Little Passports is offering 15% off all of their subscriptions, which means you can buy a 1 year subscription and save almost $20! If you place an order before December 17th, you qualify for holiday delivery, meaning you can have your first package arrive by December 24th or before! (Hello stocking stuffer!!) This offer also applies to the monthly, 3 and 6 month subscriptions so you can choose whatever option you want and get this great deal when you use this code at checkout: MERRY15
In case you don’t already know what Little Passports is, let me give you the highlights:
-Monthly subscription kit for your children that teaches them (and sometimes us parents) about new states and countries around our world
-Your child gets their own faux passport to update with stickers included each month so they get to remember all of their “trips around the world”
-Wonderful activity sheets that keep kids stimulated for hours and a beautiful world map to help them visualize everything they are learning about!
And one more important note about Little Passports…
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Not only do I get spoiled by being able to try awesome new items, but so do my cats. For this review, I was able to try the new Park Tote pet carrier by Sherpa Pet. It’s a stylish way to transport your small dogs and cats, and after trying it, I’m impressed.
This is a soft-sided carried that zips down all the corners, which makes it easy to store and versatile (but we’ll touch on that later). When it arrived in the mail, it was folded down in its compact size with a simple cardboard “handle”.
Anyone who has used a hard plastic pet carrier knows how much room they take up when you’re not using them. I have one in my closet right now. The Park Tote is tons better.
After I removed the packaging, I went around setting this up. Each of the “corners” is a zipper, so you zip together the edges to form the four corners. I received the package tote with the zebra print, but it’s also available in a brown leopard print, too. The Park Tote comes in two sizes: small and medium. They’re pretty close in dimension, so I’d probably just go for the larger size if you’re not sure whether your pets will fit.
- Small – 14” long x 6” wide x 9” high – For pets up to 6 lbs.
- Medium – 16” long x 8” wide x 11” high – For pets up to 12 lbs.
When the corners are zipped up, you do lose a little space to the extra fabric, which folds in. If I could change one thing about this carrier, it would be that. I’d simply make it so the fabric snapped to the side. However, your pup or kitty could certainly push it out of the way, and the fabric will move to the side if they’re lying against it,
The exterior is quilted, which you can see in my photo. The interior has the same quilting, so it’s plush. There’s a removable board that adds stability to the bottom. It’s also covered in a soft sherpa material for them to be comfortable. However, this material does not cover the entire inside. The sherpa part detaches from the board, allowing you to wash it. You can also buy replacement ones if your furry ones have an accident that you can’t clean up.
On one side of the carrier there’s a mesh window with a little “curtain” you can roll up and down on the outside. This means you can see your babies or you can put it down to allow them to sleep. There’s a velcro strap to hold the fabric out of the way when you want the window open.
On the other side is a pocket where you can store some treats, your pet’s collar or anything else. This zips shut, so you don’t have to worry about things falling out of the tote falls on its side. The top is a mesh panel that makes it breathable. Like the sides, you zip it to hold it down, and there’s a little latch on the front. If you want to open the top, you can roll this back and secure it with another velcro strap.
What really makes this carrier different is that when you unzip it, it lays flat in sort of a six-sided shape that your pets can sleep on. So if you’re traveling, the carrier can also become their bed. I know my kitties don’t love to travel, and they tend to hang out in their carriers in new places. The Park Tote can be there little bit of calm in that stressful situation.
Overall, I really like this carrier. It’s almost perfect. And the boys?
Well, they give it their seal of approval, too. At least, Phantom does.
I recently had the opportunity to try out a new fashion thanks to the sponsorship of 24/7 Frenzy. This online retailer has a variety of tops, bottoms and accessories for affordable prices. However, you have to act fast because they’re always changing out stock. for example, the top they send me to try out is no longer available on the site. Don’t worry, though! I’ll send you in the direction of some other awesome pieces!
The top I received was black with a floral screenprint on the front. I love the design of this, which incorporates purple “foil” and grey ink to make gorgeous flowers. The back of the piece is entirely stretchy mesh,which makes it comfortable and lightweight. You could wear it just over your bra, but even the front is pretty sheer. In this photo I’m wearing it over a black cami. A tube top would probably be a better match.
