Friday, August 31, 2012

Heartworks by Lori: Ink And Snow Fine Art Photo Locket Necklace - As seen on Halle Berry {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

The unique shops I find on Etsy just keep getting better and better.  I want to introduce you all to the lovely Heartworks by Lori - Home of the secret message locket and other wearable dreams.  This shop will leave you speechless.  Lori's creations are absolutely breathtaking.


How would you like to wear the exact locket worn by A-list celebrity, Halle Berry?!  Halle has texted that the Ink & Snow Fine Art Photo Locket Necklace is one her her most prized possessions!  You can see Miss Halle wearing this beauty in People Magazine.  


A dazzling winter scene fine art photograph is printed on Kodak Endura's gorgeous metallic paper.  The vivid colors and three-dimensional quality give this necklace its unique edge.  The paper has a beautiful pearlescent sheen and looks stunning in its oval grande brass locket.  The photograph comes sealed with a glass-like coating for protection and shine.

The locket hangs on a brass rolo chain finished with a lobster clasp.  The length is a generous 28 inches, but can be shortened upon request.


You will find two empty recessed oval areas for you to mount your favorite photos.  These openings measure 38mm tall (1 1/2 inches) by 29mm wide.  The outside diameter measures 2 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches wide.

This locket would make an excellent gift for a loved one.  


Here is another necklace that will leave you speechless.  The Secret Message Vintage Brass Ball Locket is the perfect gift for your sister, best friend, co-worker, or bridesmaid.  The list goes on and on.  This necklace is sure to be a hit.  You can even create your very own personalized custom message inside the locket!

The shop owner, Lori, searched high and low and found these fabulous 1960's vintage lockets in the shape of a ball.  This brass ball locket opens on the right side to reveal a pretty metallic copper color inside.  The locket is coated with a thin layer of protection to prevent oxidation.


You will fin a strip of blank folded accordion-style paper so you can write your own personalized message, a secret or a wish.  You can also insert your own pictures into the two spaces.  Two strips of paper will be included - bright white and vintage onion skin paper that was part of Lori's grandmother's writing collection.  How special!

If you would like Lori to write a personal message for you in her own handwriting, please let her know when purchasing.


The gold plated brass cable chain measures 24 inches long and can be shortened upon request.  The necklace is finished with a lobster clasp.  The ball locket measures 18mm (about 3/4 of an inch). 

If you're planning a wedding, these lockets make excellent bridesmaid gifts.  Each one can have a meaningful personalized message just for them!  Keep these in mind for the upcoming holidays, too!

Giveaway Time:  Heartworks by Lori is generously giving one lucky reader their very own Ink and Snow Photo Locket!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

etnies: Fader Vulc Kids


A big part of back to school shopping has to be for shoes.  I know I can trust etnies for quality footwear and clothing for my family.  I have reviewed this wonderful company in the past, and have always been very pleased with their products.

I received the Fader Vulc Kids in Black/Pink for my daughter.  These hip suede shoes for boys and girls come in black/grey, black/red and black/navy.


This vulcanized version of the Fader Kids features the trademark etnies Arrow logo with EVA cushioning footbed, an internal polyurethane midsole, padded tongue and collar and grippy rubber outsole.  If you would rather have straps instead of laces, check out their Fader Vulc Strap Kids.

My daughter feels awesome in these shoes for her new school year.  Thanks, etnies!

Visit etnies to start shopping for the fall!

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

Fiber One: Gift Pack {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


My family loves Fiber One!  We received some great tasting Fiber One Chewy Bars to try out.  The Chocolate and Strawberry PB&J were definitely loved by everyone.  They are very moist, flavorful and a wonderful packable snack for school lunches.

These 110 calorie bars contain the fiber and calcium kids need with no high fructose corn syrup and 8 grams or less of sugar.  These bars are our new favorite.  They don't taste dry at all and are super yummy.  I love giving these wholesome snacks to my children.  Stock up on these bars for Back to School!

I loved the delicious chocolate flavor myself, and my kids thought the strawberry PB&J was excellent.  It really does taste like a classic PB&J sandwich!

Visit here to download a printable coupon for $.80 off the purchase of 1 box of Fiber One Chewy Bars.


Giveaway Time:  One lucky reader will receive a Fiber One Gift Pack!  It will include:
  • (1) Box of Fiber One Chewy Bars in Chocolate
  • (1) Box of Fiber One Chewy Bars in Strawberry PB&J
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch Tote
  • Sandwich Bag
  • Mini Lunch Notes
  • Notebook Mate
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Bedding Style: $250 Shopping Spree {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


You'll definitely want to know what Bedding Style has in store for you, but we'll get to that in a bit.

