Friday, April 29, 2011

Borghese: Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - ferriz #55!

As a busy mom, I'm always looking for anything that's quick and easy.  The Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer Collection from Borghese sure does make my life easier.  Gotta love that.

This fast drying nail polish really does dry in a jiffy.  Just look at all of the beautiful shades for spring.  I received the Limoncello.  It's a very unique color for polish in my opinion.  It's an olive-yellow-lime color that will surely get some attention.  If you're a spring green kind of girl, it will work for you.

You can see all of their beautiful colors on Ulta.com here.  As with all polish, I suggest wearing a no chip top coat to make your polish last even longer.

One lucky reader will win a nail lacquer in the color of their choice!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Click here and tell me the name of the color you would choose.

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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  • Tell me another product you would love to try from Borghese here
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**This giveaway ends on May 6th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 7th.

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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

KnickerBocker Glory: Bikerbocker Giveaway

My daughter and I love her new Underouts that we received from the very fun company, KnickerBocker Glory.  What a fun message this company is sending to girls everywhere - “Because I Want To…”, serves as a reminder that pursuing proper fun is essential and that being dressed appropriately is key to enjoying that freedom.

Their stylish undergarments give all girls the freedom to do just what they want!  Wear them under skirts, pants or by themselves.  This is underwear that is okay to be seen!  They are very, very soft, comfortable and cute.

The Boxerbockers and Camis are terrific.  My daughter has these in Island Blue.  It's a bright, cheery color that looks great for the spring.  The Island Blue features fun yellow accents for that extra punch of color.

Now if only this company would make some for moms, I would be the first in line.  Their line of Underouts feel wonderful against the skin!


It's giveaway time...now for the fun part.  The FIRST person to email a response for the following question will will a pair of KnickerBocker glory Bikerbocker.

"What is a KnickerBocker Glory?"

Email them here.  Good luck everyone!

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

Kio Kio: Soap, Mist & Lotion Set of your choice

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Kelly Massman #7!


The bodycare from Kio Kio is really wonderful.  Made from the purest, softest spring water, Kio Kio bodycare will replenish and beautify your skin.

The certified organic water used in Kio Kio bodycare is filtered from New Zealand mountain ranges and extracted through an aquifer deep in the ground. The unique bio-active botanical ingredients of Kio Kio are sustainably harvested from New Zealand’s pristine native forests.

The Kio Kio natural bodycare range includes fragrant and soothing body creams, body lotions and body washes, a refreshing body mist, and a rich creamy soap. The products include exotic natural perfume oils and unique, wild-harvested native botanical additives. Kio Kio bodycare is available in four beautiful New Zealand-inspired fragrances that are fresh, clean and uplifting.

I received the Rainforest & Koromiko body cream and body wash.  I'm normally a fruity scent kind of girl, but this was a light, refreshing scent.  I enjoy using these products during and after my showers.  The body cream absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave a greasy feeling.  Their creams are enriched with organic shea butter, organic sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E. 

The body wash is luxurious and lathers nicely.  I just love their packaging.  It really caught my eye when I opened my package.  It's simple, pretty and classy.  I have sensitive skin and these two products do not irritate my skin.

Available in 4 fragrances.

One lucky reader will win the soap, mist and lotion in the fragrance of their choice!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Kio Kio and tell me the fragrance you would choose.

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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  • Post the link to this giveaway on your Facebook, Blog, Twitter etc. and leave the link in your comment (one entry per site)
  • Like Kio Kio on Facebook here and leave your name in your comment below
  • Tell me who this will be for
  • Email three or more people about this giveaway and CC me at susannahbananaATliveDOTcom
**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog.

**This giveaway ends on May 5th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 6th.
Complimentary product was provided to me from Kio Kio for this review.  All opinions are my own.

20 Years Younger Book

Did you all see the Oprah show yesterday, 20 Years Younger with Bob Greene?  I am convinced that I need to try Lancer anti-aging products.  What inspiration those women were!  This show just reminded me how important it is to age gracefully and do what I can to live a healthy, happy life.  And get MORE SLEEP!

Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

Bover Bags - Fritter #42

A La Carte - Anonymous #22

koobli - jhitomi #4

**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, April 26, 2011

Waterbox: Water Bottle of your choice Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winner chosen by Waterbox - Victoria Barton!

Waterbox - this company creates some really great bottles that are safe for you and your family!

The 100% BPA-free Eastman Tritan bottles come in two styles - round and square.  I received the round style and it has been wonderful to take with me to the gym.  Available in six fun colors.  I really like the finger loop on the cap and the wide mouth.

FEATURES:

  • Made of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, the bottle is completely BPA-free and is dishwasher safe
  • Bottle is completely recyclable at the end of its long life
  • Tritan™ copolyester provides excellent impact resistance and is suitable for both warm and cold beverages; bottle won't retain tastes or smells
  • BPA free plastic that is totally safe to use
  • See-through design so you can tell how much water you have in the bottle. Round bottom allows bottle to fit in most drink holders
  • Large opening accepts ice cubes and drink mixes
  • Innovative SoftTouch Cap™ is made of food-grade polypropylene and soft rubber for a sure grip; asymmetric shape of the cap makes it easy to screw on and off
  • Cap creates a leakproof seal with the bottle
  • Carry the bottle via the reinforced finger loop or use the loop to clip the bottle to a backpack strap with a small carabiner
  • Replacement Guarantee: If you lose your SoftTouch Cap™ we'll replace it for free!
The bottles from their Original Art collection are really beautiful.  I received one from their Florauna line and it's a very unique design.  I just love the gorgeous bird art.

One of the many great things about designing with stainless steel is that it creates a perfect medium for all kinds of art. This is why we have chosen to showcase our artists' work primarily on the round stainless steel bottles, available in seven categories.

You can see all of the artists' work here.

Waterbox would love to offer one lucky reader the bottle of their choice.  They offer so many special designs.

Waterbox will be taking care of choosing the winner.  Here's what you have to do to win.  Become a fan of Waterbox on their Facebook page here.  Just leave a comment saying The Funky Monkey sent you.  They will notify a winner using the comments left from Funky Monkey readers.

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

Weight Watchers Smart Ones: Live YOUR healthy life

As I get older, I know how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle.  I'm 33 now and know I cannot eat like I did when I was a teen or in my 20s.  How in the world did I eat what I did when I was a teenager and not gain any weight?!?  Good times...good times. 

I go to the gym 3-4 days a week, take my multi vitamins and eat well.  I keep sweets and fried food to a minimum and stay active with my kids.  It all starts with the children.  It's so important to instill healthy lifestyle habits in your kids at an early age.  My husband takes my son out to the park to run and ride bikes.  My daughter loves to run, walk the dogs and ride her scooter.  Now that the weather is beautiful here in Cali, we take full advantage of it and get ourselves outside!  It's so easy to stay indoors and plant yourselves in front of the television.  Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  Get on your feet and get moving.  You'll feel SO much better if you do.   And your kids will enjoy spending time with you while getting exercise.

Some of my easy summer eating tips:
  • Hydrate - make sure you have a lot of water on hand.  I drink a lot of water at meals.  It helps me feel full faster and keeps my skin looking great.  Another favorite summer beverage - iced tea with lemon and Splenda.
  • Keep your plate colorful - eat lots of fruits and veggies
  • Choose lean cuts of meat - use tasty marinades
  • Grill on the BBQ - this is a favorite of ours
  • Keep your fridge stocked with healthy easy snacks -  when I get home from the store, I wash my veggies and cut them up right then and there.  This makes it so much easier to grab and go.
One thing to remember, I never deprive myself of anything.  If I have a tasty, cheesy, mexican food feast for lunch, I'll make sure I eat a healthy dinner - like a salad or chicken.  Or if I know I'll be eating a big dinner, I'll watch what I eat at breakfast and lunch.  It's about finding that healthy balance.  Once I figured this out, I've been able to maintain my desired weight. 

A huge part of my healthy lifestyle is Weight Watchers Smart Ones.  I eat their entrees at least 3 times a week for lunch.  A personal favorite, their Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans.  Yum!  I have not tried their breakfast products, but I look forward to tasting them soon. 

