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10.12.11

A Must Have Gift for the Guy in Your Life : @shavewell Anti Fog Mirror


Marc is one of the hardest persons I know to buy for...
He never wants anything. When he does get something, it is normally because he "needs" it.
As in "needs" new shoes for work. "Needs" a coverall outfit for the freezing weather he works in.
See what I mean? It really is "need" for him.

When I heard of the Shave Well Anti Fog Mirror, I thought "this is a great gift idea" for Marc!!!!
I was able to review one and well, I went ahead and gave it to him early.
I told him to know it was a Christmas gift (I might still wrap the box as a reminder!) but I wanted and NEEDED to know how it worked.

The Mirror comes with a plastic protective cover on it.
You just peel it off and you are left with a mirror.
They include a hook for you to hang it up in the shower.

Marc wanted to place his under the shower head, so he made his own hanging thing, but that is very typical for him.
It was funny, I went to get a shower and when I stood under the shower head, I was shocked to see my self there! I had NO CLUE he had placed it in the bathroom already.

Marc has said that it hasn't fogged up on him yet...
(I haven't noticed it fogging when I am showering either.)

It really is pretty simple.
The directions are basic:
(I am summarizing it here for you!)
1- remove protective coating 2- press hook firm to allow good adhesion 3- run it under water to "warm it up" before using it.

If you think about it, it really is a great idea.
The steam/water allows the hair to lose its strength, making it easier to get closer to the surface. The steam/water opens the pores up.
Finally, less mess!
I know when Marc shaves, he dirties up the sink... (yes, he cleans it up, but I am saying... )
This way, it will wash down the drain as he shaves.
Remember, he shaves his HEAD, not just his face!!!!
So, if you have a man in your life that you need a great gift idea for, remember the Shave Well Anti-Fog Mirror!
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FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.


When the Weather Outside is Frightful... Part Two #Giveaway ends 12/23

Time to stock up for the flu season!
One of the boys called the other day to let us know he was pretty sick and they were thinking it was the flu.
I immediately began thinking that we needed to make sure we not only had childrens medicine for Broxton, we needed to have medicine for the rest of us...
For the longest, I made sure I had age appropriate stuff for them, but then when it came to Broxton, I had no clue...
Now, we have it all!

Last year, Broxton caught something and Marc headed to the store...
He bought some random medicine that I had never heard of, but I tell you what...
It worked for us.
At first, I was so mad that he bought a brand I had never heard of (and it was expensive too!)
but then he explained that it was recommended to him... and of course I did research to make sure it was a known company...
Come to find out, it was Boiron.
They have homeopathic medicines and it just seemed to be a great thing to try.
It worked for us...

FROM THE BOIRON SITE:
"Homeopathic medicines are one of the safest choices for self-treatment. They have no known side effects including drowsiness. Nor do they interact with other medication or contraindicate pre-existing conditions."
Additionally, because homeopathic medicines do not mask symptoms, doctors and patients can easily detect and respond to symptoms of serious illnesses should they arise. For these reasons, homeopathic medicines are an ideal first choice for parents, children, seniors, busy professionals, drivers, equipment operators, athletes, and others.


We luckily have not needed anything yet...
But, we are stocked and ready if the need arises.

We were sent the Oscillococcinum (will be great if any of us get sick!)
I love it because it is in a prepackaged dosage.
You just pop the tube and let the entire package dissolve under your tongue.
I also liked that it wasn't a big pill, nor nasty liquid... It was just these little bitty "pellets."
No more worrying about the incorrect dosage!

Oscillococcinum:
Oscillococcinum works best when taken at the first sign of flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever. Oscillo® has no side effects, and has been shown in clinical studies to help reduce both the duration and the severity of flu-like symptoms. Safe for everyone ages 2 & up. Suggested retail price for Oscillococcinum 6 dose is $10.99.

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The other item we were sent to stock our cabinet:
Children's Chestal Honey.
This is a cough syrup of sorts...
It is NON-Drowsy, so you don't have to worry about your little one moping around more than they already are while under the weather.
BUT, the honey helps to calm the coughing fits so they can have a more restful sleep at night.

Children's Chestal:
Children’s Chestal combines safe, natural homeopathic medicines with a natural honey base to relieve all types of common coughs. It contains no artificial flavors or colors. Children’s Chestal is your day and night solution—calming those dry, fitful coughs at bedtime so they don’t prevent sleep, but without drowsy side effects for the day. Safe for children ages 2 & up. Suggested retail price for Children’s Chestal 4.2 fl oz is $6.69.
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Please remember, I am just sharing products with you.
IN NO WAY WHAT-SO-EVER AM I A DOCTOR.

