Friday, January 2, 2009

Curse of the Bone Pirates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures

Pirates have become so popular, and they don't seem to be fading. I had the chance to read Curse of the Bone Pirates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures thanks to the Family Review Network.

An evil force is destroying the natural wonders of Nui Island, and it’s up to three new friends to solve the mystery. When Big B is dragged from his comfortable life and close friends in Chicago by his grandfather’s mysterious affliction, he’s sure he’s going to have the worst summer ever. But soon after arriving in the tropical paradise of Nui Island, he is caught in a web of danger and intrigue. The Maemae reef is dying, his grandfather’s brilliant mind has been infected and creepy Island legends are coming to life. Big B and his new friends, Sam and Nalu, rely on wit, courage and strength to unravel Nui’s ancient mysteries. What they uncover will help them save the Island, restore his grandfather’s soul, and break the curse of the Bone Pirates. With a captivating plot, fascinating characters and an important ecological message, Curse of the Bone Pirates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures will haunt and delight young readers.
When I got the book, I planned on skimming it and then handing it off to one of my daughters to read. After the first paragraph I was already hooked. I had to double check and make sure it was a juvenile book. The book is full of adventure, heroes and of course villains. What makes this book even better though ... Woven into the plot are lessons on conservation, environmentalism and healthy eating. These lessons are revealed through the eyes of 6th grader “Big B” Brett Harrington, challenging his city-life views while he adapts to the island’s environmentally conscious culture.

I ended up reading the book with my 7 (2nd grade) and 11 year old (6th grade) daughters. They both enjoyed the book very much, along with myself. If you have a boy that doesn't like reading much, I guarantee he will get sucked into this story. I love that is a great read for girls as well.

This book is brought to us by a wonderful company ~ Nui. They are a healthy kids lifestyle brand that donates 50 percent of its beverage profits to children's health and environmental charities. The mission of the book is the same as the company's: to encourage kids to improve their physical, social, and environmental health. By telling these adventure storiesin a kid friendly way, they are hoping that kids will gain a better understanding of these issues. From the sale of each copy of Curse of the Bone Pirates, Nui donates $1 to support Healthy Child Healthy World and Surfers for Cetaceans.

You can purchase Curse of the Bone Priates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures for $11.95

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year + Fabulous!!!

Well I'm back with a totally wiped out computer. I guess it is good because my hard drive was full. Now it is blank & I can fill it up again (and be more careful!)

Playing catch up yet again, never really fully caught up from Cam being sick. Oh well, what can you do.

Upon reading some emails, I found out that I got the amazing "Your blog is Fabulous!" award from Lisa @ Mommying On The Fly

Thank you so much, what a great thing to come back to! Please be sure to subscribe to my new Daily blog, Mom of 2 Dancers. I still have to work on it, but that is the addy. This will be mainly my review blog & giveaway blog from now on.

Ok now~ To claim it, there are a few rules. I have to admit my 5 addictions and then pass it onto another 5 blogs…

Hello, My name is Ginny and I am addicted to…

  1. Chocolate
  2. Reading
  3. My camera (especially taking pictures of my girly girls)
  4. Scrapbooking/Crafting
  5. Blogging
Now I am passing it to...

  1. Margarita Mama
  2. The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
  3. The McIllece Spot
  4. My Life as a Mom at 22
  5. Unexpected Bliss

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

No other way to end the year ...

then for me to get a VIRUS on my computer!!!!

Since 2004, every new year I keep hoping this will be the year things get better. Each year has gotten just a bit worse. 2008 has had some of the worst struggles our family has dealt with.

It is only fitting that I would get that bad Virus that totally ruins my entire computer the day before 2009. Everything is gone. I can't even restore it, the only time to restore is to the time I got the virus.

What is bad, is that I got it while downloading some digi scrap kits. Now I'm going to be scared to ever download scrapbooking products again.

I'm using my old computer, aka the kids computer right now. My dad is wiping my computer. I had all my documents backed up on Mozy. I have never needed it before, so I'm hoping it will be easy to get them back. I believe I have all my family pictures & videos backed up. Time will only tell though.

Honestly it of course isn't the worst thing that couldn't have happened. We just have a lot going on & didn't need this. I had planned on doing a fun post today with New Year links, etc.

In other news ~

I think I'm going to revamp my blogs. I'm thinking of turning this blog into my review & giveaway blog. Making my scrapbook blog for all things crafty. It was originally just for MY things, but I think I will be doing my link round ups, etc for holidays & crafts there. I'm not sure the direction I want to take my debt blog yet.

I have been debating starting a brand new blog for daily life & regular blog posts. I think I am going to just turn my photo blog into that though. Oh & my book blog, hoping to get more regular on that blog as well.

I hope you will stick around for the new year & subscribe to my other blogs as well!

