Monday, September 29, 2014

Kernel Season's review

Disclosure:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review, all opinions are my own.
This post is part of my 2014 Holiday guide! Over the next few weeks I will be posting amazing companies, recipes, deals and so much more to help make your holiday easier, fun and exciting. If you wish to learn more or see all the other great holiday content please click the photo above to be taken to my Holiday Guide home page. 

 Kernel Season's review


Every year I make my dad a movie gift basket for Christmas.  And each year the theme is always movie night.  I include everything from movies, candy, lounge wear, popcorn and of course soda.  Last year I also added Kernel Season's and it was his favorite part of the basket!  He would make one huge bowl of popcorn and then get several smaller bowls so he can make a bunch of different flavors.

For those of you who never heard of Kernel Season's before you have no clue what you are missing.
They are a variety of popcorn season that takes the taste of regular popcorn and elevates it to a new level of yumminess!
Flavors include:
Bacon Cheddar
Buffalo Wing
Butter Flavor
Caramel
Cheesy Jalapeno
Garlic Parmesan
Kettle Corn
Milk Chocolate Caramel
Nacho Cheddar
Popcorn Salt
White Cheddar
Ranch


To use you simply fill the cap and pour it onto already made popcorn.  The best part is if you want more flavor go ahead and add it.  You can flavor it to your own personnel likeness!  You can even mix flavors together!  Nacho Cheddar and Garlic Parmesan together is SO GOOD!  I was looking online and seen that people even add the seasons to chip dip.  So popcorn topping is only 1 of the ways they can be used!

And these seasons are only one of the items offered by Kernel Season's they also have popcorn and oils, popcorn poppers, gift sets and so much more!  Everything the popcorn lover in your life needs.

If you wish to learn more and see all the great items they offer please see my link below:

Linked up Holiday Gift Guides

Linked up Holiday Gift Guides


Holiday shopping can be stressful and it is even more stressful when you are not sure what to buy your loved ones.  Myself and several other bloggers have started gift guides to help you find the best items for everyone on your Holiday shopping list!
These gift guides are all different and can include items for kids, women, men and even pets!  Some will include decor items, recipes, holiday traditions and so much more!  
Have fun and Happy Holidays!!

Bloggers feel free to link up your Gift Guides below!

Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  Regardless all opinions are my own. 

Disclaimer:  I was given product in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
This post is part of my 2014 Holiday guide! Over the next few weeks I will be posting amazing companies, recipes, deals and so much more to help make your holiday easier, fun and exciting. If you wish to learn more or see all the other great holiday content please click the photo above to be taken to my Holiday Guide home page.

Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure review 


SYNOPSIS :
If you seen the original  Alpha And Omega Movie you are going to LOVE this one!! 
 On Blu-Ray Combo Pack And DVD Exclusively At Walmart, As Well As Digital Download And Video On Demand.
From Lionsgate Home Entertainment. 
Enjoy the journey the whole family can share this howl-iday season whith Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Digital Download and Video.
Its the holiday movie featuring the unlikely pair of wolves, Kate and Humphrey, and their new frisky family of cubs in a heartwarming wilderness adventure.
Kate and Humphrey and their three wolf cubs (Stinky, Claudette and Runt) are happily preparing to celebrate their first winter holidays together when their smallest cub, Runt, mysteriously disappears.  They must now go on a new journey across the wilderness to find and bring back Runt before the winter festivities begin at home.  It's their greatest adventure yet, filled with action and suspense as well as plenty of the humor and heartwarming moments that made the original.  There are some old friends along with some new.  My little guys thought the bear cub was adorable :)
Kate and Humphrey discover that for the holidays, "Home is where the family is."


My review:
Well my kids LOVED the original and the Howl-iday special was no different they adored it!  It had them cheering, smiling and laughing.  I love the fact its heartwarming and family friendly.  It was something my hubby and I even enjoyed watching with the kids.
Even though this DVD was released last year 2013, everyone enjoyed it so much I knew I had to feature it again this year :)


Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave



Join the pups on a journey filled with surprises just in time for Halloween as everyone’s favorite wolf pack is back in Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) October 7 exclusively at Walmart from Lionsgate Home Entertainment The film will be available on Digital HD and Video on Demand September 23. After three wildly successful Alpha And Omega releases, with over 1.5 million DVDs sold to date, the Alpha pack sets out on a ghoulish adventure in this exciting fourth chapter.

