Friday, January 24, 2014

Crayola Ultra Clean Markers

When my boys were little, I didn't know about washable markers and crayons. I had to learn the hard way, repainting (sometimes 3 and 4 coats of paint!) over the walls, on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor and throwing away so many clothes that the marker wouldn't come out of. 

Then, a few years ago, my sister introduced me to Crayola Washable products, and I was hooked! How did I live without these?? 

Now, Crayola has taken washable markers to a whole new level of color and clean with Ultra-Clean Washable Markers. 

When inspiration strikes, you shouldn't have to worry about limits. New Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are formulated to provide brilliant color where you want it while washing easily where you don’t.

These Ultra Clean Washable Markers are not only brighter, they also wipe CLEAN from wall, and even ceilings! The marker also comes off clean in ONE cold wash..that's amazing!

You can purchase Crayola Ultra Clean products at most major retail stores. 
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Men and Women (and pets too!)

It's always hard choosing the right gift for your valentine, so I hope with these suggestions, it might get a little easier. 

nio Tag

The Nio Tag is the first Bluetooth-powered security tag, the nio Tag has multiple security functions through its LaunchPad app center that prevents you from losing your valuables in the first place. You can track your lost keys or smartphone, become alarmed if you are about to leave it somewhere like a coffee shop, become alarmed if someone tries to steal a purse without you noticing and so much more.  You can purchase a Nio Tag here for about $35.

I have been using mine at Disney World on my Kindle. I am really bad at setting it down and misplacing it!  


Experience the ultimate minimalistic look and feel with the iconic Tech21 Impact Band design featuring a removable clear back plate to protect the rear of the device from scratch damage.
Innovative and original, the Impact Band’s transparent bumper design allows one to access the device’s original features whilst offering exceptional impact protection in a range of colours.

Created with an advanced TPU formula, the Impact Band is delightfully flexible and easy to use. Integrated with D3O® impact material, you can rest assured that your device is protected from the inevitable knocks of life. Our Impact Band’s minimalistic design offers advanced impact protection without adding any bulk. A slim-fitting, classic design provides clear viewing of scientifically proven D3O® impact material. 

You can purchase the Tech21 Impact Band here for $29.99

The world’s most advanced screen protector is here. Using our expertise in impact protection we have created an advanced multi-layer structure which reduces the force of impact by up to 8O%. With perfect optical clarity and an easy, glue and bubble free application, the Tech21 Impact Shield is testimony to the passion and creativity that ignites everything we do at Tech21.
You can purchase the Tech21 Impact Shield here for $34.99. 


The Buoy Chair is an excellent gift for both men and women. I know I spend several hours a day at a desk, and with the Buoy Chair, I can get a workout as I sit!
Moving is good for you. Which is why Buoy swivels, turns, tilts, and moves up and down. It’s active sitting. It keeps our bodies active and our minds sharp. So go ahead, have a seat. With six bold colors, and endless ways to personalize, Buoy is a moving experience.  

The Buoy weighs 20lbs, and is fully customizable. From the 25 fabric top colors and styles, to the 6 base colors, you can pick and choose until you get exactly the style that's right for you. 
The height is also customizable. From 17 inches to 22 inches with a quick raise of the handle!

The curved base helps promote "active sitting" from a tilt of 5 inches when at rest to 12 inches when at play.

You can purchase a Buoy here for about $199. 


Theravent™ uses the same technology found in Provent Therapy, a prescription device for obstructive sleep apnea. The patented MicroValve Technology is designed to create expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to stop snoring by increasing the pressure inside the airway. Theravent uses the power of your own breathing to create expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to treat snoring.

You can purchase Theravent here for $11.99 for a 14 day supply. 


Cory Vines focuses on high-quality items that are affordable (nothing above $50 on their site!) Their recent leggings launch met with such high demand that they sold out two months of inventory in two weeks. They have also recently come out with beautiful new colors for their most popular items.

I really love the shirt we sampled, it's so soft and comfy and my husband loves it! For just $20 it makes a perfect Valentine's Day gift. 

*********************************************************, is the destination site for ‘Good Dog’ approved treats and supplies, today unveils its all-natural Valentine’s Day treat collection that will spoil your pets this Feb. 14 with a heartfelt sampling of American-made, high quality delicacies from their premium doggie deli. 

We brought some of these as a treat to my moms cocker spaniel (Lexi) and she loved them! I was really impressed with the quality of these treats.

