Monday, October 22, 2012

Woodrow the White House Mouse

Woodrow the White House Mouse is a children's book written by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes.  In this delightfully illustrated book, children are introduced to Woodrow, the White House Mouse, aka the President of the United Mice of America!  Learning all about the White House and the work of the president through the adventures of Woodrow G. Washingtail, and his family.

Every four years, like the rest of us do, the mice of the nation elect someone, too!  Election years are a great time to teach children about the inner workings of our White House and Presidency, but it can be a bit dry, dull, and too much information for children to process.  This book, published by Little Patriot Press, takes children on a tour of the White House, while taking care to relate everything in a way younger children can understand.  With not only fun bits of information, like the yearly Easter Egg Roll held at the White House, but important information about what the President, and his staff do there as well.  Everything from working with Congress, the House and Senate, to being in charge of all government departments, and the military.  Even better, and easier for children to remember, it's done so in rhyme! 

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and so full of detail.  Actual rooms in the White House are depicted, in mouse sized scale, of course, with great attention paid to making even the smallest detail as accurate as possible to what you might see in the real White House.  We even get to see the White House beautifully decorated for the holidays.  One can easily get lost in the pages while learning about the Woodrow, his family, and The White House.

I love that there is not only a great story for children here, packed full of learning, but there are pages at the end of the book for parents and teachers with even more information and resources.   Fun Facts about past Presidents and the White House, as well as interesting things you might notice from the book -- like, if you happen to visit the Smithsonian Institution, you might find that you recognize some of the dresses that the First Lady, Bess, wears in the book.  The "Mamie Pink" dress you see Bess wearing at the Inaugural Ball, is a replica of the dress Mamie Eisenhower wore for her husband, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's first inaugural celebration. 

My children had so much fun reading this book with me, and were full of questions.  My oldest daughter is in 1st Grade this year, and I was amazed at how much she understood about elections and our presidents.  We had a great conversation and this book makes a lovely addition to our home library.

Woodrow, the White House Mouse by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes is a hardcover book, with a suggested price of $16.99. The book is available at, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review through the above mentioned company or representing PR agency. In the event of a giveaway, the prize is shipped by the sponsor and I hold no responsibility. Thank you for reading!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cool Men's Fragrances for Fall - w/ Giveaway!

Let us introduce you to some the latest fragrances for men by GUESS, adidas, Playboy and Nautica.
GUESS Seductive Homme Blue is an elegant oriental scent that simply oozes sex appeal. Reminiscent of a cool and invigorating ocean breeze, this woodsy fragrance fuses the laid-back feel of summer with the exhilarating vibe of fall. 
This fragrances features notes of citrus caviar, blue coral aqua space, cardamom, geranium, and black pepper create a magnetic, seductive, attraction. The base is composed of cashmere wood, moss and Rippled Sand accord.  My husband and I both thought it was quite lovely and perfect for the cool weather.

Price: 1.7 oz $49.00
Availability: Fine department stores, GUESS retail stores and

adidas Deodorant Body Sprays help you keep up with your active lifestyle even as the seasons change. Available in three captivating new scents, these body sprays deliver powerful, refreshing results with every spritz.
We had a pleasure of sampling Ice Dive.  This features a fresh, ozonic fragrance with notes of citrus, greens and amber.  The Deodorant Body Spray is supposed to last for 24 hours.  Cool Tech technology, with an extra cooling sensation upon application, is developed with athletes for maximum performance.   I find the fragrance to be incredibly strong upon first applying.  It's almost overwhelming, but as it settles, it's quite nice.  Crisp and clean.  You can't be the price and this is great for your gym bag, or perhaps would make a nice addition to a teenager boy's stocking for the holidays!

Price: $3.47
Availability: Walmart

Playboy VIP for Him captures the undeniable charisma and magnetism of the modern man. With fresh top notes of bergamot and delicious accents of white chocolate and rich sandalwood, Playboy VIP for Him is the perfect, seductive accessory for fall.  Irresistibly charming and stylish, the Playboy VIP is always in the right place at the right time. Playboy VIP For Him fragrance is the perfect expression of his modern masculine style and charismatic personality. A fragrance as unconventional and addictive as the VIP who wears it!

