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Hey everyone welcome to my blog!! I'm a 25yr old SAHM to a wonderful 3yr old little boy "Bug" and I've been married to my wonderful husband for 5 long and happy years! Please join me in out journey as new parents to learn the ropes and on the adventure of expanding our famiy :) I love to review products that are relevent to our family and would be happy to set up a review and giveaway if you have a product you would like us to review just contact us :) at thecartoonlovinmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Little Update

Hey Everyone,

I'm very sorry I've been MIA over the last several weeks and I feel like I owe my readers and the companies I am working with an explination, and to let you all know I am trying to get caught up and I'm weeding through over 3000 e-mails and trying to respond to each of them so if you don't hear from me today, I am going to get to your e-mail.

The last five weeks or so have been really hectic for me and my family, my grandfather was diagnosed with Lung cancer and I had taken some time off of everything in order to help make him as comfortable as possible, but unfortunately he passed away last Monday and things are just now starting to get back to somewhat normal and I hope to get caught up over the next week or so.

I have several winners to pick from giveaways that ended a while ago and I am hoping to have that done by this afternoon and I will make a post with the winner informaion as well as e-mail the winners directly.

I want to again say I'm truly sorry, but in a time like the one we had over the past several weeks, family comes first and I hope you all understand and I thank you for being patent with me.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Review and Opportunity


I like most people want to loose weight and inches around my tummy area but being a busy mom and now a nursing student at college, I don’t have a lot of extra time to exercise and eat right so I am always on the look out for products and programs that are specifically designed to help me loose those unwanted inches and pounds without me having to change my daily regimen or the way I eat. Recently I was introduced to Michelle Kaminer who is an independent distributor for It Works!, and after spending some time in contact with Michelle I was really thrilled to be able to try out the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator that is supposed to help you loose inches, tone and firm all without having to exercise (well it tells you not too while wearing the Body Applicator)!

About It Works! (taken from website):

The It Works vision to provide you with one-of-a-kind, safe, effective, and affordable products is driven by our commitment to integrity at the forefront of our product development. Because responsibility to you is our primary goal, It Works products are formulated by leading scientists, herbalists, and researchers using the best natural ingredients, cutting-edge science, and strict quality standards to provide effective products that safely nourish your body and enhance your life.

Our honest approach to nutrition and wholesome ingredients has guided It Works through the harmonious blending of science and nature to bring superior, affordable products from our business to your home. It Works is proud to offer its one-of-a-kind body slimming treatments, top-notch nutritional supplements, and a specially-formulated skin care line that helps stop or delay the harmful environmental effects that contribute to the speed of the aging process.

Body Slimming

These one-of-a-kind body slimming products are like nothing you have seen before! Formulated with botanical active ingredients, our slimming products give you noticeable results, leaving your skin tightened, toned, and vitalized for a youthful, fresh appearance with improved skin elasticity.

Since we each have different areas of our bodies that concern us, we developed the Ultimate Applicator to be versatile to your specific needs—you can target the trouble spots of your choice and see dramatic results in as little as 45 minutes with this exclusive It Works body wrap. Then, follow it up with Defining Gel, our gel lotion, to maintain your results and reduce the appearance of unsightly varicose veins and skin dimples. Want to target your chin and neck area? We have an Applicator for that, too!

With the It Works body slimming line, you can be on your way to a custom-contouring regimen that works for your needs. It’s all about options…and, of course, results!

About the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator (taken from website):

Expect "ultimate" results with this amazing 45-minute body Applicator! The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results when applied to the skin.

It continuously hydrates for firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. See results in 45 minutes.

My Thoughts:

Michelle was kind enough to send me one of the Ultimate Body Applicators to try out along with some tips and of course step-by-step instructions on how to use the applicator. I must say first and foremost that I thought this product was one of those too good to be true products that would just leave me disappointed, but I was very excited to give it a try because Michelle felt very confident in the product and if she was that confident I felt I should have the confidence to give the wrap a try!

I arrived the Ultimate Body Applicator very quickly but I had just started my menstrual cycle and following Michelle’s advice I decide to wait until the bloating had gone away to try the wrap. When I was ready I followed the directions to the T, because I wanted to make sure I done everything absolutely right so that I would get the desired results and it said I should take three accurate measurements of the area I wanted to apply the wrap so that I could see the results so I used my body tape measure and all three times I came up with 46 inches around my tummy area. Next I made sure my tummy was clean and free of lotions and then I applied the body wrap with the botanical gel against my skin, next again following Michelle’s advice I used plastic wrap to secure the body wrap so that I could continue about my business without fear of the wrap coming off or moving around.

