SARAH'S BLOG OF FUN: July 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

FRIDAY GIVEAWAY LINK UP

Link them up guys!! I can't wait to see what you got!!






Wednesday, July 28, 2010

TOTALLY TWISTED THURSDAY

Kulula is a low-cost South-African airline that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Check out their latest design!!!











Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HELL'S KITCHEN FANTASY GAME WEEK 8


I hope Ben and Jay aren't all talk and can actually accomplish being a real cook!!!

Trying to teach those guys is hilarious!!!

The guy that worked with Holli was funny!!! He couldn't cut the fish without a funny face!!

Ben's guy has ALOT of questions!!

Autumns guy had NO CLUE what was in that dish!! I cant believe Autumn didn't put the rest of the fish on the plate.

Jay's guy was good. Holli's was funny.

I am glad Jay's guy won. He cooked well, and he knew what was in the dish. That showed how good Jay was.

Poor Ben having to be stuck with Autumn all day!!

Riding in the blimp is pretty cool!!

The "Losers hope you are enjoying your punishment" on the side of the blimp was hilarious!!

Ben is an idiot!! I can't believe he STILL WONT TALK!!!!!

Of course towards the end of the service they all start talking!!!

That was nice of Ramsey not to send anyone home and to let them see their loved ones!!!

Holli's son and Ben's daughter are both adorable!!!

I am glad to not have to say goodbye to anyone!!

I am going to be watching Master Chef, but I am way too tired tonight. I had to do two routes in two different Post Office's today. I am going to bed!!!

I will post about Master Chef tomorrow!!


1.Andrew Forester- Beth

2.Ed Battaglia- Emmagan

3.Jason Ellis- SquirrelQueen

4.Maria Torrisi- Vhubler

5.Scott Hawley- Meg

6.Siobhan Allgood- Bethany

7.Autumn Lewis- Debbie

8.Fran Klier- Lavender Daisy

9.Jamie Bisoulis- Kat

10.Nilka Hendricks- Britt

11.Salvatore Coppola- LB

12.Benjamin Knack- Krystal

13.Holli Uglade- Lindsay

14.Jay Santos- Shelley

15.Mikey Termini- Katsrus

16.Stacey Slichta- Jenna




Sunday, July 25, 2010

Make Me Laugh Monday 7/25/10

One of mine and My Husband's favorite shows is called Worlds Dumbest on TruTV.
This show is narrated by some celebrity D listers, like Tanya Harding, Leif Garrett etc.

These are a couple clips that I think are hilarious.
Enjoy!!!















OK this one is gross, so if you have a weak stomach, DONT WATCH!!





And last but not least, I give this guy the idiot award!!!








Happy Monday!!


SODA STREAM REVIEW



I have always wanted to try one of these, so when Erin offered me the chance to try the Soda Stream Fountain Jet, I was ecstatic!!

The Fountain Jet is sooooo simple to use.

All I had to do was connect the CO2 canister, put water in the bottle, and hit the button!!!



I was sent the black and silver Fountain Jet (the middle one in this picture)

It doesn't run on batteries, or electricity.

You hit the button three times, and the water becomes carbonated.

After that, you add a cap full of soda syrup, and shake lightly.

As long as you use cold water, it is ready to drink then and there.


I was also sent 9 bottles of soda syrups, and 3 flavored water syrups.

Soda Flavors are-

*Orange Mango
*Diet Lemon Lime
*Lemonade
*Cola
*Root beer
*Diet Cola
*Energy
*Diet Cranberry Raspberry
*Diet Pink Grapefruit

Water Flavors are-

*Orange
*Berry
*Lemon Lime



So far we have tried the Orange Mango, Energy, Diet Pink Grapefruit and the Orange Water Flavoring.

They all have tasted great.

Right now Soda Stream is running a deal where you can get the Fountain Jet Value Pack which includes-


•Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker
•2 60 liter Carbonators
•4 Carbonating Bottles
•1 Variety Portion 12 Pack
•5 SodaMix flavors (your choice) - each bottle makes 12 liters of soda


For only $159.95. That's a $20 savings.




The only thing so far that I am not a fan of, is the fact that replacing the CO2 containers is $24.99 and up.

Other wise, everything else is reasonable priced.

Getting more soda flavorings is only $4.99 a bottle or you can get the 12 bottle variety pack for $9.99!!!

Head over to the
Soda Stream Site and check them out.

I know you will love making your own soda!!


EASY MONEY BY DARYL MOORE BOOK REVIEW



This is the second book I have read from Daryl Moore, and it was really good.


