Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cashin' in the New Year Event, $190 Paypal Cash Giveaway!

Hostessed by Home Grown Families and Mama to 4 Blessings with the help of several other fantastic group of bloggers we bring you Cashin' in the New Year! This giveaway runs from 12:01 AM on Friday 12/30 and will run until Monday, 1/2 at 11:59 PM
(all Eastern times) Open Worldwide!
One winner will receive $190 Cash into their paypal!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Friends:
I am currently unable to compose and post my Reviews and Giveaways because my computer developed some major technical problems and has to be repaired! I probably won't have my computer back until later next week at the earliest. I'm pretty bummed about this and I'm especially sorry to the sponsors that are providing me with the current Reviews and Giveaways. I haven't even been able to post all the great deals I usually find for you on my blog Facebook page! Its driving me crazy, but at least I know my computer is in good hands and should be back to blogging by the end of next week!

I just got the iPad 2, and it's really wonderful, but I can't seem to blog on it. It won't let me compose my posts, let alone add pictures,links and giveaway forms. but I was lucky enough to be able to write this quick message to you.

I hope every is enjoying the holidays, and I hope you come back to visit soon, as I will have some great reviews and giveaways ready to go for YOU!! :)
Thank you!


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mixbook Review

I had the Opportunity to Review Mixbook products!
Mixbook is an easy and fun way to make completely customizable photo books, cards, and calendars on the web – for free. With Mixbook, you aren’t limited to static pre-designed templates – their powerful design software gives you the freedom to lay out and design your creations to your heart’s content!

Mixbook generously offered me their Custom 5x7 Flat Holiday Cards
(Set of 30), which I was happy to receive! It was perfect timing for Christmas!
I was given the option to choose up to 30 Custom Holiday cards of my choice, and Mixbook always gives you free Envelopes with all your cards which is really nice.
There are so many wonderful cards to choose from, it was hard to decide
because there were several cards I liked a lot!
But I found a Christmas card that worked perfectly for my Family Christmas photos.
Mixbook really IS completely customizable! I had a lot of fun creating my Christmas
Cards. You choose which card you want and you can can completely change or add to it!
I enjoyed looking through the different design and color options as well as all the different stickers and decorations you can add!
You can use whatever options you like, but Mixbook has many color and sticker options recommended for you already that go well with each unique card!
So it can help to make customizing your card even easier!
You can make it as simple or as complex as you like!
Its completely up to YOU!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wilton Ultimate Decorating Set Giveaway!

Welcome to The Ultimate Christmas Giveaway Event!

You have a chance to win the 

Wilton Ultimate Decorating 

Set, worth $199.99!

If bought separately, the items in the kit would cost $250!

The Ultimate Decorating Set contains the following:
9-inch & 11-inch Straight Black Handle Spatulas,
9-inch & 13-inch Angled Black Handle Spatulas,
10-inch Featherweight Bags - 2 Pack,
12-inch Disposable Bags - 50 Pack,
Practice Board with Patterns 4 - Standard Couplers,
6 Pc Forming Cups, Large Lily Nail,
2 Pack 15-inch Parchment,
Triangles Round Tips: #1, #3, #5, #12
Star Tips: #14, #16, #18, #21,#1
M Petal Tips: #59s, #101, #104
Leaf Tips: #352 and #366 Bismarck Tip #230
Drop Flower Tip #2D Multi Opening Tip #233
Thin and Thick Foams Flower Nail Templates Brush Set,
Gold Foil Cut, & Press Button Flower Pansy Cutter,
Wave Flower Former, 2 Pack 2 Pc Mum Cutter Set,
Calla Lily Cutter, Calla Lily Former, Scallop Ruffle Cutter,
Lily Stamen Set Tip, Dishwasher Pouch, Dusting Pouch,
Green Ball Tool, Green Veining Tool,
Fondant Smoother Ribbon Cutter/Embosser, 12-inch Dowel Rods,
Round Cut Out Set, Rose Cutter Set, 5 pc 8-inch Cake Circle,
Silicone Tip Covers, 9-inch Rolling Pin Thin,
and Thick Modeling Sticks, 4 Pc Decorating Nail Set,
& The Ultimate Tool Caddy!

There are 28 blogs participating in this event.
To not make the Rafflecopter entry list too long
-all entries are MANDATORY (worth 5 entries each)
with JUST ONE optional entry
(to Tweet about the giveaway - worth 5 points as well)!
Going through 28 blogs to win a $199.99 prize is not hard to do at all!
I went through the list myself & didn't run into any problems
- I was done in less than half an hour. :)

The giveaway is December 7 till the 14th
(ending at 11:59PM EST on 12/14)
but the winners will not be announced until December 16, 2011
so we can make sure that everyone who entered followed all the rules.

