Thursday, September 30, 2010

JELL-O Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Pudding - Review and Giveaway



You can't tell me you haven't heard of JELL-O. Having been around for over 100 years with over 150 products, JELL-O is a long-standing household name.

I recently got to savor the deliciousness of JELL-O Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Pudding. This particular JELL-O product needs to be refrigerated. I set it in the fridge to cool before delving into my first cup. I have to admit that I was a little selfish and set the remaining cups towards the back of the fridge so they wouldn't be found. That plan backfired on me and my husband got a hold of one. We both agree that this is a tasty, creamy pudding snack. It's like the best of both worlds, chocolate and vanilla swirled together.

The way that the cups are packaged means that you can take an individual one with you while on the go. My husband's only complaint is that he can't stop at just one. He'd be thrilled with the cups being bigger in size so he could enjoy more of the delicious pudding at once. I, on the other hand, like the size of the cups because it helps with portion control.



Win It!

Two people will each win a 6-pack of JELL-O Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Pudding.

Mandatory Entry:

Leave a comment with a JELL-O recipe you'd like to try.

Extra Entries:

Leave a comment with a JELL-O product you like.

Follow my blog.

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Blog about this giveaway, leave a link to the post.

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Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 10/11/10 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received product for review from Hunter PR. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Keepin' Company Thursdays - Week 17

If you've participated in Keepin' Company Thursdays before, welcome back. If you're new, I'm glad to have you on board.

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If you'd like to participate in Keepin' Company Thursdays, please follow these guidelines:

* Create a Keepin' Company Thursday post. Please include the Keepin' Company Button in your post.

* Follow the first two blogs, which are the hostesses: Heck of a Bunch and Traci66.

* Follow any of the other blogs you choose to and let them know you found them via Keepin' Company Thursday.

* If you get a follow via Keepin' Company Thursday please follow them back.

* Add your blog name and the URL to your Keepin' Company Post to the link below. There is no need to add your link twice. You can do so either on my blog or at Traci66. It will show up at both regardless.

* You can also grab the blog hop code to add to your post if you want the thumbnails to appear in your post.

* If you add the Keepin' Company button to your sidebar and leave either of the hosteses, Heck of a Bunch or Traci66, a comment letting us know where to find it we will randomly draw a blog to be in the #3 spot next week. This week's coveted #3 spot goes to Jessica at The Adventure of the Bauer's.

