Friday, July 30, 2010

Babee Greens Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*




This is probably my most favorite cloth diaper yet. I LOVE it and it's the first one I reach for when the wash is done. 

We received the Growing Greens Cotton Diaper and a sample of the Washing Greens Detergent. They also sent along a Doubler. I got all this from Babee Greens

This is a one size diaper and here (below) you can see 2 ways it can be snapped. Avery is 28 pounds and this diaper fits to 40 so the snap row needs to be pulled down for her. You can see here what I mean
That is with the rise completely opened up. Here (below) I folded down that top area and it seems to fit her MUCH better
But I love this diaper. It is very absorbent and for being a fitted I'm surprised. But I do love it and with our wool wrap over it it's a great night time diaper!!! 

They also have organic hemp diapers which are even more absorbent than cotton. They also carry newborn contour diapers, onesies, nursing pads and a cloth wipe solution. They have only a few things to choose from, but I like simple and you don't get overwhelmed by it. Simple website makes for easy choices!

Price: This diaper is $19. Which is a very fair price! 
Orders over $100 get FREE SHIPPING!


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


CSN Stores Giveaway!!! *CLOSED*



They have so many items to choose from! From Corelle dinnerware to Sofa Sets.

So you might remember my 2 past reviews for CSN Here and Here. I have thoroughly enjoyed my review items. Avery is still attached to that doll, I use my weighted toning balls EVERY DAY and the best part? I went out and bought the ENTIRE Paula Deen Set after seeing how lovely it was. That's right. I found the whole set for $100 at Walmart and I snatched it up. Couldn't be happier with it. It is the best set we've ever used. It beat Wolfgang Puck's stainless steel set that we previously had. It STUNK!

Anyway, we love our items and we'll always be happy with CSN's over 200 stores. We will never be bored just shopping again and we can always find what we want over there. No more searching. It's all in one place!

With that in mind. CSN has offered a reader a...


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


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pediped Fall/Winter Styles PLUS a NEW LINE



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pediped® footwear Debuts Fall Winter 2010 Collection With Grip ‘n’ Go™ for the Active Toddler
 
 
Henderson, NV.  (July 2010)  The Fall/Winter 2010 season marks the debut of pediped® Grip ‘n’ Go™, a shoe specially designed for the active toddler.  The Grip ‘n’ Go™ line is a bridge between the pediped Originals® and Flex® lines.  With this introduction, pediped® footwear now offers a complete footwear system for children from newborn through 6 years of age.
 
The new collection has more than 70 new styles across pediped® footwear system’s three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®.   With a range that includes 25 Originals® styles,  4 couture collection style offerings, 13 Grip ‘n’ Go™ styles and 39 Flex® styles, parents have even more choices when it comes to finding the perfect pair of pediped shoes for their child.
 
 
·         Originals® - the best first shoe ever:  pediped® Originals® are the best first shoes for children and remain the best choice as children learn to walk.  The soft flexible soles are recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists as they allow children to closely mimic barefoot walking. 
 
The Originals® Fall Winter line for girls features updates on classic styles, including Abigail purple and chocolate brown.  Two adorable styles of faux fur boots are offered in the Giselle and Avery styles.  pediped® uses sheepskin for the first time in the Isabella for girls and the Charlie for boys.  The boy’s line also includes a variety of casual athletic styles like the Christopher and the Luke. 
 
The Couture Collection was inspired by the American West with metallic cowboy boots and Mary Janes. The Originals® collection will retail for $32 and is available for children 0-2 years.  The Couture Collection styles will retail for $42.

·         Grip ‘n’ Go™ - the perfect shoe for the active toddler: pediped® Grip ‘n’ Go™, are the perfect shoes for a toddler transitioning from early walking to walking with a more confident stride.  Grip ‘n’ Go™, are made with all the benefits of Originals but with thin, flexible rubber soles.  The rounded edges mimic the natural shape of a child’s foot and the heel stability and soft toe box allow toddlers to feel and grip the floor.  Grip ‘n’ Go™ is ideal for both indoor and outdoor wear.
 
The Grip ‘n’ Go™ Fall Winter line has classic pediped styles like Alyssa, Giselle, Isabella and Jake.  It also includes some exciting new styles like Ellie and Jamie.   The Grip ‘n’ Go collection will retail for $44-$48 and is available for children 9 months to 3 years. 
 