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9.12.11

Like Salmon? You will LOVE Organic Bistro!

I love Salmon.
Bottom line. Always have, think I always will!
I was so excited that I was going to be able to try the Organic Bistro "Wild Alaskan Salmon with Pesto." I was sent a coupon to pick it up at the local store for review... I went to Publix and I could not find it!!!! I did finally find the "Wild Alaskan Salmon with Broccoli and Rice." I was not sure when the other would be there, so I just went ahead and tried this kind, as I was not familiar with the Organic Bistro Brand.

It was wonderful! I was impressed first of all with the packaging. It had a wrapper around the dish, I took it to be that way to help with steaming the food.

As soon as it was cooked, I was ready to dig in!
I did not need any form of seasoning, as it was done perfect.
Broxton noticed the broccoli and headed over to help me eat it...
I was able to try one and the taste was great.
The meal says it had a Rosemary Orange Glaze on the Salmon.
I noticed that the broccoli had a bit of a citrus flavor, but nothing overwhelming.
Broxton and I enjoyed it.
I will be honest and say that I was not a huge fan of the rice pilaf.
It might have to do with the fact that I am not a fan of cranberry or wild rice.
I did eat it though, so it wasn't that bad! :) Just not my favorite.
Bottom line, I will for sure be on the look out for their other flavors...
Specifically the Salmon with Pesto and the Salmon Cake...
I do want to try the Chicken Citron though...


If you are familiar with Organic Bistro, were you aware that there was a "sister brand?"
Helen's Kitchen is the sister company and I was able to review for them as well.
I was eager to try them as well and I wanted to try the Mac and Cheese for Broxton and the Veggie Fajita Bowl for me.
Unfortunately for us, we could not find it at our local Publix...
No worries, I will be looking...
I will let you know if I find them!!!!

You can follow both Organic Bistro and Helen's Kitchen on Facebook.

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Stop the Sniffles with @SniffleBuddies

Yesterday, we had Broxton out running around and playing at the park.
Yes, it was a bit cool, but it isn't like we are just going to stay indoors 24-7 once the sun isn't beating down on us...
Then, I noticed he had a runny nose.
I asked a friend if she happened to have any tissue in her purse, of course not...
I went out to our car and grabbed a napkin.

Then, it reminded me...
The Sniffle Buddy!
We need to start using it.

The sniffle buddy is really a smart idea!
It is a "bracelet" of sorts...
You just put it on your child... Then, when they have the sniffles, they just wipe it on their bracelet.
No longer do you need to chase after them to try and wipe their nose.
Think about it, most kids (that I see) just use their shirt... this is cleaner!
You can also buy more than one..
That way, you can have one on and one in the wash!

I think they are too cute, because of the label.
It has a tag that says "I'm _____________ 's buddy."
Just put their name on it and no worrying about someone else using it!


So, now that the temps are dropping...
Noses are running...
Sniffle Buddies are out and being used!!!!
They come in a few different colors and also in more than one size.

I never thought about it...
But, their site points out that it would be great for those with special needs to help in tending to the drool.... also, for skiers to wipe instead of having to take their gloves off and everything (you can buy larger ones to go OVER your coat!)

You can follow Sniffle Buddies on Twitter and Facebook.

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Happy Holidays with Hallmark! #Giveaway


When Marc was deployed, I wished so bad that we had thought of recording him reading a book to Broxton for us to "read" each night...
We just did not think about it.... Until he was already gone.
So, when we moved into our new apartment after he returned, my mom wanted to record a special book for Broxton to "read" at Christmas!

Do you have any fun items like this?
It seems as though Hallmark is always one step ahead and keeping family and friends "close" during the holidays.

We were so fortunate to receive an amazingly filled with love gift pack from Hallmark, just to make our Christmas a bit brighter!

Up first, we opened an adorable Hallmark Keepsake Ornament.
You know we love to read... We also love Curious George, so this was super special to add to our tree!!! It is a "Reading is a Ball! Curious George" ornament! Did you know that there are over 300 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments now?! Wow! This is going to have a special place on our tree each year!

The next thing we received:
One of the Hallmark Recordable Christmas books.
The one we received was: The Very First Christmas.
I have not decided about this... I think I want to get one of my Grandmothers to read it for us to have... Just have not decided which one yet...

