ful Laptop Bag Review & Giveaway

Laptops and tablets are fairly common in the work place and home, so a good quality bag can make traveling with these items much easier.  I recently came across ful Bags and was wowed by the amazing selection of seriously awesome bags.  You will find a wide variety of bag styles offered at ful, but they all have one thing in common.  A sleek design with high functionality.  Whether you are looking for a bag for your camera, laptop, or e-reader, you will find a variety of styles and colors available at ful.  They even have a great selection of travel bags.

 

My hubby and I both love the ful Brick House laptop bag because it has a swivel shoulder strap and great storage.  The swivel strap simply snaps onto a loop on either corner of the bottom of the bag allowing you to customize which shoulder the strap will rest on. This bag has a side entry laptop compartment, several other zippered compartments, and a mesh side panel which is perfect for holding a bottle of water.  The laptop compartment has several storage features and good padding for protection.  The Brick House laptop bag also has a detachable cell phone holder across the strap which allows for easy cell phone access.

The ful Brick House laptop bag has yet another feature I adore.  The bottom front storage compartment is a pocket for your CD/mp3 player or iPod and it has a convenient port for your headphones to slip through.  Whether you are walking across your college campus or through an airport, you can safely carry your laptop while listening to music for entertainment.

Buy It!

You can purchase the Brick House bag as well as many other great bags online at ful.

Win It!


One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a purple Brick House Laptop bag! Mandatory Entry:  Visit ful and come back here to leave me a comment sharing a product(other than the Brick House bag) you would love to own.

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Giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. (central time) on October 19, 2012.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S and Canada.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received a ful Brick House Laptop bag for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone based off of the product I reviewed.

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Winners!

I have a few winners to announce, and many ending soon, and many more to come.  Here are the winners:

Milk Unleashed Giveaway: Amy W

all mighty pacs Laundry Giveaway: Michelle S

$25 Walmart Giveaway:  Mary HappyMommy

All winners have been emailed and are also announced on the original giveaway post.  Congrats!  Don’t forget that the Hicural Giveaway Ends tonight and only has 15 entries!  This hiccup stick truly works.  My 4 year old has used it more than a handful of times with success every time!

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Case-Mate Mobile Accessories Review & $45 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Case Mate

Technology is everywhere and lets face, it comes at a price.  If you are going to invest in a smartphone, tablet, or any other product such as an iPod, you should probably protect it right?  Nothing is worse than getting used to having information at the tip of your finger tips and then it getting taken away because you dropped your phone and destroyed it!

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I have a fabulous younger brother who recently gave me a iPhone 4s for my birthday.  As much as I love this phone, I think my 4-year-old and 1-year-old may use it even more.  Needless to say, I was on a mad hunt to find a quality case for my phone. I wanted it to look and feel great while protecting my phone from boys’ eager little fingers!

 

After much research, I came across Case-mate and found their selection of cases for iPhones, iPads, and iPods to be exceptional.  They offer a variety of case styles and colors.  Case-mate even has cases for the new iPhone 5!  I was very tempted to get a Barely There case because of the sleek design but in the end I could not resist the Phantom Case.  This durable case provides military-grade protection yet allows access to all ports and functions.  The Phantom case comes in some excellent color combinations.  I fell in love with the navy and aqua case.  Best of all, I can now leave my iPhone in the hands of my one-year-old and know he won’t destroy it.

The Phantom case is a two piece tough case that has built-in screen protection.  This case is quite easy to take on and off despite the snug fit.  The fit is so fabulous that my one year old actually spilled an entire glass of water on my iPhone and the Phantom case kept my phone completely dry!  I did take the case off and make sure every nook and cranny was dry after cleaning up the mess, but I could not be happier with the performance of this case.  If you have children like mine that can’t get enough of the apps, your phone will thank you if you wrap it up safely in a Phantom case!

Buy It!

You can purchase the Phantom case as well as many other styles of mobile accessories online at Case-mate.  You can even design your own case if you want to get creative!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a $45 Gift Certificate to Case-Mate!  Mandatory Entry: Visit Case-Mate and come back here to leave me a comment sharing what item you would love to own.

