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.
***Child safe cleaning supplies!!!!!***
From Money Talks News:
Ever wonder why there are so many dish soap commercials? Maybe the companies who make this stuff are trying to hide the fact it's really simple -- and cheap -- to make your own.
According to the latest government data, Americans spend an average of $659 a year on housekeeping supplies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which provides that figure, also says the average American earns about $787/week -- which means many people are spending most of (if not more than) a week's pay every year on dish soap, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products.
If that sounds crazy, here's a better idea: Make your own.
Recipes for cleaning products are as numerous as recipes for dinner. Here are just a few to help with dishes, clothes and more.
Here's a simple recipe for dishwasher soap:
• 1 cup of borax
• 1 cup of baking soda
• ¼ cup of table salt
• 2 packets (half an ounce) of unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid
You can try to save even more by buying ingredients in bulk, but another idea is to find smaller and much cheaper boxes at your local dollar store: a good idea to since you'll want to try a small amount at first to see if you like the results. The amounts listed above are good for 16 loads -- one tablespoon each -- so even small batches will last a while.
Other recipes online vary: For example, we found one that suggested combining only borax and baking soda, 1 tablespoon each per load. Another suggested adding a little citrus essential oil to make it smell nice: We didn't try that one, however, because we had difficulty finding inexpensive citrus oil online. Then there's this recipe, which goes in a different direction altogether:
• 2 bars of shredded Octagon soap
• 1 cup of baking soda
• ¼ cup of washing soda
• ¼ cup of lemon juice
This one calls for melting the shredded soap in five quarts of water and then mixing in the other ingredients. If that sounds a little like the recipe for laundry detergent we wrote about last year, that's because it is.
Speaking of laundry detergent, that's easy, too. You'll need:
• 4 cups of water
• ⅓ bar of cheap soap, grated
• ½ cup washing soda (not baking soda)
• ½ cup of Borax (20 Mule Team)
• 5-gallon bucket for mixing
• 3 gallons of water
First, mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent.
Other Cleaning Products
If you like the results of your homemade concoctions on clothes and dishes, why stop there? The next time you're at the store, instead of picking up a bottle of some expensive cleanser, grab these six items and make your own cleaning supplies:
• Vinegar. It may smell a little weird, but vinegar can handle everything from dishes to laundry and even weeds. We've written about the wonders of vinegar before.
• Baking soda. Eliminates odors and helps with stains, and also works as a natural method of pest control -- ants hate it.
• Borax. This mineral salt beats bleach as a toilet cleaner and is also useful for scrubbing walls. And as you see in the recipes above, works with laundry, too.
• Fels-Naptha soap. This one's actually made by one of those big cleaning companies: Dial. They recommend it for "pre-treating" stains. In other words, "use this in addition to a bunch of our other expensive products, like Purex!" But you can turn the tables by using it as part of a recipe for your own laundry detergent, and they can keep the Purex.
• Rubbing alcohol. Works as a disinfectant and is also a great glass cleaner. It also gets grime off plastic and metal surfaces like patio furniture or bathroom fixtures.
• Lemon juice. This cuts through dish grease and is an ingredient for homemade furniture polish -- but it's not the easiest thing to preserve long-term.
If making your own cleaning products sounds a little extreme, there are still simple ways to save. The best? Buying generics. And if you insist on using name brands, at least clip those coupons -- but only the ones worth your time.
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