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Flirty Aprons (Review & Giveaway – Closed)

My kitchen is definitely not my favorite room in my house, but I can tell you that it’s a whole lot more fun now, thanks to Flirty Aprons!

Before I get to my review of Flirty Aprons and their fabulous apron selection, I want to tell you a bit about the company responsible for these beautiful aprons:

Flirty Aprons was founded by two married couples: Joseph and Heather Hansen, and Spencer and Jamie Taylor. When the owners initially met they discovered they each had a strong passion for business. They knew that their partnership would be enriched with a variety of skills that would allow them to create a successful and enjoyable business.

The Mission of Flirty Aprons: Flirty Aprons is a business that acts as a force for good in the community, in the nation, and in the world. At Flirty Aprons, doing good is not confined to traditional methods, such as community volunteer work and donations. As with all aspects of the company, Flirty Aprons seeks to innovate new methods of impacting the community. The company differs from others in how it employs and compensates people, in helping other businesses around it, and promoting good values.

The Vision of Flirty Aprons emerges in the company’s efforts to create products that truly help women feel important and noticed – products that give new life to mundane activities, and bring color and style to the home. On a broader level, the Vision emerges in the positive day-to-day interactions that customers have with Flirty Aprons employees. We want the community to feel like businesses are on their side and not at odds with individuals. We hope that their interactions with Flirty Aprons will inspire them and help them gain a more optimistic, hopeful view of the modern role of businesses in society.

I love that the vision includes creating products that help women feel important and noticed while doing every day activities, and to do it all with style.

My Review of Flirty Aprons
I had a really hard time picking out just one apron for my review. I think I sent over a list of 5 or 6 aprons and told them to just surprise me. They have such a great selection that I really couldn’t pick just one favorite! I ended up receiving the Pink Chocolate apron, and it really was the perfect pick for me! I love everything about this apron – the colors, the style, the way it brightens up my attitude about being in the kitchen. The quality of the material used is fabulous, and the stripes and polka dots in pinks and browns compliment each other so well.

Another great feature that I love is that the straps to tie the apron are really long. I can tie it in the front, or the back, giving the apron 2 completely different looks. Plus, I’ll be able to wear this apron throughout my pregnancy and still feel good while in the kitchen – even when being in there is the last thing I want to do!

I really cannot find anything that I would change about the apron, or the company. Heather at Flirty Aprons has been amazing. Talk about customer service! She has gone above and beyond to answer questions, provide information, and she has proven to me that Flirty Aprons is a company that I would like to continue to do business with in the future.

Lucy (my 3 year old) absolutely loves my apron, and while she has an apron of her own, it’s not “pink” like Mommy’s. Her birthday is coming up soon, and I think it would make her day to get a matching pink chocolate apron in her size!

That’s right, not only does Flirty Aprons offer aprons for women, they also provide some of the most fabulous aprons for children and aprons for men that you can find.

All in all, I have to say that Flirty Aprons is a company that I am proud to share with my readers. They have proven themselves professional and friendly, and their products literally speak for themselves. I adore my Flirty Apron, and making chicken and dumplings (or cookies or just about anything!) is a whole lot more fun now that I can feel fabulous while cooking and baking! Thanks, Flirty Aprons, for providing fun, quality products at prices anyone can afford. You’ve received the 5 Vinez Monkeys seal of approval and two very big thumbs up!

Want to Try Flirty Aprons for Yourself?
Well, I’ve got some fantastic news for my readers! Flirty Aprons is graciously offering up an apron from their women’s scalloped line to one lucky winner!

To Enter
Head to the Flirty Aprons website and tell me which apron is your favorite. (Note: It doesn’t have to be the apron that you’ll pick if you win. It can be an apron from any of their lines.)

*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win. 

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Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Giveaway will end on August 21st at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via random.org. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. 

Disclaimer:  I was contacted by a member of Flirty Aprons, and asked to do a review and giveaway of their product. I received the products necessary to facilitate my candid review, and Flirty Aprons will provide the apron to the winner. I was in no other way compensated for this post.

Skip the Dry Cleaner! Use Dryel Instead! (Review)

I can honestly tell you that I have no idea where our local dry cleaner is. I don’t even know if we have one. I’m guessing that we do, I just couldn’t tell you where to find it.

How can this be? Because I do all my dry cleaning at home. I have for years, thanks to Dryel®.

Dryel® is a convenient at-home Dry Cleaning system that safely steams and cleans stains and odors while removing wrinkles. This saves users considerable time and money. In fact, it can clean 10 garments for the cost of just one dry-cleaned garment, and it works great on everything you wear – dresses, blouses, skirts, slacks, even sweaters.

I recently had the opportunity to test out a few of the new Dryel Products, and I can’t wait to tell you about them!

