Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

24.12.11

Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours... 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sorry if I am absent for a few days... 


Just trying to enjoy time with the family!!!!

21.12.11

Need a Last Minute Gift Idea? Look No Further! @consciousbox

If you are looking for a great gift idea...
I have one for you!

Have you heard of  Conscious Box?
It is just one of the greatest ideas!

You pay $12 per month (plus $7 shipping) and you get a random goody box each month.
You have no clue what is in it... but let me tell you...
I was able to get the chance to review one.
I was very impressed with everything that is included!

I will say, at first, I was thinking that $19 was a bit steep for a small box like this...
BUT, when you think about it...  everything in here is pure and natural...
We all know that "pure and natural" products normally cost more than the unhealthy options!
(At least that has been the case for me.)

Let me tell you how it went here...

We received a box in the mail... 
I knew it was coming and I tell you, I was like a kid at Christmas to see what was going to be in there!!!

I opened it up and was very impressed with the presentation.  It comes inside a nice box with a cut out on it... They add a bow to it and it is simple, yet classy.  Please note the note card in there... There are a few inside with different things printed on them.  
One is a welcome note.. One lists all the products inside.  One tells you what you can do to reuse your gift box... best part... if you post a picture reusing your box on their facebook wall, you will get a surprise in your next box!!!
Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.

Now to all that was inside! I did not take a picture of all of the products, as it is all about the surprise...
But, since December is over... I don't think I would ruin anything by telling you a few items!

So, just what all can you expect?
First of all, I was pretty stoked with the variety!
From soap to lotion... 
Laundry detergent to tea.
Out of everything in there, I fell in love with the room spray!!!

I told Marc that this is a great gift idea for everyone...
But especially those that are trying to go green.
As you can imagine, not everyone is going to like everything, but when you get to try out several different brands of products, you will find the ones for you!
I like that they also include a couple different discount codes on some of the products!  
That way, if you like it... You can order more!!!!
This is an image from their site with what a box looks like.  

As I said, they start at $12 per box.. There are several different plans that I am sure you will be able to find one just for you!  You can click HERE to learn more about Conscious Box! 

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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.

Time to Zumba - Wii Game Review

Remember when I told you about taking the Zumba class?
I was having so much fun, but we just haven't been able to go and get memberships yet...
Well, I was so excited to know that the Wii game of Zumba would be coming out!

It is just like the Zumba class, just in your living room instead of in another setting!
I had the boys try it out...
They were not really into it, as they thought it was a game...
Will I like it? YES!

There are two things that I do not care for...
One - having to put your weight on there when you are making your setting.
Now, I understand WHY... but I have not made my character yet, as I did not want that out there for all to see.
Two- I thought that it would have more of today's popular music on there.
I was expecting it to go back and forth with more hip hop options...

As for what I like:
One- I love how it has the different speeds and songs... Including the calm down ones!
Two- I was so happy that it showed you how many calories you burned during the class.
Three- I thought it was neat that you could change the venue.  We had them take Zumba from one area to a deck on a yacht!
Four- It comes with a belt that you strap on you and then place the Wii remote in... 

There are more things that I really enjoyed about it, but I will leave it for you to try!
There is still time to head on out and grab one to throw under the tree this year!

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.

20.12.11

Craft Time is Also a Great Gift Idea


Shirley's PrePackaged Crafts has a great thing going!

Broxton LOVES arts and crafts time...
Each day, we have "school" and we go work on his easel.
We work on shapes, numbers, letters, colors.

We also have different craft activities that we do.
From coloring in our coloring book to glue and leaves...

Each time, it is something fun and different.

I was so happy to have the chance to review for Shirley's PrePackaged Crafts.

It was a relief to me...
Each time I try to come up with something, I get nervous.


Not now!
We reviewed a box from them and it was awesome!
There were craft projects... The items we needed were included.

Broxton was SO EXCITED that one of our crafts was to make a train..
We colored the train... 
Then, we used the sticks (that were included) and connected them together...

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LEARN more about Shirleys PrePackaged Crafts.

Sorry that this post is rather boring, but I can not seem to locate any of the pictures that were taken on draft days!

We still have a couple that we have not done yet.. 
Soooo... 


