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Blissful Reviews Mini Pet Event

Starting this weekend, Blissful Reviews will be hosting a mini pet event which will feature many great products and information for our furry ones! Some of the reviews that I will be posting will be coupled with giveaways where you have the chance to win some awesome products for your animals. The mini pet event will start tomorrow with an opening review of a new company that features hand crafted goods with a percentage of proceeds going to animal shelters across the country. I plan to have at least one review and/or review coupled with a giveaway for each day of the event which will last at least 5 days with the possibility of more as I talk to prospective sponsors. I hope you can join us!

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Green Ostrich Mixing Bowls Review & Giveaway – CLOSED

Over the past year, I have taken baking up as a hobby and made myself more consciously aware of the chemicals that we put into our bodies and the damage we cause to the environment by being wasteful. So what better way to promote eco-friendly and green products AND put them right into your home and kitchen than with Green Ostrich.

Founded in 2009 and based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Green Ostrich is an online store dedicated to Earth-friendly, green gifts and green toys to spark a consumer movement that requires environmentally-sound solutions for our lives. The Green Ostrich product collection ranges from home items for the kitchen, jewelry, pets and more to toys for the kids and items for school to gifts for him and her. All the products featured on Green Ostrich are earth-friendly and durable and are made out of recycled materials or eco-friendly materials. They also are a member of 1% for the Planet, a growing global movement of companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of environmental organizations worldwide.

I got the chance to review a set of mixing bowls manufactured by Preserve. The bowls come in 3 sizes: 1 Ripe Tomato 2 quart (1.9 liters), 1 Berry Blue 3 quart (2.8 liters) and 1 Apple Green 4 quart (3.8 liters). They have an easy-to-grip handle and a spout for pouring batter and sauces. What I love about these mixing bowls aside from the fact that they are made with 100% recycled, BPA-free, phthalate-free and melamine-free #5 plastic, is that they are VERY sturdy and durable as well as dishwasher-safe. The colors are very vibrant and the bowl surface is pretty wide for easy mixing. They also stack nicely within each other which makes storage easy without taking up a lot of space. These mixing bowls have definitely become my go to mixing bowls for all my baking and cooking needs.

The Preserve Recycled Plastic Multi-Colored Mixing Bowls sell for $24.68 at Green Ostrich and would make a great green gift for any baking or cooking guru. But that’s not all…Green Ostrich is so awesome that they are giving Blissful Reviews readers a chance to win their own set of Preserve Mixing Bowls.

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Prize: One lucky Blissful Reviews reader will win a set of Preserve Recycled Plastic Multi-Colored Mixing Bowls courtesy of Green Ostrich.

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This giveaway is open from October 20th, 2010 and will end on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 pm CST. A winner will be selected using Random.org and contacted within a day of the drawing by email. The winner has 48 hours (2 days) to reply with their shipping information. An alternate winner will be selected if the original winner does not reply within the time frame!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a set of Preserve Recycled Plastic Mixing Bowls in order to write this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% mine.

Eebee’s Adventures Review

When I was younger, I loved reading. I loved it so much that I would have rather stay inside and read than go outside and play with the neighborhood kids. I think that reading is a great way to not only expand ones vocabulary and grammar but also a great way to spend time with your little ones which is why I think you should check out Eebee’s Adventures books.

Eebee’s Adventures are a series of books featuring a puppet character the size of a 1-year-old named Eebee. The books are designed to engage you and your baby with rich play experiences that provide powerful lessons that memorizing letters, numbers, colors and shapes simply cannot do. Watching and, importantly, “doing” eebee’s adventures will allow you and your baby to see and learn first-hand what happens when you explore a crinkly, crunchy, smooth and bumpy paper mountain or roll, bounce, bop, bang, slide and toss your way around a world of balls and ramps. We know that when your child is playing, she is actively trying to figure things out about objects and people—why did that ball roll and the block slide? How did he do that? Why did that happen?… The questions, theories and solutions just continue to evolve as your child develops and masters a myriad of critical physical, social and intellectual skills—playing and learning about how the world works and he works in it. Every parent can recount a time when their infant headed straight for that curtain to give it a pull; or happily opted to tear the wrapping paper rather then engage with the gift; or tried and tried to get the round peg into the square hole; or simply offered you whatever was in their hand.

