Archive for November, 2009

Alight.com Dec 30th contest starts

November 30, 2009

Today i drew for the winners of the Alight.com November contest, if you did not win no worries we will still be going through the month of December and the month of January so you still have two chances to win.

You can continue to enter at the original post and to earn extra entries you can tweet daily.

Alight.com Nov 30th Winner

November 30, 2009

Lorna said… 140 Alight Facebook fan

I have emailed Lorna and s/he has 48 hours to contact me before I draw for a new winner.

If you did not win this month don’t worry there are two more drawings one on Dec 30th and one on Jan 30th so you still have a chance to win.

Link Up Your Giveaways

November 30, 2009

My 1st of hopefully many linkys

Enter in the following format to make it easier for people to read
BLOG NAME – SPONSOR/PRIZE (ENDING DATE)

Timberdoodle Typing Instructor for Kids Review

November 30, 2009
It was not until I joined the Mama Buzz group that I learned about Timberdoodle.  They are one of the largest providers of home school supplies.  I was given the opportunity thanks to my membership with Mama Buzz to work with Timberdoodle on a review of their product Typing Instructor for Kids software for kids 6-12 years old.
First and foremost and probably one of the most important things is that you need to check your system requirements before purchasing any software. 
Mac System Requirements:  PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel Core Duo processor; 800 MHz processor or higher • Mac OS X 10.4.6 10.5 • CD-ROM Drive • 580 MB Hard Drive space • Video card with 32 MB of video RAM • 1024 X 768 resolution • Speakers • Internet Connection Recommended

Windows System Requirements:  Pentium® 133 PC or Higher • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP, ME, 2000, or 98 • 50 MB RAM available • 580 MB Hard Drive space (full install) • Double speed CD-ROM Drive • 800 x 600 16 Bit or higher display • 16-bit Sound Card • Speakers or Headphones • Mouse •
Recommended: Internet Connection • Required for Typing Games: DirectX® 8 – compatible video card

Kid’s Version System Requirements:  Pentium® class PC or higher • Microsoft® Windows® Vista, XP or 2000 • 480 MB Hard Disk Space Available • 128 MB RAM • CD-ROM Drive • 800 x 600, 16-Bit Color Display • Sound Card • Speakers or Headphones • Mouse • DirectX®8 Compatible Video

Now onto the fun stuff.  When I was in school I took the computer classes from Grade 9 through to Grade 13 and I wished we had better typing classes while in the younger grades.  I come from a very wide computer background so I was not stranger to using computers and typing but I did see others around me struggle and I felt terrible for them.  Now with this software I know my kids will have a good headstart on their typing knowledge.  Typing Instructor for Kids has 13 multi-level games, graduated drills and lesson plans, hundreds of activities, exercises and tests and can be made to be in both English and Spanish.

Chase and Blake both took the time to test out the typing software and they really enjoyed playing it, they started with the basics teaching them hand positioning and the simple keys, then they got into the adventure accompanied by a talking parrot which they seemed to really respond to.  I liked that they could have fun and I could see where/if they struggled to ensure I was helping them learn as much as I possibly could.

Taken right from Timberdoodle: Using proven typing techniques, children will master the keyboard while journeying with Toby and Lafitte to five imaginative lands where they learn proper typing techniques and build keyboarding skills. Just choose a Typing Plan, set a word-per-minute goal, and as your child explores Typer Island he will learn typing along the way. The engaging lessons and exercises teach children important typing skills, including speed and accuracy. If your children find your old typing program boring, and if you are looking for the right balance of education, entertainment, and motivation in a typing program, then consider the award-winning Typing Instructor for Kids 4.0.

This latest version of the interactive fiction typing game, Typing Instructor for Kids 4.0, offers thirteen action-packed, multi-level games; graduated drills and lesson plans; hundreds of activities, exercises, and tests; and bilingual learning in English and Spanish.

Lee and I both have laptops and the boys are each getting one for Christmas so we have only had the chance to use this on our laptops but i am sure that it is just as beneficial to them to use this on our laptops as it would be on a desktop, although my laptop has a full sized keyboard and so will the boys.  This will be the first thing installed on the new computers so that the boys can continue their typing practice, I am very happy we got this chance to do this review and know that we will use it for years to come.

As you can see in the system requirements it also comes in a version for Mac that costs $16.00, for PC in a Deluxe Version 17 for $9.95 or the Typing Instructor for Kids for $8.00.

(Disclosure: We were provided with this program, free of charge, by Timberdoodle, in association with MamaBuzz.)

