Friday, August 5, 2011

Saline Soothers Review and Giveaway *Closed*

As if being sick isn't bad enough but then to top it all off your nose turns red and sore from constantly wiping it with a tissue.. I've mentioned Boogie Wipes before in a previous review and told you how much I love them for my boys.. Well now the maker of Boogie Wipes has developed a saline nose wipe for adults called Saline Soothers.

Saline Soothers are pre-moistened with natural saline, vitamin E, and aloe to help soothe your nose when you have a cold, allergies, or the flu as opposed to dry tissues that can chap your nose. The saline cleans and helps dissolve the mucus in your nose while the aloe and vitamin E keep your nose looking and feeling as if you weren't sick at all. Just like Boogie Wipes, Saline Soothers are hypoallergenic, allergen free, and come in three refreshing scents including cool menthol, light lavender, and fragrance free.

To learn more about Saline Soothers, check out their website and watch their video on YouTube. Sign up for their newsletter and they'll instantly email you a printable coupon for $.50 off your in store purchase of Saline Soothers.

**Buy It**
Saline Soothers are available at Walgreens and Walmart stores nationwide.  Saline Soothers are available now in a re-sealable 15-count pack for $1.99 and in a 45 count mini tissue box beginning this fall.

**Win It**
Little Busy Bodies, the maker of Saline Soothers, has very generously offered one of my readers the following products:
(2) Full Packs (1 each mint and lavender)
2 coupons
3 Fragrence Free Sachets
3 Mint Sachets


Thursday, August 4, 2011

New YOYO lip gloss winner!

Congratulations to comment #26.. Our Crazy Bunch! You are the new YOYO lip gloss winner since the original winner didn't respond. You have been emailed! Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

King Arthur Flour Kids Review and Giveaway *Closed*

When I was a little girl, I used to love helping my grandmother bake in the kitchen.. Now that I'm older, I like to share that tradition with my boys.. And they love to help me in the kitchen, just like I used to love helping my grandmother!

I love baking anything in the kitchen that's kid-friendly.. Especially cakes and cookies. My boys of course, love to lick the beaters and steal sprinkles, like most kids do.. But it's not very often that you find baking products especially for kids.. That's what I love about King Arthur Flour Kids.

About K.A.F. Kids: Our K.A.F. Kids mixes are fast, easy, and just plain yummy. Made of the best all-natural and organic ingredients, they feature the mild flavors and softer texture kids love. Add the expertise of the King Arthur test-baker moms who developed and perfected these mixes, and you’ve got a guaranteed recipe for fun in the kitchen.


K.A.F. Kids offers cake, muffins and pizza mixes for kids as well as cool baking tools like goldfish spoons and mouse measuring cups. I was sent a pizza and cake mix to review. Both mixes have very easy to follow instructions and taste delicious!

K.A.F. Kids mixes can be purchased on their website for $6.95. For recipes and baking tips, join King Arthur Flour's online community The Baking Circle

**Win It**
One of my readers will win two K.A.F. Kids mixes.

Alphabeasts Review


What kid doesn't love stuffed animals? My boys certainly do! And I love anything that's educational for them.. That's why I was so excited when I discovered Alphabeasts.

What are AlphabeastsAlphabeasts are plush, loveable, learning companions created to teach children their ABC’s and how to spell while having fun at the same time.

Each of the 26 Alphabeasts has a distinctive design characteristic and physical attribute that makes them unique from one another. The beasts are two-sided with contrasting colors front and back, and are adorned with upper and lower case alphabet characters on each side to enhance learning and playful functionality.

Alphabeasts are designed to augment the learning process at home or in-school. Their presence captivates children’s attention and encourages them to participate in meaningful learning experiences. Lessons, games and other activities are only limited by one’s imagination when incorporating the Alphabeasts into a child’s routine or playtime.

Alphabeasts were created by two dads, Andy Ferguson and Chad Whitman, who truly understand the importance of education, parent and child interaction, imaginative play and learning through fun. Not only are Alphabeasts a great learning tool, but they're fun for kids too! 

