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Speck Protective Cases Review and Giveaway


speckiphonecaseI recently took the big step and got an iPhone. While it’s just and iPhone 4s I have to say I love it. I will admit I am a bit rough on my phones. I am always dropping them and shoving them in my purse so protecting it is important to me. I got the opportunity to try Speck protective cases and I have to say I love it.

About Speck

Founded in 2001 by a group of California-based engineers, they’re captivated by gadgets, amped up about the technology behind them and downright fanatical about design. They have cases for all your gadgets including MacBooks, iPhones, smartphones, and tablets.

My Review

I choose the Candyshell for the iPhone 4s. I went with the yellow shell with peacock accents. I have been using this shell now for about a month, sorry my review is a tad overdue. I have dropped it a few times and it has been slammed in my purse and tossed around and yet this case has held up with no scratches on it at all. My previous case only lasted about a month because the outside scratched so easy and looked like crap.

I have no worries when I dropped my phone either. the hard shell protected the phone with every drop and I knew that I didn’t have to worry if I broke it. So this is a great case if you have the dropsies. Trust me this will be your forever case of choice.

The Giveaway

Speck was nice enough to send me 2 extra Candyshell cases of the same color.  YOU MUST HAVE A IPHONE 4/4S. Thanks Speck. US Residents only. Ends 9/22/13. Good Luck

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MacLarry and The Stinky Cheese Battle Review


veggie talesI love that Cooper, while almost 6, still loves a good Veggie Tales movie. I just love all the good messages these movies bring. Cooper just started Kindergarten and it great to know he has learned so good lessons prior to school. I was thrilled to the chance to review the new Veggie Tale movie: MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle.

About the Movie

Larry the Cucumber stars as MacLarry – a misfit inventor who is stuck in the middle of the silliest battle ever between two tribes of perpetual pranksters!  When the biggest prank of the century is unleashed, the feuding tribes are in danger of being overcome by the stinkiest cheese in the land!  Will MacLarry realize that his God-given talents may be just what is needed to save them all from the loathsome Limburger??

My Review

One thing I love about all the Veggie Tale movies is that conversations that it brings up afterwards. While I would like to think Cooper is perfect, recently he has started to act out at his daycare with hitting and throwing huge fits. So this movie comes at a great time to talk about fighting. We had fun with the activity pack and set up our pre-movie meal with the great Veggie Tale plates and cups.  You can download the activity pack for yourself.

Christmas is closer than you want to think of but I would add this to your child Christmas list as a must have!



Sprout Watch Review


eco-friendly watchGoing green is simpler than what you might think.  You could change your household cleaners and grocery bags but have you ever thought about your watch? I know right? That is one thing I would have never thought to change. I am thrilled to have the chance to review the eco-friendly Sprout Watch.

About Sprout Watch

Sprout Watches set out to create an eco-forward lifestyle brand which utilizes the highest quality materials while striving to protect the Earth’s natural resources. Constructed from sustainable elements such as biodegradable corn resin, bamboo, cork, organic cotton, mother of pearl conflict free diamonds and Swarovski’s Advanced Lead-Free Crystal, Sprout Watches are setting the standard for eco-friendly, fashion-forward timepieces.

Mission Statement: Simply put, we set out to make the most eco-forward watches available. Truthful, transparent and to the point – we’ll never be anything less.

My Review

I was so thrilled when I got the chance to try this awesome Sprout Watch. I just would have never thought about changing my watch to be eco-friendly but I am so glad I found it. It’s very comfortable to wear and very light weight. I have to say I love the band. Made from latte wool felt it’s so soft it doesn’t irritate your skin.  Here are some other features of this watch:

  • Corn Resin Case, Bezel, reflector Ring and Movement Holder
  • Tan100% Wool Felt Strap with Corn Resin Buckle
  • Tan Bamboo Dial
  • Rose Gold-tone Numerals and Indexes
  • Brown Printed Outside Minute Track
  • Mineral Crystal
  • Mercury-Free Battery
  • Approx. Band Length: 240mm
  • Approx. Band Widtch: 20mm
  • Approx. Case Diameter: 38mm
  • Quartz Movement

It looks stylish and it makes for a great conversation piece. Christmas is coming folks faster than we might want and a watch is a great and common gift so why not make it an eco-friendly Sprout Watch instead???

