Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve


I am in my office trying to get some winner's drawn and contacted and other miscellaneous work done on my new computer. Then I will take the rest of the day off to spend with my family! Bubbily here I come. Well, my DH and Dexter are watching Kung Fu Panda and I hear the theme song come on and my DH say "Dexter, can you please put your food and juice down before you dance? We don't dance with food in our mouth and hand!" LMAO!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you in 2010! I have MANY MANY Awesome giveaways planned including some this week from The Children's Place!! Be Safe and Don't Do Anything I Wouldn't Do!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

General Mills Cereals Now Contain Less Sugar and $1 Coupon

That is right! General Mills is now making the same cereals that we know and love with LESS SUGAR! Dexter is a Cheerio-aholic and should be in a 12 step program. When all else fails, he eats Cheerios. Thanks to My Blog Spark for sending me some coupons to try the new General Mills Cereals. I bought some Honey Nut Cheerios (which I never have given to D yet) and he devoured them! WOW was he a maniac when it came time to eat his beloved Cheerios. He was surprised by the difference between them and his original love.

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets.

Other cereal benefits:
Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.
Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.
More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.
Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.

For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness.

Head over and print a $1 off Coupon good on Cocoa Puffs, Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Lucky Charms. See for yourself how less sugar doesn't need to be less taste!


*The free coupons, information, and the online coupon link have all been provided to me by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.. The opinions and stories herein related to the cereal are all mine!*

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jolly Llama Review and Giveaway-CLOSED



Recently I was sent a case of Jolly Llama sorbets to review. I have to tell you one thing---YUMMY! They are all-natural (of course or I wouldn't eat or review them) and they are delicious. Dexter has a hard time eating cold things but I fed him the sorbet with a spoon in little tiny bites. He enjoyed them a lot too. I even caught my DH eating them. At first I thought it was weird that they were pulpy but that is what I like most about them. Because they are made from real fruit you should get some of the fiber too, right? I also love that they are high in antioxidants and relatively inexpensive (with shipping a case of 24 retails for $48) They make the perfect snack or dessert. I think that Acai is my favorite although the blueberry is amazingly good too!!

Jolly Llama Squeezable Sorbets at at glance:
-- they come in fun-to-eat individual 3 oz. squeeze-up tubes
-- all natural (no genetically modified corn sweeteners)
-- low in fat and average just 75 calories per serving
-- high in fiber and vitamins A & C
-- four flavors: strawberry, mango, acai, blueberry
-- available nationwide for home delivery thru the company's website
-- currently in grocery stores throughout the Western US

Introduced in July, Jolly Llama Sorbets are now available in stores throughout the West and nationwide through the San Francisco-based company's website (www.jollyllamasorbets.com). Currently sold individually.


I know you are dying to sink your teeth into some healthy yummy Jolly Llama goodness aren't you? All you need to do its head over to Jolly Llama and tell me one thing you learned on their site. ANYTHING just make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. One winner will receive a whole case of Jolly Llama sorbets!! Yummy!

What giveaway would be complete without extra entries?
*Follow me on Google Friend Connect (Blogger)
*Subscribe to my blog via Email and leave your email address (will verify) (2 entries)
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and tweet this contest
*Daily Tweets are allowed but make sure you include @royaldixie and my URL in your entry
*Let me know how you found my site
*Fav me on Technorati and let me know your user name
*Enter any of my other giveaways and comment on which giveaway you entered

This contest will end January 26th at NOON EST. Good Luck


*I received the products above free of charge for the sole purpose of review. I did not receive any sort of compensation that would affect my opinion of this company or it's product. The opinions are mine, all mine!*

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve

Tonight, as the children are all nestled into their beds, Santa will come and bring cheer and good times! I am so very excited to be spending the night, with my family, eating lobsters for dinner! After Dexter has gone to bed and before the presents are wrapped, we will eat lobster, drink champagne and enjoy some Christmas music. Who am I kidding, it will probably be a movie but it sounds good anyway. I can't wait to share lots of pictures of Christmas.