The Diaper Sprayer Review & Giveaway

November 30, 2009

We cloth diaper here in our house it is no secret to anyone.  Our families thought we were nuts to cloth diaper, our mothers and grandmothers remembered stinky diaper pails and dunking poopy diapers in the toilet and getting your hands dirty.  Well nowadays cloth diapering is not like your mothers and grandmothers.  There are things to prevent having to touch poopy diapers or dunk them.  The Diaper Sprayer sells and is such a product.

We received The Diaper Sprayer in white and Lee immediately installed it in my bathroom upstairs since that is where we change most of the diapers.  It was very fast to install, came with all the parts and clear instructions on how to get it in and working, you can view the online instructions HERE.  I love that I can control the waterpressure, my old one in our previous house we could not and we ended up with water everywhere, it was a big pain.  It has a big long cord so there is no worries about it not reaching the toilet properly or the hook that comes with it to mount it to the wall.  One thing is that when using a diaper sprayer your diapers sometimes end up very wet, i just fold mine in half and take it to the diaper pail, my PUL holds in the wet and I don’t have to worry about dirty water getting all over my floors.
The Diaper Sprayer sells the sprayers in white, beige and chrome, also if you are installing in a kids bathroom or like fun themes in yours they have two dog ones a bulldog and a dalmation, both very cute.  All of the sprayers come with a 90 day money back guarantee and all of the sprayers are covered by a 1 year warranty.
~BUY IT~
Go to The Diaper Sprayer and get one for all your cloth diapering needs, you get free shipping if you are in the US.
~WIN IT~
The Diaper Sprayer is going to give one of my readers a diaper sprayer of their own.
~TO ENTER~
Go to The Diaper Sprayer and tell me which sprayer would work best in your bathroom.
~BONUS ENTRIES~
Please make sure to leave seperate entries for each thing, if it says you get 5 entries please leave 5 comments.
Follow Jabbering Jessi using google friend {1 entry}
Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway 1 entry}
Blog about this giveaway linking it to back here to this giveaway {2 entries}
Subscribe to Jabbering Jessi {1 Entry}

Grab my new button {1 Entries}

This giveaway is open US & Canada.
Ends Dec 13, 2009 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)
Thank you to The Diaper Sprayer for this awesome giveaway.
This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. Products in this review were given to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for review only. Opinions in this review are mine and are in NO way influenced by monetary compensation.

The Diaper Sprayer Review & Giveaway

November 30, 2009

We cloth diaper here in our house it is no secret to anyone.  Our families thought we were nuts to cloth diaper, our mothers and grandmothers remembered stinky diaper pails and dunking poopy diapers in the toilet and getting your hands dirty.  Well nowadays cloth diapering is not like your mothers and grandmothers.  There are things to prevent having to touch poopy diapers or dunk them.  The Diaper Sprayer sells and is such a product.

We received The Diaper Sprayer in white and Lee immediately installed it in my bathroom upstairs since that is where we change most of the diapers.  It was very fast to install, came with all the parts and clear instructions on how to get it in and working, you can view the online instructions HERE.  I love that I can control the waterpressure, my old one in our previous house we could not and we ended up with water everywhere, it was a big pain.  It has a big long cord so there is no worries about it not reaching the toilet properly or the hook that comes with it to mount it to the wall.  One thing is that when using a diaper sprayer your diapers sometimes end up very wet, i just fold mine in half and take it to the diaper pail, my PUL holds in the wet and I don’t have to worry about dirty water getting all over my floors.
The Diaper Sprayer sells the sprayers in white, beige and chrome, also if you are installing in a kids bathroom or like fun themes in yours they have two dog ones a bulldog and a dalmation, both very cute.  All of the sprayers come with a 90 day money back guarantee and all of the sprayers are covered by a 1 year warranty.
~BUY IT~
Go to The Diaper Sprayer and get one for all your cloth diapering needs, you get free shipping if you are in the US.
~WIN IT~
The Diaper Sprayer is going to give one of my readers a diaper sprayer of their own.
~TO ENTER~
Go to The Diaper Sprayer and tell me which sprayer would work best in your bathroom.
~BONUS ENTRIES~
Please make sure to leave seperate entries for each thing, if it says you get 5 entries please leave 5 comments.
Follow Jabbering Jessi using google friend {1 entry}
Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway 1 entry}
Blog about this giveaway linking it to back here to this giveaway {2 entries}
Subscribe to Jabbering Jessi {1 Entry}

Grab my new button {1 Entries}

This giveaway is open US & Canada.
Ends Dec 13, 2009 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)
Thank you to The Diaper Sprayer for this awesome giveaway.
This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. Products in this review were given to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for review only. Opinions in this review are mine and are in NO way influenced by monetary compensation.

