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14.4.12

Easy CleanUp with @Diaperpods

We just received a pretty good product in the mail for review! 
 Now, Broxton is no longer in diapers, so I asked if I could review this with a friend that does have a son in diapers... Have you heard of DiaperPods?

I really love the time they took into packaging for review, that said alot there, so I was eager to check it out.

 At first, you think it is just a plain diaper... Okay, not plain, as there is a design, but just an ordinary diaper... I know that is what you are thinking...
 We put it on our tester and he was fine in it... No problems, it fit great and when he was FINALLY time for a change (hours later...) there was no leakage!
 Only problem was the adults...
LOL, we just yanked the diaper off (that was a dirty one, if you catch my drift)  and then proceeded to try and figure it out...  You see, there is a "diaper pod" in the back of the diaper... Meaning, a built in trash bag, for easy disposal!  You can not see it, or really feel it. (We saw it and felt it because we were looking for it and held it up to the light.)
 No, the pod is not supposed to come out like this, but we were determined to figure this out, so we ended up taking it all apart! (there is a trash bag in that pod!)
 You then dispose of the diaper properly!
Bagged and ready to go!!!!
We did notice that one handle of the bag came off when closing it... not sure if that is normal or what, just wanted to make sure to point that out as well.

Now, to explain it a bit more...
You know how you take the dirty diaper off and roll it up to throw away.. if you are out, you normally put it in a trash bag to keep the odor contained?  Well, what if you are out and have no trash bag?  NO MORE WORRIES if you have a diaper pod...
What you are supposed to do:
Take the diaper off, roll it up like normal... Then, there is a little slit that looks like it is covered in tape (that is trying to explain it, it doesn't look that cheap)  that is where the pod is... You pop it, pull the bag out, tie the diaper in it and dispose of...
Head on over to the DiaperPod site to see in their pictures how to do it...

We checked this out over Easter weekend... and had several parents there...
We all agreed that this was a great idea and hope that it makes it to a store near us!

Follow DiaperPods 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.

13.4.12

Custom Brownie Sampler #Giveaway from @gmtgiftbaskets

Somebody loves me...   Okay, it was sent for review, but I tell you...
Had someone sent me the brownie sampler that we reviewed, I would totally know that someone loved me!

The boys were lucky, as while they were here, we received a great custom Brownie Sampler from Gourmet Gift Baskets for review...


Wow..
There were 6 brownies in there and each was so delicious!!!!
The flavors included:

·         Belgian Chocolate Chunk
·         White Chocolate Macadamia Blonde
·         Butterscotch Blonde
·         Cheesecake
·         Peanut Butter
·         Fudge Walnut


First up, we tried out the Belgian Chocolate.
We all agreed it was delicious!!!
(It was sent in a package that said "perishable" so our apartment office was nice enough to refrigerate it until we picked it up...)
As soon as we opened the box, it was a tough choice deciding what to try first...

Okay, so back to that Belgian Chocolate.
It was so moist and chewy and wow... 
LOADED with flavor!!!!

Up next, we tried the Butterscotch Blonde.
I can not put on here what Marc said when he tried it (as I am family friendly) but you can imagine ... 
It was heavenly!  I hate to say it, but I do not think that I have ever tasted anything that great!!!
It was so sweet, and chewy and yum!
I hated that I was so sweet to share, as I was left wanting more!!!!

I chose not to share the Cheesecake one and I guess because of my greed, I was not as impressed as I was with the Butterscotch one...  Lessoned learned!
We all tried and tried to rate them on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best... but we kept giving them all tens!!! Even though, we did all agree that the Butterscotch was the best by far... meaning, it was a million!


Gourmet Gift Baskets wants one of you to enjoy the deliciousness that we tried..
So, one lucky reader is going to win a Custom Brownie Sampler just like the one received!


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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Guilty Pleasures... Aloha Friday


It is Friday! 
Time to link up with Kailani and enjoy the weekend...




My question this week:



What is a tv show would you consider a "guilty pleasure?"


For me, it used to be Jersey Shore... 
but Marc can not stand to watch it... so... it has been pushed away... 

Now, I love watching Walking Dead... Most people I know think I am crazy for enjoying this show... but I can not help it... If you get past the zombies, it really is a good show!!!!
(The third season starts filming soon!)

Have a great weekend!!!!

11.4.12

April Is Month of the Military Child - Show Your Support

As an Army Wife ... and a mom...  and a Proud American...

I just wanted to remind you: April is the Month of the Military Child...
Please share this with everyone... And remember to wear PURPLE this Friday, April 13th.


April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor youth impacted by deployment. In celebration, Georgia Operation: Military Kids (OMK) invites you to join us for the inaugural “Purple Up! For Military Kids.”

