A Sparkle of Genius 2015-03-03T16:08:20Z http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/feed/atom Melissa Au <![CDATA[Disneyland Vacation Giveaway! Over $1,500 in prizes!]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12455 2015-03-03T16:08:20Z 2015-03-03T15:00:00Z We have a really awesome giveaway for you today! This giveaway has over $1,500 in prizes and you have 10 chances to WIN!  How fun is that?  This is a round robin giveaway.  If you have never entered a round robin giveaway before, here is what you do: 1.  Enter the giveaway on my blog by […]

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We have a really awesome giveaway for you today! This giveaway has over $1,500 in prizes and you have 10 chances to WIN!  How fun is that?  This is a round robin giveaway.  If you have never entered a round robin giveaway before, here is what you do:

1.  Enter the giveaway on my blog by answering the required question.
2. Click the red button below to go to the next blog and complete their requirement.
3. Continue clicking the red button on each blog until you visit all 10 blogs. The 10 amazing blogs that you will visit with this Red Robin Giveaway are:

Now for the PRIZES you can win!!

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Aren’t those amazing prizes? I wish I could win the Disneyland Vacation  Giveaway! At A Sparkle of Genius we are giving away a $25 Disney Gift Card!!

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We wanted to make this Round Robin giveaway as easy as possible for you so I only have one mandatory entry!  To enter to win this $25 Disney Gift Card answer this question in the comments:

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***Now Click the red button below to enter to win a $50 Disney Gift Card, or Disney Princess Dress up Trunk and continue to the other prizes!

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Get an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package (hotel and 2 ticket minimum) with Promo Code ASOG.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Big Hero 6 Blu-ray Review]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12437 2015-03-03T05:32:55Z 2015-03-03T05:31:45Z Do you have a secret handshake with your kid?  Recently, my 6 year old came to me and asked if we could have a secret handshake. He taught me what we were supposed to do and asked me to give him the secret handshake hourly.  It really made me laugh because he was SO excited […]

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Do you have a secret handshake with your kid?  Recently, my 6 year old came to me and asked if we could have a secret handshake. He taught me what we were supposed to do and asked me to give him the secret handshake hourly.  It really made me laugh because he was SO excited every single time.  He was beaming and I could tell it made him so happy that he had this secret handshake with his mom.  Later that evening, we were watching Big Hero 6 as a family and Hiro taught Baymax a handshake.  The identical handshake to my sons and my not-so secret handshake and it made me smile.  My son winked at me and beaming, gave me our special Big Hero 6 handshake.

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I love Big Hero 6.  Every since this movie came out on Blu-ray, my kids have requested to watch it again, and again and again.  I like watching movies, but there aren’t many movies that I watch over and over again.  For some reason, Big Hero 6 is a movie that I can enjoy again and again without getting bored of it.  I was talking to my husband about this and he mentioned that that is a sign of a good movie.  Big Hero 6 is an exceptional movie that hopefully everyone has seen by now.  If you have not seen it, run to the store or hop on amazon and order it because it is a fantastic movie.

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Not only does Big Hero 6 teach us how totally cool Robotics is, but it also shares with us how important family.  The love that Tadashi has for Hiro touches your heart and this movie makes you want to treat your family members the same way.  I love how Tadashi creatively sparks the love of the “nerd school” in Hiro.  Everybody needs a brother like Tadashi.

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Big Hero 6 shows the important of friendship.  We all need friends to help us through hard times in life. Everyone experiences times where friendships and love is what gets them through.  The emotions in Big Hero 6 have you crying one minute and laughing the next.  Only to be crying again a few minute later.  This movie is not only beautiful to look at but has such a great story that keeps you engaged and enjoying it from the moment it starts til the moment it ends.  It only leaves you with one question– When can we expect the sequel?  :)bigHero654243c09be44fI could go on and on and on about how fantastic this movie is.  Big Hero 6 is filled with so much heart.  You learn to try hard things, you learn to love, you learn to let down the walls and let friendships in, you learn that friendships come where you least expect it.  Big Hero 6 is a family friendly film for all ages.  I love this film and look forward to watching it a bazillion more times with my kids!

