Wednesday, November 13, 2019

CandleWick Press trio of book reviews!



When I was younger I enjoyed getting my hands on a new book and reading when ever I could, which is why I've always encouraged my kids to read as much as possible as well. I always love seeing their faces light up when we get new books, especially when we get a new box from CandleWick Press! Books that not only my kids are interested in but books I want to read as well are a big bonus and I wanted to share a few of those with you here today.


Paper World: Planet Earth by Bomboland (Retail $24.99)

This book goes over a ton of details about the earth, from volcanos to storms and Tectonic plates which is perfect as my children are at the stages in school where they are either starting to learn about the earth or are continuing to learn more about it. Each page is rather unique in its design, the creators used paper layers to show the layers of the earth and show case different aspects of nature.

Each page is jam packed with information about the subject it is discussing, including several fun flaps with more information stored underneath. My children were pretty excited about this book, and looking through the pages made me want to read it as well just to absorb all of the information it has to offer. I think this book is a very educational book for a home collection or it would fit right into a classroom setting as a way to offer a fun way to learn about the Earth.



Life: The First Four Billion Years by Martin Jenkins (Retail $24.99)

Here is another fantastic book absolutely jam packed with educational information! This book covers various stages of life before there were humans, it goes over many of the different periods such as Jurassic, Cretaceous period and more. Not only does this book contain eighty pages of information there is more information on each page than in a regular book because of the books size, it measures a whooping 11" x 14" and features a fold out page in the start of the book.

We've only looked through this book so far but this is another that is a great addition to any home or school library for school ages children or anyone interested in knowing more about this subject. It includes a number of illustrations some in color and others in black and white.


Where's Waldo? Double Trouble by Martin Hadnford (Retail $18.99)

Growing up I was always a big fan of Where's Waldo books, my great grandmother kept several in her house and I remember looking through them over and over just to look at all the fun little scenes hidden in the book. This is a great take on the classic while also throwing in a "spot the difference" book.

You'll find two of the same photo each time you flip the page, not only will you need to find Waldo and his friends but you'll also have to spot all the differences between the two photos. My kids have had a blast with this book and we are quite happy to add it to our Where's Waldo collection! This book is great as a birthday or holiday gift for children who enjoy interactive books.

CandleWick Press offers these three amazing books along with dozens of others suited for all ages! You can buy them directly through their website, on Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November Gramma In A Box!



It is that time of the month again, time for the Gramma In A Box! I think that it drives my children a little crazy inside that we usually wait a day or two after it arrives before we start on the goodies in the box. What is a Gramma In A Box kit? This box was originally created by owner Terry, who has grandchildren who live out of state, this box gives her and her grandchildren a chance to work on decorating cookies together over Skype, over time it has turned into a full time business for other parents and grandparents who want to do the same with their children. As you can guess the November theme is 'Thanksgiving' and it comes with three fun treats to decorate with your children.


My favorite part of this subscription box is that it comes with everything you need to complete the projects! Any decorations, frosting, chocolate or other food item is included in your kit along with some wax paper to decorate over/store your projects on. The only other thing you will need is a bowl to melt the melting chocolates, and a fork (well and your microwave to melt the chocolate).



The first project we worked on together was the Turkey Buddies, this project requires: Ritz crackers, candy eyes, pumpkin seeds and candy corn. I suggest doing this project first as the remaining chocolate that isn't used for this project will be used for project number two. 

You'll need to melt the chocolate in the microwave and then place a small amount on each cracker, having your child spread it evenly over the cracker. Once that has been completed, you can add candy corn for feathers, a pumpkin seed for a nose and eyes. Your Turkey is now complete! 


Project number two is a fun Harvest Bark! We did this one a little differently than the card instructed us to do, I will go over what we did differently below. For this project you'll need the remaining chocolate from project one, cinnamon toast crunch cereal, candy corn, salted peanuts and a fall sprinkle mixture. 

The card instructs you to make one large bark and cut it into pieces after, I found that even though we used a small amount of chocolate in project one it didn't seem like we had as much left over chocolate to make the big bark it showed on the card. So instead of making one big Harvest bark we each decided to make a small bark pile so we could add what we wanted. You can also use candy corn in your bar or other small chocolates/candies you have in your home, we opted to not include the candy corn. 



