Monday, June 28, 2010

Red Gold winner

Sometimes I wish I could give out a prize to all my readers and this is one of them. These tomatoes where the best and I'm so happy to share them with the winner of this giveaway!

Congrats entry #6 Kate. Who got 3 extra entries just for entering my other giveaways!!

send me your contact info and I will pass it along to those at Red Gold!!

Herbal Hugs Review & Giveaway!!

Do you, or someone you know, experience * sore muscles * aches * pains * chills * tension
* stress * headaches * stomach aches or even * ear aches?

Well I personally suffer from a few of those mentioned above, as do a lot of people that I know! Am I ever excited to have found Herbal Hugs on the internet awhile back!
Let me introduce you to!

Have you had your hug today? Herbal Hugs are Natural Therapy for sore muscles, aches, pains, chills, tension, stress, headaches, stomach aches, ear aches and more!! Do you suffer like I do from bad period cramps?? Simply heat one of these babies in the microwave, lay it on your tummy, and they are gone, pronto!! What a God-send!!

What’s a Hug? It’s a soft, polar fleece wrapped bag filled with grain and dried herbs. Our special processing ensures that the scent is infused into the grain for long lasting aromatherapy benefits. The polar fleece is a special fabric that is soft, durable, easy to keep clean, has amazing thermal retention and feels wonderful against your skin.

I could hardly wait until the Herbal Hugs arrived, and was so excited when they did!! I was asked what scent I wished for, as to which I chose Lavendar – the stress reducer!! When the box arrived, the beautiful scent lingered through the box before I even opened it!

I was sent the Herbal Hugs Body Pack & Eye Bag.

Unbelievable! These products impressed me to say the least!!
Not only do the scents come in Lavendar, you can choose from their other lovely scents like Herbal Mint Oil Blend, and Rose & Chamomile Oil Blend!
You can use your Herbal Hugs as either a hot pack, or a cold pack! Place them in the microwave, toss them in the freezer or simply use their comforting and gentle scents as an aromatherapy pillow. Whichever way you choose, it is sure to become a household favourite. Complete directions for proper use and care of your Hug are inside the package.

How about Aromatherapy? Gotta love all of those amazing scents as to which you can find them here! Pick a favourite pure oil or blend of oils to scent your home, office, car or other products. These are pure essential oils from around the world. Available in .5ml, 5ml and 10ml sizes.
My overall impression of Herbal Hugs is EXCELLENT! I was so happy getting the chance to review them, and I strongly recommend the Herbal Hugs to everyone!!
Mom and dad are both getting up there in age, and suffer from alot of the dreaded aches and pains linked to old age. I look forward to see them sigh in relief after using the Herbal Hugs!

Get a Hug and feel better fast so you can get back to enjoying life!!

The VERY KIND and generous Nancy from has offered to let you win your very own 3 Pack of Herbal Hugs in the scent of your choice!
SWEET prize folks! You will be more than impressed with these wonderful products!
No mess, no fuss. Whichever way you choose use them, you’ll enjoy the comforting benefits of an all natural Herbal Hugs TM LONG LASTING AROMA-THERMO-THERAPY. It’s a FACT – a heated Hug lasts longer than hot water bottles, cherry pit bags, rice bags and wheat bags!

To Enter:
Go to and then come back here and tell me what scent and product you want to have!

extra entries:
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thats it! Easy right? giveaway ends 7/12/2010 @ 8pm CST. winner has 24hours to claim prize.

Belly Charms Review

There will always be some cute little novelty item that catches our eye, isn't that right? My sister got her belly pierced when she was yonger and now that she is expecting her first child she was sad that she would have to take out her belly ring. That’s not the case now that I found Belly Charms!!

Besides the lovely mother bracelet I received I found that Sonya’s store carries a lot of maternity jewelry as well as Mother and Child bracelets, safety ID bracelets, toe rings, and a whole lot more!