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Marisabel <![CDATA[Motherhood is Filled With Firsts. What Are Your #PampersFirsts?]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12440 2015-03-03T10:48:39Z 2015-03-03T00:22:15Z This post is sponsored by Pampers Firsts.  All my opinions are my own. Becoming a new mother has been challenging and enriching.  Days and nights filled with joy, worry, excitement and hope.  Seeing a first smile and hearing the first giggles have filled me with an immense amount of joy.  And to think that I […]

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Becoming a new mother has been challenging and enriching.  Days and nights filled with joy, worry, excitement and hope.  Seeing a first smile and hearing the first giggles have filled me with an immense amount of joy.  And to think that I get to go through that with two at the same time is remarkable.  That is why it was great to get some of my friends together to have a #PampersFirsts party to talk about the joy, humor and insanity that is motherhood.  I was provided with two boxes full of decorations, products and gifts to make my party extra special.

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While at the party, the conversation was guided by watching this video from Pampers.  I hope you take the time to watch it because it is a wonderful movie!

Mothers Come in All Forms and Situations

One of the coolest parts of our #PampersFirsts party was being able to speak with mothers that are in varied situations.  Mothers of three, working moms, new moms and even myself as a mother of twins.  We are all able to compare stories.  Laugh about the challenges.  We even gave each other some great advice.  It was also fun to see all the babies at varying stages in their own development.  I loved being able to bring all that joy and camaraderie into my home and it energized me as a mother.  Regardless of the struggles and circumstances that we face, being a mother is a remarkable blessing and working together and sharing together make everyone better.

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Every Mother Has the Capacity to Be Wonderful

One thing that really stood out to me as we watched and were inspired by the #PampersFirsts video was the fact that regardless of our circumstances, we all have the capacity to be wonderful mothers because we all have the capacity to love.  Seeing each of my friends showing how much they loved the children and talked about their experiences really moved me.  I love that I am able to go through this journey as a mother and it is amazing to see the ways that my babies are able to grow and develop in each of their own ‘Firsts.’

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Resources Like Pampers Make Being a Mom Much Easier

Being a great mother means being able to have great resources.  With all the chaos of having twins, Pampers have brought a level a sanity to my motherhood because we haven’t had to worry about leaks and the problems that can ensure with bad diapers.  While we have tried other brands, the remarkable efficiency of Pampers has brought us back and kept us sane throughout the process.  We started with Pampers while our twins were in the NICU and we will stay with Pampers because of how much easier they make our life.

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Thank you Pampers for giving us all the tools for such a fun party! Here is some more information about the Pampers Swaddlers:

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About Pampers® Swaddlers

As the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and the first diaper worn by millions of babies, Pampers Swaddlers comforts and protects babies through their entire journey of firsts, helping to ensure their happy, healthy development.

  • Now available through size 6! Pampers listened to moms who said they wanted the Pampers Swaddlers softness they know and love to be available throughout their diapering years.
  • Pampers Swaddlers wraps baby with superior comfort, protection and blanket-like softness, helping to take care of babies during all the precious first moments they share with their parents.
  • Pampers Swaddlers is Pampers softest diaper and offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection.
  • Color changing wetness indicator that signals when baby may need to be changed.
  • Absorb Away Liner® to pull wetness and mess away from babies’ skin.

If you love Pampers Swaddlers, please take time to fill out this quick review of Pampers Swaddlers diapers at Pampers.com.

“Pampers has developed a micro-site that will allow you to upload images of your baby from your computer or pick from your Facebook gallery and create a :15 second video to share out with friends on Twitter or Facebook. The video will highlight the baby photos and all their first milestone moments.”

Visit the Pampers Swaddlers Website and follow Pampers on Twitter and Facebook.  While visiting the website check out the new feature where you can create and share your own journey of Firsts at pampersfirsts.com.

