Friday, January 31, 2014

Super Nails Giveaway & Review

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Super Nails for the review & giveaway free of charge.****

    

I love video games, comics and watching movies one of my all time favorites as many of you know is Batman. When I found some comic inspired nail polish by Super Nails on etsy I couldn't pass them up. KC the owner of Super Nails has allowed me to do a review & giveaway of her Comic inspired polishes, she also has a large selection of non comic book polishes for ever season. For my review I received the following polishes: Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, and Loki I was sent the Mini bottles. All Super Nails polishes are 5-FREE, vegan, and free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde-resin, camphor, and carmine.



Customer service is A+ the owner is friendly, speedy at replies and talented when it comes to creating beautiful polishes. The polish arrived wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent damage during shipping, It also came with a Thank you note which included a helpful tip to "Dab" the polish on verses brushing it on. Each polish is quite unique here is a description of each; Harley Quinn: Clear polish base with black and red diamonds and glitters. Poison Ivy: Clear polish base with dense tiny holographic green for her skin, larger green hexes for leaves and red hexes for Poison Ivy's hair. Wonder Woman: Clear polish base with gold, red and blue hex glitters and white stars, just like Wonder Woman's uniform! & Loki: Clear polish with dark matte green, metallic gold and black glitters to capture Loki's theme colors. 



My personal favorite is the Poison Ivy, It suits the character perfectly I love that it has the larger green hexes for the leaves and the red speckles for her hair. I actually received a few compliments on this polish within the first few hours of wearing it, I plan on wearing it quite often and will need to buy a larger bottle soon. My second favorite is the Loki the colors mix well and I enjoy how it looks, I plan to use it over a base coat of green and black. The Harley Quinn & Wonder Woman are tied when it comes to how much I like the both of them I enjoy the Diamond and Star glitter that was in each container, how ever I wish there we a few more stars in my wonder woman bottle I couldn't for the life of me get the stars to come out of the bottle it was the only one I had an issue with. The polish applies nicely I am a little sloppy when it comes to painting my right hand but any spots that ended up on the skin were easy to clean, the polish dried fast and looked great. I applied two clear coats to keep the glitter protected, If you have read any of my polish reviews you will know that I LOVE glitter polish. The only thing I don't like with some glitter polishes is how much the glitter sticks out from the nail and leaves it feeling sandy, I didn't have that issue with the Super Nail polish I received everything laid flat and smooth. It is no lie that all polishes have a small to them sometimes when using a heavily harsh scents polish my fiance will have me go to the other side of the room as it makes his head hurt, these polishes have a light scent and can't be detected unless you place the polish right under your nose. I plan on buying a larg size version of the Poison Ivy polish and will be checking out some of her other polishes as well. Mini Polishes are $3.99 a bottle and Full sized bottles are $7.99, The Mini bottles are great for testing out each polish but if you find one you know you will be using often I suggest going for the full sized bottle. Super Nails sells Internationally so anyone is free to pick up a bottle or two.




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One Lucky reader is going to win a set of 5 Mini Batman & Villains which includes: Batman, Poison Ivy, The Joker, Robin & Harley Quinn Retail Value: $17.95.

This Giveaway is open to US Readers, How ever if you are International you can enter but would need to pay the shipping charges. 

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Original Sprout Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Original Sprout for the review &agiveaway free of charge.****



When it comes to buying bath and styling products for my kids I look for products that aren't only natural but smell good as well. I was recently sent four products from a company called Original Sprout & I love them all, I am excited to share this company with you. I was sent the following items to review with my kids; Original Sprouts Deep Conditioner, Miracle Detangler, Scrumptious Baby Cream & A Hair & Body Babywash. Their products contain No Soy, Gluten, Honey, Peanut or Dairy & have No Nanoparticles or Titanium Dioxide they are 100% Vegan and child friendly. Fragrances are made with naturally derived ingredients & are certified FREE of phthalates, lavender, tea tree, PG, DPG, parabens, dioxanes, benzenes, formaldehydes, acetaldehydes, styrene, toluene, chlorobenzene & glycol ethers.



