27 April 2016

The Liebster Award!

I am so honored to announce I've been nominated for a Liebster Award by Run with Jackabee. Since my blog has been running for a while, I remember being part of blogging groups - yes, before Facebook - where we had awards like this that we shared with each other, which shared great new blogs with our readers! So fun!!

So what is The Liebster Award? It is an award given to bloggers by fellow bloggers. The whole idea is to promote and acknowledge bloggers for their hard work, accomplishments and build a community for bloggers.

Once a blogger is nominated, they are to post 11 Random Facts about themselves, answer the questions given to them by their nominator and ask eleven questions of the bloggers they have nominated for the award. It is a great opportunity to meet other bloggers and get to know a little bit about them.

On to the fun part!

11 Facts About Me:

  • I really like wearing my hair short. Part of the reason is that otherwise I chew my hair.
  • I always have my toenails polished if I wear flip flops. My daughter thought this was an actual law and tried to tell a friend at the library that she couldn't wear sandals without toenail polish. I had to explain that it's more of a family rule.
  • I really, really like my fish aquarium. The kids say it's theirs, but it's not.
  • I drink Cherry Coke like other people drink coffee.
  • The older I get, the less need I have to see other people, like, in person.
  • I'm 5'8" tall.
  • I used to wear 4 - 5" heels, but ended up with back issues. I now can't wear high heels.
  • I love the house we live in, and never plan to move again. Ever.
  • I have blue eyes.
  • I'm already having nightmares about snow next winter. And we haven't been a month without snow yet. :(
  • My biggest regret when my kids stopped napping is that I have a much harder time getting away with a nap now. I really like naps.
Questions from Jackie:

1. If you could have any animal (wild or domestic) as a pet, what would you have? Hmm... I'm not really big on taking care of things all the time, so the kids are enough pressure. I think I'm good with my old cat, my fish, and my frogs..

2. What does your blog name mean? My first and last name both start with the letter B, so I'm B-squared for sure. My first website back in the early 90s was 'Sweet Daisy' (did you the daisy as a flower actually means sweet innocence?), so that carried across - SweetlyBSquared
3. Most insane hospital experience (that you are comfortable sharing)? I'm always amused that when I was in labor for my son, I had been admitted to the regular labor & delivery area, but wanted to birth with a midwife from the natural birthing center. So when my water broke, I called down the hall on my cell phone. The midwife came to my room and stayed til my son was born.

4, What is your favorite color? Usually dark colors. But since I've been with Posh, I feel oddly drawn to pink...

5. What one widget would you recommend to fellow bloggers? I don't make a lot of changes to my blog. I'll be sure to check out the answers of the other nominees to see what I'm missing! LOL

6. Does your name have a story? Well, I did have an uncle who would only call me by my middle name, because he had an ex-girlfriend with the same first name. I imagine that would have seemed super weird to a kid. I don't think we saw him often.

7. Are you left-handed or right-handed? Right-handed.

8. What is the craziest color you have dyed your hair (if you have dyed your hair) I used to like dark colors like burgundy. Now I look like a crazy old lady trying to hard if I do it :( I've done my hair both black and crayon red for different Halloween costumes. It's only hair, so I used permanent dye, and it came out over time.

9. How did you meet your significant other? I first met him while visiting my brother at college (Michigan Tech). Then when we were all out of college, we re-met on an internet forum. A member of the forum who lives out of the country but was working in the U.S. came to visit a town near us and we all met up to hang out with him for an evening. The rest is history ;)

10. What is your dream career? I'm not really fond of working. LOL I'll plan to stick with being a mom, writing, and direct sales.

11. What is your least favorite food? I'm actually not too much of a foodie. I don't have a lot of favorite, or least favorite foods...

My nominations:

  1. Barrett's Happy Trails
  2. life flavored lemonade
  3. Modern Farm Mama
  4. Yes/No Films
  5. Party Plan Prosperity
My Questions:
  1. If you were to have a baby/adopt a puppy/take in a stray turtle/whatever right now, what would you name it?
  2. Do you prefer planning on paper, or electronically?
  3. What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?
  4. Describe your best customer service experience.
  5. What's your current favorite song? 
  6. Where do you feel most comfy?
  7. Do you have a lucky number? Is there a reason behind it? Tell me!
  8. What's your favorite season?
  9. Tell me the funniest thing that has happened to you recently.
  10. What's the best movie you've seen lately?
  11. What do you like best about blogging?
Be sure to come back and leave me a link - I want to check out all your fun answers and facts!

20 April 2016

Bookstock- Used Book and Media Sale

Bookstock is coming!! I was lucky enough to attend a blogger lunch and learn about Bookstock last week and get all the details for you. Once I left, all excited, I met with my parents the next day. As I started telling them about this fabulous event, my dad surprised me by saying, "At Laurel Park Place, the mall, right? Yeah. We've been to that."

WHAT? I'm not exactly renowned for my great memory of things I've done when I was younger (thank goodness I wrote a lot of it down in this blog! LOL), but I just finished telling a room full of people that I'd never been to Bookstock in the 14 years its been running. Hahahaha...