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Courtney Collingridge <![CDATA[One-Pan Cheesy Broccoli Rice with Crunchy Topping]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12420 2015-03-03T00:50:08Z 2015-02-28T23:20:42Z One pot meals are the secret weapon in the battle of weeknight dinner. By the end of preparing this meal, I only had one pot to wash and a cutting board to place in the dishwasher. I love that! This dish combines the gooey creaminess of cheddar cheese with the tender broccoli and filling rice […]

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One pot meals are the secret weapon in the battle of weeknight dinner. By the end of preparing this meal, I only had one pot to wash and a cutting board to place in the dishwasher. I love that! This dish combines the gooey creaminess of cheddar cheese with the tender broccoli and filling rice that are seasoned with just the right amount of flavor to take it to savory. I opted to not include chicken, although you surely could, so this gives a nice option for a “meatless” meal (aside from the chicken broth) which is always refreshing to throw into the mix of busy weeknight dinners.  I love that this recipe requires little to no prep work. The broccoli and rice cook in the pot and makes the flavors meld into each other, creating perfection. I personally love the crunch of corn flake topping on any type of casserole so I felt that this recipe was no exemption. After cooking everything on the stove top, I added on the corn flake mixture and popped in under the broiler for a few minutes until it was a golden brown. My family raved about it and it will certainly be visiting us again soon.

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One-Pan Cheesy Broccoli Rice 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon of kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 5 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of slightly crushed cornflakes
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted

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Instructions:

In a large oven-safe skillet or pan, sauté onions in 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until they begin to be translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 more minute. Drizzle in another tablespoon of olive oil and then add the uncooked rice and saute for a few minutes until some become slightly golden brown. Pour the chicken broth into the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer, cover with a lid and cook the mixture for about 12 minutes. Stir in the broccoli florets and stir into the rice to combine and then cover back with the lid. This will allow the broccoli and rice to continue cooking and become more tender. After about 5-8 minutes, remove from heat and then stir in 3 cups of cheese and the cream to add moisture. Sprinkle the remaining amount of cheese over the rice.

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For the topping, you will want to melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a bowl and then add the crushed cornflakes. Stir to incorporate them and then sprinkle over the entire pan. Turn on your broiler to high and put the pan into the oven for a few minutes, watching to make sure it does not burn. Enjoy!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Watch the new trailer for Disney’s Frozen Fever #frozenfever]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12423 2015-02-25T19:29:14Z 2015-02-25T19:29:14Z I’m sure you will all be joining be opening weekend to watch Disney’s new live-action CINDERELLA!  This movie looks amazing and my daughters have been begging me to take them.  Cinderella is starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, and will be in theaters on March 13th.  If seeing this movie isn’t exciting enough you will have the opportunity […]

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CinderellaI’m sure you will all be joining be opening weekend to watch Disney’s new live-action CINDERELLA!  This movie looks amazing and my daughters have been begging me to take them.  Cinderella is starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, and will be in theaters on March 13th.

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 If seeing this movie isn’t exciting enough you will have the opportunity to watch the highly-anticipated follow-up short to Frozen, Frozen Fever, shown in theaters with Cinderella.  My kids LOVE Frozen so they were very excited to see that they made a follow of short! Here is the New trailer for Frozen Fever!  Enjoy:

CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Power Rangers Dino Charge #PowerRangers]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12408 2015-02-24T03:52:43Z 2015-02-24T03:52:43Z This post is sponsored by Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge. I am a Power Rangers Parent.  All opinions are my own. My son, as you know, is a HUGE Power Rangers fan.  Earlier this month there was a knock on the door and my son answered.  It was the delivery man with a box with […]

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This post is sponsored by Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge. I am a Power Rangers Parent.  All opinions are my own.

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My son, as you know, is a HUGE Power Rangers fan.  Earlier this month there was a knock on the door and my son answered.  It was the delivery man with a box with the very large Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge label, pictured above.  He squealed with excitement because he knew that his box would be for him.  Naturally, we had to open the box immediately so he could see what was inside.

