Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Anti Monkey Butt Powder Review and Giveaway!!!



Is that not the cutest little monkey you have ever seen? First to be honest, I did not review this product, but someone I know did.



I sent my Anti Monkey Butt Powder to a special place to be used by someone very special. That's right, I sent my review product into Iraq. Not only did the Soldier get a great laugh at the logo, he absolutely loves how great Anti Monkey Butt Powder works. His exact words were "This stuff is freaking awesome!! So much better than that other stuff" I will not name the other stuff as before he tried Anti Monkey Butt Powder, the other stuff worked out well.

You are probably wondering what the heck this product actually is and even if you were not wondering, I will tell you anyway.
This is from the Anti Monkey Butt Powder website. Anti Monkey Butt Powder is specially formulated to absorb excess sweat and reduce frictional skin irritation. It is Ideal for butt busting activities such as truck driving, motorcycling, bicycling, horse back riding, and extreme sports. May also be applied inside footwear, under sports pads, and other areas prone to chafing. Indoors or outdoors, work or play, or on occasions when you sit on your butt all day, don’t let your buns get red, use Anti Monkey Butt Powder instead!

If you are in the Military, Anti Monkey Butt Powder is also great for inside your boots during missions, inside your shoes during PT, and well under the uniform on the sensitive areas.

The best news is they even have Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder and a new Baby Anti Monkey Butt Powder available.

You can buy any of the Anti Monkey Butt Powders here or at any of these fine places:
•Rite-Aid Pharmacies (First Aid Section)
•Walmart (Foot Care Section)
•Ace Hardware Stores
•True Value Hardware
•Tractor Supply Stores
•Do- it Best Hardware Stores
If you happen to live in Canada, you are not left out, you can find Anti Monkey Butt Powder at:
•Shoppers Drug Mart
•Pharma Prix
•Zellers



One of my very wonderful readers can win some Anti Monkey Butt Powder right here and here is how.
First off Please leave your email address in your comment so I can get in touch with you if you are the winner. Secondly Please leave a separate comment for each entry. The last thing is, that you must do the mandatory entry before others will count.
This giveaway will close on Jan. 12 2010 at midnight. The winner will be chosen by Random.org.
Okay on to the fun!!

Mandatory entry: Go to Anti Monkey Butt Powder and have a look around, come back and leave a comment telling something else you learned.

Extra Entries:
Become a fan of Anti Monkey Butt Powder on Facebook here come back and tell me leaving your Facebook ID.

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Become a follower of my blog or let me know you already are.

Thank You to Anti Monkey Butt and Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc. for allowing me the opportunity to review this product.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
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I was given the product free of charge to do the review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!!



I hope you all have a wonderful day!! We will be hosting a dinner of sorts. We will be having 13 people over for dinner and I can't wait. It will be my family of 6, our friends family of 4, and 2 Soldiers who we invited to eat with us. I know what your saying, She said 13 right? Yes, I did. We are also taking a plate of food (maybe two) over to a Soldier who has duty, so he def. counts.



Tonight we used some awesome cookie cutters from CheapCookieCutters.com (review to follow in a few days) and made up Santa's Cookies. I also let my children wear the new jammies from my parents (4 less presents to wrap) LOL



Well I am off to finish wrapping a few presents and I have to fill the stockings. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe day.



Merry Christmas from my family to yours...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Snowman's Song Review


Have you ever wondered how people of snow talk to each other? They do talk only we can not hear them. "It's true, you know, that people of snow send their thoughts around without making a sound." That is the first line of this wonderful book. A little snowman has but one wish and that wish is to sing, but there is a problem. That problem is that Snow people are made of snow and the snow makes no sound.

This story is the amazing journey of a little snowman and his wish of singing. Do you think he finds a voice among the silence of the snow? Pick up the book and find out.


This year for every book purchased on their website http://www.snowmanssong.com/ they will be giving a book to an underprivileged child. So when you purchase a book to enjoy for yourself or for your family, you are helping a child less fortunate then yourself. How awesome is that? Another bonus is that this book comes with an audio CD of the story. My children have enjoyed playing while listening to the CD.

