Saturday, April 27, 2013

Crayola's 110th Birthday contest!



Crayola is a company I can always trust & count on to provide my children with fun and interactive products. I grew up coloring with Crayola crayons and I am now amazed at the dozens of other products such as window markers,color wonder products & more. Although there are plenty of amazing Crayola products to choose from now we can't forget the original 8 crayons that started it all.

Crayola would like to celebrate their 110th Birthday! So along with the original 8 crayons Black,Blue,Red,Orange,Yellow,Green,Purple & Brown you will get the chance to celebrate as well. Crayon is hosting a contest where one lucky winner will WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May, 2013!The new Crayola Experience features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child's creativity to life! The winner will be among the first to experience the fun, along with a three- night, all-expenses paid stay. It's an experience your kids will never forget - and neither will you!

How can you join in on the fun? If you head over to the Crayola Facebook page & 'Like' the page you will be able to follow the crayons on their Birthday adventure to learn more about each color. While you are there don't forget to enter into the Birthday Giveaway.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Nuby Flip Flop Teether book Review



I am very excited to share this next review with all of you mommies out there who have children that are teething or will be teething soon. I was recently sent a Flip Flop Teether book by Nuby for a product review,This product is perfect for infants 0+ Months in age.




"The Flip Flop Teether book has everything you need to stimulate your baby’s senses and imagination. The pages are packed with fun from crinkle noises that develop touch and hearing, to teething edges that soothe and comfort your baby’s sensitive gums. Each page tells a short story and the soft plush character head squeaks when pressed." I personally love this Teething book because it offers much more than just a teething toy,Your child will love the noises,bright colors & textures this book offers. My son isn't at the teething stage yet but he loves running his hands across the toy & grabbing the different textures. This is another wonderful product I wish I had when my daughter was little your child will get hours of entertainment & teething relief from this toy it is worth every penny in my opinion. This product can be purchased at BuyBabyDirect.com,Babybungalow.com or through Amazon. The  Flip Flop Teether book is a toy I will be holding onto for a while to come & will be suggesting it to all of my friends who are expecting their own bundles of joy,This toy will help save your ears from the screaming/crying while your child is teething.




**** I am a Nuby Mommy Blogger & This is not a paid post,my honest opinion was used on the product I was sent to review. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Nuby for the Review free of charge****

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sisters Gourmet Review & Giveaway



I can't personally think of anyone I know who doesn't like sweets in some way or another so I was very happy to get to try out two cookie batches by a company called Sisters Gourmet. Want to know a little bit about the two sisters behind Sisters Gourmet? Here is a little information about them from their About Us section. "From the beginning, when we first prepared our mixes in our home kitchen, to now, over fifteen years later, our goal has been to make baking easy and convenient, with simple to prepare, one-bowl recipes, leaving you less time in the kitchen and more time with your family and friends. Our commitment has also been to offer you the highest quality ingredients available, many of which are all-natural, made without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Mom used to always tell us that, "Good things come to those who bake." We like to think she was right."

 

I was recently sent two cookie mixes from their Crisp & Colorful mixes line which were the Traditional Chocolate chip & the Hopscotch cookie. The way the mixes came packaged looked great I enjoy the fact they come in a glass mason jar because it can be resused after you use the cookie/baking mix. They finish the look of the mixes by putting decorating wrapping on the top with a bow & the instructions which are easy to follow. My daughter loved being able to help in the process of making these cookies it took about two minutes to mix everything properly & get them onto the pan. The cookies were very moist & delicious it is amazing the difference fresh ingredients make vs Ready made or ready mixed cookie dough. I think that these mixes would make great presents for any occasion,there are quite a few flavors to choose from & they also offer Cake & Brownie mixes. Shipping was fast the jars were properly packaged & their customer service is beyond friendly. ****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Sisters Gourmet for the Review & Giveaway free of charge****



PRIZE ALERT: 
One lucky winner will receive Two mixes of their choice from the Crisp and Colorful, Oprah's Favorites, or Special Occasion lines.

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Nuby Brites pacifier review



 I have a ten week old son who is quite picky about his pacifier, It has been a challenge to find the "right" one which means a lot of pacifier Testing. The company Nuby makes & sells a number of pacifiers,being part of the Nuby Mommy Bloggers team I was recently sent a set of their "Brites Pacifier and Pacifinder"



"The Brites pacifier features a classic oval baglet with symmetrical shield design ensures that the pacifier always fits in your baby’s mouth. Nuby’s air system allows air to circulate between baby’s delicate skin & pacifier. The pacifiers come in various fun bright colors and designs!" I admit this doesn't replace his favorite pacifier but he does enjoy the shape & texture of this pacifier. I enjoy the fact that the pacifier is slightly curved fitting my sons mouth/cheek area better than most pacifiers would preventing him from getting milk caught there or leaving a red mark. The Brites come in an assortment of Bight colors & fun designs they also come with an included pacifinder which allows you to attach the pacifier to a stroller,a car seat or your child so if they drop the pacifier it won't end up on the ground. Out of the pacifier brands I have tried with my son I would rate this in the top five & would suggest this for parents who are having or have recently had a baby.

