Skinit Phone Case {Review}

Skinit Phone Case ~ Philadelphia Eagles Fan Favorite

Philadelphia Eagles fan

My daughter is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan.  I mean, the biggest.  You see in the photo above, that’s her sporting all her new Philadelphia Eagles gear from Christmas.  She has her new Eagles hoodie, winter hat, jersey and under her hoodie is her new t-shirt and she also received Eagles pajamas and an Eagles ornament to hang on the tree in her bedroom.  That was all that was on her list, anything and everything that was relating to the Eagles.  I have no idea when or where the Eagles addiction came from but she loves them.  She’s 10.  She’s dying to go to Philadelphia just so she can go to an Eagles game.  SO…if the Philadelphia Eagles PR team is reading this…*wink wink* email me!  Her next big thing she wants to do is repaint her bedroom to match the Eagles colors.  We just painted her room last summer so I highly doubt she will be getting her walls painted any time soon.  She’ll have to live with the good old Spongebob theme for now.

skinit Philadelphia Eagles Lenu case

So, when I was asked to review one of the Skinit products, I knew that what ever it was, it would be a Philadelphia Eagles skin.  We tried to test out an xBox console skin, but her xBox wasn’t a normal listed one so it wouldn’t fit.  Word to the wise, make sure you check that the consoles listed are the exact same one as you have.  I didn’t realize that there are different versions based on years made, etc…, so it’s best to be safe than sorry!   Instead of going the xBox route,  we opted to check out the Lenu phone Case with the Philadelphia Eagles design on it.  Shown above is the Lenu Case for iPhone 4/4S.   The Lenu case is a hard-snap on case that also protects your phone from scratches, dirt and accidental damages.  All necessary phone openings are still exposed so you don’t have to worry about how you are going to get your headphone or charger in and you have complete open access to your camera.

For $19.99 she was able to get a case that shows off her love of eagles {the animal} as well as the Philadelphia Eagles football team.  When the package came in the mail, she couldn’t wait to get it on her phone.  {You can see her in the background…again, wearing her Eagles hoodie!}  Isn’t that the coolest looking phone case?  I actually really like it.  It’s sturdy for kids and the design is awesome!  Eagles fan or not, you can get this case in a huge variety of styles and designs {be prepared to go through hundreds of different designs}.  There are so many other products you can cover up with a pre-designed skinit skin or you can upload your own image and design your own customized look.   Be sure to take a look around the skinit website.  It’s even more fun playing with the customizer!  My daughter loves her phone case and as a mom, I’m happy that she’s happy! :)

Have you purchased a Skinit skin or case?  Did you see one you liked while visiting their website?  Let us know which one is your favorite! :)

 

KettlePOP organic kettle corn {review}

KettlePOP organic kettle corn

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, my kids, husband and I are all popcorn fanatics.  We can eat popcorn every single night and not get sick of it.  We use different seasonings, butter, add splashes of candy to it…you name it, we’ll try it adding it to popcorn!  That’s how much we love popcorn!!  So when I was notified about KettlePOP organic kettle corn popcorn, I knew it was the perfect product for the family to test and review.

Let me just say that I can, hands down, eat the entire bag all by myself and not bat an eye!  Yes, so what if there’s about 4.7 servings per bag at 2.25 cup serving sizes!  I can and would eat all of them!  Let me tell you why.

KettlePOP is handcrafted made using their organic ingredients in a fire-burning kettle, one batch at a time!  It’s a family owned and operated business right here in the USA.    This product is gluten free and is non-gmo verified and is $3.95-$8.95 per bag.   Extra note:  If you are following the Weight Watchers Points Plus Value program, it is 4 points per serving.  I know this because that’s what I’m following so you know there is no way I could realistically eat the entire bag.  Well, not in one sitting anyway! :P

KettlePOP Kettle Corn

Taste wise, it is a great blend between sweet and salty.  I love the sweet taste.  I am a huge sweet eater {which I am trying to learn how to deal with that}, so having a little taste of sweetness satisfied any sweet craving I’ve had.  With the saltiness, it is a nice way to balance the sweetness.  It’s like having a chocolate covered pretzel minus the chocolate and pretzel.  You have the sweetness and the saltiness that you desire.  It’s the perfect blend!  They also have an organic sea salt organic popcorn that I’d love to try because I am on a sea salt kick lately and I bet it’s great!

