2013 HOLIDAY HIT – REVIEW AND #GIVEAWAY – @SolRepublic Tracks HD #Headphones

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Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphones

I received a pair of purple Tracks HD Headphones. The headphones don’t come assembled, but are really easy to put together. All you need to do is slide the ear cushions onto the headband and then plug the cables in. The headband and cables can be changed to suit your mood or taste.(Additional headbands are sold separately.) The headphones come with a water-resistant carrying case, to protect them while not in use. My favorite feature of the Tracks HD are the ear cushions. They are very soft and comfortable to wear, yet they are noise-isolating so they keep most outside noise out. Speaking of sound, the sound is very full and clear no matter if the volume is up or down.

The Tracks HD Headphones have a 3-Button Mic+Music Control that allows you to have control of both volume and music right at your fingertips, handling volume, pause/resume/skip of music and answering/hanging-up calls. Device Compatibility – 3-button mic + music control is designed specifically for full feature compatibility with recent generations of Apple devices. The controller should work with most devices that have a 3.5mm jack, including but not limited to, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices. My oldest son tried out the mic feature on his phone and had no problems hearing someone on the phone or being heard.

The sound, quality and workmanship are all reasons why I’m naming the Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphones a 2013 Holiday hit.

Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphones retail for $129.99 and are available for purchase on the Sol Republic website.

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2013 HOLIDAY HIT – REVIEW AND @HeatHolderUSA #GIVEAWAY – Heat Holders Thermal Socks

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Ever since the bulk of the weight came off I’m cold. I was told it’s pretty common for people that have lost this much weight. In essence I’ve lost my insulation. The problem is, I can’t stand to be cold. I find that if I can manage to warm both my feet and my neck it helps to make me feel a bit warmer. Most days I can be found with a hoodie or sweater on, and often my microfleece robe or a sweater on top of that. On my feet in the winter I’m usually wearing thick, fuzzy socks and soft warm slippers. Even with socks and slippers, there are many times when my feet are cold. There have even been times that I wore two pair of socks, just to keep from chattering.

When I was contacted and offered the opportunity to review Heat Holders Thermal Socks, I had to say yes. I eagerly awaited their arrival, which happened a few days ago. Now in the past I’ve tried some thermal socks. Most of them were mens socks, since I have really big feet. I had always found them to be sort of scratchy.  I was actually half expecting the Heat Holders socks to be more of the same.

The Heat Holders socks that I received are the Original style, which fits Mens US sizes 7-12 and Womens US sizes 8-13. They also make a few other styles of socks, and some tights and slippers. The socks are a good length for me, they’re a bit taller then the crew style fuzzy socks I usually wear. My legs have always been sort of thick and sturdy, even as a child when I was fit. I love that the Heat Holders haven’t fallen down once, and yet they don’t feel tight and constricting. The socks are non-binding and are actually considered to be diabetic friendly. I was very pleased to find that Heat Holders are much softer then I expected them to be. The original socks are made of 91% acrylic, 5% nylon, 3% polyester and 1% elastane. The specially developed fibers in the socks make up a long looped cushion pile, which is then brushed to hold the warm air and maximize that. Heat Holders are rated to be more than seven times as warm as your basic cotton sock. After wearing them I can’t say that I disagree. My feat haven’t been cold at all while wearing these socks. Not inside. Not even outside, like the other day where is was 25, every part of me was cold when I took the garbage out except for my feet. If you or someone you know has poor circulation or whose feet are always cold, these socks are worth checking out. I really like these socks and they really do keep my feet really warm, which is why I’m declaring them a 2013 holiday hit. The only thing I’d like to see with these socks is a wider choice of “girlie” colors for the larger sizes. There’s a good selection of colors for the regular Originals, which are available in black, charcoal, indigo, deep fuschia, pink, purple and raspberry. The larger size are available in black, charcoal, denim, forest green, red, br0wn, navy, stonewash.

