T-Mobile MyTouch


**Disclosure: I was given this device on a loan agreement in order to review for this feature. The phone has been returned and all opinions are of my own, your opinion may vary.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G is the follow up to the T-Moblie G1 - the worlds first Android Device. The phone features a touch screen with a virtual keyboard built into a very slim and smooth design. The weight of the phone was a surprise - it is heavier than I would expect it to be, but being so slim it does make up for it. I can easily fit it into my purse or even can slide it into my pocket when not carrying a purse. With this phone you can personalize it to match your style and interests. My Touch customers can take advantage of Sherpa - an application that features GENIE (Geodelic Engine for Interest Evaluation), a learning engine that automatically customizes itself to the user's preferences. The phone features full HTML web browser which I used a lot of while on the road. It was a bit slow, but if you are in an area where you have full bars it won't really seem like too long.

As a family we are on the road a lot! We love to go out and living in the remote high desert, that usually means we have to drive at least an hour when going out to an event. One thing I just fell in love with was Google Maps. Living in Los Angeles, the traffic can be horrific out here. All I would need to do is hit "my location" and it would find us on the map and give us the easiest and quickest way to our destination. Now my husbands favorite part of this was the traffic map. I thought it was pretty cool myself - but we were able to see the upcoming traffic and the flow the traffic was moving at.

All in all we loved the phone! I loved it for all the fun apps and being able to keep up with twitter & my blog, my husband loved the Google Maps and my kids all loved the fun games they could play on there!

Visit T-Mobile for more information - myTouch 3G

The Boys Store

How frustrating is it being a mother of boy's and not having many options when it comes to choosing our son's clothing. I remember when my son was younger - I would take the kids shopping and there would be tons and tons of options for my daughter, then when it was my son's turn we were stuck in a little corner in the back of the store with about two racks of clothes!! When I heard there was an online store that carried only boys clothing I could not wait to check it out!! Even better that it was online as I am a huge fan of online shopping! The Boy's Store is also very friendly and always willing to help you find what you are looking for - and just for being on their mailing list you are entered to win a $25 gift certificate!! They sent my son an outfit to wear, he loved it, said it was so comfy! He goes through his clothing pretty fast and I am always having to wash his clothing two to three times a week. We have had this outfit for a couple months now and I have to say it has upheld nicely! He is very picky - especially for being a boy, he will only wear certain styles and colors. So....if he is happy - it makes me happy!

Visit The Boy's Store at www.theboysstore.biz

The iGo Charge Anywhere

**Disclosure: iGo provided us with one device to review for this feature. No monetary compensation was received.

The iGo Charge Anywhere ($49 MSRP) is small enough to fit in your pocket and can power two low power devices (cell phone, PDA, MP3 player, GPS and gaming devices) at the same time without the use of a wall outlet. Small and lightweight, the iGo Charge Anywhere has foldable wall blades that easily store away and functions as a standard wall outlet as the battery recharges.


This device is perfect for families who like to travel a lot, who are on the go a lot, or even for those who don't always remember to charge their devices at night, the iGo Charge Anywhere allows you to pack one charger to power multiple devices, which frees up valuable luggage space. The Charge Anywhere is also perfect for camping and other outdoor trips where you would want to stay powered up, but do not have access to a wall outlet.


Our family is on the road a lot - most of our family is at the least an hour away. We love going out, to events and letting the children just explore what life has to offer. We don't always have time to charge our devices, either that or we simply are so tired when we get home we don't think about plugging our devices in before hitting bed. This was great, it was so easy to use and we never had a problem with it not charging. What I loved most about it is that it was not some large device we had to drag with us, it easily fit in my purse - where I always keep it!


Great device - thumbs up for any on the go, busy parent! For more information visit www.igo.com

BEARPAW


**Disclosure: BearPaw provided four of our family members with boots in order to write an honest review for our readers. No monetary compensation was received. The opinions below are that of my own and your opinion my vary.

