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.