Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Short Story Review: Bobby by Scott Zavoda

I recently read the story Bobby, written by Scott Zavoda. This story is considered a Short Horror Story, and does contain some graphic details. Right from the beginning, the author captured my attention with his description of the scene. I begin to wonder about the wheelchair and the main characters flashbacks. Caring for his disabled brother, the main character endures many different emotions, while trying his best to give his brother a good life. The emotions become reflected in the reader, and it's an emotional roller-coaster ride.

A good read, this book is about 40 pages long. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to get lost in a sea of emotions, especially compassion for the characters involved.

If you're short on time like me, and want to read a story start to finish, pick up Bobby on Amazon.com, available in digital!!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Florida has beautiful beaches, but awful humidity! Even in November!

I moved to the sunshine state of Florida when  I was just 19 years old, a freshly graduated, wide eyed youth looking for fun and adventure. While I did find some fun in the sun and sand, the humidity in South Florida during the summer months was miserable! It would be so high that unless you had your air conditioner blasting continuously, you we're sweaty and irritated.

When I went into a businesses, if the air wasn't cranking, I didn't even stay! The DMV, forget about it, always so stifling in there! Restaurants and shops lost my business if they were hot and stuffy, because if my clothes were sticking to me, I was uncomfortable! If I was uncomfortable, I wanted to leave. While I wouldn't mind spending some of the winter months in Florida, living there year round just wasn't my cup of tea. During  my stay in Venice, so many nice beach days were spent in front of my tiny little AC trying to staying cool. Eventually I decided to move back home to New York where the humidity is much more bearable. Even this time of year, the humidity in South Florida is still around 75%.

But while I was there, I noticed AC's were very affordable and the selection was great. Talk about supply and demand. Florida seems to know how to keep it's residents cool. I purchased a couple small air conditioners for my tiny apartment through a bargain store, and they let me breathe through the summer months. However, they didn't last, which makes me think most households in South Florida probably run commercial air conditioners, because they are more efficient and built to last longer. Seems to make sense to me. I use an industrial vacuum at my house, simply because I have 4 children, and I do not want to buy an new vacuum every few months. It's the same concept, but just a different appliance.

 New air conditioners in West Palm Beach can be purchased and installed through EDS Air Conditioning, a family owned company that provides comfort and quality commercial air conditioners to businesses and Floridians alike.  They offer free estimates, as well as Senior and Military Discounts!

If I ever move back to Florida and am in need of an Air Conditioners, I am going to call a company that is license and insured by the state, like EDS air conditioning.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SlingGRIP get a better handle on your expensive devices

 slingGRIP review

I recently received a black SlingGRIP, which I immediately became excited about! My little ones love talking on the phone to their grandparents and I'm always worried about the phone getting dropped and having to purchase a new one. We have a Motorola Razr Maxx HD that is expensive (I won ours!) and I don't want to have to replace it should it break. The slingGRIP is great for giving you more freedom to text and walk the dog or eat ice cream!

The SlingGRIP is a product that is Made In the USA!

Also made with natural rubber elastic.
and recycled BPH Free plastic.
I put the slingGRIP on the phone as soon as it arrived, and to this very moment it is still stuck strong as ever. That's because it's made with 3M adhesive! It doesn't even seem loose or wiggly. I think it's going to last a long time. And we use it a lot, between family and business calls. The design is just one piece and super duper easy to apply! Just peel off the paper, line it up and stick it on! Press it down and it's stuck in seconds! (You can easily move it if you goof up, just be quick about it!)

I can totally see myself buying these very useful and practical gifts for my loved ones, especially the clumsier ones that are always shattering their screens! (you know who you are!!) I need a few more of these for my tablet, ipod and kindle, and I can even attack these to my kids expensive DS systems! That way I know they are safe as well.

One of the nicest features of the slingGRIP is that it's comfy and a one size fits all product. All members of the family can get a grip on this great product! The grip you get is tight, and my youngest uses it with the simplest of ease! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone and everyone.

