Friday, March 27, 2015

Forget The Candy! Fill Her Easter Eggs With CHARM IT!

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  Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

 It's almost here! With Spring finally coming to West Virginia, it means that Easter is just around the corner. My kids were eager to dig out their Easter baskets in preparation for the holiday and have already been hinting at what they are hoping to find in their baskets on Easter morning. Of course, we always indulge them in some candy, but more and more as the years go by and our house fills up with more stuff, my husband and I try to fill their Easter baskets with items we know they will not only be excited to get, but ones they will also use or need. My daughter, Eva, is in 1st grade and just starting to get into the fun of accessorizing; her older sister has given her just a little bit of encouragement. I was on the hunt to fill her Easter eggs with something other than candy this year, and I found the perfect answer in CHARM IT!

CHARM IT!

High IntenCity Corp. was founded with a mission: Inspire girls to express their individuality through creativity. Since 1993, our team of extraordinary individuals has been creating fun fashion jewelry for girls worldwide. Talented, dynamic and energetic define us. Passion, creativity and imagination drive us. Empowering girls with the gift of self-expression continues to inspire us.

  Our innovative CHARM IT! brand debuted in 2000 as the original, detachable charm jewelry line. As the “I just can’t stop smiling” brand, girls know and love CHARM IT! for the infinite selection and endless possibilities. Our signature and co-branded collections are timeless yet ever-evolving. Design is key, love is in the details, quality is priority and safety is our commitment. CHARM IT! is a premier brand available worldwide and sold exclusively at independent specialty retailers and premium department stores. - Taken from CHARM IT! website. 

 I love that CHARM IT! allows me and my daughter to pick out charms that speak directly to her unique talents, things she loves, and everything that makes her and her life special. I wanted each charm that I chose to mean something to my daughter and CHARM IT! provided so many charms to choose from. I came up with the perfect gift set to surprise my daughter with and I'm so excited to share with you just some of the CHARM IT! possibilities!
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Bulldog Charm Before Eva was born, I worked in a flower shop in downtown Minneapolis. I loved working there, and as in most flower shops, we also sold lots of stuffed animals. One day while unpacking some new inventory, I came across a stuffed bulldog animal and it was so cute, I had to purchase one for myself. I didn't have any kids yet, but I set him aside to one day, share with my first child. After Eva was born, he became her first friend, who she later named "Bruce". Seven years later, she still sleeps with him every night.  This Bulldog charm looks almost identical to Bruce and Eva loves that, now, even when she can't take her stuffed friend with her to places like school, she has her "Bruce" charm with her instead.

  Rainbow "e" Charm - I always want Eva to be confident in herself and giving her a charm that is the first letter of her name was just my simple way of reminding her that she is special, beautiful and unique. The Rainbow Charms are filled with multi-colored stones that add a wonderful sparkle to her charm bracelet.

  I Love Baking - Eva and I have started a Mother/Daughter tradition, as I have with all of my kids, to spend one night a week helping with dinner. It's become a very precious time for me and my kids because it gives us one-on-one time together, and also teaches my kids how to make some of their favorite meals. The I Love Baking charm is absolutely adorable and is a reminder, every time Eva sees it, of all of our special times in the kitchen.

  Hermit Crab - I was so excited when I stumbled upon the Hermit Crab charm because I knew it would be so very special to Eva. I few years ago when Eva was 3, my husband and and I took a team of students to New Orleans to help with rebuilding projects following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We brought Eva back a hermit crab, whom she loved, and named him Mr. Precious. She loved and took care of him for years and even took Mr. Precious on a trip to Kindergarten with her when her class was learning the letter "H". Sadly, a little over a year ago, Mr. Precious passed away and Eva had a hard time saying goodbye to her little friend. The Hermit Crab charm, which is covered in colorful hearts,  is one of her favorites, because to Eva, "It's almost like having Mr. Precious with me again".

