Friday, December 30, 2011

J.A.W.S Review & Giveaway

I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning. I love having a clean house, but I hate actually doing the cleaning myself. Unfortunately, that fact combined with the fact that I am a chronic procrastinator means that I usually wait until the last possible moment to get cleaning done around the house. I also detest the smell of cleaning supplies, especially BATHROOM cleaning products! The strong aromas nearly knock me down the instant I open the bottle or sprayer. Once the cleaning is done I have such a headache that I don't want to clean anything else. Not a good reaction for someone who didn't want to start the cleaning in the first place.

I was recently introduced to the Just Add Water System (J.A.W.S.). These cleaning products are biodegradable, nontoxic, and very effective! They currently come in four varieties - Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner, Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser, Bathroom Cleaner/Deodorizer, and Disinfectant Cleaner/Degreaser.

I put J.A.W.S. to the test by trying out the Bathroom Cleaner/Deodorizer first. My husband works around the farm and his hands get pretty grungy, so our public bathroom sink and counter tends to be the quickest to get dirty. When I opened the sprayer I was pleasantly surprised by lack of intense aroma. I sprayed the counter and the sink and began to wipe them with a wash cloth. No heavy scrubbing needed, the grunge came right off, I was left with a nice clean area! Once I was finished I left the bathroom, walked around, then went back in. It was almost like I had not used cleaners at all, NO intense smell left over from chemicals! I was sold and thoroughly excited about using the other cleaners around the house.
Bathroom Sink Before
After Cleaning with J.A.W.S.

My next chore, the MICROWAVE! If your home is like mine, someone ALWAYS lets their food explode in the microwave and then forgets to clean it up. Then the next person, who didn't make the mess but wants to use the microwave, uses it and bakes on the mess further. So, I whipped out the Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser. I sprayed the inside of the microwave, grabbed a wash cloth and began to wipe down the inside. Everything came off without a scrub. The baked on crud just came off like nothing, no big deal, a piece of cake! Again, I was SOLD!

I've since used these cleaners everywhere in the house! My stove, the girl's toys, coffee table that had double sided tape stuck to the edge (came off easily and didn't harm the table), mirrors, the T.V., EVERYWHERE! The best part is that it is safe around the kids. I don't worry about harsh chemicals harming my little ones.

Aside from it's AWESOME cleaning ability, J.A.W.S. uses a refillable bottle that you reload with a concentrated refill cartridge. So, you can reuse the bottle over and over as well as spend less for the actual cleaning agent! How cool is that!

Overall, I was VERY pleased with the quality of this cleaning system! It is actually fun to clean, knowing I have a great product that works and is safe around my girls! I recommend this product to all my family, friends, and followers!

You can tell I've used the Bathroom Cleaner the most!

My Rating: A+ $$
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Cost: $4.99-$5.79 for single Starter Kit-which includes a refillable bottle and 2 Concentrated Refill Cartridges. $3.99-$4.79 for 2 pack of Concentrated. $19.99 (plus S&H) for Home Cleaning Kits- while includes:
4 reusable spray bottles
2 cartridges each of:
  • Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner/Deodorizer
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser
  • Disinfectant Degreaser
Where to Buy: Online or at any of their retailers
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The lovely people at J.A.W.S. are offering one of my lucky readers a Sample Pack of J.A.W.S. Cleaners! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Overprotective or Practical?

