Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's almost here.. He'll be officially 2!

My littlest, My Christopher, will be 2 On Tuesday..
He is the last of my babies, my unexpected miracle and
a 60th birthday gift to me from my mommy (in heaven)

He's so sweet, so quiet!

 But the terrible 2's have hit our house hard..
He's still a little cutie pie though!

So on Saturday, we'll be celebrating with family and friends who we hold dear, at Chuck E Cheese.

Why there, because I need to not have it at my house! I need to keep 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 year olds busy!
Hopefully things will go smoothly...

Did I just say that?

I'll share pictures and video after the event..

What an icky day!

Today we were faced with some nasty weather.
Tornado warnings abounded through out the surrounding areas. The preschool went into "duck and cover" mode. My (soon to be) 2 year old and the other KMO friends were placed in the hallway of the mail school building while the 2 upstairs classrooms (including my Anthony) were under the stairwell in the building (we have 2 stairwells). The other classrooms were in the back of the church (or) in the hallways adjacent to their classroom.
My friend left my house and said their were tree limbs down and she had to avoid a down power line as she left my neighborhhod.

Now, this may seem like easy peasy to my Northern readers/friends) but we just don't get this weather. We've not had really bad weather like this in years! Hurricanes have been nil in our area and we get a little rain here & there. I'm glad it is Spring Break for Luke, though our anticipated pool trips at the YMCA have not existed

I really need to go to the store, but considering at what time I should brave the weather.

I miss the sun

Dove Visible Care Renewing Body wash Video Review

I have been using the Dove Renew Body Wash for over a week now and absolutely LOVE IT !
I was given the opportunity to try a 18fl oz bottle of the Dove Visible Care renewing Creme Body Wash.
It's amazing!


It has a refreshing scent and leaves my skin feels healthy and rejuvenated!
Check out my video review!


Visit Dove on Facebook or Twitter

Real Simple Daily Thought

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”


― Laozi
 
This was the thought in my email box from March 21st. I just love it !

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I make money with Sponsored Tweets, you can too!

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If you have a little girl who loves pretty bows, check out this giveaway

Mrs. Marine (a Blogmania Dream Team member) and fellow awesome blogger has a great giveaway posted for this fantastic Etsy store.

Mrs. Marine and the Tiny Troops
 
The bow is the adorable yellow bow with cupcake center


Click here to enter the giveaway! There are only 4 entries right now & the odds are really good !

Thanks a bunch!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

2 great Facebook Giveaways - check them out !







Check out my StickerYou sticker page {Review}


I love stickers. I add them to envelopes, cards, notes for teachers. My boys love them too!
So when I was able to create and review my own sticker page from StickerYou, I was not the only one excited!
The boys and I created this page together. As you can see, it's a good mix of boys & mom

The boys promptly took their stickers and put them wherever they wanted. Mine, some have been used for love notes, birthday pages and some are still waiting to be used.

The process was very very easy and the variety is amazing! You have to check them out!


StickerYou is a fun, flexible and easy-to-use online technology for people to create their own high-quality vinyl stickers.
StickerYou offers the ultimate freedom for anyone looking to create stickers with our freeform die-cut sticker printing. Whether you're using our art and brands, or uploading your own images, each sticker looks awesome!
StickerYou is a Toronto-based startup that developed the Sticker Maker, a simple web-interface that allows people to order custom stickers.
StickerYou has been quickly partnering and licensing large companies to bring their brands to StickerYou.


Follow them on Twitter and Facebook

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Scott's Liquid Gold Screen Clean Wipes Review



Little fingers constantly are playing with our I-Touch's. I found hubby's just caked with who knows what from our littlest.
So I decided to try the Scott's Liquid Gold Screen Clean Wipes.
It took a little elbow grease due to the amount of what was on the I-Touch, but it looked amazing after it was clean.
I took a picture of the before, but apparently my photography skills Sunday were slacking.




They've developed a way to clean your valuable electronics safely and effectively. Clean Screen uses reverse osmosis to give you a crystal clear clean. And our Little Clean Screens are portable, on-the-go wipes great for removing fingerprints, make-up, dirt, dust, oily residues and ink off of your delicate surfaces. Gives us a try and you’ll be amazed at how you ever lived without it!


