Let's Get Pair Savvy!

While you’re at the market, gathering up goodies for your party, you stand before the delicious variety of cheeses and think “Oooh.  Asiago sounds good.  I wonder what wine would go with it?”.  (You do this, right?  Or am I the only one that talks to themselves?)  Now there is an app for your iPhone, or your Android, that can help you find the best taste combination care of Real California Cheese, Pair Savvy.

Here’s how Pair Savvy works:

Download Pair Savvy to your mobile device and you can select by cheese, wine or beer. If you don’t have a compatible mobile device, users can still use the Pair Savvy site to find savvy pairings.   Some pairings offer fruit pairings as well which will help you create a beautiful, and delicious, platter for any gathering.

For the iPhone Users: Visit the App Store, search for “Pair Savvy” then download for free (available soon).
For Android Users: Visit the Android Marketplace, search for “Pair Savvy” then download for free.
For Smart Phone Users: Real California Cheese Pair Savvy is available today to most through their mobile browser: pairsavvy.realcaliforniamilk.com

(* Disclosure:  I share this information in partnership with the One2One Network:  Connecting Brands with Women and Moms*)

eShakti Clothing – We Design, You Customize – Review

I am overjoyed to share with you a lovely site featuring one of the most wonderful clothing collections I’ve ever seen, eShakti.

eShakti [e-shuck-tee]:  your style, your size, your shape, your choice.  All designs run in sizes 0 – 26W.  You can customize each design to fit your body shape.  If you need your sleeves longer, request upon ordering and it will be done.  Do you wish to have the neckline a little higher (or lower ;-> ) they will adjust the style just for you.  Their dedication to provide good customer service is so refreshing,

For Christmas I chose a long top that had a very flattering neckline with ruffles below the waist.  It was a shirt/dress design and I would love to show it to you however, my camera isn’t downloading images (the testy little thing) and this particular style is no longer available on the eShakti site.  I feel so special having a “rare” design.  And you can have that too when you choose a garment from eShakti.

Here are some beauties for New Years Eve:

Sequined Illusion Mesh Dress $48.95

Pearl and Crystal Yoke Dress $79.95

Shirred Waist Halter Dress $59.95

eShakti also creates;  Blouses, Skirts, Coats & Jackets, Tunics, Scarves, Pins & Brooches.  Lovely selections, every one. Right now eShakti has a wonderful offer and I believe you’ll want to take advantage of it… register on their site, eShakti.com, and you’ll save $15 off your first order!  Their designs are beautiful.  Their prices are unbeatable, and with their special offer of $15 off, you owe it to yourself to get something pretty for the New Year.  Yes, yes you do!

Visit eShakti.com today and peruse their many stylish offerings.  When you choose an item from eShakti you’ll be so happy you shopped from the comfort of your own home and discovered something you love.

~~  I do believe a giveaway will be coming soon.  :-> ~~

(*Disclosure:  I was offered a garment from eShakti in exchange for this review.  My written opinions are honest and truthful. *)

Husky Tools – Precision Cordless Screwdriver

My husband was so happy when I handed him the Precision Cordless Screwdriver Set by Husky.  I did good!  This set includes 12 mini bits that help with the smaller jobs around the house and, curiously, in the garden.  He was so happy with the powerful way it handled tight jobs. 

Here’s a video of the Husky Precision Cordless Screwdriver at work:


You’ll find the Precision Cordless Screwdriver is:

* Easy to Grip, Soft Touch, Forward and Reverse Precision Cordless Screwdriver Set

* Ideal for Toys, Electronics, Eyeglasses, Hobbies, Crafts and More

* Contains 12 Multiple Use Mini Bits with a Single Tool Design

* Includes Easy Use Bit Storage Case

* Ready to Use with 2 – AAA Batteries

*Guaranteed Forever

The Husky line also produces; 20 piece T-Handle Driver Set, 48 piece Tri-Grip Screwdriver Set, 69 Piece High-Torque Bit Driver Set just to name a few.  And all of these sets sell for under $20!

For those on your list that are looking for just the right tool give Husky hand tools a try.  The Husky line of hand tools all retail under $20 and are available exclusively at The Home Depot.

(*Disclosure:  I was provided with a complimentary Precision Cordless Screwdriver for review.  My opinions, or better yet – my husbands – are his own ;-> )

CardiWrap by Kymaro Review and Giveaway!

I just love this CardiWrap by Kymaro!  I’m all about easy style so when I find something that can look sleek from the second you put it on, I’m sold.  I have received the CardiWrap in black, which we all know goes with everything, however it also comes in gorgeous shades of Grey, Red, Tan, Purple, Pink, and Blue.

When you order your CardiWrap you also receive an accessory kit containing;  3 bangles (gold, silver, black), 1 flower broach and 1 bow broach that help you create 50 different styles from your wrap.  It’s so fun to play with all the different looks!  (I let my daughters play but this wrap is mommy’s ;-> )

The CardiWrap from Kymaro is made of 100% Viscose, which has a silky appearance and feel, it breathes in a manner similar to cotton weaves. Viscose is very lightweight, easily manageable and the material drapes beautifully when worn.  And to wash your CardiWrap all you do is toss it into the machine and wash in cold water with like colors. Dry flat. Iron on low. 

