Friday, May 28, 2010

Sex and the City 2 CD Review


Recently, thanks to One2One Network, I was sent a copy of the Sex and the City 2 Soundtrack.  I love it because I am a HUGE SITC fan!!  How big of a fan are you?  Would you like to win a phone call from Sarah Jessica Parker?


I feel like I am most like Miranda.  She isn't as promiscuous as some of the others but she is classy in her own right.  I think she is a riot!  I would have said Samantha because I love her soiree de vivre!

Here is a list of the songs on the album.  Each one is perfect for a SITC soundtrack!  I love how soulful the whole album is!



Tracklisting
1. Alicia Keys “Rapture”
2. Dido “Everything to Lose”
3. Cee Lo “Language of Love”
4. Erykah Badu “Window Seat”
5. Natacha Atlas “Kidda”
6. Michael McGregor “Euphrates Dream”
7. Liza Minnelli “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
8. Ricki-Lee "Can't Touch It"
9. Alicia Keys "Emire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down"
10. Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis "Love Is Your Color"
11. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim  Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon “I Am Woman”
12. Sex and the City Men’s Choir “If Ever I Would Leave You”
13. Sex and the City Men’s Choir “Sunrise, Sunset”
14. Sex and the City Men’s Choir “Till There Was You”
15.  Shayna Steele, Jordan Ballard, Kamilah Marshall “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”
16.  Liza Minnelli with Billy Stritch “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
17.  Cyndi Lauper “True Colors”
18.  Aaron Zigman “Divas and Dunes”



Did you see #11 where the cast sings "I Am Woman"?  How cool is that?  It sounds so good too!


Wanna buy it? Here it is on Amazon for a mere $11.99 Sex and the City 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


You can also check out the Sex in the City 2 Facebook page!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Seventh Generation Mother Nature Giveaway {closed}

Congrats Comment #147 Laureen


Seventh Generation Searches for Mother Nature with $5000 Green Home Makeover Contest
Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of environmentally responsible household solutions, is looking for real life “Mother Nature” inspirations. Celebrate some you know who’s an inspiration when it comes to caring for our families and the natural world we all depend on by entering the Search for Mother Nature contest on www.seventhgeneration.com/mothernature.
The contest, which runs from now until May 31, includes a grand prize of a $5000 green home makeover. Both the nominated Mother Nature and the winner will also receive a year’s supply of Seventh Generation products and $2,500 donation in our Mother Nature’s name to an organization working to make the world a safer place. Six finalists will also receive a year’s worth of Seventh Generation products to help them protect planet home.
To enter the contest, visit www.seventhgeneration.com/mothernature and tell us in 1000 characters or less about the person who’s inspired you to protect your own Planet Home. Share their story and tell us how they’ve led by example and shown you the way to a safer family and healthier planet. Seventh Generation’s own Mother Nature inspiration, Ivette Melendez of Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES), will be a judge of the contest. WAGES helps low income women in the San Francisco region establish cleaning service cooperatives whose environmentally-friendly methods protect the health of both co-op members and their clients.
“Little things can make a big difference when it comes to protecting the planet,” said Melendez. “We work with non-toxic cleaning products every day, which protects our own health and also ensures that the homes we clean are safe for the families living there and safe for the environment.”
To learn more about Ivette’s tips for protecting your own Planet Home, Seventh Generation has compiled videos showcasing her green cleaning methods for hot spots in your home. The videos detail how to clean your oven, microwave, stainless steel and other household areas with non-toxic products and can be seen at www.seventhgeneration.com/mothernature.

In celebration of Mother Nature, Seventh Generation sent me their newest products. The one that really made me happy was the disinfecting wipes! Before I was a greenie, I used Clorox wipes and I loved them. How easy and convenient is it to just have a canister of wipes on your countertop for your disposal? Well, Seventh Generation has done it. These wipes have the perfect amount of wetness to get the job done. They also smell like thyme which I am not such a huge fan of but it is all natural which is truly the most important factor. I also appreciate their recycled paper towel. It isn't very soft but it gets the job done all while maintaining Earth's precious resources.

