Archives for May 2009

Did I make a wrong turn?

…….and land in Hell?!?  It has been so unbelievably hot here in South Louisiana!  Technically, it’s only been about 87 degrees, but when you are chasing after a stubborn one year old, it seems like 187 degrees!

egg I spent the weekend outside at pool parties and managed to burn myself to a crisp.  I put sunscreen on the kids, but none on myself!  Smart, huh?  Hoping to stay inside for the next couple of days in the nice, cool air conditioning!

How’s your Summer so far?

Nowali Moccasins: Review and Giveaway

hypothesis Lily will like her Nowali Moccasins and actually wear them longer than she will keep a pair of slippers on her feet.

materials One pair of Nowali Moccasins in Confetti, and one girl who claims to hate slippers. About Nowali:

“Nowa Li began producing traditional moccasins in Sweden over 50 years ago. The company is proud of its heritage and continues to produce these high quality moccasins in much the same way today (the stitching is still sewn by hand).  A comment we frequently hear is “I remember those from when I was a kid !”  Today Nowa Li brand moccasins, socks and tights are worn by kids around the world. We look forward to introducing bright new colors and fun new patterns each season.”

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methods When the package from Nowali arrived, Lily was more than eager to try them on!  Thr bright colors intrigued her and she immediately proclaimed that they looked like her favorite ballet shoes!  She tried them on and danced and twirled around our laminate flooring (I even let her run in the house a little!).

results I honestly was shocked at how much Lily liked the Nowali Moccasins.  She NEVER wears slippers because she prefers socks.  But with laminate flooring and a dance-obsessed 4 year old, this almost always ends in disaster.  As a Mom, I liked the non-skid soles and the fact that the moccasins stayed on her feet while she actively played.

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summary The Nowali Moccasins were a hit in my home!  I would definitely consider buying a pair of their no-slip socks for Lily (and myself!) or a smaller pair for my new walker, Aubrie!  The moccasin appealled to my daughter and she did keep them on much longer than a regular slipper.

references The Nowali Moccasins can be purchased online for $24.95.  Really want to try them?  Nowali, Inc. has generously offered one Not-So-BLog reader a pair of moccasins of their very own!

How to enter:

1. Visit Nowali and tell me which pair of moccasins you would select!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

2. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited!

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 13th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

Channellock: Giveaway

Wrapping up the Father’s Day giveaway series with something just about every Dad will love!

Giveaway #5

I’ll be honest, me and tools do not get along.  I am NOT the handy one in the house, heck, I don’t even know where the toolbox is in my home.  But, I do know that my husband tries a lot of tools and one of his favorite brands is Channellock.

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From the website:

The bright CHANNELLOCK BLUE® Gripped tools are standard equipment in the tool belts, buckets and tool boxes of professional electricians, plumbers and mechanics all over the world. This is quality they know they can count on because any tool with CHANNELLOCK® on it is made to the highest standards as the pliers made here in Meadville, Pennsylvania since 1886.

As a gift for my husband, I know I can’t go wrong with tools!  Channellock has generously offered one Not-So-Blog reader an awesome GS-6 gift set which includes the perfect tools for most odd jobs around the house!

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The tools included in the set are the 337 7″ cutting plier, the 317 8″ long nose plier and the 430 10″ tongue and groove plier.  Handy dads will go nuts for this!

How to enter:

1.  Visit Channellock and tell me which product you would love to give as a gift!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

2. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited!

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 14th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner: Review and Giveaway

Having a baby expands your life in many, many ways:  your heart grows, your home grows, your pantry grows and the mess EXPLODES!  Some days I am not sure why I bother to clean at all, but we all know it must be done.  Because I want to maximize the time I have to spend with my family, I want the cleaning to be FAST and EASY.

So, when I am approached about the new Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner, I was excited by the possibilities!  This single aerosol container can clean just about anything in your home from wood to windows, electronics to mirrors, is there anything this product can NOT do??

pledge1 From the website:

When your home comes together, it’s a beautiful place to be. But with so many different surfaces, it can be time-consuming to keep them all looking great. Now, with Pledge® Multi Surface, you can move from surface to surface, room to room, cleaning and dusting in no time at all. Get the streak-free clean of Pledge® Multi Surface and love all the surfaces in your home equally.