The CardiWrap is a great gift for a special someone (like yourself).  It’s a perfect item to quickly update your style and I’m sure it will become a wardrobe staple.  You can order your CardiWrap by Kymaro at ubuyez.com.  The retail price is $49.95. 

Or… would you like to win one instead???  I have one (1) CardiWrap to Giveaway.  Here’s how to enter:

**Giveaway is closed.  Lucky winner Abi from “One Little Duck With A Feather On Her Back

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( *I received a CardiWrap for review.  My opinions are my own.  And really… you want one of these! )

"The Best Gift I Ever Gave"

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The best present I ever gave came with the help of my daughters. My family is so dear to me that, even though funds were very tight, I still wanted to show them how much I love them by giving something, so I decided I would make something for them. The thing is, I’m not the most crafty person around. But heck, I wanted to give it a try. So with a recipe torn out of a magazine I headed to the store for supplies.

I thought the recipe for body scrub seemed simple enough; sugar, oil, scent from essential oil, a little mint leaf or a sprig of something for garnish. I can handle that. Well, you should have seen my kitchen! I was a mess – and so were my counter tops. My girls saw that I was getting overwhelmed and calmed me down. I usually like to do things myself (I’m not a control freak, I just like things done the way I like them, that’s all ;-> ), however I welcomed their calm voices and words of encouragement. They reminded me why I was making these gifts and who I was making them for. They helped me by just being ‘there’ for me, it was a wonderful comfort.

With our newly formed assembly line in place we cranked up the Christmas music and set out to make lovely body scrubs for our family. It was a terrific experience. I learned to let go of the need to do it all myself, and was able to see what beautiful, capable children my girls were turning into.

The smiles (and slight shock) on the faces of my family felt wonderful. However, the best part of the gift was creating memories with my girls.  I’ll never forget.

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Fiber One Original Cereal Review & Giveaway!

Yes, some of us may be over indulging with the holiday goodies.  We can get back on track!  (That’s my goal any way).  I don’t skip breakfast so I’m going to start my day in a healthy way with Fiber One Original cereal.  I love a little bit of crunch and tiny bit of sweetness with my cereals and Fiber One fits the bill for me.  (I add blueberries and bananas too.) 
How do you get yourself back on track if you’ve fallen off the healthy eating wagon?  I’ve gotten a bit carried away with the sugar cookies this holiday season.  (Broken cookies have fewer calories, right? ;-> )  What has been your big indulgence so far?
If you would like to get yourself back on track check out the Fiber One “Help Take The Hunger Out Of Dieting” site.  The first 15 readers who click on the “Free Box” button will win a free box of Fiber One Original cereal!

I also have a prize pack to giveaway:  a special Fiber One “Help Take the Hunger out of Dieting” prize pack that includes Fiber One Original cereal, a cereal-on-the-go container, food scale, water bottle and notepad for tracking what you eat.   I really need this food scale to help get my portions back under control.  Would you like a chance to win this fun prize pack?  Here’s what you do:

**Giveaway is Closed.  Lucky Winner is Janet from “Blog Giveaways“**

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( *the products, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Fiber One through MyBlogSpark.  My tasty opinions of the cereal are truthfully my own.)

Tassimo Personal Brewing System Review & Giveaway!

What a fun coffee maker Bosch has created.  The Tassimo T20 is quick, it brings out great flavor and it’s cute!  I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to share a Tassimo T20 home brewing system with one of my readers.  Read on!

When I first saw the Bosch Tassimo T20 I was very happy that it was smaller than other personal brewing systems I’ve seen.  I have very little counter space which makes my choices for appliances very narrow.  The T20 is 7.9″ by 11.8″ and that fits just perfectly on my little 1970’s kitchen counter.  (Groovy!)

The Tassimo T20, which retails for $129.99,  uses the coffee disc system which features the lines;  Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Tazo and Twinings to name a few.  I was able to brew a lovely cup of coffee in under a minute.  Delicious.  It is so much quieter than my present coffee maker that sounds like it’s giving up it’s little coffee maker life at the end of every brew.  (Every morning I’m just grateful my old coffee maker worked ;-> )

Here’s more info. on the Tassimo T20:

•Makes coffee, tea, cappuccino, latte, crema, espresso and hot cocoa

•Makes drinks in about 1 minute
•Includes an exclusive flow–through water heater for faster, quieter brewing
•Space saving design ideal for apartments, dorm rooms and countertops
•Smart bar code technology allows the brewer to adjust each beverage with the proper temperature pressure and amount of water
•7.08 lbs.
•Brewer dimensions: Length: 11.0 “; Width: 7.9 “; Depth: 11.8 ”

Would you like to win a Tassimo T20 Home Brewing system?  Here’s what you do:

*** Giveaway is closed.  Very lucky winner Pat from Patsy’s World ***

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Natural Form Bed at Hilton Garden Inns

I was given the opportunity to try the new Natural Form® Sleep System with Self-Adjusting Technology® that is being featured in Hilton Garden Inns across the United States. What a wonderful, cozy bed this is! 

