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Vtech Switch & Go Dinos

July 17, 2012

The Vtech Switch & Go Dinos, T-Don the Pteranodon and Tonn the Stegosaurus, have been huge hits at our house!!  What more can a 3 and 5 year old ask for than a toy that easily morphs from one of their favorite toys – a dinosaur – to their other favorite – a car!!!  Right out of the package these toys provided my boys with hours of fun and imaginative play.    In our house attention spans can be short and many toys have a short life span but the Switch & Go Dinos are such a versatile toy that at a moment’s notice or at the whim of a little boy…they go from dinosaur to car and the imaginative play continues without skipping a beat.  They can go from racing at Talladega to fighting the big mean TRex without leaving the room or switching toys!!! The dinos are also very well made and have survived rough and tumble little boy play very, very well.  Through more than a dozen adventures that have taken them inside the house, outside the house, in the car, through the grocery store, and over to grandma’s house the dinos still look new and work perfectly.  Each dino morphs from a dinosaur to a car and back again and my little men were able to do it with ease.   I had to show them the first time how to morph them…after that they did it on their own.  The dinos have a LCD screen which is customizable.  When in car mode the LCD screen displays a face to facilitate driving the car and dino faces when in dino mode.  The boys are able to choose what they want to display in each mode!  There are also lots of fun dinosaur noises, dinosaur information and car racing sounds that not only bring this toy to life it also teaches interesting dinosaur facts!  We give the Switch and Go Dinos an A+++ and definitely will be purchasing a few for some of our friends that have birthdays coming up! My boys have also been begging for the other dinos to complete their set….I am not going to hesitate getting them for them!!!!  Disclaimer: I have received the Vtech Switch & Go Dinos to facilitate my review but all information contained within are my honest opinions.



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Dying Easter eggs with the kids and want to use all natural dyes?  Here are some great ideas on keeping it natural! Use these all-natural dye recipes made from household ingredients to create Easter eggs in beautifully subdued shades. Leave eggs soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors.

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March 29, 2012

Ever wonder if you know as much about a certain company or website than you think you do? Smarterer is a new website that allows you to test your knowledge about a particular category, skill or interest. It is a simple process. You simply answer questions, get your score, improve your knowledge and help create new questions regarding that topic! It is entertaining and educational!!!! You can also share your badge to let others know how proficient you are in a topic. For my first test I took the BzzAgent test….and scored 709…which deems me an expert!!! There are 5 categories that you can fall into…beginner, familiar, proficient, expert, and master.

Are you smarterer?? Go to and give it a try!!!!!

I’m a BzzAgent…all opinions are honest and my own! 


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As a BzzAgent I recently had the opportunity to give Kroger’s new chocolate chip cookies a try….ABSOLUTELY love them!!!!!!  We received the package yesterday and it contained 2 boxes of cookies for us to try and 5 $1 off coupons to share!   As soon as my little men saw what was inside….they couldn’t wait to give them a try!!!!  I tortured them (I am such a mean mom!!!) by making them wait until after dinner to give them a try.  As soon as dinner was over we ripped into the box to give them a try.  The concensus at our house is that they are great!  They were a nice size, had a great texture and the first ingredient on the ingredient list is chocolate chips…who wouldn’t love that!!!  Even my husband (we did a blind taste test on him!), who doesn’t really have a sweet tooth, really liked them and thought they were from a well known high end cookie company!   Even though there are only 8 cookies in a package, the cookies themself are a nice size and most likely one will satisfy your sweet tooth.  We definitely will be investing in another box of these cookies and if they make it home, we will give the suggestions on the back – warm them in the microwave or dip them in chocolate – a try!!!  If you have a Kroger’s near you….give them a try!!!  #imabzzagent

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So I received an email today from BzzAgent detailing the rules of how to get chosen to be a BzzAgent for the upcoming Kindle Campaign. My heart jumped and I thought….Oh how I would LOVE to get this campaign!!!! My husband and I are very avid readers. We feel that reading every single day, no matter how much, is a vital part of keeping your brain young! A few years ago I did purchase my husband a Kindle for his birthday and much to my chagrin…I used it much more than he did. He stated that he enjoyed using the Kindle but really enjoyed the feel of the books. So the Kindle I bought for my husband slowly became filled with books and games that I was reading or playing. As a mom of 2 young boys I knew the importance of keeping this jewel hidden. Well my very illustrious hiding place I have to admit was in my master bedroom bathroom…sometimes the only place I could go hide for a moment or two of peace and maybe a game of Jumble!!!! As it happens…little boys start growing up and becoming more curious. My youngest at the time was 2….and very interested in any type of water play. Any type of water….any place….any time! So you can imagine my horror when I happened upon him in my bathroom with my stack of magazines and my Kindle…..topped with an entire roll of toilet paper that had been soaked in water from the toilet!!!!!!!!!!!! I could hardly contain myself! After wiping a tear from my face….grabbed my dear Kindle and ran to the kitchen to try to rescue it by placing it in a bag of rice. Needless to say…after several days of praying, petting and softly talking to my Kindle…I came to the realization that it had gone to Kindle heaven. I was devastated. So here is my plea to BzzAgent to PLEASE choose me for the Kindle campaign so I can once again rekindle my Kindle relationship and get back to that very happy place that Kindle would allow me to go!!!!! In return I will sing its name at the top of my lungs to all my friends, family and followers!!!!!!


The Kindle 3 is ingeniously designed to be everything the iPad will never be: small, light and inexpensive… Now, the Kindle is almost ridiculously lightweight; at 8.5 ounces, it’s a third the weight of the iPad.

And with a wi-fi connection you’re just seconds away from close to a million books. It’s like having access to an entire library from the comforts of your couch. So what book are you going to read?



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The local movie rental stores have condensed and moved to your local grocery store, drug store or fast food restaurant.  Redbox and Blockbuster now have many video rental machines in different locations.   You can find them at your local grocery store, corner drug store or occassionally a favorite fast food restaurant.  Typically the rentals cost you $1 and allow you use of the video for 1 day.  Some of the boxes have a rental return deadline of 7pm and some have a deadline of 9pm….so be sure to check when you rent.   Randomly  both of these companies will release codes that allow for a complimentary rental of 1 video for 1 night.  These codes often have an expiration date…so don’t dawdle.   You are able to use each code one time per credit/debit card.    When you use a free rental code, you must still enter your credit/debit card to complete the transaction but it will not be charged unless you keep the rental more than one night.   Happy renting!

Click Here to Find A RedboxNear You!                 or                 Click Here to Find a Blockbuster Express Near You!

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From a burglar:
1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your
Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis , who interviewed 105 burglars for his book – “Burglars on the Job.”

Protection for you and your home:

If you don’t have a gun, here’s a more humane way to wreck someone’s evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):


A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using
pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker(s) until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.


On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self-defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at
Sylvania Southview High School. For decades, he’s suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.”  

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, “spray the culprit in the eyes”. It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades. It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. If you’re looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

“That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out.”

Maybe even save a life.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a
security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink and the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at

Go to:  To Save Big on ADT Home Security Services. The alternative of doing nothing is Not Worth the risk!

Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a good reminder.

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