Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Calling ALL New Yorkers...

If you live in the New York City area then you DO NOT want to miss this event I'm about to tell you about!

Starting tomorrow Wednesday February 1st and lasting until Monday February 6th APARTSTYLE will be hosting their New York City Sample Sale at their Chelsea Showroom featuring their Designer Apparel where items will start at just $10!

Let me get you a little more excited... All items will be priced at $10, $20, $50 and $99 including Dresses, Jackets, and all Leather items!

APARTSTYLE is partnering with Angel Street Thrift Shop in donating 10% of all sale proceeds towards their organization too!!


WHAT:    APARTSTYLE New York City Sample Sale

WHEN: Feb 1st -6th 2012 / Weekdays: 12PM-8PM  Weekend: 1PM-5PM

WHERE: NYC Chelsea Showroom located at 253 W 28th Street   
               (8th AVE) 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001


Monday, January 30, 2012

Sesame Street Live presents Imagine 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends in Lima, Ohio on March 27th and 28th, 2012... WIN FREE TICKETS and get $3 off each ticket here...

TM/© 2011 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Photographs courtesy of VEE Corporation

Sesame Street Live Presents

1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends 

in Lima, Ohio on 03/27/2012 - 03/28/2012

Last year we had the opportunity to go to our very first Sesame Street Live show. My boys LOVED the show so much and I have to admit, my husband and I enjoyed it too.

 Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie...and more!  Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children!

TM/© 2011 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Photographs courtesy of VEE Corporation

  I'm so excited to tell you that they have an exciting new show called  1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends and it's coming to Lima, Ohio on March 27th and 28th at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center with 3 delightful performances.  


TM/© 2011 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Photographs courtesy of VEE Corporation

Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends!  It’s as easy as counting “1-2-3 … Imagine!” 

TM/© 2011 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Photographs courtesy of VEE Corporation

This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues.  It’s a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination.

Sesame Street Live wants to offer you all


Sesame Street Live, “1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends” is playing at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center, March 27th and 28th, 2012!

Use the passcode ERNIE at LimaCivicCenter.com to receive this special offer. 

(Offer excludes Gold Circle and Sunny Seats. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Cannot be combined with any other offer.)


WHAT: Sesame Street Live Presents:  1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and  Friends (3 live performances)

WHEN: Tuesday March 27 at 7:00 PM and Wednesday March 28 at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center - 7 Town Square  .  Lima, OH 45801 


  •  Tickets on sale NOW - to purchase at the box office www.limaciviccenter.com or by phone 419-224-1552
  • Ticket Prices - $12, $17, $23, $30 (Gold Circle)  and $50 (Sunny Seats)
  • Kids Matinee (Wednesday March 28, 10:30 AM) ---All seats $9 for School/Daycare Groups 10+ (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats).  
  • Additional group discounts available. Groups 10+ call 419-224-1552. 
  • Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats!  The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP seat and a pre-show Meet and Greet photo opportunity with 2 Sesame Street Live friends.
  • Additional fees/surcharges may apply.

    If you are not near this particular show, don't worry there are many shows and I'm sure one is coming to a location near you! To find the closet live performance please visit:

    Now for the give-a-way - I'm so excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win a family 4-pack of tickets to attend the Lima, OH Show on either March 27th or March 28th, 2012 (3 performances to choose from - 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!

    Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to facilitate this post!

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    iPad 2 Give-a-way ends 02/12/2012...


    23 bloggers have come together to offer an iPad 2 to one lucky winner! The iPad we'll be giving away is the WiFi 16gb iPad 2 in your choice of white or black. The iPad 2 features:
    • 16gb storage
    • Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth
    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
    • Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
    • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
    • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
    • AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
    In the box:
    • iPad
    • Dock Connector to USB Cable
    • 10W USB Power Adapter
    • Documentation

    Enter for your chance to win! Be sure to follow all the blogs participating for more chances!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Cattiva Cosmetics Eye Liner Review and Anniversary Facebook Give-a-way contest...

