Saturday, March 31, 2012

Purex Review - Chocolate Chip Cookie Laundry Detergent!

I just love cookies!  Who doesn't?  The smell of cookies is just as amazing too.  So, when I found out that Purex was going to give me the opportunity to try their new Chocolate Chip Cookie Laundry Detergent I was so excited.  When I found out about this, well, the idea alone put a smile on my face.  Cookies always make me smile.  I received the bottle and couldn't wait to start washing all my laundry.

The Purex Chocolate Chip Cookie Laundry Detergent not only smells amazing, but cleans so well too.  It has a really great cookie fragrance.  I love that it is a mild cookie scent and not at all overpowering.  My kids and husband love the new Chocolate Chip Cookie Laundry Detergent too from Purex.  They love the smell.  It really is a fun fragrance.  I think it appeals to the kids too just because kids love cookies.  The best part is that when I'm doing laundry my whole house smells like fresh baked cookies.  I am really thinking that I might actually be able to get my kids to help out with laundry now because of this great smelling detergent from Purex.  I really love that this is much less fattening than eating the actual cookies too!

Do you know someone that would love this new scent of Chocolate Chip Cookie Scented Purex?  Check your local store next time you go and pick up some!

Disclosure - I did not receive a free sample to facilitate my review.  I will be entered in a giveaway for writing this post.

Beemster Premium Dutch Cheese Review and Giveaway 4/14 CLOSED

I love cheese.  I am always looking for great cheese to try.  My husband and I love good cheese for an appetizer or dessert with bread, crackers and fruit.  I was really excited to try the variety of dutch cheese that was sent to me from Beemster.

Beemster makes a really nice selection of dutch cheese.  The cheese they make originated in North Holland and it is the most well known cheese from the Netherlands.  Their cheese is always all natural.  The recipes they use have been used for a very long time.

I received 4 types of Beemster cheese.  I couldn't decide which one to try first - the X-O, Classic, Vlaskaas, and Mustard Beemster.  They are all delicious!  Our favorites were the X-O and the Mustard Beemster.  All of the varieties were really good.  Beemster makes wonderful cheese that is made with quality ingredients.

The X-O - is a really good aged cheese.  The X-O has a wonderful aged flavor.  I personally thought it was perfect.  This variety is aged a minimum of 26 months.  It has an almost nutty flavor too.  I found this variety of Beemster to be a bit firmer of a cheese.  This is a great cheese to eat with bread or crackers.  It's also really good with a glass of wine.

The Classic Beemster - This cheese is matured for at least 18 months.  We really enjoyed the Classic Beemster too.  It has a wonderful flavor.  Beemster suggests eating it with Dark Rye Bread, Black Prunes, Dates or even other cheeses.

The Beemster Vlaskaas - This cheese is known for being creamy and sweet.  This variety is milder.  My kids liked this one too!  This cheese has won awards around the world.

Mustard Beemster - This is one of our favorites.  It is creamy.  I love that you can see real mustard seeds in it.  It's got a nice amount of tang to it from the mustard, but not too much.  I put some on a hamburger and loved it this way.  It is a very unique cheese and I've never had anything like it.  It's amazing!

We truly enjoyed all of the varieties that Beemster sent us to sample.  Beemster is going to send one of my readers a cheese prize pack too!  If you want to purchase your own Beemster you can use their product locator to find out where you can get it.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Giveaway - One reader will win a Beemster Cheese Prize Pack!  Open to US residents in the 48 contiguous states only age 18 yrs or older.  You must enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway will end on 4/14/12 at 9:01 pm pst.  The winner will be chosen by via the Rafflecopter form.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back.  You must be able to provide a physical address for shipping purposes if you win.  The sponsor is responsible for shipment of the prize.

Big House Wines - Wine Cask Review

I have previously reviewed some of the Big House Wines and really enjoyed them.  They not only have a very cute name, but they also taste great.  They are a reasonably priced wine too.

