Get creative and have fun with Bandaloom / Review

Bandaloom is a fun and creative way to make jewelry, keychains and much more. It’s perfect for kids and even adults as well! I’m always looking for fun ways to get creative with my kids and this is just the thing. I remember seeing a commercial on TV for Bandaloom and it had me at “Hello”, lol. I was given an amazing opportunity to review the Bandaloom.

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I received the following:

  • Bandaloom Kit – Comes with the Bandaloom, Mini Loom, Look Hook, 40 S Clips, 1000 Rainbow Collection Bands, Heart Charm, Star Charm, Smiley Bff Charm, I Love you Charm, Storage Case and Instructions.
  • Bandaloom Glitter Collection Bands – 2200 Color Bands, 100 Clips, Carrying Case
  • Bandaloom Tie Dye Collection Bands – 1000 Color Bands, 100 Clips, Carrying Case
  • Bandaloom Neon Glow in the Dark Bands – 2200 Color Bands, 100 Clips, Carrying Case
  • Alphabet Charms

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In this photo, I am demonstrating how to make a Single Bracelet. This bracelet is the easiest bracelet to make with the loom. My oldest figured out how to do this one pretty quick after seeing me do it for the first time. The first thing you need to do is choose the colors that you would like for this band. Next, have the arrows on the loom face away from you. Once you have the loom positioned in the right direction, you can start adding the bands. When it comes to adding the bands, you want to do a zig-zag and make sure that each color is overlapping one another.

Once that is complete, turn your loom around to where the arrows are facing you. Another way to tell that the loom is in the right direction is by looking at the pegs on the loom. When the arrows are facing away from you, the pegs are rounded. When the arrows are facing you, the tabs are straight. The reason why the pegs are flat on one end is because this is where the hook fits in making it easier to grab the band when weaving. Now that the loom is turned around, grab your hook and begin weaving the bands. Always remember that you start with the second band and NOT the first. In the image, I grabbed the blue band from the second peg and placed it on the third peg.

From there, take the orange band from the third peg and pull it over to the fourth peg. Repeat the step till you have reached the top of the loom. Once you have completed that, the orange should be on one side and the blue on the other. Grab an S clip and clip one end of the bracelet. It would be better to clip the end that finished last because than the bracelet won’t come apart when you are pulling it off the loom. Once you pull the bracelet off of the loom, clip the other end and you have a bracelet. It’s a lot easier to make than what I described, lol.

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Here I am using the mini loom to make a Single Bracelet. This is super easy!

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Right here I made a Crystal Bracelet. It’s similar to making a single bracelet, but instead of using two rows on the loom, you are using three

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Here are a few other designs I’ve done. I found a lot of great videos on Youtube. They have videos from intermediate to advanced. To be honest, I like doing the impossible because it’s challenging, lol. I tried showing my neighbors daughter how to make some of the more complicating designs and she got confused. To me it’s not that hard, but to others it’s impossible.

It came out better than I thought it would since this was my first time making one. I think it came out pretty darn sweet! My daughter loves wearing this necklace around the house and when we go out. She calls it her “Princess necklace”. The thing I love about the Bandaloom is how versatile it is and there is an endless amount of things you can do with it. You can pretty much make anything and everything with the Bandaloom!

 

Netflix Launches Its First Original Documentary, “The Short Game” on December 12

Netflix is launching its first original documentary, “The Short Game,” which gives viewers a sweet and humorous glimpse inside the lives of the world’s best seven-year old golfers on Thursday, December 12 at 12:01AM PT.

Every year, the top golfers from around the world come together for the Pinehurst World Championship in North Carolina, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more skilled group of competitors than the seven-year olds featured in “The Short Game.” The new documentary, which can only be seen on Netflix, is both entertaining and inspiring as viewers get to watch these pint-sized golfers train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf and the friendships they form along the way. Featuring top young golfers around the world from South Africa to China to the US including Allan Kournikova (Anna’s younger brother) and Amari “Tigress” Avery, “The Short Game” captures a handful of amazingly passionate kids who simultaneously pursue friendship and first-place. Executive produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, the film also features golf legends Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.
With the holiday season in full swing, “The Short Game” is the perfect heartwarming film to watch and share laughs and tears with your family.

Beverly Hills, CA — Netflix will launch “The Short Game” on Thursday, December 12th at 12:01 AM PT. The documentary, which will be the first original documentary available on the service, follows eight of the most competitive golfers around the globe, all who happen to be under the ripe age of seven years old, as they train for and compete in the World Championship of Junior Golf.  The Netflix original documentary will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands.

