless Portable Speaker with Version 3.0 Bluetooth® Technology for a faster connection with better sound quality
  • Compatible with iPad®, iPod®, iPhone®, MP3, MP4, Laptop, PC and most Bluetooth® enabled devices
  • Voice notifications when CERA is on, in pairing mode, and pairing complete
  • Simple pairing with most Bluetooth® enabled devices
  • Stream audio from your Bluetooth® enabled device from approx. 33ft (10m) away
  • Plugs into any non Bluetooth® enabled device with supplied 3.5mm (1/8) headphone jack as well
  • New Daisy Chain function allows an infinite number of CERA’s to play at the same time
  • Illuminated Touch Control Panel
  • 360° Expanding Sound Chamber illuminated with blue lighting
  • Internal Lithium Ion Battery recharges over USB
  • Up to 5-7 hours playtime on a full charge (approx. 2-3 hours to fully charge)
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

Package Contents: CERA Speaker, Charging Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, Daisy Chain Cable, Carrying Case, Quick Start Guide and User Manual

Discount Code

20% off discount code: 20CRAFTYZOO

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Originally posted 2013-10-04 05:46:18.

Creepy Crawly Bugs (Toys) #OrkinMan

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The Orkin Home Education Kit includes:

• 2 Orkin Factoids 11×17 Posters
– Poster #1 – The Pollinators
– Poster #2 – The Recyclers
• 1 Orkin bug-finding flashlight • 20 Rubber Toy Creepy Crawly Bugs

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Originally posted 2013-09-01 21:02:56.

#EverBamboo Bamboo Charcoal Review

Bamboo Charcoal

When I first came across the Ever Bamboo website, I was perplexed.  There are so many variations of the same type of products on the market, what makes Bamboo Charcoal so special???  Granted, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any with charcoal, but there are many products marketed to accomplish the same thing.  Of course, this meant I HAD to find out what was so special about them!

The Journey of Experimentation Begins…..

Okay, my house has smells.  Not all good, not all bad, just smells.  For example, I have a teen daughter.  She brings all kinds of smells with all those chemicals she insists on using, then there are the lovely habits she likes to have, like leaving her dirty, smelly shoes and socks under chairs where no one notices them until they have thoroughly smelled up the house…  Yeah, gotta love that one!

Then, if the Monkey doesn’t do it well enough, the dogs start in!  We have 2 chihuahuas and a great dane who don’t always respect house potty rules.  Well the chihuahuas don’t.  Thank GOD the great dane is respectful of them! Of course, our Dane isn’t all innocent.  She has more gas than the local truck stop.  You can imagine…

Of course, there ARE good smells in our home.  LOL.  It’s just that one seems to pick out the bad smells first and foremost.  You can smell the most recent meal we’ve cooked wafting through the house, which is our favorite.  I was once told by a guest that our house had a ‘homey’ smell…  He meant that it didn’t smell like artificial scents, but rather a culmination of the smells a good family home was meant to smell like.  Our friend is a rather honest and simple man, which is one of his many endearing qualities!

Needless to say, of the products I had the privilege of testing out, the Over-Size Deodorizer has become my favorite!  I placed it under a sofa chair in our living room, we have an open floor plan so it’s central to the kitchen, dining room, and the hallway entrance as well.  I will be honest and say I didn’t have high hopes that it would work in such a large area.  Umm, I am super excited to say that I’ve been proven wrong!  We all know that the stinky smell will be noticed over any other smell.  Whether it’s the surprise the kids left in the sofa, the one the pets left in the hallway, or the hubby’s stinky work boots he insists on not putting away.

I’m overly pleased to say that in the Zoo, the bad odors are no longer there.  The bag obsorbed the bad odors and now we can’t even smell them!  It’s amazing!  I have no idea how it works, I just know that I can still smell the good smells but I can’t smell the bad ones!

Product Specifics

From the Company

Bamboo Charcoal

Over-Size Deodorizer
  • Absorbs odors & moisture
  • Place in kitchens, walk-in fridges, basements, garages, warehouses, and pet areas (areas up to 400 sqft)
  • 1 kg

 

Good for the Environment!!!

