Monday, March 24, 2014

The Haunted Knoll 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 The Haunted Knoll for the review free of charge.****

     

My fiance & I are huge fans of the video game Borderlands, We have been playing it for almost two years now and still find entertainment in it which is easy to do when they are still releasing new content for it. We also enjoy Comicon so it isn't a surprise that I am always on the look out for makers of Cosplay materials that are both high quality, easy on the wallet and look good. If you have been a reader of my blog for at least the last two to three months you will have seen past reviews from a company called The Haunted Knoll. I am happy to announce that the owner Will has come out with a new Borderlands mask for your cosplaying needs.



I would like to introduce you to the new Borderlands Psycho Bandit Mask that comes with real leather stitching. The first thing I always notice about the masks Will makes is how clean they are, I have never had an issue with there being extra plaster material, sharp or rough edges everything has always been perfect. He really goes the extra mile to keep his customers happy, my favorite thing aside from the great designs is that he puts a liner on the inside of the mask which is smooth and already finished for you. The mask kit comes with 1 Unpainted mask,9 lengths of 1mm Leather Cord lacing,1 mouth fan accessory piece (optional install),Black Tulle for covering the eyes sockets and
Foam padding for inside the mask all for just $55 plus shipping that is a steal.



You can purchase the mask in either white or black depending on your painting needs. Will suggests painting the mask before adding the stitching which I agree with you don't want to end up ruining the leather by painting it a color you didn't want on it. Keep in mind this mask is stylized as a more "real-life" version of the mask, and not intended as an exact replication of the game artwork I add this because I know some cosplyers like things 100% like the actual character but to me these makes are cutting it really close to the real thing which is wonderful. Want to see more Borderlands cosplay items? Head over and check out The Haunted Knoll they have a great selection and professional grade products this is in my opinion the best shop to get your Borderlands needs from.

Minky Chic Review

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 I typically do a ton of laundry generally between 1-2 loads a day sometimes more depending on how Messy my kids felt like being the day before. Lately we have been quite busy and haven't spent much time at home which has lead to a little laundry back up meaning my toddlers blankets didn't get washed either, which is why I am happy I keep extras. One of the extra blankets I keep on hand is from a company called Minky Chic who sells toddler blankets and throws are all handmade in the U.S.A.

 

When purchasing a blanket you are first able to browse through the selection of available fabrics they offer selections for both boys and girls, I received a Latte Camo Chocolate Satin Back Minky Baby Blanket for my son. I was looking for a blanket that would completely cover my son as he is large for his age he is 14 months old and generally wears a size 2T so I asked the owner about the size before agreeing to the review, I was told that the blanket was quite large and that a four year old would still be dragging it around. I was curious and wanted to test this theory, I find it works well for car travel and will be used for a year or two for my son it works well so I wanted to test out the four year old theory on my daughter who just recently turned five although she is quite petite for her age. The blanket can be wrapped around her once and goes from her ankles to her mid torso so I would say it wasn't quite as big as I assumed but it is still a pretty good size. The blanket has one slinky satin side which is great for keeping cool since I find it doesn't collect much heat, the other side is made from minky camouflage fabric on the front for those unfamiliar with Mink fabrics they are quite soft but not as slippery as satin material. It does well through the wash so far I haven't had any issues with it. We drive a lot and since I work early [6am] we leave while it is still chilly out, we have been leaving this blanket in our car for the car rides,it is the perfect thing to tuck around him while he is in his car seat and the blanket is small enough it can be folded up and stores easily. The blankets start out at $22 for a travel blanket and $50 for a toddler blanket.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fresh Frog Tees 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 Fresh Frog Tees for the review & giveaway free of charge.****

  

My little guy isn't quite so 'little' he may only be a year old but he wears a 2T-3T in clothing and he is still growing at a fast pace. Thankfully he has begun to slow down a little so I have been keeping my eyes open for cute shirts to put him in, during my search I found a etsy store called Fresh Frog Tees who sells an assortment of children's T-shirts. All of the designs are Hip, Unique and Attractive this is another one of those stores that you will spend quite a bit of time in trying to figure out exactly which shirt you would like to buy. As a bonus not only are the designs wonderful but you have the option of getting the shirt customized with your child's name or a date.



