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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Panera: The Unique, Healthy Choice For Dining!



You have heard me mention Panera and all its wonderful features and menu items many times in the last couple of months (and I bet it has made your mouth water everytime!!). What can I say? I just can't say enough great stuff about Panera and their food, atmosphere and quality!

I got the chance to eat at my local Panera on Monday night and it hit me again how much awesome and delicious food they offer! At this day and age, when fast food chains and restaurants are shoving high amounts of fat, sodium, unhealthy and toxic food into our families and our homes, it is just so refreshing to step into Panera, browse their fresh, great-tasting food that is made from the highest quality ingredients and highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole grain bread, select organic and all-natural ingredients and a menu with 0 grams added trans fat! It is seriously so encouraging to know there is at least ONE company/restaurant left in the world that cares what they are serving and what they are putting into their customers' bodies!


And sometimes, when people that live in our society hear about healthy, natural and whole grain food, they instantly think that the food must be gross, dry, and tasteless! How wrong they are!! Panera's food is some of the best food that I have ever tasted (not to mention their AMAZING dessert selection!) and they have such a wide variety of great choices too! Their is flavor in every bite. And it is all so unique! The sandwiches available are a mix of ingredients that I don't see anywhere else!


So if your mouth is watering now, like mine is, then you have got to head over to Panera's website to learn more and find where your nearest Panera location is so you can stop by and pick up supper! If you are looking for a unique, healthy place to dine where they truly care about what they are making and serving, then head to Panera today!

Also, check out their Twitter and Facebook Fan Pages for more info!

What is your favorite feature about Panera??



* This post is sponsored by Panera. All opinions are 100% mine.*

CookiesKids.com Review and Giveaway


Established in New York City in 1975, Cookie’s Kids has since expanded to seven store locations. Their newly redesigned website offers the same terrific selection you’ll find in their stores: clothing from newborn to young adult sizes, shoes and accessories, school uniforms, baby products, and all the latest toys. It’s no wonder Cookie’s has maintained a reputation as the World’s Largest Kids Department Store and the #1 School Uniform Headquarters in the United States.

At CookiesKids.com, you’ll always be able to find the latest children’s fashion and great gifts for any occasion. Their clear product pictures and descriptions ensure you’ll always know what you’re getting. They’ll even help you find matching outfits with the click of a button. From free shipping to free laptop giveaways, their online promotions are frequent and plentiful – join their mailing list to keep up to date!
I generously received the Safety 1st One-Step Trainer Seat and various Green Sprouts toddler dishware to review.

The Safety 1st One-Step Trainer Seat quickly attaches to the toilet for easy toilet training while allowing immediate adult toilet use. It reduces size of toilet seat allowing child to feel secure on the adult toilet. This is easy to install and affixes under lid and flips up. It has a built-in deflector shield which accommodates toilet training boys.
The dishware by Green Sprouts is as eco-friendly as it is cute! Made from recycled plant fiber, it is dishwasher safe, petroleum free, and features a sweet print or logo on each item.


My Opinion
CookiesKids.com is one of the greatest sites for children's products I have ever seen! They have everything for all ages and genders - and it is all in one place!! I love how they have great categories that break all their products into easy to find groups. I found exactly what I was looking for easily and with just a couple clicks of the mouse!

I absolutely LOVE all the products I received from CookiesKids.com!

The One-Step trainer seat was one of the coolest potty training seats I have seen! Plus, it is extremely affordable (only $8.99)! I LOVE how it quickly attaches to the toilet for easy toilet training while allowing immediate adult toilet use. I didn't have to worry about taking a toilet seat on and off the toilet everytime I needed to use the bathroom! I just flipped it up just like you would the toilet seat or lid! The seat size was perfect for my son's little behind and he sat comfortably!

It was also really easy to install (I did it ALL By MYSELF!!!). I love that!! It has a built-in deflector shield which accommodates toilet training boys. However, I did find that the deflector shield could be a little bigger because I found out (well, actually my sister-in-law did!!) that it didn't quite deflect and protect from spray like it should! :)

The Green Sprouts dishware was also awesome! My son is now eating like a full blown grown up but I didn't really have any child dishware - just glass (breakable!!) plates and bowls! I am so glad to have Green Sprouts dishware because they are not breakable and they are eco-friendly and petroleum free! Best of all, they are dishwasher safe and very easy to clean! Plus, on top of all that, they are super cute too! :)

I recommend CookiesKids.com for all your children's needs! They have everything you will ever need as your children grow from babies to older children! You have to check out their amazing selection of school uniforms, toys, and clothing for all genders and ages!!

Buy It: You can purchase all products I mentioned above on Cookieskids.com

Win It: CookiesKids.com is generously offering (1) $30 gift certificate to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) $30 gift certificate to CookiesKids.com

Ok, here are the rules:
1) This giveaway will end April 14, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) central time.

