Shains Headband Kit and Hair Elastics Kit - Giveaway

Shains are recycled accessories that encourage and empower people to make their own statements and change them whenever they want! They are dedicated to producing eco-friendly products and donate a percentage of net profits to environmental organizations.
Shains products are made of recycled and recyclable parts and everything Shains produces is certified lead free. Shains packaging is also recycled and recylable. Shains manufactures bracelets, necklaces, headbands, pet collars, hair bands, key chains, and much more all designed to work with Shains interchangeable icons and letters.
These are wonderful Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for tweens and teens. The Shains Notebook was even named Winner of the 2011 Creative Child Kids Product of the Year. You can see their entire line at www.shainsware.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, then enter below to win these pictured Headband Kits and Hair Elastics!
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One winner will receive the Shains Headband Kits in green, black and pink, plus a package of Hair Elastics. To enter fill in the form below. You must be a US resident at least 18 years old. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chance to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 12/7/2012. Good luck!

Entertain Like a Gentleman by David Harap - Review

Entertain Like a Gentleman
by David Harap

About the book:
Knowing how to entertain for that special date or for a large crowd is the epitome of being a gentleman. There is no stronger way to impress someone than by showcasing your culinary skills. Bachelor Chef and culinary instructor David Harap has created a series of menus that any man can make his own. This book helps men create unforgettable meals for their guests without stress or needing years of cooking school. In addition to many exciting recipes for every occasion, that are tons of tips and secrets on how to become the ultimate host. Memorable meals made easy.

Ladies, you are in trouble. Seriously delicious trouble. Bon Vivant David Harap's Bon Apetit approach to romance will have everyone begging for seconds! Upon this, David and I are in full agreement: the only thing sexier than warm brie on brioche is sharing it. 'Entertain Like a Gentleman' should be; rated for remarkable recipes, rapturous results. Savory. Sweet. Sexy. Smart. A book that cooks! 'Entertain Like a Gentleman is proof that nothing is sexier than 'delicious' and nothing is more delicious than 'sexy'. Delightful. Insightful. All in all, quite a mouthful! A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and this book! Every recipe in here is guaranteed to whet both your appetite AND your imagination. Terry Conlon, executive chef Lake Austin Spa Author Fresh: Healthy Cooking and Living from Lake Austin Spa Resort

Every guy wants to throw a fabulous party, and luckily, Entertain Like a Gentleman helps you do just that. David s simple yet elegant recipes and tips for entertaining are invaluable to any man. This book empowers everyone from the most timid beginner to the seasoned pro looking for a few new tricks can dazzle friends and family with delicious food and effortless hospitality! Nancy Marr Chef Instructor, Central Market Cooking School

This is a fabulous book. I love everything about it, from the tips to the recipes to the handy shopping lists and even a list the equipment needed to prepare the recipe. The book is divided into very helpful categories, such as Pool Party, Octoberfest, Romantic Dinner, March Madness, Brunch with the In-Laws, that enables any man to Entertain Like a Gentleman! Lisa Weidknecht, Planet Weidknecht

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Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.


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Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday and is designed to focus attention on all the retail shops that obviously cannot compete with the huge advertising budgets of the "big box stores." I think it's a fabulous idea to encourage Americans to shop small businesses, both online and locally. After all, those small businesses are owned by fellow Americans and when you purchase their products and services, you are helping to fuel the American economy, providing good jobs for Americans, and inspiring others to also reach out for the American Dream.
This year, for Small Business Saturday, I encourage you to shop KarinaDresses.com. Karina Dresses are made with love in Brooklyn, New York. Karina Cousineau started her dressmaking business from her home with the mission of creating gorgeous dresses that make every woman feel beautiful and look beautiful, no matter her shape or size. Now featured in stores across the country, Karina Dresses are worn daily by thousands and thousands of very happy customers who exude authentic beauty.
Karina Dresses are amazing in so many ways. They are created from incredible fabrics that are easy and comfortable to wear. The dresses can be tossed in the washer then hung to dry and never, ever need ironing. The styles truly look fabulous on all shapes and sizes of women, of all ages, and can even be worn during pregnancy. I've recently lost quite a bit of weight and amazingly the fabric still fits perfectly. I have what I call "fat clothes" and "skinny clothes" in my closet because my weight tends to fluctuate, but I can wear my Karina Dresses no matter what.
So, this Small Business Saturday, you can feel great knowing you supported a small business and feel great because you know you will look great in your Karina Dress. Don't forget to use your special discount code below so you can save some money and feel even better about it. It's the perfect gift for any woman, so wrap yourself in Karina Dresses!

