Category: Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Soda Stream Review & Giveaway



I’m really excited to share my thoughts on the starter kit that Soda Stream generously sent me. What better an invention is this that I can create soda or sparkling water in the comfort of my own kitchen!

mywater_bottle_0What Soda Stream does for the Environment….

  • No bottles or cans to recycle or throw away
  • Saves thousands of containers for a family of four in a year
  • Carbonating bottles last for three years 
  • Highly concentrated sodamix minimizes packaging
  • No high-fructose corn syrup in regular flavors. No aspartame in diet flavors.

How Soda Stream save energy…

  • No batteries or electricity
  • Reduces energy used to manufacture bottles and cans
  • Reduces gas and pollution from shipping packaged beverages
  • Eliminates pollution from batteries

As you can see, the benefits of making your own soda or sparkling water in your home are many. Everything that Soda Stream is doing is showing their sheer love and concern for those around them as well as the environment we live in.

ColaMy Thoughts…

I mentioned before that I was given the opportunity to review a  starter set from Soda Stream. What was included in my  Fountain Jet Starter Kit includes: 1 x Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker, 110-Liter Licensed Carbonator & Two Carbonating Bottles. This particular model comes in colors of  Black, Red or White, and normally is priced at $99.95.

Along with my machine, I was sent a variety of soda mix flavors from the 25 offered. You’ll find regular, diet, energy and caffeine-free flavors have been included to meet everyone’s personal preference. Each 500ml soda mix bottle makes the equivalent of 12 liters (about 33 cans!) of soda. Regular soda mix contains no high fructose corn syrup and diet soda mix contains no aspartame instead Splenda is used.  I was also sent a set of three All-natural My Water flavor essences which are unsweetened and calorie-free.

I must state that we really like our soda machine! It was so easy to set up and start making our own soda, that we may never buy another liter of store bought soda again!  The convenience of having the various soda flavors on hand as well as a store (Camping World) near by to restock our carbonater is fantastic.

How are the flavors? Well, we haven’t tried them all yet but a personal favorite of my husband and I is the Orange Soda Flavor! If you are not huge on Splenda flavored products you may not be a fan of their mixes but that’s not to stop anyone from adding their own flavoring after carbonation or trying out the All-natural My Water flavor carried by Soda Stream.

There’s is nothing at all that dislike about about my soda machine and would highly recommend one of these machines to everyone who enjoys soda or sparkling water.

Buy it: You can purchase Sodastream products at their online store as well as Kohls & Camping World (60L Exchange Carbonators available)!

Win it!

Sodastream has offered one lucky reader a Fountain Jet Soda Lover’s Start-Up Kit (approx. $100 retail value.) It includes the winner’s choice of black/silver, white or red/silver Fountain Jet, CO2 to make over 100 liters of soda, 2 reusable carbonating bottles, a sample pack of flavors, and 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice.

To Enter: Visit Sodastream and let me know what color machine you’d like as well as which 3 flavors you’d like to win!

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Holdiay Gift Guide: Tickle Me Plant Review and Giveaway

ticklemeplant Tickle Me Plants are fun plants that grow in a very short period of time that literally wiggle and shake when you touch them! I started growing my plant about a week or so ago and it sprouted within 2-3 days. I’ll be adding video when my plant grows a little more. It’s still pretty small and doesn’t get a whole lot of direct sunshine so I take my little plant is a late bloomer.

I really like Tickle Me Plants because they  offer a fun way to teach science and responsibility to children! Through these plants children will learn to care for each of their plants by checking, watering, and maybe even noting in a special notebook things that they notice about their plant.

Let’s not forget the fun, though in my mind gardening and science is a real blast! I believe any child will definitely be in awe  after they see how Tickle Me Plants move when you touch them!

I couldn’t help but think how Tickle Me Plants would make fantastic stocking stuffers this Holiday Season!

Buy it:
You can purchase sets in all kinds of sizes but if you are looking to only get 1 TickleMe Plant Mini-House/Party favor, it only cost  you 5.95!

Promo Code: USE the coupon code MOM for a $2.00 discount.

Win it!

I’m going to be giving away a TickleMe Plant Mini-House/Party favor from!

To Win!

Go to the TICKLE ME PLANT website and tell me something you learned!


