Sunday

Kristen Randolph Flipwaps


How much do you just love flip flops in the summer?  If you’re like me, I live in mine but every now and then I like to spruce it up a bit so I am so thankful I found Flipwaps by Kristen Randolph.  Flipwaps are like a new pair of flip flops everyday and I’m sure this is a plus for hubby because I leave my shoes all over the place.  Now I can take one pair of shoes with dozens of possibilities.  

These are by far not your ordinary flip flops.  The flip flops alone have a slightly elevated heel so they are perfect for with a pair of shorts or out by the pool and even great with that long summer dress.  Even alone I love the style of the flip flops. 

But what makes Kristen Randolph different from the rest is her extra secure Flipwaps. The flipwaps are held on by a heavy duty EXTRA STRONG magnet and you can take them on and off again as many times as you would like.  The flipwaps stay in place until you are ready to take them off and once you are, you can leave them off or apply a different design! 

 
There are so many different designs to choose from I love the creativity. I chose a Peek A Boo and Feather Fun in Brown.  These two different Flipwaps are sure to go with everything I have!  The possibilities are endless with all the different designs!  It’s like a new pair of flip flops every time I chance the design! 

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Saturday

Harvey Prince Submariner


Hubby is one lucky man. Why you ask? Because I found Harvey Prince Submariner and oh my goodness…. Well I’ll leave it at “hubby is one lucky man!”

Submariner is absolutely to die for and by far one of my favorite fragrance for men!  It drives me crazy because I am so in love with the way Harvey Prince has blended scents into this fragrance.  Now I’m not great at describing the different products in the fragrance so I will let you read their description.  But what I can tell you is I put this on hubby as soon as he got home.  He then went outside worked in the garden (got all icky) worked around the house, and by 11 at night the scent was still just as great as when I sprayed it on him.  There was no fading but it was also not overpowering.  It was the absolutely perfectly like I had just sprayed it on him. 

Recently Harvey Prince has been featured in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Early Show and the New York Daily News.  All of the Harvey prince products use only high-quality and eco-friendly ingredients which is just one more thing that separates them from the rest to make them one of the best.  

Submariner Description per Harvey Prince;

Introducing Harvey Prince’s summer fragrance for Men. Submariner combines strength, balance, and essentiality to produce a timeless and modern scent that captures the thrill of jagged waves. A Submariner is not afraid to take risks. A Submariner is spontaneous and bold, and unrestrained in his desire to conquer the far corners of the world.

Submariner’s aquatic notes of Bermudian island spice and vibrant South Pacific Tonka Bean inspire vigor and vitality.

Notes: Citrus, Nutmeg, Amber, Tonka, Blonde Woods.
Style: Energetic. Spirited. Cool.
 
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Thursday

Daddy Diaper Changing ToolBox


Every year for Christmas the boys have always gotten their daddy a tool box… I’m real original right? Well the first few years were by mistake but then it was like a tradition that just couldn’t get broken.  Well it’s a little early for Christmas but with a new baby on the way I just couldn’t help but to look into the Daddy Diaper Changing Tool Box by Daddy Scrubs. 

Now this isn’t your typical changing station because this thing includes products especially for dad like a Toxic fume filter and Biohazard bag for quarantine containment of the nuclear meltdown diaper.  I love all of the things in the Tool Box frankly because I just can’t stop laughing at the descriptions!  Can you guess which item would be used for a “precision hiney washing” or how about the “Badge of honor”?

But of course there are the practical staples in the box as well such as the baby wipes and diaper. This Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox really has it all. 

There is even a set of Baby Shower Game Ideas which are perfect to get dad involved in all of the upcoming events.  Daddy Scrubs has so many gifts for new dads you should check them out at the following links;
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Sunday

Just a brush?


Over the last few years my hair has really decided that it’s turning frizzy and curly and I used to have pretty straight hair that would never curl so that leaves me pretty confused.   In the mornings I either have to straiten my hair or blow dry it but blow drying it seems to take forever. 

Well this week I learned I just wasn’t doing it right.  Harsh reality right? I guess so, because now I have cut the blow drying time in half rich is rather important if I want to get anything else done before the kids get up and not look like a complete slob. 

