Saturday, May 21, 2011

Radius Toothbrush Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 8:30 PM 9 comments
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*There were 134 entries. The winner is Vanessa.
Thank you for entering*

Radius is changing the way we brush our teeth with unique toothbrushes designed to make the toothbrush comfortable, enjoyable and effective. With a mass of very soft bristles, a large head area for low pressure brushing and a comfortable handle, this toothbrush would let you brush lightly and accurately.

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We were sent 2 toothbrushes to review, a Kidz Toothbrush and an Original Toothbrush.
About the Kidz Toothbrush (ages 6 and up):
  • Thumb grip and big, easy to hold handle designed just for children. A pint sized version of the Original
  • Three times more very fine bristles with wide oval format, massage gums gently
  • Lasts 9 months
  • American Dental Association “Accepted” for prevention of gingivitis and removal of plaque
  • Non-aligned bristle layout to avoid tooth erosion
  • Beautiful Award-winning design
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My 6 yr old has 3 toothbrushes, a regular toothbrush, a spin brush type toothbrush and this Kidz toothbrush. Ever since we received the Kidz toothbrush it is the only one she wants to brush with. She loves the cool design with a special place for her thumb and she says it is more comfy than her other toothbrushes (her words). Anything that makes children more willing to brush their teeth is fantastic in itself. I also feel that she is doing a better job of getting her teeth clean with this toothbrush. I think the larger head makes it easier for her to clean all areas of the mouth.

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About the Original Toothbrush:
  • Three times more very fine bristles with wide oval format, massage gums gently
  • Lasts 9 months
  • American Dental Association “Accepted” for prevention of gingivitis and removal of plaque
  • Right or left ergonomic handle ensures dentist recommended 45 ยบ angle of bristle to teeth
  • Handle made of wood-based cellulose, sourced from sustainable yield forests
  • Non-aligned bristle layout to avoid tooth erosion
  • Beautiful Award-winning design
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I was worried that I wouldn’t like this toothbrush due to the larger head. I thought it would be uncomfortable to use and make brushing my teeth more of a chore. Well, I was pleasantly surprised that this toothbrush is not only comfortable to use, I like it better than my old toothbrush. I also love that it lasts 3 times as long and I only need to replace it every 9 months.

Radius also carries a Pure Baby toothbrush designed for babies 6 – 18 months and a Totz toothbrush designed for children 18 months and up.  There are also other designs of toothbrushes on the site. As well as cases for toothbrushes, razors and more.

You can purchase Radius toothbrushes on their website or you can check their store locator for stores near you that carry them.

Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win one product of their choice from Radius.
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.


Mandatory Entry:                                                                                       
Go to Radius and tell me which product you’d choose if you won.


Earn Extra Entries (not required):                                                              
Like Radius on Facebook.                                                                            
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook                                                     
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.                                            
Enter any other open giveaway, let me know which ones. (1 entry for each)


This giveaway will end on June 3rd 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 only - 18 years old and above. 
Winner will be chosen at random.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

CreaClip Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 10:18 PM 4 comments


*There were 96 entries. The winner is Allison.
Thank you for entering*

Have you ever cut your hair yourself? Maybe even just trimmed your bangs? I trim my own bangs as well as my girls bangs. Honestly, they never come out that great. I only get my hair cut about once a year and I just can't find the time to get it done more often. But, if I let my bangs grow out they start doing their own thing and I hate it. So I was stuck living with uneven bangs and long hair (which I also hate).


In comes the CreaClip. At first, I was really nervous about cutting my own hair. The thing that got me through it was if this works think of all the money and time that will be saved. Also the clips have a level on them to ensure that they are straight. So I watched a ton of video reviews on CreaClips youtube channel, some more than once.


Once I thought I was ready I headed to the bathroom to try this out.

Just Clip, Slide, and Cut!

1. Section the hair following the easy step-by-step instructions.
2. Clip the CreaClip on the hair and slide to desired length.
3. Check bubble on rotating leveler to ensure the clip is level.
4. Cut along the guide.

Now the instructions say to use this product on dry hair. I tried it on dry hair and didn't like it too much. So, I used it on damp hair and it worked way better for me.

