Sunday, August 27, 2017

Going Back to School Is Mess-Free with BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens!

I love gel pens because they write so smoothly, but I don't like how some of them take too long to dry and smear all over my hand! Fortunately, I've discovered BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens! With their fast-drying ink, smearing is not a problem! Check out the picture I recently colored with BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens. Not a spot of ink could be found on my hands afterward!

That's why I feel great about sending my kids to school with BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens. (And I couldn't resist writing a mushy note in their lunch box the first day with my gel pens!)

BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens come in a variety of colors, so they're good for everyday writing, art projects, notes, editing and more! I recently edited a book and made all of my edits using my BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens. The 0.7 mm medium point was a perfect size for writing. The variety of colors really made my edits stand out. And, again, no messy hands! The pens have a comfortable full-grip barrel, too, so they can be used for extended periods without discomfort.

You can learn more and purchase BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens at or just about anywhere that school supplies are sold! Be sure to like BIC on Facebook, too.

Disclosure: I received free product samples courtesy of to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Movie Review and Giveaway: Unleashed

About Unleashed
Emma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets, an adorable cat and an energetic mutt, in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men, forcing Emma to reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust issues.

Watch the Trailer!

My Thoughts
Unleashed is such a cute movie! It is hilarious to watch Emma's cat and dog in human form. They do so many silly things because they can't quite shed (pun intended) their animal ways. Both somehow stumble into careers -- the cat as a male fashion model and the dog as a fitness trainer -- while trying to earn Emma's affection again as humans. Emma is extremely likable and relatable, as she tries dating again after a bad break-up. Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) plays the quiet neighbor with a crush on Emma who must endure the handsome "men" (aka Emma's pets) who are trying to win her over. This unique and lighthearted movie is thoroughly enjoyable!

Are You #TeamCat or #TeamDog?

TWITTER: @UnleashedFilm

Unleashed is available for digital download on Amazon!


One lucky winner will receive either a hard copy screener (on DVD) or a digital iTunes code to watch Unleashed! Unfortunately, the sponsor won't guarantee which format you'll get (although your preference will be requested), so be sure that either format is acceptable to you before you enter! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Each household is only eligible to win Unleashed via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary screener of this movie to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (August 26-September 1, 2017)

Welcome to this week's Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you're hoping to win some great prizes, you've come to the right place! Click on the links below and in my right sidebar to enter some giveaways! Check back daily to see what's been added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, feel free to include it in the linky. Don't forget to share this page with your friends on social media so they have a chance to win, too. Good luck!

Make Your Feet Happy and Be Cool with Awesome Socks!

Let's face it: Socks can be boring! They're not usually the most exciting part of our wardrobes. But Awesome Socks would like to change that! With their "cool & unique" socks for "awesome people," they're sure to make you the most fashionable person at work, on the playground, at school, or anywhere you wear them!

I can't even begin to show you the wide array of socks at Awesome Socks. They have a HUGE selection! Adorable animal socks are a huge theme (my favorites have little stand-up ears!), but they also have holiday socks, superhero socks, emoticon socks, Star Wars socks... the list is endless!

And Awesome Socks are perfect for everyone -- kids, teens and adults! My adult son's girlfriend loves giraffes, so she's getting a pair of giraffe socks in her stocking this Christmas! My teenage boys will also be showing off their Awesome Socks at Crazy Socks Day in school! Of course, every day is the perfect day to wear Awesome Socks. People will be sure to notice and want to know where you got them!

Pick up some Awesome Socks at as gifts for everyone you know. They're super affordable. You can also sign up for monthly subscription plans. Think what fun it would be to get a batch of new Awesome Socks every month!

You can find Awesome Socks through the links below. I hope you'll visit them and place an order today!



CLICK HERE to learn how to make sock dolls from Awesome Socks!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Coming to DVD! My Little Pony ~ Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy (GIVEAWAY)

Are your kids fans of My Little Pony? Do they love horses? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, they’ll be thrilled when you tell them that My Little Pony ~ Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy is coming to DVD on September 12, 2017 from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

“Sometimes, you have to do things, even though you might fail.”~Fluttershy

Not every Pegasus pony in Equestria is the same. Just ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. While Rainbow Dash is bold and daring, Fluttershy is quite reserved and caring. But that’s what makes Fluttershy such a wonderful friend to everyone around her, whether they’re her pony friends, like Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and, yes, even Rainbow Dash, or her non-equestrian friends, like Angel the bunny. Join in for five adventures that feature everypony’s lovably quiet Pegasus, Fluttershy.