It's available in 6 colors: Black, White, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, and Blue. Pick your favorite color or match to your your phone or purse!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

check out private party island party accessories

I moustache you a question....

Where do you get your party supplies???
My girls were psyched when a "mystery box" arrived, and I let them spend some guessing it's contents. While none of my girls got close to what was inside, they were thrilled none the less when they saw it was finger lights and inflatable long balloons and instructions for making balloon animals. We started with the balloons, since it was dark enough to try the finger lights. We received these items from www.privateislandparty.com! The inflatable balloons were just as much fun for me as they were for my girls, and imtriedm2 sad attempts at flowers, finally giving up and making everyone the only gallon animal I'd ever learned to make, the doggie. You know, the hot dog doggie that's super easy and cute! I'd show pictures but they didn't last long!! My kids were having such a good time and bouncing around that they popped their dogs! you can try your hand at your own animals by buying the balloon kits here: http://privateislandparty.com/products/twisting-balloons-kit-9144/

Later that night, and after hearing "mom is it dark enough yet?" 9,000 times, we broke out the finger lights. We received enough to have all my girls wear 10 each. They couldn't wait to start pointing the bright colorful lights all over. They used them as nightlight by putting a few on their dresser knobs. They were able to light their rooms up and make shadow shapes and animals as well. They couldn't get enough of them, and all the girls asked to Jae them at the next birthday party/sleepover. As well entertained as they were, I'd be happy to! Not to mention the price! I was walking thru my grocery store earlier this week and I noticed the same type of finger lights with a price 1$/piece. The price is way less on this amazing site! http://privateislandparty.com/products/dozen-finger-lights-mix-colors-9023/

I urge you to check them out as I'm sure they will be a hit for your kids too! I know ill definitely be ordering from private island party for any party need, and much more!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Tattoo Pill Review

I received a bottle of multi-vitamins for people with tattoos. My fiance has a ton of tattoos and is always getting more, so I started him right away on the vitamins. I read the instructions first, but they were easy to follow and in less than 5 minutes he took his first "tattoo multi-vitamin," designed to give your body top nutrients to heal your body after having tattoo work. At first I was a skeptic about the need for a special multi-vitamin, but then I learned how much stress tattooing can put on your body. You need the top vitamins and minerals to repair poked and prodded skin back to it's original condition. So, he gave it a try and I observed. He had a tattoo retouched late September, and he's been taking the pills for 3 weeks. His tattoo is completely healed and looks great! I would totally recommend getting these vitamins if you like to get inked a lot. They run about the same cost as regular vitamins, and they look much cooler on your counter top! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hugo The Happy Starfish #Kindle #Ebook #Review

What an adorable book for little ones! Teach them the wonderful qualities of perseverance and taking on challenges one bit at a time. I loved reading my littlest this great E-Book. It's called Hugo The Happy Starfish, and you'll be sure to fall in love with Hugo, just as K and I did.

I even had my 2nd graders read it aloud to eveyone, and we loved all the great pictures. My oldest even got into the fun and read it in different voices! We had such a great time being together and reading!

Hugo is a great family friendly story you'll want to read again and again! It's definitely not a story that gets old quick! We've read it about 30 times since receiving our digital copy.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hugo the Happy Starfish to my kids, and will be ordering more fun stories to create a Hugo collection!! What's even better is that The book comes with a number of worksheets which are downloadable at no cost on their website. 

You can read more about the story and get your copy here: Hugo The Happy Starfish on Amazon

Check out their website as well!

I hope you'll check out this great story with a lesson for your little ones!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rent a timeshare and beat the no vacation home blues!

Search timeshare rentals with Redweek.com

Ooooh, how I dream of having a luxury vacation home on the beach to spend lazy days sipping fruity drinks with a good book. However, we can barely keep afloat in our regular home, with kids getting older but not cheaper. Cost of living is getting progressively higher, and families on a budget need to think outside the box for creative ways to save a buck.

