Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Enough: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls Review + Giveaway 8/13 US/CAN


About the Book:

You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.
In a book based on her run-away blog post “Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls,” which garnered more than 2 million views in two weeks, Kate Conner calls us to action in Enough. We all have teenage girls in our lives who we love, whether it’s a sister, friend, or daughter. Kate has identified 10 things these girls need to hear today from someone who loves her.

Peppered with wit and laced with grace, Kate’s list tackles relevant issues like Facebook, emotions, drama, tanning beds, modesty, and flirtation. Woven into each chapter is a powerful message of worth that transcends age, and will touch the souls of women, young and old alike: You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.

About the Author:
A former youth-worker, wife to a college minister, and a young mom in her twenties, Conner stands squarely in generational gap, the perfect place from which to bridge it. Conner offers herself as a translator, helping you to speak your teenager’s language and equipping you with a fresh perspective from which to engage your teenage girl—one that may enable her to truly hear your heart (and your wisdom) for the first time since puberty.


My Thoughts:

My sister and I were very close to my mom ever since we were little. She's like our mom and best friend all-in-one and we grew up being confident about ourselves because she raised us to be that way. Now, I have 2 daughters and although they're just 3 and 6 years old, I would hope that they grow up the way our mom brought us up.

I read the book Enough: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls even though my daughters are still young to see if I can get tips for them when the time comes. I like how Kate tackled the most common issues teenage girls face today with humorous tips and well-said quotes on what to do or say to them so as not to offend them. I can even relate to some of her stories and I think it's a must-read for every person who has a teenage girl in their lives, whether she's a friend, a sister, or a daughter.

You can visit the official website for the book B&H WEBSITE .

You can also visit Kate's social media sites here.

Now on to the giveaway! If you'd like to win a copy of this wonderful book, just head on to the rafflecopter below to enter. Good Luck! :)


DISCLAIMER: 1 Winner will receive (1) Copy of the Enough: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls by Kate Conner. My giveaway would start July 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST and will end August 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST. This will be open to US and CAN residents only. The prize cannot be shipped to a P.O. box address. Winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment. My role is to give the sponsor the information of the winner and they will directly ship the prize to the winner. I received a copy of the book to read however, all opinions are honest and own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I do not share or sell information and all information shared with me will solely be used for prize shipment. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

Monday, July 28, 2014

KIND Nuts & Spices NEW Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Review



I've never tried KIND Bars before. I've tried different brands and flavors of granola bars before but never a nut bar. I do eat and love almonds and other nuts by themselves but now I'm wondering why I haven't tried any nut bar (yeah I know I'm redundant. :))

So when KIND sent me their 2 newest flavors to their KIND Nuts & Spices line, I was super excited to try it. KIND has recently expanded their Nuts & Spices line of bars which contains only 5 grams of sugar (or less) and now includes eight flavors. Their newest flavors are Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond. Both new flavors contain 7g fiber, 6g protein and 5g sugar.

These 2 new flavors proves that a snack can be naturally have a lower sugar while still maintaining a sweet and indulgent taste. Each bar is also made from a foundation of whole almonds which recent studies have shown have life-extending properties.



The Caramel Almond & Sea Salt is made with a seemingly indulgent blend of savory sea-salt and sweet caramel drizzled over crunchy almonds. This bar is a delightfully low-sugar healthy snack that only tastes like dessert.


The Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond is made with dark roast coffee and whole almonds blended with honey and drizzled in dark chocolate to form a bar that, with just 5g of sugar, only tastes indulgent.

When I received my KIND Nuts & Spices Bars, I couldn't wait to try it. It came in a box but the caramel and chocolate on the bars are melted because it was almost a hundred degrees out so I put it in the refrigerator first.

I tried both bars after about 30 minutes and shared it with my sister and daughters.

Although both KIND bars tasted really good, I liked the Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Bar better. I was a bit surprised because I am a chocolate lover. Both bars are actually great substitute for dessert because they both tasted like dessert without getting the guilty feeling after eating something sweet. The bars has just the right amount of sweetness and I like how fresh the almonds are. The price of each bar is only $1.39 which I think is worth it considering the generous size of each bar. I can definitely substitute these bars to candy and chocolate bars because they really taste good. I would love to try other products from KIND after trying the Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Bar and the Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Nuts & Spices KIND Bar.

