Saturday, December 24, 2011

Victoria's Secret Review

I'm a big fan of Victoria's Secret Pink collection. I have their sweatpants, underwear, bras, and hoodies. The clothing is made well and washes excellently. The patterns and designs on the items are always eye-catching and adorable. I'm always on the lookout for new Pink items to get my hands on!



Victoria's Secret is inspired by a love for lingerie, and the desire to bring beauty—and fantasy—into every woman’s wardrobe. They believe little luxuries are of grand importance. And what’s closest to your body is always closest to their heart. Victoria's Secret sells a range of different items besides lingerie. They offer sleepwear, cosmetic & skincare items, and more! The items are quality made and last.

I was contacted by VS because they knew I liked the Pink line. Their newest products are NFL branded hoodies, underwear and sweats from all 32 teams. I was sent a Denver Broncos hipster panty gift set. The set contains 3 pairs of underwear branded with a Broncos graphic.



I have many pairs of Victoria Secret's underwear and they are always comfortable and fit well. The underwear in this gift set was also very comfortable as well to wear. The underwear came packaged in a cute gift set that was tied with a bow. I liked the presentation of it. One pair is blue and has a sparkly orange graphic that says "touchdown" on the back, the other pair is white and has "I <3 the Bronco, Go Go Go! and Touchdown!" written on it. The last pair is grey with a blue Bronco on the front. The graphics are really cute and represent the team well. Since all 32 NFL teams are featured in a panty gift set, your team is available for you to order too! This would be a good gift for a sports fanatic.

*DISCLOSURE* I received the product in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.




Friday, December 23, 2011

Hi everyone!

Happy Holidays!

I'll be gone from Sunday the 25th to January 1st. I'm going on a cruise to the Bahamas! I'll try and post some new content for you this weekend to tide you over until I get back. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sammi

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2 years!

Sammi's Blog of Life is now 2 years old. I can't believe it's been 2 years. This blog was just an idea and a dream in the beginning, now it's definitely reality. Thank you followers for making this blog what it is!



Delivery.com Review

I generally cook a few times a week. Some days I'm lazy, or I'm really tired after work and don't feel like it. Most people just have a few take out choices in their area (pizza and Chinese are the staples, I'm sure you have others though.) One of the benefits of living in NYC is that EVERY restaurant offers take out and delivery. No matter what you're craving, Delivery.com makes it available!



Delivery.com is a leading destination for local online ordering! Since 2004, they have been connecting people like you with merchants in their neighborhoods. Their mission is to provide their users with fast, convenient delivery and pickup from all of their favorite restaurants and stores.

The service is truly great. Are you craving pad thai from your favorite neighborhood Thai place, but don't feel like picking it up? No problem! You can order online and in practically no time, your doorbell will ring and your food will be there! Delivery.com accepts credit cards and cash. You can even write in special instructions with your order, like no mayonnaise, no mustard, etc. I love that Delivery.com takes the restaurant to you! You also accumulate points from each order you make. You can use the points to cash out to get items like Delivery.com tshirts, keychains, all the way up to a Macbook computer!

Besides being able to order food, you're able to order groceries, catered foods, wine and liquor, and any specialty items from a butcher shop! Isn't that incredibly convenient?

I used the service tonight to place an order. There were about 30 restaurants that I could choose from. I browsed the pages and saw pizza, Thai, Indian, diners, American, healthy, etc. All of the choices were a little overwhelming at first. I finally settled on sushi. My order was easy to place. You just select which items you want and then follow the instructions to pay. The menu is laid out in front of you with clear descriptions of the food and the prices. It couldn't be any simpler! You also receive an email immediately confirming your order.

My food came very quickly and it was fantastic to have food brought to me instead of me having to cook it. It was a nice change. :)

Delivery.com offers gift certificates which would be great for a college student who just moved to NYC and needs to brush up on their cooking skills. I highly recommend Delivery.com for any of your take out needs. It's also handy for last minute holiday shopping needs too!