  • Dryel® Starter Kit – They have changed the Dryel Starter Kit since I started using Dryel way back when. It now includes a reusable fabric protection bag for delicate items, an instant stain remover pain, and 2 2x ultra concentrated refill cloths. Plus, you get an instructional pamphlet that includes coupons, so you can save even more money on your next purchase. Using the Dryel starter kit couldn’t be easier. It’s great for freshening up every day clothes that are lightly soiled, or for cleaning and freshening those delicate items that are dry clean only, delicate, or hand-wash only.
    My review: I love the bag. It’s come a long way since I started using Dryel, and I love how sturdy it is. I’ve used it on every dry clean and hand wash only item that I have, and I have never had any problems with it. I was even able to get a gravy stain out of my favorite silk dress thanks to the stain removing pen and the Dryel system. It has also done wonders for my husband’s tie collection. He has to wear a tie to work every day, and because he’s always on the move and works with food all day (he works at a grocery store), his ties can come home just nasty some nights. Now, I use the stain remover and the Dryel system, and they come out of the dryer as good as new. The system is so easy to use, and it makes dry cleaning affordable for anyone. I don’t worry when the tag says “hand wash only” or “dry clean only” as long as I have Dryel, I’m good to go!
  • Dryel® In-Dryer Cleaning Refills – Once you’ve used the 2 Dryel cloths in your starter kit, this refill does an additional 6 dryer loads. And since you can keep using your Fabric protection bag from the starter kit for up to 25 loads, this is is great way to keep your costs down and avoid purchasing the starter kit over and over again. (I’ve actually used my bags for up to 50 loads before and haven’t had any problems at all! Remember, I’ve been using Dryel for years!)
    My review: I love anything that can help save money, and these definitely do that. With the ability to do 6 loads, that’s up to 24 garments. Could you imagine walking into your local dry cleaner with 24 garments in hand? I would probably pass out from the bill. This is much more cost-effective, and a great way to get clean, fresh clothes at home any time. Plus, each starter kit has a coupon for $1 off the purchase of a refill, so that saves you even more money!
  • Dryel® On The Go™ Stain Remover Pen – helps remove fresh stains from all your clothes – even the dry clean only, hand wash only, and delicate fabrics like wool, silk, linen, cotton, rayon, and other special-care fabrics.
    My review: This is my new best friend. Really! I keep one of these in my purse at all times. With 5 kids, my husband, and my clumsy self, I can pretty much guarantee that there will be some kind of stain on one (or more!) of us every time we go out. This pen has saved my sanity more times than I can count, and that’s just in the past week alone! Before getting the extra pen, I honestly never thought about using the stain remover pen except when preparing to use the entire Dryel system. But now that I’ve started keeping it in my purse, I’m never taking it out. I love how quickly and easily it removes stains, and that it can be used on any type of fabric. No more embarrassing stains all over my shirt. I’m good to go with the Dryel Stain Remover Pen!
  • Dryel® 3-in-1 Touch-Up Spray – specially formulated to safely care for your everyday and dry clean only clothes, and helps extend the time between cleaning.
    My review: I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this touch-up spray, or how often I use it! My favorite way to use it is to remove wrinkles from the kids clothes. I put my kids’ clothes away in their drawers all nice and neat and folded. I ask them to get dressed, and they come out of their rooms with clothes on that look like they’ve been rolled in a ball for months. The 3-in-1 touch up spray removes the wrinkles immediately and makes them smell fantastic. I also love to use it to freshen up my every day items – just spray, toss them in the dryer (or allow to air dry, but I usually toss things in the dryer), and they come out smelling fresh as can be.

I love the Dryel® System and will continue to use it to do all my dry clean only and other delicate clothes. It’s so easy to use, and I can’t even begin to imagine how much money it has saved me over the years. I would happily recommend these products to anyone I know. They have all earned the 5 Vinez Monkeys seal of approval, and Dryel® will continue to be a household item around here.

In late August, Wal-mart customers will be given the chance to try the Dryel Starter Kit and refill packages for no cost via rebate. You’re not going to want to miss that deal, so be watching your local Wal-mart stores for more details soon.

To learn more about Dryel® product, where to buy them, and for money saving coupons, visit the Dryel® website: www.dryel.com

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour with The oneCARE Company on behalf of Dryel®. I received the items necessary to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Other users may experience different results when using this product.

Nature Made SAM-e Complete (Closed)


As women, we know what it’s like when our emotions are out of balance. Nothing seems right. We’re moody, exhausted, and sometimes every day tasks can become difficult. Our body produces a molecule called SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine). When our level of this molecule becomes low, our emotions feel anything less than healthy and balanced. SAM-e Complete from Nature Made is proven to help promote a healthy mood by ensuring a balance of overall healthy brain cell functions. If taken regularly, SAM-e can begin to help in as little as 7 – 14 days.* Not only does it help promote a healthy mood, but it’s also proven to improve joint comfort. To learn more about SAM-e, visit their website: www.sam-e.com. I’d really encourage you to check out their site and read all of the information about this product to see if it’s right for you.

When I originally signed up to be a part of this blog tour with Mom Central, I wasn’t pregnant, and didn’t expect to become pregnant. I was really looking forward to testing out the SAM-e and improving my mood. (I know my husband was really looking forward to it too. Instead, now he gets to deal with pregnancy hormones all over again.) 🙂

I spoke with my doctor about taking the SAM-e while pregnant, and while she didn’t see any cause for concern or alarm, she asked that I hold off until after the baby is born. I have very difficult pregnancies and am already considered high risk, so she didn’t want to add anything else to my daily vitamin and supplement regimen besides my prenatal vitamin, folic acid, and DHA – all things that have been proven to help the baby develop. (And, guess what? All of my vitamins and supplements that I’m taking are from Nature Made. They’re the brand I trust most.) I agreed with her concerns, and so did Mom Central and Nature Made.

So, I can’t give you a review of this product. I really, really wish I could. But, my loss is your gain, because now instead of only giving away one 3 month supply of SAM-e Complete supplements, I get to give away two! The first winner selected will receive a 3 month supply of Nature Made SAM-e Complete as well as a Nature Made aluminum water bottle and a mood journal. The second winner will receive the 3 month supple of SAM-e Complete that was intended for my review. (It is still unopened and sealed in the original packaging.)

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Leave a comment here and tell me one thing you learned on the SAM-e website.

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Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Giveaway will end on August 17th at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via random.org. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. I MUST have the winner’s information by August 19th, or their prize will be forfeited. 

*Please note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Disclaimer:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Nature Made and received the products necessary to facilitate my candid review. However, since I am unable to review the products myself, I am giving away the products I received to a reader.

Wordless Wednesday: Photographing 5 Kids at 1 Time

The more kids I add to the family, the harder it gets to get a photograph with all of them looking at the camera and smiling at one time. This was the most recent endeavor, and as you can tell, Parker wanted nothing to do with it:

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Yeah, we should have given up after the second try….

