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23.4.11

Do you remember, Who Shot J.R.? Review


I posted before about the release of the Fourteenth Season of Dallas being released to DVD...
Well, I have news for you...
As of April 12th, you can also get the set of Dallas: The Movie Collection.
Now, I had never seen any of these movies, so I was really excited to watch them.

I really enjoyed watching " The Early Years," as it gave me the set up to the series.
Yes, I did watch it as a child, but remember...
It went off in 1991, I was only 12 at that time, so what all do I really remember?!
I loved seeing how it all began, if you will...
But the cast that we all know and love do not come into the movie scene until the second one..
That is where we watch "J.R. returns" and "The War of the Ewings."

My all time favorite on these two discs?
The reunion.
Yep, seeing them all now...
Seeing them reminisce about their days at Southfork.
Most of all, the looking back at the fan voted TOP 10 cliff hangers of Dallas!
Do you know what they were?
Nope, I am not going to tell you!
That would ruin it! :)
Oh, they also had bloopers on the reunion show...
That Patrick Duffy was a jokester!!!
But the best of all, was when he went to lean back in a chair and it totally flipped on him!
Yes, I did laugh out loud on that one!

So, if you loved Dallas, or know a fan of the show, please head on out and buy it today!

***** I received a complimentary copy for review. No other compensation was provided. *****

22.4.11

Energizer Batteries Teams Up with the National Park Foundation


As a mom, we go through TONS of batteries with all of Broxton's toys...
Not to mention the 50 million pictures I take...

I am happy to know that Energizer has teamed up with the National Parks Foundation!
What does this mean?

Well, first of all... National Park Week:
Okay, short notice on my part -
Until Sunday, you can visit any National Park for free.
You can also text BUNNY to 27722 to trigger a $1 donation from Energizer to the National Park Foundation. (Up to $50,000)

Second thing...
There are specially marked Energizer Products that have codes in them.
Once you purchase three of those products, you can do one of two things.
One - redeem it for $10 towards a National Park Trip
or
Two - have Energizer donate it directly towards the National Park Foundation.

Third thing...
RSVP to join a volunteer event by visiting " Now that's postivenergy" or on FACEBOOK.


Now, with all that talk of Energizer Batteries, did you just realize you need some?
LOL

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Episencial - Review

With Earth Day today, I just wanted to share a product that is not only great for your skin, but the packaging it comes in isn't all that bad either! (RECYCLED!)
Just as most adults have a routine when caring for their skin...
Episencial is the skin care line for little ones...
Episencial is created for the developing skin and is all natural!
Not only are the products you are putting on your baby safe, the packaging it comes in is also safe for the planet.
Here is another reason to use them... The packaging is made with Solar Power!

Episencial is based upon the 3 steps in making sure your baby stays soft and cuddly even after the pampering of bath time!

Step One: Bathe
Step Two: Nurture
Step Three: Protect

With the bathing, the offer both the Playful Foaming Wash, as well as the Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath. See, they have you covered for both morning and night bathers! :)
While Nurturing your little one, they offer the Better Body Butter and the Soothing Eczema Cream. With the Eczema Cream, you do not have to suffer from Eczema, it is for dry skin.
Finally you have the Protection. With the Sunny Sunscreen, Nurturing Balm and the Protective Face Balm, you have every inch of your little one covered!

Knowing that Episencial is all natural is a great plus for us...
And that it can be bought at our local Target makes it even better!
The top product for us so far has been the Face Balm.
It is so easy to throw it in my purse for when we are out and about...
When Broxton is out playing, or even in the car and gets warm, his cheeks get all flushed and at times, he gets dry skin on his cheeks.
I love being able to put a dab of this on him to add a little moisture!
The other that we really like is the Better Body Butter!
Marc is putting it on Broxton right now, since he just got out of his bath!
I love how they are natural and made with organic oils that not only feel good on him, but are good for him as they restore moisture, not just coat the skin with some grease...

You know how I am about packaging?
Well, the packaging on the Episencial Products catches your eye, since they have teamed up with Eric Carle, best known for the Hungry Caterpillar Book!
Talk about eye catching for both the parent and the child.

You can join their newsletter to receive special tips for skin care from eczema to sunscreen!
(Just look towards the bottom of their home page to sign up!)
You can click here to read about the Non-Profits that are partnered with Episencial.
Follow Episencial on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, if you visit their site now, you can enter the $75,000 ECOMOM Healthy Home Makeover Contest!

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.

Winnie The Pooh - Easter Coloring Pages

Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends are heading back to the theater...
July 15th, to be exact!
With that date to look forward to, Disney has released a few Easter themed coloring pages to get your little ones excited!






Happy Easter ALL!!!!!

21.4.11

Aloha Friday - Swimming?


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday with Kailani. 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.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.


