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Holiday Gift Guide:IKEA Mula Crane with Blocks

If you live close to an IKEA store, you may want to consider purchasing the IKEA Mula Crane with Blocks toy as a Holiday Gift!

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The crane and blocks with magnets that make lifting and loading super fun! The back part of this toy can also be detached easily for a whole new type of play.  Developing fine motor skills, logical skills, and having no need whatsoever to spend extra money on batteries…You should consider this wooden toy geared toward children 12 months and up a steal at only $12.99!

This Mom’s Thoughts…I can vouch that this toy is an excellent investment and has been a lot of fun for my daughter ( currently 16 months old) in keeping her entertained for hours!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stay with Me Socks Review & Giveaway (closed)

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100_2671I bet nobody ever told you that with all the smiles, tears, sleepless nights, and diapers that parenthood brings you would have to deal with the ever escaping and endlessly missing sock!

Socks, can’t live with them and can’t live without them, so to speak.  I don’t know about you but anytime I need a pair socks for my daughter that match, I come up end handed. It’s nowhere near as bad now as my 16 month old daughter has grown to accept wearing socks. But several months ago that was a different story.

I recall my daughter only being a few months old and being out in the cool chilly weather and looked down to see one of her socks missing! Either she pulled it off or it slipped off on it’s own. What’s a mom to do? Yes, we can throw extra pairs in the diaper bag to handle that awful and inconvenient  situation but in short we all know that those replacement socks will going missing soon as well. And don’t even get me started on the monster in the dryer that tends to eat my daughter’s socks too!

pink_blue_on_header_copyCheryl DelMastro mother of three  realized this problem that mothers have with their infants and went to work on a pair of socks to make our lives a bit easier! Thus Stay With Me Socks was born.

I was sent of a pair of Classic Pink Stripe socks in size large for review and I must say I am very impressed with the design and quality. How the sock works is that it features a Velcro strap that fastens around the ankle to create a secure but comfortable fit for babies from birth to 14 months of age. Though the socks say 14 months of age, they fit my daughter perfectly well but know she is petite for her age.

Remember the Velcro strap I just mentioned? Well, you can loop the velcro around each-other and these socks won’t lose each other in the wash! I love it.

The newborn socks comes in green/white stripe, pink/white stripe, blue/white stripe, white solid and pink or blue with touches of white. The bigger size (3-14 months) comes in the three stripe combos.Each pair has  skid proof bottoms to aid babies as they are learning to walk and stand!

Overall, my daughter and I love these socks! We give these 5 stars for style and function!   I will definitely be getting a few pairs when I have another child!

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Stay With Me Socks retail for $4.50 a pair and are available for purchase online and at Target stores this Fall!

Win it:

staywithmeStay with Me Socks has generously offered three of my readers a pairs of socks in colors pink, blue & green! ( specify in your comment which color you would like if you win!)

To Enter: Visit Stay with Me Socks and tell me what pattern of the socks you like best!

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Giveaway running till 11/30/09 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

Disclaimer: I was given a pair of Classic Pink Stripe socks in size large for review from Stay with Me Socks . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway

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About Tropical Traditions…

“The founders of Tropical Traditions are Brian and Marianita Shilhavy.

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Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible/Greek from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and his Master of Arts degree in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He is currently the CEO of Tropical Traditions, Inc.

Marianita Jader Shilhavy, BS, CND (Certified Nutritionist/Dietician in the Philippines) earned her bachelor of science degree in nutrition in Manila. Understanding the nutrition of Filipino foods, Marianita worked for over eight years as a hospital dietician and nutritional counselor in the Philippines.tropical-traditions-coconut-oil

In 1998 Brian and Marianita returned to the Philippines with their three children and renovated Marianita’s old family farmhouse. By this time the coconut industry was severely depressed due to the negative U.S. campaigns against tropical oils in the 1980s and 1990s. Coconut farmers could no longer support their families on the income generated from harvesting coconuts.”

My Thoughts…

I never knew all the benefits that coconut had until I read the book “Virgin Coconut Oil: How It Has Changed People’s Lives and How It Can Change Yours” By Brian and Marianita Shilhavy that I was sent by the good people over at Tropical Traditions. For instance did you know that you can use this oil in so many different ways such as in your cooking, a moisturizer for your hair and skin, a healing aid to sunburns and rashes ?…and the list goes on!