    I recently received my first item for review from Cattiva Cosmetics.  I received the Cattiva Waterproof, Anti-Aging Pricisione Eye Liner $20.  I love eye liner, it's something that I wear on a daily basis so when I was able to try this one out I was excited.  I love that when you receive an item from Cattiva they are individually wrapped and tied with a red bow - love the special touch!

    This eyeliner is fortified with hyaluronic acid and vitamins to fight the effects of aging.  Just knowing that before trying it is a plus for me - anything to help fight aging and to help me stay looking young is a plus in a product!  I also really liked that this eyeliner is waterproof, so once it's on I don't have to worry about it wearing off, smudging and it should last all day.

    Another plus for me is that it is a retractable.  I prefer a retractable liner over one that I have to sharpen.  So I put the liner to the test.  First and foremost when looking for a liner it's very important that it goes on smooth and easy, which it did.  It's very easy to apply and after wearing it now for about a week I can honestly say that it goes on black and stays black all day.  It doesn't run or budge, just goes on smooth, dark and in a clean precise line.  

    I am currently reviewing the Cattiva Tutto Giorno Mineral Quad Eye Shadow in Capri  (shown above) and will show you a picture of me wearing it along with the eyeliner in the next few days.... stay tuned for that review!!  

    In the meantime you can check out Cattiva's Anniversary Contest that is going on until March 5th - 1 lucky winner will receive a $500 Shopping Spree and and 2 lucky runner-up winners will each receive a $150 Shopping Spree!  

    To ENTER just go the "LIKE" the Cattiva Cosmetics Facebook Page and then  click on their "Anniversary Giveaway" tab located in the left column!

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Kalahari Resorts Review...

    - PLACES TO GO -

    We are going to show you guys new "Places to Go" every once in awhile.  We love to travel, even if it's just a little weekend get away and it's always fun to see new places!  We just had our very 1st "Places To Go" opportunity and it was at...

    K A L A H A R I     R E S O R T S   -   S A N D U S K Y, OH    

    Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH is home to the LARGEST indoor waterpark in the US with a state of the art convention center, great accommodations - an unbelievable 890 guestrooms and suites, family activities, tranquil spa treatments, fabulous family dining experiences and so much more!

    We had the opportunity to spend one night at this resort and we couldn't have been any more excited.  Upon arrival we were amazed at how big and how gorgeous this place was!  The boys couldn't wait to undress, get their suits on and explore America's largest indoor waterpark that is an amazing 173,000 square foot!

    Before heading to the waterpark though we had to check out our room and take some pictures together on the balcony, which looked over the outdoor waterpark (shown above, which is not open this time of year) and then it was time for bathing suits and a waterpark dance, ha...

    they were not excited at all...not even a little...ha ha

     The waterpark was so much fun - there is something to do for all ages.  There is pool basketball, tube slides, racing slides, a few slides that shoot you to the outside of the resort and then back in...

     there is a huge fort to climb with water shooting out everywhere, a kiddie area with tunnels, mini slides, and baby swings, leap pads to climb across, swim up bars, an indoor/outdoor hot tub, a lazy river and a wave pool.


    Not only is there so much to do inside the waterpark, but there are so many more neat features to the resort! If you are hungry and don't want to interrupt your water adventure you can grab a bite to eat/drink at the Zulu Grille, Safari Snacks or the Mud Hut.

    Maybe your whole family is coming and the kids want to play and the adults want to hang out and watch their favorite sports team - don't worry you can rent your own private cabana or bungalow where you can lounge around your own big screen tv!

    There are lockers to rent right inside the waterpark to put your belongings, life jackets for the kids to use, complimentary pool towels (must be returned before exiting the park), huge bathrooms with showers, changing areas, restrooms and hair dryers all for your convenience.

