Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Zeenie™ Dollz Series Introduces a Fashion-Forward Environmentally Friendly Toy to Young Girls Nationwide

Saving the planet…that’s our style!™ is the catch phrase for the Zeenie™ Dollz.

Created for young girls and eco-conscious parents, the dolls are fashionistas, donning the latest in groundbreaking style, but Zeenie Dollz stand for much more. Each doll also brings to light an environmental cause that needs attention, bringing together education and green ideals for young girls. Zennia, the special edition doll in the series, leads the pack and embodies Mother Earth, the protector of our planet.  As the giver and sustainer of life on earth, Zennia is passionate about combating the evil anti-environment villains that threaten to destroy the world. To assist her in protecting our environment and spreading eco-awareness, Zennia is joined by a team of five eco-warrior fashionistas:
  • Evee, Protector of the Skies and Defender against Pollution
    Kazumi, Protector of the Polar Regions and Defender against Global Warming
    Lina, Protector of the Rainforest and Defender against Deforestation
    Sini, Protector of Farmland and Defender of Mistreated and Abused Animals
    Yana, Protector of the Oceans and Defender of Marine Conservation

Zeenie Dollz started with a sketch by Hansini Wadhwani, the creator, designer and inventor of the series.  She showed her mother, Laxmi Wadhwani, the first sketch of a girl with flowing blue hair and explained that her persona was that of Mother Earth.  Her mother's support was overwhelming and she brought Zennia, the first doll in the series, to life.  The mother-daughter duo then worked together with their passion for the environment and the entire set of Zeenie dollz were created.

Zeenie Dollz are made of a combination of two completely recyclable, non-toxic materials. The packaging also follows suit with the sustainable message; the shipping cylinder is made of a biodegradable plastic. In addition to their sustainability, the Zeenie Dollz also come standard with 12 ball joints offering much more flexibility and movement during play time.

Zeenie Dollz retail for $39.99 and are available for purchase at and will be available at select retailers nationwide.  They are a series of eco-friendly, eco-warrior fashionista dolls that combine style and education into one perfect package. The 12-inch dolls are made of recyclable materials and bring to light environmental causes that need our attention.

***A portion of each sale is donated to organizations working to preserve the environment and protect all animals and the places they call home. ***

We received Lina, pictured below:
My thoughts:
These dolls are just too cool!
You will notice that I only took her out of the outer plastic but not out of the package completely.  This is because one of my granddaughter will get her for Christmas this year.

I had my 6 yr old granddaughter check her out and she was excited right away.  She wanted to take her out to play....take her to church....and then take her home.  Sadly I told her no.

Lina is the protector of the rain forests.  She comes with her pet ocelot named Abby.
She also comes with an Eco-Warrior membership card, a hairbrush shaped like a leaf and a gel bracelet for her owner to wear.
She is indeed fashionably dressed.

The fist thing that I had checked was how her arms and legs move.  They are jointed to move very easily, almost real like.  Much better than other nationally known dolls.

I really like that each doll represent a different environmental cause.  I also like that they are made from recycable materials.  We are heavy into recycling in our household.

Find Zeenie in all of these places! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Frugal Friday With Marsha 11/29/13 Linky Party

I hope everyone a blessed Thanksgiving.
Last week I said that this week I wanted to talk about Christmas.  It's less than 4 weeks away now!

I am finding myself feeling stressed.  For years and years, and I do mean years and years, I have collected things to use for gifts all year long.
I would get items in the mail, maybe for sending in cereal proofs of purchase, or laundry soap, candy bar wrappers etc.  Then that aspect of my life pretty came to a stand still.  That was my refunding days. Now you rarely see those offers out there anymore.

I kept little savings in envelopes (this really does work, but is a different post).  I had one envelope where I saved for Christmas.  I kept that one with me all the time so if I seen something good on a great sale, or on clearance I would pick it up out of that savings money. 

I would so a lot of coupons throughout the year stocking up on health and beauty aids getting them cheap or free.  A lot of that shopping was done at Walgreen's.  
Every year my grown children could expect a box of health and beauty.......razor, shave gel, deoderant, shower gel, and more.
They have come to expect it.....and count on it.  In fact, they know it's coming so they don't buy that stuff at Christmas time knowing that I will be giving it to them.

This year couponing changed for me.  I had stopped shopping at Walgreen's pretty much all together once we moved farther away from the store.  We did live less than a mile straight up the street from the Walgreen's store.
Our grocery store stopped doubling coupons.  I lost my source of 10 or more Sunday coupons inserts free each week.

