Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curling Iron | Review

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I’m pleased to feature Kiss InstaWave as part of 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Grown-ups at! Automatic curling irons are hot this year (no pun intended!), and the Kiss InstaWave offers a unique, safe, and easy way to achieve soft, beautiful hairstyles from beach waves all the way to kinky curls.  KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic, tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls and can be used from any angle, with any hand (lefties rejoice!). It features a "Curl Dial" with left and right curling directions, so you have total control over your curl, it can curl inward or outward depending on the look you want. It's safe, too, with an automatic shut off after 90 minutes, and two heat settings: low and high, with a maximum temp of 420.   My two favorite features of the Kiss InstaWave are the Curl Dial and the Swivel Cord. I love that the Curl Dial is open, so hair is curled easily and freely, and won't get … [Read more...]

Exergen TemporalScanner with Smart Glow Features | Video Review

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Last year I reviewed one of my favorite "parent" products - the Exergen TemporalScanner. It made taking temperature practically fool-proof and has been my go-to thermometer for our family. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better than that, Exergen, as if reading the minds of a million parents, has released the new Exergen TemporalScanner with Smart Glow features. When you've got a sick child whose finally asleep, there's no way you'd want to wake them! With the new Exergen TemporalScanner with Smart Glow, not only can you mute the beeper, but you can utilize the soft-glow display to get your temperature reading - even in the dark! Have you ever seen the show Ghost Hunters? I'm a big fan and they do a lot of work "in the dark" with fun tools that help them "read" paranomal activity. Well, to share with you all the great features of the Exergen TemporalScanner with Smart Glow Features, I made a little Ghost Hunters spoof video. Rather than hunting for ghosts, I hunt for … [Read more...]

Breaking Free of the Bra ABCs with JOCKEY bra Fit Kit | #JOCKEYbra Review

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  When I was in college I worked at a popular boutique lingerie store in the mall. I was one of their "bra specialists," which meant that I received special training to size and fit women into the best fitting bras. When I received said training, I was surprised to find out so little went into what constituted measuring someone for a bra. I knew that women were more than just A B C, etc., and there were some bra brands that even tried going for "almost A," or "perfectly B," but I knew there had to be more to it! Enter the new Bra Fit Kit from JOCKEY, where women are more than just a mold, more than just letters attached to a number. JOCKEY uses volumetrics to help women find the perfect fit all around their breast and provides a method of comprehensive bra sizing you can do in the comfort of your own home.   After eight years of development, scanning over 800 women, and holding 26+ patents, JOCKEY has developed this new system of bra measurements which truly speaks … [Read more...]

Wholly Guacamole HUNGRY Channel | Chef Event Recap, Review & Giveaway

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Last month, while attending the BlissDom conference in Dallas, I enjoyed an exclusive Chef Event sponsored by Wholly Guacamole that featured chefs from their HUNGRY Channel on YouTube and a wealthy of delicious eats, both savory and sweet, made with Wholly Guacaomle and Wholly Salsa. I'm pleased to share with you some of these foods, created by chef Alex Thomopoulos, host of HUNGRY Channel's "Bites & Booze: Gluten Free" episodes, as well as offer a giveaway of a cooler full of Wholly Guacamole products! These are just some highlights of the fun we had. Click this image to enlarge the photos. My fellow bloggers and I joined Wholly Guacamole and chef Alex T at the Culinary Focus Research and Science Center in Irving, Texas, where we tried our hand at specially created recipes that, as Chef Alex says, just happen to be "gluten-free." We were all split into groups and worked alongside Alex and in-house chefs to create delicious and nutritious dishes, as pictured above. My team made … [Read more...]

Rise of the Guardians on DVD | Snag the Special Packaging for Easter!

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Just in time for Easter baskets, Rise of the Guardians will be released on DVD and Bluray this week! But be sure to look out for the special packaging that includes little Easter Egg hoppers! Based on William Joyce's the Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians is a gorgeously animated film about Boogeyman Pitch Black's attempts to spread darkness and fear throughout the world and the guardians' attempts to foil him. Charged with the duty of watching over the children of the world, guardians Sandman, North, Tooth, and E. Aster Bunnymund are loved by children everywhere. When the Man in the Moon appoints Jack Frost to be the newest guardian, the other guardians doubt that Jack can be of much help against Pitch, especially considering that the children don't even believe in Jack Frost's existence. But when Pitch prevents Tooth from collecting the children's teeth, keeps E. Aster Bunnymund from hiding eggs on Easter, and turns the children's happy dreams into … [Read more...]

