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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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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Real Tooth Fairies Review and Giveaway



Do you remember when you were a little girl or little boy and loosing your first tooth, and your parents telling you to put it under your pillow for the Tooth Fairy when she/he visits to leave you some goodies (usually a few coins) under your pillow? I do, just like it was yesterday and I can recall loosing my first tooth when I was around 6 ½ and being so excited to see what the Tooth Fairy would leave me that night. Now, I don’t have any children old enough to learn about the Tooth Fairy yet, my little man is only 2 ½ and just now finishing out his first set of teeth so it will still be awhile but I do have a little cousin whom, I keep quite a bit that has just started loosing her teeth so when I was asked to review a new website called TheRealToothFairies.com and a prize pack I just couldn’t turn it down, since I remember how magical it was to be a little girl waiting on my very own Tooth Fairy!

About TheRealToothFairies.com:

Here at Earth Headquarters for Real Fairyland and Elff Land, we’re dedicated to the Queen’s mission of helping Earthies spread kindness and grow their Read Dream Trees. Surely you’ve heard news of the historic decree Queen Sirona made on the steps of the U.S. Capital: “Earthies can now see inside Real Fairyland after hundreds of years of secrecy- just so Earthies will come to the rescue of Planet earth, spreading kindness to chance the world!”

Of course, Real Tooth Fairies make regular visits to Earthie girls and boys, brining surprises right to their pillows. And upon royal orders, we at the Royal Council, even schedule limited personal appearances of the Real Tooth Fairies and the rare meeting of her Royal Highness Queen Sirona with Earthie dignitaries. But for our daily duties, we happily tend to Earthie Guest Services and track Inter-Realm deliveries so Earthies can enjoy every magical package fairies send to Earth from the Magic Street Shops.

The location of the Royal Council of the Real Fairyland is magical, indeed, in proximity to Airlie, the ancient fairies’ refuge across the sea from Ireland. Here, visiting fairies and Earthies alike can walk the famous Acorn Trail that meanders among the ancient Live Oaks that have been secret Earth portals to Real Fairyland for centuries. Believers can still see the Tree Knobbers who inhabit the Enchanted Tree portals.

Yes, it’s a daily joy to be the Earth Embassy for Real Fiaryland- where Love Is Magic and Every Kindness Counts!

Our Thoughts:

We were sent a nice little gift package from The Real Tooth Fairies that included:
· A complimentary 1-month VIP upgraded membership for your child online
· Two Real Tooth Fairies storybooks – Magical World of The Real Tooth Fairies and Twinkle Becomes a Real Tooth Fairy
· Kindness Starter & Level 1 Kit
· Magical Letters Gift Certificate

Like I stated before I don’t have a little girl nor do I have a child old enough to really review the website or the books and such so I enlisted the help of my little cousin who just recently started loosing her teeth and she was more than game to help me out. The first thing we decide to review first were the two story books that were included in the package that told us all about the fairies and their world and I have to say that the little girl in me was way to excited to check these books and things out! The first thing I noticed was the colors and illustrations, they are so beautiful and so very colorful, very eye catching and I really loved just looking over all the photos with my little cousin as she read it aloud and she was very interested in the books and really enjoyed reading them and discovering the fairies and their world! She also really enjoyed going through the rest of the package and discovering the little goodies that were included for when she lost her teeth and such. From my point of view as a mother I think it’s a wonderful little package and I know if I ever had a daughter I would definitely be purchasing a membership to the website and all the goodies when she started loosing her teeth.

Next, we found our way to the children’s part of TheRealToothFairies.com and I let her create a profile and meet her very own fairy and just play around on the website (with the permission of her mother of course), and she spent nearly two hours discovering all of fairy world and meeting all the fairies and doing the little games and such that are available on the website! She really had a great time and after she decided she need a break for a snack I decided to surf around and just have a look and I myself even as an adult had a blast meeting the fairies and discovering their world! The children’s website is super easy to navigate and so colorful and fun, I know that if I would have had a world like this to discover when I was her age I would have been in Tooth Fairy heaven!! I’ve always loved fairies and everything to do with them so I’m still intrigued with the site and I’ve spent quite some time playing around and I love it!!!

So now onto the most important part of the review, at least in my view is the Parents only site to TheRealToothFairies.com, since becoming a mother I have really made sure to check out all the parents portions of the websites for children that my son wants to check out or that my little cousin likes to play on when she is at our house and I have to say I’m very impressed with the contents in the Parents Only Zone, its all very informative and helpful for when my little cousin in playing on the site and I’m loving that you can send letters from your child’s Real Tooth Fairy when she looses a tooth, I think that is just so darn neat!!! This is by far one of the best Parents Only Zone’s on any website that I have ever seen! Not only does it have a lot of cool information to share with your little one it also have some pretty neat little tips and ideas for fairy magic. I also love that you can order little surprises for your little lady to find under her pillow when she loses a tooth and I think it makes it so much more special!

Bottom Line:

After all that I’ve seen of TheRealToothFairies.com, I think it is wonderful!! I love everything from all the fun that your children can have on their part of the site to all the wonderful information and ideas you can get from the Parents Only Zone. The site is so well put together and so easy to navigate for both the children and the parents.

If you have a little girl that is just starting or has started loosing her teeth and want to make it a fun and memorable time for her to always remember, I truly recommend checking out all the fun and magic of TheRealToothFairies.com!!

To experience all the fun and magic of TheRealToothFairies.com just visit their website!

Win It:
TheRealToothFairies.com has offered one of my readers an amazing prize pack (see image below) retailed at $60!!!

Mandatory Entry: Visit TheRealToothFairies.com and tell me your favorite Fairy! 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 TheRealToothFairies.com be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

Giveaway ends Dec 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 the gift pack mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Head Chefs Review (Christmas Wish List 2010)



I know I’ve mentioned and touched on this several times over the last few months but “Bug” and I love to cook and since the holidays are upon is we are getting more cooking than we would like since it’s on me and him to make all the cakes and pies for the dinners and recently while looking for cooking utensils that would be easier and fun for “Bug” to use I came across Head Chefs and their selection of products is awesome and I knew that “Bug” would love to have a set of them to help us this holiday season and I was thrilled when they agreed to allow us to do a review on a few of their products!

About Head Chefs (Taken From Website):

Head Chefs® are “Cool Tools” for kids and parents. Head Chefs lines of utensils are designed to make kitchen time fun for chefs of all ages. Healthy eating habits develop early, by providing your youngsters with The Head Chefs kids products, suggested cooking tips and recipes you can help to start them off on a lifelong love of cooking healthy, nutritious and fun dishes.

Professional and home chefs love Head Chefs Sil-pins, the “original” silicone no-stick rolling pins and Base Bowls, the Better Bakers Bowl.

All Head Chefs products are made of high quality silicone, metals and materials.