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Terro Spider Killer - Review and Giveaway TWO WINNERS

I hate spiders. I hate them more than snakes. I hate them more than cockroaches. Since my house backs up to a greenbelt, these nasty creepy crawlers end up in my backyard, in my gardens, and even floating in my pool. Now that it's getting cold outside, I've discovered some of them trying to sneak into my house. NOT gonna happen! Terro Spider Killer is always handy at my house!
Help keep spiders out of your house with the following tips:
  • Sweep spider webs away with a broom (don't forget under the deck).
  • Clear dead plants and dead leaves away from your house.
  • Store garbage bins away from the house.
  • Keep wood piles clear of leaves and other debris.
  • Seal cracks around doors and windows.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed back from touching the house or roof.
  • Spray the exterior perimeter of your home with Terro Spider Killer.
  • Spray your woodpile area with Terro Spider Killer
Look for Terro Spider Killer and other Terro products at your local stores and find out more online at www.terro.com. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, then enter below to win a free can of Terro Spider Killer. There will be TWO winners! Open to US residents ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 12/5/2012. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

300 Best Bread Machine Recipes - Review

Dust off that bread machine and start making some fabulous new breads. No food is a better comfort food than a hot, fresh loaf of bread. This is the best collection of bread machine recipes I've ever seen! 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt includes traditional recipes along with some amazing new creations. Ready to make your mouth water? How do these recipes sound to you?
  • Cracked wheat bread
  • Classic French bread
  • Cinnamon raisin bread (my favorite!)
  • Flaxseed bread
  • Coffee raisin bread
  • Olive rosemary bread
  • Currant bran bread
  • Maple banana flaxseed bread
  • Salsa bread bread
  • Bacon cheddar loaf (my second-favorite!)
  • Barley date bread
  • Four-cheese pizzetta
  • Maple oat bread
  • Chunky chili cornbread
Most of the recipes accommodate both 1 1/2-pound and 2-pound machines, plus you'll find recipes in this book for other foods that can be made in your bread machine (pasta, cakes and cookies). There are also recipes for low-fat breads, international breads, and gluten-free breads. This book also includes tried-and-true tips and techniques, and some beautiful photographs too. I've made four perfect loaves so far and am hoping to try them all! This book is a great Christmas gift idea. You can purchase 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes at the link below.
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior

Fierce Women
The Power of a Soft Warrior
by Kimberly Wagner

About the Book:
Do you ever get the idea that being a godly wife means you need to be a mousy doormat? Be as unnoticeable as a doorknob? Or have a personality transplant? Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior, smashes that idea. No matter whether you're an extrovert or more introverted-Kimberly Wagner believes women are created to be a compelling force. You may not see yourself as beautifully fierce or even slightly strong, but what if God has placed a powerful fierceness within you, within every woman? Kim admits her fierceness became a source of conflict in her marriage, but the relationship dynamic totally changed when she discovered her fierce strengths could be used to encourage and inspire her husband. She invites you to come alongside as she takes an honest look at a destructive relationship dynamic and casts a vision for the transformation God can bring to troubled marriages. (Amazon)


"As a pastor's wife, this is the book I have needed for decades! I have longed for a tool to put in the hands of struggling, discontented, strong women . . . women who are wrestling with how and why they can restore their love for their husband and marriage. Kim does a masterful job of crafting her own life story into a message that is a handbook for restoration of any marriage. Kim is writing from the perspective of the trenches, about how to win the battle and it is powerful!" Holly Elliff, wife of Bill Elliff, Directional Pastor of The Summit Church

"If your marriage feels like a battlefield, you need this book! Kim presents the radical idea that fierceness is woven into God's design for womanhood, but softness is the application. She knows what it's like to wrestle with the urge to control, to crave power, and to rush toward battle. In a style that makes you feel like you're having coffee with a close friend, Kim shares her story while opening the Word to reveal God's truth. This book has the tools you need to equip you to move you and your husband from adversaries to allies." Erin Davis, author of Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role

"WOW! Pull out your highlighters, because this inspiring book is full of profound and quote-worthy truths. Dig deep into its pages and discover the power and potential of your own fierce beauty." Mary A. Kassian, author of Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

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Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my post.

