Starbucks Pike Place Roast Blend

Thanks to BzzAgent I was able to try Starbucks Pike Place Roast. I love coffee. I have my favorite coffee shops and favorite blends however I’m always open to trying something new. Starbucks new blend Pike Place Roast is deep and smooth, the body is light but the flavor is full. Time to brew a

Le Baby

My little Lily has fine hair. I’m just not used to fine hair. My 12 year old has the thickest, coarsest hair I’ve ever known! And my own hair is pretty thick (although… the older I get… not as thick. I don’t want to think about it!). So when I was given the opportunity to

30-Minute Buddhist Mandalas Coloring Book

Lily – “What ‘cha doing?” Me – ‘Coloring’ Usually I’m the one asking the question, however I have been lucky enough to receive the 30-Minute Buddhist Mandalas Coloring Book by Michelle Normand. “The reason behind the magic number 30 is to help provide you with a quick way to achieve a meditative state in a

"From Beer to Maternity" – A Review

I am having the best time reading “From Beer to Maternity” by Maggie Lamond Simone. For those moments when the kids are doing their best to bring on the Mommy Death Stare I grab my copy of “From Beer to Maternity” and fade into a world that makes me laugh out loud. I don’t do

Dream Water

Recently I was given the chance to try Dream Water, a natural relaxation drink. This sleep-aid contains GABA, which relaxes & reduces anxiety, MELATONIN that induces sleep and 5 HTP, a derivative of Tryptophan that relaxes and improves sleep. Dream Water comes in 3 flavors; Snoozeberry, Lullaby Lemon and I Dream of Kiwi. My husband

Bach Kids Rescue Remedy

I will always choose the natural path when it comes to health. I was brought up by a mother who read “Sugar Blues” when I was 9 yrs. old and banished all sugar from our house. (Little did I know she had a secret stash of candy bars on the highest shelf in our kitchen.

Smelly Towel Cleaner

I was given the opportunity to try Smelly Towel Cleaner. And let me say, I put this product to the test and it passed! The first load of towels washed were the towels used to dry off our dog Benny. He had a rip-roaring good time running through the mud while chasing squirrels. (Just like

Triaminic Thin Strips

What perfect timing. I was given the opportunity to try Children’s Triaminic Thin Strips® just as my youngest was succumbing to the sniffles. We’ve been washing hands, coughing into our elbows, using hand-santizer when needed, but a little germ has snuck by our efforts. Argh. Liquid children’s medicine can be such a pain. I mean,

Girl Scout Cookie Time!

My family was oh-so-lucky to be given the opportunity to taste the latest cookie to join the Girl Scout Cookie line, “Thank U Berry Munch“. Let’s see what the girls think… Lily is very happy! Katie is asking for more! Our box of “Thank U Berry Munch” did not last long. This cookie has the

Roll Call!

I had to do this. I absolutely HAD to do this. If you want to know a very odd side of me, then hang on… I am crazy about paper products. I’m uneasy if my back stock is low in paper towels. When it comes to toilet paper I have a tendency to get a

Funky Monkey Snacks

A delicious dried fruit snack has arrived at our home. Funky Monkey – Fruit That Crunches has 3 servings of fruit in every ounce. 3 servings! Let’s see what the girls think… Funky Monkey is a hit with Katie. Her favorite flavor is the Pink Pineapple Lily loves the Apple Cinnamon Funky Monkey has passed

The Snowman's Song

What a joyful book! My daughter and I spent a cozy afternoon with “The Snowman’s Song – A Christmas Story” a delightful story by Marilee Joy Mayfield. “The Snowman’s Song” is the story of a snowman who desperately wants to go “a caroling” like the happy children he hears. Problem is, children of snow have

What I Know

I have received a delightful book called “What I Know: Uncommon Wisdom and Universal Truths from 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds“. This book is full of wonderful thoughts and kind, encouraging words collected by Roger Emerson Fishman. Inspired by his grandfather, Roger has learned to listen to the stories of others. Everyone has value and by documenting

Amon Maternity

‘Tis the season to put on something dressy and attend a Holiday party. I’ve been working harder than usual to get myself into better shape. I want to feel strong, be healthy, and being a bit thinner wouldn’t hurt. But there is a certain part of my body that just doesn’t seem to remember what

