November 26, 2014

Win a Pen Wizard Personalized Book

Sponsor: Penwizard
I don't know about your kid by my little guy LOVES seeing his name places.  I can only imagine his excitement when he see his name in a book!  This makes the PERFECT gift for a little one in your life and what is better than free!?  Enter to win a personalized Peppa Pig book below!

Personalized books are great for getting kids involved in reading. You Can choose from our range of personalized childrens books and see your child in the pictures and story of their own personalized book!
 Penwizard is an amazing company. They offer a wide variety of books for both little boys and girls. The nice thing about their books is that you can literally customize the books to fit whatever your child looks like AND put in their name! These books are so easy to create and order. They are also pretty reasonably priced. They range in the 14.99 to 19.99 UK (so about 30-40$ Canadian). Considering your child is going to be able to have that book for the rest of their lives that's a pretty good deal! Check Penwizard out HERE Penwizard has offered 8 fans a chance to win a personalized Peppa book for themselves (a 30.00 Canadian Value each!) Rules:
    • Open to USA/CAN
    • 18+
    • ends Dec 9th, 2014
    • one person per household can enter
    • Facebook, pinterest, twitter etc are NOT responsible or liable in anyway for this giveaway
Disclaimer: Participating Blogs were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Penwizard will be responsible for product shipment to winners of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. if you have any additional questions or comments.
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November 24, 2014

Holiday Bundle of Gifts Giveaway

Welcome to the Holiday Bundle of Gifts Giveaway!

Featuring: 14 prizes for one lucky winner!

bundle of gifts

Hosted by: Just Another Mom

Co-Hosted by:

The Cafe Coupon, Deliciously Savvy, Heartbeat Soulstains, Michigan Savings and More,

Joan's Five Star Reviews, Totally Temberton, Cupcakes and Flipflops

The Mama Games & Disabled Diva Reviews

With a BIG thank you to all of the bloggers who are helping to promote!

As we draw closer and closer to Christmas, Just Another Mom is pleased to present the Holiday Bundle of Gifts Giveaway! Featuring 14 gifts from The Holiday Gift Guide at Just Another Mom, one lucky winner will win over $300 in prizes with a little bit of something for everyone!  This giveaway is fantastic!  Imagine being able to get all your holiday gifts taken care of in one shot!  Even I'm entering in this one!

November 21, 2014

Influenster Love - How it all started

Where do I start?

Influenster is the the WHOLE reason I started this blog.  I joined Influenster and honestly forgot about it.  Then one day I got an email saying I was selected to get a VoxBox.  I remember thinking "What the heck is a VoxBox?  And why am I getting one?"  I did a quick search and found myself on the site and started to get really excited!  It all came back to me.  It had been about 2 months since I first signed up on the site and now I was getting a whole box of FREE STUFF!!  WOOO HOOO!!!  Then I soon realized that to fully complete the VoxBox tasks I needed a blog and thus Laurel Likes It was born.

Since then I have received numerous VoxBoxes (6 to be exact) and several other activities that have earned me badges (51 of these babies).  Here is a link to my Influenster Profile.  I look back at my initial reviews and see how much I've grown and how my style has stayed consistent but more comfortable now.

I have to be honest that when I see an Influenster email in my inbox I get ridiculously excited.  It's like, "They chose me??  YES!!"  Come to think of it, it's been a while since I got one so maybe posting this will hit their alert!  I have always loved trying out new things and now Influenster allows me to!  I have also always been a "very social young lady" as said on all my report cards so talking about the stuff I like and don't like comes naturally!

I have listed all the Influester inspired blog posts for you below.
Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012
Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal Review
Goody Quickstyle Brush Review (I am still using this brush everyday)
Lifeway Kefir Review and Coupon (we now buy this regularly)
Dr. Scholl's Active Series (These are still in my sneakers)
Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box Unboxing!

Influenster will always hold a special place in my blog heart.  I hope that these past 2 years are just the start to a wonderful, long relationship.

And also this guy is the cutest!

Side note:  As I was typing this post up guess what popped up in my inbox??
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November 20, 2014

Walmart Pre-Black Friday Deals start NOW!!! USA, LLC

I was going to set this to post tomorrow but realized that all the Pre-Black Friday deals start NOW at! You will love finding big deals BEFORE the big day on everything from toys, electronics, apparel, and more at! Don't forget, you can always enjoy free shipping on all orders of $50 or more at!

Here are a few popular items:

Happy Holidays!

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New Changes to Julep Maven + Free Gift!!

So I'm so excited for 2 new changes to my Julep Maven subscription!! I was getting a little tired of the choices I was given each month so 2 months ago I used my last skip and then last month I sent my box to my sister for her birthday.

When I opened my email this morning to a new blog post from them I was pleasantly surprised that not only can you now select "I'm out this month" you can FULLY customize what you get in your box without upgrading to the Luxe subscription!!!

When Julep Maven first started they allowed you to have unlimited skips. However, before I joined they changed it so you only had 2 skips per year. This did not work for me and apparently I was not the only one! Sometimes the funds are just not right that month, right??

