Showing posts from March, 2011 Mother's Day Ideas & *Giveaway*

Image has new Animated and 3D Photo Cards! I got to try to the Animated ones, and it is so cool. You look at it one way and it is a picture of Callan and then you look at it another way and it is a picture of Mason! How cool is that? Very very cool! And so easy to create on their website. And the price is right too! Go check out and play around creating cards! Be sure to get yours done in time for Mother's Day. Mom will be wowed at the really cool cards!

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Giveaway ends April 10th! Good luck!
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Colortime Coupon And Facebook Giveaway

Colortime is doing a giveaway via their Facebook page ( It is a weekly fan giveaway. Here are the instructions:
Each week Colortime Crafts and Markers will randomly draw 3 lucky FANS who will receive a special craft package, which includes a Colortime color-your-own "Recycle Tote Bag" and three special permanent Colortime FABRIC MARKERS. All you have to do to be eligible is to "like" and become a fan of Colortime Crafts and Markers on Facebook.
The winners' Facebook name will be posted each Monday on the Colortime Crafts and Markers Facebook page. They will send you a message on Facebook informing you that you won. Look for it, and if your name is a winner, you can also send them an email message to with your full name and address and in either case they will ship your prize within 2 weeks.
Rules: 1) You must be a fan of Colortime Crafts and Markers ( Facebook page. 2) Once you win…

NordicWare Baker's Half Sheet Pans

NordicWare is a company that sells aluminum cookware, bakeware, and kitchenware. I was lucky enough to try out the Baker's Half Sheet pans, and I am in love. For so long Jason and I have been on the hunt for baking sheets that we like. Either they rust too quickly or food gets stuck on them when cooking, no matter what we do to try to avoid that. And we bake a lot and need good baking sheets. Well, we have found them! NordicWare is the right brand for us! We love them! I am thinking we will get all of our bakeware from NordicWare from now, since we are so pleased!
You can buy NordicWare products at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, Costco, on, and Check out all the great products from NordicWare HERE.
I received products from NordicWare in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Beach Trees

The Beach Trees by Karen White
About The Book: The moving new novel from bestselling author Karen White. From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared - never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past. 
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I love books that are about discovering family history, and this book certainly has that in it. There are many little stories within the story of this book - the lost sister, the friendship with Monica, the custody of Monica's son, Hurricane Katrina - it…

L'Oreal Paris

"L’Oréal Paris is a truly global beauty brand. Our signature phrase, “Because I’m Worth It”, is meant to inspire each and every woman to embrace her own unique beauty and reinforce her sense of self-worth. We believe that everyone should have the ability to express themselves. That’s why we are committed to creating the most groundbreaking, high-quality, yet inexpensive beauty products for all ages and ethnicities. You have the chance to get involved in worthwhile causes like Color of Hope ( that supports ovarian cancer research and awareness and Women of Worth that celebrates women who are making a beautiful difference in their communities."
I love L'Oreal makeup and I was stoked to try out the One Sweep Eyeshadow, which is way cool and unique, and the Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara. I struggle to find a mascara I really enjoy, and this one is right up there. I loved the ease of it and my eyelashes did not get all goopy and stick together…

Spring Cleaning With SC Johnson

Spring Cleaning....I enjoy it. But I am weird that way. So I was super excited to try out some products from SC Johnson to help me do my cleaning. They were products from Glade, Scrubbing Bubbles, and Pledge. Of course, I have used products by all these brands before, but it is always nice to try them again and again....Why wouldn't you, when you love something so much?
Glade: One scent does not fit all. Which room of your home do you want to introduce a fragrance into? How long do you want it to last? What mood are you trying to achieve? Fortunately, Glade brings you many fragrance products to meet your needs.
Scrubbing Bubbles: Clean, shiny bathrooms are not only beautiful; they are more sanitary and inviting. From quick cleaning to deep cleaning and disinfecting, Scrubbing Bubbles leaves your bathroom surfaces with brilliantly clean surfaces and a fresh scent.
Pledge: Healthy, shiny wood surfaces can help your home come alive. From quick dusting to polishing and revitalizing, Pledge…

Maybelline Superstay 24

Product Details & Why You'll Love It
Meet the 24-hour lipcolor that stretches the limits of longwear: • Micro-Flex formula glides on and looks gorgeous all day • No crumbling, no caking, no fading, no feathering, no transferring • 2-step lipcolor in one pack • 30 long-lasting shades
I got to try 4 shades of Maybelline Superstay 24, and I loved it. I first wore it to my cousins wedding recently, and I did not have to reapply once - not even after dinner and many drinks and a few smooches on my hubster. Very cool. And the best part, my lips felt great, very moisturized. Amazing stuff.
Check out all the great products on and on the Maybelline Facebook page!

I received products from Maybelline for being a BzzAgent.