The Alphas and Omegas share a thrilling adventure filled with surprises, humor and heartwarming moments after Runt - Kate and Humphrey's Omega wolf cub - sneaks off to explore the haunted Saw Tooth Cave. When Runt finds a wolf who's been driven from her pack for being different, he musters all his courage to help her - and learns the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need.

A pawsome adventure that will leave you howling for more, the Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave DVD contains all-new special features including the “Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain” and “What Happens Next?” games.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
·       Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain Game
·       What Happens Next? Game

Alpha and Omega has become one of my kiddos favorite series!  I remember when the first movie came out, Brandon Jr and I giggled nonstop!  Between the fun characters and the hilarious scene where the male alpha has a ridiculous howl we fell in LOVE!  Little did we know then that this movie would become HUGE and have so many movies follow.  We love them all and now we also share this beloved series with Quinn.

Alpha & Omega is about working together and helping others out.  It proves that you don't have to be the strongest to be right.  They also teach the value of family and sticking together in tough times!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Carrera Go! Transformers review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

This post is part of my 2014 Holiday guide! Over the next few weeks I will be posting amazing companies, recipes, deals and so much more to help make your holiday easier, fun and exciting. If you wish to learn more or see all the other great holiday content please click the photo above to be taken to my Holiday Guide home page.

Carrera Go! Transformers review 


Do you want to speed around the high-speed circuit as an Autobot or Decepticon?
With Carrera Go! Transformers slot car race track you have the choice!
 Whatever you decide, a exhilarating race  is guaranteed when you bring home these Transformers.
I was impressed with the speed, I kept thinking well how fast can they go.... Then we started them up and just WOW!  I started with Bumble Bee and I can't believe how fast he zipped around the track.  The fact it plugs into the wall was a huge bonus, my kiddos love it so much I would have went through so many batteries.

The Transformers set has a 5.4-meter circuit, a fly-over, a high-speed loop section for adrenaline-charged racing, includes hand held controllers and also includes Bumble Bee and Lockdown.

 It is sure to provide hours of entertainment, my kiddos love the Transformers and kept making these two battle.  Something about time for the epic battle of good vs. evil lol...  No clue, when it comes to Transformers these boys know more then I do.
Even though I didn't know much about the show I did love racing around and watching my boys have fun. 
The track was simple enough for my hubby to set up.  I did read on their site you can add more track to basic sets!  The track did take a bit of time for my hubby to put together, but once it was together it was so sturdy I didn't have to worry about it coming apart.  Which was great, I could set the kids up walk away and not have to worry about them yelling for help to get the track back together! 

This is a great toy for Christmas that is sure to provide hours of fun, if you are not into Transformers that is okay because Carrera has so many other tracks to choose from!

If you wish to learn more please see my link below:

Boogie Wipes and Kandoo Kids review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Boogie Wipes and Kandoo Kids review 

Please tell me I'm not the only mama that has to chase her kiddos around the house trying to wipe their noses.  I actually had Quinn run by the couch and real quick wipe it on the cushion to prevent me for getting it with a tissue.  According to my kiddos tissues "Hurt."  
Now as much as I love my kids I'm getting a bit tired or cleaning snot off my furniture.  So we had to find a happy middle ground.  In steps Boogie Wipes!

  With fun scents like grape they don't mind we wiping their little noses.They are saline-infused wipes that can be used to clean off your baby or toddler's nose, and you know that horrible crust little kids seem to get around there nose during a cold..... well they remove the crusty mess amazingly!!

 Boogie Wipes are made with natural saline this is great for breaking up mucus, caused by the colds, allergies or anything else that would cause a stuffy nose. Boogie wipes are great for kids because they are so soft. And they are alcohol, phthalate and paraben free!! Unique Formula Moisturizes with Added Chamomile, Vitamin E and Aloe. 
 Boogie Wipes are available in few different scents! Such as Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Minty Menthol and Simply Unscented. 

 Boogie wipes are Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue. I love these! They were great for the house and on the go!