**** I am a Nuby Mommy Blogger & This is not a paid post,my honest opinion was used on the product I was sent to review. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Nuby for the Review free of charge****

Monday, April 8, 2013

Power by Gen Review & Giveaway


 Like many others we have quite a few electronic decives that use a USB cord to charge.What happens when I am on vacation or unable to access a USB port to charge my device? The Andru Android robot USB cell phone charger is the answer. I was recently sent a Andru from Power by Gen to review.

 

 "Andru is a spectacular phone charger made especially for Android phones, though he'll gladly charge any phone or USB-powered device. His included cable has a micro-USB plug, but you can use your own if your device requires it." I personally will be using this to charge my Kindle & Mp3 Player while on the go. My favorite features about this charger is that when he is not in use you can place him into the stand which makes him look like he has feet & allows him to stand. He offers moveable arms,flexible antennae & has eyes that light up [Blue for charging or white for standby]. He stands just 2.5 Inches tall which makes him small enough that I can place him in my purse,pocket or backpack for easy to go storage. I enjoy using this & have been asked numerous times where I found/purchased him at. I will be holding onto this USB charger for years to come,He is reliable & adorable. The Android USB cell phone charger comes in three colors: Green,Black or White & Retails for $25. Some might think it is a bit early to be thinking about Christmas but I think this charger would make a great birthday gift or stocking stuffer.

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Power by Gen for the Review & Giveaway free of charge****

 

PRIZE ALERT: 
Two lucky readers will each receive their own Green Andru Android robot USB cell phone charger like pictured above. This is open to US & Canadian Residents only.

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Nuby Funshine Mirror Toy Review



I am excited to be able to start buying my son toys he is now fully aware of his surroundings & stays awake longer during the day. Being a Nuby Mommy Blogger means I am able to review their wonderful toys & baby products with my son. My son is currently nine weeks old & being more active everyday so I have been looking around for age appropriate toys. I was recently sent a toy called the Funshine Mirror Toy which is perfect for ages 0+.



Here is the description from the Nuby website "This musical Funshine toy by Nûby is another innovative toy that combines exercises for young hands while providing visual and musical stimulation for your baby. By simply pressing the sun's textured nose, the character lights up and sings "You are My Sunshine." On the reverse, a mirror provides additional visual stimulation for your baby."



My son loves this toy,it helps keep him calm and happy while on long car rides. When you press the nose the two small lights on the cheeks start to flash while "You are My Sunshine plays,I like that the lights aren't bright enough to hurt his eyes. The bright colors of the sun shaped toy keeps his attention even when the sound & lights are off,the Mirror on the back makes the toy triple the fun. Once my son starts teething he will be able to chew on the "rays" on the sun if he chooses & I won't have to worry about one popping off because this is a very sturdy toy. The sun comes with a ribbon attached to a hook making it easy to hook onto the stroller,or car seat. The Funshine Mirror Toy can be purchased at Babies R US,Khols or Diapers.com. This is a toy I would highly suggest for anyone who has a infant looking for a reliable & stimulating toy,I wish I had this when my daughter was younger.

**** I am a Nuby Mommy Blogger & This is not a paid post,my honest opinion was used on the product I was sent to review. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Nuby for the Review free of charge****

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Homeright SteamMachine Giveaway



 Spring has sprung which means it is the time of year most like to deep clean their home. Not everyone is a big fan of Spring cleaning because it can take a while to get done. This year Burning Moon's Inside Advice & a number of great hosts would like to make Spring cleaning easier on you. We have teamed up to give one lucky reader their chance of winning a Homeright SteamMachine Multi-Purpose Power Steamer.



The SteamMachine is the absolute fastest and easiest way to deep clean your home. Get the most out of this multi-purpose steamer by using the attachments to sanitize and clean floors, stovetops, ovens, bathrooms and grills. The SteamMachine leaves behind no chemical residue and kills 99% of all germs and bacteria. The SteamMachine uses pressurized, high temperature, steam to loosen and dissolve dirt, grease, grime and kill bacteria & comes with two wheels attached making moving it along with you easy as well. The SteamMachine retails for $100 plus shipping and can be purchased on the Homeright website. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win a SteamMachine for your home.




** This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only. This was not a paid post,The SteamMachine is being provided directly from Homeright for the purpose of this giveaway. Burning Moon's Inside Advice is not responsible for the shipment of this prize, Homeright will be responsible for the shipping of this product.**

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Nuby Tickle Toes Review



When you are a parent you are always on the look out for age appropriate toys your children might like. Before becoming a Nuby Mommy Blogger I wasn't aware they sold toys it was my understanding that they only sold. teethers and bottles/cups. Taking a look through their toy & teething toy collection I found that I loved everything they have to offer, I was recently sent a Tickle Toes Bear for a review.