The Bauer Adventures

~~~~Heck of a Bunch and Traci66 will follow any of the blogs that follow us. I hope this can be a successful way for blogs to connect.~~~

Kidzsack - Review and Giveaway



If you have a kid in school, chances are they are involved in a fundraiser of some sorts. Right now my boys are selling magazines and one of the girls is selling candy bars. I'm all about supporting my children at school, but would like to see some fresh, new ideas added. Kidzsack is a company that I will be presenting to the kids' schools as a fundraiser idea. After having personally seen the product, I think it could possibly be a top seller. Their bags can be customized with school, resort, or company logos.


Using Kidzsacks for fundraiser potential is just one idea. They'd also make great gifts for birthdays and Christmas, or even as an activity project. The Kidzsack is an eco-friendly backpack. The fabric is made of recovered cotton scraps and recycled polyester made from plastic soda bottles. With its included markers, kids can color in the design. The Kidzsack can be washed, then recolored again and again.


Emma received a Kidzsack in the sea life design. She spent time meticulously coloring in the lines to bring color to the design. Once she was finished and happy with the end result, she put some of her things she usually carries around into the bag and went around sporting it on her back.

After a couple of days, Emma wanted to color the design all over again so I put it in the wash. Being extra careful, I washed it by itself. I didn't want to take the chance of colors bleeding onto my other clothing. When the bag came out of the wash, it was mainly free of the existing colors and I laid it on the counter to dry. Once I made sure it was completely dry, I handed it over to Emma who again colored the bag. She really likes that she can color it over and over again. The drawstring opening ensures that her belongings won't easily fall out. Emma can often be seen carrying her Kidzsack on her back.

Win It!

One person will win a Kidzsack in the sports design.

Mandatory Entry:

Leave a comment with something you learned about Kidzsack OR your favorite design.

Extra Entries:

Leave a comment with the name of a magazine that Kidzsack has been featured in.

Leave a comment with the name of a retailer that carries Kidzsack.

"Like" Kidzsack on Facebook.

Follow Kidzsack on Twitter, Kidzsack.

Follow me on Twitter, partymix25.

Tweet about this giveaway, leave a link to the tweet (can be done once daily).

Follow my blog.

Subscribe to my blog via email.

Have my button on your blog.

Blog about this giveaway, leave a link to the post (+2 entries).

Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 10/11/10 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received product for review from Kidzsack. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

My Second Wobble Over Wednesday

My Life With Rats and More hosts a "follow me" meme every Wednesday and this is my second time participating.



If you'd like to participate, head on over to My Life With Rats and More to get full details on the guidelines.

Zak Designs and Strawberry Shortcake Winners

Two of my giveaways have ended and I have randomly drawn the winners.

The winner of the Zak Designs giveaway is #152, jakiesmom.

jakiesmom said... 152
i'd choose toy story

September 17, 2010 8:08 AM

The two winners of the Strawberry Shortcake: Berrywood Here We Come DVD giveaway are #30, Sylvia and #129, Cheryl.

Sylvia said... 30
I follow

September 13, 2010 8:48 PM

Cheryl said... 129
Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/25368748010

September 23, 2010 9:57 PM

Congrats to the winners. Thanks to all who entered. The list of my other current giveaways you can enter is at the top right hand side of my blog.

I will be emailing the winners shortly and they will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

Wordful Wednesday - Homecoming

Last weekend was Homecoming for my teenage daughter's high school. Here are a few photos that were taken before the event:



This is me and Shelby. A lot of people say we look alike.


For prom last year Shelby had her photo taken with her oldest brother. This time she wanted one with her younger brother.



Shelby with her date

I think she looks stunning. I did her hair and she got her dress on sale new for $15. I am so glad that she's not snobbish when it comes to how much she spends. However, I will make her a hair appointment for the next big event because it took me forever and a day to get her hair just right.

If you'd like to participate in Wordful Wednesday link up to the new host, Parenting By Dummies.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LIFE Happens - What Matters Most To Me



What are five people and things that matter the most to you in your life? For me, that answer is somewhat difficult because I have six children. None of them are more important than the other, but they're all important as a whole. God is definitely important to me. So is my family, my husband, and the campground where I stay.