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The funny thing is that this box came right around the time of both my oldest two kids birthdays.  My son was feeling kind of bummed because they had all these new exciting toys to play with and so I think when this box game he felt like it was kind of his birthday, too!  Especially when the box is filled with fun box filler that makes it more exciting to open since you can’t see everything in the box!  The contents of the box did NOT disappoint and he immediately invited some neighborhood kids over to play!

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Here are some of the different items that we received:

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 Dino Charge Masks Available at Amazon and Party Supercenter.

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 Deluxe Dino Charge Morpher available for $29.99 at: Toys “R” UsAmazonKmartWalmart, and Target

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 Armored Dino Red Ranger available at Toys “R” UsAmazonKmart,  Walmart and Target.

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Power Rangers tshirt available at   Pop Funk.

 On February 7th,  Saban Brands and Nickelodeon will debuted the 22nd season of the iconic Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge. 22 years makes me laugh because I watched this in its starting years when I was a pre-teen and I love that my son now loves watch a show that I watched so many years ago.  It only gets better every year! :) 

About  Power Rangers Dino Charge:

“In Power Rangers Dino Charge, an alien entrusted powerful Energems to 10 dinosaurs, but when the dinosaurs went extinct, the Energems were lost. Now, an intergalactic bounty hunter is determined to reclaim the Energems and rule the universe, destroying our planet in the process. A new team of Power Rangers must find the lost Energems and use their Dino Chargers to power up an arsenal of dino-fueled weapons, zords and Megazords to save the world! The new season will deliver more dino-charged action and adventure than ever before, with an out-of-this-world storyline and an epic new team of Rangers. New episodes from this larger-than-life season will continue to air every Saturday at 12 p.m. on Nickelodeon in the U.S., with encore episodes airing Sundays at 8 a.m. on Nickelodeon and Saturdays at 7 p.m. on Nicktoons.”

For more information about Power Rangers Dino Charge follow them online at:

Website: www.powerrangers.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/powerrangers (@PowerRangers)

Twitter: www.twitter.com/powerrangers (@PowerRangers)

Instagram: www.instagram.com/powerrangerspics (@PowerRangersPics)

YouTube: www.youtube.com/sabanspowerrangers

Tumblr: www.sabanspowerrangers.tumblr.com

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[It only takes one positive Tweet to start a trend #SpeakBeautiful]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12400 2015-02-22T16:34:27Z 2015-02-22T16:33:58Z   I have a pre-teen daughter who is getting to the age where they start to doubt themselves.  Am I good enough?  Am I smart enough? And unfortunately, Am I pretty enough?  Those moments of self doubt break my heart because I want more than anything to teach my daughter that she is enough. That she […]

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I have a pre-teen daughter who is getting to the age where they start to doubt themselves.  Am I good enough?  Am I smart enough? And unfortunately, Am I pretty enough?  Those moments of self doubt break my heart because I want more than anything to teach my daughter that she is enough. That she is perfect, and kind and special and beautiful and loved.  Absolutely Enough. I want her to always remember this and remember that being beautiful is being true to who she is and using that beauty to help others.

I love this quote from The Help. I think we need to tell our kids on a regular basis AND look into the mirror and remind ourselves.

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”

― Kathryn StockettThe Help

Because you ARE.  YOU are BEAUTIFUL.  Dove has a campaign that I really like.  I think it is an important campaign for social media but I think it is also an important campaign in our homes.

It only takes one positive Tweet to start a trend.  Did you know women wrote over 5 million negative Tweets about beauty on social media in 2014?  This is a really sad statistic.  Watch this video from Dove.  I love the reminder that I can make a difference.  YOU can make a difference. 

But what if we took this one step further.  In our homes.  At work.  At School. With our friends.  To our children. It only takes one positive Word to start a trend. #SpeakBeautiful

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Marisabel <![CDATA[Peace of Mind. Get it With a VTech Baby Monitor]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12377 2015-02-17T17:36:15Z 2015-02-17T07:27:49Z This post is brought to you by VTech and Motherhood. All opinions are my own. As the mother of newborn twins, one of the first things that I noticed about myself is the immediate desire to ensure the well-being of my children.  I always want to make sure that they are safe and feeling well. […]

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As the mother of newborn twins, one of the first things that I noticed about myself is the immediate desire to ensure the well-being of my children.  I always want to make sure that they are safe and feeling well.  Having said that, you can’t (and probably shouldn’t) hover around your children 24-7.  Because of that, a baby monitor is critical and I love the Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor from VTech.  It is an excellent monitor because it is: powerful, functional and clear.