Emmy® award-winning director Josh Greenbaum’s feature debut premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) and won the 2013 Audience Award.  It was Academy qualified in a limited theatrical release through Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

“‘The Short Game’ provides a highly entertaining, family friendly and joyful vantage into a unique world that most people fantasize about: being the best in the world at something.  The fact that this dream is pursued by children playing a grownups’ game is intriguing and inspiring,” says Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy.  “We seek to provide the very best storytelling within the documentary filmmaking category and ‘The Short Game’ is the rare example of a beautifully told and heart-warming tale which appeals to all generations.”

“As a filmmaker, you hope your work will reach as many people as possible and that’s what’s so exciting about partnering with Netflix, who are presenting some of the most original and cutting edge programming on the planet right now,” said director Josh Greenbaum.  “The idea of people all across the world being able to watch the film is a dream come true.”

“The Short Game” is produced by Rafael Marmor, Christopher Leggett, and Josh Greenbaum, and executive produced by Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Timm Oberwelland, John Battsek and David Frankel.

 

Mía Mariú Holiday Shopping Spree Giveaway

Event hosted by: Mom to Bed by 8.

Mía Mariú is an innovative company that stands for beauty and health in harmony and above all, for happiness and balance for all women. With nature’s finest forces, they offer a full line of health and beauty products designed to help you illuminate your beauty from the inside out.
The Mía Mariú product philosophy is that beauty and health go hand in hand. Everything you want. All you need. Beauty and health in harmony.
With Mía you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get high quality botanical skin care, mineral cosmetics and nature’s nutritionals that you want and deserve. That is what they are all about. Mía Mariú offers real health, beauty, balance and harmony for real women.

One lucky winner will receive a $400 Mía Mariú Shopping Spree.

 Open to US residents 18 years or older
Giveaway begins December 9th and ends December 23rd at 11:59pm
Enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win
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Tubby Table Giveaway


Children and parents love the calming effects of water play. Tubby Table Toys, Inc. created the tubby table to take out the stress of bath time by ensuring your child’s water play stays in the tub and off the bathroom floor. Tubby Table was developed by moms with twins that who wanted to find a way to keep the suds and giggles off the bathroom floor. They began to brainstorm for a solution and figure out how they can minimize the mess. Soon after all of their thinking and sketching, they came up with a business plan and Tubby Table was born. They designed the Tubby Table from the ground up to be safe, sturdy and both kid and parent friendly.

The Tubby Table is great for children who are a year old and up. Here are some other features it offers:

  • 5 multi-colored and numbered shaped cups reinforce key fine motor, cognitive and developmental skills such as counting, sorting, color differentiation as well as cause and effect.
  • Patented and innovative pedestal with suction cup design keeps water play in the middle of the tub vs. the edge of the tub where cups and toys are more apt to fall onto the bathroom floor. The pedestal design also allows the Tubby Table to fit virtually any tub.
  • Height adjustable, durable pedestal allows the table to grow with your child and/or as your family grows. It offers years of endless play value.
  • The perforated table top keeps water from pooling out of the top table.
  • A non-slip bath mat is also included. This mat helps keep little ones safe while playing in the bath tub.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win a Tubby Table ($39.99)
 Open to U.S. residents who are 18 years or older
 Giveaway begins December 5th and will end December 15th at 11:59 pm.
Enter the GiveawayTools form below for your chance to win
Good Luck!
Entries: 3983
This giveaway has ended.
Danielle O. is the winner!

Bandaloom Giveaway

Bandaloom is a fun and creative way for kids to make bracelets, necklaces and so much more! The designs are endless and adults will enjoy it to. Here is a fun video showing you what the Bandaloom can do:

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive a Bandaloom Kit
Open to US residents who are 18 years or older
Giveaway December 7th and ends December 14th at 11:59pm
Enter the GiveawayTools form below for your chance to win
Good Luck!
Entries: 4515
This giveaway has ended.
Nichole B. is the winner!

Lily Mairi / Hair Accessories Review

About Lily Mairi:
The owner of Lily Mairi has always loved making things. She uses many different mediums to express herself through canvas paintings, clay sculpting and paper crafting. She never thought of it as a gift until she had her children.
Lily Mairi has 4 children, 3 girls and a boy. She started out making things for them as soon as her first was born. For her girls, she designed hair accessories, costumes and fabric toys. For her son, she started making bow ties and art out of his “found” things that he loves to collect.
After a few years, Lily Mairi started blending her love of vintage and antique finds with items she was making. The encouragement from her friends and family to sell her items got the wheels turning. So she starting doing arts and craft shows. Now Lily Mairi designs things not only for children, but for moms as well as everyone in between.