The final project is always one of my personal favorites in this box! Plain sugar cookies in various shapes that you get to decorate as you please. The kids and I love working on these together, it is always a lot of fun talking with them about how they want to decorate their cookies. This time around my daughter decided to give one of the acorns a face and glasses! On the Turkey that I decorated I used a red sprinkle to add a wattle to the chin of my turkey. We also decided to use some of the sprinkles as "feathers", and also used the sugar glitter to add some sparkle to our cookies. These cookies are always so delicious! They are the perfect sugar cookie mixture so they are always soft and taste fresh (because they are).

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Gramma In A Box for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Fun with the family at Circus Americana!


My family and I love going out to events and fun attractions together so when we heard that Circus Americana was coming to town we were all excited about getting to check it out. Going to the Circus is a great way to enjoy some wholesome entertainment together as a family, and for those of you who don't like animal acts, don't worry! This is a human only circus. They are currently in Tempe, Arizona until November 24th so if you'd like to see the show there are still thirteen days left for you to go see it. They are located in the Big Surf parking lot located at 1500 N McClintock Dr Tempe,AZ 85281


I like that they decided to host their event in the empty lot next to Big Surf because it allowed for plenty of parking that was easy to navigate and it was easy for handicapped visitors to reach the tent. Seeing as how it is in a parking lot there are no bathrooms only a row of port-a-potty so if you aren't a fan of them I suggest using the bathroom before leaving. Once you arrive to the tent you'll get your tickets taken care of then will be instructed to sit anywhere you please aside from the seating marked "Reserved". While the reserved seating is closer and you don't have to deal with as many poles in your field of vision I much preferred sitting in the bleachers with my kids because we had a higher view vantage point so we were able to see more. During the show I actually saw a family who was in the reserved area move up onto the bleachers.

Ticket prices are quite affordable, you can get bleacher seats for just $17.50 per person, reserved chairs for $23.25 or you can sit ring side in the VIP for $50. None of the seating is really that far from the state, it is a rather personal experience and you are able to see everything on stage quite well.


Hungry before the show? I brought a bit of cash with me as I knew the kids would want to get a popcorn for the show, generally events such as this have a high price tag on food and souvenir items so I was expecting to spend about $20 on a popcorn and a soda. I was happily surprised to see their concession prices were very affordable, $3 per popcorn bag, $3 sodas, $2 waters and $5 cotton candies. I ended up buying two popcorns and a water which meant I spend less than $10 on food for the three of us which is fantastic.


Sadly we didn't stay for the entire show, my son wasn't feeling too well because of a headache so we ended up leaving after about an hour. The hour we did see was a lot of fun and they made sure to pack a lot into it, we thought all of the acts did a wonderful job and we wished we could have stayed for the rest. My favorite of what we seen was the ballerina doing the tightrope walk, it was a lot of fun to see and I liked how she seemed like a real music box ballerina. I'll be sharing a short clip of part of her act over on my Instagram page (@Burningmoonprod) if you want to head over and check it out on my stories. Did you know that the Taylor Family who runs Circus Americana is from Arizona? All of the staff working that we dealt with directly during our visit from the ticket booth to the concession stand were all extremely helpful and friendly, if you needed anything or had any questions they were more than willing to assist. When my son no longer wanted to watch letting me know his head was hurting and he wanted to go to bed, they held open the tent for us and wished us a good night which was sweet.

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Circus Americana for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Zoomtown Lights at ISM Raceway!



Zoomtown Lights, ISM Raceway's 1.6-mile drive-through holiday light show experience, returns to the West Valley this holiday season! Arizona's only light show that allows guests to drive throughout a professional motorsports facility, Zoomtown Lights features over 50 miles of strung lights and more than 3 million points of light! From the comfort of their own vehicles, guests will enjoy sparkling snowfall canopies, trees of light as well as special motorsports-inspired displays! Zoomtown Lights will be open to the public every day at 6 p.m. from November 29 through December 31. Admission prices start at $25 Sunday through Thursday and $30 Friday and Saturday. Admission will be $30 every day from December 20-31. Buses are also welcome for $50. Tickets are available at the gate, or in advance at ISMRaceway.com.

