Monday, April 30, 2012

MochiThings: Smartphone Wallet & Dual Purse Organizer - 2 Winners! {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

When you run across a cool company, it just puts a smile on your face.  I enjoy finding companies that are creative, innovative and fun.  MochiThings is all three and more!  This trendy store offers some really great products that I can't wait to share with you.  It's also a great place to shop for Mother's Day!


This Dual Purse Organizer is a real lifesaver.  It features two zipper pockets on each side.  The size of the organizer can be easily adjusted by using the buttons that are conveniently located on the side.  There is a large middle section where you can place large items (such as an iPad or a book).  There are front and back pockets for you to place smaller items within reach without having to hunt for them at the bottom of your purse.

This is manufactured using strong nylon quilted fabric.  You can use this purse organizer in almost any type of bag. The hidden handle is another great feature.  It is specifically designed to stay out of the way.  You can easily lift the Dual Purse Organizer with the handle when you choose to.

Available in apple green, coral, deep sky, slate gray and white.  Measures 7.3 x 11.8 x 3.3 inches.


The Poste Smartphone Wallet is just what I need to store my personal belongings along with my phone.  What a smart idea!  There is a wristband that is also attached to this wallet so you can easily and securely hold this while you're on the move.

This features two big compartments for you to use.  One compartment is specially designed for your phone, digital camera, iPod, or other electronic devices.  You can store earphones, batteries, credit cards, receipts, and much, much more in the other compartment.  There are two card slots for your ID or credit cards.

You can even charge your electronic device and plug in your earphones in the audio port opening while your device is still in the smartphone wallet.

The words "bonne nouvelle" is printed on the inside cover.  This means "Good News" in French.

Get this in brown, cobalt blue, coral pink, gray, and hot pink.  Measures 3.0 x 5.2 inches.

Discount Time:  Take 10% off your entire order with the code MOCHILOVESMONKEY.  One coupon per household.  Does not apply to shipping, but is stackable with their current $75 or more free shipping promotion for US customers.  International customers may use this coupon code.

Giveaway Time:  MochiThings is generously giving one reader the Dual Purse Organizer in the color of their choice, and another winner will receive a Poste Smartphone Wallet in the color of their choice.

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.

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Saige Nicole's: Sun Hat & Fedora for kids {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Saige Nicole's offers some of the finest upscale boutique clothing and accessories.  You will find such a wonderful assortment of products ranging from diaper bags to gifts for mom. 


Oh my goodness, this 100% cotton Red and White Polka Dot Sun Hat with Large Flower is to die for.  Wouldn't your little one look precious having fun in the sun with this stylish hat?!  She'll look adorable while being protected from harmful UV rays this summer.

This hat would look fantastic for a photo shoot and features velcro closure. 


And they just keep getting cuter, folks!  This Tan Fedora with Black Band and Optional Interchangeable Bands is mighty cute indeed.  Your little man will feel like sophisticated and so grown up in this lightweight boys fedora by Elis Lids.  You can add an interchangeable headband set in 4 fun colors including tan and black herringbone, ivory, red and navy.  What a clever idea.

Lovin' the glasses and tie.  What a great photo idea!

This hat will fit most children ages 2-5.

Discount Time:  Take 10% off with the code FUNKYMONKEY at checkout.

Giveaway Time:  Saige Nicole's is generously giving away one polka dot sun hat to one reader and one tan fedora to another winner - 2 winners!



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sonyarenee: Simple & Elegant Jewelry

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I would like to introduce you to a company that creates some really breathtaking pieces - sonyarenee.

One thing I love about the jewelry from sonyarenee is the fact that you can wear them with anything.  Every single piece can be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe.  I tend to gravitate toward dainty simple pieces, and this company offers just that.


This lovely 12mm small gold plated or silver engraved disc necklace is custom monogrammed and made to order. This will come on a 16" chain.  Longer lengths are available.  When placing your order, there are two fonts to choose from - Roman and Wedding.  

Watch the video below to view some of their necklaces styles and sizes.




It's no wonder this company has been featured in People, Glamour, Redbook and RealSimple...to name a few.   


How gorgeous are these?!  I've never seen anything like them.