I know I'll remember it this year - I'm sure it's a great event to just stumble across, but knowing all the great benefits and perks makes is something I'm totally seeking out for my family this year.

It all starts on Sunday, May 15. At 8:15am, Livonia's Stephenson High School Marching Band will kickoff the festivities at Laurel Park Place (at 6-Mile and Newburgh in Livonia, east of I-275). The only part of the sale that isn't free is the $20 Pre-Sale on that Sunday from 8:15 - 11am. The rest of the sale is free to shoppers, and it's during regular mall hours - Sundays 11am - 6pm, and Monday through Saturday 10am - 9pm.

Don't be too worried if you can't make it out the first day. There's new stock put out daily, which is also why lots of shoppers visit more than once. Check out these other great events during Bookstock!

Monday Madness - Monday, May 16: The first 1000 shippers receive giveaways, and one lucky shopper will  receive a $500 Visa gift card!

Teacher Appreciation Day - Tuesday, May 17: 50% off to all teachers with a valid ID from 3 - 9pm. AND at 5pm, the Bookstock B.E.S.T. Awards will be presented to fourth grade students from Detroit Public Schools based on previous essay submission.

Bookbuster Special Days - Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19: Buy three books and get the fourth book free (least expensive item) from 3 - 9pm. ALSO Spend $25 or more either night and be entered in a special drawing for fun prizes!

Half Price Finale - Sunday, May 22: All remaining books and media will be sold for half price!

Bookstock has been supporting the need to read in Southeast Michigan and beyond for 14 years. It has generated more than $1.3 million for literacy and education projects throughout Oakland County and Detroit in this time.

Join lots of other shoppers and volunteers who are also book-lovers, and discover new favorites or search for hard to find older books. The sale is perfect for families, book-clubs, collectors, and anyone who loves books. Hope to see you there!

Bookstock website: http://www.bookstockmi.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BookstockMI
Twitter: @BookstockMI
Instagram: Use #BookstockMI

18 April 2016

Maggie's KidPik Box - April 2016


Rumor has it, KidPik was inundated at their launch with box requests. We signed up in early March, and my daughter started asking for her box about two days later.

Fast forward to the second week of April, and her box arrived - and it was worth the wait!

She wanted to love it all - and we got pretty close. KidPik was also very true to their word - they emailed at the end of March apologizing for the wait, and promising us something extra in the box. While Maggie was hoping for a Kindle (HA!), she really likes the extra shirt that was in for the wait. While it's our first box and I can't be sure, there was also a cute bag with three iron-ons that looks like it's their 'regular' bonus for the kids.

Let's see the outfits!

This was our favorite outfit from everything. The Gingham Tie Front Shirt (regular price $15.50) was super-cute, and absolutely Maggie's style. I'm hoping it doesn't want ironing. She couldn't wait to wear it to the Harlem Globetrotters game yesterday so it's in the washer now - we'll find out!

The pants are five-pocket Knit Pants in a rich color called blue ribbon. They are styled like jeans, but buttery soft material like stretch pants. She says they're a little big, but I'm guessing most of her other leggings are a bit small. These had a full retail price tag of $14.50.

I'm stating these as regular prices because if you buy the whole box, you get a 30% discount on it all! Shipping to return anything you don't like is free, and a bag is included for this purpose.

Maggie was very excited to try on this Floral Embellished Scuba Dress ($32.50), but it ended up being the first thing to go in the 'send it back' pile. The material is weird, for lack of a better word. The bottom doesn't even need to be hemmed, as the 'scuba' material is like a foam. It makes it feel heavy for a summer dress. When I showed it to hubby, he didn't think it was that odd, but it wasn't something Maggie wanted to wear, and I agree with her.

Interestingly enough, the skirt in this picture is also called a Flower Scuba Skirt ($15.50), which leads me to believe the fabric is similar to the odd pink dress. I didn't really notice, and Maggie has the skirt on at school today, so I can't check again. She loves the skirt, although I've already said about five billion times - "It's a skirt, not a skort. Sit like a lady!!" It's still early enough in the spring here in Michigan that she's wearing leggings with it today. Not sure if that will give her a chance to create good habits, or a good excuse not to worry about them. LOL

The shirt was in her 'send back' pile just because it didn't make much of an impression. It's the Love Tee in white ($12.50).

Also in this pic are the Glitter Braided Headwrap ($1.50) that she said she didn't need (mostly because she usually doesn't wear anything in her hair), and the Pandora Metallic Gladiator sandals ($27.50), which she LOVES the look of. One day of wear convinced her that they make her feet sweat, so I'm not sure how much she'll actually choose them. They came in an very cute mini-backpack style cloth bag.

Last but not least was the Lace Trim Swing Top, which I'm assuming was free for the wait. There is no price for it on the item description sheet. Luckily she also loved it. It will go great with her many leggings, and I love the swing style for covering her butt in leggings and similar styles like the pants from earlier (shown again in this picture).