Here are some cleaning tips to leave you with/Three of Ivette’s favorite tools:
1) Let vinegar become your elixir of happiness. Mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water.
a. Shine a hardwood floor. For large areas, dip your mop. For smaller surfaces, apply from a spray bottle.
b. Bring shine to wood furniture. Spray a cotton or microfiber cloth and rub along the grain. For occasional conditioning try a mineral or olive oil rub.
c. Remove smudges from glass. Spray the mixture onto a cloth. Wipe in just one direction. Cloth-dry for extra shine.

2) Get a grip on your flathead screwdriver.
a. Get into appliance crevices. Cover the tip with a cloth. Slide in one direction.
b. Reach nooks and crannies of shower frames or fridge seals. Cover the tip with a cloth. Inch the cloth to a clean spot after each wipe.
c. Remove faucets and light switch panels. For a deep cleaning, use the screwdriver to remove small fixtures. Always keep the screwdriver dry.
d. Lift gum or stickers. Wet what’s stuck. With even strokes, carefully scrape one direction using a spatula or screwdriver. Uneven pressure may result in scratches.
3) Let your baking soda do the talking.
a. Maintain troublesome drains weekly. Remove hair or blockages. Pour in 1 cup baking soda. Add 1 cup vinegar. Watch for happy bubbles. Rinse with hot water. Repeat if necessary.
b. Clean the oven. Wipe out loose detritus. Lightly dampen the entire area with a soapy water spray (if it’s too wet, it won’t work). Lightly sprinkle the entire surface with baking soda. Leave for 7 minutes. Scrape with a metal spatula from side to side. Then scrub soap and water using a plastic scouring pad or brush. For a clean smell and a nice shine, wipe the oven with the 1:3 vinegar solution.
c. Rub out rust. Make a paste of soda with a few drops of soap and leave for a few minutes. Apply it to a dry rusty spot. Rub in small circles with a wet pumice stone. Repeat if necessary

One Winner will receive:
-Three tools to help you clean more efficiently
-Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes
-Seventh Generation Natural all-purpose spray
-Seventh Generation Natural dish liquid
-Seventh Generation Recycled paper towels

Please tell me how you like to be green! It could be the littlest of ways or the grandest of ideas! I want to know. Also, tell me how important smell is to you when cleaning.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pregnancy #2: Week 17

I can hardly believe that I am 17 weeks pregnant! Where has the time gone? Aside from the occasional dizziness, I feel great! We find out in a little over 2 weeks if Dexter will have a brother or a sister. I am TERRIFIED that it will be a girl as I really want a boy. Weird, yeah, I know! Part of me thinks it would be nice to experience parenting of both genders but I digress.

What I am doing differently this time around:
*No Toxic Chemicals in my house (therefore no fetal transfer!)
*Not sweating the small stuff
*Sleeping Less thanks to the 2 year old monster that lives in my house

I have to say that I really enjoyed being pregnant with Dexter as I could sleep as much as I wanted, whenever I pleased. This time, NOT.SO.MUCH.

Wanna help me with name suggestions? I want different, old and awesome! Like Dexter, its old school but not very common!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Organicville Review and Giveaway {closed}

Congrats Comment #73



I was introduced recently to Organicville. Organicville® products are USDA certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and contain no added sugar. In fact, they use Agave Nectar to sweeten their products.

I had never heard of Organicville before but now that I have had the pleasure of using their Pineapple Salsa and their Pomegranate Vinaigrette, I am aware of the brand. I even noticed their products at Meijer the other day! YAY for Meijer for carrying more organic items!



I was pleasantly surprised by Organicville's Pineapple Salsa. I usually like my salsa really spicy but the sweetness of the pineapple was really refreshing! Who knew that pineapple would make a nice salsa? I didn't notice any large chunks of pineapple but I did notice large chunks of peppers! This salsa would be awesome in chicken recipes too, don't cha think? I really like the flavor and the combination of sweet and savory. My husband, on the other hand, did not care for it very much. But that is coming from a guy who orders food "as spicy as you can make it!"



Organicville's Pomegranate Vinaigrette was not was I was expecting. I was expecting an overly sweet dressing (which, I will admit, I like from time to time) but this dressing is so tasty. It is a light, somewhat fruity, somewhat sweet dressing. It is all natural in color (which I love) and super good as a marinade or just as-is on a salad. I tried mine on a spinach salad with bacon and eggs and it was awesome!!

