One-Epic-Nano-Pro Hair Dryer Review

I am notorious for my hair dryer purchasing.  I always buy a dryer that I think has great power and features, only to end up replacing it within a year.  I think I currently own 5 hair dryers and I don’t like any of them.  I jumped at the chance to try out the Epic Nano Pro Hair Dryer from One.  Just look at these great features!:

 

Epic Pro Dryer

  • Ergonomically designed for optimum balance and comfort
  • Ionic Intel™ system generates positive or negative ionic output suitable for multiple styling needs
  • Ceramic Spheres purify the outgoing airflow, removing carbon dioxide, and activate water molecules to replenish moisture into the hair shaft and minimize damage
  • Lightweight powerful AC motor
  • Cool shot button for style setting
  • Double walled body provides shock resistance
  • Professional length, extra durable cord ideal for the salon environment
  • Variable speed and temperature settings
  • 1875 Watts

“Nano Pro Dryer: Ergonomically designed for optimum balance and comfort, and including a professional length, durable cord ideal for  the salon setting, Epic blow dryers are lightweight, yet powerful, delivering up to 1875 watts of power. Featuring a cool shot button for style setting, as well as a double-walled body for shock resistance, these dryers combine ONE’s signature Ionic Intel System with variable heat and temperature settings to deliver versatile styles. Developed with ceramic spheres that remove pollutants to purify outgoing airflow and activate water molecules to replenish moisture into the hair shaft, Nano Pro Dryers create soft, silky hair styles with incredible body.”

Nicki Minaj has been all over the tri-state area promoting her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded with her hairstylist Terence Davidson. Looking to add some lift and volume to your pin-straight locks? Terence Davidson says when you’re doing your hair at home, it’s all about the tools – ONE tools.

 

GET THE LOOK: Adding lift and volume that will last throughout the day is simple if done right. Starting with damp hair, mist strands with a thermal-protecting anti-breakage spray, like the Davines MELU Shield. Then dry each section with a natural bristle brush and angle the blow dryer down towards the floor. “I love the Epic Nano Pro Dryer because it has Ionic Intel. I can decide if I want to smooth the hair shaft or add volume!,” says Davidson. “For this step I recommend the negative ion setting because it closes the hair follicles and smoothes the hair shaft.”

Once hair is completely dry, set the front pieces in large pin curls while you tend to the rest of the hair. Using a straightener with negative ionic output to lock in moisture and eliminate static and frizz, like the Slim Epic Flat Iron, take small sections and pass the straightener through the hair until the desired straightness is achieved.

Release the front pieces and with the Epic Nano Pro Dryer set to positive, apply a root-boosting hairspray to the roots, like Philip B’s Self Adjusting Hair Spray to help add body and shine and dry the front sections to lift the hair at the roots. Pass the straightener through the hair once more to smooth and finish.

 

My Experience:

I have never purchased a high end dryer before and I must say that the difference is outstanding!  The dryer felt great in my hand and was easy to handle.  The ergonomic features made this hair dryer really easy to manipulate.  I loved the extra long durable cord, 8 feet long!!  This is great for when I need to move around in the bathroom or take my dryer to a hotel that may not have a convenient outlet.  The “Ionic Intel” feature was really great.  It made my hair feel thicker and smoother.  The cool shot feature was also really nice for setting my look after it was styled without adding unnecessary heat.  With 3 kids in tow I don’t get to dry my hair everyday.  I found that this hair dryer worked so great at styling my hair, that the results easily lasted for 2 days.

This Hair Dryer retails for $240 and can be purchased at onestyling.com.

 

“A sample of this product was provided to help facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.”

Bubble Guppies First-Ever DVD Plus FREEBIES and a Recipe!

