Sunday, November 25, 2012

Unique Pendant by NanoStyle

I am a big fan of anything odd, unique, different, anything that isn't real mainstream. That's with everything, music, books, movies, clothing, and jewelry.
I was really, really anxious for this review and felt like a little kid waiting for Christmas!
I was also pretty impressed that Pamela Anderson, wears pieces from NanoStyle, specifically the same necklace I was expecting, so that was also very cool.
The package finally arrived, from Israel, which was also neat! I really enjoyed opening the little package and it was in a nice little box, (yes, it is very rare that I splurge on anything for myself, so this was all such a treat!)
I had already seen the pictures, and believe me, the pictures really do not show how gorgeous this pendant is in person! Genevive, our 5 year old, who is also a princess, screeched, "OOOHH Mommy!! It is so pretty!!", while her eyeballs popped out of her head:) We were so careful with it, and even grabbed some hand sanitizer before we used the tiny magnifying glass, so we could read all of the 120 "I Love You's" that are inscribed in this pendant. I forgot to mention all about that! The "I Love You" pendant, has "I Love You" , written in 120 languages, and it is engraved in 24 karat gold! As if the black onyx wasn't enough, or the gold heart in the center! Or the magnifying glass that comes with each piece!
I wore this pendant to work a couple times, not to many because I bartend on the weekends and I was afraid it would get lost in a beer cooler or in the parking lot. I didn't have that problem at al though as I have had with other necklaces and rings. This is made very well, and has a strong, high quality chain attached so it wasn't going anywhere. I was just worried because it probably is one of the prettiest pieces of jewelry I have, but I couldn't help but show it off.
I have gotten so many compliments on my pendant! At work, even at the grocery store! Especially from my little princess, it really catches the eye and can fit and match with anything you wear.
NanoStyle even lets you choose what chain you would like, and you can even choose your own metal!
The choices for the metal are, silver, gold plated, (both are $99) or you can opt for 14k gold metal (which retails for $235)
For your chain choices, you can choose 18" or 19.5" and you can pick from 5 different silver chains or a gold chain. (depending on your option, there may be an extra fee)
Of course the stone is black onyx, which has always been a favorite of mine! And Genevive's favorite, the teeny, tiny magnifying glass, comes with your pendant.
This is certainly not the only stunning pendant or even piece of jewelery, NanoStyle, has to offer. They have a whole line of exclusive 24k gold inscribed jewelry. Yes, they all will have your very own mini magnifying glass too!
They also have Zodiac jewelry, Jewish jewelry, Christian jewelry, Symbolic jewelry, and a lot more.
With the holidays coming up, you may want to either grab a piece or 2 from their collections, or better yet, pass the NanoStyle link along to your husband, fiance, or whoever is getting your gift wish list this year
NanoStyle also offers free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee!
 You can also find NanoStyle on Facebook!!
and on Twitter!!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Weirder Than Marshmellows Essays and Musings of Dan Fogg

I love books that are purely just, random thoughts. I can relate and I do the same thing all the time. Whether at work, or watching tv, shopping, cleaning, hanging out with my kids, anything. I often joke with people about my brain since it seems I have a zillion thoughts going through it, and some of it will make me laugh out loud, while others just make me wonder.
Weirder Than Marshmellows, is a very interesting, random, odd, weird, and hilarious book. I don't really know where I would categorize it, but I like things better that way, all by themselves, in their own category, or genre.
There are several different stories in this book, some of which are very witty, some a bit sad, many will make you think and some may make you annoyed. Either way, it is a well thought out and well put together book, and if there are some parts that upset you, (I can think of a couple things that people would be offended by), I apologize. I tend to have am open mind when it comes to a lot of things, including book reviews. I like to put myself in the shoes of the writer, and the reader, not just the blogger who happened to receive a book to review.
In this case, the author, Dan Fogg, is a young man, sadly, he has passed away at the age of 21. But he left a lot of very interesting stories, and he sure left his mark on society. More so, as more people read his work. From what I have read, he also has another book on the way, and I for one, am looking forward to this as much as I was looking forward to this one.
There were a lot of things I had to chuckle at, clearly this young man has already seen the strange people and events this world has to offer, and he had a sense of humor and a way to turn these off the wall people and things, into something to laugh at, and ponder.
Like I said earlier, there may be a couple things that possibly offend some readers. He does make a reference about children needing grown ups to take care of them. Did I take offense/ Not really. Had I wished it were worded differently? Sure. BUT, the author is a young man himself, and this isn't some horrible way people think, he's a kid himself. Also, what he was referring to, was also how grown ups tend to be a bit, "dumb", in a lot of ways. Warning labels, ugh, do we really have to read warning labels for everything? Yeah, sad as it seems, there was apparently somebody, somewhere, who did whatever really stupid thing it was that would make that warning label get put on whatever it is. For instance, i have a Nap Nanny for my youngest son, well he has grown out of it, but they had a recall, and had to re do the labels, because parents were putting their babies in this little bed, and not buckling them in, and then placing the small baby bed, on top of a bed or table??? Why? I never will understand the human race, and the strange things that do occur with people, technology, people's brains, and why things happen and why things are not what they seem.
That is what this book is about. Again, you are not going to agree 100%, if we all did agree, life and this world would be terribly boring.

