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Aloha Friday - Vacation

Head on over and link up with Kailani!

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

My question this week:

If you could go anywhere for vacation... Money, time , work is NO OBJECT... Where would you like to go? Okay, within reason! :)

My answer:

I would LOVE to travel all of the U.S. Just go from state to state to see the "touristy" places! I have been to a few places, but I would love to rent an RV and just head out. Maybe for like 3 months. Looking at everyone's vacation pics... talking about JamericanSpice right now, I would love to have pictures like this that I took myself! If you have a post with great vacation pics, let me know... I would love to see them!

Don't forget my current giveaways:

Munchie Mug

My Lip Stuff 6pack lip balm

My Lip Stuff - Review & Giveaway

Have you ever really stopped to think about how many different flavors of lip balm there are?
I love lip balm! I love how it keeps my lips moist!

I recently heard of a company called My Lip Stuff. Supposedly they had TONS of flavors to choose from. You know me, I had to head on over and check it out for myself.
I did NOT expect to see that they carried over 500 flavors!
Yes, you read that right! OVER 500 flavors!
Ha ha!

I had to click to see if it was a joke! Nope, you think of a flavor and they make it! If they don't make it, they will try and create it for you!
Besides making lip balm, Brea (the creator) has now added sprays, salts, and lip gloss to the product list!
When Marc and I got married, we had gift bags in the rooms for our guest that stayed in the hotel. We made it for them and put a little of what we thought they might need/like. I wish I would have known of My Lip Stuff then! You can have them create a custom label JUST for you!

Brea sent me 3 lip balms to try out and I must say... the boys and I really like it!
We tried Grasshopper Pie, okay seriously... I put it on and as soon as I smelled the scent, I wanted to head on over to the store and pick up a thing of Grasshopper Pie Ice Cream!
The Vanilla Ice Cream smelled just as tasty! I really liked the Blueberry Muffin the most though! It smelled great, but it was not such a sweet smell as the other two!

One thing I noticed about the balm was the fact that when I put it on, it was a soft and oily feel. Not a greasy or waxy residue as some are, but it was soft and smooth. I put it on and then Broxton walked over and said "Ahhh" so I put a little on his lips as well! :) Now, whenever he sees me putting My Lip Stuff on, he immediately comes over to get his lips as soft as mine!

Another thing I really liked about the My Lip Stuff site is that Brea has shared with us a few ways to recycle your old lip balm tube!

Would you like to try My Lip Stuff for yourself?
Brea has kindly donated a random 6 pack of lip balm to one lucky reader! Doesn't get much better, does it?!

Mandatory Entry:
Head on over to My Lip Stuff and name 2 flavors that you think would be neat to try!
(You can not name the 3 she sent me for review)

Additional Entries:

Follow my blog: 3 entries
Subscribe by email: 2 entries
Follow me on twitter : 2 entries
Post this giveaway linking back to here on your blog : 5 entries
Leave a comment with a way Brea recommended recycling your old tube- 1 entry (limit 3)

Comment on any non-giveaway post - 2 entries (limit 3)
Enter any other current contest I have - 2 entries

This contest is open WORLDWIDE!
I will pick a winner with
I will email you and you have 48 hours to respond before I draw again.
Contest will end at midnight on July 29th.

Thank you to Brea for the chance to work with you in hosting this review and giveaway!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: 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


Munchie Mug - Review and Giveaway

Seeing a product that is Made in America will always grab my attention!!!
I think that Munchie Mug is a great product!
Broxton LOVES IT!!!

When I first gave it to him, I think he thought it was a musical instrument!
He kept putting his hand in the top and moving the (at the time) goldfish around making it make noises! Once he realized it was snack food...
He went to working on eating it all!

Munchie Mug is just what every parent (and grandparent) needs/wants for a road trip!
(Hello, it was thought of from a grandfather and then the idea was completed with the help of his friend, another grandfather!)
The lid is easy to take off, you load it full of whatever snack you want to feed them, screw the lid back on.. and the rest is up to the little one to enjoy!
The Munchie Mug has a cloth top that holds the snack in, NO SPILLS!!!
They just put their hand in the cloth and grab the snack. The cloth overlaps over each other so that once their hand is removed, no snack can sneak out and get all over the car!

It also comes with a plastic lid that helps to keep the snack fresh while not in use.
Did I mention that there is a little opening in the side of the lid that makes it very easy for Broxton to carry it around the house? (That was learned totally by accident! I had the Munchie Mug with cheerios ready to be put in the diaper bag, when I looked over and Broxton was carrying it "munching" on the cheerios inside!)

One of the things I also like about the Munchie Mug is that ALL of it is dishwasher safe!
(Even the cloth top!)

You can order a Munchie Mug of your own for $15.95
They are available in Pink, Blue or Yellow.

But, you can also enter to win one here!!!

Mandatory Entry:
Just tell me what color you would like if you won.
Pretty simple!!!

Extra Entries:
(Must leave separate comments for each entry)

Tell me who this would be for if you won - 1 entry
Follow my blog - 3 entries
Subscribe by email - 2 entries
Follow me on twitter - 2 entries
Blog about this giveaway, linking back to my post - 5 entries

Contest open to U.S residents.
I will pick a winner using
After picking a winner, I will email you and you have 48 hours to respond.
This contest will end on July 28th.

Thank you to Phil for sending me a complimentary Munchie Mug for review.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: 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


w/w - watermelon

We now know, Broxton LOVES watermelon!
We went out on the patio the other day...
and this was the result!