2) Must include email address in at least one comment/entry to qualify to win (so I can let you know you won) or tell me it is in your profile

3) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (18 years and older)


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4) Become a Facebook fan of CookiesKids and leave this comment on their wall if you would like: "I just entered for a chance to win a $30 GC to CookiesKids.com! Check it out and enter for yourself at www.thereviewstew.com"

5) Tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. (leave status link) (one entry per day)

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6) Follow CookiesKids on Twitter and Tweet that @thereviewstew sent you

7) Grab my NEW blog button and post it on your blog - let me know you did and the link to your blog in a comment.

8) Enter any of my other giveaways - see the list on right hand side of blog. Let me know each giveaway entered in a comment (up to 5 entries only for giveaways entered)

9) Vote for my blog on Top Baby Blogs, or We're On the Fence - make a separate comment for each (can vote once per day for each site)

Winners will be chosen randomly by Random.org, contacted by email and CookiesKids will send your prize by mail.

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* Thank you to CookiesKids for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Shamrock Milkshake Body Butter Review


Hothouse Botanicals' mission is to create effective aromatherapy bath and body products that contain natural and organic ingredients - no synthetic fragrances or colors. They promote giving back to the Earth by using sustainable ingredients and recyclable packaging. For example, in their candles they use only U.S. grown soy and recycled glass containers. They openly divulge all of their ingredients and find it incomprehensible that the ingredients used in most products are not disclosed to us, since what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat. They have recycle-friendly PET packaging on all of their bath and body products and use environmentally friendly cornstarch peanuts for their packing filler (not only biodegradable, but it dissolves almost instantly in water).

Hothouse Botanicals just launched a limited edition Shamrock Milkshake Body Butter in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Their body butter contains rich emollients including the following Organic ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and Rose Hip Oil which help severely dry or cracked skin become radiantly healthy. This limited edition aromatherapy scent made with essential oils is a lovely vanilla mint. They use just a dash of natural color to make the body cream a soft mint green, which is reminiscent of a real shamrock shake! Use it anywhere you want to seal in moisture and soften skin.

All of their products are Vegan and include the following:
· 100% natural botanical aromatherapy (pure essential oils)
· 100% Vegan ingredients (no ingredients derived from animals)
· No animal testing (cruelty free)
· No synthetic fragrances or colors (phthalate free)
· No parabens or toxic ingredients (Dirty Dozen Free)


My Opinion
Ok, I am going to sound weird but there are just some products out there that I think I could literally eat!!! The new Shamrock Milkshake Body Butter from Hothouse Botanicals is definitely one of those products!! Everytime I opened the jar, I had to remind myself that it was body butter and not an ice cream treat!!! :)

So now that we have established that the smell was A-MAZING, let me tell you about the actual product! I only have additional great things to say! I LOVE that ALL of Hothouse Botanicals products are free of harmful and artificial ingredients and I love how soft the body butter made my skin after applying it! Plus, it worked great for massages! :)

I recommend the Shamrock Body Butter for all women who love to moisturize with an AMAZING smelling body butter but one without any toxic ingredients - just natural and pure softening ingredients!

Buy It: You can purchase the Shamrock Body Butter for $20.00 on the Hothouse Botanicals website.

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* Thank you to Hothouse Botanicals for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Monkey Doodlez Tuck and Go Diaper Review


Monkey Doodlez is a CANADIAN manufacturer of cloth diapers and accessories. Their products are made with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is our #1 priority!

I generously received the Tuck and Go™ Diapering System by Monkey Doodlez®. The Tuck and Go™ cover is uniquely designed to allow the pad to be easily yet securely tucked in at the front and back edge, making it extremely simple and efficient.

The front and back of the cover as well as the elastic at the leg casings are lined with soft microfleece to ensure optimum comfort and the edges of the tuck zones are gently gathered to keep everything in place.The Unique design creates a natural barrier to moisture for unsurpassed leak protection.

How it Works:

-Simply Tuck the pad into the cover and Go! No Stuffing! No Snaps! No Hassles! The diaper fastens just like an AIO or disposable.

-When the diaper is soiled, simply hang on to the outside cover, hold it over the pail, turn it over and the pad falls right out!



-Never touch soiled fabric again! The pad is designed to easily and securely tuck into the cover, yet falls out easily by simply turning the cover over once soiled. Never touch a dirty soaker again!

-With the clever design of the tuck zones, most messes are contained on the pad so the cover can often be reused. Covers and pads (sets of 3) are sold separately, so customers can purchase what they need.

My Opinion
As much as I want to get my son potty trained, I am still really enjoying cloth diapering! My newest cloth diaper is the Monkey Doodlez Tuck and Go Diapering system!

This diaper was SO easy to use! I absolutely love that the insert just shakes out when soiled or wet and I don't have to touch any dirty inserts when cleaning or washing them! Plus, it means less laundry because you can reuse the outside cover!

The diaper fit snugly and comfortably on my son's little bottom, especially for a hook and loop diaper! He didn't have any major marks or cuts from the velcro like he sometimes does with other similar diapers!

