Digital Scrapbooking Software – My Memories Review and Giveaway

As my long time readers may have noticed, I take a lot of photos. It’s a hobby of mine, and I love it. My camera is pretty much an extension of my arm. I’ve gotten into traditional scrapbooking in the past, but it’s terribly time consuming, and having a very active baby/toddler/preschooler to take care of over the past four years, I’ve let my scrapbooking hobby slide.

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try and review the My Memories digital scrapbooking software. I’m happy to say that it has reignited my love of scrapbooking! I sat down and in one afternoon was able to make a digital scrapbook of Miss A’s fourth birthday, and with a click of a button, I was able to send it to the My Memories website and order a hard copy.

About the My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software:

MyMemories Suite v3 software is a complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a comprehensive powerful set of creative tools no other scrapbook software can offer. With its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features, this application is perfect for a beginner to create a complete album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.

Making a Scrapbook
MyMemories Suite will help you create your beautiful pages from scratch or build an entire album using one of the many professionally-designed scrapbook templates provided within the scrapbook software. A large collection of papers and embellishments are also included and available at your fingertips to help you make each page uniquely your own.
If this were any other scrapbooking software, you might be finished. But with My Memories Suite, the real power-and fun-of this software is just beginning. There are so many ways to save and share your memories, you will wonder how you ever got along without it.

Affordable
With over 1,500 papers, over 1,000 page elements, and over 30 album templates (including 10 new for v3), MyMemories Suite lets you hit the ground running with your very own scrapbook or photo album in a matter of minutes. It’s easy-to-use and affordable—and compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. Don’t put off your important memories any longer, add MyMemories Suite to your shopping cart now.
You can make a beautiful scrapbook an interactive memory experience for anyone who sees it. Use simple one-click options to enhance your scrapbooks, with music, narration, video, and even the Internet. Go beyond pictures by showing off video of the birthday party, or record a narration to capture the memories that pictures alone cannot. With My Memories Suite you simply don’t look at a scrapbook-you experience it! 

The software is incredibly easy to use. It comes with some free templates, but you can also order additional photobook and page templates and elements from their website. I wound up ordering the “Let’s Celebrate” template from the website, which was only $5.99, and was able to use that to create the 15 page photobook of Miss A’s birthday. It only took a few clicks to install the template, and just a few additional clicks on each page to customize it with a photo and text, and I wound up with a totally fun and completely unique photobook, which I know Miss A will treasure for years to come.

In addition to being able to purchase a hard copy, the My Memories software also allows you to export your scrapbook as a video or interactive album.

The My Memories digital scrapbooking suite is available from mymemories.com for $39.97, but my readers can save $10 by using the promo code STMMMS89737.

The wonderful folks at My Memories are also offering a FREE copy of the software to one lucky reader of Single Working Mama!

The winner will receive a free copy of the software, which can be downloaded instantly — no waiting for the prize to come in the mail. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

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Disclaimer: I received software for review, but did not receive any additional compensation. I was not required to write a favorable review, and the above post reflects my opinion. Thanks to MyMemories for offering software for the review and giveaway, and the coupon code!

Gund Top Dog Contest!

As a baby, Miss A received so many Gund stuffed animals, so I can attest to the fact that they are of high quality. She still has a pink lamb made by Gund that she snuggles with almost every day!

Now through August 5,  you can enter to win your very own Gund! Inspired by the wildly-popular “World’s Cutest Dog” Boo stuffed dog from GUND, the “Top Dog” Contest invites pup parents from around the country to submit photos of their own four-footed friends on the GUND Facebook page in one or all of the following four categories:

·        Most Beautiful Dog
·        Ugliest Dog
·        “Doganista”/Best Dressed Dog
·        Dog that Most Resembles its Owner

The Grand Prize in this contest is so cool! GUND will create a limited edition model of the winner’s dog. The dog will be available in gift and toy stores in 2013. People will be able to buy an adorable toy version of your dog. How cool is that?