I have to admit that before I gave birth to my daughters, I never really thought about child safety much. It wasn't until I became pregnant with Big Sister that I really started reading up about safety with babies and young children. When Big Sister became mobile I felt the need to get the foam corner protectors for my coffee table, outlet covers to keep fingers out of plugs, and other similar items. Our home was safe for our little one and I was happy with what we had put in place to prevent any big mishaps. Big Sister didn't really crawl normal and most of the time she would sit in one place and play for a while, so her mobility wasn't a huge deal for me with regards to her safety. It wasn't until Little Sister became mobile that we started looking for ways to protect her from herself. Little Sister started trying to walk just before she turned 9 months, which totally blew my mind because Big Sister didn't start trying to walk until 13 months. So, here I had this tiny, little, wobbly baby trying to walk and follow her big sister EVERYWHERE. Needless to say, the falls came on strong and although she would cry when she fell, it didn't stop her. So, my husband and I decided to look for a way to protect Little Sister's precious head from all the falls and bumps. I did some research online and found a couple companies that sold safety head gear for babies and toddlers. I settled on a product called the Thudguard. I have to admit that I felt a little silly buying the Thudguard. I mean come on, babies have been walking and falling for thousands of years, right? Why should it be a big deal?

Well, we bought the Thudguard and we love it! It gives us peace of mind that we are protecting our daughter, helping her precious head and brain grow safely. I think Little Sister appreciates it as well. The first night we put it on her she was mad and wanted it off. The next day, she didn't seem to mind as much. And now, she loves it! She has figured out that it helps her head not hurt when she falls. She will sometimes bring me her helmet if I don't put it on right away and she wants to play. And, I think it has kept my husband from having several heart attacks when Big Sister or the dog has knocked her down on accident.

So, what do you think? Are we being overprotective or practical? Would you buy a Thudgard or a similar product for your child?

If you are interested in more information about the Thudguard, please visit their website!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and a VERY Merry Christmas this weekend!

Disclaimer: The information expressed in this post are my opinion based on my experience with my children and the Thudguard we purchased. I was not compensated in ANY way by posting about the Thudguard. I, nor, the producers of the Thudguard make any guarantees about the Thudguard or its use with babies and toddlers.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Memories Suite Review & Giveaway

Since the day Big Sister was born, my fingers have been glued to a camera button. I wanted to capture every precious moment; however, now I'm stuck with tons and tons of photos, most in the digital form, and no way of displaying them. I do have a facebook page for family and friends to keep up with the kids as they grow, but I need something I could show to friends and family in my home, minus all the technology involved with digital photos.

I was recently introduced to My Memories Suite, a Digital Scrapbooking Software. I have fallen in LOVE with this user friendly scrapbook software! For a busy and frugal Mom, this software is a LIFESAVER! I can make awesome scrapbook pages in less time and less money than the normal scrapbooking methods. I don't have to organize or dedicate a separate room in my house for papers, stickers, scissors, cutouts, and all that is involved in hard core scrapbooking.

With the holidays drawing near, I decided to put My Memories Suite to the test by designing a Christmas Card to send to family and friends! I'm not one for reading directions or instructions very closely so as soon as I opened the program I just dove right in. This software is super easy to figure out, it took me no time at all to search through the backgrounds and embellishments and decide on a plan for the Christmas card.

My Christmas card, a work in progress!

There are several options that I absolutely LOVE about this software! 

1) There are several paper dimension options as well as an option to set your own dimensions. This was AWESOME for me because I bought a set of 50 blank note cards that happened to be the oddest dimensions I have ever seen, 9.5 inches long by 6.5 inches wide.
2) There is a grey area around your project that will tell you where your printer margin is going to be. So, I can put everything together and have it print beautifully with out accidentally having half a word or photo chopped off by the margin!
3) You can edit your photo in the program! There is NO need for other editing programs to achieve red eye reductions, cropping, or photo effects like changing the color to sepia. This software does it all in one place!
4) You are NOT limited to your own imagination, hehe! There are several beautiful templates and designs that allow you to plop photos right in without designing or decorating a single page.  
5) The My Memories Suite website has FREE kits as well as kits to purchase that you can download and add to your software! So, if you are looking for somethings extra special for a particular page, you are not limited to the embellishments and paper designs that come with the software. I think I have already downloaded at least 10 FREE kits myself, just because I thought they were cute and I "might" use them in the future.

My only warning is to beware of how fun and addicting this digital scrapbook software can become! I could easily spend far too many hours putting together scrapbook pages now!