My question:

Do you know how to swim? Do your kids?

My answer:
I do and we played with Broxton in the pool last year. I am trying to figure out the best way to teach him... From us , or lessons? Just not sure yet, but I want him to love the pool as much as we do and I think he already does!!!

9 Tips for Saving on DIY Projects - Guest Post

Yet another email to share with you...
I am all about saving money, as I think we all are...

9 Tips for Saving on DIY Projects
By : Andrea Woroch.

1. Big Box Vs. Small Stores
For the frugal consumer, shopping smart is always a logical first step. When you're shopping at the big-box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes, there are always deals going down.
The two heavyweight retailers are highly competitive and both stores offer price matching with an additional 10-percent discount on identical products advertised at a lower price at any competing store. Both stores also post weekly sales, discounts and rebates on their websites so you can be prepared before you hit the store. Not to mention, you can always find coupons for these home and garden giants.
On the other hand, locally owned home-supply stores, like Ace Hardware, often provide email sign-ups that allow you to receive special deals on the same items you would find at the big-box stores. While you may not be able to purchase sheet rock, the smaller places may carry everything from plumbing supplies to finishing notes for your home.

2. Tester Cans and Used Paint
Next to buying a nice area rug, painting is probably the easiest way to change the look of a room. Unfortunately, home improvement stores are aware of this and they like to make you pay for it. There are definitely ways to get around the high prices though.
If you only have a small space to paint, there's no need to invest in a whole gallon of paint that'll inevitably take up space in the garage or closet. Ask about small tester cans that can often be found for $5 or less in a variety of colors.
The word is starting to get out on used paint, too. When people order large amounts of custom paint, they often order too much. This paint gets returned to the stores, but the merchant can't put such cans back on the shelf with the rest of the paint. If you're in the right place at the right time, you might be able to get gallons of paint for around $5. Not all stores will have used paint, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

3. Buy Lumber in Bulk
Working with lumber can be intimidating. It requires precise measurements and cuts, or you'll end up wasting money and materials. Prices vary by lumber grade and wood type, so be aware of what materials are required to get the job done.

4. Generic Vs. Name Brand
There's an incredible variety of nails and screws available, but how much of a difference is there really? Generic brand nails and screws are often up to par with the name brands, but cost significantly less. In some cases, the only difference between a generic and the brand name is the box!
The same can be said for pipes and plumbing fixtures. Unpackaged fixtures in a bulk bin can have the same quality as their packaged counterparts on the shelf, but cost much less. Longevity is also something to consider when working on a plumbing project. Copper pipes and PVC pipes typically give you the most bang for your buck, lasting up to 60 years.

5. Caulk Singles
Caulk certainly won't be the most expensive item on your home improvement list, but it's useful for patching up holes and sealing cracks. Often when people buy a tube of caulk for a small project, they end up making a mess of it and throwing half the tube away.
If you want to keep some caulk around for projects that spring up, try out some caulk singles from General Electric. Much like the fast food ketchup packet, they're enough for one project and cut back on waste and mess. Watch for coupons to home centers like the Home Depot that offer General Electric's caulk singles.

6. Government Rebates
Now that warm weather is finally on the way, you can replace your old windows and doors with more energy efficient ones. While it's a big project, it may be worth it when you save on heating costs next winter.
In an effort to reduce energy consumption, the federal government is continuing to offer tax credits when you install Energy Star certified windows, doors and skylights. The credits aren't as generous as last year, but you can still get 10 percent-off for $200 worth of windows and skylights and a rebate of up to $500 for doors.

7. Buy Reconditioned or Rent Power Tools
It's hard to justify buying an expensive power tool, especially when you know you'll never use it again. If you live the DIY credo, Home Depot rents such power tools as power washers, paint sprayers, chainsaws and buff sander. By renting, you'll get the professional finish you want without having to cut corners on expensive equipment.
Many power tool manufacturers have online outlets where they sell reconditioned tools at a discount. These tools are certified by the manufacturer, so you have a guarantee they'll work. You can save even more when you use a Bosch Outlet coupon or a Bostitch Outlet free shipping code for discount power tools.

8. Used Hand Tools
The garage sale may still be king for finding good deals on hand tools. Many people don't enjoy inherited tools and are willing to part with them for next to nothing, compared to new tools. Wrench sets, hammers and screwdrivers made by quality toolmakers like Craftsman and Stanley can stand the test of time and are as good today as they were 30 years ago.

9. Working Together
No one escapes a little home maintenance from time to time. If you and a neighbors are working on similar projects, sharing the cost of renting a wood chipper or cement mixer can save both of you time and money.
While skilled friends and family don't necessarily enjoy manual labor, they can be coaxed into it with the promise of good food, drink or a labor exchange to be named later. Working with friends gets the job done faster and is usually much more fun.