The Clara in Clear Quartz is a very lightweight earring with gemstones along the inside bottom of the teardrop.  What a one-of-a-kind design.  They measure approximately 2" long and are 14k gold filled.

You can also get these earrings in pyrite, green onyx, clear quartz (shown), black onyx, garnet and citrine.

Watch the helpful video below for size reference on their most popular earrings.




Discount Time:  Take 20% off with the code FM20.  Offer expires May 6, 2012.

Just in time for Mother's Day!

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Core Bamboo: Extra Large Modern Round Bowl {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

If you love to entertain or just want a beautiful piece for your kitchen, the modern round bowls from Core Bamboo are sure to please.  In fact, all of the eco-friendly bamboo kitchenware from this company is stunning.


I received one the Extra Large Modern Round Bamboo Bowl in teal.  The color is absolutely gorgeous, and the design is truly a work of art.  This large bowl is a great size for salads, chips, pasta, etc.


Collect a variety of bowl sizes to suit your needs.  I about died when I saw all of the gorgeous colors this bowl comes in.  They're so bold and fresh.  You'll want them all.


Take a look at these wonderful flower bowls.  Swoon!  What a great Mother's Day gift idea.


Discount Time:  20% off with the code monkey20 until May 31, 2012


Giveaway Time:  Core Bamboo is generously giving away one of their Modern Round Bowls to one lucky reader - Measures 13" DIA. x 4.75" H.

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.



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

ZeroWater: Filtered Water Pitcher - 2 Winners {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


We all desire clean drinking water, but what do you do if the tap water in your area is contaminated with displeasing deposits?  You either tough it out or spend money on bottled water.  I was buying the bottled stuff, cringing at the thought of spending money on water with each purchase.

Thank goodness I learned about ZeroWater.  ZeroWater filters produce the only filtered water that meets the FDA definition for TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) in purified bottled water.  You'll get purified-quality water without the high cost and plastic bottles.  It can cost you as little as 50 cents per gallon with the ZeroWater unit.

I live in Central California, and the tap water definitely has a funny taste.  According the to TDS Meter Reading on ZeroWater's website, the score in my area is 174.  A TDS reading of 000 is the ideal FDA recommended score.  We're off by quite a bit here!  Most water in the USA falls into the 051-200 category.  The expected quantity of ZeroWater per filter for this range is 25 to 40 gallons.

When I used the handy TDS Meter that was included with the pitcher, my tap water had a reading of 113 - definitely room for improvement.



After I filtered the water in my ZeroWater pitcher, I'm happy to say that my TDS score is 000.


Thanks to my new 10 cup ZeroWater pitcher, my family can now drink clean and healthy water.  You have no idea who much peace of mind this gives me.


I love the ergonomic design of the pitcher.  It's not too bulky and has a very handy push spout for dispensing.  This is great for younger children or adults who are unable to lift the pitcher themselves.  This spout also worked very well when we wanted to get a glass of water, but the water was still being filtered.  It does take a bit of time to get the water through the filter, but that's to be expected.  The spout is a great feature for kids and for use during the filtering process.

Attaching the filter was a breeze.  All you need to do is tightly screw the filter into the bottom of the reservoir.

There is also a convenient built-in holder for the TDS Meter on the top of the lid.  You'll always know where the meter is to check your TDS reading.  Once your TDS Meter reads 006, it's time to replace your filter.

Our water has never tasted so refreshing and pure thanks to ZeroWater.

Right now you can take 30% off a 10 Cup ZeroWater pitcher with the coupon code MC30.  Click here to start saving.

Giveaway Time:  Two lucky readers will win a ZeroWater pitcher!  Enter now - giveaway ends in 3 days!

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.



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 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater and received a water pitcher to facilitate my review, two pitchers to giveaway, and extra filters to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Olasonic: USB Powered Speakers {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY - 2 WINNERS}


Olasonic TW-S7 Computer Speakers - Exceptional sound, plug and play, and easily portable - this is how I describe the beautifully egged shape speakers from Olasonic .  They hook up to your computer by simply plugging them into a USB port and that's it!  No need to find an electric socket to power it up and they do not even need batteries.  Your computer powers it up.

