Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba Tour Dates

New York, NY (January 19, 2010) - The debut of YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! was a smash hit its first time out, attracting top celebrities, special musical talent and surprise guests to today’s hottest live show for families. Due to the great success, YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! has added additional performances in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Toronto, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati and St. Louis for March 2010.

This state-of-the-art production featuring music, singing, dancing and animation is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life with the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!.” Also joining DJ Lance and the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach the kids how to beat box with Biz’s Beat of the Day as well as special guests The Aquabats, whose front man Christian Jacobs ( aka the Bat Commander) is the co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba!, for the Super Music Friends Show.

Tickets and VIP packages for YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! are available at www.Yogabbagabbalive.com. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap.


YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! U.S. TOUR DATES

Minneapolis:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 3PM
U.S. Bank Theater at Target Center
American Express Pre-Sale - January 20-29 - 10AM
Public On-Sale -January 30 - 10AM

Milwaukee:
Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 2PM & 5PM
Riverside Theater
American Express Pre-Sale - January 20-28 - 10AM
Public On-Sale -January 29 - 12PM

Fort Wayne:
Friday, March 19, 2010 - 11AM & 4PM
Embassy Theatre
American Express Pre-Sale - January 20-28 - 10AM
Public On-Sale -January 29 - 10AM

Cincinnati:
Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 2PM & 5PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts
American Express Pre-Sale -January 20-28 - 10AM
Public On-Sale -January 29 - 10AM

St. Louis:
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 2PM & 5PM
Fox Theatre
American Express Pre-Sale - January 20-29 - 10AM
Public On-Sale -January 29 - 10AM

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! CANADIAN TOUR DATES

Toronto:
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11AM & 3PM
Wednesday, March 17 - 11AM & 3PM
Elgin Theatre
Public On-Sale -January 30 - 10AM

*This post is not sponsored and I have not received compensation from Yo Gabba Gabba or their affiliates*

Friday, January 29, 2010

This Is A BIG One.......

Ok, so I rarely let loose and talk about what I want and need. You know very little about me these days because I have been so busy writing reviews and giveaways that I have neglected to talk more about me.

WELL.....I am TTC #2 and I am struggling with this. September was the month DH and I decided that we were actually ok with the thought of another baby. Part of me is enjoying having a child that sleeps 10-11 hours each night because I LOVE SLEEP too but the other part of me NEEDS A BABY!! I haven't been on any birth control since Dexter was born and I use Fairhaven Health's Fertile Focus Ovulation Microscope. I then know when I am Oing. I have never been in tune with my body and therefore am not psychic as to when I am actually Oing. I don't feel an egg being released. In fact, all I typically hear is MAAAAAAAAAAAMAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! lol

I am also taking Fairhaven Health's FertiliAid for Women along with their FertileCM which helps increase a woman's cervical mucus. Come on here, throw me a bone. I need help, its obvious.

I need tips! I know all of you are mothers which, more than likely means you have gotten pregnant. Did you struggle? What am I doing wrong? Its damn near February and I want a baby. Don't tell me not to stress about it either, because I'm not. Even if you don't have any advice, just comment and tell me that you'll pray for the unity of sperm and egg.....

Free Sample of Pampers Cruisers TODAY ONLY!!


Head over to Pampers.com to score a FREE sample of new Pampers with Dry Max! You’ll receive a 3-pack of Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max to lock wetness away up to 12 hours.

But it gets better — Pampers is a sponsor of Team USA in the Winter Olympic Games this year. To celebrate the launch of this high performance diaper, Pampers has outfitted Team USA babies in branded Team USA Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max.

You won’t be able to buy these exclusive diapers in stores, but if you happen to find one in your sample pack, you’ll win a year’s supply of Pampers diapers!

Remember, this is for today, January 29th ONLY!!

Nads Natural Hair Removal


Nad’s is a family owned international business with products developed for women, by women. We provide a hair removal system that gives you salon-type results at a fraction of salon prices, no matter your skin type or particular hair removal needs.

Our eco-friendly products are always made from ingredients obtained from sources as close to nature as possible.

While Nad’s is an expert in removing unwanted hair, we believe that’s only one part of a complete, holistic approach to hair removal and skin health. Nad’s Hair Removal Cycle™ features four key steps -- Remove, Soothe, Release and Exfoliate - and a range of solutions for each step.

Our products include hair removal creams for different types of hair or skin, waxes and wax strips, and exfoliant scrubs and soothing balms. When each key step is followed, Nad’s will help keep your skin hair-free, smooth and healthy.

Nad’s was started in Australia by entrepreneur Sue Ismiel, a mother who created a natural hair removal product for her daughter from ingredients in her kitchen. Extensive research and testing followed, leading to the line of Nad’s products sold in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East as well as the United States.

Our family business is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and, just as important, giving them caring, honest and ethical service.

With Nad’s, say goodbye to unwanted hair and hello to silky, smooth skin.

Nads makes a variety of products including hair removal creams for all areas of the body or facial hair removal products.

Wanna laugh at me? I don't shave my legs unless I am required to go out to the beach or with people who might think I am a crazy, hairy Yooper. I have used the Nads Hair Removal Wax Strips before and I liked them a lot. They weren't as fast as normal shaving but easy on my skin and the environment.

For more information visit Nads.com

*This is a sponsored post*

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Erin Condren Life Planner Sale!






Get stylized and organized with Erin Condren’s 2010 Life Planner! http://www.erincondren.com offers fun, creative styles and color ways to choose from making each planner 100% personalized and unique for the chic girl on-the-go! The convenient size and elastic band for “quickflips” as well as the large daily views and “to-do” side bar make it possible to juggle all the work and personal events that life throws your way.

Look at all the pictures of my favorite elements of these AWESOME Life Planners!!