Featuring top notes of rhubarb, bergamot, and rhum, heart notes of apple, watery accord, and lavender, and base notes of white chocolate, tonka bean, and sandalwood.  I sense a sweet vanilla as well.  This fragrance is sophisticated and seductive.  Don't judge a book by it's cover on this one.  I almost did.  I was expecting cheap and a fragrance that would leave me gasping for fresh air.  Not at all the case with this one!  I could not have been more wrong.  While the price is relatively inexpensive, the sweet fragrance is delightful.


Price: 1.7 fl oz – $15.67
Availability: Drugstores nationwide

Nautica Aqua Rush is a blend of spicy, crisp, woodsy notes that are perfect for the refreshing fall season. Bold, masculine and powerful, Aqua Rush embodies what it means to be a man who lives life to the fullest.

 This energetic scent opens with a brisk note of Sea Breeze accord and splashed with Yuzu and a twist of spicy-sweet Coriander. It's infused with watermint, Clary Sage Absolute and Violet Leaves. The Scent is anchored by a teak wood base for a fresh scent that will accentuate your masculine spirit.  You will also note the scents of amberwood and watermusks. 

By far, this was my favorite of the four scents I sampled.  My husband emphatically agrees (though I'm sure he would agree with me either way as if he wears what I like, I'm more likely to snuggle up extra close, hehe!)  It is fresh, clean, reminds me of the sea, and is just delightful.  The kind of scent where you just want to bury your face into your husband's sweater on a cool evening and just breathe in his scent.  It's soothing and yet energizing. 

We enjoyed this one so much, we've asked to be able to share it with one of you!  Keep reading!

Price: 3.4 fl oz – $65
Availability: Macy’s department stores and other fine retailers nationwide

Enter to win a 1.7 oz bottle of Nautica's Aqua Rush!

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*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review through the above mentioned company or representing PR agency. In the event of a giveaway, the prize is shipped by the sponsor and I hold no responsibility. Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dermagist for Beautiful Skin

Who doesn't like products designed to pamper and enhance the beauty of our skin?  As I'm getting older (I just had a birthday this month, actually), I'm noticing that my skin is changing.  It's a little drier.  It needs a little more help to stay healthy and beautiful.  That's where Dermagist comes in.  Dermagist offers Miracle Cosmeceuticals for Beautiful Skin
I recently tried out the Hydrating Spa System, which consists of three of Dermagist's most popular products.  When these products are purchased together in the Spa System package, you get a savings of nearly $15 versus purchasing the items individually.  So, what exactly is included in this package?  Luxury! 
Hydropeutic Body Lotion for deep hydration, calming of the skin and firming of wrinkles and sags. 
Combining green and white tea for soothing and antioxidant properties with Sesaflash for its instant-effect properties along with an ingenious blend of moisturizing and soothing ingredients, the Dermagist Hydropeutic Body Lotion is an instant classic, and the perfect compliment to everyone's beauty regimen.
Hydro-Renewal Hand Cream for removal of age spots and discoloration, while tightening and providing a youthful look.  A one-of-a-kind, deep nourishing hand cream with Anti Aging benefits too. Age spots and wrinkles are targeted, while nourishing ingredients aim to replenish dry, cracked skin.
Foot & Heel Revitalizing Cream for soothing and relaxing tired feet while healing cracks and dryness with a therapeutic combination of ingredients.  Quickly and dramatically aid severely to moderately dry feet and cracked heels. Soothe and cool tired feet with this spa-like cream containing Neem, Manuka and Karanja oil, Shea butter and Eucalyptus.
You can read about these products and more on the Dermagist website, as well as see some amazing before and after photos.

