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Optari Crossbody Bag - Review

Young celebrities are clamoring for the hot, new Optari Crossbody Bag! Your tweens and teens are going to love these too. Available in nine stunning colors, the Crossbody is a wristlet-size purse that holds all the necessities of young life - cell phone, money, and beauty supplies. The magnetic closure ensures all her important items stay inside.
To make it even more fun to carry, it sports an adjustable shoulder strap of epic coolness in color and pattern. It's a great little purse! Need more bling? Mini Fobbz are just the thing! The front charms panel on the crossbody allows for up to eleven fun Mini Fobbz charms, available separately from Optari.
Your daughter will love this coveted purse as much as Ashley Argota, Laura Slade Wiggins, Taylor Hender and Keevie Smith love Optari products. You can shop for the Crossbody and lots of other awesome teen products at www.optari.com. Be sure to like them on Facebook and Twitter, then enter to win your choice of an Optari Crossbody Bag below!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Win your color choice of an Optari Crossbody Bag!
To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chance to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 12/1/2012. Good luck!

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen - Review

Good People Everywhere is a children's picture book written by Lynea Gillen and illustrated by Kristina Swarner. Created for ages 3 and up, this book helps children become aware of all of the people in the world around them that do good things for others. From the teacher who teaches math, to the big sister who watches her little brother, to the farmer who plants food seeds, to the young student who helps a friend with a hurt knee, there are good people everywhere. In a world where children often live in fear of the "big bad boogey-man" this book is a refreshing look at all of the ways we can help each other and live in peace.
This award-winning storybook encourages children to think of ways they can help others and the back of the book even has suggestions on ways to do things for others. I love this book and have read it several times to my preschoolers. The early childhood years are an important time to instill the value of doing good things for others because preschoolers are so focused on "me, me, me" and "mine" that they need gentle guidance to see outside their own wants. The book is written in simple understandable language and the illustrations are beautiful and engaging. It's a wonderful addition to our library!
You can find out more about this book at ThreePebblePress.com and even find more activities on the website for home or school. Purchase Good People Everywhere at the link below!
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Array {New Game} - Review

There are some great new games available this holiday season and Funnybone Toys is introducing three brainy card games that your family will love. I received the game Array and these are no ordinary cards. The pieces are beautiful hues, colors, and play patterns of museum quality. A very cool game box to leave laying on the coffee table!
Designed for play by ages 8 to adult, this challenging game encourages fun, laughter, conversation, and a bit of strategy. My husband and one of my teenage sons sat down to figure out the rules of the game and give it a try. They ended up playing for hours.
Players race to place their color cards down in connecting patterns more quickly than the others. The game has a few cards in the mix to "slam" your opponents with extra points or make them draw extra cards that adds an element of surprise and playful barbarity. Few things are as fun as a evening where the teenager beats the dad at a game. 
Your family will love this game. It's a perfect Christmas gift for your brainy kids and teens that will pull them away from their electronics and get them face to face with their family members. You can purchase Array at www.funnybonetoys.com and check out the other two museum-quality games called Cubu and Spectrix. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, then enter to win Array below!
Win Array from Funnybone Toys!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 12/1/2012. Good luck!

Tale of the Tooth Fairy Storybook Set - Review

Your young child is growing very fast and soon their first teeth will fall out. This darling storybook and fairy plush doll set tells the story of how a tooth fairy helps children with this important event that shows they are growing up to be a big kid.
The storybook set includes a beautiful gift box that ties on the side with a ribbon, a boy or girl elf plush doll, and a hardback picture book "The Tale Of The Tooth Fairy" written by Brian Ledig and Illustrated by MK Fleming.
The gift box is a wonderful keepsake itself and the inside looks like a little fairy house. It can sit upright so that your child can act out the story of the tooth fairy as you read to them. The book and fairy fit flat inside so it's the perfect place to keep the set together so your child can treasure it always.
The tooth fairy plush doll is nine inches tall and comes with sparkling fairy wings and a little pouch for the tooth that falls from their own mouth. No more struggling to get under a sleeping child's pillow!
The story is very sweet and the illustrations are beautiful. This storybook set is sure to be a favorite of all children. There is even a place in the back of the book to record a child's tooth losses over the years. The pages are a high-quality, glossy stock that will last through many readings.
This is a fabulous gift idea for birthdays, holidays, or that special day when the first wiggly tooth is discovered. Parents and grandparents will want one for every child in the family! My preschoolers absolutely love it and they keep asking me for another reading of the book. It's so sweet to hear them retelling the story to each other too.
Visit StoryBookSet.com to purchase the Tale of the Tooth Fairy Storybook Set for only $34.95 and be sure to like them on Facebook 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.

Hilarious Holiday Apparel - Review

Looking for a special gift for the comedian in your family? Awesome Christmas shirts sure to get a laugh are the perfect choice! Everyone loves a nice comfortable t-shirt and it's so much fun to wear one that people notice. Think of all the people who will see this shirt and then smile at you when you're wearing it. These shirts are a great Christmas gift for the hard-to-buy-for person because it's practical, affordable, and will bring joy and laughter to them when they open it.
There are dozens of colors, sizes and funny slogans available at Santa's Shirt Shack. There are designs appropriate for all ages, including kids, men and women. Pick up something for everyone on your Christmas list. My husband pounced on this t-shirt as soon as I opened the package and claimed it for his closet. Both my teenage sons wanted it too, but Dad won out in the end. It is a quality t-shirt that is very comfortable and didn't shrink or fade in the washer and dryer. Visit http://www.funnychristmastshirts.com to purchase a "Dear Santa, Define Naughty" shirt for your favorite funny person!
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.