Keep in touch with Sprout Watch for the latest product information.





My Friend Paris Book Review and #Giveaway


childrens bookReading books are a night time routine in our house. My son loves to listen to the stories.  I am always excited to find new books on different topics that we haven’t read about. I was thrilled to get the chance to review these two books from My Friend Paris.

About the Author

Paris Morris is a 14 year old author living in San Francisco. She started writing at the age of 11.  She writes about her travels and her beautiful twin sisters.  (Wow such talent at a young age)

Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe

This is the first book in Paris’ travels.  She travels to Lake Tahoe with her family for fun and adventure. I love this book because I could relate it better with my son. It’s from a child’s point of view and I think Cooper could understand it more. While this book is about a girl, I don’t think  it really matter who reads this.

I’m Having Twins

This is a great story to have on hand if you are an expecting Mom and are worried about how the sibling is going to react with a new baby or babies.  Again what is great is that this is being told from the child’s point of view. The trials and tribulations of being a big sister and the realizations that they are hers too. This is a book that got Paris Morris started as a young author. She lived this experience and wants all families to know how the transitions can be.

My Review

Cooper enjoyed these books. While he couldn’t relate really to the twins book he did really love the adventure of Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe.  It spurred the “Mom let’s go there now” mentality but it did spark the conversation of how much fun and adventure family vacations can be.  I do think he related more because it was written for him by a child like him.

These books would be a great birthday party gift for your child to take.

The Giveaway

New Year Publishing is giving one lucky reader to win a book of their choice from My Friend Paris. US Residents only. Ends 8/1/13. Good Luck

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Mighty Leaf Tea Giveaway


photoWhat is your favorite summertime drink? For me it’s iced tea. I can drink it by the gallons. I was thrilled to partner again with Mighty Leaf Tea to review more of their awesome teas.

About Mighty Leaf

Mighty Leaf Tea was born for the sole purpose of infusing life into an ancient indulgence by creating tea products that reach new heights of quality and innovation.

The genesis of Mighty Leaf Tea came in 1996 as a result of a shared passion and dream envisioned by husband-and-wife team Gary Shinner and Jill Portman when they founded their teahouse on Fillmore St. in San Francisco.

Their passion is for creating the most incredible handcrafted tea blends found anywhere, globally sourcing the finest ingredients available. Paralleling the highest standards of quality at Mighty Leaf Tea is ongoing creative innovation

My Review

Might Leaf Tea has one of my all time favorite teas, Calypso Mango. It reminds me of a certain coffee shop that has a mango iced tea. This way I can make my own and save some money.  I also got their Organic Black, Sunburst Green Tea, and Ginger Peach. All of which are great.  I got a Takeya pitcher along with the teas so I had everything I needed for summer success.

The Sunburst Green Teas has a sweet orange flavor and uses green tea leaves, so it’s good for you too. Now the Ginger Peach is good but I am not a huge fan of ginger. While I do love the peach flavor it would be one I would hot rather than cold. Well the Organic Black is just good anyway you look at it. Made with south Indian organic black tea leaves you just can’t go wrong.

If you haven’t tried Mighty Leaf I challenge you this summer to do out and try it. They offer a wide variety of flavors and I am sure there is one that will take your fancy.

The Giveaway

Might Leaf Tea is giving one lucky reader this summer gift pack. Includes the 4 teas and pitcher. US Residents only. End 7/23/13. Good luck!
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Enjoy Hair Care Review and Giveaway


enjoyrejuvanatingSometimes I just hate my hair but is anybody truly happy with the hair they have? Straight hair people want curly hair and curly hair people want straight. It’s a horribly cycle and I am on it. I have natural curly hair and hate it. I can’t really grow it out because it grows out more than down. I have so much hair that it tends to get oily at times.  I also have the itchy scalp issue because it gets too try. Oy! I am never happy. One thing that has helped is Enjoy Hair Care products.  I was thrilled to partner with them again for another awesome review.

