Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hadaki Review & Give-a-way...



(THIS IS NOT THE GIVE-A-WAY PRIZE BUT SOMETHING I LOVE- SEE BELOW WHAT YOU COULD WIN!)

Finding the perfect accessory these days is hard. Especially if you are a teen/tween/young professional or a mom on the go. If you are looking for affordable luxury, fashionable function and eco-friendly products then I have found the perfect company for you!

I was just introduced to a New Orleans based well known diaper bag company called Kalencom which has an awesome line of products called Hadaki.

Hadaki's products are all about great color, patterns and affordable pricing! Hadaki by Kalencom has products that range from a small Nylon Mini Scoop Pod ($12- like the one I just reviewed and that you are going to have the chance to win) to cute Wristlets ($20) which are perfect for an ID card, phone and some pocket money, to an all purpose Multitasker bag ($80) with room for a laptop, notebooks and more. Great backpacks and overnight bags are also in the collection, and all products are eco-friendly!

(THIS IS THE PRODUCT THAT I REVIEWED AND THAT YOU COULD WIN BELOW!)
Hadaki sent me their Printed Coated Mini Scoop Pod ($12) from their Paradise Gray Collection. 1st of all it is adorable, it's such a fun pretty pattern! It is the perfect sized zippered carry-all for your bag or pocket. It's great for change, folded up money, cards you just want to carry like your license or ID card etc... I love the polyurethane exterior coating and leather piping that isn't going to get dirty like cloth would, and if it does you can just wipe it clean! It is water repellent inside and out which is another great feature and for only $12 what a fun thing to have or give as a gift!

Hadaki's items are all Eco friendly, and free of AZO , Phthalates, DEHP, DBP, BOP and other harmful chemicals!

Hadaki's patterns and products are so fun! They sent me their catalog and I was ohhhing and ahhhing over every page because everything is just so darn cute! Here are a few of the things I would LOVE to have from Hadaki... I would love to have this Cool Tote ($70) from their Paradise Aqua Collection- it's so summery... I would love to have anything from their Santa Fe Collection, how fun is this pattern and this Insulated Lunch Pod ($26) This would have been so fun to use to carry my makeup in on our recent vacation, this is the Make-Up Case ($40) from their Liquorice Collection and I would love to have this Tote Around Pod ($120) from their Fusion Collection ($120), what a fun purse this would be... *Hadaki is donating 10% of all sales in June to the Audubon Nature Institute and their wildlife rescue program which protects wildlife from Gulf Coast oil spill!*





*GIVE-A-WAY STARTS HERE*
Hadaki is kind enough to offer one of The Jackson Five Family readers the chance to win their very own Mini Scoop Pod just like the one I reviewed!

*IN ORDER TO ENTER MY GIVE-A-WAY , YOU MUST BE A PUBLIC FOLLOWER OF THE JACKSON FIVE FAMILY BLOG. TO FOLLOW ME CLICK ON THE "FOLLOW" BUTTON ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF MY BLOG. EASY PEASY :) IF YOU ENTER MY GIVE-A-WAY AND YOU ARE NOT A PUBLIC FOLLOWER THEN ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES WILL BE FORFEITED!!!*

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to the Hadaki website and come back here and leave me a comment telling me which Hadaki product you like the best!

EXTRA ENTRIES
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Make sure that you leave a SEPARATE comment for each thing that you do for the entries to be counted!

1 Entry- Become a fan of Hadaki on Facebook!

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2 Entry
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Rules
: Open to readers in the US only! Give-a-way ends July 6th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be randomly chosen and will have 48 hours to respond.

I want to thank the kind people at Hadaki for sending me such an awesome product to review!

(I was sent this product free of charge to review. The things you read here are my honest opinions of the product reviewed! I was not paid in any way to say anything you read here!)


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Vacation Part 1

Hey everyone, we are finally back from vacation! We had such a great time and although I'm sad it's come to an end, I'm also very glad to be home. There's just no place like home, ya know! Jace was sleeping when we got home late the other night and we tucked him right into bed. When he woke up in the morning and realized we were home and he said "YESSSS!!! I love home!" Too cute!
So I will tell you about our vacation... We left last Friday and started driving towards Minnesota. You're probably thinking, Minnesota? What's in Minnesota? Well it's the home of The Mall of America! That's right...we all know I LOVE to shop and to The Mall of America we went...

