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99 cent cards at Cardstore!

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day? Create a personalized card for your friends and family at Cardstore! Cardstore has an awesome selection of birthday cards, everyday cards, love card, and more that are fun and easy to personalize. Simply select a card, add your favorite photo (or 3!), add a message like "Happy Bryson Day!", personalize the card with your own signature, then Cardstore will mail the cards directly to your recipient. This deal is too great to pass up! Create cards now, and Cardstore will send them whenever is best for you via their Future Send tool, up to 365 days from nowCreate personalized cards for your friends and family today at Cardstore! Through Monday, September 2, 2013, ALL cards are just 99¢ with code CWK3902! Shop Now!
Labor Day Sales Event! 99¢ Cards Sitewide at Cardstore! Use Code: CWK3902, Valid through 11:59pm PST 9/2/13, Shop Now!
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50% OFF Business Cards!

Tiny Prints is having an awesome one day sale on business cards - 50% off! 

You don't have a business? This deal is still for you. They are great for moms and dads (i.e. mommy cards or contact cards), too.

No one does business or contact cards better than Tiny Prints. They have tons of templates and you can completely customize them. 

And for one day only, they are half off.

Creating custom business cards is easy:

1. Visit their Deal of the Day Page. Click through to the business cards. Make sure to do so before 7:30 AM PT Friday August 30, 2013 to allow yourself time to finish your order by 8:00 AM PT.

2. Choose from hundreds of designs. Pick the one that best fits your personality.

3. Customize the cards. Pick your own fonts, add pictures to some designs, choose your favorite colors, and play with the design. Make it scream "you."

4. Double check your design. Make sure it looks like you want it to.

5. Checkout. When you checkout, use the promo code DEAL0829 for 50% off. 

That's it! Super simple, but you have to act fast. 

They'll be to your door in about a week. Then you just need to start handing them out!

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Macy's: Children's clothing under $10!

Still trying to get clothing for back to school? Take an extra 20% off select kids' and babies' clothing at Macy's! Plus, kids' clothes ship free with orders over $50. Use the code DEALS upon checkout.

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20% OFF at PetSmart!

Temperatures will be turning cooler, which means it's time to think Fall savings! At PetSmart, you can Save up to 20% During the Fall Savings Sale at! Offer Valid 8.19 – 9.22 Thousands of items (in store and online) are on sale!

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Grandparent's Day cards only $1.99!

If you have a close relationship with your grandparents, send them a card telling them how much you love them from Cardstore! Grandparent's Day cards are only $1.99 plus they ship to the recipient! Use the code CCK3822 upon checkout. Grandparent's Day is September 8th. Offer expires 8/29. 

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Dreamer Starlight Projector Clock- only $14!

At Groupon Goods, you can get a Dreamer Starlight Projector Clock for only $13.99! With a retail price of $39.99, you save 65%. Shipping starts at $2.99.

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Thoughts for Friday: Letting Go

I know this Thoughts for Thursday Friday is a day late. I was super busy and not feeling well so I was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. But I did spend a lot of my Thursday thinking of what to talk about. But then a current situation automatically came to mind and I thought it would be perfect!

Letting go is hard. Whether you're waiting for someone to make a decision to accept you in their lives (as is my current situation), or letting go of all your worry. When it comes to love, letting go is one of the hardest things to do. You still care for the person, but you can't wait around forever. You deserve happiness. Someone I care for acted like he wanted to be with me. So I told him how I felt and waited for him to give me an answer. He started distancing himself from me, so I decided that it was pretty much my answer and let go of what could have been. I'm not saying it doesn't hurt, but I needed to let go of any sad emotions in order for me to be happy.

When it comes to stress, worry, or anxiety, that can be just as hard. The minute you think of letting go of your stress/worries/anxiety, you start worrying over whether you made the right choice. Or you think of something else that needs to be stressed over. We've all been there. I won't tell you not to worry, because I would do the same thing. I can only tell you to let go for just a second. How did that feel? Scary, right? Let go for another second. Much better? One minute of every day, just take time to let go of any stress you might be feeling and you'll notice your body relax. You're then able to continue on your day more aware of maybe just a little bit happier.

What do you feel you need to let go of?

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Sonoma 40pc Stoneware Dinner Set $32!