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Giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. (central time) on October 26, 2012.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S and Canada.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received the Phantom case for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Costume Express: Dressing Your Imagination for Halloween!

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Costume Express provides a quick and easy one stop shopping experience for Halloween shopping.  At Costume Express you will find costumes for everyone in your family as well as party supplies and decor.  Costume Express has an amazing selection of costumes for babies/toddlers, kids, teens, adults, and pets and they are arranged in these categories so you can shop with ease.

Astronaut+Jetpack+Backpack/Candypack

My 4 year old wants to be an astronaut this year for Halloween.  Costume Express has a great selection of astronaut costumes and accessories.  Little A fell in love with the astronaut jetpack backpack when he first spotted it on the Costume Express website.  I will be getting my son the white astronaut costume to go with super fun backpack to complete his costume.  My little astronaut loves his jetpack and the best part is he can use this for years to come.  He fills it with toys or simply wears it while exploring the galaxy (AKA our house).  The backpack has two zipper compartments and offers quite a bit of storage.  The fuzzy flames at the bottom of the jetpack are just one of the many great details on this fabulous jetpack.

This is Little A’s jetpack. A great source of fun and functional!

3, 2, 1, blast-off!

I am seriously considering getting the adorable owl costume for my toddler.  I am trying to wait a couple more weeks before ordering him a costume in case he goes through another growth spurt.  He has been growing like a weed lately!  All of the owl costumes at Costume Express are just too cute for words.

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Do your children know what they want to be for Halloween this year?  My kids and I had a blast exploring the Costume Express website together.  They even got a kick out of picking out costumes mom and dad should wear!

Buy It!

You can purchase your entire family costumes online at Costume Express and have no worries about if you ordered the correct size.  Costume Express now offers FREE EXCHANGES!  If your costume does not fit, they will pay the shipping costs to exchange your costume for the correct size.  This makes online shopping virtually stress free!

I received the Astronaut Jetpack backpack/candypack for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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QuickZip Sheets: Changing my children’s beds has never been easier!

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely dread changing the sheets on my son’s crib.  I end up sweaty and with bruised knuckles every time.  I am assuming there must be a few parents out there who go through the same grueling experience because the fabulous people at Clouds and Stars Inc. have created sheets that ALMOST change themselves! QuickZip sheets fit both crib and toddler bed mattresses.  The zipper goes around the edge of the mattress and even has a small strip of fabric that covers the zipper so you don’t see it!

 

Would you like to know how these miracle sheets work?  I bet you do!  The first time you put the QuickZip sheets on your mattress, you will need to place the mattress inside the zipper base.   the zipper sheet to the zipper base.  Wien you child’s sheets need to be changed, you simply unzip the zip sheet and toss it in the laundry.  No corners to tug and pull!  I absolutely adore these sheets.  I find myself washing my son’s sheets more frequently now that they are so simple to take off and put back on.  My baby is sleeping on fresh sheets and my hands are bruise free thanks to QuickZip sheets.

QuickZip Sheets are quite brilliant.  The function of these sheets exceeded all of my expectations and I could not be happier with the design.  The white/ecru/brown print even looks great with our nursery!  I have even found QuickZip Sheets to be great quality.  If you prefer to use organic and natural products, you will be happy to know that Clouds and Stars also offers an Organic QuickZip starter set.  In fact, their certified organic sheets were a Winner of the Parent Tested Parent Approved Green Award!  QuickZip sheets are also available for twin beds.  Since my oldest son’s bed is place in the corner of his room, these sheets would make putting fresh sheets on his bed much easier.  I think QuickZip sheets would also be fabulous for twin bunk beds.