"Where Can Life on the Street Really Lead? Asks Easy Money


Daryl Moore's second novel tells the tale of young Skip and Greg's quest to make a little
extra money by harmlessly selling a little weed so they can lure in the women of their
dreams with the fast cash, but life may have something different in store for them.


Bowie, MD - June 25, 2010 - Veteran author Daryl Moore announces the release of his
second novel, Easy Money. A modern day morality play, Moore's story convincingly
portrays the "logic" of young men looking for an easy buck and the dwindling law of
returns that usually accompanies that mission.

A part time cashier at a fast food restaurant, Greg decides he's tired of being broke. He
wants more money than flipping hamburgers can ever bring in, and his friend Skip
agrees. They know all fine women like brothers with their pockets filled with cash.

Selling weed seems the perfect solution to them. It's not like selling hard drugs. It's
natural. It comes from the earth.

The young men are off on a mission.

But the world of drugs, and the people inhabiting it, and the consequences of dealing are
more than they have bargained for, and jail suddenly looms as a possible future for them.

In his dramatic tale, Daryl Moore is able to effectively capture the slow slide of two
young men into a life they had not envisioned with consequences more horrifying than
they had thought possible. Like his first novel, Money Hungry, about the mean
Washington D.C. cop who robs drug dealers to support the demands of his greedy wife,
Easy Money helps readers enter the hearts and minds of innocent men turned bad by a
world ready to prey on them.

About the book:
Easy Money by Daryl Moore
ISBN: 978-1-4327-5426-6
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: June 16, 2010
Pages: 173
S.R.P.: $12.95

About the author:
Daryl Moore has a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership. His hobbies include
motorcycle riding and watching sports, and he enjoys watching good movies at the
theater as well."

I really liked how the kids dealt with all the problems they had to go through.

Greg's Mother reminds me alot of mine!!

There are a couple sad twists, but over all I really liked it, and the ending was fairly happy too.

If you would like to give this a read, you can get your own copy on Amazon for $12.95


** All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I received a copy of this book free of charge for my review thanks to Bostick Communications.**

DUCKEGG & PERSONS OF INTEREST BOOK REVIEW



"NovaMelia's second novel is the intriguing tale of a small family, a small town, a large
pharmaceutical company and an even larger mixing pot of intrigue as the weak and the
strong, the bullies and the bullied, the conniving and the innocent all seek some
resolution to their intrinsic mutual distrust.


Tucson, AZ - June 24, 2010 - Veteran novelist NovaMelia today announced the release
of her second work of fiction, Duckegg & Persons of Interest . In her latest novel the
author creates an intriguing narrative of confused rumors, local ethics, pharmaceutical
experimentation and two remarkable dogs as one small town becomes the focal point of a
community gone temporarily mad.

Duckegg Duckworth is always honest with himself, but often blatantly dishonest with
others and so ends up suffering the sorrow of loss and the shame of his unintentional
harm to others. Yet he has his moments of pride and even the exuberating experience of
becoming the town's hero in the small New England town where a large pharmaceutical
company has set up a facility which is suspected of using local animals for
experimentation.

Meanwhile, Duckegg's younger brother is creating his own mess between the
townspeople and the company; the company chemist has taken a liking to Duckegg's
mother, who's husbandless, but not a widow; and Duckegg's little sister unknowingly
shines a light in the darkest of moment's. Throughout all the growing drama, two
canines, Maximilian and Hot Dog, romp in and out of the town's affairs and the
company's woes as everyone approaches their day of complete madness.

Duckegg & Persons of Interest provides a suspenseful and entertaining read as this
collection of quirky townsfolk and suspicious company men all begin to have their
opinions and attitudes turned tupsy turvy while the large corporation and the small
community try to work out a resolution to their contrasting values and intrinsic distrust.

About the book:
Duckegg & Persons of Interest by NovaMelia
ISBN: 978-1-4327-5922-3
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: June 22, 2010
Pages: 319
S.R.P.: $17.95

About the author:
NovaMelia was born in England and came to America when she was seventeen years old.
She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Creative Writing and
Psychology. She has lived in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts
and Florida, and now lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, George. "

This book was a slow start, but over all not bad. It is geared more towards High School age children, I think.

There were a lot of strange parts in the book that threw me, but over all it was a fairly quick read.

If you would like to purchase this book, you can get it on
Amazon for $17.95

** All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I received a copy of this book free of charge for my review thanks to Bostick Communications.**

DANGEROUS DESIRES BOOK REVIEW AND ~~GIVEAWAY~~



Another great Mystery/Romance Novel.

This one I have been trying to get my Husband to read. Yes of course there is romance, but the plot to this one is very action packed with alot of explosions!!!


