Saturday, December 31, 2011

Zillionz Real-Money Deluxe Savings Goal ATM Machine Review...

 Did your kids get lots of money for Christmas?  Ours got some and I hate it just laying around the house.  We do have a savings account for them at the bank but sometimes when they get $5 here or $10 there it's not enough to make a trip just to deposit such a little amount.  My husband and I also give them all of our change and that adds up in a hurry too.  Well we recently had the opportunity to review a neat product from 

Zillionz sent us their Real-Money Deluxe Savings Goal ATM Machine.  This is so fun and easy for our 6 year old to use.  This product teaches your child the concept of how a real ATM works.  It comes with an ATM card that your child will use with a pin number that they create and have to remember just like if they were to use a real ATM machine.  

After they have created this you are able to set the time and date on the screen.  They then can start making deposits into it.  The coin slot recognizes the value of each coin and it automatically adds up the amount entered.  There is also an automatic bill feeder that accepts real dollars.  You do have to enter the amount like if it's a $1 bill or a $5 bill but they think it's so neat feeding the money into the slot. This is so much neater than any piggy bank we have ever had. 

What's really neat though is that your child is able to set a goal.  Maybe they want a new bike or some other toy - well they can put how much it costs and what date they would like to have this amount by.   Then it will tell them how much more they need when they put money in it and how much time is left to get to their goal!

It is a secure vault allowing your child to keep their money safe -- only they have access with their private digital access code.  Another neat thing about this is that you can stand it up or you can hang it on the wall with it's built-in wall mount.  

WE love that this is teaching our children how to save money and how to make deposits and withdraws.  Something that we all use on a daily basis and something they need to learn about at an early age as saving money is so important and you can NEVER start too young!  The only thing my husband and I wish this had is a drawer or something to catch the money in.  It's just an open drawer that the money falls into, so when you open the drawer to make a withdraw all of the money just comes tumbling out if it's full.  Other than that we love this and would definitely recommend it to anyone with children learning to save money!

To learn more about these products and to see where you can purchase your own please visit:

Disclosure: I received a product from Zillionz to facilitate this review, no additional compensation was received, and opinions are my own and may vary from yours.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

K'NEX Review...

What did your kids get for Christmas?  Mine got too much as usual, but they did get some gift cards this year which is nice because they can pick out some things that they maybe asked for and didn't get or they can just go look and see what's available. 

Well if your kids got gift cards you should really think about having them check out K'NEX products.  We recently had the opportunity to review several products from K'NEX and my boys LOVE them!  If you are not familiar with them let me tell you a little bit about them...

K'NEX are "The World's Most Creative Construction and Building Toys".  They are the next generation of construction sets - they inspire creativity, build self-confidence, and encourages interaction between parents and children.  The possibilities are really endless when playing with K'NEX!

Check out this video to see just how K'NEX are put together - this is their new Thrill Rides Double Shot Coaster which is so cool...

We were sent 3 different sets...

First we were sent the Roary Silver Hatch Garage Building Set which is great for kids ages 3+ so it was perfect for Grady.  This set comes with 40 chunky pieces for easy building fun with buildable gas pumps, removable hood on Roary's Car, floor mat, and other accessories for realistic and thrilling after-building play!  

Jace helped Grady put this together and it didn't take them long to have it all assembled.  He had fun helping his little brother put this set together.  They both had fun playing with the car and pretending to fill the tank up with the little gas can and playing mechanic on Roary's car with the included tool box and wrench.  

The next set was sent for Jace, it was the Mario Kart Wii Mario and Yoshi Finish Line Building Set  that is for ages 6+.  Jace was so excited to get started on this because he is a huge Mario and Wii fan!  Bring Mario Kart Wii to life with this set that includes over 300 pieces!  This set will provide hours of fun from the time you start building Mario and Yoshi until the finish line when you get to start racing your cars! 

Craig and I both helped Jace put together this kit.  It is definitely fun for the whole family.  There were big pieces and small and it provided us with quality time spent following directions and building each piece from start to finish!  We had a lot of fun doing this one!