$5 Off Zoomtown Lights - Available through 11/10 - Zoomtown Lights will be open to the public every day at 6 p.m. from November 29 through December 31. Admission prices start at $25 Sunday through Thursday and $30 Friday and Saturday. Admission will be $30 every day from December 20-31. Buses are also welcome for $50. Tickets are available at the gate, or in advance at ISMRaceway.com Guests that purchase their Zoomtown Lights tickets early between now and the Bluegreen Vacations 500 NASCAR Semi-Final Weekend, Nov 8-10 at ISM Raceway will receive $5 off their Zoomtown Lights admission.

Go here to redeem. You can print off a coupon Here - Don't forget to mention Phoenix Kids when you redeem this coupon

Disclaimer - I am receiving tickets to this event in exchange for a pre-visit and post-visit post. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Playing With Fire - Spoiler Free Movie Review!



I am always up to go see a new family friendly comedy, so when we were invited to see an early showing of the movie "Playing With Fire" we couldn't refuse. The preview for this movie is pretty cute, and the cast has several people I recognize which made me want to see the film. The lead cast is John Cena, John Leguizamo and Keegan-Micheal Key plus it also features Judy Greer.

The premise of this movie is that a fire superintendent (John Cena) and is crew rescue three siblings from their burning home, dealing with fires is almost an everyday thing for them, but what they were not prepared for was babysitting! As you can imagine it leads to a bit of a crazy adventure.

My thoughts on this movie:

The film starts off with an action packed scene as you watch the crew work to stop a fire from spreading, which gives you a good look at what they do on a daily basis and how they work as a crew together. There is a laugh or two prior to the children being rescued, but the real laughs start once the children and crew are together at the depot.

I thought all three of the kids they cast did a fantastic job, and I didn't realize the entire time I was watching the film that the oldest girl plays an X-men in Deadpool! She looks so different. Both of the younger children do quite a few silly and hilarious things during the movie some of which give you that "Oh no!" laugh seeing someone stuck in a situation, that you know you wouldn't want to be stuck in. There was a scene or two that seemed a bit cheesy, but I think most movies have parts that are like that. A little romance and heart felt scenes are also thrown in along with the comedy which helped give the film a wholesome feel. I personally don't re-call seeing anything that stood out to me as being non-child friendly, or anything that made me upset, it is definitely a film we all want to watch again.

As you can see there is an adorable dog in the promo as well! The kids really loved seeing her on the screen, she stole the screen along with one of the other crew members (Axe) that the kids talked about all afternoon after seeing the movie. It is hard to pick a favorite character or scene in the movie because there are so many great scenes, you can't pick just one! This movie is great for families or even just to watch by yourself. You'll be laughing the entire time and you will feel connected with the characters by the end. My husband sadly didn't attend with us as he had a project to work on, but after I told him about the movie and the kids excitedly told him about the movie as well, we plan on buying it once it comes out.

Want to watch the movie preview?


The official release date is November 8th,2019.

Disclaimer- Tickets to see the movie mentioned above were provided by Allied Global Marketing for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before seeing the movie.

World of Illumination Arizona Promo!



This holiday season, experience World of Illumination - the largest animated light show in the world, fully synchronized to your favorite holiday music. Located at Tempe Diablo Stadium and Westgate Shopping Center in Glendale, this 25-minute drive-through event features close to 2 million lights. Special attractions range from a 36-foot tall animated snowman at the Glendale location to a 500-foot long super tunnel in Tempe. World of Illumination is open nightly from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on weeknights and 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on weekends beginning November 21, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Ticket prices start at $22.99 per car and can be purchased at www.worldofillumination.com. A portion of proceeds benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fun in the art room at the CMOP!

My kids love doing arts and crafts projects so it is no big surprise that every time we visit the Children's Museum of Phoenix that they want to visit the art room. The art room is located on  the third floor of the building near the staircase on the south side of the building.



When you enter the room the first thing you tend to notice is all of the gallons of paint, and how many supplies the room is stuffed with. You may also notice that there is a giant robot in the middle of the room covered in paint. This room offers several different activities! You'll find several tables spread through out the room, there are generally at least two projects set up to complete and the projects change from time to time so you aren't always making the same thing when you visit.


