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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, October 29, 2010

TULLE Review and Giveaway



One of the things that I just love to do, though I don’t get to do it a lot is shop for the latest fashions for myself and add to my ever expanding wardrobe……but then again what girl doesn’t love to shop???? I know I do but as I said I don’t shop for myself very often since most of the time when I shop it’s for my little man “Bug”, so when I find awesome stores to shop online I just can’t help myself and off I go!!! So, when I contacted TULLE about a possible review/giveaway here on The Cartoon Lovin’ Mama you can imagine my excitement when the agreed and allowed me to choose two items from their online store to review!

About TULLE (Taken From Website):
Tulle is a young contemporary woman’s collection focusing on hip, fashion forward trends at an affordable price point.

With a mix of modern and vintage inspiration, Tulle offers great designerly pieces for the creative, dreamy woman with just a little edge.

Tulle is the perfect blend of effortless chic and glamour.

Tulle is not about a featured designer- the line comes from a team of designers that will continue to grow and evolve.

The collection has grown over the seasons from mainly outerwear to a gorgeous full sportswear line.

The goal is to create a collection that exudes in the moment young minded cool combined with great fashion trends of decades past.

Tulle combines fashion staples in cotton, canvas and wool blends with novelty pieces for a night out in silk blends, fun prints, and feminine textured fabrics

My Thoughts:

As I mentioned above I was given the opportunity to choose two items from TULLE to review and I must start by saying it was no easy choice! It actually took me a couple of days to narrow my wish list down to just two items since TULLE has so many cute and different styles to choose from I think I could spend days just trying to make a decision but I did finally narrow it down to two items and here is what I chose!

The first item I decided on was the Kangaroo Pocket Pullover in Citrus and I chose it because I wear a lot of pullovers and I just loved the simplicity of this item plus I just can’t say no to a layered look. I love that I can pare it with my favorite “rock star” jeans and it looks great or I can pair it with a pair of “dressier” type pants and it looks amazing as well so I feel that I couldn’t have made a better choice than this top. The quality of this top is amazing, I’ve worn it several times on the crisp cool mornings here in Arkansas and from the sounds of things I may be wearing it a lot more in the coming weeks and it has held up great thus far, but I do hand wash all my favorite tops that may get messed up if I put them in the washer and I hang dry so I don’t know about putting it in with the regular wash.

The next item I chose was the Boot Leg Pants in black because you just can’t have a new top with out a new pair of pants to pair it with right? I love, love, love these pants!!! I just can’t stress that enough, they are not only extremely stylish and look amazing with the Kangaroo Pocket Pullover, they are extremely comfortable and make my butt look great (isn’t that the most important thing when you buy a pair of pants?)!! I wear these pants quite a bit so they have found themselves in the laundry basket several times and they are still just like brand new, no complaints at all!

Bottom Line:
I would recommend TULLE to all my family, friends and readers if you are looking for a huge stylish selection that is sure to have something for everyone and at extremely reasonable prices! Right now they have a sale on just about everything in their online store at prices that just can’t be beat!

Buy It:To purchase either of the items mentioned above visit their website!

Win It:TULLE has offered one of my readers an item of their choice from their online shop!!

Mandatory Entry: Visit TULLE and tell me what item 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 TULLE be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow TULLE on Twitter


6. “Like” TULLE on Facebook


Giveaway ends Nov 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 two items mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Review and Giveaway



I’m sure I’ve stated this before but I’m a real beauty nut, and when it comes to our master bathroom the countertop is filled with lots of different types and brands of makeup because if you ask me there is no such thing as too much makeup!!! And the same thing goes for our shower being filled with different brands and types of shampoos and conditioners and then back to the counter being cluttered with different hair care products, but like I tell my husband it’s because I care about my hair and the way it looks and all the damage that I have done to it in the past it really needs all the TLC it can get and with it being all thin and flat I have a lot of products that promise to give it volume and life, so with that said when I was given the opportunity to review some products from Nick Chavez Beverly Hills I was soooooo excited!

About Nick Chavez Beverly Hills (Taken From Website):
About NickAs a young boy from Yuma, Arizona, Nick Chavez dreamed of one day having an exciting, glamorous life. Being the second-oldest of seven children, Nick was no stranger to hard work as one of the family’s ranch hands. But it was his skill at grooming the family’s horses and his determination and confidence that led him to grow. Armed with just his scissors (and a fierce sense of style), Nick took his natural talents to the next level by creating hip, trendy hairstyles for his siblings and members of his extended family.

After honing his talents on his now very receptive relatives, Nick made the jump to California, where he immediately began working in a prominent Beverly Hills salon. Nick quickly advanced from apprentice to full-fledged hairdresser, developing a strong clientele and an even stronger reputation.

But once again, Nick’s talents extended outwards.

He became an actor and model and his tour of Europe (working with designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves St. Laurent and Valentino), was so successful that it lead to magazine covers in Vogue, GQ, Elle, and Esquire and a 100-foot billboard in Times Square. As an actor, Nick appeared on television shows such as “The Young and the Restless” and “Hollywood Detectives.”

Yet, the adventures and accomplishments that Nick felt in acting and modeling could not match the passion and fulfillment that he experienced as a hairdresser, so he decided to return to Beverly Hills—this time as the proprietor of his own salon.

Building on his former reputation, Nick’s salon immediately garnered such clientele as Margeaux Hemmingway, Lisa Hartmann, and Belinda Carlisle. Presently, Nick works with Maria Shriver, Ivana Trump, George Lopez, Queen Noor and Michelle Stafford. Nick, however, struggled with finding quality hair care products for his varied customers. True to his highly ambitious character, Nick took matters into his own hands and developed his own line, Nick Chavez Beverly Hills. Nick is committed to helping his customers achieve that “Every Day Gorgeous™” look through healthy, shiny, beautiful hair.

In addition to his prominence as a hairstylist, Nick’s highly successful line of products is currently sold at Ulta retail stores, across the United States, and is featured on home shopping channel’s such as QVC (U.S.) in the United States and internationally, on QVC (Germany), QVC (Japan) and The Shopping Channel in Canada. In addition, Nick’s products are widely sold through the internet and can be found on such e-commerce sites like beauty.com, dermstore.com, folica.com, qvc.com, and of course nickchavezbeverlyhills.com.

Because of his amazing hair and makeover transformations, Nick Chavez also appears regularly on the talk show circuit on such shows as "E! Fashion Emergency,” "The Montel Williams Show," and "Extreme Makeovers.”