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When Did I App Review

I am so thankful for Smartphones and all of these apps that are available, especially the ones that are created for busy moms and busy people in general. When I Did, is a very cool app that allows you to keep track of everything you need, at any time! It is very easy to use, even for people like me who don't know their way around a Smartphone. (yes, I have had mine since August, and I am still stuck on almost everything) I do have several tablets, planners, to do lists, all of my lists kind of take over everything sometimes, and if a kid isn't writing over top everything, or destroying it, I spill coffee on 1 or 2 or I end up re writing it and throwing away a piece of paper that had something important on. So, yes, I want nothing more then to be more organized!! I have some neat planners I have found, and I have to much to write in the little squares, that I have 4 different planners, 1 for work schedules, 1 for computer schedules, 1 for to do lists and 1 for doctor appointments, birthday parties, and all the fun school stuff. For me, it is very annoying to have so many and if I could have 1 less, I am super happy.
That's where this app comes in! I have been using it for our schedules as a family, and keeping track of parties, appointments, school dances, (and believe me, we have a big family, some of us have medical conditions, so there are times we have more then 1 appointment in 1 week!)
 I would recommend this app for anybody who has something they need to keep track of. This isn't just for busy moms, and busy families. When I Did, can help keep track of your dieting, what you had for lunch, snacks, dinner, how much time you spent jogging, at the gym, during workouts, it's pretty much endless. Another cool thing I have to point out with this app, is that you are in control of categories, and how many, and titles! This is my favorite part!! I don't know how many times I used a planner, whether digital or paper, and even an app, (this is the 3rd I have tried, and now my last:), where they already pre created your list of what is important to you. I always either have to rename them and remember, or scribble it out if it's on paper, and I hate sloppiness. I am constantly re writing to do lists and things when I make a mistake.
 You can grab this app at The Google Play Store. I would love to hear your ideas! What do you keep track of? Have you used this app? How does it compare with other ways of keeping your busy schedules, not so busy and hectic?

The Unfinished by Patrice Williams Marks

I was more then pleased with this book. It isn't very often that a book with less then 20 pages, that isn't a children's book, really grabs my attention and ends up being one of the most original stories I ever read.
My only complaint would be that I would love an actual mini series or possibly a new book with a lot more pages! This has a lot of potential to be a super mystery, detective, science fiction, and everything in between, novel.
It amazes me that this author was able to create such a unique story, (this is something you don't see so often anymore), and introduce so many characters, give short descriptions of backgrounds, the plot, thoroughly explain what is happening, answer your questions, and deliver such a magnificent ending, in less then 20 pages.
Of course I understand the reason behind the short story, after all, it is a short story, but inside, I am wondering or maybe it's more along the lines of hoping, that this was released to see what we would think and that maybe there is a best seller coming our way in a year... hint hint!!
I am a big horror, action, science fiction, creepy, mystery, crime, fan, and I read and watch a ton in this genre. This is truly something that had me on edge and dreading the little arrows on the bottom of the screen when I saw I hit the double digits.
I agree with the reviewer who stated that, The Unfinished, reminded them of, The Twilight Zone. I have seen every Rod Serling story, at least 20 times each and still record them on my DVR, lol. The Unfinished would be an episode he would be proud of.
I recommend this book to all scifi fans, any fans of The Twilight Zone, and please, if we get enough people to read and post their thoughts, maybe we can persuade the author to give us more!

You can buy this book on Smashwords.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pay Dragon App Review

