Wednesday, February 27, 2013

#MonstersUniversity Wahoo!!

Am I the only one super excited to see the #MonstersUniversity movie?! Check out the newly released posters:

 YEAH!! So excited! This should be good!

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#Windows8XHTC Party!! (and Review)

Wow! I may mention this far too often, but I LOVE being a CrowdTap member! Really! I get to try out some SWEET things, give my opinions on them and share them with my friends! As a member of CrowdTap and their Verizon Crowdtap VIP's I got to try out the new Microsoft Windows Phone 8X by HTC! And I got to tell lots of friends about it and have a fun Pinterest party all about it as well!

I want to tell you all about my party, but even more than that, I want to tell you all about the phone! WOW.

First things first, the party:

So, I invited 12 people to the party and found I could not find a great night for all the come, so I stuck to my original party night and had the 6 of us that could make it that night come, but then I had some one on one talks with a few other friends about the phone! The party was low key-dinner and a Pinterest party with a focus on learning about and trying out the phone. We spent some time taking some pictures on the phone, testing out how it works with the XBox and looking at the general windows set up on the home page. But I am getting ahead of myself...more on that later! Point is, we had a small but fun party and were able to talk about the phone.

Now, about that phone! First, check it out:

And look how thin it is:

LOVE that part! It is so skinny you can put it in your pocket and forget it's there.

Here are a few awesome features of the phone:

  • You can totally customize it! 
  • You can create rooms where you can share updates photos and more with specific groups of people
  • It can become a control for your XBox!
  • There is a Kid's Corner that allows you to set up a separate and secure area for the kids to play with your phone without access to information you have on it.
  • You can connect your phone to your XBox Live
  • You can use your XBox music on this phone or any capable device
  • Office Mobile 365 on the phone lets you easily create, edit and send documents and more!
  • The camera is ultra-wide-angle lens camera on the front or back. Photos will be sharp and crisp even in low light!
I want to just focus on a few of those things. First, I love, LOVE the complete control to customize this phone. I was able to put on all my own stuff-pictures, social networking, calendar and whatever else I needed. Then I could make each window as big or small on there as I wanted and put them where I like them on the start screen, I love the ease of customization because I want to make it my own! Look at what my phone looks like when I open it up:

Can you see in the picture I took of the screen what it has? This is what you can see. top right has my phone itself-to make calls, next to that are 4 small boxes for my messaging options, text, email, explorer or shopping. Next 2 boxes below those are (on the right) my friends from social networking (it shows different friends as they update and stuff) then is my music and video window. Below that is my clock and voicemail. And if you scroll down from that screen you see this:

Which is my maps and camera on top, my calendar and XBox options next, then my Photo gallery is the huge one across, under that is a photo enhancer program, and 4 more apps/programs to the right of that. The screen can go down further with more windows and I can set up and rearrange these as I like.

Next thing I want to talk about is the Kid's Corner. If you are family or a close friend, I am sure you can attest to the fact that my kids play on my current phone a lot, and what that means is that a lot of you get creepy calls from them often! My kids will start out playing a game or something on the phone and before I know it they have rearranged my apps, deleted contacts, and called 6 of you. It is a hassle to fix and thought he calls are sometimes funny, it is not as funny when they are calling over and over when you're at work. The Kid's Corner solves this problem. When I turn on Kids Corner, I can effectively lock the kids out from accessing my personal stuff. I can make available games or creative apps that they can be trusted with and keep my contacts, emails and calls safe from the curious little people! It is great!

Third, let's talk XBox! WOW-so by connecting to my XBox Live account and syncing the phone to my XBox, I was able to use it as a controller. You might ask why you would need to do this. I will say that for playing most games it is probably more convenient to just use the controllers. However, the thing I use my XBox for most is Netflix. And to be honest, I despise how you have to go back and forth along an ABC list to type anything in, With this as a controller I was able to type in my search and simplify that greatly! I loved that! It was super convenient for me to use for things requiring typing! :)

Last thing I want to talk more about is the camera! The Main Camera is an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures) and it has 1080p video recording. Um...I know this will make me seem old, but I still own my first digital camera and it was top of the line at like 5 megapixels. I LOVE that my PHONE now has 8! Also, can I just say, the current phone I have taken ok pictures, but they are more often than not really blurry! I have kids-lots of kids-5 in fact. They are young and they do not sit still so when I take a picture, it has to be quick! And my current phone is any thing but quick! With THIS camera phone though it snaps picture fast and is ready fast for me to take another one! Obviously this makes it much easier to get great pictures!

