Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pledge Floor Care Review

I recently moved into my first house a little over two months ago.  My lower level flooring is completely bamboo hardwood.  Not only is the wood gorgeous, but it requires a lot of upkeep to continuously have it looking shiny and new.  I clean the hardwoods weekly and also use a steam mop for sanitizing purposes but I knew I needed to use products that were meant for hardwoods specifically.  Pledge has come to my rescue and made my glistening hardwood floor dreams a reality.

Pledge is most recognizable to individuals as a polish for wood furniture.  I grew up on Pledge and depend on it now as an adult to keep my furniture looking beautiful and dust-free.  Just thinking about that familiar lemon scent makes me smile.  Pledge has expanded their product line and now wants to make your hardwoods smell delicious too.  The four products that are must-have's for gorgeous floors are Pledge's Wood Trigger, Wood Squirt & Mop, Concentrated Cleaner, and Finish.  If you're looking to have your floors look the same way they did when you first moved in, Pledge is up for the job.  Go ahead and give them a try today.

I was sent a bundle of Pledge products to test out on my hardwood floors.  Combine a dog constantly running around, foot traffic in the rain, snow, and dirt, and you have yourself a lot of build-up.  What better way to bring your floors back to life than with Pledge products?

Shiny floors are just a squirt away.

I first tried out the Squirt & Mop product.  The instructions told me that it was meant for removing dirt and grime that has built up over time.  Its advanced formula works to maintain your floor's natural finish, with no dull residue.  It reveals wood's natural beauty and leaves a fresh citrus floor behind.  The hardwood floor gods were definitely listening to my cleaning prayers when they created this product! All you do is squirt a small amount directly onto the floor and clean with a mop in an "S" pattern.  Be careful though, this product is not meant for use on unfinished, waxed, oiled, or worn wood floors.  As soon as I started cleaning, I instantly noticed results.  The dullness was gone and life  and vitality were brought back into my floors.  My floors truly never looked better and I was so impressed.  In just a few moments, my whole lower level was cleaned and the floors honestly looked like they came out of a magazine.  No product I had previously used had worked this well!

I will certainly be using this product on a regular basis.  The clean and shiny floors make my heart sing with joy.  Not only is this product meant for hardwoods, but you can also clean and condition other wood surfaces like wood paneling, cabinetry, and woodwork.  Go ahead and get your clean on!
Shiny wood dreams are made from this bottle.

The Wood Trigger product is perfect for spot cleaning.  Let's say you spill something on your hardwoods, or your pet accidentally goes to the bathroom on the floor.  Instead of getting out a mop and cleaning your whole floor, it's much easier to just correct the targeted issue.  Just spray the affected area and wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge and you'll be good to go.  It rained the other day and my dog came in with muddy paws.  I was not pleased since I had just cleaned all the hardwoods the previous day.  I immediately cleaned the problem area of my floors and they matched up perfectly with the rest of the flooring.  I couldn't have been more pleased especially since I didn't have to get out my mop again! This product would be wonderful to have on hand especially when kids are eating or playing and leaving fingerprints or sticky messes around.

Unscrew the cap for clean dreams.

Pledge's Wood Concentrated Cleaner allows you to clean wood floors and leave them looking perfect.  The product contains almond oil to moisturize wood and restore its natural beauty.  I have not used this product because I feel like the Squirt & Mop product is very similar.  The difference between the Squirt & Mop and the Concentrated Cleaner is that instead of directly squirting it onto your floors, you add 1/4 cup of the cleaner to 1 gallon of warm water.  The end result is the same and your floors still look beautiful and polished, you're just cleaning them a different way.

Insert shiny floors here.

Finally, Pledge's Wood Finish is the perfect product for maintaining that beautiful shine in-between cleanings.  Not everyone wants to clean everyday, but they do want that just-cleaned hardwood floor look.  This product helps to shine, protect, and restore your floors.  First-time users should thoroughly clean their floors with a solution of 1 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup Pledge Concentrated Cleaner.  Then rinse your floors immediately with clean water.  Please keep your pets and children away while you perform this task.  If this is not your first time cleaning with these products, thoroughly clean the floor with Squirt & Mop, let dry, and then spread Wood Finish evenly with a cloth or other applicator.  The product normally dries within 20-30 minutes.  

