Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: The Reservoir Emergency Water Storage System

Hello Dear Readers:

  I do not know where you live or what kind of natural disasters you face seasonally (earthquakes, flooding, storms, etc). Here on the East Coast we have had a couple doozy storms in recent years including Sandy, which left destruction and death in her path.

 When the wind starts to blow and the snow piles up , I get a little nervous living out here in the country. However, we are usually prepared for hunkering down and facing whatever storm lies ahead. This includes a working generator, lots of canned and boxed essential foods, candles, flashlights and now "The Reservoir" Emergency Water Storage System. Sometimes we fill pots with water and put them in the bathtub, but now we do not have to resort to that. With the Reservoir, we just plug the top of the bag to the faucet and fill.

Then , we have clean and safe drinking water to take us through the storm. Here are the specifics:

Never get stuck in a long line to buy bottled water again! Hurricanes or tropical storms may disrupt or 
contaminate your water service for days, but you can stay comfortably at home with an ample supply of fresh, clean, safe water, thanks to this plastic liner that turns your tub into a sanitary storage tank.

Holds Up to 100 Gallons

Emergency management authorities recommend having on hand at least 3 days' worth of drinking water, allowing at least 1 gallon per person/pet per day. The Reservoir gives you the capacity to meet these minimums, with plenty left over for cooking, washing and flushing.

Keeps Stored Water Clean and Safe

Authorities recommend filling your bathtub with tap water. But that's a problem because it leaves water exposed to any dirt and debris that might fall in, as well as soap residues on the tub itself. The Reservoir insulates water from those contaminants with heavy-duty, food-grade plastic that meets FDA safety standards.

Easy to Fill, Easy to Dispense

The Reservoir is filled simply by sliding the fill tube onto the tub faucet and turning on the water. To get water out of The Reservoir, a siphon pump is included. Give the bulb a few squeezes to get it started and the water will flow automatically until you open the vent cap. The siphon tube fits into any bottle, jug, teakettle or other container opening. Just fill and go!"

Super easy, and I will be keeping this in my water closet in the guest bathroom just in case we get hit hard this winter. 

To buy a Reservoir for yourself check out this link:  Reservoir at Amazon

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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: Help Fight Childhood Cancer!!!! #millionmiles

Hello Dear Readers:
 I received this adorable little lemon tee to promote an important message. I cannot even imagine how I would feel if Ana was ever diagnosed with childhood cancer, it is just such a bleak thought and makes me so sad to even know that any child would have to suffer. We need to fight cancer.  Especially childhood cancer. I have had several close relatives and even a friend pass from cancer and it is really my personal enemy. I feel so helpless against it so I will do anything I can to help!

This is the message I was sent from the Million Miles pr :

" To find a cure for childhood cancer, we’re going the distance…one million miles! That’s a long way, but a parent of a child with cancer would go that far - and then some - to find a cure. During the month of September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) we will collectively run or walk one million miles to raise funds and spread the word of the need to support childhood cancer research."

Now I walk and or run almost every day, and if I could help with those million miles any way I could why not?
Back of Shirt

To learn more about the Million Mile Run, visit and share:

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Giveaway: Sofia the First Ready to be a Princess DVD

Everything for Ana has teamed up with Asha Butterflys
to host 
Disney Junior 
Sofia the First - Ready to be a Princess

Released :: September 17
Run Time:: 1hr, 12 min
Country:: USA
Rated:: TV Y


  1. A Royal Mess
  2. The Shy Princess
  3. Blue Ribbon Bunny
  4. The Princess Test
  5. Two to Tango w/Jasmine
Asha from Asha Butterflys loved watching Disney Junior - Sofia that First :: Ready to be a Princess and doing her movie review

As you know, Ana has decided to dress up as Sofia for Halloween. Though she only discovered her a few months ago, she is a loyal fan. I think the show is cute, and of course since I am such a HUGE fan of Project Runway...anything with Tim Gunn involved is right by me.