This is such a great deal! At Kohl's, you can get a Sonoma 40pc Stoneware Dinner Set for only $32! At the original price of $119.99, you save 73%.  It includes 8 each of dinner plates, salad plates, cereal bowls, small bowls and mugs. Shipping starts at $6.95.

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Save up to 50% at Vistaprint!

It’s time for Back to School season, again! 

This year, avoid the in-store back to school rush and get your kids ready for their first day of class with personalized supplies from Vistaprint. Save 50% off custom t-shirts, note cards, tote bags, stamps, wall calendars, and premium business cards until Friday, plus 25% off sitewide! 

Personalize a set of note cards to use as study cards or notes to teachers, t-shirts for their after-school sports team, totes for their new books, and labels to mark all of their new notebooks and supplies. If you’re looking for something for your younger kids who aren’t going to school yet, create magnetic puzzles on car door magnets that you can cut up for them to piece back together. 

Hoping to start the new year off on a good foot with their new teacher? Create a thoughtful personalized mug and fill it with goodies like hot chocolate, sweets, and classroom essentials. If you’re looking to supply a classroom, customize stamps and labels with a basic grading rubric to make the process easier. You can also design your own homework passes, bathroom passes, or playtime passes using premium business cards, or your own rulers for each student. This week’s sale is the perfect time to get shopping underway, so get started now!

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Happy smiles with Colgate Slim Soft! (Review)

Colgate Soft Slim
NEW Colgate Slim Soft toothbrush has slimmer* tip bristles to effectively remove plaque between the gum line and between teeth, with 6X deeper reach than a regular flat trim brush!

Colgate Slim Soft toothbrush is specially designed with 17X slimmer* tip bristles, 35% more bristles than a regular flat trim brush, and a unique curved and flexible handle provide a unique mouth feel while and after brushing.

You can find the NEW Colgate Slim Soft toothbrush wherever Colgate products are sold. Prices vary, but the suggested retail price is $3.99 each.

*vs ordinary end-rounded brushes.

Colgate Slim Soft Gliding Tips
I've said it before, but I have a gum condition where on one of my bottom teeth, the gum doesn't fully cover the bottom of the tooth, leaving the tooth exposed. Gross, I know. Sorry! So when it comes to brushing with a regular hard brush, my gums get irritated pretty quickly.

The new Colgate Slim Soft Gliding Tips toothbrush was very gentle on my gum line. I was able to brush my teeth (especially that bottom exposed tooth) and my gums without them turning red. I noticed that the bristles were very soft. They just glided over my teeth and gums like a soft touch. I had a little trouble reaching my wisdom teeth, but the Colgate Slim  Soft Pro Tip toothbrush took care of that.

Colgate Slim Soft Pro Tip
As you can see, it has a raised end to reach the back of your mouth with no problem. So my wisdom teeth were able to get a good cleaning as well. The Pro Tip brush was also just as soft. My teeth and gums were clean from both brushes, and no irritated gums! I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to a regular hard brush. My gums (and my dentist) will thank me!

I was NOT compensated for this review. I received the products mentioned above free to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ. If you're interested in having your product(s)/service(s) featured on Edge of Insanity, e-mail us.

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Are you living a mindful life? (Review)

Have you ever wanted to become more mindful in your life? Mindfulness offers both a set of techniques and a way of living that can lead towards greater peace, wisdom, and joy.

Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies contains ways to achieve and practice mindfulness in your life. It is chock full of worksheets, exercises, tips, and so much more to help you on your mindful journey.Being mindful has been known to help with not only the positive in your life, but also depression, stress, anxiety, and some physical/emotional pain.
Aside from the workbook, the book lists several websites where you can find audio meditation techniques, retreats, and more information about mindfulness.

You can purchase Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies for $19.99 US.

Since life has been really stressful this year, I am having a hard time dealing with the present. I always look back to the past or ahead to the future. Either one is scary and not very helpful, which can be emotionally draining. So when I learned I would be reading Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies, I was a little nervous. Can being mindful truly help my current state of being?

For a short answer, I think it can. As I look through the book daily, I am able to take away little tidbits or thoughts to help me not only get through the day but notice things I normally wouldn't- like how grateful I am to have the things we need, no matter how little it is.