*DISCLOSURE* I was provided with a Delivery.com gift card in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not based on anything else.

Monday, December 19, 2011

GoMaxGo Review and Giveaway

It's hard to control cravings during the holiday season. The abundance of holiday cookies, cakes, pies, and candy is right under our noses. How can we not give in to temptation with fabulous chocolate and treats? That's what New Years Resolutions are for. For now, just enjoy yourself with a moderate amount of sweets. :)



GoMaxGo products are delicious candy bars that are lip smackin' good. All of the candy bars are dairy free and vegan, and have no trans fats. They also have no hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol, and contain nothing artifical! It's about time that you can have something delicious that isn't totally junky and terrible for you. If you're a fan of candy bars that contain chocolate, nougat, caramel, peanuts, peanut butter, and coconut, you'll absolutely love these! A candy bar is chocolate perfection in a rectangular shape and should be enjoyed every so often!



As you can see, the candy bar wrappers are immediately catch your attention with their fun labels and large letters.

I received six candy bars in the following flavors:

Snap! A crisped rice in a rice-milk chocolatey coating

Mahalu-A candy bar that contains coconut, almonds, and a rice-milk chocolatey coating. The pretty light blue flowers and bamboo like font instantly reminded me of Hawaii.

Twilight-Caramel, chocolatey nougat, rice-milk chocolatey coating

Buccaneer-Chocolatey nougat, rice-milk chocolatey coating

Jokerz-Caramel, peanuts, nougat, rice-milk chocolatey coating

Cleo's Peanut Butter Cups-Creamy peanut butter, rice-milk chocolatey coating

All of the bars sound delicious, don't you think? The first one that I was drawn to was Cleo's. There's nothing like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter together, it's the best!

I've been a big fan of Reese's for a long time. I somehow figured these cups would be much better than Reese's, and I was right. After you taste Cleo's, you'll seriously never want to go back to Reese's. I can immediately taste the quality difference in Cleo's versus Reese's. Cleo's tastes much fresher and less sugary. The peanut butter in the candy bar was simply perfect. It was smooth, creamy and full of that luscious peanut butter flavor. The chocolate was also fantastic. It was sweet and full-flavored. There was a thick layer of peanut butter inside the cup which I absolutely loved. These cups were seriously the best peanut butter chocolate treat I've had in a long time. I ate both cups instantly and wished that Max's sent more as I only received one pack! I HIGHLY recommend these! So delicious! These are vegan and dairy free but do not taste it all. It tastes just like regular candy.

I had a few bites of the Mahalu next. I love coconut in candy and this transformed me to the Caribbean in the middle of winter! The coconut was sweet, flakey, and full of great flavor. The almonds gave the candy bar a nice added crunch and the chocolate was bursting with sweet flavor too. This candy bar will definitely curb that sweet tooth of yours. Pair with a glass of milk and you're good to go!

I haven't tried any of the other four candy bars yet, but I will surely do so soon! I don't think they stand a chance against my sweet tooth. :)

If you're looking for a fantastic candy bar that isn't filled with artificial ingredients, turn to GoMaxGo!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

ShoeDazzle Review

I keep telling myself I really need a bigger closet. My shoes are basically exploding out of my closet! I can't help it if I see a pair I love though. ;) Shoes most certainly make any outfit complete, and I love to accessorize.



Shoe Dazzle offers women's shoes, handbags and jewelry personally selected for you each month by their fashion experts. The items are based on your selections from a style profile that you make. Every item is just $39.95 plus free shipping. Shoe Dazzle is amazing. How many times have you gone shopping and have not seen any items you like? It happens to me constantly. With Shoe Dazzle you'll be guaranteed to like every single item you receive, because it will be sent from your style selections!

If you're looking for fun and fashionable costume jewelry, beautiful handbags, or adorable shoes, look no further than ShoeDazzle. Surprise someone with a ShoeDazzle gift card and they will be in shoe bliss! :)

I previously did a ShoeDazzle review a few months ago. I loved the company so much that I couldn't wait for an opportunity to do another one soon!

