Thursday, May 31, 2012

CRKT: Ripple by Ken Onion - Father's Day Gift Idea


CRKT RIPPLE by Ken Onion - ALL DADS NEED a knife like this!  Father's Day is June 17th and here's a great and functional present for your handy dad!  I own several knives from CRKT, and the Ripple is my new favorite for everyday carry.  It is the slimmest, lightest, and best cutting tool if you are seeking clean cuts.  I slip this knife into my khakis for work and forget it's in my pocket until I need to use it.




Opened, the overall length is 7.5" and closed is 4.33" at a lightweight 2.5 oz.  The blade length is 3.125" and .1" thick made from 8CR14MoV with a satin finish, hollow grind, and Ken Onion Drop Point.  The handle is made from 6061 Aluminum which is hard anodized treated with over 40 lightening holes and small ripples.

The blade locks into place with a frame lock and opens smoothly with the IKBS system.  The IKBS ball-bearing system uses 8 un-caged ball bearings on each side of the blade for durability and low maintenance.


Bottom Line - Need an affordable knife that disappears into your pocket and makes clean cuts?  The CRKT Ripple by Ken Onion is the knife to get the job done!


If you're looking for an introductory knife for your son (7+ and older), I encourage you to take a look at the Nathan's Knife Kit from CRKT.  This pre-cut, easily assembled softwood knife kit is great for an easy first woodworking project.  Dads can help their children get acquainted with knife safety and responsibility.

Complimentary product provided from CRKT for this review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Real Simple Limited-Edition Pet Product Line Exclusively at Target

Calling all dog lovers!  Real Simple has debuted their limited-edition pet product line exclusively at Target, and their products are fantastic!  Here are a few that will help keep your dog safe and organized.


The LED Light Solar Leash can be used day-to-night with its amazing LED light feature.  This fully adjustable leash features a nice padded, comfortable handle and orange LED light strip.  This light can blink or stand still.


I love the LED Light Pet Collar Charms with ID Tag.  Each charm measures 1.25 inches in diameter and has two light settings.  These colorful plastic LED charms really light up to help your dog stand out.  They also come with a trial tracking service.


If you're like our family and have a ton of dog toys around the house, be sure to get your hands on Real Simple's Pet Toy Organizer.  This roomy organizer folds flat for easy storage, features large handles for easy transport and is lined with fun striped fabric.

Make sure to visit a Target near you to see the entire collection including food bowls, dry food scoops and pet food storage bins.

Complimentary products provided to me from Real Simple.  All opinions are my own.

Dale & Thomas Popcorn: Father's Day Six-Bag Sampler {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


I've had the pleasure of reviewing Dale & Thomas Popcorn products in the past.  Boy, is it delicious!  Popcorn from the Gods I tell you!

If you're dad loves popcorn or just loves to snack on yummy treats, I highly recommend the Father's Day Six-Bag Sampler.


Choose between Savory and Chocolate Lovers.

Savory flavors include:
  • White Cheddar & Black Peppercorn
  • North Country Cheddar
  • Real Butter
  • Summertime BBQ
  • Bacon Ranch
  • Spicy Chipotle
Chocolate Lovers flavors include:
  • Dark Fudge with Praline Almonds
  • Chocolate Chunk N'Caramel
  • Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn
  • Twice-as-nice Chocolate DrizzleCorn
  • Double Chocolate DrizzleCorn
  • Black & White Biscotti
Each flavor will arrive in its own foot long bag (serves 2-3 people) in a gift box with ribbon and card.

Giveaway Time:  Dale & Thomas is generously giving away one Father's Day Six-Bag Sampler 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

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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This particular giveaway is only open to contiguous United States - no Hawaii and Alaska.


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Complimentary product provided to me from Dale & Thomas Popcorn.  All opinons are my own.

Char Crust: Dry-rub seasonings for all meat & fish


It's almost summer!  You know what that means...Time to fire up the grill!

My husband LOVES to BBQ for the family and anxiously looks forward to trying new recipes and products.  We were so thrilled to try Char Crust on our meat and fish.  These dry-rub seasonings really seal in the juices and take your BBQ to the next level.



Use these rubs on any meat, fish or vegetables.  These rubs are made from the finest herbs and spices and is one of the few certified kosher rubs on the market.

Char Crust only uses moderate amounts of sodium, but still bursts with flavor.  My personal favorite is their Ginger Teriyaki rub on salmon.  YUM.  I felt I was eating fish from a 5 star restaurant.

