Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Review

Mrs Cavanaugh's Chocolates

Don’t they look scrumptious!  When I was asked to review a pound of

Shari’s Berries Review

Shari's Berries
Shari's Berries
I decided to splurge this Christmas and order a box of Shari’s Berries.  I’ve seen the advertisement for years and they looked so delicious, I had to try them.  The lowest price was a 1/2 dozen at $19.99.  They offered an additional 1/2 dozen for $4.99 more so I ordered a dozen.  The shipping was quite expensive, $12.99.  Wow!  Because I had my heart set on them, I went the extra mile. 

They arrived packaged nicely.  The original packaging had an ice pack ensuring they arrived fresh and in tact.  The box was nice, it had a white bow which gave it a little class.  I must say, I was disappointed with the assortment.  I was expecting the berries to be colorful and appetizing.  As you can see, colorful was not a part of the package.  Two were dipped in white chocolate, 2 in nuts, and 2 in chocolate chips. 

The berries were fresh, quite delicious none the less and I did enjoy them.  Would I order them again, no.  Not for this price, and for the assortment I received.     


Thirty One Tote Review

I received this Thirty One bag for review, and it’s a keeper.  It was larger than I expected, but I’ve found that the possible uses are endless.  I love the plaid, it’s a classic design.  The bag is well made and can serve as a week-ender, diaper bag, and would be great for carrying supplies to a scrap book party or beach bag. 

It has a hard bottom, which helps to ensure the content stays in place and the bag keeps its shape.  The bag is deep, which makes it an excellent week-ender.  The material is study enough to handle the beach.  Notice the pockets on the side.  It’s great for carrying baby’s bottle and sippy cups.  Toss in a bottle of water or drink for yourself.  You don’t have to worry about the liquid spilling inside, but if it does the fabric on in the sides are made of a vinyl like material.  Wipe it clean.   

Back to utilizing the bag for the beach.  Carrying a few beach towels won’t be a problem in this bag.  It’s big enough to handle the sun screen, tanning lotion and the shells that the kids find on the beach too.  Although I didn’t try it, I believe the sand can be easily wiped off.   

The only issue that I had with the bag were the straps. I wasn’t particularly happy about the material.  I’m not sure how to describe the material, they look similar to straps that you would find on a backpack.   They actually look nice going down the center of the bag, my problem was the handles.  Would that be a deterrent to purchasing the bag, no.  I’m a big fan of Thirty-One products.  I encourage you to check out the products at Thirty-One  and take a look for yourself.   They have great bags and accessories. 

Note:  I received this bag as compensation for this review, however, my opinion of the bag is my opinion only. 

Aimee’s Babies – First Year Milestone DVD Review


I was approached by Aimee’s Babies, a child development company, to review their First Year Milestones DVD.  I was excited and accepted their offer.   The first thing that I noticed when I opened the package was that the cover didn’t have any children of color on it.  My initial thought, this company has limited potential buyers.  There is absolutely nothing on this DVD cover that would make a women of color stop and take notice.  My next thought, would it have ethnic babies in the video.  People are drawn to products that they can relate to.     

I decided to keep an open mind and see what the video was about.  The DVD is broken down by chapters.  It focuses on various stages of development from the ages of newborn, 3 months,  6 – 9 months, and 12 months.  Each stage focuses on the 5 senses, touch, smell, taste, sight and sound.  The various stages teach you to understand reflexes, color, stimulation, balance, and social development.  It was quite informative throughout all 4 stages. 

Lets start with newborns – It teaches the importance of music.  It was nice to know that it could be any type of music and not necessarily Mozart.  It also stated that babies see things in black and white up to 3 months.  At that stage red becomes a great stimulus for baby.  It stressed the importance of touching and massaging your baby, swaddling him or her, and allowing them to become familiar with your scent.  The DVD encouraged mothers to alternate sides during feeding so the baby could be stimulated from different directions. 

The DVD moved on to 3 months – The focus was the same, the senses, tummy time, stimulation, and balance.  At this stage the importance of talking to your baby, using wrist and ankle rattles, and implementing at least 20 minutes of tummy time per day was stressed.  Using mirrors was also emphasized.  The DVD demonstrated an exercise that I would never try.  It required the mom to place their sitting baby in a large blanket while she swings it from side to side.  The exercise was for helping the with baby’s balance.  I personally wouldn’t try it and neither would I suggest it.  I was quite surprised that someone would be encouraged to try it.   

