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January 22, 2015

Share the LOVE with The Bouqs Co. {Review}

It's almost Valentine's Day and nothing shows your love for someone quite like some beautiful fresh flowers straight from a volcano! The Bouqs Company delivers fresh, gorgeous bouquets, plus the shipping is FREE-- always.

Last month I gave someone some flowers for their birthday. I didn't realize how much it meant to them until they personally thanked me again for their gift weeks later. It brought so much joy to me knowing that those flowers meant so much to them. Cheesy I know, but so true! Flowers can do incredible things.

I first saw The Bouqs Company when they were featured on the Shark Tank. I was very impressed with their pitch and liked what their company stood for. I did a bit more research on their company and found out some neat things about them! They treat their workers with respect while paying them well. They also are constantly thinking about their ecological footprint because unlike other companies whose flowers sit in a refrigerator for weeks using up a lot of energy, The Bouqs only cut their flowers when they are ordered, so no flower goes to waste. I had never thought about this before and realized that it is actually really sad to think about the labor, water, and energy that is used to grow and store flowers for them to just go to waste.

Thankfully The Bouqs Company has gotten it all right and has created a company that not only produces absolutely beautiful flowers, but takes care of the Earth while doing so!

We partnered with The Bouqs Company not too long ago and was very excited to feature them on our blog! They let me choose a stunning bouquet from their site and I was able to go through the process which was fast and easy.

I chose the Desperado - Original, which included a dozen roses with accents. I was very excited when these flowers arrived on my doorstep - what mom wouldn't want a dozen roses showing up at their door?


The instructions were printed clearly on the side of the box and were very easy to understand. After arranging the flowers I brought them in and displayed them on my dinner table. I think I spent most of the day sitting at my table just staring at my beautiful flowers, but who could blame me they were gorgeous! 

My Desperado bouquet was a hit at my party that night and lasted for a very long time. These were very enjoyable and worth every penny!

Cheer up a friend and order some beautiful flowers from The Bouqs Company

Disclosure: I received a product for this review. These opinions are 100% my own.

January 7, 2015

Chuggington Snow Rescue DVD {Review & Giveaway}

The weather outside is still quite frightful, but don't worry Chuggington will save the the day!  That's right your favorite train is back at it again in the Chuggington: Snow Rescue DVD!!  Get ready to enjoy a fun winter adventure with your favorite characters Wilson, Koko and Brewster as they learn valuable lessons and work together to save the day.
It's wintertime in Chuggington and the Chuggers are busy making preparations for the Parade of Lights Festival, adorning themselves in glowing colored lights for a special procession through Chuggington! But, when freezing fog traps Koko and a snowy avalanche derails Fletch, that’s when Wilson and the Chug Patrol team must set out on a wild winter rescue! 

 The Chuggington: Snow Rescue DVD contains five fun episodes and lots of fun bonus material and extras including new character montages and coloring sheets.  My kids loved the Chugginton: Snow Rescue DVD.  It taught them all about about safety, responsibility and teamwork.  It's a great DVD for kids and families to enjoy together and perfect for these cold winter months!

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Anchor Bay Entertainment is giving away A CHUGGINTON: SNOW RESCUE DVD to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Anchor Bay Entertainment for providing me with a free DVD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Return to the Classics: My Little Pony The Complete Series {Review}

I love how a lot of things from my childhood have been brought back for my kids' generation.  From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to My Little Pony, the classics are being re-vamped and it's great.  But sometimes you just want to enjoy those original classics that you first fell in love with.  Which is why it's good to see things like the original My Little Pony series being released on DVD.
Yeah, sure the new series is great but man those classics are priceless!  My girls love My Little Ponies and I've told them how I used to watch My Little Ponies when I was a little girl.  Now they can see those same shows that I once watched.  The My Little Pony Complete Series DVD set from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios features all 65 episodes of the original series.  That's right, it's time to head back to Ponyland, the home of all your favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike.  Watch as the classic characters join with their allies the Bushwoolies and Furbobs as they take on evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more!
I can't tell you how much fun I have watching these episodes with my girls and getting such a nostalgic feeling as I remember the stories---such great times!

