Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrate Gazillion Bubbles 10th Anniversary Plus Giveaway

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There's something magical about bubbles. I remember loving them as a kid and always having at least one container of bubbles in the house at all times. Nugget is absolutely obsessed with bubbles. He's able to spot bubble containers no matter where we go, but he hasn't quite mastered the art of blowing bubbles from the wand yet. Thankfully with the Typhoon 2.0 from Gazillion Bubbles, he can have all of the bubbles his heart desires, no blowing required. To help celebrate Gazillion Bubbles 10th anniversary, we were sent a Typhoon 2.0 to try.

Create a gazillion bubbles instantly with the Gazillion Bubbles Typhoon 2.0! With no pump and no wait time, you’ll be creating a storm of bubbles in a flash. This ultimate bubble fountain blows more than 5,000 bubbles per minute! Simply replace the solution top with the auto feed cap, insert the bottle to fill the machine with solution, push the button and watch in amazement as a Typhoon of colorful bubbles shoot out! Includes an 8 oz. bottle of non-toxic Gazillion Bubbles solution. Requires 4 "AA" batteries, not included.

This is so easy to use and requires basically no set up at all. The container of bubbles comes with a special lid that you put on and then insert it into the bubble machine. Then all that's left to do is to push the button to turn it on.

Nugget was all too eager to push the button and was amazed when the bubbles started flying out. 

It was next to impossible to get him inside to eat dinner. He would stay outside and run through bubbles all day if I let him. I love that the Typhoon 2.0 produces so many bubbles! Nugget would run down to one end of the yard chasing them and then as soon as he turned around there were so many more left to chase. 
Nothing says summer like bubbles and the Typhoon 2.0 is the perfect summer toy for any child. I cannot wait to have a playdate at our house and watch Nugget and his friends run through the bubbles. This would make an amazing Easter present or would just be a great summer addition to your child's outdoor toys. Let's just say I have a feeling we'll be going through a lot of bubble solution this summer!


You can connect with Gazillion Bubbles on their  websiteFacebook and

@Funrise_Toys on Twitter.

Buy It! 

You can buy the Typhoon 2.0 at Toys R Us for  $24.99.

The Giveaway:

The Giveaway: How would you like to celebrate Gazillion Bubbles 10th anniversary with a Gazillion Bubbles Typhoon 2.0? I have one to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Honeywell Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostat Can Save You Money & Giveaway

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Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges linked to global macrotrends such as energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity. With approximately 132,000 employees worldwide, including more than 22,000 engineers and scientists, we have an unrelenting focus on performance, quality, delivery, value and technology in everything we make and do.

Becoming a home-owner a few years ago has made me acutely aware of the amount of energy a little home can use. I make sure lights are off when people leave the room, the refrigerator is set at proper temperatures, only run full loads of dishes and laundry, and unplug all 'vampire' electronics. The one area of the house I often fight over is the thermostat. We had an older Honeywell digital thermostat, our home is only a decade old, and although I set a schedule, I still found the heat or air conditioning kicking on at off times thanks to my husbands sly fingers. Last summer, I would have to get up in the middle of the night to turn the air off after he turned it down before going to bed. It drove me nuts! I knew we were wasting energy and in turn, money.

Honeywell is probably one of the most recognizable names out there for thermostat brands, among the countless other endeavors they make. Although our original thermostat wasn't that old, it had it's problems and I was very excited to try out a new, customizable touch screen and Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. The first thing I noticed was how sleek the design was, although larger than our previous, I knew it would help update the look in the hallway. I'm always looking for those little touches to add to our home for when we get ready to sell and, of course, enjoy while we still live here. Looking over the instruction book that comes with the thermostat and a video online, my husband banished me from the small hallway while he DIY installed the thermostat. With minimal grunts and in less than half an hour, the new Honeywell thermostat was installed and it was my turn to play!

Now, you don't have to, but registering this Wi-Fi enabled thermostat is what it's really all about. It took five minutes to set up an account and register the thermostat for remote access. Simple, easy, and free.

Once connected to the internet, I was floored by all the options and news that popped up on screen. My thermostat has the date and time on it and even tells me the outdoor temperature versus the inside temperature. My most favorite part? The ability to know the humidity. I despise humidity. A dry heat of 100 degrees can almost be bearable down south, but a wet, sticky humidity with 100 degrees is a nightmare. If I see the humidity starting to creep up, I can now counter-act it before it gets too bad!

There are quite a few options with this Honeywell thermostat. With ours in the windowless hallway and directly across from the guest/kid's bathroom, it can serve the purpose as a nightlight. It's still very bright just on setting two, but in a room full of sunlight, I could see the need to turn it up so the screen is crisp.

Another fun feature is the ability to customize the screen to match or compliment your wall or mood. So you can help it blend into the background or even stand out, whatever you think suits your home best. The thermostat is also has a seven day programmable feature. I'm home during the weekdays with my son, so I programmed the heat and air condition to suit our needs best. I work outside the house on the weekends, so our schedule is set for those times where the air is not needed, so we don't waste any energy. And you'll probably laugh at me, I had no idea we could just have a fan on circulate the air in the house without the HVAC on itself! Silly, but, it's been one of my favorite things to use during this odd trend of temperatures.
We have a furry, four-legged child as well. Sometimes in the summer, it gets a lot hotter out than I think it may and I get worried he's at home uncomfortable. With the download of a free app to my phone, I can now see and control my thermostat from, well, anywhere! If the temperature starts to creep past 90 this summer, I can quickly turn the air conditioning on with a simple poke of my finger, even if we're out at the park. It gives me peace of mind that my dog can then be happily cooled down in front of his favorite vent, even when I'm not there. On the flip side, if we go out to eat or wherever and a chill has hit the air, I can turn the heat up on route home so we can be toasty warm the moment we walk inside, without having wasted heat while nobody was home! Other features include a locking touch screen, automatic alert, and a smart response temperature timing. With a new thermostat in your home, you can easily keep tabs on the energy you're using and have peace of mind that it's working for you, saving you some stress and money in your pocket!

