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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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Monday, January 31, 2011

Doodlebuckets.com Review (“Bug’s” 3rd Birthday Bash)



Today I have a really awesome company I want to introduce you to that is perfect for all the occasions on your shopping list this year from birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and the list just goes on and on. So, as you know my little man’s birthday is quickly approaching us and one thing I wanted to be able to give him this year was his own little gift basket…I’ve gotten several myself over the past few years and he has always really enjoyed helping me open them up and sampling the goodies so I knew that he would really enjoy one just for him, so when I discovered Doodlebuckets.com and was given the opportunity to choose a basket for him to review I knew that he was going to be extremely excited!

About Doodlebuckets.com (taken from website):

Doodlebuckets Family Gift Store was established in 2002 with an aim toward service, integrity, and quality. We provide our customers with high quality gifts, excellence in customer service, and a generous return policy. We aim to please and are not satisfied until our customers are satisfied.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us at 866-940-3477. We can also take orders over the phone if you prefer not to order via the internet.

Our Thoughts:

“Bug” was sent the Happy Birthday Fun & Games Gift Basket to review and this gift basket includes so many amazing items that are so much fun! I have not yet given it to him….I’m waiting until his birthday party to present it to him but I have had a good look at this gift basket and I for one can’t wait for him to dig in! This basket is adorable and very well put together so that it looks very nicely just sitting in the gift room waiting for us to give it to him.

The gift basket arrived very quickly and was very well packaged. There was a bit of damage to the outside of the box due to shipping but the gift basket itself was securely packaged enough that there was no damage what-so-ever to the basket, which is super important when you are ordering gift baskets online…right?

I just love the crayon box that all of the games, activities and so much more come in, and I know that “Bug” will love it too since he is huge into crayons and colors right now. After checking out the contents of this basket that include:

'Happy Birthday' Balloon
'Happy Birthday' Stuffed Bear with Birthday Lollipop
'Happy Birthday' Bubbles
Birthday Mini Sipper Cup with Straw
Balloon
Whistles
Smiley Face Stickers
Fun Activity Pad ~ 48 pages
Crayons 6 pack
Classic Children's Card Games ~ either Old Maid, Go Fish or Crazy 8's
Mini Bowling Game
Mini Flying Frisbee Disc ~ 3 piece set
Smiley Face Yo-Yo
Transparent Intertwine Bouncing Ball
Wooden Neon Paddleball Game
Adams & Brooks 4-in Whirly Pop
Fun Dip Candy
Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy
Dairy State Foods Animal Cracker in Toy Bus Packaging
Zesty White Cheddar Popcorn
in a Colorful Crayon Gift Box

I just know that he is going to have a blast going through all the goodies and I think this is a gift that will keep giving for weeks! Also the price of this awesome Birthday gift basket is only $51.99 and I think that it is truly worth every penny!

Now, Doodlebuckets.com has so much more than just children’s birthday gift baskets to offer and I would like to take a few minuets to share a couple of my other favorites that I may be going to purchase in the future, since I’ve got two baby showers to attend and Doodlebuckets.com has a huge selection of Baby Gift Baskets as well as numerous other birthdays I'm expecting to attend, also I want to mention that they have super easy navigation that helps you find the perfect gift basket in no time!

Here are a couple of my other favorite gift baskets available at Doodlebuckets.com:

I think this Big Brother Disney Mickey Mouse Gift would make a wonderful gift for a new big brother!!

And since I have a couple of baby showers to attend this spring I have my eye on the ‘Owl Love You Forever’ Baby Gift Basket for the two lucky moms-to-be!


Bottom Line:

I am very pleased with the gift basket I chose to review for “Bug’s” 3rd birthday bash! I just know “Bug” is going to be thrilled to finally get his very own gift basket just for him and all the contents are going to be perfect! I am very pleased and impressed with the selection of gift baskets available from Doodlebuckets.com and the customer service was amazing as well as the shipping time of the basket! I couldn’t have asked for a better gift basket company to work with! Thank you Doodlebuckets.com!

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your little one’s birthday, or maybe a valentine’s gift for someone special or yes, even a baby shower gift I highly recommend Doodlebuckets.com for all your special gift basket giving needs!

Buy It:
To purchase the Happy Birthday Fun & Games Gift Basket visit the Doodlebuckets.com website!

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Happy Birthday Fun & Games Gift Basket mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Stuffed with Love Review and Giveaway (Valentine’s Day Gift Guide)



When you think about Valentine’s Day you think about your significant other, be it your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend right? But, do you ever think about your little ones? I know every Valentine’s Day since “Bug” has been born my husband and I both get the little man a little something for Valentine’s Day which is usually a small box of assorted chocolates and a stuffed animal! So, when I was contacted by Build-A-Bear to conduct a Stuffed with Love review and giveaway right here on my blog I just could not pass it up! I just knew after looking at the adorable Love Bear and Love Bug out just in time for Valentine’s Day I knew “Bug” would just love the Love Bug!

About Build-A-Bear Workshop (taken from website):

At Build-A-Bear Workshop®, our mission is to bring the Teddy Bear to life. An American icon, the Teddy Bear brings to mind warm thoughts about our childhood, about friendship, about trust and comfort, and also about love. Build-A-Bear Workshop embodies those thoughts in how we run our business everyday.

Our Thoughts:

“Bug” was sent an adorable boy Love Bug to review, since we don’t live close enough to an actual Build-A-Bear Workshop to go and make our own Love Bug. Our Love Bug arrived super quickly and came in it’s own little home along with a birth certificate that “Bug” and I could fill out to make him our very own!

Now, we have been to a Build-A-Bear in the past and “Bug” really did enjoy creating a Frosty this past Christmas and I have to say that our time at the Build-A-Bear Workshop was one of the most enjoyable family activities we have done. I think that it’s a wonderful place where your child is able to use their imagination and create their very own special friend. I also think that giving your child the option to choose their own bear, stuff it, place in it’s little heart and choose it’s attire really helps your child display their own personal style. As a grown up I also had a wonderful time making my own special friend a Build-A-Bear a few years ago and it’s just really fun for the parents as well as the kiddos! The staff has always been extremely friendly and helpful as well as very knowledgeable about the stuffed animals that they have in their workshop. The store itself is very clean and well organized to get you in and out quickly while having a blast creating your special friend.

Back to our review on our cute little Love Bug, my little “Bug” has named his new friend Buddy, and takes this little guy everywhere with him. The first night he arrived he went around wearing the little head band that came along with the Love Bug and carried him around and he actually used him as a sleeping buddy that night….well he’s been his new sleeping buddy over the past few nights. Every day when “Bug” goes to my parents house to stay while I go to school he has to take Buddy with him. I personally think that Buddy is adorable and would make a wonderful Valentine’s gift for any little one.

Bottom Line:

“Bug” loves his new friend Buddy the Love Bug and takes him everywhere he goes as well as uses him as a security blanket at bedtime. We just love Build-A-Bear Workshop and the opportunity that it give kiddos to show their individuality and make their own special friend that they will always remember. I really feel like a trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop will be an activity that the entire family will remember and enjoy!