*I know Google Friend Connect widgets can do disappearing acts so please give all of the pages time to fully load or refresh a page to see if the widget shows up*

This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canada readers only – we wish we could include international readers as well but we hope you guys understand. (If you're in Canada, please check our Giveaway Policy to make sure you qualify to enter You may be asked to answer a question if you win.)

Must be 18 years old & older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Winner will be e-mailed & will have 48 hrs. to reply or we have no choice but to pick another winner.

Below are the following blogs participating in this giveaway along with the Rafflecopter!
It’s only 28 blogs total so not a lot of work on your part!
We all have the same Rafflecopter code so just as long as you enter in one blog, it’s okay – as long as you make sure to visit each blog to follow them according to the Rafflecopter form below
(we check for duplicate entries)!
Happy linking & Good Luck!

1) Life According to Damaris

2) Building Our Story

3) Force Family Journey

4) Gumdrop Pass

5) Our Crazy Bunch

6) Little Miss Nerd Girl

7) It's a Vol

8) The Mommyhood Chronicles

9) Mama Luvs Books

10) Frugal Plus

11) Our Life is a Jungle

12) Ever Changing

13) The Mama Pirate

14) Banana Hammocks & Tutus

15) Little Free Radical

16) Tidbits from a Mom

17) Keenly Kristin

18) Another Day in Paradise

19) Domestically Unemployed

20) Healthy Mom on the Run

21) Our Pregnancy Roadtrip & Beyond

22) Sweet Peas & Bumblebees

23) Thrifty Frugal Living

24) My Messmerized Life

25) Ethereal Influence

26) Mamalou's Gems

27) Africa's Blog

28) Why We Love Green

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wilton Ultimate Decorating Set

I'm Participating in The:
Ultimate Christmas Giveaway! 

I decided to Participate in this Giveaway, to Give YOU, 
My Readers the Opportunity to Win!
About 30 other Bloggers besides myself, 
Teamed up to Provide this GREAT Giveaway! 
The Host of This Great Giveaway is:
"Life According to Damaris" Blog.

One Lucky *Winner* Will Receive the:
**Wilton Ultimate Decorating Set **
**(Value: $199.99) !!!**

Click Photo to View a list of all the Items Included!

*Giveaway Event: December 7th-14th, 2011!
*Winner Announced: December 16, 2011! 

*Please Help Spread the Word about this WONDERFUL Giveaway!*

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prefense Review and Giveaway!

I was given the opportunity to Review and Giveaway:
Prefense, Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer!  

I was excited to try this product, because it looked different from other hand sanitizers that I normally use!
Prefense is made of All-Natural ingredients and has Absolutely NO Alcohol in it, which is one of the main reasons I was excited to try this product! I do enjoy using hand sanitizer often, especially when we go into town or travel. I have a reputation of catching every cold and flu that goes around, so I tend to try and prevent catching anything if possible, and using hand sanitizer regularly when going out is a must to keep away the germs not only from myself, but my family as well. I have also become even more cautious since having my daughter and I try my best to help prevent her from catching any kind of cold or flu and keeping germs away is very important to me.

I love that Prefense is made of All-Natural ingredients, but mostly that it is Alcohol Free! Since I use hand sanitizer a lot, it can dry out my hands because of the alcohol in it! And I also HATE the strong smell of alcohol the most hand sanitizers emit when applying to your skin. Its not enjoyable and I know a lot of brands try to help cover the smell of the alcohol with different scents, but it doesn't always work and can end up smelling even worse that way. I also HATE applying hand sanitizer that contains alcohol, and then touching or holding my daughter. I don't like having that strong smell on my hands and exposing myself and my daughter to the very "FUMY" smell.
You can see the ingredients of Prefense HERE.

But thankfully, Prefense is here to the rescue! I actually enjoyed applying Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitzer for the first time, because it was so Foamy! I felt like a kid again. It was pretty fun and made me giggle while applying the foaming sanitizer to my hands. The Foaming sanitizer is light and airy and easy to apply.
But I was also Shocked that there was virtually NO Smell of anything at all! No Alcohol of course, but I think I was still somewhat expecting a similar smell from being so used to having it with other sanitizers. But there was no smell at all of any kind! "Clean" is the only way I can describe what little scent there is to this product. Its scentless, but does have a tiny touch of a Clean, Natural and fresh scent that is quite lovely!

