Monday, May 31, 2010

Lime Ricki Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

Yet another Swimsuit. I have gotten LOTS of use out of my Lime Ricki swimsuit. I've worn it about 4 times already I think!

I received the Jennie Tankini Top with the Pink Bottom and I'm in love!

Just like the one in the image. I like the fun dot print and the HOT pink really gives it an extra flare.

They had warned me ahead of time that the suits were running a little small this year. So instead of medium top and small bottom I got Large top and Medium bottom and I'm pleasantly surprised at the sizing. I probably could've gone my normal size, but this still fits me very nicely as well. It's got a little give to it, which is nice when you're trying to peel it off your body.
Like I said, I have used this about 4 times now and have washed AND DRIED it twice and nothing has faded, shrunk, or come undone. So I'm very happy with this suit!

They have plenty others to suit anyone (no pun intended hehe) and I'm sure you're bound to find AT LEAST 2 you like!! Yes I'm that confident!
Here's a couple others I really enjoy

 And then have 1 pieces too

I like this site, because if you want a 2 piece they have regular bottoms, boy short bottoms, boy short cinch bottoms and skirts!
Here's one from each category

I think you've found something you like just from what I posted!!

Price: The 1 pieces are $55. Very nice! The tankinis are $37-$47 depending on style and the bottoms range from $26-$35

Overall: ***** Very happy with this suit and I would recommend it to anyone!

 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!* 

Fireworks Over Toccoa Book Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I'm all about a good book. I love to read. I don't always have a lot of time and I don't finish books very fast. But I do love a good book.

Fireworks Over Toccoa is a book that I couldn't put down. They compared Jeffrey Stepakoff to Nicholas Sparks and they were so right. I love me some Nicholas Sparks so I knew I would enjoy this book. 

Every so often a story comes along that reminds of what it’s like to experience love for the first time – against the odds, when you least expect it, and with such passion that it completely changes you forever.
I really enjoyed the book and it was written very well. This is a book that would appeal to all ages. Although there are a couple of heated sex scenes. I think that a Young Adult could appreciate this book. It's about being torn in half over love and I think anybody can learn from this book.

It tells the story of Lily Davis, married just three weeks when her husband was shipped off overseas in 1942. We find her in 1945, just days before her husband is set to return. Set in Toccoa Georgia, Lily goes about her normal life, if you want to call it normal, unpacking everything and setting up house. In the course of all this, she runs across Jake Russo, who is in town to create the fireworks display on the 4th of July. Meeting him shakes up Lily's life. She realizes she barely knows the man she calls her husband and that she is tired of her organized, planned out southern life. She feels passionate about this dark stranger, who she has only known for a short time. Passionate enough to leave her entire life behind?

I was intrigued by Jake Russo, an Italian American, who fought in WWII while his own father was being kept in an interment camp back in America. There's a great flashback scene where Jake is talking to his father through the gate of the interment camp he's being kept in. He's confused and asks his father how can he fight for this country who is keeping his father - who has never caused no harm to anyone - locked up? I'm glad that this subject was brought up in this book. Interment camps are often overlooked in American history. And Italian interment camps are something that the government has barely acknowledged even happened. 

This story left me breathless and actually made my CRY in the end. Books never make me cry. When a book makes me cry it's an automatic 5 STAR. 

Price: As with any book this one runs about $23. So worth it. 

Overall: ***** Definitely. And then some!

 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Twisted Orchid Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I love handbags. I don't have too many of them, but I absolutely love them!
I was able to receive a BEAUTIFUL handbag from Twisted Orchid. 
I received the Burgundy Hobo. I didn't really look at the dimensions. I like bigger bags, but I thought Hobo's were on the smaller side. BOY was I wrong! I'm not complaining as I LOVE my bag, but it's much bigger than expected.
  It's very big! HUGE is probably a better term. 

I love it though. Great for those larger tripe to the beach and stuff. It's a fake leather so it's easy to clean and wipe with a damp cloth. This bag has some great features.

I like the Black bottom and that it has little feet on it to keep the bag cleaner. It is also wide so once you have stuff in it the bag will lie flat on a surface and not tip over. I can really appreciate a well made bag that is ANIMAL FRIENDLY LEATHER. I can appreciate any well made bag actually. This bag has some pockets inside for keeping some stuff separate! 

I'm really loving this hobo.

Price: This bag is $76. Very expensive if you ask me. For fake leather it is pricey.