My boys love them! For this review, we received Boogeyfus (B) for Brayden and Topsy-Turvy (T) for Trevor. They love that they each have an Alphabeast to call their own.. And since they are each distinct, they're not fighting over who's is who's which makes me a pretty happy mom!


Alphabeasts also make great decor items for nurseries and bedrooms.. Whether you want to spell out your child's name or welcome a new baby by spelling out BOY or GIRL, Alphabeasts are the perfect touch!

Alphabeasts can be purchased for $20 each at http://www.thealphabeasts.com/. Be sure to like Alphabeasts on Facebook too!

Disclosure: I was provided with the Alphabeasts mentioned above for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Back to School with Lysol Review and Giveaway

Summer's almost over which means back to school and back to germs. Luckily, Lysol makes some amazing germ-killing products! We've been using Lysol products for years, and my favorite is the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System.. My boys love it too.. They actually think it's fun to wash their hands now!

About the Lysol® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System: Lysol® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System helps eliminate the millions of germs that your hands can pick up each day! It automatically senses hands and dispenses just the right amount of soap. Handwashing is one of the most important steps you and your children can take to help you stay healthy and with the sleek stainless steel-inspired Lysol® No-Touch handsoap system, you and your family will never have to touch a germy soap pump again! The new look not only makes hand washing easy and fun, it helps consumers avoid the germy soap pump and also blends with any kitchen or bathroom decor.

What’s more, the system’s antibacterial hand soap kills 99.9% of bacteria on hands when used as directed – so it’s ideal for use in the kitchen or bathroom. The starter kit includes a dispenser, one hand soap refill, and four AA batteries. When you use the Lysol® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System, you’ll know you’re helping your family by fostering proper and effecting handwashing to help prevent the spread of germs.
Along with the No-Touch system I was also sent Lysol Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes. I've used their original disinfecting wipes before but never the Dual Action one's so I was pretty excited to try them out. I made bbq ribs and macaroni & cheese the other night for dinner and decided to leave the bbq sauce and cheese caked on the stove overnight so I could really try the wipes out.. The next morning I got a wipe out and started cleaning.. I couldn't believe how strong these wipes are, they removed every last bit of caked on food.. I even used the wipe to scrub down the trash can lid that my boys got food all over when emptying their plates.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Boon Creatures Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Boon Inc. offers innovative and affordable baby products and gear including high chairs and other feedings products, bath toys, organizational product, and decor. I have personally admired Boon products for quite a while now.. Everything is so colorful and unique!


I was recently sent a set of Creatures bath toys for my boys to review. The creatures are soft and flexible interchangeable, colorful underwater species with holes in their heads for water to trickle out. 

About Boon Creatures:
*Encourages hand-eye coordination
*Set includes four unique interchangeable creatures
*BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free
*Recommended age: 9 months+
*Dimensions: approximately 4" x 2.4" x 2.7"
*MSRP $13.99

My boys had a blast playing with their new creatures in the tub! I think my favorite feature is that because they're interchangeable, water doesn't get stuck inside so I don't have to worry about them becoming moldy. It's also great that my boys can be creative with them and there's enough pieces that they're not fighting over them.

To learn more about Boon products and to check out everything they have to offer visit booninc.com. Make sure you also subscribe to their blog to stay up to date on new products and giveaways.

**Win It**
Boon has very generously offered one of my readers a set of Creatures.

3 giveaways ending tonight..

All three of these giveaways are ending tonight.. Be sure to get your entries in!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hannah and the Talking Tree Book Review

About Hannah and the Talking Tree:
Author and illustrator Elke Weiss has created a children's book specially designed to plant the seeds of environmental activism in the next generation.
 
Hannah is a little girl with a special and unique gift. She has very, very big ears which enable her to hear things in the world all around her that other people do not notice. She can hear the grass grow, the wind sing, and the ants march one by one. Unfortunately, she is teased and criticized by other children for her ears. In the forest she finds and befriends a very special and solitary tree and learns about the tragic fate of the trees around her. And now the last tree is threatened as well. Is there any way to save the lone tree from destruction? Will anyone listen to Hannah's cry for help? Instead of just giving up, Hannah decides to be brave and do something herself to help save the tree and create a world worthwhile living in. 


