Saturday, May 25, 2013

Getting Crafty Spring Giveaway and Craft

A, B and I have been making some Perler Bracelets from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Cape Discovery Spring Catalog. You can check out this and the other 72 featured projects in the catalog and get in on the crafting fun.

Check out what we made!

These bracelets are actually pretty simple to make, the only thing is that you need to decide on a pattern and map it out before you start. We really liked the chevron pattern in the photo so I figured that one out and made a little pattern for others to follow.


2 packages of two different colored perler beads
1 spool of elastic string
1 needle (optional)
1. Cut 2-3 yards of elastic string. (2 yards will be enough for a small child's bracelet)
2. Tie a slip knot around a small object to use as a stopper on the start end of the elastic.
3. Add 6 perler beads to the string.
4. Add 1 bead and put elastic through the 5th bead of the first row.
5. Add 1 bead and thread the elastic through the 3rd bead of the first row.
6. Add 1 bead and thread the elastic through the 1st bead of the first row.
7. Pull tight. Repeat the weave again starting with adding another bead and pulling it through the 3rd bead of the 2nd row. (see picture for diagram)
8. Once the desired length is completed (and your pattern matches up) the ends will fit together like a zipper. Weave both ends through in the same weave pattern to connect. Tie off and feed elastic ends back through beads and cut excess.
                                        So, what do you think? Mine vs. Theirs?

I think the bracelet turned out great and it's the perfect size for my girls (I can just fit it over my hand but can't wear it for long if I want to maintain feeling in my hand). If you made it a little smaller this would make a really cute ponytail cover, just slide a bobby pin through to hold in place. We will have to make one for that use next.
Now on to the fun you have been waiting for. I received a gift card to help cover the cost of supplies to make and share this project. We had so much fun making our bracelets as we do all our crafts so we wanted to give one lucky person something to use for their own crafting fun. We teamed up with Girly Do Hairstyles to offer someone the chance to win a gift card to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. You can spend it on making hair accessories to pretty up the great hair-do's you can find over at Girly Do Hairstyles or try out one of the projects we've done here on The Other Sink or flip through the catalog of ideas and find something fun to do with the kids. Anything you want to do, it's yours to spend! Also make sure you sign up here to receive a 20% off coupon. #summerofjoann 

Hosted By: The Other Sink
Co-Hosted by: Girly Do Hairstyles

Enter for your chance to win a $25 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores !
Giveaway open to US residents 18+ only
All entries are optional but will increase your odds of winning.
Giveaway runs May 25 - June 8
There is a Mandatory email entry and FB likes, all the rest will increase your odds of winning.
Good Luck!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Air Walker Bounce Castle Giveaway

Air Walker Bounce Castle Giveaway
Hosted By: So Sew Mama
Sponsored by: Blast Zone

We at The Other Sink are big fans of bouncy houses, ball pits and pretty much anything that inflates and can be played with, in or on. We have a really neat inflatable Victorian playhouse that my kids love. You just can't beat the fun of bouncing off the walls, literally!
"I would definitely recommend this castle to all families."
Buy It: Amazon for $199

Enter for your chance to win an Air Walker Bounce Castle!
Giveaway open to US residents 18+ only
All entries are optional but will increase your odds of winning.
Giveaway runs May 20- June 14
There is a Mandatory email entry, all of the rest will increase your odds of winning. 
Good Luck!

*Disclosure: So Sew Mama and The Other Sink are not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. I was not compensated for this post. So Sew Mama received a sample to try with her family. All opinions are 100% her own. Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest are not affiliated with this giveaway and are released of any obligations.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Influenster Palmolive® soft touch™ review

My first ever box from Influenster came this week and in it were two full size bottles of Palmolive® soft touch™ to review. I received the Vitamin E and Aloe varieties. One claims to be 'soft on hands' and the other 'for dry hands'. I have dry skin and eczema so I have to be careful about scents or additives in products. I tend to use lots of lotion after doing dishes as my hands become extra dry.

I decided to try the Vitamin E soap because it kind of looked like a big bottle of lotion. I tackled the pile of dishes I had been avoiding and enjoyed the light scent of the soap. It smells really good and doesn't linger on dishes so you don't have weird smelling pots and pans. It does leave just a little scent on skin which is nice. And my hands didn't feel any drier when I finished than when I started which is really nice.

Everything cleaned well, even the gross day old pans. We had salmon the night before and that glass dish was gross. I did notice while cleaning that the suds had a very slight slime feel, but it rinses off completely. I tried a little squeeze of the Aloe kind to see but it didn't have it so it must just be the Vitamin E added that gives it that feel. Didn't affect how it cleans and it rinses off so it's not an issue.

Of the two varieties I received I think I like the smell of the Aloe the best. Since they also sent five $1 off coupons to share with others I think I'll have to save one of the coupons so I can go get the coconut butter type to try as well! Palmolive soft touch™ Tough on Grease, Soft on Hands can be found at Walmart. Check out the Palmolive® website and review page for more information.