My Review:
I received a few hair bows from Lily Mairi for review (mini hair clip, a clip/headband combo and a bow tie style barrette).
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I am always looking for fun, fashionable and adorable ways to give some pizzazz to my daughters hair. Putting a pony tail in her hair can only do so much and sometimes is gets… bland. Hair bows from the store aren’t as appealing and it seems that everyone has that same style as you, lol. I never cared much for having the same thing as everyone else and I want my daughter to feel the same way when it comes to certain things. Uniqueness adds personality to a person and when it comes to handcrafted items, it shows a lot of that and that’s what makes them special.
The bows that I received from Lily Mairi are all handmade. Each one comes in a different style, has a different clip and they can be worn in many ways.
Here is a picture of my daughter wearing the headband bow. Don’t mind her straight face in the photo, lol. She’s not one to smile in pictures. Now as for the bow shes’s wearing, it’s one of my favorite pieces. It’s not something I would wear since I never put anything in my hair anyways, but it’s a perfect bow for my daughter. She kept telling everyone that she seen that she was a beautiful princess, lol. Not only do I love the bow for the style and the colors, it’s great because I can detach the bow from the band and she can wear either one as well.
Another great thing about Lily Mairi’s bow is that they can also be worn not only on the head, put on a hat, a jacked, a necklace and much more.

Cobb Hill / Esme Shoes Review and 10% Discount Code!!!

Oh for the love of shoes! They are addictive, comfortable, stylish and they are needed in every attire, lol. I can say that I have a slight shoe obsession. I was given a wonderful opportunity to review a pair of Cobb Hill shoes. These right here are the Esme shoes ($84.99) in the color pewter.

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These shoes are made with full grain leather, have EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) foam footbed for cushioning and they are slip ons. To be quite honest, this is my first pair of slip ons that I now own. I’ve had others in the past and I had to get rid of them because they were junk. Don’t get me wrong, they were nice shoes, it’s just that they were extremely uncomfortable and whenever I would wear them I would get blisters. Plus they weren’t made for wide feet. This is one of my biggest issues I have when it comes to finding shoes and to be honest, it’s a pain in the behind.

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When I was browsing through the selection of shoes that Cobb Hill has available, I was shocked to see that the majority of their shoes fit wide feet! You don’t see that in many places. I know I’m making a big deal out of this, but when it comes to shoes, you want something that is comfortable and something that is not going to give you pain after a couple hours of wear. I do walk a lot with the kids and having a pair of comfortable shoes is ideal. It makes things easier on you and it also helps you as well. There are a pair of work shoes that I have and walking 3 miles in those things is torture. I come home and my feet are in pain and I feel as if I walked through rocks the whole time.
I guess you can say I might need a new pair of shoes, but these are just for work, lol. I love wearing the Cobb Hill shoes for walks or trips to the store, taking the kids to the park or where ever it may be. The cushion on the inside of the shoes feel comfortable and it’s almost as if it matches the form of my foot. It’s almost like having memory foam in your shoe because it fits the curvature of the foot giving it that comfort. Not many shoes have this going on and this is what usually causes a lot of foot pain when standing for a long period of time. I know the feeling and it sucks! Since I have been wearing these shoes, I have not had any pain what so ever. I feel great when I wear these shoes. Not only are they stylish, they are also comfortable as well and this is what makes the perfect shoe.
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Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry Review

Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry is a small business that is located in historic Algiers Point. It’s a New Orleans neighborhood that sits on the banks of Mississippi. Beatrixbell designs all the jewelry in a house with raw materials and gemstones purchased from suppliers in the USA. Each piece of jewelry is individually and meticulously handcrafted in limited quantities. The pieces are sold to gift shops and boutiques worldwide.
Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry utilizes a variety of jewelry making techniques such as hammering, soldering,  and wire wrapping to achieve their unique and sought after designs. The pieces are composed with precious metals and pearls, crystals and vintage inspired charms. This creates a line of jewelry that is modern, unique, eclectic and fresh.

 

 

 
Beatrix is the owner of Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry. She is currently the designer, website builder, manufacturer, marketing director, logistics and trade show coordinator, photographer, customer service representative, and the shipping extraordinaire. Whew. This woman can do it all =) Beatrix attributes her remarkable multitasking abilities to her previous job as a teacher. She started her jewelry business as a hobby.
Throughout college, she paid her bills selling jewelry at local farmers markets while picking up a few wholesale accounts. In 2009, after being in the workforce for a while, Beatrix took a big leap of faith and she quit her day job during a recession. From there she headed over to her first wholesale trade show in Atlanta. Since then she has the traveled the country to attend gift shows, trade shows and even invited as a guest artist to sell her wares at a Christmas Festival in France.