With his tony Beverly Hills salon, his celebrity clientele and his prosperous line of hair care products, Nick has become the self-made entrepreneur. Living the exciting and glamorous life that he always dreamed of.

Nick's SalonThe Nick Chavez Salon is located in the heart of Beverly Hills. "It's hard not to notice the lights, camera, action atmosphere", noted one reviewer. Staying connected to the salon has allowed Nick the chance to continually test out and improve groundbreaking products in one of the most demanding markets for fashion and beauty. For more information call (310) 247-1838.

Nick's FamilyNick comes from a large Mexican American family (with Yaqui and Quechan Indian blood in there too), the second oldest of seven children – four girls and three boys. His siblings from oldest to youngest are: John, Sue, Sonya, Joseph, Sandra, and Sherri. His parents, Kathryn and Juan, have been together for almost forty-five years, and as a family, are extraordinarily close and very proud of one another. The heroic Cesar Chavez, political activist and founder of the United Farm Workers union, is Nick’s third cousin.

Nick’s father is a farmer, and Nick grew up on a ranch outside Yuma, Arizona, in the Gila Valley. Like much of Arizona, its desert terrain and the temperature can climb to 120º F during the summer. But Nick loved it then and loves it now.

Giving BackNick Chavez Beverly Hills actively provides charitable support and contributions to numerous organizations and programs, including the United States Armed Services (through donations to the Armed Services YMCA), the Lancaster Traffic Club, the Global Aid Network, the City of Hope National Medical Center, the Race to Erase Multiple Sclerosis, The Carousel of Hope, the Lupus LA Foundation, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, the American Cancer Society, and the G & P Foundation for Cancer Research.

Nick Chavez also maintains close ties to his community by donating both his time and efforts to local outreach programs such as the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelters, the Crenshaw Community Outreach Program, United in Harmony, the California Adult Education Center, and "Noches de Ninos" at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

My Thoughts:

I was sent several hair products from Nick Chavez Beverly Hills to review and they to promised to give my hair body and life, but to be quite honest here I’ve heard that story before and I’ve got several bottles of other brands half full still sitting in my shower because they didn’t do as they promised but with an open mind I gave these products a shot!

The first items I received was a bottle of Volumizing Shampoo and a bottle of Volumizing Conditioner to review and I immediately started using these products and I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks now and I have to say I have finally fell in love with a Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner that actually does exactly what it says it’s supposed to! My hair has never had this much volume nor looked this great in my entire life and the best part is that you only have to use a tiny amount of this shampoo and conditioner for it to work and the smell is so heavenly and lingers throughout the day to keep my hair looking great and smelling fresh no matter where I end up having to go!

Next I was sent Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Volumizing Extra Hold Hairspray, and this hairspray is just as wonderful as the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner and really gives my hair the final touch and hold that it needs to outlast my hectic daily schedule! Again as with the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner a little of the hairspray goes along way and holds all day long! I’m loving not only the volume that this hairspray adds to my hair when I spray it on my lifted roots but the bounce that it gives my hair and it doesn’t leave it all stiff like other hairsprays I’ve tried!


Bottom Line:
I would recommend Nick Chavez Beverly Hills hair care products to everyone even if you aren’t looking for lots of volume like I was, I’m sure Mr. Chaves has the perfect products for your hair and what you want to achieve from your hair care products! I am now planning on replacing my entire hair care collection with nothing but products from Nick Chavez Beverly Hills!

Buy It:To purchase any of the products mentioned above visit Nick Chavez Beverly Hills!

Win It:Nick Chavez Beverly Hills has offered three (3) of my extremely lucky readers a Volumizing Value Hair Care Set that includes a bottle of both the Volumizing Shampoo and Volumizing Conditioner (AVR $38.00)!!!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Nick Chavez Beverly Hills and tell me another product you would like to add to your hair care arsenal! 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 Nick Chavez Beverly Hills and be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Nick Chavez Beverly Hills on Twitter
6. “Like” Nick Chavez Beverly Hills on Facebook

Giveaway ends Nov 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 products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Shelf Reliance Cansolidator Pantry Review and Giveaway



I think I’ve touched on this a couple of times but I like to keep my home tidy and organized but being so busy and having a 2 ½ year old it’s tough to keep everything as clean and organized as I would like and my most problematic area is by far my pantry with all my can goods, other side dishes and snacks! So while looking for a new organizational system to help with my chaotic pantry I stumbled upon Shelf Reliance and when I was offered a chance to review their Cansolidator Pantry I was so excited and had high hopes that this would answer my cluttered pantry’s prayers!

About Shelf Reliance (Taken From Website):
self-reliance n.- Reliance on one's own capabilities, judgment, or resources; independence.

SHELF RELIANCE is a company that specializes in food storage, storage rotation, and emergency preparedness products. Our goal is to help families prepare for whatever tomorrow may bring, allowing them to feel confident if disaster strikes. We believe in educating people on how to become self-reliant. To learn about how Shelf Reliance got started, read our Company History.

Mission Statement
Shelf Reliance, through superior products and sound education, empowers people to become self-reliant, prosperous, and charitable.

Shelf Reliance is built on these core values:

Hard Work – We are passionate about achieving extraordinary results. We strive daily to exceed expectations.

Honesty – We live by integrity and base all decisions on the principles of honesty and good ethics.

Customer Satisfaction – We respect our customers and value their feedback and contributions. We strive to ensure that every customer has a positive experience with our company.

Growth – We are problem-solvers and innovators, and we seek to create new opportunities for success.

Balance – We focus on attaining a balanced lifestyle that emphasizes physical health, emotional well-being, mental strength, spiritual growth, and family unity.

Service – We devote our best efforts to serving those around us and giving back to humanity.

Food Rotation SystemsThe Food Rotation System, or FRS, is designed with the idea that you store what you eat and eat what you store. By keeping familiar items on hand, you're better able use your food storage should you have to rely on it in an emergency. The FRS also saves you money because you are no longer throwing out old food storage that has expired.

THRIVE Foods
Buying and preparing good food should be easy. With THRIVE, it is. Our large cans are convenient and delcious in everyday meals. THRIVE features a variety of freeze-dried and dehydrated options that are perfect for long-term storage.

Emergency Supplies
Finding the right items for your emergency kit has never been easier. Feel prepared for any situation by storing a kit in your car, office, or home. With our customizing option, you can create a kit perfect for a stressful situations in your life, be they snowstorms or hurricanes, and you'll have the security of knowing that your money is being spent on essential, quality items.


My Thoughts:

 
I was sent a Cansolidator Pantry from Shelf Reliance to review and the shipping time was very quickly and once it arrived I couldn’t wait to get started working on our pantry to get it more organized and usable.

