Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Indian Journals Giveaway Winner

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Thank you to everyone who entered 
Indian Journals' Giveaway!

The winner for the Medium Plus - Ruled Journal 
of their choice is Paula L.
(Entry Option: Tweeted a message)

Congrats! Remember to check back 
for new giveaways!!!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Personalized Children's Books by KD Novelties Review

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I grew up loving to read books, and am happy that my boys have the same passion.
I was happy to have the opportunity to review a personalized book from KD Novelties.
I decided to personalize it for Devin, since Little Steven has a larger book collection.
Read ahead to learn more about KD Novelties, and read my review on the book I received.




About KD Novelties:
Personalized Children's Books build self-esteem in children because they become the stars of their very own story. Not only do they build self-esteem in children but our books promote literacy in a unique way.  For new readers or those readers who have lost interest our books are sure to ignite the magic back into reading when they read about themselves and not just any other character.
KD Novelties is a Better Business Bureau accredited family owned and operated business who takes great pride in providing customers with stellar service. ALL products sold on our site are personalized, assembled and shipped by us, so you don't have to wait long to receive your order. We do not sell third party products on our site to ensure you receive a high quality product, as quickly as possible and a pleasant shopping experience.
KD Novelties believes in educating children through personalization with our innovative assortment of personalized books and gifts. Studies show that when children are a part of what they read it builds self-esteem, confidence and promotes literacy. Personalized books teach while they entertain and make children feel special about themselves. 
Our mission is to promote literacy by providing personalized books and gifts that children will want to keep for a lifetime. We truly believe in Making Reading Fun! 

Our goal is to touch children’s lives through personalization, one child at a time. 








My Review:
 KD Novelties offers a variety of books that you can choose to personalize. Since I was choosing a book for Devin, I chose Teddy Bear Land. Devin loves stuffed animals, especially teddy bears.
Ordering was easy to do, and customer service was excellent and very quick to answer a question I had. My Husband has a hyphenated name, which was just a couple letters too long for the space on the form online. (Imagine how long our name would be if I wanted to hyphenate mine!) I received a quick response letting me know that it would be no problem to add the full name, with instructions on how to have it corrected. My order was processed and delivered quickly.
When personalizing the book, you are able to make a dedication-which I loved. It's a nice added touch for an item which will be loved and kept for years to come. You can see Devin's dedication page in the top middle photo above. :) Teddy Bear Land is a cute short story about a hollow tree that leads the reader along with their friend Teddy Bear, to Teddy Bear Land. In Teddy Bear Land, things are made of candy, and there are lots of fun and games. Devin kept turning to the page with the pink marshmallow bunnies that wore saddles to give him a ride home in the story. The artwork is colorful and holds his attention. The book is made strong and sturdy. Even though the pages are paper, they are thick. This not only means easier for little hands to turn, but it means it won't tear as easily as other books with paper pages.

Conclusion:
Reviewing this book was a fun process from start to finish, and It makes me happy to see my little guy enjoying his book so much. He likes hearing his name, as well as his brother mentioned in the book as well. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before his brother requests a book of his own!
I believe these personalized books would make great gifts, especially with the holidays approaching. Whether you have little book worms like I do, or want to strike an interest in your child/grandchild, KD Novelties offers a wide c=variety of books to chose from, they can even personalize with a photo!






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Mommy's Kitchen Helper

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Little Steven has come such a long way in the last year, especially when it comes to his speech and food (Autism Spectrum). He recently has enjoyed becoming Mommy's helper in the kitchen, especially when it comes time to making cookies! I sent these photos to the Hubby and he was so happy and proud to see how well Steven is doing. Sometimes it's the little accomplishments that mean the most.  :)




Monday, October 27, 2014

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies Review + Giveaway

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Growing up I was a huge fan of Nancy Drew and collected her books- old and new!
I was excited to have the chance to play and review the Nancy Drew game, Labyrinth of Lies.
Read ahead to learn more about this game, see how I liked it, and also enter to win a copy of your own!
This giveaway is open Worldwide!






About Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies:

Thread Your Way Through a Maze of Deceit in this Epic Greek Drama!
A museum curator hires you to assist with the most anticipated event of the year, but artifacts from the exhibit are mysteriously disappearing. Are these mishaps connected to the amphitheater’s upcoming performance? Or is an unseen villain pulling strings behind the scenes? Uncover the truth and recover the missing artifacts from the Labyrinth of Lies!

GAME FEATURES:

- Organize Greek Displays and Exhibits! Fill in for the museum curator and assemble 

exhibits before the grand opening

- Use Stagecraft Expertise to Survive Backstage! Sneak behind the curtains to 
explore the treacherous underworld stage sets
- Experience the World of Ancient Greece! Solve challenging puzzles based on 
actual Greek myths and artwork
- The Hardy Boys are On the Line! Use your in-game mobile phone to hear 
potentially lifesaving tips from Frank and Joe
- Select Difficulty Levels! Play at Amateur or Master Sleuth level and 
erase any mistakes without starting over