Since the holidays are approaching, I knew I wanted to review a pair of shoes that I could wear for New Years Eve. I'll actually be on a cruise on NYE, so I knew I wanted something fancy or the evening.

I finally settled on a gorgeous pair of heels. From the minute I saw them, I fell in love!

The shoes fit me wonderfully. I don't think I've previously owned shoes with a heel this high. It's actually not that hard to walk in, surprisingly. I'm only 5'0, so I'll take any extra height I can get! The shoes are a pretty deep black color and I love the rhinestone detail on the top of the heel. It's very pretty and adds some some nice glitz for NYE! The shoes seem well constructed and quality made too, which is always nice. My dress that I'll be wearing that night is black and pink, so the shoes will match nicely. I love to dress up and it's always nice to have a new pair of heels. Thanks to ShoeDazzle for making me dazzle with my new shoes! :)

*DISCLOSURE* Thanks to ShoeDazzle for providing me with these complimentery shoes in exchange for the review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

Friday, December 16, 2011

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

R.W. Knudsen Review and Giveaway

Nothing captures the holidays more than sparkling beverages. These delectable, tasty beverages truly represent the holiday season to me. Serve a sparkling cranberry mock tail with a slice of lime on the side for a fun non-alcoholic drink. You can even use the cranberry juice as a mixer too, if desired. With some yummy hors d'oeuvres on the side, your guests will be partying in style.



RW Knudsen brand's diverse offerings include natural sports drinks, more than 125 types of natural, organic fruit and vegetable juices, elegant celebratory beverages, bubbly Spritzers, sparkling essences and sensible sippers juice boxes. In keeping with "family tradition," the R.W. Knudsen Family® products are still made from 100 percent natural ingredients without any added sugar, preservatives or artificial colors.

I've been aware of R.W. Knudsen beverages for years and they are always quality made and truly delicious. The fact that they are produced without any unnatural additives makes it all the better for me. These drinks are best served ice cold.

I was sent four bottles of delicious sparkling drinks. They all looked fantastic and I couldn't wait for the taste test. I received cranberry, apple, blueberry and pear. These drinks would be fantastic for Christmas, and they would also make a fantastic New Years Eve drink, if you don't drink alcoholic beverages.





The celebratory beverages are packed in elegant champagne-style bottles, perfect for special occasions. Why not have them for a pop of color on your holiday table, or give them as a hostess gift?

The apple was my absolute favorite. The pale yellow color was very nice, it almost looked like wine! The beverage was delicious and very refreshing. You could definitely taste the apple flavor, but the flavor wasn't overwhelming. The taste of the apple was very fresh. I liked that the beverage was organic, which is important to me. The juice was sweet, but not overly sugary. When you sampled the beverage, the taste of apple was prevalent, as was the carbonation. The carbonation was not over the top, but gave the beverage some much needed pizazz. The bubbles most certainly make the drink.

The blueberry was also great. The color of it was a deep blueish almost purple color that was just gorgeous. The flavor of blueberry was prominent. Sometimes blueberry drinks can taste artificial, but this truly did taste like fresh blueberry juice. The carbonation level was subtle but noticeable. I loved the combination of sweet, tart blueberries with addictive fizziness. It's a pairing that you can't go wrong with.

I don't like pears much, so the pear beverage was not one of my favorites. I tried it and it wasn't bad though. If you do like pears, you'll definitely love this beverage.

The cranberry beverage was the last one I tried. I enjoyed this one as well. It had a gorgeous rosy color that I absolutely loved. The taste of it was sweet, but not overly sweet. I love cranberries so I knew that I would really enjoy this beverage. The level of the bubbles were perfect, not too much but just right. The drink was tart, just like how fresh cranberries were. The tart taste matched with the fizziness was right on key. It was smooth going down and left you wanting more long after your glass was emptied. This drink would be great served with a nice slice of pie or cake.