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2013 HOLIDAY HIT – @Calendars From Calendars.com

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Every year my Dad and I look for the perfect calendar. Him for part of my Mom’s Christmas gift, me for my house. I can’t just use any calendar, I have to really like what the pictures are of, being as you basically look at the same picture every day for a month. Finding the right calendars can be a battle for us. After learning about Calendars.com, not being able to find the right calendar will be a problem of the past.

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Calendars.com carries calendars, calendars, and more calendars. They offer hundreds of different calendars from categories including:

  • Americana
  • Art & Architecture
  • Children
  • Entertainment
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Food & Drink
  • Games, Puzzles & Toys
  • Humor
  • Lifestyle & Culture
  • Moms & Family
  • Models
  • Pets & Animals
  • Religion & Inspirational
  • Science & History
  • Sports
  • Transportation
  • Travel & Scenic
  • Weird & Interesting
  • Women’s Interests

The site is easy to use. You can search by category, keyword, topic and publisher. Once you’re in the right area you can narrow your search down by the format of calendar, such as desk, wall and mini. Be prepared to browse through a lot of calendars, because they have a lot of calendars. Unlike the local discount store that has one cat calendar at the most, Calendars.com has a couple dozen. For that extra special person, they even have some custom calendars you can make with your own photos.

I got two calendars and I can’t wait for 2014 to start using them. I got a Daily Bitch Desk Calendar ($14.99) for my desk, where I will have a new funny or sarcastic gem to look at every day. I also got a Cuddly Kittens Wall Calendar ($12.99) that I will hang in the hall for everyone to see. The kittens pictured each month are super cute.

So many people use a calendar, why not find one someone will like and make them smile when they open up their gift at the holidays.  You’ll surely find a calendar to please your taste or the taste of whomever you’re shopping for at Calendars.com, which is why I’m calling it a 2013 Holiday Hit.

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2013 HOLIDAY HIT – REVIEW AND #GIVEAWAY – Fresh Christmas Holiday Wreaths From @ChristmasForest

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I absolutely love fresh wreaths. In my opinion, they are just superior to artificial wreaths because they look and smell better. There’s just something about a real wreath on a door that seems welcoming, whereas artificial just seems well, fake. Don’t even get me started on the topic of trees.

Christmas Forest, founded in 1976, is located in the Pacific Northwest, in Washington state. They specialize in making handcrafted holiday wreaths. All of the greens and berries used to make the wreaths are gathered right there in the forests in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Wreaths are shipped throughout the continental US and to some international countries as well.

I was very excited when the box arrived. How could you not if you like fresh wreaths and see the words Christmas Forest? Just the name makes me think of forests full of pretty trees and that fantastic Christmas scent.

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I received a Christmas Classic wreath. The wreaths are hand assembled in Washington before shipping. All you need to do is unwrap the wreath, which is about 20″ in diameter, and attach the giant red velvet bow.

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I hung the wreath on my front door. Because I have a storm door, this means the wreath is actually inside my home. From the outside of my house you can see the wreath, which puts a pop of color on the front door with it’s bright greens and bright red bow. I love that the wreath is so full and colorful, artificial wreaths always seem somewhat sparse and washed out.  And because I have a storm door, when the storm door is open you can smell the fantastic scent of the wreath hanging there. It is awesome, and that’s why Christmas Forest wreaths are one of my 2013 Holiday Hits.

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Christmas Forest wreaths are available with a variety of different decorations. Free shipping to continental U.S. via UPS ground is available and there is a 10% discount for orders of 10 or more wreaths.

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2013 HOLIDAY HIT – @FireflyTb FireFly Ready Go Brush Toothbrush

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FireFly Ready Go Brush

Featuring favorite characters and a system designed to encourage thorough brushing, this toothbrush is the perfect stocking stuffer for your child. Check it out.

ABOUT THE FIREFLY READY GO BRUSH

Traffic lights are a great early childhood learning tool. Pre-school and kindergarten teachers often use them to teach basic math concepts, counting, shapes, colors and, of course, safety principles. But who knew this bright, visual signal could also guide kids to better oral hygiene?

