Wednesday, June 30, 2010

1,000 Followers Special-Silver Dolphin Books Review and Giveaway

I know I have said it before but my oldest daughter loves to read, especially books about things that she finds interesting such as animals, lakes and oceans, and the environment.  We are a family that really loves books.  Hubby is interested in sports and Christian books, I love romance novels and suspense thrillers, and the little one well she just loves books with colorful pictures and ones that have Elmo in them.  I love looking for new books for all of us and as the oldest daughter's taste changes, so does her love of different books.  It's hard to believe that she went from loving the simplest books that had pictures and maybe one word to the short easy reader books and now she is reading full chapter books.  I love it when she picks up a book and sits down with her little sister and reads to her, granted it doesn't happen as often as I would like, but when it does it is truly special.  I have been fortunate enough to find a few online book stores through my blogging and reading other blogs and entering giveaways.  So when I saw Silver Dolphin and all of the wonderful books that they had to offer, I knew I had to contact them for a review.  I was really thrilled when they responded back with a yes and told me to choose a book for each one of my girls to review.  

*Amazing Baby-Peekaboo Puppy- This book is one in the truly wonderful Amazing Baby Series of books from Silver Dolphin.  The Amazing Baby Series currently has 27 titles in it's series.  My little one loves puppies, you used to say the word puppy pr "uppy" as she once referred to every dog that she saw.  Now, since my sister got her beagle and his name is Buddy every dog that little one sees is "Buddy".  This book is so cute and contains full color illustrations.  It is also a board book, which is perfect for little one because it's sturdy and durable for her as she is a little rough on things, so this will really stand up to that.  This book also contains some great photographs, especially the one of the cute puppy as well as tuneful text that will capture your babies imaginations and develop their visual and verbal skills.  This book contains cleverly die cut windows give little ones teasing glimpses of barnyard friends, darling ducklings, a perky piglet and a lovable lamb.  My little one loved to point at the little windows and even though she doesn't quite know all of the animals yet, she loved looking at them all.  I can't wait to get little one some more of the Amazing Baby books series, these are truly great and educational books to include in your kids' libraries.

*Atlas- This book was for the oldest, who is really into learning about the world, the countries, and everything else.  I figured when I was picking out books for the girls, that this one would be perfect for the oldest because she is always asking me where a certain country is and what it is by as well as other tidbits.  This book is perfect because it also comes with two full sized posters of the world.  I put one on her bedroom wall so that the next time she has a question about where anything is, she can go into her room and look at it to find the answer.  Theses posters are really wonderful and easy to fold back up and put into the special pocket folder that is included with the book.  The illustrations are amazing and really bring our world to life.  My oldest was really excited to receive this book and had to take it next door to show it off to her little friends.  The cover of the book literally draws you in as you watch the globe "spin" when the book is moved from side to side.  This book is so easy to use because it has tabs that divide each section by continent and also has colorful, foldout pages to inspire your future world travelers to explore and learn.  I love also that this book has a lot of great facts to go along with the beautiful illustrations as well as fascinating "Did You Know?" facts.  This book is not only for the oldest, yet it is more so, but it is for me too because it has taught me a lot of things that I didn't otherwise know.  This book is fantastic and a wonderful addition to my oldest's learning. Ages 8 and up $16.95


Silver Dolphin Books was founded about twenty years ago and is a part of the Baker&Taylor Publishing Group.  Baker & Taylor Publishing Group has a growing list of published titles and now has a backlist of more than 500 books.  These books are sold in the US and around the world.
Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12 year olds.  Highly interactive formats such as Field Guides and Uncover series both educate and entertain your older children.  The lovable characters of the Maurice Pledger series and the boldly illustrated Snappy Sounds series appeal to both young children and parents alike.  If you are looking for a great books to give as a gift for any occasion for the special children in your life, look no further than Silver Dolphin Books.  Whether your child is interested in insects, cats, Planet Earth, rockets, or others, Silver Dolphin definitely has you covered.  Several Silver Dolphin books have won awards from Parent's Choice, Teacher's Choice, NAAPA, and iParenting Media.    For more information and to see all of the great books that they have to offer, please head over HERE.

GIVEAWAY-
The great folks over at Silver Dolphin Books would love to give one of my lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a book of their choice, whichever one you would absolutely love to have from their vast catalog. (approx value $20)

MAIN ENTRY-Mandatory and must be done before any extra entries.  Please make sure that your email address is either visible in your comments or in your Blogger profile so that I have a way to contact you if you win.