Having owned a Etsy shop of my own in the past I am never surprised to receive a product from a purchase or a review that is just placed into the package without wrapping, so when I come across a store that goes the extra mile [Note some shops can't afford this starting out so it isn't a big deal to me] I want people to know about it. The shirt came in its very own plastic bag which is perfect for keeping the material safe both during shipping or during gifting. The shirt is made from high quality 100% cotton fabric which is both soft and comfortable. I have run into T-shirt designs that become hard or stiff either from washing or from the material being too thick I didn't experience that with this shirt the logo is flexible yet sturdy.



Along with fast shipping, great products and packaging but they also offer wonderful customer service, if you have any questions or need a custom order they are there for you and respond in a very timely manner. Their sites suggest purchasing a shirt that is one size larger than you are intending to buy because the shirts run a little small, I agree with the statement and wanted to include it here as well for anyone wanting to place an order. Like a design and want it in an adult size? They have a number of Adult sized shirts or you can request a custom shirt.



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Araleling's Craft Giveaway & Review

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Sometimes I like to act tough but naturally when I see something cute my inner girly girl comes out and so do the "Awww's" which I can tell you was my exact reaction when I discovered Araleling's Craft on Etsy. Her shop is full of cute key chains, magnets, note cards and more with lots of color options to choose from, whether you are buying something for yourself or for someone else you will have a hard time picking out just one item.



For a recent review I was sent five Hedgehog note cards, five Monkey note cards, & a Minion Magnet. All of her products are handmade and sent from Malaysia, which leads you to think that shipping may take for ever but it in fact doesn't my package arrived within a two week period in perfect condition. The note cards came in a protective wrapper inside of a cute bag and as you can see from the photos above these are Mini note cards perfect for including with a gift or a "just because" situation. The Mini note cards each come with an image printed on a 230gsm white bright laser card. Each card is 2 x 2 (inches) when folded. I think the note cards are well made, sturdy and functional I enjoy leaving them in my fiances lunch box or random places he frequents in the house with well wishes for the day.



The magnet plushie is light weight & made from felt, this has been proudly sitting on my fridge my kids love looking at it. The minion plushie was attached to a strong magnet so I have no worries about it falling off of my fridge. I personally think that her products are very professionally made and that they will be long lasting I didn't have or find any issues with the products I received for the review. The products sold in the Araleling's Craft shop on etsy have very affordable and reasonable prices, shipping is the same. Customer Service is friendly and speedy it was an overall very happy experience.


                                            

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Space Sheep Giveaway & Review

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I am always on the look out for fun and cute items that match my personality, We recently purchased a new car so I have been on the hunt for a new key chain to go with it. During my search I stumbled upon a shop on Etsy called Space Sheep who sells laser created items. Looking through his shop I found some of the cutest Key chains ever, I am very excited to be able to have the chance to host not only a review for Space Sheep but a giveaway as well.



Looking through Space Sheep it was hard to decide which key chain I wanted but I ended up choosing the Wonder Woman laser cut key chain and I was also sent a Pikachu phone charm. The package was shipped to Arizona from Argentina and arrived in a timely manner, was well wrapped and in perfect condition. The Pickachu phone charm measures 42 mm wide by 52 mm tall & is made of acrylic on the bottom with EVA Rubber on top it is soft,small and sturdy. The key chain measures 40 mm wide by 23 mm tall (5 mm thick) and is made from Acrylic only, it is professionally cut and very sturdy.



 Space Sheep has wonderful customer service which is both speedy and friendly. They offer dozens of designs and welcome custom orders want another type of pokemon or another video game character? Contact the shop own and I am sure they will be able to help. I have seen quite a few items in the Space Sheep shop I know some of my friends and family members would love so I will be visiting this shop again soon.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

So Sweet Pops Review

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When I host parties I like the desserts to be easy to serve, mess free and easy to make or purchase. I enjoy cake but I am horrible at baking it, I dislike cutting it and spending a good enough of time serving it to everyone on plates so when I hosted my #DisneySide party I wanted something the guests could help themselves to that both the children and adults would love so when So Sweet Pops agreed to send me two dozen Disney themed cake pops for my party I couldn't have been more excited.



