Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wolfkeeper Review and Giveaway!


Hi Neighbors,

Here is a really interesting book on dog training. It is called Wolfkeeper, a Wolfkeepers guide to Training a Dog, by Master Dog Trainer Toriano Antoine Samzone. This book is a guide and journal to help you on your way to training your dog. "If you want to learn how to train a dog, go train a thousand dogs. If you want to learn how to train your own dog, go train somebody else's."

Toriano was raised with a family that loved dogs. He believes that raising and training a dog is an art, like any other discipline. The original manuscript for this book was written while he was lying in a hospital bed for 68 days recovering from a car accident.

Some of the chapter titles include:Dog Addiction, What Truly is a Wolfkeeper, Old School Training, Teaching Commands, Various Levels of Training, Should Dog Training be Mandatory, etc. In the Appendices, you have Training Questions, Nutrition Questions, Health Questions, Behaviour Fact Sheet, and 14 Day Training Journal. The book is filled with black and white pictures.

I found the Chapter 18 on Breed Specific Legislation interesting. It covers some of the restrictions and laws states impose on specific breeds of dogs. That there are 75 breeds that are either banned or restricted amazed me, especially some of the breeds included.

One reader will receive their own copy of Wolfkeeper, A Wolfkeeper's Guide to Training a Dog.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Wolfkeeper website and then leave a comment here, telling me something you learned from the site. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end on 5/14 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received the book Wolfkeeper for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Wolfkeeper website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

PetCakes Review and Giveaway


Hi Neighbors!

I was sent 4 new Pet Cakes for review and decided I would share them with one of my readers.So, I am going to keep 3 and giveaway 1. Pet Cakes are so cute. It is a cute stuffed animal with a frosting hat with a cherry on top, that sits in a cupcake wrapper. They make a nice little travel companion on Road Trips. Small enough to be a convenient travel toy, and adorable enough that your children will want to play with them. Pet Cakes are designed for ages three and up.



I received Roco Coco a masked racoon, with a purple frosting top. This little bandit will steal your heart. Next is Honey Cakes, a honey colored bear with a sweet face and her tongue sticking out. Orange frosted hat covered with tiny honeybees. Then we have Nutty Nicky. An adorable gray nut collector. He even has an acorn in his paws. His bushy tail really adds to his character! He has a yellow frosting hat with different colored spots. Last but not least is Bamboo Berry. A cute little panda bear with a blue frosting hat with blue dots. Any child would love one of these cute critters!

Each of the Pet Cakes described above are part of the newest collection (Series 2) from Pet Cakes. They are $14.99 and can be ordered right on the Pet Cakes site.





About the Creators of Pet Cakes:

"Fred Catapano started out in 1966 with a $1,000 loan, two sewing machines and a passion for creating soft playthings. By 1968, Well Made Toy Manufacturing Corporation was in business and Catapano was actively involved in the creating, manufacturing and selling of plush toys and rag dolls. Today, Well Made Toy has offices and design staff in New York, Hong Kong and China, and boasts the most extensive line of soft rag dolls in the business.

Since the Company's inception, Catapano has personally been involved in the creation of a wide range of best-selling stuffed animals, plush characters and soft rag dolls, known and loved the world over. Catapano was the originator of the famous Tattle Talk Friends line, dolls who repeat everything someone says in their own voice. More than 40 years later, Catapano continues to add his insights and creativity to groundbreaking new products, including the 2010 introduction of PetCakes, sweet plush pets with frosting hats each nestled in its own cupcake wrapper pet bed! Catapano has been a member of the Toy Industry Association for over 30 years.


Matt Nuccio is the co-owner and creative director of Design Edge Inc., a multi award-winning international studio with offices in New York and Hong Kong, that has partnered with Well Made Toy Manufacturing Corporation on the all-new PetCakes brand. With over 20 years experience in the toy industry, Design Edge is one of the leading toy design and inventing firms in the world. Design Edge is a laboratory for new and creative approaches in designing toys, packaging, displays, and advertising as well as engineering and manufacturing for hundreds of toy companies both big and small.

Nuccio's skill for designing toys began at the age of five years old. After watching a Kung Fu program, he realized there weren't any ninja toys in the market. Nuccio felt there was a need for the product and with help from his father and investors the product was eventually licensed by Tyco Toys. This early success earned Nuccio the nickname of "Ninja Kid" and firmly launched him on his future career path.

