Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Winner Wednesday!



get the InLinkz code (if you'd like to place the link up on *your* blog!)



For now, while this is a small linkup, I'm leaving giveaway links on here until they are over and then going through and deleting them myself. If this gets to be too much, I'll start re-setting the link up every week. ;o)


Also, don't forget, if you've won something on Flip Flop Reviews and would like to share a picture we'd love to post it on Winner Wednesday!  We'll share our wins, too!




Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Toast to Champagne

I don't drink much, but I have found that I love a nice glass of wine or if I'm feeling extra indulgent, a bit of champagne, every now and then.  I was just saying the other night that I regretted not keeping wine in the house for nights when a small glass just sounds so perfect.  I'm definitely going to have to start stocking up and keeping some on hand.  The only problem is that I live in Pennsylvania, so it's a little more inconvenient to purchase anything alcoholic because it's just not available in places that I normally shop.  I have to go to a store (or restaurant/bar/etc) that is able to sell it, and there's just not that many in my area.  It's not sold in grocery stores in my area, and I'm boring so I don't go very many other places!  I'm left simply enjoying a glass here and there when I'm out to eat sometimes. 

I've thought about maybe joining a wine club, or ordering online from someplace like wine.com.  Looks like they're having a Spring Savings event going on right now too, up to 50% off.  You know how I love a good sale!


Brought To By Wine.com, Purveyors of Fine Wine and Champagne

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Winner Wednesday!



get the InLinkz code (if you'd like to place the link up on *your* blog!)



For now, while this is a small linkup, I'm leaving giveaway links on here until they are over and then going through and deleting them myself. If this gets to be too much, I'll start re-setting the link up every week. ;o)


Also, don't forget, if you've won something on Flip Flop Reviews and would like to share a picture we'd love to post it on Winner Wednesday!  We'll share our wins, too!




Just Checking In!

Hi, everyone!

I hope you are all doing well.  I'm finally getting out of my funk, it seems.  With my recent health issues, moving, my daughter starting her first year of school, and well, just LIFE, I feel like I've been neglecting Flip Flop Reviews a bit.  It hasn't been intentional, I've just either been very busy, or not feeling well. 

However, I love writing and reviewing for Flip Flop, so that just won't do!  I've been around and posting here and there, but not with the frequency that we had last year, so I'm hoping to get back into the swing of reviewing more products for you all, more often.  Hoping for some great giveaways, too!  What do you think?  Are there any products or companies that you'd like to see reviews and/or giveaways for?  I have a couple coming up, I keep a list in our sidebar over on the left.  Laura Mercier, Foundation, KM Fantasy Massage Oil Candles, Simple Green, Soap & Paper Factory, Sue Devitt's Eye Intensifier Pencil, and I just received my review copy of The Book of Lost Fragrances this week I'm in the middle of reading that so I can let you all know what I thought.  So far, so good!
I'm currently working on the new house, and that's taking up a lot my time lately.  I'm doing a lot of painting, decorating and fixing/restoring furniture.  I can't decide exactly what I want for my living room!  So far, I've got beige walls, brown couches, and dark brown furniture (painting it, to use what I have and make it work!).  I can't decide on accent colors.  Right now I have a lot of burgundy...but I think I might try white, cream, blue, green, and maybe some yellow?  What do you think?  Do you have any suggestions?
I'd love to work on some home decorating and accent reviews, and I will be sure to post pictures of my progress too!  I just finished my oldest daughter's room, aside from a few small details.  It's super pink!  She's my little girly-girl.  I'm working on my youngest daughter's room as well, but still need to paint it.  She picked out a purple/lilac paint.  So pretty.

 
I'd also like to work on some reviews for Must Have Vacation products and apparel!  We're planning a VERY exciting and MAGICAL vacation this Summer and I'm SO excited! 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tablet Teddy Bears


Tablet Teddy Bears were created by a Pediatric Occupational Therapist to help safely minimize neck strain and posture problems for children who frequently use iPads and other tablet devices.



Tablet Teddy Bear was designed so that your kids can play with their teddy bear and at the same time explore the new revolution of children apps on their iPads™ and tablets.

Ideal for home and traveling, be it on a road trips, cars, airplanes, outdoors, or visiting grandma and grandpa.
Offered in a soft minky plush Blue or Pink Swirl or Classic Brown, these loveable Teddy Bears protect your tablet while your child can take advantage of the educational and entertaining value of their tablet. When it’s time to go, simply detach the protective backpack, slip the tablet inside, and your little one has their favorite teddy tucked into their arms.

Tablet Teddy Bears™ accommodate any tablet on the market including: iPad® 1 and 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab™, Amazon Kindle™, Blackberry Playbook™, HP Touchpad™.