If you are looking for an enjoyable activity for the entire family, we highly recommend taking a trip to your local Build-A-Bear Workshop and if you are looking for a very special Valentine’s Day gift for your little one check out the adorable Love Bug or Love Bear available at your local Build-A-Bear or order one online to have delivered to your door.

Buy It:
To purchase the Love Bug visit the Build-A-Bear website or see them in-store!

Win It:
Build-A-Bear Workshop has very generously offered one of my lucky readers a $25 Gift Certificate to create their very own Love Bug or Love Bear!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Build-A-Bear Workshop and tell me what you would make for your little one this Valentine‘s Day! 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 Build-A-Bear Workshop be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Build-A-Bear Workshop on Twitter

6. “Like” Build-A-Bear Workshop on Facebook

Giveaway ends Feb 07, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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

Flames & Wicks Candle Company Review and Giveaway (Valentine’s Day Gift Guide)


Are you like me and love to change the smell of your home with the changing seasons and holidays? If so have I got a wonderful review and giveaway lined up for you tonight! I know when my sweetie asks me what I want for Valentine’s Day I usually respond with a nice home cooked meal and some us time, but of course he also always gets me a little something extra and he knows my love of candles and smell good stuff so it’s generally a new candle/tart warmer or liquid potpourri to help set the mood of our home. So of course when I was given the opportunity to review the new Valentine’s Day scent from Flames & Wicks Candle Company, I just could not pass it up!

About Flames & Wicks Candle Company (taken from website):

Welcome to Flames and Wicks' Candle and Gift Shop! Here you'll find all of our prized collections of hand poured soy candles which are poured when you order. You will never have a fresher, more potent candle, than when you order one of ours. There is a huge difference between a fresh poured candle and one that's been sitting in a warehouse or store waiting to be bought. Check our past feedback and reviews!

Our candles are 100% Hand-Poured Soy Candles:
Poured when you order! There's a huge difference between a fresh poured candle and one that has been sitting on a warehouse shelf waiting to be bought. You'll smell the difference the second you open the box!

They burn slower, last longer and smell better
90% Less Soot than regular beeswax or paraffin candles and better for the environment.

Clean up with just use warm soapy water. No scraping required, and decorative candle jars are easy and safe to clean out and re-use for virtually anything!

Price wise, let's just say we "Blow Out" the competition!

We offer a wide selection of fragrances and colors to fit any decor, we even have a DESIGN YOUR OWN candle option, so you can customize your favorite scents to your favorite colors at no extra charge! Check it out!

Our Thoughts:

We was sent a very stylish dark blue tart/liquid potpourri warmer, a bottle of the new Valentine’s Day liquid potpourri in Cupid’s Arrow, a small jar candle in Cupid‘s Arrow, as well as a couple of tarts in Blueberry Cobbler and Lemon Chiffon! When the box arrived at my door you could smell the amazing aromas coming from inside the package and my little man and I couldn’t wait to dig in and see what goodies awaited us inside this amazing smelling package, even my mail lady commented on how yummy this package smelt!! We were defiantly not disappointed when we finally got into the package at the wonderful variety of products we had received, and I immediately took out the warmer and set it up in our kitchen with the Cupid’s Arrow liquid potpourri, and burnt the jar candle in the same scent in the living room area!

Now, just between me and you when I’m out shopping for home fragrances myself I generally tend to go with cinnamon scented candles/oils/potpourri and sprays, and the Cupid’s Arrow scent is a cinnamon scent but it’s unlike any other cinnamon scented fragrance I have ever tried before the best way I can explain it is like the little red hot candies you get around Valentine’s Day and I can tell you I absolutely love it. Chad, my dear hubby, generally gripes about my use of cinnamon fragrances in our home because he says they are too strong, but he loves the Cupid’s Arrow fragrance! We have set down and discussed this and we think that it is by far the best cinnamon scent available in home fragrance and isn’t so strong, but leaves a very light cinnamon fragrance that travels very nicely throughout our entire house. Since receiving the liquid potpourri just a week ago, we have already used the entire bottle and burnt the candle down to basically nothing, I went out and got a couple more plug in warmers and put one in each room in our home, we are quite sad about being out of this fragrance but the good new is we can get more at Flames and Wicks for only $4.00 a bottle and I’m just about to order a couple more bottles so I can keep my home smelling extremely wonderful! Even “Bug” comes in the house and says “mmmmm…it smells so good in here mommy!!!”

Ok, I got my obsession over Cupid’s Arrow done I have to move on and tell you about the other two wonderful items we got to review as well…the Blueberry Cobbler and Lemon Chiffon tarts. Both of these fragrances smell amazing inside the packages so naturally I couldn’t wait to try them out, I did have a hard time switching the Cupid’s Arrow fragrance out of my burners but I’m extremely happy I decided to go ahead and give these tarts a try, I used the Blueberry Cobbler tarts in the living room/kitchen area since its one open area and this fragrance really makes you crave a plate of Grandma’s hot Blueberry Cobbler and my husband thought I was actually fixing one for dinner the first night I had them on the warmers when he came home from work, and he was more than a little disappointed, but he loved the way the house smelt! I decided to use the Lemon Chiffon tarts in our bedroom and master bathroom and this scent is also a very heavenly scent that will make your mouth water for a sweet treat! Isn’t it just wonderful when you can burn a scent and it really touches your sweet tooth and makes your home smell like you have slaved over the hot stove all day baking goodies…when in fact it’s just a home fragrance??? I LOVE IT!!

Bottom Line:

We have all truly enjoyed having the products from Flames & Wicks Candle Company in our home for the last week or so and I can tell you whole heartedly that I will be placing more orders with them in the very, very near future….like within the next day or so! I have used many candles and home fragrance products from many different companies over the past few years to try to find the perfect scent for my home and I think my entire family can agree that the Cupid’s Arrow fragrance from Flames & Wicks Candle Company was made just for our home!! I can’t tell you how much we love this scent and you just have to smell it to know how amazingly wonderful it smells, if you love cinnamon you will become addicted…I know I did!

If you are looking for wonderful smelling goodies to fill you home with a welcoming and sometimes mouthwatering fragrance I am going to point you directly to the products from Flames & Wicks Candle Company….trust me you will not be sorry, the prices are very affordable and just between me and you, Flames & Wicks products smell so much better as well as leaves a longer lasting scent in the air than those rather expensive home fragrance products that claim to last for hours, that really don’t!

Buy It:
To purchase the yummy smelling goodies mentioned above visit the Flames & Wicks Candle Company website!

Win It:
Flames & Wicks Candle Company is so awesome they are going to offer one of my extremely lucky home fragrance addicts a Cupid‘s Arrow Valentine‘s Day Gift Set that includes: a tart/oil warmer in red and a bottle of the new Cudip’s Arrow liquid potpourri!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Flames & Wicks Candle Company and tell me what your favorite scent that they offer! 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 Flames & Wicks Candle Company be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Flames & Wicks Candle Company on Twitter

6. “Like” Flames & Wicks Candle Company on Facebook

Giveaway ends Feb 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 the yummy smelling goodies from Flames & Wicks Candle Company mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pint Size Productions Customizable Board Book Review & Giveaway (“Bug’s” Birthday Bash)



I know I’ve said this a million times over the last few months but my little man love’s books, so I am always on the lookout for new and unique books to add to his ever growing collection! And of course with his birthday only a few short weeks away I really wanted to get him a super special book for his collection, so when I discovered the custom Board Books from Pint Size Productions, I knew that he would love the Are You a Cow book!

