Thursday, March 31, 2011

Heritage Mint: Adorable Giimmo Nightlights


These magic lights from Giimmo from Heritage Mint are really precious.  My kids love using them at night.  Not only are the characters cute, but they glow and change colors.  The seven colors of the rainbow shine through their milky white PVC bodies thanks to the LED light inside.  It's really quite beautiful.

We received Bebe the Penguin and Rice the Dog.  There are a total of 16 adorable animals to choose from.  The velvety legs, arms and ears are adjustable.  Just lightly tap the light and away it glows.  You will also receive a charger.  When it is time to recharge, your Giimmo will turn red.

These are fun for any kids room!

Welcome to the world of Giimmo Magic Light from Heritage Mint, the cuddly, portable night light with a rainbow heart. Giimmo Magic Light is a night light your child can take to bed, providing a little extra confidence and a cozy friend. Or Giimmo could join you at the office for a little fun and cheer during the work day. Giimmo Magic Light from Heritage Mint even have magnetic hands to help you out with your paperclips.

They say the Giimmo Magic Light family comes from a magical place at the end of the rainbow. The Giimmo Universe includes such new friends each with its own unique personality. Check out the complete collection and don't forget to get one for yourself!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Heritage Mint for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Q.Bel: All Natural Chocolate Covered Wafers

Yummmm....all natural chocolate covered wafers.  My family received these sweet treats and have been enjoying them ever since.  Q.Bel really knows how to make great tasting all natural chocolate. 

Their products contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils.  Who the heck wants that in their chocolate anyway?!?

Their crunchy, crispy wafers are wonderful.  My kids really loved the peanut butter milk chocolate wafer rolls.  Who wouldn't love creamy peanut butter and chocolate together?  It has to be the perfect match.

Other flavors to try - Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate.

I loved their Crispy Rice Wafer Bars.  They come in a variety of flavors - Milk Chocolate, Double Dark Chocolate, Mint Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter.  They all taste delish.

If you're dying to try these all natural pieces of chocolate heaven, then click here to find a store near you.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Q.Bel for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Cahootie: The future is in your hands

Okay, I'm 33 and I totally remember the handmade folding paper fortune teller game.  It was all the rage back then.  Wow...brings back some really fun memories.

Cahootie's award winning products have been developed to expand upon and enhance this timeless and iconic game that children have played around the world for generations to deliver fun, learning and connection among Tweens (kids ages 7-12) and their families and friends.

Be sure to check out Club Cahootie, a safe and secure social playspace where kids can chat, post status, blog, email, decorate avatars, upload photos, play Virtual Cahootie™, and much more!

Cahootie sent me two of their products under license with Animal Planet.  My kids played with these all night!


My daughter thinks the Animal Planet Cats Rule! pre-folded laminated paper game is the greatest.  She's 6 and had such a fun time with this.  She was constantly asking us to play this with her.  Each Cahootie comes with 40 interchangable stickers containing fun fortunes and questions.  These stickers are placed inside the inner four flaps.  These stickers can be changed  as needed.  Click here for more details on how to play.

The Animal Planet Dogs Rule! is just as fun.

If you're like me and have fond memories of this folded paper game as a child, then you must take a peek at the various Cahootie themes here.  Start shopping and have fun!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Cahootie for this review.  All opinions are my own.

CleanWell: All Natural Anti-Bacterial Handsoap Giveaway - 2 Winners!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the two lucky winners - brianpiero #142 and BethElderton #21!

Oh how I love CleanWell.....

I have been using their Anti-Bacterial Foaming Handsoap in my kitchen for quite some time now.  It's terrific and lasts and lasts!  Talk about economical!

Each handsoap is infused with White Tea & Aloe and made with a patented formulation of essential plant oils proven to kill 99.99% of harmful germs.  Now that's what I'm talkin' about.  I want to make sure my family is cleaning their hands with a soap that contains all-natural ingredients.  This triclosan-free soap contains no toxic chemicals or artificial colors.  It is paraben-free and infused with antioxidants.  This company never tests on animals.

Get this soap in four scents - Orange Vanilla, Lavender Absolute, Ginger Bergamot and Spearmint Lime.  How refreshing...

Two lucky winners will receive an all natural anti-bacterial handsoap from CleanWell!

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Etnies: Pair of Kids Sandals Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Tracey #61!