When we do them, I will be sure to post pictures for you to check them out!!!

If you are a home school mom... Or just a mom that wants fun activities with your children, this is a great idea.  (Think... Gift ideas too!)

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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.

Transport Yourself to Hawaii

It might be cold where you are... It is JUST starting to get that way here...
One day last week it was in the mid 70's...
Then, yesterday it was like 31.

Either way...
Stop with all the hustle and bustle and take a minute of me time.
Transport yourself to Hawaii.
How?
By stopping and enjoying a nice snack on Hawaiian Kettle Chips!

We were sent all four flavors of Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips and the boys and I loved them.
Now, I had tried them before, but none of us have ever tried Wasabi flavor...
I am not a fan of hot/spicy...   I gave them to the boys first!
No, I am not evil.... They like hot/spicy more than I do...
They said it wasn't at all... So, I tried them.
Wow! I never in a million years would have bought them, but after trying them...
They were really good and we will have them again!
 My favorite of them all?
The Sweet Maui Onion.
Now that is so good!  I loved them!  I will admit, I am not that nice... I did not share!
They had the Wasabi and the BBQ, I had the Sweet Maui Onion all to myself!
The BBQ really are great, but they are a "sweet spicy" which means the heat sort of sneaks up on you and then... BAM.  Hot! (Well, they are to me, the boys.. not so much...)
We still have the original left...
They will be inhaled as fast as the others, so I saved them for last!

I loved the thickness (they do seem a bit thicker than other kettle chips) and the flavor...
It seems as though each and every chip is covered in seasonings... That made me smile!

Not that you need another reason to love them, but... they give back.
This year, they are donating 5,000 bags of chips to go into care packages for our troops!!!
They also will be giving out samples at an MS walk this upcoming year!!!!
Love to see companies giving back to the community!!!!

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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.

The Changing Colors of Amos #giveaway

Talk about a cute book!
I love reading with Broxton!
Each day we read and explore all the different books!
We now have a new one to add to the mix.

The Changing Colors of Amos!
It is adorable and I love how it is presented!

Each day presents Amos with a new day full of colors!
Not only is this a great book for you to work on colors with your children...
It is also great to teach them the days of the week.
As if that was enough...
In my mind, it is great to allow the children to use their imaginations... Explore their creativity...
Talk about their dreams and so much more!!!!

The illustrations throughout the book are so nice...
It conveys the story, but doesn't take away from the written part!

Broxton and I have been having "school" each day.
Each day we explore a new color.
Yes, he knows his numbers, alphabet and colors, but we pretend each day!
This book just adds to the excitement!!!

We are enjoying it...
and now..................

One lucky reader will win a copy of 
The Changing Colors of Amos for your house!!!!

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19.12.11

My First Hymnal


What better time than Christmas to give an amazing gift?
Today, you can give your little ones their very own hymnal.
We were sent a copy of My First Hymnal for review from Concordia Publishing.

My First Hymnal has more than Hymns in it..
It includes scripture...
It also covers morning and evening prayer.

As for the Hymns:  Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Holy Trinity, Jesus, The Church, Baptismal Life, Heaven.

Each page is colorfully illustrated.
Yes, that means the pages with hymns as well.
Some simply have a decorative border, but each page is colorful and will grab the attention of young ones.

It is suggested that this book is great for children up to age 10.
There is even a records page that allows you a space to write who it was given to, the date it was given and who the giver was!

If you are looking for a thoughtful gift...
Click HERE to order one today.



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.

Glee Concert Movie and Shazam?!

Okay, so I have never heard of Shazam (guess I am back under that rock again...)
But, when I saw what you could get with it... 
I had to share... 
Hope you enjoy! 


