Saturday, July 31, 2010

Corel Paint It Review and Giveaway!






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Hi Neighbors,

Had a beautiful day today and thought I would take a minute here At the Fence to share another product. Corel Paint it! I received the Corel Paint it! program and was really impressed. You can take any of your photos and turn them into artwork or paintings. I loved seeing pictures of my family as a pencil drawing, pastel, or oil painting. These are just a few of the choices you have to choose from. Just pick your photo, choose what style you would like and then watch Corel create it right before your eyes. My daughter thought this was one of the best parts, watching the picture change. And you can save the picture and use it for other projects, maybe a calendar, framed photo for your wall or put it on a mug or t-shirt. The options are endless. You can also add your own effects with the different brushes and pattern pens. This program would be really great if you have a creative teen. My 13 year old played on it for hours, changing pictures and adding special effects. I am adding some of her finished pictures here for you to see. Another way you could use this is if you scrapbook. Imagine the photos you can create and add to your scrapbook.
















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Here are the system requirements:
System Requirements

Mac OS®

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 (with latest revision)
  • Intel® Macintosh®
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 24-bit color display
  • 1024 × 768 screen resolution
  • 140 MB of hard disk space for installation
  • Mouse

Windows®

  • Windows XP®, Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 (with lates t Service Pack)
  • Pentium® IV, 700 MHz or greater
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 24-bit color display
  • 1024 × 768 screen resolution
  • 140 MB of hard disk space for installation
  • Mouse







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“When we developed Paint it!, our goal was to provide an application that would allow anyone to produce truly exciting artwork, in only a few clicks of their mou

se,” said Rob MacDonald, Product Manager for Corel® Painter™. “For any aspiring digital photographer, Paint it! can unleash their inner artist and add a more personal touch to their photos. It’s a perfect solution for anyone who’s creative or aspires to do more with their digital photos.”









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You can watch a video explaing how it works by taking their video tour. Corel Is offering the winner of this giveaway their own copy of Corel Paint it! This is a product that is fun to share At the Fence!

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Mandatory Entry:Tell me in a comment what you would use Paint it! for. (scrapbooking,

projects, gifts) You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where I can reach you, should you win. This giveaway will end 8/16 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.


Extra Entries:


1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. Tell me in a comment which one of my daughters finished projects from Paint it! you like best (#1-6). 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

6. Enter one of my other giveaways and in a comment let me know which one. Only active giveaways, and only one comment. 1 entry

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive Corel Paint it! for review purposes. All quotes are from Corel. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

More winners At the Fence!

Welcome neighbors!
Great to see you out and about. Had a little rain this morning, but now we have a beautiful sunshiny day! I have some winners to announce and a couple of giveaways to mention.

The winners first!
Families with Purpose Planner-Carrie
Eco-Lips-Jennifer
Starbucks and Dunkin Donut $5 Gift Cards-Sarah (Starbucks) Anne (Dunkin Donuts)
The winners have been contacted for the giveaways that ended today. The Wilton Cake Set, Turkish Towels and Piczzles, so be sure and check your emails.

Wilton Cake set-Peggy (She emailed before I finished this post)

Congratulations to all the winners At the Fence! Keep entering!

Also be sure to enter the giveaways going on presently. Just click the links and enter!


Frecklebox Personalized Clipboard-Perfect for school. Ends 8/2


Warm Buddy Bear-Great when children aren't feeling so well. Ends 8/2


Thermafuse Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner-6 winners! 8/12

Brugo Mug-Great for the coffee drinker in your life. 8/5


Joy of Soap-Handmade soap that smells wonderful! 8/9


Rubbermaid Reveal Mop-What a great mop! So easy to use! 8/13


Plow and Hearth 3 in 1 Dessert Set-Super easy anjd so much fun! 8/12


Toadally Cute Cupcake Toppers-These are really nice and handmade! 8/12


Lawry's Get Grilling Kit-Mmmmmmm! Tastes great! 8/9


Also be on the lookout for a really pretty girl's dress, K-nex, Herbal Hugs, etc. All coming up soon. So make sure you stop by At the Fence to enter and to watch for the new reviews and giveaways!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lawry's Marinades "Get Grilling Kit" Review and Giveaway











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Hey Neighbors,

Still pretty pleasant out At the Fence today. Blogspark and Lawry's are working together and have sent me a really nice set to try the new Lawry's Marinades. I have to tell you first, I did not use my grill with the marinades, but wait till you see the finished product. My daughter had some pre-cooked chicken strips, so we marinated those in the new Lawry's Marinades that I received. One is Tuscan SunDried Tomato and the other Szechuan Sweet and Sour BBQ. Also included in the kit was Lawry's Seasoned Salt, a pack of Skewers (for Kabobs) and a Pyrex Marinating Dish with cover.



We did chicken in the oven. 1 pan with Seasoned Salt, 1 pan with Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato, and 1 pan of Szechuan Sweet and Sour BBQ. We put the chicken in to marinate about 45 minutes before cooking. I used one skewer so I would have a picture. My family thought they were great! No left overs this time. The Szechuan Sweet and Sour BBQ had a chinese flavor and the Sun-Dried Tomato had a stronger flavor that was a little hot. Both are very good! A couple of my children preferred the chicken with just the Seasoned Salt, but that was just a taste preference.