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The VTech Baby Monitor is Powerful:

One of the first things that I was immediately impressed with regarding the VTech baby monitor is how powerful the signal is between the camera and receiver.  We are able to set up the camera in the twin’s nursery and are then able to use the video receiver throughout the house and even were able to take it into the backyard.  The fact that you can have the receiver where ever you might be has been enormously beneficial for us with the twins because there are times when were are consoling one baby while the other is in the nursery.  Having the necessary power and range to use the receiver throughout our property have been wonderful for our peace of mind.


The VTech Baby Monitor is Functional:

Both the camera and receiver of the VTech baby monitor were very easy to set up and sync with one another.  Also, the features and functions of the receiver are very easy to learn and use.  This is important because we didn’t need another overly complex device but simply needed a way to keep an eye on the twins while in their room.  The VTech baby monitor did just the trick.  Also, as a added benefit for us as parents of twins, we have the option of pairing an additional camera to the same receiver and viewing both our kids on a split screen.  We are definitely looking forward to that added functionality.  Add in the fact that you have a wall mount included, it makes it a very practice device.

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The VTech Baby Monitor is Clear:

I was very impressed with the picture quality on the receiver.  Having the ability to see both in color as well as see at night has been a great asset for us as we keep an eye on the twins as they sleep and grow.  You get a ton of value from this receiver because it is a high quality product that is very competitive as far as cost is concerned.  Having such a clear picture and image has been critical to us in the use of our monitor.

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Peace of mind is truly essential as a new mother and the VTech baby monitor has gone a long way in helping me gain some for my little family.  For more information or to purchase the VTech’s Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor you can visit them on the VTech Website.

Don’t forget to join us for the #VTechBaby Twitter Party.  Join me for a Twitter party to learn more about this amazing product and to chat about general baby and child safety tips! Here is all the information:

What: Whether you’re enjoying your infant’s sweet little smiles or admiring your toddler’s growing independence, we know you never want to miss a moment with your children. Thankfully, VTech’s Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor has you covered. With features like remote pan, tilt and zoom to scan your child’s room, automatic night vision and digital transmission that’s private and secure, you can be sure you know exactly what’s happening with your little one during naptime or playtime!

When: Wednesday, February 18 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #VTechBaby hashtag to track the conversation.

You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhood 

Don’t forget to use Hashtag: #VTechBaby

Prizes: During the party, we will be giving away five nursery safety baskets featuring VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitors to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Prizes limited to U.S. participantsonly.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

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Courtney Collingridge <![CDATA[Paint-A-Pillow Review]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12316 2015-02-16T04:26:27Z 2015-02-16T16:25:47Z I received a Paint-A-Pillow kit for review. All opinions are my own. I love the process of decorating a room and figuring out the little details that pull it all together. One of the easiest ways to inject style and color is through fabrics in pillows. Paint-A-Pillow has figured out a way that gives us […]

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PillowKitI received a Paint-A-Pillow kit for review. All opinions are my own.

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I love the process of decorating a room and figuring out the little details that pull it all together. One of the easiest ways to inject style and color is through fabrics in pillows. Paint-A-Pillow has figured out a way that gives us the versatility of deciding how we want our design to look and empowering us with the tools to achieve them. The designers behind this innovative company own the sister company, Cutting Edge Stencils, and are all about helping the everyday DIYer be equipped to create their own art and “Go For It!” Through the use of their beautifully-made stencils, you are able to create a masterpiece and keep the stencil for endless projects that are limited only by your imagination.