• The new FireFly® Ready Go Brush™ features the colors and mimics the cycle of a traditional traffic light to let kids know how long they need to brush each row of teeth to be effective against cavities

• The cousin of the original FireFly – the best-selling kids toothbrush in the U.S. – the toothbrush has a light-up timer that is activated by an easy to press button

• Entertainment is a highly motivating factor when it comes to chores like brushing teeth, and it is the first step toward developing a lifelong healthy habit

• Times kids to make sure they brush the dentist-recommended 60 seconds per row of teeth. For the first 30 seconds, the light flashes green for “go.” Then, the light changes to yellow to signal that brushing is halfway over. When the red light comes on, the user can stop brushing. The cycle is then repeated for the second row of teeth

• The colorful bristles echo the green, yellow red traffic light motif

• When finished, simply hold the toothbrush upright and press onto the surface where you wish to store it. The suction cup at the bottom of the toothbrush will hold it firmly upright like a traffic light, keeping the bristles clean, dry and out of contact with moisture and germs on the sink. This clever feature also cuts down on clutter, much to parents’ delight

• Parents will also love abdicating the role of “nagger in chief,” while watching children comply independently and take charge of their own oral health

• Hurried, insufficient brushing is one of the major causes of early childhood cavities; the FireFly Ready Go Toothbrush encourages compliance in young children and helps develop good oral care habits for a lifetime

• Choice of four top entertainment characters – Barbie, Spider Man, Angry Birds, or FireFly.

• For even more toothbrushing fun and innovation, use with new the FireFly Fluoride Foam Toothpaste

• Soft, high quality DuPont Tynex bristles are gentle on children’s delicate gums

• American Dental Association (ADA) Accepted

• SRP $3.99; Available at Target, Kroger, Meijer stores, Drugstore.com and Amazon.com

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2013 HOLIDAY HIT – REVIEW – Hess Toy Truck And @HessExpress Tractor Trek App

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2013 Hess Toy Truck

It’s November, which means it’s time for the new Hess toy truck! This is the 49th year that Hess has released a new toy truck just in time for the holiday season. My parents got Hess trucks for my brothers every year. There have been many years where the trucks became collector’s items. The trucks have always been neat looking and great quality. When I had my boys, I started getting Hess trucks every year as well. This year’s truck is another gorgeous truck, with a self-propelled tractor on the back trailer.

Truck Features Include:

  • 45 lights that work in flash or steady mode
  • Hidden, extendable rear loading ramp with sound effects
  • 4 realistic sounds: ignition/idle, horn, backup alert, hydraulic lift

The self-propelled, multipurpose tractor has both front and rear buckets, and a fully motorized rubber track to take on the toughest terrain!
Tractor Features Include:

  • 15 working lights
  • Motorized forward / reverse motion
  • Locking front bucket with release button
  • 360° swiveling back bucket

I love that the trucks are so beautifully detailed, and that they’re very sturdy. Here’s a brief video commercial showing the truck in action.

The 2013 Hess Toy Truck will be a holiday hit this year for sure. The 2013 Hess truck is available for preorder for 27.99 plus tax and shipping, and will be available in stores later this month. Energizer batteries are included in the box. For a complete list of Hess Toy Trucks through the years and to find your nearest Hess locations or order online, please visit: www.hesstoytruck.com. Fans also can create their own digital display case of their collection at http://collection.hesstoytruck.com.

On a related note, Hess has introduced the free “Hess Tractor Trek” App, available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire.

Throughout the game, players will attempt to cover distances while pulling off stunts to earn valuable in-game Hess Cash, which can be used to upgrade their vehicle, purchase new tractor bodies and earn short-term perks that will improve performance and earning potential. The 2.5-dimension side-scrolling game design challenges players’ reflexes and minds as they race over bumpy terrain, jump and flip over while ensuring their tractor lands safely back on the ground. Bonus features activate through the 2013 Hess Toy Truck Horn.

“We’re presenting consumers with the total package with this game, offering for the first time a real-world connection between the Hess Toy Truck and the game app, which is sure to please existing and new Toy Truck fans,” said Justin Mayer, Director, Brand Marketing and Innovation, Marketing and Refining.