1. Add me to your blogroll or add my button.
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6. Sign up to win giveaways at Janet and Kristinia’s blogs..( let me know which ones)
7. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)
8. Email a friend about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

Tweet: (copy/paste)

RT: Win a TickleMe Plant Mini-House/Party favor from @erinlowmaster

This Giveaway is only open to U.S and Canada

Giveaway running till 12/12/09 . 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  TickleMe Plant Mini-House/Party favor from 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.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Ultimate Cloth Review

washCleaning with just water? I honestly had to see it and try it for myself to believe it.  Yes, that’s right, the Ultimate Cloth, literally cleans exceptionally well with just water. I know this because I was sent a sample cloth to review for myself from Ultimate Cloth America.

This cloth is pretty simple to use, I easily rinse the cloth well with warm water and start my cleaning, whether I’m cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, mirrors, screens, and even the car, this cloth gets the job done! As I’m writing this review, I am sitting at my virtually oil and spot free laptop. No other cloth has been able to clean my glossy laptop surface without leaving undesirable streaks, so just because of this fact if nothing else, I am a huge fan of this cloth!

Simple- wet it, wring it, wipe your surface, walk away!

Smart – No more expensive chemicals for cleaning glass or your floor! No need to have massive amount of paper towels around the house.  Forget the swiffer refills, and the beauty of it all, it cuts 50% of your cleaning time!

To clean this cloth, you can simply throw it in the wash just don’t use fabric when washing. Also make sure to wash it separate or just lint-free clothing. Or you can hand ash with dish soap, which is my preferred method.  Worried about the cloth getting stained? You can bleach it! Now to dry the cloth there is one simple rule, don’t put it in the dryer!  If you can handle that, you are set!

Ultimate Cloth America promises – a clean cloth will never streak, spot or scratch your surface. If you are getting streaks or spots, it’s ready to be rinsed out with water or washed with soap or detergent depending on what you pulled into it. Be sure to rinse or wash any dirt or grit out of the cloth prior to using on a delicate surface.

Final Thoughts…

I would highly consider purchasing more of these fantastic cloths! I also think they would make a fantastic additions to the numerous gifts you may be giving out this Holiday season too! And how much do these amazing cloths cost? Just $6.00 for one or you can get a tw0 for a  two pack for the standard size (13.5 x 15.5) for $10.00 and for the larger size you can get 1 for 9.00. These can be purchased straight from Ultimate Cloth America‘s website!

If you’d like a cloth of your own for free, please visit the only catch is that you have to pay S &H.

Disclaimer: I was sent 1 Ultimate Cloth for review from Ultimate Cloth America . 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.

Touching Wonder:Recapturing the Awe of Christmas by John Blase


About The Book…

An instant classic that breathes new life into the familiar Nativity story This lovely little book invites readers to rediscover both the strangeness and the delight of the Nativity story through a bold retelling of Luke 1-2. To Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation, John Blase adds his own storytelling voice, exploring the familiar events from multiple first-person viewpoints. What emerges is the intimate story of unlikely people–a frightened teenage girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherd–meeting up with the divine as they move toward the realization that the little one just born is the One. It’s truly strange and wonderful, this retold story of Word made flesh, and it invites readers to react appropriately–with eyes opened wide in wonder, jaws dropped in amazement, and hearts rejoicing. The beautiful design and Amanda Jolman’s lively line drawings make this book a fitting gift as well as a potential heirloom.

About the Author

John Blase’s publications include the Living the Questions and Living the Letters Bible-study series, the Worldviews reference book (TH1NK), Real Life Stuff for Couples, and The Message Children’s Bible. A former pastor, John lives with his wife and three children in Colorado.

My Thoughts…

I enjoyed reading through Touching Wonder:Recapturing the Awe of Christmas  by John Blase. This book sheds light on the Christmas story in how I never stopped to look at it before. In many words I relate John’s writing style to Max Lucado’s whom is one of my favorite christian authors. Throughout the story you’ll find third person narrative in describing what each character may have been thinking such as Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, and others. Though of course we have no idea what they were thinking, it gives us sort of something to think about in pondering their thoughts on the miracle of Christ’s birth.

This book would make a wonderful gift during the Holiday Season! You can find it on Amazon for just $9.00!

Disclaimer: This book was provided for review purposes only from FIRST Wild Card Tours, and no cash or payment of any type was received for this review.