LIFE, a non-profit organization, wants to know what's important to you. By creating a fun slideshow on Facebook that showcases the five most important people and things in your life, you have the chance to win a trip to Aruba. For every friend that "likes" your "What Matters Most To Me" slideshow, $1 will be donated to Comfort Camp Zone, the largest bereavement camp serving children who've lost a sibling, parent, or primary caregiver.

Hurry if this is something you're interested in. This opportunity ends September 30th.



I received no compensation for this post. In exchange for writing this post, I have the opportunity to win a gift card courtesy of MomSelect.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mother Almost Commits Grand Theft Auto


Imagine this scenario:

A lady in her early sixties recently bought a Hyundai XG 350. She goes shopping at Walgreen's and afterwards goes to the parking lot to leave. She tries to unlock her vehicle with the remote. After this unsuccessful attempt she fumbles around and tries, again unsuccessfully, to open the door with her keys.

There's a crack in the window so this lady tries to put her arm through to get to the unlock button from the inside. Again, no success. She goes back into Walgreen's and asks for assistance from the employee at the photo counter. Being a good samaritan, this employee goes to the car and sticks her hand in the window. Now both the lady and the employee are doing everything they can to get this car unlocked.

It isn't until a few minutes later that they realize why they can't get the car unlocked. It's the wrong car!!

Yes, people, that lady is my mother!

*Photo courtesy of Crazy Dog T-Shirts.

Crowdtap - Voice Your Opinion


Thanks to another blogger (wish I could remember who) I found out about Crowdtap, a program launched in June where members can engage and promote with leading brands, voice their opinions, sample new products, and throw house parties.

I've been a member for a short while and have found this to be a fun way to interact with others, earn some extra money, and voice my opinion on products, services, and brands. Crowdtap even has a blog where you can find out more information and get tips and tricks.

The more you participate in activities and discussions with Crowdtap, the more points you learn and cash you receive. You also earn levels. The higher the level, the better opportunities you receive. At level one, as a new member, you can do Quick Hits and complete your profile to level up. At level two, you receive opportunities to participate in discussions and invite friends to join. At level three, you receive opportunities to throw hosted parties and sample products. From what I've experienced so far, it seems that it doesn't take long at all to reach a new level. I am currently halfway through level two.

The cash payout is in the form of Amazon gift cards. When you cash out for a gift card, the first 5% is donated to one of the charities you select and Crowdtap even matches that donation.

Being a member of Facebook is a requirement because that's how you log in. If you'd like to become a member of Crowdtap, click on my referral link and find out what this new, fun program is all about.

I received no compensation for this post. I have the opportunity to earn points for new referrals. The opinions within this post are of my own. Your opinion and results may differ.

Charlie's Soap - Review and Giveaway



I have somewhat sensitive skin. My condition isn't severe but it's enough that I try to pay attention to bath and body products, as well as laundry care products. I'll use them for a while and keep mind of any reactions that my skin may have towards them.

Charlie's Soap is a line of laundry care products that are safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable. I received samples of the powdered laundry detergent and a bottle of the Laundry Pre-Spray. A few things were considered when using them. Would it clean my clothes? Would it leave any residue stains on my clothes? Would my skin have a reaction to it? The answer to it is yes, no, and no.



At first I was a little befuzzled as to why the laundry powder I received came with detailed instructions. After reading them, I found out that it was recommended that I clean out the machine with the laundry powder first before actually washing my clothes with it. The reason for this is that most laundry detergents have additives that stick to your clothes and washing machine. Throwing old rags or towels in with a double measure of Charlie's Soap laundry detergent and allowing it to complete a full wash cycle loosens those deposits.

From my own personal experience, I found that the Charlie's Soap laundry powder has not caused any irritability to my skin. There's been no spots or residue left on my clothes and they seem to come out clean after being in the wash. There is no odor or fragrance from the detergent. Fabric softener is not needed. Clothes come out feeling soft.