Our final item?
One of their "any day" titles.
Keeping with the theme of Curious George, to match our ornament...
We opened up "Curious You On Your Way."
I am going to have Marc read into this for Broxton to have. With his work schedule, he might not be around to read a story every night, but now we can listen to him read to Broxton!

I think that they are all great and there are so many titles/characters to choose from.
No matter if your loved one is near or far, these books will always have them close by!

One last thing to share with you about Hallmark:
Hallmark wants to make it easier and faster for you to spread holiday cheer to loved ones. At Hallmark.com, you can create and send personalized holiday paper cards from the comfort of your own home (you can make the cards in your pajamas if you want)! Simply pick your favorite holiday card design, customize it with a photo and a personal message, upload your address book, and Hallmark will do the rest! From addressing and stamping to mailing your season’s greetings, Hallmark has it all under control.
Use coupon code: SOCIAL20 for a 20% discount.
Code is valid 11/1/11 – 1/1/12

One lucky reader is going to win a Hallmark Prize Pack to enjoy!!!!
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It is dependent upon what is in stock at time of shipment.

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8.12.11

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.... #Giveaway

Okay, so now that I have your attention...
Let me explain!
Of course, I would love to see a bit of snow, but none of that craziness from last year...
I am actually referring to the pearly whites of my teeth!

Until I had the chance to work with Rembrandt, I really had not used it that much...
But now, I am a Rembrandt girl!
I love it! The way my mouth feels so clean.
My breath so fresh!
My My My!!!!

Rembrandt wants YOU to have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, while not worrying about the stain!!!!

Not only will you get items for oral hygiene, you will also get a few special treats for baking!!!
Talk about continuing a tradition, or making new ones!!!!!!

Just look at the arrangement of items I was sent:
A gingerbread making kit, peppermint spatula, and an apron for both mom and child, all packed together in a reusable snow flake grocery tote containingREMBRANDT®, REACH® and LISTERINE® oral care products.

REACH by Design

The holiday REACH® by Design™ collection is the perfect stocking stuff or gift accessory for anyone who loves an added splash of style in their life. The REACH® by Design™ toothbrush has a specially angled neck and multi‐level bristles, and is clinically proven to remove more plaque than the leading toothbrush*

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REMBRANDT® DEEPLY WHITE™

2 Hour Whitening Kit

The #1 Pharmacist recommended over-the-counter whitening treatment. Clinically shown to visibly whiten teeth three shades in just two hours. A fine gift for anyone who is looking to brighten their smile without an expensive professional treatment.

REMBRANDT® DEEPLY WHITE™ Paste

The new REMBRANDT®Deeply White™ toothpastes and mouthwash work together to provide superior whitening by using Active Dental Peroxide, the ingredient dentists use to whiten below the enamel surface.

LISTERINE® Whitening™ Mouthwash

LISTERINEÒ WHITENINGÒVibrant White™ Pre-Brush Rinse is a multi-action rinse that gives you noticeably whiter and brighter teeth. And, because it’s from LISTERINEÒ it kills the germs that cause bad breath.

REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN™

Beauty Editor’s favorite premium whitening toothpaste. Powerful stain-fighting ingredients effectively remove deep stains from coffee and wine.

REACH® Total Care + Whitening™ toothbrush and floss

The new REACH® Total Care + Whitening toothbrush, the ultimate, multi-benefit oral care portfolio. Formulated with new CaCO3 MICRAWHITENING™ technology, REACH® Total Care + Whitening toothbrushes are purposefully designed for superior plaque removal and whitening.



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Ice Age : A Mammoth Christmas Review


So, I was able to talk Marc into watching a movie with us...
Broxton and I were ready and waiting...
Marc comes in and I hit PLAY!

It was so cute!
All three of us were laughing...
The only problem? It was too short!
It seemed like it was over when it had just started...
Of course, Ray Romano and Queen Latifah lend their voices and I was cracking up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Long story short, they head to find Santa and meet Prancer along the way!
Great movie!!!!

It was so cute that I had to call and tell my mom about it....
She reminded me that I would need to bring it home for her to watch with Broxton!
ha ha ha

I just wanted to remind you that I have a giveaway going on where you can win this DVD for your house!
Just click HERE to enter! (Ends 12/16)


***** I did receive a copy for review. All opinions expressed are my own!*****

7.12.11

When the Weather Outside is Frightful.... Part One

Last year's weather had Atlanta shut down for a few days...
People made fun of how Atlanta did not know how to function with a bit of snow and ice...
That was not the case at all...
We as the residents couldn't do anything, as the city was not prepared.
It was actually quite scary.
Marc had to go to work, although the mayor said do not get on the roads UNLESS YOU HAD TO.
Cars were sliding everywhere...
Cars were actually abandoned on the sides of the roads.

