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27.11.10

Epsom Salt - Who Would've Thought? Not me!


My Nana had Epsom Salt in her pantry for as long as I can remember.
Never really knew why...
But now, I guess she was on to something!

There are many different uses and I would like to share a couple with you.
Hey, talk about an inexpensive gift idea!
Speaking of that...
On the Nate Berkus show, they were talking about how to leave a few items for your guests when they come for a weekend visit.
This would be great!

You can use Epsom Salt as a means to pamper yourself for a very small price versus other products. If packaged cute, this would be a great gift!!!
( You know, like those cute little apothecary jars or something?)

The following was emailed to me, I just wanted to share:

For Pampering:
~Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.
~Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
~Bathtime Bliss:
Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.
~
Pedicure Perfection:
Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
~Homemade bath crystals:
Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.


For the Gardner in your life:
Houseplants:
2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants monthly.

Tomatoes:

1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks.

Roses:

1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Soak unplanted bushes in 1 cup of Epsom Salt per gallon of water to help roots recover. Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to each hole at planting time. Spray with Epsom Salt solution weekly to discourage pests.

Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron):

1 tablespoon per 9 square feet. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks.

Lawns:

Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a spreader, or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.

Trees:

Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet. Apply over the root zone 3 times annually.

Garden Startup:

Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.


For the Athlete :

· To ease muscle pain and fading bruises.

Add two cups of Epsom Salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom Salt for an oversized garden tub) and bathe three times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes. Also can be used to make compresses.
· To soothe feet aching from a tough workout or a long day,
add a cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and soak them.



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I am not being compensated for this post... I just received this in an email and thought you might like to know how Epsom Salt could help you!


26.11.10

Why Fight Black Friday? Enjoy CSN

If you have been on my blog before...
You know how much I love CSN and the over 200 + stores they have.
(If you have not been here before, WELCOME! Hope you stop by again!)

CSN has everything for everyone on your list.
I mean, think about it...
EVERYONE.
AT.
ONE.
WEBSITE.

I am not joking.
They have everything covered.
Oh, and how awesome is this?
To help you get through the holidays worry free, they are even putting little snowflakes on the items that will be guaranteed to be there before December 24th!
Come on CSN, do you have it all covered?
Sure you do!!!!

What I am going to tell you about today is home bar furniture.
As you know, Marc and I will one day have a house...
Hopefully this time next year I will be decorating like mad for our first HOME!

I would love to have a bar area.
No, not for boozing it up...
but for if you want to serve breakfast quick and fast...
Or for people to sit and chat while others are cooking.
(Yes, planning on learning to cook too!)
Whew, have my year ahead busy and it is not even December yet!

You might be wondering what I have my eye on...
Let me show just a few.

Okay, this is not one we would get, but I LOVE the way it looks! All rustic and artsy!!!
I really like this one, but I am not sure how it would look with our kid friendly house! :)
It is beautiful though, isn't it?
This is more than likely what we would go with.
Looks very sturdy. Rounded edges makes it kid safe...
And the Natural wood would let it fit in most color scheme's I would pick!

Now, to go ahead and get a house purchased!
LoL, I will have each room already decorated before we sign the papers!!!!

Tell me, which piece of furniture is a must have for your home bar furniture wants/needs?

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Ecomom - 7 Days of Giving


Ecomom is an amazing company that I have been lucky to work with in the past.
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you an AMAZING thing they are doing.
Until November 29th, they are going to randomly select FOUR orders per day...
and give the person ordering it all of their order for FREE!
What makes this even better is the FOUR orders that are selected each day...
They are going to duplicate and give the second order to a great organization, Baby2Baby.

Besides this cool promotion they are running...
They are also offering amazing sale prices!!!

Thanks Ecomom!

Just wanted to share... I get nothing in return for this, except a smile knowing that there are good people in the world!



Giveaways ending soon!!!!