To enter,  submit your dog photos via the contest tab onGUND’s Facebook page. The contest will run July 16 – August 15, 2012; winners will be chosen the week of August 20th and announced the week of August 27th.

GUND is also running another contest, called the “Most Pinteresting Dog” Contest on Pinterest. To enter, post your picture to your own Pinterest account, “tag” @GUNDMostPinterestingDog and submit the link to GUND at MostPinterestingDog@GUND.com. The “Most Pinteresting Dog” Contest winner will be selected based on the number of times the entry is “liked” on the GUND Pinterest board and the winner will receive a selection of GUND products valued at $250 retail.

Disclosure: This information was provided by Child’s Play Communications on behalf of Gund. I was not paid to write this post, but will recieve a stuffed dog toy from Gund in exchange for posting. Good luck to all who enter!

Kidorable Backpacks for Kids — Pack for Summer Adventures: Product Review and Coupon Code

It’s no secret that we’re big Kidorable fans around here! We own a kidorable raincoat, rain boots, umbrella and two backpacks! Check out this latest addition to Miss A’s ensemble — an adorable Ladybug backpack!

 

We have the adorable cat backpack, but with Miss A’s latest obsession with ladybugs, I just had to get this for her. She loves it! As you can see above, right after we opened the box, she grabbed the backpack, stuffed a blanket in it and headed for the front door. She loves it!

As a mom, I love the durability of Kidorable’s products. We’ve had the umbrella and raincoat for over a year, and the rainboots for almost a year, and they both have held up incredibly well — even with the super rainy summer we had last year. We’ve gotten a ton of use out of them! The PVC material that the backpacks are made of is great for kids, too. In addition to being durable, they are also easy to wipe off! We all know how messy kids can be, so this is a great feature.

Right now, Kidorable has two awesome promotions going on to help save you money on their amazing products.

Until May 31st, you can purchase one of these amazing kids backpacks for 20% off by using code BACKPACK99 at checkout on www.kidorable.com. Remember to place the backpack in the cart first. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offers.

Don’t need a backpack? Maybe one of their sets of cute kids hangers might be more your thing. From June 11 through June 18, just use coupon code CLEANUP2 at checkout on www.kidorable.com to save 20% on your purchase when you order a set of hangers.

Disclaimer: I received a backpack from Kidorable for purposes of this review, but receipt of the product did not influence my opinion. Thanks to Kidorable for supplying the product for review, and for offering these awesome promotions for my readers!

Organic Hair Products for Children from Fairy Tales – Review

I recently had the opportunity to review some organic hair care products for children from Fairy Tales. The opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. We had just moved to Boston, I was almost out of shampoo and conditioner for Miss A, and I was looking for an organic alternative to her shampoo and conditioner, plus I was looking for a leave-in product to help combat static electricity that was making her hair stand on end.

Fairy Tales sent me full-sized bottles of their organic shampoo, organic conditioner, and organic static-free leave in conditioner.

Having used Fairy Tales organic hair care products on Miss A’s hair for about a month now, I can definitely say that they are good quality.

Here is an item-by-item breakdown of what I thought:

Tear-Free Organic Conditioning Shampoo: Miss A really liked the smell of the shampoo. It wasn’t overpowering like some children’s haircare products can be, and lived up to the tear-free claim. A little bit goes a long way with this shampoo, so a full-sized bottle (12 oz) will last awhile.

Organic Detangling Conditioner: This was the first separate conditioner I’ve ever used on Miss A’s hair. She’s got very fine hair, with a little bit of curl at the end and I didn’t want a product that would build up in her hair and make it look limp. Like the shampoo, a little bit goes a long way, and the conditioner had a very nice, light scent. It didn’t weigh her hair down, but it did straighten out her curls. Overall, I really liked it, I just don’t think Miss A’s hair is the type that needs a conditioner right now.

Organic Static-Free Leave In Detangling Spray: Both Miss A and I thought this was the most effective product for winter hair care. Having superfine hair, after we moved up here, Miss A spent a lot of time with her hair standing on end, thanks to the dry air and static electricity. I was really excited to use this product and I am so glad to say it works like a charm! We finally stopped shocking each other every time she held my hand, and she also stopped perpetually looking like she had been electrocuted.