"As the extractions expert for A-Tac, an elite CIA black ops unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college, Drake Flynn knows how to survive behind enemy lines. But he's about to meet one adversary he can't subdue . . . or resist.

A RACE FOR SURVIVAL

Stranded in the Colombian jungle after a mission goes bad, Drake has only one objective: evade the mercenaries hot on his trail and deliver "the package" to U.S. officials. But "the package" has a mind of her own, and she has no intention of trading one set of captors for another. Madeline Reynard is beautiful, headstrong, and hell-bent on escape after years as a crime lord's pawn. She'll risk everything for freedom, even if it means deceiving the dark, handsome operative who now holds her life in his hands.

Drake has been burned too many times to let a woman manipulate him, especially a secretive one like Madeline. Even so, they cannot deny the attraction between them. Now as enemy forces close in, Drake and Madeline must trust each other with their lives-or face certain death."

This book kept me on edge the whole time waiting to read what dangers the main characters were going to get into next.

If you like action packed romance novels, this one is for you!!

I am excited to let two of you have a chance to read this too!!!

My friend Anna has generously agreed to give away 2 copies of this book to lucky Sarah's Blog Of Fun Readers!!!


Entering this giveaway is really easy.

Mandatory Entry-

1. Tell me what your favorite book is!! (+1 entry)

Extra Entries-

1. Sign up for Hachette Books Newsletter
(+1 entry)

2. Tell me one other book from their site you would like to read (+1 entry)

3. Grab my BRAND NEW button and tell me where it is (+2 entries)

4. Be an email subscriber of my blog (+2 entries)

5. Follow me on Twitter (+1 entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (+1 entry)

Example- I am hooked on reading @SarahsBlogOfFun

7. Blog about this giveaway and leave link in your comments (+5 entries)


That's 14 possible entries!!!


Giveaway ends on August 8th 2010 at 11:59pm. Open to US and Canada readers only. A valid email address must be in all comments. Winner has 48 hrs to respond or new winner will be drawn.

This giveaway was made possible by Hachette Books.

* All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was given a copy of the book to read for my review*



DEADLY FEAR BOOK REVIEW


After reading a couple books from the 1500-1700's, I decided to try out some new age books!!

This was not only a great romance book, but it had a great adventure/mystery to it.


"TWO BRILLIANT AGENTS
FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and the sadistic has taken its toll: She's walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can't ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses.
ONE DREAM TEAM
Luke has the unique ability to put victims at ease . . . professionally, he and Monica made a perfect team. Now they're reunited to catch a murderer who uses his victims' deepest, darkest fears for sport - but their investigative skills aren't enough. Luke and Monica will have to face the secrets from their past, the ones that terrify them the most, if they are to have a future together.
But can they catch a killer whose weapon is . . .
DEADLY FEAR"

I love James Patterson Murder Mystery Novels, and this was written along those lines.

Cynthia Eden is a great writer, and I plan on reading more of her books.

It was a page turner, that I read in one sitting.

If you would like to read this book, you can get it on Amazon for $6.99

CAPTURED BY DESIRE BOOK REVIEW




This was a really good romance novel with a true definition of romance.

The lead characters go through alot to fall in love, which makes me feel like it really could have happened.

They start out with nothing in common, but being forced together (under quite funny circumstances) they realize that they do share common interests and fears.

"In 16th century Scotland, young Miss Florie Gilder runs away from her drunken foster father to find her real father and her noble heritage. Along the way, she is accused of theft, becomes a fugitive hiding in a forest, and is accidentally wounded by a handsome local huntsman. The huntsman--a Robin-Hood figure who poaches wild game from the landowner's estate to feed the starving poor--carries the beautiful maiden to a church where she is guaranteed 40 days of sanctuary from the law. During that time, he learns her true story, falls in love with her, and helps her in her quest, at the risk of his own life. Smitten with him, she worries more for his survival. But enemies of the state are seeking to overturn the Catholic royals, while a vicious noblewoman is out to destroy Florie."


I really enjoyed this story so much that I have already read it three times!!!

If you would like to purchase this book, you can get it on Amazon for $6.99


TEMPTED BY A WARRIOR BOOK REVIEW AND ~~GIVEAWAY~~



This story had a great plot line, but was a little hard to follow. The characters all have a Scottish accent, and the author writes as they would speak. You really need to pay close attention to the words to understand their meaning.


