Thursday, December 18, 2014

Liberty Belle Nightgown for American Girl Dolls Review



My daughter loves American Girl items. She received the Caroline doll for her birthday and now she is always looking for new things for her. I love that she really seems to enjoy the dolls and try to find her fun new stuff to add to her collection.


One thing she did not have was night clothes for Caroline. I mentioned it to her one day and she said since I am the grandmother, I need to buy it for her. I knew then that it was something she wanted, so I took the opportunity to try the Liberty Bell Nightgown for review.

The first thing I noticed about this American Girl nightgown was how bright the blue color was. It stood out an caught my attention before I even noticed the cute bunny designs and patterns on it. This is a great length for a doll gown. It has long sleeves, making it perfect for winter wear and is easy to put on too. There is a long velcro closure in the back to eliminate fuss, and make it easy for them to dress their doll. It even comes with a pretty blue ribbon for her hair!

The nightgown felt a little stiff to me when it arrived but I always wash new clothing items before using them, so I did the same with this. Once it had been washed and dried, it felt nice and soft and ready for bed. This is so cute and I love the ruffled edges. It is perfect for putting your favorite doll to sleep.

The nightgown is even stain resistant and made from child safe materials so you have less worry about danger or spills!

*I received a gown for review purposes. All opinions are my own from personal experience.

Professional Lemon Zester/Cheese Grater Adds A Nice Twist To Your Cooking!



The Professional Lemon Zester/Cheese Grater is the perfect tool for those times when you just need a bit of zest or topping. It works quickly and easily, just a few times across the blades will give you enough lemon, orange or lime zest for topping your favorite pie, treat or drink. It also works well for grating Parmesan or other cheeses to finish off your favorite meal. My favorite use of this grater is for adding a bit of chocolate to cocoa or coffee, and the grated chocolate adds a beautiful finish to Holiday desserts too.


I had no issues with this tool, regardless of what I was using it for. It grated fruit, cheese and chocolate with ease, and this was as easy to clean as any other grater I have tried. The plus is that, not only does it work well, but it doesn't leave half of your ingredients stuck up inside of it like some other types do.

I love that this comes complete with a plastic protective cover, making it perfect for traveling and easy to store. I can slide it off to use it but don't have to worry about it scratching anything while it is being stored.

My grater arrived in just days and was nicely packaged to prevent any damage to it. This would make a great gift for a new couple, cooking fan or anyone who wants to save time and effort while cooking!

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* I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own from personal experience.

Always Kiss Me Goodnight Beautiful Vinyl Wall Decals



I love vinyl wall decor. It looks nice but doesn't stick out or take up space and allows me to personalize a room or area exactly how I want it. There are so many choices in from pictures to quotes and it seems like any style or color you could want.




 I was sent the "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" wall decal to review from Vinyl Disorder. I first thought of putting this above our new bed, but when it arrived, I knew it would look beautiful in my daughter's room. The decal was a bold black in a beautiful swirling script. The full size was three feet across, and it is worth every inch of space.


To apply this, I cleaned the area where she wanted this and followed the included instructions. It was easy, for the most part, and took only a few minutes to do. You simply peel the protective covering and place the paper with the decal where you want it on the wall. You use the included scraper to smooth over the back of the paper, loosening the decal from the paper and helping the it adhere to the wall. I did have a couple of spots where the wall decal wouldn't come off the paper the first time. I just went back over that area with the scraper tool and it came off fine.


It is better to take your time and apply this with care. Rushing will only cause issues and risk damaging the decal. The finished result is well worth your extra few minutes!

This looked great against her bright pink walls, but I imagine it would look just as good on other colors too. It lies perfectly smooth and even with no wrinkles, bulges or flaws. It has been there for over a week and nothing has changed at all, it is still in perfect condition and looks like it will last her for a long time!


* I received a sample for review purposes. All opinions are my own from my own experiences.


Body Merry Stretch Marks and Scars Defense Cream Review



After having three kids, I have to admit I have a stretch mark or two. I tried to avoid them, and since I lost weight instead of gaining every time, I came out better than many I know. Still, I do have some and I hate them. I am sure many of you feel the same. You look in the mirror, and no matter how faint they may be, you still see them as if they are bright and bold.




The Body Merry Stretch Marks and Scars Cream is a product made just for me. It contains an amazing mix of Organic Cocoa Butter, sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, algae extract, Shea butter and a ton of other natural ingredients for a formula that targets the problem and works to correct it. It helps to hydrate the skin and soften while improving elasticity and overall appearance too.

Using this cream is simple. You apply it like you would any cream or lotion and rub it into your skin. That's it! It takes such little time and effort to improve your skin. The cream does have a scent to it. It is not overpowering, but it is there. It didn't bother me in the least, but could be an issue for those who may be extra sensitive to smells.

I noticed a change after using this for about three weeks. It didn't remove every bit of the marks by then, but it had made a significant difference in the skin. It felt much more soft to the touch and was more smooth and even looking. The stretch marks had lessened and the skin had a more healthy tone to it.

