CLOSED Cool Gift Alert & Giveaway: Stylish Personalized Items

Princess Ki With Lunchbox My daughter recently received one of many stylish personalized lunch boxes that has diva girl written all over it, yes it’s partially because actually has this lunchbox personalized for Miss Ki with her name on all sides you can think of. Guess Miss Ki will not lose her lunchbox this school year!

Miss Ki takes her personalized lunchbox everywhere she can, especially to school. This is a snack lunchbox and occasional lunch lunchbox. She adores it and everyone in her class has asked her “where did you get that lunchbox?”. Miss Ki simply replied to them “well you can’t get it at a normal store. My Mom works on the computer and she always gets me neat stuff in the mail. This came in the mail”. I had to giggle and told her next time show them the website that’s on the side of the lunchbox.

Mind you, these are all elementary age children so maybe they know what a website is, maybe not. I think of myself as lucky having an almost eight year old who can navigate the computer better than most. So not only is my daughter happy with this product but she is the envy of her friends! I love that she is getting all this positive praise at school over a lunchbox. It’s the simple things in life I tell ya!

AJ totally picked this out himself!

AJ totally picked this out himself! totally rocks, why? Because they let my four year old pick out something so he could have a little something personalized too! This year AJ isn’t in preschool yet as planned, due to some back up potty training issues, however, I am working with him from home. AJ picked out a personalized pad of paper with fire on it, he loves it! This is my sons special work on writing pad of paper that we will use to practice writing names and the alphabet this “school” year in order to prep him for Kindergarten.

Overall these personalized gifts are fantastic, stylish and have been pretty heavy duty for all three of the kids, because yes Baby K didn’t get a thing but he certainly loves to play with sissy’s lunchbox. Mind you, Baby K is two years old so he really didn’t need a thing from this year except maybe on of their personalized growth charts.

I have a giveaway to host today for you all and it’s for a personalized storybook of your choice!

Giveaway starts today and ends at 11:59pm on September 21, 2010

Open to US only


FIRST REQUIRED ENTRY: Visit and have a look around. Tell me what product they have that is your favorite. Leave a comment below with that product.

ADDITIONAL EXTRA ENTRIES: each completed counts as one extra entry

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Good luck and have fun!

Disclosure: The product(s) reviewed were provided for free in order to fully facilitate this review/giveaway post. All opinions are based on my family’s personal experience with the product(s).

End of Summer Traveling?

Okay so really it’s almost Fall season but are you doing any last minute traveling? How about maybe taking a trip to resorts in Myrtle Beach? Maybe you and the loved one are ready to take a trip before the school year gets way too busy?

I know as a parent of three children and only one being in school I hope to someday plan a great trip every year right after school starts so I can recoup my energy before driving three kids to every activity and school event I will end up having to drive them to. It seems the older the kids get, the more this Mama has to do, but no complaints that’s the job of a parent.

Today I was searching around the website to see what they have for ratings and site seeing opportunities in Myrtle Beach. I don’t know if I can stay at a Myrtle Beach hotel until I get over my fear of flying but I am sure many of you may be planning a trip … right? Who out there is planning one last vacation or mini-trip before summer is completely gone?

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The Delicious Healthy Treat Idea SoyJoy

SoyJoy Win $1,000My family was able to test out a new healthy snack called SOYJOY which is made with ground whole soybeans and real fruit! We received a few bars and so far have tested the banana and the blueberry flavored bars. I must admit I wasn’t too keen on the blueberry, my sons loved the banana one they shared and my daughter is hoping to grab a strawberry SOYJOY bar this week for school snack. I love that this product is made with real fruit as our family is big on eating fruits!

I was able to get the kids to actually eat it once they were beyond the fact that it didn’t have the appearance of a candy bar or other sugary treat! I was excited to see that all three children loved to take a bite and taste test them. The banana tasted almost like banana bread which is a favorite of mine.


SOYJOY is hosting the Second Chances Contest. Share your story about a time you did not make the best first impression, but with a second chance, turned it into a joyous ending! You’ll have a chance to win one of three $1,000 prizes. Entries can be submitted in the form of a 30-second video or a 100-word written story. Don’t wait! The submission period ends October 3.

In order to enter yourself into this contest you may Like SoyJoy on Facebook to read all the details as well as to find out how to submit your story!

Good luck entering this contest and if you have tested SoyJoy before please leave a comment telling me what you think about this new healthy treat?

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of SOYJOY and received samples of their nutritional bars to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Car Troubles, Busy Schedule & Stress

I am super frustrated with car troubles, the idea of finding a place to rent, school, soccer, girl scouts and well of course running my blog and my business. It seems I always end up with stuff piling high on my plate and my friends can’t believe I am not losing my mind with all that piles up. I am used to life being like this, if it’s not one thing it’s everything, seriously!

I don’t know how many times in the past five years I’ve been tested with stressful situations. I usually take a breather, relax and believe that whatever is meant to be, will be. That type of positive attitude and go getter personality helps me move forward in a positive way that makes things all better. It may take a week, two weeks or months but I know in my heart this too shall pass!

Without the positive attitude I possess I would become like many of my friends and family I see stressing out over the little things, so I am thankful that I have this positive attitude. My children love it so much that when my daughter was asked who her hero was at school she wrote about me, her mother, and my positive attitude. Basically she stated that I solve all her problems no matter what and she has a smile on her face when I show my positive attitude to solve her problems.

It’s great to hear that my children have faith in my positive attitude and actually notice that I have that type of personality! Right now both mine and Justin’s car is acting up, Miss Ki started school & soccer, then in a couple of weeks she starts girl scouts from there I have the two boys who I am going to attempt to work with this school year since AJ is not potty trained I didn’t put him in preschool. I am going to be one busy Mama that is all I can say!

So what has piled on your plate so far this Fall? Have you the positive attitude I have to take one day at a time and know that whatever is meant to be, will be?

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CLOSED Walt Disney Pictures Presents SECRETARIAT & A Giveaway


I am so excited that I get to host a giveaway for Walt Disney Pictures movie SECRETARIAT coming out in theaters October 8!  First I want to tell you a bit about SECRETARIAT.

Genre: Drama Rating: PG

Based on a TRUE STORY {that always catches my attention}

Based on the remarkable true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

The Giveaway

Are you ready to go watch SECRETARIAT in style on October 8 when it hits theaters? Well today you get a chance to win some awesome stylish wear …

secretariat prize packageOne lucky person will win everything shown above: 1 men’s t-shirt, 1 women’s t-shirt, 1 youth t-shirt, and one hat.

Giveaway starts today and ends at 11:59pm on October 8, 2010

Open to US only

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Good luck and Have fun!

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