  Flower Horse - this charm was created by a 12-year old girl during one of CHARM IT!'s many Crayola Creativity Design-A-Charm contests. Like most little girls, Eva loves horses and dreams one day of having her own. I got this charm for her to remind her to always keep dreaming and to keep reaching for her dreams, just like the contest winner, Emily H. who realized her dream of designing her very own charm.

  Popcorn - I picked the Popcorn charm for Eva because, well, popcorn is her absolute favorite snack. I'm convinced she doesn't even like the movies for the entertainment, she loves them because they usually come with popcorn. This charm is absolutely adorable and bright and filled with just the right amount of sparkle.

 All of the charms on CHARM IT! are $6.00 each, but you will always find special promotions and sales on various charms! Click HERE to start picking out your favorite charms!
  charm bracelet in basket

CHARM IT! not only sells charms individually, but they also have an assortment of colorful and trendy bracelets to hang all of your charms on. Not sure what charms to pick? There are lots of gift sets to make any girl happy!

 Click HERE to pick out a bracelet!

 Click HERE to pick out a gift set!

 There's even necklaces you can choose from! Click HERE to pick one out!

 After we unpacked our Easter baskets, we of course had to have a few Easter egg hunts in our house. Eva loved gathering up all her charms and slipping on her new bracelet. She couldn't wait to show all of her friends at school the next day! The smile on her face was definitely bigger than any amount of candy ever provided and I'm so thrilled that she will have this bracelet with all of her meaningful charms to wear and look forward to day after day. Every girl is special and unique - celebrate your special girl this Easter with this creative addition to her Easter basket!

 Visit the CHARM IT! website to start designing your own unique charm bracelet today! Make sure to follow them on their social media pages and their blog to learn about new charms, promotions, contests, coupons and more!
Have a creative girl of your own? Click HERE to check out the CHARM IT! 2015 Crayola Creativity Design-A-Charm Contest now through May 6th! Enter your charm design for a chance to see it become a CHARM IT! charm!

 WIN IT!
  Charm It Giveaway

One lucky reader will win their own 3-Charm Gift Set (With three charms of their own choosing!). The giveaway will end April 11, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.  

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Fill Your Easter Baskets With Games For All Ages From Educational Insights {GIVEAWAY PRIZE PACK!!!}

Easter Game Giveaway
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 Every year I look forward to the smiles and squeals coming from my children's bedrooms as they wake up to find their Easter Baskets. We don't like to fill our kids baskets with a lot of chocolate and candy, and they all, especially the oldest, have more stuffed animals then they know what to do with, or even have room for. I like to find items I know my kids will use longer than 24 hours before they get tossed aside and the more I thought about what I could include in their baskets this year, the more I began to think that an age appropriate board game for each one would be perfect! Our family is always looking for a new game we can play together as well as games they can play with each other. With ages from 2 to 11 in our house, we needed to find games for each age group and we found the most excellent selection at Education Insights!

Pre-School Age

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  Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt

  Hoppy Floppy needs your help hunting for colorful carrots! Fill your basket first, and you win in this sweet, springtime, hide-and-seek game. Simple to play and understand for young ones, and easy to set up and clean up!
  • Develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and pre-handwriting skills
  • Improves matching and strategic thinking skills
  • Reinforces color learning
  • Encourages social skills and turn-taking
  • Fifth preschool Squeezer Game based on the award-winning Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game
  • Includes colorful carrot-shaped board, 1 Hoppy Floppy Squeezer, 16 carrots, 4 baskets, game spinner, and guide
  • For 2-4 players - Taken from Educational Insights Website

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 My youngest guy, Levi, is going to be so excited to find this game in his Easter Basket this year! Now that he is a "big boy" he wants to be included in all of the games his siblings play, but most of them he just can't participate in on his own. Hoppy Floppy will be a great first game for him and one I'm sure even his other brother and sisters will be "hoppy" to play with him!