As a media expert source, Andrea has been featured on NBC's Today Show, FOX & Friends, MSNBC, ABC News NOW and many more. Follow @AndreaWoroch on Twitter to receive daily savings tips.

Old London works for me! - Review

Have you ever heard of Old London?
Melba Toast?
Ring a Bell yet?

Well, I am not going to lie...
I had never heard of them, until last year.
My mom bought a box and I quickly decided that I was in love!
I had to try all of the Melba Toast and I quickly decided that I loved the Sourdough and the Sesame the most.
So delicious!
It was also so nice to have in the pre-packaged packs!
Whew, at least they could tell me when to stop enjoying!

I was happy to see that I would have the chance to participate in the Mom Central Old London Blog Campaign.
Now, I already knew I loved Old London, but I did not know what else they offered!
Now I do!
Also, Broxton had to help me review them...
He enjoyed every bite just as much as I did!
I think that the Bagel Chips might become a regular in our pantry!
I enjoyed the Spicy Cheddar, but I really want to try the other flavors offered as well!
(French Onion, Garlic & Herb and Sea Salt)

We enjoy our Old London variety plain...
But, I have also enjoyed them with a bit of Pico de Gallo or a bit of a soft cheese spread.
It really is up to you as to how you want to enjoy them, though nothing else is necessary.
If you are one that likes to change it up and try all sorts of things, they have several different recipes to get your creative mind flowing!
Besides all of the great snacks they offer, they are also offering one lucky winner and a guest to experience Hawaii!
Yes, you read that right!!!
Who would not want to win that?
Top it off, you get surfing lessons, private cooking class, and spa services...
Just to name a few...
I know you are wishing I would hush so you could head over to enter...
The contest ends on June 30, 2011
Just head over to the Old London Facebook page to read all of the details.

Okay, now that I have shared a great tasting snack... and an awesome contest...
I will be quiet!
Go enter... and good luck!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Old London and received product samples and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

20.4.11

W-I-N-N-E-R-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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8 Formulas To Live By- Guest Post

I am happy to be able to share a Guest Post with you Today.
This is an article written by : Ana Weber

The 8 Formulas to Live By

By Ana Weber


What are the 8 formulas to live by? Why are they effective and liked? Who can benefit from these formulas?

This year is the 5th birthday year I am celebrating the life of the 8 formulas for life... How fun? AND timing is perfect 2011.

We are battling with a downturn economy, thousands of people are searching for jobs, looking for answers to pressing questions, lost emotionally and financially drained. Some lost hope, direction, and focus and faith in tomorrow and others cannot let go of yesterday battles or yesterday's better days they remember. And in the process some of us are challenged with extra weight, unexpected aging signs, low energy, and no patience for our kids, not enough time for accomplishing what we set to do in the first place and furthermore we express a lousy attitude at work and at home and everywhere we go in between destinations. Not to mention the natural disasters hitting certain areas in the world and the worries we attach to them; what is going to happen tomorrow? This is reality for now.

On a better note, I believe that we can shift and turn the stress we are so accustomed to live by and change our attitude all together.

I am delighted to share with you my findings and the power of the 8 formulas to live by;

The birth of the 8 formulas.

5 years ago I was going through some challenging and difficult times but I wasn't ready to crumble and give up. So one morning I came up with a simple idea. I must create some guidelines to live by and pro-act with my challenges. 3 Formulas came to life and with time as I was juggling life up and down and left and right I began to add more formulas to the list. I ended up with 8. I've come to the conclusion that the 8 formulas were not too many or too little and not too overwhelming. Most importantly since I was practicing the formulas I saw positive changes and good changes in my life. My mood was lifted, I had more energy than ever and people were enjoying my company. I excelled at work and I became happier and liberated. I pro-acted and stress shifted into success. Slowly but surely I began to introduce the formulas to my friends, co-workers, neighbors and clients and family members. All these people acknowledged the value in these formulas and I was thrilled. And as life folds and unfolds sometimes with the need to solve the puzzle and other times with the need to live the mystery the formulas play a huge role in our lives..

Mothers and single parents and executives and young students can incorporate the 8 formulas and tailor them into their lives. Human nature dictates the success of an idea when the idea is producing tangible and desirable results quickly and effectively. The 8 formulas do just that.

I am thrilled to share with you the 8 formulas to live by:

1. Enjoy your today and do what you can do today, tomorrow becomes today when we live and practice It., take one step at a time

2. Take good care of yourself, make time for exercise, make time to prepare healthy meals and tasty foods, make time for a good night sleep, and make time for fun and socializing. Spend less time on texting and more time on connecting one on one.

3. Get out of your zip code, see the world. You will recharge your batteries and lift your enthusiasm and your intelligence, people skills and communication skills and enhance intimacy.