 


 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Kids Lip Armor Review


My boys tested this great kids lip balm.

All Terrain has taken one of its most popular products – Lip Armor with SPF 25, and made it kid friendly with new flavors like Bubble Gum and Cherry.

It’s an easy, simple way to keep your lips protected from UVA and UVB rays.
Containing natural ingredients like almond oil, shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E – in short – it’s the perfect healing balm to keep your lips supple no matter what the weather – and now its available in Bubble Gum and Cherry.

All Terrain is made with all natural products and is cruelty free with no testing done on animals.

Check them out on Facebook and on Twitter

Here are Luke and Anthony's reviews..



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Monave Vegan Sheer Lip Glaze {Review and Giveaway}


I received this great Vegan Sheer Lip Glaze today. It's made by Monave and has no preservatives or animal by-products.
Monave Lip Glaze is a silky, natural lip product that adds a bit of shine, some sheer color that is perfect for a relaxed look. It is completely free of irritants, and preservatives, abiding by the philosophy that makeup should have organic food-based ingredients. Luscious coconut oil and natural orange flavor give slip, and shine without being sticky. Pigments are 100% naturally derived minerals.
Here is the color I received, shade 506, Honey Glaze

Me, wearing the new color


These glazes are very reasonably priced and there are a huge array of colors in Sheer, Regular and Mini's.

Check out the rest of the Monave' products here.

Would you like to win a color of your own? Here is your chance!
2 lucky readers will win their favorite Sheer Lip Glaze Color !

Mandatory Entry
Visit the Monave website and let me know what Sheer Lip Glaze Color you like.
Be sure to include your email so I can contact you!


Extra Entries
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Here are the Rules to follow:
☼ Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, April 8, 2011! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
☼ Contest open to U.S. and Canada with a valid street address. P.O. Boxes are not accepted for prize shipping.
☼The winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day, and the winner has 48 hours to claim their prizes.
☼ I reserve the right to choose a new winner after the 48 hour time period has elapsed.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.
Sponsored by Tomoson.com

Skillet Bacon Jam Review



I reviewed this spread condiment called Bacon Jam.
They use niman ranch bacon and render it down along with onions, balsamic and other spices . It cooks for several hours until it is a perfect blend of smoky, tangy, savory and slightly sweet….spreadable bacon? Oh yeah ! And it's USDA approved.

You can use it on or in anything from eggs to grilled cheese, burgers, as a base for a vinaigrette, inside a scone or croissant, substitute it for bacon in a BLT, on baked brie, sautéed with seafood or veggies, roasted with beef, wilted in a spinach salad, on toast with a fried egg on top, or finish a potato soup

I tried it with some different of my usual dishes and while I like the bacon flavor, it was too salty for me (and the family)


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

SmoochieFrog Reviews


Check out this great blog for Reviews and Giveaways!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Elemental Threads Custom Made Handbags Giveaway

Elemental Threads is a great site where you can choose one of their handbags, wristlets, clutches or totes, and design different fabrics for your bag and strap, you can mix and match designs to create something that's truly yours.

They also have ready to wear accessories. You can also repurpose your favorite t-shirt into a bag. They can do amazing things!



I have a Gift Voucher worth $52.00 for one lucky Reader. Remember, with this item, you could also make a FABULOUS Mother's day gift, so keep that special Mom, Mother In Law, Aunt, Sister, or Godmother in  mind!

**This giveaway is open to US/Canada Residents. With this in mind, please see Elemental Threads Website for shipping your order outside of the U.S. The winner is responsible for any and all charges relating to their order over and above the Gift Voucher Amount**



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Do one (or all) of the following (comment if you already do)
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☼ Contest open to U.S. and Canada with a valid street address. P.O. Boxes are not accepted for prize shipping.
☼The winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day, and the winner has 48 hours to claim their prizes.
☼ I reserve the right to choose a new winner after the 48 hour time period has elapsed.

Disclosure: This gift voucher is my own personal voucher and is not affiliated with any giveaway with Elemental Threads. The Voucher expires 10/31/2011. Website for Elemental Threads has shipping rates for Outside of the US. Winner responsible for all shipping charges from their order.

Getting my new Cover-up from SwimSpot!