Why is there a big robot covered in paint in the middle of the room? Your child is able to grab an apron and go wild painting the inside and outside of the robot using buckets of paint the staff supply. If your child doesn't feel like painting you can sit down at one of the tables to do a craft. You'll find a sign in the middle of the table that explains the craft and gives an example of what you'll be making. Everything you need to complete the project is either on the table or located in the room and the staff are pretty good at keeping everything cleaned up and organized through out the day, so you aren't walking into a giant mess when you visit the room. The staff are also more than happy to answer any questions you may have, or will assist you with any issues.


I like that the kids are free to explore and use their imaginations to create a master piece, several of the crafts such as the "Thing-a-ma-jigs" don't have a distinct end look, instead every single piece is as unique as the child who creates it. For projects like this they have a shelf with about a dozen plastic bins filled with odds and ends that have been donated to the museum, your kids get to "shop" for what they'd like to use for their project. My kids love looking through the bins to see what is new.


There are also a ton of books in this room that you can read if you want something to do with your child aside from just crafting. When you stop by the museum I highly suggest stopping by to check out the art room! The best part is that you get to keep what ever you make.

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Children's Museum of Phoenix for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Treat yourself to a spa day at Vitahydr8 in Mesa,AZ.



When was the last time you treated yourself to some kind of spa or pampering treatment? Treating yourself to a spa treatment doesn't have to be a monthly thing, but when you do head out to the spa it is nice to know you are going to a spot that is relaxing and knows what they are doing. I go to the spa about once a year, usually to get a massage as I carry a lot of stress in my neck/shoulder area which gets pretty tense. I recently had a wonderful chance to speak with the owner of a Beauty & Wellness spa called Vitahydr8. The spa came about after the owner found out she had ovarian cancer, and wanted to share a chance for others in the same position to enjoy some beauty & relaxation. She has a wonderful video on her Instagram page, which can be found Here, that gives you more information on her and the spa, it is worth a watch!


One of the main attractions of Vitahydr8 is their vitamin therapy which infuses much needed vitamins right into your blood stream over the course of an hour, which helps your body as a whole, you'll leave feeling revitalized. They also offer massages, facials, dermaplaning, laser hair removal and more plus starting November 1st they will also have a salon where you can get hair services. My husband and I had the chance to stop by and visit Vitahydr8 on Sunday with my husband to try out their services and see their newly opened location inside of the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West. Our Anniversary is tomorrow so we went in for a couples massage and I had a facial as well.


The spa itself was easy to find and if you need directions the hotel staff are extremely friendly, upon entering Vitahydr8 you feel welcomed and ready to relax. They have a beautiful waiting area where you can sit while you fill out any needed paperwork, or wait if you arrived too early. The waiting area overs a comfortable sofa, chairs and tables to keep you comfortable, they also let you know you are free to help yourself to a snack or drink and you are able to change the TV channel if you wish. My facial was an hour long, and was scheduled before our massage so my husband was happy they had this waiting area where he could listen to a bit of TV and read the book he brought with him. The office is pretty quiet, we went early in the morning and aside from the staff there wasn't a ton of traffic in the office which was nice.


I've only had one facial before which helped hydrate my skin so I was looking forward to getting another and seeing how it helps my skin. With the weather changes and me being naughty (not drinking about water), I had a few tiny dry patches on my forehead that were bugging me. The room they do the facials in is cozy and it helps create a relaxing environment. The staff member doing my facial was super sweet and she explained what each product was before she started using it, we chatted a bit during it and she was quite friendly and lovely to talk with. Part of the facial includes a mini message where your face will be massaged with the skincare products, and during the point where you are waiting for the enzyme mask to remove any dead skin, your forearms/hands and neck will also be massaged a bit, adding to the relaxation levels.

 During the facial they cover your eyes with a little shield and use a bright light to exam your skin for a skin assessment, which is when they will let you know if they see anything that needs improvement and offer you suggestions for improvement. I was a bit worried as I get a lot of teeny tiny black heads on my nose, I was surprised and happy to find out that my nose actually isn't as bad as I thought, overall she said she saw a little bit of dehydration across my forehead otherwise my skin looks pretty good. My skin feels so much better and my forehead looks significantly better as well because I no longer have little dry spots and everything healed up nicely. I am also making sure I remember to drink enough water to prevent it from happening again.  Here is a photo of my face once my facial was completed.


