Archive for December, 2009

My house rant #1

December 31, 2009

So i thought I woud post these in a couple of posts over the next few days.  When we bought our house we were in love, we were going from a two bedroom tiny basement apartment with the four kids to a four bedroom house with a fully finished basement, tons of room and just so much happiness.

When we moved in we did the cosmetic works, painted and redid the dining room floor (there was carpet in there we pulled it up and found gorgeous hardwood floors that just needed sanded and refinished.

Now when we moved in we knew we would need new windows and that we would be doing vinyl windows because that is what we can get the best deal on.  But oh my the windows are seriously going to cost us an arm and a leg, we need to get a custom replacement window for the front of our house because of the way it is built and i am just not sure what we are going to do. 

Thank you for reading installment one of my rant, up next doors.  Honestly I feel better about this just writing it down, why didn’t i do this before.

PakNak Review

December 31, 2009
“It all began with two moms, two cups of tea, two husbands, three children, two cats, one dog and one dream: let’s start a business! After more discussion, much more tea, and many hours consulting with our “expert” children on what kids would use and love, PakNak ® was born. From there, we set out to create ginormous fun, one backpack at a time”
PakNak’s are great, my kids love them so much in fact that they were gone out the door before i barely got a chance to see them.  PakNak sent us a bunch for our kids and their friends to share in both boy and girl designs and so far the feedback from the kids has been a resounding AWESOME.  They love that it personalizes their backpacks and from what I understand the kids are constantly trading their PakNaks so they have a different one every couple of days.
PakNaks are made of a 3D rubbery material and is easy to change around with self-adhesive, flexible weatherproof velcro.  Very easy to attach and no pins or stickers to stick to or through the kids backpacks.  I have heard great feedback on these from other parents as well.  They come in 40 plus designs and are super cute.  Best part is the designers own kids helped them make them so they are for sure kid approved.
Each PakNak from what i have found on the site is 2.25″ x 2.25″ and costs $3.99 and you can even buy more loops to stick the PakNaks to your stuff for $1.00 for a two pack.  Personalize notebooks, backpacks, lamps anything you can think of with PakNaks.

Thank you PakNaks 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.

Kids N Caboodles Review

December 31, 2009

Kids ‘N’ Caboodle’s founder is a former elementary and nursery school teacher. She owned a successful children’s retail store for over 22 years. While a merchandise buyer for the store, she enjoyed finding unique, adorable, and affordable baby gifts for her customers to select.

We recieved a pair of softsoul personalized handcrafted leather baby shoes in Black with Holdens name embroidered in Red. They are Soft, high quality leather, hand cut, sewn and embroidered, soft sole baby shoes. You choose ankle color, shoe color, font, font color, size and child’s name. Created by leather-craft artists from Canada who have worked with the finest leathers for over 20 years. The soles are made with textured suede to make them skid resistant.

Holden wears these all the time, in the house and out, he loves wearing them and instead of crying when we put on normal shoes he starts kicking his feet or jumping, that to me gives them the seal of approval at our house. We recieve so many comments and questions about the shoes everywhere we go, asking where we got them and such, and thats before people even see that they are personalized, then they for sure want to know where they can get a pair for their child, niece, nephew grandchild and anyone else they might have on thier list. We are constantly sending people to kidsncaboodle.com and at $35.99 for a pair of leather handcrafted personalized shoes that are that comfortable we have no problems doing so, and that price even includes shipping! How could you go wrong?

Kids ‘N’ Caboodle has more than just the softsoul shoes too, they have, CROCHET KISSES – Handmade shoes that kiss litle feet. Design Your Own Crocheted Baby Shoes as well as BOUGES – Personalized, handcrafted, soft-leather baby shoes. For Children on the MOVE and for you to CHOOSE.

Thank you Kids ‘N’ Caboodle 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.

