Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bloominous Makes DIY Wedding Flowers Easy

I read recently that most wedding coordinators and bridal planning guides suggest that couples set aside 8 to 10 percent of their total wedding budget for the flowers.  Depending on the overall budget (the national average wedding cost is $29,858), that can be quite a bit.

In an effort to cut costs, many brides turn to Do-it-Yourself flowers - DIY.  Just check out Pinterest, and you'll see that DIY wedding flowers (and decorations) are BIG.  I think every young lady I know who has recently planned a wedding or is thinking about her someday wedding has a board full of wedding ideas.  The problem with your typical DIY floral project - in this case wedding flowers - is that you have to do all the research, purchasing, and arranging yourself.  I have friends who are great with flowers.  One of them even did all the flowers for her daughter's wedding, and she loved it.  Me?  I would have no idea where to even start - besides calling in those friends - if my daughter decided she needed my help putting together flowers for her wedding.  (When she decides to get married, that is)

That's why I love this new site I was just introduced to - Bloominous.  Launched in 2014, Bloominous offers brides an alternative to traditional florists, and makes DIY wedding flowers easier.  You really don't have to be a floral expert to get gorgeous wedding flowers while saving 30 to 50% off your floral costs. They make DIY wedding flowers beautiful, affordable and easy.

Flowers from Bloominous come cut-to-order, dethorned, trimmed, shipped along with matching accessories (vase, ribbon, etc), and ready to assemble. Each kit comes with step-by-step photo instructions for easy assembling within 10 to 20 minutes per piece, as well as flower care products and design tips. The collections are all designed by experienced wedding florists to be easy and beautiful. And, it’s not just the flowers—from trends to vases to favors, Bloominous designs the whole look for your inspiration.

Be sure to check out Bloominous and browse their beautiful selections.  They offer trial kits of each design so you can get your hands on it before making a decision and commitment - make sure the design is right for you and that you really can do it yourself.  Each and every package can be customized, and Bloominous guarantees that you will have flowers in time for your wedding, usually 2-3 days before the wedding so there's time for assembly. They are so confident you will love their product that if you are not satisfied with the product you received, for any reason, they will immediately replace the order or issue a full refund.

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Disclosure: I received compensation from Bloominous for this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Buddha Teas

I'm a coffee person in the mornings, but if I want something later in the day, I love a nice comforting cup of tea.  I was recently drinking some tea when I opened an email asking me if I'd like to check out Buddha Teas and give them a try.  I'd never heard of them before - perhaps you haven't either - but I checked out their web page and replied that I was very happy to try them.

Buddha Teas come in many different varieties and all are 100% unaltered, organic teas made from the freshest herbs, carefully packaged in bleach free tea bags.  They really understand the importance of purity so that the true flavor of the tea comes through and that a cup of tea doesn’t contain any harmful additives or toxins. As I was reading through all the benefits each of the types of tea can have - detoxification, energy, brain function, immune support, digestive support, to name a few - it really hit me how important it is to have the purest herbs without any added toxins.  For some reason I had never given much thought to the tea I drink beyond choosing a flavor that sounded good. (Maybe I should go read the labels on all my tea boxes?)  Seriously, if I'm going to be drinking herbal tea, shouldn't I want all of the positive benefits I can get without adding anything that would counteract that?

From popular green teas to obscure bark and seed teas, Buddha Teas is sure to have something for everyone.  They have many unique teas that you won’t find offered anywhere else.  Some of them I'd heard of, but there were many I hadn't.  It was interesting reading through all the descriptions and trying to choose some teas to try.  Maybe I should have started with their list of Popular Teas to help narrow it down, but I didn't.  (I did end up ordering one of the teas on the page anyway)

I decided to try as many different types of teas as I could - Leaf Tea, Root Tea, Flower Tea, Bark Tea, Berry Tea - and I ordered a couple of the Specialty Blends, too.  I have been enjoying all of them, but I think my favorite is the Zenergy Blend.  It's a nice pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon. The single herb teas are all good, and I find them very mild and enjoyable, too.  Most of the time I add a bit of honey and a squeeze of lemon.

The only thing I don't really like about these teas is that, once you get them out of the box, you can't tell them apart.  Each tea bag is individually wrapped, which is nice - but nowhere does it say what kind of tea is inside the wrapper.  The tag on the teabag itself isn't labeled either.  I didn't notice this until I pulled a few teabags - from a couple different boxes - to take with me on a trip.  I got ready to pack them and then looked at them and realized there was no way to tell which tea was which.  So, when you get these teas, you'll want to keep them in their own boxes - or forever be (pleasantly) surprised when you brew your tea.  The boxes really are kinda cute, and made from recycled materials.  I have a nice stack of them on my kitchen counter.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Book List 2014

Once again I kept track of all the books I read on Goodreads, and I could just link you to this handy page that shows the covers and information about all the books I read this year, but I'm still going to list them all.   I'll have to pretend to be surprised at the total in the end because Goodreads already told me how many books I read, but it will be fun anyway.

