Friday, September 19, 2014

Canvas Champ

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Printing on canvas is an age-old art that’s been perfected over time and greatly enhanced with today’s technology. Using RGB coloring, we’re not limited by color, tint, and depth or tone because our state-of-the-art technology allows the printers to exactly calibrate its output to your proof. That means high quality inexpensive canvas prints every time.

I received a personalized 12" x 8" canvas at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Review

I love when I manage to get that perfect shot of my boys. It's rare to catch them both smiling and standing still long enough for me to get the picture. I caught this perfect snapshot earlier this summer. When Canvas Champ asked me to review I knew this was the picture I would use. The process to submit the picture, the customer service and the shipping time were great. I had my picture fast and it was clear and beautiful. I have a perfect spot picked out to hang it so everyone can see it when they come in our front door. I love to have my walls filled with happy pictures of my kids and of us as a family. I'm thrilled with the picture and service and would definitely use Canvas Champ again!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Traveling Left of Center Review

What happens when people face life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared? They may choose to allow fate to dictate the path they take—a decision that can lead to disastrous results.

The characters in Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories are unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, relying instead on coping methods that range from the passive (The Healer) and the aggressive (The Clock) to the humorous (Traveling Left of Center) and hopeful (Skating on Thin Ice). But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired. Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash? Included in this collection of short stories are the critically acclaimed Alice in Wonderland and Annabelle.

I received a copy of Traveling Left of Center at no cost in exchange for my honest review.


This book was quite different from most short story collections I usually read. The stories are very unique, and as short as they are they are thoroughly engaging. They give some really unique insight into us as humans and how we treat and interact, and react, to each other. The characters are all, to the last one, trapped in some situation where they feel trapped and suppressed. The grab of the stories comes in what each character does with their situation within the stories. The end of each tale isn't easy to assume, and is quite surprising in some of the stories. I loved reading these. The authors writing style is refreshing and I can't wait to read more from her. 5/5 from me!

About the Author

Nancy Christie is a full-time professional writer whose passion is fiction. As she explains, “I have been making up stories since I was a child, engaging in ‘what if’ and ‘let's pretend’ activities that took me far beyond my northeastern Ohio home. And I'm still doing it—only for a much larger audience!” 

In addition to her two PHP Shorts e-books, Annabelle and Alice in Wonderland, her short stories can be found in literary publications such as Full of Crow, Fiction365, Red Fez, Wanderings, The Chaffin Journal and Xtreme. Christie is currently working on several other book projects, including a novel and a book for writers. She is founder of Celebrate Short Fiction Day, which Pixel Hall Press fully supports.

A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Nancy teaches workshops at writing conferences and schools across the country and hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, Ohio. Visit her website at or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or at her writing blogs: Finding Fran, The Writer’s Place and One on One.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sara's Game Book Review

Two years ago, Sara's husband left for the gym one morning...and never came back. His car was found. He wasn't. Unbelievably, the police report said, "No foul play suspected." There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else.

Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.

And the note under her windshield wiper asks one foreboding question: Are you ready to play the game?

My Review

Sarah's Game is a fast paced thriller that brings every parents worst fear to life. Sara has to play a madmans game to save her children. Embarrassment, confusion and rage are some of the emotions at the forefront of this story. There are a few little zings of humor mixed in also and it makes for a well balanced story. The main character, Sara, is well developed with quite a bit of back story, and you feel yourself sympathizing and rooting for her. The supporting characters are an integral part of the story, but you don't learn quite as much about them as you do about Sara. This is a very fast read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and keep you up reading late into the night. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the bad guy in the book early, but this one kept me guessing a little bit, and I liked that. This book seems to have a nice tidy ending to it, but you get the feeling there is more to Sara and her story then meets the eye. I can't wait to get into Book 2 and see what's coming next for her.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Ernie Lindsey grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, working on the family farm and reading, and has spent his life telling stories to anyone that will listen. He currently works as a freelance writer and is the author of ten Mystery & Suspense novels and numerous short stories. When he's not writing, you can find him chasing a toddler, feeding a toddler, or cleaning up after a toddler. He remembers non-toddler things, but they're flimsy, gauzy mysteries. 

Ernie and his family live in Oregon, along with a multi-fingered Hemingway cat named Luna. 

Giant Microbes Common Cold Collection Review and Giveaway

Founded in 2002, our mission here at Giantmicrobes Inc. is to produce unique and interesting gifts for children and adults alike. Whether your interest is educational, medical, or just plain old entertainment, we're your number one source for all things microbial!

