Tuesday, June 21, 2011


How utterly annoying is it to:

1) Have an appliance or an electronic device break on you?

And then:

2) Have to call a repairman??

And then even worse:

3) Have to wait for the repairman to come???

(You know the drill:  "Yep, we'll be there sometime between the hours of 8 and 5.  But only if there's a full moon.  And if you promise us your firstborn child.  Then we'll show up.  Maybe.")

Well, I'm here to tell you that there is a very helpful site, called PartSelect, (with a kinda cute repairman in the bottom corner who talks to you!) that can help you to perform your own home repairs, thus saving you time (waiting waiting waiting) and $$$$.

On the PartSelect site, there is a Virtual Repairman link, which is essentially a free tool that will instantly helps you figure out what’s wrong with your appliance or electronic device.  Simply enter your model number and from there it will take you to a list of symptoms that your particular model experiences and then by clicking on one of those problems, it will take you to a list of parts that will fix that specific problem (and how often it actually does) for your specific model.

Another option is to start right at the PartSelect home page and enter your model number.  Doing this model search right from the home page gives you several ways to locate the EXACT NEW PART you need:  by symptom, by searching for its name, and by location.  And then it gives you exploded diagrams for each section of the appliance.

In short, the PartSelect site is the only one in their industry that helps customers at every stage of the repair: diagnosing the problem, figuring out the part needed, getting the part, and then installing the part!

Just by typing all this, I feel empowered and kinda wanna put on my hard hat and tool belt. 

Minus the plumber's crack, of course.

I received compensation from PartSelect for this sponsored post.  As always, opinions expressed are my own.

Weird Sports

We were sent a review copy of Michael Teitelbaum's book Weird SportsThis was perfect reading material for the boyz in my Trenches!

Ostrich racing, anyone? How about cheese rolling or extreme ironing? This book shows children just how weird, wild, and amusing athletics can be.  Or how about underwater hockey?  Elephant soccer?  Extreme unicycling?

Needless to say, the day after we received this in the mail, Eldest had it in his backpack, all eager to take it to school to show his friends.   And apparently, according to him, it was a HIT at 3rd grade storytime. 

This would be a perfect gift idea for that sports-loving child in your family!

I was sent a copy of Weird Sports to faciliate this review.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gilgal Wine Review

Okay, okay, so while I do cop to admitting that I will review anything pertaining to dental hygeine, there is definitely another thing that I will ALWAYS say yes to.

And that?

Is wine.  (Actually, who are we kidding?  Any sort of alcohol, thankyouverymuch.)

So when contacted to see if I would like to try a new wine sourced from "an amazing place with a rich history and a beautiful story", I said absolutely.  Who am I to turn down a chance to try one of the first bottles available in the U.S.? 

Enter Gilgal. (Don't you love this gorgeous website?!)

"Gilgal Refaim, a celebrated site located near the Sea of Galilee in the Golan Heights region of Israel, has long been shrouded in mystery and wonder.  Defined by a ring of over 40,000 rocks placed in concentric circles by the ancients, Gilgal Refaim has been an inspiration to many - and today inspires a new wine release - Gilgal."

Already consumed Errr, not pictured:  the 2007 Gilgal Cabernet Sauvignon

Both my brother's girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the red.  It was full-bodied, with hints of blackberry and cherry fruit, and certainly not overwhelmingly oaky.  You know how you walk into a liquor or wine store and become completely overwhelmed? (No? Just me?) Well, because the name and the bottle are so unique, and because it had a taste that was easy to drink, I will definitely be buying more Gilgal wine. 

And now, I can't wait to try the Chardonnay, which is described as "exhibiting pineapple, melon, green apple and pear fruit notes".  See, it's fruitfully healthy!


I was sent 2 bottles of Gilgal wine to facilitate this review.  As always, opinions expressed herein are my very own.

Sunstar GUM Products Review

The boyz were sent some GUM Crayoloa timerlight toothbrushes and flossers to review.

(Sidenote:  I NEVER turn down a chance to review dental hygiene products!  Never.)

As you would expect, there was heated discussion about who was going to get what color toothbrush.  (We were sent red, blue and green.)

But once that was sorted out, all was well in our Toothbrushing Trenches.

Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a....

You know how if you don't supervise your children, they will ALWAYS take shortcuts?  (See:  smelling of the hair for shampoo scent after showering, etc.)

My boyz are that way when it comes to brushing their teeth.  Ten seconds max and they're done.

