Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hexbug Nano Party!

Schools started and the holidays are a comin'... I love to test out products and show you first hand how it works and if its worth the money!

I was just sent a Hexbug Nano Party kit... Inside was tons of goodies!

  • 30 HEXBUG Nano test tubes,
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set in retail package
    • Put these industrious critters to the test by creating a customizable playground for the industrious critters to traverse through! The HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set contains two extremely rare Nano mutations that every kid will want to brag about. Also included are four easy connect curved pieces, three easy connect straight pieces, and three easy connect hexagon pieces, offering users a variety of configurations.

  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Bridge Battle Habitat Set in retail package
    • Kids can create the ultimate battleground for the HEXBUG Nano with the Bridge Battle Habitat Set that comes with 29 easy connect pieces and two rare HEXBUG Nanos. What’s really cool about this maze is that kids get to battle their Nanos using this elevated multi-level platform!

  • Lots of pieces to build your own habitat!

They do require 1 AG13 button cell battery (sold in twin pack for $4.99) - Nice that its inexpensive and EASY to change out.

There are no sensors, chips or anything to go wrong on these suckers... just little rubber legs that don't move... they are the simplest of things (of course that's what kids love!)

There's an OFF and ON switch - YES!!! Moms you can turn them off and put them away :)

The Nano behaves like a real bug once you flip on the switch. Tiny vibrations send the Nano scampering over various surfaces. It even flips over by itself. It uses the physics of vibration to navigate different items in its path (avoiding items, flipping over, etc)

The Bridge Battle Habitat Set which comes out October 15th and retails for $39.99 - its the BEST VALUE!! I'm saying this cause it comes with all the things you need to have a home for the Nano's and comes with 2 Nano's lol.

The Habitat set which is already out and a step down from the bridge set retails for $29.99 and is a great set! Comes with two Nano's too!

The best part I like with the Nano is that its educational and ONLINE as well... so it doubles your money as a in person toy and an online toy. - Hexbug Nano fanatics interested in the lore of science and discovery can visit www.handandstars.com to earn points by answering science quiz questions, register their collection using the unique serial numbers included inside each test tube style package, and achieve global status and prestige in an online game that requires players to use scientific principles to build their own virtual Nano. Go to www.handandstars.com with the instructions sheet inside your Nano's case - it has a Unique Code - you can even register your Nano's and show off your collection.

When I have the party this weekend I'll post more info on how well we liked them and how long they lasted!! Keep your eyes peeled :)

Note: Thanks to MomSelect for sending this to me for free and allowing me to review them.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I'm in love with Willow Tree...

I collect Fairies, Cherished Teddies, home decor lol but I'm in LOVE with Willow Tree...

I just got the Nativity Set and Stars today, I went to the site to see more and found that you could keep track of what you have online... had a ball looking through and seeing which ones I have and which ones I WANT...

Need List:
Irish Charm - the cutest red head Irish dancer
Generations - my mom has quilted several blankets for Amber over the years
The rest of the nativity set lol

Irish Charm

Irish Charm



What I already have and just LOVE:

Is it Sat already?

Wow did the first week of school go by already. There's been homework and project info sent home and OMG just way too much for a first week... can't we break the kids (parents) in gently anymore?? lol Amber has a book report due Oct 1st that needs to be almost 10 pages long... I don't even want to think about it right now.

Then there's the moving... We are going back to Iowa. Job, finances, school - all better in Iowa. SUCKS to be moving away from friends again. We've been here for 3.5 years - almost the longest of all the moves, I thought it was a permanent one. Had painted, remodeled, decorated and bought furniture to fit this house... now I need to see what fits into another and what will need to be stored. Ughh, did I say this Sucks?!

With everything going on I haven't had a moment to read/finish my books. I started Fragile Eternity and put it down (can't find the darn thing) and then picked up Linger.

Funny thing is I've been doing most of my reading at the dentists office in the waiting room - my last trip is next week - the 7th trip and I get my final two crowns. Now that will be a relief to have that finished, hate hate hate hate hate needles!!

With school starting (go through it each year, the emotional emptiness in the house), moving (that's just a rollercoaster of emotions) and my parents coming out to visit - not having seen them in 2 years - I've been a basket case. Now my body is catching up with it all and I'm dizzy, jaw clenching, upset stomach... my gf says it sounds like Vertigo, after doing some reading, def fits what I'm going through. Stress brings it on... hmmm, do ya think I've had any of that lately?? lol

I do like the fact that Mike is packing the garage and sorting stuff he hasn't seen in like 4 yrs since I packed it from the last house LMAO - he didn't realized how many wrenches he had or some odd stuff he had from his dads garage - his prize possession - a turn signal made into a screwdriver by his dad - gramps worked at Chrysler for years - he's got some ODD stuff in his collection, but Mike just grins ear to ear when he finds stuff like that. Miss dad alot...

I need to unwind, exercise, read a little... pack a box a day, is my goal... work on having some daughter and me time now that she's gone all week... Now to enjoy my Sat morning while everyone sleeps in :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Costume are HOT!!

A couple years ago I talked Mike into a Disney costume, got them on sale (of course used a coupon) so it was inexpensive. (see the picture :) - Then I sold them on Ebay and got MORE than I payed for them! I was really surprised...

