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Dover, Arkansas, United States
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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Monday, February 15, 2010

Bee Well Wishes Review and Giveaway


As we all know when we or someone we love is going through a tuff time we want to be comforted or do something to comfort our loved ones.

I have myself been going thru some tough times I’ve got some things going on with my head and neck and the Drs are unsure of what’s causing it but I know that any little thoughtful thing my husband or son does really does make me feel better and I know that most people feel better just by the thoughts they are sent. I have found an easy way to let that special someone know you care and are thinking about them by sending them a Bee Well Wishes gift!

Bee Well Wishes offers their customers’ unique gifts to help give the ones you love a small cheering up with times are tough! They offer: Sleep Shirts, T-Shirts, Pillowcases, Blankets, Onesies and Lounge Pants all featuring the cute little Bee Well Bee!

I was blessed to receive the Lil’ Bee T-shirt to review and I love it! It’s so soft and comfortable! I use it almost every night as my sleep shirt, I’m one who doesn’t like PJs or nightgowns but I do love this shirt! I would defiantly recommend using Bee Well Wishes if you want to send a thoughtful gift to a loved one who needs a little pick me up!

These items would be perfect for hospital stays to help make it more comfortable because lets face it there is absolutely nothing comfortable about spending the night on one of those hospital beds! I really wish I would have had one of these shirts, pillowcases and blanket when I was in the hospital having my son 2 years ago and I will be sure to keep Bee Well Wishes in mind next time I need a thoughtful gift that will keep on giving long after the time in the hospital is done! Oh and these would make the perfect baby shower gift to give the mom to be to have a more comfortable stay after the little blessing in born!

When you order from Bee Well Wishes every wish comes in a sturdy, bright bee well box, along with your personalized bee well card and a short bee well story- all lovingly wrapped in tissue and package ed with care at no additional charge! So there you have it there is no reason not to order your next well wish from Bee Well Wishes.

Giveaway:

Tina has offered to give one very lucky reader there very own Bee Well t-shirt!


Mandatory Entry: Visit Bee Well Wishes and tell me what gift you would like to give to your love one that’s going thru a tough time. 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 (current follower count too)

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

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


Giveaway ends Feb. 28, 2010 @ 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 received the Tshirt mentioned above complementary for this review.

Rockabye Baby Review


Ever wish your little one could listen to the same Rock-N-Roll music as you but you’re a bit afraid of letting them listen to the hard rock beat that accompanies many of the best Rock bands ever? Well I know I was I really wanted to pass down my love of Rock-N-Roll to my son but I was afraid that I would hurt his little ears even with the music way down so I reframed from listing to it in the car and other enclosed areas where I though it may hurt his ears.

But do I have a treat for all you Rock-N-Roll loving Mommies out there! I have ran across an awesome company called Rockabye Baby! Now you can share your love of Rock-N-Roll and artist such as AC/DC, Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, Guns N’ Roses. Green Day, Journey and a hole lot more you can check out the music selection in there STORE and while your there don’t forget to pick up on of the rockin’ onsies!

What is Rockabye Baby you may still be asking yourself? Here is a bit about them from their website:

Rockabye Baby! is staffed by music lovers from all corners of the world. Headquartered in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, the label was born of the need to make children's music cool--not only for babies but for their parents too. We turned to our record collections for inspiration: punk, metal, classic rock. The resulting albums are revolutionary yet reverential. In other words, the perfect gift for a newborn, new parents, or yourself.

Part of the CMH Label Group, a thirty-year-old independent bluegrass and roots-music stronghold that houses a variety of musical styles under its umbrella, including metal, rap, punk, and string quartet tributes, Rockabye Baby! is the latest addition to a diverse musical family. Says label Vice President Lisa Roth, "First and foremost, we're fans, so we take care to make every album musically interesting enough to satisfy adult listeners. Believe me, making an album that's gentle enough for sleeping babies but won't bore Mom and Dad is trickier than it sounds." Producer/arrangers would agree! The job's not easy, but it's immensely gratifying to hear from pleased parents that Rockabye Baby! is now a treasured piece of their family history.


My son and I was lucky enough to get to review two on the Rockabye Baby CDs in the collection we were sent the Lullaby Renditions of Guns N’ Roses and Lullaby Renditions of Journey and I have to say I absolutely loved them! I listened to the Guns N’ Roses first and you can defiantly tell each of the songs and they are all played so beautify without the heaviness of drums and guitars! Zane loves this CD was his pick out of the two so every night we lay in bed and listen to GNR before he drifts off to sleep land! I myself love the Journey I find it very relaxing to listen to as an adult when I have a little to much on my plate and just need to unwind I’ll pop this into the CD player and let the stress melt away!


I will be sure to add these to each of the gift baskets I make for my friends and family when they are expecting a new baby! I am so thrilled that someone actually took the time to think about all of us mommies out there who rock hard and what their little ones to share in the glory of rock!


This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I received the Rockabye Baby CD’s mentioned above complementary for this review.

Sodastream Review



I don’t know about you and your family but my family sure does love their sodas! My son I would have to say is the worst one of all of use he has to have his “Pepper” every morning when he wakes up kinda like my coffee fix! So as you can imagine we spend quite a bit of dough on sodas and carbonated drinks around this house!

I have to tell you I was absolutely thrilled when I first read about the Sodastream Fountain Jet! My first thought was this could be the answer to help us save a little extra on our carbonated drinks.