 You can purchase Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt for $14.99 HERE

Kindergarten Age

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  Bunny Hop Memory Game

  The farmers are in a frenzy! Bunnies are hopping and hiding in the Carrot Patch, eating all the veggies. Help the farmers catch these funny bunnies in a memory game of bunny “hide and seek.” Be the first player to collect at least one bunny of each color (red, blue, yellow, and green) and you win!
  • Encourages children to recognize colors and remember which of their bunnies are hoppers
  • Invites players to think fast and strategize to collect all 4 bunny colors first
  • For 2-4 players
  • Also suitable for some Pre-School children - Taken from Educational Insights Website
My 5-year old son Elijah is a hands on kind of kid - that's just why the Bunny Hop Memory Game will be perfect for him. He likes a lot of action and the anticipation of bunnies jumping out of the farmers patch is just the thing to keep him coming back to this board game again and again. He definitely won't be begging his siblings to play this game with him!

 You can purchase the Bunny Hop Memory Game, currently on sale, for $21.99 (normally $29.99) HERE

Intermediate Age

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  Space Spinners

  It’s not rocket science – its centrifugal force! Spin your saucer fast enough to lift and transport your fuel balls from the launch pad to the Mother Ship. Finish this scientific space race first and you’ve got lift off. This hands-on game is frantic, fast-action fun for the whole family!
  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • Enhances fine motor skills
  • Introduces the scientific concept of centrifugal force
  • Players use centrifugal force to lift and transport fuel balls
  • Frantically-paced space race
  • Fun for the whole family - Taken from Education Insights Website

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It takes a lot to keep my daughter, Eva, interested. She needs fast-paced action to keep her attention. She has also grown to love Science and discovery. She will spend hours in her room inventing and learning all she can about the world around her. Space Spinners will be the perfect surprise to put in her Easter basket this year. Not only will this game keep her interested with it's "Frantically-paced" action and race, but she will love the Astronomy theme of this game. And she will love learning all about centrifugal force while she's having fun!

 You can purchase Space Spinners, for $24.99 HERE

Pre-Teen

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Blurt

 Of all my kids, there's no doubt my pre-teen daughter, Mariyah, is a lot harder to buy for. She's at that age where barbies and dolls, and trinkets no loner cut it and not only are the gifts getting more complicated, they are getting more expensive. I was so excited to find that Educational Insights not only have great products for younger children, but that they also have fun and exciting games for older kids as well!  

Best-selling Blurt!® gets a make-over: brand-new box and game board, and even better party-ready game play! What word means “a partially dried grape?” Be the first to say “raisin” and you’re on your way to winning this riotous game of rapid word recall. Sounds simple, but as the race for the right word heats up and the blurting gets boisterous, it’s easy to get tongue-tied!
  • Improves vocabulary and word recall
  • Encourages quick thinking skills
  • Promotes good sportsmanship and social skills
  • Fast-paced, rapid recall board game for all ages
  • Hilarious party game and perfect for family game night (also includes rules for the junior version)
  • Includes 200 cards (1,200 clues!), 6 game pieces, game board, die, and guide
  • For 3-12 players - Taken from Educational Insights Website

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 This is a great game that any pre-teen will love to play with family or with friends! I love that this game can allow for up to 12 different players - perfect for a sleepover with friends, or even great for having some extended over for family fun! Another huge plus is that this game also features rules for a "junior" version, which means even with younger ages in our home, we can still play this game together as a family. My daughter will be having so much fun laughing and playing with her friends, she won't even realize she's also learning at the same time!

 You can purchase Blurt for $19.99 HERE

 Educational Insights has so many amazing top-quality children's products, it's almost impossible to choose from their vast selection! As a parent, I am thrilled that I can shop knowing, no matter what product I choose to buy for my children, I can purchase it with the confidence that it will bring not only fun, but learning to my kids play as well!

 Make sure you visit Education Insights to check out all of their creative and educational products! 

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WIN ALL FOUR GAMES!!!
  Easter Game Giveaway2

One lucky reader will win all four games listed above (Hoppy Floppy Happy Hunt, Blurt, Space Spinners, Bunny Hop Memory Game). The giveaway will end April 6, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.  

