Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gevalia Kaffe Coffe Gift Pack Giveaway (EZ Rafflecopter Entry) #MyBlogSpark

Gevalia Kaffe picture
Gevalia Kaffe Coffee can now be found at Safeway! I saw it myself the other day - those bright packages of divinely smelling coffee, right there in the coffee aisle. And the best part? I'm participating in a MyBlogSpark Campaign to share the information with you and one lucky winner will win 2 bags of coffee (House Blend, French Roast) and a nice coffee mug courtesy of Kraft Foods.

Gevalia Kaffe Giveaway Gift Pack

About Gevalia Kaffe:
Gevalia has been making coffee since 1853... over 150 years, in a little seaside town in Sweden. Victor Theodor Engwall created a coffee that was so good that Gevalia became the official coffee purveyor to the Royal Court of Sweden. (http://www.gevalia.com/Our-Story/our_story,default,pg.html)

Gavalia continues to roast their coffee beans using cast-iron.

From their site:

We promise to deliver "Coffee the Swedish Way,"
so you can always expect:

Extensive variety: we have more than 40 premium coffees and teas.
Automatic Home Delivery: direct to your door on a schedule you choose.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all of our coffees and teas.
Customer Service: just call us at at 1-800 GEVALIA (1-800-438-2542) or
contact us at www.gevalia/customerservice.com.

Visit them online at Gevalia and on Facebook.

Previously, Gavalia was only available online, but they are now offering their top 10 varieties in grocers:
Gevalia Traditional Roast (ground and whole bean):
Gevalia Traditional Roast provides a perfectly balanced taste every time. Our most beloved blend – made of choice, mountain-grown Arabica beans – this coffee has a distinctive body and flavor with a lighter intensity. (Medium Roast).

Gevalia House Blend:
A Gevalia favorite, House Blend is a robust yet never bitter coffee. This roast has a captivating aroma that is only matched by its exceptional flavor. (Medium/Dark Roast).

Gevalia House Blend Decaf :
Delivering the same rich, never bitter flavor, House Blend Decaf has the same robust taste without all the caffeine. (Medium/Dark Roast).

Gevalia French Roast (ground and whole bean):
Gevalia French Roast is a coffee of impressive richness and dimension, expertly crafted from prized Arabica beans grown in Colombia and Brazil. Hints of aromatic smoke give this dark-roasted French Roast blend an intense, yet uniquely satisfying flavor. (Dark Roast).

Gevalia Colombia:
Grown high in the Colombian Andes, these beans produce a rich, bright and well-bodied Colombian coffee. This single origin classic is world-renowned, which is why we have sourced these beans for decades. (Medium Roast).

Gevalia Espresso Roast:
Gevalia Espresso Roast is made of premium, mountain-grown Arabica beans from East Africa and Central and South America. This roast is bold and full-bodied with a hint of caramel undertones. (Dark Roast).

Gevalia Vanilla:
This rich blend with vanilla flavor notes is crafted from choice mountain-grown Arabica beans, then roasted for exceptional body and flavor. Gevalia Vanilla is a flavorful and balanced experience with a heavenly aroma.

Gevalia Chocolate Mocha:
Gevalia Chocolate Mocha allows you to indulge your passion for decadent flavor. Rich, velvety chocolate flavor is blended with mountain-grown Arabica beans for a sweetly satisfying experience.
So what are you waiting for?? Go try some of the great coffee created by Gevalia and see what people are raving about.

Giveaway Details
Kraft Foods is offering one of my readers a gift pack of their own! Entry is easy via the Rafflecopter form below. If you are not able to see the Rafflecopter form, please hit F5 to reload the page. Open to residents of the US, no PO boxes. Enter now through March 9th.

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*Disclosure:  Kraft Foods has provided sample product to me and is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me.  This giveaway is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Wendi's Book Corner in coordination with MyBlogSpark.  :)


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Minute to Pin It: Weekly Pinterest Party (Come Join In The Fun, Week 10)



Welcome to week 9 of our Pinterest weekly feature, brought to you by Samantha from Have Sippy Will Travel, Staci of 7 on a Shoestring, and Wendi, here at Wendi's Book Corner: Minute To Pin It: A Weekly Pinterest Party.

