Review of the Kitchen Frontier Fruit Infusion Pitcher

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Getting enough water in my diet has always been something I have struggled with.  I really don’t like drinking it and end up choosing the sugary sodas over water because I want something sweet.  That’s why I am so excited about my new Kitchen Frontier Fruit Infusion Pitcher.  This is going to be the perfect healthy way to get a sweet drink without all the sugar.  This will also help me lose some weight because I can easily cut out hundreds of calories each day !!!

Using it is simple, just place fruit in the center of the pitcher and then fill it with water and place it in the refrigerator.  Later you can enjoy a cool, ready to drink, fruity flavored drink.

My favorite is adding raspberries to the water and them squeezing a little lemon into it before drinking.  It reminds me of a raspberry lemonade without all the sugar and calories.

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Here is a list of unique combinations that make for delicious drinks (found on BuzzFeed):

  1. Orange and Blueberry
  2. Strawberry, Lemon and Basil
  3. Mint and Watermelon
  4. Citrus and Cucumber
  5. Strawberry, Lime and Cucumber
  6. Citrus and Cilantro
  7. Rosemary and Grapefruit
  8. Raspberry, Rose Petal and Vanilla
  9. Blueberry and Lavender
  10. Cantaloupe Agua Fresca with Honey and Mint
  11. Kiwi and Cucumber Agua Fresca
  12. Honeydew & Raspberry Agua Fresca
  13. Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca
  14. Champagne Mango and Lime

GET IT FOR ONLY $1

Right now the first 10 people to use the special code can get a pitcher for only $1 !!!  NOTE: it will show out of stock once they are all gone so it won’t work anymore after that.

  1. Click here, enter your email to get the coupon code.
  2. Click here, add to cart.
  3. Enter the coupon to get it for $1. If it doesn’t work it means the deal is finished.
  4. Shipping is FREE for Amazon Prime members. Otherwise it’s not free

FEATURES:

  • QUALITY BPA-FREE ACRYLIC – It does not have the harmful chemicals found in plastic polycarbonate so it’s truly safe for use. It is also shatter-proof and break resistant making it last longer than other types of water pitcher.
  • EASY TO CLEAN AND MAINTAIN – The infuser insert removes easily and cleans up easily as well. It also does not make a mess unlike other fruit infusion pitchers. Whatever you put into the infusion column will not spill out all over the place when you pour as the rod stays in place. It requires hand washing for care.
  • HIGHLY EFFICIENT – Unlike other water pitchers, Kitchen Frontier Infusion Pitcher’s clever structure keeps out the fruit seeds and allows you to continuously refill water without having to replace the fruit. The tube can easily be filled with any fruit of your choice and lets the fruit release natural flavour into the water. The fruit can last there for up to a week retaining the fresh fruity flavor. Remove the infusion column to use it simply as a water pitcher.
  • ATTRACTIVE DESIGN – This clear pitcher is eye-catching in any setting and is a good idea for themed occasions. It is an excellent idea for encouraging both kids and adult to drink more water. Instead of offering sodas or other unhealthy drinks, you can entertain your guests and provide a healthier alternative with this pretty water infusion pitcher.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY – This product is covered by the Kitchen Frontier Lifetime Warranty. This covers any issue – even the slightest dissatisfaction. Order now with peace of mind.
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Monster 500 Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set and Toxic Terror Trap Playset Review

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I received the following Monster 500 products for review: Monster 500™ Toxic Terror Trap Playset, the Monster 500™ Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set, a Monster 500 Small Vehicle and a Monster 500™ Large Vehicle.  They all seems like good quality products and putting it together was pretty easy.  It was nice having the extra vehicles and having 3 total trading cards made the free app more fun to play while on the go.

Once you have the sets, you will probably want to get extra vehicles.  There are a total of 10 different 3 inch die cast cars which are sold as individual cars or in packs of 3.  Each comes with a trading card to unlock a monster car in the free Monster 500 app.

There are also 4 larger vehicles which stand 4 inches high and 5 inches long.  These include Zoom Zombie™, CrocPot™, Lead Foot™ and Flattop Frank.   With the touch of a button, scary-good lights and sounds are activated on each vehicle for additional fabulously freaky fun.