But how did it fare with the rest of the family?  Let’s just say that I have none left and they have asked me if we can get some more!  If they want more, you know it’s done well here.  I think they want to start taking popcorn to school for snacks, which makes me happy! :)

How about you and your family?  Are you guys big popcorn eaters too?  Have you tried KettlePOP yet?

If you would like more information on KettlePOP organic kettle corn or organic sea salt popcorn, visit kettlepop.com.

 

Walkers Shortbread Wonders

Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Cookies

Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Cookies

These cookies came just in time, let me tell you!  You see, here in the midwest {among other ice frozen areas}, us parents have begun to get a tad bit stir crazy with all the “snow” days that have taken place.  Let’s be real.  We all love our kids and while we love spending time with them, being snowed inside your house with no where to turn, well, it’s less than fun.  At this point in the winter, all of us are getting sick of being with each other.  I even think the dog is starting to get sick of us.

In comes a package of Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread cookies {or two} for me to *test and share my thoughts with you all.  Now, I’d like to say that I shared them all with my family and truth be told, I allowed each kid {3} to take ONE cookie, and my husband was allowed ONE cookie.  I saved the rest for me.  {Is that bad?}  Anyway, these were a few of the comments I heard from the kids:

“I like them, so why do I only get one?”

“These cookies a so smooth and buttery tasting.”

“Really Mom, if we like them, why aren’t you sharing them all with us?”

So, here’s my answers:  “You only get one because I’m the Mom and I’m hoarding them for myself.”, “Yes, they do taste very smooth and buttery, I’m glad you noticed.”, and lastly, “I’m not sharing them because I need a little alone time and when I finally get the opportunity to have that, I am going to indulge in them and if there are any left, then I’ll share.”

Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Cookies

Yes, I have found that all the kids, my husband as well, thoroughly enjoyed each of their cookies.  I could tell that they wanted more, but the packages aren’t very big and I was really planning on having a peaceful night catching up on my recorded shows that I wasn’t up for sharing just yet.   With the Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Highlanders they are hand rolled in sugar making the edges extra special!  All the kids loved the buttery sweetness!  There were only 6 cookies in the package so between me and the rest of the family there really was only one of those left over and I wasn’t about to divide it into 5ths!  Now the Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread they taste just like the Highlanders but you don’t have that extra special sugary sweetness and you get 9 instead of 6 in the package.  However, all in all, we did like the cookies and would probably purchase them upon special occasions {or in the event we have more snow days and I need a secret stash}.  For more buttery shortbread goodness, visit Walkers Shortbread {there are even shortbread animal shaped cookies}!

BTW- I did share the left-overs with the kids only…they ended up eating a total of 2 cookies each! :)

I need iCoffee! {Product Review of @iCoffee Opus}

iCoffee Single Serve Brewer

iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer

I’m going to give it to you straight.  I was not much of a coffee drinker prior to testing out the iCoffee Opus single serve brewer.  I had been wanting to give the Keurig a try since it came out because all the cool kids had one and I wanted to see what the hype was.  I never did get a Keurig there for, I never had that experience.  That was up until I received the iCoffee Opus to test out and share my thoughts.  Again…never was a big coffee drinker but was extremely curious to try out this machine and experiment with the almighty “k-cup” and all it’s glorious flavors of coffee’s, tea’s and hot cocoa’s!

When I mentioned that I’d be receiving the iCoffee Opus single server brewer, my husband blurted out “You don’t even drink coffee” and that was followed up by, “Those single serve things are stupid and I’ll never use them, so it’s a waste for them to send it to you”….oh, ok then.  My reply, “When it comes I better not see you using it….ever…it’s mine, all mine.”.  Take that negative nancy!

The day came.  The doorbell rang.  I opened the door and there is sat…of course, I didn’t know it was that until I opened the box, but I knew in my gut that what was in that box would change my life…forever.  I was beyond excited.  Finally, I get to be a cool kid with a fancy single serve coffee maker.  Shortly after the unboxing my teenaged daughter came home from school.  She was excited too because she just discovered her love for iced coffee and wanted to make her own.  The two of us stared at the Opus in amazement.  We didn’t know where to begin.  In the box was a sample pack of coffee and tea.  I could have started with just that but that didn’t seem like enough so my daughter and I ran to the store to find some k-cups we wanted to try.  We came home with an iced coffee and a caramel vanilla coffee, iced tea and hot cocoa.  I was a bit giddy, not even gonna lie.

iCoffee k-cup sample pack image

Come home to find this…

husband enjoying iCoffee Opus

 

Yes, that there is my husband.  Yes, that there is the iCoffee Opus single serve brewer on the counter.  Yes, that there is him reading the instruction manual.  HEY!!!  That’s mine!!! Back off buddy!  So the fight begins.