I've reviewed Etnies before and I am very pleased with their quality of footwear and clothing.  I was sent some awesome sandals for my kids.  They are loving them so far.  These sandals are their go-to shoes this season.


The Flats Kids style comes in four different color combinations.  We received the Black/Pink/Pink and love them.  They're hip, fun and feel great on the feet.

My son loves his Todos Kids style in the color combination Black/Skulls.  Very cool for boys and ultra comfy.

Check out all of their sandals for kids and shoes for kids.

One lucky reader will win either the boys or girls sandals you see above.  If the style shown is not available, a new style will be selected for you.

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The Children's Place - Perfect Spring Clothing!

Hooray for spring and thank goodness for The Children's Place

My family loves this company and their clothing.  Each season, I know I can find adorable styles that will really look great on my children.  I was sent some precious pieces to review.


Isn't this Mixed Print Sundress so undeniably sweet?!?  I love the delicate blue floral pattern and pullover style with pre-tied shoulder straps.  Another great feature - this dress is fully lined.  I can't wait until my daughter throws this on with some pretty little sandals.  This dress is definitely going to get used a lot this season. 

Be sure to check out all of their SUPER CUTE dresses here!  I love them all!!!


I'm pretty much addicted to cardigans myself.  I own so many!  When I saw this gorgeous Ruffle Cardigan Sweater in the color Atlantic, I about died.  It looks so cute paired with the sundress above.  When it gets chilly outside, my daughter can slip this on.  This cardigan also looks wonderful with a variety of looks.

Check out all of their fantastic sweaters here.  There are some really great short-sleeved styles, too!

The Solid Cargo Shorts are a must-have for boys.  My son lives in these during the spring and summer.  The Children's Place offers a variety of cool shorts.  Make sure you check them all out here.

Looking for some stylish woven shirts?  Click here to view.  There are some really great linen shirts.

Spring clothing should be fun and affordable!  Shop today at The Children's Place for the latest in spring/summer styles.

Complimentary product was provided to me from The Children's Place for this review. All opinions are my own.

My family LOVES Welch's 100% Grape Juice

My family was sent some bottles of Welch's 100% Grape Juice.  My kids loved it!  This heart healthy juice provides healthy antioxidants with no added sugar, color or flavor.  This stuff is pure 100% juice!  One serving (1/2 cup) contains a serving a fruit in every 4 oz glass. 

My kids and I did a fun activity for Welch's "Paint it Purple" contest.  We gathered ribbon, buttons, paper, glitter, etc. and made fun heart shaped collages.  Everything we collected had to be purple.  They turned out gorgeous!  They used purple markers and crayons to decorate their work, too.  They had a blast finding their objects and creating their very own purple heart healthy masterpieces. 

Be sure to check out Welch’s National Nutrition Month tools:

Diet and exercise affect your heart but so do your genes. That’s why it’s important to understand your family’s heart health history. Welch’s is helping spreading heart healthy awareness with its Welch’s Family Vine Tool, which enables families to trace their personal health histories and share the results among relatives. For more click here.

The Grape Science Center is a valuable resource to learn about the growing Concord grape research in areas like heart health, cognitive health, immune system health and more. For more information on the science behind the Concord grape’s health benefits, visit the Grape Science Center.

In addition to promoting heart healthfulness, Welch’s has prepared recipes and other tips for creating tasty meals and snacks with vibrantly colored fruit. Find these and more at the Welch’s Recipe Box.

Make sure you become a fan of Welch's on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter here!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Welch’s and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

pediped: One of our favorite shoe companies!

I know I can ALWAYS trust pediped when it comes to quality footwear. This reputable company offers the cutest styles and their fit is amazing. I know my daughter's feet are going to be comfortable and taken care of when she wears her shoes from pediped.

She doesn't have a lot of orange in her wardrobe, but I must say, I really like the tangerine and fuchsia color combination. The Nile style looks very cute on her feet and I'm looking forward to her wearing them when the weather gets warmer. The bright orange and hot pink combo is fun and vibrant. Just like her...

These soft and flexible shoes are machine washable and water-safe.  They will be great to wear when we take our Santa Cruz vacation.  This style also comes in Lavender/Light Pink and Fuchsia/Light Pink.

pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and the pediped® footwear system has recently been endorsed by researchers associated with Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston.

Click here to shop now.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Pediped for this review. All opinions are my own.

Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

PearlsOfJoy.com - KIM #164

KrankyKrab - Drama queens mum (Kimberly) #77

**All winners have been notifed through email. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:


BeardHead.com - KIM #50

Schwan's - LuAnn G #3 (new winner)

Say Please - Ursula #5

Mr Beams - Candance #60

The Andean Collection - Matty and Sarabeth #198

**All winners have been notifed through email. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Curl Covers: Regular Curl Cover Giveaway - 2 Winners!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the two lucky winners - slb3334 #31 & Timshaun #93!

Curl Covers heat resistant cover for travel and home use.

Put it away hot - at home of on the go. No need to wait to put your hot curling iron, flat iron, or crimper in the heat resistant pouch. Elastic holds cord on the outside, away from heat. Note: Hair appliance must be unplugged before being placed into the curl cover.

About Us

Lisa and John Anderson are the parents of 6, yes 6 beautiful daughters. Their happy family lives in the stunning mountains of Utah and sews each and every Curl Cover.

In an effort to manage the many hair appliances and cords that were taking over the bathroom counters, Lisa realized that there had to be a better way to store hot curling irons and straighteners. She realized that the ability to 'put it away hot' was the key to getting things cleaned up. Unable to find the perfect product on store shelves. Lisa decided to start making Curl Covers for herself and her friends. Curl Covers has been met with an overwhelming positive response. "I love everything about them! Finally a mom with an eye for useful glamour!" says one California customer. "How did we ever get along without these? Nor more closing the bathroom doors to hide the mess! The Curl Covers are pretty enough to look like part of the decor." says a delighted mom from Delaware.

Lisa comes from a family that loves to travel and Curl Covers has been equally successful among the travel industry. "To be able to put it in a suit case or gym bag and go is a dream come true." "No more leaving my appliances in the freezer only to have to rebuy at the next stop." These are comments often heard by Lisa and her Family. Lisa has managed to merge form with function, style with sensibility. They say that necessity is the mother of invention. If this is true then the mother of 6 girls would surely be the creator of such a fabulous product!

It is our mission to provide the highest quality and service to our customers.
Thank you for your purchase and enjoy while you 'put it away hot!'

Two lucky readers will win a regular curl cover!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

DRY Soda: Assorted 12 Ct. Case of Dry Soda Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Finding Charm #5!

This is the most interesting soda I have ever tasted. The flavors from DRY Soda Co. are very unique. Some flavors I enjoyed much more than others, but overall, it was a very flavorful and refreshing experience.

DRY soda contains only four, all natural ingredients. Each twelve-ounce bottle of DRY contains just 45 - 70 calories and 11 - 19 grams of sugar. Their soda isn't as sweet, but you don't miss the sugary taste you're used to. The all natural fruit, flower and herbal flavors really steal the show.

DRY Soda features seven distinctive flavors - Lavender, Lemongrass, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean (my personal favorite) and Cucumber - each with a unique flavor profile that makes it refreshing to sip on its own, pair with a great meal or mix into the perfect drink.

One lucky reader will win a 12 ct. case of assorted DRY Soda!
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Complimentary product was provided to me from Dry Soda Co. for this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Simply Organic Hair Care

I'm really in love with my Simply Organic hair care line. Like the company says, "What you put on your hair and skin is as important as what you put in your mouth." I couldn't agree more.

I've been using their Everyday Hair & Scalp Wash and their Everyday Hair & Scalp Rinse with handy pump. These two products leave my hair looking and feeling great. They don't strip my hair of moisture and they smell really refreshing.

Another product I really like is their Medium Hold Hairspray. This provides workable styling support.

All of their products are all-natural, organic and safe. I feel really good about letting my children use their products also. As a mother, I want nothing but the best for my children and I'm sure you do, too.

Start shopping today at Simply Organic!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Simply Organic for this review. All opinions are my own.

Nomad: Shoes of your choice Giveaway

Summer is fast approaching and I can't wait to get back into flip flops! I was sent some really cute neutral sandals with rhinestone embellishments from Nomad. The Romance style in sand is so comfy. I love the feel of the velvet lining. I can wear these with so many looks. The sand color is so versatile.

They also have sandals for girls! My daughter received their Ms Charms style and they are super cute. She loves the little red hearts. They're perfect for your sweet girl.

This company offers so many different sandal choices! You must check them all out.