So, here we go - all the books I read (and listened to) this year - listed by the month I finished reading them.  I'll also include links to any reviews I wrote, in case you're interested.  I've tried to do better at sharing my thoughts on the books I read, but sometimes I just read.  If you have any questions about any of them, feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to tell you what I thought and whether it's worth your time.

  1. Longing (Bailey Flanigan #3) - Karen Kingsbury
  2. Blackout (All Clear, #1) - Connie Willis
  3. Wonder - R.J. Palacio
  4. Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack, #11) - L.A. Meyer (audio)
  5. All Clear (All Clear, #2) - Connie Willis
  6. A Heart Like His: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David - Beth Moore
  7. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
2245 pages | 13 hours and 45 minutes

  1. Will Sparrow's Road - Karen Cushman (audio)
  2. Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)- Dan Brown
  3. Tales from the Arabian Nights: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Other Stories - Anonymous (audio)
  4. Loving (Bailey Flanigan #4) - Karen Kingsbury
  5. Sold - Patricia McCormick (audio)
  6. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) - James Dashner
  7. To Live Is Christ - Beth Moore
1157 pages | 11 hours 7 minutes

  1. Divergent (Divergent #1) - Veronica Roth
  2. The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot - Caroline Carlson (audio)
  3. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) - James Dashner
  4. Moses - Steps to a Life of Faith - Bob Saffrin
  5. The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) - James Dashner
1378 pages | 8 hours 7 minutes

  1. Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God's Strength for Living - Charles F. Stanley
  2. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith (audio)
  3. The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5) - James Dashner
563 pages | 15 hours 54 minutes

  1. God's Plan for Spiritual Battle - Russell M. Stendal
  2. Cleopatra's Moon - Vicky Alvear Shecter (audio)
237 pages | 12 hours 29 minutes

  1. Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life - Suzanne Woods Fisher (audio)
  2. 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life - Matthew Sleeth
  3. Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder - Yona Zeldis McDonough
  4. Imzadi - Peter David
  5. Off The Page & Into Your Life Getting more from God's word no matter what your story - Tami Weissert
884 pages | 4 hours 25 minutes

  1. All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill (audio)
  2. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
  3. Oliver and the Seawigs - Philip Reeve
  4. Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1) - Elizabeth Wein (audio)
  5. Insurgent (Divergent, #2) - Veronica Roth
1031 pages | 19 hours 32 minutes

  1. Irises - Francisco X. Stork (audio)
  2. Enchanted - Alethea Kontis (audio)
15 hours 19 minutes

  1. The Eleventh Plague - Jeff Hirsch (audio)
  2. Lisette's List - Susan Vreeland
  3. Thankless in Death (In Death, #37) - J.D. Robb
  4. The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness - K.P. Yohannan
  5. Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge (audio)
918 pages | 17 hours 20 minutes

  1. Concealed in Death (In Death, #38) - J.D. Robb
  2. The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1) - Jennifer A. Nielsen (audio)
  3. Taken in Death (In Death, #37.5) - J.D. Robb (audio)
416 pages | 11 hours 29 minutes

  1. Allegiant (Divergent, #3) - Veronica Roth
  2. Festive in Death (In Death, #39) - J.D. Robb (audio)
545 pages | 13 hours 13 minutes

  1. Prayer Changes Things: Taking Your Life to the Next Prayer Level - Beni Johnson
  2. My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir - Penny Marshall (audio)
  3. Fame (Firstborn, #1) - Karen Kingsbury
557 pages | 8 hours 30 minutes

49 books in 2014.  That's my highest total since I started keeping track. (last year, I read 42)  Oops, that's not true - looking over all my Book Lists from previous years I see I read 51 books in 2011.  I had forgotten that.  I suppose I could have added The Bible, since I finished a Bible reading plan during 2014, and I could have counted all those extra books I read in May when we had our grandson stay with us for two weeks.  I read The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, The Eye Book, The Foot Book, Caps for Sale, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Hop on Pop, The Little Tiny Rooster, and several others - multiple times.

