September 20, 2014

Adfilic Bluetooth Stereo Portable Wireless Speaker {Review & Giveaway}

I love listening to music!  I listen to music while I get ready, when I clean, when the kids and I want to have random dance parties, and more!  I have always wanted a Bluetooth speaker for my phone to pump up my jams but never knew if it was worth it to actually buy one or not.  That's why I was thrilled to be able to review the Adfilic Bluetooth Stereo Portable Wireless Speaker!
The speaker is compatible with any Bluetooth enabled device such as an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad 2/3/4/Air, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S/2/3/4/5, Blackberry, Nexus, Tablets, Laptops, PC Computers, MP3 Players, and more. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone which I mostly use it with.  You can pair/connect with the speaker super easily and in no time at all you will be enjoying crystal clear sound!  The Bass booster and Subwoofer effect are great for bumping your music while the built-in speakerphone and microphone allow you to receiving calls.  That's right---you don't need to disconnect the speaker when someone calls you because there is a built-in microphone which allows you to take calls.
The lightweight and compact speaker is easily transportable to wherever you want to go.  Pack it up with you for trips or outings.  Whether you are heading to the park for some play time, needing some relaxing sounds while lounging on the beach, or want some backyard music for your BBQ--this speaker is ready to go!  Here is our family using the speaker during one of random family dance parties:
I love that it has a rechargeable battery which lasts for 6-8 hours and then charges back up with your choice of either the USB charging cable or the 3.5mm Audio cable.

I have absolutely LOVED using my Adfilic Bluetooth Stereo Portable Wireless Speaker!  It has a few helpful features such as buttons for increasing/decreasing the volume, skipping songs, changing the mode, etc.  My kids beg to use it whenever they can for dancing, doing homework, cleaning their rooms, and just about any thing else they can think of.  We have all enjoyed it and are so glad to have it in our home!


Adfilic is giving away A BLUETOOTH STEREO PORTABLE WIRELESS SPEAKER to one of our lucky readers!!
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A big THANK YOU to Adfilic for providing me with a free Bluetooth speaker 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.
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.

#ShareAwesome with LifeLock & the National PTA


We truly live in a digital world!  From video games to pictures, socializing and shopping--technology is a big part of our lives!  And while technology is so cool, it is also important that we always remember to make safe decisions when it comes to what we do with it. That’s why LifeLock and the National PTA have partnered up to spread helpful knowledge with families on how they can make positive, safe decisions when using digital tools.  Then as we all #ShareAwesome moments of our lives, we can remain happy and safe!

Like most parents, I am constantly posting pictures and videos of my kids to preserve those precious moments in time.  I feel so blessed that today's technology has allowed me to do this so easily.  I really enjoy capturing these moments with the push of a button and then being able to keep that memory just as fresh as it was when it happened in real time.
And although my kids are still young and I am the one doing all of the posting, before I know it they will be using their own digital skills and posting about their lives.  I am committed to teaching them, even at this young age, how to use digital tools safely.  Keeping my children safe online and offline is one of my most important jobs as a parent!  I have taken several opportunities to teach my kids about things such as keeping their bodies private, not being inappropriate, and that bullying is NEVER something we should take part in!  I value those discussions and know that they are paying attention and learning as they often reiterate the things I have taught them.
I am thankful that the National PTA and LifeLock have provided a way for us to get involved in this subject more and have created an amazing website where we can gain access to a variety of resources to help in this cause!  Take a look, educate yourselves and your families, and continue to #ShareAwesome moments in life using safe decisions!  (Be sure to check out our takeitfrommegirls Instagram to see some of my own #ShareAwesome moments!!)
#ShareAwesome CONTEST:
Got a student in your home?  Encourage them to share their awesome moments in life on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #ShareAwesome hashtag to win prizes!  Students who take pictures and use the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!
Be sure to visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more about this wonderful campaign and get to sharing!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

September 18, 2014

Brieftons InstantVeg Spiralizer {FLASH 24 HOUR GIVEAWAY} (closed)