A big THANK YOU to Shout! Factory for providing me with a free DVD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Time to Get Fierce: The Wolverine Collection {Review}

We are big in to Marvel superheroes at our house.  My boys are obsessed with them, my husband being one of "my boys."  I actually love that my husband can bond with his sons over their shared love of superheroes and love watching as he imparts his knowledge with them.  Let's face it, half the time they are playing goofing off so much that it feels like my husband is just another kid.  Honestly I think that more people should keep some of those child-like attributes as an adult and that we should never give certain things up as we grow.  Letting you inner child out can be invigorating.  Playing tea party, dolls, etc. with my kids is so much more fun when you let your childlike imagination take over.  So when I catch my husband or I watching a kids show even though are kids are in bed or playing outside, I just laugh.  In fact, I feel like some shows are meant for adult entertainment as some of the concepts and humor are geared towards older audiences.  My husband likes to watch the Marvel superhero shows--Hulk, Wolverine, Avengers, etc.  Recently Shout! Factory released Marvel Knights: The Wolverine Collection on a 5-DVD set. The set features five complete Marvel Knights Animation releases from the Wolverine series.
The Five Stories found in the collection are:
Long before he was a member of the X-Men, a tormented experiment of the Weapon X project, or even a savage bar brawler known as Logan, he was simply a young boy. Welcome to the greatest story never told.
When several reports of unexplained incidents linked to a mysterious creature start cropping up, Nick Fury enlists the help of the one man he can trust to investigate: Wolverine. And Wolverine’s happy to get the job done — by any means necessary. 
 Wolverine’s life gets complicated when cybernetic robots from the future embark on a Super Hero killing spree. And the only person that can help is a young waitress who insists she knows him — or at least, the person he will become.
Get ready for the biggest, best and, quite possibly, the most brutal battle between Wolverine and Sabretooth! Think you’ve seen Marvel’s fiercest go toe-to-toe before? Those were just warm-ups! 
Wolverine and Sabretooth have been locked in an endless grudge match that goes back longer than either can remember — or even imagine. The key to victory is eons old, and it’s certain to rock their world. It’s the epic conclusion to the duo’s greatest battle!
The collection is great! My husband loves it.  I just laugh seeing him come home from work looking for a way to relax and popping in The Wolverine Collection to watch.  He really enjoys the series.  All of my boys can watch and enjoy the classic timeless stories and one of the coolest Marvel characters take on all of his amazing adventures and journeys.

If you want to get your hands on this awesome collection, you can purchase The Wolverine Collection from Shout! Factory HERE!!
A big THANK YOU to Shout! Factory for providing me with a free DVD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

January 6, 2015

Did Santa Forget Something? Just Go To Gordmans {Review & Giveaway}

I'm not going to lie, Santa was very nice to my family this year.  We got some really great stuff.  But do you ever shop for your kids and then for some reason realize you missed clues to something that they really wanted?  Yep, it's happened to me plenty of times.  Even I have wanted something and was a little sad when I didn't end up getting it.  Well I've got some great news...there's still time!  Actually, January and February are actually some of the best times to shop and get great deals.  Stores have to purge all of the overstocked Holiday items and therefore offer some AMAZING clearance and sales.  I always make sure I stock up on things I will be needing throughout the year and for the next winter/holiday season as well.  It's great!  So don't be sad about Santa forgetting something you or your kids had on your list, instead why not go to Gordmans?!  It's one of my favorite stores and they have plenty of items to make your holiday blues go away!!
From clothing to decor, shoes, accessories, and more--Gordmans has it all!  They have even stocked up on the hottest of the hottest toys including a HUGE selection of Frozen products.  My kids and I decided to head in to our nearest Gordmans for a little mini-shopping spree.  We had so much fun!  I let each of them choose something.  You wanna guess what they were instantly drawn to.....yep Frozen!  They had everything--dolls, dress ups, diaries, watches, necklaces, activity sets, games, mugs, and more.  They were in Frozen heaven!  They each chose something and then we got the Frozen Memory Game for all of the kids as well.  I of course, opted for a cute shirt and some nice comfy sweatpants to help get me through the rest of the cold months.  We had so much fun on our Gordmans shopping adventure and every time I go there, I am reminded of why I love this store so much.  I love when I get to introduce people to all of the wonders held within and all of the amazing sales and deals they offer!
Head to the Gordmans website to check out where your nearest store is and then go have some fun shopping!  
Gordmans is giving one of our lucky readers A $25 GIFT CARD to their store!!
A big THANK YOU to Gordmans for providing me with a free gift card to review their current store items.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Motivate Kids and Teachers to Go Back To School with Peaceable Kingdom {Review & Giveaway}