The giveaway runs from September 25 - October 9 at Midnight
Enter with the Rafflecopter Below

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If you would like to host a giveaway event with Asha Butterflys please contact her at asha.marie (at) hotmail (dot) com

 Disclosure: Everything for Ana & Asha Butterflys  is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Blog lovin. We hereby release Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Blog lovin of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have 24 hours after the giveaway ends to respond before another winner is selected. All entries will be verified.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Ba Star Stardust loose mineral shadow

Totally natural for the camera! 

Hello Dear Readers-
 Thanks so much for being patient with me as I finish a feature film, get used to the school schedule and get busy with Autumn activities. And thanks so much to Ba Star for letting me try their amazing products! I received this lovely bag of goodies to try out and decided the best way to review them was to make a little video showing you how they look on :)

Thanks for watching. Isnt that shadow divine?? I love mineral shadows and Ba Star makes such a nice product. Here is more info from their site:

 "BA STAR Stardust is a loose mineral shadow. Natural or dramatic, day to night. Can be used for cheer, dance, performance or every day!
Use the BA STAR Glue- Shadow base as a primer under the stardust for an even more dramatic look and for a super strong hold!

Product Options:

  • Diamond
  • Bronze 
  • Chocolate
  • Deep Plum

If you check out the BA Star site, you will find great makeup charts and videos that teach you application and more!! 

And the most important links for more info:

BA Star on Twitter

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

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review: Alpina Greek Blueberry / Vanilla Yogurt and Granola Cheesecake! Delish with Chef Ana #AlpinaGreek

 **Disclosure:  I am part of the Smiley360 Blogger Program and received yogurt coupons, and the baking kit to help with this post. I was not compensated for this post and the opinions within are my own.You can join Smiley360 here!"

Dear Readers:
  Chef Ana and I were challenged to make a beautiful cheesecake using Alpina Greek Yogurt and other delicious ingredients. So Ana donned her new beautiful personalized apron from Joy of Giving Etsy Shop found here and we got ready to experiment  (recipe below).

   First we headed out to Hannaford where we found a couple different flavors of the Alpina including blueberry and vanilla. Since the recipe called for 4 yogurts we chose 2 blueberry and 2 vanilla to mix it up a bit. Yum.  We got out all of the ingredients, the food processer , the blender, and a pie dish. Then we got to baking.

Ana gets ready to make a yogurt cheesecake!

Ready for baking. Mama! 

Adding almonds for the crust 


Alpina Greek Yogurt with Artisan Granola Cheesecake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 3-5 Servings
Alpina Greek Yogurt with Artisan Granolas Cheesecake

Ingredients :
Pie Filling Ingredients:
  • 4 Alpina Greek Yogurts (pick one of the following flavors: Mango, Peach, Blueberry,
  • Strawberry or Plain. Equal to 2 cups)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Pie Crust Ingredients:

  • 4 Artisan Granola domes (taken off yogurt package)
  • 1/3 cup of nuts (Which nuts to use? Use the guide below: Superfoods=Walnuts |
  • Almond Berry=Almonds | Tropical Chai=Cashews) We used Almonds! Yum.
  • ½ tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  2. In a food processor, chopper or magic bullet, combine the granolas, nuts and sugar.
  3. Finely chop. Add butter, if desired, and mix evenly throughout the chopped mixture.
  4. Place into the 10” pie pan and create an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

Making the Filling

  1. In a blender, combine the yogurt, eggs, salt and sugar (add vanilla if you are using Plain). Blend until smooth. Add cornstarch to mixture and blend again. Pour filling into crust in pie pan.
  2. Bake for 35 minutes.
  3. Let cool then chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving.
  4. Once cheesecake is cooled, garnish with fruit if desired.
Yogurt and Granola Pairings: Strawberry and Blueberry Greek Yogurt = Almond Berry | Plain Greek Yogurt = Superfoods | Mango and Peach Greek Yogurt = Tropical Chai

Final Product:

Final Result:
  Hubby said it was the best cheesecake I have made so far. Ana thought it was "yummy" and I had several pieces too! It was light, the crust was flavorful and fruity and the filling was delightful. It did not taste like eating a yogurt, but rather like a sumptious dessert. I will be experimenting with other flavors in the future and making yogurt cheesecake for family and friend events. Yum. What a great surprise.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: Jammy Jams Once Upon A Rhyme; Lullaby Renditions of Hip Hop Classics

Hello Dear Readers:

  I have a few mommy rules that I have stuck too since becoming a mom. But one major rule that I have broken time and time again, is that dreaded: WILL NOT listen to baby/kids music in the car all of the time rule. Ugh. I do not think it is worth fighting with Ana to play "mommy's music" when she clearly loves her music together and raffi cds so so much. 