Here is how long my hair was:


Now, I cut a little at a time then looked at it and cut some more until I was happy with the length. I really suggest you do this so you don't overdo it and aren't happy with the results. Here is the end result from the back. To be totally honest, I love it. It has layers and a face frame, it is exactly what I would expect to get from the salon.


Here it is from the front:


I have had many compliments on my haircut and people are amazed when I tell them I cut it myself. 
I have also used it on my 3 yr old, she went to the salon not too long ago and she had a very plain haircut. I think the stylist was scared to do too much to her hair in fear that she would mess it up. Using the CreaClip, I was able to cut her hair with a face frame and some layers. I have also used it to trim her bangs as well. I am so excited about the money and time I will save since I will never have to go to the salon again!

To purchase the CreaClip head over to the website.

Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win a set to include 1 small and 1 large CreaClip. 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.

Mandatory Entry:
Like CreaClip on Facebook. (Leave a comment if you'd like)
Earn Extra Entries (not required):
Have you ever cut your own hair? Who would use this product? 
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.
Enter any other open giveaway, let me know which ones. (1 entry for each)

This giveaway will end on June 2nd 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 open to US residents as well as International - 18 years old and above.
Winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

*I purchased this product with my own money and I was not compensated for this review.
The giveaway is sponsored by CreaClip and they will ship the item to the winner. 

Educational Insights - Playfoam Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 12:01 AM 2 comments

*There were 193 entries. The winner is Jenny.
Thank you for entering*

Preschoolers are free to express their creativity — with no mess to clean up afterward! Just squish up the Playfoam®, shape it however you like, squash it back down, and start all over again. Playfoam® never dries out so the creativity never ends — and the secret no-stick formula means you can take it anywhere for creative fun on the go!
 

I was sent the Playfoam Combo 8 pack. This comes in a variety of colors and some of them had glitter added for extra sparkle. Each color comes in a separate compartment so if you wanted to keep each color separate you could. The first thing my girls did though was take all the colors and mix them together. It is like this tutti frutti color now not like playdough which turns an ugly brownish color when mixed together. Also it is sticky enough to mold but doesn't stick to hands, the table or anything else. How fantastic is that?

My girls have played with this over and over, dreaming up new things to make. They have made birthday cakes complete with candles, cookies, snowmen and more. So much imagination has gone into their play using this product. And the thing I love the most, I do not have to worry about making sure this is in a sealed container. I have it in a gallon size plastic bag that my 3 yr old has left open multiple times and it is still in the same condition as the day we opened it. I love this product!




If you are interested in purchasing this awesome product check out Educational Insights website.
Also follow them on facebook where they hold a variety of promotions.


Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win a Playfoam pack. 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.
Mandatory Entry:
Like Educational Insights on Facebook.

Earn Extra Entries (not required):
Go to Educational Insights and tell me your favorite product.
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.
Enter any other open giveaway, let me know which ones. (1 entry for each)

This giveaway will end on June 1st 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!



Monday, May 16, 2011

PowerCapes Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 8:40 PM 1 comments

*There were 121 entries. The winner is Tami.
Thank you for entering*

About PowerCapes
PowerCapes is a team of Moms, Dads, Customer Service Heroes, Web Ninjas and Passionate People who have dedicated their lives to helping kids be real super heroes.
Started by Holly Bartman as a way to provide children with personalized super hero capes, PowerCapes has become the #1 destination for authentic super hero wear for kids (and adults, too!)

I received a custom superhero cape for my girls to review. The first thing I noticed was how many options there are to make the cape your own. I made our cape purple with a raspberry sparkle heart and a purple S.
This is a combination of my girls' favorite colors. What does the S stand for you ask? Well, since my girls would be sharing one cape I told them it stood for "sisters". It has also been heard as standing for sharing and superhero.



Now before receiving our superhero cape, the girls were using a piece of fleece material and tying it around their necks. They were so excited when we received this in the mail. Now they were real superheros (in their minds anyway). They loved that this cape was made out of their favorite colors and boy did they love the sparkles on the heart. I love that it is so light weight and silky just as you would expect from a real superhero cape. The velcro used to fasten the cape around the neck is strong enough to not come undone during play and is much safer than a knot if caught up on something.

