Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy Toy Machine Review and Giveaway *Closed*

What's more fun for kids than crazy plush toys? Crazy plush toys that they can create themselves thanks to Happy Toy Machine!

What is Happy Toy Machine? Happy Toy Machine lets you create your own cool, cute, and crazy custom plush (stuffed) toys. Design as many toys as you want for free, share them with your friends, and only buy one when you're ready. When you order we'll make your one-of-a-kind custom toy and ship it straight to you.

Making your plush toy is super easy and fun! You can use their toy designer to design your plush just the way you want it. First you start by choosing a type of "animal" to start with which includes a bear, cow, monster, alien, and several others, then you can pick the body parts, facial features and expressions, decorations, and even colors.

My boys and I spent what seemed like hours creating and re-creating a super cool plush alien. When we finally had him just right we were ready to purchase it using the gift code we were provided with for this review. After we ordered it I was expecting it to take a while for it to be shipped since it is custom made but to my surprise it was shipped the next day, and it arrived looking exactly like the alien we created.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

POUND PUPPIES: Homeward Pound on DVD March 6th!

In anticipation of the March 6th DVD release of POUND PUPPIES: Homeward Pound from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, I present you with an embeddable slideshow of images and video clips from the episodes! Join Lucky, Niblet, Squirt and the gang as they find a pup for every person and a person for every pup!

Join the Feather Trend! Feather Hair Extensions and Earrings Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I have been a HUGE fan of the feather trend for quite a while now. I've tried a few different kinds of feather extensions, but wasn't happy with any of them... Then I tried out Feathered Frenzy by Theresa and I was hooked!

Feathered Frenzy by Theresa offers feather hair extensions in a variety of colors, but what sets her apart from some of the others I've tried is that each feather is individual so you can mix and match to create your own feather bundle, or wear single feathers in your hair. Theresa sent me a variety of feathers as well as the loop bead insertion tool and micro beads you need to apply your feathers.

Applying feather extensions is super easy... All you need is the proper tools which includes the feathers, a loop bead insertion tool, micro beads, and a pair of pliers (any kind will do). Then you section off where you want the feathers to go, add a bead using the insertion tool, stick the feathers in, and squeeze the bead shut with the pliers. Getting multiple feathers in a single bead can be a little tricky by yourself, but it can be done!

What I love most about feather extensions (besides the little pop of color they add to your hair) is the fact that you can wash and style your hair as usual... You can blow dry, curl, and even straighten your hair while your feathers are in without harming them.

FortuneKeeper Jewelry and Accessories Review

I love Chinese food! But more importantly I love the fortune cookies that come at the end. Sure, sometimes you get a fortune that doesn't make any sense, but sometimes you get a fortune that is truly meaningful and inspirational. Well thanks to FortuneKeeper you can now keep those meaningful fortunes safe and sound and close to your heart.

FortuneKeeper offers uniquely designed jewelry and accessories that have a beautiful image on one side and a place for your favorite saying, quote, or fortune on the other side. When I first discovered FortuneKeeper I thought it was such a neat idea. Everyone needs a little inspiration every once in a while and what better place to keep it other than around your neck or on your keychain? 

I was sent the Enjoying Life's Blossoms Keychain from FortuneKeeper to review. I've always loved the beauty and significance of cherry blossoms so I was super excited when I saw this design. Along with this beautiful keychain comes a couple fortunes that you can insert or you can make your own. I ended up going with "Life is not a problem to be solved but rather a mystery to be lived". I think that's a great inspirational quote that reminds me to live for today and not worry about what's going to happen next.

If you're looking for unique, inspirational jewelry and accessories for yourself or for a gift I would definitely check out FortuneKeeper.

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

Etsy Review and Giveaway: Perfectly Adorning Wood Home Decor Blocks *Closed*

I have always had a thing for wood home decor blocks. I love that they come in so many different varieties and sizes and that you can have them to match your home decor, decorate a baby nursery, or have them for each holiday.

Perfectly Adorning offers a great variety of wood home decor blocks for the holidays and everyday. The blocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are sanded, stained, adorned with paper and vinyl, and sealed to last forever!

I was recently sent an adorable set of Happy Easter blocks from Perfectly Adorning and they're going to be just perfect for the upcoming holiday. The quality of the blocks is great and the smell of the wood offers a nice rustic feel to the room.

Prices of blocks from Perfectly Adorning vary from as low as $5.95. Be sure to check them out today!