So, of course being a busy mom, and never having enough time to do anything or finish any to do list, I had so many high hopes for this app, Pay Dragon.
Pay Dragon is an app for your Android, or iPhone, that allows you to scan a bar code from any non perishable items you have in your home, and will allow you to quickly order that item from your phone, with just 1 click! Sounds pretty awesome, right? Indeed it does!
Pay Dragon also offers free 2 day shipping, and even if the price of the product you are ordering seems a little high, remember to add in the fact that you are saving gas and time also!!
This is a blessing, much like that super website where I can subscribe and save, order mac and cheese, cereal, diapers, and Christmas gifts and books, and get it shipped for free! (Yes, I am an addict )
Pay Dragon is a free app, and you are never obligated to make a purchase of course, but at least you know it's there just in case you need it. For instance, I had a terrible vehicle accident and I am still not able to drive, basically, my whole right side was smashed, several broken bones, etc, and of course my truck was totaled. ( I know many of you know about this and I am still not very good at typing, but 1 day soon, I will be back to normal and will share the story:) Anyway, for me living in a rural area, with small kiddos, and our nearest grocery store is 20 minutes away, this is the kind of thing I am in need of! More so since my accident. It is rough having to rely on others to run you around, and luckily, I have a wonderful husband who works like crazy all week, but still gets me to the stores on the weekends. there are still times when I kind of need something and I am out or don't have enough.
When I make up our menus, and figure out school lunches, the kids snack days at school, and things for my husbands lunches, I am usually pretty good with getting things on my list, grabbing the coupons and getting what we need. But even people like me run out and sometimes forget, and this is where I was anxious to use, Pay Dragon.
I used this app now for a few weeks, and I have some complaints, but I wouldn't let this affect my decision to install this app and use it for yourself. Maybe it is just me and the things I can not find, so, I would still give it a try, mainly since it is free after all! Who knows? I am sure a lot of the quirks and things will be fixed and this app has some potential to be one of the most helpful apps on the market!
What are my complaints?
For starters, I am a regular mom, with a regular family, we use the same brands and products that most other families use. For 3 weeks, I have been scanning bar codes with this app, and I continue to get the message, "Sorry, this item is out of stock" however, they will let you submit the item, and they will contact you when it is back in stock. I would say, for the time I have been using this app, I am only able to find 1 out of every 25 bar codes I scanned. these are not goofy products that are super rare or anything, they are things like, Crispix cereal, Skintimate shave gel, Suave body wash, boxes of jello products, Method cleaners, Maxwell House coffee, Coffeemate cream, Chex Mix, Lucky Charms, Duncan Hines cake mix, Betty Crocker icing, Lysol cleaning wipes, Carpet Fresh,  just regular everyday, random, items. But for the whole time, they have been, "out of stock". I understand that while having over 5000 non perishable items available, and maybe just a whole lot of people ordering these regular products, maybe this is why. But it has been a few weeks that I randomly check bar codes, just in case I find 1 I need that is available to ship.
Next issue, some products are only available in larger quantity. For example, Coffeemate, the largest size, (yes, lol, I LOVE Coffeemate and we go through a LOT of it!!), are only available in sets of 4. Which is fine, and of course I sometimes buy by the case, but I already do this through other websites, and at the store. But once in a while, I just need 1! Maybe I don't have $40 available that day, but I have $10 available and I just want 1. I don't see this as a major problem, I just hope in the future, they change this to options, "Would you like 1?" or "Would you like this by the case?"
Next issue I have are the prices. I did keep in mind the price of gas, the fact that it is more about being convenient, rather then saving money. But, the prices are very high on most products. One of the few things that was readily available to be shipped to me, was a bag of Goldfish Flavor Blasted Pizza Crackers. These are something we use a lot! The kids love them and I can usually get these for well under $3,  actually, these are often on sale for 3 for $5 or 2 for $4. That is when I stock up. But with this app, they are just a few cents under $4 a bag. I doubt I will ever order for that price, ever. Other sites that offer groceries, non perishables, at discounted prices or have sales, have better prices, on the bar codes I have scanned! This may not apply to everybody, and I live in PA, so maybe we just have way better prices on groceries and sales? I don't know, so I would still recommend giving this app a try! Oh, the other price I wanted to bring up was for Suave body wash. For just 1 regular old size, Suave body wash, it was over $5. Now, if you are a coupon shopper, you know these are rarely more then $2, and sometimes almost free with coupons and sales. There again, one of the only products available, but I can't afford to pay that much.
Next thing is not really an issue, perhaps more of a warning. Pay Dragon does offer free 2 day shipping, however, this isn't saying, free shipping. You will pay for shipping, taxes of course, but just know that when they say free 2 day shipping, it really only means that the 2 day part of the shipping is free. No, I am not accusing them of anything, they never claimed, free shipping, just free 2 day shipping. Again, this may still be useful for some people and very well could be a great deal.
Another thing I would like to add for Pay Dragon, is it would be very cool if when somebody orders more then 1 item, you would discount the shipping fees. I understand it is only a few cents, but for somebody who is really going to use this service and they are ordering more then 5 items at a time, maybe you could offer a discount?
Some pluses, I couldn't use these good parts myself, yet, but they do have a very nice referral system set up. You can get discounts for referring friends and you earn points for orders and Pay Dragon will offer discounts from 1.5% to 5%!
I will be keeping this app in my phone, and I will be hoping for some changes and I am not holding anything against them, After all, this is a service I would use all the time!! But I can't bring myself to pay these prices for most products, and I wish I could see what is available since most of what we use and need are not available.
Have you used this app?
What did you think?
You can find Pay Dragon on Facebook!!
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Double Bluff - Book 1 (The Dalerian Conspiracy) by Arno Joubert