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Having been impressed with Cutting Edge Stencils in the past, I knew that this was a project I would happily take on. I had been working on finishing some rooms in my downstairs and just needed two pillows to add the finishing touch. Perfect! When I received the box in the mail, I was immediately impressed with the attractive packaging and organization of all the tools. It came with a hard cardboard frame that was made so intelligently with metal clips to hold the stencil in place. The pillows came with cardboard inserts already in them and it was set up and ready for paint right out of the box. I spent a long time looking at the website trying to decide which stencil to use. They literally have dozens and dozens of designs in different categories from nature and modern to ethnic or kids.

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You can either purchase a pillow kit that comes with all the supplies needed or just buy a stencil separately.  I ended up choosing the Drifting Arrows stencil kit and I loved the modern fresh look that it offered. When you purchase your kit, you also get to choose a paint color from their wide selection and more can be purchased separately if you are wanting a multi-colored design. Along with the paint, I also received a pillow cover, pillow insert, dense foam roller, a paint tray, small stencil brush, mixing stick, and a scrap of fabric with a sample stencil to practice on. I was all set.

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The process was very straight forward and simple. I poured some paint into the tray, made sure my foam roller was covered evenly, and then simply rolled it over the stencil onto the pillow fabric. It was finished within a minute or two and was already looking fabulous. The small stencil brush that is included can be used in more intricate designs that are using multiple colors and also for around the edge of the pillows where a roller may be difficult to get to. As soon as it was covered, I just lifted the metal tabs to release the stencil and then lifted it away from the pillow. It was perfection!!

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The premium soft fabric paints that are offered are from Jacquard and are exceptional. I was worried that in the end they would feel crunchy or hard, but instead they were soft and the design appears to be part of the fabric itself. Another thing I loved about these paints is that they are mixable so that you can customize the color to exactly what you want. At first the Golden Rod was too bright and strong for what I wanted, so I just mixed in some White and Neutral Gray to tone it down. It worked perfectly. The mylar stencil washes quickly and easily in the sink so it can be reused again and again.

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The pillow forms are made from a soft down alternative and are  light and fluffy yet full, and the covers themselves (offered in white and a natural material) are made from 100% cotton canvas. After making this pillow, I just had to do another one, this time with a beautiful soft gray.

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Another fun feature from Paint-A-Pillow is that they offer embellishments that you can add to inject more personality into your pillow. They have tassels, velvet flowers, studs, and rhinestones along with the tools you need to attach them. I chose some lovely metal studs and they were added easily. I just pressed each stud through the fabric until the prongs stuck into the cardboard, and then from the inside, I bent each prong inward and then used a pencil eraser to make sure they were secure. The options are limitless!

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This was such a fun project that took less than an afternoon to complete. I could see older kids and teens even enjoying the process and making something unique to their tastes. I highly recommend Paint-A-Pillow. Head over to their website to see all those fun stencils! www.paintapillow.com

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Edmunds makes the Car buying experience stress-free!]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12339 2015-02-16T19:39:10Z 2015-02-16T16:14:15Z This post is sponsored by Edmunds.com.  All opinions are my own. I have many horror stories about buying a car.  Hours and hours spent at dealerships and not even bringing home a car at the end of it. I remember trying to get a used car with my husband and they spent the whole time trying […]

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EdmundsTitleThis post is sponsored by Edmunds.com.  All opinions are my own.

I have many horror stories about buying a car.  Hours and hours spent at dealerships and not even bringing home a car at the end of it. I remember trying to get a used car with my husband and they spent the whole time trying to up-sell us to a new car that didn’t even fit our needs.  It was stressful and frustrating.  A car is something that is a need for pretty much everyone these days.  It is important to make sure that the car you buy is the car the you really want and the car that you really need.

I recently learned about Edmunds.com.  In my opinion, they revolutionized the car buying experience and made it exactly what it needs to be.  Easy, fast, and stress-free.  Okay, I am sure you are looking at these three words and thinking that Easy, fast, and stress-free can not go in the same sentence as car buying experience, but now it can.  I was very impressed with the entire process and was left feeling happy and excited about this process.  These feelings had never come at the end of a car buying experience before!  I want to show you exactly how easy it is to buy a car with the Edmunds.com price promise.