Visit their website for a $1.00 off coupon when you purchase 5 Weight Watchers Smart Ones products.


Weight Watchers Smart Ones is making it easier to stay on track with a healthy meal plan without spending time on prep work beforehand. Their products provide a variety of delicious, convenient and portion controlled meals and snacks that contain lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. And now they are offering two new breakfast items – like the new Egg, Sausage & Cheese Wrap and the French Toast with Turkey Sausage. Plus, the packaging tells you the Weight Watchers PointsPlus values in each serving, allowing you to conveniently plan for the day. Visit www.eatyourbest.com for more information.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Weight Watchers Smart Ones and received a promotional item and coupons to facilitate my review.”

Monday, April 25, 2011

Little Moonjumper: Nickname Blanket Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - sohamolina #19!

As seen on Friends, Sex and the City, HGTV and The Today Show.

Little Moonjumper makes super soft, personalized baby blankets. We offer an array of blankets in cool designs using bright colors. Our designs include animal faces, astrology symbols, fun kid-friendly shapes and nicknames, – stroller, crib and twin sized. Our unique handmade blankets are certain to delight all the little people in your life, and their parents too. Little Moonjumper blankets will last and stay bright to accompany that baby into their 'big bed' and beyond.

Little Moonjumper blankets, designed by founder Lyerly Spongberg Tuck, make perfect christening or baby shower gifts and are sure to be treasured for many years to come. We also offer an array of fun newborn gifts and sibling gifts as well - so no one feels left out.


Check out all of the adorable Classic Stroller Blankets with or without personalization.

All blankets 28” by 28” unless otherwise noted.


The latest addition to our Little Moonjumper family of blankets, 28" x 28" stroller blankets with images of some of our favorite baby nicknames. Whether you have a 'Cowboy', 'Sweetpea' or 'Cupcake,' we have the perfect blanket for the new baby in your life. Blankets have contrasting whip-stitched edging and are  available with or without personalization up to 9 letters.

(Optional personalization is available for $10 and will appear as an option on the ordering page once the item is placed in your shopping cart.)

Right now through April 30, Little Moonjumper is offering their very own Spring Giveaway for a $100 gift certificate!  Head on over to their Facebook page to find out more!

One lucky winner will win their very own Nickname Blanket!

MANDATORY ENTRY: You must become a fan of Little Moonjumper on Facebook and leave your name in your comment below.

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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  • Tell me how you'll personalize your blanket
  • Tell me one other item you love
  • Email three or more people about this giveaway and CC me at susannahbananaATliveDOTcom
**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog.

**This giveaway ends on May 2nd and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 3rd.

Sponsored post from Little Moonjumper

Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

SeaPak - Forget Shyness Reviews #41 and brianpiero #53

Amrita Singh - Sena #194

Energizer - traciet #16

S'well - KimmyKat320 #34

**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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Enjoy your Easter weekend!

Have a wonderful Easter this year.  As Spring Break comes to an end, for us at least, I hope you and your children enjoyed your time off.

I'll be back on Monday with more fabulous reviews and giveaways!

CalNaturale Giveaway - Every Monday win big!

Each Monday, CalNaturale will select one lucky winner to receive the grand prize pictured below.  In addition, they will be giving away reusable grocery bags and samples of Svelte all month on our Facebook and Twitter pages - so make sure you are following them for a chance to win!

·         Meatless Monday Cookbook
·         To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set
·         Whole Foods Gift Card ($50)
·         Branded tote bag
·         Svelte product (1 case of each flavor)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Little Toader: StoryBook PJ's Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - ossmcalc #16!

Introducing Little Toader!


Little Toader, LLC is a Florida based company that was started based on the desire to have a business that would allow us to create products for children that were safe, unique and fun for all!  Having children of our own, we were inspired with so many "they should make..." type statements. After much prayer, God blessed us with the resources and vision to start our own company and design our own products. Safety is at the top of our list. All of our products are tested and Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant. We are constantly working on new products, so check in with us frequently to see what new creations we have in store for you.

One lucky reader will win their very own StoryBook PJ's!

