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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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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tender Corp Review and Giveaway



As summer is winding down and coming to a close, our family is outdoors more than ever enjoying the nice cool fall weather! But, just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean the dangers of bugs, bumps, bruises and scrapes are gone along with the hot weather, and to me it seems this is the time of the year that all the stuff I just mentioned gets worse! I don’t know if it’s because we spend more time outdoors or what but I always try to keep products around that will help us protect us and to care for us after we get hurt or bit by bugs, so while surfing through websites one day I stumbled upon Tender Corp and I was immediately intrigued by the products they had to offer and I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to review a few of their proudcts.

About Tender Corp (Taken From Website):

Our History Tender Corporation has firmly established itself as the maker of effective solutions for nature's problems. New product development and acquisitions have reinforced that position in recent years. A brief history from the early days of the company illustrates how the role was established right from the start.

The early 1970's marked retirement for Kenneth Grout. He was headed for New Hampshire's White Mountains, to discover the joys of fresh air, good fishing and hard-earned relaxation. But there was an element which Ken's carefully laid plans had overlooked- an irrefutable ingredient distracting every part of the vision. It was in the garden, in the woods, around the ponds and on the mountaintops. It was the merciless black fly. You cannot quite imagine how annoying and painful this bug is, unless you've been to northern New England in late spring. This tiny pest aggravated Ken to the point of canceling retirement and launching a full-time counterattack.

The basic solution to bites and stings, from black flies and other insects, came relatively easily. Ammonia hydroxide was a known home remedy for bug bite itch, dating back to the days of pharaohs. Ken focused on combining it in an effective formula. He searched for a way to package the solution for convenient use, especially for the many times a household ammonia bottle was not handy or easy to carry.

By 1975, under the name of Tender Corporation, Ken and his son Ted produced their first 50,000 units of insect bite relief, AfterBite®. The pen-like, applicator-tipped, plastic tube was an instant hit. The success of AfterBite® preceded the subsequent launches of Ben's®, Natrapel® 8 hour, Easy Care®, AfterSting® and AfterBurn®.

Our Thoughts:

I was sent several products to review and with the cooling of the weather it didn’t take us long to need some of the products we were sent.

The first product we tried out was the AfterBite Outdoor Combo Pack that includes a tube of AfterBite Outdoor for adults and a tube of the AfterBite Kids, and with the mosquito out in full force in the evening it didn’t take but a night or so to realize that we were going to have to use this on both Chad and I but “Bug” as well. We really like the AfterBite Outdoor for adults, it works fast to stop the itching and it seems to speed the healing process a bit. Chad has used this more than I have since he seems to constantly get into ticks and chiggers and he now swears by this ointment! We also had to use the AfterBite Kids on “Bug” after a couple of mosquito bites on his legs and it did not seem to burn or irritate him in any way he actually told us that his leg quit itching and felt better!

The next product we got to sample was one we are using quite regularly now and that is the Natrapel 8 Hour Deet-Free Repellent. We have started doing quite a bit of fishing in the evenings since the weather has started to cool down and we have completely replaced our old incest repellents with the Natrapel 8 Hour repellent, and could not be happier with it! Not only does this repellent work wonders for the whole length of time we are out in the boat or just lounging outside, and best of all it’s Deet-Free and that makes me feel good about using it on “Bug”!

We were also sent a bottle of Healthifeet to review and this was one of the products I was most excited to try. I have always as long as I can remember had cold feet…..all the time even during the hot summer months my feet stayed cold and I really hate it. So when I pulled this out of the box I thought there may be hope in warming my feet up and not having to suffer from cold feet forever. Not only has this help tremendously to relive my cold feet and the discomfort that comes along with cold feet but it has also softened them and help relieve the scratchy dry patches on my heels! I will never be without a bottle of Healthifeet in my medicine cabinet again!

The last product and probably the most important product we were sent was the Easy Care Soft-Sided First Aid Kit and let me just start by saying this kit has everything you could possibly need to treat minor cuts, burns, bruises and scrapes at home. Now, I’ve had a lot of first aid kits in my life and I will admit that this is the best first aid kit I have ever owned! I’m loving that this kit is compact and easy to take with us to the park or in the car, we have had to use some of the Band-Aids for all of us and Chad has used the burn cream out of the kit and he has seemed pretty happy with the results. I’m also loving the tweezers that come with this kit and I’ve used them a couple of times to extract splinters out of “Bugs” feet and he didn’t even seem to mind when I used the tweezers in this kit vs. my normal tweezers.

Bottom Line:

We are all very pleased with every one of the products we were sent to review and have now made each of them a permanent place in our medicine cabinet. I have yet to find a bug bite medication that has worked both as fast and as well as the AfterBite and the fact that they have made one especially for kids is wonderful. We also could not ask for a better insect repellant that the one we were sent and I’m loving the Healthifeet and the way it leaves my feet both warm and silky smooth! As I stated above I’ve never owned a better first aid kit and I plan on keeping all of these products at hand for a long time to come.

I seriously recommend all of these products to anybody who enjoys the outdoors and has the occasional bug bite, cold feet or needs a handy first aid kit! You should really check out these products and consider giving them a special place in your medicine cabinet.

Buy It:
To purchase these products from Tender Corporation visit their website!

Win It:
Tender Corporation has offered five (5) of my readers a Easy Care Soft-Sided First Aid Kit so you can always be prepared.

Mandatory Entry: Visit Tender Corporation and tell me what product you are most excited to try! 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)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. “Like” AfterBite on Facebook

Giveaway ends Oct 14, 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 did receive the Tender Corp Products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Roman Meal Bread Review and Giveaway



Bread is pretty much a major staple in our daily diets, now contrary to popular belief all bread is not created equal nor does it all taste the same and I’m very picky about what bread I feed my family. I’m always up to trying new breads and when I had the opportunity to review a couple of a varieties of bread from Roman Meal I was rather excited since I had heard a lot of good things about them from friends and family.

About Roman Meal (Taken From Website):

Bread was the Matthaei family's calling when they opened a bakery in Marburg, Germany, in 1686. In 1872, master baker Henry Matthaei moved to Kansas City where he opened a bakery. And, following family tradition, his son, William, also became a master baker.

When the Kansas City bakery merged with others, William struck out on his own—moving to Tacoma, Washington. There he built a bakery that eventually became the most dominant in Southwest Washington.

Around 1912, an ailing physician named Robert Jackson moved from Victoria, British Columbia, to Tacoma to seek medical care. An avid historian, Dr. Jackson was fascinated with accounts of the legions of ancient Rome. He discovered that on a daily ration of two pounds of wheat or rye, these foot soldiers had the strength and stamina to conquer the world. Following the example of these early empire builders, he set out to improve his health by modifying his diet and conditioning his body, so based on the early diet of the Roman legionnaires, he developed Dr. Jackson's Roman Health Meal. It was a hot breakfast cereal of whole grain wheat, rye, bran, and flaxseed.

