@MeadFiveStar Giveaway Blogger Op with Free & Paid Options

School is just around the corner, and that means school gear is in high demand! If you’re a blogger and want the chance to join a great back to school giveaway, join the @MeadFiveStar Giveaway!

There are both free and paid options with this giveaway, and it will run from August 1st through August 15th. All the information you need to join is below!



This is a Blogger Opp for a great giveaway of


Mead Five Star Giveaway 

1 Winners

(ARV $70)

Hosted by:

Amy & Aron’s Real Life Reviews

Free and Paid Options 
Co-Hosts Wanted and Needed
Click Here: Announcement Post

or below


This is a giveaway for Mead Five Star Expandable 2 Inch Binder with Zipper & Mead Five Star Expandable Backpack ($70 ARV)
Each blogger will receive 2 free links for posting and sharing (Facebook & Twitter). 
Open to US

Start 8/1/15


Co-Hosts & Paid links will be listed on the main form. 
If you would like to co-host this event it will be $7 for 5 extra links (plus your 2 free links+ 7 total) and a back link to your blog. (Daily comments email sign-ups secret word pages & all other premium links are included in those 5 co-host links so get crafty!)
Premium links for co-hosts to add on are $1, limit 5 extra


(or additional co-host links over limit)

Secret word pages are $3
Adding social links or Daily Comments, retweets etc $2 each, limit 5
email sign ups $2
If Co-Hosting or purchasing links- send to grovesamy81@gmail.com as a gift,  Mead in the notes.
Posting will be required within 24 hours of launch.




Please share 3-4 times a week. The success of the giveaways depends on how much they are seen.

I hope to see you there.

If you have any questions or comments about this giveaway, please contact Amy & Aron’s Real Life Reviews at grovesamy81@gmail.com

Entirely Too Much Noise

ear plugs photo

Today was a rough day around the Shuey household. Neither of my kids were feeling well, and they definitely let me know it by screaming and whining all day. Ellie just woke up in a bad mood because she didn’t sleep well, and Aubrey is cutting two molars. I woke up with a massive sinus headache, so every little noise made me cringe. Add my neighbor across the road spending repairing his tin roof on the barn in his backyard for most of the day and a crew from the power company trimming trees over the main power line. By noon I was wishing I had a really good pair of molded ear plugs to cancel out some of the noise.

Somehow I managed to keep my cool and make it through the day. I can only hope for a quieter day tomorrow. If all else fails I’ll load us all up and hit the in-laws pool. It should be a cure for crabby kids and a nice way to relax!

Photo by 4nitsirk

Create Something Awesome with Cricut

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If you have been following along with my Cricut Explore series you have now learned all about the things Cricut offers like the Cricut Explore One™, Cricut Explore Air™ and Cricut Design Space™. Are you ready to put it all together to make some really neat custom creations?

Getting started is easy.

New Cricut machine owners are just getting familiar with their machines, so it’s a great idea to take advantage of the free Make it Now™ projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™.

If you need a fun but easy starter project, the 3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile makes a great project to create for baby shower decor or even as a gift! Speaking of baby stuff, Cricut is great for creating your own cards for any occasion. There is even a whole section full of everything baby including this cute baby shower card.

Make or personalize that gift!

Do you need a great gift for a birthday party or other event? With Cricut Explore machines you can easily create a gift or even personalize something you’ve already purchased. 

This sparkly pineapple t-shirt is easy to make, and all you need is a blank shirt, a roll of Cricut Iron-on, and images from the Cricut® Summer Love image set.

Want to personalize a gift like a purse or sweatshirt? Add monogram initials or even a fun image (think of all the ones you can get for free!) with your Cricut machine and Cricut Iron-on.

Create your own event decor.

Whether you’re decorating for a birthday party or making your own decorations, favors, etc, for a wedding, you’ll find some neat ideas in Cricut’s Design Space. You will find an incredible number of project examples are available in the Design Space, and they are categorized by type and level making it super easy to find exactly the type of project you need. You can also find a ton of great ideas for projects on Cricut’s Blog and Pinterest page.

Are you a crafter in need of a Cricut? Cricut is offering $20 off any Explore One bundle and free shipping with code JULYSHIP.

The summer season is a perfect time to get your very own Cricut machine and familiarize yourself with Design Space and all the incredible projects you can create. Try out a few projects each month and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. By the time the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be a Cricut pro and will wow your friends and family with your stunning crafting skills!

Do you already own a Cricut machine? Take advantage of the Cricut July Mystery Box to get $102.95 worth of mystery cartridges and other “mysterious” items for only $29.99!