Once I was finished with my facial, I grabbed my husband from the waiting room and we were directed into a secondary room where the couples massage would take place. This room was also quite comfortable, it had low lighting and light music to help calm the body and mind. Before your massage begins, the staff member performing your massage will ask you if you've been having any problems, where you'd like to concentrate and if there are any areas you'd like them to avoid. I personally don't like being in just underwear during a massage, plus I usually only go to have my back/shoulders massaged so I always bring a pair of yoga pants to wear while I get my massage. You are completely free to dress to your comfort level, and can be completely open with them about issues such as not wanting your feet, legs, etc to be touched.

My husband has never had a professional massage before so he was little apprehensive about going, but I was able to get him to go with me because I thought it was something he would enjoy. He followed my example and wore basketball shorts so he'd be more comfortable. The massage lasts for an hour, but that hour always goes by way faster than you expect. He seemed to enjoy his experience and he felt a lot better after the hour was over since he didn't feel so tense or tight in his shoulder/neck area. I had a big knot in my right shoulder that is thankfully no longer there, so my shoulders feel so much better than before I went. After the massage was completed the staff meet us in the hallway with some bottled water and walked us out wishing us a good rest of our day. As a note it is always good to make sure you drink plenty of water after a massage.

I really enjoy their facility and think they picked a fantastic location for their spa. All of the rooms are well put together with your comfort and relaxing in mind. The prices aren't bad either, they are on par with a few other similar facilities I've checked out and been to in the past. When it comes to the location and services I'd say this is one of my top two spa facilities I've visited. I highly suggest checking them out for yourself! Their website has a list of all the services they offer, prices, and detailed information if you want to know more about each treatment.

What is your favorite kind of spa treatment to get? If you've never been to any type of a spa, what type of pampering would you like to get done?

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Vitahydr8 for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Celebrate Christmas with Schnepf Farms!


The holidays are already pretty magical, and taking the kids to see holiday lights, special events and to see Santa can really add to that Magic. Schnepf Farms is quite a drive for us but they are hosting a Christmas event that is completely worth the drive! Here is a bit of info about the event:

Welcome to Christmas at Schnepf Farms, a new kind of holiday magic for the entire family. Featuring the World of Illumination train ride, ice skating, Ferris wheel, 4D animated show, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, reindeer hayrides, pictures with Santa, glow mini golf and the world's largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course, this all-in-one holiday attraction opens November 26 and runs through January 4 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Tickets range from $20 to $35 per person and can be purchased at the door or online at www.SchnepfChristmas.com. A portion of proceeds will benefit the New Leaf Foundation.

My Readers Save 10% Off Entrance to Christmas at Schnepf Farms Using Promo Code: Farm10 - Order tickets online at www.schnepfchristmas.com. or use This link directly to the ticket purchase page where you can use the coupon code.

**This is not a paid post, this post is in exchange for the chance to be able to attend this event though attending is not a guarantee.**

Monday, October 28, 2019

Four great books from Candlewick press for toddlers!


It is never too early to start reading to your child, they absorb a lot even before they begin speaking and reading. Candlewick Press recently sent me four great books to check out that are perfect for reading to your infant/toddler or with them as they begin to read. Two of them are perfect for when they are learning new sight words and the alphabet, and the other two are just fun to read with them.



100 First Words By Edward Underwood (Retail $9.99)

This book has an assortment of easy to learn words, most are words used on an everyday basis such as spoon, fork, bowl, etc however they also include items found on farms, at the store and more. To help make the book more entertaining and help keep your toddlers attention you'll find several fun flaps to explore within the book. The thick board pages are sure to withstand your toddler putting it through quite a bit.



Alphabet Street By Johnathan Emmett (Retail $17.99)

Candlewick Press offers a ton of neat books that offer unique ways of reading and I think this is one of the coolest books I've reviewed with them. The Alphabet Street book helps your child learn their alphabet while seeming almost like a game. The book not only has interactive flaps through out the book, but it also unfolds like an accordion with illustrations and information on both sides of the pages. Instead of each page having a single letter and an image or two of words that go with that letter, the book is set up so that each page has an entire scene with multiple words to go with each letter.  Each page is full of color and creativity, I wish I had this book for my kids when they were younger and first practicing their alphabet.