About Pint Size Productions (taken from website):

Once upon a time, in a cold and snowy land in upstate NY, a pint size plant sat and watched as printers from around the world made lots of wonderful board books for children. "Oh," thought the little plant. "If only I could make these charming books for children right here in Sanborn, New York, USA. " There would be no more waiting for overseas printing, lengthy and expensive shipping, worrying over meeting impossible deadlines, or dealing with Customs clearing.

So…the pint size plant put a plan together. He designed and built a special machine that could bind board books. He bought a large format multi-color offset printing press, a UV coater, a special die-cutter, and all sorts of other special equipment that would turn him into a very unique factory. A factory who could produce board books in all different page counts, trim sizes, and formats!

Still not satisfied, the little plant followed CPSIA and ASTM safety testing compliance laws on every product produced to be sure that everything would be safe in those adorable little hands. And…because the little plant was so competitive, he worked day and night until he could offer turn-around dates of three to six weeks. All right here in the great state of New York in the good, old U.S.A.!

Then, something truly amazing happened. The beloved children's book author/illustrator Sandra Boynton asked the pint size plant to make some of her board books for some very famous publishers. Now that was an offer too good to refuse! And then, because things just kept getting better and better, Ms. Boynton gave the plant his very own personalized board book title, ARE YOU A COW? Now, the little plant would be the only factory to be able to print and bind the first ever personalized board books on demand with photos and text uploaded by customers from all over the country! MOO BAA LA!!!!

"Wow!" thought the pint size plant. "I did everything I set out to do--offer safe, affordable, quality board books for children right here in their own backyards! Maybe someone should write a book about me!"

Our Thoughts:

We were given the opportunity to customize the “Are You a Cow” Board Book by Sandra Boyton for our little “Bug” and the whole process was extremely easy, all that was required from us was our little man’s name and two photos of him for the book and that was it…easy peasy right? Our book arrived super quickly and “Bug” was extremely excited when it arrived and wanted to set down and read it as soon as it was opened!

From my point of view as a mother this book is just extremely adorable!! I love that it’s a Board Book which makes it a whole lot harder for “Bug” to destroy it vs. the traditional paper books which doesn’t seem to last very long around here. This book is an extremely quick read and “Bug” was super excited and surprised when we finished the book asking if he was various animals to see his picture at end saying that he was a _______(his name)!!

Since receiving this book we have read it over and over again, making it one of his most read books! He loves it!! And that’s just point blank…he really enjoys reading it and I’ve noticed that he has started recognizing the words on the pages and can now pretty much read it by himself and that is just truly amazing!!! I have to say that not only is this one of “bug’s” favorite books but it is also one of my favorite books to read to him, since it’s so personal and unique. I think it made a wonder addition to his book collection and made a wonderful early birthday present!

Bottom Line:

We think the Board Books from Pint Size Productions are some of the most awesome books we have ever had the pleasure to review! I feel that children of all ages would love to have a custom book with their name and picture, what better way to get them to enjoy reading then actually putting them into the book itself???

If you are looking for a special gift for a little one for Valentine’s Day, Birthday or just because I think a Board Book from Pint Size Productions would be a priceless gift that they will cherish every time they open the book!

Win It:
Pint Size Productions has very generously offered one of my readers a custom Board Book for their special little one! (US Only)

Mandatory Entry: Visit Pint Size Productions and tell me which Board Book you would choose and who you would like to win this 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 Pint Size Productions! Please be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Pint Size Productions on Twitter

6. “Like” Pint Size Productions on Facebook

Giveaway ends Feb 04, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Board Book mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received. This is strictly a giveaway for my readers enjoyment!

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!…..”Wubbzy Be Mine”…..Just In time for Valentine’s Day Giveaway!



Do you have a Wubbzy fan on your hands? I know my son loves Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and it’s a much watch on his daily cartoon list…and recently we were told about an awesome new Wow! Wow! Wubbzy DVD that is to be released just in time for Valentine’s Day called “Wubbzy Be Mine”! And guess what??? I have an awesome Valentine’s giveaway for all of my wonderful readers :0)…keep reading to find out more and how to enter!

“Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” has been a hit with young viewers and their families since its 2006 TV premiere on Nickelodeon®, and the show currently airs daily on Nick Jr.® Wubbzy is a fun, lovable, curious little guy who just likes to play, play, play with his friends in the eye-popping town of Wuzzleburg. The top-rated series supports preschool social skills – sharing, listening, compromising, helping and appreciating others, self-awareness and the use of humor as a coping skill.

Although their world is more fanciful and imaginative than our own, Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy, deal with the same social and developmental issues faced by preschoolers. They learn how they fit into a group, how to understand their own feelings and those of others, how to get along with one another and the value of friendship and community.

“Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” is produced by Bolder Media, Inc. in association with Starz Media’s Film Roman Animation Studio. It is a worldwide hit that is broadcast in 60+ countries. Susan Miller (co-producer of Ella Enchanted) and Fred Seibert (executive producer of “The FairlyOdd Parents”) are the executive producers of the show created by Emmy® Award winner Bob Boyle (producer of “The FairlyOdd Parents”).

About “Wubbzy Be Mine”:
“Wubbzy Be Mine” (SRP $12.98) is an irresistible compilation of three episodes featuring the series’ well-loved characters, Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy. In “Mr. Valentine,” Wuzzleburg’s trusty mailman falls ill on Valentine’s Day and Wubbzy steps in to deliver all the valentines, but he soon discovers there are none for him…. To Wubbzy’s surprise, his pals personally deliver his valentines, saving the best for last! In “Cupid’s Helper,” Cupid pays a visit to Wuzzleburg, but loses his prized bubble-blower. When Wubbzy finds it, he starts blowing bubbles bringing together some of Wuzzleburg’s oddest couples. And, in “My Speedy Valentine,” the third love-filled episode on the new release, Wubbzy and his pals try to find the fastest way ever to make their own valentines, but something keeps bugging Walden….

In addition, the sweet new title contains eight charming Valentine’s Day cards for families and preschoolers to share – Wubbzy-style! Special extras include adorable coloring and activity sheets and sneak peeks.

Win It:I have a super awesome Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! “Wubbzy Be Mine” DVD Prize Pack to offer to one of my extremely lucky readers that includes: copy of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! “Wubbzy Be Mine” along with a five packages of special Wubbzy candy hearts packages to share with thier little Wubbzy fan(s) this Valentine’s Day!