The first thing I had to do was put the Cansolidator together but it really was a quick and easy process and I was going through my canned goods in no time organizing them in the Cansolidator and in no time my pantry was so much more organized and so much easier to find all the sides and can goods I need for my family’s dinners. I love that you can adjust the sizes of the slots so that no matter what the can size you will have a place to store it where it’s easy to find and grab.

I am thinking about purchasing a couple more of these Cansolidators to put in my pantry so I can have more space and hold more canned foods so I don’t have to run to the store all the time when I don’t have a specific canned food, since I can now organize them and store them where I can see what I have and what I need to pick up on the next trip to the grocery store! I’ve also noticed since putting the Cansolidator in our pantry it’s stayed much more organized and tidy since we don’t have to dig everything out to find one can of food.

I really wish I would have taken a before and after photo to share with you so that you could see how much more room and storage space that the Cansolidator gave us in our pantry and I really recommend if you have limited cabinet and pantry space like we do to pick up one of these awesome organizers so that you too can save space and be more organized.

Buy It:To purchase a Cansolidator Pantry visit their website!

Win It:Shelf Reliance has offered one of my readers a Cansolidator Pantry so that you can get your canned goods organized!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Shelf Reliance and tell me another product you would like to have! 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 Shelf Reliance be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Shelf Reliance on Twitter
6. “Like” Shelf Reliance on Facebook

Giveaway ends Nov 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 Cansolidator Pantry mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Still Looking For the Perfect Halloween Costume for Your Little Ones?



I know Halloween is only 3 days away but I also know some of you may still be stumped as what to dress your little ones up as this Halloween and I know the exact feeling, “Bug’s” first Halloween was one that I wasn’t totally prepared for so I know about the last minuet Halloween Costume shopping! Well this year I was prepared but when I was contacted about receiving a Buddy Halloween Costume (Buddy, is from Dinosaur Train) I knew my son would love it so I immediately said yes!

Our costume arrived super fast and "Bug" couldn't wait to finish his snack so that he could try it on and now as I'm typing this he is running around the house roaring and chasing our new puppy! He is refusing to come out of the costume or out of his dinosaur character for any reason, and I find it quite amusing that he is spinning in circles trying to catch his dinosaur tail! I have a sneaking suspicion that this Halloween is going to be one to remember and that this costume is going to be a huge hit with “Bug’s” cousins that love Dinosaur Train!

DINOSAUR TRAIN ON PBS
Starting October 25, PBS KIDS will offer a spooktacular lineup of Halloween-themed episodes, including DINOSAUR TRAIN –"Night Train" in which Dad, Buddy and Tiny take a special ride on the Dinosaur Train at night, learning about animals that are active after dark, culminating at the Big Pond for a nature walk under the full moon. Educational component: Many animals are most active at night, usually as a means to avoid detection by predators or to aid in hunting (depending on the animal). This lifestyle may have applied to some dinosaurs as well, including Troodon.

There’s also a great music video for the Halloween episode at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/HensonCompany

DINOSAUR TRAIN COSTUMES FOR PURCHASE
There are two new costumes as outlined below, available at Spencer Gifts and other independent and regional retailers. SRP $39.99

Dinosaur Train Costume – Buddy

Buddy is the main character on the hit TV series, Dinosaur Train. This colorful costume includes the orange colored T-Rex jumpsuit, Buddy the dinosaur hood, and the shoe covers to match the costume. Currently, this Buddy Dinosaur Train costume is available for toddlers ages 3-4, and children between the ages of 4-6.

Dinosaur Train Costume – Tiny
Tiny is one of the main characters on the hit TV series, Dinosaur Train. This colorful costume includes the green colored Pteranodon jumpsuit, Tiny the dinosaur hood, and green shoe covers to match the costume. Currently, this Tiny Dinosaur Train costume is available for toddlers ages 3-4, and children between the ages of 4-6.

Each Dinosaur Train costume is made up of soft fabric to enhance a child’s comfort while wearing them. The costumes are also created in vibrant colors and realistic design patterns to make your toddler look and feel like a dinosaur train character.

A BUDDY COSTUME TO MAKE AT HOME!
Additionally, for those who are feeling a little adventurous, Jim Henson's Creature Shop — the folks who brought you Elmo and Miss Piggy, among many others — have created a Buddy costume that can be made at home!

There are sew and no sew options at the following link!

You can see a video of the sew version at the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANroqbPing



ABOUT DINOSAUR TRAIN:
DINOSAUR TRAIN embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. This top-rated, award-winning series, which airs on PBS KIDS®, encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology.

The stars of DINOSAUR TRAIN are Buddy, an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus rex, and his adoptive Pteranodon family who board the DINOSAUR TRAIN to embark on adventures to prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans. In season one of the series, children were introduced to over 40 types of dinosaurs, providing an excellent opportunity to learn and now to collect their favorite dinosaurs. A second season of DINOSAUR TRAIN for PBS KIDS® is currently in development for 2011.

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

Duralex Glassware Kids Set Review & Giveaway



Since I have a toddler that is rather rough on dishes I have found that purchasing plastic glasses and plates for him is the best way to go but when I was asked to do a review of a kids set from Duralex Glassware I just couldn’t say no!

About Duralex Glassware (Taken From Website):
Founded in 1929, Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware and tabletop products for over 80 years in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin in the very heart of France. Since 1939, when Duralex invented the glass tempering process, the name Duralex has been associated with toughened glassware, utilizing their proprietary process. The original tempered (toughened) Picardie glasses are still in production in France and are known as the "original French tumblers". The Picardie glass is functional yet stylish and feels extremely comfortable in the hand. The tempered glasses are equally suitable for cold or hot drinks, conveniently stackable, impact and chip resistant, microwave-proof, dishwasher-safe, and the perfect weight. With the help of continuous investments and commitment to quality, Duralex has reached a level of excellence that makes its' products recognized throughout the world. Duralex is and will always remain a true French manufacturer of glassware and tabletop products, and is the only glass manufacturer that makes 100% of their products in France.

Our Thoughts:

 
We were sent a kids set that included one Duralex “Gigogne’ Glass and one Duralex kid-friendly tempered glass plates! Once they arrived “Bug” couldn’t wait to start using them so I immediately put them in the dishwasher so they would be ready for him when it was time for dinner.

The “Gigogne” glass is the perfect size for “Bug” it holds just the right amount of drink for his dinner and fits really nicely and comfortably in his hands so he doesn’t have a hard time using it. The plate is the perfect size as well it holds everything he needs rather it be breakfast, snack time or dinner it makes the perfect portions.