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First Prenatal Visit

I had my first prenatal appointment yesterday. I have to admit that I was really nervous. My appointment was with a doctor that I’d never met, only heard about through several friends who have also used his services.

The receptionist was less than friendly, and I prayed right there at the window that she was not an indication of how the rest of the staff was going to be. Thank the good Lord above, she wasn’t. She must have been having a bad day, because everyone else in the office was super friendly.

I went back and gave my urine sample and then stepped on the scale. (UGH. I hate that part.) The nurse took my blood pressure, which was pretty high: 159/87. Of course, I was nervous, so that probably had a lot to do with it. I am terrified of going through what I did the last time with the preeclampsia – swelling, stroke level blood pressure, and near death experiences. I’d really like to not repeat that.

After the “fun” stuff was over, they sat me in a very comfortable room (I’m talking couches and big, cushy chairs) to talk with the doctor. I really didn’t know what to expect from the doctor. Sure, I’d heard nice things about him, but could he be as great as everyone made him out to be?

He absolutely was. He listened to my concerns, and we talked like old friends. What a welcome relief.

I told him that I’ve been having these spells over the last week that I hardly know how to explain. It feels like my insides are racing at a hundred miles an hour, my heart is beating so fast it’s going to bust out of my chest, and I feel like I could pass out at any given moment. Rather than brush it off or just make a note in my file, he talked to me about it. Really talked to me. Asked questions, talked about the symptoms. He listened to everything I had to say, and understood – even when I didn’t know how to explain it.

It turns out, I am so terrified of getting preeclampsia again, or having something go wrong, that I am actually causing myself to have a panic attack. After 8 years of marriage and 5 kids, I have never, ever suffered from any kind of anxiety or panic attack. This is what brings it on. We talked a bit about how to combat anxiety without medicine, and he was really great. Never made me feel like an idiot for being the cause behind my own panic attacks, just treated me with compassion and understanding. I was truly floored.

After our talk, he had me head back to the Ultrasound exam room. He checked my cervix, which was just fine, and then started the ultrasound. It was so great to see that little jelly bean on the screen. Even with all the mood swings, cravings, and morning all day sickness, it never seems real to me until I see that little being inside me. We could even see the teeny tiny little heart just beating away. Without further ado, here, my friends, is the very first picture of our little “Jelly Bean”:

Gorgeous, right? Absolutely amazing that this tiny little speck will grow up to be a person.

After the ultrasound, the doctor asked me to keep an eye on my blood pressure several times a week for the next 2 weeks and then come back for another visit. Because this is baby #6 and I’ve had so many complications with my previous pregnancies, I’m considered very high risk, so I’ll have more appointments than the normal pregnancy.

I hope the pregnancy updates don’t bore you too much. I just want to have a way to document this last pregnancy, and I know family and friends that are out of state want easy access to updates. I figured this would work for all of us. 🙂

Thanks for joining me in this journey. I’m excited about what lies ahead….

Got Poppin’ with Pop On Pals (Review)

Spin Master is opening up a whole new world of “Popabilities” with their new line of Pop On Pals pets, pals, vehicles, and playsets. Perfect for children ages 2 – 4, children can become anything they want to be with the endless mix n match fun Pop On Pals gives them. A fireman can become a baker, a puppy can become a princess – endless opportunity for fun, creative play that will also help develop fine motor skills.

Thanks to Team Mom and Pop On Pals, I had the opportunity to allow Parker to test out the Pop On Pals Amusement Park Play Set, and it has quickly become his new favorite toy. I love that the “pals” are the perfect size for little hands. Parker can grasp the pal perfectly in his little hand and put her wherever he wants her – in the car, in the ferris wheel, in the dragon swing – it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have any problems holding her, and she’s not so small that I have to worry about him swallowing her – or any part of her.

The park-themed rings that came with the pal cracked me up! The pretty little pal that came with the set instantly transformed into a “strong person” with arms almost as big as her head. Parker loved it, though, and he’s constantly swapping her rings and changing the way she looks.

The amusement park play set is completely interactive with sounds, lights, music, and motion, and it all adds to the fun. The batteries have really lasted a long time, too, given the amount of time Parker (and all the other kids!) have spent playing with the set.

All of the other kids have tried to take their turn playing with the Amusement Park Play Set, but Parker won’t have it. It is his set, and if anyone dares to come near it, they deal with the wrath of Parker. (Which can be pretty scary!) Lucy has quickly learned that if she’s going to get a turn, she’s going to get it while Parker is taking his nap.

The only thing I wish were different is the roller coaster hill on the back. I wish it had a stopper at the bottom. We can’t get it to actually roll off quite right. Too fast, and it flies across the room. Too slow and it crashes and flips at the bottom. Of course, this doesn’t bother the kids at all. It may just be a “mom” thing.

I do absolutely love that the Pop On Pals encourage imaginative play in such a fun way, and I love that they are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. I wish I had had Pop On Pals for all of my kids. Of course, they’re all loving them now, and it doesn’t seem to matter that they’re past the recommended age. There’s just something about watching that car go flying off the back of the roller coaster that’s enough to dissolve them all into giggles.

We will definitely be adding to our Amusement Park Play Set with new pals, pets, and rings. And Parker and I both give Pop On Pals 2 very big thumbs up!

To learn more about Pop On Pals, and to sign up for updates and special offers, head to www.PopOnPals.com and start clicking. And if you’re ready to start shopping for Pop On Pals, they’re available at Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Target, Sears, and other fine stores near you.

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour on behalf of Team Mom and Pop On Pals, and was sent the items necessary to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Work at Home with Emily Rose at Home


If you have been looking for the perfect work at home opportunity to earn some extra cash and have fun doing it, I would love to introduce you to Emily Rose @Home. Emily Rose sells clothing, furniture, and accessories for the 18 inch doll (like the American Girl Doll). The @home portion of the business gives moms (and grandmas!) the opportunity to build a business that gives flexible hours, steady income, and quality time with their daughters (and/or granddaughters).

