Google+ Linky Party

Welcome to the The Ultimate Linky’s Google+ Party!

This is the last week I will be the co-host of the Google+ Linky Party. You can continue to link up every week at The Ultimate Linky!  Thanks for coming and linking up with me!

There are two linkies in this party!  You can do just one or both linkies if you wish.  On the first linky, you will link up your Google+ URL from your Google+ profile or page so that others can add you to their circles.  On the second linky, link up the URL of a status from Google+ that you would like to receive some more interaction (a comment, +1, or maybe even a share!)

Please add Tammy from The Ultimate Linky and me to one of your circles on Google+, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to circle/interact with!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page.  We also appreciate any shares that you could give about this party!  Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!

If you would like to have a google+ post shared, link up the url for that post below. The same rules as above  apply except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I do the last link(s).

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Social Media Mixer

Welcome to the 22nd week of the Social Media Mixer! Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 21 – we had 114 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

We have an announcement to make – this will be the last and final Social Media Mixer! If you would still like to link up with us, please join Turn It Up Tuesdays every week, or Social Media Saturdays on BrittanyBullen.com. We’d love to have you!!! It has been a great 22 weeks, and we love all of you that have joined us – past and present. Wishing you all the best!

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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your blog posts and social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for October!

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Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Heather from Krafts and Kiddos | Crystal from Finding Crystal | Tina from The Happy Creations

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week’s Social Media Mixer…

Shana chose…

Easy DIY Doily Wall Art from The Gold Lining Girl

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I’m a serious crafter at heart. Pretty sure it’s genetic. My Grandma used to paint ceramics, do embroidery, and do latch hook rugs and wall hangings. My mother dabbles in a little of everything and you never know what she’s up to. Her latest endeavor is collecting seashells and beach glass at the shores of Lake Erie to decorate wood picture frames. You can’t walk into a little shop or boutique without her pointing out 3 or 4 items saying, “We could make that!” Crafting is truly a family affair because even my older brother has been known to participate on occasion!

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Heather chose…

Halloween Cupcakes from Working Mom Magic

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I have a slight cupcake obsession. I think decorating cupcakes is such a fun activity to do with kids, so we usually end up doing some sort of cupcake for each and every holiday. When my son was younger he was never really into craft projects, but when it came to decorating cookies or cupcakes he was always game. Every kid knows that once you decorate food, you get to eat it. Duh.

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Crystal chose…

Growing Up Music: Third Eye Blind Jumper Lyrics Speak to Suicide from That’s Mashed Up

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Have you ever had to be the voice of reason to a friend in need who was slipping into a dangerous mental place? I have. You have to look at them and tell them that you wished they’d “step back from that ledge”. Sometimes you can’t make them turn around and stop, or change their thinking pattern. There is a whole profession dedicated to that because helping a suicidal person in the long run is a skill and an art. However, sometimes all you need is to have them take just one step back, so to speak. That could mean the difference between having the time and space to get them professional help, and not.

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Holly chose…

Coffee Flan w/ Cajeta Caramel from FabiFabu

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This flan is made like a custard, with plenty of eggs: 6 wholes ones and 8 yolks. It has a rich coffee flavor, and you add the coffee raw like in “cafe de olla”, to the sweet milk mix. I had made coffee flan before, but not this way, so I decided to give it a try. The original recipe is from Chef Rick Bayless, “TV show about Mexican food”, Mexico, One Plate at a Time and yes, I`m a fan.

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Angel chose…

Perfect Fall Breakfast: Pumpkin-Ricotta French Toast Roll-ups from The Athletic Avocado

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The flavor of pumpkin means fall and with the best season for baking coming around, I knew I just had to make this french toast roll-up flavor. French toast roll-ups are amazing, but even more amazing with a pumpkin ricotta filling. Full of fiber and protein , these are the perfect fall breakfast. Eat them with a hot cup of coffee and watch the leaves fall, ain’t Nothing better than that.

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Jillian chose…

What Is A Lifestyle Blogger from Laina Turner

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I am in the process of rebranding and redesigning my blog because I’m ready to take it to the next level. The launch is December 1st and even though I’ve been working on it since May; I can’t believe it’s only 6 weeks away and there is still so much to do. Freaking out just a little (ok a lot) but I tend to be one of those people who work best under pressure. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

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Alycia chose…

The perks of a morning run from Mom’s Home Run

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I’m a morning runner. And I like it. In fact I’d hate to have to run later on in the day.