Enjoy the sold out concert in the comfort of your living room   
Experience your favorite stars, more performances and GLEEful moments using Shazam for GLEE: THE CONCERT MOVIE Blu-ray, DVD and 3D Blu-ray on December 20th

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has teamed with Shazam® to present an industry first – the premiere of the first Shazam-enabled Blu-ray and DVD with the release of GLEE: THE CONCERT MOVIE on December 20th.
GLEE: THE CONCERT MOVIE stars Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Darren Criss, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris and the rest of the GLEE cast and is packed with new exciting never-before-seen and extended performances, clips of fans’ favorite characters, exclusive extras and more.
Fans watching GLEE: THE CONCERT MOVIE on Blu-ray and DVD will see Shazam prompts on the screen alerting them to a Shazamable moment. Using their smartphones, fans can “tag” the movie when prompted to unlock exclusive content, including:
  • Song lyrics in time with the music using the LyricPlay feature
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage not seen in theaters
  • Exclusive photos of the cast, and...
  • Trivia about one of FOX’s most popular shows
  • Offers for Glee Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD as well as Glee merchandise
Every time people use Shazam while watching the movie, their tag will live on in their Tag List, giving them access to the extras that they can “snack on” anytime and anywhere, so they can be engaged with the movie even when they’re not near a TV! Additionally, with the Shazam Friends feature, they can share their finds with their Facebook friends.
“The Shazam App lets fans interact with GLEE: THE CONCERT MOVIE in a way that’s never been done before,” said Mary Daily, Executive Vice President, Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Working with Shazam underscores our commitment to leverage technology innovations to deliver the very best entertainment experiences to fans.”
“Incorporating Shazam for TV into a DVD or Blu-Ray release is a perfect fit for what Shazam is known for – discovering more about entertainment,” said David Jones, Shazam’s Executive Vice President, Marketing. “For many years, people have been using Shazam to unlock information about the songs they love, so working with Fox Home Entertainment to give people a truly interactive experience with the GLEE: THE CONCERT MOVIEDVD is a natural next step in the expansion of what people can do with the Shazam App on their mobile device.”

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.

Kung Fu Panda Makes for Great Family Time


We all absolutely LOVED the first Kung Fu Panda, so when I saw that the second one was about to come out, I was hoping to get the chance to review it.
We watched it here one night... I kept wanting to watch, but Broxton kept telling me that we had to wait for daddy to watch.  It was so funny, he even had to go put the DVD under the tree until Marc was home...
So, we finally got to watch and it was another great movie.
I will say that I felt like it wasn't as funny as the first one...
It was still good, but it had a more serious tone than the original.
In this movie, Po goes to China to help out... While there, he learns of his origins...
Think about it, we never knew in the first one how he came to be where he was...
This is a great movie and you can also get it as a 2 disc set...
With the second one, you can also purchase the set which will include the Secrets of the Masters DVD.
Now, I did not watch this one, but Marc and Broxton were enjoying it.
In the other disc, you learn of some of the background between the different masters...
(Hence the name... Secrets of the Masters.)

We went to get the boys this weekend and I knew that they would not want to watch the cartoons that Broxton normally watches, so I brought this along...
They liked it (and 2 of the 3 had already seen it.)
This was a great movie and it was one that I think all families can enjoy!


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.

Pamper and Prepare with Little Work

Most of the time, I just wash my hair and go.
If I am going out to meet friends or to dinner or anything, I do try and make my hair look decent.
Meaning, I Flat Iron it.
I reviewed an amazing Flat Iron not too long ago and was so surprised when they asked if I wanted to review a curling iron from them.
I got to thinking about it and realized that I no longer even own a curling iron, so of course I said yes!

When it arrived, I noticed the color first of all...
It is black and red ... I bleed red and black for UGA, so that made me smile!
It was the new Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron.
I was just as impressed with it as I was their flat iron I reviewed!
I plugged it in and next thing I know, it was hot and ready to go!
From their site:
The Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron is rated #2 on our Best Curling Iron list for one reason alone and it is the price. If price wasn't a factor, this curling iron will for sure be the #1 choice. The Babyliss Tourmaline Ceramic Curling iron emits negative ions and far-infrared heat that brings a number of additional benefits to your hair:

1. Eliminates static electricity                                      3. Neutralize odors
2. Preserve more moisture within the hair shaft              4. Causes less damage to the hair cuticle

From our expertise and customer reviews, most people are saying that tourmaline curling irons gives longer lasting curls compared to the non Tourmaline or Ceramic Hot Tools curling irons and other drugstore brands. The Babyliss curling iron comes with 40 adjustable heats setting up to a scorching 428 F perfect for all hair types. Two other great benefit of choosing this curling iron is the 2 year warranty and the fact that this curling iron is Dual Voltage, meaning you can use this curling iron any where around the world while you travel. If you want a curling iron that is up to date and wouldn't mind paying a bit extra. This would be your choice. Flat Iron Experts recommend the Babyliss Tourmaline Curling Irons with 100% Confidence.   