My Little Pony ~ Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy carries a suggested list price of $14.98 and is now available for pre-order at,, and

Episodes Include:
Green Isn’t Your Color
Flutter Brutter
Buckball Season
Viva Las Pegasus
Fluttershy Leans In

Bonus Feature:

Find this and more My Little Pony titles at


One lucky winner will receive a copy of My Little Pony ~ Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy on DVD! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on Friday, September 8, 2017.

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Disclosure: I received no products or compensation for this post. Shout Factory is generously donating and shipping the prizes for this giveaway. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

Take the Hassle Out of Shopping for Eyeglasses by Ordering Online at (DISCOUNT CODE: 50% off)

My husband, one of our twins and I all wear eyeglasses, so we're always looking for frugal ways to get them, whether it's an everyday pair or an extra pair for emergencies or just for fun. That's why buying glasses online can be a terrific option. As long as we have our prescription handy, we can avoid the trip to the eyeglass shop and look for great glasses from the comfort of home. makes the whole online shopping experience easy and fun. They have hundreds of styles, amazing prices, and plenty of special offers that make it extremely affordable to purchase eyeglasses online.

Everyone's face is different, so gives several options for making sure you get a pair that's right for your face. The dimensions are provided for every pair (see above), as well as the material the frames are made from and what types of prescriptions they'll work for. Take a look at your current frames to see what size they are and use that as a model to find a similar size on the website.

My favorite feature on the site is the "Try It On" feature. Just upload a photo of your face and then use it to try on different glasses. And many of the glasses frames come in different colors. For example, the glasses shown above come in blue, black and red! And they have sunglasses, too!

I was given the opportunity to get some new glasses at My current glasses are Metal, so I wanted a fun plastic option, too! I selected the Iowa Rectangle glasses shown below in Black/Blue. (They come in Green and Black, too!)
It was so easy to order them, I just plugged in my prescription information and mailing address, and it wasn't long before a new pair of prescription glasses was in my mailbox! They even came with a carrying case. Perfect! What do you think?

Thanks to's amazing prices and discounts, you can order several pairs of eyeglasses so that you will have just the right look you want for every occasion. They have styles to fit every personality! And when you use the discount code below, you'll get 50% off!


Receive 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded). Use my exclusive code: SUSAN50

If you or anyone in your family wears eyeglasses, and your prescription is up-to-date, I hope you'll visit and see what they have to offer. Shopping for glasses is easy, fun and affordable!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary pair of glasses to facilitate my honest review.

Finding the Perfect Car Is Easy When You Do Your Research

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Whenever it's time for our family to replace one of our cars, I dread the whole process. Sure, it's fun to imagine ourselves in something new, but the whole experience to get there can be a chore. The choices are endless. What kind of car do we want ... a sedan, a minivan, an SUV? What features are important ... a navigation system, an entertainment package, plenty of airbags? Does the vehicle have enough room for our things? Does it get good mileage? And, very important, can we afford it? As you can tell, it's very important to research the options before even thinking about heading over to the dealership. That's why I'm going to be paying a visit to before we make our next car purchase!

Thankfully, has plenty of information to help people make the right choice when it comes to a big investment like a car. For example, they have a Videos & Reviews feature that I love. I watched the video for the 2018 Honda Accord, and the expert did a very objective review of the new model. He compared it to previous models and shared what features were improved -- or not. He showed the inside of the car and addressed features such as the instrument panel, the gear shift, leg room, storage space and more. It was almost as if I was already at the dealer and sitting in the car! This feature saves so much time in terms of whittling down which cars you're truly interested in and may want to go drive for yourself.

The Search functions on make it easy to find information on a specific car. Or you can use the Browse feature if you're not sure yet what kind of car you're interested in. You can also read customer reviews. I looked up the reviews for the car I'm currently driving, and it was really interesting to read what other people had to say! Fortunately, my car got a 4.7/5.0 rating, which makes me happy!

And has a lot of other great services. They'll help you find a new or used car for sale, find a service center, read recalls, learn your car's value and more. They have a great section with useful tips and information on what to do if you want to sell your car, such as how to transfer ownership and make your car look appealing,  You can save your searches in case you want to revisit them later.

In addition to visiting, I also recommend the following:
  • Ask friends and family members about their cars. There's nothing better than a personal recommendation from someone who has actually used the vehicle you're interested in.
  • Shop around. Different dealers have different incentives and inventory, even on the same models. 
  • Do your research before you visit the dealer. This will help you know what questions to ask and show the salesperson that you're knowledgeable so you can better evaluate the honesty of a seller's claims. 
  • Test drive your choices. You won't really know how the car feels on the road until you experience it yourself. 
Purchasing a new vehicle is not an easy choice, and your decision is something you'll most likely have to live with for several years. That's why it's important to take the time to do your research, check out objective sources like, and carefully consider your choices. The result will be a car that's perfect for your lifestyle and budget!