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Tiffany and Ce Ce chose…

French Toast Bites from With Vintage and Me

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I think these have to be one of my favourite breakfasts at the moment. They are simple to make and just use a few ingredients. I used a loaf of home-made bread that I had baked the day before. I cut it into nice thick slices and then into bite size pieces. You cover them in an egg and milk mix then brown in a frying pan. Once cooked they get covered in a sugar and cinnamon mix. The first two bites didn’t make it to the plate as I had to test them!

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Tina chose…

Cookie Flooding Decorating Technique with Sugar Cookie Cutouts from The Gold Lining Girl

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I can’t contain my excitement about today’s subject. This method of cookie decorating is my favorite. If there’s an occasion where you really want to impress, and make beautiful and elegant cookies, try cookie flooding.

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Anni chose…

Creative Ways To Say Thank You (And Gift Ideas To Go With Them) from Shambray

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I am a HUGE fan of thank you! I think it is important and who doesn’t like to feel appreciated. Sometimes a quick verbal thank you is fantastic. There is always a text, “Thanks so much!” A handwritten thank you note can make anyone’s day, but today I am sharing some creative ways to say thank you.

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And the winner is…

What Is A Lifestyle Blogger from Laina Turner

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Congratulations!! You have won 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures! Please e-mail Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com for more information on your free ad space.

Stop by and follow our featured bloggers! We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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Mia Mirau Makeup Review

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I feel will be beneficial to my readers.

MiaMariu Makeup Review

I recently received the opportunity to review MiaMariu makeup. MiaMariu is a makeup and beauty product company similar to Avon and/or Mary Kay. You can order from their website or you can order from their consultants they call ‘advisers.’ There is information on their website on how to become an adviser and more.

The makeup and beauty products are all natural, they contain Vitamins A, C, and E, and they are oil, talc, paraben, and fragrance free.

I was able to choose four products that I wanted to try and review. I choose black mascara, mineral eye shadow due in Rosa Marquesa, mineral blush in Maria Azucena, and the perfecting finish hydrating stick gloss in Seduccion.

I really liked wearing this makeup. It was light weight and easy to remove. It also did not cause my skin to break out the next day. The colors worked well with my skin and eye color. Overall, I’d recommend this makeup.

 

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Google+ Link Party

Welcome to the The Ultimate Linky’s Google+ Party!

Don’t forget to enter the multiblog giveaway here!

Be sure to share and link up! Our goal is to grow this party so that there will be new people linking up every week so that you can continue to get new followers!

There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Google+ URL from your Google+ profile or page so that others can add you to their circles. On the second linky, link up the URL of a status from Google+ that you would like to receive some more interaction (a comment, +1, or maybe even a share!)

Please add Tammy from The Ultimate Linky and me to one of your circles on Google+, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to circle/interact with!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page. We also appreciate any shares that you could give about this party! Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!


If you would like to have a google+ post shared, link up the url for that post below. The same rules as above apply except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I do the last link(s).


Social media parties every day of the week!

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Social Media Mixer Week 21

Welcome to the 21st week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 20 – we had 121 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your blog posts and social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for October!

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Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Heather from Krafts and Kiddos | Crystal from Finding Crystal | Tina from The Happy Creations

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week’s Social Media Mixer…

Tiffany chose…

Ah yes, it’s finally Bedtime…revisited from Living in Mommywood

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I am touching on bedtime again because no one can or should mess with my sleep just joking (but not really). We always hear about studies showing the importance of a good nights rest and sleep. How we prepare for that is and can be a challenge for parents, especially of little ones. As bedtime approaches for some it can become a time of torture or a time for relaxation.

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Heather chose…

First Birthday Party Success from Winks and Eyerolls

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Well it came and went. The big first birthday event. All the planning, ideas, and work that goes into a party and before you know it’s over. Camp Asher, (yup that’s my son’s name, first time revealing it to you) was a success and everyone had a great time! I’m sorry (well kind of but not really :) for the picture overload you are about to see.

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Anni chose…

Be You Bravely from Home Is Where The Heart Is

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This Fall, I started being a part of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). It is a place where I can be with other Moms while my girls are playing with other kids. You can find out more about MOPS here. The theme for this quarter is “Be You Bravely.”