·         Flex® - the ultimate shoe for confident walkers:  pediped Flex are the ultimate shoes for confident walkers who have developed a solid, natural stride.
 
The Fall Flex line has a fabulous array of boots for girls including the suede Elizabeth fashion boot, the red Carrie Cowboy boot and the Tonya riding boot.   Fall also brings the expansion of athletic washable styles and ballet flats will Memory Foam Technology.  Flex® styles range in price from $34-$79 and are available in EU sizes 20-29 with select styles now offered in larger sizes going to EU 31. 
 
 
All new styles in the Fall Winter collection will be available immediately with the exception of a few select boot styles  will be available on August 15th.
 
A range of coordinating pediped® socks and hosiery, jewelry and pediped® hair clips by No Slippy Clippy® are also offered to complete any and every fall and winter ensemble.
 
In addition to providing the perfect combination of style and comfort, all pediped® shoes are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for the promotion of healthy foot development.    The pediped footwear system has recently been endorsed by researches associated with Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston. 
 
About pediped®
pediped® footwear was launched in 2004 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth in their quest for the perfect soft-soled shoe for their first daughter. Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award winning company the fastest-growing children's footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear is sold in over 3000 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120  designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ Flex®. Originals® (soft-soled shoes for newborns to age 2), Grip ‘n’ Go™ (thin rubber-soled shoes for children ages 9 months – 3 years) and Flex® (rubber-soled shoes for children 1-6 years) are available in EU sizes ranging from 17 to 31. For more information, visit www.pediped.com


MakeFail Proof Scented Playdough



I tried to follow the How To Here. But I failed. How you might ask (since it is FAIL PROOF)? Well I used BREAD flour instead. I also didn't use COT because I don't have any, but others said it was fine not too. It was too sticky and wasn't getting less sticky no matter how long I cooked it for. Guess it was thinking I was making bread not playdough. So next time I get to the store I will buy plain flour and see how that works.

Try it out and let me know! I was going to do Purple, Orange and Green, and I was going to add Vanilla extract, Lavender EO and Peppermint EO

Katydid Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



Since switching back to cloth diapers, I've been trying out a lot of different companies. This time I was able to review one from Katydid. I love this diaper.

Look how low those adjustable rise snaps are? That means it gets REALLY small. I love how trim this diaper is. It comes with a larger insert and a small newborn insert. I use both together for at night because Avery is a super wetter. I like the hip snaps which would prevent wing droop on a newborn, but they don't do much for a toddler so I don't use them. Love the double row of snaps and I love the Overlap snaps. This diaper also fits that 4.5 lb doll of Avery's which has a 15.5" waist. It fits her pretty well actually.

The absorbency of this diaper is amazing because it's microfiber, but also because it's microfiber we can't use it too often. When Avery uses microfiber inserts she gets ammonia burn BAD. So we have to use Hemp or Bamboo or homemade Flannel. It stinks, but it has to be done!

Diaper fits from 8-35 pounds (roughly) so that is a good range.

Price: They are $17.95 which is a great price. 

Overall: **** I wish they offered a different type of insert like Hemp or Bamboo or Hemp/Bamboo!


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


30 Meals in One Day Review & Giveaway*CLOSED*




I think this is my FAVORITE review yet. Honestly. 30 Meals in One Day is a great new program. 

How many times a month do you say "What's for dinner?" Or you're out and about, don't want to eat out, but you get home and say "What's for Dinner?" Does this sound like you? Do you get take out often? Or delivered pizza? Because I know we used to! We used to get take out, eat out, or delivery about 12 times a month!!! WOW! I know. It was costly, but I didn't have to cook.

Well now with this AMAZING software, you don't have to get delivery ever again (unless you want to)
We received the Software as well as the Dinner is Ready, Lunch is Ready, and On The Side. I couldn't be more happier with this program. 

Day before we planned on shopping I put the software into the computer, and started looking through the meals. Here's the thing. The books are cookbooks, GREAT for every day cooking if that's what you want to do. With 150 freezer ready dinner recipes you won't get bored. The software has it all in one place. You can click on a recipe and it pulls up how it's prepared. You can sort by oven, assembled, stovetop, or crockpot. It's super easy. Also once you figure out what you want you hit the plus sign at the bottom and it adds it to your previously setup menu. 

When it does this it also AUTOMATICALLY creates a shopping list for you!
Let's say you need your weekly Milk, Bananas, Bread etc you can add that to your list. AND you can remove items you already have off the list. This is an awesome program and I don't know how I functioned without it before. Then you can print off your menu and it prints 2 recipes per page. Once you've printed them once SAVE them so you can make them again.