Enjoy your holiday and I hope you can be with the ones that you love!

Kinetic GoGreen Storage Container Review

Ever since I decided to rid my house of BPA and other harmful chemicals I can honestly say that I sleep better. Maybe its because I sleep on organic sheets or maybe because I worry less about the toxins in my home. For the longest time now, every time my MIL would send food over to our house for us it would be in a Tupperware or Ziploc container. They show wear and tear and Jason would comment about the plastic leaching. This didn't bother me until I knew all about leaching and all of the potentially toxic chemicals that were being put into our food! Oh my!

I know you all know about BPA but in case you have lived under a rock for the last couple of years (or just want to be reminded) here is what BPA is and what it potentially does. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a hormone-disrupting chemical considered to be potentially harmful to human health and the environment. It has been known that scratched and worn polycarbonate feeding bottles will leach this chemical into liquids. BPA has been linked to prostate problems, early mammary gland growth/development, behavior problems in toddlers and many more detrimental disorders.

What can we do about it? Well, since 95% of the baby bottles in the US contain BPA we can stop buying products that contain this hormone disruptor until the government limits companies from manufacturing with it. It is good for our bodies and great to show the point! One other thing we can do is educate ourselves.


How about storing your leftovers in glass or BPA-free plastic? I recently was sent a set of Kinetic GoGreen glass storage containers for review. They are really nice! Not only are they BPA free but they are made of tempered glass which makes it more difficult to break. The interlocking covers are also really nice because they snap on and create a nice, tight seal! They are air tight and liquid tight. Nothing can get through that seal! You can purchase them on Amazon or drugstore.com.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wellness All-Natural Jerky Bits for Dogs Review-CLOSED



I have an Olde English Bulldogge and a Coon Dog. They use to rule the roost before Prince Dexter was born. Just because they aren't top dog around here anymore (pun intended) doesn't mean that we don't love them any less. Daisy, my bulldogge, has awful allergies and we need to feed them expensive food because of it. They typically only get vegetables as treats too. They love broccoli, carrots, celery and every other morsel I can think of rattling off. They will eat all fruits/veggies. I am totally leary of dog treats because they are mostly over-processed junk food for dogs.

Recently I came across these amazing jerky treats. I received a sample with my Kiwi magazine and the dogs scarfed every bit of them up. I then contacted Well Pet and they were more than happy to send a few bags for review and giveaway. They sent some of the Turkey, Chicken & Lamb and Venison & Salmon.

Pure Rewards® are the simplest way to treat your pet. We start with more than 90% pure, high quality meat, poultry or salmon, then add just enough natural stabilizers to package them and keep them moist. These highly flavorful, protein-packed jerky bits are the ideal size for training and treating. Pure and simple, these Pure Rewards, are just as nature intended.

I opened the turkey bag on Thanksgiving so that the dogs could enjoy some Turkey with us :) They LOVED them. As a matter of fact, they loved all of the flavors. I should say that I have pigs rather than dogs but that would simply be an understatement. I would love to tell you that they prefer one flavor over another but that is not true. They are just stoked for the chance at some REAL MEATY goodness.

Thanks for the nice people over at Well Pet, one lucky winner will receive 3 bags of Well Pet. Just tell me who you would feed these to if you were to win. One random commenter will win these treats for their loved one! Contest ends 1/3/10 GOOD LUCK!

Monday, December 21, 2009

ThinkGeek Review and Giveaway-CLOSED


ThinkGeek is a website that has been around for some time now. They sell some of the coolest techy things. I didn't know, until recently, that they also sell Children's Toys.

They sent me an assortment of items to review and review I did. Boy oh boy do I love pirates. Lucky for me I gave birth to a small boy who thinks that pirates are the coolest thing since sliced bread. The Dress Up Pirate that they sent me is so ridiculously cute and it is educational. It will help Dexter learn to button, zip, snap and tie his shoes. I wonder if Bob the Pirate changes diapers too *scratches head*


What if I told you that ThinkGeek also sells Boon products? Well, they do! They sent me the Boon Otto Plush Animal Bag so that I could wrangle up all of Dexter's miscellaneous stuffed animals and lock them up in one place! GENIUS PRODUCT! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!


