Sunday, October 21, 2012

Printable Halloween Party Pack Review

Halloween is almost here!!! I am so excited to see the kids dressed up and to eat candy :D Every year, one of my friends has a family friendly Halloween party.These printables from Python Printable Games are perfect for any Halloween party.

The pack retails for $19.95 for 40 games. Some of them are: Crafty Pumpkin Decorating Ideas, Pin The Head On The Monster, Werewolf Spot The Difference, Halloween Costume Word Search, Halloween Coloring Pages, Halloween Synonyms For Kids, Chew On This Candy Names Game, Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Halloween Memo Match For Kids, Halloween Crossword For Kids, Halloween Maze Game.... and many more.
There are games for adults, kids, teens and mixed age groups.You can keep these games forever and reuse them on other occasions.

 I printed out the coloring pages, word searches, Pirate Language game and the Werewolf Spot the Difference games. All of the pages printed out crisp, and the colors were vibrant. They worked well in both color and black and white - even the spot the difference game. Jeff really enjoyed the Pirate Language game, and I can't wait to color with E. The answers and solutions are all included too.

Fee fall printable downloads are available at:  Subscribers also get coupons and other fun freebies.
There is also a SPECIAL MYSTERY coupon code running all through Fall: MYSTY. The percentage saved changes every few days!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling review

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was not what I was expecting. The end is still making me think.

It starts with the death of Barry Fairbrother, and all of the characters are introduced in the first few chapters. There are A LOT of characters, and I had a horrible time of keeping them straight. They all had different personality types, and each was well written. Every one had their own flaws. There were just a lot!

Then the book goes into why Barry's death is such a big deal, setting up the main plot point which so much of the book revolves around. It was a different type of storytelling, and I enjoyed it.

At times, the book was just too much - too many storylines, too many people, to much going on. Towards the end, I was getting a little impatience for the book to be over ans wondering if the conclusion would be satisfactory. Then, boom, a big old surprise came and suddenly I had to see what happened!!

This book showcases what a good storyteller JK Rowling is. It is a long read, sometimes a maddening read, but it is a good read.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Cravebox Winner!

And the winner of the Back to School Cravebox is
Shirley L!!!

Congratulations!! You have been e-mailed and have 24 hours to reply!

Thank you to all who entered!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Glade Expressions Collection Review

I am a huge Glade fan! They make yummy fragrances for great prices - and they always have coupons available!! I have only used their candles, so I was so excited to get to try the oil diffuser and fragrance mist from the Glade Expressions Collection! Yes, I am that excited!!

The Glade Expressions® Collection is inspired by art and designed to be left out on display. These authentic, easy-to-use home fragrance products release scents that open up note by note, filling your home with lightly layered fragrances and inviting life in. The breakthrough line includes two unique, refillable products:

The Glade Expressions® Oil Diffuser releases authentic and exotic fragrances without having to plug it in or find batteries. The trendy holder matches décor perfectly - and is also refillable - making it an effective, stylish option for layering true-to-life fragrances in all of your living spaces.

Glade oil diffuser... looks like art!

I chose the Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice scent  for the oil diffuser and put it in E.'s room. We keep the door shut, so his room can get a little stale and stinky! I am so impressed by the way the smell has lasted for over 2 weeks. The smell itself is wonderful - it smells like fall every time I go in there. I also love how it looks so stylish. I could put this out in my living room, and it would look just like my regular decor. It is also has a spill-free design so I don't have to worry if E gets his little paws on it!

Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mist comes in a chic holder that blends with your décor for a burst of fragrance that's always out and available. Simply squeeze to release a long-lasting, light mist of fragrance; then refill the holder with your favorite true-to-life scent.

The label comes off of the fragrance mist bottle so it fits your decor. And yes, those are Glade candles next to it!

I went tropical with the fragrance mist - pineapple and mangosteen. The pineapple scent is right on - it makes me crave pineapples!! This fragrance mist is  also long lasting. I use a lot of fragrance sprays, and I have used a lot with bad scents or that didn't last long. Not with Glade! I also like how it is refillable - less waste and so easy to choose a new scent.

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I received coupons from bzzagent to try these products for free. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/7/2012

Yay it is finally fall!!! We went from high 70s to high 50s and rain!!! Hooray!! In honor of the weather, I am making soup this week :) I really would like to make more soup this season. We'll see if that really happens!

Monday:Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup (halving the recipe)

Tuesday: Chicken with Kraft Fresh Taste

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday:  Creamy Baked Ziti

Friday:  leftovers

This afternoon I made this week's dessert - Brown Sugar Cookies
We are having lunch out with Jeff's parents tomorrow nad dessert at his grandparents, so I made these to bring :)

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Win a Back to School Cravebox!