“Bug” has done extremely well with his set and has been a whole lot more careful that what I had expected him to be with these glass items since they are what he refers to as his “big boy dishes” and he even helps me put them in the dishwasher after each meal which I think is wonderful :0)!

Bottom Line:
“Bug” really enjoys using his new Duralex Kids Set and it’s really made him feel more grown up at meal time and they are just his size so what more could I have asked for?

Buy It:To purchase Duralex Kids Products visit their website to find a retail location!

Win It:Duralex USA has offered one of my readers a Kids Set (ARV $11.00) just like the one we received.


Mandatory Entry: Visit the Duralex USA website and them who this set would be for 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 Duralex USA be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

Giveaway ends Nov 10, 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 Duralex Glassware Kids Set mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Rosle Collapsible Colander Review & Giveaway



As some of you may or may not know I spend most of my time in the kitchen either preparing meals, snacks or yummy treats and I tend to use a colander quite a bit when cooking with pastas, salads, potatoes and ect so it’s important for me to have one or well maybe three or four of various sizes around the house and ready for use at all times and let’s face it I don’t have enough cabinet spaces for all the cooking tools and gadgets I would like to own so I only had one large plastic colander to use for everything so when I was offered the chance to review one of Rosle Collapsible 8 inch Colanders I just had to say YES!

About Rosle (Taken From Website):
Since 1888, Rösle has been using German engineering to produce the finest quality professional cooking tools and kitchen utensils for the professional chef and home cook. Designed for optimum performance, comfort and appearance, Rösle cookware offers a complete integrated system of kitchen utensils, cookware tools, colanders, casseroles, frying pans, skillets, barbecue utensils, barware and more. Made from the highest grade 18/10 stainless steel, Rösle will bring pleasure to food preparation that is guaranteed for a lifetime.

Pleasure Cooking
The Rösle brand stands for style in the kitchen and dining ambient. We are a manufacturer renowned for functional solutions and an emphasis on timeless design. Like more and more people we strive for concepts of real and lasting value and our RÖSLE Kitchen Utensils for preparing, cooking, roasting, boiling and storing food develop into supportive and reliable friends. Careful study and decision is evident in the important details. That's why each kitchen ladle has to pass through no less than ten production stages from initial raw material to the finished product. Smart and innovative solutions developed by RÖSLE continue to win increasing acclaim and recognition. A good example are our "Intelligent Utensils" — two single utensils that perform as perfect tongs once coupled together. Ease and ergonomic utility are also top priority and demonstrated well in a product such as the Garlic Press which even crushes unpeeled garlic cloves with a single press. Just one or two examples of many subtle yet important details. That may explain why RÖSLE has received high praise for its products and been presented with many prestigious international awards for design. The circle of loyal RÖSLE fans is growing steadily.

Stainless Steel - Superior Quality that offers you lasting service
RÖSLE products pass through elaborate manufacturing processes during production and only leave our premises after undergoing strict quality control. 18/10 stainless steel - superior quality, hardwearing and user-friendly material - is used in production Stainless steel is hygienic, neutral to flavors and odors, robust, decorative, easy-clean and environment friendly. The material can be quickly and easily kept in peak hygienic condition.

Innovation
RÖSLE's been manufacturing kitchen utensils for more than a hundred years for their clients — professionals and hobby cooks who enjoy cooking and take pride in their skills. Each year, an increasing number of our customers look forward to our new product developments and fresh ideas. Challenging expectations we keenly try to fulfill. We've tried to be attentive to market trends and demands. Some of our more recent innovations include the Onion and Vegetable Chopper, Locking Tongs, and Gourmet-Thermometer.

Our Thoughts:

 
We were sent one of Rosle’s Collapsible 8inch Colanders in black to review and I’ve used this little gem a hundred times…well daily I should say since receiving it and I have to say that this little booger holds quite a bit….more than it looks like it should! I’ve used it or everything from pastas, salad greens, beans, potatoes and the cleaning of berries and fruits and I just love it!

Here is a little about the Collapsible Colander (taken from website):

For draining and preparing salads, fruits, vegetables and also functions as pasta and steamer insert. Manufactured in 18/10 stainless steel and silicone. Our collapsible colander has a patented folding mechanism which allows for space-saving storage. Dishwasher safe.

Awarded with the ""KitchenInnovation of the Year 2009" in the category of functionality, innovation, product benefits and design



Now since we got all the specs out of the way on with the review….one thing that I absolutely love about his colander is that it’s collapsible and makes storage super easy, I simply wash it up (usually in the dishwasher) collapse it and place it in my drawer closest to the stove with all my measuring cups and it’s put up and out of the way! I’m also loving that the holes in this colander are small so that when draining smaller pastas and fruits and other things (such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds) I don’t have to worry about them being rinsed out of the colander and down the sink.

I’ve already touched on this but the clean up of this colander is quick and easy, I’m loving that it’s dishwasher safe which takes a step out of the nightly dishes for me :0)!!

Bottom Line:
I don’t know how I ever made it in the kitchen without this wonderful colander and I can tell you that I won’t be going back to my big ol’ plastic colander any time soon and I’m actually looking into purchasing one of Rosle’s 10 inch Collapsible Colanders for my bigger needs such as with meats and bigger fruits and veggies!

I think these are a must have in every kitchen and if you don’t already have a collapsible colander you should defiantly check into picking one of these little gems up….you wont be sorry…just think more cabinet space and quick easy clean up. These would be wonderful in smaller apartments and homes with little cabinet space!

Buy It:To purchase the Collapsible Colander from Rosle visit their website!

Win It:Rosle has offered one of my readers a Collapsible Colander to add to their kitchen gadgets (ARV $35)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Rosle website and them me another gadget you are itching to get your hands on! 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 Rosle be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Rosle on Facebook

Giveaway ends Nov 10, 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 Collapsible Colander in black mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CSN Stores Christmas Wish List $75 Gift Certificate Giveaway



I know I said I was going to start the Christmas Wish List 2010 starting November 1st but when I was contacted by CSN about hosting another review or giveaway for them I just couldn’t wait to get the party started and help you all get started on your Christmas shopping!!!