I love using all four products but my favorite is the Miracle Detangler, My five year old has hair that tangles easily even with regular store bought detangler spray I sometimes still have issues brushing her hair without pulling on it with the brush. The Miracle Detangler really is a Miracle, the formula is thicker almost like a light spray of Conditioner into the hair other detangler products are fine mists that just damped the hair the Miracle Detangler works its way into the hair untangling knots. When using the Miracle Detangler the hair brush gently glides through my daughters hair, I don't hear any "OWWW's" when using this and it smells quite lovely. For the last few days I have used no other product aside from the Original Sprouts Deep Conditioner & Hair/Body Babywash on my son I have noticed that his hair has less of the crazy baby fuzzyness when he gets out of the tub instead his hair is more tame and looks quite soft which it actually is. When rinsing out his hair I have no worries about the product getting into his face, it is natural and light I haven't had any issues with it so far.



The Scrumptious Baby Cream is also enjoyable to use, the cream comes out creamy and light. I have a big issue with lotions that leave my hands feeling oily or with a lotion 'film', with the Scrumptious Baby Cream it all absorbs into the skin and doesn't leave me with a need to wash/wipe off my hands after using it. All four products smell similar, I can't quite describe the scent because I myself can't quite think of what it smells like but it will leave you sniffing your hair all day hahaha. All of the Original Sprout items come in various sizes, the prices are a bit steep for what I normally pay for hair care/skin care products but having tested out the product and falling in love with it I would splurge to buy these products again. The products range from $2.75 for a 1.25 oz bottle to $53.00 for a 33oz bottle, they have two lines the Original Sprout and the Original Sprout Island line. Use this code TEN_PERCENT_OFF at www.originalsprout.com to get 10% off your first order.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Baby's Journey Giveaway and Review

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Baby's Journey for the review & giveaway free of charge.****



Before my son was walking he was a handful who was always trying to crawl into the rooms he can't wander into such as the Kitchen. If our cats food & water dish wasn't in an easy to reach place he would be able to crawl around the kitchen, But I don't want him eating cat food so the kitchen is a No-Go. A company called Baby's Journey offered me the perfect solution a one step gate which accommodates doorways, hallways and stairs.. We did previously have a baby gate up, It was wooden, bulky and too tall I am 5'4" and it was hard for me to get over and there was no way my five year old was able to get over it on her own. The old baby gate ruined the wall between the living room & the Kitchen it would push into the plaster creating holes & exposed the metal under it which you can see below:




The One step gate by Baby's Journey doesn't harm my walls at all, it has two fixing cups on each side that meet with the wall one on top and one on bottom which have a flexible plastic seal between it & the wall. Installing this was easy as eating a piece of pie, It comes with two extensions to accommodate larger door ways. My kitchen is just wide enough I couldn't fit it alone yet couldn't use an extension so the fixing cups worked perfectly. The gate has a secure foot mechanism which allows for quick and hassle free installation it was a nice change just stepping on it vs trying to push the bar down into place. I am very happy I no longer have to climb over a difficult baby gate to get in and out of the kitchen now I just lift up the gate and walk through, I can even do it while holding my son. This has also been helpful for my daughter as she can open and close the gate on her own which made her happy because it means she can go grab her own juice boxes. I personally love this baby gate and have already received compliments on it. As you can see in the photo below the cats food dish is in a very easy to reach spot which is why the kitchen is off limits to the little guy. I like this gate a lot more than my old one not only because it doesn't destroy my walls and is easy to set up and walk through but also because it allows my son to see the person on the other side better because the bars are farther apart letting him watch everything that is going on.



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Jelly Fish Review

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Jelly Fish for the review  free of charge.****



When I am outside the home I am frequently using my phone sometimes I run into one tiny issue, I forget to charge my phone at times which leads to a dead cell phone and I am not always in my car where I can use my car charger. I recently found a company called Jelly Fish who offers a line of gadget accessories one of which is called the Go Go Juice which is a small power pack that will supply your phone,MP3 player,ect with power while on the go. "Don't get caught with your power down! No matter where you go, this power supply is perfect when outlets are scarce and you need an emergency punch of power or be a hero and share with friends."