I received some fantastic sheet sets from this company.  It's amazing what good sheets can do for a good night's sleep.  I had no idea!  Out with the old and in with the new.  Our beds feel so good now.


My bedding is crisp white so I was looking for a sheet set that was white or neutral.  The 100% cotton L'erba Sanctuary Solid White Sheet Set features 300 thread count and an 18" fitted Sheet Pocket.  The flat sheet has a 2" self-hem, and the pillowcases feature a pretty, vertical pleat hem.  These classic sheets are so luxurious and comfortable.  They're definitely the most comfortable sheets we own.


I also tried the Tommy Hilfiger Solid 300 Thread Count Sheets in Ivory.  These solid 100% sateen cotton sheets come in white, ivory, khaki and misty green - such lovely neutrals.  The pillowcases and flat sheet include the Tommy Hilfiger flag logo.  These quality sheets are so classy and soft to the touch.


The Tommy Hilfiger Christopher Sheet looks fabulous on my son's bed.  These 200 thread count sheets are made from 100% combed cotton.  The bold blue background with vertical red, white and light blue stripes are very attractive.  I love the all-american look.  They get softer with each wash.


We realize that our old bath towels were very uncomfortable and scratchy now that we've experienced the City Scene Supreme 800 Gram Towel Sets.  I wanted to take multiple showers a day just to use these elegant towels.  My husband even commented on how amazing they felt!

These towels are woven with a looped terrycloth design and made from 100% soft, durable Egyptian cotton.  This 6-piece towel set includes two bath towels, two hand towels, and two wash cloths.  These quality, sturdy towels are super soft and come in a gorgeous variety of colors.  The bath towel measures 54in. x 30 in.  They're a great size!  

Giveaway Time:  Bedding Style is generously giving away a $250 Shopping Spree to one lucky reader!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vaska: Natural Laundry Detergent


Laundry detergent so natural you can drink it?!?  Yeah....that's Vaska.

My family has sensitive skin, and we're concerned with the all the nasty chemicals you find in household products.  We care about our planet and the care of our clothing.  Vaska's revolutionary formula has been perfected by a team of scientists.  The natural ingredients are derived from herbs and include essential ingredients to remove stains, dirt, odor and grime from fabrics.


The Perfect Scent-Free Laundry Detergent cleans our clothes with no scary chemicals or irritating scent - just pure and simple ingredients.  This 100% biodegradable and hypoallergenic detergent is safe for our environment and never tested on animals.  Our clothing is clean and fresh thanks to Vaska.

See the entire line of Vaska products here.

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

Friday, August 24, 2012

T-Shirts.com: Animal T-Shirt of your choice


If you're an animal lover, you'll love the animal t-shirts from T-Shirts.com.



This company offers a great selection of shirts for adults and kids from kittens to wolves.


Whether you're looking for a funny or classic animal t-shirt, you'll find it at T-Shirts.com.  There are many fun styles for kids this Back to School season.



Giveaway Time:  T-Shirts.com is generously offering one lucky reader the animal t-shirt of their choice!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chobani Champions: Box of Assorted Flavors - 2 Winners {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Chobani, it's simple.  YOU ROCK.

I was sent a case of all four assorted flavors of Chobani Champions for my kiddos to try.  We loved them, and we must buy more.  I don't know what's worse.  An empty refrigerator with no Chobani or two kids giving me the evil eye for sneaking THEIR yogurt!


Chobani Champions comes in four yummy flavors - Orange Vanilla, Very Berry, Honey-Nana and Vanilla Chocolate Chunk.  They're all oh-so-good and it's hard to choose a favorite.  However, the Vanilla Chocolate Chunk disappeared pretty darn quick.


These 4-packs of low-fat greek yogurt are made from only natural ingredients.  They're an excellent source of protein, calcium and vitamin D.  My kids loved to eat these on their own, as a dip for fruit and added granola for a fun parfait.

As mothers, we all want to give our kids healthy, fun and great-tasting snacks.  You'll definitely score major points with Chobani Champions!

Print some Chobani Champions coupons here.

Giveaway Time:  TWO lucky readers will win their very own box of all four assorted flavors from Chobani!

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Complimentary product provided from Chobani.  All opinions are my own.

Pillsbury: Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain Gift Pack {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}



My family loves pizza!  We often make it at home and add all of our favorite fixins.  Now we can enjoy homemade pizza with whole grain from Pillsbury.

We were able to try the new Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain.  It was a huge hit!  I wasn't sure what a whole grain crust would taste like.  I'm pretty picky about my pizza crust, but we really enjoyed it.  My kids now request it for lunch and dinner during the week.  It's a fast and easy meal to prep.

I love this healthier alternative.  I'm a big supporter of more whole grain for kids these days.  I try to add it in their school lunches daily.