Feel free to grab the button and join in! (Right click and save)

If you haven't checked out Pinterest, you really should! It is a visual bookmarking site that allows you to 'pin' your favorite things online, share it, and find great 'pins' from people you follow.  I've found some of the GREATEST things on there (crafts, home ideas, recipes, gift ideas, fashions, tips, etc).  So, grab the button, visit/follow your hostesses and add your own Pinterest link and/or a link to your Pinterest themed blog post below!  (If you need an invitation to Pinterest, please let one of us know!  It is QUICK and EASY to sign up!)







Here are a few of my favorite organizing idea "Pins":


52 Weeks of Organizing!


Taming Paper Clutter


Photo Frame Display Ideas

Friday, February 17, 2012

Use Clipix to Organize Your Online Life - It is Fast, Easy and Doesn't Cost Anything

If you would have asked me a few weeks ago what I find most annoying about the internet, I would have told you that it was a tie between all the great things I find online but can never find when I really need them, and keeping all my bookmarks organized.  Since joining Clipix, I've had a blast organizing everything I find online into boards that are topic specific.  I've even been able to go back to my old bookmarks and organize them so they will actually be useful.

Best of all, clipix is FREE, fast and easy to set up.  I think it took me about 10 seconds to get signed up and "Clipping" my favorites to my new boards.  Clipix has made it really easy to start clipping, they've even made it possible to simply drag the Clip tool to your toolbar so you can get started in seconds.  You can re-clip other people's clips, comment on them, share clips on Facebook and Twitter, and they even have an App, so you can Clip on the go.

It is great - as a blogger, I've got boards to organize helpful sites for my blog (broken link checker, Google Analytics, etc), favorite places to list giveaways, and other resources, as well as boards to Clip the reviews I've done for products and books.  As a Mom, I've got some great boards for kids crafts, games, and ideas of places to go in our area.  

Screenshot of one of my Clipix Boards

The best think about Clipix is that I can customize the privacy of each board I create so that I control who sees them.  I have a few that are private, that only I can see, and I've got a few that I share.  It really makes me feel great that I can organize and visually Clip information I want to come back to, and that I can control who sees my clips.

Clipix also has a system called Syncboards, where multiple people can Clip to the same board - I'm thinking this would be great for relatives to share family news and photos!

How would you use Clipix... and what are you waiting for!  Go check it out!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Minute to Pin It: Weekly Pinterest Party (Come Join In The Fun, Week 9)



Welcome to week 9 of our Pinterest weekly feature, brought to you by Samantha from Have Sippy Will Travel, Staci of 7 on a Shoestring, and Wendi, here at Wendi's Book Corner: Minute To Pin It: A Weekly Pinterest Party.

If you haven't checked out Pinterest, you really should! It is a visual bookmarking site that allows you to 'pin' your favorite things online, share it, and find great 'pins' from people you follow.  I've found some of the GREATEST things on there (crafts, home ideas, recipes, gift ideas, fashions, tips, etc).  So, grab the button, visit/follow your hostesses and add your own Pinterest link and/or a link to your Pinterest themed blog post below!  (If you need an invitation to Pinterest, please let one of us know!  It is QUICK and EASY to sign up!)





Here are a few of my favorite Magnetic idea "Pins":

Magnetic Boards out of old painted cookie sheets

Magnetic Organized Medicine Cabinet (Using Galvanized Steel sheet from hardware store)

Source: bhg.com via Wendi on Pinterest
Magnetic Menu Board in Pantry

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ZeroWater Pitcher: Your Source For Pure, Filtered Water

From the moment I learned about the story behind ZeroWater, I was intrigued. The long and the short of it is that the technology used to filter water so that it has absolutely NOTHING extra in it (so you are drinking PURE water) was developed by a father and son team until it got Mom's approval.  It took a lot of research and testing, but when they accomplished their goal, they had developed ZeroWater.