Features:

  • Ergonomically designed
  • Sits up independently
  • Flexible arms and legs
  • Anti-skid material on stomach and hands holds iPads and Tablets
  • Padded and removable snapped backpack to store your iPad or Tablet
  • Carry Handle for backpack
Retail is $49.99.

This unique product is also available in a Bean Bag form as well.  I think these are awesome.  With kids these days using tablets as much as they do, I'd rather it be done in a manner that protects their posture and keeps them comfortable!



*I recieved no compensation for this post.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Neater Feeder Review

Spoil the pet.  Spare the floor.

I love my pets.  Love them!  They have so much personailty.

We have a two year old black lab, named Ciara (Kiera, not Sierra).  She is FUN.  Hyper, and very loving.  She's such a people dog (person, if you'd ask her.  She thinks she's just one of the kids!).  We got her from a local SPCA when she was just three months.  She is SO good with the kids.  They can lay all over her and she doesn't mind.  When she does, every once in awhile, want to get away, she just gets up and comes over to sit on my or my husbands feet, or to lay in her safe spot, her crate. 

We also have a four year old cat, named Jack.  He's a tough guy, and he used to get in fights with the neighborhood strays when he was a little younger.  As a result, despite our best efforts, he has some problems with his right eye.  He can see out of it, but the muscles around it are a bit droopy.  We tease that he's One Eyed Jack, the Pirate Cat!  He can be very sweet and he's mellowed out a lot from his tough-cat personality when he was younger, but he mostly prefers to keep to himself.  After his big fight, we began to make him an indoor cat.  He runs outside every once in awhile now, but he doesn't wander far. 

I knew having pets would be rewarding, but would also be a lot of work.  What I didn't expect?  ALL THE MESS!

So, today I wanted to tell you about this great pet product I recently tried out, called the Neater Feeder.  While you would think it would be more likely to be the dog, our cat Jack, is the number one culprit in this house for being a messy eater.  He likes to scoot his bowls around to various locations and then "bury" them.  As a result, I would often find trails of cat food leading up to his bowl, or water splashed all over my kitchen floor.  Not fun to clean up, and the water splashes are annoying, and not to mention they can be dangerous as they can be slipped on.  I've put mats under the food bowls, but he doesn't care and they don't stop his mission to bury his bowl somewhere else in the kitchen.  He's a very determined cat!  Not only that, but whenever I go to put food or water in his bowls, he runs over and headbutts me or the bowl, causing spills!  So when I heard about the Neater Feeder, I was intrigued. 

Inspired by a pup with no table manners whatsoever, Duke, the Neater Feeder is made for both dogs, and cats.  It is designed to help protect your floors and keep the mess at bay.  Check it out:


It features stainless steel food and water dishes, that are set into a stylish plastic (recyclable polypropylene) holder.  This holder is unique because it has a slight slope, and a filter for spilled water to drain down into.  The filter separates that spilled food and the water trickles down into the bottom compartment for super easy clean up!  It also has walls, to keep food and water contained.  It really is mess free!  I've never seen another product like it.

Jack didn't waste a moment trying out his new Neater Feeder!

You can get leg extensions to pop on to the Neater Feeder to make it the perfect height for your pet.  This allows them to eat more comfortable, and the bowls are at the right height for your pet to eat comfortably, there is already less mess. This feeder is large and "heavy" enough and has great non slip rubber grips on the bottom so that my Jack isn't able to easily push it around all over the floor, as a result, he doesn't bother.  We did not need to use the leg extensions, but this feeder sits up a little higher than some other pet bowls, so I can definiely see that he is more comfortable eating from these dishes. 

The Neater Feeder is available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes for dogs.  The small size is also perfect for cats, and can be purchased specifically for cats with shallower bowls.  Here is the size chart that you can find on the Neater Feeder website.


Right now, you can get these in your choice of two colors.  A burgundy/red or a gold.  We were sent the burgundy/red and it's a beautiful color. 

We keep his bowls in a more "secluded" area because otherwise the dog bothers him while he tries to eat, or the dog will decide to eat his food FOR him!  This seems to work out nicely.  Jack can easily get to his food and it's a little more blocked off from Ciara.

It is SO nice to not walk in to my kitchen in the morning and find (or step in!) trails of spilled food and sloshed water on the floor.  I'm planning to purchase a Neater Feeder for my dog as well.  She's not nearly as messy with her food (A lab, waste food?!  Ha!), but I love the idea of the leg extenders for her to put this bowl up to a more comfortable height for her to eat at. 