Products are dishwasher safe and will stand up to all the love and attention you and your children will devote to them. Head Chefs is always bringing new products into the family with basic functional tools and new additions coming all the time.
Give a Head Chef product a home in your kitchen today!

You Are The Head Chef!
What is a head chef? A “head chef" is the boss of a kitchen with overall responsibility for planning meals, cooking, hosting and being the creative force that brings it all together.
You are the head chef of your kitchen. You’re the boss, take charge, have fun, learn and explore with your friends and family. Cooking is about bringing enjoyment to life.
At Head Chefs we design products that make being a head chef a great time. Our baking tools, bowls and kids utensils are all functional forms enhanced with a bit of whimsy and charm. We make them for serious chefs and for moms, dads and kids who are interested in serious kitchen fun.

All Head Chefs products are of the highest design and material quality. Everything we sell is guaranteed for 30 days. Check out a Head Chefs or The Head Chefs utensil or kitchen product today and take back mealtime.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent an assortment of products from Head Chefs to review that included their whisk, spatula, pastry brush, spoon and peeler! They arrived very quickly in less than a week and “Bug” was very excited to get them and couldn’t wait to get cooking, and he got his wish and probably more cooking that he wanted when the day before Thanksgiving rolled around and we were faced with 7 cakes and pies to make! I love all of the Head Chefs tools we were sent and not only did “Bug” use them quite a bit but I used them as well. I like that each of the tools are large enough that “Bug” can get a good grip on them and use them without much difficulty at all and he is also loving that the body of the tools are pose able and well just down right fun to play with!

I used them too while making the cakes and pies and I find that they are very comfortable to use and with them being a larger size make them a lot easier to use vs. the traditional kitchen tools that we have around the house. I’m also loving the clean up aspect of the tools as well, while cooking all the cakes and pies they were super easy to rinse dry and keep on cooking vs. having to stop between pies and fully washing them! I also love that I can just put them in the dishwasher along with the other dishes and your done!

Bottom Line:

Both “Bug” and I are loving our set of Head Chefs cooking tools and I can’t wait until time to start making Christmas cookies and cooking for our huge Christmas dinner! Since having Head Chefs tools on hand it’s so much easier for “Bug” to help his father and I cook dinner and help me bake goodies and he has truly enjoyed having his own cooking utensils to call his very own!

I think that the tools from Head Chefs would make wonderful stocking stuffer for your budding chefs this holiday season! I know that my little man would have loved to find these cool tools in his stocking or under the tree this Christmas! I totally and fully recommend Head Chefs for all the cool tools for your little ones cooking needs.

Be sure to check out Head Chefs on Facebook!

Buy It:
To purchase any or all of the Head Chefs tools mentioned above visit Head Chefs website!

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

Tomica USA Review and Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



Being a mother of a super active and creative soon to be 3yr old little boy, our focus on toys has been well lets just say if it doesn’t have something to do with cars, it’s usually a no-go with some minor exceptions so when we started doing our Christmas shopping naturally we were looking for things related to cars and trains and when I happened to stumble upon Tomica USA and their line of products, I knew that they would be a perfect addition to our Christmas Wish List 2010 and I was thrilled when they agreed to let me review a couple of their products and offer my fine readers a giveaway!

About Tomica USA:

Discover a place where road and rail connect together and watch as hi-tech trains speed around the track, or travel around the city streets by car. If the streets get too busy, simply build a railway network towering above the city, reaching as high as your imagination will take you. Tomica is a world of imagination that needs to be visited.

The possibilities are endless and so is the fun! Whether you’re crazy for cars or totally mad for trains, the World of Tomica has something for you.

Tomica even has its very own emergency services, HyperCity Rescue, who are always on hand to keep the streets safe.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent two products to review from Tomica USA, the Hypercity Rescue Patrol Liner and the Mini Garage Set and I have to say that the shipping was lightning fast and both items were packaged very securely and everything arrived in one piece!

The first product we decided to review was the Hypercity Rescue Patrol Liner, I think it’s due to my little man having a thing for trains so he was the one who made the decision!! Let me just say first and foremost my little man loves the Hypercity Rescue Patrol Liner, since receiving it he has played with it non-stop and has had many hours of fun doing so! It didn’t take my little man long to incorporate the Patrol Liner into his “city” nor did it take him long to discover all the cool features of the Patrol Liner. My husband and I have actually been guilty of playing around with it when “Bug” isn’t looking when we are supposed to be cleaning “Bug’s” room….boy, I wish they would have had cool toys like these when I was younger! I think that “Bug’s” favorite feature of the Patrol Liner is the real working lights and the fact that he can put the Rescue Figure (he calls the conductor) into the front drivers seat! I’m very impressed with the quality of this toy, as much as “Bug” has played with it and all the stuff it’s been through traveling here and there for play it’s held up amazingly and still looks like new and works wonderfully!

Next, we decided to check out the Mini Garage Set and this toy is very high quality as well and although “Bug” prefers the Hypercity Rescue Patrol Liner he has actually spent several hours using this Mini Garage Set as his parking for his cars and such so he really seems to enjoy this toy as well. I love that the set comes with everything you need to create your own little piece of a city with the curved side walk and tree, I think that if your little one has their own city already this would make a perfect corner addition! Since we had decided that this is the products we are going to be giving away right here on this post we didn’t let “Bug” play with it as much as he would have liked so it’s still like brand new. The one thing I have to say I love about this garage set is that “Bug’s” other cars will fit in it as well when he has them all out playing so it works great with the map rug and his other car type toys.

Bottom Line:

I feel very confident in recommending Tomica USA products to everyone I know and even those I don’t know. From the experiences that we have had with the two toys we were sent I totally feel that Tomica USA supplies some of the best made and very durable toys on the market today and I will be purchasing “Bug” more Tomica USA products in the very near future, even as soon as his upcoming 3rd birthday this February!

If you are looking for a special and durable toys for the little men or women if you have tom girls like I was who love to play with vehicle related toys I really recommend checking out the line of toys available from Tomica USA, they are sure to bring a smile to the lucky child’s face!

Buy It:
To purchase the Hypercity Rescue Patrol Liner and/or the Mini Garage Set visit the Tomica USA website!

Win It:
Tomica USA has offered one of my readers the Mini Garage Set (the one we reviewed, it’s only been gently used for the purpose of the review and it’s still in brand new condition)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Tomica USA and tell me your favorite toy! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. “Like” Tomica USA on Facebook

Giveaway ends Dec 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 the toys mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game Review and Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



The one thing that bothers me out children today is their lack of creative play and physical activity. I can remember when I was between the ages of 3 and 16 I was constantly on the go and outside doing something physical like playing a game of basketball (when I was older) or even making mud pies (when I was about 3 or so) but now that I’m a mother of a soon to be 3 year old I’m already seeing a huge difference in the way children today would rather be inside playing some sort of video games (yes, even my little “Bug” at only 2 ½ has a video gaming system) or spending most of their waking lives at home on the computer so this year when I started thinking about Christmas gifts for the kiddos in my family I decided it was time to get them motivated and becoming more physically active vs. giving them more reason to stay inside with moves, video and computer games. While searching for the perfect gift to get my nephew up and moving I ran across Aqua Leisure First Fitness products and I knew that they would be perfect and when they agreed to a review and giveaway I was very excited!

