Sunday, November 30, 2014

Beauty Giftset Giveaway #RimmelLondon #KissLashes #ImpressNails

   Just in time for Christmas, BlondieChell is giving way this Beauty Giftset!!!
           All you have to do is enter this Rafflecopter giveaway!!! I do verify the entries, so make sre you enter the correct information! Good luck!!!

                    Prize is a set of Kiss Lashes + Glue, Rimmel London Scandalous Eyes Mascara, and a set if IMPress nails!!! Contest open to US Residents only.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hey Now, I'm a BlogSTAR....With Influenster!!!

Hey now, I'm a BlogSTAR, I've got my game on, come, play!
        And....if you don't know that song by Smashmouth, that's okay. Just showing my generation, is all. Influenster invited (nay-TOLD) me to share what I LOVE about Influenster with my here's my list:
      Things I FREAKIN' LOVE about Influenster:
    1. IT'S FREE!!!! That's right-free to sign up, and they send you FREE products to try!!! (totally up to you whether or not you want to review them-but the more reviews you do, the more free stuff you get!!!)
    2.'s FREE?!?? I have received so many full-sized products from Influenster to try....all they ask for in return is product reviews!

     These are full-sized products I've received from Influenster to try within the past year:

    3. They ship to Alaska. Some review/product tester programs are not available in all 50 states.
    4. Prizes for reviews. Some of the brands that you review offer prizes for the top (not sure how they determine this) reviews-I've received FREE products from this as well!!!
    5. Reuseable boxes!!! I'm one of the crazies that recycles packaging, and Influenster sends their products in quality boxes that I'm able to reuse!!!Let me hear you say "YAY!!!"!
    6. Influenster App. They now have an app for this!!! #InfluensterApp
    7. The community. Once you've joined Influenster, you've joined a community of reviewers-which means you can ask other testers questions about products, check out reviews posted on the site, and add your own!!!
    8. VoxPerks!!! These are perks just for influensters from stores and vendors-they include percentage off products and coupons!!!
      Wanna join #Influenster with me?? It's easy! Just click on the hashtag and sign up! You too can become a BlogSTAR!!!  Comment with any questions!

Monday, November 24, 2014

How To Tell If You Have A Chest Cold

    This past week I was struck with a nasty sinus/chest cold. I do believe I get at east one of these every winter, and you probably do before it's too late to tell, here's a handy list of signs:

     How To Tell If You Have A Chest Cold:

1. The choir director asks you to sit in the bass section (This can be quite the blow!)

2. Your own mother doesn't recognize your voice (sad, but true)

3. Everyone tells you "You sound horrible" (I'm pretty sure these are the people who don't realize you can actually hear you don't know you now sound like James Earl Jones)

4. And then... that one person tells you that you sound like you have a "phone sex" voice (the utmost compliment. I swear.)

5. You're coughing.... Up a lung..... And rainbow-colored mucous. (Seriously-if it's any colors but green and yellow, you should probably see a doctor)

   So next time if any of these things happen to you, chances are, you have a chest cold! Congratulations!!! And don't forget to stock your medicine cabinet with the appropriate supplies!

Monday, November 17, 2014

How To Faux Clap In Public

          If you are like me (and I do imagine that I'm not alone!) you may have a hard time keeping time in know, like clapping along to the beat with everyone at that concert or even during church. But you also know that if you don't clap, people will *know* that you are incapable of keeping you find yourself clapping, starting off with the crowd...and 30 seconds later you're completely off the beat. You're so off that your hands are meeting
at the exact opposite time that everyone else's are....and by now you've thrown so much enthusiasm into it that everyone within a 10ft radius knows how wrong you are.
          And if you've just commiserated with everything I just mentioned, then this post is for you...

How To Faux Clap In Public:

             1. Watch the arms of the people in front of you (note: do *not* watch someone facing you. This is a counter-measure that will compromise your mission) and try to match the motion of your arms with their's...When you make it about the arms instead of the hands, you will look legit.

            2. When trying to "clap", do NOT actually make the clapping sound!!!! You may allow your hands to meet, but do NOT make the sound! When you make the sound, the jig is up! That is how everyone around you will know that you cannot clap!!! Now, forcing your hands to meet without actually making a sound is a skill that takes time to hone, so it is best to practice this at home before attending your event.

           3. When all else fails, just put your hands down by your sides and tap your thighs....(it's completely okay to rock or sway while doing this). This is the "I-just-don't-feel-like-clapping-but-I-could-clap-if-I-wanted-to" look.

*Disclaimer: If none of these tips work for you, then I suggest just keeping your hands in your pockets. At all times. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Photo Books From Collage . com #Review #Sponsored

   A few weeks ago, I brought you a promo code offer for products from In return for posting, I had the opportunity to make two photo books of my own!
   The process seemed simple enough-upload your own photos or choose a site (like FB or Instagram) where you've already uploaded photos, then you can choose from those. The only thing I couldn't figure out was how to make a collage on a page like in their stock photo:

    I also couldn't figure out how to: 1. Personalize the front cover 2.Get a shape with the collage on the front cover. Other than that, the website was easy to navigate. I went ahead and chose photos from my Instagram account, because that's where I upload my bestest and favoritist photos!

       After you choose your photos, Collage . com automatically places them in order, but you can change the order if you choose. I was completely happy with this set-up:

Then, I went ahead and viewed what my book's collage cover would look like (while I was trying to figure out how to get a shape on there...but that failed....)

         Oh, and this shot shows you the different things you can do like change the filter on the pages, and pick a background for your pages ;)

    The products I got to pick out were: a 20 page 11.5"x8" hardcover photobook and a 8"x6" softcover photobook....and here they are:

      And each book came with a nifty invoice! 

     My favorite is the hardback book. Personally, I think it's a better gift because it has a hard cover as opposed to a soft cover (I also have kids which means my life requires me to look for sturdier items), but there's tons of other great gifts on the site *and* they always have great promos going on!!! So if you're looking for an easy gift option that allows you to memorialize moments, Collage . com is for you!!!
       Disclaimer: In exchange for a review, I was given two photo books. All thoughts and opinions of the product and process are my own!

Coffee Pic Dump 11-10-14

This week's post is a Coffee Pic Dump!!! Enjoy!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

BlondieChell & Flu Shots

     I've never been a believer in flu shots-I mean sure, I know they exist, but I never had one and yet I still rarely caught the flu. I was blessed with a fab immune system, so the kiddos & I are rarely sick (except the 6yo. She has this thing where she gets sick right before major holidays/events. Last year she missed out on Valentines Day & Halloween....)
      However, my current occupation requires me to get the flu shot. Ewwwww....and last year was my first time getting it. And a few days later, I had flu-like symptoms. Yuck!!!
     This year?? I just had my shot on Wednesday and Sunday a.m. I woke up with the headache you get when you have the flu, plus I felt yuck. Apparently I only get portions of the flu after having the shot, but it still put me out of commission. I was relegated to the couch all day while Hubs took some of the kiddos to church, then he had to work.
     Thankfully the older two are capable of making PBJ's and keeping the rag on my forehead freezing cold & wet (okay, besides me, only A can get my forehead rag to the temperature I like it. Even the Hubs fails in comparison).
     So I am accepting my fate of contracting the flu once a year as long as my job requires me to. The only other family member subjected to this same fate is the 3yo whom I take with me to work. So far, he has no symptoms and I don't believe he did last year, either.
     I woke up today (Monday) feeling 99.9% better. I still have remnants of the headache which I am hoping disappears after a few rounds of coffee, but I am off to work! Wish me luck ;)