The Bilbo Imagination Toy is the other product that we reviewed. Just by looking at it you think, what the heck is that thing? Well kids can sit inside and start spinning or stand on top of it to balance. Get two and they’ll form a clamshell. They can put Bilibo on their back and act like a turtle or play peek-a-boo by putting it on their heads. They can use it in the snow as a sled or take it to the pool for water games. The only thing Bilibo can’t do right now it seems is check Gmail. But we are sure it’s just a matter of time before the kids figure that one out. This Imagination Toy won the Dr. Toy Top 10 Best Active Products Award and 100 Best Children's Products Award!!


When you are thinking of gift giving, ThinkGeek. Order by tomorrow and you can still have your order in time for Christmas thanks to UPS 2 Day shipping! Order by the 23rd and get it by UPS next day shipping. What are you waiting for? Head over to ThinkGeek now! ThinkGeek for Christmas. ThinkGeek for birthdays. Hell, ThinkGeek just because its cool!

Do you want to ThinkGeek by heading to their website and picking out your two favorite items that they carry. Come back here and give me the URL to your favs. One lucky person will win a $50 GC to ThinkGeek!! Yeah, how generous. You can spend it on yourself, your loved ones or on me!!!

What giveaway would be complete without extra entries?
*Follow me on Google Friend Connect (Blogger)
*Subscribe to my blog via Email and leave your email address (will verify) (2 entries)
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and tweet this contest
*Follow @ThinkGeek on Twitter
*Daily Tweets are allowed but make sure you include @royaldixie and my URL in your entry
*Let me know how you found my site
*Fav me on Technorati and let me know your user name
*Enter any of my other giveaways and comment on which giveaway you entered

This contest will end January 10th at NOON EST. Good Luck

*I received the products above free of charge for the sole purpose of review. I did not receive any sort of compensation that would affect my opinion of this company or it's product. The opinions are mine, all mine!*

America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction Contest



All Moms would agree that the joy that comes from having a new baby is priceless! The sweet sounds of cooing, chubby cheeks and the intimate bond between parent and child can make any family feel rich with love. But, as any new parents can attest, raising children can have an impact on your checkbook, as well as your heart. In fact, the typical family spends more than $221,000 raising a child through age 17. Thanks to TurboTax®, one "last-minute" baby will help his or her parents save a bundle.

TurboTax® the nation's No. 1 rated, best-selling tax preparation software from Intuit Inc. is conducting its third annual nationwide search for America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction. The parents of one lucky baby, born in December 2009, will win $5,000.

To enter, parents or legal guardians should submit a photo of their baby born between Dec. 1-31, to www.cutesttaxdeduction.com. The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2010. Judges will select 10 finalists, and America will determine America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction and the $5,000 grand prize winner!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas Review and Giveaway-CLOSED


When I decided to call my December daily giveaways my I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas campaign I had no idea that there was a book with the same name (by Anna Getty). Boy am I happy that I was emailed about this book by the publishers. I received my book just before Thanksgiving and I started drooling over the recipes and craft projects almost immediately. I love food. I love all food, especially damn good food. That is why this book won my heart.

My whole family seems to come together over food and lucky them that I made a new recipe for Thanksgiving appetizers! I brought Anna Getty's Gorgonzola and Grape Appetizer (forgive me for not having the exact name as my Mother In Law stole my book because she LOVES it!) Everyone freaked out over how great and simple the recipe was. Even Dexter liked it!! He is MY blue cheese boy ;)

I am still thinking about the prosciutto wrapped figs and the acorn soup!! Oh Lordy Anna Getty you nailed down my weak spot! I also adore the chandelier tree craft idea. Actually I LOVE THIS WHOLE BOOK A TON!!


Who is Anna Getty you ask? Well, Anna Getty is a leading green living expert. She works with the Organic Center, Global Green, NRDC, and Seventh Generation, among others, and is the author of the upcoming Easy Green Organic. Anna lives in Los Angeles.