Overall: *** 1/2. It's very expensive and I'm not feeling the price. But everything else I like! And they have FREE SHIPPING

 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!* 

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Saturday, May 29, 2010


Today is my birthday, I turned 20! I don't feel different, but it's nice to no longer be a teenager!

We're having a BBQ with some friends over in a little bit. Just a little get together. It will be nice. We haven't had people over in a while!! Can't wait!

Jon got me an Edible Arrangement for my birthday and He's taking us out to dinner either tomorrow or Monday! Other than that, it's just another Saturday around here! Maybe I'll get Jon to take a pictures of me today from the BBQ!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Old Navy Clearance Friday and Saturday ONLY

This Friday and Saturday only, Old Navy stores will have an additional 50% off all clearance merchandise.  This is a great time to stock up on basics as you should be able to score really good deals.
I would suggest hitting your store early!  You can see the details on the Old Navy Facebook page and you can get an additional $5/25 coupon here.

K'Nex Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

Most people might say that K'Nex building products are for little boys. Me? I say not so much! I have no problem with Avery building with lego's or other building products. When I contacted K'Nex I wouldn't wait to see what age appropriate items they were going to send me! 

They sent me 3 Sesame Street items and I couldn't be happier with them.
 As you can see they sent me Kick It Elmo, Sime Time Ernie, and Cookie Monster Basketball

We love them! The hardest part about them is getting them back in their packages!!! 
Here are the pieces to Ernie
With a little help from mommy we had each one together in about 3 minutes!
On the Package it looks like Elmo's Ball attaches to his hands like the other ones, but it doesn't. And it doesn't just rest up there either. Oh well. 

One is 13 pieces, one 14, and one 15. The 15 piece one I cannot get it back in it's original package. I did it the first time, but haven't for the past 5-6 times now! Oh well, We leave the Basketball out!
These are for ages 2-5 and I think they are dead on! I don't see a reason why a child older than that wouldn't want to play with them, Maybe just because it's sesame street, but I don't know! I play with them... SHHHHH

Avery really likes them, and in no time was able to do them herself, with just a LITTLE help from me. But she does them fairly well. Sometimes the number on the shirt is turned around or something, but at least it looks like the characters they are supposed to be!

Price: These Sesame Street guys are $12.99 Each! AWESOME Price. I would easily pay $13 for a toy that would give my children entertainment for hours!! 

Overall: ***** I've always had a positive opinion on K'Nex, but now that I've actually experienced them my opinion is even better!

 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


When I was younger I used to wear  Eyeglasses. I was in 4th grade and my eyes starting hurting me and I would get headaches when I read for a long time. My mom took me to the optometrist and they got me some reading glasses. I wore them for a while and half the time forgot. I wore my glasses for 2 years when I went back to the dr. for a checkup.

I went in and he told me I no longer needed glasses and that my eyes had improved on their own. This was fantastic news, but I kind of missed my glasses. Oh well I was happy! After a few years I started getting headaches again once I was in high school and was reading more and more. I went back and this time they gave me Prescription Glasses again as they said I again needed them. My eyes got worse again!

I wore my Glasses for a while and on my own decided I no longer needed them. This was in 10th grade. I just on my own said, "I don't feel like wearing them anymore, so I won't." I never had a problem with my eyes again! My eyes are fine. I spend close to 6 hours a day on the computer and my eyes are still fine even with all the reading I do. I also spent about an hour a day reading a book and haven't had any problems.

It's now been 4 years since I've last worn glasses and I'm very happy to no longer need them! But now they've made the Process so much easier. You can now buy your Glasses Online You just give them your strength (you will need this from your dr.) and they ship the glasses right to your home. No more going to the optometrist every year to get new glasses. I still suggest you get your eyes checked once every couple years to make sure your strength hasn't changed, but This process is much easier.

No more sitting there for hours picking out the right pair, and then waiting for them to be made in your strength. That was a pain for me and I wish they had this feature when I was wearing glasses!

GlassesUSA has offered my readers a 10% discount Just use code mommy10 for that discount!
*Disclaimer: This was a paid post from GlassesUSA. I received Payment in exchange for this post*

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hapari Review

We have a hot tub so I'm always in a swimsuit. I wear them all year long about 4 days a week! I get a lot of use out of a swimsuit and because I wear them so much they usually only last a year. I usually only have 2 swimsuits to wear so they don't last long.