Mandatory Entry: Tell me who you would like to win this prize pack 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! Please be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Share this giveaway on a linky or giveaway site and leave me a link (3 extra per link)


Giveaway ends Feb 04, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did not receive the DVD mentioned above complementary for this review nor was monetary compensation was received. This is strictly a giveaway for my readers enjoyment!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods Review and Giveaway



Are you actually aware of what are in the products you feed your family on a daily basis? Here, for the last several months now I have been more cautious of what I feed my family and since I’m on a current mission to loose quite a bit of weight I have really started paying attention to what is in the foods we eat daily, and I’ve been trying to feed my family only the best, and I was recently introduced to Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods and I was very happy to be given the opportunity to review some of thie yummy looking products.

About Dr. Praeger‘s Sensible Foods (taken from website):

A healthy history: The Story Behind Dr. Praeger’s

It all started in 1994 when successful New Jersey cardiac surgeon Dr. Peter Praeger and his medical partner, Dr. Eric Somberg, helped keep a family business alive. They bought Ungar’s Gefilte Fish – a popular food company within the Jewish and Yiddish communities. The doctors set out on a simple mission – to help people see nutritious food in a new light. They expanded the company to include all-natural and sensible products that would appeal to a wider consumer base. They kept the Ungar’s brand, which includes the original gefilte fish and other traditional Jewish foods, and developed Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, which now includes dozens of all-natural, kosher frozen foods.

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods was born and soon became a family affair, with Dr. Praeger’s children – Larry and Danielle, and his nephew Jeffrey - working for the company. Dr. Somberg’s wife, Ellen, and son, Adam also play an integral role in the company. The families now run the business out of a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Elmwood Park, NJ, with 70 employees who feel like family members, too.

You’ll find Dr. Praeger’s in the frozen food section of supermarkets and other retailers including Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods and others. Keep an eye out for us at your local market – we’re expanding!

Tasting is believing.
Dr. Praeger’s philosophy is that good-for-you food should actually taste good, especially if you don’t let artificial ingredients, colors and fillers get in the way. That’s why our products are made with ingredients you recognize, including flash-frozen vegetables and fish from cold Northern waters. Our hearty California Veggie Burger doesn’t conceal its tasty spinach, broccoli, peas, carrots and onions – it puts them right where you can see and taste them! And our gluten-free options are an easy way to keep wheat out of your diet, while keeping the good things in, like fiber and taste bud-pleasing flavor.

Like having a farm in your freezer.

You could spend hours in your kitchen shredding potatoes, chopping broccoli, breading fish and boiling sweet potatoes. Or, you could just open your freezer, take out a favorite from Dr. Praeger’s, and enjoy the same all-natural food in a fraction of the time, at an affordable price that’s probably less than assembling all of the ingredients yourself.

To your health.
Our customers make us what we are. We feed them, and they feed us with rave reviews and success stories. Some of them are surprised by how quickly our Sensible Foods have become family staples. Some are amazed that healthy food can taste so good. Some just want to know how we do it. All we can say is that we do it with love, and that we hope our products help you live a long, healthy and happy life.


Our Thoughts:

We were sent a variety of products from Dr. Praeger’s that included their Pizza Bagels, California Veggie Balls, Broccoli Littles (for kids), Spinach Pancakes, Chickenless Nuggets and their California Veggie Burgers to review. Our product samples arrived very quickly and were packaged very well and were still nice and cold just as they would have been from purchasing them in a store. Unfortunately non of our local stores carry Dr. Praeger’s, but I intend to change that and request them at our local grocer.

The first item we decided to try was the Pizza Bagels and my son and I both loved them! I have always loved pizza bagels, except for the extreme amount of sauce that most have on them, but that totally wasn’t the case with the Dr. Praeger’s bagels they had just the right balance of crunch, sauce and cheese!!! Next, we decided to go with the Broccoli Littles, which are made just for kids, now “Bug” loves broccoli and any greens so I thought that he may really enjoy these and I was totally right…..and I even decided to give one a bite and these are so good….and a very unique twist to snack time that “Bug” just loved!!!

We also really enjoyed the Spinach Pancakes for breakfast one morning and I have to say at first I was a little reluctant to try them because of the spinach but I’m glad I did!!! They are very yummy and filling, not to mention it really spices up breakfast!! I also served the California Veggie Balls with BBQ sauce for the big Arkansas football game a few weeks ago and they were a huge hit….nobody could tell they were veggie balls :0)!!! We have also had the Chickenless Nuggets and California Veggie Burgers for supper and my husband, who thinks he has to have meat for every meal…had no idea they were veggie and really enjoyed eating them. Me and “Bug” knew what they were and we both thought they were delicious!

Bottom Line:

We love Dr. Praeger’s!!! I can’t wait for our local stores to start carrying Dr. Praeger’s products, and I am fully intending to request them at our local small grocery store and our larger stores in the next town!!!!! I really wish we had more of these delicious and healthy foods to eat because we really enjoyed eating them and I know “Bug” is really craving the spinach pancakes and broccoli littles, he asks for them almost daily.

If you are looking for healthy foods for your family that are good for you and delicious, I highly recommend checking out the selection of products from Dr. Praeger’s!!!

Buy It:
To purchase Dr. Praeger’s Products visit their website to find a store near you!

Win It:
Dr. Praeger’s has very generously offered 5 (five) of my readers a coupon for a Free product of your choice!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Dr. Praeger’s and tell me what product you would most like to try.

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 Dr. Praeger’s be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Dr. Praeger’s on Twitter

6. “Like” Dr. Praeger’s on Facebook

Giveaway ends Feb 06, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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

Sunday, January 23, 2011

sweetriot Review



Over the last couple of years that I have been blogging, I’m sure you have all noticed my extreme obsession to chocolates and candies right? Well, today I have to tell you about an awesome company with products for dark chocolate lovers…is your mouth watering yet? The company I’m talking about is sweetriot and I have to say that I was quite excited about trying out some of they yummy looking dark chocolate products!

About sweetriot (taken from website):
our identity

sweetriot is human, globally responsible, irreverent and built for a new generation.

our values

We use premium, high quality, and all-natural ingredients.
We believe in fair trade with developing countries.
We celebrate culture and diversity through our products.
We create sweet experiences for our customers, partners and employees.

We are young at heart, energetic, down-to-earth and contribute to the greater good.


Our Thoughts:

We were sent the taste of the riot pack to review and I did not know it at the time but my husband and little man do not like dark chocolate so this review was all mine! I absolutely love dark chocolate, but I’m a bit picky about the taste because as you may or may not know not all dark chocolates taste the same.

The taste the riot pack came with two tins-65 & and 2 of the new yumBars-65 & 70! The first of the pack I decided to try was the tin of the flavor 65 which is 100% dark cacao nibs dunked in 65% dark chocolate and let me just say this little tin is pure dark chocolate heaven and best part is that each nib is only 1-2 calories, so even if you are on a diet you can get a little bit of dark chocolate on your taste buds, without ruining your waist line. The sweetriot flavor 65 dark chocolate yumBar was very delicious as well….I think it was the perfect amount of dark chocolate and cacao nibs! I have to say I love the flavor 65 from sweetriot and it’s perfect for a quick chocolate fix when you aren’t looking for anything extra just a nice crunchy piece of dark chocolate.