I highly recommend R.W. Knudsen beverages for your Christmas holiday.

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DomeSkin Review and Giveaway

I finally stepped into 2011 (well almost 2012!) by getting a smart phone. For years I had a regular, ordinary cell phone. Yes, I got teased on a consistent basis. I work in an industry where I need to be readily accessible to my phone and email. I decided to get an iPhone 4S. Of course when you get a new phone, you have to accessorize it, right?



DomeSkin is specially designed to protect your device while allowing you to personalize it with your own unique custom style. DomeSkin products can be easily removed from the device and come off totally clean thanks to the patented 3M technology used in the construction.

Unlike thin vinyl based skins, DomeSkin products are reusable and they provide an additional 3D layer of protection. The clear dome design not only offers a customizable stylish 3D look for your device, it also inhibits slipping and allows better gripping of the device. DomeSkin products are scratch-resistant and much more durable than other thin vinyl skin products.

DomeSkin offers skins for the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and any version of the Blackberry. The designs come in a range of patterns, colors, and styles. I like that DomeSkin offers such a variety to choose from. There is definitely something for anyone. Whether you like polka dots, sports, abstract, zebra print, or flowers, they have you covered and more.

I've had cases for my phone before that were impossible to get off. They practically became attached to the phone and it was really annoying. I knew that I didn't want to have that issue again.

When I had the chance to review some iPhone skins, I was excited. I took my time browsing the pages. I finally settled on zebra pink and fluer de lys.



These two styles instantly stuck out to me. The patterns are bright, bubbly, and fun. The colors are really vivid too. I also really like how they have a 3D look. I like my phone cases to reflect my taste. The skins were very easy to put on and I had no issues at all.

The packaging has the front and back skin inside. They are not connected. First you put on the front skin, then the back one. I have the pink zebra skin on my phone right now. I really love it! The skins are sticky and adhere well to your device, not to mention that they are high quality too. The skin is thicker than most skins, but it still maintains a slim look to the phone, which is impressive. The skin does protect the phone somewhat too. I like that the skin does not obstruct the side controls of my iPhone, like some cases sometimes do. Another good feature of the product is that the skin is reusable. If you decide you want to give your phone a makeover, it's not a problem. It comes off easily and clean, leaving no residue or material behind.

The skin is scratch-proof. Do you sometimes place your electronic devices down hard on a table or desk? Or do you let your phone rattle around in your purse? No worries, your phone will be protected and the case will be scratch-free.

The only issue I have with this case is that the skin sometimes sticks to objects. It's not a huge downfall, it's just something to get used to. If it does stick to something, it's easy to remove.

Overall, I'm really happy with these cases and my iPhone looks great in them! Anything from DomeSkin would make the perfect gift for that tech-junkie in your life.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Asher's Chocolates Review and Giveaway

There's nothing better than chocolate. Well pasta and carbs are good, but chocolate of course tops them. There is nothing that comes between me and my chocolate. I don't discriminate with the confectionery treat. Chocolate cake, cookies, ice cream, and pie? Brownies too you say? Yes please! I always love to try new chocolate sweet treats just to expand my chocolate horizon. :)



Asher's Chocolates offers an award-winning selection of chocolates and other sweets—from assorted pralines to our chocolate-smothered pretzels and creamy fudge. They also have one of the largest (and most delicious) lines of sugar-free chocolates in the country.

Their original family recipes began with Chester A. Asher. He was a Scottish farm boy from Canada, with a passion for chocolates and a knack for getting to the heart of a sugar craving. Always on the hunt for new ways to delight his customers, he was ever perfecting his creations, jotting new recipes down on bags of sugar.

Today, they use the freshest, purest ingredients, just as Chester did. They also never skimp on deliciousness. Though their company has expanded over the years, they continue to treat our customers and employees like family. Asher’s Chocolates are made with love.

Asher's is most certainly the gateway to chocolate heaven. I am sure the gate is made out of chocolate too. :) Your sweet tooth can be satisfied like no other with goodies from Asher's.