I requested a couple of maternity belly rings for my sister to use and Sonya sent me the 6mm Pink Glitter Ball belly ring and the Blue Heart Charm belly button rings, both pictured. Both are completely adjustable in the way that they can be "rethreaded", meaning she was able to shorten the length of the flexible bar if needed. There are easy instructions on Belly Charms website, as well as an insert that comes with your own.

Sonya came up with the idea of Belly Charms when she was pregnant with her 2nd son. She had to remove her steel belly ring with her 1st baby. The piercing closed up and she had it re-pierced, but found out she was pregnant again! She was able to find a "maternity" belly ring, in which the bar was made of PTFE, better known as Teflon. She decided to cut the bar shorter and screwed on a different charm, and VIOLA ~ Belly Charms was "born."

BUY IT: You can visit Belly Charms and view the large collection of jewelry and accessories that are offered and enjoy FREE shipping on all orders over $20.

Friday, June 25, 2010

EO Products Review

Man does EO Products know how to hook a blogger up! They sent me so many aweosme products for me and my home. I choose to contact them when I went on my search of natural cleaners for my home. I thought why not look for natural soaps for my family as well!

Here is what I was lucky to have the chance to review:
Hand Sanitizer in Lavender
Hand Sanitizing Spray in Organic Peppermint
Hand Soap in French Lavender
Hand Cream in French Lavender
Shower Gel in Citrus Fusion
Body Lotion in French Lavender
and Foaming Hand & Body Soap in Chocolate Mint (yummy!)

I have to say that I absolutely love these products. I love their scents and I love how well they work. My family wasnt thrilled with the lavender scent but the rext were great! EO uses essential oils from plants and recycled packaging. My favorites are the hand sanitizers. I have been using some from Bath and Body Works that are just so perfumey and give me headaches. These ones are so fresh and leave my hands feeling really clean.
EO also gives back- a ton! There is a long list of organizations they support from Katrina Relief to burn victims. I will gladly buy and support any products that are good for me and give back too! To view the entire collection of fabulous products visit

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bubble Chocolate Review & Giveaway!

I am a self-described chocoholic... I love chocolate! And pretty much all kinds... milk chocolate, truffles, chocolate with peanuts, caramel, peanut butter, etc.

But one type I had never heard of before was "Bubble Chocolate".

Aerated chocolate (or, "chocolate with bubbles") is a billion-dollar industry in Europe and other parts of the world... but has yet to take off here in the U.S.

Bubble Chocolate is hoping to change that!

Thanks to Bubble Chocolate, I was able to try both the Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate bars.

To enjoy Bubble Chocolate: just break off a small piece and pop it in your mouth. Let it melt on your tongue for a moment before chewing... when the chocolate starts to melt, you'll feel the bubbles soften!

My family and I tried the Milk Chocolate bar first... and really enjoyed it (especially my oldest daughter! She's giving me a run for my money as our family's biggest chocolate lover!) The chocolate is light and creamy, and has a European chocolate taste.

When it came to trying the Dark Chocolate bar, truth be told, no one in my family cared for it... BUT that's because none of us likes dark chocolate to begin with. If you like dark chocolate, I see no reason why you wouldn't like the Dark Chocolate Bubble Chocolate bar!

Bubble Chocolate is giving you the chance to try their chocolate for yourself... they have generously offered one (1) Milk Chocolate bar and one (1) Dark Chocolate bar to five (5!) of my readers! Yes, that's right... FIVE WINNERS!

Mandatory Entry (this must be done in order for bonus entries to count):
Which chocolate do you prefer - Dark or milk?

Bonus Entries (1 per entry - leave a separate comment for each):
Follow my blog publicly
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"Like" Bubble Chocolate on Facebook
Follow @KRussell82 on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway (comment with your Twitter username)
Follow Bubble Chococlate on Twitter
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As always enter any other giveaway get an extra in this one!

