Cupcake Diaries-Story Time, Review, & Giveaway!

 

If you read my blog very often, you know I LOVE children books. As a Mommy and a former elementary school teacher, I truly get excited when I find a new and cute book!

Simon and Schuster recently sent me the most adorable cupcake kit to review-it contained a cupcake themed apron and 3 cupcake books! 2 of the books were geared towards “tweens” called The Cupcake Diaries.  These books are sure to delight any preteen in your life, while the 3rd book Who’s My Cupcake is an infant board book that plays around with nicknames many of us have for our children. The pictures are terrific and even my toddler thinks all the words are hilarious! It is also a great book to help your child get introduced to rhyming words! You can also visit the Cupcake Diaries Website to find printables and more!

 I decided to have a little bit of fun with this package and teamed up with a local children boutique (The Silver Rattle) and a cupcake company (Twisted Sisters Cupcakes) to bring a cupcake story time to local families.

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Zaycon Foods-Chicken Review!

People are always asking me how to save money on meats and produce.  My answer is usually to look for rock bottom deals and stock up.  Now I have another solution-Zaycon Foods

Zaycon Foods is a company that offers natural meats and produce that can be purchased in bulk.  Here are a few of the highlights:

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RockNLearn DVD Review and Giveaway!

Do you struggle to find educational lessons for your child that are fun and interactive?  Well I have the company for you! 

RockNLearn provides music and videos that are specifically geared to capture your child’s attention and help them learn in a fun and stress free way.  Whether you feel they need help with reading, math, kindergarten readiness skills, or more, RockNLearn has the item for your little one!

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Paying It Forward With #ClearAmerican Flavored Water

Our cooler full of Clear American Flavored Water

I love water and it is definitely my beverage of choice.  However, since having Zack, I find it increasingly hard to remember to hydrate myself as frequently as I should.  I know many other people have this issue as well.  In fact, some people choose soda or coffee instead and this can create many problems on hot and steamy days like we have been experiencing this summer! 

I was given the opportunity to try Walmart’s Clear American Flavored Water recently and I was pleasantly surprised!  When I visited Walmart to purchase the drinks I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of flavors-it was so hard to choose so I let Will have the decision.  He picked some great ones!  The taste was light and refreshing plusthe fact that it contains no sugar is a definite plus and even allows me to even share it with my 2 year old! 

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MyLovebook-Review & Giveaway

MyLoveBook
Looking for a personalized and meaningful gift for a loved one?  My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary and I was in this situation.  Luckily, MyLoveBook.com came to my rescue.  Here is a little blurb from the company to tell you a little bit about it:

It’s not another photo book.  Let’s face it, photo books are great, but
require a lot of time.  Our product is more of an “answer” book.  Our
questions help get those creative juices flowing, allowing you to say how
you really feel.  Some questions are simple, some are drag ‘n drop, some
require more thought.  Again, you get to choose what you are comfortable
answering.

  Our MyLoveBook came out great!  As many parents know, running around after the kids, keeping the house running smoothly, and keeping your sanity along the craziness of llfe, you sometimes forget to tell the ones you love how much you appreciate them.  MyLovebook helps you do this AND delivers it in a beautiful bound book that anyone will be sure to love.  I had so much fun creating the book also!  Answering questions such as “What is the craziest thing we’ve ever done?” or “A time I felt closest to you is” really took me on a walk down memory lane and allowed me a rare moment to reflect old memories with my husband.  I really had time to appreciate the special relationship we have together.  My husband was suprised by the gift and loved it as well!  One of my favorite things about the book is that we can pull it out anytime and giggle over the questions and answers and feel close to each other. 

Wanna win one?  These make awesome birthday or holiday gifts! 

One lucky winner will get to create one MyLovebook for a loved one!

Ways to enter.  You can choose 1 or all of the ways. Just remember that the more ways you choose, the better your chances!