One lucky reader will win any item of your choice up to $55. You may also take 25% OFF your entire purchase with the discount code: FUNKY25. Enter discount in the coupon code section at checkout.

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Zibits: Mini R/C Robot Giveaway

My kids received these cute little mini r/c robots from Zibits. They have had a fun time playing with them as they come with their own remote control. These robots are very small in size - no more than a few inches in height. Batteries are included in the robot, but you must provide two AAA batteries for the remote. My kids are both 6 and 9. The excitement of them has worn off a bit, but they were very excited when they received them. I think these robots would be great for younger kids. They would really enjoy them. The robots make fun sound effects.

  • Mini Collectable Zibits come to life with the Z-mote!!
  • Race your Zibit forward and turn at a 360 degree radius
  • Collect'em ALL! Over 12 hot Zibit designs in 3 categories

Click here to find out where to buy.

One lucky winner will win their very own Zibits Mini Robot!

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Bet you didn't know today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!

Like peanut butter and jelly or milk and cookies, chocolate and raisins are one of food’s great pairs. The makers of Sun-Maid Milk Chocolate Raisins invite everyone to celebrate this mouth-watering marriage with delicious, original snack and dessert ideas for National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.

Few things are as simple and delicious as the natural wholesome goodness of a plump, sun- drenched Sun-Maid California Raisin—America’s # 1 raisin—covered in the finest, creamiest, custom blended pure milk chocolate. This unbeatable combination can only be found in Sun-Maid? Milk Chocolate Raisins, the leading branded chocolate covered raisin in club stores and are a top item in movie theatres nationwide.

Sun-Maid Milk Chocolate Raisins are the perfect balance of goodness and delectability,” said Senior Brand Manager Lisa Eustic. “People enjoy them so much because they are delicious on their own, and can bring an ordinary recipe or snack idea to a whole new level. Visit our website www.chocolateraisins.com for more delicious recipes and for a chance to win big by entering our “Naturally Irresistible” recipe contest.”

Sun-Maid Oatmeal-Milk Chocolate Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups Sun-Maid Milk Chocolate Raisins

Preparation: Heat oven to 375 degrees F. With electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour. Stir in oats and milk chocolate raisins. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased or parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 15-18 minutes, let cool and serve!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Baroni Designs: Kids Ballerina Necklace Giveaway

The jewelry from Baroni Designs is terrific. I fell in love with many of their styles. I also like the fact that they have adorable jewelry for kids.

Baroni sells their jewelry directly to retail stores, galleries and catalogs. You can find their jewelry from their select retailers. Click here to find out where to purchase.

I've always wanted to find a large thin silver hoop earring that didn't weigh my ears down. I've found exactly what I have been looking for. The Large Circle Post Earrings have a slight hammered texture which looks beautiful. They catch the light nicely and I love wearing them with many outfits. My daughter received some adorable necklaces from their Kids collection. She loves anything that has to do with birds so this necklace was a hit. The Bird Resin Charms, Cable Chain Necklace is really cute. I love the pop of blue with the little sterling sparrow charm.

She's also a huge fan of the beach. The sterling Play & Starfish Charms on Cable Chain Necklace is really special. I am very impressed with the quality of their jewelry for children. These charms hang from a 14" chain.
One lucky reader will win this beautiful Ballerina Cable Chain Necklace!

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Complimentary product was provided to me from Baroni Designs for this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Letter Learning: Educational Greeting Cards for Kids

Educational Greeting Cards...why didn't I think of that?!? Letter Learning is a company started by teacher and mom, Ellen Richard, M.Ed. All of the cards offered are very cute and allow your child to practice handwriting and spelling.

I love this concept. I'm a huge fan of personalized thank you cards. I have always taught my children to send cards to friends and family. When they couldn't write themselves, I would write it for them and they would personalize it with a drawing. I wish I had known about these cards when they were younger. They would have been perfect! Educational and fun!