I also love the material - it was so soft but without being bulky! Plus, it was durable and held in my son's major messes! It never leaked and my son definitely put it to the test! :)

I recommend the Monkey Doodlez Tuck and Go Diapering system for all cloth diapering mommas and babies! If you are looking for an easy cloth diapering system to use, this is the one for you! You never have to touch any mess and it is so easy to change the pads!

Buy It: You can purchase Tuck and Go Diaper Cover for $15.00 and the pads for $30.00 for a 3-pack on the Monkey Doodlez website.

And for all of my awesome readers, Monkey Doodlez is offering a great coupon code for 15% off of TAG products valid for 30 days from today!

Just enter stew15 to receive the discount!


* Thank you to Monkey Doodlez for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer Review


Magic Beans was founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Eli and Sheri Gurock. They envisioned a retail experience designed for kids and optimized for parents, a place that would balance the fresh and new with the tried and true.

What will you find at Magic Beans? They sell a handpicked selection of toys for all ages, from a wide range of manufacturers. We believe that good toys come in all shapes, sizes and materials. When they are evaluating toys, they look for things that inspire creative interactions - between kids and the toy, between kids and kids, between kids and adults. Or all of the above.

They also sell baby gear and modern nursery furniture. Their selection in this part of the store reflects both on their experiences as parents as well as on experiences interacting with parents. There's no combination of products that works perfectly for every family, so their goal is to get to know their customers, and help their customers to understand their best options.

I generously received the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer. When kids are learning to ride a bike, they get going with training wheels. When they learn to use that big toilet, they’ve got the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer. This ergonomic Toilet Trainer is the first adjust-to-fit toilet seat. No matter what size or shape your toilet is, your toddler won’t have any rocking or wobbling while she practices. With a simple twist of a dial, you are able to secure a proper fit. There is a rubber rim that goes around the entire seat, ensuring that the Toilet Trainer will stay snug in place. The clever splashguard in front is smooth and not removable so it’s completely pinch proof. Kids will feel at ease with this soft, wide seat that will let them proudly go potty like a “big kid”. This sense of independence will get your child excited about learning the ropes and fast track the process.

Features:
Adapts to all types and sizes of toilet seats; adjusts easily and sits firmly in place.
Angled splashguard prevents unnecessary mess.
Soft rubber edge keeps the trainer securely in place.
Easy to remove and wipe clean.
Convenient, built
Built-in-handle for easy removal – also great for hanging


My Opinion
As I mentioned before, I am working up the courage to start potty training with my son! :) My first step is to get the right potty seats for him so that he doesn't fall through the toilet when I put him on to go!

The Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer has so many awesome features! My favorite feature is that it adjusts for any toilet! That feature along with the handle allows me to take this toilet trainer anywhere we can go with ease!

I also like the splashguard and that it is high enough to block any "splashing". I love how comfortable the seat is and how it holds my son's little booty out of the toilet.

I recommend the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer from Magic Beans for all the little butts out there that are starting potty training and need a good transition from diapers to the toilet! It is easy to carry and travel with and the material is easy to clean and wipe down from any mess!

Buy It: You can purchase the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer for $32.99 on the Magic Beans website.


* Thank you to Magic Beans  for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 Toothbrush Review


The Oral-B brand is a worldwide leader in the over $5 billion brushing market. Part of the Procter & Gamble Company since 2006, the Oral-B brand includes manual and power toothbrushes for children and adults, oral irrigators, oral care centers and interdental products, such as dental floss. Oral-B toothbrushes are used by more dentists than any other brand worldwide.

ProfessionalCare 1000/7400 provides dentist-inspired cupping action in which a unique, round brush head surrounds each tooth for a tooth-by-tooth clean.

•Removes up to 97% of plaque from hard-to-reach areas
•Helps prevent and reverse gingivitis
•Pressure sensor stops pulsations when you’re brushing too hard
•Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide
•Cleaning action: Provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute
•Professional timer: A two-minute timer with 30-second intervals makes it easy to track how long you’ve been brushing
•Indicator® bristles: Remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months, once they’ve faded halfwa
•Multiple attachment brush heads with compact, round design


My Opinion
I am going to let you all in on a very big family secret...and my husband is going to kill me for telling you! :) My husband had not been to the dentist for four years (we had no dental insurance until recently) and he recently finally took the plunge and went in to the dentist. Guess how many cavities he ended up with....TEN!!! YES, 1-0! :)

Soooo...I knew it was time that he got a good new toothbrush! I was so excited (and so was he!) when I received the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 toothbrush!

This toothbrush is perfect for him and his cavity prone mouth because it has so many great features! His favorite part is how powerful it is and how clean his teeth feel after brushing! He actually feels the difference after brushing and loves that this toothbrush is preventing more cavities!

His second favorite features is the two-minute timer with 30-second intervals which makes it really easy to track how long he's been brushing! This helps him brush as long as he needs to!