NOTE: I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with environmentally friendly ink.

This book is beyond awesome for any time of the year. It helps you learn how to be eco-smart and classy. Enter to win this amazing book by telling me one way you are green or want to be green for 2010.

What giveaway would be complete without extra entries?
*Follow me on Google Friend Connect (Blogger)
*Subscribe to my blog via Email and leave your email address (will verify) (2 entries)
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and tweet this contest
*Daily Tweets are allowed but make sure you include @royaldixie and my URL in your entry
*Let me know how you found my site
*Fav me on Technorati and let me know your user name
*Enter any of my other giveaways and comment on which giveaway you entered

This contest will end January 3rd at NOON EST. Good Luck


*I received the products above free of charge for the sole purpose of review. I did not receive any sort of compensation that would affect my opinion of this company or it's product. The opinions are mine, all mine!*

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kid Bean Review and GIVEAWAY



I am so excited to tell you about an amazing company I recently found, Kid Bean. Take one look at their mission statement and you will know that they aren't fooling around. Many of the products that they sell are made in the US and they are earth-friendly, labor-friendly and vegan. YEAH My kinda place.

"KidBean.com was founded to make a difference in the world by educating people about the health, environmental, and social benefits of sustainably-produced, fair-labor, vegan products for babies and children. We believe consumers will choose such products when presented with appropriate information about their benefits and we strive to make as many of these products available in one place to make conscious consumerism more convenient and affordable. We offer products made with recycled content and/or natural, organic materials. For environmental, ethical, and economic reasons, all products are always animal-free and most are made in the USA. We do all the research and present the results in an easy-to-follow manner so customers may shop with confidence knowing that all products at KidBean.com are the very best earth-friendly, labor-friendly, vegan options on the market."


I have Kid Bean to thank for keeping me and my family warm this winter. They recently sent us Queen Size and Crib Size blankets to review. They are made by Organics-N-More right here in the US! They are made of unbleached organic cotton and they are the prettiest cream color. They compliment my BedVoyage sheets perfectly! Look at how nice the Queen Size (90x90) looks on my bed:


The blanket at first seemed thin but I shouldn't have let that influence me. It sure is warm! The loom-weave makes it very tough/durable. Now I know what they mean when they call it heirloom quality. I washed it once in my EcoStore USA laundry liquid (mild and all natural) so it would bring out the natural softness of the blanket. That is exactly what it did. I am so glad to have such a high-quality organic blanket because when you don't sleep with toxins, you will wake up a better person. I am convinced of this.

Dexter also really likes his new blankie. He still sleeps in a crib but I decided that the first step to getting him into a big boy bed would be to make up his crib as though it was a bed. Sheets, blanket and all tucked in the sides. He seems to sleep so soundly tucked in like a little prince. I would take a picture of it but it doesn't do the blanket any justice. His crib is a distraction. Just imagine the cutest little boy in the world tucked into the same blanket that was on my bed :)

Kid Bean not only sells bedding but they also sell body care products, kids clothing and much much more. Check them out for yourselves. You will be glad you did!

I am thrilled to give away one queen size Organics-N-More Organic Blanket compliments of Kid Bean. Please just visit Kid Bean and tell me which weave you would like on the blanket if you were to win. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you are to win!

What giveaway would be complete without extra entries?
*Follow me on Google Friend Connect (Blogger)
*Subscribe to my blog via Email and leave your email address (will verify) (2 entries)
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and tweet this contest
*Sign up for Kid Bean's newsletter (on the bottom left side of their site under the pretty tree!)
*Follow @KidBean on Twitter
*Become a fan of Kid Bean on Facebook comment with your FB name and which # fan you are of theirs
*Daily Tweets are allowed but make sure you include @royaldixie and my URL in your entry
*Let me know how you found my site
*Fav me on Technorati and let me know your user name
*Enter any of my other giveaways and comment on which giveaway you entered

This contest will end January 9th at NOON EST. Good Luck

*I received the products above free of charge for the sole purpose of review. I did not receive any sort of compensation that would affect my opinion of this company or it's product. The opinions are mine, all mine!*

Great Wolf Lodge Snowland




Two weeks ago I was invited to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge along with 9 other Mommy Bloggers and their families. Remember, I wrote about it HERE. I cannot express to you how impressed I was with every aspect of our stay.