Now, I must tell you that wearing the plastic wrap felt a bit…weird but I decided it was all in the spirit of reviewing and tried not to think about it. I did notice at the very beginning that I felt a cooling sensation from the botanical gel that was on the wrap, it was different but not uncomfortable in any way and it just reassured me that it was working properly! I wore the wrap for the suggested 45 min since it was my first time and I drank the recommended glass of water during that time to help eliminate the toxins from my body. I also did not participate in any heavy physical activity to cause my body to sweat so that I would get the most out of the application.

After my 45 min it was the time for truth and I was very excited when I lifted up my shirt to see that the plastic wrap had a few more wrinkles in it than it did when I first applied it but I told myself it was from me moving around and not from my tummy shrinking. After removing the plastic wrap and the Body Applicator, I decided to measure again just for kicks, being that the instructions says that you would see total results in 48 hours, but I was shocked when I measured my tummy area again and it had went from 46 inches to almost 45 inches…in only 45 min!! So naturally I couldn’t wait until my 48 hours were up to see the true results.

I done my application at night so the next morning I decided to try a pair of my favorite jeans that had become a bit snug and much to my surprise they fit much better and I was more comfortable wearing them all day so I know the Ultimate Body Applicator worked! After the 48 hours were up I measured again and consistently got a reading of 44 inches around my tummy area…which means this wrap helped me loose 2 total inches….AMAZING!

Bottom Line:

I am very impressed with the results I got with just one 45 min application of the Ultimate Body Applicator that I can’t wait to try it again and see what other results I can get! Best of all one Ultimate Body Applicator can be used on your waist area or on your thighs so no matter where you want to loose those unwanted inches you can apply the Ultimate Body Applicator. I am so convinced in the power of these wraps that I am willing to put my name on the line and tell each of you that want to loose those unwanted inches to give these little guys a try….you won’t be sorry!

Buy It:
To purchase the Ultimate Body Applicator mentioned above and many more products from It Works! visit Michelle’s website!

Opportunity Alert!

Michelle also let me in on a little secret that It Works! is currently running a special when you sign up to become a distributor of their products! The regular sign up price is $199, but now until July 15th it is only $99!

They very rarely lower the price...You can sign up under Michelle and become a member of her team via her website at this link:
HomeSpaSlimming.itworks.net and then clicking business opportunity, then clicking become a distributor.

When you sign up you get a starter kit that includes 8 body wraps, which you can then sell at $25 apiece, and make back your money right away, plus and extra $100! She will provide all the training you need, and it is very easy to do. An average "wrap party" much like pampered chef, tupperware, etc. yields $454 for two hours...AMAZING!!!

If you would like to sign up to be apart of Michelle’s team just follow these simple directions:

* Go to HomeSpaSlimming.itworks.net
* Click on Business Opportunity
* Click on Become a Distributor

Once the online application is complete, please e-mail Michelle at HomeSpaSlimming@yahoo.com to make sure everything went smoothly!


This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Ultimate Body Applicator Wrap mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tanga's Disney Dream Sweepstakes at GetSubmit


Hey guys….and gals :)! I know I generally don’t post third party giveaways on my blog, but today I ran across this awesome giveaway for a $250 Disney Gift Certificate and just can’t keep this news to myself.

So if you want an opportunity to win simply head on over to www.getsubmit.com/enter/sweepstakes_refer/200/3475 and get your name thrown in the hat for your chance to win!

And although I would love to win this $250 Disney Gift Certificate for myself….I wish you all luck!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Winners of the Emani Minerals and “101 Things to do with Meatballs” Giveaways

Good afternoon yall!

Whew!! It’s been a super busy Wednesday morning and I’ve finally found the time to get the winners of the Emani Minerals Prize Package and the “101 Things to do with Meatballs” Cookbook picked and e-mailed.

Winner of the Emani Minerals Prize Pack is comment #38 CJ

Winner of the “101 Things to do with Meatballs” Cookbook is comment #68 lily

Congrats to you both and I have sent each of you and e-mail so be sure to claim your prize within 48 hours or I will have to choose a new winner!

