Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Favorite Fall Scent

My favorite fall scent for my home is the smell of apples.  I adore Yankee Candle's MacIntosh scent but, due to price, I can't quite make myself spring for more than one of them a season.

Enter Glade Expressions Collection (see photo above).  I am a BzzAgent and, as such, I often get to try new products, often free of charge, and share my thoughts about them with friends & family.  And so it is with Glade Expressions.  I received, totally free, an oil diffuser and a fragrance mist in the scent of my choice.  So, when I saw "Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice" I knew that it was mine.

The fragrance mist is a refillable version of a spray air freshener and it works really well.  Because the refillable holder is contemporary, it blends well into my home decor and I can leave it out where it's handy instead of trying to remember which closet I stashed it in.

The oil diffuser is, to me, much better than the reed ones I've tried in the past that really don't scent the air after the first day or so unless you are religious about flipping them upside down.  You just click the card into place and never touch it again!  And, it's been more than 30 days since I set mine out and my living room still smell terrific!

Now, let me go on about the Fuji Apple & Cardamom fragrance.  Heavenly.  Light, fresh, juicy.  MUCH better than Yankee Candle's MacIntosh scent.  This could be a year-round scent for me!

I do have some coupons still that I haven't given out so shoot me an email if you'd like one, I'll even pay the postage to mail it to you if you like!

Have you tried the Glade Expressions line?  What did you think?


Friday, October 19, 2012

It's been a long time...

...since -I last wrote a blog post. Mostly because I just don't have the time like I used to. Partly because Facebook and Pinterest keep us caught up on a daily basis.

 So, here are things randomly:

 Bri & Andrew are turning 18 next Sunday. Andrew is registered to vote and received his Selective Service card in the mail yesterday. I love that he's taking his voting duty seriously and is trying to decide which Presidential candidate will get his vote.

 Bri is a Senior. She has applied to college and in another month or so we'll receive her acceptance or pending acceptance letter. She has applied to our local Big 10 University.

 I took the summer off from work which was really a no-brainer because I would have only had one child. Two children moved away and the third comes on a school-year schedule. Due to the summer off, I "lost" the last child. So I currently have only my sweet 3-year-old but in another two weeks I'll get his baby sister :).

 I've done some additional sewing and quilting. Finally finished up the red, white & blue quilt from 3 (!) years ago. I cleaned out my stash & got rid of things I didn't like. The rest I cut into either 5" or 2.5" strips to make a scrappy quilt of an as-yet undetermined pattern. I find lots of inspiration on Pinterest.

 I've been walking/jogging since mid-May. I've lot inches but not a lot of weight so a few days ago I added calorie-counting to my routine. I hope it helps! It certainly makes me think more about the portions of foods.

We had a terrific vacation in July in Traverse City, Michigan. We believe we've finally found the area we want to return to every year AND the area we'd like to retire in someday!

 My mind is a blank so I'll quit before I'm done:)
 Happy end of October!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Meijer Gallery Wrapped Canvas photo prints

I have been remiss in sharing with you this wonderful product! Have you heard of these? Seen these? Done one yourself? This picture of Dr. Love & I is actually a photo of my own canvas print. I was able to try out Meijer Gallery Canvas Prints for myself absolutely free because I am a BzzAgent!

What does that mean to be a BzzAgent? BzzAgent is all about social advertising. I get to try samples of products (sometimes full size!) and report to the companies who provide them-free of charge!-as well as spread the word (my opinion) to my friends & acquaintances. Almost always I am provided with coupons to pass out as well J Interested in becoming a BzzAgent yourself? Find out more here:

So, the Gallery Canvas Print described on Meijer’s website:

“It's simple to bring your favorite photo to the Meijer Photo Center and have it transformed into a Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print—overnight. How? Just upload the photo to the HP kiosk, choose the canvas size you'd like and submit your order. Then come back the next day to pick up your beautiful work of art!

Your photo will be printed on high-quality, Gallery Wrapped Canvas that is ready to hang immediately—no need for extra framing.”

It really was that simple! Choosing which picture to use took longer and was much harder than uploading and ordering at the in-store kiosk. (By the way, “kiosk” is one of my favorite words—I don’t know why but I like how it sounds and how it’s spelled!) I don’t take very many photos that are artistic in nature/quality. Usually I’m just snapping with my iPhone to text to someone or post on FaceBook. Because of that, I had a really hard time deciding which photo to use for my free print. I finally chose this one of Dr. Love & I from the first Christmas we were dating, because I really do love it and because I only had it as a 3x5.

So, I spent maybe 5 minutes total from the time I entered Meijer until I was back out in my car. The upload was simple to do. And the pick up the next day was easy-peasy too J

I do have one caveat: I think a photo that isn’t as dark would look much better than mine. I’ve seen some great examples posted by other BzzAgents and they all look terrific!

This would be a terrific gift to a newly-engaged couple, for new parents & grandparents. How cool would it be to take in a child’s artwork & have it made into a gallery print?! The possibilities are endless and because the price, at around $40, is great, you’re only limited by what you can imagine! Check out to learn more about Meijer Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints. And let me know what you create!