That's why I'm totally digging the light-up toothbrushes.  Made for children 4-11 years old, these toothbrushes flash in 60-second intervals.  60 seconds!  (Perhaps I need one too?)

So now, the boyz know to keep.on.scrubbing. until the toothbrush stops flashing!


A special offer for you:  My readers can visit Gumbrand.com and receive 30% off any order of $10 or more, using the promo code CR30.  This code expires July 15th. 

And as always, opinions expressed herein are my own.

I Am a Boymom

A long time ago, Erica featured a company called boymom on her blog.  And I thought to myself, "Hmmm, self.  That company sounds RIGHT up your alley - you should contact them."

And then months later (because I am always behind and it's a wonder I manage to even brush my teeth in the morning)...I contacted Amy, the Chief Executive boymom.

Amy was kind enough to let me pick whatever! I! wanted! to review from the boymom shopping site.

I chose a hoodie.  A wonderful, comfycozy (it is TOO a word) long-sleeved hoodie...

It fits perfectly with my Trenches!

...that I barely take off.  Especially once the sun sets and I'm STILL sitting at the boyz' baseball games.  (Pinky-swear I have a full head of hair.  It was in a ponytail.)

I can't wait to order the boymom baseball tee for this summer!

Ann Taylor Event

I was lucky enough to be invited to an event featuring one of my favorite stores - Ann Taylor!  Now, you all know that I love me some TJMaxx and Marshalls, but what I love about AT (and Loft!) is that I don't have to flitter around and shop for sizes.  I know what size I am in their store.  Every.Time.  This is comforting.  (Well, it's comforting if I have been working out and I feel somewhat skinny, that is.)  Anyway, Ann Taylor sizes just fit me.

So I was excited to hear that Ann Taylor is opening up new "concept stores" and that there is one in my area!

The Junior League of Boston hosted an exquisite cocktail party to display some of the newest pieces from Ann Taylor's line:

Additionally, the Ann Taylor executives and employees were modeling Ann Taylor attire and footwear.  I absolutely fell in love with this pair of gorgeous sandals:

And now?  I can't wait to go shopping at Ann Taylor!

Not only does Ann Taylor rock at fashion, but they also rock at disclosure!

As always, opinions expressed herein are my own.  I was provided with an Ann Taylor tote and bracelet for attending this event.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Thanks to Relativity Media, the boyz and I were invited to a free screening of the Judy Moody movie earlier this month.  The timing was perfect, as Eldest was actually doing a book project on one of the Stink books (Judy Moody's younger brother) and was required to dress up as Stink for his presentation. 

I was nervous that my boyz wouldn't necessarily want to see this movie because they would consider it a "girl movie".  But thankfully, that wasn't the case at all!  Silly mommy.  And while Eldest DID express some reservations, I told him he needed to go, as research for his project, of course.  He bought it.

Now, normally I fall asleep during kids' movies.  It's a fact.  See:  the second Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie; all of the Ice Age movies; and ESPECIALLY Shrek films.

This one?  I was awake the entire feature.  That says a lot.

So two thumbs up and a finger snap from me and all my boyz in the Trenches for Judy Moody!

And even better than watching the movie?  Reading the book, of course!

The boyz and I were treated to free movie passes and goody bags with Judy Moody paraphernalia (mood rings!).  Opinions expressed, as always, are my own.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunbow Sunscreen Review

When I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing sunscreen products for my children, it was an easy yes.  Between beach trips, the ball field, and everyday play, my boyz are constantly exposed to the sun.  Plus, it just so happened that we were headed to Myrtle Beach later that month.

I was sent the products you see pictured above from Sunbow.   Sunbow products provide natural UVA/UVB barriers without chemical actives such as Oxybenzone or Octinoxate found in many other brands. 

Not that my children completely and totally notice what I'm slathering all over their scrawny bodies because they're too busy complaining, but I do have to mention that the SpongeBob was a big hit.  I am a big fan of the stick, because it lets my children feel like they have some sort of control over the application thereof. 

Messy, yet effective.

I knew that the PINK DORA spray would not be a big hit with my boyz, so I offered it to my friend, who has a daughter with extremely sensitive skin.

She told me it went on smooth, and didn't irritate her daughter's skin.  And then proceeded to order more right off the website

And I?  Plan on doing the same!

Sunbow provided my family with sunscreen and sunstick to facilitate this review.  Opinions expressed, as always, are my own.