I was sent a box of pecan caramel patties. How can you go wrong with chocolate, pecans, and caramel?


These little bite-size pieces of heavenly goodness were delicious! They are the perfect size for a mid-day snack or dessert that leaves you feeling guilt-free. The chocolate was sweet and flavorful. The pecans gave the treat a nice crunch which I love in candy. The candy was also chewy, but not overly chewy. The caramel was sweet, gooey, and just utterly perfect. You could taste each individual ingredient, but everything came together and combined perfectly for a perfect balance. The candy was very fresh and had a quality taste. I really had to control myself not to do overdo it! It's easy to trick yourself into thinking it's okay to have more than one because they are small, but it's easy to fall into the chocolate trap! These would go great with a glass of white wine, or a nice icy cold glass of milk.

Anything from Asher's would make a perfect hostess gift, birthday present, or a just thinking of you present. Hopefully the recipient will share. :)

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Monday, December 12, 2011

HotPants Review

I'm always looking for new ways to get fit and be healthy. I've been known to succomb to the newest hottest workout routine and exercise classes pretty easily. With New Year's right around the corner, what better way than to ring in the new year with a hot new body?



Hot Pants are specially designed sports shorts made with a comfortable material that includes bio-ceramic technology. Bio-ceramics emit far-infrared rays (heat waves) and reflect back the heat naturally generated by the body to promote deeper warming of tissue and breakdown of fat cells. This results in much higher levels of perspiration leading to the flushing out of toxins and edemas that contribute to the appearance of cellulite. This enhanced body heating also promotes better circulation and lymphatic drainage, the core principle of non-surgical cellulite spa treatments.



Hot Pants are taking the UK by storm and are very popular in Britian. I was excited to be a part of a select group of American bloggers who got to try them out. What a cool opportunity!

The shorts can be worn under any clothing and during any activity. Whether you're walking, exercising, doing housework, and more. They can be worn outside and on their own too. It's been proven that you can lose 2 pants sizes in 2 weeks! The great thing about Hot Pants is that they help you to lose weight and feel great. :)

The shorts are black and tight fitting, which is a good thing. I like my workout clothes to fit well, not be loose fitting. They are very comfortable and almost mold to your body. They are easy to put on I was able to bend and move well in them. I wore them at home as exercise shorts when I did a pilates work-out DVD. I instantly noticed how much they made me sweat when I was exercising. I don't normally sweat much when I exercise, so I knew these were working.

I've been wearing them every time I work-out and I feel awesome afterwards. One thing I really love is that I'm sweating out all the toxins in my body, which is healthy in and of itself. I've already lost 3 lbs with them too and my stomach feels smaller! The shorts seem very durable and I think will last a while. I know that if I continue wearing them, I will really start to notice results. I can't wait to see how I look in the coming weeks, especially since holiday treats are about to be in abundance.

I really think these shorts are a great weight-loss and health aide. They would be perfect for anyone looking to get in better shape or lose weight.



*DISCLOSURE* Thanks to HotPants for providing me with these complimentary shorts in exchange for the review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.



Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Cake Chef's Cookie Jar Bakery Review and Giveaway

Sweets definitely hold the key to my heart. There's nothing like a warm, fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie, or a fudgy brownie. If you serve both with a tall glass of milk, now you're really talking! Sweet treats bring people together and are definitely best served with warm conversation and hearty laughs.



The Cake Chef's Cookie Jar is a fantastic bakery based in Staten Island, NY. The bakery offers more than 150 confectionery treats baked from scratch on the premises. Whatever your sweet tooth could possibly be craving is readily available for you. Are you in the mood for a black and white cookie or an espresso bar? Maybe a peanut butter cream, cheesecake brownie bite, or apple turnover would be more your style? The list of cookies and treats are endless and the bakery does a fantastic job in satisfying their customers. They even have some unique treats like cinnamon pecan balls, Mexican tea cookies, and human dog biscuits! Of course you have to wash it all down with a steaming cup of coffee, a frozen cappuchino, and most definitely a chai tea as well. Are you craving a sweet drink? No problem! Try a french soda, red velvet cake, shake, or a frozen hot chocolate.