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With the Monster 500™ Toxic Terror Trap Playset you can speed down the twisting track, blast through the gate, topple the toxic monster and avoid being eaten by the mutant gator. The hazmat mutant activates the elevator that moves the car to the top of the track, while scary septic sounds add to the terrifying atmosphere. This set includes a trading card with a code that unlocks a monster car in the free Monster 500 racing app. 

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The Monster 500™ Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set starts off your racing team with a Drac Attack racer and trading card. Just connect the track pieces, screw the skull launcher onto any flat surface, then press down. Fearless drivers fly down a daredevil drop and speed through a swinging pendulum. Danger is imminent, but if a villain is victorious, an eye-popping skull end piece raises a checkered flag!

Includes 10 track pieces, 8 connectors, a skull launcher, a pendulum with base, a skull end piece, a Drac Attack racer and trading card with a code that unlocks a monster car in the free Monster 500 racing app.

This set is a lot more fun with an extra car so you can drag race them.  Invite friends over and bet on who will win.  You are sure to see your child having a blast with this track set !

You can buy Monster 500 playsets and cars at Monster500.com

Plus here is some info on the Monster 500™ Racing App:

Join the battle for Monster 500™ supremacy in this frighteningly fast racing app. Fight other monsters as you navigate the death-defying tracks to the finish. Pick up weapons, avoid toxic spills and other creepy obstacles as you race.  As I mentioned above, the trading cards each have  code to unlock a monster car in the app so the more codes you get, the more cars you can play with in the app.

The App is FREE at the App Store and Google play.

Make sure you Like Monster500 on Facebook and Follow Monster500buzz on Twitter to keep up with all the latest promotional news.

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Review of Bradley Smoker Designer Series Smokers

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I am so excited to tell you about my new Bradley Smoker.  Seriously this is definitely my favorite product that we own because we can make amazing meals with such ease.  This electric smoker comes with 4 removable racks and has simple to use temperature controls which provide a consistent and controlled smoke and temperature.

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The day it arrived we could not wait to smoke some meat so we rushed out and bought chicken, Baby Back ribs and a Boston Butt to make pulled pork.  We started by seasoning the smoker for 1 to 2 hours without any food in it and because we wanted to let the meat rubs soak in we had to wait 24 hours before we could start smoking the meat.

We rotated apple and pecan bisquettes which gave it a very unique flavor once it was done.  The whole family LOVED it and we had such delicious meats to eat for the next week.

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Tonight we were craving smoked oysters so we headed to a local seafood market and got a half bushel of oysters.  Kevin smoked 1/4 of them plain, 1/4 with bread crumbs, 1/4 with parmesan cheese on top and 1/4 with a mix of bread crumbs, cheese and chopped garlic.  They all tasted amazing but each had their own unique flavor.  The hardest part of this recipe was shucking all the oysters.

The next thing I want to smoke is salmon and fish for smoked fish dip.  I like that you can eat some of the food by itself and then use some in recipes to create even more meal options.  If you are looking for other delicious recipes, you can check out their website HERE for all kinds of recipes for fish, seafood, pork, lamb, nuts, beef, vegetables and more.

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I can’t wait to try some of the other smoking briquette flavors they offer.

Their flavors include:

  • Alder
  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Hickory
  • Maple
  • Whiskey Oak
  • Mesquite
  • Oak
  • Pacific Blend
  • Pecan
  • Special Blend
  • Jim Beam

You can find a retailer that sells Bradley Smokers near you HERE (in Orlando you can find them at Bass Pro Shops, Dicks Sporting Goods and Gander Mountain).  Or you can order one online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Cabelas.com, HomeDepot.com and other retailers.

And make sure you “Like” Bradley Smoker on Facebook and Follow Bradley Smoker on Twitter

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Review of 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

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I was given the opportunity to review the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage.  I was really excited to get to drive it for a week because I knew NOTHING about Mitsubishi.  With a new teenage driver in the family and one that will be driving very soon, I was very interested in checking out this smaller car.  For the past 17 years I have only owned SUVs and Mini Vans because I was always toting kids around but the price tag on those types of vehicles is way beyond what I want to spend on a first or second car for my kids.

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The first thing I loved about this car is that it gets up to 44 miles to the gallon on the highway (or 37 mpg in the city).  This makes it the perfect car for those that have to drive to work each day or for those starting off to college without a lot of money to spend on gas.  In fact, the 2015 Mirage is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered non-hybrid in America.