Erin is currently offering 25% off as a special pre-sale ...just enter PLAN25 at check out and you are all set!!

I myself cannot wait to get a Life Planner and some Savvy Note Cards. They are breathtaking. The only thing that would make them better would be for them to be made on recycled paper.....oh alas, that is another day!

Laura's Lean Beef Review and Giveaway {closed}


It is no secret that I have been working my butt off lately in order to get in better shape for the New Year (and the rest of my life for that matter!) I have been eating only 100% whole grains, lean meat and lots of fruits/veggies.

I am a HUGE fan of Laura's Lean Beef and what they stand for. Since the beginning, Laura's Lean Beef has been committed to sustainable agriculture, a practical and philosophical system of farming and ranching which revolves around the responsible stewardship of land and animals. The goals of sustainable farming management practices are to produce food and fiber in a way which is environmentally sound, economically viable, and humane.

Doesn't this sound like the way raising beef should be? Remember when I had the AMAZING opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Greene. He told me that grass-fed beef is so much better for you that traditional beef because there are a great deal more minerals and vitamins in grass-fed beef. This is because grass-fed beef is able to graze on mineral and vitamin rich grains/grasses rather than icky hormone-infested food meant just for bulking up the cows! Maybe that is why Corn-fed beef is one of the Top 7 Foods Experts WON'T EAT

Did you also know that Laura's Lean Beef is the only meat company to have its products recognized by both the Good Housekeeping Seal and the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA’s Food Certification Program identifies products that meet the association’s food criteria guidelines for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. The GH Seal and AHA HeartCheck are the most trusted consumer emblems, with 82% of people being more likely to purchase items carrying those certifications.

I myself have tried Laura's Pot Roast, 96% lean ground sirloin and a couple of steaks. I can't believe how delicious these products are considering they are sooo good for you.


The Pot Roast surprised me the most. I would never buy an already cooked pot roast because I like cooking and eating it myself. But, when I make it there is usually a large fatty piece of meat involved. With Laura's, the flavor was PERFECT and it was oh so tender. I served mine with green beans and a small baked potato. Dexter devoured his portion and asked for more!



The ground sirloin is also nothing less than fabulous. Ever since our diet started we have been eating burgers on a tri-weekly basis! Thats right, burgers! There is no need to sacrifice burgers when you are on a diet! My Mom bought me a Cuisinart griddle for Christmas and it makes the perfect burgers. We serve them on 100% whole grain 45 calorie Auntie Millie bread and serve with mustard, a little bit of light mayo and some pickles and onions! Talk about heavenly! Sometimes I love to mix a little A1 in with the meat to make it a little more flavorful without adding a bunch of calories!

Today is your lucky day because 3 winners will receive gift certificates good toward their purchase of Laura's Lean Beef! Who doesn't love free meat?! (lol I couldn't resist!) Just head over to Laura's Lean Beef and tell me your favorite recipe on their site. Be creative because it will help you to win!! Find a recipe no one else picked, dare to be different! Come back here and leave the URL of the recipe along with your EMAIL ADDRESS!! After this initial entry you can complete the following for extra entries:

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and @LaurasLeanBeef and Tweet (can do it once a day):
*Subscribe to my Feedburner Email Subscriptions (2 entries)
*Tell me how you found my site
*Enter my other giveaways (one entry per contest)
*Sign up to receive Laura's Email Newsletter and print a coupon for Lean Beef
*Fave me on Technorati

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

**Laura's Lean Beef did supply me with coupons so I could review their items, but the opinions expressed are truthful. I was under no obligation to post a positive review**

I Just Picked Some Winners

I just used random.org to pick all the winners from my most recent contests! Check your inboxes (or spam :( folders) to see if you have won. You have 48 hours to claim your prizes.

I have so many AWESOME contests coming up soon. I will be holding AT LEAST 3 giveaways a week in 2010! Stay tuned for some great swag!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Azfasst Review and Giveaway-CLOSED


Last July I turned 28. Thats right, two years until I am 30. This isn't something that bothers me too much but it made me realize how little I have taken care of my skin. I have a few little lines and I DO want to age gracefully. My paternal grandmother is 94 and her skin still looks great. She credits her great skin with the fact that she never was a sunbather. I love the sun. I can't help it. It feels nice and it gives me a nice glow. Do I worry about skin cancer, well hell yes I do. Do I wear sunscreen? Um, no. I need to though! I need to start living for me and not for vanity.



Recently I was approached to do a review of Azfasst. Azfasst was created by Dr. Anne Riordan. She recommends facial and skin care products to her patients on a daily basis. However, she never found a product that could make skin clearer, softer and smoother without also drying skin. With over 15 years of experience in the field, the dermatologist decided to create her own natural skin care line, Azfasst, in order to help her clients achieve younger looking skin “as fast” as possible.

“Beautiful skin is a key factor in making a good first impression, because it influences not only the way you look but also the way you feel and carry yourself,” said Dr. Anne Riordan, developer of the Azfasst Skin Care line. “I developed Azfasst to help my patients and other consumers gain a youthful glow to their skin without having to spend a bundle on expensive procedures or designer skin care products. The confidence gained in your appearance with regular use of Azfasst healthy skin care products will permeate to all aspects of your life.”

Azfasst is an oil-free skin care serum that is designed for clearer, tighter and smoother skin. By combining three powerful active ingredients; lactic acid, salicylic acid and green tea, Azfasst exfoliates to unclog pores, reduces skin oil, revitalizes sun-damaged skin and promotes skin health.

Salicylic acid and lactic acid encourage the gentle exfoliation of the skin to help unclog pores, diminish oil and decrease pore size. They increase skin cell turnover to reveal a healthier glow and provide skin rejuvenation. The natural green tea skin extract incorporated into the formulation provides an anti-inflammatory benefit that minimizes irritation and redness to sooth and heal stressed skin. It also puts antioxidants directly into facial pores that helps improve tone and texture of sun-damaged skin.

