Thursday, December 10, 2015

Razer Kraken Mobile Review

Razer Kraken Mobile
Razer is a gaming lifestyle brand that makes amazing laptops and accessories. I won my first Razer product through a Twitter contest. I have been admiring the company for a while but haven't saved all my pennies yet. 

Razer Kraken Mobile headphones are made for mobile gaming but they work on a laptop and computer too. The main cable is made for Apple users. I myself am a Android user. It comes with a cable for Android. I love having a nice set of headphones. The ear buds that most people wear bother my ears. I hate that feeling of something inside of my ear. The Kraken headphones fit snug over my ears. The sound is nice. 



Razer Kraken Mobile

Oh so comforting to put these on and escape the sounds of chaos. I'm being dramatic, its not complete chaos here. But the minions do take control every now and again.

I think these would make a perfect gift for any gaming guy or girl. They come in all different colors too. 
They make the Razer Kraken Pro specifically for PC gamers. 

Check out the store here.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Have a #DartagnanFeast For The Holiday

D' Artagnan Uncured Bacon


D' Artagnan is passionate about natural and sustainable food and production. They are very serious about quality of their food. We got to try their bacon, a duck leg, and organic chicken thighs. I am hooked on the quality and taste of their food. It was all so delicious.

My son was really happy with the Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon, which I was surprised at because he is a super picky eater. My husband and I both enjoyed all of the bacon. I like that it is uncured also. The duck bacon reminded us of pastrami and we used it like a sandwich. 



Duck Leg Confit

D' Artagnan is the one place I can get duck. I am a big fan of it since I was a kid. We just broiled this for a few minutes since it is already fully cooked. Then I put it in a frying pan for a couple of minutes too. My daughter loved this. We are a dark meat loving family.


Duck Leg Confit

I would definitely buy the duck leg again. We have D' Artagnan sold at our local grocery store.
You can also order the food online and it will come delivered to you. 

We also received organic chicken thighs which were perfect for us. We always try to get natural or organic meat if possible. Thighs are easy to make and you can pair it with you favorite veggie and rice. Or pasta. I'm so glad companies like this exist. 

D' Artagnan has a great giveaway going on right now. Who wouldn't want to win free food?






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Be sure to check them out on Social Media for updates and recipes.

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(*Disclosure- I received complimentary products for the review. All thoughts are my own.*)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Winter Coats Round Up

Winter is Coming

Brace yourselves. Winter is coming. Probably not as bad as you'll see in Game of Thrones. But better to be prepared. Bundle up with a warm winter coat. I still need to pick mine out. I like shopping on Amazon because I sometimes save up credit through Swagbucks and other fun websites. Here are a few coats I thought looked nice.



Columbia 

This Women's coat from Columbia is made with both down and synthetic materials. It comes in a bunch of different colors. I'd go for the plum color of course.



Tommy Hilfiger

If you like a longer coat this one is from Tommy Hilfiger. I like the faux fur detachable hood.
It's also a reasonable price for a Tommy product. 


Steve Madden

I'm digging this Steve Madden single breasted wool coat. This would be for warmer winter days. My personal style usually runs along the lines of the wool coats. I like the classic look. 


Do you get a new winter coat every year? What style do you usually go for?


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Gilded Arrowhead Necklace Giveaway

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GIVEAWAY!

Gilded Arrowhead Stone
Wire-wrapped Bling Necklace



from CarolesArt


Any piece from CarolesArt is certainly a treasure. The pendant necklaces and other jewelry pieces are unlike any others you'll find. With an earthy, artisan quality, these pendants and stones simply shimmer with beauty and exquisiteness!



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Lovely stone arrowhead that has been gilded and enhanced with some rhinestone chain. Simple and yet elegant, hanging from a long, thin, antique brass chain. The rhinestone chain has been wired onto the arrowhead to give it a more elegant look. Lovely to wear and to admire. The little arrowhead is 1.3" x 0.7". It hangs from a 28" thin, antiqued brass chain.

This little piece goes with anything from jeans to your dress. ($45.00 ARV).


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Monday, November 9, 2015

Modarri Toy Cars

Modarri

Modarri Toy Cars are amazing. They are the ultimate toy cars. I've never seen anything like them. I was lucky to win a great prize pack of Modarri cars. My daughter wanted them open right away. She wasn't able to put them together yet but my son who is 7 had fun building them. He enjoyed mixing and matching the colors. You can even take the wheels off and put them on any car you want.


Modarri

I personally loved this purple car. It comes with a small hex tool to make it easy to assemble. You use your finger to steer the car.