My kids love the Bubble Guppies.  It’s cute, it’s fun, the characters are engaging and it appeals to my 2 year old as much as my 6 year old.  That means the kids can watch, and enjoy, together.  Win, win all around!! This is the first time the Bubble Guppies have had their own DVD, and I was so happy that the Fin-Tastic Fairy Tale made it to DVD.  It’s a super cute episode with the ever-funny Wanda Sykes starring as a mean witch- which entertains the grownups as much as the kiddos!

Bubble Guppies Episode Synopses:

Bubble Puppy’s Fin-Tastic Fairy Tale! (Double-Length Episode)
Once upon a time, Molly and Gil went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. But when a mean Witch, played by Wanda Sykes, turns Bubble Puppy into a frog, Molly and Gil enlist the help of some famous fairytale friends to undo her mean green spell.  They better work fast or else no one in the Enchanted Forest will live happily ever after!

Bubble Puppy
Gil wants to adopt a puppy after seeing one he really likes at the adoption center, but the Bubble Guppies have to learn how to take care of a pet before he can bring it home.

Bubble Bites
Ms. Pinkytoe, a friendly crab, gives Gil a few Bubble Bites to feed to Bubble Puppy.  Bubble Puppy wants more food so the guppies head to the supermarket.  They discover there is one box of Bubble Bites left and both Gil and Ms. Pinkytoe want it, so they must compete in a Bubble Bites biathlon. Will Gil get more Bubble Bites to feed Bubble Puppy? Or will Ms. Pinkytoe get them for her dog, Bud?

Bubble Guppies Fast Facts:
Street Date: May 1, 2012
Catalogue: 823344
DVD SRP: $16.99
DVD Running Time: Approximately 88 minutes
Special Features:
·  “Create Your Own Bubble Guppy” DVD Game
·  2 Karaoke Music Videos
o “Fairytale Pop Song”
o “I’m So Mean” (Wanda Sykes)
·  Juke Box Song Selection

You’ll want to head over to visit the Bubble Guppies online- there are tons of printable crafts, activities, and lots of adorable recipes like the

Spaghetti and Snowball Cupcakes recipe that caught my eye.  Don’t these just look like fun- and delicious!

I received a sample of this product in exchange for my post.  Opinions are my own.

Playtime is tons of fun with Nickelodeon’s Floam & Gak!

I remember babysitting my nieces and nephews all through the 1990s and playing with Floam and Gak from Nickelodeon.  It was crazy fun, the kids loved it, we all enjoyed it, and now, Nickelodeon’s Floam and Gak are back…  and they’re better than ever!

Completely reformulated to make playtime and clean-up a cinch for a new generation of families, new Nickelodeon Floam and Gak are two unique reusable compounds, each designed to encourage creative thinking and open-ended play:

 

 

 

 

•    New Nickelodeon Floam is an incredible, reusable molding compound.  Mold, fold and roll new Nickelodeon Floam into any creation imaginable – the possibilities are endless!


•    New Nickelodeon Gak is a stretchy, squishy collectible compound.  Gak can be squeezed, stretched, bubbled and more – once kids pick up Gak, they won’t want to put it down!

 

The Floam is tons of fun to play with although I will tell you that you DO need to remove it from the packaging and knead it for a few minutes first.  This is great for kids’ fine motor skills anyway, and fun, but also necessary for the product to perform as promised.  Once it’s kneaded the first time, you won’t have to do it again.  Each of the Floam packages comes in a reusable container and ours had a bonus little “stamp” in different, fun shapes (see photos above).  Tons of fun for all three of my kids.  Our colors were, of course, mixed up into a rainbow within 20 minutes of opening the packaging, but the kids had a blast and have been asking daily to use it since- so I’d say this product is a HIT!  We received a mat with our floam that was great- it helped the kids to contain the area they were making creations in, and kept cleanup to a minimum.  One of our colors was the red floam and that did leave some reddish residue on the mat- it didn’t stain hands or clothes past a quick wash with soap and water, though.  I think I may just skip the red when we buy more, and we definitely will be buying more. I think this would be a fun birthday gift!