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Get The PERFECT Mother's Day Gift With Formia Design {Plus 10% off Coupon Code}

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  Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

 I'll start by saying, if you are looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, one that is sure to bring on the happiest of tears for that special Mom in your life, look no further than Formia Design. I stumbled upon this company one day while I was on the hunt for new and creative items to share with my readers, and I feel so very lucky to have found Formia Design. As a Mom, their product touched my heart in a way that no other product has ever done before. I have a simple yet exquisite piece of jewelry sitting just upstairs that I will not only treasure forever, but one that brings a smile to my face and an overwhelming love to my heart every time I put it on.

Who Is Formia Design?

Established in 2004 by master goldsmith Mia van Beek, Formia Design is a small, full-service jewelry studio located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Known worldwide for transforming your own child’s artwork into precious metal keepsakes (necklaces, charms, keychains and more), we also create, redesign and repair fine jewelry. All our pieces are handmade with the goal of perfection. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and attention to detail in every stage of the process. We are always only a phone call or e-mail away - Formia Design Website

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 From the first time I contacted Joan and Formia Design, until my pendant was delivered, I was treated as if I were the only customer they had. They gave me such personal attention from start to finish that it became abundantly clear they take great pride not only in their work, but also in their customer service as they care greatly about the satisfaction of each patron. When my little black box arrived, I couldn't get it open fast enough! My daughter, Eva, was standing right next to me, barely able to contain herself as she waited breathlessly to see her creation take on a new life as a precious gift to her Mom.

What Kind Of Artwork Can You Use?

Pretty much anything you can convert into an image! We only ask that the image be high resolution. We have made jewelry based on pictures in pencil, pen, crayon, marker, chalk, and paint. Even drawings in sand, on a magnadoodle or on a window. We have made jewelry from personal photographs — a daddy with his little girl, a biker tattoo, a wooden boat model. Did your child draw something really cute on the sidewalk in chalk? You can take a picture and turn it into a key chain or pendant so it lasts forever instead of just until the next rain! Occasionally we may have to modify the picture just a little — if your stick figure has super long legs or there is tiny writing in the picture. Mia has a genius for keeping the character of the artwork but still making it work. We will always consult with you before modifying your picture. - Formia Design Website

For my precious pendant, I chose a very special picture. On her first day of Kindergarten, my daughter Eva drew a self-portrait. It has always been one of my favorite pictures and after it lived on our refrigerator for a while, I carefully tucked it away in her "keep sake" box. It holds a very special place in my heart, not only because its a self-portrait, but also that it was drawn at such a milestone event in her life. At the bottom of her portrait, she wrote her name, in the squiggly way that every 5-year old does, and I just adore such a treasured autograph. I took a picture of Eva holding up her drawing and emailed it to Joan and Formia Design and then Eva and I watched the mailbox every day until our Formia Design package arrived.
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When my pendant and chain arrived I could not believe how exact a replica Mia had created! There were instant tears of happiness as soon as I saw my pendant. My daughter, Eva was simply elated that her drawing had been turned into an even more priceless treasure and couldn't wait for her Mom to try it on and wear it proudly - and I have to say, I couldn't wait either!
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I have worn my necklace on several occasions and I always get comments on how "cool" or "neat" the pendant is. Of course then, I get to tell them that it's actually one of my daughter's drawings and instantly, the next comment is always how incredibly lucky I am to have a little piece of my little girl forever. No matter how old she gets, no matter how many more milestones she completes, I will always have a small piece of my sweet, adventurous. wide-eyed 5-year old Eva, around my neck, and in my heart.

From now until April 6th, Formia Design is offering 10% off your order if you use the Coupon Code: edfd15

To order this perfect gift for your Mother (or Mother of your children) click HERE to visit the Formia Design Website
  • Orders placed before April 23rd will arrive in time for Mother's Day at normal shipping cost
  • Orders placed April 23rd but before May 2nd will arrive for Mother's Day with expedited shipping cost
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Organize Your Spring Projects With King Innovation Storage Buckets

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Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review. 