1.  Visit MyLovebook HERE and leave a comment on this post telling me what theme you will choose for your book.
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Review-Flip Flop Wine

Everyone loves a good glass of wine but not everyone loves the cost that can coincide with it.  Flip Flop Wines has strived to overcome this issue and has the goal to “Stay true to varietal character, to be expressive and to be well balanced, and to be affordable for people of all economic levels”. 

The Vinter, David Georges, stated that, “People have a personal attachment to their favorite pair of flip folos, their favorite food, and to their favorite wine style. We crafted 7 different varitals that allow each wine lover to discover their favorite.”  As a girl who quickly switched out her high heels to her favorite flip flops under her dress on her wedding day, I had to see if they could achieve this goal.  They did

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Vizio Universal Wireless HD Video & Audio Kit Review + Giveaway!

Tired of dangling wires from your TV fromother high def devices?  I know with a 2 year old and a soon to be crawler, I am always worried about wires surrounding our entertainment system!  Well, there is great news for all of us! Vizio is releasing a Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit (Black)This item is the solution to messy and dangerous wires hanging around your TV.  Check out the details:


 “Boasting a simple set up, the VIZIO Wireless HD Video & Audio Kit allows up to 4 devices (DVD player, Blu-ray player, Play Station 3, Xbox 360, Wii, surround sound, etc.) to wirelessly connect to the TV.  The devices can even be stored away up to 30 feet away from the TV if need be.

The Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit transmits an interference-free frequency, is universal so it can be used with any products (not just VIZIO), and requires no additional software or equipment for a simple installation process.

These kits are currently available at Sam’s Club, Vizio, Amazon, and a few select other online stores.

My thoughts:
Love it!  Not only do we now have less wires, it made the picture on our TV even more clear and better defined!  We currently have our TV sitting on the entertainment center but we plan to puchase the wall mount this weekend and are very excited about the fact that there will be NO wires hanging from it!  As advertised, It was super simple setup (coming from me this means A LOT) and took less than 10 minutes to have everything working!

Wanna win one?
There are several ways to enter this giveaway.  You can choose 1 or all of them but remember that the more ways you enter, the better chances you have!

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Totsy “Project Kool” Tote Review and Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love a good tote bag?  I know I do!

For those of you unfamiliar with Totsy-let me tell you a little about the company:

-Totsy offers moms and moms to be brand name items for up to 90% off! 
-Items offered are for moms and their children ages 0-8.
-Totsy is a 100% Green company-they care about our enviroment and want to preserve it for our children!

Totsy has continued their eco friendy business practices by teaming up with 13 year old Hunter Gross (yes, I said 13!).  Hunter was inspired by a school project and created “Project Kool”.  This company makes eco-friendly lunch bags, back packs, totes, and more!

I received one of Project Kool’s totes and just love it!  It is big enough to provide endless uses for my busy life as a mom!  Some of the ways I have though to use this bag are:

  • As a water park bag.  We go to our local water park at least twice a week and the bag easily fits diapers and change of clothes that are needed.
  • As a beach toy holder.  Your child’s toys can fit in the bag and the handles are perfect for little hands to help carry!
  • As a grocery bag.  The tote is just about the same size as most reusable shopping bags.
  • As an “emergency activity bag”.  All parents should have one of these!  Fill the bag with items or acitivities that your child enjoys (coloring books, crayons, picture books, toys, puzzles, etc) and you can whip it out in the event you’re stuck in traffic, stuck in line, etc). 

 

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Wii Play Motion Review

A couple of weeks ago I let you know about the awesome deal Wii currently has going on to help consumers save money.  Since then I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Wii Play Motion with Black Wii Remote Plus and I just love it!  The wide variety of games included are so much fun and will fit just about everyone’s interests.  Do you think you’ve mastered skipping rocks?  How about making your own soft serve ice cream cone?  You can do these things and more with Wii’s Play Motion games!