I received two dozen cake pops in the design of four different characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy & Donald. Right away after opening the box I couldn't believe how cute these were, they were almost too cute to eat. Each design had something unique to help you distinguish which cake pop was each character, Donald had his hat and a little red bow, Goofy had ears and his hat, Minnie had her bow and Mickey had his famous trousers. Everything on the cake pop aside from the stick is edible, each one is a good size for a dessert just one will keep you happy they were about the size of my palm and were individually wrapped with a matching ribbon to keep everything sanitary and easy for the guests. Were received our cake pops in Chocolate and Vanilla, they were a huge hit with both the children including the picky eaters and the parents. They were delicious
& vanished from the table fast and I heard wonderful comments on the cake pops such as their looks, the taste and more.



So Sweet Pops offers a number of fun designs for any occasion such as a Baby Shower, Bridal party, Birthday party or event a sports related event. Depending on the design the cake pops run from $23-$30 per Dozen and the oreo pops run from $18-$25 for a dozen which is affordable and convenient for your party. I would suggest ordering at least two weeks ahead of your party date to allow the owner time to make and ship your cake pops. Worried about shipping? Don't be they are packaged to prevent breaking or smashing of the product all of the cake pops I received arrived in perfect ready to eat condition.

Butterfly Wonderland Scottsdale,AZ Review


****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. I received a ticket to the Butterfly Wonderland free of charge in exchange for the review***



This year has been quite busy for my family & I, it seems like we are our running errands, house hunting, looking for a new car, you name it were doing it. Although we have been keeping busy we like to put time aside to do things as a family such as game nights, going out to eat or going to a local event. I was recently allowed a ticket to visit the Butterfly Wonderland center which recently opened here in Scottsdale,Arizona I decided to make a small family day out of it so my mother, her boyfriend, my two children and myself went out for lunch then went to the Butterfly Wonderland.



The first thing I notice when we pulled up was that I thought the parking lot would be bigger, We went on a Sunday and it was quite busy I noticed a few cars parking along the dirt areas looking for a spot. Once we got up to the window everything moved along at a pretty fast past, I received my ticket at Will Call and we purchased tickets for the rest of the family as well. After entering the building you are lead to an area for a 3D movie featuring the migration of butterflies, Depending on when you get there you will have to wait 5-15 minutes to get into the viewing we had about a five minute wait. The 3D movie was great and educational, next you were brought into the Butterfly Emergence gallery where they have dozens of cocoons on display waiting to be hatched, if your lucky enough you will get to see a butterfly emerge from its cocoon or you will get to see them drying their wings. I found this room fascinating there were some vibrant gold and metallic silver cocoons I never knew existed I thought all butterfly cocoons looked the same.



Next was onto the Butterfly Atrium, A group of 10-20 people are brought into a small room which has two doors dividing the emergence gallery from the Atrium this is to prevent the butterflies from getting out many are not from this area or even from the US and a employee goes over the rules such as Do not touch the butterflies. As soon as you step food into the atrium you will see butterflies flying right past you at eye level, butterflies on plants and lots of fun plant life, though the wonderland was quite busy there was plenty of room to walk around to enjoy the atrium. My mother was a little disappointed it wasn't bigger but I beleive if there were slightly less visitors it would have seemed much bigger. The butterflies are fearless and used to visitors, I had my camera just an inch away from a few butterflies and they simply sat where they were unafraid of harm, this made for some wonderful photo opportunies. While exiting from the Atrium an employee has you check in a large mirror for any hitchhikers that may be attached to your clothing,hair or bags we were good to go and shown into the next area after spending about an hour or so in the Atrium. The area directly after the Atrium is a small cafe, it smelled wonderful but since we had just been to Olive Garden before arriving we were quite full so we didn't buy anything this trip.