High-fidelity 10W+10W dynamic power produces clear and great sound.   Rear passive radiators achieves powerful bass reproduction.   Olasonic speakers works with Windows XP as well as MAC OS.  For MAC users, if your OS is older than OS 9, you may have to configure your computer to recognize these speakers.  Once they're recognized, prepare for sound that even an audiophile would find exceptional for the small package it comes in.


To give you an idea of how powerful the Olasonic TW-S7 is, I used these speakers for a presentation in a medium sized conference room the size of a basketball court.  I played a video during the meeting and no one in the meeting complained about not hearing the audio.  A few actually commented that they thought the sound came from built in speakers.

Bottom Line - If you are looking for a plug and play and excellent sounding portable speakers without having to deal with electrical sockets and batteries, put the Olasonic TW-S7 Computer Speakers at the top of your list!

GIVEAWAY - Olasonic is generously giving away a pair of Black Speakers to one winner and White Speakers to another reader!  Two winners total.  Open to US and Canadian residents.

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   
Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.

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Slap Frozen Energy: Freeze It. Squeeze It.



SLAP FROZEN ENERGY - With so many "energy" products out there, you have to be innovative and bring something new to the market.  SLAP FROZEN ENERGY IS a new innovation from Brain-Twist that BRINGS the energy drink category to the NEXT LEVEL.  This product contains 25% more energy than other leading brands and is infused with taurine, caffeine, and vitamins B3, B6, and B12.  There are 3 flavors to choose from: Crisp Apple, Strawberry Frost, and Lemonade.  Freeze and thaw it for 3 minutes to soften before enjoying.  It's 10 fluid ounces of delicious slushy to drink.

When I first received this product, I already knew how I was going to test it.  I waited for a fairly warm day ride my road bike.  I placed a SLAP FROZEN ENERGY in a pouch on my bike jersey, which kept me cool from the sun's heat.  After a few miles, I drank some of the drink and noticed how much energy it gave me.  I've tested other energy products before, but SLAP gave me the most energy.  I didn't have my cyclometer on my bike because it ran out of batteries during its winter slumber; I wanted to compare my time with drinking SLAP and without.

Test 2 - Confirmed SLAP FROZEN ENERGY WORKS.  I set up my iPod Nano to the fitness setting and started running around a local track while taking swigs of SLAP.  When I was done, the lady on my iPod congratulated me on finishing my run.  Then uunexpectedly, a man's voice came on telling me that I had just run my best mile time!  This was not a coincidence; my performance was clearly because of consuming SLAP FROZEN ENERGY during my run.

Bottom Line - If you are looking for cold energy drink that WILL give you energy and lots of it, SLAP FROZEN ENERGY is a must if you're looking to improve your performance!  They taste great and will keep you cool during the upcoming warm weather.

Now available at Walmart.

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

Friday, April 27, 2012

29 Cosmetics: Age Protecting Cosmetics & Skincare

I'm all for trying new cosmetics.  I love it when I find great beauty products that compliment my features without making me look like I have a ton of make-up on.


29 Cosmetics sent over two really beautiful products for me to try.  The first is their Dew Grape Seed Age Protecting Lip Gloss in Pink Champagne.  Ask my husband, I'm known for trying just about every lip gloss out there in search of the perfect light pink pout.  I was so thrilled to see that the Pink Champagne color looks fabulous on me.  It's the perfect hint of sheer light pink without looking too frosty or nude.  I would say it's one of my favorite pink shades to date.

This lip gloss fully hydrates your lips and is available in twelve very pretty colors.


This long lasting gloss contains grape seed extract which nourishes and protects your lips from environmental pollutants, harmful free radicals and helps erase the signs of aging.

The next product I had the pleasure of trying is their Nape Rouge Cream Blush with grape seed extract.


I use a powder blush daily, but it was a nice change to try a cream blush.  This was easy to apply and felt so silky smooth against my skin.  I loved the natural rosy pink glow it gave my cheeks, and it felt like I had nothing on.  I worried about cream blushes feeling greasy or oily, but this was not the case at all.  This neutral color would look great on a variety of skin tones and came in a gorgeous winter white compact with mirror.  There is nothing cheap looking/feeling about their packaging.  I was very impressed with the quality and design.