This is a great starting place if you are looking to improve those problem areas without making a big commitment. You can try it and see your results, and if you like what you see, you can go back for more.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Body Merry Retinol Surge Moisturizer



Staying young looking and healthy is a constant battle once you reach a certain age. It becomes necessary to pay attention to the details you never even thought before. It never hurts to have some assistance at staying vibrant and beautiful, so I am always looking for new products to do just that.




The Body Merry Retinol Surge Moisturizer is designed to revive your youth. It is unique because it is calculated to avoid dryness and irritation that often comes with Retinol use.The mix of Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Green Tea is a potent moisturizing blend that works against fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, acne, sun damage and more.

I can say this really does add moisture to your skin. It doesn't have an overpowering smell to it and it applies easily. I noticed a significant change in my skin after just a few days of using this. My skin felt more soft to the touch and it didn't seem to look as strained as before. I had started to notice slight lines and uneven skin tone in areas and it looks much more uniform and smooth now.

I am 34, so my age signs are slight. I have no idea how well this works for more advanced issues. I did let my teenage son use it to address acne issues and it did well in clearing up his skin, It took multiple applications, but it did make a change in the overall appearance of his face.

Body Merry's products are backed with a 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't like this moisturizer, just contact them and get a full refund. You don't even need to return the bottle!



Friday, December 5, 2014

My Schwan's Experience

I just had a blast ordering my recent items from Schwan's home delivery service. I was given a $25 gift card so I could browse the site, find something delicious to order and try out the process. Let me tell you, I am thrilled. I found so many great items I wanted to try, but I kept my cool and just got a few of them.


 I had ordered from Schwan's before but it was years ago so I was excited to see if they still had any of my favorites, and to see what else had been added since then. There are so many choices, I can literally browse for an hour before deciding what I want to get. There are categories covering everything from fruits and vegetables to desserts making it easy to find what you want.

My favorite thing to eat is pizza, so I decided to order some of their Special Recipe pizzas. I ordered supreme, four cheese and Mexican style, so we could try three different varieties. I loved these pizzas. The cheese flavor was much better than some of the other frozen types I have tried.

They were big enough that I could pop one in the oven to make lunch for the kids, or share one with my husband while watching a movie together. They didn't have too much sauce and the toppings did not taste artificial like some others do. For only $4.99 each, I thought they were a great deal!


I wanted something for a weekend breakfast and found the Sausage Breakfast Skillet. This bland of potatoes, pork sausage and roasted veggies just needed some eggs friend into it for a yummy breakfast meal. I served this with hot cinnamon buns and it was delicious. The kids loved it so much, there wasn't a bite left after breakfast.


My favorite thing of all was the amazing ice cream. I grabbed a container of Sea Salt Caramel and Cashew ice cream and Passion Punch sherbet. Both were creamy and full of flavor. I liked the sweet, yet salty taste of the caramel and cashews, but I was in love with the Passion Punch. The fruity taste was great and I couldn't stop going back for more.

I really enjoyed my experience with the Schwan's service. I loved the food, the ease of ordering and the fact that I could chose to order and pay right away or pay when it was delivered. The food comes right to my door every other week and they sometimes offer specials at that time too for even more savings. In fact, I liked everything so much, I have ordered two more times since then!

*I was provided the gift code for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

VTech Switch and Go Dinos Turbo -Bronco the Triceratops Giveaway!!

My kids love interactive toys. If they can make it move, light up or respond in some way, you can be sure they will want it. Sine they have been little, we have always had Vtech toys in our home and now we have another one to enjoy.



We were sent a Bronco the RC Triceratops from the Vtech Switch and Go Dino Turbo line for review. Let me tell you it is just awesome. They have a range of different dinosaurs that transform into different vehicles. When I say transform, I don't mean you have to switch it around or figure out how to change it, all you have to do is push one button and the dinosaur will transform itself into the car, push it again and it goes back. It's that simple.

When this is in car mode, it features a driver on the LCD screen. You can select from 4 different drivers depending on your preferences, hear cool sounds, steer the car and transform it, all from the simple to use remote control. Plus it has cool blue headlights!

When in Triceratops mode, you can still control and move this like in car mode. You can change the eyes just like the drivers and you hear over 70 dinosaur sounds and phrases full of fun dinosaur facts.


This was so much for for everyone. I had a blast playing with it when I first opened it and inserted the batteries. It requires 8 AA batteries to work. Once the kids saw it, I never had a chance. My daughter is 8 and my boys are 11 and 13 and they all enjoyed playing with this. It was especially entertaining for my younger nieces and nephews. Everyone can control it and the sounds, lights and movement keep them amused forever.
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* I received a sample product for review thanks to the wonderful people at VTech. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Create Custom Window Art with Liquid Chalkers



My kids love to draw and write with anything they can get their hands on. From pencils to paint, they enjoy creating their own artwork on a daily basis. For that reason, I just knew they would love working with the Liquid Chalkers I received for review.