I added page counts and time listened this year, because I thought that might be interesting, and because I realized that the number of books read can vary widely and the amount actually read still be the same.  For instance, I could read lots of short books, or I could read a few long books - and still read the same amount.  Of course, I have nothing to compare these numbers to, but I think I'll keep track from now on.
  • Total pages - 9931
  • Total time - 151 hours
Source for page numbers - Goodreads and/or Amazon | Source for audio book lengths - Audible

I also need to do a better job of writing at least a short review of the books I read.  49 books, and I only wrote something about 9 of them.  I did at least rate most of them this year on the 1 to 5-star range on Goodreads, but still...

How many books did you read in 2014?  I'd love to hear your favorites and just might add them to my 2015 list.

*if you happen to click any of the book covers and buy  from Amazon, they say they'll pay me a small percentage.  Every little bit helps, and I thank you for your support!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

What's Your Winter Exercise Program?

Winter!  We had our first real snowfall of the season overnight, and that means it's snow shoveling season again.  We got about 5 to 5-1/2 inches which had to be shoveled off the driveway this morning before Jeffrey could leave for work.  Thankfully it was pretty light and fluffy, so it wasn't too hard.  We got the main part of the driveway finished, and then I shoveled the side after he left.  Overall, it took about an hour, and then I went back out when it actually stopped snowing and cleaned the driveway off again - along with the end of the driveway where the plow had thrown some extra snow.

Did you see that?  We actually had a truck with a plow go through our neighborhood.  Today.  Last year we had snow on the weekend - either Saturday or Sunday - and our streets were not plowed until Friday.   So today is pretty amazing, at least for here.  In Wisconsin, it was normal for our streets to be plowed right away.  Here, well maybe they're figuring out what they're supposed to do with this white stuff.  I've never lived in Indiana before, so I just assumed they got snow in the winter...

I'm counting all that snow shoveling as my winter exercise program - along with my walking, of course, and the exercise videos I do.  If you're looking for some good exercise videos, be sure to check out BeFit on YouTube.  They have some really good ones, and they're all free.  I do mostly some of the BeFit in 90 videos and the 30 Day Abs videos.  Between the Chest, Legs, & Buns workout I did yesterday and the shoveling today, I'm a bit sore!  But it's a good sore.

I am going to have to find a better way to log my shoveling, though.  I have been logging my miles and exercise on the Walgreens Balance Rewards site where I get points for all my miles and other exercise, and I was logging them on BeeWell for Life where all my miles and other exercises earned points and then they donated to charity. (They're currently revamping the BeeWell site, so I'm not sure how it's going to work when it gets back)

It wasn't until this summer when I started logging all my steps for mowing - 11,000 steps/2 hours, every week - that I realized they were getting off easy - and I wasn't getting all the points I was probably entitled to - when I just logged snow shoveling as Winter Sports. (it's a winter sport, right?)  So I'm going to start counting the hours.  I could also carry my cell phone in my pocket a time or two just to see how many steps it takes to go back and forth and up and down and over the whole driveway to clear it off.  But, whether I know how long it takes or how many steps I'm walking while pushing a shovel, I do know it's good exercise.  More so when we get heavy wet snow, but we'll deal with that if and when it comes.

What's your winter exercise program look like? 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: Evening Prayers for Every Day of the Year

When I agreed to review this book, I did not realize that it was a collection of prayers spoken and written by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, a pastor who lived from 1842 to 1919.  This is not a new book.  I just read the book description and thought it sounded like a great book to have.

Book Description:
We want to turn to God at the end of each day, but often don’t find the words to express our deepest feelings and longing. This collection of prayers is one of the few daily devotionals especially intended for use in the evening.

Blumhardt’s words bespeak a certainty in God’s nearness. The peace that flows from them comes from an unshakeable conviction that God’s kingdom is indeed on the way. In stormy and challenging times like our own, most of us need this reassurance frequently, if not daily.
It was only after I'd received the book and started reading the introduction that I learned that these prayers were collected and published in 1926, after Blumhardt's death, and only intended at first for his closest friends.

Since that time, Bumhardt's collection of prayers has been published multiple times, including this newly revised 2014 edition.  Obviously I haven't read through the whole book - there is a scripture and prayer for each day of the year, so I've just started going through it.  I started at the beginning instead of on the proper date (yeah, I know - what a rebel), but I plan to start over again and go through it in 2015, since January will soon be here.

What surprised me was how simple, powerful, and timely these prayers are.  They were written 100 years ago!  But, of course, God's word is timeless and timely, too.  I love the simple faith displayed in these prayers, and I find myself praying some of the lines over and over.  They just hit directly at the center of what I would have prayed if only I'd thought of it.  I also love that Blumhardt doesn't use a lot of flowery language in his prayers - just honest, heartfelt, simple words that mean so much.
"All we ask and long for, all our concerns down to the very smallest, we lay in your hands in the one great request that your name be glorified on earth as it is in heaven."
This is a book that I plan to turn to and use often, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a little guidance in connecting with God in a simple, direct, and meaningful way at the end of the day.

