Squinkies For Nintendo DS

The 2010 International Toy Fair’s most popular toy for girls is now available for Nintendo DS game systems, the Squinkies are here!  For a limited time each game comes with 4 Ultra-Rare Squinkies.

It seems kids can’t get enough of these cute, squishy little Princesses and animals.  (I think it’s the big eyes!  They are quite mesmerizing.)  Squinkies come in a variety of characters, from kittens and dinosaurs, to Princesses and Ninjas, each housed in their own little plastic bubble. 

The latest offering from Squinkies is a Nintendo DS game geared toward girls.  You play as a Squinkies Princess and search for friends that have become lost.  I like the idea of the Princess being the rescuer, thank you very much.

Your child will play various puzzles, and mini games, to help free the lost Squinkies. 

My daughter’s favorite – at least today – is the Memory Match game.  She’s working hard on beating her time.

Squinkies for Nintendo DS™ is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is now available for $29.99. For more information please visit www.squinkiesvideogame.com.

(*disclosure:  I received a Squinkies for Nintendo DS in exchange for this review.  My opinions are truthfully my own)

Crazy Dog T-Shirts

If you’re in need of a ‘pick-me-up’ you must visit CrazyDogT-shirts.com for a good laugh.  And if you want to keep that good mood with you all day, do yourself a favor and order a shirt and spread the joy every time you wear it.

I promise, you will find a design that will make you laugh out loud.  Some of the quotes on these shirts just might become your new mantra!  How about:

W.W.M.D.
What Would MacGyver Do?

Or:


Jesus Saves

(Come to think of it, He’d make a great hockey goalie!)

My daughter chose from the “Funny T-Shirts” category:

Come To The Darkside – we have cookies

(This T glows in the dark)

As you can see, my humor kinda goes all over the place.  Just like the variety at CrazyDogTshirts.com!  (Oh boy, I didn’t mean to have such a lousy segue, it just kind of happened ;-> )

No matter where your sense of humor lies I guarantee you will find something you like at CrazyDogTshirts.com.  They have a variety of categories ranging from “Funny T’s” to “Retro” to current “hot” phrases.  They have sizes for men, women and children with prices ranging from $6.99 to $28.99.  Check them out!

(*disclosure:  I have received a t-shirt in exchange for this review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion – Giveaway!

It’s that time of year – thank goodness – for the weather to warm and for us to bring out those T-Shirts and shorts.    If more skin is showing lets do what we can to make sure it’s healthy;  moisturized and protected.   I’m very happy with the sample of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion I received for review and I’m very happy that I have one bottle to share with one lucky winner :->.

I found the texture of Skin MD lotion to be light.  I equate the weight of a lotions texture with how effectively it works so I had low expectations, however I found Skin MD to have a lovely coverage, doing its job leaving my skin feeling soft and moisturized.  My young daughter will even use it, which is saying a lot.

Skin MD is manufactured in the United States using 100% solar power, free of animal products and animal testing. 100% solar power!  I love that.  If you would like to purchase Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion please visit http://www.skinmdnatural.com/ .

Would you like to win a bottle and try this for yourself?

Here’s how to enter:

Main Entry: This is your first and required entry before you can submit bonus entries.

1.) Follow me on Google Friend Connect. (right side bar) – 1 Entry

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3.) Post about this giveaway (including a link to this post) on your Facebook page, leave me the link – 1 Entry

4.) Become my Twitter follower: @AnnAgain66 and Tweet:

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*Include your e-mail address so that I may contact you should you be the lucky winner! U.S Residents Only. Winner will be chosen May 6th using Random.org. *

Good Luck!

(*disclosure:  I was given a bottle of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion for review.  My opinions are truthfully my own*)

The Tao of Motherhood

If you would like to give yourself a gift this Mother’s Day, I highly recommend The Tao of Motherhood by Vimala McClure.

Honoring it’s 20th Anniversary since publication The Tao of Motherhood includes a preface by Jodi Wright recalling Vimala’s energy in dealing with situations.  You quickly learn that this book was a natural progression for this author.

Deeply insightful words and thoughts, presented in a concise way, much like in the spirit of the Taoist Lao Tzu.  One of my favorites in this collection:

Upside Down ~
If you want to know what to do, learn to look at things upside down.
To receive, you must give.  Those who
boast are insecure.  Silence speaks louder than words.  The strongest warrior never shows his sword.
The soft overcomes the hard.

The Tao of Motherhood includes 81 succinct passages to help guide you on this incredible journey/job.  I highly recommend allowing yourself the time to read the words, take them to heart, and let them settle in your soul.

(*disclosure:  I have received a copy of The Tao of Motherhood in exchange for my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)  

ageLOC Vitality by Nu Skin

I was given the opportunity to try a 30-Day supply of a product from the Nu Skin line called ageLOC VitalityNu Skin is a company that offers comprehensive anti-aging solutions.

ageLOC Vitality uses a blend of natural ingredients to return you to your youthful energy.  It does not contain stimulants such as caffeine, guarna, taurine, and ma huang.”*
“ageLOC Technology relies upon 14 patents and patents pending worldwide.”*
*information from brochure
ageLOC Vitality from Nu Skin intends to increase your overall energy level, lift your mood, and raise your mental clarity.  With my 30 day supply, in all honesty, I did find a bit of a lift in my mood.  And my quality of sleep slightly deepened leaving me with a bit of an energy boost in the morning.