“I was tired of prescribing my patients treatments that are harsh on sensitive skin, expensive even with insurance and most times make skin conditions appear worse before they get better. Azfasst is the answer for patients who have experienced frustration with these types of products. I designed it to be effective on all skin types without causing discoloration or blotching. I am very pleased and excited about the results Azfasst has yielded thus far and look forward to the product making a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Dr. Anne Riordan.

What did I think of Azfasst?
I like that it is light and super easy to use. Just squeeze a dab into your hands, rub together and apply. Its that easy. You can then apply your moisturizer over it and voila! I don't wear makeup or much of a moisturizer so this was really simple for me. Even my husband started using it. He seems to like it a lot. (He is almost 10 years older than I am so he needs to more than me! hahaha)

I haven't been using it long enough to say that it has made a dramatic difference but it definitely has made my skin smoother. That I love. Azfasst also sells for $19.95 which, in my book, is a steal! This bottle will last a long time!

Whats that? You want to win a bottle? Well, it happens to be your lucky day. All you need to do is follow my blog and leave a comment telling me. INCLUDE your email address so I contact the winner. For extra entries you can:
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and tweet this contest daily
*Grab my button and add it to your blog roll
*Sign up for Feedburner emails (2 entries)
*Fave me on Technorati
*Enter any of my other contests and comment on which you entered.

This contest will end on February 9th at NOON EST Good Luck


**Azfasst did supply me with review items and the information above, but the opinions expressed are truthful. I was under no obligation to post a positive review**

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Triaminic National Cold & Flu Tracker and GIVEAWAY

I do not normally post about cold and flu products seeing as though I believe that prevention is worth a pound of cure but.....

Triaminic approached me with some very helpful information. They have an online Cold and Flu Tracker. For parents, being aware of the activity in their area could help them prepare for when cold and flu symptoms appear. This online tool provides a weekly data feed of cold & flu symptom trends by state, plus other cold prevention tips for you and your family.

If you are one of those paranoid, hypochondriac moms then maybe the Tracker isn't for you! Triaminic also has a really nice guide for parents so you can know whether or not to send your child to school or daycare. Remember, these are guidelines and advice only!


Click on this link to print a coupon worth $1.50 on your next Triaminic purchase.


Three winners will each receive 4 boxes of new Triaminic Thin Strips for Kids. These are so convenient because there is no measuring involved. Just pop a strip on your child's tongue and you are good to go (get better!) Would you like to win? Follow my blog. Thats it. Easy hey?! You can also leave a nice comment if you like, but you don't have to. Just tell me that you follow me.

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and Tweet (can do it once a day):
*Subscribe to my Feedburner Email Subscriptions (2 entries)
*Tell me how you found my site
*Enter my other giveaways (one entry per contest)
*Fave me on Technorati

This contest will end on February 7th at NOON EST. Good Luck


**Triaminic did supply me with review items and the information above, but the opinions expressed are truthful. I was under no obligation to post a positive review**

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Squishy Fish Review and GIVEAWAY!!! CLOSED


70% of Dexter's Wardrobe is from The Children's Place (because they are too awesome to pass up) and the other 30% are 100% organic tshirts and pants. I try to make sure there is always a layer of organic under anything else. Mostly because I do not want any formaldehyde leaching into Dexter's skin. That, and because it is so soft. I recently had the pleasure of reviewing an awesome new company, Squishy Fish.

Who is Squishy Fish you ask? Well, Squishy Fish is a Canadian owned and operated baby and toddler clothing company that blends eco-friendly fabrics with creative, stylish design. All of their shirts are made with unbleached, 100% organic cotton. Oh, and they are down-right delicious too. I love that all of their designs are kid-inspired and undeniably cute. I chose the Grow shirt for Dexter because he not only grows like a weed but because I like to think that it is me, my mother who helps him to grow. Like a plant, I give him nourishment and water and I tend to him daily. I bring him outside for fresh air and sunlight and I take him in when it is too cold. I love watching him grow and each day is full of surprises. Here's that little stinker now showing off his Squishy Fish duds!



Squishy Fish not only sells Tshirts but they also sell pants and blankets too. Squishy Fish designs are available in tees or onesies. Onesies are available in sizes 3-6m, 6-12m and T-shirts are available in sizes 12-18m, 18-24m. Every piece is made with 100% organic cotton and get this, the snaps on the onesies are nickel free! YEAH!!

What I really love about this shirt it the quality. It is so thick and comfortable. The softness is like new baby skin. That is the only way I can describe it, its unique and awesome! I wish they made shirts in my size for crying out loud! We ordered the 18-24 month and it was a little small on Dexter. He will probably get about a month's worth of wear out of it! Then I will pack it up and save it for our next baby (whenever he or she decides she wants to make me a mom of 2!)

Thanks to Mel, the owner of Squishy Fish, you will get to win your very own perfectly-plush organic tee or onesie! I woujld like you to head over to Squishy Fish and pick your favorite item. Come back here and tell me what it is that you would like to win. Leave your email address or I can't notify you if you win.

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and Tweet (can do it once a day):
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*Tell me how you found my site
*Enter my other giveaways (one entry per contest)
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This contest will end on February 6th at NOON EST. Good Luck


**Squishy Fish did supply me with review items, but the opinions expressed are truthful. I was under no obligation to post a positive review**

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Simply Chickie Review



Last week I had the pure pleasure of reviewing the most adorable organic tshirt EVER! It is made by Gwen at Simply Chickie and I couldn't be more pleased with it. I ordered a 2T and the fit is PERFECT! It didn't shrink in the wash like a lot of 100% organic cotton clothing can.

