Friday

Celebrate International Cat Day, Today, Aug. 8th, 2015 with Babbel


Babbel.com is an interactive, online language learning course that allows you to master the fundamentals of different languages. Babbel’s online language courses are simple, convenient and tailored to you. Choose your language, then ability level and get started right away.

Babbel uses tested educational methods and online technology to make learning a language easy. The concept is based on quick, bite-size lessons presented in an entertaining visual way.

Since today is International Cat Day, I thought it would be fun to share a few cat idiomz with all you cat lovers out there!

1) English: There’s more than one way to skin a cat
Translation: There are many different ways to solve a problem

2) Turkish: Dokuz canlı kedi
Translation: Cat with nine lives

3) Avere sette vite come i gatti
Translation: To have seven lives like a cat

4) French: Retomber comme un chat sur ses pattes
a. Translation: To land like a cat on his feet
b. Meaning: To be lucky or successful after being in a difficult situation

5) Spanish: ¿Se te ha comido la lengua el gato?
a. Translation: Did the cat eat your tongue?
b. Meaning: Why aren’t you talking?

6) Portuguese: Gato escaldado tem medo de água fria
a. Translation: A scalded cat fears cold water
b. Meaning: To be traumatized by a bad experience

7) German: Wenn die Katze aus dem Haus ist, tanzen die Mäuse auf dem Tisch
a. Translation: When the cat’s out of the house, the mice will dance on the table

8) Croatian: Kad mačke nema, miševi vode kolo
a. Translation: When the cat’s gone, the mice lead the *kolo*
b. Meaning: When the boss is away, someone under them calls the shots

9) Hindi: Nau Sau Choohey Khakar Billi Hajj Ko Chali
a. Translation: After eating 900 rats, the cat goes on a pilgrimage
b. Meaning: To veil a lifetime of wrongdoing with a few token expressions of virtue later in life

10) Romanian: Nu arunca pisica în curtea altuia
a. Translation: Don’t throw the cat in someone else’s yard
b. Meaning: Don’t blame someone else

11) Swedish: Om natten är alla katter grå
a. Translation: At night, all cats are grey


Disclosure: I was given a free trial to Babbel.com in exchange for this post.

Thursday

Aurorae Aqua Beach Towel Review

You might associate the name Aurorae with yoga products, but Aurorae has recently expanded into a new division called Aurorae Aqua. They are now selling ultra absorbent, 32" x 68", microfiber beach and swim towels. What's not to love about an over-sized beach towel?

Whether you plan to take a stroll on a beach, linger poolside, picnic at the lake, or sail off shore, their over-sized super absorbent towels are light weight and compact.

You can choose from among their eight carefully selected colors: * Bermuda Sands * Caribbean Breeze * Cayman Island Coral * Fiji Sunset * Kauai Coast * Mediterranean Seas * Pacific Twilight * Sanibel Sunrise * - each reminiscent of a cherished waterfront location. And all their products are guaranteed!

Want one of these towels? Well you are in luck, one lucky Swappin' Spoons readers will receive one of these towels for free---Watch the Swappin' Spoons Facebook page for more information on this giveaway.
The towel I received washes well too...it does not ball up, fade or leave lent in my dryer either!

Disclosure: I did receive one of these products to facilitate my review.

Softsoap's 3 NEW limited Edition Summer Body Washes





I love Softsoap’s limited edition body washes! I haven't been on summer vacation yet (it's coming soon though!) and these summer scents are set to take us away to our favorite beach (maybe Fuji, Tahiti, or Bali) in our very own shower! My favorite is Tahitian Glow--love the grapefruit scent!

Not only do these body washes lather up really good, they are very moisturizing and makes my skin feel clean, soft and they look really pretty sitting in our bathroom too--their packaging is bright and vibrant! Plus, they are perfect for shaving your legs and underarms too!

Fuji Waves

This summertime fragrance includes cucumber and melon, and smells amazingly fresh and sunny. The gorgeous blue color of this body wash reminds me of the beach.

Tahitian Glow

This fragrance is so uplifting! With a delicious scent of ripe, tangy grapefruit and succulent pineapple. This formula has tiny moisturizing beads in it that make skin so amazingly soft!

Bali Bliss

Escape to your own private paradise with the new Bali Bliss body wash. This moisture-rich formula will leave skin radiant and smooth, while invigorating the senses with scents of coconut and lime.

These 18 oz. sized body washes can be found currently at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $2.99 each.

*Disclosure: I did receive these products to facilitate my review. These opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by another person.

Tuesday

KARINA DRESSES SOAK UP THE SAVINGS


Been eyeing a dress from Karin's Spring Collection but haven't taken the plunge? Now's your chance! All Spring Collection are marked down to $88. Quantities are limited so shop now!

Make sure you check out their Clearance Section too; for even more savings!