The Snowman's Song quickly became my children's go to book. They love the story and the meaning behind it.

You can purchase the book here for $19.95, but it is on sale right now for $16.95. That is an amazing deal.

Thank You to Leaping Antelope Productions for allowing me to review such a wonderful book.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place


I received a copy of the book free of charge to do a review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

ZOOM Album Review And GIVEAWAY!!!


As most of you know we are Military family and live away from our families. We have also survived 3 deployments. I am going to tell you about an awesome product that can help you stayed connected through pictures. The ZOOM albums are such a wonderful product that is a do it yourself project. I received a kit that had everything to make 3 albums. There was a CD and all the paper provided in a colorful package. On Christmas morning we will have 3 happy families as they open up their albums. If my husband was deployed this year, they would have made the perfect item to send to him as they are just the right size to fit into the pocket of his uniform.

A little about Zoom Albums:
Zoom Albums are pocket-sized photo book that you make yourself at home in less than 10minutes. Seriously, that is all the time it took once I choose which pictures I wanted to use.
Zoom Albums are 3" X 3" photo books that display 12 photos on glossy, high-quality paper. The size is perfect for tossing into your purse, diaper bag, or for a military member to place in their pocket and have their family close by.
Each package comes with everything you will need to create three twelve (12)-picture photo albums. The best part is that once you have gotten one package, you can buy refills.

Since we were using these as gifts for the grandparents, I let the kidlets help with picking out the pictures. They had so much fun helping me. Once the pictures were picked, which is really easy with the CD. As we picked the pictures we put them right into the order we wanted.

You can buy Zoom Albums here

You can win a Zoom Albums kit right here and here is how: Please leave a separate comment for each entry and leave your email address so I have a way to get ahold of you if you win. Giveaway Closes December 31st!!!

Mandatory Entry: Go to Zoom Album and have a look around, come back and tell me something you learned about Zoom Albums.

Extra Entries: Can be done only after Mandatory entry.

Become a follower of Zoom Album on Twitter @ZoomAlbum, leave a comment with your twitter id.

Tweet about this giveaway, this can be done once daily, just leave a comment with the link to your tweet.

Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling you did or have been.

Leave a comment telling me who you would give the albums to or how you would use them.


I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place

I was given 1 Zoom Album kit free of charge to do my review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

My Story Blogs By Four Military Teens Review


Thanks to Seeds of Hope Books I had a wonderful opportunity to review a book. This book to me is a must have on every military installation and here is why. My Story is a book that is about 4 fictional youth with real life stories. The blogs are a compilation of real life experiences of the military kids the authors have been honored to meet and to learn from. This book shows what our children see, hear, and feel about certain aspects of military life. Being an Army wife and the mother of 4 Army brats, I was very interested in this book.

My children are younger with my oldest being 8, but after reading this book I asked my oldest a few questions because my heart felt what each of these teens were feeling. To my surprise, he actually did have some feelings that he needed to get out to me but didn't know how. So while the book is based on teen experiences it can help with younger children also.

First let me tell you a little about the 2 authors of this book, after that I will get more into the book itself.

Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and directs the Family Mental Health Program at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

DeAnne M. Sherman, Michelle's mother, is a teacher with over 40 years experience educating, mentoring, and empowering teenagers.

The 4 blogs in this book address many issues that military teens are faced with, including pride in parent's military service, sadness, anger, and confusion regarding deployments, and the excitement of homecoming. Other issues addressed are the challenges of reconnecting after deployment, finding a new so called normal, teen depression, and divorce. The last two issues hit really close to home for me and they are dealing with parent's emotional and physical challenges such as PTSD and resilience and post-traumatic growth.