 Here’s ‘What’s Up’ at Boogie
 Motherhood’s Snot Easy Contest: Being a mom’s ‘snot easy, but we love it anyway! And here at Boogie Wipes, we want to reward mom’s for taking on all of those ‘snot so fun moments. Find out more and enter our contest here: http://www.boogiewipes.com/motherhood-contest/

Take The Pledge! Take the pledge to save your sleeve at www.boogiewipes.com. They will be giving away 1000 pledge kits each month! Each kit contains fun Boogie Wipes swag and a backpack badge!


Kandoo Kids:

Pampers Kandoo are the makers of ALL NEW Line of Kid Friendly products - Handsoap, Shampoo, Body Wash and Hand Sanitizer designed to help children get clean on their own. They have fun characters on their products that really promote kids to use them, not to mention great scents that kids love! It gets better though not only do your kids love these products, but you will too! They are:
 Hydoallergenic Contain Natural Fruit Extracts Made in the USA Made with natural ingredients to promote healthy skin and hair Mild formulas with no sulfates, parabens or phthalates Easy to use pumps and great scents that make kids want to get clean Unique bottles that are designed to be fun and easy to use.

Kandoo at Walmart! Look for Kandoo products now available at Walmart in the US and Canada!
 Take The Oath! Take the oath to keep yourself clean at www.kandookids.com.  They will be giving away 1000 oath kits each month! Each kit contains fun Kandoo swag including a super power cape! 
 Potty Training Tool Kit! Download the free Potty Training Tool Kit – and follow Diddit’s potty training adventure, with tips, tricks and fun activities. Download it here: http://www.kandookids.com/kandoo-potty-training-toolkit/


Today 1 Simply Me reader has the chance to win Boogie Wipes and Kandoo products!
You must be 18+ and live in the USA or Canada
Prize:
(1) pack of 42 count Kandoo wipes and (1) Kandoo Hand Soap
(1) 3 oz can of Boogie Mist and (2) packs of 10-count wipes (fresh and grape)

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sol Republic Tracks Air wireless headphones review

Disclaimer:  I was given product in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
This post is part of my 2014 Holiday guide! Over the next few weeks I will be posting amazing companies, recipes, deals and so much more to help make your holiday easier, fun and exciting. If you wish to learn more or see all the other great holiday content please click the photo above to be taken to my Holiday Guide home page.

Sol Republic Tracks Air wireless headphones review 


Annoying wires are becoming a thing on the past!  Sol Republic Tracks air wireless headphones offers a new way to how you listen.

Features:
Compatible with most Bluetooth- and NFC-enabled devices For use with your existing device. 
Headphones allow you to connect up to 2 devices simultaneously for versatile use. 
A2 sound engines Deliver clear audio with clear highs and deep bass. 
Dual microphones helps to eliminate outside noise for easier communication. 
The improved wireless design Allows you to control the headphone from up to 150' away.
You can purchase interchangeable headbands allowing you to personalize the headphones.

The battery is Rechargeable, which is great no need to have a constant power source.
The battery provides up to 15 hours of talk time on a full charge. Single-button cable Enables wired, battery-free mode.


My review:
I was very impressed with the clearness of the audio.  I like to listen to music as I do my house chores.  Since I'm not the only one in my house I can't blast the radio and normally end up putting on head phones.   They deliver high quality sound and are well worth the money.  I was really impressed with the clearness of the music.
  It is also nice to be able to do my house chores without the wires limiting my movements.  And I was impressed with the wireless range.  They are also perfect for traveling since they have such a long battery life you can take them with for a long trip.  And if you plan to pack them the fact that the ear pieces slide off make them easy to pack or even to place in a purse. The design is stylish and not only do the headphones fit my head, but my hubby was also able to use them.  They were comfortable to wear.  

If you wish to learn more please see my links below:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bloggers Wanted: Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop Event October 30th - November 11th


Please join me for the Anything goes Fall giveaway hop Event!


October 30th – November 11th, 2014

 By adding your blog link below, you agree to:
 Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from October 30, 2014, at 12:01a.m. until November 11, 2014, at 11:59p.m.

Your personal giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. 
Giveaway prize must be worth a minimum $25.00 and its open themed, just make sure your giveaway is family friendly. 

Blogs without giveaways posted by 12 p.m.est on October 31 will be removed from the linky list. 

Signups close on October 27th. 

