Saltwater Canvas Bags — Review

I’m so excited to be planning out first ever family vacation. I mean real family vacation. We’re planning on going to the beach this summer. We already have an idea where. I want our trip to be perfect.

Ironically, while talking to my hubby about the vacation I came across

Saltwater Canvas offers durable quality beach bags and shower bags.  Shake them after a day at the beach to get the sand out.  Shower bags are dry in an hour.

I had the opportunity to review one of the Whale Bags.  I chose the Whale bag in White Pink.  This bag exceeded my expectation on the durablity and quality.  Lots of pockets and plenty of storage for the whole family for a day at the pool or the beach. 

I stuffed mine with 5 towels and there was still room for more.  Lots of pockets around the sides and a carbiner key hook inside. There is also a generous size zipper pocket on the inside for money or whatever your might need for that.  There are so many deep pockets around the side for: sunscreen, water bottles, kids’ sippy cups, shampoo, camera, travel games, …basically whatever you might want to take to the beach/pool. 

I really don’t feel this picture shows you the size of the bag.  So I recruited my toddler to help me give you a better idea.  My son is 21 months old. 

So maybe you don’t need a big bag.  That’s ok Saltwater Canvas Bags has you covered.  They also offer Dolphin bags for 1-2 people, Pail Bags for 1-2 people, and shower bags that are great for use at the gym, pool, beach, or wherever you might need them.  Saltwater Canvas also makes custom and portable beach cabanas.

Several colors to choose from in each bag type.  They can also do custom bags. 

These practical and fun bags will be featured in Oprah’s “O” Magazine in June so keep an eye out for that too!  They were already featured on Oprah’s “O” list in July 2007.  Saltwater Canvas is celebrating their 20th birthday!

Are you ready to buy yours now?  Well here’s a coupon code to save you even more money on these already reasonable bags.
Use Coupon Code: scbags to get $3 off your order.  This coupon is valid until April 1, 2011. 

You can purchase your own Saltwater Canvas Bag on their website:

Or check the “where to buy” list to find a store:

And still another way: print the order form here and mail to Saltwater Canvas (address on form)

Review summary:  This bag is going to be such a convenience for you summer trips.  Bags are reasonably priced and will last a long time.  The quality behind these bags is amazing. 

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WITNESS THE THUNDER! State College, PA will ROAR and RUMBLE with the nation’s most competitive MONSTER TRUCKS and FMX Stunt Riders as they storm into the Bryce Jordan Center on April 1st and 2nd. See these incredible, high jumping, ground pounding, car crushing, axle wrenching giants race in side-by-side drags, wheelie shootouts, and then go completely bananas with amazing freestyle action during this Monster Truck Thrill Show! Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party on the arena floor.

Over 70,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder!
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 2nd 2011 – 7:30 pm

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My boys will be going to this. They don’t know it yet. It’s going to be a surprise. Their father is going to take them for a boys night out. This is going to be such a fun night out for something different to do. There are other locations as well so if this venue doesn’t suit you, see if there’s one closer to you.

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Wholly Guacamole $1 off coupon

Stop by Wholly Guacamole’s facebook page to print off a $1 off coupon. They have a link in their status updates for $1 off.  Or if you’re not on facebook, you can go here:

Some people are reporting that the Wholly Guacamole at certain stores is only $1.99 making it $ 0.99 with the coupon.

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Free $5 Amazon gc for members

I got an email today from They are giving away 200 $5 Amazon gift cards to their members. If you’re already a member, you just have to enter with your email address. If you’re not a member, it’s free to sign up to enter for the St. Patrick’s Day giveaway.

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CLOSED–Giani Granite paint kit for counter tops review and #giveaway


When we bought out house, we knew we would have some work to do. We weren’t afraid, just limited my money. So, we started with the things that HAD to be done and moved on to things we WANTED done. We created a list which will take us years maybe even a decade to go through. On that list is to remodel the kitchen.

Our kitchen had an ugly orange linoleum that was just crying for us to put it out of it’s misery. Ground in dirt, no longer shiny, chunks taken out of it. So we laid down new linoleum which perked up out kitchen. I really wanted new counter tops but couldn’t afford it at this time. Then I had the opportunity to review: Giani Granite paint kits for counter tops. I was so excited to be able to try it. I saw the pictures on their website.

I also went to Giani Granit’s facebook page to see some of the “real” people that used the kits.  I say “real” because I mean people like myself that aren’t professional painters or carpenters.  The pictures I saw inspired me.  Here’s is one that was included in the press material:


It was a hard choice to decide which color I wanted for my kitchen counteres.  My old ones were white with silver flecks.  There were nicks and stains on the counter.  It was so boring and beat up I couldn’t wait to get started.

close up of counter notice odd orange stain in lower right
counter before. (with painters tape in place) not terrible but boring.

The Giani Granite kit comes with a dvd instruction video which was excellent.  I really felt prepared to start my counters after watching it.  I kept mine up and paused it at the appropriate place so if I needed a reminder I could just go back and review it.

The whole process was easy.  Dare I say, it was actually fun!  I truly enjoyed using the kits.  I did it all by myself.  No help from the hubs….err well he had to show me how to use the caulking gun around the sink but once he showed me, I did it.

I chose the Emerald Green Giani Kit.  One of several things I liked about this kit was that it was really hard to mess it up.  You lay down the base coat all over your counters, then have fun adding the three mineral colors over top.  The pattern and amount of color is up to you.  The kit comes with most of the materials you need:

Giani Base coat, the 3 mineral colors, and a top coat
A roller handle and two rollers
a stiff foam brush
a large sponge that you end up cutting to apply the mineral colors,
a black poster board for you to practice with before you actually start on your counters
the instructional DVD which is super helpful

The only things you need that’s not in the kit are: painters tape, clear caulk to seal around your sink when you’re done, paint pan, a small artists brush if you need to do touch ups around your sink or wherever once you remove the painters tape.

So ok here’s what my counters look like now:

Mine does not look anything like the Emerald Green pics on the site but I still like it


My kitchen has a little more character now      

Giani customer service is very willing to help.  You can also use the kit on your bathroom counters as well.  My kitchen counters only used 1 kit and I still have a little left from the kit.  I plan on doing my bathroom sink and my microwave stand as well.

–at only $70 per kit, it’s a lot cheaper than installing new counters
–Easy to do and fun
–Really hard to mess up
–Giani Customer Service is great!

–With drying time it does take about 2 days to complete
–Can’t put appliances back on counters for at least 72 hours until completely dry
–for 2 weeks after have to make sure you don’t leave any free standing water on counter as it takes paint 2 weeks to completely cure. 

You can buy Giani Granite Paint kits on their website or on Amazon.

I encourage you, if you’re considering this to check out the before and after pics on Giani Granites site and/or Giani Granite’s facebook page.  There are also other bloggers that have done reviews that I checked out that had really great results as well. 


Giani Granite is going to give 1 FFCM reader their choice of kit color with enough kits to complete the area they would like to do (kitchen counter or bathroom)!
Open to US only. 

Mandatory Entry:  Visit Giani Granite’s website and tell me which color you think you would like to put in your bathroom or kitchen.  While you’re there you should check out the before and after pics!
Leave a comment that includes your email address.

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5.  Tweet this giveaway using the RT button in upper left corner OR you can use this phrase:

” Transform your boring counter tops with @gianigranite101 kits.  #Win enough to update your kitchen on @angiewith3 3/20 ”

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