I found Brush Love who feature a BrushLab Thermal Round Hair Brush and I have to admit I really love this brush!  The flexible and 100% Nylon Bristles are heat-resistant and glide through my hair almost effortlessly. Did I mention my hair is a pain to brush sometimes?  This brush really helped ease that!  Especially when I was blow drying my hair.  You know all that hot air blowing around can really tangle up a girls hair well this helped keep it tamed down for sure. 

The BrushLab brush barrel is also thermal ceramic coated which helped evenly distribute the heat and I am a firm believer that that’s what helped dry my hair so much quicker.  Plus BrushLove states that will also helps prevent over drying which can cause damage and this girl doesn’t need to damage her hair anymore than it already is!

I really thought a brush was a brush until I used this one from BrushLove, I guess I learned something new this week!  Be sure to check them out at the following links;

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Saturday

LED Fogless Shower Mirror


Just when I think it can’t get any better it does!  I have found not only a Fogless Shower Mirror but an LED Lighted Fogless Shower Mirror.  And check this out, not only is it fogless but it is designed to be fogless for a lifetime because there are no chemicals or sprays used just some good old fashion technology, if you call it that. 

Installing the mirror was pretty easy or well easy enough that I could do it myself with the supplied silicone adhesive, even the batteries are included.  That simple technology I mentioned?  It’s as easy as filling up the reservoir on the back of the mirror with the shower water.  That’s what prevents your mirror from fogging.  So like I said, there are no chemicals or sprays that eventually ware down over time, this mirror will be fogless forever. 

The entire frame around the mirror lights up and there are even two different settings.  Personally I liked the low setting but of course hubby uses the high to shave.  The frame is even adjustable and swivels up and down which is really neat because I can stick it on one place of the shower and everyone can use is regardless of how tall or short they are. 

But most of all, one of my favorite features is the little shelf right below the mirror.  It’s perfect for keeping the razor put up out of reach of little fingers. 

So yet again, we have found another great ToiletTree product!  Be sure to check out the LED Fogless Shower Mirror and all the ToiletTtree products at the following links;
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Friday

Harvey Prince- Eau Flirt


I have to admit I have a massive perfume collection and I do mean massive.  Some girls collect shoes or purses my addiction is perfume.  So I am always very eager to try new companies and new scents and I just had to see what all the rant and rave was about with this new company called Harvey Prince. 

So I looked them up, browsed a little, and already have a bottle of Eau Flirt which I absolutely love! My addiction to perfume is because I like to smell it of course.  What’s the point on putting on perfume or even spending money on it if ten minutes later the scent is gone?  Eau Flirt is long lasting, like through the day into the evening and even in this heat.  But don’t get me wrong the scent is not overbearing at all. 

How’s it smell?  I was blown away from the first spray! But I think I better just give you the description from the website because they nailed it right on the head and I wouldn’t have came close.  My best “scenty” words is fresh.   But really I love this stuff and even thought I have at least 100 other bottles of perfume, I’m pretty sure this bottle isn’t going to last long because it’s feeding the addiction with a beautiful thing. Here’s what Harvey Prince has to say about their newest and top seller Eau Flirt;

“This perfume flirts for you.

It starts with whispers…“Who’s that girl?” The irresistible and flirty fragrance of Eau Flirt captures the imagination of the entire room with the subtle, sexy allure of flowers and spice.

“What’s her secret?” Lean in closer. The fragrance contains notes of pumpkin pie and lavender, which have been shown to evoke a more passionate response in men than any other smell. Why do men find these two scents so arousing? Experts believe men subconsciously associate pumpkin and lavender with happy, positive and stimulating memories.

An encounter with Eau Flirt reveals top notes of sweet lavender and a cocktail of bright citrus, followed by a mingling of feminine florals freesia, ylang ylang and jasmine. Delicate spices and warm nighttime amber offer a graceful and balanced flourish.

Notes: Lavender, Pumpkin Pie, Citrus, Jasmine, Freesia, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ambers
Style: Seductive. Sparkling. Wicked.”