You are not required to post in advance of the giveaway hop, but you are more then welcome too!  The more the merrier :)

By participating you agree to include:
1) The giveaway button

2)Links to the event Host
3) An embed linky list that will be provided to you prior to the giveaway, which includes all participating bloggers.
4) Your own hosted giveaway

Please add you link below and thank you for joining :)

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Build-A-Bear workshop How to Train your Dragon Toothless

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own/

Build-A-Bear workshop How to Train your Dragon Toothless

Guess who is now back in stock!!  That is right the much sought after Build-A-Bear How To Train your Dragon Toothless!  Please note I wrote this review back before the movies was in theaters and had to hold of publishing because he sold out that fast!


Every year at Christmas time I go shopping with my grandparents.  Its kind of a tradition, I remember as a kid I couldn't wait to go shopping with them.  Now as a adult I'm still excited, but I also love my grandparents are still alive and I'm able to share this tradition with my kids.
The one thing my kids look forward to is our annual Build-A-Bear stop.  See this mall is over an hour away from my house so we don't go often.  Every year though when I tell the kids we are going shopping with my nanny and pappy they automatically ask to the Bear mall!!!???
We normally buy our Bears online, but when we take them to the mall we get to give them a bath and try on new clothing and so much more.

So yes I can safely say my boys adore Build-A-Bear.  There is just something magical about them.  


Build-A-Bear are made to last.  Over the years I have purchased many and never once have I had a tear or rip.  Not only do they have Bears, but they carry puppies, and popular TV/movie characters.  

Which brings me to the newest member of our family....
TOOTHLESS from how to train your Dragon.  


 My kids are, when our box arrived my son asked when did we order a bear?!?!  Upon opening his jaw dropped and he looked at me in amazement!  My kids couldn't believe that they would be taking their own personalized Toothless to see the movie with them.
My son did inform me though that we have to get him an outfit online.  He claims its not right to go out in public with no clothing on lol.

Toothless is not only super adorable, but he is sure to be a huge hit with any dragon lover.  My boys have been talking about this movie for months now.   I couldn't wait to give them their Build-A-Bear Toothless.  He def. made 2 little boys very happy.

As I said at the beginning of the post this review was wrote months ago, but was delayed.  We did take our Toothless to the movies and everyone LOVED him and kept asking where we got him :)

Build-A-Bear also has grad. bears for those of you trying to think of a cute gift.  And they have My little Pony stuffed animals, Disney and so much more!

They have something for everyone.
If you wish to learn more please see my link below:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FURREAL FRIENDS GET UP & GOGO, MY WALKIN’ PUP Pet

Disclaimer:  I was given product in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
This post is part of my 2014 Holiday guide! Over the next few weeks I will be posting amazing companies, recipes, deals and so much more to help make your holiday easier, fun and exciting. If you wish to learn more or see all the other great holiday content please click the photo above to be taken to my Holiday Guide home page.

FURREAL FRIENDS GET UP & GOGO, MY WALKIN’ PUP Pet


Last year for Christmas my aunt, Quinn's godmother got him a FurReal Cuddles my giggly monkey.  This monkey has since spent every night sleeping with Quinn.  Quinn changes her diaper, uses his doctor kit on her and basically treats her like a real live Monkey.  I think its sweet and I love that he enjoys his FurReal pet so much.  When I discovered that Cuddles was only 1 of the pets include in the FurReal collection I was excited!  Knowing how much he loved Cuddles I knew he was sure to adore the rest of the collection.

One of the cutest in this collect is Get up & GOGO My Walkin' Pup Pet!
 Meet the leader of the FURREAL FRIENDS pack, GET UP & GOGO, MY WALKIN’ PUP pet, a kid’s best pet friend! The GET UP & GOGO, MY WALKIN’ PUP pet brings lifelike puppy play to children as she sits and speaks on command, and even comes when you call her, wagging her tail as she walks. This pup reacts when other FURREAL FRIENDS pets are near, such as POM POM, MY BABY PANDA pet (sold separately), and will bark to say hello when she hears her! 

For a whole new way to play with GET UP & GO GO, MY WALKIN’ PUP pet, kids can download the free FURREAL FRIENDS app, available in the App Store and Google Play. Using the FURREAL FRIENDS app, children can virtually care for their GET UP & GOGO, MY WALKING PUP pet. The GET UP & GOGO, MY WALKIN’ PUP pet will even respond to all the on screen action with movement and happy barks! Within the app, kids can also play fun games, and even meet other virtual FURREAL FRIENDS pets. The free FURREAL FRIENDS app will be available for download at the App Store and Google Play. The FURREAL FRIENDS app is not required for GET UP & GOGO, MY WALKIN’ PUP pet play.