My husband actually used the Wood Finish product last night.  He sent me a picture of the floors when he was done and they look fabulous.  He was extremely satisfied with the product and enjoyed using it and he's not big on cleaning chores.  There's just something about knowing your floors are protected and conditioned properly that makes your heart happy.  I feel like Danny Tanner in Full House when I think about it.  Remember how he always loved to clean?

I am very impressed with Pledge's Floor Care line and would highly recommend it to virtually everyone who has wood flooring in their home.  If you want to take your floors from meh to marvelous, Pledge is ready to take you on the cleaning ride of your dreams.

*DISCLOSURE* I received complimentary product in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zcan Giveaway

If you're like me, you sometimes have trouble keeping track of important items.  You say you'll put that receipt in a special place, but when you go to look for it it's gone.  How about when you need to keep track of printed text from newspapers and magazines? If this sounds like you, why make life any harder than it has to be? It would certainly be nice if we could keep everything important to us in one place.  Luckily, Zcan shares that philosophy.

Zcan is a handy and user-friendly scanner mouse supporting 199 OCR languages.  Simply press the scan button on the top of the mouse to begin scanning.  You can scan text, tables, pictures, etc and paste the material instantly into Word/Excel/Powerpoint and they are editable right away.  How about sharing your children's drawings with Grandma or Grandpa? Zcan allows you to share these scanned items through Facebook, Twitter, or email instantly! The mouse come in three different colors including blue, orange, or green depending on your color preference.  Zcan installs on your desktop very quickly and allows you to start scanning in about 5 minutes with the included scan pad.  You can also edit pictures with the available software tools. 

Now is the perfect time as any to become organized.  Scan in your tax documents, sales reports, recipes, or even receipts and save them in labeled folders.  Now you'll never have to worry about looking for that missing item again.  You'll feel good about yourself knowing your life is together and more organized.  If you're learning another language, the mouse even allows you to translate a paragraph of foreign language in Google Translate to decipher. 

This mouse would be the perfect gift for a business owner or executive.  Let them file away everything important at a click of a button! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Carnival Freedom Review

If you are looking for a summer getaway trip, why not consider a cruise vacation? What could be better than being on a floating hotel that has endless food, entertainment, activities, and pools among many other highlights? Kick back and relax as you soak up the sun on your way to gorgeous tropical islands.  What are you waiting for? Great fun for families, friends, and couples awaits you.  Book those cruise tickets today!

Carnival Cruise Lines offers deals and packages to the most popular vacation destinations possible.  How does a cruise to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, or Mexico sound? Carnival sails from many convenient locations including New York, California, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, among others.  Each Carnival ship sails to different areas depending on which vessel you choose. There are 23 different ships to choose from including the Carnival Freedom, Ecstasy, Elation, Dream, Fantasy, Conquest, and many more. Each ship differs from the other in ways, but whichever one you select offers pools, a spa, casino, on-board entertainment, restaurants, nightly shows, and many activities.  There is always fun to be had and much food to be enjoyed!

Are you ready for fun in the sun?

Just this morning I returned from an 8 day cruise to the Caribbean with my husband and parents.  I sailed on the Carnival Freedom and it was my second time traveling on a Carnival ship.  This ship was built in 2007 and was the last ship to be built on the Conquest-class platform. From the minute you step on board after check-in, you're greeted by a sea of excitement and people.  Everyone is attempting to see all that the ship offers at once.  Our first stop was the Lido Deck for some lunch.  There was so many different options of food, you didn't know where to turn to first.  Whether you are craving a hot dog or a grilled sandwich from the deli, comfort food, Italian food, or even hamburgers and fries, the Carnival Freedom has you covered.  Of course there is also a Mongolian wok station, pizza station, and dessert station! Don't forget the unlimited chocolate and vanilla ice cream cones from the ice cream machines around the Lido Deck too.

You are able to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the Lido Deck if you choose, or in the main dining rooms.  The food is completely different on the Lido Deck than it is in the dining rooms and it changes daily.  We ate dinner every night in the main dining room.  I found the food extremely delicious and looked forward to meal times each day.  The service from the waitstaff was impeccable.  Each night your waiter remembered your name, even if he only served you once.  You were greeted with a smile and a friendly hello.  My family requested the same waiter on many occasions since we liked his service so much.  He even brought my mom a Greek salad without her even requesting it nightly as an appetizer, since she mentioned she enjoyed it the first time she had it.  Now talk about outstanding customer service!

Baked eggplant.  Just an example of what you can have aboard. 