Guess what? The awesome people at Cravebox liked my review so much that they are letting me give away a Back to School Cravebox!!! WOO HOO!!! If you want to know all of the awesome products in this Craavebox, check out my review here.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tiger lil by Jodi Lynn Anderson Review

Tiger LilyTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a huge Peter Pan fan, and I try to read and see everything related to the story. I was excited to read this book because it looked like a different take on the well know adventures... and it was. Narrated by Tinker Bell, having a detached yet emotional narrator worked perfectly. Tiger Lily herself was was well drawn out, and it was interesting to see the way she was with Peter. Peter was exactly the way I expcect4ed him to be. I enjoyed all of the main characters in their own way - there is no real "villain" to root for or against. The characters change and gro throughout the book.

This book has many messages and undercurrents, and Anderson does a great job of guiding the characters into the choices they make. Those choices, even small ones that aren't really thought about at first, change everything. The messages aren't preachy or heavy handed. They just happen as Tiger Lily and Peter go about their lives.

I loved this book, and was wondering how it would end, even as I was reading the ending! Endings make or breaks books a lot of the time, and this ending really made the book. It actually makes you think!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Back to School Cravebox Review

I can't believe that I have not blogged about Cravebox before! For $10 to $13, you get a box full of goodies! Subscriber boxes come every 6 to 8 weeks. The boxes can contain anything from food to beauty products to health, office, laundry... you never know what you are going to get, but it is usually pretty good stuff by brands you have heard of and some you haven't.

Cravebox also has limited edition boxes that anyone can apply to get. They are similar to the subscriber boxes, but if you are chosen to receive one, you will get  box full of goodies based on a single theme, topic or interest. Them most recent limited edition box as called Back to School, and it was pretty great!!

Cravebox Back to School Limited edition box

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera - soothing and cooling, I use aloe vera for sunburns, but it has so many uses. This is in the front of my medicine cabinet.

Bic Atlantis pens and mechanical pencils - Bic is seriously my favorite pen brand, and I have always loved using ink that is a different color than regular blue and black. The pens are awesome, and they write so smoothly. Jeff can always use more pencils.

yummi bears DHA supplements - I was so excited to try gummy vitamins LOL These are actually a supplement, but they are also good for you! They are made with fish oil, so they do have a slight fishy taste, but it is still fun to eat gummies! (as you can see from the photo... I have eaten several!) A coupon for $1 off was also included.

Little Pim Spanish DVD - Very cute DVD to help children learn Spanish.It was more just kids speaking Spanish than an actual learning video, but my son still liked it. I think it is important to expose children to other languages and cultures, and this is an easy way to do so.

Halo oral antiseptic spray - I did not try this yet, but will definitely be bringing it the next time we fly. I am so scared of catching airborne germs on planes, and the idea of a spray to help protect me is great. It would be good if you were in a crowded situation, especially in winter.

Kleenex slim packs - What is there to say about Kleenex, soft and strong! These on the go packs are, well, slim, and they fit perfectly into a pocket of the diaper bag. I hardly knew they were there! Plus the designs are neat!

Lunchables with Smoothie coupon -  haven't used this yet, however I love the convenience and taste of Lunchables. They are easy to bring along on when we are out all day and need to feed the kid lunch on the go! Can't wait to try them with smoothies :)

This was a FABULOUS Cravebox! The best part is that there were issues with shipping, so they refunded our money. They are very engaged with their fans. You can find out more about Cravebox on their web site, Facebook or Twitter.

Radical Review Wednesday: PACKAWAYS Dorm Boxes


I say: I was sent two PACKAWAYS moving boxes to review. First - I love the colors!! Bright, fun and easy to spot. I liked how they were corrugated like cardboard yet made out of durable plastic. They were very easy to "put together" and "take apart" (just push down the bottom or push up the bottom), and they fold down flat - perfect for dorms where you have tight spaces!

Just push to create a box!
 I used mine to hold E's clothes that are too big. They all fit in with room to spare! I know these boxes will hold up for a long time. I am planning on using them when he goes to college! (Yikes!!!)

PACKAWAYS hold a lot of items

They say: PACKAWAYS Dorm Boxes are available in 4 colors and different sizes. The sizes include moving boxes and a large underbed storage size 36L x 24W x 6"H that would be ideal for extra clothes and neat storage where space is tight in dorm rooms. Moving boxes are engineered to erect and collapse instantaneously without tape, these are super for moving kids to and from school. Made from durable polypropylene, these boxes should last the 4 years of moving your children to and from school.
While ideal for this particular application, PACKAWAYS can be used for numerous organizational projects around the home.
Low cost and Proudly made in the U.S.A.

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