I was generously sent a large pound of assorted cookies and treats. When I opened the box and saw the chocolate goodness staring back at me, I knew it was time to dig in! The bakery knew my love for chocolate as they sent a lot of chocolate yummies.

Don't you wish you could have one right now?

The first treat that I indulged in was the mint chocolate brownie bite. I love anything mint in chocolate, it's a fantastic combination. I took a bite and it was truly everything I had hoped for! The outside of the small brownie bite was a deep brown espresso color. Once you bit into the heavenly square, you were met with a minty rush of flavor. The mint was cool and refreshing and just perfect. It was also a beautiful sea foam green color. The chocolate was sweet and rich and just simply perfect. The combination of the mint and the chocolate together was awesome. This is a great sweet treat that would make for a great after-dinner dessert, or a pick-me-up during the day too. It would go great with a relaxing glass of wine, flavorful cup of coffee, or icy cold glass of milk too.

I sampled the chocolate linzer tart soon after that. This treat featured two chocolate cookies sandwiched between a layer of chocolate creme. Can you get any more delicious than that? I think not! This is definitely a great treat for any chocoholic. The cookies were soft, flakey and buttery. They had a great chocolate flavor that I just couldn't get enough of! The layer of chocolate creme was spread on perfectly. It wasn't too thick, but just right. The creme was sweet and bursting with fabulous chocolate flavor. The entire cookie was melt in your mouth delicious and I highly recommend it. As soon as it was gone, I was hoping another one would magically appear in the box. ;)

I hope to soon sample the rest of the goodies in the box. The Cake Chef's Cookie Jar ships nationwide. They would be a fantastic addition to your next party or gathering. The cookies make a great hostess gift, birthday present, or a just thinking of you present. You also don't need a specific occasion to enjoy the cookies either. Any time or day is always perfect for cookie time!

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a pound of assorted cookies from the Cake Chef's Cookie Jar bakery.

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Winner will be chosen on December 24, 2011 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
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OfficeMax Giveaway

Even though your office space is meant for working, that doesn't mean it has to be boring! Get rid of those plain and dull folders and binders! It's time to spice up your desk with something that shows off your vibrant personality. OfficeMax has just the desk accessories to help you do so.



Office Max provides office supplies and paper, office furniture, technology products and solutions, and print and document services. They have everything you need to keep your office well-stocked and running and your business thriving!

The mecca of office supplies wants to help you brighten and transform your workspace and get organized with its products. OfficeMax's new limited-edition collection includes stylish notepads, folders, binders, file folders and more from DiVOGA Hadie. Featuring a design inspired by European tapestries, calligraphy and toile, the DiVOGA Hadie collection is available in two color schemes – red and gold or blue and brown. The new fashion forward collection is available exclusively at OfficeMax stores nationwide.

These are the color and style choices:



DiVOGA Hadie Giveaway Set Includes:
• Binder
• Journal
• 3-Prong Folders
• 9-Count File Folder
• Houndstooth Pens
• Gift Bag

These fun styles are sure to brighten up any workspace and keep you organized in a fashionable way. Next time a co-worker asks to borrow the latest client report, make sure you hand it to them in the blue and brown folder. :)

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a Divoga Hadie desk organizer set. Office Max will be selecting the winner's color choice.
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Winner will be chosen on December 24, 2011 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

World of UDraw Giveaway

There's nothing better than spending time with friends and family enjoying each other's company during the holidays. Christmastime is a perfect time to bring out the board games from the closet, or set up the wii for an entertaining multi-player game! I have two perfect electronic games that will provide fun and excitement to everyone!