I'd have to say my favorite of the three is the Foot & Heel Revitalizing Cream.  It feels so nice when applying!  The cream contains peppermint and eucalyptus oils, which really work to soothe tired, achy, feet, while the cream works to repair skin.  I can feel a pleasant tingle, and it's so relaxing.  I am a flip flop wearing kinda girl, all year long.  As a result, the skin on my feet, especially my heels gets dry and if I don't take care of it, quickly starts to crack.  If I keep my pumice stone handy and use this lotion nightly, I find that my heels are lot healthier and certainly more comfortable.    Plus the nightly ritual of massaging lotion into my feet is really nice and soothing in and of itself. 

I've always had a problem with my hands becoming dry quickly throughout the day.  When I was a kid, and didn't know about using lotion as often as I should have, I used to lick them because they'd get so dry.  I know, gross!  I definitely don't do that anymore, but I've found quality lotion really makes a difference.  I can apply the Hydro-Renewal Hand Cream in the morning and not need lotion on my hands for the rest of the day.  I used to pull lotion out of my purse all the time to reapply, but my tiny lotion bottle I keep in there has been full for weeks.  I just haven't needed it.  My hands have always received lots of compliments as well, I take care of my hands and nails.  I want to keep them looking nice as I get older, and if this cream will help with it's anti-aging benefits, I'm all for it!  The only down side to this hand cream, for me, is that there is a faint scent of licorice.  I've just never been a fan of black licorice.  It's not a deal-breaker, the scent is faint enough, and if that is a scent you happen to like, awesome, this is a fantastic hand cream! :)
I also love how deeply the Hydropeutic Body Lotion moisturizes.  As a busy mom, sometimes I tend to concentrate on my hands and feet and then all the sudden I'm faced with dry skin on my legs, knees, and elbows.  This stuff takes care of that for me, quickly! 
I would definitely recommend Dermagist.  They offer many other great products.  I'm interested in trying the Ultimate Clarifying System in the future.  Be sure to leave a comment letting me know how you like their products if you've tried them!
If you're interested in making a purchase, I've been told that code SUMMER should give you 10% off.
Dermagist is also offering one lucky reader a Spa System!  You're definitely going to want to enter this one, especially with the colder weather and dry air coming up!

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*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review through the above mentioned company or representing PR agency. In the event of a giveaway, the prize is shipped by the sponsor and I hold no responsibility. Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gear Up for Halloween with EdenFantasys

Spooky. Sexy. Fun. Happy Halloween from EdenFantasys!

This is my favorite time of the year.  I just love Fall, and October is my absolute favorite month.  It's my birthday month, and I lovvvve all the whimsy associated with Halloween!  The spooky decorations, the fun costumes...the music, the books, the ghost stories, the haunted this and that shows on tv... love it, love it, love it!

If you're looking for a sexy little number to wear this Halloween, in or out of the bedroom, EdenFantasys has got you covered.  Many of their costumes and dress up accessories are 20% off right now (not to mention you get  a free gift with every purchase, and free shipping on orders of $35 right now!  Score!).

They even have men's costumes!

I'm partial to this one... but then again, my husband IS a he doesn't really need a costume.  It's on sale for $44.79 at the moment (plus free shipping and a free gift!).  Set includes pants with reflective trim, t-shirt, and oversized suspenders.  Hubba, hubba!

I'm loving this Retro Stewardess costume for the ladies, made by Coquette!  It covers enough, while still being sassy.  Includes dress and hat for $31.19! 

I'm browsing right now and seeing a ton of great costumes, nurses, pirates, vampires, fairy tale characters, and more!  Go check out the selection for yourself!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review through the above mentioned company or representing PR agency. In the event of a giveaway, the prize is shipped by the sponsor and I hold no responsibility. Thank you for reading!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