What else do I love about Organicville other than the fact that their products are USDA certified organic? THEY ARE AFFORDABLE!! The dressings are $3.99 and the salsas sell for $4.29! This is a steal for organic! Amazing!

How would you like to win (1) dressing and (1) salsa? If you screamed YES! then today is YOUR day! Head over to Organicville and pick out one salsa and one dressing that you would like to win.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Safety 1st Nature Next Bamboo Baby Gate Review and Giveaway {closed}

Comment #133 is the winner!  Congrats!

Safety First recently launched their Nature Next brand of products that focus on Eco-friendly children's items. I was lucky enough to review two of their amazing bamboo products. Dexter is a monkey and by that I mean he is sneaky and limber like no one's business. He can scale baby gates, unlatch them, you name it, this kid has mastered it!


The Safety 1st® Nature Next™ Bamboo Gate is an eco-conscious way to restrict access between rooms. Made from durable bamboo, a renewable resource, the gate also features 100% recycled plastic panels. The gate can be used in doorways and openings anywhere from 28 to 42 inches wide where it provides a barrier that is 24 inches tall. Pressure mounting ensures that this gate is easy to install, and also allows you to easily move it between rooms.
*Durable bamboo frame
*100% recycled panels
*Extends 28″-42″
*24″ tall
*Pressure mounted

Besides being made of super durable and fast-growing bamboo I love this gate because it is taller than the other gates that I have purchased in the past. We were in desperate need of a new gate because Devil Dexter ripped the others apart with such ease. This gate however, seems to be one that will remain intact. I also love that this gate looks chic too. The bamboo is naturally a darker "wood" and the recycled panels are black! Oh yeah!

The pressure mounting works perfectly when you need a gate to move from room to room. Not all of my doorways are similar so I needed a gate that would work where I needed it. This gate not only fits the bill but it looks nice doing it! You can buy it at Amazon for $28.99 (normally $29.99)

Today you can win it! How eco-awesome is that? Just head over to Nature Next and tell me another eco-conscious product that you would like to try!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Five Fun Family Vacation Activities Your Kids Will Love

I love family vacations! Nothing means more than sightseeing and relaxing with the ones you love! What are my 5 Fun Family Vacation Activities that Your Kids will Love? Since I have a 2 year old, these are pretty low-key!

1. Find some water activities! Whether it be the beach or the pool, your kids will love to splash around. Parents will love it because it will tire them out so they will sleep like logs!
2. I love finding fun new restaurants (and so does Dexter). My husband and I are foodies through and through and I love to profess that Dexter loves creme brulee!
3. Make a Scavenger Hunt. We do this on the beach. We ask Dexter to come up with certain items. He puts them in his pail/shoe whatever is along for the trip. It engages him and helps him use his imagination!
4. Dexter loves animals so we always try to find a petting zoo or something so he can have him own day of fun while away from home.
5. Older kids might love starting a collection of some sort. It can be postcards, stamps or shotglasses (ok, maybe thats my collection but you get the point). This way kids have a sense of ownership and have a riot while on vacation!


What are some of your ideas for Family Vacation Activities? Read more about Twitter Moms here
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I wrote this blog post while participating in the Williamsburg Tourism and TwitterMoms blogging program for a chance to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here

Upcoming CSN Store Review

Its no secret that I am crunchy. None at all! When CSN Stores contacted me about reviewing their products it took me almost a month to peruse their 200+ stores to come up with the perfect item(s) to share with you. I'm going to keep it a secret for now but let me tell you something AWESOME! If you are looking to update your bathroom in whole or just your bathroom vanity check out CSN's Just Vanities because right now they are running a contest where the winner will receive a $10,000 bathroom makeover! Enter today! Oh yeah, they are big on green too!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Summer Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Did you know that May is National Grilling Month! Well, let's celebrate! My husband, the magnificent chef that he is, is master of the grill! He makes BBQ chicken like nobody's business! When I think BBQ, I think ribs, chicken and steaks. These foods can be amazing but also very heavy. I absolutely love fruity, fresh summer salads. This recipe is by far the most succulent, fresh and summery salad you will ever eat! Serve it in a miniature size for guests as a first-course or delve into it as a dinner salad! I will warn you that this salad is addicting!


