Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

26.11.14

Help give a gift that keeps giving - @WorldVisionUSA #Giveaway

As we all know, the holidays are not about giving gifts, that is an added bonus... But for me, it is more about family. Making Memories.  Seeing the good in people and all things positive.  A couple years ago, we tried doing a few random acts of kindness, it was great to show Broxton how good it feels to make a positive interaction with others.  No, it isn't needed just during the holidays, but for me, some people don't have family to celebrate the holidays, so maybe this is why I enjoy doing it.  

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

One thing that is great this time of year?  Working with World Vision.  They are really a great company and there are many ways that you can choose to work to make a difference.  
Want to sponsor a child?  You can totally do that!  Want to get your church involved?  Do you work for a corporation that is looking for a great cause?  There really are several ways to get involved.
If you are thinking "what about me? A single person?"  

You can purchase a physical gift.. and with that, it includes a donation to help where it is needed!   Not sure you understand?
Take this cuff.  You purchase the cuff for $85.  They send you the cuff and then the money that is extra is sent to where help is most needed.  It is even tax deductible!   Yes!   That way, when you give the gift to someone, you can let them know that not only are they getting this beautiful bracelet, money was also donated to help as well.  Then, whenever they wear that bracelet, they can know they are making a difference!   

Now, one lucky reader gets to win this beautiful cuff!   Just enter the rafflecopter form below! 

A Great Gift for any woman on your list! @GlowologySkin

How often do you wash your hands each day?  Too many times to count, I would bet... I know I wash mine several times throughout the day and when it is cold out, it seems they get dried out more often than other times...   I love finding new scents that I enjoy and I actually have different smelling hand soaps throughout the house.  

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

I was sent a really nice soap / hand balm set from Glow-ology.  Now most people might not think that hand soap would make a great gift idea... Well, in this case, it is perfect!   I was sent product from the LOVE collection and I tell you - the smell was amazing... ( Sweet cherry blossom fragrance opens with sparkling top notes of pineapple and leafy greens. The middle emerges with a floral cherry blossom, mimosa and rose fusion. It dries down with a blend of woods softened with vanilla, amber and musk.) Not to mention just how soft my hands felt after using it.  No dry skin here!    I thought about purchasing some for my mom, but she is so weird about lotions, that I did not know if she would use it... But, you can believe I will have her trying it out when she comes up to visit!  

I put this in our main bathroom, but I knew that the boys would waste it and not really appreciate it... so, I quickly had to move it!  I want this to be my secret treasure and I knew if I left it out, it would be gone fast!  I love the packaging...  I love the scent... I love the feel! Glow-ology is a win this year!  
Do you go to parties during the holidays?  If so, this would make a great hostess gift... 
Actually,  this would be awesome for any lady on your list.  (This would totally be great for dorm rooms.)
The mild formula cleans hands leaving them oh-so-soft and smooth. Perfect for frequent use environments. Especially formulated for sensitive skin. Dermatologist-tested.
Love Hand Balm - Simply addictive, pure shea butter balm with natural alpha-hydroxy acids. Provides long-lasting moisture while softening and exfoliating dry rough skin. Dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin.
Glow-ology was imagined to inspire women to feel Positively Beautiful. Our luxurious body lotions, refreshing body washes, and gentle hand creams feature skin-nurturing formulas with uplifting scents. Our commitment is to provide women with a complete line of wholesome and natural bath and body products that pamper and improve the appearance of their skin, while indulging the spirit through relaxation and restoration. Made in the USA from wholesome ingredients and with environmentally safe processes.
The Glow-ology brand was designed to appeal to gift givers and individuals with a beautiful and sophisticated product presented in graceful packaging to entice gift-giving and enrich personal use.