We received 3 products from Giant Microbes

Our Review

It's that time of year again! School is back in and the germs are abounding. My kids have been in school for 2 weeks and one of them already has the sniffles. I try to keep on them and teach them about hand washing and germs and not sharing the grodies. I have boys though and they seem to attract dirt and germs and yuk faster than we can get them to wash their hands. Giant Microbes makes hand washing not only easy but fun for them. They love the soap dispenser and the stuffed common cold germ. The wipes are great to get them to sanitize their hands, they don't usually like the liquid or foam hand sanitizers. The most popular item, as I'm sure you can guess, is the common cold putty with the germ toy in it. They just love the gooey putty. They think it's hilarious that I think it's gross. These items are a big hit, and give us a fun way to teach the boys about being healthy and how important it is to wash hands and clean surfaces to prevent germs. Check out Giant Microbes at the links below and enter to win these items for yourself!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Master Lock Laptop Lock Review

Master Lock is recognized around the world as the authentic, enduring name in padlocks and security products. Founded in 1921, in Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A., and recognized as the world’s largest global manufacturer and marketer of padlocks, Master Lock continues to build our founder’s passion for innovation, quality, and compelling value into our expanding lines of security solutions.

I got to pick a Master Lock product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

I received a Set Your Own Combination Safe Space Laptop Lock

My Review

My entire life is on my laptop. To say I would be devastated if it got stolen is a big understatement. I actually never knew there even was a lock like this for laptops until I was asked to review for Master Lock. This laptop lock is easy to set up with your own personalized combination, and it has over 10,000 possible combinations so it's not easily thwarted. This lock can be taken with you to work or school, its small and fits in a laptop bag easily. The cable stretches up to 6 feet so you can find the perfect spot to set and lock your computer. This lock set also provides spacers in case there is a small gap between the lock slot and the lock because there can be variations in models. This is also very affordable at around $20-$25. That's not a lot to pay for peace of mind that your laptop won't get walked off and stolen. You can check out Master Lock and the products they offer at the links below!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Build A Bear Sea Splash Dolphin Review

Build-A-Bear Workshop® has a new Beach Party collection, available in stores and online. Guests can visit Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores or the website to see the new line.

I picked the Sea Splash Dolphin and got her at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

As a mom of two boys I don't get to have very many stuffed animals around. When we buy toys it's all GI Joes and cars and video games. I love Build-A-Bear, the selection and the ability to be creative and make a stuffed animal personalized is great. I got the chance to review a Beach Party collection item from Build-A-Bear, so this time I picked one for me. I am a bit of a dolphin fanatic so I picked the Sea Splash Dolphin one. I love the colors on this dolphin. Build-A-Bear is always great quality, so I know I will have this as part of my collection for a long time to come. My 6 year old is a sea life fan also so he loves the dolphin and is always trying to take it away. The colors are light but neutral so this is a great treat for boys and girls alike. Build-A-Bear has such a wide selection of clothing and accessories for their stuffed animals that you can dress this dolphin any way you like, boy or girl.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Kidecals Review

Kidecals makes removable decals for walls and other surfaces to create a decorative, hand painted look in an instant! 

Kidecals also makes cool custom name labels that easily adheres to all your stuff and is totally washable!!

I got a code to purchase Kidecals at no cost to myself in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

My boys are pretty close in age, only 29 months apart, so they wind up sharing a lot of things. They are both pretty good about it honestly, but sometimes big brother starts to show that edge of irritation. We try to make little brother understand that sometimes big brothers get to have things just to themselves. When I got the chance to review for Kidecals I knew I would get the labels for big brother Nathan. This way if he has something that's specifically his we can label it. Little brother understands that if it has a label he must ask before grabbing. We've used these on his back pack, books that are his, his play cell phone and even on a few shirts that he picked out just for him for school. These labels are great. They stick to almost anything, and don't easily fall off with regular play use. We can wash his shirts and wipe off his phone without losing the labels. We got two different sizes so we can use them on all kinds of items. The process to select, personalize and ship these labels was very easy, and they arrived fast. If your looking to label items for school, camp, or just for sibling rivalry, this is the company and the label you need!

Wild Kratts Unleashes First-Ever Toy Collection at Toys"R"Us!

The Wild Kratts TV series, airing daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings) – transforms the Kratt brothers into animated versions of themselves, so they can bring viewers along as they meet and protect some of the Earth’s rarest creatures, experiencing never-before-seen wildlife moments all along the way.

Fans of the Wild Kratts TV series on PBS KIDS will be roaring – and creating their own creature-powered fun! – with the launch of the brand-new Wild Kratts toy line that lets them bring home all the exciting wildlife explorations of the hit show for the very first time! By popular demand, the new Wild Kratts toy line from Wicked Cool Toys will leap, bounce and soar to Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and this month. The imagination-inspiring new assortment of collectible action figures, plush, power suits and more, encourages young animal adventurers to role play and “activate” their own “creature powers” – just like the stars of the show, Chris and Martin Kratt!

The must-have new Wild Kratts toy range includes:

· Wild Kratts Creature Power Suit Set Assortment (SRP $19.99) – Fans can “activate” the amazing powers of all sorts of interesting creatures with these Creature Power Suits, one for Chris and one for Martin, each featuring a very special vest and gloves. Collectible creature power discs, which come with a variety of the new Wild Kratts products, can be inserted into the center of the vest for endless role-play fun!

