Archives for November 22, 2014

Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush


Looking for a great holiday gift for someone on your holiday shopping list that loves to BBQ? Alpha Grillers BBQ Grill Brush would make a great gift!  It is sturdy and not flimsy at all. Strong plastic reinforced twisted wire shaft that will not bend under pressure is the best thing of all!  I like that it is easy to clean and that there is a free e-cookbook included. The bristles are sharp so make sure children don’t play with it. Overall, this is the best BBQ Grill brush that I have tried.


More info:
– Stiff stainless steel bristles than won’t flatten – much stiffer than brass
– Safe for use with porcelain coated grills grates. Won’t scratch your Weber grill
– Long handle (18″): perfect length to keep your hand away from the heat without losing pressure and control
– Innovative spiral bristle design allows you to easily clean edges, corners and deep between the grates.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Accessories & Beauty Gifts That Give Back

It is the season for giving! You can help two causes that are very important this holiday season! Avon Foundation for Women, has NEW fundraising products which benefit breast cancer (Pink Ribbon Collection) and the domestic violence causes (Empowerment Collection)


Product Product Details
Comfort for a Cause Slipper Boot


  • Price: $30 ($5 donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)
  • Available November 21
  • Slipper boot with breast cancer ribbon accent
  • Polar fleece lining

These are so soft and comfy! I received a pair and I love them!


Breast Cancer Ornament

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  • Price: $5 ($1 donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)
  • Glass ornament with a pink ribbon for hanging
  • Approximately 4” in height and 3” in length
Breast Cancer Crusade Slippers

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  • Price: $9 (A percentage of the net profits, $1.80, donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)
  • Plush footbed with rosette upper
  • Pink Ribbon symbol on sole


Love Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Necklace

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  • Price: $5 ($1 donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)
  • Silvertone; spells out “love”
  • 16 ½” chain with 3 ½” extender



Product Product Details
Avon Empowerment Charm Necklace

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  • Price: $3 ($1 donated to the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative)
  • Silvertone disc with infinity symbol and faux stone
  • Chain, 16 ½” in length with 3 ½” extender
Empowerment Ear Buds

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  • Price: $6.50 ($1.30 donated to the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative
  • Earbuds with faux-stone accents and the domestic violence infinity symbol
  • Comes in a travel case

 Self Disclosure: I received free samples of a product to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Avon Foundation.


Holiday Specs make the Holidays more fun! Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!


What is I told you there are glasses that you can put on and you can see Holiday magic? Well, it is true! Holiday Specs can transform lights, fireworks and candles into magical messages! This is so much fun for the whole family! The holographic lenses bend the light and create illusions. I like that they work with street lights too! The Holiday Magic 3D viewers are made of durable plastic and come in fun holiday designs and create one of 5 different holiday images when viewing a bright point of light. Holiday Specs will also be fun this season when out looking at Christmas lights! These really are perfect for everyone in the family!

To find out more check out American Paper Optics. 

We have teamed up for a Holiday giveaway! One winner will win a pair of their own Holiday Specs! To enter, leave a message below telling us your favorite Christmas character. Mine is Frosty the Snowman! Deadline to enter is November 29th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Penguins of Madagascar – Perfect for Families This Holiday Season KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions!



You’ve met this crew before and they return again in this latest film where Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it. Starring the voice talent of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller and Christopher Knights. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha comments, “…it is funny and most little kids will understand the topic but there are some jokes that younger kids might not understand. I loved it and so will you!” Check out her full review below.


Penguins of Madagascar
Samantha A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11


Penguins of Madagascar is a movie about a group of penguins (Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private) that go on globetrotting adventures. In this movie, their adventures take them to Antarctica, the desert, Venice, Shanghai and New York. During their travels, the penguins meet an elite team called “The North Wind” led by a husky handsome dog, Agent Classified (Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and together, they must fight the evil Dr. Octavius Brine (Voiced by Jhon Malkovich)

You may have already seen the penguins in Dream Works original movie Madagascar but now, you see them again in their own movie comedy. You may not think it, but this movie does have a few very good messages, For example, don’t let anyone underestimate you and your true power, and always speak up and be heard.

This movie is action packed. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing because it feels like it jumps from place to place. Sometimes it is good because, once the action REALLY gets going, it feels just right. One of the reasons I like this movie is because, even though it is action packed and funny it also has sad parts. I like that. Even though the penguins are adventurous and strong, it is nice seeing their more sympathetic side

Something I like, and always have liked, about the penguins is that they all have distinct personality traits that define who they are. For example, Kowalski has his big brain. They are each so different, but together they are a very cool team.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages six to 13 because it is funny and most little kids will understand the topic but there are some jokes that younger kids might not understand. I loved it and so will you!


Credit: KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions!


Look out Black Friday & Cyber Monday: here comes Goodshop Sunday!

There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but where’s the holiday spirit? Goodshop Sunday (November 30th) is the day where thousands of merchants will be offering great deals and coupons AND donating a percentage of nearly every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite nonprofit or school!

Nearly 70% of online shoppers say they feel at least a little guilty that they are not donating more of the money they use to shop for gifts*. On Goodshop Sunday, feel guilty no more!

Leading up to the day, thousands of stores (including AmazonOld Navy, Target, and Kohl’s) will have the best coupons and deals listed on and will donate a percentage of nearly every purchase to the users’ favorite cause – for free!  In addition, on Goodshop Sunday, select retailers are offering double donations, while others are sharing exclusive deals– so people can feel extra good about their holiday shopping!