February Green Kid Crafts: Ocean | Review

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Kids are so creative, and it's obviously really important to cultivate their creativity, but it's not always easy to come up with an activity, gather the materials needed, and then help them execute the project! Luckily there is a great monthly kids craft subscription service like Green Kid Crafts. It's $19.95/month and for that you'll receive at least three craft projects for kids and everything you need to complete those craft projects (they also offer a sibling add-on option). What sets Green Kid Crafts apart from other kids craft subscriptions is that all the projects and materials are eco-friendly and promote sustainable choices. Keep reading for a promo code for 30% off Green Kid Crafts! February's box is themed "Ocean" and here's a peek at what we got: You'll have to forgive me, I totally forgot to snap a picture of the box contents before Emma started working on the projects, so her completed Sailboat was included here. The three projects were Coral Reef … [Read more...]

July Conscious Box | Review

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  One of the best product discovery boxes available, Conscious Box focuses on sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. For $12 a month, plus $7 shipping, you'll receive a box full of a variety of full-sized and sample-sized products. The July Conscious Box theme was "The Simple Joys of July" and was all about embracing the little joys in life and staying healthy on-the-go. This box definitely lived up to its theme! It was heavy and filled to the brim, I don't think there was a single waste of space in this month's Conscious Box! It was difficult to even get a decent picture with everything in the frame! As far as the box contents go, for me there was only one or two products I was already familiar with, so I was blown away with all the great companies and products I could discover. Here's a peek inside: All Natural Face Eyeshadow in Peach Ice Aura Cacia full-sized bottle of essential oil in Sweet Orange ($4.15) - Orange just happens to be … [Read more...]

Wittlebee (2nd box) | Review


Last month I received my first Wittlebee box and wasn't too impressed. I mentioned, though, that since receiving that sample box, I had signed up to become a paying customer because I wanted to see if their service got better. I'm pleased to report that my second box was awesome! I've got my review and a video, plus there's a coupon for $10 off your first month down at the bottom! Wittlebee is a children’s subscription clothing service for children in size birth to 5t. It’s $39.99 a month and with that you will receive up to 8 clothing pieces in each box (they are transitioning to a 6 piece box). It’s a unique service in a few ways, the first of which is that you are able to customize your box by answering a few questions about your child’s personality and favorites. You’re also able to manage your subscription in a variety of ways - you can get service monthly, every other month, or even just seasonally, all you have to do is simply pause and reactivate your subscription at your … [Read more...]

Kiwi Crate June Box: Busy with Bugs

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Around the middle of the month, my oldest daughter Emma stalks the mailbox watching for her Kiwi Crate to come. It's always exciting to see what's inside and what she gets to do - and I'm sure thankful for it this summer because it's hot, and I mean hot, and a lot of our afternoons have to be spent indoors. This month's theme was Busy with Bugs and had all the things needed to make a glowing firefly zipline and bug paintings. Plus, this month's box included insect fact cards that had fun information and art opportunities on the back. Our Kiwi Crate box this month was just overflowing with stuff to do! I didn't have to provide any additional materials, they were all included. I want to mention that I love, love, love Kiwi Crate's attention to detail. For instance, the pencil included in this month's box had bugs all over it - they could have included a regular yellow pencil, but this was a really nice touch. Also, the "zipline" provided for the firefly … [Read more...]

New Mabel’s Labels “Write Away!” Labels | Review

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I'm really excited to share with you a brand new product from Mabel's Labels that I think is perfect for just about everyone! Last summer I thought I had enough labels for my daughter's school supplies, and it wasn't until we sat down to do them a few days before school started that I realized, hey, I need more! I knew I wanted sticky labels from Mabel's Labels, but I didn't want to have to wait for them to get here. I wanted them now! But, since I wouldn't settle for less, I knew that waiting was my only option. Lucky for  me, I won't be singing that song ever again! The new "Write Away!" labels from Mabel's Labels are customizable, self-laminating sticky labels that you can get one of two ways: if you live in Canada, you'll be lucky enough to pick them up at Walmart for $10.47 for a set of 30, but if you live here in the states, you can purchase them online for $12! Each set comes with 30 labels and there's the Sweet Pack, with hearts and butterflies and princesses, etc., and the … [Read more...]