It was soooo fun! I couldn't believe how big it actually was. It had everything you could imagine in it. On the 1st day we went to the Aquarium and the boys loved it.!

they loved playing in the playland at the aquarium with daddy


Jace was very curious about all of the fish and LOVED touching some of the things that you were allowed to like the start fish

We all enjoyed the indoor theme park at the mall called Nickolodeon Universe

Jace got to ride some of the bigger rides and loved all but one...I took him on a pretty fast roller coaster that spinned you around as you went up and down hills and he turned ghostly white :( I felt terrible! He did love the ghost busters ride though that took you through a haunted house type thing and you got to blast the ghosts and you got points, he LOVED that one althought it scared Grady a little!

(this is the huge Lego store shown above- it was awesome)

He loved the bumper cars, the log ride, the big roller coasters and Grady loved all of the little rides like the bus that went up in the air and around, the carousel, the train and many more!


We even got to meet Buzz Lightyear and Woody! The boys were sooooo excited



okay well Craig and I were a little excited too, ha ha

we had to get arm bands and wait in line because they were only there at certain times and it was so busy. So in the meantime a radio station was putting a little game show on and it was Father's day and they asked for volunteers to come up and play a games. Jace, Grady and Craig all went up on stage and Craig had to strap on this hat with a bowl on top and the boys had to throw Mickey Mouse dolls and Craig had to try and catch them in his hat against another dad and his son! It was so funny! Both boys won a Toy Story 3 puzzle so they were thrilled about that!

Doesn't Craig look handsome in his hat and goggles LOL...


At the mall they also had so many live characters and the boys met so many different people...here they met Ming Ming from the Wonderpets


and Linny too


they absolutely loved meeting Sponge Bob and even met Patrick later, but I didn't have my camera because we were riding rides at that time...


Grady was amazed at how big and real he was, it was cute...

they also met Dora and Diego, Blue from Blues Clues, Avatar and a few more, but I didn't have my camera with me then either :(

here we ate at a fun tropical restaurant in the mall called Kokomo's Island Cafe...




my yummy fish tacos


Grannybug, Grady, Jace and I at the restaurant! I think there are 50 some restaurants in the mall



Look how big this ferris wheel is, so fun!


Here they are in the middle seat of the bus ride...


Jace loved the bummer cars

here is Craig and Jace on the log ride, it took you through a whole lumberjack theme ride and went down 2 big hills, it was so much fun! Jace and I went on it first and he laughed so hard...


There they go through the tunnel!



and then my FAVORITE part of the mall...of course the whole reason we went....the shopping! I had to get a picture of myself in front of the QVC store for my sister-in-law Sara. She loves QVC so I had to check it out! If you want to go shopping you should definitely shop at the Mall of America! They have over 500 stores, and I think Craig read that they are going to add another 400 sometime in the future! They have EVERYTHING you can think of! A few of my favorites were For Love 21 which is Forever21's store that is only accessories! I loved the J.Crew there, they had a huge clearance room and everything was so cheap for myself and the boys! They had a Bare Essentials store, a huge DSW shoe store, Ann Taylor Loft, Gap, and everything imaginable there! It was shoppers paradise for sure! I love shopping at 77 Kids for the boys, and they are opening one sometime this summer...it's going to be the 2nd in the US, I'm a little disappointed we missed out on that but I guess it will give us a reason to go back sometime! If you plan to go, make sure you give yourself enough time. I know we certainly didn't see everything we wanted to because it was a little hard to venture everywhere and keep the boys occupied at the same time. If I were to ever go back I would definitely fly as the airport is directly across from the mall and there are so many hotels in walking distance as well!

Well that is only part 1 of our vacation, we ventured on to Wisconsin Dells from there and stayed at a huge hotel that had an indoor/outdoor waterpark at it! More to come from the rest of our vacation soon...

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

CarryYou Innovative Stroller Accessories Review & Give-a-way...


