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Super Wubble Bubble Ball Review & Giveaway

by Katie on September 22, 2016

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It’s a ball….it’s a bubble….it’s Super Wubble Bubble Ball!  Now four times stronger and more tear-resistant than the original Wubble Bubble Ball, the Super Wubble is made with a new super stretchy material called Xpandium.

There are endless possibilities with the Wubble Ball.  Kids can bounce it, throw it, kick it, smoosh it, smash it, and even sit on it!  In fact, you can check out the super fun YouTube series, Super Wubble vs. The World where NSI International, the creators of Super Wubble test a variety objects that can be dropped on the bubble ball….from the top of a building nonetheless!

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So, if you’re like me, you may be thinking that they drop fairly harmless objects on the Wubbble Ball.  Things like kids’ toys, plastic containers, books, and maybe outdoor toys.  Not the case…..try a pineapple,  a bowling ball, a toilet, and a shopping cart!  Talk about durable!  In a household that includes three teenage boys, durability ranks ridiculously high for me!

Of course, no object is indestructible.  If the Wubble Ball comes into contact with very sharp objects like broken glass, tacks, or tree branches, it certainly can pop.  It’s also not recommended to use the Wubble Ball on rougher surfaces like concrete or gravel.

That being said, as long as you use your Wubble Ball according to the package directions, it’s covered for life!  You’ll need to pay a $6.99 handling cost to mail the ball back in to NSI International, but in return, they’ll send you a brand new Wubble Ball.  That’s a pretty sweet warranty if you ask me!

The Wubble Ball comes complete with a battery-operated air pump that can inflate the ball in just two minutes to a height of three feet tall!  When you’re finished playing, the Wubble Ball can be deflated with the included tool and tossed in a drawer until the next play time.

In between uses, you can wash the Wubble Ball to keep it clean.  It’s recommended that you only use a small dot of regular liquid hand soap and water, not dish washing liquid as it can damage the chemical structure of the Wubble Ball.  Additionally, the ball should not be left in the sun for a prolonged period of time as extended exposure can damage the ball.

One lucky reader will win their very own Wubble Ball!  You can enter the giveaway below…..

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Super Wubble Ball and NSI International.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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3D Coin Art Review & Giveaway

by Katie on September 13, 2016

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Let’s talk spare change.  If your family is anything like ours, those nickels, dimes, and pennies end up in the sofa, on the floor of our van, and randomly thrown in the bottom of my purse where I can never actually find them when I need them.

However, being the saver that I am, I still want the spare change to count for something.  That’s why I love the concept behind 3D Coin Art by the New York City-based company, NSI International Inc.

3D Coin Art allows you to create an amazing 3D model using nothing more than spare change!  Each 3D puzzle comes complete with easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, a coin tray and lid, coin counters, a stand, and brackets.

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The 3D Coin Art sets are easy to put together with very clear directions.  Certain types of coins fit in specific slots, but the instructions walk you through where to place each coin – including a color-coded chart (I have to think that a mom who was tired of looking at crummy directions helped with this amazing set of instructions!).

You’ll need $50 worth of quarters, dimes, and nickels in order to complete the 3D Coin Art Empire State Building.  Once completed, it stands 16 inches tall and 9 inches wide, and is a pretty cool way to display your coins.  It even includes a decorative sticker with fun facts about the Empire State Building.

There’s also an American Flag model available from 3D Coin Art which holds $25 worth of pennies, nickels, and dimes.  At it’s completion, the model is 17 inches long and nearly 15 inches wide.

And now on to the giveaway….one lucky reader will win a 3D Coin Art American Flag Model.

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by 3D Coin Art.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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The Vegetable Butcher Cookbook Review & Giveaway

by Katie on September 12, 2016

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As a kid, I typically avoided vegetables like the plague.  Of course, in my defense, we usually had frozen veggies which to this day, are definitely not my first choice.  Nowadays though, dinner never feels complete without some type of vegetable.

The problem is, I don’t have very many vegetable recipes, and my creativity for making up new recipes gets tapped out rather quickly.  So, when I had the chance to review The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini, I jumped at the opportunity!

The Vegetable Butcher is not your average cookbook.  It’s essentially an encyclopedia of all things vegetable.  From artichokes to zucchini, this book walks amateurs and professionals alike through the ins and outs of selecting, preparing, and cooking more than 50 different kinds of vegetables.

There are so many vegetables that I’ve never worked with simply because I have no clue how to prepare them and don’t know what to do with them once they are chopped, sliced, or diced as they should be.  However, this book takes the mystery out of unknown veggies.  With more than 250 step-by-step color pictures, it’s a fool-proof way to add an amazing side dish to any meal.

Here’s just a sampling of the recipes you’ll find between the pages of The Vegetable Butcher:

  • Chocolate Avocado Budino with Cinnamon and Sea Salt
  • Caramelized Broccoli with Chile Oil and Parmesan
  • Roasted Maple-Chile Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
  • Cauliflower and Caramelized Fennel Soup
  • Eggplant, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stacks
  • Crunchy Fennel-Apple Slaw
  • Creamed Spinach Crepes
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sauteed Chard, and Coconut Black Rice

Have I whet your appetite yet?  Workman Publishing would like to offer one lucky reader a FREE copy of  The Vegetable Butcher.  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. What is your favorite vegetable (or vegetables if you have more than one!)?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Workman Publishing on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Workman Publishing Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, September 19th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Workman Publishing. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Charmin Essentials Review & Giveaway

by Katie on August 30, 2016

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Toilet paper….bathroom tissue….TP…..tissues on a roll.  Maybe it’s not the most riveting conversation starter, but toilet paper is a staple in nearly every household across the country.

