Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gamestop ~ All your gaming needs!

As part of a review campaign at Mom Central, I was given a $30 gift card to spend at Game Stop.

If you haven't been to Gamestop, you are really missing out. They have such a huge selection, I was seriously blown away. They carry games for every system that is out right now. Including Wii, PS2 & PS3, Gameboy advance & DS, Sony PSP, Gamecube even PC games.

One thing I like is that you can exchange your used games for new or new to you games. I found out that you can even return a used a game if you change you mind. Which is a rare option if you have ever purchased games before. The sales people are also very friendly and helpful. I wasn't really sure where to start when I walked in, my salesman really helped point me in the right direction.

My daughter still uses her Gameboy advance. I was able to pick up My little pony used and fashion dogz used with my gift card. Both girls were ecstatic!

On hot days it is nice to have the option of the girls being able to play video games. I'm sure boys enjoy it even more. I know when I was little, my brother & I played non-stop. I have to admit, I was more into Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario & of course Tetris. While my girls, like the real girly games like MLP, Bratz, Barbie and the like. Regardless of what type of games you like or what system you use, Gamestop has what you need!

If you don't want to leave your house, I know gas is expensive, they have an awesome website. You can buy new & used games, systems and you can even download games.

Enjoy your summer and Happy Gaming! Want to thank both Mom Central and Gamestop for including me in this great opportunity!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Under Construction

I wanted to change my columns to both be on the same side. Now blogger won't let me update my html, so sorry for the look!

UGH! Hopefully it will let me tomorrow, I can't stand all my widgets missing :(

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Who am I? + MomDot Launch Info

Trisha over at Momdot wants to know about us, so here is my post ~

1) who are you? I'm Ginny. I'm a wife, stay at home mom that occasionally works from home, avid reader & scrapbooker.

2) how many kids? pictures? I have 2 beautiful daughters. My youngest just turned 7 & my oldest is about to be 11.

3) what do you blog about? why do you blog? I started blogging to keep track of my scrapbooking. It has evolved into so much more! Being a scrapbooker, blogging seemed a natural progression.

4) Something terribly interesting about you everyone should know ~ I never wanted kids, I really never even wanted to get married. I wanted to be a criminal psychologist. My family was quite shocked when I got married at 19 & had my first daughter, lol.

By the way MomDot has a great contest going on, check it out here.

Make sure to check out the launch party that they are having as well.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


During the summer, there is nothing I love more then sunglasses. Actually in the winter too, that white snow sure reflects the sun. When I was in high school, I got a second job working at a sunglass shop. I learned so much about the importance of wearing sunglasses. I also found out then there are sunglasses that cost 100's of dollars. I thought that was just crazy at the time. Of course after my second or third paycheck, I was the new owner of some sunglasses that cost almost $250. Crazy right, they had awesome lenses though. The entire time I worked there, I believe I bought at least 4 pairs of sunglasses, I had to have spent just over $1,000 on shades alone! I had a couple pair of Revo's and a couple pairs of Serengeti's.

Now I like to change my sunglasses to much to buy those expensive ones. I also have 2 kids that seem to suck up all my money :) I like to have a variety, and I don't mind the cheaper versions. As long as they protect my eyes, and of course look good. I love the look of the designer womens sunglasses that are being made right now. Especially the larger styles, well not the super large ones, those are just too much {for me}. What I really like about the larger styles is that they are more protection for your eyes and the skin around your eyes. UV rays cause
premature signs of aging, nobody wants that! They also help protect the eyes from wind and dirt.

Eyes regularly exposed to too much sun can develop serious and sometimes permanent damage. Opthomalogists recommend wearing UV blocking sunglasses whenever you are in the sun long enough to get a sunburn or tan in order to avoid age related eye diseases, especially cataracts, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea, the surface of the eyeball). Too much sun exposure can also cause yellowed areas on the whites of the eye.

Fun fact about sunglasses ~

According to scientists at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, wearing sunglasses on long plane journeys can actually reduce the effects of jet lag.

The body’s internal clock is affected by light and it seems that by wearing sunglasses on plane journeys, people can help their body clock adjust to new time zones.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Review & Giveaway ~ Preserve Toothbrushes

I received some Preserve toothbrushes to try out recently thanks to Mom Central. These unique toothbrushes are made by the company Recycline. Preserve products are made from 100% recycled plastics and 100% post-consumer paper. All products are also made in the USA!

The toothbrush handle is made from 100% recycled plastics. They have a partnership with Stonyfield Farm, so they are actually using yogurt cups to make the handle. The packaging is also a reusable carrying case which I love.