I used the Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner to polish my dining room table on which I normally use Pledge.  My table shined like I have come to expect from the Pledge brand.  But then, I was able to take the SAME cleaner and move to the bathroom to clean the mirror.  I actually prefer the new Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner over my brand of mirror cleaner because the aerosol can eliminated the streak causing drips.  Finally, I used the Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner to wipe down my laptop!  I like using this ONE can for MANY jobs around the house!

Want to try the new Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner?  Print a Pledge coupon for $1.00 off the new cleaner!  Better yet….win a FREE can!!  Pledge and the Family Review Network has generously donated one can of Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner to one Not-So-Blog reader!

How to enter:

1.  Visit the Pledge website and tell me one other product you would love to try!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

2. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited!

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 11th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

CoffeeBean Direct: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the fourth day of honoring Dads with the “Suit Up for Father’s Day” Event! I hope you are finding some great gift ideas!

Giveaway #4

If your husband or Dad is a coffee lover, you don’t want to miss this giveaway!  Today’s sponsor is CoffeeBean Direct, an authentic coffee roaster with enough varieties to make your head spin!  From the website: coffebean3

Coffee Bean Direct is a dedicated gourmet coffee roaster, not a middleman. What sets us apart is that we price our coffee and tea products at wholesale price levels by default, regardless of quantity or destination. We operate out of our roasting facility in central New Jersey and roast/pack our products immediately prior to shipment.This ensures our customers that they are getting their coffees and teas as fresh as possible. CBD is operated by veterans of the coffee industry who have a passion for quality coffee.”

I was given the opportunity to try out this service and test the quality of the products.  Since we are honoring Dads, I let my husband search the insane amount of options available.  He looked through the regular coffee, decaf coffee, flavored coffee and assortment of teas before deciding on the Mocha Java Ground.

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From the website:

This is a true Mocha Java blend, combining our Estate Java and Yemen Mocha Mattari beans. People have been enjoying this blend of Arabian piquancy and Indonesian smoothness for over 400 years, and now Coffee Bean Direct brings this classic to our customers for the first time. This blend features a delicate balance of bright African acidity and wild flavor notes and the unique smoothness and chocolaty flavor notes on the Indonesians. The result is a quality cup of coffee that has stood the test of time.

When the package arrived, I didn’t even have to look at the label to figure out what was inside!  It smelled wonderful!  The grounds come in a resealable stand up bag with a one-way valve to ensure freshness.  My hubby was quick to open it and brew a pot for himself.  He was not disappointed in his choice!

coffeebean1 Can’t you just smell the coffee through your monitor?!?  CoffeeBean Direct has offered one Not-So-Blog reader one Medium Coffee Lovers gift basket includes:

* Three 1lb Bags of Fresh Ground Coffee
* A 12oz Package of Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
* One Package of Cookies
* Six Assorted Biscotti
* Two Coffee Bean Direct Coffee Mugs

How to enter:

1.  Visit CoffeeBean Direct and tell me which variety you would love to try!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

2. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited!

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 14th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

Wordless Wednesday

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I’m sorry, guys…I have no idea why Mr. Linky is not working for me!

The Swerve Full Body Grooming Tool: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the third day of honoring Dads with the “Suit Up for Father’s Day” Event! I hope you are finding some great gift ideas!

Giveaway #3

hypothesis The Swerve Full Body Grooming Tool will make my husband’s shaving experience easier and more comfortable.

materials One Swerve groomtool and one willing guinea pig (aka hubby)

Features from the website:

“The Swerve™ is a unique full body groomtool designed to give you a smooth, clean shave and the sexy look you desire. Its patent-pending, ergonomic design gives you the control and comfort you need to extend your shave to hard to reach areas including the back of your neck and upper body.