As anybody with kids knows, children's clothing can become quickly ruined if stains are left untreated. Some stain removers don't always get the mess out or they leave a spot where the mess used to be. I won't keep of our clothes if any stain of any sort is on it. If the stain doesn't come out after a couple of washes, then that item of clothing is no good to me. Not even for play clothes. The Pocket Charlie's Laundry Pre-Spray has been used as a stain remover for all of my clothes that require it. So far, any clothing that I've treated with it has come out with the stain removed. I have yet to see how well it works on really tough stains like blood or grass, but it works well with the stains that I've come across so far.

The size of the bottles that the Laundry Pre-Spray comes in is relatively small. I go through a lot of stain remover so it would be convenient if it came in bigger, regular-sized bottles.



Charlie's Soap laundry soap is made with a blend of biodegradable coconut-based detergents and high-grade, soluble Green River washing soda. The company stands behind their products with a guarantee that they will refund the purchase price of their products if you are not happy with them.

Win It!
One person will win an 80 load bag of Laundry Powder, a 17 oz bottle of All-Purpose Cleaner, and a reusable grocery tote bag.

Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment with something you learned about Charlie's Soap in the FAQs.

Extra Entries:
Leave a comment with something you learned in the Product Research section.

Follow my blog.

Subscribe to my blog via email.

Have my button on your blog.

Follow me on Twitter, partymix25.

Tweet about this giveaway, leave a link to the tweet (can be done once daily).

Blog about this giveaway, leave a link to the post.

Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 10/11/10 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received products for review from Charlie's Soap. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Great Blog Giveaways #110

Three cheers for these giveaways being held by other blogs:


Kids II has a long list of products that make babyhood more fun for everyone. Enter to win a Baby Einstein Discovery Dragon at Wee Share. Ends 9/27.

Outfit Additions is a fashion portal for women who want fun, exclusive accessories. Enter to win choice of wallet or clutch at Leslie Loves Veggies. Ends 10/5.

48LongStems is a premier source for long stemmed roses for delivery nationwide. Enter to win 50 Long Stem Pink Roses at Leslie Loves Veggies. Ends 9/29.


Gummy Lump is dedicated to retailing the highest quality and most unique toys, building blocks, and puzzles available. Enter to win a Tiered Special Occasion Cake Play Food by Melissa & Doug at KiddiesCorner Deals. Ends 10/7.

Log Cabin is a maker of authentic, maple tasting syrup. Enter to win Log Cabin All Natural Syrup at Mommy Katie. Ends 10/6.

Bendaroos are amazing flexible building sticks that allow children to bend, twist, and shape creations. Enter to win a 500 Mega Pak of Bendaroos at The Bragging Mommy. Ends 9/29.

AIR-O-SWISS is a leader in the high performance air humidification and purification market. Enter to win an AOS 7146 Travel Ultrasonic Humidification System at The Bragging Mommy. Ends 9/29.

Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm Participating in the Holiday Gift Giveaway Blog Hop

It may just be the beginning of autumn, but I'm in full gear thinking about Christmas. With six kids, it's almost a must that I start thinking early.

I'm excited to be participating in a Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop being held December 1st to the 5th. It is a "blog carnival" of sorts that has over 245 blogs signed up to be a part of it. At each blog there will be giveaways for gift cards and/or gift certificates to companies and businesses. You have the opportunity to win prizes and even learn about some companies you may want to do some Christmas shopping at.


Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop



If you have a blog and this is something you're interested in joining in on, you can find out more information from Simply Stacie, one of the five hostesses of this giveaway hop.

Seeking Sponsorship for Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop

I will be participating in a Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop December 1st through the 5th. I am seeking sponsors to provide gift cards and/or gift certificates in any dollar amount for this event.

As of now, there are over 245 blogs participating in this blog hop and it's sure to be a big hit. Not only will lots of traffic come to my blog, there will be lots of exposure to businesses. It's a win-win situation.

In exchange for sponsorship, I will place ad buttons of my sponsors in a prominent place on my blog and I will tweet/blog about the sponsors' participation. I will also post about any promotional codes that the company has available during the time period of November 1 to February 1.


Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop


If you are interested in participating through my blog during the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop, please contact me at partymix25@hotmail.com.