I received all products complimentary from Influenster. The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Our First Influenster Box

Unboxing the Influenster Palmolive soft touch product

I received all products complimentary from Influenster. The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Free Blogger Opp Giveaway

Free Blogger Opp!! Air walker Bounce Castle Giveaway

Hosted by: So Sew Mama

5/20 - 6/14

Free Twitter link!
Free second link with announcement!

Don't forget to let them know The Other Sink sent you when you sign up!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Be a Nielsen Family

You've probably heard of Nielsen ratings or heard of people being Nielsen Families. Well now is your chance to sign up to be a Nielsen Family. Share your opinions and set current trends just by doing what you are already doing everyday. You'll get a scanner to enter in the things you already buy and earn points towards great reward products. We've been a part of the National Consumer Panel for just over a year now and we love it. We've earned so great rewards and have had the opportunity to make an impact on the items you shop for everyday. On top of which my kids love to help scan items with the neat scanner you get!

Visit NCP to get signed up today!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cheese vs Cooktop

In case you were wondering what would happen if you set a bag of cheese on a hot cooktop I went ahead and tried it out so you could see the results. Just for you I did this! Okay not really I just forgot it was hot and set the bag right on the burner. When the room smelled like yummy cheese I suddenly realised and when I went to grab the bag, cheese went everywhere from the melted hole in the bottom of the bag. I must sadly admit to scraping off and eating far too much of the yummy crusted cheese. It really was tasty!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Yellow Cake Hot Coco

I love all things yellow cake. The smell, the taste, cooking it, eating anything I find that tastes like yellow cake is pure heaven. So I'm going to share with you my own little creation of yellow cake hot coco. You only need two things to make this (well and water): butterscotch schnapps and french vanilla hot coco. Mix up a cup of french vanilla hot coco according to the directions on the container and then add in a shot of butterscotch schnapps (start with a little and add more too taste).

This is an alcoholic beverage, for a non-alcoholic version try using butterscotch extract. Remember that there is alcohol in flavoring extracts but alcohol is dissipated with heat so just make sure to heat your coco up hot before adding.

Bloggers Wanted ~ Back to School Blast Event

Back to School Blast Event

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
Prize: $1,000 in Gift Cards up for grabs!
Event dates: 7/15 - 8/15
Free Blogger Event: Sign Up HERE
Don't forget to tell them The Other Sink sent you

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Celebrating Moms Giveaway

Celebrating Moms

Mother's Day is almost here so we're here to make this the best one yet for a few lucky winners!

Join us for an exciting giveaway from worth $800 in value, and enter for your chance to win one of four Amazon e-gift cards! One winner will receive the Grand Prize of a $500 Amazon e-gift card, and three winners will receive a $100 Amazon e-gift card! We hope this will be a very special blessing to all the moms out there. Enjoy this delightful infographic about mothers and don't forget to enter for your chance to win in the giveaway!

*Will you help Save1 reach their goal of feeding 100,000 children? Each time you and your friends share their website on Facebook, "Like" their Facebook page, and sign up for their newsletter, Save1 will provide three meals to a child in need. This takes just 60 seconds to complete! Go here to help make it happen now.

Giveaway Time!

This special Mother's Day giveaway is brought to you by the generous sponsors at
This event was organized by Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou.
Prize: There will be four winners total for this giveaway. One (1) winner will receive the Grand Prize of a $500 Amazon e-gift card! Three (3) winners will each receive a $100 Amazon e-gift card! The total value of all prizes included in this giveaway is $800 value in Amazon e-gift cards! Location: Must be a resident of the USA or Canada. Age: 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Date: This giveaway begins on 5/02/2013 and will end on 5/12/2013 (Mother's Day) at 12:01am Eastern time. Please support the sponsor and follow Save1 on:
Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. Once you have signed up for Save1’s newsletter, the only mandatory entry, it will unlock the additional optional giveaway entries that you can enter to increase your chances of winning. If you complete ALL entries in the giveaway form you are entitled to a free bonus of 10 additional entries! Best of luck to each of you! Happy Mother's Day! a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou shares: "Special thanks goes out to the following blogs: My Journey to Living Well, Thrifty 4nsic Gal, Sweet Pennies From Heaven, Luker Family Tales, The Deal MatchMaker, the space between, Qpon Junkie, Finger Click Saver, and Lost Island of Book Reviews.
Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou and The Other Sink are not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. The Other Sink was not compensated for this post except for a link on the giveaway form. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Amazon in any way. Please see official rules in the Rafflecopter giveaway form. All winning entries will be verified.

Spring Catalog Promo with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

We've been asked to participate in the spring catalog promotion with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. So while I'm working on this fun project they are offering up a great coupon for 15%-off Total Purchase in-store. Coupon is good from Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4 for regular, sale and clearance items!

Need ideas for some fun spring crafts? Check out the 72 featured projects in the new Cape Discovery Spring Catalog.

Come back soon to see our creations. The girls (A & B) and I will be making some Perler Bracelets.