As a family we have gone through 3 deployments, the third being the one that would forever change our lives. We watched as the buses pulled away, well 3 of us watched as I was pregnant with our third at the time. 7 months later, the time came for R&R, also when we welcomed our third child into this world. 14 short days later 4 of us watched a plane take off taking Daddy back to war. Another 8 months passed and we were there waiting with excitement for Daddy to come walking into the gym. That night was wonderful, but as the weeks passed we learned that the man we welcomed home was not the same man we sent off on that bus. PTSD is now what we live with everyday in my house.

As I read about Mariah, Adam, Carlos, and Meredith, I found I could relate to each of them in a different way. There are extras in this book, pages after each blog section that state what the teen learned and a page that talks about the different issues faced by each teen. There are also a few pages in the end of the book where you can write down your own story.

My Story is not the only book available from Seeds of Hope Books, there are two others.
All 3 books are available for purchase at Seeds of Hope Books

I really do feel that each of the 3 books should be available to teens on every military installation. My Story is such a positive and powerful book that I feel could help everyone who reads it.

I received a free copy of My Story from Seeds of Hope Books to review on my blog. No other compensation was offered or accepted.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

Sunday, December 13, 2009

RECALL ALERT: Evenflo Cake Toys


Evenflo Recalls Cake Toys on Children’s Activity Centers Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Evenflo ExerSaucer® 1-2-3 Tea for Me™ Activity Learning Centers

Units: About 66,000 in the United States and 13,660 in Canada

Manufacturer: Evenflo Co. Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio

Hazard: The candle flame attached to the top of the cake toy can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Evenflo has received 11 reports of the toy flames detaching. Five of the incidents occurred in the United States and six in Canada. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Evenflo ExerSaucer® 1-2-3 Tea for Me™ activity learning centers. The tea party themed toys have a two–tier cake that is light blue, dark pink and yellow. Models included in the recall are 6161834 and 6161920. The model numbers are printed on the packaging and on a label located on the underside of the base of the product. The recommended age for use of this product is 4 months to walking.

Sold at: Toys “R” Us and juvenile product stores nationwide from December 2007 through March 2009 for about $70.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the cake toy from the product and contact Evenflo to receive a free replacement toy. The ExerSaucer® may continue to be used without the cake toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at safety.evenflo.com

Note: Health Canada’s press release can be seen here

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Please Help me figure out where this box came from

Okay this is going to sound REALLY bad, but the past few weeks I have been very unorganized (okay for the last month) I am making lists and getting things back on track. But.....

I received a box filled with wonderful sewing and quilting goodness yesterday and after going through all my sent emails and received emails I can not figure out where this box came from. Well I know where it came from, says the company name on the box. What I can not figure out is why. LOL

From today forward I will have to make an ongoing list of giveaways I win. I really don't think it is for a review, since it is a mix. I did find out while going through my emails that I won a couple giveaways and never received the prize, not a big deal though because I realize things come up. I myself have a few giveaway items I have to get in the mail, so sorry to those that are waiting for them, but good news they are all packed up and ready to be taken to the post office.

So here is a picture of the surprise goodness that brightened my day yesterday and if anyone can tell me where it came from I will be very grateful.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Virgo She Did It Her Way



From the back of the book:
In life, Virgo had two choices, living their way or living her way. She realized that she would lose herself doing it their way and began to wonder if she could take her life back doing it her way. Determined, she set out on a journey to find the answer.

Virgo put everyone and everything first and learned the hard way what unappreciation was. The day finally came when she took a long hard look in the "mirror" and realized that she had to change.

Her mirror told her that "only you can make you happy and everyone else contributes to your happiness." Now the challenge will be who you choose to put first.

I will admit that this book was quite hard to read. There are a few words missing and a couple of typos. It didn't stop me from reading it though. There is an awesome message through out this book. Really how many of us put ourselves last? How many of us have a not so great past? How many of us have looked into a mirror and asked "Why am I here" or "What the heck am I really doing"? This book takes you through the life of Virgo while she learns to love herself unconditionally.