If you're looking for a great Father's Day gift this year, check out what Char Crust has to offer.  Your dad will love you for it!

Complimentary product provided to me from Char Crust.  All opinions are my own.

Lumene: Sensitive Touch Gentle Cleansing Wipes


I can definitely see why the Sensitive Touch Gentle Cleansing Wipes from Lumene was a 2011 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.  These facial cleansing wipes are amazing!

I've mentioned in the past that I have very sensitive skin.  These alcohol-free wipes clean my face with absolutely no irritation and removes every bit of dirt, oil and makeup.  Plus, they're super easy and convenient to use.  Just pull back the self-adhesive cover flap and pull a wipe out from the pack.  There is no need to rinse.  Your face will feel fresh, clean and moisturized.  I don't get that tight, itchy feeling some cleansers leave behind.

The gentle formula contains 100% organic soothing arctic linen seed extract to help calm the skin.  With over 95% natural ingredients, I am confident that it's safe for my skin.  The formula does not sting the eyes, has no fragrance and is suitable for all skin types.  Each package contains 25 cleansing cloths.


Complimentary product provided to me from Lumene.  All opinions are my own.

Atopalm: Intensive Moisturizing Cream


I tend to have dry patches show up on my face from time to time.  I have used many products that claim they're suited for dry skin, but they don't moisturize enough.  Thanks to Atopalm, I never have to worry about tight, dry skin.  This unique, paraben-free cream can be used on your face or body.  I have very sensitive skin, and this helps to restore and protect my delicate skin.

My son has eczema, and this cream helps make his skin feel good again.  It does not leave a greasy feel or cause irritation.  I also use this on my elbows and feet for the summer.  This intensive moisturizing cream works wonders on all parts of the body.

If you or someone you know suffers from dry skin, I highly recommend the products from Atopalm.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Atopalm.  All opinons are my own.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

AfterShokz: Bone Conduction Headphones


AfterShokz Mobile Sports Headphones - Don't forget Father's Day is June 17th, and here's an innovative product for your dad's MP3 player or iPod!  I haven't reviewed a product in awhile that made me smile the whole time I was using it until receiving the AfterShokz Sports Headphones!

I love listening to music when I exercise, but there are times (for safety reasons) when I leave my iPod at home such as when I ride my mountain and road bikes, and I know there will be a lot of traffic.  There have been a handful of times when a mountain biker listening to an MP3 player almost ran me off the trail because he didn't hear me coming towards him.  Also, there were times when I was surprised by a car passing me in a desolate road because I did not hear it coming from behind.  For safety purposes, I just left my iPod at home until now thanks to AfterShokz headphones!


What makes these headphones so safe?  For one thing it does not cover your ear.  It just sits right in front of it.  This way you can still hear ambient noises such as traffic, sirens, and other people yelling commands.  Despite sitting in front of your ear, the sound still sounds very good.  It features a military special ops bone conduction technology which delivers sound through the listener's cheekbones to the inner ear.

This model also allows you to answer your phone since it comes with an in-line microphone.  These headphones are very lightweight and sweat and water resistant.  It features an in-line control and a standard 3.5mm connector to ensure it is compatible with your iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 players and most smart phones.  Rechargeable with a USB battery charger means you don't have to worry about batteries for this headphone.  Also, it comes with a water repellent storage tote and a Lifetime Warranty!


Bottom Line - Whether your dad is a cyclist, runner, hiker, or simply enjoys walks, let him enjoy his favorite music and ensure his safety while exercising with AfterShokz Mobile Sports Headphones!  He'll enjoy his music while being able to hear any potential danger that approaches.

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

Quiksilver: Father's Day Gift Idea


QUIKSILVER SPINSTER SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT - Father's Day is June 17th!  Here's a present for your cool, stylish dad!  Quiksilver has a variety of shirts to choose from, and the Spinster shirt was perfect for me.  This pinstripe shirt is nice enough to dress up with khakis or pair with your favorite pair of jeans.  It is very light in weight and perfect for the upcoming warm weather.

The Spinster short sleeve has a curved hem and single pocket.  This quality fabric shirt is made from a 55% cotton and a 45% polyester blend which helps prevent wrinkles.  The regular fit provides ultimate comfort and is available in two colors - white and skylight. 