Another awesome feature is that this toothbrush includes two brush heads! That is really nice and will ensure my husband keeps using this awesome toothbrush! :)

I DEFINITELY recommend the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 Toothbrush for everyone! This toothbrush is full of awesome features that makes brushing easier and more efficient! Most importantly, it does a great job of cleaning and keeping cavities and gingivitis away!

Buy It: You can purchase the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 Electric Toothbrush for $64.10 on Amazon.com



* Thank you to Oral-B for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tangled Blu-Ray Giveaway


I am so excited to host a giveaway of the DVD release of Walt Disney's newest classic animated comedy Tangled starring Mandy Moore (A Walk To Remember, Saved!) and Zachary Levi (Chuck), hitting shelves March 29th!

Tangled features Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a young girl hidden away from the world by her overprotective mother, Gothel. Rapunzel dreams of discovering what the world holds, when suddenly Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi), a caddish drifter stumbles into her life. They strike a deal and Flynn agrees to lead her through the forest and find the hidden strength she never knew.



Win It: DBA West is generously offering (1) Tangled Blu-Ray and a Bonus Prize to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) Tangled Blu-Ray

Ok, here are the rules:
1) This giveaway will end April 8, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) central time.

2) Must include email address in at least one comment/entry to qualify to win (so I can let you know you won) or tell me it is in your profile

3) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

How to Enter:

***Mandatory Entry***
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- Be a follower of The Review Stew on Google Friend Connect (publicly) and tell me you are currently one or became one in a comment below

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8) Enter any of my other giveaways - see the list on right hand side of blog. Let me know each giveaway entered in a comment (up to 5 entries only for giveaways entered)

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SwimSpot Review and Giveaway


Now that spring is here, I know many of you are looking for a new swimsuit! I have just the place for you!!

SwimSpot is an easy-to-navigate site that helps you browse through hundreds of different bathing suits. You have the option to shop via brand (Hurley, Luxe by Lisa Vogel, Guess); fit solution (Pear, Apple, Athletic); style (trendy monokini, one piece swimsuit, womens swimsuit coverup); size (swim DD cup, underwire support bikini top, plus sized one-piece swimsuit); solids/patterns (black triangle bikini, floral swimsuit separates, pattern bathing suits for women); and price (swimsuits on sale, inexpensive swimsuits, discount swim suits).

They are a very unique site because they have the Bikini Builder application. You as the shopper can mix and match - mismatch if you please - from hundreds of swimwear bikini tops and bottoms, modest swimsuit tankini tops, swimsuit boy shorts, and tons of other styles and designs. No other swimwear website in the world offers an application that makes it this easy to shop and build one-of-a-kind women's swimwear and swimwear separates bikinis.

One of my favorite brands on SwimSpot is the Reef Designer Swimwear. If you are looking for "Flirty" women's swimwear, then the Reef brand is for you! Their suits were affordable and super cute too! Reef womens swimwear is inspired by the Amazon and the world traveler's lifestyle. The 2011 Reef Collection features striking striped designs, sexy and flirty silhouettes, and styles of all types which makes for great shopping for womens swimwear separates and bathing suits on SwimSpot. Check out some of my favorite Reef swimsuits below!


My Opinion
There is nothing better to get yourself in the mood for summer and warm weather like buying a new swimsuit!

SwimSpot definitely has an awesome selection of suits and I spent way too much of my life on their site deciding on which ones to get! :)

There are just so many options for great suits, but the best part is how helpful they are on helping you decide! They have the Bikini Builder if you want to create your own suit. You can match different tops and bottoms and see what they look like on a model. It was very helpful for a visual learner like me!

And if you really need help deciding what looks best and what size to choose, they also have a very helpful Fit Specialist Program to help you figure out what suit and size you need. Via phone or email their Fit Specialists help guide you into the right style and fit based on your individual taste, preferences and body type. They'll work with you to select flawlessly-fitting  swimwear you’ll love!

However, my favorite feature of the whole site has go to be the "Free Shipping – Free Returns – Free Exchanges until they get it right" policy! I am a very indecisive person and I also often have troubles getting the right size on the first try, so this policy made me relax and just pick the suit I loved without worrying about having to pay to return it if it didn't fit or look right! When I did end up needing to return the suit I received, returning the suit was super easy and didn't cost me a penny!

I DEFINITELY recommend SwimSpot for all women on the hunt for that new cute and fun swimsuit for the summer! You will definitely love the selection, helpfulness, and free shipping, returns and exchanges policy! It will be the most relaxed you will ever be picking out a new swimsuit! :)

Buy It: You can purchase all suits pictured above and mentioned (including the Reef brand) on the SwimSpot website.

Win It: SwimSpot is generously offering (1) $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
$50 gift certificate to SwimSpot

Ok, here are the rules:
1) This giveaway will end April 11, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) central time.

2) Must include email address in at least one comment/entry to qualify to win (so I can let you know you won) or tell me it is in your profile

3) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

How to Enter:

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1- Be a follower of The Review Stew on Google Friend Connect (publicly) and tell me you are currently one or became one in a comment below

2- Go to SwimSpot.com and become a SwimSpot VIP (upper right hand corner) Plus, you will receive a $25 coupon!

