Monday, August 22, 2011

Away We Go...

So this will be my last post until September. We are heading off to Disney World Tuesday at 4 am.

We were hoping this

But thanks to Hurricane Irene(that bitch) It looks like we'll be dealing with this instead

The girls and I are heading out to Borders now to pick over whatever is left so we'll have activities to keep us from losing our minds and/or killing each other when we are sitting in the hotel room .I guess that's what you get when you plan a vacation to Florida in August!

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Big Hugs!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Fabulous Find- Flip Flop Wines

Recently I had the opportunity to review 3 wines a Pinot Noir, a Riesling and a Pinot Grigio from FlipFlop Wines. Before I tell you about the wines I want to tell you a little about what I like about the company.
Founded in 2009 by Vinter David Georges, Flip Flop Wines offers delicious wines for people of all economic levels. At $7.00 a bottle their wines are in-expensive not cheap. One of the things I like most about this company is their philosophy of giving back to the community. Currently Flip Flip Wines has partnered with Soles4Souls . For every bottle purchased a pair of flip flops will be donated to a person in need. How great is that?

The first bottle I tested was the Pinot Noir. 

Described as a medium-bodied with bright cherry, sweet spice and a supple, velvety finish, Full of hints of cola aroma and hints of vanilla.Between dry & medium dry.

Loved this wine! I'm a red wine gal so I was very eager to try one out. It was definitely dry but not too much. Subtle spice flavoring that I just could not put my finger on and a smooth lingering finish. I served this with chicken cacciatore and I actually used a cup of it in the recipe! Out of the 3 wines I received this was my favorite.

Next is The Pinot Grigio

 Describe as light-bodied, refreshing with tropical citrus, ripe pear, and a zesty clean finish .Between medium dry and medium sweet.

This description is just perfect for this wine. You can definitely taste the pear and this has a little kick on the way down. Just the right amount of sweetness with crisp finish.

Lastly was the Riesling.

Described as a medium bodied, complex with peach, apricot and melon which leads to a satisfying smooth finish.

I'm not a fan of sweet wines so this wine was the one I was least eager to try  but I can honestly say I really liked this wine.Sweet- definitely- but not so much that you couldn't enjoy the melody of flavors . Smooth finish with just the smallest aftertaste.

All in all I enjoyed these wines They are serious enough to be respected,  but in-expensive enough to never be pretentious.

In case you don't want to take my word for it, Wine Enthusiast Magazine just awarded 4 flipflop wines a "Best Buy" in the June issue, the FlipFlop Moscato received a "Double Gold"  at The San Francisco International Wine Competition & finally, "Real Simple" just selected flipflop Pinot Grigio as one of 10 summer whites and roses. 

How's that for accolades!
Disclaimer: I received  products to review, but was not compensated in any other way. My opinions are  my own and have in no way been influenced.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Doesn't this seem like the perfect place to spend a lazy day just strolling and enjoying the beautiful weather?

( un-edited photo taken by my  budding photographer, Sophia)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Elonka Nichole Review & Giveaway!~CLOSED~

I don't know about you but I was never a fan of diaper bags. Not that they didn't have their use but I always hated the style and design of them. I never understood why they always came in designs with little cartoon characters, cute little bunnies and Easter egg colors. Not at all my style.I realize it is product for baby supplies but babies didn't have to carry them around! I ended up using a black backpack for both my girls.

Now when I was contacted by Elonka from ElonkaNichole Designs  about doing a review and giveaway I took pause because 1. No longer have little ones and 2. my lack of enthusiasm for the product. I took a look at her site anyway and boy was I surprised.! Nothing and I mean nothing about her designs scream "diaperbag". Her messenger style bags are perfect to use as not only a diaperbag but also a bookbag an overnight bag,or just a great tote.
Elonka offered me a bag to try in any of the 8 different 100 % cotton patterns they offer and Sophia chose the pink and white.Machine washable Retails for $75.00

 This terrific bag has pocket,pocket and more pockets!

Inside there are 4 big elastic pockets, 2 on the outsides and one large pocket across the back.
To test out how much it could hold I packed it for a day at a local amusement park.
I was able to fit my wallet,2 small cometic bags, my big camera(which fit perfectly in one of the inside pockets) my baseball cap, and a hairbrush.It still had plenty of room for more. On the outside pockets I put my sunglasses and a bottle of suntan lotion.

The straps are soft but strong and were just the right length for me to wear across my body comfortably.
Sophia will be using this as a schoolbag this year and it will easily hold all her supplies.

We also tested the Monster Mini

This is quite possibly the softest blanket I've ever felt. This huge blanket (5x4) is made with this incredible 
minky chenille fabric that just invites you to snuggle in. This color combination of sage and hot pink is the same colors as Sophia's room so she claimed this too and her sister graciously let her. She is so in love with the blanket that she actually walks around with it draped over her shoulders like a bathrobe. Available in 29 beautiful color combinations.Retails for $60.00

So you too can own these great items ElonkaNicole Designs is sponsoring a giveaway for you to win BOTH your own messenger bag and Original Mimi!You pick your own designs for both items
This prize has a value of $110.00!

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Fab Find- Activate Water

Recently I had the opportunity to try out 2 different types of water from the Activate Line. Before I tell you about the flavors I sampled let me tell you a little about the brand itself.
The market is just swamped with vitamin & mineral enriched waters so why would we possibly need another? I'll tell you why. Vitamins and minerals lose their potency when sitting in water. I didn't know that. So while all the other brands are slowly losing strength, Activate doesn't. Why you ask? Because Activate stores it's ingredients in its cap to be released into  this water with a simple twist & shake when you are ready to drink it. How simple is that!

The first flavor I tested was the Lemon Lime from the Energy Line. This water has 100% of 3 essential vitamins and natural caffeine to that little extra boost.Naturally sweetened with Strevia & also contains Goji Berry, Yerba Mate and Vitamin B complex. 0 calories and 0 sugars. I loved the flavor with the  little lime kick at the end.
 The second flavor I tried was the Raspberry Citrus. Normally I'm not a fan of berry flavors but I really loved this. This flavor is from the Workout line and is jam packed with electrolytes, 480% RDI Vitamin C, and essential amino acids. I drank this during a very hot day when I was doing heavy duty cleaning.I honestly felt better after drinking this. It's refreshing and extremely thirst quenching.

All in all I can say that I really enjoyed this water and I look forward to trying the other 8 flavors from the Activate line especially the Lulo Pear and Passion Fruit

Disclaimer: I received 2 products to review; was not compensated in any other way. My opinions are  my own and have in no way been influenced.


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