Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Beauty Counter Giveaway

Welcome to a very exciting giveaway, I love to be able to work with a new blogger and a wonderful product. I love the way the more and more products are moving towards more natural ingredients and go for a simpler way to use a great product. Read below about Beauty Counter and their product line. There is a video as well at the bottom. Take a moment to check out this great new product, stop on over to A Lovely Feather and of course.. don't forget to enter the giveaway!  Good luck and spread the word...

Hi! My name is Sarah Featherstone, and I’m so excited to be here! I’m a wife and stay-at-home mom to a one-year-old son, Rowan. When not chasing him around, you can find me over at A Lovely Feather and most recently, growing my business with Beautycounter, a non-toxic brand of beauty products and cosmetics that are invigorating, safe and effective. beauty counter 3I’m a conscious consumer, especially when it comes to what I eat, but I had never thought much about the safety of the products I put on my skin. When I found out I was pregnant, however, I started thinking about how every choice I made also affected my growing child. When I started looking for safe products, I was surprised that the beauty industry is largely self-regulated. The last federal law regulating the ingredients used in beauty products was passed in 1938. The EU has banned over 1,300 ingredients known to be harmful; the U.S. has banned only 11. Companies don’t have to disclose what’s in the products they’re selling, even if the ingredients are known toxins. beauty counter 2 Beautycounter is hoping to change that. They have over 1,500 harmful ingredients that they will never use, and one of the strictest safety standards in the industry. The company has partnered with several nonprofits, including the Breast Cancer Fund and Healthy Child Healthy World, and they are working to help change the legislation regarding the beauty industry. Beautycounter giveawayWhen I found out what Beautycounter was doing, I knew I wanted to be a part of the mission. And, after I tried their products, I was sold. The products were the best I had ever used, and most importantly, I knew they were safe so I could feel good using them. It’s been a wonderful experience so far working with Beautycounter, and I’m thrilled to be here offering a chance to win one of our best-selling products! The Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm is one of our perfect lip moisturizers, formulated with regenerating oils and flower extracts. It’s great worn alone, or paired with your favorite Lip Sheer. You’ll love it! Beautycounter giveaway To enter, follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below. You have a total of nine chances to enter! A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, May 6. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway **For more information on any of the products or on how to get involved, contact Sarah via her Beautycounter website or at alovelyfeatherblog [at] For more information about Beautycounter, please watch the video below. Attachments area Preview YouTube video Introducing Beautycounter Introducing Beautycounter

Monday, April 27, 2015

H2OGO! Triple Water Slide - Giveaway

I am working with A Spectacled Owl this week on a very fun Giveaway. Four lucky winners will end up with an H2OGo Water slide. See below and enter for your chance to win. I have been meeting some new blogging friends and have enjoyed the chance to work with them. Stop by all the co-hosts as well and visit. 

Welcome to the H2OGO! Triple Water Slide Giveaway Sponsored by H2OGO! Hosted by A Spectacled Owl
Summer will be here before we know it and that mean trips to the beach, hanging outside with friends, picnics in the park and fun times with our families. Wouldn't it be fun to have something new and exciting in your backyard?
H2OGO! has a new line of water slides that will bring a smile to the face of parents that remember summertime fun in their backyards as kids and to the faces of kids, who will love the new features of the H2OGO! Backyard Water Slide. This fun slide features a Speed Ramp, which is a tough, inflatable launch pad that will help propel you head-first down the 18-foot slide and soften the initial "flop" as you start your ride. The Splash Lagoon is under the Speed Ramp and funnels water throughout the slide so there won't be any slow spots and it'll be a smooth, fun ride the entire time.
You can choose either a single, double or triple slide, so no matter how many kids you have or how many neighborhood kids come over to have fun, there will be plenty of room for everyone! You can buy the H2OGO! Backyard Water Slide on Amazon and at Toys 'R Us.
Now for the giveaway! We're giving away FOUR triple H2OGO! Backyard Water Slides!
  • 4 winners will each win their own H2OGO! Triple Slider Water Slide
  • Open to US Only
  • Winners will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter via
  • Giveaway ends May 11th at 11:59pm PT
  • Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen
  • A Spectacled Owl & associated blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter Rafflecopter
  • Only one entrant per household
  • Void where prohibited
  • Entering the Rafflecopter means you agree to terms above