At 6 – 9 months, the baby’s weight should practically double.  They should be able to see more colors, notice themselves more, crawl or move around while holding on to things.  It still focused on the senses and stimulation.    

The DVD moved on to the 12 month stage.  Here babies were pulling themselves up, crawling, climbing stairs, walking and in jump ups.  The DVD encouraged moms to allow their babies to walk bare foot, use soft sole shoes or grip socks.  It stated that babies could start walking between 12 and 18 months.     

My opinion after reviewing the DVD, it contained detailed, educational material with everyday moms and their babies at various stages.  No Hollywood glamor or glitter.  It wasn’t overly long and it keep my attention.  I think it would be a great baby shower gift for a new mother.  Would I buy the DVD for $16.00 plus $4.00 shipping.  No, I think there are  better products on the market for $20.00.  Would I buy it for less, possibly, and I’m not talking about $19.99.  

For ethnic mothers or mothers to be, there are no mothers or babies of color featured in the DVD.  There is an African American father at the newborn stage with his baby.  It seems than an entire segment of consumers were missed when this video was made and marketed.  If you have no issue with this fact, I recommend that you check it out.  If you don’t believe that you can relate to the DVD, I recommend that you check out Aimee’s Babies site.  They have other DVDs, an adorable onesie and other products that may be of interest.   

Note:  This review is my opinion and my opinion only.  I received a copy of the DVD for review; however, no additional compensation was received.  

Veggie Tales Give Away

Veggie Tales: The Little House That Stood

As Easter approaches, VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood is the perfect title to celebrate the holiday with! The Wise and Foolish Builders meet The Three Little Pigs In a hilarious veggie parable, featuring Bob, Larry, Junior Asparagus, The French Peas, Madame Blueberry and others. When
the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses,
they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue!  Larry builds with
hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation –
following the wise plans from the “Master Builder’s Handbook!” Will the Little
Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses – and
their lives – on solid ground?  Find out in this parable the shows kids when
they follow God’s blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come! 

PLUS! 
Ever wonder what happened before Humpty cracked?  Find out in this very Veggie
retelling of the classic Humpty Dumpty story “The Good Egg of Gooseville” where
we learn that a good neighbor always “lends a little hand” to those in
need!

 

The
DVD is available at all major retail outlets starting for
SRP $14.99.
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  • Give away ends March 30, 2013.  Give away is open to US residents 18+ only.  Give away will be mailed directly from the sponsor.   Enter daily to increase your chances. 

    Kristi Yamaguchi Book Give Away – It’s a Big World Little Pig

    It’s been awhile since Mother 2 Mother has sponsored a blog give away, so we’re going to give away a copy of Kristi Yamaguchi’s adorable book,  It’s a Big World, Little Pig.   Dream Big is the message that Kristi Yamaguchi sends in her new book.  Poppy the pig is an ice skater, and has been invited to skate at the World Games ice skating championship in Paris.   Poppy is nervous about heading to Paris.   She lives in New York, and becomes anxious about heading to France. It’s so far away. She is encouraged by her friend, Emma, who tells her to “Dream Big, Pig!” Poppy’s grandparents said, “You go girl!” and her parents give her comfort by letting her know that they would be with her every step of the way.

    Emma gives Poppy a good luck charm, and Poppy heads to Paris. Once she arrives at the World Athlete Village, she is nervous and bumps into a snowboarder from China named Li. Li and Poppy become friends and walk the village together to find the athlete check-in. Poppy becomes hungry and decides to head to the dining hall. The dining hall is full and she scans the room for a seat. A skier from Italy waved to Poppy and offers her a seat at her table. They too become friends.
    Poppy leaves the dining hall and heads to the practice rink. There she meets another skater from Japan. They admire each other’s costumes and become friends. Poppy skated from her heart during the competition and remembered all the friends and discoveries that she had made during the trip. Her parents were there to support her and decided they would stay for the remainder of the week so they could visit the Eiffel Tower, museums and eat French food. It turned out to be a beautiful trip, one that Poppy would always remember.
    We would love for you to have a copy of this beautifully illustrated book.  It will make a great bedtime story or gift.  Here’s how you can win:
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    This give away is open to US Residents only 18+ only.  The give away will end April 6 at mid-night.  Winner will be selected randomly and notified by email.  Please ensure your email address is valid; otherwise, you will be disqualified and another winner selected. 

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