This book was provided for review by Handlebar and Plough Publishing.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Review: Mary J. Blige #TheLondonSessions

#O2O (One to One Network) has once again given me the opportunity to review a new CD by an artist that I was not previously familiar with.  I mean, I've heard of Mary J. Blige, but I honestly have never listened to any of her music. I must be alone in that because she's had a stellar career:
With eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 31 nominations), a 2012 Golden Globe nomination, and four American Music Awards, Mary J Blige is a global superstar. And in ensuing years, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base – responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.
Capitol Music Group Chairman Steve Barnett calls Mary J. Blige's music "a one-of-a-kind blend of hip-hop and soul that has excited fans for more than 20 years" and made her one of the most successful and acclaimed artists in any genre of music. For this album, Mary J. Blige ventured into new musical territory by crossing the Atlantic to collaborate with some of this decade’s most celebrated UK musical talent – including Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith. 

Wow!  Why have I never listened to her before?  I have no idea but, judging by this CD (and all those awards), she is really good.  I have really enjoyed the strength and style of her voice as well as the music.  Some of the songs are really heart-felt, honest, and intense, while others just make you want to get up and dance.  The only thing I did not like is that there is some talk between some of the tracks, explaining some of the thought process behind the songs and the experience of recording.  While I liked having that information there, it was so much quieter than the actual songs, meaning I had to turn the volume way up to hear, and then when the music started again it was so loud.  Other than that, I really like this CD.  It's hard to pick a favorite, because each of the tracks has something to offer, but for now I'm really liking When You're Gone and the great dance beat of My Loving.

The London Sessions is available now, and you can download it from Amazon or iTunes.  Also available at Target, Walmart, etc.

Watch more Mary J. Blige videos on YouTube.

I participated in the Mary J Blige The London Sessions album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Neil Diamond's New CD #MelodyRoad #O2O

I love me some Neil Diamond!! And I am LOVING this new CD Melody Road. That voice, that music, those lyrics - that voice. There is just something about Neil. I've been listening to Neil since I was a teenager. His music has been the soundtrack to many a cross country road trip with songs like "Let the Little Boy Sing" and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" to name a few.

Obviously I'm not the only Neil Diamond fan out there:
Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. His most recent original studio release, 2008’s Home Before Dark, debuted at #1 in the U.S. and the UK on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters.  Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award.  In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

I have been looking forward to this CD, ever since I heard that Neil Diamond was releasing a new one - his first in 6 years.   I've been listening to it the last couple days, and I am not disappointed at all.  I am enjoying it very much.  I wish I could write a great review like this one on Amazon, but I'm not really musical or able to understand what makes a song or an entire CD good.  What I do know is what I like, and I like this!  Do yourself a favor and grab your copy.  Melody Road is available now through Amazon and iTunes.  Through Saturday you can even save $2 and get it for $7.99 at Best Buy with this coupon. You musicians will want to grab that - even though the MP3 CD is also $7.99 on Amazon - because there will be a special 36-page lyric book with guitar chords included in the packaging of each album, or you can grab it at Target and get 2 bonus tracks.

You're the sum of all my heartbeats
I participated in the Neil Diamond Melody Road album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Want My Sunday Ads

When we moved to Anderson, we wanted to subscribe to the Sunday paper - for the ads.  While I know you can access pretty much any store's ad online nowadays, we still like getting them in the paper.  We really don't read the paper, but we like to sit down on a Sunday morning with our coffee and the newspaper ads.

We'd been getting the Milwaukee paper in Wisconsin so we decided to subscribe to the Indianapolis Star instead of the local Anderson paper because we figured the big city newspaper would have more of the ads we wanted to see.  WRONG!  There really weren't very many ads in the paper at all.  Jeffrey even drove to the gas station a Sunday or two just to buy the Anderson paper so we could compare.  Every time, there were more ads in the Anderson paper.  So we canceled our Indy Star subscription before too long and subscribed to the Anderson Herald Bulletin.  It costs a bit more, because you can't get just Sunday but also have to get Friday and Saturday.  Still, definitely more ads.

After canceling the Indy paper, I would periodically get phone calls trying to get me to re-subscribe.  Every time I told them exactly why I'd canceled the subscription - not enough Sunday ads.  Each time I was assured that they had added more ads, or that the holiday season was coming up so there would definitely be more ads.  I was even offered a Sunday only subscription for only $6/month.  My cheap frugal little heart really wanted to grab that one, but I said NO.