Let me tell you more about the organic cotton that they use.
Certified organic cotton is cotton grown in fields where the use of pesticides has been discontinued for at least 3 years and where rigorous controls help rebuild the soil's natural fertility. Organic farming is a farming system that relies on natural inputs only. No synthetically produced pesticides or fertilizers are used. Beneficial insects are allowed to flourish to keep pest insects in check. Crop rotations with legumes help maintain fertility and soil microbiology. Weeds are controlled with precision tillage and the old fashioned hoe. The successful organic farm requires much more intensive and innovative management.

Gwen makes each and every shirt and onesie BY HAND! That is attention to detail at its finest.


This shirt is so nice! It has the most perfect message and it is 100% organic. I don't know what more you could want. Well how about a picture of stubborn, cranky Mr. Dexter wearing his shirt?


In this life there are a few things I have learned. You cannot make your children smile for pictures, no matter how hard you try. But.....you do have the power to outfit them in dye-free, toxin-free, chemical-free organic clothing! I wouldn't want formaldehyde on my baby's skin, would you? I didn't think so! Head over to see more of Gwen's creations today at Simply Chickie, you will be glad you did!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

BARBAR Ceramic ECO 8000 Hair Dryer Review/Giveaway-CLOSED



It is absolutely no secret that I am an eco-nut. I love to support the environment any way I can. When I first heard about an eco-friendly hair dryer I thought it was a little strange and too good to be true. After visiting BARBAR and reading about the Ceramic ECO 8000, I now know that it is great and true.



What makes this hair dryer eco-friendly you ask?
*The Barbar ECO 8000 Blow Dryer uses the latest in technology by having an eco-friendly ceramic heating element (as opposed to all standard dryers that have a coil heating element)

*The difference is use of electricity & output of radiation. The ECO 8000 has 5.0 mG (milligauss) output radiation. A standard 1,800 WATT dryer has over 200.0 mG! This amount of mG is comparable to the radiation output of a microwave.

*The ceramic heating element lasts 5x longer than a coil heating element.

*The ceramic heating element uses 90% electricity, turning it into heat. No energy is wasted, but saved.

*The coil heating element wastes electricity because it doesn't use it, thus turning it into radiation. Unused electricity turns into radiation!

*The BARBAR ECO 8000 is truly eco-friendly; everything a blow dryer should be and much more.


What did I think of it?
I loved the fact that it had multiple settings to allow me to use it with hot air or colder air. I also really like that there is a button that allows for all cool air (no heat). This would be so nice in the summer to dry your hair or your swimsuit. We all know that putting on a wet suit is awful. I, myself, do not dry my swimsuits in the dryer. With this dryer, you could safely and easily dry your suit without any heat to damage the delicate fabric.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that this dryer dried all of my hair in about 3 minutes. I don't have a massive amount of hair but 3 minutes is awesome. I call that eco-time friendly!! The cord is super long, which is great and there are two attachments that come with the ECO 8000 that allow you to blow dry sections of hair easier.

The only draw back to this dryer (but could also be a plus) is it's weight. It is a little heavy. I used it after my workout shower and my arms were like jello. I didn't have a hard time holding it up but it was making my muscles even more sore. Think about it as being eco-friendly AND helping you get ready for tank top season!

This bad boy retails for $150 but since it lasts 5 times longer than conventional blow dryers, I would call this a steal! I have had my crappy old ionic hair dryer for about 7 years now and I am pretty sure I paid about $30 for it. It doesn't do it's job very well and it is hot to the touch (something I didn't experience with the BARBAR ECO 800. Think about it this way.....if you buy this dryer and use it for, say, 10 years then you are really only paying $15/year to use this amazing tool. Thats just over $1 a month!! BONUS!!

How would you like to win this beauty? All I ask that you do is visit BARBAR and pick out another product of theirs that you would like to own. Come back here and leave that item for me in a comment. Include your email address so I can contact you if you win. After this mandatory entry feel free to do the following for EXTRA ENTRIES:

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie and Tweet the following phrase (can do it once a day):

I just entered to #win the $150 BARBAR ECO 800 Eco-friendly Hair Dryer from @royaldixie http://tinyurl.com/y9bh6wz #giveaway

*Subscribe to my Feedburner Email Subscriptions (2 entries)
*Tell me how you found my site
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This contest will end on February 9th at NOON EST! Good Luck and start tweeting!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Make Time for Change from Frigidaire!


How would you like to Make Time for Change? Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are teaming up once again to support Save the Children's U.S. Programs, dedicated to helping children living in poverty in the United States.

Their new Spin & Win game gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your tykes - whether it's curling up with some new books, starting a craft project or taking in a family flick. They're giving away a prize every day. Plus, you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in life.

Best of all, every time you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

PRIZES:
Child-Time Prize Sweepstakes (98) (one (1) per day): Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of each Prize noted below. Prizes randomly generated from the following:

· A $75 American Express gift card to curl up with new books
· A $200 American Express gift card to play dress up
· A $50 American Express gift card to start a craft project
· A $100 American Express gift card to go camping, build a birdhouse or take in some family flicks
· A $100 American Express gift card to go camping, build a birdhouse or take in some family flicks
· A $100 Lowe's, Sears or Best Buy gift card to build a birdhouse, go camping or take in some family flicks
· A $75 American Express gift card to get out and play

There will also be (4) pairs of the Affinity Washer and Dryer given away!! What are you waiting for? Go spin today!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

ThinkGeek Winner



I am emailing Tina right now. She has 48 hours to get back to me regarding her prize! Thank you everyone for entering! I have so many wonderful contests in the works. Keep coming back for more!