I have to say though that I am most excited for the customization. I was just able to select 3 items that I have wanted but have yet to come up in my monthly box! I was set to get an eye lid primer and eye shadow. Now I'm getting some gold decal strips, nail and cuticle pen and a corrector pen.

New for this holiday season are two promotional FREE gifts when you sign up for Julep Maven!  This subscription is the PERFECT gift for someone you just don't know what to get.  They are able to choose what they want!

My idea is to either gift the subscription and keep the free gift for yourself!
OR  just keep it all as a gift to yourself!!  You deserve it, right??

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November 18, 2014

Clear Proof Review & Free gift!

This is a post I have been meaning to put up for a while but haven't gotten around to it.  I have ALWAYS struggled with my skin.  It is oily/dry/sensitive/acne prone.  I feel like I have tried so many products that there is nothing out there that will work.  My skin was much better while I was on birth control which tells me what I get it mostly hormonal but since we are tying for #2 I can't rely on that anymore.  I get deep painful acne from what I have read is called Cystic Acne.  It's not just my face either.  My chest and back are a mess also.

I was so frustrated a few months ago I got out of the shower and was so disgusted with my skin I swore in the morning I was going to call a dermatologist.  So that night I was chatting with my good friend we were talking and she suggested that I stop trying all these different products and give Clear Proof a chance.  I told her that I had tried using products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide and had no luck.  How could this product be any different??
I figured what the heck, and told her I would try it.  She gave me the travel kit to try out so I didn't shell out a whole lot of money just to try it.  I used that up and saw some improvement so I called and let her know I'd like the full set.  It took a few weeks of regular use but my skin is clear!  Now because I am unbiased and am always honest with you I will say that I still get some breakouts right before "that time of the month" but it is much less than before.  At first I was just using my hands to clean my face but what really took it up a notch was using the cleansing brush.  I think this really scrubbed down into my pores and pulled out the dirt.

The system is simple.  Wash, tone, spot treat and moisturize.  The combination 1-2 punch of the salicylic acid in the wash and benzoyl peroxide in the spot treatment gets the job done.  Here is a link to the travel set that I started with.  Clear Proof® Acne System The Go Set

It is only $20 and comes with mini bottles of all 4 steps.  It should last you a few weeks because you really don't need that much of the product.  However, the full Clear Proof® Acne System is a much better deal at $45 when you look at the size of the bottles.  I've had my set for a few months now and am just now running low.

I also didn't want to forget about the Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush.  It's a little pricey at $50 but I have to say that is what helped so much with the process!  Honestly compared to some of the other cleansing brushes this one is a steal!

Loretta is a big fan of my blog so she is giving my readers a special deal.  Another reason why you should order the full set is that when you do you will also get a FREE LIP GLOSS GIFT SET!!  Or, if you order both the full Clear Proof® Acne System and the Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush you'll get the lip gloss set and this gorgeous bag.  Keep them for yourself or gift them to a lovely lady in your life!  Just put in code LAURELXMAS.

So, now what you have been waiting to see, even though it is so embarrassing.  Sorry the lighting is different.  I took the before picture at work and the after picture in my bathroom in the evening.
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The review above is of products that I purchased with my own money.  As always I am honest with my readers and give my opinion good or bad.

November 17, 2014 - A New Way To Watch is a great way to watch whatever content you want, whenever you want!

The movies and TV shows you love.  Simple search.  Easy access.

This anthemic video from the film and television industry reminds us how Movies and TV shows bring us together.  What we watch doesn't just entertain us, it inspires and moves us.

It's the show that gave you the chills. The scene that left you crying from laughing so hard.  The movie you watch when you are having a bad day. The things that drive you to be fearless.  Make you get up and dance. The movie that makes you ask, "what would Ferris do?"  Where the underdogs always come back on top.  The story lines that redefine your own life experience.

What we watch doesn't just entertain us.  It changes us, helps us believe, and overcome any challenge life throws our way.  This is the anthem that runs through the core of  Visit the site and find the content you already love.
So "What is Where To Watch?" you ask. . . is a one-stop shop where audiences can search for their favorite creative content online quickly, simply and in an ad-free environment.  Search for movies and TV shows, and you will immediately be shown a list of potential ways to view them.  If the movie is still in theaters, you will be prompted with local show times; otherwise you’ll see the Blu-ray and digital availabilities.  If, by chance, you don’t see the availability you want, you can set up an email alert and WTW will inform you as soon as that film or TV show is available.
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November 14, 2014

Breckenridge Dream Trip Giveaway

Dreaming of the perfect ski trip?  My husband used to ski and snowboard when he was younger but my son and I have never been.  I think this would be a really nice getaway for the two of us!  I would love to spend all day outside and then cozy up next to the fire for a night in!  

At 9,600 feet above sea level, Breckenridge is the perfect mountain town.

Located at the base of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, this historic mining town offers activities, events and cultural opportunities that are second to none.
Grand Timber one bedrooms also come with a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, granite counter tops, gas fireplace, a private deck with stunning views, master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, washer and dryer, and TV/DVD players. Guests staying at the Grand Timber Lodge are also treated to a courtesy shuttle service for transportation around Breckenridge, heated garage parking, a fitness center, on-site restaurant The Lodgepole Bar & Grill, and the lovely Grand Victorian Day Spa and Salon.

