Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Pillow Pets Review & Giveaway!

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Pillow Pets are one of the favorite items I’ve discovered here on this blog.  If you’re not familiar with this toy, Pillow Pets are unique characters that convert from a cuddly stuffed animal to a comfy pillow in seconds.  The animal is made by folding the pillow in half and securing it with the sewn-in velcro patch.  And when it’s time for a snooze, you just undo the velcro and turn your favorite buddy into a pillow.  It’s great for around the house and ideal for travel.

Over the summer I had the pleasure of bringing you a Patriotic Pup giveaway, and just a few weeks later the pup became our very first Pillow Pet friend to come and live with us.  The excitement has not worn off since, and Emma loves rolling around with her Pillow Pet.  It’s her favorite cushion, and I totally understand why.  The chenille fabric is so soft it’s heavenly.  I would love a pillow like this just for myself.  But even with our newset addition, Magical Unicorn, she doesn’t like to share.  

IMG_2672She even found a way to use both of them at once.  The stinker!

Magical Unicorn took this here survey to help you learn about her personality, in case you might want to adopt her.

Your name – Magical Unicorn
Where you live – A castle in Europe
Best friends – Ms. Ladybug, Proper Penguin
Favorite things – Flowers and sparkles
Favorite food – Like a horse, I usually eat things like oats and grass. I love fruits and vegetables of all kinds. Plus, I love marshmallows!
Favorite color – Purple
Favorite thing to do – Making flower necklaces and being with my friends
Favorite thing about you – It used to be my mane, but I’m starting to like my unique horn more and more.
What your friends say about you
Proper Penguin: “Magical Unicorn is simply lovely. She is sweet and kind and always there to give you a hug. There is also something special about her that I just can’t put my beak on yet.”
Ms. Ladybug – “My favorite thing about Magical Unicorn is the twinkly flair she brings to everything she does. It’s like a special occasion every time we see each other – and she usually brings marshmallows!”

Isn’t that cute?  A lot of time goes into these Pillow Pets, from their name and design to the character and the high quality of the finished product.  I can’t say enough about how luxuriously soft the chenille is, and it doesn’t shed!  We’ve tried copy-cat versions, but the original is always the best and that’s definitely the case with Pillow Pets.  And since they’re so reasonably priced at $24.95 there’s really no need to look elsewhere.  They also offer a smaller version for $15.99.   

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Win the Magical Unicorn Pillow Pet, ARV $25!
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Alegria Mini-Boots (Review & Giveaway)

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Gift them to: The stylish lady on your list.

I’ll probably be complaining about the blustery cold weather a few months from now, I won’t lie.  But to tell you the truth, I do love it.  Sure, I wish the season was a bit shorter, but you can’t deny how invigorating it is when you breathe in that fresh crisp air while taking in the holiday d├ęcor and enjoying winter festivities, picking out your Christmas tree, watching a fun parade or playing in the snow.  That is, as long as you’re bundled up in a comfy coat, warm gloves, and toasty boots while sipping a nice hot cup of cocoa.

My newest pair of comfy-cute boots is from Alegria.  Shoes by Alegria are popular with women who are on their feet all day.  Doctors, nurses, flight attendants, teachers and artists are among those who rave about this footwear brand, and for good reason.  You can see that they’re fun and fashionable, but they also promote health and wellness.

IMG_2851First, they have an anatomically correct patented interlocking footbed system with arch support.  Removeable footbeds are constructed of latex, memory foam and cork, which create a custom fit by molding to the natural contours of your foot. 

Also, they feature a rocker bottom that is extremely popular right now.  The outsole induces a normal walking motion while naturally toning leg muscles, promoting good posture, and reducing stress on muscles, joints and back.

These are properties my mother would look for in a shoe – but my Mini Boots look nothing like what she’d wear.   (No offense mom, but you lost your fashion sense a long time ago!)

The Mini Boot features a Suede Leather Upper, leather-lining and a mini bottom outsole.  They feature that a moveable footbed system I told you about before and they’re hand-stiched.  Talk about great quality.  The fit is very generous.  I like that they’re water repellent – they’ll be suitable for wearing in the rain, snow, etc.  Now I need to just get a pair of skinny jeans or leggings so that I can look as cute as this model pictured below!