In 2008 Nuccio was elected co-chairman of the TIA (Toy Industry Association) associate panel representing all designers and inventors in the toy industry. He has also written columns focusing on design, inventing, engineering and manufacturing for Toys and Family Entertainment, ToyBook, Royaltie$ and Licensing Book.

One person will receive Roco Coco.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Pet Cakes Website and leave a comment telling me which of the Pet Cakes is your favorite. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 5/12 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

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Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received 4 Pet Cakes for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Pet Cakes website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Check out this Starbucks $10 GC Giveaway

Hi Neighbors,

My son is starting his own giveaway blog called Josiah's Judgments. To get his blog going and to get some followers he is giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card. So, if you would like to help him out and in the process maybe win a $10 gift card to Starbucks stop by Josiah's Judgments. Thanks to all who follow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jose Ole $2 off Coupon

Jose Ole is offering a $2 off coupon starting at 3:00pm EST Thursday 4/28. Only a limited number available, then the coupon goes back to $1.



Make José Olé® part of your Cinco de Mayo party plans this year!
 
With José Olé® Frozen Mexican Food, every day is a party, especially during Cinco de Mayo. José Olé® uses only the finest ingredients and authentic seasonings to bring you a fiesta of flavor. All José Olé® products - Mini-Tacos, Taquitos, Quesadillas, Chimichangas, Breakfast Burritos, and more - are great tasting, easy to prepare, and are sure to get smiles from the entire family.
 
Whether you’re partying with two, four or twenty-four, we’ve got the products and recipes for all your needs. Taste the Fiesta® with José Olé®!
 
 
Instructions to download coupon:
 
To get your coupon and big savings on José Olé® products:
 
1. Click on the link and go to the José Olé® Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/JoseOleFrozenMexicanFood
 
2. Click on the tab called “Cinco de Mayo Coupon”
 
3. “Like” José Olé® if you aren’t already a fan
 
4. Click the “Download Coupon” button 
 
5. Download and print the coupon
 
6. Head to your grocer or club store and pick up a package of delicious José Olé® in the freezer section and enjoy your scrumptious Cinco de Mayo celebration!
 
 
And while you’re on the José Olé® Facebook page, please also click on the SWEEPSTAKES tab to find out about the Coolest Mom Party Photo Challenge. We’re giving away thousands of dollars of prizes and cash every month, AND donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® for every valid entry and vote cast! Good luck!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Entry for Coby Pocket Camcorder CAM4505



Hi Neighbors!

Here is another chance to earn an extra entry in the Coby Pocket Camcorder CAM4505. In the picture below, can you tell me which city/town we were in when the picture was taken? Remember to post your entry on the original post. If you are having trouble figuring out where we were, take a glance at past Road Trip posts. I am sure you will figure it out if you look there! Have fun!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Critter Universe Cage Top Transporter Review and Giveaway


Hi Neighbors,

Here is a unique road trip product. Do you own a small critter that you need to take with you? Then Critter Universe Cage Top Transporter is what you need. We have Dwarf Hamsters that on long trips must go with us. So, what better than this tiny carrier? It is all plastic with wire in the top for ventilation. It is hinged and has a sliding lock on the front. It has a handle to make carrying easy. There is a cap you can remove from the bottom to attach it to other critter universe products, like the Critter Universe 3 which we also have.


Both my daughters love to take these little hamsters with us. They are easy to bring along in their Critter Universe Cage Top Transporter. And of course in hotels they like to turn them loose on the floor in their balls. We have a couple so they can run around and bang into each other as they explore.



Since some of hamsters don't get along, the individual carrier like the Critter Universe Cage Top Transporter is a great convenience. It is just the right size for one hamster. It also makes a great petting area when you attach it to your larger cage. just encourage your hamster to enter the small carrier and you can open it to pet, or pick up your hamster.


Ware Manufacturing Inc. makes the Critter Universe line. They have many different size hamster and gerbil cages available, several of which the Cage Top Transporter can be attached to. The carrier is 7" wide x 4.75 deep x 6.75 high.

Now one reader is going to get their own Critter Universe Cage Top Transporter.

