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Love Your Breed FouFou Dog - Review

I love my dog Buddy. I also love finding accessories that look like him. These Love Your Breed products from FouFouDog.com are so cute! I got a Rhinestone Sticker, a Keychain, an Ink Pen with Topper, a Luggage Tag, and a Key Cover. Made of high quality materials, these accessories are full of personality just like my dog.
I've never seen a key cover like this before, so it's definitely a great idea for an unusual gift item. First the key slides into the cover from the top, then the ring threads through a split hole so that the ring keeps the cover on your key. What a great way to be able to discern which key is your house key on a big ring of keys when it's dark outside! Pair it up with a darling Love Your Breed keychain so everyone knows that set of keys belongs to you.
This Rhinestone Sticker is a great way to add some puppy bling to a plastic lunchbox, your bedroom mirror, or even your dog's water bowl. The sticker shape peels off a clear plastic sheeting in one piece so it's really easy to handle. The Ink Pen with Topper would be a great back to school gift for your kids. The Love Your Breed luggage tag will help you find your black suitcase among 300 other black suitcases that roll down the baggage carousel at the airport. Also perfect for a student backpack or even mom's favorite tote bag!
Find your favorite breed accessories at www.foufoudog.com and use the promo code PW2012 to receive 15% off your first order this year. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter too. Enter to win a Love Your Breed Prize Pack that includes a Key Cover, Rhinestone Sticker, and Luggage Tag below!
Win a Love Your Breed Prize Pack from FouFouDog.com!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and live in the US. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chance to win! This giveaway ends at midnight ET on  7/22/12. Good luck!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Liane Fried Handcrafted Decor and Gifts - Review and Giveaway

After years of running All Aboard Daycare, I've finally found the perfect clock for my classroom. The Liane Fried Studio has a huge selection of whimsical, quirky items for your home or office. Perfect for gift giving, her handcrafted clocks, mugs, magnets, memo boards, jewelry and more will have you smiling, knowing you picked the right gift.
Beautifully designed, this clock's face is high gloss on a hardwood surface and the clock hands are 3D, lending even more charm to the face. The quartz movement requires only a single AA battery and the clock arrived ready to hang with its own attached hanger. Liane's love of color shows in all her artwork and she is constantly adding new designs to the line.
I love the way the clock looks on my wall and my students love it too! Check out all Liane's home decor and gift products at www.lianefriedstudio.com and follow her on Facebook too. How would you like a $20 gift certificate to start your shopping experience? Enter below!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Win a $20 Gift Certificate to Liane Fried Studio!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the US to be eligible. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chance to win. This giveaway ends at midnight ET on 7/21/2012. Good luck!

Diva Dangler Earring of the Month Club

You will get these gorgeous Diva Dangler silver chandelier earrings for FREE when you join the Earring of the Month Club! You might have seen the Diva Dangler, the beautiful new way to display your earrings and jewelry, on your television. I wear dangly earrings almost all the time and I've never seen a better way to store them.
As a member of the Earring of the Month Club, you can get beautiful earrings every month for just $9.95 a month. You'll always receive the latest in fashion earrings! There is no minimum to buy and your membership ends when you decide.
The Earring of the Month Club is a great gift for yourself or someone special. Send your sister or mom a surprise every month! Show your college daughter she's always on your mind with this great back to school gift! Sign up your wife at her place of work and make all the other wives jealous. It's the gift that keeps on giving month after month.
Find out more about the Diva Dangler and the Earring of the Month Club at www.divadangler.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Marble Slab Creamery at Home

Ice cream is my favorite midnight snack. Marble Slab Creamery and Maggie Moo's are well known for their delicious ice cream. They now offer gourmet mix-ins that I can take home to enjoy with my midnight snack! This jar of Marble Slab Creamery Fudge Sauce and this package of Indulge Gourmet Pretzels were just the ticket to turn my boring ice cream into a delightful experience!
The Fudge Sauce is thick and creamy and oh-so-scrumptious. The gourmet pretzel sticks are rolled in chocolate and then rolled in different candy toppings. It's crunchy, salty and sweet all at once. I couldn't even finish this amazing desert by myself. My husband was very happy I shared with him!
Find out more at www.marbleslab.com and follow them on Facebook too!
Disclosure: I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Catalog Living at its Most Absurd by Molly Erdman