Here are just a few of the benefits of the Emily Rose @Home program:

  • Flexible Hours – You decide how much you want to work each month. Whether you want to hold one party a month or 30 parties, it doesn’t matter. Maybe you can only work at night so that you can keep your full time job. You pick the times, the places, and how often you want to work. This program is completely flexible, and the possibilities are endless.
  • Steady Income to Meet Any Need – Need just enough income to help pay for a family vacation? Maybe you need regular income to help pay the bills. Or, maybe you want full time income but only want to work part-time. Any way you slice it, Emily Rose @ Home makes your goals and dreams possible and puts your earning potential in your control.
  • Your Own Business without Being All Alone – starting a business is tough, but Emily Rose @Home helps ease the burden with low risk and a very low entry cost. It’s perfect for those who want to be their own boss but have some help when they need it. Emily Rose provides you with the product, support, and infrastructure to start your own business, but when you become a consultant, you also get exclusive access to training materials as well as help and support from a group of @Home consultants through their forum and community network. You’ll never feel alone, and will always have somewhere to go for tips and advice for growing your Emily Rose @Home business.
  • Make New Friends – We live in a world where so much is done online that it sometimes becomes difficult to get out there and meet new friends. Through the Emily Rose @Home program, you get the opportunity to step out and meet hundreds of new people – all who have the same interest as you do – a desire to spend more time with their daughters. 

And here are some of the financial benefits:

  • Low Start Up Cost – There’s no need to go out and buy a million things for your new business. Start up costs with the Emily Rose @Home program are very, very low and help get you quickly on your way to earning additional income.
  • No Inventory – This is my favorite part! Working with the Emily Rose @Home program, you only buy the products your clients order. No need to worry about ordering tons of product up front and then finding somewhere to store it. (And then hoping it all sells!)
  • Low Expenses – they take care of most of the expenses like packing and shipping, warehousing, gift boxes and packaging, etc. That gives you more revenue and in turn more profit.
  • Payment Upfront – You collect your payment before you purchase your inventory. No dealing with 3rd parties or accounts receivables departments.
  • High Paying Commission structure and fabulous earning potential

If this sounds like the work at home opportunity you’ve been looking for, I’d love to have you check out Emily Rose @Home.

To sweeten the deal, Emily Rose @Home has given me a discount code to share with my readers to give you 10% off the already low price of the starter kits. 

At checkout, use the code DASF67XL to get your 10% discount.

I love the idea behind the Emily Rose @Home program, and think it is a wonderful way for moms and daughters, grandmas and granddaughters, or just about anyone to earn an additional income and spend quality time with the ones they love.

I hope you’ll check out the program and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: I am participating in a compensated program through the Emily Rose @Home opportunity by sharing this post with my readers. I only receive compensation if a purchase is made. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Leggo My Eggo…. Pizza?! (Review)

I love Eggo waffles. I have since I was a kid. They were the first “meal” I was allowed to make all by myself. When I was 4 or 5, I remember Daddy showing me how to put the frozen waffle in the toaster and then carefully take it out to enjoy. I remember pulling a chair over to the fridge so that I could reach the freezer and make my own waffles. I thought I was big stuff.

My kids now love Eggo as much as I do, only now, there’s more to enjoy! More flavors, and more products! Recently, Eggo introduced new Real Fruit Pizzas. Thanks to Eggo and Mom Central, my family and I had the opportunity to test out these new pizzas.

I’m still early in my pregnancy, but the cravings have already started. My biggest craving is for pizza. I could eat it night and day. And if I did, I would quickly become roughly the size of a house. So, I’m always looking for substitutes to satisfy my cravings and keep me from gaining all those extra pounds. 🙂 Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas definitely fit the bill.

The Real Fruit Pizzas are so easy to make! Just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and enjoy. It honestly couldn’t be easier. The pizzas are topped with real fruit and granola, and are really yummy! Since everything is already made and frozen, it makes breakfast the easiest meal of the day to prepare. Quick and convenient. Always a plus with a large family. And, my kids loved the thought of having pizza for breakfast! Who wouldn’t? The smell that came from the microwave was simply divine. I hadn’t told anyone what I was making for breakfast the day we tested them out. I had the Eggo Real Fruit Pizza in the microwave for about a minute, and suddenly I had 5 kids and my husband asking me what I was cooking that smelled so good. They could hardly stand the wait for the pizzas to come out of the microwave. Luckily, it only takes a couple of minutes to cook them, so no one had to wait very long.

Everyone loved the texture and thought the crust was just right for the amount of fruit and granola that was spread on top. I personally wish that the crust had been a little thinner and crispier, but I’m the only person in my family that felt that way. (Of course, I’m the only one that prefers thin crust pizza in my house.) But over all, the taste was really, really good, and everything I expected from the Eggo brand. They come in 2 yummy flavors: Strawberry Granola (which is my husband’s favorite), and Mixed Berry Granola (which is my personal favorite)

Eggo Real Fruit Pizza is a new favorite in our house. They’re the perfect way to get in my “pizza” fix and also get some extra fruit in for the day. They’re easy to make, fun to eat, and even nice to look at…. but don’t look too long. They taste best warm right out of the microwave. Mmmmmmm. I think I just drooled on the keyboard a little. Oops!

If you want to learn more about Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas, head to the Eggo website: www.leggomyeggo.com

While you’re there, be sure to sign up to receive emails from Eggo about your favorite products, promotions they have going on, and get special offers straight from the source.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Eggo Real Fruit Pizza and received a sample of the product and a $20 Amazon gift certificate to facilitate my review.

Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Ice Cream Bars & Sandwiches (Closed)

It’s no secret that I love ice cream. My hips and thighs are proof enough. And it seems that whenever I’m pregnant, ice cream is the one thing I crave most. Well, ice cream and Taco Bell. 🙂

Breyers has always been my favorite ice cream company, too. It was the only kind of ice cream my mom would buy when I was was growing up, and once I moved out, I continued that tradition. Most other ice cream just doesn’t compare to the creamy taste that Breyers offers… nor do they offer near as many yummy flavors as Breyers!

Now, Breyers is introducing a new all natural ice cream line called “Smooth & Dreamy.” With less fat and fewer calories than regular ice cream and all natural colors and flavors, Breyers is making dessert a whole lot sweeter.

I recently had the opportunity to test out the new Breyers Smooth & Dreamy ice cream bars and sandwiches thanks to Breyers and Mom Central.

Oh. My. Word. Heaven in a box. Really.

Being the loving person that I am, I shared my box of Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Chocolate Caramel Brownie ice cream sandwiches with my kids and my mother in law. (See how nice I am?)

But, being the honest woman that I am, I have to tell you that after I took the first bite, I wished I hadn’t shared them! They were so good, I wanted them all to myself. But, I had shared them, and now I can give you the opinions of several other people instead of just my own.

The ice cream inside the sandwich really was smooth and creamy. And the caramel added the perfect touch. The brownie was just the right texture – soft and chewy. Mmmmm. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

The kids all loved how good the ice cream sandwiches tasted. And when I told my Mother in Law that they were only 160 calories and 4 grams of fat, she didn’t believe me. They taste way too good to be good for you. Of course, if anyone can make ice cream good for you, Breyers sure is doing it right with their Smooth & Dreamy line!

Now I know what I’m having hubby stock up on this pregnancy! These ice cream sandwiches will make the perfect sweet treat on these hot summer days… or when I’m just craving ice cream. And there’s no need to feel guilty after eating one. (Unless I decide not to eat just one and end up polishing off the whole box in one sitting. Then, maybe there should be some guilt.) If I practice self control, I see no problem with spoiling myself with a Smooth & Dreamy ice cream sandwich now and then!

For more information on Breyers Smooth & Dreamy ice cream, head to www.smoothanddreamy.com today. There’s also a chance to win an instant win prize or the $10,000 grand prize sweepstakes. Don’t delay! Head over right now, learn more, and enter to win!

Want to spoil yourself and indulge in new Breyers Smooth & Dreamy ice cream bars and sandwiches? I’ve got 5 coupons and 5 chances for you to try out a box at your house. You can enter as many times as you’d like below, but you can only win one coupon. (I want to make sure we spread the love to as many people as possible!)

This giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on August 7, 2010.

To Enter
Leave a comment here and tell me which Smooth & Dreamy ice cream bar or ice cream sandwich flavor you’d like to try.

*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win. 

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Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Also note that readers may enter to win on more than one blog, but can only win 1 gift card through the My Living Stories program. Giveaway will end on August 7th at 11:59pm (EST), and the winners will be selected via random.org. Winners will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. 

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Disclaimer:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Breyers and received products necessary to facilitate my review as well as the giveaway. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Looking for a Memory Foam Mattress? (UK Only)

I was contacted on behalf of Memory Foam Express and asked to check out their line of memory foam mattresses that they have available and tell my readers about their website.

Finding a good mattress can be tough. I wish that hubby and I had spent a little more time looking for the right mattress. We thought we were getting a great deal on a great mattress, but instead, we got ripped off. After less than 2 years with the mattress, it’s falling apart.

I really wish that hubby and I had considered a memory foam mattress instead of a standard coil mattress, and now that I’ve browsed the Memory Foam Express website, I wishing so even more!

Memory Foam Express offers lots of different options when it comes to a memory foam mattress. There are mattresses for every budget! And, if you still can’t afford a mattress from the budget selection, they have fabulous memory foam mattress toppers that you can add to your current mattress.

Also, I noticed that if you purchase a memory foam mattress from their standard, luxury, or premium collections, you get a free pillow! Their mattresses are made in the UK, they offer next day delivery with no charge, and full 5 year guarantee on their mattresses. And after taking a look at their prices, I’m quite impressed!

If you live in the UK and you’ve been wanting to purchase a memory foam mattress, I’d recommend you check out Memory Foam Express. I’m guessing they’ll have the perfect mattress for you!

Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of Memory Foam Express and asked to tell my readers about their website and what they offer. I did not receive any product for the review, but was paid a small fee instead. 

BAUSCH + LOMB Biotrue™ Multi-purpose Solution (Review)

I’ve posted on here before about how much I love Bausch + Lomb contact solution, and how it’s the only brand I will buy to take care of my contact lenses. I don’t trust my eyes to just anyone, but Bausch + Lomb has proven themselves worthy of my loyalty.

Bausch + Lomb has recently introduced a new multi-purpose eye care solution called Biotrue™, and I got to try a sample of it. Before I get to my review of this new multi-purpose solution, I want to tell you a bit about the product.

Biotrue is inspired by the biology of your eyes™. It goes beyond cleaning by being the only solution to bring together three bio-inspired innovations:

  • Has a lubricant found naturally in your eyes
  • Matches the pH of healthy tears
  • Keeps certain beneficial tear proteins active

Biotrue™ is formulated to work like your eyes. By studying how the eye naturally works to clean, hydrate, and keep itself healthy, Bausch + Lomb developed a unique and innovative solution to provide outstanding lens care.

My Review of Bausch + Lomb Biotrue™
The fact that the creation of Biotrue™ was actually inspired by the eye intrigued me. I have very sensitive eyes, and wondered if the Biotrue™ would work as well as the other 2 Bausch + Lomb solutions I rotate between.

Before trying the Biotrue™, I went to the website to learn more about their product. I like that the product contains a lubricant that’s naturally found in tears. It’s job is to keep eyes hydrated all day long. Biotrue is also “uniquely formulated to match the pH of healthy tears.” And it keeps certain beneficial tear proteins active as they are naturally in the eye. All of this sounds great, right? But how will it work on really sensitive eyes? I was curious to find out.

