Saturday

Nicole Lee Spring Collection


Nicole Lee has officially launched their spring collection and I about went crazy trying to pick out my favorite handbag. Oh my goodness were so many beautiful bags the decision was not an easy one! After hours of browsing I finally narrowed my favorite down to about 10 (yea it was a really hard choice) but I’m thrilled with the one I received for review. 

I choose the Brielle Clear Shopper which is going to be perfect for my beach vacation in a couple of weeks! When I ordered it, the online picture showed it being a clear bag, after all that’s even in the name. But when I received it not only did the bag came just as pictured, there’s an additional inside bag to put all your personals. This bag really has the best of both worlds!

 The size is amazing also! 15”x12” is incredible for carrying all of my must haves! I never seem to have enough room in my purse and this is perfect for spring and summer! 

While I ordered mine in yellow, it also comes in so many different colors. The yellow is perfect for me but you can get yours in blue, white, black or even hot pink. Yup there it is a true selection to an awesome hand bag! 

Besides for the beautiful color, awesome style, and bright shinny bling, what is my favorite feature? I love the adjustable and removable shoulder straps. You can use the two handles attached to the bag or it you want to free up your hands (in my case to carry my little ones) just attach the shoulder strap that it comes with. Totally perfect!

You have to check out the spring collection: CLICK 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. 

Thursday

RavPower External Battery Charger


When hubby and I got our new phones a few months ago he got one of the backup chargers which I tend to still often. Only bad thing with it was, it would only charge my phone one time before I would have to charge the charger. Yea can you see the problem there? Yea that pretty much defeated the whole process. So when I found RavPower I figured I would give them a try and see if they were any better. 



I ordered the RAVPower Deluxe External Battery and it’s pretty stinkin cool! It doesn’t matter if I want to charge my I-phone, the boys tablets, or even my Kindle it does it all! It also came with all the different adaptors and a bag to put them in so everything is in a nice neat little place. So who’s toy do we charge first? How about the boys but both at once! I love this because it has two ports so both the boys can charge whatever they have with them and not fight over who goes first. That’s a life saver for the boys or mom, depending on how you think about it, because one there’s no fighting and no mess of their chargers strung out through the car! I love it!!!

 So besides for the “coolness” features, how’s it compare to the one hubby has? Well if just I use it for my phone it can charge my phone 7-8 times before I need to charge it again.  

Check out the RAVPower Deluxe External Battery with all the details and you wont believe the price! I’ll give you a hint, it’s on sale!!


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Friday

New Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap


Dial has come out with another great product.  Last week we received our package of the New Dial Deep cleansing Hand soap and everyone in the house loves it!  The new soap comes in some pretty vibrant colors and scents which is perfect for spring and it also features a gentle micro-scrubber formula that smooth’s and moisturizes the skin.  The moisturizer is a great feature for someone who washes their hands a lot like I do because it is repairing the dryness from the weather and putting moisture back into my hands. 

What are the new spring scents?

“Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar refreshes your senses with a tart and rich sweetness.

Water Blossoms invigorates with a crisp floral scent inspired by aquatic botanicals.

Coconut Lime Verbena brightens your day with juicy and tangy citrus”

We received the Water Blossoms and Yellow Raspberry and love them both!  I guess that means we will have to go get the Coconut Lime Verbena next time we are at the store. 

 

The dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday

April Fools

I got to visit with my mom for a little bit the other day and she told me how Miss Aly peeks around the corners before walking down the hallway.  Why would she do that?  Because my dad likes to hide and scare her.  Yup I remember peeking around corners  growing up! So April fools day is the one day of the year where there's no limit on the payback and all is fair game.  Poor Aly, we will teach her how to get him back soon! (I hope!)

Last year, I wrote a letter pretending to be Jeramiah's teacher saying he was expelled form school for this and that. At the bottom of the letter it was dated "April Fools".  I handed it to their dad and bam it was on!  He was so angry and Jeramiah even pretended to cry when dad started scolding him for being in so much trouble at school.  My boys are learning good!  I'm so proud!

This year, I already have my "tools".  I ordered "Peek-a-Boo" nail polish from Del Sol.  If you haven't heard of Del Sol, everything changes colors, including this nail polish that goes on clear and in the sun turns bright pink!!!!  bahaha The only real question is "who all will be my victims this year?"  Hubby?  the boys? hummmm Maybe I'll even order an extra bottle for my mom to get my dad!



