Special K Knourish

Getting my Knourish-ment on!

Getting my Knourish-ment on!


Friday Night is (Campbell) Family Night at the Hungry Bear Cafe

This week the Campbell’s will sit down for dinner with Justin Grey, owner of the Hungry Bear Cafe in Murphysboro, IL. We’ll talk about the restaurant’s new menu offerings and the direction he intends to take the business. Stay tuned!

The lips have it!

Covergirl blastflipstick lips

It’s been a while, and I should really do a more meaningful post, but…just a quick nod to my vanity. I was at Joann’s Fabrics today adding to my fabric stash and  a lady in line could not help but comment on how pretty my lip color was. It shimmers, it glows she gushed. I thought so too. She even got the clerk to chide in. Because I received the Covergirl Blastflipstick as part of the Bzz Campaign, AND because I am such a good Bzz Agent and all around humanitarian, I had my wonderful $2.00 off Covergirl coupons to hand out to all the ladies within earshot. The Blastflipsticks are two-sided lip duos that come in colors like Minx, Stunner, and Glimmer. They provide looks that take your lips from day to night. I have been wearing this color combo in this older photo (I beleive it’s Minx) the most since I got the samples. For some reason it appeals to me. Plus my daughter (and the ladies at Joann’s) think it looks good on me.  And so do I.

Holiday Entertaining

I am super stoked about my Private Selection® Holiday Bzz Kit I received in the mail yesterday. It is chock full of Private Selection swag and I could not be more excited about entertaining for the holidays.

We are a laid back, welcoming brood, and that is reflective in our entertaining style. Holiday parties at our home consist of delicious, homemade meals, coupled with football (on TV and in the yard), board games and lots of laughs. With my Private Selection® Holiday Bzz Kit, I can run to Kroger and grab the goods I need for a perfect party. The Bzz Kit included:

1 –  4.4 Oz Box of Classic Water Crisps crackers
1 – 11Oz Bag of Costa Rican Tarrazu coffee
1 –  Coupon for a Free Private Selection pre-sliced deli cheese
1 –  Coupon for a Free jar of Private Selection Pasta Sauce
1 –  Coupon for a Free jar of Private Selection Olives
1 – Coupon for $.75 off Private Selection yogurt
5 – 20% off Coupons so friends and family can save on Private Selection offerings

This Campaign is right on time. While we are laid back, we do like to impress when we entertain. And Private Selection let’s us do gourmet without the gourmet price. So no matter if it’s an appetizer that consists of artisan cheese and crackers, or an after dinner cup of gourmet coffee, Private Selection will help us cover every aspect of our Holiday menu planning.

I am an unpaid, non-attorney, non-spokesperson for Private Selection or Kroger Brands. I’m just a Bzz Agent that received great stuff in exchange for my honest opinion.

It’s Nerf or Nuthin’



My family just had the opportunity to check out the coolest toy that I’ve come across in a long while. Just in time for cooler temps and football season, I was given a chance to participate in the NERF FireVision Sports Bzz Campaign. Nerf Fire Vision is so absopositively cool because of the Fire Vision ball uses  Microprism Technology to make it, well, glow…night or daylight. The Fire Vision frames (which come in red or green), work in conjunction with the Fire Vision ball to cast a glow that has a range over 100 feet/30 meters. The frames come with button-cell batteries and there is no recharging required. My boys, age 10 and 8, and my 4-year-old girl went nuts (seen here) over getting this Bzz Campaign. We live in the country where it is pitch black after sun down and we were still able to run routes and consistently catch the ball. We have yet to play in the day time, but that is next on the agenda. This is a great game to play after a backyard que or anytime as the crisp days of Fall beckon for football. But instead of me gushing about it nonstop, why don’t I just share with you? Leave me a comment about your family’s favorite Fall activity and be entered to win a pair of Nerf Fire Vision Sports Frames. Simple, eh? Well what are you waiting for? Winner will be chosen from those who leave a comment by 9/25 and announced on 9/28. Happy commenting!

*I was not paid by the Nerf company, just given a free sample of the Fire Vision Sports Football stuffery by Bzz Agent. The giveaway/contest is not sponsored by none other than myself.

Who’s Hungry?

Well we all are from time to time. And have I got the giveaway for you. And it is so easy to qualify. Go to www.facebook.com/TheThingsITry and be sure to “Like” the page. That’s it! Those who comply will be entered into a drawing for a free $25 Restaurant.com gift card. Those who don’t? Well us-unhs might just have you for supper!

Winner will be drawn at random once I reach 100 “Likes”, so get to clicking! Be sure to spread the word.

And to see what The Things I Try has on the horizon (the Reading Horizons, that is) check out this reading program we are trying at home. And oh yes, all you home educators, there will be a giveaway…feeling so generous!

That’s All for Now



Is it Halloween Yet!?

I know, I know. School is just starting back, and that is what all the fuss is currently about. And with this week’s post I kinda feel like when you go into Walmart for the after Christmas sales, and they already have the Easter stuff up. Well it does not hurt to plan ahead for us busy guys and gals.

