Thursday, May 26, 2011

Strawesome Review & Giveaway

I got the chance to work with a truly awesome company this week. I got to work with Strawesome to review their Dynamic Duo glass straw set. 

These straws are unbelievably beautiful and a great conversation piece at any get together with family and friends. They are straws made from glass and have absolutely gorgeous designs on them. As I stated above I received the Dynamic Duo set. It is consists of two glass straws. One is a wide smoothie straw and the other is a regular width straw, both decorated. 

When I first received these I was terrified that I was going to break them, you know where they are glass and all. I have done many tests to these straws to see if they were going to break, which I will highlight for you in a few minutes. 

The Smoothie Straw:
The Smoothie Straw is wide to allow you to get all those delicious fruits up the straw without clogging it, and it surpassed my expectations. I have used this straw for a Milk Shake, Smoothie and a Frappachino. One thing that is a huge pet peeve of mine, is when you are enjoying a delicious frozen drink then BAM... you have a gigantic ice block with no flavoring in it. I seriously hate it when this happens, and I drink a ton of frozen drinks. You don't experience that with the Smoothie Straw, everything, including ice goes up the straw for a nice and even drinking experience. You won't get that nasty, flavorless ice block at the bottom of your drink. You have the same delicious flavor from the first sip to the last!

The Regular Straw:
This straw is about the width of a normal sized straw. One thing I found that I adored about this straw is drinking iced tea with it! I love unsweetened sun tea with a lemon wedge... the problem with lemon? You get seeds! No one likes to get a seed in their mouth while enjoying delicious sun tea! This straw keeps the seeds from coming up the straw and they don't plug the straw and keep you from getting your yummy beverage.

The Tests:
Slammed Straws Together: 5 Stars! No Breakage!
Stomped on Straws: 5 Stars! No Breakage!
Carried Straw in Purse all Day: 5 Stars! No Breakage!
Let The Bean Play Drums on a Metal Bowl: 5 Stars! No Breakage!
Threw Straws at Wall: 5 Stars! No Breakage!

I honestly think... these cannot be broken :)

We had a BBQ last weekend in which we had some friends and family over. I used my Strawesome straws at the BBQ and got so many compliments on them, it was insane. Everyone asked me where I got them and of course I had to tell them... this is one secret you will want everyone to know!


The Giveaway!
You can win a great Strawesome straw! The great people at Strawesome has offered a great decorative “artist’s choice” straw for one lucky winner to win!
To enter fill out the form below!
This giveaway is open to the US and Canada ONLY

Monday, May 23, 2011

Have An Eden Summer!


So I don't know how your summer usually goes but mine consists of family get togethers, barbecues, and finding things we can do as a family. One thing my summer doesn't usually have is "Me" time! Everyone needs a little me time and sometimes it can be really hard to find especially with a little one running around. When I find myself getting to my boiling point and needing a breather... I turn to . No its not what you are thinking. I don't go there to get sex toys, or kinky restraints but if you want to... they have those too. I go to to get relaxing aromatherapy bath products and amazing massage candles. Just what I need for a relaxing bath, with a great book and a glass of my favorite wine... my perfect "Me" time.  

So this summer when I feel overwhelmed with all the family togetherness, and slammed with wedding orders ... I am going to have myself an Eden Summer! I am going to get my favorite items and have the perfect "Me" time! ... After all we deserve it! 

Here are some of my favorite "Me" time products!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

SodaStream Review and Giveaway

I got the pleasure of working with a great company this week called SodaStream. I was offered a SodaStream Jet Soda Maker and assorted Flavorings for review purposes. Of course I jumped on this opportunity. 

The UPS guy delivered the SodaStream to my house in a HUGE box. I was shocked at how large the box was when it got here. I was expecting something smaller because I thought that it would have the SodaStream Soda Maker and a sampler of flavors, but SodaStream hooked me up! I opened the box to find the SodaStream Jet Soda Maker, 10 regular sized bottles of flavoring, 2 regular sized bottles of the naturals flavoring and a set of three regular sized water flavoring. I was amazed at how much I was sent. 

