December 18, 2014

InStyler TULIP Auto Curler {Review}


If you are like me you cannot get your hair to curl let alone stay curly. I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to try the new Instyler TULIP Auto Curler as part of a blogging campaign.

The new Instyler TULIP Auto Curler can create soft curls, beach waves and gorgeous tight curls. It has 2-way rotation allowing you to choose to curl left, right or even alternate directions (I use this setting for natural looking curls). In addition there are also 3 heat and 3 timer settings. The Instyler TULIP Auto Curler is great for naturally straight/wavy hair that are a thin to medium texture. If you have naturally curly hair you can still use the Instyler TULIP Auto Curler, you just need to blow your hair straight first.

I must say that I was a little lot intimidated by this InStyler hair tool. This is a pretty serious hair tool so if you are not the type to read and follow instructions then this is not the hair tool for you. After reading the instructions and watching a video I was ready to give it a try.


The Instyler TULIP Auto Curler does take getting the hang of. I admit I did get my hair caught in twice the first time using it (I immediately pulled the plug and proceeded to yank my hair out, leaving quite a bit behind). Once I figured it out it was a breeze. The curls I got in my hair were beautiful and lasted thru the next day (don't judge...I'm an every other day wash girl).

For those of you who desire beautiful curls but do not have the time to spend hours on your hair then this is what you have been looking for. I have long hair and a lot of it, both a blessing and a curse. By using the InStyler TULIP Auto Curler for first time EVER I have been able to curl my entire head in less than 30 minutes. My curls are beautiful and long lasting.


I truly love this tool and plan on using it often. The InStyler TULIP Auto Curler may not be for everyone but luckily InStyler has two other new styling tools, the InStyler Max 2-Way Rotating Iron and also the InStyler Ionic Styler Pro, which is a Hot Brush/Flat Iron.


Buy It
For more information you can visit the InStyler website where Savvy and Sassy readers can save 30% using the above link.. You can also find Instyler on Instagram as well as on Twitter.

Happy Holidays and Happy Hair Days too!


Disclosure: I received promotional items from InStyler for the purpose of writing a review in connection with a promotion from Vocalpoint, no monetary compensation will be/was received. Any opinions expressed are based solely on my experience.

December 9, 2014

Give a Personalized Gift from MonogramOnline.com {Discount Code}


I love monogrammed items which is why I am so excited about my upcoming review with US Family Guide for MonogramOnline.com and their custom monogrammed jewelry. MonogramOnline.com customizes silver and gold necklaces shaped into first names as well as cufflinks engraved with initials.


There is even more, MonogramOnline.com has a huge selection of monogram-ready wares which include iPhone cases, kitchenware, sporting goods and more.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, MonogramOnline.com is offering Savvy and Sassy readers 45% off store wide - using the code BLOG45.


Happy Shopping!



Disclosure: I will receive a promotional item from MonogramOnline.com for the purpose purpose of writing a review in connection with a promotion from US Family Guide, no monetary compensation will be/was received. Any opinions expressed are based solely on my experience.

Guy Penrod's "Christmas" {Album Review}


Christmas music is one of my favorite things to enjoy during the Christmas season. I was really excited to have the opportunity to review the new Christmas album from Guy Penrod simply titled "Christmas" as part of an opportunity with Family Christian.

If you have never heard of Guy Penrod, he is an award winning Gospel artist with a beautiful voice. This new CD, which released earlier this year is a fantastic compilation of traditional Christmas favorites such as the Twelve Days of Christmas and O Holy Night. It has a fun hint of Country music style and features Amy Grant and Vince Gill in Guy's rendition of Tennessee Christmas.

Christmas will be a Christmas season music staple in our home this year and for years to come. Our family has listened to it many times already and it truly in an album that you can enjoy entirely. I cannot pick a favorite song on this CD because they are all truly wonderful. This would be an excellent gift and a great way to help keep you in the Christmas spirit.


Buy It
Christmas by Guy Penrod is available in Family Christian Stores as well as on the Family Christian website. The CD is currently retailing for $13.99. You can listen to samples of the album as well as purchase digital downloads of either the entire album for $11.49 or individual songs for $1.29. 

Family Christian stores have a fantastic selection of Christian books, music, gifts, and more. For more information you can also find Family Christian on Facebook or follow Family Christian on Twitter.

Merry Christmas and Happy Listening.

Disclosure: The Savvy and Sassy family received the Christmas album by Guy Penrod from Family Christian for the purpose of a review. The opinions expressed in this review are that of my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site. Thank you to Family Christian for allowing me to review this album!