Open to U.S. and Canada residents only (NO P.O. Boxes). Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on 7/8/2010 . You must leave your valid email address in your comment(s), if it is not attached to your Blogger profile. Winners will be chosen using and have 24 hours to reply to my email notification; if no response is received within that time limit, a new winner will be chosen.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Boy's Store Review and Giveaway

Where are all the boutiques for little boys with cute clothes and accessories? I have found tons and tons of online boutiques with girl clothes; they are cute, and I love them but I was also blessed with a little guy. He deserves cute stuff too! I am so excited to tell you about The Boys Store. They are the premier site for boys clothing and accessories. This is exactly the site of a mom of all boys wants. The Boys Store sells clothes for infants (0-24 months), toddlers (2-4), school age (4-7), and junior (8-18). Every time I look at the site, I find tons of things I want for my sons. They have anything from dress clothes to tshirts to bibs to sunglasses and everything in between. I think they have reasonable prices; not everything is cheap (like suits) but you can find good deals in their store.

I received a really cute outfit for Peyton. I picked the Striped Cardigan Three Piece Set by Minibasix. It’s very dressy casual and great for those rare chilly days this summer and because I requested it a bit larger he’ll get a lot of use out of it this fall. He looked so cute in it!

I enjoyed working with The Boys Store. They are a nice company and will really work with you if something goes wrong with the order. The website is very user friendly. It is easy to search for exactly the size and style clothing you want for your son. They will be getting my business for years to come.

Buy It: There are tons of things to buy on their website. Go check it out!

Win It: One lucky reader will win a $25 gift card to The Boys Store.

Go to The Boys Store and tell me what you would buy with your gift card! You must do this first or your other entries will not count. (Please include your email in your comment)

Follow The Boys Store on Twitter be sure to tell them I sent you(1 entry)
Become a fan of The Boys Store on Facebook again tell them you were sent by me (1 entry)
Follow me on google friend connect and let me know. (1 entry)
Put my button on your blog and leave the link. (2 entries)
Subscribe by email (2 entries)
Follow me on twitter and tweet (1 entry)
Blog about this giveaway and link directly to this post. Leave the URL to your post in the comment. (3 entries)
And as always you get one extra entry for each additional open giveaway you have entered!

The giveaway will end July 5th, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be drawn via The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond. Open to US and Canadian residents only.

Busy, fun and crazy weekend!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Happy belated fathers day to all those dads out there and to those moms who have to be both mom and dad (you rock!).

We had more than our fair share of rain here and if it doesnt stop soon I swear nebraska will cease to be a state instead it will just be another great lake! Bad news is the 7 day forcast say's.... yup more rain!

Robert spent his fathers day doing what he loves. He played video games, played with the kids and in the evening taught Lorelai the joy of jumping in rain puddles (in other words he made use of the lake that was our parking lot.)

So one of the kids got into the excedrin migraine and after a frantic call to posin control we were glad to hear that other than a possiable tummy ache one pill cant harm them! Thank GOD!! (yes we are sure it was only one pill)

So my weight loss is now hit the dreaded plateau, I havent lost a single pound since i hit my half way point. I hate that!! The only good thing about it is at least I'm not gaining! I need new ideas to re-jump start my weight loss.

Now I know you all are on the edge of your seats wondering who won the giveaways so here it is.....

Clair won the Bepe Baby giveaway!
Kate won the U'neaks giveaway!
and last but never least
Kathy won the simple green!

Congrats winners i have contacted you and you have 24 hours to claim your prize before a new winner is chosen.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Disney anyone?

We are currently watching the newest disney princess movie "The Princess and the Frog" and my kids love it. Heck so do I. It's a cute flick.

But it has me wondering what is your favorite Disney film? Is there a special reason behind why it's your top pick? Please reply below.

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Like Crocs? Take advantage of this deal, we did!

my father-in-law told me about this news section in the falls that tells you about great deals going on. You can follow it too by going to Savings 4 You at (in the money section) One great deal we took advantage of was the huge discounts.

Here is what WIVB's Melissa found: is having a big sale a dozen different variety of shoes for men, women and kids. The shoes each have an individual discount code bringing many of them down to as little as $10. Then News 4's Melissa Holmes found a second discount you can apply (code STACK15) for an additional 15% off which brings some Crocs down to just $8. What's even better is shipping is free.