One of my absolute favorite things about fall / winter is I get to bring out the boots! I love these shoes, they are so comfortable, keep your feet nice and toasty and easy to just slip on and go. I also love that they are so versatile - and can easily be pared up with just about anything. BEARPAW was founded in 2001 - can you believe they are that young? Feels like we have been wearing BEARPAW's forever! They use sheepskin to help create the most comfortable and stylish shoes. BEARPAW is not only available in the US, but in thirteen other countries too. My husband was sent the boots to the left. This is the Stowe Men's Boot. With genuine suede and water-resistant properties this is a very comfortable boot for any working man. The only drawback that my hubby found with the boot is it's weight. It was a bit heavy, but kept the feet very warm and secure. BEARPAW is a gift that will make any receiver happy - even my children loved their boots. My youngest daughter wears her's almost everyday and my youngest son wanted to sleep with his the first week he had them! My children a very rough with their shoes, like most children, keeping their shoes clean is not something they think about. The quality of the shoes is outstanding - that is one thing I love most about their shoes. I don't feel like I have to tell my daughter something every time she scrapes her shoe or her brother steps on her shoes! BEARPAW again, is a wonderful, and a must have for every winter season!

Visit BEARPAW at http://shop.bearpawshoes.com/

American Girl

**Disclosure: American Girl provided us with one doll and dinner at American Girl. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions below are of my own and your opinion may vary.

If you have not visited an American Girl Store, I suggest on planning a trip soon. We had the pleasure of visiting American Girl here in Los Angeles. We were not that familiar with American Girl, but as soon as my daughters heard it was a store all about a doll they started counting down the days! American Girl celebrates girls and all that the can and and inspire to be. American Girl helps girls grow up in a wholesome way, while encouraging them to enjoy girlhood through fun and enchanting play. There are many aspects and opportunities that American Girl offers to support girls through play.

  • American Girl Magazine carries the message to girls around the globe that "You're great - just the way you are"
  • Bitty Baby is their baby line all about babies that promote nurturing play among girls ages 3 and up.
  • Just Like You Dolls that celebrate that every girl is unique in her own way.
  • American Girl Stores that engage girls to become a part of their doll's lives.
We were sent an American Girl to help in the review of this feature. When my daughter received the doll she was ecstatic! I have to say, being a lower middle class family unfortunately this is something that would be hard to come by and not be accessible to many of the girls that would benefit from them the most. Most of the dolls start at around $100. The dolls each have their own name with their own story. I was actually surprised at the size of the doll, it was a lot larger than expected, and the quality was outstanding!

Our visit to the American Girl store in Los Angeles was amazing - an experience all of its own. The place is any girls fantasy! It is huge with two levels of dolls and fun. Each doll has their own section with their own accessories. The store is really like the dolls own little mall with everything they need all in one place. The have a photo studio where you can take pictures with your doll and even had a movie theater in the store for when the American Girl had one of their dolls star in their very own movie! It gets even better.....inside the store they even have their own restaurant! We were treated to dinner which was amazing. The staff was wonderful addressing the needs to the children and their dolls. They brought a high chair for my daughters doll, and if you forget your doll or do not have one they will provide one for you - which they did for my son. The portions of food too are very generous! As you can see below my son ordered the tic-tac-toe pizza and it was huge, he did not even finish half of it.


After dinner we went back downstairs and on the way out stopped at the salon to get my daughters doll's hair done. I was very impressed with the prices - we paid only $10.00 for them to brush and style the doll's hair. As we were waiting for dinner to start we wondered around a bit being that there was so much to see. We walked by an area that was the doll hospital admission area. If the doll needs repairing, simple drop the doll off at the "hospital" and when your doll is ready to go home they will call you. It was really so cute - it really looked like a hospital admission area and they were even dressed up as doctors with clipboard in hand.
American Girl Pros -
  • Gives girls an opportunity to "just be girls"
  • Shares different cultures and ways of life
  • Life like features
  • Store experience is amazing for any little girl
  • Food portions are huge
American Girl Cons -
  • Prices are very high for a doll and accessories - a price the "most" cannot afford
***as a note also - food choices sometimes change and do not match what is posted online, so I would advise to call ahead to see what the menu items for that day are***

For more information on American Girl visit www.americangirl.com

Oceana Adopt-A-Creature









One gift I really believe is so often forgot about is the gift of giving back, helping others, creatures and the planet we live on. This is a fun and unique gift that is perfect for not only children, but those on your list that you may not be sure what to get them. The Ocean Adopt-A-Creature Kit allows you to make a donation to Oceana and in return receive an adoption package based upon your donation. Your donation to Oceana helps to prevent overfishing, protect ocean habitat, and help to stop seafood contamination which helps all marine creatures. I think this is really a cute gift idea for any occasion and especially for someone who has everything that you are not sure what to get them!

"Your donation helps Oceana carry out important campaign work. Right now, teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates are fighting to reduce overfishing, seafood contamination and habitat destruction. Although your donation is symbolic, your adoption package can include whales, sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, polar bears, penguins, seals and octopuses."

