Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dryzle Reverse Umbrella Giveaway

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 Dryzle Auto Open Reverse Folding Rain Umbrella Giveaway

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Open to US
3/25  12am ~ 4/08 11:59pm
TRV $22
The prize is a Dryzle Auto Open Reverse Folding Rain Umbrella for one of Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews Readers!!  YAY
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Thanks you to all of the bloggers promoting this giveaway! I appreciate all of you for your hard work and helping our readers get really awesome prizes! 
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Google Chromecast Audio At Best Buy

** The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. **

We're fans of Google Chromecast so when I was asked to review Google Chromecast Audio for Best Buy, I knew right away that this would be a big hit at our house! (Especially with the kids!) We have so many devices connected all at once and so many different styles of music being played at different times, anything that would help stream faster, easier, sound crisp and clean would be a bonus! 

We received 2 Google Chromecast Audio Products to play with for our review. This was great since there are 4 kids and 4 tablets not to mention how much we all love music! I was only hoping this would be a quick install without a gazillion apps to install and wires and connectors to buy, just to make these work. Sure enough, there everything we need was right inside this handy little box! 

My 13-year-old tore one of these open and immediately got to work. Within minutes, he was already here:

It really is pretty simple. You plug your Chromecast Audio into a speaker and into a wall socket, switch your speaker to AUX/LINE-IN and turn the volume up. Then you simply visit from your phone, tablet, or laptop. 

Listen To Your Favorite Tunes On Your Speaker

By using your phone, it's easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the house. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what's playing or draining your battery. 
(One of my most favorite features!) 

Crystal Clear Sound Powered By The Cloud

Use Chromecast audio to stream over Wi-Fi which has many advantages over BlueTooth including higher sound quality. 

Enjoy Hundreds Of Your Favorite Audio Apps

Stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find more at 

Play Music Everywhere With Multi-Room

Now you can easily fill every room in your home with synchronous music. Simply group Chromecast audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Help! My Internet Is Down!

One of the most frightening things that happen these days, sadly, is when the internet goes down. Of course, it isn't an emergency but, it is terribly annoying when you have a gazillion bills to pay, emails to open and reply to, several blog posts, scheduled social media posts, grocery orders, homeschool lessons, and you need to put money on your school kid's lunch accounts and check their grades.

Unfortunately, we seem to rely on the internet a little too much. Although, a lot of places, including schools, make it difficult not to. I also rely on it as a full-time job so it is necessary to have reliable service.

Verizon cell phone data is available but for a pretty hefty price. We do have data on our plan but my husband uses the majority of this while driving truck. He needs it to access maps, check traffic situations, most of the brokers and companies he deals with use some sort of website for everything. So, the leftover data allowance isn't much.

I tried to salvage what I could so I could check in on social media accounts, catch a few Pokemon, and check in with my internet service provider to see what kind of progress was being made on the outage. We have been having outages quite a bit lately. Since last fall to be exact. So, I'm in the market for a new provider. We live in a very rural area so we don't have much to choose from. matter of fact, we have just 2 options. (We had just one option until about a year ago.)

The kids have been a little annoyed due to not having access to certain games, apps, Youtube, and Instagram accounts, (Our 10-year-old was recently allowed to create an Instagram.) Apparently, this was only for her to follow One Direction and everybody in One Direction and post pictures of none other than, One Direction. She does manage to fit in a few minutes a day to message a couple of her friends, though! But when they start asking things like, "What are we supposed to do?" (Actually, it's more like, "WAT are we supposed to doooooowhohoooo?") I start to think that maybe they're on to much.

We do have times they are allowed to be online and there are "no screen times" each day and at meals. But, if they seriously can't find something to do with their time when the internet is down, it makes me think I should cut that time in half yet again. I mean, after all, I found plenty to do when I was a kid without internet!

Times are different and most kids have learning apps and even their schools have different websites and accounts to log onto. They read books on their tablets nowadays and can even play video games. They can chat with friends who live far away or just across town. This all got me thinking of each individual activity that is done online and what could replace it offline?

It is very hard to replace everything since it seems to be so hard to find a house phone that isn't being used as just a fax. I haven't even seen a pay phone in years! Letter writing is nice but we can't mail to an @ symbol. We need a physical address. (Pen pals are being worked on, though!) Video games can be played on a console or in the form of board games, card games, or any of the other several games we have. (We love board games and cards at our house!) Books and research, well, I am not particularly fond of eBooks so we have an extensive, physical library inside the house. Research is done often online since I haven't purchased a new set of encyclopedias in many years. There are plenty of toys here, plenty of crafts, we all love to bake and cook so we have that too! (If the weather was nicer outside, they'd be out there digging holes and drawing with sidewalk chalk.) I decided to add more things to our "power is out" or "the internet is out" bins.

We have a toy bench filled to the brim with board games and cards. There are some crafts in there as well. Then there is a massive bin filled with googly eyes, paper, crayons, colored pencils, various pipe cleaners, pom poms, paints, foam stickers, fabric paints, everything and anything that can be used to occupy kids of all ages. My favorite would be the drawer in the end table that has every set of Rory's Story Cubes ever created, tons of National Geographic books and Mad Libs and a few Farmers Almanacs. Believe it or not, that is the most used drawer in the whole house.

