Saturday, November 8, 2008

I'm Bella, who are you?

I'm a Bella! I found out through TwilightersAnonymous.com. Which Twilight Female Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
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I would have to say that is pretty accurate, even though I'm not quite the Romantic that she is. I am on the shy side though, so I like it being quiet & not a huge fuss over me :)

Review ~ Little Capers

I had the opportunity to review a beautiful super hero cape from Little Capers this summer. Cami has always been a fan of Super Heroes, so when I came across Little Capers I knew it was the perfect thing for my little hero.

Little Capers was kind enough to send me the Pink Lightning Big Cape. Big is right, it is a great size! It is big enough that it will last for several years of play. This is not something your child will grow out of at all. All capes are approx 31' Length and 17' collar with a adjustable velcro closure at collar.

I love the shiny material as well. My daughter keeps saying it is so pretty and shiny. She loves pretending to fly all over the house and the yard. I actually have to take away at times because I'm scared it will get ruined (bike riding, etc). She wants to wear it all the time. All of her friends ask where she got it from all the time. I have drilled Little Capers the online shop into her head to tell her friends the correct website, lol.

The big capes come in 5 different styles to choose from for both boys & girls.

They also sell these adorable tops with capes attached to them. My daughter keeps asking me for one of those as well. She really wants the Pink Earth hero & the short sleeve heart hero top. What I love about the shirts are that they look like a super hero uniform + the cape does detach from them. So much better then a towel wrapped around your neck like my brother and I used to. This is actually how the company started :)

You can shop the entire line by clicking here. The prices range from $23.00 - $36.00. The shirts come in sizes 2,4,6,8. You can also buy them at select stores locally, find the list here.

This capes are just perfect birthday and christmas presents. Makes a very unique gift that most kids are sure to love.

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2008 Holiday Gift Guide

I'm getting ready to start releasing my gift guide. This will be the main post with all the links.

Help your holiday shopping, buy a Raffle Ticket to be entered to win over $500 in gift cards.

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Stocking Stuffers

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Be sure to also check out all posts tagged Christmas Gift Ideas for even more great products

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Review ~ Your Couture Kid Hair Accessory

At Your Couture Kid, they want all kids to be couture kids with any budget! I was sent a beautiful headband from the hair accessory line recently. What makes the Couture Kid hair accessories different? She doesn't use bows, she only uses ribbon, tulle, beads and paper flowers. She even makes some of the paper flowers herself. Another thing I love, her 8 year old daughter helps stack the flowers with beautiful color combinations. Aren't the ponytails just gorgeous. I love how bright & vibrant everything is.

Our headband was just gorgeous. It is wrapped with a beautiful pink ribbon & has 3 paper flower designs along the top. My 7 year old loves it. The ribbon wrapping even makes it more comfortable behind her ears.

Your Couture Kid has a great range of products to select from. One thing that I adore are the stools, especially the tutu stools {check out the cool contest going on}! There are t-shirts, Baby products, rhinestone high tops and so much more.

You can also find Your Couture Kid over at Etsy, go check out her adorable shop! Plus, go join the Your Couture Kid community. It's a great place to show off your one of a kind designs, kids and self!

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Publishing Party & Shopping


Today Cami had her very first Publishing party at school. I love that the school does this. The kids get to go through the entire process of writing something. They have meetings with the teacher, do edits, etc. When the draft is finished, they get to type it up. Once that is approved then they get to illustrate the piece.

Every time they publish a work, they have a little party. Alli did these for 3 years & this is Cami's first year. This is the first year that parents were invited. It was really fun seeing all the kids work. My daughter wrote about a trip to the beach. It was really good, she wrote about one of our trips to the beach. I wasn't included because I didn't go in the water, lol. I thought that was pretty funny. When she told me, it seemed like ~ "Hey that is what you get when you don't swim with me." LOL

Her story started out with YIPPEE! I loved that! The kids that didn't have parents there got to read to other moms. I let another girl read to me, nice story about her getting a dog. I volunteer every week for an hour, the kids read to me every week. It is kind of fun, going in and having all the kids know me. I have never helped more then one hour a month, so this is a lot different. Plus I get to work with a lot more kids with this teachers set up.

It was a nice day. After, I made a couple CVS runs, turned in a dance fundraiser and was window shopping for Christmas ideas. I found some great deals at CVS for Dance teachers, but I didn't pick them up. Hopefully the items will still be there next time. They had some great spa kits on clearance. One was a slipper set with foot scrubs. I thought that would be a great kit for a Dance teacher since their feet are usually tore up. They also had a kit with a robe & some body sprays for a little bit more. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do.