You are probably wondering about the name "Big House Wines."  They have this name because they are very close to a correctional facility.  Big House Wine comes from California.  They are located in Soledad.  So with a name like this they have also created fun names for each of their wines too.  They include Big House Red, The Slammer Syrah, Big House White, The Birdman Pinot Grigio and more.  How fun is that?  These make a great gift for someone with a sense of humor or for a wine lover.

I received a sample of the Big House Red in a cask.  This is a great idea.  It is about equal to 4 bottles of wine.  What I love about this is that you don't have to worry about opening an entire bottle of wine.  I sometimes want to just have a glass.  The cask makes that easy to do.  You can just pour yourself a glass and then the remaining wine stays fresh.  The wine will stay fresh in the cask for about 6 weeks.  I also love the packaging on this.  It's really cute.  Big House Wines make a fun gift for the wine enthusiast or anyone that has a great sense of humor.  The wine cask retails for $22 or you can purchase Big House Wines in a bottle for about $9.99.

This is a great wine and it has a hint of fruitiness to it.  It is a combination of a number of different grapes.  This is not a sweet wine though.  It's full of flavor and smooth.  I like it with red meat or red pasta sauce.  What would you drink this with?

You can also connect with Big House Wines on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Hunter Moon Book Tour - #Giveaway 4/20 #HunterMoonBookTour - signed book copies and $25 Amazon code CLOSED

  Hunter Moon (Lupine Moon Series) by Cait Lavender

Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires.

While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing heart and everything she ever loved.


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Friday, March 30, 2012

Righteously Raw Chocolate Review

Righteously Raw Chocolate is a very unique type of chocolate.  The idea behind this chocolate is that nothing in it is cooked.  It is pretty much left in the most natural state as possible.  If you are used to overly sweetened chocolate this is very different.  It is a very intense flavored chocolate that is very lightly sweetened.  You really can taste the cocoa flavor in it.  Righteously Raw Chocolate is certified organic.  It is also loaded with lots of antioxidants.  We tried a few varieties, but my favorite was the Divine Mint.  This is really low in sugar.  It only contains 2 grams of sugar per square.  I like that these are also available in bite size squares.  These bite size squares are also available in Synergy Spice and Pure Dark.  It's a great portion size.

Another item that I sampled and really enjoyed was the coconut macaroons.  I am a huge fan of macaroons and chocolate combined with them is really good.  These are Raw Coconut Macaroons.  So what exactly is that?  This macaroon is coated with raw chocolate.  I really liked the sweetness of the inside of this.  The inside of the macaroon also has chia seeds in it.  The macaroon was really good.  The outside chocolate is not very sweet, but in combination with the macaroon it was good.  This overall was my favorite.

You can visit the Righteously Raw website to find out where you can purchase their products in your area.  You can also connect with them on Facebook.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Pretzilla Soft Pretzel Buns Review

My family loves pretzels.  We love soft pretzels, hard pretzels and any kind of pretzel.  I found out about Pretzilla and was so excited to try these out.  Pretzilla products are unique and super delicious.  So what is a Pretzilla?  It is a bun or roll, but it has all the flavor of a pretzel.  Yum!

Prezilla offers three different types of pretzel rolls.  They make mini buns.  These are great for little sandwiches.  They would be great for sliders too.  I used them with dinner and we just ate them plain.  They were so easy to warm up.  You can microwave them, toast them or put them in the oven.  I opted to put them in the oven.  The best part about these is that they aren't salted.  There is a package of salt and you add the amount you want.  You just have to moisten the the pretzel with water and sprinkle with salt.  The Pretzilla mini buns are so good!  They have all the flavor of a pretzel, but the softness of a roll.  My kids loved them.  Pretzilla also makes sausage rolls.  These are a great bun for a brat.  We eat brats about once a week and they are so good on a Pretzilla.  This is a wonderful combination.  We also loved the Pretzilla hamburger buns.  These are also so delicious.  It's a flavorful addition to any burger.  What type of Pretzilla rolls would you want to try and how would you use them?

Many of you are lucky enough to find these near you.  You can locate where to buy them on their product locator.  If you can't find them at a store near you then you can always order them online.