Of course right away I hooked up the soda maker by attaching the included c2 tank and filling the included 1 liter bottle with water. I went to attach the bottle to the soda maker. In order to do this you need to screw it into the soda maker one handed... this takes a little while to master, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. Well here is where it gets interesting... I screwed the bottle on to the soda maker and apparently I didn't screw it on all the way because when I hit the button for the carbonation I got covered in water. We had company on the day this happened and needless to say its still the highlight of the year lol. So my advice? make sure your bottle is screwed into the machine all the way before attempting the carbonation process.

To carbonate the water you pump the button on the top of the machine until you hear 3 loud buzzes. Then your water is completely carbonated. Now you get to add your choice of flavor, screw on the cap and slowly tip the bottle back and forth to mix the soda.... last step? ENJOY!

I received a lot of flavors both Diet, regular and water flavorings. We found that our favorite flavoring is the Energy flavor. It tastes exactly like Red Bull and at a fraction of the price its more affordable, and you don't have all those cans hanging around. My husbands favorite is the Cran-Raspberry... it tastes like a carbonated punch. We tried every flavor and there wasn't one flavor that we disliked. 


SodaStream Giveaway!!
The great people at SodaStream have offered to allow us to giveaway one Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-up Kit (a $100 Value!).It includes:
 the winner's choice of black/silver, white or red/silver Fountain Jet; CO2 which makes over 100 liters of soda; 1 reusable carbonating bottles; a sample pack of flavors and 3 full-sized flavors of the winner's choice.

Follow SodaStream

This Giveaway is open to the USA only!

Giveaway Winners

I am a little late with choosing winners for the Giveaways going on right now. Here are all the Giveaway winners from the above giveaways. Each winner has 24 hours to reply to the email I send to them notifying them of them winning the giveaway. If I receive no response in that time another winner will be chosen.

Pugs 2 Persians Giveaway
This was a giveaway for one collar from Pug 2 Persians on Etsy. In your choice of design and size.
The Winner Is:
Ricki @Reading Challenged

SockMonkey.Net Giveaway
This was a giveaway for a budget sock monkey kit from , we were able to choose 2 winners. Each winner will receive one kit.
The Winner's Are:
Kaysea B.
Tiffany D.

To Kill A Warlock and A Tale of Two Goblins E-Book Giveaway
This giveaway was for an e-book copy of To Kill a Warlock and A Tale Of Two Goblins in your choice of format
The Winner's Are:
Ivy @ Ivy Reads
Ammy Belle

Wither Giveaway
This was a giveaway for one hardcover copy of Wither.
The Winner Is:
We Fancy Books


Monday, May 16, 2011

Review: Beauty's Beholder by Lori Clark

Author: Lori Clark
Release Date: April 19th 2011
Publisher: FeedBrewer, Inc.
Source: Bought
Kindle/Nook Lendable: Yes and it's currently selling for only $2.99

Sixteen- year-old Trinity is pretty sure life sucks and then you die. First her father leaves to be with his pregnant girlfriend. Then her mother runs off with her newly discovered soul mate. When she's busted for underage drinking, she's sent to live with her Grandma Sarah in the one-horse town of Disappointment Cove.

An expert at self-pity, Trinity is positive no one's problems are as enormous as hers until she meets Logan. He's the new boy at school who has been horribly disfigured. He's rude, arrogant and hard to figure out. Trinity has no idea what caused his scars or his attitude. And from the rumors going around, she's not sure she wants to know.

When the two of them are paired-up on an after school project, Trinity sees a compassionate side to Logan and realizes he isn't the person everyone thinks he is.

My Thoughts:

Trinity Alexander is living with her Grandma Sarah in Disappointment Cove, Missouri since she got in a bit of trouble at her other school and was sent to live there.  What she doesn't know is that this is when her life will change completely and for the better.

