Dremel Multi-Max MM20

dremel mm20I would be remiss if I had a gift guide and didn’t include something for the handy folks in our lives. I’d say the “guys” but that might not be the case everywhere. Dremel has a few new tools out and I have to tell you that the new Dremel Multi-Max MM20 is something that most homeowners find will come in very handy- maybe not now, but down the road for sure!  This would make a really nice gift for under the tree next month!!

This is an oscillating tool, which comes in a handy (and protective) storage case, along with 8 accessories. It’s a lot of bang for your buck. It’s also a lot of functions for your buck.

The Dremel Multi-Max MM20’s 2.3 amp motor is more powerful than the Dremel brand’s current oscillating tool, enhancing tool performance and allowing for faster, more precise cuts in a wide variety of materials. With a variable speed range of 10,000 – 21,000 oscillations per minute, the MM20 allows DIYers to power through their to-do lists with detail, precision and optimal performance.

The tool also features strategic vent locations and an improved fan design, enabling the MM20 to run cooler and more smoothly than other oscillating tools for increased comfort when handling over an extended period of time. An extended length 7-foot rubber cord allow users to handle the tool with ease while cutting, sanding, scraping, grinding and removing grout in their homes or workspaces. The MM20 also boasts a new line of cutting accessories with expanded cutting width and depth that enables users to cut through more material in a shorter amount of time. These enhanced blades make precise cuts through tough materials such as hard woods, framing lumber and 2x4s, and continue to utilize the brand’s Quick Fit™ accessory interface, making accessory changes twice as fast as similar oscillating tool systems. [click to continue…]

bodycology Mini Gift Sets (Stocking Stuffers, anyone?) #Giveaway

Smelling nice is something most of us prefer to do. I used to have an entire shelf of delightfully scented body sprays and lotions, years ago. It’s fun to choose a scent based on your mood, your outfit, the weather, etc. Kind of like an accessory!!
Bodycology offers affordable scented body products that are not tested on animals. Their products are sold at drug, grocery and specialty stores all over the US.

    1. Starting in November, shoppers will be able to build their very own bodycology gift set in several Walmart locations nationwide. You will have the pleasure of choosing from several festive colored gift bags (which includes tissue paper) as well as a variety of our favorite fragrances and products in order to build that perfect gift set for someone special— and all at an affordable price. The gift bag retails for .50¢ while the products retail for $3.97 a piece.
      In addition, bodycology has two pre-packaged Gift Sets available this holiday season including their Mini Stocking Stuffer and Mini Bath Bundle.


bodycology will be sending a Mini Stocking Stuffer to 9 winners across all of the gift guide blogs (one Rafflecopter)! [click to continue…]

Archives.Com and WhitePages want to reconnect you with a family member #Giveaway

The holidays are here, for good, for bad, for everything in between.  Much of the holiday season focuses on family and togetherness- but what about family who is far away?  Family you haven’t seen in a long time?  Family you haven’t yet met?  Archives.com and WhitePages have teamed up to sponsor a really cool promotion called the “Run and Hug” contest that I think you are going to want to enter!! [click to continue…]

M2Cmart.com 4 Slice Toaster Review, Black Friday Deal and $200 Gift Card #Giveaway #ShoutMedia

M2CMart.com sent us a Kinwing 4 Slice Toaster Wide Slot recently.  It never occured to me until our ancient 2 slice toaster broke that perhaps I should look into a larger toaster. But let me tell you, my friends, now that I’ve had the luxury, I don’t want to go back.  Do you know how nice it is when I have three hungry kids clamoring for food (breakfast is HUGE in my house for everyone but me- but oh, man.  Everyone else?  They need large breakfast to start their day!) to be able to give them EACH a piece and not make someone wait?  Its marvelous!!  Of course, it was also really nice to just put slices of bread into the toaster, push the levers down, and have them stay down…our old toaster was quirky and didn’t always do that.  Its nice to have a toaster I don’t have to touch nonstop to ensure its working properly (and honestly, a whole lot safer!)

The Kinwing 4 slice performs well, toasts evenly, and looks nice and sleek on the counter.  Its a toaster and it toasts.  It helps me use my time more efficiently.  I like it.  The end.