Next, I decided to give the flavor 70 a try, which I tried the tin first which is 100% dark cacao nibs dunked in 70% dark chocolate with espresso (again just 1-2 calories), I’m a huge espresso fan so I had a feeling that these would be my nibs and they most certainly were! I love them!!! The one thing I love most about them is that it only takes about 2 nibs for me to satisfy my sweet tooth! I was also sent the yumBar 70% wich has cacao nibs and raisins in 70% dark chocolate, and let me just say if you love crunchy dark chocolate mixed with raisins this is the yumBar for you! This bar was just like the previous products I’ve mentioned, they each have a very unique flavor and they are all extremely delicious!

Bottom Line:

I have to admit that I am completely in love with all four products I was sent to review and I’m now looking forward to trying more of the flavors available from sweetriot! As I mentioned I’m a huge chocolate lover and that includes dark chocolate so these are just perfect for me and I love that I can take the tins with me in my purse for a quick chocolate fix without a huge mess! If you are a chocolate lover like me and appreciate the different flavors of dark chocolate I highly recommend checking out the products sweetriot has to offer!

Buy It:
To purchase the taste of the riot pack visit the sweetriot website!

Connect with sweetriot on Facebook and Twitter!

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

Thursday, January 20, 2011

BioMed DB Design Review and Giveaway



Do you or someone you know have issues with neck, back or shoulder pain? My husband and I both suffer from back pain, while mine is only minor and not constant my husbands is the complete opposite he has a slipped disc and usually has sever back pains and aches. We are both constantly looking for a natural way (with no medications) to help ease our back pain, we have tried many different types of heating pads, pain patches and the list keeps going on and on, but we were recently introduced to the Microwaveable Back Pain Heating Pads from BioMed DB Design and were very excited to get the opportunity to try one out for ourselves!


About BioMed DB Design (taken from website)

BioMed DB Design is dedicated to promote healthy living through innovative products. Sunshine Pillow is one of our creations that reflect many users’ requests and feedback. After its introduction in the fall of 2007, Sunshine Pillows quickly became a favorite among our users.

BioMed DB Design is committed to provide quality products and services. We are the best at observing and listening to our users’ needs. We are the specialists in customizing personal healthcare devices, such as neck pillows.

The Result of Necessity

Long distance travel has become part of our lives. We visit family members, visit national and state parks, go fishing, camping, hiking, boating, and have a lot of fun. However, everywhere we go, our shoulder and neck pain start to remind us that even priceless memory comes at a price. To relief our pain, we tried many traditional U-shaped pillows; none of them completely fit our needs. They were often too small, too large, too ridged, or too soft. They didn’t provide the support where we needed it the most. Designing and making our own pillow was the result of necessity. After months of design and redesign, testing, collecting feedbacks, and making bags of different style pillows, Sunshine Pillow was born. Our family cannot live without our lovely pillows. We use them all the time, watching TV, reading a book, and riding the car or traveling on airplanes. We even rest on our pillows while lying on beaches. Surprisingly, Sunshine Pillow quickly became a favorite among our friends, and is a delightful Christmas gift.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent the Microwaveable Hot/Cold lavender back pain heating pad with lavender, 12x14 to review and we were very excited when it arrived and I used it myself the day it arrived to help relive my back pain associated with my “monthly gift” and I have to say that I will NEVER go back to a traditional plug up heating pad ever again!!!

To warm this heating pad us is super easy all you have to do is place it in the microwave for about 2 minuets and the heat last for around thirty minuets (give or take a few)! I love to use the back pad at night before bed, like when I’m laying in bed winding down from the day reading a chapter in one of my text books for class or watching my favorite TV show. My absolute favorite thing about this particular hot/cold pad is that it’s super convenient since it doesn’t have a cord to plug up it’s very easy to take with you to any part of the house or as my husband likes to use it in his truck on his way to work in the morning to help ease his pain before work.

The hot/cold pad comes with a navy blue anti-pil fleece cover that can be removed and washed unlike traditional heating pads we have used in the past that end up very stinky and can’t be washed, if this one gets too stinky I can just toss the fleece cover in the wash and it will be nice and fresh for the next use. The pad is filled with flaxseed (which holds the heat/cold) but you can have yours filled with rice if you would like. This pad is much more comfortable to lay on than other heating pads I’ve tried, it’s much softer and you don’t have the cords uncomfortably poking into your back.

We have both used our back heating pad for much more than just our backs, my husband uses it sometimes on his neck and shoulders and I have used it on my stomach, ankle and recently for a very bad tooth ach and it’s worked wonderfully on those problem places as well! This heating pad is made of very high quality materials and very durable, as we have used it many times and it still works just like it did the day it arrived. Also unlike other heating pads we have used in the past this heating pad has a fleece cover instead of cotton which keeps the pad insolated so it holds heat much longer than the cotton cover would have. The insert to the pad has many little compartments to keep the filling in place and the fleece cover does not bunch after use!

Bottom Line:

We love our new Microwaveable Hot/Cold lavender back pain heating pad with lavender, 12x14 and we would most defiantly recommend anyone who has back pain or any pain for that matter to check out the Microwaveable Hot/Cold Block Pad for Back Pain Relief and the other awesome items that Sunshine Pillows has to offer. Not only would these make wonderful gifts for travelers with pain so they would have a portable heating pad but it would make a wonderful gift for parents, grandparents and athletes!

Buy It:
To purchase the Microwaveable Hot/Cold lavender back pain heating pad with lavender, 12x14 visit the BioMed DB Design website!

Win It:
BioMed DB Design has so very generously offered one of my lucky readers a Microwaveable Hot/Cold lavender back pain heating pad with lavender, 12x14 just like the one we received!

Mandatory Entry: Visit BioMed DB Design and tell me another product they offer that you would like to have or give! 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 BioMed DB Design be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow BioMed DB Design on Twitter

6. “Like” BioMed DB Design on Facebook

Giveaway ends Feb 042, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Microwaveable Hot/Cold lavender back pain heating pad with lavender, 12x14 mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let Sargento Cheese Help "Kick-Off" the Big Game


Hey guys and gals…this post is directed to all of you football fanatics out there getting ready to kick-off the Big Game!!!! If you guys (and gals) are anything like our family chances are you love football and participate in game day activates for most of your favorite football teams rather it be High School, College or NFL and your festivities probably usually include snacks and food for all your friends or family chilling out watching the games right?

Well ,this year for the Big Game why not let Sargento Cheese help with one or a few of their delicious recipes to kick start Game Day in your kitchen! In fact, a recent Consumer Reports taste test recommended Sargento Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese as a good low-fat option for game day parties, highlighting that the cheese maintains “buttery and salty notes” for a great taste.

Here are a few recipes to help get the party started:

America’s Best Cheddar Cheese Dip
Vidalia Onion Spinach Dip
3 Ingredient Spinach Pizza
Almond Cheddar Appetizers


This post 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 nor was monetary compensation was received. I posted this information strictly for the entertainment of my readers.