SwimSpot is one of my Blogmania Sponsors but with that, they are allowing me to try one of their items (up to $100 value) FREE!
Love it !
I would have loved a new swim suit but they do not have tops to fit my um.. Top Half (eek!)
Let's just say that with 3 kiddos and nursing did not bring the twins down any but with each child I grew a cup.. yepo!

Anyway.. I digress
I decided on the Athena Pick Your Fit - Tonga Swimsuit Coverup .
It's super cute and the fact that it buttons up, really helps!

Can't wait to try it on ! Love the Free Shipping on it too! Always Free Shipping and Free Returns at SwimSpot.

Disclosure: I received a credit to purchase any item for SwimSpot.com to facilitate a review. SwimSpot is a Blogmania Sponsor!

Itzy Ritzy's Create Your Own Canvas Snack Bag Facebook contest!

I discovered Itzy Ritzy over a year ago. The have great snack bags and I have their large wet bag for after the pool. I absolutely love them !

So today I received an email saything they are hosting a Create Your Own Canvas Snack Bag Facebook contest! 

Here's the logostics right from their email!

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Facebook Contest Kick-Off




Itzy Ritzy is so excited to launch the Create Your Own Canvas Snack Bag, we're starting things off with a fun Facebook contest!

Have your child personalize and decorate a new Create Your Own Canvas Snack Bag

Snap a picture and share it on our Facebook page. Don't forget the artist credit - include your child's first name and age with your post! *Note, picture must be the front of the snack bag only and the "Snack Happened™" label must be legible.

Itzy Ritzy's Facebook fans will vote on their favorite snack bag. Tell your friends to "Like" Itzy Ritzy and vote for you!

One lucky winner will receive a prize pack* of 10 free Snack Happened™ Reusable Snack Bags of their choice (as available) - $100 retail value! Use the bags to host a snack bag decorating party, as party favors or for other creative ideas. The winning masterpiece photo will be posted on Itzy Ritzy's website!

The deadline to submit your photo is April 30, 2011. Voting will take place May1 -May 3 and the winner will be announced on Facebook Wednesday May 4, 2011.

*No cash value, prize limited to 10 Snack Happened™ Reusable Snack Bags only

I'm excited to review this product

Today I'm going to order my 3D animated card from Snapily.com.
I am going to take a great picture of the boys this afternoon and then choose a card.
I found the perfect card and am excited to create it.

My In-Law's will be so excited to receive this card. They always except the unexpected from me and once again, I am going to deliver.

I'll let you know how the ordering process goes and then I'm going to do a video review once I receive the product so you can see just how it works.
In the meantime, check out Snapily.com and check out their animated cards for yourself.



Disclosure: I will be receiving one animated card to review. All opinions of the ordering process, as well as the product itself will me mine.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Welcome Spring in Branson with Hilton

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hiltons of Branson. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you thought about taking the family to the Silver Dollar City during the Spring? Branson Missouri is beautiful this time of year and could be just what you need!

The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing is a full service hotel with an indoor pool. It is locate din the heart of the area and minutes away from a multitude of golf courses, museums, live theaters,and outlet malls.

The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing boasts spacious rooms, suites, and condos. It is perfect for leisure as well as business conferences and trips. Suites include a fully equipped kitchen, with utensils, as well as a wet bar.

The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel is connected to the Branson Convention Center and is in the heart of Historic Downtown Branson, Missouri. The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel  is connected to Branson Landing, a waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment district featuring over 100 specialty stores with fantastic views from each of the rooms. Our hotel offers a steakhouse, cocktail lounge, gorgeous outdoor pool featuring lounge areas with glowing fire pits and private cabanas.

Both properties have a fabulous package that gives 2 adults and 2 children (ages 4-11) 2 days of fun at Silver Dollar City. This includes a $25.00 voucher for food and beverage at the Level 2 Steakhouse. The 2 night 3 day package begins at $455.00.

This a great deal for some Spring Fun!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Free Clairol Foam Hair Color {Review} My experience..

I received my coupon for the Free Color Foam from the Clairol Facebook Giveaway.
I am a frequent Hair Colorer (it that a word, well, it is now) and could not wait to try the Color Foam.
I know, you cannot believe everything you see on TV, but they made it look so awesome!