One idea I've only recently thought about is timeshare rentals. The idea wasn't appealing to me before because I didn't understand what they were. I've been on the website www.redweek.com and have been learning about how affordable staying in a beach-y vacation home can be.

Redweek boasts over 1.5 Million Registered Users, and becoming a guest is free! Being a guest means you can search for timeshares and participate in the forum. It's super affordable to become a member! If you already have a time share, you can post your available timeshare for others to view!

Timeshares are the newest ways for families to take luxury vacations they might otherwise be able to afford. Some of the newest listings that have caught my eye have me island dreaming of a paradise in Hawaii, for the same/lower cost as a hotel and a lot more amenities. Check it out for yourself and see yourself somewhere sunnier!!!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Collage It 3 Pro Review! Amazing program for creating awesome collages!

If you love making collages like me, you have to check out this review!!

Collage Maker Pro is an awesome program for Mac, which lets you take your favorite pictures and combine them into great collages.

Collage Maker Pro is an awesome website that lets me be the photo pro! I can create collages exactly the way I want them with a simple, easy to use interface. It's really easy to add and adjust borders, add shading and change the border colors. And that's just the beginning of the tweaks you can make with your pictures. You get to choose how many columns, rows, and how many pics in each row in the grid!

One of

 Collage It Pro 3 Offers many different templates to make your collages pop! I personally love the grid template but there are many different designs available at the touch of a button. What's really nifty is the Random and Shuffle buttons at the top. If your pics aren't fitting just right, you can hit that button and change the layout of the pics 'til it's right! Really handy, if you ask me!

 Collage It Pro has such an easy interface! After your awesome collage is finished, you can post to facebook or export it (i.e save it as a pic file or PDF)
Check out Collage It Pro! It's fantastic for creating great collages! Perfect for facebook and twitter headers too! Check out Collage It Pro! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 23, 2013

#Review Educational Alphabet Flash Cards for kids 3+

My littlest daughter Khloe is big on learning, so I jumped at the chance to test and review Educational Planets Flash Cards for kids. When they arrived, K went crazy! She couldn't wait to get them open and start learning. The flash cards come with 52 letter cards, two of each letter, an upper case and a lower case. They also include a reference card and a card with suggested activities. We decided to start out by matching the upper case letters to their lower case match. K got the hang of it quick! It helped the pictures were mostly familiar to her.

One of the best features in my opinion is that the words are spelled at the bottom, so K gets to practice her spelling. It's one of her favorite activities to do with "her cards" now. Our game goes a little like this:

Me: "Khloe, what's this??"
Khloe: "ummm... cake??"
Me: "Yes! Very good!"
Khloe: "say...how do you spell it!??"
Me: Okay, Khloe, how do you spell cake?"
Khloe: "ummmm....c...a....k....e!!! Cake!"
Me: "Awesome! You're so smart Khloe!"

Smiles all around. I love games like these. They build her confidence in a fun, educational way. They are perfect for her age group as well. Toys for 3-5 year olds She's learning phonics and to connect letters with sounds (like O to octopus!)

We've played with these cards every day since getting them. It's becoming a great bonding game! My older girls have joined in the fun too!

Educational Planet has some really unique and whimsical toys! I'm really glad I have found thier website, because the holidays are coming!! They have some great educational gifts I'm definitely adding to my shopping list!

What are your favorite types of learning games? Do your kids love flash cards? :D How do you play with them?

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Princess Sophia and the Frog IV #review #princess #kindle #storytime

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Review: Kindle Book Princess Sophia and the Frog IV

Princess Sophia and the Frog IV is a delightful children's book about happiness and friendship! I received the book to review and my youngest, K, was very excited about bedtime (when we read bedtime stories) so we could read a new book. Now, we usually don't read bedtime stories on electronic devices, but I have to admit it was super convenient. I read stories to all my girls at night, but for the sake of reviewing, I broke up my girls into smaller "focus groups" if you will, so I could get some feedback from my princesses. My oldest, L, who is 9 thought the book was  cute and had a good message. Since she is fluently reading chapter books, I appreciated her honest feedback. My two 7 year olds, although they mess around a lot during bedtime, sat and listened to the story, paying attention to Princess Sophia and the frogs story about friendship. K, whose attention span can be quite short, also sat and listened to the whole story, so I'd say it was the perfect length! (at least for my crew!) The words rhyme so that also keeps the story interesting and fun.