The Gak is a ton of fun- one of my all-time favorite sensory experiences for kids, and such a different feel that most kid modeling compounds.  Stretchy and squishy and ohsomuchfun!  (I can’t seem to locate the pictures I have today of the kids and their Gak).   If you notice that your Gak is a bit too wet when you first open it, just set it aside and let it get some air (like wine!) before playing.  A few kneads and it’ll be good to go.

These compounds are a ton of fun for kids of all ages- even soon-to-be-38 year olds!

I received samples of these products to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own. 

 

Mo Willem’s Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1&2 DVD #Giveaway

MO WILLEM’S PIGEON AND PALS: COMPLETE CARTOON COLLECTION, VOL 1&2. came to DVD on April 17, 2012.  Mo Willem and his hilarious  children’s stories were an instant hit with everyone in my family, from the very first time we opened the cover of our first Mo Willem book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late.  We were hooked, and are always delighted when Mr. Willem comes out with something new to delight his readers.  The kids find the stories funny, we adults find the stories funny, and it makes snuggling and reading with the kids that much more enjoyable!

Having Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny on our TV screen has been just as much fun as the beloved picture books that we’ve read hundreds of times.  The kids thought it was so much fun to watch the featurette- I think their favorite (maybe mine) was “Getting to Know Mo Willems.”

Across two discs and six stories, Willems’ tales – highlighted by “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” and “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!” — jump off the screen in inimitable fashion! Enhanced by Scholastic’s ever-popular read-along function which helps to strengthen early reading skills, the sure-to-be-treasured collection also includes faithful and award-winning adaptations of other Willems’ best-sellers, including “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” (in both English and Spanish) and “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity”, “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”. Made all the more enriching and engaging, PIGEON AND PALS also includes a multitude of bonus featurettes, as well as an interview with the author himself!

BONUS FEATURES

· Featurette: “Getting to Know Mo Willems”
· Featurette: “Animating Pigeon”
· Featurette: “Mo and Pigeon Visit a School”

One reader will win  Mo Willem’s Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1&2 DVD!

To enter: leave a comment and tell me a DIFFERENT DVD set you’d like from the New Kideo site.

Extra Entries:

Subscribe to my site via email or RSS subscription (can do one or the other, or both- but the subscription must be confirmed)  – if you do both options leave 2 comments.

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This giveaway will end on May 5, 2012 at midnight, EST.  Winner to be chosen randomly.  US only.

I received a sample of this item to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

Catalogue App by TheFind has me hooked

So I have this super fun new toy.  Maybe you’ve heard of it, the iPad3?  Yea, I’m all kinds of lucky.  I finally have one.  My husband jokes that it has become attached to my hand.  Not quite that bad, but probably not that far off.

One thing that’s fun about the iPad are the apps…I’ve found so many fun apps so far, but one of my faves is the Catalogue App (which is FREE, another favorite thing of mine) and let’s me enjoy a favorite past time- browsing through catalogs and window shopping (page shopping? screen shopping?) from the comfort of my couch, without leaving the house.  What I like about Catalogue is that there is no waste – no shipping costs for the catalogs to arrive at my house, I don’t have to worry about trees cut down to print it, or making sure it gets into the recycle bin…and I definitely don’t have to worry that the kids cut it up for an art project or that it got juice spilled all over it!

What makes this app even more fun is that you can pull things from different catalogs together and look at them right along side one another- and the camera view is fun to see how things would fit/look at your own house.  Remember, this is all done without having to leave home!  FUN!  Logging in through Facebook ensures you get a personalized experience…and you can share your finds with Facebook friends (see, you can bring your girlfriends to shop with you anywhere you go!)

The Catalogue App by TheFind.com is a free and new way to browse through all your favorite store catalogs available for iPad, Kindle Fire and Android (large screen) phones.

At any time, there are roughly 95 catalog merchants featuring 175-200 issues inside the app including fashion, beauty, home, kids and more.