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Jillian and Ce Ce chose…

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Is your blog getting poor traffic? Are you looking for ways to increase your blog traffic? Are you experiencing your frustration with not getting more traffic in your blog? Are you attempting to get more visitors directly to your blog? If you say so, then you will learn on how to increase your blog traffic. Indeed, I admit that I have been learning more about how to increase my blog traffic, too. You are not the only one. I have wonderful news that you may be learning on how to increase your blog traffic.

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Holly chose…

Family Movie Night Ideas from Practical Princess Diaries

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Family movie night is a great way to do something together as a family that doesn’t cost a lot or can even be FREE. Going to the movies as a family is getting pretty expensive. Ticket prices are up to $12 each for 3D movies. Add on the popcorn, soda, and over priced candy. Before you know it you have spent $100 to listen to other people talk through the movie, waiting in line, and the inevitable “I have to go to the bathroom” from one of your kids. We love family movie night at our house! Try some of our family movie night ideas to start this tradition in your house.

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Angel chose…

Chair Makeover: Miss Rose from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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A thrift shop find lured me because of its carving. Quite weak and very damaged, it was held together with duct tape.

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Alycia chose…

10 Top Tips for Saving Money from A Fresh Start

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My Husband and I have been working on getting our finances i order for sometime now and it hasn’t been going fast enough so we are kicking it up a notch. I really want to start 2015 with less money worries and a little saved up.

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And the winner is…

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Congratulations!! You have won 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures! Please e-mail Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com for more information on your free ad space.

Stop by and follow our featured bloggers! We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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Are you ready to start mixing it up?? Then, let’s go!

Make sure to add the button below to your sidebar to invite even more people to join the fun!

Epic Mommy Adventures
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Where Did Five Years Go?

Michael and I have been married five years today. At 3:00 PM, October 17, 2009, I walked down the aisle to marry the 26 year old man I have loved since he was a 14 year old boy.

Michael and I met in church. We were both 14 and completely different people. However, something in me recognized him immediately. I’m not one to talk about soul mates and believe in fairy tales, but my soul recognized his. And I was hooked. To say this was a teenage crush would be very much an understatement. I knew. I knew, in my heart and soul, he was it.

Michael and I dated, as much as two 14 year old kids can date, for about three months. However, he was a major part of my life from the ages of 14-17. No, I can’t say that he loved me like I loved him during those years. In fact, it was much later that I believe Michael begin to love me. However, I am very confident that he was fond of me and cared for me. But, we were teenagers, and with teenagers, love doesn’t happen at 14 (supposedly). However, I knew at 14. I knew that I would never love and care for someone as much as I did with Michael. And those feelings grew as I got older.

At age 16, the sun rose and set with Michael. To be honest, I was probably borderline obsessed with him. Our relationship from 14-17 was always up and down. And at 17, we decided that we had had enough of this back and forth dance and we went our separate ways.

I searched for Michael in every guy I dated after him. Because honestly, I never expected to talk to Michael again. I looked for the same connection, the same sense of heart flutter, and the same rebellious nature Michael brought out of me. And I never found it. I held very tightly to my love and did not give it away. These guys were not Michael, not even close. I even tried to lower my expectations but nothing ever clicked.

I finally ‘gave up’ looking for Michael in May 2005 and concentrated on myself. I stopped dating and started looking at myself. Did I love myself? No, but I want to learn how to. I poured my energy into learning who I wanted to be. I became independent and felt confident standing on my own. It wasn’t as scary as I had previously made it out to be in my head. I didn’t need anyone, just myself.

On March 11, 2006, I had dinner with a mutual friend of Michael and me. She would spend time at a mutual friend of her and Michael. I asked her how he was and expressed interest just to talk to him again. By this time, I was very firmly planted in myself but I knew I still loved him. Our mutual friend put us in contact with each other and we both realized that we had grown up. But the connection was still there and this time, it was mutual.