Karina Dresses was founded in 2007, based upon fashion industry veteran, Karina Cousineau's, vision of creating dresses for every woman. She knew there was a real need for a fashion line that makes every body (and everybody) feel and look great no matter what shape or size. A line that made every woman feel like a Frockstar™. Handmade in New York from limited edition fabrics, Karina Dresses creates a custom collection that is both classic and fashion-forward. Through a deep dialogue with retailers and direct clients, Karina takes a “slow fashion” approach, patiently nurturing dresses with artisanal attention to fit, fabric and construction.

Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Coffee Coupons | Starbucks, Folgers, Eight O'Clock, and Seattle's Best


$1.50 off TWO (2) bags of Eight O'Clock Coffee
$1.00 off (1) Starbucks VIA Black Coffee Item
$1.00 off (1) Starbucks VIA Latte Item
$1.00 off (1) Starbucks VIA Iced Coffee Item
$1.00 off FOLGERS ICED CAFE™ Coffee Drink
$3.00 off TWO Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Roasts
$3.00 off 2 Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Flavors



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iPhone 6 Armband, from Blue Key World, Review + Buy it now at a Discounted Price and FREE Shipping!

*I recently received the iPhone 6 armband, from Blue Key World, at a promotional price for my honest review, I was not influenced in any way.*



Three little words are all I need to say about this product, "I love it"---and so does my husband! Our iPhone 6 fits perfectly into the armband, it was easy to get inside the armband, my phone was secure once inside the armband and it was easy to fit around my arm and my husband's arm (my husband has bigger arms than I do, but not a problem with the adjustable Velcro strap). The armband is so soft and comfortable to wear, once you have it in place---it doesn't move, no slip or sliding it stays put, no matter what you are doing. So far, I have walked, jogged been a taxi driver, and lifted weights with this iPhone 6 armband from Blue Key World---it is very comfortable to wear!

I am seriously thinking about getting a couple of more for stocking stuffers! I know, I know it's only July, but I like to plan a head.

This is truly a great product and I highly recommend it! You can purchase one here at THIS LINK
at a discounted price with FREE Shipping if you have Prime.
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Friday

MAGNUM Ice Cream Chocolate Scented Wraps


MAGNUM® Ice Cream, the only ice cream bar made with Belgian chocolate, is partnering with globally renowned fashion brand BCBGMAXAZRIA to create the world's most pleasurable fashion accessory. Through the use of innovative scent technology, the BCBGMAXAZRIA for MAGNUM Belgian Chocolate Wrap offers women a new way to indulge in their love of chocolate and fashion.

The wrap uses new scent technology called oNotes and pushes fashion beyond sight and touch and incorporates scent, one of our most powerful senses, into design.

With its decadent aroma, rich colors and smooth texture, the BCBGMAXAZRIA for MAGNUM Belgian Chocolate Wrap makes women feel like they are being wrapped in chocolate and experiencing the ‘MAGNUM Effect’ – the same sense of pleasure as if they were eating a MAGNUM Ice Cream Bar.

As a fun way to celebrate National Ice Cream month, the wrap will be available, nationwide, through July 26th, 2015 as a gift with purchase of $300+ of full price items in select BCBGMAXAZRIA LA stores and online at www.bcbg.com (while supplies last).


Disclosure: I was sent one of these wraps in exchange for this post and it smells absolutely delicious! Read my disclosure policy here.

How are you Celebrating National Ice Cream Day, on July 19th?


July 19th is National Ice Cream Day; how are you celebrating? Hopefully you are celebrating with your favorite ice cream!

Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, MAGNUM Ice Cream, Fruttare and Popsicle – offer a wide range of products and flavors that range from refreshing to indulgent; in fact, in 2015 alone they launched 16 new varieties across the portfolio!


For the person who loves…

-Salty and Sweet: Klondike Caramel Pretzel, MAGNUM Double Peanut Butter, and MAGNUM Almond and are just a few which master the timeless combination.

-Mint and Chocolate: Some of the new varieties in 2015 include Good Humor Girl Scouts Thin Mints Bar, Breyers Gelato Indulgences Mint Chocolate, and Klondike Mint Fudge Cookie Kandy Bar.

-Fruity Desserts: Fruttare frozen fruit bars are made with real, delicious fruit, and this year, the brand is moving towards sustainably sourcing every piece of fruit. Flavors include Strawberry, Coconut & Milk, Banana & Milk, Mango, and more. (Bonus: they start at only 60 calories a bar!)

-Candy: Popsicle Tootsie Pop – one of the brand’s newest varieties – surely won’t disappoint; for non-Tootsie Pop lovers, try Popsicle Airheads or Popsicle Sour Patch Kids.

-Anything Vanilla: Breyers offers several varieties: Natural Vanilla (America’s favorite Vanilla!), French Vanilla, Extra Creamy Vanilla, Homemade Vanilla, ½ the Fat, Sugar Free, etc.

