Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart Review

December 10, 2011 by  
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Chicken Soup for the Soul introduces a book filled with stories of love, inspiration, humor, and more for the mature generation out there, called “Inspiration for the Young at Heart”.  This book is all about enjoying your senior years and features such story topics as new adventures, taking college classes, finding love, how to handle a retired husband, and so much more!

* This book is available for purchase on right now for $10.91

I had the great opportunity to review this book myself and I have truly enjoyed reading these stories!  I think this is a perfect book for parents, grandparents, and anyone that loves to read.  I am now going to pass this book onto my mother in law who is in her late 60′s.  Not only does she love to read, she loves inspiring and heartwarming stories like the ones featured in this book.  If you’re looking for a perfect gift for an older loved one, you can’t miss with this book!

I have been a fan of Chicken Soup for the Soul books since they first started out.  I even have my daughter enjoying their Chicken Soup for the Soul “Preteens” book.  There is a book in this series for anyone out there.  I applaude Chicken Soup for the Soul for creating “Inspiration for the Young at Heart”.  This book really helps you see that getting older doesn’t mean the fun stops!

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Disclosure: I received a sample from the above named company in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and are not a result of any outside influence.


I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

Something I love to do during the holidays is read my children Christmas books,  but I have never had an opportunity to read them a personalized Christmas book until now!  So let me introduce you to one of the best sites on the Internet to purchase personalized books for just about any occasion for children – .  Besides personalized books they also offer a wonderful selection of other great personalized items including bandannas,  puzzles,  and more! was  kind enough to provide me with a personalized My Very Merry Christmas Board Book to review with my son.

To begin I was asked to provide a little bit of information about my son so they could personalize it with his personal information.  I was asked his name,  gender,  and date of birth.  Additionally,  I was asked to select a dedication from a drop down list of provided dedications,  the sender,  and the year the book was given.  I had it personalized for my three year old son,  as the book is perfect for ages 0- 6 years old.

Before I knew it the packaged arrive and inside was one of the cutest little books I have ever laid my eyes on!  The book cover features a festive Christmas Tree and read “Zane’s Very Merry Christmas”. The book told a cute Christmas story which included lots of adorable forest animals.  My favorite page by far was the last page because it animals circling the Christmas Tree with my sons name spelled out on the ornaments.  Throughout the book the fuzzy forest friends deliver a note to Santa about your child.  As I read the book to my son he got so excited each time he heard his name and really seemed to enjoy it!

The personalized hard back book is very durable and so far is not at all torn or ripped,  which is somewhat of a miracle in this household!   I believe it would make a great Christmas gift or Stocking Stuffer for any child.

This amazing Story Book is written by award-winning author Jennifer Dewing and illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough.

Buy It:  You can purchase this twenty page personalized hard back book for only $24.95 on  If you purchase

Learn More:  To learn more about I See Me!  Visit their website,  connect with them on Facebook,  or follow them on Twitter.

 This post was written for I See Me who provided the complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.



What do you get when you mix a bug with a robot?  The answer is simple – you get a toy that will be your child’s new best friend,  keeping him entertained for hours!  I mean lets face it,  what boy wouldn’t love a robotic bug,  my son’s sure do.  HEXBUG is a toy line of  micro robotic creatures designed to introduce children to robotics at a young age.  These fascinating little creatures feature bug like attributes,  intriguing behavior,  and come packaged in appealing packaging.

HEXBUG is always introducing brand new products,  so you can continue to expand your collection and your little one can continue to expand his imagination.  He wont have to imagine much though because theses bugs are very intelligent.  You wouldn’t believe it but the HEXBUG Larva,  which was released in  Fall 2011,  comes with a built in infrared sensor making it possible to detect and  avoid objects in it’s path before ever reaching them.  This toy will definitely fool you into thinking it has a brain of it’s own.

I was lucky enough to receive a two HEXBUG Nanos and a Hive Habitat Set to review.   I knew my boys would be thrilled to receive these toys because well lets be honest,  there boys!  I was equally excited to receive them because they have been becoming increasingly popular with young boys.  I have also been seeing them alot of local shops including one of my favorites – Target.  As of now HEXBUG currently offers 7 different types of Hexbugs including: Original,  Crab,  Inchworm,  Nano,  Ant,  Spider,  and Larva.