I enjoyed reading through the book I was sent and was really interested in reading the area on hypothyroidism since my daughter was diagnosed with this condition when she was born.  By and by, this book contains many health benefit uses  and testimonials from people whom have used the oil. Also added are over 80 recipes to incorporate coconut products into your day to day cooking.

This book is available to you at no charge if you take part in Tropical Traditions Referral Program.  If you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and then in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number5542476 !

I’ve been substituting regular vegetable oil for a few weeks now with the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil that I was given to review.  I’m extremely pleased with the results I’ve been getting!

Last night, I substituted the vegetable oil I usually use when popping pop corn with the coconut one and it makes for a very tasty snack that my whole family enjoys. Popcorn, Dark Chocolate, and coconut equal such a delightfully tasty snack!  I’d like to personally thank Barbara from Camano Island, WA for sharing this wonderful popcorn recipe on the Tropical Traditions Website and encourage those of you that already use coconut oil, to try it out!

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Warm coconut oil and chocolate chips over low heat. Add cinnamon, pour over popcorn and stir. Enjoy!

This recipe makes a wonderful for snacks and would be great to share with friends too in sharing about the many great uses of coconut oil!

I also enjoyed watching the video called “How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil which is An Interview with Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Traditions” you can view it by clicking HERE if you are interested!

Tropical Traditions offers more than just Coconut oil and I would encourage you to check out their site! Soon, I’ll be reviewing and giving away some of their wonderful skin care products!

I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars!

Win it:

One of my readers will get the chance to win  their own Quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil (RV $37.50 but on sell for $27.50 right now)

To Enter:

Mandatory Entry:  Visit Tropical Traditions and tell us which of their other products you would love to try!

Extras:

*Sign up for Tropical Traditions Newsletter
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Giveaway running till 11/14/09 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

Disclaimer: I was given Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil and the book to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Holiday Guide: The Rosemary Company Ring Bearer Teddy Review

RingBearerTeddy1Meet Ring Bearer Teddy from The Rosemary Company. I named mine “Frankie”, he looks like a Frank don’t you think?

This cuddly little bear decked out in a bow tie and tuxedo makes the perfect gift for the ring bearer in your wedding or you can even use this sweet lil’ fellow to hold the rings during the ceremony, just attach his and her rings with a ribbon!

I think these teddy bear also looks great on my shelf next to my other wedding memorabilia. Who can resist a cute little teddy bear that symbolizes one of the most special days of your life?

They also sell the matching Flower Girl Teddy. This teddy comes with a pin that says “Beary Special Flower Girl.” She carries a bouquet and is incredibly cute too!

If you are looking for fun fanciful gifts and favors for any occasion, I would recommend checking out The Rosemary Company.

Buy it: Ring Bearer Teddy is regularly $19.99  but right now he is on sell for just $12.95

Promo Code: Use the code Blog20 for 10% off your order! ( coupon expires October 31st)

Disclaimer: I was given a Ringer Bearer Bear to review from the Rose Mary Company. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.I was given the opportunity to review this product through Chic Exces.

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Holiday Gift Guide:PUR Flavor Options Water Pitcher Review & Giveaway (closed)

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PUR Flavor Options was named the “Household Product of the Year” by Product of the Year USA in January 2009!

The recommend amount of water that an average  person should drink a day is about 8 eight ounce cups to stay healthy and properly hydrated. Sadly,  I think the only time I stuck to that rule was when I was pregnant with my daughter. I am pretty sure I am always shy by at least 3 glasses each day now! I know if I cut either one of my cups or coffee or tea out, I can maintain a bit of a healthier lifestyle!

Speaking of water,  just this past week I’ve been enjoying my new PUR Flavor Options Water Pitcher. I think having a system like this is wonderful and a must have for any household! Did you know that switching from bottled water to filtered whether using a pitcher or one that hooks to your faucet and using a reusable water bottle can eliminate up to 3,200 plastic bottles and save one person up to $600 annually?