I received a copy of Here to There: An Up, Down, and All-Around Adventure and All About Me and You: Head-to-toe Adventures for your baby.

Here to There: An Up, Down and All-Around Adventure is the ideal book for the intrepid and adventurous toddler. The book features up, down and all around adventure activities for active toddlers who are discovering stairs, slides and anywhere and everywhere hide and seek games. Here to There provides parents with exciting and entertaining ideas to help develop motor skills and independence and features adorable babies and eebee. Here to There is for ages 6 months and up.

All About Me and You: Head-to-toe Adventures is about eebee’s body and your baby’s body, too. Each page is an interactive board game, designed especially for babies. Fold-out the book-sized mirror to ‘look and play’ along with eebee. Start anywhere. . . go anywhere! Look in the mirror! Invent your own playful games! Exercise your baby’s social, motor, language, and thinking skills, and explore baby’s body from head to toe!

The books are completely hardcover so there is no need to worry about the little one messing up the pages. The books use simple words and phrases that a young baby or child can understand like “what a funny face,” “give eebee a kiss,” “under the blanket,” and “on the blanket.” They also feature colorful and bright illustrations and pictures so that your young reader has a visual of what Eebee wants him or her to do; by pairing a visual with written description, young readers are more likely to understand the concept being presented in front of them. By reading books like eebee’s adventures to your toddler they will

I absolutely adore these books and know that my two year old cousin, Zoey, will as well. Even though, she is an older toddler she is still young enough to find fun in the simple concepts that eebee presents in his adventures. It also will help her to make a better connection between what she sees in the book and her actions in real life. Research is clear that the best way for babies and toddlers to grow and strengthen their skills is to play and that is exactly what eebee offers! Eebee is featured in a variety of book adventures as well as on DVD, toys, music and clothing. You can find eebee adventure books at book stores like Barnes & Noble nationwide and on the eebee website. Eebee’s Adventures

Disclaimer: I was provided with copies of eebe’s all about me and you & here to there books in order to write this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% mine.

Lip Clear Lysine+, Canker Cover & OraMoist Review & Giveaway – CLOSED

Unfortunately, I am one of the very unlucky individuals in the world that suffers from the occasional fever blister (cold sore) as well a canker sores. They hurt, they are ugly and they make life uncomfortable which is why I was excited to learn about a new natural fever blister ointment called Lip Clear Lysine+ that is suppose to reduce healing time by 50% when compared to other brands of fever blister ointment.

Lip Clear Lysine+ is an all natural fever blister treatment that uses 14 healing nutrients to provide immediate soothing relief with no burning sensation to your blister! It heals faster than leading cold sore remedy brands and moisturizes as well. It is also easy to use: simply, use Lip Clear Lysine+ ointment at the first sign of a cold sore (even the slightest tingle) and apply as often as needed. Lip Clear Lysine+ reduces healing time by 50% with a median time to complete cold sore healing occurring within four days of first application of ointment. Within three days, cold sore symptoms were either completely eliminated or dramatically reduced. LIP CLEAR Lysine+ is all-natural, has a non-chemical flavor, goes on clear, can be worn under lipstick and doesn’t burn on application.

Luckily, I haven’t had the need to use Lip Clear Lysine+ as of yet but I am sure the day will come when a fever blister decides to rear its ugly head and when it does, I will be prepared! My mom gets them more often than I do, so I will definitely be handing this product over to her for her to try as well.

Another great product that I had the chance to try out was Canker Cover. Canker Cover is a unique oral patch that is clinically-proven to treat most canker sores in 24 Hours. It provides pain relief and total protection from irritants for 8 to 12 hours. Canker Cover is the only over-the-counter canker sore treatment shown in clinical studies to significantly speed treatment. The pill shaped patch adheres to the sore and forms a gel patch that protects the sore, relieves the pain, and speeds treatment. In two separate clinical studies, Canker Cover was shown to heal most canker sores within 24 hours and to be more effective than benzocaine, the active in most canker sores products, at eliminating pain.

