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20.3.14

Friends are Sew Special #lalaloopsy

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Having a little boy in preschool, you would be surprised how much I learn about all the "cool" kid things... Yes, he is a boy - but he can tell me all about how his friends love Lalaloopsy!!! Now, I have never in my life heard of a lalaloopsy... until he came home talking about the cute little dolls!   Now, we have seen them in stores and we have a DVD of it now.  I have not watched it yet, as I was waiting until he had a playdate with a girl - although I know one of his little friends is really into her, so we might be gifting this to her soon!  ( I think they are adorable and can honestly say if we had a little girl here, I believe she would have several of these dolls!)  Once again - if you are looking for cute Easter basket idea's - here you go!!!
Have you heard of / watched Lalaloopsy?  



Lalaloopsy is an animated adventure series starring the Lalaloopsy friends, who magically came to life once their last stitch was sewn. The lovable characters are all unique. Each has a personality that comes from the fabric that was used to make her, with a pet and house fancifully constructed from found objects to match. The group of friends comes together for daily, "fun-tastical" adventures in a whimsical world full of silly surprises called Lalaloopsy Land. While each "Lala" has different talents and points of view, it's these differences that make this world such an exciting place where anything can – and does – happen! Lalaloopsy is a celebration of diversity and teamwork, teaching preschoolers that everyone is special in his or her own way and each of us has something important to contribute.

Lalaloopsy: Friends are Sew Special! Episode Synopses:
Dot’s Moon Mission
When Dot's spaceship breaks down and prevents her from taking a long-planned trip to the moon, her friends create a fake moon for her inLalaloopsy Land.

Princess Parade
Jewel enlists her non-princess friends to help throw a Princess Parade to show off her tiara collection and learns that there’s more than one way to be a princess.

Spot-it-is
It’s up to Rosy to cure her friends of a mysterious illness spread through Lalaloopsy Land.

Flight Plan
Pix E refuses to let her fear of heights get in the way of disappointing her friend and her dream of flying.

Lalaloopsy: Friends are Sew Special! Fast Facts:
Street Date: February 4, 2014
Catalogue: 805404
DVD SRP: $16.99
DVD Running Time: Approximately 88 minutes

19.3.14

Mutagen Mayhem #TMNT

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My brother enjoyed the Ninja Turtles when he was younger... and I am so excited that Broxton has followed in his Uncle's footsteps.  He really enjoys them and besides having the ninja turtle toys, he also has a couple of their DVDs in his little cartoon library!  Now, we are adding a new one : Mutagen Mayhem!   Just need to get his Uncle over for a little uncle-nephew bonding time!!!  This would be a great addition for a cute little Easter basket!!!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem Episode Synopses: 
The Mutation Situation
When Shredder teams with the Kraang to receive a batch of mutagen, the Turtles’ problems only get worse—even putting their friendship with April at stake.
 
Follow the LeaderWhen the Turtles face Shredder’s newest threat, an army of Robot Foot Soldiers, Karai captures Leonardo and forces him to do battle with these new and improved ninjas that can adapt to his every move.
 
Invasion of the SquirrelanoidsWhile tracking mutagen, the Turtles bring a mutated squirrel back to the lair. When it starts multiplying, the Turtles must hunt the squirrel mutants and prevent them escaping into the city.
 
Mutagen Man UnleashedDonatello obsessively experiments with mutagen in a bid to find a cure for April’s mutated father. Unfortunately this puts April in danger from a new threat—Mutagen Man!
 
Mikey Gets ShellacneMichelangelo is tired of being the “runt of the litter.”  But when he fools around with some mutagen, he gets a dangerous infection that is mutating out of control.
 
Target: April O’NeilApril tries to resume a normal teenage life, but when Karai starts hunting her again, April realizes she may have put her new friend Casey Jones in danger as well.
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem Fast Facts:Street Date: March 11, 2013
DVD SRP: $14.99                                       
Catalogue: 804734
Running Time: Approximately 135 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Surround
Special Features:
• The Mutation of a Scene
• “The Mutation Situation”
• “Follow the Leader”
• “Invasion of the Squirrelanoids”
• “Mutagen Man Unleashed”
• “Mike Gets Shellacne”
• “Target: April O’Neil”
• Channel 6 News Special Report: Creatures of the Night
 
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered to 3.9 million total viewers and ranked as the top new series in 2012 among boys 2-11 and boys 6-11.  Funnier and with more ninjutsu than ever before, the show explores the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be. Season two is executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Peter Hastings.

