Wednesday, July 31, 2013

iChameleons Review

Check out iChameleons.com!  They have some really nifty stuff!!!  The folks at iChameleons were kind enough to send me a few items for review!  The first item I received was this set of Hello Kitty Wall Stickers...

10 Storks Review

WooHoo!  I'm so excited to introduce you guys to a BRAND NEW subscription company!!!  10 Storks!  10 Storks is a subscription service for expectant moms!  Each month they will send you a box to correspond with your month of pregnancy.  So that's 9 storks.  Where's the 10th one?  Well, after your baby is born they send you a special "welcome baby" box!  How cool!  The awesome folks at 10 Storks were kind enough to send me a sample box even before they started selling!  I was so honored!!!



Kiwi Crate Information and $10 Off Discount Code


 
Have you guys heard of Kiwi Crate???  I'm so excited to introduce my readers to this fabulous company!!!  Kiwi Crate delivers a box of craft projects to your child each month!!! Each month, your child will get a box with ALL the supplies to make 2-3 art projects, craft projects or science experiments!  So amazing!!!  Each month is themed, so all the projects for that month will reflect that theme. 


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet - E is for "Exceptional Customer Service"

I LOVE shopping online!  Its one of my favorite pastimes - to my husband's dismay!  LOL!  Often, there are mistakes - in packing, shipping, or other areas.  I know some people get furious about that, but I try to remember that accidents happen.  After all, we're all human.  Its not perfection that makes a company great, its how they handle mistakes, questions, etc.  With that in mind, I thought I'd start a list of companies from which I've received great customer service!  I find that I'm often more likely to complain about a company than to praise them when they do a good job, so this post is an effore to change that!  This is by no means an exhaustive list of my favorite companies.  After all, there have been many companies that I've bought from and had a great experience, but I never had to contact customer service.  This is a list of companies that I have contacted because 1.) I had a question, 2.) I was dissatisfied with a product I received, or 3.) there was a mistake when my order was packed or shipped.  All of these companies provided me with what I consider to be wonderful customer service and I thought my readers should hear about it!

1.) ZoLi - We received a Sumo Snack Stacker in our very first Citrus Lane box and let me just start by saying how much we LOVE it!!! Its a fabulous product!!! It holds tons of snacks, is easy to hold and seals very well! Unfortunately, during a particularly bad bought with "mommy brain" I threw it in the dishwasher and the lid fell into the bottom of said dishwasher - where it stayed for several days, getting washed OVER AND OVER AND OVER again until it finally melted. I was crushed! I got on their Facebook page and let them know what happened and asked if I could buy a new top. That same day I received an email from their customer service saying they would be very happy to send me a new top for free. I was SHOCKED!!! After all, my "mommy brain" issues are certainly not their fault! But I was so pleased at their friendly, helpful, "above and beyond" attitude!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet - Letter "E" Posts

WooHoo! Its time for Letter "E" of our "Blogging Through the Alphabet" series!  We're really trucking along here!!!

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Charity (Family Redefined) - ABC's of My Heart - E = Envy

Jessica (Jessica Buxton) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - E

Kenan (Granger Babies + all the rest) - E... Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

Marla (MIPRIP: Finding Joy) - Finding Joy in Expenses

Rebekka (The Proverbs31 Mama) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - E is for "Exceptional Customer Service"

Sarita (The Lone Tater) - ABC's of My Heart: Exceptionally Eager and Easy Expectations

TaMara (Tales of a Pee Dee Mama) - E is for Energy

Tara (Organized SAHM) - Homeschooling at 3: A - Z (Letter E)
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet - Letter "D" Posts

WooHoo! Its time for Letter "D" of our "Blogging Through the Alphabet" series!  Sorry it took a few extra days to get this post up.  Sickeness invaded our house the past couple of weeks!  Ugh!  I hate when that happens!!!  Anyway, there are some great posts again this week!  Take a look and enjoy!

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Charity (Family Redefined) - ABC's of My Heart - D = Doubt

Jessica (Jessica Buxton) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - D

Kenan (Granger Babies + all the rest) - D... Diapers (cloth that is)

Marla (MIPRIP: Finding Joy) - Finding Joy in Developments

Rebekka (The Proverbs31 Mama) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - D is for "Dumb and Dumber Build a Cow!"

Sarita (The Lone Tater) - ABC's of My Heart: Dinners, Daughters, and Dating

TaMara (Tales of a Pee Dee Mama) - D is for Drop Everything and Read

Tara (Organized SAHM) - Homeschooling at 3: A - Z (Letter D)
 
 
 
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints 16x20 Canvas Review

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I was super excited when the folks at Easy Canvas Prints contacted me about a review!  It didn't take me long at all to pick the photo that I wanted to use!  I'd just taken a beautiful pic of my little girlies!  It looked pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!  (It was one of those times when you take 150 photos and out of that bunch you get ONE good picture.  LOL!!!   But its SOOOO worth that one!  I began to worry though.  I mean, this picture looks great as a regular photograph.  I was pretty pleased with my effort.  I'd hate to order it on a huge canvas and have it look horrible.  That would really stink!  Thankfully, Easy Canvas Prints did a great job!!!