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Handi Hanger


I’m running out of room in the kid’s closet.  Does that mean they have too much clothes?  Maybe,  but if they have to many clothes then that just means that’s left often I have to do their laundry so this could be a good or bad thing just depending on how you look at it.  Also in their closet is a small trash can for diapers.  I have 4 in diapers right now and that can lead to a very stinky closet unless I wrap each one of them up in a plastic bag, which I have found works pretty well.  So then I put one bag on a hanger and the rest stuffed inside of it.  This is taking up to much room because once again, they have a lot of clothes.

I FINALLY have a solution!  I came across Handi Hanger and just couldn’t wait to get it installed.  It took a whole 3 minutes to screw into the wall and my plastic bags were up and out of the way!  These things are so simple yet extremely convenient I love them!  I actually have two sets.  One I used in the kids closet and the other one set I put on the back of a cabinet door in the kitchen and use it for the kitchen towel I’m using at that time.  That way my kitchen towel isn’t just lying out on the counter. 

Super easy to install, extremely convenient, and most importantly useful!  Be sure to check them out at the following links;
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Thursday

Champ the Fur Champion


We’ve had little Miss K now for two weeks tomorrow and it has been one of the most challenging cases.  Challenging because of the reasons we received her and how the abuse and neglect have left her so far behind the other children.  The stressful situations she faced at home have also taught her how to throw one heck of a massive temper tantrum and it really is heartbreaking.

I am constantly looking for different ways to comfort these children.  Each child is very different from the rest and there is never “one size fits all” method to anything we do.  During my research I was looking at different comforting toys and activities and I remembered from my law enforcement training that something so simple as a stuffed animal can mean the world to any child, especially one is Miss K’s situation.  So I contacted Build-A-Bear Workshops to see what their focuses were towards Child Abuse.

It turns out Build-A-Bear Workshop has Champ- A Champion Fur Kids.  Part of the proceeds from Champ go to organizations that promote and provide support for children in areas of health and wellness, organizations that serve children with special needs, and my favorite organizations for child safety.  The goal for the proceeds of Champ “make the world a healthier happier place for kids”. 

Little Miss K goes EVERYWHERE with Champ!  She came with a few other stuffed animals when we got her but she really didn’t even notice them or want anything to do with them.  Champ is a brand new bear just for her and I really think she notices the difference between something she got “that night” and something new, fresh, and to help her start over.  Champ’s fur is also glimmers and shines and the outfits Build-A-Bear Workshop sent were just her style as well!  I loved the bright pink shirt, colorful pants, and sparkled shoes.  The array of colors makes Miss K smile every-time she hugs Champ and that is a wonderful start in a fresh direction. 

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Lilla Rose


It’s summer, which of course means it’s hot and my hair is always up!  But at times I would rather something a lot nicer than a simple pony tail, or at least a little conservative bling so it’s doesn’t always look like I tossed my hair up and ran out the door. 

Lilla Rose to the rescue for sure!  This little clip even does my simple pony tail but now it looks like I put some effort into it rather than “run and go”.  It can be our little secret that I’m trying to blend in with the moms that look so well composed and proper everyday! Huuuu well one day I might get there but for now we can pretend!

Lilla Rose is so beautiful and easy to use.  There are so many different sizes and styles you can do with this clip that it’s sure to be a perfect fit for everyone.  Of course like I said I can use it to do a simple Ponytail, but then a half-up ponytail, tails up, and even a French twist.  My favorite though is the messy twist up because not perfect is perfect.   I also love that I can hop right onto their website and get new and different styles when I’m feeling a little fun and adventurous. 





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There are so many different things you can do with Lilla Rose that it’s a must have accessory.  Want to earn an extra income?  You can even sell them or host a party and get yours free!  Check out Lilla Rose by CLICKING HERE

Tuesday

Bamboo Childrens Dinner Set


Sometimes the kids can be pretty picky eaters and other times it’s just hard to get them to slow down long enough to actually sit at the dinner table for meals.  We always try to make meal time fun and a family event and one of the things that helps the most is kid friendly dinner sets. 

One of my favorite kids dinner sets comes from Bamboo Studio.  I ordered the Bamboo Kids 5 Piece Monkey Set and all of the kids want a turn finishing their meals out of it because it’s so much fun to find the monkey’s smile when their food is all gone.  I love it when they finish their food!!