The first thing I noticed when we checked in was the GRAND ENTRANCE (lobby) that was decorated so magically. It had snowflakes and lights, trees and REAL SNOW falling from snow machines high above the rafters. Completely magical and entrancing! My husband and I then took Dexter up to our room and he was completely enthralled with the hallways. Each hallway is decorated with a different theme. You can play a MagiQuest game and use a wand to unlock secrets in each of the hallways! So cool! Since Dexter is not even 2, we didn't partake in that part.

Once we got into the room I was impressed by all the ways that the Great Wolf Lodge recycles. Here are a few of the items in our room that impressed me.


I can honestly say that I have never stayed in a room that had recycling containers. They recycle metal, paper, glass and plastic all in one bin! Just like at home! When I talked to the head of Marketing for the Traverse City Great Wolf Lodge, Rhonda, she said that all their employees recycle at work. They have some 300 employees and she was proud to say that many of them are now recycling at home! Yeah Great Wolf Lodge.



They also have a commitment to reusing water. They believe that recirculation is important due to the millions of gallons of water that pump through their waterparks daily. They have top of the line sanitation equipment that makes recirculating all that water possible!

Ok, so you have come to understand that not only is the Great Wolf Lodge magical and memorable but it is also Earth Friendly and Kid Friendly. Well, how about fun? All I will say is this: Santa arriving on a firetruck, Santa reading a story and making you believe it was music theatre, SNOW falling inside and an AMAZING waterpark. Look at some of my favorite pictures and decide for yourself if you could see your family having a TOTAL blast at the Great Wolf Lodge!









*Thank you to the Great Wolf Lodge for bringing all of us Michigan Mommy Bloggers together for a weekend of fun! You provided the rooms but our hearts received so much pleasure and memories that will last me a lifetime!*

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tomorrow's World Cozy Pure La Noodle Review/Giveaway-CLOSED

Remember when I introduced you to Bed Voyage earlier this week and I promised more All-Natural bedding items? Well, without further ado, meet Tomorrow's World.

A few weeks ago they sent me 2 La Noodle Travel Pillows for review. The CozyPure La'Noodle Pillow is made from natural latex noodles which provide soft and resilient support, with the flexibility to uniquely cradle your head and neck for individual comfort.

The pillow shell casing is made from Skal-certified organic cotton stretch knit to retain the true benefits of the latex. Hypoallergenic. Mold, mildew and dust-mite resistant. Made in Virginia-USA.



OMG this pillow is so unbelievable! My husband stole it on day one and I have yet to have it to sleep with it since. I am the PICKIEST pillow person ever and I have to say that I am incredibly pleased with the La Noodle pillow. So much so that I am going to be buying two of the full size. Right now they are on sale BOGO. They are $52 each, so $26 each on sale is a STEAL for this pillow. It is also great for people with allergies.

How would you like to win one travel La Noodle pillow? All you have to do is visit Tomorrow's World and copy the URL of one other item you would LOVE to have. This contest will end on January 1st at NOON EST. Good Luck

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

BedVoyage Review and Giveaway-CLOSED


If you are lucky you spend upwards to 8 hours a night in bed. In that time you are exposed to the toxins and chemicals that not only live in your mattress but also in your bedding. I know how expensive a new organic mattress is so I am here today to tell you of a cheaper and much easier fix to lessen the chemicals in your bed. As a matter of fact, today is kicking off my Organic Bedding series for my Green Christmas campaign.