Is it legal to marry baked goods? I think so.

As you walk around the many levels of the ship you'll find tons of things to do.  You can try your hand at the slots or tables in the casino, work-out in the gym, have a drink in one of the many pubs or bars, play some games in the arcade, or even watch a show in the lounge.  I enjoyed the main lobby where there was always live music.  The shops offered jewelry, souvenirs, t-shirts, and much more.  There was even a candy store to indulge that sweet tooth of yours.  You can't forget the many pools that are available too.  Sit back and enjoy a frozen drink and soak up the sun.  What I liked most was that there was a section for all individuals, as well as an adults only side if you wanted some peace and quiet away from families.  Camp Ocean is available for children.  This day care service allows you to drop your children off to have fun during the day while you enjoy some free-time.  The caretakers will watch your children, and they even change diapers if needed.  If you're having a late night out, they will take your children to your state room and tuck them into bed for you.  I think that's a wonderful service.

The ship was smooth except for some rough patches provided by rocky waters.  Since I'm now 21 weeks pregnant, I wasn't sure how I would feel during the trip.  I held up pretty well and wasn't too sick.  It's really interesting to look out the window and see nothing but blue ocean surrounding you! Cruise nights brought you comedy shows, karaoke, and sing-alongs at the piano bar.  I also very much enjoyed the towel animals that were left on my bed each night.

Look at me.  I'm cute and I come with chocolates.

We had four stops on our trip; Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba.  I had never been to any of those islands before and was looking forward to a new experience and memories.

Turks and Caicos brought salt mines and beautiful beaches.  I had my camera ready at all times! We took a tour around the island and learned much about the culture.

Next, we visited the Dominican Republic.  This beautiful island offered a wealth of history and gorgeous scenery. We really enjoyed our time there.

When we visited Curacao, I was not prepared for how gorgeous it was.  The crystal blue waters of the beach were just stunning!

Our final port stop was Aruba.  This was a lazy beach day for us and we enjoyed every minute of it! Who wouldn't love relaxing on a lounge chair in the sun all day? 

My family had a wonderful time aboard the Carnival Freedom and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a future cruise vacation.  You will absolutely love it! It's hard to transition back to the real world after an eight day trip.  This leaves me no choice but to book a future Carnival vacation so I have something to look forward to!

*DISCLOSURE* I received discounts and complimentary items in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own.  


Back from vacation

Hi all! I just got back this morning from my cruise.  I'm getting all my emails answered and will have a post up for you tonight and the next following days! :) Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Hello! :) 

I'm going on vacation starting tomorrow and will be back on the 21st.  I will have internet access during my trip but I don't think any reviews/giveaways will be going up during that time.

Look for awesome content when I get back!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Clearly Filtered Giveaway

Water is one of the best things you can give your body.  Now that it's summer and extremely hot out, staying hydrated should be one of your main priorities when outside.  There's nothing like a cold, refreshing glass of filtered water.  Since I'm pregnant, I'm required to drink a lot of water a day.  I've noticed my skin looks better and I have more energy, which is a wonderful plus.  If you don't currently drink a lot of water, it's important that you start. Your body will thank you.

Clearly Filtered offers the latest water filters on the market.  They allow you to have the cleanest and safest waters while eliminating chlorine fluoride and heavy metals.  The product line-up includes many water bottles and pitchers to choose from, depending on what your needs are.  A wonderful feature of Clearly Filtered's products is that it eliminates up to 99.99% of chlorine reduction in water while other products simply reduce it.  If you choose Clearly Filtered, you know you will be drinking the cleanest water possible.  If you're a big outdoorsy person, purchasing a water bottle that holds 21, 27, or 28 gallons would be a great idea. Go ahead and give Clearly Filtered a try today!

One product in particular that everyone should have in their fridge is the Pure Filtered Water Pitcher.  Can't you just imagine cool, crisp, and clean water at your fingertips? Now that's a reality every day.

All you have to decide is which glass to use.