Their adoption packages start at $35 and include a cookie cutter in the shape of the animal you choose, a personalized adoption certificate in a cardboard frame, and CakeLove sugar cookie recipe. Their adoption packages vary depending on the amount of donation and some also include a stuffed animal like the one above.

For more information about Oceana or adopting a creature visit http://na.oceana.org/

Jump Start


**Disclosure: JumpStart provided me with a year member ship for this review, in order to be able to give you honest feedback. I have not received any monetary compensation for this feature.


With the kids out of school and the crazy winter weather some of us have had, we need something to help keep the kids entertained while stuck indoors. When ever the kids have some time off from school, I always try to keep them up on their work so that when they go back to school they will be fresh and ready to go.

JumpStart helps to inspire kid's minds in the way that as they play they learn with out even knowing it! As a mother to four children, this is really something I believe in. I think that children learn best when they are having fun at something. My two youngest love JumpStart - I always have to do a coin flip to see who is going to get to go first.

"JumpStart is an award-winning adventure-based 3D virtual world that is super-personalized, wildly imaginative and really fun, but don't let that fool you - it also teaches math, reading, and critical thinking skills so kids get a real jump start in life."

They have different levels for different ages - all in a virtual world where they can actually step in to a place they can call their own. My daughter loved to play the games to earn rewards - for example some of the reward you can earn are decorations for your house and music to dance to. My youngest son he just likes to play the games to test his knowledge and to see how far he can get. He will play over and over - it makes him proud when he can complete a level. Jump start has many varieties and it's really a great way for the children to spend their free time.

Visit JumpStart for more information at www.jumpstart.com

Sibu

**Disclosure: I received no compensation or products for this feature.

Sibu is a beauty system with an unique inside out / outside approach to promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Sibu products are free of preservatives, it is a 100% all natural product.

"From our innovative liquid supplement and soft gel supplement, to our facial soap and daytime facial cream, beautiful skin, hair and nails are nourished from both the outside in, and the inside out. Each Sibu Beauty product is packed with nutrients from the sea buckthorn berry to revitalize, renew and replenish. High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing an array of powerful nutrients. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. And it's a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails. " (Sibu)

(This is what I will be getting Grandma for Christmas :) I love that it is 100% natural - as I get older I think more and more about what I put on my skin and more about taking the right approach to keep that "young" look! I have not tried this product yet - you can visit Sibu for more information at www.sibubeauty.com









TJ MAXX

Are you looking for a place where you can save money this holiday season, but still want the latest fashion and name brands? T.J. Maxx is just that place. Your one stop shopping for those on your list expecting name brand items. I have to admit I am a clearance shopper, I will never ever pay full price for something! Why should I, when I can get the same thing, somewhere else at a lower price?

A couple weeks ago we decided to go ahead and get my youngest son a new pair of jeans. He just could not wait until Christmas, they were that bad. Believe it or not my son, yes son, is the pickiest when it comes to his clothes and shoes. And he's only six years old!! Anyway, we had gone to "another department store" because we were not looking to spend much at the time and figured he could find something under $10 - boy was I wrong. First we ran into the trouble of him jeans that even fit - he is really thin and tall. Then the prices were a bit high. T.J. Maxx was right next door and I thought, we might as well give it a try since we are here - I was not in the mood to travel anywhere else, it was late and I was tired. We walked next door and found the boys section pretty easy. They had many name brands for more than 50% than they regularly run for. With in ten minutes we had six pairs of jeans over our shoulder and ready to try on. We found a pair that fit - or should I say he liked - and now I am hooked!! I am a huge huge name brand lover and seeing all those name brands for more than half off just made me want to buy and buy LOL luckily my husband was there, or should I say I am sure he is thankful he had gone that night :)

Visit T.J. Maxx to find a store location near you

Shabby Apple


**Disclosure: I was given a dress in order to write an honest review. No other compensation was received

With the holiday season here, I had started to look through my closet to pull out the holiday attire for this years parties and family gatherings. I am one that does not like wearing the same thing over and over. As I was searching around the net (where I love to do a majority of my shopping) I came across Shabby Apple, a stylish boutique with dresses that will flatter any occasion.

A big plus is that I loved that their dresses were stylish while not showing too much skin. The were sleek, classy and very hot!! They carry women's and girls dresses as well as fabulous accessories. The dress I received was very simply - which I felt made it more classy looking.
If you are not sure which dress to get - try Fit To Flatter; simply answer three easy questions and they will suggest a dress for you. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful. I can honestly say I am not big on dressed, but as soon as I put this dress on it gave me that extra self esteem that felt pretty darn good!