Not only did it correct his vitamin and mineral deficiency, but the cereal provided an effective prescription for many of his patients. The demand became so great, Dr. Jackson had to set up a small factory in Tacoma just to keep up. In 1927, William Matthaei purchased the Roman Meal Company from Dr. Jackson, keeping its headquarters in Tacoma. Combining his baking skills with Dr. Jackson's formulation, William Matthaei developed Roman Meal bread with its outstanding quality and nutritional value. Since then, people across the nation—and the world—have become familiar with Roman Meal.

Today, the Roman Meal Company is still owned and run by our family. We are actively involved in ensuring that our products maintain the highest standards of quality and nutrition. The appreciation from customers of our strong commitment to family health and well-being has allowed us to retain our business and tradition of quality for almost 100 years. Roman Meal has grown to partner with more than 90 bakeries in the United States and internationally. These partners bake and distribute quality Roman Meal breads locally, assuring you that the product you're purchasing is the freshest possible.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent…well rather we were delivered by the local Roman Meal bread delivery man, who was super friendly and he left us with two loafs of the Roman Meal Sandwich bread and two loafs of Roman Meal SunGrain 100% Whole Wheat and gave me a little piece of knowledge that I’m so glad he told me that I could get the SunGrain 100% Whole Wheat with “Bug’s” WIC.

I have to say that this bread was so fresh and smelled so good (even though the bread bag) that I could not wait to get my hands on it and taste it so me and “Bug” decided to have a quick snack of a slice of the Whole Wheat bread smeared with some creamy peanut butter and I have to say it’s been a long time since I had wheat bread that was so fresh and full of flavor! “Bug” isn’t really a fan of wheat bread, but he now asks for the “brown bread” (wheat bread) for all of his sandwiches and toast which is wonderful! I’ve always only ate wheat bread and sometimes some of it can be pretty stiff but that was so not the case with the Roman Meal wheat bread we were sent.

My husband doesn’t really eat wheat bread so he was the first to try the Sandwich bread that we were given to review and he said that it was some of the best “white” bread he had ever eaten. I just can’t believe that we haven’t given Roman Meal bread a chance until now. I myself have eaten a couple sandwiches out of the sandwich bread and to me the bread just really taste not only fresher but the taste itself is unlike our other brand we usually buy.

Bottom Line:

We are now sold on Roman Meal bread and will be buying it the next trip to the grocery store in which we need bread….and I’m sure that it’s going to be our main bread from now on! I’m loving that I can get the Roman Meal wheat bread on WIC and I love that “Bug” actually eats this wheat bread vs. the other wheat bread we have bought in the past. I’ve noticed that Chad is taking sandwiches for lunch more now since we got the sandwich bread because he said that it’s better than any sandwich that he could go buy in a sandwich store.

Roman Meal Original (including the Sandwich variety) is a sweet and soft blend of wheat flour, whole rye, ground flax seed, and added wheat germ and bran. Each slice boasts 10 grams of whole grains. Roman Meal Sungrain 100% Whole Wheat bread is a good source of fiber and packs at least 24 grams of whole grains. All Roman Meal breads contain whole grains. They also have a natural balance of good fats (mono- and poly-unsaturated) and good (complex) carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are a good weight management tool because they take longer to digest, so you feel full for a longer period of time. As one of the first companies to come out with a whole grain bread, Roman Meal is a brand that you can trust. You can visit http://www.romanmeal.com/index.aspx, www.facebook.com/RomanMeal, http://twitter.com/Roman_Meal, or http://www.youtube.com/user/RomanMealCompanyfor more information as well.

If you love fresh, flavorful bread I suggest you check out Roman Meal Bread and I can tell you that I’m looking forward to trying their other breads, buns and cereals!

Buy It:
To purchase Roman Meal Breads visit their website!

Also be sure to check out their website for a coupon for $1 Roman Meal Bread!

Win It:
Roman Meal has offered four (4) of my readers two (2) free product coupons so you can experience the goodness of Roman Meal Bread for yourself!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Roman Meal and tell me what product you are most excited to try or something interesting you learned! 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)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. “Like” Roman Meal on Facebook

6. Follow Roman Meal on Twitter

Giveaway ends Oct 14, 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 did receive the Roman Meal Bread Products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Winners!

Winner of the Namaste Foods prize pack is comment #39 where’s the other shoe?

Winner of the Goji Gourmet sampler pack is comment #63 Laura Lowe DeLuca


Congrats to you both and be sure to check your e-mail because I’ve sent to winning e-mails and I need to hear back from you within 48hrs to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered these giveaways and be sure to check out my current giveaways on the right side bar :0)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Spin & Go Touchless Cleaning System Review and Giveaway



One of my weekly and sometimes daily chores is one that I’m not at all fond of and that’s mopping my kitchen, dining room and bathrooms. I really dislike doing this chore and look for any possible excuse to get out of doing it and I’m always on the lookout for new products that will make this chore more enjoyable (if it can be!). So when I was contacted to do a review on the New Spin & Go Touchless Cleaning System I couldn’t resist the chance to try a touchless mopping system!

About Spin & Go Touchless Mop & Wringer:

If there’s one thing we all can agree on, it’s that mopping the floor is one of the most boring and aggravating chores around. It’s a job we put off, why?, because it’s no fun. It’s sloppy, messy, wet and germy. Just thinking about it, makes us want to procrastinate for another week. That’s why you will want to find out about the revolutionary new Spin & Go Touchless Mop & Wringer Cleaning System, a simple solution that's fun, easy to use and spins away dirt and grime in seconds. Less housework=more Mom (and me) time.

No More Sop Stories!
If only our homes would clean themselves, well, they won’t, but there’s a new mop in town. The revolutionary Spin & Go Touchless Mop and Wringer, an international cleaning sensation. Over 2 million households worldwide in the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Argentina to name a few, are using it and actually having fun cleaning their floors. It’s best seller, from their shores to our floors, now it’s finally time to show your old mop the door.

“It’s Brilliant” says Good Morning America
Can you imagine Good Morning America, has called the Spin & Go “brilliant,” saying it’s smarter and saves time and money, all true. Just go to our website: http://www.thespinngo.com/ to check it out in action. Here are some of the cool things it does:

· Saves Effort Time and Energy with built in spinning cycle, powers up with a pedal to spin away dirty water, leaving it ready to attack more
grime and dirt
· Spin & Go patented super absorbent MICROFIBER Mop Head with 1,720,000 washable Microfibers gets rid of dirt and grime easily
· Eco-friendliest Mop ever, no disposable pads to change or touch, its earth friendly and affordable costing only $49.95
· Lightweight and ultra slim, adjustable for effortless cleaning and hands free wringing
· Best dry mop for dusting hard to reach places, great for cleaning cars too, and it rotates 360 degrees.
Grime is a Crime
So if your house is protected by "killer dust bunnies," the Spin & Go Touchless Mop & Wringer Cleaning System will spin them away forever, say goodbye to grimy, dirty bacteria filled water and say hello to the hands free effortless ease of the Spin & Go. It's truly amazing.