You can visit the KIND WEBSITE to learn more about their products.

DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

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.

Cool Gel N Cap Review + Giveaway 8/11 US



I'm a mom of 2 girls who are 3 and 6. Whenever they accidentally bump their head or any part of their body, they would run away if I tell them I need to put an ice pack on their bump. Comforting them is the first thing on my mind but with prolonged ice contact, it stings the skin so it's a battle between "to-ice" or "not-to-ice" which mostly leads to "to-ice" to relieve the bump.

When Cool Gel N Cap sent me their Toby the Puppy and Tulip the Bunny Cool Gel N Cap, I knew my daughters would like them.

Each box includes a Cap and 2 Reusable Cold/Warm Gel Packs. The Gel Packs are high quality and is non-toxic. They are double-seamed and very safe for children.

 I placed 1 pair of Gel Packs inside our freezer and left it there for about about an hour. I put the other pair of Gel Packs inside the microwave and set the microwave to 30 seconds. The gel packs were warm after 30 seconds so be careful when getting it out. :)

Then I placed the warmed gel packs inside the pockets of the Cool Gel N Cap and tried to feel if it's too warm. The cap absorbs some of the heat from the gel pack and when worn, it doesn't burn the skin. I think the warm gel packs would also be great to soothe my sore muscles after I exercise. :)

Next, I got the pair of gel packs from the freezer after an hour and was glad that it was already cold. I placed the cold gel packs inside the pockets of the Cool Gel N Cap and my 3 year old daughter couldn't wait to try it on.
She chose Toby the Puppy while my 6 year old chose Tulip the Bunny. The cap fit perfectly on both of them and both didn't mind wearing the cap with the ice cold gel packs inside. My 3 year old daughter actually loved it and told me that it felt cool inside the cap. The cap itself absorbs some of the coldness of the reusable gel ice pack so the icy feel of the ice pack doesn't directly touch the skin making the cold therapy sting free.

I love how cute the designs of the caps and how convenient the reusable gel packs are. The velcro snap for the chin makes sure the cap wouldn't come off and stays in place. My daughters also love wearing the cap without the Gel Packs and pretend they're a rabbit and a dog.

If you'd like to purchase the Cool Gel N Cap, you can go to their WEBSITE to check their caps out which is sold for $12.99. The Cool Gel N Cap is tax free and they offer free shipping for every order. Plus, they have a great deal because each additional cap you order would only cost $9.99. :)

Now on to the exciting part. Cool Gel N Cap has offered a giveaway for a chance to win a Cool Gel N Cap! Isn't that great?! To enter, just head on to the rafflecopter below and do one or all of the entries. :) Good Luck!


 DISCLAIMER: 1 Winner will receive a Cool Gel N Cap. My giveaway will start July 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST and will end August 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST. This will be open to US residents only. The prize cannot be shipped to a P.O. box address. Winner/s will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment. My role is to give the sponsor the information of the winner and they will directly ship the prize to the winner. I have received the product/s above to try however, all opinions are honest and own and are not influenced in any way. I do not share or sell information and all information shared with me will solely be used for prize shipment. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Speekee - Online Spanish Learning Program for Kids Review and Giveaway 8/4 US



I believe that understanding multiple languages is a plus and that the younger a person, the easier they can learn different languages. My daughters only speak in English but they understand some sentences when we talk to them in Tagalog. Our goal is to make them speak in Tagalog too but it's a bit hard since they watch cartoon shows in English and my elder daughter who goes to school already only speaks English at school.

When we migrated here in the US about 4 years ago, I noticed that most people can speak Spanish or understand even just a bit of Spanish. I became interested and wanted to learn to speak Spanish or even just understand some basic Spanish words. I've learned a few Spanish words from Dora, maybe about 10 words, because my daughters love watching her. So when Speekee contacted me to do a review of their Online Spanish Learning Program, I grabbed the opportunity since I wanted to learn Spanish too.