"Lady Fiona, wed in haste, has never known marital peace. When last she'd seen her cruel husband Will, he'd struck her - and she has no memory of what she did next - only that she woke later alone in her bedchamber. Will has gone missing, and Fiona fears that in her rage and terror she might somehow have killed him. When her husband's cousin Sir Richard comes to search for Will, Fiona is touched by his warm nature. A knight and warrior, Richard is drawn to Fiona's brave manner, quickly seeing in her an equal measure of inner courage. Confessing that she fears having killed Will, Fiona accepts Richard's offer to help her. Pursuing together the mystery of Will's disappearance, they fall in love. Meanwhile the English are reinforcing their garrison in the Scottish Borderlands, putting Fiona, Richard, and Scotland in peril...."

The other thing about the story that was not so much bothersome, but of course a true period detail, was the fact that Fiona was only 15 when she got married, and 17 when she is pregnant.

I know that was common practice in the 1500's, but I hate to think of the heroine as a child.

Otherwise, this was a very good story, with a happy ending (my favorite!!)

I am excited to let two of you have a chance to read this too!!!

My friend Anna has generously agreed to give away 2 copies of this book to lucky Sarah's Blog Of Fun Readers!!!


Entering this giveaway is really easy.

Mandatory Entry-

1. Tell me what your favorite book is!! (+1 entry)

Extra Entries-

1. Sign up for Hachette Books Newsletter
(+1 entry)

2. Tell me one other book from their site you would like to read (+1 entry)

3. Grab my BRAND NEW button and tell me where it is (+2 entries)

4. Be an email subscriber of my blog (+2 entries)

5. Follow me on Twitter (+1 entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (+1 entry)

Example- I am hooked on reading @SarahsBlogOfFun

7. Blog about this giveaway and leave link in your comments (+5 entries)


That's 14 possible entries!!!


Giveaway ends on August 8th 2010 at 11:59pm. Open to US and Canada readers only. A valid email address must be in all comments. Winner has 48 hrs to respond or new winner will be drawn.

This giveaway was made possible by Hachette Books.

* All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was given a copy of the book to read for my review*


BARELY A LADY REVIEW AND ~~GIVEAWAY~~


This was a very well written book, but such a tear jerker. I cried soooo many times!!


"Olivia Grace has secrets that could destroy her. One of the greatest of these is the Earl of Gracechurch, who married and divorced her five years earlier. Abandoned and disgraced, Grace has survived those years at the edge of respectability. Then she stumbles over Jack on the battlefield of Waterloo, and he becomes an even more dangerous secret. For not only is he unconscious, he is clad in an enemy uniform.

But worse, when Jack finally wakes in Olivia's care, he can't remember how he came to be on a battlefield in Belgium. In fact, he can remember nothing of the last five years. He thinks he and Olivia are still blissfully together. To keep him from being hanged for a traitor, Olivia must pretend she and Jack are still married.

To unearth the real traitors, Olivia and Jack must unravel the truth hidden within his faulty memory. To save themselves and the friends who have given them sanctuary, they must stand against their enemies, even as they both keep their secrets.

In the end, can they risk everything to help Jack recover his lost memories, even though the truth may destroy them both?"

This was a great story. The ending lacked a little something though. I can't go in to details (until you read it!!!)

Luckily for two of you, You can win a copy here!!!


My friend Anna has generously agreed to give away 2 copies of this book to lucky Sarah's Blog Of Fun Readers!!!


Entering this giveaway is really easy.

Mandatory Entry-

1. Tell me what your favorite book is!! (+1 entry)

Extra Entries-

1. Sign up for Hachette Books Newsletter
(+1 entry)

2. Tell me one other book from their site you would like to read (+1 entry)

3. Grab my BRAND NEW button and tell me where it is (+2 entries)

4. Be an email subscriber of my blog (+2 entries)

5. Follow me on Twitter (+1 entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (+1 entry)

Example- I am hooked on reading @SarahsBlogOfFun

7. Blog about this giveaway and leave link in your comments (+5 entries)


That's 14 possible entries!!!


Giveaway ends on August 8th 2010 at 11:59pm. Open to US and Canada readers only. A valid email address must be in all comments. Winner has 48 hrs to respond or new winner will be drawn.

This giveaway was made possible by Hachette Books.

* All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was given a copy of the book to read for my review*

GOOD HEALTH NATURAL PRODUCTS REVIEW AND ~~GIVEAWAY~~


When I received the box of Good Health Naturals products from my favorite person Devon, I was ecstatic!!!!

Devon sent soooo many yummy snacks!!! They were all gone with in an hour!!! Mind you that I did have alot of help. My parents, Husband, Kids etc!!!


"The issue of healthy eating in America is emphasized today more than ever. People want good-tasting food, but they also want it to be good for them. Based on this principle, Good Health® Natural Foods has developed an innovative array of healthier-for-you snacks that are reasonably priced. With a rich flavor portfolio that covers everything from Barcelona Barbeque to Olive Oil, Lemon & Feta, Good Health's got a flavor that's perfect for you! So why stick with ordinary junk food or tasteless diet bars when you can experience extraordinarily good snacks, that are healthier-for-you!"


