Saturday

Skoy Cloth for the Holidays

No mom likes to be told she has to clean for the holidays, but what if you could make it a little easier on her? I love using Skoy Cloths because they are reusable over and over again and they really hold up to the dirt and grime the kids leave behind. Skoy Cloth is a great alternative to paper towels and can be used over and over again simply by throwing them in the dishwasher or the washing machine whichever you prefer. I’ve done both.

Their super cute flower design and non-toxic biodegradable material make them a great gift for mom, aunts, or even your teachers. They are affordable and are great alone or in a cute basket. The Skoy website states that each Skoy Cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home, however I have had my set of 4 for almost 7 months and keep using them over and over again.

Where can you get SKOY?
SKOY is now available in all The Container Store locations and select Cost Plus World Markets to. But if you don’t have either one of these near you, don’t worry you can always purchase them online. Not only would these make a great gift with their oh so cute design, but SKOY has recently started a fundraising program for schools. If you are a teacher or parent, you know how important it is to incorporate different fundraisers into your local program.

Be sure to check them out at the following links;

Facebook: CLICK HERE    Website  Click Here 


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. 

Crayon Rocks Christmas Edition



This is my second review for Crayon Rocks and I just
 knew I had to bring them to you for the holiday
season because they are such a great gift for our little ones. My kids loved them months ago when we received them for Easter and still just as much now that I have them out once again.

The crayon rocks are made from pure natural waxes that come from American soy beans and for such little easy to hold crayons they really last a long time and color with such beautiful bright colors. These were developed as “rocks” to help
younger children prepare and learn how to
 hold them in a tripod effect which later
 prepares them to use pens and pencils.


After 23 years of teaching special needs students, Miss Barbara developed these crayons because she realized just how important it is for our children to develop that tripod grip. A tripod grip is using a your first and second finger and thumb, which is essentially how you hold a pencil so you can also understand how your child’s hand writing skills will depend on this technique later on in life. My personal thought, why didn’t someone think of this when I was a kid, my handwriting stinks!

These non-toxic soy wax crayon rocks are made right here in the United States, Kentucky to be more exact. Please check out their website for more information and how you can get your own Crayon Rocks. 

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Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide!  Click here!


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.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping for the 2013 Holidays officially began and we are here to help you find you find the latest and greatest gifts for everyone on your shopping list.  We will be adding new items daily and our giveaways will begin soon so be sure to keep checking back and let us help you this year.  Items/Companies marked with an "*" are also helping us fill our gift bags this year for local children in foster care.  Be sure to stop by their media sites and give them a big THANK YOU!


Children
 *Ring Stix has donated 5 Sets of their super fun toys.  No, these are not how they are supposed to be used, but boys will be boys and they had a blast with them!  Read the review to find out who won in the real game of Ring Stix when they were used properly.  Mr. Maison or Jeramiah, who is your guess?  (Read Review Here)

 This is the second set of Crayon Rocks we have received from Ms. Barbara.  We love her products and the ease of the creativity they allow!  The tripod design is amazing for tiny fingers and these are a great stocking stuffer or a perfect gift all on their own.  (Read Review & Find Giveaway)

Karma Kiss has some really unique gifts!  I love this Animal Sound Alarm Clock.  There were so many different clocks it was hard to choose but I think I picked the right one.  (Read review Here)


Most children love building blocks so it shouldn't be a surprise that we would include some in our gift guide.  These Nanobocks are are micro-sized providing hours of challenging fun!  Read the full review here to find out just how small they are!  (Read review and enter giveaway here)



KleenSlate has been a favorite to my kids for a while! Color, draw, learn, and practice. Wipe it away and do it all again over and over!  Now KleenSlate has a new awsome design which allows so many more different uses for this great paddle. (Read review here

Oh my goodness I can't wait to wrap this up for a very special little girl this Christmas.  PinyPon Snow is an awsome adventure with so many working features including a ski lift, and real ice skate rink.  If you have a little princess then you have to read the review here!  (Read Review & Enter Giveaway Here)


Mutant Pollutants are a creepy crawly toxic waste fun!  These little creatures are a great stocking stuffer or you collect all the series and make them a great adventure for your own little monsters.  (Read review here)




Women
Skoy cloth is one of my favorite kitchen essentials when it comes to saving money!  Give mom a colorful set and make them her favorite to!  (Read Review & Find Giveaway Here)

*Infinate Aloe was gracious enough to donate 100 bottles of one of my favorite face creams!  I can't wait to put these in the gift bags for the young women in care.  (Read Review & Get Your Sample Here)

Dead Sea Spa has provided an amazing hand care kit including hand and body massage lotion, Cuticle Oil Treatment, and an excellent nail buffer.  They also included a Serenity Skin Renewal Shea Body Butter.  These items combined are going to make a perfect gift basket.  Check out how that turned out and read the review here. 