Guess How Much I Love You By Sam McBratney (Retail $24.99)

This book is a classic and it is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary with a gift set that includes a hard covered copy of the book, a thick case and a beautiful print of the cover art that can be framed and hung up. I enjoy reading this adorable book and reading about how much the baby and mama rabbit love each other as it reminds me of my own mother and of my children as well. We enjoy playing a similar game with our children, one of us will ask "Guess How Much I Love You?" and then after that person asks how much we will give them an answer such as "I love you a billon times every grain of sand in the world". This book is a great addition to any collection.



The Little Snowplow Wishes For Snow By Lora Koehler (Retail $16.99)

This story follows along with a cute little snowplow who loves plowing snow. It can't snow all of the time so during the spring and the summer when there is no snow he keeps busy happily helping out the other work equipment around town as he enjoys being helpful. Although he enjoys helping out everyone he really wishes it would snow, because he loves when it snows. The weather starts to chill but there still isn't snow, so instead the little snowplow concentrates on having a good time with his friends for his birthday. It finally snows on his birthday! So he rushes off to go plow the snow and then head back to enjoy his party. We all thought this book was cute, and enjoying to read.

Along with these four wonderful books, Candlewick Press also offers dozens of great books for kids of all ages.

♡ Which of the four books do you like the best? Do you recall any books that were a favorite of yours when you were a child?

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Sneak in a workout at your desk with DeskCycle! + Giveaway


Between working full time, cleaning, running errands, taking care of my family, blogging and squeezing in a little me time to enjoy a video game or book, it can be hard to find extra time to do a full work out. DeskCycle has a fantastic solution that will help you squeeze in some more physical activity during your daily routine. Their cycle is just the right size to fit under your desk or in front of your sofa so you can peddle while you are working, watching tv or even reading. I received the DeskCycle 2 to test out for a review.


When it arrives some light assembly is required, you will need to attach the base legs, pedals and the monitor to the main body of the cycle. The assembly was easy and it didn't take long to put together before I was able to use the cycle. The monitor that helps keep track of how fast you are going, calories burned, time spent on it, etc. can be attached to the main body itself or it comes with a stand that can be placed on the top of your desk along with a longer cord to connect everything, so you can keep an eye on your progress. The pedals have an adjustable height so you can keep them at nine inches or ten inches.



The DeskCycle has eight different resistance settings so you can make it more challenging on yourself as you are cycling. It is easy to adjust using a dial located at the back (the part closest to you) of the cycle as you can see below:


My computer desk isn't completely open at the bottom as I have shelves on both sides of where my legs go so I got really lucky and this cycle just barely fit under my desk width wise, height wise it is perfect. My legs usually get a little restless when I am sitting at my desk and because of it I usually sit cross legged which isn't the best thing to do, so I like having this under my desk as it not only allows me a chance to add more physical activity to my day but it helps keep my legs busy.

The foot pedals have a strap so it can be adjusted to your shoe size, however I don't generally wear shoes when I am at home so there is a bit of extra space between my foot and the pedal even on it's tightest setting. Otherwise the foot pedals are comfortable both in shoes and without. The DeskCycle is light weight and easy to move, so I can grab it from under my desk and put it next to the sofa when I am playing a video game with my husband. My kids also enjoy using this they think it is a lot of fun, and enjoy seeing how fast they are going by watching the monitor. Does it actually feel like you are getting a work out in? Yes, you'll be working and moving both legs which helps blood flow and helps you burn calories while sitting instead of just sitting stationary. It also helps your joints because it helps prevent you from feeling stiff after sitting in your chair for a long stretch. When you get up you can tell you were cycling, all without getting sweaty!


Overall I am pretty happy with the DeskCycle 2, it is quiet while in use so that you don't bug anyone else who might be in the room. The base legs help keep the cycle steady so it isn't rocking side to side or too wobbly while you are using the pedals. I think it is easy and also fun to use! I wish I had one at work as well. If you are someone who uses a fitbit or similar app to help track your progress DeskCycle has a free app that syncs up with your cycle (I believe you need to directly plug it into your phone to transfer the data, I haven't actually used the app) so that you can keep an eye on your daily, weekly and even monthly progress.

PRIZE ALERT: 
One lucky reader is going to win their own DeskCycle 2.