All three products are 12 oz and only $8.95 through FairyTalesHairCare.com. That’s a great price for organic hair care products for children, and since you don’t have to use a lot, a bottle will last awhile. (I’ve had them for a month and haven’t even used half yet — but Miss A has short hair so your mileage may vary.)

The only criticism I have of the products is that they have an organic claim but do not have the USDA organic seal on the bottle, so I don’t know if they’re certified organic. They do, however, use organic herbs in the product and exclude methylparaben and sodium laureth sulfate, which is a step up from conventional hair care products.

All in all, this crunchy mama gives Fairy Tales Hair Care a thumbs up! I would buy these products again!

Disclosure: I received these products free of charge from Fairy Tales Hair Care via Team Mom for purposes of this review. I received no other compensation for this post and receipt of products has not influenced my opinion. This post represents my point of view/opinion and is in not intended to be interpreted as professional advice or recommendations. Thanks to Fairy Tales and Team Mom for sponsoring this product reviews. 

Review: Moon Dough Truly Is New and Improved!

Miss A and I have been fans of Moon Dough ever since she received her first Moon Dough kit for Christmas last year. It truly is a fun alternative to Playdoh, and I loved how it conformed so well to the molds that came with it. She felt the same. She’d ask to play with it almost every day!

The original Moon Dough formula was not without its drawbacks, though. It was crumbly, so even though it never dried out, bit by bit, it disintegrated until there was none left. I would find it in random places in the carpet, and though it was easy to vacuum out, eventually that whole first Moon Dough packet was gone.

Team Mom recently sent me the new Moon Dough Push-n-Pop Ocean Pals kit for Miss A to try out! It features the brand new Moon Dough formula, as well as the new push and pop molds. Just like the old formula, it never dries out, it’s wheat free and hypo-allergenic, but I found that this new formula truly doesn’t crumble the way the old one did. In fact, three months later, we still have the original Moon Dough that came with the Ocean Pals kit!

Miss A enjoyed it just as much as she did the old Moon Dough. Here she is, playing with her new push-n-pop Ocean Pals!

 

 

 

 

 

Moon Dough is also quite affordable — you can find the kits at retail stores like Target, Walmart, and online at Amazon.com for $10-$20, depending on the size of the kit. Refills for the actual dough run $6-$10, depending on where you buy. This might make a fun and unique Christmas gift for the little ones on your list!

Disclosure: I received a product free of charge for purposes of
review but was not financially compensated for this review in any way.
All content in this article is my opinion and has not been influenced
by the gift of a product or other monetary compensation. Thanks to Team Mom for providing the review sample!

CLOSED — Win a 15-count Package of Saline Soothers saline nose wipes from the makers of Boogie Wipes #giveaway

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the sickies landed in our house again! All three of us were hit with back-to-back colds (some of us are still recovering) and the constant use of tissues was irritating our sensitive noses.

For my daughter, we relied on our trusty Boogie Wipes, but what could Mr Dad and I turn to? That’s when I was contacted to review the new Saline Soothers, which is a new line of saline nose wipes for adults from the makers of Boogie Wipes!

I loved the Saline Soothers. They weren’t nearly as rough on my nose as tissues, and they came in a gentle menthol scent, which wasn’t overpowering, but was definitely a bonus for helping with the stuffiness. The package we received had 15 wipes in it, which was enough to get the big jobs done until we were feeling better.

They also came in a convenient, purse-sized, self-sealing package, which helped keep them moist even after the first few were used.

With cold season right around the corner (and thank goodness summer is almost over!) I highly recommend keeping a package of these on hand. Saline Soothers are currently available at Walgreens, and will be debuting at Walmart stores very soon. The 15 count package retails for $1.99, but in the fall they will also be introducing a 45-count box.

Want to WIN a package of Saline Soothers to try before the cold season hits? Here’s how to enter!