Just One More Reason I Love See Kai Run

This is a copy of the email See Kai Run sent me regarding the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Dear Friends of See Kai Run,

By now you have heard about the overwhelming devastation caused by a 7.0 earthquake, which struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday evening, and the desperate need for supplies and donations.

In response to the dire need, See Kai Run has put together an emergency shoe donation of nearly 3,000 pairs to help the children in this ravaged part of the world. The donated shoes will be distributed through Soles4Souls, the international charity dedicated to providing footwear to disadvantaged people around the world. According to Soles4Souls, a sturdy pair of shoes is absolutely necessary in times like these when the amount of broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage is staggering.

What Can You Do to Help?
Soles4Souls accepts ongoing shoe donations from individuals and retailers. You can donate new or gently worn shoes that are just taking up space in your closet -- every little bit counts. Just bind each pair with rubber bands and drop them off at a participating location. Or, send them to a Soles4Souls warehouse facility.

Please visit Soles4Souls to find out other ways you can donate.

Sincerely,

The See Kai Run Team

Friday, January 15, 2010

Urth Bags Review and Giveaway-CLOSED



Recently, I was given the opportunity the review UrthBags. When I first came across them online I thought that the concept was amazing. UrthBags are hand-crafted from recycled materials by Fair Trade Women's Organizations and Artisans - Purses Made with a Purpose!. By owning an UrthBag, you are not only helping to protect our planet, but also to provide jobs to underprivileged women world-wide. UrthBags desire fashion forward owners who choose to live Eco-friendly lifestyles and are looking for a bag to share it with. UrthBags are ready to be taken anywhere and can be used for any occasion. They are durable, ultra-stylish and ready to be reliable companions to any lifestyle. UrthBags come in many different styles and are all made from recycled materials so you can feel good about owning one while making a bold Eco-fashion statement. From our vibrant Recycled Juice Box Bags & chic Recycled Coconut & Sea Shell Purses to our ultra-stylish Recycled Newspaper & Fashion Magazine Handbags, you're sure to find one that you'll want to take home with you.


I was lucky enough to be sent the Brooke for review. She is made from recycled juice boxes and let me tell you, she will turn heads. I cannot believe how sturdy and posh this bag is. Brooke is a large clutch that has a zippered top. It would make the most perfect makeup bag if you aren't a clutch girl! Actually, the possibilities of use are endless.

Besides juice box handbags, Urth Bags also makes handbags from magazines. Here are a couple of my absolute favorites!

This is probably my favorite handbag that UrthBags makes. Meet Jenna:


For those of you who are into yoga, let me introduce you to Julie. She will hold a yoga mat and other essentials.


UrthBags would make the absolute perfect gift for the hard to buy for person in your life be it your wife, mother or friend. Heck, just get one for yourself! I will be featuring more Urth Bags in the upcoming months so keep your eyes peeled for more Urth Bag reviews.

How would you like Brooke to come over to your house to stay? You would?! I thought so! (She is so pretty, I can't blame you for not wanting her!) The requirements are pretty simple. This mandatory entry asks that you head over to http://www.UrthBags.com and pick out your favorite lady, I mean purse. Come back here and tell me which bag is your favorite. Include your email address if it isn't in your profile.

Extra Entries include:
*Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect
*Sign up for Feedburner Email Notices on my blog (2 entries)
*Follow me @royaldixie and @UrthBags AND tweet about this contest including my URL. (Daily tweets are allowed and encouraged!)
*Fan Urth Bags on Facebook and tell them on their wall that Dexter's Super Savvy Mommy sent you
*Fave me on Technorati
*Tell me how you found my site


This contest will end on February 5th at NOON EST! Good Luck!

*UrthBags provided a handbag for review. They are also providing the prize for this contest. I did not receive any other compensation for writing post. The opinions here are mine, all mine!*

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I Get to Interview the Founder of Kettleworx-Ryan Shanahan


I found out today that I will be able to interview KettleWorx Kettlebell Trainer Ryan Shanahan after I complete my Fat Free in 42! That is 4 weeks away and I couldn't be more excited. The thing is this: in only 9 days on this plan, I have lost 6.5 lbs and I have changed the way that I think about eating. I have learned so much about myself that it is mind-blowing!

Who is Ryan you ask?

Ryan is the world's leading kettlebell trainer and foremost expert in kettlebell fitness. He is an internationally acclaimed trainer who regularly works with superstars and exclusive private clients, including the cast and crew of major feature films. For over ten years, Ryan has conducted private kettlebell training sessions working out of the Toronto Film Studio. In fact, kettlebells are growing in popularity largely due to Ryan's trainee-stars spreading the word about this remarkably effective training tool. These stars have gone on record recommending kettlebells - but should really be recommending Ryan Shanahan! Of course he was only in Toronto - his training unavailable to most - until now.
Ryan has now developed KettleWorx. A program that results, at least in part, from the ridiculous demands made by film stars and leading models, who wanted a program that would give them an almost immediate body transformation. These stars demanded results they could see and feel in weeks, not months or years. Ryan did it for them, and has now transformed that same regimen into a fitness program that anyone can use to get those same ridiculous results: KettleWorx. KettleWorx is simply the world's fastest and most effective training system. In just six short weeks, 42 days, you too can now transform your body with KettleWorx, and with Ryan Shanahan as your personal, in-home trainer.

Other facts about Ryan: Over the last 20 years, he's played professional hockey, represented Canada at the World Duathlon Championship, completed 22 triathlons and 2 marathons. After just 7 weeks of intense training he earned 2nd place at the Heavyweight Drug Free Bodybuilding Contest in 2007. In addition to movie stars and models, Ryan has often worked with athletic trainers, physiotherapists, physicians and other fitness and health care professionals.

