Showing posts from October, 2011

Nutrisystem Week 1 #NSNation

I received my Nutrisystem shelf stable order last Thursday and was excited to start. I started the plan last Friday morning. I weighed myself last Friday morning before starting and weighed 337 lbs even. This Monday, I received my frozen items from Nutrisystem as well. Nutrisystem also sent me a water bottle that holds 32 ounces of water and you are supposed to drink at leave 2 full bottles per day.

Following the plan couldn't be easier. I was worried that I would be hungry all day or that it would be hard to follow. That hasn't been the case at all. In fact, there have been times I have checked the clock and noticed it was lunch time and had to force myself to eat lunch because I wasn't really super hungry. That's totally a different feeling than I am used to.

Even after only 1 week, I have begun to realize what it feels like to actually be hungry and not to eat just for the sake of eating or when I am bored or stressed out. I now view eating my meals in a different lig…

Circle of Friends Lice Defense Products Review & Giveaway!!

My daughter is in first grade and between this school year and last year, there has been tons of cases of head lice in her class. Luckily, she never got lice but I worry each and every time I get one of those dreaded "one of the children in your childs class has a case of head lice" letters. Not only are they a pain to get rid of but most of the products made for lice removal contain harsh chemicals and smell awful. I would much rather prevent them to begin with versus having to deal with them. Wouldn't you??

With that said, Circle of Friends sent me 3 of  their Lice Defense system products for review.

About Circle of Friends Lice Defense System

There are 2 hair care products and 2 styling products in the Lice Defense line.The hair care line includes Lice Defense shampoo and Leave-in conditioner, while the styling products are hair spray and styling gel.

The products are powerful, yet gentle enough to deter lice naturally. The key ingredients are tea tree oil, andiorba oil a…

Sparklehearts Review and Giveaway!

Sparklehearts beauty products are designed with younger girls in mind. Their products are 99.6% natural and made from organic ingredients. Made in the USA and never tested on animals as well. Sparklehearts cares about the environment too as their packaging is made from 100% recyclable materials.
I was sent their Bubbly Bloom Body Wash, Shine Shampoo and their Soft Conditioner for review. My daughter immediately claimed these as hers. The packaging has bright colors and come with pink press down pumps. I loved that they came with easy to dispense pumps because my daughter tends to use too much product when there isn't a pump. I was impressed with the size of the bottles as well. They are 10 ounces each. Each product we received has a sweet candy scent to it. Each scent is different but each smelled yummy. All 3 products worked the same, if not better than, other products we had been using that contain all sorts of artificial chemicals, colors and fragrances. I love using products, e…

Advice for Keeping Families Safe this Fall + Master Lock Key Safe Review and Giveaway!

Did you know that studies show that 4 out of every 5 students participate in some extracurricular activity outside of their required classload?
As fall approaches, family schedules inevitably fill up with these after-school practices, work obligations, parent teacher conferences and more. Before heading out, take a step back to discuss your family's security routines and the measures everyone should take to keep their homes and each other safe throughout the year.
"Fall brings an abundance of schedule changes and families working to adapt to new routines," said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. "As calendars become full of different activities, Master Lock can help families with a variety of security measures to ensure they can safely maintain a busy lifestyle." 

Master Lock offers these five key guidelines to help balance family safety with a busy schedule: 

1. Embrace the key safe. If your children will be coming home to an empt…

AdoraPet Children's Books Review

My daughter loves to read books so I happily accepted to review an upcoming line of children's books.

AdoraPet books were founded by YiShaun Yang when she was working as an attorney. As she was filming a documentary for kids showing puppies playing, she realized that her passion is nourishing happy minds and developing new ways for kids to see and safely experience the world by creating children's products that inspire kids to read, play, dream and discover.

YiShaun created Pima Puppy and Pico Puppy as the embodiment, natural curiosity, imagination and sense of adventure. Pima and Pico are a little girl puppy and boy puppy who love going on adventures and sharing them with your child through their themed books and dress-up toy outfits.