I also spent some time checking out 5.11 Tactical Pants for a friend. She wants to buy a couple pairs for her husband and never has time to shop. I think most of my Christmas shopping this year will be done online, it seems that is where the best prices are. What about you, do you do more shopping online or at retail stores?

My Christmas Guide will be posted soon, make sure to check it out. I have tons of great products and ideas for gifts. I'm breaking it up into Categories ~ Baby, Toddler, Tween Girl, Tween Boy, Women, Men, Pet, Home, Handmade, etc. If you are having problems thinking of gifts to get for a certain person, let me know & I will try to come up with a guide for that.

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AAGL Blog Tour


I am so proud to participate in the AAGL blog tour with Mom Central. This tour is designed for Women to get information regarding new procedures that have to deal with a Woman's Health which is something I am very passionate about.

Many women, especially women who have had kids, will experience heavy bleeding as well as other pelvic health conditions. You may find that your OBGYN recommends hysterectomy to solve a variety of issues around heavy periods. The frightening prospect of surgery leaves us relying on our doctors to advise the best course of action. In such a situation, however, we need to know as much information as possible to ensure we sign up for the best treatment option, and it may not be the first one your doctor recommends.

I remember when I was in 9th grade, I actually started my first day of school at my friends house. The reason, my mom was having a hysterectomy and couldn't take care of me. Of course being in 9th grade, I could take care of myself. However my mom and I both felt more comfortable having my friends mother make sure everything went ok. My mom had extremely heavy bleeding, and while she did not regret the surgery it had many negative outcomes. The doctor never properly put back together her stomach muscles, so she will always have a pouchy stomach. She also went through menopause in her mid-thirties, along with other issues.

Their are options now though regarding minimally invasive treatments for heavy bleeding as well as a number of other common pelvic health conditions - fibroids, stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In fact, they are so common that one-third of women will experience one or more of these conditions in their lifetime due to a variety of factors - most commonly pregnancy and childbirth.

But, the good news is that there are treatment options for these conditions that do not require the traditional surgery, which frequently comes with a higher risk of complications and a longer healing process. Minimally invasive procedures, done quickly and relatively easily, usually require much less time to heal and there's a lot less pain, too. Yet many of us do not even know they exist, as we rely on information from our doctors who may suggest the outdated approaches because they lack the skill to perform the newer, less invasive ones or even because new endoscopic procedures bring less income to the doctor or hospital.

The US News & World reported that, out of the one in four women who receive hysterectomies, approximately 85% are still treated with traditional open abdominal surgical methods, despite the perfection of a decades old laparoscopic procedure that leaves the ovaries and cervix in place.

Welcome to AAGL

The AAGL vision is to serve women by advancing the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that provide less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through integration of clinical practice, research, innovation, and dialogue.



Please take a few moments to check out the website and get some information on these important options for Women.

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Recent Winners

Congrats to all the recent winners!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

1,000 Post Giveaway ~ $60 Credit to RS Designs

Winner is Ashley, Congrats!

I'm so excited about this giveaway! Even cooler it coincides with my 1,000 post, yeah! Revka has been generous enough to offer a $60 credit to one of my readers towards a blog redesign with her at RS Designs.

I've been watching this company since they first opened, and I have drooled over the designs ever since. One thing I love is that they just keep getting better. Offering new products, new designs, freebies and even tips. While I haven't done a blog redesign with them yet, I have worked with both Linda & Revka on banners in the past. They are absolutely both wonderful to work with!

Don't need a new blog design? Revka also offers other great items such as mommy cards, blog buttons and a host of other great items here that are sure to introduce every blogger out there.

RSDesigns offers the following Products:

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Sleeping Kitty


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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted ~ Obama Won


Well I voted today. I was going to go earlier, but I didn't end up getting to the school till around 1pm. Worked out because there were only 3 people ahead of me. They had about 10 - 15 tables set up. I believe I was done in 20 minutes. I voted for everything except two non-partisan judge selections. I didn't know enough about them to cast my vote.

This is the first time I have ever voted for anything Republican. The person is a county elected official. To be honest, I was surprised that it even mattered for the position, so I felt comfortable voting that way. He has held the position for some time, and I really don't think my vote will matter either way.

I've been refreshing CNN to watch the updates. I'm excited to see how it all turns out.