I still have a long way to go before I can achieve being mindful. I'm still sort of unforgiving towards a few people. There are times that I can't wait for the day to end. But I work through the worksheets, and I am back to realizing that I am in the "now". Those worksheets definitely help and I will probably end up making copies for future times.

I love that the book gently brings you into being mindful. I also love that it has meditation techniques, and having done meditation before, some of these techniques I have never tried- like the Body Scan!

It might not be a major goal, but I hope to be mindful and finally have inner peace by the time I turn 30 next year. I think the Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies might help me with that goal.

I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a FREE copy of Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ. If you're interested in having your product(s)/service(s) featured on Edge of Insanity, e-mail us.

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Stand up to bullies and win! (Giveaway)

Click the picture above to get a printable PDF version of the pledge!
Did you know that more than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied?                                                

Based on one of the most beloved Young Adult novels of all time and directed by the acclaimed D.J. Caruso, Standing Up follows two kids who get bullied by a vicious summer camp prank. Left together on an island, their adventure begins once they decide not to be victims and instead they Stand Up! 

Standing Up is an adorable and heart-warming gem of a movie with an important anti-bullying message that’s suitable for the whole family! Get the DVD August 20th!

What can be done to help the bullied “stand up” for themselves?

One of the best things we can do to understand the problem and discuss solutions is to be inspired. The movie “Standing Up” is THAT inspiration.

Check out the Standing Up Blog App to take the Do You Stand Up to Bullies? QUIZ, unlock tips to BEAT THE BULLY, and sign the ANTI-BULLYING PLEDGE! And don’t forget to watch this amazing movie on DVD, released August 20th!

Be sure to take the pledge and stand up to bullies!

Help your children stand up to bullies and enter to win this a DVD copy of Standing Up! signed by director D.J. Caruso! Enter below. Good luck!

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See The Artwork of Steampunk! (Review)

NOTE: Because this book is a little different from other books we have reviewed, the review will be different from our other book reviews. This post may contain affiliate links.

So what exactly is steampunk? Steampunk is Victorian-era science fiction. Since the nineteenth century, steampunk has been gaining popularity. Ever seen 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea? That's a steampunk movie.

Airship Voyager; Camryn Forrest
The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan (author and steampunk artist) features extraordinary devices, artwork, and sculptures from the leading steampunk artists. These artists take you on a futuristic ride through the world of steampunk. They use gears, metal, gadgets, leather, and other materials to get that brassy look that is steampunk.

IBM predicts 2013 as the year for steampunk..."

 The Art of Steampunk is a revised second edition.

You can view Art Donovan's designs on ArtSpan.

You can purchase The Art of Steampunk Revised Second Edition on Amazon.

Datamancer; Richard Nagy
Twin got interested in steampunk earlier this year, and I eventually got curious and starting gaining some interest in it myself. When I found out that we would have the chance to review The Art of Steampunk, it was kind of exciting!

When I started flipping through the pages, I was greeted with stunning pictures and unique pieces of art. Some didn't interest me because some of them just seemed too "machine-like". But some of the pieces were mind-boggling! Steampunk artist Richard Nagy created a WORKING steampunk computer!
Mikhail Smolyanov motorcycles

Another artist by the name of Ian Crichton made slide-on steampunk cases for MP3 players, mobile
telephone (That's what it says in the book!), and one even contained a digital camera!

Even if you're not into steampunk like we are, you will marvel at the imagination these amazing artists have.

I decided that since Twin was more into steampunk than I currently am, she should have the book. I don't know if I'll ever see it again.

I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a copy of The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan to review. All thoughts/opinions and pictures are my own (besides main book picture). Your experience may differ. If you are interested in having your product(s) or service(s) featured on Edge of Insanity, please e-mail us

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Thoughts for Thursday: Hope

Through out our lives, we hope for something. We hope for rain. We hope that our favorite flavor of ice cream is in stock when we go to the grocery store. But when it comes to the big things, hope can mean the difference between happiness and sadness.

When I was hospitalized with a staph infection, I hoped that everything would turn out okay. When my father lost his job this Spring, I hoped that not only would our family make it, but that he would find another job soon. Not only did hope get me through those long days, it also gave me the motivation to help my healing. It also gave me the motivation to help my father find a job.