    The waterpark is not the only activity at the resort - there are so many other things to do to keep your family entertained!  We all loved the Tree Top Play Area which is a jungle themed indoor playground that features a colorful maze of climbing areas, crawl-through tubes and balls galore.  You can actually load the balls into things like cannons and then shoot them out.  We had a blast in this free area.

    Another favorite area of the resort was the Big Game Room - which is one of Ohio's largest arcades.  You can play games, win tickets and then redeem them for exciting prizes!

    You can also enjoy Savannah Strike Bowling and Madagascar Mini Black Light Golf which is located in the arcade.  The boys absolutely loved playing both!

    We were so busy doing other things that we didn't have time to take part in the exciting guest activities, many which are free to guests.  Some of these activities include - Arts and Crafts, Cookie Decorating, Kalahari Karaoke and Story Time.  The day we were there Story Time was hosted by Miss Vacationland 2012, Layne Schneider, who will be competing for Miss Ohio in June.  We walked by when she was reading and it was so cute seeing the little girls and boys sitting around her listening to her read a book while wearing her crown.  She was also signing autograph's, so neat!

    If your kids love pottery you definitely want to stop by Pottery Pizzazz and create a piece of artwork that you can take home with you!

    If you have time to get away from the kids ( oh how I wish!) you might enjoy SPA Kalahari - where you can relax with a massage, body treatment,  manicure or even a new hair style.  They offer so many services and are open from 9am - 9pm so maybe, just maybe you could sneak in a little "you" time before the kids get up or after they are in bed.. (really though what kid is going to go to bed early or sleep in at this awesome place, so you might have to just beg your spouse to watch the kids for an hour!!)

    There is no reason to leave and grab a bite to eat when you can enjoy fun, family dining at The Reserve at Kalahari or at the Great Karoo.  Grab a fresh coffee or a homemade pastries at Java Manjaro

    or enjoy ice cream or a caramel apple at the Candy Hut! 

    If you want pizza you can always go to Cafe Mirage which is conveniently located near the arcade!

    For your convenience there is shopping at Kalahari too. Whether you want the newspaper, forgot to pack swim diapers, or just want a keepsake t-shirt they have a shop that has it!

    Last but not least Kalahari has a Safari Outdoor Adventure Park located out past the outdoor waterpark.  I'm so sad that we didn't have to check it out.  Maybe we will have to plan a summer trip and make sure that we include this part.  The park includes Zip Lining, Climbing Walls, Rope Courses AND Safari Adventures Animal Park where you can take a ride on a camel, have your picture taken with a giraffe and learn about the the various animals in the animal exhibits.  I know the boys would have loved this part of the resort.

    Over all we had an absolute blast!  We love the African theme throughout - our room was wonderful, the waterpark was full of lifeguards to ensure the safety of our children, the activities were so much fun and the service was great.  At midnight we decided to make some popcorn before we headed to bed and our microwave would not work... we called the front desk and they sent a maintenance man up right away.  It was fixed in minutes and he was happy to do it!

    When we were entering the waterpark we decided to rent a locker and I opened my wallet and some of my cards fell out...I thought I had them all picked up and I actually left one behind (yes so scary, I know!) well not even 10 minutes after we were into the waterpark I heard my name paged over the loud speaker.  The kind people at the waterpark check-in counters had found it and paged me up there so they could return it to me!  Thank you, thank you, thank you is all i could say!

    The only negative that we can see is that we didn't get to spend more time there.  Honestly this is a place where you could spend a whole week and not get bored.  One day was fun, but not nearly enough time to explore everything and take advantage of all the activities and amenities offered at the resort! 

    To find out more information at Kalahari Resorts - Wisconsin Dells, WI or Sandusky, OH please visit:



    Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at  Kalahari Resorts to facilitate this review, no additional compensation was received, and opinions are my own and may vary from yours.

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Icebreaker Merino Wool Apparel Review and Give-a-way ends 02/04/2012...