Mandatory Entry:Visit Ware's website and leave a comment here to let me know what other Critter Universe item you like. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 5/9 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

7. Tell me what type of critter you will be using this for if you win. 1 entry

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received the Critter Universe Cage Top Transporter for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Ware Manufacturing website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Coby Pocket Camcorder CAM4505 New Extra Entry

Hi neighbors,
Still enjoying the new Coby Pocket Camcorder CAM4505! We are presently in another state, and the extra entry will be based on where we presently are. I am going to give you some information about the state and you get to guess where we are. Leave a comment, on the original post, with the name of the state we are in. Here goes:




1. State Bird is the Eastern Goldfinch




2. One of the border states is Missouri




3. Agriculture is:Soy Beans, Hogs, Corn, Oats Cattle, Dairy Products




4. State Flower-Wild Rose




5. 29th State in the Union








Be sure to leave a comment as an extra entry on the original post. See you soon!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Barska X-Trail Binoculars Review and Giveaway


Hi Neighbors,

This next item is standard equipment for a road trip and always keeps my children busy and entertained. I received a set of Barska X-Trail Binoculars from Wind and Weather. My husband loves them! This set is great because it comes with a carry bag, neck strap, tripod and tripod adapter.






I was surprised at how large these binoculars are! Here is some technical information:
1.Magnification 15x
2. Objective Lens 70mm
3. Field of View 231ft @ 1000yds
77m @ 10000m
4. Close Focus 49.2ft/15m
5. Prism Glass BAK-4
6. Exit Pupil 4.7mm

My children enjoy looking at birds and other wildlife, along with the clouds, mountains, and anything else they want to get a better look at on the road trip. They take turns using the binoculars and spotting different things.


When we stop at rest areas or other sites they can set the binoculars up on the tripod on a table, or other flat surface. Makes the binoculars more steady and they can then find something to focus on and leave it there for the next person to see. These will definitely be going on more trips with us!

Another great thing is we are visiting in Illinois and they can watch the birds on the feeders. We have seen several Finches, a couple of Woodpeckers, both a male and female Cardinal, many Grackle, and a few others. Most of the finches are a beautiful yellow!









I will add more pictures tomorrow of the Barska Binoculars being used at the Mississippi River.

These binoculars would make a great gift for a birdwatcher, a hunter, hiker, or anyone who enjoys seeing things up close.

You can purchase the Barska X-Trail Binoculars at Wind and Weather on sale right now for $83.99 plus shipping.

Now the really great news is one reader is going to win a Barska X-Trail Binoculars.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Wind and Weather website and then leave a comment here letting me know what other product you find interesting. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end on 5/6 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received the Barska X-Trail Binoculars for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Wind and Weather website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pambra Review and Giveaway

Warning:This post covers Pambra Bra Liners, if you are uncomfortable with this subject.


Hello Neighbors

Hope you are having a beautiful day today! I have a really great product for road trips and for daily use. It is called Pambra, and is designed to prevent chaffing and irritation, extends the use of your bra, effectively absorbs perspiration under and between breasts, proven to eliminate rashes, and provides Post Surgical options.


Now, I don't know about you, but traveling hours on end in a vehicle, with a husband who thinks he is freezing and needs the heat on can get uncomfortable. Yes, I am one of those who need these due to sweating and rashes appearing. I have even considered that I might be allergic to the elastic, and I can't stand wires in my bras. So, when I heard about Pambra, I was real excited. I mainly wear jumper dresses, and I have actually made a fold in the t-shirt I was wearing to tuck under the band of my bra. It helped, but I felt silly! Why hadn't I heard of Pambra before? These work great!

Pambra is designed to fit under the band of your bra in front and partially around the sides. There are no pins, snaps or hooks. It will not slip or slide when worn under a properly fitted bra. The fabric and cotton blend absorbs moisture and keeps it away from the skin. It is available in three colors (white, black, nude) and comes in 5 sizes. There is a chart on their site so you can be sure you order the right size.


Pambra also has a Unilateral Liner and a Bilateral Liner, for those who have had surgery. They are doctor recommended and are currently being used in hospitals in Washington, Florida and Texas. They also have a Tummy Liner to reduce odors and perspiration under an abdominal fold. Or in cases of Gastric Bypass Surgery. And last, but not least they have washable nursing pads. Much nicer than disposables!

This would definitely be a benefit on a road trip and during the hot months of summer, when we spend most of our time outside.

There will be three winners in this giveaway who will each receive a full size package.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Pambra website and leave a comment telling me something you learned there. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 5/4 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a package of the Original Style Liner for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Pambra website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Idiots Guide The Best Family Destinations Review and Giveaway


Hi Neighbors!

For our road trip I received the book The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Best Family Destinations. This guide covers great family destinations throughout the USA. The book covers each area of the US divided up into City Style, Cultural Appeal, Living History, and Amusement Parks and Outdoor Fun.