I always get anxious when staying in a hotel. ‘What if the mattress feels like a hide-away bed?’ You know how hard it is to stay peppy at family gatherings if you are dragging from a horrible nights sleep. It feels like Uncle Eddie spiked your punch and you just want to take a nap… at home!  If you are traveling this holiday season you will have your choice of hotels to stay in, why not choose the one that will help you get the best night’s sleep?

The Natural Form Sleep System at Hilton Garden Inns has comfort control dial’s on either side of the bed that let you adjust the firmness or softness automatically to eliminate pressure points and properly support the spine.   My husband and I prefer different levels of comfort with our mattress and the Natural Form Sleep System worked really well for both of us.  If you change sleeping positions during the night, the bed automatically senses the new position and silently readjusts the sleeping surface to ensure the back is properly supported and pressure points are again eliminated—a first in the mattress industry. There is no noisy pump, motor, or remote control. 

Natural Form mattresses are covered with 100% all natural virgin Australian and New Zealand Wool.  Natural Form’s wool is 100% hygienic and 100% hypoallergenic. The natural wicking properties of the wool pull moisture away from your skin so you feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Selected by Hilton Garden Inns as their beds of choice.  You can learn more at NaturalForm.com.

(**I was offered a one-night stay at Hilton Garden Inn in exchange for this review.  The opinions are truthfully my own**)

iCarly 2 – iJoin The Click! Review & Giveaway!

Have an iCarly fan in your life?  If so, they would love the newest game offering, “iCarly 2- iJoin The Click!”

When you play iCarly 2- iJoin The Click! you are Ridgeway High School’s newest student.  Your child (or you when they’re at school ;-> ) will enter the world of iCarly as you explore locations from the show, play insane games and unlock and collect crazy items. 

Hang out with Carly, Sam, Freddie, Spencer and Gibby as you go shopping, hang out at the Groovy Smoothie, complete missions and tasks, earn money, and most importantly, work with the gang to make your very own iCarly show.

My youngest daughter is having a blast with iCarly 2 – iJoin The Click!  It took her a little while to catch on with some of the processes but she picked up on the rules and now we need to put a timer on her playing time so she doesn’t spend all day on this game!  I will say one thing as an observer, when sub-character’s in the game are supposed to “speak” they have them mumble, ugh!  That gets slightly annoying.  But my daughter didn’t seem to mind (and that’s why ear buds were invented!)

Do you have an iCarly fan in your life?  Well, how about winning an iCarly 2- iJoin The Click! for the DS?!  I am so fortunate to have 2 DS games to giveaway!  Here’s what you do:

** Giveaway is closed.  Congratulations Linda!**

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Norah Jones – "…Featuring Norah Jones"

“…Featuring” is a collection of Norah Jones’ musical collaborations from the past decade. She blends so wonderfully with legend Ray Charles on “Here We Go Again” and she sounds fantastic with the lovely and talented Dolly Parton on one of my personal album favorites “Creepin’ In”.  The 18 songs on the album also include current indie favorites Ryan Adams, Belle & Sebastian and The Little Willies.  I must add another personal favorite, Norah’s duet with Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters on “Virginia Moon”.  It’s absolutely beautiful.
The tracks on “…Featuring” span Norah Jones’ entire career, from one of her earliest recording sessions (a version of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” with guitarist Charlie Hunter in 2001) to her most recent performance, a song called “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” that she cut with Belle and Sebastian, which will also appear on their new album.
If you became a fan of Norah Jones with her first release, “Come Away With Me” you will really enjoy “…Featuring”.  It’s definitely on track with her smooth, rich vibe  “…Featuring” is worth adding to your collection.

•Norah’s Official Site: http://bit.ly/norahsite

**Thank you O2O Network for this review opportunity**

Winter's Songs – A Windham Hill Christmas Review & Giveaway!

I’m not exactly sure how to preface my review of the latest offering from Windham Hill.  To say I am a fan of the sounds that this label produced is an understatement.  When I first heard William Ackerman play I felt that I had found music that filled my soul and I made sure everyone I knew heard this music.  How’s that for sounding ‘fanatical’? ;-> .  Liz Story, Alex De Grassi, Nightnoise, Michael Hedges.   Ahhh…. magical.
This current collection, “Winter Songs – A Windham Hill Christmas“, is full of the peaceful, sometimes mystical, sounds for which Windham Hill is known.  I absolutely love it and have it on rotation.  It’s a wonderful addition to your holiday music collection and a great gift idea.
“Winter Songs”  is a collection of 10 songs featuring the work of Jim Brickman, Liz Story, Alex De Grassi.  I am so happy that I received this cd to review and am very happy that I have a cd of “Winter Songs – A Windham Hill Christmas” to share with one lucky reader.  Would you like to that reader?  Here’s how to enter:
**Giveaway Closed.  Congratulations to DCan at Chronicle Cantrell!**

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