Mailbox Freebies: October

I’m very happy with all the free goodies I received this past month. I discovered a really cool phone app called Very Dice. It’s completely free to use and easy way to get some real free stuff of your choice. All you have to do is roll dice which will earn you tickets that you can redeem for real stuff! There is a huge variety of things you can work towards. Join today and start winning free stuff! If you use my referral code (1099269) you will get extra rolls! Click here to download it today.

***Complimentary Magazines***

Reward Survey

  1. Glamour
  2. Rolling Stone
  3. Allure
  4. Real Simple
  5. Shape
  6. Field & Stream

Reward Bee

  1. Entertainment Weekly
  2. Vanity Fair
  3. Cosmopolitan
  4. Good Housekeeping
  5. Cooking Light
  6. Marie Claire
  7. Woman’s Day
  8. Redbook
  9. Bon Appetit

Value Mags

  1. Outdoor Life
  2. Better Homes & Gardens
  3. Family Circle

Recyclebank

  1. Car & Driver
  2. The Red Bulletin
  3. This Old House
  4. Road & Track
  5. Everyday with Rachael Ray

Mercury Magazines

  1. Popular Mechanics
  2. Elle
  3. Weight Watchers
  4. Entrepreneur
  5. Harper’s Bazaar

Magazine Gold Card  (Swagbucks or PinchMe)

  1. Taste of Home Simple & Delicious
  2. Yoga Journal
  3. PeopleStyle **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  4. Money

Miscellaneous

  1. In Touch November Devotions
  2. Turning Points Devotional magazine
  3. Highlights High Five (1/3 issues)
  4. Cook’s Country
  5. Zoobooks, 5 issues (Tomoson)
  6. Zoodinos, 5 issues (Tomoson)

***Freebies & Free Samples***

– Obsessed by Calvin Klein perfume samples

– Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray ( Generation Good Mission)

– Pure Growth Organics Cheddar Monkeys & Crispy Rice Squares

– 3 Dunkin Donuts Bakery Series samples (Dulce de Leche, Blueberry Pancake, and Coconut Caramel)

– Disabled American Veterans gift (Christmas stickers, address labels, and notepad)

– Derma-e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal mask

– Meow Mix Simple Servings sample

– 3 Magnolia Orchid samples from Skincare Jungle (All Around Eye Gel, Facial Hydrating Gel Cream,and Rose Hydrating Gel Mask)

– Hello Kitty brush set, Brushegg, and makeup brush dryer (VeryDice app)

– Unibelle Women’s Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Loose Fitting Casual Tunic Top Blouse available on Amazon (@jnfeguo on Instagram sent the top for free in exchange for an honest review) 

– 4 SmartyPants Probiotic samples (2 Lemon Creme and 2 Blueberry)

– Acidophilus Probiotic (Nature’s Bounty Rewards)

– 2 TeMana samples (NONI Brightening Toner & NONI Brightening Serum)

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The Feast VoxBox & My First Unilever CrowdKit

Feast VoxBox

This past November I was fortunate to receive another VoxBox from Influenster (my fifth one this year)! And this was another one filled with multiple products to try out. And the best of all, it was a food related VoxBox! I received a pack of Arnott’s TimTam biscuits, French’s Crispy Fried Onions, a coupon for a free Country Crock’s buttery sticks pack, Del Monte Fresh Cut Golden Corn, and 2 varieties of Bigelow Teas.

I honestly enjoyed everything in this voxbox. My two favorite products from this voxbox are the TimTam biscuits and the Bigelow teas. The TimTam biscuits were delicious (& a bit addictive) and both Bigelow teas were delightful.  The Del Monte Corn tasted a little bit more fresh than regular canned corn I’ve tried in the past and the Country Crock Salted Buttery sticks paired nicely with it. I also enjoyed trying out French’s Crispy Jalepenos. I used the crispy jalapenos as a topping to some taco rice which added a nice touch of crunch and extra kick.

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Unilever Crowdtap Crowdkit

In addition to receiving the Feast VoxBox from Influenster, I also received an Unilever Crowdkit from Crowdtap last November. I enjoyed trying out all of these goodies! The Nexxus shampoo & conditioners were my favorite products! I noticed the biggest difference with these products. My hair was so much easier to brush through. Dove antiperspirant/deodorant in the scent Fresh was nice. I was unsure if I would like this scent but was pleasantly surprised to find that it smelled very nice. The two products I were disappointed with was Dove Clinical Protection because I found that it didn’t perform well at all. And, while the Pond’s MoistureClean Towelettes did well at removing my makeup, it also managed to irritate my skin some.