Status Update Wrist Bands - Review

Here are the perfect stocking stuffers for your little media addict! Status Update Bands are the newest in wrist band fashions. Perfect for boys or girls (and definitely tweens and teens), these silicone bands let them say what's on their mind. There are lots of great designs and colors to choose from, as well as different widths of bands, plus charms too.
As a blogger, I wanted to have the Social Networking Pack of six different skinny bands. They even come with Twitter and Facebook charms that clip onto the band. Also available are the Moods Pack, Relationship Pack, Inspiration Pack, Party On Pack and lots more. You can even design your own for your school, group or organization!
Visit www.statusupdatebands.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, then enter below to win your choice of any Status Update Bands Pack!
Disclosure: I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
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The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook - Review and Giveaway

by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin

About the Book: 
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook serves up more than 70 recipes to satisfy a Mad Men appetite! From the tables of Manhattan’s most legendary restaurants and bars to the Drapers’ Around the World dinner, this book is your entrée to the culinary world of Man Men-era New York. Packed with period detail, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook provides invaluable historical and cultural context for the food and drink featured in the show, tips on throwing a successful ’60s cocktail party, and even a guide to favored Mad Men hangouts.

Every recipe inside is authentic to the time. Whether you’re planning a Mad Men-themed dinner party, need to mix up some authentic Mad Men cocktails, or just can’t get enough of the show itself, this is your essential resource, a guide to all foods and drinks Mad Men. So hang up your coat, pour yourself a cocktail, and get ready to dine like Draper and drink like Sterling with The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. Includes a color photo insert of 16 dishes, plus additional black and white photos and other images of bars, restaurants, and food advertisements from the 1960s. (Amazon)

Some of the recipes include:
* Playboy Whiskey Sour * Sardi’s Steak Tartar * Connie’s Waldorf Salad * Sal’s Spaghetti and Meatballs * Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread * Lindy’s Cherry Cheesecake

"I love the way this book is sorted by episodes, with information about the show, and related recipes. The photos are awesome and the book is a true keepsake for the Mad Men fan!" Lisa Weidknecht, Planet Weidknecht, November 2012

"Part cookbook, part annotated episode guide, this entertaining read has everything the die-hard Mad Men fan needs to host a fantastic cocktail party." Library Journal

"Mad Men isn't all about booze-swilling: There are also meals—plenty of meals. This stylish cookbook offers recipes for food that appears on the show, whether it's Betty's Turkey Tetrazzini or Sal's Spaghetti and Meatballs." AM New York

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Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Stylish ReUsies - Review

In my 22 years of parenting, I can only imagine the number of plastic snack baggies and sandwich baggies we used once and threw away. Now that there is a huge push in our society to become more green, there are all kinds of fabulous new products that help families reduce their waste and their impact on our environment. These stylish ReUsies are the perfect way to pack snacks and sandwiches!
Made from cotton and a leak-resistant nylon lining, ReUsies fold closed and fasten with a sturdy velcro-style strap. They are very easy to clean -- by hand, in the dishwasher or clothes-washer. They are food safe, come in two sizes, plus the prints come in lots of varieties so every member of your family can choose the design they like best. Think how much money you could save by packing lunches in reuseable snack and sandwich bags!
These would make great stocking stuffers. They would also be great little travel bags for cosmetics. I've even been using the smaller one in my purse to protect my cell phone screen. Check out all the different prints available at reusies.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Then enter below to win a set of ReUsies!
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Children's Book: The Labyrinth by Thomas and Peter Weck - Review

Since I work with preschoolers every day, I am constantly seeing signs of jealously between them. They compete for toys, for my attention, for turns on the slide, and just about everything else. They are jealous of each other's shoes, ideas, songs, drawings, and even sleeping cot locations at naptime. A big part of my job is teaching them kindness, problem solving, and forgiveness. The Labyrinth is a wonderfully written children's picture book that teaches these same qualities.
Mean ol' Bean has a jealousy problem and wants to be king and ruler of Beandom. He leads Belinda the Queen into the magic labyrinth, hoping she cannot escape. Through clever problem solving, courage and friendship, the delightful characters work together. The conclusion of forgiveness ties the story together beautifully. My preschoolers love the story and the little chant that repeats throughout the book. Len DiSalvo's illustrations are captivating too!
You can purchase The Labyrinth by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck at the link below!
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Simple Food For Busy Families - Review