The pup does require 4 “C” batteries, not included.

 Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

My review:
Just like Cuddles Get up and GoGo, My walkin' pup is so adorable!  The "real" life actions encourages kids to take care of her and to interact with her.  
The first thing to do is take your pup for a walk, of course.  I was impressed that she was able to walk on all floor types!  There was no stopping the Get up and GoGo pup!  Her leash that is used to control her is included :).  The walking action looks real which adds to the charm of having a "FurReal" pet.
Next we witnessed just how much like a real pup she acts.  From wagging her tail, turning her head around and making little noises she really does have down all the actions of a real pup.

Finally Quinn fell in love with the app.  He gets to take care of her not only in our home, but also virtually!  I think the app takes the Get up and GoGo pup to a whole new level of play making her a must have toy for 2014!

And she is just one of the FurReal pets in this amazing life like collection.

If you wish to learn more please click my link below:
Hasbro 



Canvas Champ review

Disclaimer:  I was given product in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
This post is part of my 2014 Holiday guide! Over the next few weeks I will be posting amazing companies, recipes, deals and so much more to help make your holiday easier, fun and exciting. If you wish to learn more or see all the other great holiday content please click the photo above to be taken to my Holiday Guide home page.

Canvas Champ Review


I am now the proud owner of several canvas prints.  Canvas prints have a way of taking a photo and giving it a whole new feel.  Almost as if it improves the quality and takes an ordinary photo and makes it better.
The only down side to canvas prints are cost.  I have seen quite a few that though they are beautiful I would have a hard time paying the price.

Well that upsetting price is a thing of the past thanks to Canvas Champs
They have affordable Canvas prints starting at only $10!  They have several sizes and even give you the option to make your own size.  You can get pre-printed or customize a canvas with a photo of your own.
They also offer peel and sticks, metal prints, photo boards, canvas banners and acrylic photos.  And each of these come at an affordable price.

I personally was able to review  Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh Canvas Print canvas.  This is one of my favorite pieces of art and I already have it framed in my home.  

When ever my mom comes over she always asks me to make her one.  I always forget though and sadly I think she gave up hope of me getting her one...
Well now come Christmas time I'm going to surprise her with this canvas.  I wont fib I'm kind of jealous her Starry Night Canvas print from Canvas Champ is 100 times better than my sad little framed photo!
Starry Night is only one of the beautiful art canvas they offer and like I said they also allow you to customize your own.

The canvas itself is super durable and I love that the corner are tight.    My mum won't need to worry about the canvas print coming off  :).  The coloring is lovely and another huge perk is its comes ready to hang all I need to do is put a screw into the wall.

If you wish to learn more please see my link below:
Canvas Champ 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vitamin C Facial Toner Review


Vitamin C Facial Toner Review


About the product:
CONTAINS 100% NATURAL and 95% ORGANIC INGREDIENTS - Also has Vitamin C, an essential nutrient that is vital to developing skin health and youthfulness. This antioxidant is needed in order for the body to produce collagen, which is what keeps your skin elastic and supple. 

A daily dose of Vitamin C with our Facial Toner Spray is a great way to restore a youthful complexion by helping to strengthen your skin to protect and fight against environment factors that speed up the signs of aging.
 CLEANS & SHRINKS PORES - When pores are clogged, they appear bigger because they are easier to spot. A toner contains powerful astringents - such as Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil - which purify your skin by cleaning and tightening pores, shrinking their appearance. 
COMBATS OILY SKIN - Those with oily skin will also rejoice using this reviving facial toner. The ingredients in our spray work to combat and remove excess oil, while restoring your natural pH levels so your skin is balanced.  
HYDRATES & PREPS SKIN - Each soothing mist delivers instant refreshment to your face. As your skin is hydrated, the MSM in the formula works to penetrate your pores to increase their elasticity. Your face will become more receptive to absorbing serums, oils, and moisturizers applied thereafter.