Even when the internet is up and running, the most fun times at our house are family time. Whether that is just watching movies, baking cookies, or playing games, it really doesn't matter.

What are some fun things you do when the power is out or you don't have WiFi?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fresh Step Compact Packs Giveaway

Fresh Step Compact Packs Giveaway
Fresh Step Compact Packs

Sponsored by:
Fresh Step®
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~1 Winner~
Open to US
2/12  12am ~ 2/26 11:59pm
5 Winners will receive 
Fresh Step Fresh Step Compact Packs
(an $18 coupon each)

Find Fresh Step®   on social media
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Check out Fresh Step® Paw Points®
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3. Redeem points for free litter, coupons, cat toys and more.
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 IMHO Views Reviews and Giveaways
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Win An Apple Watch + $50 From BeeSavy

Did you realize you can save even more money when you shop online? Not only is it easier to shop online – you can save more money and get paid to shop! Yes – shopping online lets you search for the best deal and when you shop through Beesavy you will earn cash back on all your online purchases. If you have never been paid to shop online, you are going to love this! It’s just 1 extra step and you shop. Beesavy keeps track of your purchases and gives you cash back on your purchases. Here are a few examples:
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  • Best Buy – 1.5%
  • Uber – up to $50
  • – 2%
  • 101 inks – 14%
  • – up to $8.75
There are over 2,000 of the top online brands where you can earn cash back! All your purchase will add up and Beesavy will send you money! Use this “free” money to pamper yourself or put it away for a mini getaway.

How to earn cash back with Beesavy:

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BONUS - If you shop online through Beesavy and you win this giveaway, Beesavy will give you an $50 bonus into your account!

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Giveaway Details:

  • Apple Watch + $50 bonus if you have made a purchase through your Beesavy account.
  • Dates: February 7-24 2017.
  • US Only
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Rustic Pathways I Love Travel Giveaway

Rustic Pathways I Love Travel Giveaway

Sponsored by:
Rustic Pathways
Hosted By
~1 Winner~
Open to US
2/1  12am ~ 2/15 11:59pm
$500 Travel Gift Certificate 
(either airline or hotel)

A special shout out to our Co-Hosts 
 Deliciously Savvy,  Fabulous and Brunette, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, IMHO Views Reviews and Giveaways InezbyDesign,  Michigan Saving and More, and Oh My Heart

Rustic Pathways is a leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students around the globe. Rustic Pathways was founded in 1983 and offers spring and summer break experiences as well as Gap Year programs and customized experiences for educators and small groups.

Operating in over 20 different countries, Rustic Pathways focuses on areas of interest from public health, medicine, and education to the environment and community service. 80 percent of Rustic Pathways travel programs involve a service element where students give back to the communities they are visiting. From Morocco to Myanmar, each program is designed to help students make meaning of their travel experiences, identify interests and passions, gain confidence, and grow as individuals.

Across the globe, Rustic Pathways employs local staff and fosters lasting relationships with the communities in which it operates, enabling students to have immersive and authentic travel and service experiences. Rustic Pathways  was recently voted the Best Youth Tour Operator at the 2015 World Youth Student and Travel Conference (WYSTC) by 7,500 young travelers. 

For more information call 800.321.4353 or visit You can also follow the company on Facebook or Instagram, watch  Rustic Pathways  on YouTube and check out the Rustic Pathways LinkedIn  page.  
Now for the fun stuff. This giveaway is open to US. There are daily bonus entries so please check back tomorrow. Share it with your family and friends, they'll want to enter to win too!!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rustic Pathways Blogger Opp

Blogger Opp:
$500 Rustic Pathways 
I Love Travel Giveaway

2/1 to 2/15~1 Winner~Open to US
Rustic Pathways
Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews

Blogger Opp #RusticPathways $500 I Love To Travel Giveaway Free and Paid Options #BloggerOpp #Giveaway @aarlreviews ~Tweet This

Each blogger will receive up to 3 Free links  
for posting and promoting this giveaway 
Giveaway Date
2/1 to 2/15
Open to US
 Giveaway will be 2 weeks long. Make sure if you are purchasing links they will be valid that long. We don't want blank entries.

$500 Traveling Certificate that may be used for either airline or hotel)

The more bloggers promoting ~ the bigger the results ~ the more giveaways we get to do together.

Sign Up Here or Below
Co-Hosts Needed
$5 for 5 additional links (up to 8 total) plus a backlink to your blog.
Adding social links $1.50 each or 3 for $4, limit 3
 (link to specific post required)
This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, etc
Daily links $2 each or 3 for $5 (Limit 3)
Daily Comments, retweets, post Shares, email sign ups, secret word, etc
(link to specific post required)

Any payment needed please send to as a friend/gift, RUSTIC in the notes

Posting will be required within 24 hours of launch. I hope to see you there.

If you have any questions about this giveaway please email Amy at or