**Win It**
One lucky reader is going to win a set of USA Blocks from Perfectly Adorning... They're perfect for decorating for Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, or any day you want to show your 
American Pride!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza DVD Review

If you're a regular Life With Two Boys reader then you already know that my boys love the PBS Kids show Dinosaur Train. Well, recently we had the chance to review their newest DVD,  Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza, and it was a hit! With Easter right around the corner this is the perfect DVD for any Dinosaur Train fan!

Synopsis: What can be better than a basket full of Easter eggs? How about a train full of dinosaur eggs! Buddy and his Pteranodon family set off for new adventures as they encounter baby hatchlings and dinosaur eggs of all shapes and sizes in DINOSAUR TRAIN: EGGSTRAVAGANZA! They’ll learn that all dinosaur families are different, and so are the ways of nurturing them. And who knows, they might just solve a mystery or two while they’re at it! From the world-renowned Jim Henson Company, PBS KIDS and Paramount Home Entertainment, the DINOSAUR TRAIN: EGGSTRAVAGANZA DVD includes eight exciting edu-tainment adventures and is packed with loads of special features including interactive games, coloring pages, a Dinosaur Reference Guide, information for parents and more.

You can purchase your own copy of Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza on DVD today!

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

Monday, February 20, 2012

Magic Beans WOW! Baskets Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Magic Beans carries a hand-picked selection of baby gear and toys for all ages from a wide range of manufacturers including Melissa & Doug, Playmobil, Skip Hop, Alex Toys, Britax, and Baby Bjorn to name a few. Whether you're pregnant and looking for essentials for your upcoming baby, searching for the perfect baby shower gift, or are on the hunt for a fun, unique toy for your kids, Magic Beans is sure to have something for you.

Along with their wide variety of toys and baby gear, Magic Beans also creates handmade baby baskets called WOW! baby baskets... Don't let the name fool you though, they not only offer baby baskets but also a variety of baskets for kids of any age. When ordering a WOW! basket you go through a super easy 3-step process to get the perfect basket for the little ones your shopping for. First you pick the price ranging from $60 to $1,000 for the Ultimate WOW, then you pick the theme, and lastly you choose which gender you'd like the basket geared for.

Magic Beans very generously provided me with a $100 gift card to purchase a WOW! Baby Basket for us to review. Since it was right around Trevor's birthday I decided to have a basket made for him. I went with a "Play's the Thing" themed basket and at checkout commented that the basket was for a 3 year old boy, and the folks at Magic Beans handled the rest.

BeginAgain Toys- Tea Otters Beverage Set Review and Giveaway *Closed*

BeginAgain Toys is a new eco-toy company located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Created by toymakers David Bowen and Chris Clemmer (two of the co-founders of Sprig Toys) BeginAgain is focused on thoughtful product design and imaginative storytelling for today's kids.

Offering fun toys for kids including puzzles for "The Artist", food and beverage sets for "The Writer", building blocks for "The Inventor", outside toys for "The Sportster", adventure play sets for "The Hero", and eco-rattles for "The Beginner" BeginAgain has something for every child, no matter what their characteristics may be. We were lucky enough to receive the Tea Otters set to review and it has been a huge hit with my boys.

The Tea Otters play set features a lemonade style pitcher with removable lid, four cups and saucers, and a natural rubber tea otter character. The beverage set is made from 100% recycled plastic right here is the USA. It's perfect for any child with an imagination that's in that role-playing stage of life and the unique nesting design makes clean up a breeze for even the youngest kids.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bioken Enfanti Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I have been lucky enough to have rather healthy hair, minus some frizz and the perma-waves that I have from throwing my hair up in a bun-type style every day. Even though my hair is healthy, there are two characteristics I've always desperately wished my hair would have... Shine and body. Well I was recently given the opportunity to try out Bioken Enfanti Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner and I can honestly save I love it!

About the products:

Enfanti Color Care Shampoo gently cleanses, moisturizes and protects hair to extend the life of hair color. Enfanti’s exclusive Nano Color Care Technology helps refresh color treated hair while improving shine, health and body. This natural remedy formula protects the moisture level in hair and shelters strands from UV rays, leaving hair softer, shinier and more manageable while providing noticeably longer lasting color.

Enfanti Color Care Conditioner provides the essential vitamins and proteins needed to rejuvenate and enhance hair with flexibility and shine. Enfanti’s exclusive Nano Color Care Technology rebuilds hair’s balanced state, while the low pH (2.5-2.8) closes the cuticle layer and seals in hair color, prolonging its vibrancy and luster. Enfanti Color Care Conditioner detangles, smoothes, moisturizes, and restores hair while protecting color.  It provides thermal and UV protection, eliminates frizz and leaves hair feeling silky smooth and manageable.