Hess Tractor Trek key features include:

  • Three unique environments at launch, with more to come in future releases: Players will explore the Snowy Mountains, Red Desert and Volcanic Island at launch, each with unique environmental features.
  • Five unique tractors: Throughout the game, players will be able to earn Hess Cash and purchase new tractors with unique attributes: HARDHAT, the 2013 model; SPEEDY, a souped up racer; BOUNCER, a dune buggy-style tractor; STRETCH, an ultra-long tractor that can grab hard-to-reach coins; JUGGERNAUT, a massive tank-like model.
  • 200 vehicle upgrades: Boost your tractors’ speed, acceleration, in-air handling (perfect for flips) and more as you progress and earn Hess Cash (for use within the game app, only).
  • 2013 Hess Toy Truck and Tractor activation: Honk your physical toy truck’s horn and the app will unlock 100,000 in bonus Hess Cash, which can be used within the game to purchase upgrades or unlock new tractors or environments.
  • In-app purchases: All upgrades can be earned through consistent game play, but Hess Cash also will be made available for purchase through Google Play and iTunes.
  • Facebook friends’ challenge: Syncing with Facebook will let players challenge their friends’ best distances and track progress with viewable in-game signposts. It’s a novel twist on the traditional leader board system.

This year’s Tractor Trek is the fourth free game app released by Hess. The Hess Jet, Hess Racer and Hess Chopper are also available for download on Android and iOS devices. For more information and to download Hess Tractor Trek and previous game apps visit: http://hesstoytruck.com/hess-apps/.

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2013 HOLIDAY HIT – Disney-Pixar Monsters University Blu-Ray

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Monsters University

  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B008JFUPOY

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. “Monsters University” bravely explores themes of self-discovery and the revelations that come with growing up.

Joining Crystal and Goodman as part of “Monsters University’s” monstrously talented voice cast are Steve Buscemi (voice of Randy Boggs), Helen Mirren (voice of Dean Hardscrabble), Alfred Molina (voice of Professor Knight), Charlie Day (voice of Art), Sean P. Hayes (voice of Terri Perry), Dave Foley (voice of Terry Perry), Nathan Fillion (voice of Johnny Worthington) and Aubrey Plaza (voice of Claire Wheeler). Featuring a score from recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3″), MU also includes music from Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia.

Bonus Features:

  • Campus Life – What’s it like being on a production crew at Pixar? Get a look at a day in the life of the “Monsters University” crew through their own eyes.
  • Story School – This documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story, and the change in focus from Sulley to Mike. We’ll also look at how gags are developed – from writing jokes to brainstorming a million ideas, only 5% of which actually end up in the movie.
  • Scare Games – At Pixar, we play hard while we work. The same people who keep the film production moving – producers, managers, coordinators and artists – are also the ones who bring spirit and excitement to some of our extracurricular activities. We check out the MU production teams as they go head to head in the mostly playful Pixar Scare Games competitions.
  • Welcome to MU – Sets aren’t just buildings, they are the worlds our characters live in and explore. This look at the Monsters University campus and its development is told from the perspective of the artists who created each piece of the campus from the architecture to the ivy leaves. .
  • Music Appreciation – Randy Newman’s scores are a mainstay of Pixar films, and this documentary will give you a privileged look at his creative process. We follow the “Monsters University” scoring process from spotting to writing and on to the scoring session. including special college-themed recording sessions.
  • Scare Tactics – Animators are actors who digitally bring the characters to life. In this look at how the MU animation team worked, you’ll see their process of how they channeled their own monster-selves and created moments on screen that were really funny, really scary and also really serious, sometimes all at the same time.
  • Color and Light – How can a single painting set the tone for an entire scene? We’ll look at the creation of the colorscripts and how they were realized technically in the final film. Along with the process, this piece explores the many layers of technical innovation required to produce such a naturalistic feel.
  • Paths to Pixar – MU Edition – When one door closes, sometimes another door opens – one with an even more exciting opportunity behind it. Members of the MU crew tell their own compelling backstories and share the challenges they overcame along their paths to Pixar.
  • Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective – Explore the difficulties in creating characters that are 20 years younger with tools that are 10 years more advanced in this contrasting look at the differing technical challenges that arose when making “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Monsters University.”
  • Deleted Scenes – Four separate scenes – “Rivalry,” “Recon,” “Movie Night,” and “Drama Class” – are highlighted with an introduction from director Dan Scanlon.
  • “The Blue Umbrella” – This animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg, played in theaters in front of “Monsters University.” “The Blue Umbrella” tells the story of an evening commute in which the rain starts to fall and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.
  • Additional Bonus Features – Audio Commentary, Promo Picks, College Campaign, Theatrical Campaign, Set Flythroughs, Art Gallery and more!