The only thing I wish 29 Cosmetics didn't contain is parabens.  I would forever use their pink champagne lip gloss if no parabens were used.

However, 29 Cosmetics does have a paraben-free line, their Preserves Skin Care.  It's all natural and pure.  Just the way I like it!

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Complimentary product was  provided to me from 29 Cosmetics for this review. All opinions are my own.

Toy State: CAT Job Site Machine of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


It's time to bring the job site to you with the awesome motorized Cat Job Site Machines from Toy State.  These machines are so much fun for kids.  My kids are 8 and 10, so when the toys arrived, I could see younger kids would appreciate them more.  I took these over to a friend's house and had their younger children play with them.  They couldn't get enough of these large machines and their cool sounds.

Each Cat machine features great classic Cat styles along with working lights, construction tunes, foreman vocals, motorized driving and other cool machine features.

See the toys in action!





There are four available styles:
  • Dump Truck
  • Bulldozer
  • Wheel Loader
  • Excavator

The Cat Mining Playset was also a huge hit.  This set includes one free-wheeling Cat machine and a working rock crusher.  There are neat sound effects, music and fun vocals.

Young children will get a kick out of this set.  It just adds to the fun!

Buy these now on Amazon.com.  Recommended for ages 3+.

Giveaway Time:  Toy State is generously giving one lucky reader the Cat Job Site Machine of their choice!  You will also receive a yellow CAT hard hat for your little one!

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

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

Rifle Paper Co.: The perfect gift for Mother's Day


Tell me this isn't gorgeous.  I dare you.

This Floral Heart Print from Rifle Paper Co. is simply divine.  This illustrated art print is created from an original illustration by Anna Bond - the owner/creative director/illustrator and designer of this gorgeous company.

This print is available in three sizes to suit your needs.  I received their largest - the 18"x24" and I cannot wait to frame it.  It's going to look so fantastic in my home.  I love its simplicity, fresh color palette and unique design.

This print was carefully shipped between two thick pieces of cardboard in a flat protective sleeve.  This piece of art is printed on yummy natural white cover paper.

What a beautiful addition to your decor, and let's not forget to mention Mother's Day.  What a lovely way to show your mom just how much you love her with this creative print.

This design is also available in folded cards.  All of the stationery from Rifle Paper Co. is modern and fresh with the perfect touch of whimsy.

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kiss My Face: Pump out the peace


Kiss My Face wants to remind everyone to help make the world a better place.  I completely agree with this message and want to do my part to help spread the word.

I was sent one of their great smelling Better World Peace Soaps.  It's time to replace your existing cleaning products with this eco conscious alternative.  This castile soap is formulated with 100% natural ingredients such as olive oil, coconut and jojoba oils.

We love that this soap is gentle, safe, biodegradable and environmentally friendly.  Everything a soap should be in our book.  Free of parabens, SLS and phtalates.  And of course, no animal testing or ingredients are used.

Kiss My Face Peace Soap is named for its support of Seeds of Peace.  This organization aims to develop relationships and leadership skills among young people from regions of conflict.  Kiss My Face will donate 10% of all profits to Seeds of Peace.

Get this soap in four wonderful natural scents:
  • Grassy Mint
  • Lemongrass Clary Sage
  • Lavender Mandarin
  • Pomegranate Acai
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Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners!

Scholastic - Jenna Marie #121

Zoobooks - Kristie Newton #453 and Shannon Wieneke #468

Snoozer Loser - Cindy Loo #251

Orb Factory - April Brosius #97

**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 through Rafflecopter is used to determine all winners.

Bon Ami: America's Original Natural Home Cleaner

It's very important to me to make sure my home is as natural as possible.  This includes the food we eat, the air we breathe and the household cleaners I use.

After doing some research on the harmful chemicals found in many of the cleaning products I used to use, I was shocked.  There is no way those products are making their way into my shopping basket again.  Thank goodness for Bon Ami!


I really enjoy using their scratch-free Powder Cleanser.  This stuff really does what it's supposed to without all the nasty chemicals.  