Visit Shabby Apply at www.shabbyapple.com

PeaceLoveMom


**Disclosure: I was given the thermal above in order to write this review. All opinions below are that of my own and your opinion may vary. No monetary compensation was received for this post.

Are you having a hard time trying to decide what to get Mom this year? PeaceLoveMom is the perfect site to find just what you are looking for! PeaceLoveMom is the celebration of Motherhood. Being a Mother, just the meaning behind the company is wonderful! They had sent my youngest daughter and I matching PeaceLoveMom Thermals - it was like an early Christmas present to myself and daughter. It had started getting cold outside when we received ours so it was perfect timing! First I have to say I love these thermals! They were so soft and the sleeves were a bit long which is how I love it so that my hands get the added protection. They are made here in America and are 100% cotton. I usually wear an XL, but thought that this might shrink a bit being all cotton, so ordered an xxl, that still was too small. It fits, but I would have liked it a bit bigger. So if you order, make sure you order a size bigger than you normally would wear.
PeaceLoveMom also carries a wide variety of other items such as tote bags, note pads, accessories, and kids shirts. The thermals start at $50.00 which I found to be the only downfall - it's a bit more than I would spend on a thermal let alone a shirt at all. On the other hand their customer service was great, the quality was decent and the story behind PeaceLoveMom is amazing! Mothers supporting Mothers!

Visit PeaceLoveMom at www.peacelovemom.com

FlipShare Mino HD

**Disclosure: I was given the product in this feature for review purposes only - I was not given the product to keep, the product was returned and I did not receive any monetary compensation for this posting.

I love to take video and pictures! With four children and a very busy family, luckly I always have an excuse to pull out the camera. Back in the day I remember it would be such a pain to carry both a video camera and a camera to record the days events. With the Flip Mino HD - it is all wrapped up in one. This cam in handy when we went out to events. It is so sleek that I can just stick it in my pocket or purse. This is the worlds sleekest HD camcorder!

Now my second love of this camera was the amazing video it took!! I could not believe how clear the picture was, just totally amazing!! So clear - more clear than my own camera had ever been, even when it was new. All of the recent video on my blog has been from using this new camera. It was so easy to use, simply plugging it into any USB port on the computer. FlipShare software makes it easy to email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture still-image snapshots, and upload video to social sharing sites.

Here is the Product Description from the manufacturer -

MinoHD Overview Flip MinoHD Overview
  • All-new MinoHD is the world's sleekest HD camcorder
  • Slim, sleek design fits in any pocket or purse--perfect for shooting video on the go
  • Captures 120 minutes of stunning HD video on 8 GB of built-in memory; no additional memory needed
  • Simple user interface--power on and press record to start capturing HD video in moments
  • Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare software
  • FlipShare software makes it easy to email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture still-image snapshots, and upload video to Facebook, YouTube and other sharing sites
  • Large, 2-inch anti-glare color display to play back and delete videos
  • Internal Lithium-ion battery recharges through built-in USB; also recharges when connected to Flip Video Power Adapter (not included)
  • HDMI output (mini-HDMI connector) makes it easy to watch your videos on your HDTV
  • All-new design features a unique brushed-metal front and soft, rounded edges
  • Features a flat-back panel with touch-sensitive, backlit buttons
  • Video: 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per seconds (fps) progressive scan; recorded as MP4 files
For more information visit www.theflip.com

Band Hero


Have you heard about this? I was so excited to be able to review this for you all!! Ever since Rock Band and Guitar Hero came out the kids (well, ok and I) could not wait for them to come out with more songs of today that the kids would know. Our favorite about this game - it features Taylor Swift!!! The girls and I loved this!! I think we sang that song over and over! LOL!! Band Hero features over 60 recordings from some of the hottest artists today. Here is a sample of what is included -

  • 3 Doors Down - "When I'm Gone"
  • The Airborne Toxic Event - "Gasoline"
  • The All American Rejects - "Dirty Little Secret"
  • Alphabeat - "Fascination"
  • Aly and AJ - "Like Whoa"
  • Counting Crows - "Angels of the Silences"
  • Duran Duran - "Rio"
  • Fall Out Boy - "Sugar, We're Goin' Down"
  • Hilary Duff - "So Yesterday"
  • Hinder - "Lips Of An Angel"
  • Jackson 5 - "ABC"
  • Janet Jackson - "Black Cat"
  • Jesse McCartney - "Beautiful Soul"
  • Taylor Swift - "Love Story"
  • Taylor Swift - "Picture To Burn"
  • Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"
  • Tonic - "If You Could Only See"
  • The Turtles - "Happy Together"
  • Village People - "YMCA"
and many more!!! You can also team up with a player on a Nintendo DS Lite for an all new level of competition. "Band Hero is the ultimate party game to play on the road or at home, where players of all ages will be able to experience the signature, easy-to-learn but difficult-to-master Guitar Hero gameplay. "