Alight.com Review & Giveaway

December 30, 2009
Who doesn’t like gorgeous, trendy clothes.  The problem for me is since I have had four kids things are stretched lol and I am certainly carrying around more weight then normal, which means I am plus size, which means I apparently only like to wear paper bag looking clothes or at least thats what i think the clothing manufacturers and designers think.
Then I came across alight.com and let me tell you, they have some adorable clothes for plus sized people like me and alot of other people I know.  I received two of the cutest things for plus size women and I feel great wearing them and have gotten lots of compliments wearing them.  You can spend hours browsing the site and find so many things that you just have to have.  I found a dress i absolutely love and think would look great with my new boots I got from Musthaveshoes.com and I am not normally a dress person but am trying to branch out some and see if i can find clothes that flatter my figure.
Alight.com carries clothes for people that need clothing sized 14-30 and offers a wide assortment of clothing from jeans to tops to dreses to skirts with almost 100 brands and over 900 styles Alight.com is quickly becoming the leading retailer for plus sized clothing.
~BUY IT~
You really need to go to alight.com and check out all their clothes for yourself.

~WIN IT~

Alight.com has graciously offered to host a three part giveaway on my blog.  Each month for the next three months on the 30th I will draw for a winner (the same person cannot win twice) and the winner will win a top from Alight.com (alight.com gets to choose the top) in the size the winner needs.

~TO ENTER~
Go to Alight.com and sign up for their newsletter, while your there tell me something from their site that you absolutely love (putting a link in your post would be great too so i can see the item too).
~BONUS ENTRIES~
Please make sure to leave seperate entries for each thing, if it says you get 5 entries please leave 5 comments.
Become a fan of Alight.com on Facebook {1 entry}
Follow Alight.com on twitter {1 entry}
Follow Jabbering Jessi using google friend {1 entry}Blog about this giveaway linking it to Alight.com and back here to this giveaway {5 entries}
Subscribe to Jabbering Jessi {1 Entry}
Grab my new button (code is below) {2 Entries}
Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway 1 entry}
YOU CAN TWEET DAILY TO EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

Plus size top in your choice of size (Alight picks top) from @alightcom @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/yklkval

Jabbering Jessi
This giveaway is open Worldwide.
Ends Jan 30, 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)
Thank you to Alight.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.

Alight.com Review & Giveaway

December 30, 2009
Who doesn’t like gorgeous, trendy clothes.  The problem for me is since I have had four kids things are stretched lol and I am certainly carrying around more weight then normal, which means I am plus size, which means I apparently only like to wear paper bag looking clothes or at least thats what i think the clothing manufacturers and designers think.
Then I came across alight.com and let me tell you, they have some adorable clothes for plus sized people like me and alot of other people I know.  I received two of the cutest things for plus size women and I feel great wearing them and have gotten lots of compliments wearing them.  You can spend hours browsing the site and find so many things that you just have to have.  I found a dress i absolutely love and think would look great with my new boots I got from Musthaveshoes.com and I am not normally a dress person but am trying to branch out some and see if i can find clothes that flatter my figure.
Alight.com carries clothes for people that need clothing sized 14-30 and offers a wide assortment of clothing from jeans to tops to dreses to skirts with almost 100 brands and over 900 styles Alight.com is quickly becoming the leading retailer for plus sized clothing.
~BUY IT~
You really need to go to alight.com and check out all their clothes for yourself.

~WIN IT~

Alight.com has graciously offered to host a three part giveaway on my blog.  Each month for the next three months on the 30th I will draw for a winner (the same person cannot win twice) and the winner will win a top from Alight.com (alight.com gets to choose the top) in the size the winner needs.

~TO ENTER~
Go to Alight.com and sign up for their newsletter, while your there tell me something from their site that you absolutely love (putting a link in your post would be great too so i can see the item too).
~BONUS ENTRIES~
Please make sure to leave seperate entries for each thing, if it says you get 5 entries please leave 5 comments.
Become a fan of Alight.com on Facebook {1 entry}
Follow Alight.com on twitter {1 entry}
Follow Jabbering Jessi using google friend {1 entry}Blog about this giveaway linking it to Alight.com and back here to this giveaway {5 entries}
Subscribe to Jabbering Jessi {1 Entry}
Grab my new button (code is below) {2 Entries}
Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway 1 entry}
YOU CAN TWEET DAILY TO EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

Plus size top in your choice of size (Alight picks top) from @alightcom @jabberingjessi http://tinyurl.com/yklkval

Jabbering Jessi
This giveaway is open Worldwide.
Ends Jan 30, 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)
Thank you to Alight.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.