Tired of Dry Hands from the Man in Your Life? #VaselineMenSpray

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My mom could possibly have the driest hands I know.  Like sandpaper dry - but luckily I have not had that problem... I try and keep them moisturized and lucky for me, Marc is one to always be putting lotion on his hands too!  I guess it isn't that lucky for him, since he complains of dryness ALL THE TIME.  He is constantly putting lotion on and he ALWAYS packs lotion in his overnight bag.  Since I reviewed the Vaseline Spray Lotion in the past, I was given the chance to review their new Mens Line!   I was excited to do so, knowing how much Marc uses lotion.   Equally as excited was Marc!  He was quick to say "Oh, Thank you!"  and immediately had to try it out.  How about he really enjoys it and has even decided that its permanent place is on our nightstand.  I have been watching and he puts it on before he goes to sleep at night ... and once again in the morning when he wakes!  
He made the comment that it is super fast absorbing and he has not had any type of "greasy" feel like you do with some lotions.     
Vaseline® Men Spray Lotion Fast Absorbing
tackles dryness in seconds for
non-greasy 24-hour moisturization.
Vaseline® Men Spray Lotion Fast cooling actively cools and hydrates in seconds for non-greasy, 24-hour moisturization.
  
Marc showing how the spray works to cover such a nice area.
Once the lotion is sprayed over your hand (I think he went a little spray crazy for the picture.)  
Just rub the lotion in and you are good to go!
If you have a man in your life that you want to beat dry skin with - check out Vaseline for Men's new spray lotion!  It feels great... and it smells amazing!!!

18.3.14

Mrs. Meyers New Line- Foaming Hand Soaps

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 As long as I can remember, I have been a fan of lotions/soaps and pens... That has always been a weakness of mine.  I know, weird.. but it is the truth.  I normally have several scents of soaps and lotions at all times... and you can NEVER have too many pens. (Especially if you work in the restaurant business.  That actually goes for the lotions and soaps too!)
I was recently given the opportunity to check out Mrs. Meyers foaming hand soap and I tell ya, love it!
I had to place the lavender soap in the downstairs bath... It has lavender colored walls and I just thought it went together perfectly!  
The first time I used it, I knew it was love at first use and I really want to try the watermelon scent now!!!!  


Up first - I had Broxton give it a try to let you see how much you get in one pump.  I believe this is plenty to clean your hands and Broxton loved that it was foamed up already for him!  

Broxton rubbed them together to get them nice and clean.  

A nice clean rinse and the soap comes right off.  

I love that it does not give you a soapy residue as some do....  but the best thing to me?

I absolutely LOVE the scent!  I have noticed that I will wash my hands and then have to sniff them a few times to enjoy the scent a bit longer.  It is a light scent that will stay for a bit (if you stick your hand to your nose.)  It is not that strong and is not powerful enough to make you NOT like it... but it is there and is very pleasant!!!
The Mrs. Meyers hand soap comes in four scents:

Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Apple and Watermelon.  
With spring and summer coming faster and faster... At least I hope they are, wouldn't these scents be great additions to your sink for yourself, as well as guests?  



About Mrs. Meyers: 
For generations we've had to put up with harsh chemical smells to get a good clean. Enter Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. A collection of household products made with essential oils from flowers and herbs that smell nice, but really pack a punch against daily dirt and grime. Our garden fresh scents include Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Basil, Geranium and many others. All are earth-friendly, cruelty-free and not tested on animals.

Sofia the First Books, With Great Messages for ALL !!!

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We have not really fallen into the stereotypical "boy/girl" things yet... But I am sure it is coming soon.  I mean, Broxton is in school and hears all sorts of things on a daily basis.  He will sit and watch shows with me that are somewhat geared more towards girls.  No, he doesn't normally ask for them - but he will watch and snuggle with me!    We were sent 2 more books + digital codes from Disney Books and this time they were centered on Sofia the First.   When this show first came out on TV, we watched.  He wasn't THAT into it... but he did enjoy it with me.  I sat down and read these books the other day.  He wasn't home yet and I wanted to see if I thought he would enjoy them...  
Answer is?  Yes- I think he will.  Most importantly of all, I absolutely LOVED the message behind them!  