Ingredients for salad:
*Organic Mixed Greens (red bib lettuce, butter lettuce, radicchio, spinach)
*1/4 c. chopped walnuts
*2-3 T of blue cheese crumbles
*2 T of dried cherries
*1/4 organic apple, any variety, chopped
*1 sliced organic chicken breast, grilled

Ingredients for vinaigrette:
*2 oranges, zested
*2 small oranges, juiced or 1 large orange, juiced (or about 3/4 c. of Tropicana OJ)
*2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
*2 tablespoons honey
*1 clove garlic, peeled
*3/4 teaspoon salt
*3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
*3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a blender, combine the orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. With the blender running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until combined. Transfer to a container and store in the refrigerator.

When I make this salad I always place the mixed greens on the plate first. I then sprinkle on all of the accoutrements. Fan your gorgeous grilled chicken over the salad and drizzle with salad dressing. This recipe makes enough dressing to fill a standard dressing bottle so you can enjoy it for weeks (or a month or so). How much dressing is up to you. I like a lot since this is the perfect combination of sweet, tangy and garlicy flavor. If you are not into raw garlic as much as I am, you can use 1/2 a clove when making the dressing.

TIP TIME: You can make the dressing ahead of time and marinate your chicken breasts in it for up to 24 hours. The flavor in the chicken is amazing when you give it time to soak up all the orange vinaigrette!

I would love to hear how you liked this recipe. Make it for yourself or your entire family. It is known to please! I am taking place in the Homeschool Home Grilling Recipe Contest!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Precious and Few Review




I am so ashamed to admit that Dexter has never been baptized. This isn't because I am too lazy or not Christian enough. It simply has to do with the fact that we had a hard time getting Dexter's god parents together. One lived in Portland and the other in Kansas City. That coupled with the fact that I am Protestant and my husband is Catholic.......well, you get the idea! I also never got my christening gown from my mother so Dexter had nothing to wear. Well, the time has come ladies and gentlemen, Dexter will be baptized in July. I didn't want to wait until the baby was here because I want them both to have their own special day! Dexter will wear a cute white Ralph Lauren polo shirt and khaki pants. It will be perfect. Although, in my opinion, perfect would have been him wearing a priceless Christening gown at 6 months of age but 2 will have to do!

What about baby number two you ask? Well, I have that covered! I recently came across Precious and Few and I was blown away by their gorgeous, handmade christening gowns. They were so generous to send one for the new baby's special day. It is made of linen and has the most intricate detailing. The whole gown in trimmed in lace and their is, what I think resembles an Irish cross, on the front of the gown. Here are a few pictures that I took. My camera may be nice but my photography skills do not do this gown any justice!




The gown came wrapped in tissue paper and it was packaged with care. Included with the gown, other than lots of love was a sweet little bonnet trimmed in lace as well. I couldn't take a decent picture of it but I know you get the idea. These gowns were made with love and meant to last. This is a piece that you will cherish for generations to come! After baby makes his debut into this world expect another Precious and Few post showing him off in his Embroidered Christening Gown!


You can purchase your Irish-inspired Christening gown online at http://www.preciousfew.com

Today is Your Lucky Day..Episencial Review and Giveaway {closed}

Congrats to comment #57- Katie Karr!

.....because I have pink eye and cannot go to work! Therefore, I can post a few giveaways for you! Yay, Happy Saturday (for you, not me!) I recently started reading the book "Slow Death by Rubber Duck" by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie. In this book it talks about the chemicals that are present in every household. They lurk in everything from your shampoo to your rubber duck. (I will write more about this book later). One thing I want to share is the fact that there are not very many companies out there that say no phthalates, no BpA and no chemicals in our products. Episencial is one of those rare few! That, to me, is impressive.



Episencial was founded by Kim Walls, M.S., a second-generation skin care expert from the Epicuren family, who couldn’t find skin care products for her babies that met her standards for quality and care for the environment - so, she created her own with the help of several moms and dads. Episencial now proudly offers two distinct all natural skin care lines: Epicuren Baby featuring exclusive imagery from renowned artist Anne Geddes and the new Episencial skin care system with artwork from The World of Eric Carle.

Sales of Episencial products benefit the company’s philanthropic partner Healthy Child, Healthy World and its mission to protect children from harmful chemicals.