    I am so excited to introduce you all to Icebreaker ClothingIcebreaker creates their clothing using Pure Merino Wool. 

    The New Zealand Merino is one of the world's most ancient breeds of sheep and not to mention one of the toughest.  The merino's fleece is built for extremes - breathable in summer, insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight.  Icebreaker merino is naturally anti-microbial to keep you odor free, and breaths and insulates brilliantly to regulate your body temperature.

    Icebreaker has pioneered the use of merino wool in the wilderness since 1994, and now they’ve fused nature and technology to create merino layers for the outdoors, for performance sports, and for the city.  Their collection includes items for Men, Women and Children.

    Another thing that we think is just so neat is that once you purchase an item you can go online and trace the wool from your apparel back to the sheep farm though a unique Baacode sewn inside many of their garments!    We did this and I will tell you about it below...

    Icebreaker was so kind to send us 2 items from their collection to review.

    They sent my husband a Men's LS Ace Zip which is available in 2 colors - Monsoon/Black and Planet/Splash like he is wearing in the above picture.  

    First it has a Baacode in it so we had to trace it right away!  This is what it said "Out of 120 sheep stations, the fibre in your garment has been traced back to the following group of stations"  1.  Otematata Station  2.  Lake Heron Station or  3.  Mount Nicolas Station  Then you can click on each station and learn so much information about the places where the merino lives and it's wool came from.   I especially loved watching the video's about the family who owned the farm and hearing their accents - so neat! 

    So back to the shirt, the Men's LS Ace Zip - this zip neck long sleeve is built for speed, refined for every facet of your running workouts: The smooth merino fabric has tons of stretch for better mobility, while giving you amazing breathability and drying quickly for temperature and moisture regulation to make comfort second Nature. Cord loop at neck for tunes and reflective piping for visibility.

    Special design features

    • GT200
    • Zip neck collar
    • Cord management loop at neckline
    • Set-in sleeves
    • Reflective piping at right shoulder
    • Front zip stash pocket
    • Icebreaker logo, GT wordmark and pip label

      My husband LOVES this shirt, I just can't tell you how incredibly soft and stretchy this is. Perfect for running in. He loves how light weight it is, but even though it's light weight it keeps him really warm on a cold, chilly day here - like today!

      The next item sent was a kids Camper Hoodie which is also available in 2 colors - Horizon/Mystic and Planet/Stealth like we received.  Icebreaker's revolutionary Realfleece fabric - nature's alternative to a synthetic fleece - is ideal for active kids. It's super insulating, yet as lightweight and low bulk as a synthetic fleece. Realfleece is also highly breathable, so the youngest campers in your family won't overheat or feel constricted. The well-shaped hood ramps up the cosiness even more.

      Special design features

      • Realfleece260 fabric
      • Raglan sleeves
      • Forward side seams with slash pockets on seams
      • Set-on elastic at hem and sleeve cuffs
      • Icebreaker pip label

        Oh my once again this is sooooo soft!  My little boy loves wearing this.  Most wool is just so scratchy and this is so, so soft and fuzzy on the inside. We love this adorable little hoodie and know that it is going to keep him so comfortable and warm.  It's easy to take care of, just wash and hang dry.

        Watch this video to learn more  - you will LOVE all of the benefits merino...

        We are in love with this brand!  Let me show you a few other items we are adding to our wishlist...

        I am loving this Women's Powder Hood - love the color and the stripes!
        It's winter here and we all love some warm socks - the Icebreaker Hike Lite Socks for men, women and children all look so warm and comfy!

        I can so see my husband in this Men's Eclipse Crew - loving the color and the stripes!

        To view ALL of the wonderful products that Icebreaker has to offer please visit:

        Now for the give-a-way - I'm so excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader will win a Baselayers set - Bodyfit 200 Oasis Crewe ripple for girls  $50 OR Bodyfit 200 Oasis Crewe splash for boys $45 either choice will receive a coordinating bottom!