In my house, my husband doubles as both handyman of our home, and also a full-time business owner of Integrity Tile and Stone. He specializes in flooring, specifically tile. His eye for design and perfection is unmatched in our area and He recently broadened his horizons to working as a field manager for another flooring company in our area. I love bragging about my husband and the way he takes care of his family and how hard he works. He is without a doubt, the most talented man I know. With all of these talents he has to have one fault right? Just like most men I know, the struggle with organization is very real. I can't tell you how many times I have found this tool, or that material lying somewhere around the house, or the number of times Ben has called me on the road driving to pick up a tool or product he thought he had with him. I was so excited when I discovered the King Innovation Storage Organizers to make my husbands projects at home, and his work outside the home, a little more efficient.


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 One of the first things that caught my eye about these Storage Organizers is that they come in a bucket. For my husband, buckets are a huge part of the job and we have stacks of them in our basement, and in his storage unit. He uses them on a daily basis. This storage organizer allows him to keep everything in one location. When he heads off to a job, he simply has to grab his King Innovation Storage Organizer.
  • 5 gallon capacity printed bucket with customizable small and large storage trays
  • Perfect for storage and organization
  • High-impact plastic pail with heavy duty handle
  • Storage trays fit snugly inside pail
  • Full size sorter trays interchange with half size trays
  • Water resistant lids are easy to put on and take off
  • Available in multiple tray quantities for customization - Taken from King Innovation website

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Our King Innovation Storage Bucket came with 2 large trays and 2 small trays. Each tray fits directly on top of the other and then easily slide right into the King Innovation 5-gallon bucket. Not only is this a great space saver aspect, but with four different compartments in each tray, it leave you with 16 different storage areas for all your handyman's organization needs! The obvious bright yellow color leaves no doubt that the bucket your are picking up and taking with you - is your King Innovation bucket, filled with all of the most important materials for the job.
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The large trays measure 5" deep, the small measure 3". There are so many possibilities of storage in these trays. For my husband, he is able to store, stain pens, wood putties, nails, screws, seam sealers, floor cleaning solutions, tile spacers, tapes, and so much more. Had my husband not snatched this storage organizer right up, I know I could have used it for numerous projects around the house. This organizer could be use to house everything one needs to clean the house (clothes, scrub brushes, cleaning solutions, and more). Or I definitely would have used to as my own "tool box" of sorts to hold my own nails, screws, and all of those other random odds and ends I've collected over the years to complete projects in my home.
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Probably one of my favorite features about this organization system is that each section is easy to grip and carry from one room to the next. You don't have to carry them in the bucket to be stable. or try to hold them from the sides. Simply grab the handle right on top for effortless travel from place to place, job to job, room to room. I appreciate how much this system makes my husband's daily job easier and definitely more organized. Do you have some spring projects in your home you are working on this year? Or maybe you have a handyman in your own home! With the price of $34.99, this system is easily affordable.

  Ready to purchase a King Innovation Storage Organizer of your own? You can purchase a 4-Tray Organizer on Amazon by clicking HERE.

  To find local distributors of this product in your area click HERE 

  If you have a handyman in your home, you will definitely want to check out all of the other great products King Innovations provides by visiting their website HERE

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WIN IT!!!
King Innovation Giveaway number 2
 One lucky reader will win a Storage Bucket from King Innovation. The giveaway will end April 3, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.  