Here are some of the pictures I have taken on this new phone:

Now, If you haven't had the chance to check out a  Microsoft Windows Phone 8X by HTC phone yet you should! Stop me sometime and I will show you mine (which they were nice enough to let me keep for having the party!). Or go check one out at the store!

Hey-just a few more things! If you too might want to do things like this party, please join me on CrowdTap. After you do, you should make sure to become a Verizon Crowdtap VIP!  And if you are so inclined, you ought to Like Verizon on Facebook, Follow then on Twitter @VerizonWireless or @VerizonInsider.

And just by way of disclosure, I was not required to write this blog post, but I WAS given the phone and a $75 Gift Card for having my party about the phone. These were provided to me through  CrowdTap and  Verizon Crowdtap VIP!  As always though, all opinion expressed are my own!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GREAT deal on Plum Kids Fruit Pouches!!

Well. my baby is getting to be an old man at almost 2 years old, but I admit, I still give him these beauties to eat:

In fact my older kids like to bring them in their school lunches too. So, we go through a lot of them. Right now, they are available at Zulily. You can get a number of different flavors, and here is the deal: You get 24 pouches of the flavor you choose for only $14.99. That makes them only just about $.63 each-GREAT price!

Here's how to get them:

1) If you have not joined Zulily yet, please do so here. (The link is a referral link just so you know)
2) Check out the Plum Kids deals here
3) As a side note their other flavors are generally linked at the bottom of the page
4) Order what you want
5) Wait (im)patiently by the mail for them to come!
6) ENJOY! :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Have you seen Paperman by Disney yet? LOVE it!

Guess what is my favorite short ever made? This one: Paperman!

Now, watch it and let me know if you love it as much as I do!
Hope you enjoyed that! I know I did!
Friday, February 8, 2013

20 Mule Team Borax Review & #Giveaway

Many, many years ago-in what seems a different lifetime at this point, I was a drama teacher. One of the places I worked was a summer drama camp for kids ranging in age from 5-18. Way back then, the Harry Potter books were new and we were still waiting from book to book for them to come out-there were no movies. I was asked to start a Harry Potter class at this drama camp. It was my favorite job ever-EVER!

We did all sorts of fun things-a sorting hat, played Quidditch, and had potions class (to name a few). I was a newlywed and my husband was a chemistry major in college at the time and he came in and did the potions class each session for me. Probably the favorite activity to do was to make slime out of the crazy ingredients (I think we called them like ogre snot, werewolf dandruff and unicorn sweat). BUT the actual ingredients were Water (unicorn sweat), Elmer's (or white) glue (ogre snot), and BORAX (Werewolf dandruff). That lesson was always a favorite and it made me LOVE the magic ingredient of BORAX!!

So, when my Purex family over at the Purex Insider team asked me to review Borax, I immediately flashed back to that fantastic experience in my life and JUMPED to review it!

Now here is my sad, sad admission, other than using it to make slime, I had no clue what Borax was used for, or really even what it was. So let me tell you what I have learned.

What is it?

From the info provided to me from the Purex Insider:

  • 20 Team Mule Borax is 100% natural Mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried and boxed for consumers
  • Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate
  • NOTHING is added.
What can it do for your LAUNDRY?
  • Naturally Softens hard water (water than contains calcium and magnesium) and improves detergent's cleaning power
  • Helps keep stains from being re-deposited back onto clothes.
Why should you care about hard water?

Hard water affects your laundry! When you add detergent to hard water, some of the compounds attach to calcium and magnesium granules that settle on the bottom of your washing machine, eventually retreating down the drain without cleaning your clothing at all. WASTING your detergent! 

How do you use it?

Here are a few ways to use it with your laundry:
  • Add 1/2 cup of 20 Team Mule Borax to every load with your regular detergent. 
  • Pretreat stains like tomato sauce, Oil/grease, grass and ground in dirt by adding 1Tablespoon  per gallon of water, or 1/2 cup in washer and pre-soak for at least 30 minutes.
Other uses for Borax:
  • Use on Carpets & rugs to get out stains
  • Clean out the Toilet bowl!!
  • Put in garbage disposals and drains
  • Use in Dishwasher to remove hard water
What did we think?
We liked it. I did notice a difference in my laundry using it to boost the detergent-I am not using as much detergent! It does clean well in the dishwasher as well! I have had only positive experiences with it! (I admit-making goo is still my favorite use for it though!)  