A great feature of this pitcher is the color.  Since it's white, it's very easy to see how much water is left and when you need to refill it.  The filters last for up to 200 gallons which is approx. 300 fill ups.  You should replace the filter every 6 months or when the water flow becomes restricted.  As with all of their products, the pitcher is made from 100% BPA free, non-leaching Tritan plastic.  If you're worried about chemicals or unnatural materials, here's one less thing you'll have to worry about.  Pour yourself a big glass of water and enjoy the day.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Netflix #StreamTeam Alerts School's In For Summer July 2014

While school is out and many children are enjoying the summer, that doesn't mean the learning should stop. Yes, it is summer and kids should be doing fun activities, they should also be refreshed on various topics they learned during the year including math and English to start. They say that children forget two months of material over the summer if they don't frequently review it. For the perfect way to beat the heat and indulge in some screen time, introduce your kids to something new this summer via Netflix.  Learning doesn't have to be uninteresting! Whether you show them a documentary about dinosaurs or the moon, you can keep their brain active all summer long.

My parents always valued education when I was growing up-and they still do.  I was always encouraged to use educational math programs when I was in school, since math was my worst subject.  I do remember having summer homework assignments which helped me to remember what I learned throughout my time off.  

Netflix has compiled a list of brain-boosting titles for both big and small kids to boost their brain power this summer.  I always think that children do enjoy learning, you just have to find a way to make it interesting and exciting for them.

For your big kids:

1. Lewis & Clark-The Journey Out West
2. Walking with Dinosaurs
3. Secret Yellowstone
4. The Blue Planet
5. When We left Earth: The NASA Missions

For your little ones:
1. The Great Mouse Detective
2. Busytown Mysteries
3. Leapfrog: Math Adventures to The Moon
4. Turtle: The Incredible Journey
5. The Magic School Bus

As you can see, there are many titles for each age group.  I can guarantee your children will find these programs interesting and captivating.  Go ahead and create some fun summer memories alongside some learning with your children for a summer they will remember!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Jack & Lily Giveaway

Lately I've been on a baby clothing and shoes kick.  The adorable little clothes are hard to resist and I want to buy everything I see! Since babies grow so quickly, make sure you take that into account and don't buy too much of one size since they will outgrow it fast.  The size of baby shoes are so tiny, it feels like you're dressing up a doll.  Whatever shoes you choose to put your child in, just make sure they are comfortable and fit properly.
Jack & Lily is committed to the development of high quality baby, infant, and toddler footwear.  The shoes are lovingly designed with a baby's sense of touch in mind.  Whether you're looking for boots, sneakers, or rubbed soled shoes, Jack & Lily has you covered with a variety of styles for boys and girls. Whether you'd like a solid color, glitter, flowers, animals, or even a rocketship, all of it's available!  The shoes are ridiculously cute and there are so many pairs that I want.  If you choose to buy shoes for a baby aged up to 6 months, they are constructed to provide extra flexibility for baby's developing feet. The shoes are truly made well and the brand surely has baby's best interest in mind. If you're looking for a baby shower gift, shoes from Jack and Lily would make a fabulous gift.

I've honestly never seen cuter children's shoes in my life. Here are some of my current favorites for both boy or girl. Of course this is just the start of the shoes I like!

Aren't they so sweet? This is also a good representation of the variety of styles offered too.  Go ahead and surf on over to Jack & Lily today.  Your baby's feet are waiting for an adorable pair of shoes!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Decleor Giveaway

Many women spend weeks during spring getting ready for the summer swimsuit season.  Looking their best in a swimsuit is a top priority for most women.  Now that summer is upon us, who doesn't want their body to look better? With endless beach trips, pool parties, and BBQ's, many of us still feel unconfident about wearing a two-piece.  No matter how hard you exercise, some people don't get the results they want. Decleor is here to save the day and make you feel great and confident when your swim suit cover up comes off.

Decleor offers a Slim Effect Contouring Gel-Cream that contains an exclusive lipo-cellular complex and essential oils, which combine to act as a powerful localized treatment for cellulite.  With its fresh and non-sticky texture, this gel-cream is rapidly absorbed and acts to help promote the reduction of existing fat cells, prevent formation of new fat cells, and restore skin's elasticity and firmness.   When you use this product, skin appears more hydrated, smoother, and firmer.  Not everyone is built like a supermodel and cannot look like one no matter how hard they exercise, and Decleor certainly understands that.

A miracle product in a tube.

I know that I could certainly use Decleor's help in firming and toning certain areas of my body! It would be a great feeling to feel confident in how I look, especially in a swimsuit.  I don't think I've ever really felt that. Plenty of women around the US avoid pools and beaches just because they are embarrassed of their bodies. It's time to embrace yourself and be the beautiful, confident individual that you are.