We went to Roswell, NM and one of the sites mentioned in the book is the International UFO Museum and Research Center. We did not visit here, but we did pass by the location. We were extremely busy when we were in Roswell.



We did visit the Alamo, in San Antonio Texas, which they cover on page 165. We enjoyed our time and the children thought it was great to visit a site they had read so much about. It was odd to see it in the center of downtown. Businesses and hotels were all around.

Each entry gives you information on what to expect. There is a warning included for those destinations that include large amounts of walking or stair climbing. They include the occasional comment from a traveler who has visited the site. The Fun Facts make interesting reading. Like:Having a hard time imagining how big the Mall of America (Minnesota) is? Consider that 258 Statues of Liberty could lie down inside the massive mall.

Overall this is a very informative book and will help you find places to visit with your family on a vacation or road trip. Make sure you keep one on your bookshelf so when you travel you can just grab it and look up information.

About the Authors:

FamilyTravelForum.com has served the community of those who Have Kids, Still Travel with print and online guides, custom trip-planning advice, and exclusive vacation discounts since 1996. Online resources include a wealth of family destination research, first-hand reviews of tropical and ski resorts, cruises, reunion ideas, vacation packages, health and safety tips, and more. The site's expert reviews and community blogs about global family vacations have been seen on dozens of sites, including Disney's Family.com, in the guidebook "Amazing Places to Take Your Kids in North America," in e-newsletters, and by millions of traveling families.

Kyle McCarthy (New York City, N.Y.) has taken her family across four continents to complete 12 guidebooks on Greece, Turkey and Southeast Asia for the Frommer’s series, as well as stories for Child, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Wired, Backpacker, and Cosmopolitan. In addition to being co-founder and editor of Family Travel Forum's vacation websites, FamilyTravelForum.com and travelBIGO.com, she's been an online family travel expert for the Discovery Channel, Away.com, and Netscape; a podcast producer; radio and TV guest; consultant to the travel industry; and a speaker at travel and trade shows.

Three winners will receive a copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Best Family Destinations.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Complete Idiot's Guide Website and then in a comment let me know if you have ever read any of their other books. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 5/3 at 11:59 pm CST. The winners will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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7. Leave a comment letting me know about some travel plans you have. 1 entry

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Best Family Destinations for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Complete Idiot's Guide website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Baroque Bath and Body Review and Giveaway


Hi everyone!

I have another great Road Trip product. Baroque Bath and Body sent me 3 solid perfumes to try. These are so neat because they are the size of a thin chapstick. Makes it easy for traveling, you don't have to worry about a glass bottle leaking or breaking. The designer of the solid perfume sticks was frustrated over losing perfume bottles to air port security, so she came up with a great way of solving her problem. The Baroque and Bath solid perfume sticks are available in over 40 original and designer inspired scents.


Do you travel a lot? Perhaps you would like to carry your favorite fragrance in your purse without any accidents. You need to try Baroque Bath and Body Solid Perfume Sticks. I received Oak Moss, sort of a sporty almost masculine scent. Clean Cotton, which is unfortunately for me, smells like freshly washed clothing. (I am allergic to some of those type fragrances). And last but not least, my favorite, Mountain Freesia, a light, sweet, floral fragrance.


The sticks are easy to carry. Easy to apply. And a great idea. The Solid Perfume Sticks are any 5 sticks for $30.


From Baroque:

"You only need a dab, the tube will last you months. Put it in your change purse and you will never be caught smelling anything but lovely.

All natural. No parabens. Never tested on animals. We only use the good stuff.

Solid perfume ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, fragrance

Each tube holds 0.07 ounces of perfume, and arrives perfectly sealed."

You can find Baroque Bath and Body on Facebook and Twitter.

There will be two winners who will receive any choice of three scents.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Baroque Bath and Body website and let me know in a comment what 3 fragrances you think you would pick. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached, should you win. This giveaway will end 5/2 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received 3 Baroque Solid Perfume Sticks for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Baroque website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bendini Clip Review and Giveaway



Hi Neighbors!

Here is a really handy hair clip to have on your trip! It is called a Bendini Clip by Scunci. I received one large one and 2 smaller ones. The small ones were really convenient for my daughter to use to pull back the sides of her hair each morning. They are really easy to use. You bend the comb out so it will open, and then after placing it in the hair the way you want it, you bend the beaded piece back down to help hold the comb in place. It is really nice by bending the beaded section down it secures the comb and prevents it from slipping. I am including a video from the company to show how you use the Bendini.