Thats where you come in... What questions do you think I should ask Ryan about diet and exercise? Is there something that you have always wanted to ask a trainer to the stars? Here is your chance. Comment on here and maybe your question will be in my featured post in the middle of February!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

3M Label Review-The Right Labels for Your Task at Hand



3M, the world's premier adhesives expert, recently launched two comprehensive label collections designed to simplify the organizational challenges of everyday tasks.

I really like their new removable labels. They are really sticky and can be used for anything such as labeling giveaways on your calendar to labeling your refrigerator with an updated Honey Do List! They come in a variety of colors and shapes to help them stick out so you see them and remember just what it was that you didn't want to overlook. Another brilliant idea would be to assign each family member with a color and label specific chores on the labels. Then you put said color on your chore list and when your color comes up, you know its your time to take the garbage out! Genius!

Dexter's Super Savvy Mommy likes that they are now making Address Labels out of recycled paper! There is nothing like helping the environment and getting things done at the same time. I say WAY TO GO 3M for helping families organize their items and their lives in such a simple and affordable way. Want it to be even more affordable? How about a rebate? Simply buy $20 or more in 3M Permanent Label and/or Post-it® Removable Label products between
December 15, 2009 and June 30, 2010 and receive a $10 rebate by mail. Saving has never been more organized!


*I was sent a variety of 3M labels for review purposes. The opinions are mine and I was not at all compensated for this review*

Monday, January 11, 2010

KettleWorx Fat Free in 42-WEEK ONE UPDATE

So, I did Kettleworx all last week and I followed their eating plan. I weighed myself today and I have lost just over 4 lbs. I didn't measure myself again because I don't have the time. I am so tired right now so I am waiting for my Chamomile tea to steep and then I am off to dreamland. I love all the great sleep I have been getting thanks to Kettleworx.

Last week, on Monday (cardio day), I flipped the TV off 4 times. Today, only once! I am improving. I still detest cardio. I liked the resistance and core so much more!

STAY TUNED next Monday to see how many lbs I managed to shed this week! Swimsuit season is approaching, will you be ready? I know I will be!

Skin MD Review and Giveaway-CLOSED



A couple of months ago I was approached about testing out Skin MD's Shielding Lotion. I thought to myself, "oh no, another wanna be natural lotion!" I went over to their website and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Skin MD's lotion contains ingredients that are ok by me and made for people with skin problems. When I had Dexter I also developed psoriasis. It is not noticeable to other people but it is still very annoying. I decided to try this shielding lotion for that reason.



When I first got the bottle I opened it up and put a small amount on my hands. I rubbed it in and it instantly absorbed and felt good. It was far from greasy (which is lovely). The lotion is thinner than I expected but don't let that fool you. I have combination skin on my face and I do not use moisturizers because they feel heavy and they clog my pores. Skin MD's Shielding Lotion instantly made a dramatic difference in my face and hands! I cannot say the same for my psoriasis but then again because it is under a clothed area it is hard to get lotion to stay on my skin.

How does this Shielding Lotion work anyway?
Skin MD Natural is a shielding lotion, a very special type of lotion helping the skin restore its integrity, enhance its protective functions so that the skin is able to heal naturally and regain its youthful appearance. Skin MD Natural works by bonding with cells of the skin's outermost layer to form what works as an invisible shield. This layer of protection prevents environmental irritants and pollutants from penetrating the skin, while sealing in the skin's own natural oils and moisture, helping resolve the dry skin condition.
Skin MD Natural uses only the finest natural ingredients, and is focused on urging the skin to be active, and to use its own moisture to effectively heal itself. It is not oily or sticky, doesn't sit on top of your skin leaving a greasy residue on everything you touch, it doesn't rub or wash off easily, is hypoallergenic, fragrance, colorant and paraben free and dermatology tested.

Finally I have found a product that not only delivers what it promises but it far exceeded my expectations. I will never use another moisturizer on my face again! WOW it is that great. The Shielding Lotion retails for $18 (a little goes an incredibly long way) and can be purchased here.

MANDATORY ENTRY:
Would you like to put Skin MD's Shielding Lotion to the test? One winner will receive a bottle thanks to my friends at Skin MD! All you need to do is tell me why you need this product so badly!

You Want Extra Entries Too? How about you complete the following entries after the first mandatory entry. Leave separate comments for each entry. Make sure you leave your email address if you want to win!

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow @royaldixie on Twitter and tweet (daily if you'd like)
*Fave me on Technorati
*Sign up to receive my email notifications through Feedburner (2 entries)
*Tell me how you found my site
This giveaway will close on January 25th at NOON EST! Good Luck

UPDATE: Enter code JGHF at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase!

*Skin MD sent me a bottle of lotion for review. They are also providing the prize for this contest. I did not receive any other compensation for writing post. The opinions here are mine, all mine!*

Sunday, January 10, 2010

BornFree Review/Giveaway-CLOSED


Dexter was a breastfed baby. I chose this avenue not only because it was the healthiest choice for him but also because of the long-term effects that it would have on him. I wasn't very aware of BPA and other toxins/chemicals 2 years ago when he was born. I was rather naive. It didn't take me long to learn about these chemicals and to educate myself.

I remember bringing Dexter home from the hospital and just staring at him forever. I loved looking at him and I loved smelling him! He was perfect. I did, however, have the hardest time burping him. I would have to try and try forever. Once we started with bottles for my little man, I chose Playtex (stupid me!). They were a pain because they didn't help in the gas department either. Here I was, taking all my precious time to pump my invaluable milk into BPA laden bottles! I still kick myself to this day. Well that didn't last long because I hated those bottles.

Time went on and I heard more about BPA and just how harmful it was. I researched new bottles and found two choices: Dr. Browns and BornFree. I read reviews, talked to people and I decided that BornFree was the way to go.