Triple AAA and other companies could not get to help people as the roads were ridiculous.
I am PRAYING that we don't have that happen again.
It was kind of spooky.
That being said, we will be more prepared this year than in the past...

I will make sure that we have a manual can opener.
(We had one, it broke last year.)
We will have food staples, batteries and candles in reserve.
We will have blankets in our car.
We will have medicine!

Ha!!!!
I bet you were wondering where I was going with this.
With the weather change... and having the boys here over break, we manage to have someone sick at some point... That sends us out to the store looking for what we need to make everyone "all better."
Not this year!
We will be stocked and ready!


First Up:
We were sent Maty's All Natural Cough Syrup.
Lucky for us, Broxton isn't sick, but he saw this and was very intrigued.
He wanted to know what the Teddy Bear was doing.
I explained it was medicine in case he got sick. After that, he was a "doctor" all night making sure we did not need any medicine!
I love that they went in a totally different direction with the flavor: Caramel Banana Taste!
I have never seen a medicine that flavor before, lets just hope it tastes as great as it sounds!
I also like that it is for ages 1 and older. That is one problem I always had... Most medicines were always for ages 2 and older, in some cases 4/6 and older...

From their site:
This doctor recommended syrup has a great caramel, banana taste your child will look forward to taking. It includes real antioxidant rich buckwheat honey ** and nine of Mother Nature’s most powerful immune and support ingredients. Unlike traditional over-the-counter cold medicines and homeopathic remedies, this product is food based; there are no harmful side effects. You can have peace of mind as your little one enjoys a peaceful night’s sleep!**

Up next:
Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Spray.
I personally like to pop a throat lozenge in my mouth from time to time.
It brings relief and I am happy...
I keep throat lozenges around for me...
BUT, Marc hates them.
I tried to get him to take one last year and seems like he would rather stay feeling bad than take it... We will see how the spray works, as it is basically a replacement for the lozenge.
The Cold-EEZE Spray comes in either Mint or Cherry Flavor.

From their site:
Take Cold-EEZE® at the very first sign of a cold. Our proprietary zinc gluconate formula releases zinc ions to fight your cold virus. This process not only helps decrease the severity of the cold but shortens the length of time you are sick.

Go ahead and stock your medicine cabinet now...
You never know when a nasty bug is going to strike your household!!!!

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All Aboard! We Love Toy Trains... Do You?!


Just in time for the holidays!!!!
Broxton has a somewhat new obsession...
We have watched the DVD "I love toy trains" and he enjoyed it...
Now, it is an obsession.
He wants to watch it every single time he can.
To the point that he watched it more than once on our road trip this past weekend!

It really is pretty neat!
It shows you the toy trains...
Broxton enjoys it because it has trains loading up candy and stuff.
I like it that even though it talks about trains, they ask trivia...
Like they discuss Mount Rushmore, then ask you to remember who is carved in the side..

It is great for Broxton and I always smile as soon as he starts singing the All Aboard Song...
*Marc does too! Smile that is, not sing :)


If you have a lover of trains, Thomas or anything like that...
I know that they will be totally enthralled with the I Love Toy Trains Series...
Make sure to check it out!!!!
Between You and Me...
I LOVE THIS!!!!!
ALL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shaun the Sheep - Season Two


I have told you about Shaun the Sheep before...
Also, I told you before, I do catch myself laughing from time to time...
Ha ha... I know, I know!
It is kinda funny, so it isn't like it is only going to amuse the kids...
Let the whole family laugh!!!!

Well, for those Shaun the Sheep Die Hards...
I have great news for you!!!!!!!!!!
Shaun the Sheep: Season Two is now available!!!
Get this:
It includes 40 episodes!
Hello!!!!
Talk about making someone happy this year!!!
WHAT?! 40 episodes... You read that right!!!!

From their website:
Shaun the Sheep Season Two:
The complete second season of Shaun the Sheep has arrived with 40 hilarious episodes of woolly shenanigans! The Oscar®-winning creators of “Wallace and Gromit™” strike again with the mischievous barnyard antics of Shaun, Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy, and those naughty Pigs next door. From fancy wheels and outrageous deals to foxy crimes and Christmas time, there’s something for everyone in this fun- filled collectible gift set of must-have treats the whole family will love!
About the Show:
Shaun the Sheep is a stop-motion animated children's television series produced by award-winning, UK-based studio, Aardman Animations. Currently broadcast in more than 150 territories, Shaun the Sheep first aired in the UK on CBBC in March 2007 and in the US on the Disney Channel in July 2007.