Bottom Line - Looking for a stylish and versatile shirt you can dress up or dress down?  You need to add a Quiksilver Spinster short sleeve shirt to your wardrobe.

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

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wine-Trax: Simply Elegant Portion Control


When I first saw the glasses from Wine-Trax, I thought the design was beautiful.  I loved the etched look of the lines and thought the style was classy and chic.  Then I realized those lines had a purpose - a really great one, too!

This elegant stemware is designed to measure your beverage discreetly.  How clever is that?!

The portion lines indicate 4, 6 and 8 ounce pours.  The universal glass shape works for all beverages, not just wine!  There is an 11 ounce capacity to the rim of the glass.  Each measuring beverage/wine glass measures 2 3/4" wide x 7 1/4" high.


Did you know that the American Heart Associate recommends 4 ounces a day for women and 8 ounces daily for men?  Now you don't have to worry about eyeballing or using measuring cups.  Wine-Trax does the work for you.

These innovative wine glasses are proudly made in the U.S.A. and are suitable for the dishwasher and microwave.

Don't you think these wine glasses would make excellent Father's Day gifts this year? 

DISCOUNT TIME:  Take 20% off your order with the code FMAP1 now through June 30, 2011.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jewelry Creations by Lyndsey: White Pearl & Denim Blue Crystal Sterling Silver Earrings {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

The handmade pieces from Jewelry Creations by Lyndsey are breathtaking.  I love the earthy tones and beautiful stones.  A lot of attention to detail goes into each piece.  You just know that you'll be receiving a product created with love.


The Double Strand Pearl Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals, Pearls and Glass in Caramel Brown and Blue is absolutely beautiful.  Just look at those colors together.  Simply lovely!

Two strands of Freshwater pearls in bronze, peacock blue, and light brown sugar are combined with golden, aqua and Montana blue Swarvoski crystals and amber colored glass.  

Features gold vermeil (gold plated sterling silver) spacer beads and a gold plated pewter clasp with pretty antiqued leaf.


The Denim Blue Stone Cuff Bracelet is made with dumortierite. The color is just like your favorite pair of blue jeans.  This would look fabulous with a crisp white blouse or comfy white t-shirt.

This bracelet features a silver plated foldover magnetic clasp adorned with a Swarovski crystal and detailed antique silver finish.  You will find twelve dumortierite stones that are separated by .925 sterling silver round beads.  Each stone measures approximately 3/8" by 3/4".

This bracelet measures 7 1/2", but can be customized to fit smaller wrists.


GIVEAWAY TIME:  Jewelry Creations by Lyndsey is generously giving away these gorgeous White Pearl & Denim Blue Crystal Sterling Silver 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

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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ECCO USA: Stylish & Comfortable Men's Shoes


ECCO USA Seattle Apron Toe Slip On - Stylish, Comfortable and Sexy - this is how to best describe the ECCO Seattle Apron Slip On dress shoes.  Looking presentable is important to me when I meet my clients, and to look my best, these are the shoes I choose.  There are two colors available, black and cognac, and I wear the cognac.  The dark brown color is very sophisticated and classy and perfectly compliments my spring wardrobe.


Features include a removable leather insole for a wider fit for those with wide feet.  Leather sock lining with foam padding under the insole maximizes comfort.  Slip on styling makes it easy to slip on and off, which is very convenient especially going through airport security.  Uppers and leather lining are made of full grain leather.  ECCO USA offers nothing but top notch quality.


As for sizing, if you are purchasing through the internet and don't have the luxury of trying them on, you may want to order a half size down.  ECCO USA sizes differently.  They size in groups such as EUR 7-7.5 or EUR 8-8.5.  I usually wear a size 8 US/EUR 42, but the 7-7.5US/EUR 41 is what fit me perfectly.

ECCO USA's quality and attention to detail is unsurpassed.  Perfect stitching adds to the shoe's style and durability.  When I first put these shoes on, there was no breaking in time.  They felt comfortable as if I've owned them for years.  They're that comfortable!  Speaking of comfort, there is extra padding around the ankles/heel opening of the shoes.  Also, the foam padding has a built in moisture wicking absorbent antibacterial arch support.   The soles feature a built in "Shock Point" feature that absorbs shock when walking.  These shoes are light in weight, and don't feel heavy or bulky.

Bottom Line:  When it comes to dress shoes, you get what you pay for if you want a QUALITY product.  Quality equals durability and comfort, and ECCO USA brand shoes should be at the top of your list.  If you're looking for a Father's Day gift with wow factor, look to ECCO USA.