Help on how to Enter:
*Just go to the right side of the site and click the word FOLLOW below the "My Faithful Friends". Sign in and finish by clicking "follow this site". This only needs to be done once and you are then a follower! Just go down to bottom of page and click on "Post a Comment" Let me know there that you are a follower! You are now eligible to enter any giveaway in the future.*

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4) Become a Facebook fan of SwimSpot and leave this comment on their wall if you would like: "I just entered for a chance to win a $50 GC to SwimSpot! Check it out and enter for yourself at www.thereviewstew.com"

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8) Enter any of my other giveaways - see the list on right hand side of blog. Let me know each giveaway entered in a comment (up to 5 entries only for giveaways entered)

9) Vote for my blog on Top Baby Blogs, or We're On the Fence - make a separate comment for each (can vote once per day for each site)

Winners will be chosen randomly by Random.org, contacted by email and SwimSpot will send your prize by mail.

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* Thank you to SwimSpot for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Barbar Tourmaline Blow Dryer Review


BARBAR, Inc. is based in Beverly Hills, CA and has been in operation since 2000.

With over 20 years of experience as a former stylist, the company's founder, Dominic Barbar, has applied his years of technical know-how to turn his passion into reality by creating a premium line of hair care products that simplify the hair stylist's job.

BARBAR products utilize Mr. Barbar's intrinsic knowledge of hair with cutting edge technology to bring the latest in hair tool innovations. BARBAR's variety of professional quality products cover all the hair needs without damaging a strand.

BARBAR, Inc. is worldwide and the working philosophy is simple: provide the stylist and consumer with incomparable quality products and customer service at the best available price.

I generously received the The BARBAR "BT" Black Tourmaline Blow Dryer. Its blocks creates incredible softness & shine! Black tourmaline is a healing crystal that blocks radiation.

It features:
•Ionic charger
•Air Flow 31-35 M/S
•One-pound feather weight
•AC Motor
•Heat 130 F
•1600 WATTS
•11-foot professional cord
•Sleek, silver design

My Opinion
Let's just stay...I haven't had a new hair dryer since...they were invented?? :) Ok, well it has been a long time!

So I was super excited to receive this Barbar Tourmaline Blow Dryer! I love the Barbar brand because they are eco-friendly and really strive to create eco-friendly and safe products for our hair! That's awesome!

I absolutely love the tourmaline or healing crystal that blocks radiation. I also love the nice long 11 ft. cord and the light weight! It only weighs a pound!

However, there were a couple negatives about this dryer. When I opened it, the first thing I noticed was the hair dryer was made out of plastic that looked really cheap. There was even paint chips missing and it just looked like it was not new. Fortunately, those features do not affect the performance!

I recommend the Barbar Tourmaline Blow Dryer for all women that use blow dryers often. The tourmaline blocks radiation and it is great for traveling because it is very lightweight!

Buy It: You can purchase the Barbar Tourmaline Blow Dryer for $160.00 on the Barbar website.

If you need a new blow dryer or other hair product, then check out and use this code from Barbar!

Use promo code Blog4fun, good for 50% discount off any purchase made from barbarhairtools.com. Promo is going until the end of May.



* Thank you to Barbar for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pomi Tomatoes Review


Why reach for a can of tomatoes full of chemicals when there is a natural alternative? Pomi is a 100% all natural, BPA free tomato product straight from Italy. Packaged in a SIG Combibloc, the tomatoes are kept extremely fresh and have a long shelf life, bringing chefs the straight off the vine taste they crave, but can’t necessarily obtain during the winter. Chefs love Pomi because it has no preservatives, added water, artificial flavor, additives, or citric acid. Pomi watches the process from the seed (non genetically modified), to harvest (pesticide free), and packaging (which is recyclable). Hands down, Pomi is the healthiest and safest tomato product on the market.

Why should you choose Pomi this spring?
• Pomi is 100% all natural and their tomatoes are grown without pesticides or herbicides
• Toxic BPA free
• Straight off the vine, fresh taste that has a long shelf life
• Pomi’s tomatoes are grown without the use of genetically modified seeds
• Pomi contains absolutely no preservatives, water added, artificial flavor, additives, or citric acid
• Low in sodium [10 mg. vs 250 – 400 mg sodium for Del Monte and Hunts]
• Fresh, delicious addition to winter soups, stews and chili


My Opinion
I love to use fresh tomatoes in a lot of recipes but in winter and early spring it is so hard to find fresh tomatoes! I love to use organic tomato products whenever I can because tomatoes absorb pesticides so much!

However, when I discovered Pomi Tomatoes, I wanted to try them because they have so many qualities and features that I look for in fresh vegetables. They are 100% all natural, their tomatoes are grown without pesticides or herbicides, they are BPA free, straight off the vine, and they are grown without the use of genetically modified seeds! Doesn't that sound wonderful?

They tasted so fresh and tasty in my recipes and it just made me even more excited for spring and summer and my fresh vegetables to grow again!