I used the product for an entire week, because I wanted to see exactly how my eyes would react, and I wanted to give it enough time to make a difference. Boy, what a difference it made! I get up at 4:30 every morning, and after I brush my teeth, the first thing I do is pop in my contacts. I usually leave my contacts in until I go to bed – around 10 or 10:30. That’s a long time to wear contacts during the day. Normally, my eyes get dry, and I have to take them out in the evening. Or, I’m using eye drops several times a day. Either way, by the end of the day, my contacts are uncomfortable, my eyes are dry, and I just can’t take it anymore. BUT, I’ve noticed that since I’ve switched to the Biotrue™, my eyes don’t dry out nearly as much. This week I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve needed to use eye drops, and I think there was only one night I took my contacts out early. (And that was because of a migraine – not because of dry eyes.)

There are several things I love about the Biotrue™ solution: My eyes feel healthier, and I can feel a real difference at the end of the day. The bottle is clear, so I can see exactly how much solution I have left and when it’s time to stock up on more. And while it’s not a “no-rub” solution, there are just 3 easy steps to take to store your contacts for the night… or up to 30 days.

Biotrue™ definitely gets 2 thumbs up from me, and I will be adding it to my list of favorite Bausch + Lomb eye care solutions. I love the way my eyes have felt all week long after using it.

To learn more about Biotrue™, head to www.biotrue.com and learn all the ways that Bausch + Lomb is using the eye to give you the best solution yet. (In my humble opinion.)

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Bausch + Lomb and was sent a sample of Biotrue™ contact lens solution to get my honest and thorough review. The product in no way influenced my opinions, and I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in the post above are 100% my own, and I make no health claims to the benefits of using Biotrue™. Other users may have different results when using this product.

Sid the Science Kid Microphone Winner!

Time to announce the winner of the Sid the Science Kid: Gotta Know Microphone Giveaway.

Here’s the number that Random.org gave me:

That means our lucky winner is….

Congratulations! I’ve sent an email your way. Please respond by Saturday at noon EST, or a new winner will be selected.

Thanks to all who participated!

Summer Moments with Popsicle

Summer always has been and always will be my favorite season. The kids get a break from school, and there are lots of lazy days. And while it gets hot outside, there’s no better way to cool off than with our favorite sweet treats from Popsicle®!

This was the first summer that Parker was able to hold his Popsicle® all by himself. Last year, he shared one with me, and he would shiver with every lick. It was hysterical! This year, though, he showed his independence and wanted to do it all by himself. Our cat, Peanut, loves Popsicles, too, and I thought for sure that she would convince Parker to share his Popsicle with her. No such luck for Peanut, though. Parker wasn’t sharing with anyone! That was his Popsicle, and no one was going to get any of it! We all laughed as Peanut would rub up against Parker’s legs, purring as loudly as could be. There was no breaking him down. He’d shout, “No, Peanut! My ‘sicle! My ‘sicle!” and try to shoo her away. Those are the moments that make me smile and make me glad to be a mom!

While most of the world tries to cram as much into their summer break as they can, I like to take the time to just relax. Life goes by too quickly. Kids grow up way too fast. I want to make every minute I have with them count, and the summer is the perfect time to do just that. I love spending tons of time outdoors with the kids during the summer. Playing catch, heading to the park, swimming at the beach, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a camp fire, setting up a tent in the backyard and then moving it into the living room because the bugs were just too bad; those are just some of the ways we’re creating memories together. Memories that I will treasure forever, and ones that I hope my kids will never forget.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Popsicle® Brand Ambassador Mom. And as the program comes to a close, I want to remind you about the many wonderful things Popsicle® is doing this summer:

  • Anything’s Possible with Popsicle® Ever dreamed of a family trip to dig for dinosaurs? What about swimming with dolphins? Maybe Space Camp® has been at the top of your wish list. Well, this year, Popsicle® is launching a Popsicle® stick sweepstakes to give kids the chance to do just that! To enter for a chance to win the grand prize trips and the daily prize, the National Geographic Kids™ “Big Book of Fun”, go to Popsicle.com/possibilities and enter the riddle answer from your Popsicle® stick. (Promotion ends September 30, 2010. For a full contest details, information, and rules, visit the Contest Page.)
  • #SlowTheMelt From now until August 15, 2010, Popsicle® will donate $1 (and up to $25,000) to the National Geographic™ Polar Fund. All you have to do is tweet and use the hashtag #SlowTheMelt. It couldn’t be easier to help! 
  • Popsicle® Stick Joke contest Think your joke is stick-worthy? Submit a joke to the Popsicle® twitter page by August 15th, and you could see your joke on a Popsicle® stick or on Popsicle.com. (Common Sense Reminder: Jokes must be kid-friendly!) The top 5 jokes will be featured on Popsicle.com, and one very lucky winner will have their joke featured on a limited edition batch of actual Popsicle® sticks to be distributed in the US next year. (For more information on the Popsicle® Stick Joke Contest, visit: http://bit.ly/jokerules.)

Thank you, Popsicle® for all that you’re doing, and for giving me a product that can help me create those special summer moments with my kids.

Now, my friends, tell me how YOU create those special summer moments with your kids.

Disclaimer: I am a Popsicle® Brand Ambassador Mom through a compensated Mom Bloggers Club member program. All opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Wordless Wednesday: Would Someone Please Get Her Off Me?

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Sale on Bedroom Furniture & Dining Room Furniture (UK Only)

Shop 4 Furniture asked me to check out their website and tell my readers about it. They are one of the leading online furniture retailers in the UK for bedroom furniture and dining room furniture. With over 40 years of experience behind them, you can shop with confidence. They offer complimentary UK Mainland delivery  on all orders over £500. And if your order is less than £500, it’s just a £35 fee.