Strawberry Shortcake and Pirate Brands Winners

Two of my giveaways have ended and I have randomly drawn the winners.

The two winners of the Strawberry Shortcake: The Glimmerberry Ball DVD giveaway are #31, Cheryl and #50, Jennifer Mathis.

Cheryl said... 31
I subscribe via email

September 8, 2010 5:23 PM

Jennifer Mathis said... 50
my was she-ra

September 8, 2010 7:17 PM

The winner of the Pirate Brands giveaway is #63, hollowsins.

hollowsins said... 63
I would try the smart puffs and the original things

September 10, 2010 4:25 AM

I will be emailing the winners shortly and they will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or new winner(s) will be drawn. Thanks to all who entered and thanks to the sponsors.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Balloonatiks: The Collector's DVD - Review and Giveaway


Balloonatiks aren't something that I've heard of until recently. I'm surprised me or the kids haven't yeard of it yet. This group of characters, made up of balloons, are sworn to protect Hot Air City. The main characters consist of Sparky, Squeeker, Bouncer, Leaky, Flator, and Airbrain.

There's a website dedicated to Balloonatiks that is full of information, facts, and games pertaining to science. My kids have browed the site a few times and have found some entertaining things to check out. They think they're having fun and I know they're learning a few things. It's a win-win situation. It seems that there's still parts of the site that are under construction. The kids are excited to see what will be added.



Balloonatiks even has its own DVD. So far there's only one but the kids hope that it turns into a TV series or at least comes out with more DVDs. The DVD includes two short episodes of the Balloonatiks saving Hot Air City from villains. The first is Meet Deflator and the second is Pop Goes the Balloonatiks.

I sat down and watched Balloonatiks: The Collector's DVD with four of the kids. We enjoyed the characters and the episodes made us chuckle a few times. The CGI effects gave the characters personality and they were fun to watch. Although there were villains in the episodes, they were not scary or overly mean. In fact, the first villain was quite funny without even saying a word. Each Balloontaik has its own special powers, all relating to things that could be done with a balloon. My personal favorite was Sparky, who could thwart villains with her ability to create static with her head.

The fact that the episodes were short had its advantages and disadvantages. The kids were able to watch it without having to sit a long time in front of the TV or get easily bored. However, I would prefer if the episodes were a tad bit longer to develop more plot between the characters.



Win It!
One person will win Balloonatiks: The Collector's DVD.

Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment with something you liked or learned at Balloonatiks.

Extra Entries:

Follow my blog.

Subscribe to my blog via email.

Have my button on your blog.

Follow The Balloonatiks on Twitter, Balloonatiks.

Follow me on Twitter, partymix25.

Tweet about this giveaway, leave a link to the post (can be done once daily).

"Like" Balloonatiks on Facebook.

Blog about this giveaway, leave a link to the post.

Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 10/6/10 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received DVD for review from SSA Public Relations. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

Great Blog Giveaways #109

You know the drill. Check out my super awesome giveaways listed on the top right hand side of my blog, then go over and enter these giveaways that are also super awesome being held at other blogs:

NOVICA offers home decor, jewelry, and gifts by talented artisans worldwide. Enter to win a $100 gift certificate to NOVICA at A Nut In A Nutshell. Ends 9/27.

Invitation Consultants offers a variety of customized wedding invitations, announcements, stationery, cards and party favors. Enter to win a $75 gift certificate to Invitation Consultants at Leslie Loves Veggies. Ends 10/3.

Anytime Costumes is a one-stop Halloween costume store where you'll find a huge selection year-round. Enter to win a costume of choice, up to $50, at these blogs:
The Mom Buzz. Ends 10/1.
Jabbering Jessi. Ends 9/30.
Momma Loves To Shop! Ends 9/30.
Abby Approved. Ends 9/27.
Aubut Family. Ends 10/6.
Little Yaya's. Ends 10/11.

Star Costumes has thousands of the best Halloween costumes and accessories. Enter to win a $30 gift certificate to Star Costumes at Minnesota Mama's Must Haves. Ends 10/4. You can also enter to win at My Four Monkeys. Ends 9/27.

Costumes4Less.com is a Halloween store where you will find a wide variety of quality, brand name costumes and costume accesories for Halloween or any occasion. Enter to win a $40 gift certificate to Costumes4Less.com at The Coupon Scoop. Ends 9/30.

Halloween Express is one of the most dynamic Halloween costume and costume accessory chains in the United States. Enter to win a $75 gift certificate to Halloween Express at Aubut Family. Ends 9/29. You can also enter to win at A Mom's Balancing Act. Ends 10/4.