Make bedtime an adventure with StoryBook PJ’s. Storybook PJ's are a PJ and book package, where the PJ’s help tell the story!  The images on the PJ’s correlate to the images and storyline in the book.  Images are fashioned in a watercolor style and printed on 100% cotton fabric. 
Not only do the kids have something cute and comfortable to wear to bed, but the included book helps build their verbal and cognitive skills. Reading to children is a rewarding routine that helps build a strong bond between parents and children, and can aid in a better night's sleep for everyone.

MANDATORY ENTRY: You must become a fan of Little Toader on Facebook here and leave your name in your comment below.

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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  • Post the link to this giveaway on your Facebook, Blog, Twitter etc. and leave the link in your comment (one entry per site)
  • Tell me what you love about this company/products
  • Who will this be for
  • Email three or more people about this giveaway and CC me at susannahbananaATliveDOTcom
**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog.

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

Annie Chun's: All Natural Asian Cuisine

I had never even tried Pad Thai, or made it for that matter, until I received the Annie Chun's Pad Thai Brown Rice Noodles to review.  They were delicious!  I followed the recipe on the box and it turned out wonderfully!  My family liked it, too.

These brown rice noodles are made with 100% whole grain, are gluten-free and are a great source of dietary fiber.  The texture was great and I loved the fact that my kids were eating whole grain noodles.  A much healthier alternative.

You can find Annie Chun's in many stores.  I've seen their products in my own grocery store.  Click here to view their store locator.  Their website also has a great recipe section here.

If you sign up for their newsletter on their homepage, you will get a $1 off printable coupon!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Annie Chun's for this review.  All opinions are my own.

redbrickwall: Keep Calm and Carry Chocolate Tee


Why can't everyone just live by this motto?  The world would be a much happier and sweeter place! 

The Kids Keep Calm and Carry Chocolate Tee is just darling.  Available in sizes 2T-Youth 10.  Get this in a variety of different colors, too.

Printed on a 100% cotton American Apparel T-Shirt.  Proudly made in the USA.

This great Etsy shop offers some really wonderful tees for men, women and children.  Some include:
  • Keep Calm and Sew On
  • Keep Calm and Play On
  • Keep Calm and Hold On
  • Keep Calm and Dance On
  • Keep Calm and Drink Coffee
Plus other wonderful styles!  Be sure to visit redbrickwall to see all of their affordable tees today.

Take 20% OFF your order when you enter GirlsRock20 at checkout.

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

MathBlaster.com: Pure online fun for kids!

MathBlaster.com is a futuristic online adventure packed with wacky aliens, high-tech gadgets and, of course, math!

As new recruits at the prestigious Blaster Academy, your kids will play arcade-style math games and race through high-speed missions with the help of a cast of characters that are out of this world! After learning the ropes in Blaster Academy, new cadets will join the Intergalactic Space Patrol (ISP), an elite team of Blasters sworn to explore and protect even the furthest galaxies and deepest black holes of the universe. Armed with the most advanced gadgets and fine-tuned math skills, the cadets of the ISP will travel to exotic new planets, discover bizarre alien races and face extraordinary challenges!


My kids really enjoy playing this entertaining game.  There are different levels for them to choose from and it's been a great way to strengthen their math skills at home.  I love that they are having fun while educating themselves in a safe online environment.  Math Blaster keeps them entertained, challenges them and keeps them wanting more! It's no wonder this game has won over 65 awards!

How does it work?

After registering and installing our 3D engine, Unity, simply launch the game and let your kids explore the planets and galaxies of Math Blaster!

Is it Safe?

Absolutely. Over the past 25 years, the Math Blaster brand has earned the trust of over 10 million parents and teachers by providing safe, age-appropriate games for kids. MathBlaster.com is no exception. Parental controls, canned chat and pre-programmed names ensure that kids are completely safe and cannot share any personal information.


Be sure to check out Math Blaster for your kids!

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Boconi Bags: Stylish & Beautiful Bags for Mother's Day! 50% OFF discount code!

I think the world of Boconi and their products.  I had the pleasure of reviewing their men's wallets a while back and they are still look just as good as the day we received them.  This company offers high quality, stylish leather goods for men and women.

