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Blessed Mama's Blurbs: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

OzoneSocks.com Sock of the Month Club Giveaway (Ends 11/23)


Minigols Foosball Table and Team Action Packs Giveaway (Ends 12/1)


Daddy Plays The Beatles Lullabies CD (Ends 11/10)


Holiday iPhone 5 Case Giveaway (Ends 11/12)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Father for Christmas (A Holiday Romance) eBook Review #RachelleAyala

Book Name: A Father for Christmas
Author: Rachelle Ayala
Length: 43,750 words

Single mother Kelly Kennedy can't afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn't believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. 

When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other.

Tyler struggles with frightening flashbacks that scare Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly's criminal past threatens her chance for happiness. Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.

To purchase: Smashwords // Amazon
Website of Author: Rachelle Ayala
Follow Rachelle on Twitter


I knew the moment I started reading this book that it would end up being a good one. One of those "I can't seem to put it down" romance novels. Just one day into reading this book, I was honestly impressed. Most books are usually predictable. This one, in my opinion, wasn't.

I was a huge bookworm growing up. There was never a moment when I didn't have a book in my hand and reading away. I started reading romance novels in my early teen's and instantly fell in love with the romance genre. I was into them for the love stories and how the characters in them fell in love. It was never about the hot and steamy sex chapters.

Rachelle had me wanting to read more whenever I completed a chapter. I had to put my Kindle down a few times while reading it to do life stuff, but it was always worth coming back to. It never once disappointed me.

I love that Rachelle put two people in the story who would be unlikely to ever fall in love but ended up doing so despite both of their pasts and even their current situations. Most men would never take on the role of Daddy if the child isn't their own. However, there are men like Tyler who would. This book hits close to home in that aspect for me. My husband took in my daughter and considers her his own flesh and blood. Like Kelly, I made sure he accepted the entire package first and sure enough, he did.

All of us as human beings have baggage. That is a known fact. Some people choose to think they are perfect and they don't have anything wrong with them. In the book, Tyler and Kelly learned to accept each other for who they were, past and present. Flaws and all. You don't find too many people like that. This is where the book also hit close to home again for me. I had baggage and a lot of it prior to getting with my husband. It was my husband who helped me overcome it and push on with my life.

It was also pretty awesome that everything happened to take place around the holiday season. Although I didn't fall in love around Christmas time, it sure is nice to be with the ones who truly do love you. It was great that Bree and Kelly both got what they wished for in the end.

Rachelle's book is heartwarming yet sexy. It will keep the readers coming back for more. I look forward to checking out other novels she has written.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Media Kit

I am now accepting submissions for my Holiday Gift Guide.
Submission cutoff date is November 22nd.
No longer taking submissions.

If you'd like for me to review a product for your company, you can email me at

I look forward to reviewing your products!
Thank you.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkins! Pumpkins! We love pumpkins!

Tonight my family and I carved our pumpkins for Halloween.
My youngest daughter had a ball playing with the pumpkin guts.

I must admit I did too.

Our pumpkins turned out great.
Here are the finished products.

Hubby made a Minecraft Creeper pumpkin.
I found some random pumpkin online and just carved away.
Lily loved it a lot because of the different shapes.

Hope everyone has a spooky but awesome Halloween!

Ozeri 4x Motion Digital Pedometer Review

Ozeri 4x Motion Digital Pedometer Review

*Ultra Slim Design -- Fits in any Pocket
*New 3D Tri-Axis Sensor -- Superior Accuracy in any Position
*Counts up to 1 Million Steps
*Tracks Distance, Speed & Calories Burned
*7-Day Memory
*3 Recording Modes: Today, Split & Total
*Blue Backlight for Night Viewing
*Sports Timer, Clock and Calendar
*Split Screen Display for Multi-Data Views
*Auto Sleep Mode
*Lithium Battery (Included)

To purchase on Amazon, CLICK HERE
Facebook: Ozeri
Official Site: Ozeri.com

I have been on the search for awhile now to find a pedometer that fits me and my kind of lifestyle. I am limited on what I can do as far as exercising goes with my back condition, so the one thing I do and enjoy doing for exercise is walking. Not just to exercise but to also get my youngest daughter outside to get some fresh air. Most often I am walking around the grocery store doing all of my shopping for the week. Outside of shopping, the only other time I really get a chance to walk is when we walk to get my oldest daughter from school.

I have promised myself to get into the habit of walking at the very least 10,000 steps a day. It can be any kind of walking, even if it's just doing stuff around my home. Every little bit counts at the end of the day. This is where this awesome Ozeri pedometer comes in.

I have purchased a couple other pedometers in the past and was very disappointed in them. They were NEVER accurate and half of the time they never worked correctly. That's pretty much what you pay for when it's not only cheap but cheaply made.