Getting hungry yet?

Lawry's description:

"Sun-Dried Tomato:
Think of Italy when using this fantastic marinade. Blending herbs like rosemary and oregano, sweet bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes creates the perfect marinade for chicken, pork or vegetables.

Szechuan:
This authentic marinade features Chinese Five Spice blend, ginger, sesame oil and red pepper. "

You can check out more of their Marinades here. Or perhaps you would like to try one of their recipes.

Lawry's is a well-known company and has once again proven why. I highly recommend these marinades to my neighbors At the Fence.


Lawry's and Blogspark have combined to allow the winner of this giveaway to recieve the same kit I received. The 2 Marinades, 1 Seasoned Salt, a pack of Skewers, and a Pyrex 10" x 15" Bake and Store pan to do your marinating in.



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Mandatory Entry:Leave a comment letting me know a special grilling tip you use. You do not have to be a blogger to enter but you must leave a valid email where I can reach you should you win. This giveaway will end 8/9 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra Entries:

1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. In a comment tell me what your favorite flavors are to combine on the grill. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

6. Enter one of my other giveaways and in a comment let me know which one. Only active giveaways, and only one comment. 1 entry

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a Get Grilling Kit for review purposes. All quotes are from Lawry's or BlogSpark. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Toadally Cute Cupcake Toppers Review and Giveaway


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Hey Neighbors,

A beautiful morning here out At the Fence. Nice and cool right now, but I have a feeling the afternoon is going to be really hot! I want to introduce you to Toadally Cute an Etsy shop that does Custom Parties and Events. I was sent a couple of cupcake toppers to review. Now, obviously cupcake toppers are not all she carries. There are invitations, thank you cards, banners, favor bags, etc. Make sure you see the paper flowers!


Corrie (owner/designer) is a stay at home mom with 2 children. She has a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute. She also loves scrapbooking. So she chose to combine photography, and designing and creating with paper.


"That's where the idea for Toadally Cute came from.The opportunity to help others plan and decorate for all of life's special milestones while pursuing my passions...it doesn't get any better than this! I truly LOVE what I do.

Throwing a party or large event can be stressful, that's where I come in to help. Together we will work to design the perfect theme and to cover all the little details."

For special promos and new designs, you can fan her on Facebook. Toadally Cute I checked it out and she has some really interesting information and giveaways there! She also has a really nice blog!

When you check out her site, if you don't see the theme you are looking for, you can request a custom made item. I have to tell you the toppers I received were really cute. I chose the duck toppers. These would be great for a baby shower, young child's birthday, or maybe even a summer water party. I stuck one in my son's birthday cake for pictures. The toppers run $12.00-$18.00 for 12 toppers. These aren't those junk plastic toppers turned out by a factory, these are hand made and "toadally cute"!


One last thing I have to add is she does Custom Designed Waterproof Water Bottle Labels. These would be really nice for a wedding, Bridal or Baby shower, or a special birthday or anniversary party. Make sure you check them out!


















Corrie was very easy to work with for this review and I was very happy to share her shop At the Fence. Corrie is offering a set of 12 Jungle Theme Cupcake Toppers (above) to the winner of this giveaway.
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Mandatory Entry:Browse Toadally Cute and in a comment let me know which toppers you would choose. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where I can contact you should you win. This giveaway will end 8/12 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra Entries:


1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. In a comment tell me a theme you think would be good for Toadally Cute to have available. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

6. Follow Toadally Cute on Facebook or follow her blog. Leave a comment for each one you do as each will give you one entry.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive some toppers for review purposes. All quotes are from Toadally Cute. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Plow and Hearth 3 in 1 Dessert Set Review and Giveaway

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Hi Neighbors,

I have got to share an evening of fun we had along with this new item. Plow and Hearth sent me their 3 in 1 Dessert Set and we were able to share it with our friends when we visited with them last weekend. We spent the evening just visiting and talking and then pulled out the 3 in 1 Dessert Set to make S'mores indoors. It was really quite enjoyable! The set comes with a lazy susan, 4 ramekins, 4 long forks, a mini grill, tea light, burner, ceramic fondue insert, and a microwavable caramel apple insert. This really neat set can be used for s'mores, dipping apples in caramel, dipping fruit in chocolate, for ice cream and toppings, etc.






The whole kit is easy to set up and easy to use. We put our little grill together on the lazy susan, filled the ramekins with graham crackers, Hershey chocolate bars, and marshmallows. We lit the little can of sterno and gave the children the forks and away they went. The marshmallows cooked up great and everyone was soon busy eating their s'mores. Since it rained off and on over the weekend it was fun to be able to do this inside. We are looking forward to using this for a night of ice cream soon. And I know we will also use it for a chocolate fondue one evening. Yummy! The 3 in 1 Dessert Set is normally $29.95, but right now it is on sale for $16.99.





