Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Educational Insights ~Smens~ Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 10:58 PM 3 comments
*There were 261 entries. The winner is Tina.
Thank you for entering*

Do you remember having things like smelly stickers and markers growing up? I certainly do and these pens I received from Educational Insights reminds me of them. These are actually called Smens which is smelly and pens put together (I bet you already figured that out =)). There are also smencils available as well.


The Smens come in a set of 10 or 50. I was sent the set of 10 gourmet scented pens which includes the scents:
  • Red Licorice
  • Creamsicle
  • Aloha
  • Mystery Scent
  • Banana FoFana
  • Mocha
  • Passion Fruit
  • Ninja Berry
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Black Licorice

Not only are these pens super cool but they are environmentally friendly too! They are made from recycled newspapers and biodegradable plastic. Each pen comes in its own little tube to insure the scents last at least 2 years.


We had a lot of fun guessing the different scents when this set arrived. In fact, my boyfriend was using a pen that was sitting on the desk when he said, “Wow! Something smells good!”. He started sniffing around trying to figure out what it was. I knew that it was a Smen he was using but I was laughing so hard it took me a while to tell him that. Needless to say he was impressed.


Some of the scents are ones that I do not particularly care for, but those could be used as a gift if you know someone that might love that scent. All of these pens write in black ink but I would personally love if they wrote in the same color as as their packaging!  How cool would that be?

Educational Insights has generously offered one of my readers their very own set of Smens.

Tell me which Smen scent you would most like to try/smell! 
(Click I did this - then put the scent you'd most like to try in the "Extra Info" section. ) 
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Original Sprout Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 12:10 AM 9 comments

*There were 109 entries. The winner is Melissa.
Thank you for entering*

The founder of this company delighted in her newborn daughter's thick hair. Wanting to use the safest bath products led to her trying natural baby shampoos. To her surprise, all the shampoos wreaked havoc on her daughter's hair and sensitive skin. To remedy the problem Inga created the first of it's kind, ultra moisturizing natural baby bath & styling products. The benefits of being a master stylist with professional experience & a mother with real life experience culminated into Original Sprout, a globally trusted natural family brand.

Original Sprout Products are Biodegradable, 100% Vegetarian (Vegan), Free of PhytoEstrogens, Soy, Parabens, Gluten, Dixoanes from Sulfates, Phthalates & Formaldehyde.

I was super excited to try these products out. I love that they are all natural, vegan friendly and overall safe to use on even the youngest of family members.

I was sent a few products from the Worry-Free Luxury Collection which includes their best-selling Miracle Detangler, Natural Shampoo, and Scrumptious Cream.
I love all the products I was sent but the Miracle Detangler is my favorite. I love the smell, it is a very clean shampoo type smell.
My oldest daughter has curly/wavy hair and this has made her hair so soft and healthy looking. It really takes the frizz out and puts some bounce into her hair.
The Scrumptious Baby Cream  I received has a clean scent to it. It was very gentle on our skin, even my girls who have a lot of trouble with skin products really like this lotion. It absorbs well and isn’t heavy or sticky. It also includes rosemary to help calm sensitive skin and naturally repel insects.
The Natural Shampoo I received has a nice clean smell. It is thin and a little goes a long way. It made our hair feel squeaky clean.
The only thing I wish is that I had the chance to try the Deep Conditioner.

There is a long list of why these products are top notch. Everything from ingredients to what is not put in these products.

Our regulated, European Directive Compliant products are:
• Are made by a master stylist and mother, so they are safe and natural, but perform as good or better than high-end salon brands.
• Free of phthalates, phytoestrogens, soy, gluten, animal products, parabens, and propylene glycol with no added dioxanes or formaldehydes.
• Free of skin penetrators & photosensitizers (plasticizers & nanoparticles).
• Extracts are certified organic. The majority of ingredients are plant derived & from natural sources.
• E.U. Directive Compliant with full label disclosure of ingredients.
• Fragrances are made with naturally derived ingredients & are certified FREE of phthalates, lavender, tea tree, PG, DPG, parabens, dioxanes, benzenes, formaldehydes, acetaldehydes, styrene, toluene, chlorobenzene & glycol ethers.
• Products are vegetarian/vegan & biodegradable.
• Can be purchased online at or at a variety of health food stores & salons worldwide (not found in conventional grocery & drug store chains or big box stores).

If you are interested in purchasing these awesome products or any other Original Sprout products check out Original Sprout’s website and use the code FIRST_ORDER_10-U to get 10% off your first order.

Original Sprout has generously offered a $50 gift certificate good for any online purchase at for a giveaway.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Educational Insights – Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 1:10 AM 1 comments

*There were 114 entries. The winners are Audrey and Tiffany.
Thank you for entering*

My girls have been playing with E-Z as ABC Game Set almost daily. They have matched up the puzzles pieces, put the items in alphabetical order and made up games to play. They have even matched the words to the pictures using small word cards that came with this game. I love that there is so much variety in play style with this set. This puzzle has been played with quite a bit and the pieces are very sturdy. You can tell that this has been made to last.

We also received Chime With Rhyme and it has been just as loved.
My 6 yr old has had some trouble grasping rhyming words. She gets some but has trouble with others. This game is really helping her to grasp the concept. Each section has 3 pictures that rhyme but there are also letter cards to help you think of more words that rhyme. There are also small word cards you can match with the pictures in this game as well.
Both games have been well loved and held up well with no bent pieces. My oldest has enjoyed teaching her younger sister with these games as well.
If you are interested in purchasing these awesome products or any other Educational Insights products check out Educational Insights website.
Also follow them on facebook where they hold a variety of promotions, as well as interact with their fans regularly.
Educational Insights has offered a copy of each game for a giveaway. There will be 2 winners. One of my readers will receive E-Z as ABC Game Set and another reader will receive Chime With Rhyme. You can enter by filling out the form or leaving a comment, include all of your entries at once. Please leave your email with your entry so I can contact you, entries without emails are disqualified.

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This giveaway will end on June 17th and the winner will be announced within 24 hours.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is limited to residents in the US and Canada only - 18 years old and above.
Winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

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