SideWinder – Hair Holders Review

About SideWinder:

“The beginnings of this business started as an idea while Susan Lowry, owner, was camping/RVing.  She saw colorful twisted wind spinners on many RVs and thought, “Gee.  That sure would look cute in the hair.”  Of course she was right…..they do look pretty awesome in the hair.  And that was the start of Sidewinder Hairholders.
Located in El Dorado Hills, California,  Sidewinder is dedicated to providing you with a unique, fun, colorful hairholder at an afforable price to use when you style girls’ hair.  Think of us as the hair beads and barrette alternative.
So whether it’s a curly hair hairstyle, hairstyle medium length, girls long hairstyles, short hairstyles, school hairstyle, all the cute girls’ hairstyles look better with Sidewinder Hair Holders.”

These are the Sidewinders. Sidewinders come in many different colors. You can also mix the colors if you want. They also have different sizes as well such as 1″, 2″ and 3″ inch hair holders.
At first they seemed confusing to put in. Honestly I didn’t know what to do with them when I had received them. Luckily there was a video on how to use the hair holders. It helped a lot watching the video and honestly they are really easy to put in your hair.
They have many different videos on how to use these hair holders on thick, thin, straight and curly hair.
I love the SideWinders Hair accessories and my daughter does as well. She calls herself a pretty princess whenever I put them in her hair.

A healthy and convenient snack – Buddy Fruits Review

About Buddy Fruits:
In summer of 2006, a french family was on a road trip in the U.S. While on the road, they were looking for a healthy fruit snack for their kids. Seeing that both healthy and also convenient snack solutions didn’t exist yet, they decided to stay in the U.S and share their passion for good food.
Their Mission:
Buddy Fruits wants the world to become and healthier place! The company was inspired by a modern way of living, developing innovative products and the promote healthy behaviors whatever the circumstances.
Their mission is to provide a healthy alternative to snacking while focusing on the natural benefits of the fruits. The quality of the fruits is central to all their recipes and a fundamental commitment.
Buddy Fruits uses the flesh of the fruit and the impact on the texture and the taste is great. That is why they select their fruit from farmers they trust from all around the world. They only  use natural ingredients and you will never find preservatives, coloring’s, artificial flavorings, genetic modifications, water or corn syrup in the Buddy Fruits products.


My Review:
I was given a lovely opportunity to review Buddy Fruits for my little brats, lol.

 

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I received a few more products than I had requested to try. As you can see from the images above, we have or should I say had the Buddy Fruits Smoothie in mango and skim milk, Pure Fruit Bites in orange and pomegranate, Super Fruit in raspberry & cranberry and blueberry & blackcurrant and the Pure Fruit Jiggle Gel in strawberry and raspberry. Whew! I think that’s about it, lol. Oh shoot, I forgot to take a picture of the box that the packets came in. It was an adorable green box with a nice handle on it and it had all the packets of Buddy Fruits in there wrapped in some green tissue paper. I was going to take a picture of it, but I guess I forgot. Darn… it was a cute little box.

Now, to be honest, my kids didn’t care for the Buddy Fruits at first. I was feeling the same way they were when I tried them at first to. But… drinking another sip, it tasted better bit by bit. I guess maybe it was because we’ve never had something like this before and the texture kind of threw me off. We’ve tried many snacks and nothing was quite like this.
The tastes are definitely natural! You can tell that there is no added sweeteners and no artificial ingredients. They weren’t lying when they say they added the peels as well. I noticed with the strawberry jiggle gel, there were some pieces of the skin in there. Not that that’s a problem at all, lol. They do say that the skin holds most of the nutrients and the vitamins. That’s what gives the product it’s texture and added flavor. Out of all the Buddy Fruits we’ve tried, I would have to say that the Buddy Fruits Smoothie is the best. The delicious mango fruit combined with the milk makes the taste buds in your mouth dance. Sounds a bit dramatic and over the top, but I’m describing it the best I can here, lol.
As for the kids, they went crazy over the Pure Fruit Bites. I thought they would have enjoyed the jiggle gels more, but I guess I was wrong. The fruit bites are a perfect snack that kids can grab with their hands. Almost like having fruit snacks, but better. I would have to say they are quite sticky. My youngest is a phoebe when it comes to his hands and whenever he had the fruit bites, he would flip out when he was done and want his hands washed, lol. I’ve tried the orange fruit bites and they were amazing! It was like biting into a fresh orange. Buddy Fruits are full of flavor, all natural and they taste great. My kids ended up finishing the rest of the samples in just a few days, lol. Kids love them!