Hannah and the Talking Tree has been featured in the Washington Post as well as several parenting magazines and is the 2010 Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.. And I can see why! My boys loved Hannah and the Talking Tree so much that not 5 seconds after my husband read it to them, they brought it to me and asked me to read it again.

The book is printed on recycled paper and seems to be very durable. The illustrations and story line are just amazing! Hannah and the Talking Tree is the first of several Hannah books including Hannah's Animal ABC coloring book which is also available now and Hannah Becomes a Mermaid which will be available in 2012.

**Buy It**



Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Hannah and the Talking Tree for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

EvoraPet Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Are you a pet owner? Do you suffer from stinky kisses from your pets? EvoraPet is here to help!

We've been lucky enough to have pets that don't have bad breath.. I'm not really sure why.. We don't brush their teeth or give them special food.. But believe me, I'm not complaining. However, as our 4 and 1/2 year old black lab, Lady, gets older her teeth have been starting to get discolored which is why I wanted to give EvoraPet a try.

About EvoraPet: EvoraPet™ provides a quick, simple and effective oral care method without the hassle, stress and poor results of trying to brush your pets’ teeth.  The probiotic powder is a safe and affordable alternative to cleaning procedures requiring anesthesia at the veterinarian’s office.  Simply sprinkle EvoraPet™ on pets’ food once each day.  This is an easy daily step pet parents can add to their at-home grooming routine for their dog or cat.

The key active ingredient in EvoraPet™ is ProBiora3®, the patented technology that was researched and developed by Oragenics to combat destructive bacteria.  By balancing the good and bad bacteria in pets’ mouths, ProBiora3® effectively freshens breath and naturally whitens teeth.  Oragenics special blend of probiotics creates a reduction in the volatile sulfur compounds responsible for bad breath.  Additionally, because the ProBiora3 in EvoraPet™ works around the clock, it requires only one scoop, once a day.

At first I didn't think Lady was going to eat her food after sprinkling the EvoraPet on it.. She smelled it, sneezed, smelled it again, took a bite and spit it out.. Then started devouring her food. I guess she likes it after all! We've only been using EvoraPet for a little while now so i haven't noticed a huge change in her teeth's appearance but since she likes it we'll continue using it and see what happens.


**Buy It**
A 30-day supply for $14.95 or a 60-day supply for $24.95 of EvoraPet for dogs and cats is available at Oragenics.com.. Through August 31st you can save $5 by using the code: EPET811 at checkout.

**Win It**

YoYo Lip Gloss Winner

Congratulations to comment #18.. Jenn Spencer! I will be emailing you shortly.
Thanks to everyone who entered! Be sure to enter the Reviva Labs giveaway that ends 8/3 at 12:01 AM.
On a side note, I will no longer be announcing winners on a separate post.. Winners will still be emailed but they will now be announced on the original giveaway post.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Yum Yum Dishes Review and Discount Code


Snacks are a big thing in our house, especially during the summer when we're home all day and it's too hot to play outside. I try to keep healthy things in the house like grapes and other fresh fruit but some times my boys just want chips and cookies, which is (of course) okay in moderation. That's where Yum Yum Dishes come in handy.

About Yum Yum Dishes: Tracy Adler created Yum Yum Dishes™ to help kids and grown-ups manage their snacking habits in a healthy way. Instead of eliminating all your favorite treats – enjoy them in moderation, in a Yum Yum Dish™!

Tracy is a former restaurateur and mother of two.  Her Yum Yum Dishes™ are a great way to teach little ones about correct portions size and help to keep snack size in check for grown-ups, too! 


Yum Yum Dishes are 4 oz. ceramic bowls that provide a great way to eat the foods you enjoy, that may not be so healthy for you, in a healthier way. And their really cute too.. The inside of the bowl says "Yum Yum time is" around the rim and "over" on the inside bottom of the bowl. They're colorful so kids will enjoy eating out of them and they're durable too!