Logan Sharpe is the new boy in school that Trinity has been appointed to show around since they are both in the Outreach Program.  Even though she has only been at Disappointment Cove High School for three weeks, she agrees to the task.  She notices that he walks with a limp and also has burns on his body that he tries to hide with a hoodie.  Despite the scars, she still finds him handsome and even jealous of the girls competing for his attention.  Though Trinity has just met Logan, she is drawn to him- his caring side, his mood swings and even his secrets.

This book was amazing!  I was really addicted to this book while reading it.  The way the author describes the people, places, and events that occur, made me feel like I was really experiencing it myself.  I was pulled in from the first chapter and engrossed the whole way till the end.  I love it when a book makes such an impact that you catch yourself thinking about it days later.  That's what this story did for me.

Lori Clark is an author that I have never read before, so I had no idea what to expect when I started Beauty's Beholder. 

The characters of Trinity and Logan are incredible.  Trinity is the type of girl who doesn't hold back, and when she has something to say, she says it.  She has a tendency to put her foot in her mouth, especially when she is talking with Logan.  She is unique, smart, and a lover of animals and that is what makes her irresistible to Logan.  Logan is a real flirt when it comes to Trinity.  When she tries to talk to him about his past, his scars, or even his family life, he just gets all moody towards her.  He realizes that he does it and apologizes for it later, but he knows that he is gonna have to tell her the truth soon before she starts believing all the rumors going around school.  He has an amazing heart when it comes to taking care of all the animals at the shelter and he doesn't let his limp hold him back.  Their love of animals is something that they have in common and they grow from that into something pretty amazing.  I even loved the other characters.  Her BFF, Petrie, her Grandma Sarah (who is a pretty awesome Grandma, btw) and all the other characters  that make this story fulfilling. 
This story was very believable.  It could happen to anyone at anytime and that is what kept me reading.  I will definitely be reading more of Lori Clark's stories when they become available.  The writing was amazing as well as the romance, drama, and secrets.  If you haven't read this, I highly recommend that you do.  I guarantee that you'll love it too.

4 1/2 Stars

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

EdenFantasys Testimonial

Its no secret to anyone that reads my blog, that I am a huge lover of . I love everything about the site. Its clean and professional with just the right amount of unusal. I have stumbled over to the site a couple of times and been like "whoa, I have never seen anything like that." And EdenFantasys never gets old. They add new items everyday. That's right everyday. That gives you the chance to see something new daily. There is nothing better than having a company that keeps up with the ever changing world.

And with things changing all the time, one thing you can count on is EdenFantasys service. They have some of the best employees and customer service, that I have ever encountered. When you speak with their customer service, its like talking to a friend. All packages that you receive are discrete, you will never receive a box in the mail that has the EdenFantasys name on it. On the mailing slip and your credit card statement, your transaction will read Web Merchants. For all anyone knows you bought things online... they will never know what you purchased or who you purchased it from... that is unless you want them to.

So if you have been hesitant in the past to try out ... don't be... take a chance... I guarantee you will love the service and the products you get from them. There is nothing better than buying something great from a company that is so friendly and makes your shopping experience the best that it possibly can be. Their slogan doesn't lie.


Sunday, May 8, 2011 Review + Giveaway Review and Giveaway!

I was so lucky, I got to work with a great company called this week. I received a Deluxe do it yourself Sock Monkey kit from Tamara at to make and review.
The kit shown above is the kit that I received. It has everything in it that I needed to make a very cool sock monkey. It came with:

* Custom step by step instruction sheet
* 1st quality, authenticRockford red heel socks
Stuffing (new premium quality Poly-fil)
* Buttons for eyes
* Black embroidery floss for eyelashes/brows
* Needle and thread
* Pom-pom for cap
* Red yarn for bow at neck
* Adoption certificate
* Postcard / Example photo

So many things fit in that tiny little bag. My husband and I aren't overly crafty... in fact I am not sure we had done anything crafty before this little guy. Needless to say we were like "WHOA" when we saw everything. The step by step guide helps immensely, it shows you exactly what you need to know to make your Sock Monkey easily. Keep in mind that even though this wasn't overly difficult, it was still very time consuming. It took my husband and I about 5 hours to make the little guy, and I have a blister on my thumb lol but totally worth it!