Just a friendly reminder:


Terro Ant Bait - ends tonight

Petcakes - ends tonight

Tillamook Cheese - ends this weekend

Balloonatiks DVD - ends this weekend

Also, for these 4 contests...
Leave a message here and then on the post (after mandatory entry) leave HAPPY THANKSGIVING for an extra entry!!!!
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you will get extra entries on the non giveaway ones!!!
Thanks and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!!

Time to Clean the Aftermath! - Invisible Glass Review


How often do you clean your windows?
I do not know a specific number...
But I know I clean them so much more now...
Broxton loves to look out the window and although his hand-prints are cute...
Not so much on the glass.

Okay, I admit...
I do NOT clean the outside of the glass.
I should, I know...
But still.

Moving along...........
Let me tell you about Invisible Glass.
In the Invisible Glass Line, they carry an aerosol spray can and the trigger bottle.
I used both initially... One for each window to see.
I could not see a difference between the two bottles, but I could see that the window was super clean.
The cleaning cloth they include works wonderfully to keep the windows streak free!

Invisible Glass also carries a headlight restoration product!
(We will be using this soon!)

Also, they have another product that I like.
It is the Glass cleaner with Rain Repellent!
Now, I never thought about this when cleaning a car...
but on their site, it tells you..
Wash the windows, inside and out..
(got that part)
Then, after you wash the windows...
Wipe down the windshield wipers!
Yep, totally never thought about that!
Ok, before someone tries to call me out...
No, I do not wash my own car... but still, I think about it! :)

One thing that will be in my purse from now on is the Lens Wipe.
It comes in a small little package and it packs a powerful punch in the cleaning it does.
The smell is kinda strong, if you stick your nose in the package :)
But I used them to clean my glasses and the smell does not stick around.
All that does is clean glass!
This is great for those who wear glasses...
as well as using to clean your lens to your camera!

Now, I do now know about you..
But even though I am tall...
I can not always reach the tops on things...
(and I am not one to climb!)
Now, I can just use their Reach and Clean Tool Kit.
This has a handle to help you reach those hard to get to areas!
Also, it comes with THREE different cleaning cloths!
Yes, a microfiber one, a terry one and a mesh one!
Talk about covering all your bases!
The great thing about this is its shape, it can even get into corners!!!!

So, if its time for a good cleaning, Invisible Glass carries everything you need!!!
(Just remember, you might be having guests for the holidays!)
Don't think this is for online shoppers only...
You can get this at several local stores, such as Wal-Mart and Target!

And for the car enthusiast in your life...
Why not pick up the Complete Vehicle Care Kit.
(only $49.99)

Check out all they carry!


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Clean Living, requires Splat Mat!!!!


Am I the only one that wonders why most apartments put carpet EVERYWHERE but the kitchen and bathroom? I would LOVE to have a NON carpeted eating area! Especially with a little one!
We clean up the floor after every meal, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to sweep/mop it?
The carpet can get stains and then you are always on your hands and knees cleaning with a cleaning solution!!!

Not anymore at this house!
Have you heard of the Splat Mat?
I think this is a must have if you have a little one.
I mean, eating is hard enough to learn at that age...
Well, eating NEATLY is! :)
The Splat Mat is a big help!
You can pick from three designs!
Oh, they are not some cheesy looking plastic thing either!

These Splat Mat's are 52" and they are ROUND!
The one I was sent for review was the Brown Flourish.
You can use it for art projects or for food...
We have been using it for food.
Art will come soon enough!

I really like how big it is.
I mean, it seems a lot bigger than other mats I have seen...
It covers such a wide area underneath him.
LOVE that!
The only thing I would change would be maybe a lighter brown versus the white for the design.
Why?
Well, when he was eating rice the other night...
I just knew I had cleaned it all up.
Then, I noticed a few grains of rice that I missed...
They were hiding on the white area!
Really, that is not that big of a deal...
I am just saying... IF.

So, if you are like me...
Carpet under the eating area just doesn't cut it.
(Especially on spaghetti night!)
The Splat Mat is only $19.99 and I think that is very reasonable!