My review:
I am a fan of Vitamin C is facial products, I get super dry skin in the winter.  Vitamin C is the one product that makes my skin without making it overly oily.   I don't review beauty products much because I never really know what to say so I asked my sister what she thought and what she considers when buying something like this.
She told me price, smell, does it work and is there any side effect like greasy skin ect.

Price:
So lets cover price on amazon it is normally 44.95 which to me is WAY to high, but right now you can get it on sale for 19.95 which I think is a great price.  The bottle is 4 ounces. 

Smell:
It had no harsh chemical smell and there was a really sweet light citrus smell.  So if you are like me and like the smell of citrus its perfect.

Does it work:
I am going to answer this on 2 levels.  First lets cover the spraying, I like that its a fine mist so I don't end up with a huge splash in the middle of my face.  I also like the fact it a large mist so it only takes 2 sprays to cover my face.
Now let talk about if it works on your skin.  I have only been using a few days and I can tell a difference.  My skin feels a bit tighter and a lot smoother.  My winter time dry skin didn't start yet, but I have a feeling when it does that the Vitamin C facial toner will handle it with ease.

Side effect:
No that I have notice as of yet.  There is no left over greasy smell, no horrible smell and no break outs.  Over all its a great product.

Now onto my issues.  The only issue I had with the product was shipping.  It did seem to open a bit when being shipped and spilled out into the envelope.  Not much, but I did have to wipe down the product.

Overall the small spill was just a minor thing and the benefits of this product far out weigh that tiny mishap!
If you wish to learn more please click my link below:
Amazon Link
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Cascade Platinum @MyCascade Dinner party number 2 #cascadeshiningreviews and giveaway

Disclaimer:  This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Cascade Platinum Dinner party number 2   #cascadeshiningreviews giveaway



Remember a few weeks ago when I had my first Cascade party and I showed you just how easily Cascade was able to clean brownies, Mac and cheese and other goodies off my dishes??  Well I wanted to prove Cascade wasn't a one trick pony so I again invited 10 new guest to my home and this time we had a fancy brinner party!  Wondering what brinner is?  Well its breakfast for dinner :)
As a mom I know just how horrible maple syrup can be.  We all been there scrubbing endlessly at an impossible spot, getting that sticky mess everywhere.  Trying to take a paper towel and get in-between the prongs of the fork where that syrup seems to have claimed as its new home.  Yes we have all been there and we all know just how time consuming it is to clean up.

When I found out I was to make French Toast for my 2nd party, a shot of dread raced through me.  Now I would be cleaning maple syrup up from 12+ people.  Then I remembered just how easily Cascade Platinum handled the brownies and the cheesy macaroni!  I knew beyond a doubt it wouldn't let me down this time either.

Again I invited my guest in showed them my messy dishes and told them not to worry pre-rinsing that Cascade could handle it.
So I started the dishwasher and sat down to enjoy a brinner with my family and friends.  I talked to them about Cascade and proper dish washing.  And in case you missed my first post I will talk about again!
 1. Cascade Platinum delivers Cascade’s ultimate clean for dishes. It’s a premium product designed to achieve a clean so powerful it helps to keep the dishwasher sparkling while also delivering immaculately clean dishes each and every time. It even works on 24-hour stuck-on food!
 2. Skip the pre-wash. Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on the dishes because its special enzymes latch onto that food, breaking it down so it can wash away. If there’s no food soil, there’s nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn’t working its hardest for you. 
 3. Don’t worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes. There is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works exactly like the disposal in your sink.

After dinner I took my guest to the dish washer and pulled out the dishes they saw me put in. 

 Again everyone was impressed with no pre-rinse my dishes can out sparkly clean and they smelled amazing!  I had everyone touch them too, because I myself have been in awe that there is no greasy feeling ever left behind.







After the party was over I took some photos of my hubby and Quinn holding everyone's clean dishes.  As you can see NO MAPLE syrup left behind :)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SmartLab Toys review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
This post is part of my 2014 Holiday guide! Over the next few weeks I will be posting amazing companies, recipes, deals and so much more to help make your holiday easier, fun and exciting. If you wish to learn more or see all the other great holiday content please click the photo above to be taken to my Holiday Guide home page.