Unlike traditional catalogs, Catalogue consumers can pull together their own personal favorites from various brands into one location, check local store availability, take a peek at the retailers sale emails and, “using Camera View”, can even see how an item would look in their own home.

Catalogue also features store email that allows the user to obtain the most recent deals and promotions put out by the brand. News and upcoming events are also collated conveniently inside the app. Here the user can find the best deals and discounts without having to clog their regular email account with unwanted spam.

Catalogue also offers a “green” alternative to the classic catalog shopping:

• 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in U.S. landfills annually.

• The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.

• 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.

• Americans pay $370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that doesn’t get recycled.

• On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives.

Don’t have a tablet or smartphone that can use this app?  Don’t worry- there’s a Facebook app for Catalogue as well.  It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the regular app but has many of the features.     This app IS available for Kindle Fire users.  Kind of cool, right?

I’m thinking that when it is time to start birthday shopping for my kids, and again for holiday shopping, this app will be amazing to help me price things and make sure item a goes with item b!  Don’t you agree?

This post is part of a Blogger Ambassador program which I have received monetary compensation for participating.  Opinions are my own.

Aden and Anais Burpy Bibs Win a 2012 Cribsie Award!

 

If you are a new mom I am sure that you are familiar with Aden and Anais. They have the most fabulous swaddling blankets, but have you heard about their Burpy Bibs? This is a great 2 in one burp cloth and bib. They are made from an extra absorbant and soft muslin that works great for soaking up messes.

 

“Great form meets versatile function in our soft, absorbent burpy bib®. Our special shape keeps things clean whether used as a bib or a burp cloth. Natural, gentle muslin is as easy to care for as it

“Pack of two 100% cotton muslin Burpy Bib™. The four-layer, dual burp cloth and bib has a unique design that provides maximum coverage for baby and you.The versatile and durable Burpy Bib™ can be draped around baby’s neck, fastened with a simple snap in the back, and is easy to clean, with an open weave construction that allows for exceptionally quick drying times. In lovely, modern prints that are different on two sides, the Burpy Bib™ coordinates beautifully with other award-winning products in the aden + anais collection.”

 

This great product was recently awarded the Most Absorbent Infant Bib in the Nursery category for the 2012 Cribsie Awards and it’s easy to see why! We just love these burpy bibs. The four layers of Muslin have super soaking power and are so soft. I love the simple snap at the back that turns this burp cloth into a bib. Unlike standard velcro bibs, my baby is not able to easily yank this off. Not only are these burpy bibs functional but they come in super cute designs! I found that these bibs wash up great and just get softer with time. They are the only bib I use now! The extra large size ensures that my babies clothes stay clean too! This would make a great gift choice for that first time mom or for the mom that has it all!

 

Aden and Anais Burpy Bibs retail for $22 per pack of 2.

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

BopIt XT #Giveaway

*giveaway closed 4/26/12*My family loves to play games.  Not just my immediate family but also my extended family.   One game that is an instant hit in any  crowd and great for all ages (even the under 8 crowd) is BOP IT! XT.  This game is easy, it’s fun, and I dare you to NOT get the giggles!

I like this game because it’s so fun, but also because it’s not competitive really- its silly, it gets you moving, and is something easy to travel with and play almost anywhere you go.  (I’d recommend using headphones if you are playing in a doctor’s offiice!!).  ALL of my kids adore this game, espec ially when mom plays and I get all flustered.

Bop It! XT is one game sure to get kids up and moving this spring. As the game unit challenges you to “Bop it,” “Pull it,” Twist it,” “Flick it,” “Spin it,” and “Shake it,” you’ll have to think quickly while using increased skill and speed to perform the commands as fast as possible. The more commands you correctly follow, the faster the commands come!

Product Description:

It’s time to get moving. Can you keep up? When you turn it on, this totally cool Bop It game calls out commands. It’s up to you to “pull it”, “bop it”, “twist it” — or “flick it”, “spin it”, “shake it”! Can you keep up as the tempo revs?