With the Swimsuit I received from Hapari I now have 5 swimsuits for this year. That means I will probably get 2 years out of my suits this time around because they won't be worn as much!
  My birth Control causes me BAD acne!! Please look past that!
As you can see I received the Island Feve V-Neck Tankini and the Basic Brown Bottoms.

I couldn't be happier with this set. You know a cool feature is that the tie can be worn 3 ways. Halter,  through the provided loops for a regular straps OR a Criss Cross
 Very cool! I also like the little tie in the back as well, It is just that little extra. Very neat!

So I accidentally put this suit in the dryer. Happy to say nothing fell apart and it didn't shrink. AWESOME!

Every tankini has secret pockets for silicone breast inserts called "Illusions"!
 The fit is awesome! Perfect size. I ordered the Medium top and the Small bottom and it fits me perfectly.

 I like that the tankini has good coverage, the bottoms do as well, my bum doesn't hang out of them they have great coverage and make sure it's all tucked in nicely.

 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*

Lovely LuLu Hair Bows Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

You all know just how much I love hair accessories, Well I have a new favorite company! It's Lovely LuLu Hair Bows. 

A good friend of mine has started this company just LAST MONTH. She has come so far along already. I can't believe how good she is. I make bows too, Been making them over a year now and my bows are NOTHING compared to hers. Her's are truly beautiful!
We received the Multilayer bow in Orange, Pink and Lime green. The Flower Hair Clip in purple, and the Diva in Black, Pink, White, and Zebra.

I should've gotten more model pictures, but I forgot and we've been busy this past week. So here is Avery playing in her sandbox in her Laken and Lila tee and her Lovely LuLu Hair Bow
We received the two items on the same day and it was amazing that Michelle sent me this bow which matched that tee PERFECTLY!

I can't get over how perfectly tied her bows are. Everything is so straight and orderly. Did I also mention that she has 3 kids 3 and under! I have no idea how she has time to make these bows!
I love that Most of her bows have a rhinestone in the middle, just gives them that extra oomph and the ones that don't are sports ones and they have a sport related emblem in the center. Like this one!
 Her pictures are all taken outside in natural sunlight so they really capture the bow, aren't blurry and are nice and light and easy to see. 

I'm so happy with her bows. I can't wait for Avery to get to wear that Zebra one. I'm sure we'll get plenty of compliments!
These are all a great Price: The hair clippies start at just $1.75 and the large Zebra bow I received is $10! I think that's her max. So very generously priced and A cheap way to get the girl in your life some well made bows.

Overall: ***** Definitely. Love these bows, Love Michelle, Lovely LuLu Hair Bows

 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*

Monday, May 24, 2010

Slanket Review

We received the beautiful Ruby Wine Slanket for review and we love it. In fact that is an understatement. We fight over it almost every night and we will be purchasing another so we no longer have to fight and we can each have one for our nightly movie.
I love this color. It really stands out on our beige microfiber furniture. I love red as a decorating color. It's my favorite, So I was pleasantly surprised when he sent MY FAVORITE COLOR!! Well okay, green is my favorite, but red is my favorite decorating color! 

  I don't have any pictures of it in use, because one of us is using it and the other is usually watching the movie so I haven't been able to snap one yet. Oh well. Trust me it is used DAILY. Even now in this heat. We have to air on, so it's still comfy in here and we're using our blanket!

This Slanket has a very generous length of 95" WOW!! Your feet will not be popping out in this blanket. And it's very wide at 60" So 2 people can share it and trust me we have. Avery and I share it too. 
They also have one for kids!
The kids is 44" by 66" So this is a generous size as well. I'm 66" tall at 5'6" so it would just fit me. Very generous for a child I would say.

Here's a photo of the kids
Siamese Slanket!!! AWESOME!
 We will buy a Siamese for this winter, We will probably also buy another regular slanket and possibly even a kids one for Avery.
We always thought these things were silly looking and couldn't understand the hype. Boy were we wrong. These are so much worth the hype of them!

We haven't washed this yet, so I'm not sure how it washes, but I'm sure it will withstand the pressure!
It's very thick, not a lightweight fleece like you sometimes see. It's a very thick and great material!

Price: The regular slanket is normally $38 and is now on sale for $33. Very great price. The other leading brands are cheaper, but are a lot THINNER! The kids Slanket is on sale for $22 and the Siamese is $41! These are all great prices. Get them now while they're on sale because once fall hits again, I'm sure this sale will be over!

Overall: ***** Awesome product!
*Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*