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage can seat 5 and is protected with 7 airbags including side curtain airbags, driver’s side knee airbags and advanced dual-stage front airbags.  Plus with the 3-point seatbelts and head restraints for all seating positions, this car is built to keep you safe in the case of an accident.

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Some of my favorite features of this car were the backup camera, the automatic climate control, the Bluetooth capability for hands-free phone calls, the CD player and radio, the navigation system and keyless push button startup.   I seriously love that you don’t need a key to lock and unlock your doors.  You just keep a remote “smart key” in your purse or pocket and it will detect that it is close-by and you just push a button to lock or unlock the doors.  That is so much easier than digging through my giant purse to find my keys that sank to the bottom.  Also you can NOT lock your smart key in your vehicle, it will beep to let you know and it will just not lock until the smart key is out of the vehicle.

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For a smaller sized car, the truck is plenty big to load in groceries or other necessities.  Plus you can fold down the seats to give extra room for times that you need a little more space.

Depending on which features you add to your model, you can get the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for as low as $12,995 which makes it very affordable.  You can choose from colors such as Infrared (like I drove), Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Plasma Purple, Cloud White, Mystic Black, Starlight Silver or Thunder Gray.

To find out more about the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, head over HERE.

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Epson Expression Premium XP-620 Small-in-One Printer

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The Epson Expression Premium XP-620 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier delivers unbeatable photo quality for vivid borderless photos up to 8×10 and outputs documents with sharp text.  You can also print high-quality graphics onto CD/DVDs.  The auto 2-sided printing saves time and money, while a dedicated photo tray and 2.7″ LCD mean your printer is always ready to print photos and more. Plus, you can share photos in more ways than you imagined. With the ultimate wireless connectivity, this ultra slim all-in-one prints from smartphones and tablets.  Do you want to share old family photos?  You can scan them directly to Facebook or the cloud.

Setting it up was pretty easy… I just used the step by step guide and it was ready to go in 6 steps:

  1. Unpack
  2. Plug in power and turn on
  3. Install ink cartridges
  4. Load paper (make sure tray is completely closed or it won’t print)
  5. Connect the Fax line
  6. Install software

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When loading paper, there are 2 trays with slider bars so you can fit different sizes of paper and photo paper. Plus there are so many options to help create the perfect photos.

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The first thing I wanted to print was tags for my Merry Kiss-Mas holiday jars (details on how to make them will be coming soon).  Its hard to tell from my photo but the colors came out so bright and pretty.  These tags are going to look GREAT on my jars.

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The Print on CD/DVD feature is very cool.  This would be great for creating memory photo CDs and cute video DVDs for relatives at Christmas time and putting your child’s picture on the CD/DVD.  Or if you are into creating your own music, you could create a graphic for your CD so it isn’t just a solid plain color.  You can use your own photos or one of their stock photos.  I made one up to put all my kids pictures on from this year.

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Because there are 5 ink cartridges, you only need to replace the color that has run out. No longer will you need to buy a high priced cartridge just because one color ran out of ink.  And the double sided printing will save you money on paper so with both of these features, this printer can pay off over time !

I love that you can print lab quality 4×6 photos in as fast as 20 seconds.  This way there is very little waiting when you want to share photos with family and friends that come over.

My favorite feature is that you can print wirelessly from your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smartphone or computer.  And because Epson is a member of the Mopria™ Alliance – a non-profit membership organization working to promote the expansion of mobile printing. The XP-620 is Mopria-certified, meaning it will work seamlessly with the Mopria Print Service and the built-in Printing Framework in Android v4.4 or later (KitKat), allowing users to easily print documents, emails, photos or web pages regardless of brand, device or operating system.

You can purchase the EPSON Expression Premium XP-620 Small-in-One Printer from major retailer stores nationwide for only $149.99 (right now its only $99.99 on Amazon).

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Zoomer Zuppies Robotic Dogs #ZoomerLove

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You might recall Zoomer, the robotic, trainable, and incredibly fun to play with dog from Spin Master! These adorable pups made their way to our world last year and this year, they are introducing a new addition to the Zoomer family, Zoomer Zuppies ! These super cute little dogs each have a name, style, and personality all their own.  They include multiple sensors that enable them to play games and sense nurturing touch that increases their emotion gages.  In other words, the more you nurture and play with them, the happier they’ll be and the more they’ll share with you!