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

Spell It Out Photos: Words matter...say it with style


Spell It Out Photos is one unique and special company.

Just type in your word here, and you'll have a ton of fun customizing your one-of-a-kind creation.

You can choose to go with color, black or sepia for your work of art.  There are also three gallery themes - countryside, winter and sports.

Choosing the letters is the fun part!  I was blown away with their selection.   Once you have your letters chosen, you can then decide on your finishing method from greeting cards to traditional framing.


You'll love their Framed Creations.  Choose from a lovely variety of solid wood frames with gorgeous double matting.

This company really knows how to dress up your letters of choice.


Spell It Out Photos offers a great selection of Panoramic Prints on metal, glass, and wood.  


 I love their Panoramic Poster Print.


The Acrylic Word Blocks come in two sizes (short & long), and you can change your image with the season or your mood.   It's so easy!  Just pop the two sides apart to create a brand new look.


The Quote Plaques would make a great gift for a teacher, coach, wedding, or Father's Day.  Show your dad just how much you love him with this wonderful and unique gift!


These plaques are completely customizable with your quote, words, or sentiment.

Don't forget Father's Day is right around the corner.  Head on over to Spell It Out Photos to start playing around on their site!

DISCOUNT TIME:  Take 10% off your order with the code:  FunkyMonkey10

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Moveboxer: Making your next move easier


Moving.  It's exciting.  You're going somewhere new.  It can be a fresh start, but boy, can it be a pain.

Moveboxer is here to help make your next move easier.  You will get an instant ballpark estimate for your move, and you'll be able to compare movers using ratings and reviews.  A list of three reputable movers that contact you will be provided.  It's free, secure and saves you time!



Moveboxer only chooses the most reputable movers to be a part of their selection.  Rest assured you'll only get the best.

All it takes is a few details to get you started.


This is one handy service that will help take the stress off of moving.  Let Moveboxer help you!

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Chalk City: Activity Kit {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

My kids have had a blast with the award winning Chalk City!  These fun, innovative products make any outdoor play day exciting!


We received the Road Maker, Road Sign Stencils and Obstacle Course Stencils.  They provide endless hours of fun.


The Road Maker holds two pieces of sidewalk chalk and folds for easy storage.  Go ahead, make cities, roads, and obstacle courses right in your own driveway.  Our driveway is quite long so my kids went to town with the Road Maker.  It was so neat to see what interesting designs they came up with.

The Road Sign Stencils and Obstacle Course Stencils just added to sheer fun of it all.  Have fun creating real-life streets with the stop sign, straight ahead, detour left and detour right signs.


The reversible obstacle course stencils are great for getting your kids up and off their feet.  They'll be spinning, hopping, and doing jumping jacks until the sun comes down.


You can find Chalk City in hundreds of local toy stores around the country.  You can also find Chalk City on Amazon.

Wouldn't your children LOVE to play with Chalk City this summer?!


Giveaway Time:  Chalk City is generously giving away an activity kit to one lucky reader!

You will receive:
1 Road Maker
1 set of Road Sign Stencils
1 set of Obstacle Course Stencils
1 Activity Booklet
20 pieces of chalk

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 Chalk City for this review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

GUND: Boo - The World's Cutest Dog


How can you resist that face?!  With over 4 MILLION Facebook fans, it's clear that the world is crazy for Boo.  I don't blame them.  I want him to come home with me now.

That's hardly going to happen so I'll settle for the next best thing - the GUND plush version of Boo!  This stuffed toy stands 8" tall and is so unbelievably soft and huggable.  


What a cutie!  Get your plush Boo at GUND today.

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

Oral-B: ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide


Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide - This toothbrush has exceeded my expectations.  I will never go back to a manual toothbrush again.  In the past I have tried other electric toothbrushes and have found myself going back and forth from a manual to electric toothbrush.  I have definitely found the brand and model that works for me.  This power toothbrush leaves my teeth feeling squeaky clean.  I feel no plaque residue, and my gums feel great.

My daily oral hygiene routine consists of flossing, brushing and mouthwash.  Until I received this toothbrush, I had moved from a manual toothbrush to an inexpensive electric toothbrush.  I definitely do see a big difference in the way my teeth feel.  After using the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide, it feels as though I just had my teeth cleaned from my dentist.