I don’t know about all of you, but it seems like as soon as I buy a pack of toilet paper, it vanishes into thin air.  And my darling children….they apparently think that as long as there’s a quarter of a sheet left on the roll, there’s really no need to replace it with a new one.

Show of hands for everyone who’s been stuck in the bathroom with less than one sheet of toilet paper left on the roll…..?  Please tell me I’m not the only one!

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That’s why I love the new mega rolls of toilet paper – the ones that can survive in a household of six for more than just one day!  Case in point…Charmin!  To add to their extensive product line, Charmin® has announced two brand new products – Charmin Essentials Soft and Charmin Essentials Strong.

Charmin Essentials Strong features a strong 1-ply toilet paper that is clog-safe and septic-safe.  On the other hand, Charmin Essentials Soft is a soft 2-ply toilet paper that’s also clog and septic-safe.  Both of these varieties are available in Mega Rolls to ensure that your paper will keep on rolling through plenty of bathroom uses.

To help you save on your next Charmin Essentials purchase, there’s even a coupon available for $1/1 Charmin Basic Tissues.  As an added bonus, one lucky reader will win a prize pack of Charmin Bathroom Tissue.

Want to win?  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  2. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  3. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Charmin on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Charmin Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 6th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Charmin. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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$5 Off Monkey Mat Plus Free Shipping

by Katie on August 25, 2016

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Over the course of the past two decades, I’ve spent countless hours at baseball fields, soccer fields, bowling alleys, karate venues, parks, and rec centers.  In the process, I’ve become very proficient at packing up a laundry list of essentials….water bottles, snacks for the kids, activities to keep everyone happy, and a blanket in lieu of carrying six collapsible chairs.

However, since the kids’ soccer and baseball games were often played in less than ideal weather conditions, we more often than not sat on a soggy blanket, resulting in a less than happy group of kiddos.  The Monkey Mat, featured on Shark Tank, is the perfect solution to soggy sporting events!  It’s a combination of versatility and portability to combat any sticky, dirty, or wet floor surface.

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The Monkey Mat is made of soft, durable ripstop nylon and it’s 5-foot square to accommodate plenty of people and belongings.  The mat is water repellent (nice for those days when the grass is soaking wet!) and resists spillage.  Plus, the corners are weighted and have loops for stakes, ensuring that everything stays put while you’re out and about.

However, the Monkey Mat isn’t like a traditional bulky blanket.  When you’re done using the Monkey Mat, simply shake it out, fold it up, and place it in the Monkey Mat Pouch for easy transport.  The mat is even machine washable, making it a snap to keep it fresh and clean after every use.

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The Monkey Mat is available in 9 different colors and patterns, and it’s ideal for a variety of situations including hotel floors, parks, picnics, the beach, and more.  And each mat comes with a pouch to store the blanket, so it’s convenient to toss in your purse or bag in-between uses.

For a limited time, my readers can save $5 off your Monkey Mat purchase when you enter the promotional code USFAM at checkout.  Plus, you’ll receive free shipping as well.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Monkey Mat and USFamilyGuide.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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DaySpring: Teacup & Saucer Sets for $5

by Katie on August 23, 2016

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This week only, DaySpring is featuring their Teacup & Saucer Sets for just $5 apiece when you enter the promotional code SIPAWAY at checkout.

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The ceramic teacups and saucers are dishwasher and microwave safe, and the cups hold 6 fluid ounces.  There are three different teacup and saucers sets to choose from:

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God’s Grace Teacup & Saucer Set features the message, “God’s grace is with us every moment” as well as a beautiful blue floral design.

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The Savor Every Sip Teacup & Saucer Set features a whale and a trio of turtles with the message to “Savor every sip of life.”

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And the You’re So Loved Set is inspired by a bumblebee theme with the message of “You’re so Loved.”

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I recently had the opportunity to review these teacup and saucer sets, and although I loved them when I saw them online, I was amazed by how much more I loved them in person!  The sets are big enough to be used for your daily cup of tea (or coffee…just saying!), but they are also dainty enough to be used in a decorative display as well.

After seeing these sets in person, I started making a list of people that I’d like to give them to for Christmas.  Combined with a gift card, a box of homemade cookies, or an inspirational journal, these teacup and saucer sets would be beautiful gifts and a wonderful way to remind someone that they’ve been in your thoughts and prayers.

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And since they’re priced at just $5 each this week, they’re as budget-friendly as they are inspirational.  Simply enter the coupon code SIPAWAY at checkout to receive this promotional pricing.

This offer is valid through August 26th.  

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Super League Gaming Review

by Katie on June 15, 2016

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One of the highlights of this past year for our youngest son was his experience at Springdale Cinema’s Super League Gaming Event.  Each Saturday, he was up at the crack of dawn, laptop bag packed, gaming t-shirt on, and ID lanyard around his neck.

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He spent the next several hours joining other gamers at the cinema in a fun, interactive game on the big screen with superhero-themed maps and mods in a custom Minecraft adventure entitled the Rise of Heroes.

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Throughout the game play, he collaborated with other members of his team to build, battle, and utilize their creativity and imagination.  As a result of the experience, he made friends that he still keeps in contact with and plays Minecraft with online.

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During the experience, the cinema was staffed with tech support assistants to ensure the players were able to connect to the server and troubleshoot any technical issues.  The event was ideal for encouraging team building, problem solving, and camaraderie.

It was an experience that will definitely make his “Top 10 List” for 2016!

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by US Family Guide.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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