For a limited time, Decleor is offering a free Aroma Cleanse Exfoliating Cream with the purchase of the Slim Effect Contouring Gel-Cream.  What a fabulous offer! Please check it out here.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2nd Trimester Pregnancy Update

I haven't updated you guys on my pregnancy in about 8 weeks now.

I'm now 18 weeks.  Tomorrow, I have another Dr's appt.  I'll have an ultrasound and a regular check up. Hopefully, they'll be able to tell me what the baby is! I'm very curious to know and I can't live in suspense much more.  Last time I went, they told me thought it was a girl, but couldn't confirm. I'd love a little girl, so it would be nice if it really was!

Me at 18 weeks pregnant.

How I physically feel:
My feet hurt frequently.  It helps when I rest them, but they still seem to hurt by the end of the day
Sleeping is difficult.  I'm used to sleeping on my back or stomach, so sleeping on my side permanently has been a transition.  Luckily, I do use a body pillow. I am tired frequently and have to rest a lot.  
No nausea at all anymore.  In the beginning, I was nauseous a lot.  I'm so happy this has passed.
I've been having more headaches lately.  I'll be bringing that up with the Dr. tomorrow.
Random aches and pains.
I have no stretchmarks on my stomach so far which I'm so thankful for! I put almond oil on my stomach nightly.
I haven't felt the baby kick yet, but I do have random flutters and movement throughout the day.  Exciting!
I have to pee all the time.  Constantly.  I get up 2-3x a night.  I need to be a spokesperson for Charmin toilet paper.
I've been regularly wearing maternity clothes for about 2 weeks or so now.  Barely any of my pants fit anymore, but some of my tops still fit. 
I try to go on a walk every day with Carolyn to stay healthy.

I haven't had any cravings at all. I can eat anything and have no food aversions.  I've eaten a lot more fruit lately. It's also been hard to drink as much water as I'm required to.
I don't eat any more than I previously have.  I don't feel any hungrier than usual at all.

We have no boy names at all picked out, but we have a few girl names picked out that we agree on.  

Weight gain:
I've only gained about 5 or 6 lbs at 18 weeks.

Looking forward to:
Finding out the gender
Picking out a name
Feeling the baby kick
Decorating the nursery
Progressing more in my pregnancy and getting closer to having the baby.  I am dreading the actual birth process.  It's scary!

We've been buying a lot of books for the baby at garage sales.  I can't wait to fill up a bookshelf with the books in the baby's room.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Baby's First Book Blocks Giveaway

It's never too early to teach baby.  Children's brains are like sponges and will soak up anything taught to them, and they usually enjoy learning especially if you make it fun.  I've already bought a lot of books geared towards babies, and will read to my child constantly once they're born.  I want to make sure they gain and develop all of the needed and necessary skills for their age at an early start. Have you read to your child today?

Baby's First Book Blocks is a series of mini board books from Powerhouse Books designed to entice infants to focus and develop their visual acuity.  Featuring high-contrast colors, eye-catching shapes, and colorful patterns, these chunky little books also incorporate the latest scientific research about vision development.  All of the above help to make the perfect introductory book for babies.

Look at all of the beautiful colors and patterns, they will mesmerize baby.

Studies show that during the first year of life, babies visual skills develop dramatically.  A month-old infant will prefer sharply defined, black-and-white edges and patterns.  By four months of age, most babies can distinguish even subtle shades and respond to repeating patterns.  Just a few minutes a day of looking at and exploring the shapes and colors will help babies to develop visual skills.  The books also provide a great opportunity for parents to interact with baby.

While it's important for baby to play with age-appropriate toys, it's equally as important for them to learn. Learning truly is everything.  Spend five or ten minutes a day everyday having them focus on the book blocks.  I can guarantee that the colors and patterns will draw them right in and keep their attention.  They won't even realize that the books are beneficial to their development, which is the best part! Each page has a different image on it to delight them.

Do the best thing you can do for your child and teach them as early as you can.  They will appreciate it in the long-run.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bobsweep Review

Cleaning is not something I love doing, but it's a necessity of life.  I can say that I do love how my house looks and smells after I clean it weekly.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could put your feet up and relax while the cleaning gets done for you? Most people can't afford a maid, but there is a solution which is the next best thing.  Let the Bobsweep enter your home and give you a break from cleaning from here on out.
The Bobsweep is here to revolutionize how you vacuum forever.  This round little device will provide you with the best automatic automatic floor cleaning vacuum ever.  Forget pushing a heavy vacuum on your carpets and hardwoods, let Bob do the work for you.  Bob's automatic floor-cleaning capacity, together with his extra-large brush, truly cleans your carpets and floors and rids them of dust, hair, and debris. The side brush also targets those frequently missed baseboards too.  The best part about Bob is that you can program him to run to clean your floors anytime you want.  A Bobsweep makes the perfect present for an elderly parent, or a mom who finds it hard to balance a new baby and cleaning the house at the same time.  It's also perfect if you want to give yourself a break too.  Don't worry, Bob will make your floors look their best in no time.