What is so great about Episencial:
*baby safe for the most sensitive skin - ages 0 to 150
*immunity enhancing with doctor recommended, clinically effective formulas
*free from all the bad stuff - no harsh chemicals
*terrific smelling with real fruit juice extracts - not fragrances
*made exclusively with all natural ingredients and lots of organics
*beautifully packaged in recycled and sustainable materials - phthalate and BpA free
*adorned with art beloved by children for generations, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar
*manufactured under solar power

I have tried a gazillion "all natural and organic" children's bath products and Episencial is on to something. They use real fruit juices to scent their products so the fragrance is very minimal. I use their Better Body Butter myself and I don't like to share. Even though it is made with Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil and Olive Oil, it is very light and it absorbs REALLY quickly! This totally cleared up my dry, cracked hands. Amazing stuff! I also really love their Playful Foaming Wash. The scent is a mild orange but the cleaning action is awesome. A little truly goes a long way and it tackles everything from spaghetti-caked faces to syrupy fingers with ease. This is a new favorite.

I can't really say enough about a company that not only makes a difference in this world by creating products using Solar Power but also the products themselves are as green as green can be! A+ not only in my world but also in the Healthy Child, Healthy World's world too! Their products are designed to support the skin’s role in the body’s immune system to promote health and wellness as well as beauty. Who doesn't love that mantra? I know Dr. Alan Greene does. Look at what he said about our skin.


Don't just trust any ole brand to get your child clean. Nourish their skin with Episencial. You will be so delighted that you did!

Would you like to win 4 Episencial products? One lucky winner will be able to bathe with their Playful Foaming Wash, Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath, Better Body Butter and Protective Face Balm! How awesome is that? Its a $34 value! Just head over to Episencial and tell me something that caught your eye! Their is a lot of juicy information on their site so be creative!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Karma Organic Spa Review and Giveaway {closed}

Winner Comment #196-Carol W



I review a lot of green/organic beauty products. Not very many of them make the cut to be included in my reviews because they are not special enough and they do not make the cut. Karma Organic Spa however, blew.me.away. How is this you ask? Well, for starters, they make nail polish and nail polish remover that is ORGANIC!! How about that? No formaldehyde, toluene, DBP and they are cruelty-free! Amazing!



Karma is one of the first in the US to have this Polish Remover available.

It is an organic mixture Soy remover that is:
* 100% Biodegradable
* 100% Soy based
* Non-toxic
* Non-carcinogenic
* Free of any Petroleum Ingredients
* Derived from Farm Crops which in turn supports American farming
* Packaged in 100% recyclable glass bottles
* Comes in Lavender, Tea Tree, or Unscented with Vitamin E Oil
* 4 Fluid Ounces

Ingredients:
Propylene Carbonate - odorless, colorless liquid used as a solvent
Soybean oil methyl exter - used as a solvent in liquid separations
Tocopheryl acetate - also known as Vitamin E, common vitamin supplement (Unscented only)

Ok, so you now know that is almost safe enough to eat but hey, will it actually remove my polish? OH YEAH it will! I was delighted! I had the same polish on my toes about probably 3 months and it took no more effort or time than my traditional checmical-laden remover to take off! The solution is a little oily but duh, its made from soybean oil! It is lovely! What else did I love about it besides the effectiveness? The fact that my nails looked healthy and revitalized when naked rather than parched and nasty after using a traditional polish remover. I chose the lavender and I am seriously putting this in my top 3 favorite beauty products list!


Karma Organic Spa also makes chemical-free nail polish!! With colors like Dirty and Flirty, Life's a Beach and Nice N Naked who wouldn't want to use these beauties!?