I swear I should have been a red head so I am always going with various Red Shades. As you can see, I purchased the 6R light Auburn.

I followed the directions for mixing and began the process of coloring. I was okay with the squeeze bottle and having to apply it by hand instead of directly to my hair. Although, in the end, it did cover all my hair, I felt as though it wasn't, while I was applying the foam.
The odor was quite intense, even with the an on in the bathroom. That took me off guard.
Once applied, I hung out with hubby waiting for the 25 minute time limit to expire.
Hubby commented multiple times how the color smelled as if it had *Hops* in it (like beer hops). I had to agree. Although it originally reminded me of stale cotton candy.

Once the time limit came and went, I showered and after applying the conditioner, noticed that my hair still felt very coarse. This was new to me. Normally after the conditioner, my hair feels silky and smooth.

I let my hair go with just that one conditioning and it has taken 3 washes/conditioning's to make my hair feel "normal" again.
While I do like the Clairol Brand, I will not purchase/use this Foam again.

Me & Hubby on our way to a wedding on March 19th

Special Giveaway for our Special Blogmania Sponsors! From Bree @ What Matters Most

Our wonderful Blogmania Host, Bree from What Matters Most? is doing a special Giveaway.. Check it out below:



This is the best kind of giveaway! You get to spend up to, including shipping, a total of $25 on any item that is found off of these shops below. Yes, YOU PICK I PAY!!!



This is my thank you to these special sponsors for their generous sponsorship into Blogmania's April 9, 10 and 11th event. They have each partnered up with 3 or MORE bloggers!


On April 9, 10 and 11, each Blogmania blogger will have a great collection of amazing items for one to two people to WIN! The folks below are a glimpse at the overall greatness that will be found in only a couple of weeks!


I have also done something I have NEVER DONE and I have included a BUNCH of ways to enter so you can pick all or some of your favorite things, hope you don't mind! PLEASE enter on the GOOGLE DOC! My comments don't number and I didn't want to miss one person by accident.


This will conclude on Monday April 4th, 11:59 EST, this is open to anywhere a shop will ship or you can pay over the $25. To I will say this is open WORLDWIDE! I will announce the winner via this posting and email, who will have 48 hours to respond.


Details for the Giveaway {ENTER ON THE GOOGLE DOC}


Mandatory Entry: Which shop or item do you like?


Optional, pick any one or all:
  • 5 Entries: VOTE for me! You can do this daily! Leave comment under the VOTE box on the facebook page. HERE.
  • 1 Entry PER 'Liked' site OR 'heart' sites (that is a total of 12 entries)
  • 3 entries for any purchases made out of these shops
  • 2 entries for adding this Blog Law Button (or my button, located at the bottom of this page) to your sidebar:
  • 2 entry for linking up and supporting the 'Laws of greatness'. see linky post HERE.
  • 1 entry- tweet out this giveaway, can do this once every 12 hours (include @Breebees)
  • 1 entry- Follow me on GFC or Networked Blogs, info on my sidebar
Facebook Sites:


Lawhorn's Seasoning, Mabel's Labels, Orglamix Cosmetics , CoconutPalmDesigns, Studioahimsa, Roundabout Cupcakes,BOLD e-zine, Obol (never have soggy cereal again), Kids Konserve, Cinnamon Haven Boutique, Texas Monkey Boutique


Hearted (Etsy) Sites:


CoconutPalmDesigns, Cinnamon Haven Craft Boutique, studioahimsa, Clever Hands, jd wolfe pottery





Bree's Blog Law



The Middle Matters a Mid-week Blog Hop

I am hopping on the Blog Hop train this week..
Come find some great blogs linked up here at Makobi Scibe's Product Reviews

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blogmania is coming !!!

Blogmania is just around the corner and it is going to be a fantastic event !
For anyone who is not familiar with Blogmania, This is one of the Largest Giveaway Events for bloggers!
Blogmania has over 60  "Dream Team Members" and additional bloggers hosting fabulous giveaways.

I am very excited to be a part of Blogmania ! Actually, this is my first time participating in Blogmania and being a Dream Team Member is exciting :)

Blogmania is being run this year by Bree from What Matters Most? . Blogmania dates are April 9th and 10th, but as a special treat, Bree has added an additional date, so you will have an extra day to enter the wonderful giveaways!
What can You Win from Everyday Ramblings of My Life?