I love action adventure and true crime books, any suspense, mystery, thrillers, all my favorites! The Dalerian Conspiracy, is all of the above!
 I am anxious to read the next few books in this series, and after checking out all of the other titles by Arno Joubert, I intend on reading many more of his books. You can find his titles and buy on Amazon, and you can check out his website for more information.
 I only have one complaint, and that would be that this specific book was to short, however, there are other books that go along with this one, so I can't say that just yet. Especially since I haven't read them and the price is right, $1.49 for this kindle edition.
 The writing itself is straight to the point, excellent use of adjectives, descriptions, he does not go overboard and the story starts almost immediately after the first few sentences. Which is another reason the length didn't upset me to much.
Arno doesn't waste time, and each page will take you further and further into the twisted and insane life of, Alexis Guerra, an assassin who was basically forced into hunting the people who are hunting her.
 A military espionage thriller is what the description of the book says, and that does about sum it up. there are explosions, suicides, double crossing and assassinations, which all make for a fascinating story. The characters are well thought out and the author introduces them all in a "nonchalant" way, this is another reason I had to give it a good rating.
Everybody fits perfectly in the story and you don't have to sift through pages and pages of boredom and forgetting what you are reading and who you are reading about. There is a computer programmer, Zachary Cohen, (and hacker) in the story, (I love that) Of course, hacking into Government computers and finding all kinds of secrets and then putting his own life on the line, as well as his wife and daughters. Bruce Bryden, a Mossad Operative, and Neil Allen, a disgraced ex Marine, also have interesting roles in this story of assassins and corrupt Government and of course, money. You can read more about, Arno Joubert on his website, as well as read some excerpts of his books!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Heroes, Mentors and Friends: Learning from our Spiritual Guides by John Dowd Jr.

I do consider myself a pretty spiritual person, and I try my best to teach my children to be the same. I do believe in miracles, and I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I was happy to receive a book such as this one to read and post my review for, since I do agree with, John Dowd Jr on many levels.
As a book, this is well written and straight to the point. While reading this book, it reminds you of a phone call or a conversation with a good friend or big sister, mom, grandma, whoever it is in your life that you look up to, as say, a mentor, or a friend.  I do wish it would have been a little longer, but for a good weekend read with some coffee and cookies, (Yum!), this is the perfect length! So, I will just point out that I would like to see more books from this author, since this is his first book.
Heroes, Mentors and Friends, is about just that.
The author explains in great detail, what the differences are between these 3, I planned on writing about all of mine in each category but honestly, this would be several pages long. (Probably more then the book! Lol!)
I like the way he describes each of these words and their meanings, very easy to understand and if you are usually somebody who appreciates the people win your life who have inspired you and helped you through rough times, through good times, and have influenced you and the way you do whatever it is you do, it is nice to have this all reaffirmed.
A hero for instance, is one who will inspire you to go beyond what you think you can do. Possibly sports heroes, scientists, artists, or doctors.
A mentor is, through experience, help us stay grounded and on the right track. A hero who interacts with us.
Friends are, angels who encourage us and applaud our accomplishments, big or small.
I am sure you can already think of several people throughout your life that can fit in these categories.
One of my favorite parts of this book, was when the author touched on, forgiveness.
 This was recently something I believe I needed a lesson in, again, and this book kind of came right at the appropriate time. I do always try my best to find the reasons behind everything, and this was indeed why I read this book.
 Why don't we forgive easily? Why do we cause ourselves so much pain and added stress? is is merely because of ego? The author does an extraordinary job explaining forgiveness, and why it is needed. This is of course something I sometimes need a "shove" in the right direction with. I finished reading this book, feeling more relaxed and at ease with myself and others around me.
 Simple, genuine happiness, and warmth is what you will get from this book. It is inspiring, as though the author is your mentor himself! You will get to know him as a person throughout this book, and I promise you will learn something or at least have something reaffirmed.
I would personally recommend this book to everybody. Whether you read it on occasion, pick out bits and pieces to assure yourself, or loan to a friend, this is well worth buying!
 Heroes, Mentors and Friends, can be purchased at, Balboa Press.
 I would love to hear any comments on this book!
Have you read this book?
Who are your mentors? Heroes? Friends?
What did you gain from reading this?

