Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wild Creations EcoAquarium Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



We have a lot of pets. Since we'll be homeschooling I think this is great for Avery to see how different animals live and what they need. We have a 47 gallon fish tank with 30 fish in it. 7 Hermit Crabs (yes, Jon got 2 more), Avery has 1 fish in her room, we have 2 dogs and NOW we're the proud owners of Dora and Minnie the Frogs from Wild Creations.

This product is great. Jon actually bought one from Brookstone in January for his desk at work. He loves it and says these little guys provide hours of entertainment. So I asked Wild Creations if they'd be willing to send us one for home, and they did. Avery loves Dora and Minnie the frogs. 
Here's the set up process
Take the Bag with the frogs in it and stick in a bowl with room temperature spring water in it so they can get used to the climate
Then you add in the Living Gravel (brown one)
Then you rinse off the decorative gravel in spring water and add that
Rinse off the Bamboo plant and stick in the corner. Make sure it's touching the bottom
Rinse off the Rock and add it
Then fill with Spring Water. Slowly pour it over the rock or bamboo so it doesn't mess up the stones
After about 20 minutes or so, add your new little pets and put the lid on.
These are the easiest pets ever. They require HARDLY any cleaning at all. 4 times a year you have to use the bastor it came with and take out like 80% of the water and then add fresh spring water. You can disturb the rocks and they can all get mixed together. They each get 2 pellets of food twice a week. Super easy to care for. We've set a schedule of MondayTuesday and Friday. It's easy that way and when we're busy on the weekend we don't have to worry about feeding them.

They are great to watch and care for. I think when we set this up Avery watched them for a total of like 4 hours that day and probably 5-6 the next. She loves them and says hi to them every morning when she wakes up.

The living gravel absorbs up the poo and extra food, the Bamboo roots then "eat" the extra stuff and the top of the plant hangs out of the water and then turns it into oxygen. It keeps the tank clean. I wonder how hard the clean up will be. Probably easy!

Price: $30 for this kit I received. Totally worth it. Even if the frogs Die. They are about $2.99 at any local aquarium (pet stores are too expensive) You need an aquarium store. So it's pretty easy to maintain and take care of. 

Overall: ***** Avery loves it, I love to watch them while I'm sewing or blogging. In fact they're swimming around playfully right now!! Actually hopping on each other. They're fun in general. Avery had fun learning about the ECO portion of it and since we're trying to be more environmentally friendly this was fun to explain to her. 

Want your own without waiting for the Giveaway to conclude? Now through July 31st use the Code BLOGGER (case sensitive, all caps) at checkout to receive $10 off on the Jewel Starter Kit. The jewel is bigger than this one and is $39.99 normally!

GIVEAWAY
Wild Creations has offered  one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win the SAME Classic kit I reviewed. 
GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. ONLY
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to the Catalog and let me know which item you like best.
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Giveaway Ends July 10th at 11:59 PM EST
 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!* 


Monday, June 28, 2010

Sweet Pea Baby Review



Fashionable clothes are key here in our house. We love them. Jon just doesn't understand because he's wearing 12 yr old tees, but we love to be up to date and fashionable. When Sweet Pea Baby sent me 3 items I was elated!!

They were generous enough to send me the Mod Bloom Chocolate dress, the Ruffle Me Scarf in hot pink AND the Erica Bracelet 
I couldn't be more happy with these items!
 Oh my, look how stylish we are!! Ooh it's so adorable!

I love the look of a pillowcase dress because it can be worn alone, worn like here with jeans, or worn over a L/S shirt in the summer along with jeans. I think this outfit would be just as cute over a white, brown, or light pink l/s shirt! It's adorable and I can see Avery wearing this outfit often. 
She wears her bracelet ALL THE TIME. She loves it and thinks she's pretty. The scarf has been worn a few times as well. And the whole outfit has been worn just once. It's adorable with her Livie and Luca's

She is in heaven and thinks she looks "beautiful" as she says! I agree. She's gorgeous in this chic outfit!
 
Price: The dress is $39, the Scarf is $18, and the Bracelet is $16. I think these prices are generous. They're not the cheapest, but the items aren't cheapest quality either!

Overall: ***** Definitely. This shop is aimed at fashion and my have they hit that!
 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*


George Foreman Grills and More Cleaner Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



George Foreman. The famous grills... Now he has a Cleaning product out. It's meant for cleaning grills and stainless steel, but I used it on EVERYTHING!