My own experience with ZeroWater has been very eye-opening.

The water pitcher comes with a TDS testing stick, which tests the Total Dissolved Solids contained in the water (I highly suggest you visit the ZeroWater site to read more about TDS as I don't want to get too technical, but it is a fascinating and quick read!).  Keep in mind that our area has very good quality water out of the tap - but you can taste the chlorine in the water.

My TDS Readings:  ** Our house has Copper pipes
Kitchen Faucet, Cold Water: 21
Kitchen Faucet, Hot Water: 45
Filtered Refrigerator Water (Copper pipes, about 20 feet from the faucet): 27

Now, I also decided to test a bottle of purified water from the grocery store... imagine my shock when it came back at a whopping 38!!  Hmmm, so I guess my tap water is better.

I was shocked at the difference between our hot and cold water, which tells me that our hot water heater has a lot of sediment in it.  Soon, I'm going to check into the possibility of draining it to remove some of the sediment!  But in the mean time, I will no longer be cooking with hot water (I'll boil eggs and pasta by starting with cold water from now on).

Check out this map, which shows the average TDS range by State:



In the Box:
In the box, you will receive the pitcher base, water reservoir, lid, filter, and instructions.  It takes only a moment to put the pitcher together.

I LOVE that the filter screws into the water reservoir.  Our old water filter pitcher had a filter that just set in the water reservoir and I always wondered if water didn't just leak into the pitcher without being filtered.

I also really like that you can pour from the pitcher as well as use the spicket at the base of the handle.

My Experience:
To really test the water, I drank a glass of tap water, then I drank a glass of the 000 ZeroWater, and boy was I surprised!  Not only did the ZeroWater NOT have any taste, but it tasted softer, which I don't understand at all but am really enjoying.

After almost two weeks of drinking ZeroWater, I am still loving it.  The water is still reading at 000 TDS, and it is still smelling and tasting great (as in no taste or smell at all).

The company recommends replacing the filter when your TDS readings reach 006, so I'll come back and let you know how long it takes us to reach that level.

I've been able to find the pitchers (there are different sizes) and filters available at our local Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond, as well as online at Target.

I've now had a few people over to test out my new ZeroWater, and everyone has really enjoyed the new water and had a lot of fun testing water at different outlets (including the bottled water).

Additional Thoughts:
We got a fish aquarium back in October, and had a lot of trouble getting the water established.  Our local pet store suggested that as we have Copper pipes throughout our home, we may have too much metal in our water, which their tests can't determine.  We are just getting our water to where it should be, and I plan to try using the ZeroWater filtered water next time we clean the tank.


I decided to look the pitcher up on Amazon and browse what others were saying, and I'm glad I did.  There are a bunch of great reviews and a bunch of bad ones... meaning, lots of people either love it or hate it.  After reading what they had to say, it made sense.  You love it when you have the pure water to drink, but depending on how many people are using your pitcher and how high your water's TDS are, your filter may last 6+ weeks, or it may only last 2, and if you wait too long to change it, it may smell and/or taste bad.

For example, if I had water with TDS levels in the more extreme numbers, say 300, the filter is working a lot faster to get all the junk out of the water.  By the time the filter is full of junk, your TDS readings will start to go up, and if you wait too long to change it, the water will start to smell and taste bad - this is KEY - think about your water, by this point, it is now going through a very dirty filter which is likely no longer pulling bad things from the water and may be adding more in... it can only absorb so much.  This is why it is so important to change the filter when the TDS numbers are starting to go up.

ZeroWater in the Media:
Both the Today Show and Good Housekeeping have featured ZeroWater recently, showing exactly what is in your water, and how well ZeroWater outperforms other water filtration systems.

Today Show:http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/46396159#46396159

Good Housekeeping:http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/womens-health/water-safety


ZeroWater 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher 
ZeroWater ~ $37.99
Kitchen / Water Filters

Edition Reviewed: 10 Cup Water Filter Pitcher - Review sample received courtesy of ZeroWater, many thanks!