The Bendini is available in 3 different sizes, and many different styles, including colorful beads, jeweled crystals and metallic. It will work on almost any hair type or length. For casual or dressy wear! Out to dinner, to the park, on a road trip!




There is also a Facebook page where you can win Scunci products. Or perhaps you might want to keep up with them on Twitter.




The winner of this giveaway will revieve the Scunci Bendini clips.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Scunci website and tell me in a comment what other product Scunci carries that interests you. You do not have to be a blogger, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached, should you win. This giveaway will end 4/30 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

7. Like Scunci on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Leave a comment for each one you do. 1 entry per action. 2 entries possible.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received some Bendini Clips for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Scunci website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Voice Quilt Review and Giveaway!

Hi Neighbors!

I discovered a really neat gift. It is called Voice Quilt. And as you can guess by the name, just like you put a quilt together with different pieces of material, with this "quilt" you use different people's messages. Or you can record many short messages from one person. Sharing memories, private jokes.... Let me describe it in detail for you.

First, you pick someone special! I chose my husband as his birthday is fast approaching. Then you visit the Voice Quilt website and purchase time (phone time). They will give you an 800 number, and a security code. You then email, call, message, everyone you want to participate this special number and code. They will call the code and leave a message, greeting, memory, song, poem, etc. You then are able to go in and arrange them in the order you want. I received 7 days. I emailed, called messaged, begged etc, everyone I could to call in for my husband's birthday Voice Quilt. You can also add music if you like. I recorded my own message to greet the callers and explain what we were doing. After the time is up and you have arranged the messages to your liking, you can download or email your quilt for free. You can also purchase a Keepsake for the recording, like a leather wallet, a Keepsake box, etc.

I have not received my finished product yet, but if it sounds just like the preview, my husband will love it! You can make a Voice Quilt as a wedding gift, Anniversary, Birthday, Holiday, Graduation, Birth, any special occasion will work. Remember Mother's Day is fast approaching. You are giving a memory!

Several of my husbands friends participated in our Voice Quilt. Some messages are serious, some are funny, and some people just left a special Bible verse. A few even sang Happy Birthday! You can even share the messages on Facebook.

About Voice Quilt:

"We created VoiceQuilt™ to make it easy to celebrate a special person or couple with heart-felt toasts, tributes and memories. We believe that an individual's favorite expressions, laughter and tone convey much more than words or images.

Our obsession is making VoiceQuilt as meaningful – and EASY – as possible. This means helping you create an electronic playlist of greetings and memories (a “Voice Quilt”) that will delight your gift recipient. Once your VoiceQuilt is finalized, you can download or e-mail an electronic version for FREE. We also provide a selection of heirloom-quality keepsake gifts that will play and preserve each message. Our hope is that your VoiceQuilt will be enjoyed for many years to come, adding meaning to photographs, family trees and other important memorabilia."


This really is a unique gift, and one of you will have a chance to win 7 days of voice time. If you want a Keepsake you will have to purchase that separately.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Voice Quilt website and then leave a comment here letting me know who you would make a Voice Quilt for. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 4/28 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

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Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received 7 days phone time and a leather CD holder Voice Quilt for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Voice Quilt website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Read with Max Blog Tour and $50 Visa Contest


Hi Neighbors!

I was invited to participate in the Read with Max Blog Tour. Read with Max is trying to help raise funds for Leader Dogs for the Blind. You know service dogs who help people who are visually impaired or blind. What a great benefit it is for these individuals to have a dog who can help them get around and have some independence. Leader Dogs for the blind has trained over 13,500 clients from 39 countries to use a leader dog. (Even the person needs training!) I am sure most everyone has seen a service dog at one time or another and wanted to help. Well, this tour gives you that chance. Max's goal is to raise $40,000 which is approx. what it costs to raise and train one dog. Imagine if you or someone you loved needed a leader dog. You may make a contribution through Max's fundraising page.

Leader Dogs for the Blind has so many programs going on that are helping people gain an independence they could not have without their leader dogs. They even have a week long summer camp for 16-17 year olds. Each year over 270 people attend their 26 day residential training program to be paired with a guide dog. Thanks to donations from supporters their Guide Dog services are provided free of charge, including; room and board, and travel to and from their campus in Rochester Hills Michigan for students living in North America.