Princess Sophia and the frog teaches youngsters about feelings and friendship in a non-traditional way. Little ones learn they are in control of their own feelings and happiness. The pictures are cheery and bright, and my daughters liked that it was different than the normal princess fairy tales we sometimes read. This princess story is a must have, because it's a fun, cute story with a great message.

I would definitely check out this story for your little princesses. It's a cute story with a great positive message! Princess Sopia and the Frog IV is available on Kindle (which is available on zillions of devices with a free download!!!!!)

Buy it here:

AMAZON: Sophia and the Frog IV
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Red Carpet At Home Manicure!! Perfect for us #DIY mommas!

   Hiya everyone!!

          Believe it or not, summer is starting to coming to a close...(I know, I know I SAID IT!) It's time to "fall into routine" with back to school activities around my home. I'm most looking forward to meeting my girls' new teachers and having a relationship of learning with them for the next 10 months. Lots of PTA meetings and Open Houses and Chorus Concerts!! As a busy momma, I need all the tricks, and secrets I can find to make looking great look effortless! I'm pleased to share some great news hitting the Nail Art world! As busy mommas trying to do it all, sometimes we skip a nail appointment... (or 12!) Sometimes I don't have hours to get my nails done...
Think about it...

getting ready to leave the house
driving to the salon
waiting my turn at the salon
spending the time getting my nails done
driving back home...

Then, after all that, I have to be sooo super careful to not fudge up my new mani on the drive home. Car keys, car doors, seat belts... and you know the list goes on!!

I just learned about an amazing new company, called Red Carpet Manicure, and I couldn't not share it with you all!! Their products pass the test of some of my favorite celebrities, like Blake Lively, Rhianna and J.Lo! Red Carpet Manicure sells amazing, DIY at home gel manicure kits!

As soon as I seen their website I knew I would be ordering their products soon! I instantly fell in love with the Gems and Glitter kits! One product for great amazing Nail Art!! When it comes to staying power, these manicures last two weeks!! Red Carpet Manicures really is the leader in Nail Art Technology!!!

Check out some of these amazing photos! This nail art is over the top amazing!!

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They are offering 10 prizes to random winners!! :D Here are the prizes:

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You can learn more about Red Carpet Manicure using the links below!! Don't forget to like their facebook page so you can enter the sweet sweepstakes!!!! Good Luck!!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review

When I first received my Woolzies, I’ll admit I was pretty skeptical. I’m supposed to put these knitting balls in my dryer? They resembled something my grandma used to make scarfs and sweaters with…

 Never one to judge a book by it’s cover, and since theres ALWAYS laundry around, I tried them in a load of laundry right away. I’m pleased to say they not only reduced the time it takes to dry a large load of laundry, they also annihilated static cling. The woolzies reduce drying time by creating "loft" in between the clothes the dryer. This improves air flow! Instead of the usual 60+ minutes it takes to dry a large load of laundry, it took approximately 40+ minutes. That is a significant energy savings for one load of laundry. Let me also mention that the 6 extra large dryer balls that came in the package are good for over 1,000 loads! If I save 20 minutes per load that’s well over 300 hours of energy savings!!!! Whoa!! And for ladies with lacy, cute panties let me just say they won’t get stuck to your sons fitted sheets or elsewhere anymore! That alone is such a nice perk!! I haven’t even gotten to the best facts about woolzies yet! Chemical free!!!!! Yes!!!! Instead of purchasing dryer sheets and fabric softener, these amazing balls do it all! My clothes come out soft and wrinkle free. My daughter that has skin sensitivities has had zero skin problems since using these dryer balls. The fact that it eliminated her skin issues really made me rethink the other chemicals my girls are exposed to. These dryer balls support the crunchy-mama lifestyle, and I think they are amazing!!