It's very easy to clean, as well.  A major plus!  All parts of the Neater Feeder are dishwasher safe, but I put only the stainless steel bowls in the dishwasher and I just wipe the plastic down in the sink with a little dish soap and sponge when needed because the plastic parts are a little bulky.  I have enough to fill my dishwasher with at the end of the day!  :o)

A percentage of purchases also go to Pals for Life!  I love knowing that I'm helping to support a great cause when I'm purchasing products that I would buy anyway.



*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!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances - Get Your Copy TODAY!


I'm so excited to tell you about a book that is available for purchase today!  Best selling author M.J. Rose creates The Book of Lost Fragrances.  A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra—and lost for 2,000 years.


Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances--and of her mother's suicide--she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.

Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?

The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra's Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac's quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.

Aside from the promising story, what is unique about this book is that Frederick Bouchardy, owner of Joya Studio was so moved by the book he was inspired to created a fragrance, Âmes Sœurs, to evoke the novel's theme of soul mates that can find each other through fragrance after thousands of years.  What a fantastic idea!

I should be receiving a copy of the book and a sample of the fragrance soon, so I'll be sure to tell you all about them as soon as I can.  I'm already intrigued!


About the book: Publisher’s Weekly named it one of springs 10 best suspense books and called it a “deliciously sensual novel of paranormal suspense.” It’s an Indie Next Pick for March as well as a Starbucks Book Club pick.

“The highest achievement of any novelist is to create a world so real you can see, feel, hear and touch it. In the case of THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES, the author M.J. Rose wrote a book where the reader enters the novel through their sense of smell. THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES has many layers that intertwine ancient and contemporary perfumery against the backdrop of historical, social and political drama. But it is the author's deft storytelling about a love that transcends time that ultimately transforms the book from a work of fiction into a rare glimpse into the realm of possibility of the tenacity of the human soul.” Cafleurebon.com

“A spellbinding love story and historical novel of mystery, reincarnation, ancient Egypt. Rose's in-depth research about fragrance adds to the pleasure in what I think is her most exciting book yet. Being imm

ersed in Rose's fictional world is one of those times when you don't want to come back to the real world." —Bookworks



"Smoothly blends historical events, compelling characters, and international intrigue into an absorbing and thrilling ride through the centuries." —Library Journal

“Amazing... utterly engrossing. Elegantly written, with unforgettable characters. Will keep you up all night—and leave you with powerful feelings of revelation, wonder, and the infinitude of human possibility." —New York Times best selling author Douglas Preston





*I will recieve one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of a future 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!

EdenFantasys Highlight 3/15

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store

Did you know that leading sex toys site, EdenFantasys, sells so much more than just toys?  Aside from their fabulous and ever expanding selection of lingerie, bath and body products, makeup, and candles, they sell books and music as well!  Everything you might possibly need for a romantic evening with someone special, or a relaxing evening spent with intentions of pampering yourself.

I haven't spent a lot of time reading since I had children.  That needs to change.  Lately I've been taking time out to draw a hot bath with loads of bubbles, lighting some candles, and only keeping one other soft light on.  I'll turn on some classical music, and soak in the tub with a good book.  I'm a huge Anne Rice fan, I have been for many years.  While I love her preternatural stories (and do plan to re-read them!), I decided to check out the Beauty trio a few weeks ago. 


She wrote these under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure, but all copies I've found have been complete with her name as well.  They are quite risque, but good reads if you like erotic fiction.  A very interesting take on a classic fairy tale.  You can find all three of these books in paper back at EdenFantasys, as well as many other sensual novels, and how to books (I've seen some great How-To Massage books!).





*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, March 3, 2012

Many Thanks

Written by my friend Constance Hayden

Last week I went to http://www.tvbydirect.com/ to see what I could find for adding more channels to our line- up. I don’t watch a ton of TV, but when I do, I love to see shows that inspire and touch the heart. As a teacher, most days you feel that what you do is thankless. You pour your heart and soul into your instruction purely for the benefit of others, and most days what you do is received with less than thanks or praise. I received an email from a student I had last quarter. He was an older gentleman, and for the first few weeks of the term, he looked at me most nights like I had my head on backwards. He didn’t say much, and he often wore a pained expression like he was nearly dying getting through my instruction and activities. For whatever reason, this man interested me. He looked like he was carrying a story inside, so I worked my hardest to draw it out. My instincts were dead on. He had lost his wife, the absolute love of his life, to cancer some years back. After a fruitful career, he was looking to try something new. At times I felt foolish with my challenges for writing and the stress I placed on the importance of good grammar. All of this changed when he sent me this beautiful email thanking me for how much I had invested in this course and how much he appreciated the personal touches I had given the class. His words meant so much, and I as responded, I reminded him that words such as his own are the mere things that keep me going even when I feel like no one cares.








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