Here are the snacks I received-




"Our Veggie Stix® and Chips are made with all natural ingredients; potatoes, tomatoes and spinach, pure sea salt and non-hydrogenated oils. That means 0 grams of trans fat and the chips have 30% less overall fat than regular chips for you and your family and the Veggie Stix® and Hot Veggie Stix® , 55% less fat than regular potato chips! Try our healthier snack alternative with a sandwich or straight from the bag."

These were alittle too spicy for me, but my Husband and Kids devoured them quickly!!


"For starters, we use only baby tender white corn, the plumpest and most tender popping corn ever raised on the farm. Then we lovingly air-pop these premium kernels into scrumptious fluffy morsels of gourmet goodness. And for the all-important final touch, performed in complete privacy, we lightly dress them in non-hydrogenated oil. And, like all good popcorn, you will naturally find kernels at the bottom of the bag."

This popcorn is so light and fluffy. It had just the right amount of salt taste to it. I ate most of this bag!!!


"Taste both of our 100% natural crunchy, whole-wheat pretzels filled with ultra creamy 100% natural peanut butter. They’re bite-sized nuggets for nutritious convenience, great for lunches and other snacking on the go."

These were my favorite!!!! The peanut butter was soooo fresh and creamy. I actually just ordered a case more. My family loved them too.


"Some chips talk a good game. They boldly shout about their "great taste” and “big-time crunch” – without so much as a peep about all that salt, grease and fat. Humbles® are different. First of all, they’re made by Good Health Natural Foods®, a leader in providing high-quality, great tasting snacks for health-conscious(aren’t we all?) individuals and their families. Second, Humbles® (surprise!) are made from hummus – which is made from the humble chick pea, one of mankind’s favorite snacks for a millennium now – so they’re as naturally tasty as they are healthful. Baked to a crispy-crunchy golden brown, with only 4 or 4.5 grams of fat per serving(and no trans fat). Best of all, Humbles™ come in three deliciously distinctive flavors: Olive Oil, Lemon & Feta; Roasted Red Pepper; and Sesame Garlic. So let those run-of-the-mill chips keep running on about themselves. We'll quietly and humbly let your mouth - and body - decide who's best"

Hummus is one of our favorite treats. So to include them in Pita Chips is awesome!! These chips have a great crunch, and perfect taste to them.



"This is the first time that avocado oil has been used to cook potato chips, resulting in robust flavor and 30% less fat than traditionally cooked chips. Ranked by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most nutritious fruit, avocados offer a wealth of health and beauty benefits. Utilizing avocado’s nutritious properties, avocado oil is revolutionizing the potato chip industry as a healthy alternative to conventional cooking oils. It contains a high concentration of vitamins and minerals, along with monounsaturated fats that help reduce LDL cholesterol. Good Health® Natural Products has developed proprietary technology to kettle cook potato chips with avocado oil without transferring high fat content"

These chips were good, but have a very strong BBQ taste to them. My Husband and son ate them pretty quickly!!



"Taste the healthiest alternative to regular potato chips; made from Washington state Red Delicious apples with no sulfites, no high-fructose corn syrup, low sodium and 30% less fat than regular chips. It’s an easy way to get kids to eat apples: both the Crispy Original Apple Chips and the Crispy Cinnamon Apple Chips. Healthy can still taste great"


These Apple Chips are soooooo good!! They have the right amount of sweat and salty to tempt any craving that you have!! I love how they are healthy and sooooo delicious!!

I am always happy with the products my sponsors send, but I was highly impressed with all the stuff Devon sent.

I must give another HUGE THANK YOU to DEVON!!!


Now on top of all the great stuff I got, I get the pleasure of giving away to one lucky reader-


A small variety pack of products (3-4 large and 1-2 small bags of snacks)


You will love these products, I promise!!!



Mandatory Entry-

1. Head over to Good Health Products Site and tell me one product that you would love to try!! (+1 entry)

Extra Entries-

1. Become a Facebook Fan of Good Health Natural Products
and leave a comment saying I sent you! (I will check!) (+1 entry)

2. Follow Good Health Natural Products on Twitter (+1 entry)

3. Grab my BRAND NEW button and tell me where it is (+1 entry)

4. Be an email subscriber of my blog (+2 entries)

5. Follow me on Twitter (+1 entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (+1 entry)

Example- Delicious and Healthy @SarahsBlogOfFun @GHNaturalSnacks

7. Blog about this giveaway and leave link in your comments (+5 entries)

8. Purchase any item(s) from Good Health Natural Products and let me know what you bought (+5 entries)

That's 18 possible entries!!!