Did you see Monsters Inc? If you did, maybe you wondered how the characters got to that point. Well, Monsters University answers that question. When Monsters University opens, viewers see a very young Mike Wazowski on a school trip to the scare factory. Even back then he is shunned by his classmates. It’s at that point he is mesmerized by “scarers” and decides that’s what he wants to become when he’s older. Fast forward to present day, when Mike is beginning his first semester at Monsters University, a college known for it’s scaring program.

Mike’s a serious student that’s prepared to work hard and do what it takes to graduate from the scaring program, so he can be a scarer. Unfortunately, Sully gets in his way. Sully is also a freshman who’s made it to the University on his family’s fame as scarers. Sully is prepared to do as little work as possible, confident that a big roar is all he needs to know how to do. An accident between the two puts them under the Dean’s eye and gets them ousted out of the program. Mike remembers a campus competition known as the Scare Games and decides to compete to get back into the program. He joins up with the fraternity Oozma Kappa, and finds himself one man short to qualify to compete. Sully, recognizing what may be his only shot at getting back into the program, joins as the final member of the team. Judging by outward appearances, the band of “misfits” that is Oozma Kappa has no shot at winning the competition and being in the scarer program. That’s bad, because if the tam doesn’t win, Mike and Sully will be expelled from the university. The band of Oozma Kappa frat brothers will have to overcome physical and mental challenges, as well as deal with their own doubts, fears and weaknesses. With a lot of hard work, and a little luck, things start coming together. It’s down to the wire, only two fraternities remain, Oozma Kappa and their arch-enemy. having no faith in the team, someone (you’ll have to watch to see who) cheats so that Oozma Kappa wins. The underhanded behavior comes to light and Mike and Sully are sent packing.  You might think that’s the end. It’s not. After all, we know from Monsters Inc that they work at the scare factory. It will take a crazy stunt and facing some harsh truths for Mike and Sully to be recognized as capable scarers and send them to the next step of their journey.

This is a fun movie with an underlying message. I’ve seen it several times and it remains funny and doesn’t get old, which is why it’s a 2013 Holiday hit.

Here’s a clip called First Contact.


First Contact – Monsters University Blu-ray Clip on Disney Video

And a closer look at the MU campus and the details that make it monstrously awesome!


Designing the Campus – Monsters University Featurette on Disney Video

And last but not least, some Monstrous Halloween Activities!

Download Monstrous Halloween Activities

2013 HOLIDAY HIT – Disney Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Blu-Ray

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Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Blu-Ray

  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • ASIN: B00DGWZKBI

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but Rabbit will only discover the true spirit of the season after his pals make misguided New Year’s resolutions to change – with hilarious and heartfelt results! Featuring beloved characters, delightful songs and fun-filled bonus goodies, this special “Gift of Friendship Edition” is sure to become a shared family tradition for generations to come!

Cast: Jim, Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh), Peter Cullen (My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo), John Fiedler (Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo), Michael Gough (Winnie the Pooh Un-Valentine’s Day, Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too), William Green (Winnie the pooh and Christmas Too)

Bonus features:

  • Disney Intermission
  • Sing Along
  • Enchanted Environment

I love Pooh! A Very Merry Pooh Year is actually a combination of two older, classic holiday episodes. As this begins, Pooh and his friends are remembering a Christmas from their past. Each of the gang had made a list intended for “Sandy Claus” that contained the gift they wanted. Only after the list is blown away is it realized that what Pooh wanted accidentally didn’t make the list. Concerned about his friends being disappointed at Christmas, Pooh, with the help of Piglet, dresses up as Santa and delivers the gifts. Everyone, including Pooh, winds up with exactly what they wanted, proving the magic of the season and the love of friends. In the second part, Pooh and his friends are remembering one year that they all realized what things annoyed them about each other, and made New Years resolutions to change. Can you imagine Rabbit’s personality in one of the other characters? You’ll have to watch to see it for yourself!