It finally fits and I am not liking it still

December 30, 2009

I have not been able to wear my wedding bands since I got pregnant with Holden, I swelled up in my first trimester and that was it.  I did not complain though because I am not really in love with my wedding band.  I have told Lee time and time again that I would like a new set of bands for our anniversary but we have been married 7 years this coming June and I still have the same bands, some year perhaps but most likely not this year since we just bought the house and it is sucking up money, more to come on that in another rant though.

In looking around I have found so many ring styles and some are gorgeous but none really suite me or show my true personaliaty.  I like something with some design to it and not too thin, but then again not too chunky, I am only slightly picky haha poor Lee I think this is why we have wedding rings I don’t love in the first place I simply could not decide and then I was forced into the decision and chose one too wide. 

I did find one site that had rings I really loved the look of.  They have a tungsten carbide wedding ring which is supposed to be great material to buy a ring made of and they even have some really gorgeous Celtic design ones which works well for me.  I even love that they are resonably priced *Lee hint hint* and something we can afford even in the midst of all our renovations, for me it is not the cost it is the meaning behind the piece.

Zuvo Water Review

December 30, 2009
I’ve covered ways to reduce waste with reusable water bottles and how to reduce your environmental impact by drinking tap water, no heres a way to add to that. Dont like the taste of your tap water? Zuvo™ Water LLC is a global innovator of chemical-free water products. Zuvo’s product portfolio is based on a patented technology platform that reproduces the photo-oxidation process that naturally occurs in the environment. Zuvo practices sustainable design to keep products in use longer, thereby reducing their impact on the environment and keeping them out of an already crowded waste stream. Their goal is to innovate with the environment in mind, using materials and methods that minimize the use of energy, optimize recycling, and reduce the cost of transportation. Zuvo is on a quest to reduce the impact of plastic water bottles on the planet and hopes to provide healthy water for the world by donating 5% of production to needy communities everywhere.

How does it work?
Step 1: Ozonation
In nature, ozone is generated by lightning and cleans the air where rainwater forms. The Zuvo Water Purator mixes ozone with incoming tap water to treat taste and odor contaminants and improve taste. Like chlorine, ozone is a powerful oxidizer. Unlike chlorine, ozone leaves no chemical residue.
Step 2: Ultraviolet Light
The ozone saturated water is flooded with high-intensity UV light – the same as the solar energy that cleans water in the upper atmosphere.
Step 3: Photo-oxidation
The Zuvo Water Purator combines UV and ozone in a patented process known as photo-oxidation which releases powerful oxidizers to further treat the water
Step 4: filtration with lead removal
Pure spring water is created by passing through fine particles in the earth. Zuvo uses the same principle by passing water through a Class 1 Particulate Reduction Filter, reducing chlorine taste and odor, lead, and tiny particulates.
Step 5: post-filtration UV
The filtered water is again exposed to high-intensity UV light as it leaves the Zuvo Water Purator, ensuring that you get clean, healthy, great tasting water…just the way nature intended!

To simplify it,

There is to applications available, Above the counter and Under Counter depending on what you prefer. Zuvo sent us the under counter kit with a butler faucet (seperate tap that supplies the water above the counter) this was a very simple installation process and came with everything you could possibly need to get it up and running. However if you have no plumbing experience whatsoever you might want to consult someone who does and if you dont have a power outlet within a few feet of your sink you may require an electrician

We had a slight mishap within a couple days of installing the Zuvo and the UV light quit working in it, now normally Zuvo says the light is good for 7-10 years so we were concerned. We contacted Zuvo and were told they’ve never had to replace one and they even asked to get this unit back so they could inspect it and see what went wrong with it. They sent our replacement unit out right away. Zuvo sent us a whole new unit to simply change the one we had. Lee had it changed in about 10 minutes and that includes cleaning out under the sink and putting everything back again. To change it all he did was simply take the unit off the mount under teh counter, turn off the water supply, unhook the quick connectors on teh blue and yellow hoses and unplug the unit then did the reverse to put the new one in. there was a tiny bit of water that leaked out of the hose but no big deal at all.

Our Zuvo has been up and running since the replacement about 5 days ago and i’m proud to say it’s working like a charm still. Thanks Zuvo!

To show you the cost differences check out this filter cost comparison chart.

Zuvo filters need to be changed once every 500 gallons or 6 months whichever comes first.  Keep in mind though your water quality may cause the filter to need to be replaced more often.