This is just one item that Plow and Hearth carries. They have several other beautiful items, like the Bamboo Serving Trays, Stars and Stripes Servingware, Recycled Glass Carafe and Tumblers, not to mention curtains, rugs, home accents, yard and garden etc. You really should go to their website and check out all they have to offer. They have large items also.






The Plow and Hearth Company:

"Plow & Hearth is a trusted national catalog, retail, and internet company specializing in unique, enduring home and lifestyle products that are quality-built and guaranteed to meet our customer's expectations.

What began as a small retail store in Madison, Virginia in 1980 has grown to include our flagship brand, Plow & Hearth®, plus two others that have joined our family during the past 30 years. Plow & Hearth offers unique, high-quality products for home, hearth, yard and garden. Problem Solvers® provides practical solutions for everyday living. Wind & Weather® offers a complete selection of indoor and outdoor weather-related instruments and gifts, plus elegant home and garden ornaments. The Plow & Hearth family of brands also has a growing list of retail stores.

As we have grown during the past 30 years, we have remained dedicated to the same principles that have guided us from the beginning and to which we attribute our enduring success: honesty, integrity and most importantly, our commitment to customer service. We treat our customers like neighbors and friends. We offer only products we would use ourselves, at fair prices, and we guarantee them without condition.
The Plow & Hearth Guarantee"

Everyone will be able to find something they would like for themselves or as a gift for someone else at Plow and Hearth. The 3 in 1 Dessert Center is worthy of sharing with my neighbors. Plow and Hearth is going to send the winner of this giveaway their 3 in 1 Dessert Set, just like I received.





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Mandatory Entry: Visit Plow and Hearth and in a comment here, let me know about another product you found interesting. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 8/12 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra Entries:

1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. Leave a comment letting me know what dessert you would try if you won the 3 in 1 Dessert Set. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a 3 in 1 Dessert Set for review purposes. All quotes are from Plow and Hearth. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Review and Giveaway

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Hey neighbors,

Here is another really great product for you to look into. Rubbermaid sent me their new Reveal Mop. I love it. It has a spray bottle attached that you can put your own floor cleaners in or later in the post I will list some recipes they have for cleaning solutions. Just think, no more dragging out a bucket when you mop. No more messy drips as you go back and forth from the bucket.

This mop is so simple and easy to use. Just grab your mop, fill and attach the spray bottle, and get to work on your dirty floor. Use the trigger to control how much cleaning solution you need. Just a little for small clean-ups, a little more for larger ones. My mop was shipped in 2 pieces and need to be put together (very easy), but the ones you purchase either online or at your local store will be one piece. You can find the Reveal Mop at Home Depot and in August at Target or Wal-mart.




The head of the mop is made of microfibers. You can use the same head for approx. 100 uses. Here is what Rubbermaid has to say:

"Brilliantly Clean – Microfiber Makes the Difference

  • Microfibers are ultra-thin fibers (1/100 the thickness of a strand of hair!) that grab onto dirt and grime and hold on tight, leaving you an amazingly clean floor.
  • The wide, thick microfiber pad reaches deep into cracks and crevices to pick up 50% more dirt than traditional sponge mops.
  • The microfiber pad doesn't just get floors cleaner; it even helps them dry faster so you can get on with your day"




"TRY THESE SOLUTIONS!

Mix one of the following into the refillable bottle, close the cap, and click into the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop.


Cleaning Solution 1

  • 2 Tablespoons ammonia
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of baby shampoo
  • Fill the rest with hot water

This solution works well on hardwood floors.

Cleaning Solution 2

  • 2Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2-3 drops liquid soap
  • Fill the rest with hot water

This solution is perfect for glazed tiles, vinyl, soft tile, cement, brick, and laminate.

Cleaning Solution 3

  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 2-3 drops liquid soap
  • Fill the rest with hot water

This solution is great for unglazed tiles, marble, stone, and slate.

Cleaning Solution 4

  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Fill the rest with hot water

This solution also works well on hardwood floors.


Please follow all manufacture recommendations when choosing products to clean your floor.

To give your custom solution a clean scent, simply add a few drops of lemon juice or your favorite scented oil to the mix! Or try a combination of any of the above products to find a solution that works best for you."






Doesn't this floor look clean? It was quick and easy. The mop is light weight, and the floor dried fast. This is a product worth sharing with my neighbors.

Here are some ways you can keep up with Rubbermaid and any new products they might come out with. Their blog -Rubbermaid or perhaps you prefer Youtube- Rubbermaid or Facebook- Rubbermaid. Try one or all three!

Rubbermaid is going to send the winner of this giveaway a Reveal Mop, just like I received. The giveaway is open to US and Canada, but there may be COD charges in Canada, so be aware of this if you enter!
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Mandatory Entry:Go to the Rubbermaid Website and watch the video of the Reveal Mop. In a comment here, let me know something that you learned. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email address where I can reach you should you win. This giveaway will end 8/13 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra Entries:


1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. Visit the Rubbermaid website and tell me another Rubbermaid cleaning product you would like to try. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop for review purposes. All quotes are from the Rubbermaid Company. All thoughts and opinions are mine.