Costume Express is a Halloween costume website where you'll find an extensive assortment of costumes for adults, kids, and pets. Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Costume Express at A Mom's Balancing Act. Ends 10/6.

Birthday Express was built around the concept of offering a complete, accessoried product assortment for your children's birthday parties. Enter to win a a Deluxe Party Pack for 8 in any theme at J. Leigh Designz. Ends 10/11.

Emmifaye Boutique is an Etsy shop that specializes in unique and peppy designs for little kiddies. Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Emmifaye Boutique at Jamie's Precious Peas. Ends 10/4.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Keepin' Company Thursdays - Week 16

It's been an interesting day, to say the least, with the tree limb falling through my roof. What would make my day better is if blogs linked up to Keepin' Company Thursdays. How's that for a pity bribe?!



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If you'd like to participate in Keepin' Company Thursdays, please follow these guidelines:

* Create a Keepin' Company Thursday post. Please include the Keepin' Company Button in your post.

* Follow the first two blogs, which are the hostesses: Heck of a Bunch and Traci66.

* Follow any of the other blogs you choose to and let them know you found them via Keepin' Company Thursday.

* If you get a follow via Keepin' Company Thursday please follow them back.

* Add your blog name and the URL to your Keepin' Company Post to the link below. There is no need to add your link twice. You can do so either on my blog or at Traci66. It will show up at both regardless.

* You can also grab the blog hop code to add to your post if you want the thumbnails to appear in your post.

* If you add the Keepin' Company button to your sidebar and leave either of the hosteses, Heck of a Bunch or Traci66, a comment letting us know where to find it we will randomly draw a blog to be in the #3 spot next week. This week's coveted #3 spot goes to Melissa at Saveatunities.
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~~~~Heck of a Bunch and Traci66 will follow any of the blogs that follow us. I hope this can be a successful way for blogs to connect.~~~

Added A Skylight to My Home Today

I was home alone in the bedroom today pondering what I should blog about. Lo and behold, the answer came from above.

looking at the limb from one angle

A large boom and a shake the size of a mini-earthquake got me to my feet. I looked around to see what the commotion was and discovered a large tree limb had made entrance through my kitchen roof.

the intruder from another angle

Luckily, my landlord was across the street and I ran out, sight unseen, to let him know of the situation. After some small talk, he inquired if it just happened.

"Nope, happened last week but didn't want to bother you with it." Here's your sign!

Hey, I can gaze at the stars from inside my house tonight!

After calling my supervisor at dispatch to get some advice, the fire department was called out to make sure there weren't any power lines down since power to my kitchen was out. FD gave the all-clear and the landlord removed the large limb with a chainsaw. Tomorrow a crew comes in to repair the hole in my ceiling.

My teenage daughter found out by phone and went into cardiac arrest, bawling and worried that we were going to be homeless or that I was trapped inside, left to die. I'm sure that some of that had to do with her being a drama queen, but it was nice to know that she still cares. If even for a day.

Hair Products Pro - Flat Iron Review



I don't have a lot of time to spend on my hair. Okay, I'll admit, I don't want to spend a lot of time on my hair. I want styling products that will give me the 'do I want with fast results. I also want products that give me the achieved look without a lot of hassle.


I've been using the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron on my hair and have found that I'm a lot less frustrated when styling my mane. The width of the iron is 1". I have thick multi-layered hair and am able to straighten it or give it volume in a decent amount of time.

Watching the video, How To Add Volume To Hair, was super helpful. I never could figure out how to keep my hair from falling flat, but found the video to give me the how-to I needed. Having the newfound information, I set out on seeing how well it worked. Instead of pulling my hair down with the iron, I pulled straight up. I was like a giddy kid on Christmas day when I found that I was able to give my hair volume with the new flat iron.

Of course there's other ways to style hair with a flat iron, some of which I've tried and liked. The features of the tangle-free cord and different heat settings are just a couple of things that I like about the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron. Ceramic plates are infused with tourmaline to produce negative ions. The negative ions, in turn, work to seal the hair cuticles for smoother, frizz-free results, shine, and color protection. That sounds like a lot of science to me, but it seems to do the trick.

The Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron even passes my teenage daughter's approval. She is super-picky about what she uses on her hair and it has to be superior. Price isn't a factor for her. How well a product works does. She does her hair the complete opposite of mine and usually goes for the sleek, straight style. Her thick tresses don't take long to straighten and become frizz-free with it. This styling tool has even won an Editors Choice Award.

This particular flat iron is not wet-to-dry so it is important that hair be styled with it when completely dry. I also notice that it works better in conjunction with heat protectant styling aids.

Hair Products Pro sells other hair styling tools, among flat irons. They are an independent online beauty retailer that offers competitive prices. Their products are backed with a 100% money back guarantee.

I received product for review from Hair Products Pro. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

Hexbug Nano - Review and Giveaway



Courtesy of MomSelect, I was able to recently host a Hexbug Nano party for my kids and a few of their friends. Logan, having already been somewhat familiar with the Hexbug Originals, was especially anxious for the day to arrive when he could play with the miniature version.

Hexbug Nanos are small, robotic creatures that resemble bugs. They skitter around and vibrate when turned on. They are packaged individually in tubes and a code is included to register your Nano online to play games and learn about science. Hexbug Nanos can be purchased individually. Habitat sets can also be purchased separately to make playing with your Hexbug Nano even more fun. The Habitat Sets include two Nano specimens that are considered rare.

About an hour and a half before the party was to begin, Jason took on the task of assembling the habitat sets. At first, he was apprehensive about putting them together. There seemed to be a lot of assembly and he was afraid that it would take a lot of time or be frustrating to piece. Even with having to put pieces together for a party of eleven children, it didn't seem to take much time and Jason said it wasn't hard to put together at all. Curved bridges, straight bridges, and cells can be customized to the child's liking. There are many different ways to build the habitat sets.



Logan and Adam have built their habitat sets in various ways and they've had no problem clicking the pieces together. There's few things more frustrating to a kid when playsets fall apart or slide around when in use. I noticed that the habitat sets don't come apart or shift around much during play.

With eleven children and a handful of adults in attendance, I explained what Hexbug Nanos were and how they work. I also emphasized to the kids that the paper inside the tube has a code to register online. I can see how it might be interpreted as trash and possibly thrown away.


After the presentation, each kid was allowed the opportunity to play with the large habitat set. They also each received two Hexbug Nanos of their own, along with an individual cell. Hexbug Nanos come in a variety of colors, including purple and pink, so girls can get in on the action.



Orange tabs are on each Habitat Cell so they can be closed to keep the Nanos from getting out or be opened to attach other pieces. The Hexbug Nano creatures move around in the cells and go through tunnels or down slides. The plus about Hexbug Nanos is that they flip back over on their own if they get turned upside down. It was a rarity when a kid had to push one along to get it in the right direction.

Special batteries can be purchased separately so they can be played with time and time again. My kids have played with their Hexbug Nanos for quite some time now and have yet to replace the batteries.



Hexbug Nanos have become a phenomenon at camp. The party started in the evening and kids were still playing with it into the night. Logan and Adam toted their Habitat Sets with them everywhere they went at camp. Kids who didn't attend the party were playing with it, and parents were either asking me or calling me wanting to know where they could get these. One parent even called from Wal-Mart wanting to know if she could find them there. It is my understanding that Wal-Mart does carry them, but the one in our area doesn't yet.

Kids as young as three to teenagers as old as sixteen were playing for hours with the Hexbug Nanos. Adults were even battling the kids in games to determine whose Hexbug Nano was the best.

My husband rarely comments about toys and could care less about them. It's my sole duty to do the holiday and birthday shopping for them. I was surprised when even he said that these are the next "hottest toy of the year" and will be a "big hit".