This Blu-Ray is perfect for all Pooh lovers, both young and old. It’s a must have for any Pooh collection, and definitely a holiday hit for 2013.

2013 HOLIDAY HIT – Must Have #Music – @OleanderBand Something Beautiful Album

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Oleander Something Beautiful

I published my Something Beautiful album review back in April. I also published an interview with Oleander frontman Thomas Flowers back in July. This album is in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide because I love it and the band that made it. I have listened to it daily since I received it earlier this year. The vocals, music and lyrics are all just perfect together. The album has something for everyone.

Here’s the acoustic version of the title song, “Something Beautiful”. I love this version!

Tracks include:

  • Fight
  • Something Beautiful
  • Bulletproof
  • Until It’s Over
  • Never Too Late
  • Save The Best
  • Save Me
  • You Are The One
  • Daylight
  • Where Do We Go From Here
  • How Do We Say Goodbye

This CD is available on the Oleander website, and also as a download from iTunes and Amazon and sells for about $10.

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2013 HOLIDAY HIT – REVIEW – Pirouette Essentials Body Lotions And Soaps

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Pirouette Body Lotions And Soaps

Pirouette is a Seattle-based company that produces bath and body items that are vegan, handmade, all-natural, and cruelty-free. Pirouette believes that regular self-care helps promote health and happiness, and therefore strives to provide nourishing products that help pamper you with relaxing, soothing scents. The Pirouette line includes:

  • Natural Body Bliss Lotion
  • Natural Body Bliss Soap
  • Natural Botanical Perfume
  • Natural Favorites for Men
  • Natural Perfume Gold
  • Gift Sets

I definitely don’t make enough time for myself. My kids come first, as they should. But I do like to pamper myself in ways that provide a quick pick-me-up. Pirouette sent me several items to help do just that:

  • Pink Grapefruit Tomato Leaf Natural Body Bliss Soap
  • Pampering Spa Clays Sampler (includes Heaven and Earth, Deep Sea Sanctuary, Moroccan Cedar Spa, and Lost in a Forest)
  • Lavender Earl Grey and Blue Hawaii Natural Body Bliss Lotion

I have a pretty good-sized collection of body sprays, lotions, and soaps because in my opinion, these types of products are the easiest way to make me feel relaxed after a long day or pretty when I dress up for date night with my fiancé.

I was happy to add Pirouette’s products to my collection. All of the scents were so unique compared to anything else I have and even smell natural and organic! The Pink Grapefruit Tomato Leaf scent is my absolute favorite. Grapefruit and tomato leaf are two things that do not seem to go together, but they most definitely work and create such a unique fragrance. The soap is so smooth and soft – it made me feel moisturized just by touching it!

Pirouette Body Lotions And Soaps

The Lavender Earl Gray Natural Body Bliss Lotion reminded me of the smell of an antique shop – a smell I absolutely love. This is the type of lotion I would love to use after a relaxing bath. Blue Hawaii Natural Body Bliss Lotion is more of a pick-me-up, playful scent that I love as well.

The Pampering Spa Clays sampler had so many unique scents that I can’t even pick a favorite. They do smell a little more “manly” to me than the other products, but I can also see myself using them during a long bath. They are the types of scents you’d expect to smell in a luxurious spa.

Pirouette Body Lotions And Soaps

Pirouette is pro-earth and pro-people. I love that the products are handmade, giving them that extra special quality that makes them unique. Pirouette also donates 10% of its profits to charity, making it a company I can truly get behind.

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The folks at Pirouette are offering Mom Knows It All readers a discount of 15% off for all web orders. Just use the code MOMKNOWS15 when purchasing from the Pirouette online store.

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