Right now, One Winner will receive over $200.00 worth of prizes.

Below are my current sponsors. If you click the picture, you can visit their website!
I'm not going to let you know (just yet) what these sponsors are providing, but soon...

Keep your eyes peeled!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Luggage Review (finally)

Last month, I received the luggage and scale I purchased from CSN stores, but wanted to use the scale before I reviewed it and while I have not used my suitcase, the boys have used theirs...

1st, the scale.
Our scale was bulky and sometimes refused to work, so I decided it was time for a new one. I purchased the Trimmer Basic Digital Bathroom Scale (White).
The scale is low to the ground and lightweight. the weight is accurate (at lease to our Dr's scale) and the readout is easy.
The scale boasts a Built-in, lifetime lithium battery, which is a plus! I really like this scale and so does hubby.

Now, onto my luggage..
I ordered 3 of the Rockland 22" Rolling Duffle Bag in Camoflage, one for each of the boys. I also ordered the Skyway Sigma 2 22" Vertical Expandable Carry-On Case for me (in blue), since I had no luggage of my own. Last year, our luggage got destroyed after our vacation to New York.
Now, I wanted to actually use the pieces before writing this review, but I won't be using my suitcase until July.
The boys recently used their rolling army bags on an overnight trip to Nana & Papa's house.
They boys were overjoyed to use them. I liked that the shoulder straps detached and also the handle used to roll the bag, could be short, like for the little boys, or longer for the oldest or even hubby and I.
All of their items fit and they were happy to have the extra pockets. Hubby thinks the bags might not fit as carry on's, but we'll find out..
My bag is awesome. Hubby commented that he is jealous! I like that i can get another inch out of it since it's expandable, if I need to.


A big thank you to CSN Stores !

Disclosure: I received a promotional code from CSN Stores in order to facilitate a review for any item of my choosing. All opinions are 100% my own and that of my family.

Have you entered this Facebook giveaway?


The Adventures of My Family of 8

Shauna is having this great giveaway that lasts one more week!

If you have not entered, do so soon!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Anthony's Cool Nike Jacket

Anthony is sporting his cool Nike 6.0 jacket he received to review.
The jacket is a 5T, which I was worried would be small, but as you can see, it's perfect, even the sleeves are a little longer.




He loves the green color and the pockets "are super cool". The pockets are a good size for him, and toys fit nicely (especially when I'm not looking and we're on our way to school)
Anthony tends to be a cold body, so even when he's in shorts, he likes a jacket. This jacket is on the lighter side (compared to his other one) and perfect for spring!

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Today's Save:Wrap up winter with $30 worth of spring scarves from Scarves.com for only $15

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Today's Save:$16 for $32 worth of homemade desserts at CountryCupboardCookies.com

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Get your patio ready for Spring with Pier 1 Imports!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pier 1. All opinions are 100% mine.

Spring is on it's way and now is the time to get your outdoor space ready with lots out beautiful pieces from Pier 1.

Whether you are looking to buy new pieces or just update the ones you have, Pier 1 has everything you need.

Add this great Outdoor Citron Settee Cushion to en existing piece of furniture or add it to this beautiful Sunset Pier Outdoor Deluxe Settee.

Did you know that a lot of Pier 1 Imports furniture is Indoor/Outdoor furniture. You can take accent rugs, wall decor and even seating from a room in your home out to your patio or deck, and vice versa.

Sign up for the Pier 1 Outdoor newsletter today, to receive information about the special in store offer coming the weekend of March 18-20.

Now that the Spring items are arriving, the Papasan is back! The classic round Papasan Chairs are handcrafted of natural rattan then finished with a deep brown stain and high-gloss lacquer. Add a bright cushion and you have instant flair to your outdoor area!

Another great way to spruce up your entertaining outdoor area is to add some beautiful pieces, like these Metal Mosaic Butterfly Sculptures.

Whatever you may be looking for, definitely check out Pier 1 Imports and their new arrivals!

Don't forget about the Pier 1 Tweetups coming soon to your area. In Dallas March 22nd, Atlanta on April 5th and NYC April 20th !

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