25.11.14

What's on MY List? One is @diamondcandles #MakingMyList

I will admit that I am pretty hard to shop for.  First of all, I do not want anyone buying me any clothes...  Shoes?  I am picky about that as well.  Last year, my wish list was a juicer... (I got it by the way, but not into juicing. just seems like a waste of the rest of the fruit/ veggies.)  I love lotions and potions and things of that nature, but then my family isn't one that is going to go to the mall and shop. It needs to be a small in and out store... or better yet, a link to a website.  
The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Since I follow many blogs, I have noticed that people kept talking about this candle ( I LOVE candles) that comes with a ring in it.  I thought that would be a great gift... and of course, I wanted to see for myself.  I was lucky enough to get to review a Diamond Candle and yep...   It is pretty neat! Hard to believe this hasn't been popular way before now!  

What makes Diamond Candles so special?
Diamond Candles is on a mission to make home fragrance fun. We combine the scents of premium 100% soy candles with an exciting and fun RINGREVEAL™ experience. Our candles are handmade in Durham, NC and we release fresh, fruity, floral and exotic scents all year long.
Inside every deliciously fragrant Ring Candle, you’ll discover a surprise $10 ring packaged with a special code. Enter your code on our RINGREVEAL™ website to reveal if you’ve discovered a ring worth $100, $1000, or $5000. Lucky winners will choose their ring’s style and size from our exclusive ring collection.
Want to see for yourself? Watch our RINGREVEAL™ videos or go ahead and take the plunge and get your first Ring Candle today. Don't forget to share a picture of your ring on Facebook and Instagram with #DiamondCandles and #RingReveal to be a part of the Diamond Candles story.
I was sent an amazing smelling candle for review.  It was a beautiful shade of blue and the smell was to die for.  I immediately lit it ...  The candle I reviewed?  

 Tropical Retreat -  With a hint of the Caribbean, a blend of green bananas, coconuts, oranges & grapefruits takes your nose on a vacation of a life time - right from inside your home! On this journey to paradise, Tropical Retreat is sure to relax you.

This candle was amazing!  It smelled great and had the whole room taking me on a tropical journey... Although it was cold outside, my mind had me headed to the beach.  You know how a scent just takes you there?  That was what was happening here!   I think I will be giving a few of these out this holiday season.  Think about it, they get a beautiful looking and smelling candle as a gift... with a ring inside... then, they can head to the Ring Reveal Website to see if they have won a special ring!   Kinda cool!  Make sure you head on over to see what all other scents they have available!   They have a way for you to choose your ring based upon the color or scent.  They even have special candles such as Happy Anniversary, Its a Boy/Girl and many more!  

Just How Much Heat is IN that kitchen?

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

I have never said that I was a chef.  Far from it, if you want to know the truth. That being said, living in Atlanta and having my own family, we normally host Christmas at our house.  It just makes it easier (we did try rotating each year, but that wasn't working out) and in doing so, I am the one that cooks all the food.   Well, I cook the side dishes, the desserts are normally store bought... but Marc is always in charge of the meat.  That became his thing a couple years ago and he has enjoyed doing it... until it is time to check the meat.  The first time, we could not find our meat thermometer, so my brother brought his... but it did not work.  We made do, but then last year rolled around and we had the same issue...  I think we had one, but it didn't work and we could not find the other (something like that.)  So, when I was given the opportunity to review a Taylor Instant Read Thermometer, you know I was going to say yes!  

We received the green one for review and I have already used it half a dozen times.
I have used it to check my chicken, my porkchops and so much more.  The fact that it comes with a protective sleeve to put the metal part in just makes it better.  I love that there is a clip,if you want to store it that way.  

Taylor also offers a Candy / Deep Fryer Thermometer.  I didn't think we would need it, but now Marc want's to deep fry a turkey this year, so we might need it.  I knew I wasn't going to need it for the candy part.  HA ha ha!!!!  

If you have someone on your list who enjoys cooking, this would make a great gift idea.  Maybe you could gift one to the person that hosts Thanksgiving or Christmas as a host gift?  Either way, they are very affordable and would be a great addition to any kitchen!  