The other item I was sent for review was the Paci Pouch.
Now, luckily for us...
Broxton was never big on the Paci.
BUT, from the stories of my friends...
Had he been, this would have been a must!


Just what is a Paci Pouch?
It is an adorable little purse/pouch to hold the paci.
You can clip it to your stroller/diaper bag.
Even throw it in your purse!
Priced at only $8.00, I think it is a great price for sanity!
Just keeping an extra handy is a great idea!
They are also big enough to hold 2 paci's!
What a great back up plan!!!!
(And this keeps it clean as well!)
They zip closed, but the other great thing is the strap snaps.
That way you can open it and snap it around whatever you need it close to!
Oh, did I mention they are totally washable?!

BooginHead has really smart products!
I mean, the Splat Mat and the Paci Pouch are awesome...
But look at their site and see the other great products!
Leave it to a mom to come up with this!!! !:)

Keep up to date with BooginHead on FACEBOOK.

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Aloha Friday - # 62


Whew!
Almost forgot about Aloha Friday with yesterday being Thanksgiving!!!

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:
Today is black Friday..........
Going out or staying in?
If you went out... what good deals did you get?
:)

Me :
STAYED IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!!!

25.11.10

Stay in this Black Friday = Shop Online

Just wanted to share a few discount codes with you...
Don't fight the crowds!
Order from the comfort of your home!!!

PaperSpring:
1 DAY ONLY:
30% site wide sale + free shipping on any order.
Offer expires 11:59PM (PT) on 11/26

Growing Tree Toys:
From Black Friday through Sunday, every 100th order placed on our site will be FREE!
15% off discount Friday through Sunday.
Just enter code MBBTVL

Invites Now :
15 % off discount:
enter code : 3BLOG15

Plaqueworks :
( Will be reviewing this soon!)
50 % off orders
enter code : REDROSES

Yantra Mat :
20 % off order
enter code : RELAX

BuddyTops :
25 % off your order until Dec. 1st
enter code : jumpinbeans

Yum Yum Dish :
Follow them on twitter
find the code for $5.00 off each set
Valid through Dec. 5th

Softlips :
FREE shipping on all orders thru 12/10/10

SquishyToes Biodegradable Mat:
20 % off by clicking the above link

enter code : GRATEFUL2Also, first 12 days of December, free prizes!!! (Follow on facebook and twitter for details)

Canvas Press:
Save 20% on two items or 25% on three
enter code : FROSTY
good thru December 5th




24.11.10

Hasbro - Oh me, Oh My!

Well, Hasbro has gone and done it again...
Yet another must have game for the year!

Have you heard of Cuponk?
I have not, until the boys were here...
but I guess this is really pretty popular!
It is targeted for ages 9 and older... and by older, I think this really has no limit on the age!


What exactly is Cuponk?
Well, lol...
Get ready!

It is a ping pong type ball.
You have to get it into the CUP (provided) by doing all sorts of tricks!
Best part....... The cup lights up!
Now here is the kicker...
You can use whatever you need to make your shot : tables, walls... other objects!
Oh, and get this... they have some names that are sure to make boys laugh.
You know; Runny Nose, Stool Sample and Head Trauma!
Ugh! :)
The game comes with the cup and ball...
Also includes 30 "trick" cards.
I can so see this being a fun game for everyone...
Who can out do the other?!
For $14.99, I think this is a great investment for the entire family!!!!


Now, for the girls that are more into Truth or Dare versus Runny Nose and Head Trauma...
They have "Girl Talk."
Now, this is for ages 8 and older....
I think this would be fun for a spend the night party!

How cute is Girl Talk?
Well, it is a cute little box with these sticks in them.
You pick a stick...
There is a question on it with a colored block.
Then, you roll the dice and whatever word is on the die...
That finishes off your question.
(Like a fill in the blank filler.)
With questions about the mall and what not....
This game is sure to keep the girls up all night having fun!
The way you "win" this game?
You all answer the question...
Then you pick the winner.
Winner gets a cute ring.
When it is over, the one with the most rings wins!!!
For $12.99, I am sure this will put a smile on a tween in your life!!!

