VivaRoses Review & Giveaway
By: Elizabeth D
Unless you're Katniss Everdeen, you probably like roses. They're pretty, fragrant, unique and the colors are universally understood. And what's better than a few roses? A few dozen. That's what you get when you order from VIVAROSES.
VIVAROSES is a company who has partnered with a farm in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. Why a farm located next to a volcano in Ecuador? Legend has it that a poor farmer vying the affection of a princess searched high and low until he found the perfect roses to win her hand in marriage.
The website shares this story along with adorable other stories for the bouquets you can order. They carry bouquets of 24, 50 or 100 from $50-100. Shipping is even free! The only drawback is the lead-time required to get your order. Current orders have delivery dates beginning 7 days from now.
VIVAROSES offers concierge type services, where you can schedule future deliveries for important dates or get an auto-shipment for a discount. There's even an incredible incentive program - for every referral you get 2 dozen roses for free. It works, I did it!
I chose to send the Farmer's Choice to a friend. The packaging was a chic black and the interior was reminiscent of a Victoria's Secret bag. The roses were bundled per dozen and then carefully wrapped in 4's. The attention to detail was great but it generated a lot of (recylcable) waste.
The roses were gorgeous and required minimal pruning. Of concern was the lack of food provided for so many flowers: only 1 package for 50 roses. This seemed to be an exception based on feedback from my other orders.
After 5 days, the roses began to wither but they lasted up to 10 days with changing the water and adding sugar. This was fine since I needed my pitchers back - it's hard to find that many tall vases!
Overall VIVAROSES is a unique concept for flower buying. If you're not in a hurry or are a decent planner, it's worth the wait. You're not likely to find a better deal than $1-2 per rose with free shipping. Plus Cape Cod Moms readers get 15% roses!
One lucky Cape Cod Mom will receive four dozen roses of the winners choice. A $60 prize value. To enter all you have to do is comment on this blog post telling
us the following:
Your favorite color roses?
Who the roses would be for?
And a tip for making roses last longer?
This contest is open beginning 7/28/16-8/10/16 at 11:59pm EST. Contest is open to US Residents 18+. This contest is sponsored by VivaRoses and hosted by Mommies LLC. Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted via the email provided. If winner does not respond within 24 hours then up to 3 other winners will be chosen.
LuLaRoe Offers Stylish Clothing and Great Service
By: Elizabeth D
About 6 months ago on a discussion board for a clothing service, someone asked what are the BEST leggings? Multiple people said, “LuLaRoe!” I remember thinking, “LuLa What?” How had I not heard of these and they've been around for 4 yrs? I immediately began searching for where to buy them. If they're the BEST, they deserve a try. The clothes are made to be unique - only 2,500 of any item are made - and comfortable. No one else will have what I'm wearing and I can be comfortable? Keep talking!
I found someone a page on Facebook and began following. It looked complicated. Color matching. Pattern Mixing. Sizes 0,1,2. I moved on. I found out later this was a mistake.
Enter Nicole Davis. She offered to send me a few items to try. I was nervous
She asked me about my usual styles, favorite colors and patterns. At 35 I'm finally able to answer these questions.
Nicole's box arrived. I opened it and in my best Joey Lawrence voice thought, "Woah!" They were bright. Then I began checking out each piece. My 17 year old step-daughter was home and I growled at her to back off. She wanted the leggings and baseball shirt. Hmmm, these must be good.
Everything is machine washable. Perfect! I'd already been used as a napkin 5 times that day. Hang drying is recommended. A little less perfect? I won't be able to pretend things shrunk in the dryer. Bonus, line drying is eco friendly.
Then came the challenge of working these pieces into my wardrobe. The dress was a no brainer. The empire waist, short-sleeve dress that zips in back and has pockets can easily be worn to work or for date night. It looks even better with a bright colored heel. Done!
Next up, the polka dot baseball shirt. This was perfect with boyfriend jeans and slip-on sneakers. Excellent! My son was so committed to the role of helping me test drive the outfits, he even wiped chocolate ice cream all over the sleeve, for what I can only imagine was to help test the washability. Fortunately the evidence of our indulgence washed out.
Then came the striped tunic. The colors are vibrant and tested my usual black & white palette. It was generously sized for a Small and the fabric was very forgiving. It paired well with skinny jeans, or for the more daring, a complimentary colored legging.
Last but not least, the infamous leggings. Let me preface this with - my style is better described as loose, flowy and dear God, please hide the lumps! These leggings somehow do just that. They do it without being super thick and making you sweat off the extra lbs. They do it without feeling like a sausage casing or worse yet making you into a pastry. They're incredibly comfortable and feel amazing. My pair had a soft texture similar to suede.
To style them, I was able to find a longer flowy blouse in my closet that had a bit of the blue in it. But over the weekend in a case of "who wore it best", a friend had the same leggings paired with one of LuLaRoe's new tunics. She looked amazing.
Nicole carefully packaged the items, included an adorable handwritten note and even included some wine glass gems. How did she know? You're not going to get that service from the big box stores. Even more importantly, Nicole is a hard working local mom getting her business off the ground. Please check her out on whichever social media site you kids are using these days. Join one of her private sales on Facebook; host an in home pop-up sale; or attend one of her open houses. She even hosts Fundraisers! I can’t wait to host my own party.
By: Elizabeth D
Did you know your smoke detector has a shelf life of 8-10 yrs? I did not and learned my lesson.
The stove burner was accidentally left on with food in the pan around 7 pm. Around 3 am I woke up coughing. My husband and toddler were sound asleep. The dogs weren't barking. But I could smell smoke. My husband opened our bedroom door and there was a wall of thick smoke. We had to wet face cloths just to breathe so we could open all the windows and doors.
With both of us working in the insurance industry, my husband and I are diligent to replace the batteries in our smoke and CO detectors and to push the test buttons regularly. What I didn't know is that the sensors get desensitized over time. We do use our fireplace in the winter. And sometimes our dinner ends up a little crispy. But looking back, the alarm hasn't gone off in a while. It was 7 years old, just shy of the average life span.
Smoke detectors are now made with "born on dates". If yours doesn't have one, write on the inside cover the date you install it. Another scary thought - while they are required to be installed, do you know how old the smoke detector was before the person rented or sold your place to you? Was it one from their house/ another unit just to satisfy a requirement?
Please REPLACE your smoke detectors if they are old or if you don't know how old it is. While I am grateful everyone is OK, who needs this kind of hassle/ excitement when it's summer on Cape Cod?
Elizabeth grew up on the Cape and moved back after college. She is a mom to her 2 yr old son and 16 yr old step-daughter. She stumbled into an insurance career out of college and currently works at Almeida & Carlson.
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