~BUY IT~
Go to Zuvo and get your very own water filtration system, if you have threads on your tap and room on your counter the system costs $299.99.  But if your like me and are not as lucky then you can get the one that installs under your sink and comes with the butler faucet for $329.99

Thank you the Zuvo 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.

Yobaby 3-in1 Meals Review & Giveaway

December 29, 2009
Time to celebrate!!!  What are we celebrating you ask, well we are celebrating that Stonyfield Farm’s Yobaby turns 10 this year.  To mark the occasion Stoneyfield Farms is launching a brand new product called YoBaby Meals.
YoBaby Meals are available in three great flavors Pear & Green Bean, Peach & Squash, Apple & Sweet Potato.  Each one of the meals has yogurt, fruit and vegetable puree in one cup.  That is what I call mom on the go friendly.  Providing more than 35% of a toddler’s daily protein and calcium needs in one 6 ounce grab-n-go cup this would be a win for me and a way to sneak veggies into your babies diet as well.
YoBaby is all natural and certified organic, made with milk from cows fed organic feed and not treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. You’ll be happy to learn that there are no preservatives or artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners in Stonyfield Farm products.
I unfortunatly was unable to fully test the YoBaby meals as they are not sold at a store near me, but I do have my coupons for them tucked away because we travel a bit in the summer and I am hoping to locate them at a store near where we travel to.

~BUY IT~

YoBaby 3-in-1 meals are sold at select retailers, the suggested retail price is 1.29.  You can go to the Stonyfield website to sign up for coupons also to use the store locator to see if they are sold at a market near you.

~WIN IT~
Stonyfield Farms are going to send one winner the prize pack pictured above which consists of a Yobaby Travel bowl with lid, Yobaby organic cotton bib, 1 Eric Carle growth chart and 3 free Yobaby Meals coupons.

~TO ENTER~
Visit Stonyfield Farms and tell me one other product they sell that you like or would like to try.

~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}
Blog about this giveaway linking it to back here to this giveaway and to Stonyfield Farms{2 entries}
Subscribe to Jabbering Jessi {1 Entry}
Grab my new button {1 Entries}
Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway {1 entry}

This giveaway is open US Only.
Ends Jan 8 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)
Thank you to Stonyfield Farms 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.

Yobaby 3-in1 Meals Review & Giveaway

December 29, 2009
Time to celebrate!!!  What are we celebrating you ask, well we are celebrating that Stonyfield Farm’s Yobaby turns 10 this year.  To mark the occasion Stoneyfield Farms is launching a brand new product called YoBaby Meals.
YoBaby Meals are available in three great flavors Pear & Green Bean, Peach & Squash, Apple & Sweet Potato.  Each one of the meals has yogurt, fruit and vegetable puree in one cup.  That is what I call mom on the go friendly.  Providing more than 35% of a toddler’s daily protein and calcium needs in one 6 ounce grab-n-go cup this would be a win for me and a way to sneak veggies into your babies diet as well.
YoBaby is all natural and certified organic, made with milk from cows fed organic feed and not treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. You’ll be happy to learn that there are no preservatives or artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners in Stonyfield Farm products.
I unfortunatly was unable to fully test the YoBaby meals as they are not sold at a store near me, but I do have my coupons for them tucked away because we travel a bit in the summer and I am hoping to locate them at a store near where we travel to.

~BUY IT~

YoBaby 3-in-1 meals are sold at select retailers, the suggested retail price is 1.29.  You can go to the Stonyfield website to sign up for coupons also to use the store locator to see if they are sold at a market near you.

~WIN IT~
Stonyfield Farms are going to send one winner the prize pack pictured above which consists of a Yobaby Travel bowl with lid, Yobaby organic cotton bib, 1 Eric Carle growth chart and 3 free Yobaby Meals coupons.

~TO ENTER~
Visit Stonyfield Farms and tell me one other product they sell that you like or would like to try.

~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}
Blog about this giveaway linking it to back here to this giveaway and to Stonyfield Farms{2 entries}
Subscribe to Jabbering Jessi {1 Entry}
Grab my new button {1 Entries}
Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway {1 entry}

This giveaway is open US Only.
Ends Jan 8 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)
Thank you to Stonyfield Farms 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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December 28, 2009