You can choose from several different puppies including:

  • Roxy
  • Candy
  • Scarlet
  • Spot
  • Lilac
  • Gemma
  • Noble

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I received Scarlet which came with a sheet of stickers so I could customize her the way I wanted.

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She has sensors all over her body so she knows if you are giving her attention.  If left alone for too long, she will become sad and start to whine.  Kevin was cracking up at how sad she gets when left alone.

  • Tap or rub her head to give her attention
  • Press her back for different modes and to check for happiness levels
  • Press her nose for fun sounds
  • Chest detects hand movements

You can even play different activities with her such as Pixel Smash, Fast Hands, Higher Lower, Music Play and Guard Mode. And there are secret way to unlock tricks (found in the instructions).

This is sure to be one of the hot toys this Christmas so I will make sure to post when deals come up in stores !!!

 

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Surprise Mom for Christmas with the New Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away

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Shark makes complete home cleaning more convenient than ever with the new Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away, designed to clean hard to reach places better than any vacuum ever before. With unprecedented mobility to reach under furniture, the new Powered Lift-Away offers consumers the ability to lift away the vacuum’s wand or pod so users can clean above floors and reach further under furniture.

The Powered Lift-Away mode was created with easy maneuverability in mind, to enable users to reach all the way under furniture and target dirt without any heavy lifting or moving. With new Fingertip Controls, the Shark also allows for a seamless transition between hard floors and carpet cleaning.

Designed with a HEPA filter and Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, the vacuum captures and holds 99.99 percent of dust and allergens to maintain a clean and healthy home environment for allergy sufferers.

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away includes the following features:

  • Rotator power nozzle with motorized brush that deep cleans and reaches further under furniture
  • Powerful LED headlights on the nozzle and handle to improve visibility under furniture or in dark, hard-to-see spaces
  • Fingertip Controls for easy transitions between hard floors, carpet and area rugs
  • Hard Floor Genie bare floor attachment picks up large debris and fine dust in one easy step
  • Extra-long 30 foot power cord provides maximum range for cleaning large spaces
  • Specialized tools to offer versatility in cleaning include a premium pet power brush, upholstery tool, flexible crevice tool and canister caddy

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I was sent one of these to review and let me tell you, it is amazing beyond any other vacuum I have ever owned.  I used to have a Dyson for many years before it broke and I THOUGHT I had a good vacuum until I got this one.

 

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I love having the ability to remove the front canister to fit under low furniture and shelves.  I actually have several pieces of furniture that I can now get under with this Shark vacuum cleaner.

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The light on the front really helps me to see the dog hair on our wood floor.  Its actually kind of scary how dirty my floor was when I thought it was clean.  I just couldn’t see the dog hair and dust until now.  GAG !

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Also being able to remove the debris canister makes it simple to empty.  With 2 dogs and 2 cats and 2 kids, I vacuum up a LOT of hair and dirt.  Being able to empty it easily is a big plus.

Another feature I like is that you can move from hard floors to a rug with just a slide of a button on the handle.  This is perfect for me because we have tile, wood floors and several rugs.

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The Hard Floor Genie with terrycloth wrap-around is perfect for hard wood floors that get dusty.  In the front it sucks up debris while the cloth wipes up dust that the vacuum may have missed.  Once you have finished, you can easily remove it and toss it into the washing machine.

As you can see, this vacuum is truly AMAZING and I would highly recommend it to everyone !!!

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Sanus VTM21-S1 Soporte iPad Mount

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The Sanus Soporte iPad Mount keeps your iPad safe, clean and protected, at home and on-the-go.    It comes with a case with magnetic backing, a base with hardware to attach it to a wall and a stand to keep on your desktop.  You can easily view your iPad Air at eye level in both portrait and landscape modes.  You can also mount it on a wall or under your cabinets.

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The magnetic MagFit case will easily attach and detach your iPad from any metal surface you’d like. Place your iPad on the refrigerator so you can view recipes, email, your family’s calendar, etc.  Take your iPad to garage and attach it to your toolbox, so you can easily follow online directions for your latest project.

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Its unique back surface is specially engineered to enhance your grip.  And because of how the magnetic is attached to the back, it is super easy to attach and detach the case to move it from surface to surface.

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I received the mount for the iPad Air and absolutely LOVE it. I really like how easy it is to switch from a stand, to the fridge, to a wall mounted base.  This is perfect for me because I use my iPad to play games at night (Yes I am a Candy Crush addict) but also use it to read recipes while in the kitchen.  Being able to move it around easily is a big plus.