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  Disclosure: I received a product free of charge for purposes of review but was not financially compensated for this review in any way. All content in this article is my opinion and has not been influenced by the gift of a product or other monetary compensation. Thanks to Boogie Wipes/Saline Soothers for providing the review sample and giveaway prize!

CLOSED – Personalized Hand Stamped Jewelry from Joseph Allen Designs – Win a $50 Credit ! #giveaway

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I absolutely love custom jewelry…there’s nothing quite like the feeling of owning a piece that’s uniquely yours. Something you designed to suit your needs or style. Recently, I was looking to pick up a piece of “religious” jewelry (we’re Unitarian Universalists, not Christians, so this can be quite a task), when Joseph Allen Designs extended an offer to review a piece of their handstamped, custom jewelry. I knew this would be the perfect way to make a pendant to fit the sentiment I was trying to express.

Each Sunday in church, we wrap up our service by singing a hymn called Spirit of Life. There’s one line in it that really speaks to me: “roots hold me close; wings set me free“. While seemingly contradictory, that phrase just says to me that it’s equally important to recognize the roots from which we come, and to allow ourselves to be nurtured by them, so that we can truly be free to be ourselves, express ourselves, and grow.

The design I picked was the large hammered forever circle.  This design allows for up to 42 characters, or a stone, which takes up the space of one character. I chose the April birthstone because that’s the month we became members of our church. If you don’t want to use a quote, this particular design could potentially accommodate seven names (depending on the length of the name). For $69, this is a very affordable piece of personalized, hand-stamped jewelry.

Thankfully, Joseph Allen Designs had a design which allowed me to integrate this quote onto a pendant.

Custom made, with a little crystal added for added sparkle

I love this piece of jewelry and wear it with pride every chance I get — especially to church on Sundays! It feels sturdy, so I can wear it with confidence without worrying about it breaking, but it’s also not so heavy that I’m constantly aware it’s there.

Don’t mistake my choice of quote to be all that Joseph Allen Designs has to offer, though! They offer custom, hand-stamped bracelets, keychains, pet-themed necklaces, mokume necklaces (they have a satin finish and look really nice), all of which can be customized with whatever characters/words/names/quotes/birthstones you like! They even have stuff for men! In fact, I almost chose a hand-stamped baseball keychain for my husband.

An item from Joseph Allen Designs would be a fantastic gift for the holiday season, and since custom jewelry is made to order, it’s a good idea to get a head start on your holiday shopping now!

Want to WIN a $50 credit to Joseph Allen Designs? Here’s how to enter!
(Note: Winner will need to provide an email address and use that email address to create an account on Joseph Allen Designs’ website in order for credit to be issued)

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  Disclosure: I received a product free of charge for purposes of review but was not financially compensated for this review in any way. All content in this article is my opinion and has not been influenced by the gift of a product or other monetary compensation. Thanks to Joseph Allen Designs for providing the review sample and giveaway prize!

Adorable Headbands from Lizzie, Izzie + James #review #giveaway

A few months ago, Lizzie, Izzie + James had a Groupon offer for $10 for $20 credit to their online store. When I saw the headbands in their online store, I fell in love and I KNEW I had to sign up! I love putting headbands and bows on Miss A, even if she rarely keeps them in her hair, and I absolutely loved the style and variety of hair accessories that Lizzie, Izzie + James offered.

Aside from the headbands themselves, I have to absolutely rave about their customer service! I had an issue with the Groupon I purchased (Groupon’s fault, NOT theirs) and they were super quick and easy to work with me to get the problem resolved. I had contacted both Lizzie, Izzie + James and Groupon for assistance, and Sherryl, the owner, got back to me and we had resolved the problem before Groupon ever did. (Thanks, Sherryl! You’re the best!)

Because of their awesome customer service and cute and ADORABLE products, I wanted to write up a post to let my readers know about them! I rarely write a review about a product that I’ve actually purchased, but this is one instance in which I’m glad to do it.

So, let’s talk about these ADORABLE hair accessories!

