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Entries in review (43)

Saturday
May092009

Whrrl.com has my head swirling with ideas!

First and foremost, I'd like to that Whrrl.com and my blog friend JessicaKnows for an afternoon of pampering in honor of Mother's Day and Moms Night Out 2009.

Second, I thought Whrrl was cool when I saw Jessica's stories but now that I've done my own I'm completely hooked!

Below you will see my latest Whrrl story (this widget will continue to change):

It's like mini blogging but I can do it all from my phone! And I don't even have an iPhone! I can use SMS prompts or whatever you call it to send text and picture messages to create a story.
SMS looks like this:
# Janine's day of pampering
@ some location with a spa
POST Look what I got to do!
PHOTO (send pic attached to this mssg)
POST Look how happy I am
PHOTO (attach another picture)
POST Thanks Jessica you RAWK!
LEAVE (ends the story)

In addition to Whrrl, Joey Totes gave us each a 3-pack of reusable bags and you already know how much I love my Joey Totes! Plus Jessica had Whrrl t-shirts and mini Ford Flex cars for all of our kiddos (she thinks of everything).

Don't forget my manicure and pedicure. I certainly won't forget it because it's going to last me until next Mother's Day when I'll finally get another one!

So now my mind is whrrling and twrrling around all the fun ways I can use whrrl to document events in my life. Watch out - a story is just a Whrrl away!

Janine

Monday
May042009

ChicTots Wristlet review and giveaway

***UPDATE 5-12-09***
Winner of the ChicTots Wristlet is....Lollie!
Congratulations!!
********************
The opportunity to review an item from ChicTots came to me via my roll as editor of the twins/multiples section at TypeAMom.net.

After looking at all of the products online I chose an item that is great for a mom with children in diapers, but that I just might be able to use as a mom with 2 almost-6 year olds. I chose the Chic&Carry Wristlet.

The Chic&Carry Wristlet would be the perfect new-mom gift


Infact, I'm about to buy one for my friend who just had her 4th child and now has 2 kids in diapers. There are 2 versions of the Chic&Carry Wristlet.
  • One holds 2-4 diapers, the other holds up to 6 disposable diapers or 2 cloth diapers plus have a separate zippered front pocket for your phone, money, etc.
  • Both have the wrist strap and oval hook so they can be worn on a beltloop, attached to another bag, or hooked onto a stroller if you don't want to carry it.
  • Both also come with a wipes holder (you'll see below how I used this) and the newer version's is PVC, Phthalates, & Lead free. NOTE: you can buy additional wipes holders separately!
ChicTots has lots of great items for mom and baby but I know the wristlet is something that can be used as the kids grow.

What I have in my Chic&Carry Wristlet


I have been using the Chic&Carry Wristlet now for a few weeks as a summer clutch. It's perfect for a trip to the playground with the girls. It can hold my phone, a small wallet, my sunglasses, and the wipes holder which is perfect to hold emergency playground items like:
  • sunscreen
  • Neo To Go (Neosporin)
  • bandages
  • bug spray
  • and, of course, wipes!

Giveaway-enter to win your own Chic&Carry Wristlet from ChicTots!

Rules:
You can choose from any of the wristlets she has available.
Contest ends Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm
Leave a separate comment per entry with links as needed.

How to Enter:
1. Visit the ChicTots website (www.chictots.com) and tell me what OTHER item looks like something you would buy
2. Leave a comment telling me what you found
3. Tweet about this contest: "Enter to win #ChicTots wristlet from @Twincident http://tinyurl.com/d3xyka "
4. Mention and link to this giveaway on your blog
5. Email 5 of your friends a link to this giveaway and cc me: scarytwins [at] yahoo [dot] com

Winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Be sure to follow Michele (@ChicTots) on Twitter as well. She is a local DC mom, inspiring Mompreneur, and new friend.

Janine

Tuesday
Apr282009

A Mother’s Day Gift that Gives Back to Mompreneurs in Africa

This mom supports her family with coconut oil

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to buy your mom a gift that supports other mothers. Basa Body all-natural coconut oil products make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for so many reasons.

About Basa Body

Basa Body products are made with organic coconut oil that comes from Coast Coconut Farms, a micro-franchise business that provides sustainable employment, management and ownership opportunities for the rural people of Kenya. Coast Coconut farms produces coconut oil for cooking and for Basa Body products. When you buy either line of products ayou are helping moms in Africa support their families.