As we started assembling our monkey we did come across a minor implication. The directions refer to sock #1 and sock #2 ... we had no idea which sock was supposed to be which and it took us a good 20 mins to figure it out. I am not sure if it is because we were a little bit dense or if it would be confusing to everyone. Once we figured it out we were off with the speed of lions... or turtles. My deluxe kit came pre-sewn ... this does not mean that I had to do no sewing... in fact there was quite a bit of sewing but it did help because I didn't need to figure out where I was supposed to sew the legs and arms ect. That was all done for me. All I had to do was cut them out, turn them right side out and stuff them and sew them. We did have an issue turning the tail right side out lol. It was quite comical. The tail piece is very thin and quite long, when we had to turn it wrong side out we found it is very difficult due to how thin it is. There is no way to get your fingers in there to flip it right side out, I think this took the longest.  I spent about an hour trying to turn the tail right side out. 

With how long our Sock Monkey took us and how inept we are with crafts.... We are incredibly proud of our Sock Monkey... We named him Max. It just seemed fitting.

Meet Max!

Max enjoys long walks on the beach, saving man kind and being snuggled.
Max is looking for a nice lady friend to grow old with, with no baby daddy monkey drama!


Thanks so much to Tamara from , She has supplied us with 2 Budget Sock Monkey Kits to giveaway! That's right... you get to make your own fabulous Sock Monkey! I will choose two winners, each winner will receive 1 Budget Sock Monkey Kit to build their very own Sock Monkey! How awesome is that?
Your Budget Kit Will Look Like This:

All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. Open to U.S.A. Only!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Review: Love and Fangs by Stephanie Blough

Title:  Love and Fangs
Author:  Stephanie Blough
Release Date:  March 9th 2011
Publisher:  Xlibris
Source:  Bought
Kindle and Nook Lendable:  Yes

Barnes and Noble Description:

Maddy was just a small town girl living in Cherry Rock, Tennessee. On the first day of her senior year in high school, she meets the mysterious Dylan and fate changes her life forever.

My Thoughts:

Maddy's life is about to take a new direction.  She is now a senior in high school.  When she gets there, she sees this gorgeous boy.  She's never seen him before and is instantly attracted to him.  They lock eyes and he comes over to talk to her.  His name is Dylan and he has just moved to Cherry Rock, TN from Montana.  He is a complete gentleman and even carried her bag to class and is constantly complimenting her.  How sweet is that!  They end up having every class together.  Is it a coincidence or is it fate?

Maddy is the new captain on the cheerleading team.  As she was watching the football players practice, she noticed Dylan and he was on the team.  Maddy has never been about putting boys above her school, until Dylan.  There is just something about him that she can't resist.  He's good looking, pale, cold, and extremely sweet.  Who could resist?

Later on in the week, there is a murder outside the woods at her school.  Maddy and her best friend, Amber, sneak out back to look for Dylan, who had just went outside to his car, to make sure he was ok.  It wasn't Dylan and he left a note for Maddy saying that he was fine.  A few weeks later, there is another murder.  Maddy and Amber go through the same door again and see the killer in the woods.  Soon Amber and her parents end up missing and Maddie can't help but blame herself.  If they had just stayed inside of the school, they wouldn't have seen the killer and became his next targets.  Even though Maddy is falling for Dylan, she can't help but think that this all started when his family came to town.  Is he who he says he is?  Will she be the next target on the killer's list?

I thought this was a really good book.  The writing needed a lot of editing, but I try to overlook that.  This is a debut novel from the author and as soon as I saw the cover and the name, I had to check it out.  The cover is a bit cheesy, but it's so cheesy that it caught my attention, lol.  "Love" would be romance and "Fangs" would obviously be vampires according to the cover picture and I am a sucker when it comes to YA vampire romance.

I love that the setting was here in TN.  Maddy lives about an hour from Nashville, so she's a country music lover like me.  She even gets to meet Kenny Chesney in the book.  How awesome that would be!! 