Doggy with a Bone Thank you Card

This pup is thankful for his bone; what is your child thankful for? Easy-to-trace message inside reads: Dear (blank), Thank you so much for my gift. You are very nice. Love, (blank)
All cards are:
  • 5" x 7" (portrait).
  • Printed on heavyweight stock that is pencil-, marker- and pen-friendly.
  • Paired with a matching colored envelope (white is sometimes used as a best match).
  • Protected by greeting card plastic sleeves.
  • Bundled and "bowed" with adorable ribbon.
Buddy Birthday - Advanced Writer (BLANK)

If our easy-to-trace messages are just a bit too easy, these blank cards will be perfect for your budding writer. The guide lines will help your child with proportions and keeping her script straight, all while letting her show off her indepedent spelling and writing skills.
All cards are:
  • 5" x 7" (portrait).
  • Printed on heavyweight stock that is pencil-, marker- and pen-friendly.
  • Paired with a matching colored envelope (white is sometimes used as a best match).
  • Protected by greeting card plastic sleeves.
  • Bundled and "bowed" with adorable ribbon.
Now you can take 30% OFF the total of your order + free shipping with the discount code: funkymonkey30. Limit one per customer, US only. Offer good until March 31, 2011.
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PearlsOfJoy.com: Lavender Freshwater Pearl Earrings Giveaway

Wow, can someone say gorgeous?!? The Lavender Freshwater Pearl Earrings from PearlsOfJoy.com are breathtaking. Wouldn't you look great accessorizing with these for the spring?

You must check out all of the lovely and beautiful pearl jewelry this company has to offer. If you are looking for affordable and exceptional pearl jewelry, this is the place to shop. Their prices are significantly less than retail - 80-90%. Now that's a real difference. We're all looking to save as much as we can in this economy. PearlsOfJoy.com offers luxury you can afford.

One lucky reader will win their very own pair of Lavender Freshwater Pearl Earrings!
MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit PearlsOfJoy.com and tell me one other item you love.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified.

Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on March 29th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on March 30th.

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KrankyKrab: $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

KrankyKrab offers personalized children's art and room decor products featuring animals, monsters, and fairies. Each piece is drawn by hand, then digitally colored and printed on fine art stock or canvas using professional equipment and archival quality inks. All products are 100% handmade, including the frames, mats and magnets. Shipping is free to the US and Canada.

Wouldn't you love to have some of this personalized children's art in your home? I think it looks absolutely precious. The bright colors and designs are so fun!

One lucky reader will win a $25 Gift Certificate to KrankyKrab!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit KrankyKrab and tell me how you would spend your $25.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified.
Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

AFTER you have completed the mandatory entry above, you may do any of the additional entry options below for more ways to win. Each one counts as one separate entry.
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**This giveaway ends on March 29th and is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on March 30th.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Little Bow Teek: Adorable Button Pony-O's

I love hair accessories for my little girl. I figure I better take advantage of her wanting me to do her hair before she wants to do it herself. We both love the Button Pony-O's that were sent to us from Little Bow Teek. The ones you see pictured are not the actual styles I received, but they are some of the styles this shop is currently offering. Click here to view their selection of sweet hair elastics.

The unique and colorful fabrics are great for the spring. The hair elastics are free of any metal clamps and look great in pigtails.

Right now you can take 15% OFF your order with the discount code: THEFUNKYMONKEY2011

Be sure to check out all of their cute hair clips and flower clips, too!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Little Bow Teek for this review. All opinions are my own.

The Andean Collection: Bracelet of your choice Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner - Matty and Sarabeth #198!
I'm normally a delicate jewelry kind of girl. However, I really love my new Classic Tagua Bracelet in Turquoise from Andean Collection. The color is gorgeous and it really adds that extra special something to many of my outfits. I love accessorizing and this bracelet is a winner. These bracelets have a natural irregularity and unique texture that makes each piece special. Worn solo they add flair to any outfit, but two or three worn together, they make for an impressive statement. One size fits all.

This stretchy bracelet fits my very small wrist and is very comfortable. You have to see all of the colors this comes in. I had a hard time choosing! Click here to view. I bet you'll fall in love with so many of them.


All of the jewelry from The Andean Collection is unique and beautiful. I love all of their bright colors and natural materials.


Here is a bit more about this great company:


We create to encourage change. Andean Collection was founded to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America. We offer artisans the opportunity to participate in the global market while inspiring our customers with access to the elusive world of the rural Andes. We have a non-profit arm, Andean Project, to ensure that this change is productive and healthy and to address other poverty related social issues, all funded through our sales and private donations.


One lucky reader will win a Classic Tagua Bracelet in the color of their choice!


MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit The Andean Collection and tell me one other item you love. If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified.


Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.


AFTER you have completed the mandatory entry above, you may do any of the additional entry options below for more ways to win. Each one counts as one separate entry.



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**This giveaway ends on March 28th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on March 29th.