Just go check out the 20 Mule Team Borax store locator to see where you can buy it near you!

Giveaway time!!

Also, 3 lucky Beckee's Deals winners will each win a coupon for a FREE box of 20 Mule Team Borax! Just enter on the rafflecopter form below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Terms and Conditions in the rafflecopter form says: Please note that the giveaway will end on 2/23 at 12:00 AM EASTERN time. That means you have until 11:00 PM on 2/22 Central time to get in entries (That is only 10:00 PM here in AZ). Please note that winners will be picked at random by Rafflecopter after the giveaway ends! Also, Facebook is not affiliated with this giveaway and cannot be held responsible for it in any way.

***By Way of Disclosure, I was sent a free box of 20 Mule Team Borax for my review, and was given the 3 Free coupons as prizes for this giveaway. I was not however compensated in any other way and all opinions expressed are my own!***


Purex Baby Detergent Review & #Giveaway

As I have mentioned before, I am a Purex Insider and as such I get to try a lot of their awesome laundry products. Most recently I was sent some Purex Baby Detergent!

What is it? 
This product is new for babies and specifically for infants! Here are a few things about it:

  • Provides same bright, white clean you expect from Purex, but is sensitive enough for baby skin! 
  • Baby-inspired freshness (fragrance)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist-tested formula guarantees to remove stubborn stains without hurting delicate clothing (like footie pjs-yes this is SAFE detergent to use on baby footie pjs)
  • Like all Purex detergents this is formulated for use with all washers
  • AND because it is Purex, you can get the best for your baby without breaking the bank
What did we think?
We have been testing out our Purex Baby Detergent. I really like it. It works well (like all the Purex detergents I have tried), and my sensitive skinned kiddos seem to do great with it! One thing I both like and dislike is the scent. Is kind of smells similar to a lightly scented baby powder. I like that it makes me think of babies and it smells "like a baby to me." But I also dislike it in that if you use it for everyone clothes, not just baby's, then you smell like a baby all day. My hubby's scrubs smelled like he had been hanging out in the nursery all day instead of in radiology. Which is ok, but was a little odd at work.

All in all I really liked it and highly recommend it-ESPECIALLY if you DO have a baby you are washing all those little outfits for (I remember how shockingly huge the amount of laundry was after my first child was born-this would be perfect for that!!)

Where can I get it? 
This is not available everywhere yet, so look for a location near you on this page before you head out to grab some.

Giveaway Time!! 

AND if you have a baby, know someone with a baby or expecting a baby, I am happy to say I have a SWEET giveaway! 3 lucky Beckee's Deals readers will each win a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex Baby Detergent. Just enter below on the Rafflecopter form. 
The Terms and Conditions in the rafflecopter form says: Please note that the giveaway will end on 2/23 at 12:00 AM EASTERN time. That means you have until 11:00 PM on 2/22 Central time to get in entries (That is only 10:00 PM here in AZ). Please note that winners will be picked at random by Rafflecopter after the giveaway ends! Also, Facebook is not affiliated with this giveaway and cannot be held responsible for it in any way.

***By Way of Disclosure, I was sent a free bottle of Purex Baby Detergent for my review, and was given the 3 Free coupons as prizes for this giveaway. I was not however compensated in any other way and all opinions expressed are my own!***

SunRype-100% AWESOME! (Review)

A couple of weeks ago this beautiful box of yumminess showed up at my door:

We were so excited to get all this great stuff to try from SunRype and She Speaks. I thought it might be well liked in my home, and to say it was would be an understatement! It was LOVED and fought over, and gone quickly. You should have seen the "negotiations" my kids were doing to try to get the last one! Seriously! It was a little funny and a little sad.

Let me tell you a little about the SunRype company. From their website:

At SunRype we're proud to say we use nothing artificial! Our 100% fruit snacks contain naturally occurring fruit sugars. The great taste of SunRype also comes with no artificial flavors and no artificial colors because we know that what's not in our fruit snacks is just as important as what is. 