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One lucky winner will win both games!!!!!

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Snapware makes storage a SNAP - Review and Giveaway

I have been looking for one of those Ornament Storage boxes.
I had in mind just what I wanted, but I was not finding it anywhere.
I looked here and there... but not it.

Then, I found Snapware!
With the wide variety of so many items, I am sure you will find something that would be perfect for your storage needs.

The ornament storage I was talking about?
This Ornament Storage Box has two layers.
It is made of a sturdy plastic that I can tell will hold up to years of use.
Each level tray "snaps" onto the other.
The tray comes with cardboard dividers in there...
You can make the dividers smaller or bigger, depending upon ornament size...
Or, you can make one level the bigger and the other smaller...
Totally up to you!
What I really like about this is that you can buy additional layers as needed!
(You only need one top, so it makes it more convenient!)
Think about it...
$24.99 and everything is nice and neat and organized!!!
The other item I was sent for review was the 2 Layer Eggtainer.
Now, let me tell you about this bad boy!
(My mom has a similar one, so I knew what I wanted)
This thing is awesome!
You can use it to carry deviled eggs... or hard boiled eggs, whatever you prefer.

This is a perfect item for if you are going on a picnic... or if you need to take a dish for a family reunion... Once again, endless options.
The great thing is it is small...
and there is a handle on top.
Perfect for carrying here to there...
For $12.99, it doesn't get much better than that!

The final item I was able to review...
I think that this is a must have for all houses that have children!
Why do I say that?
This tray has little dividers for each battery type.
Think of when your batteries die on one of their toys..
and you can not find extra batteries around the house!
NOW YOU CAN!!!
It is a small tray to, so if you wanted to...
You could get one of these and put it in your "junk drawer" ...
Or you can get one of their storage boxes and keep things neater that way!

I am in totally enjoying the products from Snapware.
One day...
I will have more...
I promise... I will EVENTUALLY get organized!!!
:)

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Get to the good part!

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Stay in your Comfy Flops this season!


Some people do not like the slipper feel of having their feet in shoes...
A friend of mine will wear flip flops 24/7 if you let her...
So, these made me think of her!

Happy Feet has a line of "comfy flops" that are just too cute!
They are comfortable like slippers, but in the convenience of s flip flop!
As with the slippers they carry...
The Comfy Flops have the feel that you are walking on a nice soft cushion!
The shoes are made out of a fleecy soft material and are really super comfortable!
The fact that they are comfy flops make them easy to slip on and go about the house..
(Talk about a great thing for after you get your shower...)

Anyways, due to the material they are made out of...
They still kept my feet warm!
I love these things!
I think that they are cute too!
Don't you?

So, while everyone else is running around like crazy on Black Friday trying to get a great gift...
You can head on over to Happy Feet and order from the your house...
Hey, you can even stay in your pajamas!
:)

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W/W - Fried Green Tomatoes



Okay, so I know...
I have lived in Atlanta for like, a million years now...
and not far from here (like maybe an hour and a half) is Juliette, Georgia... where they filmed Fried Green Tomatoes.

I have ALWAYS said I wanted to go there...
but never have.

One of my best friends, Himee, and I were going to go...
but, she moved back to Kansas to hang out with Dorothy and the Tin Man...
So, I can't go with her!

Remember when Marc and I went to Savannah and renewed our vows?
On the way home, we saw the billboard announcing the area...

AND - Marc - pulled - off - the - exit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE, PLEASE WATCH FIRST... Then read this post! I do not want to ruin it for you!!!!

Now, the billboard said it was like 12 miles off the interstate, but it felt like 75 miles....
Just a long road with nothing to see but green...

Then, there it was.
I was about to wet myself!
LoL, not really... but still, I was pretty excited!

Of course, first stop was the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Unfortunately, they were closing up...
So, we did not get to eat there...
Although you can!

As you walk down the street, they have Green Tomatoes painted on the road...
and of course, you can see Idgie's mailbox!