With having 2 little kids we are always taking strollers everywhere we go. We started out with a huge stroller that you could snap the car seat into, and then we had a double stroller, we also have a jogging stroller and we have about 3 umbrella strollers. I loved our big stroller because of all of room they had for other things like bags, drinks, a place to put extra things etc...
When we switched to umbrella strollers, I loved how light they were and easy to take along, but there isn't much storage for drinks, keys, cell phones etc...
That has all changed recently when I was introduced to a company called CarryYou.com.

CarryYou specializes in Innovative Stroller Accessories and they sent me a Demi Milan Umbrella Stroller Organizer for review.
The Demi Milan Umbrella Stroller Organizer offers:
  • Two adult sized cup holders
  • Medium Velcro pocket
  • Small quick access pocket
  • Four Convenient Velcro attachment straps
The Demi Milan gives me a place for anything from my wallet, keys, tunes and cell phone to my sunglasses, lipgloss and drinks. The Demi Milan performs especially well on umbrella-type strollers, providing added storage without a lot of weight. It easily and securely velcros onto my Jeep stroller instantly providing the extra space and organization that I have been looking for!


Some of the other features that I love about the Demi Milan is that you don't have to worry about taking it off every time you put your stroller into your trunk because it simply folds with your stroller! It is also made with water resistant fabric so if your drinks sweat it will contain it and it is made out of very thick 1000D fabric that will last and last!
I love the very sleek, modern look of it. It looks as if it came with my Jeep stroller which is an added bonus!

It retails at only $19.95 so it is also very affordable. I can't believe that I have lived without this product on my stroller for so long! We just got back from vacation and I have already gotten so much use out of this product!

CarryYou sells so many different stroller Organizers, Snack Trays, Stroller Bags and Single Cup Holders- I'm sure they have one that will fit yours. They not only carry them for umbrella strollers, but have many versions to fit double strollers and jogging strollers too. If your not sure if they have one to fit your stroller, you can search by your Stroller Brand HERE which is such a nice feature to their website!

*GIVE-A-WAY STARTS HERE*
CarryYou is kind enough to offer one of The Jackson Five Family readers the chance to win their very own Demi Milan Umbrella Stroller Organizer just like the one I reviewed! This is a $19.95 Value!

*IN ORDER TO ENTER MY GIVE-A-WAY , YOU MUST BE A PUBLIC FOLLOWER OF THE JACKSON FIVE FAMILY BLOG. TO FOLLOW ME CLICK ON THE "FOLLOW" BUTTON ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF MY BLOG. EASY PEASY :) IF YOU ENTER MY GIVE-A-WAY AND YOU ARE NOT A PUBLIC FOLLOWER THEN ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES WILL BE FORFEITED!!!*

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to the CarryYou website and come back here and leave me a comment telling me which CarryYou product you like the best!

EXTRA ENTRIES
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Make sure that you leave a SEPARATE comment for each thing that you do for the entries to be counted!

1 Entry- Become a fan of CarryYou on Facebook!

1 Entry-Sign up for one of my other give-a-ways and let me know which one you signed up for!

2 Entry
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Rules
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I want to thank the kind people at CarryYou for sending me such an awesome product to review!

(I was sent this product free of charge to review. The things you read here are my honest opinions of the product reviewed! I was not paid in any way to say anything you read here!)


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Be Back Soon...

Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that we have been having so much fun on vacation at the Mall of America and that I haven't forgot about all of you!!! We have had limited internet access and I know I still need to get the Ghyslain Chocolate give-a-way winner posted which I plan on doing when I get a bit more time!

I have some great reviews and give-a-ways to get posted as soon as we return home! Please forgive me for the delay!

I can't wait to post about our vacation and share all of our pictures! I LOVE the MOA and think I could spend weeks there! :)

Well I hope your all having a great week and I will return soon- I promise!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mally Beauty Review & Give-a-way

Me and my little man Grady...I am mostly wearing my Mally Beauty Products here! I love how fresh my face looks and feels :)



I LOVE everything I received from Mally! Thank you Mally Beauty- your company is the best! I LOVE working with you and appreciate everything you sent for review!!!