The first time we used the BornFree glass bottles with Dexter was revolutionary. He ate really fast, as usual, and afterward he burped immediately! On.His.Own! I was shocked. It was the biggest burp ever. I thought maybe it was an anomaly but each feeding, from then on, he continued to burp on his own!

I cannot say anything negative at all about BornFree glass bottles. We even washed them by hand and I would do it again (all 6 pieces) in a minute. These bottles are incredible! I dropped them and they never broke. I never even had a silicone sleeve for mine. Do you want to know how AWESOME these bottles are? BornFree is going to give ONE lucky winner a 9oz. glass bottle! All I would like you to do is head over to BornFree and find something that you think will make me say WOW! Come back here and tell me what it is!

You Want Extra Entries Too? How about you complete the following entries after the first mandatory entry. Leave separate comments for each entry. Make sure you leave your email address if you want to win!

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow @royaldixie and @newbornfree on Twitter and tweet this message

Thanks to @royaldixie & @newbornfree I'll be able to feed my baby with a BPA-Free BornFree Glass Bottle http://tinyurl.com/y8zz3z4 #giveaway


*Fave me on Technorati
*Sign up to receive my email notifications through Feedburner (2 entries)
*Tell me how you found my site
This giveaway will close on January 24th at NOON EST! Good Luck

*BornFree sent me a glass bottle for review. They are also providing the prize for this contest. I did not receive any other compensation for writing post. The opinions here are mine, all mine!*

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag Review and GIVEAWAY!-CLOSED


It is no secret that I am an on-the-go Mama. I am constantly running out the door only to have forgotten to restock Dexter's diaper bag! Grrrr.... I think I may have found the PERFECT solution to this problem, Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags!


I was lucky enough to review their Copper Diaper Bag and let me tell you how pretty she is! Wow, what a stunner!


Before I tell you what I love most about the bag, let me tell you what Mrs. Smith says about the bag herself:
The benefits of the Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag are unmatched, like the unique pull-out drawer, which can be taken completely out of the bag. In the Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag, you can fit:
Two bottles and one sippy cup in their own insulated holders
Jars of baby food
Two pacifiers
Lots of snacks and toys
Four to five sets of clothing
Wipes in a their own wipes container
Six diapers
A washable, full-sized changing
pad (is included!)
And dedicated places for your keys, cell phone, sunglasses, credit cards, cash, ID
and water bottle


And you can access all of these items easily! The Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag converts to a backpack by using its own shoulder strap. It's designed with style and flare, and keeps you organized. The Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag also comes in black for those who also love to be organized, but don't do pink!


When the bag first arrived I loved how shiny and chic it looked. It is quite large in size so it wouldn't necessarily be the perfect bag for the quick trip to the store but if you have more than one baby it is a MUST! That is the only drawback that I found to this bag.

What else do I love about it? When you first open it up there is a large open space (for extra clothes, diapers etc) that is surrounded by fitted pockets that easily accommodate baby bottles and sippy cups alike. This means that once you open it, there is no fishing around with one hand to find what you need most--the bottle! Underneath the flap of the top is where the changing pad is kept. It reminds me of a rolled up little yoga mat--too cute!

Something unique.....the bottom of the bag has a pull out drawer!! Talk about organized. It holds my EcoStore USA Nappy Balm, Wipes, Teething Tablets, fruit snacks and practically anything else I would like to shove in there! I like that it sits upright so that I don't have to lay on top of Dexter to wrangle him while searching in the bag! Its lovely. There are also nice, convenient side pockets for sunglasses and your cell phone. The only thing that this bag didn't do for me was babysit!!

One lucky DSSM reader will win their choice of Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag! Head over to their website and look around. Come back here and tell me which bag you would most like to win! You MUST include your email address if it isn't in your profile or I cannot contact you when you win!

Greedy Greedy You Want Extra Entries Too? How about you complete the following entries after the first mandatory entry. Leave separate comments for each entry. Make sure you leave your email address if you want to win!

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow @royaldixie and @MrsSmithsBags on Twitter and tweet this message

Thanks to @royaldixie I will be able to be stylish and chic with my own new @MrsSmithsBags diaper bag http://tinyurl.com/ye2z6o5


*Fave me on Technorati
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*Become a fan of Mrs. Smith's on Facebook and tell them Dexter's Super Savvy Mommy sent you

This giveaway will close on February 5th at NOON EST! Good Luck and Tell Your Friends!


*Mrs. Smith's sent me a beautiful bag for review. They are also providing the prize for this contest. I did not receive any other compensation for writing post. The opinions here are mine, all mine!*

Keep for eyes on your inbox to see if you won


Like all of my giveaways here, I email the winner and expect a response within 48 hours. Well, TODAY is the DAY to see if you won the Bed Voyage Travel Sheet Set. They will be picking the winner and emailing them today!!! How exciting.

They are also going to extend a 20% off code to each entrant. Thank you for reading and for entering my giveaways. I do all of this for you, my lovelies. The more you visit and enter, the better the giveaways become! Its synergy folks!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Children's Place Review and Giveaway-CLOSED


Long before I had Dexter I never paid attention to the brightly lit children's clothing store with the blue and white logo. The Children's Place only made an appearance in my life once I became a mother. Friends raved over how much they saved shopping there and because I LOVE a bargain, I stopped in. I have never shopped elsewhere since (except the Gap when they have HUGE sales!)

I have been lucky enough to buy after season for the next year because their prices are rock bottom! You certainly can't pass up shorts or pants for $3 can you? I could post hundreds of pictures of Dexter wearing all of his TCP outfits because he looks so damn cute in each one but I will spare you. Instead I will show you the pimp new clothes that they sent me to review.

I was sent the cutest Striped Blazer but it is a little too big for Dexter so I thought that I would use it as part of his birthday outfit next month. They also were kind enough to send me this outfit.