My experience with this Ozeri pedometer has been nothing short of amazing. I love how accurate it is and how it stores my data until I'm ready to clear it out. I'd like to start keeping track of my progress in a notebook, so when I don't have time right away to write it down, I feel confident enough that this pedometer will store it for me at a later time and it does! 

With the other pedometers, I HAD to wear them on the hip part of my pants. With this one, I can easily wear it around my neck, so it's out of the way and not making my side feel uncomfortable. It just blows me away how accurate it is no matter what part of my body it's on.

I love that it has a calendar. I want to eventually build myself up to do 30 day challenges as far as walking goes at a fast pace. Maybe eventually even start running. So the fact that there is a calendar installed in it will make it easier for me to keep track of what day I am on and what my challenge is.

Overall, I have had a very positive experience with this pedometer. I plan to continue to use it for my daily walks and even when I go shopping. I also now know of a truly great pedometer product to recommend to family, friends and even my readers.

Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions are my own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Grubbie Guard Giveaway (Ends 11/1)


Ellybo Organic Plush Toy Giveaway (Ends 11/7)


Fall STYLEGIRL Fleece Leggings Giveaway (Ends 11/7)


[Giveaway] Classic Black Booties (Ends 11/9)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EcoDiscoveries Multi-Surface Spray Cleaner Review #EcoD

EcoDiscoveries Multi-Surface Spray Cleaner Review

EcoDiscoveries’ Multi-Surface cleaner is a safe and effective solution for cleaning the many surfaces of your home. Its plant-based surfactants are powerful and diverse enough to clean up almost any mess on almost any surface. Oh the possibilities! Safe has countless sides.

To find out more info, CLICK HERE


As a mom, I want to try and use products in my home that are eco-friendly and non-toxic as possible. With this Multi Surface cleaner I am getting all that plus more. I love knowing that I'm using a product around my kids and around my home that is considered safe.

I received the spray bottle and a little bottle of cleaning solution. You mix it all together with water and voila! I also received a small microfiber cloth to clean with.

It was an instant relief also to know that this cleaner doesn't have harsh chemicals enough to take my breath away like most harsh chemical products do. It's safe to use around my kids and my husband loves using it. He's always a little hesitant to use any kind of chemical to clean with because he's afraid of a possible asthma attack. He also loves the smell. He says it has a light lemony scent.

I love how well it cleans our counters and windows and leaves no residue or streaks behind. You also don't have to use very much to get stuff clean. Whatever is inside this bottle, it's definitely a cleaning miracle. As you can see in my photo above, the counter just shines with happiness.

One of the biggest things I love about this product is knowing it was never tested on animals. I have always been peeved by companies who do this and it's a great relief that EcoDiscoveries does not.

This product has become a new household favorite and I look forward to trying out other products that EcoDiscoveries makes.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Dot&Dot Multi Purpose Bag Review #organizers

Dot&Dot Multi Purpose Bag Review

Bags come in different sizes.
X-Small - 7.5 x 3.5 x 1 in
Small - 8 x 6 x 1 in
Medium - 10 x 8 x 1 in
Large - 14 x 10 x 1 in

Clear Clutter Out of Your Life
Frees yourself from clutter and reduce stress.
Perfect for organizing your stuff at home, school, office or even while traveling!

Find Your Stuff in a Flash
Easily identify the contents of your bag with the see-through mesh.
Saves you from embarrassment during airport security checks.

Store More, Organize More
Unlike other flat organizers, Dot&Dot travel accessories organizer is 1" deep, allowing you
to place more of your belongings.

Protects Your Belongings
Waterproof mesh protects your belongings from accidental spills and dirt transfer.

The Only Packing Bags That You'll Ever Need
Made of high quality materials, Dot&Dot organizers will last a lifetime of travel and adventure.
Save your money from low quality organizers that just don't work or get damaged after few uses.


I received the X-Small size bag for my review. I don't really have any use for the bigger size bags, so that was a plus in my book.

I love that this bag can be used for various items. From pens and pencils to feminine products, it definitely comes in handy. Right now, I am using it to keep pens in along with business cards I receive from different companies. I like knowing that these items are safe beings the bag is made of waterproof mesh.

I can easily pinpoint where it is because of it being see through. It has a unique shape, so smaller odd shaped products may fit into it. Products like travel sized shampoo and conditioner bottles and what not.

I also love that it comes with a clip. It can be clipped inside of suitcases to even inside a laptop case. You can find many different uses for the clip.

It can be used to store makeup in and put inside of your purse. I don't use either except eyeliner so I don't need it for that purpose.

Overall, it's a great product and well worth the money.

