Last Minute Kid’s Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love A Patty DVD!

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Last Minute Kid’s Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love A Patty DVD!

“This material was provided to me by Nickelodeon. All opinions and views expressed are that of my own”  

Spongebob to love a crabby patty Last Minute Kids Valentines Day Gift Idea: SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love A Patty DVD! Are you a procrastinator or last minute gift shopper? Come on, admit still need to find those last minute goodies for you significant other, or kiddos! I know I need to get my kids a few toys, maybe some chocolate, and candy goodies..oh, and a card! I cannot forgot the cards..I need to write this down on like ten sticky notes for tonight’s trip!!

Anyhow, want a great last minute kid’s Valentine’s Day Gift Idea? How about a fun Nickelodeon DVD? SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love A Patty would make the perfect choice! Almost every kid is a fan of the very quirky, and humorous SpongeBob Square Pants! He and his friends Patrick, Gary, and Squidward are just so likable in their own unique ways. I actually have to limit my kids to one SpongeBob episode a day because they’d just melt into the couch watching it all day if they could…they just adore it!

Top 5 reasons this makes a great last minute gift:

  • Available wherever DVDs are sold
  • Won’t rot your child’s teeth
  • Reasonably priced
  • Provides lasting entertainment
  • You won’t have to pick it up and throw it away! ….

Like ten minutes later..most of that Valentines Day plastic junk ends up in the trash shortly after my kids get a hold of it. Those hearts that sing, and cute little wind up toys have no chance with a 20 month old running around.

Here are some features of this perfect Valentine’s Day DVD:

SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love A Patty

Experience the love between SpongeBob and the most perfect Patty he’s ever cooked as he tries to say good-bye to it in “To Love a Patty.” Enjoy this and six other fun and heart-warming episodes on this special SpongeBob SquarePants DVD.

DVD SRP: $16.99

Special Features:
·       Original Animatic: “To Love a Patty”
·       Karaoke Music Video

We were able to receive a copy of this item to review, and giveaway! I have to say it has certainly been keeping my three kids entertained! It is a better gift than candy, and would make any young child smile!

Other Nickelodeon Valentine’s Day DVD suggestions for kids are:

Lalaloopsy: Friends are Sew Special! (ALL-NEW – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 4, 2014):
Nickelodeon’s newest adventure may be the most loving yet! These magical “Lala’s” are all very different but have one thing in common- the love they have for each other!

DVD SRP: $16.99

…..and can’t forget the lovable Dora!

Dora the Explorer: Dora Loves Boots:
The bond of friendship is strong between best friends Dora and Boots. Celebrate this loving season with three exciting Dora the Explorer adventures.

DVD SRP: $16.99

Special Features: N/A

Guess what? We get to giveaway a copy of this DVD!! Stay tuned for a flash giveaway later today!!

Take Better Pictures with Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop Deluxe #Review

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Take Better Pictures with Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop Deluxe #Review

Lightscoop Deluxe Take Better Pictures with Professor Kobres Lightscoop Deluxe #Review As a blogger who frequently photographs food, sometimes I need to enlist the help of artificial light, and my white box. However, for some dishes, I seek more colors, and different textures so a white box is not always helpful. Since it started to get darker earlier, I was having a difficult time capturing my dishes in their best light. Then things changed when I received my Lightschoop Deluxe by Professor Kobre.

Lightscoop Deluxe  Take Better Pictures with Professor Kobres Lightscoop Deluxe #Review To be honest, I cannot say I use flash a lot on my dslr because I hardly ever turn the dial to that setting. I am not a fan of the flash mode, and prefer to shoot my subjects, reviews, and food in the most natural light possible. After witnessing the difference in a fellow blogger’s images I asked her what her new secret was, and she said she purchased a Lightscoop. I was so intrigued by the simple, yet clearly effective product that I asked the company for a review.

Light Scoop Deluxe image Take Better Pictures with Professor Kobres Lightscoop Deluxe #Review When my Lightscoop Deluxe arrived, I was so surprised by its simplicity, and extremely compact size. It is actually pretty much just a tiny clip on mirror that easily fits onto your camera. It is very easy to adjust, put on, and even remove with no tools required.

You simply slide the Lightscoop Deluxe onto your camera’s hot shoe mount, and adjust the mirror’s angle to bounce the flash off the ceiling. The Lightscoop Deluxe also has different color mirrors that can be purchased to add cool color effects to photos. These are easily switched on an off the Lightscoop Deluxe arm by pulling off the current mirror, which is held on by a magnet, and poping on another mirror.