So day after payday we set out to the grocery store. We needed some staples for ourselves, but most of it was shopping for this program. Now we spent $260 for the WHOLE MONTH dinner's and our staples. We had $15 in cereal. So that's pretty cheap. I know before with take out and all we were spending at least $400 a month on dinner's. So I just saved money!

I didn't have 15 recipes though, I had 14 and 2 of those were lunch's and 1 we didn't make because I don't have a deep fryer. Corn Dogs, YUM

When I got home I left everything I needed on the counter. WHY put it all away just to take it out again? I didn't. They also have GREAT tips in the books like leave a paper bag at all work stations for garbage. Put all pasta by stove, put all cans by opener. I didn't do this, but it probably would've saved some time. 

So that night before bed I put one meal on low for 8 hours in the crockpot. Our crockpot automatically goes to warm when it shuts off so I knew the meal would be good. When I woke up I already had 2 meals done! (Each recipe makes 2 meals) Then I threw my other crockpot recipe in there and got started. 

At one time I had 2 in oven, 2 on stove and 1 in crockpot. How easy is that? Next time though more oven recipes. I only did 2-3 over recipes so by the time they were done I was limited to 1-2 things going at a time on the stove. It would've sped up the process. 

Jon didn't help me AT ALL and I was done in 6 hours! EXACTLY 6 hours. It was fun, easy and now I have a freezer stocked full of food for the whole month.

Now we still like eating out so we do once in a while, but it's now a twice weekly thing! My stocked Freezer
It helps to have a deep freezer for this as you need room. Also these are the BEST recipes I've ever had before. Cream Cheese Chicken is to die for!

These are all the recipes that I made that day
Spring Rolls, Lasagna, Cream Cheese Chicken, French Bread Pizza (just froze it all, NO COOKING), Cornflake Chicken, Jack Soup, Ravioli Soup, Chicken Mushroom and Tomato Soup, Taco Bean Salad, Beef and Broccoli, Italian Shells, Honey Lime Chicken, Cola Chicken, Cheesy Meatloaf, and Chicken Cacciatore (wasn't the best) I guess I did make 15. I has 16 on the list, but we didn't make corn dogs. So I guess I did!!! It's all yummy so far though.

I started all this July 13th and we have like 6-7recipes left. Here's the thing though, Each recipe makes 2 meals? Not for us. They are all 4-6 servings. Well Between the 3 of us we go through 6 servings. I guess we need to work on that, but we get 1 meal out of all these (except Cream Cheese Chicken so far)

My longest post yet!! WooHoo

Price: All 3 books and the 3-in-1 software is $75 on sale. NOT BAD AT ALL

Overall: ***** Love the whole process


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


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Evolve Showerheads Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I was so unhappy with our current shower head. It was one that pulled down and had a hose, but our stand up shower was just too small to really take advantage of this. We needed a standard one, but didn't want to buy a new one and just sucked it up. Plus it needed to be cleaned like once every 2 weeks because it got grimy. So I contacted Evolve and they sent us the Water Lily shower head.

It's a standard, but it is so much better!!
So you know how when you turn on the water and let it warm up you do other stuff? Brush your teeth, pluck your eyebrows, men shave etc. Well with this you know INSTANTLY when the water is hot. You turn on the hot water. When the water gets hot the Water Lily turns to a trickle until you're ready to get in. This saves you lots of money and lots of water. When you're ready to get in you just pull that tab there and adjust the water to the correct temperature. No guessing if the water is hot and ready. You KNOW when it is.

This shower head can save you $75 a year. Not much I know, but let's say you only buy these shower heads for the rest of your life Let's say you start buying at 25...And you buy them until you're 90. 65 years times $75 a year is $4875. Wouldn't you like to save $5000 over the course of your lifetime just by buying a new shower head? I sure would. 
PLUS you save 2,700 gallons of water a year. That's a lot of water.

and at only $70 it's not that much more than a regular shower head which can run you right around $50 or more. 

The Evolve also has 3 spray patterns. A Rain, Massage and a Massage and Rain combo.

Overall: ***** for sure. This is awesome and it really works.


