Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Charm It! Charm Jewelry For Girls! #Jewelry #Blog #Review #BeautyBlogger

If you have a girlie girl on your Christmas list this year, we have found the perfect gift! Charm IT! is a line of charm jewelry for girls, and they have some adorable products! Charm IT! is the original detachable charm jewelry line, and the combinations are endless! There is literally a charm for every mood, every occasion, and every girl! It's so simple, you just pick your bracelet or your necklace, and then the real fun starts when you get to choose the perfect charms! This is such a fun product for young girls, especially in that it is not just something to wear, it's something girls can actually participate in. Customized jewelry is always fun, and with Charm IT!, the possibilities are truly endless!
We received an adorable charm bracelet for review, and our girl's reviewer absolutely loved it! Isn't it just the cutest thing? Our reviewer was Hannah, who is nine. She really loved all of the charms on this bracelet, even though they were the ones we were sent for review purposes, and not ones that she got to pick out herself. The fact that you can pick out custom charms is really awesome for young girls, and is a great way for them to express their personality. Another big hit of the bracelet was the fact that the charms are detachable, and you can move them around to anywhere you want. This is a really cool feature, since girls like to have options! One day, they could wear the bracelet by itself with no charms, the next day, with 20 charms, and the next day with only one charm if they wanted to. Great idea! Last of all, our reviewer really liked the special touches that some of the charms had. For example the "girls can change the world" bracelet was a big hit, and so was the small heart locket charm that actually opens. 

Charm IT! is sure to be a hot gift this holiday season! Check them out at http://www.shopcharm-it.com/. They even have pre-made gift sets to make gift giving easy and simple, and girls can even create a Charm IT! wish list to give everyone an idea of just what it is they have in mind! Check out Charm IT! today!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush With Smart Guide! #Blogger #Review #OralB #Health

We received a sample product in order to conduct this review. All opinions are our own, and no monetary compensation was received. 

The product we are reviewing today is a part of our Healthy Holidays series, and boy is it a good one! We were lucky enough to get the chance to check out the Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush with Smart Guide. This is not your ordinary toothbrush! Check out a little bit about this bad boy: 

It’s what happens when German engineers have a zero tolerance for plaque. It accelerates to top speed faster than a high performance sports car. Seven independent functions. Up to 800 brush movements per second. Designed by Braun, it truly is engineered to perform.
  • Six High-Performance Brushing Modes: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Whitening, Massage, Sensitive and Tongue Cleaning.
  • Sophisticated pressure-sensor technology alerts you if you’re brushing too hard and automatically decelerates the pulsation and oscillation speeds of the brush head.
  • Wireless SmartGuide gives you real-time information about brushing modes, times and areas.
  • Specially designed seals and gaskets keep the Oral-B Black water tolerant to 500 millibars of pressure.
  • Made of different high-tech materials like silicon, the black travel case protects all of its vital technology.
  • Designed by the engineers at Braun, it removes up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual brush.
  • Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide.

Okay, first of all, can we just say, look at this thing? Leave it to the folks at Oral-B to make a toothbrush look sexy! I mean come on, have you ever seen a toothbrush look this good? Let's talk technology. This toothbrush really packs a punch with 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute. It also comes with the Smart Guide wireless display that provides step by step feedback while you brush your teeth. The Black 7000 also has indicator bristles, so that you can be sure to replace your bristles every three months, as dentists recommend. This toothbrush even has pressure sensor technology that tells you if you are brushing too hard, and can slow the toothbrush down for you! 

Our reviewer has been using the Oral-B 7000 for a couple of weeks now, and it really is an amazing product. It does a great job of cleaning and is very thorough. If you have a hard time getting your back teeth or your gum line really clean, this is definitely the toothbrush for you. It will leave your teeth feeling cleaner and your mouth feeling fresher than ever before, and that is huge. The carrying case is awesome, especially if you travel often. It's also a really nice extra that this toothbrush comes with three replacement heads, so you don't have to worry about changing them out for awhile. So far, the battery life has been outstanding, and we have no complaints there. All in all, this toothbrush is top of the line, and a very good deal. If you are looking for a great product that is well worth the money spent, this is the one for you.

The Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush with Smart Guide is available for purchase online or at local retail stores for an MSRP of $219.00. To purchase the Oral-B Black 7000 for yourself or someone on your gift list, or just to learn more, visit http://www.oralb.com/, and make sure to "like" Oral-B on Facebook! For even more, check out the video below!

Holiday Gift Guide: Milwaukee Tools M12™ Cordless Black Heated Jacket Kit! #Tools #Review #Milwaukee #Winter #StayWarm

The product below was provided to us free of charge for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are our own. 

Today's Holiday Gift Guide Feature is the perfect gift for the hard working man on your list! Milwaukee Tools M12 Cordless Heated Jackets are perfect for the guy (or girl!) who spends tons of time outside in the elements! These jackets are simply amazing. Keep reading to find out more!
 About Milwaukee® M12™ Heated Jackets:
 Redesigned for optimal fit and better heat retention, Milwaukee® M12™ Cordless Heated Jackets integrate (5) carbon fiber heating elements and advanced fabric-layering technology to distribute and maintain heat across core body areas. For added versatility, two distinct heat zones (back and chest, lower pockets) can be adjusted independently to provide the right amount of heat for any situation.  A rugged wind and water resistant shell keeps weather out while improved insulation and a thermal fleece lining hold heat in to maximize warmth and reduce the number of layers needed. On and off the jobsite, Milwaukee® M12™ Heated Jackets provide up to 6 hours of continuous heat per battery charge to withstand even the harshest winter conditions.

Utilizing the same M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery technology that powers 60+ tools, the M12™ Battery holder is stored in a sleek back pocket that can expand to fit M12™ XC Batteries and all M18™ Batteries with additional M18™ USB Charger accessory. It also includes a fuel gauge to check your battery life and built-in USB port for charging portable electronic devices. All M12™ Heated Jackets are washer and dryer safe.

We received the M12 Black Heated Jacket Kit to review, and it is simply an amazing product! There really is no question as to why these jackets are so popular, and they are so tough to get your hands on! The M12 has four different heat zones, one in the chest/stomach, and one in the upper back. There is another in the lower back, and the last heat zone is in the pockets. The battery charger goes in a small pocket on the side, and although it is hard to believe, you can barely tell it's even there. It's definitely not something that would aggravate you or get in your way during a long day's work. There is also a USB port that allows you to charge your devices from the battery of your jacket, and there is even a slip to run the cord from the battery to the other pockets. This feature is very helpful and is not aggravating at all.

This jacket is very thick, it could actually keep you warm without the heater even turned on in some conditions. Our reviewer actually wore a hoodie over the jacket for part of the review time, and says that is actually a great way to keep more of the heat inside and stay a little bit warmer. The pockets are really big and roomy, and there is room to keep any needed "stuff" inside as well. Our reviewer was very impressed with the even heat distribution of the jacket. He says that there were no "hot spots" and that all of the heat was evenly distributed. Also, even though the sleeves do not have their own heating elements, they stay warm and toasty too! The jacket also has an LED display that shows the heat settings. That is very helpful that you are able to always see exactly what is going on. There is also a button on the bottom of the battery pack that shows you how much battery life you have left, which is a useful thing as well. The jacket is also really nice, and is fashionable enough to wear out. Simply put, this is not just a work jacket, it is way more than that.  Don't forget that this jacket can be washed and dried at home in your washer and dryer with no issues- how cool is that!?!?!

The only thing we would recommend if you are purchasing a Milwaukee Heated Jacket, is that you pick up an extra battery (they are super cheap!) to extend the heat time! The jacket is rated for six hours of heat, but on high settings and at extremely cold temperatures, the jacket only lasted for about four hours. Keep in mind, however, that this was on a 10 degree morning, and that is probably not typical. Once the high of the day reached about 30 degrees, our reviewer switched to low settings, and found that the battery life was much longer, and stayed nice and warm for the rest of the day. Also keep in mind that charging a battery is super fast, and only takes about 20 minutes for a full charge. However, you might find it helpful to always keep a spare battery around, so you never have to feel the cold at all! These are the same batteries that can be used in more than 60 other Milwaukee tools products, so they are interchangeable.