Simple Green Review

November 30, 2009

Looking for a way to Keep your whole house clean while still remaining “Green”? Well look no more, here it is….Simple Green has everything from pet stain and odour remover, to deck and fence cleaner to paint prep and brush cleaner, to hand soap and the list certainly doesnt end there, and the best part is they are all Non toxic or Low Toxicity and almost all of them are biodegradable.

The Company was started over 30 years ago, long before “environmentally friendly” products were mandated by law. Bruce FaBrizio and his father developed a safer alternative to the toxic cleaners then being used to remove tannic acid, by-product of coffee roasting, from roasting machinery. It took three years to perfect the biodegradable, not-toxic, non-flammable, non-abrasive formula. After its initial success, Bruce began selling Simple Green to automotive and industrial customers in 55-gallon drums; which he delivered in his van, for use as a cleaner on equipment and floors. In 1979, just as initial retail marketing efforts were beginning to pay off, Bruce’s father died. Bruce managed to keep the business alive and in 1981 gave his company the name it continues to carry — Sunshine Makers, Inc. Simple Green was then introduced nationally into several new markets including hardware/Do It Yourself, consumer grocery & drug, GSA (government) and Club-Store classes of trade. In the early 1990s, Bruce created the Environmental Technology Division within his company in order to define the cutting edge of today’s cleaning solutions and solidify his company’s high standards for environmental responsibility.

Their Mission: “We, the Sunshine Makers, as a socially responsible company, are committed to being worldwide market leaders providing quality, environmentally safe, cleaning products.” 

We recieved products from Simple Greens “Naturals” line, they are all made from 100% natural ingredient sources (chicory, coconut, corn, palm, naturally occurring minerals, salt and sugar, and water. Nothing else) and are all biodegradable.  Non-toxic and not tested on animals and the bottles are 100% recyclable PETE plastic bottles and it is even printed with Soy Ink.

With a dog four kids and a husband in the house theres usually something that needs to be cleaned so we put it to work right away, first we used the Simple Green naturals carpet cleaner on a small blood spot found just hours earlier on the boys bedroom floor, neither of them will tell me a believeable story as to how it got there however and after spraying it and blotting it it came right out, it hadnt been there all that long as it wasnt dry but none the less still impressive.  Then Lee took the bathroom cleaner down to “his” shower in the mancave and sprayed it let it sit for a few minutes then turned on the shower and gave it wipe and the tiles and grout were effortlessly cleaned.

We tried out the Simple Green natural floor cleaner on our hardwood floors and the shine left behind was beautiful, I usually only use vinegar on my floors because with the kids walking on them and honestly the babies licking them I am very not comfortable with traditional cleaners.  We have a towel on a stick (mop like thing) for our hardwood floors already so it was simple to use just spray on and wipe much like working with a swiffer.  The multi Surface Cleaner speaks for itself and I love how clean my stuff feels.  The hand soap is great as well, it works awesome in our automatic soap dispensor which we were unsure if it would because it is so thick, and it does not leave behind a strong perfumed scent which I cannot stand and don’t believe the men in the house like smelling like roses either.

Never again will I have to worry about what I am putting on my floors that my kids or pets will touch or ingest, with Simple Green I know I am doing what is right for my kids, pets, family and environment.

~BUY IT~
You can go to Simple Green and buy the products online directly from their online store or if you are like me and want it now then you can go and view their list of stores that Simple Green is sold in.

Thank you Simply Green for this great product to review.

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. Products in this review were given to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for review only. Opinions in this review are mine and are in NO way influenced by monetary compensation.

Saving Money For the Holidays

November 30, 2009

Everyone knows how hard the holidays can be on the budget, gifts and dinners and baking and all that stuff.  Not to mention the hustle and bustle of the shopping, busy malls, busy schedules

Here are a few of my holiday savings tips to help save you a bit of money.

  • First off homemade gifts can mean alot, we make alot of woodcrafts and our friends nad family enjoy receiveing that. 
  • Use coupons as much as you possibly can, every little bit counts.
  • Hit black friday sales either online or in stores.
  • Buy in moderation, in the past we overbought for the kids and found they were overwhelmed, now we buy one larger gift then a few small ones and they are more then happy with that.
  • Do a gift exchange or secret santa with your family instead of buying gifts for everyone.  We do the secret santa with both my family and my husbands.
  • Buy all year long when you see great sales and just put it away
  • Buy gifts, wrapping paper and tape right after christmas the previous year when the stores have all their stuff on clearance
  • Buy your new tree or decorations right after Christmas when stores are clearing them out, it helps save money the following Christmas that can go towards gifts

In the world of bloggign we all know that we can win prizes in some great giveaways and that is another thing that you can do to help save money, right now with Twittermoms if you are one of the first 50 people to blog about this contest and meet all the requirements you win a $25.00 gift card to Staples.com

For some great holiday gift ideas for some of those hard to buy for people check out the Staples Holiday Savings and start saving now.

