Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bzzagent Campaign: Dentyne Ice Split2Fit Packs

What a pleasant surprise it was to come home after a long day of classes (running my online shop and taking my Fall semester college courses definitely keep me on my toes!) to find that one of my bzzagent campaign kits had arrived!

As I entered the living room, My younger sister (also a college student) and her boyfriend were relaxing on the sofas enjoying their usual crime shows. As soon as they saw the package in my hands, I saw smiles spread from ear to ear!

I sat down to open my package:

This was definitely a generous kit! There were two 3 count packs of the new Dentyne Ice Split2Fit packs of gum! that is 48 pieces of gum times two!

I seriously loved the Official Bzzguide that came in the package. The information was clever and witty and definitely fun to read. Here is the "Scoop" portion of my bzzguide for you to read:

The Scoop

Welcome to Split2Fit 101
So how, exactly, do you go from 1 Split2Fit 16 piece pack to 2 packs of 8? Welcome to Split2Fit 101. Please open your textbooks to page 1.
Step 1: Take your Split2Fit pack and open it up.
Step 2: Tear it right down the middle.
It's as simple as 1,2...well, yeah, just 1 and then 2. That's all there is. Now you're ready to slip a pack into your jeans or clutch and head out.
Advanced Split2Fit
Assuming you didn't somehow manage to flunk Split2Fit 101 the first time around, you now know to split your pack of gum into two distinct packs. But why would you need to do this? Here are some classic examples:
  • For the ladies!
  • Conversely: For the fellas!
  • You're always on the go and need your gum to be in two places at once, just like you
  • You show up to a party but forgot to bring a present
  • A bear stumbles into your path. Just trust us on this one
You have now successfully graduated from Split2Fit University. Magna Cum Laude, nonetheless. Please line up to the right for your diploma. (www.bzzagent.com)


So after reading the guide, my first packet of gum was ...hmmm I guess the word mauled comes to mind! My sister and her boyfriend chose the spearmint and arctic ice packs while my mother chose the peppermint. They too have begun sharing their gum with fellow classmates, bandmates (my sister's boyfriend is in a band), and fellow friends and family. We have heard some amazing reviews about how easy it is to split the pack in two; one to go and one for the car,purse,desk,etc. It is definitely a convenient way to have some breath refreshing gum on the go without having to buy two separate packs!

Flavors include:

Arctic Ice
Mint Frost


To learn more about Dentyne Ice Split2Fit packs and other products, please visit:  Dentyne.com

Want to learn more about becoming a bzzagent such as myself? Visit: www.bzzagent.com and learn more!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cupcake Exstravaganza!

So excited! This was a week for cupcakes! I was definitely elbow deep in mini polymer clay cupcake earrings! We had two order to fulfill and it was an absolute pleasure working with people that absolutely adore cupcakes as much as I do!

Black and Pink Cupcake Earrings!
The next several sets were shipped out to a lovely cupcake bakery in Longview,TX! Sending out big hugs and thanks to http://www.bake-cupcakes.com/

12 pairs of various colored cupcake earrings

our adorable polymer clay cupcake earrings

 Making these definitely put me in the mood for the real thing, so it is looking like I will have to go through some of the yummy Pinterest cupcake recipes this week for another Pinterest Test! I hope everyone has an absolutely amazing weekend!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Creative Designs by DELLA

Let's face it, Mondays are not known to be widely fun and exciting. So you can imagine my surprise when I receive an ultra fabulous package in the mail this afternoon that made me smile from ear to ear!

A while back I entered a fun and wonderful contest host on creativedesignsbydella.blogspot.com/. It was such a huge shock when I was contacted and informed that I had won! What was my prize? I won a random craft pack full of fun goodies that would melt any crafter's heart!

My wonderful surprise!

a close up of some of the fun goodies!

The package really made my day =). The package included everything from an absolutely lovely scrapbook, to cards, scrap booking supplies, decorative ribbon and tape, fabulous tags, a fun thank you stamp and just so much more! Everything was packaged wonderfully and was of the highest quality. I definitely recommend Creative Designs by DELLA for all your scrap booking and invitation needs! You can find her glorious shops here:

Creative Designs by DELLA on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/creativedesigns

Creative Designs by DELLA: www.creativedesignsbydella.com

Creative Designs by DELLA Blog: http://creativedesignsbydella.blogspot.com/

Friday, August 10, 2012

Barbie Shoe Jewelry and Accessories

A while back I met an amazing individual through Etsy who sells the most unique jewelry I have ever seen! His stunning bracelets are created with Barbie shoes in bright and vivid colors. They are so bright and cheerful and are definitely a conversation starter! After opening my package I couldn't help, but be amazed at the remarkable craftsmanship in each piece. They are even better when you see them in person! 

The absolutely wonderful goodies in my package!

seriously, how gorgeous is this bracelet!

