Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7200 Band Mega loom Refill Set from Rainbow Braid

I've told y'all before my children are into this Rainbow Bands craze. I think we have a dozen bracelets each in different colors.  They are super cute and all of my children's friends are into them as well. Even my husband has gotten into making bracelets, he says it is relaxing.

I'm not sure why but around here is it hard to find single color bags of Rainbow bands. I have seen a few but most of them are a variety of color but why by  all colors when we only need white? So when I was chosen to review this refill pack I (actually more like my son and hubby) was VERY excited.

I know it says 7,200 pieces but when they opened the package I was blown away but the variety and quantity in this pack. Not only is there every color Rainbow band you can imagine but some or glitter and glow in the dark. My son we nuts over the glow in the dark. But that's not all in the pack there are C clamps, S clamps, and beads. So this pack not only gives more bands but my son is very excited to learn how to add the beads.So this will give a different look to his bracelets all together.

The Rainbow bands are very tough and don't break easily. The colors are very vibrant and the variety leaves endless possibilities for their imagination to run wild. My son has already made his Halloween, school colors, and LSU bracelet. He is working on Christmas and Easter for himself and his siblings. This is a hobby that all of my children enjoy. Even the girls will watch my son make bracelets and that keeps them occupied for an hour or so. 

My children go through their bands very quickly but I think this pack will last a long time. I would recommend the 7200 Band Mega Loom Refill set from Rainbow Braid  to any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, nanny (you get the picture) with a child that plays with the rainbow bands. It is a perfect to keep them in bands and parts for a long time. 

I received this product complimentary in exchange for an honest uncompensated review but the opinion expressed is all mine. Rest assured I only recommend products that I feel are good for my readers.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New apps from Kids Academy

I am always looking for a way to occupy my children when we are at appointments. So anytime I see a new app for children I check it out. I was recently introduced to three new ones and I wanted to share them with y'all.  The first one is Best Kids Songs. Songs include Bingo, ABC, and alphabet phonics. Good for children from baby to kindergarten with fun educational nursery rhymes and karaoke music. Children will learn the English language through playing games like flash cards and animal sing along.

As you can see the pictures are super cute and the music is very entertaining. The song is Bingo, ever child know the song. So the little dog hops along with the farmer to the song. It is very bright and colorful I can see this being entertaining for young children.

The next app is super cute app is based on Montessori match letter and math quiz puzzles. It is a learning kid's game and great for boys and girls. They can learn to read, ABC, alphabet tracing, and phonics. With songs and interactive games. 

The age is listed as 5 and under but any child that needs a refresher would be more than happy to play with the app. It breaks down tracing to a child's level and makes it easy for them to understand. It is also very easy to use even for tiny hands. The tracing feature doesn't let them do it incorrectly either. So not only can they learn to recognize the letter but they are learning how to write the letter as well.

The last app is very similar to the last but it is made for Preschool and Kindergarten children. It is based on Montessori educational English language approach in reading.  The app is packed with crosswords, sounds, songs, spelling blacks and flash cards. The app helps develop fine motor skins and practice letter writing all while having fun!

Lots of mazes to conquer some you even go through while learning to rhyme. The full version has upper and lower case letter to trace.

All of these have a free limited version of the apps to try them out. Any in app purchases have special instructions so your little one cannot cost you a fortune on your next bill. All three of these apps compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iTouch. It requires iOS 4.3 or later, optimized for iPhone 5. 

I was compensated for this post but the opinion expressed is all mine. Rest assured I only recommend products I feel are good for my readers. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

No shave trend

So I'm scrolling through FaceBook last night and I see this picture:

Of course I was very curious to see what it was all about so I clicked on the link. It appears several woman have decided to stop putting themselves through the daunting task of removing their body hair. My first thought was wow, I can see how liberating that really would be. No more shaving or waxing, double checking to make sure no spot was missed. No more stressing when it starts growing back. No more carrying razors on vacation even though I always secretly hope I can make it through the entire trip without having to use it.