Passionate cause supporters nationwide are taking the #GoodshopSunday pledge – to buy 1 gift that gives back this holiday season – and spreading the word to get their friends to do the same. Photos of people forming the “hand heart” are being shared across social media– acting as the visual confirmation of their pledge and the promise that holiday shopping can make a difference.

The impact of buying just 1 gift that gives back can be significant. “According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend over $100 billion online on holiday shopping this year,” said Scott Garell, Goodshop CEO. “With an average of 3% of our sales going to nonprofits and schools, Goodshoppers have the potential to help raise $3 billion for causes in need!”

“This is simply a no brainer,” said Goodshopper, Lisa Grander. “I always feel like I wish I could do more to help Best Friends Animal Society during the holidays — now with every gift I buy, I can!  And, I can save money at the same time too.”

More than 110,000 causes are participating and it’s up to the shopper to select who they want to support. To bring that home – if you support the ASPCA, one sweater would raise enough to get two dogs adopted into loving homes.  If you support UNICEF, your purchase of an Xbox  could donate enough to provide therapeutic milk to fourteen malnourished children.  To date, Goodshop has raised more than $11 million for causes.

Plus, while there will be special deals on Goodshop Sunday, shoppers can find deals and donations all year long. Goodshop helps shoppers save more than just money!

Here are some sample holiday deals:

Amazon Coupon – Free shipping on purchases over $35 (1.5% donation)

Sephora Coupon – Choose 1 of 3 Holiday Deluxe Sample Bags with any $25 purchase with code (2.5% donation)

Sears Coupon – Get extra $5 off orders of $50 or more with code (2% donation)

Best Buy Coupon – Free shipping on orders $35+ (3% donation)

Credit: Goodshop. No compensation was received.

e.p.t and Path2Parenthood partner to support couples trying to build a family

The pregnancy journey can be filled with many questions for couples, not to mention emotions ranging from excitement to confusion (and everything in between). So e.p.t and Path2Parenthood have teamed to create a video letting all the parents-to-be out there know how amazing they are:

To help share the love, e.p.t and Path2Parenthood are asking people to leave words of encouragement for couples trying to build their families in the comments on e.p.t’s Facebook page. For every comment, like and share through December 31, e.p.t will make a donation to Path2Parenthood.
Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit:  e.p.t and Path2Parenthood.

Thanksgiving Day Offer from PearlMountain


To thank all the customers’ generous and continuous support, PearlMountain is launching a big special offer for CollageIt Pro for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day. From now to Nov.30, every interested people can enjoy the big discount offer here:

CollageIt Pro is an automatic and easy to use collage maker to create eye-catching collages in no time on both Windows & Mac. It is normally priced at $29.90, now only $9.90 during this Thanksgiving Sale, saving $20. Besides the highlighted features of ease of use, unlimited layouts, diverse templates and multiple output options in the former version, there are many more features in its newly updated Mac version. Just take this chance to try it out.


Self Disclosure: I will be receiving a free code to post.

More Gift suggestions for the holidays! Book Suggestions and More! Forever Mom, CLEVERFIT and the gift for everyone on your list: Verve 2!

Looking for a book for a friend or family member that is considering Adoption or is adopting a child?

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Forever Mom, the upcoming book from adoption expert and popular blogger Mary Ostyn.
Adoption rates in the United States are on the rise. Every year, more than 7,000 American families welcome an adopted child into their home. In Forever Mom, Mary shares her own experiences of adopting six children, and inspires those who have been called to adopt by providing practical tools and advice for how to make it work.
Check out the book trailer.
In Forever Mom, Mary will teach fellow parents how to:
  • Prepare your other children for new siblings
  • Help babies, toddlers, and older children settle in
  • Build heart connections
  • Address misbehavior while remaining connected
  • Nurture your marriage in the midst of it all
  • And More!

I received a copy of this book and find it very insightful and believe  it will be very helpful!

Visit for more information.


Looking for the perfect gift for dad, grandpa, a brother, or any other man in your life?  CLEVERFIT is a great gift !

CLEVERFIT is the world’s first precision fit adjustable collar stay. Its unique patent pending design provides an innovative solution to end decades of frustration. CLEVERFIT’s quick-sizing capability eliminates the need for keeping up with multiple sets of fixed length stays. Engineered and crafted in stainless steel, the CLEVERFIT collar stay provides a superior alternative to plastic collar stays, which can deform, warp and even break with use.

We received a free sample and it is really simple to use and it works! The best thing is the universal sizing features offer two modes of use to insure the proper fit. You can purchase CLEVERFIT Collar Stays from their website at to get this unique wardrobe solution. Also, click here to check out the CLEVERFIT video that explains how to use this wonderful new product.

The next gift suggestion would be great for any one on your gift list! This really is so much fun!

VERVE 2 (#verve2), its groundbreaking, easy-to-use interactive tech toy (#techtoy) for creating fun projects and experiences, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and is now available for consumers looking for a fun, interactive holiday gift idea.  The perfect tool for makers, do-it-yourselfers, gamers, students and tinkerers, VERVE 2 allows users to control their computer and the Internet with everyday objects and is THE perfect device for helping consumers who are passionate about bringing their innovative ideas to life.  VERVE 2 is available for purchase at starting at $119.00 USD.

We received a sample of this one and what is so amazing is how much creativity can be used! It is completely interactive and so much fun! I know I already said that but it’s worth repeating! I love that this is educational and completely unique!  There are so many ways to use this tech toy! Just use your imagination! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday gift guide. Any opinions expressed are my own.