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Dog Trots Globe to Paris and Provence by Sheron Long

 If you love dogs, or have children, or like cute, feel good, stories, this is a one of a kind book!
Dog Trots Globe, was actually written by, Chula, a 9 year old Sheltie. Well, it was "barked" by Chula, and written by Sheron Long, actually. But it is told through the eyes of a dog.
My little ones really enjoyed this book, mainly because they couldn't get over how cool it was that a dog had traveled to France, and wrote, or barked the story.
There are well over 100 photographs and you can even check this out online where you can also watch 4 videos that go along with Chula's story! This was also a very fascinating addition to this book. I have never sen this before and the kids were just shrieking in pure delight!
Genevive especially, just keeps giggling everytime she thinks of this or sees the book on the shelf, because, "What the heck is a doggie doing going to France" lol.
This was also very fun to read, well except that my, French, isn't to good. But the little ones didn't mind one bit. They were to busy laughing at all of Chula's adventures and cracking up over some of the pictures to even care if I was speaking proper French.
Chula travels from California to France, and has an amazing time on every single part of her trip/ She has so much fun traveling and smelling all the goodies at the market, even the cheeses, some of which she described so well, you could almost smell the aroma coming from inside the book. Chula also seems to enjoy Paella quite a bit, ( I do too!), and the Paella man is extra nice because he lets some drop for Chula to grab, which she states, is "better then kibble!"
There are so many hilarious sections of this book, and the photos are so much fun to look at! The kids of course, had to look at each one and talk about what Chula was doing, thinking and going to do next, So, yes, it will take some extra time to read this story, usually because you are having such a good time with whoever you are reading it too, or even just checking out Chula's pictures yourself.

 Here is Chula, checking out some great deals and having a good time in France,

 Ohhh! I love these baskets!
Along with sharing pictures and fun and all of the things that are so important to dogs, Chula also shared some facts about France throughout the book, so we learned quite a bit!
For instance, Paris has 20 arrondissements, or districts. The Eiffel Tower is in Paris' 7th arrondissement.
Another bonus that comes along with, Dog Trots Globe, is the helpful afterward on pet travel. Just in case you are planning on taking your dog along with you to France someday soon. There are also
Online Extras on French travel, dog fun, and free downloads!
This is a very nice hardcover book, with so many photos, it will be a keepsake and one to treasure for years to come.
You can buy this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and right at the OIC store.
You can find Chula on Twitter and on Facebook!!


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Toe Juice and Hog Wash with GIVEAWAY!!