This is a great family game! So much fun for everyone! What I love about this game is it gets everyone involved and it has songs on it's play lists that the kids actually know and enjoy singing!

Visit Band Hero for more information - you can find the game at most major retailers.

Inspire Your Walls


**Disclosure: Our family was given a sample product of one of our son's name for this review. No monetary compensation was received. The opinion below is that of my own, your opinion may vary.

From the moment we find out the sex of our child, we start thinking about their room, the theme and our decorating diva comes out in us. Inspire Your Walls is there to help you with that. They are an inexpensive, fun and affordable way to add decor to your home. I love decorating, and when I saw this, it took me hours to go through their designs to pick my favorites. They not only have sayings, but can do names, pictures, and even cute children's themes. They had sent us my youngest son's name. We already had my daughters name in her room, so my son wanted the same. He put his name right above his bed, it was very easy to apply. It ended up being a bit crooked and I was so afraid to take it off, that it would not look good reapplying it. We thought we would test it out and if not we could always use tape. We removed it, positioned it right and reapplied. I even got the kids involved by rubbing the back of the sheet, then rubbing on it once it was placed on the wall. I think it gives my son a little pride seeing his name up on his wall - he loves it and now says no one call say this is not "his room"!! LOL!!
Wall words are a great addition to any room, my favorite spot being above the hall entry or above the main entrance. It brings a warm feeling into the home and a sense of security.

Wall words are a great house warming gift and a great way to start off the new year with! Inspire Your Walls also carries vinyl lettering, wall art and home decor.

Visit Inspire Your Walls at www.inspireyourwalls.com

Tony Hawk: The Ride

**Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy of Tony Hawk: The Ride. The review below is that of my own, your opinion may vary. No monetary compensation was received.

I have been anxiously awaiting for them to come out with a game like this. I am a mother to two boys who are very much into skate boarding. Ever since the Wii came out they have told me there should be a game like this. Finally!! I have not really seen this advertised much so did not really know much about it and the boys did not even know it existed. I have also heard some mixed reviews about this game on properly working.

Tony Hawk: The Ride gives anyone the real life experience of skateboarding. This unique motion-sensitive board controller redefines the action-sports genre by translating your body motions into the game. We live in an area of California where 90% of the time it's either too hot or too cold to play outside, so something like this is perfect for the boys to get their skateboarding fix!
I can't tell you how much the boys love this game! If you have a skater in your family this is a must for the holidays! There are a 100+ moves for you to master while traveling to locations all over the globe. There are four different modes you can play - free skate, speed, trick and challenge. My husband and I even loved jumping on the board to take it for a "ride". I think this is also great for those young ones who have the desire to skate board, it gives them some practice and helps build their confidence.

Tony Hawk: The Ride gets thumbs up from my family!! Visit www.thride.com for more info

FotoBox Plus

**Disclosure: I was given a FotoBox Plus to review so that I can give you an honest and complete review. No other compensation was received. The opinions below are of my own and your opinion may vary.

As a Mother of four beautiful children I love taking pictures! I don't have my pictures printed out much, usually I will just store my photos online to share with friends and family via email. FotoBox Plus by honestech is an easy to use slide show creator. With the device above you simply plug it into your USB port after you have inserted your camera's SD card. The FotoBox user interface appears on your computer screen to create a slideshow. I love that there is no software to install, you simply plug it in and create!!

FotoBox has many fun ready-made themes to help create your own slide show. The device allows you to crop, rotate, remove red-eye, adjust brightness and even add graphic effects to pictures. What is fun about it is you can also add music and voice-over narration to your favorite pictures.

Visit honestech at www.honestech.com for more information

The FotoBox retails for $79.95

BamBoo Pet Products

**Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of this product. No compensation was given for this feature

Trying to decide what to get your family pet for the holiday's? DogToids is a yummy breath mint with a yummy flavor combination of beef, liver and fish that your dog is sure to love! The kids loved that they came in fun bone shapes and just giggled and laughed thinking it was so cute to give our dog these cute, yummy bone shaped breath mints. My youngest daughter was very happy to see these come. She thinks dogs have the smelliest breath!! "yuck" she always says! LOL!!