My daughter and I filled up the reservoir with water, set the dial to 12 and pushed the button.  Lights turned on {a pretty glowing blue} and it started making coffee magic.  Within a matter of seconds we had iced coffee for my daughter, iced tea for me, hot cocoa for my youngest and coffee for the husband.

iCoffee k-type cup close up

My husband’s reaction after he witnessed my daughters making of iced coffee…. “Wow, that was fast..but how does it taste?

With the iCoffee Opus, the iCup was included.  The iCup is a reusable cup that allows you to use your own coffee grounds to make a delicious cup of coffee.  My husband packed his iCup full of his extremely dark roasted coffee and he too, pushed the magic button.  In seconds he had his cup of coffee and doctored it up to his liking and sat down on the couch next to me.  His first sentence…

“I think you converted me.”

Him?  Converted him?  The guy who is stuck in his own ways?  I converted him?  No, I didn’t convert him.  The iCoffee Opus single serve brewer converted him, not me.  I on the other hand discovered my love for flavored coffee’s!  They are so amazingly tasty!

The amazing iCoffee Opus single serve brewer now sits where the big coffee pot used to sit.  My husband moved his big coffee pot over to make room for the new guy.  We now have them sharing counter space because my husband still needs to make a huge pot of coffee to take to work with him, however, our new lil guy is there for all of us to enjoy.

Here are some specifics on the iCoffee Opus single serve brewer that you should know about.  I like that it has a dial that you can control the size of what is to be brewed.  If I have a big cup for iced coffee, I want to drink a big cup.  If I’m in the mood for a small cup of tea, then I want to use my small cup.  The dial allows you to select your cup size anywhere from 4-12 ounces can be brewed.  I love that it produces your coffee in less than a minute.  Within about 40 seconds you have yourself a piping hot cup of coffee.  That’s awesome.  It works with all varieties of k-type cups making it easy to find the perfect flavoring of coffees. The reservoir holds enough water making it great for the whole family! I love the energy saving mode so it’s not sitting on all day long waiting for you to suddenly want a hot cup of tea and you don’t have to sit there waiting for water to boil.  It’s on call!  It also comes with a removable drip tray {which for my husband is a necessity… I swear, I don’t know how one person can be so messy with a cup!}, which allows you to remove it making room for larger cups.  I love that it fits my husbands weekend travel mug so he doesn’t have to brew a whole pot of coffee when all he wants is one fast cup to go.  I love the blue light it displays when it’s making its magic!!  All in all, I am a huge fan of this brewer and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to test it out. The iCoffee Opus single serve brewer won my heart.  I’m a fan.  Forever {and that says a lot coming from this once non-coffee drinker}. For more information, I encourage you to visit www.icoffee.com today.

 

 

 

 

Chicago Family Palooza 2/28-3/1

Visit the Chicago Family Palooza event this weekend!

Chicago Family Palooza

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend with the kiddo’s, how about heading to St. Charles, Il to the Chicago Family Palooza event!

Kids will be able to see magicians, costumed entertainers and balloon twisters!  Not only that, but they can get their face painted and listen to live entertainment.    But wait, there’s more!  This is for sure, an action packed weekend for the entire family.   How does this sound?  Activities include: Euro bungee, carnival games, indoor 220 foot zipline, rock climbing wall, trackless train rides, inflatables, miniature golf, moon jumps, a petting zoo and hands-on educational workshops, to name a few.

This amazing event takes place from 10am-6pm in the Mega Center and Ballroom at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.  General Admission tickets are $8 and will give you access to live stage shows, trackless train rides, interactive activities, petting zoo, raffles and giveaways.  Be sure to check out www.chicagofamilypalooza.com for complete event details, pricing and directions.

Baden Color Your Ball – Review

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Color your way to fun with the Baden Color Your Ball!color your ball

Sorry the above photo doesn’t looks like she is excited to have received the Baden Color Your Ball! to test out and review, but I assure you, she was happy.  I think I just snapped the photo at the wrong time and we were in a hurry that morning to get out of the house on time, which I’m sure you noticed she’s holding it upside down.  She looks like she’s going to kick my butt!  Man how I wish I could redo that day!