We are encouraging everyone across the state of Georgia and Nation to wear purple on Friday, April 13th, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. In military terms programming "purple" or "joint" means reaching out to all branches of the military.  OMK hopes everyone will take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these young heroes.

Will YOU wear Purple?

10.4.12

Movie 4 Pack Giveaway - Perfect for Family Night


FOUR MODERN FAMILY CLASSICS DEBUT
ON BLU-RAY JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER!



 

                  



Experience the excitement of four unforgettable family films, FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST, AQUAMARINE, THUMBELINA and THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER on Blu-ray for the first time March 6 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Featuring talented casts and moving stories, these Blu-ray titles make great Easter gifts for the whole family to enjoy.




In these new to Blu-ray releases, all of the main characters find themselves in the middle of an adventure, whether it’s saving a rainforest in Ferngully or escaping from a giant toad in Thumbelina.  Here, we have created a guide of activities you and your family can enjoy together this spring!



Plant a Garden




As the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers" - so why not take advantage of the perfect weather and get started on cultivating some flowers of your own? Put on some clothes that are comfy, grab some gloves, and get down and dirty in the soil! Some of the flowers that grow the most quickly around this time of year include sunflowers, which can grow up to 3 inches in a month, along with lettuce, radishes, and snow peas, all of which will aid in making a delicious spring salad for the whole family to enjoy.



Play in the Sprinklers



It may not be quite hot enough to take a dip in the pool yet, but that doesn't mean that water activities are entirely off the table! Playing in the sprinklers is one of the most fun ways to cool off while getting some exercise as well.  Put on your bathing suit and gather your friends around to play a fun game of Marco Polo or tag while you enjoy the spring weather.


Bake Something



Spring is the time when some of the most colorful fruit is becoming ripe, so why not take advantage of some of nature's sweetest candy and bake some delicious strawberry shortcake?! Then, once your cooking is done, you can pack your dessert up in a basket and bring it to your favorite park and enjoy it outside while you have a lovely spring picnic.



Go Exploring in Your Neighborhood



You don't have to live near the Rocky Mountains or the Sahara Desert to have an adventure - there are perfectly good journeys to be had right in your own neighborhood! Hop on your bike, your skateboard, or just use your feet, and get a move on, as you explore some nooks and crannies in your own backyard. You can even bring a camera to document your expedition and save the photos for a scrapbook so you can remember your own fun spring quest.



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What creature was Thumbelina trying to escape from?

  • A dragon
  • A toad
  • A lion
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9.4.12

Great Movies Being Released on BluRay

Just in time for Easter:
Experience the excitement of four unforgettable family films, FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST,AQUAMARINETHUMBELINA and THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER on Blu-ray for the first time March 6 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Featuring talented casts and moving stories, these Blu-ray titles make great Easter gifts for the whole family to enjoy.
I am excited to watch these, as I have never seen any of them...
 My dad LOVES Man From Snowy River... so it has to be great...


AQUAMARINE
Just in time for Easter, this fun feature starring Emma Roberts (Scream 4 and Valentine’s Day), Sara Paxton (The Last House on the Left and Malcolm in the Middle), and Joanna “Jojo” Levesque (Hawaii Five-O) is the perfect movie for any family to enjoy. It's the end of summer and Claire (Roberts) and Hailey (JoJo) have a major problem. In just five days, Hailey's family is moving halfway around the world! These girls need a major miracle, and they get one in the form of Aquamarine, a beautiful mermaid who washes ashore in a late summer storm. Sweet but clueless to the ways of romance, she offers to grant the girls one wish if they help her find the boy of her dreams. But when they attempt to reel in the cute local lifeguard, the result is something none of them expect and they discover that sometimes what you wish for isn't what you really want after all!


FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST
Starring a talented voice cast including Robin Williams, Tim Curry, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST is an enchanting story about taking care of the environment and the power of friendship, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. There's magic in the rainforest and it's called FernGully! Deep in the heart of the forest awaits a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies and tree spirits who all live in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite gives her all to save it! FernGully is a fantastical adventure into a world you’ll want to visit again and again!


MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER
Featuring Kirk Douglas in a remarkable dual role and highlighted by a climactic chase involving 40 horsemen and 90 wild stallions thundering across snow-covered peaks, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is destined to become a legendary film. Set during the 1880's, when the Australian frontier was as wild and dangerous as the American West, the film follows the exploits of a handsome youth (Tom Burlinson) who sets out to tame a wild herd of horses. Taking on a challenge many men had attempted before him, he rides deep into the treacherous and untamed wilderness of his native timberlands where boys become men fast - or die trying.