Take care & Happy New Year! I've enjoyed meeting so many awesome bloggers this past year & hope to continue those friendships. Hoping to meet many more! Please stay in touch this year.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Prescribe The Nation: Vaseline Clinical Therapy 3

When you visit, you’ll see who Petal “prescribed” and how the chain has spread throughout Kodiak in webisode features. While you are there, take advantage of the Prescribe the Nation Sweepstakes, where you can win an 8-day Alaska adventure for four! Plus, five lucky people will win 2 $100 Spafinders gift certificates weekly! The first 45,000 to enter will receive TWO FREE SAMPLES of Vaseline® Clinical Therapy™ lotion to share with someone they love. Users can also prescribe to a friend via email “postcard”. No holiday is complete without an e-card these days.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Review ~ Ultreo Ultrasound Toothbrush

Ultreo® is the first power toothbrush to combine patented ultrasound waveguide technology with precisely tuned sonic bristle action. Ultreo's bristles create microbubbles that are powerfully activated by ultrasound energy channeled through a patented ultrasound waveguide. The result is a gentle brushing experience and a deep, long-lasting feeling of clean.
A whole new way to brush.

Unlike traditional sonic units that only use audible frequencies of 20Hz to 20,000Hz, Ultreo Ultrasound Toothbrush uses a tuned sonic / ultrasonic (over 20,000Hz) combo to offer more power without compromising the user's veneers, bridges, or general safety. There's a programmable replacement indicator that prompts a brush head switch-out every 3 months.

Brushing with Ultreo is unlike any other toothbrush. Here are some useful tips to help make the most of your Ultreo experience.

* As ultrasound requires a fluid medium to perform effectively, try to keep as much fluid around the bristles as possible while you brush.
* Ultreo has been designed to work with a small “pea-sized” amount of toothpaste.
* Ultreo should be used with gentle pressure and a light touch.
* Keep the bristles, not the waveguide, in contact with the teeth and gumline while brushing.
* You may feel the waveguide touching your teeth at first. This is normal and most users report that the waveguide is not noticeable at all after the first few brushings.

I absolutely love my Ultreo! I will admit, it did take 2 days of getting used to the ultrasound wavelength like the manual states. The first day, it almost felt like it hurt a bit. I wasn't sure what I was going to do if I ended up not liking this toothbrush. The second time I used it, I hardly felt it. By the third use, I couldn't feel a thing (other then relief, lol).

I cannot even put into words how clean my teeth feel after using this toothbrush! One of my favorite features is that it beeps at 30 seconds for 2 minutes. This way you know you are brushing long enough on each side of your mouth.

Ultreo Benefits

A Deep Clean
Ultreo's combination of patented ultrasound waveguide technology and sonic bristle action result in an incredibly deep feeling of clean.

A Faster Clean
Ultreo has been clinically proven to remove up to 95% of plaque from hard-to-reach areas in the first minute of brushing.

Naturally Whiter Teeth
Ultreo has been clinically proven to remove surface stains for naturally whiter teeth in just 14 days.

Improved Gum Health
Ultreo has been clinically proven to reduce gingivitis in just 30 days.

A Safe and Gentle Clean
Ultreo is shown to be safe and gentle for everyday use on gums, natural tooth surfaces and dental work.

A Brushing Experience People Love
8 out of 10 people who used Ultreo in a recent study would switch to Ultreo from their current power toothbrush. And of those who expressed a preference, 8 out of 10 thought the overall cleaning provided by Ultreo was better compared to the power toothbrush they normally use.

The Ultreo retails for around $150, Ultreo Ultrasound Toothbrush

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fun Personalized Gift or Favor ~ M&M's

Do you struggle with unique ideas for gifts or party favors. M & M's has stepped up and given us the solution! You can now get personalized M & M's for any occasion.

Simply visit and pick your colors, messages, and upload your photos, making your order special for all occasions. Imagine how much Grandma would love her grandchild's face on her birthday M&M'S, or how great the bride and groom would look on their wedding favors! The site also offers dozens of gift options to accompany the MY M&M'S, such as candy dispensers, decorative tins, and MLB-themed containers. And new this year, MY M&M'S has even teamed up with Martha Stewart for ideas to make personalized gifts even more special. Each of Martha's MY M&M'S personalized gift options provide easy step-by-step instructions.

With Cami being sick, Ididn't get my order submitted in time for Christmas delivery. My personalized M & M's should be here this week or next week. The ordering is super easy though. There are several options to choose from, colors & any text you want. There are also quite a few different ways the M & M's come packaged.

I think this would be such a fun way to do kids birthday parties & weddings! I know on Christmas eve, several family members were looking for M & M's to eat. They are a holiday staple as well.

Thanks to Mom Central

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TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

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