•In sleek plastic housing with two sides in stainless steel decoration, KINWING toaster is the one you can keep out on your countertop.
•The 4-slice toaster accommodates a variety of food with extra lift-carriage level delivering even and consistent toasting.
•Dual auto-adjusting bread guides adjust to bread thickness and an anti-jam feature automatically shuts it off.•Toast lift allows you to lift food for easy retrieval.
•Features defrost and reheat function for convenience.
•Cancel button allows you to stop the toasting cycle at any time.
•Also features an easy-cleaning, dishwasher safe, removable crumb tray.

M2CMart  doesn’t just sell toasters- they are a Manufacturer to Consumer company that offers a huge variety of products from tents to household and consumer electronics and more- that we consumers can buy at wholesale  pricing- no middle man means more savings for us!!   All manufacturers that M2CMart works with are qualified with GMC standards.

On Black  Friday, November 24 only at M2Cmart, Enjoy up to 80% OFF selected products & free shipping!!

M2CMart will be giving away $1000 in prizes this season in 3 rounds! This is Round 1, enter to win a $200 M2cMart Gift Certificate with us, Shout! Media! 
Round 1 Hosts:

  1. Just Married with Coupons
  2. A Mom’s Take
  3. OurKidsMom
  4. Living on Love & Cents
  5. This Mama Loves Her Bargains

To keep in the loop for Round 2 and 3 be sure to like M2cmart on Facebook and check out the M2Cmart website. [click to continue…]

Record A Story Review

My kids love listening to book s. In fact, they would let me read to them all day if I had the time. My 2 year old has taken to carrying books with him around the house, just hoping someone will read to him. Poor little guy. With a newborn in the house there isn’t always time for reading. This is where a recordable story books comes in handy. I had the chance to try out the new Good Night Sesame Street Record a Story Book. This new product was developed by Publications International, Ltd. in fall of 2010 and won a National Parenting Publications Gold Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and is one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Products List. These great recordable books allow you to easily record your voice while reading each page of the book. The recording will play automatically when you turn the pages. My little guy loves to hear my voice while looking through his book. It works great during those times of the day when I am unable to sit down and read to him. This would also work great for those of us that have relatives who live out of town. A grandparent or relative could record a story and send it to the child. It’s a great way to keep in touch and makes a great gift for the holidays.

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Diono Radian RXT Carseat $339 ARV #Giveaway

Having safe car seats for our children is something that is extremely crucial to both my husband and myself.  We’ve spent hours researching different seats, different brands, etc.  I’ve always heard such great things about the Radian line of carseats, and have recommended them to others based upon dozens of friends’ experiences, but hadn’t tried them until now.  The Radian RXT seat from Diono is really a buy-once-use-forever kind of seat.  Made to work from 5 lbs to 120 lbs (no that is not a typo!!), and a slender physique to accomodate 3 seats across in most vehicles, these seats are workhorses.

I’ve never assembled a seat before.  I mean, there wasn’t a lot to the assembly (at all) and it took under thirty seconds.  But the seat does come folded up (these are also great for travel) so it’s nice to see how it should look (I’m visual) and like I said, set up is super simple.  Pop the seat down and click it into place and you are ready to start the adjustment of straps based on your child’s height and size and then install.

The weight range of this seat for REAR facing is 5-45 lbs.  That’s awesome.  The recommended ages for rear facing are at least 20 lbs and 2 years of age.  There is a separate base component for the rear facing installation that comes with the seat and has very thorough instructions in the manual for use. [click to continue…]

FyrFlyz and Ickee Stikeez: Prize Pack #Giveaway

FyrFlyz is a really simple and cool toy.  My 7 year old opened the package and got straight to having fun.  Then I got my hands on it and we all had a good laugh.  It reminds me of the spinners I played with as a kid…I even would make my own with sting and a button but, the FyrFlys light up and make for  a great evening activity.