Head on over to Silver Dolphin and let me know which book you would like to get if you win.

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*Friend me on Facebook
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*Grabd my button and add it to your sidebar or blogroll(3 entries)
*Subscribe via RSS feed
*Blog about this giveaway with a link back to Silver Dolphin and me (5 entries)
*Purchase anything from Silver Dolphin (10 entries)

Giveaway will end on Wednesday 7/14 at 7pm EST.  Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Open to US residents ONLY!  Special thanks to Mana and everyone at Silver Dolphin Books for sponsoring this giveaway.  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only two free books from Silver Dolphin in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.  Additional information provided by the Silver Dolphin website.  No purchase necessary to enter and void where prohibited by law.
 

Growing Tree Toys-Dress Up Pirate Review

My little one loves to play with her toys and you can definitely tell by the way they are always scattered throughout the house.  She has her own bedroom filled with about three toy boxes and her own TV to watch cartoons if she wants, but for some reason she always ends up out here in the living room with me and about 50 different toys, no kidding.  I always enlist my oldest daughter to help me pick up these toys at the end of the day, I mean why bother picking them up when I know she is just going to bring them back out anyway?  There are a few toys that she really loves to play with almost on a daily basis.  She received one of her absolute favorites from a great company called Growing Tree Toys, that has a wide variety of fun educational toys and learning toys for your children.  What little one received is definitely a wonderful educational toy and learning toy, the Dress Up Pirate.  This cute little guy is from another great company called Manhattan Toy and is perfect for your growing pirate mate!  Little one loved this because she loves The Wiggles and this reminded her of Captain Feathersword, which she often calls her new little friend here, except it doesn't usually come out that way for a 21 month old.  This little guy will help your growing toddler learn important skills because it features multi colored and multi textured fabrics to explore as well as buttons, snaps, ties, zippers, and hook and loop enclosures to help teach important dressing skills.  This Dress Up Pirate also comes with his own little parrot friends and complete with the eye patch as well, that little one is always trying to take off of him.  I also love that this doll is plush so little one can cuddle with him as she drifts off to sleep or like she always does, just loves to hug and cuddle everything that she can get her hands on nowadays.  This is a great toy for development as well as fun.  I know little one truly loves to play with it and we always have to take it with us wherever we go.  She loves to play with all of the little "gadgets" on her new friend especially the buttons.  This Dress Up Pirate is recommended for ages 18 months-3 years and costs $24.95.

Growing Tree Toys is definitely more than just a website full of toys, they are a family owned business in State College, PA for more than 30 years.  They have been changing the way that children play by providing them with the highest quality toys available.  After 25 years of selling toys only to their local customers, they opened GrowingTreeToys.com in 2003 aiming to provide the same excellent toys as well as excellent service that has made them successful for many years.  Growing Tree Toys.com is more than an online toy website, it is a virtual representation of their store offering the customers the amazing service, wonderful toys and robust features that they deserve from shopping online.  It features a carefully chosen, well rounded toy selection, unique product details and descriptions, great information on play, helpful suggestions for gift givers, the best gift finder available, and so much more.  GrowingTreeToys.com is truly a specialty toy store website with the health and happiness of children at heart.

Whether your looking for toys for your your infants all the way up to 11 year olds and older, you will find exactly what you are looking for over at Growing Tree Toys.  From arts and crafts to bath toys, books, construction toys, dolls and dollhouse, puzzles and so much more, your children will be entertained and learn with each toy.  Growing Tree Toys also features great brands such as Alex Toys, Calico Critters, Creativity For Kids, Melissa and Doug, and Plan Toys just to name a few.  For more information and to see all that Growing Tree Toys has to offer, please head over HERE.

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Be sure also to check out the Growing Tree Toys blog HERE

Disclosure- I received a Dress Up Pirate doll from Growing Tree Toys in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.  Additional information provided by the Growing Tree Toys website.
 

WELCOME to the "Welcome Wednesday" blog hop, hosted by Take It From Me! Welcome Wednesday is a great way to meet new people and learn new things as well as increase your blog followers! So let's have some fun!!