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One reader will win a pair of Suede Mini Boots, ARV $160!
(US Only - Ends 12/3)

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Create home movies easily with muvee Reveal (Review & Giveaway)

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Today I was finally able to fine tune my video editing skills using the muvee Reveal software I downloaded a few weeks ago.  I couldn’t decide what kind of video to make at first.  Of course I’d love to put together all of the clips I took of Emma when she was a baby, but I knew that would be too stressful an undertaking for my very first video montage.  I wanted something fun that would allow me to just explore the software and learn what can be done with it. 

When I re-discovered the old videos and photos we’d taken of Winston and Spencer when they were kittens, I couldn’t wait to get started on my very first home movie.  I got together all of the pictures and video clips that I wanted to include and I picked out a song that I felt matched the personalities of these on again off again brothers. 

 

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At first, I was frustrated because I didn’t think you could actually do any editing of the clips themselves, but I poked around and discovered how to do it.  The menus are simple and easy to understand, and there are great features built right in.  You can set the video/photos to be displayed in different styles, highlight certain areas, shorten the music and many other sound settings.  I chose to mute the background noise in my video clips so that the focus would be on the background music.

Like the product description says, this software has powerful yet easy to use editing tools.  So easy to use, but the end result looks very professional.  What do you think of The Adventures of Winston and Spencer?

I know I’ll get a ton of use out of this software between my blog and personal use.  The possibilities are endless.  You can make videos for friends to give as gifts, make videos just for fun to share on YouTube and Facebook, or for your business – all without hiring a professional.  I had so much fun experimenting, and now I’m ready to make some ridiculously good-looking videos thanks to the easy to use muvee Reveal platform.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Paddywhack Lane Review & Giveaway

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Ideal gift for:  Christian girls age 3 and up.

“It’s What You Believe Inside That Makes you...You!   The Outside is Mostly Fabrics and Stitching.” 

I love this quote from Paddywhack Lane, and it’s a great lesson that it’s what’s inside that truly counts.  It’s important life lessons like this that Paddywhack Lane teaches children through the guise of play.  Paddywhack Lane specializes in creating a collection of heartwarming, inspirational stories, high quality, role-play toys, gifts and music for young children that parents can feel good about giving to their children.  They believe that Children are the most wonderful gift that we parents have been entrusted with. Underneath each adorable little exterior, hidden inside each child, is a personality and identity that was creatively and supernaturally created by God to bring out the best in each one.  I certainly cannot argue with that! 

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We received a delightful hardcover book called Lauren and the Leaky Pail from Paddywhack lane.  The story teaches children the power of persistence and faith.  It follows Lauren and her desire to win first prize in a gardening contest.  Her leaky pail, however, is ruining everything.  Some unexpected surprises lay ahead for Lauren, and she’s rewarded in the end for her hard work, even if it wasn’t what she envisioned.

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It’s an impressive size at 11”x9” and is 32 pages long.  This is not a book that my daughter will sit quietly and follow along while I read it to her.  She’s too young for that now, but I did really enjoy it myself and I know that she will in a year’s time.  The illustrations are gorgeous.  The book is great quality from the story to the finished product, and is a good value at $15.99.

Another cute item from Paddywhack Lane is Courtney's Tea Party Playset.  It’s a miniature size tea-party hosted by Princess Courtney, with Lizzy the bear and all of Courtney’s favorite treats.  The figurines are poseable and the set is very detailed, down to the teeny-tiny saucers and spoons.  It’s really adorable, but I wouldn’t let Emma play with it.  It’s labeled 3+, but because of the extremely small parts I probably wouldn’t introduce this until 4 or older.  I’ve included my thumb in the photo so you can get an idea of size.  This set is $22.99.

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Paddywhack Lane is offering a 20% off special for my readers if you use the promo code usablogger at checkout. 

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A lucky winner will receive a copy of Lauren and the Leaky Pail and their choice of playset from Paddywhack Lane – ARV $40!
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