Our giveaway is for one of these amazing Honeywell Wi-Fi Enable Thermostats, but, not every home is gong to be compatible. Before you enter the giveaway, please check out the Honeywell Wi-Fi Programmable website to see if your home is capable of using this thermostat first!

You can connect with Honeywell on their website and Twitter pages

Buy It
You can find a retailer near you that sells Honeywell products

The Giveaway
How would you like to win your own Honeywell Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostat? I have one to giveaway to one lucky winner! Please use the link above to verify your home is compatible and then use the rafflecopter form below. Make sure to follow all the rules, if you do not follow the rules, you can not win! Good luck!

Entertain this Summer with Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines

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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Spring is in the air and it's the season for get-togethers, family barbecues and entertaining. I've been not so patiently awaiting its arrival for months and now that it's here, I'm looking forward to every second of the fun times ahead. Making memories - that's what life's all about!

We host a lot of backyard barbecues throughout the spring and summer months, so I like to have an array of drinks on hand, to cater to everyone. This barbecue season, the ladies and I will be enjoying Brancott Estate Flight Song wines and I just can't wait for the girls to give these wonderful wines a try.

You see, these wines are 20% lighter in calories, but still have that great full flavor. That's because the grapes that make these wines are picked earlier, when sugar levels are naturally lower. What a smart idea! I know the girls will surely appreciate that, as we're all more concerned about our figures during this season!

I love researching the history of companies and I was delighted to hear the following. This is one of the many reasons you can't always listen to everyone else. Reach for the stars instead!

In the 1970's it was popular belief that Brancott Eastate in the south island of New Zealand was too cold to grow grapes. But going against popular opinion, Brancott Estate was planted with grapes in 1973. The first Sauvignon Blanc grape was planted in 1975.

I couldn't wait and just had to give one of the bottles a try before our next get-together with the girls, so I tried the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which is world renowned for its exceptional full flavor tastes. It has notes of pink grapefruit and passionfruit, with a hint of lemon. I always prefer my wine chilled because I feel that's when the flavor combinations taste the best. This particular wine would pair great with spicy foods such as my hubby's famous grilled wings, though I'd opt for a salad and it would taste just as good too!

At just $14.99 per bottle, these new Flight Song wines from Brancott Estate are great for hostess gifts and for serving at your fun summer gatherings!

Connect with Brancott Estate on Facebook and @BrancottEstate on Twitter.


Monster High™ Frights, Camera, Action DVD is a Scream

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Monster High, Honey Swamp, Monster High DVD

Before I had a chance to show my girls our latest DVD/doll review my nearly four-year-old almost wouldn't leave Target  without the latest Monster High™ Frights, Camera, Action DVD. At the registers they had all the latest DVD’s and my daughter went bonkers over Monster High.  Once we got in the car she informed me that she was going to have a Monster High birthday party (this is a week before her birthday). As any good mother would do I changed my baby girl’s birthday plans to Monster High.  She wanted a spooky party.

When Draculaura is led to believe she's the rightful heir to the vampire throne, she and her best ghoulfriends are whisked away to Transylvania for a royal coronation to die for. But they soon discover the hunt for the queen is not over yet. The Ghouls must locate an ancient artifact known as the Vampire’s Heart in order to discover the identity of the true Vampire Queen. It’s a fangtastic adventure that will lead them from the Tower of Londoom, to a haunted river boat in New Goreleans and finally to the glamorous boo-vie lots of Hauntlywood. Could this be the moment when Draculaura finally receives her vampire powers and discovers screams really can come true? 

I have to admit that I loved this DVD as much as my girls did.  Draculaura and her best ghouls first clue for the Vampire’s Heart leads them to Londoom. Where they met up with Claudeen Wolf’s older sister Clawdia Wolf and she leads them to the crown.  The clue they found from the crown leads them to New Goreleans on a haunted river boat where they meet Honey Swamp.  She was one of my favorite characters, I have always loved the Cajun dialect.  I have spent many vacations in New Orleans or should I say New Goreleans.  She had video tapped the next to the last clue for the Vampire’s Heart.  Which leads them to Hauntlywood.  When they arrive in Hauntlywood they meet the famous actress Veronica Von Vamp.  She has the Vampire’s Heart.

What an adventure these ghouls go on to find the Vampire’s Heart.  I didn't want to give away the ending, but for all of you mystery buffs this DVD has quite the twist at the end.  I love the animation, but I also love the dolls themselves.  They are designed for children ages 6+ because they have small parts that you can interchange with other dolls.  My daughter squealed with delight when she saw Honey Swamp.  I have to admit she is quite beautiful with her wild hair, teal skin tone and snake like eyes.

I even had a chance to check out Monster High’s website, and I have included a link to Honey Swamp's character bio.  Their site also has games for your children to play.  Make sure you turn your volume up because the sound effects are a scream.

Connect: You can connect with Monster High on their website.

Buy it You can buy Monster High™ Frights, Camera, Action DVD for $19.99 (currently on sale for $10) and Honey Swamp for $19.99 at Target.