I received two of the HEXBUG Nanos:  One in bright green and the other bright red.  The very first thing I noticed was the unique packaging – a plastic tube with one Nano bug in each capsule.  The Hexbug Nano just so happens to be the newest autonomous robotic creature in the HEXBUG collection. Unlike many other toys,  these come complete with batteries included.  The Nano comes in five different fun collectible colors so there is a color to fit each child.

You would be amazed by all that these intelligent little bugs can do including flipping over!  It actually crawls and behaves just like a real bug.  The HEXBUG Nano Hive Habitat Set is the perfect little home for my sons Nano bugs.  This multilevel habitat set comes complete with a built in ramp for extra fun.  One of the coolest things about this set is that it can be connected to other Nano Habitat track pieces. This playset combined with the robotic bugs(HEXBUG Nanos) has keeping my children entertained for hours including my soon to be three year old.

This awesome set includes:

  • 1 Very Rare HEXBUG Nano Mutation
  • 16 Pegs
  • 16 Adjustable Flags
  • 2 Merry-Go-Rounds
  • 1 See-Saw

HEXBUG also offers a numerous amount of other fun products including other robotic bugs and plenty of other habitat sets so be sure to visit their site and check out all the have to order.  You may be especially interested in the HEXBUG Nano Christmas Ornament,  which make a great stocking stuffer or gift for your child on Christmas.

This post was written for HEXBUGS who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.


Hill’s Science Diet Age Defying Cat Food Review

November 30, 2011 by  
Filed under pets, product reviews

As your cat becomes a senior it’s diet needs change.  Hill’s Science Diet Age Defying Cat Food has just the specialized formula your senior cat needs to live a healthy and happy life.  Hill’s Science Diet provides tailored nutrition that helps fight the effects of aging, enhances digestion, defends the body and brain against aging, and promotes soft skin and a healthy, radiant coat.  This formula is designed specifically for cats ages 11+.

Hill’s Science Diet invites you to take their quiz to find out how old your cat really is by answering a few quick questions!  The results may surprise you.  Find out your cat’s true age, as well as get access to tips and coupons by clicking here.

Enter To Win!

Hill’s Science Diet not only wants to help your cat feel healthy and young, they also want to give away a wide selection of prizes!  Right now you can log onto the Hill’s Science website and enter to win for prizes such as a Canyon Ranch Spa Resort Vacation, Spa Gift cards, Drinkwell Fountains, FURminator deShedding tools, All In One Scratchers, and Free Science Diet Food Coupons.  Get in on the chance to win here!  Giveaway ends:  January 1, 2012

Thanks to Hill’s Science Diet, I had the amazing opportunity to try their Age Defying Senior Cat Formula with my own cat “Mama’s”.  Mama’s is our 12 year old senior cat whom our family loves dearly.  When I heard about this opportunity I was very interested to see what this formula of cat food had to offer compared to other brands on the market.

If there’s one thing I am interested in, its keeping Mama’s as healthy and happy as can be!  Our family wants her around for as long as possible, and Hill’s Science Diet Age Defying Cat Food promises to help you make it all possible.  One thing I liked right away was the small pieces.  Mama’s is older and seems to be getting sensitive teeth in her old age, as most cats do.  The small pieces enable her to enjoy her food without tooth pain, as well as have an easier time digesting her food.

{ Mama’s enjoying her new Age Defying cat food! }

 { Don’t worry: I didn’t let her eat it all at once, lol! }

I love that Hill’s Science Diet Age Defying Cat Food helps fight the effects of aging in as little as 30 days!  She’s getting a little portly as well in her old age, and Hill’s has a formula that keeps digestion up and weight regulated.  Just what Mama’s needs!

We’ve been on the formula about a week now and Mama’s has taken to the change in cat food amazingly well.  I am very interested to continue this food and see how she improves.  I’m also excited to see how this formula improves her skin and coat, which Hill’s promises a great improvement on.  I feel really good about providing her with a cat food that is tailored just for her age.  We’ve had no problems whatsoever with this food so far, and I would recommend it to any cat owner of a senior cat.  Mama’s and me give it two thumbs up!

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* Disclosure:  I was provided a sample from the above named company in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and are not a result of any outside influence.


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