Saturday, October 25

Great, Inspirtational True Story About Blind Football Player In Theaters This Weekend!

"A triumph! Exhilarating, wise and genuinely heartfelt! It will make you stand up and cheer! Perfect entertainment for the whole family!"
Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru

The Dove Foundation

Both touching and inspiring... it  makes you cry, and it gives hope.  Loved this movie!

I had the chance to prescreen this movie and it was so good!  I'm not generally a fan of sports movies, but after seeing When the Game Stands Tall earlier this year, I realized how inspiring they could be when they were true.  I absolutely love true stories, especially when they're like this one.  About real people who overcome such great odds to do the remarkable.  It's the kind of story that gives me hope, and that's something I desperately need even in just day to day life, even as blessed as I am.  I think it's something we all need.  Check out the preview above!

About the movie: When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness, he must decide  whether to live a safe,protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world. Depicting a story of hope triumphing over despair, of courage and faith overcoming fear and of victory prevailing over adversity, 23 Blast is designed to encourage and uplift audiences.

Winner of the 2013 Heartland Film Festivals

Friday, October 24

Become Your Own Makeup Artist! #PaulaDorfBrows

I was introduced to Paula Dorf Cosmetics through their new 2+1 for Brows, a product I instantly fell in love with!  I use it along with their Perfect Brow Brush.  Together, they create perfect looking brows that last all day. 2 flattering colors + 1 light wax = natural-looking brows. The 2+1 Brows creates a perfect color match and fills in any missing hairs or imperfections for brows that last all day.  You run your brow brush along the wax, and then along the color you'd like, and then along your brow.  It comes in brunette, blonde, red, and neutral.  It costs $26 and lasts for months... plus you get the super nice brush for free.  As you can see from my before and after pics, it creates a nicer, smoother look.  I like it so much!  And it's so easy to use! 

Before. Not too bad but...
After.  So much better!

For My Readers
Use the code BROWBRUSH for a free Perfect Brow Brush with any purchase!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Paula Dorf and BrandBacker for providing me with this review opportunity!

Thursday, October 23

Classic, Retro, Cool, and Fun: A Winning Moves Games Giveaway! #HolidayGiftGuide

Did you know there is Life: Dogs Edition?!  I didn't, either, but it is so fun!  We found it at Winning Moves Games along with the Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Wild Card Games, Uncle Wiggily Reading Game, and Splash Cards--waterproof playing cards for the bath, pool, beach, or hot tub! 

The Game of Life and Uncle Wiggily were created in the 1950's.  For the occasion of playing them, we dressed up retro 50's style and had a blast!  My kiddos were hard-pressed to choose a favorite.  They love all of these games.  We really like that the Wild Card games are small--we take them on our mini-vacations to play at the hotels.  The Splash Cards are really fun, too!  There are so many incredible games at Winning Moves!  I was incredibly impressed with the unique variety of so many games I had never seen before.

The Game of Life: Dogs Edition

Uncle Wiggily by Winning Moves!

Playing a Vintage Game in Vintage Style!

One of my readers will win the Winning Moves Game of their choice!  (US only)  Enter below by November 1st at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  

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 Which Winning Moves game do you wish you had?
Special thanks to the wonderful people at Winning Moves for providing us with this review and giveaway opportunity!

Wednesday, October 22

Caramel Apple Pie! A Swiss Colony Holiday Dessert #Giveaway

I have always loved purchasing Christmas gifts from The Swiss Colony.  Their cheese and sausages are so delicious, but their desserts!!!  Their desserts are amazing! 

This year, my family and I tried their Caramel Apple Pie.  The pie is deep-dish, opped with streusel and walnuts, and loaded with cinnamon, apple and caramel.  We dolloped whipped cream on top and it tasted like Autumn.  So delicious!  The pie also came with The Swiss Colony's spreadable cheddar cheese which was a delightful surprise.

In the past, we've also tried many of their other desserts: their delicate Petits Fours, rich Fruit Cake, delicious Tortes and so much more!  Everyone in my family loved every piece of every single item we tried.  The Torte cakes were our favorites until we tried the Apple Pie.  Absolutely amazing.  I highly recommend The Swiss Colony if you're looking for the perfect gift to send to a loved one in another state!

One of my readers will win the Swiss Colony Caramel Apple Pie! Enter below by Oct 30th at 11 pm anyone's time.  We'll choose a winner the next morning via along with all of the other winners in our Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza! 

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I received this item free of charge from The Swiss Colony.  No monetary compensation was received or offered, nor was I under any obligation to write about this product.  All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.  I am not offering any sales or taking orders for this item.  I will not receive any compensation in connection with any sales of this item.

Monday, October 20

Crashlings! Perfect for Trick-or-Treating or Halloween Party Goody Bags #Giveaway

Every year for Halloween, we try to find an option other than candy.  Not that candy isn't delightful, and not that I'm one of those no-candy moms, but it's fun to hand out a piece of candy and a little something more exciting.  Last year, our idea was Trash Packs and Glitzi Globes, this year our idea was Crashlings.  Though a bit expensive for some of us to buy for every trick-or-treater, we do costume parties every year (I think this year we're going to be part of 3 costume parties! YAY!)  These would be perfect for goody bags!  My little guy loves them.  Little boy and "meteor mutants from outer space" just go together, don't they?!   You can find Crashlings at Toys R Us and on Amazon.   They'd also be a super cool stocking stuffer or White Elephant gift!

