Smarty Had A Party Review and Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Emma Peel. Congrats!

Sponsored by Tomoson.comI like to make things easy for myself.  Every other year we do Christmas Eve at my house, and I hate all the dishes that it brings (especially when we are talking 11 adults and 4 kids).  Granted, we have a dishwasher, but it still stinks.  After a dinner with everybody, we end up having to run at least 2 loads in the dishwasher to get everything clean.

That is where Smarty Had A Party comes in.  First of all, who doesn’t love that name?  Smarty Had A Party is the premier online retailer of elegant disposable dinnerware, offering an attractive alternative for classy parties, weddings, holidays and elegant events, at a substantial cost-savings over rentals. Although these dishes are sturdy and elegant enough to be used for an important event, they can be conveniently disposed of, and all at reasonable price. They even offer free ground shipping on all orders over $275.00!

We recently tried these out.  At first look, they look real.  It isn’t until you sit down and use them that you realize that it is plastic.  They definitely dress up your dinner, and this is a product I’ll be using again for family holidays.  Everybody was impressed with them, and it made cleanup a breeze.

Since we liked these so much, I’ve arranged for one lucky reader to get their own Smarty Had A Party prize pack!  They prize pack consists of:

10.25″ Smarty Ivory and Chocolate Dinner Plates
Reflections Long Dinner Forks
Reflections Grand Heavy Knives
Reflections Spoons
Chocolate Brown Dinner Napkins

Here’s what you need to do:

Head over to the Smarty Had  A Party site and tell me what products you like best.  Is it the silverware?  Or is it the
10.75″ Platinum Ebony Black Plates?

These will give you one additional entry (for each thing):

1. Twitter about this contest. I’ve added a Tweet button at the top of this post to make it super easy to do too! Just let me know in the comments that you did. Also, you can do this daily!

2. Add this post to social media sites like Stumble, Digg, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, Reddit, Propeller, Etc. (1 extra entry per site)

3.  Like this post on Facebook (There is a like button at the beginning and the end of this post you can use).

4.  Add this to any forums you belong too. Please give me the URL, so I can verify.

5. Comment on any other post on this blog. Let me know which one and you’ve got an additional entry. (One entry per post you comment on, so if you comment on 5 post, you’ve got five extra entries! Comments must not be spam.)

6.  Follow Smarty Had A Party on Twitter.

7.  Like Smarty Had A Party on Facebook.

Each of these will give you 5 entries:

1. Blog about this on your blog. Please give me the URL, so I can verify.

2. Subscribe to this blog using either my email or RSS feed

3. Add my badge to your sidebar:

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For 10 bonus entries:

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Good luck! This contest will end November 23rd, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Tip Of The Day: Grocery Bags

  • Preserve paint brushes by placing them in bags and tie them to keep air out.  The tools will stay moist for a day or so.
  • Pouf up curtain valances by stuffing them with bags.  Can also be used to stuff crafts or pillows.
  • Rub chapped hands with a thick layer of petroleum jelly and put them in plastic bags for 15 minutes to half an hour.
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Full Circle: Part 1

Did you know that everything in our houses have a life cycle.  You use them and then throw them away.  If one scrub brush per household gets thrown out every year, you are looking at 120 million brushes!  Most of what you find on market is made out of plastic, so it’ll be at least 1000 years before they start to break down.  This is where Full Circle steps in.

Full Circle sources raw materials close to where all of the processes and packaging is done to minimize transportation. They choose materials such as bamboo and cellulose that are naturally occurring.  Since they are naturally occurring, they are fully biodegradable.  They ensure scraps and waste materials are recycled.  They use recycled and FSC certified paper for their marketing materials and packaging.  They also audit their factories according to the following: fair labor practices, health & safety, compensation & work hours, environmental conditions including air and water, as well as waste disposal.

I have several of their products I’d like to introduce you to:

First, there is the dish brush.  The all natural bristles absorb and hold soap.  They also work awesome on those really hard to get off dirty spots on your pots and pans.  I love the arch shape of the bamboo handle.  It keeps the bristles off your countertops!  I also love that you don’t have to replace the whole brush — just the bristles!

I will admit though, I am more of a sponge lady and the Full Circle dish sponge is awesome. Again, the arch shape keeps the sponge off your countertops. Like the brush, you don’t have to replace the whole thing — just the sponge itself!

Now if you are liking these, wait till I tell you about their next set!
This dish brush to my left has the bamboo handle. However, it has a push button for easy soap dispensing! This brush literally takes all the hard work out of washing dishes! (For those who are wondering, you fill the soap through the bottom cap). The design allows this brush to stand on end which is great if you have little counter space (like I do), and I find it more sanitary myself. Again, you just need to replace the brush head when needed.

If you are a fan of the soap dispenser, they also have a sponge that works the same as the brush. The cellulose sponge reduces waste and completely biodegrades. The soap is filled through the bottom cap and again works by push button. This also stands up on end.

I’m going to end Part 1 with our most favorite brush.  This is the scrub brush.  It stands on end so it dried faster.  With its flared bristles, it easy reaches into tight corners.  My husband and I love this brush.  It’s awesome on the kitchen sink.  Bill’s also used it to get into the crevices on our whirlpool tub!  It’s the best cleaning tool ever!

As you can see, we really like the Full Circle products.  There’s a few more I’d like to tell you about, but we’ll save that for tomorrow!