Right now you can save $1.25 when you buy any Pillsbury Refrigerated Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain.

Giveaway Time:  One lucky reader will with their very own Prize Pack!  It will include a VIP coupon for the New Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain, a $10 Gift Card to purchase your ingredients, baking sheet, oven mitt and pizza cutter.  Everything you need to enjoy a fabulous pizza night with the family!

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Complimentary product provided to me from General Mills.  Information and gift pack through MyBlogSpark.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Gem Amour: Earrings of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

With fall approaching, all I can think of is color, color and more color!  Accessories can really make an outfit, and the handmade earrings from A Gem Amour will jazz up any look.


The Apple Green Chalcedony Earrings feature gorgeous freshwater pearl clusters.  The chalcedony faceted briolettes and tiny white pearls are all carefully wire wrapped.  These sterling silver earrings measures a little over 1 1/4 inches long.  All items from A Gem Amour come boxed and ready for gift giving.


The Salmon Jade Gemstone Earrings are to die for.  These stunning earrings feature salmon colored jade gemstone roundels with 14 k gold wire wrapped freshwater seed pearls.  These earrings measure 1 1/2 inches long.

Giveaway Time:  One lucky reader will win the earrings of their choice!  Choose from the two lovely styles you see pictured below - Carnelian Earrings or Dark Blue Chalcedony Earrings.  What gorgeous colors!


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

FantasyJewelryBox.com: Luca's 10mm White Freshwater Pearl 60 Inch Necklace


I'm in love with Luca's 10mm White Freshwater Pearl 60 Inch Necklace.  I can wear this piece in a variety of different ways - a long one strand, wrapped and doubled up or wind it around the wrist as a bracelet.  I love the look of layering different pearl necklaces pictured below.  How chic!


This is a must-have accessory for every woman.  The 10mm faux white pearls are dispersed on a sterling silver chain.  The look is classic and modern.  From jeans to dresses, this necklace will spice up any outfit and will arrive in a lovely black gift box.


This versatile necklace offers the right amount of wow without being too overpowering.  Visit FantasyJewelryBox.com to find stylish and affordable jewelry to add to your collection.

Complimentary product provided from FantasyJewelryBox.com.  All opinions are my own.

Quiksilver: RF1 Low Premium Shoes



Quiksilver RF1 Low Premium Shoes - Stylish shoes with a rugged work boot look!  Laces are borrowed from work boots as well as the maroon waxed full grain leather upper made of full grain leather.  What keeps these shoes from being passed off as work boots are the white soles adding to the shoe's character.  Soles have multi linear tread pattern for added traction. 

I had no idea Quiksilver carries such impressive shoes.  I was very pleased with their quality and detailing.  These shoes are comfortable and I know they'll just get better with time.  I have the maroon color shown above, but they do come in a lighter brown pictured below.  The RF1 style will compliment a variety of looks from casual to a bit dressier.  They're the perfect mix of classy and hip - a dress shoe meets a sneaker.  


Bottom Line - If you're looking for stylish casual shoes Quiksilver has many options to choose from.  The only problem you may have is deciding which pair to buy.  Luckily, they currently have a great sale going on so visit their site before your perfect pair is gone!  

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

SwitchEasy: Eclipse iPhone 4/4S Case


SwitchEasy Eclipse iPhone 4/4S Case - Finally the PERFECT iPhone case!  I've tried numerous cases for my iPhone and the SwitchEasy Eclipse is the one for me.  I love how the case is minimal, does not add any unneeded bulk and fits like a glove.


My pocket is where my phone usually resides and the case helps it slides in and out easily.  Surprisingly, the case makes my phone feel a lot better in my hand; the buttons are easy and comfortable to operate.  The case encloses the back, the sides and the front outer rim of the phone with a duo material - hard polycarbonate and soft rubber.  An anti-static Screen Guard protects the screen.

Available in Black, White, Lime, Fuchsia and Blue.


The SwitchEasy Eclipse comes with the following:
  • One Eclipse case
  • Two anti-static Screen Guards
  • One Microfiber Wipe
  • One squeegee screen guard applicator
  • Two Power Jack Connector Protectors
  • Two 3.5mm Headphone Jack Protectors
  • One Video Dock Stand

Bottom Line - If you want to protect your iPhone 4/4S without any added bulk, check out the SwitchEasy Eclipse case.  If you're looking for any type of case to protect your Apple product, SwitchEasy will have what you need!

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Box Tops for Education: $25 Walmart Gift Card {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}



I'm a huge supporter of Box Tops for Education.  I've seen the program do wonderful things for our school.  Did you know that you can earn more Box Tops for your local schools by liking Walmart on Facebook?