 The smaller bottle is the refill bottle. You fill the large bottle up to just about the neck with water and then add a couple oz of the refill to it to make a strong cleaner. The refill makes 8 large bottles. That will last a long time.

Until I pulled up this picture I forgot they came with scrubbers. I have been using this stuff on my counters, stove, microwave, and even the inside of the fridge. It smells so good and leaves a nice aroma in the air. 

If I were to clean our grill outside I would for sure need the scrubber. That thing is NASTY.

These cleaners are non toxic, family safe, earth friendly,biodegradable, and endorsed by the one and only George Foreman (ok not really. All 5 of his sons are named George Foreman also). 

This cleaner cleaned my laminate counters very nicely. And now thinking about it I could probably use this on my laminate wood floors as well (Hmmm) It cleaned the grease off the stove and microwave as well. Also did a good job at the inside of my fridge. Some meat had leaked blood and this wiped right through it. 

Overall I'm very pleased with this cleaner. It has a nice airy lime smell to it and makes the house smell good.

Price: $20 for the kit you see above (also includes a little funnel) Very nice price. That's like getting 8, 32 oz bottles of cleaner... About the same price as in the store.

Overall: ***** Love this stuff
GIVEAWAY
Grills and More has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win the same pack that I did above. 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to Let George Clean It and tell me what other cleaner they sell you could use.
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Giveaway Ends July 3rd at 11:59 PM EST
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Winner's for 6/26



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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kakadu Pet Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I'm always getting stuff (for review and buying) for Avery and I and sometimes Jon. But the doggies always get neglected. Poor Pups! Boog is our almost 2 yr old Pug and Bella is our 8 month old St. Bernard. 
Bella has a good bed, but Boog's is kind of old and torn up and Bella keeps peeing in it. So it was time for a new bed for him. We decided on the Island Bed from Kakadu Pet.

I'm so happy with this bed and so is Boog
We got it in the Lagoon and Hibiscus color. It looks more grey and orange online, but it's red and blue. I like it, but I wanted a more orange color. That's alright and Boog wouldn't mind even if it were pink. They say dogs are color blind anyway right?
It came packed tight with a seal. Once it was opened it started to inflate
We got the medium bed. I think it fits him perfectly. 

The sides of it stay up very well so it won't collapse like his old bed. It has a waterproof material on it as well. Almost like a raincoat of some sort. It's comfortable though and he lays in it often. He loves it... Or so that's what he tells me. 
But I'm very happy with it and I hope it lasts us a while.

Price: Between $49 and $104 depending on size. I think this is expensive, but thinking about it, their beds now were between $40-$60 and neither one of them has lasted a year. Bella's is on the way out too. 

Overall: ***** Boog loves it and though he'd rather cuddle in our lap he knows it's his bed and uses it.
GIVEAWAY
Kakadu Pet has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win the same bed I did in your choice of color and size.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to Kakadu Pet and let me know what else you like. Also tell me what color you'd choose the Island bed in.
Please include your e-mail address in format name @ domain dot com. Otherwise a new winner will be chosen! 
 
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Giveaway Ends July 3rd at 11:59 PM EST
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Corel Paint It! Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I like to edit photos to add a little more to them. I usually do some black and white with color, black and white, add borders and text. Sometimes I whiten teeth and sharpen up eyes and stuff. That's about as far as my skills go. But when I had the chance to review a paint program from Corel I jumped at the chance. You see this program Paint It! is a program where you can take ANY picture and turn it into a painting!!!



Here are some pictures I've done. I'll show a before and an after. 
I haven't used all the types of paintings yet. There's a pencil and a colored pencil painting that take up to 3 hours. I would do it overnight if I really wanted the painting, but it would take a while.
Impressionist Painting
Watercolor painting
Oil Painting
Modern painting
Pastel Painting
Illustration Painting
 
 
 It was real easy to do this program. In the video I hadn't figured out how to save it, but I have now and it's real easy. The only thing is this doesn't come with instructions so you have to figure some stuff out yourself, but that's not too difficult.

Fun for the entire family, Corel Paint it! gives you a whole new way to enjoy your photos. This photo painting software includes multiple painting styles, brushes and realistic effects that let you add a personal touch to any creative project. Much more than a photo-painting filter, Corel Paint it! relies on your input, letting you control the photo painting process while encouraging your creative spirit. Start and stop painting at any time, restore original details from the photo and add your own special touches. The result is a hand-painted portrait that’s sure to wow your friends and family.
Ideal for:
  • Any wall in your home or office
  • Scrapbooks and albums
  • Email and online sharing sites
  • Gift Giving 
I think this would be a perfect gift.
How would you like a 16X20 hanging on your wall that looked like a professional painting?