Nu Skin is also the producer of the Galvanic Spa.  It claims to rejuvenate your complexion, revitalize your scalp, and refine your body.

I received treatment on one side of my face as a comparison and I will say that my skin felt so smooth, so soft.  I’m sure it takes more than one treatment for any lifting, and or tightening, to appear.  However, the texture of my skin was wonderful.

If you are intrigued by the products available from Nu Skin and would like more information please contact:
Nicole Benz 503-388-8038.  nicbenz@yahoo.com.
(*disclosure:  As stated I was given a 30-day supply of ageLOC Vitality for review along with a comparison treatment of the Galvanic Spa for review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.*)

Pinkalicious & ZhuZhu Puppies for Nintendo DS

If you’re looking for fun gift ideas to add to your child’s Easter basket I have two suggestions.  If your child is a fan of the book series “Pinkalicious” they will enjoy the video game “Pinkalicious – It’s Party Time” available for Nintendo DS.

Players can express their “licious” style by staging a party experience for Pinkalicious and her friends.  Your child can design parties, choose invitations, decorations, and create sweet treats – from cookies, cupcakes, lollipops, lemonade, and more.  You’ll join Pinkalicious and her friends in Pinkville to help plan some of her favorite parties!  There are 17 different characters from the Pinkalicious series of books and your child can customize all of the characters in the game to look however they like, perhaps your child would like to virtually “attend” the party themselves by creating a character to look just like them.

Pinkalicious DS game includes a pretty-in-pink Stylus and screen cleaner.   “Pinkalicious – It’s Party Time” retails for $29.95 and is rated E for Everyone.

Another suggestion in the video game genre is the latest in the ZhuZhu Pets empire – “ZhuZhu Puppies” for Nintendo DS.

“Zhu Zhu Puppies” allows players to adopt and take care of a playful and energetic puppy. As the pet’s owner your child will be responsible for maintaining their puppy, including regular feeding, bathing, and walks.  (Some days I wish I could virtually walk my dog while the rain is pouring!)

Not only will your child get to do the “fun stuff” of dog ownership, they must also clean up any messes puppy has caused. If players do a good job they will be rewarded with an allowance.  The player can take their hard-earned allowance to the Pet Store, where they can buy treats and toys for their puppy. Players can also play a variety of games with their puppy; fetch, chase and some new games like catching bubbles or sing-along (that is my daughter’s favorite).

“Zhu Zhu Puppies” for Nintendo DS retails for $29.99 and is rated E for Everyone.  While supplies last this game also includes an exclusive “Freckles” Zhu Zhu Puppy toy gift with purchase.

So if your Easter is going to be a wet one, like our forecast shows, these games can help your child to take a little break from splashing in the puddles in their dress-up clothes.

(*disclosure:  I received Pinkalicious & ZhuZhu Puppies for Nintendo DS in exchange for my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own – or my childrens ;->  * )

Rio – The Movie

R I O
The Movie

From the creators of Ice Age comes the very funny and completely entertaining, “Rio – The Movie“. 

My family loved this movie and didn’t want it to end.  The gorgeous colors and samba music get you in the mood at the very beginning.   We are introduced to a domesticated Blue Macaw, named Blu, and follow his journey as his returns to his native land, Rio de Jaineiro.

The humor was just right for young and – ahem – “old”.  Plenty of laugh out loud moments and good times with characters voiced by Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) Anne Hathaway (“The Princess Diaries”) Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) and George Lopez.  The music by Will.I.Am and Jamie Foxx gets you moving right from the start with a new tune “Hot Wings” then we get the classic Sergio Mendes groove “Mas Que Nada”.  I was so ready for a Margarita!

Rio – The Movie is in 3D and they use the technology to full effect.  It’s absolutely breathtaking when you are soaring on a hang glider, or trying to catch the confetti at Carnivale.  But this movie would be just as wonderful without the 3D effect (it’s just a great bonus!).

Rio-The Movie is playing in theaters everywhere starting today, April 15th.  Give your family a treat and take them to see Rio!

(*disclosure: I was given the opportunity to attend a screening of this movie. The opinions are truthfully my own.*)

Donsuemor Bakery Giveaway!

If you enjoy delicate pastries with the perfect blend of sweetness then you will love madelines created by Donsuemor.  Delicious!  And a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

Don and Susie Morris (Don-Sue-Mor… ;-> ) introduced madeleines, from an original french recipe, to their Berkeley, California community in 1976.  The texture is surprisingly moist and the taste is lightly sweet. 

You have a choice of Original, Chocolate, Lemon Zest, Dipped (original cake dipped in chocolate), and Chocolate Dipped (chocolate madeline dipped in chocolate.  Oh my!!!).  I have to say that my favorite is the Lemon Zest.  Absolutely moist and delicious with little bites of lemon to spark your taste buds.