 Oh but what if he has to work?  I really don't want him getting in trouble at work!  Well as long as he stays inside for the day he will be fine because it's clear until the sun hits it.  He just better put his hands in his pockets as he walks to and from the car. BAHAHAHA


This was a cloudy day.  So remember the brighter the
sun the brighter the pink!
Now, what about for me?  Sure a few bucks for an awesome April Fools joke is ok, but what should I do with it the rest of the year?  Wear it of course!  The bright pink is a totally fun color! But best of all, if I'm in an important meeting or somewhere that I need to be a little more conservative, as long as I'm inside it looks like just clear nail polish.  The color will not change without direct sunlight. 

The kids are having a lot of fun with the color to!  All my little princesses love showing off their color changing nails.  But we have a lot more colors to discuss in another review.  That's coming soon!

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Thursday

Stonefire for dinner tonight!

 Nothing's easier then Pizza for dinner!  But the same old carry out can begin to get old after awhile.  So when we had the opportunity to review a few Stonefire products, we jumped on it! 

The StoneFire pizza crust are amazing!  The pre-made crust is delicious and full of flavor and the kit even came with the sauce so dinner was easy breezy and way better than the old carry out/delivery service in town. I added some mozzarella, pepperoni and pineapple and everyone dug right in!



I also had the opportunity to enjoy the Stonefire Pita breads for lunch the following day.  Of course because there was no leftovers from the pizza.  That's ok, because I got to keep these all to myself.  To tell you the truth, I really wasn't as excited to try the pita bread as I was the pizza kit. I have had pita breads before and they are usually dry, hard to open, and tend to be a mess.  Maybe your better at cutting them open than I am, but I almost always have trouble.  Stonefire pita breads really surprised me!  With very few rips and tares, I was easily able to enjoy a great tasting sandwich.  Even I was able to cut, open, and stuff!  So these are an A+ on my list!

Check out all the Stonefire products at your local grocery store or use the following links for some great recipes.
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Elementary School Donation

I am always encouraging the boys to do things for others than for themselves so when we had the opportunity to donate to their school, they were just as excited as I was. 
Our biggest lot of items was the 85 kites! Of course we got 20 sets of string to go with them "just in case".
 
 
















Next we donated a box of items for the teachers to put in their treasure box's.  Do you remember how much fun it was when you were a kid to get a treat out of the treasure box?   Well most teachers buy those with their own money so we decided to help out.  There is exactly 100 items for the treasure box's.


Now for the last set of items we really didn't know what to do with.  The principle suggested that the kids could use these seed kits for their Mothers Day projects!  How awesome is that!  We donated 13 seed kits that contain veggies and flowers!  These can be cut up to make so many different plants and I know they will go a long way!



Our total retail value of this donation: $486!!  What could you donate locally?  This was our most recent project and we would love to feature yours!

Children's Hospital Donation



Last week we had the opportunity to get in touch with Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City MO about donating a few bedside toys and hats for cancer patients. 

We were able to send them 26 hats and a handful of bedside toys.  Total retail value $146. 

If you would like information on where you can send a donation to, contact Children's Mercy with this link; Children's Mercy Hospital They are always in need of donations to help provide the best care for patients and families. 

Here's a copy of the current Spring 2014 Wish List
We cannot accept Nerf guns, spray guns, water guns, pop ball guns, swords, bows and arrows, or toy knives.

Infants

  • Infant rattles
  • Infant teethers
  • Infant board or cloth books
  • Infant toys with light and or music
  • Fisher Price Little People sets: plane, bus, barn, house, zoo, etc.

Teens

  • $5 Gift Cards to local movie theaters, discount department stores (i.e., Target/Wal-Mart), and gas stations.
  • Electronic games for teenagers
  • Camelbak water bottles
  • Teenage boy items - headphones, watches, wallets, cologne sets, basketballs, footballs
  • Teenage girl items - nail Polish, lip gloss, purses, watches, jewelry

Toys

  • My Little Ponies
  • Dr Kits
  • Action Figures - Batman, Spider-Man, Avengers, Transformers, Superman, Ninja Turtles
  • Thomas Trains
  • Uno playing cards
  • Books – Board books, Sound books, Look and Find books, and I Spy books
  • Hot Wheels 
  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Jump ropes

Other

  • Disposable cameras
  • Newly-released DVD’s rated G, PG, PG-13
  • Sharpies (multi-colored, fine and ultra-fine point)
  • Fabric markers
If you and your organization are able to conduct a drive for these Wish List items or you would like more information, please contact Volunteer Services at (816) 234-3496, for the Children's Mercy Downtown.