About Aqua Leisure First Fitness Products (Taken From Website):

First Fitness

Today kids are not active!

…and it has become a national epidemic. Children are increasingly spending more time indoors in front of computers, television and video games than ever before… Inactivity is the major reason for the growing rate of obesity among children.

The government along with numerous health professional organizations universally agree that today’s children are not getting enough daily exercise. Studies have shown that the impact of keeping children active is remarkable.

But children, not unlike adults, associate exercise with “work”. But exercise doesn’t have to be “work” – it should be fun!

That’s why Aqua-Leisure is introducing FirstFitness. Designed to let children play and along the way take their first steps towards a lifetime love of fitness.

FirstFitness keeps it fun so children will want to come back for more!

The first steps towards a lifetime of fitness
Getting kids up and active is the main goal... and FirstFitness offers a wide variety of products tailored to do just that. Each fitness item target benefits in one or more of these six key areas:

Cardio: Increase heart and respiratory health and stamina.
Strength: Helps stimulate healthy muscle growth.
Agility: Teaches body awareness and balance.
Performance: Aids and enhances child's exercise performance.
Flexibility: Keeps muscles and joints functional and safe from injury.
Skills: Develops the basics needed to do well in sports.


My Thoughts:

I was able to select a product from several options to review for my nephew from the Aqua Leisure line of First Fitness products, but I will say here that trying to make a decision was rather difficult to say the least because all the options they gave us looked like oodles of fun and I knew my nephew would love them all but we finally decided to go with the Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game.

The product arrived very quickly and was packaged very securely with no damage to the actual product box and I can tell you my little man was very intrigued with the game when he seen it, and was not happy that it was his cousin’s and not his, can someone say super spoiled???? Anyways the Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game comes with 2 soft inflatable battle sticks and 2 balance pads and teaches balance equilibrium and forms agility skills, plus helps your child will learn to react and recover. Now, our nephew is 4 years old and has been very intrigued with Karate and other forms of martial arts and has been begging his mother to let him join a class so I figured he would really enjoy this to help him with his balance, not to mention that he watches games shows on TV that has a similar game and he makes his own battle sticks to do battle with so I figure he will enjoy this game.

The box was much smaller than I had expected but for fairness to the review my husband and I decided to open the box and have a look at the battle sticks and balance pads :0)! Ok, so I can tell you that my husband and I need a pair of the battle sticks for our self to help us settle some arguments :0) but the sticks and balance pads in this game is the perfect size for both my nephews and little man so they will be able to spend quite some time playing and battling with their new game! I did let my little man and niece play just once in the name of a fair review and I can tell you these two kids had a blast! I did notice that after playing for a while they both got better balance on the balance pads, but at first they both had kind of a hard time staying on the pad, also I’m loving that the battle sticks are soft enough that when they are battling if they do accidentally get hit with the stick it doesn’t hurt them and they can just keep on playing.

Bottom Line:

I feel we have made a wonderful choice in choosing the Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game for our nephew and well the rest of the kiddos who will be using it and I feel that any product your purchase from Aqua Leisure First Fitness will not let you down, not to mention you are going to get a high quality product for your money. I can’t wait until my nephew gets his hands on this gift, I have a feeling once this one gets open the battle will begin :0)! I just feel so great knowing that I am giving him a gift that will get him up and moving vs. another video game or movie so he will have just another excuse to sit around and do nothing.

If you are looking for a fun gift this year to get the kiddos in your life up and moving I totally recommend checking out the Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game as well as the full line of First Fitness products available from Aqua Leisure, I’m sure with their selection you are going to find the perfect get up and play product!

Buy It:
To purchase the Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game visit Amazon.com!


Win It:
Aqua Leisure has offered one of my readers an Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game of their very own (ARV $49.95)

Mandatory Entry: Visit Aqua Leisure  Facebook Pageand 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 (2 extra)

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. "Like" Aqua Leisure on Facebook


Giveaway ends Dec 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 Aqua Leisure First Fitness Balance Battle Combat Fitness Game mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Glee Gum Make Your Own Gummies Kit Review and Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



I love to cook and bake around the holidays and the thing that I love most about cooking and baking around this time of the year is having my little helper right in the middle of all the mess just working away, I think it’s super important to get your kiddos involved in holiday traditions early on so it will be a lasting tradition for them for the years to come. So when I was asked about reviewing a Make Your Own Candy Kit from Glee Gum I just couldn’t pass it up!

About Glee Gum Make Your Own Candy Kits (Taken From Website):

Connect kids to the global community by tracing the origins of raw materials we encounter in our daily lives. Our gum kit uses natural chicle. Our chocolate kit includes organic cocoa butter from Costa Rica, and the gummy kit contains carrageenan made from seaweed from the Philippines.

Create something exciting and delicious. At Verve, we believe people learn by doing. By creating delicious edible treats with our kits, kids also create connections to each other, between various fields of studies, and to other communities and cultures.

Captivate kids' interest. Kids have always loved to stir, mix, touch and taste our great activity kits. Now children can make yummy treats while learning about: the rainforest, ethnobotany, chemistry, mathematics and measurement, ecology and environmental issues, home economics, nutrition, the oceans and more!


Our Thoughts:

I was sent the Make Your Own Gummies Kit from Glee Gum and I have to admit that when it arrived in my mail box I could not wait to get started, I think I was more excited than my kiddo and little cousin! Our kit arrived very quickly but we did have some issues with the directions and powdered seaweed missing from the box, I contacted customer service and within just a few days we had our directions and powered seaweed so I definitely have to give the customer service of Glee Gum 5+ stars for being super nice and helpful!

Here is the kiddos getting ready to get started making our gummies (sorry but this is the only photo I got, due to forgetting about taking pictures we were having so much fun!!!)

Here is a bit about the Make Your Own Gummies Kit (Taken from website):

Make your own gummies out of seaweed! Everything you need is included in this kit and it's easy! You can make your own gummi bears, gummi worms, gummi fish or any other shape. Make gummies on the stove or with a microwave. Great for class room activities, scout troops, birthday parties, home school, or after school groups. Adult supervision is recommended. Makes a great gift for kids (ages 8 & up)!

Inside each Make Your Own Gummies Kit you'll find: sour mix, colored and flavored sugar, powdered seaweed, seaweed, molding starch, instructions and the story of carrageenan.

All you have to do is wash the seaweed and boil it for a few minutes until the carrageenan is extracted. Then take out the seaweed itself, mix in the sugar, boil it again, pour it in the molds, and then add the sour mix! That's it - you have made your own yummy gummies!

