Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trick or Treat Halloween Hop!! 3 #Giveaway Winners!!

Trick-or-Treat Hop

Welcome to the Trick or Treat Halloween Hop hosted by Tales From the Nursery, Formula Mom, and Mama on a Green Misson, where you will go trick-or-treating virtually at each blog for a chance to win some totally ghoul prizes. Will they have tricks or will they have treats? You must click through the linky to find out!

Here at Artsy Chaos we want to treat you to the chance to get a jump on your holiday cards with Shutterfly! We will have THREE winners who will each win 25 free 5×7 flat or folded cards!! (Retail value approximately $50 each!)  Check out these amazing designs for Halloween:

To enter, simply use the form below. After entering here, be sure to hop on over to the next blog to see what you can enter to win there! The blogs participating are in the linky below the entry form. Good luck and have fun!

Please note that Tales From the Nursery, “Trick or Treat Halloween Giveaway Hop” or the “Trick or Treat Halloween Giveaway Hop” bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

We were provided with 3 codes from Shutterfly because of a professional relationship. All opinions are those of the editors and owners of Artsy Chaos. No monetary compensation was received. Prize codes are for 25 free 5×7 flat or folded cards. All applicable taxes, shipping and handling will apply to orders in which these codes are redeemed. Prize codes will expire December 31, 2011.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Holidays Cards with @Shutterfly

Halloween signals that slow slide right into the holiday season.... soon it will be Thanksgiving and then yikes Christmas! There is certainly something to be said for getting ready early as it cuts out a good portion of stress. This is part of the reason that we love Shutterfly. You can get your holiday cards ready to go as early as now.

Let me back up a little bit though. I have ordered personalized greeting cards from several different companies and Shutterfly remains a top favorite. They are big enough to have lots of designs and items to choose from yet they maintain a very friendly, helpful and just plain happy feeling. Shutterfly's service is speedy and well executed which appeals to my overly perfectionist side! Several months ago, we needed to get some cards for my daughter to use as thank-you's. We were able to personalize one of the cards on the site to fit exactly what we needed at an amazing price. Plus, Shutterfly often has fabulous promotions happening which make their great prices even better. It is always a treat to receive that happy orange Shutterfly package in the mail.

This year, I'm thinking of sending some Thanksgiving cards which I haven't really done in the past. I like keeping my family off guard, ha! Here are some of my favorite designs from Shutterfly:

I also LOVE these designs for Christmas cards:

What do you think? Do you have a favorite design? Leave us a comment and let us know!

If you'd really like to get a jump on your holiday preparations, Shutterfly has some great options for calendars, home decor and photo books. These are perfect gifts for those hard to shop for people on your list. Speaking from experience, these make gift giving so easy when it comes to helping your children shop for their other parent! And yes, also for Grandma Phoebe who just so happens to have everything imaginable. 

We have a professional relationship with Shutterfly and will receive free product as a result of this article. All opinions are solely those of the owners and editors of Artsy Chaos.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What's that Smell? #Clean it up with @NaturalHousePro! {#Giveaway}

Do you ever get the feeling (or smelling, as it were) that maybe your home might have an odor? Certainly, there are odor hot spots that can make us cringe; the bathroom, the sink, the trash can. Can you relate? We certainly can and recently our big outdoor trash can had taken on a monstrous odor. So much so that everyone dreaded actually having to open the lid. Yes, it was that powerful.

Luckily for us, Natural House had asked us if we'd like to try out their revolutionary new natural household cleaning products that clean the parts of your home you'd rather forget about. The Natural House probiotic cleaners are named Trashy, Sinky and Flushy. Clever names we thought. Heck ya, we'd love to I said! Clean that monster trash can odor? Bring it on! Could this possibly work? We set out on a month-long mission to find out.

Trashy, Sinky and Flushy are non-toxic and safe for use in your home yet strong enough to use in a commercial setting. Here's some additional information right from Natural House:

  • Our products use an eco-friendly cleaning method of probiotics that create a beneficial, odor eating ecosystem to naturally drive out and digest odors at their source.
  • Natural House's plant-based ingredients are eco-friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable to naturally fight the toughest problems you face in your house. 
  • Our products, Sinky and Flushy even break down and digest fats, oil, grease, and solid waste to ensure your disposal, pipes, drain lines or septic tank run smoothly.
  • Our cleaners contain good probiotics which continue to scour, clean, consume odors, grime, grease, and germs, and they continue to do so until your next weekly treatment! 
  • We earned the coveted Retailers’ Choice Award” at the 2011 National Hardware Show!
  • The surfaces in your house are like a garden. If you don’t seed with good plants, weeds will grow. You have the same choice with your household surfaces: sanitize for a moment with harsh chemicals leaving your surface open to recontamination or seed with probiotics to continuously weed out the bad micro-organisms.
  • Traditional cleaners “clean” a surface for a moment in time; the second the rag is finished wiping the surface, that surface is almost instantly polluted once again with ambient dust, dirt, and micro-organisms.
  • Natural House probiotics creates mini-ecosystem on a microbial level that produces enzymes which break down odors, dirt, fats, oil, grease, food scraps, waste and toilet paper products on a continuous basis between applications. This creates a natural, clean, balanced environment that is safe for even the most sensitive members of your natural house.
  • The action is in the foam! The foam releases the cleaning agents.
  • The short and skinny of it is this... our natural probiotic cleaners keep on cleaning long after you've stopped!

Now onto the tests...

We were more than eager to get the test underway for Trashy. Each of the products comes packaged as a four week supply. Trashy is a convenient little spray bottle with enough for 30 days, you just use 1/4 of the bottle for each application. So into the big stinky trash can we sprayed the wintergreen scented probiotics and crossed our fingers. That first week, and even the second, we really did not notice a difference. On week three the can did indeed smell a little better. Was it a fluke? Week four and everyone opening the lid started to cringe and then looked puzzled. Someone even remarked that the odor was markedly better. Success!

Flushy is a nice fresh mint scent and works to clean not only your toilet bowl but also clean the drain and works as a septic treatment. Ya, I can't believe I put our toilet's photo on the internet either. Toilets are not usually a topic of conversation here at Artsy Chaos but we all have at least one I would hope! Our experience with Flushy was not as noticeable as Trashy but we're excited about the fact that it works to consume some of the gunk that might stay in the drains and pipes. I did notice that the cleaning power of Flushy is not as strong as the regular toilet bowl cleaner that I normally use and did have to supplement cleanings during the test weeks.

We were also excited to test out Sinky which is a disposal scrubber and drain maintenance probiotic cleaner. Sinky has a nice fresh citrus scent. We decided not to use it in the kitchen, but rather, in the bathroom. Our bathroom has double sinks and for some reason when you run the water the drain smells swampy or some other damp moldy type smell. Ya, gross. It's not strong but is not pleasant when you're brushing your teeth. Indeed, after just one use, Sinky helped with the swampy smell in the bathroom sinks. The probiotic power seems to have worked on this problem until the next weekly treatment was due and seemed to last longer progressively with each week of use. Success again!

These natural household cleaning products can be purchased directly from Natural House and also at Amazon. Trashy, Flushy and Sinky each retail for $4.99. Want more information? You can visit the Natural House website and also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Live Your #Dreams with #Financial Peace, it CAN be done! {#Giveaway}

Today is the anniversary of Black Thursday. On October 24, 1929, the stock market plummeted and led to the Great Depression. Today we live in similar times... much to our dismay and sometimes horror. Our financial lives are in question, stress runs rampant and many of us just don't feel secure anymore. Where do you turn for comfort? Where do you find hope? Hopefully you have your own belief system to lean on along with supportive friends and family. Honestly, though, sometimes we falter in our own emotions and spirit and need a little guidance in a tough and changing world.

I am a big believer in the power of motivation and affirmation. I've seen the vast capacity of the human psyche to overcome challenges through sheer brainpower. Negativity is poison. Positivity is the life blood of success.

We're thrilled to introduce you to Trudy W. Evans C.H., who wants you to learn, grow and prosper. Yes, prosper!! Is that even possible, you ask? I mean, prospering today seems like such a difficult task. Yes, you can prosper, have hope and even find solutions to situations that arise in your life. Now, I am no expert but many would agree with me that if you start telling yourself things will be wonderful, they DO find a way to BE wonderful. No one can guarantee anything but seriously, try it out for yourself.

As part of this article, we were able to review Your Path to Financial Freedom from The download comes with 4 audio mp3 files full of motivation and affirmation to use to help you achieve your dreams. Put these files onto your iPod for an emotional boost with every workout! You can listen to a sample HERE. I honestly believe that Ms. Evans can help you be more creative, have a better family life, and use your own personal talents and abilities for financial success.

Would like to have a chance to win your own copy of Your Path to Financial Freedom? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Enter below using the form. If you are unable to see the form (or the Google widget to follow this blog) please just refresh the page and that will usually do the trick. Good luck!