Thank you to all who entered those two giveaways and be sure to check out the new giveaways up on the right side bar (I added 4 new ones today J)

Educational Insights Smens® Pens Review and Giveaway

It seems like I always get to host fun reviews and giveaways for kids but you know sometimes I like to get fun stuff for myself to review and a few weeks ago Educational Insights gave me a chance to review an awesome product…Smens® Pens which come in a set of 10 gourmet scented pens! Since I will be starting summer school next Monday (July 11), I couldn’t wait to get these in and give them a try!

About Educational Insights (taken from website):

Based in Southern California, Educational Insights, is the manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, including subject-specific classroom products, teacher resources, educational toys, and games. Our products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun.

About the Smens® Pens (taken from website):

The latest release from the best-selling manufacturer of Smencils®, Smens® are gourmet scented pens made from recycled newspapers. Available scents include Red Licorice, Creamsicle, Aloha, Mystery Scent, Banana FoFana, Mocha, Passion Fruit, Ninja Berry, Pink Lemonade, and Black Licorice. Each Smen is individually wrapped in a stay-fresh biodegradable plastic tube and is guaranteed to keep its scent for two years.

Our Thoughts:

Educational Insights sent us a pack of 10 Smens® Pens to review and this time I decided to keep this product as a review for myself J! Needless to say I was pretty excited about the Smens® Pens and couldn’t wait to get each of them out of the package to give them a wiff…kind of sounds funny doesn’t it….excited to smell pens??? LOL!

Anyways, I was really expecting each of the pens to be lightly scented but I was very surprised when I had no trouble at all smelling each of the scents. I am loving the fact that I can keep my pens in their biodegradable plastic tube so that they will keep their scent even longer. Since my Smens® Pens arrived I’ve been using them about everyday and I even carry the Aloha around in my purse and I can’t tell you how wonderful it smells when I open up my purse to find something….Awesome!

I’m also loving the fact that each of the pens are made from recycled newspapers because we are trying to go green and what better way right?! I have been using these pens for a few weeks now and I absolutely love them not only are they comfortable to write with but they also leave a soft scent in the air and on my hands that is very pleasant and well I don’t think I will mind having to write mounds of papers this semester as long as I have my favorite Smens® Pens on hand. Of all the scents available I have to say my favorites are: Aloha, Banana FoFana and Passion Fruit, but they are all awesome so it’s hard to just say three are my favorites but those are the ones I find myself looking for!

Bottom Line:

Smens® Pens rock…not only are they comfortable to write with but the fact that they smell so wonderful….well I guess you could say that these pens have it all! I’ve been using them for quite sometime now and I keep each of them in their plastic tubs when I’m not using them but their scent is still just as strong and wonderful as it was the day I took them out of the package for the first time. I am really looking forward to having my favorite Smens® Pens in my backpack over the next couple of semesters at college!

If you are looking for a fun and unique gift I would highly recommend Smens® Pens they just make homework or any type of writing so much more fun! I’m thinking that these would be perfect for a tween just starting out writing in a diary, to make it extra fun and personal!

Buy It:
To purchase the Smens® Pens mentioned above visit the Educational Insights website!

Win It:
Educational Insights has decided offer one of my awesome readers a set of 10 Smens® Pens (ARV $24.99)

Mandatory Entry: Visit Educational Insights and tell me what one item you would like to get for your kiddo(s) to keep them busy this summer! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Educational Insights be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Educational Insights on Facebook

6. Follow Educational Insights on Twitter


Giveaway ends July 19, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Smens® Pens mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Educational Insights GeoSafari® Tuff Scope Review and Giveaway


So you know by now “Bug” likes anything to do with outdoors, bugs and science so it was only natural that when we were asked to review the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope from Educational Insights it was an easy YES!! After showing “Bug” the photos of the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope and explaining to him that he could use this scope to look at his bug collection and other random outdoor things he immediately got excited and well to admit it I was pretty excited myself since he gets his love of nature and science from his mommy J!

About Educational Insights (taken from website):

Based in Southern California, Educational Insights, is the manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, including subject-specific classroom products, teacher resources, educational toys, and games. Our products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun.

About the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope (taken from website):

Explore images up to 400x their original size with Tuff Scope! This two-in-one microscope is perfect for classroom projects or magnification on the go! Simply set up as a classroom station or remove the microscope from the base and send kids outdoors to explore. When used with the GeoSafari® Tuff Cam digital video camera, GeoSafari® Tuff Scope transforms into a digital microscope, projecting magnified images onto a computer screen or projector. Also features 2x continuous optical zoom, transmissive and reflective LED lighting, and a storage drawer.