So now that we got the deets out of the way back to the review!! I have to say that making our own gummies was so much easier than I had originally thought and to be quite honest it didn’t take very long at all to have our own delicious gummies to eat! The whole process was so simple just follow the simple directions as described above and you have your gummies. We used the molding starch and used the magnetic letters that stick to the refrigerator (washed of course) to spell out the kiddos names for their gummies and they turned out so awesome and the kids really had a great time making their own molds and eating their gummy names :0)!

Bottom Line:

We all really had a blast making our own gummies and I would recommend these kits to everyone who is looking to spend a little extra time in the kitchen with the kiddos this holiday season and the sweetest part of all after you get them made you can share a delsih little treat with your little one that they helped create and I think that’s what makes this kit most special.

I think that any kiddo would love to find one of Glee Gum’s Make Your Own Candy Kits in their stocking or under the tree this year. Best of all they are super affordable and are super fun to make with your kids!!!

Buy It:
To purchase the Make Your Own Gummies Kit visit the Glee Gum website!

Win It:
Glee Gum has offered one of my readers a Make Your Own Candy Kit of the winners choice!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Glee Gum and tell me which kit you would choose if you were the winner! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. Follow Glee Gum on Twitter

6. “Like” Glee Gum on Facebook

Giveaway ends Dec 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 Make Your Own Gummies Kit mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

David’s Cookies Review (Christmas Wish List 2010)



Show of hands….how many of you have at least one person on your shopping list that is difficult to buy for every year because one they have everything already or two they are just extremely picky and they won’t give you any ideas to what they may want……yep, I have at least two every year so that’s why I turn to food gifts such as homemade cookie baskets, gifts in a jar and gourmet gift baskets but this year I think I will just send those two gift recipients a super yummy treat from David’s Cookies!!! I discovered David’s Cookies earlier this month when I was given the chance to review their 1 lb. cookie tin and boy was it mouth watering :0)!

About David’s Cookie (Taken From Website):

In 1979, David Liederman was a top chef in New York City. At the time, boutique cookie shops along the West Coast were everywhere and the smell of fresh baked, chocolate chip cookies could be smelled for miles.

Chef David had the brilliant idea to bring this California trend back East, and the first David’s Cookies store was born in the heart of Manhattan. Passersby quickly fell in love with his funny shaped cookies, which were always oven fresh and loaded with heaping chunks (not chips) of chocolate. Chef David, trained in the finest French culinary academies, began mixing and tasting; using only the finest, all natural, ingredients - pure vanilla, butter, Swiss chocolate and whole nuts, he achieved his anticipated result; a uniquely delicious cookie that looked and tasted “just like mamma made!”

The company was an immediate success and David’s brand of fresh baked cookies became well known throughout the Northeast and across the country. Even his name created a huge following and Davids everywhere ate up his cookies to gain one of the coveted David’s cookie tins. The delicious recipes won many awards, including the NY Newsday Cookie Award for the Best Chocolate Chunk Cookie. By the mid 1980’s, David’s Cookies was an international franchise with over 250 cookie shops throughout the world.

With rising operating costs in the 1980s, many David’s Cookies storefronts closed down. The company was purchased by Fairfield Gourmet Foods Corp - a New Jersey based gourmet dessert company who rejuvenated the David’s brand by introducing these high quality cookies and frozen cookie dough into the food service and co-branding industries. Then, in the late 1990s, the company took the next step and made an online cookie store. Today, David’s Cookies is the leading provider of fresh baked cookies on the Internet, and continues to win awards including getting voted one of Good Housekeeping Magazine’s 10 Best Mail-order Goodies for Giving (or Serving), December 2007 for their mini cheesecake selections. The David’s Cookies brand is also growing by leaps and bounds in the corporate gifting industry, with new additions to their cookie gift basket selection, giant message cookies and other great gift ideas.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent the Fresh Baked Cookies 1 lb. Tin to review and it arrived very quickly and was packaged extremely well and all 12 cookies were in great shape with no chips or damage of any kind! The tin included a David’s Cookies tin and come with a complimentary greeting message. Contains approximately 12 (1.5 oz) cookies. Assorted Flavors include: Chocolate Chunk (not your ordinary chocolate chip cookie), Peanut Butter, Macadamia with White Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Cherry, and Double Chocolate Chunk (Chocolate Cookie).

I have to admit that once these cookies arrived at our door the entire tin was whipped out in less than 2 days!!! We are huge sweet eaters around here and my husband especially loves cookies and he was the first one to dig in and I think between him and “Bug” I only ended up getting to eat maybe 2 cookies and I’m not so sure they were whole cookies because I was supposed to “share” according to them…so I need to tell them thanks for saving my waist line boys lol! But, in all seriousness these cookies are delicious! To me they tasted just like grandmas homemade cookies :0)! They were loaded with flavor and very chew just the way we like them. I myself loved the Oatmeal Raisin cookie (Oatmeal Raisin is my absolute favorite cookie of all times), my husband on the other hand was drooling over the Macadamia with White Chip and “Bug” well…. Loved them all!

Bottom Line:

We all loved the cookies that came in the tin we were sent to review and it helped me make up my mind about the difficult people on my shopping list this holiday season, Santa included :0), I think he needs a big ol’ plate of David’s Cookies when he delivers “Bug’s” presents this year don’t you agree???? The price of the Fresh Baked Cookies 1 lb. Tin is very reasonable at only $24.95 and the quality and taste of all the cookies included it’s well worth it and I well within our budget for gifts this year so I’m planning on sending at least two of these mouth watering tins to hard to buy for family members! If your recipient prefers a certain cookie flavor over a variety of flavors you can also choose their favorite flavor and send them a 1 lb tin of their favorite cookie….score!

Now, David’s Cookies is not only great for the holidays but for any occasion from birthdays, anniversaries to just because and if your family is anything like mine getting cookies is like one of the best gifts ever! If you are considering sending a food gift to someone this holiday season I would highly recommend checking out all the yummy gift ideas at David’s Cookies, your taste buds wont be sorry!

Buy It:
To purchase the Fresh Baked Cookies 1 lb. Tin visit David’s Cookies website!


This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Fresh Baked Cookies 1 lb. Tin mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Kaleidoscopes To You Review and Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



The one thing I seem to have a problem with during Christmas is finding cool little things to make a perfect stocking stuffer, so I’ve been paying close attention to things “Bug” picks up in town and while watching TV the smaller toys he seems to really take notice of and recently my little cousin, whom I keep quite often had a kaleidoscope and much to my surprise my son really enjoyed playing with in and asked for one of his own so I knew it would make a perfect stocking stuffer this year so when I discovered Kaleidoscopes To You and their wonderful selection of kaleidoscopes I was thrilled and even more so when they agreed to allow me to host a review and giveaway right here on my blog!!