"Hilariously funny, the Nuby Tickle Toes are soft, adorable and make the perfect playmate for your child. A gentle squeeze of the foot makes the character giggle and chuckle and is guaranteed to have you and your child do the same." When our bear arrived I am unsure exactly what I was expecting something that sounded similar to a animal sound made to sound like it was laughing? The bear has a bit of a high pitched child's laughter when you squeeze the foot,a little shocking at first but then you get used to it. The bear itself is very soft and perfectly for cuddling,since there are no hard parts he is great for kids of any age. My son is still a bit young to realize he needs to push the foot in order to hear the laughter but he enjoys having the bear next to him while he sleeps. Want a Tickle Toes that fits with your child's personality? The Tickle Toes can be purchased as a duck,bear,turtle,monkey,hippo,alligator,bunny,lion,frog or a dog & Can be purchased online through Baby direct or Amazon. The Tickle Toes cost a bit more on Amazon so I would suggest buying them through Buy Baby Direct. Nuby offers a wide range of products for your children from Birth through their toddler years.



**** I am a Nuby Mommy Blogger & This is not a paid post,my honest opinion was used on the product I was sent to review. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Nuby for the Review free of charge****

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pearl Paradise Review & Giveaway




When I was younger I never understood why pearls were so popular mainly because I never thought I would look nice wearing pearls but that has all recently changed. I received the wonderful opportunity to work with a company called Pearl Paradise on a review & giveaway for all of my loyal readers. Founded in 1996 and brought online in 2000, Pearl Paradise has grown into the world's largest online pearl company one look at their website & you will be able to see why.

 


For my review I was sent a pair of 7.5mm White Freshwater Pearl stud earrings on 14k white gold studs. Here is the description from the website "The white freshwater AA+ button-shape pearl earrings appear perfectly round from the front, with a slightly flattened shape when viewed from the side. Our AAA white freshwater pearl earrings are perfectly round and blemish free." I personally love how the pearls look & feel while wearing them,They give a classy & traditional look while still offering some fun to your every day wardrobe. For some reason I always had the thought in my head that pearl jewelry was heavier than other jewelry was but I was happy to find out I was wrong,The earrings are fairly light half of the time I forget I am wearing them. I love how simple the pearl earrings are I can wear them with my every day outfit or I can wear them to a job interview they work with almost every outfit. Another surprise about the pearl earrings is they are surprisingly affordable at only $50 per pair, They are appraised at $330.

 My earrings arrived in a nice snap open box along with a Pearl care kit that includes pearl cleaning tissues,a soft wiping cloth & a tip sheet on how to best preserve your pearls. Pearl Paradise also includes a appraisal sheet with all of the information about your pearls. They offer pearl earrings in white,black,pink/peach,golden,chocolate & lavender. ****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Pearl Paradise for the Review & Giveaway free of charge****

PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky reader will receive a pearl of 7.5mm Freshwater pearl earrings in their choice of color & stud color from the following choices. Pearl: white, pink/peach,lavender or black. Studs: 14k Gold,Yellow or 14k White gold.

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Beauty Stop Online Review



Like most women I enjoy buying makeup,nail polish & hair products,I have my favorites but I also like to test out new products to find new favorites that may be better than what I am currently using. I recently received the chance to do a review for Beauty Stop Online there were so many wonderful products on their site that it was hard to choose something for review.

 

After a lot of debate I decided to review two Essie polishes I choose the Essie Protein Base Coat #6011 & Essie Top Coat Everyday #6020. When the package arrived I was happy to find the nail polish packaged quite well to keep it safe during transport. Using the Essie Protein base coat I found that it came out a creamy white color but then dried to a more translucent shade allowing you to wear just the protein coat if you choose to do so. On top of the base coat I used a flat black nail polish followed by the Essie top coat. I have had issues with Top coats I have used in the past absorbing the color of the polish I was using & then transferring to the brush or bottle of top coat leaving a unpleasant colored film the next time I used it,This polish didn't do that it went on smooth then dried fast leaving my nails looking flawless.This is the first time I have tried the Essie brand [A shocker I know!] & I quite enjoy using the brand, Beauty Stop Online offers over a Hundred and Fifty shades of Essie color polishes for your nail painting delight. The shipping from Beauty Stop Online was shipped fast & arrived on time,have a wonderful customer service that gets back to you in a timely manner and they have a fantastic website that offers dozens of great beauty items including Nail polish,Hair goods,Foot spas & more be sure to head over and have a look around their website.

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.Products were Provided by Beauty Stop Online for the Review free of charge****