Are you a new mom, pregnant, or know someone who is? Then Tried and Truth is the place for you!  Tried and Truth is a great resource for new and expecting parents.  You can find out what products other parents are using and love.  I recently created a suggested registry consisting of products and use and love.  QuickZip sheets are one of the great products on my list and I will continue to add to this registry.  Tried and Truth is free to use and you get access to detailed honest reviews by experienced parents!  As you gain experience as a parent or if you are already an experienced parent, you can review products yourself and earn points towards great rewards.  Visit Tried and Truth today to explore the wonderful products being recommended.  With the holidays approaching it is a great time to discover what products mom and baby may need!

Buy It! QuickZip Sheets are available in a variety of colors.  You can purchase starter sets and more online at Clouds and Stars.

Thanks to Tried and Truth and Clouds and Starts, I had the opportunity to review a QuickZip starter set.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Milk Unleashed Prize Pack Giveaway

Want an easy solution to have a healthy drink available for your kids anytime, anywhere?  Shelf safe milk is Grade A fluid milk that requires no refrigeration until the package is opened.  My boys love shelf safe milk.  My oldest son gets to have chocolate milk as a treat and he loves Horizon and Organic Valley shelf safe organic milk.  I am excited to try some of the other shelf safe milk brands that my family has not encountered yet.  You may have noticed individual shelf safe milk available for purchase at a lot of cafes and child friendly restaurants, but they are also available for you to keep in your very own pantry. Now you can always have milk on hand and never run out!

Buy It!

You can purchase shelf stable milk at most mass retailers and grocery stores and some brands are available online at Amazon.

Win It!                       *******CLOSED*******

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Milk Unleashed variety pack consisting of four shelf safe milks (white and chocolate) from: Hershey’s, LaLa, Horizon and Organic Valley and the variety pack will have a cow stress ball and information on shelf safe milk!   Mandatory Entry:  Take the Milk Unleashed Quiz and leave a comment sharing your results.

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Congrats to Amy W on Random.org choosing her winning comment!

Giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. (central time) on September 18, 2012.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I will receive a Milk Unleashed package for hosting this giveaway.  All opinions are mine alone.

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September’s Pick: Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!

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Author, Margaret Mayo, introduced a new book this year that has my son’s imagination soaring.  Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! is a fun space adventure that takes children zooming through outer space in the same flowing and rhythmic style as Mayo’s previous book, Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!  If you are not new to The Children’s Nook, you may recall that we featured Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! in 2011.  My boys enjoy the fun flowing stories in both of these books and absolutely love the colorful illustrations by Alex Ayliffe.  Her vibrant illustrations cover every page and spark my son’s imagination.

Your child does not need to be obsessed with outer space and the solar system like my son to enjoy Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!  Mayo’s writing style alone is bound to catch most children’s attention.  The rhyming text in Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! flows so well when I read this story, that I catch myself almost singing it.

 

Buy It!

You can purchase Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! online at many retailers such as, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  This book is eligible for free shipping at either website when you make a $25 purchase.

Bloomsbury and Walker Books for Young Readers provided me with a copy of Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! to try free of charge.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Daily Decadence: The Art of Sensual Living Review & Giveaway

Daily Decadence The Art of Sensual Living

Do you ever feel like your life is overscheduled and you are running from one thing to another?  You finally sit down for a moment, only to have a pile a dirty dishes staring at you from the kitchen sink.  As wonderful as modern technology can be, I think most of us have also felt the pressures and temptations that come with it.  Whether you have a hard time leaving work at home, putting down your phone or laptop, or simply letting the dirty laundry pile up so you can simply enjoy a cup of coffee with someone special watching the sunrise or even better watching the sun set with a glass of wine, we all could probably use a little advice on how to disconnect and engage in some daily decadence.  Sherri Dobay has managed to combine a collection of recipes and paired them the perfect wine and stories in her book, Daily Decadence: The Art of Sensual Living.  Author, Sherri Dobay, grew up on a horse farm and is an artist in the form of both painting and writing.  Her passion for wine led to one more creative outlet in creating her own small wine label, Ruby Kurant.  You will even find her original artwork featured on the wine label!  Dobay shares parts of her life journey with short stories that introduce you to new recipes, wines, and a little advice on how to achieve daily decadence.