I was introduced to BedVoyage a few weeks ago and I have been sleeping like a baby ever since. BedVoyage makes 100% bamboo travel sheets that are perfect for travel OR home. Bamboo linens are naturally anti-bacterial, odor resistant and hypo-allegenic. They are so soft and so luxurious that you will not be able to wait to crawl into them for the first time (and every other time as well)

The beauty of BedVoyage sheets is that they are made for travel. They have cleverly taken the top sheet and affixed it to the fitted sheet to make changing the sheets and traveling with them a breeze. I am very picky about my sheets and I was surprised about the all-in-one sheet but once I slept on it for the first time, I was hooked! Not only is bamboo very sustainable but it is resistant to pilling. That is very important to insure that you always have a smooth, soft sleeping surface! Take a look at how the all-in-one sheet looks on my bed.


Another thing that I love about my BedVoyage sheets is the fact that they are eco-friendly at its best. As bamboo plants require no fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides to grow and harvest, bamboo fiber is naturally hypoallergenic. Bamboo fiber is naturally antifungal and antibacterial due to an inherent property known as 'bamboo kun', which prevents the growth of bacteria. 100% bamboo fiber exhibits a 99.8% kill rate after a 24-hour incubation period. Not only do I sleep better because of the softness and warmth of these sheets but also because I know that they are good for my body and the planet.

I was just recently in NYC (meeting Dr. Greene!!!) and my husband and I stayed at a hotel that had mismatched sheets and the comforter had cigarette burns in it! It wasn't even a smoking room. Needless to say, we slept fully clothed for the duration of our trip. I really wish I would have had my BedVoyage travel sheets. When you are traveling, BedVoyage provides a little laminated card to place on your bed so that your sheets are not changed by the maid staff. Here is a picture of what it says:


For those non-English speaking housekeepers, the reverse is in Espanol:


Each BedVoyage sheet set comes with a traveling bag to keep your sheet and pillowcases together along with your laminated card. Each standard size pillow case is monogrammed and zippered so that you can be fully covered. I thought that would be uncomfortable because zippers are hard but these are well hidden and very small. Look and see for yourself


All BedVoyage sheets come in your choice of white or sage green and they range in size from Twin to King. Twin sheets start at $149 and King Sheets are $209 If you would like to experience these eco-luxurious BedVoyage sheets for yourself, today is your lucky day.

I would like for you to tell me your dream vacation and how you would use your BedVoyage sheets. I like creativity and so do my friends at BedVoyage so humor us with your submission. Tell us everything from the hotel, to the beaches, to the tourists sights that you would go and see. Simply email supersavvymommy@bedvoyage.com with your story and comment here telling me that you emailed them OR just write your submission here in the comment section.

The Deadline for entering will be one month from today, January 6th, 2010 at midnight EST. Good Luck and let your stories roll!

*I received the products above free of charge for the sole purpose of review. I did not receive any sort of compensation that would affect my opinion of this company or it's product. The opinions are mine, all mine!*

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ban T-Shirt Review and Giveaway-CLOSED



When I find a company that not only lives green but can also make me laugh....that is the biggest PLUS!! Oh man, you should have seen my face when I met Ban T-Shirts. Not only do they make some pretty kick ass t-shirts but they do it with a strong message. They have some great, thought-provoking messages and some of them include, but are not limited to these beauts:




Now, for the more controversial t-shirts that I couldn't help but share with you all:




For a review they sent me two shirts, one for me and one for hubby. I even let Jason pick out his own shirt. He went somewhat conservative with this choice:


I had J take a picture of me wearing my shirt. As a matter of fact, I wore it on the plane to NYC because I didn't want anyone to think that I was hostile :)

I like that I asked him to "take a picture of me in my shirt" and all I get is a boob shot! What a guy!

Their organic t-shirts are all US Made and made of Sweatshop-Free Organic Cotton. Another thing that I think is AWESOME is the fact that they plant a tree for each t-shirt purchased. Talk about a company that is innovative AND eco-conscious!! A dream company if ever there was one!


Other things I really like include the ability to pay via paypal and $5 flat rate shipping on all orders!!!!

Are you feeling lucky? How would you like to win your VERY OWN Ban T-Shirt?! Well, thanks to the The Dude at Ban T-Shirts you will get the chance. Please head over to Ban T-Shirts and pick out which shirt you would like to sport. COPY THE URL and post it in your comment. Make sure you include your email address too if you don't have it in your profile.