Beautiful Blue Eyes

Beautiful Blue Eyes by Marianne Richmond
About The Book: A child's eyes truly tell wonders, revealing personality, thoughts and feelings of the heart. Beautiful Blue Eyes, a sweet story with engaging illustrations, celebrates the unique spirit of the blue-eyed boy or girl. I watched, and I waited as your eyes chose their hue, deciding in time on their beautiful blue. Blue as a butterfly wing or the sparkly sea. Blue as the birdy singing in her tree.
My Thoughts: I adored this book. I love how it is put together, with the words and the illustrations. Big fun lettering so the kids can really get into it. Callan even was able to point out some words to me on his own. And of course, I love that the book is about blue eyes, since both my boys have blue eyes, hee hee. Very cute clever book for children.
About The Author: Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc. was founded in 1991 as a greeting card company with just 20 designs and has become a recognized creator of numerous books that celebrate miles…

Letters To Zerky

Letters To Zerky by Bill Raney
About The Book: From Publishers Weekly: In this plodding memoir, Bill and Joanne Raney recount a cross-continent trip that began in 1967 with a flight from San Francisco to Munich and took the couple across Europe and Asia in a Volkswagen bus with infant son Xerxes (the titular Zerky) and headstrong dachshund Tarzan in tow. Written in two voices - Joanne's diary entries and Bill's letters to Xerxes - the Raneys record daily events and interactions, from the epic (visiting the Taj Majal, witnessing a Hindu funeral) to the mundane (exchanging money in Iran, border crossings, gastrointestinal illnesses) with equal zeal, often omitting important historical, geopolitical, and regional information. Not without its moments - some of them genuinely touching - the book remains an often banal account of an epic journey without the revelations or insight one would expect from two hippies in the tumultuous 1960s.
My Thoughts: I loved this book. I love that it is…

Skoy Cloth Review & *Giveaway*

"The Skoy Cloth is a fabulous, absorbent, biodegradable and natural multi-use cloth. Our re-usable earth friendly cloth is perfect in your kitchen, bathroom, and on most surface areas in your home or office. Skoy Cloth can be used in place of your sponge, wash cloth or paper towels. It is a European made product and 100% biodegradable because it is made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. Skoy Cloth is a chlorine-free product using water-based colors and inks. After an independent composting test, Skoy Cloth broke down completely within 5 weeks. The Skoy Cloth is a durable product due to the reusability factor and can last months. Using a Skoy Cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home. With the high cost of paper towels, as much as $2 per roll, Skoy Cloth is the obvious choice for your wallet and the environment. The Skoy Cloth has an absorption factor of 15x its own weight. As a result, producing the most superior cloth prod…

Dragons: Legends & Lore Of Dinosaurs

"A fascinating presentation on dragons and their biblical connection will shed light on the truth of their existence and connection to the last living dinosaurs. Powerful, fire-breathing, fantastic beings that have left their legacy on this world and can now only be found in the pages of ancient texts. Dragons! Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs is a juvenile nonfiction title enjoyable for all ages! It takes you back to the days of these amazing creatures and their presence in various cultures including Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Read of thrilling historical battles between dragons, and saints, and their ability to terrorize medieval castles. Mystical fantasies brought to life, as the truth is revealed. This title is casebound and beautifully presented using original illustrations, envelopes, fold-outs, gatefolds, and more! 24 pages and 11 spreads of substantial quality, and unique content."
I love these kinds of books, and I probably enjoyed this one more than Cal…

Tropical Traditions Laundry Detergent *Giveaway*

"Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent cleans and removes stains from your laundry with the power of Oxygen Bleach Destainer and Deodorizer. Powdered Laundry Detergent is safe and effective at all temperatures on whites, permanent press, bright colors, pastels, prints, and delicates in hard or soft water. (Not suitable for Silk or Wool) Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent is non-toxic, environmentally safe and contains no phosphates. Powdered Laundry Detergent cleans and safely bleaches your clothes with the added power of Oxygen Bleach Destainer and Deodorizer. With our Laundry Detergent there are no harmful by-products upon decomposition. Powdered Laundry Detergent dissolves as completely as liquid detergents and rinses away completely leaving no residue in your clothes. Powdered Laundry Detergent costs less to use than commercial liquid detergents and costs no more to use than commercial powdered household laundry detergents. Powdered Laundry Detergent cont…

ReNew Life Review & *Giveaway*

ReNew Life is digestive care website that offers all kinds of information and products to help you achieve a healthy digestive system. I tried the CandiZyme.
"Multi-Enzyme, Anti-Fungal Formula for Yeast Overgrowth * SmartZYME blend for more potent enzymes * Supports healthy balance of yeast organisms * Helps break down sugars and carbohydrates before they can ferment or be used by yeast * Fights Candida overgrowth & helps break down cellulose (vegetable fiber) & yeast cell"
Brenda Watson, N.D., C.N.C. is among the foremost authorities on natural digestive care and nutrition. She is a New York Times best-selling author, media expert and speaker. She has a PBS Special called The Road Perfect Health.
The Road to Perfect Health – Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body, an in-depth look at how chronic diseases start with an unhealthy digestive system. Coinciding with the PBS special is the release of The Road to Perfect Health – Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body: A Modern Guide to C…