My Thoughts:

I was sent a Spin & Go Touchless Mop & Wringer to review and it just happened to arrive on the day that I had planned on mopping my entire kitchen and dining room area and I was kind of excited to mop this time because I got to try out the new Spin & Go.

Once I got all of the pieces out of the box, putting the mop together was a synch all I had to do was screw the mop handle together and pop on the mop head and it was ready to go! I immediately finished cleaning the counters and swept the floors to prepare them for my new Spin & Go and then I filled the Spin & Go mop bucket with my favorite Lavender scent pine sol up to the fill line with hot water and set off to my chore of mopping the floors!

I have to say that mopping my kitchen and dining room areas was so quick and easy and way less messy than my usual sponge mop that I went ahead and tackled both the bathrooms as well!

I’m loving that I can mop my floors and not have to touch the nasty water to wring my mop out because the Spin & Go has it’s very own built in wringer in it’s very own mop bucket so it makes getting your mop ready to go to the next spot or floor so easy and a whole lot less messy!

I have to say changing the mop head was very easy and storage isn’t a problem either it fit right in place of my old mop and bucket (sorry sponge mop but you’ve been replaced permanently)!

The whole wringing out process was so easy that after a couple of times of watching me use this mop over the last few weeks “Bug” decided he wanted to help so yesterday I let him “mop” some of the kitchen with my supervision with regular clean water (I dust my floors every other day with water since they are wood flooring they show dust way to much) and it didn’t take him long to figure out how to put the mop into the wringer and get it wrung out!


I’m loving that this mop head rotates 360 degrease and can reach into the super hard places that other mops can’t even think about reaching, Also when I did the clean white socks test (the only way to know your floors are truly clean) I was surprised that after spending some time on the kitchen and dining room floors they were just as white as they were when I put them on so I’m going to say that this mop cleans better than any other cleaning system I have ever tried! THANK YOU SPIN & GO!

Bottom Line:

The Spin & Go Touchless Mop &Wringer has really made the chore of mopping our floors much more enjoyable and well….now I don’t mind mopping at all and I would say that over the past few weeks I’ve mopped more than I would have if I was still with my old mop and bucket! No more ucky mop water, no more stinky Pine Sol smelling hands just nice clean floors in almost half the time that it took for me to use my old method of cleaning our floors!

If you hate mopping your floors as much as I did I think you should really check into getting yourself a Spin & Go Touchless Mop & Wringer, because I’m convinced that you will fall in love after the first use like I did and look for excuses to mop instead of excuses not to mop!

Also be sure to check out Spin & Go on Facebook!

Buy It:
To purchase the Spin & Go Touchless Mop and Wringer by visiting their website!

Win It:
Spin & Go has offered one of my readers a Spin & Go Touchless Mop & Wringer so you can love doing your mopping chores too!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Spin & Go and tell me the current method you use to clean your floors! 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)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. "Like" Spin & Go on Facebook

Giveaway ends Oct 13, 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 did receive a Spin & Go Touchless Mop & Wringer mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

SUSTA Natural Sweetener Review and Giveaway



As you may know I’m currently trying to loose weight and eat healthier. One of my biggest set back to doing all this is my love of everything sweet and of course sugary drinks. So while I was searching for healthy alternatives to foods and drinks I usually consume I stumbled upon SUSTA Natural Sweetener and I was so excited when the agreed to let me do a review and giveaway her on my blog!

Watch this short video clip to learn more about SUSTA Natural Sweetener:


My Thoughts:

I was sent a box of 50 packets of SUSTA Natural Sweetener to review and I could not wait to start using this sweetener in place of my current sweeteners and regular table sugar.

Now, we drink a lot of the old fashioned Southern Style Sweet Tea in our home and let me just stress the sweet part, my husband uses close to 3 cups of regular sugar to make one pitcher of his Sweet Tea and I will admit that I love his tea but it’s also just does not have room in my new diet since it’s loaded with so much sugar so the first thing I did when my SUSTA arrived was make me some un-sweet tea so that I could test out the sweetener and once I had my tea all nice and iced I decided it was time for the first SUSTA taste test and I added one package (only 5 calories!!!!) to my glass of tea and to my very pleasant surprise the tea sweetened with SUSTA was delicious and was just sweet enough for me! So from now on my husband can make is super sweet tea but I will stick to having my tea sweetened by SUSTA!

Since then I have used the SUSTA Natural Sweeteners one just about everything that I thought needed a sprinkling of sweetness! I’ve used it on my morning broiled grapefruits, in my blackberry cobbler and Cool-Aids! Alas, though I’m down to my last few packets, so I’m going to have to pick me up some more because I literally can’t get enough of this sweetener!

Bottom Line:

SUSTA Natural Sweetener has completely changed the way I look at artificial sweeteners and I will never use another artificial sweetener since finding SUSTA! It has clearly made itself a permanent home in my pantry and on my dinner table.

I can’t wait to pick up another couple of boxes and try some of the delicious looking recipes that are found on their website! I’m loving that I can still have my sweets and sweet tea without all the unhealthy benefits of table sugars and other artificial sweeteners!

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to table sugar and artificial sweeteners you should really pick you up a box of SUSTA Natural Sweetener and taste the difference!

Buy It:
To purchase SUSTA Natural Sweetener visit their website!

Win It:
SUSTA has offered two (2) of my readers each a 50 count box of SUSTA Natural Sweetener so you can fall in love yourself.

Mandatory Entry: Visit SUSTA and tell me something interesting that you learned or what you would use SUSTA on or in! 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)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

Giveaway ends Oct 13, 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 did receive a 50 count box of SUSTA Natural Sweetener complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

The winner of the $25 Gift Certificate to eUndies.com is…..

Comment #33 Huguette E.! Congratulations and I have sent you and e-mail so be sure to reply so that I can forward your information to the sponsor.

Thanks to all who entered and welcome to all of my new followers, I couldn’t have this blog without you all!!!! Make sure to get your name into all the other awesome giveaways I have going on right now, current list on my right sidebar.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Better Batter Gluten Free Mixes Review and Giveaway



We are very lucky here in our household and none of us have Gluten allergies but I do have family members that do and to be quite honest with you it’s hard to bake goodies for family get together that are both Gluten Free and delicious! We have tried many different companies that offered baking mixes fro Gluten Free goodies but the taste to be quite honest was really bad and we were all better off to be goodie free than try to eat the Gluten Free goodies…..well that was until I had the opportunity to review a couple of products from Better Batter, I will state right here up front that they have really changed the way I look ate Gluten Free goodies!