I know we used to buy bottled water before we knew about the bad that it was doing on the environment. Now we strictly use reusuable stainless steel bottles for the whole family when going on long or even short trips.

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The  features of the PUR Flavor Options Water Pitcher that I really like is the shape and the filter timer! The slender design makes it easy to store in the door of my fridge without too much hustle and bustle! We shop and Costco so we have a lot of big items in our fridge! I joke and tell my husband I have to play Tetris in the fridge and freezer each time we return home with groceries.

The filter timer is so smart! There’s is a little circle on top of the jug lid that is a light that changes from green to red. Red indicates that two months have been up and it’s time to change your water filter!

I am not one to drink flavored water though I will admit the flavor cartridges that you can add to the top of the PUR Flavor Options Water Pitcher lid taste pretty good! The flavors are as follows;  grape, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, and peach. They are also sugar and calorie free.

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We tried the grape and raspberry flavor cartridges and are a fan of both. One thing I like is that you don’t always have to have a flavor in your water if you don’t want too. There is a nifty button on the lid that you can press while pouring your water to add or not to add the desired amount of flavoring. You can also switch out the cartridges easily if you want a different flavor as I prefer the raspberry to the grape and I am sure personal preference will apply to everyone.

Overall you can’t go wrong with the PUR Flavor Options Water Pitcher! You’ll save money, help the environment, live healthier,  and help others.

Personally just having the PUR Flavor Options Water Pitcher in the fridge has encouraged my husband and I to drink more water on a daily basis!

Buy it: I think this would make a great gift for anyone! Definitely something to think about since the Holidays are soon approaching! The pitcher costs $29.99. PUR Flavor Options also there is also a  faucet mount available for $49.99. The flavor cartridges cost for $9.99 for a 2 pack that contains up to 75 glasses of flavor per cartridge.

To Enter: Visit PUR and let me know what flavor you would be most interested in trying out. ( Please leave your e-mail in your first entry to be eligible to win)

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Email a friend about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

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Win a  PUR Flavor Options Water Pitcher @erinlowmaster (add url)

This Giveaway is only open to U.S.

Giveaway running till 11/30/09 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

Disclaimer: I was given a PUR Flavor Options Pitcher to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place as well.

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Michael Bublé * Crazy Love * CD Review

1_mb_crazy_coverMichael Bublé | Crazy Love |

Track List:
Cry Me A River
All Of Me
Georgia On My Mind
Crazy Love
Haven’t Met You Yet
All I Do Is Dream Of You
Hold On
Heartache Tonight
You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)
At This Moment
Stardust
Whatever It Takes (bonus track)

Where have I been that I’d never heard of Michael Bublé? before? I was asked to participate in getting the word out about his latest cd “Crazy Love” and am glad for the opportunity.  My family and I have been enjoying Michael’s fantastic vocal abilities and variety of  styles exquisitely and meticulously chosen for his latest cd.

The genre of music Michal is classed under is jazz. He is remarkable crooner and I’ll say he reminds a lot of Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. While listening to this CD, my husband and I agreed that some of the songs could definitely be featured in a James Bond film! Since I’m from Georgia, I appreciated that Georgia on My Mind was added to the list, Michael did an exceptional job of giving this well loved favorite justice!

If you like myself knew nothing of Michael before, you may appreciate some of the following information:

Singer and songwriter Michael Bublé has sold over 22 million albums worldwide. His previous album, 2007’s Grammy winning “Call Me Irresponsible” was a #1 album in over 15 countries.
His 2005 CD “It’s Time” holds the record as the longest running title to remain on the Billboard Traditional Jazz charts – a full two years. It sat in the Number One position for over 80 weeks!
He has had two #1 singles, “Everything” and “Home” which was also a #1 hit for Blake Shelton on the Country charts.

I’m including a video of the track “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” that you’ll find on this album!  This is such a fun video, that I’m sure you’ll enjoy! I guarantee finger snapping and toe tapping!

If you’d love know more about Michael Bublé’s, do visit his website . You can also follow him on Facebook!

I think his album would make a wonderful stocking stuffer this holiday season!

To purchase his latest album check it out on Amazon here.

I received an advance copy of this CD to review from the One2One Network as part of a campaign to spread the word.

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