Miss Oops Boob Tube Review



Do you happen to have a favorite top, but it has a rather deep v-neck and sometimes you don’t want to show that much cleavage?? I know I have several tops that I absolutely love but I don’t always love the amount of cleavage that they show because lets face it there are just some times when it isn’t appropriate. My usual solution for that frustrating problem is to wear a white or black tank top under my favorite top to keep the V from being so open, but at times that can be uncomfortable, bulky and just plain hot (especially in the summer months) but great news ladies!!! I was recently introduced to an awesome product from Miss Oops called Boob Tube and they are the ultimate solution to all of your low v-neck top problems!!

About Miss Oops (taken from website):

Miss Oops manufactures and markets a variety of beauty-saving, problem-solving products for women. The Miss Oops brand comprises of several patent-pending products, including a dry sponge that removes deodorant marks and a medical-grade adhesive that prevents pregnant women’s navels from showing through their garments. The mission of Miss Oops is to provide affordable solution-oriented products for all types of beauty dilemmas and avoidable fashion faux pas for women everywhere.


About Boob Tube (taken from website):

Is your plunging V-neck revealing a little too much at the office? No problem – reach for Miss Oops Boob Tube! Made of a 95% Rayon, 5% Spandex blend, this modern day bandeau gives you just the right amount of coverage without the added bulk of another layer.

Sold Individually. S/M, M/L and L/XL.

My Thoughts:

I was given the opportunity to choose an item from Miss Oops to review and as soon as I seen the Boob Tubes I immediately knew that this was the product for me! I decided to choose the Boob Tube solid in white (they have several colors available as solids, winter colors and lace). My Boob Tube arrived super quick and just in time for me to start my first week of college classes so it was the prime time to try it out and I just want to let you all know up front that one just isn’t going to be enough…..I’m in serious need of one of these in every color!!!!!

I was blessed with some extra large girls so I decided to get my Boob Tube in a size L and it fits perfectly! I originally thought that it may not be all that comfortable being just big enough to cover my girls, but I am very happy to report that it is super comfortable and so light you can’t even tell that you are wearing anything under your top! I’ve worn my Boob Tube several times since it arrived and it looks amazing under all my v-neck tops and really gives them a more professional look! I feel so much more comfortable wearing my favorite tops now since I’m not showing so much skin and I feel it’s so much more appropriate for class and when I go out with the family on outings. You may also be wondering about the quality of the Boob Tube and it’s awesome!!! I’ve worn mine so much that it’s in the wash almost daily or at least twice a week and it’s held up great, I have had no shrinkage or damage what-so-ever to the Boob Tube.

Now that I have discovered the Boob Tube I will be much more likely to purchase those super cute tops at the mall that I would have otherwise passed on because of their low neck lines but no more….style here I come!!!

Bottom Line:

I’m so in love with my Boob Tube that I have full intentions on purchasing one in each color in the solids and several of the other colors they have available because I honestly don’t think I could ever have too many, the are a super easy and fun way to add a totally new look to a top and to make your favorite low neck tops more appropriate!

Buy It:
To purchase Boob Tubes visit the Miss Oops website!


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

Everybody Loves CSN…..Right?…and an Upcoming Review!




Surely by now everyone has heard or purchased from CSN Stores right??? Well, if not you are most defiantly missing out on some of the best online shopping available! I have had the opportunity to work with CSN Stores several times and I absolutely love them! Their online stores have just about everything you could possibly want from wooden swing sets to cookwear to bedroom furniture and with over 200+ stores I’m sure you will be more than able to find just what you are looking for!

I was recently contacted by CSN again asking if I wanted to do a review or giveaway right here on The Cartoon Lovin’ Mama and I didn’t hesitate to say of course!!! Since the last 2 times I’ve worked with CSN I’ve done the giveaway, I have decided to choose and item to review this time and since “Bug” is getting bigger I think we will be choosing a new booster seat for him, so be sure to stay tuned for that review!

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I will receive a gift certificate complementary for this post. No monetary compensation was received.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Educational Insights Review and Giveaway (Bug’s 3rd Birthday Bash)



As you know “Bug’s” birthday is quickly approaching and the one thing I was really looking for to help celebrate his big day was something that is a toy and fun to play with but is also a great learning tool so when I discovered Educational Insights and seen their amazing selection of fun yet educational products I was super excited when I was offered the opportunity to choose an item for “Bug” to review.

About Educational Insights (taken from website):

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

Our Thoughts:

We were sent the Playfoam 12-Pack to review and I think I was just as excited as “Bug” was to see it arrive. Now, “Bug” is a lot like me when it comes to loving to do hands on creative crafts and games so I knew that the Playfoam would be a huge hit with him and I was defiantly not wrong.

He immediately went to playing and building with the Playfoam once it arrived! I knew he would like it but I had no idea that it would keep his little hands and mind so busy for so long…it was really awesome to sit and create with him and watch his imagination run wild and some of the awesome things he created! I’m sorry to say though that the Playfoam didn’t say separated in the 12 individual colors very long since he loves to mix everything he gets his hands on that can be mixed so we now have huge bucket of multicolored Playfoam…but that’s ok because we are still using it to create and have a blast.

Since it arrived a few days before Christmas, “Bug” has played with it daily! I will admit to that I have quite enjoyed having the Playfoam around and I’m so glad we chose it to review because it has really helped to incorporate “Bug’s” imagination into our daily learning play! We have created all kinds of cool things from the Playfoam such as a cit for all his cars to drive around in complete with buildings and all, a teddy bear, dinosaurs and well it’s just really been endless and everyday he discovers he can create something new just like today…he realized he could take his favorite action figure and make it a wresting suite out of the Playfoam! The absolute best thing about the Playfoam is that it’s super easy to clean up and never dries out so that it’s always ready when he gets ready to create!

Bottom Line:

We love our Playfoam and I wish we would have discovered this earlier….I have to say it’s one of the best activities we can do as a family and it’s great to let our imaginations run wild with each other and the creation possibilities are endless!!!! I think every child should have some Playfoam to create with…and as a parent I highly doubt you will ever be sorry!

If you are looking for a fun and educational gift for a special little one “Bug” gives the Playfoam two thumbs up!!!

Buy It:
To purchase the Playfoam 12-Pack visit the Educational Insights website!

Win It:
Educational Insights has very generously offered one of my readers the Playfoam Combo 8-Pack!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Educational Insights and tell me another item you would like to get for your little one! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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

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

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

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

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


Giveaway ends Jan 31, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Playfoam 12-Pack mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Toeheadz Review and Giveaway (“Bug’s” 3rd Birthday Bash)



Well today I want to kick off the beginning of our next blog event to help celebrate “Bug’s” 3rd birthday happening on Feb 7 of this year! Yes, my little man is growing up so fast and it doesn’t seem like he should already be pushing 3 but I want you all to help us celebrate so here we are kicking off the awesome Birthday Bash event!!!!

The first company I want to introduce you to that is helping us celebrate “Bug’s” birthday is called Toeheadz…yes kind of a catchy name don’t you think??? When I first came across Toeheadz I was immediately drawn to their wonderful selection of boy clothing and I think your going to love their selection as well and as you all know kiddos grow so fast so it’s only appropriate to have clothing as a major part of the gift guide right? After checking out the selection at Toeheadz I couldn’t keep this company all to ourselves and was quite ecstatic when Ann offered me a change to review an item from their site and offer you lovelies a giveaway!