I was sent a gold Bobsweep for review. The color is very pretty.  I feel very fortunate to have received it because my schedule is hectic these days.  I'm pregnant and I've been working long hours at work.  The last thing I want to do when I get home is vacuum my floors. I'm exhausted!  Bob understands this and in return I feed him dinner via my carpets and hardwoods.

A match made in cleaning heaven.

I used the robotic vacuum for the first time the other day.  I have to routinely vacuum my floors because my dog sheds a lot.  Her hair always collects and fills up my vacuum bags quickly.  Since I knew Bob was coming, I decided to not vacuum her hair for a day before to put the robotic vacuum to the test.  The unit was easy to install and initially use.  There is a charging station that Bob hangs out in so he has enough energy to do a fantastic cleaning job.  When you're ready to use him, you can hit the auto button on the provided remote and he will learn the layout of your house to clean.  The attached rubber bumpers on him help to prevent damage to furniture if he knocks into it. 

The sweepers underneath do a fantastic job of picking up dust and debris, and they certainly picked up a lot of my dog's hair.  I was really impressed because dog hair embedded into a rug isn't always easy to get out. My rugs looked fantastic afterwards, and the best part was that I didn't have to vacuum myself at all! The only thing I noticed right away was that the unit is very loud.  Once you're done using Bob, he automatically goes back to his docking station to recharge and get ready for the next time you need him. When you want to empty out the collected dirt, simply empty the tray into the garbage. This does make Bob sad though, because he loves to eat dirt. 

I have Bob programmed to run everyday at around 3 pm.  That way my rugs and floors are always clean when I get home from work. On the weekends, I run Bob myself.  I am impressed at how he reaches all of the hard-to-reach areas, like underneath my couches and TV stand.  I certainly get into those areas with a regular vacuum.

My dog Carolyn who isn't scared of a regular vacuum at all really enjoyed watching Bob in action.  She wagged her tail a few times and tried to jump on it! I think she thought it was her own personal toy. Bob was too smart for her and wasn't distracted by her urge to play.  He knew serious cleaning was in order. 

I am very impressed with the Bobsweep and I intend to use it for some time to come. I am very happy to get a break from cleaning, and Bob loves to clean my floors so it's a win-win for both.  If you're looking to spend less time cleaning and more time with your family, Bob is ready to become the newest member of your family.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Bobsweep for providing me with the complimentary robotic vacuum in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Amazing Yard Tools Giveaway

While summer just started and we're certainly enjoying it, everyone knows that fall is only a few months away.  The best part about this new season is pumpkin flavored everything, along with a break from the heat with cooler temps. One thing that people don't always think about regarding fall is the falling leaves.  Falling leaves pile up quickly and create an annoying Saturday or Sunday morning chore of raking.  Don't be annoyed this year with the leaves, let Amazing Yard tools give you a break.

Amazing Yard Tools designs and manufacturers yard tools that help make yard clean up and maintenance easier.  They take the work out of yard work.  Forget that old rake and trash can for collecting leaves, it's a thing of the past! The product line-up includes a leaf bag holder, mighty tote, mighty hands leaf scoop, and leaf tote leaf pick up tool.  These products allow you to get yardwork done in half the time so you can spend more quality time with family.  

One product in particular that I'd like to introduce to you in further detail is the Mighty Hands Leaf Scoop.  If two hands just aren't enough, it's time to introduce your hands to this product!

I'm built mighty to do a big job.

The leaf scoop allows you to pick up 4-5 times more leaves than with your bare hands.  Stop bending over unnecessarily over and over and hurting yourself.  Trust me, the leaf scoop doesn't get tired or overworked.  It's always there to help you with your leaf issues and will do it with pleasure.  If you're looking for a present for Dad, this would be the perfect one.

Whether your leaves or dry or wet, you can remove leaves from your yard with ease.  Get your yard work done in half the time this fall.  You can thank Mighty Hands Leaf Scoop for this.  