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cooking With The Berenstain Bears {$25 Gift Certificate GIVEAWAY!!!}


Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

My kids have always loved helping Mom in the kitchen, but ever since we started our weekly routine of getting Kids In The Kitchen, they have been more and more excited to try different recipes and learn new cooking and baking techniques. My daughter, Eva, age 6, has taken a special interest in learning to cook and she was so excited to help me review The Berenstain Bears Country Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult. She has always loved pouring over her Mom's cookbooks, just like I remember doing with my Mom when I was a little girl. Eva is so delighted that now, she has her first cookbook, and one that she can call her very own!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wrap Yourself In Comfort With A Berkshire Blanket Hand Knit Chunky Throw

Berkshire Blanket

  Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

 Every evening, after I put the kids to bed, I make myself a cup of tea, put my feet up, grab a book or flip on the TV, and try to fall into some place cozy and comfortable, even for just an hour. It's like this little gift that I give to myself every day for doing all of the things that Mom's do. For me, nothing makes me feel more snug than when I'm wrapped up in the softest of blankets. No matter the season, even in the evening in the middle of August, a blanket, in my world, is a must! I just don't feel comfortable without one.  My search for the coziest, softest, "snuggliest" blanket led me straight to Berkshire Blanket, and their Hand Knit Chunky Throw.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Get Unplugged With Kinivo Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

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  Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review. 

 Ever since my daughter got an iPod Touch for Christmas she has been bugging her dad and me for a new set of headphones. She was more than thrilled when she had the opportunity to test out a set of Kinivo Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, and take part in her very first review post. If you have a preteen, take note. Ours is getting harder and harder to buy for and not only are these headphones currently on sale for a great deal, but so far they have held up quite well, even with my daughter wearing them (and dancing in them) around the house. Here's all of the details you need to know about the Kinivo Bluetooth Stereo Headphones:
  • Compatible with Bluetooth enabled music players & A2DP enabled devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android Smart Phones, tablets, etc
  • Control your music player directly from the headset with functions such as play, pause, next & previous track, and volume
  • Serves as both a wireless music Headset and Bluetooth phone headset for hands free calling
  • Sleek, comfortable, lightweight design with up to 10 hours of music and talk time
  • New and improved design: Micro-USB charging port, increased battery time, and modified LED design - Taken from Kinivo Website
Device Compatibility: 
  •  iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS
  •  All iPads, iPod Touch, Android phones and tablets
  •  All other Bluetooth (A2DP) capable devices
  • PS3 (Supports only chat audio) - Taken from Kinivo Website
Key Features:
  • Portability: Lightweight (73g), foldable design provides maximum portability & convenient storage
  •  Rechargeable: Integrated rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of uninterrupted talk/ music time or 200 hours in the standby mode
  •  Hands-Free calling: BTH240 has a built-in noise canceling Microphone. Music will automatically pause when you receive an incoming call - Taken from Kinivo Website
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Out of the box the Kinivo comes with it's own carrying case that is easy to pull closed with a drawstring. The headphones themselves are very light and flexible. Each Kinivo kit also includes a Micro-USB cord, which can be attached to a computer, or any other charger that fits a Micro-USB charger. We have charged Mariyah's Kinivo on both a laptop and a wall charger and both have charged efficiently. Mariyah recently used her headphones on a long 8-hour road trip and she was in the back seat jamming the entire way! She can turn up the volume or change a song either using the controls on her iPod, or by utilizing the buttons located on the side of her headphones.
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The headphones fold right up very easily and fit in the carrying bag along with the Micro-USB charger. Especially given that these headphones are used by a preteen who is not always known to keep all of her things organized and in place. I love that she has a designated bag to keep her headphones in, that also leave enough room for her to keep her charger with it. I could go on and on about how pleased as a parent I have been with these headphones, but I thought I would let Mariyah share for herself just how much she likes this product.

One thing that I really dislike about most headphones is the cords! They always get tangled and it's always hard to get them untangled. These Kinivo Bluetooth headphones have none! I can dance around my room listening to music for hours without ever getting tangled up. Yeah! They also have an amazing sound! The quality is very clear and I never have to strain to understand the lyrics to any song. I love the way these headphones wrap around your ears and stay secure the whole day through. The way the headphones lay across your neck is very unique and extremely comfortable, especially with the cushion on the part you put over your ears. The cushion is very soft and doesn't squeeze your ears. On the side of the headphones, you can even switch the song, or turn the volume up or down. I would definitely recommend you get these wonderful headphones - Mariyah - Age 11

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Since she has gotten her Kinivo Bluetooth headphones, Mariyah always makes sure that when we are hitting the road, or when we all band together for a Saturday morning clean up around the house, that she has her headphones ready to go! So often, I seem to purchase an item for my kids that they use for a few weeks and then toss it aside - but Mariyah takes such great care of her new headphones, it's clear they are a very important item to her. Thanks to Kinivo and their Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, it's pretty safe to say, Mariyah will never go back to being "plugged in" again.