I'm hoping some of the feeling with pass with Republicans vs. Democrats. I'm hoping things will get back to normal and no friendships are lost.

I have a ton of reviews to do. I had planned on doing a review yesterday and today but with the election, I didn't. I also have a huge Christmas guide that I am working on with tons of great ideas. I'm trying to incorporate items that I really enjoyed from my reviews, hot items for the year, things I personally have bought, handmade items & even ideas for things you can make your own. If you have any suggestions please give me a quick email.

Updated ~ Wow, Obama won. I didn't think it would be announced so quickly. Will be interesting to see what comes of the next four years. McCain gave a very nice speech. I felt a bit bad when he stated any mistakes were his. It was nice seeing his supporters booing that and shouting his name.

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Debating my Vote tomorrow

I've been Democrat since I was in high school. The main reason to be honest is that I am pro-choice. There are many other issues I agree with, but that is the biggest and my most passionate cause.

I've mentioned before, I am not an Obama fan. I was a Hillary supporter with Edwards as my next choice. I just have a bad feeling about Obama, there are so many strange things about his past. However, I absolutely cannot vote for McCain, especially after picking Palin. I'm not really sure what I want to do at this point. I'm considering voting for everything but. I'm in Michigan, which is a Democratic state. I was going to vote straight Democrat which is something I've never done before. I realized, that even though I don't do straight Dem, that is how I vote. Figured I'd save myself some time. There is one candidate though that I am picking as Republican. It is something local, and I do not like the Democrat that is in office. I didn't even realize the position included your party affiliation, it doesn't mean much for this job. That is why I feel comfortable going with the Republican choice.

I hate being torn, I've never had an issue with my choice before. Even when I didn't like them, it was never an issue. Ugh, I hate this sick feeling that I have over all this. I'm glad that Michigan only has two proposals. Proposal 1 is medical marijuana and Proposal 2 is about stem cells. I'm pretty confident in my choices in both of those. Two had me a bit concerned, but I did my research and feel confident in my choice. It was hard finding solid research due to the pro-life that feel embryos are life.

My girls both had mock elections. My 11 year old's middle school, McCain won. My 7 year old's elementary school, Obama won. District overall, Obama won 65%. Both my girls voted Obama. My oldest said, all of her friends voted Obama except one. His dad just got home from the war.

I came across this though and really enjoyed reading it ~

Dear Red States:

We’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole’ Miss. We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms. Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we’re going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they’re apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don’t care if you don’t show pictures of their children’s caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq , and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we’re not willing to spend our resources in Bush’s Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country’s fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit, 95 percent of America’s quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the
Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all
Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

Finally, we’re taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.

Peace Out,
The Blue States



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Monday, November 3, 2008

Mission Monday

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I stumbled on a fun concept today. It is called Mission Monday and is being done by Deb and Jay on you guessed it, Mondays! They give you three blogs that you must visit, and each of those blogs has a question, which you find the answer to somewhere on their blog.

You sign Mr Linky & you have to comment on each of the 3 blogs. If your name is drawn, you are ASKED the three questions, and you need to know them to win the week's PRIZE!!

Sounds fun doesn't it. Not only are you finding new blogs, meeting new people, you also get the chance to win a Fab prize!

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Review ~ KINeSYS Sunscreen


Sunscreen is so important to use year round, especially in children. Most kids though, do not like getting sunscreen put on. I know my oldest hates getting it put on. When I was asked to review KINeSYS sunscreen, I was pretty excited. They are the only oil and alcohol-free, non-aerosol spray sunscreens on the market. All of the KINeSYS sunscreens are hypoallergic, non-comedogenic, broad sprectrum UVA & UVB protection, water & sweat resistent, preservative and PABA-free. If that isn't enough, they use recycled packaging, the sunscreens are cruelty -free, vegan, biodegradable and their manufacturer is carbon neutral.

I was sent the 1oz sizes of the KIDS SPF 30 Alcohol free Sunscreen Spray and the new SPF 30 Girl Sunscreen Spray. Before using the product, it is recommended to watch the quick video on proper application. After watching that, I tested out the GIRL Sunscreen spray.

My 11 year old daughter didn't complain at all, which is quite rare, lol. She loved the pink bottle and sparkly writing {good choice KINeSYS} It is super easy to put on, has a nice smell & has a super lightweight feel. My daughter couldn't even feel it which she really liked. The stuff we used this summer was a Zinc Oxide formula that was a bit hard to put on. She told me she preferred this sunscreen and loved the spray!