Wanna know what to do with the charcoal when it’s time to replace it???  Mix it in your soil!!!  Bamboo Charcoal is 100% natural and will help the soil.  Check out their site for more info.

Where to Find Ever Bamboo

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Check It Out!

Check out my review of the amazing HEI Face & Body Soap!  You will want this one too!  I’m not sure they are gonna have a product that wouldn’t get an amazing review!  LOL.  Trust me, you will love it too!

Coming Up

I will soon get the pleasure of testing out a larger version of the Aquarium Filter for my koi pond.  I’m really excited, as this is a new one!  We’ll see how well it helps filtration in a large koi pond!  I hear they do awesome in aquariums!

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Originally posted 2013-08-02 12:02:13.

#MyPlatinum Amazing Cascade Dishwashing Soap #Sponsored

imageHave you heard of the new Cascade Platinum???

If not, hear now!  You’ll love it!

I will admit that my frugality has prevented me from trying this type in the past, I tend to get the best fiscal deal, but I’ve learned my lesson!  After using the Cascade Platinum, our glasses literally sparkled!  Now, that is sweet!  Especially considering we have people over quite often, I’d like for our dishes to look their best!  If you haven’t tried them yet, go now and get yours!  You won’t be sorry,  I swear!  I will say, I’m sold.  I’ll be switching my cheapness frugality  for practicality.  Cascade Platinum does an amazing job, and it’s worth the extra dollar or two to have amazingly clean dishes!  Though I frequently forget, one truly does get what they pay for.  I keep having to remind myself of that one.

Cascade Platinum Boasts (and backs up) the following:

Grease Fighting Power of Dawn

We all know Dawn does an amazing job with the grease, I think it’s probably my favorite to use when the dishes are really greasy.  LOL

Fights Tea and Coffee Stains

It is Monkey’s job to rinse the dishes and she has a problem getting the coffee rings out of the cups (by problem, I mean she doesn’t do it) so they are constantly having to be re-washed.

Brilliant Shine

Please see above.  Man those glasses were sparkly!!!

Virtually Spotless Dishes

Tough Food Enzyme Action

Their Best Film Prevention for a Sparkling Machine!

From the Company

What it is: Cascade© Platinum Pacs deliver the most powerful clean available from Cascade while simultaneously
helping to maintain the sparkling look of your clean dishwasher interior.
How it works: Cascade© Platinum Pacs feature an advanced triple action recipe that is specially designed to
leave dishware virtually spot-free and help prevent the build-up of hard-water film on dishwasher walls.*
*Use a dishwasher cleaner to remove existing build-up on wall interiors.
Why you need it: Cascade© Platinum Pacs achieve a top-tier clean so powerful that they even help keep your
dishwasher machine sparkling and deliver a variety of dish care benefits:
• Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food
• Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
• Helps maintain the look of new machines and helps prevent additional hard-water build-up
• Delivers exceptional dishware shine
Availability and Prices: Beginning in March 2013, Cascade©Platinum Pacs will be available in Fresh and Lemon
Burst scents at mass merchandisers, grocery and retailers nationwide. More information on the entire family of
Cascade© products can be found at http://www.cascadeclean.com
All pricing, promotion, shelving and distribution are at the sole discretion of the retailer.

The MSRP for:
• Cascade© Platinum 14 ct: $4.29
• Cascade© Platinum 23 ct: $6.69
• Cascade© Platinum 43 ct: $12.49

Cascade© Family of Products: The Cascade© family of products also includes:
• Cascade© Complete© Pacs
• Cascade © ActionPacs™ with Dawn® Grease Fighting Power
• Cascade© with the scent of Gain® ActionPacs™
• Cascade © ActionPacs™ Destinations: Mediterranean Lavender and Thai Dragon Fruit scents

The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is a four-week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pan and plates!

 

  • Visit the contest landing page for information on how to enter and submit images:
    • The landing page will prompt users to sign up for Instagram if they are not currently users of the app.
    • Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!
    • Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!
      • Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period: 6/3-6/9)

      Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!

      • Week 2: My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-6/16)

             Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!

      • Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23)

             Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!

      • Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30)

             Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!

      Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)

GOOD LUCK!!!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Originally posted 2013-06-25 04:34:02.