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Zoku Giveaway

    I am working with Karen at Karen's Got Mail this week for an awesome giveaway. I don't know about you but with kids home during the summer you need to have something fun to do and something fun to make. This product is both. Enter for your chance to win and stop by and visit the co-hosts. Good luck! 
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.
Welcome to the Zoku Ice Cream Maker & Triple Pop Maker Giveaway, hosted by Karen’s Got Mail! I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this giveaway!
Zoku carries a variety of household items, including their Quick Pop Maker, Ice Cream Maker and also a selection of Recipes Books. Included in this giveaway is Zoku's Ice Cream Maker and Triple Pop Maker.
ZOKU Ice Cream Maker
The Zoku Ice Cream Maker is very easy to use and makes ice cream in less than ten minutes! Some of the delicious desserts that can be made are ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, or sherbet. Included with the Ice Cream Maker is one stainless steel bowl, protective sleeve, and spoon. You can read the full review here.
The Zoku Triple Pop Maker makes different flavored ice pops in as little as seven minutes! You can make ice pops, fruit pops or frozen pops. Included with the Triple Pop Maker is one quick pop maker, six sticks, six drip guards, and one super tool.
You can follow Zoku on their social media pages to keep up with all their latest updates.
One lucky reader is going to win this prize package from Zoku including one Ice Cream Maker & one Triple Pop Maker (ARV $75). To enter just use the Giveaway Tools form. Giveaway is open to US residents. Giveaway is from 4/27-5/11.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring decorating - A guest post

I have a new guest host today for the blog, her name is Kathleen Crane and she has such great ideas for your patio designs. I love the patio set examples as well as ideas for refreshing your patio or plastic furniture. We are doing so much building and yard planning so for me this put a new spin on how to decorate. 

Thank you Kathleen for such great ideas.


DIY: New Colours for Your Patio Set

If you are among those people who prefer to take a well – deserved rest at home, enjoying 

the greenery and the tranquility in the backyard instead of going to noisy, crowded places, 

then there is nothing more inspiring than relaxing on a patio that looks as beautiful as you 

have always wanted. Actually, there is no need to invest a considerable amount of money 

in making it look good when you can just opt for the less expensive alternative – unlock 

your creativity and take up a patio remodeling project that will save you time, energy and 

last but not least – unnecessary expenses. So let's get started and see what you can do 

with the patio you would love to see redecorated and colorful.

 If you have plastic furniture and their 

color is too boring for your liking, go 

ahead and repaint them in a color 

that meets your preferences. Make 

the chairs look great without posing a 

difficulty to your budget. Spray paint is 

a great option that even allows you to 

combine several colours, make dots 

and anything you might think of.

Stylish collection of outdoor chairs

 There is noting more stylish than white patio set, accompanied by cushions in a 

darker colour, for example brown or dark blue. Don't be afraid to make experiments 

and find the design that most appeals to you.

 Flowers play an important role in the 

overall appearance of your patio. Plant 

several pots, place them on the patio and 

enjoy their beauty when they are in 

 Painting the flower pots is another idea for 

making the patio cheerful without creating 

that feeling that makes your friends and 

family think you've put more colours than 

necessary. Limit yourself to using three or 

four colours – for example green, red, 

brown and yellow should be enough. You can consult with Gardeners in SW11 if 

you need any additional help.

Colored pots

 Who says that the patio table has to be made of plain wood? You can buy one,

made from another material, which will allow you experiment with the colours and

shades you like most.

 The paper lanterns can make your patio look wonderful and the best of all is that

they are really inexpensive and yet – effective when you want to create a cosy

 Have you ever thought of placing colourful tiles on your patio and making it look

beautiful? Plus, tiles will prevent weeds from growing, which means you will save

time and efforts for removing them. If you already have your patio tiled but the

colour is too ordinary, grab the brush and paint the tiles.

 Add an interesting feature to the design. If you want to have something that reflects

your personality and yet, it is not too obtrusive, why don't you try with a label you

can hang on the wall? You love the sea? Paint your label in blue, write something

catchy, add a few decorative starfishes and you are done. Simple, enjoyable and

 Don't exclude the rugs from the design of the patio. It can change its entire mood in

no time. However, you have to choose a rug that match the colour of the rest of the

furnitures as well as the cushions.

 Add a large umbrella in matching colour and you will be able to tell the great

difference in the outlook of your patio before and after.

 Turn your patio into a lovely pavilion. It is easier than you think. You just have to

buy a set of curtains in your favourite colour. As far as the structure of your pavilion

is concerned, the parts needed can be found in the DIY section of every hardware

 Make your patio look just glamorous by adding lighting in different colours – a

chandelier or battery operated twinkle lights.

