Saturday, July 30, 2016

My Favorite Summer Drink to Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer #KeepOnCruzin

The days are heating up! And I'm so disappointed, it's been such a lovely summer so with this week getting so warm I've been trying to think of how I can actually keep myself cool without overdoing ice cream and gluten-free beer.



As a Santa Cruz Organic blog ambassador, when I got some Santa Cruz Organics agua fresca, I couldn't wait to try something new to end my evenings. This is such a refreshing drink to have in the summer and it is highly recommended if you want to cool off!

The Santa Cruz Orgganic Agua Fresca beverages come in three different varieties - pomegranate, mango passionfruit, and grapefruit. They are USDA Organic, Non GMO Project Verified, and come at a reasonable price ofa bout $3.20 - $3.49.  Make sure you read more about it here! 



Best of all, I'm happy to announce that one of my lucky readers will win 2 bottles of Agua Fresca as the prize. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 8/25. US Only.

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Can't wait for the giveaway to be over to try some? Make sure you visit this link to find out where you can get some of this amazing juice! .

Also be sure to follow Santa Cruz Organic on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for their newsletter.

I received products and compensation in exchange for my honest review.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

How Groupon Can Save Your Summer! #GrouponCoupons #ad #spon



Having fun in the summer time can get a little....expensive. And I don't know about you but I tend to run out of ideas really fast when it comes to thinking of ways that I can have fun or help others have fun. Ha ha. 

So I wanted to point your attention in the direction of the amazing things you can do with Groupon to save YOUR summer. 

First we all know about Groupon deals right? Well that's just the beginning and if you haven't wandered into the world of Groupon any time recently than I highly HIGHLY recommend you do now.

1) Clearance sales.

There are a lot of things you can find at deep discounts over at the Groupon clearance sale section. Seriously if you have something in mind you need, check over there first. Like this tailgate quad chair. Or this banzai splash water slide. Or this quadcopter drone. 



But if you can't imagine buying something from Groupon in their clearance side, or if you have your sites on something specific, they have great coupons you can take advantage of too . Like 20% off Busch Gardens in Tampa or this amazing deal you can find for Hotels.com (40% off!).

3) Getaways

And if you are planning a trip and you don't know where to go, make sure you peruse the getaways section. It just makes me want to travel so much browsing around these offers! Just take a look at this garden retreat in Oregon wine country! 

Makes for great gifts too!


But if you want to stay in your neighborhood, Groupon has deal for you there too. Just start looking around what you can have in your neck of the woods and there will be so much summer inspiration happening, I'm sure of it. 


Loving what you see? Well make sure you like them on Facebook  and follow them on Twitter.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

HP Back to School Sale - What's Your Future Laptop? #HPBTS2016

Get 15% Off at HP


Can it be that back to school is just around the corner? I just recently accepted that summer has begun!

I do have to say that I really miss the whole back to school lead up - from buying supplies to preparing for new starts and new teachers (or professors). It's just a fun process to me. And I know that technology matters SO much when it comes to making the grade, especially when I got to college it mattered a lot.  I remember all those online classes, I appreciated the existence of my laptop and being able to have access to good technology to help me with projects.

If this sounds like you or the kiddo in your life, I want to tell you about some GREAT deals that are happening with HP. They also have some pretty awesome deals going on for customizable laptops that are $699 or more (15% off anyone?). I love the idea of CUSTOMIZING my future laptop. By the way I'm very much into the idea of a touch screen laptop so this laptop is definitely in my future (I hope!)



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Is Culer Right For You? (My Review + Giveaway)

I had the chance to review the Culer Evaporative Cooler. Do you know what an evaporative cooler is? Well, if you don't know, it works very differently from an air conditioner. Evaporative coolers use water to extract heat from the air when it evaporates (which reduces the temperature of the air).  The Culer technology uses micro-droplets that simply flash evaporate which makes for better cooling.

I did a little research about evaporative coolers before using the "Culer" just to see how things would work differently for me. I found out that air flow is very important to making this work and so the opposite goes for an evaporative cooler than for an air conditioner. So, get those windows open and fans going!

evaporative cooler


So I set this up in the back bedroom that gets a pretty decent cross breeze. The Culer is really easy to set up. You just pour water into the back of it. I set it up so it coordinated with fans that I have in the window to really let the cooler air flow. 



The day that I used it wasn't on a particularly boiling hot day, but I noticed a significant difference in temperature in the bedroom that I used it in (I shut the door to this bedroom while the Culer was on, actually). It was at least ten degrees cooler in this room than in the other parts of my apartment. 

Noise level wise, I thought it was fairly loud but than during the summer, I am so used to having a million fans going, that I was used to it. My apartment tends to sound like an airplane hanger in the hottest summer days!

Honestly though since receiving the cooler, I've had maybe a couple of 80ish days. This works best in the bedroom I selected for it, though. I tried in the living room which is a bigger space and it didn't work QUITE as well during the hottest parts of the day but I still appreciated it.

NOTE: After sharing my experience with the Culer, I found out from the company contact I'm in touch with that actually that "no portable evaporative air cooler is designed to cool entire rooms / spaces/ homes. Portable evaporative air coolers are designed for personal cooling. So although they will not reduce the temperature of the air in the entire living room for example, our products will drop the temperature of the airflow or breeze that you control to provide you or a group with a far more cool and comfortable personal space within the surrounding setting (that will be warmer). "

I am eager to see how this will do in the days where it's REALLY hot. If I can keep at least one bedroom very cool I would be so happy. I think though that this is more of a personal air conditioner. (but remember, it isn't really an air conditioner! It works differently  - more like a personal air COOLER that helps cool me off no matter where I'm at; which is a pretty awesome perk).

Some additional info provided to me by Culer

"If you place any type of portable evaporative air cooler (ours or another product) in an enclosed space (all windows and doors shut), you will add humidity to the room, reduce the cooling performance and, over time, get things damp. So great that you made your readers aware.

If you use indoors to supplement the AC (AC is still running), however, you can use your portable flash-evaporative cooler without opening all windows and doors to the outside. You just need to use in a larger open space (near an entryway) to allow for circulation – the AC will help to circulate the air and remove humidity. Again, If you are using indoors without an AC (or the AC is off), it is recommended that you open windows or doors to allow for circulation and ventilation. Following these tips should maximize cooling, limit the increase in humidity and almost eliminate the chance of getting anything damp."
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Right now you can purchase the on Amazon for $199,  And you know I took a peek at their Duet and on Amazon for $249. I'd say that is a really good deal - and personally, I'd go for the Duet, I think that's a perfect deal for the summer time! 

I am very excited that one of my lucky readers can win a Solo Culer for themselves! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 7/31. US Only.

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I received a Solo Culer in exchange for my honest review. Note: Culer provided me with additional information on how the Culer and how evaporative cooler's work so I wanted to be sure to provide that to my readers.

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