Being busy is a good thing, right? I mean they say the idle mind is the devil’s playground. Well let me tell you, I have been as busy as a bee. Or should I say a Bebe?

My daughter (Bebe) and I were recently the lucky recipients of a product review opportunity from CostumeSuperCenter.com. They offer a huge selection of toddler/kid Halloween costumes, as well as other ages/sizes. She chose (what else?) the Girls Little Honey Bee Costume (Item #CC00257). The costume retails for only $26.99 and for that amount you get all the loot pictured below:

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I have to say for the price, this is a lot of costume. The construction is relatively good for a Halloween costume. It is not so paper-thin that I thought it would tear upon normal wear/use. But we are talking about MY Bebe. She don’t do normal. So I let her try it on and frolic around a bit seen here:

After romping around the yard a bit and making her “rap” video, Bebe did note that the dress “itched” her a little. No sweat. We all know that Octoboo-r usually means cooler temps and I will put either a black or yellow leotard underneath to keep her warm and the itchies away.

For your little ones’ perfectly frightful look, stop on over at CostumeSuperCenter.com and be sure to like them on Facebook. This mom gives them a thumbs up for a costume package that is priced right and packed to the hilt. Now where’d I put those Christmas lights?

*I received a complimentary costume sample in conjunction with this review. Tis’ my opinion, and I’m sticking to it!

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

Thrifting Haul & Woolite Sample Giveaway!

Yesterday I spent the day out with my favorite girl in the whole, wide world . (Seen here

sporting a little something I whipped up based on this tut  from Make It and Love It).

A quick trip to one of or local thrift stores netted these neat finds.

Total spent on the beginnings of a back-to-school wardrobe that would make any pre-K diva smile? $8.47! I love a great bargain, but, who doesn’t right? The Gap Kids striped dress is my fav. With our mild Fall weather, she can rock the Bermuda shorts for a good while. And the shoes go with everything. The skirt has a little jingle bell string tie and little bead embellishment at the hemline. Reading the tag I see that it recommends hand washing. But I figure I can toss it in the wash on gentle with a little Woolite.

Speaking of Woolite, I recently received a sample of Woolite® Extra Dark Care from Crowdtap. It is specially formulated to keep your jeans and dark clothing looking newer longer. I have to say I quite enjoyed the opportunity to review this product. It has a lovely, fresh scent and worked wonders for the jeans in our home. But don’t just take my word for it. I have two sample packages to give away to one lucky winner. Just do two things. 1)Subscribe to receive email updates from this blog (click the link on the sidebar), and 2) Post a comment completing this question…”Wearing my favorite pair of jeans makes me feel…” That’s it! Simple, right? Winner will be selected at random on Friday, August 10. Good luck!

***I was in no way compensated for this post. Unless you include the awesome sample I received for being a member of Crowdtap.

Sniff, Sniff…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

So the other day my little cuddle bug Bebe and I discovered that while there were plenty of boy varieties of “bay bah” in the house (that is her word for deodorant), there was no girl “bay bah”. Off to Walmart we went for that and various other HBA items we needed. As usual, budget was an issue, and as opposed to springing for my usual $3 and change variety of deodorant, I opted for Suave® 24-Hour Protection Everlasting Sunshine Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant/ Deodorant. It was only $.97, so it fit nicely into my budget for the day.

Suave Everlasting Sunshine

After my next shower I used my Suave® deodorant and I was overwhelmed! I ran around the house making everyone smell my armpits because the scent was to die for. My husband refused to cooperate and does not know what he missed out on. But, I digress.

The invisible solid went on smooth and clear, as promised. Even after my workout to the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, it was still going strong. I am very pleasantly surprised that for under a dollar I was able to find a great performing anti-perspirant deodorant that exceeded my expectations. I think I am hooked! Next time I’m shopping I’ll have to pick up the Everlasting Sunshine shampoo & conditioner, body wash and lotion. For now, it’s back to sniffing my armpits.

Be…Ready for a good wine

My latest Bzz Campaign has allowed me the opportunity to try Be.Wines. Be.Wines has offerings in 4 varieties that cater to your mood. There’s the Flirty Pink Moscato, Bright Pinot Grigio, Fresh Chardonnay, and Radiant Riesling.

After taking the Be. Wines quiz (don’t you love quizzes?), I found that my personality tended toward both the Flirty Pink Moscato AND the Fresh Chardonnay. For my first time out the gate I tried the Pink Moscato. I have to say, it was bold, crisp, fruity, and not as sweet as a lot of Moscato’s I’ve tried, which was fine by me. I have to give this wine an A+. Priced at around $10, I found it to be a pretty good value for the quality of wine. Not that I am a professional, mind you. I just know what taste’s good to me.

Don’t just take my word for it. Try some Be.Wine for yourself. Go to BeWinery.com to find out which Be. flavor suits you.


***I received a free “sample” (ok, a rebate coupon) for this product. Other than that, there was no compensation involved. Unless you count the benefit of trying a pretty good wine.