If you want to be a part of Welcome Wednesday, just follow these 5 simple steps:
1. Follow the Welcome Wednesday Host (Take It From Me) as well as the 2 Spotlighted Blogs of the Week. (These will make up the top three slots on the Linky)
2. Link up your blog name and URL with our Linky. (You only need to add your info once for it to be seen on all the blog hops)
3. Grab our Welcome Wednesday button and include it in a post about the event on your blog.
4. Go to as many blogs on the MckLinky as you want and Follow them. Be sure to tell them you are from Welcome Wednesday!
5. Be sure to Follow back any followers you have gained from our Welcome Wednesday event!

------Blog Spotlights of The Week-----
1.) Stacie from Luster Canyon writes:
Luster Canyon derived from the need for products I could use on my own overly sensitive skin. That first batch of handcrafted lotion has grown into my passion for creating and sharing the benefits of my products with others. Stop by my blog and read about our products, new creations and find out more about me, Stacie, my family and some of the random life moments that present themselves as I mix and measure my way through this adventure.

2.) Sey from 14th Street writes:
My blog is the manifestation of my personal love for writing and also serve as a way of documenting my life's ups and downs in life. "14th Street' is a place I envisioned as one where people live together in peace, love and respect for each other either life is good or bad.
I am a simple lady, trying to pursue my dreams and one of them is becoming a writer which is my hidden desire since I was a child. Writing a good article for my blog is a satisfaction for me and these are my masterpieces because I believe that "Far and Away, the best prize which life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work which is worth doing - and one of them is blogging"

What's neat about our Blog Hop:
-Put the same linky list code on your blog and you'll have the exact same list!
- Your blog visitors can add their blog to your list and it will show up on Everyones lists!
- By adding your blog YOU MAY BE RANDOMLY CHOSEN FOR OUR BLOG SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK!!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday--Trailing Tuesdays--Tuesday Tag Along--June 29th Editions

Follow Me Back Tuesday Week # 7

It's Follow Me Back Tuesday  hosted by Survey Junkie,








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It's a great way to start off your week & get more BF's !!
 
 How it Works
  • Follow the 4 Hostesses #'s 1 -4 ( leave us a comment so we can follow u back
  • Add your blog to the list ( only have to add once )
  • Grab our button to add to your blog post
  •  Start to follow as many blogs as you would like ( Leave a comment so they can follow you back )
  • And when you receive a comment from a new follower  return the favor & follow them back

( Check back every Tuesday at 12:00 am est to link up at any of the 4 host blogs )

Starting this week we will start to choose a random number every week from the blogs linked and add the chosen blog to the #5 spot to link to the following week ...
All you have to do is link up and we will notify blog and email you the code etc.. so you can link up with us the following week :)






Trailing Tuesdays are hosted by Familylicious, Nine More Months , and Sugar Pop Ribbons ! What is Trailing Tuesdays you ask? Well, it's a great way to advertise your blog and find new friends not only for your blog but for your Facebook and Twitter pages as well.

Here are the rules:

1. FOLLOW THE FIRST THREE BLOGGERS (become a follower through google friend connect), as well as on Facebook (add as a friend or become a fan) and/or Twitter (become a follower) on the list.
2. FOLLOW THE FIVE LINKS DIRECTLY ABOVE YOU,After you follow the first three at the top of the list. When you enter your URL make sure it is to your HOMEPAGE. This is not a giveaway linky. Please enter your Giveaway Linkys on my Giveaway Linky Page you can find it above under the Linky Love tab.
3. GRAB THE TRAILING TUESDAYS BUTTON AND THE LINKY CODE AND MAKE A POST ON YOUR BLOG so that your new followers can comment and let you know they are stopping by.
Make sure you Follow Back everyone who leaves you a comment. You can find the code for the Trailing Tuesdays button below the button and you can find the code for the linky at the bottom of the post.

Following the first 3 bloggers is mandatory to participate in our awesome Trailing Tuesdays. We ask that you follow at least five bloggers directly above you in addition to the mandatory 3 , but after that you can follow as many others as you like. This way everyone gets someone to follow them and no one is left out. We want this to be beneficial to everyone involved so please be honest and lets have fun not only getting more followers but also finding new blog friends and networking.

As an added bonus there will be extra entries in giveaways on the hosting blog sites for being involved. Please check Familylicious, Nine More Months , and Sugar Pop Ribbons sites for details.



Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


Without further ado...
Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (and since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #219, One Day at a Time. Congratulations!

Procter & Gamble Presents-Thank You Mom Reunion

My mother was a very special lady in my life when I was growing up.  She was always there for me and helped me with any situation that was both too hard and even the greater times in my life.  She was there when I got married, she was there when I had my first daughter.  There were times in my life that things completely changed and for a few years we were estranged where we weren't talking or seeing each other at all.  That all seems silly now, but remembering the good times that I had with her makes the loss of her go by a little easier.  Yes, she was a tempermental lady at times and she had A LOT of health issues that made her whole life and mine change, but I was still her only child, her "sweet baby girl" as she always called me, even until the day that she passed away.  There were times that I wished I could say Thank You Mom, but never got the chance.  My mother-in-law has been a really inspirational part of my life, especially since my mother died.  She hasn't taken the place of my mom, no one could ever do that, but she is a really wonderful lady.  She helps me out with so many things, like taking care of the girls, things that pop up at church, etc.  So today to her, I say "thank you Mom".

Procter and Gamble, a really great company that has a lot of useful and innovative products, continues to celebrate moms everywhere even way after Mother's Day with a nationwide contest.  This contest will be reuniting 105 moms with their children for those milestone family moments like graduations and birthdays that they might have otherwise missed.  There will be 15 reunions a month for the next ten months and P&G will be awarding travel vouchers to help with all of the costs of traveling for those that are chosen for this special reunion.
Since Mother's Day, participants have been submitting their stories online to be considered for the reunion with their mother or mother figure for the June contest.  Thirty finalists have been selected and consumers will choose the 15 winners.  Winners will receive a $1000 travel voucher and portable digital video camera to capture their reunion and are encouraged to share the video on ThankYouMom.com


HOW TO ENTER-
Log onto ThankYouMom.com to enter by submitting a 100 word essay about why you'd like to be reunited with your mom or you can log in to vote for your favorite entry.  Fifteen entries will be chosen every month until November.  It's great to go over and read stories of those really wanting to be reconnected with their moms and voting for the story that really tugs at your heart.  Beginning at the first day of every month, you can enter your story into one of their monthly contests.  If you don't win the first time, don't worry, you can enter again.  You are allowed to vote for your favorite one time per computer per day.  

So head over here and enter or vote and help send those that want to be reconnected with their moms home.

Disclosure-This is a sponsored post but the words expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  My post is eligible for a gift card via a random drawing by One2One Network and I also received a variety of free product samples for my involvement in this special campaign.  

Monday, June 28, 2010

1000 Followers Special-Silly Mama Quilts Review and Giveaway

I absolutely love to find new products that beautify and make my home more inviting as well as comfortable.  It can be the simplest things from a new candles, to a new painting, to even a tablecloth for my dining room table, I love getting new things for the house.  I have been fortunate enough to come across new little Etsy shops online and you all know my love for those.  The people that run these shops are so creative and have a lot of great things for sale from handmade hair bows, to soaps and body butters, to even cookies and baked goods.  The latest Etsy shop that I would love to feature today is called Silly Mama Quilts.  The name itself is cute and makes you wonder just what kinds of quilts that is sold.  Silly Mama Quilts does have just that a selection of baby quilts and lap quilts, which I remember my grandmother had one of those.  It was just big enough to cover her legs and that's all she needed.  Silly Mama Quilts not only has quilts, but they also have bags and purses as well as table runners for your dining room table.  I was sent a very pretty table runner for review.  It was very colorful and reversible so I could switch it up from time to time.  I first had my table runner on the dining room table and to me it looked great.  Then hubby came in from outside and before I knew it, he had it on the living room coffee table.  I asked him what the heck he was doing.  He said it didn't look right on our dining room table because the table itself was round and the table runner was more suited for a rectangular table, which the coffee table was.  After being upset with him for moving it, I could understand what he was talking about.  This table runner provide a bright, very colorful and contemporary piece in my living room where one side was this:


and the other side was this:

The pattern is called Flower Shower and I can see why.  The one side looked like a rain storm to me and the other side of course the flower pattern.  I love this table runner, even if my hubby changed where we have it.  Wherever it is it really makes the house look nice.  Plus having it here in the living room is good especially when I have two young girls that are always putting their hands on the tables and banging stuff around, this provides a little more protection so to speak.  I would love to get more table runners from Silly Mama Quilts in the future, especially for my dining room table regardless of what hubby says!