I received a purple Go Go Juice for the purpose of a review, My package arrived fast and was gift wrapped which added a nice touch to the package. The Go Go Juice is a handy little device that can fit into your back pack, purse or back pocket to easily access while on the go, in order to charge this you will need to plug it in for a few hours before you leave. I found this to be very handy and it charged my phone completely within the first ten minutes, Since this has a USB port you are able to charge anything that has a USB on one end. It also has a light on the front which is nice if you are trying to plug everything in while it's dark. The Go Go Juice comes in four colors Purple, Blue, Green and Pink they retail for $39.99 each. Jelly Fish also sells portable speakers, head phones and phone cases in various colors and design, check out their website to see what they have to offer you. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sock Club Review & Giveaway

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by The Sock Club for the review & giveaway free of charge.****



I remember when I was a kid, Socks were something you were kind of bummed to get as a Birthday or Christmas gift though we didn't say anything because we didn't want to be ungrateful. Now that I am older socks is something I hope I will get for Christmas, working almost everyday gives you holes and thin spots so getting new soft and fluffy socks is always welcomed. When I was offered to host a review and giveaway from the Sock Club I couldn't refuse. How did it all start? "The Sock Club began when founders Dane and Noah made an outrageously silly bet over a contested corn hole match. The bet left them thinking about what they could do with a small fortune. The answer was obvious: buy great socks! It was that day they decided to sell socks actually worth wearing. They would share their love of socks with the world."



My package arrived quickly although I do have to say when I opened it I was a bit confused, I thought I received a package from Hogwarts until I realized it was from the Sock Club. I enjoy the way they wrapped the socks, it shows they took the time to prepare each packaged vs shoving a pair of socks into each one and shipping them off. It was a fun and creative way to hide the pair of socks until it was all unwrapped. I received a pair of adorable Austin Skyline Socks, this pair of socks features Green,Blue and Purple stripes between the blue and green stripes you will find a Silhouette of the Austin Skyline which is cut in half leaving half on each ankle. When you place your ankles together it completes the picture, I not only think this is adorable but find it suits me in a way as I have similar feet tattoos that combine to make one image when I place my feet together. The sock club has friendly customer service and they are speedy to reply to any questions you may have.



The subscription cost $12 a month, You will received one delivery every month around the same time with your pair of socks for that month. You won't get an ordinary pair of white or black socks those are boring instead you will get something bright, colorful and creative that will make you smile. If you skipped a month or didn't sign up in time to receive a pair you wanted there is no need to worry they have all of their past socks available on their websites shop which you can purchase anytime. This would make a great gift for anyone in your life and would make a creative Fathers day gift. This subscription box could be for either a woman or a man, I find the designs lean more towards men but anyone can wear the designs.



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Entertainment Review

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Entertainment for the review  free of charge.****



Even though my fiance gets embarrassed from time to time , I enjoy using coupons [He doesn't like using them at restaurants, I don't know why]. A company called Entertainment comes out with yearly Coupon Saving books that are good for specific areas or states, I was recently sent a coupon savings book for my area Phoenix,Arizona to look over and review. I couldn't wait to get the book I was excited to see all the coupons that were included.



We are a family of four, things like going to the zoo or movies can get expensive but we save where we can so we can go out more often. The first few sections of this book are Fine dining, regular restaurants and fast food places. A lot of the restaurants included in the fine dining and casual dining I have never heard of and some are close to my home, having this book helped me find some new restaurants I would like to try and provided me with a coupon to test it out. Just because it sounds good doesn't mean it is so having a coupon for the first time helps you try new places without spending an arm and a leg to do so. The food section is the thickest part of the book you can find fast food restaurants such as Burger King, Taco Bell, Hot Dog on a stick and restaurants such as Kiss the cook and The Wagon Yard. After the food section you will find sections for Entertainment & Sports, Travel & Hotels, National Retail & Services and Local Retail & Services.



This book includes coupons to Laser Tag, The Zoo, Castles N Coasters, Wet N Wild, Bowling, The Phoenix Theater, Various Hotels & Car rental companies, GAP, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kid to Kid, Big O Tires & Many more. I love looking through this book I have found a ton of coupons I plan on using and others that will be nice to have for 'Just in case' situations I have used four of the coupons already, for the coupons I can't/won't use I will be giving to friends and family that I know will use them that way they go to good use. I also found out that they have a 'Savings Card' that comes with a purchased book which allows you to double your savings by visiting their site and printing off more coupons for Retail shops,Food places and for Grocery shopping. I love this book and plan to buy another next year each book retails for $35 but keep your eyes out for sales right now the Phoenix book is 35% off other cities and states may be on sale as well, You will quickly make your money back. For example the book costs $35 there is a coupon for a local zoo which allows you to Buy an adult ticket and get one free, the tickets are $35 each which pays for the book using that single coupon this book offers thousands of dollars worth of savings. Head over and see if they have a book for your area, You are missing out without an Entertainment Coupon Book.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wantable Review