I know we talked about staying positive last week. While hope and being positive can be the same thing in certain situations. But most of the time, hope and positiveness are two separate things. You can be having an absolutely cruddy day and you can't see the goodness in your day. You just hope tomorrow is better.

Having hope can help you cope with everything from depression, stress, to even disease. When you give hope wings, you are able to look on the bright side of things. Let's say that a close friend has died. And  instead of hoping that you can make it through life without them by your side, you hope that the family finds comfort with their loss. You know that your friend will always be there with you. Comforting yourself with that thought allows you to deal with the loss better.

Hope doesn't have to mean hoping for big things, like a cure for cancer or something to bring you out of this stressful situation. Hoping for a good & happy day can make make a difference as well!

What was the last thing you were hopeful for?

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OMGuac Your Lunch from Wholly Guacamole!

The Wholly Guacamole® brand wants to help you make lunch for you and your kids OMGuac -tastic!  After all, Wholly Guacamole is the Offical sponsor of the OMGuac Lunch!

Stop by for some great ideas, a coupon and a chance to win $100 gift card with FREE Wholly Guacamole products! Three winners are chosen weekly through Sept. 27.

The One Lunch, Two Ways gives you inspiration on how to create two completely different lunches with most of the same ingredients! Take a look and print out the shopping list for your favorite ideas.

- Get OMGuac Lunch inspiration and shopping lists to print
- Watch fun videos to help break out of the boring lunch mode
- Print your $1.00 coupon good for anyWholly™ product
- Enter your OMGuac lunch photo for a chance to win $100 and FREE Wholly Guacamole products

Here's how it works. Use Wholly Guacamole minis and a little creativity to make lunch fun! The best lunches will win a lunc box full of guacalicious products and a gift card for $100! 

For complete contest details and rules, visit

They''ll be picking three winners each week through September 27th! 

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MLB Sunglasses only $7!

Know someone who is a baseball fanatic? At The Lakeside Collection (one of my favorite places to shop), you can get MLB sunglasses for only $7! Available teams include Yankees, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Mets,  Phillies, Red Sox, and Tigers. Hint: These would make great stocking stuffers!

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Enter to win $20.000 from Happy Family!

Have your own funny feeding story? Share it for a chance to win $20,000 towards your child's education.

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Our life living with Meniere's.

It's no secret that my Mom suffers from Meniere's disease. Meniere's Disease is a disorder that causes spontaneous bouts of vertigo, dizziness, or even passing out. It can cause ringing in the ears or fluctuations of hearing loss in generally one ear. There really is no cure. There are treatments, but no cure.

It all started one cold Saturday in either 2009 or 2010. It's been so long, I had forgotten. But Twin and I were in the bedroom watching TV. Dad was out back, fixing the lawn mower. Twin says to me, "I think she's yelling for us.". The hair on the back of my neck pricked up because it wasn't a normal yell. It was very faint, and you could barely hear the word "girls". I walk into the hallway, look in the bathroom, and see Mom sitting on the floor. I didn't know what to think. She told me she had passed out for the second time in less than 10 minutes. I get Dad and we rush her to the hospital.

They kept her for a few days, but couldn't find anything wrong with her. So she comes back home and we do some research. We finally find out that her symptoms were exactly like Meniere's. Everything fit, down the bouts of vertigo.

Our lives have drastically changed since that fateful day she passed out. She no longer drives. She can't have certain foods. She's not supposed to have caffeine (since it can make it worse), but you can't keep a woman from caffeine. She can't go into a store alone just in case she passes out. But before you think she has lost all independence, she can still do some housework. She just asks for help when it gets to be too much.

She has also come up with ways to deal with the symptoms. For her nausea and even light-headedness, she takes with generic motion sickness medicine or the brand Dramamine. If you suffer from vertigo and have nausea, you might want to give Dramamine a try. It's a lot better than generic motion sickness, but I must warn you- it is awfully expensive, too!

If she feels she is going to pass out, she lays down on the couch and tries to push the feeling away. She hasn't passed out in years (or so she says), so I think her idea works. But she is most prone to want to pass out just before a cold front or storm. What she does is take Dramamine and does breathing counts. She counts in 4 breaths, holds it for 4 seconds, and breathes out for 4 seconds. This is called "square breathing". It helps bring the oxygen back into her brain, and she is less-likely to pass out. For those who suffer from vertigo and get dizzy before a weather change, I suggest you don't do anything extraneous to cause any further dizziness. If you have to do something, take your time. Sit down when you feel like you could pass out at any moment.