I absolutely love all of the bright colors!
Love it!

These are going on my bag ASAP!

Immediately after this photo, I added this lovely onto my set of keys =)
If you are in the market for original and unique jewelry, I highly recommend visiting http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZoesBarbieShoes. I assure you, you won't regret it!

Zoes Barbie Shoes can also be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Review: Boo and The Backyard Zoo by Pat Hatt

Boo and The Backyard Zoo
Available in Paperback/Kindle Formats on Amazon
Review by Mary Miller
5 stars

Boo and the Backyard Zoo is a fun tale of friendship and team work. When one of Boo's friends has hopes and dreams that are suddenly dashed by the local bullies, Boo, with the help of his new friends work together to help grant the little grape's wish. The rhymes are fun and easy to follow and the illustrations are absolutely adorable. They are whimsical, bright and cheerful and add a lovely touch to the fun filled story. This is a great tale for anyone looking for a silly story.

To purchase this book to add to your own collection, visit:

To learn more about Pat Hatt and his other books visit:


Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review: Cassie and The Wild Cat: Meet and Greet

At the start of the week, I received a message from an author asking me to review some of his childrens books that are available on Amazon. I happily agreed, and thought I would share my reviews with you! There are four books  in total, so I will post 1 review each day. Today's book is:

Cassie and The Wild Cat: Meet and Greet

This is an adorable tale for just about anyone. The rhymes are enjoyable and easy to follow and the illustrations are adorable.  Cassie and The Wild Cat: Meet and Greet is a wonderful tale of two cats with their own Personalities. While one cat pulls her little antics, the other always seems to be one step ahead. In the end, the story teaches us the value of friendship and the unexpected places we find it. This lovely rhyming tale will bring a smile to your face and help us remember to have fun and value all the little things in life even if they may not seem so pleasant at the time.

To purchase your own copy of this lovely tale (available in Kindle and Paperback format), please visit:

Amazon: Cassie and The Wild Cat: Meet and Greet

Monday Afternoon Packages!

Don't you just love when your weekday starts off with a large package waiting for you! About a month ago, I entered a giveaway contest through http://www.ohmygoodiesfreebies.com for two free  bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose sauce. I was absolutely thrilled to find out about a week ago that I won! How exciting is that! My prize arrived this afternoon.

The prize package came with two full size bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce, along with an amazing pamphlet with absolutely fabulous sounding recipes (I am DYING to try that yummy Shrimp Cocktail recipe!)

I can't wait to try out the recipes with friends and family and will definitely be sharing them with you as well! If you haven't heard about this fab sauce, head on over to:


For more information on fun and fabulous giveaways, visit:


Introducing: Gulf Coast Crafters Team Members & their Shops: Giveaways

If you live along the Gulf Coast of Mexico, you know about the wonderful people and culture you will find here! Among all of the fabulous teams on Etsy, there is one that stands out for me. Gulf Coast Crafters, is a wonderful community of crafters from different areas along the gulf. We are a close knit group and love to discuss crafting and everyday life.


Right now, our team is hosting a fabulous giveaway for some absolutely wonderful and unique items! Why not visit our webpage to not only learn more about our group and its members, but why not take a chance and enter our giveaway!


If you are an avid Etsy member, feel free to join us! We would love to hear from you!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pinterest Test: Mini Taco Bowls

Who doesn't love tacos? Seriously! They are crazy delicious and fun to eat. I was looking for a new and fun recipe to try today and found a fun taco bowl recipe through Pinterest!


The post originates from Kraft foods, so it was bound to be delicious:


Alrighty, so we changed up the recipe just a tad to use what we already had on hand. I started by forming my taco bowls with store bought tortillas in a muffin pan. I formed mine inside the muffin tins rather than turn them over and it seemed to work out just fine, They baked for about  10-13 minutes at 350°F.

While they were baking, I already had my ground beef browning. Once I drained the grease, I added in finely chopped garlic and onion, salt and pepper, about a tsp of cumin, a tsp of chilli powder, and a few shakes of garlic pepper. I like my food a little spicy so I also seasoned my meat with a few splashes of hot sauce (Yum!) 

I heated up my can of beans and just lightly added a little bit of salt and pepper

I had already diced up some lettuce, tomato and lime for toppings and I busted out our bag of shredded cheddar cheese.

Another topping I made was quicky corn and tomato salsa (corn, can of diced tomatoes and green chillies, salt, pepper, red chilli powder, lime)

We set up the dining room table with our dishes so everyone could pick and choose how they wanted to customize their taco bowls. It was a huge hit!

I HIGHLY recommend this pin! It is a fun way to server dinner to the people I love most. The conversation was great and everyone enjoyed the meal. Cleanup was a snap as I was able to keep dishes to a minimum and I wasn't worn out at all!

So was this project as easy as described?

The Verdict: YES!