Modarri Toy Cars

On your mark, get set, go! I think these would be great for Holiday Gifts. You can buy one car for $19.95 or a 3 car pack for $49.95. They also sell body packs and wheels separately.


S1 DIY Car

I like how they come with cones. You can build your own track or race course.


Modarri


This red one was a mix n match done by my son. Building and playing with these cars are a fun family time activity. 

I love when toys are unique and allow the kids to use their imagination.









Thursday, November 5, 2015

Shelby: A Magical Holiday Tail DVD Giveaway

Shelby A Magical Holiday Tail

Shelby A Magical Holiday Tail from Anchor Bay Entertainment debuts on DVD now and is a heart warming movie about Christmas magic. You will laugh when you hear the dogs voice. Rob Schneider is usually known for his funny man roles. This is a sweet pup who is in the pound. Chevy Chase plays the role of grandpa. Tom Arnold is the dog catcher. You always need movies like this around the holidays to teach the meaning of Christmas. Not the presents or the decorations but being with the ones you love. Family is always important and comes first.

Will the family end of with Shelby? Be sure to pick up this adorable movie to watch with your family.

Shelby A Magical Holiday Tail Screen Still



Or you can enter to win a copy here on the blog. 

Giveaway is open to US, 18+ only. All entries are optional. Fill out the form below.





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(*disclosure-received a complimentary copy. All thoughts are my own.*)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid

By Sideshow Collectibles


Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid Sixth Scale Figure. Wow, look at that! My husband and son would definitely want him. This figure looks super cool. I know there is so much Star Wars hype lately but in all honesty...I love it! I say bring it on.

R2-Q5 has a black and bronze finish. It looks sharp. It includes retractable tripedal treads, hinged panels, and a light up dome. This would look great in someone's collection. This figure goes for $139.99. Perfect for a holiday gift for any Star Wars fan. 

Sideshow Collectibles has a fun even going on called Spooktacular and there are prizes to be won. Check out their page here.

I hope to one day buy one of their cool figures. They have a wide variety of figures for any fandom.

Do you know any Star Wars fans? 


Friday, October 23, 2015

Berry Handmade Giveaway Lanatema

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Pink Donut Cushion/Pillow
(Handmade frosted felt pastry!)


from Lanatema



At Lanatema, you'll find a variety of sweetness, softness, and handmade felt delights!

The whole shop if filled with felt eye-candy... be sure to check out the felt bookmarks, plush Christmas ornaments, cushiony smartphone sleeves, plus more. Of course, we can't forget the awesome frosted donut pillows that we're giving away!
I personally like Etsy. It is great to support artists and makers of all kinds. This donut pillow is adorable. It has a kawaii vibe to it. I adore anything kawaii style.


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Up for grabs in this giveaway!

A sweet donut cushion with lots of colorful sprinkles. It's made of high quality felt and is full of padding that makes it very squishy and soft. You can use it on a chair or on the sofa as a decorative cushion (or you can hug it all day long).

Size is 13" in diameter. $33 ARV.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Peanuts Flying Ace Ornament Review And Giveaway

Flying Ace Keepsake Ornament

The Peanuts Movie is coming out soon. Let's celebrate with a Peanuts Flying Ace Ornament giveaway. Hallmark Keepsake ornaments are adorable. Look at Snoopy, he is so lovable. There is a whole bunch of ornaments you can check out here of The Peanuts Gang. Collect them all and make a fun tree for the family. There is also a Sweepstakes going on to win a private movie premiere.


Snoopy in The Flying Ace

Peanuts Flying Ace Snoopy has magic sound. Press the button to hear the Flying Ace sound off. These keepsake ornaments are artist crafted. This one is battery operated which is included in the box. The artist for this ornament is Jim Kemme.

I think this will be a lovely addition to our ornaments. My daughter already thinks its her toy. She likes to play with the ornaments and our mini tree. We look forward to collecting all different types of Hallmark Keepsake ornaments. I am so glad our local Hallmark store is right around the corner. When I was a little girl my mother let me pick out a special ornament every year. I hope to do the same tradition with my children. It will be fun to see what they choose.

Now for the exciting part. You have the chance to win this ornament for your collection. Giveaway is for US, and 18+. Use the rafflecopter entry form below. Sponsor will mail prize to winner.

Update: Congrats to Winner Elizabeth. 




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(*disclosure- I received a complimentary ornament for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.*)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Harry Connick Jr That Would Be Me Album Review





( Disclosure: I participated in the That Would Be Me album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.)