First, a little about Lizzie, Izzie + James. They’re a small business in New Canaan, CT (very close to my husband’s hometown in Fairfield County, CT), owned by a mom, Sherryl Mascarinas, who launched this line of hair accessories after creating some for her own children. (I just love mamapreneurs!) What lucky kids she has, because she seriously does a great job! The online store offers a variety of hair clips, headbands, and crowns (some for boys too)!

I used my Groupon to purchase an Alphabet Soup headband and the Tropicana headband. The quality of these headbands is superb. They’re handmade, but I could never tell that they were if I didn’t know it already. These headbands are definitely built to last…even against the three year old’s tendency to pull and throw and stomp on things.

Let’s let some pictures do some of the talking, though!

The package came elegantly wrapped. I almost felt guilty opening this!

 

 

The two headbands I purchased – Tropicana on the left, Alphabet Soup on the right

Miss A just loves these headbands! I’m sure your little one will, too!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. I purchased the products within this review. All content in this article is my opinion and has not been influenced by the gift of a product or other monetary compensation. Thanks to Lizzie, Izzie + James for providing the giveaway prize!

Kidorable Rain Boots Make the Best of a Rainy Day

It’s no secret that we’re a fan of all things Kidorable around here! We have a backpack, an umbrella, a towel, a rain coat, and now…rain boots!

Kidorable’s rain boots are made of natural rubber and are incredibly waterproof and durable. They come in size 5 (for the littlest ones!) up to size 13, plus sizes 1 and 2 for older kids. They are also SUPER cute! We have the rain coat and umbrella in the butterfly style, but since Miss A loves cats, and her Lucky Cat Backpack, we opted to get her the Lucky Cat rain boots. They were the perfect choice for her! She fell in love with them at once.

Earlier this week we had a very rainy day, and when we got home from work/daycare, water had puddled up in the gutter. What does a three year old love more than just about anything? Splashing in the water! So we ran inside and got her Lucky Cat rain boots, and let her go.

Look at all the fun she had!

As usual, Kidorable doesn’t skimp on the adorable packaging!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kidorable’s retail for $29, but from now until August 22, you can save 20% off the boots when you use coupon code SCHOOL at www.kidorable.com.

Disclaimer: I received these boots for the purpose of review, but did not receive any other compensation. I was not required to write a favorable review in return for the item, and the above post reflects my opinion. Thanks to Kidorable for offering this review opportunity and coupon code!

 

Denizen Jeans – Cute and Convenient Jeans for Kids (and Parents, too!)

Even though it still feels like it’s a million degrees outside, Fall is right around the corner, and I’ve been stocking up when and where I can for the season! Here in Florida, we don’t usually get super cold weather, but jeans and a t-shirt are always a classic and comfortable pair!

One issue I encounter with Miss A is the waist vs. length sizing. She’s tall (75th percentile) but skinny (10th percentile). That means, usually if something fits her in the waist, it’s too long. Jeans with adjustable waists are a surefire way to combat this issue, and when I received a pair of Levi’s Denizen Jeans for review, I was thrilled to see that they came with the adjustable waist!

I got the size 4 skinny jeans in a dark wash, and they are GREAT! For kids, the Denizen jeans come in sizes 4-20. Miss A is usually a 3, so when we got the jeans for review, I expected them to be a little long…and they were, which tells me that these pants run true to size. That’s a good thing! We can hang onto them and use them for a couple of years.

Despite being (expectedly) a little long, we decided to give the jeans a test drive. Miss A was super excited to try them on. A quick adjustment to the waist and we were in business.

 

She wanted to shake her baby booty in these jeans!

 

Denizen Jeans come in a variety of styles and sizes for men, women and children, and are only sold at Target stores. The jeans we received sell for $17.99, which is affordable when compared to other mall-store brands. For more information, visit the Denizen America page on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I received these jeans for the purpose of review, but did not receive any other compensation. I was not required to write a favorable review in return for the item, and the above post reflects my opinion. Thanks to Denizen America and Team Mom for offering this review opportunity!