The author of, Daily Decadence: The Art of Sensual Living, cleverly shares tips on how to live a less stressful and more meaningful and enjoyable life while simply sharing tidbits of her life and the the food and wine that have helped make those events that much more enjoyable.  Daily Decadence: The Art of Sensual Living almost reads like a diary.  This means you can easily read parts of the book whenever you have time, and easily put it down again until you have time to indulge for more.  I found this to be the perfect book to read before bed because I could read about one or two of Sherri’s life events and the recipes she shared with them and then go to sleep.  No wasting the night away feeling pressured to finish the book!  However, there were a few times I was tempted to get out of bed and go downstairs to take inventory of my pantry so I could try out one of her recipes.  Sherri Dobay shares a lot of great recipes in this book and even recommends the type of wine that would go well with the meal.  I felt that I would have more closely related to a lot of her life stories a few years ago before I had any children, yet I still enjoyed the stories and I still found that many of the life lessons she shares throughout the book were relevant to me today.  Daily Decadence is a unique book that has inspired me to focus more on the things in my life that I truly value, break up my old daily routine, and strive for some daily decadence.

Buy It!

You can purchase Daily Decadence: The Art of Sensual Living online at the Daily Decadence website in either paperback or eBook.

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Congrats to Kristie D. on Random.org choosing her winning comment!

Giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. (central time) on October 10, 2012.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I was provided copy of Daily Decadence for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Winners Announcement and Giveaways Ending Soon!

September is here and hot summer nights with melting ice cream are coming to an end.  As fun as that can be I am very excited for September.  It is one of my favorite months and I am excited about some great new giveaways coming to The Children’s Nook this fall.  The weather is great, so I know many of you will be outside a lot and busy with new back to school schedules, but I wanted to remind you of a few great giveaways ending soon.  If you have not had a chance be sure to enter the all mighty pacs giveaway (Ends 9/8) and the $25 Walmart giveaway (Ends 9/11). We have our first three winners of September! Here they are:

Dinosaur Train Book Giveaway: Susan

Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator Giveaway:  Pam L.

$25 The Children’s Place Gift Card Giveaway: Laurie

All of the winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to claim their prizes.  Congrats!

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Staying Healthy This School Year with CleanWell

Labor Day has come and gone and another school year is officially underway.  School is a fun and exciting time for discovery, but unfortunately more than just your child’s home work and school artwork find their way into your home each day after school.  Many germs travel home from school with your children and can often leave your entire family sick with a cold or even worse the dreaded flu.  This school year keep your kids safe and your family healthy by using CleanWell disinfectant products.  I keep these products in my home and my vehicle at all times, but they would also be great to keep in your child’s classroom!  The CleanWell handsanitizer pump would be great to keep in the classroom for everyone to use and the spray is just the right size to keep in your child’s desk or backpack.

I never leave home without my CleanWell hand sanitizer spray.  It is easy to use and best of all it is made of a kid safe formula.  CleanWell hand sanitizer spray is part of our shopping routine.  As soon as my kids and I get into our vehicle after shopping, they hold out their hands and I spray the hand sanitizer.  They rub their hands together while singing a “clean song” they made up.  Clean Well hand sanitizers have a patented natural formulation of thyme that kills germs and is alcohol free so it won’t sting cuts!  The alcohol free disinfectant also allows you to avoid that yucky dried out of feeling your skin most likely gets from other disinfectant gels.  The spray is extra convenient since I don’t have to worry about pouring out to little or too much onto my children’s hands.  It is quick and easy!

A Better Way To Clean Hands

  • Naturally Antibacterial
  • Kills germs
  • Alcohol-free
  • Gentle on sensitive skin
  • Benzalkonium Chloride free
  • Readily Biodegradable
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Fresh pleasant scent
  • Kid safe formula
  • Never tested on animals
  • No gloppy gels
  • Won’t sting cuts
  • 4x more uses per oz. than
    alcohol gels.
  • Leaves skin soft

Buy It!

You can purchase all of the CleanWell products online at the CleanWell Today website or check out the long list of retailers that sell CleanWell products here.

I was provided CleanWell products for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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