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


Kushies Review and Discount Code



Back to another cloth diaper review. Kushies is a great store that has Diapers, Toys, Clothes and everything in between.
We received the Ultra Lite Diapers we got a 2 pack and I'm very happy with them. After I got them and realized I never specified a size (oops) they sent me the infant 10-22 pounds one. I was like this is never going to fit. Avery is 29 pounds. There's no way. WELL they actually fit pretty perfectly!
They are awesome and we use these diapers most often. They also included a couple wipes in there and the diapers came with boosters for added absorbency as well as liners for poopy diapers. I use these diapers at nap because she'll rip them off at night so I usually use the boosters with another night diaper. But I'm very happy with these diapers and they seem to be on the big side.

Discount code for 10% off is HEATHERANDAVERY2010

Price: The double pack I received is $32.99 this is generous pricing. No matter where you go an AIO diaper is over $16. 

Overall: ***** Happy with them. They work great.
*Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*


Back to School deals.



Well there's the Staples deals that I posted about earlier. Then Toys R Us has Buy 1 Get 1 Free on ALL Crayola (basically) so I'm taking advantage of this. Can never have too many crayons, markers, chalk, or fingerpaints. Also Target has $.88 construction paper and Crayola Colored Pencils. We go through SO MUCH construction paper and although it's fairly cheap around $3 for 100 pages. I'd like to pay $.88 for 96 pages. So I'm grabbing 3 of these pads tomorrow. OR MORE. They also have $1 for 6 Elmer's Gluesticks. Can't beat this deal either.

So those are some great back to school supply deals I found and we are going shopping tomorrow. Also Kroger has 10 lbs of seedless grapes for $10. So we're taking advantage of that one as well and freezing them. They are a great snack in the summer when eaten frozen! Yum

Monday, July 26, 2010

Giani Granite Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



This is the absolute coolest thing. It's a paint for your countertops that make them look like granite. How could it be right? I honestly think this is the coolest thing EVER invented and I think this is one of my favorite review items. And it's from Giani Granite We got the Sicilian Sand

 It's a kit. It comes with a black base coat, 3 colors of paint and a top clear coat. It also comes with a huge sponge, that you cut up into the pieces you'll need. It has very detailed instructions. I thought I would screw it up. But after doing it I realized that it is REAL hard to mess this up as all granite isn't the same ever. So it's super easy and VERY hard to mess up.

I am absolutely kicking myself that I didn't take a before picture of my bathrooms. WHY??? I have no idea. but I'm kicking. Let me see if I can find one that has our before bathroom counter in it. Here's the best I could do. It's from when we moved in. It was an UGLY beige formica.
So here's all the during and after's. This is all of our spare bath NOT the master above
First you tape everything off and paint it the black base coat!!
Then you paint on your layers. ONE layer at a time. It says the step numbers right on the can so it's super hard to mess up. Do a small section and then grab the next color and do over that section. In this small bathroom I did the entire counter one color and then went over it. In our master I did small sections. But it was harder to see which color I'd just used where and I think it was easier to do the whole counter at once. 
This was after it was all done. I didn't have time to take pictures after each color...Sorry
So you can see I have more white on the right side there. I did go back and touch that up later. That's the great part, you can touch back up after it's all dry. It was also hard to get right around the sink as you can see. but I too touched that up later. So this was before the last clear coat.
Here is a RIGHT now picture of this bathroom counter. Sorry the lighting isn't the best
I absolutely love this product. It is simply amazing!! Oh we did get some paint on the wall, but I'm planning on painting this bathroom soon. And we did in the other bathroom as well, but I have some of that paint leftover so I'll paint over the few paint spots. 

Overall this product was amazing. We did this bathroom one weekend. You have to wait a few hours for the black to dry and then a few more for all the paint to dry before you paint the clear coat. So each bathroom took us one full day. We did our master the following weekend.

So in the manual it says you have to wait 2 weeks before cleaning the counter. Yesterday I cleaned this bathroom for the first time (counter) since then. It has been 3 weeks for this bathroom. It cleaned up so nicely everything wiped right off it. I was amazed. 

Jon used to work for a tile shop and he said this looks like Granite. If you're up close you can tell it's not. But who cares right?

I think we're going to buy a kit for our kitchen! I think we need 2 kits, but it would be nice to get rid of our green formica in there. I hope we can do it!

Price: Each kit is $50. I think this is so reasonable!! Let's see, I can replace my countertops with a formica that looks like granite for about $300 for my whole kitchen. Which would require a LOT of labor. OR I can paint it for about $100? YES please paint!