About Kaleidoscopes To You (Taken From Website):

Our history involves two decades of business experience at shops you may have visited in the Midwest. We started making kaleidoscopes out of stained glass at Wisconsin's #1 tourist attraction in the 1982, the House on the Rock. Karl was 16 at this time. From there, we added a second store at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and a third in Galena, Illinois. During college, Karl opened a third location in in Red Wing, Minnesota called The Glass Scope. Karl's degree is a Bachelor of Fine arts with a Glass Blowing and Painting emphasis and ultimately decided to represent many of my friends' kaleidoscopes in our galleries. In 1994 we opened Crystal Kaleidoscope, a kaleidoscope store specializing just in kaleidoscopes at the Mall of America. We closed our Mall of America operation in 1997 as we saw the rise and potential of the internet. We went online in 1998 and own Kaleidoscopes To You. We have been smiling ever since.

With this wealth of experience, we can suggest kaleidoscopes in various price ranges, or help you find a really fantastic hand made kaleidoscope by a skilled artisan.

We are members of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society and regularly attend events to stay up to date with the latest and greatest designs and new, emerging artists. We feel we try our best to understand the entire scope industry. We've even traveled the world extensively in search of new and old kaleidoscopes, which are rather rare. We appear in various kaleidoscope books and publications as a shop featuring fine kaleidoscopes, and as Cozy Baker (a recognized authority) says in her book, "Kaleidoscope Renaissance".

Our Thoughts:

I was sent the Classic Tin Toy Kaleidoscope by Schylling to review and it arrived very quickly and I couldn’t wait to try this kaleidoscope, I can remember having kaleidoscopes as a kid and making small ones in art class so I have always loved kaleidoscopes and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed having the Classic Tin Toy Kaleidoscope by Schylling Durable around and the colors and shapes this kaleidoscope makes is very pretty and I just love the colors used in it.

This kaleidoscope is very durable being made of tin so I have no fears that “Bug” will tear it up and I feel like its going to be a favorite in our house for a long time to come. As I have owned many kaleidoscopes both super cheap ones to my dads super expensive one and I feel like the kaleidoscope I was sent to review is one of the best I have ever owned and I would totally recommend it to anyone with younger children who loves looking at different designs and bright beautiful colors!

Bottom Line:

I feel like the Classic Tin Toy Kaleidoscope by Schylling will be a favorite in “Bug’s” stocking on Christmas morning and I just can’t wait to set down and look in it with him. I’m also loving that this kaleidoscope is made of tin so I have no fears that he will break it within a matter of seconds and it’s large enough that he will be able to hold it and turn it comfortably!

If you are looking for a fun, unique stocking stuffer this year I recommend checking out the selection of Kaleidoscopes at Kaleidoscopes To You!!!! With their large selection and super affordable prices your sure to find the perfect kaleidoscope for you or your little ones!

Buy It:
To purchase the Classic Tin Toy Kaleidoscope by Schylling visit the Kaleidoscopes To You website!

Win It:
Kaleidoscopes To You has offered one of my readers a Classic Tin Toy Kaleidoscope by Schylling to help you stuff those stocking this year!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Kaleidoscopes To You and tell me your favorite kaleidoscope! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. Follow Kaleidoscopes To You on Twitter

6. “Like” Kaleidoscopes To You on Facebook

Giveaway ends Dec 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 Classic Tin Toy Kaleidoscope by Schylling mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I’m back from my tiny Thanksgiving break…..

Hey guys and gals I just wanted to take a minuet to let you all know I’m back from my small 3 day Thanksgiving blogging break and I’ve chosen all the winners of the giveaways that ended during the time I was offline and the winners have all been contacted via e-mail so be sure to check you e-mails even the spam folder because I’ve been advised that some of the winning e-mails get sent to spam for some reason, so be sure to check there too, and remember you only have 48hrs to get back with me to claim your prize before a new winner is chosen!


I just want to let you all know I will be back in full swing with the Christmas Wish List 2010 tomorrow morning with 5+ new reviews and giveaways all the way up to Dec 25, so some of the winners won’t get their prizes until after Christmas but they would make wonderful Birthday gifts and such so be sure to be checking back daily and get your name added to the awesome giveaways that are on the way!!!
I hope you all had a safe and fun Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend ( I know my I’m still beat from all the shopping I did Friday!!!)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards Review (Christmas Wish List 2010)



Well guys and gals tomorrow is Thanksgiving which means that we are officially in the countdown to Christmas!!!! On one hand I couldn’t be more excited but on the other I’m really dreading all the crowds and traffic on the roads and all the preparations for our annual holiday meal, but the one thing I like to have done by this time of the year is have our Christmas cards printed and ready to be sent out on Dec. 01!!! I was recently invited to review a set of Christmas cards from Tiny Prints and I could not wait to get started!!!

Tiny Prints provides simple, modern and unique stationery from Christmas cards to personalized greeting cards to thank you cards and even business cards. Offering exclusive designs from the nation’s top designers, easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality, their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities. With Tiny Prints by your side the Holidays will be a cinch! They offer perfect party invitations for every occasion and memorable personalized photo-gifts like notebooks, photo-books and calendars.


My Thoughts:

Like I said I was given the opportunity to make my very own Christmas Cards to review from Tiny Prints, and to be completely honest I’ve never sent out photo Christmas cards before so needless to say I was very excited and could not wait to get started choosing the perfect photos and card layout! I thought that it was going to be a piece of cake choosing my card design but boy was I ever wrong!! The selection of holiday cards at Tiny Prints is amazing and they have some really beautiful cards to choose from! My favorite thing about shopping at Tiny Prints is that you can search for your cards by the number of pictures you want to put on your card!

The whole process of uploading my photos was very quick and painless, some of the other places I’ve thought about purchasing photo Christmas Cards and the process of uploading my photos was so time consuming I just decided to purchase regular store bought cards so when I found out how easy Tiny Prints was for myself I can tell you I won’t be going back to store bought Christmas Cards ever! And best thing of all I can pay around the same price for personalized cards as I would plain cards at the discount store!

I’m also loving the fact that before they ship out your cards they send you a proof for you too look over and approve before sending the cards out, so if you want a change made you can request it before they are printed and shipped! My proof arrived within just a few days, much faster than I had imagined for a custom photo card. The customer service is also very helpful and super nice, some of the best customer service I have ever received to an online store! Thank you so much Tiny Prints, for making my photo Christmas Cards something easy and beautiful in little time :0)!

If you are a blogger who would like to review your own Christmas cards from Tiny Prints apply to by filling out the form found on here: http://blog.tinyprints.com/tiny-prints-blogger-christmas-card-review-program/. Tiny Prints be giving out 60 cards to selected bloggers who apply!

