Nov 28, 2014

VTech Learning Cartridges Review for InnoTab Tablets #spon

Disclosure: The VTech product, gift card and information have been provided by VTech.

We recently got the opportunity to review the InnoTab MAX from VTech and it has been a great learning tool for my son. He has been enjoying the many apps the tablet offers. We were super lucky to receive two learning cartridges from VTech that work with the InnoTab tablets including the new InnoTab MAX.
We received Pixar Play and I Spy learning cartridges and my little guy could not wait to check them out.

InnoTab Pixar Play Learning Cartridge
(Ages 4-7 years; MSRP: $24.99)

·  The Pixar Store is open, and it’s time to play! In Pixar Play for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets, explore fun games and activities featuring your favorite characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters University and The Incredibles!
·  This InnoTab Learning Cartridge includes a variety of features such as five learning games that introduce spelling, letters, vocabulary, reading, phonics and creativity, an e-Book that retells the story of the movie "The Incredibles," and allows you to take photos with your favorite Pixar characters.

Our thoughts on the InnoTab Pixar Play learning cartridge: 

  • They featured many of his favorite characters that are very age-appropriate. 
  • You can choose your level; easy or difficult.
  • The instructions are very easy to follow. 
  • It is a great way to encourage spelling, phonics and vocabulary. 
  • Your child will feel like they are playing a fun game without realizing they are LEARNING!
  • This is an excellent aid for early readers. 

InnoTab I Spy Adventure Learning Cartridge 
(Ages 4-7 years; MSRP: $24.99)

·  I spy a fun-filled problem-solving adventure in this title for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets!
·  Kids can practice early reading skills as they read and solve I SPY riddles and play games to unlock 50 levels of play – each more challenging than the next.
·  Find, match and sore a variety of photo-realistic objects across four action-packed thinking games that build logic, vocabulary and visual discrimination skills.

Our thoughts on the InnoTab I Spy Adventure Learning Cartridge

  • It's very simple to understand.
  • Kids have the option of receiving a hint if they get stumped. This helps reduce frustration when they are trying hard to make a match. 
  • My child feels accomplished when he sees how many levels he has moved up in. 
  • We don't have traditional video games in our home (by choice) so this is a great alternative. 
Both learning cartridges are easy to load on the InnoTab and provide hours of wholesome fun. We are comfortable and know our child is playing something safe that he does not require any monitoring with. Be sure to check out VTech on Facebook and Twitter for product promotions and updates. 

Five Days of Fabulous Deals from Susan Posnick Cosmetics #ad

For a limited time only, you can purchase some of your favorite Susan Posnick items for a discounted price. Susan Posnick Cosmetics is offering an exclusive Five Days of Fabulous Deals! Sign-up to get the promotion codes every day from Thursday, November 27 until Monday, December 1 though or on Facebook and unlock one of the special deals below.

Five Days of Fabulous Deals:

· BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: Free Mascara with every purchase
· Colorflo -- 30% off
· 50% off any color flo refill
· 20% off all orders
· Free Shipping & Limited Holiday Gift Pack Thru Dec or while supplies last. The gift pack is priced at $49.95 (over $70 value) and includes their new mascara, color eyedefine, and a mini tweezer in a signature Susan Posnick cosmetic bag.
I have been using Susan Posnick Cosmetics for months now and absolutely love each and every product I have. I recently tried the new ColorCoated Mascara and it delivered the results I anticipated. The actual wand/brush is very small compared to most mascaras I have used. It still helped to coat each and every lash and gave them a thick, full appearance. I have not experienced any clumping or irritation and love that they don't make my lashes look fake. The mascara removes easily with eye make-up remover. The mini tweezer is the best tweezer I have ever used. I can gently pluck my eyebrows and get a good, precise finish. That is money saved on waxing!

Susan Posnick Cosmetics is offering a FREE Mascara ($24.00) with any purchase. COLORCOATED Mascara is the newest addition to Susan Posnick Cosmetics! Not only does it enhance and lengthen your lashes, but it is gluten, paraben and cruelty-free. Go grab some of these deals while you can and Happy Holidays!

I received product samples for review and all opinions are my own as always.

Nov 23, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Keep your feet extra comfy with #ISOTONER Signature Slippers #ad

I have been a house slipper wearer for almost 3 decades now. They are a must when I am standing up to wash dishes, cook and other household chores. Wearing the right slippers is very important since my feet really need the extra support. The ISOTONER Signature line offers me exactly what I need. The  ISOTONER Signature Women's Woodlands Sonja Microsuede Hoodback Slippers are very cute and boy do they feel super comfy and warm! They come in a variety of colors: Ash, Black, Buckskin, Chili Pepper, Chocolate, Navy Blue and Vino. 
I have them in black and I just love how they look. My feet feel like they are wrapped in a warm blanket with added cushion. 
I went away to Myrtle Beach recently and I was so glad I packed my ISOTONER Sonja slippers in my bag. They are so cute oceanfront, aren't they?