It's Back to School time and it's time to start stocking up on your favorite Box Tops for Education products. A great place to start is at Walmart!  I've found Box Tops on a ton of our favorite products.


You can earn Box Tops on more than 100 of family favorite items such as Cherrios, Hamburger Helper, Nature Valley and Totinos!

Find out how you can earn more for your school with eBox Tops.


Giveaway Time:  Win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to get started on your Box Tops collection this year!

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Cool Gear: Stayfit Lunch 2 Go


A great way to stay fit and healthy is bringing your own lunch to work.  The Stayfit Lunch 2 Go container from Cool Gear will help you to eat better and save money!  This would also be great for school lunches.

This BPA free container features non-toxic freezer gel built right into the lid.  This keeps your food cold and fresh until you're ready to enjoy it.

The tray features three separate compartments for your food, and the lid pops open to hold your utensils which are included.

You can purchase this online from Cool Gear.  I was in Target the other day and saw this, too!

It's so easy with the Lunch 2 Go.  Just freeze the lid, fill your tray and go!

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

Merrell: Barefoot Pure Glove


The kids Barefoot Pure Glove shoe has really be a lifesaver this summer.  These shoes are very comfortable for my daughter and feature a protective Vibram sole with a thin forefront shock-absorbption plate for impacts.

I love that they are so easy to get on and off.  We are out the door in no time with these shoes from Merrell.

The mesh upper allows feet to breathe.  The velcro closure is very handy, and they're comfortable enough to wear with or without socks.  The footbed features a microfiber footbed treated with Aegis antimicrobial.

Available in two colors - Festival Fuchsia and Ceramic (shown).

I highly recommend Merrell shoes for quality and comfort.  When shopping for back to school this year, be sure to check out what Merrell has to offer.

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

willa: Product of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

I love what willa is doing for our world.  This company offers products developed by girls, for girls.

It all started when Willa's mom could not find all natural skincare products for her daughter.  For the past 3 1/2 years they have been developing special skincare.  You will find 17 wonderful products in the willa line.

My daughter is 8, and I'm teaching her the importance of taking good care of her skin at an early age.  I hope she will benefit from my advice later down the road.

I was thrilled to learn about willa and their natural products for girls.  I could not wait to receive some for my daughter to try.



My go-to lip color is definitely a sheer pink gloss.  My daughter wanted one of her own so she could be like mommy.  The Smile Shimmer Lip Gloss is formulated with a hint of color and natural ingredients that keep lips hydrated.  It also smells like sweet watermelon!  YUM!  The handy clip attaches to your key chain, purse, belt loop, and more!

I'm very concerned about what goes on my lips.  I want to make sure there is no junk in my lip products, and that goes for my daughter's lip products as well.


These On the Go Gentle Cleansing Lavender Facial Towelettes are great for travel!  We took these with us on our summer trip to Santa Cruz.  Each pack contains 10 towelettes that clean and refresh your face with soothing lavender, hydrating aloe and detoxifying green tea.  My kids want more.  They loved the way their faces felt after using them.  Their skin was baby soft.

Both the lip gloss and towelettes are:

  • Paraben and sulfate free.  
  • DEA and phthalate free.  
  • Not tested on animals.  
  • Made in the USA.
You can find willa at select Target stores or you can order directly online.

Giveaway Time:  Willa would like to offer one lucky reader the product of their choice!

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pretty Mommies: The new standard in pregnancy and nursing skin care


If you're a pregnant or nursing woman, you'll definitely want to know about this pregnancy skin care line that is completely safe, natural and offers amazing results.

The skin care line from Pretty Mommies cleanses, brightens and protects your skin during pregnancy and nursing.  These products can be purchased individually or part of the three step skin care system.  This is quickly becoming the #1 Physician Recommended maternity skin care line.  To view physician offices carrying these products, click here.

Pretty Mommies skin care line will:

  • Help to significantly reduce breakouts and lighten melasma, hyperpigmentation due to hormones.
  • Aid with hydration and improved damaged skin from the sun.
  • Increase collagen and elastin production which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Offers strong, yet safe and natural ingredients that reduce inflammation and irritation to give you an overall healthy complexion.
These all natural products contain ingredients such as Vitamin C, Rose Hip, Aloe, Green Tea, Red Tea, Squalane (derived from olives) and Trichloma Matsutake Singer Extract (Japanese Mushroom), to name a few.

Now you can benefit from these healthy ingredients with their three step skin care system.







Pretty Mommies only uses the highest quality ingredients and contains no parabens, phthalates, sulfates and phenoxyethanol.

You can always have peace of mind when using the products from Pretty Mommies.  This is the new standard in maternity skin care.  Join Pretty Mommies to redefine healthy skin during and after pregnancy.

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