Simple Food For Busy Families 
by Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon Brenner

Book Description: An easy-to-use guide to nutrition and healthful meal planning for busy parents. Written by nutrition educators Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, aka "the Real Food Moms," this one-stop shopping resource and cookbook provides convenient cooking solutions based on fresh, healthful ingredients and sound nutritional science. Filled with quick tips for preparing wholesome meals on a workaday schedule, SIMPLE FOOD FOR BUSY FAMILIES helps parents nourish and teach their children balanced eating habits for life. (Amazon)

"Excellent resource for parents! As a busy parent and childcare provider, I found the tips and techniques in this book invaluable. It's filled with great information and lots of easy recipes." Lisa Weidknecht, Planet Weidknecht, November 2012

"Great mix and match charts to help you make seasonal soups and salads, snacks and sandwiches, quiches, marinades and more. Focused on helping you understand the ingredients, their health benefits and how to get the most of of them in your diet...." Cookbook Digest, August 2009

"If you're concerned that your family stays too rushed to eat the most healthful meals, you may benefit from the guidelines found in a new book called Simple Food for Busy Families. It's packed with advice, ideas and good recipes." Fort Worth Star Telegram, 1/29/09

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Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Heart of Haiti Gifts - Review

Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and despite the devastating earthquake, people there are filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment. The Heart of Haiti initiative provides artists with the opportunity to make a living, feed their families, and pay their children’s school fees. Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to the employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 5,000 people in the country.
The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. The craftsmanship and technique behind these works of art, ranging from papier-mâché vases to hand cut metal frames and wall hangings, is truly remarkable. The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood. Sharing a “gift that gives back” is a great way to raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth. Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively at 25 Macy's stores around the country and on Macys.com.
I received a stunning Horn Bracelet from Heart of Haiti. It's beautifully handcrafted by a talented Haitian artisan. It's a stretch bracelet with a bold, organic style and the alternating black and ivory beads measure approximately two inches wide. It's smooth on the inside and very comfortable to wear. The detail on the outside of each piece gives it depth and charm. It's one of my favorite bracelets to wear and the colors go with almost everything in my closet.
Disclosure: I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Enter to win this handcrafted Heart of Haiti Songbird Picture Frame, made from recycled steel by Haitian artisans. It would make a beautiful Christmas gift and knowing you're helping families in Haiti will bless your Christmas as well. Be sure to follow Heart of Haiti on Facebook and shop Macys.com for more of their unique items!
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Healthy Helpings Pocket Chart - Review

Have you ever said, "Don't play with your food!" to your kids? Now there's a way to let them play with it! The Healthy Helpings Pocket Chart is from Learning Resources and it's a great way to encourage children to learn more about the foods they eat (or should be eating).
Based on the guidelines of ChooseMyPlate.gov, this great learning tool helps children recognize not just the foods they eat, but the food groups those foods belong in. The plate diagram on the pocket chart helps children and families visualize healthy food portions too.
There are 90 real-life photo cards included with the chart and the cards have the name of the food printed on the picture side. On the back side is the name of the food group that food belongs in, so children can make a guess and self-check their answers. The food groups are marked by color and the food groups on the back of the card match, so reading is not required.
The Healthy Helpings Pocket Chart comes with an activity guide for parents and teachers. My preschoolers thought it was so much fun to put the cards in the pockets on the chart. Made of heavy-weight vinyl and stitched-on pockets, the chart is durable and will hold up to many little hands. The cards are made of a glossy heavy-weight card stock. The top of the pocket chart has metal grommets so you can easily hang it up.
This kind of a learning toy can be used for all ages of children, from preschoolers through elementary. Children can work alone or in groups to build a healthy plate for all three meals, find foods beginning with a specific letter or food group, or use the cards and pocket chart to build a food theme over several weeks. Open-ended educational materials can be used in many ways. Get the Healthy Helpings Pocket Chart at www.learningresources.com and be sure to enter below to win it! You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
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Kia Optima Hybrid - Review