After thoroughly applying the Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer, my hands felt clean and dry!
AND Soft and Smooth!
There is nothing I hate more than a hand sanitizer that lingers with you all day and leaves residue on your hands! There have been numerous times where I would have to wash my hands in soap and water after applying a hand sanitizer because I didn't like the scent or didn't like the residue it left on my hands.
Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer not only leaves a clean feeling on your hands, but it also dries quickly and does not leave any kind of residue or sticky feeling what so ever on your hands and I'm Very happy about that. I can apply it and immediately continue my tasks without worrying about the product on my hands.

AND the best part: One application lasts ALL DAY! Can you believe that!!??
I have never used a hand sanitizer that lasts 24 hours. I have always had to re-apply other products over and over throughout the day and it feels wonderful to apply Prefense Hand Sanitizer only once a day and not have to worry about it again until the next day, plus its lasts through up to 10 hand washings! Prefense is also NON-Toxic and Safe for Kids! That is SO important to me, now that I have a child of my own. And as I mentioned earlier, I don't like exposing my daughter to the chemicals of the other hand sanitizers I have used, so Prefense products truly bring me comfort.

Prefense protects against staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant MRSA strains, and more.
They fight germs that other hand sanitizers can’t!
• Because “one spray lasts all day” their 1.5 oz Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer offers 120 applications, costing only $.08 per day, compared to $1.20 per day with alcohol hand sanitizers.
*So, how can you beat THAT?? Prefense protects against an array of germs and is Cheaper to use than most other hand sanitizer products!
Prefense is already being raved about in the News and Media as a safe product for you and your family to use! You can view that HERE.

Prefense has an array of products including Sanitizing wipes!
You can view and purchase Prefense products on their website HERE
And also HERE on Amazon, which is a great way to save on shipping with
"FREE Super Saver Shipping"!

I HIGHLY Recommend Everyone try Prefense Products! 
Their products are absolutely Fantastic, and what better time to give them a try, than Cold/Flu season which is already here!
Help protect yourself and your family with Prefense!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday! {w/Linky}

I haven't been able to do Wordless Wednesday in a couple weeks!
So here are some of my favorites I've taken lately:

*Have an Inspirational Picture or a Wordless Wednesday to Share???

**Link It Up!!**  

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*I Always Follow back!*
AND: Have a Wonderful rest of the Week!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall Crafts!

Here is an Easy Fall Craft I Love to do each year!
I used to use small little fake leaves, but then I found these Amazing, Large Felt Leaves at Rite Aid marked 50% off!
Each pack had 10 for .99 cents! Whoo!
So I separated them by each kind and laid them out.

Then I take some Fishing Line and cut to the length of my Window pane.
I found the easiest way to make this work, is to clip the line to a high place, such as the cord on my ceiling fan. I used a piece of Kleenex as padding in order to hold the line in place under the clip so it won't slip out.
I then tie a simple knot around the leaf stems and I pick and choose which colors I want to use.
I like to keep it mixed up to look as natural as I can.

I used a reusable "Poster Tack" to hang them with over my window.
The poster tack has been wonderful for so many crafts I have done over the years. 
It holds strong and I have been re-using the same pack for years and years! 
Plus it peels off easily and clean.

And then Hang! I really like how the Bigger leaves Look compared to my previous ones.
I Love how they look in the evening light as well. It really brings out Fall for me.
This is such an easy Craft that doesn't take much time to do and anyone can do it, including the kids!
AND it turns out SO PRETTY! 

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vinturi Review and Giveaway!

I was given the Opportunity to Review and Giveaway a:
Vinturi Essential Red Wine Aerator Deluxe Set!

I have never seen anything like Vinturi products before and was Very excited to try them!
Vinturi products are used to "Aerate" your Wine and Spirits!
If you drink Wine regularly, then you know it needs to "breathe".
A lot of people do not allow their wine to breathe properly and that can dramatically effect how it tastes.
Wine that is allowed to breathe, simply tastes better!
By allowing your wine and spirits to breathe, they open up, and release their intended aromas and flavors.
Traditionally, decanters were used to aerate wine.
However, decanting is time consuming, cumbersome, and inconvenient.

Vinturi's patented design speeds up this process with ease and convenience.
Perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass!
Its so simple and easy to use, there is no reason to ever let your wine or spirits go without breathing properly again.
Simply hold Vinturi over a glass and pour wine through. Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. You'll notice a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and smoother finish.