This book is the first book of a Trilogy and I am finding myself wanting to read the next two. Throughout this book you will feel for Virgo and some feelings may even come out about your own life. When that happens just grab a pencil or a pen and write it down in the book. This book is also a diary of sorts to write things down as you read. I really like that aspect of this book. I don't know how many times I would be reading a book and right in the middle of the page have to stop to go write something down that came to me while reading.

Buy Virgo She Did It Her Way:
You can find the book here on Amazon.com
You can also find it on the Author's website at vernonsamuel.com

Thank You to Wicked Crown Inc. for sending me a review copy and allowing me the opportunity to review this book.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I received the book free of charge in order to write up the review on my blog. No other compensation was offered or received. The above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Our Snow Day!!

Earlier this week we had some amazingly beautiful snow, which I hated. Yes I really dislike the white stuff to a sense. Maybe it was growing up in Michigan or living in upstate New York but somewhere among living with all 4 seasons I realized that the white stuff that I used to spend hours in and end up having to be bribed with hot chocolate in order to actually come inside the house, as a child, is actually cold. I know BIG shocker right?

Here are a few pictures of our day. Can you believe that once again we have more of that white stuff falling from the El Paso, TX skies as I type this. Who knows if tomorrow will be another picture day or not, only time will tell.


Look at that, Finally a use for all the rocks in our yard.


I will admit that this is the part I love about snow. It makes the mountains look wonderfully beautiful, just like the trees back in Michigan and New York.


My daughter LOVING the snow!! She had so much fun and just like me back in the day, I had to bribe her with Hot Chocolate to get her back in the house.


My oldest was just way over excited as he played. First he wanted to make snowballs, then a snow man, then a village, and the list goes on..



This is my Dustin. He was very unsure of what this white stuff was and why it was falling out of the sky, but most surprising to him was that it was cold.

For myself I hope the snow stays away, but for those kidlets of mine I hope we get lots of snow, so I can take more fun pictures of them.

Bear Portaits



Bear Portraits is another beautiful book which Hachette Book Group gave me the pleasure of reviewing. Seriously who doesn't love to see photographs of bears. Bears are an amazing species and one that some people including myself tend to try to stay away from. Jill Greenberg has done the opposite. She has taken amazing photographs of bears and placed them together with some quotes from various well known people to create this one of kind book. My children and I have looked at this book numerous times and each time they come up with a different favorite photograph. One day it is a picture of a bear cub that looks like it could leave the page and join you to cuddle up on the chair and the next day it is a Polar Bear all stretched out that made them giggle out loud.

About Jill Greenberg:
Jill Greenberg regularly shoots advertising and celebrity portrait photography for such clients as Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, Epson, Entertainment Weekly, and GQ. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her photographs of monkeys, dogs, lemurs, and of coarse bears were the face of a large scale Animal Planet ad campaign featured on television and billboards and in New York City subway cars. Jill resides in Los Angeles with her Husband, Robert, and two children.



For more information about Jill Greenberg, visit her website at
http://www.manipulator.com/

You can purchase either one of Jill Greenberg's books at The Hachette Book Group

A Big thank you to the Hachette Book Group for allowing the opportunity to gain a new look about bears, they are amazingly beautiful creatures.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I was given the book to review free of charge. No other compensation was offered or received. The above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree with me.

One Hundred Butterflies



One Hundred Butterflies by Harold Feinstein is filled with such beautiful pictures of every imaginable butterfly. I seriously did not know that so many existed.

About Harold Feinstein:
His distinguished career in photography began in 1950, when Edward Steichen his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and exhibited it frequently during his tenure there. Feinstein's photographs have also been exhibited by and represented in his collections of the International Center of Photography, the George Eastman House, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Musee d' Art Moderne in Paris. His work has appeared in such periodicals as Life, Audubon, Connoisseur, and Popular Photography. He is the author of One Hundred Flowers, One Hundred Seashells, Foliage, Orchidelirium, The Infinite Rose, and The Infinite Tulip. For more information about Feinstein and his work, visit his website at HaroldFeinstein.com



I have found a new appreciation for the Butterflies that I have seen and also the ones I have yet to see, not to leave out the many I will most likely never get the chance to see up close. At least now I have had the pleasure of seeing the amazing photographs that Harold Feinstein has compiled for this book. Every Butterfly is labeled in this book and most have two photographs per butterfly.