Shaun is a sheep with a BIG personality! Curious, resourceful and fun-loving, his mix of enthusiasm and inexperience is often a recipe for trouble. Peace in the valley always turns to mayhem in the meadow as Shaun leads his flock into all sorts of scrapes and scraps, running circles around Sheepdog Blitzer when the Farmer's back is turned.

Go ahead and wrap it up...
It will make a great gift that is sure to bring laughs!!!

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6.12.11

More Thomas and Friends: In Time For the Holidays

I know many people are finished with all of their holiday shopping...
But then there are some that are just now getting started.
I wanted to let you know of a couple more DVD's featuring everyone's lovable Tank Engine:
Thomas!!!!!

The latest has Thomas and his friends being Heroes!
Rescue on the Rails:
Broxton is so excited to watch this!!! He was quick to point out Flynn and Harold!!
He is loving anything to do with Fire: Men/Trucks/Engines!!!
Not to mention Harold the Helicopter!!!
All of the above are on his Christmas list!!!!
(This was to be a Christmas present, but Mr. Snoopy found it and will be watching it soon!)

DVD SYNOPSIS

Ready to Rescue! The Sodor Search and Rescue Team is racing to the rescue -- Bertie's stuck on Shake Shake Bridge, Gordon's derailed and Thomas' firebox is on fire! In these exciting episodes, your favorite engines brave the rails to rescue their friends. Discover that being heroic is more than having speed and strength; it's about teamwork and a big heart – which puts every Really Useful Engine on the right track.

Episodes include:

  • “Fiery Flynn”
  • “James to the Rescue”
  • “Edward the Hero”
  • “Stop That Bus!”

    Rescue on the Rails will be AVAILABLE for purchase on DECEMBER 6th.

    Another new DVD for your Little Engineers:
    Adventure on the Tracks 6 disc set!
    Broxton has not discovered this one yet...
    But there are several with Percy, so I know he is going to love these discs!!!!


    DVDS INCLUDE:
    Thomas & Friends: Percy's Ghostly Trick & Other Thomas Stories
    Discover laughs and surprises around every bend! Thomas thinks he's seen a ghost, Percy puffs into a giant pile of hay, Oliver encounters some troublesome trucks and Donald and Douglas rescue a mischievous engine.

    Bonus Features:

    • Character Gallery
    • Sing-Along Song: Thomas' Anthem
    • Bonus DVD Game: Who Am I?

    Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Jet Engine & Other Adventures
    Always expect the unexpected on the Island of Sodor! Thomas gets a surprising push from a jet engine, Percy lets his imagination run away with him, Harold makes a horse fly and Salty and Fergus prove they're useful on and off the tracks.
    Bonus Features:

    • Sing Along Song: Boo! Boo! Choo Choo
    • Thomas Gallery
    • 3 Bonus DVD Games: Counting Corner, What Came First? and Memory Madness

    Thomas & Friends: Rusty To The Rescue
    Thomas and his friends discover that fun and excitement never end! Join in the adventure as little Rusty sets off where only big, brave diesels dare to go and Duke gets rescued and reunited with Stuart and Falcon.
    Bonus Features:

    • Sing-Along Song: Gone Fishing
    • Sodor Memories
    • Game and Activity Sheets

    Thomas & Friends: Percy Saves The Day
    Learn the importance of listening to others when Thomas ignores Percy's wobbly track warning, Rusty sets off to save a reckless Duncan and Fergus proves himself to be really useful.
    Bonus Features:

    • Read Along Story: Thomas and Percy and the Dragon
    • Sing Along Song: There Once Was An Engine Who Ran Away
    • Bonus DVD Game: Pick that Sound
    • 2 DVD-Rom Games: Percy's Maze Adventure and Counting Fun

    Thomas & Friends: Thomas Comes To Breakfast & Other Thomas Adventures
    Everyone learns important lessons about good behavior when Thomas shows off a little too much, Diesel causes trouble between the other engines and Gordon finds out that sabotage can backfire.
    Bonus Features:

    • Read Along Story: Thomas and the Naughty Diesel
    • Sing Along Song: Little Engines
    • DVD Bonus Game: James' Connects the Dots Fun

    Thomas & Friends: Steamies vs. Diesels
    Find out how just how much the Steamies and Diesels have in common when they put aside their differences and start working together to keep Sir Topham Hatt's railway running smoothly.
    Bonus Features:

    • Fun and Games
    • Pick a Story

      Adventure on the Tracks is Available for Purchase December 6th.

