Category Archives: Reviews/Giveaways

Turn Tie Shoes into NO Tie Shoes


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Summer is Here! Treat Your Feet Right with Mephisto


Summer is here and all of us that have feet issues know it’s not all sunny. For years I have only been able to wear tie up shoes because I have these huge orthotic insets I have to wear.  See I have plantarfacitis which is another way of saying I want to chop off my feet when I have been on them for a long period of time.

The wait is over

Never fear oh plantarites (is that even a word?) I have found us a solution. Mobils shoes by Mephisto is the magic solution. I finally can wear sandals in the summer and feel normal. They are not only the best thing to hit our not so nice week but ladies, they are cute. So many different colors and styles. It can make a girl go mad.

My Review

I was lucky enough, not only once but twice, get a chance to review a pair of Mobils sandals. I am totally in love. I have gone out and bought additional pairs. While they may take a little dent out of your budget, they are worth every single penny.  I have worn them for days on end and my feet don’t feel like they are going to fall off. They are comfortable, stylish, and most important my darn feet can breathe in the summer heat. I highly recommend adding these to your closet space.

About Mephisto

In 1965, Martin Michaeli founded Mephisto with a singular goal… “To make the world’s finest footwear.”  Mephistos are an investment in the health and comfort of your feet, back and legs. The materials, construction techniques and quality components used to make every pair are never compromised. While maintaining our high standards of handcrafted excellence, Mephisto is also a leader in innovative technology. Our designers and engineers are never satisfied and continue to search for ways to improve the comfort features of our footwear and make the “finest” even “finer”

So run fellow plantarites and find yourself these glorious shoes. Run now! Go!


Christmas Gift Idea: Learn with VTech


VetchVTech makes all kinds of awesome toys for the kiddos. One that Cooper has really loved is the VTech Innotab 3.  We had the privilege awhile ago to review this tablet and Cooper just loves it. So now we got the chance to review 2 new cartridges for the Innotab 3.

About the VTech Innotab 3

The InnoTab® 3 combines educational games, creative activities and reading skills in a child-friendly, multi-function, touch screen tablet to make learning fun.

  • Compact and lightweight design with 4.3” color touch screen, new directional pad and tilt sensor
  • 2.0 megapixel, 180° rotating camera with more than 55 photo features and special effects
  •  Four different media players: e-book reader, MP3 music player, photo viewer and

My Review

We had the chance this time to review 2 cartridges, Pixar Play and I Spy. Both of these Cooper has spent hours playing. Pixar Play has characters from Monsters Inc, Toy Story, Incredibles, and Finding Nemo. All of which Cooper loves. His favorite is the Incredibles.  I Spy is just that! This is a great game if you need a good logic game and lots of great visuals.

What I love the most about VTech is that Cooper enjoys them if if they are below the age group on the box. So don’t be afraid to buy something based on that. Cooper is a bit behind in school because of his ADHD so it all makes me smile when he plays these fun games because I know he is learning.

Add this to your Christmas list for the kiddo in your life and you won’t regret this purchase.

The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.

Diffusing Jewelry by EverTrend {Review}


photo (4)I have stated many times on this site how I believe essential oils help. I am walking proof that they do. Peppermint oil is one I can not live without. You have to make sure you find the purest of oils, which I recommend Young Living. I had heard about jewelry that diffuse the oil so you can get all day effects of the oil. I was mainly looking for my son who has ADHD and something he could wear this school year, and that is when I can upon EverTrend. They had so many nice pieced of jewelry to choose from and I am grateful I got the opportunity to review a piece.

My Review

The best thing I love about this piece is that it is handmade right here in the USA. I love supporting companies that pride themselves on their work and craftsmanship.  I even love the little brown packaging it comes in. How eco-friendly is that?necklace

This beautiful piece is so nice and light weight yet beautifully crafted. The dragonfly and the gem give it just a little extra style.  Each piece comes with 3 felt disc so you can diffuse 3 scents. If you wanted a little color to show through, you could get some colored felt to use. My first mistake with these was over estimating how much oil one little piece of felt could take and how long it would last. Lets just say I was a bit over powered the first time I wore it. This just gave me more reason to love it.