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive 75 of the Christmas Cards mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Time Timer Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



I’m sure you all know I’m the mother of a very active and curious soon to be 3yr old little boy and sometimes getting him to sit down and take a minuet to rest or putting him in time out can most of the time be a challenge so when I started thinking about things for my shopping list this holiday season, one of the first things that came to mind was to look for something that would help “Bug” see his “rest time”, “nap time” and his “time-out time” to maybe make the process easier on the both of us! So while searching around for a product to fit that bill, I stumbled upon Time Timer and I felt it would be a perfect addition to our Christmas Wish List Gift Guide!

About Time Timer (Taken From Website):

Over 20 years ago, Jan Rogers, the mother of an independent, inquisitive 4 year old, sought a solution to her daughter’s natural curiosity about time. Nicknamed the "how much longer kid," young Loran found the concept of time to be both a challenge and a frustration. Her innate need to beat the clock in athletics as well as household tasks was combined with annoyance at not being able to understand the passage of time.

The common analog clock was beyond her comprehension. Teaching clocks were cleverly labeled, but often cluttered with information. Though meant to target children of her age, they were too difficult for a child that didn’t even remember which way the "hands" were traveling.

This led to exploring the market for other timing devices that might enable Loran to understand time more clearly. Jan found the options limited to digital clocks and timers and the standard mechanical kitchen timer. The digital products appeared as just changing numbers, with no way to see time as a measurement. The kitchen timer was ineffective because it was difficult to "see" the time elapse in a consistent direction and the bell at the end of a time segment always came as a surprising termination.

Jan knew there must be a better idea and that better idea might have to come from her. The vision she had was that if a child could “see” time as a measurement and begin to understand its duration, he/she would have a basic concept of time. This concept led to the design of the Time Timer with its patented red disk. As the time elapsed the red disk would disappear, creating a graphic image of the passage of time.

The evolution of the manufacturing process for the Time Timer began in about 1993. Jan found her way through this unknown territory by following leads and making hundreds of phone calls. She found that she could get a lot of information by being completely ignorant about what she was doing — dumb questions and good instincts were the building blocks of her company!

The first manufacturer of the Time Timer made the initial production run in his basement. This seemed like a pretty easy thing to do, so Jan took over the manufacturing process after about a year. The original timers were made of saw cut, foam core plastic and the face was applied with double-faced tape. The original red disk was attached to the minute hand of a clock movement. Only about 200 of this model were sold over the first 2 years.

In order to produce a timer with a more professional look, Jan went in search of an industrial engineer and plastics fabrication company. More phone calls and tracking down leads. With patent in hand and a confidence in the worth and marketability of the product, the next big step was taken. A small plastics company agreed to take on the project and the original Time Timer molds were made. For about 3 years, Jan and an assistant received the parts and built each Time Timer by hand. This process kept costs down, but began to falter in keeping up with demand.

It became clear that production would have to be passed on to a larger company, which would fabricate, assemble and ship the timers. It was far more costly, but demand could be met and the inefficiencies created by the existing work place were solved. Over the approximate 20 years of the existence of the Time Timer, the evolution of the market focus has expanded from pre-school/early childhood, to a growing adult market. One of the strongest markets continues to be education K-12. The special needs (ADD, ADHD, AUTISM, etc) segment is boosted by the fields of occupational and physical therapies. Sports, meeting management and professional organizers are the latest areas in the global expansion of Time Timer sales.

My Thoughts:

I’ve had some time to look over the Time Timers and I have to say that just by checking them out online, I think they would be a very nice addition to our daily routine and help “Bug” see when he has to wait for things and how long he need to just rest instead of being up and going constantly! I know it would make it a lot easier if he could actually see the time for himself vs. having to rely on me to tell him how much longer and such!

I like that the Time Timer comes in three different sizes that would be perfect to have the smaller one for our travel bag for overnight stays at his grandparents for his quite time and time outs and then a bigger one for at home where we can leave it where he will be able to see it himself!

Buy It:
To purchase the Time Timer visit their website!

Win It:
Time Timer has offered one of my readers an 8" Time Timer (ARV $35) to try in your own home!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Time Timer and tell me what you would most likely use your Time Timer for! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

Giveaway ends Dec 07, 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 product as compensation nor did I receive any monetary compensation for this post, the company is providing the giveaway product in return for this post.

Zylie the Bear Review and Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



I’ve got a company that I’m just itching to share with you all today, and they offer the most adorable bears I’ve ever seen! I know most of us shopping this holiday season has at least one little girl on our list that loves teddy bears and why not give her something a little more special than just a traditional teddy bear you can get at any discount store? I recently came across Zylie the Bear while looking for a gift for my little cousin who loves bears and once I looked around their website I was in love with their bears both Zylie and Shen the Panda!

About Zylie the Bear (Taken From Website):

Zylie is the toy I wish I could have had for my daughter when she was young. Sarah only liked playing with stuffed animals, but would see her sister Kate's doll clothes and want to dress up her teddy bear. So she'd stuff the bear into the doll clothes, and it all ended up looking ridiculous. I wondered then why there wasn't a toy that was cuddly like a teddy bear, but could be dressed and played with like a doll.

And from that idea Zylie was born. My son Matt and I have gone about creating a world of fun and adventure around Zylie, with a series of fun children's books that follow Zylie on her global travels, several fashionable new outfits for the bears, new friends like Shen the Panda, and most importantly, a strong role model for kids in the characters we create.

I hope that we have created the best possible play experience for the child in your life, but that process is never quite finished. With your help, we will always be improving our products, and we encourage you to reach out and lend a hand. Email your suggestions to designwithus@zyliethebear.com. Its been quite a journey so far, and we can't wait to see what's in store for us down the road! Thanks for stopping by!

Signed,
Mary Beth Minton, Founder and CEO

My Thoughts:

I was sent both the Zylie the Bear and the Shen the Panda an I can’t tell you how much I have truly enjoyed checking out both of these super adorable bears!!! I love that each of these cuties come fully dressed with adorable outfits and come along with the first book of each of the series!

I decided to check out Shen the Panda first and much to my surprise my little man immediately clamed Shen as his own! We sure had a great time checking out all the cool accessories that comes along with Shen and reading the little book that also accompanies him! My son is all about drumming right now so this made a perfect companion for him and he has taken Shen everywhere we have went since seeing him, lately Shen has been his naptime partner and I think it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship!!! I’m loving that Shen is so cute and very soft and just makes a great cuddle buddy.

Next, I had a look at Zylie the Bear herself and just like Shen she is adorable, soft and so fashion forward! I know when I was a little girl I would have been thrilled to find a Zylie under my tree on Christmas morning! I’ve got a special little girl who is going to be thrilled to find Zylie on Christmas morning and I just can’t wait to see her reaction! I’m currently thinking about purchasing her a couple more of Zylie’s outfits so that she will be able to play dress up with her as well as read her story and be the best of pals!