This awesome company sent over three bags from their Addison Collection for me to try out.  I can't tell you how much I love all of them!  First of all, they are simply gorgeous.  The glossy, crinkled italian patent leather is very unique and sophisticated.  I've never seen leather look like this.  It has a slight metallic sheen and feels butter soft.  It's hard to keep your hands off it.


The antiqued silver buckle hardware is a nice touch.  It adds that extra bit of flair to each of their bags. And the satiny soft cheetah print lining is meowlicious!  I chose to review the olive color and it does not disappoint.  I'm normally a black kind of girl, but I could not resist the beautiful olive.  I'm glad I decided to try something new.

the BOCONI clutch is deliciously sexy...the perfect size for your essentials while keeping you way beautiful.

spacious interior has two organizational pockets: one sized for your mobile phone, the other for lip stick/gloss. throw it under your arm and glide out the door for your night out on the town, but its versatile look with the wristlet makes it remarkably appropriate during the day as well. the magnetic buckle simplifies your life, getting what you need quicker and adding on a shoulder strap, only makes it better. all eyes will be on you and your BOCONI clutch in luscious colors, what style you have!


Get this Addison Clutch in black, olive and purple.  Measures 10.75 x 5.25 x 1".  Features a removable wristlet strap and an optional shoulder strap is sold separately.  There is also a magnetic buckle flap.  LOVE that.


The next bag sent my way is their Addison iPouch.   I received the luxurious purple color.  I will be using this a lot.  When I'm on the go, I find I end up taking my wallet out of my purse when I'm runining errands.  However, I can't take my iPod with me when I do this, but now I can thanks to this awesome iPouch. 

This features everything I need all-in-one!  A definite must-have for any mom.

the BOCONI "it" wallet your holds iPhone, BlackBerry, mobile phone, yet carries cash, credit cards, and coins with a wristlet for that perfect out-on-the-town item...that you can't live without!

our iPouch is exquisitely sculpted to fit your iPhone, BlackBerry or mobile phone. with a spot for everything: credit card slots, ID window, bill compartments, and an external zip pocket for coins and tokens. wristlet is detachable, so you can add the shoulder strap for x-body. it is perfect by itself or toss it in your bag - either way you are set for the journey ahead.


I'm loving the fun cheetah print lining and zipper back pocket for loose change.  The removable wristlet strap is very handy and allows me to slip this on my wrist when I need to use both of my hands.  Measures 5.25 x 3.25 x 1.25".  Get this in red, black, olive and purple.


I love a great cross body bag and the Addison xBody Mini is perfection.  I used this when running errands today and it was terrific.  I hate the feel of a heavy purse.  It's just weighs me down and gets in the way.  This xBody Mini is very comfortable to wear and held everything I needed for the day.  I can't wait to take this with me when I travel, too!


super-sleek little BOCONI cross body mini is an absolute must for traveling light from transcontinental jet-setting to quick trips to the coffee shop!

our "fun-sized" xBody mini is smart and chic; keeps your essentials organized and right by your side. just toss your small wallet, lip gloss, sunglasses, and keys in and you have a fabulous start to your day or night. it also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap - every aspect specifically tailored for your needs. of course it also has an interior pocket for an iPhone, BlackBerry, mobile phone. clever and compact, it's the reason your girlfriends lust after your sophisticated taste. 
 
 Of course it features the beautiful cheetah print lining, an interior pocket and magnetic buckle front flap. 

The shoulder strap is fully adjustable and there is a back zipper pocket, plus another back pocket behind it with magnetic closure.  Measures 7.5 x 6.5 x 1". 

Wouldn't these bags be wonderful for Mother's Day this year?  Right now Boconi would like to offer your 50% off their Addison Collection with the discount code:  Funky50

Wow!  What a deal on these amazing, attractive bags.  Spread the word!

Be sure to become a fan of Boconi on Facebook.

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

Chick on the Go: Full Travel Kit for Women on the Move!

What a cool concept!  Chick on the Go is a company that offers a full travel kit for women with five must have pieces of clothing and two coordinating accessories.