I recommend Pomi Tomato products for all people that love to cook with fresh and non-toxic tomatoes! They are like the tomatoes you grow in your garden!

Buy It: You can purchase Pomi Tomatoes at local retailers. Click here to find your nearest retailer.

* Thank you to Pomi for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

PromotionCode.org


Something I really learned from my mother during my childhood (I grew up in a family of eight children!) and continued with my family is to use coupons whenever I can to save money! I love finding deals and using coupons whenever I can! There is no feeling like using a coupon at the end of a purchase and watching the money drop off! :)

My favorite shopping lately is online shopping! (I don't have to get out of my chair or take my son out! :) If you are like me, you love getting free shipping on your online purchases! A lot of times the site won't offer it but I go to PromotionCode.org to see if they offer a free shipping codes for the site I am buying from! Saving on shipping can really end up saving you a lot of money in the long run - and that is really important to me!

PromotionCode.org is such an awesome site because they offer so many promotion codes and coupons! Plus, you can also give back to others who love a good coupon or saving money like you by adding in your own promotion codes that work for you! This allows for everyone to find the most current codes and coupons and ensures that PromotionCode.org is the most useful source of discount codes and coupons on the web!

Best of all, PromotionCode.org also spot-checks all the codes themselves and visitors also vote on the success rate of codes. If a code has not worked for more than three days and hits a certain percentage of failure, it is automatically removed from the site! Never worry about getting really excited about a coupon code and it not working (I hate that!).

Best of all, there is no cost to you to use these great coupons and codes! Feel great today as you track your savings and watch the collective savings of your fellow users grow daily on their updated ticker. It is the greatest feeling to know you are saving money and others are too!



* This post is brought to you PromotionCode.org. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Friday, March 25, 2011

Minimus.biz Review


Minimus is the world leader in all things travel-sized and individual sized and over the course of the last 7 years, they have worked hard to provide tens of thousands of satisfied customers with incredible and reliable service. Today, they currently carry more than 2,000 travel-sized and individual sized products in stock, including more than 100 kits and gift sets, and they are continually adding to their inventory.

Wondering what you can do with travel-sizes? Their travel-sizes are perfect for those who love camping, backpacking, hiking, RVing and other outdoor sports. For those of you on special diets such as gluten-free, sugar-free, or low carbs, their individual sized food, salad dressing, and condiment packets will help keep you eating right wherever you are. Refill your first aid kits, avoid excess baggage weight fees by using travel-size personal care items when packing for your vacation or business trip, or create unique gift baskets with travel-sizes. Send one of their pre-designed care packages to a loved one in the military or to a new college student.

I generously received the Carry-On Caddy - Organic Citrus. A natural and organic selection of Citrus scented TSA-friendly liquid and gel travel-sized toiletries for health, and well-being of body, mind, and soul.

The Carry-On Caddy™ - Organic Citrus includes:
(1) Tom's of Maine® Natural Antiplaque TC&W Toothpaste - Apricot 1 oz
(1) Tom's of Maine® natural cleansing mouthwash - Spearmint 2.06 plastic bottle
(1) Kiss My Face® Liquid Rock Fragrance Free Deodorant 1 fl oz
(2) Pharmacopia® Body Lotion - Citrus (pack) pillow pack package
(1) Pharmacopia® Citrus Body Wash 2 fl oz plastic bottle
(1) EO® Shampoo - Sweet orange1 fl oz blue opaque plastic bottle
(1) EO® Conditioner Rose Ger. & Sweet Orange 1 fl oz blue opaque plastic bottle
(1) Kiss My Face® Moisture Shave Cream - Cool Mint 1 fl oz plastic bottle
(1) Ziploc® resealable bag - quart size single bag
(1) Kiss My Face® Styling Gel - Upper Management®-medium hold 1 fl oz plastic bottle
(1) Minimus Carry-On Caddy™
My Opinion
Let me tell you...Minimus is my new favorite place to shop! I sat on that site for hours (ok...maybe not that long, but it felt like it!) just looking at all the great options they have in mini size!!!

I absolutely love the The Carry-On Caddy - Organic Citrus! I really appreciate that Minimus sells natural and organic products and I love that they have all the essential traveling toiletries in one easy to carry bag! We took it on our recent vacation and it was so easy to take on the plane. We had all our toiletries in one spot and we never got stopped or examined!

I also love the Lucky Charms mini boxes that we received! They are perfect to give as party favors at a St. Patrick's Day party and of course they taste great too! :)

I recommend Minimus for all people who find they need travel size and mini products often! Frequent travelers will absolutely love this site and will have a hard time getting off (like I did!) :)

Buy It: You can purchase The Carry-On Caddy - Organic Citrus for $21.45 on Minimus.biz



* Thank you to Minimus.biz for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Surgery tomorrow..

I am going to be announcing all my winners and news today instead of my normal Fridays because I am having foot surgery bright and early tomorrow! It is a minor surgery, but I don't know how I am going to feel afterwards.