Play Bop It! XT in party mode or solo — you can even plug in your headphones to keep the game all to yourself. Get it right and you can keep going, but if you get the moves wrong, your turn is up. Think you’ve got what it takes to beat it? Then, start the action!

Includes Bop It! XT game unit and instructions.

Includes 3 “AAA” batteries.

For 1 or more players.

Ages 8 and up.

 

One reader will win BopIt! XT !!  This giveaway will be a FLASH giveaway- I will draw the winner after 10pm EST tonight 4/26/12.

To enter:  Leave a comment and tell me your favorite game to play!

Extra Entry(s): Tell a friend about this giveaway- via email, Twitter, Google Plus, FB, etc.

That’s it! Winner to be chosen randomly. I need to send winner info by 5pm EST tomorrow 4/27/12 so winner only has a short time to respond. GOOD LUCK!

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own. 

BabbaCo Review and Giveaway!

Have you heard about the Babba Box?  If your kids love crafts and projects as much as mine, you need to check this out!

Babba Box:

“Monthly subscription box for kids ages 3-6, delivered to your door filled with projects, activities, books, digital downloads and online content! It’s a theme-based box with ALL the physical materials plus know-how content to really engage with your kids!”

BabbaCo sent me a box themed “Sun, Moon and Stars“.  My kids were THRILLED to receive a fun box in the mail just for them!  This box was filled with great activities that both my 3 and 6 year old enjoyed.  Here’s what my kit had in it:

-Supplies to create a Paper-Mache Moon nightlight

-Foldable Sport Glass

-Lunar Calendar Chart

-Constellation Frame Craft Kit

-Twinkle Book

Our Experience:

Of course my kids wanted to get right on the Paper Mache craft.  It was reasonably easy to do and not as messy as I had anticipated.  It took 2 days to apply both layers of paper mache, including drying time.  My kids thought it was great fun to pop the balloon and have their very own “moon”.  Once the moon was created, we simply placed the provided electric tea light inside and they had an instant night light.  They love it!

The twinkle book and other activities have kept my kids busy for over a week.  My oldest son has taken the foldable sport glass and now carries it with him everwhere!  One feature that I really loved are all the online tools that correspond to your box.  We were able to scan a QR code provided on the box for some great downloads related to the sun, moon and stars.  They even offer a free app that teaches your little one how to play “twinkle, twinkle little star”.  How cool is that!

BabbaCo has definitey put a lot of thought into their product.  All the activities were fun and well thought out, requiring little to nothing in the way of extra materials.  Absolutely everything is included.  All activities could be completed relatively quickly and are perfect for the 3-6 year old set.  We loved our Babba Box and will definitley be using them the next time we need a cool gift idea!

How a BabbaBox Membership Works:

  1. Step 1:
    Sign up for a monthly or an annual membership with your child’s birth date.
  2. Step 2:
    A BabbaBox full of activities arrives every month (starting the following month after membership purchase); get excited to create, explore, story tell, connect and learn together!
  3. Step 3:
    Check out member exclusive digital content and downloads approved by BabbaCo experts for your BabbaBox available on our website!
  4. Step 4:
    Kids anxiously wait at the door until your next BabbaBox arrives!
  5. What’s in the box?

    4 Major components are included:

    Create

    2 to 3 projects kids do with their hands. ALL the physical materials included!

    Explore

    A theme-based product where your child will engage with the world & nature.

    Story Tell

    Carefully curated books to stimulate your kids’ imaginations.

    Connect

    Interactive learning with prepaid downloads approved by BabbaCo experts.