In the XL, this actually ran a bit loose on me. The design is intended to be loose, and the arms are rather big. Because I have a short torso and arms, I don’t feel like I quite pull this off. The mesh over the collarbone area also meets the opaque fabric at an odd place for my frame overall. Lengthwise, this piece fell around my butt and perhaps seemed a little long. So while I love the print, I’m not in love with the fit. In the future, I’d probably go for a more basic V-neck top like this one. However, I will continue to experience with this piece.
Along with tops, you’ll find dresses, skirts, panties and bras on 24/7 Frenzy. I love the packs of intimates you can get. There’s a section dedicated to plus sizes as some cute sleepwear sets. I feel like I could spend a lot of time in the fitting room if this were a physical store.
24/7 Frenzy has graciously offered three readers of Reviews by Cole the opportunity to try out their fashions. Each winner will receive a $50 gift code — that applies to taxes and shipping, when applicable — so there’s absolutely zero cost for you to add to your wardrobe. To enter this giveaway, use the PromoSimple form below.
Giveaway ends January 1. Reviews by Cole is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
I’m not sure if you all remember when I reviewed some Mia Mariu cosmetics a while back. They were awesome. I still use them, and you all responded well to the giveaway that went with it. If you haven’t been a reader of Reviews By Cole for that long, here’s some information about the brand.
Mía Mariú is an innovative company that stands for beauty and health in harmony and above all, for happiness and balance for all women. With nature’s finest forces, they offer a full line of health and beauty products designed to help you illuminate your beauty from the inside out.
The Mía Mariú product philosophy is that beauty and health go hand in hand. Everything you want. All you need. Beauty and health in harmony.
With Mía you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get high quality botanical skin care, mineral cosmetics and nature’s nutritionals that you want and deserve. That is what they are all about. Mía Mariú offers real health, beauty, balance and harmony for real women.
One lucky winner will receive a $400 Mía Mariú Shopping Spree.
This is definitely a bigger giveaway than I’ve had lately, and I hope you’ll all check back every day to get in your entries. Remember, the more times you enter, the greater your odds of winning!
Event hosted by Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends December 23rd at 11:59pm, open to US residents only, ages 18+. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. To enter please use the giveaway form below. Good luck.
Disclosure: is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!
Who doesn’t love movies? And who doesn’t love movies for free? And isn’t it even better when that free movie is a Blu-Ray with tons of features and high-def picture?
One lucky reader of Reviews By Cole is going to win a random Blu-Ray movie to add to their collection. The list of possible movies is below:
- The Little Mermaid – Diamond Edition
- The Lone Ranger
- Monsters University
- Angels Sing
- Rise of The Guardians
- Despicable Me 2
- Grown Ups 2
- Wizard of Oz 3D
- The Wolverine
- Star Trek: Into Darkness
- White House Down
- Fast 6
- Pacific Rim
- After Earth
- Man of Steel
- Red 2
- World War Z
- 2 Guns
- Weeds: The Complete Collection
- Predator 3D
Many of these are movies that were just released this year or have been re-released. I personally enjoyed Man of Steel and World War Z, but this would be a great chance for you to try out a new movie and see if it makes the grade.
This is another giveaway where you need to click around the fun little app, take some quizzes and see what results you get. Check out the behind-the-scenes videos on the blog app to the right and take a look at some of the features coming to Blu-Ray tech next year.
Refresh the page if the app or PromoSimple form doesn’t load.
Now enter the giveaway using the form below. Good luck!
Giveaway open to the U.S. Giveaway ends December 15th.
I was gracious enough to receive a few products to sample from CV Skin Labs via Brandbacker, so thanks to both of them for this opportunity!