Another way to help would be to go vote on Max's video. A video made to promote the book Dogs Work Too has been selected to be in the Peoples 2011 Telly Award YouTube contest.

Those interested in helping Anthony and Max share the message of Leader Dogs for the Blind, are asked to visit and view their video at the YouTube Telly Award Website on http://www.youtube.com/tellyawards?x=TNRiC8lMBoU and cast a "THUMBS UP" vote. The competition starts on March 28th, 2011 and lasts for four weeks.

"We excited to share our video as well the story about Leader Dogs for the Blind. We created the video so children and adults understand the true value of sight and sound. Your vote supports of our efforts but especially the efforts of staff members, volunteers, parents, teachers, family and friends who often go unrecognized. Give us a "Thumbs Up" vote as a symbol of support to in an effort to help those that who are visually impaired or Blind," Majewski adds.

Maximus, aka Max, is a gorgeous looking English Labrador who shares events in his life through his books for children, which in turn helps them to relate to these situations. What child doesn't like reading about dogs? All of my children love dogs, and books about dogs. Max even has a coloring book!



Now, neighbors, I need your help to create a buzz about Max and Leader Dogs for the Blind. I will be receiving a copy of the book Dogs Work Too, that will be signed by Max with a paw print and personalized. I have decided to use my book to help create a stir by giving it away. So here is what you can do to help.

Here is what you need to do if you want a chance to win this book. (Only one winner)

1. Tweet about the giveaway, but please mention Max in the Tweet. Leave a comment here with the link. You may do this once daily.

2. Do a post on your Facebook page about Max and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Leave a comment here with the link.

3. Vote on the video http://www.youtube.com/tellyawards?x=TNRiC8lMBoU. Leave a comment here to let me know that you did.

4. Make a contribution to Max's Fund Raising Page. Leave a comment letting me know you did this.

5. Purchase one of Max's books. Leave a comment to let me know that you did.

6. Leave a comment letting me know that you are following the blog tour.

One reader will be chosen from the entries using random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. The winner will need to supply an address (no PO Box and USA only) along with the name of the person they will be personalizing the book for.

Max and Leader Dogs for the Blind get a paws up!






And last but not least, here is the information on the Visa Contest:

Every blog participating in this blog tour will be given a Max Word for the Day, which will be in the blog post. All you need to do is visit each of the sites in order and put the words together to form a long sentence. (in order of the blogs) At the end of the tour the first two individuals to post the entire sentence will each win a $50 Visa card. Interested? Here is our Max word # 17:"Support".

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Coby CAM4505 Update


Hi Neighbors!

Here is an update on the Coby CAM4505. A few questions have been asked and I also said I would add other methods of entry. Remember to [pst your new entries on the original post.

First off the Coby CAM 4505 measures approx. 2.2" x 4.3" x .5". Nice slender little camcorder. Now remember this is a small pocket camcorder, that takes pictures and can be used as a webcam when you download the programs from the included CD.

I am once again going to share another picture and video taken using the Coby CAM 4505. I am only doing short videos for the Post because longer ones take so long to load, but you can take longer videos when you purchase the SDHD card.

This one includes some pool shots:

The lighting in the pool area was not good, yet the Coby CAM4505 still took a decent picture.



Check out the video and see what you think. The sound was not good because of the enclosed pool, and some of the shaking was me laughing.

Now here is the extra way to enter. Check out some of the road trip posts and tell me in a comment your favorite picture thus far. Be sure and do this on the original post.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Memories of Coke

Hi Neighbors!

Social Moms and Coca-Cola are giving me a chance to win a $25 Target Giftcard by sharing a favorite memory of Coca-Cola. Now I have to tell you, this is something I can write about. My husband LOVES Coca-Cola. My husband preaches and I could not tell you how many times he has mentioned Coca-Cola in a sermon. He always jokes that if you really love the Lord, you drink Coke and that the other companies are just watered down Coke. Fortunately everyone knows he is joking....I think.

We were at a church for a revival meeting one year, and by the end of the week we had so many cans and bottles of Coke, I think I could have started a small store. One couple brought 2 twenty four packs. Another family brought a few 2 liters of Coke. He made the mistake of mentioning cheesecake that week also and we ended up with three cheesecakes. Talk about sweet overload! We had Coke to take with us when we left!