Best of Breckenridge wants to make your dream come true. Win a 5 night ski trip to Breckenridge for 2, ski-in/ski-out lodging in Breckenridge with air, lift tickets and transportation!

Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries. Lodging in a ski-in/ski-out 1-bedroom condominium at in Breckenridge. Must be 21 to enter. One entry per person. By completing this registration, I am giving Breckenridge Grand Vacations including the co-sponsors shown on this display, of this drawing, permission to contact me via telephone, email or mail despite any inclusion of my name on a "do not call" / contact registry or list.

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November 12, 2014

Your Life After 25 Giveaway!

To Celebrate National Bladder Health Awareness Month
We're Partying and doing a GIVEAWAY, Everyone is WELCOME but ladies 35+ are encouraged

There are always little things that no one really tells you about when you have kids.  Even though my little guy was a surprise c-section I still ended up with this secret problem.  I recently spoke to a bunch of other moms in my circle and they also have this problem even though they all had different deliveries!  So it's nice to know that I am not the only one who needs to cross their legs when they sneeze!

Always Discreet is the gracious sponsor of the twitter party!!
Your Life After 25 is the gracious sponsor for the Amazon OR Paypal giveaway!!

Now to the giveaway!! There will be 3 prizes!
1. $125.00 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card
2. $75.00 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card
3. $50.00 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card
Giveaway Rules:
Open to US & Canada.
• Winners will be chosen at random through Giveaway tools.
• Giveaway ends Dec 12 at 11:59pm ET.
• Winners will be notified via email or Twitter DM.
• Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
• Mom Powered Media & associated bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
• Must be 18 years or older to enter.
• Unlimited Entries
• Void where prohibited.
• Entering the giveaway means you agree to terms above.
• Good Luck!
Entry-Form Disclaimer: The participating bloggers may have been compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments. 
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers may have been compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.
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November 11, 2014

November Kiwi Crate Promotion - The Perfect Gift!

Laurel Likes It Kiwi Crate

Don't just get the child in your life another toy that they will grow out of or will break in a few weeks!  Make memories with them creating one of a kind projects together!

To kick off November promotions, Kiwi Crate is giving my readers an exclusive opportunity to save $10 on all subscription packages across their family of brands with promo code NOVEMBER10.  This is a great way to try out Kiwi Crate Family Brands just in time for holiday gifting!
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This holiday, Find the perfect gifts for kids from Kiwi Crate! Join today and give the gift of monthly hands-on projects designed to spark creativity and curiosity.  For a limited time only, use code November10 to save 50% on your first month subscription.
Laurel Likes It Kiwi Crate
Kiwi Crate was founded on the vision of inspiring kids’ creativity and its mission is to help equip the next generation of innovators with the tools for creative problem solving and exploration.  Kiwi Crate offers high quality award-winning products across four brands for young makers ranging in age from 3 to 16+.

November 7, 2014

Family Gifts From Best Buy Are Always A Hit!

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

Are you passionate about new technology – especially home theater - and consider yourself a tech lover or early adopter?  With my husband always being tech guru and working for a software company we almost always need to have the newest technology in the house.

We watch a lot of movies and currently have an LG 3DLED TV in the living room.  It was a family gift to ourselves when we bought our new house.  My son is old enough now that he can sit through full length movies with us so we have started a weekly movie night!  I know my husband would love a new TV but since the one we have is only 2 years old, it will have to wait!

What is OLED TV you ask?
The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:

Your first kiss.  A baby's first steps.  The majesty of a desert sunset.  Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology.  With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

Some of the LG OLED TV features:
  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  • Find content faster with webOS
Best Buy’s everyday price is $3499.99 (save $500).
LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

My co-worker has seen this TV in the store and he told me it's like looking out the window!

Do you love twitter parties?  Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST.  Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes.  Tweet @BestBuy@Laurellikesit with #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  As always, though, my opinions are always 100% my own.

November 3, 2014

Kidecals Review and Discount Code!

If you have a child in school or daycare you know that everything needs to be labeled with their name.  I have our last name in permanent marker on most of the tags in his clothing but there have been a few things that it won't work on.  His lunch containers and Thermos won't keep the marker on!  That is where Kidecals come in!
 Kidecals are Delightfully Versatile & Insanely Durable customized water proof name labels.  I'm sure you are wondering the same thing as I did.  "Do they really stand up??"  YES!  Their FAQ's answer a lot but I put them to the test on my son's lunch containers and Thermos and they are going strong!
Their waterproof name labels are printed onto a really durable self-adhesive vinyl with eco sol inks and laminated with clear topcoat to ensure durability. Application is simple!  All of their waterproof name labels are dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer safe! Make sure your surface is clean and dry, peel your name labels carefully, smooth on, and rub into place.

I am loving these labels.  I have since put them on several more items.  His backpack, lunch bag and some sweatshirts/jackets.  They are all still firmly in place!

Kidecals was nice enough to offer all my readers 15% off their orders!  Just enter ilovelabels at checkout!