Our marriage has not been easy. I had to let go of the hurt and doubt that our previous relationship as teenagers had placed in me about Michael. Michael and I were married almost a year before I started having health problems. We have dealt with chronic heart problems, severe depression and anxiety, and a diagnosis of Lupus. There have been days where I have leaned heavily on his sense of confidence and strength. He has wore many hats in the last five years: doctor, therapist, caregiver, my safe place, along with being my husband. He is the keeper of the medication, as well as the keeper of my heart. He has become the man that I saw at 14. I am so incredibly proud of who he is, where he is going, and what I know he has accomplished. At the same time, he has supported me when I had to quit working because of my health, when I decided that I wanted to do something called blogging, and in my other crazy ideas. I know that I can count on him to be honest and firm with me as well.

I told everyone at 14 that I loved this boy. I even told a close few that I would marry him. My mom even said she knew that I would never get married unless it was to Michael. She was right. Not many people can say they knew at 14 who they would marry or that they got to marry their first love. But I did know and I can say, with confidence, that I married my only love.

Happy Anniversary Michael.

 

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This was right after the ceremony. It still wasn’t real.

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This was us promising not to smash cake in each other’s faces.

 

My favorite picture of that day.

My favorite picture of that day.

 

Our wedding songs:

This is the one I picked- very conventional
This is the one Michael picked. We were sitting around one day and he told me, “Listen to this song.” I heard it and loved it. Yes, it may have been unconventional to play Red Hot Chili Peppers in a wedding ceremony. However, if there is anything Michael and I have ever been, it’s unconventional.
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Surprise Ride Review

Disclaimer: I received the following subscription box in exchange for a honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I believe will benefit my readers.

Surprise Ride Review

I was sent a Surprise Ride subscription box to review. Surprise Ride is a fairly new subscription service. This product was featured on Shark Tank as well as other publications.

This subscription box is for ages 6-11 but I used it with my four year old niece and she enjoyed the activities. The picture above was what was included in the box but boxes may vary. This service also is beginning to branch out and I cannot wait to see what type of box is included for adults.

This box comes with materials to make a few crafts, instructions on what type of crafts to possibly make, comes with a snack, candy, or book, and other fun items kids will love. Also, I liked that the activities are age appropriate and kids can do most of the activities themselves. Each box has a theme that the activities revolve around.

I would certainly recommend this to moms that want more entertainment for their kids. Depending on the age of the child, the child could potentially do the activities themselves.

Surprise Ride on Shark Tank

 

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Fight Like A Girl Blog Hop- Giveaways!

Welcome to the first annual “Fight Like a Girl” Blog hop
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Up All Night BloggingWe are a community of bloggers that love throwing giveaways and bringing you amazing prizes! Each blogger on the list below has a minimum value of $10 but most giveaways exceed that limit! Be sure to “hop” along to each blog and enter to win some amazing prizes there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! please don’t forget sharing is caring! Let your friends in on the fun!

Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

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Ultimate Linky Google Party

Welcome to the Ultimate Linky’s Google+ Party

Thank you so much for partying with me over the last month and a half. I have had a lot of fun making new connections through Google+ and it helps with my SEO!

There are lots of changes happening with Finding Crystal. Starting November 1, I will be blogging within a new niche. I am ready to get started doing that but I have lots to do between now and then!

There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Google+ URL from your Google+ profile or page so that others can add you to their circles. On the second linky, link up the URL of a status from Google+ that you would like to receive some more interaction (a comment, +1, or maybe even a share!)

Please add Tammy from The Ultimate Linky and me to one of your circles on Google+, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to circle/interact with!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page. We also appreciate any shares that you could give about this party! Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!


If you would like to have a google+ post shared, link up the url for that post below. The same rules as above apply except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I do the last link(s).


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Xoundstar Portable Speaker Review

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I received the following product in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I believe will benefit my readers.

I received the Xoundstar® Smart Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker for review. I was really excited about this one, but not for myself.

Xoundstar Review

My husband is a mechanic and he works in a decent size shop. He uses his phone to listen to Pandora, and I knew this would make an excellent addition to the shop! And it has. Michael loves this speaker. When we tested it out at home the amount of sound it could put out was a lot louder than expected. And one problem with wireless speakers is sometimes the quality of the music is not very good. However, this was not the case with this speaker. The music was clear, with no static, and no background noise. Also, the battery life is perfect for Michael’s job. He works about 12 hours a day and the battery is able to last. I would have liked it to be a little bigger but the smaller size made it very easy to place wherever there is room in the shop. Overall, this would make an awesome gift for any music lover at a pretty decent price. The specs are in the graphic below:

Xoundstar Review Specifications

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