The children know when Dad asks for a drink, he wants Coke. They have purchased him several Coca-Cola glasses, along with a Coke t-shirt or two as gifts. And of course they tease him when we are at a hotel and he asks for a Coke from the machine. They will carry back a different drink and tell him that the hotel machine was out of Coke. He never knows when to believe them now! They still get him on this one. He will even drive out to get a Coke if the machine is empty.

We even have friends who prefer other drinks, but when we visit they get him a 2-liter Coke of his own. You would think with some of the discussions we have had on which beverage is better that a war has broken out. There is teasing all through out the meal.

And of course, we don't have root beer floats, we have Coke floats. They are great! Vanilla ice cream floating in ice cold Coca-Cola. We grab two half gallons of ice cream, a couple 2 liter Cokes, our favorite games and there you have one of our favorite game night treats.

So, of course our family will always have smiles break out when someone mentions Coke. That's dad's favorite drink.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Coca-Cola® blogging program. If I am one of the first 100 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 gift card. For more information on the program, click here.

Galison Mudpuppy Butterfly Diary Review and Giveaway

Neighbors,

Here is an idea for your children on a road trip. Be sure to pick up a Mudpuppy Diary for each of your children to journal their trip. We received the Butterflies Diary for my daughter and she has been keeping notes of where we have visited, where we ate, and just little interesting notes about her day! It is great for memories. Later we will be able to read through and remember this trip. Like the storm that came through the other night and damaged the hotel we were staying in.


We woke up and went outside and saw a news team doing a report on the damage at the hotel. A good size piece came off the top front corner of the hotel. It was mainly a design piece, not actually a portion of someone's room. Still it was big and just missed the window on the bottom floor. There was a large piece of aluminum by our trailer. A table ended up in the pool and my daughter joked calling it a pool table. We were told there were winds with gusts up to 60 mph and hail larger than quarters. Also there were some small tornadoes reported.


Anyway that will be an addition in her diary, along with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. The trip to the Alamo. And today we were able to visit the site of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The diary itself comes with a padlock with two keys. To keep snoopy siblings out! It is 4" x 53/4" and has 192 lined pages with decorative icons. The cover has decorative foil accents. It is printed with non-toxic inks. The diary is $10.00.


Galison Mudpuppy have several choices of designs on the covers of the diaries and there are both male and female designs.


Galison History:

"Galison was founded in 1979 to work with museums to make their imagery widely available in the form of well-designed and manufactured paper products. We published some books and calendars before focusing on boxed notecards, fine art stationery, greeting cards, personalized Christmas cards (for individuals and businesses), note cards, journals, and other gift products for writers, which is why we're sometimes still known as Galison Books, a.k.a. GMG Publishing.

Although we use a lot of fresh, contemporary designs, we still have a core group of products using fine art images, and both Galison and Mudpuppy products are popular in museum stores. Our fine art stationery is also found in the best gift, stationery, book, and department stores.

Mudpuppy Press was launched in 1992. From an early specialization in puzzles, we expanded to our current offering of puzzles, journals, diaries, educational games, toys, and stationery for children and the young at heart."

Be sure to find them on Facebook. They are also on Twitter.

The winner of this giveaway will receive one diary of their choice.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Galison Mudpuppy website and then in a comment let me know which diary you would choose. If you win you may change your mind. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 4/26 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

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Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a Butterflies Diary for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Galison/Mudpuppy website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Coby Snapp Pocket Camcorder CAM 4505


Hi Neighbors,

Here is an update on this neat little camcorder. I have already used it to take some pictures which I will include in this post. I also purchased the SD Card necessary to take longer videos and more pictures, so I will do another post in a couple of days. I have not had any problems with the CAM 4505. I have noticed that it does not take really great pictures in the dusk. You do need good lighting. The pictures as you can see are clear. The one below was taken in a hotel room.



Remember I said that in other posts on the Coby CAM 4505 I would have additional ways to enter. The video above is of my children (3 of them) singing at a church in Roswell. My 13 year old had a cough and since she could not sing, she took the video. We ran out of time before they finished. Here is the deal, go to the original post on the Coby Cam 4505 and leave a comment with the name of the song they are singing. It is "I Saw It All". That will give you one more entry. Keep watching for more posts. We were not real close, as you can tell. We were almost in the far back of the church. Still the picture is video is clear, and not shaky, except for where my daughter coughed. You can hear the singing reasonably well for the distance.

Disclosure:I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. I did receive the Coby CAM4505. All quotes are from the Coby website or the email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Waco Texas




Hi Neighbors!