Our treats feature love-inspired names, personalized Valentine’s Day cards and delicious ingredients including:
  • Love Licks – The jumbo all-natural bison heart & tongue patties are made from USDA inspected, free range bison tongue and heart. The perfectly paired proteins are packed with nutrients and are guaranteed to get you kisses galore from your adoring pet! SRP $11.99

  • Heartbarkers Truly a treat from the heart! The USDA inspected, 100% beef heart slices are naturally full of health benefits for dogs. High in protein and low in fat, these crunchy delicacies are the rewards that won’t break his heart! SRP: $15.99
  • Love Birds – Your dog will flock to your side once they get a taste of these love birds!  Each poultry packed bag includes 100% USDA inspected, human-grade chicken & turkey breast fillets. These wholesome single-protein-source rewards are the perfect way to share your featherless love with your canine companion. SRP: $13.99

The Valentine’s Day treats are inspired by Shindig Dog, a new brand of dog treats for the occasional celebration, and are available on  

Featuring one of the largest selection of dog treats available online,’s deli is the online destination for Fido’s favorite foods and exclusive treats available to you 24/7.  


Enjoy the freshness of super clean teeth with the Oral B Professional 1000 Electric Toothbrush. This Deep Sweep Triaction Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush makes it easy to clean all of the areas in your mouth without a lot of work. The triple cleaning sweeps away up to 100 percent more plaque. You can brush in the same way as you would manually but get up to 100 percent better plaque removal from around and in between your teeth. The professional timer on the Oral B Professional Electric Toothbrush reminds you to brush each of the four quadrants of your mouth at 30 seconds each. You get up to seven days on the battery, and the handle displays the life left before needing to be charged. The pressure control allows you to be gentle with your teeth and gums with one cleaning mode. The bristles also alert you to when you need to change out the head. It also has an ergonomic handle to make it more comfortable to use. 
My husband is getting one of these this year for Valentine's Day..I can't wait to see how excited he is! He has been asking me to buy him one for quite a while. 
Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep Triaction:
  • Triple cleaning action sweeps away up to 100% more plaque
  • Up to 7-day battery life
  • Brush like your manual brush but get up to 100% better plaque removal--even between teeth
  • Professional timer to help brush 4 quadrants at 30 seconds each
  • Handle display to show charge life
  • Includes 1 handle, 1 charger and 1 Deep Sweep refill brush head

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Friday, January 17, 2014

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microsoft surface tablet
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Capresso teaC100 Temperature Controlled Water Kettle and the Best Way to Brew Tea

Made of durable, scratch and heat resistant German SCHOTT glass the teaC100 kettle showcases the natural beauty of water. This beautiful cordless glass water kettle has five temperature settings to allow tea lovers to heat water to the optimal temperature to extract the best flavor of any type of tea they desire.

My mother and I are both tea drinkers. We always have a cup in the morning and a cup before bed. Did you know there is a right and wrong temperature to brew tea?

There are many factors that contribute to the perfect cup of brewed tea:
•The quality of the tea leaves
•Purity of the water
•Ratio of tea to hot water
•Correct steeping temperature for the specific type of tea
•Correct steeping time for the specific type of tea
•Adequate room for the tea leaves to expand and fully extract the best flavor

To extract the best taste from your tea start everytime with fresh, cold filtered water. Never re-boil water that has beenleft in the kettle as the taste could be stale or flat. Choose a high quality tea and store the tea a
way from the light in a dark, airtight container.For each 6-8 ounces of water, use approximately: 2 grams/1 teaspoon of tea leaves or 1 teabag. When using a teaspoon to measure the tea, be sure to take into account the surface size of the leaves. For larger tea leaves you may have to usea heaping teaspoon, whereas for finer teas you may want to use a level teaspoon. Always adjust the amount of tea and steeping time to your personal taste.

With the Capresso teaC100 you can get just the right temperature, every time! Just set the temperature on the base, and it will automatically heat the water to just the right temperature and then keep it that way!

I had no idea that the majority of teas can be infused multiple times; in fact some consider the second and third steepings better than the first. To resteep loose tea leaves, always remove the leaves from the first extraction after steeping time is complete otherwise the leaves will become over extracted and bitter.

After getting the opportunity to review the Capresso teaC100 I will never use the microwave or a kettle to heat my tea water again!

You can purchase the Capresso teaC100 online here, or in your local home goods store.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Skinny Cow Candy and Ice Cream + Sweepstakes

With the new year, it seems like most resolutions are go get fit/eat better. This was mine this year, and with the help of Skinny Cow, I am happy to say I am still staying on track! 

Skinny Cow offers so many varieties of candy and ice cream, all low in calories and fat. The Skinny Cow Divine Filled Chocolates are just 130 calories for 3 pieces! My favorite is the Peanut Butter Creme. 

These chocolates are SO good! Just the right amount of peanut butter, and they really hit the spot when wanting something sweet. 

Plus, now through January 30th you can enter to instantly win a coupon for a box of candies or ice cream and tons of other prizes in the "Resolve to Indulge Sweepstakes". 

Skinny Cow Divine Chocolates are available in Caramel and Peanut Butter Creme, and retail for about $5.49 a box. 