- Comfortable hoodback slipper silhouette
- Supple faux fur lining
- Experience the overall style and comfort of ISOTONER Signature Woodlands slippers, inspired by your favorite vacation escape
- Woodlands slippers offer great colors, plush detailing and comfort-to-go styling
- ResponsIV™ Memory Foam Plus molds to your feet for comfort
- Extra EVA heel cushion to absorb impact
- Durable indoor/outdoor sole

I really do love how durable the sole is because I can run out to the mailbox or let the dog out without having to change into traditional shoes. These slippers are truly the best ones I have ever owned. I have had several pairs in the past by Isotoner, but these are my favorite. I have hinted around to my daughters that I need the navy blue and vino so I don't wear out my black ones too fast. ISOTONER slippers make the perfect holiday gift and I am sure Mom would agree! You can find them at a variety of retail stores as well as on the ISOTONER website. They sell for $30, but are currently on sale for $19.99 on the website. As a matter of fact, since most of the slippers are on sale right now, this is a great time to buy a practical gift for the women in your life or even for yourself. My daughters keep eyeing mine so Santa might just drop a pair off in their stockings.

Connect with ISOTONER on Facebook for product promotions and updates.

I received a complimentary pair of ISOTONER slippers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own as always. 

Nov 18, 2014

Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate #ChexPartyMix #platefullcoop #ad

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op

It's that time of year again-- The holiday season has already kicked off for many people. This means a lot of parties, gatherings and celebrations. Of course, a party is not complete unless you have the right food and drinks. One great item that is a classic crowd-pleaser is Chex Party Mix. I have made different varieties over the years and Chex keeps coming up with new recipes. I tried out the Mexican hot chocolate variety last week and it screams holiday flavor. 
Like most Chex mix recipes, this one only took 15 minutes from start to finish, minus cooling time. 
What you need: 
2 cups Vanilla Chex™ cereal
2 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal
2 cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

  1. In large microwaveable bowl, measure cereal. Set aside
  2. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, heat butter and chocolate chips on High 1 minute or until almost melted; stir and microwave another 30 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth; stir in condensed milk, heat 30 seconds or until boiling; stir in cinnamon. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. 
  3. Microwave on High about 3 minutes, stirring every minute, until mixture is glazed. Stir in coconut and marshmallows. Pour onto waxed-paper lined pan to cool.
Method Note: Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.
Serving Suggestions/Menu: Not a coconut lover? Leave it out-you'll still have a terrific blend of Mexican Hot Chocolate.

I left the coconut out because my kids don't like it. 
We all loved this variety of Chex mix. It has the warmth of cinnamon spice with a rich chocolate bit. The marshmallows are an added bonus. The only modifications I made was I used a lower temperature and less time for heating since my microwave tends to set things on fire. I think this would make a great gift to pass out the friends, neighbors, teachers or to take to a party or potluck. I can see this in cute cellophane bags tied with festive ribbon. It's very economical and one batch makes quite a bit.

Be on the lookout for in-store savings and digital coupons on the website from Publix.

In-Store Savings
Chex Cereal on BOGO from 11/20 – 11/26*, no coupon required for savings, available at Publix. *Dates might vary in certain markets.
Printable Coupons

Visit to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.
Save $1 when you buy 2 Chex cereals
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Nov 17, 2014

Suave® Professionals Body Care- Perfect for moms on a budget! #SuaveSpaSecrets

Suave has been known for many years as a brand that offers great quality beauty products at a very low price. I have used their shampoos, conditioners, body washes and lotion over the years. I recently got to try their latest body care items from the Professionals line. I received samples of the Moroccan Infusion with Moroccan Argan Oil body lotion, body wash and dry oil spray as well as the Natural Infusion body wash with Awapuhi Ginger and Honeysuckle.
I have been religiously using the Moroccan Infusion items for over a month now and it has become my favorite line of body care products. I absolutely love how moisturizing the products are to my dry skin. My husband has tried out the lotion and loves it. I like to mix the body lotion and the dry oil spray for extra softness. My skin stays so hydrated that when I get in the shower, I can still feel the moisture on my legs and body. This amazes me since the products absorb so well and don't make my skin feel sticky or greasy.

I loved the products so much that I decided to buy the matching shampoo and conditioner to try. It has been the perfect thing to winterize my hair. I'm really impressed with the Suave Professionals line of products and both of my daughters are big fans as well. They both find that the Professionals line works even better than some of the bigger, more expensive salon brands. I highly recommend these products and encourage you to try them. You won't be disappointed. You can purchase Suave Professionals Body Care products at most retailers at price points between $3.49-$5.99. Follow Suave on Twitter and Facebook for product promotions and updates.

Also, check out the DIY beauty "recipes" below. They would make great economical gifts this holiday season.

I received complimentary items in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% mine as always.
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