Overall: ********** I'm so pleased with this product. I would recommend this to ANYONE


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


FREE Backpack From Staples!!



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From July 25 – July 31, 2010 when you buy any backpack from Staples you will get a refund of the purchase price in the form of a Staples gift card. That means if you buy a $30 backpack you’ll get back a Staples gift card with a $30 balance which can be used toward other office and school supplies.
Limit one rebate per household. It’s also not good on previous purchases.
I’m not sure if these sales are also nation wide but I see that printer paper is on sale for one penny as well as Bic Round Stic pens.
Visit www.Staples.com for a store near you and to view your local sale circular. I believe the backpack offer is available at all Staples nation wide.

Jon is out getting paper right now and I will go after he gets home from work. They also have coupons that you can print off (in the circular) for $1 3 pack scotch tape and $1 scotch shipping tape. I can always use those. And they have other good coupons as well.

Next Weekend



Is going to be super busy!! Some of you may remember the story I wrote a few months back about my mother and her hoarding and I stopped talking to her. Well Jon offered her that we go up there and help her clean. I'm dreading it. I don't even want to talk to her. We also have to make sure his mom can watch Avery as I don't want her seeing my mother.

We've agreed to go up there about noon on Friday and same thing on Saturday.

 Then the FUN part. ON Sunday we're driving down to the African Safari in Ohio. It's a 5 hour drive round trip and I figure about 3-4 hours there so I'm hoping the dogs will last that long. As long as we give them little water and food before we go they should be good. We're planning on leaving at like 8. So we'll be home no later than 7 I'm hoping. But it should be fun and you get to feed the giraffes, they come right up to the car. I will take plenty of pictures and share with you when I get back!!

Also giveaway winners will probably be announced on Monday because Sunday will be very packed!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Inspired Gifts Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



This is a beautiful item! Inspired Gifts has great beautiful gifts that are awesome for family members or yourself. They take pictures and turn them into awesome works of art!!

I was able to receive the Paneled Pop Art in a 12X12 size. It is gorgeous!!
Here is the original picture I used
Here's what became of it
Here it is hanging in Avery's room

I absolutely love it and so does Avery. She awws over it and is so excited that "Avery's are on my wall" It's so cute. She loves it and so do I.

The process was super easy, but with the paneled popart you don't get to see a preview of what it will look like. You do with the other gifts, but not this one. I was sure it would look great though so it didn't bother me too much.

It's got a beautiful glaze over it, it's not a canvas it's like a picture and it has metal on the sides instead of wood. I love it!!

They have so many other great gifts over there. Posters, Bookmarks, Playing cards, calendars, Journals, Books etc! So many things to choose from!

Price: The 12X12 Paneled art is $45. I think this is very reasonable. One thing I didn't like is it's just 1 picture. It would be nice if you could do 2-3 and make a collage of grandkids or something for a grandparent. Or kids for yourself. But it's cute just the same.

Overall: ***** cheap is definitely affordable, easy, and it was here within a week!!


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


Thursday, July 22, 2010

CSN Stores Review



Another review from my new favorite store. With over 200 different specialty stores how could it not quickly become your favorite? I'm of course talking about CSN Stores They have a little of everything and I'm in love.

We received 3 different items. I looked around and I really couldn't think of anything we needed so I got some stuff I wanted!
Avery got a new Doll. Her name is Maggy
Avery just adores her. She is so realistic. She's about 4-4 1/2 pounds and is 18" long (with bent knees) She is literally lifelike and I love her just as much. She is $42 on sale right now.
You can see how loved she is by Avery in this picture
Even though her outfit is just adorable I like that I can put some of Avery's old newborn clothes on her and they fit her very cutely! She's also sporting a Cloth Diaper hehe!!

We also received the Stability Exercise Ball. I use this. It is great for stretching and despite it's small 18" stature it supports up to 600 pounds!! Jon even gets on it and does stretches. They are great for his broken back.
Last but not least we received some Weighted Toning Balls. I use these as well. I have recently started the Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred and I use these instead of handweights. I love them and they work fantastically. They are the 3lb (I think). I originally asked for 4lb and she said they were out so I asked for 5lb but these don't feel like 5lbers!!
I love everything I have received and I'm very happy with this online store yet again. They have over 200 stores to choose from you name it from Furniture to Pet. That's a wide range that you won't find anywhere else.

Overall: ***** yet again! So happy with them and I'm sure they'll continue to please.
*Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*