Please tell me you have seen the movie...
If so, you know all about Buddy's arm...
Well, here is where it is buried! :)

Out back of the Whistle Stop Cafe is the BBQ pit...
and if you look to the back right, you see where Smokey Lonesome lived...
As well as the front right, you can see Frank Bennet's grave!

I was determined to find Ruth's grave...
But, I did not see it anywhere..
Marc has never seen the movie.
So, I was telling him, in the movie, she walks from the Whistle Stop Cafe and down a long dirt road... that is where the cemetery with Ruth's grave was... (at least in the movie.)
So, my sweet hubby decides to take a drive to see if we can find it...
Sure enough... there is a church...
With a cemetery...

and then Marc says,
"Hey... what is up with that bear of honey on that one?"

I almost fell out...
I was like "THAT IS IT!!!! YOU FOUND IT!!!!!!!"


See, he does love me! :)
I knew it all along, I just wanted to share it with you!!!!!

23.11.10

I love Newman's Own Organics - Review


I enjoy Paul Newman's salad dressing... and I think it all started because of his charitable donations... and because he seemed like a great person.

Well, Paul Newman's daughter, Nell, wanted to branch out from Newman's Own with an organic line... and branch out she did! Nell and her business partner, Peter started up Newman's Own Organics in 1993 as a division of her fathers company. In 2001 Newman's Own Organics became its own separate company!

I hate to admit, but I had never heard of "Newman's Own Organics" until recently.
Well, you know me...
I wanted to see the big fuss!

I love food, but "organic" just does not interest me ... in the least!
Not to be mean... but I thought organic just meant healthy/good for you... but NASTY!
LoL, not any more!
I am a changed woman!!!!

I was so very fortunate to be on the receiving end of a humongous box full of Newman's Own Organic products! I was a bit shocked that they sent so much... but we are so lucky that they did!!!!
Of course with Marc, he was skeptical to try it...
Just the thought of "organic" had him questioning if there was anything in there that he might even attempt to try!
Well, try he did!!!

He and Broxton opened the Pretzels to give them a try...
and they must have liked them, seeing as though there are no more in the house!!!!!
Baked, not fried... these will be around more than chips!
I wanted to try the Soy Crisps. You know, there are times when you just want something to snack on... These Soy Crisps were wonderful!!!! The Barbeque soy crisps were a great replacement to potato chips! The Cinnamon ones help with the urge of something sweet, but the Barbeque are by far my favorite!!!!

I was curious as to how the Fig Newman's would be...
I used to love the other brands in the past...
and I am not quite sure why I stopped buying them...
These Fig Newman's are LOW FAT and are SO GOOD!
(Even Broxton enjoys them!)

Newman's Own Organics also makes a soft cookie that they call Hermits.
The ones we opened (so far) are the Cinnamon flavored.
I did not care for them, but that was because they had raisins in them!
Not a fan of raisins, never have been... that I know of.
Broxton enjoys these and likes sticking his finger in it (to make them stick to the tips) and then eats them this way! Silly boy!

Newman's Own Organics has another cookie, the Newman O's.
The first ones we opened are the peanut butter filled ones!
Talk about yummy!
Surprisingly, Broxton took them apart, ate the peanut butter filling...
and then ate the chocolate cookie part!
They also make them cream filled, as well as chocolate filled!
Can not WAIT to dive into the chocolate filled ones!

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you about yet another cookie...
The good old Champion Chip Cookie!
Talk about YUMMY!
They have six varieties...
We dug into the double chocolate mint chips and the orange chocolate chip.
As mom said about the orange chocolate chip...
Well, that is an unusual combination...
OH MY GOODNESS!
They were delicious!!!!
They might have taken over the classic chocolate chip in my opinion!!!!
Now, for my favorite................
Their chocolate bars!
Oh. My. Goodness.
I had to eat the Mocha Milk Chocolate...
I was worried Marc would get it first! :)
It was worth it!
It was as though the chocolate melted in my mouth.
That. Good.
I wish that they had more Milk Chocolate flavors...
as I am not really a fan of Dark Chocolate.
(Marc is though, so he is in luck)
I need to start liking Dark Chocolate more...
as I heard it is better for you than Milk Chocolate.
I mean, if I am going to eat it, I could at least try for the better alternative!
These are packaged so nice that they would make a great gift for the chocolate lover in your life.