-The Classics: Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy same of the classics – Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Bar, Good Humor Chocolate Éclair, Giant Vanilla Sandwich, Cherry Popsicle, and more.


Disclosure I received product coupons to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.

Tuesday

#ShareYourHero Campaign | Enter to win a year’s Supply of Cookies for You and your Hero


#ShareYourHero campaign | Enter to win a year’s supply of cookies for you and your hero and have your hero’s picture on the next cookie box – simply by sharing your hero’s story – entries are open until July 30.

Click THIS LINK to enter

Disclosure: I was not paid nor given product for this post---I shared simply because I like Mrs. Fields! 

HOT POCKETS Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites #Review


As a mom of teens, I am always on the lookout for fulfilling snacks for my guys and girls. HOT POCKETS are no stranger to our home (Pepperoni is my all time favorite!). But recently, I was introduced to HOT POCKETS Snack Bites and HOT POCKETS Breakfast Bites!

Made with 100% real cheese, HOT POCKETS Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites are a good source of protein and contain NO artificial flavors. They are currently available in seven varieties including:

Snack Bites
· Pepperoni Pizza: Signature Pepperoni with reduced-fat mozzarella cheese in a flaky crust
· Hickory Ham & Cheddar: Hickory Ham with reduced-fat cheddar cheese & sauce in a flaky crust
· Four Cheese Pizza: With Parmesan, cheddar, reduced-fat Provolone & mozzarella cheeses in a flaky crust
· Cheesy Beef Nacho: Tender beef with reduced-fat cheddar cheese & sauce in a flaky crust

Breakfast Bites
· Bacon, Egg & Cheese: Bacon and egg with low-fat mozzarella cheese & sauce in a flaky crust
· Ham, Egg & Cheese: Ham and egg with low-fat mozzarella cheese & sauce in a flaky crust
· Sausage, Egg & Cheese: Sausage and egg with low-fat mozzarella cheese & sauce in a biscuit crust

Each of the seven varieties – which go from the freezer to the plate in just over a minute – delivers hearty hunger satisfaction and provides a good source of protein, with up to 7 grams per four-piece serving.

These may be the smaller version of the lager pockets, but they are not lacking in flavor at all. Each pocket is still packed full of yummy goodness and sends my taste buds into a happy place...not to mention my teens tummies are satisfied after eating these too!

Pepperoni is still reigning champ here in our home, with the Bacon, Egg and Cheese breakfast bites coming into a very close second place!

You can purchase these at most grocery retailers nationwide.

Disclosure: I was given product to help promote this content. Read my disclosure policy here.

L.A. Looks Model Search Contest | Do you have what it takes?



Do you have what it takes to be named ‘best tressed’? L.A. Looks® the iconic hair gel brand, has announced that it is on the hunt for a new hair superstar to become the next L.A. Looks model for 2015/2016. The brand’s Facebook fans are encouraged to enter now to submit a photo showing off their hottest, red carpet ready “L.A. Look.” Male and female fans will vie for the chance to win a trip to L.A. for a professional photo shoot and a surprise VIP experience, including airfare, L.A. car rental, hotel and a trip stipend.

To enter the L.A. Looks model search contest, women and men 18 and older must visit the L.A. Looks Facebook page, become a fan, and submit a photo through August 2, 2015. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of photo and overall appeal. Using these criteria, the judges will select 10 women and men for the finalist stage. Starting on August 24, 2015, L.A. Looks will have its fans vote and determine who the two grand-prize winners will be, with the winner announcement to be made on September 13, 2015. The model search will be promoted on high-profile packaging, in a national free standing insert, on social media and the website.

With the great success of the last two L.A. Looks model searches, the brand is excited to have their fans choose the next model that embodies the L.A. Looks’ aesthetic and spirit. Winners of this year’s model search can look forward to enjoying a glamorous trip and also being featured on high profile L.A. Looks marketing materials as the new face of the iconic hair care brand.

Visit www.lalooks.com or Facebook.com/LALooks to learn more.



Disclosure: I was given product to help promote this contest. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday

Cabo Chips | A Healthy Tortilla Chip, Really?


Born on the beautiful beaches of Baja, Mexico, Cabo Chips are 100% whole grain classic cantina style tortilla chips that are inspired by the vibrant atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas.

These all natural chips are cooked the traditional way – cut from fresh tortillas that are batch cooked for a true cantina crunch! Cabo Chips use only real ingredients, no “flavorings,” for authenticity you can taste.

Our family recently had the opportunity to sample Cabo Chips and we loved them! They were a hit with my whole family and did not last very long in our home!


The first bag that we tried was BLUE CORN CABO CHIPS---yummo! Each chip you can taste a hint of lime, and sea salt. We ate these by their-selves, but my husband said these would be great with my Texas Trash Bean Dip ( I think he was hinting that I make some...but I didn't!)