Overall, we had a GREAT experience with KidPik. As I mentioned, there's a discount for purchasing the whole box! For Maggie to get the things she really liked (skirt, pants, sandals, gingham shirt, and swing top) would have been $73 at regular retail. When I asked her, she said she'd wear the t-shirt and headband that she didn't love if they were here. So we are getting the whole box for $83.65 and selling or donating the pink dress. Of course she's ready for another box ASAP, but we did shopping the old-fashioned way when we got ready for a Florida trip in February, so we'll probably wait til closer to fall.

Have you had a great (or horrible) experience with a subscription box? Let us know about it!

15 April 2016

10 Random Things for Friday

  1. Don't you love when something great goes even better than expected? My Perfectly Posh team did an online informational session on Facebook last night about our business. I got the bones of a script from someone else, but then tweaked it for our month and our team, put in a couple more graphics, and even made two short videos. Then I worried - what if no one showed up? What if they were all mean and just coming to heckle? What if they just showed up to try and win prizes and didn't participate or care what we were saying?? Instead - the event went GREAT!! We have SIX people who want to take a closer look, which is so exciting!! We were done with the meeting by 10PM, but then I had a hard time falling asleep, and I woke up still all bouncy about it :D
  2. AND my mom and dad are coming over today!! They've been in Florida for the winter, and just got 'home' earlier this week. Can't wait to catch up - we haven't seen them since we visited Florida in February.
  3. I'm happy to have a weekend where we have stuff planned every day (which means motivation to shower and leave the house), but not ALL DAY every day. We'll have some free time and be ready to do more fun stuff!
  4. I also promised my daughter we could go get more fish. About half of my aquarium mysteriously bit the dust a couple weeks ago. So since then we've changed 1/3 of the water about twice a week. Now that we're home for a bit, it's time to try and restock. The two frogs and two fish left are looking a little lonely.
  5. Could spring finally be here? I believe we're looking at temps in the 60s, and even up to 70 or so this weekend!!

  6. You're welcome. I believe we have Kimmie to thank for this one...
  7. My son is upstairs singing the gecko song now, in case you were wondering.
  8. In the bad news department, my Meijer has been out of Coney Island Root Beer for a really.long.time. :(
  9. I really do feel like the luckiest girl. Fabulous kids. Hard-working husband. Great business. Wonderful friends. What you focus on, you find. And I focus on a whole lotta fabulous-ness.
  10. Jack has stopped singing the gecko song, and is now telling Fred Rogers that he is NOT his neighbor. LOL

14 April 2016

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Mother's Day is sneaking up again this year! Several friends have started conversations about Facebook about the things they've done to their mothers that make them deserving of fabulous gifts!

I can honestly say nothing comes quickly to mind for me. I mean, everyone steals their mom's car at some time, right? I've been a pretty typical kid. I'd say I put her through more now, when hubby is called away to work and I'm DESPERATE for someone to watch my kids so I can pretend I have a life sometime. Mom (and dad) live an hour or so from me, but they usually come through. THANKS!!

Perfectly Posh just announced their wonderful Mother's Day products yesterday. Our new Tickled Pink fragrance is a sweet, juicy cherry vanilla that mom will LOVE!

The bundle includes a face mask, Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme, lip butter,  and special commemorative pin for $42. Sales of this bundle will help donate more of the bundles to military caregivers through the Fisher House Foundation and Blue Star Families.

Consultants with Perfectly Posh are even invited to sign up to help with delivery of the bundles to the charity locations. It's a great focus, as many military wives and mothers also find something just for 'them' in direct sales.

The items are also available separately, except for the special pin. The hydrating face mask is $18; the lip butter is $10, and the Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme is $9.

If you haven't tried Posh yet, this is an excellent introduction for you or mom to the naturally-based, made in the U.S.A. products. Regular items are $25 or less, and with the exception of our Mother's Day bundle and our $4 lip balms, everything is Buy 5, Get 1 FREE!

All of these exclusive items are only available while supplies last, so you'll want to order yours ASAP! Shipping is available anywhere in the U.S. for just $5.

Visit http://becki.po.sh for more information and to complete your order.

13 April 2016

Harlem Globetrotters - THIS WEEKEND at the Palace

This Sunday at the Palace! You can still get your tickets for the 1PM show here, but if you're Melissa B, you don't have to!

Congratulations to Melissa for winning four tickets to the game - have fun!!

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills with their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts/opinions are my own.

05 April 2016

The Visit (2015) - Movie Review

Not sure what's gotten into me lately, but we've been watching a lot more movies than usual! I think I've gotten into so many tv series, that once we're caught up with them, hubby and I still like hanging out in front of the screen.

When I asked him if he liked 'He Never Died' or 'The Visit' better, he couldn't really answer, but neither could I. While these movies were very different, they were both very good.

The Visit is about a couple kids visiting their estranged grandparents. Their mother hasn't even seen her parents since she left when she was 19-years-old to run off with an older man. The grandparents reached out and wanted to get to know their grandchildren finally, so the kids headed to rural Pennsylvania by train to get to know them.

The grandparents have some quirky behaviors, but the older girl particularly understands that old people can be a little weird, and tries to convince her brother that it's all harmless. And it is mostly harmless, right up until the earth-shattering twist we've come to expect in M. Night Shyamalan movies.

I would definitely recommend this movie, and wish everyone would see it so I could finally speak freely about it! LOL