About ZeroWater: (From their site)
ZeroWater® Technology
Developed Over Fifteen Years Ago to Solve One Family’s Desire for Great Water

The ZeroWater® technology was first developed to solve a mother’s fatigue from dragging gallons of bottled water jugs home from the grocery store. A father and son put their respective manufacturing and chemistry backgrounds to use to develop an in-home water filtration solution to meet the mother’s approval.

That quest led them to an in-depth study of the technologies successfully used in industrial, environmental, and even government applications for water filtration. That, in turn, led them to ask the question: Why can’t families have the same quality of water derived from those proven technologies? Only when they tried to answer that question did the father and son team find that home users were being completely neglected by the makers of the sophisticated water filtration technologies. Instead, families were being pushed to buy conventional and simple carbon based filters for their in-home filtration.

To read more click here.



*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Make a Difference in Your Child's Life - Find Out Their Learning Style

If taking 1-2 minutes to find out your child's learning style could help you understand how they learn and what will make them more successful, would you do it?  I certainly would.

Each child is unique, and not all kids learn the same way.  I personally believe that sometimes, knowing HOW someone learns or communicates can lessen learning challenges and make learning more fun and enjoyable.  I also believe that understanding and working with the way children learn can have a huge impact on their success and their self-confidence.

What is your child’s learning type?
There are three basic learning styles: Visual (seeing), Auditory (hearing) and Kinesthetic (physical touch).  In general, children will learn using all three styles, but one will be more dominant than the others.  Being able to help determine your child/children's dominant learning style can give you the tools to help your child succeed. (You may be interested in finding out about your own learning style too).

About Each Basic Learning Style: 

Visual learners *Seeing*
Children who are visual learners have an easier time learning by looking at images, watching a demonstration and reading from a book.  For visual learners, it’s easy to look at pictures and charts, but it may be distracting and hard to focus while trying to listen to someone talking or providing an explanation.



Auditory *Hearing*
Children who are auditory learners have an easier time listening to an explanation than reading about it.  Having a child recite information they are learning out loud may help their learning, as well as having background music on.  Distracting noises may hinder learning, so a relatively quiet space may be necessary.

Kinesthetic Learners *Touching*
Children who are Kinesthetic learners have an easier time learning through “hands-on” experiences. Doing an activity helps them learn.  Kinesthetic learners may struggle to learn while needing to sit quietly.  Writing things down (taking notes) will help the learning process.

Why it is Important For Parents to Understand Their Child’s Learning Style
By knowing your child's learning style, you can greatly impact the success of his or her learning.  Ensuring that your child is able to understand how to learn more successfully will give them the tools to succeed and lessen learning frustrations.

It is important for children to be able to utilize all three learning styles, as there will be times when it is not practical or possible to utilize one or more of the preferred styles.

How do you Determine Your Child's Learning Style?
Spark Box Toys has provided a short quiz to help you find out!  It is 7 questions long and will only take a moment or two to finish.  At the end you provide your email so they can send you the results and some helpful information (expert advise on helpful approaches to work with your child) on your child's learning style.



According to Spark Box, studies have indicated that you can start seeing your child's learning type preferences as early as one year.  Find out today what their style is so you can start empowering them now!

* Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Spark Box Toys via Karma Media.  All opinions are mine, and information about Learning Styles was gained from their site.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Minute to Pin It: Weekly Pinterest Party (Come Join In The Fun, Week 8)



Welcome to week 8 of our Pinterest weekly feature, brought to you by Samantha from Have Sippy Will Travel, Staci of 7 on a Shoestring, and Wendi, here at Wendi's Book Corner: Minute To Pin It: A Weekly Pinterest Party.