AdoraPet offers 8 book titles including:

Astronaut Adventure
Visit the Dentist
On The Farm
Firefighter Adventure
Mermaid Adventure
Pirate Adventure

YiShaun sent us 2 different AdoraPet books for review, Ballerina and Mermaid Adventure…

Winnie the Pooh DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway!

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, for the latest adventure featuring the world’s beloved bear,
Winnie The Pooh!  Join Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Christopher Robin, Owl, Kanga, Piglet, Eeyore,
and all of the classic characters you know and love when Walt Disney Pictures releases Winnie
The Pooh on DVD and Blu-Ray October 25, 2011!

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I'm a Nutrisystem Blogger! #NSNation

I am excited and terrified to announce that I have been accepted into the Nutrisystem Blogger program! I am excited because I need to lose weight and I know that with hard work I will. I am terrified though at the same time because this means I am going to have to put myself out there for you all to see.

You see, I have struggled with my weight nearly my entire life. I was a fat child and was picked on a lot due to my weight. As an adult, I was always overweight and now, at 31 years old, have reached a low point. I currently weigh a whopping 337 lbs(I can't believe I just admitted that on my blog).

I need to do this, not only for myself but for my beautiful daughter. If I don't take some weight off now, I am afraid I won't be around to watch her grow up.

With that said, I will be posting weekly updates, including a few video blogs as well, as to my progress and letting you all know how I am doing or asking for moral support. 

I will be providing before, during and after pictur…

"Like" my link to help me review and give away a SweetPea3 MP3 Player! I need YOUR HELP!

Hey everyone! I am participating in a little contest in order to have the chance to review AND give away a kids SweetPea3 MP3 player! But I need your help!!

Please visit here and hit the "Like" button on the page for my blog. The 10 bloggers who get the most "likes" by 11/1, will be able to review AND give away one of these fabulous kids MP3 players!!

My daughter would LOVE one of these because most mp3 players you need headphones to listen and with her Autism, headphones and earbuds bother her, so I really would love to be able to review one. Plus, I love giving you fab readers a chance to win!

About the SweetPea3
The SweetPea3 is the top selling MP3 for kids on the market.  It is a real MP3 player that holds 32 hours of music and plays through a speaker.  Kids and parents alike love this player because it makes music so accessible and it lasts forever.

Loopeez Shoe Tying Aid Review

I recently had the opportunity to review a product called Loopeez. What are Loopeez? They are a shoe tying aid that can help children learn to tie their shoes quickly and easily. I was excited to be able to review Loopeez because my daughter has Autism and with this comes fine motor difficulties. Prior to using Loopeez, I had tried to teach my daughter the concept of tying shoes and while she did understand the concept, she had issues with implementing the concept, holding the laces, remembering the steps, and ultimately her fine motor skills are just not sufficient enough right now for her to tie her own shoes without help. This would cause a lot of frustration so I left the subject alone.

About Loopeez
Loopeez is a mom invented product that revolutionizes the way kids learn to tie shoes. Loopeez is the first shoe tying aid to teach directly on the child's shoe and teach BOTH methods of tying. With Loopeez, parents and kids can learn to tie in a fun way eliminating the frustrati…

Dr. Sharp Fluoride-Free Oral Care Products Review

About Dr. Sharp Fluoride-Free Oral Care(from their website)
Your path to improved dental health and well-being starts with Dr. Sharp’s fluoride-free products. We offer you a sophisticated approach to natural oral care, courtesy of Dr. Bruno Sharp, Miami’s leading aesthetic dentist. His vision and dedication to the demands of educated consumers combines decades of experience with advanced technology – all of which has created some of the most cutting-edge, doctor-endorsed oral health products available today.
Our philosophy is simple – by caring deeply about our environment and its effect on your health, we have dedicated ourselves to providing you with innovative and proven alternatives to fluoride-based products. That’s why our toothpastes and mouthwashes are made with natural ingredients and herbals that harness many of the restorative and nurturing qualities found in nature.
The ingredients we use are vegan and not tested on animals. Our commitm… Review

Both my daughter and I wear glasses. She wears glasses full time, while I only use glasses for reading and computer use. I have hated shopping for glasses for us both in the past. We need them to see but the prices are insane. The insurance that we currently have only pays for lenses for my daughter and a tiny amount towards frames. For me, they pay for nothing at all. The last time my daughter needed new frames, I paid about $150.00. The last time I got glasses, I paid a little over $300.00 with lenses. Crazy!!

