A Big Punch from a Little Mini JamBox + Giveaway

Jawbone Mini Jambox

Boom boom boom. (Cue Black Eyed Peas) Music is a great way to escape, and having a kick ass speaker to take with you makes it even better. Recently I had a chance to get my paws on a Bluetooth speaker: the Mini Jawbone Jambox from AT&T. All I have to say is WOW. (Ok, I lied that’s not all I have to say you aren’t that lucky) Where has the speaker been my whole life? That little speaker has some serious bass to it. The kind of bass that you can’t help but wiggle your butt too.

Jawbone Mini Jambox

Music is something that we are wee bit obsessed with in this house. Music is on when we work, when we hike in the great outdoors, and when we invite friends over to chill at our house. That’s why I was school girl excited to give this Jambox a try. Honestly, I’ve reviewed a few Bluetooth speakers before and most of them were great. They had good sound quality, but none of them had the depth of sound that the Mini Jambox has. It really surprised me how clear the sound was coming from this little bitty speaker. I’ve used Jawbone products before, but I didn’t expect to get blown away by this box.

Jawbone Mini Jambox

Jawbone Mini Jambox

This little speaker that could is great to put on your desk (which is where mine is at this very moment), and it’s even small enough to fit in your jeans pocket to take with you on your travels. It’s a Bluetooth capable speaker so you can stream your playlist from almost any Bluetooth capable phone, tablet, or PC. As if that wasn’t good enough, it’s also equipped to function as a speakerphone. That was my favorite part because it means I can stream music and still be able to answer my phone when I’m working, SCORE! In this newest model, you can even pair it with a second speaker and use them together. (Can you say mini surround sound?)

Jawbone Mini Jambox
If you are looking for a kick butt addition to your electronics empire, I would highly suggest grabbing a Mini Jambox from Jambone. Seriously, the only thing that’s mini about this bad boy is it’s size. Lucky for you, AT&T has a special going on through the end of summer. You can grab a MiniJambox for only $129.99. If you want surround sound make sure to grab a second one, because you can pair the two together for a real musical experience!

If that isn’t awesome enough for you, AT&T has a little present just for Crunchy Frugalista readers. One lucky reader is going to get a Mini Jambox of their own. All you have to do is enter in this handy dandy giveaway form below. Lots of easy entries! Do as many or as few as you would like, but the more you enter the more you get a chance to win, and trust me you are going to want to
get your hands on this speaker! Good luck!

Easy Online Guitar Lessons with LessonFace

online guitar lessons

This is a post on behalf of LessonFace (mama’s got bills to pay) but the hilarity and awesomely honest opinions are all my own

Bayla has been begging to learn how to play guitar for about three years now. Last year for Christmas, we finally got her a guitar but finances and time didn’t allows us to get her some guitar lessons to go with it. That’s why when Lessonface asked me to review their easy online guitar lessons, I was so excited to see if it would work for our family.


online guitar lessons

When I grew up, music was readily a part of my life. It was something we’ve always wanted to pass down to our kids as well. Piano and clarinet were my weapons instruments of choice. Piano came easier to me than clarinet, but it seems like just yesterday my parents were begging me to learn a new song because they would hear me practicing the same one OVER and OVER again. (Hey, practice makes perfect, right?!)

They cool thing about learning how to play guitar is the sound doesn’t carry as far, plus Bayla plans on being the next Taylor Swift. Of course, this means she can afford to put me in the totally luxurious old folks home once she makes it big. (Sounds like a win/win to me)

She started lessons two weeks ago, and I was kind of skeptical how it would be possible to have virtual music lessons. We didn’t even know you could DO that before speaking with Lessonface. Lessonface is a cool virutal “face to face” lesson and teaching system that connects teachers and students all over the country. Bayla’s teacher October actually lives in Los Angeles, and teaches Bayla guitar once a week over the computer. It’s kind of like Skype, but with a music twist.


It was really easy to download the software needed to run the lessons. The only hiccup we have run into is that it’s hard for her teacher to hear the guitar when Bayla plays, so we are going to have to invest in an external microphone to make that a little bit easier on the both of them. Other than that, the platform has been great. The video conference streams really well, with very little lag, and the sound quality is great too. Plus, they stand behind their products. If you aren’t satisfied with your lessons there is a 100% moneyback guarantee.

Our favorite part about the whole Lessonface experience is how amazing her teacher is. Bayla has next to no experience with music, and October is super patient in explaining music theory as well as the notes and proper positions to play guitar. They have a really fun time, and Bayla looks forward to playing with her each week.