The World of UDraw offers great family fun! Connect with your Wii like never before with the uDraw GameTablet! Building upon the innovative wireless function of the motion-sensing Wii remote™ controller, your drawing movements are tracked in finer detail and accuracy than ever before. Additional sensors make the Wii Remote respond to the slightest movement, motion, or twist of the wrist. The interactive pen enables you to intuitively connect with your television and game utilizing pressure and tilt-sensitive technology.

Pictionary™: Ultimate Edition is a new, high-tech version of the classic game of quick sketches and crazy guesses. The Ultimate Edition features new clues and modes exclusively created for the uDraw GameTablet on Xbox 360 (PlayStation 3). Enjoy the hi-def Pictionary™ experience with intuitive touch screen gestures and four thrilling game modes. There are countless ways to play, from Pictionary Classic to Free Draw. Or give the classic rules a twist with Pictionary Mania, where Picturists draw clues according to seven new rules including Finger Painting, Eraser Only, Lights Out, and Rotation Frustration. Your rules, your way, your fun!




Pictionary is kicked up a notch and brought into the digital world with this game which proivdes hours of fun! Not only would it would be fabulous family fun, it would make a great game to play with friends at a party. Bring out the party snacks and crowd around the game console for hours of fun! Challenge the game players to guess what you're drawing and use your imagination and be as creative as you'd like.

Check out this great video that details the video game.


Who would you play Ultimate Pictionary with? The game would bring entertainment to any age!

You'll always win a UDraw Tablet for the Wii console!


The uDraw GameTablet® is a first-of-its-kind, revolutionary game system that provides a unique and fun way for kids and families to play with Wii™.

With innovative features that allow kids to express themselves and bring their imaginations to life, the uDraw GameTablet® creates an all-new category of play through an easy-to-use system.

The uDraw GameTablet® will come bundled with the uDraw™ Studio Instant Artist™ game software.


This video explains the device very well:


This would allow your creativity to shine through. Maybe you'll become the next successful famous artist!

GIVEAWAY RULES:

1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a copy of Ultimate Pictionary and a UDraw Tablet for the Wii.

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Winner will be chosen on December 15 (so you will receive it in time for Christmas!), 2011 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

BoxWave Review

I use my iPad on a daily basis, and if I travel I take it with me as well. It's convenient and I love how everything I need is in that tiny little tablet! Even though the touch screen is modern and fun, sometimes I end up selecting something or opening a window I didn't want to which isn't so fun. You have to be very precise with where you touch, which isn't always so easy. That's where BoxWave comes in to save the day!



BoxWave is your technological paradise. They have accessories and products for iPad 1 and 2, blackberries, kindles, droids, and practically any high-tech device or smart phone. Anything from this site would be a fantastic Christmas present for that resident tech junkie in your family.

I browsed the site and came upon the iPad stylus. This handy little pen-wannabe would make my life easier when using my iPad, and the thought of that was fantastic. No longer would I have to deal with hitting a key that I didn't want or accidently sending an email when I wasn't finished.

I was sent the Capacitive Stylus for review. It comes in 5 different colors, although I was sent the black. It is a versatile stylus that works with iphones, ipads, smartphones, and tablets.

The stylus is really easy to use, not to mention it's sleek and modern looking. It's comfortable to hold and feels just like you're holding a pen. I used it earlier to send an email. At the end of the email not once did I have to correct a spelling mistake! Usually when I type by hand on the iPad I have quite a few mistakes to correct. Wherever you tap using the stylus is what is going to be selected. There are no mistakes or surprises, you get a direct hit of what you tap on! The tip of the stylus is large and very responsive.

A convenient thing the stylus offers is the fact that you can clip the stylus to your device, your shirt, or even the case. That way it will always be within reach. I think I will keep mine inside of my iPad case since there is a handy compartment in it. What I like most about using the stylus is that you can eliminate further and future smudges, dirt, and fingerprints when using it. That's definitely a plus in my book! That's what I hate the most about touch screen electronics.

The stylus is perfect for people who use tablets or iPads for graphic design. Your work will be flawless instead of full of flaws when you use the stylus. You can freely and easily draw with it.