If you like to take your iPad with you, you may want to use this with the Apple Smart Cover which is compatible with this mount.

If you want to purchase this Sanus iPad mount, head over to Amazon.com where you can get it for only $78.99

 

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Cricut Explore Review + Projects Highlighting Its Features

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Being a blogger, I get a lot of amazing opportunities to review products but this is definitely in my top 3.  The Cricut Explore machine is a design-and-cut system for making amazing, affordable DIY and craft projects.  It features Cut Smart technology, a Smart Set dial for easy material settings and the ability to upload your own designs making it the easiest and most innovative design-and-cut system yet.

What comes in the box:

  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Carrying Bag with handles
  • German carbide blade
  • Metallic silver pen
  • USB cord and power cord
  • 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip Cricut cutting mat
  • Getting started guide
  • Black and jade Cricut cardstock
  • Silver Cricut vinyl
  • White Cricut iron-on
  • 2 Duck Tape sheets

What materials can you cut with a Cricut?

Well, this is the fun part, you can cut paper, glitter paper, card stock, poster board, rice paper, vinyl, iron-on, transfer paper, leather, balsa wood, cork board, magnets, fun foam, canvas, washi tape sheets, and more.   Selecting the correct blade length for each project is simple because you just turn the dial to the appropriate material.

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Where do you get images to use for projects?

  • There are already free images in the Cricut Design Space.  To access them, log into your Cricut account and go to Cricut.com/design. Click on “Insert Images” and use the dropdown menu to show “My Image Sets”. The free content for the week will appear in that window.  There are 50 projects that you can make right away including greeting cards, jewelry, gift tags, bows, finger puppets, vinyl stickers, party decorations, pinwheels and more.
  • Each week you will be able to use free images in the Cricut Craft Room.  To access them, log into your Cricut account and open the Cricut Craft Room design software. Go to the Image Drawer at the bottom of the screen and select the cartridge drop-down menu. Select My Cartridges, and you’ll find this week’s special content added to your cartridges list. NOTE: you can only cut this content for free that week.
  • You can buy individual images and sets of images for a particular project or if you are like me, you will want to do a lot of crafts so you might want to sign up to their monthly subscription plan which is only $9.99 for access to 25,000 images. Or save $20 by buying a year subscription for $99.99.

Getting started:

  1. Plug in your Cricut machine and connect the USB cord to your computer
  2. Go to Cricut.com/setup and create an account (or login if you already have an account)
  3. Download the software and complete the registration
  4. Have the software Detect your machine and update software if necessary
  5. Watch the short video on how to import images and use the “print then cut” feature
  6. Now its time to create a project !!!

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The first thing I decided to make was some straw flags for our upcoming Halloween party using the free “PARTY” digital file.  I will fill the mason jars with some kind of “brew” for the kids to drink.   This was such a simple project and I was able to cut several words all at once.  The picture below is after I peeled up the black cardstock.

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Next I decided to try out a project that included using the pen and blade so I chose the greeting card pictured below from their free files.  The software will break the product into 3 steps: the pen will print the word “thanks” in the first step, next it will cut the card out and then it will have you switch card stock to cut the piece that goes under the top of the card.  This card is actually really pretty in person but getting a great photo to show all the detail was a little difficult.

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One of the best features of the Cricut is the Print Then Cut where you can print full color images with Cricut Design Space and your printer, and then you will cut it with your Cricut Explore machine.  I picked out little pumpkins from their free images and plan to hot glue them onto toothpicks to use as cupcake toppers.  As you can see below, when you print your images from your printer, it will also print registration marks that the Cricut will read so it knows exactly where to cut around your images.

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As you can see, there are so many great projects that you can do using this machine.  I am going to be showcasing new crafts throughout the holiday season so now would be a great time to buy one.  You can purchase Cricut machines and accessories from Cricut.com, Amazon.cm, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, Walmart, Overstock and other retailers nationwide.  Also, you may want to go ahead and buy the Basic Tool set which includes a Spatula, a Weeder, a Scraper, Scissors and Tweezers.  These aren’t a must have but they definitely come in handy to help you remove your cut-outs from the board especially when you have tiny items.  I also recommend buying a second mat because many projects have you putting down multiple sheets and it just saves time laying them all out on separate mats.

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