Also, if you suffer from dry mouth – which I don’t unless I’m sick – then you should try OraMoist a revolutionary, time-released, muco-adhesive patch that is specially designed to increase mouth moisture. The patch is powered by edible natural ingredients that adheres to the roof of the mouth or inside the cheek. As the patch dissolves over two to four hours, it releases ingredients that help increase saliva production alleviating parched, dry mouth. The increased moisture also helps restore a healthy oral environment, a significant benefit for dry mouth sufferers. OraMoist Dry Mouth Patch has been clinically proven effective in terms of increased saliva production and improved feeling of moistness.

If you suffer from fever blisters, canker sores and dry mouth or a combination of one or the other then enter to win these 3 great natural products! Even if you don’t win, you can still save money on these great products by printing out the coupons courtesy of Quantum Health.

Prize: One lucky Blissful Reviews reader will win a 3 products from Quantum Health: Lip Clear Lysine+, Canker Cover and OraMist.

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This giveaway is open from October 20th, 2010 and will end on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 pm CST. A winner will be selected using Random.org and contacted within a day of the drawing by email. The winner has 48 hours (2 days) to reply with their shipping information. An alternate winner will be selected if the original winner does not reply within the time frame!

Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of Lip Clear Lysine+, Canker Cover & OraMoist in order to write this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sweetly You Bath and Body Review

I am a HUGE fan of everything bath and body and I have no problems admitting that I take between 2-3 baths and/or showers a day…that’s how much I love being in the bath or shower. I know it sounds excessive right and you’re probably thinking that my water bill is sky high, but believe it or not, it isn’t and when you have amazing bath products to enjoy who wouldn’t want to spend their time relaxing in the water. After a bath or shower, I sweeten things up by spritzing body spray all over. I do this before I go to work too and have become quite obsessive with it; I want to smell good people and now I will smell even sweeter thanks to Sweetly You!

Sweetly You is a bath and body company that sells naturally made products for the body. They have a great collection of bath and body products and perfume collection in a WIDE variety of scents so there is bound to be something that fits the occasion. They also specialize in gift baskets and custom orders. I recently had the opportunity to sample 10 perfumes in the scents of my choice. I received samples of: New Romance, Flirty, Warm Amber, Spiced Apple, Warm Allure, Dreamsickle, Cookies ‘n Cream, Beautiful, Cherry Blossom, and Green Apple. Each sample came in their own sample vial with a label featuring the name of the perfume. I was really surprised at how fragrant each perfume was! My favorites were: New Romance, Flirty, Warm Amber, Spiced Apple, Warm Allure, and Dreamsickle. Spiced Apple is definitely a must have for this Fall and will remind you of grandma’s kitchen during the holidays. I also really loved Dreamsickle as it reminds me of a orange push pop (you know…the ice cream with Fred Flintstone on the package!).

All these fragrances can be purchased as perfumes and most are available as scents for their bath & body products! If you’re interested in purchasing some perfume for yourself, head over to Sweetly You and use the coupon code P90298K99 to receive a $2.99 discount off your entire order and if you aren’t sure which scents you would love, Sweetly You has a perfume sampler that you can order as well!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a perfume sampler in order to write this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Next Ten Minutes Review

Reading has been a hobby and passion of mine since I was young. I can remember, at the age of nine and ten, wanting to stay in my room reading a book than being outside playing with the neighborhood kids. Unfortunately, as I’ve gotten older my reading tastes have changed and I have found it quite hard to find anything that really catches my interest but one thing is certain: self-help books and books that teach you how to do X, Y and Z never get old which is why I love The Next Ten Minutes: 51 Absurdly Simple Ways to Seize the Moment by Andrew Peterson. It must be the psychology major in me!

The Next Ten Minutes is the most recent book written by writer, composer and licensed therapist, Andrew Peterson. “It is a guide to help us discover the seeds of transformation and meaning in even the most ordinary routines. The Next Ten Minutes consists of a collection of exercises originally created for use in Dr. Peterson’s successful counseling practice. Rather than taking readers out of the everyday, Dr. Peterson invites them to move more deeply into the familiar tasks of ordinary life, by turning simple breathing, eating, or throwing out the trash into meditative exercises that can transform your day. Based on both Buddhist philosophy and proven psychological techniques, these succinct and accessible meditations also offer simple and effective methods for therapeutic counseling and personal growth. The power to seize the day is but a few simple steps away.”