The Good Night Lite

This product is one of those items that makes you wonder “What took so long?” The Good Night Lite is an adorable nightlight that provides behavioral modification to guide your young child to stay in bed at the appropriate time and show them when it’s time to get up. For those that have very active

Percy, The Perfectly Imperfect Chicken

To make a good children’s book you need illustrations that catch the reader’s eye and an engaging story-line that holds the child’s attention. It seems an easy formula but it doesn’t always work out that way. There are those books that are just magical. All the elements are just right. Recently I was given the

Clementine Art

Clementine Art has shared some colors with Lily to see what she thought of their Soy Crayons. A set of 6 contains the colors of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The shape of the crayons conformed easily in her 8 year old hand and the side ridges helped her grip while

Ecostore USA

I’ve had the chance to try products from Ecostore USA. No Nasty Chemicals is their tagline and that drew me in. Do I want to wash the dishes my family eats from with soap containing nasty chemicals? No way. This dish soap contains Palm and coconut based ionic, non-ionic and anionic surfactants, Mineral hydroxide and

Five For Fighting

A tough day at work was swept away. A rough day with the kids was forgotten. And a couple was brought closer together. All this while at a Five For Fighting show. While waiting for the show to begin I was taken with the crowd. I’m used to seeing couples enjoying a night out, but


If you would like your Holiday gift to continue to give after the wrapping has been recycled and we roll into a new year please consider checking out Oceana’s “Adopt A Creature” program. Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Recently they held an Ocean Heroes contest and found an inspiring story of

Busy People's Fast & Frugal Cookbook

It’s no surprise to anyone that really knows me that I am not the cook in our family. When I met my future husband, his love of cooking, and his wonderful ability with food, made him the clear winner in the kitchen wars. Now we’re married with 2 children, and he still does a majority

Brandi Carlile – In Concert

The stage is set with guitars, a bass, keyboard, cello and drums. Willow branches cast shadows on flowing red gauze which makes for a dramatic backdrop. As the lights go down the band walks on stage but, they don’t arrive at their musical instruments. Instead they circle one microphone and begin singing in the most

Brandi Carlile – In Concert.

The stage is set with guitars, a bass, keyboard, cello and drums. Willow branches cast shadows on flowing red gauze which makes for a dramatic backdrop. As the lights go down the band walks on stage but, they don’t arrive at their musical instruments. Instead they circle one microphone and begin singing in the most

Family Fun Football For The Wii

With the fall weather upon us my family has been spending more time indoors. What can be difficult is the transformation of all that outside-running-around-energy into “indoor voices” and curbing the desire to not play ball in the house. When the rain is falling, and the idea of tossing a football around in the cold,

Joshua Bell "At Home With Friends" & A Giveaway

We listen to all kinds of music in our house. When it’s dinner time I usually go for some jazz, something smooth. On some nights it’s Classical music. I have found a cd that mixes these two vibes in one, Joshua Bell’s “At Home With Friends”. And, with thanks to the One2One Network, I can

Zhu Zhu Pets

Mom Select helped me hold a smashing party with the guests of honor being furry little creatures who drive cars and live in their own little world. My girls and their friends had so much fun playing with Zhu Zhu Pets. Putting the Zhu Zhu Pets together Enjoying yummy treats! Sharing is always a good

Harry Connick, Jr. – “Your Songs” & And A Giveaway!

I feel I should preface my review of Harry Connick, Jr.’s latest release “Your Songs” by stating that I am a HUGE fan of Harry’s. I absolutely love this guy. The first time I saw “When Harry Met Sally” I bought the soundtrack that day. From that point I listened to whatever music he had

Pirate's Booty! Ahoy!

Oh yeah! I’m starting the school year right by including healthy snacks in my girls lunches, that they will actually eat. Of course I know to include lovely fruits and vegetables. But more times than I care to remember, at the end of the school day, I will open the lunch box to find half-eaten

The Hole In The Sky

My 11 year old daughter has discoved her love of fantasy books. She and her father have read all of the Harry Potter books and now it’s my turn to find next “good read”. I’ve chosen “The Hole in the Sky” by Barbara Mahler. Ms. Mahler is a traditional medicinal healer, and was deeply, and