I am very happy to offer a sample box of Donsuemor Madelines to one very lucky winner. (Contents may be different then what’s pictured above.)   

Here’s how to enter:

Main Entry: This is your first and required entry before you can submit bonus entries.

1.) Follow me on Google Friend Connect. (right side bar) – 1 Entry

Bonus Entries: Leave a separate comment for each entry, please

2.) “Like” me, Ann Again… and again Reviews, on Facebook – 1 Entry

3.) Post about this giveaway (including a link to this post) on your facebook page, leave me the link – 1 Entry

4.) Become my Twitter follower: @AnnAgain66 and Tweet:

Enter to #Win Madelines from Donsuemor Bakery #giveaway at Ann Again and again Reviews @AnnAgain66 http://annagainandagainreviews.blogspot.com/ – 1 Entry

*Include your e-mail address so that I may contact you should you be the lucky winner! U.S Residents Only. Winner will be chosen April 28th using Random.org. *

Good Luck!

(* I gratefully received a sample box from Donsuemor Bakery in exchange for this review and giveaway hosting.  My opinions are truthfully my own.*)

Royal Wedding Giveaway With Nancy O'Dell & Creative Memories!

Nancy O’Dell will be traveling to London to cover the Royal Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton for Entertainment Tonight – and you can join her!

Creative Memories, the lovely scrapbook company, has created an excited contest – the “Happily Ever After Photo Contest“. To enter the contest for this once-on-a-lifetime event all you do is share a photo of something that makes you happy, and you could win a trip to London during the royal wedding!

The Grand Prize Winner will spend four days and three nights in London, amidst all of the excitement. Winners will hear the chimes of Big Ben, stroll by Buckingham Palace, celebrate with the locals in Picadilly Circus and join Nancy for a spot of tea and girl talk about all the wedding fun.

Here’s how to enter:

1.)  Go to the Creative Memories Home Office Facebook Page (click here) and click “Like”.

2.)  Click on the button “Enter/Vote Now” under Nancy O’Dell’s video and that will take you to the contest site.  Click “Enter Contest” and you’re on your way.

The 100 photos that receive the most votes will be evaluated by Nancy and a panel of judges. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected based on creativity, personality and originality. Fifteen runners up will win a lovely scrapbook prize pack from the Nancy O’Dell Collection by Creative Memories

The contest runs from April 1st through April 15th.  The Grand Prize winner will be notified by Creative Memories by phone on April 18th.

What a fantastic opportunity!  Good luck!

(*disclaimer:  I have received no compensation for this information.  I was contacted by PR behind the contest with a request to share.  I think it’s a wonderful giveaway opportunity.  good luck!*)

FlipFlop Wine

My husband and I enjoy wine.  Absolutely and completely enjoy everything about it.  A few years ago we were lucky enough to vacation in the Napa Valley and partake in many Winery tours, learning about the complete wine production process.  Fantastic!  (My wildest dream is to live in the Valley and have a Winery of our very own.  Ahhhh…)

Recently I received some delightful wines for review and I would love to share what I’ve found with you, presenting flipflop Wine.

flipflop Pinot Grigio:

For those that enjoy a light, slightly fruity flavor, flipflip Pinot Grigio is perfect.  Serve this white slightly chilled, this way you taste the light fruit of peach and pear.  If this wine is chilled completely you run the risk of flattening the flavor and just tasting a slight sweetness, the distinction is gone.  flipflop Pinot Grigio is a perfect drink for warmer weather.

flipflop Chardonnay:

If you enjoy a light-bodied Chardonnay this is the one for you.  (If you are looking for an “oak-ey”, buttery taste this blend won’t cut it.)  I found flipflop Chardonnay to be a pleasant departure from the Pinot Gris due to it’s smoother hint of vanilla.  This blend had a medium texture that was a delightful drink.  Lovely.

flipflop Pinot Noir:

 
I was getting hits of cherry along with a slight cola taste.  How wild is that?  flipflop Pinot Noir was very fun and turned out to be our favorite – which is surprising since we live in prize winning Oregon – Pinot Noir country.  This is a red varietal so please serve this wine at room temperature to truly experience all the flavor the grape has to offer.

I would like to point out that the website for flipflop wine is a wonderful resource for wine pairings.  Please visit flipflopwine.com to help you choose which wine will go best with your meal.  So much fun.

Not only should you purchase flipflop wine for a wonderful wine experience, I encourage you to purchase flipflop wine due to their participation in a fantastic program – Soles4Souls.

 
For every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need.  Not only does this company produce delightful beverages they have a heart and use their gifts to give to others.  (For more information on Soles4Souls click here).

Due yourself a favor, pick up a bottle (or two) of flipflop wine and enjoy!  You not only will be helping yourself to relax (good for your health!) you will be helping those that are in desperate need. 

(*disclosure:  I was fortunate to receive flipflop wine for review.  My tasty opinions are truthful and my very own.  Cheers!*)