*Aurorae Yoga- Does mom need some relaxation time?  What better than a little yoga to help her compose and regather herself and Aurorae Yoga has everything she needs to get started.  Whether she's and expert or a beginner Aurorae has provided us with an awsome set that she will be sure to love! But you better make sure she knows it's for "relaxation" and not to just "get in shape". *Wink wink  (Read full review here)

*AshleyBug Spa is the perfect little gift for these cold months when chap lip season is at an all time high!  AshleyBug features several different all organic products including personal care to baby needs.  Read review here.

Music to my Nose, who would have thought such a catchy name could have such an incredible smell!  My favorite from their collection is Country.   The selection is amazing, the price is affordable, and the name just gives it that something special.  (Read review here)


Men

How cool are these?  Now we all know men are so proud that most of them won't admitt they love candles just like we do.  But check out Man Cans men scents!  No need to wrap these up fancy they are the perfect gift for than manly man in your house! (Read Review & Enter Giveaway Here)
Couples
Give a gift that just keeps on giving all year long!  Misto Box is a great coffee subscription box that any couple can enjoy together day after day.  (Read review & Enter Giveaway here)

Co-Workers 

Teachers

This Boxed set of sticky note pads is both brilliantly colorful and precious.  Why? Because the product sales benefit the emotional, educational and recreational needs of patients.  MD Anderson Center Children's Art Project. "Making life better for children with cancer since 1973".  (Read Review Here)

Bet you didn't guess this was a candle did you?  City Creek Candles has an amazing selection of multi-use candles.  What does that mean?  You can burn your favorite City Creek Candle scent and then you have a beautiful piece of art to recycle and use it for a vase, jar, or whatever special creation you can think of.  (Read full review here)

CandleWarmers.com is far more than just your typical candle warmer.  These heavy duty warmers are beautiful, efficient, and a great gift this holiday season.  With several added features to their products, you want to read the review here

 For Mom

I love my bag from York Photo and at only $3.99 I could't pass up ordering a few more.  These are super easy to personalize with all your favorite photos. Plus they are large enough to hold a big bag of stuffing (as pictured).   (MORE INFO HERE)

The Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri is one of my favorite pans of all time!  I have been using it for a few months before adding it to the gift guide and it really holds up!  Read review here.

**Global Goddess & Marj's Naturals: These adorable gift sets were part of our last big donation event and they were a huge hit because they are super amazing products! These nourishing, natural, and glamorous products are a must have for any women in your life.  (Read Review here)

For the Active Person


**Sprigs.com has some awesome accessories that are perfect for the busy person. These wrist wallets are great to keep all your personal essentials right at hands reach!  Sprigs.com has donated 25 of these wonderful wrist wallets. (read review here)


Fur Babies

Why not create a gift basket for your fur-baby?  Pork Chomps offers a great selection that we know our fur babies are going to love to find under the tree this year.  We put our Pork Chomps collection in a basket that will later be used to hold their toys in one tidy spot.  Read full review here. 
For the Decorator

Bambooki has an amazing selection of high quality bamboo products.  We choose a three piece Bamboo Hexagon Stool Set by Bamboo 54.  Check out this set and read the review here!

                         For the Sweet's Lover


Shirley J Mugging has some sweet treats that anyone can make in a flash!  Know someone who loves those chocolate brownies late at night? Check out how they can make them in 90 seconds with Shirley J.  Read review & Enter Giveaway here. 

                         Your Fashionista
Bullet Designs has some pretty incredible designs and what's the best part? Everything is made out of real bullets!  You have to check out their amazing collection!  Read review and Enter Giveaway here. 

That "Hard to shop for" person

 
Nothing is more pleasing than having a huge selection of goodies to choose from for a late night snack!  And your "hard to shop for person" will love that you sent them a gift basket from California Delicious because they are beautiful and fulfilling. (Read review here)
 
 
 
Guylian Chocolates are amazing and they have a selection that is sure to fulfill everyone's sweet tooth craving! Read review here
 
 


Friday

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Wednesday

Find the Red Jersey & Win Sweepstakes! Purex UltraPacks

This month I had the chance to try the new Purex UltraPacks Liquid Laundry Detergent Plus Oxi which worked great on hubbies and all the "littles" clothes.  
"The concentrated DirtLift Action formula has 2x the cleaning power in every drop". 