About Toeheadz (taken from website):

Toeheadz.com is a dual collaboration between Ann and her husband, David. They are blessed with two wonderful (and don’t forget spunky) children, Jack and Emma. They remain the inspiration behind the company today.

With Jack as their first-born, they often searched outside of their hometown for unique clothing and shoes that would fit his personality. With blond spiked hair, killer dimples, a cool shirt, and some rockin’ shoes, eventually Jack created his own style and his own look.

Then along came his baby sister, Emma. With a strong personality, unruly blond hair, the softest smile you ever did see, and an Imelda Marcos love for shoes, the fashionista arrived! Again, they searched high and low for unique styles that every neighbor girl wouldn’t be found in. And soon enough, she too created her own style and look.

Fast forward to today. 12 years after working for others, Ann decided to leave her job. Thankfully, David decided to let her. Together they formed Toeheadz. With a love for fashion and design, business backgrounds, and a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit, they wanted to create a company where they could have fun, bring some unique style to others, and pass along some of their all-time favorites...all the while, having a fun time doing it! They are steadily shaping their site and want to bring you a good mix of everything – sumptuous fabrics, whimsical pieces, and even a bit of a European flair.

Ann & David truly hope you enjoy Toeheadz as much as they do! They are dedicated to providing excellent customer service and the most adorable products out there. They ultimately hope to fulfill the need that parents have to celebrate the beauty and spontaneity of their adorable children. Remember, just because they are little doesn’t mean they can’t be unique and stylish!

A Little More...

Ann & David think it's important that you understand a little more about their shopping habits. Just like many of you, they don't shop at boutiques every day for Jack & Emma's clothing. Just like many of you, they shop at Target or the Gap or any other store for every day clothing. Just like you, they don't put Jack & Emma in their most adorable outfits when they send them out to the swing set or to go play in the mud puddles. Just like you, they are reasonable.

That said, they want you to understand that for most people, Toeheadz.com will be a special place to buy something unique for a special occasion. So enjoy their special site and indulge every now and again!

Our Thoughts:

We were given the opportunity to choose an item from Toeheadz to review and after some time of going back and fourth “Bug” and I finally decided to choose the Wonderboy Circles Long Sleeve Shirt in size 3T. “Bug” isn’t quite a 3T just yet but nor is he fitting comfortably in a 2T either so we decided to go with the 3T!

Our shirt arrived super quickly especially with all the holiday mail and such that it had to go through and arrived in perfect condition! “Bug” was quite happy to see that he had a new shirt to show off and immediately wanted to put it on and show off for the camera! (Sorry about the silly face thing, not sure what he was doing) but we both love the way the shirt fits and looks on him. Since it arrived he has worn it several times and it has stood up wonderfully to the wash/dry process with no fading or shrinkage! The stitching and buttons on the shirts are secure and unlike other button up shirts we have gotten him in the past they are sewn on tight and I don’t have to worry about pulling them off when we take his shirt off.

We have gotten so many compliments on his new shirt and it makes him look so grown up that we are pretty sure that we are going to be putting it on him for his big day next month!


Bottom Line:

I’m so impressed with the quality of the item we received from Toeheadz and the customer service that we have received that I will defiantly be turning to Toeheadz in the future for “Bug’s” clothing needs! Not only is their shipping quick and secure their online selection is wonderful!

If you are looking for that perfect item to add to you child’s wardrobe we highly recommend checking out the selection of clothing at Toeheadz, I’m pretty positive you will find the perfect top, pants or outfit for your little one!

Buy It:
To purchase the Wonderboy Circles Long Sleeve Shirt visit Toeheadz website!

Win It:
Toeheadz has very generously offered one of my extremely lucky readers a $25 gift certificate to purchase their favorite item from their online shop!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Toeheadz and tell me another item you would love get for your little one and per sponsors request please do at least one of the following to gain an entry: Like Toeheadz on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or sign up for their newsletter! 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 Toeheadz be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Toeheadz on Facebook

6. Follow Toeheadz on Twitter

7. Sign up for the Toeheadz Newsletter

Giveaway ends Jan 30, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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

Yandy Review and Giveaway (18+ Only)



Today I have for all you guys and gals a pretty awesome review and giveaway if I do say so myself! I know you all know that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and some if not all of you are looking for that super special gift for your significant other right? Well if so have I got the perfect place for your to find some super sexy Valentine’s Day Lingerie to surprise your sweetheart this year! Yep, I’m talking about Yandy and I was given the opportunity to choose an item to review and I can tell you right now your going to love Yandy!

About Yandy (taken from website):

Starting as a small start up business, Yandy.com has grown into one of the leading suppliers of lingerie and costumes on the internet. Now stocking over 6,500 items in a brand new, state of the art Phoenix, Arizona facility. Yandy's already enormous selection grows daily with new items constantly added from over 20 top manufacturers such as Dreamgirl and Leg Avenue as well as boutique brands like Dreamy Intimates.

At Yandy, we pride ourselves on not only having the largest and most desirable collection of products, but also the lowest prices and best customer service of any online lingerie boutique. Even though our prices are, on average, 10% lower than those of our competitors, we offer support that rivals any of the top online stores. Our full time, friendly staff is dedicated to answering your questions and will respond to any voice mail or email that is received within the same business day.

If you are nervous about making an online purchase, you have nothing to fear. At Yandy.com, all transactions are processed with 256 bit SecureTrust SSL encryption ensuring that your information is private and unavailable to potential hackers and identity thieves. Other sites may offer some form of secure checkout, but with Yandy.com you can shop with confidence knowing that your personal information, such as a credit card number or home address, will never fall into the wrong hands.

When you place an order with Yandy.com, you can be certain that the items you have selected are in stock and will ship the same business day*. Our custom content management system allows us to keep our inventory updated, up to the second, making sure that we never over sell an item. If you order a product, you are sure to get it, and get it fast, with Yandy.com.

If you have any questions, comments, or just feel like chatting, don't hesitate to contact us toll free. We are not only friendly, but utterly discrete, and will do our best to make sure you have the best shopping experience possible. In addition, if you are ever in the Phoenix area, feel free to stop by our office. We are always eager to meet our customers and can help you find the perfect product for any situation! For more information about Yandy.com and what's new in the lingerie industry check out our lingerie blog.


Our Thoughts:

Like I mentioned I was given the opportunity to choose an item to review from Yandy and I can tell you that with their HUGE!!! seletion of sexy lingerie, cute panties and everything else they have to offer it was quite a hard decision so I decided to think about what my hubby would like for me to choose and I finally decided on the Pink Camo Babydoll Set! This sassy camouflage set features pink camo print, pink lace cups, adjustable straps and a matching thong. Once I finally made the decision and placed my order it didn’t take long at all for it to show up on my doorstep!

I immediately took it out of the package to check out the stitching and quality of the set and I am happy to report that everything was perfect and the item was exactly as described on the website and matched the pictures exactly. I couldn’t wait to show it off to Chad that night and “Bug” just so happened to spend the night at my parents house so it couldn’t have worked out any better! Now, I’m not going to get into any details here but I will say that Chad loved it and was very impressed at the way I looked wearing it.