I found very little of the book to be believable.  Well, obviously we know the book is about vampires and we know those are fiction, but I'm talking about the storyline as a whole.  Maddy develops special powers, hears voices, and can see a ghost.  The story is also very choppy.  I felt that there was so much more the author could have delivered in the plot to make her story a little bit more entertaining and believable.  So many details seem to have been left out.  There is one scene where Dylan wants Maddie to go with him to a school dance and after she turns him down because they don't know each other very well, it is never mentioned again.  Stephanie could have wrote in about them going on dates, more activities outside of classes, and even just a little more detail, in general, of what the characters looked like and what they wore.  So basically, I think that it was just lacking a bit and could have used more storyline.  She really had the potential for a rating of 5 stars with the idea of her book if she just would have extended it a bit and made the reader feel like there wasn't anything missing. 

Overall, I overlooked most of the editing and enjoyed the story.  A little less than what I went in anticipating, but I was still so engrossed in it that I read it all in one sitting.  Love, fangs, special powers, and mystery are all apart of Stephanie's debut and if you can overlook a bit of editing mistakes, I think that you'll enjoy this too.

3 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pugs to Persians Giveaway!

Kaysea at Pugs to Persians has been so nice to offer us a great item from her shop for a giveaway. The winner of the giveaway will be able to choose a collar from the Pugs to Persians shop in any size you need. Kaysea has some great dog and cat collars. In fact I will only put collars and harnesses from Pugs to Persians on my dog. They are great!

I went to Kaysea's store and picked out my favorite collars. Of course there are tons more! You will have to go look and see which ones you like best.

My Picks: Dog Collars
My Picks: Cat Collars ... I love the Crossbones :D

How to enter:
Fill out the form below

Pugs to Persians Review

I had the pleasure of getting the chance to work with Kaysea from Pugs to Persians. Kaysea sent me an awesome harness to review for my dog Little Man. I had nothing to measure him with in order to get an exact size for the harness, but Kaysea was very helpful and was able to pick out the right size for him based off his weight and breed. Kaysea goes above and beyond to make sure that you feel at home while ordering from her, and is quick to answer any questions you may have about her items. You can tell with her products that she takes great pride in them and knows what she is talking about, which is very comforting when you have no idea what you need... don't worry Kaysea knows exactly what you need for you pup or kitty, and goes above and beyond to make sure its perfect for your pet.

I have a couple things from Pugs to Persians and love everything I have gotten from them. I have two collars and now this harness, everything is made from a great material. Kaysea's attention to detail is amazing right down to every little stitch.

Kaysea chose the right size harness for Little Man. It was adjusted to the smallest size when I received it and I actually didn't need to adjust it, it fit him perfectly right out of the box. Now my dog usually attempts to remove harnesses.... not sure why but he normally hates them! Little Man has been wearing his Pugs to Persians harness for about 2 weeks now and he hasn't even attempted once to take it off. Everything about the harness looks incredibly comfortable for the pup, right down to the closure.

Okay For The Demo!
Little Man isn't the most cooperative dog to say the least when it came to taking pictures of him, but I tried to get them as well as I could, so that you could see the harness on Little Man.

This is what I received in my Pugs to Persians package.
It includes:
1 Harness
2 Yummy Puppy Treats
1 Small Treat Bag
1 Diagram w/ Detailed Instructions
3 Gorgeous business cards
1 Hand written thank you note

To me a hand written thank you note means so much. It was personalized. It just shows me how much your order meant to the seller, that they wanted to personally thank you. It makes me feel less like an order number and more like a person.

Step #1 Find an unsuspecting sleeping dog.

I lucked out and had one harness free, and ready for this demo!

Step #2: Rangle the sleeping pup and place the harness on the dog.

This was incredibly easy. When I first saw the harness I was like.... "wow that looks complicating" It wasn't at all though. All you do is unclip the little clippy and there are two holes that have a support strap in between them. All you do is place one of your dogs legs in each hole, pull the harness around the pup and clip it. So simple!

