Airwear Blog Tour

I have worn glasses since fourth grade. I don’t really mind wearing them, but nothing bugs me more than not being able to see out of them because they get scratched up quickly, or they just feel heavy on my face. When I was asked by Mom Central to take part in their Airwear Blog tour and try out a pair of Airwear lenses, I totally said yes!

All I had to do was take a pair of frames and send them in the Fedex box I was provided and a few weeks later I was sent my glasses with the Airwear lenses in them. Here is a little information about Airwear from their site:

Key Components of Airwear Lenses:
  • Lightness
  • Durability
  • Impact resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Improved appearance
  • 100% UV protection

After getting my new glasses in the mail, I have to tell you…they are significantly lighter than my glasses that I wear normally that do not have Airwear lenses in them. Not only are they lighter, but they are a lot clearer to see through…colors were brighter, things looked more crisp…haha I know I sound like the commercial for those HD sunglasses they are selling on television, but I’m serious. They really were a lot clearer to look through than my other glasses. As for durability, impact resistance and scratch resistance, I can’t really comment too much on that. It’s not like I purposely tried to scratch the lenses or stepped on them to prove they don’t scratch or break. That would be just plain crazy of me. However, you can feel free to ask me in a couple months how they are holding up!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Airwear and received a pair of Airwear eyeglass lenses to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Book Review: A Castle Inside


A couple weeks ago, I was the lucky winner of this book, A Castle Inside. I was at a vendor show and entered the raffle a bunch of times (can you tell I really wanted to win???). Not only did I want to win this book because my friends sister is the author, but because a little pipe dream of mine is to someday have a book published and I think by reading something that someone I know published, makes my pipe dream seem like a future possibility.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked. I found myself reading at any and all opportunity I had during the day. Patricia Ann Bartlett (Pati), writes with such detail that you feel like you are right there experiencing what the characters are experiencing. And let me tell you, it’s been a long time I’ve had that type of experience when reading a book.

Here is a little blurb about the book, courtesy of Amazon.com:


This is a story of a Castle that holds many rooms filled with the lives of the people that live there. Some have secrets, some have regrets, and some are empty or full of confusion. Inside one room of this lavish Castle, a world-renowned Doctor named VALEN JOHANSSON lives his secret life. Known as a master of drug psychotherapy, he turns to the Castle for a much needed break from his life. With his betrayal, deceit, secrets, and lies he has much to hide. A sweet smelling florist, SYLVYA JENKINS, has captivated Valen’s eyes, but she has
been too busy with her work to notice him. How far will he go to get her to notice him? Meeting other friendly faces inside the Castle, DOCTOR JACOB SMITE and his witty nurse SUSIE WESTON stitch up problems that arise between Valen and Sylvya. As the four of them become entwined the lies unravel as blood and tears are shed. There are many friendly faces inside the Castle. Just because they are friendly, does not mean they are a friend.

Now lets meet the author! Pati Bartlett lives in Garden City, Michigan with her husband of 13 years and their three children. She had always enjoyed writing as a teenager and finally decided to finish her novels that she started as a teenager. Her dream is to see this novel (and probably others that she publishes) on the big screen!

I asked Pati to tell us a little bit about how she went about publishing this book. As a person who is extremely interested in publishing a book sometime in the future, I found this information to be very helpful. Especially since Pati self published A Castle Inside. Here is what Pati had to say:

I self-published this novel, with no prior experience in the publishing realm. I self-published it because I wanted to see my work in print and have people read it. I wanted to share my story with anyone/everyone that would want to read it. This book, A Castle Inside, is Volume 1 of the intended series. I would expect this series to have 4 more books to follow, with endless possibilites of even more. The planning of volume II of Castle is in the early outline stages. I have a goal of having volume II completed before 2010 is over. My current work in progress, Blue Sky Exposure, has an expected completion date of March 2010. This book falls in the genre of Drama/Fiction with a splash of Murder/Mystery. With this novel, Blue Sky Exposure, I will seek a publishing agent for a pursuit in finding a publishing company.

I highly recommend www.createspace.com as they have a pretty simple format for anyone that wants to self-publish anything. From books, to music createspace can do it all. I thank www.nanowrimo.org for their encouraging month of novel writing. I wrote this novel, A Castle Inside, in 2007 during nanowrimo and successfully completed the entire book in just 30 days. The longest part of finishing the book is the editing which has taken me almost 2 years.