The bottle above is Hot Kinky Pink and it was one of my personal color choices that I reviewed. I actually have it on my toes as we speak. I am not a fingernail paint kinda girl. This color is everything I wanted it to be and more. It is like Barbie Pink but with a little more bubble gummy color! I <3 it! Now I know what you must be thinking. Do these products cost a fortune? The answer is NO! The polishes retail for $9.95 (same as OPI and other quality polishes) and the remover is $12. Yes, I can pay a third of the price and get a chemical-laden remover but come on people, wake up and smell the parabens! I will NEVER go back to the old fashion remover again, I swear. Today is YOUR LUCKY DAY because Karma Organic Spa was nice enough to allow one of my readers the opportunity to win one bottle of remover and 2 polishes of your choice! How kickin' is that? What I would like you to do is head over to their website and tell me which remover and what two shades of polish you would like to receive. These will be the choices that you will win when I email you so choose wisely :)

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Baby Gender Giveaway by Intelligender (closed)


On June 8th I will get my next ultrasound to find out if I will be buying pink clothing or more blue clothing for my baby! I am beyond excited! I would love your help! Please comment here whether you think I will be having a boy or a girl. Feel free to ask questions if you would like. There is something in it for you!

Have you heard of Intelligender? Well, it is a nice, convenient test that uses your first morning urine to determine whether you are having a boy or a girl! How cool is that? It is very easy to use and it costs only $34.95 at Walgreens. In lab testing it was 90% accurate but at home testing proved it to be 82% accurate. Here is a picture of my result:


If it had been more pinkish, it would have been girl! The company that makes Intelligender has now launched an all natural remedy line too called IntelliCeuticals.


Whether you are pregnant or are a new mother, IntelliCeuticals has you covered:

Pregnant women Our holistic products bring quick relief to the symptoms women preparing for the pregnancy journey experience, like anxiety about your ability to conceive, and imbalance in physical, hormonal or emotional areas.
Once your baby is on the way, IntelliCeuticals offers natural aids to help you adjust to your changing body, and prepare for delivery day, comfortable nursing and the return to pre-pregnancy normalcy.
*conceive-ease flower essence
*peace of mind flower essence
*elasti-oil
*nature’s nipple prep
*baby’s best milk drops
*episi-prep cream


After baby arrives, a new mom experiences changes to her skin, body, hormones, mood, and sleep patterns. Your energy level and ability to sleep and relax are challenged as you attend to baby’s needs and schedule. IntelliCeuticals has formulated natural aids that are effective and safe for nursing mothers.
As the newborn settles in to the family, moms need healthy solutions to comfort and bond with her baby, overcome early discomfort in breastfeeding, and establish a healthy flow of breast milk. Baby’s skin changes too, and mom can find safe, natural relief from the dry flakes that come with cradle cap in time for picture day!
IntelliCeuticals’ experts have formulated remedies for your growing family with high quality ingredients drawn directly from nature to care for you and baby.
*elasti-oil
*new mom rebalancing drops
*baby’s best milk drops
*harmonic baby massage oil
*nature’s nipple prep
*clear-away cradle cream


Not only did Intelligender send me a test to review, they also sent me some Harmonic Baby Massage Oil. I look forward to slathering it on my new baby. Thanks to this lovely company, you will have the opportunity to win a wonderful gift basket full of amazing items!


By commenting on this post to guess the gender of my baby, you will be able to win this amazing prize. Included in this gift box are the following items: 0-3 month onesie, Intelligender test, baby toy, Intelliceutical Elasti*Oil, Episi-Prep Cream and a really cute humpty dumpty box! Just comment below telling me which your gender guess is! Thats it!

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This contest will end on June 8th at NOON EST. Good Luck! It is open to US and Canadian entrants!



***I was sent the above items for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinions expressed within this post are truthful and I was under no obligation to write a positive review***

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! I recently found out that I have really low blood pressure. It makes me dizzy, cold/shaky and out of breath. It certainly isn't fun but at least I know that its because I am growing a healthy little baby inside of me!!

Anyway, my dear hubby has the HARDEST time picking out a present for me because I can be picky! LOL This year I want a new Coach handbag and I need your help! Here are the two I am deciding between. Please tell me in the comments which you prefer!



THANKS for the help and I hope you enjoy your wonderful day!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What to Wear to the Hospital?

When I had Dexter I wore the typical hospital gown during my labor and I simply wore a sports bra during the actual event! This time, i vow to be A) more comfortable and B) more hip (hahaha, did I just say that like I am my parent's age or something?!)

Ever since I heard someone in passing say "I don't want to give birth to a baby in a gown that someone probably died in" that was it. The deal was sealed. There was no way, no how, that I wasn't going to bring something I wanted to wear to the hospital. Here is the conundrum. Do I wear scrub tops like my husband likes to wear around the house because he swears they are so comfortable? Do I wear a swanky BYOG? Did you know that Katherine Heigel makes me own nursing scrubs line? Funny eh? Well, no matter what I choose, I know I will make the right decision. Afterall, I have like almost 5 months to go!