What giveaway would be complete without extra entries?
*Follow me on Google Friend Connect (Blogger)
*Subscribe to my blog via Email and leave your email address (will verify) (2 entries)
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and tweet this contest
Example:
~Wanna sport a sassy eco-friendly @BanTshirts ? What are you waiting for? Enter now http://tinyurl.com/ydp5fvo

*Daily Tweets are allowed but make sure you include @royaldixie and my URL in your entry
*Let me know how you found my site
*Fav me on Technorati and let me know your user name
*Enter any of my other giveaways and comment on which giveaway you entered

This contest will end December 29th at NOON EST. Good Luck


*I received the products above free of charge for the sole purpose of review. I did not receive any sort of compensation that would affect my opinion of this company or it's product. The opinions are mine, all mine!*

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Whoops Bunny Review and Giveaway-CLOSED



About a month ago I was introduced to Whoops Bunny. We all know the cute little Whoops Bunny rhyme, right? bunny...bunny...bunny...bunny...whoops bunny...whoops bunny...bang...bang...bang

This little company makes some of the cutest kids aprons, rain coats, stationary and much more. What I like even more than that is their commitment to the environment. They put it best by saying:
Whoops Bunny made a big hoppin' effort when creating this product to partner with ethical suppliers; source sustainable & environmentally responsible products; recycle & re-use and really listen to each other & our customers! Oh, and no bunnies were harmed along the way!
We are proud to be a member of 1% for the Planet and are committed to donate 1% of our sales (that's sales, not profit) to audited grass-roots environmental concerns.

An environmental whoops is something we take very seriously at Whoops Bunny. In our own small way, we try to minimize the whoops to the environment.
Here at Whoops Bunny HQ, we recycle all our plastic, paper and glass, even driving miles to the glass recycling plant. We try to minimize our use of paper and if we can, we’ll reuse scraps of paper for our scribbles. We only print using 100% recycled paper or using paper that is FSC certified.
We also use low energy lighting. Did you know that a single low-energy bulb can save a heap in energy costs over its lifetime and also avoid hundreds of kilograms of CO2 emissions?
We will always attempt to package your products using packaging that is either re-usable, biodegradable or is made from a sustainable source.


I was lucky enough to receive several of their products for review. My favorite item, hands down, is the 100% Tree Free Wall Poster.2010 Planner.
Even though I consider myself pretty techy, there is something to be said about a "paper" calendar to pencil in your engagements. I get my kicks from erasing, writing, looking at and playing with my calendar. I love this one in particular not only because it is "tree free" but also because it is huge. It is perfect for Maggie the Blogger because I can schedule reviews for weeks out and it is all right in front of me (on the back of my office door.) SO HANDY!! How do they make it if they don't harm trees you ask? Well it is manufactured without the use of trees, water or toxic agents such as bleaching chemicals. It is made entirely from inorganic mineral powders derived from stone (limestone and calcium carbonate) with a trace amount of non-toxic resin. Pretty innovative eh?



My second favorite item that I received was their Ice Cream Bunny Patterned Note Cards. These too are eco-friendly and printed with vegetable based inks! Don't let that fool you. Their colors are still vibrant and delicious. I love me some Stationary and this set is no exception. It is the perfect way to send a little note to the little people in your life (or big people too for that matter!)

Whether you are looking for cute stationary, calendars or natural kid's makeup, look no further than Whoops Bunny.

Because I love my readers SOOO much and because Whoops Bunny does too. We want you to win any item of your choice from their boutique. Thats right! All you need to do is head over to their website and pick out your favorite item. Come back here and leave me the URL of the item you would like to win. Make sure you leave your email address in the comment if it isn't in your profile.

What giveaway would be complete without extra entries?
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*Enter any of my other giveaways and comment on which giveaway you entered

This contest will end December 26th at NOON EST. Good Luck

*I received the products above free of charge for the sole purpose of review. I did not receive any sort of compensation that would affect my opinion of this company or it's product. The opinions are mine, all mine!*

Friday, December 11, 2009

Being Natural Doesn't Have to be Hard

Lately I have come across a few products that I thought I would tell you all about. The first is a body wash by Depth.