After spending some time browsing their website, I was impressed by all the different types of bedroom furniture and dining room furniture they offered. They offered both classic and modern pieces that are sure to fit any taste or any budget. Their selection of bedroom furniture seemed to go on forever! So many options, and at such great prices. The dining room furniture certainly wasn’t lacking, though. With over 30 pages just devoted to dining room furniture, there are lots of options to choose from!

I am quite impressed with their selection of both dining room furniture and bedroom furniture, the brand names they offer, and the prices! While I have not ordered anything from them, and cannot give a firsthand account of their services, I would definitely give them a try if I lived in the UK.

If you’re in the market for some new bedroom furniture or dining room furniture, and you live in the UK, head on over to Shop 4 Furniture and check out their selection today. They’re having a fantastic sale right now, so you may just get a great deal while you’re there!

Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of Shop 4 Furniture and asked to tell my readers about their website and what they offer. I did not receive any product for the review, but was paid a small fee instead.

OXY Clinical Skin Care (Review)

Most of us have had to deal with acne at some point in our lives. I’ll never forget having a boy that I had a *huge* crush on in junior high school ask me why my forehead was always broken out. If I could have dug a hole and jumped in it that day, I would have. Acne is embarrassing, even though it’s a problem for 85% of Americans.

My face has finally cleared up for the most part, but it took a long time to get there. I suffered for years with random breakouts – and I’m still not completely acne free. I get those random breakouts that take me back to my junior high days where I just want to run and hide.

Now, my daughter is in Junior high. And after 2 years of homeschool, she’s heading back to public school. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous of how kids will treat her if she gets a breakout. Kids are mean. They were when we were in school, and they still are today – probably even more so.

My husband has also been dealing with acne the past few months. Between his health issues and the long hours and stress that comes with his job, it’s no wonder that he’s dealing with breakouts.

I asked both my husband and my daughter (almost 13) to try out the new OXY Clinical products from OXY Skin Care and give me their honest thoughts and opinions on the product.

After a week of using it, both hubby and Ashley saw a difference in their skin. Neither one of them were getting any new zits, which was a much welcomed change for both of them. Ashley started to see the few zits that she had disappear quickly, and after a week, we both noticed a big change in her skin. It looked healthier, with fewer zits, and she was beyond thrilled.

Hubby wasn’t so quick to see a change. While it did prevent new zits from appearing right away, it didn’t clear up the breakout he already had very quickly. It took well over a week, and then we finally started to see a real change.

Ashley loves the OXY Clinical and has told all of her friends about and how well it’s worked for her. She took it to camp with her and really likes it. While there are 3 steps to the Oxy Clinical routine, she thinks that the results are well worth the time it takes to complete each step. (Which really isn’t long. It tacked about 5 minutes onto her daily routine.)

I was worried about if hubby would recommend the product or not, just because the difference wasn’t immediately noticeable. But, he said that he would definitely continue to use the product, and people are noticing the difference now. I’d like to say that there’s less stress in his life, but with another baby on the way, I think he’s definitely going to need to stick with the OXY Clinical products for awhile!

Overall, we would definitely recommend the Oxy Clinical products to anyone that suffers from acne. It’s made a difference around here, and Ashley is now armed and prepared to step into battle junior high with OXY Clinical by her side.

Thank you, OXY for creating a product to help keep my teen confident and happy at a price that is actually affordable! (And it really IS affordable!) We give new OXY Clinical products 2 thumbs up!

If you’d like to try a sample of the OXY Clinical products, head over to the OXY Clinical section of the website, and sign up today.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Oxy Clinical and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

My Living Stories iPhone & iTouch Apps ($25 iTunes GC Giveaway – 8/3)

I’m turning my kids into little “techies.” All 5 of them know how to use both my iPhone and my iPod Touch. And half the time they can teach me something new I can do with them.

I’ll admit it. I’m one of those moms who uses her iPhone and iPod touch to keep my kids occupied while we’re out and about. Sitting in the dentist’s waiting room is much more fun when the kids are playing a game together. There’s no fighting, no whining. But, I’m very careful about what types of apps I put on my phone that the kids are allowed to play with. I prefer they only play with apps that are educational yet fun.

I had the opportunity to test out 3 new apps from My Living Stories: The Tortoise and the Hare, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and King Midas.

My Review of My Living StoriesThere are several things that I love about the My Living Stories apps. First, they are super easy to use. Preschoolers (and school aged children) can read the stories themselves, or follow along with the narration. I also love that you can record your own rendition of the story and have the children play that back. Parker loved hearing Mommy read him a story, and now he can play it over and over again, and I won’t lose my voice from reading so much.

The apps also have beautiful artwork in them and fun animations. All of my kids loved watching the screens change and the stories move along as they read.

These apps are fantastic for teaching and encouraging reading in young children. They can start with the narration helping them, and then move up to reading it themselves. Every time one of these apps are being used on my iPhone or my iPod Touch, Jace, Lucy, Parker, and Zander can usually be found hovered over it. I love watching them play and learn together.

Overall, I am super impressed with the My Living Stories apps and will definitely be downloading the other 2 stories – Little Red Riding Hood & The Princess and the Pea. I know Lucy will put them to good use.

Want to win a $25 iTunes Gift Card?
To celebrate the My Living Stories apps, Mom Central is allowing me to giveaway a $25 iTunes Gift Card to one lucky reader. Please note, the contest is open to US & Canada. Readers may enter the contest on multiple blogs, but are only eligible to win one iTunes gift card as part of the My Living Stories contest.

To Enter
Leave a comment here and tell me which My Living Stories story or app you would like the best.

*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win. 

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Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Also note that readers may enter to win on more than one blog, but can only win 1 gift card through the My Living Stories program. Giveaway will end on August 3rd at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via random.org. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  
 
Disclaimer:  I am participating in the My Living Stories program by Mom Central on behalf of Decode Entertainment. I received 3 free apps and a gift card as a thank you for my participation.