Giveaway ends on August 8th 2010 at 11:59pm. Open to US readers only.
A valid email address must be in all comments. Winner has 48 hrs to respond or new winner will be drawn.

This giveaway was made possible by Good Health Natural Products.

* All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was given everything in this post to review as compensation*

Saturday, July 24, 2010

AWARDS AND QUESTIONS ANSWERED

I have been wanting to write this post for awhile now.

After reading all the comments from my 300th post giveaway, I need to first say THANK YOU!!!

I received sooooo many sweat comments about my blog. I am truly blessed to have such great followers and friends!!!

I also received alot of questions and comments that I feel need to be answered.

Here is a list of them, and my answers. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything. I love to read comments, and I am more then willing to answer questions!!

1. I received a comment from Debbie saying that she loves the color of the type I use.
As you have all noticed, I use blue and lavender type. The reason for this, is that they are my Wedding Colors, and my favorite colors!!! I also think it adds to the soft feel of my site. That's why I picked the pretty blues, pinks etc.

2. LB said that she loves that I am into TV shows. I do love a good show!! Especially reality shows. I greatly enjoy having games with the shows on here. It makes them more fun for me (and hopefully you all as well) I have some tricks up my sleeves for the next Survivor season. Stay tuned for even more fun with the game on here!! (hint hint!!)

3. Jennifer and Melissa love the Dog in the Bathtub at the top of my blog!! I do too!!! When I had the new design done, I was given a list of over 8000 graphics to choose from. I wanted something that was not only fun, but funny!! What is funnier then a dog taking a bath!!!

4. Dor likes that I bring new and different products up for review. I really appreciate that. I do try to find a wide variety of things, sense I have a wide variety of readers. I have some other great reviews/giveaways in the works. I try to stick with products that I would use, so that I can give honest reviews.

5. Cherdon likes that I do giveaways worldwide. I really do try my hardest. It is tough because alot of sponsors only send to the US. When I do giveaways that I ship, I always make it worldwide. I don't like leaving anyone out!!!

6. Angelia likes that my blog is clean. Not over crowded. I like that too. I have a separate page for all of my blog buttons. I want them all to know that I enjoy their sites alot, but when I see some blogs over run by buttons and advertisements, it makes me want to leave. I like things to be organized. I want my followers to be able to find what they want quickly!!

7. Pixie likes that I have a pop up box for comments. I love that feature. I wish all blogs did that. Especially for entering giveaways. It makes it go much quicker!!

8. Frugalsciencegirl left me a great blog award!!!




Here are the rules for accepting this award-

The guidelines for accepting this award require the recipient to (1) thank the person who gave it to you; (2) tell 7 things about yourself; and (3) pass the award on to 05 bloggers, whom you have recently discovered and think are fantastic.

So here are the 7 things about me-

1. I am a teaholic. I drink ALOT each day!!

2. My favorite food is by far Brownies!!! They are my comfort food!!

3. I graduated High School a semester early.

4. My favorite book of all time is Sunday's at Tiffany's by James Patterson

5. I could spend hours in the bathtub. It calms me down!!

6. My feet are extremely ticklish!!

7. I have a diamond fetish. I see all, I want all!!! lol

Now for the five blogs I am sending this too-

1.
A Dollop Of My Life

2.
Everyday Mom Ideas

3.
Fourth Grade Nothing

4.
Giveaways For You

5.
Mommy's Still Fabulous

I hope that answers some of your questions and comments. Again, I do read ALL comments, so if you have any thing to say, please SAY IT!!!!

~~WINNERS,WINNERS,WINNERS~~





CONGRATULATIONS!!

Pillow Pets Giveaway Winner is


#39-lmurley2000



Vampire Giveaway Winner is


#53-Annika


Wolf Giveaway Winner is


#26-D.Calvert



The winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond!!

Check out my other great giveaways going on now!!

I always use Random.org to pick Winners.



GIVEAWAY SCOUT



Have you guys heard of Giveaway Scout??

They are a website that lists alot of blogs and their current giveaways on the one site. They update the giveaways every hour.

Here is some information-

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Since giveaway contests usually expire quite quickly, we offer an automated update service that informs you by email when a new giveaway in your chosen category is discovered."

This sounds like a great site, and I just signed my blog up. Check them out
here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

TOMMEE TIPPEE REVIEW

~~This post is made possible by The Mom Bloggers Club and Tommee Tippee~~


I was very excited to get to try Tommee Tippee products. My son Doug is at that stage where he wants to do everything for himself. Which usually equals LARGE messes!!!


