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Bullock's Buzz: February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Easy Lunchboxes.com

The Quick Easy Way to Pack and Send Lunch
   Brown bags, plastic lunch boxes, metal lunch boxes, nylon lunch bags, Tupperware, plastic baggies, reusable baggies, there are tons of different ways to pack a lunch and send it to school with your child or to work with your spouse or for yourself.   Most of these involve using smaller several bags or containers so there can be a variety of foods to eat.  Easy Lunchboxes has the perfect solution! 

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  Created by a mom who wanted an economical, quick way to pack and send healthy lunches with her daughters to school with little or no extra packaging or ingredients, Easy Lunchboxes are exactly what their name suggests, easy lunchboxes.   Three products were created, the Easy Lunchboxes Compartmentalized Food Storage Containers, the Lunch Bag Coolers, and the Mini Dippers (dip and sauce containers) all of which together to form the Easy Lunchbox System.  What is the Easy Lunchbox System, you ask?  It is basically an easy to pack lunchbox using the Food Storage Containers and the Mini Dippers to store the food, then fit the entire thing perfectly into the handy cooler bag.
   The Easy Lunchboxes Compartmentalized Food Storage Containers are made of non-toxic, food-safe BPA-free polypropylene, and are free of lead, vinyl, PVC, and phthalates.  Each one comes with a colorful, easy-to-remove lid, and they are refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe!  They measure 9.38” x 6.1” x 2” and have three separate compartments, one large and two smaller, each of which are designed to provide the perfect serving size for a balanced, healthy meal.  The largest compartment is 2.5 cups, and is the perfect size for a sandwich or small salad.  The second smallest compartment holds 3/4 cup, and the smallest holds 1/2 cup, and both are the perfect size for fruits, veggies, chips and other sides.  Four containers come in one set and are designed to where they nest perfectly inside one another without the lids on, and stack perfectly together with lids.  Best of all, these storage containers fit perfectly into the Easy Lunchboxes Lunch Bag Coolers!
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   Since the lids are made to be easy for a child to open, this means that while they fit, they are not extremely tight, so if you turn it upside down with food in it and shake, there is a chance the lid will come off, so be sure to keep them upright.  Likewise, they are not leak proof, so do not put any liquids or very wet foods in them.  There is extra room inside the Lunch Bag Coolers specifically for this reason, that way you can add a thermos or even some of the Mini Dippers which are leak proof.  The Compartmentalized Food Storage Containers are sold in sets of 4 for only $13.95!
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     The perfect addition to the containers, and another part of the Easy Lunchbox System, are the Easy Lunchbox Lunch Bag Coolers!  These insulated lunch bags are made of the highest quality, non-toxic materials, and are vinyl-free.  The 300D Polyester outside is extremely durable and tough, and the FDA compliant PEVA inside lining is also quite durable!  The bags can be wiped down with a soapy cloth, or even put inside the washing machine on a cold water, gentle cycle then air dried.   They measure 9” x 6.5” x 6.5”, which is roomy enough for the Storage Containers, a water bottle, an ice pack and an extra snack or two;  or you can pack 2 of the Compartmentalized Food Storage Containers and still have room for an ice pack, or you can just pack 3 of the containers! Any way you do it, there is plenty of room for a full-sized, healthy meal.  I also keep all 4 of my Compartmentalized Food Storage Containers and lids nestled together inside the cooler bag when they are not in use which makes for very convenient storage!
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  The bags are soft-sided, and it is recommended that you use these bags with the Food Storage Containers since they are made for a custom fit. They are available in 6 bright colors, and have a sturdy carrying strap with a grommet on one part of the handle so you can hang a name tag or something more creative to help personalize the bag. The bags can even be customized with a clip-on decoration of your choice for an extra personal touch! Each bag costs only $7.95!
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  They also make the Easy Lunchboxes Mini Dippers which are smaller sized containers perfect for sauces, dips and other wet foods. They measure 2” x 2.5” x 1.5”, or 2.5 fl oz., and will fit easily inside the Easy Lunchboxes Compartmentalized Food Storage Containers. The bottoms are made of the same non-toxic, food-safe, BPA and phthalate-free polypropylene. The kid-friendly, leak resistant lids are also non-toxic, food-safe, BPA and phthalate free, but are made of #4 LDPE. These containers are dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer safe, but are NOT meant to be put in the microwave. They are perfect for salad dressings, sauces, condiments and other condiments. The Mini Dippers come in a set of 8, and they are only $7.95!
Tips for Care
    Easylunchboxes are very durable and should last a long while with a bit of care.  Here are a few tips to help them last:
- we all know how kids toss their backpacks down on the ground where they get stepped on, sat on and more. Be careful not put the Easylunchboxes in your child's backpack, especially with heavy books. 
-use the tabs on the sides of the lids to open them.
-while they are dishwasher safe, be sure to put them in their own slot (they will usually fit great on the bottom rack) where they will be less likely to bump around with other dishes when the dishwasher is in use.  Also, don't wedge them in between heavy pots, pans or dishes.
My Verdict
   I really love the Easy Lunchboxes system!  The compartmentalized containers allow me to send the perfect amount of food with our son to school, and they fit perfectly in the cooler bag, with plenty of room left for an ice pack, drink and some extra sides.  They are very easy to pack, as well as to clean and store when they are not in use. I am planning on getting a set of the Mini Dippers so I can have the entire system.  I would definitely recommend the Easy Lunchboxes System to anyone looking for a non-toxic, food-safe, easy-to-use, economical lunchbox to send with your child to school or even to take to work for yourself!
   You can order all of the Easy Lunchboxes products directly from the website, where you can also find some neat lunch ideas.   The can also be found on Amazon, as well!  Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter, where you can find some great ideas for lunch, creative craft ideas and so much more!