     

  6. Why We Love The BabbaBox!

    1. Save TIME:
      No more running around to craft and super stores to gather all the materials. Oh, and by the way, you don’t need to clutter your house with 200 googly eyes and bags of pom pom balls! Get exactly what you need in each box without the errands!
    2. Save MONEY:
      Each box has a retail value of $40-$50 plus the benefits you can’t even buy! The research, exclusive digital content, and special surprises in each box all add up to an amazing value.
    3. Save MIND SPACE:
      Our panel of experts give you the peace of mind that these activities and resources are truly enriching your kids! We do all the research and validation, so you can focus on the quality time with your children. Finally, something NOT on your to-do list!

These boxes start at a really affordable $29.99 a month.

 

One of our Readers will win their own BabbaCo box!!!!


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“A sample of this product was provided to help facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.”

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar releases “Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes” #Giveaway

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just released “Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes” offering instrumental lullaby versions of 12 favorite tracks.  This is one of the 67+ instrumental compilations TTLRS has done with lullaby versions of popular music.

I’m actually not familiar with The White Stripes, but looking around on the TTLRS site, there are many, many albums I’d like to purchase- for ME!!  Sometimes I like to have relaxing music on when I’m driving, or relaxing, and my youngest can’t really sleep without some kind of sounds in the background…why not have some fabulous tunes to fall asleep to instead of water sounds?  I love the variety TTLRS has- genre’s include today’s hot artists like Lady Gaga and Adele, Jam Bands like Dave Matthews, ABBA, Metallica– there’s a huge variety and I think that while the cute bears indicate that these titles are geared for the diaper crowd, they are also easily lent to uses like yoga, massage and really any time you want to chill and relax.  It’s always nice to exposue our little ones (and ourselves) to different genres of music!  Glee fans, check this out- I know a lot of my readers are Glee-ks!!

Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes
  1. Seven Nation Army
  2. We’re Going To Be Friends
  3. Fell in Love with a Girl
  4. Blue Orchid
  5. Steady As She Goes (Raconteurs)
  6. The Hardest Button to Button
  7. The Denial Twist
  8. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You’re Told)
  9. My Doorbell
  10. Icky Thump
  11. Hotel Yorba
  12. Hello Operator
Link to Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes on iTunes

Jason Mraz

 

A Beautiful Mess
I’m Yours
Sleeping to Dream
Lucky
Up
1000 Things
You and I Both
Sunshine Song
Life is Wonderful
I Won’t Give Up
I Melt With You (made famous by Modern English)
Details in the Fabric
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)

 

 

Michael Jackson

 

Man In The Mirror
The Way You Make Me Feel
Thriller
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Black or White
Billie Jean
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Beat It
I’ll Be There
ABC
Say Say Say

I love having MY favorite songs to listen to- old and new, in instrumental form. Sure, they are lullabies, but they are tunes we know and love, and we’ve been actually making up some words to go along with the music.  

One lucky reader will win a download of “Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes” AND another digital copy of any album on the TTLRS site! 


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Where do you go to save money online?

Answers.com has a coupon site to help us consumers find information to save us money in a one-stop kind of way. Coupons.Answers.com not only offers coupons to save us money on the brands and products we are seeking out specifically, but also offers an interactive community forum.

I love community forums- not just for saving money, but for anything.  We were actually researching new washing machines a few months ago, because we thought ours was dying, and in searching for a new washer, and a good deal on one, stumbled onto a forum that shared information on how to fix the problem ourselves- for FREE, and without having to hire someone!  THAT is the best coupon of all, right?

At Coupons.Answers.com you’ll find all of the current available discounts from your favorite stores and items such as electronics, home and gardening products, toys and more.

Coupons are easy to find on Coupons.Answers.com.  Simply type the product you are searching for into the search bar to find matching results.  You can also browse by type of coupon (percent off, dollars off, free gift with purchase, etc) or by category.   I’m looking forward to the Local Coupons section “coming soon” because I love to support local businesses too.   There’s even a Facebook app for this site!

What kinds of savings do you look for? Do you research the product and then hunt for deals?  Do you just look for deals and bargains?  I want to know!

PS If anyone can help me find a hot deal on an iPad3 I’ll love you forever!