We have recently remolded our home and added a bar to our kitchen/dining room area…what does this have to do with Christmas you may ask???? Well I was just telling my husband the other day that I would love to have 3 kitchen bar stools to put on the new bar to give a little more sitting space when we have friends and family over since we only have a small dining table with only 4 chairs seating 7 or 8 people can be a bit hectic and some end up setting in our living room floor around the coffee table so I think a few bar stools would really help out and after spending some time on CSN I’ve narrowed my “wish list” down to these couple of bar stools:

I’m really loving these Great American Barstools Black Slatted 29" Backless Bar Stools, I think they would look wonderful with our rustic look that we have going on in the whole house and especially the kitchen/dining room area!

My husband though really likes these Wildon Home Derby 30" Cushion Back Bar Stools in Cappuccino, and I agree these are pretty awesome too but there are just so many options that it may take us a while to decide on the perfect stool for us!

If you aren’t in the market for a new bar stool there is still so much more to choose from and with the holidays right around the corner you are sure to find the perfect one of a kind gift from one of their 200+ stores!

Win It:
CSN has generously offered one of my readers a $75 Gift Certificate to use towards whatever your heart desires!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit CSN and tell me what you would buy if you won (Don‘t worry you can change your mind)! 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 CSN Stores be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow CSN Stores on Twitter
6. “Like” CSN Stores on Facebook

Giveaway ends Nov 10, 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 not receive any of the items mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Looking for unique and fun cards to send this holiday season?…..Check out Shutterfly!



I know there are still a bit of time between now and the holidays but I for one think that now is the time to start shopping around for the perfect holiday cards to send out to my family and friends! To me it’s very important to make the cards I send out personal to our family and generally I have my cards custom made to be just that personal, since most of my family and friends aren’t around us much during the other times of the year and some are out of state so they don’t get to see “Bug” growing up I tend to go with the more personal photo holiday cards.

With photo personalized holiday cards I knew that the one place I was going to check out this year was Shutterfly, since I have used them for many different occasions in the past such as invitations to “Bug’s” birthday party and of course to order my pictures and photo gifts and I’ve loved the experience I’ve had in the past with Shutterfly so I knew I couldn’t go wrong choosing them for my holiday cards this year! I’ve been spending some time looking over Shutterfly’s new holiday collection and I’ve picked out a few of my favorites to share with you all!

My number one favorite card from their new collection is the Believe In Magic Religious Christmas Card, I’m just really loving the colors and the stars leading up to the word Believe I think it’s just perfect for our holiday needs this year!

I’m also really liking the Noel Lace Christmas Card since I would be able to customize them with more one photo that would allow me to use a family photo and a couple photos of “Bug”!

Last but certainly not least I also like the Our Ornaments Story Christmas Card because it really allows you to personalize the card so much more than some of the others that would be perfect for our out of town family and friends!


But, these are just a very small selection of the wonderful holiday photo cards that Shutterfly has to offer, so be sure to check out their wonderful selection and if your not really looking for holiday cards they also Thanksgiving cards , New Years cards and SO much more. I’m sure you will find the perfect card for any occasion from holidays to business cards, they have it all and something for everyone!



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This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Emile Henry New Flame Pizza Stone Review & Giveaway



One of my husbands favorite things to fix on his nights to cook is his famous handmade pizza and mini pizzas so when it’s his night to cook “Bug” and I know that it’s probably going be pizza but the one thing I really disliked about his pizza nights….well cooking pizza rather it be frozen, bring home and bake or his handmade pizzas is our stinky pizza pan you know the one, yep its one of the really cheap ones that we got when we bought our first house and it really sucks at cooking pizzas they never get fully done in the middle without burning the outsides and they tend to stick really bad no matter how much non-stick spray we use on the pan so when I had the opportunity to review the New Flame Pizza Stone from Emile Henry my husband and I were both pretty excited!

About Emile Henry (Taken From Website):
Founded in 1850, and located in Marcigny, a small town in the province of Burgundy, France, Emile Henry has established a worldwide reputation for manufacturing the finest quality ceramic ovenware, gourmet cooking products, and bakeware products. Still owned and operated by the Henry family, the company today manufactures all of their new cooking products from Burgundy clay using their proprietary Ceradon® state-of-the-art manufacturing process.

Burgundy is noted for world-famous wines that are grown in the mineral-rich limestone soils of the region. Imparting fantastic terrior in the wines, it is these soils and clays that go into the special clay cookware-crafting formulas that are the basis of all Emile Henry ceramic cookware and other products.

Worldwide, professional chefs and home cooks appreciate Emile Henry for the many products and shapes that are properly designed for cooking and baking. The products have the right dimensions, the correct depth and the special features that make Emile Henry products so desirable for everyone that enjoys cooking and eating great foods. We offer cookware products such as baking dishes and cake stands, and the discerning gourmand will recognize the quality in every loaf pan, casserole dish, stew pot, handcrafted pie dish, trivet, tagine, and brazier we create.

Burgundy clay evenly and slowly diffuses cooking heat to the very center of the cooking dish. Food is cooked evenly, which brings out the flavors and aromas. Burgundy clay has superior heat retention properties which keep food hot and more flavorsome when resting on the dining table or on a kitchen sideboard.

All Emile Henry products are direct freezer-to-oven. They exhibit extraordinary thermal shock properties. They go under the broiler and in the microwave.

Emile Henry products do not chip or crack easily. One can cut directly on the surface without scratching or damaging the product.

The surfaces do not trap and hold baked on or burnt food. Cleaning is remarkably easy. All Emile Henry products can go in the dishwasher.
There is no lead or cadmium in our products, all of the glazes meet California Prop 65, and all of the products are 100% food safe. Offered in a large variety of colors, the glazes will not craze, discolor or fade over time.

All Emile Henry products carry a limited household ten (10) year warranty (except Pizza Stone which is 2 years) against breakage due to defective workmanship.


Our Thoughts:

 
As I stated above we got the amazing opportunity to review one of Emile Henry’s New Flame Pizza Stone in the Figue color (looks like a really deep dark purple to me) and I have to say when it arrived my husband acted like it was Christmas or something because he immediately went to hand wash and pre-heat the stone to start making his famous handmade mini pizzas for lunch!

Here is the specs about the New Flame Pizza Stone (taken from website):

The Emile Henry Pizza Stone makes brick-oven style pizzas in ovens and on grills. Heats up in 15 minutes. Cleans easily. Light weight. Made in France.

The Pizza Stone is made of all natural materials and is manufactured using Emile Henry's proprietary Flame® technology. The Pizza Stone can withstand high oven temperatures. The glaze is micro-crazed contributing to crispy well-baked crusts, just like a pizza oven. If the Pizza Stone is used on the stovetop, heat slowly and place on the largest burner. You can cut directly on the glazed pizza stone without damaging or scratching the surface. The Pizza Stone is easy to clean with soap and water and is dishwasher safe.