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dogs All Over the World Love Milo's Kitchen! + Giveaway

Milo's Kitchen is here to bring happiness to dogs everywhere.  Their treats are made in the USA with real chicken or beef as the #1 ingredient, and no artificial flavors or colors.

If you aren't familiar with the brand, let me inform you and your furry friend. Each Milo's Kitchen treat recipe is carefully prepared to bring out all the flavors your dog loves. They make a unique line of mouthwatering varieties for your dog including: chicken meatballs, beef sausage slices with rice, steak grillers, chicken grillers, grilled burger bites, and chicken jerky.  

This summer, Milo's is taking their kitchen on the road and bringing their 100% real, home-style treats to dogs across America! They think all dogs deserve the same goodness as the rest of the family. Come visit their treat truck in a city near you to enjoy free samples, personalized giveaways, lounge fun, and family portraits.  The tour starts in June and ends in September.  Find a location near you.  

It's important to make sure your pup is as happy as possible.  Go ahead and delight their taste buds with a treat that will make them go woofin' crazy!

As you can see, the treats are certainly approved by Carolyn.  Chicken Grillers are her favorite.  Don't mess with her when those are around!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oriental Trading Review

I moved into my new house about a month ago.  This is the first home that I've lived in in my adult life that I have a backyard and front garden area.  I grew up in a house with a large front and back yard, but since I've been on my own I've lived in apartments.  Now that summer is here, it's time to make sure your yard is full of beautiful multi-colored flowers and tons of outdoor garden decor. I've definitely made sure my yard is festive and full of color.  Pick your favorite flowers that will make you smile each time you walk past them.

Oriental Trading carries an irresistible amount of fun value-priced products for every occasion.  If you're on the hunt for party supplies, novelties, toys, crafts, and party favors, you've come to the right spot. I do believe Oriental Trading has everything you could ever need to throw any themed party possible for your child. Don't forget to use the company for wedding supplies and bridal shower needs too.  If you're throwing a baby shower for a friend or relative, all of your baby needs are covered, thanks to Oriental Trading. Please keep them in mind for your summer luau, BBQ, or pool party too. All of the products will help make your next party or event extra special and fun.

Since moving into my new house, I've been very interested in trying to give my yard as much personality and pizazz as possible.  I was inspired by my neighbor who has tons of wonderful and very pretty garden decor.  You can find practically anything in her yard including butterflies, dragon flies, windchimes, etc.  I knew that her garden was putting mine to shame! When I stumbled across Oriental Trading's outdoor decor section, I knew I had to have some of the decor in my yard.

I was fortunate enough to receive three items for review.  I was sent the Garden Frog Statue, Garden Glazing Balls, and Hedgehog Family.  I was very excited when the package arrived and couldn't wait to put all the items outside.

These stained glass garden glazing balls are so pretty! The vivid colors are featured in blue, pink, and green.  You can put them together in your yard for a colorful addition, or use them in separate areas of your yard too.  I chose to put them by the plants that I have near my front walkway.  They break up the green of the plants and add some nice personality.  The set is weighted and has a metal stake that securely allows them to stay in the ground. When the sun shines on them it reflects the stained glass and it's very beautiful.  I am very happy with the quality of them and look forward to enjoying them for some time to come.  

How cute is this hedgehog family? It certainly looks like a momma and her babies! These resin hedgehogs love hanging out on decks, porches, and in backyards.  As long as they're outside, they're happy.  I love that they add a touch of whimsical fun to my backyard.  I thought about putting them by the steps of my house but felt like they didn't fit in there.  I chose to put them in the backyard and they fit much better there.  I showed the set to my dog Carolyn and she licked the momma hedgehog, so she certainly gives her stamp of approval.  The set is lightweight but quality made.  They make me smile each time I look at them.  

This frog is certainly lost and confused! Perhaps he's looking for his butterfly friend who is not too far away at all?  I placed the statue also in the same area of my front walkway where the glazed garden balls are.  I think the statue fits in well there and adds some personality to the plants.  He is resin and very lightweight if you desire to move him from place to place in your yard.  He is just adorable and I really enjoy seeing him each time I pass him by.  

I'm extremely satisfied with my garden decor and look forward to adding more additions in the months to come.  Why not go ahead and add some fun to your yard today?

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Oriental Trading for the complimentary product samples in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own.