I was sent three items- Non Slip Easy Mat, Weaning Bowl With Spoon, and Spill Proof Water Bottle.


Doug is having a hard time with straws, so he didn't really use the Water Bottle, but Ben Jr did, and he loves it!!


My favorite items were the Mat and Bowl. The Mat sticks to Doug's highchair really well, and the bowl when hooked onto the Mat DOESN'T MOVE AT ALL!!!

Doug's lunch doesn't end up on the floor, ceiling, his head etc!!


Here is some information about the company-



"Tommee Tippee®, from the UK-based Mayborn Group Limited, is the number-one brand of infant and toddler feeding products in Great Britain. Since 1965, Tommee Tippee has earned a reputation for its clever ideas, product quality and simply intuitive designs that promote natural development at every age, stage and feeding need. Today, Tommee Tippee innovations provide comfort for babies and peace of mind for parents in 45 countries around the world.

The company’s first product, the Tommee Tippee Cup, featured a rounded, weighted base that makes it impossible to tip over and eliminates spills. Since then, Tommee Tippee has advanced the baby and childcare industry, partnering with parents around the world to create products inspired by nature and scientifically designed to solve real consumer needs. Tommee Tippee is especially known for two brands–Closer to Nature® baby bottles and accessories and Explora® toddler feeding cups and mealtime accessories.

The ingenious insights at the heart of Tommee Tippee products have earned the loyalty and love of parents worldwide. The super-soft, ultra-wide nipple found in the Closer to Nature line of baby bottles was designed to closely resemble the natural feel, flex and movement of breastfeeding, guaranteeing easy switching from breast to bottle and back again. The Explora Easi-Mat grips both the table surface and the bottom of a plate or bowl to reduce spills and messes. Tommee Tippee sippy and straw cups provide nearly effortless drinking to help children and their parents learn how to wean from a bottle or breast and progress to grown-up drinking, while remaining truly spill-proof and leak-proof.


Generations of these smart ideas have earned the company and its products widespread acclaim throughout Great Britain, including top ranks in the prestigious Mother and Baby Awards–a head-tohead assessment of competitive products voted on by moms themselves. In fact, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature line of baby bottles has been chosen as Great Britain’s best baby bottle, winning the Gold Award in 2006/7, 2008/9 and again in 2009/10.

It is estimated that Tommee Tippee sells one product every three seconds in the UK and that most households with a child under two own up to 15 Tommee Tippee products. That brand leadership was recognized this year when Tommee Tippee became the only children’s feeding brand to be voted a UK Superbrand in a nationwide poll of consumers, putting it on par with brands such as Microsoft®, Coca-Cola®, Nike®, Lego® and Google®.

Closer to Nature

In 2006 Tommee Tippee revolutionized the infant feeding market with the launch of the Closer to Nature line of baby bottles and accessories. Inspired by nature and developed in conjunction with midwives, breastfeeding moms and babies, Closer to Nature bottles are designed to be the closest thing to natural breastfeeding during the very early stages of baby’s life, from first latch to weaning.


The Closer to Nature bottle design offers a uniquely soft, super-wide nipple that naturally flexes and stretches like the breast, an intuitive bottle shape for a more comfortable hold and breastfeeding-like closeness, and an ultra-sensitive anti-colic valve that lets babies feed at their own pace with less air, vacuum build-up, and nipple collapse. This innovative design can help reduce gas, colic and fussiness.


All Closer to Nature bottles and nipples are Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalate free.
Baby bottles are just the beginning of Closer to Nature innovations. Closer to Nature pacifiers were designed by a pediatric dentist and feature a specially designed baglet that flexes and expands to support the roof of baby’s palate and help promote natural oral development. Closer to Nature steam and microwave sterilizers are designed to kill 99.9% of germs without introducing chemicals or dishwasher residue to bottles, nipples or other feeding items.

The Closer to Nature line of baby bottles, nipples, pacifiers and accessories includes ingeniously clever and intuitively functional sterilizers, a bottle and food warmer, bottle and nipple cleaner, spill-proof weaning cups, portable powder formula dispensers, and bibs for children up to 18 months.
Explora-


Learning how to wean is an exciting time for children and parents as children experience new tastes and textures, develop new skills and create new messes to clean. The Tommee Tippee Explora line of BPA-free toddler drinking and feeding products is designed to take children from first sips and nibbles to grown-up drinking and self-feeding by easing transitions along the way, while helping to reduce stress and mess at mealtime.


The advance-flo™ valve used in Explora cups was designed by a physicist and requires almost no force to drink from, yet still remains spill-proof and leak-proof. Explora cups ease the transition from bottle or breast, because the suction required is basically equivalent to a bottle or breastfeeding. Each Explora cup is progressively staged with a specific grip to fit little fingers and soft flexible spouts to meet the needs of every age and support natural oral development.

