Friday, January 20, 2012

Spring Buzz Giveaway Hop sign-ups are open!


Bloggers: Sign up to participate in the Spring Buzz Giveaway Hop being hosted by Just Married with Coupons & Sweep Tight. There is a $25 minimum prize pack requirement and there's also a super awesome grand prize sponsored by BeeSavy.

Check out the details here and sign up today!

Crane Humidifier Review and Giveaway *Closed*


We've been having a rather mild winter weather-wise but colds and the flu have hit us hard this year. I had the flu around the beginning of November which then turned into a horrible cold that I had for over a month and the boys have been sick with colds and viruses on and off all season. But thanks to Crane humidifiers we've had a bit of relief from our stuffy noses and coughing.

Crane offers several humidifiers including the drop, germ defense, classic humidifiers, and of course the adorable humidifiers for kids. We actually already have one of the adorable humidifiers in the boys room that we run on a regular basis so Crane agreed to send us one of the drop humidifiers for my husband and I to try out.
Crane humidifiers are designed to help with overall cold and flu symptoms as well as help loosen nasal congestion, ease dry coughs, sooth itchy dry eyes and skin, and even help prevent nose bleeds. Since we already have a Crane humidifier for the boys I knew how well they work so I now I am thrilled to have one to use when I am sick and since I've been sick so much this season it has really come in handy.
These humidifiers are so simple to use too... All you do is fill the tank with fresh, clean water and it will run whisper quiet for 24 hours. It even has an auto off function that will turn the humidifier off when the tank is out of water, in case you forget to fill it. Two very important things to remember when using Crane humidifiers... Empty the tank daily and replace with fresh water, and be sure to disinfect the basin with vinegar and water weekly to prevent bacterial growth.

Beginners’ Guide to Birding and The Big Year DVD Giveaway *Closed*


Comedic Icons Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson Star in the Hilarious Outdoor Adventure Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 31!

Was your New Year’s resolution a pact to yourself to get outdoors and make 2012 your Big Year?  In this beginner’s guide we’ll direct you to where you can find online field guides, deals on binoculars, regional checklists and new birding buddies to go on trips with.  Grab a notebook and start practicing your birdcalls and soon you will be having the biggest year ever!

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis.  In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime!

Online Field Guides


Many hardcore birders like to have physical field guides that they can take with them, and many people employ the use of regional field guides, as they offer more specific advice. As you are starting your birding adventure, try using a site like http://www.whatbird.com/, which allows you to search for species in many different ways (including by region and by appearance). What Bird also has handy apps for e-readers and smart phones, which allow you to access their immense database on the go!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

From Our Hearts To Yours Sponsor Spotlight: Pure Romance

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Since Valentine's Day is all about spending a nice, romantic evening with your significant other I figured Pure Romance would be a perfect sponsor for the From Our Hearts To Yours Valentine's giveaway hop.

Not familiar with Pure RomancePure Romance is one of the nation’s leading and fastest-growing woman-to-woman direct sellers of relationship and intimacy aids. Its premier line of products is marketed through a distinctive network of in-home parties organized by more than 75,000 specially trained or certified independent sales Consultants throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pure Romance provided me with a gift package which included Perfect Pout lip plumping serum, Body Dew, and Just Like Me gel lubricant to review. The Body Dew is by far my favorite product out of the three I received. As soon as the package arrived I could smell it which made me want to use it right away. I received the original scent which is a very soft, not overpowering smell. The Body Dew is an after bath moisturizer that leaves your skin feeling super soft and looking shiny.

The Just Like Me gel lubricant has easily become my favorite lubricant for intimate times with my husband. The water-based gel has a great consistency which allows it to not drip all over the place making a horrible mess and it's not sticky like a lot of other lubricants. Available in three different scents including original, strawberry, and blueberry, the Just Like Me gel lubricant is pH balanced for a woman's body and feels just like your natural moisture.

Designed to give you sexy, sensual, kissable lips, the Perfect Pout lip plumping serum is said to give you movie star lips without the Hollywood price tag. I never had a desire for plumper lips but decided to give it a try anyway and was actually pleasantly surprised. To be honest I was expecting my lips to look like I had them "done" but that's not how they look at all. They are a little plumper, but they're also shiny, smooth, and firmer than before. At first my lips were a little tingly, but once that went away I was very pleased with the soft pink lips I saw looking back at me in the mirror.

From Our Hearts To Yours Sponsor Spotlight: Kari Machal Designs


I love anything personalized... Whether it's an ornament for the Christmas tree, a piece of jewelry, something fun for my boys, or anything about family it's for me. When I discovered Kari Machal Designs on etsy I fell in love with her family tree prints and knew I wanted her to be a part of the From Our Hearts To Yours giveaway hop.

I was so thrilled when Kari agreed to send me a custom love birds family tree print. For this particular print I was able to choose which colors I wanted as well as all of the personalization. I was sent three 5x7 prints that incorporate us as a family as well as the day my husband and I were married. You can see how adorable it came out by checking out the proof below.


Along with these awesome family tree prints, Kari Machal Designs also offers wedding prints, birth announcements and just for kid prints, quotes, subway art, and other for the home prints. All of her prints can be customized in your choice of colors to fit your home decor. I absolutely love all of her prints and love that they can be customized just for you.