If you haven't checked out Pinterest, you really should! It is a visual bookmarking site that allows you to 'pin' your favorite things online, share it, and find great 'pins' from people you follow.  I've found some of the GREATEST things on there (crafts, home ideas, recipes, gift ideas, fashions, tips, etc).  So, grab the button, visit/follow your hostesses and add your own Pinterest link and/or a link to your Pinterest themed blog post below!  (If you need an invitation to Pinterest, please let one of us know!  It is QUICK and EASY to sign up!)





In honor of Valentines Day, here are a few of my favorite Valentine-ish "Pins":





Monday, February 6, 2012

Now is a Great Time to Join And Save With Walgreens Prescription Savings Club

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

With cold and flu season in full swing, and the start of a new year (many of us have changes to our benefits at the change of the new year), now may be the best time for you to look at saving money on your prescriptions and medical supplies for you, your family AND your pets!

If you are looking for ways to save money on prescriptions, Walgreens is offering a special discount on the annual membership for their Prescription Savings Club: 

      $35.00 will cover your entire family for one full year (including your immediate family members: spouse, dependents aged 22 years old and younger, AND your pets)

      $20.00 for individuals

Some of the benefits of joining the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens include: 

1. Savings and discounts on over 8,000 brand-name medications, and ALL generic brands

2. Discounts on flu shots, prescriptions for your pets, nebulizers and diabetic supplies

3. Bonuses when you use the Walgreens photofinishing services AND when you purchase Walgreens branded products

Plus, Walgreens stands behind their Prescription Savings Club by providing the following guarantee:  "Prescription Savings Club membership is risk free. If you don't save more than the cost of your membership during the course of the year of your membership, then we'll refund the difference." (Taken directly from their Prescription Savings Club Page)

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Minute to Pin It: Weekly Pinterest Party (Come Join In The Fun, Week 7)



Welcome to week 7 of our Pinterest weekly feature, brought to you by Samantha from Have Sippy Will Travel, Staci of 7 on a Shoestring, and Wendi, here at Wendi's Book Corner: Minute To Pin It: A Weekly Pinterest Party.

If you haven't checked out Pinterest, you really should! It is a visual bookmarking site that allows you to 'pin' your favorite things online, share it, and find great 'pins' from people you follow.  I've found some of the GREATEST things on there (crafts, home ideas, recipes, gift ideas, fashions, tips, etc).  So, grab the button, visit/follow your hostesses and add your own Pinterest link and/or a link to your Pinterest themed blog post below!  (If you need an invitation to Pinterest, please let one of us know!  It is QUICK and EASY to sign up!)






In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl, here are a few of my favorite Football Food "Pins":





Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lots of Love Giveaway Hop: Win a ZeroWater 10-Cup Pitcher (ERV $36.99, EZ Rafflecopter Entry) #lotsoflove

Welcome to the Lots of Love Giveaway Event. This event is hosted by And The Little Ones Too, Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink, Seeds of Life, and Taking Time For Mommy. This event features giveaways with a value of $25 or more at each of the participating blogs! Be sure to visit each blog from the linky below and enter for your chance to win! This event will close on February 14th at 11:59 pm EST.


ZeroWater is sponsoring a giveaway for one lucky Wendi's Book Corner reader!  One reader will win a ZeroWater 10-Cup Water Pitcher, which goes way beyond normal water filter pitchers to filter out almost ALL total dissolved solids that can be found in your drinking water.  Taste water the way it was meant to be... Pure

You can find out more about ZeroWater and the 10-Cup Water Pitcher by reading the review here. (coming within a day or so)


If you don't see the Rafflecopter form below, please hit F5 to refresh the page. If that does not work, feel free to leave a comment and I'll check on it!


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*Disclosure: I am receiving one ZeroWater pitcher for review, and ZeroWater will be sending the winner their own new water pitcher. Good luck! :) Please understand that And The Little Ones Too, Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink, Seeds of Life, and Taking Time For Mommy, along with the other "Lots of Love Event" bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. However, we are responsible for contacting our sponsors regarding the winner's prize at the close of the giveaway. We expect that our sponsors will fulfill their prize agreement and ship them to the winners in a timely manner.
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