My 7 year old daughter is super girly, so she loved the pink bottle as well. She also like the sunscreen. She is more easy going, so the bottle & spray were her favorite parts.

The next day we tried the Kids SPF30 spray which is excellant as well. One of my favorite features of the spray bottle though is the ease of getting the ears and neck. These are two places that usually show signs of Skin Cancer first (if you are driver, watch your left side!). It is also easier to get the scalp, I know my 7 year old always burns at her pigtail part in the summer.

Some facts on the sunscreens from the website ~

Girl SPF 30 Alcohol free Spray Sunscreen

Microspray application, fast drying without rubbing.

• Photo-stable Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with Parsol® 1789
• Topical antioxidant Tocopheryl Acetate(Vitamin E) to scavenge free radicals
• Oil-free / Alcohol-free / PABA-free/ Preservative-free
• Very Water-resistant / Sweat-resistant
• Hypoallergenic / Non-comedogenic
• Green Tea and Vanilla fragrance

SPF 30 FUNSCREEN Spray-On Sunscreen for KIDS with Parsol

MICROSPRAY™ APPLICATION
FAST DRYING WITHOUT RUBBING
This sunscreen so much fun, it’s FUNSCREEN™!
• Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with Parsol® 1789
• 100% Preservative-free
• Oil-free / Alcohol-free / PABA-free
• Water-resistant / Sweat-resistant
• Hypoallergenic / Non-comedogenic
• Fragrance-free
• Preservative Free
Kids love this easy to apply spray sunscreen! A big part of proper sunscreen
• Use is wearing it regularly and FUNSCREEN™ is so much fun you will have a hard time getting it back from the kids! This KINeSYS product has a Sun
• Protection Factor (SPF) rating of 30, meaning that it extends the body’s
• Natural UV resistance by 30 times. If applied as directed, this product will
• Effectively absorb both UVA and UVB rays. This gentle non-irritating formula
• Is ideal for children, sprays on easily and dries fast for little athletes
• On the go and comes in a bright fun package kids love.

I really encourage you to check out the website. The video on the main page is very fascinating. KINeSYS has been featured on CBS news and even Price is Right! Don't you love the name of this product? I love saying it :)

Sunscreen is so important, this is worth checking out! They have a wide range of products and options, you are bound to find what is right for you. You can even purchase it at my favorite online store ~ KINeSYS on Amazon!


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Book Giveaway ~ A Little Bit of Faith


I have 3 copies of the Precious Girls Club book ~ A Little Bit of Faith (Precious Girls' Club)

Katie Bennett is new in town...and just can't seem to make friends. But she does have one very angelic best friend -- Faith. The problem is, no one else can see her! When Katie's mom and aunt suggest that she start the Precious Girls Club, Katie needs a little bit of faith to believe in herself. Will she be able to convince the girls at her school to attend? Maybe if she puts up bright posters...makes pretty friendship bracelets...or lets it slip (oops!) that she has her very own guardian angel...Find out how Katie discovers that a little bit of faith can help her overcome big challenges. A Little Bit of Faith is the first book in a new series that celebrates the special gifts that make each girl precious "in His sight."

To go along with the book series, you can also join the Precious Girls Club which is an online virtual world. Thanks to Mom Select, I have a code to try a Premium Membership for everyone. Just use the code 3HWH-T9DX-RROK

If this book sounds like something you would like for a little girl in your life, just leave a comment on this post. Contest will end November 9th, 2008

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Gear Up Like the Pros Nikon ATB Promotion


Do you have a hunter in your life? If you do, then I have a great promotion to tell you about from Nikon. It is the Nikon ATB Promotion that is currently running from now till December 31st 2008.

You get a $50 gift card when you purchase one of the Monarch ATB binoculars, and a $25 gift card when you get either a Trailblazer ATB, an Action Extreme ATB, or a ProStaff binocular.

Once you have made your qualifying purchase, just register for your gift card by filling out the Nikon ATB rebate form on NikonProGear.com and follow the directions provided to redeem your card for whatever cool gear you want. Nikon Pro Gear offers a variety of high-quality men’s and women’s outdoor and casual garments, optics accessories and other high performance gear.

More information can be found here:
http://www.nikonpromo.com/
http://www.nikonhunting.com/atb-binoculars-promotion.html

This is a great opportunity to take care of a Christmas present at a great deal!

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