 Want to get a great deal on these Kinivo Bluetooth Stereo Headphones? Click HERE to purchase a pair for only $24.99 (normally $49.99) for black or $29.99 (normally $54.99) for red.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

JK Adams - A Cut Above The Rest {Concave Cutting Board Review & GIVEAWAY}

Concave jk adams Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

If you have followed Our Southern Style for any length of time, you know I love to cook, especially for my family. Not only do I love to cook, but when I cook, I always make it a priority to use as many fresh ingredients as possible. For years I used a thick plastic cutting board that very quickly took a turn for the worse. Each time I seemed to use it, gashes were left in the board and eventually I began to see flecks of plastic rubbing off onto the board, and quite possibly, sneaking in to the food I was cutting. The more I looked into the importance of a good cutting board, the more I discovered the benefits of using a wooden one. Many think the plastic boards are safer because they are easier to sanitize, which may be true if it's new. But if you use a plastic cutting board for any length of time, you will inevitably begin to have grooves and gashes for the obvious reason that plastic just isn't as hard as wood. It's in these grooves where bacteria is easily trapped and then transferred to anything placed on the cutting board. What happens if you get cuts or grooves in your wooden board?

Hardwoods, like maple, are fine-grained, and the capillary action of those grains pulls down fluid, trapping the bacteria – which are killed off as the board dries after cleaning - Ben Chapman, University of North Carolina.

 At JK Adams, I found an assortment of cutting boards available for all my food preparation and even serving needs.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Drink More Water With Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottles

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Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review

 I have never been much of a water drinker. I know there are so many benefits to drinking water, and I always feel better when I have more of it in my life, but for whatever the reason, I always struggle to drink daily as much as I should. The office I work in doesn't have readily filtered water available, so if I forget to grab a bottle on my way out, (unless I want to drink the water directly from the sink in the bathroom) chances are I'm not going to drinking any water until I get home. I've made it an intentional goal this year to drink more water on a daily basis and I was so excited when I had the opportunity to review a Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle! Sometimes, just having a new product to use and test out is just the push I need to get going!
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There are so many things about Glasstic that make this one of the top water bottles on the market! When my Glasstic arrived I was immediately impressed with the size of it. Each Glasstic Water Bottle can hold 16oz. of water (plus a lot of other types of liquid). I love the cylindrical look and feel of the bottle which lends itself to the sleek, sophisticated design. There are so many colors, and designs to choose from, but I love the clean and classic look of the white!