Features:
* 2in-1 microscope with base and removable scope
* 400x magnification
* 2x continuous zoom
* Transmissive and reflective LED lighting
* Storage drawer
* Requires 3AA batteries (not included)
* Compatible with GeoSafari® Tuff Cam for magnified digital photography


Our Thoughts:

Educational Insights kindly sent us the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope to review and once it arrived “Bug” could not wait to get it out of the box and get his bug collection out to see what they looked like up close! Once we got the scope out of the box and the batteries (I keep a drawer of nothing but random battery sizes since all of “Bug’s” toys run on batteries) in the scope it was ready for the first test run. It just so happened that I had my nephews visiting the day it arrived. They are 7 and 5 and could not wait to have a turn looking at the bugs!

Once we got the scope set up on the kitchen table so that it was on a stable surface they began taking turns looking out the bugs in the collection and each time one of them looked at the bugs magnified they found something new they didn’t know even existed on the bugs. After they finished the bug collection K (he’s 7) decided to head outside and collect some blades of grass and flowers to look at and all three of them had just as much fun with the grass and flowers as they did the bugs. I myself am amazed at how well this scope magnifies the tiniest bugs and blades of grass, it is by far the best child’s scope that I have ever used, I would definitely compare it to the scientific grade scopes that we used in our chemistry class at college this year…..IT’S AWESOME!

We have been using the fire out of this scope because “Bug” wants to look at everything when it’s big (straight out of his little mouth) and well loving science myself I find myself using it even when I’m home all by myself. We have used the scope on the stand and I’ve even removed the scope itself from the stand and let the boys take it outside and see what interesting things they could find when magnified and let me tell you it has kept these kiddos busy for hours on end and they always seem to find something new to show us under the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope.

Needless to say the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope has really been put through the ringer around our house and the many trips to the grandparents house that I feel pretty safe in saying that the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope is most defiantly tuff and can withhold the wear and tear of three young adventurous boys! I have also been informed that I need to give each of my nephews one for either their birthdays or Christmas because they are driving their mommas crazy for one!

Bottom Line:

The GeoSafari® Tuff Scope has gotten the ultimate approval from three super active and curious boys ranging from ages 3 to 7 and has yet to give me any reason not to give it the parents approval as well. I love that this scope is portable with or without its base and that it magnifies the object in question so that we can all see it with no problem. I would not trade the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope for anything seeing how much fun the boys has had hours on end exploring the entire yard and house for new things to learn about.

I would defiantly recommend the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope to any parent or teacher because this scope makes learning so much fun that the kiddos don’t even know they are learning most of the time and if it’s tuff enough to stand up to three boys I think it’s safe to say that it will stand up to just about anything!

Buy It:
To purchase the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope mentioned above visit the Educational Insights website!

Win It:
Educational Insights has awesomely agreed to offer one of my super lucky readers a GeoSafari® Tuff Scope of their very own (ARV $39.99)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Educational Insights and tell me what one item you would like to get for your kiddo(s) to keep them busy this summer! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Educational Insights be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Educational Insights on Facebook

6. Follow Educational Insights on Twitter


Giveaway ends July 19, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Super Quick Poll and Dora The Explorer Cell Phone Lip Gloss Giveaway Ends 4:00pm EST TODAY!!!




I’m sure you all remember the giveaway I did a few weeks ago for Townley Inc and now I’ve got a super quick giveaway to offer to you all today and just for today for an adorable Dora the Explorer Cell Phone Lip Gloss in exchange for participating in a quick poll running on Facebook & Twitter that is just looking to know where moms of kids ages 3-6 shop for their kids/selves.


Win It:
Townley has kindly offered five (5) of my fabulous readers a Dora The Explorer Cell Phone Lip Gloss, just for taking the time to participate in the poll!


Mandatory Entry:Simply head on over to either the Townley Facebook or Twitter page and participate in the poll! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Just two extra entries this time guys (be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry)!

1. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter

2. Post this giveaway on your Facebook wall

Giveaway ends July 06, 2011 @ 4:00pm EST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did not receive the Dora The Explorer Cell Phone Lip Gloss mentioned above complementary for this review yet, but I have been notified I will be getting one in the next week or so. Nor monetary compensation was received.