I love The Next Ten Minutes because it offers a wide variety of techniques that help elevate stress and make the days pass by faster and much more smoothly. In the line of work I do, social services at an adoption/foster care agency, you can only imagine how stressful it can be; constantly worrying about if a child is going to be placed out of home, when our next referral comes in from SRS, how that child is going to act/react, having to deal with upset parents because their child was removed from their home and the list goes on and on. But with The Next Ten Minutes, I have been able to take a step back from those stressful situations and turn them into something more positive and manageable. The techniques are organized neatly into four parts: “What you’ll need” in order to do the technique, the instructions on how to do the technique, an explanation of how the technique helps, and variations of the technique. Dr. Peterson also provides additional resources after each technique in case you want to do some further research.

One of my favorite techniques from the book, that I can easily do while at work, is technique #3 Go Into Another Room. It goes a little something like this:

What You’ll Need: A building with more than one room

How to Do It: Pick a room, Stay where you are, Listen, Go into a different room, Explore the new room

Variations: Do it in the dark. Go outside. Stay in the room, but change it.

Now of course there is a lot more explanation than the above in the book but due to copyright, I am not going to copy straight out of the book! In essence, when done correctly, this technique helps you realize that “in order to change your behavior, you’ve first got to change your present state of mind,” which is why “forcing yourself to change a random insignificant behavior [or room!] can be so valuable.” This technique shifts your awareness away from the future and allows you to attend to your own behavior in the present moment, allowing for new things to become possible.

The Next Ten Minutes by Andrew Peterson will be available for purchase on October 26th, 2010. You can purchase The Next Ten Minutes by Andrew Peterson at bookstores nationwide including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a galley copy of The Next Ten Minutes in order to write this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% mine.

Preschool is Cool! Counting with Elmo Review

When I lived back home in South Carolina, I was around my cousins Zoey who is two and Zachary who is five, almost every day. I got to see them develop into little people with their own personalities from the day they were born. Zachary is now in kindergarten and Miss Zoey spends her days at home learning her numbers, colors and alphabet and while I am not a mother myself (YET!), I do know how extremely important it is to spend time with your children and read to them, sing to them, count with them and simply, spend time with them. As a psychology major and now an employee at a social services agency, I have learned and seen through my own eyes how children develop and how the lack of education and simple guidance in the areas of numbers & counting and words & reading can affect a young mind which is why I was excited to receive a copy of Preschool is Cool! Counting with Elmo.

Preschool is Cool: Counting with Elmo is one of the newest releases from Warner Home Video (WHV) and features 3 1/2 year old Elmo and his pals  learning how to count. The story takes place on Sesame Street‘s Preschool is Cool set, where Professor Grover is a preschool teacher and Elmo is his helper for today’s counting lesson. When Professor Grover starts to have a little bit of trouble remembering what each number is, he needs Elmo and the class to give him a helping hand. Featuring counting themed songs stories like “Counting Booth” and “Abby’s Sparkle Speckle Freckles,” kids will have fun learning with Grover and Elmo and all their Sesame Street friends. Counting with Elmo supports early math skills such as recognition, counting and enumeration – all which help lay the foundation for math readiness and future math learning. Kids will see their favorite Sesame Street friends practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s which helps children understand that a purpose of counting is to determine the total number of things in an overall set.

I can remember when I was Zachary and Zoey’s age watching Sesame Street on TV all the time. Children are drawn to fuzzy animals and colorful sets that feature singing and dancing so it only makes sense to create an educational movie showcasing their favorite characters! The Counting with Elmo DVD is going to be given to Zoey as a Christmas present and I know it will be put to good use by my family as there is always some kind of educational show on the TV. If you have a young one at home who is learning how to count, then check out the Preschool is Cool: Counting with Elmo DVD which is available at retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $14.98! Even if your child hasn’t started counting yet and is just learning his or her numbers, this DVD will come in handy!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of Preschool is Cool: Counting with Elmo DVD in order to write this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% mine.