I thought this was one of the cutest sets I’ve seen in a long time!  There is a plate, bowl, cup, and of course the spoon and fork.  How neat is that?

These sets are made from 100% natural bamboo which makes them eco-friendly, biodegradable/compostable and there isn’t any harsh chemicals or bleach.  And even though they are made out of bamboo I can even stick them in the dishwasher, YAY!

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Zymbol


How neat would it be if you could give each of your kids the exact same necklace and tell them that both of their names are incorporated into the design?  What about those days you need a little inspiration and would love to have some “Faith” around your neck or the evenings where you are just totally in love and “love” would be the perfect word for your necklace?

Well with Zymbol you can have any word you want in one simple pendant.  Every single letter of the alphabet can be found within the design and I think this makes such a sweet and personal pendant. 

“Zymbol started as a “doodle”.  Sally Short stacked each letter of the phrase “love is all u need” on top of each other, then added the peace sign.”  It was quickly discovered that the letter “K” stood out and then they realized that the design included every letter of the alphabet and every number! 

I love our Zymbol necklace we received and I can’t wait to give it to one of the boys and let them know that whenever they need just a little inspiration or even “MOMMY LOVES YOU” messages, they will always have it right around their neck.  This is one of those pieces that’s  perfect for anyone because the personalization is endless. 
Also, when you purchase a Zymbol, they give one to the Childrens Hospital.  Click here for more information.  This is an amazing program!

“MOMMY LOVES YOU”   “ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST”   “ALWAYS RESPECT” “KNOW NO LIMITS” “ALWAYS LOVE” I could go on and on with the messages I want my boys to always remember, but I should leave some wonder up to them to discover. 


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Mediterranean Snacks


I have a feeling our snack budget is going to go through the roof this summer with all the kids not in school.  Which if they’re hungry, then I guess they’re hungry which isn’t a big deal.  What is a big deal is the excess surgery and unhealthy snacks, which is why I’m glad I found Mediterranean Snack Company.

Mediterranean Snack Company sent us an assortment of their chips and crackers that everyone has been enjoying.  All of the snacks we tried from them are low fat, gluten free and a good source of protein.  My favorite is the Sea Salt Baked Lentil Chips.  I love sea salt because it’s natural and healthier than processed salts plus a true serving size of these chips was actually pretty filling.

Hubby liked the Fiery Tomato Baked Lentil Chips and the kids even enjoyed the Parmesan Garlic Baked Lentil Chips. 

Overall I would say these are a win-win in our house!  You should check them out at the following links;

 
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Monday

Therafit Sandals


Sandal season is here and that’s why when I was offered the opportunity to try Therafit Sandals I was beyond excited! 

I ordered the Tiffany Black Sandal and before I received them I really had no idea what I was getting into.  To begin with, I love the bling bling design.  Generally I am pretty conservative when it comes to shoes but these absolutely caught my eye and I can’t help but to love them. 

These sandals are perfect for a quick trip to the store or a long night out because the of the Personal Comfort System.  When I ordered them, I really thought they were just another flip flop which who could go wrong with sandals right?  Well I was so wrong!  Therafit Sandals feature a patented Personal Comfort System which you can personally adjust the cushioning in the heel.  I think this is an excellent feature because of course not every-ones feet are the same so what might be comfy for me might not for you.  Now we can both have the same shoe and our comfort needs met even though they may be entirely different. 

When Dr. Lisa Masterson developed these sandals, she designed them with a contoured shock-absorbing midsole which helps provide stability and comfort.  So if you’re looking for comfort and quality, Therafit is the way to go for sure!  Be sure to check them out at the following links;
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The Green Garmento


One thing I do to save time doing laundry is each bedroom has their own basket and I do that specific laundry basket all at once.  Maybe that’s lazy but it saves hours and hours of sorting laundry.  However, with all these kids, the plastic baskets aren’t holding up like I wish they would so I found The Green Garmento. 

After reading I realized The Green Garmento was way more than just your typical laundry bag like I had hoped.  But I guess I won’t have kids forever and one day I’ll get to use it to take laundry to the Dry Cleaners like it states for one of the uses.  One day right? Ha! 