My very first review and give-a-way was for Mally Beauty products. Well I was recently sent more of Mally products to review and I couldn't be more excited about them! It is by far one of the best makeup companies out there today, I love everything about Mally Roncal and her great line of makeup!


Maybe you've seen Mally on QVC and maybe you haven't, but if you have you probably know what a fun upbeat person she is! She is gorgeous inside and out and her makeup makes everyone feel pretty :)

So on with the review... The 1st product that I am going to tell you about is the 1 oz. Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer. I can tell you that I am in love with this product. I can't imagine putting on makeup without it now. It helps smooth and resurface your skin before you apply your makeup. It makes your pores virtually disappear, it fills in your lines and wrinkles and makes your makeup last all day! It is made with a silicone base and it is the softest smoothest primer! It retails for $35 and is definitely worth it!!!


Next I was sent the Shimmer/Shape/Glow Face Defining System. What is it: Shimmer, shape, glow, and go! This face-defining system gives you a look that's refined, defined, and so easy to achieve. In just three steps, this triple-powder compact has you looking downright radiant. A highlighter gives subtle radiance that catches light and gives your eyes an instant lift; a shaper brings out cheekbones; and a blusher gives a warm, natural glow to cheeks. You just put the glow on your cheeks, then define your bone structure with the shaper. You then complete the look with the light-catching shimmer. I have been using this so much and love the way it makes my face and cheeks look. It's so easy to use and retails at $49.50!


I was also sent an incredible kit that is available on QVC and you can get it on auto-delivery which means they automatically send you a new set of the seasons hottest shades throughout the year! It is the "Mally's Secrets" 8 pc Collection $62.52 is the introductory price on QVC!

Kit Includes:

Cancellation Concealer Cream (Light/Medium) - Cancellation Concealer is Mally's signature product that covers and conceals fine lines and wrinkles, under-eye circles, and other dramas. I am in love with the concealer. It honestly works so well and is so creamy making it very easy to apply and blend! $35 for the set Cancellations Concealer Cream / Eyelight Setting Powder

Eyelight Setting Powder - The powder-over-cream system looks flawless and lasts and lasts. You simply put this setting powder over the concealer and it's bullet-proof!!! LOVE IT!


Couture Color Blush (Bloom) - It is a fabulous, customizable blush that gives cheeks a fresh, rosy glow. It contains tiny pigments encapsulated within this innovative formula, keeping them fresh until you are ready to use them. As you blend the luxurious cream, you release new pigments for the first time, every time. Just place a small drop of cream on the tip of your finger, smile in the mirror and find the apples of your cheeks. In a circular motion, apply the cream onto your cheek, blending toward your cheekbones. The more you blend, the deeper the color becomes. It compliments all skin tones. I am not used to using cream blush, but this is definitely easy to you, and really does give you a fresh cheek color! It only takes a very small amount as well so the 0.5 fl. oz. I can tell is going to last a long time! $25

Volumizing Mascara (Black) - Volumizing Mascara captures Mally's time-tested method of building incredible lashes in a single package. It builds beautifully and lasts and lasts, but comes off with soap and water. This is by far one of the best mascara's I've come across. I have tried so many kinds and this does make my lashes look thick and full without being clumpy! $20

Eye Perfection Weightless Shadow (Twilight) - is a feather-light product in an ultra-fine loose formula. Sweep it on with the special dabber package, and it will look beautifully smooth without creasing or flaking. This Twilight color is that perfect shimmery neutral brown that you can wear alone or add other colors, it's so pretty!

Eyecolor Starlite Liner (Black Velvet) - is the perfect waterproof liner to define eyes when you know you need performance. I have used several of Mally's Liner's and they do work great, my only thing with them is you have to sharpen them and I'm used to automatics. I feel like when I sharpen them I go through them so fast, do you all have that problem or am I doing something wrong? $15

High Shine Liquid Lip Pen (Blossom) - This is my 2nd Liquid Lip Pen and I used the 1st one until it was completely gone. They have a brush tip applicator and you just twist the bottom of them until the product starts to flow. These glide on so well and are the prettiest colors. I know that will be buying more in the future!!! $20 Over all I am in LOVE with this kit. QVC definitely has the best deals when purchasing the kits verses purchasing the products individually!