It's that fast. It's that easy.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Review of Dandelion Products!

I have been Reviewing Dandelion, Earth-Friendly Goods, for the last few weeks!
I am so thankful to have been able to Review so many wonderful, Organic and Earth Friendly products lately, and Dandelion Products definitely don't disappoint!
Dandelion is an Extremely generous company and sent us several toys for "DD" to Review!

First, let me tell you a little bit about Dandelion!
Dandelion, Earth-Friendly Goods, is a new division of Re-Think It, Inc., a family owned, family-focused company owned by Craig & Amy Shumway, starting in 1987 and they have been developing new ideas and fresh creations ever since!
Dandelion understands parents needs and concerns for their children and work hard to develop products that are not only Eco-conscious, but Safe in all aspects for our children.
You can read more "About" Dandelion HERE.
And Also check out their "FAQ" page to read more about their products and what type of materials they use such as the corn they use inside their plush toys and that their Natural Tableware is made of corn as well!
Plus, their products do Not contain BPA, PVC or Phthalates.
Go HERE to learn more!

Dandelion Products have also been Featured in Several very popular Baby and Parenting Magazines!
Most of which I read including:
Parenting Magazine, Pregnancy, Pregnancy & Newborn, Fit Pregnancy, American Baby...and those are just the ones I read! They are featured in many more and you can check it out HERE.
They have the issues of each magazine and the article the product was featured in. Easy to read, just one click! Its so fun to check it out and see their products being praised as some of the safest, eco-friendly, must have's for Parents and Babies!

 Dandelion, Earth-Friendly Goods are also Proud Contributors of the "1% for the Planet" Organization. As a member, they are contributing one percent of revenues directly to any of the approved non-profit environmental organizations in the 1%’s network. The "1% for the Planet" is helping to tilt the scales of giving toward the thousands of under-funded nonprofits dedicated to the pursuit of sustainability, to preserving and restoring our natural environment.

Dandelion is contributing to several Organizations through the "1% for the Planet" including:
Ocean Conservancy, Nature Conservancy,  
Feeding America, (Carbon Free),
and The Million Tree Challenge!
*To Read More about Dandelion's contributions and about these Organizations, go HERE.

also Supports the Following Organizations
 Organic Trade Association, Natural Products Association and,The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA).
(To Read More go HERE)


*Ok, now for my Reviews!
We were so lucky to Review several Toys from Dandelion and the first one I want to share with you is their 10 inch Plush Giraffe from their "Bamboo Zoo" Collection.
I immediately knew "DD" would fall in Love with this little guy the minute I saw it on Dandelion's website! Its so cute with its soft colors and silky soft fabric! The pictures really don't do it justice and its the same for all their products. When I received him in the mail and opened the package, I was pleasantly surprised how nice he was! I could instantly tell from the moment I saw it and picked it up, that it was made of high quality materials, which isn't always expected with products that are made from Organic and natural materials for some reason. But honestly, I was shocked how well made this Toy was! And not to mention how Incredibly soft, silky and luxurious it felt. The Giraffe is so cute and has a nice silky "sheen" to its body.

As soon as I let "DD" have the Giraffe, she immediately fell in Love and snuggled with it while also exploring all his features and spots on his back. She wouldn't let it go for several hours and carried it around the house with her and even took it outside with her, which surprised me because she doesn't usually take her indoor toys outside with her. She has many outside toys that tend to stay out there, she enjoys playing with. It was blatantly apparent that "DD" was instantly attached to this little guy and that made me very happy. She has a few other favorite plush and dolls. BUT there is only one other doll that she favors and carries around the house with her. So her reaction to the giraffe was very good needless to say. AND the biggest shocker.....she actually brought him to bed with her!! She hasn't done that before with any of her other plush or dolls, except the one other doll that is her favorite and has brought that to bed a couple times. But Giraffe is a regular bedtime buddy now!
The only thing I would improve about the Giraffe, is how top-heavy he is. He can't sit up very well, because of his shape and falls forward on his face. Thankfully, its not an issue for us because "DD" just loves to carry him around with her and snuggle.

So, needless to say, I was very happy with the Plush and extremely happy that "DD" found a new friend, who is not only Eco-Friendly, but safe from toxins or other harmful materials which is important, especially since she is carrying him around with her all the time and sleeping with it as well. Oh, and did I mention, he is perfect for Road Trips too! The Giraffe has gone with us on a Couple very long trips now and has been perfect for "DD" to hold and snuggle with in her carseat. He is the perfect size and I just can't get over how Cuddly he is.