This is the perfect coffee table book! If you've ever wondered whether anyone really lives in the kind of house that looks "catalog perfect" it's time for you to see Gary and Elaine's house. In "Catalog Living at its Most Absurd: Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls" Molly Erdman of www.CatalogLiving.net takes you through each room of this over-embellished, highly decorated house, filled with room after room of themed spaces.
Full of wit and humor, this book will have you pouring over every detail in the photos, looking for home decor ideas that you will probably never do, but will have an absolute blast dreaming about it. I love looking at the beautiful photos and reading what the homeowners have to say about each room. "Catalog Living at its Most Absurd" is finally available and you can get yours at the Amazon link below. Be sure to check out Molly's Catalog Living blog too!
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Fix It! tool set for little hands - Review

Every toddler wants to be just like Daddy. Daddy can fix anything. Now toddlers can follow Daddy around and help him fix everything in the house. This New Sprouts Fix It! tool set is designed especially for little hands. Made of soft, durable plastic, your toddlers can pound and saw without driving Mom crazy with the noise.
Learning Resources creates some of the most enticing and engaging educational toys for children and this new Fix It! tool set is no exception. The drill is especially exciting because a press of the button thrills toddlers with its sound. The tools are easy to hold and easy to use. Perfect also for special needs kids with limited hand dexterity.
The easy to pack toolbox is easy to carry with its single handle, and there is no frustration putting the tools away because the open top means lids never get in the way. I showed this tool kit to my preschoolers and they immediately went to "work" in the classroom, drilling and hammering. The screwdriver has no sharp edges and my toddlers figured out there are screws on every table and chair in the room.
Learning through play is the best way for children to experience the world around them. By emulating the jobs they see parents and adults doing, it helps teach them how the world works. It gives them a confident sense of empowerment when they can "be" Daddy and fix things just like him.
My group ranges from age 2 years to almost 5 years and all of them, boys and girls, have really enjoyed playing and learning with the New Sprouts Fix It! tool set. This set of five tools and the toolbox is easy to clean up when playtime is over. I definitely recommend this toy set! You can find this and other wonderful learning toys at www.learningresources.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and enter to win the Fix It! tool set below!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Win the Learning Resources New Sprouts Fix It! tool set!
To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and live in the US. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win. This giveaway ends at midnight ET on 7/21/12. Good luck!

Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop

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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt - Review

I just found a delicious and nutritious way to beat the heat this summer! Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt comes in three amazing flavors - raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry. Only 70 calories each, these all natural, fat free treats are good for everyone in the family!
They are creamy and cold, and each bar has 6 grams of protein. Yasso frozen greek yogurt is good source of calcium, made with rBST-free milk and no corn syrup. They are gluten-free and kosher certified too!
I found all three flavors at my local HEB grocery store in the frozen food section. With all of the goodness and none of the guilt, I am definitely enjoying Yasso bars! The blueberry is my favorite one.
My family is also enjoying them and my son hasn't quite figured out which one is his favorite yet. You can find out more at www.teamyasso.com and sign up to win $10,000 in their Summer Getaway Sweepstakes!

Beyond Sugar Shock by Connie Bennett

My husband has often said that if we tried to get sugar approved by the FDA it would be labeled as an addictive drug. Connie Bennett has written Beyond Sugar Shock, the 6 Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction and Get Slimmer, Sexier, and Sweeter in an attempt to help people create a healthier way of living.
Written in an entertaining way, Beyond Sugar Shock approaches this very serious subject in a straightforward voice. From the Sugar Shock Quiz, readers can find out how hooked they are on sweets and carbs. Did you know sugar can kill you? Connie Bennett spends an entire chapter explaining the health problems that can result from too much sugar. Then she lays out a six week plan that can help you and your family become free of sugar addiction, including meal plans, recipes, suggested supplements to help curb sugar cravings, and lots of resources. I especially like how it is set up sort of like a workbook, with places throughout the book to write down my own thoughts. I found the book funny and honest and will hopefully be able to use her tips and techniques to reduce my sugar intake.
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Cover Sports USA Indoor Tumbling Mat - Review