I have received nothing but positive feedback from the party about Hexbug Nanos. The only suggestion that I can come up with, and it's one of my own, is that a special carrying case or tote be made to store and carry the Habitat Sets in. Logan and Adam have carried theirs around and it has yet to fall apart, but it's bulky and cumbersome to take along that way.



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Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 10/6/10 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received products for review from Hexbug on behalf of MomSelect. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Creations by You - My Masterpiece Review


My son, Adam, loves to draw, create, and color. He's no Picasso, but his artwork means the world to me. Creations by You has activity kits to make pieces into personal, prized possessions that will be treasured for many years. There are kits for both children and adults.


Once we received My Masterpiece in the mail, Adam jumpstarted on creating his own work of art. The kit has the materials needed to make a masterpiece out of a drawing. It took a while for Adam to decide what he wanted to draw but he finally decided on drawing an RV, for his love of camping.

The My Masterpiece kit includes extra drawing sheets and order forms in case of any mistakes or errors. Adam went through a couple of them because he wanted to make more than one creation, then let me decide which I liked best. With this kit, we had the option of doing a mail-in production or online production. We choose to go the old-fashioned way and mail our order in, along with Adam's artwork.




Adam drew his picture and gave it a title, then I helped him with the ordering information. All papers are included and instructions are thorough on what to do. I noticed that there's a lot to fill out and detailed steps to take, so I had to help Adam with the ordering process. He had the option of having his work turned into framed art or a museum poster. He chose to go with the first choice of framed art. He chose gold for his frame color, out of the handful of selections available and went with the option of having it printed like simulated canvas.

Once the art page and order form was complete, we mailed all of it back to the company in the pre-paid postage envelope. A small return shipping fee is required on all orders, so it did cost us a little bit to have this returned, at the price of $2.95.

Additional, optional services and products are available if you so wish. For instance, if you'd like that particular artwork turned into a mousepad or puzzle, it will cost you extra. It will also cost extra if you'd like it in plexiglass. We didn't do any of the additional services, so our total cost was for the return shipping fee.

Normal production time is about 3 to 4 weeks from when Creations by You receives the materials, and an additional one week for shipping. It does take a little bit of time to receive the final product back, so that's important to keep in mind. It does not take as long to receive your finished item with the Internet Production because the order is received as soon as it is completed.




Adam anxiously awaited the return of his artwork, and was giddy when it finally arrived in the mail. His finished piece is in a gold frame, with a plaque at the bottom indicating the title of his piece, his name, and the year. It is made to look like simulated canvas. Hardware was included on the back to hang it up, and his framed masterpiece now hangs in his bedroom. He is more than happy with it, and I like how it will always showcase his love of camping.




While browsing through the Creations by You website, I was impressed with the thorough description of what is included in each kit, how much it costs, additional options, and other pertinent information. They are quite thorough in letting you know what you will receive and how it will turn out.

I also received two other kits from Creations by You and will individually review them, with opinions from two of the other kids.

I received products for review from Creations by You. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

Uglydolls - So Ugly They're Cute




Have you ever seen something so ugly it's cute? Uglydoll, a line of plush characters, are just that. Since the idea began in 2001, Uglydoll has won toy awards and expanded its line to include apparel, action figures, and more.


Each Uglydoll has its own name and characteristics. For example, I received OX and he's known for being great at magic and borrowing things. The Uglydoll OX has received three awards, one of them being a 2006 Parent's Choice Approved Award.



When I received OX, the kids argued over who would get him. So now he rotates between bedrooms, so all of the kids can enjoy him. It's just a plush doll, but the children have brought personality to him and like how strange and odd he looks. He's unconventional. With so many Uglydolls available in different forms, they'd be fun to collect. One suggestion that the kids brought up and would like to see is codes attached to each one to redeem online and play in their own "Uglydoll community".



I received product for review from Uglydoll. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.