Some other Skinny Cow products include: 

  • Dreamy Clusters
  • Heavenly Crisp
  • Ice Cream Cups
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Ice Cream Bars
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
   Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Introducing a New Chia Pet to the Line- Chia Disney!

 My kids have always loved the "Chia Pets". They think it's so fun to watch them grow, so we were really excited to get to try the Chia Disney characters which have recently been released.

If you're not familiar with Chia Pets. Basically, you get this adorable planter and chia seeds in the box, you soak the planter in water for about an  hour, then soak the seeds in water, and spread the seeds over the planter. Fill the inside of the planter with water..and a few days later you see it start to grow!

Within about 2-3 weeks, the Chia Pet is fully grown.

This video shows a quick demonstration. .

I remember back in the 80's my parents getting and giving Chia Pets as gifts, and I think it's so cool that they are still around and I can give them to friends and family.

Chia Pets are available in so many styles like
  • Duck Dynasty
  • Hello Kitty
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Shrek
  • and more!
You can purchase Chia Pets in most major retail stores for about $15.99.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Reduce your Pets Shedding up to 90% with Furminator!

Love your pet but not the shedding? That's why we invented FURminator® deShedding Tools. Shedding is natural and there's no way to eliminate it. But, there is a better way than constantly vacuuming and scrubbing hair off your floor, furniture, clothing and car seats.

I have always had pets. Like, we have never ever been without one. One thing I can do without though is the hair all over my couch and floor!

Furminator is the pet brush that can eliminate up to 90% of your pets shedding.

I remember when we first got our dog. She is a black cocker spaniel, and we have tile floor. I had no idea the amount of hair I was going to have to sweep daily. It's enough to fill a dustpan, everyday!

Since we started using the Furminator, I don't have to sweep as often, and she looks much cleaner and healthier too.

FURminator deShedding Tools can help you reduce the amount of loose hair in your house by up to 90%! That means less time spent cleaning and more time to spend enjoying your pet. To enhance the effectiveness of the deShedding tools, use after a FURminator Ultra Premium Shampoo or Waterless Shampoo.

This video will AMAZE you! Just look at all the fur coming off.
Furminator can be purchased in most major pet stores or online here
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Kindle Fire HDX has FreeTime, a Mayday Button and MORE!

Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX - 16GB - Black - Larger Front

Recently Amazon introduced their newest addition to the Kindle Fire lineup. The Kindle Fire HDX
I had the opportunity to test one, and let you guys know my thoughts. 

The first thing I noticed when taking the Kindle Fire HDX out of the box and turning it on was the screen. We have had a Kindle Fire for a while, and the screen on the HDX is so much brighter and vibrant! The high pixel density (323 PPI), and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) give the Kindle Fire HDX an amazing look. Everyone who I have shown the device to has the same reaction.."wow, look at the colors!". It really is amazing. 

Next, this has got to be the fastest device I own..and I own many devices. The Kindle Fire HDX when connected to my home wifi, can download an app in about 6 seconds...yes..SECONDS! 
It has the fastest processor available on a tablet with a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM for fast, fluid multi-tasking, gaming, and video.

Kindle Fire HDX 

The "Mayday" Button. This has got to be one of the most clever inventions on a tablet yet!  Having trouble with the Kindle? Have a question about how to use it? Just click the "Mayday" button on the home screen, and within seconds you are connected live and one on one with someone to help. The revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24x7, 365 days a year

I also can't believe how many great apps come preinstalled! The Kindle Fire HDX offers ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, and updated e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more.

There are over 100,000 apps available in the Amazon App store...definitely something for the whole family. We like the Amazon App Store so much, that we downloaded it on all of our other devices! Did you know everyday there is a different app for FREE? We have saved so much money this way!

The boys and I really enjoy the front facing camera, they want to use it on the train ride when we go visit my mom to take some "selfies" along the way. We also really enjoy using Skype to talk to friends and family who are not close by. .We have downloaded Skype on other devices and while it doesn't work very well..mostly because of the speed of the device. But again,. with the Kindle Fire HDX fast processor, Skype works perfectly everytime!

NEW on the Kindle Fire HDX - Fling movies and TV shows from your tablet to your big-screen TV using Second Screen. This turns your TV into the primary screen, freeing up your Kindle Fire to provide playback controls, a customized display for X-Ray, or simply be a place to email, browse the web, and more while you watch a movie. Second Screen is available for PlayStation 3 and Samsung TVs, and will be coming soon to PlayStation 4. We don't have any compatible TV or a PS3, but this seems like an awesome feature!

One last thing I wanted to mention. Kindle Fire Free Time. 