You can also connect with Pretzilla on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Dancwear and Activewear from ivivva athletica Review

My daughter is 5 and loves to dance.  She takes a very basic dance class and loves to wear great dance clothes to every class.  We came across ivivva athletica dancewear and activewear and knew that these would be great for what she needed.  They offer a nice selection of dance clothing for girls.  The selection includes everything from leotards to dance shorts and tops.  They also offer a line of dancewear that is called the Disney Shake It Up Collection too!  They offers sizes that range from size 4 and up.  My daughter is 5, but on the petite size.  we opted to go with the size 5 and it fits her perfect.  She was very excited to try on her new dance outfit.

My daughter tried on her ivivva dance outfit and loved it!  The material is very comfortable and soft.  It's made very well too.  My daughter receive the Rythmic Short II  in the black/space dye greens color and loved these.  They retail for $28.00  How cool is it that these are reversible.  I love it and so does she.  They are really comfy and great for her to wear for dance.  This pair of shorts comes in 3 great color choices.  She also received the Tumbling Tank II from the Disney Shake It Up Collection.  This tank retails for $38.00 and  can also be purchase from their website.  It comes in 3 really cute color choices too.  They can be coordinated for a matching outfit with the Rythmic Shorts as well.  It makes a really cute outfit together.  The tank she received is in the space dye greens color too.  The tank is absolutely adorable.  I love the back too.  The straps make it really cute.  This is also really comfortable and my daughter really likes wearing it.

I had so much fun browsing at the adorable dance outfits on their website that I thought I would share more of them with you.  They offer such a great variety of dancewear for girls.

You can connect with ivivva on Facebook to learn more about their great products.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mini Mouth Game from Thinkfun Review

I absolutely love playing games with the family.  I really like word games.  Mini Mouth by Thinkfun is a great fast paced word game.  This is a game for ages 8 and up.  My kids are 5 and 7, so my husband and I each had one of the kids on our team.

This is a travel size game that is perfect for entertainment on the go.  The Mini Mouth game comes with 26 tiles that you use for playing.  It also comes with a little bag, so you can keep it with you.  I like that you don't have to worry about losing the pieces this way.  This is something I'm going to keep in the car or my purse when we're out.  For some reason we always end up waiting around for something when we're out during the week.  Mini Mouth is a great way to pass the time.  We really enjoyed playing it.

So how do you play?  Each player turns over anywhere from 2 to 5 tiles.  Then you try and make a word with the letters that have been picked.  It's really fun.  It really makes you think.  It's a great game for children and adults.  I love that this is a great way for my 7 year old to really think about how words are spelled.  He really enjoyed it.  This is a great game to help your child expand their vocabulary and have fun while they do it.  

Mini Mouth can be purchased from the Thinkfun website for $7.99.  

You can also connect with Thinkfun on Facebook and Twitter.  They also offer a very large selection of great learning games and toys on their website.  

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Zoobies Pet Review and Giveaway 4/14 CLOSED

My daughter absolutely loves her stuffed animals.  She brings them with her everywhere.  She plays pretend with them.  She sleeps with them.  She was so excited when she saw her Zoobies Pet.  She received a blanket pet to review and was jumping up and down she liked it so much.  The Zoobies Pet that she chose is called Pugs the Pooch.  He is absolutely adorable.  He's soft and cuddly and so much fun.  Pugs the Pooch appears to be just a regular stuffed animal, but inside is a cool fleece blanket.  This is so cool.  It is really easy open too and take the blanket out.  You just unzip the Zoobies Pet.  Zoobies Pets are really a lot of fun because they're a cute stuffed animal, but they are versatile because they can double as a pillow.  Then you've got the blanket inside that makes them great for naps or car rides too.  The blanket pets are suggested for children 3 years or older.  They come in a variety of adorable styles.  Zoobies Blanket Pets are machine washable too.  The regular Zoobies Blanket Pets retail for $34.99.  You can purchase them directly from their website too.  You can save 20% on your order if you use the code Parenthood at the checkout.