As you can tell, I have been incredibly impressed with My Memories Suite! I recommend it to everyone for all their scrapbooking needs! You don't have to be a computer wiz to use the software or a design expert to make a beautiful scrapbook.

My Rating: A+ $$$
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Cost: My Memories Suite v3 Normal Price $39.97 or Use Code STMMMS86739 at check out for $10 OFF!
Where to Buy: Online at the My Memories Suite Website!

My Memories would like to give one of my lucky readers a FREE copy of the My Memories Suite v3 Digital Scrapbook Software!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Barney Live - Birthday Bash Review

The girls and I had the awesome privilege of being able to review Barney Live - Birthday Bash on November 17th in Indianapolis. My mother was kind enough to come along, enjoy the show, and help with the girls. Of course, before the show we had to buy some show souvenirs, we bought a ball (Katelynn's choice), a hat and a wand that lit up! This was the first Live show that my girls had seen and I was super excited to see their reactions. As soon as Barney hit the stage their eyes were GLUED to the show! Big Sister is close to 2 1/2 years old, Little Sister is 9 months, and they both got a HUGE kick out of the show. I was completely surprised at Little Sister's attention span as well as how animated she became. I couldn't hold her still! She wanted to stand and jump and dance on my lap during the songs, it was SO cute!

The show was very nice and the actors did a great job at getting the crowd to respond and interact during the show. They were really a talented group. It lasted about an hour and a half with an intermission in the middle. My girls would have been pleased with just the first part of the show, but were still entertained throughout the second half as well. Since the girls are so young and can't tell me which part was their favorite, I will tell you mine! "Oh Mister Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun Please Shine Down on Me..." I LOVED this song, especially when Barney & Friends came out with the brightly colored umbrellas as props. It was just TOO Cute and really well choreographed.

The only downside I found with the show, was when they shot cannons of confetti into the crowd a couple times. The kids seemed to LOVE it and didn't seem to phase the girls, but I jumped each time they went off because they were loud! So, if you decide to see Barney Live - Birthday Bash, if your an adult, I'd recommend using the restroom before the show because of the silly cannons!

Overall, we had a great time and the show was great! It appealed to a wide variety of ages and was very interactive! I hope you all enjoy my review and decide to take a special day and see a show with your little ones!

Thanks for reading dear followers!

Disclosure: I received 4 tickets from Bohlsen PR, Inc. to review the show. I was not compensated in any other form. The opinions and experiences expressed in this post are mine and I nor Bohlsen PR Inc., nor Vee Corporation guarantee that you will enjoy this show. 

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Big Sister's New Chapter

I've had some concern about Big Sister's speech for a while now. She is about 2 1/2 years old and I couldn't help but notice that kids her age and even ones considerably younger, talk much better than she does. She only has a handful of words that sound like actual words, the rest are partial words that only we know what she means because we're around her all the time. I know that normally you shouldn't compare kids with other kids because each one develops differently, but Big Sister's speech just kept bothering me and bothering me.

I was referred to a program that evaluates kids for a variety of developmental skills and then recommends certain therapies to help them. Today Big Sister had her evaluation and although I was concerned about her speech, the lady did a full evaluation of all her skills. I was very impressed with the whole evaluation. The lady brought several toys and activities to gauge her development as well as asked me several questions and asked Big Sister to do a variety of activities. At the end of her evaluation, the lady said that Big Sister had excellent Problem Solving Skills and that she was slow in her Social and Speech Skills. In the next couple of weeks I will be talking to a Speech Therapist and setting up a program for Big Sister. The Speech Therapist will be seeing Big Sister once a week, but for how long I am not yet sure. I am relieved to know where she stands in her development and I am excited to start the process of getting her help. I can't wait to see her progress and to be able to communicate with her even better!

A mother's intuition is almost always right, and I would like to encourage other Moms to seek help from doctor's and professionals if you have any concerns about your child's development.

Thanks for reading Dear Followers and I hope you stick around for future updates on Big Sister's progress!

CLICK HERE to read more about Big Sister's Progress with her Speech!


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