The last one sent for review was the Monster Jam New Grave Digger vs Son-Uva Digger Building Set .  This set is for ages 5+ and lets your child Build, Play and Crush!  It comes with over 100 parts to build 2 of the most popular monster trucks in Monster Jam at the same time, with K'NEXmen drivers.  With this you can compete head-to-head or side-by-side, driving over ramps and crashing into a grave yard - all included. 

These were the 1st K'NEX sets that we have ever had.  We have had so much fun building and playing with them.  We can't wait to get a few more sets. 

There are so many affordable K'NEX sets to choose from.  I think our next purchase will be something from their Sesame Street Building Sets and a Lincoln Log set.  I used to love Lincoln Logs when I was little and know my boys would really have fun with them!

You can check out the full line of products at:

Disclosure: I received a product from K'NEX to facilitate this review, no additional compensation was received, and opinions are my own and may vary from yours.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Going From Wow To Now With Slim-Fast's Best Tasting Shakes Ever!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Slim-Fast for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.



Oh my, can you all believe that Christmas has come and gone once again?  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and got to spend some quality time with your families.  I know I did - we had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends. 

With all of that also came too much good food and a few extra pounds gained!  It's almost the first of the year and time to start getting back in shape.  I know that it's not easy and if you are like me you can probably use some help wherever you can get it to make it easier to lose those unwanted pounds before summer arrives! 

Slim-Fast is a sure way to help with that.  They just introduced their new richest, creamiest, best-tasting shakes ever – all inside a deliciously convenient bottle that’s designed to go everywhere – from your purse to your desk or gym bag. Did you know that 1 in 4 people considering a diet are focused on looking great at a specific event or occasion so whether it’s a Spring wedding, reunion or vacation, Slim-Fast and its new, best-tasting shakes make it easier – and tastier – to wow the crowd.   The new Slim-Fast shakes will wow your taste buds, provide up to four hours of hunger control and offer 10 grams of protein, five grams of fiber and 24 essential vitamins and minerals, making it easier for you to stick to your plan and achieve your weight loss goals.


They make it easy with their new Slim-Fast 3.2.1 Plan...


• The new Slim-Fast shakes are part of the Slim-Fast 3•2•1 Plan, The plan gives you quick results* - done right. Plus it’s flexible so you can get the structure you want and the variety you crave. Just follow the plan:

• 3 Snacks: Three nourishing snacks a day such as Slim-Fast 100-calorie snack bars, fruit, nuts or veggies
• Slim-Fast 100-calorie snack bars provide a delicious calorie-controlled snack to help curb sweet cravings between meals

• 2 Slim-Fast Shakes or Meal Bars per day: Slim-Fast shakes and meal bars are delicious and satisfying, providing the balanced nutrition of a meal and up to four hours of hunger control

• 1 Balanced Meal: Enjoy one balanced 500-calorie meal per day. As a rule, try to fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with whole grains

• The new Slim-Fast shakes come in a variety of flavors like Creamy Milk Chocolate,  French Vanilla, Rich Chocolate Royale, Cappuccino Delight and Strawberries N' Cream.  They are available in the pharmacy sections of grocers and retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway and Kroger and online at and the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Store on Facebook.


I'm excited to start getting back in shape again and am really looking forward to trying the new Slim-Fast 1.2.3. Plan and can't wait to try their Chewy Chocolate Crisp Bar, can you say yum!

To stay up to date with the most current Slim-Fast products and to learn more information about their 1.2.3. Plan you can "LIKE" Slim-Fast on Facebook HERE!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 A MUST this holiday season!

Oh my goodness you ALL have to check out this new website called!

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa caught in the act in his or her very own home. is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos in just 3 easy steps!

It's so easy and anyone can do this!  Just upload a photo of your house, maybe in front of your fireplace or your Christmas Tree.  Once your photo is loaded you then get to choose from a variety of Santa's - want him laying down in your recliner taking a can do that... want him looking surprised... yep they have that one too... want him carrying his sack of got it!  You can adjust his size, flip him to the left or the right and move him wherever you want him in your picture to make it look the most realistic!