Crocs Rx Relief ($13 with code RELIEF1499 and STACK15),
Crocs Scutes ($13 with code SCUTES1499 and STACK15),
Crocs Melbourne Flip ($17 with code MELBOURNE1999 and STACK15)

Crocs Olivia ($13 with code OLIVIA1499 and STACK15),
Crocs Malindi ($13 with code MALINDI1499 and STACK15),
Crocs Lady ($13 with code LADY1499 and STACK15),
Crocs Cleo ($13 with code CLEO1499 and STACK15),
Crocs Mary Jane ($13 with code MARYJANE1499 and STACK15)

Santa Cruz Clog ($17 with code SCCLOG1999 and STACK15)

Crocs Wave ($8 with code WAVE999 and STACK15),
Crocs Gabby ($8 with code GABBY999 and STACK15),
Crocs Girls' Mary Janes ($8 with code GMARYJANE999 and STACK15)

how amazing are those deals!! We love crocs at our house so I was thrilled to see these discount codes we also checked out to get an additional code and found one for free 2 day shipping!! (with code DAD2DAY)

Our order before Discount Codes: $103.97
After Codes: $46.72
Savings: $57.25

Go to and start shopping!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Delicate Soles Review

A little Bit About Delicate Soles

High Heels + Sore Toes = Delicate Soles!
Super-sexy rollable shoes fit comfortably in any purse. Baby your feet in style, wherever you may roam! Each pair comes with a bag for the Delicate soles rollable flats (can fit easily in your purse) and a bag to carry your heels in once your have removed them!

I chose the Onyx Delicate Soles for the review, as I new it would be the most versatile color to match my wardrobe. My amazement surely shown as I puled the delicate soles from a tiny box; though I knew that they roll, I was not aware that they become some incredibly compact! I tried them on right away and was amazed by how comfy they are! They come in a variety of colors as well ( I will be going back for the starlight silver, if not a pair of each!).

Delicate Soles in Onyx

Delicate Soles in Pixiedust Pink

Delicate Soles in Lipstick Red

Delicate Soles in Starlight Silver

I love how they comfy with a cute carrying bag and then you simply slip your high heels in the additional bag provided with your delicate soles and place them in your purse (if you have a mommy sized bag like me), or carry they with the bags handle. Every women should own a pair of these sweet shoes!

You can find delicate soles at
My Thanks to Delicate Soles for providing the product for review.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bea's Gift Baskets WINNER!!

The winning entry is #1!

Kate, one of my dearest followers is one lucky lady (Again!).
She has won the $45 towards a gift backet of choice at Bea's!

Congrats Kate!!

Red Gold Tomatoes Review and Giveaway

I contacted Red Gold Tomatoes to do a review of their diced tomatoes. I was expected a little something from Red Gold. To my surprise this huge prize pack appeared on my doorstep. The kids and I had so much fun opening the box. I was floored to see this:

There is so much stuff!!!!!

All of the gifts were contained in this super cute. over sized Red Gold Tomato Can.

- Inside there were 3 sample cans of tomatoes - Plain, garlic, basil & oregano, and finally with green chili's
- 2 copies of an awesome cookbook "Heartwarming Recipes"
- Reusable shopping bag with the Red Gold Logo
- Magnet
- Magnetic Clip
- A copy of Red Gold Tomatoes Video Library and Media Assets DVD
- A Diecast Van Trailer with the Red Gold Logo
- Recipe Cards with various tomato soup recipes
- Floppy Jar opener

Let me start with a little history of Red Gold Tomatoes. Red Gold is a family owned Indiana based company that started in the 1940's. They grow all of their tomatoes locally in the Midwest (Michigan, Ohio, & Indiana). They don't just stop with canned tomatoes, they also have ketchup, tomato juice, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, chili beans, and so much more.

The tomatoes were good! (And that’s saying a lot from me because I hate tomatoes!) I checked out their prices at the grocery store and very reasonable.

For dinner one night I used one of the cans and one of the recipes from the provided cookbook. Everyone loved it! My husband liked using the one with chilis to make homemade salsa.

