Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Target “Big Honkin’ Summer”

Target is the destination for everything families need to make the most of summer. They have some great items out this year in there summer collection. This summer we are moving to a new house and having a new baby so there will be lots of company. I was very excited to see the adorable new entertaining products target is offering and even more excited to review them.

 I love the bold bright colors of the new target Summer Strawberry Collection and the bamboo serving bowl and utensils are so modern. I know my guests will as well. The colors and design of the new Summer Strawberry Collection is sure to liven up my backyard and get my company excited about summer.

 Target has all the summer essentials at great prices to make the most of the season. The summer entertaining assortment features bold graphics and vibrant colors on everything from tabletop pieces to backyard essentials and picnic must-haves to help you make the most of summer.

You can find Targets summer essentials on their website and Facebook pages : Facebook.com/target  and Target.com

In stores, you’ll find giant photos of beach balls, sunglasses and sand buckets that direct you to the colorful summer merchandise.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Target and received products to facilitate my review and thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Friday, June 22, 2012

Etherton Update ( New House and a New Baby )

As you have noticed, I haven't been as active on here. We have been really busy. We are in the final stages of Buying a House.

Yes we are going to be homeowners soon. We are just waiting on the title company to finish the paperwork and set a closing date. The current owners would like to be out by the end of July so it looks like we will be in there before the baby is born.

 It's a Beautiful brick 2,200 square foot home in New Baltimore with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. I am super excited, I will be only a mile from my BFF Sherry (our kids will go to the same school :). We will be doing a ton of play dates and bbq's etc. I will also be only a few miles from 2 of my other good friends Jackie and Annette as well as a mile from the beach ( Anchor bay, part of Lake St Clair). Here are a few Pictures the current owner took. I will be posting a lot more once we are in there.
 On top of that baby will be here soon. The doctor scheduled my C-section for August 31st and an amnio for the 29th. I have to make sure the lungs are developed so an amnio before my c-section is mandatory. I am a little nervous but have faith it will all turn out good.

 August 31st is my FIL's birthday and that weekend Phil's cousin Ryan is getting married so many out of state relatives will be in town and able to meet the baby. We are super excited for baby to get here.

I have also began really showing. Here is a pic I took yesterday.
 I have baby's clothes washed and ready to move to the new house. Phil has been putting the finishing touches on the baby dresser. ( He is painting it white to match the crib). I have been working on a Quilt I am making for baby and we got Shane a new full size bed from pottery barn kids as well as a cars rug to match his cars bedding so his new room will be ready as well.

Thanks in advance to my loyal readers for hanging in there with me while I get settled :) 

Monday, June 18, 2012

CollageIt Free the #1 Free Photography App on Mac App Store

Being a photographer I really enjoy anything related to pictures. After receiving a Ipad 2 as a Surprise from hubby a couple weeks ago I have had the opportunity to find many new photography related apps.

One of my favorites is CollageIt Free. Yes Free!
CollageIt is an easy-to-use app that helps people create eye-catching photo collages in no time on Mac OS X. This app has several features that allow users to make collages effortlessly. Some of the highlighted features include:
★ Automatic, Easy to Use and Powerful Only three steps to create photo collage automatically. Easy enough for users of all experienced levels. WYSIWYG—Real-time preview with high speed. Diverse types of photo collage layout can be created automatically.
★ Various Templates to Choose 4 collage styles: Mosaic, Grid, Center and Pile. Includes 30+ templates in total. Almost all kinds of collage template styles can be found so that users can select a style at their will and add their photos.
 ★ Customize Photo Collages Freely Customize collage background to suit your needs. Easily personalize your picture collages with variable parameters provided, such as photo count, photo space, page margin, rotation and sparse. Photo border and shadow added for decoration. Make photos fit well into the chosen collage space with the photo cropping function.
 ★ Share the Collage Anywhere Save the collages as JPEG, PNG, PDF, PSD or other images formats and print it out. Send the collage to family members and friends via Email. Easily set your photo collage as your desktop wallpaper.