Spring is on its way (I think...) and I have just the products for you coming up in the next month or two that will help you enjoy Spring, get the Spring Cleaning done, and enjoy the outdoors and the nice weather with your family! I hope you enjoy them and make sure to enter the giveaways!!

Have a HAPPY Weekend (a day early!!) and...

Congrats WINNERS!!!! ENJOY!!!

Biebert Studios Giveaway Winner #300 - nickieisis3


Grows Up Blanket Giveaway Winner #18 - Shiloh



Saffron Rouge Giveaway Winner #256 - SnowflakeDay (Audra)


Socks4Life Giveaway Winner #135 - Annie1


Snuggle Feet Giveaway Winners #400 - MAC Mom

and

#62 - Mrs. Smitty

Big Event Fundraising


Fundraising is a big part of school programs! Many schools depend on fundraising as a big part of their budget. Sometimes it can be a burden to make sure you get the funds you need, but most of the time fundraising can be a fun and entertaining event for all involved!

I have found an awesome company that will help make your fundraising a success and fun at the same time! I am so excited to share Big Event Fundraising with you today because it could really help you make the difference you need with your fundraising event this year!

Big Event Fundraising offers a wide variety of products that include card fundraisers, cookie dough, custom mugs, frozen food, seasonal shoppers as well as specialty items. However, what sets them apart from other fundraising companies are their Four Big Event Prize Programs: Big Event Super Party, Super Splash Party, Magic Show and Reptile Adventures. They all so sound so fun and they definitely would bring in a crowd to support your fundraiser!


Big Event Fundraising prides themselves on making your fundraiser the best it can be! They can't wait to work closely with you to help design your school fundraiser and motivate your organization so that you can exceed your financial goals this year! You will love their proven track record and the dedication they have to providing prompt, friendly service.

So if you are stressing out about that school fundraiser this year, what you are going to do and if you will make your goal, DON'T!!!! Big Event Fundraising is on your side and will turn the event from stress to fun!

* This post is brought to you by Big Event Fundraising! All opinions are 100% mine.*

NameFrame Review and Giveaway



NameFrame makes it easy for you to create a one-of-a-kind gift and let its receiver know that it came from the heart. Through a step-by-step process, you can design your personal keepsake from the comfort of your own home through two convenient options. Either order an empty NameFrame with the name or word of your choice and add the pictures in yourself, or design your entire frame online with just a few clicks of the mouse. NameFrame allows you to choose the color of your frame and organize your most precious photos any way you like until your masterpiece meets your standards.

“NameFrames are uniquely personal gifts that never go out of style. Rather than giving a mass produced, off-the-shelf gift that anyone can buy- we create something truly unique to give for holidays. By using personal photos to capture those warm and wonderful moments, NameFrame is a memorable gift to give and receive,” commented Kurt VanTuil, owner of NameFrame.

NameFrame photos are printed on archival paper with the proven silver halide technology, and each NameFrame includes acid-free mat board and real wood frames to ensure your photos and memories will last into future generations.


My Opinion
I have always loved NameFrames and I am so excited to have finally made one! They are just so fun and they make a perfect gift for anyone!

The process was easy and I love that you can add your own pictures right online and have it all done and ready to gift or hang the minute you receive it! If you want to add the pictures yourself, you can also choose to get it blank and add your own pictures at home!

I chose to put the pictures in right online. I was a little nervous how it would turn out, but when I received it, I LOVED IT! IT looked exactly like I had pictured it and arranged it online!

I recommend NameFrame for all people! It can be personalized for any age and gender and it is so personalized with a name and your favorite pictures! Once done, it says a lot about someone - it can be a very fun conversational piece! :)

Buy It: You can purchase a NameFrame for $59.95 on the NameFrame website

Win It: NameFrame is generously offering (1) NameFrame to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) NameFrame
(a $59.95 Value!!!)

Ok, here are the rules:
1) This giveaway will end April 7, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) central time.

2) Must include email address in at least one comment/entry to qualify to win (so I can let you know you won) or tell me it is in your profile

3) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

How to Enter:

***Mandatory Entry***
(must do this one before all others to qualify to win)

- Be a follower of The Review Stew on Google Friend Connect (publicly) and tell me you are currently one or became one in a comment below

Help on how to Enter:
*Just go to the right side of the site and click the word FOLLOW below the "My Faithful Friends". Sign in and finish by clicking "follow this site". This only needs to be done once and you are then a follower! Just go down to bottom of page and click on "Post a Comment" Let me know there that you are a follower! You are now eligible to enter any giveaway in the future.*

Extra Entries
(Make a separate comment for each! The entries below are all optional entries that just give you a better chance to win. They are not mandatory to be entered to win the prize.)