Then on the other hand is America really ready for this fad?  Other cultures accept and embrace woman not shaving they even think it is sexy.  But a lot of American men think that a woman should be smooth. I mean we even have men shaving their arms and legs now. So will this trend be a socially accepted?

This is a perfect example of how society reacts to women not shaving. Was it really necessary to point out her hairy legs?  From the first picture it was very unnoticeable.

I've said it before I believe in live and let live so if you have decided to ditch your razors, shaving cream, and wax good for you!  After a lot of thought,  I could only join this revolution during the winter. I go as long as I can during the winter without shaving but come summer, the razors come out.

I'm not sure why but I do hate to shave. It' s not like it takes a long time but it's just a pain so I could see the joy in stopping. But in my opinion a smooth hairless leg in shorts or a shirt makes me feel very sexy. I don't know if I would feel the same way if I stopped shaving. Truthfully, think a man with a hairless back and chest is extremely sexy.

So this girl will not be banishing her razor and shaving cream anytime soon.  I may change my mind later on, in fact I'm pretty certain come October I will slowing start joining the no shave revolution one week at a time.
How about you?  Have you tossed your razors and started enjoying a liberating no shave lifestyle?What are your thoughts on woman who have tossed their razors and stopped shaving? No rude comments please.

The Bean Bag Chair Outlet review and giveaway

I was so excited when The Bean Bag Chair Outlet agreed to work with me. The Bean Bag Chair Outlet has lots of amazing bean bags to choose from in a large variety of colors and different fillings to choose from.  They make their bean bags with the finest fabrics available. The beanbags come with a fully removable cover with an inner liner made of poly/cotton blend. All of their bean bag chairs come with an innovative safety patch which is inaccessible to small children.

I was chosen to review their Large Durable Denim Chair with Royal Mix filling. When I opened the box and saw the bean bag I was immediately impressed at how sizable the bean bag is. I didn't tell my children I was chosen to review a bean bag chair so when they saw it they were so excited. My boys have the Play Station in their room so the minute it was open the boys staked claim to the bean bag.

There are two zippers on the bag, one on the outer cover and the other on the inner liner. This keeps the polystyrene beads from escaping the inner liner. The cover is has a denim look but is super soft and feels amazing. The bean bag cover does not come on the bean bag so you have to put the cover on. I was given one piece of advice, line up the stuffing zipper with the cover zipper so if you need to open them for any reason, you will not have to take the cover off. Putting the cover on was is fairly easy. I just unzipped it and laid it open on the floor, put the bean bag in the middle and pulled the cover up. Then zip, that's all it takes.

The Royal Mix is a special blend of Bead and Shredded foam. This mix is recommended for overall comfort and fullness in your chair. The Royal Mix makes the chair always full and produces one of the most comfortable chairs on the market today.  This filling is amazing it is not like normal bean bags where you can feel it and hear the crunch. The chair always fells super full and comfortable. It is so comfortable and full, I could lay on this chair for hours and probably fall asleep.

My children love it and right now it is bigger enough to sit  2 of them comfortably.It is so soft and plush it is great to sit on and doesn't sink or lose it's shape. It is big enough for me and one of my children to lay comfortably.

Bean Bag Chair Outlet has agreed to give one of you the chance to win your own Denim Royal Bean Bag! It's GIVEAWAY time isn't that exciting? But that means  I have to go over the rules so here they are:

Entries will be accepted from  07/28/14 - 8/11/14 

Good luck remember one winner will be randomly chosen through the RaffleCopter. You MUST be following me on Twitter or GFC or like alwaysblabbing on FaceBook to be eligible to win. This giveaway is open to US and Canada residence only Winners will have 48 hours to contact me with their mailing information. alwaysblabbing is not responsible for shipping prize.
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I received this product complimentary in exchange for a honest uncompensated review but the opinion expressed is all mine. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack

I have been working hard to lose weight but instead of the pounds on my scale going down, it keeps going up!! Talk about a huge motivation killer. It was enough to make me not want to work out anymore A lot of people keep telling me I'm building muscles and I I KNOW in the back of my mind that is true but who wants to keep working out with no results?  I was told when working out and building muscle stay off of a scale but I NEED some way to measure my progress just for piece of mind. So I was very excited to try this Body Fat Test Caliper and Body Tape Measure. I was told you lose inches before you lose pounds so this combo was a fantastic way for me to put that theory to the test.

