THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP: FEATURED BLOG - THE THRIFTY FIRECRACKER


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Play Anywhere's Personalized CD Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I came across Play Anywhere to do a review on their customized audio cds. This site has a lot of fun and great features if you are looking to create a custom music cd for yourself or someone else. Stumped on what you should do? There are tons and tons of ideas they have already planned in case you need a bit of help getting started.

So here is how it works:

Step 1- Select your tunes from our library of over 4 million tunes. 
Step 2 - Select your artwork - personalize with your own image or select from ours 
Step 3 - Decide who is going to receive it!

So what did I decide to choose with my cd? I thought it would be fun to do something for my oldest daughter who is seven years old right now. I made a cd for when she turns sixteen to give to her at her birthday of all the songs I enjoyed listening to her when I was pregnant during her birth year. So my cd contains songs all from 2006.

The steps in creating the cd were very easy and fast to navigate through. It made it very simple for me since they had playlists sorted by years. So I clicked on the one that was called "2006" and went through their song selection to add to my cart.

I was surprised when it shipped, how fast it came to my doorstep. Seemed to take no time at all. That's something I really love about companies when I order from them. Getting a product fast is always a plus!

So when I opened the cd, I was a bit saddened to see that it hadn't shipped quite as safely as it should have. The cover was cracked as you can see in the photo. Nonetheless, the cd and the insert was in perfect shape. So that's what matters the most. I can always transfer them to a new case. Not a big deal.


It's really fun to go back and listen to some songs that have great memories to go with them. I am sure she will appreciate this cd one day. I think it's a cute gift to give to someone. It's totally personalized to any theme you can come up with. Whether it be a wedding, a new baby, a birthday, or just songs you like to jam out in the car too....there really is no limit what you can do with this. Plus you can either pick out one of their pre-made designs for the cover {like I did} or you can upload your own image.

To try it out for yourself, visit Play Anywhere now!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP - EASTER GIVEAWAY - JAYLA JOLIE JEWELRY


Happy hopping everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 8pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. 
   


Link up and enter to win a super cute bracelet from Jayla Jolie Jewelry, this would be a great gift for a little princesses Easter basket!

Jayla Jolie Jewelry is an Etsy shop owed by one of your host Ce Ce.

The Bracelet: 

Glass Pearl Personalized Crystal Bracelet (little girls)

 Sizes can be custom made from 4.75 to 6.00 inches.

Personalize the bracelet with any name you want!

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only.


The Rules: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Giveaway is open to US Residents only and will end on 4/14/14 11:59 PM.1 winners will be chosen at random using rafflecopter.com on 4/15/14 and will be contacted via email. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. A Chicago Mom or Jayla Jolie Jewelry is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Void where prohibited.

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- Say hi to new bloggers and leave a wonderful comment
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Mani Monday Link Up


Hello lovely nail fanatics! Another week of Mani Monday is here. 
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and now it's time to show off those nails! 

April's monthly Julep box came this past week for me. I was excited because I had skipped last month's box and so I couldn't wait for more polish to arrive at my door. Who doesn't love getting nail mail? 


This month's theme was:

So for this month, I went with the "Classic With A Twist" set. 
Here is what was included in my box:






I am honestly impressed with this month's formula for these two colors. Amazing! That's what I would say. The colors go on so smooth and dry super fast for me. I've never experienced that with any nail polish formula yet. But it shocked me how quick and nice these went on.

Mariska is more matte which I do love and very vibrant. It really pops! And Caitlin is very pretty too. It's shimmery and a little more glossy but still not too glossy. I'm very happy with these color combos. Screams "tropical" to me.

I have not opened the blush yet. I heard it's very pretty though. I just have not had the chance to try it out yet. So it's still sitting in the box.

Want to try Julep yourself? Now you can! Get your first box free by taking the style quiz HERE and use code: FREEBOX to get your intro box free!


So what are you wearing on your nails this week? Link up your old or new looks below!

Mani Mondays: Join In Every Monday Morning & All Week Long


THE RULES
+ Link up your Mani Monday post. Please do not link up your entire blog as it may be hard to find your post.
+ You can link up anything relating to nails {your mani/pedi, nail polish colors, polish finds, nail accessories, fun looks from Pinterest, latest subscription boxes with polish, video tutorials...anything really}.
+ Grab the button, place it in your post somewhere, and/or tweet about it.
+ Come back every Monday morning to join in the party. The link up will be live all week long.
+ Every post will be pinned on Mani Mondays Pinterest board.


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BA STAR Eye Shadow Palette Review


I am like a lot of girls, I LOVE makeup and makeup products. So when I was contacted about reviewing a new line of makeup that is geared toward those who are involved with cheer-leading and/or dance from BA*Star, I couldn't resist.

Sing, Dance, Strut, Perform- Shine Like a Star!
The Look Of A Winner

Pigments are high pigment, defined and long lasting. Retails for $8.75
Professional and outstanding color!

The palette color I chose was the Spicy Natural Eye Shadow Palette collection. Here is the colors up close. I received the palette with five high pigmented colors and an eye shadow base for all day hold.


As you can see, I swatched them on my arm before I got started to show their pigments on the skin. They come out pretty deep in pigmentation. Sometimes you buy an eye shadow and it is so much lighter than anticipated from it's looks while in the container. But these really do stay true on the skin as well. I also like that the applicator has both the sponge and the brush on it. Makes it so easy for applying and blending.

So the next thing I needed was a test subject. My seven year old volunteered to be my guinea pig because she jumps at any excuse to be able to put on makeup. Plus, she's much more beautiful to photograph!

So I did two looks with this palette. The first look I like to call "Sunset". It uses mostly the gold color and the browns. Very beautiful and my favorite. I actually do this look on myself almost everyday now.

I then decided to try something with more of the purple side and so I created this look on her as well:

In my all honest opinion, I wasn't expecting these to be anything more then just what I could have gotten at a drugstore. But in reality, I was totally wrong. I can't tell you how much I am in love with this palette and now use it everyday. I told my daughter she could have it, but I secretly have taken it back and use it for my own purposes. Does that make me a bad mom? LOL

But I am very happy with the colors. It was beyond my expectations. And I honestly think I will buy other palettes from them just to try them out and see how they compare to this one as well. The colors are so shimmery and have a glitter finish to them which makes them sparkle beautifully.

If you are interested in checking out BA*Star's site, you won't be disappointed. They have a lot of products that are affordable.

This was a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker. However, all opinions are my own and honest about the product.