If you have ever been through this part of Texas and skipped the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum you sure missed out on a very informational and interesting stop. My sons of course were interested in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, but so was the rest of my family. This museum includes the history of the Texas Rangers. From the very beginning in 1835 right up to modern day Texas Rangers. You will discover the tools of the trade, how things have changed through the years, and information on different well-known Texas Rangers. You will be able to find out about Rangers in the media, both written and television, movies and radio. Just a little tidbit here that we learned was for every opening in the Texas Rangers, they receive up to 200 applications.




We arrived about 1:30 and it takes about 2 hours to go through the entire museum and to watch the 45 min video. The video is very informative and all my children sat through the entire viewing. It gives quite a bit of the history of the Rangers. It included several little interesting facts, such as:
Texas is a big state-over 260,000 square miles of land.
The Texas Rangers have been around more than 170 years.
Texas Rangers are respected as the best of the best.
Mexicans at one point called the Rangers Los Diablos Tejanos. (The devil Texans)

When you first enter there is a large room with busts of Texas Rangers on a shelf near the ceiling.

From TRFM:

The legendary Texas Rangers are the oldest state law enforcement agency.
The official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is conveniently
located off Interstate 35 in Waco, TX. Visitors learn about the history of the
Texas Rangers through exhibits, which include badges, firearms, saddles,
photographs, and other artifacts on display. Take exit 335-B to see how the
Texas Rangers have crushed crime since 1823. The Museum is open 9:00
am to 5:00 pm with the last guest admitted at 4:30 pm daily and closed on
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Or visit:www.texasranger.org

After you pay a very reasonable admission:Adults and children over 13 are $7 each. Seniors (over 60) are $6. Children 6-12 are $3. You enter the first display room. The first thing you see is a figure (representing a Texas Ranger) on a horse.


There are also 3 wooden rocking horses that children can sit on with a scene in front of them where you can take a really nice picture.


On the wall beside the rocking horses is a display of Colt Revolvers. My sons enjoyed looking at and reading about these pistols. I have to admit, I enjoyed it too! There is a lot of information on the different types of Colt Revolvers.


Another display was of ropes and lariats that Rangers used.


Nearby you could see several of the badges Texas Rangers wear and have worn.


My son especially liked this Ranger. His quote is:"No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that's in the right and keeps on a-coming." Capt. Bill McDonald



In another room there is a good size display on Bonnie and Clyde and the Officer who eventually brought them down. Between April 23rd 1932 and May 23rd 1934 Bonnie and Clyde were involved in many crimes, that included:
*The murder of at least 12 people, 9 of whom were law officers.
*At least 11 armed robberies.
*4 kidnappings
*3 major gun battles with police
*2 prison breaks

February 10, 1934 Lee Simmons head of the Texas Prison System hired former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer as a Special Investigator to track down Bonnie and Clyde. 102 days later they ambushed the couple just outside of Gilesland, Louisiana at 9:15 am on May 23, 1934 after deciding they could not capture them alive.



This is just one of the examples of the types of items you will see and information you will learn. The picture below shows how Rangers used to camp when out on duty. Not exactly an easy job.


This one shows the difference between then and now. The Changing Face of Crime. It displays the different weapons and how they have changed.




The Texas Rangers Hall of Fame that surrounds the theater area. In this hall there are specific displays set up honoring outstanding Texas Rangers. The one directly below is of Stephen Austin.

This one below is obviously more recent.



While this one shows several different weapons.

There is an entire room devoted to Texas Rangers in comics, books, on the radio, television, and in the movies. The section on the Lone Ranger had an interesting little fact:Gingham Bread one of the shows sponsors wanted the Lone Ranger's horse called Gingham. Can you hear it now, "Hi Yo Gingham!". Just doesn't have the same ring!


Here are several games, records, books, and cereal premiums that were based on the Texas Rangers.



If you like, your child can sign up to become a Junior Ranger. Just visit www.texasranger.org.


And of course you can not visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum without visiting the Gift Shop!







There is even a small area where your children can dress up and you can take their picture.




The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is a must visit if you are in the area of Waco. It is well worth your time, and you will come out with a respect for the Texas Rangers and their history. Really friends I only touched on a portion of what you will see. My husband, as a father of six children, who loves history, believes this is one of the best museums to visit! Make sure to visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum website at:www.texasranger.org and take a look around.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review. I did receive free admittance to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. All quotes are from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.