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Friday Fun Blog Hops

Come Join in on the Fun!

I can’t believe it’s Friday again!  Come join me at these fabulously fun blog hops hosted by some wonderful blogs!  These hops are a great way to meet other bloggers, and get your blog out there!  So don’t be shy, come on click on the links and join!


My Turn (for us): Freedom Fridays



Funny Postpartum Lady: TGIF Blog Hop



Snack Cups and Smiles: Aloha Friday Blog Hop and A Giveaway!


Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Winner of the Karma Kiss Giveaway!  Plus, enter and win!


Okay, now that I have your attention it is time to announce the winner of the Karma Kiss Giveaway.  Plus, the winner for the Winter Eye Care giveaway never replied, so I have chosen another!!  Were you a winner?  Keep reading to find out! 

Also, be sure to enter our other giveaways that are live right now!  There are some great prizes up for grabs, so be sure to enter and share with your friends too!  Check out all of the giveaways by following the links at the bottom of this post.

And now, without further adeiu…

The Winner of the Karma Kiss Giveaway…


…Kathy Lane!

And the new winner of the Winter Eye Care pack is…


…Tammy Graham

Congratulations!!! I have sent you both an email, be sure to check SPAM and reply within 48 hours!

Enter to Win!

Two Free Product Coupons for any Soft Scrub Product   ENDS 3/4


TruKid All-Natural Hair Care for Kids:  Silly Shampoo and a Dancing Detangler ENDS 3/7


$30 Gift Code Dezign with a Z  Removable Wall Decals  ENDS 3/7






Turn on the Glitz with the Glitz See Purse Light

Motion Activated Light


   Tired of digging through the depths of your purse and not being able to find what you need?  Sick of having to dump the contents of your purse out just to find that one item you were looking for?  Suffer no more!  The solution is the Glitz See motion activated purse light

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   At about 1 1/2” wide and a little over 1” tall, Glitz See  is the perfect size to either just drop in your purse or attach to your keychain.  With Glitz See you can turn the toggle switch on and toss it in your purse.  When you need light, give it a shake and the motion activated, bright- white LED light will fully illuminate your purse or your surroundings.  It is battery operated, and made from an acrylic which is very durable and lightweight.

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   There is a sturdy hoop attached to the side so you can easily attach it to your keys, or to a ring which you can then attach to a zipper in your purse.  It doesn’t have to be used just in your purse or as a keychain light either!  Hook it to your dogs collar when walking at night, or keep it on your nightstand for an easy to reach night light.  Get creative!

GlitzSee 5 color assortment

  The gem-shaped Glitz See is cute and stylish, and is available in five glamorous gemstone colors.  Choose from amethyst, aquamarine, peridot, pink tourmaline or ruby, and if you prefer, you can also get one shaped like a heart!

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   I was given a pink tourmaline, gem-shaped Glitz See for review and it has come in handy more times than I can count!   I usually keep mine on my keychain since my keys are always with me, and when I do carry my purse, my keys are kept in it.  Many times I have needed to find something in my purse at night, and I love being able to just give my purse a shake and have the interior light up so I can easily find what I need. 