The three products I received were the
Thus far, I’ve used the Calming Moisture the most because I moisturize on a daily basis. While these products are especially for dry and sensitive skin, the formula wasn’t overly thick, which I like. Thick formulas seem to glide ride over the top of my skin without ever settling in correctly, but that wasn’t a problem here. As the temperatures have dipped and it’s gotten dryer, my skin has fared pretty well. I noticed no dry or rough spots when using this moisturizer. However, I did start to break out as I went through my cycle, so I switched back to the Proactiv+ moisturizer for a few days. You could certainly use this one days when you feel especially dry or all the time. It’s up to you. One thing I did notice was a strong herbal scent that not everyone might like.
The Restorative Skin Balm is one that I’m glad to have around. In the dead of winter, my skin seems to get dry and crack almost instantly. I’ll be fine one moment then in pain the next. This isn’t just a lotion; it’s a thick product that almost reminds me of Vasline, except it has no petrolatum and it’s completely natural. Fortunately, I haven’t had any major skin cracking to warrant regular use of this product, but the texture seems like it would definitely do the trick. The product page also recommends using it on scars, eczema and cuticles.
The last item I received was the Body Repair Lotion, which has a similar texture to the facial moisturizer. It also rubs in quite easily. The product description states that it should help with irritation and redness that can happen from dryness. As I already have redness in my skin, I definitely appreciate this. I found it thin enough to use for hand lotion, but you could also use it if your legs become a bit ashen during winter. This product also had a bit of an herbal scent, but I noticed less because it wasn’t on my face.
All of the ingredients in these products are natural, and many of them contain some amount of organic ingredients. The lists include ingredients such as Vitamin E, bees wax, Calendula, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Arnica, aloe and St. John’s Wort. They’re all ingredients I can pronounce and understand, which is awesome. It’s especially good news if you have chemical sensitivities that have made it difficult for you to find the right products for you. CV Skinlabs products are ideal for sufferers of rosacea and eczema, for example, but it’s definitely not limited to any one group. If you know winter is going to bring snow and wind, gives these a try.
Man, what do you call it when the sales actually start on Thanksgiving? I mean, it’s a little crazy and part of me wants to rage against the machine. Then again, I look at my family’s Thanksgiving traditions — we show up, stuff out faces and leave — and I think that shopping as a tradition is almost more meaningful. My family’s not great with decorum. Part of me can’t wait to have my own kids to start my own traditions but that’s neither here nor there.
My cousin and I headed out to Wal-mart for 6PM black Friday sales. The parking lot was full bu 5:20. Security and employees were in full force outside, and they’re set up fences to direct traffic outside the doors. We got in and tried to find a few items my cousin was looking for. We decided to camp out by some children’s clothes that were on her list because no one else was around. I managed to sneak off and find a new purse since my sister had conveniently broken mine just hours before.
Five minutes before six, confusion set in. People were walking by with things from the sale, but no one had said whether it started. My cousin grabbed her goods only to be told by one employee to put them back. Another walked past and said it was okay. It was a lot of confusion.
Then, it was running around the store to the different aisles to find what you wanted. The displays weren’t necessarily set up in a way that made sense. Because of this, we missed the video games that were actually up front by product when we came in. However, we gave up on that idea when we saw how the line wrapped around the store. Eventually, we wound up waiting in line to check out and I saw a toy in someone’s cart that I remember my sister had said she wanted. My cousin saw it earlier and pointed me in the direction because we were waiting anyway. I manged to grab the last one in the bin!
I decided to try my luck with the video game line, which has shrunk a bit. It moved pretty fast, and I was soon standing next to the game my cousin’s son wants for Christmas. I didn’t see any for the 3DS, however, and when I asked the employee, he was no help. However, I saw one — the last one — in the cart and snagged it. My cousin was super pleased when I returned.
Fortunately, the register had broken when I was waiting, so it gave me time to get the game! I got super lucky to get two of the last items in the bins, too!
After that, I headed back to Mom’s to say my good byes. I wound up back at home and, because I live three blocks from the mall, headed down there. I picked up a few things from JC Penney and Vanity, both of which opened at 8, but it was nothing like Walmart at all. It was more like a lazy afternoon.
Did you do any Black Friday Shopping?