About Better Batter (Taken From Website):

Better Batter Gluten Free Flour is the brainchild of Naomi Poe, and quite literally an answer to prayer.

In 2003, after a year and a half of unsuccessful therapies for developmental and speech delays commonly associated with autism, Naomi asked her doctor, in desperation, if there was something she was missing. Naomi’s doctor suggested that perhaps gluten was behind her oldest son’s autistic symptoms. Testing revealed that he was suffering from gluten enteropathy. Six weeks on the diet were enough to cause an 180 degree improvement in her son – so much so that he was taken off of the ’spectrum’ for autistic behavior.

In 2004, her second child, a bouncing baby boy, began to exhibit signs of gluten intolerance. Quick thinking and rapid action on the part of their doctor ensured that his intolerance was caught before there were further complications.

It came as no surprise, when six months later, Naomi found out where all those Silly genes were coming from, and in 2006, the Sillies’ dad discovered his own genetic links to gluten intolerance.

With four people eating gluten free, it was only logical that Something Would Have to Be Done. Naomi, like most of you, started baking her own breads and goodies, using the information and recipes available at the time.

You’ve all been where she was in April of 2006, tired of paying too much for mixes that required additional special ingredients, didn’t work, or tasted plain weird.

She wanted a flour that would work in her mom’s old recipes, look right, and taste right. The alternative — having to do something resembling either a lab experiment or a religious ceremony for something simple like chocolate chip cookies (five flours, two specialty ingredients, and prayer that the recipe would actually work) — wasn’t an option any more.

One late night, she threw up a desperate prayer to the Almighty and went to bed. That night she had a dream. In it, she was mixing up a formula for a new kind of flour. Waking up, she took this idea – this formula – and literally ran down to the kitchen, concocted the flour mix, and made her mom’s famous apple pie.

My Thoughts:

I was sent some of Better Batter’s Pancake & Biscuit Mix and Fudge Brownie Mix to review and I will admit that I was a little hesitant to try them due to bad past experiences but I decided to suck it up and one Saturday morning “Bug” and my husband was wanting some pancakes and biscuits for breakfast so I thought why not use some of the Better Batter’s and just give them a go!

So needless to say here the first product we tried from Better Batter was the Pancake & Biscuit Mix for breakfast and we made both pancakes and biscuits from the mix and I couldn’t have been happier with the mixing process all we needed was very few ingredients the mix of course, egg, milk or water….we chose to use milk, and that was it for both the pancakes and biscuits it couldn’t get much easier than that!

Now the big test is not the ease of mixing and cooking but it’s all in the taste right? Right, and the most important taster was “Bug” and to our super surprise ate all of his pancake and asked for another one! Our biscuits were wonderful themselves so light, flakey and fluffy and they were delicious! I tried the pancakes (in honor of this review :0)) and I was really pleased with the taste of these as well and I will definitely be recommending the Pancake and Biscuit Mix to my family members that are in need of Gluten Free mixes that taste good!

The next products we tried was the Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Mix and these were super easy to mix and bake and were so good! They smelled really great baking and this isn’t something I’m used to either with gluten free mixes they usually have a different smell to them while baking but these brownies smelled just like a handmade batch and they sure did taste like handmade when they were finished and had cooled off. Now, my husband isn’t big at all on gluten free sweets and usually won’t even give them a try but he said the brownies smelled so good he just had to have one and ended up eating two of them the night we baked them!

Bottom Line:
I am loving the gluten free baking mixes that we were sent from Better Batter and I know exactly where to go to get my goodies for the next family get together and that’s the yummy Fudge Brownies from Better Batter!

I will be keeping each of these mixes around our home for when we have family members visit and stay over night so that I will be able to treat them to delicious breakfasts and brownies to make them feel more like home.

If you or someone in your family has an allergy to Gluten then you should really consider giving the mixes at Better Batter a try…I think you will be pleasantly surprised and want more!

Buy It:
To purchase Better Batter Gluten Free Mixes visit their website!

Win It:
Better Batter has offered one of my readers a complete product sampler of their products!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Better Batter and tell me what product you are most excited to try! 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)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. Follow Better Batter on Twitter

6. “Like” Better Batter on Facebook

Giveaway ends Oct 12, 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 did receive the Better Batter Products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

FitDeck Review and Giveaway



I have decided that I am going to start taking active steps in becoming healthier in not only in my body but my mind as well and I’ve been told many times by lots of different people that Yoga is one of the best ways to workout not only your body but you mind as well! So I have been taking a Yoga class to go along with my daily exercise routine to help maximize my results! While surfing the internet for helpful exercises products I happened to come upon FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards and I thought that these would be perfect to help me incorporate different exercise routines during the week to keep it fresh and new!

About FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards (Taken From Website):

FitDeck is a unique deck of 56 playing cards containing illustrations and instructions describing over 50 different exercises, stretches, and movements.

These ‘no-equipment’ FitDecks contain exercises that require only your bodyweight to perform. ‘FitDeck Bodyweight’ is our flagship product in this popular series of ‘no-equipment’ FitDecks.

Choose any of these eight FitDeck titles and enjoy the freedom to workout when you want – where you want.

FitDeck Bodyweight
FitDeck Senior
FitDeck Junior
FitDeck Yoga
FitDeck Pilates
FitDeck Stretch
FitDeck Prenatal
FitDeck Postnatal

These FitDecks can be used on their own -- or they can be mixed into other FitDecks or FitDeck Boosters to create hundreds of interesting cross-training opportunities.

My Thoughts:

I was sent three decks of FitDecks Exercise Playing Cards to review, the FitDeck Yoga, FitDeck Junior and the FitDeck Bodyweight!

The first FitDeck I tried out was the FitDeck Yoga and I have to say I love this deck of Yoga cards! I love that I can either pick out a few cards and shuffle them for a unique custom Yoga workout just for me or I can shuffle the whole deck and play them through until I get tired of doing Yoga. I love that each of the cards not only has step-by-step pose instructions but they also offer images showing the pose so you not only read how to do the pose you also get to see it. I’m also loving the different levels in the top right corner of the card and the number of breaths you should hold the pose for your expert level!

I’ve really enjoyed using the FitDeck Yoga on days that I don’t have my Yoga classes and as a pre-workout warm up when I do my daily workouts!