I want to tell you all about all the items we tried. First I will tell you about these gems, the Fruit Stripes:

These are basically the perfect kids snack! We were sent the Strawberry and Wildberry flavors to try. Both were really good! The kids loved these the most. They were especially excited about the fact that they are tasty AND fun-they peel apart like pull n peel licorice. It was funny to watch my 6 year old literally trying to hide these for snacks later before the other kids could get to them. I took a couple pictures of my youngest 2 kids enjoying the first of these (before everyone else came home from school):

And what does mom love about them? Well, first, they taste GREAT! I wanted to hide some for me too...But on top of that, they are 100% fruit-no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. (Note to ANDREA-no Red dye in there babies!!)

The second product we tried was the FruitSource 100% Fruit Bars:

As their website says, Fruit snacks aren't just for kids. And as I would tell you-these are like fruit snacks grew up! We got to try the Blueberry Pomegranate and Strawberry varieties. Both were scrumptious! And just like the Fruit Stripes, these babies are 100% Fruit! Plus, these bars, have 2 servings of fruit in each bar! TWO!

The last product we got to try was the Just Fruit and Grains bars:

This was my favorite! We got to try the Strawberry Mango and the Summer berries varieties. They are bars that are 70% fruit and 30% grain. JUST fruit and grains.

I was certain I would like the Strawberry Mango best (as I love both those fruits), and found I did like them, BUT the Summer Berry flavor was EVEN BETTER!! LOVED it! I could really eat these anytime and be a happy camper! I would eat them instead of a cookie or sugary sweet treat ANY DAY! LOVED these a lot!

Have you tried SunRype products yet? If not, go, go now and get some! You can thank me later! If you have tried them, you should go show them your love by Liking them on Facebook! Oh, and ALL of you should check out their Facebook deal too!

Hey-by way of disclosure, I should tell you that I was sent $40 worth of free products from SunRype and She Speaks for the purposes of this review. I did not receive any other compensation. AND as always all opinions expressed are my own!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

FREE IHOP pancakes today!

In case you have not yet hears, today in National Pancake Day which means you can get a free short stack of pancakes at IHOP today!

You can read all the details here on their website. (Basically you get a free short stack of pancakes per person and they ask you to consider donating some money that will go to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.)

Check here for a location near you (Once you get there click on the location tab across the top of the page! And before you head over there I would recommend giving them a call and making sure they are participating (though to be honest I have never been to an IHOP that was not on Pancake day!)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fun #Giveaway, fun blog!!

Do you like to have fun? Are you always looking for something funny to read? AND do you like awesome giveaways?

Well, then you absolutely must go check The Song Stuck in my Head. My friend Brady (actual friend in real life-not JUST an online friend) writes it and the blog is as fun as he is!

He gives away some really fun, silly things and right now he is doing a giveaway that I personally think it pretty sweet. There are a number of prizes, my favorite is this awesome scorpion:
Yes, you could win that (though I hope I do as my boys would LOVE it and it would creep out ALL the kids at the same time)! So, go enter the giveaway here and make sure to tell Brady Hi for me (not that you are required to do that, but just because I would love it if you would!)!

Beckee's Best of Scottsdale Grocery 1/30-2/5

Here are my favorite deals in Scottsdale grocery this week:

Albertsons Market (I no longer shop here due to their terrible customer service and their rude manager, but I post the deals for pricematching purposes...just an FYI...)
  • Cuties Clementines 3 lb 2/$5
  • Coke Pepsi or 7Up 12 packs 4/$9 (When you buy 4 WITH a minimum $25 purchase)
  • Lay's Potato Chips 10-10.5 oz, Santitas 11 oz or Chester's Puffcorn 3.5-4.5 oz $1.88 (limit 4 on the Lay's)
  • Jennie O Blue Ribbon Deli Turky Breast $2.99/lb (limit 2 lbs-additional $4.99/lb)
  • Kellogg's Cereal 11.4-18 oz $1.99 (This is part of a mix and match sale where you have to buy 8 participating items to get this price. If you do not buy 8 items, the price is $.50 more)
  • Capri Sun or Kool Aid Jammers 10 pk $1.79 (This is part of a mix and match sale where you have to buy 8 participating items to get this price. If you do not buy 8 items, the price is $.50 more)
  • Super Lean Ground Beef 93% Lean 3 lbs or more $2.77/lb
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef 85% Lean 3 lbs or more $2.59/lb
  • Chicken Breasts of Thighs $1.99/lb
  • Armour Meatballs 14 oz Frozen BOGO (Buy one at regular price of $3.99 each, get second free)
  • Fresh Made Guacamole 12 oz $3.99
Bashas (Remember, their sales are almost always WITH your Basha's Thank You Card)
  • Fresh Baby Back Ribs Buy 1 get 2 free
  • Blueberries (fresh full dry pint) $1.77
  • Large Slicing or Red Ripe Roma Tomatoes $.77/lb
  • Lay's Potato Chips 10-10.5 oz $1.88
  • Food Club Chunks, Bars, bars, or shreds (6-8 oz) $1.88
  • Chex Cereal 12.8-14 oz 4/$6 (when you buy 4 in single transaction)
  • Welch's Grape Jam or Jelly 2/$4
  • Danimals Crush Cup or Dannon Activia Breakfast Blends 4 pack, 4or 6 oz 3/$5
  • Large Haas Avocados 10/$10
  • Large Fuji, Ambrosia, Braeburn or Red or Golden Delicious Apples $.99/lb
  • Sweet Onions or Jicima $.99/lb
  • Large Green Bell Peppers 2/$1
  • Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce 2/$3 (18 oz)
  • McCormick Grill Mates Seasoning 2.5-3.5 oz 2/$3
In addition to their regular week long special, Basha's also has a 3 Day Sale Friday 2/1-Sunday 2/3 that includes the following:
  • Haas Small Avocado 5/$1
Fresh & Easy
  • f&e tri tip roast $2.99/lb
  • f&e Guacamole 12 oz $3.49
  • Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps 7.2 oz 2/$5
Fry's (Remember their sales are almost always WITH card)
  • Pork Loin Back Ribs or St Louis Style Ribs Buy 1 get 2 Free
  • California Seedless Mandarines or Cara Cara Navel Oranges 3 lb bag $2.47
  • Kroger boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts or tenderloins $1.88/lb
  • Kroger Cheese 6-8 oz $1.99Kroger Orange Juice Gallon $2.99 (from concentrate)
  • Mini Peeled Carrots 1 lb bag $.98
  • Mini Sweet Peppers 2 lb bag $2.99
Safeway (Remember their sales are almost always WITH card)
  • Rancher's Reserve Whole Beef Top Sirloin (sold whole in the bag) $2.77/lb
  • Farmer Johns Hot Dogs 16 oz $.88
  • Pantry Essentials Milk $1.67
  • Fresh baked Muffins 9 ct $5
  • Safeway Select Artisan All Butter Croissants 15 ct $5Fresh Baked Cookies 50 ct $5
  • Mangoes 10/$10
  • Red Vines or Sour Punch Twist Tub 2.78 or 4 lb $6.99
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Carton 30 oz $6.49
In addition to their regular week long special, Safeway also has a 3 Day, $5 Sale Friday 2/1-Sunday 2/3 that includes the following:
  • Signature Cafe Family Size Cheese Pizza OR 15 ct (18 oz) Bone In Chicken OR 1.5 lb Boneless Chicken Wings $5 each
  • Fresh Bakes Strudel or Gourmet Croissants (Dare I hope they are chocolate Croissants?!) $5
  • Tony Roma's Ribs (16 oz) OR Bar S Sausage (40 oz) $5 While Supplies last!
  • Lucerne or Open Nature Cheese 24-32 oz Chuck or Shredded $5
  • Safeway Trash Bags 18, 20, 25, 38, 45, or 50 count $5
  • Foster Farms Corn Dogs OR Smucker's Uncrustables OR Totinos Pizza Rolls $5
  • 5 lb Clementines $5
  • General Mills Trix 10.7 oz, Cocoa Puffs 11.8 oz, Cereal or Quaker Chewy Granola bars 8 ct 3/$5 ($1.67 each)
  • The Snack Artist 28-31 oz Peanuts $5
  • Roma Tomatos 3 lb/$1
  • Organic Red delicious apples $.48/lb
  • Crisp Cucumbers or Green Bell Peppers $.48 each
  • Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Peppers $.88 each
  • Strawberries 1 lb clamshell 2/$4
  • California Navel Oranges $.48/lb
  • Braeburn or Fuji Apples $.88/lb
  • Garnet or Jewel Yams $.88/lb
  • Grape Tomatoes (1 dry pint) or hothouse cucumbers 4/$5
  • Baby Carrots $.88 each (1 lb bag)
  • Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps 7.2 oz 2/$5
***Remember that I generally just price match at Walmart as much as I can rather than go to all the stores separately! I LOVE being able to do that. You can also pricematch at Target, but I find it easier to pricematch at Walmart.