Oransi Fridge Air Purifier | Review & Giveaway


I'm always on the hunt for fresh produce. Since we live in a rather isolated town in West Texas, I have few options for really good, fresh fruits and vegetables. There's a certain store on the other side of town that I swear their produce lasts the longest of any that I've come across so far and that's where we usually get our groceries. But sometimes, even the best intentions need a little help. I've recently come across the Oransi Fridge Air Purifier and I like to think of it as my little magician in the back of the fridge. Since using it, I've noticed that our produce stays crisper longer and our dairy stays fresher. We've got a little trip coming up and I full anticipate not coming home to spoiled food! The Oransi Fridge Air Purifier is an economical way to refresh any kitchen. This small kitchen gadget (it’s only 2” x 4” – about the size of a large lemon) easily fits into any fridge and silently removes all bacteria and odors through ionic technology. As I mentioned, it helps … [Read more...]

Imperial Toy Outdoor Summer Fun | Review


There is really nothing my kids love more than bubbles. I always think of the line from the film Knocked Up, "I wish I loved anything as much as my kids love bubbles." They are magic and, for us, it's one of our favorite things to do outside! Now that here in West Texas we've jumped from winter straight into summer weather, we're outside more and looking for fun things to do. Not only does Imperial Toy have some of the best and most inventive bubble products out there, they've got some really fun water balloon toys, too! My kids were most excited about the "glowing bubbles." Super Miracle Bubbles Glow Fusion is a fun and creative way to play with bubbles. The Hi-Beam Sabre looks like a big bubble wand, but the coolest thing, and most appealing to my kids, is that it "glows." To make the glowing bubble solution, we had to use the provided Infusion Activators and add them to the bubble solution. Once they activated, the bubble solution started glowing a bright orange! That coupled … [Read more...]

HP DeskJet 3052A e-All-In-One Printer | Review


We are a seriously modern multi-tasking family. As far as technology goes, we like to be on top of things, and with all our computers and tablets and phones, a multi-tasking wireless printer is a major necessity. But with all the options out there, how do you really know what would be the best printer choice for your needs? We've been using the HP DeskJet 3052A e-All-In-One printer from Walmart (also available on and it has been a great experience for our family and our printing needs. Check out my video review below! If you're in the market for a good and easy-to-use wireless enabled printer, this is it. It's a great fit for families who need something simple to meet their needs, students who need to print and scan like nobody's business, or those who might be bit befuddled by installing a printer on a wireless network. There are so many resources available to make the most of your HP DeskJet experience, and you can find out more about this printer (and even order … [Read more...]

What’s Your Sport? | Jockey Shaping Crop Legging Review


Jockey, the leading maker of sport- and active-wear, wants to know how you wear their brand and what your sport is. From walking to triathlon training, Jockey offers something for everyone. In fact, their new Sport Shaping Crop Legging is perfect for moms like me - multi-taskers! I've been wearing the new Jockey Shaping Crop Leggings a few times over the last couple of weeks and I really, really like them. They're comfortable to wear versatile enough for all the things I do in a day - whether it's yoga or grocery shopping. The pant has built-in mesh panels and the "shaping" part of it helps smooth and slim. I do feel leaner when I wear these leggings, though I do suggest if you buy a pair to buy a size smaller. I opted for a larger size than I thought I needed because I just wasn't sure - I thought because it would be a "shaping" pant it would be tight. I don't feel that way at all - I actually feel like I would like them to be a bit tighter as the are a little loose and I pull them … [Read more...]

Take the Wat-aah! Challenge ~ We did!

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This year Emma and I accepted the Wat-aah! Challenge and made a little video chronicling our experience. As a Wat-aah! Challenge participant, we were asked to put the new lunchbox-friendly 10-ounce sized bottles of Wat-aah! in our fridge next to our kids' normal lunch drink and see which one they choose to take in their lunch. On this particular morning, as you will see in the video, Emma chose Wat-aah! and after school we had a little chat about whether or not she liked it! Fair warning - we were pretty "whispery" in the beginning because it was early morning and the rest of the house was sound asleep! Plus, listen for how she pronounces Wat-aah! It kills me. Emma is a funny girl. She took the "pink" Wat-aah! (the BODY version, made with pure spring water) to school but didn't care for it because she didn't think it tasted like water. *This is me scratching my head* Her friends at school, though, thought her Wat-aah! was pretty cool. Emma did, however, like the "blue" Wat-aah! … [Read more...]