We were also sent the FitDeck Junior to review and I love this deck to do with my little “Bug”! He wants to do Yoga and workout with mommy but it’s so difficult for him to keep up so I do a few of these cards with him a day just so he feels like he is getting to workout with mommy! I think these cards are so fun, they have such cute and fun names that I feel really keep “Bug” interested and makes it so fun for him. Now, he is only 2 and the deck is for ages 5-15 and of course he doesn’t do the exercises just perfect but it does get him up and moving and out from in front of the TV for a while and he seems to have a lot of fun flipping over the cards and trying to imitate the pictures on the card!

The last FitDeck we were sent was the FitDeck Bodyweight cards and I’m really enjoying using these cards along with the Yoga FitDeck we were sent to make my daily workout do double duty and I could not even imagine before that working out daily to get into shape could be so much fun and the fact that I can use FitDeck exercise playing cards to switch it up and mix it up daily makes it something I look forward to daily! The thing I love most about the FitDeck Bodyweight is that I don’t need any equipment what so ever just use my own bodyweight to maximize the exercises. This FitDeck also includes a guide for beginner to advanced so that you get your perfect workout!

Bottom Line:

I am extremely happy with all three FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards that I was sent to review! Not only do they help shake up my daily exercise routine but it makes it fun and it’s something I’m now waking up looking forward to doing! I love that with the FitDeck Junior I also get to let “Bug” feel like he is working out just as hard as mommy and the last 3 weeks since I’ve been mixing the FitDeck cards in on my daily exercise routine I have lost almost 6 lbs so what could be better!

If you are looking for not only a challenging but fun workout I think you should really check out the FitDecks offered, you have lots of different FitDecks to choose from so now you really don’t have an excuse not to get up and work out!

Buy It:
To purchase FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards for yourself visit their website!

Win It:
FitDeck has offered one of my readers one FitDeck Exercise Playing Card set of the winners choice!

Mandatory Entry: Visit FitDeck and tell me what FitDeck you would choose if you won! 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)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards on Twitter

6. “Like” FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards on Facebook

Giveaway ends Oct 12, 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 did receive the three FitDeck’s mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

And The Winners of Famous Dave’s Dark Tanner and Sock ‘n Boots Book are….

Famous Dave’s Dark with Bronzer Self Tanner comment #48 Kimberly
Sock ‘n Boots Share Book comment #23 Bargain Mom


Congrats to you both I’ve sent you both and e-mail, so I hope to hear from you soon :0)

Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways going on right now and there will be two new giveaways posted this morning!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Aurorae Yoga Products Review and Giveaway



I have recently set off on a journey to make not only my body healthier and loose weight but I’ve also set off to enhance my mind and exercise it as well and I’ve had lots of friends and acquaintances tell me that the best way to get both my mind and body on the same path is through Yoga and I’ve recently taken up a Yoga class and I can already tell that it’s starting to help me with my patience and my over all mood during the day. When I decided I was going to start practicing Yoga I knew I was going to have to have a decent Yoga Mat but for starters I just went a picked me up a cheep mat but after a few classes it just wasn’t cutting it so when I had the opportunity to review a mat from Aurorea Yoga Products I was beyond excited!

About Aurorea Yoga Products(Taken From Website):

Offering yoga mats and accessories.

Aurorae yoga mats come in illuminating colors with a focal point icon. We have extra long and extra thick mats as well as yoga bags, and yoga accessories. Combine this with our great customer service provided and you get the best of both worlds. Aurorae yoga company offers the best quality and services available on the internet and Amazon. This is why we have the best reviewed and the number one top rated yoga mats and materials on Amazon.com. Please check out our Yogi Tips page for best results and care of our products.

Visit our Amazon page to view mats, bags and and accessories to fit all of your yoga needs. Also check out reviews from consumers like yourself. We encourage you to leave reviews of your own and share you experiences on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. We want to hear from you as we are always looking for ways to improve your experience with Aurorae.

Thank you for your recent visit to our Aurorae Yoga web site. I can’t tell you how much your business and support means to us.

I personally want to welcome you to our Aurorae Family and as the founder of this company I guarantee your satisfaction. You are welcome to contact me at anytime to answer any questions you may have or just to say hi.

Thank You for your support.

Remember "It’s Your Yoga"
"Your Island of Peace and Tranquility"
Namaste,
Dennis Ingui
CEO/Founder, Aurorae

My Thoughts:

I was sent the pink Hope Yoga Mat and a Slip Free Rosin Bag for review and I couldn’t wait for them to arrive to take to my Yoga class! I noticed a huge difference between the Aurorae Yoga Mat vs. my old cheap Yoga mat at the very first class that I used my Hope Mat, the Aurorae Mat is so much softer and really helped me hold my balance and didn’t hurt my hands and feet as the other one had done.

I’ve been using my Hope Mat for a while now and I couldn’t be happier and it’s really made my experience at my Yoga classes so wonderful! I feel like I am enjoying the classes more and I’m more comfortable during the different poses with my Aurorae mat!

I’m loving that this mat is thick, non-slip and odor free! There is nothing worse than during a difficult Yoga pose to slip on the mat and possible hurt yourself but it completely disrupts your concentration that is so important while doing Yoga! I was also sent a bottle of the Aurorae mat spray to help keep my mat clean and I LOVE It! Not only does it make it super easy to keep my mat clean but it smells amazing too!

Bottom Line:

I couldn’t be happier with my new Yoga mat from Aurorae Yoga Products and I will be heading back to Aurorae for all my Yoga product needs in the future and I would recommend their mats and the Slip Free Rosin Bag to everyone looking for their perfect Yoga mat and carrying bag!

Buy It:
To purchase a Aurorae Yoga Mat for yourself visit their website!

Win It:
Aurorae Yoga Products has offered one of my readers a mat of their choice color and a Slip Free Rosin Bag!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Aurorae Yoga Products and tell me what color mat you would choose if you won! 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)

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3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. Follow Aurorae Yoga Products on Twitter

6. “Like” Aurorae Yoga Products on Facebook


Giveaway ends Oct 11, 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 did receive the Hope Aurorae Yoga mat and slip free package mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Upcoming CSN Stores Review



I don’t know if I’ve told you all this but I’ve been chosen as one of CSN Stores preferred bloggers and I’m sure you know I’ve done a few reviews and giveaways for CSN in the past and we actually just wrapped up the last giveaway last month, but I’m so excited to tell you thank I’ve been contacted again with the opportunity to do a review this time. I like to alternated between reviews and giveaways to give my readers a chance to check out all the neat stuff that CSN has to offer so since I did a giveaway the last time I have chosen to do a review this time around.

As you all probably already know CSN Stores have absolutely everything! I’ve actually already started Christmas shopping and so far got most of my gifts right in the comfort of my own home from CSN so no crowded malls or shopping centers this year for this girly!

Like I said CSN Stores have nearly everything you could possibly want from rugs, light fixtures, bedding, console tables, and yes even the kitchen sink! So I’m pretty sure your going to find something that is just screaming your name!