If you are like me, your first though is, what exactly is a liquid chalker? I was a little unsure what they were or what they could be used for, but I soon found out.



These super fun markers from Paper and Twine were developed by a mom looking to increase the creativity in her family, and they do just that. I loved the mix of bright colors that come in the 8 piece set. It is enough to allow you to make a ton of super fun designs on windows, doors, mirrors and more.

When you first open these you have to shake each one and then press down with the tip to allow the liquid to flow into in. I thought this was great because it means no ink will be leaking out before you use them and you know each one is nice and fresh. It takes only a minute or two to start each one and you only have to do it the first time.


These markers are simple to use but work so much better than other options I have tried. Anyone can use them, from toddler to adult and the possibilities are limitless. My kids loved creating images on their bedroom windows out glass door. They also found it fun to leave messages to one another on their bathroom mirror.

These would also be perfect for chalkboard or chalkboard painted surfaces like walls and doors. They apply smoothly and you can draw with the flat side or the tip for varied t\line thickness and detail. When used on glass surfaces, you can easily wipe away any mistake with just your fingertip and when you want to change designs, it takes just seconds to clear the surface and start again. This was a huge plus over scrubbing and wiping forever to remove the color or change a picture.


These would make a great gift for the, kid, teacher or budding artist in your family, or anyone else who enjoys passing the time in a creative way.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Old Factory Candles Gift Set Review and Giveaway



I love candles. I am always burning one scent or another to keep my house smelling nice and fabulous. I enjoy a variety of smells and am always keeping my eye out for something new.



 The Old Factory Candles sets allow you to try three different scents for one price. The candles are small so this is a great way to experience new smells without committing to a large sized candle, and it means you don't have to wait forever to finish one scent before starting another. 


I love that they come in sets with related, themed smells too. You can select the one that fits you best, or go for a group you have never tried before. The variety makes these a great gift too!

I received the Happy Holidays set for review. I saw right away that all of the candles were white, even though they have different scents. Personally, I like the colors of my candles almost as much as the scents, but them being white means they can go with any decor, which is a plus when gifting them.


I noticed these do not have a really strong scent to them. Many times a candle will have an overpowering smell that can be bothersome to guests, kids or people with sensitivities. That does not seem to be an issue with these. I burned one in my bedroom for hours and even though I could smell it there, the scent did not travel to other rooms. I thought this was perfect for burning different smells in different places, and also to keep the smell contained to the area in which you want it.

I wanted to see how much burn time I could get from each of these so I lit one and let it go for a few hours before putting it out. The next day I let it go for around 6 hours and it had not even melted to the bottom of the jar. Many times that is a problem, you let a candle go for a long time and then the wick slides and moves in the melted wax. I had no movement with these and was able to burn them at will with no concern.

Fall Harvest
Pumpkin Spice                                       
Cranberry
Autumn Leaves

Happy Holidays
Christmas Tree
Candy Cane
Gingerbread

Winter Wonderland
Hot Cocoa
Roasted Chestnut
First Snow

Romance
Rose Petals
Champagne
Dark Chocolate

Fresh & Clean
Lemongrass
Olive Blossom
Fresh Linen

Spa Day
Cucumber
Lemongrass
Green Tea

Vacation
Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

Coffee Shop
Coffee Bean
Hazelnut
Chai Tea

Man Cave
Straight Razor
Leather
Mahogany

High as a Kite
Cannabis
Incense
Bag O' Cookies

New Born Baby
Baby Powder
Baby Shampoo
First Blanket

50 Shades
Leather
Vanilla ***
Jasmine Bubbles


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Coffee Dates from Hell- Book Review



I love to read. I always have a book that I am currently working through, sometimes even two or three at a time. I like to read a variety of topics, so when I saw the Coffee Dates From Hell book, it seemed like a perfect fit.

This book is a collection of short stories about random coffee dates between people. It has some historical characters like Lincoln and Einstein and other various random people. Each one tells the story of how the first dates went...with all the crazy details. Of course the stories are fictional, but still hilarious to read.

I loved that these stories were short enough to read in just minutes. Each one had a different reason why the date was going bad, and they were all comical. Some of the stories were obvious as to what the issue was, and others took a minute to express the oddness of the date. The variety was nice and prevented me from becoming bored with the stories.

There are also a few stories about coffee shops that have turned into coffee flops. These short descriptions of the craziest of coffee shop horrors left me shaking my head in wonder. I can't imagine going into them!

This is a great book for times when you just have a few minutes to read or need something funny to laugh at. It would be perfect for bus or subway rides, while sitting in a waiting room or even keeping in the bathroom. I personally enjoyed relaxing in a bubble bath and reading a few dates each time while I soaked.

This would also make a great gift for anyone who enjoys a bit of humor in their life! The stories aren't what I consider inappropriate or raunchy, so there is no concern over who could receive this book. It would be perfect to hand out as a Holiday party favor or to keep on hand for emergency or unexpected gifting needs too.

You can find this book in paperback and ebook version on Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.