When you’re finished using the Lightscoop Deluxe, it simply slides back off of your camera’s mount. It can be folded up for storage, and fits perfectly into my camera bag.

Baby Back Ribs without lightscoop Take Better Pictures with Professor Kobres Lightscoop Deluxe #Review

Ribs before using the Lightscoop

So how does the Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop Deluxe actually work?

First off, it’s not going to work wonders for you directly out of the box. You’re going to need to switch your camera to manual mode. It helps to have experience with working in your camera’s manual mode, because it takes some fine tuning to get the perfect shot.

We use a Nikon D3100, so we needed to set our camera to spot metering as our metering method. There are a good set of instructions on, to help you get started. These starting points make it pretty simple to fine tune your settings based on your environment.

baby back ribs Take Better Pictures with Professor Kobres Lightscoop Deluxe #Review

Ribs after using the Lightscoop

Overall, we had great results using the Lightscoop Deluxe! It allows for brighter, clearer photos, without the washout or concentrated light effects that the standard flash can give. Just remember that you need to use manual mode with the Lightscoop Deluxe and play around with your settings to get things just right before taking your photos. If you own a DSLR, you should be taking advantage of fine tuning your photos anyhow. The Lightscoop Deluxe can really bring your photos to life, just be patient!

ALPHIE THE SQUID: A Cool Ocean Exploration Game for Kids, is Now FREE thru Jan 6th!

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ALPHIE THE SQUID: A Cool Ocean Exploration Game for Kids, is Now FREE thru Jan 6th!

Alphie ALPHIE THE SQUID: A Cool Ocean Exploration Game for Kids, is Now FREE thru Jan 6th! If there is one thing my kids could probably do all day, it would be to play games. My 4, and 6 year old girls LOVE spending quality time on their tablets, and our iPads. With careful supervision, I allow my girls time to play educational, and fun games, and apps that allow them to use their mind, which helps to stimulate their growing brains. Playing interactive games like Alphie the Squid  has helped my girls to become better problem solvers. It has also helped them to explore colorful sea creatures under the deep blue sea.

If you are looking for a FREE game for your children (now until January 6th), you MUST check out Alphie the Squid. This is not your average free game that has poor graphics, and little storyline. This game is so vivid, and beautiful that it is really giving my kid’s favorite movie, “Finding Nemo a run for its money! We have the second latest iPad model, and the colors of Alphie the Squid really pop with the screen’s retina display!

The point of Alphie the Squid is to help Alphie grow and thrive. That means keeping him away from the scary sharks. My girls were a little frightened by the sharks, but they welcomed the friends that Alphie finds on his adventure!

shark encounter ALPHIE THE SQUID: A Cool Ocean Exploration Game for Kids, is Now FREE thru Jan 6th!Game description

Rated 4.5 stars in the App Store, Alphie the Squid  is a unique ocean exploration game that follows the journey of wide-eyed and cute baby squid as he ventures into the depths of the ocean. Using the natural talents of the legendary giant squids, Alphie hunts, camouflages, and hypnotizes in order to fight sea creatures on a quest to become king of the ocean.
Featured as “New & Noteworthy” in 36 countries, this game is accessible for both adults and children. Even as an adult, I find it to be very relaxing and addictive. I love the anything nautical, and bright so this game is right up my alley! I also love the fact that it is safe for my children to immerse themselves in.
glow in dark ALPHIE THE SQUID: A Cool Ocean Exploration Game for Kids, is Now FREE thru Jan 6th!As mentioned earlier, Alphie the Squid is usually just $2.99 in the App Store, but now-January 6th, you can get it for FREE!! I cannot stress how amazing this game is and hope all my readers will take full advantage of this AMAZING limited time offer!
Hurry over to get this gem of a game for FREE!
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Master Lock: Keep Your Items Safe this Holiday Season!

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Master Lock: Keep Your Items Safe this Holiday Season!

Master Lock laptop lock Master Lock: Keep Your Items Safe this Holiday Season! With Christmas quickly approaching, many of you will either be gifting, or receiving pricey electronics. While this surely is great and all, have you ever given second thought to the safety of your prized possessions? As a former college student, teacher, and blogger, I know just how important having locks on your laptops, and lockers can be! That is why I truly hope you consider purchasing Master Lock products to keep your items safe, and secure!