UNJUNK Halloween with UNREAL

Candy that's NOT complete junk?  As a mom, I'm interested!  I love a good piece of candy just as much as the next person, but I want better for my children, and for that to happen, I need to show them better.  UNREAL candy makes that a lot easier.  I'd seen this candy at CVS and even picked up a pack of the peanut butter cups, which my husband promptly ate, so I hadn't tried them yet.  When I had the opportunity to have an UNREAL party to sample and candies and share with friends and family, I couldn't refuse.  A candy party?  Heck yeah! 
So, first, let me take a moment to tell you a little bit about UNREAL candy. 
Amazingly enough, UNREAL came about because a thirteen year old boy, asked WHY.  Why does candy have to contain so many ingredients that are not only bad for you, but many of which are simply unnecessary?  With the help of his family, UNREAL was born with the mission to UNJUNK your candy.  To make it better for you, and still taste just as sweet and delicious...or even more so!
UNREAL provides many of the great flavor combinations we love in our treats, but without corn syrup, without partially hydrogenated oils, without GMOs, without artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, and with 40% less sugar per serving on average.  They have added more cacao, real caramel (not corn syrup dyed to look like caramel), more peanuts, more protein, and more fiber.

So, does UNREAL pass a taste test?  We invited some friends and family over for an ice cream social this past weekend to find out what they thought. 

UNREAL was kind enough to send us some supplies, including samples of each type of candy, and brochures to hand out.  The varieties are similar to many already popular types of chocolate candies.  My children really got a kick out of that as we opened the packages. 
UNREAL54 - Chocolate Candy Shells with Peanuts
UNREAL41 - Chocolate Candy Shells
UNREAL5 - Chocolate Caramel Nougat Bar
UNREAL8 - Chocolate Caramel Nougat Bar with Peanuts
UNREAL77 - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
I'd have to say, my personal fave is UNREAL8!  So good!!  You can totally tell the ingredients are REAL and quality! 
Check out the Chocolate Candy Shells (UNREAL41!)...the colors are a bit more muted compared to the competition.  I had mixed reviews on these.  About 50/50 either LOVED them or just weren't a fan.  Personally I'm not a fan, but I never was an M&M person anyway (unless they're peanut butter!  Any plans for that UNREAL?)
To get the party started, I made sure everyone knew to take home a goody bag.  These were loaded up with plenty of UNREAL candy samples, and a paper with lots of great information and fun facts. 
The kids were REALLY excited to get their ice cream social on.  I chopped up some candies and placed them on plates so the kids could go to town. 
We put the ice cream in cups and let them add as many toppings as they wished.  We had some kids go for simply a few UNREAL41 and even more who relished the opportunity to have some fun and try a little (or a lot!) of everything. 
They had a blast, and it was nice knowing that the candy was so much better for them, as well as having less sugar and more protein. 
Yum!  We let the kids enjoy themselves in the dining room, while the adults discussed the candy and had our own little sampling in the kitchen.  Of course, we may have helped ourselves to some ice cream and toppings as well.  ;)
Most of the adults were REALLY impressed.  I know I've tried a few more natural foods before that make all of these fantastic claims, and then once I take a bite I realize they're compromised on taste.  Not so with UNREAL, and I think the majority agreed with me on that. 
We'll definitely be UNJUNKING our Halloween with UNREAL.  We were BOOed a few days ago, and had to return the favor to two other families in our neighborhood.  I made sure to include some UNREAL treats to keep the mission going! 

Thanks, UNREAL, for a real Halloween treat!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review through the above mentioned company or representing PR agency. In the event of a giveaway, the prize is shipped by the sponsor and I hold no responsibility. Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kidorable's Pumpkin Contest!

Pumpkins Come and Pumpkins Go, but A Jack-O-Lantern steals the show!

Carve, Chisel, or Draw your best pumpkin.

One lucky fan will win a full Kidorable ensemble of their choice.
Its easy - just email a picture of a child you love with the pumpkin they carved to Whoever gets the most votes wins.

Kidorable will receive entries from October 15 through Wednesday, October 31. Then voting will continue through November 7 at noon (cst) when they will announce the winner.

One entry per household. If multiple entries are submitted, only the first will be posted.

My kids are going to LOVE this!  How fun!!

*I may have received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review through the above mentioned company or representing PR agency. In the event of a giveaway, the prize is shipped by the sponsor and I hold no responsibility. Thank you for reading!