You can purchase a 5x7 love birds family tree print like the one I received to review for only $30, plus whatever it costs you to mat and frame it. If you are impatient like me you might want to consider already having the mat and frame so once it arrives you are all ready to hang it up.

Want a Kari Machal Designs custom print for your home? Come back between February 1st and 14th to enter to win an 11x14 family tree print of choice during the From Our Hearts To Yours giveaway hop!

Disclosure: I was provided with the product(s) mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends Printable Coloring Sheet

To get your little ones ready for the February 14th release of The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Friends To The Finish here is a fun, printable coloring sheet.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's Your Number? Review


What's Your Number?
Available on Blu-ray and DVD today!

Synopsis: After reading a magazine article that insists if a woman has slept with at least 20 people that they have already missed Mr. Right, marketing executive Ally Darling (Anna Faris) begins to panic, thinking that she will be alone forever. With the help of her hunky new neighbor (Chris Evans), Ally starts tracking down all her ex-boyfriends, hoping to find her real true love while she helps him escape his latest fling. Hilarious hijinks and adventure ensues as Ally goes on her wild search for the best “ex” of her life, only to find what she is looking has been right in front of her all along.

My Thoughts: In my opinion What's Your Number? is the first must-see romantic comedy of 2012. I think everyone can relate to at least some part of the movie... I mean who hasn't thought about tracking down their exes to see how well they've aged or to see if they couldn't make their relationship work a second time around.

I have to admit I'm not really a big fan of Anna Faris, but I thought she played Ally Darling perfectly in this movie, and her co-star Chris Evans- Adorable! The on-screen chemistry between these two is amazing and I think that's what makes this movie so great. Overall, I give What's Your Number? a big thumbs up!

What's Your Number? is available on Blu-ray and DVD today! Don't forget to enter to win a copy before January 20th.

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the DVD mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oliver's Labels Review



When Brayden started Kindergarten this year his teacher informed us that everything he brought to school needed to be labeled. I let him pick out some labels and we've had "fun" labeling everything including his backpack, lunchbox, coat, sweatshirts, and even hat and gloves. Well Trevor will be starting preschool next year and I was on the hunt for some cute and colorful labels for him... That's when I discovered Oliver's Labels.

Oliver's Labels offers high quality waterproof labels for all your kids belongings. Available in all kinds of cute and colorful designs including dinosaurs, fantasy, sports, transportation, animals, and several other designs, Oliver's Labels tons of different labels for you to choose from.


I was provided with a sample pack of dinosaur themed labels to review. This sample pack included original labels, mini labels, clothing labels, and even shoe labels. What's great about these labels is they're dishwasher and washer safe so you don't have to worry about re-applying new labels every time they get washed.

Oliver's Labels are available in several different packages including the starter package, preschool package (which is just what I need for Trevor next year), clothing package, school package, and even a camp package which will be perfect for parents sending their kids off to camp this summer. Stop by Oliver's Labels today to order some adorable labels for your kids belongings!

Disclosure: 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.

Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Blowhole Review


Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Blowhole

Synopsis: Neil Patrick Harris stars as Dr. Blowhole in the latest chapter of the Emmy Award®-winning series from DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon, “Penguins of Madagascar”. Skipper and the Penguins face off against their sinister nemesis, Dr. Blowhole, and his diabolical schemes in this action-packed adventure with six original musical numbers. It’s a Bond-spoof of Penguins proportions!

Our Thoughts: Brayden has loved these little mischievous penguins since he first saw them on the original Madagascar movie and now that Trevor's getting into "big kid shows" he loves them too! We watch the show on a regular basis and were more than thrilled to be able to review the new Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Blowhole DVD. 

There is never a dull moment in the Penguins of Madagascar show and the same can be said for their new movie. It's funny and action packed, and who wouldn't love to watch these little penguins running around?! We give Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Blowhole a big thumbs up and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of these little guys! Own it on DVD Today! 


Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the DVD mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Never Forget Your Pillow- Ponchillow Review


I am all about lounging around on the couch watching TV but blankets and pillows can be such a pain sometimes. If you move even a little bit the blanket falls off and the pillow slouches down making it very uncomfortable. And lets not forget the fact that I have two kids who like to try to squeeze under the blanket with me... This is why I'm so glad I discovered Ponchillow.


I'm going to be completely honest here, when I first saw the Ponchillow I thought it looked pretty silly but I'm so glad I decided to give it a try. What is a Ponchillow? It's a fleece hooded poncho with a pillow attached.

The Help Movie Review


THE HELP

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, 
Digital Download and On-Demand Today! 

Synopsis: The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the powerful performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast. The Help is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project — one that breaks society's rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humor and hope — and complete with compelling, never-before-seen bonus features — The Help is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.

The Help stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to the film. Bryce Dallas Howard breathes life into the catty Jackson socialite Hilly Holbrook and Jessica Chastain brings charm and humor as Celia Foote, a kind housewife living outside of town who longs to fit in. Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Ahna O'Reilly also provide vivacious performances that round out this all-star female ensemble.