The body Fat Test Caliper is very simple to us and comes with an easy to read chart. The numbers were not exactly what I wanted to see and I have nothing to compare them to but at least I have a starting point. It is made out of a very nice heavy duty plastic so it will be durable for a long time. The measuring mechanism slides easily without having to be forced so there is no fear of having to push so hard I may be breaking it.

I love that the measuring tape is NOT the cloth type you have to roll up. I have one of those and I put a rubber band around it to keep it neat. Well the rubber band mysteriously disappeared the first time I unrolled the tape to use it. The type "holder" is made from a nice durable, heavy plastic  The tape comes out and holds its place then retracts very smoothly. When you are stopped at the point you are trying to measure, there is a slot to hold the tape in place. The downside is it is metric is the side showing, so if you want to see inches you have to turn it upside down.

Both are sizable enough for the numbers to be completely legible but small enough to be portable and easily stored away. They would easily pack in a suitcase or bag for travel as well. I'm glad I have something to help me to accurately and easily measure my progress. I just hope these numbers go down instead of up!

I received this product complimentary but the opinion i expressed is all mine. Rest assured I only recommend products I feel are good for my readers. 

Exfolimate - exfoliation without scrubs or expensive equipment

When I signed up to review Exfolimate I thought it was 2 pad or sponges for exfoliation. I was taken back when I saw it was actually a tool set. As you can see it looks like a sharp edge, I was little afraid to use them and my husband even made a comment about how good they would feel with a sunburn.

My fear quickly diminished when I started using the body tool. I need to shave and I TRY to exfoliate before I shave because they say it makes your shave last longer. It's very easy to use, just hold the tool at a 90 degree angle and run it on your skin. It does NOT cut or scrap you in anyway, you barely feel it.

I had my doubts that it was actually exfoliating my skin so I used it on my feet. If you have followed me a while you know I have  dry cracked heels. It worked GREAT. There was a very noticeable difference after I used the Exfolimate on my feet.  I also used it on a chronic patch of eczema and it smooth that out nicely as well.  

Although I love to use a scrub for exfoliation, I love that these are cleaner to use than scrub. I hate digging in the jar of scrub and getting those little grains under my fingernails. I also have find sometimes if I don't rinse off enough, the scrub stays on my skin and the little grains get caught in my razor blades.  So this prevents all the mess.  

They come with little strings to attach so they can be hung on a hook in your shower for easy storage.  I hung them up with my lofa and sponge so they are neatly stored. These are light and portable so you can easily travel with them as well. 

If you exfoliate or would like to start I recommend trying this product it is very easy to use with no fuss or mess.  Oh and did I mention, it helps reduce the visible signs of aging? 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

One Direction makeup giveaway

Heartthrob band One Direction is launching a makeup line, which I will have the scoop about very soon. In the mean time you can enter to win a limited edition collection in a keepsake tin! Hurry giveaway ends soon


  • Macy's - August 11th
  • Stage Stores – August 25th
  • Dillards – August 25th
  • Beauty Brands – August 25th
  • Lord and Taylor - August 25th

The collection of makeup by One Direction features bold colors that will sure bring out the fun, flirty, girly side of you!

Each limited edition tin includes:

  • One Direction doodle stencils
  • Liquilights lip gloss
  • Créme lipstick
  • Four eyeshadows
  • One glitter créme eyeshadow
  • Chubby pencils (eyeliner)
  • Little Black Dress mascara
  • Nail varnishes

Good luck remember, alwaysblabbing is not picking a winner nor is alwaysblabbing responsible for shipping the prize.