The holiday break is over and it's time to get back in to the swing of things.  If you are like my family, getting your kids motivated to go back to school was like pulling teeth.  With all of the fun over the holidays, they really struggled to go back to the daily grind of school and homework.  But that's not how I want them to start the new year.  So to help start our new year out right and get the kids back to school in a fun way, I enlisted the help of some fun from Peaceable Kingdom.
Peaceable Kingdom has some great fun products for kids such as stickers, diaries, and these cool Jean Tats, which are temporary washable tattoos for your denim.  What better way to motivate them to get dressed for school than letting them design a cool new school outfit look using Jean Tats.  And with a huge new selection of Jean Tats added to the Peaceable Kingdom website, you've got lots of fun options for your kids to choose from.
My son got a pack of Fiery Blasts Jean Tats and my girls shared a pack of Jewelry Jean Tats.  All the kids have to do is rub one of the cute designs on to their denim using the included stick.  It's really easy to do and done in seconds.
They can use the different graphics and designs to create whatever masterpiece their heart desires.  They can then show off their cool new decorated denim to all of their friends.  Just remove the tattoos by placing the denim in a regular laundry cycle and they wash right off.  So easy and so fun!  A great way to let kids get creative, stylish, and motivated for going back to school in some cool outfits.
Yes kids need motivation to get back to school after the holiday break, but so do TEACHERS!  I thought that it would be fun to help get my kids' teachers some back to school inspiration with a Peaceable Kingdom Cooperative Game for their classrooms.  Peaceable Kingdom has these great games in which kids work together as a team to complete a goal.  No competition here, just good old fashion teamwork to win the game.  We love playing them as a family and I thought what a cool gift for a classroom!  I even asked a few of my friends who are teachers if they thought a Peaceable Kingdom Cooperative Game for the classroom was a good idea and they all LOVED it!  Peaceable Kingdom has an awesome selection of games to choose from in a variety of age ranges so you can find the perfect fit for your children and their classrooms.
So what are you waiting for?  Put your kids and their teachers off in the new year with some fun from Peaceable Kingdom!  Also be sure to be on the lookout for all of the wonderful new products debuting this year!  I'm sure 2015 is going to be full of exciting things from Peaceable Kingdom!!!
Peaceable Kingdom is giving away A COOPERATIVE GAME to one of our lucky readers!! 
A big THANK YOU to Peaceable Kingdom for providing me with free Jean Tats and Cooperative Games to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

January 5, 2015

Something BIG is coming....

Is it bad that I am just WAY too excited for this....

Get Some Much-Needed Pain Relief with the Easy@Home Pulse Massager TENS Unit {Review}

Back problems run in my family and trust me, it's no fun!  My dad, a few of my brothers, and I all have issues and there is nothing that puts a damper in your day like back issues.  I've done physical therapy, chiropractors, medicine, you-name-it.  Mostly, I've just come to the conclusion that I will always have issues and even though it isn't ruining my life or anything, it sure isn't fun to have back problems acting up from time to time.  I just learn to deal with those bad days when they come and move on.  I mean what can you do, right?  Well a few weeks ago when going to the movies with some friends, one of them was complaining about her back issues and said that she was going to bring her TENS in to the movie with us.  I had no idea what a "TENS" was and when she pulled out this little handheld device with electrode pads I might have thought she was a little crazy.  However, she seemed to enjoy using it through the movie and even mentioned how much relief she had gotten after she was done using it.  Fast forward to a week or so later when we were hanging out at their house and playing games with a bunch of friends.  I tweaked my back and could barely move but didn't want to spoil the night.  So of course, my friend pulls out her TENS unit for me to use.  I got all hooked up to the unit with the electrodes, she gave me a quick run down on how to use it, and I was good to go.  At first I thought it wasn't going to work but soon realized that it actually was and that my night was saved.  So imagine my surprise when I saw an opportunity to review this very cool little gadget on my blog.
Yep, I was given the opportunity to receive my very own Easy@home EHE009 Pulse Massager TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit for a review and was thrilled.  It is the exact one my friend has and because I had such a positive experience with it on my first try, I wanted to see how it would perform over time with more use.  I wanted to see how much relief someone like myself with on and off back issues could get from it.
Here's a little more info on the product:  The Easy@home EHE009 Pulse Massager TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit is a portable, compact, natural & drug-free, stylish, easy to use product, which delivers electric impulses to nerves, muscles and cells on different part of our body. The impulses used in proper strength and frequencies make continuous and gentle stimulation to trigger the body producing natural response to block, relieve pain and to stimulate the regeneration of tissues. The TENS stimulates your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers, better known as "Endorphins" thus giving your body some much-needed relief. 
I have to say, this little machine is great!  Powered by 4 AAA batteries, you've got yourself a portable on-the-go massage unit that can give your body some awesome pain relief!  It's even got a cool LCD screen where you can see what you are doing, what types of massages you can use, and more!  There are 6 Auto Procedure Options as well as 10 Levels of Power Intensity knobs that you can control manually. The whole thing is about the size of a remote control and can travel with you anywhere you like. Take it to the movies like my friend, to the gym, on a trip, or even to the office - it fits in your briefcase or purse. Plus there is a 1 year hassle free replacement guarantee for customers in case you run in to any issues.
Overall, I really enjoy using the Easy@home EHE009 Pulse Massager TENS machine.  It really helps me get through those days when my back acts up!  So if you have any body ache issues--you just might want to give it a try!
A big THANK YOU to Easy@Home for providing me with a free TENS unit to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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