      For those of you that are still shopping, or know that your little ones would love this... Head on out and buy them today!!! You know it will bring HUGE smiles this season!!!!

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Kohls really set me off this time...

Forgive me if I ramble a bit...
But, I am rather frustrated with Kohls and wanted to let you know about it...

I saw that there were GREAT deals on the KOHLS website over Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Weekend... Not to mention, Free Shipping on ALL orders...
So, I placed an order that came to be a little over $100.
That also meant that I would receive $30 in Kohls Cash. ($15 for every $50 spent)
I ordered and then realized that the Kohls cash was valid AFTER discount total..
My total came to $91 after discount... So.....................
I was $9 off on getting the other $15.
I IMMEDIATELY called Kohls to see if I could add an item to make it up to $100.
(One of the items I had originally ordered was on sale for $10, so I could get another gift marked off of my list... and still end up with the kohls cash!)
No answer, it was 11:01, so I was 1 minute past customer service closing.
I called the next morning...
I spoke with a Customer Service Representative that was super nice...
She was great and explained that I could CANCEL the whole order... Then she would reorder it combine it to give me the over $100 total...
She placed me on hold. She came back on the phone and said due to the amount of call volume, the computer systems were slow and it would be easier to just add the last item as a separate order and she would note the issue and get them to honor the Kohls cash. She asked if that was okay. I said whatever was easiest for her... (While still getting me the Kohls cash) would be great...
After an hour and a half on the phone... I was a very satisfied customer!
So happy that I tweeted about the outstanding customer service.

Well, Saturday, I realize I still did not have my Kohls cash from the last transaction... and they expired on the 5th.
So, I called... spoke to some one in Customer Service... (not nearly as friendly as the lady I spoke to the first day.)
She basically said NO, that she wasn't sure why I was told that, but I would not get it...
I asked to speak to a supervisor.
After another wait, I spoke with a supervisor.
I explained the situation and he said No. They would not honor it...
I explained that I was put off that I was told it would be honored and I would get the Kohls Cash... From him - no.
I pointed out that I knew it was "only $15" but that $15 adds up when you have 4 kids to buy for... He agreed, but was not budging...
I then pointed out that not only did I not get the $15 Kohls cash, I was also charged almost $14 for the item that was supposed to be honored at the sale price and was to only be almost $11. Noting that why would I buy a $14 item for the $15 KC, only a dollar profit? No... The $11 for $15 would give me only $4, but also a great gift at $10.
Still no. I asked if I could mail it back... If I did, I had to pay shipping, so he told me to take it to the local Kohls store...
I then said it was sad that I would not get what I was told I would get. Pointing out the over a hour and a half I spent trying to correct this the first time...
Still not budging. To end it, I pointed out that not only did he lose a Kohls customer, as I will never shop there again... I was also going to share my frustration with my over 1400 twitter followers.. (I did sing your praises the first time, I need to let them know it was a lie.) I was also going to share my frustration with my over 1100 blog followers...

So, that leads me to today...

I take my almost $14 item back... WITH RECEIPT.
They try to only give me the almost $11. No, I paid $14, I want the $14...
Well, it is only scanning for $11. I showed TWO different receipts... BOTH showed it was almost $14. No, only the $11 is being scanned... At this point, I am livid and I am making a statement...
( I am not being Rude, just adamant.) She calls the manager to ask what to do..
Manager tells her to scan my C.C. to see what it shows... SURE ENOUGH... It shows the $14 that I had documented PROOF of the whole time.

Bottom line, I FINALLY got the original amount I was owed back, I then turned around to use my Kohls cash...
As I was not losing more money in all of this... This was "free money" and I was spending it!
I got a few items... Ended up having $2.93 left over.
I gave the almost $3 to a random lady that was checking out...
Yes, only $2.93, but that lady was appreciative and gave me a big THANK YOU SO MUCH and a smile that made up for the day...
I know money adds up and it was proved by that lady as well....

I had really planned on shopping at Kohls STORE for more Christmas (as we are just now starting our shopping...) but, after this... I would rather give my money to another store that seems more fair.

Have you ever had any type of similar experience? Do you still shop there, or because of principle, is it one you no longer go to?
Yes, I know that it really isn't much... BUT, as I said... $15 adds up... and let's be honest here... It is more about the principle of it all than anything!

 
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