Go link up with Angie @ sevenclowncircus


Nourish- Review

What do you do about bottles on vacation?
When Marc first got home, I would carry tons and tons of bottles...
"Living" in a hotel room for a week, I was worried about how "clean" I could actually get the bottle. That and the fact that I did not know anything about the water. So, when we packed to go welcome daddy home, I was packed with any and everything!
We had the formula, bottled water and bottles. Add to it that the cleaning supplies!
I had a whole bag just for bottles and such stuff!

I sure wish I had known of Nourish before then!
Talk about making it easier on me!
Nourish is headquartered out of ATLANTA! Hello, this is a product from where I live! :)
Lara is the Mom/CEO for Nourish and she was kind enough to send me a baby and toddler Nourish bottle to review and share with you!

The great thing about Nourish is the opening of the bottle is wide enough as to not worry about spilling anything!
The Nourish bottles come as Nourish Baby, this has a nipple ready for baby to drink it up. It has measurement lines on the side, just as your typical bottle does, so you know the correct amount of formula to add. Or, you can just let your little one drink the 100% Spring Water!
The Nourish Toddler comes with a sippy top, perfect for your little one to drink and not worry about spilling anything. The Nourish Toddler comes with 10 ounces of water ready to drink!
With ours, Broxton drank some of the water and then the rest of it, I mixed a little fruit juice in.
As far as I saw, there was no spillage!
We have been having a bit of a time with Broxton turning all his drinks upside down and shaking to try and get something/anything to come out!

As I said, this is the perfect item for any travelling you might be planning...
Summer is halfway over for some... Maybe you still have a summer vacation ahead?
Or, go ahead and start preparing for any travelling you might be doing for a family reunion or Thanksgiving/Christmas!

Did you know that you can order Nourish Online?
Yep! Get it sent right to your house...
Or maybe to wherever you are travelling?
There are even a few hotels that carry it!
Are you flying somewhere?
You might be in luck!
Check out their website, as select airports carry Nourish now!
Talk about making it just a little easier for a trip!

Go head on over and support Nourish, you can do it one of two ways.
(well, besides heading on over and buying some)
You can follow Nourish on twitter or on Facebook.

A huge thank you to Lara for supplying this for me to review!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: 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


CSN - Help me Choose, PLEASE

You know that I will be reviewing for CSN.
I had an item or two in mind...
But, one was out of stock, so it caused me to keep looking.

Now, I have a few I really "need"/want! :)
Will you take a minute and help me figure out what I should get?


With Broxton being a toddler now, he is making crawl spaces out of everywhere!
I think this would be PERFECT for him to play in!

Or, should we get him the WOODEN work bench play set?

Or, do I choose the PLASTIC work bench play set?

Maybe I should keep waiting and get the step stool like we had planned?

Last, do I get the Pressure Cooker that Marc wants? (For his red beans and rice?!)

She-Rain - Book Review

I just finished She-Rain by Michael Cogdill.
I have to tell you, trying to find a minute to read in this house lately has been like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
But, I finally found the time (after getting the boys to read a book for themselves!)

I hate to say it, but this book took quite a bit of time for me to get into...
I kept trying to read it and it seemed like I was just not going to be able to read it...

I really do not know why, but it just seemed as though I was having a hard time placing the characters or something... I still can not explain it!
THEN, all of a sudden, something happened and I could not stop reading!
It was like if I stopped reading, I would not have the chance to finish the book!
I am so glad I stayed with it and kept reading, for this book is a beauty to read!

She-Rain tells the tale of a poor, innocent boy that lives a hard life most of us will never, ever have to endure. Frank Locke Junior is a boy living as best as he can to be the man he knows he needs to be. His dad is a good for nothing and his mom seems to hang on to the memory of a love of a man she once knew.
Through plenty of hard times, Frank Junior finds a love, in Mary Lizabeth, that will cross many mountains going to show that hope and faith can get you through, if only you believe! Many things happen to Frank that makes him grow into manhood way to fast, but luckily... He falls into the arms of a young woman named Sophia, wise beyond her age with a storied past that will keep the pages turning as you try to figure it all out! Frank must deal with heartbreak, as well as temptation, trusting that he knows what to do. Your heart breaks for Frank and all that life throws at him, but at the same time, you are so happy that he has found someone like Sophia to help make the hurt somewhat bearable!

Here is the book synopsis:

In the early 20th Century, a pair of North Carolina mountain children sow the seed of a love that becomes their only solace in the hard yet beautiful world they know. They grow it from steep ground of poverty, ignorance, and violence. A landscape so brutal it can kill hope long before claiming life.

Bloodshed years later finally sends Frank Locke on the run, deep into wilderness, abandoning his extraordinary love, Mary Lizbeth. When a whitewater river washes this desperate soul into the hands of Sophia, he discovers a luminous woman steeped in mystery, trapped in a tragically brilliant life. Far ahead of her time. Secreted from the world. As she awakens Frank's mind, they rise to meet a love that binds three people for a lifetime.

This love triangle forms a beauty no one sees coming. From the wilds of Appalachia, crossing nearly a century, it runs deep into a lush American fortune, and lives in letters of adoration and hope of the least expected.

In a rhapsody of Southern voices, mingling hilarity and sorrow, She-Rainspeaks of lives soaring beyond heartbreak, fundamentalism, and self-destruction. Through the most graceful longing, two women in love with one man ultimately prove the power of human hearts to answer high callings. They show us all how to heal -- and thrive -- to the very end.

This book is a page turner that pulls at your heartstrings.
Although it is a "Story of Hope," it is also a story to remind you that your thoughts and actions have an impact on everyone... Being judgmental towards one just does not affect that one person, many lives can change!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: 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

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