1) Subscribe to my feed (top right corner) or subscribe by email (must confirm address) on right hand side of blog - let me know you did in a comment

2) Become a Facebook fan of The Review Stew - let me know in a comment

3) Follow The Review Stew on Twitter - let me know in a comment below

4) Become a Facebook fan of NameFrame and leave this comment on their wall if you would like: "I just entered for a chance to win a NameFrame! Check it out and enter for yourself at www.thereviewstew.com"

5) Tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. (leave status link) (one entry per day)

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#Win a NameFrame from @TheReviewStew! http://goo.gl/fb/5xM8v US ONLY! Ends 4-7 #giveaway

6) Follow NameFrame on Twitter and Tweet that @thereviewstew sent you

7) Grab my NEW blog button and post it on your blog - let me know you did and the link to your blog in a comment.

8) Enter any of my other giveaways - see the list on right hand side of blog. Let me know each giveaway entered in a comment (up to 5 entries only for giveaways entered)

9) Vote for my blog on Top Baby Blogs, or We're On the Fence - make a separate comment for each (can vote once per day for each site)

Winners will be chosen randomly by Random.org, contacted by email and NameFrame will send your prize by mail.

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* Thank you to NameFrame for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Belvedere Designs Wall Quotes Review and Giveaway


I am a huge fan of using wall decals to decorate my house! They are not only affordable, but way easier to put on then paint or stencils! Plus, I just love the way they look! One of my favorite wall art companies is Belvedere Designs. They are a husband/wife team working out of their home!

They offer such a huge selection of wall quotes and vinyl wall art! Their vinyl wall sayings range from single words to detailed wall sayings and you can personalize each one with different fonts and styles.

Their rub-on wall art is a great, contemporary alternative to wallpaper, wood cut-outs or painting with stencils. Let your guests think you painstakingly painted on all these beautiful designs, but in reality the rub-on vinyl wall art is super simple, professional, and provides a uniform finish that won't crack or fade!

They also love to do custom requests, custom vinyl letters and they even let you Design Your Own Vinyl Decals! This is perfect for that special situation or when you just can't find what you are looking for!

Something fun Belvedere Designs does each month is a monthly photo contest! Just submit photos of your wallquotes each month for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate.

Don't forget to check out their Facebook page (be the first to see when they post discount codes and other special offers) and their blog where they post lots of helpful photos and inspirations for new decorating ideas for your home!


My Opinion
There are so many great features about Belvedere Designs and their site! I absolutely LOVE their awesome selection and that they have so many different vinyl wall quotes! I also love that they are divided into easy-to-browse categories so I can find what I want quickly!

I chose the "All Because Two People Fell In Love" decal to put below a family picture. I love that I got to choose what color and size I wanted! It fit perfectly below our family picture and looks great!

It was so easy to put on and looks so classy and elegant! I just love how it spruces up our hallway!

I recommend Belvedere Designs for all people looking to spice up a blank space in their house! All their vinyl sayings and wall art are classy and fun and you are sure to find the perfect one for your house!

Buy It: You can purchase all Belvedere Designs wall quotes and wall art on the Belvedere Designs website.

Win It: Belvedere Designs is generously offering (1) $35 gift certificate to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
$35 gift certificate to Belvedere Designs

Ok, here are the rules:
1) This giveaway will end April 6, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) central time.

2) Must include email address in at least one comment/entry to qualify to win (so I can let you know you won) or tell me it is in your profile

3) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

How to Enter:

***Mandatory Entry***
(must do this one before all others to qualify to win)

- Be a follower of The Review Stew on Google Friend Connect (publicly) and tell me you are currently one or became one in a comment below

Help on how to Enter:
*Just go to the right side of the site and click the word FOLLOW below the "My Faithful Friends". Sign in and finish by clicking "follow this site". This only needs to be done once and you are then a follower! Just go down to bottom of page and click on "Post a Comment" Let me know there that you are a follower! You are now eligible to enter any giveaway in the future.*

Extra Entries
(Make a separate comment for each! The entries below are all optional entries that just give you a better chance to win. They are not mandatory to be entered to win the prize.)

1) Subscribe to my feed (top right corner) or subscribe by email (must confirm address) on right hand side of blog - let me know you did in a comment

2) Become a Facebook fan of The Review Stew - let me know in a comment

3) Follow The Review Stew on Twitter - let me know in a comment below

4) Become a Facebook fan of Belvedere Designs and let me know you became one in a comment below.

5) Tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. (leave status link) (one entry per day)

Copy & Paste Tweet:

#Win a $35 Belvedere Designs GC from @TheReviewStew! http://goo.gl/fb/RDqpp US ONLY! Ends 4-6 #giveaway

6) Visit and follow the Belvedere Designs Blog and let me know in a comment below.

7) Grab my NEW blog button and post it on your blog - let me know you did and the link to your blog in a comment.

8) Enter any of my other giveaways - see the list on right hand side of blog. Let me know each giveaway entered in a comment (up to 5 entries only for giveaways entered)

9) Vote for my blog on Top Baby Blogs, or We're On the Fence - make a separate comment for each (can vote once per day for each site)

Winners will be chosen randomly by Random.org, contacted by email and Belvedere Designs will send your prize by mail.

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* Thank you to Belvedere Designs for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*