December 1, 2014

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas {Review}

Disclosure: The Savvy and Sassy family will received complimentary tickets for the purpose purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation will be/was received. Any opinions expressed are based solely on our family’s experience.



We just got back from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where the Savvy and Sassy family had the amazing opportunity to visit Dollywood. We were at Dollywood for the Smoky Mountain Christmas as part of a blogging opportunity with US Family Guide. The Smoky Mountain Christmas runs at Dollywood with daily events through January 3, 2015.


Dollywood is one of the top themed entertainment destinations in the US. The 150 acre family adventure park is filled with mountain themed attractions, world class rides and award winning festivals and shows.

 

This was our first visit to Dollywood and we had an amazing time. Our visit to Dollywood was a day packed with fun in a family friendly environment. There are Christmas activities everywhere. From the fantastic production of Dollywoods A Christmas Carol to the night time Parade of Lights there wasn't a minute without Christmas fun.


Our daughter's favorite part of the day was the visit to Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Junction where she met Clarice and Bumble at the character experience. There were also games and activities to keep her entertained for quite a while.



The amazing treats at Dollywood will definitely keep you hungry. With the cooler weather there were lots of areas selling hot apple cider and hot chocolate. You could also roast marshmallows. The aroma of cinnamon almonds, kettle corn and the homemade cinnamon bread (My husband said it was delicious) filled air. The handmade candy canes and peppermint taffy are a delectable treat that would be perfect for Christmas giving.

  

Being gluten free I was a little hesitant about eating at a theme park. I was incredibly surprised by variety of dining options available for me. We chose to dine at Aunt Granny's which is an all you can eat buffet. I obviously had concerns but the friendly wait staff was happy to explain my options and even brought me turkey without gravy and stuffing from the back kitchen. My meal was enjoyable and most importantly, I felt great after eating it.


If you are visiting Dollywood and have food allergies or dietary concerns, make sure you visit Guest Services to get information on their impressive "Start Fresh" program. Start Fresh allows Guests to make an informed dining decision by providing them with a notebook that provides a full list of ingredients for each menu item. In addition to the steps the restaurant staff will follow to ensure you have a positive dining experience. If you have severe food allergies Dollywood does recommend you call in advance to your trip.


One of our favorite activities as a family of the day was the ride aboard the Dollywood Express. The Dollywood Express is an authentic 110-ton coal-fired steam engine took us on a five-mile ride through the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Make sure you get some hot cocoa for your ride.


We also got to see Santa at his workshop (it was a fantastic place to warm up), visited the beautiful Nativity outside of Dolly's Chapel, enjoyed the beautiful music of the Appalachian Christmas and marveled in the beauty of thousands of Christmas lights lighting up the park.


We truly enjoyed our visit to Dollywood, it was an amazing Christmas time experience. I look forward to visiting again during the summer to enjoy the water rides. For more information about Dollywood and their Christmas Memories package visit the Dollywood website. There are also special promotions for tickets, from now until January 2nd, arrive after 6pm and get the next day free. You can also find Dollywood on Facebook or follow Dollywood on Twitter and Instagram.



Disclosure: The Savvy and Sassy family received complimentary tickets for the purpose purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation will be/was received. Any opinions expressed are based solely on our family’s experience.

November 13, 2014

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas

Disclosure: The Savvy and Sassy family will receive complimentary tickets for the purpose purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation will be/was received. Any opinions expressed are based solely on our family’s experience.


I am so exciting to share that the Savvy and Sassy family is going to Dollywood for a Smoky Mountain Christmas. The Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas event is open now thru January 3, 2014. We cannot wait for the fun filled family day. Not to mention the Christmas memories created that will last a lifetime!!


With Dollywood being one top themed entertainment destinations in the US I have no doubt that our day will be full of adventures. The 150 acre family adventure park is filled with mountain themed attractions, world class rides and award winning festivals and shows.

Check out the press release below for more information about Dollywood and their Christmas Memories package.

PRESS RELEASE:

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER VISITS DOLLYWOOD 
FOR SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS NOV. 8- JAN. 3
Crowd-Favorite Dollywood's A Christmas Carol Returns 

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 28, 2014) - With four million dazzling lights, award-winning entertainment and delicious food options, Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 8- Jan. 3) certainly features something for every member of the family. This year, however, it may be the festival's special visitors which put smiles on guests' faces. 


Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the beloved Christmas television special, comes to life with an exclusive visit to Dollywood this holiday season. Guests can meet Rudolph and his friends, including Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph's Holly Jolly Junction, a magical area where festive fun awaits. 