If you commute on a train or bus you don't even have to take your gloves off to use your iPad or device. Keep your hands warm while getting that work done! The stylus is easy to use when wearing gloves or mittens.

This would make the perfect gift for anyone who uses a tablet or any electronic device with a touch-screen. It will save them a lot of aggrivation and annoyance too! I know that I won't be using my iPad without it now.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to BoxWave for providing with me this complimentary stylus in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.




Sunday, December 4, 2011

Great Green Cleaning Review and Giveaway

Having a clean house is very important to me. I take great pride in making sure my house looks its best at all times. Sometimes you miss cleaning in the little nooks and crannies though. It's always really nice to have someone with a fresh eye find the spots you missed.



Great Green Cleaning is a cleaning service that cleans residential homes and offices. They also specialize in post construction cleaning, clutter clean-outs, bed bug cleaning, and more. The best part is that all of their cleaning supplies are eco-friendly and green! The service is offered for all 5 boros in NYC and Hoboken, NJ too. They have 30 years of environmentally friendly non-toxic hypoallergenic, green house cleaning experience. They specialize in cleaning, organization, laundry, cooking, and will even do your errands for you!

When I had the chance to review their cleaning service, I immediately jumped at the chance. I was very excited because I knew that a cleaning service could clean my home a lot better than I could. Plus it's nice to get a break from cleaning every once in a while.

Maria came to my house this morning and cleaned for 5 hours. She was friendly and extremely professional. She immediately got to work. I wasn't there throughout the whole cleaning, but when I was there I snuck a few peeks at her work and I was more than impressed. I saw her cleaning the knobs on my stove! That's something that I would have never even thought to do. She took all of the vases and knick-knacks I had on my windowsill in my kitchen and washed them, something else I would have never thought to do.

Maria's care, dedication, and high attention to detail was definitely recognizable in her work. She cleaned my shower and made the shower floor look whiter than snow. My faucet shined and looked brand new. She dusted everything meticulously and there was not a speck of dirt or grime left on any surface. She washed and swept my floors and got into any corner better than I could ever do. I never even saw her take a break once!

I can't get over what a fabulous job Maria did and I am thoroughly pleased and impressed with her, and the company. She even took the time to organize my pots and pans in my kitchen! I liked that the cleaners the company uses are earth friendly, and they made my apartment smell great too!

Here are some pictures that show what a fantastic job was done:





I highly recommend Maria and Great Green Cleaning for any of your future cleaning needs. You can have your home or office cleaned 7 days a week. If you're having a Christmas or New Years Eve party this year, a great way to get ready for the party would be to book an appointment at Great Green Cleaning. This would also make a great gift for someone who just needs a pampering break too!



Check out Great Green Cleaning's awesome promotions going on right now:
Share us with a Neighbor and get 50% off the price of both cleanings!
Buy 8 hours of cleaning ( 2 four hour cleanings ) for 2 locations in your building or within a one block walk and a get both cleanings for 50% off.

Both Service Appointments must occur on same day --


back to back with at least 30 minutes for lunch

( ie 8 to 12 and 12:30 to 4:30 pm or 10-2 and 3 to 7pm ).

Appointment must occur before December 17th

or prepay before December 17th and it can occur until Feb 28th.

Tell someone about our service and they book 4 hours or more of service before December 17th (12-17) you will receive a GIFT CERTIFICATE for a free 4 hour residential cleaning. They MUST give us your name so we can send you your gift certificate.
We will send you your Gift Certificate AND you can give it as a GIFT or use for yourself.
Your friend will also receive an additional deep cleaning task ( up to one hour of FREE Additional Services) at no cost. They may use this for any special project task like Inside of 3 Windows, Fridge Scrub Out or 3 kitchen cabinets, so they pay for 4 hours and get an additional 5th hour free.






1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a 5 hour earth friendly home cleaning from Great Green Cleaning. Remember you have to live in NYC or Hoboken, NJ!

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Winner will be chosen on December 18, 2011 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
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