To purchase or find out more info, CLICK HERE

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Etekcity® Scroll R1 Gaming Mouse Review

Etekcity® Scroll R1 Gaming Mouse

1. Interface: USB 2.0/3.0
2. Cable length: 5ft.
3. Sensitivity: 600/1200/1800 DPI
4. 6400 FPS
5. MTBF: ≤5 million clicks
6. Power: 5V≤100mA
7. Color: black/blue

If you need a USB gaming mouse for your laptop or desktop computer, this Etekcity wired optical mouse will get you leveling up in unprecedented time.  Compatible with Windows or Mac, simply plug in the USB cable and within seconds you will be gaming at levels you never dreamed possible; Bringing increased usability to your gaming experience, the Etekcity® wired optical mouse features adjustable DPI and thumb buttons to elevate your competitive gaming to the next level.

The ergonomic design allows for hours of conquering worlds in comfort. The attractive styling with comfortable right-handed design and the high-resolution optical sensor provides consistent, accurate performance.

Etekcity offers products from automation to mobile music and beyond.

Official Website: Etekcity
Youtube: Etekcity
Google+: Etekcity

The box alone when I received this product was enough to get me excited for my review. Then again, what gaming product doesn't make a gamer excited when they receive it? However, the box just does not do this mouse justice. It's the unveiling and seeing what lies inside that made my experience with it totally awesome.

Every PC gamer needs a mouse they are comfortable with. I have been through several over the years and although they were nice, they didn't have the features that this Etekcity mouse has. This one actually blows the rest out of the water.

*The price is low but you get a high quality product.
*It matches my gaming computer with it's blue & black sleek design.
*It has a comfortable grip.
*Smooth surface.
*Resting place for your thumb so you don't have to drag it along.
*Button below scroll wheel changes sensitivity of mouse.
*Bright enough light to see what you are doing in the dark.

*Mouse buttons are loud.
(This may change once mouse is broken in.)
*Cord isn't long enough to reach certain gaming setups.

I don't know if it's because I'm a girl gamer and I'm not picky with my products but overall I love this mouse. It looks like a tiny blue & black spaceship. I love the thumb rest on the left hand side and how when it's lit up, the brand name glows at the bottom. I know there are many days of gaming in World of Warcraft ahead for me.

I hope to get many years of use out of this mouse. It's within my budget, so if I ever need a replacement, I know where to go in the future. I also have experience with other Etekcity products, so I know I'm in good hands.

To purchase this product or find out more info, CLICK HERE

Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products and services I have personally used and highly recommend to my readers.


SmileBrilliant Custom Teeth Whitening Kit Giveaway (Ends 11/6)

Going to the dentist to whiten your teeth can be a lot of work and it can also be very expensive! Most teeth whitening kits are hard to use and don’t fit properly to your teeth. SmileBrilliant makes custom fitted teeth whitening trays – so they actually fit in your mouth and can whiten your teeth better! After several trips to the dentist you eventually have your trays and gel to whiten your teeth. Save yourself some time and money and whiten your teeth with SmileBrilliant! You will not have to make a single visit to the dentist!

SmileBrilliant! is a national dental lab designed to help their customers receive professional strength teeth whitening without ever visiting a dentist! Their lab was specifically created to curb the high cost of cosmetic teeth whitening that is charged at dental offices around the world.

SmileBrilliant clients can trust their lab-direct professional teeth whitening service to deliver dramatic results at the very best price, worldwide. They truly believe that if you become their customer – then they will have you, your family and friends as clients for life! So go ahead and become their next teeth whitening client. You will be satisfied with your decision!

The SmileBrilliant lab creates custom-fitted bleaching trays and professional strength bleaching gel. Many people are surprised to discover that it is actually the dental labs like SmileBrilliant that do the work for many dentists (making the custom fitted trays and supplying the bleaching gel) for top cosmetic dentists who resell their work to their clients. It was their goal to develop a process to cut out the ‘middle man’ and allow clients to have their teeth professionally whitened lab-direct with no dentist visit. So now they can sell direct to you at a much lower cost!

Order your kit and they will send you the materials you need to make your custom teeth whitening trays. You send the impressions back to their lab and they create trays to whiten your teeth. The average person who wears their trays for 3 hours a day or sleeps with them over night will have removed all the stains from their teeth after 5-7 applications.

Once lucky person will win a SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening Kit plus 3 whitening and 3 desensitizing gels ($139.90 value). This giveaway is open worldwide. BUT - If the winner is outside the US, they will have to cover the shipping cost for shipping their impressions back to SmileBrilliant.