You only need a few drops of your favorite oil on the felt to get what you need to last you the day. EverTread has all sorts of modern simple jewelry that will is perfect for anyone. They are not only beautiful but the prices are very reasonable and the craftsmanship is top notch. Please go check them out on Etsy and support your USA homemakers.


Larvie Learns a Lession Book Review


larviebookWe love getting new books in the house. Cooper is now able to read some on his own which is so exciting to see. He has ADHD so his reading is a bit behind so it’s nice to keep working with him on it over summer with new books that he doesn’t have memorized. I was so thrilled to review this book from the BMI doctors of Texas.

About the Book

Larvie Learns a Lesson tells the story of a caterpillar that finds himself in a dilemma as a result of unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. With the help of his doctor, he reshapes his life, changes his eating habits and cures his high blood pressure [pillar-pressure] and diabetes [pillar-pressure]. This then enables him to transform into a strong and healthy butterfly, he was always meant to be.

My Review

I love books that have great meanings. This is all about health eating and creating good habits. Something I know we need to personally do better at.  We try to make healthy meals at home and what I love about this book is it shows what happens when you eat too much and become lazy. Although I should take notes from this book as well!

I think as a child hearing a doctor say, even if it’s in a book, that they must exercise more and not watch so much TV or play video games, is a healthy way to live. The results in the book are proof of what can happen when you take care of yourself. You become a beautiful butterfly.

I think this is such an important lesson to learn and the sooner the better. I can tell you I certainly didn’t hear these things when I was growing up. Make sure to add this to your must read summer book list!


Personalize Your Next Gift with Tolalu


photo (3)If you are looking for a unique gift for a child than Tolalu is the place to check out.  I know when I was a kid it was always hard to find items with my name on it and forty years ago they didn’t have as much personalization as they do now. So if you have a child with a unique spelling name, they can still have their very own items.

About Tolalu

Tolalu stands for beautifully designed, high quality products. We wanted to make it simple for parents to buy well designed products with a personal touch – as a present for your own kids or as a present to other kids you love and want to pamper. All of our products were made with love and special attention to detail. When we make a new design we first send it to the kids around us to get their feedback. Only after getting their approval do we start offering the products to our costumers.

My Review

The toughest part of this review was choosing what product I was going to get. I choose and activity book, chore calendar, and place-mat. I really love the activity book. There are so many different puzzles from mazes to connect the dots. I have to stop Cooper from finishing them all in one night. The place-mat is nice for me, less mess and he knows exactly where he is sitting. Let’s talk chore chart. I am over the moon happy about this item. Cooper is six but also has ADHD so visuals are so good.  I tell him for each chore I ask him to do I will give him $1. He is always asking me how much he has earned. So with the chore chart there is plenty of room to put the chore plus how much he has earned.  He reminds me daily to put his money on there. Love him. Your next birthday party give the kiddos a personalized gift with Tolau.

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Disclosure: I received Tolalu products in exchange for a post about the personalized gifts for kids. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

SodaStream Source Review


photo (2)Ever since I did my first review of SodaStream my love for it grown. I can’t tell you how much money I have saved from not buying pop and juice boxes. It’s so much easier to make my own and my son loves it.

About SodaStream

SodaStream was founded in 1903 (wow) by W & A Gilby Ltd, London Gin Distillers. SodaStream seeks to revolutionize the beverage industry by providing a better alternative and environmentally friendly way for consumers to prepare their own refreshing carbonated beverages. They are all about consumer, partnerships, environment, and innovation.