Anyway, the *Baden Color Your Own Soccer Ball (Size 4) allows kids to color their own unique designs onto their white soccer ball.  The ball itself is a size 4 and comes with 3 markers.  I was a bit leary about the markers on the ball and then rolling the ball onto my carpet, but I am happy to report that the markers dried ultra fast on the ball and there wasn’t a speck of color on my carpet or my daughters hands or shoes!  With that alone, I knew this was going to be a great product and it’s has been just that…great!

As you can see from the photo below, she does look like she is a lot happier and she was enjoying herself.  She was able to express her uniqueness and originality and by the looks of it, she was able to stop and start when ever the mood suited her.

You can find the *Baden Color Your Own Soccer Ball (Size 4) on Amazon and it’s only $19.99!  It would be great to stock up with a few of these for any upcoming birthday parties you have planned for the year!  Playing soccer is all the rage and imagine the smiles on the faces of those little ones when they open their gift knowing they can create their own soccer ball look!  Your gift will be the hit of the party!

color your ball is colored

I mean, just look at that smile!

Kevin Coss Designs – The Tie Clip Collection -Review

Kevin Coss Designs Football Tie Clip

I loved this gift for our teen boys!  Moms know this, but our football players {as well as other athletes} have to dress up on game day and for those that wear a tie, how about “tying” the look off with a Kevin Coss Designs Football Tie Clip?

The Kevin Coss Deigns Football Tie Clips are laser cut from .08” thick 5052 aluminum.  Each Football Tie Clip is 2.25” wide which is made to fit a standard 3-3.5” wide tie and comes in a black satin pouch.

There are quite a few different designs to choose from, so if your teen plays basketball, there is one for him.  If your son plays hockey or soccer, there is one for him.  If your son plays the guiter….yep, you guessed it, there’s one for him too.  And at just $25, you have a wonderful gift and keepsake for your son {or sports enthusiast}!

Another reason why we love Kevin Coss Designs…as stated on his Etsy shop page, he is a college student, studying industrial design.  Good job Kevin, keep doing what you’re doing because the product itself is great!!! We love supporting young entrepreneurs and inventors!

Be sure to give Kevin Coss Designs a visit and pick up a tie clip for your teen {nephew, uncle, husband…you get the idea}!

 

TwoAlity – Product Review

TwoAlity Wristlet

 

Have you ever been stuck digging around for your phone in your purse, handbag, tote, or what ever you carry?  I have and it’s never a pleasant experience trying to find it.  My kids get irritated and people around me get irritated because the phone keeps ringing and ringing!  Sometimes when I need to run into the store to pick something up real quick, I hate dragging my entire purse with me.  I actually am not a big fan of a purse, but I need one, so I use one.

When I received the TwoAlity wristlet {$14.99 each} to test out I was so happy because I loathe carrying a purse.  I love this little wristlet because it is clear on one side making finding my phone super easy!!!  Not only that but I don’t even have to take it out of the wristlet because the plastic is made with texting in mind!  You can easily swipe and text on your phone without having to remove it from your wrist!  It’s super cool!  I can toss my keys, a few bucks, and my debit card…and some lipstick or gloss!  It all fits!!  I even like it because it can fit in my purse and with the clasp on it, I can attach it to my purse strap and automatically know where my phone is!  It’s also great for bringing along to the beach or pool…just attach the clasp to your beach tote!

TwoAlity Product Review

Now for the quality.  I am very, very pleased with that too.  The heavy duty zipper makes me feel confident that my phone won’t suddenly fall out!  The strap is big enough to hold in my hand or carry it on my forearm. The TwoAlity wristlet is 5’’ tall, 7’’ wide. The wrist strap is 11’’ long, including the clasp.   Made in the USA!

The TwoAlity wristlet is great for tween, teens and moms!  It’s great for gift giving, even if you have to gift it to yourself, it’s totally worth it!  And the price, $14.99… I mean, come on now! :)

Next time you’re running out…don’t forget your TwoAlity wristlet!

 

 

 

Wipe with Boogie Wipes -Product Review

Boogie Wipes Product Review

I received the above photographed products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are mine.