DogToid breath mints are made with parsley to help freshen breath. Who would have known to use parsley to get rid of that sticky breath! The breath mints come in the cute stylish tin case you see above which makes it easy to take on the go, but I would be very careful - as my kids love to get in my purse to grab a mint; wouldn't want them to grab the wrong tin!!

The best part? They are made in the good ol USA! My dog loved these breath mints, in fact we went through the tin pretty fast. They also have CatToids!

Visit Bamboo for more information and to locate a store near you

Gotta Catch Santa Claus


**Disclosure: I was provided with a sample copy of the movie. No other compensation was received for this feature.

One of my favorite things about the holiday's are all the wonderful holiday movies. It's the one time of year you can truly find a good decent family movie to watch without all the violence and non-sense in so many movies today. The kids are so realistic in the movie and were someone the kids today can relate too. Since receiving this movie I think the kids have watched at least five times already! Here is a bit about the movie -

"Funky music, holiday magic and a supersonic sleigh are all wrapped up in this CGI-animated family adventure starring William Shatner as the voice of Santa! Trevor is a true believer in the holiday spirit, so his skeptical best friend, Veronica, challenges him to show the world actual proof that Santa is real! Trevor and his friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to catch Santa in action and reveal the true magic of Christmas. But they've got to find Santa before LeFreeze - a dim-witted monster who's carrying a serious 100-year-old grudge - and his snowman minions put Christmas on ice forever! Join the race to save Christmas in GOTTA CATCH SANTA CLAUS, the jolly, jammin', modern-day holiday classic destined to become a family tradition!"

This movie is sure to become a holiday classic and a movie that will join our holiday Christmas collection for years to come!

Simply Divine

**Disclosure: I was provided with a sample product of Simply Divine in order to give my honest opinions in this review. I was not compensated in any way. The opinions below are of my own, your opinion may vary.

Simply Divine is a product offered by Glowology - products which carry exclusive formulas developed to nourish, replenish and protect delicate and sensitive skin. Simply Divine is simply luxury for sensitive skin. Simply Divine comes as a deluxe gift set that includes Heavenly Honey Wash and Lovely Body Lotion.

I live in a higher elevation and as the seasons change so does my skin routine. As we make the transition from summer and the hot humid heat to the forty degree chilly winds my skin needs some extra special attention during times like that. What I liked about Simply Divine is that it did not leave a greasy feel on my skin and that even though it was made for sensitive skin, that did not take away from the fragrance.

Visit Noodle & Bro for more information at www.noodleandboo.com

Beatles RockBand


**Disclosure: We were provided with a copy of The Beatles Rock Band Game to review in order to write an honest review. No compensation was received for this feature.

If you anywhere near my age and grew up listening to rock music that our parents always had playing then you will love this game! Beatles music is the kind of music that will get anyone moving and singing along. I was so excited to have RockBand come out with a Beatles version. I can honestly say that The Beatles RockBand is amazing and so much fun!! With six of us in our family it was so much fun and good quality time! Us three girls were the singers and the boys played the instruments - that was the most fun I have had in a long time!!! It felt good to be laughing and having fun with the kids while sharing some legendary music at the same time.

The Beatles RockBand features 45 classic songs including "I saw her standing there" and "Yellow Submarine" This is the first music game to offer harmonies as part of game play. The girls and I had a great time singing along. My youngest daughter who is five could not read the words so she just hummed and it still picked it up. My only problem and downside with this game is that the words were so small I really had to concentrate and squint to be able to see the words and get through the songs. But.....the quality time with the family and fun we had made up for that! The boys were great on the instruments! Even my youngest who is six turned out to be a pro on the drums! I highly recommend this game for any gamer or rock lover on your list!

Visit www.thebeatlesrockband.com for more information. The Beatles RockBand is available for Wii, Xbox, PS3 and can be purchased at most any major retailer.

F-Secure


**Disclosure: I was provided with a downloaded edition of F-Secure Internet Security in order to provide this informational post. I was not compensated in any other way. Please visit their website for more information.