About Enjoy

We take great pride in understanding the needs and desires of the professional hairdresser and value strong industry partnerships and are firm believers in the “Evolve or Die” philosophy. Thus, we change as often as needed to ensure that every ENJOY product remains at the forefront of hair care technology and consumer demand. With decades of industry experience in professional hair care, ENJOY understands and supports all aspects of the hair care experience including salon ownership and management, branding, creative, manufacturing, distribution, education, motivation, merchandising, advertising and the customer experience.

My Review

I was thrilled to review the Enjoy Sulfate-Free Rejuvenating  Volumizing shampoo and conditioner.

  • Rejuvenate and revitalize hair and scalp. Perfect for fine and thinning hair. Color Safe for all hair types.
  • This product may be used as an invigorating skin wash. ( awesome right?)

If you missed my previous review of Enjoy Hair Care please go check it out. This review will be must of the same praise as the other. I love this shampoo.  First the smell is great. I am not one for a flower or perfumed scented shampoo.  These are more like a mint or menthol scented.  The shampoo is more a thicker substance but I am sure it has to do with how my scalp loves it.

My scalp gets really itchy from time to time to the point I itch it until it hurts. I have used some medicated shampoos before but they get expensive. This rejuvenating shampoo, in my opinion, helps just as much as the expensive medicated ones. It leaves my scalp feeling cool and refreshing.  This feeling lasts for awhile after washed too. So it’s like when I am walking around I have an air conditioner on my head cooling me off. It’s awesome.

It really does leave my hair soft, shiny, and feeling all around healthy. You can’t go wrong with any of the Enjoy Hair Care. Makes for a great gift.  Check out where there is a store close to you that sells Enjoy Hair Care.
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Citizen Chef Review: A Sauce for Any Cook


stirfryI love trying new food, so long as I don’t have to cook it. I am such a horrible cook. I think it’s because I don’t have the patience to wait on it. I was thrilled to get the chance to try Citizen Chef’s sauces. These things make new foods super easy. How hard is it to marinate meat or throw a sauce in to make a stir fry? Yeah even I did it!

About Citizen Chef

Citizen Chef is all about fresh ingredients, real cooking, and eating together. They are a small group of parents, kids and busy professionals who know first hand how difficult it is to make healthy choices amid the daily hustle and bustle. They thrive on bringing fresh healthy foods to your home that can still be quick and easy to make.

My Review

I have the pleasure for trying 3 of their fantastic sauces. I received the Hawaiian Pineapple BBQ, Limone Garlic, and Pan Asian Glaze. All of these were out of this world! With the Hawaiian Pineapple BBQ and the Limone Garlic we marinated the pork and chicken in the sauces for a couple hours prior to cooking. We grilled them and took some of the sauce we didn’t use and basted them while grilling. Holy cow were these ever flavorful! I love the strong flavor they have.

The picture is of a stir fry I made with the Pan Asian Orange (not the most attractive dish but hey I said I wasn’t a cook). I simply added some chicken and a bag of frozen stir fry veggies. When they got close to be cooked I then added the sauce. I didn’t want to add it to early and cook the flavor out of it or with my luck burn it.

They now have 2 salad kits that look super yummy and healthy. Great for someone like me that likes pre-made meals.

citizenchef Where to Buy

If you have a Costco and are in California please head over there to see if they have it on their shelves. If you don’t  then check out these other locations that just might have them, such as Sprout’s Farmers Market and some select Safeway stores. Get to cooking something new. If you do, please come back and let me know what you tried.

Connect With Them

Stay connected via social media with Citizen Chef to keep up to date on latest products they have coming out. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.





Wall Decals by Dezign With a Z: ReDecorate with Ease


photo 3We are embarking on our 2nd anniversary in our new home and yet we haven’t changed it much. We are slowing doing that but I am not Martha Stuart by any stretch of the word. One easy way to redecorate is by use wall decals or wall stickers. Very inexpensive and easy to do. Dezign With A Z is the perfect place to find a wall decal for any type of theme.   I was thrilled to receive a wall decal for review.


All Dezign With A Z wall decals are made right here in the USA. On the Design With a Z wall decals website you can browse a large selection of contemporary slick Wall Decals for your home and office decorating needs. You can also learn useful tips on how and where to use your Wall Decal. They offer the largest selection of wall decals on the market. They even do custom wall deals to fit any need.