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The Swerve contains a triple-action blade for swift cutting precision and a lubricating strip designed to help the Swerve glide smoothly along the contours of your body. Use the Swerve weekly to keep your swerve appeal. Replace it every four-six weeks or when the blade begins to dull.  The Swerve comes in a unique, flexible storage tube making it a great travel companion.”

methods After reading the product description on The Swerve, I knew it would be a great product for my husband to try.  After a little convincing, he agreed to be my guinea pig.  Because of the nature of the review (and several threats from hubby), I will not be posting personal pics or video.  But you can see a video on product usage on the Swerve website.

results Hubby tried out the Swerve tonight on his own.  One of the great things about this groomtool is that no assistance should be needed, and it is correct!  Hubby was able to use the tool and shave the back of  his neck with no problems.  He said the tool was comfortable in his hand and allowed him to reach areas he otherwise would have needed help to shave.  The Swerve gave him a clean shave in areas that only needed a trim.  He recommends that this product be used for maintenance and not for the initial shave.

summary Hubby confirmed my hypothesis that the Swerve made shaving difficult to reach areas easier!  He said he would definitely consider buying this product once the life of his sample has expired.

references The Swerve can be purchased directly for $4.99 or at Amazon.  Fortunately, Swerve has been nice enough to donate a Triple Pack to one lucky Not-So-Blog reader!

How to enter:

1. Visit Swerve and tell me what material the prototypes were made of.

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

2. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited!

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 14th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

Stork Tools Daddy Diaper Bag: Giveaway

Today, I bring you the second prize in my “Suit Up for Father’s Day” giveaway series!

While my husband is a trooper, he absolutely HATES carrying my beautiful (albeit very feminine) diaper bag.  You have to understand that my husband has two daughters, a female dog, and is surrounded by 1000 teenage girls at work (he is a teacher at an all girls high school), so he actually DOES deserve some manly things in his life!

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The Stork Tools Daddy Diaper Bag from Dr. MOZ would make a great gift for a new or soon-to-be Dad!  From the blog of Dr. Moz:

“Wondering how a daddy diaper bag by Stork Tools differs from other diaper bags? Consider the following:

  • Gear Organizers and Pockets: Two mesh bottle pockets with tight elastic tops for baby bottles and dad’s beverage give easy access to dads on the go. The slash and zipper pockets are perfect for dad’s cell phone, wallet, and baby accessories.
  • Straps AND Handles: Parents wearing baby carriers often find messenger straps cumbersome, so Stork Tools bags are equipped with sturdy handles reinforced with grommets for carrying any size load by hand with ease. Those wearing the Stork Tools bags over the shoulder or across the chest will appreciate our thick, adjustable straps.
  • Great for Dad’s Gizmos: New fathers love the waterproof MP3 player pouch and the earbud port.
  • Huge Capacity: The multiple pockets and nylon-lined 3 main compartments hold everything daddy will need and more! The huge 16″ x 14″ x 6″ bag stands on it’s own when full (thanks to the square bottom) when packed full of baby and daddy gear!
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    Dr. MOZ offers several other great Father’s Day items such as the “GoodFather” T-Shirt and The Papa Pack!  All of the great Dr. MOZ products can be purchased at a store near you or online at stores such as Due-Dads or Amazon.

    Dr. MOZ has generously offered on Not-So-Blog reader a Navy and Light Green Stork Tools Daddy Diaper Bag!

    How to enter:

    1.  Visit Dr. Moz and tell me which other product you think would be great for Father’s Day!

    Additional entries:

    1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

    2.  Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway.

    3.  Subscribe to my blog.

    4.  Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

    5.  Enter the Keurig giveaway and receive one extra entry in this contest!

    Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 14th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited.  Open to U.S. Residents only.

Keurig Platinum Brewer: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my first day of honoring Dads with the “Suit Up for Father’s Day” Event!  I know we are all starting to shop for Dad, and if your husband is anything like mine, he is NO help when it comes to presents!  So, I have put together a few items that I think would make excellent gifts for Dad (and even have some great giveaways as well!).

Giveaway #1

hypothesis The Keurig Platinum Brewing System will make my morning routine easier!  I’ve heard a lot about the single cup brewers, so I am looking forward to seeing if it really is THAT easy!

materials One Keurig Platinum Brewer, one K-Cup of your choice, a mug and a thirst!  Features from the website:

“The Platinum Brewing System is Keurig’s best single-cup brewing system for your home. This premium model offers discerning coffee drinkers the widest range of five cup size options for brewing.