I was lucky enough to receive a Sodastream Fountain Jet starter kit for review and I have to tell you that the set up and use was extremely easy! I decided to use this for my son’s second birthday party vs. spending a bunch of money on other soft drinks and this way all our guest would have plenty of flavors to choose from. I was absolutely amazed at how many guest asked where I had got the Sodastream and where they could get one of their own and if you’re wondering too you can get your very own Sodastream Fountain Jet via their Official Website.

We were sent a large assortment of flavors for the fountain jet and we have tried them all and I have to say my absolute favorite was the Diet Pink Grapefruit as some of you may know I have quit drinking any sodas other than diets and with the selection of diet flavors they offer I will never get board drinking the same diet soda again which is totally awesome! My son’s favorite flavor was the Ginger Ale which kind of surprised me since he is all about the “peppers” any other time but I’m so thankful that this machine has really gave him the chance to venture out and try something new! My husbands pick was the Energy flavor and he absolutely loves it, I myself have not tried it but he defiantly gave it the thumbs up!

Over-all I would defiantly recommend this fountain to any soda drinker out there! But they don’t just have soda flavors they also sent us some flavors to add to the carbonated water and that made for a very refreshing drink!


This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I received the Sodastream Fountain Jet Starter Kit mentioned above complementary for this review.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ZeroWater Pitcher Review


I don’t know about all of you out there but I’m not real high on tap water straight from the faucet. So I spend countless dollars on bottled and distilled water for my family. I have tried other filter products out on the market today to try and save money but I have yet to find a product that I was satisfied with! That is until I heard about the ZeroWater Pitcher!


About the ZeroWater Pitcher (taken from their website)

The ZeroWater® technology was first developed to solve a mother’s fatigue from dragging gallons of bottled water jugs home from the grocery store. A father and son put their respective manufacturing and chemistry backgrounds to use to develop an in-home water filtration solution to meet the mother’s approval.

That quest led them to an in-depth study of the technologies successfully used in industrial, environmental, and even government applications for water filtration. That, in turn, led them to ask the question: Why can’t families have the same quality of water derived from those proven technologies? Only when they tried to answer that question did the father and son team find that home users were being completely neglected by the makers of the sophisticated water filtration technologies. Instead, families were being pushed to buy conventional and simple carbon based filters for their in-home filtration.

The means and method of the technology development were as unconventional as the water filter they would ultimately create. Development discussions primarily took place in the family study and the local university library while designs were tested in the kitchen and the back porch using nearby lake water. Filtered water from each design was taken to the university lab for testing. Through a great deal of trial and error, a design construct was finally chosen that combined the right sophisticated filtration mediums, in the right proportions, in the right sequence, with the right flow to ensure maximum filtration and full use of the superior filter materials.

The quality of the resulting filtered water tested extremely superior to anything the family had seen available in stores for in-home use. In addition, the water even tested as good as or better than the water from many industrial or commercial filters. The excitement of a possible business opportunity arose once the father and son team discovered that their filtered water was so good, it seemed to be found in nature only from really fresh snow at the highest mountain tops.

After the mother’s emphatic approval of the taste of the water, the father and son started meeting business people to look at how to bring the technology to homes and families across the country. That led to the first patent, which was awarded in 1996, and three additional patents being awarded in later years. The underlying hope behind the ZeroWater® technology was that the in-home drinking water solution that satisfied one family so many years ago could be the solution for many families today that have an even stronger desire and need for in-home filtration to save money, help the environment and provide the very best in water for their families and friends.

When you buy a Zero Water filter pitcher we include a laboratory-calibrated water tester—called a TDS meter. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids, and represents the amount of dissolved substances in parts per million in the water we drink. These substances can negatively affect the way your water tastes.

Unlike conventional gravity-fed water filters, Zero Water’s patented 5-stage ion-exchange filter delivers the only filtered water to measure absolute 000 on the TDS meter. Compare that to the level in your tap water, even after being filtered through the leading filter pitchers.

Meter readings for tap water average between 75 and 300 and can go even higher. Conventional water filters only take out a small portion of these dissolved solids which can cause bad tastes.

With your TDS meter you can test your water yourself, and taste the difference. When. Zero Water® is the only filtered water from a pitcher that meets FDA definition for purified bottled water.* So, if it’s not all zeros, it’s not ZeroWater®.

Also use your tester to monitor filter replacement: when your meter reads 006, it’s time to replace your Zero Water® filter

* Filtered potable tap water tested by an independent lab (not the FDA) to meet specifically the water quality requirements for using the label "purified". Compared to water produced by leading gravity fed filters.

Our Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out ZeroWater for myself and I have to say my family and I loved this pitcher! When the product arrived I was so excited to try it that I had to open it right away! I followed the directions setting it up! The kit I received included: one Pitcher, one filter, and one TDS meter. As soon as I got the pitcher ready I tested my first glass of water that was straight from the tap:




The water came back with a reading of 028 reading before I ran it thru the ZeroWater Pitcher!


After running the tap water thru the pitcher I tested again and it had the reading of 000!

Afterward I wanted to test out the taste difference between the waters. I set up two glasses of water and had my husband taste each one and tell me if there was a difference and have him guess which glass was from the ZeroWater Pitcher. I myself had already tested the water and I have to say I could really tell the difference in the taste of the water and when he tried them his results were the same as mine, we both preferred the ZeroWater of the tap water! So now thanks to ZeroWater I can save some much needed cash by not buying the bottled water for my family. Right now you can save up to $30 when you check out the ZeroWater website.

My family and I really recommend ZeroWater to everyone looking to give their family a healthier water choice without spending the money on bottled water. You can buy your own ZeroWater kit like the one I received for $35 via their website.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I received the ZeroWater Pitcher mentioned above complementary for this review.