We received a combo pack of Hog Wash and Toe Juice to use and review and I have seen and heard the names on Facebook, Twitter, and other blogs, but I wasn't really sure what it was for, how it worked and what the brand claims to do. I have to admit, I was cracking up a bit at the names, and the kids were happy to hear the Toe Juice and Hog Wash names, lol. Of course they made up their songs, and jokes, and all those neat things little kids do.
After a few hours of this, I realized how clever the names were for these products, not to mention, I checked them out online after receiving an email and found that there are a bunch of people out there who have nothing but good and wonderful things to say about this company and their products. I was anxious to receive the Toe Juice and Hog Wash, I love to try any product that is family friendly and has such a die hard following, this stuff sounded like gold!
 I checked out their social networks and was delighted to see there is a lot of activity, they seem to keep up pretty well with their fans, run lots of deals, specials, and tips, and giveaways. (This is always a plus with me when checking out a brand or business)
So, what is Toe Juice and Hog Wash, exactly?
First off, I love the story about how this was created.... In 1970, Royce Garner, who was a high school science teacher in Boise, Idaho, produced his first batch of Toe Juice®. His endeavor began when his infant son had flaking, dry, cracked feet. The many lotions and creams were ineffective and messy. So Royce did some research, went to his lab, and came out with a revolutionary new product. Not only did it fix and prevent further complications with his son's feet, but over the years many friends, family, and acquaintances have benefited from the strength of Royce's Toe Juice®. Those who benefited from the fast drying liquid, often encouraged Royce to take it public.
**The above paragraph was taken from the official Toe Juice website**
That was neat to me because I always say, parents know best, and well, this does fall right in line with being a science teacher too;) I thought this was so cool how, Royce Garner, was helping his son and Voila! He did.
 Ok, so now, what is this stuff??
In my experience, Toe Juice is some pretty fascinating stuff that seems to be a helpful aide in almost any skin condition and in my case, even the rashes I get from having RSD/CRPS. I know most of my readers know about my disability, and even though I have had it for so long, it is still a mystery most days. But, I get 1st and 2nd degree burns and burn blisters, (No, I wasn't burned, the inside feels like fire, a burning pain, but somehow my nerves are telling my brain I am being burned and then they try to protect me with the welts and blisters, I know, hmmm strange isn't it?) I suffer from these burning welts and blisters every week, sometimes more then once a week. So, I tried Toe Juice, thinking it may cool it down a bit, which it did. It also, helped the rashes I get on my legs, ankles and feet, after the welts went down!
Besides having the rashes and burns, I also have very dry skin on my feet, especially my heels. I work on my feet, and have for years, as a bartender. I have dropped many cases and kegs on my toes and feet and have had nothing but issues since my career started. I read that Toe Juice helped others with similar problems, and of course this was kind of why this miracle stuff was invented! I thought there could be no way. Although it didn't clear it up completely, (It doesn't claim to either!), it did improve my very severe dry skin issue a LOT! I figure that when I buy some more, I can use it regularly and see an even bigger improvement.
We also used this at our house for insect bites, Ugh! I hate the itchiness, it drives me nuts! I had to say goodbye to one of my closest friends, Bactine, because Toe Juice has replaced it in our medicine cabinet.
Here are some other skin issues that others have shown and felt improvement in when using, Toe Juice..
Acne ,Diabetic ,Jungle Rot, Ringworm, Insect Bites, Cold Sores, Foot Problems, Athletes Feet, Jock Itch, Warts, Eczema, Ichthyosis, Psoriasis, and Misc Skin Irritations. That's quite a list and so far, with our families ailments, yes, indeed it has done a fine job with helping us!
We love Toe Juice at our house also because it is all natural, plant based, is not sticky or greasy and it definitely doen't smell funny! The ingredient in Toe juice that is so amazing is: DermaVine® DermaVine® is a blend of plant-based extracts that enhance the skin’s natural repairing ability. It contains willow bark, lemon peel, and Cinnamonum extracts.
Ok, onto Hog Wash..
Hog Wash is a hand sanitizer that is infused with DermaVine® and is designed to naturally promote new skin growth and keeps your hands clean, hydrated and soft.
 There are 3 little ones here, so yes, we use hand sanitizers. My main issue with hand sanitizers are the stickiness and alcohol smell, and this is something I can not stand. I have found products in the past that are not real sticky and even some that are not as alcoholy smelling, (I am not sure if that is a word;). Hog Wash is that product that has defied the odds. I don't know how, but it is not sticky in the least bit, and although it smells like alcohol at first, it evaporates and the smell is gone, just like that! Hog Wash will also have it's own shelf here at our house from now on.
The next thing I like to check out, are the prices and availability of the products, whether online or in stores, and promos, deals and sales. This is a strategic test made by Moi;P
Toe juice and Hog Wash get 5 stars ***** for sales, prices, and all the other stuff I just mentioned above.
 Where can you find these products?? You can find them at Walmart, Amazon, Walgreens, target, Acme and several other stores. you can check their site for stores near you.
 Matter of fact, right now, they are offering a FREE 1 oz bottle of Toe Juice! All you need to do is pay shipping!! (I have seen this a lot, and the shipping is only $4.25!) Check out the FREE offer here!! Another very sweet deal they are offering right now is, a Toe Juice Combo. this includes a 1 oz bottle and a 4.6 oz bottle, and since the 1 oz is free, AND they are covering shipping as well, the grand total for this deal, is only $15!! You can try the free bottle if you like, but I would suggest grabbing the free shipping deal as well, and grabbing the extra Toe Juice bottle, because this stuff is impressive!!
 AND you can also enter to win a combo pack of this stuff, generously donated by the makers of Toe Juice and Hog Wash!! The winner will receive a combo pack like the one me and the kiddos received for our review. This includes both small sizes of Toe Juice and Hog Wash and the 4.6 oz Toe Juice and the 8 oz Hog Wash. This set is valued at $32.
You can check Toe Juice out on Facebook and on Twitter and on Pinterest
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Cook'n Recipe Organizer Software Review and Giveaway

I had the opportunity to review Cook'n Recipe Organizer software, and I have to say, this is one of the most useful and most brilliant products I have seen yet! Not just since blogging either.
There is nothing left out with this software, and if you cook, love to cook, bake, anything, this is probably the best recipe organizer software you will ever come across. I honestly am very impressed with this, and when I first started trying this out, I just kind of sat here, thinking, wow, this is absolutely awesome! The only thing that would make this any better, would be if it were in an actual book form, but that just isn't possible, most of the organizer has to do with finding recipes, creating cookbooks, and things that you need a computer for;) But you can print and that's where this beats any other website or recipe software I have seen, and used.
 Here are some of the best features of this software:
 You can type ingredients you have on hand to find recipe ideas!
You can drag and drop recipes to create a menu for your family. (this is one of the features I use the most!)
You can auto generate shopping lists by aisle. (Another big time saver for me!)
You can scale recipes to adjust serving size. ( Another very handy tool!)
Calculate nutrition of your recipes.
Capture recipes from your favorite websites.
This software can be synced with your iPhone or Android.
 You can share your recipes through email.
Of course you can enter your own recipes.
You can create and print a cookbook directly from this software! and they always offer free updates. Another favorite feature of mine is, you can use custom themes to personalize your recipes.
So far this software has been nothing but helpful, and I use it every couple days. I have tried each aspect of this, except create my own cookbook, but I plan on it very soon! It is easy to use, and that goes for anybody. I also really appreciate the free updates because this is something that always holds me back from buying software. I have made that mistake before, and it seems as soon as I make the purchase, an update appears, and it is usually only offered at a discount price.
 Cook'n Recipe Organizer software is also guaranteed 200%, which means they will refund your money and they will purchase the software of your choice for you.
You can find, Cook'n on Facebook.
and on Pinterest.
Wouldn't you just love to win this software! I promise, it will make your life much easier and less stressful! Cook'n Recipe is generously offering 2 of our friends, a free download of this software! Just please make sure to comment on this post with your email, and let us know which feature you believe would help give you more well deserved time:) Enter through the Rafflecopter, as there will be many ways to enter to win. The more you enter, the better your chances.