Harry Connick Jr has a new album being released on October 23, 2015. His new album That Would Be Me is Harry stepping out of his comfort zone and working with two 'external' producers Eg White and Butch Walker. They may have different working styles but the album came together nicely. 

I enjoy listening to all types of music. Different moods call for different songs. I always thought Harry Connick Jr was a cool guy, on a movie star level. I've seen him in Copycat and Independence Day. Whether you discover him on film first or you saw him on American Idol, you will realize what a great voice he has. I'm really not into labeling and putting things into boxes. So I can't say what genre his music is. To me, his music is smooth, relaxing, fun, upbeat, and soulful. I think this album would be nice to listen to at the end of the day. Relax and unwind. Or even fun to put on at a dinner party. 

My favorite song of the whole album is Where Prisoners Drown. I just like the feel of it. The chorus is catchy. It has a good beat. And it would definitely be the song I put on repeat. 

I think I Love You A Little Bit is a nice, lighthearted song. It has a feel good vibe. 

The overall album has a chill vibe. I like how there are some slow songs mixed with upbeat songs. And you can surely see that Harry is a multi talented musician. 



TRACK LISTING:
1.       (I Like It When You) Smile
2.       (I Do) Like We Do
3.       Tryin’ To Matter
4.       Songwriter
5.       Do You Really Need Her
6.       You Don’t Need A Man
7.       You Have No Idea
8.       Where Prisoners Drown
9.       (I Think I) Love You A Little Bit
10.    Every Time I Fall In Love
11.    Right Where It Hurts







You can find the album here:

iTunes

Amazon

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Apple & Eve VoxBox

Apple & Eve Organics

I received a Apple & Eve VoxBox from Influenster for testing purposes. My family and I were excited about this box. We enjoy discovering new organic products. My kids go through juice boxes each week. Apple & Eve has come out with this new line called Organic Quenchers. They are USDA Organic and have 50% less sugar than most other brands. My daughter drank all three and seemed to really like them.

The 100% Juice Organics are simple and pure. They would be fun to mix together to explore new flavors. The cherry was a little too much for me, I am more of an apple girl myself. I would like their Organics Natural Style Apple juice. 

Check out their coupon here.

There juice boxes are great to take on the go. Put them in lunch boxes or for snacks at school. Take them on your next road trip too.

I'm so happy to see more brands come out with their organic lines.


(*Disclosure- I received a complimentary product for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.*)



Friday, October 9, 2015

Kirby Plush Toys



My son loves Kirby video games from Nintendo. We all think Kirby is pretty cute. We have even tried making treats that look like Kirby. Here are a few cute plush toys I found on Amazon. You can buy all different types and also other characters from Nintendo video games. We are a gamer family.


Meta Knight

Meta Knight is a major character in the Kirby series. I think these will be great stocking stuffers or regular Holiday gifts for the little ones. At home we have a chef Kirby. He has since gotten dirty and a little beaten up. Time for some new plushie toys.


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Stikbot Social Media Sharing Toy

Stikbot 

Stikbot is the first social media sharing toy brought to you by Zing. Stikbot consists of these adorable little toys that you can pose and create fun stop animation videos. They come in all different colors. There little hands and feet have suction cups on them to make posing easier. You can go to the Google Play store or the Apple Store and download the free app. I love that the toy comes with a stand for your phone. It makes it steady so you can pose and snap the photos. This is important because you want the photos to be clear.

We have started playing around with the videos but definitely need to perfect our techniques. Stop Motion film can be a total blast to do with the family. The kids will enjoy playing with the toys as well. 


Orange Stikbot

I have a feeling my husband will be a lot better at this than me. He is good at posing the figures. I love creative toys like this. They are affordable too. These would be perfect Holiday gifts for any child. Who am I kidding? Adults may enjoy them too!


Clear Stikbot Up Close

You can see that they can go in all directions. From September 7- November 29 Stikbot is having a make a video contest. It looks like they are offering cash prizes.

Stikbot on Social Media:

Like them on Facebook 
Follow them on Instagram 

If you make any videos, make sure you use the hashtag #stikbot on social media. 



Monday, October 5, 2015

Wild Zora Meat And Veggie Bars

Wild Zora 

Wild Zora Meat and Veggie Bars are delicious. They are made with all natural meats and organic veggies. Wild Zora was created for the need to serve better, more healthy snacks to their family. They were looking for less sugary, grain filled snacks. These meat and veggies bars serve that purpose.
I was lucky to try some of their different flavors and let me tell you, I loved them.