Bright colors, appealing designs and coordinating mealtime products reflect the individual styles of moms and their children while making drinking and eating fun. Parents appreciate the no-spill, noleak designs and interchangeable tops that work across all Explora cups, making Explora products a convenient and helpful choice for an important developmental stage.


The complete range of Explora products includes sippy cups, straw cups, water bottles, drinking cups, independent meal sets, weaning bowls, food pots and utensils for children aged 6 months and beyond.


For more information on Tommee Tippee and its products, please visit www.tommeetippee.com"




Tommee Tippee is now available at all Toy's R Us, an Babies R Us Stores, as well as online at babiesrus.com

You can also find Tommee Tippee on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are looking for great, easy to use, reliable baby bottles, bowls and utensils, give Tommee Tippee a try. You won't be disappointed!!



**The products mentioned in the review were sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review from The Mom Bloggers Club and Tommee Tippee. All opinions expressed our 100% mine**


SORRY I HAVE BEEN AWAY

Hi All,

I am sorry I didn't do my normal Thursday and Friday posts. Ben, the Kids and I went camping in Maine for the last couple days. I called ahead to make sure they had Wifi, so I could still send my posts.

Well of course, in Maine there were HUGE thunderstorms, which = NO WIFI. I almost cried! We also got to sleep in the rain (story told tomorrow!!)

So I must apologize to all. Tomorrow I am working, but I am going to get caught up on alot of things this weekend, including some AWESOME giveaways!!!

Stay tuned.


Oh and please don't forget to get those entries in for the following giveaways. They end at 11:59pm TONIGHT!!

Vampire Giveaway

Wolf Giveaway

Pillow Pets Giveaway




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HELL'S KITCHEN FANTASY GAME WEEK 7



OK by far, Nilka's fits last episode were the highlight of this season!!!

Some of those dishes looked scary!! Jay's I thought was the worst. Ben's wasn't much better.

I thought Ed's was the best.

I think it's funny that Ben is getting pampered like a girl!!!

Wow Jay and Holli's banter was interesting (OK funny too!!)

Ben's dish does sound very complicated.

Ben really needs to learn to talk to the others. Not swear at them.

Why doesn't Autumn jump over and help Ed if everyone is ordering Halibut??

Ed should have said something about being in the weeds. They can't work together.

How are they going to be a Head Chef if they can't work as a team?

Not good for Ben and Ed to get kicked out. Bad news for those two.

That is soooo cool that they got to cook for Whoopi Goldberg. I got to wait on Judge Judy when I was in High school working for a local restaurant. She left a great tip, and her Autograph!!

Poor Ed. I can't believe he would go before Autumn. She is much worse.

OK the money challenge would be my cup of tea. I am awesome at budgeting things. I could go a long way with $10!!!

Making a fancy dish might be hard for me. I have two small kids. They don't like fancy, they like simple!!

Jay's dish was pretty cool. Jason's was silly for this challenge.

Ben and Autumns weren't that great.

I like how Holli was very creative with her ingredients.

Poor Jay. He did have a creative dish this time.

I am glad Holli choose Jay to go with her. I would always pick the second best. That seems only fair to me.

I love Jean Phillipe. I think he's awesome.

Ahhhhh Autumn SHUT UP!!!

All I have to say about Holli and Jay is Ewwww. Well besides the fact that I am married, I wouldn't be thinking about Romance when I was competing!!

I would hate to switch stations like that. You inherit other peoples messes.

How many times can I say "BEN TALK!!"

Wow I love Chef Scott!! I am glad he screamed at Ben. What was Ben thinking??

Poor Jason. I feel bad that he went. He seems like a good guy, but I completely agree that he couldn't run a restaurant.

So on that note I need to say goodbye to Emmagan and SquirrelQueen.

Thank you both for playing.

Next episode looks interesting. I can't wait!


1.Andrew Forester- Beth

2.Ed Battaglia- Emmagan

3.Jason Ellis- SquirrelQueen

4.Maria Torrisi- Vhubler

5.Scott Hawley- Meg

6.Siobhan Allgood- Bethany

7.Autumn Lewis- Debbie

8.Fran Klier- Lavender Daisy

9.Jamie Bisoulis- Kat

10.Nilka Hendricks- Britt

11.Salvatore Coppola- LB

12.Benjamin Knack- Krystal

13.Holli Uglade- Lindsay

14.Jay Santos- Shelley

15.Mikey Termini- Katsrus

16.Stacey Slichta- Jenna




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