  Check out these other qualities that make the Glasstic Glass Water Bottle so fantastic:
  • 100% Shatterproof
  • Double Wall Insulated
  • Dishwasher safe (Easy to Clean!)
  • Portable and easy to take everywhere
  • Protected BPA-Free Tritan copolyester plastic
  • Flip cap to make drinking on the go easy
  • Works equally well with both cold and hot drinks
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I recently took my Glasstic on a 7 hour road trip. Even with passing the bottle back and forth between my husband and my daughter (in the back seat) the leak-proof flip cap never allowed any of the liquid to spill or leak. Because of its size, it fit easily into my vehicle's cup holder.When road-trip-coffee-time came and I needed my cup holder space, I made sure to close the cap, and was even able to lay my Glasstic on it's side for several hours in the car with no drips. The flip-up handle, which moves up and down with ease, made it easy to carry in and out of rest stops or gas stations when I needed a water refill.  I'm looking forward to hiking this summer and utilizing the flip handle to attach my Glasstic to a hiking pack or belt as well.
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I love the drinking spout on this water bottle because of it's slight lippage, which allows the liquid to flow easily. You can also see on the front, a simple locking switch which allows for an even tighter seal of the cap. The lock is not necessary to keep the liquid from spilling, but it's a nice addition to an already great water bottle, especially when using it for active sports, throwing it in a gym bag, or setting it aside to use for later.
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The Glasstic lid is easy to screw on and off and - bonus Mom's - it's even dishwasher safe!  I love that because I can screw off the lid, it leaves room for me to add lemon, ice, or anything else I might want to include to entice me to drink more water. There is something about drinking from glass that even makes water taste better, but in this case, it also makes it safer - no harmful chemicals. Should the extremely unlikely happen and the glass inside should break, the BPA-free plastic keeps the glass encased inside, preventing it from causing any damage. With it's refined but practical components, elements of safety and chemical free drinking, and it's stylish presence, it's no wonder why the Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle has so many fans and thousands of customers. They have definitely added my family to that list!

  Don't miss out on your chance and click HERE to purchase your own Glasstic Water Bottle!
  • Most styles are currently on sale for $19.99
  • St. Patrick's Day sale now through March 17th on green flip cap bottles. Use code LUCKY25 to receive 25% off
  • Use the code REV15OFF to get 15% off ANY Glasstic Water Bottle (except those already offered as discounts like combo/multi packs) Code good now through December 31, 2015.
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  • FREE bottle brush with every order (must order at least 1 Glasstic Water Bottle)
  • 1-year FREE glass replacement
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Add Some Sparkle To Spring With Touchstone Crystal By Swarovski

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  Disclosure: I received the items above at no cost to facilitate this review. 

 Love is a very strong word. But it's really the only word I can use to describe how I feel about the jewelry I received, from Touchstone Crystal By Swarovski. With so many pieces to choose from that fit any style, both casual and formal, sophisticated and trendy, there is literally something for everyone. If you are looking for that final accessory to complete any outfit in your wardrobe, look no further than Touchstone Crystal By Swarovski.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Brighten Up Bedtime With The LiteCup

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Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review

 "Mommy! I need a drink of water!" "Mommy! Can you please leave the hall light on?" These are probably two of the most commonly used phrases of my children at bedtime. Although sometimes I think it's just an extra way to stall the inevitable, all parent's have experienced how the darkness can be scary for a young child, especially when they are transitioning from a crib to a bed. Bedtime at our house involves getting four children (from age 2 up to 11) through the bedtime routine and tucked in by their 7:30 and 8:30 bedtimes and every now and then we sometimes forget that last drink of water. My oldest of course is old enough to jump out of bed and grab herself a glass, but for my younger children, to get one last needed sip of water has to involve some adult help. I was so excited when the LiteCup came into our lives because it not only adds a bit of practical fun to bedtime, it's a way my younger children can have a glass of water readily available without the worry of spills.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3 {Giveaway With 3 WINNERS}!!

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 Everyone's favorite furry red monster is back in an all new DVD adventure that will get your little ones singing, dancing, and having fun while they learn about the Alphabet, Math, and Self-Confidence! Of all the memorable characters on Sesame Street, Elmo has always been one of my children's favorites. They love his songs, his contagious laugh, and his ability to have fun no matter what he's doing. My younger son, Levi, especially, can't get enough of this toe-tapping movie and it has quickly become one of his favorites!

Monday Night Meals - Soup and Sandwich Night

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Today' Monday Night Meal comes courtesy of my 6-year old daughter, Eva. It was her night to help cook in the kitchen and she decided it was definitely a soup and sandwich kind of night. We decided to take the traditional turkey sandwich to the next level and create our own Italian Turkey Sandwich Bites. Since it's been so cold lately, we really couldn't think of anything that would taste better than a bowl of Cheesy Broccoli Soup! Tonight's meal turned into quite the hearty dinner, jam packed with healthy and delicious vegetables!