Live beneath the surface
with therapeutic, wild botanicals from the sea.

Submerse yourself in the ocean's depths with this luxurious, refreshing body wash. Enriched with marine botanical extracts and organic aloe vera to naturally cleanse and soothe skin.

70% Organic
Hypo-allergenic
Natural Aroma Blend
Paraben Free
100% Vegetarian
No Animal Testing
SLS Free
Phthalate Free

This bottle's shape is inspired by small air bulbs found on sea kelp. Made from 50% recycled materials. This purchase helps fund ocean education for children.

Made in the USA
They are available in a variety of scents such as Bay Coconut (which I reviewed). I loved how yummy it smelled and I love how it lathered up real well. I especially like that they are made in the US and available at Whole Foods or online at Drugstore.com


The next product that I would LOVE to introduce you to is made by Pangea Organics.

I was lucky enough to review their Balancing Oil. At first I was like, WHOA, wait, put oil on my acne prone face! YEAH RIGHT! But I tried the teeniest, tiniest amount after my shower and it soaked in right away and it smelled lovely. It is made with
POMEGRANATE with is an antioxidant and is also collagen supporting. This makes my fine lines (ok. laugh lines) happy. It is also made with GERANIUM which is harmonizing and known for its cell repairing ability.

I have been using this oil for a little over a week now and I must say that my face is so soft and supple. My laugh lines aren't gone yet (that would be a miracle in such a short time) but my skin definitely looks better.




I also tried Pangea's Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai and Gogi Berry mask. It was easy to apply, smelled natural and it made my skin look like a million dollars. I mean, look how sexy I look with it on?


It was a lot thinner than most masks that I have tried and I liked the way it felt as I was putting it on and after as I was scrubbing it off. It only requires that you keep it on for 10-20 minutes once or twice a week. I did it during Dexter's bath time and it was perfect. He looked at me like I was the Lochness Monster but what does he know about beauty anyway?

Now I know what you are thinking. Mean Maggie for not getting her wonderful hubby something to try, right? WRONG! He was lucky (and I mean lucky because I usually like all the beauty products for me) to be able to review Jack Black Skin Care products.

No, no, they are not that same Kung Fu Panda Jack Black but rather a sophisticated gentleman who makes killer skin care products. Maybe he is funny and plays a mean guitar too but I wouldn't know!



The Jack Black Face Buff with Vitamin C and Menthol was HANDS DOWN his favorite product that he has yet to test. He has tried a slew of products and he said that this Face Buff is invigorating and refreshing. I was just as surprised to hear those words come out of his mouth as you are reading about it. He is hooked and to me, that is a relief because I have a hard time finding products for him that he truly likes. They are not all natural but do you think that really matters to my hubby? No, it doesn't. He replied "Well, its not like I'll be putting it on Dex anytime soon!" To which I replied, "You better not!" He knows I'd kill him if a paraben touched Dexter! Ok, maybe not kill but definitely maim.

You can make your hubby this Christmas by swinging over to Jack Black and getting him some male empowering skin care products. They do have a natural line if you are interested.



This winter, warm up your loved one’s house and heart by bringing the aroma of old world Italy home for the holidays. TOCCA, the famed Italian beauty brand, presents its most beloved fragrances with an extra touch of romance just in time for the holiday season. Whether gifting that special someone or treating yourself with something special, TOCCA’s limited edition Deluxe Candela is sure to lift spirits long after the season ends.
Three of Tocca’s most adored scents ~ Cleopatra, Grace and Havana ~ have been repacked in a beautiful “Tocca Blue” deluxe glass bottle perfect for dressing up any room in the house.

Available at www.bluemercury.com

*I was provided these lovely samples for review but I was not given a dime to say anything nice about these products. Even if they offered a dime, I probably wouldn't have taken it anyway. But nonetheless, I was not compensated for this review. I am an original and I would like to stay that way*
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