The idea for Chick on the Go began when the designer, Silvia Allegrini, was traveling overseas with her family to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.  However, her LUGGAGE WAS DELAYED by the airlines.  The struggle to purchase appropriate attire became time consuming, costly and anxiety producing.  This experience became the inspiration for the creation of CHICK ON THE GO.

I was very impressed with their beautiful case.  It comes fully pre-packed with garments.  Take this clutch style case with you in your tote bag or carry on-luggage.  There are four pockets, 3 of them contain the garments and the 4th is left for you to do what you wish with it.  I think it would be great for jewelry, hair accessories, etc.

If you do a lot of traveling or just want an easy go-to wardrobe, this is the kit for you! 

Here is what you'll find in the travel kit.  Included are 5 garments and 2 accessories.  You will receive a black wide leg pant, black slip dress, white long sleeve v-neck shirt, white tank top, and a black poncho that can be worn as a skirt or a shirt.  You will also receive two sashes, one black and one white.  Wear these as a belt, scarf or even a headband. 

The site states that the v-neck shirt, tank and sash is white, but my three pieces are more of an off-white, vanilla color.  This entire kit creates 25 versatile outfits!   The garments arrived pre-packaged in their very nice decorative clutch style travel case. 

Since the pieces are simple and basic in color, you can really accessorize with any other colorful pieces you may have - jewelry, shoes, etc.  It can really be a lot of fun!  Go from day to night in a matter of minutes!  Available in sizes x-small through x-large.

Another plus, the fabric is not heavy or stiff.  It's much thinner than I'm used to wearing, but very lightweight and reminds me of comfortable loungewear.  The entire kit weighs under 4 lbs and is a breeze to take with you in your carry-on.

Head on over to Chick on the Go to find out how you can get your hands on one of these clever kits.  Think Mother's Day!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Chick on the Go for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Volatile Footwear: The perfect spring heels

I have been on the hunt for a shoe that looks like this.

And I found it!  I wanted to find a light brown leather sling back, peep toe shoe with weaving detail and a wooden heel.  I thought I wouldn't find it until I spotted the Bad Girl style in tan from Volatile.  I feel like I'm in heaven when I wear these.  Seriously...they are so ridiculously comfortable. 

When I slipped them on for the first time, it felt like my foot was sitting on clouds.  The padded footbed is a must-have feature.  As I've gotten older, I find that heels really kill my feet!  This is why I'm so thrilled with these comfortable shoes.

These shoes look great with my spring wardrobe.  They are my favorite go-to shoe of the season so far!  They look even better in person and are pretty darn hot on.

Volatile would like to offer you 15% off your order with the discount code:  Funky

This company offers shoes for women, kids and handbags.  Check them all out!

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

Beneterre: Eco-Friendly Reusable Wine Carrier

My family purchases wine from the grocery store.  Every single time they purchase 6 bottles at once, they bring home a cardboard carrier the store offers for free.  I always look at it thinking there's got to be a greener alternative.  I've found it from Beneterre.

Their Cin Cin Reusable Wine Carrier is a great find.  It's durable and eco-friendly.  This comes in three color combinations - black with dijon trim, black with blue trim and burgundy with navy trim.

Features include:
  • Reusable wine or beverage carrier to eliminate paper sacks and boxes
  • Recycled plastic felt base and dividers to protect bottles
  • Easily carry up to 6 bottles
  • Durable cotton canvas and integrated handles for added strength
  • Ideal for shopping, picnics, parties, dining out, tailgating or as a gift for the wine enthusiast
  • Easy care – machine wash cold, line dry
At just $20, you can be drinking your wine while knowing you're helping save the planet.

Beneterre would like to offer you 10% off your order with the discount code:  Funky04

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

koobli: Unisex Cover-Up Garment Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky giveaway winner - jhitomi #4!

Introducing the koobli.  This unisex cover-up is really going to come in handy in my home.  This is super simple to slip on over your clothes.  It is lightweight, made from 100% micro polyester suede.  I do a lot of painting in my free time.  I can't wait to put my koobli to use!  This is going to keep my clothing paint-free.  Also, the ends of your sleeves won't get in the way.  The sleeves are gathered with elastic on the ends.