Looking for a cool way to brighten up dishes or even make spaghetti out of vegetables?  The Brieftons InstantVeg Spiralizer is a spiral slicer that turns yummy fruits and vegetables in to beautiful works of art!
Made from top quality, 100% BPA-free, food-safe, durable reinforced ABS plastic--this slicer can transform your dishes in no time at all. It has 4 different blade modes for a variation of cuts and styles plus an enclosed slicing tray with lid for easy storage.
I've had to opportunity to test out the Brieftons InstantVeg Spiralizer and have had a pretty good experience.  I noticed that it works better on some foods such as potatoes, onions, zucchini, and apples but was a little trickier to use on the carrots, squash, cucumbers, and peppers.  However, I did have lots of fun making way fun zucchini noodles for my food-allergy stricken son and brightening up some wraps with colorful onion, carrot, and pepper twists.
You can use your spiral slicer with the attachable container or cut them right over your dishes.  The product is dishwasher safe. You can make garnishes, apple chips, curly fries, onion rings, potato nests, elegant salads, vegetable pizza toppings, and much much more!  Check out this great video demonstrating the product:
For more information and for purchasing the Brieftons InstantVeg Spiralizer, head to this LINK!
Brieftons is giving AN INSTANTVEG SPIRALIZER to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Brieftons for providing me with a free InstaVeg Spiralizer 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.
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.

Techno Gears Marble Mania Orbiter {Review}

Awhile back my dad found this really cool homemade wooden marble run.  He couldn't help purchase it as a "grand kids toy."  We all secretly knew there was a part of him that just really wanted to play with it, but guess what--it really was a huge hit with all of the grand kids!  My kids still love to play with it every time we visit.  So when I saw an opportunity to try a super cool modern marble run of my own, I jumped at the chance.  The Techno Gears Marble Mania Orbiter is out of this world!  The cool sleek design, bright colors, and glow-in-the-dark feature make it really stand out and so much fun!
My kids were super excited to get the Marble Mania Orbiter and couldn't wait to put it together.  So immediately after dinner, they recruited my husband and got to assembling.  Putting everything together was pretty simple.  The directions were very helpful and everything came together really nicely.  Once it was all completely, it was time to put in the marbles and see how it worked.  For the most part it all went smoothly.  Just a few minor things with stabling the turning gears/hand-crank and the marbles getting stuck when they go in to the center tube, but honestly it really isn't too bad at all.  They are simple fixes and the overall process of the marbles spinning to the top through the tube in the middle than twisting and turning through winding tracks and jumps on their way down is quite impressive.  My kids are thoroughly entertained and could play with the Marble Mania Orbiter for hours on end!
But this space-themed version just wouldn't be complete without some glow in the day action right?!  Yep, turn off the lights and watch the track light up.  It astounded my kids and was just another cool little feature of the product that we could appreciate.  I hate to tell my dad that his cool wooden marble run is nothing compared to our new Techno Gears Marble Mania Orbiter, but at least my kids can have some marble fun wherever they go.
Head over to THIS LINK to find out more about the Techno Gears Marble Mania Orbiter and for purchasing. 
A big THANK YOU to Techno Gears for providing me with a free Marble Mania Orbiter 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.
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.

Tranformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD {Review & Giveaway}

The Transformers Rescue Bots series is so cute!  My son really loves it and was so happy when we got to review the Heroes On the Scene DVD back in March.  So when we heard that Chase, Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder were back at it again with an all new DVD from Shout! Factory Kids, in conjunction with Hasbro Studios called "Mystery Rescue" we instantly knew we wanted to get in on the action!
Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue is all about how the Rescue Bots work with their friend Cody to protect the town of Griffin Rock.  They uncover hidden clues and mysteries through many adventures--each one bringing the gang closer and closer together as friends.  The must rely on their courage and friendship to make it through and succeed at their goals.
My kids and I were able to watch the DVD and we all thought it was great.  The more my 4-year-old son watches these Transformer Rescue Bot DVDs, the more he falls in love with the show and characters.  I love how excited and entertained he is when he watches them and having the wholesome fun and messages is great for him.
ABOUT THE DVD:
The small, happy town of Griffin Rock has a mystery on its hands. Make that FIVE mysteries! And it’s up to CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES, BOULDER and the Burns family to solve them. Do they have the sleuthing skills for the job? Join the suspense and the fun as Cody and the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS confront ghosts, search for the legendary Maine Ridge Monster, chase gremlins and more! Executive produced by Jeff Kline (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Steve Blum (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), Maurice LaMarche (Emmy® Award winner for Futurama) and the legendary Peter Cullen who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in the series. 