FyrFlyz is the revolutionary new spinning toy that puts the power to create a spectacular light show in kids’ very own hands.  Simply by swinging the connected two strings and applying tension or allowing slack, kids create a continuous movement (figure eights, rings, etc.).  The fun begins when the lights go out and the FyrFlyz multi-color LED lights turn the movement into an amazing light show that kids can play themselves or show their friends.  Kids can spin their FyrFlyz to create a wide array of tricks: they can turn them sideways to create slick Sydwynders, pull tight to create whizzing Black Holes or loosen the strings to make Shooting Stars – the more they spin, the more unique their tricks.  As kids develop their skills, there are no boundaries to what their imaginations can create. [click to continue…]

New Haba Push Toys at Maukilo

I have drooled over Haba toys for many years now.  They make the highest quality infant, toddler and children’s toys out there.  My favorite are their wooden toys for babies.  The couple of Haba items that I own are not only heirloom quality, but they are some of my children’s favorite toys.  They are colorful and fun to play with and I know that they will last forever.  There is just something about a wooden toy that is so timeless.

When I learned that Haba has introduced a new wooden push toy I knew that I had to give it a try.  This item is only available at Maukilo, an online toy store that is owned by Haba.  This push toy is available in several designs including:  Cackling Cathy (duck), Chris Croak (frog), Flapping Frank (bee) and Tumble Tum (clown).  They are all adorable, but I definitely wanted to try out of the Cackling Cathy.  The duck is adorable and I lovew the orange and red colors. 

Product Info from company:

“The Pushing Animal Cackling Cathy is designed to enhance balance and motor skills in children from 18 months of age. The colorful duck base can be pushed around using the wooden handle. The spinning wheels and bright colors bring this cheerful little creature to life while your child plays!” [click to continue…]

Sibu All Natural Skin Care Products #giveaway #rafflecopter

Whenever possible, I prefer to opt for natural products, especially when it is something that goes onto my skin, both for my kids and for myself.  Truth be told, I’m far better about getting products for my kids that are natural than myself, but I’m working on that. Sibu Beauty offers a line of natural skin care products that are affordable to the masses that also work effectively and treat your skin gently.  Plus, they smell really nice.  Bonus for me!!

Each Sibu Beauty product is packed with the maximum levels of Omega 7 and the 190 other bio-active nutrients from the sea buckthorn berry to revitalize, renew, and replenish.  They offer a range of products from ingested supplements to night creams and many in between- at prices that I was very (pleasantly) surprised were not that high.

The thing with the line from Sibu beauty isn’t just in the quality of the products- the bar cleanser I have, it works well, lathers nicely and rinses easily- the lotions and creams are thick enough to feel like the recommended amount can actually cover the intended areas, but not so thick you feel like you are slathering yourself with products.  Overall I’m really pleased with these products.  I will for sure be buying the bar cleanser again- I love how it exfoliates (gently) while it cleans.  Makes me giddy!  The “thing” about the Sibu line is the sea buckthorn berry:

Premium, wildcrafted sea buckthorn from the Tibetan Himalayas

For healthy and beautiful hair, skin and nails
High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing an array of powerful nutrients. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. And it’s a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.

1300 years of beauty
Sea buckthorn is a natural product with 1300 years of traditional uses with the modern scientific research to back it up. Our superior processing techniques and our premium and exclusive source of sea buckthorn allow us to create a revolutionary group of beauty products.

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Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition #Giveaway #Rafflecopter

Family Game Night is something we’ve begun as a tradition- in part for the fun of it but also because we feel it’s something that will keep us connected in just one more way, and it’s something both Mr. Bargains and myself grew up doing- playing games with family.  While our kids aren’t yet old enough to enjoy games like Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition, we certainly are!

It’s all about flash, not cash, in this ultra-modern version of MONOPOLY. Wave goodbye to bills and say hello to your sweet new MONOPOLY bank card! Scoop up property with a swipe of plastic. Choose from a selection of cool tokens, including a Segway, flat screen TV and space shuttle. With cards, not cash, you can grab those properties faster than ever before!

Gameboard comes with title deed cards, chance and community chest cards, 6 debit cards, 2 dice, 6 tokens, 32 houses, 12 hotels and instructions. 2-6 Players. 2 “AAA” Batteries Required (not included).

One reader will win Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition! [click to continue…]