But in July I got another call offering me three months for the price of one, and I was again assured that there were more ads in the Sunday paper and several ads in the Thursday paper, which was also included in my subscription.  So I decided to give them another try.  It had been almost a year since I first canceled the subscription so maybe they really had changed.  We also kept our subscription to the Anderson paper, so I kept track of the ads every week in this Sunday newspaper ad comparison.

The results were pretty interesting - The Indianapolis paper usually contained about half the number of total ads compared to the Anderson paper, and there were usually more coupons in my Anderson paper, too.  One week the  Indianapolis Star only had 3 ads.  Three! Talk about ridiculous.  And that Thursday paper they told me had ads only contained a Kroger ad - which I get in the mail either Wednesday or Thursday anyway - and sometimes an ad for a weekend sale at Kohl's.

Needless to say, I have again canceled that subscription, and I have no intention of ever subscribing again. If you live in the Anderson, Indiana area and you like your Sunday ads, avoid the Indy Star.  The 'big city' paper really has nothing on our local paper here in Anderson.

Anybody else look forward to their Sunday morning ads?  And comics!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Review: Bulletproof Picasso by Train

Thanks to One2One Network I have been listening to the new Train CD Bulletproof Picasso repeatedly for the last couple days.  I am seriously loving this CD - from the very first "Hey Baby" to the last "Don't Grow Up So Fast."  This CD has me up and moving like the adorable little girl in this lyric video for the first track Cadillac, Cadillac.  I don't think it's possible to listen to this and sit still.  Seriously - I dare you to try!

This is Train's 7th studio album but the first one I've really listened to all the way through.  Sure, I'm familiar with their hits Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me), Calling All Angels, and Hey Soul Sister.  I mean, who isn't?  I've just never bought an album.  Obviously, I'm alone in that because Train has sold more than ten million albums worldwide, thirty million tracks worldwide, with numerous platinum/gold citations on their mantle, 3 Grammy Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors and nominations.
Love is not supposed to stop. If you forget, I will remember.
Yeah, they're pretty good, and I know you are going to love this album, too.  From the haunting Angel In Blue Jeans to the feel-good, catchy I Wonder What You're Doing For The Rest Of Your Life, this album has a little of everything.  Good music, lyrics that really make you think, and a whole lot of fun.  Of the 12 tracks on this album, I haven't found one I don't like.  In fact, I think I like them better every time I listen.
 This is what happens when you burn a bridge; you jump into the fire or you learn to swim. 
 Bulletproof Picasso releases on September 16th, but you can pre-order it for $7.99 right now on iTunes and Amazon and get an instant download of the first single Angel in Blue Jeans and four other songs.  For more information about Train and Bulletproof Picasso, visit the Official Train web page.  If you scroll down a bit, you can listen to several of the tracks from the new album right now, including I Wonder What You're Doing For The Rest Of Your Life. I really like that one!
Dishes in the kitchen sink like dreams that never fade. 
Right now I really need to get this posted so I can figure out which channel QVC is, because Train is going to perform LIVE for an hour, starting at 5pm ET, as well as offering a special deal on the album (and some wine) - and I want to watch! 

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Orkin Scientific Prize Pack Giveaway

We've all heard myths about bugs, but do you know what's fact and what's fake

Here are just a few of the myths you may have heard:
“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.” 

Me - fact or fake, I just want those bugs GONE!  That daddy long-legs spider isn't poisonous?  I'm still going to smash it with whatever's handy if it comes in my house.  Or, better yet, get someone to do it for me, though sometimes that's not an option.

Currently those tiny little gnats that love to buzz around fresh fruit or my wine glass are the most annoying bug problem in this house.  Those things are so irritating!

Should you need some help getting rid of bugs in your house, remember Orkin.  Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop a treatment that's right for your home and your needs. To learn more about pest control that's based in science, or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call (844) 503-8251.

Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your bug knowledge. Be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths and share the quiz with your friends.

Once you've learned some bug facts, be sure to enter the giveaway. Orkin has agreed to give me and one lucky reader an official Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK which includes:
  • Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible) 
  • Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler 
  • Orkin Drawstring Bag
  • Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen 
Perfect for your little backyard explorer!  To enter, simply leave a comment here. Tell me how you did on the Fact or Fake Quiz or share your own bug story.

You can earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway and using the #OrkinMan hashtag.  Shares on Facebook and Google+ will be counted, too,  Just be sure to link to this giveaway and make sure I can see your post so I can count it.  You can tweet and share once per day per social network.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each tweet, post, and share.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents, and all entries must be received by 11:59pm ET on August 31 2014.  Good luck!

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