Did you know there was an ebay market for costumes?? Ever since then I've sold Ambers costumes on Ebay and made a fortune... Now Jenni Hunt and Sherah Taylor from auction-moms.com have gotten together and made it easy for you to make a profit :)

Nice huh?! - Take a peek at their Step-by-Step Guide online to do this yourself... (Jenni Hunt does the toys list each christmas too)

Sample of Table of Contents:

  • Ready For The Halloween Craze?!.......................... page 5
  • Time to go Shopping – The Fun Begins!................... page 10
  • List of HOT Selling Costumes.................................. page 11
  • Type of Costumes to Look For................................ page 22
  • Best Times to Sell for the HIGHEST Profits............... page 33
  • Pricing for HIGH $$ Auctions................................... page 37

    ***As a special bonus to you,
    you will receive a 2 month FREE subscription to HuntedTreasure! Yep - I have teamed up with Jenni Hunt over at HuntedTreasure this year to providing you with a weekly hot list of the current 5 top selling costumes PLUS other top selling children's items on Ebay! This subscription alone is a $15 value!

Precious Moments Baby Boutique - CONTEST!

precious moments logo - new

For such little bundles of joy, our babies sure do require a lot of stuff! And while the size of the closet is disproportionate to the size of the person, most Moms would agree that there is something really special about shopping for babies. Those tiny tees, bundled blankets and plush dolls are sure to bring a smile to any shopper's face. That's why we're so excited to announce the launch of a great online destination for adorable infant must-haves- the Precious Moments Baby Boutique.

For more than 30 years, Precious Moments has been sharing the gift of love by celebrating life's most special moments, including the welcoming of a new baby. At www.preciousmoments.com, under the shop tab, you'll find the Precious Moments Baby Boutique, featuring a great selection of baby gifts and gear, from apparel and accessories to keepsake figurines. In addition to great items from the Precious Moments brand, you'll also find a variety of items from trusted names such as BabyBoom Consumer Products, Prestige Toy Corp, Luv' N Care and Pacific Entertainment, among others.

I was selected to receive this beautiful Luxury Plush Blanket from the Precious Moments Baby Boutique - Its one of those blankets that you want to cuddle with and constantly rub lol. Fantastic size of 30" x 43", my girlfriend is behind the blanket holding it up lol. Its also machine washable (which you can't have any other way :)

Don't you love those kinds of blankets? Want to WIN one of your own?

Required 1st Entry: Go to Precious Moments Baby Boutique and see which item is your favorite, you already know mine is the blanket ! Come back and post below (don't forget your email address!)

Optional Additional Entries:(Once you've done the required entry, you may do as many of these additional entries as you'd like!) Leave separate comments for each entry.

1 Entry - Post this Contest on your Blog - leave a link to your blog

1 Entry - Post this Contest on Twitter - leave a link to your twitter

1 Entry - Follow me on here and let me know that you did :)

Contest Ends Sept 3rd

Monday, August 23, 2010

UL Holiday Catalog!

Sooo cool! I've just got the new holiday catalog - ordering begins Sept 1st

Sunday, August 1, 2010

BabyPhotographers.com - Contest

There is now a one-stop place to help you capture your baby’s best moments on film! Babyphotographers.com is a comprehensive resource for moms and dads seeking information about baby photography. This highly informational web site helps parents around the world compare and contrast baby photographers to discover the perfect artist for a mom’s style, goal and budget. Busy moms are now able to locate a great photographer quickly. Sophisticated profile pages let you browse photographer bios or overviews about their services, photo galleries and videos as well as links to all of their contact information. Babyphotographers.com also features articles to educate and inform moms about great topics like “How to Have the Perfect Baby Photography Session.”

Ok I started writing the review and got lost on the site with all the beautiful pictures lol - I think I got sidetracked for an hr lol

Any mom with children going through milestones would love this site to help choose a good photographer that they could stick with through the years...

I went to the site, put in my zipcode and found no one... we live in a small town, so I wasn't surprised. So I was able to choose the biggest city near me - Chicago and was given pages of photographers.

My favorite so far is the Ablan Gallery - with all the different candid shots, colors they use... I love to be able to see past work before going to a photographer. Ambers 13, she's been to a few and seeing the work before the appointment really means a lot - to get ideas, see their skills and even how they shoot (candid, outdoors, lighting)

I love how there are tons to choose from, all the photographers, and your able to see their info at a quick glance - then check out their website, twitter, facebook... see what others think of them too. (I love doing being able to facebook a company and see what others say - good or bad!)

The best part? They are doing a contest...


Now you have the chance to win $2,000 worth of professional baby photography.
How? All you have to do is tell us what you do to get your baby to laugh. Is it a funny song, humorous stunt – or does dad wear a crazy outfit? Whatever makes that baby of yours giggle; we want to hear about it!

Smile Baby” contest where readers can win a $2,000 gift certificate to the photographer of their choice from within the Babyphotographers.com site. Second place finalist will receive a $1,000 gift certificate; third place will receive a $500 gift certificate.

Note: for doing the review through TeamMom - I am entered into a contest with a chance to win a giftcertificate to a photographer of my choice on babyphotographers.com site

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