a Rafflecopter giveaway I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops

 Remember being a kid and loving those cherry flavored cough drops that kind of tasted like candy and I know at least my mom, always said, "They are more like candy then cough drops! They don't work!!" She is right, and I haven't bought them since for my own kids. But when I was in school and somebody had a box of them, they were a tasty excuse to have something to eat while you were sitting there, waiting for the end of the day.
I always do have cough drops in the medicine cabinet, we use them, a lot of people do. I think it's pretty neat that something as simple as cough drops, or throat drops, have such an interesting story behind them.
Mr. Pine, a German confectionary maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. "I have discovered something," Pine wrote, "which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was." He added,"Perhaps I won't make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that's more important than money." Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his "discovery" would become one of the most successful, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.
**Quotes taken from Pine Bros **
The Life Saver company actually purchased Pine Bros back in  1930, and flourished. From there, it was resold, and resold some more, and just like everything else, the original recipe got cut, packaging changed, until it really isn't what it started out to be.
Luckily, the creator and former owner of, Airborne, Victoria Knight-McDowell, for her new company 3 Sisters Home Products™. Much time and effort has been spent locating the original recipe and putting these softish throat drops back in classic packaging.
You can purchase these at CVS, (1 of my favorite stores!)

We were sent a few bags of each flavor, honey and cherry. Both passed the all the tests that the little ones, and me, use in order to make our final decision of whether we love it or not;) Indeed these are absolutely tasty and definitely something the kiddos have no problem with using when they have a cough, a sore throat or are stuffed up. That is of course the biggest obstacle! Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops also pass the mom test! They really work and help! They do provide relief for sore throats, and the price is right, and I can easily find these at CVS!
This is a product that will indeed be in our medicine cabinet and in backpacks.
Compared to 2 other big brands that we do use and always have, Pine Bros is the 1st choice for the kids. That being said, they are now my first choice. Anything that will help the kids feel better, and won't cause a battle of any kind, is perfect in my eyes!
You can find Pine Bros on Facebook
and you can find them on Twitter!
If you head on over to their Facebook page, click on the Sweepstakes tab and enter to win a gift card for CVS, valued at $500!!!!
 That could take care of your shopping for several months if you are a big coupon and Extrabucks fan:)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

R.L Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series Halloween Party

My whole family just loves Halloween! So, when we had an offer to host a party for R.L Stine, the kids were super excited!
Both Genevive and Aaron are big fans of R.L Stine and most of The Hub TV shows, so when our box arrived, they started digging through it and getting ready to prepare for their Haunted Halloween party.
We originally had a party date planned, and my oldest daughter also had a Halloween party planned for the night before,so we kind of twisted the 2 parties together.
Most of their relatives were coming, ages 5 and up. ( With the exception of Deegan, who is 2, but also had a fun time in his little ninja suit!) My oldest daughter also has a few friends with children around these ages, so we had a good turn out of 13 kids and some parents.
Along with the DVD of R.L Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series Halloween, premiere episodes, we received T shirts, glow in the dark snap bracelets, glow in the dark fangs and Grampire stickers.
Grampires is the season 3 premiere, episodes 1 and 2. The kids thought this was pretty cool, a retirement community of vampires! It was quite original and fit well of course.
A brother and sister go to visit their grandpa at his retirement community and end up finding out that some pretty scary vampires live there, and their grandpa ends up having to do what he can to save his grandchildren from these maniacs. ( This may end up explaining why little ones sometimes find these types of places so creepy:)
Along with watching the Grampires episodes, the kids had a few games, snacks of course, and also had a pumpkin carving contest. I think the most favorite was the jello eating contest!
Even a couple of the older kids played this game.
the object of the game was to see who could finish a bowl full of Jello, first, BUT, they also had to have their glow in the dark fangs in! This definitely made this much harder!
I believe this is also a lot harder then what it looks like!

Of course the little bat princess in the back, ( That's Genevive), and deegan, didn't want to participate, but they did have tons of fun painting pumplkins for the pumpkin carving/painting contest.