 Soo...... you can imagine how happy I was to review the wonderful "Once Upon A Rhyme" cd which combines the soothing sounds that are relaxing to Ana in the car, with the cool songs that Mommy likes to listen to.  Ana has no idea that most of those songs are songs that I have been listening to for years. These include:

The Real Slim Shady by Eminem
Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio
Girls from the Beastie Boys. 

The songs are soothing, catchy and really fun to listen to. It is fun to teach Ana some of the songs from my youth in a new way. She really digs them, and has even taken out some of her cds from the player and put this in to listen to when she is in the playroom. I think it is so cute to hear her humming to the Beasties. I mean., come on  THAT Is so cool. A three year old getting down with Ad rock and MCA.  

Want more deets about the cd? Coolness. Here is the info from the company:

" On “Once Upon A Rhyme: Lullaby Renditions Of Hip-Hop Classics”, Jammy Jams explores the melodies of old school hip-hop songs and brings them to life with calming renditions for parents to enjoy along with their babies. The parent can take a stroll down memory lane while creating brand new memories for baby. This album soothes the inner and outer soul. You will be amazed as you listen to soothing lullabies featuring the melodies of acclaimed old school hip-hop songs such as Run-D.M.C.’s “Rock Box” and Coolio’s “Gangstas’s Paradise”. The soothing sounds are what Jammy Jams is all about. Experience these popular tunes in a whole new way with baby today."

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Check out the links to hear snippets of the songs and for other great cds from Jammy Jams. Also check out Ana jamming down in the short video below:

Add Ana Video on Friday !!

Stay well and enjoy,

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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Classic and Beautiful White Ruffled Personalized Apron from Joy of Giving Etsy Shop

Cute Apron found Here: Joy of Giving:
Hello Dear Readers:

 Welcome Back! Welcome back to School (for us it is our first year in Preschool/Nursery School) and Welcome Back to work for Mama.  It has been a really busy end of summer for all of us here in the Lee Household...but we still have time to get together and cook and bake every once in a while.   We were so lucky to have time to make a super yummy Alpina yogurt cheesecake (recipe and more photos coming) and Ana was super lucky to wear her beautiful white ruffled personalized apron from the Joy of Giving Etsy Shop. The apron arrived quickly and was beautifully wrapped. Ana was eager to try it on (photo above) and help Mama bake while trying it out.  I got out the recipe for the super healthy and delicious cheesecake and we went to town baking, giggling and having fun in the kitchen.

Ready to Bake! 

Ana loves to help wherever she can, so I let her participate and she loved mixing in everything wearing her grown up apron:

The Apron is thick cotton and is strong and nice quality. It looks like it will last a long time and be adjustable for Ana to grow into and wear for many years.

Isn't it just the cutest?? Ok, so where can YOU get one?? Here are all the details.

Joy of Giving Etsy Shop Links and Info:

Aprons Available from Joy of Giving!

  • Handmade
  • Made to Order
  • Choose the Color for the Personalization AND the Apron 
  • Child Sized Ruffle Apron 
  • Measures 20x14 velcro at neck for adjustable size and ties at the waist.
  • Select your personalization font, thread color and wording.

The Joy of Giving Shop has sooo many beautiful items to give as gifts and celebrate the joy of giving including wedding and bridal items,baby shower items and other beautiful things for kids. I especially love personalized trick or treat bags for Halloween. Order yours now and it arrive in time to fill with sweet treats for your cutie:

Check out the Joy of Giving and let them know I sent you...they are so sweet to have sent me an apron to faciliate this review.