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Giveaways Ending This Week

November 30, 2009

There are a few giveaways coming to an end this week I thought I would list them all in this post.  If you tweet about them go back to that post and leave an extra entry for tweeting again with a link to your tweet.  I have included an easy tweet below each ending giveaway that you can copy and paste

Alight.com first winner being drawn on 11/30 at 12:00 PM EST
Tweet:
WIN a plus sized shirt from Alight.com @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/yklkval

Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cookbook being drawn on 12/01 at 11:59 PM EST
Tweet:
WIN a Make Ahead Meals cookbook from @janedoiron and @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/yzoasqy

Vapur Waterbottle being drawn on 12/04 at 11:59 PM EST
Tweet:
WIN a Vapur Waterbottle from Vapur @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/ygb7egr

Pascara Bags (saddlebags) from Carry You being drawn on 12/05 at 11:59 PM EST
Tweet:
WIN a Pascara Bag (saddlebag) for your stroller @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/yh6a67d

Cup Holder & Stroller Hooks from Think-King being drawn on 12/05 at 11:59 PM EST
Tweet:
WIN Cup Holder and Stroller Hooks @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/yfkmu4x

KOLCRAFT CONTOURS OPTIONS 3 WHEEL STROLLER being drawn on 12/05 at 11:59 PM EST
Tweet:
WIN Kolcraft Contours Options Three Wheel Stroller @kolcraft @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/ycob7zj

Duffle Your Bag standard labor bag being drawn on 12/06 at 11:59 PM EST
Tweet:
WIN Duffle Your Bag Standard Labor Bag @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/yejtp22

Remember if you go tweet again please make sure to go to the correct giveaway listing and post your entry in the comments there, comments posted here will not count.

Also if you blog this giveaway even if you already have and do it again give yourself an extra entry into that giveaway as well.

Wall Quotes Review & Giveaway

November 28, 2009

Want to really personalize your home? We are all about home personalization. thats why Belvedere Designs at WallQuotes.com is so great.

Belvedere Designs/Wallquotes.com is about adding that little touch of personality to help make your house a home, a haven in a busy world and unique from every other.

They have rub-on transfer vinyl for every room you can think of from the laundry room to the bedroom in many different designs. Belvedere Designs even does Custom Graphics, just email them with a picture, artwork or description of your idea and they’ll work with you to create what you invision, they will create a concept graphic and price quote in about one buisness day.

We recieved A monogrammed vinyl that we put in our entryway and nearly everyone that comes to the door comments on it and wants to know where we got it, even the pizza guy, some people even assume that it’s painted on because it doesnt look like a sticker, it just looks like it belongs there. When we first contacted Beleveder designs I was received with a challenge, to “find something you “can’t live without” (watch out – it’ll be hard!)” I thought oh how hard can it be, wow there are so many beautiful wall designs I wanted them all, the decision was hard for us but in the end I believe we chose just the perfect one for our family.

Wall Quotes are very easy to install and just as easy to remove if you so choose (but we dont think you will once you see them on your wall). Belvedere Designs Wall Quotes can even be used on textured walls because of the high quality flexible vinyl. The only downfall to them is if removed they can not be re-applied because tehy stretch and often get torn, but thats OK it just give you the chance to get a new favourite wall quote.

~BUY IT~
Go to WallQuotes.com and take the challenge to find something you just can’t live without.
~WIN IT~
Wallquotes.com is going to give one of my readers a $35.00 Gift Certificate to get some wallart for themselves..

~TO ENTER~
Go to Wallquotes.com and tell me what you would spend your $35 on.

~BONUS ENTRIES~
Please make sure to leave seperate entries for each thing, if it says you get 5 entries please leave 5 comments.
Follow Jabbering Jessi using google friend {1 entry}
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Grab my new button {1 Entries}

This giveaway is open US & Canada.
Ends Dec 13, 2009 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)
Thank you to Wallquotes.com for this awesome giveaway.

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. Products in this review were given to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for review only. Opinions in this review are mine and are in NO way influenced by monetary compensation.

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