Kindle FreeTime Educational Features
If your kids are like mine, you spend a lot of money downloading tons of games that they play for a day and don't want ever again. With Kindle Fire Free Time, you can sign up for a monthly subscription of $4.99 and get unlimited access to books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows. All without ads and without in-app purchases! Free Time is geared towards kids ages 3-8 years old, and it has already saved me SO much time. Once they are in Free Time, I know I don't have to worry about them asking me if they can buy something for a dollar or 2 here and's all included!

The Kindle Fire HDX Starts at just $229 for the 16MB, but it's also available in 32mb and 64mb. 
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

'Ove' Glove Review

I am in love with the idea of the 'Ove' Glove. The top of my hand is forever getting burned on the top of the oven when I take stuff out or put my hand in to check on things.

The 'Ove' Glove provides 100% coverage of your whole hand. 

  • Piping hot pans and sizzling skillets can create danger in the kitchen, but now you can protect yourself from painful burns while creating a culinary master piece, with the OVE Glove
  • The tough exterior of the gloves forms a thermal isolation barrier slowing the temperature increase in the interior layer of double-knit cotton
  • Five fingered flexible grip that can be used on you left or right hand
  • The inner layer is made of soft double-knit cotton and is machine washable
  • The Ove Glove also protects fingers from getting grilled during the BBQ season
I love that it's also good for cooking. Last week I was making chicken for dinner, and the oil splattered all over my hand when I went to put it into the frying pan. If I had used the 'Ove' Glove, that would have never happened!
You can purchase the 'Ove' Glove here for just $6.99!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Some AWESOME New Toys Available at Toys R Us!

Crayola Melt N Mold Crayon Maker Factory -  Crayola - Toys"R"Us 
The Crayola Melt N Mold Factory was in my kids top 10 list for Christmas. They love the idea of putting their crayons in the machine and watching a ring, or a toy car come out, especially one they could actually use for coloring!

With the Melt 'N Mold Factory from Crayola, your child can transform Crayola crayons into their own custom swirled crayons and molded toys in just a few simple steps. This kit is safe and easy to use, and includes everything your child needs to melt, mold, and create.

    Kids create their own custom crayons and toys
    Three simple steps: mix, melt, and mold
    Makes traditional and ring-shaped crayons
    Safe, easy operation with any AC outlet
    Includes 24 Crayola Crayons, two molds, and mold holder

The factory comes with two molds your child can use over and over again. One mold makes new crayons in the traditional shape, while the other creates two ring-shaped crayons at the same time. Each mold snaps easily and securely into the holder and then attaches directly to the factory. For added convenience, the Melt 'N Mold Factory is powered by any AC outlet, so there are no batteries to replace.

The Crayola Melt N Mold Factory is on sale right now for $59.99!

Monster 500 Large Car & Trading Card - Flattop Frank™ -  Toys R Us - Toys"R"Us

When they boys asked me for Monster 500, I really didn't have a clue what they were talking about..until at Toys R Us I saw these cute monster themed racers. 

Monster 500 is an app that is available in the app store. The boys showed me after Christmas how much fun it is, and it's very addictive! You get to race "monsters"...and these guys are awesome!
Unleash the fiendish fury! Kids and kids at heart will enjoy the twisting, toxic, monster action this ghoulish, exclusive playset has to offer. With one included character, Evil Clownevil™, daredevils can smash through the doors of the freaky factory and topple the toxic, terrorizing monster, while avoiding being gobbled by the mutant gator all at the same time. Then, cars can be placed on the elevator before the hazmat mutant brings each vehicle up again. For additional fun, playset includes one Monster 500 trading card, which can be used to unlock a creepy character in the Monster 500 app available on Android and iOS. 3 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 4 years and up.

Ever After High Madeline Hatter Doll -  Mattel - Toys"R"Us

Finally, my 9 year old niece Brianna, had been telling me a while about Ever After High Dolls. These dolls are too cute! This one is Madeline Hatter (mad hatter). Each doll represents a specific "Rebel or Royal" character. 

Ever After High™ Madeline Hatter™ Doll

Maddie is the best friend a fairytale could wish for! The daughter of the Mad Hatter, Madeline Hatter doll shows off her cheery spirit in a brightly colored outfit with stripes and polka dots — and tea-rific accessories that include a teapot purse and headband with teacup. Plus, she comes with a bookmark that tells her hexclusive side of the story!

  • Posable doll wears a charming outfit that mixes bright colors and patterns
  • Accessorizes her outfit with detailed gold-and-pearl heels and a teapot purse
  • A headband with teacup tops her wavy, streaked hairstyle
  • Comes with a doll stand, doll hairbrush, and bookmark with her unique story
  • Collect all the Ever After High dolls in the Rebel and Royal assortments (sold separately)
  • Hexcellent for play, spellbinding to display!
 Ever After High Dolls are available here for $19.99 each.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.