Fun with FYRFLYZ | Review & Giveaway


Are you keeping your eyes and ears peeled for the hot new toys this fall? One of them is FyrFlyz and I've got all the details for you! FyrFlyz are an easy-to-use precision balance lighted toys. By simply swinging the two strings and applying tension or allowing slack, you can create a continuous movement of multi-color light shapes from rings, to figure eights and more! My girls, ages 2 and 7, love to play with FyrFlyz and playing with them usually means going into a darkened room, because that's where FyrFlyz look the coolest! We particularly like Blue Angel because it has multi-color lights and looks, according to Emma, "the most awesome." I have a special place in my heart for FyrFlyz, actually. My two-year-old daughter has apraxia of speech, so I'm constantly working with her on learning to talk. She loves to play with FyrFlyz so much and because of that she's learned to say "twirl" and "pull" (well, her version of "twirl" and "pull"). Here's a fun little video of us in … [Read more...]

Denizen Jeans from Levi’s – Exclusively at Target (vlog)


dENiZEN jeans are a new line of denim made by Levi's and sold exclusively at Target. Our experience with them has been that it's everything you expect from a high-quality designer pair of jeans without the high price tag. In fact, I had my little Emma strut her stuff and show you how nice these dENiZEN jeans really are! Take a look at our vlog: Emma wore a pair of dENiZEN jeans in Girl’s Slim Boot which features a low rise waist and slim through the thigh fit with a boot cut leg opening in stretch denim, which is perfect for active girls like her. Regularly priced at $17.99, they are on sale often at Target and if you vista dENiZEN on Facebook you may just be able to score yourself a rebate or even a free pair! The dENiZEN line of jeans at Target features denim for the whole family, and you'll be able to find various fits and sizes for men, women, girls and boys. They're modern and fit well and I'm looking forward to purchasing a pair for myself I've been so impressed with the … [Read more...]

My Mom Style Icon | Mother’s Day Book Review

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When I was a kid I was totally embarrassed by the way my mom dressed. Well, I was embarrassed of my mom in general. There was no way she was ever cool, I was convinced. As I matured, I realized a lot of things about my mom, one of them being that she actually had a life before I came along. And that she was fashionable and beautiful and...gulp...that I wanted her clothes and hairstyles and accessories. I have been a fan of the blog My Mom The Style Icon for a long time now. It's a fascinating photo blog put together by Pier Weiss featuring reader submitted photographs of moms from "back in the day" when they were real women and not just moms. I even submitted a photo of my mom wearing, of all things, an orange jumpsuit. Just in time for Mother's Day, Chronicle Books has recently released My Mom Style Icon by Piper Weiss, featuring photos and stories collected from her blog, celebrating moms and their fabulous style ~ you know, when they were the ones posing and being … [Read more...]

Simple Garden | Review & Giveaway (3 Winners!)

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In honor of Earth Day and the promotion of living a more sustainable, green lifestyle, I am excited to introduce you to a literal simple container gardening method, appropriately called Simple Garden. Recently featured on The Today Show, it's perfect for so many things, not the least of which is starting your own vegetable and herb garden, which is exactly what I did! Since we moved to Texas, I lament very much that I didn't take better advantage of the box garden I had in the beautiful backyard of our home in California. Here, we have a little tiny grass area, maybe 12 x 12 feet, which is okay for the kids to play in, but there's really no room for growing a garden. I searched online for a solution, and I came upon Simple Garden from Fertile Earth. Simple Garden Starter Kit There are a few things, I think, that keep people from starting their own garden. One, of course, is space, and the other is know-how. It can be overwhelming to figure out what to plant and when, where to … [Read more...]

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Disney Junior has a great way to help you get your youngest ones learning about Earth Day! "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and "Handy Manny" will both be airing special themed episodes tomorrow and it will be a great way to get your kids thinking about and asking about environmental issues. Just for you, here's a sneak peek of our family's favorite, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," where the gang help sea creatures save their homes from Captain Hook's ill-mannered ways: Be sure to tune in to Disney Junior tomorrow morning starting at 8:30 am ET/PT to catch these fun and educational episodes! … [Read more...]