My Review

I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review the Source from SodaStream. I love the way this one works. You simply put the bottle under the machine and push it back and it locks in place. No more turning. Then you just press down to get the carbonation of your choice.  It will light up to tell you which level you are one (the higher lever the more carbonation you have).  So much simpler to use.

While I still love my Genesis model I got the first time, and it still have many uses left, it now have been turned over to another loving home so they can now love SodaStream as much as I do.

I was also thrilled to get few new flavors to try. Sometimes it’s hard to find all the flavors in the store. My husband really likes he Country Time Pink Lemonade, and my son loves both the Cool-Aid and Crystal Light fruit punch. My favorite by far is still the Diet Grapefruit.

You just can’t go wrong with owning one of these machines.


Back to Blocks- Wooden Blocks Review


photo 2Cooper loves to build. So when I had the opportunity to review Back to Blocks wooden blocks, I jumped at the opportunity.  Wooden blocks are great toys for any age, even the “old” kids. Here is a little more information on Back to Blocks.


“Back To Blocks” is a family owned and operated business located in Kaysville, Utah, U.S.A.  We handcraft and sell wooden building blocks for children. Our whole family has been involved in launching our business.  It’s been a lot of fun working together to provide you with the greatest toy blocks.

We are committed to providing a safe, durable, natural, quality product.  Our blocks are  from natural hardwood.  They have no paints or dyes or stains.  We use poplar. A beautiful hardwood that comes naturally in a variety of  color variations. It can range from white to greenish to purple.It is light, sturdy, and affordable.

My review

I love these blocks. They are soft and safe for Cooper to use. I love the thought these are handcrafted with no dyes that can hurt the kiddos. I lovephoto 1 how smooth and sturdy they are. Cooper was so excited to get some new blocks to build with.  Cooper is at the age that when he builds something it’s all about how to crash it down. It might be with his Angry Birds or a car that cashes into it. But does it really matter? What matter is he is having fun and it allows him to use his imagination when building.

If you have a wee little one these are great for learning some great creative skills and hand eye coordination. Remember they are as safe and all natural, can’t get any better than that!

Newman’s Own Organics Giveaway


The Pitch List is so lucky to have the honor to work with great companies like


Newman’s Own Organics

Newman’s Own® Organics’ products meet all the requirements of the USDA’s National Organic Program. Ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more. The farms and processors have also met the USDA’s organic standards. The products are sold nationwide in a number of mainstream supermarkets, in stores featuring natural and health foods, as well as on a number of websites. The pet foods are sold in specialty pet stores and many other outlets.

Several of our members have been reviewing their great products.

Newman’s Own Organics is giving away one box of the same items our reviewers received!


More than a $150 value!

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Last Minute Gift Idea- Think Peppa


peppaI am so not ready for the holiday. I am normally ready by now and excited for the holiday. This year I feel so unprepared. Do you have a last minute gift you need to buy for a child? Think Peppa Pig. There are so many great Peppa products out there you can’t go wrong. I have the honor of reviewing the Peppa Pig Picnic Adventure Car.

We first learned about Peppa Pig from my in-laws. They are from England and that is where Peppa Pig was born. the Picnic car come with a mini Peppa, a picnic basket and blanket, and of course, the pig car. Here is a cute little 5 minute video of a Peppa picnic episode.

My Review

Cooper really enjoyed the  car. He made sure Peppa didn’t have a picnic alone either. There was room in his car for Iron Man, and some army men. He said they kept Peppa’s food safe from any ants that might be thinking of invading.  I really like the Peppa products because I know they are good quality products. The car it’s some cheap piece of plastic. It’s the type that will survive many basement step accidents. Mom’s you know what I mean, why they “accidentally” drive the car down the steps to see what cool moves it can make.

Other Peppa

I had the privilege of also reviewing in the past Peppa Bedtime & Bathtime as well as other Peppa products.  The Peppa Pig figures, books, and DVD’s all make great gifts as well as stocking stuffers. So if you in a jam and don’t know what to get, think Peppa!