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** I received all the above products from Influenster and Crowdtap for free in exchange for an honest review.**

Mailbox Freebies: December

Happy 2018! Hope everyone has had a good start to the new year. My apologies for the delay for this update of all the freebies and complimentary products I have been sent in exchange for an honest review and/or social sharing. Things got a little crazy over the holiday season and I am still in the process of readjusting to my boyfriend’s new schedule at his job.

I have decided, after much thought, that I need to take a little bit of step back from freebie hunting. So these monthly e-mails updates will no longer be sent out. I will still do posts from time to time, just not these monthly updates. I would like to spend the next months focusing on getting this blog more organized and posting more 27 Shades of FREE series posts.

I would like to take the time to address a subject matter that I know there are people who have questions about. If you are a part of the product reviewing community on Instagram, you may have noticed people talking about being sent clothes from certain individuals to review on Amazon. When I first started seeing this a lot, they offered to send it directly, and then you got the item via promotional code (only having to cover a few bucks out of pocket), and now they ask people to purchase the items first and then they will refund the money to you via Paypal. Why are they doing this? The simple answer is because of Amazon and their guidelines for reviews. If you receive an item for free or for deep discount they may not let you post a review for it due to concerns that your review will be perceived as bias by readers of the reviews. I have just recently within the last 48 hours became aware of this fact. Additionally, I also found out (the hard way) a few of my most recent reviews of clothing were removed without my knowledge (due to the bias concerns). While I understand why Amazon removed the reviews, it does bother me that I received no kind of notification of the removals including the reasons why. They didn’t have to send an e-mail for every single one, but after removing a few they should have notified in my opinion. I didn’t mean to complain, I just wanted to pass along this new knowledge information I have gained for readers who may find it useful to know.

Now to the free stuff! As usual, a bunch of magazines were received but I decided to not post every single one. I did, however receive one new one (listed below).

Thank you, again, for taking the time to read this post.

*** New Complimentary Magazines***

Magazine Gold Card  ( via PinchMe)Vogue

***Freebies & Free Samples***

Good Earth tea sample of Mango Chili Bang Bang

3 pairs of GoodNites

Secret Freshies product in Luxe Lavender (Shopper Army)

Nightdress via Instagram (joy_fashion799)

Smarty Squad pack (2018 Calendar with stickers & Vitamin samples of Masters, Teen Complete, and Kids Complete)

Artiste Headphones (JumpSend discount + Amazon gift card balance to pay remaining balance)

A free mini-snuggle bear (Snuggle Bear Den)

Kleenex Facial Cleansing

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Daily Facials

These Kleenex Facial Cleansing Daily Facials wipes are convenient to use because there is no need for water. These also have a nice smell to them that I like. Unfortunately, these slightly irritate my skin (slight burning sensation for about 30 seconds to a minute) and the irritation is worse around my eyes. I was surprised these irritated my skin because I don’t have sensitive skin. Disappointed this isn’t a product for me but I am hoping I have a better experience with the eye makeup remover and exfoliating cushions. I received these for free to try out courtesy of @forestann on Instagram.

Exfoliating Cushions

I am liking these Kleenex Facial Cleansing Exfoliating Cushions a lot. Add water to the blue side and rub to activate the cleanser. After using the blue side, use the white side as a finishing polish. These have a nice smell and the cleanser is gentle. These can be used for all skin types.

Eye Makeup Remover

The Eye Makeup Remover pads work okay. They worked well enough to remove my eye makeup (as long as I used 1 per eye) but these do irritate my eye area so I don’t see me becoming a costumer for these anytime soon until a new formula is used.

**I received all of these new Kleenex Facial Cleansing products completely free in exchange for posting about them on Instagram. If you’re interesting in potentially trying these products out for free, follow Forestann on Instagram to find out more about this new line from Kleenex and for giveaway opportunities.**

Mailbox Freebies: November

I got some really good freebies in November. My favorites were the Feast VoxBox and the Crowdtap Unilever Crowdkit. I also received a few new free sample subscriptions. Speaking of subscriptions, I’ve decided to only list the new ones I received instead of listing every one of them. What good freebies did you receive last month?