The Preserve tooth brush was developed by dentists and engineers. The dentist-recommended 45° curved handle and soft bristles guarantee a thorough and even cleaning of your teeth.
My favorite feature of this brush is actually the angle. It makes it very easy to get your back teeth. It is also makes it really easy to clean the roof of your mouth (supposed to help allergy sufferers). The only downside I have found to the toothbrush is the head seems just a tiny bit too small for me. It really isn't an issue, I'm just used to the Colgate 360 which has quite a bit larger head.
These come in in seven vivid colors, and they are available at Target stores. When it is time to replace your toothbrush (dentists recommend switching it every three months) send the toothbrush and case back to Preserve using their postage-paid label to be re-processed into plastic lumber for picnic tables, boardwalks and decks.

Handle is made from 100% recycled plastic, including Stonyfield Farm® yogurt cups
Curved, easy to grip handle makes it easy to reach every part of your teeth and gums
Soft, virgin nylon bristles placed in a tri-level configuration with softer outer rows to protect your gums and tooth enamel
Available in Medium, Soft, and Ultrasoft
Recycled Recyclable Made in the USA cruelty-free

If you’d like to try it out for yourself, print out this coupon for $1 off the purchase of 2 Preserve Toothbrushes at any Target nationwide.

Win it ~ I have TWO Preserve toothbrushes thanks to
Recycline and Mom Central
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Review ~ Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake

I was fortunate enough to be allowed to review the wonderful dvd, Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake. It was created by two moms, Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller after struggling to find ballet movies for their children.

Prima Princessa narrates this fun 40 minute long movie. The animated fairy ballerina, magically transports a group of pre-school girls to see the ballet Swan Lake, performed by the world famous Paris Opera Ballet. Prima Princessa narrates the story of Swan Lake to the girls. In between each act, the children return home, dress up in fun pretty tutus, and learn a simple ballet step. Each step is playfully shown mixed into a colorful montage of toys, animals, birds, children and young dancers from the School of American Ballet, the official academy of New York City Ballet.

My daughters were mesmerized by this movie. They instantly fell in love with Prima Princessa. I tried asking them a question during the movie and they shushed me. Then my youngest wanted a drink and refused to move, she didn't want to miss a thing. Both my daughters are avid dancers with ballet being one of their top choices. I had a feeling they would enjoy this movie. I wasn't sure if it would hold my soon to be 11 year olds attention though. I was totally wrong, her only complaint ... It was too short, she wished it was longer.

After watching it for the first time, every time since my 7 year old danced along. They both really enjoyed watching professional ballerinas, and they both got a kick out of the pre-schoolers dancing along. My oldest, really enjoyed the clips of the girl and boy doing the dance moves in the ballet classroom.

If you have a child interested in dance or even just princess they will enjoy this dvd. Most children 2, 3 and 4 really enjoy dancing. This is a great time to introduce them to the world of dance. Dance classes at this age, teach more then dance. They teach social skills, respect, responsibility, listening skills and so much more. You can view a clip here. Be sure to check out the free coloring pages that are offered to go along with the dvd.

Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake retails for $19.99. You can purchase the dvd directly from Amazon (rates 5 stars!). Be sure to check out Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller blog, Tutu Zone.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Take Control Stem Cell Innovation for Women

Have you heard about the new form of collecting stem cells in woman? I was reading the CNNMoney article on it recently. Basically,
C'elle's exclusive and revolutionary service provides women with the opportunity to collect and preserve vital stem cells that can be harvested from the body's menstrual fluid during the menstrual cycle. These stem cells can potentially be used later in life to help you and/or your close family members with various disease.

There has been some new research that shows that menstrual fluid contains self-renewing stem cells that can be easily collected, processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may emerge in the future. Scientists are currently working on ways of using these stem cells in future therapies for a host of serious diseases.

The collection process is non-invasive. There are several plans to choose from. Upon ordering, you'll receive an attractive, discreet C'elle collection kit by FedEx delivery. Inside, you'll find everything needed for you to collect and send your C'elle menstrual stem cells for processing and preservation, including a menstrual cup, collection tubes, prepaid FedEx airbill for return shipment to Cryo-Cell, and comprehensive instructions for use. There is an annual plan, semi-annual plan and a quarterly plan. After the first year, you do have to pay a yearly storage fee as well. They currently have a promo going, if you order now you can also receive a rhinestone engraved satchel by using promo code CBAG.

Press Release:

Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women's Menstrual Blood

July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST

OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.

Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.

"C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way," said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. "We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings."

For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit

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