So stay tuned and see what awesome item I choose to review this time, but I’m going to say right up front it’s going to be hard to beat the Hot Dog Roller I reviewed last time :0)

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I will receive a $75 one-time use gift code to complementary to choose the product(s) I would like to review. No monetary compensation was received.

Dot Girl First Period Products Review



All women hate it, or at least every woman I know hates it….what am I talking about you may be asking yourself? Well I’m talking about that little visit almost all women get once a month from good ol’ Mother Nature! Yep, that’s right our periods! I know that I’m one who really, really hates that time of the month, it’s not because I hurt or anything like that it’s just a really bad inconvenients for me. But, however I do remember my first little visit from Mother Nature, and it really wasn’t a pleasant one, my mother had talked about it some but never in large detail, and it just so happened I was on a weekend trip with the school to the 6th grade camp so I had to ask one of the older girls that had went with us for feminine products and it really wasn’t fun at all! My little cousin is right at the right age for Mother Natures first visit so when I came across Dot Girl First Period Products I knew that one of their kits would be perfect for her since.

About Dot Girl First Period Products (Taken From Website):

Our goal at Dot Girl Products is that every girl has a positive first period experience and an empowered first step to womanhood.

We are two sisters, Terri Goodwin and Kathy Pickus, who founded Dot Girl Products in December of 2006. We bring our experience as daughters and mothers to help you honestly address an uncomfortable topic.

Our motivation to create The Dot Girl's First Period Kit® grew from our own awkward teenage experiences. Despite the fact that our mother was a wonderful nurturer to four daughters, she was never comfortable talking to us about our bodies. We found that this is more often the rule than the exception for both moms and dads. And the reality today is that parents often find themselves in the awkward position of having avoided the subject at all costs, to the detriment of their daughters.

Our goal for the kit is to provide parents with the information and supplies you need to explain the basics of menstruation to your daughters. And for the girls, we hope that having the kit will lessen their anxiety about their first period and instead turn it into a positive experience.

The Dot Girl's First Period Kit® is a Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Recipient

My Thoughts:

I was sent one of Dot Girl First Period Products newly revised The Dot Girl First Period Kit® to review and it could not have come at a better time, when my little cousins mom was trying to tell her about her monthly period so I thought this would be perfect to help her along and I have to say her mom was very happy to receive this kit.

Before I passed the kit along to my little cousin and her mom I wanted to make sure I got a good feel of the kit so that I can do an honest review here on my blog so I carefully opened the kit and had a look at what is inside. The kit includes:

The Dot Girl Period Answer Book answers twenty common questions about menstruation including:
How many days will I bleed?
When will I get my first period?
How do I track my period?
What about cramps?
What is a period anyway?

Written in an easy-to-read and positive tone, it covers the basics of menstruation in one compact booklet.
5 Feminine Pads
5 Disposal Bags for disposing of used pads.
1 Reusable Dot Girl Warm Pad, a gel heating pad for soothing cramps
2 Hand Wipes

It all comes in a very neat little carrying case so that you can keep it all together and I also love the fact that you can use this case over and over to keep it stocked to carry along with you.

The first item I just had to inspect was the The Dot Girl Period Answer Book and believe me when I say I wish I would have had one of these when I got my first period it answered many of the questions that I had. I also have to check out the Reusable Dot Girl Warm Pad, a gel heating pad for soothing cramps, just too see exactly how it worked and boy did it ever heat up just right and it was so easy to reset and only took a few minuets!

Once I gave this kit to my little cousins mom she gave it to her and of course she still has a few questions but I think in time with the help of her mom and this wonderful kit that she will be able to make the transition a whole lot easier than I did!

Bottom Line:

You don’t know how bad I would have liked to have something like this all those years ago when I experienced my first period! I think this is a wonderful kit full of very useful information and the products that are included are for me must haves! Like I said above I love the carrying case and that you can always keep it stocked with all the items your daughters/cousins/sister/ yourself…..well you get the picture will need for their periods.

I think this is a must have for any young girl that is on their way to experiencing their first periods. But, Dot Girl Products offers more than just this period kit, they also offer underwear, books, Scensibles and Skin care on their website as well as links to other important and relative information that you can share.

Buy It:
You can get your hands on one of these must have kits by going to the Dot Girl Products website.

You can Connect with Dot Girl Products on Facebook and Twitter!

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive The Dot Girl's First Period Kit® mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Xtreme Lashes By Jo Mousselli AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier Review



Ok we know that I’m a beauty product freak and I do my best to get my hands on the latest and greatest beauty products out on the market right? Right, so when I was given the opportunity to review the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier from Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli I was jumping for joy!! One of the areas that I’m not to happy with on my body is my eye lashes, and I will admit how silly it may be but I’m jealous of my husband and little boy because they have very long full eye lashes and here I am stuck with what I call little stubs and they are very thin and fall out daily!!! So when I read and watched the video on the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier I was all game and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

Watch this short video for more information about the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier:

My thoughts:

I was sent a tube of the new AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier, which won’t be available until sometime around this November so you can imagine my excitement about being able to review a product before it hits stores. I could not wait for my sample to arrive and when it did I put it to work instantly that night!

You are supposed to apply the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier in the mornings when you wake up and in the evenings before you go to bed, but only on clean dry eye lids and you apply it like you would an eye-liner. It didn’t take me long at all to add this product to my line of morning and evening products to use and it’s beyond easy and quick to apply it doesn’t really take me any longer to get ready to apply my make-up or to head to bed than it did before I started using the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier.

I’ve been using the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier for several weeks now and I have noticed a HUGE change in my eye lashes, they seem to be much fuller, longer and best of all they aren’t falling out on a daily basis when I remove my eye-make up! I’m loving the way my lashes look even without mascara and the best part is that I only have to use one-two coats of mascara to achieve the long, full look that I love vs. using three-four coats!

I don’t have anything negative to say about the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier in any way I really love this stuff! It’s really the best product I have in my beauty routine thus far and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to be there for quite some time.

Bottom Line:

Ladies when the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier becomes available to the public you better check this product out! I’m no longer as jealous of my husband and son for their beautiful lashes because I’m starting to love my own lashes thanks to AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier from Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli!

Buy It:
Like I mentioned you can’t get your hands on this amazing lash fortifier just yet but be sure to keep a look out around November when the product launches to the general public!

Connect With Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli so you won’t miss out on any of the exciting news when AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier launches!

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Also Check out their YouTube you never know what you might learn!

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive a tube of the AMPLIF∙eye Lash Fortifier mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

And the Winner of the Pretzel Pete Gourmet Pretzel Nuggets is…….