These games are sooo much fun and there are 12 of them!  Yes you read that correctly-12!  It starts off allowing you to play 4 games and you are then able to unlock the additional games after success of thse games.  Don’t worry, this only took us less than an hour of playing.  Wii Play Motion retails for $49.99 and also includes a Wii Remote Plus controller-now that’s a great value! The package was just released June 16th so this item should be on all store shelves selling Wii games.  These games provide hours of fun times!  They have definitely entertained my husband and I since getting them a few days ago! 

Wondering what my favorites are?  That’s a really hard question to answer!  Since one of my high school jobs was dipping ice cream, the first game I checked out was Cone Zone and I easily beat my husband by building the tallest ice cream cone!  The next game I tried was Skip Skimmer.  I have never been very good at skipping rocks but I rocked this game!  Of all the games I have to say my favorite is Veggie Guardin’!  Protecting my “garden” from pests by whopping them on the head with my mallet was a real stress reliever!

Disclosure: I received no money for this review and opinions are 100% mine.

Nintendo Wii Game System Plus Game Bundle Review

 

Many families are feeling the crunch of tight budgets this year and forgoing the usual family summer vacation.  In fact, recent years have made the term “staycation” very popular!  One idea for a staycation is to have a “Gaming Day” where you and your family can have some healthy competition inside the house.  Nintendo has come to understand that many families can’t afford  expensive games and has given the solution of the the Nintendo Selects bundle of four classic games:

 

  • Wii Sports
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Mario Super Sluggers
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk 

Each of the above games are only $19.99 – making them much more affordable!  The Wii is also now available in black or white for just $149.99 – the system also comes packaged with the Mario Kart Wii game and a matching colored Wii Wheel accessory… another bargain!  Here is what Nintendo has to say about games included in the bundle:

Wii Sports allows players enjoy hours of sporty summer fun on the golf course, tennis court, boxing ring, baseball diamond or bowling alley. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess whisks them to a mystical land filled with challenge and adventure. Mario Super Sluggers grants players admission to a host of wildly imaginative ballparks, all with a Mushroom Kingdom twist. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, they can even customize their own colorful universe for a social summer getaway.”

My thoughts:

I have to admit I have never been a fan of video games.  However, the Wii Console with Mario Kart Wii Bundle – Black has caused me to change my opinion of this popular pastime.  I have always had visions of big eyed children sitting in near trance like behavior and not moving except for the occasional hand shift.  These thoughts and visions have been shattered by the Wii!  Playing these games allows the user to move around the floor, using and improving hand eye coordination and also using problem solving skills at the same time-not to mention even working up a sweat! I really love the Wii Sports where I can become a professional bowler, tennis player or boxer right in my own living room!  The boxing is my favorite since it reminds me of working out to Tae Bo!  I see a lot of fun times in the future using Wii!  I have already started saving up for Wii Fit and know that it will totally worth every penny.  In the meantime, my family and I will be learning how to conquer the Nintendo Selects bundle of classic and budget friendly games!

39 Dollar Glasses Review and Giveaway

39 Dollar Eyeglasses

I have required glasses and/or contacts since 3rd grade (so for a really long time)!  As many of you know, these items are costly!  Luckily, I was introduced to 39 Dollar Glasses

39 Dollar Glasses offer discount prescription and non-prescription glasses that are both affordable and attractive.  My husband recently had his prescription change and was in need of a new pair of glasses.  He wanted a pair that looked nice and could withstand the possiblity of our sons getting their hands on them.  We thought for sure this would be impossible.  We were wrong!  39 Dollar Glasses were able to supply us with a pair the he loves!  Thye look great and are made of bendable titanium-everything we wanted!  Check out how attractive they are!

I was also super impressed with their quick arrival and with the company’s customer service!  I accidently entered some of the prescription information incorrectly online and they were completely understanding!  Not only did we get an incredibly fast replacement, we were sent a label to send back the original pair for free!  As a lifetime eyeglass person, I highly recommend 39 Dollar Glasses!

What if you don’t need prescription glasses?  Have no fear, they also offer highly stylish and reasonably priced sunglasses!  There are a variety to choose from including kid options!