There are also three other uses for it besides a typical run to the dry cleaners.  You can turn the bag upside down and hang it from the super strong loop to hold all the laundry.  (this one is my favorite as I have hung it from the back of a bedroom door.)  You can also place it inside a hamper frame and then use the drawstring to secure it so it doesn’t fall inside the frame.  This makes a great easy and grab bag of laundry.  And last but not least pull the drawstring tight and use it as a duffle bag!  The shoulder strap is super easy to toss and go! 

I love all of the different uses for The Green Garmento!  But most of all it’s not called “green” just for its color.  The bag helps reduce an estimated 3000 million pounds of single-use dry cleaning bags because it’s machine washable and you can use it over and over again.  The Green Garmento is also made from eco-friendly recyclable water resistant, breathable material. (say that ten times fast!) But really; you should be sure to check them out at the following links;

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Gift Card Rescue


So for this Fathers Day I gave the Dad a gift card.  It feels like I have given him everything from two beautifully rotten boys to tool boxes and shaving kits so it was time to let him decide.  Only thing bad about giving him the gift card was I bought it before I had found GiftCardRescue.com.  There I could have not only bought the exact same gift card I bought dad, but I could have bought it at a discount and saved a little cash. 

This is also a great couponing tool!! Going to Target or Walgreens?  Those were just two of the options where you could buy a gift card for less than face value and then top it off with your coupons in the store to save even more!!! Gosh why hadn’t I found this sooner I love to coupon especially at Walgreens! 

But then of course we all have those gift cards we get for the holidays that we never use, most of which because the place that they are for is miles and miles away and it’s just simply inconvenient.  Well you can sell your gift cards to Gift Card Rescue and get the cash from them rather than just letting them sit in a drawer somewhere. 

I will absolutely be using Gift Card Rescue to help me save money. It’s super easy so why not?

Be sure to check them out at the following links and bookmark them!  You’ll want to remember this one!

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Friday

Last Call! Rice Dream Smoothie Contest



Prize: : A Case of the shelf stable non-dairy DREAM beverage of the winner's choice plus a brand-new VitaMix 5200 Super Healthy Lifestyle. 


Ends SATURDAY AT 11:59

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Zeenie Dolls


I love giving the kids new toys and am a firm believer that every child we have here should have something of their very own.  So this week I gave Miss D her very own Zeenie Doll named Lina and she hasn’t put it down since! 

Zeenie Dolls are a little different than your typical Barbie type figure and I think that’s why I got just as excited as her when it arrived.   The first thing I noticed about Lina is the size.  She is much bigger than the typical Barbie and the plastic that she is made out of seems a lot tougher, plus it’s recyclable.  Lina is an Eco Warrior and with Lina Miss D. received an Eco-Warrior Membership Card, and s saving the planet bracelet plus a few accessories.  Lina is BEAUTIFUL and truly a one of a kind doll.

Lina also has friends!  Zeenie’s motto is “saving the planet… that’s our style!” and the different dolls they have created show just that.  There is Zeenia who is Mother Earth, Sini who is protector of farmlands and rescued animals, Kazumi who is the protector of the Polar Regions, Evve the protector of Skies, and Yana who is the Protector of Oceans.  With the sale of every one of these vibrant dolls, a percentage of the sale will be donated to organizations that are working to preserve the environment and protect all the animals which call it home. 

Miss D and I both agree, these dolls are amazing and you should check them out at the following links;

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Thursday

Dimples BBQ On & Off the Grill


Ahhhh we love to BBQ especially when it’s warm out because I hate cooking in the kitchen and heating the whole house up just to make dinner.  Last night we made Beer Can Chicken which is super easy…. Only we topped it off with Dimples BBQ sauce and it really made it one of a kind.

I’m not a big spicy fan so this was perfect for me and all the kids because it’s more sweet than spicy.  It also glazed over the chicken perfectly sealing in the juices and perfecting the flavor. 

What I like most about Dimples BBQ Sauce is it’s great for dipping.  With the tomato and vinegar mixture this is a great sauce for kids.  Mr. Maison loved it on his chicken nuggets and he doesn’t generally use BBQ sauce on nuggets so this was a win for sure!