THUMBELINA
From world renowned animator Don Bluth (Anastasia, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Secret of NIMH) and award-winning composer Barry Manilow comes Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina - a magical story that reminds us that if we follow our hearts, nothing is impossible. When Thumbelina, a tiny enchanted fairy, meets Prince Cornelius, she is sure she's found her heart's desire. But before their romance can blossom, she is kidnapped by a family of show business toads, detained by a scheming beetle and married to a befuddled mole! As Thumbelina casts its magical spell on your entire family, you will see why Family Life says, "Parents will be cheering, girls will be in heaven and boys will be rewarded with exciting derring-do!"



Have you seen any of these movies?

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Flip Flops and Margaritas With @DesignsByLolita

I love fun and funky... 
That being said, I hope you remember my Christmas Post about Lolita Glasses...
Why?  Because she has several new ones that I want to tell you about...
With summer quickly approaching (it was 90 degrees the other day here, so, I am thinking it is already summer!)  what better than to start thinking and preparing for fun days of Margarita's on the patio... or by the pool?
Photo Credit: Lolita Glasses
We had the chance to review the Lolita Flip Flops Margarita Glass... 
LOVE IT!  
The flip flops have you itching to get to the beach ASAP (this is coming from a redhead, so you know they must look awesome!)
I think that this would be a great gift idea... 
Say you are getting married somewhere tropical, GREAT way to ask your friend to be a bridesmaid...
Your friend invites your family over for a cookout?  Great hostess gift (even better if you bring the tequila too!)
I think they would be great decoration pieces too... So, as you see, the glasses are more than just to drink out of.. they are to make a statement..
Don't forget that each of Lolita's hand painted glasses comes with a drink recipe on the bottom!!!

If you have followed me for a bit, you know that Marc was deployed the first year of Broxton's life...During that time, we had a yellow ribbon on the tree in our front yard.  It was there from the time Marc left... until he returned home and took it down himself.  
If you have a loved one that is deployed, or know someone that does...
Photo Credit: Lolita Glasses
What better way to show your love and support that to purchase one of the Yellow Ribbon glasses from Lolita?  She has: Martini, Pilsner, Wine and Shooter glasses...  I am not a wine drinker, but I tell you now, I know many a woman who has cried with a glass of wine in her hand... and I know I shed quite a few tears during his deployment... are you getting where I am going with this?
I am saying... Buy this glass now... for you, or someone you know...

Don't forget Mothers Day and Fathers Day are not too far ahead... 
Heck why not give a mom or dad you know a cute glass to celebrate the graduation of one of their children?  You know they deserve it! 

You can follow Lolita 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.

8.4.12

Movie Night with Alvin and the Chipmunks : Chipwrecked



Broxton has really been wanting to see Chipwrecked, so I was happy when we received a copy for review. 
Of course that meant that we had to watch it the day it came in... and once we got the boys?  (They were here for Spring Break) Yep... we had to watch again!  We started watching, but then had to stop it... No one was too happy about that, but we had to...


So, when we loaded up to take them back home... you guessed it... We put it on so that they could watch it and finish it that time.  
Remember, the boys are 11, 14 and 16... They all loved it... Well, the 16 year old watched when he wasn't texting and on facebook... but all in all, they all enjoyed it.  I thought that it seemed to have more music in the last one, but that could  be me, not sure about that... 


In Chipwrecked,  Dave takes the Chipmunks and Chipettes on a cruise for a nice and relaxing vacation....
You can only imagine how relaxing a vacation would be with one adult and 6 "kids" not to mention one of them being "ALVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

They were not on the cruise for very long before Alvin is up to trouble.. and as usual, Simon is there to try and be the voice of reason.  Next thing you know, they are "chipwrecked" (no, not telling you how that happens) and then it goes a bit "castaway" for a minute... If you watch it, you will know what I am talking about.  
All in all, it is a cute movie and I can not wait to see what happens next for these crazy kids!
I can not pick which is the best out of the three movies, but the boys seem to agree that they liked Chipwrecked the most so far!!!!



SYNOPSIS:
The Chipmunks, Chipettes and their caretaker Dave Sevelle (Jason Lee; “My Name is Earl”) embark on a trip of a lifetime aboard the Carnival Dream cruise ship.  Seeking fun and excitement, the Chipmunks turn the luxury cruise liner into their own personal playground.  But the ultimate vacation quickly becomes a disaster when the Chipmunks, Dave and Carnival cruise pelican mascot, who turns out to be the chipmunks’ old manager, Ian Hawke (David Cross; Megamind), accidentally fall overboard and find themselves ‘Chipwrecked’ on a remote island.  Stuck in an unfamiliar territory, the six furry castaways are separated from Dave and must figure out a way to survive on their own for the first time in their lives.



Don't forget you can click HERE for the Chipwrecked Easter Cards.
Make it a movie night tonight!!!!



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.

FernGully, Easter and A Giveaway

Wishing you and yours a very safe and happy Easter!!!!!

Check back on TUESDAY for a great giveaway for US and Canadian residents!!!!


 
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