***NEW Complimentary Magazines***

Value Mags

  1. Diabetic Self-Management
  2. Family Fun (2 Issues)

Mercury Magazines

  1. Food Network

***Freebies & Free Samples***

Feast VoxBox from Influenster

  • Arnott’s TimTam Biscuits (Original)
  • Bigelow Tea (2 tea bags)
  • French’s Crispy Jalapenos
  • Country Crock Buttery Sticks coupon
  • Del Monte Fresh Cut Gold Sweet Whole Kernel Corn

Unilever Crowdkit from Crowdtap

  • Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
  • Nexxus Humectress Conditioner
  • Dove Invisible Solid (Fresh)
  • Dove Clinical Protection (Cool Essentials)
  • Pond’s Original Fresh MoistureClean Towelettes

-Soapiary Herbal Blend Invigorate Soap

-Maple Holistics Shampoo (Tea Tree)

-Spiky Massage Ball (Elite Deal Club discount + Amazon gift card/Twitter Retweet Rewards)

-Sharkace RFID Blocking Technology leather wallet (Jumpsend Discount + Amazon gift card)

-RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet for Men from Aonal (Sale price + Amazon gift card)

– Ekouaer Pajama Set free in exchange for review (@joy_fashion799)

– Trident Purely Trident gum in Spearmint (from Sampler & 7-11)

– Address labels from the American Heart Association

– In Touch December Devotionals and a free bookmark

– A Poison Dark and Drowning (Blogging for Books)

– Anself Manicure Pedicure Nail Clippers set (VeryDice Redemption)

– The Healing Tree lip balm in Natural (Tomoson)

27 Shades of FREE: Try new products in exchange for an honest review (No social posting required)

Getting free products in exchange for review is something I am relatively new at. I’ve only been doing this for about a year. While, it is true some of the sampling sites out there do require some social sharing, there are actually a good bit of them that don’t require that at all! Below you will find a list of all the sites that offer to send free samples in exchange for reviews with no social sharing required!

  1. PINCHme: This is the very first site I signed up for. I’m not going to lie, it did take me a little while to get sent anything. Also, there was a period of time when I didn’t have any offers at all but eventually it worked out for me to receive some samples. They tend to offer samples once a month (on a Tuesday) and the sample offers go live at 12 pm Eastern Time. You will want to sign in as close to that time to increase the odds of being offered samples. Be sure to write your reviews of the products sent within 30 days of your box being sent to remain eligible for receiving products.
  2. Sample SourceThese samples are offered seasonally (3x a year). I’m new to this program so I’m still learning about it. If you’re on Instagram, I recommend following their account because they tend to inform followers when they are able to have samples available. They’ll also send an e-mail when samples are available. They will send you an e-mail letting you know when it is time to do the surveys for products sent to you to try out.
  3. Daily Goodie Box: I know some people find this site a little sketchy but I am including this in the list because they really do offer a box of samples. I personally can verify this having received a box from them. The issue with this opportunity it that it can take a lot of work to be chosen. You tend to have to practically stalk their social media pages to see when there is an opportunity to win a box. (They tend to post around 4 pm EST)

 

There are a few other sites have opportunities for getting free stuff in exchange for honest reviews but these are the only ones I have personal experience of receiving items from. I’ll update this list as a gain more experience with other sources.

 

Next up in my 27 Shades of FREE series: 

Try new products in exchange for an

honest review and social sharing

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin: An Insightful Read

Ever wonder why some people readily meet expectations and others don’t? Ever wonder why you readily meet certain expectations and struggle to meet others? These are just a few questions that may be answered by Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies.

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Rubin suggests that the way people respond to expectations depends on which tendency they fit into. Some people readily meet inner & outer expectations (Upholders) while others resist both(Rebels). And there are some who meet inner but not outer (Questioners) or vice versa (Obligers). Don’t know which one you are? No problem! She includes a short quiz in the book to help you identify your tendency. Alternatively, you can take the online quiz (which is what I suggest because there are more questions). If you’re interested in taking the online quiz, click here.

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This book includes information about the strengths and weaknesses of each tendency and even how others can better deal with an individual in any of the four tendencies. Rubin also touches on what challenges & advantages certain pairings of the tendencies can face and tips on how to effectively communicate to multiple people in different tendencies.

I found this book filled with insight. It really did make some sense of some situations I have found myself in the past and why I readily met expectations or why I resisted. She includes lots of information on all four tendencies so readers can not only understand themselves better, but other people they come in contact with. There is only one thing I would change about this book: the quiz. I personally think the quiz is way to short and wish it was as long as the online quiz.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about themselves and others. This book would probably especially be useful for those in management or marketing positions.

To learn more about Gretchen Rubin click here.

I received this book from Blogging for Books this review.

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*I received a free copy of Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in the review above are my own.*

 

Mailbox Freebies: September

Hope everyone received some good freebies this past September. I know I am definitely happy with what I got! My favorites definitely being the books I received from Goodreads Giveaways and Blogging for Books. I also received a really nice bathroom scale. What was your favorite freebie(s) you received in September???