This is open to residents of the US Only. Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! Giveaway winners are announced on FACEBOOK, If you would like to see who won my latest giveaways please visit and like my facebook page. 

This giveaway ends on 11/09/2019

Giveaway entry question: Please leave me a comment letting me what your favorite DeskCyle feature is.

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Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by DeskCycle for the review & giveaway free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October Beauty & The Book Giveaway!


It is that time again! Time for the Beauty & The Book Giveaway 🖤. October is one of my favorite month's of the year, it is when the weather finally starts breaking so we not longer melt when stepping outside which means cardigan weather is coming! It is also the time of the year when all of the spooky decorations go up in the stores, I love seeing all of the new Halloween décor. Our home is decorated, we have our costumes picked out though I need to work out a detail or two, and we have some Halloween fun planned.

I wanted to go with a book that had a bit of a Halloween feel to it so I decided to go with a copy of "The Death Code" by Lindsay Cummings. Along with a new read, you'll be winning a Nicole Miller Wingin' It eyeliner set, iGlow! Nail polish set, ELF cosmetics deep red lipstick, ELF eyeliner pencil in Cosmic, A Ceramedx sample set, Eva-NYC dry shampoo, Jaskada Organics facial cream, a Jack Skellington lip balm and a face mask. Sorry but my coffin spiderweb tray is not included! I just wanted to add a little more Halloween feel to it.


There will be more great reviews & giveaways coming soon including a workout machine and more so keep an eye out for those! 

This is open World Wide! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! This giveaway is hosted by ME and is not associated with any of the brands mentioned above.

This giveaway ends on 11/05/2019


Giveaway entry question: What is your favorite Halloween/Horror/Suspense Movie or Book?

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Explore while reading with Candlewick Press.


I always encourage my children to read as much as possible, so when we are given the chance to review some new books, how could we say no? If you haven't heard of Candlewick Press you are really missing out, they have hundreds of wonderful books for all ages. I am going to share five of their great books with you on this post.





This beautiful book features artwork by more than fifty artists around the world, sharing a message about human migration. The book starts off with a seabird with a wish from it's artist that it will have a safe journey with a openhearted welcome by the other artists. You'll find hand drawn postcards in this book from twenty-five different countries and each page includes messages of hope. It is really quite an interesting and inspirational book to read.



My First Book of New York by Ingela P. Arrhenius (Retail $18.99)

My children always get a kick out of books that are over sized, this book is 10 1/4" x 13 3/4" and comes in a hardcover. This book covers a ton of information about New York, it showcases different cities and locations in those cities. I've never personally been to New York so it was neat learning more about it, I think this book would be fantastic for anyone thinking of moving to New York or writing a grade school paper on the state. This is the first in what is going to become a series, and I look forward to seeing the other states they dedicate a book too.



Playing with Collage by Jeannie Baker (Retail $16.00)

Have you ever looked at a beautiful collage made by using various items from around the house or even outside, and wondered how it was made? Jeannie Baker is well known for her astonishing collages and is now sharing some of her secrets with the world encouraging others to get creative. I like that the book helps go over different materials, tools and tricks for making your own collage. We really enjoyed this book and wanted to share it so I gave it to my sons first grade teacher so all the kids in class can use it. The book includes photos of the different tools and materials she talks about along with examples of collages she's done, just the cover alone is enough to catch your eye.


Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest by Kate Prendergast (Retail $16.99)

This book is for animal lovers who are curious how various animals sleep at night, it shows a number of different animals from sloths to fish and how they sleep naturally out in the wild. We enjoyed learning about the different ways animals sleep, it is neat to see that how they sleep is just as unique as they are. The illustrations are soft, calming and peaceful which goes with the theme of the book.



Walk This Underground World by Sam Brewster (Retail $19.99)

Interactive books are always a lot of fun, it is neat to come across a book that has flaps, books within books, or paper scrolls that allow you to interact with the book. This book is packed with over eighty flaps to explore and read. You'll get to explore the underground world of the subway, Egyptian pyramids, meerkat homes and more. My son has been enjoying taking his time reading through this book and has been having fun learning about each underground world.

Which of these books interests you the most? When you are looking for new books to buy for your children, or children you know, what type of books do you normally look for?

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.