But How are the Basa Products?

I received a Kiss Me Pack that includes three products that no only smell good, they feel really good too. The Basa Body Lotion was supple yet not greasy. The Body Stick was perfect for my cuticles and elbows. And the Mint Trouffle Soap was oddly refreshing, if not hunger-inducing!

Basa Body Kiss Me Pack

Two reasons to Buy Basa Body products for Mom

First, purchase a Basa Body Kiss Me pack between now and May 12, and use the promotion code "momitforward," to receive an additional 10% off. That makes it a fab Mother’s Day gift for under $30.00!

AND


If you purchase a Basa body or Coast Coconut Farms product OR make a donation of at least $20 between now and May 12th, you will be entered to win one of three prizes from MomItForward:

$250 Disney gift card
$150 Amazon.com gift card
$100 Target gift card

Already got your mom something?

Look ahead to the end of school and get your child’s teacher a Basa Body or Coast Coconut Farms gift as a thank you that goes a little further.
Is there a mom-to-be or new mom in your life? Surprise them with a gift that really celebrates mothers everywhere.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my mom friends. Please visit the Basa Body site and consider donating or making a purchase.

And Mom – you can guess what you’ll be getting May10th !☺
Janine

Monday
Apr272009

Mister reviews Ragu Old World Style Sauce


Normally Mister does not contribute to my blogs. Occasionally he'll leave a comment or two. A number of times he's helped me figure out html code. Usually I'm throwing him under the bus in one of my posts.

But this time I was running out somewhere being fabulous and all, and he was in charge of making dinner.

I had thawed out some previously made penne with ricotta but it was lacking in the sauce department.
So the mister grabbed a bottle of Ragu Old World Style sauce I had just received from Mom Central and unknowingly became part of the Twofer review team.

Here's how it went:

Me calling to check in from my land of fabulous to see how the kids are doing, "Hi! How'd it go?" (I'm rather verbose)

Mister, "That pasta stuff was awesome!"

Me, "Really? Because it was frozen and I didn't know how it would taste."

Mister, "I used that Ragu sauce...that stuff was great! You should get that more often."

Me annoyed by his sexism, "YOU should go to the store and get that more often."

Mister, "{sigh} Whatever. That Ragu sauce is good and the girls ate it up."

Me, "Well........good. I love you."

Mister, "mmm, hmmmm" which means 'I love you back'.

So you see, Ragu Old World Style sauce not only tastes good, it can help you communicate with your spouse.

Eating the leftovers,
Janine

Saturday
Apr182009

X-14 Mold & Mildew Sounds Powerful (and is)

I was one of those people that hired a cleaning lady as soon as I could afford one. Working full time I valued my Saturdays and Sundays and could not stand losing one to a day of cleaning...especially bathrooms.

Me versus the Bathroom versus X-14

Well last year we were looking at ways to cut back and I decided to TRY cleaning my house myself (with some help from the Twofer and Mister). So I hugged my beloved Martiza and told her this is not "goodbye"! This is "see you later"! And then I went to the store and loaded up on cleaning supplies that would make this new job of mine easier.

Supplies I bought just to clean the shower:
tile cleaner, bleach for the tub ring, gloves, and various scrubbers for the tub and tiles.


X-14 Eliminates Mold, Mildew, and the Bucket

Had I known then what I know now...Mom Central just introduced me to X-14 Mold & Mildew cleaner which virtually replaces my bucket-o-goodies with one neatly packaged blue bottle. Not only does "
X-14" sound like some top-secret, powerful agent, it really is! A powerful cleaning agent that is. {feel free to chuckle now at my lame joke} X-14 Mold & Mildew Stain Remover doesn't require scrubbing so off come the gloves and the brushes, and it cleans the ring in the tub AND the tile and grout. That leaves me with just this....

Much easier to carry from bathroom to bathroom

Other Cool Facts About X-14 Mold & Mildew Stain Remover


  • proven to keep mildew stains from returning for up to 2 weeks
  • can be used on hard, non-porous surfaces in the home, RV or boat!
  • can clean vinyl surfaces like showers, vinyl bath mats, shower curtains,
  • great for plastic garbage cans
  • excellent as a deck wash (unpainted wood surfaces)
  • great for preparing surfaces for painting

I'm curious, how many products do you currently use to clean your tub and shower?
Janine