F-Secure is real-time protection against viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, rootkits and zero-day attacks. Automatically-updated protection from world-renowned F-Secure Labs and F-Secure DeepGuard cloud protection against unidentified threats ensure you can safely use your computer, now and tomorrow. F-Secure Internet Security 2010 offers better security online without slowing down your computer. **Cited from F-Secure

The completely redesigned new version is significantly lighter and faster while offering enhanced protection against all Internet threats. The new Browsing Protection feature tells you which websites are safe to enter and which you should avoid. Harmful sites are blocked automatically to ensure safe surfing while renewed Parental Control keeps children safe from inappropriate web content. Automatic updates and advanced DeepGuard cloud computing technology ensure the fastest protection against all new threats. Extensive usability studies have helped us design a user experience that ensures safe PC use. You are safe, whatever you do online. **Cited from F-Secure

What I love most about F-Secure is that it is so easy to install and the software updates are automatic. I am not too computer savvy when it comes to tech issues and installing software. This program was very easy to install, simply following the prompts. I have an older computer and sometimes it can slow down when I install software or download a program. Since installing I have had no issues with the software and the added protection is great.

Supported Platforms
Windows 7 (all editions)
Windows Vista (all editions)
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Media Center Edition


Visit F-Secure for more information http://www.f-secure.com/en_US/

PaperSpring


**Disclosure: PaperSpring provided us with birthday invitations for a birthday in order to preview their products and service. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The opinions below are of my own, your opinion may vary.

As the holiday's quickly approach us, we try to go through our "to do" list in our minds making sure everything gets done and in time. It seems like it all goes by so fast, sometimes without even having a chance to really take the time we should to enjoy it. Something I almost forgot about this year was sending out our Christmas cards. I am usually pretty good about it, but this year just seems to be moving a bit faster than others. Luckily there are companies like PaperSpring that help make it easier and faster to get done.

PaperSpring has many options to choose from for your holiday cards. One of my favorites is above the digital name art holiday cards. I thought this would be fun for my nieces, cousins, and nephews that would love to see their name in a fun, festive way. They also have plenty of fun, cute holiday photo card layouts that are always a big hit with the family. PaperSpring is also green! They are officially certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as a chain-of-custody provider of recycled paper made from environmentally sustainable forests. All of the matte cards are printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled thick cardstock.

I love this company!! They really have so many fun designs, fast service and outstanding customer service. Visit PaperSpring at www.paperspring.com

Leap Frog


**Disclaimer: Leap Frog did provide my family with a Leapster 2 and games for this review / feature. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review and the opinions below are of my own, your opinions and experience may vary.

Leap Frog has been around for many years. My oldest is about to turn 14 and I remember buying Leap Frog products for him when he was a toddler. As a Mother, it is a brand I trust and know I can comfortably allow my children to interact with their products. I have to admit I am one of those parents who do not like my children to watch violent shows , but these days it is so hard to limit because almost everything they watch there is something that is not acceptable, including the violence in video gaming.
The Leapster 2 Handheld is the newest member of the Leap Frog family. The Leapster 2 has an expanded-memory, which is the only educational gaming handheld connected to a comprehensive online learning world, designed especially for children ages 4-8 years old. The additional memory and virtual experience allow an unprecedented synergy of offline and online play, for anywhere fun. We drive a lot and this has become very handy in the car. My two youngest children are five and six; one boy and one girl. Online they have an opportunity to go beyond learning ABC's and 123's through games in which players can explore concepts to see what happens in addition to learning right and wrong answers.

Leapster two has over 40 great titles that your children will love. With the opening of Disney's Princess and the Frog this weekend, your little ones will love Leap Frog's newest game Disney The Princess and the Frog.

"Get swept away by this American fairy tale based on the Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog ! Tiana and Prince Naveen have been turned into frogs. Help them safely navigate New Orleans and the Bayou so they can return to human form and be married! Features expanded play for the Leapster2 system, so Leapster2 players can connect online for extra games, activities, and rewards, and parents can connect online to the LeapFrog® Learning Path to see what their child is playing and learning."

Teaches:

  • -Number and letter recognition
  • -Counting
  • -Logic and reasoning skills
  • -Music
You can visit Leap Frog @ www.leapfrog.com The new Leapster 2 is currently on sale for $59.99

Hooked on Phonics

**Disclosure: Hooked on Phonics provided our family with a set of products to review. No other compensation was received. This opinion is of my own. Your opinion and results of the product may differ.

As a mother of four children, I have learned that my children learn and absorb the most while having fun at the same time. I have to admit, I myself am not great at learning new things sitting in front of someone just listening to them talk. The best way to learn is with an interactive approach. Over two million families have turned to Hooked on Phonics to help their children enrich in learning through fun and interactive activities and DVDs.