Trick-or-treat, Mom!
One of my readers will win a 4-pack of Crashlings!  Enter below Oct 28th at 11 pm anyone's time.  We'll choose a winner the next morning via

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Wicked Cool Toys and Genn Comm PR for providing us with this opportunity!

Thursday, October 16

Felt Noir's Gorgeous Jewelry and Birthstone Giveaways #HolidayGiftGuide

I am so in love with my new heart pendant from Felt Noir.  The heart is black agate with white topaz.  The chain is sterling silver and, I wish you could see it in real life, the chain has more glitter and shimmer to it than any of my other sterling silver necklaces.  It's gorgeous!  The heart is flattened in the back so it lays gently on your chest, and it's the perfect size.  Very classy. 

Felt Noir is a digital boutique with so much beautiful jewelry!  That's why they have the honor of being #1 on our Gift Guide for Moms.  They've got a money back guarantee, free shipping on orders $75 and up, and buying from them is safe & secure. 


Monthly Birthstone Giveaway
Every month, you can enter to win one of 5 pieces of birthstone jewelry.  Felt Noir posts it socially in the first week of the month.  You can enter by emailing with the respective month giveaway in the subject line - ie. SEPTEMBER GIVEAWAY, OCTOBER GIVEAWAY and your birthday.  My birthday is coming up so I'll definitely be entering!  Let me know if you win!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Felt Noir for this review opportunity!

Wednesday, October 15

Rainbow Bands: So Much Trendy Fun from Rainbow Braids! #Giveaway

It amazes me that my daughters will spend hours using their rainbow bands to make not only jewelry, but these adorable little animals!  A couple of months ago, we received the Rainbow Braid 7200 count Mega Refill Kit and it seems to be an endless supply.  If you've got daughters in elementary school, you must know what these are... and if you don't, ask her!  The kit would make a wonderful Christmas gift which is why it's one of the top items on our Gift Guide. 
The Rainbow Braid Mega Kit comes in 24 different colors (300 bands of each), the bands are both solids and glitters, colorful beads to add to necklaces or bracelets, and 500 plastic s-clips for hooking the jewelry.  It's a great deal at $22.90 with free shipping and, like I said, it's already proven to be hours of entertainment for my 3 daughters.  They've learned so much about patience, following directions, and fine motor skills by using these.  We also purchased a loom, but the loom isn't necessary.  There are tons of Youtube vids that show you how to use them, but my daughters learned from a friend.  They get together with their besties and have fun making creations together.  It's so fun! 

The Rainbow Braids Mega Kit from Amazon!

About 1/3 of the Rainbow Braids from our kit.  We keep them in a craft tote.  Perfect!

One of my readers will receive 1,800 Rainbow Braid Bands in 6 different colors!  Enter below by October 23rd at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Home Lifestyle Products for providing us with this product to review!

GIANTmicrobe Plush Toys #HolidayGiftGuide #Giveaway

On one of our mini-vacays, our hotel had bed bugs!  Well, one very cute, GIANTmicrobe Bed Bug to be precise!  I jumped at the chance to review this little big guy because every night before bed, my youngest daughter tells me, "Goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite!"  A couple of weeks ago, she asked me if bed bugs were real.  Her new stuffed toy bed bug came with an information card and now she knows all about them.  I'm not sure how normal it is for kids to "love" things like bed bugs and rhino-viruses, but my kids do.  As long as the real ones aren't making them sick or itchy.  ;)

Last year when my kiddos had colds, I took the opportunity to teach them about the viruses that cause them--specifically, the "rhino-virus", the virus that most often causes cold symptoms.  The  rhino-virus GIANTmicrobe came with a tag that included a real picture of an actual rhino-virus as well as kid-friendly information even the youngest could understand.  All of the microbes come with this info making them one of the coolest science toys we've come across.

I was amazed at how many GIANTmicrobes there actually are, and some of them are quite adorable!  I have to admit, even our daughter kept saying things like "I love my cute rhino-virus! The cutest virus I've ever ever seen!"  My hubby tried to pretend his hand was a white blood cell and ate the rhino-virus but she rescued it.   

Super Cute Holiday Gift or White Elephant Gift! Every year, we do a White Elephant Gift exchange.  One of these GIANTmicrobes would be so cool as a gag gift!  You can also find them in stores.  Our local mall sells them at Game Daze.  They've got some cute Christmas gifts this year.  We also had the chance to review the Christmas Tree Box which comes with the Common Cold, Brain Cell, Kissing Disease, E. coli and the limited edition Red Amoeba, festively adorned with a Santa hat, candy cane, mistletoe, reindeer antlers, and winter scarf.  So cute!  My kiddos love them.

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I'm so excited that I get to giveaway a GIANTmicrobe to one of my blog readers who will be able to choose any microbe they'd like! Enter by Oct. 23rd at 11pm anyone's time.  I'll choose the winner in the morning.  

Which GIANTmicrobe would you like best?  

Special thanks to the wonderful people at GIANTmicrobe for providing me with this product to review!