Printcopia 16x20 Canvas Review Review

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I was ABSOLUTELY THRILLED when the folks at Printcopia contacted me about the possibility of a review!  I've never bought a photo canvas before, but I've always wanted one.  One of the reasons I've never purchased before is because I've always been afraid that the finished product my not look that great.  (In other words, that the picture I choose wouldn't translate well into canvas.) Well, I was SO SURPRISED how incredible this canvas turned out!!!



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Citrus Lane July 2013 Boxes Review and 50% Off Your First Box!!!

Yay!  Its Citrus Lane time!!!  Our July boxes arrived today and they were AWESOME!!!!  Last month's boxes were good, but this month's were INCREDIBLE!!! This month we got 3 boxes (5 months old, 13 months old, and 36 months old).  So let's check out what we got...



Blogging Through the Alphabet - D is for "Dumb and Dumber Build a Cow"

Well, its time for letter "D" in our "Blogging Through the Alphabet" series!  WooHoo!!!  This week I'm doing something a little unconventional.  I'm actually using an old blog post - from June 12, 2012.  I know.  I know.  That's slack.  But I came across this post a week or so ago and it reminded me how much I had learned from this Bible story, so I thought it was worth repeating.  If you've been with my blog since the very beginning, then you may have read it.  If not, it may be totally new to you.  Either way, give it a read!  Its been my experience that God's word always has something to teach us!  I hope this lesson from the life of Aaron teaches you as much as it has taught me!


June 6, 2012 -
My little one and I finished the book of Exodus this morning (on our "journey through the Bible")! We were very excited! With 40 chapters - reading approximately one chapter per day - it took us more than a month! But what a blessing! We both learned SOOOO many things!!!

One passage that really stuck out to me was Exodus 32: 1-10. You may remember it as the story of the golden calf. If you aren't familiar, let me "nut-shell" it for you. - Moses was up on the mountain receiving the law from God Himself. He'd been up there for more than a month and while he was gone, his brother Aaron was in charge of the people. But the people began to worry - as they were prone to do - that Moses had been gone too long. They began to wonder if something had happened to him. And they began to doubt God. So they came to Aaron and told him to make them "gods who will go before us." (Here's your "Dumb.")

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lip Factory Inc July 2013 Anniversary Box Review!

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Yay!  My July Lip Factory Inc box arrived today and I was SO EXCITED!  Its so much fun receiving this box!  I always know I'm gonna get some fantastic, quality face products!  This month was apparently their anniversary, so there were a couple of extra products in the box!  Yippee!!!



Burgers' Smokehouse Baby Back Ribs Review

I just had a DELICIOUS meal thanks to the folks at Burgers' Smokehouse!  Burgers' is a family-owned business that started in the late 1920's by selling cured hams.  Now, more than 80 years later they sell all sorts of fabulous foods, like hams, bacon, ribs, turkey, sausage, and even desserts!!!  The wonderful folks at Burgers' were kind enough to send me 2 slabs of their baby back ribs for review - one each of their dry rub and sauced ribs.

The Dry Rub Ribs - I cut them in half so that they fit in the dish better.


My Natural Eco Teether Review

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Yay!  I was so excited about this review!  I know, its the little things that make me happy.  Haha!  And this isn't some HUGE product, but its pretty awesome!  Since learning more about the dangers of plastics, I've started replacing things around my house - starting with the things my kids use, like eating utensils, plates, sippy cups, etc.  But as my youngest gets closer to teething age, I've begun to think about the teethers she puts in her mouth.  I don't want her teething on cheap, chemical-filled plastics.  Thankfully, I've found some great, safe teethers for her and one of them is the MyNatural Eco Teether...



Friday, July 12, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet - Letter "C" Links

WooHoo!  Its time for Letter "C" of our "Blogging Through the Alphabet" series!  I have to say, I've been LOVING this series!  Its really helped me maintain the personal posts on my blog.  But most of all, I've thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one of these ladies' blog posts!  They have been amazing!  I've learned about some powerful personal stories and testimonies and also gotten some great homeschooling ideas, craft ideas, recipes, and LOTS of encouragement!!!  So check out what we have come up with for the letter "C" below!

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Charity (Family Redefined) - ABC's of My Heart - C = Cannus

Jessica (Jessica Buxton) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - C

Kenan (Granger Babies + all the rest) - C is for Cream Cheese Chicken Topped With Bacon

Marla (MIPRIP: Finding Joy) - Finding Joy in Crafts

Rebekka (The Proverbs31 Mama) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - C is for "Celebration!"

Sarita (The Lone Tater) - ABC's of My Heart: Cussing, Carolina, and Coffee

TaMara (Tales of a Pee Dee Mama) - C is for Responsibilities

Tara (Organized SAHM) - Homeschooling at 3: A - Z (Letter C)
 
 
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet - C is for "Celebration!"