We are only part way through the summer. Are your kids driving you crazy yet? With the heat wave crossing the states, the kids are stuck inside most of the afternoon. Texas has broken 100 degrees on several days, so I'm constantly looking for ways to keep them active indoors. I'm constantly telling my preschoolers to stop wrestling in the house, stop jumping in the house, and stop being so rowdy in the house.
Thanks to CoverSportsUSA.com, these kids can now roll and jump safely in the house. This sturdy tumbling mat is sized just right for them at 4'x8'x2". I'm really impressed at the quality of the mat cover; it's thick and sturdy and will stand up to years of activity. It also comes with velcro on two ends in case I want to extend the mat. Several different thicknesses are available so you can customize the mat for your needs.
This EnviroSafe Folding Mat is made from 60% recycled and 40% virgin polyester fiber, with a patented foam technology licensed exclusively to Cover Sports USA by Indratech. It's safer for the environment and safer for the kids! It's hypoallergenic, latex free, fire retardant, mold proof, mildew proof, toxin free, and 100% recyclable. We chose gray, but there are lots of colors available.
Cover Sports USA offers a huge array of products from indoor gymnasium covers, mats, pads, and custom banners to outdoor sports equipment covers, fencing covers, field protectors, windscreens, paddings and custom banners. They even offer an online tool to help you create a custom banner! Check out CoverSports.com!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.


Join Team Challenge

Team Challenge is a half marathon training program of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America designed to raise funds to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Team Challenge participants commit to help the millions of people who suffer from these diseases by training for and taking part in an exciting endurance event. In exchange for this commitment, the Foundation equips participants with everything they need to cross the finish line, including 15 weeks of training by professional coaches, transportation and lodging during race weekend, plus the opportunity to share a life-changing experience with a group of caring individuals.
Want more information? 
Visit www.ccfa.org

Top Ten Cities for Cookouts

Whether you want to relax and unwind or walk off your post-cookout calories, these cities offer perfect parks to accompany your sunshine and favorite foods.
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Monroe, Louisiana
  • Pocatello, Idaho
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Victoria, Texas
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Memphis, Tennessee
Source: Kiplinger.com


Big and Tall Clothing for Men, Women and Children

For over 90 years, G and L Clothing has been outfitting men, women and children with quality clothing and footwear. With a fabulous selection for big and tall, as well as regular sizes, GandLClothing.com is the place for work wear, safety clothing, and casual clothing. I was looking at their women's jackets and love their jean jackets from Dickies and Carhartt. From lightweight softshell jackets to lined wool and fleece, they've got a wide array of choices for the upcoming fall season.
Before you know, school shopping will be in full swing and they've got a huge selection of darling bib overalls for boys and girls. The little camo onesie is one of my favorite kids' items. There are some adorable kids' hats as well. If your man is in need of work boots, they've got a huge selection of steel toe boots and rubber boots, as well as casual footwear and athletic shoes. The ladies' Arctic sport boots in pink and purple are awesome. 
G and L Clothing offers free shipping for orders over $99 and an easy 123 free returns policy on product exchanges. They are celebrating 95 Days of Deals right now and have some wonderful specials available. Plus, today, July 4th, you can get 20% off your entire order so hurry over there now and get great clothes for everyone in your family!

Funky Monkey Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks - Review

Funky Monkey has created a healthy new freeze-dried fruit snack that is crunchy! It's real fruit, fat free, gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, nut free, and contain no added sugars, preservatives, flavors or colors. Funky Monkey snacks are non-GMO verified, vegan, raw, and certified kosher.
A single 1oz bag contains three of the four recommended daily fruit servings. Best of all, these crunchy snacks are combinations of flavors that will make your tongue dance. There are seven different amazing flavors, of which I received four to try. MangOJ is mango and orange juice. Carnaval Mix is organic banana, pineapple, apple and papaya.
My absolute favorite flavor is the Bananamon, a combination of organic banana and organic cinnamon. It's an amazingly delicious combination of tastes. Crunchy and sweet, it's only 45 calories in a whole 1oz package. I'm hooked on these healthy snacks!
The Jivealime is organic pineapple and lime juice. It's my second favorite taste. I can't wait to try the other three flavors - Purple Funk, Pink Pineapple, and Applemon. These are produced in Brazil, close to where the fruits are grown, to ensure they are freeze-dried at their peak of freshness. The delicious taste and the fun name will ensure your kids love these as much as you do!
You can find out more at funkymonkeysnacks.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. While you're on their Facebook page, be sure to enter the Funky Monkey Summer Camp Sweepstakes, where you can win up to 400 bags of Funky Monkey Snacks, plus $250 for your camp!
Disclosure: I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review.