Batter Blaster Giveaway Winner Announced

Time to pick the winner of the Batter Blaster Organic Pancake & Waffle Batter Giveaway!

Here’s the number that Random.org selected:

And here’s the lucky entry:

Congratulations! I’ve sent an email your way. Please respond by Wednesday at noon EST, or a new winner will be selected.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Have you Considered Wedding Insurance?

I was recently introduced to a website that offers wedding insurance for women living in the UK. The site is called My-Wedding, and Brides-to-be can save up to 20% discount off wedding insurance to financially protect their big day. Their wedding insurance policies are available for couples with any budget. You can compare rates and either build your own or go with a set insurance policy to fit your needs.

Not only does My-Wedding provide insurance options, but they also have an online wedding directory to help save you time and plan every single detail of your special day all in one place.

With My-Wedding, you can receive many benefits: Financial protection for your UK wedding with their many wedding insurance options, a comprehensive list of local suppliers for all of your wedding needs, budget calculators to keep your wedding budget on track, access to their wedding forum, and lots and lots of helpful planning advice to make your special day truly special.

If you live in the UK and have been debating whether you need wedding insurance or not, check out my-weddinginsurance.co.uk today and see how it could benefit you while you plan your wedding.

Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of My-Wedding and asked to tell my readers about their website and what they offer. I did not receive any product for the review, but was paid a small fee instead.

Bissell’s Little Green and the Stain Solver App (Review)


If you’ve got kids, you know they’re messy. Sometimes the mess just seems to radiate from them. And it’s not just kids who make the mess, either. I am notorious for spilling my soda all over the carpet.

Now, Bissell is helping to curb those messes a little easier with their new Stain Solver App and their Little Green compact, multi-purpose deep cleaner. Before I get to my review of this product and service from Bissell, here’s a bit about their company:

A 133-year-old company, Michigan-based BISSELL Homecare, Inc., is a floor-care innovator and international manufacturer of home-cleaning products, including sweepers, vacuums, deep-cleaning machines and cleaning formulas sold at retail locations worldwide. The company, in its fourth generation of family leadership, is the leading floor care appliance brand in North America.

My Review of the Stain Solver App & the Little Green
I was contacted by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., and asked to test out their new Stain Solver App as well as their Little Green Deep Cleaner. I couldn’t wait to put them both through the 5 Vinez Monkeys test.

The Stain Solver App is free, and available on itunes. This app is fantastic to have on hand! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve used it in the past few weeks. There are 3 ways to use the App:

  1. Their handy stain guide, where you can search for the type of stain you want to remove and find a quick and easy solution.
  2. Before & After pictures – upload your own before and after pictures and share them with your friends.
  3. The “Brag on My Bissell” function links to facebook and twitter to share your successes with your friends.

The stain guide has become my new best friend, and my most-often-used app. Searching for your stain removing solution couldn’t be easier. They are all easy to find by category, type, and method. The first day I downloaded the app, Parker decided to spill his fruit juice all over my living room floor. I selected the “Beverage” category, selected “Fruit Juice” as the type, and selected “Non-Bissell” as my method. (I hadn’t yet received the Little Green to help with the stain removal.) There were 8 steps to removing the fruit juice, and each step was easy to follow and understand. In no time, you couldn’t even tell that Parker had spilled juice all over the floor. And from that moment on, I knew this was going to be an app that I would use all the time.

The Little Green arrived at my house the day before my birthday. Talk about the best birthday present ever! I couldn’t wait to put it to the test, and it wasn’t long before I got the chance.

As an afternoon snack for the kids, I made a couple of pizza rolls. I rarely allow the kids to eat in the living room, but they had been really good all day. UGH. In just minutes, I had smashed pizza rolls all over my carpet.

I quickly grabbed my iPhone and turned to the Stain Guide. While “pizza” wasn’t an option, I selected “Tomato Pasta” because it’s kind of the same thing. I followed the instructions, step by step, and substituted the “Little Green Advanced Formula” for the formulas recommended, and put my new Little Green to work. I couldn’t believe how well it removed all traces of the pizza rolls from my carpet! I was truly blown away.

I decided to test out the Little Green on several set-in stains, and again, it didn’t let me down. After pre-treating for just a few minutes, the stains came up and you couldn’t even tell there had been any stains there to begin with.

There are several things about the Little Green that I just love. First, it’s lightweight and compact, so I can use it anywhere I need to: on the carpet, the furniture, even in the car. Plus, it stores easily in my closet. Secondly, it is *super* easy to use. Fill the tank with the recommended solvent and hot water, turn it on, pull the trigger, and go. That’s it. To pre-treat, just aim and pull the trigger. Then, use the attached brush to rub out the stain. And lastly, the Little Green is environmentally friendly: it’s made with a minimum of 50% post consumer recycled plastic with PVC tanks and hose.

All in all, I would highly recommend the Little Green to any household – whether you have kids, pets, or a tendency to spill things yourself. It’s made a great new addition to our house, and is a product I will use over and over again. And at just $79.99, it’s definitely affordable, and worth every penny.

The Little Green is available for purchase online at websites by Kohl’s, Wal*mart, Amazon, K-Mart, Sears, and several others. You can also find it at many local retailers. Just head to the Little Green page of the Bissell website and do a search for a retailer near you. (You can also purchase directly from the Bissell website.)

Also, be sure to follow Bissell on twitter and become a fan of Bissell on Facebook for the latest news, products, specials, stain-solving solutions, and more!

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of BISSELL Homecare, Inc., and was sent a Little Green deep cleaner at no cost to facilitate my honest and thorough review. The complimentary product in no way influenced my opinion, and all opinions stated in this review are 100% my own. Other users may have different results when using this product.