I’m very happy to report that not only is this set extremely sexy it is also super comfortable and I wear it almost nightly to sleep in although when “Bug” is at home I wear a pair of spanky shorts underneath it! I absolutely love this Babydoll set, the colors are perfect for me and I ordered a size L and it fit perfectly, just as I like them too with just a little bit of room to move! I am also loving the thong that came with the set besides the fact that it’s in pink camo, it’s also very comfortable and I wear it sometimes even when I’m not wearing the babydoll!

Since receiving the Pink Camo Babydoll Set, it has seen lots of use and I love to use it as my sleepwear! So needless to say it’s seen the wash/dry process several times and it has held up just as I had expected….PERFECTLY! I have absolutely no complaints what-so-ever with either the Pink Camo Babydoll Set or the service I have received from Yandy.com customer support!


Bottom Line:

Chad and I are both very happy with my choice of the Pink Camo Babydoll Set and I don’t think I could have made a better choice! I’m very happy with the quality of the lingerie set I received and the customer support and shipping at Yandy.com is amazing and I am looking forward to ordering from them over and over again!

If you are looking for some sexy lingerie to surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend checking out Yandy and their amazingly large selection of Valentine’s Day Lingerie! Also if you are in the market for Plus Size Lingerie, Yandy also has you covered!!! I’m very sure that if you visit Yandy you are sure to find something that is screaming your name!!

Buy It:
To purchase the Pink Camo Babydoll Set visit Yandy.com!

Win It:
Yandy has very generously offered one of my extremely lucky readers a $25 gift certificate to purchase the perfect Valentine‘s Day gift for your sweetheart!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Yandy and tell me another item you would love to surprise your man/woman with this Valentine‘s Day! 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 Yandy be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Yandy on Facebook

Giveaway ends Jan 30, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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

Just a quick update about what’s going on with the blog!

Hey guys and gals…I know that most of you have probably noticed that I don’t have new post up daily like I have been doing and I just wanted to take a second to let everyone know what’s going on and what to expect from here on out.

Yes, everything is fine with our family and I am going to continue to work on my blog and host reviews and giveaways as much as possible but the post will probably be around 1-2 a day vs. the 4-5 I was doing for the simple fact I don’t have as much time now as I did before, yes, I’m still staying at home with “Bug” and not working but I am now a full time college student at Arkansas Tech University, studying to get my licenses as a RN in Labor and Delivery, so as you can imagine that is my number one priority after my family so my blog is going to have to take a back seat to my studies and classes. But that doesn’t mean that I wont be posting daily….I still have full intentions on getting at least one review/giveaway up a day…although I’m sure there are going to be days when I’m not able to do so. I will also be posting later on in the day and on the weekends to keep up.

Also there is going to be a change in the way my giveaways end….if they are still listed on my sidebar they are still open even though the end date has pasted….I am still going to try and get the winners chosen the day after the giveaways end, but due to time it may take a day or so and if they are still listed you can still enter them.

Thank you all for understanding and joining me in my journey to bettering myself and the life of my family!! This blog would be nothing with out all of you and I appreciate you all so much and I know you will all stand behind me and understand if I lack a bit on posting a day or so a week :0)!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Snorg Tees Review and Giveaway



I know I’ve mentioned it quite a bit over the last year or two but I love funny and unique tees and I am constantly on the lookout for the funniest and most eye catching tees that I can add to my ever growing collection! I’ve heard quite a lot about Snorg Tees in the past few months and very early in my blog back in 2009 I did a review and giveaway for them so when I was given the opportunity to host another review and giveaway right here on The Cartoon Lovin’ Mama I couldn’t wait to get shopping!

About Snorg Tees (taken from website) :

SnorgTees got its start back in May 2004 when our group of friends decided that we weren't meant for a real job. We got our options narrowed down to international jewel thieves or internet t-shirt tycoons. Since it was the middle of the summer, we weren't able to find enough ski masks, which left t-shirts as our only option. Fast forward a few years and we've grown to the point where people mistake us for an actual business. We've even shipped a shirt to NASA. That means space. So technically we're a universal company. But we are still just a group of friends who run Snorg because we enjoy it.

Here at Snorg, we specialize in pop-culture inspired, random, and all around funny t-shirt designs. Most of the designs on our site are SnorgTees employee creations. But while we think of about 72% of what goes up on the site, 28% of the awesome design ideas come from you, our customers. So if you think you've got a great idea, send it our way.

We strive for constant improvements, and it's thanks to you that we're where we are today. So go out there and spread the good word about SnorgTees to everyone you know. Stop strangers in the street and tell them where they can replace that ugly piece of cloth they call a shirt with a genuine Snorg Tee. And don't forget to send in pictures of you showing off your SnorgTees around town. Remember, when you're wearing Snorg, all your pictures look good.


My Thoughts:

I was given the opportunity to choose a shirt to review from the huge selection of hilarious shirts available from Snorg Tees and it took me some time to find just the right shirt but I finally decided on the 6 out of 7 Dwarfs shirt. I absolutely love this shirt….pretty much everything about it is perfect from the saying that “6 out of 7 Dwarfs are not happy” to the awesome colors on the shirt itself. I decided to choose a men’s size medium for review since I like my shirts to fit a little loose.

My shirt arrived super quick and was in perfect condition when it arrived! I immediately decided to wear it for the day (good thing my mail lady runs early in the morning)! I just want to start off by saying that this shirt is very comfortable and fits perfectly just the way I like my tops to fit! So it was time to test out the saying on the front of the shirt…I got it but the big question was would anybody else get it???? Well, the test finally came when my sister (whom is 19 and in her second semester of college) asked me what the heck (I’ll censor here) my shirt meant and she was still quite confused even after I explained to her that it was about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs….so the shirt was a complete success if you ask me!

Now, the shirt fit perfectly, was quite comfortable, perfect for layering and threw my sister for a loop so the next test was the wash/dry test, which to no surprise it passed with flying colors and still fits just as perfectly as day one! My husband has also had the pleasure of wearing it and he says he just loves the look on some peoples faces when they read the shirt, trust me some of them you just have to see!!!

Bottom Line:

Once again Snorg Tee’s remain at the top of my list for awesomely cool funny tees, and I can assure everyone that I will be sporting more Snorg Tees in the very near future and now that I’m a full time college student I have even more places to wear my novelty tees!! When you buy from Snorg Tees not only are you going to get hilarious tees but your also going to get them at a very reasonable prices and they are going to last wash after wash!

If you are looking for hilarious tees to add to your collection or maybe just to confuse some of your friends or family I highly recommend the selection of awesome tees available from Snorg Tees!

Buy It:
To purchase the 6 Out of 7 Dwarfs tee visit the Snorg Tees website!

Win It:
Snorg Tee has generously offered one of my extremely lucky readers a tee of their choice!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Snorg Tees and tell me what shirt you would choose if you were the lucky 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 to Snorg Tees be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Snorg Tees on Twitter

6. “Like” Snorg Tees on Facebook

Giveaway ends Jan 28, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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