Thanks to SmileBrilliant and SavingYouDinero.com for providing this information.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

King of Christmas Artificial Christmas Trees + Giveaway #sponsored

King of Christmas Artificial Christmas Trees

Christmas time is almost upon us and what better way to kick off the holiday season than with buying a beautiful Christmas tree from King of Christmas to display in your living room, family room, etc? They offer a variety of different trees. From 5 feet all the way up to a whopping 32 feet. Whoa!

I enjoyed browsing their website and found some favorites of mine that I would love to share.

($99-499 Depending On Height)

I have always enjoyed the way trees look outside when it snows. What better way to bring that same beautiful look indoors for the holidays to enjoy whenever you want? This one is a beauty.

($179-489 Depending on Height)

I love the form of the tree and just how the branches rest. 

($119-559 Depending on Height)

I can honestly say I have NEVER seen pine cones on a Christmas tree. I don't know if it's because I come from a small state and no one has come up with the idea yet or whether it may be something New Yorkers do. I have no complaints. I actually think the pine cones give the tree a unique yet subtle look.


King of Christmas is hosting a giveaway and are giving 2 very lucky winners the following prizes.

Prize 1Cypress Spruce Christmas Tree With LED Lights ($249 Value!)
Prize 2: $100 King of Christmas Gift Card

Disclosure: I received monetary compensation in exchange for this sponsored post.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide #holidaygiftguide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Here you can find products to buy for your loved ones for the holidays.

Products vary from electronics to toys.

If you'd love for me to feature a product of yours in my Gift Guide, please email me at

Super Bright Glow Stick Bracelet Review

Super Bright Glow Stick Bracelets Review

  • The best quality - Long lasting - Super Bright - Durable
  • Create super bright glowing bracelets, necklaces, glasses and more!
  • Come in blue, green, yellow, orange and pink.
  • Includes 100 units - 8" long premium quality glow bracelets
  • Fresh from the factory- Ultra bright and long lasting!
  • Non-toxic and CPSIA Compliant - Premium Quaility

  • #glowsticks

To purchase or find out more info, CLICK HERE

I received these glow sticks in a really cool looking can. All 100 of them fit perfectly inside along with the connectors to make bracelets or necklaces out of them.

When I received them, I didn't want to just be boring and write up a review of them being put together as bracelets, necklaces, the norm. So I browsed the internet a little. I remember coming across something on Pinterest a long time ago about glow sticks and finally knew what I was going to use them for.

One night, I surprised my youngest daughter by putting them in the tub with her for bath time. I had originally thought about cracking one open and using it alongside her bubbles so her bubble bath would glow. However, with her skin condition I didn't want to risk it. She really enjoyed the sticks and even played a few games with them. From counting how many was put in the tub with her total to even playing a throw all the sticks at the other end of the tub game. She even loved sitting there saying what color each of them was. When she got out of the tub, I told her she could continue to play with them. So of course when we went downstairs she wanted all of the lights turned out. Once she went to bed, I put them in the freezer. I remember growing up and always putting mine in there and they would still glow the next day. Sure enough these did end up glowing the next day but after that, they were done for. She was very happy with her experience and I was as well. Just seeing the amount of joy on her face from something so simple as a glow stick. It's a priceless thing.

So to break it down for you, glow sticks have many uses. From glow parties, safety uses such as wearing them the night of Halloween, a game of glow bowling, educational purposes as mentioned earlier in my post to even using them on the beach the night of July 4th. The possibilities are endless with these glow sticks. I plan on using them in the future with her for maybe bath time again or I may see if there is something else I can find that she may like.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Glen Campbell's I'll Be Me Film Review + Giveaway (Ends 10/25)

From the producer of “Walk the Line”…

In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.  

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. 

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

Simply amazing. There are no other words I could possibly use to describe this film. Such a courageous and heartwarming piece.

I grew up listening to one of Glen's most popular songs, "Rhinestone Cowboy". Who doesn't know that song? I never knew the man behind the song was not only a singer but was a legend.

The beginning of this film tugged at my heart A LOT. There is nothing better in this world than sitting around in the living room with your loved ones and watching old home videos of when everyone was little and young. Just watching Glen not only tear up but ask his wife questions about who this person was or who that person was... it made me tear up. I love knowing that his wife is a very supportive person and is by his side all throughout his Alzheimer's journey. I also never knew Ashley Campbell was his daughter. Looks like his daughter is following in his footsteps and that is great.

There is no history in my family of Alzheimer's but that's not to say it won't ever happen. Glen has given me hope in the fact that although he has it, he still lives life to the fullest everyday and it shows.

This film was very well made and I was honored to have been given the opportunity to watch it and laugh, cry and even smile with everyone in it.

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway for my readers.
The item being given away is a 5 song EP soundtrack from the film.

Starts 10/20
Ends 10/25

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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