Emotionally, Meniere's and vertigo can make you feel like you've lost a part of your life. You may even feel depressed. Don't let the bad days get you down. Surround yourself with family and talk about it.

It doesn't have to a life sentence. There are ways to deal with, one day at a time.

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ModCloth has home decor!

ModCloth is well known for their delicious clothing and accessories. But did you know that they actually have home decor now? I know! Their home decor is retro- and indie-style, which will fit almost any home style.
Queen Anne's Place Candlebra

I personally love the Stay a Little Orbit Longer Clock, since I am a space nerd. For something really retro, the You're Sprawl Invited Rug just screams 60's! Yep. Next time I'm in the mood to redecorate, I am so totally heading to ModCloth!

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My Movies on Demand Addiction!

I am ashamed to say this, but I have an addiction to Moves on Demand. Within the past 2 months, I have ordered over 5 movies and have watched each one at least twice. I had to watch Sweeney Todd three times because I kept getting interrupted.

It all started when I saw that Dark Shadows was on MOD and ordered it. Since we have limited cable channels, there really isn't anything on television that keeps my attention. I've tried watched Cedar Cove but I keep forgetting it comes on so I've given up on trying to keep up with it. Anyways, since we don't have a DVD player at the moment (It died a horrible death. We're working on getting another one.) or Netflix, the only thing we have to watch movies we want is either on the computer or MOD. I don't like sitting in one spot too long to watch a movie, so I decided MOD won.

You want to know how deep my addiction goes? I will go through MOD daily for at least 30 minutes looking for a movie to watch. If I don't find something, I will turn the channel to something and think about that movie I couldn't decide on. I will talk to Twin about the movie and see what she thinks. If she agrees to it, we buy it. If not, I will go through it once again to find a movie we both enjoy.

The last movie we ordered was Despicable Me, only because it hadn't been on TV in a while and we both love the movie- especially those minions. I think that was about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I will probably go through MOD again tomorrow to see if there are any good new movies out worth ordering.

I think I have a love affair with movies.

What is your current addiction?

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FREE Motorcyclist subscription!

For a limited time, you can get a FREE subscription to Motorcyclist magazine! Just fill out the form.

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Thoughts for Thursday: Staying Positive

This year has been terrible for us, but the only way were able to weather the storms was to stay positive, no matter what happened.

Staying positive is hard. Sometimes it is down right impossible. You just feel like there is no solution to the problem or that the chips are stacked against you. But if you constantly worry over it, then you are not giving your brain a chance to clear. When you think positive, your brain clears and you are able to see a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how far away it is. Even a little glimmer of hope allows you to figure out a solution.

Even if you aren't going through something, being positive allows you to live the day just a little bit happier. You are able to see the good in almost every situation. Even checking something off your to-do list can help you feel positive. That accomplishment makes you think that your day is going good so far. Continue thinking that and conquer the rest of your day!

Staying positive long-term is very difficult. Make goals, and truly believe you will reach them. If you're feeling down, talking a friend to get you back on track.

I don't expect you to think sunshine, roses, and unicorns all the time. No sane person can think that every minute of every day. But if you think to yourself "This day went pretty good. Maybe tomorrow will be just as great!" at the end of every day, you eventually start believing it.

So go on out there and be as positive as you can!

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TODAY ONLY: 20 Premium Photo Cards only $3!

At Walgreens, you can get 20 5x5 Photo Cards for only $3 when you enter the code 5X5CARDS upon checkout. Shipping starts at $2.99. I'm not sure if you can have them shipped to your local Walgreens store.

Hurry, because this deal ends tonight!

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Bear Grylls' "Get Out Alive!" Giveaway & Exclusive Blog App!

Would YOU Get Out Alive?

Renowned British explorer and survivalist Bear Grylls is back with the ultimate survival competition, Get Out Alive! Airing Mondays 9/8c on NBC!

In #GetOutAlive, 10 teams of 2 compete to survive in the beautiful New Zealand wilderness with Bear Grylls as their guide. The teams are faced with various survival tasks as they battle the terrain, mountains, gorges, glaciers, rainforests, rivers and rapids. Each week, one team is eliminated, and the last remaining duo will win $500,000!