What did you wear when in labor? Oh oh oh, I just found Dear Johnnies.....check this out

Duo Press Children's Books Review and Giveaway {closed}

Winning Comment Lucky #13



Duo Press has been creating innovative children's books for quite some time now. They have a wonderful series of cool counting books that feature several large US cities such as New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. They also have a couple of cute board books that feature sounds.



Sounds tough is a really engaging book. Dexter loves the fact that there are trucks, trains, planes and construction equipment featured throughout the book. Each of the vehicles makes a "tough noise" that helps to teach children sounds. The train says Choo Choo, the firetruck says Roooo Roooo and the concrete mixer says Sloooosh. I like that the book is interactive. It helps teach Dexter all of the sounds and noises from everyday items. He loves repeating them. Some of the pages also feature animals which is another bonus. For instance, the firetruck scares a cat out of the tree and the backhoe scoops up a turtle. Dexter loves finding the animals on the pages. This book retails for $6.95



123 Philadelphia is a really neat book. They feature Philly landmarks all while teaching counting. I love the concept of this book. One can count 1 Liberty Bell, 3 balls (sports), 4 letters in LOVE (the city of Brotherly Love, and 5 buildings from the landscape of Philadelphia. I only wish I could have drooled while counting 10 steak sandwiches. Dexter is getting really good at pointing out the different numbers. He seems to love the number 2, go figure! This book retails for $8.95

How would you like to win each of the two books I reviewed? I know you like reading to your little ones! Just head over to Duo Press and tell me one other title you would like to read.

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***I was sent these titles for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinions expressed within this post are truthful and I was under no obligation to write a positive review***

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thoughts and Ideas about glasses

I have been going to the same ophthalmologist for years now. In fact, I only started going to Pearle Vision because my husband went there when we first met each other. Seeing as though I didn't grow up in this town, I trusted his opinion. I have purchased many pairs of eyeglasses and even more contacts from them than I can count. It wasn't until last month that my husband and I went in to get our yearly eye exam.

My husband didn't have a very good exam. HIs eyes are healthy and all but because he has an astigmatism he has a weird prescription. He ended up going in for four follow up exams and eventually he was told by one of their doctors that they would be happy to give him his prescription in writing to take elsewhere. He was livid. I mean, he wears his prescription glasses 5-6 days a week. I rarely wear mine unless I am sick. It is important to him that his glasses are not only correct but they are comfortable. He sometimes pays up to $270 for frames that he likes because he wears them so much. I think he is nuts but hey, I married the nut!

I think I look alright in my glasses but I really do not like when they get dirty, smudgy or wet. It drives me crazy! Here is a picture of me in my glasses.

I have an obsession with thick, dark frames. Maybe because I am blonde and I feel they really stick out. Who knows.

Here is another picture of me and Dexter when I am not wearing my glasses.


Now lets compare my studly husband with and without his glasses. I prefer him in his glasses, what do you think?



Next time my husband wants to get a new pair of glasses, rather than going into a brick and mortar store, I am going to suggest that he gets his glasses online. Why not?

The price is great and he won't have to deal with dumb people!

**This is a sponsored post by Glasses USA but all the stories, ideas and opinions are mine**

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Goodbye Detergent Review and Giveaway {closed}

Congrats to comment #35 Heather



Quality pots and pans are an investment. When you buy really nice kitchenware you need to protect it. I was looking for an eco-friendly scrubber for my pots and pans when I ran into the Goodbye Detergent spaghetti scrub.


The really unique feature of these spaghetti scubs is the fact that they are made in coarse and fine grain for heavy duty and light duty scrubbing. The heavy duty yellow scrubber is made of corn cobs and the light duty pink scrubber is made from peach pits! How eco-friendly is that? The beauty of these beauties is that they are designed to be used with little or no dish soap! You need only a dab for greasy messes and you don't need any at all for light cleaning of your pots and pans. Not only do I really like using these for scrubbing my pots and pans but they clean my wooden cutting boards very well. I love knowing that they are really clean! What else do I really like? They DO NOT SCRATCH my pans! Now that is the most important thing (if you ask me!)