You can then share your photo on Facebook or Twitter and you are also able to print it as a keepsake forever.

Let me show you the photo's that I just created -- I AM SO EXCITED and can't wait to show Jace and Grady these, they will be so surprised to see Santa by our front door and Christmas Tree...

and I really can't wait to show them this one...

oh yes that is Santa in their room!  My boys LOVE sleeping in our we told them that if they don't sleep in their own beds on Christmas Eve that Santa won't come.  So guess what, if they do come in our room they are going to see this photo of Santa in their's pointing to their beds where they SHOULD be sleeping!  Oh too funny!!!  I can't wait to see the look on their little faces!

I'm so excited to tell you that is offering our readers a 50% discount so that you can make your own memorable photo too!  To take advantage of this offer just use code:

(at Checkout)

Imagine the look on your childs face when you use


And for all of you last minute shoppers you will be happy to know that you can purchase Gift Cards and e-Gift Certificates for loved ones with children, making a great gift idea!

KooKooLa Shirt Review and Give-a-way ends 01/04/2012...

GIVE - A- WAY #32

I love finding unique clothing for my kids and I recently came across Kookoola. Kookoola sell's seriously cute hand made monster designs for kids (big and small) celebrating the age they’re at! 

The monster alphabet was created by monster-loving mom/graphic designer, Susan, who wanted modern, original, made-in-the-USA cotton clothing for her kids. There are 2 types of monster shirts - some Kookoola items are sewn with towels (yes, towels!) for that fuzzy look and other items are beautifully silk screened. 

You will be glad to know that all items are hand-made right here in the USA!

Susan was so kind to send Grady, our 3 year old (soon to be 4) one of their silk-screen Printed "Four" Monster ShirtS.  Ahhh I just love it and think he looks so cute in it.  

These shirts are so fun and are sure to put a smile on your little one's face...

 They come in a variety of colors, styles and sizes and would make fun Christmas and Birthday gifts!

To check out all of the Kookoola shirts that are available for purchase please visit:


Now for the give-a-way - I'm so excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win this Number 2-Monster Fuzzy , brown w/lime green, long sleeve shirt valued at $28!


This is a Rafflecopter giveaway making it easier for ALL of you to enter!  If you do not see the give-a-way please click on "read more" and it should appear! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Vintage Couture Review and Give-a-way ends 12/31/2011...

GIVE - A - WAY #31

If there is something that this family loves, it is clothing!  My husband and I both love clothes and we love to find great clothes for our kids.  We were recently introduced to a company called Vintage Couture so let me tell you a little bit about them...

Vintage Couture is a unique children's clothing company with clothing for infants, girls (up to size 14) and boys (up to size 16) and even moms! They also carry coordinating 18" doll clothing, headbands, hairbow's and diaper bags.   Their clothing items are very unique and look like they would come straight out of a boutique!

If you are looking for a fun career opportunity you will be excited to know that Vintage Couture is also a direct sales company, which means women all over the US join their team and sell their product's; thus creating their "own business" and earning an income while having fun!  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity CLICK HERE!

Currently, their Fall/Holiday and Winter collections are for sale- and their fall/holiday collections are buy one get one free so you get an amazing deal!  I was also so excited to find out that Trista Sutter from ABC's the Bachelorette is one of their designers (huge fan of Trista and Ryan!) - and you will be happy to know that a part of the profits from her collection goes to benefit the JDRF Research foundation for children with Diabetes giving you an even better reason to make a purchase this season!

So let me show you what we chose for review...

After browsing the Look Book I decided to get the Blue Jean with Black Stitch denim jeans and the Boys Hooded Jacket for Jace.

Oh my do I love this outfit on my little guy!  The jeans are just too cool - they feature a distressed denim color, leather frayed cross pockets and fleur-de-lis buttons.  The jacket is also so cute, it features thick black embroidery, shiny black crest buttons and a zip out removable hood.  