These capes come in 3 sizes: Sidekick (ages 2-7), Hero (ages 6-10) and Adult. They also sell extra accessories to make your superhero costume complete. These include blaster cuffs, masks and even a custom superhero t shirt. I am thinking blaster cuffs will make a great birthday gift for a certain little girl.


Wouldn't these make fantastic Halloween costumes? The whole family could be superheros!


Custom superhero capes take about 3 weeks to complete as each one is made by hand, one at a time, in the USA. If you need your cape in a hurry they sell ready made capes and have quite a selection of those.
Purchase one on their website or enter to win one right here.

Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win a custom or ready made sidekick size cape. 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.

Mandatory Entry:
Like PowerCapes on Facebook.

Earn Extra Entries (not required):
Go to PowerCapes and tell me something you learned.
Follow PowerCapes on Twitter.
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.
Subscribe to this blog via email. 

This giveaway will end on May 31st 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 US residents only - 18 years old and above.
Winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!



Babylegs Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 11:31 AM 9 comments

*There were 190 entries. The winner is Eliza.
Thank you for entering*
About Babylegs

In April of 2005, a young mom was confronted with a diaper rash that just wouldn't quit. The rash needed some fresh air to heal, but she was also concerned about keeping her daughter warm. In a moment of inspiration, she snipped the feet off of a pair of socks and fitted her daughter from hip to ankle with a cool set of leg warmers. These leg warmers not only kept her daughter warm, but also protected her from the elements, made diaper changing and potty training easier, and protected her soft knees while crawling. With some fun designs and some grassroots marketing support, the functional and fashionable leg warmers that began as a solution to keep little legs warm quickly became much more.

BabyLegs® leg warmers quickly became a parenting essential across the world because of their utility, practicality, and stylish appeal. Our continued desire to provide products that provide style and protection for little legs and feet eventually led us to expand into children's hosiery with the introduction of baby socks and girls tights.

 I received a grab bag of items from Babylegs that included 2 pairs of leg warmers, 1 pair of tights and a set of socks (2pairs). I don't have a picture of the items from when I got them because my kids ripped into them right away, they were so excited.

Leg Warmers


I received the sweet pea and sprinkled hearts legs warmers. I love the ruffle edge on the sprinkled hearts and the bright colors on the sweet pea. These were perfect for the transition from winter to spring, when it was cooler in the mornings and warm in the afternoons. My kindergartener was able to wear skirts and could take the babylegs off if she got too hot. She could also wear them on her arms with short sleeve shirts. These actually fit well on both my 3 and 6 yr old.


 They carry a variety of prints that seems to be updated regularly.They are also launching a Hello Kitty Line of baby legs this summer and you can vote on your favorite design.

Babylegs also carries a line called Cool! Kids that is made of a cooler mesh like material and offers UPF 50+ protection, which will help block a majority of UV rays. These would be great for a day at the beach or even just poolside! 

Girls Tights


I received a pair of Sweet Violet tights in size 2 - 4T. They actually fit both of my girls but won't fit my 6 yr old too much longer. These are perfect when wearing dresses and skirts. They held up and washed well. They also have a cute little heart on the bottom that looks so cute especially for the smaller babies and toddlers.
These tights have feet but Babylegs also sells footless tights that are super cute and I would love to try.

Baby Socks


I received these adorable Seeded Love baby socks in size 2-4T. These fit my 3 yr old perfectly and don't fall off like some of her other socks do. These would be perfect for the baby whose socks are constantly falling off. This is something that I will most likely purchase more of in the future. They would even make a great baby gift!



The only thing I wish about Babylegs is that I knew about them when my kids were younger. The socks would have been so nice when they were babies and their socks would always fall off. Also the leg warmers would have made potty training so much easier.

Check out Babylegs on facebook, I am constantly seeing specials and promotions over there. Also check out their website if you are looking to purchase from them.

Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win a grab bag of BabyLegs in their choice of gender and size. 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.

Mandatory Entry:
Like Babylegs on Facebook.