I like to take good care of my teeth, and my wife and I teach our children about good oral heal habits.  We make sure they floss daily, brush for two minutes and use an oral rinse.  My children have seen us use our new toothbrush, and they are very interested in how it all works and what it's doing for our teeth.

This model is Oral-B's technologically advanced toothbrush.  You will get the ultimate, advanced cleaning technology and plaque removal.  The Deep Clean mode removes up to 99.7% of plaque from those hard-to-reach areas.  There is also a wireless SmartGuide that maximizes your brushing experience.

The SmartGuide is a professional wireless timer with helpful quadrant prompt.  Every 30 seconds, a brief signal will highlight all four quadrants of your mouth.  After two minutes, there will be a longer signal indicating that the recommended brushing time has been completed.  My kids enjoyed seeing this cool feature.

If you tend to brush too hard, the pressure sensor will stop pulsating and a pressure indicator will light up.  This power toothbrush is very gentle on my gums and teeth.  This is something my wife appreciates.  She purchased a brush head so she could use this toothbrush as well.  Her gums and teeth are sensitive so finding the right toothbrush is often a challenge for her.

The compact, round brush head feels great and provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.  It removes up to two times more plaque than a traditional manual toothbrush and helps reverse and prevent gingivitis.

There are 5 modes to choose from:  Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage, Deep Clean.  I have tried all 5, and tend to lean toward the Daily Clean.  My wife likes the Sensitive mode.  The whitening is a great mode to have access to.  In just three weeks you'll see a difference in whitening and polishing. The Deep Clean mode has an extended brushing time of 45 seconds per quadrant (3 minute brushing time vs. the 2 minute Daily Clean mode).

When you need to change your brush head, you will receive a signal 10 days ahead of time.  It is recommended that you change your brush head every three months.  Inside the box, you will find a $3 off coupon for 3 ct. or greater Oral-B replacement brush heads.

You will receive:
  • 1 Waterproof, Ergonomic Handle
  • 1 Wireless SmartGuide
  • 1 Smart Portable Charger
  • 1 Charging Station with Brush Head Storage
  • 1 Oral-B FlossAction Brush Head 
  • 1 Travel Case

From April 29 though June 16, 2012, if you make the change to an Oral-B electric toothbrush, you can save $10 with their rebate!

Bottom Line:  If you want that just visited the dentist feeling, I highly recommend the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide.  I can see why Oral-B is the #1 dentist recommended toothbrush brand worldwide.

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"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Earthbound Farm: The Earthbound Cook & Product Vouchers {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


After watching the video below, I feel great about eating organic and am proud of the choices I make.




Every day for lunch I make a massive, and I mean massive salad.  This not only keeps me super healthy, but  also keeps my waistline in check.

I was thrilled to try the Organic Romaine Hearts and Spring Mix from Earthbound Farm.  Both of these products were really fresh and tasted great.



You'll find a great source of vitamin A and folate in Earthbound Farm's Organic Romaine Hearts.  This delicious leafy green is packed full of lutein and zeaxanthin - antioxidants shown to promote good eye health and beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A.

If you're pregnant or trying to become pregnant, romaine is an excellent essential nutrient as it provides 29% of the Daily Value for folate.



The Spring Mix from Earthbound Farm is a wonderful source of vitamin A, C and iron.  These antioxidants are shown to fight certain chronic diseases.  

Did you know that lettuce currently ranks #11 on the Environmental Working Group's "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce," a list of items that have the greatest amount of pesticide residues?

When it comes to feeding myself and my family, the less pesticides the better.  I want real, certified organic food in my home.  Plus, they just taste better, too!

You can be sure Earthbound Farm's products have been grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.  This company has been growing organically since 1984.


The Earthbound Cook is a fabulous book that was also sent my way.  There are 250 recipes for delicious "real food" and tips for a healthy planet written by Earthbound Farm co-founder, Myra Goodman.

Inside you'll find gorgeous photography and excellent advice.  This is a cookbook and helpful reference book all rolled up into one.

I've already tried some of the recipes such as the heirloom lettuce salad with strawberries, walnuts and goat cheese and the yummy fish tacos with all the fixins.  There are recipes for easy to make salad dressings which I love.

Giveaway Time:  Earthbound Farm is generously giving one lucky reader The Earthbound Cook and a pack of coupons - two $1 off and two $5 off.

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 Earthbound Farm for this review. All opinions are my own.