 

 

This has been the worst flu season ever!  Every where we turn, someone is down for the count with the flu or is just plain sick!  If you’re little one has been bit by the snotty bug, then you really need to arm yourself with quite a few of these packages of Boogie Wipes {$1.59 10pk} and while you’re at it, you might as well grab the new Boogie Mist {$6.29}!

Here’s what I discovered.  No matter how old you are, you will still like to use the extra soft, original Boogie Wipes saline wipes for your stuffy nose.  I know, I know, it was made for the littles, but really, who has to know you’re using them?  I’ll fill you in on a little secret.  I used them and quite frankly, I really think they saved my nose.  They didn’t dry out my nose or make it so sore that I couldn’t touch it!  It was quite the opposite really.  It made my nose feel so much better.  You see, I have a horribly dry house and with constant sinus issues, I personally couldn’t wait to test them out.  It just so happened that while I was testing out the Fresh Scented Boogie Wipes, I had my daughter try out the Grape scent.   Yes, she is a bit older but if I had known about these products when my daughter was an infant or toddler, I’d be sporting this package every where I went.  There is nothing worse than chasing around a snot-nosed kid who knows that kleenex is the devil when they’re sick.  The Boogie Wipes are so soothing that you’re kiddo will be begging you to wipe their noses!  {Well maybe not, but stranger things have been known to happen!}

Now get this.  The fabulous makers of the Boogie Wipes has come up with the new Boogie Mist Saline Mist for Stuffy Noses.  This product is the BOMB!!!  Again as an adult with sinus issues and a constant dry passage way, this saline mist was super easy to use and it smelled good too {the nozzle is scented}…not gonna lie!  I hate the feeling of something going in and up my nose, but the way that the nozzle is angled, it just seemed to fit more naturally.  I can only imagine what it would do for a toddler or older kiddo who is sick or experiencing nasal congestion.

The Boogie Mist & Boogie Wipes are made using natural saline and are available at a variety of drug stores both online and in retail locations near you.

So, if you are sick…or if your little ones are sick, be sure to pick some up and have it on hand at all times!  You’ll thank me later that you did!!

 

 

Lip Monthly – Product Review

Lip Monthly Mailer

There are all different types of monthly subscription services out there however,  we were very happy to be able to give Lip Monthly a test!

Here’s a little information about the Lip Monthly subscription service. For only $10 a month you are sent a sampling of lip related products and one monthly mix up product that is a non-lip related product, but one you wouldn’t mind receiving, every single month!!

You will receive full-size products from well-known brands and maybe even some you haven’t heard of, but should know about. It’s like receiving a little bit of lip heaven every month…right to your door!

Our sampling that was provided for the purpose of our review consisted of the following:

Lip Monthly Subscription Service Review

The Ofra “Nude” Lipliner {$13} is perfect for lining lips for lipstick or any type of chapstick or gloss.  Also included was the Crown Lip Brush {$3} that makes applying lipstick and glosses quickly and effectively!  {I love a good lip brush!}

Ofra Lipliner and Crown Lip Brush

I offered this color to my daughter who prefers a more reddish-pink lipstick where I prefer the natural shades.   She fell in love with the Hikari Lipstick {$13} and it really looks good on her.  Then again, she’s 16 and everything looks good on her! :)  It looks a little more red in the photo than it actually is.

Hikari Lipstick Review

I loved the NCY Expert Last Lipstick in Purple Crush {$1.99}.  It’s more of a pink/purple color with a little bit of a silver undertone to it.   Being in the Midwest, I think I will hang on to this one and wear it in the summer when I’m sporting a nice tan!  Can’t wait for warm weather!

NYC Expert Last Lipstick Review

And lastly, the Monthly Mixup product {or MMU as it’s properly called} provided by Lip Monthly was the City Color Cosmetics White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse {$4}.  Yes, my daughter took that too!  I loved it!  I love anything that has a little sparkle to it!

City Color Cosmetics White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse Review

Oh, before I forget to mention, all the products you see came in the super cute make up bag as shown in the very first photo.  Yes, that went to my daughter too!  In any event, we enjoyed sharing our love for different make up products and it was also nice because it gave us a few moments to chat and bond over them…before she took half of it.  The monthly subscription service that only costs $10 a month provided us with $34.99 {retail value} worth of products!  If you love learning about different types of lip products and love a good surprise, then this subscription service is perfect for you!

What is your favorite subscription box service?  Have you ever tried Lip Monthly?