The Platinum offers the full spectrum of features including Auto On/Off, Digital Clock, Adjustable Temperature Control and the “Set Your Favorite Cup Size” option. The largest available 60 oz. removable water reservoir holds up to ten cups before refilling and the removable drip tray allows for easy cleaning and the use of travel mugs. The sleek, award-winning design is a unique footprint among Keurig’s line of home brewing systems and includes both a blue lit water reservoir and blue lit LCD display.”

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methods When Keurig sent me the Platinum Brewer, I think my husband was more excited than anyone!  As soon as the box arrived, he was asking if he could open it!  Following the set-up cycle (which took maybe 10 minutes), we were ready to brew.  Dear hubby set the clock, brew temperature, cup size, and selected a decaf Caribou K-Cup.  The method was as easy as pressing “Brew” on the display and within seconds, he had a fresh cup of coffee in hand.

Check out how easy it is to make your favorite coffee, tea or hot chocolate!


results Both my husband and I are extremely impressed by the Keurig Platinum Brewer!  The set-up and  use was incredibly easy and the taste of the final product was excellent.  I was shocked by the fact that my husband could brew a cup of coffee immediately followed by me brewing a cup of tea, and my tea did not even have a hint of coffee flavor!  We had a great time looking through the various blends of coffee and varieties of teas offered in K-Cups.  Ever wondered how the K-Cup works?  Check out a product demo!

The only improvement we noted was that we wish the K-Cups would come in a chicory variety….after all, we are in New Orleans!  What’s coffee without the eye opening chicory?!? Coffee will certainly come in handy if you decide to pursue that supply chain management degree online!

summary The Keurig is hands down my new favorite appliance in my kitchen!  I have found so many uses for it other than a good old-fashioned cup of coffee.  For example, if no K-Cup is added, you can just get hot water at a pre-set temperature.  I have found this useful for making oatmeal or grits in the morning with no waiting (perfect for impatient toddlers!).  This is also ideal for dinner parties because everyone does not have to drink the same type of coffee.

references The Keurig Platinum Brewer can be purchased for $169.99 directly from Keurig.  But, you can WIN one right here along with 4 boxes of K-Cups to get you started!

How to enter:

1.  Visit Keurig and tell me what variety of K-Cup would be your first choice!

Additional entries:

1.  Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

2.  Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway.  Every time you tweet you get an additional entry!  Unlimited!

3.  Subscribe to my blog.

4.  Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 14th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited.  Open to U.S. Residents only.

Creative’s Vado: Review

hypothesis Having a pocket video camera will allow me to easily take videos of my kids and share them with     friends and family.

materials One Vado Pocket Video Camera, one tired 4 year old and one Mommy videographer.  Some of the features of the Vado are:  two whole hours of great video at the touch of a button, super simple video sharing using the flexible USB to post videos online or save them to your PC, and recharging via USB instead of using an endless pile of disposable batteries!

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methods When I received the Vado Pocket Video Camera from Creative USA, I couldn’t wait to start filming.  My oldest daughter, Lily came up with the idea to play “News Reporter” just before bedtime.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to see how easily we could video her antics and upload them for her to watch on the computer.

results After the Vado was finished charging (it took about 4 hours), we were ready to rock and roll!  The Vado does come with easy to understand instructions, but honestly, I didn’t need them.  This pocket video cam was self-explanatory and user friendly.  We filmed Lily’s “News Report” with no problems and uploaded it using the built in software and flexible USB tab almost instantly.  You have the option to place the video clip on YouTube or Photobucket in order to share your precious moments with family and friends.  I chose to upload to YouTube which was very quick and easy as well.  Watch Lily’s New Report here:

Another feature that I loved about Creative’s Vado was it’s portability!  It is very lightweight and fits in my pocket or my purse making it easily accessible so I don’t miss one single video-worthy moment!

summary Would I buy a Creative Vado?  YES!  It is certainly more cost effective (and cute!) than a larger camcorder and so portable that I don’t leave home without it.  Oftentimes, I find us leaving our handheld camcorder at home because no one wants to carry it!  This product will definitely make my life easier, and for a busy Mom, I am ALL about EASY, which proves my hypothesis to be CORRECT!

references Creative’s Vado can be purchased for $99.99 directly from Creative’s website.  There is also a high definition version available for $229.99.  Unfortunately, the Experimental Mommy does not have one to giveaway on this post, but I know my friend Renee over at What Mommies Need has a Vado giveaway going on until May 31st!