I think this would be great for teachers, crafters, moms, dads...etc!  Get this in blueberry and cherry.  I received the cherry and it's a gorgeous color.  I almost don't want to get it dirty, but silly me, that's what it's for!  Click here to buy one for yourself.

Click here to see koobli in action, featured on
Good Day New York, the FOX 5 Morning Show!

One lucky reader will win their very own koobli!

MANDATORY ENTRY: You must visit koobli and tell me something else about this company not mentioned.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified.
 
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Complimentary product was provided to me from koobli for this review.  All opinions are my own.

A La Carte: Set of Hand-Cut Gift Tags of your choice Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Anonymous #22!

If you're anything like me, handmade stationery is a weakness of mine.  It's a bit of a strange addiction.  I really love getting a handwritten note in the mail.  It's such a nice touch and really shows someone you care.  Now that we're in the age of technology, handmade cards are truly special.

I just love the beautiful cards from A La Carte.  No two cards are the same!  Each one is a unique piece of art made with love. 


Our Card Sets come in packages of 6 with coordinating envelopes. They are boxed up and wrapped in a raffia bow so you don't have to do anything but treat yourself or give them to someone you love!! The perfect gift for TeachersFriends and Co-Workers. This gift would be great around the Holidays for a Secret Santa, as a Hostess Gift or as a Stocking Stuffer!! We could make coordinating sets to match your Wedding Invitations or as gifts for you Bridesmaids!!! Great for having around the house for times when only a beautiful card will do!

Don't see a pattern you like? Would like a different size? We can definitely accommodate that!! Send us an email and we will get back to you with availability and pricing! All Card Sets measure 4 1/2" x 6" unless otherwise noted.


Right now you can receive free shipping (min. $6 Value) with the code:  FREESHIP

One lucky reader will win a set of hand-cut gift tags of their choice!  Click here to view them all.

MANDATORY ENTRY: You must visit A La Carte and tell me the gift tags you would choose.

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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  • Like A La Carte on Facebook here and leave your name
  • Tell me what you love about this company/products
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad from AllRecipes.com

My husband and I LOVE this broccoli salad.  It's perfect for the spring/summer!  I use a bit less sunflower seeds.  It comes out perfect every single time I make it.  Letting it sit in the refrigerator for a couple hours allows all of the flavors to really soak in.  You can also substitute halved seedless grapes instead of the raisins.

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds

Directions

  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli, onion and raisins. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise. Pour over broccoli mixture, and toss until well mixed. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
  3. Before serving, toss salad with crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds.

9 things that are making me happy today!


1.  Spring Break
2.  Easter
3.  The new flowers I planted yesterday
4.  Beautiful California weather
5.  My loving family
6.  Going to the library with my kids
7.  College graduation
8.  The color aqua
9.  Baking brownies

Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

8 Petals - Gianna #74

Pink Pepper Pie - sohamolina #9

HelloCanvas.com - WinItMama #34

**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, April 19, 2011

Parisi Artisan Coffee: Hand-crafted Coffees

I'm the tea lover around here, but my husband loves his coffee.  He really enjoys trying new brands and flavors.  Parisi Artisan Coffee sent over two of their special, hand-crafted coffee flavors to test out.  Both the Espresso Parisi and Organic Bolivia coffees tasted great.  Parisi starts with only the finest green coffees from regions all over the world.  Their beans are then slow-roasted under the keen eye of their artisan roast master.

All Parisi coffees are hand-crafted from seed to cup...some are certified Fair Trade, some organic and some are certified through our own artisan standard Eco World Family Farm. All of our roasts originate from only the highest quality, specialty grade Arabica beans.

The Espresso Parisi is a nice sweet, full bodied blend of coffees.  It smells absolutely divine.  The Bolivia Organic Coffee has a hint of sweet milk chocolate and a nuance of honeysuckle. 

If you're looking for a coffee company that is passionate about what they do, Parisi is for you. 

You can find Parisi on Facebook here.  Buy online here.  Find a fine retailer or restaurant who offers Parisi here.

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