Bottom Line:

I am very impressed at both the quality and durability of Zylie and Shen! I know my little man had really been kinda rough on Shen since receiving him but he has held up like a dream and they are quickly becoming the best of buds and Shen has replaced “Bug’s” first favorite stuffed toy and has really given him hours of fun! I have a feeling Zylie’s new friend on Christmas will feel the same about her as “Bug” does Shen!

I don’t really know any little girl who would not be thrilled to find either Zylie or Shen under the tree this Christmas, I know if I would have had one when I was younger I would have been one happy little lady!

Buy It:
To purchase Zylie or Shen visit the website!

Win It:
Matt has generously offered one of my readers their choice of either Zylie the Bear or Shen the Panda!!!!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Zylie the Bear and tell me who you would give this to if you won and which one your would choose! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. Follow Zylie the Bear on Twitter

6. “Like” Zylie the Bear on Facebook

7. Sign up for the Zylie the Bear Newsletter (Bottom of home page)

Giveaway ends Dec 07, 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 both Zylie and Shen mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Celebrity Inspired Holiday Nails Broadway Nails $100 Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)


Ok, so do I ever have an awesome giveaway for you all today, since it’s getting so close to the holidays we are seriously in the giving mood and I know you have all seen my post in the past where I express my love for Broadway Nails! As many of you know that once you have children and especially when they hit their terrible 2’s finding time to get to the nail salon and get your nails done it just pretty much out of the question for two very obvious reasons, one a toddler is not going to sit still and behave while you get them done and two with the economy today most SAHM’s don’t have the extra cash laying around (me being a prime example!) but I do love to have my nails looking great for our family holiday get together and parties, so I’ve found a very easy and less expensive to help maintain an expensive looking manicure without the time or money spent!!!! Yes, I’m talking about the amazing press on and glue on nails from Broadway Nails!

I’m sure you have already seen some of the awesome Celebs rocking seriously awesome creative nails for this holiday season and if not here are a couple great examples!

Katy Perry

Lady Ga Ga

Fergie

You to can rock amazing nails this holiday season when you choose Broadway Nails! You don’t have to spend hours at the nail salon nor do you have to spend hours painting your nails yourself simply pick up a pack of your favorite Broadway Nails and within just a few minuets you have an amazing looking manicure ready for any party or feast!!!!

Win It:
Celebs are rocking design nails, so this holiday season Broadway is offering a giveaway of two (2) yes two Broadway Nail Gift Sets valued at $100 each for two of my lucky readers. Perfect to glam up nails for the party season. Each set includes a huge variety of glue-on nails, nail art and remover kit. Each set includes:

2 Fast French Nail Kits
4 Real Life Nail Kits
2 Fashion Diva Mismatched Nail Kits
4 Fashion Diva Nail Kits
2 Color Changing Nails Kits
2 Fast French Divine Nail Kits
One Nail Polish Remover Kit
3 Nail Stickers Sets


How awesome is that!!! I’m so jealous, this is one of those times where I wish I could win my own giveaway!!!! Good luck to you all!!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Broadway Nails and tell me your favorite set of nails (just cause I‘m nosy like that)! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

5. Follow Broadway Nails on Twitter

6. Follow Broadway Nails on Facebook

Giveaway ends Dec 07, 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 product as compensation nor did I receive any monetary compensation for this post, the company is providing the giveaway products in return for this post.

Kaskey Kids Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



I have a shopping list 10 miles long going into the holiday season and for me some of the hardest people on that list to shop for is my nephews! What, can you get little boys who have just about everything!!! Well recently I turned to the internet to look for the perfect stocking stuffers for them and I happened to stumble upon Kaskey Kids and their really cool sports action figure toys that I knew would be perfect for them both!!!!!

About Kaskey Kids (Taken From Website):

Kaskey Kids was founded by Bruce and Christy Kaskey in 2001 with the purpose of creating simple sports action figures.

As a mother of four sports-loving children, Christy saw that her children and their friends were happiest and most enthusiastic when sports were involved. Playing in the park, in the backyard or at the beach kept everyone active and occupied, but when playtime was brought inside, none of the traditional toys held the Kaskey Kids' interest.

Christy took a look back at her own childhood for some inspiration and could vividly remember her two brothers engaging in hours of imaginary play with simple action figures like Army Men, Super Heroes and Cowboys and Indians. After a few years with her house filling up with every bucket or bag of action figures, animals or cars, Christy realized that a simple box of sports action figures could be the key.

Following an exhaustive search and realizing that the perfect sports guys did not exist, Christy and Bruce went about designing and marketing a boxed set of sports action figures that their children and friends could be enthusiastic about. The main design goal was to keep their children's attention and encourage more creative and imaginary play. The result is the line of toys we have today!

We sincerely believe that your children will enjoy playing with KaskeyKids as much as ours have.

My Thoughts:

I have been looking for some high quality action figure toys for both of my nephews ages 4 and 6 for quite some time now and I’ve been unable to find any that I thought they would really, really enjoy but that was until I was introduced to the selection at Kaskey Kids! Through looking around on their website I have found the perfect addition to include in their Christmas Gift Basket we make them each year and I love that Kaskey offers more than just the traditional Cowboy and Indian figures! Both of my nephews are both into different sports and I was thrill to be able to find Football guys for my 6year old nephew and Soccer guys for my 4year old nephew!

Buy It:
To purchase Sports Action Figures from Kaskey Kids visit their website!

Discount Code:
I have a special code for all my readers when you purchase from Kaskey Kids between now and Jan 1 use the code Fans to get a 20% discount!

Win It:
Kaskey Kids has offered one of my readers a mini pack of either baseball or football action figures of winners choice!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Kaskey Kids and tell me your favorite Sports Action Figure! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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

Giveaway ends Dec 07, 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 products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received either but the company is providing the giveaway prize for this post.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PlayfulThreads Review and Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010) (18+ Only)

This post is intended for adults ages 18+ due to links that take you to an adult themed clothing website.


Sexy Lingerie - Lingerie Sets, Babydolls, Corsets, Bustiers, Chemises, & More! Make It A Night To Remember!!


When I think about getting gifts for my husband he is pretty easy to get for but, I like to get him something that will be a little more special that others and when I was given the opportunity to work with PlayfulThreads on a review and giveaway as part of my Christmas Wish List this year I knew immediately I wanted to review something for both Chad and I so after some time searching I found the perfect item for us both!

About PlayfulThreads (Taken From Website):

WELCOME to PlayfulThreads.com - the internet's #1 site for sexy lingerie, clubwear, dresses, jewelry, swimwear, costumes, pasties, & much more! We have the best prices around, and we also offer LOW standard shipping costs for the continental United States. For most domestic orders under $70, shipping should cost no more than $4.99, and if your order total exceeds $70, you pay NOTHING at all for shipping (Domestic orders only). We also have GREAT international shipping rates! We also offer the largest selections of clearance items anywhere. Check out our rock-bottom/wholesale prices in our Clearance category - there is something for everyone! Most orders ship the same business day in discreet packaging. If you have any questions or concerns, we always respond to emails within the hour during business days.

