Giveaway: Elf On The Shelf Boxed Set!

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For those of you unfamiliar with The Elf On The Shelf, this excerpt is taken from the Barnes & Noble description:  A Christmas Tradition is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.

Each Tradition-in-a-Box comes with its very own scout elf, a hardbound children’s book and a keepsake box for easy storage. In addition, each shipment is marked for “Special Delivery” from Santa’s workshop.

 I am going to give away one of these boxed sets on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th at 8pm.  That way, you’ll know if you need to hunt one down on Black Friday or not.  Also, I’ll be shipping it out Friday morning via Priority Mail, so you have plenty of time to play the game!

This is my way of saying thank you to YOU for being such a valued reader.  You may enter HERE and share your favorite holiday memory if you wish.  That is optional.  Do not e-mail me your entry or post on Facebook.  Neither count.  This giveaway is only valid for residents of the continental US only.  Good luck!

And The Winner Is…

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A great, big thanks to all who entered the Candy and Cauldron giveaway!  There were so many thoughtful, touching comments and plenty that made me laugh, too!  I think the giveaway was more fun for me than you!

Christina R. is our winner!  She has already been contacted and her win is en route to her now.   Enjoy, Christina, and congratulations!

Stay tuned because the new giveaway for the holiday season starts November 1st with a surprise sprinkling of  giveaways in between.  Oh yes, you’re gonna love this!

Review & Giveaway: Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner! C’mon, You KNOW You’re Wondering What I Thought!

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It seems I start a lot of posts this way: *If you’ve been around here a while…*, but it’s true.  This blog is colored with my opinions right along with  information.  This post is no different.  The bottom line is always this:  If I hate it, you’ll hear it.

Uh oh, no bouncy bubbly intro?  No happy gaga love-love?  Aaah nope, not this time.  Haha!  All right, now that we have that covered, here’s my story.  Recently, as a BzzAgent, I was given the opportunity to try the new Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner.  You know, the one that’s on sale this week at Walmart for $3.97 with the $4.00 coupon?  You probably do.  If it’s as elusive to most of you as it has been for me, you probably don’t know exactly what it is though.  I mean, really, most of the time they have us at free.  Beyond that, personally, I don’t need to know more than that unless it has nuts in it.

Soooo keeping in mind that I’m fully analytic 900% of the time, and lacking in descriptive skill 1000% of the time – particularly when I’m less than enthusiastic, here is my assessment of the contraption.  It is a Scrubbing Bubbles refill can enclosed in a unobtrusive white canister with a pedal.  From this canister, there is a tube that comes out of the back of the device that has a clip and sprayer that attach to the  toilet bowl.    So far so good, right?  Yep.

The idea is that you will use the sprayer twice daily to clean your toilet bowl without touching it.   Usage according to package directions will net you 30 clean days.   Sounds good, right?

So, what happened?

As is my experience with all Scrubbing Bubbles products, it cleaned remarkably well.

But this is real life, my friends.  I have 2 tasmanian devils, you’ll recall.   Here is the play-by-play of my SBOSTBC experience:

1.)  I have a seven year old boy who goes anywhere BUT the toilet bowl, so all remaining surfaces need to be cleaned independently from the bowl by removing clip and spray device.  Oh, and in addition to cleaning the toilet rim, the clip and spray device also need to be restored to their original color as well.  Well, no.  NO.
2.)  I have a three year old girl who thinks the pedal is really neat.
3.)  I have a seven year old who thinks the pedal is really neat.
4.)  Said seven year old likes to get said three year old to depress the pedal just to get her in trouble.
5.)  Said  three year old needs little encouragement.
6.)  Beyond this, said seven year old believes the toilet is teeming with bacteria such that it needs to be cleaned every 12 seconds…all day….every day.
7.)  For safety reasons, Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner is removed from aforementioned toilet.

Now, if you have well behaved children, older children,  or no children, this is an ideal product.  It truly does work well.  I was very impressed with its ability to remove stains and effectively clean.  After all, that is what it is supposed to do, and it does.  For me and my family, it wasn’t a good fit.  It’s as simple as that.

Now for the giveaway!  The first 8 people who comment on this post (here on the blog only)  will receive one $4.00/1 One Step Kit coupon and one $2.00/1 Refill coupon.  Both expire 12/31/11.  Good luck!

 Disclosure: I am a BzzAgent.  While I received no financial compensation for this review, I received a free Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaning Kit and 10 – $4.00/1 SB Cleaning Kit coupons and 10 –  $2.00/1 SB Refill coupons.  The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.