Lisa Mosley, the Oklahoma single mom who lost almost 100 pounds since she first appeared on NBC's The Biggest Loser last year, is endorsing Yum Yum Dishes as a fun solution to portion control for people struggling to lose fat. Controlling the size of portions using Yum Yum Dishes has helped her reach her goal. You can sign up for Lisa Mosley's Tip of the Week (on Yum Yum Dishes home page) in which you'll receive a Tip from Lisa each Monday morning and will also receive notices of special events and promotions from Yum Yum Dishes available only to those who sign up.  

To learn more about Yum Yum Dishes and portion control follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

**Buy It** 
Yum Yum Dishes can be purchased in a set of 4 for $22 at yumyumdish.com.. Use code: TWOBOYS at checkout for $5 off your order.. This code is active until August 14th so get your order in now to save!

Disclosure: I was provided with a sample Yum Yum Dish for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Comparison Shopping with Canada Post

I recently discovered Canada Post Comparison Shopper which is an online deal finder perfect for my Canadian readers. I find it so much easier to shop online when you have kids, it can be such a pain to drag them around from store to store searching for the best deals.

Canada Post Comparison Shopper is super easy to navigate using the tabs for different categories. We have been in the market for a new camera for a while now, so my husband and I have been searching different electronic stores trying to figure out which cameras we like and who has the best prices. That's what's so great about the Canada Post Comparison Shopper, you don't have to leave your home to search for item's you're looking to buy.


If you're not in the market for a new camera, Canada Post also compares prices on men's and women's fashion, baby products, outdoor and sports equipment, and even pet products.

Let me tell you another great thing about Canada Post.. Right now through September 21st Canadian Residents can enter to win a $1,000 Visa card.. There will be 8 winners total so be sure to enter while you're there shopping!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Canada Post. All opinions are my own.

Alex My Crafty Cars from Educational Toys Planet Review

Educational Toys Planet carries all sorts of educational toys for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids ages 10+. I love that their website is very easy to navigate.. You can search by category, brand, and even the age/sex of the child you're shopping for. They also carry some of the most well-known brands available including Melissa & Doug, Learning Resources, and Alex Toys.

As I mentioned before, I love Alex Toys. The quality is always amazing and they have so many different products to choose from. I was recently sent a My Crafty Cars craft kit by Alex Toys from Educational Toys Planet to review. Like most kids, my boys love to do crafts so they were very excited to give this a try.

My Crafty Cars is a new Alex Toys craft kit for young car lovers. This car craft set comes with 3 colorful cardboard vehicles that you need to fold, stick and decorate. The vehicle craft kit includes precut cars including a school bus, ice cream truck, and race car, and all the art supplies you need to make them look fun: stickers, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, ribbons, buttons, etc. My Craft Cars from Educational Toys Planet comes with chunky glue stick and instructions.

We had a lot of fun creating vehicles with the My Crafty Cars craft kit. We did have some difficulty getting some of the cardboard pieces to stick to the school bus.. But after we were finished we let it dry over night, and now 4 days later it's still stuck together. We'll see how it holds up with my rough boys, but overall we had a great experience with it!

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Educational Toys Planet offers a lot of other arts and crafts, as well as math toys, building toys, and sports toys to name a few. The next time you're in the market for a fun, educational toy check out Educational Toys Planet!

Disclosure: Educational Toys Planet provided me with My Crafty Cars by Alex Toys for this review. All opinions are my own.

$40 worth of Kidorable products for $20

Check out today's eversave deal.. 
$40 worth of Kidorable products for only $20!!
Their stuff is so stinkin cute!



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Today's Save:$20 for $40 worth of fun and functional kids' accessories from Kidorable.com

Expires 11:59 PM - Aug 10, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

No Throw Winners

Congratulations to comments #89.. Gina and #65.. BeautyToLove! Please respond to your email within 48 hours or new winners will be chosen.
Thanks to everyone who entered!