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Pictures On Gold: 10% Off Customized Lockets

by Katie on January 27, 2016

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When I’m picking out a gift for a family member or friend, I love finding something that will be meaningful to the recipient not only in the immediate future, but in years to come as well.  I especially love gifts that can be personalized, as they tend to become treasured keepsakes.

I recently discovered Pictures On Gold, an online retailer that enables you to incorporate photos and keepsakes into your gift.  Imagine your favorite photos and picture keepsakes permanently engraved on 14 karat gold, rose gold, or sterling silver jewelry.  The jewelry is as memorable as it is beautiful.

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Pictures on Gold also features an exclusive Locket Designer that lets you create custom lockets.  The photo or image is lasered onto the locket, creating a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.  You can even add an engraved message to your locket as well to send a special message to your loved one or friend.  The lockets are waterproof, scratch-proof, and come with a lifetime guarantee!

I had the opportunity to review a locket from Pictures on Gold, and I was very impressed with the quality and design options that they have to offer.  As you design your item of jewelry, you’ll have the opportunity to upload a custom picture, add clip art from the Pictures on Gold gallery, utilize a monogram, and create your own custom message.

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While you can choose to leave the inside of the locket blank, you’ll also have the option to engrave the inside with a message or monogram or have your favorite photo lasered into the locket.  Plus, you can even add a message to the back of the locket as well.

Once you’ve finished customizing your locket, you can then choose a chain to complement it.  There are several options available including leather, sterling silver, and gold in a variety of different lengths.

Plus, for a limited time, my readers can save an additional 10% on customized jewelry from Pictures on Gold when you enter the promotional code famguide10 at checkout.

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

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Create Special Moments with Gnoments

by Katie on December 18, 2015

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Between being a mom of four kids, a homeschooler, a nurse, and a blogger, it’s often hard to find meaningful ways to connect with my husband each day.  And when you account for the onslaught of digital devices….smart phones, iPads, TVs, computers…it’s almost a wonder we talk face-to-face at all!

That’s why I absolutely fell in love with the Gnoments Gnomes.  Every Gnoments Set includes two adorable stuffed gnomes – a boy and a girl.  Each gnome features a surprise pouch on its back to hide an encouraging note or a small trinket.

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The Gnoments feature magnetic hands and bendable hats that when put together, can be shaped into a loving heart!  These gnomes are an ideal way to send a special message or just let your significant other know that you’re thinking about them and love them!

Whether a gnome appears by a freshly made cup of coffee, holding up a “congratulations” or “thinking of you” sign, or carrying a beautiful rose, it’s such a simple way to show you care about someone else.

Couples can also utilize the gnomes’ embedded NFC technology to deliver messages, sound clips, photos, videos, maps, and more.  And you can even send a “Gnomification” text or e-mail through the Gnoments website!

The Gnoments Kit includes 2 loving gnomes and a 32 page book filled with ideas to help couples, young and old, create special moments!

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

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Name 5 Game Review

by Katie on November 23, 2015

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Here’s another fun game for the whole family!  Name 5 is best played as a party game, and it requires players to name five of something as quickly as possible.

For instance, how fast can you name 5 TV dads or 5 things that can make a person sneeze or even 5 vegetables that begin with the letter “a”?  Racing against the clock, players on a team work together to come up with as many answers as possible.

The biggest challenge comes when you reach the center spot on the game.  There you’ll have just 90 seconds to answer five categories of questions…talk about thinking on your feet!

In addition to playing this game in a group or party setting, the topic cards can also be used individually for an ice breaker in a group event (such as youth group or a retreat), as a fun discussion starter at family dinners, or as an entertaining way to pass time during a car trip.

This game comes complete with a game board, 288 Name 5 topic cards, 4 pawns, a die, a 30-second timer, and instructions.

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

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Oddly Obvious Game Review

by Katie on November 20, 2015

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I really like finding games that fit the niche of tweens and younger teenage kids.  There are so many games on the market for little kids and adults, that it’s sometimes hard to find something suitable for that in-between age.

Oddly Obvious is a fun party game where players race to spot the correct answers. In each round, one player reads the questions while the other players frantically look at the front of the card to find the correct answer for each question.

The easy part of this game is the fact that the answers are all on the front of the card…sounds easy, right?  Nope! You have to quickly wade through the words on the card to find the one that’s just right….and you have to do it before your competitors!

Before each card is read, 5 tokens are spread out on the table.  As a player answers a question correctly, they receive a token.  The player with the most tokens at the end of the card wins that card.  Once a player has won five cards, they’ve won the game!

This game is designed for players ages 12 and up, and it includes 147 double-sided game cards, 5 tokens, a card stand, and instructions.