And most importantly, don’t forget to watch the unmissable #GetOutAlive SEASON FINALE on August 26th!

Come along on this journey with Bear and experience the adventure and challenge of the wild, all from the comfort of your living room.

You can also find the full range of official Bear Grylls Gerber merchandise at Walmart.

Do you think you can get out alive? Take the quiz to find out!


How do you think you would fare in the woods or lost on an island? Take the "Would You Get Out Alive?" quiz and enter the giveaway for your chance to win an official Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet from Gerber! Taking advantage of Gerber's decades of experience and Bear Grylls' adventure knowledge, this survival bracelet's design provides 12 feet of high-strength paracord to help you work your way out of a difficult situation. Weighing less than an ounce, it has an easy, one-hand size adjustment and an integrated whistle.

Enter below. Good luck!
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Nail Art: Gold & Red Ribbon for Beginners

Excuse my crappy nail polish. I kinda stink at applying it. LOL

I am in no way an expert at painting my nails. I am lucky if I can go the whole day without ruining them. As you can see, I even have trouble keeping the polish on my nails and not on my fingers. In fact, I mostly just paint them one color and maybe add some clear glitter to them. But the other day, I was tired of my purple nails so I decided to try something with gold and red, since I like the way it looks.

Here is what I used:
Milani- Tricky Treat (No longer carried by Milani but you can find it on Amazon or maybe eBay)
New England Patriots red (It came in a twin-pack with a Patriots blue I bought on Amazon)
Scotch tape

Here's what I did:
1. You can put a base coat on the bottom. I didn't have any, so I didn't. If you do put on a base coat, let that completely dry. Then put on 2 coats of the Tricky Treat and then let it dry completely. It cannot be wet in any way.
2. Tear a strip of scotch tape in half and put the straight edges on your nail going from one edge to the other, leaving a gap between the edges. Like this: \ \ Paint the gap with the red. I did it about twice since the red is a little thin.
3. Take the tape off and touch up and spots you missed. If you accidentally get any under the tape, you can either redo the whole nail or just leave it. I left it.
4. Do all your other nails on that same hand in the same direction as you did the first finger.

For the second hand, repeat the same steps but have the stripes going in the opposite direction. You can top if off with a top coat, but since I'm out of that as well, I didn't bother. I think I'll pick up a base and top coat next time I head out to buy more polish.

It's really easy, that even a beginner (like me) can do and from far away, it sort of looks like a red ribbon!

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72 Kodak MAX Batteries only $15!

Stock up on these! At Woot, you can get 72 "AA" or "AAA" Kodak MAX batteries for only $15! That makes it about 20 cents each battery. Shipping starts at $5.

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Up to 50% OFF at Target!

If you're starting to shop for back to school, be sure to check out Target. In their clearance section, they have a lot of great deals on childrens' clothing, including up to 50% OFF! You can even get Xhilaration® Girls 2-pack Footless Tights for as low as $2! They even have long-sleeve shirts for when the weather turns cooler or pajamas to start the new school year in.

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Early Christmas Shopping Tips

Right now, I know a lot of people are thinking about shopping for back to school. Since I don't have children nor am I in college, I have been focused on figuring out my Holiday gift budget. I also know that some people are trying to find deals for gift ideas. So if you're one of those who like me, you're trying to come up with a came plan that won't break the bank.

1. Get a Christmas wishlist early. Getting your children to make a wishlist early may seem a little weird, but as toys go on sale before the Holidays, you can buy them and check them off the list.
2. Figure out how many gifts each person gets. Last year, everyone got about 2 gifts each, plus 2 stocking stuffers each. This year, I am hoping to move up to at least 3 gifts each, plus 2 of 3 stocking stuffers. If you figure out how many gifts each person gets, you can get then sort of figure out a rough price for each gift.
3. Put a price limit on each gift. Creating a price limit for each gift allows you to buy more gifts for each person. But it also allows you to create a more well-rounded gift budget with room to allow for surprise guests or last-minute hostess gifts. We usually have a price limit of $20 or $30 per gift.
4. Look for sales or clearances! Now that Summer is almost over with, stores are going to putting toys and other fun things on sale so they can push them out for back-to-school inventory. Prices are going to be their lowest just before the Holidays. So buy when you can!
5. Use  If you're shopping online, be sure to check for coupon codes and cash back.
6. Keep an eye on deal blogs and websites. Sometimes, stores won't advertise their toy deals so you are forced to shop website to website, looking for a deal.. So be sure to keep your eye on deal blogs (like us!) or websites for deals.