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First, you need to Download the Edmunds.com app. The best part of this process for me is that you get to start it from the comfort of your own home.  You can find the exact car that you want using the app, sitting on your couch and by the time you get to the dealership you have already cut the long process down by hours.  This app is available for i-phone or android.

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The App is really easy to use.  If you know exactly the car you want, you can do a fast search by brand and model and it will take you to all of the available cars.  If you don’t know what you want you can search by Type and Features so you can look at all of the different vehicles available with the specific features that interest you.  For example, if you knew that you wanted a Minivan but not sure what brand you can search all of the Minivans and choose from there.

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My husband loved the process with Edmunds.com because he is a big car guy.  He loved being able to do the research himself from the comfort of his own home and then go to the dealership knowing exactly what he wanted.  For us, we were interested in the Lincoln MKC because it was a beautiful vehicle with upgraded features that we really liked.  He sat down with the app and since he already knew what he wanted, in 5 minutes he had found the car that he wanted.

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On the app you can see the vehicle that you like, view pictures, learn more about the vehicle and see the Price.  Edmunds.com Price Promise offers you the lowest price the dealership can give you and then locks you into that price so when you take your certificate into the dealership you know exactly what you are paying.

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The app with then direct you to the inventory of the vehicle you like near you so you can search through the specific features of everything in stock and choose the one that is perfect for you.

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Fill in the information to get your Price Promise offer and let the dealership know that you are interested in coming in to look at the vehicle.  I love this step because before you get to the dealership you have a locked in price, you know exactly what you want AND the dealership knows exactly what you want.  Talk about starting the process stress-free!!

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You will get a certificate emailed to you with your locked in price promise.  This also tells you your total savings.  You can print this up or take it in on your phone.  They can easily scan your certificate and get the process started which from this point goes really fast.

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I was impressed that within 10 minutes I had already received an email from the dealership.  I could tell that I was going to be well taken care of.  I was impressed that they gave me my price up front so I could make sure and be aware of my total and know that it is what I could afford.  I knew this was what I wanted so I set up a time to go to the dealership.

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The Lincoln MKC that we were interested in was from the Lincoln Ford Dealership in Sandy Utah.  If you live in Utah, I recommend checking them out because they were professional, kind and did all they could to make the Edmunds.com Price Promise experience as easy as possible.

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When you first get to the dealership you can expect to sit down for about 10 minutes with a Edmunds.com dealership representative. They understand and are familiar with the Price Promise process and want to make sure you are happy with the experience.  During this time they want to know exactly what features you are hoping for, what your needs are and how much you can pay.  The immediately break everything down to make sure the Price Promise vehicle fits all of your needs.

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I loved that thy were able to talk cost and payment from the very beginning so you don’t waste a lot of time thinking that you can buy a vehicle and later realize you can’t afford it.  If you find that the vehicle from your certificate does not fit your needs they can take you into their business center where you can find another vehicle and print out a new Price Promise certificate.IMG_6127

They will then take you out to the lot and who you the vehicle that you came in looking for.  You don’t have to feel stressed or pressured because they only take you to the vehicle on you Edmunds.com certificate because you and they both know that is the exact vehicle you are interested in.IMG_6138

You are able to take the vehicle on a test drive to make sure that it fits your needs, drives like you want and is comfortable.  If you like the vehicle and are sure that its the one you want then you go in and complete the process of buying your vehicle. Fast, easy and stress-free!  Isn’t that fantastic!

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Edmunds.com is upfront and open from the very beginning so you know exactly what you are getting and for how much.  I am so glad that the car buying experiencing no longer has to be stress-full and doesn’t take all day long!  After having many negative experiences with car buying I will definitely go Edmunds.com from now on! IMG_6152  Don’t forget to download your free Edmunds app for a stress-free car buying experience. For more information, visit them online at http://www.edmunds.com/ and follow them at Edmunds on Facebook and Edmunds on Twitter.

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