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And since I get off work at night, I love having the Glitz See on my keychain as I am walking across the parking lot to my car.  Not only does it provide plenty of light to walk by, but once I arrive home, it makes finding the keyhole on my apartment door a cinch in the dim stairway light.  Not to mention the many times I have needed to find something in my car and that dim little dome light is just not enough to illuminate the entire car.  So out comes my Glitz See and then I can quickly what I need.

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   Glitz See can be purchased directly through their site at http://glitzsee.com/shop.php for $14.95.  You can also find them at individual retail stores, and to see if there is a location near you, click HERE or check out the  ‘STORES’ tab on the site.  Glitz See also makes a great gift, and each one comes “wrapped” in its own “tulip” purse.  Don’t be left in the dark anymore!


One GlitzSee - Gift BoxEach one comes in its own Tulip Purse


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Photo by Sheldon Gross
Alaskan Cruise with my Dad: Glacier Bay


Kobo Arc Button

Kobo Arc Giveaway Event

Hosted by: Mom to Bed by 8
Prize: Kobo Arc 64GB {RV$400}
Event dates: 3/25 – 4/15


Dezign with a Z! Removable Art for Your Walls

Win a $30 Dezign with a Z Gift Certificate!

   Everyone who has ever lived in an apartment has been faced with the dilemma of how to make that apartment feel like home when you are restricted in the amount of decorating you can do as far as painting and wall papering. That is why I love using wall decals, wall stickers and other removable wall art.  They are the perfect way to give your apartment that personal touch that makes it your home,  And since they are removable, you don’t have to worry about losing your security deposit once you move!
    I recently came across a wonderful, reputable site called Dezign with a Z that has a huge selection of removable vinyl wall decals that are not only high quality, but are very reasonably priced as well!   They offer a wide selection of wall decals, wall stickers and even full-sized murals.  They have decals from ever genre imaginable including sports, nature, trees, floral art, animals, music, urban, characters and more.  They have cool decals specifically for kids rooms including glow-in-the dark decals and ‘writables’, and they even offer custom wall decals where you can send in your own artwork and have it made into a decal or mural! 
   I was given the opportunity to review an item, so I chose one of their tree wall decals.  The main theme running through out our apartment is Asian, so when I saw the Bird Branches Asian wall stickers, I knew that would be the perfect piece for our hallway leading from the den to the bedrooms.
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   Like many of Dezign with a Z’s decals, Bird Branches is highly customizable in that it is available in three different sizes, and you can choose the colors you want for the entire piece.  There is even a program on the site that allows you to choose your wall color, then adjust the decal’s colors so you can see how it will look in a variety of selections.  For example, with Bird Branches, I had the opportunity to choose not only the color of the branches, but the color of the blooms as well.  I was amazed with the number of color choices available!
  Detailed instructions, a couple of practice decals and a squeegee to help smooth out any bubbles were all included with the decal to make application a cinch!  Like many Dezign with a Z decals, Bird Branches is a removable vinyl decal so it won’t damage the walls when it is time to remove.
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   The first step was to spread it out on a flat surface and rub firmly over the entire decal with the squeegee in order to strengthen the bond between the decal and the transfer tape.
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   Then I removed the decal from the white backing a little bit to make sure the decal was sticking properly to the tape.
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  Next I placed the decal where I wanted it on the wall and smoothed the top edge onto the wall to make it stick. I then peeled off the white backing starting at the top and pulling downwards towards the bottom, smoothing with my hand as I went.  I continued this all the way down until the entire decal was attached to the wall.  I then went back over it with the squeegee to make sure there were no air bubbles or wrinkles.
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  Then I slowly began removing the transfer tape starting at a top corner and slowly pulling it down.  I had no problems with the decal remaining on the transfer tape, but if this does happen, simply roll it back up, repress firmly against the wall, then began peeling it off again.
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  Finally I took a clean, smooth cloth and went over the entire decal, pressing firmly, to further remove any air bubbles.
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   Now it was time to add the blooms!  I simply pulled them off the sheet one at a time, and put them on the decal where I wanted them to go.
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  Voila!  Instant improvement!  The decal looks so good, it’s almost as though an artist came in and painted it on the wall!
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My Verdict
  I love it!  Now, instead of a boring blank wall, I have a pretty piece of artwork that adds color and character to my home.  This is one of the best decals I have used in that the vinyl is very easy to work with and is extremely durable.  The colors look exactly as they did on the site, and are bright and bold.  I definitely recommend Dezign with a Z vinyl decals to anyone looking to add a bit of flair to their home. Dezign with a Z decals are an inexpensive and simple way to decorate your apartment, condo, dorm or house and make it into your home!