A Little about the Master Lock Company:

Master Lock is recognized around the world as the authentic, enduring name in padlocks and security products. Since our founding in 1921, we have worked hard to earn and maintain the trust of our customers by delivering on our promise of strength and quality and by continually setting new standards for lock design, application and performance. As the largest global manufacturer and marketer of padlocks, we continue to build our founder’s passion for innovation, quality, and compelling value into our expanding lines of security solutions. 

My Thoughts: 

I recently had the opportunity to feature two innovative Master Lock products in my holiday gift guide that are perfect for business professionals, athletes, students, and teachers. These products make great stocking stuffers, or gift additions because these days, everyone could use added piece of mind, and security.

Here is what I received: 

dialspeed master lock Master Lock: Keep Your Items Safe this Holiday Season! dialSpeed: an electronic, easy-to-remember, set-your-own combination padlock perfect for getting into your gym locker quicker than your towel can fall.

Master Lock Padlocks Master Lock: Keep Your Items Safe this Holiday Season! Product Features: 

  • Electronic directional interface offers speed, ease of use, & multiple personalized codes
  • Organize and protect personal and valuable information with secure, convenient, digital storage at the Master Lock Vault
  • Vault enabled – permanent Backup Master Code at N
  • Comes with resettable Primary Code & option for 3 additional Guest Codes
  • Ready to use – includes installed, replaceable CR2032 battery for 5 years of life
  • 2-1/16″ (51mm) wide metal body can be opened one-handed without looking
  • Anti-shim technology
  • Boron carbide shackle for increased cut resistance
  • For INDOOR USE only

Masterlock Laptop Lock Master Lock: Keep Your Items Safe this Holiday Season! Laptop Lock: a necessary accessory to accompany a new laptop or security for travelers with strong, ultra-portable self coiling cables

Product Features:

  • Security on the Go™ Ideal for campus, office, travel or home use
  • Secure any laptop, netbook, monitor or projector with a built-in lock slot
  • Durable metal construction for security
  • Strong, portable self coiling cable extends from 3 inches (76.2mm) to 6 feet (1.83m)
  • Ergonomic dial spacing with trusted locking mechanism allows for quick, easy dial movement and easy to use configuration
  • High contrast numbers are easy to read with red viewing window for easy viewing & resetting
  • 10,000 combination possibilities for ultimate personalization, easy to use

I have to say both of these products are really awesome! I have owned several Master Lock products over the years, and have grown to trust them after a bad experience with a cheaper brand. I once thought it would be better to purchase a cheap combination lock–big mistake! After having to have my lock clipped off it was no fun! I guess the saying “you get what you pay” for stands to be true here!

My new dialSpeed combination lock is innovative, cool looking, and exactly what I need for the gym! This lock is very easy to use, and comes with a 5 year battery! This would be an amazing gift for your high school student’s locker! I know I wish I had this when I was younger because it would make getting in and out of my locker faster between periods! At just $15.99, this is a great gift idea!

Master Lock Safe Space Master Lock: Keep Your Items Safe this Holiday Season! The Laptop Lock is an amazing security feature for business professionals, roommates, and college students. You can easily keep your information on your computer safe from prying eyes with this easy to use locking system. This would also come in handy for college professors to keep their monitors, projectors, and such safer.

It is apparent from the design of the Laptop Lock that it is well made, and would be a perfect gift addition. I love having the extra piece of mind that my laptop has a major theft deterrent on it. Retailing for just $19.99 this is one gift that will not break the bank!

To purchase, or learn more about Master Lock products, please visit their official site, or connect with them on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.


Urban Outfitters -The Selfie Review -Take Awesome Selfie Pictures!

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The Selfie by Urban Outfitters #Review

The Selfie Urban Outfitters  The Selfie Review  Take Awesome Selfie Pictures! Selfies are so popular these days that in November 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary named “selfie” as the word of the year. You see them everywhere, especially on social media sites like Facebook. It seems that no one has their picture taken anymore, they just take it themselves. That’s why a tool that makes it easier to take a selfie on your iPhone should be a hot product this holiday season.

The Selfie by Urban Outfitters is a simple device that plugs into the headphone jack of your Apple iOS (version 5 or higher) device. It’s basically a shutter release button, with a long cord that allows you to reach out your device as far as your arm can reach. When you’re ready to take the shot, simply press the button.

So what’s the point of The Selfie anyway? It’s not all that hard to snap a photo by hitting the volume + button… True, but often times our fingers don’t perfectly line up with the + button, and it’s really difficult to find the shutter release on the touchscreen, if it’s facing the other direction. Yes, I know the iPhone and iPad have front facing cameras. Those camera’s have less than half the resolution of the main rear-facing camera, so front-facing cameras are not the camera’s of choice in this situation. If you’re going to take a selfie and share it with the world, it better be a damn good selfie. Nobody wants to see a cock-eyed grainy photo of you not quite looking into the camera lens… trust me! It should be a quality photo, and The Selfie can help with that.