Pardon the hair on my perfect angel. I can't bear to cut those curls! I love this outfit because the shirt (which is on sale for $4.99) looks nice with jeans, cords or khakis. I really like how they look with those jeans. Talk about jeans. Look at the same pair from the back!


You can tell that the fit is really nice and the fading is perfect. They are from their Premium Denim line. I dress him in those pants a lot because I love them. Here they are in yet another TCP shirt.



Before this review I went and bought Dexter's Christmas outfit. I always love how I am able to walk into The Children's Place and find the perfect outfit for any occasion. They always have outfits hanging that always look adorable. Not just in the store either but on children, real ones! I saw the most adorable ad while shopping for D's Christmas outfit. The little boy had the cutest smile and the cutest black curly hair. How could I pass that outfit up? Check out my little man donning it.


The Children's Place is my one-stop-shop for all of Dexter's clothing needs. They sell pajamas, outerwear, tops, pants, dress clothing, socks, shoes......who am I kidding? They sell everything. They recently started selling watches. The generous people at TCP would love for you to win one!

Head on over to TCP and pick one watch that you would like to win. Come back here and let me know which one you picked. You must complete this method of entry before all the extras. Also make sure I have your email address so I can get in touch with you when you win.

*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 28th at NOON EST. Good Luck


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

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

EcoSMART Organic Pesticide Giveaway-CLOSED



I was recently approached by EcoSMART to do a review and giveaway of their products. After visiting their website I was impressed with their products. I thought, FINALLY, an organic pesticide that is non-toxic! Is it too good to be true? Their testimonials say NO. Because it is winter here in Michigan I will have a wait a month or two before the bugs come out again and bother me. Look for my review to come.




Thanks to EcoSMART one DSSM reader will win a Safe Home Value Bundle!


This bundle includes the following products:
-- Organic Ant Killer (14 oz can)
-- Home Pest Control (24 oz spray bottle)
-- Flying Insect Killer (14 oz can)
-- Insect Repellent (6 oz bottle)

I vow to live more simply in 2010 and that includes no more pests bothering me. Thanks to EcoSMART one winner can join me in being pest free all while being toxin-free. Wanna win this $31 value?! Head over to EcoSMART and tell me one other product that you would like to own. Leave me a comment with that product and include your email (if it's not 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
*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 19th at NOON EST. Good Luck


*I will be receiving products from EcoSMART 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!*

Monday, January 4, 2010

KettleWorx Fat Free in 42


42 days doesn't really seem like too long, does it? Well today I started my journey on ridding myself of this ginormous belly once and for all. I started a program called KettleWorx in which busy moms and dads can work out ONLY 3 times a week for 20 minutes each time! HOLY COW I can do that, right?! Their Fat Free in 42 (days) is a diet and exercise program that promises results. WISH ME LUCK because today kicked my butt! I will be sticking with it though. I took my before pictures and measured myself and I cried. Boy, when did I become a fatty?!

One thing that I know is that I am driven to make this work. I WILL MAKE THIS WORK! My husband and I are both doing it and don't tell him but I think it kicked his butt more than mine! ;)

Each Monday for the next 6 weeks I will be letting you know how much weight I have lost and how many inches. I will also post my before and after pictures AFTER the 42 days!

Here's looking at you!

EcoStore USA 50% off Baby Sale-GIVEAWAY-CLOSED

Make No Nasty Chemicals a Part of Their Lives

You heard me correctly, EcoStore USA is offering all of their baby products at 50% off! What a sale! 2010 is a new year and why not start it off with No Nasty Chemicals for you AND your baby!

Your baby’s skin is the largest and most delicate organ on her body, yet we regularly massage their skin with countless products loaded with synthetic chemical ingredients.

EcoStore USA’s baby care line is created using only the best plant-based ingredients and essential oils to gently soothe, nourish and protect baby’s sensitive skin.

The potentially toxic chemicals that have been used for years in many conventional baby products are known to have produced health concerns that can affect your child for years to come. Skin conditions, rashes and other chronic problems such as asthma and allergies can be relieved or avoided by using safer, healthier eco-friendly products that really work.

I use all of the baby items on myself as well as on Dexter. He loves playing with the bottles when they are empty (reuse before I recycle!) and I love that they clean exceptionally well. They lather nicely and have the BEST scent. They smell natural and clean! Don't just take my word for it, look at Dex hangin' with EcoStore USA!




ONE lucky winner will receive one of each Baby Products that EcoStore USA makes!! Thats right! You will win Baby Body Wash, Baby Massage Oil, Baby Shampoo, Nappy Balm and Baby Goat's Milk Bar Soap. This is a $45 Retail Value! What would I like you to do in order to win you ask? I ask that you tell me why you think it is important to rid the toxins in your life (and/or the lives of your children).

Greedy Greedy You Want Extra Entries Too? How about you complete the following entries after the first mandatory entry. Leave separate comments for each entry. Make sure you leave your email address if you want to win!

*Follow me on Google Friend Connect
*Follow @royaldixie and @ecostoreusa on Twitter and tweet this message
Thanks to @ecostoreusa & @royaldixie I will be able to bathe my baby in No Nasty Chemicals! ENTER NOW 5 Products http://tinyurl.com/yl4c749

*Fave me on Technorati
*Sign up to receive my email notifications through Feedburner (2 entries)
*Sign up for EcoStore's Newsletter (on the top right side of page in link)
*Become a fan of EcoStore USA on Facebook and tell them Dexter's Super Savvy Mommy sent you


This giveaway will close on January 18th at NOON EST! Good Luck and Tell Your Friends!

*EcoStore USA is providing the prizes for this contest. I did not receive any compensation for writing about this sale other than a "Man, Your kid it pretty cute" EcoStore USA is a proud sponsor of this blog though......
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