From Hooked on Phonics -

"The easy-to-follow learn-practice-play approach works like this:

Learn new skills or concepts.

Practice the concept until it is mastered.

Play fun games or read great books to apply and reinforce new knowledge.

Children learn at their own pace, mastering each new skill before they move on to the next. Practicing and reinforcing new skills is designed to be fun, and every experience ends with a celebration."

Hooked on Phonics can be used starting at a very young age. They specifically have products for babies up to age 18months and go all the way to eight and beyond.

Are you a parent who likes to test drive before buying? You can try it online through an online demo which can be accessed on their home page - www.hookedonphonics.com


Shred Sled

**Disclosure: We were provided a Shred Sled for review at no charge. The opinions below are those of my own and your opinion my vary

Shred Sled is the first 4-wheel in line, dual-deck board. It is two decks connected by a flexible middle component that revolve around horizontal and vertical axles. Basically its like snowboarding, surfing and skating all wrapped up in one. We were not too sure what to expect. When it arrived only us parents were home with the two little ones and none of us could get up on it!! I could not wait for my teenage son to try it out, he's pretty good at skateboarding and I knew he would be excited to try this. We took it outside and without any hesitance he hopped right on and off he went! I was in awe, this was so amazing to watch - it was so easy for him -
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He is still the only one who can get up on the Shred Sled, but he loves being the only one who can ;) I still cannot believe how easy it is for him to hop up on it and go. If you have a skateboarder in your family this is the perfect gift!

You can visit Shred Sled at www.shredsled.com The shred sled starts at $119 and for a limited time you can get free shipping.

Give A Share


**Disclosure: Give A Share provided us with one share of stock and a shareholder kit for review of their products and services. The opinion below is that of my own of the product and company.

Give A Share is a really unique educational gift that will truly last a lifetime. Isn't it a fact that time and time again all the money you spend on gifts that end up not being played with or shoved under the bed to never be seen again? Give A Share sells one share of stock ownership with over 100 of the most popular companies in the world to choose from. Companies include Disney, Domino's, Starbucks, and even Mattel.

I really love these kind of gifts - they don't get forgotten about, shoved under the bed or in the back of a closet, and do not get worn out or broken. The best part is that it is something that your children can learn about and possibly help them in their future. When you buy the one share of stock you become a true shareholder with that company and are entitled to dividends, annual reports, and sometimes companies will have other perks for their shareholders. Prices of the stock are the market price listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ plus their fee, which is less than a stock broker would charge, and a lot easier too. For someone like me who does not know much about the stock market, the process makes it so easy in becoming a shareholder! The I'm A Shareholder Kit is great for teaching kids the in and outs of the stock market. The Shareholder Kit starts at $17 and comes with a ten dollar off coupon for their first share.

Give A Share is a part of Leading Edge Gifts which is home to five unique gift sites. Another one of those site is Give A Caricature. This is kind of like those artists drawings you see walking through the amusement parks but even better! I love this site and am considering it for my blog. They really make it simple - all you do is upload the photo you would like recreated, describe the scene you want and let them do their magic! Now pricing starts at $99 which is a bit steep, but if it's for something like your blog / website then it is worth the price, in my opinion! You can visit Give A Caricature at www.giveacaricature.com

MySims Agents

**Disclosure: A product sample was giving to me for review in order to give you a honest and informational review. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. Below is my opinion of the product - your opinion may vary.

Ever dream of being a special agent? Love solving mysteries? My Sims Agents is a mystery solving game with you as the main character. You are a special agent hired to uncover the plans of Morcubus, the corrupt CEO of MorcuCorp. As you go along you pick up cases and are given clues to help solve these cases. One of the most exciting parts about this game is that you get to travel the world while solving mysteries. You can hop in your helicopter and even jump on the subway.
Your agents can be dressed, their hair styled, facial features can be changed, and you can even change the tone of their voice. One downfall of the game is that you can not understand a word of what they are saying. They talk in their own language, sounds like blubberish talk....... This makes it harder for the little ones to play and sometimes can slow the game down since you have to read everything that is being said. Both of my younger children who are five and six love this game, but when they want to play we have to sit there and go through the game with them, reading out loud the agents conversations.

Pros -
  • Opportunity to travel the world solving mysteries
  • Can personalize your agent
  • Tons of adventure and mystery
Cons -
  • The only con I have is that the agents do not speak in a way we can understand them

For more information you can visit www.mysimsagents.ea.com/en/home

You can also purchase this game at most all major retailers and has a starting price of $49.95