· Wild Kratts Talking Plush Assortment (SRP $17.99 each) – Kids can take Chris and Martin on virtually any animal adventure that they can dream up with these talking Kratt brothers plush, featuring Chris’ and Martin’s signature phrases from the show!

· Wild Kratts 2PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $5.99 each) – Kids can act out some of their favorite Wild Krattsadventures with these 3” Creature Power Suit figures, each accompanied by its own power animal and creature power disc!

· Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $9.99 each) –Chris, Martin and their animal friends are ready for action in these jam-packed sets, each containing a 3” Kratt brother figure in full creature power suit, 3 animal figures, and 4 collectible creature power discs.

· Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush Assortment (SRP $7.99 each) – These soft and cuddly 6” plush animals let kids bring the wildlife adventures home like never before. They can choose from Wild Kratts animal friends Grabsy, Hipster, Koala-Balloon, Little Howler, Spot-Swat, and Shadow – or collect them all!

· Wild Kratts Createrra Set Assortment (SRP $12.99) – Modeled after the Kratts’ own Createrra jeep from the show, each freewheeling vehicle features real working doors and comes complete with a 3” articulated Kratt brother figure ready to hop aboard for animal-centered exploration!

· Wild Kratts Creaturepod Projector Set Assortment (SRP $7.99) – Featuring 20 different images, kids can create endless wildlife adventures with this new “Creaturepod” projector set. The set – available in two varieties, green for Chris and blue for Martin – comes equipped with an adjustable black Velcro wrist strap, so young explorers can bring the adventures along with them – anywhere they roam!

In more roar-some news, the first ever Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins!” (SRP: $3.99) is now available for even more imaginative adventures! The brand-new title from Random House Kids follows Chris and Martin as they travel to animal habitats all around the globe! Young readers ages 4-6 will “dive in” to this Step 2 Reader book – featuring basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories –and join the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power Suits to swim with sharks, whales, and other fascinating creatures of the sea!

For this review we received 3 items: Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment, one Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush and the Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins."

The Review

My boys love any shows that have the golden combination of wildlife and adventure. They have seen Wild Kratts a few times and have really enjoyed the show. They were so excited when I brought out these toys from the show for them to have. My 6 year went crazy for the stuffed animal, he still really loves stuffed animals. He carries this one around and sleeps with it. They have so much fun with the figures creating their own wild adventures. I love seeing them play together, and manage to play nicely, if even for a short time. The plush and the figures are really well made and stand up even against my boys rough play. My 9 year old has read the book they got about 10 times now, he really loves to read. They are excited to watch the show again and want to learn all they can about all the animals they have discovered. The full collection is available at Toys R Us. You can check out the Wild Kratts at the links below too!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ozeri Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall 8oz Glasses Review

Ozeri is a specialty manufacturer of digital lifestyle products for the modern home. Ozeri began as a supplier to the destination club market. This market spans vacation residences in the destination club industry, fractional residences, timeshares, and condo hotel apartments.

Ozeri is also an emerging brand in the consumer marketplace. Ozeri products are made available to the consumer through an efficient business model. Unlike competitive brands, with Ozeri products the final price borne by the consumer is not burdened by advertising, marketing and other traditional costs that support brand equity. The Ozeri brand is instead built on the relationships formed by touch-points that countless guests have with our products at vacation residences around the world.

I received a set of 4 of the Serafino ArtisanTM Series 8 oz Double Wall Glasses at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

I have a hodgepodge collection of glasses and cups in my cabinets. I like when I find matching sets that are functional for our needs and pretty to look at also. I have other glasses from Ozeri and so I knew I was getting good quality with these. These are 8 oz double wall glasses that are perfect for juice for my kids. Being double walled I don't worry as much about them dropping and breaking them. In fact we have had a few drops and these have held up great. I like the shape of these. The shape makes it easy to pick up and hold, especially for my little ones hands. They get to feel grown up drinking out of a real glass, and I don't have to hover over them and worry. These are also nice for making smaller serving mixed drinks, and are nice for when you just want a little bit of milk. These are pretty much the all around perfect glass. I recommend these for every cabinet! Check Ozeri and their products out at the links below!

Twisted Shotz Review

Delicious, bartender-quality mixed drinks that have 2 great flavors in 1 Twisted Shot!

I received a variety of Twisted Shotz at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

Our Review

I love this selection of Twisted Shotz I got! Shots are a great hit whether your hosting a big party, a small get together, or just want a treat for yourself. These are individually packaged shots that can be kept in cupboard or refrigerator for whenever your ready to grab one. The flavor selection is huge so your sure to find a favorite quickly. The quality ingredients make these taste just as good if not better than bar poured shots. These are sealed so they travel well also, no mess, no fuss. These are also a great budget friendly alternative to buying numerous full size bottles of liqueur to make shots to meet everyone's tastes and likes. Me and my husband and a few of our friends have really enjoyed the flavors I received. Twisted Shotz is a 10/10 and we will definitely buy them again!