I just spent the last week driving around in a Kia Optima Hybrid. I actually remember when the first Kia cars hit the USA. They weren't very impressive. Apparently Kia has been doing their homework, because I'm not even sure where to begin to tell you how impressed I am with the Kia Optima Hybrid!
I've never driven a hybrid, so I was kind of intimidated at first. I thought maybe it would mean I had to plug it in somewhere to charge it. Lucky for me, it's as easy as driving any other car, because the car runs on both gas and electricity. The electric part of it charges itself as I drive.
I love the sleek look of the car. Even though it's a four door sedan, it doesn't look like the old "company cars" that I remember my dad driving. The Kia Optima Hybrid has an aerodynamic shape so that it drives smoothly and saves on gas. It's even got a little spoiler on the back!
There is no ignition for the key. It's not really even a key. To unlock and lock the doors, I just push a button on the key fob. The key fob also has a button to open the trunk. Inside the key fob there is a key-like metal stick that will open the door if for some reason the key fob doesn't. Pressing the lock button on the key fob also sets the car alarm.
To start this car (without an ignition or a key) there's a start button inside. Yes really, a single round button on the dashboard. I just put my foot on the brake and push the button. It runs so quietly I wasn't even sure it was running.
Even more amazing, when I push the start button, the driver's seat automatically moves forward toward the steering wheel. When it's turned off, the driver's seat moves backward, giving the driver plenty of room to get out comfortably and easily. Once you set your driver's seat exactly where you want it with all the fancy power buttons on the side of the driver's seat, the Kia Optima Hybrid actually remembers where you set it and that's where it moves to when you get in the next time.
So, why a Hybrid? Well, besides the obvious benefits of a smaller footprint on our environment, when I got in the car the first time and turned it on, I noticed something else. On the dashboard behind the steering wheel, there is a digital mileage counter of how many more miles I could drive before I had to stop to fill it with gasoline. The dashboard said I had 500 miles to go! That's nearly 40 miles per gallon! Plus, as I drive, the Hybrid switches back and forth from gas to electric on its own, knowing exactly which option is most economically advantageous depending on driving in town and on the highway.
The electric part of the car's engineering is located in the trunk, as it is in most hybrids, but Kia has made the electric driving component so compact that it barely takes up any trunk room. This trunk is as big as any other car I've ever driven and I got a week's worth of groceries in the trunk with no problem, and I shop for a family of four plus four daycare kids.
The steering wheel can also be adjusted up, down, forwards, backwards, wherever I would possibly want it to be. There are cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, as well as media volume control buttons. The horn is nice and loud, just like it should be! It's got a five star safety rating for frontal crash for driver and passengers, a five star rating for rollover crash, a five star rating for side crash (passenger) and three star for side crash (driver).
There is plenty of room in the front and the back seats, and is big enough for my two tall 18-year old sons to sit comfortably in the back. Even the glove box is plenty big and if I want to keep an extra water in the glove box, the air conditioner will help keep it cool in there. There are lots of built-in cup holder spots in the car too.
There are pockets in the back of the front seats, for storing great things like hand-hand game devices, snack bags, and handguns (this is Texas, you know). Between the front seats there is a console with a lift-up cover for storing extra gun clips or makeup.
The panoramic sunroof is so awesome. Inside the car, I can open just the inner part to let sunlight in over the front and back seats, or I can completely open the sunroof over the front seats to let the beautiful Texas air blow in through the roof. It all happens with the push of a button!
(If you look carefully at the photo above, you can see where I photobombed my reflection in the car window while trying to get roof shots.) It was so much fun driving around with the sun roof open! It reminded me of the convertible my mom owned some 35 years ago!
Sitting inside the car is an exciting experience all in itself. It has Sirius Satellite Radio and AM/FM radio, or I can hook up my Apple Devices and play music through the car speakers. It also has Bluetooth Wireless technology so I can even let the car be my phone. Incredible!
The radio (or what would normally be the radio) is more like a computer. Everything operates on it by touchscreen and it was a lot easier to use than I ever dreamed it would be. It even has a built in GPS system and as soon as I turned it on, it showed me right where I was in my driveway.
Whenever I needed to back up, the screen became a rear camera display and showed me an actual live shot of what was behind the car. What a fabulous idea! I'd never have to run over a bike or a skateboard again.
In short, I totally love the Kia Optima Hybrid and I almost wrestled them for the key fob when they came back to pick up the car. I really loved driving it and got lots of compliments from my friends. It's far easier to operate than I thought a Hybrid would be and I would absolutely love to own one.
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