***Complimentary Magazines***

Reward Survey

  1. People ( September 18th)
  2. Glamour
  3. Shape
  4. Real Simple
  5. Allure
  6. Robb Report
  7. Field & Stream
  8. Rolling Stone **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**

Reward Bee

  1. Entertainment Weekly
  2. Cosmopolitan
  3. Woman’s Day (September & October) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  4. Cooking Light
  5. Redbook
  6. Vanity Fair
  7. Marie Claire
  8. Good Housekeeping
  9. Bon Appetit

Value Mags

  1. Outdoor Life (2 issues) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  2. Family Circle
  3. Better Homes & Gardens

Recyclebank

  1. Road & Track
  2. Car & Driver
  3. The Red Bulletin **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  4. This Old House
  5. Everyday with Rachael Ray

Mercury Magazines

  1. Popular Mechanics (2 issues) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  2. Entrepreneur
  3. Bridal Guide (November/December)
  4. Elle
  5. Harper’s Bazaar (2 issues) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  6. Country Living **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**

Magazine Gold Card  (Swagbucks or PinchMe)

  1. Yoga Journal
  2. Money **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**

 

***Freebies & Free Samples***

True Citrus samples sheet ( 8 samples total)

Coupon for free box of O.B. Tampons (Smiley360- no mission)

EatSmart Bathroom scale (Tomoson)

Turning Points devotional booklet

In Touch devotional booklet

Emporio Armani fragrance samples Stronger with You (for him) & Because It’s You (for women) and Woman by Ralph Lauren from SoPost

Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World by Iddo Landau & Advance Uncorrected Proof of The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Mareno Garcia (Goodreads Giveaway wins)

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (Blogging for Books)

Peplum top & 2 lingerie pieces in exchange for an honest review via Instagram (krystal_chen7614, lymark2186 & rosyee_luo)

Relax + Focus Stress & Anxiety Relief Formula and coloring card (Zen Balance)

Eyenlip Pure White Tone-Up Cream & Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Aha Fruit Toner (08 Liter)

Differin Gel (Smiley360)

Dandruff & Flaky Scalp shampoo sample from Maple Holistics

Blogging For Books: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Late July I received a book I selected to review from Blogging For Books. I selected Haylen Beck’s Here and Gone. I am still fairly new to reading thrillers so I am still discovering exactly what particular kinds of books I really enjoy in the genre.

Here and Gone

According to Penguin Random House, this crime fiction book has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has also been on some best-of-year lists with numerous publications. Below you will find a description of the book released from Penguin Random House:

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

So…what did I think?

Overall, I liked it. It’s a good read, but not a great read. I personally think it has a slow start and took a bit too long to pull me into the story (around chapter 20).  But the further you get into the book, the better it gets. I like that it has a plot that almost really could happen in real life and the most of the characters are somewhat likable. If you like thrillers, and plots that are realistic, I’d recommend this book.

If you’re interested in reading this book yourself, click here to find out where you can order your own copy.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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*I received a free copy of Haylen Beck’s Here and Gone in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in the review above are my own.*

Simple Solutions by Arm & Hammer: Baking Soda Shaker & Tip booklet

One of the missions I was on this summer was with Simple Solutions by Arm & Hammer. They sent me a baking soda shaker and a booklet filled with tips of how to use baking soda. Unfortunately, they did not include any baking soda (or include a coupon) which was a little disappointing. They did provide a link to some coupons but I don’t have a printer so they are of no use to me. There were 3 tips included in the booklet I could see myself using baking soda mainly for: adding to laundry, deodorizing carpet, and adding to our trash can as garbage builds up to help fight trash stinky smells between changing bags.

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Below I have included some of my favorite baking soda tips that are included in the booklet I received:

  1. Fruit & Veggie Scrub- Add a few shakes of baking soda onto a veggie brush or clean, damp sponge, then scrub the produce and rinse.
  2. Laundry Boost– Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to help balance the pH of water to get your clothes cleaner.
  3. Freshen Towels– Wash towels in hot water (or follow label recommendation) and then add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle and the dry on high heat (or follow label recommendation).
  4. Clean pets toys– Add 4 tbsp of baking soda to 1 quart of warm water. Wash plastic and rubber toys in solution and rinse thoroughly. For furry toys, sprinkle baking soda on toy and let sit 15 minutes, and then brush off excess.
  5. Baking Soda Facial– Make a paste with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Massage paste onto your skin using gentle circular motion, and then rinse.
  6. Itch Relief– Make paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Apply paste to irritated area as needed (or as recommended by doctor) and then pat dry to form a thin layer on skin.
  7. Freshen your trash can– sprinkle baking soda between layers as garbage collects.

These are just a few of the many tips that are included in the booklet I received.

If you already love using baking soda or are interested in learning more ways to use it, click here to join the Arm & Hammer community today!