No More Smelly Adolescent Feet with Inkblaat Insoles!

I have two teenage sons who are in the throes of puberty. One of the unpleasant side effects of this phenomenon is body odor, especially smelly feet! We've literally had to make our boys leave their shoes in the garage because they smell so bad. Fortunately, I recently heard about Inkblaat Insoles! Here's what I read about them: "Inkblaat Insoles provide long-lasting foot and shoe odor control with or without socks. Inkblaat utilizes industry-leading Aegis Microbe Shield technology, which kills the bacteria that causes odor and protects the inside of your shoes from fungus, mold and daily grime. Go sockless with confidence." Needless to say, I was extremely eager to try this product. And, I'm thrilled to say, the insoles have been doing a great job! The boys' shoes are still in the house, and we've had no problems with smell since using the Inkblaat Insoles. What a relief!

There are plenty of other great things to like about Inkblaat Insoles, too. First, they're really comfortable. I could feel the cushioning as soon as I opened the package, and my boys got used to wearing them in their shoes immediately. There was no breaking them in or strangeness to the feel. In fact, the kids wouldn't have even noticed they were in their shoes if they hadn't noticed the cool patterns, which leads me to another great feature of Inkblaat Insoles...

They come in a great variety of fun patterns that are ideally suited for adolescents (and adults)! There are currently 20 patterns to choose from. Check out a few of the fun designs:

My boys loved all the fun designs, but there are plenty of features for me to love, too (besides the fact that their feet and shoes no longer stink!). For one, it was super-easy to trim the insoles so they fit my boys' shoes perfectly. My guys currently wear a size 9, so I ordered the Medium M 8-10 size. On the underside of the insoles are two curved lines indicating where to cut to trim the insole down to a size 9 or 8. Using a regular pair of scissors, it took me just seconds to trim them to the size 9 length. Inserting them into the shoe was easy, and they fit perfectly! Fortunately, the insoles are only $16.99 per pair -- or less if you take advantage of one of their specials -- so it won't cost me a fortune if my growing teenagers suddenly have a growth spurt, and I need to replace the insoles.

Another feature I love is that the insoles are machine washable. I haven't tried this feature yet, but Inkblaat says their insoles will retain their cushioning and odor prevention even after multiple wash and dry cycles. And there's even a 30-day money back guarantee!

If anyone in your family suffers from stinky feet or shoes (it's not just a teenage thing!), I suggest that you head over to Inkblaat and pick up some insoles. Your family's noses will thank you!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Inkblaat Insoles for free from Inkblaat in consideration for a gear review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Fall Titles from Dawn Publications!

Fall and spring are my favorite seasons, and one of the reasons is because I get to see what wonderful new books are coming out from Dawn Publications! Their nature-themed children's books always contain beautiful illustrations, engaging stories, and amazing fun facts that kids just love! This fall, Dawn is publishing the following two titles:

Daytime Nighttime, All Through the Year
by Diane Lang
Illustrated by Andrea Gabriel

Animals are so busy! In daytime, eagles dive for fish, lizards gobble insects, and tortoises dine on cactus flowers. When night falls, bats catch moths, crickets sing, and cougars prowl. Engaging rhymes describe the action through the cycle of every day and night, as well as through each month of the year. An "Explore More" section provides teachers and parents with lots of ideas to expand on the seasonal and nocturnal themes.

From Susan: This book has so much to teach kids: months of the year, animal behavior, seasonal changes, and more! Children will love the Match Game in the back of the book, and parents and educators will benefit from the Teachable Moments for more suggestions on how to educate kids about animals, seasons, day vs night and habitats. Information about 24 animals is included!

Download free activities based on this book!


Tall Tall Tree
by Anthony D. Fredericks
Illustrated by Chad Wallace

There’s a magical, wild world happening in the tallest of tall trees—a world teeming with life that very few people ever see! Come take a peek at the animals that make their home in a tall, tall redwood tree. Children will love the rhymes and count the critters from one to ten. Look out for the hidden animals, too! Lots of fun and lots of interesting science—including STEAM activity suggestions.

From Susan: This book starts out with an adorable letter to "humans" from a Northern Spotted Owl that lives in a redwood tree! Fun fact: They went undiscovered in redwood trees for many years until humans finally figured out how to get to the top of the trees that are higher than many buildings! Throughout the book, kids learn to count to 10, identify animals, and read amazing things about redwood trees. Parents and educators will appreciate the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities at the book of the book.

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Purchase TALL TALL TREE Here!

Visit the Dawn Publications website to discover all of the wonderful nature-themed books they have for families and classrooms!

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of this book from the publisher to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.