If you would like to order a pair of glasses now, 39 Dollar Glasses has offered my readers a special discount code to use at checkout that will give you 10% off of your purchase. Simply enter DEALZ at checkout to get your discount!

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Softlips Review and Giveaway

 

It’s that time of year-summertime!  With the warm weather comes outside time at pools, the beach, the park, etc.  This means you will need to protect your body from the harmful rays of the sun.  Most of us know to wear sunscreen to block the UV rays from our skin, but how many of you remember to think about your lips?  Luckily Softlips is here to help out. With SPF 20 in each product, you can have glossy and soft lips that not only look great, taste great, but are also safe from dangerous UV rays!  Here is a little information from the company about their new packaging:

“Softlips has launched a complete packaging refresh including fresh new packaging graphics and a new logo, along with the kick-off of the “Softlips. So You.” marketing campaign, all in time for the summer season. The signature slender sticks of Softlips and the light flavors/formulas remain the same, but the line has been updated with eye-catching graphics and a bold new logo. The overall design is clean, simple, and balanced with vibrant fields of color that pop! 

 Softlips products combine effective lip protection with SPF 20 and moisturizing emollients with a sheer glossing effect, making them perfect for natural lips or for adding protection/moisturizing over or under lipstick. Softlips is a trusted name in lip health and has been a product of choice among young women for more than 20 years.  The brand is currently available in the lip care section of the cough/cold aisles of food, retail and drug stores nationwide, including ULTA stores nationwide. The products retail from $2.79 for individual sticks, to $3.99 for the special value dual packs. With the new look, new flavor offerings will be introduced this year too.”

I really enjoy wearing Softlips and love that my lips are safe from the sun.  I have 2 boys to watch while enjoying outside time, the last thing I want to worry about is if my lips are being damaged!  An added plus is the flavor of Softlips-they taste refreshing during the warm weather and my husband loves them too!

Wanna win some?  Softlips is giving one of my lucky readers some Softlips! There are several ways to enter-remember to complete them all so you have more chances to win.  Also, please don’t forget to include your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner!

1.  Visit Softlips HERE.  Leave a comment on this post tellling me your favorite flavor.
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This giveaway will end June 30 at 11:59 pm and the winner will be posted July 1.  Good luck!

Scott’s Liquid Gold Clean Screen and Touch of Scent Review and Giveaway-Ends 6/1

I am sure many of you are familiar with Scott’s Liquid Gold products. With 60 years of proven quality items, it would be nearly impossible to not know of the company.  However,how many of you knew Scott’s makes more than just wood polishes?  I certainly didn’t!  Little did I know that they also carry electronics cleaners, mold control items, and air fresheners! 

If your home is like many across the country, it is teeming with electronics of all kinds.  Between TV’s, computers, and cell phones it’s a struggle to keep them all clean.  Plus if you’re like me, you are scared to use any cleaners on them for fear of damaging them!  Luckily Scott’s Liquid Gold has brought us Clean Screen-a safe and effective way to clean electronics, eye glasses, and more!  I was sent some to review and really do love how clean my living room TV and Blackberry look after using them!  Even better is that I have no worries when using the wipes!  They don’t streak, stratch, or leave any yucky film of residue!

Scott’s also sent me some of their air freshners “Touch of Scent” to review.  These couldn’t have come at a better time!  With 2 kids in diapers, our home doesn’t always smell like a bed of roses!  Now we have some little helpers to make things a bit more pleasant.  With many different scents, I can pick depending on my mood how the house will smell.  I like that I can choose when and how much of the scent is released as well as the attracitve cover that can be used with the scents.  With one simple touch, a room, hallway, or the entire house can small appealing and welcoming.  Plus the scents last for hours!

Giveaway Time!

 

Scott’s Liquid Gold is giving one of my lucky readers their very own sampler pack of these items.  The winner will receive a package of Clean Screen and their choice of 3 Touch of Scent.  There is one mandatory entry and several optional ones.  You must complete the mandatory one but can one or all of the optional ones.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and please leave your email so that I can contact you if you win.