All in all, we were extremely impressed with this jacket. It does everything it needs to do, and more! The price for something like this is incredibly reasonable, and this is one of those times that you definitely get what you pay for! You can consider the Milwaukee Heated Jacket an investment that you will be glad you made. If you want to learn more about Milwaukee Tools and their line of heated gear, check out http://www.milwaukeetool.com/. or watch the video below!

Holiday Gift Guide: Panasonic Kids Battery Powered Toothbrush! #Blog #Review #Panasonic #Health

I received a sample product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer to help promote healthy habits in your home, we have the perfect gift idea for you! We recently got a chance to check out the Panasonic Kids Battery Operated Toothbrush. 

First of all, isn't this the cutest thing you have ever seen? This toothbrush (thePanasonic EW-DS32-A)  is designed to help teach kid healthy habits from a very young age. It's super lightweight and portable, so you can take it with you on the go. This toothbrush features super soft bristles for little mouths, and the speed is very soft and gentle, so teeth can get super clean without any pain or irritation. The toothbrush takes a single AAA battery, and the cute teddy bear cap is a cute touch. Another great thing is that this toothbrush comes with a built in LED light, which makes brushing teeth fun. Believe it or not, this tiny toothbrush packs a punch with 12,000 brush strokes per second! 

Our Thoughts: 

This is a great choice for a toothbrush if you have younger kids. The $39.99 price tag might seem a little steep to some, but if you are looking for an upgrade from a traditional toothbrush, this is a great option. The ergonomic design makes it easy for anyone to brush a child's teeth with this brush: mom, dad, or kids themselves. If you are looking for a first sonic toothbrush for your little one, this is a great choice. For my four year old, this toothbrush has been working out perfectly. However, my eight year old seems like he might be a little too big for it. I would like to see a bigger size for older kids/tweens. I think that would be a great choice. I really like the LED light on the brush, it makes it a little bit easier to see inside those tiny mouths.

This toothbrush has been perfect for my four year old. I think if I were to get him a "traditional" sonic toothbrush, he would be way too scared to brush his teeth with it. I am very happy with this more gentle option for him. I love, love, LOVE that the toothbrush head can be removed and replaced. Also, the fact that it takes a simple AAA battery is great, since we always have those laying around. All in all, the Panasonic Kid's Battery Powered toothbrush would make a great gift! If you would like to check it out, click here to visit Panasonic's website.

Thanks so much to the great folks at Panasonic, we have an additional toothbrush to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us who this toothbrush would be for if you were the winner! We will draw a winner on 11/30/14 at approx. 10pm EST. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will be contacted via email for details on how to claim their prize. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Halloween Hazards: Coming Soon! #TrickOrTreat #StaySafe #Review #Blogger

Halloween is just around the corner, and this is the time kids go crazy for special Halloween candies. But it is a risky affair. There are a number of concerns that is not understood by the kids, but the after effects are terrible. Here is a list of safety measures you need to take so that you and your loved ones continue living in a safe environment. 
  • 1.    Don’t open the candy till you are home: Children go to a number of parties, and there is a possibility that some poor quality candy bar falls in the share. Tell them not to open the candy till they reach home. This way, even if there is a negative effect of that candy, you will be around to take care of the issue.
  • 2.    Buy quality candies for them: You cannot stop them from having candies at Halloween. So, buy good quality candies beforehand and let them have it. There are a number of online portals offering candies for Halloween. If you are planning to buy some for them, simply google discount coupons. They offer exclusive coupons to help you get amazing discounts at such discount portals.
  • 3.    Unwrapped candy? Don’t eat it: This is a golden rule. Tell your children to throw away any candy which is not properly wrapped. Also, avoid tampered candies. Many candies are tampered such as loose or torn packages or small pinholes in wrappers. Tell them to check it before having such candies.
  • 4.    Eat some, avoid some: Normal Halloween candies are not an issue. However, tell your kids not to have hard candies, peanuts and gums. This will avoid any choking hazard. Again, tell them to check the big candies before having them. Some of the biggie candies have small toys in them as gifts. Checking them in advance will avoid choking.
  • 5.    Know your child’s temptation: You can solve a couple of problems by knowing your child’s temptations. As a parent, you might know what types of candies are preferred by your children. This will help you list down the candies they can have at parties.
  • 6.    Control the count: Kids love candies and keep stuffing them in their tummy till they can. It is important for them to limit themselves on the count. Having too many candies is not good for their health.
  • 7.    Control Center: Keep the number of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Regional Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) handy. In case you find anything suspicious about a candy, make sure you report it to the control center. Many a times, people find such candies but care less about it. This keeps them and their children safe but if someone else does not notice it, it can be hazardous.