Step #3 Adjust The Harness

This harness has adjustable straps! You can easily move the little sliding thing (I don't know the technical term) to adjust the harness to your dog. As you can see my dog was less than happy about this, but luckily after inspecting the harness I didn't need to. The smallest setting was on it when it came from Pugs to Persians and it fit him perfectly!

Step #4 Adjust Harness to fit snuggly 

As I said before I didn't have to do this, but make sure to test the harness with your finger to make sure that it isn't too snug for your dog, and that it isn't too loose. You don't want your dog to slip right out of it and you don't want him/her to be uncomfortable because it is too tight.

Step #5 Pamper dog so he doesn't hate you!

As I stated above my dog usually hates harnesses, and he really hates when you put it on him. So I did a little pampering after I got his harness on him, so that he didn't hate me lol. I gave him one of the deliciously yummy homemade puppy treats that Pugs to Persians sent with his new harness, which he loved! He is very picky with treats so for him to love them is HUGE! and I gave him his blankie. Apparently I tuckered the little guy out because he passed out for a few hours after lol, but he never attempted to remove his harness. In fact we took it off of him for a bath and directly following his bath he went and cuddled with his harness, when he woke up he was nosing it for us to put it back on. Pugs to Persians collars and harnesses are a god send!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Good Morning everyone, I am trying to think of an awesome giveaway. Unfortunately I can't. I want it to be a little bit different then what we are used to for giveaways, but am coming up with an empty page. So here is what I want from you. I want you to tell me what kind of giveaway would rock your ever lovin socks! If I choose your suggestion you will get 100 extra entries in that giveaway. So get to thinking and leave me some comment love below with your suggestion :) ... oh did I mention just by making a suggestion will enter you in a giveaway for a surprise bookish related giveaway (Valued at $50)? oh oops must have slipped my mind :D


Monday, May 2, 2011

Unearthly Review

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Release Date: Jan 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Audible/Publisher ARC


In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Clara is one quarter angel. That tiny little quarter has begun to determine her life. While living in California with her mom, Clara has a vision of her purpose. She sees a wildfire that is taking over the forrest, in the midst of the fire she sees a boy, and a silver avalanche (as in the truck). On that Avalanche she sees something that is going to change the course of her future and purpose... a Wyoming license plate. 

Clara, her mother and brother move to Wyoming in hopes of finding the boy, and carrying out what she was meant to do.... save the boy... or so she thinks. On her first day of school she sees the boy from her vision and the overwhelming feelings she feels when she sees him makes her pass out... what a way to start her life here. The boy, who happens to be Christian Prescott, all around cutie and part of the popular crowd, carries Clara to the nurses office.

After that one chance encounter with him, Clara throws herself into learning everything about him and taking every opportunity possible to get close to him. There is only one issue, just as she starts becoming close to Christian, he leaves for the summer. What is she going to do with her summer now? Enter Tucker.

Tucker and Clara are always going head to head with witty insults and banter, as Clara begins spending more time with Tucker over the summer she starts to fall for him. The issue is that Clara is meant for much more than a relationship with Tucker, she is supposed to devote her time to Christian and learning how to master her Angel skills so that she can save him.

Will Clara and Tucker be able to overcome Clara's destiny or is Clara meant to be with someone else?

Unearthly was strangely addicting. I have been putting off reading this book for a while because I didn't overly like the sounds of the plot. It reminded me of every other angel book. Angel meets hot guy, hot guy is amazing blah blah blah. It so didn't turn out that way at all. I found myself, even from the beginning routing for Tucker to get with Clara. I loved their constant banter back and forth, yet he is always the one to come to her aid when she needs anyone. 

Most of the book I really disliked Christian's character, he was cocky and I found him a bit rude. I mean come on he leaves Clara at the prom and takes home another girl.... huge yuck factor! 

This book is left off on a major cliff hanger... way to make me want more. 

Overall though I enjoyed the book, and I will be picking up the sequel whenever it comes out... because I can't wait to see what happens between Tucker, Clara and Christian. 


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