These babies aren't anti-microbial but they dry fast and don't get all nasty like most of the scrubbers that I have used in the past. They recommend nuking them in the microwave for 5 seconds to kill all the bacteria but if you are really eco-chic and you are without a microwave, you can put them in the dishwasher. I put mine in the utensil tray and they came out perfect!!

Buy at Amazon or win your very own today!

How would you like to win one fine spaghetti scrub and one coarse spaghetti scrub? Just tell me why you would like to use an eco-friendly alternative to a sponge? I can think of a million reasons so be creative and thoughtful!

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***I was sent a some Spaghetti Scrubs for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinions expressed within this post are truthful and I was under no obligation to write a positive review***

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Green Toys Review and Giveaway {closed}

Congrats to Christa, #88!



I love Green Toys. Who wouldn't? They make kid's toys out of recycled milk jugs. How cool is that? These toys aren't drab and boring either. They are rather quite impressive. Not only do they make pails and shovels for the beach but they now make tug boats for the bathtub. They are pretty cool because you can fill them up with water and then pour the water out of the pour spout.


"Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our trusty Tugboat is both good for the earth, and - most importantly - safe for the busy little folks who play there. No BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings. Packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks."

I bathe Dexter in soaps and lotions that are all natural/organic/chemical free so why wouldn't I only allow him to bath with chemical-free toys too? Look at how much he enjoyed himself!


I loved how cute he looked because he was concentrating on pouring the water into the channels of the shower door. He played nice and quietly for about 20 minutes. I love my new camera. It takes the nicest pictures (thankfully since I am not very great at it myself. I needed a camera that would do all of the work!)

Buy at Amazon or win your very own today! Just head over to Green Toys and tell me one other toy you would like to own.

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***I was sent a TugBoat for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinions expressed within this post are truthful and I was under no obligation to write a positive review***

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Easy Green Organic Review and Giveaway {closed}

Congrats to comment #69 Cara!



Remember right around Christmas time when I reviewing the book I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Well, brilliant author and green-mom Anna Getty has done it again. This time, her book 'Easy Green Organic' isn't just about greening up the holidays, its about being green all the time!

What I love most about Anna's books is that she seems to come right into your home and speak directly to you. She has this way with her words that softens up and warms even the darkest green hearts. Recipes? Oh yeah, she does not disappoint in that arena either. Let me tempt you with some Quinoa Croquettes with Cilantro Yogurt Cream Sauce. Maybe you would rather serve up some Fried Polenta with Sauteed Wild Mushrooms in a Chipotle Cream Sauce. Is soup your down fall? How about Chunky Tuscan Bean Soup with Swiss Chard and Pancetta? Well, no matter what your food weakness, Anna has you covered. Seeing as though I am pregnant ALL DESSERT calls out to me. I especially love the Pear and Blueberry Crisp with Brown Sugar Sour Cream.

Don't let my crazy food brain fool you in to thinking that this book is all about food because it is not. It also has a wonderful array of "did you knows". I love facts and quotes. They are some of my favorite things. Take this fact from Anna's book for example, Did you know that " The US Food and Drug Administration estimates that roughly 20 pounds of pesticides per person are used every year. And of those pesticides, at least 59 are classified as carcinogenic." (cancer-causing) It is not at all surprising to me that the FDA would allow the use of such dangerous pesticides. I mean look at the amounts of chemicals and toxins that are allowed in to your shampoos and lotions.

This book is a real eye-opener. It helps you gain knowledge about organic produce and it also helps you learn what choices to make when it comes to eating organic. Eating organic produce is becoming less expensive than it use to be. It is also more readily available. Dr. Alan Greene said once that if you only had to choose two organic foods to eat, make those choices apples and potatoes since they are some of the highest pesticide laden foods.

Win It: I would love to bestow a copy of this book onto one of my glorious readers. You will be dazzled, mesmerized and tantalized with each page. I promise. You know you wanna eat it up (pun intended). To win just follow me on GFC and tell me how often you eat organic and one way you try to help the environment. Its that easy.

Buy it: Amazon

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***I was sent a copy of the book for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinions expressed within this post are truthful and I was under no obligation to write a positive review***
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