Concluding, there are a number of candy stores you can rely on. Moreover, online portals offer good quality candies at cheaper rates. Chameleonjohn offers coupons that can help you get an additional discount on your total bill. Opt for a verified source and be safe during Halloween.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

More Kid Friendly Trips In Central Kentucky. (Part 2) #TravelBlogger #Kentucky #Trips #Vacay #TripsWithKids #Review

A few days ago, I told you guys about a couple of kid-friendly day trips in and around the Central Kentucky area. If you didn't get a chance to check out that post, you can see it here.

Well, after looking around researching destinations for that post, I realized that there were tons of places that we have never been, and tons of places that I was leaving out! I just had to follow up with another post with more kid friendly trips in Central Kentucky. 

Our family has been to a few of these places, but not in the last few years. We really just haven't had the extra money to do much fun stuff. Hopefully soon we will be back on track and be able to take the boys to a few of these places! 
I have come up with a few little "mini trips" that I would like to take this year, and I will share them with you guys! 

 My first little "mini trip" would be in Louisville. It's not too far away to drive with two screaming kids, and there is enough to do to be able to stay the night there in a hotel, maybe even two nights. 

The Louisville Zoo is probably my favorite place in the whole world! I love this place! The Louisville Zoo is not as big as the Cincinatti Zoo, but I really like it much better. The layout is just much more sensible and easier to navigate, and the habitats of the animals are cleaner and more spacious. The newest exhibit at The Louisville Zoo is Glacier Run, opening this Spring! 

"Glacier Run will be a truly unique experience where one can visit the animals, talk to the keepers about conservation and become temporarily immersed in life on the tundra. The exhibit will recreate the natural habitat for some of the Zoo’s most popular residents including polar bears, seals and sea lions. The addition of sea otters and bird species like the Steller’s sea eagles and magpies will add to the feeling of being surrounded by wildlife. The town of Glacier Run will include a schoolhouse, climatology lab and general store. A spacious amphitheatre will make viewing the seal and sea lion enrichment demonstrations more enjoyable."
I can't wait to see Glacier Run, it looks awesome! 
The next place on my list is the Louisville Science Center. This is where I went on my 8th grade trip, and I really enjoyed it! The Science Center is a hands-on museum-type place where kids and learn and have fun at the same time! They have an awesome Imax theater, and even a KidZone especially for children 7 and under! 
 We would have dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Louisville, and then the next day we would be raring to go visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, and mommy's personal favorite place, Churchill Downs. Ahh, it sounds lovely, in my mind, anyways.. 
My next "mini vacation" that I would like to take the boys on is a little further away for us, it requires a trip to Cave City, Kentucky.Here's what it would include: 

Dinosaur World is an outdoor museum that features life sized dinosaur models. Kids can get up close and personal with them, and even dig for "fossils" and "bones"! This sounds like something that would be right up Tater's alley! 

Kentucky Down Under:  a unique experience for kids to explore and visit with Kangaroos and other animals from down under, as well as explore the amazing Kentucky Caverns cave system. This sounds like a lot of fun and I really think Tater would like this one too! 

Beech Bend Park: This one would probably take a whole day itself! It's outside of Cave City, in Bowling Green, but Beech Bend Park looks like a great place! Beech Bend is an amusement park, water park, drag strip and campground all in one! The best part? FREE soft drinks, FREE sunscreen, FREE parking, and FREE tubes! I think this one would probably be the highlight of our trip!

I am sure I will have more trip ideas in the next few days, but this should keep me busy for awhile! 

disclosure: I was in no way compensated for any of these posts. These are just great places that I would genuinely like for my family to visit! 

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