Are you tired of paying insane prices for eyeglasses? I have a solution!!

They have a very broad range of eyeglasses and sunglasses. They have men's eyeglasses, women's eyeglasses, kids eyeglasses, metal eyeglasses, rimless eyeglasses, bifocals and even sunglasses!
With prices starting at $39, you may be thinking you would only be getting frames. You would be wrong! With every order, you receive:
Light & Thin Prescription L…

Tea Collection Clothing Review

I love shopping, especially for my daughters clothing. I want her to look the best that she can, while not paying through the nose. Quality of clothing is also a big factor for me. What good is a cheap outfit if the quality is terrible and doesn't last? I would much rather pay a little more for quality items that last and look great!

I've known about Tea Collectionfor awhile now but never took the plunge and purchased anything from them. I recently contacted them to see if I could review some of their items and they happily agreed! 

About Tea Collection 
Tea Collection was started in 2002 in San Francisco with 3 beautiful, pima cotton baby sweaters and a vision of bringing the fusion of worldwide cultures and modern design to fashion.
Tea Collection designs distinctive fashion collections inspired by the beauty they discover in their travels around the world. From the iconic art and architecture of Barcelona to the graphic boldness of Brazilian street graffiti, they interpret …

Curious Critters-Book Review

My daughter loves to read books. She has always loved books. I am always on the hunt for books that are not only fun to read but educational as well. I was recently approached to review a book called Curious Critters by David Fitzsimmons. After reading about what the book was all about, I knew I had to review it as I knew my daughter would love it.
About Author David Fitzsimmons David Fitzsimmons is a freelance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. He photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and Shutterbug, as well as newspapers and online publications. He has over 100 calendar credits including numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. Curious Critters is David's first children's picture book.
About Curious Critters In his children's picture book, Curious Critters, David Fitzsimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. Curious Critters presents stunni…

Smelly Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner Review & Giveaway

As you may have read, I have recently reviewed Smelly Washer and Smelly Towel. Those reviews can be found here and here. For my final review from the makers of Smelly Washer, I was asked to review their Smelly Dishwasher & Disposal Cleaner product.
Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately would be better suited, I have issues with both in my home. I live in an apartment and my appliances and disposal are over 10 years old. They both work great but there is always one issue I could never resolve with them both.
For my dishwasher, I am known to not always rinse my dishes before placing them into my dishwasher. A big no no but hey, I'm a single mom with little time. This, I am sure, has caused little pieces of food to get stuck and stink up the dishwasher. Plus, I think it's just a natural thing that does happen over time anyway. That being said, I have noticed an odor in my dishwasher and have attempted in the past to get rid of it but to no avail.
So I was excited to try the Smelly…

Funky Monkey Snacks Review & Giveaway

Founded in 2006 with the mission of nourishing healthy lifestyles by providing delicious, nutritious, convenient, quality snacks, Funky Monkey Snacks are simply real fruit snacks, made using a proprietary freeze-drying process that creates Fruit That Crunches! while retaining nearly all of the fruit's natural goodness.
Funky Monkey Snacks are gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, peanut and tree nut free, and contain no added sugars, colors, flavors or preservatives. They are Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, raw and certified Kosher. They are produced in Brazil, near where the fruit is grown to ensure that all of the premium-quality ingredients are harvested and freeze-dried at the peak of freshness.
Different from other freeze-dried fruits on the market which can have a powdery and Styrofoam-like texture, Funky Monkey's proprietary method of freeze drying creates a snack that has the crunchy appeal of more traditional snack foods, with three servings of fruit in every ounce. Ful…