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Scott’s Liquid Gold HERE and check out their Touch of Scent products.  Come back to this post and tell me which 3 you would select if you win.

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Colortime Review, Coupon, and Giveaway

ColorTime Crafts & Markers

What kid doesn’t like to color with big markers? What’s even better than that? Coloring on T-Shirts or other fabric materials!  Colortime Crafts and Markers allow kids and adults alike to design their own t-shirts, pillowcases, backpacks, tote bags, and just about anything that their permanent fabric markers will color.   the company has been in business since the early 90’s and offers a wide variety of crafts for boys, girls, parties, brownie troops, or anyone wanting to show some creativity! 

When offered a review item, I knew we had to go with the Monster Trucks Shirt for Will.  You should have seen his face when I told him we were going to color a shirt!  When I showed the markers to him he immediately grabbed them and ran to his picnic table to get started.  He was so excited! 

Since he is still learning how to hold writing/coloring utensils, I helped him with a lot of the coloring but the oversized fabric markers were perfect for his little hands!  Will thinks it is awesome to draw vertical lines on everything so you can see his signature lines on the shirt!  I was pleasantly suprised at the vibrant colors of the markers on the shirt and can’t wait for Will to wear his personalized creation!  I know I will keep the shirt for years after he outgrows it.

Colortime Crafts and Markers is offering my readers the coupon below for 15% off online retail purchases.  They also have an ongoing giveaway on their Facebook page HERE. 

Tassimo T20 Brewbot Review and Giveaway! Ends 6/1

Believe it or not, I am not a coffee drinker.  I have always said I think I am the only teacher who doesn’t drink coffee!  I do however love hot tea and hot chocolate.  Plus, I am married to an AVID coffee drinker! Chris would not survive a morning without his coffee.  In fact, he can a bit “moody” without it.  Since I don’t drink coffee, Chris was often wasting coffee by making it at home.  Being the frugal woman I am, this made me very unhappy.  Well, lucky for us, Tassimo T20 Brewbot came and saved the day! 

The Brewbot makes one cup of coffee at a time.  When my husband found out I had the opportunity to review one, I thought he was going to jump out of his skin. He was so excited and would call every day to see if it had arrived in the mail.  The day it came he could barely contain himself until the boys went to bed so that he could open it and check it out.  I have to say his excitement rubbed off on me! At first sight, I really loved the modern appearance of the machine and knew it would look great on our counter top.  There was no assembly for the pot but you did have to do a cleaning cycle before making your first cup. 

How does it work: To brew a cup, you will need to remove & fill the resevior which holds 50 oz of water.  Next you select your beverage of choice.  The BrewBot can brew coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, and tea.  The cool part is the machine adjusts the temperature, amount of water and brew time for each different beverage in a unique way,  Each beverage is made by using a “T-Disc” which contains everything for including everything for that beverage including a bar code which the machine reads to know what it is brewing and how to adjust the temperature, amount of water and brew time.  You can also adjust where you put your cup up or down depending on the size of your cup & what you are brewing.  There is also a manual seeting that allows you to decrease the strength of the beverage.

Does it live up to all of the hype? Yes!  It saves us time, wasted coffee, and more importantly, disagreements about cleanup.  Why? Because there is virtually no cleanup! Chris easily cleans up all by himself (which is a miracle in it’s self).  Since our hot chocolate order has not arrived yet, I am using Chris’s opinon on the quality of coffee-he LOVES it.  He says it has ruined him for coffee at work. After having coffee made in our brewbot, he doesn’t want any other coffee.  Coming from a coffee addict like him, that’s a pretty high compliment! Also, Iike previously stated, it looks awesome on my counter!

Wanna win one?  Well, you’re in luck!  Tassimo has been wonderful enough to offer one of my readers their very own Tassimo T20 Brewbot!

Mandatory Entry:
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This giveaway will end June 1 at 11:59 pm.  The winner will be posted June 2.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  Words and opinions are 100% mine.  The only compensation I received for this review was a product sample in order to complete the review.