Earn Extra Entries (not required):
Go to Babylegs and tell me which product you'd most like to try.
Follow Babylegs on Twitter.
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

This giveaway will end on May 30th 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 US residents only - 18 years old and above.
Winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Plum Crazy Gourmet Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 12:33 PM 8 comments Links to this post

*There were 125 entries. The winner is Holly.
Thank you for entering*

 About Plum Crazy Gourmet
Our family owned gourmet food mix company specializes in dip mixes, soup mixes, muffins mixes, and a large variety of dry food mixes. Our food mixes contain no MSG and we use only real fruits and vegetables in all our gourmet food mixes including our bread mixes, scone mixes, soup mixes and more. 

If you entered the giveaway on Valerie's Reviews facebook page for the set of 2 dips and did not win, here is another chance!
Plum Crazy Gourmet wants to offer 1 winner a set of dips: Spring Spinach and Lime Cilantro. They look so yummy!

Spring Spinach Dip Mix
Spring spinach dip mix is a tantalizing blend of summer herbs and real spinach leaves. Just add sour cream and serve with fresh vegetables, chips, or crackers.

Lime Cilantro Dip Mix
A baja sensation! Zesty lime and spices make this a fun dip for a fiesta dinner. Lime Cilantro Dip Mix, Just Add - sour cream, makes 2 cups of dip.

And for another chance to win make sure you like them on facebook, they giveaway a free mix at
every 50 fans! 

To purchase from Plum Crazy Gourmet, head over to their website

Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win a set of dips: Spring Spinach and Lime Cilantro. 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.

Mandatory Entry:
Become a fan of  Plum Crazy Gourmet on Facebook

Earn Extra Entries (not required):


Go to Plum Crazy Gourmet and tell me what you'd most like to try
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

This giveaway will end on May 27th 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 US residents only - 18 years old and above.
Winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

*I was not compensated in any way for this blog post.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

LexaMae Fancies 'n Frills Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 11:31 PM 1 comments


*There were 195 entries. The winner is Cherell.
Thank you for entering*  
I was contacted by LexaMae Fancies 'n Frills and we decided that I would do a review on her Custom Order process. I sent her pictures of these 2 dresses that I had just purchased.:


She was making a custom over the top bow and a set of Pee-Wees bows ( which is her name for pigtail bows). So I told her that I wanted pigtails for the pink dress with the stripe accents and an over the top bow for the multi-colored dress. I made sure to tell her that I don't like overly big bows, I prefer them to be on the smaller side. She took the above photos and made these:




The Pee-Wees bows are the perfect size for pigtails. The easy thing to do would have been to go with mainly pink, but she really got some of the details from the dress and accented them - which I love! It's hard to tell with the pictures but the colors match perfectly. The bows are very well made and stay in the hair even through running around, jumping on a trampoline, and playing.



The over the top bow caught so many little details from the dress. She scaled down the typical size of the over the top bow and it ended up being just right. I don't typically like the marabou type accent, but this was done in just the right amount and gives so much character to the bow.  And the buttons on top of the marabou really made it super detailed and just gave it special appeal. My daughter is absolutely in love with this bow as am I.


I really think she has a natural talent in making amazing bows to match outfits. She has awesome customer service and really took what I wanted to heart when creating these bows. Her shipping was super fast even with such a custom order. If you purchase from LexaMae Fancies 'n Frills I really think you will be super satisfied.

Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win their choice of 1 "Over The Top" bow ($15 value.). 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.

Mandatory Entry:
Leave your name and email.

Earn Extra Entries (not required):
Go to LexaMae Fancies 'n Frills and tell me which product is your favorite.
Like LexaMae Fancies 'n Frills on Facebook.
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

This giveaway will end on May 24th 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 US residents only - 18 years old and above.
Winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

TruKid Review and Giveaway

Posted by Valerie's Reviews at 10:48 PM 15 comments

*There were 203 entries. The winner is Bao.
Thank you for entering*  

 Our Philosophy
We encourage kids to form healthy habits that last a lifetime. By combining all natural skincare with fun and education, TruKid™ cultivates a relationship between healthy habits and being a kid. In turn, our goal is that kids will grow up taking care of themselves, each other and their environment. From our Friendly Face Wash™ to our Funny Foot Cream™, families receive only the best in ingredients, attention and dedication to their well being.