Wild Zora Lamb & Veggie Bars

My husband and I are big fans of jerky. These bars remind me of jerky but much softer and easy to chew. The tag line on the package even says "Don't Be A Jerky!" Which I think is pretty funny.
Each package contains two pieces. Now that I have tried this one, I'd need a whole bunch more. I'm hooked on the great taste. I also think these meat and veggie bars would be wonderful to take on hikes and nature walks. They have a good amount of protein in them. 

The ingredients in the Lamb and veggie bars include: natural lamb, spinach, apricots, dates, garlic, onion, sea salt, oregano, celery powder, rosemary, turmeric. 
They are full of flavor and you can taste the herbs. 

Product Highlights

-Every package contains about one serving of certified-organic veggies. 

-Allergen Friendly: No grains, no gluten, no soy, no nuts/peanuts, no MSG or chemical additives.
No added sugar.

-All of the meats are naturally and humanely raised without antibiotics or added hormones.

-Free range turkeys, natural lamb, and grass fed beef

-100% real food, cooked in their USDA-certified kitchen.

It is so easy to reach for that doughnut or cookie. I feel much better when I reach for that healthy snack. 

You can buy them online on their website.




(Disclosure- I received complimentary products for this review. All opinions are my own.)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Photo Credit: Global Goals

World Leaders have committed to 17 global goals to achieve three things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change.
All 17 Goals are important and everyone around the world needs to work together in order to achieve their goals. Something to us that seems so simple like clean water and sanitation is not the case in other countries. Good health and well being is important to everyone. We all know how expensive health insurance is. Even the "affordable" insurance in the market place is not cheap. Some countries don't even have a local hospital. 

I think one of the major goals like No Hunger is something that needs to be focused on more. What do people need the most to live? Water and Food. 






Which one of these goals do you strongly believe in?

Go to Global Goals for more info.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Create Your Own Fabric With Spoonflower



I recently got a fabric sample from Spoonflower. It was a small square sample of the Sport Lycra fabric they have. I love the feel of it. Plus, on Spoonflower there is so many different designs to choose from. If you are a designer or know someone who is a graphic designer this may be a really fun website for you. You can design your own fabric, wall paper, and wrapping paper. I think this could be a blast for the kids to do as well.


Photo credit: Spoonflower/ wall paper

The idea of creating a wall paper design is pretty neat. You could make the baby's nursery wall whatever you want. Sometimes it is hard to pick what the stores already have. Imagination and design coming together could result in the best baby room ever. Or even a kid's play room. I'm getting ideas for the day when we own a home. 


Photo credit: Spoonflower/ Wrapping Paper

How cute would it be if your little one created the next father's day wrapping paper? Or a loved one's birthday wrapping paper? You could upload some of your kid's art work and have a totally unique paper.


Photo credit: Spoonflower fabric

For all you sewers out there, Spoonflower offers a variety of designs. You can also design your own fabric. Fabrics come in everything from cotton to sport lycra, even minky. I think the sport lycra material is great for skater skirts or circle skirts. Plus they are fairly easy to make. 

They have something called the Emerging Designer Grant which offers design students a chance at getting store credit to design their own fabric. 

What would you create? I think I'm going to try out the wrapping paper and fabric design.





Friday, September 18, 2015

Hobbies Can Be Calming

Crochet

Have you ever had such a bad day that made you want to scream? I'm sure you have. We all have bad days from time to time. Some of us may have anxiety or depression. Some may be parents. Jobs can cause a lot of stress too. Having a hobby can help reduce stress and calm your soul. I think of hobbies
as a form of therapy. You don't have to scream or talk. You can create something, paint a picture, make some clothes, build a table, play an instrument. There are so many different activities that we can take up as a hobby. You can even collect things. My son likes to collect Pokemon and Lego Sets. Creating his own Lego or Hero Factory figure is therapeutic for him. My husband enjoys playing Star Wars The Old Republic. Many people criticize video games, but I find them to be a great form of escape. 


Needle Felting

One of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. I have a yarn problem. I'm not sure what it is but maybe the softness of the fibers. Bulky yarn is great and unwoven wool too. I think the repetitive nature of a pattern is soothing to me. Needle felting is fun too. It has a repetitive poking sensation. Don't worry, I won't be making any voodoo dolls. 

Some of my other hobbies include paper crafts, collecting cute toys, and most any other type of craft. When I was younger I enjoyed dance. Being shy and introverted, dance class would be a challenge but in the end it made me happy. 

I think hobbies are also a great way to meet new friends. But, if you are an introvert like me you may want to do your hobby alone. Being a mother of two little minions can be overwhelming. Alone time is precious. Doing something for yourself is so important. 

Do you have a hobby or a way to relax? Let me know, I would love to hear new ideas.


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