Let me show you some of the other items that I am just in love with from Vintage Couture...

I love the ruffles and the design on this Trista Sutters Silver Bells Misses Top

and if you have a little girl then you have to get this matching Trista Sutter's Silver Bells Swing Ruffle Dress, isn't it just adorable!?

For all of you who have boys - you must check out this rockin' Football T-Shirt, love it!

And for those of you with rockin' little guys check out this Rock & Roll Baby Set, too cute!

To check out the full collection of products that Vintage Couture offers please visit:

Now for the give-a-way - I'm so excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win any children's outfit of their choice from Vintage Couture (based on availability).


This is a Rafflecopter giveaway making it easier for ALL of you to enter!  If you do not see the give-a-way please click on "read more" and it should appear! 

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Disclosure: I received a product from Vintage Couture to facilitate this review, no additional compensation was received, and opinions are my own and may vary from yours.

Miche Bag Review and Give-a-way ends 12/28/2011...

GIVE - A- WAY #30

If you love switching purses to match your outfit but HATE moving all of your belongings from one to the other then let me introduce you to MICHE Bags!

Miche pronounced MEE-CHEE all started when a young homemaker was on her way home from work in the fall of 2004 and spilled her drink on her favorite handbag. Frustrated by the thought of hunting for a replacement then transferring all the contents, she wished there was a way to just change the outside of the bag. The idea immediately popped into her mind to create a bag with changeable covers. Not to be deterred by her lack of sewing skills, she grabbed her super glue and some scrap fabric, took apart the stained bag, and made the very first prototype. With her rough creation in hand, she set out on a mission to bring the Miche Bag to life. 

Today Miche offers you not only amazing handbags to choose from but an amazing career opportunity as well.  See how you can start a fun, new career by becoming a Miche Independent Representative or Hostess today - CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

I was very excited when Miche sent me a one of their bags to review, so let me show you what I received...

First, when you are deciding on a Miche Bag for purchase you get to pick out which base you want. 

There are many different sizes ranging from the Petite to the Prima like I received below...

The Prima Base Bag is 5" (wide) x 15"(long) x 12" (tall). Handles pictured come with the bag and are 20" long, with a 10" handle drop. Features two small interior open pockets, one medium open pocket, one large zippered pocket, four credit card slots and two pen holders.

After you pick out your base bag that's when the real fun begins!  You then get to pick out your "Shell" the cover to your base purse, there are so many FUN styles to choose from.  Miche sent me 2 different shells to review and I am in love with both!

This first one is called the Laurie - I love, love, love this bag.  What's so great about the Laurie is that it can be used as both a purse with straps over your shoulder or you can turn it into a backpack.  By quickly and easily attaching the straps in different locations you can go from a purse, to a hands free backpack which is great when you have kids, are walking across campus or when you are out shopping.  There are so many compartments in this bag making it great for anyone who wants to stay organized.  I also love the fun gun metal grey color!   

The next bag that I reviewed is the Adrianna.  What I love most about this bag is the gorgeous dual-textured printed faux leather and the glossy red color.  It's just a pretty bag that goes with about anything.  The red is very deep and looks great with so many colors - it's great for the holidays right now too! 

Over all I love my new Miche Base Bag with the 2 shells that I received.  I LOVE how convenient it is to switch bags without actually switching the contents!  I have a new purse within seconds - if you've never had a Miche now is the perfect time to purchase one of these for yourself or add one to your "wishlist"!

There is definitely a style and size for everyone at Miche!  These would make wonderful gifts this Christmas too - to check out all of the available Miche Bags and products please visit:

Now for the give-a-way - I'm so excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win their very own Prima Base Bag (like I reviewed above) $44.95, the Allie Shell $49.95 and Leah Shell $44.95!!


This is a Rafflecopter giveaway making it easier for ALL of you to enter!  If you do not see the give-a-way please click on "read more" and it should appear!