This is what makes The Selfie by Urban Outfitters so useful. Whether you take a lot of selfies or not, the point is, is your selfie can be taken so much easier with The Selfie. Hold your iPhone or iPad however you want – by the side, the top, the bottom, or the corner. It doesn’t matter with The Selfie. Plus, you can say goodbye to the inferior front-facing camera, and take quality selfies using the higher resolution rear-facing camera.

The Selfie by Urban Outfitters is simple, has virtually no setup, and makes taking those duck face, sexy, or innocent looking selfies a breeze. Best of all, at $20 bucks this is a “priced right” gift option!

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Fellowes P-12C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder #Review

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Fellowes P-12C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder #Review

Fellowes Powershred Ps Fellowes P 12C Cross Cut Paper Shredder #Review This day in age you can never be too cautious when it comes to your identity. Besides reliable computer security, the safe keeping of documents, and common sense, having a paper shredder can really help. I know a ton of people, including myself have switched to paperless billing, or e-statements, but there is always that steady flow of junk mail. Credit card offers, and those high interest instant checks are a few items you really should be shredding to help protect yourself against identity thieves.

In the past 5 years have have gone through 5 different shredders! it is really sad that this was the case because I do use them properly, and follow directions. However, I cannot say I invested a whole heck of a lot of money into them because I did not. I think $50 was my max amount I spent on each, and by the way they worked, I got what I paid for! Jams, broken buttons, and dull blades seemed to be the biggest issues I faced.

Fellowes troublsshooting Fellowes P 12C Cross Cut Paper Shredder #Review Recently, I had the opportunity to work with the Fellowes brand of paper shredders, and office solutions. They are known for producing only the highest quality products, and they go by the motto ” technology meets toughness“. I have seen Fellowes products in the past, but I never purchased one because I thought they were out of my price range at the time. I really should have just invested in one of their home use products  in the first place!

Fellowes paper shredder top Fellowes P 12C Cross Cut Paper Shredder #Review With the nature of my job, I tend to receive a ton of unwanted junk mail to my home. I really do try my hardest to cut out, and recycle any parts of the mailings that do not have my information on them. Anything that is too personal gets tossed into a basket for weekly shredding. Lately, I have been looking forward to actually shredding my pile because my Fellowes P-12C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder actually works!

The Fellowes P-12C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder is the perfect in home use shredder for a variety of reasons. First off at $99, it is worth the initial investment to protect your identity. Don’t be like me and end up spending close to $300 for generic, and junky paper shredders-they will not last! The slim design, and somewhat short stature make it a great, non-bulky choice for your home.

Fellowes Shredder operating buttons Fellowes P 12C Cross Cut Paper Shredder #Review Second of all, this shredder does in fact shred 12 standard sized sheets of paper at once! The motor is so powerful that it handles the stack like a breeze! Surprisingly, unlike ANY shredder I’ve ever used, this one can even shred small staples, and paper clips! whoohooo!!

If you have little inquiring minds like I do, this shredder will automatically stop once it sense hands touching the paper opening thanks to SafeSense technology. My past model shredder did not stop and it really scared me when my 17 month old was around. I think this feature alone is one that truly sets Fellowes p-12C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder apart from the competition.

Another great feature is the 4 gallon bin this product has! It is great to only have to empty this product every 3 weeks to a month. I mean, it does depend on the amount of product you shred, but for the average home use this size seems fitting. The door is also very easy to slide it and out which I love because a few other models I have owned were very annoying.

If you are looking for a shredder that doesn’t sound like a rocket taking off, this is also a model to consider. It is not super quiet, but it is also not so loud that it disrupts everyone. It also shuts off rather quickly after the paper has been fully shredded. The buttons are pretty fool proof which is also great. There is a switch in the back that turns this product (runs off electricity) on.

shredded fellowes paper Fellowes P 12C Cross Cut Paper Shredder #Review Each paper that you send through your Fellowes P-12C Cross-Cut Paper Shredder will be shredded into a whopping 309 pieces! As you can see this shredder means business, and should really be considered when it comes to small offices, and home use.

You can find this product at Walmart for $99.97, or Fellowes P 12C Cross Cut Paper Shredder #Review  for an even better price!

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