I have picked up a few things here and there on the clearance shelves, but not much.   I do have some health and beauty items stashed.
I'm working at making knitted scarves that some have requested for gifts this year.

I'm feeling a bit sad that I don't have that overflowing huge tote in my closet full of gifts.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, the day we always put up the Christmas tree.  My usual spot in front of the front window is no longer available.  I must clean another corner for it.  Wish me luck as that is what I am going to work on next.
 Once the tree is up is when I get out that tote from the closet.  I get out my notebook of names of everyone I need gifts for.   I start by sorting, then I start wrapping and keeping track of what I have for who.
I really do hope to get to that this evening.   

Would you be interested in next week's post being about what I find in that tote and in my coupon stash?  Maybe I am a lot further ahead than I think!

I look forward to the posts that you link up this week.   
If you know of a linky list where I can post this weekly linky for more participation, please let me know in comments.

I also want to mention my handmade gifts linky page here on my blog.  I have it opened up until the end of this year and would love to see more posts linked up there with handmade gift ideas.  It's open to all url's, not just blog posts.   Thanks!!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Squidoo Hopping -- Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah too!

Short and sweet post today as I have to get to cooking :)

Let's try to share holiday related squidoo lenses today, along with any blog posts you have made related to squidoo.

Thanks so much, and again, a Blessed Thanksgiving to all.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY + CYBER MONDAY: 2 Swag Code Extravaganzas

Have you heard about the latest Black Friday news? It's not the latest shopping deal or tip to get an early bird special, it's Swagbucks. This Black Friday they're hosting a HUGE Swag Code Extravaganza! With this Extravaganza, you can get up to 50 SB without spending a cent. What's more? They're topping that on Cyber Monday with another Swag Code Extravaganza for up to 60 SB! On both days, they will also offer 3X per dollar spent on your online shopping through Shop & Earn during the times below:    
                 Thanksgiving, November 28: 6 pm - 10 pm ET / 3 pm - 7 pm PT |
Black Friday, November 29: 8 am - Noon ET / 5 am - 9 am PT |
Cyber Monday, December 2: 9 am - Noon ET / 6 am - 9 am PT           

The way Swagbucks sees is, this time of the year may be great to save money on your holiday purchases, but why just save money when you can earn it at the same time? Between their shopping specials and the Swag Code Extravaganzas, going to on Black Friday & Cyber Monday can get you enough SBs for your next gift card. Haven't started with Swagbucks yet? Now is a great time -- I've gotten more than $200 in gift cards (and about the same in paypal)  since I started and it's easy to start. Sign up here.

WIP Wednesday 11/27/13

First of all, let me with everyone a 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Next up is a finish.  It's been a very long time since I've actually finished anything quilting wise.

This is my Log Cabin wall hanging.  I can see myself going on a log cabin craze, and I do want to make it with the one inch strips next.  Plus, I am truly going to use scraps so it won't be all the same.    I look forward to starting it, but do have to think Christmas gifts right now too.

Next up is my progress with the Penny Patch QAL.   I have 4 rows together---8 to go.  Busy long weekend ahead with family and Christmas decorating but I still hope to get progress made on it.

Penny Patch Quilt-Along

I have a start on the knitted scarves that I am making for Christmas gifts.  Since taking this picture I did finish this one except putting on the tassels.  Next up is the other skein there.  I am just buying one skein at a time and testing different fancy yarns along the way.

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hurry for 4X the Fuel Points from Your Kroger Co. Family of Stores!

From mid-November to early December you will receive 4X the fuel points when you buy a 3rd party gift card from your Kroger Co. store!! 

Stores in the Kroger family are:

Market City
Loaf 'N Jug
Kwik hop
King Soopers
Turkey Hill
Tom Thumb
Jay C Food Stores

Normally you do earn 2 fuel points for every $1 in 3rd party gift card purchased.  ****See your store for the end date in early December.****

Choose from these gift cards:
Google Play
Toys R Us
Olive Garden
and LOTS more!!!

Here is an awesome plan:  Purchase gift cards for your own use. Purchase them prior to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to spend them where you already plan to shop.  It's a win-win situation since you are also getting the fuel points!   Every $1 spent is 4 times or 4 points....and every 100 pts is .10 off per gallon of gas!  (Good at every qualifying Kroger Fuel Center)  Wow!  1,000 pts is $1 off per gallon!