Complimentary product was provided to me from The Andean Collection for this review. All opinions are my own.

Mr Beams: Anywhere Ceiling Light Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner - Candace #60!
MR BEAMS: Anywhere Ceiling Light – In emergency situations, there are things that you would be glad to have such as jumper cables in case your car battery dies, a spare tube if a bike tire goes flat, or maybe even a fire extinguisher in case of a cooking accident. Today, an incident occurred that made me happy that I had MR BEAMS Anywhere Ceiling Light installed in our shoe closet.

I know it’s now spring, but California is currently getting pummeled with strong winds and rain. As a result, the power to my house went out and it was pitch black! After the initial shock, we all stumbled around trying to figure out where we had placed the matches, candles and flashlights. I opened our shoe closet and the MR BEAMS Anywhere Ceiling Light sensed my motion. The LED light was so bright that we all thought that the electricity had come on! I had to explain to my family that it was running on batteries.


The MR BEAMS Anywhere Ceiling Light can be used indoors or outdoors and is weatherproof. Installation is easy. All you need to do is use the two screws to secure the unit to your wall/cabinet/ceiling using the backing plate. It runs on 4 C batteries which provides 3,200 activations and only comes on when there is other light detected. This is a great feature since you do not want it to come on when there is another light source or it will drain the batteries. It comes on when it detects motion from 15 feet away and provides 80 lumens of brightness. It automatically turns off when it does not detect any motion for 30 seconds.


Bottom Line – This is a MUST HAVE in case of an emergency such as a black out. Instead of stumbling around trying to figure out where the matches and/or the flashlight are, all you have to do is activate the MR BEAMS Anywhere Ceiling Light with motion. This thing may end up saving one of my family members life and maybe even yours.


One lucky reader will in an Anywhere Ceiling Light!


MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Mr Beams and tell me one other item you would like to try.


If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name. AFTER you have completed the mandatory entry above, you may do any of the additional entry options below for more ways to win. Each one counts as one separate entry.


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**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog. **This giveaway ends on March 28th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on March 29th.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Mr Beams for this review. All opinions are my own.

FREE SHIPPING at The Children's Place today only!

Log online to The Children’s Place and shop the spring collection (and preview brand new summer styles) today!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gotta Love Cuties!

My entire family LOVES Cuties! These seedless mandarins are so unbelievably sweet and delicious! They are great to snack on throughout the day and my daughter loves having these in her school lunch. They are super easy to peel, too! These kid-sized mandarins are a must-have healthy and tasty snack!

California Cuties are two varieties of mandarins: Clementine mandarins and Murcott mandarins. You can purchase Cuties in a 3-lb bag or a 5-lb box. Although they are a tasty citrus fruit, Cuties are not "little oranges" contrary to popular belief.

Get them today in your local store. They are available now through April. Click here to find out where to purchase.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Cuties for this review. All opinions are my own.

Bamboo Pink: FREE Invitation!

This is a sponsored post.

I have been working to launch a new jewelry line, bamboopink by JudeFrances and it has been very exciting... the "pink" fever has really taken hold amongst my peers/friends and in 1 week I have signed-up over 100 women to take part at what has been said could be the biggest all women's website launch in internet history!

Are you familiar with JudeFrances? They are a beautiful multi-million dollar fine jewelry line sold at retailers all over the country including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Jude and Frances wanted to be able to reach more customers and so they developed and are launching a fabulous, beautiful new jewelry line with prices ranging from $19-$200, with almost all pieces being under $100.

Frances will design the entire line and it will be made with the same quality and care as her high end line, in the same factory!

Women from across the United States are being invited, by a private FREE invitation, to be a part of this online jewelry company, and I would like to extend the invitation to you and your subscribers. We are inviting people to sign-up, for free on my website, to learn more about this ground floor opportunity!

Just for signing-up FREE and passing the opportunity on to everyone that you know, you can earn free bamboopink by JudeFrances jewelry at no obligation! This marketing campaign is a win/win for both bamboopink and their future sales consultants. BP is spreading the word about the company virally through the internet and sales associates are allowed to be a part of this company, for free, building their sales team in the process!

I think this fabulous new, work from home business might be a great option for you and your readers! Wouldn't you like to give your readers the potentially huge financial gift of this ground floor opportunity!

Saky Sacks: Green Style on the Go!