These little things are great! My favorite thing about them is the design of the little pack so I can just throw them in with the clothes and go!  There's no guessing or measuring just toss and go! Which is also great if you have teens who are just learning how to use the washer and dryer!  (haha my boys are doomed!)   Check out Purex Here!
 


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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.  
The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi in exchange for a product review.  however, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday

Pampers Kandoo Shampoo


My favorite children’s products are the ones that are almost child-proof, does that make any since at all?  No, of course not so let me explain.  We have a pretty pretty princess who is 3 now and LOVES to “I do it!”  But if I tell her no to avoid the messes how will she ever learn to grow and do things for herself? So I guess “I do it” is ok when I find the products that are child proof so to speak. 

Pampers Kandoo has a sweet smelling 2 in 1 conditioning shampoo in a cute little pump bottle.  Yup I said it pump bottle which makes this a great child-proof product.  Other children’s shampoos and conditioners tend to spill in the tub, make a mess when knocked over, or the kiddo’s use WAY to much when squirting it in their hands.  This little pump bottle prevents all of that! 

Besides for the awesome design of the bottle how does the actual shampoo test?  We love it!  Like I said before, it’s sweet smelling plus tear free and dermatologist tested.  With natural fruit extracts to clean the dirt and grime out of her hair it also conditions with the Vitamin E. 

Pampers has done it again with another awesome product!  Check them out at the following links and our other Pampers Reviews here.
Kandoo Hand Sanitizer & Flushable Wipes

Boogie Wipes

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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

John Paul Pet Products

Its summer and it seems like our pets get just as dirty as the children do.  We recently re-leveled our yard and are in the process of trying to get some grass to grow but it seems like Jen the cat would rather be outside rolling around in the freshly watered dirt than inside under the table lately. Then last night I remembered that I had also recently received a package from John Paul Pet.  Yes the same John Paul that is the co-founder of Paul Mitchell’s amazing hair products! So I dug out the neatly packaged Puppy Care Pack and decided now was the time to check it out. 

The three piece set comes with Waterless Foam Shampoo, Tearless Shampoo, and Full Body & Paw Bath Wipes.  Now no, I couldn’t get my 18 year old cat to jump in the bath tub to try the tearless shampoo so that I’ll have to pass on to my mother for her Miss Bailey Puppy.  But the Waterless Foam Shampoo and Full Body & Paw Bath Wipes were awesome!

Jen’s the type of cat that’s happy as long as someone is paying attention to her.  But at the same time she’s also kind of a snob, after all like I said she’s 18! I’m pretty sure she has every right to be.  Did you know that’s 89 years old in human years?

So when my snobby grandma kitty let me take the wipes to her tail, legs and paws, I was really surprised.  First off they smell great. Second, the moisture content in them is perfect for a cat because they were wet enough to do the job but not so wet to freak her out. 

The Waterless Foam Shampoo was awesome as well!  I used a little bit at a time rather than soaking her all up and she did great!  Plus now she smells way better!


My favorite part about the John Paul Pet products *Tested on Humans First*! Be sure to check them out at the following links;


Tuesday

SunRype Pay It Forward Sweepstakes


I have to admit, I love fruit snacks so whenever I have the chance to try a new kind I jump right on it!  Well over the last week we have had the opportunity to try SunRype Products and they are a great take along snack for the kids.

It’s been a very very busy last few weeks.  With school starting and then the town festival, preparing snacks for the kids and for myself at work has just been impossible.  For me I threw some of the SunRype Fruit Strips in my bag and out the door I went.  The kids loved them on the way to school, at home, or in between events because we were running like crazy!

Now that it’s time to slow down, I have actually had a chance to read more about the SunRype products.  My favorite part of their website is all the different recipes you can make using the snacks!  Click here tofind those.  But I was really amazed with the huge variety of different flavors.  My favorite was the Strawberry Watermelon and the Raspberry fruit Strips.  But the kids loved Strawberry the most.  There are so many different varieties I absolutely recommend trying a few!

Sun Rype is also hosting a Back To School “Pay It Forward” Sweepstakes for their Facebook Fans.  Get your entries until September 27th, 2012 for a chance to win 1 of 3 MacBook Air computers and SunRype snacks for your school or community center! 


Be sure to check them out at the following links;



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.