These are really a cute idea.  I love that they have multiple functions.  They are made really well too.  My kids can be rough on toys and they are sewn really well.  My daughter loves her Zoobies Pet so much that she will not part with it.  It goes with her everywhere.  She even brought it in the car today on her way to school.

I had so much fun looking at all of the cute Zoobies Blanket Pets that I have to share with you some of the other really cute ones too.

You can also connect with Zoobies on Facebook.

Open to US Residents 18 yrs of age or older.  You must enter on the Rafflecopter form.  One reader will receive an original Zoobies Blanket Pet of choice.  This excludes the licensed character Zoobies Pets.  The giveaway will end on 4/14/2012 at 9pm pst.  The winner will be chosen by via the Rafflecopter widget.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back to claim their prize.  The sponsor is responsible for shipping the prize.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Celtic Complexion launches an Eye Elixir for an amazing price!

Celtic Complexion offers unique skincare products.  They are organic and all hand blended.  I previously reviewed their love your skin travel kit.  You can see my previous review here.

So what is the Celtic Complexion Eye Elixir?  This is the newest product from Celtic Complexion.  It is product that was created to help the under eye area.  The Eye Elixir contains some amazing high quality ingredients.  Some of them include - coconut oil and organic evening primrose oil.

Jennifer, from Celtic Complexion, is offering a travel size Eye Elixir for $2 plus shipping and handling.  You will also get a 50% off coupon for a full sized bottle when you order the travel size during this promotion.  In order to take advantage of this price you have to order from Thursday the March 29th to Sunday April 1st only.   The travel size is perfect to keep in your purse.  It is also something that you can put on over makeup too.  That makes it really easy to reapply throughout the day.  The container it's in has a roller ball on the end, so it's simple to use.  To take advantage of this special you will need to email her at and she will then send you a PayPal invoice.  She is also accepting check and credit card.  This is a great price and a great way to try the newest of the Celtic Complexion products.  

You can connect with Celtic Complexion on Facebook and Twitter.

You can learn more about Celtic Complexions new Eye Elixir in the video below.  

Disclosure - I will receive a free sample of the product in return for this post.  All opinions are completely my own and no monetary compensation was provided.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GoPicnic $2 Sale through Tomorrow

I just found out that GoPicnic is having a sale until noon tomorrow on their most popular meals.  You can get the Hummus, Salami or Peanut Butter GoPicnic Meals for $2 instead of $4.99.  Just add the meals you want to your cart and you will see the discount.  These are great to have around to use for lunches.  They are shelf stable too!

Flamous Falafel Chips Review

You have probably heard me say this a bunch of times, but I absolutely love chips.  I am always looking for new types to eat and healthier options to the regular chip.  I came across Flamous Falafel Chips and was really excited. I am all for a healthier chip that is packed with flavor.

Ok first what is Falafel?  I haven't actually eaten Falafel in years, but it is a patty that is eaten a lot in Mediterranean regions.  It is vegetarian and made with beans and spices.  Falafel is very flavorful.  It can be eaten with hummus.

What is a Flamous Falafel Chip?  Well they have taken the flavor of Falafel and turned it into a chip.  They are crunchy, flavorful and healthier than your traditional chip.

I love that Flamous Falafel Chips are made with beans and they have more fiber in them too than just a regular chip.  These chips are packed with flavor and have a really nice crunch.  They are loaded with spices.  Some of the spices in them include - cumin, basil, corriander, ginger, lemon grass oregano and more.  Flamous Falafel Chips are great for dipping in hummus or eating plain.  Flamous Falafel Chips are organic, gluten free, vegitarian, Kosher and made in the US.  They are said to be rich in antioxidants too!  They come in an original and a spicy variety.  I really like the spicy flavor.  I always love anything hot.  The spicy ones have a really nice amount of heat along with a great flavor.  The original flavor is good too if you prefer something milder.  The original is still packed with lots of flavor too!

You can also find some really great recipes on the Flamous Falafel Chips website.  I love trying new recipes and new foods, so I will definitely be going back to try some of these.  I love hummus and I am going to try the recipe they have on the website to make it myself.

If you want to find out where to purchase Flamous Falafel Chips you can use their product locator.  

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.