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Wantable for the review  free of charge.****



Just like with makeup no two makeup subscriptions are alike, I recently stumbled upon a subscription company called Wantable who creates personalized makeup, accessories, and intimates boxes to fit each woman perfectly. I received a wonderful opportunity to review one of their boxes, I had my choice to pick one of their three boxes I decided to go with the makeup box. The sign up process was easy and fun to fill out it is the most in depth sign up process I have been through, some subscription boxes have you pick out just things such as "Which design do you like best below" and give you one of their boxes based on that. The Wantable subscription box goes one step further by asking you what kind of products you like using a gauge on the site for "Like" "Dislike" and "Neutral" it then goes over each item asking what shades you like, if you prefer liquid, gel or liquid for eyeliners and eye shadow and much more. I couldn't wait to see what they sent me based off what I gauged my likes and dislikes at.



The shipping was speedy and I couldn't believe how well packaged this subscription box is. I am used to received subscription boxes with everything just thrown in the box and shipped many don't include any packing peanuts or cushion but my Wantable box had two layers of cushion keeping the makeup from bouncing around the box and protecting them from damage in case of an accident. I am very happy and impressed with the selection I was sent to review, I received the following products; Face Stockholm eyelashes #2, MiA BelleZZa ultimate eye pencil in Dark brown, Sorme 'Get a brow gel 937 Dark Brown', A Micheal Marcus prime foundation brush, Micheal Marcus Lipstick in the color 'Debbie' and a sample of Echo Via Organic body oil. The subscription box is $36 a month with a subscription or $40 a month without, The products I received have a retail value of $93.50 so I would 100% say the price is worth the products you receive in the package.



All of the products included in my box are products I would personally buy while shopping for cosmetics, their detailed sign up process did a wonderful job pairing me up with the perfect products. There are too many great items in this box to choose a favorite but if I absolutely had to I would say the Micheal Marcus prime foundation brush is my favorite the bush is the perfect size and super soft. Next in line favorite wise would be the Micheal Marcus Lipstick in the color 'Debbie' and the Face Stockholm eyelashes #2, The Debbie lipstick is a lovely shade it is somewhere in the scale between Red and Pink, It isn't a shocking red but it does give a very lovely "Pop" of color to your lips without over doing it.On special occasions I like wearing false eyelashes, as a mom of two small kids I normally stick with a simple makeup routine but on Date nights, Concerts, Holidays, ect I like to add false eye lashes to my look to give it more of a vibrant look I haven't used these yet but they look like they will work wonders. I have been working on my eye brows more, like many women I never thought they made a huge difference I kept them well groomed but nothing more than that until I realized filling them in can really change a look, I don't do it every day but like to do it as often as possible so I was very happy they included the eye brow items. Want to see what items might be in your box? Head over to their website and see what they have to offer, it is well worth trying out for a month and if you love it why not sign up for more? Shipping is always free and you can cancel, return, or skip a month at any time! This would be a wonderful Valentines gift for a friend, mother, sister or wife/girlfriend in your life.

Copy-Kids review and giveaway

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Copy-Kids for the review & giveaway free of charge.****



My children are completely different when it comes to food, My son loves pretty much everything you give him but my daughter doesn't want anything and refuses to try anything new. Sometimes it is hard to get her to eat new things, it took almost a month to get her to try Watermelon which she ended up loving. I know it is often an age thing and everyone says they outgrow it but I wanted to try out a new video from Copy-Kids called Copy Kids eat fruits and vegetables. Copy-Kids is a media company producing video that encourages positive habits in young children, by watching and copying other kids. Copy-Kids unique content — DVD, online and TV — helps parents get their children hooked on healthy and positive habits.