It's Freaky! #TeenyFreaks from @LilTeammates

I don't know when or how it happened.. but my little baby boy turned into a "Big Kid" and he seems to think he is grown most days.  I know he is still my sweet baby, but now he is into scary things (he wanted to be a scary thing for Halloween, but I would not let that happen. He couldn't wear it to Trunk or Treat at Church, so he was too young to be it any other way! That was my reasoning and it worked for me!)  The thing is, I know he is growing up and as much as I want to keep my sweet baby young and innocent, I do realize he is growing up!  
The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

If you were here the other day, you saw the awesome giveaway I have going for NFL TeenyMates in a collectors tin. We have loved their products and Broxton has several of their toys around the house... The email I got introducing me to their newest line, Teeny Freaks, had me knowing that Broxton was going to want them as soon as he saw them!
The great thing about it, is they are "freaky" but they are not freaky/scary.  So, that passed mama's approval!   I will admit I think I was just as excited as he was... and I was quick to give them to him, just so I could check them out!  
The Teeny Freaks are 2 sided little characters.. One side is the "normal" side with the other side being the "freaky" one.  I thought they were great and the above photo shows just what I am talking about.  

As with all the "Teeny" toys, they come in a foil pack ,letting you have the excitement of seeing what you get when you open your bag.  They also include puzzle pieces, so you can work towards completing the whole puzzle. Broxton thought they were the coolest things and he has already asked when we can go for him to buy more!  I really wanted to get the Ghoul Scout and Heavy Metal!  I am crossing my fingers they are in our next packs!  
If you have a "freaky" kid, this would be an awesome stocking stuffer, gift bag item or even a gift topper if you want it to stand out!  
Remember: 
-TeenyFreaks are available in the impulse section at Target stores nationwide
-They can be purchased online at www.lilteammatesshop.com

24.11.14

This is the Greatest Place!

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

I shared with you the book, In the Forbidden City for ages 9 and older, but I also wanted to share with you a book that was geared for those ages 5-9.  This is an illustrated book that lets us go into The Forbidden City and see how nature inspired it.  The fact that nature is so beautiful and peaceful... It really makes you stop and think about your surroundings, the influences that go on and just how everything can work together.   (Including the animals!)

This is the Greatest Place is for kids ages 5-9.
Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists, this book teaches uses one of the world's most fascinating landmarks, Beijing’s Forbidden City, to show young readers how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. Features a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.

I really enjoyed This is the Greatest Place.  I guess the older I get, I see all the negativity around us and to see this book and the beauty of it all, it really just put a smile on my face... Did it make me want to head on over to Beijing right now?  Of course it did!  Knowing that I can't anytime soon, at least I can experience the beauty this way!   I think that this is a wonderful book to introduce kids to all sorts of culture around them.

In the Forbidden City

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Can you believe it is almost December?  I know that the months are always the same, but good grief, it is like time is flying by!  I can not believe it was just a few months ago when we were doing a countdown to when my little one was going to be starting Kindergarten... and here we are, planning the book countdown to Christmas!  I almost have all the ones wrapped that I am going to use, but I have a few more to share with you.  
Remember, books make great gifts all the time, not just for a countdown, but they would be great under the tree from a loved one or even from Santa.
Today, I want to share a book with you that is perfect for the older kids in your life..

In The Forbidden City is for kids ages 9+.


 Similar to David Macaulay’s Castle, highly detailed line drawings convey the grandeur of Beijing’s Forbidden City buildings, gardens, and courtyards. This large format impressive book is part of We All Live in the Forbidden City, a dynamic educational program by China Institute about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial China as seen through the lens of the Forbidden City. 


To be honest, when I first saw the book, I thought it was a beautiful book to have as a coffee table book.  Then, I saw that it was for ages 9+.  I still think it would be a great book to have laying around.  I love it.  The drawings are beautiful (just look at the cover!)   I went to flip through it the other day, but there is so much information that I decided to put it up for now.  I will read it though, as Marc already checked it out and thought it was a great read.  Filled with plenty of information to introduce kids to a beautiful place!!! I know for sure we will be looking through this so much more when Broxton is a bit older and can appreciate it!

Have you ever been to The Forbidden City? 
 
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