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

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Have I ever mentioned that I love living in Cincinnati?  Well, Kentucky Fried Chicken has given me another reason to love our city!  The new KFC Zinger Sandwich has officially arrived in 35 KFC restaurant locations throughout Cincinnati.

The world-famous spicy Zinger Sandwich is the perfect combination of spicy and flavorful, baked with 11 herbs and spices and served on a bun topped with lettuce and the Colonel’s mayo.  The Zinger Sandwich is made with fresh chicken that’s hand-breaded in-store every day.  The sandwiches are available a la carte for $3.99, as part of a combo for $5.99, or as part of the Zinger Big Box for $8.49.

Our family had the opportunity to be KFC’s guest for dinner last week, and we were definitely not disappointed!  The Zinger Sandwich had an amazing flavor with just the right amount of kick to it.  Paired with the crisp lettuce and cool mayo, it was the perfect combination of flavors.

While you’re at KFC trying their new Zinger Sandwich, don’t forget to pick up some of their traditional favorites as well….crumbly-fresh biscuits, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and their famous mashed potatoes.  Well…now I’m hungry again!

If you want to try out the Zinger Sandwich, you’ll have to do so by the middle of January.  They’ll only be in Cincinnati through January 17th, so be sure to stop by and try one while they’re still available!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Mitscoots Socks Review

by Katie on November 11, 2015

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I have a tremendous respect for companies who consciously choose to give back to others as a part of their mission statement.  Mitscoots Socks not only prides themselves on selling 100% American socks, but embraces their mission of Get+Give+Employ.

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Mitscoots Socks are manufactured in North Carolina, and they’re packaged in Austin, Texas.  Since they’re designed for those who may need to wear them for days on end, thy’re made to last and withstand a great deal of wear and tear.  Mitscoots are made with a temper-padded sole, combed cotton, hi-visibility green fiber, elastic arch support, and a low-profile seam.

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For every pair of socks purchased, Mitscoots gives away an additional pair to someone in need.  They are aware of the tremendous need for socks, and they have made it their mission to partner with local and national charities to help give away as many pairs of socks as possible.

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That being said, Mitscoots is aware that having a clean pair of socks is only one step in solving the bigger issue.  Keeping in mind the need for so many to be able to provide for themselves and their families, Mitscoots has partnered with several different organizations to help individuals attain steady employment.  Oftentimes, Mitscoots helps individuals get back on their feet by giving them the opportunity to help package Mitscoots socks.

If you’re a new Mitscoots customer, you’ll receive an additional 20% off your first order as well.  These socks would make a great stocking stuffer, and it’s awesome to know that with the purchase of these socks, you’re really giving two gifts instead of just one!

You can find more great holiday gift ideas on my 2015 Christmas Gift Guide page.

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

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VarietyLand Spiral Vegetable Slicer Review

by Katie on November 9, 2015

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Two years ago, when I started getting serious about eating healthy and losing weight, I made a point of significantly increasing my daily consumption of veggies.  While I’ve always enjoyed salads and veggies to go along with a meal, I didn’t typically seek out veggies as a purposeful snack throughout the day.

Nowadays, I often have raw veggies and hummus for a snack in the afternoon, and I usually add spinach to sandwiches, omelets, and tacos.  So, I’m always on the lookout for finding creative ways to fix and serve vegetables.

The Spiral Vegetable Slicer from VarietyLand provides an easy way to create vegetable noodles, matchstick strips, and spiral-cut veggies.  Made of BPA-free ABS plastic and heat-treated stainless steel, this veggie cutter is guaranteed to never rust, break, or lose its sharpness over time.

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The vegetable slicer comes completely assembled, and it’s easy to use even if you don’t have much hand strength.  There are no annoying attachments to set up, and the device is compact enough to be stored in a kitchen drawer.  Plus, it’s dishwasher safe as well.

Making spiral noodles out of vegetables is not only a healthy way to increase vegetable consumption, but a fun way to get kids to eat their veggies as well.  Spiral carrots can easily be turned into “hair” on a smiley face sandwich for added fun!

The Very Healthy Spiral Vegetable Slicer is priced at $11.79, and the set comes with the following:

  • Very Healthy Spiral Vegetable Slicer
  • Safety Cap
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Cookbook: 10 Best Spiral Slicer Recipes
  • Ebook Bundle (Very Healthy Cookbook: 200 Paleo Recipes, Spiral Slicer Cookbook, Starter Guide, & Vegetable Wallpaper

The slicer is also eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping with a purchase of $35 or more.  Or, if you prefer, you can receive free Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping with a free trial of Amazon Prime.  It’s important to note that prices often fluctuate on Amazon, and this price may change at any time.  Please make sure you verify the price before placing your order.

You can find more great holiday gift ideas on my 2015 Christmas Gift Guide page.

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

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