Designed for use: In ovens - conventional and convection; and can also be used under the broiler. On grills - gas, charcoal and natural wood. The Pizza Stone turns a grill into an outdoor pizza oven.

Chad decided he was really going to put this pizza stone to the test so he didn’t spray it with non-stick cooking spray even though I insisted, but to my complete amazement the pizzas came out very nice, fully cooked and not sticking to the pizza stone! These were some of the best mini pizzas he had ever made since they were fully cooked and not missing pieces of the bottom of them due to them sticking!

Now was the real test for me since he had gotten some cheese on the pizza stone that melted so I figured I was going to have to scrape and scrub but all I had to do was put in the warm dishwater and in no time with no scrubbing it wiped right off so clean up is defiantly an easy one, much better than our old pizza pan that we had to scrape and scrub to get it clean!

Not only have we used the pizza stone for handmade pizzas I’ve also used it on frozen pizzas and with the quick warm up time by the time the oven is pre-heated the pizza stone is ready to cook and I have never had a frozen pizza come out full cooked and not burnt on the bottom! I’m also loving that I can use my pizza cutter directly on the pizza stone and I don’t get those ugly cut marks like I have in my old pizza pan!

Bottom Line:
We love our new Emile Henry Pizza Stone and we have used it quite a bit over the past few weeks and I feel we get the same if not better results with our pizzas as the pizza places do themselves and now we prefer to cook our own pizzas than order carry out!

I really want to say thank you to Emile Henry for bringing handmade pizza back into our home and I also want to say goodbye to my old pizza pan that has found a new home out in my son’s mud pie box (sorry) LOL! If you are looking for the perfect pizza stone to create pizzeria style pizza at home you should really look into getting yourself one of the New Flame Pizza Stones from Emile Henry!

Buy It:To purchase the New Flame Pizza Stone from Emile Henry visit their website!

Win It:Emile Henry has offered one of my readers a New Flame Pizza Stone to add to their kitchen (ARV $50)! How great is that?????

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Emile Henry website and them me another item you are itching to add to your kitchen arsenal! 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 Emile Henry be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Emile Henry on Facebook



Giveaway ends Nov 09, 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 pizza stone mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Rosle Apple/Pear Cutter Review & Giveaway



My little “Bug” loves apples….well just about every fruit for that matter but he is quite fond of apples both red and green, but to be honest it can get a little dangerous cutting up the apple in slices for snack time while having to keep my eyes on both “Bug” and our new puppy since they are into everything, so I’ve recently been looking into purchasing and apple cutter or peeler to make it easier and quicker on me to get back with my full attention to “Bug” so when I was offered the opportunity to review the Apple/Pear Cutter from Rosle I couldn’t have said yes fast enough!

About Rosle (Taken From Website):

 
Since 1888, Rösle has been using German engineering to produce the finest quality professional cooking tools and kitchen utensils for the professional chef and home cook. Designed for optimum performance, comfort and appearance, Rösle cookware offers a complete integrated system of kitchen utensils, cookware tools, colanders, casseroles, frying pans, skillets, barbecue utensils, barware and more. Made from the highest grade 18/10 stainless steel, Rösle will bring pleasure to food preparation that is guaranteed for a lifetime.

Pleasure Cooking
The Rösle brand stands for style in the kitchen and dining ambient. We are a manufacturer renowned for functional solutions and an emphasis on timeless design. Like more and more people we strive for concepts of real and lasting value and our RÖSLE Kitchen Utensils for preparing, cooking, roasting, boiling and storing food develop into supportive and reliable friends. Careful study and decision is evident in the important details. That's why each kitchen ladle has to pass through no less than ten production stages from initial raw material to the finished product. Smart and innovative solutions developed by RÖSLE continue to win increasing acclaim and recognition. A good example are our "Intelligent Utensils" — two single utensils that perform as perfect tongs once coupled together. Ease and ergonomic utility are also top priority and demonstrated well in a product such as the Garlic Press which even crushes unpeeled garlic cloves with a single press. Just one or two examples of many subtle yet important details. That may explain why RÖSLE has received high praise for its products and been presented with many prestigious international awards for design. The circle of loyal RÖSLE fans is growing steadily.

Stainless Steel - Superior Quality that offers you lasting service
RÖSLE products pass through elaborate manufacturing processes during production and only leave our premises after undergoing strict quality control. 18/10 stainless steel - superior quality, hardwearing and user-friendly material - is used in production Stainless steel is hygienic, neutral to flavors and odors, robust, decorative, easy-clean and environment friendly. The material can be quickly and easily kept in peak hygienic condition.

Innovation
RÖSLE's been manufacturing kitchen utensils for more than a hundred years for their clients — professionals and hobby cooks who enjoy cooking and take pride in their skills. Each year, an increasing number of our customers look forward to our new product developments and fresh ideas. Challenging expectations we keenly try to fulfill. We've tried to be attentive to market trends and demands. Some of our more recent innovations include the Onion and Vegetable Chopper, Locking Tongs, and Gourmet-Thermometer.

Our Thoughts:

 
We were sent an Apple/Pear Cutter to review and it wasn’t long after it arrived that my little man was wanting an apple and peanut butter for snack time so I was very excited to use my new apple cutter and let me just say it worked wonderfully and I was back to spending snack time with “Bug” rather than spending the time slicing and peeling the apple!

Here is a little about the Apple/Pear Cutter (taken from website):
Fruit or vegetables are divided into eight equal parts and the core is cut out separately. The wide handles give a good grip and ensure optimum transmission of pressure. Ideal for apples and pears as well as potatoes.



Ok, so we know it works great on apples but I didn’t want to stop there we usually have a Sunday dinner of beans, taters and cornbread so I decided instead of spending 25-30 minuets peeling and slicing the potatoes for fried taters I had my husband peel them and then I used my Apple/Pear Cutter to slice them into eight parts and it worked great, so it’s now my tater cutter too LOL, and let me also note that it makes wonderful home cut fries as well!!!

But, I bet yall are wondering about the clean up right? I know I was but it’s really quite simple I just rinse and put it in the dishwasher on the top rack and let it go and it’s come out nice an clean every time!

Bottom Line:
I’m loving having the Apple/Pear Cutter around our house not only does it make quick work of our apple slice snacks and fired taters and fries it’s really simple to use all you have to do is place over the apple or whatever you are cutting, press down and there you go your done and it’s very comfortable on your hands and has a wonderful little “lid” to place over the blades when not in use….then add in super easy clean up…what more could you ask for?

