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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hope you have a Great Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hexbug Halloween Party

Have you heard of Hexbugs? Thanks to MomSelect I was able to host a Hexbug Halloween Party! We were able to try out the newest and coolest Hexbug toys. Included in our party set were the limited edition Hexbug Nano Hallween Bugs. They retail for 9.99 and can be found at Radio Shack. They come with a exoskeleton that can be removed and glows in the dark. The kids loved them!

We had a costume Hexbug Halloween party so all the kids came dressed up. They had lots of fun putting together the Habitat sets and can you believe...the Habitats light up too! It was nice to see so many kids working together to set up the sets. Setting them up is half the play. It's unique because the sets can go together in multiple ways so the kids never got bored.

The craziness really began when the kids all put their Hexbug Nanos in the Habitat at the same time. They really enjoyed watching their individual Nanos make their way though the Habitat. The kids especially loved seeing the Nanos go by each other and even turn themselves right side up after being upside down. They even decided to have races with their Nanos!

We were also able to try out the Hexbug Larva. Take a look at this guy!

It actually creeped me out a little...in a good Halloween way! I told the kids to make sure to turn the Larva off because if I saw that guy in the middle of the night I know I would think it was a real bug. Eeek!

I have no doubt that Hexbugs will be a popular toy this holiday season. They are available at many retailers including Toys R Us, Circut City and Target. The Habitats are easy for kids to put together and were durable with multiple kids playing with them. Hexbugs come in lots of different colors and varieties like ants, inchworms, crabs and even spiders. Check out the Hexbug website for lots more information. You can also connect with Hexbugs on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks so much to Hexbugs and MommyParties for the samples to review. I was not required to provide a positive review and all the above opinions are mine.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Custom Blog Designs

Hi everyone! I have been out of the blogging loop for quite a while because I was so busy at work. I was recently laid off from my job. Although that is not good for my pocketbook, it is great for giving me more time to blog. Summaiyah Hyder contacted me about reviewing her awesome designs at Custom Blog Designs. She offers custom blog designing, pre-made templates and also blogger tutorials. She also has many links to digital scrapbook kits.

The design I chose for Cute Stuff is called Aurora Florialis. Isn't it adorable? Aurora Florialis is a Custom Blog Designs pre-made template. It was super easy to do from my side because Summaiyah helped me through the steps I needed to take. Custom Blog Designs has fun designs and templates for blogger blogs. The prices are very reasonable compared to some other designs I have seen. If your blog is in need of a facelift or you need some help designing your blog I highly recommend Custom Blog Designs. You can also follow them on twitter at @customsbdesigns. Custom Blog Designs provides free quotes so go ahead and see how they can help you today!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Sweeps 11/7

It is officially holiday season which means lots of sweeps out there. List yours and enter others. Good luck to everyone!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Be Smart About Your Health

I have been thinking a lot about health insurance lately. Health insurance is a huge benefit of my employment yet I have really failed to take advantage of using it the way I should. Aetna has an article about making the most of your health benefits here and I want to share the most important tips I learned with you.

1. Make sure you know what benefits you need. Consider what is important to you. Is having full prescription coverage your priority? If so then make sure that is they coverage you have if you are able to choose. Think about what your family needs each year. It is a priority for me to have well baby check ups covered because I know that is something I have to take my son in for each year.

2. Try to predict what health needs you will have. I know that I am getting near the age to have a yearly mammogram. How I got that old I don't know...:). But seriously it is important to think ahead to future medical needs and I know this is one I will have in the future.

3. If you have a choice in healthcare, make the most informed choice. If saving money is your priority then of course go with the plan that saves the most money. To some people keeping the same doctors they have gone to for years is the most important thing and they may be willing to pay a bit more to keep the same service providers.

4. Investigate other options. I wish I had more of an option with choosing the insurance my company provides, but unfortunately the only decision we can make is do you want insurance or not. My employer does give a monetary stipend to employees who decline insurance. This leave the option of taking the stipend and using it for private insurance. I have not taken advantage of this option but it is worth considering if you can find a better plan than your company provides and it is within your financial means.

5. Keep track of your health costs. Honestly I am guilty of not following this advice as well as I should. It is best to turn in receipts and statements right away for reimbursement if that is part of your plan. Don't leave it until the last minute or you may risk not being reimbursed if you cannot find what you need. It is also a good idea to keep track of the costs to try to estimate your future health care needs.

Healthcare is tricky business if you ask me. I have spent hours trying to wrap my brain around the best healthcare plans for my family. However I do think that spending that time upfront will save time and money in the end. It may save even more than that if being prepared and organized means you end up with better healthcare in the end.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Aetna blogging program, making me eligible to get a $30 Target gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

KT Tunstall Tiger Suit - New CD Review

I get so excited when an artist I already enjoy releases a new CD. It is so fun to hear their new music and hopefully find a new favorite song. I have been a KT Tunstall fan since her hit song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", so I was excited to review her new CD called Tiger Suit. Tiger Suit came out on October 5th and the first single "Fade Like a Shadow" is already a radio hit. The new CD does not disappoint. It is more upbeat than her previous two CDs but the storytelling is still apparent which makes the lyrics very genuine in my opinion.

This is the song list from Tiger Suit. You can listen to track samples on Amazon.

1. Uummannaq Song
2. Glamour Puss
3. Push That Knot Away
4. Difficulty
5. Fade Like A Shadow
6. Lost
7. Golden Frames
8. Come On, Get In
9. (Still A) Weirdo
10. Madame Trudeaux
11. The Entertainer

KT Tunstall has a tour scheduled that begins on Halloween night so check to see if she is coming to your area. I have not seen her live but reviews I have read of her live performances have all been positive.

I was provided a copy of the CD to review from One2One Network but I was under no obligation to write a positive review. As always, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Free Kids CD Download from The Flannery Brothers!

To celebrate the release of their new album, The New Explorer's Club, The Flannery Brothers are giving a free download of their album Dance Songs For Silly Kids. I am not sure how long this will last but I just downloaded a copy and it worked well. Thanks to The Flannery Brothers and Congrats on your new album!
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