The Transformers Rescue Bots series is currently airing on The HUB TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada and the Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD was released on September 2nd so go grab a copy for your family!!

Shout! Factory Kids & Hasbro Studios are giving away A TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: MYSTERY RESCUE DVD to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Shout! Factory Kids 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.

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September 16, 2014

Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion DVD {Review}

You enter my daughter's room on any given day and there is bound to be some Littlest Pet Shop toys scattered around.  She loves them!  But how can you blame her?  Those tiny little animals are absolutely adorable.  Truth be told my daughters and I are totally hooked on the Littlest Pet Shop franchise.  We've got the toys, the play houses, DVDs, and more.  So when we heard there was a new Littlest Pet Shop DVD about to make it's debut, we jumped at the chance to preview it and tell others what we thought.
So while the Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion DVD from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios doesn't come out til next Tuesday September 23rd, we wanted to get you excited for the big release and give you the 411 so you'll be ready to go on the big day!
If you aren't familiar with the Littlest Pet Shop series, you're definitely missing out.  It's about a little girl named Blythe Baxter who has two amazing gifts – she can talk to animals and can create amazing fashion! Together with her pet friends- Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, Vinnie the gecko and Minka the monkey, Blythe is determined to make her dream of a career in fashion come true. 
In Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion you join Blythe as she and her friends take their adventures global!  In the episodes they travel to exotic cities and discover just what true friendship is all about.  Seeing the gang in Paris, Shanghai, and more was so much fun.  We were all totally entertained and captivated by the thrilling adventures and wholesome stories.  It's one of the reasons why I really love the Littlest Pet Shop franchise!  Good wholesome fun with cute characters to fall in love with.  My girls loved the new DVD especially the sing-along bonus feature.  It was lots of fun and my girls thoroughly enjoyed it!
Join in on the Littlest Pet Shop fun and check your local retail stores for the Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion DVD to hit shelves September 23rd, 2014!!
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.

Cherryvale Farms "Everything But The…" {Review & Giveaway)


Last week was a major flop for me. 

Nothing went right, especially when it came to baking. I envisioned in my head that I was going to be this superb baker, and whip up some yummy pancakes from scratch for my kids, which ended up being "pan-meal!" Oatmeal that tasted like pancakes. You may be laughing, but I am dead serious. I used flax as an egg substitute and oat flour and almond meal for my four. It did not turnout as you can see, so I poured the entire mixture into a pot and cooked it and made my kids eat it anyway! 

I am the best mom!

I then attempted to make a few other things, and they too just did not turn out, so I was head over heels when I received a lovely box from Cherryvale Farms at my door. They sent me 6 of their “Everything But The…” baking mixes to try out and my kids loved them! They even told me they preferred these over my "pan-meal!" Hmmm…



Cherryvale Farms is all about real food and using organic ingredients when possible. They have created easy to prepare baking mixes that are full of delicious flavors because of the use of real fruits, vegetables, and nuts. They want home cooks to be able to whip up something delicious for their families while feeding them real wholesome foods filled with fresh ingredients. 



These natural baking mixes are super fast to make, so you can whip one up in not time for your hungry kids or fill your homes with a sweet aroma for when your guests arrive!

Their baking mixes only have a few ingredients in them too which is what I look for when I am doing my grocery shopping. There is nothing worse than flipping over your baking mixes to see hundreds of ingredients with which half you cannot even pronounce. YUCK! 

The cool Fall air really made me want some pumpkin bread, so I made their Pumpkin Spice Bread Mix and whipped it up super fast. I just added a can of organic pumpkin that I picked up at Whole Foods, Organic Coconut oil and water, that’s it!



The pumpkin bread turned out terrific and was the perfect consistency! Plus, my house was filled with a delicious smelling aroma, perfect for Fall!

Enter this giveaway to win a Variety Pack (6 boxes) of baking mixes!

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