Speekee is an Online Spanish Learning Program for children ages 2 to 11. Here are the 2 programs available and a short description from the Speekee Website:

-- Speekee FastTrack: Perfect for Younger Learners

- For children up to 7 years old
- Look for the FastTrack near the bottom of the screen at www.speekee.com (membership required)
- Your child learns Spanish through authentic Spanish videos, puppets and song
- Optionally you use the FastTrack activity ideas at home

-- The Speekee Spanish Challenge: Brilliant for Older Learners

- For children 7 years and older
- Your child learns through over 40 authentic Spanish videos and mission based game play
- Speekee tracks your child's progress and reports back to you by email (you can unsubscribe from emails at any time)
- Explore, communicate, learn and play at www.speekee.com
- After logging in, click on the bell icon for your first mission


I clicked the Speekee FastTrack at the lower right bottom of the page and followed the week by week guide for my 2 daughters who are 3 and 6. I also watched the videos with them and they loved the catchy songs.

The videos are very educational because the Spanish words are accompanied by pictures or actions of what they mean. I also opted for the English Subtitle which can be turned on or off by clicking the CC button on the lower right of the video (see the yellow arrow for the CC button).

I love how easy it is to navigate through the videos and how fun and catchy the songs are. I like that each video concentrates on a few Spanish words and these few words are repeatedly said all throughout the video. This method makes it easier to remember the Spanish words and sentences because my daughters copy and say them over and over again too.

You can visit the Speekee WEBSITE to learn more about their program.

Now on to the giveaway! One of my readers will win a 3-month subscription to Speekee! Just head on to the rafflecopter below to get your entries in. Good Luck! :)


 DISCLAIMER: 1 Winner will receive a 3 Month Subscription to Speekee. My giveaway will start July 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST and will end August 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST. This will be open to US residents only. The prize cannot be shipped to a P.O. box address. Winner/s will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment. My role is to give the sponsor the information of the winner and they will directly ship the prize to the winner. I have received the product/s above to try however, all opinions are honest and own and are not influenced in any way. I do not share or sell information and all information shared with me will solely be used for prize shipment. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.
 
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

Green Coffee Bean Extract Weight Loss Supplement from Xium Review



Being overweight has been a problem for me ever since I had my second daughter. I like trying out new weight loss supplements because I find it harder to lose the weight I gained over the past few years. Exercising alone isn't as effective as when I was in my early 20's and I feel like my metabolism became slower now that I'm in my late 20's.

I've tried several different kinds and brands of weight loss supplements already and none has truly made me lose the weight I needed to lose. Yes, they give me the extra energy I needed during the times I exercise and some has helped me shed off a few pounds but up 'til now, I still haven't reached the ideal weight I want.

When Xium sent me their Green Coffee Bean Extract, I was of course excited to try it. I've tried other brands of Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplement but I only shed off a few pounds while using them. I really don't think they're ineffective. It's just that I haven't had the determination and the will to exercise regularly and stick to healthy eating.

When I first heard about Green Coffee Bean Extract, I immediately thought about caffeine since the word "coffee" is included in the name. Well, caffeine isn't the one which causes weight loss. Green Coffee Bean Extract's key ingredient for weight loss is chlorogenic acid which works by inhibiting the release of glucose into the body. At the same time, it boosts the metabolism and burns fat in the liver. Chlorogenic Acid is also a strong antioxidant which acts as a sponge that stop and sop up free radicals within the body, preventing them from causing oxidative damage.

Xium's Green Coffee Bean Weight loss Supplement is standardized to 50% Cholorogenic Acid and has no added fillers or binders.


The Xium Green Coffee Bean Extract Weight Loss Supplement is in a brown veggie capsule. I like supplements in a veggie capsule because they're easier to swallow, at least for me. I've been taking this for almost 2 weeks now and I haven't really seen any remarkable difference on my weight loss. I've shed off about a pound now but I couldn't say if it's because of the Xium Coffee Bean Extract or if it's because I started exercising 2 weeks ago too. What I can say is that it helped me curb my cravings and gave me the extra energy I need when exercising.

I'm not a believer of miracle weight loss supplements, like those advertised saying that you'll lose weight just by taking their supplement, but I do believe that weight loss supplements aid in losing weight by giving you more energy and boosting your metabolism. I do like the Xium Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplement because it does help in giving me the extra energy I need when I exercise in the late afternoon. This alone for me is effective since I do feel sluggish in the afternoon already.