GIVEAWAY
Corel has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win a Corel Paint It! Program!
GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF U.S. AND CANADA ONLY
 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to  Corel and let me know what else you like!
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Giveaway Ends July 3rd at 11:59 PM EST
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Reco Jeans Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I love Jeans. I'm a Jeans hog. I have close to 30 pair. Is that bad? I wear them everyday in the fall, winter, and spring. I would wear them all summer too if I didn't get too hot. Every time I go shopping I bring home a pair of jeans. I don't know why, but me and jeans is like another women and bags or shoes. I have finally been introduced to a better brand of jeans Reco Jeans are great. They are RECYCLED Denim! Can't get any better than that.

I received the BEAUTIFUL Dudleya Parva Flared jeans!
These are LONG. Like really long. Even with 4" heels they drag the ground. I don't really mind, but they should be shorter. One thing is that they should offer different inseams. I think these are like a 36" or something. I'm a 33" That's a HUGE difference. So different inseams PLEASE. 
I ordered the size 26 and they fit me perfectly! Another thing I'm not quite used to is very low back pockets. Like below your butt and they sit on your leg. It's a little uncomfortable, but I've never had great designer jeans before so maybe it's the style. Not really sure.
Other than that I LOVE these jeans. I do have to wear them with heels every time and I don't wear heels that often, so these aren't just for going to the mall jeans. They're for dinner out or going to a concert or something. I wear my beautiful Leopard print sandal heels with these now in the summer though,Once winter arrives I'll probably tuck them into boots. 

I do love them. I love the feel of them. They don't feel recycled though so that's good. They just feel like a pair of jeans. I love them!!
They have styles for Women and for Men they have 3 styles for women and a few for men. It's hard to see right now. They changed their entire website and you can't really "Shop" Anymore. 

Price: Since these are recycled and are considered a designer they are priced at $129. This is a great price when thinking recycled designer
Overall: ****. They need different inseams. Also they carry women's sizes 24-36
You can go Here to see the 3 women's styles and Here to see the men's
Men's sizes are from 28-36 and they have 30,32, and 34 inseams.

GIVEAWAY
Reco jeans has offered one Mommy of 1 and counting reader the chance to win a pair of jeans of choice. Women's or Men's!
GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF U.S. AND CANADA ONLY

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to Reco Jeans and tell me what you learned
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Giveaway Ends July 3rd at 11:59 PM EST
 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*


Friday, June 25, 2010

Bake Me a Wish NEEDS your Help



Bake Me A Wish participates in Operation Birthday Cake, a program that sends cakes around the world to soldiers on their birthdays. This program carried out in concert with Soldier's Angels has been responsible for the delivery of over 6,000 cakes in the past few years. Recently, we were lucky to be part of CPT Dan Murphy's 40th birthday. How did we celebrate it? Why by sending 40 cakes for his 40th to Kosovo, of course!

You can see images from the birthday party celebration Here

Also, we are looking to do something cool this 4th of July. If our Facebook page reaches 4,000 fans by then, BMAW will donate 50 additional cakes then it did last month. That's 50 soldiers, 50 parties and a lot of really great moral.


Tulle 4 Us Review



Fashionable clothes again!! They are everywhere. Everyplace you go has the new in fashions. Well I LOVE them all!! 

I was able to review a couple products from Tulle. I received the Cotton Faille Gathered Jacket in Spruce in a Small and the Chunky Knit Hooded Cardigan in Thunder in a Medium. I'm so happy with these items. It's too warm here for the sweater now, but all I wear in the fall and winter are sweaters, so I know this will get plenty use. 
It's a little too warm for the jacket too, but I have worn it twice and I'm in love with it.
It has 3 buttons and 2 snaps at the bottom to keep it together. Love that feature. just keeps it from popping open. It also has pockets on the side. LOVE them. They are very deep and will hold anything I need them to.
 Sweater also has pockets. It's a little long in the sleeves, but I'm glad I got a medium because of the length.

Love these items. Can't wait to wear the sweater more and I can't wait until it gets a little cooler so the jacket can get a bit more use as well. The jacket has a nice satin white and green polka dot lining. It's so soft!
Price: The sweater is $34.80 on sale from $54 right now and the jacket is $26 on sale from $65 right now. Full prices are a bit much, but I really like the sale prices.

Overall: **** 1/2. The prices are a little high, other than that I'm very happy.
 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*