Now for the exciting part for you guys. You can use this LessonFace promo code lf15offer to save $15 off your first lesson. PLUS, we are giving away a spot in October’s guitar class Power Cords. (a $120 value PLUS a $60 LessonFace gift card) Trust me you are going to LOVE October as much as we do. To enter just fill out the entry form below. Good luck!

$100 Gift Card Giveaway!


You guys know I love showing you how much I love you guys. From time to time I like to give a $100 gift card giveaway to my Shop Your Way Rewards clients! It’s just a way to say thanks, and let you win some free cash.


Not a client of mine? It’s FREE and EASY to sign up. It takes less than five minutes, so why not sign up for a chance to win $100?! What better way to get some of those great outdoor goodies to welcome the warm weather than to enter to win!

Here’s the EASY INstructions on how to make sure your entries count!

1. Sign up for your FREE Shop Your Way Rewards Account

2. Then click “Start Here”

3. Click “Facebook Connect” or fill out your info and click “Join Now”

4. Then make sure to fill out the entry form below!

PLUS when you sign up for your free account, you can get lots of goodies for almost free. I got these earrings for FREE plus free in store pick up. I love when Shop Your Way Rewards sends me some free points to spend on whatever I want!


(You’re entries will only count if you follow all the instructions, but it takes literally 2 minutes and it’s FREE!)

If you are ready to enter to win, just fill out the entry form below! Good Luck! (PS All entries are verified, cheating’s not only bad karma, but will get you the stink eye)

Once you’ve signed up to be a client, there are TONS of EASY entries to increase your chances of winning. Just do them in this form. GOOD LUCK!

Spring Makeover With Madison Reed


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One of the best things about spring, is of course the spring makeover. It’s time to pull out those flip flops, refresh your hair color, and give yourself a new look. I told you guys about using Madison Reed hair color over the winter, and for spring I wanted to do something a little bolder.

Madison Reed

Strangely I’ve been craving to add some bright colored highlights in my hair, but didn’t want to damage my hair. Naturally a super dark brown, I have to bleach my hair and then dye it again to get those bold crazy colors. Not going to do that this time. What I did instead was consult with my Madison Reed color consultant, told them what I wanted to do, and they hooked me up with Torino brown. It’s a really awesome dark brown shade, but it doesn’t wash me out like black does. Clip in some purple extensions, and I have an awesome new look for spring. This is what I looked like before.


It’s so easy to use that even Mr. Crunchy can help me do it. Though he thought it was  hilarious to put this curlie cue on the top of my head.


And this is what I looked like afterward. (Added some pretty smoking new glasses too)


I’m always changing my hair color, but after a while you have to give your hair a break because it dries out too much. That’s not the case with Madison Reed. You can put your favorite color on auto order, and every four weeks touch up your color.

Don’t just take my word for it. See what other happy Madison Reed customers are saying. They are even getting tons of positive press in style sites like Refinery29 and Style.com!
Madison Reed - Salon Quality At Home Hair Color
Now for the exciting part for you guys. One lucky Crunchy Frugalista reader is going to win their very own Madison Reed hair color kit, in a color of your choice. That also includes a full sized shampoo and conditioner (that stuff is AMAZING!) All you have to do to win is to enter in the entry form below! Good luck


Midnight Castle Launches on iPad (Plus enter to win a mini iPad!)

Midnight Castle

This is a post written on behalf of Big Fish Games

A few months back, I shared with you how much our family enjoyed playing Midnight Castle. It’s a great free game from Big Fish games.

Midnight Castle

Now the game is available for the iPad! It’s a brand new launch, so you can take your new addiction wherever you are.

Midnight Castle is a hidden object game with a twist. You are going on a journey after discovering a long lost uncle has passed away (we all wish we had a rich uncle that left us everything right?!) As you journey through the land, you discover more and more about this mysterious uncle. You can create creates, collect artifacts, and enjoy side journeys while you look for all the hidden objects!

To see the full review of the game, make sure to check out my Midnight Castle review post. Big Fish is really excited about this fun game coming to iPad, so much so they are giving away a chance to win a free iPad mini!

Midnight Castle

From March 20th to March 26th (ends 11:59pm EST), you can enter to win your very own iPad mini. Here’s all the juicy details to enter to win:

Midnight Castle iPad Sweepstakes

  •  Beginning midnight on March 20th, fans can visit the Midnight Castle Facebook fan page where they can enter to win a free iPad Mini!
  • In order to enter, Facebook users will be required to find and comment on the Midnight Castle iPad Sweepstakes post with the phrase “I love Midnight Castle!”.
  • The sweepstakes will end at 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 26th at which time a winner will be chosen at random.
  • The winner will be contacted by Big Fish for contact and shipping details.