What makes us different?
Differences are what make everyone special and stand out from the crowd. TruKid™ believes in being proud of who you are. We are a different sort of company and of course, proud of it! For starters, our products are uniquely created just for kids of all ages (there simply weren't enough healthy skincare products out there just for kids). Second, we are all natural and completely chemical free. But what sets us apart even more than our products, is our philosophy. TruKid™ strives to impact the world one healthy habit at a time. Through rhymes, songs, facts and more, we provide the tools your family can use to start forming healthy habits the fun way. 

Why use TruKid™
 Well, besides the fact that we only use ingredients that are good for you, we spent a lot of time making our products just right! We encourage kids and their families alike to use our product line everyday. Everything from the lighter textures for quick and easy application to the great, cheerful scents that kids love; we made sure everything was kid approved. You have enough to worry about, let us help you teach your kids healthy skin care habits to last their lifetime.



I received a variety of products to try from TruKid™. I was really excited to try these products because both of my girls have skin issues. We use products that are supposed to be good for sensitive skin and yet they still cry that it burns and it hurts. I received Friendly Face Wash, Silly Shampoo, Cool Conditioner, Bubbly Body Wash, Happy Face and Body Lotion, Sunny Days Sunscreen tube and face & body stick.

My first impression of these products is that they are bright and cheery. They really draw in the kids attention and make them want to use these products. I smelled these as soon as I got them and was expecting a neutral, plain scent but was pleasantly surprised with a light fruity almost citrus-like scent.  These products also have fun pictures to let your child know what that product is used for. This is great for pre-readers as well as beginning readers.


We used the Friendly Face Wash as a hand soap as well as a face wash. It is very gentle yet effective. Some hand soaps (particularly commercial ones like those found in schools) leave a rash that looks much like a chemical burn on my older daughters hands and wrists, this soap has helped to clear that right up.


The Bubbly Body Wash has a stick figure on it that lets your children know that this is to be used on your body. This helped my kids because they tend to get shampoo/conditioners mixed up with body wash. This helped them to be more independent when washing up and they really liked that. This was very gentle on their sensitive skin and they did not fight to wash up.

My kids really liked the name of the Silly Shampoo, they also like the face icon with the crazy hair that let them know this was to be used on their hair. This product suds nicely and cleans well, it did not make their hair tangle. It has the same nice scent as the rest of the products.


The Cool Conditioner also has the face with the silly hair that my girls liked so much. This icon has brought on many giggles during bath time. This product left my girls hair soft and easy to comb.


I really liked all of the products that I received, but the Happy Face and Body Lotion is my favorite. I have tried so many lotions and they all burn my girls when they use them. When I would bring out the lotion bottle my oldest would literally be in tears. Now when I tell her we need to use lotion she always wants the lotion in the green bottle and she will happily use it. This product has made dealing with my girls sensitive skin so much easier.




My girls typically do not like to use sunscreen because of the smell. We all loved that these have the same fruity scent as the rest of the products. It also went on thick but smooth and a little went a long way. This product did not break the girls out or sting their skin. I love that the face and body stick fits right in my purse so I always have it with me, especially nice for those impromptu visits to the park!

Overall I really loved all of the products that I tried. I think their prices are very reasonable and some are sold in packs of 3 which makes them cost even less when bought like that. The only thing I would like to see is a pack of different products that would make them more cost effective, for example a shampoo, conditioner, and a lotion together. I do see this as a group of products I will purchase in the future and that my family will use on a regular basis.

Giveaway (CLOSED)
One of my readers will win a 3.5 oz sunscreen tube and 1 SPF30+ Face stick just in time for summer. 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.

Mandatory Entry:
Leave your name and email.

Earn Extra Entries (not required):
Go to TruKid™ and tell me which product you'd most like to try.
Like TruKid™ on Facebook.
Follow TruKid™ on Twitter.
Like Valerie's Reviews on Facebook
Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

This giveaway will end on May 22nd 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 US residents only - 18 years old and above.
Winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

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