Painting the flower pots is another idea for making the patio cheerful without creating that feeling that makes your friends and family think you've put more color than necessary. Limit yourself to using three or four colors. For example green, red and yellow should be enough. You can consult with Gardneres in SW11 if you need any additional help.


DIY is a new theme on the blog this month..What are your ideas? Share with me? Guest host with Me? 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Nail pops and cracks have begun

    Well, I was wishing and wishing for warm weather but it seemed that when we had our one week of nice weather it seems the house is starting to settle. I guess I was na├»ve all Winter thinking we had escaped the dreaded pops and general house settling. What I didn't realize was how quickly these things happen. There is no slow sliding of the nails it literally just pops.

 The capped wall upstairs has cracked twice and the kitchen is starting to have its own issues. The counter is separating from the wall. We have already told our project Manager and he had someone fix it two months ago but it has started to split again.

I understand that all of these things are normal and that Ryan Homes will fix it but its just a bit surprising when it starts.

We painted two rooms and the day it was done was the day I started to notice the pops and cracks so we will be holding off on painting anything else for another year. I just don't want to go over the time and expense to only have to touch it up or have something that doesn't blend well. Our ten month inspection won't be until the end of September so for now we will make our list and move our attention to the outside of our house.

We have been gathering our information from landscapers and getting quotes to see how much it will cost to put our yard in. We are on the curve of our cul-de-sac so our yard is in a pie shape. We have a nice tree line but its a little tangled and could use a once-over.

Ryan Homes builders that have put in yards or flower beds? Do you have any advice? Anything that worked for you or didn't?

Send me your ideas if you have them. I am also looking for a building guest blogger so if anyone is interested let me know. You can do outside tips, inside or even just guest blog about your building experience. Email me at if you would like to be a guest.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All natural beauty products Giveaway!

I am so excited to be promoting a giveaway with such great products. The giveaway will end on April 30th so please see below and enter for your chance to win.
All Natural Beauty Products Giveaway

An amazing prize pack with all skin care products made from high-quality, all-natural, and organic ingredients to ensure the best care for your skin! Pamper yourself today with these 3 wonderful products you will surely love to indulge in. Relax, enjoy, and GOOD LUCK!
Thank you to the amazing bloggers that are helping me promote this giveaway! You all are the best!

All Natural Beauty Products Giveaway

Ends 4/30

Hosted By: Everything Home Life

Sponsored By:


ONE Lucky Winner will receive
Organic Seaweed Facial Mask and Body Wrap Like having your own European Spa Treatment in the comfort of your own home! Chemical free & perfect for use on sensitive skin, dryness, rashes, acne, and much much more!
Cutis Vita Moisturizer An Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream That Revitalizes and Hydrates Your Face and Body. Made From the Highest Quality All Natural Ingredients.
Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean.

Click on the following images for the Full Review written by Everything Home Life

Open to U.S. Only 18+ may enter
Disclaimer: This giveaway is not endorsed, affiliated or associated with any social media networks. Winner will be randomly selected by Giveaway Tool Winner Selection. Winner’s name, email address & shipping information will be sent to sponsor for prize fulfillment. Sponsor is solely responsible for shipment of the prize. Everything Home Life and any other blogs promoting this giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
If you have any questions concerning this giveaway, please contact Everything Home Life directly @ EverythingHomeLife (at) gmail (dot) com.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

18" BBQ Grill Brush with Scraper - A Review

                  Spring is FINALLY here and so is the tell tale smell of neighbors breaking out their grills. I love that smell and the way it makes me long for warm weather, deck sitting and new grill recipes. My husband is an excellent grill man and takes pride in having a clean area to work. We are forever on the hunt for the perfect grill brush. When I was asked to do a review this past week on a 18" BBQ grill brush, I knew this review was meant for me.

               My grill brush arrived in my Amazon box and I couldn't wait to open it and get grilling. We had bone in country ribs marinating and we were ready to rock. After my husband was done cooking us our yummy dinner I asked him what he thought of his new grill brush.

My husband stated that he really did like the brush and that the bristles were strong. The way it cleaned the grill worked well. The extended handle was nice for when the flames were getting a bit high and the brush was very sturdy.

Things he would change - The brush head felt small, we have a 3 burner grill so having the head be a bit wider would have nice. Even though the bristles were strong, for someone like my husband that spends a lot of time grilling he didn't thing the brush would last all season.

Great value for the brush and the extended handle is a great feature. You can try this brush out from Amazon! Get Grilling and Enjoy the Spring.