Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Sour Jacks Candy: Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

No stockings would be completely "stuffed" without candy, right? You can't forget the candy! And in our house, sour candy is king! When it comes to sour, Sour Jacks has got it figured out! Sour Jacks is an extreme sour candy that kids love. They come in four different flavors: Watermelon, Wildberry, Lemonade and Green Apple. They are super mouth puckering little wedges, and my kids are absolutely crazy about them! They had never tried sour jacks before, and now they are "officially" (according to them!) their fave candy!

I highly recommend you check out Sour Jacks today! You can visit their website HERE to find a store near you that carries this delicious treat!

Holiday Gift Guide: Enviro-Logs!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is snuggling up next to a nice warm fire. While we don't have a fireplace, we have an outdoor fire pit, which is the next best thing on chilly nights! Sometimes, all the work surrounding starting a fire is a little bit off-putting, and there have been many nights we haven't went outside to make a fire simply because we didn't want to go find the wood. That's where Enviro-Logs come in super handy!

Enviro-Log firelogs and Enviro-Log firestarters are great ways to get your fire going quickly and easily! They provide clean burning and long lasting alternatives to the traditional way of building fires! We have really enjoyed having Enviro-Log products in our home as we get ready for the holiday season. We have enjoyed many fun nights by the fire with the whole family, and we have made some great memories thanks to these awesome products that go a long way towards making life easier!

Known as the greenest and most versatile firelogs on the market, Enviro-Log Firelogs are the ultimate firewood substitute.  Enviro-Log Firelogs are made from 100 percent recycled waxed cardboard and when compared to firewood, Enviro-Log Firelogs burn cleaner, emitting 30 percent less greenhouse gases, 80 percent less carbon monoxide and 86 percent less creosote.  Enviro-Log Firelogs can also be stored and burned in all weather conditions and can be transported for camping, fishing, RVing, tailgating and other outdoor activities without the concern of restrictions imposed on firewood by some states and campsites.  Enviro-Log Firelogs are also great for emergency preparedness because they have an infinite shelf life and are safe to cook over.  They are also a popular choice for fire pits, wood stoves, chimineas, and campfires.  They come in 5-pound and 3-pound sizes and are available at select retailers, including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods and Walmart.  Each 5-pound firelog will burn up to 3 hours and each 3-pound firelog will burn up to 2 hours

Enviro-Log Firestarters
Enviro-Log Firestarters are made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax and offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum-based starter blocks, lighter fluids and ethanol-based gels.  Each firestarter provides up to 20 minutes of burn time with tall and consistent flames that can even light firewood that has been dampened with light snow or rain.  Burned to completion, each firestarter is 100 percent consumed and leaves no mess to clean up.  Ideal for back packing, hiking, camping, fishing or tailgating, and emergency preparedness, Enviro-Log Firestarters provide a safe, clean and environmentally friendly way to start a fire anywhere.  They can be purchased at select retail locations, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, Rite Aid, The Home Depot (Northeast Region) and many regional grocery and hardware retailers.

Holiday Gift Guide: Disney Villain Cosmetic Bags Available Only At Walgreen's!

One thing I am really enjoying about the holiday season this year is having a little girl to shop for! I have never had that before, and having a girlie girl in my life has been a real treat this year! I am able to shop for and check out things that I have never been able to before, and it has been loads of fun! One really fun product that I got to check out lately is from the new line of Disney Villain cosmetic bags from LONDON SOHO NEW YORK and Walgreen's! The newest line of bags features Disney Villains, such as Malificent, Snow White's Evil Queen, and Ursula. I absolutely love these cosmetic bags, and they available only at Walgreen's, so you know they are super affordable as well!

These bags, as you can see, are SO adorable! I absolutely love them, and I know my girl is going to love them too! You can pick up your own at Walgreen's!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Bath Blocks From Just Think Toys!

Bath Blocks is another great line from our friends at Just Think Toys that we really love! They are a great brand and a great addition to any bathtime routines! We were lucky enough to get a chance to review the Bath Blocks Floating Airport, and my five year old loves it!

I love toys that advocate and develop skills for open ended play! 

BathBlocks Floating Airport in Gift Box lets children build floating towns, bridges, towers and more in the bath. The seaplane and helicopter add action, fun and imaginative play to the floating playscapes.

Sometimes the most educational toys are the simplest toys-- toys with lots of open-ended possibilities that encourage young minds to think, to create and to explore. The best of these toys provide progressive layers of challenge for children to discover as they grow. At their very best, these toys encourage exploration, reward discovery and empower our children.