Just 5 simple ingredients:
  • Limestone
  • Feldspar
  • Biodegradable cleaning agents
  • Soda ash
  • Baking soda

I hand wash my dishes now, so I'm always on the lookout for gentle, effective dish soaps.  

The Dish Soap from Bon Ami will not harm the environment or my home and contains no phosphates or chlorine.  Plus, the bottle is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics.  Gotta love that.

Available in Free & Clear and Tangerine Thyme.


The All-Purpose Cleaner is my new best friend.  I use this everywhere - kitchen, bath, bedrooms...you name it.  You can even use this cleaner on pet stains.  As always, this does not contain any phosphates or chlorine.  Remove your toughest messes with this environmentally friendly and safe product.

Available in Free & Clear and Tangerine Thyme.


Hallelujah for this scratch-free Liquid Cleanser.  My husband cleans our bathrooms (bless his heart) and I've always hated the fumes that followed.  The shower spray was the worst!  This liquid cleanser is the perfect alternative to our old smelly cleansers.

This product gets rid of soap scum and hard water deposits and can be used on fiberglass, stainless steel, porcelain, chrome, glass, and other fine surfaces.  Just squeeze onto a damp sponge, rub away, and rinse.  

Available in Free & Clear and Tangerine Thyme.

The products from Bon Ami have seriously changed the way I clean.  Our home and health is much safer because of them.  

You can find Bon Ami in most grocery stores, and you can purchase products from Bon Ami's online store.  Just look for the little yellow chick and signature red banner!

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

Designs by Lolita: "Shopaholic Too" Wine Glass Set {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

I'm sure you've seen Designs by Lolita in department stores near you.  I remember the first time I did, and I thought to myself - that's one fun glass!  I was surprised to find out that this company creates an entire line of products from candles to paper products.

All of the wine, martini and margarita glasses have a fabulous recipe on the bottom.  So clever. So cute.


I mean.....could they get any cuter?!

Tumblers are a must have during the summer, and if they're decorated with cute flip flops, I'm sold!  These would be perfect for a summer gathering.


I received a darling set of 2 Flip Flops Acrylic Tumblers from Designs by Lolita.  These glasses hold 19 oz. and are BPA free.  A definite plus.  They arrived in a clear box with a grosgrain ribbon handle.  What a cute gift idea for Mother's Day!


Hand washing is recommended.


Giveaway Time:  One lucky reader will win an adorable set of two acrylic wine glasses in the style, Shopaholic Too!

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

You must complete the Mandatory Entry first, and then you may complete any of the optional entry options for more ways to win!   

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taryn Reed: Hematite & Sterling Silver Swivel Hoop Earrings {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


Taryn Reed, you're doing everything right!  Your handcrafted jewelry collection is natural, feminine and simply beautiful.


I was sent this breathtaking Opal & 14K Gold Necklace.  It's even more stunning in person.  The photo truly doesn't do this necklace justice.  The 14K gold chain glimmers like crazy, and the opals are lovely shades of green.

This long necklace can be worn with a casual or dressy look.  It's so versatile, and the gold/green combo is so fresh and pretty.


I also adore these natural beauties.  Too gorgeous...

Giveaway Time:  Taryn Reed is generously giving away a pair of these Hematite & Sterling Silver Swivel Hoop Earrings to one lucky reader!



ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses under one IP address. You will be disqualified

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

Tattly: Designy Temporary Tattoos

There's something about kids + tattoos.  They love them!  My kids are no exception.   They always want to apply a million to their bodies at a time.  Perfectly fine with me, but make them temporary, mmkay?!

Thanks to Tattly, they can safely do this.  I'll keep a smile on my face, and they can have all the fun their little hearts desire.

There is nothing hokey about Tattly tattoos, and they aren't just for kids.  They're perfect for anyone looking to adorn themselves with fresh and funky designs.

We were sent some really cool tattoos.  They went on like a charm, and my kids are still sporting them 'round town.

Check out some of these awesome designs that we received made by some seriously talented artists.





And I LOVE these...





Get your hands on some!  Each Tattly is $5 (set of 2) - includes shipping within the US.

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