Image from Disney Books Website

The first book - Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast.  This book comes with a digital song for download.  I know lots of kids would love having that added bonus!    This was a really cute book that shows Sofia getting ready for a feast... but the guest for the evening makes Sofia feel like something isn't right.   We then get a guest appearance by none other than Snow White!!!  She shares with Sofia her experience about people not being truthful...  and tells Sofia if she has a bad feeling, she needs to go with her instincts.  I loved that it was a great message and that it brought a loved character into this story too!  I will be sharing this with Broxton soon!  
Image from Disney Books Website

The other - Sofia the First: The Royal Slumber Party.  This book is a physical book, but it also includes a downloadable app that allows you to "read and create."  In this book, we get to meet Sofia's friends that are not princesses.  Sofia and her sister have a slumber party and invite their friends over... Since Sofia is still new to all of this "princess" stuff, she invites her friends from the village while her sister, Amber invites her princess friends.  As the night progresses, Sofia tries hard to have her old friends get along with her new friends...  and in the end changes them into who they are not.  Her old friends decide to leave, as they are not having fun having to be someone else.  Luckily for us, Sofia gets wise advice from her mom, to treat people with kindness and like them for who they are.  That being said, she takes the advice and brings them back to the slumber party for a night full of fun and enjoying how different each one is!
Again, I loved this advice and it is another one that I will be sharing with Broxton.
Princess characters or not - I love the message being shared!!!!

Guess How Much I Love You - DVD

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I for one will never say that I get tired of hearing someone say they love me...   Can you?  That being said - what better gift - for any occasion - than the Guess How Much I Love You DVD.  With 7 episodes and over 80 minutes, this would be great tucked in an Easter Basket!!!!



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Your little ones will love the animated adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare right up to the moon - and back!  In this fun-filled Disney Junior series inspired by Sam McBratney's best-selling children's book, Little Nutbrown Hare, his father and all their forest friends explore the world around them with the same endearing simplicity and love that has made the book series a timeless classic.  This debut single disc release features seven complete episodes in which Hare learns valuable life lessons such as the importance of friendship, learning from mistakes, embracing differences in one another and many more!


17.3.14

Enjoy Meals with NO Heartburn!!! @TUMStweets #ITSTUMSTIME

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I hope I don't jinx myself by saying this... But I have luckily never had a problem with heartburn.  Even when I was pregnant with Broxton, people would warn me that I would be dealing with heartburn quite often, but I was one of the lucky ones.  I did have a small occurrence for a couple weeks right there at the very end, but as I said - small... So no big deal!    Marc on the other hand?  
Give him a meal with any form of tomato sauce and he will complain of heartburn before it is over...  Specifically Spaghetti, Pizza and even chili gets him going... I guess I get a big WIFE FAIL on that one, as I never really thought about keeping anything for him.  We normally eat and then he has to deal with it...  Well, Not-Any-More!!!   I can wipe that WIFE FAIL slate clean, as we now have a supply of TUMS to keep the heartburn at bay so he can enjoy more and suffer less!!!!    
TUMS Freshers: The only TUMS product that relieves heartburn fast and freshens breath at the same time.
TUMS Chewy Delights: Offers the same great heartburn relief as other TUMS products, but in a delicious soft chew!
TUMS Rolls: Classic TUMS antacids in a convenient roll that fits right in your pocket or purse.
I will admit - I had no clue that TUMS came in such a wide variety of product.  To be honest, I though it was just the rolls and that was it...Not to mention I thought it was in just one flavor...
Nope- it comes is several flavors and varieties sure to make dinner and a movie more enjoyable!  So, head on out and splurge... Keep TUMS in your pocket or purse and you should be good to go!!!!