SmartLab Toys review


Just so everyone knows its taking everything I have right now not to throw my hands in the air do an evil laugh and scream IT'S ALIVE!!
I am pretty excited about the next two items in my holiday gift guide, but first I must make a bad mommy confession.  I am a little weird.  Creepy stuff is around my house year round.  I don't see a black candelabra as Halloween decor I see it as a fun accent for my dresser.  I don't view black as a color to be avoided if it were up to me every inch of my house would be black, red and white.  
To heck with movies like the Notebook and Titanic, I prefer Resident Evil, Underworld and Dracula.  In my house my hubby is the one watching Total Divas as I'm watching Game Of Thrones for the 100th time.  This mama refuses to be what is thought to be normal :)
I'm weird and I love it.  Zombies, vampires and shapeshifters ect isn't creepy to me its fascinating :)

And my love of this has been passed onto my kiddos.
When SmartLab sent me the list of items I could possibly review I was all but bouncing in my seat when I see The Inhuman Squishy Zombie.  I knew beyond a doubt that Brandon Jr was going to love it and that Quinn would also adore it!
  
The Inhuman Squishy Zombie 

The dead are walking, and it’s up to you to solve the mystery and stop the zombie epidemic. Follow the clues by reading the short graphic novel and examining the squishy zombie model in a race against time and contagion. Look for bite marks, examine rotting flesh, and probe squishy organs to identify the origins of the zombie’s infection. The graphic novel written by educator David Hunter makes exploring the scientific method and the science behind diseases a lesson in zombie-based fun. 


 Components: 
 12-inch zombie model and base
 4 Squishy organs 
movable arms with 
removable squishy flesh 
Detachable limbs 
24-page graphic novel Instruction Sheet
 Purchase Link

All I have to say is fun, fun and fun!!  My kiddos thought it was so cool that the flesh was removable and that they could feel the squishy organs and take them out.  The best part though was the mystery and trying to figure out what caused the out break.  The way the zombie looked added to the fun!  I can't say he looked life like, because well zombies aren't real...... BUT if they were I can definitely say I think they would look like this guy!  And don't worry about the kids figuring out the mystery and then becoming bored with the toy.  My kids had hours of fun pretend to infect their other toys!  This zombie though his parts are removable is pretty durable.  I literally watched him jump up over the back of my love-seat to attack a poor unsuspecting stuffed bear.  He then proceeded to run back my hallway (In Quinn's hand) screaming BRAINS I WANT BRAINS.  Was dropped, stepped on, slammed against a wall and still managed to go on :).  At which point and time he attempted to eat my cat, but I had to step in and save her.  Poor Jekyll all she wanted to do was play with her scratching post lol

The Inhuman Squishy Zombie is lots of fun and as I said my kids loved playing with him.
Now onto the next item I was able to review and the reason I wanted to scream IT'S ALIVE at the beginning of this post.

It's Alive! Slime Lab














Measure, mix, and concoct icky-sticky goo like a real mad scientist with this one-of-a-kind laboratory kit. The motorized Slime-O-Nator makes your slimy concoctions appear to grow, dance, and mutate. Use the slime poker to stretch and bend your slime. Like all SmartLab toys, this goo-fy kit features projects that teach the science behind the fun. The 16-page lab book includes 20 slippery activities that use common household ingredients.

 Components: 
 Slime-O-Nator
 
Graduated cylinder
 Slime poker

 
Goop Scoop measuring spoon
 Mixing bowl 
Dropper 
16-page book 

Everyone knows my kiddos had fun making slime creations.  I mean what kid wouldn't love to make their own slime and then get to mess around with it.  One of the things I liked was the fact they learned as they were playing.  There was a lot of science and facts involved in this hands on playing.  They were able to play as learning about chemical reactions, polymers, diffusion, gas expansion and so much more.  Brandon Jr absorbed it all and kept asking more questions and wanted to know more.  Quinn who is only 3 just wanted to play with the Slime, but I can see how this can start him on the path to develop a love of science. 

Both toys were not only fun, but taught them things.  Even the zombie.  Until my son played with the zombie he didn't know what half our organs were called.  Now he does and he wants to learn more.   He wants to know how our heart works and how does our brain store memory.  What started off as a fun game of zombies turned into his sudden fascination with science!  

Any little one is sure to appreciate either one of these under the tree come this holiday season.  And I'm sure any parent will like the learning and sudden interest in science that both toys provoke :)

These are only 2 of the amazing toys offered!  To learn and see more please click my link below:
SmartLab Toys