WaterBlocks bring classic block play into a fun, fascinating, new, watery environment. The bath tub and pool are the perfect places to create water falls, ball runs, water runs and more. The "sticky" viscosity of water creates a helpful cling between blocks, and the movement, buoyancy and flow of water add an engaging twist to classic block play.

WaterBlocks empower children to create their vision and build STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as they experiment with geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, balance, structure and cause-effect.

Holiday Gift Guide: Hot Wings plus GIVEAWAY!!! (Ending 11/25)

When you have little boys, it is so hard to keep up with things that they are into. My boys change all the time, and move on from one phase to the next. However, one thing that stays the same is that they are always into airplanes. Both of my boys have been really into airplanes and all things transportation since they were babies, and they are now 9 and 5 and are still into the same things. That is why we were so excited to get the chance to review Hot Wings. Hot Wings is a line from our good friends at Just Think Toys!

Hot Wings
Every Hot Wings plane comes with a collector card, plus proprietary connectible runway system that allows collectors to build their own runways and airports. Seven distinct series, dating from the earliest Bi Planes to the newest Space Planes, plus taxiways and hanger accessories, make Hot Wings the most exciting collectible planes available.

My boys love the new Hot Wings line! They are already really interested in any toys that encourage you to "collect them all". This is a great line of toys and we really have enjoyed playing with them. The boys are already talking about which ones we want to collect next! I would highly recommend these great toys to anyone with a kiddo who is into transportation!

Would you like to win your own set of Hot Wings for your little aviator? All you have to do to enter our giveaway is head on over to Just Think Toys and take a look around. Come back here and comment to let us know which toy is your favorite! We will check the entries and draw a winner on November 25, 2015!! Also make sure to join Just Think Toys on Facebook to stay up to date with all their latest and greatest products!

Holiday Gift Guide: Lift It Deluxe & Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game!

When you have four kiddos, it can be hard to find things that they can all enjoy together. That's why one of my favorite gift ideas are board games. I label them "To Everyone" and we call it a family gift. Then, we have a new game for our collection that we can all enjoy together. I am a big advocate of family game night as well as a way for families to stay connected. We recently got a chance to check out two new great games, Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game, and Lift It Deluxe. Here is a little bit of info about both:

Lift It Deluxe is a fabulous family game! It really requires a lot of communication and team work, which as a mom, I particularly love! It really is a lot of fun, and it's very silly to boot, which is even better!

Lift it! is the fun family game that challenges players to create structures with the Lift it! crane using their hands or their heads. The whole family will enjoy this active, playful game of beating the clock.
Ages: 8+ | 1-8 Players | MSRP: $34.95

Wonky is the crazy cubes card game, and it is really a lot of fun! It's sort of like a crazy form of "Jenga", and my kids have absolutely loved it!

Wonky™: The Crazy Cubes Card Game
Wonky is the fun-filled card game of building wobbly towers with odd-shaped blocks. Trip up your opponents as you stack a large block on a small one and make the tower wobble! Then watch your friends & family squirm as they place the next block. When it’s your turn – reverse play for payback! Be the first player to get rid of all your cards without toppling the tower and you win! Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game makes a lot of family fun!
Ages: 8+ | 2+ Players | MSRP: $19.95

These are just two of the great games that you can find at! They have a huge variety of games and a ton of different ones to choose from, so you can check them out and find the perfect one for your family! If you are having a hard time choosing, I highly recommend these two games that we got to try, we are sure that you will love them as well! To check out all the great games, visit .

Holiday Gift Guide: John Frieda Sleek Finish Vent Brush

I'm sure that most of you know by now that John Frieda is one of my favorite brands, and makes some of my very favorite products. My hair is naturally very coarse, curly and frizzy, and John Frieda products are some of the only things that work for my hair. Recently, we got the chance to check out the new Sleek Finish Vent Brush, and it has quickly become one of my favorites.

  • Deep-shine silicone strips create shine, smooth flyaway hair and help reduce frizz.
  • Silicone lasts for the life of the product.
  • Tourmaline - 100% crushed gemstones release natural IONS for intense shine.
  • IONS help flatten hair's cuticle layer, leaving hair looking shiny and reducing frizz.
  • Use with the John Frieda® Full Volume Dryer to increase benefits.
  • Vents allow airflow from dryer to reach hair for faster drying and styling.
This is a really great brush. I honestly didn't believe that a brush could help with frizz, but this one really does! I absolutely lobe this brush and I feel like it really cuts down on my blow drying time and also my frizz issues. It is a very well made hair brush and I am sure that it is going to last quite a long time. It's also a great deal at around $13. You can check out the brush here:

Review: BloodSTOP Hemostat For Surface Wounds

Without a doubt, one of the hardest things about being a mom is seeing your kids get hurt. We all know, it's just one of those things that happens and there is nothing you can do about it. However, we recently got to try out a new product that is actually very cool and very helpful for parents. BloodSTOP is a product that resembles gauze, but is actually an agent that helps to stop bleeding. When BloodSTOP is applied to a wound, it quickly absorbs blood and other bodily fluids.It helps to form a gel that helps to seal the wound, and it also promotes a healthy environment for wound healing. 
This really is a cool product, I had never seen anything like it before. Here are just a few of the benefits: 

  • Easy to use
  • Acts fast
  • No animal-derived material
  • Active bleeding control over traditional gauzes
  • Painless upon application and removal
  • Water soluble for easy removal without disruption to wound surface
  • Adheres to the wound without the discomfort of adhesives
  • Easy to cut, pack or layer to fit the wound
  • Safe for all age groups
  • Single use sterile packaging, several sizes
  • Biodegradable
If you are a mom like me who worries about your kids getting hurt, this is a great product to keep on hand for those times. This product is also great for on the job injuries, and I have been sending some to work with my boyfriend, as he is always getting hurt at work. BloodSTOP even works great for pets! You can check out some more info about BloodSTOP at:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Minecraft: Story Mode By TellTale Games!

One of my favorite things about being a blogger, is when unexpected products and packages show up unannounced on my doorstep. It's like Christmas time all year round whenever this happens, and if the product is something I really love or want, then that makes it even better. A few weeks ago, the surprise package thing happened, and it was better than I ever imagined!
Yes, my friends you see that right! That is the new Minecraft: Story Mode video game made by my lovely friends at Telltale Games. The fine folks sent us the game to review for all 4 platforms, and imagine my surprise (and my kids' surprise!) when they opened this package up without any warning! They were (and still are!) over the moon!
Those of you who know me, already know that I am a HUGE fan of Telltale Games. Their Walking Dead series is the only game I have ever really "been into", and I still go back and play that series all the time. I have seriously never been as emotionally invested in a set of characters as I was/am in that video game! Now the folks at Telltale have done it again with the new Minecraft: Story Mode game. The game is an episodic story game that takes place in the Minecraft world.
Minecraft: Story Mode is like a playable television show based on your favorite game, where YOU are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told.
You are Jesse, and you and your friends are thrown into an awe-inspiring adventure to save the world. While visiting EnderCon, your gang stumbles on something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and your only hope is to track down the “Order of the Stone”, a fabled group of adventurers who slew the legendary Ender Dragon. But where are they? In a race against time, you will travel across the over-world, through the Nether, to The End, and beyond.

This game is amazing! My boys are so very into it, they have not stopped playing since it arrived! If you want to check out the game for yourself, head on over to

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers From K-Y!

One of the best things about the holidays, is celebrating them with the people you love! I don't know about you, but I always find Christmas to be incredibly romantic. Now, the fine folks at K-Y are giving you another reason to celebrate.

The new K-Y Love Pleasure Gels come in two different varieties, Passion and Sensuality. These pleasure gels are the next great thing in lubrication, and offer two distinctive experiences for you and your partner. The pump on the product helps you to control the amount that you dispense, because as I am sure you know if you are familiar at all with lubricants, a little goes a long way! It also doesn't get sticky, which is a big thing when it comes to lubricant.

At only $16.99, these pleasure gels are a great holiday stocking stuffer, and can really help to restore that romance and intimacy this holiday season! You can check out these pleasure gels, as well as a ton of other awesome lubricants, toys and condoms at

Holiday Gift Guide: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Eye Popping Oddities!

I'm so excited about the first item in our annual holiday gift guide this year! When you have a 9 year old boy who asks for books for Christmas, that is something to celebrate! The top item on his list each and every year is the annual Ripley's Believe It Or Not! book, and this year is no different! This year's book is titled "Eye Popping Oddities!" and it's a great read, especially for reluctant readers!
Readers may have trouble believing the thousands of all-new stories and hundreds of exclusive photos packed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Eye-Popping Oddities—the brand-new book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®—yet each and every amazing image, story, fact, and feat has been verified 100 percent shocking, 100 percent incredible, and 100 percent true.

Through each of its 256 pages overflowing with mind-blowing stories of animals, feats, art, pop culture, the human body, and more, readers of all ages will discover the oddest, funniest, most awe-inspiring stories on Earth—and will return to this book again and again.

I am so excited to add this book to my guy's collection of Ripley's books. He gets a new book every single year, and like I said, it is always the thing at the very top of his Christmas list! I can't believe that my little man loves to read, but when it comes to these books, he is all about them. He even takes them to school to show his friends all the cool stuff inside!If you have a tween or tween in your house, this book will make the perfect gift!  The Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Eye Popping Annuals! is available now, and you can check it out at

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