I have no complaints on any of the chips that we tried, and these ORIGINAL CABO CHIPS would be great with salsa! These have a int of lime juice as well as soy sauce---talk about a combination; brilliant creation!


CABO CHIPS' unique mango flavor is brought up to date with a pinch of organic mild chili pepper, sea salt, and a splash of real lime juice for a taste combination that's surprisingly perfect!



But I think my favorite are the Churro! Crunchy with a pinch of cinnamon and sugar on each chip---Yum!



Here are a few recipes where you can use the CHURRO CABO CHIPS!

-Mexican Fried Ice Cream: place Churro chips in the toaster oven for 5 minutes on low heat. When finished, scoop a dollop of your favorite vanilla bean ice cream on top, and finish with a drizzle of honey or fresh berries.
-Chocolate: simply take your favorite chocolate bar or semi sweet milk or dark chocolate chips and microwave for 45 seconds. Either dip the Churro chip directly in and eat for a warm and gooey treat, or place on cooling rack after dipping to let chocolate set. 
-Caramel: cinnamon and caramel are a delicious pair. Simply dip Cabo Chips' Churro chip into a bowl of caramel, and top with fresh whipped cream for added decadence.

-Nutella: place a few spoonfuls of this yummy hazelnut spread in the microwave for 30 seconds, then drizzle over the Churro Cabo Chips for a quick and easy sweet treat.

Any of these chips would be perfect for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Leave them in the bag or dump them into a bowl, regardless; grab you a few before you leave them, because these chips will not last long!

Cabo Chips are available in select food chains such as Whole Foods, and others, as well as direct purchase online at http://www.cabochips.com/shop.

For more information, visit http://www.cabochips.com/

Disclosure: Our family was sent CABO CHIPS to sample and to help facilitate this post.

Recent Publix Shopping Trip, Was $36, Spent Only $8.85


Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16-24 oz, at $2.21 ($1.10)
(Excluding Organics)
Submit for $1 off Ragu pasta sauce, 14 oz jar +, Ibotta App MOBILE COUPON
$0.10 after Ibotta

Muller Corner, Greek Corner or Greek 100 Yogurt, 5.3 oz, $1
Bought 6 and used 6 freebie coupons form the manufacturer from a review that I participated in.
All six Free after coupon

ThinkThin Bars, 1 ct., $1.25
Bought 2 and used (2) $1 off thinkThin bars (Earth Fare Manufacturer Coupon) printable (limit reached)
$0.25 each after coupons
*All Publix stores will not take this coupon.

Simply Potatoes, 20 oz, at $2.79 ($1.39)
Bought 6 and used (6) $0.50/1 Simply Potatoes Hash Browns, SS 3/29
$0.39 each after coupon

Hunt’s Tomatoes, 14.5 oz, at $1.45 ($0.72)
Bought 6 and used (2) $0.50/3 printbale coupons
$0.39 each after coupon

BIC Silky Touch Disposable Razors, 10 ct., $2.79
Bought 1 and use $2 off Bic disposable razor, excl trial size, SS 3/29 (EXP 04/26)
$0.79 after coupon

Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt, $1.20
Bought 4 and used (2) $1/2 Yoplait Greek, Greek 100 or Greek 100 Whips! yogurt cups, SS 3/29
*Stacked with (2) $1/2 Yoplait Greek 100 yogurts, 4-5.3 oz (Publix Store Coupons) from Happy Mother’s Day flyer (EXP 05/15)
$0.70 each after coupons

Hormel Rev Wraps, $1.50
Bought 2 and used $1.00 off any two (2) HORMEL REV Wraps
$1 each after coupon

Ortega Taco Shells, 10-12 ct or Sauce 8 oz, $1.50
Bought 2 and used (2) $0.50/2 Ortega products, SS 4/12
$1 each after coupon

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Monday

Einstein Bros Bagels: Buy One, Get One Free Breakfast or Lunch sandwich (Facebook offer)


Einstein Bros Bagels is offering a Buy One, Get One Free Breakfast or Lunch sandwich coupon. This coupon is valid through May 12, 2015.

Free Fishing Days for 2015


Did you know that all U.S. States offer Free Fishing Days (I didn't either!). 

You can fish in public bodies of water without a fishing license, just check to see when your state’s Free Fishing Days in 2015 are at this page here.

Free CiCi’s Pizza Buffet on May 5, 2015 (Teachers and Educational Professionals)


CiCi’s Pizza is celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day by giving teachers and educational professionals a FREE adult pizza buffet on May 5, 2015 from 4PM to close.

Anyone with an official identification badge issued by any local school, public or private, including teachers, teachers’ aids, administrators, custodians and bus drivers. Educators are asked to show their valid ID – with photo, name of school and current school year.