After meeting Rudolph and his friends, families can head to Clarice's kitchen to decorate custom Christmas cookies or even take part in a few reindeer games! Guests even can make their picture in a giant snow globe featuring Sam the Snowman. 

Returning this year is the groundbreaking production of Dollywood's A Christmas Carol, which uses holographic technology to bring Dolly Parton to the stage as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Last season, guests marveled at the lifelike appearance of Parton and the other holograms featured in the production. 

"I'm so glad we're able to add Rudolph and his friends to our Smoky Mountain Christmas," said Parton. "With all of the beautiful lights and decorations, it truly is the most special time of year at my Dollywood. Why they're even going to bring back that hologram of me! I'm still not sure this world is ready for two Dolly Partons, but I'm excited folks can see 'the other Dolly' help ole Scrooge understand what truly makes the holidays special." 

Parton's Ghost of Christmas Past, Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Present and Future are life-sized holograms, marking the first time four actors appear via the cutting-edge technology in the same theatrical production. This heartwarming tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge features a 16-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks and period costuming. 

A seven-time winner for Best Christmas Event, Smoky Mountain Christmas continues through Jan. 3, 2015. Operating days and hours vary; visit Dollywood.com for details. Several other beloved shows return, including Christmas in the Smokies, An Appalachian Christmas, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, O' Holy Night, Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs and Carol of the Trees. Guests also can experience the nightly Parade of Lights, a festive procession of larger-than-life toys and characters, as well as Santa's Workshop, where the smallest guests can share their wish list with Kris Kringle. 


Dollywood's popular Smoky Mountain Miniature Railroad returns with a multi-level display featuring several model trains snaking through an elaborate and beautifully decorated miniature landscape. This kid-favorite attraction pulls in to the station at the Wings of America stage in Craftsman's Valley. 

Families can finish their visit with a traditional Christmas meal as several of Dollywood's menus feature holiday-themed items. Among the favorites are roasted turkey breast, Cades Cove pit ham, sweet tea baked chicken, sweet potato casserole and cornbread dressing. Holiday desserts available throughout the park include pumpkin pie, red velvet cake, sweet potato pie, pumpkin rolls and homemade fruit cakes.


Smoky Mountain Christmas guests can upgrade a paid one-day admission ticket to a regular 2015 season pass for just $30 (plus tax). Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a one-day ticket ($59) toward the purchase of a 2015 season pass. A season pass purchased during Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year's Christmas festival along with Dollywood's entire 2015 season. (A one-day ticket is valid for upgrade on the day of visit only.) Also, guests who purchase a Dollywood one-day ticket after 6 p.m. receive free admission to the park's next operating day. 


About The Dollywood Company: A highly awarded and widely recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood's Splash Country; Dollywood Cabins; and Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, scheduled to open in 2015. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry's highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 22 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three theme park by USA Today. Open nine months a year (late March through early January), Dollywood offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood's Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country's most beautiful waterparks and named 2009's Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dollywood Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. Opening in 2015, the 307-room Dollywood's DreamMore Resort will provide guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood's Splash Country. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Disclosure: The Savvy and Sassy family will receive complimentary tickets for the purpose purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation will be/was received. Any opinions expressed are based solely on our family’s experience.

November 12, 2014

Winner Announcement - Daylight Savings Time Pampers Diapers & Wipes Giveaway


Thank you for all of your entries in the Daylight Savings Time Pampers Diapers & Wipes Giveaway! The winner is:

Jenn G.

The winner has been notified by email and has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Make sure you follow Savvy and Sassy on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to get updates on the giveaways coming soon!

October 28, 2014

Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips + Pampers Giveaway

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.


Daylight Savings Time is right around the corner. We Fall Back on Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 a.m. and time changes can be a mom's worst nightmare. Messing up the sleep schedule we have worked so hard to achieve is frustrating for everyone, baby included. Don't worry, I have a few tips to help you through it.

Did you know that Pampers has done extensive research on sleep and they've learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they're wet? Unlike other diapers that offer two layers, Pampers diapers have three absorbent layers that provide up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection. It's Pampers hope to minimize sleep disruptions so that little ones get the sweet slumber they deserve and need!

According to the 2013 survey conducted by Pampers, almost one-quarter of moms (24%) felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night. As moms, we know the importance of sleep (we never get enough for ourselves) and it affects our children's physical and cognitive development, sociability and the really important day-to-day mood. That's why Pampers is so committed to keeping our babies dry through the most important parts of their day: love, play and sleep.