Comment #93 Judy!!!! Congratulations Judy I have sent you an e-mail and you have 48 hrs to claim your prize before I have to choose another winner :0)

Thank you to all that entered and welcome to all my new followers!! I was so excited to wake up this morning only to find that I now have 900 followers, you guys really make all the hard work I do here on The Cartoon Lovin’ Mama worth every minuet!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

California Blooms Review



I love flowers and especially roses and carnations, to me there is nothing better than having a fresh bouquet setting on our kitchen bar to really liven up our kitchen/dining room area so I try my best to go to the local flower store and pick up some kind of fresh cut flowers once every other week or so. I will admit that my two favorite flowers to bring home are roses and carnations I don’t know why they are my favorites but I just love them. I do try though to save the roses for my husband to bring me home on special occasions so I don’t purchase them much but when I got the opportunity to review a dozen long stem roses from California Blooms I was way to excited to pass them up!

About California Blooms (taken from the website):

California Blooms is a family owned and operated company based in California. We are the premier internet source for the freshest, boutique grown roses in the USA. Our California grown roses are individually hand-selected and cut at the peak of their growing cycle, hydrated overnight and shipped farm-direct to your doorstep. We are confident you will not find a fresher rose anywhere.

About The Farm

We have partnered with one of the most highly decorated and world renowned growers of hydroponic roses. Their growing philosophy and techniques are focused on the art and hands-on experimentation of optimum growing and not producing mass quantities of generic roses. The family-owned farm has grown varietal roses for over seven generations, and has pioneered and perfected hydroponic growing methods. This has enabled them to consistently produce the finest and freshest roses available.

My Thoughts:

 
I was so excited when I found out that I would be receiving a dozen long stem roses from California Blooms that I couldn’t wait for them to arrive last Tuesday! I had mentioned that I really liked the mixed long stemmed roses and was very pleased to see that is the roses that they had sent for me to review.

My roses arrived right on time early Tuesday morning and I unpacked them immediately and was very surprised at how lovely they were since they were mailed and I had never received mail-order flowers before so I was quite unsure at how they would be packaged and what shape they would be in when the arrived but I was so happy to see that they were very securely packed and had withstood the transportation wonderfully!

My roses in the box when they arrived :0)

It didn’t take “Bug” and I long to get them out of the box and into the perfect vase (that I already had) and placed them on the perfect spot on our family bar!:

Just look at the gorgeous roses, they are absolutely perfect for my taste and style and I couldn’t be happier with them.

I’ve now had these beauties for 4 days and they have bloomed out so beautifully and they are giving no sign of giving up yet so I’m feeling pretty confident that they will last for a few more days still. I love that everyone that has come into our home since receiving these roses have commented on how beautiful they look sitting in our kitchen/dining room area and how they really liven up the place.

Here they are fully bloomed and gorgeous!! (These photos do not even come close to doing these roses justice)

Bottom line:

I could not be happier with the roses that I received and I have completely changed my mind about mail-order flowers, or at least mail-order flowers from California Blooms! I will definitely feel very confident ordering roses from California Blooms for all my friends and family on special occasions and maybe even for myself just because to display them in our dining/kitchen area!

I’m very impressed with the kindness of California Blooms customer service and shipping was lightning fast and I got them on the day they said I would be getting them so I didn’t have to set around and wait for them to arrive! And like I mentioned above they were shipped very securely and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful bouquet of mixed long stemmed roses!!

Buy It:
You can get your hands on some beautiful roses from California Blooms by visiting their website!

Connect with California Blooms on Twitter and Facebook!

Also right now if you head over to California Blooms Facebook page you can get entered for your chance to win a beautiful free Teal Ribbon Bouquet everyday this month for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! Be sure to enter everyday for your chance to win!

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

Friday, September 24, 2010

Winner of the Juice Beauty Sensitive Green Apple Peel is….

Comment #113 jsc123, Congrats to you and I’ve sent you an e-mail so be sure to get back with me so I can get your prize shipped to you :0)


If you didn’t win this giveaway don’t feel down head on over to my right side bar and get in on the other awesome giveaways going on right now some with very low entries, which gives you a really good chance at winning :0)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mangroomer Review and Giveaway



Like most wives/girlfriends I want my husband/boyfriend to look and smell his best when we go out in public places. But, it’s kind of a chore for me since Chad is a tire mechanic so he is usually stinky and very dingy all the time. He does do his best to please me when we get a chance (once in a very blue moon) to have an actual date night but, the one thing I can’t stand is a super hairy man! I do like his goatee but that’s where I draw the line on manly body hair and he does his best to keep himself silky smooth but it’s sometimes hard to do with a regular razor so when we got the opportunity to review some products for Mangroomer I was extremely excited!!!!

Our Thoughts:

Chad was sent one of each of their three Mangroomer products to review and I couldn’t get him to the bathroom fast enough to get him started LOL! Now I will start off by saying that my husband isn’t all that hairy just mostly on his chest and stomach and of course the nether regions and his face, but he has found a use for each of the three products we were sent to try out!

First we were sent The Essential Private Body Shaver® which is for exactly what it says the private body parts :0)! I think my hubby uses this one more than any of the others and it’s now replaced his original private shaver, he says this one does so much better and doesn’t pull or “rip” as he calls it the hair out it actually shaves it close so there is no need to touch up with a normal disposable razor so it takes less time to keep his “hair in check”!

Next we were sent The Essential Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer which is my favorite item we were sent because there is nothing that can kill a romantic mood then looking up at your man and seeing the yucky nose hair….am I right ladies? Chad doesn’t have like a lot of nose hair but still enough that I think he needs to use this trimmer at least once a week and he’s been doing really well with it. He doesn’t have any ear hair but I think that if he did this would also work great. He was a bit hesitant at first to use the nose trimmer because of past bad experiences but once he got past the fear and my nagging he decided to give it a try and to his surprise it didn’t yank the hair out like the other one did (bad experience).

The last product we were sent to review was The Essential Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver! Chad doesn’t really have any hair on his back just a couple pop up here and there and I would usually just pluck them with the tweezers, and it probably didn’t feel too good, but he does have quite a bit on his chest and belly and he has found The Essential Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver does a wonderful job at getting rid of this unwanted hair with a whole lot less pain than the waxing we had tried at one point (long time ago)!

Bottom Line:
Chad and I are both very pleased with the results that he has gotten from his new Mangroomer products! He gets to make me happy being less hairy and not have to go through the pain of waxing, plucking or using an old disposable razor! Of course I’m happy because my man is looking all nice a clean cut and just plain FINE! (shhhh….don’t let him know I said that out load alright?)

I so recommend Mangroomer for the men in your lives, husbands, boyfriends, dads, grandpas and sons could all benefit from at least one of these products and what do you the ladies have to loose besides the unwanted hair on your men???? I’m thinking that these would make a wonderful stocking stuffer this holiday season or heck I think it would be an awesome Valentines Day gift!!