If you need to guess how many dryer balls you might need in a year, just figure out how many loads of laundry you do per day. Around my house, we do approximately 20 loads a week (or 3 loads per day. Seriously.) So, those dryer balls will last approximately a full year (50 weeks!) That’s so incredible!
These little miracle balls are fairly inexpensive, when you consider how much dryer sheets and fabric softener costs.They are approximately $6 each.

I loved reviewing Woolzies, because it’s a product I might not have heard about otherwise. I think they have already improved laundry around my home! I used the dryer balls almost 3 full weeks before reviewing them, to be sure I had an accurate and honest review. I will be purchasing more Woolzies next year, when these have tumbled through 1,000 loads of laundry.

To learn more about Woolzies follow them on twitter Woolzies on Twitter and like them on Facebook! WOOLZIES ON FACEBOOK

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Friday, August 23, 2013


Holy smokes! Talk about an exciting read! I just got a copy of the on sale now Ripleys Believe it or Not 2013 Annual Edition!  

The book is Titled Dare To Look!  

This awesome hardcover book is loaded with the craziest, wackiest and most amazing records and facts out there! My girls and I are having so much fun thumbing through the glossy, color photo pages packed with ooohs, awwwws, whoooas and amazing facts!

You can get your copy of this one of a kind hard cover book for a great deal, now until the book is released everywhere!

Click this link -------------> http://bit.ly/ShopDareToLook to order your copy of this freakishly cool book! Would make an awesome coffee table book that would certainly entertain your house guests!! :D

Thursday, August 22, 2013

4 Week online Blogging Class on sale now! #bloggers

Heads Up: This offer ends August 31st! Blogelina is once again offering her very popular 4-week blogging class — right now for just $5 (normally $25)! This online class will be held in October 2013.

If you sign up for this class, here’s what you’ll get:

  • A class manual – packed with 60 pages of information that will help take the overwhelming out of starting your own blog
  • 4 weekly online class sessions where you can ask your questions and get personalized feedback
  • A FREE year of web hosting.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

End of summer giveaway!

Welcome to the "End of Summer Giveaway Event" sponsored by Tip Hero and featuring some wonderful bloggers. With summer soon drawing to a close (unfortunately), we thought a great big giveaway event would be the perfect pick-me-up!
There are some great opportunities to score deals at the end of the summer. One lucky winner will win a $100 Walmart gift card to potentially use while shopping those end of the season sales. This giveaway begins on August 15th and will run until August 29th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and make sure that you take advantage of the many entries you can gain. Also, be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Best of luck!
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Looking to give your nails a sparkling and flashy touch? Then get to win these glamorous "MISSHA - Crystal Style Nail Polish" brought to us by Giveaway Monkey and W2Beauty.

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W2Beauty is an online Korean Beauty Shop offering a huge selection of different Korean brands and products for both men and women at a super reasonable price. Surely, they got all your needs covered from head to toe at a bargain price. Plus, they have this cool loyalty program where you can get rewards every time you buy an item. The reward is money - not points - that you can then convert into a gift voucher! Where else can you experience such thing - earning while shopping?! And to top that, they ship FREE worldwide! Visit their online shop to know more about their affordable products, awesome loyalty program, and great service!

Alice from W2Beauty, is so nice to set aside not one but three (3) Missha Crystal Style Nail Polish (Orange Stone, Lavender, and Blue Stone) to give away for FREE to one of our lucky reader. That could be you! Join now to win these nail polish set by earning your entries via the rafflecopter form below. The more tasks you complete, the better your chances are. This giveaway is open international and will run until September 13, 2013. That is a lot of time to earn more entries through the daily tasks. The prize will be shipped by the sponsor straight to the winner, for FREE anywhere in the world. Have Fun!
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