Dimples BBQ Sauce is one of a kind so be sure to check them out at the following links and use code "AlyGators" to get 20% off your order;
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Wednesday

Real Kids Shades


I woke up yesterday morning, came down stairs, and this is what I find. Mr. Maison has already put on his Real Kids Shades and is sitting in the living room playing his game.  I guess that means he likes them right?  How funny I thought!

I ordered Maison and Jeramiah and Miss Sweets each a pair of the Real Kids Shades anticipating a pretty ordinary pair of sunglasses.  Sunglasses are sunglasses right? WRONG I found out!  Most children’s sunglasses are sold just as toys without any actual protection.  Which is actually pretty sad and makes me wonder what I have exposed my children to for the last several years.

As a mom I constantly coat the kids in sun screen, bug spray, and make them drink lots of water when it’s hot out but I have never really put much thought into their sweet little eyes.  I’m not alone on this one either.  According to Real Kids Shades, only 32% of parents think about sunglasses for their children.  Real Kids Shades is full of facts and information on how to get your children to willingly protect their eyes. Well I know Mr. Maison loves his glasses and that was their goal; to create a protective, fun, and comfortable pair of glasses for children.  The glasses even come with a wrap around strap to help prevent them from falling off, which if you have ever bought kids glasses that is the biggest battle.

Real Kids Shades are third-party verified that they have 100% UV-A/UV-B protection!  Plus they are FDA approved for protecting childrens eyes. They are also shatterproof and impact-resistant which is perfect for my rough and tumble kids, how about yours? I especially like the wrap-around frames because it helps protect their eyes from the peripheral light. Maison even thought he could use them as goggles in the pool because they covered so good.  Well of course he was wrong but it was fun watching him try.  Best of all, they come with a strong warranty.  The creators truly want to see you happy.  I know I am and I can’t wait to bring you more pictures when all the kids get back together again!

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Tuesday

From the Garden Part 2


I don’t know about you but I hate pulling weeds!  So this year in the garden rather than tilling in between plants every few days or weekly, I have come up with a few different solutions.

My first and favorite is to simply recycle.  I am sure the garbage man loves this too because instead of all these boxes being out in the dumpster each week, we just keep adding them to the garden. The card board works as an insulator and not only helps prevent weeds from growing up in-between plants but helps keep the ground moist by stopping the sun from drying out the top layers so quickly.   We also added a little straw to help fill in the cracks.

The second solution, or the one if you don’t have several boxes laying around is simply the black paper that you can put in a flower bed.  This is a lot less work than cutting the boxes down to size and removing all the tape but it can cost a little bit more in the end.

What are different ways you prevent weeds in your garden?  Want to read more about our garden this year?  Check out From The Garden Part One.  Click here

Monday

Ebeanstalk.com


I have to admit it, I love shopping… It’s sad but true, I have a shopping addiction. But we will just keep that our little secret right?  It seems like every day I am online looking for new toys or clothes for these kiddo’s.  After all, every child deserves something of their own so when we get a new child in the house I just “have to” order new toys, right?   (you know… so they can have something, not just so I can shop).

Recently I came across EBeanStalk.com and was thrilled with how easy it was to browse around.  Their products (mostly toys) are sorted by not only girls and boys but then by individual years of age.  There is also a third category for the top selling toys of each age such as  Top Selling Toys for newborn.   The site is easy to navigate and the categories such as Toys for Newborn Boys is great for our smallest one.   The categories make the site great but the different methods of shopping make Ebeanstalk.com.  amazing!

You can shop by your child's milestone or different toy categories.  My favorite method however is the My Wishlist option that you can prepare for others to see.  That can be extremely helpful for grandparents and family that doesn’t always live so close. 

So whether you’re looking for new toys for newborns or something for that smart 12 year old, you should check out ebeanstalk.com.  I am in the process now of ordering a few things for Jeramiah and I know he’s going to love them!  EBeanStalk.com   Facebook
 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes. Regardless, I will only recommend products that I have personally tested/tried and believe will be a good fit for my readers.