Passing through the cafe you wander into a small room which contains some containers with scorpions, ants and Bees. We loved the Bee hive, you were able to look for and point out the Queen bee as well as watch them come in from outside via a plastic tube leading out side. It was fun to watch the ants come back with little sacks of different colored pollen on their back legs ready to deposit it at the hive. Think the tour is over now? You would be mistaken there are still two more areas to visit and enjoy the first being a few large Aquariums hosting a number of exotic fish, and a string ray petting bay where you are able to not only see but touch some small spotted string rays which are quite friendly and fun to watch my kids loved this area. Finally you walk through the gift shop on your way out where they offer clothing,toys,snacks and more all at affordable prices. We enjoyed our experience and agreed we would all visit again, The tickets are Adults: $18.95 + tax, Children (ages 3 to 11): $9.95 + tax, military (with ID) and seniors (62+): $16.95 + tax and Children 2 and under are FREE seem a bit pricey but for everything you get to see the tickets are 100% worth the price. They also offer Birthday Party packages!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Craft'ed 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 Craft'ed for the review & giveaway free of charge.****

    

When I was a kid I would often be found curled up on the sofa or on my bed reading a book, I love reading but as I grew older I found I didn't have enough time to read as much as I used to. I've recently rekindled my love for reading and have been setting out an hour before bed every night to read a book, while reading I often have to put my book down to fix my son or do something I forgot to do earlier in the day and I don't want to lose the page I was on. While on a search for a good book mark I ran across a etsy shop called Craft'ed who sells magnetic book marks in a variety of cute and fun designs such as Despicable Me minions, Harry Potter and more. Look at how cute they all are:



I have received the wonderful chance to work with Craft'ed on a review and a giveaway here on my blog, It was a hard choice deciding on which single book mark I wanted to we went with a pick your own set which contains five book marks. I received a Harry Potter, Tardis, Pikachu, One eyed Minion and Mike from Monsters Inc. as the book marks I picked out. My packaged arrived pretty fast considering it was sent from Canada, they also sent along a bonus Harry Potter book mark. I have to say I Love these book marks, since they are magnetic they stay on the page they are placed on, no more worrying about your book mark falling out or not being able to find a book mark. From time to time I will start reading a book in a place where I can't access a book mark such as in the car or at the doctors office and folding the pages into 'dog ears' drives me nuts I have put one of these book marks in my purse to always keep it with me.

The book marks look wonderful they are well made to be sturdy yet thin to prevent having a bulge in your book, they have cute back sides as well. I've open and closed my Mike book mark at least three dozen times and it hasn't phased the book mark at all I can see these lasting a very long time. As you can see slightly in the photos above the shop owner has beautiful hand writing, I plan on buying more book marks for friends and family who have a love for reading as well. I give this shop an A++ I simply love it and think you should check it out as well.



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TLC for U Giveaway & Review!

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Kids don't always remember to wash their hands or like to wash their hands so what can you do aside from pester them about remembering to wash their hands? A wonderful etsy shop called TLC for U sells favor soaps which have small plastic figures such as Dinosaurs, Gold fish and more inside of the soap bars. This brings back some wonderful memories, I remember a child hood friend of mine having a few similar soaps we used to wash our hands just because so we could get closer to the toy inside.



For review purposes I was recently sent a handful of her Dinosaur favor soaps and two butterfly soaps, I have to say we loved these my daughter couldn't wait to start washing her hands with the butterfly soap. After looking through the shop it was hard to decide on which soaps to get there are so many wonderful options for both boys and girls, she also offers adult themed soaps such as the shot glass sized cocktail soaps. The soaps we received are made from Glycerin soap which is mild & non irritating to sensitive skin it is also non scented. The soaps are the perfect size for little hands and gives a nice lather, some of the soaps have small portions of the toy sticking out depending on the size of the toy which helps give you a grip on the soap. I have found this soap helps my daughter who is five remember to wash her hands more often, she was so excited to get to pick which soap she wanted for her bathroom. We used the Dinosaur soaps as part of the favor bags at our recent Disney party.

The soaps arrived in a timely manner and were each individually packaged in clear bags with colorful ribbons attached. The TLC for U customer service is fast and friendly, If you are looking for a specific item in your soap I am sure they would be happy to help. Single soaps are $1.50 to $3.50 each depending on the toy inside or shape of the soap, you can buy single soaps, a dozen or a hundred depending on your house or party needs.



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