WIN IT!! Win an identical replica of the oversized, stuffed full of goodies can I that recieved.


Go to the Red Gold website. Tell me something that you learned or a recipe that you want to try.

Extra Entries:
- Follow my blog publicly {1 entry}
- Follow me at @Krussell82 on twitter {1 entry}
- Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link {2 entries}
- Enter any other of my giveaways {1 entry for each}

Giveaway ends June 25th @ 8pm. Winner must leave a valid way to contact you and reply to winning notification within 24 hours.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Monster troubles

So I know around this age children are developing their imaginations but why does it have to include monsters? We don’t tell Lila any scary stories or let her watch any non age appropriate shows. So how did my happy little girl end up being so afraid of the monsters in her room?

As you know we tried to transition her to a toddler bed but after a week of her crying out all night and running to our room to flee the monster behind her chair, window, door, ect… we had to relent and are now back to a crib. Where she sleeps peacefully! I guess the monsters can’t find her in there.

I feel like we took a huge step back with her. I’d love to go back to a toddler bed so help me out all you parents out there.

How do you deal with monsters?

Monday, June 7, 2010

BePe Baby Review and GIVEAWAY!

I'm Always on the search for comfy clothing for my children so I was super excited to find BePe Baby.
BePe Baby is an online boutique that offers a complete line of adorable and unique fleece baby booties, toddler non-skid slippers and diaper bag organizers and alternatives. Although the shop is new, Christina has been selling BePe Baby products since February 2007, when as a new stay at home mom she felt antsy for something to do.

BePe Baby’s most popular product is the Toddler non-skid slipper. Christina is very particular about her products and their quality. She has a brand new, very exciting diaper bag solution that she hopes to be offering in the shop very soon, so be sure to check back in the shop so that you can be one of the first to buy this amazing new product!

I got to try out these ultra adorable slippers for Peyton. He loves them, and so do I. Who wouldn't? These handmade gems are totally affordable … even on my strict budget! I plan to purchase a pair for Lorelai soon!

Buy it: Visit Bepe Baby and buy a pair of these slippers for less than $25 a pair.

Win it: BePe Baby would like to offer one of my lucky readers the opportunity to win a pair for your child. All you have to do to enter is:

Mandatory Entry:
~ Visit BePe Baby and take a look around.
~ Come back here and leave a comment letting us know what your favorite product is.

Extra entries:
Follow my blog publicly {1 Extra}
subscribe to my blog {1 Extra}
follow me on facebook and post about this giveaway {1 Extra}
Blog about it [link back] {3 Extra}
add my button [link back] {1 Extra}
follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway {1 Extra}

It’s that simple! Just be sure to leave your comment by June 20th. Dont forget to leave a way for me to conatct you!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bea's Gift Baskets for Father's Day Giveaway

Father's Day is fast approaching. June 20th, to be exact. Have you found a gift for the father in your life? I found the perfect gift at Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts! With the assortment of baskets and gifts at Bea's Gift Baskets I'm sure you'll find something for any dad. Bea's has baskets for every occasion, I can’t believe the selection offered! How great is this basket? Perfect for your handy helper.
Dad The Handyman

Give your handyman a helping hand with essential tools and energizing snacks. Includes work gloves, a flashlight, tape measure, potato snacks, popcorn, cookies and toffee. All arranged in a delightful painter’s pail.

Some of Bea's other basket selections include…

WOW, can you believe it! I know I will be looking at Bea's first for all my gift giving occasions!

Buy it: Check out Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts and get your dad or someone special the gift they deserve!
WIN IT: Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts has graciously offered one of my readers a gift basket of their choice valued up to $45, or the $45 towards a basket of your chioce.

Mandatory entry:
Head over to Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts and come back here and tell me what basket you would love to get.