Just a note, if you're taking other medications or have any medical condition, please consult your doctor first before trying ANY supplement. :)

You can find the Xium Green Coffee Bean Extract on AMAZON for $9.32 for a 90-capsule bottle.

DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 

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.

Keep Bugs Out with the Magnetic Screen Door from iGotTech Review



I have 2 daughters ages 3 and 6 and they love playing on our front porch. The problem is, they always forget to close the sliding screen door which results to having different kinds of BIG flies inside our house specially during summer.

When iGotTech sent me their Magnetic Screen Door, I instantly knew exactly where to put it.


I received the iGotTech Magnetic Screen Door and I couldn't wait for hubby to come home so I figured out how to put it myself. I'm not really experienced in putting together things and would take about 1 hour on doing something hubby could do in 10 minutes so I made sure to watch the video tutorial first before attempting to install the Screen Door.

Before installing the Screen Door, I first made sure it would fit our door frame. Then, I first got the velcro tape out and made sure to cut it into the right length. It was so easy to install the velcro tape around our door frame and it took me less than 5 minutes to stick it around our door frame. I was so proud of myself. LOL. :)


The Magnetic Screen Door itself is light and weighs only 1.3 lbs. So it was easy for me to step on a chair and stick the screen door on the velcro tape I just put around the door frame. It is 35 inches wide and 83 inches tall. So here is the final result of my own hard work. Well not actually hard work since it only took me about 10 minutes to do it. LOL.

I love how durable the velcro tapes are. My daughters come in and out of the front porch countless of times per day and the screen door holds up. I didn't even have to put the nails included and it stays up just fine.
I also love how the magnets work to ensure the screen door seals by itself. With the 26 powerful magnets sewn in the reinforced edges, the screen door is sure to close by itself. Even though my daughters forget to close our sliding screen door most of the time, the Magnetic Screen Door protects our home from flies by closing by itself.

I love the Magnetic Screen Door from iGotTech and I love how easy it was to install. It's very durable and made from quality materials. I think this would last a long time and the best thing, NO MORE FLIES. :)

You can purchase the Magnetic Screen Door from iGotTech on AMAZON for $29.95.You can also visit their WEBSITE to learn more about their other products.

DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

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.

BabyLuxe 100% Cotton Jersey Knit Sheet for Portable Crib or Pack'N Play Review



My daughters are "travelling" sleepers. At least that's what I call them. They toss and turn around so much when they sleep that they often end up on the floor or half their body hanging off the side of their toddler bed. Guess what? Their pillows are scattered around as well and their fitted bed sheets usually come off halfway too.

BabyLuxe sent me their Especially for Baby Portable Play Yard Sheet to try as well as their Cotton Multi-Use Pad and Comfort Shiled Collection Waterproof Pillow Protector in exchange for an honest review.

The Especially for Baby Portable Yard Sheet is made of 100% Cotton Jersey Knit. IT is approximately 30 in. by 40 in.. I love how soft it is and how it fits snuggly on my daughter's mattress. The Sheet has a patented extra-deep side which stop the sheet from slipping off even the thickest mattress. Other fitted sheets I've bought fit well on our mattress the first few washes but shrinks after getting washed a lot but I've washed and dried the Especially for Baby Yard Sheet a couple of times already and I am glad that it haven't shrunk at all. It still fits great and still soft as ever.

The Snoozy Cotton Multi-Use Pad has an outer Organic Cotton later, a 100% Polyester inner layer and a 100% Polyurethane waterproof layer. This provides protection from allergen molecules less than 1.0 micron. I love how soft the Cotton Multi-Use Pad is. I'm using this as a night time pad for my 3 year old daughter because we're trying out the "no more training pants" at night. Luckily, she haven't had any accidents during night time and so I haven't tested the waterproof feature of this pad yet.

The last product I received was the Comfort Shield Collection - Waterproof Pillow Protector. It has a terry touch and it also acts as a barrier from dust mites. It's really soft and I like that it fits nicely on my pillow. It has a lifetime warranty against stains and manufacturer defects. It is made of 80% cotton and 20% polyester and has an absorbent terrycloth surface.

DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

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.