If you are searching for a gift for the cook in your family this little gadget would make a wonderful gift, stocking stuffer or addition to a gift basket this holiday season!!

Buy It:To purchase the Apple/Pear Cutter from Rosle visit their website!

Win It:Rosle has offered one of my readers an Apple/Pear Cutter to add to their kitchen gadgets (ARV $30)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Rosle website and them me another gadget you are itching to get your hands on! 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 Rosle be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Rosle on Facebook
Giveaway ends Nov 09, 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 Apple/Pear Cutter mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lipo in a Box and Go2Bras Review & Giveaway



My husband and I don’t really get to have a “date” night very often but when we are able to squeeze in a night for just the two of us I like to spend some time making myself look at my absolute best but let’s face it my body is far from perfect since having my son a few years ago via c-section and it’s been a real pain trying to loose some of my baby fat near my scar area so when I had the opportunity to review a couple of products from Lipo in a Box and Go2Bras I was way excited and couldn’t wait to get started reviewing!

About Connie Elder International (developer of LIPO IN A BOX Shapewear, Go2 Bras and Underology Skin Care line) (Taken From Website):

 
A Message from Connie

Thanks for your interest in our company. We are confident you will find our products to be the highest quality.

Connie began developing product for real women in 2000. She has been the on air spokesperson on QVC Shopping Channel for LIPO in a BOX since 2002. In the Spring of 2010, Connie introduced Go2 Bras and Underology Skin Care on QVC Shopping Channel.

Products from Connie Elder International have been featured in magazines such as Glamour, MORE, First for Women, “O” Magazine (as recently as February 2010) and more. The products have been feature on the TODAY Show, The EARLY Show, The VIEW and on the OPRAH Winfrey Show twice.

Both HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD and HOW TO NEVER LOOK FAT AGAIN are New York Times best sellers by Charla Krupp, former fashion editor for Glamour Magazine, have featured several of our products.

Connie has several charities that she cares very deeply about. She serves on the board of directors for Soles4Souls and the YWCA Nashville Domestic Violence Center, http://www.ywcanashville.com/. She donates a percentage of profit each year to these great causes, as well to organizations for breast cancer research.

My Thoughts:
I was sent a product from both Lipo in a Box and Go2Bras to review and I have to say choosing the products was quite a decision because both websites offer a great selection of items I would love to try out but after a couple of days debating I finally decided on the following 2 items.

The first item I chose was from Lipo in a Box and I decided on the V-Neck Sleeveless Cami in Black size Large in Black and I could not have made a better decision in my book! I love this Cami and it makes me look amazing in my dress and nicer casual clothing for when my husband and I get to have a dinner or movie date! The only difficulty I’ve had with this cami was trying to decide just how it was going to work to get on by stepping through the top instead of pulling it over my head but after doing it once or twice it makes a whole lot of sense to flatten out all the important parts. This garment has held up well to the wash and dry process (well, the way I wash it anyways by hand and line dry) and my husband simply loves the way it makes my body look and it’s so comfortable that I don’t feel squished when wearing it for a long period of time like if we were to go to a 2hr movie I wouldn’t be ready to get home to get it off like other shapewear products I’ve tried in the past.

Next I got to choose an item from Go2Bras and Panties and I decided on the Mychelle Bra in Ivory size 38D and I am in love with this bra and if I had one for everyday of the week it would be the only bra I would ever wear! I love the support it gives my girls since I was blessed with some pretty healthy sized girls it’s hard for me to find a bra that is not only comfortable but gets the job done when it comes to support and keeping my girls perky! I’ve worn this bra several times and could not be happier with my choice and I’ve decided I need one of in both colors and I now know where to look when I need a great full coverage bra that is both comfortable and sexy! I’m also very pleased at how this bra has held up to the wash dry process (hand wash and line dry, I do all my intimates this way) , and trust me it’s been in the wash quite regularly since it’s my favorite bra that I own!

Bottom Line:
I am now a huge fan of both Lipo in a Box and Go2Bras and they are now my go to for all of my shapewear and bra needs and I really recommend them to every woman looking to take some control over their shape for those special nights out and looking for a comfortable and full coverage bra! Oh, and their selection is wonderful so if you don’t want just a plain old ivory colored bra your going to be able to find a bra that will fit your style!

Basically I just have to say you can’t go wrong when you purchase from Lipo in a Box and Go2Bras!!!!

Buy It:To purchase these products visit their website!

Discount:That’s right gals you can use the code Lipoblog to get 15% off anything you decide to order valid for 30 days after this is posted (Oct 25,2010)

Win It:Go2Bras has offered one of my readers a Mychelle Bra in winners color and size choice (your going to love this bra!!!)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Website and sign up for their newsletter, found at bottom of home page (per sponsors request)! 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 Lipo in a Box be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Lipo in a Box on Twitter.


6. “Like” Lipo in a Box on Facebook

Giveaway ends Nov 08, 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 products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

CP Docks EZ Mount and Plug In Shelf Review and Giveaway



I don’t know about all of you guys and gals that read my blog but my husband and I each have a cell phone and to be honest all the cords just hanging around on the night stand or in the floor or kitchen cabinets can really be a pain and to be down right honest I think they are a huge eyesore to my neat and tidy house (well my most of the time neat and tidy house :0))! So one day after getting my fill of trying to find a place to put our chargers that is not only convent for us and something I could live happily with in regards to looks I decided to surf the web and see what kind of solution I could come up with so when I happened to discover CP Docks and their selection of products that keep my charging cords all neat and tiny I knew I had found my solution!

About CP Docks (Taken From Website):
As with most inventions, the genesis of the EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station was born out of necessity. With the proliferation of cell phones among our family members, the kitchen counter was being overrun with cords and chargers. The necessity was being able to eliminate the mess and find some counter space.

Initial designs of charging stations used racks and power cords, much like many devices on the market today. However we quickly dismissed these designs, because they still took up counter space and the power cord was still visible from the rack to the plug. A tad neater than before, but it didn't eliminate the clutter.

Sometimes simplicity is the best answer. With the design of the EZ Mount wall plate, a solution was found to get all cords off the counter while providing a consistent location to charge your phone and store your cell phone charger. No longer do you have to unplug and store your charger. Additional benefits include being able to find your phone, having a fully charged phone, and keeping the phone away from spills. The handy key hook is an added bonus. No more frantic running around the house to find your keys.

Now everyone in your family can have their personal charging station using the charger that comes with the phone. Let the kids keep one in their bedrooms! It's a great feeling to be more organized.