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16.3.14

128 Loads in that Small Bottle? SoapBerry Review

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Having lived in a dorm for 2 years and then an apartment for quite a few after that, I am all about trying to save space.  That being said, I am always so fascinated by the way they can concentrate products to use less for the same job - therefor taking up LESS space and leaving LESS trash!!!   
We were recently sent a sample to try out and I was SO SURPRISED to see how small an amount you need to do a load of laundry.
Literally it was so small, I was so concerned that it was not going to do anything....
Well, I decided to give it a try - and it seems to have worked!



A one quart bottle of Simply SoapBerry provides a 1-year supply of detergent, based on 2 loads per week, cleaning an unprecedented 128 loads.  Use of the 10x more powerful detergent brings the cost per load of laundry to only 15 cents. It was tested as powerful at cleaning as a major chemical-based national brand but with 60-70% less product.

Bring the Cafe Home - @Keurig #review

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I will be the fist to admit I am not a big coffee drinker.  I do enjoy a nice cup on occasions... like when we are on vacation... or if it is really cold...  but when I do have a cup, I want it to be a nice and sweet drink.  Not just plain coffee.  Plain and Black?  Leave that to my dad and brother.  
When the single cup servers came out, I was all over wanting one... I asked for one for Christmas... I left hints (such as emailing links of it) and yet 2 holidays have come and gone... with no Keurig for me.  
Then, the cold came this year... and it seemed like Marc was stopping at the store to grab a nice hot beverage more and more... (Yes, if he was headed home, he would bring me one.. but most times he was grabbing on one the way to work.)  I kept thinking "it sure would be nice to have a Keurig."
** You do know that Keurigs have K-Cups for not only coffee, but also for hot chocolate, tea and more... 
Well, lucky Marc - or me... however you want to see it... (His birthday is this month, so I said it could be a birthday gift for him!)  I was contacted about reviewing the Keurig and we are both really enjoying it!!!!


This house was VERY excited to open the mail this day.  Our very own Keurig!!!
Once you open your Keurig, you are immediately greeted with a full line up of all the different companies that work with Keurig in bringing you the best tasting beverages!!!!  
 Getting the Keurig ready was simple.  You just have to fill up the water tank with water.  Then, you run one setting to basically clean it out.  After that, you are ready to enjoy!  Lucky for us, the Keurig 45 Elite comes with 12 different K-Cups to get you started.  I loved the variety so that you know what you like and what you can do without.  I could have sworn I took a picture of the assortment, but I guess I didn't.. Or I did, but I was not happy with the result and deleted it.  All I know is that the day it arrived, Marc was just as excited as I was and was eager to try it... He actually had me brew a cup right then so we could check it out!

It is really simple.  You just place your cup underneath the drip.  Lift the silver handle up to open the compartment.  Place the K-Cup of your choice inside and then close the compartment back up. 
If you notice to the top right, you will see 3 buttons. (Not sure if you notice, but they are lit up with a blue light.)  Well, that is your cup size selection.  You can choose 3 different sizes: 6 oz., 8 oz. or 10 oz.   We went with the 8 oz, as it was in the middle and seemed like a great choice!  
In like less than a minute, we had a nice cup of HOT coffee.  Yes, it looks like a small amount , but  we have learned (from having company) that we actually have larger than normal coffee cups.  I have no clue, they came with the dishes.. but they are pretty large.  Guess that means you don't have to worry about filling it up that often!    
Another great thing about the Keurig?  It can accommodate our larger than normal coffee cups.  You can also remove the drip tray to allow for travel cups or different sizes that might not be standard!  
This is what your trash looks like.  No more soggy filters full of coffee.  Just one little cup with a hole in the top and another in the bottom.  
We have been really impressed with our Keurig.  Not only is it fast... The result is super hot (I was really skeptical about that)  The drinks have all been great.  The clean up is easy.  Ours even has a water filter built into it - it says to change the filter like every 2 months.  *depending upon use.
When my mom came to visit, she had a cappuccino every night as we hung out watching TV. Never has she done that before, since we would not load up to run to a store to grab one... and we didn't have a way to offer it at home before.   I like that you can buy variety packs to keep on hand to offer guests.

Our drinks have been great to the very last drop.   All of my friends that have them have nothing but great things to say about them...  We are so happy for our new addition!
If you are looking for a great brewer, for your self... or to give a kid heading to college -
Check out the Keurig 45 Elite!  
 
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