If you are ready to give Midnight Castle a try, it is free in the Apple or iTunes store for iPad. You can also follow along the Midnight Castle Facebook page! There are tons of tips and tricks on how to play this addicting game.

Engage Your Child’s Imagination with Fort Magic!

fort magic

This is a post written on behalf of Fort Magic.

When we were kids, it was the best thing ever to grab all of the sheets, blankets, and pillows to make the most epic fort in the living room. It was like a little hideaway from the rest of the world. One day we would escape to a deserted island in the tropics. Another day we pretended we were the captains of a pirate ship.
fort magic

Fort Magic building sets  take this imaginative experience from our childhood to the next level. They are one of the top providers of indoor fort building sets. Rather than stealing all of the dining room chairs to build the forts, your kids can use their imagination and one of the Fort Magic sets to sail the seas on their imaginary pirate ship.

I’m not the only one in love with the idea behind Fort Magic. This engaging product has received several five star Amazon reviews as well. The thing I love about it, is even though they have kits put together the sets have endless building and creating possibilities. As a homeschooling mom, it’s great to find products that engage the kids and help them with their imagination and critical thinking skills.

Fort Magic Box

Here are some of the other great benefits of the teacher and doctor endorsed Fort Magic kits:

  •  Increases Spatial Intelligence & Focus
  • - Stimulates Invention & Creativity
  • - Increases Fine & Gross Motor Skills
  • - Promotes Multi-Sensory Learning
  • - Builds Social Skills & Group Cooperation
  • - Increases The Ability To Plan & Finish A Project With Joy
  • - Enhances A Love Of Learning, Curiosity & Exploration
  • - Increases Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Here are what some other Fort Magic parents had to say:

“For eight months Fort Magic continues to be a favorite toy!”  - Mom, Amy

“Brings our family together for HOURS without electronics!”  - Mom, Jodi

“Superb construction set!”  - Dad, Eric

“Hours of creative and educational fun!” - Mom, Jane

“As good a gift as Legos or an iPad!”  - Dad, Michael


It’s really hard to find quality children’s toys. It’s not just about the construction, but also about keeping your child’s interests. The world is moving so fast nowadays that the kids move from one toy to the next. Each Fort Magic kit includes 382 Pieces plus all this to keep your child entertained for hours and hours.

  • 165 Straight and Curved Sticks in seven different sizes!

  • 87 Connector pieces in five varieties of shapes and sizes!

  •  130 easy to use fabric and accessory Clips! Securely fasten sheets or fabric to ANY shape design your child invents! 
  • A full color Instruction Manual with over 20 designs to build!

Fort Magic Space Cruisers

Want to learn more about Fort Magic? Make sure to visit the Fort Magic website and their social media channels:

Now for the really exciting part. One lucky Crunchy Frugalista reader will get their very own Fort Magic kit (a $200 retail value) Just enter in the entry form below to win!

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Earn Free Goodies While Playing Games with Play2Shop


This is a compensated post on behalf of Play2Shop

You guys know that I am an avid gamer, and recently I had a chance to learn a little bit more about Play2Shop. Honestly at first I was kind of skeptical because I have seen so many sites that claim to be fun and such, but just end up being a giant waste of time. From what I can tell so far this doesn’t seem to be the case with Play2Shop.


The idea behind the website is that you earn  points for signing up for your free account, and playing some really fun games. (I am addicted to Mahjong). You can also enter tournaments to win lots of points and/or cool prizes. You then turn these points into a shopping trip through their website.


Here are the ways you can get points from Play2Shop:

  • Playing Games
  • Taking Advantage of Special Offers
  • Referring Your Friends
  • Shopping at Participating Retailers
  • Entering Tournaments

When you sign up for your free account, you automatically get 5,000 points. Plus, you get 2,500 points for each friend you refer to Play2Shop! If your friends already play Facebook games or other online games, I would totally get them to check this out so you can earn some free goodies.

As far as what you can buy on the site, honestly there is a lot of stuff on there I would consider junk, but there are also some really good prizes. I have my eye on the coffee bean grinder from Best Buy. They also had some goodies from Bodycology, Bare Essentials, and Eyes Lips Face. I figure if I am going to be online killing time with games, I might as well earn some points and some free goodies from it. Right?!

To learn more about Play2Shop, make sure to visit the Play2Shop webpage. You can also visit them on their Facebook and Twitter channels.