My Review:
Like I mentioned at the start of this post, I grew up reading and collecting Nancy Drew books- old and new. I loved her mysteries, and spent my nights curled in bed reading and following along her adventures. I haven't however had the pleasure of playing Nancy Drew games by Her Interactive before this.
Installing the game was simple, no fuss. At the start of the game you have the option of playing as an Amateur or Master Sleuth. I won't lie- I chose amateur.  :)  I'm glad I did too, cause there were some parts that had me stumped! I needed the hints. These parts weren't even too far in the game either, it has you thinking and solving puzzles from the very start, which I loved.
As you play, you interact with the characters learning their back story as the truth is uncovered. The graphics are stunning, as well as beautiful music in the background. There are a lot of fun details in this game, from interesting historical facts to using Nancy Drew's cell phone. She has some cute games on her phone that you can play, I thought that was pretty neat, a fun little break when you get stumped.
This game was very enjoyable for me. Simple tap games are fun to play on the cell phone, though I enjoy more challenging interactive games. Labyrinth of Lies is definitely a challenging and interactive game. There are many puzzles you have to solve along the way, as well as collect items to store in your inventory to use to progress in the game further along. The game is rated E for everyone, and recommends the age of 10 and older. I do agree with this rating, though it might take someone that young much longer to figure out some of the puzzles and perhaps frustrate them. There was one puzzle in particular- an actual puzzle in a series that was difficult for me to solve. It was an mosaic piece of artwork broken in squares you had to put together. When I first saw it I just stared thinking, "What the heck is this???" After about 5 minutes of trying to see what I could find in similar colors to match, "Ooohhh, okay so this is some sort of boat." I love a good challenge, and Labyrinth of Lies delivers.

Conclusion:
Nancy Drew's Labyrinth of Lies game is a fun and challenging interactive game. There is lots to discover and solve along way while interact with the intriguing characters. The story line ends with a nice twist, just like the books do. This game would make a wonderful gift not only for Nancy Drew fans like me, but also anyone who loves a good challenging game and solving puzzles. This game is available to purchase online digitally as well as a hard copy for only $19.99. On Her Interactive's website, they also offer a way to get 20% off, so be sure to check that out!





Want to win a copy of your own? 
Her Interactive will be giving a copy away to one lucky reader! 
Use the rafflecopter form below for your chance!
This giveaway is open Worldwide!


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Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Thanks for participating!


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

FlavFusion Infuser Water Bottle Review

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I had the opportunity to review FlavFusion's Infuser Water Bottle. Prior to trying out this bottle 
I had heard of Infuser bottles, but hadn't actually tried them yet. It's such a wonderful concept, 
and makes drinking water more fun!
Read ahead to learn more about FlavFusion's  Infuser Water Bottle,
find a coupon code and see how it worked for me!




About FlavFusion 26 Oz Infuser Water Bottle:

  • Drink More Water and be Healthier with the 26 oz FlavFusion (TM) Infuser Bottle by Big Easy Brands. It's BPA & Lead Free and made of PET Plastic - the Safest Plastic in Drinkware. No longer worry about Toxins and Chemicals Seaping into your Drink. Plus, it's Made in the U.S.A.!
  • This bottle makes Delicious, Healthy, Crisp, Cool and Refreshing Fruit Flavored Beverages and is perfect for use at the office, the gym, the lake or anywhere you want to take a cold beverage. Save Money since there will be No need to buy Flavored Water from the Grocery Store. Plus, avoid those beverages that contain Artificial Sweeteners and can result in Weight Gain.
  • Just Flip and Sip! It Features a Flip Top Sipper Lid for Easy Drinking on the go and a Large Opening for Easy Filling and Cleaning. The loop at the top provides a great way to carry it. You can hook it to your backpack when taking a hike. If your hands are full you can grab it with a finger and carry it with ease.
  • The bottle is Light Weight and Easy to Use, can Go Anywhere and it Fits most Cup Holders so No More Messes and Spills!
  • Just Fill With Water and add Your Favorite Fruit whether it be Strawberries, Raspberries, Pineapple, Lemons, Limes, etc. Cucumbers are also great. Close the Lid, Shake and ENJOY! Leave it in the refrigerator overnight for an Intensified Infusion!








My Review:

As I get older, I try harder to make wiser choices with what I eat and drink. I have given up soda, for the most part.  :)  I do drink Pepsi when I have a headache, the caffeine helps. I mainly drink water, crystal light, and ice tea. I'm not a big fan of plain water, so I was happy to give the Infuser Water Bottle a try. What better way to flavor your water than naturally with fresh fruit?

My favorite fruit by far, has to be strawberries (Orange comes in at close second). I decided to start out by trying strawberries. I wanted to give it a nice kick of flavor so I cut my strawberries up in small bits to let the most juice out. The separate little 'basket' container that holds the fruit unscrews from the bottle top. I added some extra pieces to the top for the photo, but it is important to not fill it too much. You don't want your fruit basket to be too full and clog the top that allows flow to the flip top sipper lid. Once fruit is added, screw the fruit container to the lid. Add cold water to the bottle, screw on the lid, shake and enjoy! I added some ice cubes to mine since an average day is mid eighties here outside.

When taking the first few drinks, I didn't taste the strawberries too much. After some shaking and letting it sit the flavor became more noticeable and delicious! My second time around I added just a bit of lemon with the strawberries to give it a citrus kick. This for me was ten times better- I recommend trying this!  :)  Next time I make a trip to the grocery store I am going to pick up some raspberries to try with the lemon- thinking raspberry lemonade flavor. 

The bottle is a 26 oz size, which will last a while for me. It fits in the car's cup holder easily, as well as the side of the backpack when hiking. The loop on the top also makes it easy to take along with a clip.

Conclusion:

This was a fun and exciting product review for me. I enjoyed experimenting with the different fruit flavors and combos. Using the Infuser Water Bottle is a great way to drink your water in a healthy and natural way. Right now it is on sale at Amazon for only $10.77, which is a great deal. This would make a wonderful gift for anyone who likes to stay healthy, exercise, or even an expecting Mother! We are always told to push our fluid intake, this will make it more fun!



FlavFusion has generously offered a coupon code for my readers! 
Get $2.00 OFF by using the code 9WMNBVTM



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.




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