Silly Mama Quilts is always making great projects and they love to share the new creations on their blog HERE.  You will be amazed at the colors that are used.  Note that all orders that are placed between now and July 1 will be shipped on July 2 due to a great event happening for the family of the creator of Silly Mama Quilts-a wedding!  She is busy making gifts and tables runners for the wedding party and wedding itself, so be patient, she will do her very best for you!  Congrats!
Silly Mama Quilts creates quality quilts and table runners that are so special that they can be passed down from generation to generation.  I know we have a lot of quilts from our grandmothers and their grandmothers, they are so beautiful and timeless treasures.  Silly Mama Quilts has been in business since 2009 and she is offering free shipping on all orders.  For more information and to see the great products that she has to offer, please head over HERE.


GIVEAWAY-
Silly Mama Quilts would love to give one lucky Mommy2TwoGirls reader a $20 Gift Certificate to their shop to spend however you choose!

MAIN ENTRY-Mandatory and must be done before any extra entries.  Please make sure that you either have your email address in your comments or in your Blogger profile so that I have a way to contact you if you win.

Head on over to Silly Mama Quilts and let me know what you would really love to have to beautify your home, give as a gift, or keep for yourself.

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Giveaway will end on Tuesday 7/13 at 7pm EST.  Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Special thanks to Brooke over at Silly Mama Quilts for sponsoring this giveaway.  Open to US residents ONLY!  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a free table runner courtesy of Silly Mama Quilts in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.  Additional information provided by the Silly Mama Quilts site.  This review was made possible by Mom Made That!  No purchase necessary to enter and void where prohibited by law.

New Winners and a Special Announcement

Good Monday to all of you!  I have some new giveaway winners to announce this morning...are you one of the lucky winners?

The winner of the My Fairy Tale Personalized Book of Choice is:
COMMENT #6-Gina-CONFIRMED

The winner of the Custom Choice Cereal mix is:
COMMENT #25-abbi-CONFIRMED

The winner of the Hillhouse Naturals Bloom Reed Diffuser is:
COMMENT #71-lindseylu-CONFIRMED

The winner of the Smiley Cookies-Dozen of Cookies is:
COMMENT #3-rachel crisman

The winner of the JUARA Skincare Candlenut Shower Gel is:
COMMENT #9-Julia-CONFIRMED

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered.  Please remember that you have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

As you all know, last week I celebrated my one year blog anniversary with a week full of great giveaways, not as many as I had hoped to get up for everyone, but some big ones nonetheless.  Well, Mommy2TwoGirls hit another milestone just this weekend: I reached 1,000 followers!  So in celebration of this great accomplishment, we are going to have another week long celebration, filled with many more giveaways!  Thanks so much to all of my followers, the ones that have been here for a while and the ones that just joined.  As always your support is very appreciated.  Hope you enjoy another week of celebrating!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Special One Year Blog Anniversary-Hapari Swimsuits Review and Giveaway

It's definitely summertime around here and where you all are.  With that comes warm temperatures, humidity, picnics at the park and days and day at the beach.  If you are one of the lucky ones, you can spend several hours out by your backyard pool or go down the hill to the lake like we used to be able to do at our house.  With all of this, you need a swimsuit that is not only fashionable, but comfortable.  I have had several swimsuits during the course of my life, yes it's true.  I have never seemed to find one that fits me just right as well as looks good.  I was fortunate enough to find a great company called Hapari that sells a wide variety of great swimsuits for ladies, plus size women and even juniors.  I love the selection of great Tankinis that Hapari has.  I myself have never had a Tankini but I did buy one for my oldest daughter when she was three years old.  They are really cute and stylish and they have so many styles and colors to choose from.  You can really look fabulous on the beach this summer with Haprai's line of modest Tankini swimwearThey give you the option of mixing and matching tops and bottoms to create your own unique look.  All of Hapari's Tankini swimsuits can be worn three different ways: halter, tank, and crisscross, to make this swimsuit your own and different than that everyone else is wearing.  Whatever you are looking for, you can find a wonderful selection of swimwear over at Hapari.  I have been looking for a new swimsuit as I cannot begin to tell you how long it has been since I last even wore a swimsuit.  The last time I went swimming was a couple of years ago believe it or not and I wore shorts and a t shirt.  I love to go swimming, just don't do it a whole lot.  I love the Red Aloha Sport Tankini see here:


The colors of this swimwear are amazing and colorful and would really look good on me if I do say so myself.  I love the color red, always have and anything to do with it.  I would love to wear this Tankini to our beach.  I have never really felt too comfortable wearing bathing suits in front of a large crowd, but this would be flattering and I wouldn't feel embarrassed at all.  It would be great to find a bathing suit that made me feel young again, because let's face it with two young girls and a hubby, I am not looking or feeling any younger.  I also love this Tankini, it has great colors and let's face it quite retro:


Hapari is definitely the answer to your swimsuit saga!  A couple of designer moms put their heads together and solved all of the problems in a swimsuit.  It seemed impossible to find hip swimwear that is flattering and stylish.  As we all know, very few of us are blessed with absolutely perfect bodies! The gals over at Hapari have created swimsuits with body shaping secrets to enhance, decrease, and even lift and separate.  The mission at Hapari is to allow every woman to feel beautiful and confidant in their swimsuits while enhancing the curves you love and hiding the ones that you don't.  Hapari's tankini line offers mainstream designs, gorgeous prints, and a suit for absolutely EVERY figure.  With trendy tankinis, a modest swimwear line, full coverage bikinis, a junior girls and junior boys swimwear lines, and a men's swimwear line, there is a Haprai swimsuit for everyone.  For more information and to see all of the great swimwear that Hapari has to offer, please head over HERE.  
GIVEAWAY-
The generous folks over at Hapari are giving one of my lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a gift certificate worth $96 so you can purchase a full swimsuit in your choice of colors and size.

MAIN ENTRY-Mandatory and must be done before any extra entries.  Please make sure that your email address is visible in either your comments or Blogger profile so that I have a way to contact you if you win.

1.) Head on over to Hapari and let me know which swimsuit you would love to get with your certificate.
2.) You MUST be a follower of my blog.  Please let me know in your comment that you are and your user name.

EXTRA ENTRIES-Please list a separate comment for each.

*Follow me on Twitter (@furygirl3132) or click on the Twitter button on the right sidebar
*Tweet-You may do this once daily.
*Follow Hapari on Twitter HERE
*Like Hapari on Facebook HERE 
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*Blog about this giveaway with a link back to Hapari and me (5 entries)
*Purchase anything from Hapari (10 entries)

Giveaway will end on Sunday 7/11 at 7pm EST.  Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Open to US and Canada ONLY!  Special thanks to Amy and everyone at Hapari for sponsoring this giveaway.  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a gift certificate provided to the winner or this giveaway and me as well in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.  Additional information provided by the Hapari website.  No purchase necessary to enter and void where prohibited by law.



Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Spectacular-Link Up Your Giveaways-June 26th Edition

Good Saturday!  It is that time again to link up your giveaways.  Got a great giveaway running on your blog?  See or enter another giveaway on someone's else's blog, let everyone know about it!  Link up your giveaways today and all week.  Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

One Year Blog Anniversary Special-Thompson's Water Seal Review and Giveaway

One of the things that I really miss about our old house was being able to sit out on the deck overlooking the lake and watching the sailboats and fishing boats out on the water.  Granted, our deck was pretty old and needed desperately to be rebuilt, it was just the concept of being out there and chilling out on a warm summer day.  It felt great with the breeze coming off the lake and watching all of the people out on the lake enjoying their boats and jet skis, while having a couple of drinks with hubby and watching the girls play out in the yard.  That was just so much fun.  With the new house, we don't have a deck, just a big wooded backyard and a little gated in area where we can sit and just relax.  If you are fortunate enough to have a deck or are thinking about building one, then I am sure you have heard of Thompson's Water Seal products.  They have a truly wonderful line of products that make your deck looking it's absolute best and even those of you that have had your deck for several years, they have products to make it looking brand new again.  Here's a little info on Thompson's Water Seal:


The Thompson's Company was launched in 1929 in Hollister, California when the owner of the company developed a product that protected buildings from exterior water damage.  His discovery led to the formulation of the Thompson Water Seal Clear Multi-Surface Waterproofer, which was initially used by architectural and construction firms for concrete applications.  Over the next decades, the formula not only protected the commercial structures and highways, but also such projects as the Parthenon in Greece, wooden roller coasters across the United States and the Navy's canvas jackets.  After recognizing the fast growing deck building trend in the early 80's, Thompson's began selling their product to homeowners, who made it the number one choice for protection against water damage.
The Thompson's Water Seal brand remains the undisputed national leader in the exterior waterproofing category in terms of market share, brand recognition and consumer trust.  The Thompson's Company has earned a well-deserved reputation as a leader in identifying industry trends and emerging technologies.  The Thompson's product line includes specialized cleaning products, waterproofing and staining products for outdoor surfaces including wood and concrete.  Thompson's has once again set the standard for user-friendly, high performance, waterproofers that help consumers protect and enjoy their decks and other outdoor living spaces.  
I have head a lot of friends that have used Thompson's Water Seal products on their decks and have been extremely pleased with the results.  I have seen the results for myself and really love hanging out with my friends on their beautiful and new looking decks.  We have been fortunate enough to have a lot of parties on those decks and they really withstand all of the walking back and forth we do and the spilling of drinks and food.  Thompson's Water Seal products really make your deck and outside look refreshing, beautiful and brand new.
  

Thompson's introduces a great product to their line called the Thompson's Water Seal Oxy Foaming Exterior Multi-Surface Cleaner.  This innovative cleaner safely removes dirt, mildew, algae and fungus stains on a range of outdoor surfaces including wood and composite decks, fences, concrete, masonry, brick, stucco, outdoor furniture, roofs, siding and some fabrics such as awnings and vinyl plastics.  It is an effective, oxygen powered cleaner concentrate that is biodegradable and gentler than chlorine bleach based formulas.
Another great product from Thompson's is the Thompson's Water Seal Advanced Natural Wood Protector that is specially formulated for wood and provides one coat maximum strength protection with a coating that resists mildew as well as UV damage, allowing your wood to maintain it's natural color.  With it's patented formula, this advanced waterproofer enables you to clean and treat in one day and apply immediately to new pressure treated wood.

Thompson's Water Seal products are helping raise $75,000 for protecting and preserving our National Parks.  They are partnering up with the National Parks Foundation to benefit parks from coast to coast.  NPF programs fund park conservation and restoration efforts, foster youth engagement, promote citizenship, and preserve history and with each purchase of Thompson's Water Seal products, you can help.  Also, you can win a VIP trip to the National Park of your choice anywhere in the 50 states.  The prize package is valued at $5,000 and includes round trip coach airfair for up to 4 people, a hotel stay for four evenings, rental car for five days, and $1,000 in spending money.  I entered, you can enter too HERE.
For more information on Thompson's Water Seal and to see all of the great products that they have to offer, please head over HERE.


GIVEAWAY-
The generous folks over at Thompson's Water Seal are giving one of my very lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a HUGE Deck Care Kit prize package consisting of:
*One Case of their Thompson's Water Seal Oxy Foaming Exterior Multi-Surface Cleaner (4 Huge bottles makes GALLONS and GALLONS of cleaner)
*One Case of their Advanced Wood Protector (4 GALLONS) This is enough to clean and waterproof the majority of decks.
(Value $120)

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Giveaway will end Saturday 7/10 at 7pm EST.  Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Open to US residents ONLY!  Special thanks to Karla and everyone at Thompson's Water Seal for sponsoring this giveaway.  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only the products supplied by Thompson's Water Seal for the winner of the giveaway in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.  Additional information provided by the Thompson's website.  No purchase necessary to enter and void where prohibited by law.


 

Five Question Friday-June 25th


1. Do you know how to play a musical instrument? No, I don't know how to play a musical instrument, but always wanted to learn to either play the drums or the guitar.  Maybe one of these days, I will get some lessons.

2. What is your pet peeve while driving? People driving down the road with their turn signals on, especially driving down the expressway and they are no even turning.  Can' they hear the clicking sound in their car or see the blinking light on their dashboard?

3. Would you rather have a housekeeper or unlimited spa services? Housekeeper, definitely.  Sometimes I really just get tied of cleaning!

4. Is there a song that you hear that will take you back to the moment, like a junior high or high school dance?Not really, school is something I really don't want to remember at all.

5. What song best represents your life right now? Is there a song called "Chaos" because that definitely describes my life right now?!  I can't think of a song off the top of my head.

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*I can't save you, you have to save yourself.
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*Stand up and finish what you started.
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