Everybody agrees that The Hub and R.L Stine, added a lot of spooky and creepy fun to their party and they especially loved all of the goodies they took home after the party. I think a few of them are still thinking about their grandpas and grandmas.....

I was selected to be a MommyParties host as part of a promotional program with MomSelect. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 2, 2012


I recently had the opportunity to review this website, Oranum. Oranum, is a website where you can find thousands of psychics, and get personal readings from whichever one you choose.
 I have always been fascinated by psychics, and have read many books, and have had many readings throughout the years. Usually I just get Tarot card readings, but I also have studied iridology, and auras, and have read many books about astral projection. So, this was definitely a project I was thrilled to do. I do want to mention that although my review is not to be on the psychics themselves, but more on the website itself, I want to make note of the fact that I received 2 different readings, from 2 different psychics, that I personally chose, and I am so impressed and satisfied with the results, that I will be keeping my account open and visiting them both again!
I started an account, which was simple, and quick. All you need is your screenname, password and email, and you are set! They will send you a confirmation, you simply confirm, as with any website, and you are ready to deposit funds into your account. It was a painless process, total time from starting a new account to adding funds, 5 minutes. They take major credit cards, and the amount of credits range from $19.99 to $99.99. This transaction is of course, secure, and a receipt is mailed immediately after you complete the transaction. After that, you are ready to choose your psychic!
What I found very cool about this site is that you can read each psychics profiles, and reviews and even have a free chat with them, before you order a private reading, (The psychic of your choice will have their hours of operation listed, and if they are on while you are there, they are on a live webcam!) You can search for psychics by type, and you can search for individual psychics, or you can check out the top rated psychics, and choose from there.
 There are many different types of categories, anything from palm reading, to email readings, (you don't have to talk live with them, you can message and for a reasonable price, $14.99, you can ask for an email reading), to chakra healing, tarot readings, angel cards, dream interpretation, help with love, money, health, the list is endless. It may take a while to rummage through all of the categories and psychics until you find 1 or 2 that stick out for you. The site makes this whole process very easy as well. Each psychic is rated by other users, and they are posted in squares on the website. You can read the first sentence of that persons profile and you can see the star rating they received and the price. They start at 99 cents per minute. If you want to read more, you click on the square and it will take you to their complete profile and all of their reviews, amount of people helped, and they also list any specials they offer, as well as a complete list of their specialties. If that particular psychic is on while you are, you will see a live webcam and you can ask questions, chat with other people in the room, and get to know your psychic before you order! (Please do not ask the psychic questions that have to do with your reading! This is what the private reading is for! Also, there are others in the room, not just you, so you shouldn't ask about personal issues when the whole world can see) I love this feature actually! I spoke with several, and found lots of very interesting people. You can use this to see if you clique with your choice, or not. You can also use this feature to see what they offer, and ask questions about price, specials, and they are also pretty well versed in how to use the website itself. Like I mentioned earlier, I did have 2 seperate readings, both of which I was happy with, and 2 different types of psychics, and 2 different types of readings. For the first I did receive a couple answers to questions and I had a card reading. For the second, I asked to give me details on past lives and how they are affecting my personal life today. Both psychics were very professional, and I gave them both 5 star ratings afterwards. (Please always rate them and you can even choose to share on Twitter and Facebook!)
When you do go into a private reading, they will be on a webcam and will talk, you do not have to have a webcam, unless you want too. Otherwise, you can type like I did. You can also choose to call, or again, choose the email reading. I did see some members asking in different chat rooms, if they could just both type, since some were not able to see or hear the psychic. From what I saw, they all said, sure. I would just personally not choose that, since I would rather get the most out of my time, and typing may be a bit slower then speaking.
I received credit for my first reading as part of this project, The 2nd credit was received by a special the website offers, where you choose a psychic with a clock located inside the square and if you spend at least $19.99 in the room with the psychic, they will credit you $19.99 into your account! This is an ongoing deal, and the psychics that offer this do change from time to time. They also have some neat specials throughout the week. This past week was Halloween of course, and they had some candies hidden throughout the website and if you found them, it credited $5 or $10 into your account! (No, I didn't find even 1 lol) I also had to request help from customer service once, because my credits from the special were not deposited into my account. But I was well taken care of within 12 hours and the credit was deposited! (they do ask for 24 hours, so just in case you ever have to contact them, it may take less or more time then my personal time)
 My only complaint about this website, is that I wish I could have something that tracked my time a little better while in a private reading. With both of my readings, there was only a box above the psychic, when my account hit a minute worth of credit. In both readings, I wish I would have known well before the minute. After my few days of visiting several psychics, and using as much of the site as I could, I am very pleased with
 You can also check them out on Facebook and Google+

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