My Wall Decal Review

I was thrilled to review this beautiful tree wall decal.  I must say this thing looked huge and I could feel I was going to get frustrated with it. This was a two person job for sure. It’s very simple concept. The wall decal comes on a double stick paper. First you have to rub it so it sticks on the top sheet. This is the sheet that will go onto the wall. If you have a big design like we had, this could take some time because it’s very detailed.


After you take the back off you have to now get this thing on the wall. We measure and taped off there the corners need to go.  This design isn’t one where we could get a do-over. After about 2 hours we finally got this beautiful tree wall decal up and finished.

I have to had it to the Hubs because he did a majority of the work. It really make our hall come alive. We placed it at the beginning of the hall so that when we are at the table it can be viewed. I sure wasn’t going to hid this gem.

The Giveaway

Thanks so much to Dezign With A Z for allowing me to spruce up my house and allow my readers this opportunity. One reader can win a $30 gift certificate to Dezign With A Z. US residents only ends 6/25/13. Good Luck.


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CrinkledNose.com Review and #Giveaway


fathersdayI can’t tell you how much I love giving gifts that are custom made. To me they show that you thought long and hard about the gift and that you cherish the person that is getting it.  I was thrilled to get the opportunity, again, to receive product from CrinkledNose.com and review it for you.

About CrinkledNose.com

They offer We offer personalized baby announcements, birthday and event invitations, magnetic calendars and much more. It was during the 2008 holiday season that CrinkledNose.com was born, featuring attractive, personalized, photo Christmas cards in all styles and flavors. But it’s not just for Christmas anymore.  Now we’ve got the fun in the springtime, in the meantime, and in between time!

My Review

If you missed my last review please check it out. The calendars are still a hit in my family. This go round, I was able to select some of their note pads. I do love my stationary. I was able to get 18 different pads so I chose from a variety. I work in a nursing home so I selected some nursing note pads for a fellow co-worker.  I know Mother’s Day has passed but I selected their Mom is Loved By note pads and I put my husband and son’s name on it. I have gotten lots of complements at work about it.

Now Father’s Day is coming up in June so I selected the World’s Best Dad note pad. With these I was able to put a picture at the top of my husband and son. It’s the cutest thing ever!  Now let’s not forget Grandparents day! I know it’s not until September but I did select the Grandma’s House where it says “There No Place like Home except Grandma’s” My mom will really enjoy them. You can elect to get all note pads and flat card with a magnetic back. Which I love because then I never lose my note pad at work!

CrinkledNose.com is so much more than note pads. They have calendars, announcements of all sorts, wedding invitations, and even personalized coffee. Oh yeah now we are talking my language!

If you place an order on CrinkledNose.com you can get 25% off with the code BondWithKarla25

The Giveaway

CrinkledNose is giving one lucky reader 18 note pads of their choice. Trust me, that is a lot of paper so spread the love. US Residents Only. Ends 6/5/13. Good Luck

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Click and Go by Playmobil {Review}


bigplaymobil_5160Love the spring is here. Cooper can get outside and do more running around to tire him out at night. Maybe our nights will go smoother if he just crashes from exhaustion. Of course now that he is a year older, different outdoor toys will be needed to keep him entertained. I was thrilled to get to review Playmobil’s Click and Go Snake Racer, well at least Cooper got to play with it.

About Playmobil

Playmobil was founded in 1876 by locksmith named Andreas Brandstätter. Later in 1908 his son Greg took over the company. In 1921 moved the headquarters to Zirndorf, Germany, where it remains to the present day. They started off making cash registers, telephones, and various small toys. Today they are housed in a 1.6 million square foot, state-of-the-art building, where more than 500 employees oversee management, administration, research and development, mold construction, and decoration for the world-famous toys. The complete history is really interesting.

My Review

Well I did have a really great picture on my phone of Cooper getting the package, but my phone crashed and had to get a new one but I can tell you he was so excited for his new toy. Some assembly is required but it was super easy.  This car is great for Cooper to play in the dirt. He loves to run it down the slide on his playset. I am sure once the hot weather hit it will find it’s way in the pool or on the slip n slide.

There are three different styles of Click and Go vehicles to choose from. We of course got the Snake Racer but there is also a jet and speedboat to chose from. If you child has a birthday party this summer these are very inexpensive and would make a great gift.