Speaking of a nice gift... They even sell mints in cute little tins...
Talk about a great stocking stuffer! ( I carry mine in my purse!)
Need to have fresh breath!!!

With the holidays getting closer and closer, I think that Newman's Own Organic would be a great replacement to some of the other options that normally stock the pantry.
Late night snack while wrapping presents?
Late night snack while up chatting with out of town guests...

Stop by their website...
Besides what I mentioned here...
they have several other products (including pet food!)
They even offer COUPONS!!!!

Last but not least, you can not talk about the Newman Family Name and not mention:
Hole in the Wall Camps. (Over $290 MILLION has been donated!)



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Go to your Zen Place - Zen Baby DVD

If your house is anything at all like ours, there really is not much peace and quiet...
Unless EVERYONE is sleeping.
That does not happen for long times, so it is rare.

I was sent the Zen Baby DVD for review and I really like how it makes us relax.
Granted, Broxton gets excited seeing the flowers and the dogs and the babies... but it is slowly becoming more peaceful and less excitement!
I am telling you, this boy is FULL of energy 24/7!

The music is so very beautiful.
I am not one that normally enjoys "music without words" but this is so sweet and innocent that you can not help to relax!
Another thing I like about this?
It comes with a CD as well!
That way, if I ever get time for a relaxing bath...
I can play this to totally pull me into a state of Zen.

Is that even how you word it?
I mean, I like the whole peace and quiet and all that good stuff...
But my mind is always going and going (as is everyone else in the house.)
I am not one for a "Zen place" or anything like that...
Not that I do not wish I has a Zen Room, but I mean, come on...
This little apartment just doesn't have room!
Maybe that can be added to our house! :)

Back to the Zen Baby DVD.

There were a couple times where Broxton was relaxing and then the change of the music made him have to get up and dance! :) Not sure where he gets his moves, but he LOVES to dance!
The softness of the "narrators" voice helps to relax you as well as the beautiful pictures/music that goes along as you watch the DVD.
I wish we would have had this earlier to try and incorporate this into the bedtime routine...
But, we will be using it now!!!!

You can keep up with Zen Baby on TWITTER or FACEBOOK

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Great Stocking Stuffer Idea? Action Hero!!!

Most kids love Action Heroes...
I grew up with a couple favorites and I know Broxton will pick up a couple along the way...
Having older brothers might make that happen sooner rather than later!

If you are looking for a great gift or two...
Stocking Stuffer Idea?
Secret Santa Kid Exchange?

The options are endless...

Marc is a fan of Star Wars (me, not so much... at all)
So, we will see if Broxton gets that from his daddy.
Star Wars The Clone Wars has a new line out...

The character now comes with a Galactic Battle Game.
Whatever that means! :) The boys can figure this out!!!
No, really...
This little guy comes with a FIRING BLASTER RIFLE...
and then they also have a gaming base and die for more than just your average "playing."
Now, they come with a game of their own!

The Spider Man series also has added to the basics!
Venom LAUNCHES a web missile!
HELLO
With the Spider Man series, you have 12 collectible cards to help battle the fierce foes!

The detail on these are so much better than I remember the ones from my day...
Reasonably priced between 6.99 and 9.99 these are sure to be a hit this holiday season!

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22.11.10

The 4 M's :Teenage Dream (Glee Cast Version)

Joining in with MUSIC MOVES ME MONDAY.
Link up and dance the night away!!
I am on a GLEE kick right now..
ENJOY!!!


Attu's Adventure - Review


I admit it, I did not pay attention like I should have in school.
Well, I did at the time...
But do I remember it now?
Nope... Not at all.