*Next, we Reviewed the Dandelion, Little House Sorter!
This is part of their:
"Pink & Organic Doll Collection" and a portion of the proceeds from Dandelions Pink line will Support Breast Cancer Research!

I really think their Pink Collection is so Cute and I was so happy that "DD" got to Review the Little House Sorter. The House is made of soft, Organic material and filled with soft Corn fibers! Its perfect for little hands to Grasp and Explore. The House comes with Four shapes to Shake, Squeeze, Crinkle & Sort! I Love how soft the house and the shapes are, and some of the shapes make the "Crinkle" sound and texture which is great for keeping "DD" entertained and interested. She really enjoys playing with the Shape Sorter and spends a lot of time with it, putting the shapes through their holes and removing them again. But I did notice one downside to this House Sorter. The House is very soft and doesn't have much structure to it, which makes it somewhat difficult to put some of the Shapes through their holes that are on the sides, because all the items are cloth material and soft, squishy, it can be difficult, but its mostly the Triangle shape that is difficult. "DD" doesn't have any problems putting the other shapes through their holes, so for the most part, its pretty easy and not that big of a deal.

I think the only thing I would improve about it, would be to make the walls a little sturdier/solid some how, so that it makes putting the shapes through their holes a little easier instead of struggling with the wall caving in. Despite that though, "DD" still has a lot of fun and really enjoys this toy!

But I Do love that this item is Machine Washable along with the other items I reviewed!
Another couple things I loved about the House Sorter, were the adorable designs sewn into the house and the cute colors and different textures! I especially love the handle on top of the house, because it makes it easy to carry around..and "DD" loves to carry it around with her!
I would definitely Recommend this Toy to everyone! I was actually really surprised how much "DD" enjoyed playing with this and she keeps coming back to it over and over again to play with. I Love it because this is a Great Organic Developmental Toy that is constantly teaching her Shapes, Sorting, Different Textures and Colors!


*And Lastly, we Reviewed the Dandelion:
"Organic 12 inch Plush Turtle"!
I fell in Love with this Little guy too as soon as I saw it! Absolutely Adorable, and you won't know it until you see it in person and touch it, that he is extremely super soft and squishy! His shell feels like a pillow and the spots are a soft material as well. I couldn't stop cuddling him at first, but it was ok because "DD" was too interested in her Giraffe and House Sorter to notice! He has many different textures and materials and is fun to touch!

The Turtle is made the same as the other toys, from Organic cotton fibers and filled with soft corn fibers. And  I know what your thinking...CORN??? How could that possibly be soft and cuddly? Well, I don't think I have ever seen/touched or even heard of toys being filled with soft corn fibers, I might have, but I'm not sure. All I know is, these are probably the Softest Toys I have ever felt before and extremely smooth and squishable! Not Lumpy like other cotton filled Plush Toys. I always love picking up and cuddling these Plush Toys, as much as "DD" does!

"DD" honestly doesn't play with the Plush Turtle as much as I thought she would though. I think its just that "DD" has her heart fixed on the Giraffe! She does really enjoy playing with the Turtle, but it is bigger and wider than the Giraffe and I think she likes Plush Toys that she can Grasp easily and carry around with her. I think she probably feels the Turtle is too cumbersome to Carry with her, but I think she will love it as she gets older and can have imaginary play with it. I do wish I had the Turtle when "DD" was a little younger and still in the Crawling stage. The Turtle would be perfect for that age because he can be right there, down on the ground with them at eye level and is perfect for little hands to grasp and play with!

I'm so Thankful to have been introduced to such a Wonderful Company as Dandelion, Earth-Friendly Goods!
They really are a Great Company, who actually cares about their products and customers. Not only do they care about us, they also care about other important things such as all the Organizations they Contribute to and Support!

You can Find Dandelion, Earth-Friendly Goods on Facebook and Twitter!
AND their Blog HERE!

Dandelion Carries an Array of Products,
not just Toys!
AND they make GREAT Gifts for New Mothers or Holidays! 
Go check out Dandelion's:
Tableware, Layette (Onsies, Bibs, Blankets), Teethers, Totes and they even have HOLIDAY Toys available right now for Halloween and Christmas! Really Cute!
You can Also View their Online Catalog HERE.

You can View Larger Images of their Products HERE.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. I received these products to Review at no cost to me, from Dandelion, Earth-Friendly Goods Company. The opinions are mine and are not influenced in any manner by monetary means.

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