I haven't used this for going out yet or anything, but I did try it out just to see how long it took.
I plugged it in and before you knew it, I was curling my hair!
I love that since it is such a big iron, it gives nice fat curls!!!!

Head on over and see what all they have to offer!
I see that they currently have free shipping on items over $50.
Not sure how long it will last, so grab it while you can!!!!


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.

18.12.11

Snackin' With Tyson #tysongoodness, #cbias

Broxton isn't at the age that he goes to school yet, but the boys do...
So, I know that they like to eat, I was trying to get suggestions...
Last time they were here, I sent home several easy recipes for them to make in the crockpot...

This time, I am sharing my new secret...
Tyson Chicken Mini Sandwiches!
You can read my Google Plus Story all about my adventure to get them this week.

No matter what the occasion, they really are great to eat!
Broxton could not wait until his brothers were here... He had to go ahead and enjoy one before they arrived.  He loves them, but more often than not... He eats them plain!

The boys arrived and they were able to try my newest find...
One wanted mayonnaise and mustard.  
Plain.  Everything is always Plain.
Not very picky... However I prepare it, as long as it isn't totally nuts, he will try it.
When you have different schedules and kids coming and going at all different times, it makes sense to have something simple to fix.  No matter the age, in under 2 minutes, using the microwave, they are ready to go.  You can add cheese, sauce, whatever you want to mix it up...  It tastes great!
I was thinking, the boys come and go so much...
One has football, one is getting ready to play tennis, the other is mr. social butterfly...
Who knows what time they can all get together for dinner...
So, until dinner time during the school week, this would be great for them to keep on hand...
Talk about stopping the hunger pains!

Then, you just have a simple clean up!  Cooks in the bag, serve it on a paper plate... Easy Peasy!

When I bought them, I got to talking to the cashier and the lady behind me in line.  Not only would these make great snacks / meals anytime... They would be great to have on hand for New Years Day...
Quick snacks make for easy and happy host/hostesses!

I told them they can buy them at their local Wal-Mart.
To see if they are available near you, just click this store locator link.
Also, don't forget, you can currently buy two packages and then mail in your receipts for a $5 Wal-Mart giftcard!  It is like a buy one get one free deal they have going on!

What I like is that they have a decent window of time before they expire.  Also, with the boys, they are growing boys... so... they eat!  If you are worried about it taking up too much space in your freezer, you can always take them out of the box and just put the packs in the freezer.  They come 2 to a pack...The directions are printed on each package too!
Less room = more product!
So - although it is the holidays now... these will be great when planning for back to school ideas!

“This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias 

For the Love of Apples! Sidral Mundet Review


If you love apples, you might want to give the Sidral Mundet family of drinks a try!
I tell you, I love apple juice... but just don't drink it that often.
I was excited to try the apple flavored Sidral Mundet, but I was most excited about the fact that they now have a green apple flavor!

Let me share a bit of the Sidral Mundet history with you:
It was started in 1902... Talk about a milestone!  It has long since celebrated its 100th birthday!
Sidral Mundet is an apple flavored soft drink from Mexico.  They originally had the apple flavor, and get this...
Mexican moms used to give it to their kids when they had upset stomach's to keep them hydrated... Actually, the grown ups still drink it today when dealing with the need to be hydrated!
As I mentioned, Sidral has now brought a great new flavor...
Green Apple!

I was able to review both and although the apple tasted good....I do not see me buying it again...
I will for sure be buying the green apple again.. It was that good!!!
I know I won't drink alot at once, as it is really sweet... but I did love it!

Just how sweet did it taste?
To me, it tasted like a liquid green apple jolly rancher!
It would for sure be a treat...
They say you can cook with it, so that might be a way to level out some of the sweetness...
Either way, if they keep adding great new additions, I see Sidral Mundet being around another 100+ years!

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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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