Buy It:
To purchase Mangroomer Products visit their website!

Win It:
Mangroomer has offered one of my readers The Essential Private Body Shaver®!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Mangroomer and tell me who you would be giving this to if you won, or would you keep this for yourself! 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)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. Add this giveaway to a linky or forum (2extra per entry unlimited)

Giveaway ends Oct 06, 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. We did receive the Mangroomer products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Saucy Mama Review and Giveaway



So the last few days we have established the fact that we really enjoy cooking around here, while I myself like to cook everything traditionally with no spice or any additives my husband is the complete opposite and we sometimes have to cook each other’s meats and such differently but when I came across Saucy Mama from Barhyte Specialty Foods, Inc I knew that my husband would really enjoy the sauces, mustards and marinades the they offered and when we got the chance to review several of their products I was just as excited as he was!

About Saucy Mama and Barhyte Specialty Foods, Inc (Taken From Website):

Two Centuries of Tradition

Inventiveness like Mom’s is a family heritage. Way back in the eighteenth century, Jacobus Barhyte, a Southern German immigrant and pioneer settler of Yaddo, – now known as Saratoga Springs, New York – created our original Sweet ‘n Sour Mustard Sauce. This original recipe was passed down through the generations and even traveled west over the Oregon Trail. Back then, Jacobus’s name was spelled “Barheyt,” but when he enlisted in the American Forces for the Saratoga Campaign of 1777, General Gates’s secretary recorded the name as “Barhyte.” Patriotic pride has kept us using that spelling ever since.

Jan and Susan (Mom) Barhyte first publicly shared our mustards in the late 1970s on the table at our Swift & Martin Station Deli in Pendleton, Oregon. These mustards were made from recipes developed by both sides of the family over generations, including a few recipes from Mom’s father. Customers liked the unique and flavorful mustards so much that they began requesting some to take home.

Our mustard sales grew so fast that it became a family business. In 1984, we moved our mustard operation closer to the mustard fields of the Willamette Valley and added new mustards and a variety of delicious condiments. But the sunshine and community of our hometown Pendleton drew us back in 1994. Our family has been making our savory collection of foods there ever since.

Made the Way Only Mom Can Make Them

It takes a real stickler in the kitchen to make products this consistently tasty. And that’s mom. She won’t rest until every family member declares her latest taste sensation the most delicious sauce, marinade, cocktail onion, olive, or mustard they’ve ever tasted. And even then she’ll try to make it better.

Today, Barhyte has a large and loyal following throughout the U.S. and Canada. Customers love our unique flavors and the way they enhance foods without overpowering them. They know they can trust mom to use the finest, freshest ingredients and leave out all those additives and fillers with names you can’t pronounce.

Saucy Mama® recently remodeled her kitchen. Stop by and take a look the next time you're in Pendleton!

Our Thoughts:

We were sent several of Saucy Mama’s products to review a few weeks ago and I must say we have really had a blast testing them all out and using them to create our own special recipes that we can all agree on (I know crazy right) but these sauces and marinades are just that good that you can’t turn them down!

The first product we were sent that we tried was the Saucy Mama's® Raspberry Vinaigrette and it quickly became my favorite salad topper for some reason it really makes the flavors of all the veggies just pop and gives it such a unique flavor that I just can’t get enough of! “Bug” likes to use it as a dip for his broccoli and cauliflower heads for a nice snack. Chad has managed to talk me and “Bug” out of some of the Raspberry Vinaigrette and marinated a couple of chicken breast in it for lunch one day and he said it was really good!

Next we tried the Saucy Mama's® Chipotle Mustard, now I always eat mustard on my hamburgers but I’ve never tried anything but just plain ol’ yellow mustard but I decided to give the Chipotle Mustard a shot on some hamburgers we had a couple weeks ago and boy am I ever glad I did! It really gave my burger a perfect blend of spicy and a very nice smoky taste that I’ve never tried before so I’m giving this mustard two thumbs way up!

We also received a bottle of Saucy Mama's® Parmesan Garlic Marinade and we decided to marinate some boneless chicken breast in this marinade and then bake it in the oven for around 35-45 minuets and the chicken turned out delicious! I’m going to have to compare it to some high class Italian restaurants, it was so good! We served it with steamed veggies and angle hair pasta and it was a huge hit with all of us, “Bug” even asked for seconds and he don’t really eat meat at all so that was huge!

We got to try a bottle of Saucy Mama's® Cracked Pepper Marinade, it says it’s good on steak but I decided to marinate some boneless pork chops overnight in this marinade and then bake them for dinner the next evening and they turned out really well, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this marinade but it really brought out the flavor of the pork chops, but it’s a good thing I left one out of the marinade for “Bug” because it did give them a little bite of spice that I knew he wouldn’t like.

Next we tried the Saucy Mama's® Champagne & Honey Mustard and my favorite way to eat this mustard over all the ways we tried is with dipping pretzels, but my husband likes to eat it on his ham sandwiches.

We also go a bottle of Saucy Mama's® Smoky Garlic Mustard and this is also an awesome dipping mustard and I like to us it as a dip for my chicken nuggets and fresh veggies :0)! Chad, has also been eating it on his toast??? I’m just not so sure about that one so I’m going to leave that one all up to him, but he wanted me to mention that LOL!

Next we gave the Saucy Mama's® Lime Chipotle Marinade a try and as soon as it came out of the box we knew we would be using it the next time we grilled salmon! Just something about salmon and lime that made us say YUM! So we marinade our Salmon for right around 25 minuets before putting them on the smoker and this marinade along with the wood chips in the smoker gave the salmon a flavor that we had never experienced before and it was delicious! I can’t wait to try this marinade on some trout later on!

The last product we reviewed was the Saucy Mama's® Sweet Onion Marinade and we used this marinade as a marinade for some stir-fry meat and it really gave the taste of the stir-fry a very unique taste that was to my surprise very delicious, now this was one of my husbands little experiments that actually turned out pretty good and I would defiantly use it again on the stir-fry meat before adding the veggies and such.

Bottom Line:

We have used these marinades and mustards quite a bit over the last few weeks and to be quite honest with you it’s really made me change my mind about using marinades and different things on my food and I guess you can say it gave my taste buds an extreme taste to be a bit more adventurous with the foods we eat regularly and to change it up a bit.

If you love lots of flavor and a unique twist to your daily meals you should check out the selection of products from the Saucy Mama line from Barhyte Specialty Foods, Inc and even if you don’t like to use products on your meats you should just give them a try I bet you will change your mind :0), I know I sure did!!

Saucy Mama has made a lasting impact on the way we cook and I think we will be keeping her here in our kitchen from now on!! Thank you Saucy Mama for giving my taste buds a new life!!

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