Saky Sacks offers the most stylish reusable bags that I have seen in a long time. Talk about a selection. I love each and every one of their prints. These bags are very chic and practical. Saving the planet in style...I love it!

Their patent pending design is made from DuPont™ Tyvek ®. These ultra portable bags are super squishable, and always look great. Here are some wonderful features:

  • Machine washable
  • Tear, stain and water resistant
  • Interior clasp or pockets
  • Can carry up to 25 lbs

I take my Saky Sack with me all around town. The print you see above is the one I chose - City Saky Signature. It is a very pretty neutral that looks fabulous all year round. It has a handy interior clasp that keeps my contents secure. This bag measures 15" x 14' x 7.5". I love its generous size and little knot detailing on the straps.

Want a bigger bag? No problem! Take a look at their Saky Weekend bags. And who said you can't accessorize? Check out their Sakcessories. What a great idea.

And if you want to be green, carry and super chic Saky Sack AND help save our oceans, then this is the bag for you.

Head on over to Saky Sacks to take 25% OFF your order now through March 31, 2011 with the discount code: FUNKY

Complimentary product was provided to me from Saky Sacks for this review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Say Please: Lunchbox Love for Kids Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner Ursula #5!

Have you ever received a sweet little love note? How about an encouraging text from a good friend? Or perhaps it's just a kind compliment from a stranger on the street. There's no denying it - a few kind words can make you feel like a million bucks. Lunchbox Love for Kids by Say Please is a wonderful product you must know about. The women at Say Please instinctively realized that sometimes we forget to show appreciation for our loved ones, or simply can't find the right words. With Lunchbox Love, their collection of heartfelt note cards, you'll always be able to share your feelings in a playful way! The cards feature positive phrases on the front such as "I love spending time with you" and "Be Kind" and fun facts on the back such as "Did you know butterflies taste with their feet" to inspire and energize, encouraging love and laughter not to mention your kids will be a hit at the lunch table! Each volume contains 12 cards and there are 16 volumes in all -- one for everyday of the school year. They can be purchased at http://www.sayplease.com/. Use coupon LBL4ME to receive 10% off at checkout and if you buy 4 or more volumes you will receive FREE shipping.

One lucky reader will win their very own Lunchbox Love for Kids! Click here to view.

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Say Please and tell me one other item you love.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified.

Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

AFTER you have completed the mandatory entry above, you may do any of the additional entry options below for more ways to win. Each one counts as one separate entry.

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**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog. **This giveaway ends on March 26th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on March 27th. Sponsored post from Say Please

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Schwan's: Italian Cuisine Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner LuAnn G #3!
I encourage all of you to check out Schwan's if you already haven't. This company offers wonderful and tasty food that can be ordered online or delivered right to your door. This really does take the hassle out of grocery shopping when you need to spend your time on other things. I grew up eating Schwan's and the food shown below really does live up to this company's reputation. Yummmmm, that's the word I heard from my hubby and kids when they tasted the baked ziti from Schwan's. It really was delicious. The creamy sauce and melted cheese was so good. I would buy this from Schwan's in a heartbeat. Although, I would make sure I purchased two packages for one meal. Serving sizes were small for our family of four. The box states that this will serve about three. Online it states two. I found that it would be a nice size meal for two adults. You can pop this in the microwave or the oven. I chose to bake it for 30 minutes and it turned out super. However, it was all good as we had other wonderful items from Schwan's to try. The five cheese garlic french bread was a real winner. These pieces were big and topped with lots of cheese. This was great with the ziti. Baking the generously sizes six pieces was so easy. 15 minutes and you have cheesy golden garlic bread! The broccoli florets were a nice side dish and healthy, too! It was great to get some veggies in the mix.

We also had their chocolate ice cream for dessert. Yummy, creamy and easy to scoop. It really hit the spot and was a perfect way to end our meal.


One lucky reader will win this delicious Italian cuisine you see pictured above! It will come shipped in a sturdy box and packed in dry ice. Everything you need for a delicious meal will arrive at your doorstep. How simple is that?! Schwan's makes it so easy.

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Schwan's and tell me one other item you would love to try.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name. AFTER you have completed the mandatory entry above, you may do any of the additional entry options below for more ways to win. Each one counts as one separate entry.



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**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog. **This giveaway ends on March 24th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on March 25th. Complimentary product was provided to me from Schwan's for this review. All opinions are my own.