Daylight Savings Time Adjustment Tips
  • Start Early - Putting baby to be a few minutes later (earlier in spring) each night the week before the time change makes it a gradual adjustment
  • Keep It Dark - Blackout curtains are a mom's bff, they come in many price points, colors and sizes. Ever notice how you sleep in later in a hotel?
  • Noise - White noise seems to make everyone sleep a little sounder, even the simple sound of a running fan can improve sleep and block out noise
  • Routine - Continue your regular routine, just move a few minutes each day
  • Patience - Regardless of how you prepare the adjustment to take a little longer than planned
Join me for for a #PampersSleepChat on Wednesday October 29th at 9pm EST with sleep expert, Kim West (@TheSleepLady) to learn some tips for helping ease the transition and then, how Pampers diapers provide the superior overnight protection that can keep little ones asleep for longer. 

RSVP and you will have a chance to win Twitter Party Prizes which include:

· Prize 1 - Twinkles Nightlight in Blue, 148 ct of Pampers diapers and a pack of wipes.
· Prize 2 - Pottery Barn plush security blanket, $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
· Prize 3 - A gift card to The $125 Children's Place for pajamas, a pack of Pampersdiapers/wipes
· Prize 4 - A Kindle Fire so parents can purchase baby bedtime books, an $100 Amazon gift card to purchase the e-books, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
· RSVP-Diapers and Wipes

For more information please visit the Pampers website. You can also find Pampers on Twitter or follow Pampers on Facebook.

Win It
One (1) Savvy and Sassy reader is going to win (2) Pampers Free Product Coupons each good for one pack of Pampers Diapers and one pack of Pampers Wipes. Winner will be selected using random.org and will be announced on November 10, 2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. Contest open to people 18 years or older in the U.S.
What are your tips for helping your children adjust to Daylights Savings Time?

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

October 16, 2014

Couponing On-The-Go {Couponing Tips for Busy Moms}


Does it seem like you never have the coupons you need with you when you need them? If you are like me then your errands tend to be spontaneous. Coupons can be hard to come by especially that I no longer get the news paper. I do have a couple of great tips to keep you saving on the fly! One of my favorite sources for saving, especially for large purchases, auto servicing (oil changes) or home repairs is the Money Mailer


  • Keep coupons for frequently visited places in your car - I keep coupons for my favorite restaurants and pizza spots and local dry cleaners in the center console of my car. They are kept nice and organized in a plastic pencil box. (I always have 20% coupons for my favorite home goods store in their too) 
  • Have you seen all of the great coupons from Money Mailer in your mailbox? Dry cleaners, restaurants, oil change places. Perfect coupons to keep with you when you are on-the-go.
  • Try to plan shopping trips/coordinate coupons the night before - Although I may not always be successful I do try to plan out any shopping the day before. If I don't have time to clip them, I usually have a small pair in my car. 
  • Digital coupons - There are many websites that you can print coupons from your home. The days of retailers refusing them seems to be over. Did you know the Money Mailer even has grocery coupons on their website?
  • Money saving apps - these are an on-the-go mom's best way to save. Money Mailer has a free app you can download and start saving immediately. I have saved a substantially greater amount of money this year by using money saving apps. 

In honor of Money Mailer's 35th year anniversary I wanted to share some fun coupon slang and interesting coupon facts. 


Did you know:
  • 92% of consumers use coupons, 60% use printable coupons (RetailMeNot)
  • 55% of shoppers digitally "clip" coupons (Inmar)
  • 81% of consumers find it fun to see how much they can save with coupons or loyalty cards (Deloitte)
and this one which really surprised me:
  • 56% of 13-17 year olds use coupons or coupon codes (RedPlum)
For more information, visit the Money Mailer website. You can also find Money Mailer on Facebook or follow Money Mailer on Pinterest.

What are your best tips for saving while on-the-go? Happy Saving.



About Money Mailer:

Money Mailer is a leader in the U.S. direct marketing industry, has been certified as a World-Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute and was Entrepreneur Magazine’s #1 advertising services franchise for 2012. Money Mailer delivers hyperlocal savings to consumers through shared media mail, mobile, online and social media, and helps businesses affordably and accurately reach these consumers. For more information, visit www.MoneyMailer.com.

Money Mailer currently reaches 17 million households across the country with its traditional envelope and is on track to increase its reach by two million by the end of 2014.

Disclosure: I am participating in this campaign as a member of The Niche Parent Network & Conference in partnership with Money Mailer. I received promotional items to thank me for my time, no monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
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