If you know me personally, then you know I love to celebrate!  Christmas is a HUGE deal at our house!!!  (Yes, I'm talking about Christmas in the middle of July!  And apparently my oldest has inherited that love, because she's already asking when the Christmas tree will come back.  LOL!)


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Five Four Club June Subscription Box Review

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If you read my blog, then you know I'm a BIG fan of subscription boxes.  Its so much fun to get a monthly box of fun, surprise products. Well, I didn't want my husband to feel left out of all the fun, so I began looking around for some cool subscription ideas for him.  That's when I found Five Four Club.  They send a monthly box of clothing for that special man in your life - based on their style. 
The folks at Five Four offered to send my husband a box for review, so of course I agreed! 



Itzy Ritzy Snack Bags Review

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As I've mentioned before, I recently began trying to replace the plastics in our home - starting with the kitchen.  Its a work in progress, but I'm determined to get rid of as much plastic as possible.  I've replaced our plastic food storage containers with glass ones.  I've replaced my kids' plastic sippy cups with stainless steel.  I've replaced our disposable plastic straws with reusable glass straws.  You could say I'm on a mission - a mission to make our family healthier, our home more environmentally friendly and save money wherever possible.

With that in mind, I've been working on replacing the disposable plastic bags that we use for lunches and snacks.  The wonderful folks at Itzy Ritzy were kind enough to send me a few of their snack bags for review, and I have to say, I immediately fell in love...



Friday, July 5, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet - Letter "B" Links

Its that time again!  Time for this week's "Blogging Through the Alphabet" posts!  This week we have all sorts of amazing subjects - homeschooling the letter B, baby food, finding joy in blood, and many more!  Check out all of the posts below!  And click on the "Blogging Through the Alphabet" button to see all of the past posts as well!


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Charity (Family Redefined) - ABC's of My Heart - B = Blind

Jessica (Jessica Buxton) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - B

Kenan (Granger Babies + all the rest) - B is for Babyfood

Marla (MIPRIP: Finding Joy) - Finding Joy in Blood

Rebekka (The Proverbs31 Mama) - Blogging Through the Alphabet - "B is for Birthday Gifts for Kids"

Sarita (The Lone Tater) - ABC's of My Heart: Beauty, Brain, and Brawn

TaMara (Tales of a Pee Dee Mama) - B is for Bowling

Tara (Organized SAHM) - Homeschooling at 3: A - Z (Letter B)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rockin' Baby Sling Review

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I love baby wearing!  I don't do it constantly, but it is very handy!  Its a great way to bond with your little one and it can also be great relief for your arms and back!  The folks at Rockin' Baby sling recently sent me one of their lovely slings for review...


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

John Boos Deluxe Barbecue Board Gift Pack Review

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I've got another great John Boos review for you guys today!  (If you didn't see my first review, you can check it out HERE.)  I LOVE my John Boos cutting boards!  These cutting boards are made in the USA - which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!  And they are great quality!  The awesome folks at John Boos sent me their Deluxe Barbecue Board Gift Pack for review...
This set comes with one 20"x15" hard rock maple edge grain constructed cutting board, one 7" santoku knife, and one 7" carving fork.  The board has a juice groove, which makes it great for cutting practically everything!  Its also reversible, which makes it very versatile!


The knife and carving fork are also very good quality!  I wondered about them when the I received the package.  I've ordered items (like mail-order steaks) many years ago that came with "free knives."  They were SUPER cheap.  I threw them right out.  These knives are NOT cheap.  They are very nice quality!

John Boos also sells their own Boos Block Cream.  This cream is all-natural and is made of unbleached beeswax and food-grade mineral oil.  Its moisture locking and also improves the longevity and appearance of your cutting board, so its definitely a must have!

I'm still thoroughly impressed with my John Boos cutting boards.  They are extremely high quality.  And I love that this board has a juice groove!  It makes it so much easier to maintain the mess!!!  Whether you are a professional chef or a home cook, you should definitely check these boards out!!!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet - "B is for Birthday Gifts for Kids"

With my daughter's birthday coming up, I've been thinking a lot lately about what items would make great gifts.  Let's face it.  It can be hard to think of great gifts sometimes - especially when you don't want to just flood your child with new toys.  Don't get me wrong.  Toys are AWESOME!  I live vicariously through my kids, often buying them toys that I wish I'd had at their age.  Haha!  But I don't want them to only get toys for their birthdays. 

So, with that thought in mind, I've decided to compile a list of what I consider to be the BEST birthday gifts for kids - toys and "non-toys" alike!  These items are not in any particular order and I was not compensated or contacted by any of these companies to place their products on the list.  I have reviewed several of these items on my blog (some I received from the company and some I bought on my own), but I picked all of the items on this list on my own.  I hope this list helps you get some ideas for your little one's special day.