Enjoy your extra counter space!
WJS Technologies LLC


Our Thoughts:I was sent a couple of products from CP Docks to review that included the EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station and the Plug In Shelf and I could not wait to put them to use once they arrived at our door a few weeks ago!

The first product I tried was the EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station since we always charge our phones mostly in our kitchen area I immediately chose to install this on the plug in that we generally charge our phones and installation was super easy all I had to do was unscrew a couple of screws remove the old plug in cover and replace with our new EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station! Not only does this charging station make my counter top look so much more organized and make it super easy to plug up our phones for charging but I now have a designated place to put my car keys or my husbands 4wheeler keys so they don’t get lost and we run around like our heads are cut off looking for them. I have to admit that the EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station has really relived my stress due to my cluttered looking kitchen counter tops! Now, if I could only find a wall mount station for my blow dryer and hair straighter to uncluttered my bathroom counter top!

Next I tried out the Plug In Shelf in our bedroom since my husband works so much I decided to plug this directly into the plug in on his side of the bed since that’s where he charges his phone the most and this was so easy to set up all I had to do was just plug it in the wall no screwing or un screwing wall plates and it’s super easy to take with you on overnight trips to keep your charger all in one convent place!

Bottom Line:
I love our new cell phone charging stations….well I guess they could be used to charge other things than just cell phones I’ve been guilty of using our kitchen EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station to charge my sons Powerwheels battery :0)!

I think that the Plug In Shelf would make a wonderful stocking stuffer this year for the traveler in your life rather it be for leisure or business you just have to have one of these portable charging stations to keep you charger cord untangled and ready to go! But speaking of stocking stuffer the EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station would make a wonderful gift for the collage students on your shopping list to keep their keys and phone charger all in one place on their side of the dorm or apartment to keep them from loosing them or getting them mixed up!

Buy It:To purchase the EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station and/or the Plug In Shelf visit their website!

Win It:That’s right I have an EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station and a Plug in Shelf to giveaway to two of my lucky readers to either use as a stocking stuffer or keep it for themselves to uncluttered their counter tops :0)


Mandatory Entry: Visit CP Docks and tell me where you would put this product if you win or who you would give it to, also please let me know which item you would like if you win first winner gets first dibs! 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 CP Docks be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

Giveaway ends Nov 08, 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 products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pure Pearls Review and Giveaway



I for one think that every lady needs a set of pearls, or at least a beautiful pearl necklace but I do know with the way the economy is today it’s kind of hard to find the extra cash to spend on a pearl necklaces because lets face it they can get quite pricey depending on where you are looking but I have recently had the chance to review a beautiful Lavender Freshwater Pearl Necklace with a white gold claps and just between me and you the prices at Pure Pearls are unbeatable by far! They have large selection of Freshwater Pearls including Freshwater Pearl Necklaces, Freshwater Pearl Bracelets to beautiful Freshwater Pearl Earrings!

About Pure Pearls (Taken From Website):
Our philosophy is simple! Pure Pearls offers high quality, fine pearl jewelry at exceptional discount prices. Our team of experts bring to you the top 3% of our exclusive harvests. By sourcing pearls straight from the pearl farms, we cut the middleman and bring incredible wholesale prices to our customers without sacrificing quality. Because our customers are so happy with their purchases, we receive a high percentage of repeat customers and incredible advertising by word-of-mouth.

With extensive pearl experience, Pure Pearls' experts can always help you with any questions. Guidance is offered through our pearl buyer's guide and pearl education section. We encourage you to contact our experts by phone or email to help you choose the perfect pearls. At Pure Pearls, we make shopping affordable, safe, and educational.

We hope your experience here has been warm and inviting. Our pearls are both breathtaking and inspiring. At Pure Pearls, our philosophy revolves around personalization and remarkable quality. We make sure that each and every one of our customers are taken care of personally. We value the time that you have taken to stop in. Please feel free to browse around or contact us if you have any questions or feedback. We guarantee that our client's experiences with us will be one-of-a-kind

Your purchase with Pure Pearls is secure whether online or by phone. We have a 90-day Return Policy so you have adequate time to consider your purchase with us.


My Thoughts:

As I stated before I had the opportunity to review a beautiful Lavender Freshwater Pearl Necklace with a white gold claps from Pure Pearls, and if you don’t know I absolutely love lavender colored Freshwater Pearls and it doesn’t matter if they are in a necklace, bracelet or earrings they are just plain beautiful and I for one don’t think you can find a more beautiful piece of jewelry!

I was simply speechless when my pearl necklace arrived at my door, it was beautifully packaged and well protected during shipping! I have never seen a more beautiful lavender pearl necklace in my entire life, let me just say that photos don’t even come close to doing this necklace any kind of justice it’s absolutely gorgeous and so shiny that you can almost see your reflection in the pearls!

I have wore this necklace almost daily and I could not be happier with the quality of it and the compliments I’ve gotten has been very numerous and always very nice! I love that I can wear this necklace when I dress up to go on a date night with my husband or if I’m just in jeans and an old t-shirt it looks great either way! I’ve got no complaints what-so-ever with this necklace it’s perfect in every way and I can tell you that any time I need to purchase any type of pearl jewelry I’m going directly to Pure Pearls!

Not only did I get a beautiful pearl necklace it came with a very nice jewelry box and an appraisal for the necklace that is super nice to have and I have given it a home in my safe deposit box :0)

Bottom Line:

Like I stated above I’m super pleased with the necklace I received and could not have been happier with the customer service and shipping time from Pure Pearls! I could not believe that if I would have went to a brick and mortar store this same Lavender Freshwater Pearl Necklace with a white gold claps would have coasted me over $675.00!! But you can get this gorgeous necklace for only $124.00, that’s a huge difference!

I don’t think you could go wrong with a holiday gift form Pure Pearls because there are so many choices of freshwater pearls to choose from and any color you could possibly want or need! These freshwater pearls would make a lovely addition to any wedding dress or wedding party attire and at the prices at Pure Pearls they are way within reach even though you thought it wasn’t possible!

Buy It:
To purchase the Lavender Freshwater Pearl Necklace visit their website!

Win It:
You know it!!!! Pure Pearls has offered one of my super lucky readers one of their Freshwater pearl bracelets 7.0-8.0mm, AA+ Quality in natural pink, lavender, white or daring black, finished with your choice of white or yellow gold clasp!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Pure Pearls and Sign up for their newsletter, at the bottom of the page under sign up for special offers (per sponsors request)! 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 Pure Pearls be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Pure Pearls on Facebook

6. Follow Pure Pearls on Twitter

Giveaway ends Nov 05, 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 pearl necklace mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.