Lucky for me...
Mingo Morvin has started these wonderful books about the National Parks.
Mingo and his buddy, Attu go on adventures and share with us all about the Parks.

The very first one is :
Attu's Adventure in :
Yellostone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Now, Broxton is to young to get into this..
but I know he will when he is older.
He LOVES looking at the pictures throughout the book, but I do not even try and read it to him.
I did read it for me... and I learned alot! :)
See what I mean?

This book is cute and I really like it!
You know, I think it would be great to get this before you go on vacation...
Kind of like a little background before you get there.

In the first book, about Yellowstone and Grand Teton...
Mingo and Attu meet up with the Park Rangers to learn about Park safety before they go.
Once they are there, they learn all about the geothermal features located there...
Then, they learned of all the animals that they would see!
Attu even gets his picture taken at several of the signs located throughout the park!

The pictures all through the book are great!
The language used throughout is great because it explains things at a younger level.
This book is designed for children in second through fifth grade!

Added bonus on the book?
At the end...
There is a "notes" section for you to fill out after your trip!

The second book is about the Grand Canyon!
I can not wait to see this one!
Already, Mingo is working on the third book!
Besides being the photographer, he is also the author!!!!

You can purchase the books HERE.

By purchasing this book, you help in several ways:
One - The cost helps Mingo for future expeditions.
Two - You are sharing the knowledge with your little reader.
Three- It allows bonding time between you as you read together!

Even if you do not have a young child, this is still a great read!
(For the adventure lover in all of us!)

Please, keep up with Mingo and Attu on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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Spa Naturals - Review & Giveaway


I have been saying that I really need to start taking care of my skin...
Not that I am out in the sun all day or anything like that...
But seriously, I think I need to.

I have never been one to wash my face and do all that frilly girl stuff.
You know, masks and scrubs and all that stuff.
I mean, I have done it..
but not on a regular basis.

Until now.
I have been reviewing Spa Naturals skin care line and I have to tell you...
I love the way my skin feels!
I still do not know if there is a "routine" that I should get into...
But I love the way I am doing it now! :)

I sort of rotate what product I use what day...
And no, I do not use them all everyday or every other day...
I just use them when I want a little "spa" time just for me!

Spa Naturals has a complete skin care line that carries:
Facial Bar, Cleanser, Scrub, Mask and Moisturizer!
You can buy them individually (at great prices too) or in a gift set!
The gift set comes packaged all nice and neat in a cute little tote!
Oh, you might want to know the different fragrances that they carry...
Energizing Citrus Mint, Refreshing Orange Ginger and Soothing Cucumber Aloe.
I am so glad that they were able to let me try a little of each!
I am a big fan of Cucumber scent, so I was quite surprised when Citrus Mint was my favorite!

I really like all of the products...
None of the fragrances are overwhelming.
That was a great thing, as Marc is quick to tell me when a scent I like is to overpowering for him. I was so surprised to find another nice and refreshing scent, since I would have picked Cucumber Aloe without thinking normally.
I had Marc (and Broxton had to help) smell each canister and let me know what they thought... Citrus Mint was the household choice!

Besides the great product you are getting, you also get these cute (and fun colored) canisters!
You can recycle them or reuse them for other things once you are finished...

But, back to the product.
I think that the scrub is my favorite!
I like using the Citrus Mint Cleanser in the morning...
Nice boost to start my day...
Then, when I do wash my face at night... I have been using the Cucumber Aloe Cleanser.
The Scrub gives a nice burst of rejuvenation to my face when I get my shower!
I have only used the Mask a couple times and so far, I like the way my face feels.

Has there been a drastic change?
No.
But I was not expecting one! :)
I was looking for something to start!
I think that Spa Naturals might just make a permanent place in my bathroom.
(Just do not tell Marc... )

How awesome is Spa Naturals?
Right now, if you enter STOPCANCER at checkout , you will receive 15% off your Spa Naturals order total (free shipping on all orders over $30 subtotal) Also, they will donate $1 from every order with this promo code to the Ovarian Cancer Research Funds

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