Wild Dill Imagination Box

"Bring out the artist in your child. Made out of sturdy double walled corrugated board, this fire house will last through dozens of alarms. Friends, fire trucks, stuffed animals and action figures can all be part of the fun. Printed inside and out, this fire house will provide many hours of creative activity both in painting it and playing with it and is perfect for individual or group play. Comes with its own set of eight washable, non-toxic water colors."
This is so cool! Callan loves loves loves it. He brings his toys in there and doesn't let anyone else come in, and if we call for him he will yell to us that he is at work! Hee hee. It is really sturdy and durable. I used markers to help Callan color it because the paints were not as vibrant as I would have liked. But all in all, this was a hit and we love it!
Check out this and more awesome products at Wild Dill.
I received a product from Wild Dill in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Flexi Clip Review & *Giveaway*

"Lilla Rose has the most awesome hair product I have ever used, the Flexi Clip! No more headaches, no more pins, no more plastic claws! Our Clip is different from other hair accessories because of the following features: Our clip is ornate: beautifully designed in a multitude of colors; it is amazingly flexible which most items of it’s kind are not; it is one-piece so you do not have to worry about losing a piece of it; the Flexi Clip is also very durable and finally, it locks so the pin does not slip out. Our flexible clip will fit in just about any thickness of hair. We have six sizes: mini’s, extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large. Visit the website for instructional videos that show eight beautiful hairstyles, and explain what Flexi clip you could need for your hair. It’s simple. It’s beautiful. It’s affordable. Enjoy your visit, while finding the Flexi Clip that works best for you!"
I personally enjoyed the Flexi Clip. It is for everyday use, but I thought mi…

Glass With A Twist

" is the web’s best source for engraved glassware! We custom etch bar-quality glass to your specifications. Personalize one of our template designs, or start from scratch and make your own! There are no setup charges and no quantity requirements…. get anything from a single glass to a bulk order."
When I first saw this site, I thought, what a great gift idea for anyone, for any occasion. I got Jason a glass that says "Jason's Medicine" for when he relaxes and has a rum and coke. He thought it was cute, and a cool idea. The etching was perfect, and the quality of the glass was great. Very cool gift ideas! Check them out online at
I received a product from Glass With A Twist in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You Bars

Image is a site where you can buy pre-made protein bars, or customize your own! Hence, YOU Bar, a bar made just for you. I got to try several varieties and let me tell ya, they ain't half bad! They really tide you over when you need a little something to get you through the day. Filling, yummy, good for you, made by you, what more could you ask for? Check them out at
Just for my readers, if you order from, you can get 10% off your order with checkout code: HOTW. Be sure to take advantage of this deal!
I received products from YouBars in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hint Water

"The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature's original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great."
I do not like flavored water. I've tried a variety, and just never liked them. But, lo and behold, I liked Hint Water. I really did. My favorite flavor was the Blackberry. And Mason just really dug the water. Wanted it over juice! How cool is that? I like that Hint is healthy and flavorful. Something I feel good about drinking myself and giving to my kids.
Buy Hint online, or find it in your local Whole Foods stores. For more info visit Hint HERE.
I received products from Hint Water in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Foto Find Friday 3/25


Tatutina Medals Review & *Giveaway*

The kids medals from are so incredibly cute! I love this one I got for Callan. We got it in time for his birthday, and were able to present it to him, just because. We were able to write his name on the back and the date, so he knows it is just for him. There are a variety of different medals that you can use for any reason. All the medals are hand painted and one of a kind. Very cool. Tatutina has a variety of other products as well. All hand painted and very unique!
Tatutina is offering one reader a medal of their choice! Here's how to enter:
1. Follow this blog. 2. Tweet or FB post about this giveaway. 3. Blog about this giveaway. 4. Tell me which medal you'd like.
Giveaway ends March 31st. Good luck!

I received a product from Tatutina in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Organize It Mom Review & *Giveaway*

" is the best place to find products to motivate yourself and your kids. You can find everything from Chore Charts to Grocery Lists. We’ve pinpointed what makes you crazy and offer practical, cute solutions. For potty training, use the best Potty Chart in the world. To get the kids working, use the Chore Chart. To get the kids to clean up, use the Toy Labels. To get them into and out of bed, use the Routine Cards. To track their homework or motivate them during homeschool, use the Schoolwork Chart. To make grocery shopping a breeze, use the Grocery List and the Grocery Organizer. To get your kids reading, use the Reading Chart. To get the kids moving, use the Oh My Stars! Game. To manage their television or computer time, use the Media Money. To organize your time, use the Calendars and the Today’s Fun Chart. We’ve got everything you need to Motivate for Sanity’s Sake!"
I received the Good Guys Chart for Callan to help him learn that he needs to share his toy…