I am very honored to have read Pati’s book and been given the priviledge to review ACastle Inside on my blog. If you would like to purchase A Castle Inside, you can do so by going to the following links:

Amazon.com

Createspace.com

If you would like to find out more about Pati Bartlett and what she is writing about, you can check out her brand new blog at www.writethispatibartlett.blogspot.com!

Wholesale Keychains Review

Do you have people on your holiday list that just seem impossible to buy for?Are you looking for a unique gift or stocking stuffer?

Well guess what! I have that unique gift situation solved! Not too long ago, I was approached by Wholesalekeychain.com to do a review for them. They had me choose three keychains from a whole slew of keychains that they offer. Now I love keychains, the more unique, the better!

The keychains that I chose are:

After receiving the keychains, I tried each one out to make sure they did what they were supposed to do. The digital frame works great. I love that I can show people the latest pictures of my kids without having to add another thing to my purse. I just attached it to my keys and I always have pictures of my kids with me. I like this keychain so much, that I will be ordering them for a few birthday gifts coming up in 2010!

I personally think the USB flash drive keychain is great! I am forever losing those little flash drives. With it attached to my keys, I always know where it is and it makes printing pictures at CVS much easier. Plus my husband doesn’t get irritated with me when I tell him I’ve lost another one of those flash drives!!

And finally, the yo-yo keychain is a huge hit with my husband and son. It’s small so it makes it much easier for my 5 year old to get the hang of playing with a yo-yo, yet my husband is able to play with it as well. And trust me, it has come in handy while my husband sits outside dressing room doors waiting for me to try something on. He is kept occupied which means less complaining to me about leaving the store!!! Always a huge plus!

If you would like to purchase one of these keychains for yourself or someone you know, I have a 10% off coupon code that you can use at the check-out time to receive 10% off your purchase!!! Just enter the code GODDESS1.

Definitely check out the site. Another favorite keychain they offer is the super soaker keychain!! I could have a TON of fun with that one!

Please note that this review is solely the opinion of the blog owner. I am in no way responsible if you do not hold the same opinion of these products.

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Littlest Pet Shop Nintendo DS Review

Are you looking for a great gift for your kids this holiday season? Well look no more! Littlest Pet Shop launched in 2005 and since then it has become a HUGE hit with little girls. I have a 3 year old daughter and when I was asked if I wanted to try out The Littlest Pet Shop Nintendo DS game, my answer was a definite yes!

The day the packaged came in the mail, my kids were driving me crazy. Constantly picking at each other…constant tattling…I was about to scream. Until I opened the mail and saw that the game had arrived! The minute I put the game in the DS, my kids stopped picking at each other and took turns playing the game. It was a miracle!

Not only did my daughter enjoy playing the game, but so did my son and myself! I had a blast playing the various games like ski ball, ring toss, ducks, etc.

Be sure to check out the Littlest Pet Shop game online!
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Kid K’Nex Review

Thanks to Team Mom, I was given the opportunity to review an excellent product for children ages 2 to 5. Which worked out perfect for me since I have a 5 year old and a 3 year old! The product I was sent is the Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection Kid K’Nex. More specifically, we received 123 Brownstone Building Set.

My daughter, who is 3 years old, had a lot of fun playing with this. It wasn’t too difficult for her. She did want me to sit right there to make sure she was making it look like the box. As for my son, the 5 year old, he was not too interested in it. But I didn’t really expect him to like it as much. He’s 5 and has never really been a huge Sesame Street fan. Not sure why…I loved Sesame Street when I was his age. Anyway, back to the review!

One of the things I liked the most about this product is the ease in which the pieces go together. That made it easy for my daughter to put it together. Another thing I liked was how bright and vivid the colors are. And finally, one other thing I really liked was that this came with a “Play & Learn” activity sheet that has educational, as well as fun activities for kids and parents to do together!

Now on to the nitty gritty information:


The Sesame Street Neighborhood sets can be played with separately or together to build the entire neighborhood. The different sets are:

  • Ice Cream Truck Building Set
  • Police Car Building Set
  • 1-2-3 Brownstone Building Set
  • Police Station Building Set

There are many developmental benefits of the Sesame Street Building Sets. They are:

  • Physical Development: Building supports the development of hand-eye coordination
  • Social/Emotional Development: Encourages imaginative play
  • Language Development: Talking about what they built and created can enhance your child’s language skills
  • Cognitive Skills: Sorting and making patterns with the building parts encourages thinking and problem solving skills

So with the Christmas season right around the corner, and if you are looking for a gift for someone in the 2 to 5 age range, remember Kid K’Nex!!

**Please note that the opinions stated in this post are solely the opinions of me, the blog owner and I am in no way responsible if your child does not like this toy.**

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