I have been allowed the chance to write a review of the DVD and offer a copy to one of my readers, This DVD offers 12 chapters which are each seven minutes long and feature a different fruit or vegetable. I think this video covers a nice range of both fruits and vegetables, it covers; Bell Peppers, Carrots, Raspberries, Broccoli, Bananas, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Oranges, Avocados, Apples and Blueberries which are all the best of the two food groups. Before sitting down with my daughter to watch this, I wanted to watch a little bit of it before hand to better gauge how well she would enjoy it. Each section shows children between 9 months and 4 years old and are showing eating and enjoying the fruit or vegetable for that section, the clips are colorful and engaging. The DVD includes an on-camera discussion about healthy eating with renowned pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon, plus a section of delightful outtakes. It is best to have the fruit or vegetable sitting in a bowl on the table while your child is watching the section for the same produce item this will help them in wanting to "Copy" the kids on the DVD and try it themselves. My daughter is a little stubborn but I think after a few times of watching this she will want to copy the kids on screen, so far she has been enjoying the DVD and the sections we have watched she already loves bananas so that chapter we will more than likely skip to concentrate on something new. My daughter loves their blue bird mascot she thinks it is Blue from the movie Rio which makes her want to watch the show more. Later this year they will be coming out with the second addition to their DVD line so keep your eyes out in the mean time enter to win a copy of their fruits and vegetables edition.



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Monday, January 27, 2014

Gartner Studios Giveaway & Review

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Gartner Studios for the review & giveaway free of charge.****



One of the most important parts of a Birthday or Wedding is the invitations, how is everyone supposed to know there is a party without an invite? A company called Gartner Studios offers a high-quality, stylishly affordable line of wedding stationery, d├ęcor, and accessories, with designs and products found nowhere else. Gartner Studios has a great wedding selection and have something to offer in every color range, I was recently sent a Black and White Ornate invitation kit for review purpose.



My package arrived within four days of shipping and was surprisingly heavy for invitations, I originally thought this kit came with just 50 invitations but found out it also have 50 RSVP cards and envelopes for all 100 cards which explains the weight. This elegant black and white invitation kit features an ornate black pattern running down the left border of a white card stock invitation, this kit only costs $29.99. Not sure how to print the invitations because of the decoration on the side? No need to worry Gartner Studios offers free online templates making it easy to make and print the invitations, all you need are the five numbers on the back of the box and it will bring you directly to the template you need to make your invitations. The set I received is Gorgeous and I can't wait to use them they are on thick card stock that will be sure to last the long journey many of them will take through the mail. Using the templates provided by Gartner the printing process is easy and simple to use you will have your invitations printed in no time which will allow you more time to relax. The Gartner Studios website is easy to navigate, easy to use and offers dozens of great products at affordable prices, along with wedding products you can also find Baby shower supplies, Stationary supplies and more. Their shipping is fast, they have friendly customer service and elegant products. Gartner Studios is allowing me to host a giveaway for all of you here! Weddings can be stressful to plan but remember to take some You time. Head over to the Gartner Studios site to see what they have to offer you and your card printing needs.



PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky US reader is going to win a Black and White Ornate invitation kit just like the one I received.


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#Disneyside @Home Party Announcement.

****I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. I would like to thank both Disney Parks and MomSelect for providing me with this opportunity.****


I received an exciting opportunity, I was recently selected as one of the bloggers hand selected to host a #Disneyside @Home party. Between February 15th and March 1st, 2014 everyone selected to be a host will be having a party on their date of choice, I have picked February 22nd as my party date and I have been brain storming on all the fun and wonderful ways I can show off my love for Disney. Each host has or will be receiving a party kit, each kit is based of the age of the children in the house hold the theme I received was Mickey Mouse! Disney Parks sent all the hosts a large and awesome suit case packed with our party supplies. The supplies are enough to invite ten children to the Disney party, How ever I plan on having more children at my party so I will be heading out to get a few more supplies.



What did I receive in my party kit? I received some wonderful party essentials/basics such as cups, plates, napkins, a table cloth and decorations along with a few party favors, two cookie cutters, cupcake wrappers, HP photo card packs which I unfortunately won't be able to use as I don't own a printer *insert sad face here*. The kits also came with a luggage tag to go with our suit case, party games, a Disney vacation planning DVD and a few other small items.



I have been planning a lot for this party, Since I will be having children mostly between the ages of 3-9 I wanted to find a food I knew they would eat without too much hassle so I will be making Mickey Mouse shaped PB & J's, actual food wise that is the only thing I can think of for now most of my Disney inspired treats are sweets but I don't want to over stuff the children on sweets so I will be looking for more child friendly foods and will more than likely be making some of the Disney Inspired foods I find online. I am having a hard time deciding if I want to make cupcakes or if I want to make Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream sandwiches. Thank you Disney Parks & MomSelect for my party kit we love everything in it and the suit case is amazing, I can't wait to throw my party and have all the children come over to show off their Disney Side.

I am going to see what I can put together as a special Disney prize package!