Gift cards make the most convenient gifts (and the free the recipient up from having to return that ugly sweater).

Give gift cards to:
your boss, co-workers, or employees
mail man
Hosts of parties

Disclosure:  This information was shared with me as a bzz agent to pass along to my readers.

Monday, November 25, 2013

No-Ad Reminds You to Not Forget the Sunscreen Even in Winter! (giveaway included)

Winter Sun, Winter Fun...Don't Forget the Sunscreen!

We're conditioned to use sunscreen all summer, but when you're outdoors in bright winter sun, are you sufficiently protecting yourself?  A new study found that daily, year-round sunscreen use can significantly slow the skin's aging process by as much as 24 percent. (as reported by

Whether you are at home playing winter sports or on vacation, ultraviolet rays lead to skin damage, so sun protection is a must every day. Take care of your skin now to prevent wrinkles and possibly melanoma later.

 Remember, the sun's damaging rays can harm your skin even during cold winter months and on cloudy days.

Follow these sun protection tips from NO-AD:

·         Limit sun exposure, particularly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  when the sun's harmful UV rays are the strongest and most damaging to your skin

·         Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen with a value of 30 or higher

·         Liberally apply sun protection 15 minutes before sun exposure

·         Reapply every hour as needed, particularly after swimming or perspiring

·         Your lips need protection, too—use an SPF 15 or higher lip balm


A great choice for the winter athlete and vacationer is NO-AD Sunscreen, which has been protecting families for generations.  NO-AD is beloved by the savvy shopper who takes a common sense approach to skin care. Smart shoppers now that great quality does not need to mean high price.  By not buying expensive TV, magazine or radio ads, NO-AD saves money and offers the same advanced sun care ingredients as other national brands, at a great value. 


All NO-AD products are made in the U.S.A. in sunny Cocoa, Florida.   

NO-AD is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and has received their seal of approval.


NO-AD can be found in most food, drug and mass retailers throughout United States and in 35 countries around the world.  NO-AD products can be ordered through or   



My Opinion:

I have been using the NO-AD  30 sunscreen lotion.  The frangrance is very pleasant.  It feels good on my skin......makes my skin feel silky smooth.

It contains Aloe and Vitamin E.  The bottle states that it's water resistant for 80 minutes. 


I admit that the thought of using sunscreen in the winter hasn't ever crossed my mind.  It is important though! I'm glad that NO-AD brought this to my attention.


I was also sent the NO-AD Kids 50 sunscreen lotion as well as a NO-AD Kids 50 continuous spray.

The scent of the Kids lotion is not the same as the adult version.  I can't quite describe it.  It's not over-powering.

The continuous spray has a top that turns to spray.  I like this idea so the younger kids can't easily just go spraying it all over the place.    It does spray evenly and even at any angle.

It does have a rather strong scent.

Both of the Kids products are also water-resistant to 80 minutes.


All NO-AD products are about twice the ounces of the other leading national brands for the same retail pricing.  


One other thing that I notice is that the expiration dates on the products are 3 years down the line.  I like this as in the past we've not used all of a product in one season and had to throw it out and buy new the following season.


I believe this is an excellent product. 



The makers of NO-AD are being very generous for my readers!  Three (3) lucky winners will each win one NO-AD SPF 45 and 1 NO-AD kids product.  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below and good luck to all.

Disclosure:  I was sent sample products as well as information for the purpose of this review.   I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Sponsor is responsible for delivery of prizes. 



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"Pink Friday" With Baby Bella Maya

 From November 29th to December 1st, Baby Bella Maya ( is offering at 20% off + free shipping on all purchases on the site.  Just use the code: pinkfriday at checkout!!


Baby Bella Maya is a line of cutting edge baby/toddler gear and accessories that make fashion fun!  The company was started by Marta Sala-Rothwell, who, after noticing the wear on her Baby Bjorn infant carrier, created a fashionable slip cover to prolong its life.  Everywhere she went people stopped her to ask where she got it.  As an airline pilot and mother of four, she hardly had the time to start a company, but that’s exactly what she did.  Her goal became simple.  She wanted to design cute accessories for stylish infants and toddlers.  Her innovative vision of marrying feminine frill and fashionable edge styles, coupled with the country backdrop, has become the perfect recipe for the exciting celebration of a new baby.

Here are just some of the wonderful products you will find to choose from:
Go-Go Pouches
Car Seat Covers

Don't miss out on this great sale! 
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