How early do you start shopping for the Holidays?

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Maggie Bags Campus Tote Giveaway

Welcome to Maggie Bags Campus Tote Giveaway!

Hosted By: Mami's 3 Little Monkeys
Co-Hosted By: Java John Z's & A Bird And A Bean

Maggie Bags are made with automotive seat belt webbing that is built to meet government safety standards to protect us in our cars. With the governments high standards, millions of yards of seat belt material are rejected each year by automakers. So Maggie Bags uses as much of these rejected material as possible to create their durable seat belt purses and handbags.

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Summer is almost over, and that means getting ready for school. When you're running around with crazy schedules, nothing helps keep your life organized like a tote bag from Maggie Bags!

One lucky reader will win a Maggie Bags Campus Tote which has a value of $84.
This giveaway is open to US residents whom are at least 18 years of age at time of entrance.
Dates: August 1st through August 17th. For your chance to win, enter through the entry form below.
Good luck!

Disclosure: Edge of Insanity and other participating blogs are not responsible for shipment/fulfillment of prize. I received no compensation for this publication. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. Would you like to have your products featured in a similar giveaway event? Contact to see what Mami's 3 Little Monkeys can do for your company!

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Indulge that brownie fix with Bombshell Brownies! (Review & Giveaway)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again- I love a good brownie whenever I can.

When I came across Bombshell Brownie Co., I was intrigued because their brownies are flat squares of chocolate goodness. Each Bombshell Brownie is baked individually inside it's own personal jar and then sealed. Bombshell Brownies are baked fresh weekly using fresh ingredients and naturally infused oils.

Bomsbshell Brownie offers a lot different flavors including Sweet n' Spicy, Cookies n' Cream,  Linda's Cherry Jubilee, Blonde Lemon Chiffon, Motter's German Chocolate, and The Original Bombshell. They even offer gluten-free flavors like Gluten Free After Dinner Mint, Gluten Free Original Bombshell (Chocolate Chip), and even Gluten Free Sugar Free Original Bombshell.

If you have a special occasion or event coming up, you can even order in bulk and it even comes with matching raffia bows according to your event colors! If I ever get married, these would make a great wedding favor!

You can find Bombshell Brownie Co. on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

You can purchase Bombshell Brownies on their website. Prices starting at $5 each.


I had been having a really bad brownie craving, and when I get those, I want to try something I never had before. So I had a hard time choosing 3 different flavors to try. I chose mostly from the gluten-free line, since my family has really sensitive digestive systems. But I finally decided upon:

Gluten Free Original Bombshell
Gluten Free Butterscotch & Pecan
Gluten Free Cappuccino
Gluten Free Butterscotch & Pecan

You can either put the jar (unsealed) into the microwave for a few seconds, or eat it right out of the jar. We did both! The Butterscotch & Pecan was a little crumbly right out of the jar, so we put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds (since our microwave is evil) and it came out much more moist. You can really taste the pecans, and a little bit of the butterscotch.
Gluten Free Original Bombshell

My favorite was the Gluten Free Original Bombshell, which has chocolate chips in it. Oh my, talk about brownie heaven! As you can see from the picture, it is chock full of chocolate chips. Any brownieholic and chocoholic will love it!

Gluten Free Cappuccino
The Cappuccino Bombshell was very good. You can definitely taste the cappuccino, which I love since I like to have a cappuccino in the cooler seasons. It was a little more moist than the others, but it was pretty good. I think it just melted under the Texas sun. Would you if it was 100*?\

Since Twin and I are having a Perpetually 29 birthday party in December, I might have to order some more... when it gets a little closer, of course.

You know what you want to try these for yourself!  One(1) winner will receive 3 Bombshell Brownies in the flavors of their choice! Enter below. Good luck!

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I was NOT compensated for this review/giveaway. I received 3 FREE Bombshell Brownies to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ. If you are interested in having your product(s) or service(s) featured on Edge of Insanity, please e-mail us.

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