My Thoughts:

I was sent the Tawni Simply Flirty Sheer Babydoll with Maribou Trim to review and I felt that since it was furry like it would be perfect for the upcoming holiday season and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive so I could surprise my hubby on date night :0)! My package arrived super quickly and was delivered in an unmarked plain plastic mailing envelope for my privacy, which for what I ordered I don’t mind if people know but for many people their privacy is super important and Playful Threads realize that and make it easy for those people to order without having to worry about people knowing what and where they ordered from!

Once my package arrived I immediately had to try my new Babydoll on and since it was a one size fit all I was a bit worried since I’m not just super small but I’m not super big either but I am a bit self-conscious when trying on intimates but boy did I ever look amazing in the Tawni Simply Flirty Sheer Babydoll with Maribou Trim!!! The Babydoll is loose enough to conform to my curves and makes me look amazing and my husband agrees, and since this is a family oriented blog that is all I’m going to mention on the matter!

I’m really loving my Tawni Simply Flirty Sheer Babydoll with Maribou Trim, because I actually feel really sexy wearing it unlike some of the other lingerie I’ve tried in the past, and to boot it’s really comfortable so I don’t mind wearing it on special occasions!

So, what if sexy lingerie isn’t your thing, that’s ok you can still shop at PlayfulThreads because they offer so much more than just lingerie, you can also find club wear, sexy dresses, dancewear and jewelry to satisfy your sexy cravings! They also have a wonderful selection of very sexy plus-size lingerie, and I know that it’s sometimes hard to find super sexy lingerie for the bigger but beautiful women like us out there, but at Playful Threads your going to find the perfect piece that will compliment your body no matter the shape!!!

Bottom Line:

I am very impressed and over all thrilled with my experience ordering from PlayfulThreads and with their customer service! I’m also very impressed with the descriptions of their products on their website so you know exactly what you are getting and your not surprised when your order arrives, quickly I may add!

If you are looking to surprise your significant other this holiday season with some sexy new lingerie, club wear and other intimates I highly recommend PlayfulThreads for all your needs!!!

Buy It:
To the Tawni Simply Flirty Sheer Babydoll with Maribou Trim visit PlayfulThreads website!

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PlayfulThreads has generously offered one of my readers $30 gift certificate to help spice up your holidays this season! (Please Note: winners cannot have won a $30 Gift Card from Playful Threads in the last 90 days, sorry)

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Giveaway ends Dec 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. I did receive the Tawni Simply Flirty Sheer Babydoll with Maribou Trim mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Board Book Albums, LLC Review and Giveaway (Christmas Wish List 2010)



I’ve got a pretty neat little product to share with you all today, I know that most of you have someone on your shopping list this holiday season that has or is going to have a new baby, right I know that I can think of two right of the top of my head that fall into this category on my shopping list so when I discovered this really neat kid-friendly photo album by Board Book Albums I knew that this would make a perfect gifts for the soon to be and new parents on my shopping list! As many if not all of you know I have a rather destructive 2 year old little boy that just loves to look at his baby pictures and other pictures that have been taken over the years and to be honest our photo album is not even close to being kid-friendly! So when I was given the opportunity to choose an album from Board Book Albums, I was very excited and couldn’t wait to test it out with “Bug”!

About Board Book Albums, LLC (Taken From Website):

Board Book Albums, LLC is proud to offer a new chunky board book style photo album that can be used by small children, big kids, and adults alike. The "Take Your Pix™" photo album (patent pending) has sturdy pages, into which photos can be inserted from an opening in the top of the pages. Unlike other albums, these albums have thick sturdy pages that are perfect for little kids to handle (like the chunky little kids books). Notches have been added to the page edges to facilitate page turning. The photo album is 7" x 7" with 10 pages. It holds 20 4" x 6" photos and has a cover photo frame that holds a slightly smaller photo (about 4" x 5", so you can just trim a 4" x 6" photo to fit). All of our Board Book Album products are free-standing and perfect for display!

Scrapbooking, Baby Shower Gifts, and Wedding Photo Albums

The albums could be used by little ones to keep all their favorite photos or to record memorable events. Moms and other grownups could make scrapbooks, or customize and decorate the albums for special occasions, to give as gifts, etc. The solid white albums are great for weddings, scrap-booking, or decorating yourself. Kids would have a great time decorating their own books with stickers, stamps, or markers. We also offer pink, blue, and yellow albums titled “My First Photos” that are perfect for toddlers or to give as baby shower gifts. We plan to offer the books in other styles and colors in the future. Please feel free to make suggestions or share ideas about products that you would like to see in our store!

Our Thoughts:

We was sent the Blue Take Your Pix™ board book photo album, to review, and it arrived very quickly and very well packaged for shipping! “Bug” was super excited to get his very own photo album where he could put his favorite photos that he could keep in his room and on his on bookshelf so once it arrived we immediately got our photos out an I let “Bug” choose his favorites to put in his album! This album has 10 pages and holds 20 4x6 photos and boy did “Bug” and I have a good time picking out his 20 photos for his very own photo album! We ended up spending well over an hour looking at all the photos from the day he was born on and he ended up picking out photos up him, myself and his daddy on the day he was born and then some of him and his aunts and grandparents and then of course some of him and his buddies!

Since we have received this album, “Bug” has really put it through the ringers, for sure the first few days he had it we had to take it with us whenever we went to his grandparents house and just if we left the house in general! I knew my little man enjoyed looking at pictures but what I didn’t know was how much he would like to have his very own photo book! The pages are super durable and have held up amazingly well, especially under the stress he puts on it just about daily and with the front cover being blank we were able to personalize it to say Zane’s Photos with some decorative stickers we found at our local craft shop! I really love everything about this book from it holding his most favorite pictures that he chose himself to the pages being durable and very easy for him to turn on his own! I think this is one of the best kid-friendly photo albums on the market today!


Bottom Line:

The Board Book Album has really been a huge hit around our house with “Bug” and all of his little cousins that get to set down and look and “Bug’s” favorite photos without having to worry about messing up the album or the pictures and I have really enjoyed making it super special just for my little man and I’m also loving the fact that we can change out the photos as “Bug” gets older and acquires new favorite photos, since placing the photos in the album is easy as well as taking them out is super easy as well!

I think that one of the Board Book Albums would make a wonderful gift for any family with little ones or is expecting a little on this holiday season, but the ideas don’t have to stop there why not purchase one of the blank albums and customize it with decorations and wording unique to the gift recipient or create a fun little gift basket with a blank album and the stickers and markers so that they can get creative their selves!

Buy It:
To buy Board Book Album visit their website!

Win It:
Board Book Album, LLC has kindly offered one of my readers a board book album of their choice!!!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Board Book Album and tell me which album you would choose and who it would be for! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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Giveaway ends Dec 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. I did receive the blue board book album mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.