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Easy Turkey Leftovers #Recipe: Crockpot Allens Casserole

Next week, you'll have tons of leftover turkey. After you're tired of turkey sandwiches, try this delicious, easy recipe with Allens vegetables!
You'll need a can of Allens Cut Italian Green Beans with Potatoes and a can of Allens Triple Succotash, some leftover turkey, elbow macaroni, garlic, and water. That's it! 
Pour 8 ounces of elbow macaroni in your crockpot. 
 Cut up the turkey and toss it in the crockpot.
 Add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed garlic to the crockpot.
 Open the can of Allens Beans and Potatoes, drain the water, add it to the crockpot.
 Open the can of Allens Triple Succotash, drain the water, add it to the crockpot.
 Pour five cups of clean water into the crockpot.
 Stir everything that is in the crockpot until well mixed.
 Put the lid on the crockpot, plug it in, turn it on high, and ignore it for three hours.
Stir and serve! Absolutely delicious and super easy!

A Time To Be Born: A Jewish Baby Journal - Review

This time of year, there are many special holidays that are celebrated and I wanted to include this beautiful Jewish Baby Journal in my Holiday Gift Guide. Connie Krupin has created this gorgeous hardback book that is much more than just a baby book. There are places to document every part of the Jewish experiences in your child's life.
A Time To Be Born allows parents to document their child's milestones and provides a lasting keepsake that will be cherished for generations to come. The author is also an artist and the illustrations in the book are simply amazing, capturing the joy and fun of childhood.
The book includes Bible verses, recipes, quotes, lullabies, prayers, and so much more. The pages are filled with obvious joy and parenting wonderment, as Connie Krupin leads young Jewish families with this loving gentle guidebook, full of the basic tools to teach their children.
There are places to record information about the child's temperament, sayings, dreams, favorites, and parents' thoughts. Sections of the book include Awaiting Baby's Arrival, Birth, Family, Welcome Home, Growth and Development, Celebrations and Holidays, Exploring the World, Education, and Birthdays.
Special touches that make this book the perfect gift include colors that make this appropriate for boys or girls, an attached ribbon bookmark, over 100 high-quality glossy stock pages, and even an included matching keepsake folder for cards and treasures. Beyond beautiful!
You can order A Time To Be Born at http://www.atime2bborn.com/ or at the Amazon link below. You can also follow on Facebook and view the book trailer on YouTube.

Three Winners - iolo System Mechanic Software - Review

I've had iolo System Mechanic software on my computer for a year now. I just renewed for another three years. I love what this software does for my computer! It runs in the background, constantly (quietly) monitoring the health and security of my system. It cleans up junk files that can slow down my system. The desktop icon shows me real-time information. System Mechanic will diagnose and fix over 30,000 PC problems and the program uses live updates to ensure I'm protected. I can also go into the software at anytime to view the problems and with the click of a button, I can fix problems and speed up my computer. It realigns program files for me, resolves registry problems, and the privacy cleaner wipes my internet and chat history. One of my favorite features is the screen that suggests potentially unwanted programs that have attached to my startup processes, so I can decide whether or not to release it from startup, decreasing the time it takes my computer to start each morning. It has made a huge difference in the way my computer operates and I highly recommend System Mechanic!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

THREE lucky winners will win System Mechanic!
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win. Giveaway ends 11/30/2012. Good luck!

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Win the EatSmart Kitchen Scale

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The holidays will be here before you know it, so to make things a little easier on you and your wallet we decided to give you an opportunity to WIN your gifts this year! Several awesome blogs have to come together to bring you some amazing prizes that will look great sitting under your tree Christmas morning. After you enter this giveaway, make sure you hop around to the rest of the participating blogs for more chances to win!

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It's a very sleek design and looks great on my countertop. It only measures 8"x6" so it barely takes up any room and I can easily slip it into a kitchen drawer if I want. On the bottom of the scale there are little rubber feet, so it doesn't slide around while I'm using it. I even used it a couple times to weigh my outgoing letters. The scale is very accurate and precise to 0.05 ounces/1 gram. It's a great kitchen scale and sells for a very affordable price!
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WideNeck Diet Day 30 - Menu and Musings

As the end of month one draws to a close, I'm thrilled that I lost 16 pounds in the first month. I've got a long way to go to reach my goal weight, but since it's been successful so far I'm going to continue. This month, I'll be adding some berries, nuts and seeds to my diet. I've also managed to wean myself off the one diet soda a day, leaving me drinking water and coffee only.

Breakfast - Ham slices (on the run).

Lunch - Turkey dogs and Cheese. Yeah, I know, but I had a craving.

Dinner - Spaghetti Soup (ground beef, tomato sauce, spices, no noodles) topped with cheddar cheese, plus salad with lettuce, tomato, and calorie-free italian dressing.

Drinks - Coffee, water.

Exercise - 40 counter pushups, 20 chair squats.