4. Be more interested than interesting, be there for others and help others achieve their dreams and goals.

5. Pro-Act with life challenges, marinate, take time out before you proceed with decisions and choices. TIME OUT IS TIME IN.

6. Introduce the ingredient 'LOVE" into your daily diet (a dash of love is a dash of happiness)

7. Smile more today and worry less about tomorrow. Flow with time and make time your lifetime friendly companion.

8. Build a passion for all that you like and don't like to do. You will reduce your stress level. (The things we don't like to do represent a ribbon connecting us to all the things we enjoy and love to do. Without that link there is a void. And without the ribbon we fight change and resent change.

MY message to you, the reader is simple and clear. When you introduce and apply the 8 formulas into your daily life you will see remarkable changes in your life. You are simply building a good appetite for life. The taste and the color and the shape of your daily life will change from time to time but the presentation will remain attractive and desirable. You will garnish it with a smile from the inside out without a doubt. Wouldn't you like that?

19.4.11

W/W - Need a Haircut?

Born Free TwistN' Pop Straw Cup - Review


I have mentioned before how hard it was for me to find sippy cups for Broxton.
I looked and looked, here... there, everywhere.
I do not even know all the brand names I tried, but I tried what felt like a million of them.
We finally found ones that work...

But now, he isn't needing sippy cups.
Hello, MOM?
I am a BIG BOY!
I did not even think about the fact that he would need Big Boy cups when I was on my journey through bottles and sippy cups.

I will say that I was pretty happy when Born Free sent me their TwistN' Pop Straw Cup.

Oh, let me back up a minute...
We all know I am a celeb junkie...
I often wonder what they do with their little ones...
So on and so forth, so when Born Free had a picture of Mel B. (Spice Girl) with her child and TwistN' Pop... out and about, not for a photo shoot!
LoL, I wondered, out of all the bottles/cups and what not...
What made Born Free be the one that they chose?
I know the answer!
It works and the kids love it!
Ha!

Back to the cup.
We received the TwistN' Pop and after washing it, Broxton was ready to try it out...
How did he know it was for him?
Not sure, but once I put a drink in there, he was loving it!
He carried it everywhere, he knew to sit it down when he wasn't drinking it....

I like how the top is a straw, so he has his own Big Boy cup...
But, you just twist it and the straw folds down (you and I both know we don't want the straw sticking out when we carry it around!)

Besides the straw that easily folds...
I like the shape, it is a whopping 14 ounces, so you would think it would be hard for a little one to hold....
Not so, it is shaped so that it is made just for little hands...
Top all do that off, it is BPA Free!!!!
Also, DISHWASHER safe!
Now, I love that feature in any products, so that made me smile!
Stay up to date with Born Free and all of their products, from Baby to Toddler.
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

17.4.11

Monkey Brains Hair Collection - Review


If you have a house with Teens/Tweens in it, chances are...
They are all about style these days!

We had the boys up here for spring break, so I was happy that we also had the chance to review the Monkey Brains Hair Collection during that time!
Granted, it is MALE central here...
But, they do like the spiky hair style from time to time!
Well, the oldest and youngest do...
The middle, not so much, he just likes to go...
We were able to review the Crazy Sticky Hair Gel.
(MSRP of $3.99)
Now, they are not joking with this one!
It is crazy and it sure as anything is sticky.
They also should have added something about it smelling wonderful in the name...
I think that was what I liked the best!
I know if I needed hair gel for anything, the smell of this would draw me to it!
The other that we were able to review was the Grease Monkey Hair Pomade.
(MSRP of $3.99)
It is definitely geared to the Teen/Tween since it is a bright purple!
(As well as the packaging over all for all of the products... FUN and FUNKY!)
The smell was great on this one, but I felt it was not as strong!

I actually grabbed the pomade for myself...
I like being able to put some in my hair at the tips when I am going for the flip out at the bottom.
Nope, I do not do it often, but I do from time to time!
This is going to be great for the final look!

Here are a few pics of the boys with the Monkey Brains Hair Care line in their hair...
I put it on all 4 of them, but with the other 2, the picture did not turn out where you could see it.

Immediately after putting it in their hair, it was styled and ready to go...
No waiting around.
Yes, I even put it in Broxton's hair so I could see how hard it was to wash out...
Not hard at all!
I washed his hair like I normally do and it was clear of all the Pomade we put in there...

FYI, Monkey Brains also makes shampoo and conditioner.
I totally think that any house that has a kid playing sports might want to invest in the Gone Bananas Hair Refresher. (Waterless shampoo)
Think about all the times the team goes out for Pizza or something after the game...
Just a bit of this in your kids hair and you do not have to worry about your kid being the sweaty/stinky one at dinner! :)

You can go to the Monkey Brains website and enter your zip to see where you can purchase the products locally!
You can follow Monkey Brains on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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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