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Mood-lites {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Halloween! I loved Halloween as a kid–dressing up, trick-or-treating, eating candy, watching cheezy movies like Hocus Pocus (I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it at least once a year, every year, since it was released in 1993)–and of course all these things are 1,000 times more fun with kids of my own. Some things, however, like certain decorations, are not as fun with kids. We have a bin full of Halloween decorations that we inherited from my mom when I moved out. Most are pretty benign, but surprisingly, a few really freaked my kids out, like this giant spider:

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This is from when my son was a baby–it scared him for a minute and then he loved it! This year, my daughter was freaked out by it and wouldn’t even go out the door by herself where it was hanging for a few days! That said, we’ve had to figure out alternative ways of making our house look spooky without totally scaring our kids. Colored lights are a good way to do that!

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Mood Factory has created a line of colored lights that are perfect for decorating, enhancing moods and celebrating different occasions. Mood-lites come in eight different colors that correspond to different moods; yellow for Happiness, orange for Energy, red for Passion, light blue for Serenity, pink for Sassy, green for Renewal, purple for Creativity and dark blue for Tranquility.  As their website says, “Our first product lines are based on the sense of sight and how colors affect our moods.  We plan to teach about and engage the other senses as well.  After all, research suggests that the more senses we engage towards a desired state, the more profound affect on our moods. We encourage you all to Get Your Mood On.”

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Mood-lites come in several shapes and sizes. All of the colors come in standard 25-watt incandescent bulbs, 60-watt spiral CFL bulbs, a 2-pack of 25-watt candelabra incandescent bulbs, and 90-watt outdoor flood lights. All of the bulbs fit in standard light sockets and function just like normal light bulbs. But they sure don’t act like normal light bulbs! I was sent a package with a variety of lights, and I tried out the pink Sassy light and the purple Passion light.

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The Sassy light bulb was a welcome addition to our bedroom…and that’s all I’ll say about that because I know my mother-in-law reads this blog 😉 And the purple Passion bulb added to our Halloween decorations perfectly this year, casting an eerie glow on our front porch while still giving off light and not being too scary.

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We kept a green CFL bulb from the package of goodies and plan to use it on our porch during Christmas. Think of the uses these babies could have–sports team colors for game days, different colors to support health awareness (i.e. blue for Autism awareness month, pink for Breast Cancer awareness month, etc.),  pink or blue at a baby shower or to reveal the gender of a baby after its birth, orange (Energy) lighting where you work out–the possibilities are endless! Mood Factory is also great because they support several charities and causes. Twenty-five cents of each light bulb purchased is donated to i-Fred, an international foundation for research and education for depression.

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Mood-lites can be purchased at Lowe’s and Amazon.com for about the same price as a normal light bulb. But, lucky for you, one winner is about to get a whole package of goodies from Mood Factory by entering the giveaway below!

Win a box of Mood-lites from Mood Factory!

**Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via PayPal invoice.

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of November 11th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Mood Factory, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Make-A-Ball {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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If you’ve been following the Red Sox this year, you know how happy Boston is lately 🙂 My little guy was born here in Boston near the start of the baseball season, so I thought it would be fun to make him baseball-themed baby announcements!  They turned out SO cute!  I had him wrapped up inside both of his grandpa’s baseball mitts.  What a doll.

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It might have been a sign from the start that this kid would be c-razy about balls of any shape or size.  “Ball” was very distinctly one of his first words, long before mama or dada.  His ball craze has only escalated, so I thought making him a personalized ball from Make-A-Ball of his own would be just the thing for him!

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Make-A-Ball does just what it says: makes balls!  You can customize baseballs, basketballs, softballs, footballs, volley balls, soccer balls, and even hockey pucks with your own pictures, logos, and words!

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Customizing is so easy.  I was expecting to spend a good part of my morning figuring out how to get the pictures aligned and the type just right, but it was actually just a breeze, and rather fun!

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Do you love what we made?!

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You can order them in regulation size or in smaller dimensions (for smaller hands).  For certain balls, you can choose how many panels are customized.  For example, when creating the football, you can select to add pictures and text to just one or up to four of the panels.

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This has got to be the greatest idea for gifts, especially if your son/daughter/grandchild has some sporting achievement to brag about.  How fun for them to have a keepsake (Make-A-Ball also has professional stands for display) and a memento from a big event in their life.

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So not only is this a fabulous idea of printing personal pictures and words onto sports balls, but these are very high quality sports equipment!  I showed my husband the baseball and he said something like, “Now THAT is not something you play with”, as in it looked so nice, and so shelf-worthy, that we are almost hesitant to actually let the boy play with it.

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Besides terrific holiday gifts for your rugrats, these would also make such fun wedding gifts for the sports enthusiasts!

Wouldn’t you love to win one!?

One lucky winner will get to customize their own baseball, softball, or hockey puck from Make-A-Ball!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 18th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

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