   Dezign with a Z has offered a discount code exclusively for you, my readers!  Enter the code BULLOCKS10 to get a 10% discount on your entire order from Dezign with a Z.

  One lucky Bullock’s Buzz reader will win a $30 gift certificate from Dezign with a Z!  Simply enter the Giveaway Tools form below.  This giveaway will begin today and will end March 8th at 7pm. Open WORLDWIDE!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Soft Scrub–Total All Purpose Cleanser

Win Two Coupons for Free Soft Scrub! & A Sweepstakes (ends 3/22)

   Growing up Soft Scrub was a cleaning staple in our house for our bathrooms.  So once I was on my own, I naturally used it in my home as well.  It has always done a great job on sinks, tubs and toilets, and though I remember the original version being a bit gritty and difficult to rinse, it never damaged any surfaces and left everything sparking clean.  Now, Soft Scrub has come out with a new, improved version, Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser!
   This new formula has increased cleaning power and a new bottle design and cap for better dispensing and spill prevention.  It also has a fresh, clean lemony scent that is much less over-powering than the original formula, and it makes cleaning a bit more pleasant!
    I had the two perfect places to give this new lemon cleanser Soft Scrub a test run: my stainless kitchen sink and our bathtub!  I was extremely pleased with the results! 
  Since I have used the original version of Soft Scrub I wasn’t at all worried about it being too abrasive and scratching the stainless sink (any more than it already is!), but I was hoping it would get rid of some of the stains that had been in the sink since we moved in a few months ago.  I put just a small amount of the lemon cleanser in the sink, grabbed a damp sponge and went to town.  This formula is a lot less gritty and not as thick than what I was used to, and it did a wonderful job of getting all of the stains out of the sink.  Plus, when it came time to rinse, it was a cinch!  With the original formula, I used to have to rinse quite a few times and sometimes even use the sponge since the cleanser was so thick and gritty.  With the new Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleanser, it rinsed away quickly and thoroughly!  My sink was left shiny clean, with a lingering lemon scent. 
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   Next was the yucky, grimy bathtub which, I am ashamed to say, has been in desperate need of a good scrubbing!  Well, I was amazed to find that there was very little scrubbing involved with Soft Scrub Total!   With a sponge, a good squirt of Soft Scrub and just a small amount of elbow grease, our tub was soon white and shining!  And once again, the Soft Scrub rinsed away quickly and thoroughly.
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My Verdict
   I am thrilled with Soft Scrub Total All Purpose formula!  It may be super tough on dirt and grime but it is gentle on surfaces!  Its lemony scent is very pleasant and not at all overpowering.  My sinks and tubs have never looked so bright and clean.  Since it is an all purpose formula, I know it can be used for many other things in addition to a lemon kitchen and bathroom cleanser. Learn even more by visiting the Soft Scrub Facebook page!
One Surface at a Time Sweepstakes
  Now through March 22, 2013 Purex is holding an awesome giveaway where one lucky entrant will win $1000 plus a year’s worth of Soft Scrub products!  250 second place winners will receive a coupon for a free Soft Scrub product!  You can enter the sweepstakes by clicking HERE or going to http://insiders.purex.com/onesurface?id=1139.
The Bullock’s Buzz Soft Scrub Coupon Giveaway
   Purex Insiders was super generous and not only sent me a free product to review, but they also sent coupons for free Soft Scrub products! One lucky reader will win 2 free product coupons, good for any Soft Scrub product! This giveaway will begin today and will end March 4th at 7pm CST. The Giveaway Tools form is really short and sweet so be sure to enter and tell your friends to enter too!  Open to USA and Canada!
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**Soft Scrub provided a free sample of their Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bathroom and Kitchen Cleanser so I could review it. All opinions are my own.