 I have had so much fun with this app and I know it will come in super handy when I am in the Hospital having the baby in August. I can't wait to take pictures of the new baby and then make a custom photo collage to share with family and friends.

 This is a must have app for anyone who loves pictures and its FREE.
 It can be found here
 Mac App Store link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/collageit-free/id527855681?ls=1&mt=12

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fathers Day Top Pick ... Bosch 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Driver Kit

Phil's favorite Fathers Day present this year is the 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Driver Kit by Bosch.

With its ultra-compact design, the Bosch PS10-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver Kit is a valuable complement to your high-voltage tools. Offering big power, a small package, long-lasting, efficient performance, optimum comfort, and reliable control, this driver kit comes with a storage bag and two rechargeable Litheon batteries.


80-Inch --pounds. of Torque ; Drives 100 3-Inch screws per battery charge
Ultra-Compact Head Length ; 3.5-Inch total head length - 3 times shorter than most popular competitor
90-Degree Articulating Head ; Rotates and locks-Inch to five positions for-increased versatility
7+1 Electronic Clutch ; Precision driving, eliminates over torque-Inch soft base materials. Drill mode allows pilot and other small bore holes.
Quick Change Chuck ; Prevents bit loss-Inch drill or drive mode - pull to-insert or release 1/4-Inch hex shank bits

He absolutely loves this tool and it has come in very hand already. Just this week he used it to remove the screws in the door of the baby dresser so it can be painted.  He says this tool will make it 100 times easier to assemble new furniture and other items for our new house and assist in fixes when we have car issues. His favorite feature is that it has a 90 degree articulating head allowing for an easy fit into tight spaces for hassle free removal and installation of screws.

You can purchase the Bosch 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Driver Kit on Amazon for $132.99

Thank you to Bosch for providing this tool for us to review for Fathers Day.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Simply Cranberry Cocktail $150 prize pack Giveaway

Simply Cranberry Cocktail is a new drink out from Simply Orange Juice Company. The first time I tried Simply orange juice was last year at my mother in laws house and I fell in love. I also happen to be a huge fan of Cranberry Juice so I couldn't wait to try the new Simply Cranberry Cocktail.

I can say I was impressed. It has such a great taste that I was excited to share some with my family and tell my friends about it. My whole family loves the Simply Cranberry Cocktail.

It's funny how a drink can be so inspiring. From helping you pick a paint color in your house, to using it for cooking or mixing with adult drinks.

 Simply Cranberry Cocktail wants to know how you rely on your great taste (or intuition) in different areas of your life: when getting dressed in the morning, hosting a get together or cooking dinner for your family and friends.

 By answering this simple question in my Giveaway form below you could win a $150 prize pack that includes

 (2) Coupons redeemable for a 59 fl. oz. carafe of Simply Cranberry Cocktail
(1) Coupon redeemable for a 13.5 fl. oz. carafe of Simply Cranberry Cocktail
(1) Customizable Slate + Wood Serving Board from West Elm
 (6) Silver glass votive holders with unscented tea light candles from West Elm
(1) One-year print subscription to Bon Appetit plus current issue
(1) $25 Gift card to Stonewall Kitchen

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Friday, June 1, 2012


I reviewed the Uplift Women’s Thong Slipper. I LOVE them. They are stylish, trendy and very very comfortable. They have 4 color options and I will be ordering them in another color.

 Uplift Women’s Thong Slipper is colorful and stylish with neo mesh to keep feet cool and comfortable while the antibacterial properties keep them clean. The exclusive patented four zone honeycomb foot bed is designed to absorb shock as you walk. The gel padded heel gives you extra comfort indoor or out. The Uplift Thong comes in four colors with coordinating chakras such as strength red, love pink, compassion green and creativity blue. They retail at department and specialty stores for $45 and are available in women’s size 6-10. Both useful and stylish, these versatile footwear styles, can be worn year-round.

 Get 15% OFF PURCHASE www.smartdogscomfort.com USING CODE: SUMMER12 WHEN AN ORDER IS PLACED BY JULY 31, 2012