Extra entries: post for each
- Follow Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts on Facebook, tell them I sent you!
- Follow my blog
- Subscribe to my blog
- Add my button to your site or blog, leave a link
- Blog this! - leave a link (3 entries!)

giveaway ends June 11th, at 8pm CST. winner will have 24 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen. Good Luck.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Bagnesia – Remember to Grab Your Bags

As a part of our goal to go Green my husband and I decided to ditch the plastic and get some reusable bags to use when we went grocery shopping. While we have the best intentions each week to use them, we often forget them at home, and only realize it when we’re checking out. See we have “bagnesia”. Seriously we have about 20 of them and I always end up forgetting them when we go shopping. (Hence the large number because I end up buying a few in the checkout isle.

I was so happy to review a re-usable bag kit from Bagnesia, that should help us out! Why’s that? Well it contains all kinds of reminders to help you remember your reusable bags when you go out shopping!

The kit includes:
a flexible black neoprene Steering Wheel Wrap that has “grab your bags’ written on it
a laminated Door Hanger that reminds you to “grab your bags” ,
a compact Reusable Bag made from washable nylon that is as big as up to 3 plastic shopping bags (and it holds up to 40 lbs!).
A caribinar clip comes with it too, so that you can attach it to your purse strap or belt loop, further insuring…you don’t forget your bag.

All of it comes in a Reusable Pouch with a drawstring, to toss in your front seat, back seat, purse or diaper bag.

I currently have the door hanger taped to the wall by our door. (hey we have toddlers!) I have to walk past it to walk out the door so it is a great reminder to grab the bags. The bag is a home in my diaper bag because we never leave home without that!

The Reusable Bag Reminder Kit is available for $14.99.

I also received the Reusable Produce Bags that Bagnesia carries.
What a great concept.
Rather than using the plastic bags in the produce section for my fruits and veggies, I now use these bags, fill them up, keep the produce in them while I wash it, and store it. All in the same bag!! Then I just throw it in the washing machine when I’m done, hang to dry and repeat.

A Set of 4 Reusable Produce Bags is $7.99.

If one of your goals is to be more eco-friendly, consider picking up Bagnesia Reusable bag products!

Simple Green Review and GIVEAWAY

For over 30 years, Simple Green, has provided customers with non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally safer cleaning products for household, industrial and institutional applications. They have products for Kitchen & Bath, Kids & Pets, Laundry, Outdoors, Floors & Carpets, Car & Garage and Specialty products.
I was thrilled when I found myself with opportunity to review an entire set of cleaning products from Simple Green. I was sent their entire naturals line and was so impressed!

The naturals line includes:
24 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Bathroom Cleaner
24 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care
32 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Multi-Surface Care
24 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Bathroom Cleaner
24 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Carpet Care
32 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Glass & Surface Care
16 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Dish Washing Liquid
16 oz. bottle of Simple Green Naturals Liquid Hand Soap

My favorite item would have to be the liquid hand soap. I love organic and green products but struggle to find hand soaps. We don’t use bar soaps and most organic and green soaps for hand a body are in bar form so I was very pleased that Simple Green offered a liquid soap! YAY!!

The most used item in our home has been the carpet cleaner. With a two toddlers and a puppy you can just imagine the mess my carpet is by the end of the day! We were fortunately unfortunate enough to have gotten the opportunity to use this product within minutes of opening our Simple Green package. What you need to know about it: cleans fast and is very effective!

All in all I will defiantly be purchasing Simply Green in the future!! Give it a try yourself today!

Buy it: each of these cleaners cost 3.99 apiece and can found in most stores.
Win it: The great news that I have for you is that Simple Green has generously offered a Simple Green® Naturals Cleaning Kit ($24.99) to one of my readers.

To Enter:

Visit Simple Green and let me know another product other than those I’ve reviewed that you’d like to try out or that you know someone else in your life would use!

Add my button. 1 EXTRA
Blog it, link back to this post. 2 EXTRA
Follow my blog publicly 1 EXTRA
Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway 1 EXTRA
Follow me on Facebook and post about this giveaway 1 EXTRA
Tell me one of your cleaning secrets or tricks 1 EXTRA
Subscribe by email. 1 EXTRA

This Giveaway is only open to U.S. Giveaway ends 6/19/2010 at 8pm CST. DON’T FORGET to leave a way to contact you!