Monday, February 25, 2013

TruKid All Natural Hair and Skincare Products for Kids

It’s A Giveaway!!
   No one wants their kids to use products that are full of chemicals and other nasty ingredients.  We all want the best for our children.  My husband's niece has always had very sensitive skin, so she has to be careful with what products she uses not only on her skin, but her hair as well.  As soon as I heard about the TruKid line of all natural skin and hair care products for kids, I knew it would be perfect for her! 


   TruKid was created by a mother of six who wanted to find a better alternative than the chemical-filled, yucky-smelling (according to her children) bath products for children available. Using only natural ingredients with pure essential oils, she created the TruKid line.  To make the products even more appealing to children she combines bright, colorful and exciting packaging with fun, educational materials that help children learn to take care of themselves.  Each bottle is color coded and uses an simple symbol system so that even the smallest child can quickly see which product is for their hair, face and body.  Plus, the products are easy to use, smell ‘yummy’ and have all been kid approved!
  My niece, Ms. R, has the most beautiful, thick, long dark brown hair with a fair amount of natural curl, and along with curl comes tangles and dryness, so I couldn’t wait for her to try TruKid Silly Shampoo and Dancing Detangler!

Silly Shampoo

What They Say:  this shampoo is a mild, safe cleanser for kid’s sensitive skin that effectively removes surface dirt and oil without stripping the hair of its natural oils. It is lightly scented with natural essential oils.  It contains no parabens, SLS, artificial colors or fragrances, and it is a biodegradable formula.
What Ms. R Says: In response to my questions, Ms. R says she really likes the scent and it leaves my hair soft and shiny!  It lathers up pretty good and rinses out easily without leaving a greasy feeling.  And when I accidentally get some in my eyes, it doesn’t burn!   Once dried, my hair is very soft, shiny and easy to style!  I really like the pump because it makes it easier to get the perfect amount out without using too much or too little.  It doesn’t bother my skin either.

Dancing Detangler

What They Say:  this detangler has a special, non-sticky formula that takes the pain out of brushing.  Works great on hair of all ethnicities.  For younger children, use with parents help.
What Ms. R Says:  In response to my questions Ms. R says: I love this!  It smells really good, and gets all of the tangles out of my hair so when I brush it, there are no tangles and it doesn’t hurt to brush!  It doesn’t take a lot either.  I put it on right after I get out of the shower while my hair is still wet, just a few sprays and then I brush it through.  Once my hair is dry, it is soft and shiny and even with my curls I can comb it and not have any tangles.

My Verdict
   Although I can see how well it works on her hair, I wanted to give both the shampoo and detangler a try myself!  The shampoo really did lather well, especially for an all-natural product, and it has a very pleasant, light scent.  I also liked how quickly and easily it rinses out, and my hair was left squeaky clean.  Once dried, my hair was quite shiny and very soft.  I have naturally curly hair which tends towards the dry side, and I was impressed that the Silly Shampoo left it a lot less frizzy than it has been with other shampoos.
   As far as the detangler, I might have to get some for myself!  With all of my curls, my hair tends to stay tangled.  Once I sprayed the Dancing Detangler, I was able to run a comb through my hair with no snags and tangles, and after my hair dried, it was still tangle-free!
  I definitely recommend this line to anyone who has children, and even for yourself!  The entire line is extremely child-friendly with its fun product names, colorful packaging, color-coded system with easy to understand symbols, and its pleasant scents.  Ms. R.’s hair looks very soft and shiny with each use, and the detangler is wonderful!  As a parent, who could not like the fact that all of the ingredients are natural, and the products are safe to use without any of the yucky chemicals found in the majority of children’s bath and body products.  Plus, TruKid products are extremely affordable!

  TruKid can be purchased directly through the website,  as well as at several fine retailers. To see if there is a store near you, use the TruKid Store Locator.  They also offer a complete line of sun care products, bath care products, hair care products and an entire line especially for baby!  The site is very user friendly, and you can also find an entire section dedicated to children with cute bath-time and anytime songs, printable coloring pages, how-to lists, check lists and many more fun and educational activities!

   TruKid has generously offered a coupon code exclusively for Bullock’s Buzz fans!  This code is good for one FREE SunnyDays SPF 30+ face and body stick when you place an order for $30 or more via the TruKid website.   Use the code sunnymom.

   One lucky Bullock’s Buzz fan will get to try the same wonderful TruKid products (Silly Shampoo and Dancing Detangler)by entering the Giveaway Tools entry form below!  This giveaway is open to US residents, and it will begin tonight at 7pm CST and end at 7pm CST on March 7th .