You can shop from a beautiful selection of items at Harold Feinstein Store

You can purchase this book or any of the previous mentioned books at Hachette Book Group

Thank You to the Hachette Book Group for allowing the amazing opportunity to review One Hundred Butterflies.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I received the book free of charge to review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. All opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Stocking Stuffer Alert! Bella Sara Cards




My daughter Natalee and I have had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing the Bella Sara Cards and website. Natalee was in awe of the cards and then I had her sit down at my computer. She looked at me like I was losing my mind, but soon was in pure bliss typing in her codes and opening up the magical land, North of North.

About Bella Sara:
Bella Sara is a magical world of horses where children can expand their imaginations through play. Bella Sara inspires and empowers children with positive messages and the magic of North of North.
Committed to safety and security, the Bella Sara website is completely free of social networking, third-party advertising, and requires parental approval for users under 13 years of age.
First introduced to the North American market in 2007 by Hidden City Games, Inc., Bella Sara quickly expanded into an international children’s entertainment property. Since its introduction, Bella Sara has broadened its family of products from trading cards and virtual world (played here) to DVDs, toys, books, video games, arts and crafts, games and puzzles, apparel, back to school and more in the North American and International markets.
Select Bella Sara products include secret codes that expand a child’s imagination with play while unlocking a magical experience into the world of North of North at BellaSara.com. By entering secret codes, children can discover the world with Bella Sara Adventures, casual games and activities and more.

My daughter loves the Bella Sara cards so much that I have already purchased some more sets of the cards and a few other fun things for her from BellaSara.com I feel that the products are wonderful at bringing the child's mind alive and the website is very safe. Bella Sara cards and products would make for a wonderful stocking stuffers this Holiday Season.

You can find Bella Sara cards at many local stores including Walmart, you can also buy from Bella Sara

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place

I was given the cards free of charge to review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. All the above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Fun List!!

Just a quick update and the list of the reviews and giveaways headed your way.

I am FINALLY getting into the Christmas spirit, not sure why but this year has gone by quickly and December 13th is creeping up. December 13th there will be no post from me, it is a day that I tend to keep to myself, cry, and remember my sweet Angel. William Robert was born sleeping that day at 24 weeks.

Okay enough about that.. Here is the list of things you find here and what days you will find them.

Thursday December 3rd!!
An awesome stocking stuffer idea is Bella Sara cards. Kind of like the girly version of Pokemon cards. My daughter and I have reviewed these and I have already purchased a few packs for her stocking.

There will be 3 book reviews up tomorrow. 2 Gorgeous art books that have pictures in them that are just simply AMAZING!!! The 3rd book is one I just finished yesterday. I could not put it down..

We actually had snow here in El Paso and 3 out of the 4 kiddos got to play outside and enjoy it. I have some really cute pics to share with you all.

Friday December 4th

It will be a fun cooking theme day with some reviews of a couple cookbooks.

I will be baking up our second batch of Christmas cookies, so there will sure be posts throughout the day filled with pictures.

Saturday December 5th

This day will be about health and safety. I will post some reviews for some different health products as well as this really awesome item called safety tat.

I will also be posting up some of my ideas with keeping my kids, animals, and visitors safe within my home this holiday season.

There will be more, but I just wanted you to get an idea of all the fun stuff coming up.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A couple Winners on this snow filled El Paso day!!

The winner of the Softlips giveaway is.....Random.org chose #3 out of the comments...#3 was: susan said...
Sugar Cookie for me!

The winner of the Certain Dri Solid is.....Random.org chose #1 out of the comments...
#1 was: kalea_kane said...
I had no idea that Certain Dri was the leading recommended antiperspirant recommended by dermatologists for excessive perspiration for over 30 years!

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com


Thank you all who entered and Congrats to the Winners, I will be emailing you both shortly.