The next kit sent for review is the Mally Beauty All Day Gorgeous 9pc Color Colletion $51.12 introductory price on QVC!

Kit includes: What is it: The All Day Gorgeous 9-piece collection combines Mally's 24/7 and Evercolor products, with a Waterproof Volumizing Mascara--all in full sizes! They work together for a complete, long-lasting look in up-to-the-minute, universal colors.

Evercolor Shadow Stick (Angel Shimmer) - Line your eyes, fill in your lid, and smudge. Because you have the control and precision of a liner, you can focus on the outer "V" of your eye and blend out for a sultry cat eye. I have never seen a product like this before. It's an eyeshadow stick that goes on so well and seriously stays all day! It is the prettiest pink shimmery color. I would 110% recommend you trying these shadow sticks, they are the best! $25

24/7 Eyeliner (Black Gold) - Line your eyes with the long-wearing pencil. Using the fat end of the applicator, gently cover the area you lined with the white, secret-setting formula. Take the skinny end of the applicator and dab it into the color of the split pan powder. Go right over the line you've made to rejuvenate and intensify the color. I already have this and LOVE it so this is one of the products that I am offering up for the give-a-way!!! YOU WILL LOVE IT! $25

Volumizing Mascara (Black) - Apply to lashes from base to tip. For super luminous lashes, apply one coat, let it dry, then apply a second coat. Repeat until you've got the lash look you love. I am also going to offer this mascara for the give-a-way! I LOVE mine, and I'm sure you will love it as much as I do! :) $20

24/7 Blush: Take the orange end of the applicator and lightly dab it in the creamy product on the compact's left side. Gently smooth it onto the apples of your cheeks. Take the other side of the brush and swirl it into the powder on the compact's right side. Tap off any excess and blend in a circular motion, onto the cream product. Together, these two create the perfect bond, locking in long-wearing, fresh, dewy color that won't budge. This blush duo gives you the prettiest dewy finish, once again I am in love, my loves...as Mally would say! $35

Evercolor Lip Color/Gloss (Pink Shimmer) - Apply color and give it a few seconds to set. Apply the super high-shine Crystal gloss over the lip color. This product goes on smooth, stays on so well and I love the high shine gloss that you can reapply whenever you feel like you need to! $25


*GIVE-A-WAY STARTS HERE*

I took a few things out of the things Mally sent me and am going to offer them as a give-a-way to one of you! I am going to give you the chance to win the 24/7 Professional Eye Lining System in Black Gold which will include 1 Black Velvet Eye Liner Pencil and also 1 Volumizing Mascara in Black. This is a $45 Value!!!

*IN ORDER TO ENTER MY GIVE-A-WAY , YOU MUST BE A PUBLIC FOLLOWER OF THE JACKSON FIVE FAMILY BLOG. TO FOLLOW ME CLICK ON THE "FOLLOW" BUTTON ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF MY BLOG. EASY PEASY :) IF YOU ENTER MY GIVE-A-WAY AND YOU ARE NOT A PUBLIC FOLLOWER THEN ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES WILL BE FORFEITED!!!*

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to the Mally Beauty website or the QVC website and come back here and leave me a comment telling me which Mally product you would love to try!

EXTRA ENTRIES
:
Make sure that you leave a SEPARATE comment for each thing that you do for the entries to be counted!

1 Entry- Become a fan of Mally on Facebook!

1 Entry- Follow Mally on Twitter!

1 Entry- Join the Mally Mailing List HERE. Leave me a comment telling me you did so!

1 Entry-Sign up for one of my other give-a-ways and let me know which one you signed up for!

1 Entry
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1 Entry
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1 Entry
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Rules
: Open to readers in the US only! Give-a-way ends June 26th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be randomly chosen and will have 48 hours to respond.

I want to thank the kind people at Mally for sending me such awesome products to review!

(I was sent these products free of charge to review. The things you read here are my honest opinions of the product reviewed! I was not paid in any way to say anything you read here!)


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