Sunday

Wraptastic


With a large family we have to cook a lot of sides to get through meals.  So clean-up can be just as exhausting as preparing and cooking all the food, and even more so when we have so many different left overs to store away.

A few weeks ago I seen a commercial for Wraptastic on TV and I figured, heck why not I’ll give it a try.  You know those commercials where the people are way to excited to use their product and it just seems to work way to well?  Yea, well this is one of those products that I can actually say works just that well. No I don’t get as excited as they do to wrap 5 sandwiches with the Wraptastic in the time it takes to wrap one normally. But it was just that convenient and for me, that really helps save time so I can get back to the kiddo’s. 

I especially like how the sharp cutting strip is hidden and away from touch.   Not only does it seem like I am constantly cutting myself on the boxes that plastic wrap comes in, but now I have little Mr. Maison help me get some of this clean up done without worrying or trying to rush him.  This thing was so easy, Maison could do it just as quick as I could which really helps, and I know he’s not going to cut himself.

Can I say “BUT THAT’S NOT ALL” haha those commercials really are irritating sometimes right? Well but that isn’t all because the Wraptastic isn’t just for plastic  wrap, you can use it for aluminum foil and wax paper to just by switching it out.  And for the $10.95 price tag, I would say this one is totally worth it!

Be sure to check it out and the beloved commercial at the following link;

Saturday

Cryoow! Dolls


As children we all at one point or another had an imaginary friend, wouldn’t it have been incredible to put that friend on paper and then have it developed for us?  Sometimes I wish I was a child in today’s world.  The creativity of Cryoow! is just amazing and I would have loved to have my own designed doll as a child.  

Jeramiah loves to draw so when I came across Cryoow! Dolls I knew this was a perfect gift for him to give Miss Aly.  Check this out, Jeramiah drew a doll, we sent it off to the Cryoow! creators, and they sent the exact same doll that Jeramiah drew! How amazing is that?  Everything matches his drawing down to the cute little earrings he designed. 

This Cryoow! doll is absolutely perfect!  Not only is she identical to how Jeramiah designed her, but she is made out of a lovable yet tough material that I know is going to last.   The quality is amazing and for Miss Aly it has to be.  I  am just absolutely impressed with Cryoow!  

The creators of Cryoow! developed this one of a kind company to help encourage children away from electronics and inspire more creativity and I believe they have done just that. 


Find more information at the following links;
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes. Regardless, I will only recommend products that I have personally tested/tried and believe will be a good fit for my readers. AlyGators is not responsible for any Giveaway items. All giveaway items will be shipped directly from the company that sponsors our giveaway.

Friday

My Dream Smoothie Contest


Wow!  How exciting is this!  We have two amazing entries for our Dream Smoothie Contest where any of the entries can win a Brand New VitaMix 5200 Mixer!  We are about halfway through the contest right now so be sure to get your entries in soon!!! 
For more complete details of the contest & where to enter CLICK HERE
 

Monday

ToiletTree Fogless Shower Mirror


Fogless shower mirror; what comes to mind?  I think of a mirror backed with suction cups to hold it on the wall, then sprayed with chemicals to make it fogless that will eventually fade away over time making it one more piece of junk taking up space in my bathroom until I eventually throw it away.  Well not anymore! 

ToiletTree has mastered the Fogless Shower Mirror that is really truly fogless because instead of using the harsh (or any) chemicals they neutralize the mirror with the air temperature with an easy to fill water reservoir.  The mirror is removable from the base so you can easily fill the reservoir.  Then, not only is the mirror removable, but the frame pivots which allows it to be adjusted for me and then hubby and then back to me over and over again.  I really like using this to make sure I get all the eye make-up off my face before hopping out. 

I have established that I enjoy using the mirror but the convenience and quality is really among the best features.  I really love that there is the perfect shelf so that the razor is up and out of reach from the kids.  Plus it’s safe to leave in the shower because the acrylic mirror is shatter and rust proof!  One more thing, it comes with this cute squeegee which effortlessly wipes away the water drops keeping it clean for use after use.

ToiletTree has done it again, coming up with another wonderful bathroom product!  I can’t wait to see what else they offer and what our next featured item from them will be.  While we wait, be sure to check out the following links;
Website    Amazon